What can you say about that?
At the end of the day, you (usually) get what you deserve in football and that’s where Arsenal are right now. 3-1 after the first leg and have a slim, if not impossible, task of progressing into the latter stages of the Champions League.
And let’s be honest, even if we did somehow manage to get through we’d only get stuffed by Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich anyway.
I am still confused, upset and disappointed with last nights defeat – essentially we were far too confident and cocky, and thought we would breeze through against Monaco. That’s the only way I can explain how we performed so poorly last night.
Arsene Wenger said we were naive, etc. but that is a bunch of shite. This is the same squad that beat Manchester City in their own back yard, and has travelled to places like Borussia Dortmund and managed to get results.
Let’s not be stupid here – these are top players who (when they want to) can perform at the highest level. The problem is, last night they didn’t because the thought we just needed to turn up to get a result.
It was a complete shambles. You know when Arsenal are up for it because when we are, we’re right out of the blocks from the moment the game kicks off but yesterday we were slow, lethargic and pedestrian. How ridiculous is it that Berbatov “wanted it more”?. Jesus fucking Christ, when a player like Berbatov wants it more you’re in serious trouble!
I guarantee that if we were up against Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich last night, we would not have performed so badly. These players are pampered beyond belief and that’s why we struggle against the “less glamorous” sides. Monaco isn’t a marquee game so why should we bother?
Unfortunately, Monaco actually wanted to win and showed desire and spirit all over the pitch. They thoroughly deserved what they got and that’s probably the most disappointing thing. People are calling this game the worst ever in Arsene Wenger’s reign, and while it’s a slight exaggeration it probably isn’t far off. The 3 goal capitulation against Anderlecht earlier on in the season was a real show of incompetence – not unlike last night.
People are calling for Arsene Wenger’s head but at this moment in time, he should still stay as Arsenal manager. When he gets it right, we play some fantastic football and games like against Manchester City are no fluke. For me, the buck has to stop with the players – Arsene Wenger can prepare the team but once they cross that white line they need to stand up and be counted. And yesterday they waltzed around as if they were walking their dogs.
Most of Arsenal’s players were well below par last night but the main culprits were Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud. Quite simply, both need to go if Arsenal want to go anywhere.
I’m sick and tired of Arsenal fans defending Mesut Özil. Yes, on his day he’s a great player but the fact is he’s not built to be at Arsenal. He’s too lightweight, doesn’t run for the team and is a complete luxury. A player who was £42.3 million should be putting in a performance every single game. He hides far too easily and is pretty much anonymous most of the time. He is a liability and needs to be sold. This is not a knee-jerk reaction, the player is not good enough! Our most expensive player (by some margin) isn’t even in our best 10 players at the club – the fact that people need to justify his performances with stats and figures is ridiculous – he doesn’t try and for the price tag, can’t even change a game or come up with some magic. You wouldn’t get Dennis Bergkamp hiding in games. Bergkamp was a flair player but he put himself about – if you’re comparing them to animals, Dennis was a lion and Özil is a butterfly.
At Real Madrid, Özil was always taken off after an hour or 70 minutes. Plus, he had warriors playing alongside him. In a team like Arsenal, his shortcomings are quickly exposed. For £42.3 million, we could have purchased a killer striker, someone who bangs in goals for fun. And that brings me onto Olivier Giroud.
The big Frenchman is a second striker, end of. He’s not a top striker that a top side needs. Manchester United have Van Persie, Rooney, Di Maria and Falcao. Manchester City have Aguero, Dzeko, Bony and Jovetic. Liverpool have Sterling and Strurridge. Chelsea have Costa, Remy and Drogba. We have Olivier Giroud.
The bottom line is Olivier Giroud would not get into the starting line ups of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Southampton. He tries but he’s not good enough.
He never performs in the big games, he never scores in the big games and he is another passenger. Against the lesser sides, fine, throw him in there, but we need a world class striker if we want to challenge for the Premier League or even Champions League (don’t laugh).
We’re going round in circles again. We need a world class goalkeeper, holding midfielder and striker. Yet Arsene persists in buying attacking midfielders. When I saw the team sheet yesterday I was baffled.
The back four was protected by Coquelin and Cazorla, with Özil, Sanchez, Welbeck and Giroud further up the pitch. Santo Cazorla in central midfield?! Are you having a laugh?!!! Our best player who has been scoring and assisting for fun is playing in a deeper and more withdrawn position?! Arsene should have dropped Özil and played Santi in his position. At least Santi gives a shit and tries to help the team defend.
When you’re crying out for Nicklas Bendtner, Yaya Sanogo and Marrouane Chamakh to come back, you know you’ve got problems.