Arteta confirms complacency and anger in the squad…

Ten points is a huge gap at the top and even at this stage of the season, it’s understandable to start thinking there is no way we can make up those points, not when you consider the depth of squad that Chelsea are able to boast.

Then, add to that the amount of injuries we seem to have accumulated yet again and it looks a tough season ahead doesn’t it, especially Saturdays performance still fresh on our minds. The loss and the performance doesn’t seem to have done wonders for the players either according to the captain vice captain:

We’re really down because we expected to win the game, they raised their game, they made it very difficult for us. I think we controlled the game, mostly, for 90 minutes. But you go a goal down, you start getting anxious, the goal doesn’t come, it makes it really hard.

For the amount of ball we had in the game, we should have done more and created more goal situations. We need more patience sometimes. It’s not the first time we have conceded the first goal, it’s very difficult.

If you go ahead, it gives you a lift, the other team has to take risks, and you can cause mistakes. You can’t get back in the game every time you fall behind. It’s a tough ask and we haven’t done it today.

We have time to come back. But we are down because we know how good we are and how good we can be.

Ok, there is not much point going over and over Saturdays performance, we all agree it was awful!

‘Expected to win the game’!! See, complacent, they all just thought they had to ‘turn up’ to win! Maybe they should start going into a game as if they are 1-0 down, they might have a bit more about them then!?

This team can be good when everyone is signing of the same ‘let’s play football’ hymn sheet and we need that to get back in tune ready for the visit of Schalke 04 tomorrow night. If we don’t, we will have a torrid time against a side who beat Dortmund 2-1 at the weekend.

Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong all played the full 90 minutes yesterday in a 2-1 victory over Everton so they won’t be included in tomorrows squad but I strongly suspect to see all three back in the squad at the weekend when we ‘welcome’ Mark Hughes and his delightful QPR side!

Back to the Under 21 fixture, Jack was here there and everywhere according to afc.com and the two goal hero, Thomas Eisfield could easily have grabbed himself a hat-trick, at least he managed two, if only we could have managed that same amount on Saturday eh?

One thing the U21’s did copy the senior team at though was going a goal behind. Oh, and to a moment of defensive sloppiness by Miquel, he was easily robbed of the ball by Vellios, who ran on and slotted past Martinez with ease.

However, unlike their senior counterparts, the under 21’s dusted themselves down and fought back. In fact they could easily have equalised moments after conceding when Eisfeld broke through the middle and let fly with a 25-yard strike which Everton’s keeper Jan Mucha could only parry.

Shortly after, the German did draw Arsenal level, Wilshere fed Meade on the left  and the full-back took a touch past Tony Hibbert, cut the ball back and there was Eisfeld to slam home from close range.  On 32 minutes, Eisfield grabbed his second and what turned out to be the winner. Wilshere was involved again, after cutting in from the right, he slipped a ball through to Eisfield who ‘drilled’ it past the Everton keeper.

There were chances for both sides, but we held on to take the points.

Why all the low down on the Under 21’s, well why not? They are the present and future of OUR club, in a few years time some will either be joining the current first team squad or they will be replacing players who leave for whatever reason.

And there are a few who are starting to show that their day won’t be too far away…..

That’s it for another day.

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