It’s a shame my return isn’t under better circumstances. I had high hopes I’d be penning/typing a post-game report full of glowing praise and dreams of things to come. I shan’t be doing that. Instead I have the pleasure of detailing a performance that was monumentally bloody awful. Again.
Today’s defeat at Everton leaves us with a record of 20 conceded and 4 scored away from home against sides classed as ‘top 5’. Whichever way you choose to look at it, that statistic is utterly appalling. No side with aspirations of glory or that can claim to have our resources and intentions should have that fact help up to their faces. The truth is we simply aren’t good enough to compete for the title.
That’s what hurts most. Defeat is one thing; often crushing but immeasurably easier to accept if your team have given 100% or a dubious decision was the difference. The occasional blip can be dismissed as a freak occurrence or “one of those days”. When those days have happened 4 times someone has to start asking questions. Arsenal haven’t just lost on their travels to the teams around us in the league, we’ve been battered. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
And those questions will be aimed at Arsene Wenger. It’s his team and his tactics. Whilst I don’t for a split second believe myself capable of doing better, it’s okay to ask questions. We’re fans, it’s our job. When the rage hits full speed people will tell you your opinion is worthless and you shouldn’t have one about a subject you supposedly know little about. That’s poppycock, folks. We are all entitled to say whatever the f**k we please.
I love Arsene Wenger. That’s not going to change anytime soon. However, that love is not capable of blinding me from certain things that are obvious. We can all see there are huge problems and those can’t simply be put down to injuries. It’s impossible to dispute those players absent has had an enormous impact on our season, but that fact alone can’r excuse anything. You have to look at the manager.
Is he capable of getting his team ready for games? Does he plan a different approach to fixtures? Why did he wait until the game was lost to make a change to the team? Arsene is obviously an innovator and a genius, but there are times I find the things he does baffling and those times are becoming increasingly more often. Maybe his time has come. It happens to everyone at some point, regardless of how good they once were.
I feel almost dirty typing that. Those of you that read will know I’m certainly not the #WengerOut type. I guess it’s difficult to know what to think at the moment. I couldn’t possibly hope to tell you what needs to be done in order to prevent results like today’s happening again. All I now is that after 4 separate occasions of the same thing happening, something does need to be done. Wether that be a change in management, philosophy and personnel remains to be seen. If this is to be Arsene’s final season, then I hope a great many members of the squad buck up their ideas because, whilst the responsibility lies with Arsene, the entirety of the blame does not.
That’s all for today, folks. Things are pretty hectic in my personal life at the moment, so I hope to be back to blog as soon as I can. For now, head toward the comments and leave me some of your thoughts on today’s debacle. I’ll look forward to hearing what some of you have to say.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.