I was going to comment on the latest articles by Steve Wellman, Alexis Baguzin and Marble Halls but there is a bit of my replies to all of them in this article.
Firstly Steve`s article is right on the money when he says that true Arsenal fans should support the team on the pitch no matter what crimes the Board and the management may have committed against them. There is no doubt that many of the decisions made at board level are for the good of the commercial advancement of Kroenke, not the improvement of the team. The complete disdain by which Kroenke ignores any opposition by the fans is an insult, but I agree that the means of expressing their dislike should not be directing abuse at fellow Gooners.
I have to say, that I was proud of those Gooners who travelled to the City match and made themselves heard in supporting the team. We were beaten but we were not silenced until the offside goal was allowed by Oliver. To give him the benefit of the doubt, he may have genuinely thought it was onside and there would be an excuse that in the second that it took him to look to his right to see what was going on and then turn his gaze left, he missed the fact that Silva was offside when he received the ball and passed to Jesus, who scored. But what was the linesman at that side of the pitch doing? The TV replays showed that the stripes of the grass were alternatively dark and light green depending on the nap of the grass and it was patently clear that the two CB,s for Arsenal were in the dark strip whereas Silva`s leg was on the light (goal side) side and offside. His entire right leg was over the strip.
At the time we were pressing hard for an equaliser having been outclassed up till half time.
That brings me to Alex`s article and I share the comment of Mike Walsh when he said that having read it, he thought he had been watching a different game. In a way, that is testimony to the uniqueness of our Premiership as stated by Steve Wellman. Our games are so fast and so competitive that any given incident can be described in many different ways by those who watched it.
Now to return to Wenger; Alex gives him credit against City for his Tactics in selecting an attacking team and for the changes he made to try to recover the situation in the second half.
I cannot share that opinion. Alex was pleased to see his selection but he does confirm that Sanchez was on his own up front. In fact he did not pick a single person to lead the attack. Sanchez is said to have had one shot in the game and was generally useless. He was petulant and was forever gesticulating and berating his own team mates and the referee in turn. I could not see how the selection was going to present any kind of threat to City.
To my surprise we started very much on the front foot and we were pressing City high up the pitch but after 15 minutes City had settled down and worked it out. Thereafter we were confined to our own half apart from a few breakaways, and the inevitable goal was scored by De Bruyne who capitalised on a gap between Kos and Xhaka (I think) when he drilled a solid shot into the side of the goal.
They then got a penalty which Wenger complained of when Sterling (dived) according to him and for which he complimented Sterling in being “very good at diving”. The replays showed that there was slight contact, but nevertheless in the circumstances a foul and a penalty. Monreal initially tried to make a shoulder charge and failed. The contact with his shoulder was marginally between elbow and chest.
Alex, who lately has been critical of Wenger but he gives him credit for a tactical change in bringing Lacazette on. He was only on for 5 minutes or so when he scored.
In my view he should have been on from the start and with Ozil performing as he did, there would have been far more danger in our attack. Iwobi should not have played in this game. He is a flair player who has nice control and a bit of pace, but he is not robust enough to challenge the top teams for 90 minutes. For long periods of the game he was out of his depth and City ruled the midfield. He was not the only one. Xhaka tried to carry the ball out of defence and he was dispossessed on the left wing trying to make a short pass which went to a City player. Two passes later it was in our net. That is the third time that he has dithered in a tight position and has given the ball away resulting in a goal. He has to sharpen up his concentration.
Well we now know that we are fighting for 4th place and we have to displace one of Chelsea, United or Spurs to do that. Liverpool will also be breathing down our necks. Had it not been for the spirit and resistance they showed (and in that I agree with Alex ) I would be despondent now. However with the same determination every week and a realistic team selection we still have a chance and so I come back to Steve Wellman and hope that we do all get behind the team. We must all adjust our expectations and realise that for the foreseeable future, if there is no change from the owner and the Board that is where we are
A sophisticated, articulate Arsenal Man of Mystery. Aged 70 and a bit.