The latest news from the bluegrass state.
So six games in, and we've taken 15 points from the possible 18 available. We're top of the table and even though there is a lot of football left to be played, we're seeing a growing positivity and collective team spirit among the team.
Mesut Özil has provided assists and flair and seems to have given the entire team a boost, and none other than Aaron Ramsey has continued the rise to the form of his young (remember that) career.
Now, some people on twitter say that they've been behind Ramsey 100%, and as one of those that has been a big fan of Ramsey, I don't quite understand the infighting amongst us Arsenal fans on the subject. He's fantastic right now, but he was always doing good things - even in his dark days last season. He was only a pass a beat behind the right time, and a bit of confidence away from being where he is today. My only request is that we look at Aaron Ramsey as a lesson. If you want to slate a player after a performance, thats fine - but what good does that do? Do you think that builds their confidence? Do you think that will help them do a better job on the pitch for the club you support if you tell him he's shit? Players remember this type of behavior from the fans, especially when it's time to renew a contract, and I'm sure they'd prefer to be in a place where they feel they're appreciated.
Same goes for Nicklas Bendtner for me - as long as he's wearing a cannon on his shirt, we should support him. If he wants to work hard for the club and be a positive, as far as I'm concerned, he's still an Arsenal player.
What is fantastically exciting to me, though, is the fact that we're still without some of our highest rated players in Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, and Theo Walcott. Rosicky and Diaby are still out injured - Vermaelen, Arteta have only just returned to the squad but both of them are going to take some time to get back into form and break into the in form pairing in back of Koscielny and Mertesacker, and midfield pairing of Ramsey and Flamini, respectively. We are also yet to see the best of Jack Wilshere after his return from injury and surgery over the summer. If he manages to recapture some of his form from two years ago, we'll be in for quite the selection dilemma.
I used to love transfer windows. I loved the excitement that came with the possibilities of completely transforming a team from one form to something completely different. In fact, I got a tumblr back years ago specifically to write about transfer windows. Watching film of different players, seeing how they interacted with their team mates.. It was all exciting to me - so much so, that I really wanted to look into being a scout as a profession. I would jump at the chance, by the way, in case someone with hiring ability at arsenal is reading this.... haha.
Anyway - I'm sure we've all read through the narrative of stingy Arsenal and our lack of excitement in the transfer windows. The glory days of Arsenal had seemed to be fading, and the "in Arsene we Rust" banners seemed to be more numerous than those of the "in Arsene we Trust" variety. I don't think I need to go over that any more.
Roll on 2011 and the exodus of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively. In the case of Nasri, however, not so respectfully. In 2012 I was shocked when Robin van CuntfaceJudasBastard went to Manchester United, and on twitter I relentlessly mock the little boy living inside him, even if he did help them win the league last year. He won't this year, I am pretty certain that David Moyes' job is to help facilitate United's move into the middle or lower half of the table. Have fun with that project, Robin.
Despite my bitterness and damn near hatred for some of these players - at the time we looked pretty rusty. As a gooner, the cannons are always on the polished and ready to go side, but I'm certain that if looked at from an outside perspective, we were leaning a little towards the decommissioned part of the armory.
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