The last 48 hours has been pretty emotionless. It seems like Arsenal have really sucked out all the emotion that I had this weekend. When that first goal went in from Darren Bent – the way he just waltzed into our box, the way he wasn’t tracked, the way he then did it again 10 minutes later summed up our season. In fact, Squillaci is a player for me who has summed up our season – potential, a good player in his hey day, but simply out of his depth.
For me, the mixture of kids, fringe players and proper players is in a weird balance at the moment. There is too much discontent in the squad – it’s obvious that Arsene has taken a dislike to Almunia and Denilson and even Eboue – three players who have found themselves outside of the first team – albeit it with some reason, but Denilson and Almunia have completed vanished. Interesting, considering how many games they’ve both played – is their treatment right? It’s like Arsene has finally realised that they’re not very good players and decided they’ve both played their last games.
Talking to the fans at the close of this season, it’s clear that there are a few more players who the fans aren’t happy with – and the fans are now voicing their concerns more than ever before. To see the behaviour on the weekend, some of it correct, some a little out of character, it’s clear that the fans aren’t happy. People marching before the game, banners around the ground, people chanting in the ground and moreover than anything, booing the announcement of the 60,000+ tickets sold.
It’s clear that fans are getting upset with the way the club has become – profit, money, budgets are the most important thing – directors and shareholders make considerable money, millions of pounds, and then the fans get lumbered with a 6.5% increase – it doesn’t seem right. The team seems unmotivated, they coast. The fact that we have such a high wage bill for a group of young players who barely seem interested in some of the games is in fact very worrying.
Arsene has to win back the fans, and it’s probably the first time he really lost the majority of them.
We’re a great club, with a nucleus of talent – Van Persie, Nasri, Cesc, Wilshere, Sagna and Szcznesy are very good players. In fact, they’d all get into nearly every team in the Premiership. But for those players, we have the likes of Bendtner, Denilson, Squillaci etc who are simply not the calibre that Arsenal should have. Do you remember the days when we had such a formidable team that every one of our players would get into every team. Don’t those 6 players deserve to have a better team around them?
Are Arsenal fans demanding too much? Perhaps we are. We’re used to success, and we’re used to winning things. The stadium has definitely paid it’s price on our squad – and if you look at clubs like Newcastle and West Ham, it’s quite amazing that we’ve managed to do what we’ve managed to do. West Ham have spent more money that us this season, and they’ve just been relegated. They’ve sacked their manager and just had a massive brawl at the end of season dinner.
Man City take on Stoke tonight and baring in mind the FA Cup result, I can’t really see past a City win – it suddenly looks more increasingly likely that we will finish fourth this season and considering where we were 4 weeks ago, it’s quite unbelievable. I’ll be a Stoke supporter tonight, that’s for sure.
That’s all for now… my brain has melted…. I need to get my emotion back…