Arsenal suffered a morale crushing defeat against Everton, we were lackluster going forward and defensively fragile, this is a completely different Gunners side from what we grew to love this season.
After the Chelsea defeat, Arsene Wenger took full responsibility. This time after the 3-0 loss at the hands of the Toffees he’s been quick to pass the buck and in some cases deservedly so. But at the end of the day the manager will always be accountable for the results especially at a club like Arsenal where we have the resources to buy players that can make a difference and add depth, not to mention his team selection and tactics.
A case against Wenger
The Frenchman said after the game that their “performance was not convincing, defensively not offensively”. What planet are you on?
Yes our defending was shocking but our attack was pitiful. Giroud had a dreadful game, Podolski was the only one that could hit a ball further than five yards with conviction and Sagna the only one that could manage a half decent cross. And even so Giroud couldn’t get on the end of anything. More on that later, but not quite sure how our attacking performance warrants a scapegoat.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey made a world of difference. Immediately they inspired Arsenal’s attack, yet they were brought on around the 66th minute. They should have both, or at least The Ox, been brought on at half time. 2 goals down and Wenger made no changes until they netted a third.
Subbing on Sanogo continues to not inspire confidence. Why on earth are we, when we are 3-0 down, counting on a 21-year-old striker who last season played just 8 games in the second tier of French football? This is Arsenal Football Club. This is a disgrace and the clubs inability to bring in a striker over the past TWO transfer windows rests with the French manager.
Wenger continues to show faith in Arteta and Cazorla even when they’re not at the peak of their game. He needs to select players on form against Wigan, however thanks to Flamini’s suspension we will have little choice but to opt for Arteta as the defensive midfielder despite his evident frailties.
Ummm..What about the players?
If you look through the team sheet that faced Everton, it’s littered with international caps. These players are supposed to be at the height of the game, paid five figures a week to bust their gut for this club. What we saw on Sunday was nothing of the sought but a lack of passion.
Had we played a Manchester City, Chelsea or a Liverpool we would have been thrashed by a far larger score.
We consistently misplaced simple passes and lacked any kind of bite. So often we were found flat in the attacking third with Mertesacker or Vermaelen looking to thread the ball through rather than an inspired Rosicky or Cazorla – they were nowhere to be seen. When the ball did manage to head toward the box, Giroud lost it countless times.
Our midfield shape was horrendous, but thankfully the return of Aaron Ramsey will help that out. Arteta and Flamini work well at Emirates together when they have more attacking players ahead of them, but they were continually exposed against Everton especially on the counter. The Toffees countered how we used to.
So to answer the question, I feel the players should be shouldering majority of the blame for a pathetic performance. Certainly Wenger is to blame for the lack of squad investment during the summer and the winter, not to mention the overdue double substitution in the 66th, but the players on the Goodison pitch failed miserably.
It feels like the Arsenal of the last few seasons is back and may receive a massive wake up call should they drop out of the top four.
Wenger’s future is far from certain, but one thing we must do is remain behind the team during a difficult period. They’re low on confidence after a demoralizing run of fixtures, so let’s back the lads and bring home the FA Cup.