Happy but that wasn’t a great penalty was it?
I’VE just managed to catch the Match of the Day highlights. The win is obviously very welcome.
A few random thoughts:
- As I’ve said on countless occasions previously, I am no great Theoist. And yet it is hard to deny that when he’s not having a nightmare, he brings something to the team that nobody else quite does in terms of raw speed.
- I’m still none the wiser as to our first choice midfield.
- Nor our strike force!
- The ball in for the third goal was an absolute beauty. The power of Sanchez’s thighs to just whip it in like that with so little back-lift is amazing.
- You so rarely hear a successful penalty being called out as a poor one. But let’s be honest, that wasn’t a great one was it? Is Cazorla (who is technically brilliant but whose shooting is often wayward), really the right man to take our penalties?
- I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but if the two new signings are confirmed, dare I say it our squad looks potentially a little bloated? Less so in defence where injuries have forced the manager’s hand. But in midfield and up front I think you can argue it is. It is hard to imagine all these players can be accommodated.
- As Ruud Gullit pointed out on Match of the Day, the signings are always late with us and they all, obviously, need time to settle. I do accept the transfer market isn’t simple and that the fact that the window shuts when the season is already underway inevitably creates something of a cluster of transfers around this time of year. But I do wonder if anyone in Highbury House has ever been asked to sit down and make as objective an analysis as possible of points lost over the years courtesy of the squad not being settled in good time?