I still feel a bit weird about Saturday ; it’s great to be in the cup final, but I do feel slightly embarrassed about how we got there. Part of me says that is does not matter, getting through to the final is all that matters, but the other part of me worries about how our display illustrated the problems we have on the pitch at the moment.
The fact that in normal time the best chances we had were by Sagna hitting the post and then Gibbs’s header, followed by the BFG’s equaliser ; that really shows the problems we have in attack at the moment. Podolski and Sanogo were completely useless on the day, Cazorla was average – The Ox was the best of the bunch, and then Gibbs contributes a lot once he came on.
When we were 1-0 down, the atmosphere in the stands was pure poison, there were supporters coming to blows in front of me, and all the usual confrontations. I’ve said it many times, it breaks my heart to see that. We all want to see Arsenal win, can’t we all just get along? The extra time and penalty shoot out were excruciatingly painful, but fair play to Fabianski and the players who stepped up, they all did their jobs and did them well. If we had lost on pens, I’m sure they would have been labelled ‘bottle jobs’, so credit where it is due.
So we limped over the line, and now face Hull City in a bid to win our first trophy since 2005, and after all the moaning and hand wringing, that is all that really matters. The scramble for tickets starts here!
Focus can now change from the cup back to the league, and we have 5 remaining league games and 15 points up for grabs. Everton are putting us under massive pressure so we have to meet that challenge head on. Huge game against West Ham tomorrow night.
Come on you Reds.
Just like that suit I bought in Aldi last week. What a load of shit we have been in our League matches for the past few months. It’s the hope that kills you. We folded faster than Superman on laundry day once again yesterday, there is something seriously wrong with the way we prepare for these early kick offs, and also how we approach each game tactically. Our tactics appear to be, ‘let’s just hope for the best’ when playing on the grounds of our nearest rivals, and the manager must take full responsibility for this. Tactics are absolutely non existent, and the players are not playing for him right now. To wait until it was 3-0 yesterday before making any changes was just shameful; what the fuck was he thinking? We stank the place out in the first half, why did he think those players were gonna do any better in the second half?? Take them off! Flamini, Cazorla, Podolski and the rest were all complete shit, and yet they all got to stay on the pitch until the 65th minute. Disgrace.
The remainder of our season is now all about the FA Cup run, God help us if Wigan manage to score first on Saturday – the atmosphere will be pure poison, as the supporters are at their wits end. Not enough activity in the transfer market, injury after injury, and on top of all that, the ticket prices are going up! What a massive fucking shitstorm there is at Arsenal at the moment, and it breaks my heart. I normally like to try and remain calm when all around me are losing theirs, but fuck that shit, things are gonna have to change, and those changes are gonna have to be big.
I try to look surprised that we have ended up in exactly the same situation we have been in for the past four seasons, in scrapping for the fourth place trophy, but I think we all saw it coming. Injuries to Ramsey and Walcott happened well before the end of the January window, but instead we try to do it on the cheap and bring in a crocked player on loan. Jesus fucking Christ when are they gonna learn?
Save us, FA Cup ; you’re our only hope.