I couldn’t face a match report yesterday. I took Saturday night self destruction to the sort of levels you’d expect post a game like that. The match hit me hard. Harder than any game over the last year because of the expectation, I knew we’d lose like that.
United weren’t just bad, they were terrible. I can comfortably say that in living memory, I’ve never known such a bad United team. They were terrible. For Arsenal to leave that game without a point is beyond embarrassing. For Arsenal to concede 2 goals from one shot on target is incredible. It’s just so, so flat lining.
You all know my views on our number one. He’s not good enough. He never bails us out. He’s constantly out of position. He’s a terrible shot stopper. He’s not at a level needed. Sure, his keeping coach is laughable, but that’s down to Wenger. For the first goal, people keep complaining to me that it wasn’t a shot. Ok, let’s rewind back. Where is the shout to Gibbs? Where in the Peter Shilton book of keeping does he recommend the slapped clearance? Also, why is a man as big as he is not coming out with two fists ploughing through whoever is in front of him to clear the ball.
It was weak keeping. Then he went off. Which for me, looked like he was leaving the pitch because he was embarrassed. It was so, so poor.
What were they doing for goal two? Per, World Cup winner, 30 years old and he leaves his whole defence exposed against Rooney and Di Maria? No intelligence Whatsoever. Rooney exposed us, a few moments later Di Maria did exactly the same thing. Who is managing this sort of issue on the pitch and off it? It’s not acceptable for the manager to say he doesn’t know why it’s happened.
He played well, showed a lot of grit. In the heat of the battle, I loved watching him go for Fellaini. The issue for me is that he could have been sent off, it was stupid, there was nothing smart about it. Then he breaks on goal and he doesn’t pass to Sanchez. It’s poor decision making that cost us a point. He needs to grow up, he needs to stop seeking out trouble… he needs to be managed.
I think the most upsetting thing about the state of Arsenal at the moment is the indifference the fans are feeling. You potter around forums and fans are exasperated. They care about the club, but losing games like the one at the weekend is par the course. People streamed out of the stadium after the second goal. Light mutterings that the silver lining is, if we lose big games, it edges Wenger closer to the exit door. That’s a sad state of affairs, but that’s the legacy Arsene Wenger is leaving at the moment.
There isn’t a defence of him any more. He’s been at the club 18 years, we’ve just had our worst start in 32 years. What’s going on? How can Mourinho come in and create a title challenging team in two years and Arsene can’t do the same (if we count from when he started spending money?). Simple answer here… he’s not capable. Arsene Wenger is an average manager these days. He’s never won the Champions League because he’s not good enough to win it. He can’t win the league now because he can’t outsmart the best. He can’t even outsmart LVG who is certainly a car crash waiting to happen at United.
It’s desperate times. I’m numb to it. I’m numb to Wenger. I’m struggling to keep the interest going. My season ticket feels like a chore again. The same old shit with a different shirt brand. Arsene never changes. No one ever asks him to change. So we stay the same… swimming along the river of elite purgatory.
… and look, we’ll be back. This week is probably going to be awful. Dortmund could absolutely kill us, West Brom will probably be a mess and we could drop points against Southampton. We won’t be far off the top four though. Then we’ll have Debuchy and Laurent back, Theo will start landing some game time, Giroud can rotate with WELBZ and Ozil will rejoin the group in January. We have too much quality to not finish in the top four.
… but is that how you judge success? Just doing the bare minimum expected of a wage bill higher than Chelsea? That’s not how a sporting institution should be run. If Wenger can’t achieve progress right now, he should leave. Stumbling into 4th every season is starting to become as synonymous with Arsenal as bottling it is for Spurs. What a disgusting thought.
I’d say we’re at a cross roads with Wenger, but from what I hear, we’re not… Stan & Co are happy with their man and that’ll stay the same for the duration of his deal. Treading water and keeping the gravy train going is what he’s all about. Wenger is a hero to him. They’re totally confident he’ll be good for the usual. It’s amazing that Stan can be satisfied with that sort of return… but then again, he’s not invested in football, so it’s not a shock.
I thought I was going to be able to fire off a power rant, but I don’t have the energy. I feel like I’m saying the same things over and over again… namely, because I am. When a layman can spot the problems, call out what’s going to happen and be pretty accurate… you know you’re in trouble.
All of this was entirely predictable. As it is every year. So why doesn’t anyone at the club act?
… because Wenger never fails hard enough.
That’s a sorry old story.
Fans are in a Wenger induced footballing coma. Someone wake me up when it’s over and we’ve employed a proper manager.