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Arsenal aren’t the only big club behind Leicester

If I had fallen from another planet and was watching the premier league I would have been puzzled by the rhetoric directed mainly at Arsenal for the weird season that has Leicester and Spurs jostling for the premier league title while the other top clubs get some sort of free pass.
Arsenal seem to be the only club guilty of performing badly in a season where City who spent millions on Otamendi, Sterling and De bruyne risk playing in Europa next year. If you ask me I think Pellegrini is setting Pep up to play in Europa. Manchester united have spent close to 300 million pounds since LVG arrived and I haven’t factored in how much Moyes spent in his short stint there and they have won zilch in that time as in absolutely nothing. Chelsea the last time I checked, hiddink was happy he had managed to steer the team away from relegation, some sort of achievement I would think. Reading through social media and the media in general one would think there was a different league table which the other clubs are competing in with the disparity with which Arsenal are criticised so much for being behind Leicester in the league table.
I am not immune to the fact that Arsenal seemed to have entered their choking period in the season and passed with flying colours but they seem to be the only ones under the spotlight for being behind Leicester when resources are being compared.

Have Arsenal missed a chance to romp to the title this year oh yes they have but if we all take a look at the whole picture, resources invested versus where respective clubs are standing the other clubs should be equally under the spotlight. Arsenal as we know are the perennial underachievers.

“Muggy Banner” and its kind not welcome

Arsenal win at Hull yesterday  4 0 and a not very bright individual felt it was an appropriate time time to unfurl a banner asking Wenger to leave. Ian Right had a problem with it and rightly so no pun intended, the not so bright individual then took the twitter to hurl insults at an Arsenal legend in Ian Right.
If we are honest Arsenal fans are definitely  not one of the loudest bunch in the country! Can they do better in getting behind the team?  Can the team and Wenger do better regarding performances and results? Do fans have a reason to be upset with recent performances? Have Arsenal underachieved so far this season? The answers to all the questions above is a resounding yes.
While I am of the opinion the title is beyond us, the season is not over by any means and the best the fans can do at this point in time is to get behind the team! There is a time and a place for everything and unfurling a cheap “muggy banner” asking Wenger to leave after a 4 0 victory that takes the team into the quarter-final could only be the work of one who is not so bright and attention seeking.

Respect begets respect and as they say manners maketh man. Some individuals feel because they have let go of some form of legal tender to be at football matches they have the right to behave in any way possible. You can protest, you can let yourself be heard but remember not at the detriment of the team and being a fan involves getting behind your team even when it hurts! So do what’s right first get behind the team and suspend all “muggy banners” till the end of the season. All is not completely lost believe me when I say I am trying to convince myself too. C’mon Arsenal!!!!

Any win is good for confidence

Arsenal managed their first win in six games beating Hull 4 0 in the FA cup replay. Hull must be sick and tired of seeing Arsenal at any stage of the FA cup now. Three years in a row now that Arsenal have gotten rid of them in the cup and in all of those years Arsenal have gone on to win the cup, maybe they are now Arsenal lucky cup team.

My take from the game; Eleny has a good shooting technique, does the simple things well and is always looking to pass the ball forward, I think the axis of him and Coquelin will work very well the more they play together although he needs to be stronger in the tackle but that will come with time. I am never happy when any Arsenal player gets injured but I think Campbell playing on the right as a result of Ramsey’s injury bodes well. With Sanchez on the left of that midfield anchor of Eleny and Coquelin it gives the team a better look  with regards to pace and dynamism and Campbell does have an eye for a good pass! Walcott and Giroud managed to score two goals today, hopefully it will be good for their confidence going forward. Iwobi is a good good player always willing to take players on with the ball always sticking to him, if you ask me I think he has a bright bright future. It was a good professional game by all concerned today and I hope they are ready to go again at the Emirates on Sunday against watford.
The victory was at a cost though losing Mertesacker, Gabriel and Ramsey to injuries fingers crossed they are not out for a long time.
Apologies for not doing any piece on the North London Derby I am sure you all satiated with that by now.

See you guys at the weekend and hoping Arsenal make it two wins in a row any kind of win now is good for confidence regardless of the opposition. Oh yes and if you ask me Chambers is a centre back did well there!

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.