Finally, someone from Arsenal has said something other than that we have “great potential” and we are “building for the future”.
Fabregas has come out and said Arsenal lack that winning mentality.
I for one am glad that the players have finally stopped spouting the same old rubbish. I used to visit the official Arsenal website on a daily basis to find out the latest news but now I can’t stand it, and haven’t visited for months. The Arsenal website is just a mouthpiece for all of the tripe that comes out of Arsene’s mouth. I finally got tired of reading how much potential this side has and most of all, all of the ridiculous excuses we’d have for throwing away games.
Arsenal have the amazing ability to blame everyone else except themselves.
Maybe if Arsenal started looking at themselves a few seasons ago we wouldn’t be where we are today.
I’ve said Arsenal have lacked that mental strength or winning mentality since 2008 (and probably before that) and it’s nice to see someone within the camp finally admit it.
I wrote this in November 2008 after Arsenal lost to Stoke:
“Giving away stupid points away this season has come from immaturity and complacency. Against Fulham it was just a general all round poor performance, but points dropped against Hull City and Spurs were from a lack of mental strength. Where is the ability to kill a game off? Where is the maturity to know that if youâ€™re a goal ahead and canâ€™t get another then keep hold of what youâ€™ve got?
“There are no excuses, especially when last season we had no problem winning games by closing out the game. Giving away two goals in the last few minutes of the match would have been unthinkable last year.
“I think the big problem is that watching Arsenal this season, there are worrying signs of weakness which you just donâ€™t see in previous title-winning campaigns. Could you see the Arsenal teams of old with Vieira and Adams in the side capitulate like we did against Spurs? When you see your side literally throw away points then you can only fear the worst.”
We play Spurs tonight who are fighting to get into the Champions League again next season. I use the word “fight” because that’s what Spurs will be doing. It’s a North London Derby and they would love to end our slim title chances.
But what Arsenal team will turn up?
The problem is even if Arsenal show commitment, desire and that “winning mentality” that has been lacking this season, it’s a case of too little too late. We’ve thrown away too many silly points already this season.
Against Newcastle last night, I just wanted Manchester United to score.
The draw last night just prolongs the agony that Arsenal fans have to suffer, until finally we know mathematically that Arsenal haven’t done good enough to win the league.