Cazorla wide, Jack back and some Friday Motivation and Inspiration

There  is Sunshine behind the dark clouds

Sorry I have not written this week but inspiration has been hard to come by and you all know by now I only write when an idea hits me and not for the sake of it.

It has been a tough week to be a Gooner of course but as the old saying goes. When the going gets tough….the tough get going!

This applies to the players and coaching staff, of course it does but it also surely applies to us fans. Now is the time in pubs, on social media and in the stadium to show a united front.

We cannot control whether Podolski is playing with a knock, or whether Santos is a stone overweight but we can control how we respond to two awful performances by rallying around our team. All I know is that this is the same side that should have won at Manchester City, outplayed and out smarted Liverpool and ground out a fabulous result at Upton Park.

Our season will not be defined by 2 bad results but by how we respond to those 2 bad results and Arteta and Mertesacker have been wheeled out by Arsenal to make the right noises.

BFG – “We have had a difficult week, our results were kind of an accident, now we have to find our game again,” the defender said. “The international break was kind of a killer for us. We have to find our strength again quickly.

 MA8 – “We have to put this night behind us. We have a very important game on Saturday against QPR. We have to bounce back after two defeats. There’s not any question about that.”

This begins at the Emirates on Saturday and in seeking inspiration I feel it is time to take a gamble on Jack Wilshere.  He has at least 4 matches under his belt and 2 full 90 minutes.  I am not saying this because he is the saviour of our season, but for 2 other reasons. Firstly I feel his presence will give the team a lift it badly needs and will inspire those around him both on the pitch and in the stands. Secondly I feel his selection and a responding tactical change will surprise Mark Hughes and QPR. I must credit Tommy Dean (@TommydeanOncePM) for planting this seed of an idea when suggesting Santi and Ramsey should have switched on Wednesday. Thanks Tommy

A running style attacking midfield for a new dimension?


There is little doubting the talent and vision of Santi Cazorla but there is some evidence that teams are getting wise to how much of our early season creativity came through him and him alone. If you stop Cazorla you stop Arsenal is an expression I am increasingly hearing. So due to other injuries and for the reason above I would like to see Jack playing ahead of Arteta and Coquelin (one of few to come out of Wednesday with credit.) With this selection Wenger can move Cazorla wide right or wide left which will pose differing problems for QPR. Having Jack at CAM with his running with the ball style and quick give an goes, will re-create the rhythm and intensity we had from February last term with Rosicky in the attacking berth. Santi may enjoy the new freedom and his complete two footedness will pose serious problems for the Rangers fullbacks (or centre backs playing at full back,) who will never know whether he will go outside and look to whip in a cross or cut inside to link play.

Santi on the wing for Villarreal

I would love to take this whole debate further and look at a formation change but perhaps that is for another day. Wenger will not change for tomorrow. If either Ox or Theo is passed fit I would like to see one of them play wide on the opposite flank to Santi. Lukas Podolski is quite obviously struggling with the rumoured foot injury and it was his uncharacteristic lack workinmg back and  support that left Santos’s limitations so horribly exposed on Wednesday particularly. If neither Ox or Theo are ready I would stick with Gervinho but certainly out wide and select Giroud centrally.

Anyway I always say I don’t do match previews or reviews and this is becoming dangerously like one and others do it so much better than I. What I wanted to do today of all days is inspire readers, make them think and to actually put things into perspective. No silverware is won or lost in October and no signings can be made until January so now is the time to back our squad, back our coaching team, back our manager and roar our team back to winning ways, starting tomorrow. So to get you all in the mood to motivate yourselves to in turn motivate our team take a read of the following…..


The Vow
By Malcolm O. Varner

No matter how deep the sadness or wide the pain,
I vow to live for a brighter day will come again.

No matter how many mistakes I’ve made in the past,
I vow to live and in the future avoid them, surefooted and fast.

No matter how many tragedies beyond my control take place,
I vow to live and stay my course within this race.

No matter how poor or rich I may ever be,
I vow to live and aspire to search for the dignity in simplicity.

No matter how much a lover may pierce the inner core of my heart,
I vow to live for like spring I’ll get a new start.

No matter how isolated and alone I may feel,
I vow to live and do something for someone else to heal.

No matter how hopeless my situation my appear,
I vow to live and reflect until my viewpoint is clear.

No matter what happens in this life – good or bad
I vow to live, do my best, and just for living – be glad.


Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high;
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit

It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.

The test of a man is the fight he makes,

The grit that he daily shows;
The way he stands on his feet and takes
Fate’s numerous bumps and blows.
A coward can smile when there’s naught to fear,
When nothing his progress bars;
But it takes a man to stand up and cheer
While some other fellow stars.

It isn’t the victory, after all,
But the fight that a brother makes;
The man who, driven against the wall,
Still stands up erect and takes
The blows of fate with his head held high;
Bleeding, and bruised, and pale,
Is the man who’ll win in the by and by,
For he isn’t afraid to fail.

