By 1970’s Gooner
This was men against boys. The difference in class was so obvious to see.
The United players were more experienced, stronger and covered so well for each other that even if Gibbs did not slip to let Park score the first goal they would have still run out comfortable winners.
The Arsenal team was littered with young boys and seeing them try to get to grips with the United pros was embarrassing.
Gibbs, yes he has potential but so obviously not ready for this type of game. He was found wanting in the first leg where most of United’s attacks and goal originated from his side.
In tonight’s game his slip set the tone of the game. And make no mistake his slip was a result of being under pressure, from knowing that Park was lurking behind him with intend.
Why didn’t Wenger go for more experience right from the first leg and play Eboue. He did after all trust him to start the Champions League Final in 2006.
Djourou was turned inside out by Ronaldo and Rooney and the centre of Arsenal’s defence looked porous all night.
Walcott was once again shut out of the game by Evra who was too strong for him.
Adebayor was a little more interested but was not effective enough and Van Persie was unfit and unable to support him.
Fabregas was nowhere to be seen, passes going astray and above all showing no leadership.
The only players to come out with any credit were Nasri and Song. Nasri was trying really hard, chasing the ball and making the play. Song was doing the defensive work very well and in addition was also trying to be creative, so ineffective was Fabregas.
And finally Wenger has to accept the most criticism for making all those inexplicable selections in the first leg, with Fabregas, Nasri and Diaby all played out of position in a formation which was wrong.
It was he that said that these ties are lost in the first leg. Well he did loose it in the first leg didn’t he?
He also lost it in that FA Cup semi final against Chelsea when for some unfathomable reason he dropped Arshavin played Van Persie out of position who promptly got injured too!
What a shambles. And what a shambles this policy of relying mostly on youth is turning out to be.
Well you can’t do that Mr Wenger, you have to have a balance in the team and blend these exciting youngsters with more experienced and physically stronger players. Otherwise you will still be pitching this potential lark to us for years to come.
Well it’s been four years now and we are still waiting.
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH.