Here’s the reaction from the blogs and beyond to yesterday’s humiliating 6-0 defeat to Chelsea, which ended our vague hopes of winning the title this season.
The timing of this performance could not have been any worse. With a pretty decent season behind us, Wenger will have been desperate to lay some kind of marker down. To say: Stick with me, this team is going places, we can compete at the top table. Instead, all the old questions about him and his team came flooding back. They gave up the title fight without so much as a by-your-leave. – East Lower.
There’s been much to admire about this season, but when you break it down the problems — defeat at Stoke, frailty against the big boys, a failure to invest in the crucial midseason period — remain worryingly familiar.Given this teams propensity to self-destruct, the FA Cup semi-final currently engenders feelings of anxiety rather than comfort. – Gunnerblog.
Had one of the results at the homes of the top three occurred in isolation, it is an abhorrence. Three times in a season tells us something is fundamentally wrong. Progress might be considered to have been made by actually being in the hunt for the title and not knowing it has gone by October. But is it progress at all? – A Cultured Left Foot.
Before they were down to ten men, they were losing by two goals and facing a penalty kick. The loss of a man was only mitigation for the margin of defeat, but not the performance, which smacked of an overpampered spiritless bunch that simply did not care. They should be ashamed of themselves and have a whip round to refund the price of the tickets for every away fan that was unfortunate enough to have witnessed that shocker. – Online Gooner.
Arsène Wenger’s 1,000th game will always be remembered for The Mysterious Case of the Wrong Red Card, but Arsenal should probably be grateful the sideshow was so intrusively farcical, and the refereeing so birdbrained, it might spare them even greater scrutiny. Ignore, for one moment, Andre Marriner’s contribution to a wild and eccentric afternoon. The real story was of Arsenal capitulating, once again, in one of the fixtures that identify champions. – Guardian.
Opinions on Arsenal have lurched this way and that all season. If they win the FA Cup the reviews may turn again. Undeniably, though, the nature and scale of this defeat will deepen the suspicion that Wenger’s teams can go so far towards success but then no further. Year after year we see promise and potential unravel. – Telegraph.
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