I’ll start today’s post with a question: is there really any point going over Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with West Ham?
I’m pretty sure most people’s answer would be ‘no’ and I’d have to agree. It’s not that we played particularly poorly at the Emirates on Saturday – after all, 63% possession and 22 shots on goal hardly represents a poor performance. It’s just that we never looked like scoring. For all of our possession, for all of the attacking players we had on the pitch, we completely lacked the spark to break down an incredibly negative West Ham side.
The lack of attacking spark is a real worry simply because it’s become so common. Indeed, in our last six Premier League home games we’ve scored just four goals. That’s right, four. It’s an astonishing statistic, really, given everything that has been written about our supposedly awful defence and gives some perspective as to why Andrei Arshavin is being chased so ferociously. He’s expected to sign today, by the way, and this time it might actually be true.
Going forward, there were some casualties from the West Ham game. Emmanuel Eboue looks like he’s been quite seriously injured and will be out for some time. Watching the game with mates, it was a real case of the Boy Who Cried Wolf as everyone hurled abuse at the Ivorian for staying down, understandably expecting him to spring back to his feet when the ball was kicked out. That he turned out to be injured was of course a little cruel, but at the same time somewhat comical. Poor Eboue.
His injury means that the imminent signing of Arshavin can come no sooner. Reports have suggested that the Russian has flown to England to complete a medical that will see him announced as an Arsenal player. It’s sure to be a busy day/night on the blog, I suspect, and I’ll be sure to update things as they happen.
The other casualty from the game was Abou Diaby, who picked up a fifth yellow card and will be forced to miss the North London derby on Sunday. I thought the Frenchman played a decent game against West Ham and he was desperately unlucky to be booked after slipping into the challenge. In saying that, if his absence means the door is open for Arshavin to make his debut for the club then perhaps it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Perhaps.
Anyway, that’s it in a pretty short blog. I really can’t be bothered saying anything more about the weekend and it’s likely that today will be dominated by the ‘will he? won’t he?’ situation surrounding Andrei Arshavin, so there’s little point carrying on.
Cheers and have a good one.
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