Having watched the Everton vs. Arsenal game on Sunday, as an Arsenal fan, one can only be disgruntled at the defeat in such an important game, but what most was disturbing was the manner of the defeat. The Arsenal players looked as though they had only met for the first time on the bus on the way to the stadium. They were clueless and ineffective against a hard-working Everton side. I’m struggling to think of a player you can point to and say “yeah, he had a good game”. Overall, Arsenal were atrocious.
I would normally be an “Arsene knows best” man, but over the past season my opinion has completely changed and I now think it’s time he moved on. Maybe he just needs a new challenge in a different league.
Some people will point to the huge injury list endured by Arsenal, Chamberlain at the start of the season, Poldolski (Hamstring), Walcott (Ligaments), Ramsey (Thigh Strain), Ozil (Hamstring) etc. etc… but is the problem in the training regime? Do they not stretch, take Jacuzzi’s, deep massages? because these are not kicks or breaks – these are strains! Supplements? – Rubbish!
Tactically we have been very poor against the top sides. When Chelsea and Utd came to the Emirates they parked the bus and didn’t come out to play. When we drew with City at home it was greeted by all and sundry like a fantastic win. We drew with City 1-1 (3 hurrah’s), well ‘eff that, we should be wiping the floor with City, especially at home.
Everyone knows how to beat Arsenal –even Stoke – who does it on a regular basis. Lay back and defend, muscle them and rough them up a bit in midfield – then get a breakaway goal, scored by attacking at speed. They all do it to us.
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Arsene Wenger had the money and time to recruit and fill the gaps in January. The window is a month long and although you can’t buy players outside this window, it doesn’t me that you can’t negotiate the move prior to it. There were players available, such as Papiss Cissé of Newcastle, who Wenger wanted to loan, but who Newcastle would only sell for a fee in the region of £8m. I know he’s no Diego Costa, but he is whole-hearted and would have filled a gap. If he doesn’t work out you can always sell him on.
This is penny – pinching again. We’re a big club with a small club mentality. We’re like a Rottweiler who runs away from a Yorkie because he has no concept of size.
Everton were good value for the 3-0 win today and Arsenal were well beaten. The difference in the sides was that Everton were up for it and were well motivated. This motivation was probably instilled by their manager. Why can’t our manager instil the same motivation in our players?
It’s not an option for Arsene to move upstairs and hang around the club like a bad smell – ala Ol’ Red Nose, up North. Bring in Jurgan Klopp, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino or Roberto Martinez himself (if you can convince them to take a team that has no CL Football). We need a young hungry manager, with new and modern ideas to take us forward.
Thanks for the memories AW, but the love affair is over.