“I remember when – without being disrespectful – I first arrived here, there were some games when I was thinking less about whether we would win or not and more about who would score for us and how many we would get.
“There were some games like that in my first couple of years, but those days are 100% finished because the so-called smaller teams have improved so much.
“That QPR game was a wake-up call for us.”
Robin Van Persie – 10th April.
I really thought writing my blog with a negative tone was a thing of the recent past, oh how naïve I was.
After the QPR game I wrote my column with a glass half empty half full analogy. While frustrated at the result (and paying £50 for the ticket!) I reflected on the positives of a strong run of form with 7 wins in 8 games. Unfortunately I can’t share the same sentiment today after Monday night’s result against Wigan.
The confidence before the game was tangible and why not, Wigan had never scored a goal at the Grove let alone got a point. However, good friend @Palerme12 and I discussed the role fans play in the complacent approach off the pitch by enjoying songs and quips about ‘Mind the Gap’ etc. If as fans were getting a bit ahead of ourselves, how can we then have a go a when things go badly?
I’m sure I don’t really need to dissect the game as we will have seen and read enough since Monday, so here is a quick summary.
After a bright 5mins and a couple of chances Arsenal got hit twice on the break in 2mins while Arteta was off the pitch injured. Both goals seemed too easy, Wigan cut through our non existent and sloppy defence to stun the home crowd. While stunned we were confident we could get back into the game, and we did in the 22nd. Rosicky, the only player who comes out with any praise, whipped in a deadly ball which Vermaelen headed home.
Arsenal created half chances but went in at half time level. Unfortunately we had little to offer in the second half, a Santos shot is the only chance I can really remember. We threw Gervinho and the Ox on but we got little change from a well organised and drilled Wigan defence. If anything Wigan created the better chances in the second half, one in particular from a simple throw on that cut our defence wide open only for the very impressive Victor Moses to rush his shot. In the end Arsenal lost and deservedly so. Many have