The inexperience in our first trip to Wembley shone through as powerfully as the inescapable sun did yesterday afternoon. For me, very poor team selection and a toothless attack lead to yesterdays loss… and I find that a real shame considering our great form going into the game.
I don’t want to sit here and hammer the boss, he’s done a great job in the second half of the season, but for me he put in a 4 out of 10 performance from the touchline yesterday.
Firstly, I couldn’t understand for the life of me why our best player… who is Champions League cup tied… was left on the bench. That made little sense to me for a one off cup game. Secondly… why was Nasri also left on the bench? I’m not a fan of Diaby… I see the potential… but I also see the obvious flaws in his game. Those flaws are magnified against more powerful opposition. I also for once couldn’t believe that my all time favourite player; Alex Song, was not on the team sheet. For me, his performances of late lead me to believe his name would be first on the team sheet yesterday.
Finally… after making all those terrible decisions… why did it take until the 74th minute to change things around?
Ok, so in the main… we were beaten by an average Chav team who fluked two goals. I’d put the first goal down to day dreaming by Eboue and poor goalkeeping by Fabianski… and I’d put the final goal down to some great power play by Drogba, and some terrible keeping by the Polish number two. It was an error I expected though… that is why he isn’t ready for number one. A clear demonstration the value Almunia has given us this season… something I think he gets little recognition for.
Arsenal created little in attack all day, which amazed me. Cech is in terrible form and we only managed to test him a few times. Cesc was kept relatively quiet by Essien, Diaby was kept quiet by himself and Theo proved that his game is one dimensional and easy to play against. Ashley Cole had him in his pocket most of the afternoon.
So a disappointing day, but lets not go into hyper drive with the critique. Yes it was poor, but we were never going to win all these tough games in the next month. My hope from all this is that Wenger learns to play his best team… and that the team are not too badly affected. We’ve still got the main prize to play for… and we’ve got two more opportunities to ruin the Chav’s season if all goes to plan.
Chin up Grovers, you could be a Spud.