By Avenell Dave
As I said on Monday, the biggest problem Arsenal have is with their attitude.
Sure, the injuries have been a nightmare over the past few years, and we have a defensive crisis of sorts at present, but it’s the approach that causes most concern.
Would we have lost to Newcastle or West Brom if the attitude was spot on? Or Hull a couple of years back? Would we have let a two goal lead turn into a defeat at home against our biggest rivals if we didn’t think the game was won by half time?
It prompted Arsene Wenger to have to come out and defend Andrey Arshavin this week and Nick Bendtner is not far behind in the stakes of players us Addicts want to see more from.
Both have enough talent to make a real difference for Arsenal over the course of the season, but whether it is just a rough patch or simply an arrogance or laziness, Wenger shouldn’t stand for it.
Both Arshavin and Bendtner have a chance to redeem themselves after the disappointment of Saturday, and after Ch*vski’s thrashing of the Tractor Boys, you have to hope that we will put on a good show.
With Seb Squillaci crocked, the temptation will be there to play Johann Djourou again but if he breaks down, we are really in trouble.
When the mystery of Thomas Vermaelen’s injury is resolved (memories of the Tomas Rosicky troubles linger), he and Djourou could form an impressive central defensive screen.
But with the home leg to come in a couple of weeks and no new recruit yet signed to provide extra cover, youngster Ignasi Miquel, who was on the bench on Saturday, should be given a chance.
It may be a bit early for him to provide a viable defensive alternative in future but, while we should not take Ipswich lightly, at least we have the home leg to come.
Alex Song needs a break as well and although Denilson has been indifferent recently (prompting a Twitter slating by his captain), I would give him another chance and give Aaron Ramsey his first start after returning from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest.
The Welshman will take a while to get back to full fitness but he is a wonderful player and adds something special to the team.
I’m perplexed as to why Jay Emmanuel Thomas doesn’t get more opportunities – especially when you see his Reserve stats of 10 goals in eight games, suggesting that he is too good for that level of football.
Tomas Rosicky, for me, has never been the same player since his injury and fails to provide any consistent tangible quality or leadership to the side.
But in the absence of others and with one eye on the Premier League game against West Ham at the weekend, he should start the game as well.
I’d like to see Bendtner played central where he can hopefully show what he is capable of and get back the confidence that strikers thrive upon.
It’s about time he started living up to his own hype.
Eboue Miquel Koscielny Gibbs
Ramsey Denilson Rosicky
JET Bendtner Vela