Posted on Friday, 26th October 2012 by Iain Culverhouse
Like every other Arsenal fan out there, I was left pretty pissed off after the defeat against Norwich last weekend, not just because we came out as losers of the game, but more because of the manner in which we lost. Yes, it was only a slender 1-0 loss, however, we showed no guts at all, the balls played were stupid and players were caught offside on numerous occasions (yes, I’m talking about you Gervinho).
After that game, Arsene Wenger said:
‘I am angry, but you have to acknowledge we have not created a lot today, Overall it was disappointing but we were not in the game for the first 20 minutes with complete focus, we gave an easy goal away and from then on we made it difficult.’
I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you Arsene. However, we weren’t in the game for the 90 minutes, let alone the first 20. In all fairness, the effort put in by the players was just disgusting. The players came back from international duty and were shattered. However, the truth is that they should be able to cope with the regime, as it’s not like it is something out of the blue. That being said, having a bunch of friendlies at the start of the season is stupid and a waste of everyone’s time.
I don’t want to give Arsenal fans excuses because I am not happy with the result myself. We have now lost two Premier League games and Wednesday’s Champions League result and performance against Schalke was just abysmal.
Thankfully, next on our list is QPR at home. But after our performance on Wednesday night I wouldn’t be surprised if we struggle tomorrow afternoon.
So, is a top four finish the best we can hope for this season? We already 10 points off the Premier League leaders Chelsea, but we all know that they seem to have this blip and fizzle out in spectacular fashion, not to mention they’ve got a tough game against Manchester United this Sunday.
Can we turn it around once more? Absolutely. But it has to start now, not in 3-4 games time. We need to go on a good run now and close the gap, especially with a trip to Old Trafford and our first encounter with Judas coming up.
It also shows just how much we missed Theo Walcott on Saturday because for me Gervinho has just infuriated me at times this season. The Ivorian seems to be caught offside more than any other player in the league and it’s really starting to get predictable with him, which is a shame.
So yeah, I do think that we are capable of turning it around and challenge for the title, but we need to step it up a few gears, both in the league and cup competitions. To be honest with you guys, I would just be happy with a trophy this season no matter WHAT it is!
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