Saturday, 20 March 2010
Arsenal 2 West Ham 0 - Embarrassing.
It wasn't shameful, it was horrific, it wasn't distastrous, it was just embarrassing. Arsenal reduced to 10 men for the whole of the second half controlled the game. Apart from Cole's shot against the post, we didn't look like scoring. There is no creativity in our central midfield whatsoever and, of course, Zola The Twat insists on playing Diamanti and Stanislas on the wrong flanks, so minimising their effectiveness. Mind you, Diamanti was truly dire today. His passing was poor and he gave up on the ball after his piss poor pass conceded possession when Arsenal won their penalty. And yes it was a legitimate penalty, unlike ours.
Where do we go from here? Well I will say it again. Zola HAS to be relieved of his duties. The guy is clueless and cannot motivate his players. I predicted that he would not make a change at half time and, true to form, he left things exactly as they were. Mido played most of the game on the half way line but he was the second of the strikers to be withdrawn. Campbell must have been thanking God to find himself up against Franco. "What, is there really a player who is slower than me in the Premiership?" What would Campbell have dreaded? A player with pace. So where was Ilan? On the substitute's bench of course! Why play to the opponent's weaknesses especially when you have a man advantage? Absurd!
Did you see any fire in the bellies after the half time team talk? Did you have a sense that the players believed the game was there to be won? Or even saved for that matter? Was there a noticeable increase in tempo? Were Stanislas and Diamanti switched? Was Kovac withdrawn in search of more creativity in midfield until it was too late? No, no and no again. We went out and passed the ball sideways and backwards slowly, as per usual - when we actually managed to get the ball that is! Did Arsenal at ANY point look under pressure? Did we at ANY point look as if we had a man advantage? No and no again. How many times did Cole receive the ball with 3 Arsenal defenders around him and not a single West Ham player available to pass to? Far too often!
At half time I predicted the final score. Smug? No, I'm bloody pig sick actually. But did anybody really think we would either score or keep Arsenal out in the second half, even when they were playing with 10 men? There was no drive in midfield, no creativity, no urgency, no skill. We looked as flat as a pint of beer left standing on a bar for three weeks. Embarrassing & clueless are the only words to describe it.
Player ratings: Green 7; Spector 5, Tomkins 6, Upson 3 (That's twice he has conceded a penalty when we have been playing against 10 men!) Daprela 6; Diamanti 3, Kovac 4, Behrami 6 (offered NOTHING going forward) Stanislas 5; Mido 3, Franco 5 Subs Cole 6, McCarthy 4, Noble 4
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:27