Yesterday, after a terrible performance, Wenger bemoaned a ‘jaded’ side. This is something we have all become accustomed to hearing, along with ‘I cannot fault the spirit of the players’ and ‘we were not decisive enough in the final third.’
The game was a drab affair, Swansea largely outplaying us at our own game, on our own turf. At some points, it was like watching a Sunday league side, we lost the ball, dithered on the ball, sold ourselves in so many tackles it was embarrassing. They should have scored early on but Vermaelen raced back efficiently to deny Dyer who was clean through. As the game went on, it was clear that our players were ‘jaded’ Workout Programs, flying into tackles, dragging themselves around the pitch, it was only after the introduction of Giroud and the Ox we seemed a bit of a threat. An early Penalty appeal which had no substance was about as exciting as it got when our spell fizzled out within 10 minutes.
As depressing as it was that we were fighting at home to get three points, Swansea compiled our misery by scoring twice in the last ten minutes to send us down to 10th place in the league.
I think it is hard for us to move forward from here, yes our players are tired, but no more tired than Manchester United’s or City’s. We don’t seem to be able to buy a win at the moment, some serious changes need to be made. The problem I’m having is identifying what needs to be changed. I am a big believer in Arsene Wenger and highly doubt that we would be able to acquire a suitable replacement any time soon, therefore he cannot be sacked. We could spend money in January, but what are the chances we will bring in top class players who can change a season? Our players obviously lack belief and desire, it’s frustrating to watch us when it looks as though we aren’t bothered about winning, let alone making a game of it.
I think we need to pick it up a bit before January and hope that money is spent on quality rather than youth. We must change our policy of replacing quality with lesser players.
The Arsenal faithful are becoming more restless than ever and the proportion of fans who want Wenger out is increasing rapidly.
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