So Willy has come out and said: "I can say we have not seen the Gallas from 2006 this term so far. In a few matches, I have not been so good. With the French team in Sweden and Austria, I was not very good at some moments.
"I would close my eyes if I would say I am strong. That would mean I don't recognise I did have a few bad performances, as recently with my club against Hull City. Maybe I feel a little tried."Do I experience the most difficult period since I joined Arsenal? We could say yes. Above all I miss consistency. One match is good, the other one is not so good. However, I am doing everything to get to my best again."
Lots of gooners are moaning about our defence and at least Willy realises he has been a bit gash this season but not in the Senderos/Stepanovs vein!
The goals we have conceded read like this:
Fulham: set piece, poor defending by Gallas but was beaten by a more determined taller man.
Hull: 1 wonder goal that would have beaten anyone and 1 set piece that was down to a bit of poor defending but was also a great header.
Bolton: 1 goal from set piece, u expect that from Bolton – we still murdered them
Sunderland: 1 wonder goal that Song was at fault for partially for not making a challenge or taking the risk of conceding a free kick.
So we have conceded 5 goals in The Prem this season so far. Ch*vski 3 and Liverpool and Manure 4 each. I would say that is not too bad.
Gallas knows he needs to defend better. I just feel that the 3 aforementioned teams concede less because all their CB’s are over 6ft.
Liverpool have Skrtl, Agger, Hypia and Carragher, manure have Rio and Vidic and Ch*vski have Carvalho, Terry and Alex .... we have Kolo and Willy!
That is why we concede more set pieces! Our team is a lot shorter in height on average than our title rivals.
We used to be a big side from keeper to striker ..... Seaman, Keown, Campbell, TA, Viera, Petit, Henry, Bergkamp ... all over 6ft tall.
Now we are Almunia, Toure, Gallas, Fab, Denilson, RvP and Ade ..... that is why I feel we need to compensate for our physical disadvantage by raising our technical game.
Wenger gets upset because he figures we will concede goals from set pieces, he banks on us scoring more than we concede that’s why he’s always never as sad when we lose if we at least create the chances.
If I was Arsene I would do the following .... move Toure to centre midfield replacing Denilson and stick Djourou in at CB to see what happens. I would also like to see Silvestre given a chance at CB. However I am not Le Prof and I doubt he will. We just need to be patient.
However the reason we have lost or drawn the games we have is because we have been more toothless in attack than we have been shoddy in defence.
Hull and Fulham both easily winnable games. Sunderland – we did not attack enough.
Also all this talk on Fab is upsetting but it is International week.
There is no Prem news and the sports pages need to be filled somehow. Until I read something on the Arsenal site saying he is leaving then it is all media twaddle. Ronaldo was defo going to leave Manure cos he said it to the media right?