Over and over and over and over and over again. How annoying it is to be a supporter that already knows the negative outcome of the game? As soon as I saw our line-up I called the defeat at Chelsea which I’m sure many other sane Gooners did too.
Yes let’s nullify the threat of Cesc Fabregas by filling the midfield with midgets, that’ll work. We have absolutely no power in the team it’s cringeworthy.
People keep calling Eden Hazard’s run an unstoppable bit of brilliance but seriously there were some awful half-hearted challenges there. We have lightweight midfielders that aren’t even strong enough to make cynical fouls, at least Alex Song would’ve committed the foul before he got to Laurent Koscielny or even better, the likes of Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira would’ve stopped him full stop.
Arsene Wenger’s facing the only man in football that I’m sure he despises yet still can’t pump the players up for this game it’s a joke. The people taking positives out the game are the blindfolded ones.
It feels like we did okay because it wasn’t 6-0 like last time but not a shot on target till the 90th or something shows how pathetic we were.
Smaller pitches like Stamford Bridge and Highbury made us dominant whenever we graced them because we had 6’0 players able to cover the whole blade of grass with ease. To be so powerful, dominant and commanding whilst also having a high level of technical skill made us unbeatable, literally!
Now all our small players get run over against any decent side we face away from home.
I dislike Jose Mourinho with a passion and that push from Arsene excited me but it’s a little embarrassing that we can see how much Wenger dislikes him and must be so desperate to beat him yet just can’t.
Per Mertesacker said in a recent interview he thinks we’ll try something a little different in this fixture and I was waiting to see what it was….
Were we going to line-up like we did against Galatasaray and pin Chelsea back with a quick front 3? Nope. Did we wrap Abou Diaby in cotton wool to save him for these kind of games? Nope. I was guessing all week but same old tactics same result.
When Wenger first arrived he was way ahead of everyone else in regards to diets, training regimes, philosophies and scouting. Now modern day managers have adapted to the trend he set and have now left him behind.
It’s worsened by the fact Wenger is too stubborn to change anything.
If Mesut Ozil isn’t on song he’s the biggest passenger to carry, but Wenger doesn’t have the balls to sacrifice Ozil. Protecting a player’s ego or confidence matters a lot more to him than the result needed there and then. Ozil should’ve come off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and I felt for Santi Cazorla who was our most lively player.
It took an Olivier Giroud injury for us to go out and buy a striker like Danny Welbeck, and I really don’t know what more it will take for us to get a defensive midfielder but Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are way below par.
The captaincy having gone from Vieira to Arteta symbolises the direction the club has wrongly gone in. From power and dominance to tidy softies.
Wenger is a completely different manager to the one a decade ago and we’ll continue to suffer for it.
Oh well. Easy run now so I suppose we can put together some good form, get some points on deck so we can celebrate our fourth place trophy in May when all is forgotten, then repeat next year under the delusional belief that things might just be different this time.
This wasn’t a Wenger out article, I’ve given up on that. I’ve just accepted the same process will repeat for the next 3 years but as a fan it’s quite annoying to watch.