I’ve written this before, but one of my favourite lyrics is from a band called The Cribs when they teamed up with Sonic Youth.
You can change your clothes
Change your hairstyle, your friends, cities, continents
But sooner or later your own self will always catch up
Always it waits in the wings
That was Arsenal last night.
You can change your backroom staff
Change your Chief Scout, your players, your DoF
But sooner or later, you’ll play Swansea away and lose
Always, an unexpected shocker of a result waits in the wings.
I felt sorry for Arsene Wenger after the final whistle. His interview with BBC was painful to watch, he doesn’t have a clue how to stop his team losing away from home. He blamed confidence a week after we beat Chelsea at home in the league cup to head to Wembley.
As fans, we just have to accept that this is our reality for the next 16 months. Wenger has too many get-out-of-jail cards with Stan K to lose his job. He’s already blaming the Sanchez situation when the reality is he just can’t manage at elite levels anymore.
Mustafi was poor, because he’s not a great player. Bellerin doesn’t give a fuck, not because he’s poncing around thinking about LFW, but because he wants to be playing for Barcelona. Aaron Ramsey is hugely overrated, forget his xG and xA numbers, he doesn’t cut it.
Granit Xhaka has to go down as one of the worst signings of Wenger’s tenure. Forget that the manager thought he was a box-to-box, have you ever seen a player make so many cataclysmic mistakes? More to the point, have you ever seen a manager forgive a consistently bad performer so often? He has no power. He has no pace. He is the Messi of gifting goals. We should cut our losses, and put AMN in there until the end of the season. Put some power in the midfield.
Then you have Petr Cech who looks like he’s ready to tap out of life. He’s been in rapid decline since he joined us. Last nights mistake wasn’t unexpected. However, if you give him a shite keeping coach to work with, that’s what’ll happen.
The absolute worst thing about last night is this: I knew we’d do badly when I saw the rain was heavy. You can laugh at that, but you know it’s true. Our team is so incredibly weak mentally, I genuinely believe a big factor in that loss was cold weather and unfavourable conditions.
What is this Dave Priestly character doing (team head dr)? Why are our players so lacking in character when they need it? How is he still working at the club? March him out the door right now. Too many hangers-on at Arsenal not focused on delivering value or results.
Arsenal’s expensive crap shot for 4th place is over before the ink on the Aubameyang deal is try. We’re now 8 points off Liverpool having blown the chance to put pressure on them. Our 4th place attempt is over in January. It’s fu*king abysmal.
The manager should have gone 8 years ago. This decline has been painfully obvious. Yet we’re still going to allow him to preside over a 2nd season without Champions League. Quite incredible there’s an argument for anything over than a sacking right this second.
… he’s the neverending story.
- Olivier Giroud heading to Chelsea
- Matty Debuchy given a free transfer to St Etienne
- Marcus MaGuane joins BARCELONA
I’m not sure what to be thinking right now. I guess, at least we’re clearing the decks for the summer, so we can bring in a whole bunch of exciting player Wenger can ruin in his last season.
My transfer deadline party has been totally ruined.
I don’t even care if there’s a really cool video of Auba dancing with 26 trumpet playing penguins. My appetite for great content has been spoiled.
See you in the comments. Podcast running later on this evening.