Here’s the Guff from the media, blogs and beyond about last night’s 2-2 draw with Swansea.
I don’t buy the line that the title was lost tonight. The Premier League was surrendered on Saturday, and tamely so. What tonight has done has thrown into some doubt even the prospect of a top four berth and a Champions League qualifier in August. Manchester City at home and Everton away in the next two fixtures represent a challenge that must be met head on. – Goonerholic.
The main thing that has sustained Arsenal throughout the assorted pitfalls of their season has been the ability to beat the teams that they ought to be beating, namely those in the bottom half of the table. Not here and, as the dust settled, Wenger was more concerned with the threat to his club’s top-four ambitions from Everton. – Guardian.
It was apparent in the way they played that they were low on both confidence and belief, and although intangible qualities, they’re crucial for any team. Arsenal are really struggling right now; the footballing equivalent of a Walkman running out of batteries (look it up kids!), the sound slowing and distorting until it just stops and chews up your favourite compilation tape (it’s like a playlist!). – Some bloke, ESPN.
Finally, re the boos that rang out and the general sense of disappointment. To me this all comes down to the gulf between how the club behaves on ticket prices and how it behaves in the transfer market. People rightly wonder how we can be asked to pay top, top whack and yet try to get through the season with just one genuine option up front. – Goodplaya.
This lack of squad depth meant that Wenger was powerless to jolt his team on Tuesday night with a significant overhaul in response to the Chelsea mauling. One change was forced upon him, with Laurent Koscielny now sidelined indefinitely from the centre of Arsenal’s defence. Thomas Vermaelen might be a replacement of international stature but the absence of wider options was underlined by the inclusion on the bench of Héctor Bellerín, a 19-year-old former product of the Barcelona academy. – Telegraph.
The subsequent anger of the visiting players ended a night of slow frustration and occasional drama, in which Arsenal played dismally for the first 73 minutes, trailing 1-0 to Swansea, who played a nearly perfect game for more than hour. The weekend defeat at Stamford Bridge seemed to have sapped the Arsenal players and fans. – Independent.
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