I’ve been putting up with Arsenal jokes 4-3 weeks. And they don’t get any funnier.
In fairness, you can take the two own goals and the offside goal (Yakubu’s second), give Arsenal the penalty they should have had when Theo was upended, and score any of the chances from the last five minutes and the result might have been different – but in any case you just can’t concede four goals and expect to come away with a point or better.
Song’s own goal was unfortunate, but it happened in slow motion. Why wasn’t he jumping forward to meet the ball and head it skyward? That it dropped in the box at all is an obvious sign of trouble. Unfortunate for Song because up until then he’d been excellent again, but this is a player who occasionally plays at the back. Head the ball. Head the opposition. Head the ground if you have to but do not let the ball bounce. No bounce on the grass and certainly no bounce off your knee into the goal.
Yakubu’s second was offside, but in any case, offside or not, a player in front of Yakubu stops that ball getting to him and stops him scoring. Easy, and if the lino flags then that’s fine and if the lino doesn’t flag that’s also fine because the ball hasn’t got to the striker anyway, because you’ve defended it.
We created enough chances to win the match, that much is true. And we took three of them. But we conspired to concede four, so even scoring three goals made no difference.
I’m actually bemused really – although I said months ago “spending money and bringing in new players won’t change anything” and so far it hasn’t changed anything. Throwing away the lead twice and conceding two own goals? How very Arsenal.
In any case, it could be worse, we could still have Denilson in the squad.