By 1970's Gooner
I have to call them as I see them. And what I saw during this pulsating FA Cup semi final was a team put out by Wenger which was starved of its midfield tenacity and its forward minded players.
The first and foremost glaring team selection by Wenger was to keep Song out of the team and play Denilson in his place.
The result was a weak Denilson often failing to block Chelsea’s midfield but above all passing the ball to them and putting our defence under unnecessary pressure.
When he lost the ball he invariably gave dangerous free kicks away. If Song had played I am sure the game would have had a different outcome.
And if Song had an injury then Diaby and Fabregas should have been the pairing in midfield with Diaby instructed to keep back.
The second of what I call “self induced weakness” was to drop Arshavin on the bench and play Van Persie as a left winger.
Not only did Arsenal lose Arshavin’s thrust and penetration the player chosen to replace him was playing out of position and thus the poor man rendered largely ineffective.
The third which arose as a result of playing Van Persie out of position was playing Diaby as the man behind Adebayor. Or was it Fabregas who was supposed to play there.
You see what I mean? Diaby was more often than not in the Fabregas territory crowding the little maestro out thus depriving Arsenal of its creativity.
Or was it Fabregas that was crowding Diaby out? Take your pick because it was not clear who was supporting Adebayor at all. This also meant that Adebayor was starved of any support.
Fair enough you cannot legislate for two goal keeping errors and if Fabiansky had not come out to try and block Drogba then you never know we might have got away with a 90 minute draw and then it would have been anybody’s game.
I also feel that if we had played with a full strength team we would have out played Chelsea to the ground. This leaves me feeling very optimistic for the remaining games and for next season.
But only if Wenger stops messing about with the formation and the selection of players.