By Graham McNorthbank
3-1 in what some would class as a meaningless game. To me it was more like one step forward, three steps back.
All in all it was a pretty poor display by the Gunners last night, but rather than go through a blow by blow account (when most self respecting Gooners have already watched the coverage), I’m going to take a leaf out of the book of others and look at 10 lessons we learned in Athens.
- Lukasz Fabianski doesn’t deserve to wear goalkeeper’s gloves, let alone an Arsenal shirt.
- Vito Mannone, despite an unfortunate attempt to clear the ball, deserves a run in the FA Cup to stake a claim as Arsenal’s second choice keeper.
- No matter what Arsenal paid to secure the services of Sebastien Squillaci (anywhere between £3-6m according to various reports), he ranks as Arsene Wenger’s worst buy. Come back Mikael Silvestre, all is forgiven.
- Islamic players can provide assists to Jewish team mates.
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grasps his opportunities when he is given the chance.
- Unlike Andrey Arshavin who, judging by his ability to only pass to players wearing opposition kit, seems to have forgotten what any of his team mates look like.
- If there’s someone hungover enough to wield a cheque book on New Year’s day, Marouane Chamakh should be sold. Bear in mind that even €1 will be a profit.
- Benayoun took his goal well, but we don’t have a second string striker who is anywhere near capable of troubling defenders.
- Our centre back issues have now been replaced, and then some, by our full back injury problems.
- Ju Young Park was bought to sell Arsenal shirts in Asia because he patently wasn’t bought to wear one.
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