Poor team selection
Poor substitutions
Team devoid of ideas…
…Fans sing about Ashley

Benitez has the easiest ticket in English football. He wins a game, no other manager could do that with this squad of players. He loses a game with a rubbish team setup and a complete inability to make good substitutions (this dates back to his time at Liverpool) and it’s Ashley’s fault.

I said it the other week but it stinks at the moment, it smacks of something far greater going on behind the scenes.

We have a manager who will be gone by the summer playing out his final 12 months and a group of players that are playing like they know that’s going to happen.

The spirit has gone, the fight has gone, we are just 11 bodies again, standing roughly in positions where they are told to stand, with none of them willing to commit that extra 10% to get us a goal or create a chance.

He’s been great for us since we signed him but I honestly think Dubravka should save both those shots. The free kick was not in the corner and although it went through bodies, Ozil’s shot is straight down the middle and not with a huge amount of pace.

I didn’t think or want Hayden to play again after the Cardiff game, he is slow, poor at defending, poor going forward and he wants away from the club. He must be digging up some huge trees in training to justify his place in the starting 11.

It’s a proper kick in the teeth when you consider Arsenal are a half baked team with a poor defence and an average midfield. They were there for the taking with just a bit of quality in midfield.

What does Benitez do? Leaves our best midfielder and forward on the bench and then substitutes the only other player we have who does anything productive going forward.

Sick of watching this.

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