By Walter Broeckx
I think we can say that over the last months a few myths have been busted. Of course myths that didn’t really were believed at Untold Arsenal. But the repeating of the myths by pundits and the moaning part of our fan base turned these myths in to FACTS! (correct way of writing of course).
Arsenal can’t defend.
As we have shown during the last weeks Arsenal have by far the best defensive record of the teams in the PL. Not just this season but certainly if we look at the calendar year. THAT is a FACT! But still we get it stuffed through our throats each and every time. Yesterday we played a team that had scored in every match (friendlies not included) since May 9th. But at that time they had already won the Bundesliga a few weeks and weren’t really bothered anymore it seemed. But when it matters, Bayern scores. They always do. Well not this time. Arsenal who can’t defend (remember FACT!) stopped them from scoring. That is not just peanuts. That is major.
Lewandowski would rip Mertesacker apart. He was on fire scored a gazillion goals for club and country in just a handful of matches and it wasn’t a matter if he would score just how many he would score. Well he scored zilch. Nothing.
And I know that the pundits would be out to murder Wenger (in a way of speaking) if Bayern would have scored and it would be down to Mertesacker. Even if Cech would have kicked the ball in his own goal, it still would be the fault of Mertesacker. As you can see in the match preview I picked the same team as Wenger did. Not that I feel very proud about that in particular but I have always believed and shown faith in Per. Not only as a player and a great defender but also as a great human being. Just for that last thing he deserves a lot more respect than he gets from the pundits and unfortunately also from some of our own fans.
Wenger doesn’t do tactics
One of the most stubborn myths one could say. If we only look at the last 3 matches we have seen each time that we have played in a different way even with the same players. But read my fingers (or lips) that will not stop the moaners to come up with this line the next time we dare to not win a match of football.
The thing is that sometimes your tactics don’t work. You can set up the team perfectly and have each player told what to do and then one player makes a mistake or the ref makes an error and your whole tactics are flushed down the toilet. Of course one could say that if you lose the tactics were wrong but even then this shows that there was a tactic. And people say that Wenger doesn’t do them.
One could and should say that yesterday was a perfect example of a tactical display by the whole team. And the individual errors that were made weren’t punished this time. But it is stupid to think that the players just were running around the field without any instructions whatsoever.
Arsenal can’t win big matches
Well that is true. We cannot win big matches when the forces that be, decided we are not allowed to win them. The blueprint was set in match 50. Manchester United and their manager found the thought that we would play match 50 and go further unbeaten on their own ground so bad that they wanted it to stop at that day. So with the help of a ref who made the most bizarre decisions on that day they stopped us and since then refs have copied it.
Up to today this has been repeated. We only have to look one month back when we played away at Chelsea and Dean did his black magic. And also in Europe we have seen strange things happening when we were on the edge of putting the favourite Uefa teams out. Unpunished manhandling and then a double yellow card for a kick after the whistle.
So yes at times is has been difficult to win big matches. But it is a fact that lately we have been winning the big matches. We won 2 FA cup finals. Of course by now the FA cup final is no longer a big match. The CS against the champions of the season before are also not considered to be big matches anymore. Certainly since beating Manchester City and Chelsea that is.
This team has beaten the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Bayern Munich in the last years. We have beaten Man City, Chelsea and Manchester United this year. And now we have won against what is one of the best teams in the world.
But the next time we don’t win a big match against one of the top teams we will be seeing this comment about Arsenal not winning the big matches again.
Big matches are won by fine margins. And the ref is one of those margins. And not always just a fine margin.
This team is not a bought team. This team is a build team. And building (if you want to do it properly) takes time. Time that some people don’t have as they want it now and if possible even yesterday.
I have had lots of fun following the Arsenal the last years. And some really upsetting moments. But I always (I can say we maybe) have always looked beyond the last setback. Setbacks that will always be on the way somewhere. Sometimes self inflicted setbacks because of stupid mistakes. But that is the way it goes. It has never stopped me from supporting the team and the manager.
And I think that is why most of us have enjoyed this win even more than those who always believed in the myths.