Arsene Wenger has lost the plot.
Last season, we won the FA Cup – but only after trailing 2-0 to a Hull City team which, let’s be honest, are a mediocre side. We got there in the end but only after Aaron Ramsey nicked a goal in extra time.
What would have happened if it went to penalties?
And this season hasn’t been much better in terms of performances and results.
In too many games this season we’ve been lethargic and devoid of any spirit. We’re coasting through games, defending poorly and bar Sanchez, are showing no fight.
And that is down to one man:
The players have clearly had enough. They’re not playing for him anymore. The team is playing badly and we’re not winning games against the poorer teams in the Premier League.
And tonight, we threw away a 3-0 against a side which only has 2 points to their name in the Champions League this season.
Sky Sports mentioned it tonight – in the previous 101 games that English sides have lead 3-0 in the Champions League/European Cup, in all 101 games the English teams have gone on to win the match. Arsenal’s 3-0 was the 102nd time an English team had lead 3-0 but they are the first to lose the lead and not win the match.
Arsene Wenger is a man who has lost the plot.
In the post-match interview he was clearly angry, and blamed the awful defending from the first minute to the last. That may be the case, but Arsene you are the manager! At 3-0 against a very average side, it’s your job to make sure the team holds on for the win. If you knew we were defending poorly, then why not put on another defensive midfielder? Why not play deeper instead of flying forward and trying to score another goal?
There are literally a million things that Arsene Wenger could have done from the bench to see out the game and he did none of them.
He could have brought on Theo Walcott to stop the Belgian champions coming forward time and time again. He could have brought on midfielders for attackers to keep possession and kill the game.
How a supposedly top manager can’t see out a 3-0 lead is beyond me.
Arsene Wenger has been a great manager for Arsenal, phenomenal in fact, but his methods are dated and he hasn’t caught up to the modern game.
With Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager, we simply can’t progress to the next level.