Profligacy in front of the old ‘onion bag’ has cost valuable points on numerous occasions. Season after season passes with the same story; Arsenal create myriad chances, and they either squander them in the most frustratingly inept manner, or the opposition keeper becomes superhuman for 90 minutes. As the inventive title I’ve used states; it’s all so fucking predictable.
Yesterday, Bolton were resilient at best. Any team with genuine aspirations to finish in the top 4 would have beaten them. Bad luck only serves as a valid excuse to a certain extent. Yes, van Persie hit the post and Theo really should have done better when through (also, predictable), but the harsh light of day illuminates glaring faults. Aaron Ramsey is tired, RvP is isolated and that crucial element of creative spark has been absent throughout the campaign. January was the time to remedy this, yet decisive action was not taken. There are many theories; board negligence, Wenger’s stubbornness, for example, but analysing the problem has been done by far bigger blogs, and far better – the well-informed bastards.
Of greater concern, is where we go from here. Henry’s off in 4 weeks, Wilshere’s almost certain to be nothing more than a cameo appearance and the squad is constantly exposed by one or two injuries. If we had our first-choice XI fit for the the remainder of the year, we’d be in with a shot of hitting the Champions League spots. That, however, is as likely as me being able to type my next post blindfolded and using only my penis. I’ve a horrible feeling we could be headed a similar way to Liverpool a few years ago. As they’ve showed, once you drop, the ascent becomes doubly hard.
Whilst I believe that, as fans, we must put our full support behind the team – booing does not help matters – there is an element of the supporter unrest I feel is totally necessary. The feelings of fans must be heard by the board for them to realise that a sustainable business model doesn’t work without a successful football model. Arsenal are flirting perilously with losing grip with those above us, and the amount of mistakes we can make know is tiny. We’ve lost a whopping 11 times in all competitions, and it’s barley February.
Beating Blackburn is essential. And we’ve got to offer our prayers to the footballing gods we can avoid another injury induced capitulation, as that could see us out of touch way before the end of the season.
That’s my ranting done, thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Please comment and follow me on Twitter – @Puddleduck1978.