I have a feeling it is not going to be a very happy morning at the Arsenal training ground when the players arrive. Every single one of the squad will know that the failure to beat Man United has been a massive setback to the Gunners rise buck up the Premier League table, and has opened a big gap to Man United again. I can’t see anyone smiling today even if Wenger offered them all free spins at UK casinos! And even that may not work considering the obscene amounts of money they earn.
But money can’t buy you happiness, especially when you dominate but still lose to Jose Bus Conductor Mourinho! Mesut Ozil expressed the disappointment in the side when he tweeted yesterday:
The day after I’m still very unhappy about the result. We played good football and dominated the match, but wasted too many chances. The 3rd goal killed us, but we have to keep going. Thanks for your support Gunners 👊🏼🔴 #COYG #AFCvMUFC @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/xWZ0lkMOhL
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 3, 2017
Arsene Wenger has told us how angry he is, with the defender’s cockups, and the failure of the strikers to get the ball past David De Gea. His last post on Arsenal.com said: “Today I am very angry, because the team produced a quality performance with desire. They were strong mentally and overall in a game of that stature to have 33 shots on goal and nothing to show for it… I tell you tonight that I am absolutely angry. When you see the potential we have and in the end the way we started at the back is very difficult to swallow. We know we need to be dominant in the challenges and the first two goals are hard to accept.
“We could have finished better and at the end of the day we haven’t been efficient enough in the two boxes and that’s why we lost the game.
“Yes, I think even at 2-1 we cannot afford to concede another goal. We were going at 2-1 with 25 minutes to go and could come back, but the 3-1 is the killer. Again, we made a huge mistake and gave them the third goal.”
So how is he going to pick the players up and prepare them for next weeks game away at Southampton. It looks like the Boss is hoping that the team can channel their anger to perform even better until the end of the season. “I believe from the game, it has to make us angry and even more determined,” said Wenger.
“If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game. We cannot accept that.
“That’s what you want, the players have produced a quality performance. What makes you angry is that you produce that performance and, in the end, you have nothing to show for it. That’s very difficult to accept.”
I can imagine all the players driving to the training ground right now, and I can feel their anger as they think back to everything that went wrong on Saturday. I wonder wheth Shkrodan Mustafi will turn up on time. He has a bit of explaining to do, I think!