Another Miserable Performance In A Big Game

by David on April 6, 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is “100 per cent determined” to maintain their fight to remain in the top four but knows his side have to start playing better first.

The Gunners were taken apart at Goodison Park where Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku put Everton 2-0 up at half-time before former Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta scored an own goal after the break.

It put the Merseysiders within one point of their fourth-placed opponents with a match in hand at home to Crystal Palace, placing Arsenal’s chances of a 17th successive season in Europe’s elite club competition in serious jeopardy.

“I am absolutely 100% determined to fight to make the top four but it will be difficult,” said Wenger.

“We have still a programme that is feasible but we have to first focus on the quality of our performances before we dream of places.

“Let’s get back to playing better than that. Our performance was not convincing, not defensively, not offensively.

“We had a lot of the ball and were not really dangerous. At the moment we lack a bit of confidence to be dangerous and lack penetration as well.

“You feel from outside that the penetration and incisiveness of our games is missing.

“Everton were better and deserved to win. It was a very disappointing result and a very disappointing performance.

“We have to regroup and get back to basics.

“The fight is very open and is depending not only on us. Everton are in a strong position but we have confronted that before and it is how we respond.”

Wenger was asked whether fear was gripping his side as their previously unchallenged place in the top four came under threat.

“I don’t know. It is very difficult to identify that it is fear,” he added.

“Our big team defeats away from home have taken something of our charisma from the team. Is that belief? Is it fear? Is it confidence?

“I wouldn’t question the spirit of this team. They are focused and want to do well but they have lost something on the confidence front.”

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Umoh. Ekwo April 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Why Arsenal fail in big games is due to Wenger’s lack of technical flexibility. We have played the same way in the last 18 years. Every team knows how we play so it is easy for a good manager to plot how to beat us.

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chris April 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Arsene …. why can’t you understand ? It has happened a few times in recent years. Your players have despaired of making a success of your game plan, your lack of tactics, your choice NOT to prepare for our next opposition. Your dream is impossible and senior players have again shown signs of recognising the fact. They are going thru the motions.

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dan April 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

The last ten years have been a monument to insanity, the end.

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fergus April 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

The sad decline of Arsenal continues, not only way off the pace in the premiership, but not even within sniffing difference of the European greats. A statement of intent could have been made in the christmas period with a huge offer for Suarez, Players of that calibre will no longer consider Arsenal

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Emmanuel Majebi April 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Wenger it’s time for you to go upstairs as a Director…you have lost touch with modern football strategies! You sign players that are not good enough .and you don’t instill the right mentality into the payer…Arsenal is a grat club we deserve more than this….

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