Another season of failure for Arsenal? by Dave N
Arsenal went into the international break with a second Premier League defeat to chew on after surrendering the lead again in a rain lashed Liberty Stadium. Fair play to Swansea City because they never gave up and exploited our weaknesses well.
But for Arsene Wenger and his players, this game and result was the last thing they needed. The fact that we took the lead and could not keep it, yet again, just makes those question marks that have been hanging around all season just get bigger and bigger.
Defensively weak, check, tactically naive, check, disjointed, check. Well at least we did not pick up any more injuries, although the damage to our confidence could be just as telling in the long run. It looked like the hangover from Tuesday night was still with the gunners as we started very cautiously and the nerves were apparent throughout.
Once again, though, the attacking ability we have got put us in front, with Chamberlain, Cazorla, Welbeck and then Alexis producing a fast and flowing goal. Just imagine what sort of state we would be in without the Chilean. Wenger’s tactics and leadership are under question again from the TV pundits, who slammed the manager for failing to spot or to deal with the problems young Chambers was having on the right of defence.
This was probably our best and last chance to wash away the woes of the early season and put some pressure on Chelsea, but it was Arsenal’s hopes that were washed out on a rainy Sunday in Swansea. Only the FA cup can save us now, but do we look like trophy winners?