We’ve never finished outside the top 4 under Wenger
We’ve never finished below Spurs under Wenger
We’ve never been knocked out of the FA Cup 3rd round under Wenger
And in 8 months, we have now finished outside the top 4, we have now finished below Spurs, and we have now been knocked out of the FA Cup 3rd round.
We should have won yesterday. The team Arsene Wenger put out was good enough. It was a team of internationals and bright young talented. But we lost. And we deserved to lose.
The team, on paper, was good enough. But you have to look beyond paper.
Our cup team has struggled past Doncaster and Norwich in the League Cup. It lost away to a then-bottom-of-the-League Cologne. It drew 0-0 in the most boring game of the season against Red Star Belgrade. The 2nd team should be good enough to dispose of these but they clearly are not.
The senior pros are letting down their young counterparts badly.
Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Per Mertesacker. These are experienced internationals, yet have been amongst the worst players on the pitch against Nottingham Forest, and the other cup games.
I feel for the likes of Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Naitland-Miles and Joe (or Chris?) Willock. Even Rob Holding. They have been badly supported by their international team mates, and their manager.
The line up did not disappoint me yesterday. It was as expected. But the bench did.
Against Sutton last year, we had Our bench vs sutton last year we had the likes of Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Sanchez & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench.
When I saw the bench for yesterday I said to a pal “it reminds me of Sheffield Wednesday”. The lack of top class options. That if we went one behind, would we have the fire power on the bench to get us back into the game.
It proved that we did not. And Wenger has to shoulder that blame.
Some will highlight that we are still in the League Cup – but what team will Wenger put out mid-week v Chelsea? – and that we are in the next round of the Europe League. But that doesn’t get away from the fact that yesterday was not good enough.
It isn’t that we finished outside the top 4, it isn’t that we finished below Spurs. Nor is it yesterday as to the single reason why Wenger needs to go.
Arsenal have come stale and predictable. Each poor result exaggerated.
Wenger needs to go so that we can get our sanity back. Our hope back. Our enjoyment of the game.
2018 needs to be his last year in Islington