Today’s post from our very own Blackburn George.
It never rains but it pours.
It is pissing down on Arsene at the moment. And the Press together with a large section of our fan base have stolen his umbrella and are enjoying the soaking he is getting.
The result of yesterday’s game was disappointing. No one can be happy with a home defeat. It hurts. It hurts me, you, the players, Arsene, everyone.
The trouble is some people think it’s only them who feel the pain. And act as if it’s them who should be given the ice cream and jelly.
We were not bad yesterday. In fact for much of the second half, we were quite good.
Bayern Munich are probably the second best team in Europe at the moment. That they are slightly ahead of Arsenal should not be seen as an indication that we are poor. We are not.
We conceded two unfortunate goals. But perhaps the score was a reflection of the game overall. No point dwelling on our shortcomings, or dreaming of what might have been.
As I see it, we suffered because we did not have full backs that could deliver into dangerous areas, and we, until the introduction of Giroud, did not have a centre forward that could hold the ball in forward positions until the midfield could arrive to support him.
If we need a forward with both pace and the ability to hold up play, I think we will have to buy him in the summer. I believe that we will then have all the options we need.
Again we saw what a difference a fully formed midfield genius Thomas Rosicky is. And how much difference just one top player can make.
This team needs to be allowed to grow together and develop, without losing key figures. That, and the inevitable improvement by our young British players, with the addition of one or two top quality players, should see us compete at any level.
You either believe, as I do, that we are on an upward curve, or you are convinced we are on a downward spiral.
We trust the manager. Or we don’t.
So it’s Mission Impossible in the return match.
But I seem to remember the Mission Impossible team always came through. Here is hoping.
Chin up people. We have each other and Arsenal. That will do for now won’t it?