Arsenal Players should take 80% of the blame. By Galen
I try not write any article immediately after a game of football. Most often the anger is doing all the talking. I have gone back to Arsenal Player and watch our game vs Olympiakos. I have also read and seen the comments of the fans when the starting XI was put out. They all seemed to be very happy and pleased with the starting XI.
People wanted Gabriel and Koscielny. They got that. They were also happy with Ospina as goalkeeper. The fans have been crying for us to play with proper wingers, and we had Ox and Sanchez out wide. Most fans wanted Ramsey on the bench and they called him names like ‘Wenger’s favourite son’ and things like that. Ramsey was on the bench. Then we had Olivier Giroud, as far away from the team as possible. Most people were happy with that as a well. What happened is something I can’t explain. The 3rd goal we conceded was just a joke from the entire team. From front to back it was just a total disaster.
Wenger has a history of backing and protecting his players. When they all face criticism he comes out and takes the entire blame. But the time has come for our players to man up and take the blame. The worst thing that can happen in a big game is when big players are hiding on the pitch. They show no fight and zero determination.
When was the last time Ozil showed up in a big game? I mean a Big Game? I watched the game against Olympiakos and Ozil was hiding all game. This is thes ame player who will demand 200k a week for a new contract.
Its easy to criticize Ramsey when he is played out wide on the right. Our big players have been hiding for far too long in big games. Cazorla is definitely our best midfielder but he is played way out of position. Our team is not balanced enough unfortunately.
Cazorla and Ozil in midfield is just weak weak weak. There is no power, and Coquelin has to do a three-man job. The opposition beats our midfield almost every time they attack us. That is the manager’s fault as I would bench one of Ozil or Cazorla. Some few players of recent times, like Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Per, etc, have all come under heavy criticism. Some other big players get away with murder. Apart from Sanchez and Walcott the entire team let the manager down. Funny enough Jack Wilshere is injured. If not you would have heard people say we lost because Wilshere was playing.
The truth of the matter is that we have protected and defended our players for too long. Every big game I have to defend Giroud, Theo, Ramsey, etc etc. Its about time players come out and start fighting for their manager. The biggest criticism for Wenger is that he has blind faith in his players. This man will go to his grave believing in these players. Do these players really care? They just focus on getting their big wages at the end of the week. Wenger actually believed these players were so good that he made no outfield signing this summer. The players need to take more responsibility.
Players need to go out there in big games and fight for each other and play for each other and defend together. We play Manchester United – and there are no excuses tomorrow. Our big players have to man up. I have seen Ozil turn up in just two big games since he came to Arsenal. Napoli at home in the Champions league and Liverpool at home last season. I want more from him in big games. Not just when we play Stoke at home. I want more from the entire team. We can’t depend just on Walcott and Sanchez.
Wenger protects his players too much. If you see the contracts our players are on its just a joke. Giroud 130 K. No wonder Ozil will ask for 200K, but does he deserve it? Walcott 140K. That is the problem at Arsenal. We have even gotten to a point that we start overrating our own players. The players just need to give more. They have been given too much by the manager and the football club.
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