Oh my God!!!
I couldn’t post right after the match because I was shocked, almost driven to tears. Never in my time supporting this great club have I seen Arsenal surrender a 2 goal lead and lose the game, and the match being against a team very close to relegation is what makes me mad. I went feverish for close to 12 hours after the game. There was simply no explanation for this dreadful performance. As I’ve always said, I’m not the type who clamours for people to be sacked or sold but after thinking thoroughly on the events of this season, I feel that loss could actually be a blessing in disguise. At least now we and most importantly, Arsene know we need a goalkeeper.
Nothing noteworthy happened in this game except that we dominated for a few first half minutes, got our goal and possession became balanced again. Big Al was missing due to a broken finger and Fabianski had to take his place. Wenger had said previously that Big Al was never his long term number 1 which I think tells a story for itself but for him to suggest that Almunia is in contention for a with Fabianski is utterly ridiculous! That man was shaky all game even when we were in front. He is just not cut out for the high-pressure environment of Premier League football.
In the first half, we played not too badly, even though we were misplacing passes here and there, we were still dominating proceedings and got a goal when Theo got on the end of a nice Bendtner pass and slotted coolly under Kirkland. Theo was in the mood and came close a couple of times. Wigan rarely threatened before the half time whistle, but when they did, Sol was in inspired form and prevented anything from getting to our shaky goalie.
The second half started with the home team somewhat invigorated and they started pressing us whenever we had the ball. The had a half-decent penalty claim waved away and then in thr other end Diaby had a good chance to make it 2 nil but wasted it, only God knows what he was trying to do. He won a corner from the effort though, and we got our second goal courtesy of a Silvestre header. It felt so weird because for the first time in a long while I did not celebrate an Arsenal goal. I just can’t help my dislike for this ex Manc who adds absolutely nothing to our team.
We were 2 goals up, virtually in control and we put our foot off the pedal. Wigan noticed the same thing we noticed against Barcelona at the Emirates and began pressing. The started to stretch our backline and brought in fresh pairs of legs. We were caught unawares and started to panic. Wigan took absolute control of the game and pushed so hard for that one goal which would definitely turn the tide in their favour. They got their wish in the 80th minute when Ben Watson got on the end of a Moses cross. 1-2 the scoreboard read and Wigan were piling up the pressure sensing another goal perhaps.
The second goal epitomized everything about our season, fumbling when it mattered most. A harmless corner required a routine save from Fabianski. But no! He decided to spill it and let Bramble get his head on it for the equaliser. I almost went mad, so did Arsene but hey, it’s is fault isn’t it? Van Persie who should have brought some stability to our game early on was brought on in the 91st minute! The change was to no effect as it was Wigan who got the next and most important goal with Nzogbia curling a classy shot home. Fabianski had no chance with that. We were beaten and deservedly so.
Our season is officially over now and even Arsene with his love of mathematics could disagree. All he could say was that we lacked cohesion and discipline? Gimme a break Arsene! This team has lost it, some players are not just good enough for the red and white of Arsenal and you know it. Like on Tuesday, the only player who showed vim and commitment was Campbell, someone who has won it all and played at the biggest level of the game. I think he’s earned himself a new contract with his performances.
Le Boss needs to sink it into the heads of those lads what it means to play for Arsenal. We bottled up against the big teams but we are always quick to blame our injuries. Come off it, that’s why you have a January transfer window but Arsene decided to stick with his players. I don’t blame him though, he probably didn’t see this coming and it feels really bad to be let down by the same set of people you put your reputation at stake for.
I’ll continue to love this club no matter what Arsene does in the summer, what players we have next season or what results we get…as long as it’s still the Arsenal.
From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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