You couldn’t make it up. Arsenal have been drawn against Swansea for our first round in this season’s FA cup competition. We will travel to the Liberty Stadium in the first week of January and will have some demons to face when we get there.
There are a number of reasons why yesterday’s defeat by Swansea was so galling to the Gunners. It meant that Swansea went above us in the league. It also let West Ham and Stoke past us while Tottenham stretched their lead over us. It was meant to be our chance to begin a good run of home games after two battling away draws, but it was the exact opposite.
Another reason was that Swansea beat us in the way that Arsenal used to beat teams. It was Arsene Wenger who pioneered the fluid, passing game that Swansea used to dominate us yesterday. Arsenal seem to have forgotten how to do it recently.
The worst thing for me was the lack of passion shown by the players. Some Arsenal fans and players might have seen the draw and thought `oh no, not them again,` whereas all of the players should see it as a chance to prove that yesterday was a blip, a one off bad day at the office, and that Arsenal ARE better than Swansea.
No less than 100 percent effort should be given when Arsenal attempt to wrest back some pride in Wales in the new year, and any player who doesn’t give it should be shown the door. Arsenal have the chance to show that they are still a top team, or prove that we have slipped back and are now competing with other teams in mid-table.