FanCast columnist Davis
Lowe reflects on a
disappointing afternoon for Arsenal and wonders where it all went wrong.
I bet Arsenal fans cannot believe the week they are
having and must surely be in the state of shell shock at this juncture. A disastrous
week which started with a capitulation of the North London derby and today's
2-1 defeat at the hands of lowly Stoke City has seen Arsene Wenger's men fall
some six points behind the leaders at the time of print.
It is all a far cry from the buoyancy that seem to
be oozing from Arsene Wenger after their 2-0 victory at Upton Park last week, and
with Spurs and Stoke on the horizon, you could understand the Frenchman's
optimism. One point out of a possible six and an appalling display against
Stoke will undoubtedly have Arsenal fans up in arms with their manager after he
took a calculated risk with his formation that didn't pay off.
Wenger was only too aware of the threat that the
Delap throw has had on opposing teams this season and set his side up to combat
this threat. Diaby, Bendtner and Song were all brought in to try and add some
much needed height, while arguably the two best players against Spurs Walcott
and van Persie were left on the bench. It was a massive gamble by Wenger that
backfired considerably as both Stoke goals came from a Delap throw and it
honestly begs the question as why Arsene was so intent on quashing the threat
posed by Stoke, instead of playing their normal game on the deck – surely the
best form of defence is attack and were Arsenal merely inviting the pressure
from Stoke with their line-up?
There is no question Arsenal fans are going to be
livid tonight and please use this thread to express your views as to where it
all went wrong.