I’m not sure whether this poor Arsenal performance was down to bad luck, too many games or just the lack of desire.
Whatever it was Arsenal gifted PSV an advantage going into the second tie with some really sloppy play and a lack of urgency. PSV had set up camp to defend and nick a goal and that’s exactly what they did – but it was not as if Arsenal were making it difficult for the Dutch team.
And even though Arsenal have been lacklustre against Middlesbrough, Wigan and Blackburn Rovers recently so was suprising that Arsenal put in another poor display considering this is the last 16 of the Champions League.
The only player who looked lively in the first half was Tomas Rosicky, and it was only his effort which was cleared off the line early in the first half that caused PSV any sort of problems.
If that goes in then we could have gone and increased our lead.
But after that Arsenal fizzled out.
Thierry Henry looked particularly sloppy – or maybe unfit – and the captain’s display was rubbing off on the other players. Cesc Fabregas looked like he needs a good month off to rest and you couldn’t really expect much from the recently returning Hleb and Gallas.
The problem was that you cannot afford to have 7/8 players not playing well but that’s what we had tonight. As a team who bases their play on slick and smooth passing Arsenal we misplacing passes left, right and centre.
You could not help feeling the kids would have put in a better display tonight.
Onwards to Sunday.