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There is a difference between criticism and abuse

 

  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Arsene and his boys managed to navigate a tricky win at the Emirates and with that showing I think if Giroud is going to be effective in that front three Welbeck playing alongside on the left is a necessity.

I am not going to say much about the game though a win was needed and the team got one. Before I go on to the protest I was very disappointed with Alexis deciding to walk down the tunnel after he was substituted, it was disrespectful to his manager and his team mates. He had a nightmare playing unintelligent passes, giving away the ball so often and dribbling into blind alleys when a pass would have been better. Big players are the go to players in their teams aka Ronalado, Messi, Suarez , Aguero et al and Sanchez hasn’t done it enough this season and he is part of the reason why the team is where it is. I understand he wants to play all the time but he should remember to be respectful.

Thanks to the amazing fans at the Emirates proving that social media warriors are not indicative of general sentiments at the club, while we want more, a lot of fans believe there is a better way to go about things. There is video circulating showing some “fans” chanting they would happy when Arsene dies! That’s crossing the line and those lot should be found and given a lifetime ban not just from the Emirates but from every stadia in the country, football is not ugly  like these lot are trying to make it. Please let’s get them identified.

I look forward to tomorrow when hopefully Leicester will realise the dream at the theatre of dreams. Can’t believe the season will be ending in a few weeks, what will I do with myself?

 

Wenger and underperforming players

Photo credits Michael Regan
Photo credits Michael Regan

Arsenal being true to type their consistent inconsistency was on show today again with a 0 0 draw at the stadium of light. Playing Sunderland at the stadium of light who are battling relegation was always going to be a tough a game but the manner in which a number of the players went about their job left a lot to be desired.

Wenger really needs to ask himself what is important, loyalty to some players or getting results for his team? His misplaced loyalty is one of the reasons why the season has panned out the way it has. After Giroud’s performance midweek I was surprised to see him start today ahead of Welbeck and he didn’t disappoint me with is poor display, that he was allowed to stay that long on the pitch had me bemused to say the least. I was also surprised to see Walcott on the pitch ahead of Campbell who has performed much better than the Englishman anytime he has featured for the team.  This idea of playing players when there are better performers on the bench is rewarding mediocrity in every way and in some subliminal way says it’s ok even if you don’t play well you will get picked.
Wenger himself said in his post-match conference that maybe  Giroud was lacking confidence, then why play him in this game where a win was necessary and Welbeck had done so well. He was also the same person that said why change something that is working, he confuses me the man.

I won’t be ranting much but Wenger needs to have a long look at himself and see how he has condoned mediocrity and poor performances this season. If he continues with this approach I won’t be holding out much hope for things to change next season. This is the time for him to set the marker that only good performances will get you in the squad.

Arsenal rescuing defeat from the jaws of victory since 1889

Just finished the Arsenal game and best to pour it all out while it is still hot. How do you go from being 2 0 up then requiring an equaliser just to get a point from the game? That was a poor poor performance from Arsene and his boys more especially the boys, he has trusted them so much this season and they seem to do a good job of dropping him flat on his back each time. He needs to start thinking about who he lets remain in this team come next season. Haven’t the team been watching Leicester and how they grind out 1 0 wins? I can’t  imagine Leicester crumbling from 2 0 to 2 2 within minutes of half time.
Leading by 2 goals to nil  just before half time all Arsenal had to do was maintain a solid shape and focus on holding that  2 goal lead till half time, it’s called game management. I don’t understand what Bellerin was doing up the pitch at 2 0 with a few minutes to half time and Gabriel and Koscielny have shown again that they are poor readers of the game in how they marked Carroll. Carroll didn’t need a clown suit  with a giant red arrow on his back to know why Slavin put him in that line up. Before today’s game Carroll had scored just 4 goals just 4, against Arsenal he scores a hattrick!

I have been seriously slapped out of my hope of Arsenal going on to win the league, they typically displayed why they shouldn’t be champions because I definitely find it hard to see Leicester doing what they did today at upton park and in the manner in which they went about it.

Before I go and watch the 3pm kick offs I will say this the Koscielny Gabriel combo doesn’t work; they are both very fast players but poor readers of the game with very little cerebral input on the pitch and It’s time Wenger realises he needs a proper defender in the summer.

 

Grrrrrr breathe man breathe….

7 games to go..

7 games to go albeit some teams have a game in hand. Leicester don’t seem to be running out of steam with another 1 0 win away at Crystal Palace, they are definitely playing like champions elect. Arsenal blew Everton away at Goodison park with Iwobi and Danny on the score sheet. While Everton couldn’t have played any worse Arsenal seemed to find their combinations going forward again and managed to keep a solid shape when they didn’t have the ball. Koscielny and Gabriel managing to frustrate Lukaku for the whole 90 minutes in addition to the frustration he was getting from his team mates.
I was talking to a mate of mine after the game and was wondering where this Arsenal had been and he attributed it to lack of pressure which I didn’t exactly agree with. The loss at Old Trafford and Swansea had complacency written all over it, anyway that’s a discussion for another post.  I think the introduction of Elneny in the middle has helped give the team a balance with Welbeck and Iwobi upfront adding dynamism to the team going forward and I think the more Gabriel and Koscielny play together in that back four the more solid a unit they will become.

