Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal. Bottled it. So Wenger, right?

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Hello darkness my old friend

Hello darkness my old friend, its Alex here after a looooooong hiatus to report on the abomination that was Arsenal’s performance at Old Trafford.

I wish we were meeting under more felicitous circumstances, I really do. However this is a season where mediocrity has been the benchmark and Arsenal are struggling to even be consistently mediocre. The only thing that does appear to be consistent is our unnerving ability to blunder our way to fourth.

Why does this keep happening? The players are different, the tactics are different, the backroom team is different, the transfer budget is different, the opponents are different, their managers, kits, medical teams, all different. However the results remain the same. The one constant is Arsene Wenger. A good manager, perhaps. A true servant to Arsenal Football Club, undoubtedly yes. The man to put Arsenal where they belong, at the pinnacle of English and world football, NO.

In isolation this match would be an embarrassment but it’s symptomatic of a failure to perform on the big occasions which has meant Arsenal has not really been dining with the big boys since 2004. This result was in many ways worse than the 8-2. That day we fielded a team of youngsters and ne’er-do-wells in what was essentially a damage limitation exercise (brought about nonetheless by Arsene’s lack of planning).

Yesterday was different. United were the ones fielding a squad of assistant burger flippers and chimney sweeps. I swear by the end they were bringing on kids who’d just resat their 11 plus. Throw into the mix fraudulent show ponies like Memphis Depay, an ageing Carrick being played out of position, two fullbacks who hadn’t played for months and a complete fruit loop of a manager, this team deserved a spanking.

It’s almost impossible that a team of professionals; World Cup, Champions League and league winners could contrive to lose to that Motley crew. Almost but not quite. Not when you’re Arsenal.

The first five minutes were alright. United looked like they were due a hiding, we had most of the ball and created a nice chance through Monreal who should have been more clinical.

But then it became apparent that something was wrong. United were pressing us high and our midfield, Coquelin and the absolutely woeful Aaron Ramsey, went missing. More often than not our back four were bringing the ball out and struggling to find an outlet. Usually having Giroud up front would give us an alternative, however Walcott was having one of those days (you know the ones where he is in a state of quantum superposition and you’re not really sure if he exists).

We started to get jittery, LIKE WE ALWAYS DO WHEN OUR OPPONENTS REFUSE TO ROLL OVER FOR US, and that’s when the bullshit started.

I questioned the decision to drop Mertesacker for Gabriel. Sure Merts had a mare against Barca and was at fault for both goals, but Gabriel still looks a little green and plays like he is wearing rollerskates. Sure enough after about 12 minutes he got skinned by Roy of the Rovers and was lucky not to concede a penalty. It was shocking play from him, his body positioning was all wrong and he got turned inside out by a child with zero Premier League minutes. He should have been subbed for that alone.

Walcott briefly appeared to try and dribble the ball out of the danger area. Unfortunately he was only able to run in a straight line and was quickly dispossessed. United broke forward before Arsenal could reset themselves (that’s why you shouldn’t get dispossessed in danger areas Theo). Their fullback whipped in an excellent cross which Koscielny missed and Gabriel jabbed at like it was a dead beagle. The ball fell for Captain Marvel who smashed it home. Awful anticipation from Gabriel.

Their second came a few minutes later. Lingard moseyed inside and Herarra’s ball over the top was too much for Alexis (another player guilty of breath-taking shittiness) to track. The floated cross landed bang in the middle of the six yard box, in between our two centrebacks and onto the head of the Boy Wonder. I’m blaming Gabriel for this one to. He could see Rashford in front of him, and his anticipation was way, way too slow.

Their third was another example of shambolic defending. We had six players back versus their three and still got taken apart. Here’s a tip, rather than standing in a straight line in the penalty area, Coquelin (or even Ramsey if you feel like it): TRACK THE RUNNER.

I’m not going to focus on our goals as they don’t warrant analysis, other than to say there was a noticeable lack of response from the players following both. The players reacted as if Ozil’s goal was a consolation after a 10-1 shellacking, not a crucial turning point in the game. Can you imagine any team other than one managed by Arsene Wenger chasing their first league title in 12 years reacting so nonchalantly to this goal? I’ve played in pub darts teams with more desire to win.

The game ended with United showboating. Actual 18 year old debutants doing step-overs and flicks to piss away the last five minutes. That is how little threat we posed, that is how little respect they had for our team. Champions? Not fucking likely.

