I, like many of you, am very disillusioned with our summer transfers so far and just knew going into the first game of the season against a rested Liverpool side was going to be tough. But is it all doom and gloom as we think?
After having a chance to reflect on the result, I actually don’t think it was that bad. After all we actually managed to score 3 goals with that side out, against what looked like a full strength Liverpool side minus Sturridge.
I don’t want to give Wenger credit because if your fail to prepare, then prepare to fail, and the preparation for the league start was just not adequate enough.
However you can’t just ignore the way things have unfortunately panned out for us:
Sanchez - has now not rested in a summer for a couple of years. Played in every match in the Copa America and won the player of the tournament. Played 90 mins vs Liverpool on day 1, isolated up front. The guys fucked.
Xhaka - Played in the Euros. Still needs to get up to speed here. Needs time.
Ramsey - All played up to the semi-final and final respectively in the Euros. Including ET in games. (Ramsey was banned for semi but still played a huge part for Wales). Very unfortunate for us as these are all first XI players that need to recoup.
Gabriel - No one could have foreseen two CB’s going down with lengthy injuries in pre season. Again that’s just real bad luck. These aren’t even injury prone players. Per played nearly every game last season from what I remember.
Cazorla - Coming back from a long injury. Again wouldn’t say he is injury prone, just unfortunate.
Wilshere - Played in the Euros when he shouldn’t have. Always crocked anyway.
That pretty much left us with what we used against Liverpool. It wasn’t ideal but its not going to be like that all season. We can’t be going into meltdown after one game chaps.
Am I being too positive in thinking top 4 should be on the cards? After watching the other teams play, no one has stood out like “wow, we are fucked.”