Arsenal knocked out of the FA Cup

Arsene Wenger

Short of a miracle it will be seven years since Arsenal last won a trophy, and it now looks like we will struggle for fourth place.

I started this post before our loss to Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of light.

I am now sat here nervously waiting for our fifth round FA Cup tie away to Sunderland to kick off, and to be quite honest I don’t know what to think.

Before Wednesdays first leg Champions League match away to AC Milan, I was feeling good, and fancied our chances to come away with a win, and if not that at least a point.
How wrong could I have been the night, turned into a nightmare for us, as we were totally outclassed buy a Milan side that meant business.

Yet again it was obvious that our players could not defend, and from what I could see it looks as though they don’t even practice defending on the training field.

Where is Tony Adams when you need him?

Give him a job as defensive coach, and see what he can do for out team.

It is all well, and good this sharp quick passing of the ball, but it is not good at all when five minutes of passing the ball between yourselves, you lose it to the opposition, and they score not just once but four times!!!

It is time for a re-think, and I have come to the conclusion that either Wenger has lost the plot, or he needs to get rid of players, and re-build the team.

This is what former Arsenal player Emmanuel Petit said after calling our performance in the San Siro a disgrace.

“I wondered what had become of the team that I knew. It’s worse than I thought – and what is perhaps the most worrying thing is to say that the club will not do anything this summer to stop the machine”.

“Some young players are doing nothing to justify the confidence that Arsene gives them. In behaviour, in body language, you can see they are gone.

“Do not hesitate to talk about end of cycle. Regardless of age. It must be said to Arshavin, to Rosicky – ‘Gentlemen, thank you, but goodbye.’ And quickly. I wonder about the future of the club. Arsene must quickly regain balance. Arsenal were a contender, now they are mere participants.”

As we all know now, we lost to a team that played like they wanted to win.

Closing, and chasing us down every chance they got.

Considering we had only just played them seven days ago, we should have known what to expect from the rejuvenated Martin O’Neil managed Black Cats.

Here we were playing the only game we know, passing the ball back and forward to each other in mid-field.

If games were won, and lost on time of possession we would have that vital Champions League spot locked up.

Let’s face it the team looked tired and clueless when it came to ideas. We could have picked up a couple of players during the January transfer window but we did not.

Whose fault is that Mr.Wenger yours, or the people who pay your wages?

The fans are beginning to say enough is enough! When you are paying £3,000 for a season ticket you rightly expect to be watching a team that is winning trophies.

Wenger can rejoice a little in that all the pressure seems to be on the Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas at the moment, which helps keep the spotlight off him.

In fact I don’t think there is any pressure on Wenger except from the fans.

He is doing exactly what the American owners want, and that is to make money for them without having to spend anything.

The only way things are going to change is when they are no longer making money.

Could you imagine Jose Mourinho coming to the Emirates?

It will never happen because, he would say in order for me to take the job I want x amount of money to go out, and buy the players I need in order for us to win the Premiership, and the Champions League.

I am listening to Gooner fans calling in after the match on Talksport, and they are making very valuable points, and one that I find striking is that the Premiership, and the world of professional football has changed, and yet we refuse to offer the wages to attract the top players.

It looks as though we could very well not be in the Champions League next season, and that being the case we can say goodbye to Robin van Persie.

No matter how much he likes playing for the Gunners the big money, and the chance to play on a winning team such as Barcelona, or Real Madrid will force him to leave.

The one player I feel bad for was Oxlade-Chamberlain who came charging back to defend the goal only to have the ball hit the post, and bounce off him, and in for an own goal.

Kind of ironic that a striker had to try, and defend the goal-line.

Mr. Wenger had his excuses ready for the press conference about a match that one of the National newspaper’s called “Gunn to Pot”.

In case you have not heard it here is what Wenger had to say:

“I believe we had a spirited and committed performance. Sometimes you want to give credit to the players even when you lose a game and I think today is one of them,”

“We had a difficult week. We had three away games on three very difficult pitches. At the end we go home tonight with many injuries and out of the cup.

“We had to chase the game with already not fresh legs; the schedule was just too difficult for us.

“It is always easier to defend than to attack. If you look at the amount of possession we had today it would certainly be massive. I felt that we were a bit unlucky today.”

To this my question would be “why with all our injury problems did you not at least sign some players on loan when you had a chance”?

This is the future for the Gooner fans, and unless we stop going to matches and buying the shirts I do not think anything will change.

12 Comments on "Arsenal knocked out of the FA Cup"

  1. I just cant believe that Wenger thought that this spirited and committed performance. Did he not see how spineless our play was? His decision to take on squeelaci and then take him off is a joke. I will not be spending any money on tickets or shirts until Major changes take place. Top priority is Wenger’s attitude. We are not all brain dead. Some maybe (Jenny). There isnt one player on that team that puts their body on the line. No fight at all. Arsenal have brought their women through now to play the men’s game in order to save money. Total and utter disgrace how our club is being managed. In industry, management would be throttled with such inept policy and decision making. This guy is supposed to have a degree in Economics. Tell me this Arsene, how will you better your squad in the summer when half the season tickets aren’t renewed? The players that you have praised to be the future of the club, you cant even sell them now. For once stand up and show some fight and admit publicly what the situation is with the board. You were a legend, if you continue like this you will just be another money grabbing fuck.

