We recently looked at Arsenal, and the decision to give Arsene Wenger a new contract. Here we are, less than a week later and once again we have ANOTHER negative reason to talk about Arsenal.
Arsenal are a rivals dream right now. Manchester United cherry picked Robin Van Persie who’s impact propelled them to a league title in Alex Fergusons retirement year. Manchester City have come in time and time again to raid them for players, with Alexis Sanchez highly rumoured to be signing in the summer then he would join a list of Toure, Nasri, Sagna, Clichy, and most famously Adebayor. (Who’s celebration against Arsenal was no doubt the highlight of his Man City career).
— Classic Football CFS (@classicshirts) September 12, 2017
In London, Chelsea have overtaken Arsenals haul of Premier League trophies, and stole ahead of them to become the first London team to lift the Champions League.
Arsenal can’t even be certain of being the top team in North London anymore, with Spurs finishing above them last season, and being pushed out of the Champions League places, it was hard to imagine things could be worse for the once proud club.
Then Nottingham Forest happened.
Being out of the Premier League race, sitting 5 points behind 4th placed Liverpool, and with teams such as Napoli, Dortmund, Atletico Madrid entering the knockout stages of the Europa League, the competition to go the distance is extremely strong, so it seemed obvious that the FA Cup was an attainable target.
The problem was not only did they lose to Nottingham Forest, they were humiliated by Nottingham Forest. It wasn’t a snatch and grab result, it wasn’t fluke, a team 14th in the Championship with no manager at the helm played with the magic of the FA Cup and got everything they deserved.
— Le Coq (@LeCoqueliin) January 7, 2018
Why? Simple, Wenger didn’t show the competition the respect it deserved.
Arsenal saw a managerless, mid table team, a division below them, and assumed the match was already won. As holders of the trophy, their squad was an insult to the competition. No insurance on the bench of an impact player, the most experienced player amongst the substitute was Callum Chambers. They assumed a youth team headed with the starting experience of Welbeck, and Walcott would be enough to breeze into the 4th round.
Arsene watched the first game of his suspension from the stands, and watched on, as they soon found out how much they had underestimated their opposition.
The defence was made a mockery of, and the attack carried next to no threat. They may have scored twice, but neither goals were of quality. The first was a goal mouth scramble, and the second was a goalkeeping error. Walcott, Welbeck, and Iwobi simply didn’t click, and the bench held no insurance policy.
Why wasn’t there a single goalscorer, or attacking threat of note on that bench?
When the mistake was made to make the scoreline 3-2, why wasn’t there an Sanchez, or Lacazette on the bench to come on, an option to make the defenders panic.
You wouldn’t be surprised if the speech given by Forests caretaker manager before kick off was simply to hand out Arsenal team sheet to every player in the changing room, and say “This is what they think of you.”
Arsene Wenger has followed up finishing outside the Champions League spots for the first time in his career, with not qualifying for the 4th round of the FA Cup for the first time in his career.
Wenger may try and use the excuse that they have the first leg of the Carabao Cup, against Chelsea, on Wednesday so players were rested for that. Which would make little to no sense, it may be a trophy he has yet to add to his CV, but domestically it carries less value than the FA Cup.
Arsenal fans may no longer be shocked, but for rival fans Arsenal continue to be the gift that keep on giving.
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— Manolo (@xM20x) January 7, 2018