When will Arsenal stop shooting themselves in the foot? by KM
We managed to blew the 3 points once again. Now I know Arsenal will not win all their games but it’s not the first time we make life difficult for ourselves. We conceded a goal because we lost the ball in our own half after it was in the hands of the keeper. Mertesacker’s pass wasn’t the best but Flamini certainly didn’t do much with the ball either. And this highlights the need of a good solid defensive midfielder.
Why do you think City brought in Fernando, although they have Fernandinho? Matic at Chelsea is another example. If Flamini had the strength to bear with the Spurs attacker instead of lying on the ground without fouling him to prevent the danger we wouldn’t have been behind. We could’ve addressed this in the transfer window. We needed another defender and a DM as much as a striker and all we got at the end was a Danny Welbeck signing because we always leave it too late. Where are all those people saying, judge when the window is over? Well it’s over for a month now and do you see the gaps in the squad or do you now wait until we finish fourth at best again and then say we were unlucky ?
The problem here is that we put ourselves in a difficult position from our own mistakes. Against City, a simple counter with pace was enough for us to be behind. And after some heroics to turn it to 2 – 1 it only takes a corner to equalize. Against Everton, we conceded from a counter attack. Against Leicester, one cross in the box and another headed goal in our net. I’m sorry, but it’s not good enough. I don’t know if we train defending corners or counter attacks but it’s embarassing that we create so many corners and most of the time I’m more worried about the counter attack, because we fail to capitalize on them.
We face Galatasaray at the Emirates in a must win game. We need to put a solid performance. We haven’t had one game where things go according to plan. That’s mainly because we only have one plan – Wenger’s – and when it doesn’t work we don’t know what to do. You can bet Mourinho is watching happy on his couch as Arsenal keep repeating the same mistakes. Chelsea will come out with a plan designed specifically on how to beat us and it will most likely work.
Mourinho will additionally motivate his squad because he wants to beat Arsene. I wish Arsene had the same passion and put up a team with a plan. I also wish he would address the obvious problems we have for years. He won’t though. He needs to take the responsibility for failing to do so and either get people who can manage those things for him or leave. Then again he wouldn’t do neither. For getting paid 8 million a year, that’s not good enough.