Only Arsenal can repeat the same old stupid mistakes time and time again.
No-one does farcical like Arsenal do.
Against Anderlecht, we were cruising for the first hour then the Belgian champions scored a fortunate goal (as it was offside). Any other team in that position would have made sure they didn’t concede another as to give the opposition any hope and a chance to get back into the match, but what followed was a joke.
Arsene Wenger is the only manager who can’t see how the game is progressing and is unable to make the necessary changes to see games out.
The team went forward trying to score the fourth goal and we were punished big time. The basic mistakes Arsenal are making and how the team are playing is the direct responsibility of the manager.
The bottom line is that he is clueless.
And so we come to Swansea today.
The first half was poor, and Arsenal hardly created anything. The second half was better, and Arsenal managed to open the scoring on the break. A good Arsenal move resulted in Danny Welbeck playing a square ball to Alexis Sanchez, who finished with aplomb.
In a tough away day in Swansea, in the pouring rain, a massive and precious goal.
But like on Tuesday night, Arsenal capitulated in spectacular fashion.
Swansea equalised from a well-taken free kick by Sigurosson, and shortly after conceded from a header by Gomis (sound familiar?). Arsenal clearly have defensive frailties, especially in the air and too many times we concede goals from headers and set-pieces.
Arsene Wenger bemoaned the awful defending against Anderlecht and I’m sure he’ll blame the defending again after todays farce.
The problem is, our defensive problems are all of his making.
Our back four is threadbare, and we have Gibbs (who isn’t fully fit), Mertesacker, Monreal and Chambers. Of our first choice defence, only one is fully fit. We sold Vermaelen and lost Bacary Sagna and instead of adding even more numbers to put ourselves in a stronger position we only replaced them. We were always one or two injuries from a crisis and this is where we are.
The whole situation is completely ridiculous. With all respect to Anderlecht and Swansea, they are average teams and yet we’ve conceded five goals in two games, after leading in both. And all of those goals that we conceded have come in the latter stages of games.
You can point to the players for defending badly but it is completely down to Arsene Wenger for the personnel he fields. We’ve only got two injured defenders in Debuchy and Koscielny, and yet we’re in a defensive crisis. Most of the teams in the Premier League have one or two defensive injuries but aren’t in a stage of complete panic like we are.
The player you really feel for at the moment is Alexis Sanchez. The poor boy is literally carrying Arsenal and in any other team, he would be star of the show. He is the only positive with Arsenal at the moment and instead of basking in the glory of a fantastic performance against Anderlecht and scoring the opener against Swansea, he’s reflecting on how awful his team have played and wondering why the hell Arsenal have managed to throw away not one, but two games in the space of five days.
Sanchez must be wondering where the hell he is. He’s used to playing with Lionel Messi at a world class team like Barcelona – and I bet he’s wondering what the f*ck is going on at Arsenal.
I’ve been a massive fan and supporter of Arsene Wenger, the man is a complete legend and has transformed the club in magical fashion, but even I believe that Arsene’s career at Arsenal should come to an end.
He’s become stale, and too stuck in the past. He’s too stubborn and can’t see the weaknesses in the team – how else can you explain the refusal to bring in defensive reinforcements again and again?
The last couple of weeks have really exposed Arsene Wenger and his flawed ideologies. He was quoted recently saying that football hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years.
Excuse me?! That is possibly one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard.
Compare that to the attitude of Jose Mourinho. There is no doubt the Chelsea manager is a monumental twat, but he’s a successful manager who knows what he’s talking about. When asked if Chelsea can remain unbeaten for the entire season, his response was that when Arsenal did it it was in a different era, and today’s game is completely different.
So which opinion do you think makes the most sense?