This writing malarkey gets harder, and it’s not helped by our players at all.
We should be playing Millwall today in the FA Cup, but in a game full of poor finishing and a lack of concentration by a few players in defence, including the goal keeper, we were dumped out of the competition by Blackburn.
Exactly the same problems saw us defeated at Bradford, knocking us out of the Capital One Cup and of course, much of the same against Bayern leaves us facing an almost impossible task in Germany on Wednesday.
We have definitely had our ups and downs, there have been good times and bad times.
The team has lacked a bit of consistency and sometimes we have made mistakes that have cost us dearly – removing these from our game will help us improve in the future.
That’s from Santi Cazorla, February’s player of the month for Arsenal. I’m not sure he’d get my vote though, he is so hit and miss with his performances. But then so are many of our players.
I’m sure if they all played near to the top of their game, every game, and at the same time, we’d look like a quality side. But we don’t and individuals have start taking a lot more responsibility for themselves and their own performances. Especially if they want to get into that top four and stay there!
Cazorla is right, cut out the silly little errors because they are costing us dear!
As is missing so many relatively simple chances in front of goal.
How many did we miss against both Blackburn, Bradford and Bayern Munich? Too many. Any opportunities we are presented with in Germany on Wednesday must be taken, I doubt we will get many but if we can get an early goal, who knows.
One player who I always struggle to criticise because no matter what he does on the pitch, he never gives anything other than 100%, he loves Arsenal, just like we do.
Of course that player is Carl Jenkinson:
There are two teams to chase and I don’t think we can get too caught up in how they’re doing,
If we go on a good run now, we’ll finish in the top four. I’m sure of that. If you look at Tottenham’s run in, it’s quite difficult. They’ve got some difficult games so we’re going to hope that they drop points.
If we focus on what we’ve got to do, I think it will take care of itself.
Spot on, focus on what Arsenal need to do, rely on no-one.
Cut out the stupid mistakes, get a good run going, gather some momentum and get pints on the board.
That’s the only thing they should all be thinking about, winning and going all out to do so.
Maybe if they’d have done that from the beginning of the season in the league and in the domestic cups, we would be playing today…
That’s it for another day…..