Posted on Friday, 14th December 2012 by Iain Culverhouse
Well it’s been three days now since what I can honestly and only describe as the worst performance by Arsenal I have ever witnessed.
I think the result speaks for itself about the state of Arsenal FC currently, a club that hasn’t won anything – in terms of silverware – in seven years and six months. We arguably got, on paper, the easiest quarter-final draw in the Capital One Cup, a draw that had many fans on Twitter jumping for joy about what ‘could be’ this season.
Then came the usual Arsenal apprehension going into the game against Bradford City, after losing at home to Swansea and only narrowly beating West Brom previously. To say my optimism wasn’t at its greatest would be an understatement, but I expected us to win.
Then came the performance which saw us really fail to turn up. Having gone 1-0 down in the first-half, without even registering a shot on target, left me fuming.
The second-half didn’t get much better with it taking Arsenal a full 70 minutes to actually get a shot on target against a team 41 places below them – in terms of league positions.
Having eventually got the equalizer through Thomas Vermaelen’s head, there was a sense of belief that we could go on to win this. But I was proven wrong.
Going into penalties with no confidence in the Arsenal team for me was just soul destroying, even when we had the chance to get back in it when Wojciech Szczesny saved Ritchie Jones and Stephen Darby penalties that little glimmer of hope came in and was taken away when Verminator, who’s goal put us through to penalties to begin with, hit the post on his attempt, sending us crashing out of COC.
This left me stunned and the entire event just left me empty – trying to put it into words was difficult. It was almost as if the team I had grown up loving and supporting for 32 years had disappeared. My faith in Wenger has all but gone.
Over the last 72 hours of contemplation has left me with just one last chance for Wenger to prove he’s still the right man for the job. I know a lot of people will be saying it isn’t deserved and he needs to go, but I have strayed away from the #WengerOut Twitter comments for as long as I could.
So what is his one last chance you ask? Well for me it boils down to the January transfer window and the remaining games this month. 48 days in which during we have to play against Reading (away), Wigan (away), West Ham (home), Newcastle (home) Southampton (away), Swansea (away – FA Cup), Manchester City (home), Chelsea (away) and Liverpool (home).
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