So, what can we say about the Arsenal game? Well quite a bit really.
Apologies first though, I was unable to write anything positive after the Everton game, so rather than vent my spleen I said nowt, the game spoke for itself.
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So, back to Arsenal, there were positives but also of course negatives. I think at half-time everyone was expecting a hammering of the highest order, instead we came out fighting and at last showed some guts. Was this due to Arsenal tiring? I don’t think so, I just think we got at them.
The display of Remy Cabella must surely convince folk that he has got what it takes to be a top player. If we can build a team around solid players like; Krul, Sissoko, Cabella, Perez, Janmaat etc then we may have a chance of progression.
Janmaat proved on Saturday just what a player he is, filling in at centre-half with ease, the goals were the fault of a weak Mike Williamson and a poorly positioned Vurnon Anita. Oh and if Gouffran had actually kicked the ball with any velocity in the second half, we might have got a draw, instead the GK was able to drop his cap on the powder puff shot when the one good chance fell his way.
We need to ditch the likes of Anita, Gouffran and Williamson as soon as possible – not good enough, simple as.
The next transfer window is going to be both nerve-racking but potentially interesting.
John Carver is apparently excited by the players we have been looking at, well he has probably been confusing what’s on the telly with the list given to him by Lee Charnley. I mean exciting players are Bale, Messi, Ronaldo etc not Johnny Notworthy from Benidorm Athletic!
It’s hard to imagine that it is only 19 years since we smashed the world transfer record ourselves, oh how the not so mighty have fallen.
So, before we can get our Flip-flops on, we have the small business of another nervous game against our friends from down the road, this is a game that we simply cannot lose, a fifth loss to them is simply too much. However, up until the 46th minute of the Arsenal game I was quite fearful, but if the team gets stuck in like it did against Arsenal then we can go there and win.
Speaking of our friends down the road, it would seem they have lost the moral high ground over the Adam Johnson issue.
Now let’s be frank about this Adam Johnson is an innocent man unless he is charged and found guilty of any offence in a court of law. However, once the issue became public, SAFC made the decision to suspend Adam Johnson until the matter was finalised one way or another.
While the matter is being investigated, Sunderland have plummeted to the brink of the relegation zone and indeed sacked and appointed yet more managers.
Their decision to then reinstate Adam Johnson is nothing to do with legal delays, but simply because they are desperate and need him. Principles I’m afraid go out the window when the prospect of relegation becomes a reality.
So will we win down there? I don’t see why not; get at them, score early and their fickle fans will turn. Their ‘I’m Sunlun till I die’ chant would again become ‘I’m Sunlun till half-time’. We saw that ourselves up here on October 31st 2010, only Aston Villa have fans more fickle fans than those from down the road and boy do we need to make them suffer.
We have to play our strongest possible team and that team does not include Anita or Gouffran. Unfortunately, we are so short at the back we have limited choices, anyone remember Santon and Mbiwa? Idiots of the highest order for letting them go mid-season.
Next season, out of my bunch we are losing at least three. They can’t be convinced to stay, as quite simply it is boring. I can’t say I blame them, however I will be continuing on, but the numbers in the pub will be fewer and that is quite a sad thing.
I can’t help but wonder what percentage of fans will not be here next season, and before anyone states the obvious, I know people like me are possibly part of the problem!
Right, onwards and upwards, let’s cheer ourselves up by hammering a nail into the Red and white coffin, we owe them big style!