After doing a brilliant job of papering over the cracks in recent weeks the real Arsenal turned up (or should I say didn’t turn up) in the final ever North London derby at White Hart Lane. As has been the theme in recent years I hold the manager 100% accountable for the result. Until he leaves the club we will see more of these kinds of results:
Not starting Rob Holding
It is decisions like this that drives fans to insanity. Not only is Wenger too loyal to players that do not deserve it, he does not give game time to young players who do deserve it. Holding has been nothing short of fantastic in recent games when he’s been called upon, so why did he get dropped on this occasion? In a crisis time like this it is raw young talent who will deliver for you, even when you’ve lost the dressing room because they still have plenty left to prove. What does it do to the confidence of this lad if he isn’t getting a start. This is Joel Campbell and Lucas Perez all over again. When Wenger was respected as a manager he was praised for grooming young talent and giving players a chance, but the deeper you look the more you see that he destroys careers just as much.
I like Giroud but what in God’s name has he done in recent times to warrant a starting spot? Even in the win against Manchester City he was poor. Against Spurs yesterday he was static, he was off the pace and made little or no influence on the game whatsoever. Danny Welbeck is a player Spurs worry about. In recent derbies his pace has given them plenty to think about and when he came late on in this game he stretched them a little bit but by then the game was gone. It is so bleedingly obvious what he should have done but he just as stubborn as ever.
I have never been one of those Arsenal fans who makes Ramsey a scapegoat, mainly because Wenger played him out of position for so many years but that’s another story. This time he has been playing in the middle, but what exactly does he do? Serious question. Against Manchester City his mistake led to the goal and in this game his tame shot almost led to another. He is being played in his preferred position yet he doing nothing to warrant a starting spot #WengerLogic.
He failed to motivate his players
This may sound obvious but there’s no other way I can describe it. It is obvious we were second best in that first half. They really should have been out of sight 2 or 3 ahead. So when we enter the dressing room with the score still at 0-0, we are arguably in a terrific position. The mentality should be to come out with positive mindset and snatch the game, make them regret their misses. What happened? The complete opposite, not only did they score relatively quickly after the break, we conceded quickly after and typically let our heads drop. We have no mental strength whatsoever, no motivation to snatch the game when we aren’t playing well, and no heart or desire to come back after we go behind. I could talk about this for days, this has been the same for years and years and it is only getting worse. I fear for Arsenal’s future while Wenger is in charge.
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