A great result last night, even if the performance was not particularly convincing and some rather interesting post match comment. Given that we had seven first teamers out, I think some of our strength in depth was demonstrated, after all if Man U had seven out I wonder how strong their line up would be? Another one of our squad players, Justin Hoyte, looks set to join Boro for about 3.5 million, not a bad piece of business. Click on the McLaren photo to listen to his great new dutch accent, what a chump.
There's certainly a weakness in the centre of midfield which Arsene seems certain to remedy. It was certainly a match with significant consequences though, as failing to reach the Champions League could have dire consequences in the current financial climate. The loss of Cesc was only the tip of the iceberg, Twente lead by McLaren exploited a long standing Arsenal weakness, that being that we get a bit rattled when a team packs their midfield with five men and presses in a very committed fashion. Even Cesc and Diaby would have struggled in this context, so all in all I don't think Ramsey and Denilson did that badly.I have now sent the following letter to Emmanuel Adebayor, in the end it was signed by around 100 gooners. I doubt he'll respond but I shall certainly keep you informed of any updates on this.
I am writing on behalf of myself, a loyal Arsenal supporter and the other loyal Arsenal supporters named at the end of this letter. We would very much appreciate it if you could take the time to read this letter and reply in person.
We have been very disappointed by you and your agent's behaviour this summer. We appreciate that you had a good season for us last year, but you are under contract to Arsenal and should have shown more respect to your contract. You could have gone about gaining a pay rise in a more respectful and professional manner by speaking directly to the club and not by leaking quotes and stories to the media.
We are happy to forgive and forget your behaviour on one condition, that condition being that you issue a formal apology to the club, your fellow Arsenal players and the fans for your behaviour this summer. If you do not apologise then I will not jeer or boo you, however I will not be able to support with the same passion that I once did having observed your behaviour this summer,