  2. “It is always easier to defend than to attack.” ? what ? is this the reason we let in 4 at the san siro?

  3. No fool like a old fool.

  4. Mr. Wenger I am aware that no one can teach you anything about football, because you have been in the game for ages and you know everything.

    But I leave you these few thoughts: The style you have introduced is beautiful, but the weakness in the system is that it is less effective on a bad pitch. Your players will have to be stronger, faster and fitter than the oppositions to execute it week on week. How many more injuries to the young players before you realize changes must be made, and very soon.

    Secondly your tactically (lack of) ability is destroying your squad. Every other manager is discovering methods to stop our team playing yet you present no surprises or have a plan to counteract their unsought.

    Mr. Wenger you need help with the defense and more so with thinking tactically. Pat Rice might offer you good support, but from where I am standing he is a liability. Both of you are looking out of the same lens which is very cloudy.

    Please do not mis-understand me, I am not being disrespectful. My only desire is to see my team No 1 again.

  5. If we finish 4th ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea it will be great and Arsene can than buy the players we need that will take us to the next level.. All’s not lost fellow Gooners!
    A win against the spuds and Liverpool will bring back the feel good facter!

    In Arsene we trust

    • The French twat is finished! He’s stinking the place out now with his pathetic coaching and poor management. Beat the spuds? This team couldn’t beat an egg!

  6. Look at the business that old baggy eyes did on the last day of the window-an experienced and gifted striker with something to prove (Saha) and a decent experienced international back up central defender (Nelson). In contrast Wenger signed a German rookie who won’t play till next season and a (vanity driven) short-term loanee hero who’s gone now. He wouldn’t appoint TA or Bould to sort the defence because they are not yes men. Anyway he won’t have any another transfer window to abuse.
    him the truth

  7. woz it a suprise…,very average team for last 4/5 seasons something always missing

  8. What a sorry mess we are in at the moment. Any team that shows a lack of will or desire to win will be found out soon enough and we have been found out. We have technically good players, but now seem to lack any real team focus and a second tier of leadership is virtually non-existent on the pitch.
    Arsene’s plan to dominate other teams  always relied on using quick-thinking, mobile, technically able players who can pass and move up the pitch and counter-attack larger and less mobile oponents. We’ve not done that consistently for a couple of years now.
    We are being blocked in midfield and then by-passed by teams who want it more and for all the careful passing skills we possess, and yes we do have some very good passers of the ball, we just do not have that belief that we can win flowing throughout the blood of the team.
    It is the same in all competive sports, as in life. A will to win. A desire to achieve something. Without this, we accept taking part is enough. It is Arsene’s role to instil this hunger in all who wear the shirt. He seems to have lost that ability.   
    Arsene has built his reputation on nurturing relative unknowns who are instilled with guidance and confidence to continue to play ‘The Arsene Wenger Way’. Last August this changed with a desperate grasping of straws as the transfer window closed. We have seen the results. Now our talented younger players will become disillusioned as the older and experienced heads he bought in to lead them by example are not leading them anywhere fast. 
    Our crest is Victoria Concordia Crescit. Maybe it is time for a new harmony to gain future victories. Time to change this vision. Thanks for the old one, Arsene.

  9. gutted after the milan diaster and now numb after this latest display of spiritless ineptitude. i dont know where wenger’s lost it but he has – is this the same manager that saw the value of players like viera and petit? where is the fight in this side, where is the pride? the players look as though they think it’s ok just to pass the ball around prettily in midfield as bemoan any loss as bad luck because of dodgy refereeing, and where does it all come from – wenger! after yesterday’s (lack of performance) he should have been slating the players not defending them and blaming a very dubious non-penalty decision as the reason for our loss. give it up mr wenger, please, before we lose rvp and spend the next few years as a mediocre mid-table side (which is exactly what we would be right now without him).

  10. Being nearly 65 years old and an Arsenal fan all my life i can honestly say this is the worst side i have seen ,when we lost 8-2 to Man u the biggest defeat in over 100 years Wenger should have been sacked as he walked off the pitch at the end.Iknow it was a long time ago but when we won 5 titles in the 1930s Man U were in the lower reaches of the then 2nd  division its all about history the pride is wearing that badge on your shirt.   

  11. As Arsenal fans we must call time on the current situation at the club,it just can’t continue. Fans need and must now vote with their money, please don’t spend anymore on this heap of shit. I have stood and defended Wenger and the board for long enough,time for for changes, Arsenal fans VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY do not give anymore to this excuse for a club, lets gets this American piece of shit out.

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