Yet again I find myself in this diabolical situation of groaning and chiding people whenever Arsenal put in such a flaccid performance. I know it isn’t the most sagacious to shout at the FA for the lunch time kick off or curse Martinez for outwitting Arsene or indeed laugh at Abramovic for buying a club that has Terry as its Captain and appointing such a manager, it isn’t my fault it’s Arsenal’s (however no regrets about the Chelsea one). Ok, Enough of my ramblings and on to the serious stuff.
Nothing going on at Arsenal now except the usual media razzmatazz about the fall of a great club and end of an era. It’s not worth talking about and I don’t give a damn. We should move on and no point lamenting the loss. Yes the performance was alarmingly poor, big players didn’t stand up and get counted, Flamini didn’t come charging off the bench and stab Barkley when he shoved Arteta, but now they have a chance to redeem themselves. The players are professionals and it would have hurt them. The title is long gone and let’s not lose what is our coveted trophy- the 4th place. The team understandably are seriously short of confidence. Arsene also touched on this after the Everton game “For a long time we did very well away from home, we had one of the best records. Since, something has gone. We have to go back to basics to get our confidence back. ”
*It is hard to digest the fact that Everton made up 13 points on us in the space of 6 games.
Moving on to the semi finals it will be our first trip to Wembley since you know when. It’s fair to say that our season hinges on the Wigan game. Win ,confidence will be restored going into the final 5 games of the season. Hopefully Everton does a Spurs and stumble ,we do an Arsenal,finish fourth and approach the final with the right attitude. Lose and the unthinkable happens, something more frightening than sharing a room with John Terry.
Wigan are no pushover and they have always given us a run for our money. They were excellent against City,sure they rode their luck at times but they held on and it was a tactical masterclass by their manager Uwe Rosler. He would have watched our Goodison park disarmament and rubbed his hands with glee. That kind of a performance would give no manager sleepless nights except for Wenger of course.
It’s upto us to prove the naysayers wrong, this is the same team that topped the table for so long, the one that won at Dortmund, earned a respectable draw at AllianzArena and dismantled Napoli at home. Arsenal have hit some kind of a rut now and they need our support now more than ever. Let’s paint Wembley red, hoist flags, wave scarves, sing till our throats dry and morph Wembley into Emirates. We are Arsenal. COYG.