Saturday 1 December 2012
Tired, predictable and recurrent
As a one off today would have been just that, but in the context of the season so far and recent seasons, we are seeing a worrying trend, a sad demise, a great manager reaching the end of the road and a team that is failing on many levels on a repeated basis. Recent performances against Swansea, Villa, Everton, Manu, Schalke, Fulham and Norwich have been concerning, to say the least.
We lack quality and certain attributes in the squad, however the players we have are still not as bad as recent performances would suggest. The most worrying thing in my eyes is that Arsene is not managing the players well. Our formation and tactics are tired and predictable. Teams have worked us out, we lack an attacking cutting edge, we are poorly organised in terms of the team's whole defensive shape and we are tactically naive. The sum of our parts is mediocre, and this is not good enough given the size of the club and our expenditure in terms of wages.
I am not angry, I am just sad at what we have become and how our manager has lost the plot. There is little more to say. The end of the road is not a pleasant place to be, I have massive respect for the manager but it is obvious that he does not have long left at the helm. Finally great credit to Swansea who are an excellent side and thoroughly deserved the win today.