Now i am not the kind of fan who suffers from making knee jerk reactions or who jumps on bandwagons calling for people’s heads, at least i don’t think i am. I have been a fan and season ticket holder for pretty much near on consistently 17 years. Today’s performance left me feeling very ashamed and not a little bit embarrassed to boot.
No one can deny what Arsene Wenger has done for the club and i am usually the first person to turn on anyone at the Emirates when i see someone mouthing off against the boss, but today i felt powerless to intercede. It has now been four seasons of relative failure and by my reckoning i think the loyal following that has stuck to their guns with regards to the French man could well turn if net season finishes up anything like this one.
Time and again this season we have prepared for a “big game” and time and again we have fluffed it. We threw away the title a long while ago but then we had the FA Cup to play for until we choked against Chelsea after Wenger mystifyingly dropped Song (who had just had his best game in an Arsenal shirt against Villarreal a few days earlier) and Arshavin. Then we came up against Man United and we were given a thrashing, nothing more and nothing less, a thrashing. We were made to look worse than ordinary in those two games and today was our chance to win some respect back as well as make it a whole lot easier to avoid having to qualify for the Champions League next season, something that will be much tougher than in previous years.
Wenger sounded very up beat before the game and assured us all the team would come out fighting and to an extent they did. For the first 15-20 minutes we were on top and but for some wayward finishing from Theo (until he resolves that area of his game and comparison to TH14 is laughable) we could have been ahead but then we crumbled.
The back four was awful today. Even the usually reliable Toure looked average and Fabianski looked as sound and solid as a Jenga tower. Gibbs tried hard and was one of the few plusses but one player who once again did himself no favours was Abou Diaby. He has the demeanour of a player who really doesn’t appear to care, there is no urgency, no first touch and basically a complete lack of any idea as to what he should do with that round thing next to his feet. Bendtner came on and tried to lift the team, Adebayor came on keen to make amends by making sure managed to complete some basis passes. All in all a game that i would love to have removed from my memory via some scientific process as yet invented.
In Arsene i still trust but ask me again next May and see how i feel then.
Up The Gunners