Lost property? A towel thrown in by some fans on Saturday …
So there we have it, the moment the media, pundits and moaning fans were waiting for.
The implosion predicted for 24 games came to pass. We were exposed as the weak-spirited over-rated shower of shite that we are. All is lost. Give it up, throw in the towel and hope to finish 4th. Blah, blah, blah.
After the game I tweeted this,
“The irony of fans calling the team “bottlers” whilst throwing the towel in after one poor game is lost on them.”
However, there is no getting away from the fact that we were thrashed 5 – 1 by Liverpool and it could have been much much worse.
Every other loss this season I have found mitigation for, not this time though. We were abject.
To be honest, I don’t know where to start, but I suppose I have to start somewhere.
It’s easy to say that we conceded five goals so the defenders were poor, and they were, but they were cruelly exposed by a midfield that can be best described as inept. We didn’t have a half-decent midfielder on the pitch until the hour mark when Rosicky took to the field.
You have to credit Jack for his fighting spirit, but that aside he was dire. Not more so than Arteta and Ozil however. All three were either dwelling on the ball or simply giving it away whilst appearing to totally neglect their defensive duties.
Without Ramsey the balance in midfield has all but disappeared. So you could question why Rosicky didn’t start as he seems the only one who can fix that failing.
Why Gibbs didn’t start against a team littered with pace is another question that could be legitimately asked.
Giroud was starved of anything, but when, oh when, will he realise that he never beats an opponent with trickery, all that happens is possession is lost. Still its hard to think any striker could have done much with the service he got, or should I say “didn’t get.”
Arsene said afterwards:
” At half-time I could have taken a lot of people off. I just think the whole team failed to turn up with the right performance.”
” Maybe it’s better if I don’t talk too much, go home and respond well on Wednesday night because I include myself in that performance. It raises the questions that we have to answer on Wednesday night.”
At least Arsene is questioning himself, as he should.
Right, rant over.
City dropped 2 points unexpectedly and that leaves us second, 1 point behind Chelsea. Hardly the end of the world and they both have to go to Anfield yet. There is still all to play for.
We need to show a bit of this:
Now is not the time to panic or lose faith.
Up the Arse!