It was a really poor result against Tottenham, a team who are chasing the title. After a promising start, and a couple of scares, Arsenal had done alright in the first 45 minutes, but the second half, once the team had conceded, was an onslaught on the Arsenal goal. Had it not been for Petr Cech, the 2-0 score line could have been so so much worse.
When Arsenal needed a big performance from their key players they failed to live up to expectations. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both struggled to perform, with Sanchez losing the ball on a majority of occasions, while Ozil seemed almost non-existent. However, at least their performance was much better than Olivier Giroud, whose woeful showing made everyone wonder how he stayed on the pitch until the 80th minute.
Cech sum up
Goalkeeper Petr Cech summed up the disappointing result and conceded that the team need to win their remaining games and hope others slip up. Cech admitted it was not a game to lose.
Manager Arsene Wenger felt Tottenham deserved to win after scoring two goals. Wenger felt that Arsenal didn’t do enough or play with enough freedom and he believed that Spurs were sharper. Wenger added that he is disappointed not to be challenging for the title at this stage of the season.
A clearly disappointed Wenger cut short his interview with Sky Sports before the last question could be asked.
Barcelona have been given the green light by their board to launch a raid on Arsenal, with a view to once again sign Hector Bellerin. The Spanish fullback was once on Barcelona’s books and was poached by Arsenal when he was a youngster. It seems Barca will not be put off by Bellerin’s price tag and this looks set to run throughout the summer.
What next for Arsenal? There is still so much uncertainty around the club and regardless what is said, that has to affect the team each time they take to the pitch.
If we thought the new formation was a chance to change and get back to winning ways, it was short lived.
Once Tottenham scored it was a shocking performance and once again the team looked void of confidence and, at times, confused. After the win against Manchester City in the FA Cup, and a good defensive display, you wonder why Rob Holding was then dropped from the side and replaced with Nacho Monreal, who was poor in the back three.
When attacking against an inform Spurs team, everyone knows you have to turn round the defence and get them facing their own goal. To do that it needed pace upfront. Unfortunately, Arsene Wenger went with Olivier Giroud who offered nothing all game.
However, Wenger can not be held completely responsible, as too many players failed to turn up for the game or show the fans how much they wanted to win. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both holding out for a new contract with double their salary, but on yesterday’s performance, you have to question why.
Embarrassing performance, which all but ends any hopes of a top four finish. We do still have an FA Cup final to look forward to, but with Chelsea playing well you wonder just how much we may enjoy it on the day.
Big changes are needed in the summer, from management to players. It’s time to rebuild this once great club.