So finally Cesc has something to say but not about how the team he captains played at the weekend, instead he chose to look to tonight’s fixture against Braga. Well thanks Cesc, for nothing, your country gets spanked by Portugal and you tell the fans how sorry you are but us, nothing!!
Fabregas has warned against complacency when they face Braga, wonder if he means the same kind of complacency the team showed against West Brom, Newcastle, Shakhtar and Tottingham? I think it’s a bit rich him saying about complacency though, yes he’s right but isn’t it his job on the field to stop that happening?
We have two games left in the group, both difficult, especially the one away to Braga – but we will try to win the group.
We will do our best and if we play the football we know, focus 100 per cent and don’t treat the opponents softly, then I am sure we can win the group.
‘Do our best’! What kind of statement is that? You do your best when you are sat with an exam paper in front of you or going off to take your driving test not play against a footballing side who you thrashed 6-0 last month. Cesc and the rest of the players should be thinking about going to Braga, wiping the floor with them, staying focused until the final whistle goes and not conceding any goals.
He then looked back on the Shakhtar loss.
Playing in their own stadium, in front of their own fans, we knew Shakhtar would be a different team to the one we faced at the Emirates last month, and to be fair to them, I thought they played well, but it was down to us, it was our fault, we let them back into the game.
Spot the obvious Cesc, this Arsenal side you lead, too often let the opposition back into the game, you did it again on Saturday. Wenger says the team switch off, Cesc says we let teams back into the game, so why does it keep happening? They know where the problems lie, sort them out. Wenger needs to change his attitude from the bench and Cesc needs to start being a true leader on the pitch, stop the players including himself switching off. Time for them both to look in the mirror and get a grip!
It’s not rocket science! You bought them Arsene, you bloomin sort them and fast – start with your captain, tell him he’s in London, not Spain, yet!!
We had to retain possession better and control the game, but we didn’t and in the end, we paid for that. “The manager said the same after the game – once we were ahead, we took the game too easily. “We had just scored five against them, we are top of the group and maybe we were thinking that a draw would be a good result. But in football, you can never be complacent, you can never switch off, otherwise you will pay for it, whoever you play against.
Don’t we fans just know it!!
On to tonight and here is one photo from the training yesterday morning that may actually make a corner of your mouth hint towards a smile.
Yep, the ‘Real star from Wales’ is back and here he is in training yesterday afternoon, the sooner he gets back in contention for a place in the team the better… Perhaps he could challenge Cesc for his place?
Sadly and like many fans no doubt, I’m not overly confident about tonight. We may have beaten them at home in style but after Saturday I am unsure how they will pick themselves up, assuming of course they were down after the game. Added to that, Braga will be playing in an almost identical kit to our own home strip and this crop of players don’t need any excuse to send a pass astray!!
Mind you, on the other hand it might help!!
Arshavin, van Persie and Clichy have not travelled with the squad and Lansbury has gone to Norwich on loan for a month so he won’t feature tonight either. Wenger has said Fabregas is still not quite right so he may also miss the game but he’s travelled with the sqaud. With Clichy missing we can take for granted that Gibbs will start at left back, as for the rest, I guess we’ll know soon enough…
Haven’t really got much else to say about tonights game, we all know how important it is to secure the win, we all know whoever plays needs to show a lot more passion for our club than they have been doing as late.
The only question is, Do they?
Finally, good luck to the reserves today, they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at 1.30pm, I bet they don’t concede three goals in 90 minutes, let alone 45!!