We deserved to loose and they way we did, speaks for itself!

September 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League

Football is a funny and cruel game isn’t it?

Midweek Euphoria had every Gooner on top of the world after stuffing Spuds 1:4 at Three Point Lane on Tuesday night. We probably fielded a stronger side than our neighbours but all the same they have thrown in some experienced players too. I’m not here to talk about the Carling Cup game because we have witnessed yet again truly awesome performance  from our lads, I just wanted to remind everyone what it’s like being on top of the world and  then four days later we throw it all away with such a abysmal performace.

Having Chelsea surrender points earlier against Citeh this was a perfect opportunity to put some pressure on the leaders, especially against WBA with no disrespect to them obviously. We all know Chavs dealt with them swiftly at home and I expected nothing less at The Emirates and boy was I wrong here.

Take nothing away from West Brom they were the better team on the day and they deserved to win the game no questions asked and hats off to them, they wanted it more than us, they were quicker, looked sharper, had more desire to win the ball at every opportunity they were simply  100% committed and honestly we got what we deserved as Arsene said himself:

We made it more difficult because we were not at our usual level. Not defensively, not offensively. Overall everything was difficult for us today – passing the ball, winning the ball back, winning the one against ones – and we got what we deserved which was zero points. We didn’t deserve more. The positive is that we did fight until the last minute but it was just not good enough at that level to get three points.

We started off well, however after about 20 minutes we already phased out, our passing was awful, our attacking was crap and defending even worse. We were lucky not to be at least three nil down at half time. Almunia made the penalty but he took responsibility for his own mistake and saved the spot kick and at that time I thought if we can hold on to half time then we can definitely improve in the second. Hold on what the hell am I talking about, we are playing at home in front of our fans we should be on top of them from the start, what the fuck is going on here? Those thought at the time were going through my head and I believe rightly so!

Second half was even worse I couldn’t bear to watch how ordinary we were and how badly the whole team looked on the pitch, there was no desire, no commitment, no urgency to show your own fans that the first half was just a little blip and it’s business as usual in the second. We made mistake after mistake after mistake, our defence was completely asleep for all the goals, Almunia had howler to his near post for the second as for the third well you can judge that one for your self, truly shocking defending full stop.

I don’t want to come down on individual mistakes here because the whole team didn’t preform at all apart from one player Samir Nasri, to me the lad worked his socks off and almost got us back on level terms. Eboue and Diaby should have been substituted at half time at least they had let’s be honest here a shit game and didn’t show any signs of improvement in the second half. I know it’s still early days and after a weekend were Man U only took a point for our good fortune  it doesn’t look so bad, however if we are to carry on with minnow teams at home like the way we did on Saturday afternoon then believe me Carling Cup is all we can aim for this season!

Some players need wake up and smell the coffee, just because they play for Arsenal it’s not a matter of turning up for the game and underestimating the opposition, you need to give your 100% each game and show you are doing so on the pitch as loosing a game wouldn’t be so bad if it was clear enough for everyone to acknowledge you give your absolute everything on the filed.