If there was ever a ‘bad’ way to win, this was it, as Arsenal limped towards the FA Cup Final like a neutered cat.
The semi-final was dire to watch. Wigan looked every inch the toothless Championship side, against a bunch of frightened chickens, shot to pieces by Wenger’s non-existent motivation and outmoded tactics.
The same people that decree Arsenal “don’t have the money to compete” seemed to find it perfectly acceptable that Arsenal might struggle, despite fielding a team that cost £92.2m compared to Wigan’s £12.6m.
Injuries, injuries, injuries. What would Wigan give to start a game with any player fielded by Arsenal on Saturday?
Moreover, watching the Arsenal players celebrate winning the penalty shootout as if they’d won the competition itself was pretty demeaning. Although I understand the sense of relief, the wild celebrations were embarrassing considering their level of performance and lowly opposition.
This is the result of the environment that Wenger has created within the club, where standards are lowered to match his excuses, and players think beating a championship side is a great achievement.
People say it’s ALL about the result. In a final perhaps, but generally speaking, it’s not. Performances are an indicator of the future, and win or no win, nothing in Arsenal’s performance on Saturday was anything to be proud of. That’s not to say Arsenal did not deserve to win any more than Wigan did, but it was just another placard displayed in front of the nation’s millions of yet another horribly sub-standard performance reaffirming yet another end-of-season capitulation.
If winning the FA Cup means getting rid of Wenger on a phony high, I hope Arsenal win the FA Cup. And if he intends to leave should Arsenal cock-up the final against Hull, then I hope Arsenal lose.
Meanwhile, two teams continue to make a mockery of the no 1 excuse Wenger bitterly offers up when his back’s against the wall. Liverpool and Atletico Madrid are both now within touching distance of winning their respective leagues on a budget lower than Arsenal’s and way below the likes of their cash rich competitors: Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
I hope they both do enough to win their respective titles, and even if they don’t it’s another huge vindication of what I’ve written for years – money gets you into a position to compete, no more than that.
Wenger knows this of course, but even up to his press conference on Friday the oily coward was still banging on about injuries and FFP. I long for the day this duplicitous liar leaves and I get my Arsenal back – please god it’s soon and the suffering can end.
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