I noticed the atmosphere at Goodison was toxic for the Everton players with every misplaced pass booed and jeered. Fans have every right to be unhappy when their teams are not delivering but I am not sure jeering and booing during games does any good especially when they are 2 goals down. The same goes at the Emirates who have never been known to be the loudest bunch when it comes to rousing the team. As long as there is a chance the team can still do something it’s important fans get behind the team regardless, there is enough time to register protests and misgivings at the end of the season. Like Ian Wright said the people that should be the source of the anger really are Stan Kroenke and Dick Law. Arsenal fans must be wishing Usmanov was the highest shareholder now at least he wants to win trophies. Spurs play tomorrow and I am predicting a Bournemouth win or at worst a draw! The Arsenal in me speaking, still can’t imagine spurs finishing ahead of Arsenal!!!

Wenger rewarding mediocrity

I am resigned to the fact that this Arsenal team does not have what it takes when the chips are down. They faced a very young Manchester United team at Old Trafford and still managed to lose and lose without fight, composure and commitment.

I was speaking with a close friend during the week after the Barca game and I was like if Arsenal played every game in the premier league the way they played against Barcelona in the first 70 minutes they would win the league and would have been topping the table already. The way they hassled and transitioned into a structured shape when they didn’t have the ball was a serious positive a positive they didn’t take into today’s game.  Every player tracked back midweek regardless of who in the Barca team was with the ball. In today’s display there was an  underlying arrogance there was no need to be that switched on and they would rock up and beat this young United side. Rooney was not in the starting line up and no one in the Arsenal team thought it was important to keep an eye on Rashford including Arsene when he was speaking in his post-match  saying Rashford was the surprising one with his movement.

I am a staunch Wenger fan but I think the time has come when he has to begin to evaluate his methods and if he can really take this team any further than he has.  Any team to a degree is a reflection of its manager, Oxlade Chamberlain starting midweek and Walcott starting today was Wenger rewarding mediocrity, It’s endorsing the idea I don’t have to be at my best to make the team. The two English men have done nothing this season to deserve starting ahead of Joel Campbell. A mentality that trickles down the whole team “there will always be a next time or it’s ok when I don’t give my best.
It’s tiring when Wenger keeps using the same phrases like; “we lost concentration” ” We were naive” season upon season to describe the same players.
The time has come when he has to begin to think that some of these players are not good enough or he is the problem with his approach. Spurs have a less gifted team player for player but their mental fortitude this season is testament to the new manager in charge and how the team have taking on his mentality.

5 points is not a lot with 33 points to play for but like David Platt said today you don’t see this Arsenal team going away and winning.

What do you guys think? Should the board begin to look for a Wenger replacement because Wenger has taken this team as far as he can? Do you agree with me that he rewards mediocrity?

 

Arsenal defence let down against Barcelona

I watched the game with no expectation of an Arsenal result to be honest, but with the way Arsenal started I became hopeful and in the most “Arsenalistic” way they lose 0 2. I was surprised with Chamberlain  in the starting lineup I still don’t feel he has done enough to keep Joel Campbell on the bench. He fluffed his lines as usual when he he should have been calmer in front of goal and then dribbled straight into Mascherano on a counter with Ozil and Giroud waiting.

Looking at the two goals the captain of the day had a hand in both. There were several chances to stop the first goal and Mertesacker should have been more cynical when he slid to intercept the pass to Neymar, he missed the ball and Neymar was in on goal, the rest is history. The second goal Per kick the ball out of defence instead of trying to play out! His loose touch activated the rash Flamini who conceded a penalty within 47 seconds of coming on, that must be some record! All that hard work and Arsenal do a big poo all over themselves. I still don’t know what Wenger was thinking bringing Flamini on for Coquelin, for crying out loud he rested him at the weekend Coquelin should have been able to play the full 90mins.

Apart from the first half when Sanchez help carry the ball forward he was poor and gave the ball away a number of times and with all the assist Ozil has in the Premier League he didn’t stand up to be counted today in such a big game begs the question why he was rested against Hull.

The Arsenal defence were actually let down today by the attack today. Poor finishing and misplaced passes did not compliment the hard work of Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey and Koscielny. There were some good that could be taken from this game, Arsenals shape, the high pressing and Ramsey’s discipline to help Coquelin, I wonder why we don’t see more of this in the Premier League. If you ask me this tie is over and the worrying thing is Arsenal are still not scoring.

The next game is against Manchester United and I hope the OX is on the bench and Campbell starts in his place.