After such an awful display against Manchester City, I beginning to find a place to begin a rant it was that bad.
So much went wrong, from the lack of effort from the players, to the poor refereeing decisions as well as general squandering of chances.
But while Arsene Wenger did not shed any of the blame off the players, he did proceed to criticise the Arsenal fans for creating what he referred to as a nervy’ atmosphere.
“I felt we started too timidly and with not enough authority,” said Wenger.
“You can see that nerves play a part in our team at the moment when we play at home.
“[The players are nervous] because they feel the scepticism around the team. The players feel that they want to do well. They have a great desire to do well, so maybe they’re a bit too anxious that they don’t respond completely to the expectation level of the crowd.”
I agree with him on some levels.
While there was a lot for the fans to vent their frustrations about, taking it out on the team never helps anyone and seeing as that the side was already facing an uphill struggle, it was the last thing the players needed.
In a situation like Arsenal found themselves in yesterday, the supporters should have been right behind the side, shoving a proverbial rocket up the backsides of the players to get them and the momentum going. The crowd did this to some degree, but we needed to see far more of it.
However, there is no smoke without fire, and Wenger has to be open to taking some of the blame himself.
A lot of the anger would have been to do with the lack of players coming into the club, with irritation levels growing as the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool snap up players early on.
The Frenchman said before the window that we would be active in the transfer market, but apart from getting rid of Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou, we have done nothing. And I don’t care if we do have players coming back from injury or international duty, we still need to buy.
It’s not as if the players are not available either, here is a list of names that could easily be brought in: M’Vila, Capoue, Llorente, Lopez, Ba, Remy, Debuchy, Bender, Fellaini, Sneijder, Mbiwa, Negredo, Navas, Cabaye, Isco etc
The players are out there, and we have the money to blow apparently, so I’m not sure what we are waiting for.
Of course I want to see Walcott sign a new deal, but I also think we need just more than Theo Walcott to retain a spot in the top four and to build on that.
So Wenger, give us something to cheer about, before you criticise our support.