The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Wenger Should Stop Making Excuses for the Gunners

opinion

Do these phrases sound familiar? "We were playing with the handbrake on in first half but showed tremendous quality and fighting spirit." "We could have lost the game or won the game by three or four goals difference.

That shows that we created many chances going forward, but we were nervous defensively. The squad is top, top level for me and I think we have to learn to trust these players and keep faith in them because they want to do well and they want to win games."

I could go on all day. If you still don't know what I'm talking about read the quotes again with a French accent! Yes, it's an Arsene Wenger press conference after just about any game.

He says exactly the same thing and what is most annoying is that he makes excuses for the squad instead of telling them to rise up and take responsibility.

It's frustrating! Once in a while I would like Wenger to be honest and say the team played like "%^&*! In the match against Liverpool the Gunners did show periods of magnificent football; infact the counter attacks towards the end reminded me of - dare I say it - the invincible period at Highbury.

But for chunks of the game we were rubbish. The defensive errors that led to Liverpool's first goal was traumatising. And moments after we conceded we looked like a confused bunch of amateurs.

Even though we had greater moments in the game than we had poor moments, if you're playing a team like Liverpool you only need one poor moment to concede a goal.

And Wenger should highlight that fact in his post match briefings. At some point he needs to tell the Arsenal squad that a game lasts for 94 odd minutes and that they must play well for 95 odd minutes and not in spells of 15 minutes with a five minute break; while the other team continues to play! Five minutes of a poor display can be disastrous, just ask Rafa Benitez.

I went to sleep after the Arsenal game and posted 84-minute scores on twitter before I slept knowing little would change. How would Chelsea possibly draw in a game against a team like Reading when they were winning 2-0 at 84 minutes? Not possible; at least I thought it wasn't possible.

It's because the Blues forgot that a game is 95 odd minutes and thought they had it in the bag until Reading boss Brian McDermott unleashed his magic wand - Adam Le Fondre. If you've been watching Reading games, Le Fondre is a super super sub who scores when he wants; and on Wednesday, he wanted to score two late on.

And he did. Benitez described the draw as "perplexing!" Lol But I should go after Benitez when things aren't rosy at Emirates. Can we stop blowing hot and cold and find our footing before it's too late to win the Top Four trophy. Kieren Gibbs is now out for three weeks after his thigh strain so Santos must step up and perform. Will he?

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