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October 09/10

October

     

 

04

Sun

 

Barclays Premier League

H

Blackburn Rovers

6

2

   

17

Sat

 

Barclays Premier League

H

Birmingham

3

1

   

20

Tue

 

UEFA Champions League

A

AZ Alkmaar

1

1

   

25

Sun

 

Barclays Premier League

A

West Ham United

2

2

   

28

Wed

 

Carling Cup

H

Liverpool

2

1

   

31

Sat

 

Barclays Premier League

H

Tottenham Hotspur

3

0

   

So that was October 2009. Six games, an international break, 4 wins, 2 draws, 17 goals scored, 7 against, and we got to beat Liverpool in the Carling Cup, oh and the little matter of beating the Spuds 3-0. Not a bad month, but for me it is still one that leaves the taste of what might have been. The draw away at West Ham was a disappointment, but also, it may prove to be a blessing in the long run.

I say a blessing because I hope Arsene and Pat can use it as a reminder to the players that anything less than 100% and you can get caught by anyone, even West Ham. And that could serve us very well in the coming months. But as we leave this month behind, we are very close to qualifying from the Group Stage of the Champions league, still in the Carling Cup, albeit with a tough draw away to Cash City, and we are just two points of top place if we win the game in hand we have in the league. That’s not bad.

On the downside this month, injuries, we do seem to be getting far too many. Out is Walcott, Bendtner, Clichy, Denilson, Djourou, Nasri, Traore, Vela, and most of the keepers have had a turn at being injured, with all four keepers having played in the first team this season so far. Even Jack Wilshere managed to be out for the one game this month he would have started ! Have to say I am just a bit concerned by this.

However on the plus side, The joy of Cesc!, the skipper has been awesome this month. His goal against the Spuds was class, nutmegs, King on his ass, a run from the half-way line and whack! Oh what a wonderful moment. However the highlight from Cesc was his performance against Blackburn, it is a long time since one player ran a game as he did that day, he did it all and that clearly his greatest performance in one game for the Arsenal. So clearly he is my player of the month for October 2009.

There was of course other players that deserve a positive mention RVP is turning into a serious player for us, he has always been a favourite of mine, and when Le Boss described him as a cross between Bergkamp and Henry I fully agreed. He certainly does have some of their separate qualities, but for me, Robin is the first RVP not a second coming of legends gone by. He is very much his own man and has his own style. Oh and he will score over 25 goals this season. Alex Song has had another very good month and is making that holding role his own. Thomas V was again top notch, and Gallas too, they are certainly becoming a really strong partnership.

As for the “could do better” group, well Gael, Andrey and Abou are the main ones there. Arshavin for needs to give more per game, yes I know when he is good he is very very good, but I do feel he needs to be on it for more in each game. Gael is for me the best left back in the land, but he seems off the pace at the moment and as for Mr Diaby, he may one day become the best central midfielder in the world, but he has so much to learn and improve on. Sometimes his first touch is superb, but sometimes it is not, sometimes his movement is superb, sometimes it is not, but the biggest question mark is his passing, sometimes he loses it far to easily and with some awful passes. However, lets be fair, this is his first real season as a starter, as first choice, and he is improving. I know he has potential, he has done some things that are out of this world, he can turn on a sixpence, he has a wonderful shot, he covers space quicker that almost anyone and has an amazing engine, so I do believe in him, I guess I just want it now!

Finally on my monthly report I have to pass comment on the “Arsenalisation” of the Emirates Stadium. For the record I hate the fact our new special ground is named after an airline, albeit a very good airline. But over the past month or so we have started to hear about and see some changes. The club have decided to “Arsenalise” the place, and two main projects have been started. The first is that the outside of the stadium will be wrapped by a band of brothers, a collection of legends surrounding the stadium. And having seen it, I have to say I am seriously impressed. It looks superb. Bergkamp, Henry, Brady, Charlie George, Rocky Rocastle, Bastin, Drake, are just some of the players on show. Mind you I was surprised by certain omissions, Ian Wright as our second highest goalscorer, Frank McLintock the captain of our first Double winners and David O’Leary as the player who made the most appearances. Okay so I know they were limited by space, and how you pick only 20 from over 450 players, but somehow, and I love him to bits, Lee Dixon made it onto the wall. Sorry Lee but I am not sure on that one.

Another project on the Arsenalisation drawing board is the Armoury Sq project. Slabs of marble laid into the floor all around the benches outside the Armoury shop. Okay so yes, they do look a bit like gravestones, actually a lot like gravestones, but that said this is for me a really great idea. For fans to have a chance to put their name into the foundation of the stadium is superb. I believe it will be sometime next year that we get to see this one up and running, but I have to say I like it and I want my stone next to the Dennis Bergkamp seat.

Okay so that was October 2009. A very good month. November has always been a tough month however this time round, we have just five games, and the chance to really prove ourselves right at the end of the month. 5 out of 5 this month and things will really start to look extremely positive, especially as the last game of the month is against Chelski, now that could be fun.

 

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