First poll – Who will be your first choice leftback if Clichy was unavailable?
Kieran Gibbs 75%
William Gallas 25%
Armand Traore 0%
Mikael Silvestre 0%
I am extremely surprised that no one voted for Armand Traore and even Gallas was preferred over Traore. This could be due to Traore being deployed mainl as a winger during last season’s spell at Portsmouth and Gooners probably have forgotten he is a specialised leftback at the club. He has certily impressed in pre-season in the absence of both Clichy and Gibbs. He looks much stronger physically than our first two choices and his positioning seemed more disciplined in pre-season. We might be seeing more of him this coming season.
Second poll – Should Arsenal keep Kolo Toure?
No, his head is turned and his best is past him. 80%
Yes, he has his best years in front of him. 20%
This is proof that Gooners are sensible fans, even though it hurts us deeply to see Toure leave, we trust Wenger to have made the best choice for both club and player. I would say this once more: Thank you, Kolo. Best wishes.
Third poll – Should Adebayor and Toure be replaced?
Yes, we will be weaker without proper replacements. 100%
No, this are not our problem areas. 0%
I am somewhat surprised with the results for this poll, although this is the general consensus in the media. But the media would not know about the strengths of the club as well as the manager. If fans have been following pre-season, they will know the new formation suits the current squad of players and maximises their playing potential. Our weaknesses are not in defence not attack, but more of the physical fight in the centre of the pitch which is countered currently by playing the Barca way of having technically adept players playing the opposition to death. Yes, we might need one more signing but it sure isn’t to replace either Adebayor nor Toure.
Fourth poll – Are you worried about Man City’s threat to Arsenal?
Yes, they are a better team now. 100%
No, they are still far apart in terms of play and quality. 0%
Let’s face reality, there is no doubt there is quality in the many new signings at Man City. But I feel we are still above them in terms of quality. City has always had good individual players but they have not been utilised to the best of their potential and this could well be due to their overrated manager Hughes. I do not think they are a threat to Arsenal, and I’m saying that not just with my heart, but also with my head.
Fifth poll – Do you think Arsenal will win the Emirates Cup?
Yes, we will score the most goals. 100%
No, we are not match-fit enough. 0%
Emirates Cup follows the rules and regulations of the Amsterdam tournament, which ecourages attacking football. Every goal scored is a point gained in a league format, on top of the usual 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw, meaning one can still win points even if it lost. Judging from last night’s impressive win against one of Spain’s top sides Atletico Madrid which boasts players the likes of Sergio Agüero, Simao Sabrosa, Maxi Rodriguez, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Diego Forlan and Jose Reyes, Arsenal is currently top of the table with 5 points and a win tonight against Rangers might see the above poll results be proven right.
Match analysis in the next post!