Part 24 – understand why things go wrong

March 29, 2010

A pall of gloom fell over the footballing world over the weekend as Arsenal only managed a draw away at Birmingham City. But Arsene knows that the important thing is to understand the nature of every setback. His conclusions after a typically brutal game were: 

While Birmingham were allowed to play on a surface that was like a bowling green, Arsenal were forced to play on a completely different pitch (above). This is obviously not fair and both teams should be obliged to play on the same pitch in future.

Craig Gardner should not have been allowed to tackle Cesc Fabregas, who was so badly injured in the tackle that he was only able to complete the entire match.

It was inappropriate for Birmingham manager Alex McLeish to be pleased about the equaliser. He should have shared Wenger’s fury that the right team (ie Arsenal) were denied victory.  

Some Arsenal players were booked.

The goal was offside.

The goal wasn’t beautiful enough. It should only have been worth a half a goal.

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