Adam Kemp – The crisis deepens!
Arsenal crashed out of the Capital One Cup after a ‘shock’ penalty shoot-out defeat to the ‘mighty’ Bradford City after the game ended at a stalemate. I use the term shock loosely as the battle between David and Goliath was actually not the case. Bradford City was far more effective on the ball and the precision of their tactics was class.
Credit must be due to Bradford for the way that they played but the gulf in class is still inexcusable to lose. The average Bradford City player earns around c. £700 per week which is a stark contrast to the ridiculous wages that our first team ‘stars’ command. As a youngster growing up in the UK and playing for various academy sides you realise that the standard of Premier League clubs is far higher than lower/non-league teams. As a football coach you are taught that the physical / technical ability of players is broadly similar across the leagues, however, the psychological and mental components of a top player is what makes them elite.
We have been saying for years that Arsenal has players blessed with phenomenal technical ability. You watch the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky, Arshavin and Cazorla and it is clear that the vision and artistry of these players is exceptional. The problem is that Arsenal is a team collectively made up of central midfield playmakers which illustrates an imbalance of player roles. Arsene Wenger deliberately plays players out of position where they are so ineffective. Aaron Ramsey is just dreadful and his regression in ability was highlighted by his inability to pass in a straight line or get behind the full back. Gervinho will never be a Striker as he has no first touch, terrible movement, poor decision making and the finishing ability of my wife. We all know that there are many players on our books that earn ridiculous salaries that do not reflect their ability:
Fabianski, Mannone, Santos, Djourou, Ramsey, Diaby, Gervinho, Chamakh, Denilson, Park & Bendtner.
The above players are either lacking in technical ability, injury prone and/or consistently demonstrates poor performances. If I likened Arsenal to an investment fund they would be fourth quartile as the above stocks have crashed and burned and do not represent value. We have a fund manager ‘Wenger’ playing a cautious hand and taking no risk and holding on to these assets in the hope that things will improve. The fact that some of these stocks are open to offer and no other club can match the inflated wages that they command leaves us stuck with this crap. These players are Championship quality at best and do not deserve to be anywhere near the team. The other players that I have not mentioned are capable; however, the likes of Giroud, Podolski, Mertesacker and Jenkinson are squad players at best. We are lacking world class players up top and at the back!
Arsenal are allegedly one of the Europe’s top teams as they sit proudly sixth in UEFA’s coefficient seeding’s. We boast a world class stadium, global fan base and profit margins that are exceptional. Yet we have a manager who will reward Djourou with a c. £60,000 contract and refuse to offer Walcott c. £100,000 per week. Come on Wenger you are supposed to have a degree in economics you absolute cretin! You are a disgrace to Arsenal Football club and I want you out along with Stan Kroenke and Dick Law. Then bring in the Russian, Dein and Guardiola! Problem solved!
Now if any of you dare to defend the result last night you are blind and simply an awful fan of the club. Bradford City simply did what Norwich, Swansea and Schalke has done to us this season; to name but a few. It seems every club we meet can stop us from scoring and hit us on the break or from set pieces. It took Arsenal 69 minutes to register a shot on target against a team that is rooted in the bottom tier of English football. What made it worse is that this one of Wenger’s strongest sides he could have fielded. I can honestly state that we do not know how to score goals or threaten any opposition teams we play against.
We need to change the formation and sign some better players immediately in January as we run the risk of being the next Liverpool. Arsenal is light-years behind other top teams in terms of mental toughness and the true grit required to be killers. It is not good enough to accept that we can pass a ball side to side without any penetration and crosses that never seem to be attacked. At the back we are a shambles and this zonal marking is clearly not working!
Just analyse the performances and results this season and Bradford City epitomised everything that is wrong with Arsenal this season. If we cannot even dominate really inferior teams that do not even have the right to play against us I am fearful to play Reading next Monday. The game against West Brom was an utter disgrace as we had the luck of referee to give us three points and we failed to score in open play! Arsenal simply are not good enough to break teams down and the only player capable (Walcott) will be the next high profile exit from the club. Yet Wenger refused to criticise his players last night and came up with the same old excuse ‘we couldn’t take our chances…..blah blah!’ What he actually means is that ‘my players are so ineffective at breaking down defences and creating clear cut chances.’ No wait! When we did (once) Gervinho scuffed it from two yards out. Behave you cretin as you are killing this club
Arsenal is now officially a club in crisis. I am going the home game against Newcastle at the end of the month and if anyone fancies venting their frustration we can arrange a place to gather and protest outside the ground! This is the final straw and there needs to be a French revolution and it is shame we cannot decapitate the useless cancer that is Wenger!
Love Arsenal, Hate Wenger!