So what are the talking points? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Koscielny
Wore the captain’s armband but needs to start acting like a captain. That doesn’t mean just playing ace, it means sorting out your team mates when they have taken leave of their senses, organising the defence and showing some #pashun when the rest of the team are losing their heads.

Gabriel
There is a good player in there somewhere but this has been a season to forget for him. He should be starting behind Mertesacker and even Big Cal at the moment. He needs extra coaching on his positioning because it’s usually wrong and he is relying on his pace to bail him out. Have you noticed that he’s almost always falling over at the critical time? He is the very definition of “last-ditch”.

Ramsey
What is going on with this guy? Does he even know what his role is in the team, does he get instructions from Wenger? I’m pretty sure Ozil is the guy with the free role, Aaron, so stop dicking around in the penalty area and sort out your positioning. United pressed high today and both he and Coquelin were unable to play around it. Dare I say it but did we miss Santi Cazorla?

Walcott
Possibly his worst ever Arsenal performance. Theo seriously needs to think about what he wants from his career, does he want to coast for the next 8 years like he has the last 10? His best season for us was 10/11 when he played out wide feeding Van Persie. That season he would hang off the full back’s shoulder, carry the ball to the byline and whip in crosses for RVP to finish. I’d suggest he reverts back to that role as its not working for him at number 9.

Alexis
Another one in the category of WTAF. This guy has been playing like a bucket of cold sick for months. I know he’s one of our superstars but he needs to be dropped. Like Ramsey, he is desperate to score and holds onto the ball for too long. He needs to drop this Roy of the Rovers nonsense and focus on the basics. In the meantime, why can’t Campbell fill in?

Arsenal
I’d love us to win the league and there is still a possibility from this position. But if it is to happen it would require a complete reversal of the form we have shown over the last two months. Let’s be honest, Leicester are playing like Champions. Tottenham are playing like Champions. We got lucky in the Leicester game and haven’t looked confident or clinical for a long time. I would put that down to the mentality of the players but we know these guys are winners. Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck, Mertesacker, Giroud have all won major honours. Why are they looking lost now?

There is something psychological going on, “bottling it” is actually a thing and it is what Arsenal are doing right now. We either start games complacently or we panic when the game plan doesn’t work. We’ve been finishing seasons like this for 12 years now and it’s not getting any better.

However, more concerning than even this, we are not playing like a team. We are not playing well as a defensive unit or as an offensive unit. There is no link up between our defence and midfield or our midfield and attack. There are no successful partnerships on the pitch and there is no one to take the game by the scruff of the neck when needed. Ozil is the closest thing we have to this but even Mozart is going to struggle to make beautiful music with a cow bell.

Arsene Wenger
Which brings me on to the manager and his consistent inability to resolve these issues. I alluded to this at the start of the post and it is a drum I have been banging for so long my arm has fallen off. He is the cause of (and unfortunately for now) the solution to all of Arsenal’s problems. That performance was so bad in every respect, coming at such a decisive time in the season, how can it be tolerated by a club with serious aspirations of winning the title? Will the necessary pressure be put on him to re-evaluate his methods?

His substitutions against Barca were insane and I’m not sure of the value of bringing on Iwobi over Campbell in this game. However it’s the lack of motivation for the team and ability to change things when the chips are down that are his real Achilles heel. His post-match comments were petulant but reveal what is at the heart of the problem with Arsene Wenger.

“They spent a lot of money” the long standing refrain that has been his emotional and professional security blanket for ten years looks threadbare now he has two players in his team who cost upwards of £70 million combined. This is not a time for excuses, it’s time for him to reflect on his own performance and consider if it has been good enough.

The bar has been set considerably lower this year and yet, somehow, Arsene Wenger’s team still look set to hang their caps several pegs below it. That in itself should be enough for him to reflect on.

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801 Responses to “Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal. Bottled it. So Wenger, right?”

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  1. Relieable Sauce

    Diehard AKBs are so ridiclous, I was half expecting to hear how we cant possibly compete with the coconut oil barons of Leicester.

  2. champagne charlie

    WengerEagle

    Don’t bring up Rooney as a type of comparison to Ronaldo mate you’re better than that, fat boy has lived off of his 16-20 year old hype and the fact he’s english – basically a bigger Theo. Bottom line is OUR squad has some players that could definitely use a public rinsing, because whatever is going on behind closed doors apparently does fuck all.

    KingHenry

    To say Ronaldo does more harm than good basically voids your input as far as I’m concerned. We’ve not have a player anywhere near that level for over 10 years, and even as he’s slowing down he’s a country mile better than anything we have.

