A brief summation and some early morning thoughts on a painful day to be a Gooner
We started slowly and continued in that vein. Blackburn parked the bus and scored a lucky goal with their only shot. We created few chances and those we had were squandered.
Luck went against us as it has so often this season, but when effort isn’t enough inspiration is called for - in this area we were sorely lacking.
The motivation argument is, in my opinion, complete tosh. Name me one player who wasn’t giving 100%.
What was lacking was speed of thought and passing …… Thrust.
Rosicky and Diaby were unable to create and dallied on the ball. Ox was trying too hard and his crossing was abysmal.
Monreal was a worry in an attacking sense. His crossing and shooting was woeful. Early days yet but I already prefer Gibbs.
Coquelin was once again tidy. Whether he can step up to become a regular first team player is doubtful, as is whether he will stay at AFC and accept being a squad member,
Szczesny had one save to make and failed. To parry the ball towards the only B*burn player in the box was unlucky but also poor ‘keeping. In my opinion he could have caught the ball – Seaman would have.
When Gerv & Ox switched wings both went from bad to worse. Ox has a future at AFC – he is having second season syndrome but one can see the potential. Gervinho needs to be sold.
Arteta showed why he is no longer a creative midfielder. He hasn’t the pace required to blend defence and attack.
Giroud was ineffective. He is not a player who can make his own chances. Faced with a mass of blue he found no space to work and his flicks couldn’t find a red-shirt. To continually run hell for leather into the box only to see the cross sail over your head or 5 yards behind/ahead must be enormously frustrating.
Can one blame Wenger? Many will but surely he can expect a star-studded team to beat B’burn, and for his multi-million pound midfield to create just one chance for his centre forward?
AW realised the problem and made 3 changes on 65mins. Has he ever done so previously? Was it an act of desperation or consideration?
This team is so inconsistent, one must look to the manager.
Desperately poor result but we move on.
Written by Big Raddy