With Arsene Wenger serving a touchline ban, Arsenal were eliminated from the FA Cup at The City Ground. An ‘outstanding' Forest display, as described by Wenger, saw them run out 4-2 winners. Wenger only started a couple of young players, and it would be unfair to blame them for the inept display.
However, the likes of Welbeck and Walcott need to take a long hard look at themselves. Experienced internationals and on massive wages, their perfomances were not up to scratch. Wenger had never before lost in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Worst of all, Arsenal surrendered the trophy they won last year with a whimper.
Arsenal All At Sea
The Gunners were terrible vs Forest and Wenger pulled no punches in his post match interview. It was put to him that his suspension may have been the cause of the lacklustre display. He was having none of it, replying:
“No, I wouldn’t say that. I just think that we were not good enough anywhere, not at the front and not in the middle or at the back. We paid for it and they looked sharper, had more chances and that’s all I can say.”
He continued: “Nottingham Forest had an outstanding performance today. Forest were faultless individually.” Arsenal's apathetic attitude is worrying for supporters. Worst of all, what is possibly their best chance of a trophy is gone.
The Long Goodbye
When Arsenal lifted the FA Cup last season, it seemed the perfect moment for Arsene Wenger to call it a day, on his terms. Wenger had other ideas, and he decided to stay at the helm for another season at least.
In his long spell in charge Wenger has consistently delivered Champions League football at Arsenal. However, it is looking as though they could miss out for the 2nd year in succession.
The sands of time are running out on the Wenger era at Arsenal. Unfortunately, it looks as though it will be an anti-climactic end to the career of a man that will go down as a Premier League legend.