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Sunday, December 27, 2015

The three reasons for that defeat at Southampton

By 1970's Gooner

It was a performance that nobody ever ever expected. Having comprehensively beaten Man City at the Emirates one would have expected that the huge confidence gained from that wonderful display would have carried them through against Southampton.

It didn't. And there are three main reasons for this which combined together may explain what happened.

Firstly the players AND management got too complacent. AGAIN. They thought that they were entitled to turn Soton over just because they beat Man City. WRONG.

This over complacency rears its ugly head after a great performance. Remember what happened after we beat Chelsea in the Charity Shield? We got thumped by West Ham the following Saturday in a kind of similar lack of energy display.

Complacency my friends. Complacency. Wenger gets complacent. Prior to the game he was busy talking about being vindicated having not bought any outfield players in the summer. He was basking in his success. He was in a way resting on his laurels...

Even Steve Bould on the bench at Southampton was clutching that tactics book of his which was all rolled up in his fist. It was kind of telling us 'I won't be needing this'. And when he did need it late on in the game he couldn't find the right page to show the Ox!!!! Shows you how ready he was for a fight.

Secondly the effort they put in for the win over Man City must have taken a lot out of the players. This usually would have been overcome mentally wise as the players AND management would have raised themselves up for the challenge ahead. BUT when tiredness is combined with overconfidence it invariably results in a non performance. And this is what we got. Too limp, tepid, lack of movement and an inability to bounce back once they got behind.

The third reason has to do with the performance of the Soton players. They were tactically spot on. They did three things right.

They stifled the space that Ozil usually occupies, double marked the space for our overlapping full backs and exploited Arsenal's static central defence by routing balls for the pacy and combative Long down the channels to chase.

Rest assured that Howe will be studying the tape of this game all day today and yesterday.

All we have to do is beat them tomorrow and go top of the League.


Anonymous said...

Its the same sos(same old story).The defence is at fault.
Add Wenger's penchant for the intricate passing and refusal
to play anti soccer,its no wonder they lost.
This sort of tactics have been going on for years. You have ballet dancers skating around a thug. The latter will lash out and the ref turns a blind eye.
The fm better get a giant dm to frighten the opposition.
If not the best chance to win the epl will be gone.
If the fm doesn't accept change he shd go.I don't know.Against the Saints the
gunners indulge in passing against a well organized defence.
No wonder Saints scored 4. It could have been 7-0.

Graham Taylor said...

Doesn't matter who we sign. The problem is the manager. Always has been, and always will be. Every year we flatter to deceive. The same mistakes made, the same issues with mentality and motivation. When the pressure is on, and even when it's often not - we buckle and / or fall apart. This season with the league being so even ( or should that be : poor ? ) any manager with a reasonable amount of competence should be able to exploit this and take Arsenal to the title.

But Wenger proves time and again that he is not competent, and is also grossly negligent. He also has more than his share of luck - as often, just when results go bad, he somehow does just enough to keep his job. And then the familiar cycle of underachievement starts all over again.

A new manager was desperately needed years ago, and still is now. When will deluded Wenger worshippers ever learn this ?

" In Arsene we rust."

Anonymous said...

Arsenal have the squad to deal with injuries,according to Wenger.Then why are the same players used regularly and over the festive without rest?If he doesn't trust the other squad memebers,he shd let them go and get new ones.We wont know untile the tw opens in Jan.
Btw,this season represents Arsenal's chance of winning the epl.If the fm fails he shd call it a day. We have enough of his beautiful game with many passes before scoring.

Awais Manir said...

Should this be Mertys last season?