It’s not easy after such a painful defeat, but if we take the good guff we have to take the bad guff, so here’s the bits and bobs from the media and the blogs in the wake of the Everton game yesterday.
At half-time, Arsenal were 2-0 down and not even in the contest, and yet Arsene Wenger didn’t make a single change. Arsenal needed an act of decisive leadership. Instead, inaction felt like surrender. My mind cast back to the January transfer window. That was another time when Wenger needed to make a bold decision, and dithered. The consequences have been disastrous. – Gunnerblog.
It’s ludicrous to claim the players are not playing for the manager but they don’t seem to be invigorated by him or the staff. Is that fed in part by their own interpretation of the uncertainty over the future? Perhaps but it strikes me that the issue of confidence is much more deep-rooted and I don’t think Arsène can solve the problems on his own. I don’t think that he can resolve the issues, full stop. – A Cultured Left Foot.
The question I always ask when people state “Be Careful What You Wish For” when I confirm my belief that it is time for change in the dugout is this – Could a different manager get more out of the same players? And my belief is that there are managers who could prepare, organize and motivate the players better than Arsène Wenger has been able to do for several years. And on the money Arsenal are paying for the job, there would be a queue of them willing to prove it. – OnlineGooner.
I am still puzzled as to why the manager of a team 2-0 down at half time in a vitally important match that keeps a top 4 place in his team’s hands refuses to change anything at that half time. He then refuses to change anything when his team concede a further goal. However, he does deign to make a couple of substitutions between 66 and 70 minutes. Unfortunately it’s too late then to do anything about the result. – Angry of N5.
Injuries have taken a toll on Arsenal, admittedly, but they do not explain the absence of creativity or defensive organisation from the seasoned internationals still available. The similarities with their last visit to Merseyside in February were not confined to the outcome. Everton were compact and resilient without the ball, devastatingly quick and penetrating with it. Arsenal were the polar opposite. – Guardian.
In truth, it was a woefully weak performance from a side who were top of the Premier League as recently as February 7. Arsenal have lost three and drawn three of eight matches since that juncture, scoring nine goals and conceding 16 to possess a goal difference that is now five worse than Everton’s. But the Gunners’ fall has not been met with surprise or even the vitriol of previous seasons. Instead, there have been knowing looks amid an air of resignation. Yes, it really was that predictable. – Football 365.
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