Friday, February 27, 2009

Keep dreaming, Kalou

"Because he is a very great coach and I know that every single player in the world dreams of playing for Arsène Wenger. I have a lot of respect for him, he is one of the best coaches in the world, so why not?"

- Salomon Kalou, soon to be a Gunner?

I think he's laying it on a bit thick, is old Sal.

I love Arsene Wenger with an almost indecent fervor, but I'm not blind to his faults. He's not a great tactician, selects his favorites ahead of better players, and he's as stubborn as a mule when he's wrong. Wenger is a great manager, probably one of the best in the world, but at Arsenal, we're all worried he's losing the plot.

I wondering for how long Arsene Wenger will be held in such high esteem. The guy's had an amazing career, and has produced some wonderful teams in the past, but his best years were five or six years ago. The current team is mediocre and inconsistent. It plays really well in the big games, and then slides into apathy for the lesser ones. This isn't a team that'll win big trophies, but unfortunately for Wenger, it is the one that he's pinned his whole reputation upon.

The amazing thing about the Arshavin saga was that Arshavin wanted to come to the Arsenal. If he'd taken a look at the way we've been playing for the past few months, he'd know that we're low on confidence and form, and really struggling for goals. He'd know about the discipline problems and the complacency, and the scary distance between Man Utd and the also-rans, and then the distance between the also-rans and us.

We're quite far down the pecking order, these days.

Kalou, however, still thinks it's a dream to play for the Arsenal. Wouldn't mind him in the side, to to honest. One thing we lack is pace, and Kalou brings plenty of that. We could bung him on the right, and have a midfield of Arshavin, Nasri, Cesc and Kalou, with Denilson as a pure DM. That's a pretty decent midfield, in my opinion.

Maybe we should snap up Kalou before he wakes up.

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