We have to pick ourselves up and hit back at the critics

In Arsenal FC, Carling Cup, Premier League on December 4, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

Its been a very tough week for Arsenal Football Club, there is no other way of describing the loss against Chelsea than ‘comprehensively outplayed’. They were the better team and you are kidding yourself if you think we could have won that game.

They are strong words that I am using but this week has been painful, losing again away at Middle Eastlands in midweek topped off the shit cake really but then again, who really thought the team we put out could pull off that result? We had not won away in the Carling Cup since THAT game at White Hart Lane.

Wenger was right in what he said at today pre-match press conference, ‘champions continue when normal people stop’. Its the mentality we have to take into the next run of games, beat Stoke and Liverpool in the next week or so and then start looking forward to January and hope Wenger adds to the squad because we really do need some new blood in there.

It does seem like the world is against us at the moment, the press outcry over Wenger’s refusal to shake Mark Hughes hand, injuries, refereeing decisions, unwelcome sections of the support getting rowdy again and all that but the next few weeks could well decide our season. Now is not the time to sit on our arses and moan about how we have thrown away the chance of a cup, its time for the supporters to stand up and get behind the team, thats on blogs, forums and in the stands. The players are hardly going to be on top of the world at the moment and if they feel the supporters are not behind them then its not going to help them play any better is it.

In a way this part of the season could be the acid test to see if we have indeed improved, last time we were in this situation we went on a series of draws that finally eased in early February, we need to get going again with a win this weekend.

It is looking hopeful that we could have Bendtner back fairly soon and I think it is pretty safe to say we have missed him and the options he gives, he has been unlucky in getting injured around this time because I would have fancied him to start in the middle over Eduardo and Vela. He does score goals.

I suppose our recent woes get put into perspective when we have the fantastic news about John Hartson’s battle with brain and lung cancer, it sounds as if he is battling the disease with all his might and it is working. Good luck, John.

I will be back shortly with a look forward to tomorrows game. Your thoughts are welcome.

Till tomorrow.


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