Arsenal suffered their fourth defeat in a row today at lowly Brighton, and Petr Cech admits he was partly responsible for the two Brighton goals, although the useless defenders didn-t help much as usual. The 35 year old sent a tweet out straight after the game taking full responsibilty….
If you want to win a game away of home in the best league in the world your GK can’t concede 2 goals like I did today … it’s simply not possible … The team fought back but the damage was done .
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) March 4, 2018
Although he was in goal he cannot really accept all the blame, not when Koscielny passes the ball straight to an opponent, not for the first time this season I might add, and Mustafi yet again fails to stay with his attacker either. But Wenger was quite happy to accept Cech-s apology. The Boss said: ‘I think he deserves a lot of respect as it’s his assessment of his own performance,’
‘He’s a very intelligent guy and professional guy. He’s saved us on other occasions.
‘Today he cost us but as a manager and as a club you have to live with it.’
So was it all Cech’s fault we lost? According to Wenger it was also due to having to play two games in a week, just like every other top team has to on a regular basis, but apparently the Arsenal players just can’t handle that, despite playing less games than most other teams in the Top Six.
Wenger said: “We had difficulty to get going and suffered a lot physically in the first half. After that, mentally as well I believe the lack of confidence, linked with the physical aspect, we lost some balls and Brighton took advantage.
“We made some defensive mistakes, too.
“It was all us in the second half but we lack a bit of sharpness and freshness.
“We have played too many games and are charged negatively on top of that because we’ve lost them.
“I can understand the frustration. What can I say?
“The League Cup in the middle of the season makes it difficult if you don’t win it.
“It brings a lot of negative waves. The one we lost brought a lot of negativity.
“On top of that, the game rearranged on Thursday night didn’t help us to compete today.
“The negativity after losing the final, plus the fact we’re not in a fantastic position in the league hits us hard.”
Those don’t look like valid excuses to me. We only started playing any of our first team players in the semi-final of the League Cup, and hardly any of them have played in the Europa League yet, so we have very little reason for tiredness, compared to City who have played in the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Champions League in between League games, but still beat Chelsea today.
I think Wenger is just running out of excuses and the clamour of ex-players and Arsenal fans, and even Hill-Wood have suggested that it could be time for Wenger to realise he can’t motivate the team any more, but Le Prof refuses to believe that there is any uncertainty about his future. “No. There’s no uncertainty.” he said. “I told you many times. What is the uncertainty is at the moment the quality of our performance. When you go through a difficult patch, uncertainty before the game is the quality of the performance we can give.
“Look, I don’t want to talk about my future today. I’m long enough in the job to know what’s going on and I’m long enough in the job as well to know that what’s most important is to make sure you focus on what’s important, that you give absolutely your best with full commitment.”
Yeah okay Boss. That’s been working hasn’t it?