Yes, Arsenal have found another way to fail to convert superior, well superior everything, except the goals for column, to points on the board. Officially our lowest points tally, at this stage of the season, since 1982.
It doesn’t make good reading. But it’s the shots stat really takes the biscuit!
Olivier Giroud had the same number of shots on goals as Brand United and ended up with the same result and he only played 10 minutes!
There appears to be two problems at the club:
- Confidence; Play a big club, we seem to lack the ultimate belief to start or to finish off the job
- Arrogance; Play a middle tier club, we take the lead and expect them to roll over and die
Now I’m not saying that Arsene Wenger doesn’t own some of the responsibility for this but, the vitriol and downright abuse floating around is, well, insulting and disrespectful.
- How is it Arsene’s fault that top class players have 10 shots on target and hit everyone straight at the keeper?
- How is it Arsene’s fault that when Jack Wilshere is controlling the midfield, translating his excellent England form to The Emirates, he gets clattered by Paddy McNair (in a tackle that was brushed aside by the ref and the commentary) and has to get stretchered off?
- How is it Arsene’s fault that Marouane Fellaini fouls Kieran Gibbs, who crashes into Wojciech Szczesny, who is then on the floor when the deflected shot comes in?
The players are just as culpable for the situation as the the management. All involved must take a long hard look at themselves and realise what is expected when you represent The Arsenal.
As TH14 famously said;
‘You need big shoulders to play for Arsenal. The cannon is heavy.”
This is relevant to all parties involved, not just the players and the management, but I believe the fans to.
Before I get pelters for the last statement, please hear me out.
For those who are demanding Wenger’s head on a pike at the tower, be careful what you wish for, we don’t want a David Moyes or worse a Christian Gross.
For those who blindly trust Wenger, whatever happens, beware, we don’t want to become stale and out of touch. However I fear that point may be reached much, much sooner than we all fear. For those who leave early, don’t! Stay and support until the bitter end. I’m sorry, but why go if you don’t want to see what happens at the end.
If you truly love the club, you support them whatever.
Morale is low, it will get lower if the players see the fans can’t be arsed either. Seeing the cannon appear in the east stand with 10 minutes to go is frankly embarrassing.
And before you slag me off for not being at the game and not knowing what I’m talking about because I’m a ‘foreign fan’. In my 20+ years of going to Highbury and The Emirates, prior to emigrating, I never left early, no matter the result. You may say that makes me the idiot, but I support the club through hell, high water and 12,000 miles. (and Holloway Road isn’t that bad)
For those who boo. Boo the team (I’m not a fan of this, but we’ve all got to vent), don’t boo and abuse individual players. I was there when 60,000 turned on Emmanuel Eboue and it nearly killed the man. No one deserves that.
On all fronts, we are in a dire situation, the management, the players and the fans must unite, otherwise this could spiral and we’ll end up like the dirty side of North London, treating the Europa League as a success and blowing millions each season.
I believe ‘Victory Through Harmony’ is the saying.