Monday, 21 February 2011

Orient v Arsenal - a draw was the ideal result for Arsenal (plus highlights video)

Update - it turns out I was wrong about this :-(

A draw against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup yesterday was the best possible result for Arsenal as it turned out.

It will now mean we will replay Orient on Wednesday 2 March (four days after the second leg of the Champions League match against Barca) rather than face ManUre in the sixth round, which in turn means that we will be able to play our reserves instead of our first team.

The only possible fly in the proverbial ointment is that we don't know yet when the sixth round match against ManUre and the league match against Totteringham Hot Spuds. The Premier League and the FA will no doubt conspire to schedule these when they are least convenient for Arsenal, probably within 48 hours of each other.

The other good thing to come out of the this match was the performance of Ignasi Miquel, who was one of the best players on the pitch. It is not hard to see why Arsene Wenger was reluctant to buy another centre-back with players like him and Kyle Bartley around.

The other thing that I took out of yesterday's game is that Nicklas Bendtner will never be good enough as a wide player and we need to bring in another winger and let Bendy and Chamakh fight it out for the back-up centre-forward position. If Carlos Vela is not able to make the required improvement and we aren't able to get a work permit for Ryo Miyaichi then we need to think about signing someone else in my opinion.

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  1. yeah i think the wing is the position that will be addressed over the summer

  2. The way I see it, buying a winger wouldn't hamper the progress of any of the younger players. By the time Wellington and Miyaichi have got their work permits other players (perhaps Rosicky and/or Arshavin) will probably have moved on. The only alternative I can see to buying is if JET can make the step up to the first team.