Alexis and Ozil highlighted in ’embarrassing’ Arsenal performance

Alan Shearer has slammed yesterday’s painful defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea, describing Arsenal’s display as ’embarrassing’.

The Gunners succumbed to a 3-1 loss to the Blues, with only a late equaliser denying the home side a clean sheet. The scoreline could easily have been much worse however, and the manner in which some of the goals were conceded were literally hurtful to watch.

Eden Hazard beat Francis Coquelin in his own half, before speeding through to the defence, where he ended up putting Koscielny on his bum, and slotted easily past Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi and into the net to put us 2-0 behind.

If that wasn’t bad enough, a failed Cech clearance went straight to Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the box, with a clear open goal to put the ball into to put us three behind. I couldn’t believe me eyes…

I was defending the goalkeeper on this week after he was targeted by Arsenal fans this week, but I certainly wont be protecting him today.

Shearer has named two other players who deserve to come under scrutiny however, with key stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

“This is embarrassing,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.

“Sanchez and Ozil, Matic just goes straight through.

“No pressure on the ball whatsoever.

“One simple pass and Chelsea are on the attack again.

“It was an embarrassing performance from Arsenal.”

There is little to defend about yesterday’s display, and I thoroughly believe we can count ourselves lucky to have only conceded on three occasions.

Arsene Wenger needs to take a look at his tactics and formation, much like Antonio Conte did after we beat Chelsea back in September, which led to their amazing string of wins which propelled them to the top of the table, and now look assured champions this term.

Does the French manager have the tactical knowledge to find a new formation which could allow us to be more unpredictable? Is our predictable system and style of play exactly why we fair so terribly against the other big sides?

Pat J

Tags Arsenal Chelsea Mesut Ozil Ozil Sanchez Wenger


  1. muffdiver says:

    Woke up feeling dejected about my club

    Lucky I have better things to concentrate on then the way this club is stuck in a timewarp

    Enjoy your Sunday guys.

  2. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Oh you mean big sides like Watford?? and Bournemouth etc,etc.
    It’s not just the big teams who we struggle against.
    We are our own enemies when the pressure of expectations is on.
    The problem we have are Mental ones and Nothing to do with the physical capabilities of our team and This has been the same issue year in year out.
    Wenger gives the players to much freedom and trust, to the point where he just tells them to go out and play ( with no instructions, game plan etc) and when the ? hits the fan he labels them as being naive ?
    If Wenger can’t bring himself to motivate his players then he should have hired someone you could, instead of the dull and crusty Steve Bould

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      * “Who” and not you .. Even though You could probably do a better job than Bould ?

  3. Raoh says:

    Tactical set up didn’t work in there favour. That being said they were both extremely poor for players of there quality. Specially Özil who is my favourite player but was he bad and has been for a few games now. No impact, no fight. When the assists are taken out of his game sure he does other things that go unseen but he doesn’t look a world beater at all.

    1. Raoh says:

      When you want those huge contract…consistency should be part of it right?

  4. muffdiver says:

    Wenger has been offered a 2 year contract extension

    Lads my suggestion find a good hobby.
    I have music production

    Don’t take it too serious

  5. Uzi Ozil says:

    Can’t remember the last time I stayed out of Arsenal match. Maybe I won’t be seeing the remaining of Arsenal games this season.. Just maybe.

    Win, lose or draw.. Any outcome in our games against Bayern Munich. Wenger must go.

    Even if he wins the champions league(big if and I doubt though), He should just leave after this season

    He should have left after winning FA cup three years ago

  6. frank says:

    Wengers game plan has failed for 10 years. It’s a little more than predictable.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      When will everyone realise that Wenger’s game plan is Picking the starting eleven and subs along with the formation, That’s it!.. Nothing else.
      Many players (past and present) have stated that he doesn’t say much during match days… Just a “go out there and play” ?

  7. Rationalist says:

    Been a while since I’ve commented here…

    Wasn’t surprised TBH. Whenever Arsenal’s PA machine send a couple of the players out in November/December time to announce Arsenal’s intent to win the title, it’s doomed. Champions never do that. In the Invincibles season AW refused to comment on going unbeaten in the league all season and managed the pressure better (and with stronger characters in the team on top of that). And he kept that going until after the last game had been played.

    And what is up with our defensive players always being better when they play (or have played) elsewhere? Cech looks defeated at times, Chambers on loan at Boro looks like he’s enjoying the defensive side of his game and seems confident and strong, Jenkinson looked solid at West Ham on loan. Yet Chambers and Jenks have looked like boys against men in Arsenal colours. They’re both solid and physically capable guys who go to pieces and loose all savvy in an Arsenal line-up.

    Our defensive unit don’t ever look like they’ve been briefed individually or together, except on those rare occasions when the pitchforks have been fully out for AW (like away at City that time, 2-0 win in Etihad a couple of seasons back…).

    1. Break-on-through says:

      The pressure of a big club is a little different. Some people may not agree, but myself I’m not one of those people that strives under pressure. I remember I froze once, didn’t know I was afraid of heights until I took a job scaffolding. These players fear letting the fans/club down, so they crumble under pressure, that’s the only way I can explain days like Watford. If the fans cared as much about CL football as they did about title, we’d prob miss that too.

    2. RichSAAlao says:

      Point of correction. AW talked about Arsenal going unbeaten before that last match. There were reports and talks about it that time, Sir Alex was very vocal against the possibility, so after Arsenal were still unbeaten after United game, it wsd about 5 or 4 matches to end when Le Prof said it was possible.
      Also, recently, Lauren mentioned it that AW had mentioned it to his players before that feat.

  8. Break-on-through says:

    I did expect allot more from Alexis. At the same time how many occasions did he pick up the ball with one two three players in his face. Then there’s also the fact that he’s being shifted in and out anytime Wernger fancies Giroud, the fact that Wenger chose Alexis for this game should be telling him who his starting forward is. Alexis has been our main creative force this season, so I won’t blame him because others didn’t return the favor by finding him with good delivery.

    Ozil, I thought it was better having him in a front three, with Iwobi face to face with Kante. It looked like it was doing ok, but then Chelsea scored and Wenger’s poker face dropped. He moves Ozil back in, thinking the job isn’t anymore trying to stop Chelsea and sneak goals, the job now is to just go for goals, bad move.

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