Right, ok… uhmm.
That wasn’t good, was it?
I can either rip into the performance, or we can talk about the things that matter to us moving forward.
Ok, first up, congratulations to Sheffield Wednesday. Great work. You beat us because you were the better team.
Arsenal, you were shite. 9 internationals on the field and you let a Championship team not just beat you, but destroy you. For shame. I hope your partners made you sleep in the shed when you arrived home.
There might be a section of the fanbase that think it’s intellectually superior of them to make out they’re not fussed about the result, but those of us who have sporting values will be rightly disappointed. Losing in that fashion just isn’t Arsenal and it’s a real shame to see. Wenger went many years before he lost to a team in a lower division, now it’s starting to feel regular.
Anyway, the real shocker of the evening was firstly, the injury to Chamberlain after 7 minutes. Secondly, the injury to his replacement, Theo Walcott, 10 minutes later.
I wrote this yesterday morning…
‘I wonder whether Wenger will put Chambo in? In need of a few games… but a health risk. So maybe not?’
I was kind of hoping not, mostly because he is the replacement for the injured Ramsey. He has both power and pace. Now we don’t have that. In fact, we don’t even have slow and immobile… because Arteta is injured. That’s a real worry and really, it’s a pretty major fuck up from Wenger.
The second injury, for Theo Walcott. Well, again, it doesn’t look good. He didn’t really get to warm up… most importantly, he’s our number 1 striker and he’s fragile. Why are we wasting him on Sheffield Wednesday?
… but you know what. For once, I’m not going to bag on Wenger majorly here. Sure, he should know this sort of thing happens, but my biggest disappointment is that once again, pretty much all our British players have injuries.
… in fact, of the ‘British Core’, the only two that aren’t injured are Jenks, who is on loan… and Gibbs, the most fragile player since Abou Diaby.
Chamberlain, Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Welbz… then you have Arteta and Rosicky. It’s looking car crash already. I mean, those boys are seriously f*cking weak. They can’t string more than 10 games together. It’s really pathetic. Look at Ozil… he looks a monster right now. Sanchez, a total beast. Little Santi, never pings anything and he’s 31. Maybe Coquelin? I mean, what’s going on with the Brit pack?
We have one of three things going on here:
1. Wenger isn’t listening to the fitness staff. Which wouldn’t be a shock
2. Our British players are injury prone
3. It’s a blend of both
It’s probably number 3. Looking at those injuries, the time of season it is… you have to say, we still don’t have our fitness cracked.
One of my pals said that we were doing well for injuries this year… when you you’re legitimately congratulating your team on having limited injuries after 15 games, you know that your setup is traditionally quite awful.
What happens now, generally, is that the manager has to rely on key players for more. He can’t rotate them. We hit a busy period.
It’s over the next few months when we’ll see the fruits of Wenger’s, ‘no signing outfield players’ strategy. Not that anyone thought that was smart… but we’ll soon see when we start having to play middling teams in November… that’s when the attitude difference is so noticeable.
Look at last night. One night in Sheffield with the second teamers and we collapse. No hunger. No fight.
How’s that going to pan out over the next few weeks? More alarming was this comment from the manager.
‘The level of the Championship has gone up and you see that once you have not enough of experience to deal with these types of games, you have no chance to win it.’
When your second string can’t deal with Sheffield Wednesday, you are in trouble. Again, makes that £70m we shirked spending in the summer look all the more striking.
We still have Sanchez, Santi, Coquelin and Ozil. Lose one of them and we’re in real deep trouble.
Anyway, a shocker of a result. We’re out of the cup, but the bigger question is what those injuries do to the next month and possibly beyond.
… but, when you’re feeling down, just remember, Chelsea lost and the special one might soon be the ‘your ass is fired’ one.
Swansea, Bayern and Spurs up next… a big couple of weeks before international break.
Have a great day!