Daily Archives: December 30, 2010
Funny how things can change in just a matter of days, after a polished and well disciplined performance, we went to DW stadium high on confidence and were brought down to earth. How long will this go on.? One must wonder if its Arsene himself that’s the double agent.
Hiss!! Was the reaction I gave when I saw the line-up and this was chorused by my colleagues, not that the team wasn’t good enough just the fact that they hadn’t played together this season(Rosicky-Denilson-Diaby) and then you start all three. Squad rotation has always been a fixture in the busy Christmas schedule but if you must, do it sensibly and not like a rookie coach.
AW made a staggering 8 changes to the team that conquered Chelski, the entire forward three and midfield trio were replaced and so were JD and Clichy, and from there I could smell downfall. The game itself started slowly with Wigan relying on the pace of their wingers on counters and Arsenal looking for Rosicky to be the conductor. A move that failed badly.
The first goal shouldn’t have happened if Eboue was at the back as N’zogbia ran at the heart of the defence and conned both linesman and referee by hitting the ground under no contact. Penalty!! Well dispatched by Watson 1-0. Shortly after this it was obvious Diaby won’t be able to continue and Wilshere replaced him. This brought some spark into our game as the passing became crispier and direct. It didn’t take long for the equaliser to arrive, Sagna played a ball to Chammy who lifted the ball over the defender to Bendtner and he himself did a Chamakh before hitting a shot that the keeper parried onto Arsh’s path and the finish was nothing short of exquisite. Game On!!!
It only took five minutes before we doubled our lead, Thomas lost the ball in the middle of the park and Arsha wriggled free and ran forward before releasing Bendtner who held of the challenge of Caldwell before burying it low into the far corner. In five minutes we had turned the game around and with halftime here you’d think we were going to roll over them.
It was as if AW’s HT team talk was “relax,the game is won” as we struggled to keep possession or string passes together as Wigan attacked fervently with Denilson unable to cope with the speed of the game. Rosicky was found wanting and the only creative forces seemed to be Wilshere and Arsha. A quick break saw Wilshere run at the Wigan backline before clipping a juicy pass over the defence for Arsh who hesitated instead of hitting on the volley, chance lost. Now it was Wigan’s turn as Eboue’s tormentor N’zogbia gave him a run for his money and passed to McArthur who fed him back and it took a smart stop from Fabianski to deny them an equaliser.
At this point we all expected AW, who had been complaining all night into Pat Rice’s ears instead of organising his team, to make a sub, yet he declined. A tackle by Wilshere saw the ref blow for a foul only for N’zogbia to get over excited and head butt Wilshere. Foolish from the french man and a Red card followed. Game Over to Arsenal, we have won was what came to mind. It can’t go wrong afterall we have 2 subs to go and the advantage of an extra man. Then again, Arsenal never fails to disappoint and in true fashion, we did not.
A corner from Watson, and Fabianski like an idiot went after the ball when he should have stayed on his line, the ball was nodded back in and Squid decided to score, at the wrong post. 2-2. And then Wenger throws on Walcott and Nasri which made me chuckle. Something he should have done earlier. A free kick was awarded and Watson used his 2 hands to push away the ball (like Fabregas against Spuds) and the referee and his linesman pointed to the corner flag.
That was it, it was over, the chance to return to the top of the table, blown away. Are we going to blame the referee for poor officiating? Or AW for his poor team selection or the players and the defenders? It doesn’t matter who we blame, we have dropped points and it makes the win against Chelski look so distant. We can only move on from here but the question remains, how long will AW continue to embarrass us? Does he really wants to win the league? Or is he all bark and no bite. Time will tell.
From wherever you’re reading I hope you’re happy? Because I’m not.
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