Who are our center back pairings?

Posted: February 25, 2009 by thevanster in Uncategorized

So who are our center back pairings? It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster back there this season. A constant target for abuse as our main problem at the side, failing to deal with set pieces and being sloppy in general.

And then William Gallas. Over confident, cocky, lazy and a bad captain. Cocking up, failing to attack balls, being spotted with cigarettes and bad mouthing the team. And then he caused our beloved Kolo to hand in a transfer request because of some disagreement.

Kolo himself cannot be absolved of blame, looking a shadow of the player he was, not just in terms of ability but effort as well.

Who did that leave us with? Fishface reject and Johan Djourou. Hardly inspiring.

Correct me if I’m wrong but our current pairings have gone from “Kolo-Gallas > Gallas – Silvestre > Gallas – Djourou > Kolo – Djourou > Gallas – Kolo”. No wonder we’re a bit shit there, how are we

It seems as if we’re back to the troublesome duo of Kolo and Gallas. Both fantastic players individually but did Wenger not say himself that they cannot play together? Current results may beg to differ, with the team keeping several consecutive clean sheets but cast you’re minds back to 2007-08. Kolo and Gallas were playing together very succesfully and looked solid. What happened by March-April? Everything just collapsed, which is why I’m wary of a Kolo – Gallas partnership.

In my opinion, Djourou has to be the mainstay in the defence. He will be our rock for years to come – Hopefully! His height, presence and willingness to attack those long balls not only shores up our set piece problem but offers us something that neither Kolo and Gallas can.

With his renewed form, I really can’t see past a “Gallas – Djourou” formation, which I think is a cracking one. Really, we have no need for a center back. It’s central midfield that’s the problem.

Also, I think a big congratulations is due to Billy G. I must say, I despised him only a few months ago but after being stripped of the captaincy, he got his head down and is finally looking like the consistent, experienced, world class center back we need. You go Billy!

And on a side note, what is up with Silvestre? He was meant to be out for three weeks after the first Cardiff game. A month later and where is he? Did he not recently play in a charity game? I’m pretty unhappy with the lack of clarity on the situation.

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  1. simplesimon says:

    Its a bit mad init? i agreei just can’t get my head round why Jd is not gettin his games.I used to rate kolo but tbh he has been piss poor. AW said he dont wanna hinder kids progress well wtf is this then?
    I do hope that this solid form carries on but how can other less able players get startin berths cos of loyalty?

  2. Tossers says:

    Have you not watched any Arsenal games this year?

    You’re clearly incapable of looking at Gallas objectively too. Bit of a tepid site this isn’t it really?

  3. Muppet says:

    Tossers my friend, I don’t have anything to add, as you’ve said it all.

  4. midou says:

    as long as its working at the moment thats all what is about,and if u really want my opinion i wish kolo was ur permanent skipper bcos its a lot 2 ask from cesc at the moment,as 4 djourou he is the approach future. keep it clean and up lads.

  5. jackson says:

    still fancy upson this summer, hes a rock and silvestre is pass his best.
    Upson and Yaya Toure will be a summer of very good business

  6. Reqousey says:

    This blog is really shitty tbh

  7. The Brain says:

    People like the author of this post lack the word ‘why’ in their thinking. Why does he think Gallas was playing poor etc. Gallas has been very good, in fact all of them bar Silvestre have been good this season. But I don’t want to shift too much blame on Silver.

    One of the reasons we have been defending better is because we are more cautious and less adventurous in the full back area. Also the central midfield has improved and now more balanced (look at Denilson now) while teams have been defensive when playing us though the top teams haven’t beat us yet (except Villa but they counter attacked).

    Upson is not top four quality I’m afraid. I have been watching him a lot. A solid player but nothing special.

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