We should rename Ashburton Grove, the Emirates Stadium, or whatever you want to call it. The ground should now be called: ‘Super Quality Street’. Maybe then, we’d see ‘quality’ on the road signs directing us there (so we can convince ourselves we’re going to see ‘quality’), on the stadium itself (perhaps in that blank spot around the perimeter where it shows our last cup was won in 2005), and maybe then this Arsenal team made up of crocks, mercenaries and rookies might show some ‘super quality’ on the pitch.
So far, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has only signed two players: Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson. Based on what we’ve seen in the friendlies, we could assume Gervinho possesses ‘super quality’ in his play. I’m not sure we can say the same about Jenkinson right now, although he may be ‘super’ in the future.
I don’t want to be harsh on the teenage signing from Charlton but, despite his comments to the contrary, I don’t see him pushing Bacary Sagna for a starting place this season. However, if he learns to play less flatfooted, I mean stays on his toes more, I think he might make it at this great club. After all, he’s fast and passes well. Positionally, he should improve. And if he could stay on his toes more, he could utilise his pace better with a better starting position.
All this is a long-winded way of saying Wenger is giving us potential ‘super quality’ for the future. He’s selling us a dream that seems further away with each passing season.