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Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League


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By Boris Mellor
May 8 2011

Only seven days ago Arsenal fans were on cloud nine as their team defeated Man U, but nobody should be surprised by this result, for only 14 days ago Arsenal gave a similar gutless performance away at Bolton. After the Stoke match Arsene Wenger gave a realistic appraisal of his team’s performance,  at long last, but with only 11 points out of last 27 the question has to be why has it taken him so long to grasp reality?

Stoke deserved their win, but Arsenal are hardly one of the greatest teams in Europe, as Pulis claimed after the game. No Tony they are a shadow of what used to be one of the greatest teams in Europe. Great teams don’t give away goals that a striker doesn’t even have to jump for, but can chest in. Great teams don’t keep on going straight down the middle, again and again, when it has been proved it doesn’t work.

Only a few weeks ago this team had a real chance of winning the league, now they will have to fight to hang on to third place. The only thing this team has won is the Conceding Dead Balls Championship, 21 out of 39 goals were conceded at set pieces. Of course you could claim the team is great at defending in open play, a tempting idea, but where do the free kicks and corners come from? That’s right they come from poor defending in open play. Sorry Gibb's but you are not it.

Umbrella with holes AKBs

A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some AKBs who told me our defence had improved, I disagreed, and they quoted some stats back at me. My reply was that Arsenal’s defence is like an umbrella with holes in it, very effective when it’s not raining. When the pressure isn’t on they can defend, attack them and watch them panic like rabbits in headlights. It will get worse as more teams cotton on that they are there to be had.

What is the problem?

I won’t claim I fully know the answer, that’s Wenger’s job, and if he knows he is keeping quiet. I agree this is not the strongest squad we have ever had, surely Wenger won’t repeat that conceit anymore, but neither have Man U or Chelsea squads been that strong. This squad might have been able to win the league, but that’s not the issue, the question is why not.

Well I asked the question and I will answer it indirectly, the problem is that this team now reminds of the teams that played for Billy Wright, Bertie Mee (in later stages), Don Howe and others. You have a feeling they are not listening to the manager. You never know what’s going to turn up, they are unpredictable, one match brilliant, the next stink the place out. They become Big Time Charlies, up for some matches, but not the hard graft of winning the league.

It comes to a stage where the squad is no longer motivated by the manager, I hate to take anyone’s dummy away, but I seriously believe that this is the stage Wenger is at. Wenger almost admitted his team had not turned up but then drew back from the logic of that. The overall situation is not calamitous, and maybe it can continue, a sort of "high class mediocrity", but I doubt it will ever lead to anything else than an imagined Wenger trophy for third or fourth place. A sort of Andy Murray of the EPL, which is better than being Tim Henman. However, stagnate may not be the best way forward and there is always the risk of sliding back.

Nonetheless, Wenger’s “high class mediocrity”, is still better than anything Harry can do. Happy St Totteringham Weekend.

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Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
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08/05/2011 18:29
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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2011:05:16:19:16:22 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
Thetruthisback (IP Logged)
08/05/2011 18:41
A new bloody manager. Kick out the dead wood and prima donas. A defensive coach. 4 real defenders. A CM with bo,llocks. A real striker. A captain that sweats blood every time he wears the armband. A never say die attitude. Man U basically. Could you imagine us in that position today against Chavs - they'd have wilted and died from the pressure. New manager. New manager. New manager. New manager. New manager. New mana- Ah, stuff ya Padre for disabling the paste option.



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Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
08/05/2011 19:05
i havent disabled anything, the network does disable right click in some areas, but you can use ctrl+ C and ctrl + V to copy and paste.



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
weedz (IP Logged)
08/05/2011 19:51
Good read Padre. Without Cesc, Samir or Tomas there was no creativity from the MF today, showing us that the spine of Jack, Arron and Alex is spineless.

Defensively we`re the same as we`ve been all season, rubbish. Johan showed one of the worst CB displays seen in a red`n`white shirt and there will be fans out there who will say how good he is, but he ain`t. Our defence was horrible

For me, Cheezny is not a #1 keeper and shouldn`t be for a some time yet.

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
celine dion (IP Logged)
08/05/2011 20:18
high class mediocrity would be entirely acceptable indeed laudable were it not for the highest season ticket prices in Europe, 6% seat price increases and 50% membership increases.

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
mapleleafgooner (IP Logged)
08/05/2011 23:45
Wenger seems to think that the only way to score is to pass our way thru the opponents defence. When u have a team that defends well and in numbers, it makes it alot more difficult for Arsenal to create the clear cut chances.

What I like to see in attack for the new season is:
1. Improve the crossing of the ball from our backs.
2. Two Arsenal strikers with good heading ability in the box to fight for those crosses.
3. Players who are trained to shoot from distance and at least test the opposing keeper.

For defending, I like to see:
1. Experienced defensive coach brought in to help with defending of setpieces and teach players like Clichy and Gibbs better defensive positioning.
2. Backs who make the effort to block off opposing crosses
3. A commanding defensive midfielder to alternate with Song. Right now, Song is the single point of failure in the defensive midfield position when he is not available.

IMHO, if Wenger does the above and coupled with our experience in possession football and the short passing game, we can compete alot better next season.

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
Bergmars (IP Logged)
09/05/2011 07:24
Most of our players give me the impression of being happy to take what comes.If we play well and win ok if things are going badly well ok.I have rarely seen since WG outburst at Brum a player take another to task for sloppy play,and we get plenty of it.
It frustrates me when Clichy @#$%& about in our box and nearly or does give away a goal that no one roasts him,I know even when I played it would happen.
Adams and his back four made errors but at least you felt they cared and would rather get injured than concede.
Wenger has made our players too comfortable,well paid daisys,win or lose they get their huge salary and if they feel like it buggar off to sunnier climbs and pay less tax.
I do not get any feeling that many of these lot give twoo hoots about the club.



A shadow of what we were

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
FAB #4 (IP Logged)
10/05/2011 18:01
A month ago, I aired the same sentiments about our manager,and guess what? Someone cleverer thought I was a child. But here we are, the same views I had are the once echoed by someone else. Its unimaginable but can be true that either the players no longer listens to the manager, or the manager no longer talks to them.




http://www.thefootballnetwork.net/boards/file/s378.htm?721,file=4342

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
10/05/2011 18:05
If it makes you feel any better I got called the same names on Twitter for this article. I have thought this for a very long time - but waited for the right time.
You have to pick the right time when taking a dummy away



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
Bergmars (IP Logged)
11/05/2011 07:21
i get really fed up of the "its heresy if you say anything negative re Arsenal/Wenger" brigade,only a fool continues to make the same mistakes.



A shadow of what we were

 
Re: Most Gutless Performance Since Two Weeks Ago Top of League
Big Guhnz (IP Logged)
16/05/2011 00:06
from a you can win the title 2nd to 4th is just too far now

this has gone on too long we have all supported them in the time they have won nothing we have even convinced ourselves some players are better than they are.


now it has to stop

I want my club back

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