It’s the bumps you get, and the jolts you get,
And the shocks that your courage stands,
The hours of sorrow and vain regret,
The prize that escapes your hands,
That test your mettle and prove your worth;
It isn’t the blows you deal,
But the blows you take on the good old earth,
That show if your stuff is real.


Well I hope that bit of Friday culture has ‘girded your collective loins’ and you feel ready to re-enter the battle from tomorrow. And remember the words of our old song,  not sung as often as it should be these days and be there for Arsenal as Arsenal is always there for us.


You are my Arsenal,
My only Arsenal,
You make me happy,
When skies are grey,
You’ll never know just,
How much I love you,
So please don’t take,
My Arsenal…Away

Until next time thanks for reading.

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  1. i luv al ur writings nd am api 2 read dz page 2day it shows that u r among strong fans,nevertheles ur vow touches my heart.nd i wil live 2 remeber it tnx 4 reading

  2. I totally agree with you Dave. We need to stand by our team, they need us most through this period.

  3. Put so positively once again. I myself have been guilty of a little negativety lately, but personal problems aswell have made me more miserable on the whole. Great little pick me up and some inspirational poetry has set me straight though!!

  4. We should stop complaining coz it seems the Gunners staff & board want us to fail look at the selection. Santos has replacement in that position from the Captain, Miguel, Sagna, Coquelin….etc I disagree with half glass theory. this season those who have watched Miguel will agree with me that he deserves a shot in the first team. Regarding our biggest Liability in the Ramsey , yes i said it, will keep saying it he does not fit to be in the reserve team let Wenger man up give Serge, Eisfield, Nico Yennaris, Coquelin, arshavin thier rightful opportunities to play not rely an over rated player who reminds us of Francis Jeffers, Cygan,….& so on.the Martinez should also be given a chance Mannone is getting to comfortable.

  5. We the fans/supporters have really sucked this season to the extent we make the Emirates feel like a visiting ground to our red n white Army, we MUST unite and create that 12th man like we did at some pointin last season, if we can’t clean up our own mess no outsider will come do it for us

  6. Nicely written,and one more thing cant we play pod or verm as lb until gibbs is off,caz at left wing nd gerv at ryt,wid mf of jack,coq nd arteta, giroud as striker nd kos nd per as cb???

  7. Gr8 motivational post considering what the fans have been enduring over the week. I bliv this team was so good at a point that we most thought could beat any other team. Hence we can’t just bcom bad all of a sudden. The return of Wilshire alone is a gr8 boost and I bliv with our only reliable source of creativity coming from Cazorla in the MF, Wilshire can actually sustain that while we utilize Cazorla in his most natural creative position from the wings. Who knows, maybe Giroud will be benefiting greatly from his precision.

  8. When I saw the team on Wednesday, I honestly thought Ramsey would play in the centre with Santi out wide, and them interchanging from time to time. Since Diaby got injured, we’ve been missing somebody in the middle that can dribble the ball forward and give us a diifferent element. I’d even suggest playing Ox in the middle if fit, he can dribble and take players on in the middle which will give Santi more space to play. Its not a coincidence that Santi’s form has dipped since Diaby (a powerful dribbler) got injured

  9. Another good article and yes we must all support the team in the coming weeks but how many times and how many more years must we do this when we can see what is wrong on the pitch?
    We have players out of position and it doesn’t change!
    We have players who week after week are below standard and still they are selected!
    We have the team playing the same system who ever the opposition and nothing changes!
    It is time we looked at who is at fault.

  10. Goood post. i hope u know how it feels. My week was very doll anyway my Arsenal is always my Arsenal. But we must be realistic and tell ourselves the truth.

  11. If the Arsenal players could read this they would be as fired up as I am right now, kudos again Dave

  12. Great motivational blog Dave, as everyone on here has already said.
    Yes, we have had to bad games, now we need to forget them go for QPR’s throat and show them what we are capable of. Come on you Gunners
    Thanks, once again

  13. When Arsenal play great I shout their name loud & proud, when they play shite I have the right as a born Arsenal fan to criticize just as loud. I’ll be a Gooner long after the management & players have gone! Yeah play Jack and never play Santos again! So we need a striker and back up LB in January then….

  14. Wonderful piece yet again Dave, you always have all the angles covered & you seem to be way ahead of a lot of us, tactically that is. Going with ur formation will not only surprise our opponents but add a much needed boost to the team at this very difficult time, in terms of results that is.

  15. Great uplifting piece to start my Saturday morning on the other side of the world.

    Come on, you Gunners!!!

    -12th Man all the way from Malaysia-

  16. Dear dear Dave, thanks a lot…I was on all time down-feeling of the season lately but (only) your articles have re-ignite me. Was a different bit from your usual bits, but what better way to unite and encourage arsenal fans worldwide?
    Another good thing that has happened on friday is that I received my new arsenal jacket here in Cyprus bought from arsenaldirect 🙂

    win, loose or tie, gunner till we Die!

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  18. I think that it’s best to write extra on this topic 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – Cazorla wide, Jack back and some Friday Motivation and Inspiration. It might not be a taboo subject however generally people are not sufficient to speak on such topics.

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