What can you say about yesterday? It really was a shambles.
The team selection was all wrong, the performance was pitiful and majority of the players just weren’t interested.
You had Andre Santos getting Robin van Persie’s shirt at half time. Seriously, what the f*ck?
That was just one example of how footballers live in a different world to everyone else. Not content enough with showing a lack of ability and effort when wearing an Arsenal shirt, Santos is a waste of space. When he’s not speeding like a raving lunatic he’s p*ssing off his own fans by swapping shirts with the one man Arsenal supporters can’t stand right now.
And Arsene needs to take some responsibility for the terrible team selection, and the current state of our squad.
Wenger has shown us that he’s not adverse to playing a right-footed player at left back, so why on earth would you start chubbs at left back when you have Jenkinson (who has been outstanding this season) and Sagna both fully fit? That made no sense whatsoever, considering most of United’s threat comes from the wings (did Arsene not see United at Stamford Bridge only a week ago?).
Then you have our captain. As Arseblog has already pointed out, he is and has been playing poorly for weeks now. Mertesacker is now our best central defender and we’ve got Koscielny and Djourou available so why not drop Vermaelen for a game? He makes too many mistakes and has now cost us dearly against Chelsea and Manchester United. I’m not saying our other defenders are completely blameless this season but our captain is struggling badly for form right now.
And then we have the squad. What is going on?
On paper, we really do have one of the best squads in the league. But in reality, the whole squad is disjointed and has no togetherness.
We have attacking players like Walcott and Arshavin who are still quality and yet are nowhere near the first team. Arshavin has showed in glimpses how good he is and how much he can add to the team. His influence against Reading was exceptional, and of course it was weaker opposition but he still showed the class he had. And yesterday he assisted Cazorla for our goal.
It’s obvious Podolski and Cazorla need a break because their early season form has dipped. And how can Arsenal hope to progress if they have players in the wings such as Walcott and Arshavin performing when they get the chance but also knowing they can’t even break into the starting eleven? The same goes for Carl Jenkinson, these players know where they are in the pecking order, irrespective of how they perform.
Arsene had a chance to mix it up against United and inject some pace into the team with Arshavin and Walcott, and their inclusion couldn’t have made us perform worse than we did yesterday. People will say they were too tired after midweek but these people are professional footballers. And they could have been replaced after an hour if it was that bad.
I tweeted yesterday that United wouldn’t have an easier game this season and it’s true. They were in cruise control from the first whistle and you could tell how annoyed Fergie was that they didn’t score more. Perversely though, for our shockingly bad performance we could have inconceivably and undeservedly nicked a point if Giroud took his chances. It would have been the most undeserved point in Premier League history, but it could have happened.
The problem yesterday was that no-one believed. Wilshere was let down badly because he was coming back in a game where the whole team didn’t care. He tried his best and was one of a very few that could come out of the game with any kind of respect yesterday. Arteta was another that tried his best but beyond that, it was extremely poor.
Was it just another bad day at the office? It seems like we’re having quite a few of those at the moment…