This game was so utterly predictable. The unpredictable part of it was that young Oxlade-Chamberlain started and was arguably our best player, also that Nico Yennaris came on at half time for the hapless Djourou, this also swung the game in our direction. These two good managerial decisions were then more than negated when the Ox was take off and replaced by our lazy fat Russian.
Manu deserved the win. They exploited our weakness at right back as the 1st half wore on, this told just before the end of the half through Valencia's goal. We came out aggressively in the 2nd half, the Ox was the spark, the momentum shifted, and eventually a goal, a precious equaliser came, the Ox feeding RVP who finished supremely.
The momentum was with us, 1-1 with twenty to go. Theo had been poor, again, ineffective and unproductive as he has been so regularly of late, one really has to wonder why he deserves any kind of new contract given his recent attitude and output. Bizarrely and stupidly Arsene then took our best player off, in fact a double substitution was about to happen just before the equaliser. It was terrible enough to take the Ox off, but to see the lazy fat Russian Arshavin come on in his place was just gruesome, a truly awful decision from Arsene. Tellingly RVP did not look happy with it.
The crowd were fuming and quite rightly, why was Walcott not taken off instead? and why take our biggest threat off the field? Our forward momentum was then sapped, then to emphasise the woeful nature of the decision Manu scored a second and Arshavin's slack defending was again at the heart of it. This was no great Manu side either, it was as poor a defensive back five as I have seen representing their club against us.
Our squad is too weak, we need defensive reinforcements so so badly, not only this but Arsene is making some terrible tactical decisions which are killing our season, quite literally. Arsene's decision to withdraw our pace at Fulham was also a poor one, Gervinho and Walcott went off in the 2nd half, our attacking pace was gone, we sunk deeper and the pressure ended up telling.
Arshavin is one of many players who are not good enough for our football club, I want to see his sort cleared out, I have had enough of lazy players like him who clearly do not care anymore. Make no mistake, things are pretty bad, we have lost 8 league games already this season, over a third of our fixtures. Those in power at Arsenal Football Club need to take responsibility for this mess and they need to go about sorting out our squad.
The worst thing in all this is that it has been obvious to any honest Arsenal fan that we have drifted off the pace set by the likes of Manu in the last few years, we are no longer at the races, we have been outplayed too often and this never used to happen when we genuinely competed for the title. I am in pain, there is no longer any room for excuses.