I said last week I would blog again on what the problems were. Then I thought I would leave it for another week, and yet the problems which I alluded, now only abound to a greater extent.
Very proudly the Arsenal website proclaimed that RVP had scored or assisted every goal in January as if this was a good thing. A GOOD THING!!!
For fucks sake, yes, RVP has been in great form. And thats jolly good. But did you see Man United publishing stories on their website last year, proclaiming Ronaldo's form? (They probably did, but that's beside the point). If we were winning games, I don't have a problem with praising our players. But the facts are these: RVP is a great individual but there is no team. If RVP does not score or assist, nobody does.
To all intents and purposes, we are reliant on one individual: Thats not something to be praised; its something to be bemoaned.
Look at our past four results:
Cardiff 0 Arsenal 0
Everton 1 Arsenal 1
Arsenal 0 West Ham 0
Spurs 0 Arsenal 0
One goal in four games. I grant you the Premiership has tightened up but still. Alas, you readers are probably thinking that now we've signed Arshavin this problem will be fixed. I disagree.
Because if Adebayor's finishing is that bad that he cannot score a single goal this year, and the rest of the midfield aren't creating chances, then our Russian will do nothing. He is a really, really good player. But he isn't superman.
Yet, with Chelski tottering we can still finish in the top 4. We won't win the league this season, but it is imperative to finish in the Champions League places and secure our position amongst the elite for another year.
And elite we are. Including Eboue. People who say he isn't fit to wear the shirt are wrong. He played really well yesterday for half an hour. He got himself sent off. From then we lost much of our attacking impetus. But that wasn't because we were down to ten men. Sagna, in posssibly his finest Arsenal performance, negated the impact of the sending off. The truth is, the reason we lost our impetus is because it came from Eboué.
If he can perform like that, with marauding runs and pressuring defenders, more often, then his stock will rise amongst Gooners. For me, the real fall guy is Kolo. If we can ship him off in the summer, then we have to. He was poor again yesterday. At least Eboue shows glimpses of a light at the end of a tunnel. Kolo is blighted by malaria. It's sad but true. The better Ivorian is number 27. Wenger likes him because he works hard. And in many ways, so should Gooners.
Eboue is similar to Freddie. Ljungberg had one great patch of form in the summer of 2002 and aside from that, he didn't do much. He threatened now and again, but apart from that, he was not that great. Yet, he was a fans favourites. For two reasons: firstly, he had a great song; and secondly, he had a phenomenal work rate. Eboue also has this, and as different from Ade, he ALWAYS tries his best.
So get behind him, and get behind the team.
Keep the faith...