I call myself a positive realist. Every time.
There was nothing positive about what went down last night at Dortmund but, there’s a need for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and Gunners to have a reality check.
When I wrote an open letter to Arsene Wenger last year (something you should check in your spare time), I mentioned buying Messi, Neymar and top defenders wouldn’t solve the problem. Arsenal’s problems are more fundamental.
Agreed, we won the FA Cup but, really, isn’t that expected? Do you expect a dog to quack? Do expect a Spud to not be a cockerel? Do you expect John Terry to be any better than a lying skunk?
So, winning the FA Cup should have been a normal occurrence, in fact, the Premier League and the Champions League should be titles we look forward to contending for, and now, more than ever is the time…
This is not the case however.
Because there’s something fundamentally wrong.
The team were absent on the pitch yesterday, with really shoddy performances in every area bar Sanchez’s work rate. And we could have taken in more goals than we did yesterday, just like against Manchester City, but the football gods were kind to us; I mean, it’s the best they can do seeing they grant us no mercies on injuries.
Sometimes, most times, we play with no definite purpose in mind. No drive-ins, no drill crosses, no risks. As much as I hate to say this, Wenger needs to tear some pages off Jose Mourinho’s diary, tactically and mentally. Jose knows when to be ruthless, when to park the bus and when to go for the kill. A true Machiavellian
Like I said before, there’s something fundamentally wrong, I don’t know what it is, that’s not my job; it’s Wenger’s to find out.