It’s been two weeks I blogged about Arsenal. Things are not looking good at the Emirates. The Ashburton Groove is tensed and hoping for better times as soon as possible. The international break seem to have given the fans something else to think about. But then we would still come back at the weekend to our dear Arsenal.
Two wins in six, all of which have been against lower league oppositions in the FA Cup is not a good run for a team like Arsenal. Extending it three games further back makes it 3 wins in 9. Poor. Very poor. The Gunners could not stand up against Chelsea, Liverpool. They lost at home to Watford and were dismantled by the German Machines in the Champions League. Even Westbrom were winners just the break.
It is such a bad time to float your Arsenal jersey. Viewing centers have seen a drastic decline of boastful Gooners. They now come like Nicodemus – snicking in and out – hoping to see a reason to occupy the atmosphere with any kind of victory. Manchester United’s hand over of the 6th place to the Gunners was the cream of it all. Everything is just heading south. Can the Gunners surge up soonest? Can they get back their favoured Top Four Trophy?
Wenger’s head is needed on a herodian plate by a good section of the fans. The results indicate his time is up but will he call it quits? Most unlikely. Wenger is a stubborn man. Baba Ijebu. Is the board comfortable with the nearly syndrome? Yes, the books are good but what we now see on the pitch is questionable. Is their a form of disunity in the team? Is Sanchez’s tantrums an indication of a bigger issue in the dressing room?
That injury to Cazorla must have scattered a lot of plans but he is above 30. Now Cech is off and I sincerely don’t see Ospina doing better than the former Chelsea man. Bellerin needs to cut his hair. Mustafi and Koscienly need to return better. What happened to our Coquelin? Xhaka and his cards are twine but Ozil need to overcome the recent illness.
Whether the board extends Wenger’s contract or the Frenchman leaves the Emirates, Arsenal remains Arsenal and must strive for continuous improvement. We can lay blames to everything but Arsenal is the brand we used to know. This might be the season that it all ends with the beginning of a new era. Wenger can still finish 4th and win the FA Cup but the road to this targets are filled with London landmines and Manchester bobby-traps. The little matter of St. Totteringham may not be celebrated this season for the first in Wenger’s visit to England. How things are changing.
The international break gives room for other footballing thoughts and actions. Podolski rounded up his German Intentional career with a bullet against England. Farewell Poldi. Giroud was on song. Sanchez struck the bar for Chile.
They was the matter of the Super Eagles in London. Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw against Senegal. the scheduled game against Burkina Faso was called off. The Stallions couldn’t get visas to UK. That didn’t stop Rohr and the NFF from having training sessions with a good number of Nigerian footballers based in England. Yes, Chuba Akpom was seen in the greens of Nigeria. Hope. I have always nursed the hope that Akpom would play for Nigeria. I am excited.
Ok. Don’t be in hurry. They need to prove their worth before they can play for the Super Eagles. The Super Eagles is not a team you just stroll into. You need to be playing week in and out for your club before you can cry that you are being omitted. Great move by NFF by the way. Hopefully we have the inclusion of Stephen Odey et al in the NPFL.
So, Arsenal should come back by the weekend and hopefully start the match towards a Champions League place and the FA Cup. The weekend is far, but the NPFL will keep me occupied.