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ARSENAL 3 BOURNEMOUTH 0
FROM GOODPLAYA AT THE EMIRATES

FOR a moment it appeared the whole way we define our Arsenal selves appeared under threat. Alexis Sanchez had entered the field to mostly cheers but some boos also.

Suddenly it was no longer enough to simply be either pro or anti-Wenger. Were those who were booing, pro-Wenger anti-Sanchez or anti-Wenger anti Sanchez. And what of those who cheered the Chilean? Were they pro-Wenger pro Sanchez or anti Wenger pro Sanchez? Could you tick “none of the above”?

Thankfully, there was no lasting booing. Any lingering expression of sentiment is likely to be in more overt applause for the rest of our forwards.

I’m not sure how much there is to say about the game. We played some decent stuff and deserved to win. It won’t alter the course of history but then Bournemouth in early September rarely does. The league table looks a little less offensive, which should be no great surprise.

9 Responses to “Arsenal identities”

  1. slc gunner says:

    I was surprised at how bad Bournemouth were. They are at the bottom for a reason – I hope they recover as it’s good to have a few cinderella stories in the league. For Arsenal, the game proves nothing. The game at the weekend will be an opportunity to show what we’re made of. It’s been a long time since we’ve played well away from home against a top side. I think we beat City a couple of years ago – that’s the last one I can remember.
    As for the boos, it’s certainly not black and white. I hope he plays his best this season – we need him. It’s likely that he’ll walk on a free at the end of it. If his mind is right, he should play in all the matches.

  2. MDP says:

    For me, it’s more complicated than that Playa. I think Sanchez should have gone earlier in the summer for a sizeable fee. I think Arsene should have walked last summer and he’s growing increasingly frustrating as the seasons go by. I still have deep respect for both of these people. I’d never boo them. Arsene feels like an infuriating family member who you hate to see suffering at times and you would love to see succeed even though you think that time has passed. You’re allowed to moan about family yet you have this deep connection with them at the same time. That’s Arsene.

    Some of the things we learned on Saturday…. the two new boys have to start against Chelsea. Kolasniac is my first choice left back whether Monreal plays in the back 3 or is on the bench. Loved the Lacazette finish…. Our midfield still scares the shit out of me. They’ll have to show more discipline against better opposition…. Loved seeing Welbeck come back at the critics with a great performance…

    Hoping to build some momentum against Cologne before Chelsea.

  3. PD says:

    Well. that was a bit better. Determination & organisation – it’s not really too much to ask to have that more often is it Arsene ?
    Really nice run of games now before November to move up the table a bit…..but you know this is Arsenal so who knows if we will take advantage !!

  4. MDP says:

    Pleasantly surprised is all I can really say.

    I’ve only seen the highlights and heard the reports but it’s what we’ve been waiting for – a bit of charachter, fight, organisation and discipline. Can that be replicated week in and week out? Surely it can even if it doesn’t always come off. Hope we can apply it to the next run of games in the short term.

  5. PD says:

    Did anyone else notice that Ethan Ampadu became one of Chelsea’s youngest ever debutants last night & be a bit concerned by it ?

    For those who don’t know him Kwame Ampadu is an Irish lad who was at Arsenal as a kid, didn’t make it to the first team but went on to have a decent career in the lower leagues. He then went into coaching & after impressing at Exeter moved back to Arsenal where he now coaches our under-18s.
    How on earth does his son end up at Chelsea ? Chelsea having bought him from …….Exeter of all places !
    I am baffled. If this kid goes on to have a big career….

  6. Elvis says:

    Didn’t notice that, PD. Life being too short and all that…

  7. MDP says:

    I have to say that one escaped me PD, but it is more evidence of how badly things have been run behind the scenes from owner through to management, scouting, buying and selling of players to coaching – in essence the whole set up. From things I heard over this summer coupled with the infamous Dick Law on his way out of the club, I get the impression that there is some impetus for change from some board members. However, with Wenger’s stubbornness to reject support staff such as a director of football (a successful ideology that is generally accepted in all other top clubs), it’s hard to see real change anytime soon.

    The only thing that really caught my eye this week other than another (unflattering) win against Doncaster was a full 90mins from Jack Wilshere. I’d love to see him stay fit this season. I think it’s generally accepted that our first choice midfield pairing (in the absence of a defensive midfielder) is Ramsey and Xhaka especially with their show of discipline and awareness against Chelsea. However, I don’t see why Jack can’t challenge that. I see a leader in Jack and I also see a fighter who could potentially take on a more disciplined, ‘team’ roll better than any of our midfielders. I’ve got a lot of time for both Ramsey and Xhaka but I hope Jack pushes them all the way and takes his chances this season.

  8. PD says:

    hahaha…very true Elvis….to be honest I’m not that much of a geek, it’s just I played against Kwame Ampadu growing up in Dublin so I have always followed his career since I heard he was joining Arsenal when we were about 15. There’s no way I would have noticed this if it was any other coach in our set up. The whole thing is just weird to me : how does the son of our u-18s coach end up at one of our rivals ? It’s not as if we (or any big club) have so many 17 year olds who are good enough to get a first team game at that age.

    Jack ? Lovely to see. I’ve always been a big fan. I’ve seen a lot of people say he’s a threat to Xhaka/Ramsey but could you honestly see him playing with either of those two ? I think to get Jack in the team you would have to leave out both & play him with Coquelin….or else play him at no. 10…..

  9. MDP says:

    I take your point. I’m thinking back to when Jack played a deeper role for England and didn’t look that out of place. I never really would have put Xhaka and Ramsey together either but it seems to be the best we have if they are prepared to be disciplined. I just wonder if Jack could be a curve ball alternative. That said, further forward is what suits him best and now you say it he could also push Ozil with Jack potentially a more disciplined less luxury type player at No.10, more comfortable with tracking back and getting stuck in.

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