Former jockey and Arsenal fan, AP McCoy might like to see Arsenal out of the Champions League after their latest humiliation against a side they should have been beating comfortably.

The 41-year-old thinks that elimination may be just what the club needs to realise that they have to make changes if they wish to progress in the long-term and while it’s easy to see where he is coming from, I simply cannot get behind the sort of logic that dictates Arsenal should lose games to learn lessons.

ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Ex Arsenal footballer Charlie George presents Tony McCoy and his son Archie pose with his trophy for being champion jockey at Sandown racecourse on April 26, 2014 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
ESHER, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Ex Arsenal footballer Charlie George presents Tony McCoy and his son Archie pose with his trophy for being champion jockey at Sandown racecourse on April 26, 2014 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

“It was a poor all-round performance to get beat by Olympiacos,” McCoy said.

“We can keep making excuses but in the end results are not stacking up so they are not playing well enough and they need to be better and they need to make changes.

“Bayern Munich were 4-0 up after no time against Dynamo Kiev [urm, wasn’t Dinamo Zagreb?] so it’s going to be very hard for them to qualify from the group.

“In some ways I am kind of hoping that they don’t so they realise that they need to make changes and that they do need to be better.”

I never understand fans who want to see Arsenal lose so they can get their point across – if we’re wishing for things that we have no control over, wouldn’t it be better to wish that the team we all love and support pulled themselves together and started playing to the level we know they are capable off?

Maybe that’s just me and some crazy, radical thinking.

Who knows.

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