  3. Danny

    The thing is we as life long Arsenal fans absolutely hate Spurs with a passion but Wenger doesn’t share that with us, to him they’re just another London team or just another Premier League team like Leicester. Of course he knows how we feel but he doesn’t give a shit, so all this talk of what will happen if or when they finish above us or even win the league means fuck all to him.

  4. WengerEagle

    Charlie

    I was exaggerating with Rooney but do you not see my point? You’re also exaggerating in comparing him with Walcott, I mean come on. Even Rooney at his worst this season has doubled Feo’s goal count and don’t even tell me that it’s not all about goals because what else does the useless prat in Theo offer?

    If Ronaldo is playing badly it’s not fair to excuse him by saying that ‘oh well he takes up space on the pitch and gives defenders something to think about’.

    Anyone that watches Real Madrid often knows that Benzema is the absolute focal point of the attack and their most dangerous player, if you can keep him quiet they will struggle.

    ‘Bottom line is OUR squad has some players that could definitely use a public rinsing, because whatever is going on behind closed doors apparently does fuck all.’

    Now this i’m in full agreement with, for far too long they’ve been mollycoddled when in reality they deserve a public dressing down.

    Nobody in our squad has the stones to rock the boat though.

  5. Leedsgunner

    As it has been mentioned many times this morning and quoted repeatedly, if Wenger truly believes all the fury surrounding the latest loss to Man United is just an over reaction… it puts to bed once and for all, the idea that he “loves the Arsenal” like we do.

    Frankly, if he did, I don’t know how he could even say it’s an “over reaction” as he would understand the pain we’re in…

    Please Wenger, for goodness sake just go.

    Thank you for your interest in our affairs but the times up, you’re truly a road to nowhere.

  6. Rustygunner

    Arsene Wenger is putting Per Mertasacker under the bus just as he did with Thomas Vermeulen. He could not coach TV out of his loss of form, and he is at a loss as to how to help Per other than to embarrass him by dropping him from games. The team can see this shaming of their Captain and this is not going to motivate them either.

  7. Cesc Appeal

    Classic, mindless pro-Wenger shit in those Twitter threads, ‘you don’t know how to appreciate what someone has done for this club…go support Chelsea.’

    I really hope all those fans fuck off with Wenger. As much as Wenger is a pain, those wet, pessimistic fucks are just as big a part of Arsenal’s issues.

    By their logic, there is never a time, never an incident that could possibly lead to it being right to sack Wenger, because of what he’s already done 12 years ago…I mean…you just wondered if these people fall over things a lot in real life if they try to breathe and walk at once.

  8. WengerEagle

    Carts

    What has happened to Jovetic? Scored in his first 3 matches but has fallen off a cliff since then.

    He was such a talent at Fiorentina but if we’re being honest he’s been pretty shit since he left them, even with all the injuries.

    Perisic has been pretty bang average considering the huge amount of money they spent on him and Palacio is on his last legs like Arteta. Was a brilliant player a couple of years ago but he’s way past his sell-by date now.

    Ljajic is decent but again, doesn’t set the world alight with his talent. This Inter team is probably his level.

    Eder has also been complete shit for them in the few matches I’ve watched which surprises me as he was great for Sampdoria.

    Hahaha did the Napoli owner really say that? Hig may be a little on the porky side but the lad has scored 25 goals in the league, what a weird thing to say.

    He’s having the best season anyone has ever had at Napoli since El Diego.

  9. WengerEagle

    Carts

    What has happened to Jovetic? Scored in his first 3 matches but has fallen off a cliff since then.

    He was such a talent at Fiorentina but if we’re being honest he’s been pretty shit since he left them, even with all the injuries.

    Perisic has been pretty bang average considering the huge amount of money they spent on him and Palacio is on his last legs like Arteta. Was a brilliant player a couple of years ago but he’s way past his sell-by date now.

    Ljajic is decent but again, doesn’t set the world alight with his talent. This Inter team is probably his level.

    Eder has also been complete shit for them in the few matches I’ve watched which surprises me as he was great for Sampdoria.

    Hahaha did the Napoli owner really say that? Hig may be a little on the porky side but the lad has scored 25 goals in the league, what a weird thing to say.

    He’s having the best season anyone has ever had at Napoli since Maradona.

  10. Dissenter

    Truth be told (not untold), 10-20% of our fan base are Wenger worshippers.
    I can think of a few here like Ughelli gunner who is prepared to defy gravity to defend Wenger.

