Below is the post made by GunnGunn on the Goonersworld Forum, it can be discussed here:

http://www.goonersworld.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16237

So, the title is gone for another season, and after two defeats that are hard to swallow, its yet another case of what might have been. What if RvP had stayed fit? What if we hadn’t had so many injuries? What if we had goalkeepers capable of keeping?

Its the same old story and the same excuses…But are those excuses emanating from AW or Arsenal sources? I am not so sure…

Listening to AW of late, it seems that he himself is fed up of some of the mediocrity that seems to weasel its way into the squad when we are on the cusp of something big, never before have i seen him as criticle of the team so publicly, not so much individually because what kind of scumbag Manager would publicly dish dirt on their own player (Oh wait, old ‘Arry would, lets just be thankful we have class at the helm), but criticism from him on the team as a whole, pointing to individual areas such as defence and in goal, is at a level far greater than it has been at any other point in his managerial career with Arsenal, at least in my opinion.

Is AW really getting fed up of all the promise, all the hype? It seems to me that he is…

Now, AW is not totally blameless, he could have signed the players we so desperately needed in the summer, i mean how far would a good striker have gone when Bendtner and RvP were crocked? Was saving £7-£10 Million on Chamakh to get him on a free worth not winning a title? Or buying an understudy to Song?

Was not adapting our formation and gameplan for certain teams, somehow deemed beneath him?

In my opinion, not doing the above has made us predictable, beatable by quality teams and above all has bred complacency.

Do we not have a decent defensive coach? Would it be so wrong and so against AW’s policy for us to become a solid defensive unit to couple the attacking prowess?

When we have the ball, its all well and good, the team has shape, a platform to display our talent, but when we don’t have the ball, and especially when the team is on the backfoot, we look so vulnerable, even against the worst of teams, we let them walk through our midfield, back off them when the get to the defence and then by some miracle, 80% of the time we actually manage to get the ball back and unless we are hammering the team, we often don’t know how the result will go…

Take yesterday for example, i mean, we were playing poorly, utterly atrocious, yet we scored with a great move and ended the half 1-0 up, for all our poorness, Wigan were worse. Cue the 2nd half, a corner and a fantastic header from the most unlikely of players, Silvestre, a player the butt of many jokes and a scapegoat for Arsenal’s defensive woe’s when he has played.

Game-on, we looked good, right up until the 60th minute, i was watching the game at a friends and said, “RvP needs to come on now, to help us kill off the game”, he didn’t and instead i watched as Wigan, fueled by the fact that they knew our goalkeeper was our biggest weakness, woke up! From then on in it was all them, bang one goal, a goal that most keepers in my opinion would have saved or at least got a hand to, bang the second one goes in, and as goalkeeping howlers go, it was a great one…for Wigan…a failed catch, palmed with the conviction of a toddler right onto the head of one of the worst defenders the Prem has seen, who then proceded to head through Fabianki’s raised arms…

RvP was on like a shot but by then it was too late, the team was crushed, only RvP, chased down lost causes, tried to get some fire into our bellies…

To add insult to injury, i then watched on as a player who had been largely anonymous then ran from his own half, straight through our midfield, right up to the edge of our box and unleashed a great shot right into the back of the net…

The goal, albeit hard to take, was NOTHING when i watched the replay, and saw that at no point in his run, was there even a red shirt within 5 yards of him.

I wasn’t surprised however, because its not the first time we have had the game by the balls and taken our foot off the gas.

This leads me onto the final point of this rather long winded ramble.

AW has always had his own philosophy, to build a team capable of winning with minimal financial input, whilst playing some of the finest football the World has ever seen, he has done all this but in recent years, the trophies have dried up, now all manner of excuses have been used, and summers have come and gone, wherein which we were screaming for even a modicum of signings, even though we have seen some great players arrive, Vermaelen, Nasri and Arshavin, we have seen some great ones leave, Adebayor, Toure, Henry, Hleb, Cole, Flamini, Gilberto and a host of others…

From reading various reports lately from the horses mouth, reports suggesting we could match the financial clout of Chelsea, suggesting also that we have never been in a stronger financial position…

It leads me to believe, that for the first time in years, AW is going to do some major investing in the squad this summer, whilst also clearing out some dead wood floating about the place. Now as the forum’s harbinger of doom at some points, and especially negative towards transfer dealings, these feeling shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are simply too many reports, interviews with AW and things said for this not to hold some weight.

Take into consideration that it will the final year of AW’s contract next season, and the fact that he is not letting past trophy form influence his decision to sign an extension, he either wants to go out on a massive high and leave a squad capable of continuing his legacy to the new manager, or he wants to see how things pan out when he actually does, massively improve the squad, before deciding what to do.

All i know is, with the free signing of Chamakh, probably due to be announced imminently, i have never felt more confident that he will surprise all of us, and finally, get the players we need to compete for an entire season.

GunnGunn over and out.

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