Arsenal 2 Man City 2
Sane 5 Walcott 40 Aguero 42 Mustafi 53
Incredibly, Wenger praised his jittery team’s “mental strength”.
Teams with mental strength never talk about it.
Mentally strong champions never concede 91 seconds after making it 1-1.
Juventus are always top of Serie A and they don’t talk about mental strength after every game.
At Juve, professionalism and character are assumed, it’s part of the equipment, like their boots and shorts and shirts with their names on the back.
Wenger talks on TV about mental strength, so that his players will see his message and believe it.
That performance was pitiful.
But another defeat was averted by Monreal’s crafty handball.
The ball squirted up off his boot and was in mid-air between Navas’s boot and Monreal’s head. Navas didn’t want to kick a Spanish mate in the face, and Monreal allowed the ball to hit his arm accidentally on purpose.
If the ref’s not sure, he can’t give it.
Ozil passed to David Silva, then just stood there!
Near the end, when Ozil had a 50-50 in the box with Caballero, when could have scored, or gone round the keeper, he just froze and prayed for the final whistle!
If the Arsenal team were playing for Wenger’s job yesterday, that was 90+ minutes of constructive dismissal
Almost everything about this squad, and their culture, is inept and unprofessional.
Walcott is a little twerp who should be sold – or given away.
And all of that is Wenger’s responsibility.
This board should withdraw their contract offer today and make that public.
That would change the mood ovedrnight.
We all know Arsenal will finish below Spurs and outside the top four.
On Match of the Day, Ian Wright said there’s very little communication between the players.
If his Arsenal team were wobbling a bit, or were in danger of conceding, Lee Dixon would pull Ray Parlour back for five minutes, Nigel Winterburn would pull Overmars back, they would be try to be compact in midfield, so that they could not be split by one pass, like the Kevin De Bruyne ball that gave Sane the chance to go past Bellerin and round Ospina to score the first goal.
If you concede after 6 minutes at home, you probably won’t win.
Especially if you’ve lost four of your last six.
Bottom line: Neither team deserved to win.
What a relief to switch over to the Miami Open final and watch see the Greatest Tennis Player Who Ever Lived.
Roger Federer, now 35, played beautifully against Rafa Nadal and took the first set 6-3.
Then he was 5-4 up and serving for the title but double-faulted on the first point. He’s human. Nervous. Then Roger produced an imperious backhand winner for 15-all.
Then he served out to win it 6-4.
What a champion! The best of all time.