  11. WengerEagle

    Fuck this shit, Pedro really needs to sort out the banned words list.

    Just wrote a spiel to Carts and the whole thing was wiped.

    Summary of it was:

    What’s happened Jovetic? Started well but has been wank for months.

    Perisic was a waste of so much money, bang average player.

    Eder has been really bad which is weird because he was great at Sampdoria.

    And why did the Napoli president call Higuain fat? Lol, even if it’s a little true.

  12. WengerEagle

    Fuck this shit, Pedro really needs to sort out the banned words list.

    Just wrote a spiel to Carts and the whole thing was wiped.

    Summary of it was:

    What’s happened Jovetic? Started well but has been wank for months.

    Perisic was a waste of so much money, bang average player.

    Eder has been really bad which is weird because he was great at Sa.mpdoria.

    And why did the Napoli president call Higuain fat? Lol, even if it’s a little true.

  13. Leedsgunner

    “…you’re truly a road to nowhere.”

    Nowhere… what about the champions league ?? lol

    Red & White

    Err… yeah because you saw how afraid Barca was of us didn’t you? Messi said as much the day after they knew we weren’t strong enough mentally and that we would crack.

    We’re cannon fodder in that competition mate, that’s all. Let me explain..

    A team all the minnows like D. Zagreb love to play so they can claim a famous scalp if they win. A team all the elites like Bayern Munich love to play because we are toothless in attack and suspect in defence.

    Absolutely no one fears us in any competition any more.

  14. Paul Mc Daid

    Wenger has lived a charmed life for years because Sites like this and the fans have refused to stand up and be counted, Wenger would not last a season at clubs like Utd, Barca or Madrid, Our gutless little blog sites and tourist fans just go along with this regimes fairy tales that we keep getting served up, Guys called years ago for a poll on this site about Wenger to no avail, Its a joke, A cop-out, Winning went out the door with David Dein, We are deluding ourselves if we even think this regime want to win, They are all about the money making and that is our fault because we all stood ideally by and let this regime go down that road by not holding them accountable, Football and Winning are an after thought with this regime, Its a total disgrace, so very sad.
    THE LOST DECADE.

  15. Joe

    Swansea to win. Spurs to win. Hull to win

    If those 3 results happen, Wenger is done.

    Swansea game will tell all the people who don’t believe he’s lost the dressing room everything. We come out flat. Un motivated. No passion. No heart. Then it will be clear for the world to see that the players aren’t playing for him anymore.

    I already know he’s lost the players.

    Next 3 matches at least, I will be hoping the opposition rip
    Us a new arsene.

    Even more so with his cunt comments today.

  16. Carts

    LOL – heard you the first time, Eagle.

    When you look at it, Mancini has spent badly and for the most part, kind of undoes his work at City. Cos let’s face it, there are certain teams in the world that could pick themselves and still batter their league. Yes Man City, at a time, you were one of them.

    -Jovetic found form, then bumped into his good pal Injury. But he’s been on the bench for a few games already. Fallout , me thinks.

    -I remember James Horncastle, BT Sports, saying how Inter biged up a new arrival and when it was announced that Perisic was the guy, those erect penis’ went flaccid asap! Big money too.

    -See I like Ljacic, he’s more direct than both Walcott and Ox, but if you can’t cut it at Roma then your chances aren’t looking good

    -Never been an Eder fan. Matey looks like he’s gagging for a dozen Krispy Kremes. That was another e10m wasted by Mancini in January.

    Laurentis just can’t help himslef, I think. The geezer talks too much. He should be consoling Insigne who got robbed at gun point yesterday O_O

  17. Red&White4life

    Well Leeds apparently you didn’t noticed the “lol” at the end of my post…

    You took me for a pro-wenger moron, but hey, no offense pal!! lol

  18. Joe

    Bam

    How about this song for Wenger

    Wenger’s not a wanker, he’s a cunt.
    Sod the memories, just fuck off.

    Nice ring to it

  19. Leedsgunner

    Red and White

    I did notice it, — but tone and sarcasm doesn’t come across well on a written blog, I know that you and I are often singing from the same hymn sheet… sorry for unintentionally offending you.

    Wishing you the best. 🙂

  20. Dissenter

    For the umpteenth time, Wenger can never lose the Arsenal dressing room.
    He might lose the respect of the few quality players we have who wont have any trouble moving on the better things if they call him out publicly.
    There are too many overpaid average footballers as well as chronically crocked players who are only there at Wenger’s behest to prevent him LOSING the dressing room.

