Mikel Arteta has earned plaudits this season for his commendable defending of the defence from attacks. It appears though he’s taking the role so seriously that, like an actor staying in character between takes, he’s finding it hard to return to normality after the final whistle.
It has to be the only explanation for the fact that the Spaniard told press after the Chelsea game that the defence weren’t to blame for the two goals scored by Saturday’s visitors despite Gooners around the globe, Arsene Wenger and much of the media all pointing massive glowing red arrows in the direction of Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny.
Anyway, despite his words amounting to little more than polite waffle, here’s what the lego-haired one told Arsenal.com about the boys at the back.
“It’s a hard one to take but we’ve conceded from three set pieces in the last two games. That’s cost us points and it’s not good enough.
“I don’t think it’s something to do with the defence. It’s about an individual defensive set-up in the game which is a free kick or a corner. Today we haven’t defended well enough and we’ve conceded two goals that have cost us the game.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility. You can’t fault one player on that. We have to clean the lines up quickly and you can’t just allow runners like that in the box.”
Arseblog News has gotten used to post-match doubletalk from players and managers, but that really is a beautifully bamboozling bit of logic from Mikel.
We’re all for not airing dirty laundry in public, indeed given the manner in which our players shit themselves when the ball came in the box on Saturday that’s probably for the best, however, sometimes you just can’t hide from the smell.
Unfortunately for us Gooners the defence stunk the Emirates out on Saturday. End of.