I am totally speechless.
Tonight’s game against Blackburn Rovers was so one-sided it was untrue, but yet again for all their possession Arsenal forgot the art of goalscoring. And it was Blackburn Rovers with their first shot on target on the 84th minute that ended up deciding this FA Cup tie.
The first half was full of Arsenal chances, with Baptista missing two simple headed opportunities to open the scoring. On top of that, Aliadiere had a decent shout for a penalty when Brad Friedel clipped the attacker and got no-where near the ball – and Freddie was denied one of the most blatant penalties I have ever seen. Freddie was through and Brett Emerton kicked the Swede once on each leg and had his hands all over his shoulder.
But Graham Poll waved play on!
That has to be one of the worse refereeing decisions this season – and even Sky were saying it was a blatant penalty!
Not even the most Anti-Arsenal person on the planet could deny that it was a stone wall penalty.
Arsenal continued to dominate in the second half but missed a hat-full of chances and while the game is 0-0 then anything can happen.
And just like against PSV and Chelsea it did.
Arsenal’s failure to make their chances count – and these were clear opportunities – was criminal. In a game where other teams are seemingly clinical with minimal chances against us, Arsenal without Thierry Henry cannot score.
So now we have defeats in the Champions League, Carling Cup and FA Cup.
How the hell does Arsene save this season?
Goals win games and Arsenal are severely lacking any cutting edge and we cannot just pass off the last 3 games as another bad patch or just a few bad days at the office. And people will say that I may be over-reacting but when you lose in 3 different competitions within a week then it has a huge bearing on the outcome of the season.
2 goals in the last 4 games is astounding for a team like Arsenal who create so many chances.
The crazy thing is that against Chelsea and against Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal have dominated those games both in terms of possession and in terms of clear chances created.
What else can you do?
Like most Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger must be wondering what the hell is going on. Arsenal are playing some wonderful stuff but the ball just won’t go into the net!
I just hope Arsenal are saving their goals for the PSV game next week.