Another deflating blow to a season that looked very promising after a decent summer of acquisitions, yet two issues that were failed to be addressed in the transfer window has again piled the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Swansea City was worryingly predictable when Gylfi Siguardson stepped up for his free-kick. How on earth our midfield was opened up like that when we were 1-0 up is beyond me. A lack of organization a key factor in Swansea’s equalizer, Kieran Gibbs was left no other choice but to take down Burrows.
Calum Chamber was run ragged by Montero all day and failed to block the cross that dealt the final devastating blow. Why was he not offered more protection? We should’ve seen The Ox drop off a little to offer more support to the man behind him, especially while we had the lead.
Much blame will laid on Nacho Monreal. But when the slight Spaniard, who’s a full back for a reason, is being asked to defend a very powerful, on-running Gomis – I’m not quite sure how on earth he’s meant to deal with such danger. The bottom line is Monreal is not a centre back and does not share similar attributes to Bacary Sagna who had the physicality to deal with the more challenging central defensive position.
Don’t even get me started on Mathieu Flamini or the obvious lack of a defensive midfielder.
It’s utterly disappointing to be completely out of the title race before Christmas and it’s just not good enough.
Swansea definitely deserve credit, they held much of the possession for periods of the match but we’ve lost the solidity that had been the backbone for our (reasonable) success over the last 18 or so months. We used to be able to hold onto leads, sit back and absorb pressure. Now we blow 3 goal advantages for fun.
Now as we all know we cannot acquire anyone before January, while I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see Laurent Koscielny before Christmas. What we need is a clear change of mindset. When we have a lead, let’s not all go galloping up the pitch for a second when it’s clear Swansea are dangerous on the counter. It was just pure ignorance from the players and a lack of organization from the boss.
This is turning into Wenger’s most difficult patch in his illustrious career, the FA Cup triumph is now firmly in the back of everyone’s minds. The deficiencies are continuing to arise while ‘star’ players are clearly struggling for form. It feels like we’re back to square one when we should be pushing on and challenging.
Sort it out Wenger, otherwise you won’t be seeing out your new three year deal.