Monthly Archives: February 2011

Whereto Now Arsenal?

So, my reservations turned out justified! Arsenal failed to win the League Cup.

Even though I am an Arsenal supporter, I must say that they deserved to lose. They didn’t turn up in the game, and like I feared, they failed to mix it up with long ball attempts.

Obviously, the absence of Fabregas and Theo Walcott had a huge impact on Arsenal’s attempt to finally win a trophy in a long time since 2005.

Whereto now Arsenal?

Will Arsenal’s failure to lift the League Cup affect the rest of their season? There is still the FA Cup to play for, Champions League return leg with Barcelona on March 8 and of course the premiership title to fight for.

Unless Arsenal can quickly put aside their failure to win the League Cup behind them, I am afraid their season will quickly unravel for them from now on. 

Worse still, if Fabregas and Walcott do not recover from their injuries quickly enough to come back to play, Arsenal’s prospects do not look rosy. 

I love to be proven wrong, but for Arsenal to do well for the rest of their season, Wenger would have to do some rethinking. Arsenal have to mix up their game a little and try to score from long shots. And maybe Walcott should be told to run at defenders more often and go for goals himself, instead of passing the ball back to his colleagues once too often.

Arsenal’s game has become  very predictable. They don’t even know how to lop the ball, like how Barcelona players do so well.

I still have not given up on Arsenal, but for now they have to quickly cope with and get over the psychological scar of letting slip of the very good chance of finally bringing home a trophy after 6 long years.

Will and can Arsenal do it?


Will Arsenal Win The League Cup?

Arsenal will be facing Birmingham in the final of the League Cup tonight at the Wembley stadium. Will Arsenal win?

The League Cup is considered the least important of the honours to be won in English football. However, to Arsenal, who have not won anything since their 2005 FA Cup win, winning the League Cup this time holds more significance than ever before.

On paper, Arsenal look the better bet to lift the Cup. But with injuries to Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott which they picked up in the 1-0 win over Stoke City, it is anything but.

Both Fabregas and and Walcott are unlikely to play. According to manager Arsene Wenger, Walcott will likely be out for 2 weeks and they are hoping Fabregas can recover from the hamstring injury in time to face Barcelona in the Champions League return leg  on March 8.

So it looks like Arsenal will be without their influential captain and Theo Walcott.

Without Fabregas, Arsenal’s engine room may be jeopardised. Jack Wilshire is playing well no doubt, but the others would have to raise their performance a notch or two if they want to come away with something this time and not throw away a golden oportunity to reward themselves and their long suffering fans and supporters.

What is worrying me is whether Arsenal will play their usual fluid game the FULL 90 minutes. If not, I am not too confident Arsenal can come away the winner. Look at how Arsenal squandered a 4 goal lead against Newcastle!

Arshavin is another worrying factor. His work rate is not the probelm but lately, he has lost his penchant of scoring goals. What is worrying is that for all his running, Arshavin plays like a blind mice. Often he kicks the ball without knowing where the goal mouth is, and his passes often go astray.

If Arshavin can recover his old form, and the others play as a team for the FULL 90 minutes and Van Persie’s current scintillating form doen’t desert him when it is most indeeded, then Arsenal should come away the winner.

What do you think? Will Arsenal win the League Cup or will it be Birmingham’s day?

Welcome To My New Blog

I have a blog Life As An Ordinary Malaysian where I write on everything and anything under the sun that affect, concern, interest or impact on me living life as an ordinary Malaysian.

I wanted to start a new blog on sports only, but now I have decided to add pastimes and reflections, to spice things up. I can’t only write on sports. It will be too dry and dull.

I am an Arsenal fan, have been since 2003. That was the time when Arsenal were strutting their stuff, conquering all before them in the EPL with the likes of Thierry Henry, Berkamp and Robert Pires.

They even earned themselves the title of  “The Invincibles” in the  2003/20004 season, not losing a single game in the premiership in that season.

Ever since, Arsenal have won anything of note, except for the 2005 FA Cup. They did come close on a number of occasions to winning the premiership, but inconsistences and lack of confidence put paid to their efforts. 

Will Arsenal win the premiership this year? They are now only a single point behind leaders Manchester United after the recent 1-0 win over Stoke City. But MU have a game in hand.

However, Arsenal’s win over Stoke City has come at a cost, with injuries to Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas and this may impact on their chance with important games coming thick and fast as the season comes to a close.

One thing I find frustrating about Arsenal is that they pass the ball to death, instead of trying to mix it up with long ball atempts at goal which may be better in some situations.

What do you think. Have Arsenal the wherewithals to lift the premiership title this year? Your comments are welcome.