This win does not hide the disappointing season Arsenal have had. Konstantin Mitov
I enjoy a win against Man United all day long. Makes it even better when Mourinho is in charge. I hate the special one, because of all the hate he put against Arsenal, more towards Arsene really, but still, this one was a bit strange, because United were really poor.
This fixture used to once decide league titles with epic clashes like Vieira and Keane and so on and so on, but now it’s the battle for fifth, but one that doesn’t really feel all that special, because United put out such a bad squad. I mean this is literally the worst I’ve seen them.
To some extend I do understand Mourinho. He only has to not lose the return semi final and win the final and it’s a trophy plus champions league football in the bag. In the premier league, he has to go away to Arsenal and Tottenham and win in a hope to get 4th. Despite Liverpool losing valuable points, I get his decision and I think if they win the EL it will be justified.
Still though, we really looked comfortable. Got a bit of luck on our first goal, but hey, when you shoot, you might score! Who would’ve though? And on the second one, the Ox, magnificent once again, put the ball on Welbeck’s head and you just gotta ask, why did we drop Welbeck for the Spurs game? To play Giroud?
Amazing really. You see, this is why we need to change Arsene. Rob Holding, apart from a sloppy back pass that fortunately fell to Rooney, their literally worst player right now, who bottled it, our young defender was excellent again. Why we played Gibbs is a mystery to me, but ultimately United never really threatened us. I felt really comfortable, which speaks volumes of how poor they were.
Before you get the usual excitement of winning one game at Arsenal, that usually, according to Arsene, means we’re the best team in Europe with the best mental state, we still have to go to Stoke and Southampton and if you haven’t checked Arsene’s record there, he hasn’t won at Stoke since 2010 and never beaten the Saints away since their return to the elite.
Add a tricky game with Everton at the end and even if we somehow nick all 4 games, I repeat myself, win 4 games in a row, including 2 away games (try and remember the last time that happened) we still need Liverpool to bottle either West Ham away or Middlesbrough, who’ll be well relegated by then, or we can hope City somehow slip up, which again is highly unlikely.
See, the problem is, we had things in our hands and our true self showed against Spurs when we were under pressure, but the good things in this awful season is that it opened a few eyes. People understand that things need to change regardless of the top 4. But this has happened before. Remember when Spurs lost 2:1 to West Ham on the last day of the league and we nicked fourth?
Remember how we drew Norwich 3:3 at home and then Spurs failed to beat Aston Villa and a 3:2 win away at WBA secured 4th? Remember how Everton beat us 3:0, but still fluffed it and we finished 4th? This has happened before and every time the other teams bottled it, which gave us champions league football.
We’ve been ignoring the issue a long time. Now if I’m Stan Kroenke I’d consider selling the club, because our stakes will drop massively once Alexis is gone and the champions league too. Because you’d then understand how important it is. We’ll never spent 85 million on Mbappe, like the Mail reported.
We’ll not buy ourselves out of this hole. Worst is, I’m not sure we can attract a good manager to get us out of the mess too. We need to win the 4 games till the end, just to get some confidence before Chelsea end our hopes of an FA cup. But my prediction is that Arsene will bottle it at either Southampton or Stoke.
I just can’t see Liverpool or City slipping up, nor can I see us putting 4 wins in a row, but even if it happens, even if by a miracle we get 4th, is it progress? Is it any better than what was before? The champions league is the only way we’re gonna sign players of real quality. And even if we get 4th, Alexis said he came here to win trophies.
We haven’t put in a real title challenge in his time here, and even if we win the cup and get 4th, the only way he’d sign is if we make a real statement in the market, and I mean go big, like 200 million on 3 players, that’d actually improve drastically our squad. The Europa League next season is a curse.
The only good thing for this season is the fact it’s coming to an end. And the fact that some people opened their eyes. Even Arsene tried some change with the formation. Too little, too late now. It’s time to pay the price. We need a massive change this summer and it can’t come soon enough.