The Shape of Things to Come
March 17, 2010
It seems we finally have a settled core to our starting eleven.
The central, so-called spine, positions of the current team display all the requisite strengths one would assume necessary for a title-winning team.
In Thomas Vermalen we have found our warrior, our fighter, our defensive leader.
The previously much derided Alex Song has developed into a fine midfield enforcer, he has plenty of scope to develop his overall game yet further.
The elegant, skillful, power packed play Abou Diaby brings to the table is essential to the way the team opens up defences.
Diaby will run the Arsenal midfield for years to come.
Nicklas Bendtner is still a very raw young footballer, all we ever seem to read or hear about is his ego, or his supreme confidence in his own abilities.
Those personal issues aside, the boy can certainly become a world-class centre forward, under the careful tutelage of Le Boss.
Wenger speaking after the Burnley home game, in which Bendtner missed many glaring chances, gave a very candid insight into the inner workings of the young Dane’s mind.
“He looks at why he missed the chances and gets it right in the next game. Nicklas is really improving at the moment. That was just an isolated game.
“In every competition you always have something to prove and show how good you are. He has a good mental strength and, even if he was disappointed with the chances he missed, it will not diminish his desire and confidence to going to the next game.”
High praise indeed, I rarely recall a player who has received such constant backing from Wenger.
The Frenchman clearly rates him incredibly highly.
Bendtner only turned 22 recently, he has now come out of the “much potential” age group, and is poised to step into the arena of consistent high-class performances, backed up with regular goals.
His overall link play impresses me the most, he is blessed with a fabulous first touch, has the vision to spread play intelligently, and can obviously stick the ball into the back of the onion bag.
His aerial presence has done wonders for the team since his return from injury, the losses against the Manure and Chavski were much to do with giving up easy possession in the final third, as the ball just bounced back off 4ft 11 Arshavin.
I would dearly love to play Manure again this season, I’m keen to have us paired in the Champions League draw this coming Friday morning.
The defeat at Old Trafford was bad luck, we played a wonderful game for large parts that day, had that early 2nd half effort by Van Persie crept in, we could have gone on to spank the mancs something rotten.
Yes, I know, coulda, woulda, shoulda… but, we woulda!
The previously mentioned defeats to Manure and Chavski, at the Emirates, were spineless, not literally.
Our backbone is now nicely intact.
So, Platini, Blatter, UEFA, Far Eastern underground gambling gangsters, the KGB, Paul Daniels, Zippy from Rainbow, Orville the duck … whoever fixes the bleeding draw…
deliver us the Mancs if you please.