What do Gooners want to see and just how dire is the early season situation at Arsenal? Are you as frustrated as Aaron Ramsey?
Editor’s Note: We were hoping to have a “man at the match” report from TotalArsenal who attended the Liverpool match. Unfortunately, He’s a busy fellow and faced with a short week as he will also be traveling to Newcastle for that one. Hopefully we will get a full report from him about his impressions of BOTH matches over the weekend. In the meantime, you get this…
Early Season Arsenal Discussion Points:
–4 ponts from 9, 5 points off the leaders and only one player, Petr Cech, in during the transfer window, which now closes in less than one week. Is Arsene Wenger under pressure to buy due to results? (Or is he under other pressures, i.e., should he be sacked? Surely some must be ready for the Steve Bould era…) Where must he improve the team and which players might he actually bring in? It’s fine to say “world class striker” but what (who) does that actually mean? We’re you OK with the transfer activity after the Community Shield and has that opinion changed?
–What is the cause of Arsenal’s early season difficulties, especially on the home pitch. Are tactics and squad selections correct or are they misguided? Is there a deeper issue at play given that we have only scored in one of our last 5 league matches played on our home pitch? Is this Arsenal team likely to be vulnerable on the home pitch all season long?
–What should Wenger be thinking heading to Newcastle this weekend? The Toonies finally won a match yesterday under new manager Steve McClaren (beating Northampton 4-1 in the Capital One Cup) and they are coming off a nil-nil of their own at Manchester United in league play. Is this a good time to be making the trip to the Northeast? Should Wenger ring the changes for this match or stay the course knowing that his best players will have two weeks off due to an International break?
–Speaking of the Capital One Cup…What say Gooners about being drawn against Spurs at their stadium up the Seven Sisters?
–3 matches into the season…Is all hope gone? What have we learned and what adjustments must be made? Is it too soon to flush the baby down the drain with all that soiled bathwater? I understand that fans pay (with their time and energy, some even with the tickets that they buy) and are privileged to live and die with each result. Still, I (sometimes) hold out hope that those who like to get on the blogs actually try to think more like a manager than in this other way.
Overall, have at it… I’m under the weather (and stressed due to other things) while TA is pushing hard as a working man and traveling Arsenal supporter. We hope to bring you better coverage and analysis, sooner rather than later, but, in the meantime, we appreciate your intelligence in the comments.