From my one year experience blogging about Arsenal, I have learnt that the easiest posts to write are the ones after an Arsenal loss. For many reasons, top most of which is you are angry and looking for where to express it, the words never fail you, there are over a thousand ways to write about how you feel when you are hurt. Another reason is that the sequence of events that lead to the defeat are usually almost the same, injuries, managers tactics, awful defending etc so you basically have to combine those adjectives in a varied number of ways and you have 1000 words to describe how hurt you feel.
From a results only basis, is losing to Dortmund in Germany a really bad thing? I don’t think so, when they were at the peak of their powers they hammered Real Madrid a few seasons ago, but they key phrase there was ‘peak of their powers”, they do not have Lewandoski anymore and they have an injury list just as bad as ours, still the manner in which we were defeated ranked topmost on the list of most despicable Arsenal defeats.
It was complete shambolic performance from the whole team so there really isn’t a need to go into individual player performances. It was shit, the game was shit, the score line was shit, forgive my language but in a bid to watch the game I tried to leave the office early, got stuck in a nearly 2 hour standstill traffic, decided to turn back to watch the game at a bar with the Mrs, and after the game I still faced an hour thirty minutes traffic which meant I got home at about 11.00pm. Writing this from work at 6am again so you can imagine how pissed I would be. Then imagine the fans that actually paid hard-earned money for the game, flight tickets and hotel bills to watch this….they deserve a refund.
An important question to ask would be if Stan Kroenke watched the game last night. What did he think of it? Did he invite a few friends over, open some fine glasses and watched his team play? I am more inclined to think he didn’t, what do you think? Or even if he did, he might just rule it out as one of those bad days in the office but the truth is all through this season the only enjoyable football we have played was the first 30 minutes against Manchester City. The rest have been a pain to the eye.
Did Gazidis watch this? I love Gazidis to be honest, and I really do not think he has a say on any core footballing matter. Every time he addresses the fans he is eloquent, says the right things knowing fully well he has no power on the events that would have happened last night. The PUMA deal was magnificent considering we signed it when we hadn’t even won a trophy in 9 years. I’m sure he would have looked at the game yesterday and said to himself, Wenger just keeps making my job harder.
Did Wenger watch this? Oh sure he did. At least we have evidence of this, but there is a deeper question here. Was Wenger really watching? You know how there is difference between listening and hearing, the fact that you are looking across green grass with 22 players and one ref running around it might not really translate to watching because if you see a performance like that and you are happy with the decisions you have made to bring us to this level then my friends, therein lies a very big problem.
If you are a reader of Arseblog, I wonder who isn’t , then you would have known even since last season when we had three center backs he kept going on about how it wasn’t enough, it’s even worse now. The manager himself admitted we needed some more bodies there and we would do business before the close of the window. At what point did he decide to rule himself out of purchasing one, when he saw how great Calum was? Even that left us with just three. I tweeted on Sunday about how affected we were at right back by Debuchy’s injury and I quickly got a lot of Hector Bellerin responses. I love Hector, how can you not like a guy with such a lovely first name but my response was, are you really comfortable throwing such a young lad to the dogs in a high pressure game? The result was evident for all to see and we were lucky Reus wasn’t playing, it would have been worse.
Wenger responding to criticism of Ozil’s performance against Man City was that if you watch the game again you would see how magnificent Ozil is. Fair enough, at least now we know he watches games over and over. He would really need to re-watch this one and ask himself some questions as to why we struggle so hard to get into this competition and then do absolutely nothing to win it.
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