West Ham United (2) – (2) Arsenal
Van Persie (16′), Gallas (37′)
Upton Park, London
Well that was nothing short of a shambles.
The game against West Ham was literally a game of two halves.
In the first half, Arsenal were energetic, eager and moving the ball around well. We got two goals and only a ‘typical’ Arsenal performance of old would deny us of all 3 points.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened.
The second half typified everything I hated about Arsenal over the last few seasons, and the main reason for my ranting.
A lack of application, desire and passion.
And to let slip a two-goal lead when you’re a team that is challenging for the Premier League title is unforgivable. Seriously, which other Top Five club would collapse like that?
It happened so often last season – remember the 4-4 game at the Emirates against Spurs?
The second half was awful to watch, and every Arsenal fan could see it coming.
Arsenal thought they had won the game, were in cruise control and we’ve seen it time and again – if a team does manage to score against us, just like West Ham did, then because we’ve slowed down the tempo we struggle to get back into the game if we need to step it up.
And that’s exactly what happened.
It was all West Ham in the second half and we had no answers.
Arsene Wenger must have been absolutely furious in throwing away 2 points. There were a lot of ifs and buts, like if Van Persie’s last minute header had gone in, or Fabregas’ stunning 30 yard shot had flew in instead of shaving the post, but the fact of the matter is we were shockingly poor in the second half.
West Ham probably should of had a penalty when Gallas swiped at Parker in the box, and Song had no excuse when he stupidly kicked out at Cole to concede that penalty.
And we have to mention Vito Mannone’s awful ‘save’ which gifted West Ham their opener.
I know the kid is young and still learning but that incident changed the game. The only saving grace is that Almunia probably would have let the freekick in anyway and Mannone did single-handedly earn us 3 points away at Fulham.
I guess I’m still seething because I would have loved to write about United’s defeat and Arsenal catching up with them but I’m just annoyed at not taking advantage.