Last nights defeat at the stadium of light effectively ended another season’s quest for a trophy and the truth of the matter is that it wasn't that much of a surprise. The Arsenal of today is a team that wins a few draws a few and loses a few. A team that are inclined to hamper any consistency with bouts of incompetence. A team that lacks desire. There is something wrong at Arsenal football club and I for one don't know what that something is. Without any insider information you can only judge things on results and performances and neither of these things have constant for a worryingly long time.
Is it about quality or capability or is it about something less tangible?
We faced a similar set of circumstances in 2004. Thwarted in the Champions league by Chelsea bested in the FA cup by Man Utd we then welcomed Liverpool who promptly went ahead in the game. The arsenal vintage 04 won the day and fulfilled it's destiny.
We face part three of that set of circumstances when we host Tottenham. A win is a significant moment in our quest for a European spot but one can't help feeling that the current vintage may be found wanting.
Perhaps former nemesis Roy Keane summed things up on ITVs coverage of last nights game when he said;
"You're on about trying to do well for your manager and once again they're letting him down,This is probably the worst Arsenal team I've seen in all my time of watching football."
"They've been sloppy, which led to the goal, there has been no focus to their passing. It's been slow it's been sideways, it's been backwards.”
Hard to disagree; we have seen the Invincibles become the Imponderables and although ‘crisis’ is a word bandied about far too often our beloved club needs to take stock and action.