Arsenal's Season So Far: The Good, the Promising, the Bad, and the Ugly

Robert StarkContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

LONDON - APRIL 26:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal celebrates with his team mate Emmanuel Eboue after Fabregas scored the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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Arsenal will play Bolton this evening at the Emirates, which will mark their 20 th game of the season and will be the first game in the second half of the season. If the Gunners win they will be second in the Premiership, a single point behind leaders Chelsea. The first 19 games of the season have seen Arsenal score more goals than anybody else while the team started the season in immense fashion. They suffered a dip in form with the injury of the superb Robin Van Persie, but December has seen Arsenal rack up wins while Chelsea stuttered.

So what was good? What was promising? What was bad? And what was ugly? Here’s a quick look…


The Good

Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfield maestro is having one of his best seasons. Not only is he pulling the strings in midfield, he is contributing with his fair share of goals. He is also an inspired captain who can spur his team on. His cameo from the bench against Villa was breathtaking.

Honourable mention: Thomas Vermaelen


The Promising

Forget about Fran Merida, all hail Aaron Ramsey! OK that is a bit over-the-top but it’s easy to get overexcited about the Welsh Wonderkid. This kid has got lots of potential and is easily Arsenal’s most promising player. He reminds me of a cross between Paul Scholes and Cesc Fabregas. Lets hope his development continues.

Honourable mention: Alex Song (he keeps getting better and better)


The Bad

I don’t want to single out one player who has performed badly (a few do come to mind), but one match:

Arsenal V Chelsea (0-3)—The Gunners were completely outclassed in this fixture. We never looked like scoring. This shows that we are side that can be easy to frustrate and that we desperately need a striker with presence in the box. The match also showed how Arsenal could really do with a Michael Essien in midfield who gobbles up possession.

Honourable mention: Man City V Arsenal (4-2) Need I say more….


The Ugly

Now this is going to be harsh….

Mikael Silvestre is a good squad player. The man is a solid centre half and can occasionally be called to play left back, but when he plays in the latter it is like watching Jaws.

In the film Jaws, the audience can see the shark stalking its prey. The music starts to quicken. The audience knows that the Shark will strike. It’s just a question of when.

When Mikael Silvestre plays at left back we can see the opposition targeting him on their right flank. The fans know he will make a mistake or be caught out of position which will result in a conceded goal. It’s just a question of when.

Poor Mikael. He is still a “reliable” centre half but he clearly doesn’t have the legs and pace for fullback anymore. He is still a good man to have in the dressing room as he has valuable experience.

Let me know what you think the Good, Promising, Bad, and Ugly were in the season so far. Hopefully this will take your mind away from the awful weather!