It's been a while since I've written anything, with injuries, international games, the overall fight for the top of the league, as well as FIFA 2010 coming out I've been quite distracted. But enough about me, today was about Arsenal this week.
Arsene turned 60 on Thursday and having already drawn with AZ Alkmaar things weren't particularly rosy for the manager. But today wasn't a tragedy and neither was the game on Tuesday.
Instead of tragedy, the last two games were examples of stagnation. Without calling out any single player we win as a team so we lose as a team also. The entire team should take the blame.
In the Champions League Game Arsenal lost their composure for one play, in east London they lost an entire half, but why?
In the first half we took over and seemed unbeatable with the only West Ham player that seemed to trouble us was Carlton Cole. After two goals scored coming into the half, things were looking up.
West Ham were looking like a team in the relegation zone, but something horrible happened. Horrible, but oddly familiar; we let the other team get better.
Once the second half started, Arsenal were supposed to close out the rest of the game as well as create chances. And surprise, surprise, that didn't happen.
When the hammers brought in their substitutes, the game almost instantly changed in their favor. While we were scrambling for more possesion, they were a posessed team, making the most out of each chance.
It was amazing and painful at the same time watching Arsenal collapse. After a game like this, Alkmaar, the gunners, were supposed to learn a valuable lesson; play each team as if they were the best.
It's not a problem of we weren't good enough, but we have had atrocious form out there. So, there wasn't the classic one nil to the Arsenal that we all know and love. In the second half we played out there like a bunch of lazy Europeans.
The defense held strong in certain situations, but were complacent and players like Arshavin and Fabregas were having a silent match.
But like I said, the draw was a team effort a series of mistakes cost us the game which leads to the most important issue; lack of focus.
This year we have some of the best players anywhere on this team so there should be no excuse whether we are good enough. Lack of focus separates championships from third place finishes.
I love Arsenal and I would imagine this would be a setback and not the end of the world. After the last few games nearly all us true fans would know the positives:
- Wide Range of Scorers
- Youth Players
- Great Manager
We don't need to analyze the positives, but instead the negatives should be examined. It's not too late.
If we sort that out, come next year Arsene Wenger will celebrate his birthday by defending Arsenal's title.