Braga versus Arsenal was a certain win right? For us, I meant!
November is a month I hate, simply because we lose way too many games – this month we have lost 4 games – yes, 4 games this month. Yesterday’s defeat against Braga was our second in succession in the Champions League – but in all honesty – how much bad luck can a team have? Regardless of bad luck or good luck, a team such ours should not concede those types of goals as we conceded yesterday. But in reality, did Braga out-tactic us?
First of all – please do not tell me it’s time for Arsene Wenger to retire. He’s the captain of our ship and yes, it sank today, but life is not over. Braga defended for 75 minutes and when Carlos Vela was fouled in the box and a certain penalty should have been given – it was not. 1-0 to the Arsenal became a frustrating evening as the home team broke on us – twice to make the score line look more impressive than it really was.
Arsene made 7 changes – but if you look at my predicted team and if you look at most other predicted teams, they were all the same. Before the game, I wanted Rosicky, Walcott and Bendtner to prove their worth – I wanted Djourou and Eboue to be given a run out – so in reality – Arsene did the sensible thing. The team was:
Eboue – Squillaci – Djourou – Gibbs
Wilshere – Denilson
Walcott – Cesc – Rosicky
And in my opinion, that is a team that should have been able to win the game. These players should have been hungry for the win – they really should have been eager to win – and we were the better side for the first 75 minutes. We asked all the questions… but yes, I admit, defensively we were caught out again. The lack of discipline when we want to so desperately win a game has come back to haunt us – again. It has happened time and time again.
Arsene was fuming after the game and layed into:
“It was a disappointing result as we played against a team who played in their own half. I felt we had back luck as well. We were punished when Eboue was kicked off the park and we had a penalty turned down. I would like to see what the fifth the official is doing. It has been proved again tonight that it is absolutely useless this system. It was a difficult performance. We needed to be patient. We didn’t create many chances. It was a difficult game against a team who used all the tricks to slow the game down. For us we needed not to make a mistake but unfortunately when we were down to 10 v 11 we were open at the back. We made a mistake and they took advantage of it. We did not communicate and that’s where we were punished.”
Bad luck comes in the form of the result as well as the injuries – Eboue will be out for 3 weeks now – but more importantly (no offence to Eboue), our captain Cesc could be out for a similar time. Cesc’s injuries have been far more regular this season – and considering the pre-match talk from Arsene about Cesc not even making this game, it was astonishing to see him start and even worse to see him get injured.
From a slightly depressed Arsenal fan, that’s me, signing off for now… back tomorrow with new enthusiasm…