Unai Emery has, unbelievably, said he was ‘proud’ of his Arsenal players despite them losing a third game in a row like complete and utter morons.
Due to the fact this game was moved at late notice, I was spared the second half because I had to go to a family function specially organised for today as we weren’t supposed to have a match.
Following what I could on Twitter, it was clear that our poor performance in the first half did not improve in the second.
While going down to 10 men can be an excuse for losing a match, it is not enough of a reason for a side to capitulate, yet, once again, that is what we’ve witnessed from this Arsenal side.
What Emery has to be proud off is beyond me.
“The players worked very well and I’m proud of them,” he told reporters after the game. “With one player less, we continued our gameplan, trying to be together, defensively strong, and in the attacking moments to take our moments. The first goal has conditioned the result. When we were better on the pitch with one player less, they had a counter-attack and scored the second one and finished the match.”
While I understand the need to protect players and not be too critical of them in public, this is an approach Arsenal have been using, without success, for the past 10 years or more.
Perhaps, just perhaps, it’s time they were made to face up to themselves?