One of the joys of following Arsenal is that it is often a roller coaster ride but what happened last night left many of us shell shocked.
For the first sixty minutes we played with intent and several players stood out and a well executed penalty by Arteta followed by an instinctive volley when the ball came back to the wonderful Sanchez and then an exquisite goal by The Ox seemed to put the game to bed,but Arteta got injured and Anderlecht scored what was a clearly offside goal.
At that stage no one seemed too worried yet even in the first half there were one or two signs that our defence was vulnerable.
Anderlecht, a team who have one of the worst records in modern day CL football gained momentum and frankly bossed the game for the remaining thirty minutes.They practically had a youth team out and yet showed so much more commitment than us, and that was alarming.
What went wrong ? We were still 3-1 up yet the team as a unit seemed unrecognisable from the first hour. Is leadership missing in defence even though it wasn’t by far our strongest defensive line up?
This has been an issue most of the season and what was more alarming was to see the players faces at the end of the game and Wenger storming out through the tunnel.
Every man and his dog has seen that our defence needs bolstering and last night was a very good example of this.
Booing doesn’t help the cause but no team of our standard who were in cruise control should surrender a three goal lead. The fans were singing their hearts out at 2-0 and 3-0 and I am absolutely sure they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It isn’t the end of the world but I suggest a post mortem 🙂
Quite frankly it was an embarrassment and I think I will just leave it there as I don’t want to ruffle anymore feathers.