It’s been a quiet few days since the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
I don’t think there has been anything to add to the result that hasn’t already been said since the beginning of the season. Suffice to say that progress, or should it be recovery, will be a long process. The players need time to get used to playing with each other and the manager needs to get used to them working out what is this best line up, where the strengths and weaknesses are and what system we should play. Of course there will those who disagree but it will take time. It’s not always easy to be patient but I guess we have to be however frustrating?
Jose Reina said
“Each of us has to adjust to working in a new way. For me, I’m working in a slightly different way. It is an English style of goalkeeping coaching. With the passing of each day I get used to it and what the manager wants. It is the same for all of us. We need to be patient. Some people expect miracles. Football doesn’t usually work like that”
Since the game Reina has been the subject of a transfer rumour – The Emirates being his destination during the winter window. Quite why he would want to go there is beyond me. If it’s been a while since we won a trophy then add one year on to that period for Arsenal. I suspect this is the press putting two and two together to make five. Arsenal, it seems, have a keeper problem and we are where we are so let’s meld the two together to make a little story!
Elsewhere Didier Deschamps has revealed, unnecessarily in my opinion, that he had talks with us in the summer over the manager’s post. So, and the point is? I bet Marseille are pleased!
Which quickly brings us to tonight’s game against Utrecht. And despite everything it appears HRH will continue to put league before Europa. Steven Gerrard stays at home along with Daniel Agger who has a groin strain. It remains to be seen who places Gerrard but I guess Martin Kelly will be drafted in to replace Agger especially as Paul Konchesky is also injured? No doubt Dirk Kuyt will be relishing a trip back to his former club with whom he spent five years?
Apart from the Dirk connection I can’t say I know a great deal about Utrecht. They lost over the weekend to AZ Alkmaar and currently lie mid table in the Dutch league. Interesting enough they have a one hundred per cent home record but at the other end of the scale have lost all four of their away games. Their main man appears to be someone called Van Wolfswinkel. Again I’ve never heard of him but everyone seems to think we should be aware of him! Hopefully I won’t be mentioning him too much in the next post!
I guess that, regardless of the team we field, we should not take anything for granted. For me the biggest problem appears to balancing the demands of a leaving party for a life long work friend, watching the game and the small matter of the other halves birthday! I hope the team has an easier night in dealing with their problems!
Prediction? After the good win against Steaua I guess the pressure is off slightly however as the league takes on more seriousness HRH will want to rest more in Europe. Best strike whilst we can and take us to do just that with a 2-0 win.