This has to be one of the most difficult reviews that I have ever written. Hearing of the sudden death of one of our stalwarts, dandan, left me and several others numb before the game.
We are a diverse but close community on Arsenal Arsenal. We endeavour to show respect to one another regardless of our differing views and despite another dismal performance by the team yesterday, one realises that there is more to life than football.
As to the game I think all has already been said, but the fact is that we have now dropped twenty points out of a possible thirty three in our last eleven league matches .
Yes we have had multiple injuries and going to Everton was never going to be an easy game, but the team whoever plays was flat, lacked pace and power and seem nervous and disjointed, but above all a lack of confidence and with a Cup semi Final a week away and what seems on paper a reasonable run in it is not a given that we will sweep all aside. The Ox and Rambo are a plus and surely must start games but the inevitable happened with Flamini getting carded – he will miss the next two games. Oh how we miss Kos, but most of all we lack real leadership maybe on and off the field.
The very thing we have been famous for in the past was our ability to counter attack and score and that is the very thing that is now happening to us far too regularly
I feel it is not appropriate to single out any one player on this occasion but I will leave you with the post match interview from our manager.
Arsene Wenger had this to say:
“Was there a lack of fight? You could say that. It is a massive worry to lose a game like that.
“We have to analyse it well and come back with a different attitude, with more personality and stronger challenges. We have to go back to basics.”
Make of that what you will.
The last words must pay tribute to our friend Dandan …..
Dandan (Cliff) was a brick to me and sometimes a lifeline. We had different views about the direction the club was heading but had a mutual respect for one another.
We recalled GN5’s article only a few days ago about the week we won the double in 1971 but what he didn’t tell us on the site was that he missed the Cup Final as his father was tragically killed a day or so before the game.
Despite his own health problems and that of his dear wife Anne, he always tried to cheer me up and we spoke at length about a multitude of things, other than football. His brother is in remission and I know how much Cliff loved and cared for him. He was a decent man who will be missed by so many. I am not ashamed to say that I wear my heart on my sleeve and can be at times very emotional but this sudden death has knocked me sideways.
Anne will let me know when the funeral will take place and I know if any of you can attend, she would appreciate it.
R.I.P. Dandan, you made many friends across the world with your generous and positive attitude to life and the Arsenal. Our thoughts go out to your wonderful family at this difficult time …….. you will be missed but not forgotten, COYRRG…………