Swansea were very good, Arsenal were very poor. Why?
GiE – who was at the game – made this fine comment yesterday after the game………………..
Several times in the first half with the ball at centre backs feet I looked up to see a high Swansea line and Theo one on one with the left back. This is where you would normally see a player of Theo’s pace point to the space and start running. The statuesque nature of some of our players up front today was something I have seldom seen throughout Wenger’s reign.
Oh and finally what most impressed me with Swansea today the unselfish runs of their midfielders and attackers, runs they made willingly despite not being likely to be played in, it’s that movement that creates space for others.
In short the teamwork that we displayed at Anfield has disappeared, and the question that has to be asked is why? Same manager, pretty much same players, but for some reason the workrate has dropped…. fatigue I certainly hope not they are paid a lot of money to be match fit…..so it’s mental, confidence or desire. My fear is its the latter the only Arsenal voices in the dressing room are too young to be listened to.
How do you feel Arsenal – the business model – will cope with non-qualification to the Champions League if we fail to get into the top four?
MickyDidIt89 put this comment out there this morning …………….
Almost to a Man, and Woman, we will all continue to attend games whenever possible, irrespective of performance. Both GiE and Chas have made this point very well, in respective of meeting up with Mates and watching our beloved team and so on. On the whole, we have also lived through a wonderful period, as well as attending throughout darker days.
However, the 60,000 Emirates Project relies heavily on Corporate as well as attracting/keeping the new breed of more fickle fans, and to that end, I see real problems looming from the point of view of the business model.
I may well be wrong, but it is my belief that CL football is very important to sustain what is, somewhat tragically, a business.
The club has been holding onto a sum of money for some time that would be used for running costs should we fail to qualify for the Champions League, if that becomes a necessity then the funds available for players will be reduced. The new sponsorship/tv money will just get dropped into the hole created by no Champions Lge football.
Has the club mismanaged this ‘rainy day’ fund?
Kelsey has made some good comments recently which were echoed on Saturday Supplement ……….
I just watched Sunday Supplement and nearly word for word they are saying what I have been on for months. We are a team of individuals not a unit. The few big name players that are left will be having their doubts and will maybe also move on.
The board believe qualifying for CL is basically a trophy.
AW panicked last season and to an extent this and bought in the main sub standard players realising project youth had failed.
The question for me is if there is money available,will Wenger not spend it or is he under instructions to be over frugal?
Danishgooner was very kind to put up some player ratings from yesterdays game which are always good for some discussion.
Chezzer 9.Absolutely kept us in the game with amazing saves.
Per 7.Solid as ever,had a lot of firefighting to do because Vermaelen went missing several times.
Vermaelen 3.His promising start to his is Arsenal career is well and truly over,pulled out of position to easily and generally all over the place.
Carl J 4.Completely out of his debt today,tried hard and that is a positive but simply isnt very good at the moment.
Gibbs 3. Woefull in defending,absolutely atrocious and going forward not much better.
Arteta 6. Did ok but not one of his best games,lost a lot of midfield battles.
Santi 8. The one intelligent player in attack,drove us on and tried his hardest but his colleagues are not on the same wavelength.
Walcott 3. When will Wenger realize that he is not a Winger,keeping playing him in a position he doesnt do well in isnt exactly doing him any good.
Podolski 2. The games biggest disappointment, looked tired and ragged,welcome to the PL.
Gervihno 3 Simply not suited to the Pl,to skinny and cant beat his opponent,atrocious decision making.
Jacky boy 5. Always tries but even he had a stinker and couldnt stamp his autorithy on the game.
Lots to chew over there, however you feel about yesterdays game or the way the club is going or whether you think the manager has lost his players please don’t take your frustrations out on other bloggers if they don’t share your opinion.
A match report talking about a win would have been much more fun ………