I was gutted we lost yesterday. I wanted to beat Juve with our kids but I don’t think we can read into the defeat too much.
It was good practice for the boys and we were unlucky to lose although to be fair we didn’t really create enough clear cut chances to win. Real Madrid should be more open.
One thing the game confirmed was that Philippe Senderos is nowhere near good enough to play for Arsenal. He’s had so much time to prove himself but he hasn’t done so and we should get rid of him and get a quality centre back in.
Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy should be an example to him and he isn’t in their league. Swiss Tony should be shown the door.
The area where I worry about us is central defence. In William Gallas and Kolo Toure we have a lack of height and have no real commanding central defender in the mould of Vidic, Ferdinand, Terry or Carvalho who all love to attack the ball and get rid of it.
That brings me on to the captaincy and as with many Gooners, I was gutted when Gallas caved in at Birmingham. It was petulant and stupid but he did it and lets move on.
He’d just seen Eduardo cut down and Clichy give away a penalty (which never was) which pretty much put everything we’d done prior to that match down the toilet.
He let it all get to him – he may be on £70K odd per week but he is human and fallible.
Gallas is still the best man for the Arsenal captaincy. He’s got fire in his belly and he hates losing. He’s also our most experienced player and is well liked in the dressing room at Arsenal.
Cesc Fabregas is not ready yet to be captain but I am sure he will be in the future.
Wenger has got a two year plan and hopefully the addition of a quality signing will gee the fans up for the start of the season.
Remember, we only lost the title by four points last season and that was after people saying we’d be ruined when TH14 left. Arsene Wenger is a genius manager and he will want to win something more than anyone to vindicate his policy to stick with youth and not buy for the sake of buying.
You are only as good as your last game in football. This team will do us all proud.
I am certain we are on the verge of something special.