Bradford 1 – 1 Arsenal; knocked out by penalties by KJ
What a disgraceful performance today. This was a match that Arsenal had to win, HAD TO. It is beyond a joke now. We have constantly slipped up against the smaller teams this season. They look completely disinterested and have no ambition to actually win the match for the fans. It’s a disgrace.
Onto the actual match. We were atrocious from the beginning till half time. We couldn’t string two meaningful passes together. We were lethargic and uninterested and clearly complacent. As a result, we were punished by Bradford from a set piece.
A decent ball in from the right hand side and we made a complete meal of it. We failed to clear it and it was an easy goal for their captain. However, this team was good enough to be 10 nil down and to still win it.
Unfortunately, none of the players were taking this game seriously and we were struggling to carve out any chances. Credit to Bradford who were extremely tight with their marking and their positioning. It was a valiant effort.
The second half started and the team still couldn’t be arsed. I was absolutely fuming. These players are playing for Arsenal FC, not Accrington Stanley. Wenger made a couple of changes that saw Rosicky and Chamberlain come on. Instantly it made a difference as there was more width as well as someone who was on the same wavelength as Cazorla.
Wilshere spearheaded our attack for the remaining 15 minutes which saw us score a late equaliser with Vermaelen. It was one of those “Finally” moments. I wasn’t happy that it had taken this long to get back into the game but it was better late than never.
I expected the team really to kick into gear during extra time as Bradford were just running on adrenaline. However, the likes of Chamakh and Gervinho really questioned why they were even professional footballers in the first place. They were absolutely dreadful. They have no understanding or ability to pass let alone score goals. They missed key opportunities to change the match and looked disinterested throughout (especially Chamakh).
We eventually took it to penalties and we all knew the inevitable. Cazorla missed his. Chamakh missed his. The two young Englishman put the rest of the team to shame by scoring theirs and finally, Vermaelen missed his.
There was a picture of the team right after Vermaelen’s miss and the only two players that were in actual distress was Wilshere and Chamberlain. The rest didn’t even look bothered.
This result is due to a lot of things. The team was absolutely awful. Wenger didn’t motivate his team enough. Wenger wasn’t brave with selection and resorted to type rather than actually pushing the boundaries by using Eisfeld/Chamberlain instead of Ramsey or using Podolski as a striker.
It really is worrying times at Arsenal and I do fear that this could really be the end of an era under Wenger.