Form is temporary, class is permanent. Think about it, it explains why AFC have been in the top league longer than any club. 94 years and counting …..
No real reason for starting with this fact except it is yet another to throw at a Spurs fan when they get uppity!
West Ham have done well under Fat Sam in terms of points and promotion but imagine having to watch SamBall every week, – difficult for us Gooners who are spoiled by Mr Wenger’s brand of free-flowing attacking football. Wenger’s tactics may not always work but he does understand that football is first and foremost entertainment.
Most people of my generation have a soft spot for the Hammers primarily because for many years they were known as the Academy. West Ham have a history of producing fine footballers and playing attractive football – no more thanks to Allardyce. People talk of MU’s golden generation of Becks, Scholes, Giggs etc but what of WHU’s – Carrick, Rio Ferdinand (and his brother), Jermaine Defoe, Frank Lampard, and Joe Cole (what a team they could have been!), since then who have West Ham brought through? …… I don’t know either :-)
What does ￡52 million buy? 66 games in 3 years and a pile of trouble. Who does one feel sorry for the clubs who have wasted huge sums of money or the player whose career has been blighted by controversy and injury? I am of course writing about Andy Carroll. Not my favourite player but one whom I have a grudging admiration for, he is still young and has the physique and talent to be an outstanding CF but who really believes he will reach his potential? I wish him a speedy recovery as he would be very useful in Brazil.
Carroll’s absence has led to WHU playing much of the season without a CF though Maiga has taken that role recently.
You know what to expect from WHU today, they are a team in Allardyce’s image. Big, fat and very ugly.
A midfield of Noble, Nolan, Diame and Taylor and two CB’s like Collins and Tomkins. These are not men renowned for their skill and technicality, they are bruisers who look to bully opposition – thankfully it is not working very well and a loss today could see West Ham in the relegation zone.
Arsenal: A win today is important, in recent weeks we have played 3 of our top 4 rivals and lost just once but we all know that is not good enough – we should have taken at least 2 more points. A confidence boosting win at the Boleyn would set us up for a tough trip to Newcastle and a relatively easy ride through January.
Rotation. Who gets a rest? The team had a 9 day break ahead of the Chelsea game so fatigue should not be an issue but we have players who need pitch time in order to regain match sharpness, as such I would start Cazorla and rest Ozil today, the LFG (Little Fabulous German) is used to an Xmas break and Mr Wenger can give him one. Giroud, who has started all our PL games could ride the pine, but are Podolski or Bendtner strong enough to lead the line against a team of Orcs?
The only other area of contention is at full back. Monreal will be pushing for a January move unless he gets games pre-World Cup and I would play him today. Sagna or Jenks? Not so simple. What do you think?
Podolski to get on the pitch midway through the second half. I would like to see more of Gnabry as well.
Combined Team. Looking at the Hammers it is difficult to find a single player who would get into a combined side – plus there are at least 6 AFC players who will not start who would walk into WHU’s first team. I looked at Jarvis who is a decent winger and can certainly cross better than Theo but, be honest, if we signed him would you be happy? Similarly with Nolan – a good player but not top,top or even top.
It is some time since we lost at the Boleyn but that means nothing at 15.00 GMT. We need to win to go top as L’pool will surely drop points today.
Over the years I have had some horrible experiences as a Gooner at The Boleyn (the only ground I have ever been to which had no washing facilities in the toilets!!), it would give me great satisfaction to see our boys give the Hammers fans a sad trudge home as they languish in the Bottom Three.
Let it be So …..
written by Big Raddy