Goonerboy Archives for January 2008

Six things Arsenal can do to get out of this crisis.

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I said after the Man United game that that win had to be the start of something bigger. It was, but unfortunately not in the manner we all had hoped for.

The club is now in crisis; it's as simple as that. Some might say that they'd quite like to be in a crisis like ours: still in all major competitions, and only 1 point away from securing champions league qualification again.

Will Tomas Rosicky ever play for Arsenal again? Will he ever play again?

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Some disturbing news from just before tonight's game:

Routine surgery for what? What injury is he recovering from now? The one he picked up in January which was meant to rule him out for only three weeks?

An epic win, but it needs to be the start of something bigger.

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I suppose, given how roundly Arsenal had been written off this week in the media and blogosphere, that a win was nigh on inevitable on Saturday. It was a game which confirmed something evident about Arsene's Arsenal in the last few seasons: they can beat any team in Europe in a one-off match.

Things went our way in the game which haven't in other matches recently.

A win to paper over the cracks? Or a defeat to end the great experiment?

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I don't normally like writing previews because I'm almost invariably proved wrong. That may sound a little arrogant, but once you start watching a certain level of football you like to think that you know what's going on.

So I think tomorrow's going to go one of two ways.

Arsenal may well lose heavily.

A rubbish formation, predictable goals, and Arsene's chickens come home to roost.

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Well if Wednesday's game was an embarrassment, this was just pitiful. Arsenal were outplayed by a team that have laid bare their incredibly basic gameplay strategy on numerous occasions already this season, without so much as a whimper or much of an idea of how to get the better of them.

It's a shame that Clichy's first goal for the club will, and probably should, be forgotten in the midst of all this, but this was just about as bad a performance as we've seen in the Wenger era.