Arsenal 0 – 1 Blackburn, how did this happen? BY kj
I’m still in disarray after that result. How did we manage to get knocked out in both domestic cup competitions against lower league opposition?
We started the game off sluggishly and were just playing safe passes in the neutral areas of the pitch. We didn’t really need to push the game at that point and concede a silly early goal. However, we struggled throughout the half to create anything and it was frankly quite worrying. Gervinho missed such an easy chance that again there was massive questions over what he actually offers Arsenal. Giroud was anonymous and Chamberlain was making a lot of wrong decisions.
The second half started and we were a bit more urgent with our football but we were struggling to really penetrate their back line. There was a lack of movement between the lines and players were getting in each other’s ways constantly. It was a pretty shocking performance considering the calibre of players on show.
Wenger was forced into substituting Wilshere, Cazorla and Walcott to change the dynamic of the game as we were troubled by a championship side. The minute they come on, the worst thing we could imagine, happened.
Blackburn scores a fluke of a goal that had many mistakes through the build-up. Szczesny messed up the save palming it to Kazim who misS-hit his strike but somehow ended up in the back of the net. 0 – 1.
We did our best to get back into it but the lack of a decent striker proved fatal as we ended the game being kicked out of the FA cup. It was an embarrassing performance that puts massive questions over Wenger’s ability to motivate his team against lesser opponents.