Tony Cascarino has claimed that Arsenal are soft from the core out, claiming that big decisions are palmed off.
The Gunners have come under strong criticism following their loss to Watford this weekend, and the latest comments move to claim that the club is ‘soft’, citing the board’s decision to shy away from the big decision on Arsene Wenger as breeding for that frail mentality.
“That club is soft from top to bottom,” Cascarino said.
“I look at it and I see a soft club from the very top of the club, where I think big brutal decisions have to be made – and that doesn’t happen.
“I see it from the management and Arsene Wenger.
“Look, it wasn’t a penalty yesterday – that was never a pen for me – but that wasn’t the reason why the outcome was 2-1.
“I totally agree with Troy Deeney [who said Arsenal lacked the ‘cojones’ needed to win].
“That goal at the end typified Arsenal, how vulnerable they were, and Watford seized on that.”
Before the game, there was plenty of talk about how Watford were playing very good football this season, and many were highlighting the defensive absentees that would make life difficult for our side, but since the loss much of the talk has been about Alexis Sanchez (who didn’t even play), on the referee, and on Arsene Wenger which seems a little harsh.
Yes the Frenchman is ultimately to blame for picking the side which didn’t win, and I can’t help but think that our squad depth is a problem with our injuries stacking up, but I’m not 100% sure that the club wasn’t to blame for our lack of transfer activity in the summer, especially when the likes of Ivan Gazidis are insistent that our summer window was a success!
Did we lose because of refereeing decisions, a lack of squad strength, or because Wenger set the team up wrong? Is the team and backroom staff ‘soft’ to the core?