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More than just another defeat…The death of a footballing philosophy – Chelsea destroy Arsenal

November 30, 2009

It was one of the few occasions that i wanted Arsene Wenger to be right…I wanted him to be 100% correct. His army of North London kids led by the va-va-voom of ‘the future greatest midfielder in the world elect’ Cesc Fabragas playing their unmatched brand of total total total football. I wanted them to give Chelsea a real lesson…a kick in the gut of confidence.

Glad i didnt hold my breath.

I have been saying for months that Wenger has it wrong. However, i have no interest of using this forum to prove myself right or wrong..for i only really care about one team’s results. Yesterday we saw all and sundry the massive weaknesses that lie at the heart of Arsenal football club. The destruction at the hands of the murderous, violent footballing cauldron called Chelsea showed just how much of a lack of backbone the Gunners have these days. I really don’t get why people bang on about how great they are at passing the ball, how beautifully they perform like a night at the ballet. As the game petered out in the last few minutes you could see it all over the players faces. They want to win with the Wenger formula badly, but they lack the essential muscle…and when i say muscle i don’t just mean ‘big footballers’..i mean mental muscle..they are always going to be the bridesmaid and NEVER the bride.

If Chelsea had edged out Arsenal in the manner that they did against United a few weeks ago i think everyone can shake hands and scuttle off to fight another day. It hurt us badly to lose to our main rival, but the performance was good and it was a close run thing. These games do not really decide championships when they are played before the Christmas cheer. You dust yourself off and you get back on the horse. The reason why the result was so bad for Arsenal yesterday was that it has shattered the myth that we would all rather watch Arsenal than we would Chelsea…in many ways it was the destruction of a philosophy of football. Chelsea do NOT play bad football. They are not long ball merchants. They are not BAD to watch. They are a professional football team hellbent on winning silverware and for that reason alone they will always have this United fans respect. I don’t look at Didier Drogba and feel repelled (well not always) but i see a striker that makes his team tick…something that Eduardo will never do. He is the puppet-master and he allows his fellow..erm..puppets (??) to play their roles in harmony.

Arsenal do not have this harmony. The one that allows the balance between hard work and skill to get you results. Yes, they will always be able to pass a lot of inferior teams off the pitch, but are Gooners happy to end up 3rd this season? Are they happy to be on some sort of parity with Spurs? I don’t think so. If Arsene Wenger cannot identify this fallacy as the rest of the football planet has then its time for him to be put out to pasture. You can compare the loyalty that the club has had to that of Ferguson and Manchester United…however the main huge difference is that Fergie has kept delivering the silverware. For Wenger, it seems that hes run out of coupons and theres no change left in his purse. It is a myth that he has a youth team that’s going to burst on to the scene and solve all of this. A Jack Wiltshire isn’t suddenly going to make Arsenal catch up with United and Chelsea. Wenger has to take a long look in the mirror, admit his teams weaknesses and then do something about it. If he does not do this then its bye bye Fabragas. Bye bye Arshavin. Bye bye any modicum of success. They must not forget that it was only a blink of an eye that Liverpool last won the championship..well that blink of an eye is now twenty long years ago. Dont let apathy be masked as trust. Managers and player must earn their fans respect season after season.

Chelsea are the sort of team i think it is acceptable to envy. Arsenal on the other hand i only pity.
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9 Comments leave one →
  1. maserati4200 permalink
    November 30, 2009 1:27 pm

    I agree.

    It’s clear that Arsenal have never replaced Viera in the “enforcer” role and, as a result, they are too lightweight in midfield, despite the perceived talent. Every team needs a Rottweiler (sp?) and the Arse don’t have one. They don’t have the talent and guile of a Berkamp or Henry up front either.

    They play pretty football admitedly but that’s not enough.

    The body language of Fabregas was very interesting. I think he’s had enough.

    • November 30, 2009 1:41 pm

      yes..his attitude in the last few minutes was more than suspect…you would almost think he is tryin to fuel the barca rumours…bad loser it seems. He did nothing yesterday.

  2. November 30, 2009 1:42 pm

    I thought Chelsea won the game without even having to play at 2nd gear, it was a sign of how efficient they were. Its also a damning report of how Arsenal can play the pretty ball, and seem to dominate for so long, but to lose to a Chelsea side that didn’t show their best performance to get such a convincing win speaks margins of the gap Arsenal need to close down on before winning a crack at the EPL title.

    • November 30, 2009 1:51 pm

      I think the trick is they make it look easy. Arsenal had plenty of possession but Chelsea’s workrate was formidable. They were not their explosive best but the most important thing was to leave with the points.

      i also should have highlighted how criminal it was that Arsenal did not track Ashley Cole yesterday…a player they produced…a blend of naivety and ignorance

  3. November 30, 2009 3:56 pm

    With Van Persie out for four to five months, Arsenal will have a tough time in the attacking department, as Edwardo and Arshavin may be better players than we saw yesterday, but they lack the physical impact Van Persie provided, and both men are below 1m80, so aerial balls will be like gifts to tall defenders. Chelsea on their behalf are looking solid, and have proved that even without playing splendid football you can do damage to the opposition if your midfield and defence hold on strongly and provide the passes/crosses needed forward, but whether they will be able to continue such form when players like Drogba, Essien & al will leave for the African Cup is another question which only time will tell.

  4. bobbygee permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:52 pm

    You are right. Drogba is the drink that sturs the straw. He is the playmaker. The money man. Van Persie out killed Arsenal’s chances. Long balls into the box gives the “D” time react. Short crisp passes and low balls into the box cause problems. Speed kills. Chelsea dictated the tempo of the match.

  5. December 1, 2009 12:54 pm

    Drogba is in fantastic form and I actually hope this continues as it will mean he’s away for longer in January with the African Cup :-)

  6. Gooner permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:02 pm

    Great article. My thoughts are the same with most poeple arsernal play a beautiful soccer quite frankly we cannot win the premiership playing this way. Teams that are physical and emposing tend to squash such game plan. I really think we can win the CL with the passing style but to say the EPL not a chance.
    Chelsea base there whole team on having ogre’s on there line up. Even man u have one or three to play that. Arsene hopefully wont just buy a striker in january i hope he buys stronger midfielders.
    Regrets they should have bought Melo. Denilson vs Melo who would win!?
    Another point eduardo,traore and walcott, far to small to be playing. Did anyone see when walcott tried to tackle essien! Embarasing

  7. Steve Moss permalink
    December 3, 2009 5:14 am

    Chelsea lost to Blackburn today. Surprising but the Rovers actually played an attacking game, with a 4-3-3 or 4-2-1-2, depending whom one talks to. Maybe they suceeded because they were more physical than Arsenal?

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