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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Lacklustre Arsenal and their insulting Manager

Shameful post-match behaviour

I said yesterday that I would take a win and a draw from the games at Villa and Everton this week. I also said that, despite our fine record there, visits to Villa Park are not an easy win. That being the case I suppose I should be holding off from slating the 0-0 draw yesterday - if we win at Goodison Park in the week then we have that win and draw - but once again it was the nature of the performance that has me annoyed.
Let's be honest here - that Aston Villa team yesterday was fielding its second and third choice players in goal and defence. They were also missing Darren Bent up front. That being the case it really is unacceptable that Arsenal created only one chance from open play, and that was squandered by a centre-half who had galloped forward to try and make something happen. Yes, Villa worked hard, but when you consider the fact that most of them were just squad players it merely serves to underline the fact that Arsenal didn't work hard themselves. With the exception of Ramsey and Giroud I thought the midfield and attack was awful throughout.
Let's start with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I said at the start of the season that I felt he might struggle this term after the way he shot to fame in the early part of this year. What I can't abide, however, is the "Billy Big B******s" attitude he seems to have adopted recently. People get on at Aaron Ramsey (me included) but at least he tries. I lost count of the times yesterday that Chamberlain was just ambling along and not making a run or showing for the ball. Time and again Jenkinson actually overtook him as we went forward, and not so much in an overlapping full-back way, but more of an "I want to get Arsenal a goal here" way. When Ox did get the ball it was the same nonsense just about every time. Only once did he properly go outside the full-back and it nearly created something. The rest of the time he wanted to showboat and go inside. How he got through 76 minutes before he was replaced I will never know.
Lukas Podolski followed up probably his best two games for Arsenal with one of his very worst. I have consistently said I don't understand why Podolski is taken off in every game, especially when we need a goal, but he was so awful yesterday I would have hooked him at half-time. The fact that Gervinho and Arshavin, when they did come on, seemed to be having a competition for who could mis-control the ball in to touch in the most elaborate fashion was neither here nor there. By that token I don't believe for one minute that Gnabry or Eisfeld are not a better bet on the bench than those two. I almost understand Arshavin's attitude this season as he has been constantly overlooked despite our poor play, but honestly he was a disgrace yesterday.
On the subject of substitutes what was the point of Jack Wilshere being on the bench yesterday? What circumstances would Wenger have considered using him if not when we needed someone to come on and grab midfield by the scruff of the neck? If he wanted to completely rest Jack then he should have left him at home on the sofa. To then bring on Francis Coquelin in place of our only centre-forward just about summed up Wenger's lack of tactics (more of which below).
I thought Giroud played really well up front yesterday but had to do most of his work with his back to goal. Without Theo Walcott getting up to support him he was pretty isolated. Marouane Chamakh got two goals last time he played for Arsenal, but apparently isn't even worthy of the subs bench when only Giroud is available to play up front. Santi Cazorla (another man who gets no stick from the fans) was having one of his more regular invisible days yesterday, despite actually seeing a fair bit of the ball in the second-half. Would it not have been nice to have another striker (a real one) on the bench to come on and try something different? I suppose you can argue that Wenger did try something different when taking off Giroud, but playing without a centre-forward leaves you less likely to score, I would suggest. There was a time when we would bring on Kanu or Wiltord or Ljungberg to try and change a game. Yesterday Wenger brought on a defensive midfielder. That's how far we have fallen, people. Had it not been for an outstanding Szczesny save late on we would have lost the game 1-0.
Wenger's comments after the game were a disgrace. We were back to the childish and petulant responses that have become more and more a feature of post-match press conferences. People complain about how Peter Hill-Wood insults the fans with some of his pronouncements, but Wenger treats us with such contempt as to show his belief that none of those who pay their money are entitled to a view. After all we know nothing about football, do we? I sort of agree with him when he tells the press that he does not have to answer to them for his decisions. Of course he doesn't. But when the press is the conduit to the fans then he is saying exactly the same to us. That is utterly shameful behaviour.
The away fans made their feelings clear again yesterday, but Wenger says he is not answerable to any of them. Well, believe it or not, they are the people who pay your wages Arsene. The attitude of the Manager is an insult to us all. The more performances there are from Arsenal like yesterday, both on and off the pitch (and they are becoming more prevalent from players and Manager alike), the more the paying punters will turn against Arsene Wenger. The man is a busted flush, and it's only a matter of time before everyone realises it, including the people that could get rid of him.


  1. The Manager does not answer to the press why he chose to take players off and put players on. Wilshere and Sagna have just comeback from long lay offs and a third game in a week when yo have evrton on wednesday would mean risking injury to one or both of them. Remember also the other players you are slating except oxlaide chamberlain have played 270 minutes or near abouts in a week a dip in play is to be expected. Did villa cause problems not really. Villa worked their socks off and had you watched their defeat to city which was an unlucky defeat to be honest then you would know they are a decent young side. That villa side is almost the side that played both city and utd with only ireland being dropped in favour of a more combatitive midfield. A fifth clean sheet of the season and still complaints yes team did not perform well but they didn't lose how many times in the past with 60% + have arsenal lost. What gives you the right to say the manager has to answer to the fans he doesn't mmm lets think we are a point behind everton 5 behind chelsea and six behind west brom in the league bridgeable difference in the quarter finals of capital one cup have qualified for the second round of champions league chelsea and city are all but out of that competition F A cup has only just started. So all in all we are in a good position not a great one but a good one a win against bradford then a favourable draw then its another final. are next seven game in league are everton swansea west brom reading wigan west ham newcastle then southampton so a minimum requirement from that run would be 15 but i see at least a seventeen point tally out of a possible twenty one in this group of fixtures.sandwiched in between those games are bradford and olympiacos the olympiacos game is a dead rubber in terms of qualification and only way we can get top spot is if schalke draw or lose to montpelier unlikely to happen. so two games in which the second string should get starts and rest players for the big list of fixtures coming up. Its okay to show disatification with performance level the result was a point away from home not bad I think. Before being arrogant and believe that you have the right for wenger to be accountable to us think, this after all is just a game a piece of entertainment a way of taking your mind off the day to day difficulties of life enjoy and if you don't like what you see or hear don't pay your money its that simple i have been a gooner since 1978 and will be to my dying day and will support the team and whichever manager is in charge.

  2. Silver1971 - The author is right, we as supporters, who go home and away, paying good money every week have the right to question what the manager is doing and to protest if we feel that it is necessary. That Villa side was there for the taking had THE MANAGER selected our strongest starting 11 and not set his sight on Everton on Wednesday. You say 'did Villa cause problems, not really'!! What game did you watch we were second best on most occasions and only one finger tip save kept us in at, when did their keeper have to scramble to make a save???You also say 'it is just a game a piece of entertainment' Well I take exception there (1) we pay our money to OUR team win silverware (2) The games where we get entertained are becoming less and less. I've been watch Arsenal since 1971 and have seen some really dire teams and times, but I still support them because of moments like the unbeaten 49 run, the doubles the FA cup finals and the great players , but Monsieur Wenger has now passed his sell by date and should do the honourable thing and walk to enable a new man with new ideas to build the next great Arsenal era

  3. I think Ramsey is the worst player at Arsenal at this present time and will never get better !! just cnt see why he is in the side to say he played well !! wow what game where you watching !!
    Giourd had a great game ?? Goals mean good games for strikers or assists !! i rate him but really no one had a good game !! Fact !!
    it looked as if they were knackered !!
    20 million for two players would sort out our problems !! Yann villa 13/14 million and Huntelaar 6 million !! that doesn't just make good Business but perfect sense !!