It looked like Arsenal were cruising to a win at Everton against a team that had won just one of their last 11 matches, but suddenly Everton scored an equaliser and the Gunners simply didn’t know what to do!
According to Arsene Wenger after the game, Arsenal had not planned on Everton scoring and just did not know how to respond. Le Prof said after the game: “We started well and were in control of the game. After that we lost a bit of urgency and Everton made the game very physical. From that moment on we lost some goals we are not used to losing.
“They disturbed our game really, they played a real cup game and at the end of the day we lost on two headers from two defenders. I believe it’s frustrating to lose with five minutes to go on a header like that and the first goal was a header as well. You could expect Lukaku to score a goal against us but not the way we conceded two goals here.”
So basically he was saying that we lost control of the game? “We did. In football you have to defend well. We knew exactly what was happening and the first goal is exactly what we planned not to do. We have to look at ourselves tonight because we punished ourselves by not respecting completely the rules that we put out the night before we played.”
But Arsene, the rules are made to be broken, and considering our recent five games, we always concede at least one! How can you PLAN a game with a rule that you don’t let in a goal? That sounds like a bit of arrogance to me. You must expect every possibility before a game surely?