There’s not much to go on about today. That title is true but only extend to the Arsenal reserves team. We were at the end of a 10-1 drubbing. That is a side which includes a slightly more experienced duo in Craig Eastmond and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. No matter which way you look at it, being beaten by 9 goals is not good regardless of the level of competition.
I did not see the game or read any comments on how our players performed. Yes, there was a red card after only 11 minutes into the game but that could never be use as a justification on the final score. From the outside, it seems to me that the players just let their heads drop after going a goal and a man down. These matches cannot be considered meaningless games, especially when these players are looking to break into the first team. Attitude, I fear, is the real problem here.
Attitude, or rather too much of it, is what most would classify Nicklas Bendtner. Here, he revealed his ambition for the season and how some of his words were twisted. This is a player who believes in his own ability but has been given little chance to show it this season. Only 6 starts this season in all competition but has already scored 4 goals. That is more than decent for someone who plays so little.
Strikers will always be judged on their goals and that is what Bendtner has in his locker. Yes, he does miss the fair amount of chances but the way he puts some of those goals away, you’ll be wondering why he doesn’t do it on a more regular basis. To me, he is like a better Marouane Chamakh but with better skills on the ball. You’ll never see him pulling the ball back if he is through on goal. Yet, I would still consider Chamakh higher in the pecking order by virtue of the amount of work he puts in compared to Bendtner.
Which is also probably why Bendtner targets the Carling Cup as one of the route to success. He will get his chance to play in cup games like the Carling Cup or the FA Cup. Another night like the Leeds game will not do him any good. He’s first choice for Denmark and believes he should be first choice for Arsenal as well. There is only one way to achieve that target, putting away the chances.
After Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry is another old boy that has been touted as the next possible signing for Arsene Wenger. If you read some of the headlines that journalist wrote, you’ll be thinking that is case. However that could not be further from the truth. Just like David Beckham before him, Henry is just there to maintain his fitness before the upcoming MLS season. Striking options are the last thing that Arsenal need at the moment. However, should there be an opening or two for the coaching job, I would seriously consider trying for Henry and Patrick Vieira to coach the lads next season. Something for Wenger to ponder upon, but in the close season, not now.
Match preview tomorrow. Have a nice day.