Somethings never change and it often times seems like a reoccurring event that just never goes away even with new tricks has been added to the system. Sadly this was this case between Stoke and Arsenal, as the Gunners were left looking at themselves in disappointment – being the major catalyst of their own downfall in this fixture.
Need I say this, a petition should be raised against Andre Marriner, not to ref any of our premier league games, like made had a shocker, making question who awarded him his refereeing license. The man was certainly clueless in a moment or two that could’ve certainly changed the outcome of the game.
An evening fixture at the bet365 stadium would behold Stoke take on Arsenal, who were trying to follow-up with their opening day victory against Leicester City; facing their opponent on a ground that isn’t rather welcoming for the Arsenal.
Two changes were made from the line-up that started against Leicester, with Mustafi coming in for Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey starting in place of Elneny. Everyone but Arsene Wenger sees what’s lacking in the team, but sorry to burst Mr. Wenger, You’re not as magical as you once were and your is almost expired. Stoke City new boy Jese made his debut, signed on loan from PSG.
I’ve never been so vexed watching an Arsenal as everything one could possibly think of going wrong in a match, went wrong in this match. From the loose passes to the unmotivated energy, or was it the poor officiating from Merriner who doesn’t know how to blow a damn whistle and give a right call. On three occasions, we had penalty claims but confused Andre Marriner didn’t give anything with all the pushing, handballing and shrugging done in the Stoke City penalty box.
This isn’t my usual match report, I’m rather pouring out my anger from the match into this piece so forgive me if this isn’t what you expected to read in today’s match report. Everything was against us even the linesman; an onside goal from Lacazette was wrongfully chalked offside. Lacazette who was holding the same line as the last defender, thunder bolted a shot that went straight to the top corner of Jack Butland’s goal but was wrongfully ruled out for offside.
While I still blame the officials for having a bad day, I’ll still blame Wenger and the team for not doing what’s right. First of all, Arsene, Why play a right back in a left-back position when we have two left-backs playing in CB roles. Mertesacker was fit and on the bench, what happened to Rob Holding? Is he being punished for having just one bad game since his rise to the first team? I can’t understand Wenger and how he managed to convince the board into signing a two-year contract.
Nevertheless need I say we were extremely wasteful in this match, Welbeck alone had four chances that he should’ve at least buried two into the goal of Butland, and when we needed urgency going forward; we lacked it and found ourselves passing the ball back – trying to craft the “Wenger Ball” that doesn’t work against every team. Are these players scared of taking outside shots? Do they get reprimanded for doing such in training?
The game ended 1-0 to the host, courtesy of a debut goal from Jese Rodriguez that I feel would’ve been stopped if we had actual CBs playing the CB role and not left backs doing just that. I can’t honestly fault Alexis for wanting to leave, it feels like Déjà vu and I foresee a long season ahead filled with negative emotions unless the right players are brought in and assigned to play in their rightful positions.