One other point we'd like to address here is the weakness in the back for Arsenal right now. Before this season began, a new Assistant Manager was brought on, Steve Bould. Bould played for Arsenal during the late 80's and through the 90's, winning several major trophies with the club, and has managed the Youth system with the club for almost a decade. His promotion to Assistant Coach under Arséne Wenger was thought to potentially strengthen Arsenal's back line, and indeed in the first three matches of the season the back four looked very solid. But since then, something has changed, and one theory is that Bould is attempting to introduce the defensive strategy of Zonal marking, in which a defender is responsible for a specific area in the defense and thus responsible for any opposing player who enters that area. The defender has to be much more aware of whats going on around him and must communicate effectively with his team-mates. It can be a very effective strategy, but it's much more difficult to successfully execute than the more traditional man-on-man, one-to-one system. At any rate, the idea is that the transition to to this system and the challenge of working with a new coach is making it difficult for the Arsenal defense to stay organized and tight. However, given time and opportunity, we here at The Pitch & The Diamond believe that things will settle down, communication will improve, fewer errors will be committed, and there will be much more stability in the back. Patience is certainly a virtue in these regards.
In baseball news, the Giants' own Buster Posey did indeed win the NL MVP for the 2012 season. So, two World Series rings, Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, the 2012 Batting title, and now Most Valuable Player. He's amassing quite the trophy cabinet. Posey really is the heart and soul of the franchise, and it's wonderful to have a player of Posey's calibre leading the team, and as the emerging face of the franchise. So, congratulations to you, Buster Posey. You deserve everything you've achieved. Now let's get out there and DO IT AGAIN!! Sweet.