Morning, disgruntled and apoplectic supporters and mourners of the Arsenal persuasion. These headaches and heartaches the day after calamitous results are becoming too regular an occurrence, aren’t they?
So that’s the FA Cup, our last legitimate hope of silverware, gone for another season. Football is a cruel, wicked mistress. After 7 minutes of play, Francis Coquelin was taken off with an injury and the team never regained any semblance of drive and focus; our season in a microcosm. I’m not going to get into the finer details of the game, but if you are interested in revisiting the performance, I’ll again going to point you in the direction of Tim Liew and his full and in-depth review of the game at The Armchair Sports Fan. He does that sort of thing far better than I could. Suffice to say though, Arsenal were shit yesterday.
The title of this post is a verbatim quote I received on Twitter. Whilst I concur with the latter part – 4th place is a huge prize – the former statement regarding our manager’s omniscience is certainly open to debate. In fact, I’d go as far as wildly dismissing it as blind allegiance in the face of growing and undeniable evidence to the contrary.
There are many Arsenal fans out there who attempt to remain positive in the face of adversity, and those are people I greatly admire. Supporter division and bickering is simply born from frustration and solves nothing. I’m happy to respect another’s opinion, even if I disagree with it as whole-heartedly as is humanly possible.
Let’s make one thing abundantly clear; the current troubles at Arsenal are not new problems that have surfaced overnight. These are the same tedious and interminable failings we’ve witnessed for quite some time. Arsene Wenger is not motivating his team, and his team are not motivated to play for him. The squad has worsened as the seasons have passed, vital players have departed and they’ve been replaced on the cheap by sub-standard dross. Over the course of those years, time and money has been offered to a selection of the squad (Denilson, Almunia, Bendtner, etc) clearly not up to the task of competing at the highest level. Failure to address painfully obvious deficiencies and properly invest in the playing staff has cost us time and time again. Arsene Wenger is to blame.
How many respected pundits, fans and ex-pros have claimed Arsenal need to invest, they need leadership and reinforcements in key areas? Could even the most staunch and dedicated member of the ‘AKB’ disagree with any of the above? No. Watching what is happening at Arsenal pains me. Without Robin van Persie, we’d be in a worse doldrums than we are now; how many optimists realistically expect him to stay on after the summer? I certainly don’t.
After the game, Le Boss said:
“People talk and criticise and analyse and destroy and it’s important we face all that and show internal strength and resilience. At the moment I get many lessons from many people. It’s very difficult tonight to say where it leaves us and what we will do. We have to take criticism on board, stay together and face the critics.”
And in response to Roy Keane’s remarks about the class of 2012 being the worst Arsenal team he’s seen, Wenger succinctly added:
“It’s a very harsh judgement”
Roy Keane is a cock. He was a cock in his playing days, a cock during his hilariously awful attempts at being a club manager, and an even bigger cock as a pundit. One thing he is not, however, is particularly wide of the mark with that statement. Many say Wenger should be afforded the benefit of the doubt because of his service to the club, but we’ve been giving him that for years, and the same mistakes and disappointments are repeated ad nauseam.
For now, as things cannot change until the end of the season, I’m hoping the team can pull together and secure 4th space – the success of which will have a huge baring on how the summer pans out. Arsenal and our manager need to take drastic action. Some players need to go. Until it’s logical to address those issues, we, as fans, need to get behind them; no booing, no idiotic protests involving rubbish bags; just our support. They need us now more than ever.
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