    The likes of Ozil and Sanchez [despite his poor form] might decide it’s time to move on.

  21. Red&White4life

    “Wenger can never lose the Arsenal dressing room.”

    Of course he can’t lose it.
    He is ZE specialist in brainwashing.

  22. Joe

    Does it matter who we play?

    Do we have anyone who will come in lilt rashford and Score 2 goals v Tottenham?

    If the players come out and play like that v a shite United team needing to lay down a marker what will they do vs a motived flying Spurs?

    They are tuning Wenger out. They know just as well as we do.

    Imagine being Ozil or Sanchez and watching Wenger sub in flamini vs barca and have him concede a penalty a minute later.

    And remember Wenger saying no one was available.t.

    The players aren’t stupid

  23. Carts

    If we lose the league to either Spurs or Leicester then, imho, our PR team will go into over drive.

    You’ll have sheep like Cech and Bellerin coming out saying more tripe like “next season, we’ll make it happen”. Wasn’t it only last week where Bellerin and Cech came out and said some annoying shit.

    I’ll be curious to see Ozil and Sanchez come out and give a pathetic interview supporting Wenger’s ideology.

  24. N5

    @Eagle, sorry I had a meeting mate. Yeah it comes to something when you hope someone else wins the league but I can’t see us doing it and Leicester is by far the better option in my mind. I think the FA cup has become a get out of jail card for Wenger and yet again he’ll probably pull the rabbit out of the hat to secure that once more.

    As much as I hate the idea of it though, I do think the Spuds winning it would be to much for even the most reluctant Wenger Out supporter regardless of FA cup.

    @River, I still post here, not as often but I do. I’m not sure why you hold so much anger towards me, I don’t even know who you are and feel for about a year I’ve been pushing back on your unwanted advances? You need to get out more if an anonymous name on an internet site gets you so angry that you must discuss them in every comment. You even sign in under multiple accounts to look like you’re getting backed up by other like minded posters which is bizarre behaviour. Get out and about and you’ll thank me for it.

    Have a nice day!

  25. Leedsgunner

    “Wenger can never lose the Arsenal dressing room.”

    No of course he can’t. It’s one of the room incorporated into the stadium that he built with his own hands… brick by brick don’t you know. Saved us a fortune in construction costs — only for Stan K to blow it on another ranch!

  26. Red&White4life

    “Please can you stop the censorship or at least list the banned words.”

    On top of the list should lie the word “wenger” lol

  27. N5

    “Looks like St Tottering day will be late this year!”

    Christ that’s a point, when was the last time we DIDN’T have one?

  28. Wallace

    Champagne

    “Uhmm that’s the most pathetic thing I’ve heard in a while mate. Cos you get called out for playing shit you have a strop on at the one guy not playing shit? makes sense. Heaven forbid you’d just train harder and get to a level that doesn’t invite such remarks. You sound awfully like one of these people that needs safe spaces because words are hurtful etc.”

    you don’t see any difference between the public and the private?

  29. Thank you and goodnight

    @N5

    Good to see you back. Hope everything is OK with family mate. We’re all good just tired as kids have got bugs.

  30. Dissenter

    Hopefully Westham do us a favor tomorrow and beat Spuds. I want Leicester to open up a gap.

    If I had to choose between having Spuds beat us and then lose the title to Leicester or eke out a result on Saturday and have Spuds go on to win the title.

    My choice will be to lose on Saturday provided they (spuds) don’t win the title come May.

  31. Pendrey

    Marcus Rashford may have opened a can of worms the other day against Arsenal his discovery that the secret to scoring is to get in front of the goal and shoot.

  32. karim

    Red&White4lifeMarch 1, 2016 14:40:53
    ” Well Leeds apparently you didn’t noticed the “lol” at the end of my post ”

    Lol

  33. Mark

    I see Afobe scored again tonight._! Kid was Banging in goals whilst on loan . Didn’t even get a sniff at playing in first team. Yet AW persists with one season wonder Walcott!! Smart move !

  34. fabregas bald head

    I feel also arsenal have a bunch of softies in the team…I c the players playing without endeavour was c us of the barca game
    yes they were naive but it wasn’t the end of the world…Wenger got really pissed and really had a go at them at the presser …imagine what he might have said in the dressing room..
    still not saying it’s not his fault…it’s his fault for assembling mummy boys

  35. Nick

    I think the reason the players all turn into pussies after a while at Arsenal is because Arsene is a pussy. Simple.