Arsenal travelled to QPR on the back of a seven game winning streak. The fans who had spent a large part of the season spitting bile, hatred and spewing predictions that we would lucky to finish top ten were nowhere to be seen. For a short time Arsenal land was a happy place. One defeat and my how that all changes. Suddenly Ramsey is the worst player to wear an Arsenal shirt, Vermaelen, hero only a few short weeks ago, was the worst centreback to play for Arsenal since Cygan, and Song was a disgrace.
I’ll tell you what is a disgrace – you if you were spewing any of the crap I had to read. So we weren’t good. So we lost. That happens in football. If you want to support a team who wins every week by being on top of their game go and support, well, actually, no-one, because there is not one single team on the planet capable of that.
Yes, I’m disappointed, yes we could have done better, but we didn’t, and all the swearing and blaming in the world is not going to change that fact.
Should Ramsey have started where he did? I don’t know, but I do know that he did. No calling Wenger whatever name you’ve deemed is your insult of choice this week will change that fact, and, for the record, if you feel you know better why not try your hand at becoming a Premier League manager, or a manager of any club at any level that involves actual footballers rather than ones you play around with on your TV screen?
Shit happens in football and as Arsenal fans we’ve had to endure what many would say was more than our fair share but a run that looks WWWWWWWL isn’t worth killing each other over.
I’d wanted to talk about the game but, as always, I get hooked in by the crazies. Yes criticise, I’m not saying not to despite what I’ll be accused of but know the difference between having a shit game and being shit. This is a young team just finding its feet. Stumbles are to be expected and when you throw in Mark Hughes who can inspire a team against Arsenal in a way he could only dream of doing against anyone else then it’s always going to be a tough afternoon.
Yes I do feel we were too complacent, the proverbial (and infuriating) handbrake was on from the start and we were unable to release it with the team perhaps believing some of the hype that comes with a seven match winning run and a rapid climb up the table overhauling leads on teams above us, but they are learning, they are stronger than we’ve seen in previous seasons and talk of this being the start of Arsenal’s annual end of season collapse is both foolish and premature after one bad result.
WWWLLLDWWWWWWWL is our record for the last 15 games. That run, extended to 38 games would get us almost 84 points. We’ve had blips this season and we have recovered. There is no reason to believe we won’t recover this time as well.
There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. The players need to regroup, read their own comments about belief, spirit and not giving up and get their asses together and work out how they are going to demonstrate that this team *is* stronger mentally and physically than some give it credit for. They need to look at who is coming to the Emirates next and realise that there are many points which could be made next Sunday against Man City and they must do whatever they need to do in training to give them the best possible chance. Should we lose next week to City and then follow that up with a defeat away to Wolves, then we can talk about capitulations.
Until then see the result against QPR for what it actually is – a bad day of the office but not the end of the world.
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