The fun has gone: Three things we learned about Arsenal in win v Lincoln
By Danny Wright
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing of non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates on Saturday.
The fun has gone
Protests really aren’t going to help the club’s current plight. Everyone on the pitch needs motivation and support from the stands, not just the dug-out and the Arsenal supporters need to do more than just give up on their club. It was completely silent at the Emirates on Saturday, other than the travelling Lincoln fans, and despite a free-scoring second half, that remained the same. Yes, it was against a non-league side they were supposed to beat but where’s the fun and the excitement? Winning feels good no matter who it is against so why not raise the volume for once and show the players that the fans still appreciate them. The club are falling apart and the fans are just as much to blame as Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal won’t win the FA Cup
Lincoln managed to show Arsenal that they definitely will not win this season’s competition as it took the differing fitness levels between the clubs to decide the result. The Gunners made the non-league club look as though they were their equals in the first half and despite their eventual win it was really painful viewing for the Arsenal supporters in the opening 45 minutes. With Manchester City in the semi-finals already, and either Chelsea or Manchester United to follow, there are already two guaranteed spots for teams that are in much better form than Wenger’s side. It’s been a horrendous season for the north London club and not only will they not win any silverware this season – they simply don’t deserve any.
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Wenger tactics are weak
It’s so plainly obvious what is wrong with Arsenal and that is Wenger’s tactics are completely out-dated and really easy for teams like Lincoln to defend against. All the Imps had to do was stick as many men behind the ball and look to exploit the counter attack. Every team is doing that against the Gunners lately and it works every time. The 67-year-old has no plan B and that has been the source of the club’s poor run.
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