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.

Arsène Knows, So pay attention!

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.


5 Responses to “The Shape of Things to Come”

  1. Arnie said

    class article mate

  2. Andrew said

    Bendtner is not that great yet. I think he will become a great player in a few years.
    I agree with you about Vermaelen as our defensive leader, Song as our midfield enforcer and Diaby will help out in attack and in defense when needed.

    This will be our lineup next season 4-3-3
    —————- Almunia
    Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
    Fabregas ——– Song ——– Diaby
    Van Persie —- Chamak —– Arshavin

    Sub: Fabianski, Eboue, Djoruru, Denilson, Nasri, Walcott, Bendtner
    try beating this lineup

    Eduardo is my biggest worry he broke a leg while playing for us but he’s not the same player since his injury and I dont see him getting any playing time if Chamak comes.
    If you just look at the footballing side then wenger should sell him but he broke a leg for us and we shouldn’t turn our back on him but keeping him on the bench is not fair as well.

  3. Parsifal576 said

    Bendtner still needs to work on his 1st touch, it is not as superb as you reckon it to be. Other than that he will be a fantastci player for us…Nice blog, though.

  4. Eduardo needs to play in a 4-4-2, he is no winger, and he is no lone, hold up striker.

    The current system does not benefit him.

  5. It’s a point to debate, regarding bendys first touch, i found it heavy at times last season.. much the same as badeys first touch has always been..

    but since he has come back from injury this year, he seems to control the ball first time very deftly, he comes out from leading the line by dropping back, takes the pass and turn into space and delivers to wider men or the cavalry charge from centre midfield.

    we play so much better football with him in the team.

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