So, a late, late RVP strike saves us from yet more away day blues, salvaging a 1-1 draw at Everon.
I only caught it on MOTD when I got back from training, and the highlights didn't make us look to bad. I say make us because I recieved several texts during the game saying that we were shite, jittery at the back and lacking creative ability apart from the occasional glimmer from RVP and Nasri. And I've been at several matches where we've dominated apart from 2 nothing shots from our opponents, which MOTD have managed twist into pivotal points of the game, so you take it with a pinch of salt.
But there are some serious problems at Arsenal at the moment. The team is missing a defensive leader at the back, a ball-winning midfielder and with Cesc, Theo and the permanently-injured Rosicky out we're left with Song, Eboue and Diaby (who occasionally has a decent game, but not consistently enough) to provide that spark. Trouble is the manager thinks this is fine, super, not a problem, I'm good thanks how are you?
Now this worries me, its like the end of the George Graham era, when after buying such quality players as Limpar, Schwartz, Wright and Smith he ended up brining in Kiwombia, Jensen, McGoldrick, Helder etc, and kept playing them because he "thought they could do a job". He'd gone stale and I fear the same may be happening to Wenger. As I said in the title, If you can't see the problem, you become part of it.
But maybe his hands are being tied by the board, a lack of funds dictating matters at AG, and Wenger is having to tow the line while looking like he's trying to sign players to keep the supporters happy? Its a dangerous game if he is.....
Update: It seems he may be doing something about the creativity, after things looked dead in the water the Arshavin deal may be completed soon
I'm not sure if the glass is half full, half empty, or even still on the table with regards to last night. On Monday I'd have been happy with a point at Goodison, and at 21:50 I was ok with a point in a game we had been 60 seconds away from losing. However Villa's win on Tuesday mean's that the gap is now 5 points, and I'm starting to feel more like 4th place is theirs to lose.
All a bit depressing this morning really! On the plus side, I'm only 14 hours and 41 minutes away from being able to drink again. Hmm, so I set an alarm for midnight and tuck into the Stellas in the fridge or not.......