Frankly we are not good enough and it was shown again today against a deeply average Bolton Wanderers side. Yes, we could have won it, but we didn't, Bolton could also have won it, they had a few chances too. Overall we had more of the ball and did have the better chances, but fundamentally we lacked the quality in the final third to finish Bolton off.
I will be positive for a bit. It was great to see the Bac back, he had a solid game and it is brilliant to have a proper right back in the side again, it's like tasting water again when one has been trekking across an arid desert. The defence did well on the whole and Arteta is also back. RVP is class and he almost produced a wonder goal out of nothing today, the Ox is also a great young talent.
Enough of the positivity. We lack quality going forward and Thierry Henry's addition is a sticky plaster to a gaping wound. I love Thierry, he loves the club too, but he is so past it, his legs have gone and he is not the answer. It borders on the criminal how little back up we have to RVP up front. We are a massive rich club and we have one decent striker, frankly it is utterly pathetic. The Henry substitution did nothing for us today, Thierry does not have the legs, it is just so plain to see.
Theo Walcott has been playing like a drugged mule for the last few weeks. His touch is average, his vision non existent, his finishing terrible, his decision making weak, his defensive contribution minimal. He really has offered very little other than his pace. It is very depressing to see his career going backwards, one has to question his attitude and application. I am really starting to have serious doubts about his future at the club.
I feel sorry for Aaron Ramsey, too much has been put on his young shoulders, so soon after a career threatening injury too. His form has been erratic and poor at times, he does always give his all and I like him as a player. I do think that out squad has been terribly exposed though this season, Ramsey has played too many games and has been asked to carry too much given where he is in his career.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am no knee jerk reactionary, I am not a routine moaner, I have reached this assessment and conclusion after a lot of hard thinking and deliberation. It is just rather sad that our current squad is just nowhere near good enough in too many areas. We do not have enough top drawer players, we lack the quality on the bench to change games and we have so much overpaid dross it is beyond belief. This is such an average Arsenal squad.