Different Season, Same Result
Well well well, here I am again. Despite looking forward to watching my team play after a boring International break I’m here wishing the break had gone on a little longer now after viewing that pathetic display.
I have the utmost respect for Arsene Wenger and all he’s done for the club, but it needs to be accepted that he just cannot take us to the next level.
Unfortunately the board more or less admitted at the AGM meeting that they’re spineless and what Wenger says goes.
We’re so predictable it hurts. Hit us on the break, park the bus and you get a result. Yes you do that to most top teams but it will nearly always be executed against us in particular.
The referee had a forgettable performance, there’s no doubt about that but it’s the same culprits costing us points again, Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini.
Even when Flamini was tugged he still had more control of the ball than Mohamed Diame, yet he just stopped and expected the whistle to blow while Hull went and equalised. Someone of his experience should really be dealing with that situation then having a moan at the ref later.
I didn’t just want a new defender because we need more depth there; I wanted a competent one so we can gradually phase Mertesacker out of the team. He’s been solid for a while but his lack of pace is a massive hindrance as we can’t press high up because of the protection he needs.
Then one of the situations he’s supposed be adept in, he got beaten in the air by Abel Hernandez. He’s pushing 30 now anyway and why we didn’t get another younger defender is beyond me.
Flamini and Mertesacker coincidentally occupy the two positions we needed to improve in the summer but, as always, Arsene Wenger ignores that and chooses to risk seeing us get by.
The man has unfortunately lost his hunger and brains, his stubbornness is unbelievable, how he has neglected the need for a proper midfield powerhouse since Alex Song left is a joke. Having to play Nacho Monreal at centre-back is also laughable.
This 4-3-3 formation just hasn’t worked at all, not only have we been getting poor results but we’ve produced our most drab football in years. He just ignorantly refuses to change it and we’ll continue to suffer for it.
In terms of player performances, Alexis Sanchez is looking like the real deal and combines well with Danny Welbeck. Jack Wilshere seems sharp. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a day to forget but should’ve started wide right. Hector Bellerin coped well too.
We have all the potential to challenge any team in the world but we need a couple of tweaks. A few key additions and a new head coach.
Ignore key positions in the market, lose all big games away, struggle with injuries whilst not even having the depth to deal with it, then finally develop a decent run-in to gloriously snatch fourth, then get told it’s the springboard to bigger and better things the following season.
Then repeat the process.