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Is Arsene in denial?

Once again we visit one of the so called minnows of the Premiership, and get well and truely out played. Yesterday was the turn of Sheffield United, clearly they were up for the game and my earlier prediction that they would come out wearing boxing gloves was not far wrong. We had a bright start that produced a couple of shots on goal, but that was pretty much it for the rest of the game. The pitch and weather was not best prepared for a slick passing game, but it was the same for both sides and Sheffield played the conditions better than us. We were sloppy all over the pitch, missing passes, giving the ball away, and not winning enough tackles in the air or on the ground.

Warnock had got his side mentally right for this game, they new, in these conditions with a crowd that was right BEHIND their team from the off that they could out muscle an under strength Arsenal side.

It looked for once that the Arsenal team should some passion and looked as though they wanted the win, however this side is physically way short of the mark. Apart from perhaps Kolo, Clichy and Gilberto the other players, including the so called ‘beast’ were to easily pushed off the ball or intimidated when challenging for the ball. We may well have the prospects of a great side in 2/3 years, but that’s not good enough to keep Champions League football at The Grove.

A top 4 finish is going to be a challenge, but one that must happen. The team had better spend a few more hours in the gym than developing silky skills and passing moves, and they had better do it before Saturday. We can all guess what Pardew has told his new team!!!!!!!!!!


December 31, 2006 - Posted by | Matches

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