Please do not chase me with pitch forks and lanterns but the truth has to be spoken. While watching the game I put everything aside and just watched for the pure love of football. It was difficult not to get emotional, as I watched what seemed to be my team on the field. I mean they had the Arsenal shirt on everything but they looked like they had given up as soon as the whistle blew, for the first half. Every week we all have the same complaints and every time Wenger or the players speak up and say “Yeah we need to fight a lot harder and we’ve got to be clinical” but that never happens.
I was having a discussion with a mate after the Arsenal over a game of fifa. If you take a look at the United squad not even comparing us player for player but just the work rate and the way they gel as a team. Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck were not exactly high profile players when they got there but now they are a crucial part of the team. They were able to adapt and adopt the style of play and well the results speak for themselves. We are sitting 20points behind United.
When the season started there were great expectations placed on Giroud and rightfully so, he was the top goal scorer in the French league last season, Santi was supposed to be our next Cesc but he is failing dismally and Diaby was the next Patrik Viera. Needless to say all these expectations died along with Arsenals ambitions of being a great club. At the moment we have a team that is incapable of playing a full 90 minutes of competitive football. It’s always a pathetic first half and a less pathetic second half, the problem here is that by the second half it’s usually too late to decide that winning the game is a good idea. DIABY HAS TO GO FAR, FAR, FAR AWAY. He is too slow, too fragile and way too useless.
I don’t know if the team realizes that they are now in the race for fourth place, it’s not even a title race anymore. I will never forget the statement Wenger made beginning of the season ” Finishing third and qualifying for UEFA is as good as winning a trophy” That’s where it all went wrong, if the manager has no fight left in him then he must gracefully pack up so that someone with the hunger for a Cup (even a tea cup) can take over.
I won’t touch on any transfer news that’s a can of worms on its own. Wednesday we play against West Ham and I will be honest as much as I want to sing “We’re by far the greatest team, the world has ever seen”, singing “I’m forever blowing bubbles” is tempting.
They are looking strong and have nothing to lose. They will fight till the last minute I just hope we can do the
Nothing but Arsenal.
By Ntokozo Hlongwane