Ouch. That one hurt.
This morning I woke up and heard the birds chirping and the sun was shining. I was excited and happy to watch my favorite team play on a beautiful Sunday morning. However, that wonderful Sunday morning was ruined 90 minutes later.
First of all, let’s talk lineups. Personally, I do not think that the lineups were the main problem. Seeing a team placed 13 in the Premier League doesn’t make you want to put your strongest team in, so seeing Holding, Chambers, and Welbeck on did not surprise me. I saw this team and thought to myself, “we should be able to defeat a team like this with these players”. I truly thought that the lineups were not the problem and we could and SHOULD beat this team.
Since the lineups were not the problem, then what was? I think we lacked team morale. This is where I point my finger at Arséne Wenger. The man has done a good job with his career, lifting the Premier League trophy and multiple FA Cups, but I think he has lost his, well let’s just call it “touch”. Our team did not look motivated at all out there. Only during Ainsley Maitland-Niles crossbar shot and Bellerín’s goal, I did not see a good Arsenal team out there. The players seemed like they just did not want to be out there. They appeared to lack motivation and influence, which I believe is Wenger’s responsibility. Bournemouth has never beaten Arsenal before, so this loss not only ruined my weekend but also put a stain on the Arsenal pride.
Overall, I think we could have done better, we really should have. The players had no team morale and we just played like a bunch of school kids. We need to do better in the next game. That game is a MUST for us.
ESPN Highlight video of game: http://www.espn.com/soccer/match?gameId=480676
Scale of Wenger in to Wenger out:
Next match: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace 10:00 AM ET.
Come on Arsenal!!!! #COYG