I cross my heart and say that is the most disappointing display of football from Arsenal this season in the Premier League (next only to old Trafford game)
We all had great expectations from this game. To be fair….who wouldn’t?
First shocker came to me when the team line-up displayed the name ‘Aaron Ramsey’ on the left side of the midfield. That was the first sign of the things to come for Arsenal on this day. Ramsey at his best has been just an impact substitute this season for Arsenal. Today he proved once again why? Passing sideways! Ramsey had this wonderful opportunity of putting Arsenal level but he squandered it. Gervinho has been good if not great for Arsenal this season and yet Ramsey was preferred. Although it is to be noted that Ramsey was played out of position.
Second bomb was dropped by Thomas Vermaelen. Nobody expected this from Verminator. The worst display of defending from the senior ever in Arsenal shirt. He was shabby. Just a bad day in office for the Verminator. So did Alex Song.
Does anyone remember the games at Emirates and Craven Cottage against Fulham? Those who do…….remember the hard time given by Bobby Zamora to our defense line. Arsenal never looked like getting over the physical presence of Zamora. He did give nasty time to the Verminator & Koscielny. Were we prepared for that?
From last few days, we all have heard the rumours that we are close to signing Vertonghen ……related nonsense. Signing new players is not the solution to the Arsenal defense crisis. . Yes, we won 7 games in row without much trouble in the defense but that same defense crumbled again today. We never defend as a team. There is communication gap between the defense line and the goalkeeper which was evident today.
Result —- giving rise to uncertainty for the team all over and not only the defense. God knows we need a new defense coach.
As the game started today, it was pretty clear with the way we were playing that we will lose. It almost reminded me of the feeling when we started the game against AC Milan at the San Siro this season. In that game also we started so damn negatively! At times today, it felt that the team was playing just for the sake of playing. Passing just for the sake of passing, slow paced game, SIDEWAYS PASSING!
Except that goal…..Walcott was almost invisible on the pitch.
Again, Wenger haters will come out of the hole yelling the heart out against him. It was not his fault. It’s up to the players on the pitch. Although, OX was brought on too late…..should have been brought after the half time……could have changed the game. As soon as OX came on to the pitch, at least three chances were created.
I hope it was not overconfidence showing. We have a tuff set of fixtures coming up and players have to pull up their socks after this dismal display of football…….if they want to hold on to the crucial third spot.