Well I’ve just about recovered from the Wigan game.
Credit to the travelling fans – they supported and sang for the team right until the 80th minute, despite the fact that the players on the pitch hardly deserved it. I did find it amusing that the Wigan fans were completely silent throughout the game until they actually scored. That’s real support that is.
I also found it sad that Theo Walcott was the only one who could be bothered clapping the Arsenal fans after the final whistle. In fact, that got right up my nose.
Another thing was why didn’t Arsene bring on Van Persie earlier? We all sat there saying that once Arsenal went 2-0 up they should have brought on the Dutchman to kill the game. At 2-0, Wigan were on the ropes and the introduction of Van Persie (who is apparently fit) would have secured all 3 points. Instead, we let Wigan back into the game and you know what happened.
I know I said this yesterday, but I have to say it again – Abou Diaby is a f*cking disgrace. Craig Eastmond has more balls and desire than him and he’s only a youngster. Diaby has flattered to deceive – he had a handful of decent games earlier on in the season and I stupidly thought that he, like Song, had turned the corner. But no, he’s still a joke of a player who doesn’t deserve to wear an Arsenal shirt. No pride, no desire and no dedication. He’s a pathetic excuse of a footballer.
He clearly doesn’t care. He strolls around the pitch in such a lazy manner it’s ridiculous. How much do you get paid a week son?
Another problem I found was the lack of defensive intelligence from the team as a whole. Players like Theo Walcott, Diaby, Nasri and Rosicky close down players but the closing down is half-hearted. There’s no real threat of intercepting the ball or making a tackle, the players are literally are just moving towards the player with the ball and making a token “tackle”. It was so easy for the Wigan players to sidestep any kind of Arsenal “challenge” and run with the ball in acres of space. The closing down resembles that of headless chickens.
And back to Diaby, his ridiculous attempt at a shot (with a lazy back-heel), right in front of the travelling supporters was so infuriating it was untrue. The lack of urgency from the guy is unbelievable. It’s any surprise he gets out of bed in the morning.
The only real positive was the performance of Sol Campbell. Watching him throughout the game was a pleasure and his desire, passion and determination was fantastic to watch. I only managed to watch him a handful of times during the 49 game unbeaten run a few seasons ago but it was like turning back the clock.
Without Sol, we probably would have lost 5-0.