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Arsenal Miss Eto'o

Watching Barcelona eek out a pretty poor 1-1 draw the other night after a pi$$ poor performance against Chelski in the CL, I was struck by how similar FCB and The Arsenal are right now. What it boils down to I guess is that we are both teams that are missing Samual Eto'o.

FCB look great when they move they ball around at speed similar to Arsenal but they just hit a wall when they get near the goal without Eto'o. We have the same problem. When Wenger said a few months back that he was after Sammy before he went to Barca I was completely gutted. It would have finally given the club The Wrighty option up front. Instead we have Henry and a bunch of Dennis clones that don't quite match the standards of The Iceman.

Don't get me wrong, RVP, Rosicky and Hleb are stunningly talented but none offer what we truely need right now. Pundits talk about needing a plan B all the time but like Arsenal, Barca don't have one because plan A normally worked like a dream (as it did for us when Thierry, Wiltord, Freddy, Bobby and Dennis were together). So they'll wait till the new year when Eto'o returns and Barcelona become the best team in Europe again.

Arsenal will however trundle on winning some but being frustrated in others. Maybe Aliadiere is the answer? Maybe even Bendtner? But please Arsene, stop taking up that valualbe forward space with midfielders that can spray a perfect 40 yard pass but scuff a 15 yard shot.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 6 2006

Time: 5:09PM

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Walcott is the answer. His key skills are pace and finishing. The rest of his game is not developed. So why play him in midfield? play to his strengths!
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06/11/2006 17:27:00

Hleb is probably the only player consistently threading good balls through to the forwards...similar to Bobby. Our biggest problem is that when we have the option of destroying defences with pace and strength...we completely stop. This gives the opposition time to get back into position. We need someone like Ribery who is willing to make runs and has the ability to finish.
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06/11/2006 17:53:00

Rosicky needs to get shots on target, he gets soo many chances so he just needs to develop them.
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06/11/2006 17:57:00

The only thing we are missing at the moment is lack of consistancy and the extremely vital touch !!!!
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06/11/2006 20:39:00

Three not so good results and everyone turns. It always happens. and of the last three games only against West Ham did we not completely dominate - and even then we should have had a penalty. A bit of confidence is all that is needed. Nothing more. Baptista when fit will offer another option but when your creating 20+ chances a game consistently and missing from 3 yards - there is nothing wrong with the build up just a bit of confidence when finishing. Once it's there we could see a run like that of the invincibles - the current team is creating more, moving quicker and has a stronger defence behind them. Now all we need is the fans to get behind them - not on their backs. If we weren't creating then IU would be worried. We will be there at the end of the season challenging.
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06/11/2006 21:39:00

One man team at times!! Both of you!!
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07/11/2006 10:31:00

i have to agree, Walcott is the answer at his young age, although part of me feels baptista when he is fit will also have a major say.
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07/11/2006 13:36:00

we are missing consistency and a deadly boot in front of them there sticks..
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07/11/2006 13:37:00

SydneyGooner u said it!!
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07/11/2006 14:30:00


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