Sack Arshavin And Other Lessons From Arsenal v Liverpool

It was a fairly turgid affair save for the opening stanzas and after the introduction of Suarez and Meireles, but surely Arsenal should hand the Russian his P45 and Liverpool need to rethink the midfield pecking order…
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It was a fairly turgid affair save for the opening stanzas and after the introduction of Suarez and Meireles, but surely Arsenal should hand the Russian his P45 and Liverpool need to rethink the midfield pecking order…

It was a fairly turgid affair save for the opening stanzas and after the introduction of Suarez and Meireles, but surely Arsenal should hand the Russian his P45 and Liverpool need to rethink the midfield pecking order…

Arshavin should be sacked

I’m not a professional footballer but I am someone who truly loves my job. If I rocked up on Sabotage Times (or indeed any of the other clients I work for) and essentially disappeared for the day I’d rightly expect my marching orders. In the article I wrote this morning I angered some Arsenal fans but they were never the target. I would be fuming if I was a Gooner, Arshavin’s performance was an absolute disgrace. No appetite, no craft, no nothing. Hideous. If I was Wenger I’d make him train with the kids for a week and flog him, if you can’t get yourself up for the first home game of the season against a team trying to wrest away your place in the top four then you have no right to call yourself a footballer.

Raul Meireles is twice the player of Jordan Henderson

Look, I know it is only two games into his career at Anfield, but aside from his lack of drive and pace, it appears Hendo can’t pass wind let alone a football. Sluggish, off the pace with no guile or tricks, someone was sufficiently moved by his lack of talent to call him momentum kryptonite on Twitter. I’m overweight, smoke and drink too much and am crippled in one knee, yet I can still pick a pass. The Raul Meireles situation is weird. The best midfielder alongside Lucas in the second half of last year, he appears to have slipped behind Henderson and Adam in the pecking order. Although wasteful I think Adam will be alright for Liverpool but Meireles is a footballer who refuses to be confined by preconceived ideas about his position. He is perfect to play with Suarez because he runs on and his movement encourages triangles and intricate passing.

While Redknapp’s knacker twisting suits do make me wince, at least he makes an effort. Neville looked like an insurance salesman from Bury

Gary Neville needs a makeover

At half-time I tweeted ‘Gary Neville looks like a turd sat next to Redknapp. United club tie, you’re a millionaire Gary, get a tailor and a shave.’ While Redknapp’s knacker twisting suits do make me wince, at least he makes an effort. Neville looked like an insurance salesman from Bury. If he’s too tight to get his own suits then Sky should get him a stylist and a tailor.

Suarez is the difference

I said this last week and I’ll probably say it every week. Suffering from a lack of invention and being easily repelled by the excellent Vermaelen, Liverpool looked to be heading for a draw. Suarez makes defenders cack their pants, he’s nigh on impossible to pick up, allows the play to vary wildly and brings the best out of the other players around him. Liverpool look a very decent side with him in the team but without him are a touch too direct. Downing was probably Liverpool’s best player over the course of the game but I doubt they’d have scored without him.

Nasri needs to take a long hard look at himself

‘Nasri is a d***head, he could have this team built around him,’ I tweeted after his run and shot in the first-half. Although he was blunted by Liverpool’s endless harrying in midfield, it’s not too difficult to imagine an Arsenal side, strengthened by the fifty odd million knocking about, with Nasri as the fulcrum. I can understand him wanting to leave in a way but he has a chance to be a genuine legend. I’m not privy to what goes on behind closed doors at Arsenal but if Wenger is going to spend he should show Nasri the targets and sell him a vision. If he hasn’t got either he should probably consider knocking it on the head.

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