Arsenal 1 – 2 Brighton & Hove Albion
I don’t know what to say. I have the feeling that whatever we do it doesn’t come out right. The team gave its best, we created chances, we defended good but it seems like we need so many chances to score and teams score every chance against us. I am lost for words…Hector Bellerin on the state of Arsenal
Not for one moment do I believe “the team gave its best”, Hector. No, not by a long shot.
Freddie said the players were “scared”, “very short on confidence” and they “didn’t show up in the first half”. A damning indictment of the squad, as well as underlining his inexperience in coaching. He can’t give them confidence but if they are “scared” and don’t “show up”, that’s down to him. He prepares the team.
As I say, it is his inexperience as a coach which leaves those as issues and demands the club appoint someone who has been in this kind of situation before. In the future, there’s no reason why Ljungberg cannot be a good first-team coach. Right now, Arsenal don’t have the luxury of time.
The players cannot cope with the pressure and when the captain is openly berating youngsters for playing a short pass at the wrong time and place, you know there are no leaders in the squad. This squad could not hold a ‘clear the air’ team meeting; nobody can handle the home truths which need telling.
Then again, Freddie took time to criticise the crowd which is a brave thing to do. Crowds shouldn’t be nervous because the poor little lambs on the pitch feel the pressure. He stopped short of saying they can’t cope with it but we know that’s what he meant.
The problems at Arsenal are clear to all. On the pitch, on the touchline, in the offices, in the boardroom and in the absentee owners who turn up like they are some sort of sporting experts but who in reality are chancers running everything on a fag packet and several pints.
We’re told by the habitual leaks to the press that The Muppet Show is taking its’ time to make the right appointment as manager. That’s code for procrastination: they want Freddie to succeed not for the good of Arsenal but to ingratiate themselves with fans by appointing a hero.
They want Freddie to succeed because it takes the decision away from them. ‘He did well, we had to give him a chance; it’s not our fault it didn’t work out, you wanted him’; anyone but them making decisions.
But most of all, they want Freddie to succeed because they are cheapskates. They don’t want experience because that experience will cost money. That experience won’t be cheap to hire in wages or release fees.
Most importantly, they don’t want experience because that experience knows football better than they do and will subject them to scrutiny and highlight their inexperience and incompetence. They don’t want experience because everyone will know they are over-promoted chancers.
We all know the problems on the pitch stem from a badly constructed squad but that badly constructed squad stems from poor leadership. Nobody reined Arsene in until it was too late. Nobody has reined Raul in and now it’s too late.
Not one person sat down in the summer, identified weaknesses and acted on them. Instead, they bought a calamitous centre-half, an unknown striker and panicked. They had to buy a big-name player because the natives were restless.
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Instead, they bought a big-money player with no concept of how he fitted into the team because they had no concept of the team.
The coach’s philosophy was shot to pieces and needed a radical overhaul but nobody pulled him to one side to tell him that. Nobody managed the manager because nobody is managing the manager’s manager. It’s a carte-blanche to do what he wants and to fill his boots whilst he’s at it.
Now, we’re paying the price for mismanagement from the sidelines up. A board which has no power serves no purpose. Owners who used us as security and cannot sell because it means paying off loans elsewhere early and profits disappearing in redemption fees.
Arsenal Football Club is broken, from top to bottom and the responsibility for that lays squarely with Enos Stanley Kroenke and Josh Kroenke. Sporting moguls, we’re told. Sporting moggies seems more fitting.
Everyone knew that replacing Arsène would be a tough job but The Muppet Show has handled it so badly that they make the Manchester United board competent and forward-thinking.
It is time for them to stop sitting on their hands. Arsenal Football Club needs someone to stand up and take control with purpose driving them not the contents of their pockets.
Arsenal Football Club is broken. Who will fix it?