No disrespect to Wigan, but at 2-0 up on eighty minutes Arsenal and all the fans would have been thinking about how many are we going to win by – are we going to reduce the goals scored tally just in case the league is decided on the final day.
Well, what utter bollox!! What happened between then and the final whistle blowing was a disgrace, an embarrassment and not what a club like ours should let happen.
With ten minutes to go you’d think we would see the game through wouldn’t you?
Well I would but even so I had niggles in my mind, what if they get one – well they did, but they also went on to get two more, we lost again and I don’t know how or if Arsene Wenger can get this group of players up and ready to fight for third place!
Wigan scored three goals in ten minutes, putting out the flickering light some us had burning to win the league.
Credit to them for showing the kind of determination and commitment that us fans of Arsenal are crying out for…
Fabianski started instead of ‘injured’ Manuel Almunia – yeah right, he’s not injured, he was dropped – I had hoped for Vito to get his chance and by the end, boy how I wished he had – I even wondered whether Almunia was as bad as what i’d just witnessed!
Craig Eastmond replaced Denilson, Silvestre partnered Sol in the centre of defence and Theo Walcott played on the right side of midfield in place of Emmanuel Eboue, they were the changes from the shocking performance in midweek!
Wigan started better that us and it wasn’t too long before we saw Fabianski make a gaffe, ball across from a corner, he obviously got hit by a stray piece of volcano and stood still… Thankfully the ball went past everyone including him!
Clichy had a chance from a free kick. He decided to hit in a low one, so low it trickled under the Wigan wall and safely into the hands of Kirkland! Good idea though, a poacher of a striker would have got to that and poked it past the keeper, sadly though we don’t have such a player right now!
Wigan continued strongly and but for some dodgy finishing could have easily gone ahead. The game started to turn a bit, we started to look a little bit better, Campbell had a chance but put his header wide, Walcott had a great one on one chance against Kirkland but bottled it and crossed it to Rosicky, but it came to nothing. We had a few more chances but sadly they either went wide or Kirkland made easy saves. Again we had the ball, but again we showed our frailties – Diaby was running with the ball into Wigan players, passing to the opposition, it was all so messy… (mme, not quite Messi that means!)
After dominating for so long, we finally broke the deadlock through Theo Walcott. Bendtner played the ball ‘in front’ of Walcott, he jinked by a couple of Wigan players before putting the ball under Kirkland. PHEW – 1-0.
Shortly after Walcott had a chance to make it 2-0, but to be fair, it wasn’t an easy chance that he missed..
Half Time and 1-0, but you just knew we needed a few more, Wigan had shown they had fight in them!
The home side had a penalty decision turned down then up the other end Kirkland made a decent save from Diaby’s shot, yep, its true, Diaby had a shot 😉
48 minutes on the clock and Silvestre made it 2-0 – agirlagooner told us a spooky stat at this stage, same fixture last season, same goal scorers, even same keeper and we won 4-1… HOWEVER – it was then like a re-run of What happened next on a Question of Sport, Option C was Wigan would go on and win 3-2, even Matt Dawson nor Phil Tuffnell wouldn’t haven’t gone for that answer, but sadly that was to be the right one.
We crumbled, we lost all that we had struggled hard to gain. Ten minutes to go and Wigan scored through Watson.
If we needed a sub at this point, why not Robin, why not take off Diaby and bring on our best striker to finish the game off?? Why take off the one player Wigan didn’t like defending against, Theo kept Wigan back and once he had gone off they knew that was their chance!!
Moses nearly made it 2-2 but Sol made a crucial interception.
89 minutes and we were still winning until Fabianski showed just why he can’t displace Almunia, a simple catch fluffed
and the score is 2-2, you just knew then didn’t you….
Wigan scored a third, game over and I for one can’t wait until this season is over. The third goal was a great one from the moment it left N’Zogbia’s foot it was going it so no blame on Fabianski, but why the player was given so much time and room to take a shot, I’ll never know. Whenwill our players learn that its ok to shoot from distance, sometimes you get lucky and they go in!!
I’ve had enough of watching some of our players play so poorly. By now its clear to see that this wasn’t just an off day, we have too many of them. The reality is, as we all know we have a few players who just won’t make the grade at the highest level.
Arsene Wenger was furious at the end, so was I but I didn’t buy the players, he did. This summer has to be his last chance to make changes. He now has to save our club from falling further back down the league next year because bet your bottom dollar the Chavs, both Manc sides, Liverpool and Tottenscum will sure add players to their squads. Rumours are that Wenger is to be offered a new contract until 2014, right now that doesn’t excite me, it should do as he is one of the best managers in the world. (Bank Manager I mean 😉 )
Yesterday again proved what a difference a great keeper makes and we don’t have one!
We were second best, we were not good enough!
The club we all support and love is Arsenal Football Club and its about time those who run it and play for it, realised just that!!
I won’t say have a great day because I know you won’t, not if you really support our club and want to win!!