I just want to applaud the Arsenal board for failing to offer Jose Mourinho the coach’s job at a club as defensively sound as the Gunners.
Although 3-0 down at half-time to Man City at the Emirates sounds pretty dire, it’s only down to abject defending.
However, interim coach Freddie Ljungberg is surely partially responsible. There have been injury problems, but selecting Sokratis in front of David Luiz makes no sense to me, especially if Arsenal plan to play the ball out of defence.
Quite how Lacazette is out of the starting line-up is hard to fathom. Then again, a fans’ favourite in charge can get away with trying to ‘out-Man City’ Man City. Well, the scoreline suggests otherwise.
To give Freddie his due, Martinelli almost opened the scoring. The phrase ‘fine margins’ came to mind. The next phrase that came to mind was ‘cricket score’.
Anyway, Arsenal fans should pray that the board don’t bring in a decent coach like Ancelotti to sort out the defence. After all, Spurs have lost one game since Mourinho arrived and Freddie is only about to lose his second. It doesn’t matter that Mourinho like Ancelotti is a proven winner. They should be looked over, as they’re not homegrown.
I hope the board are happy with the football they’re seeing. It’s attacking. It’s gung ho. It’s high risk and it’s not paying off. Still, it’s better than ‘old school’ defensive football, right?