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Why blame Arsene Wenger for Arsenal’s defeat to Barcelona?

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left disappointed with the way his side were beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League.

For the first 45 minutes, when Arsenal faced Barcelona in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League, it seemed the Emirates faithful had reason to believe. The Per Mertesacker-led defence had kept Barcelona at bay, the Catalan side having failed to register a shot on target in the Champions league for the first time since November 2013. At that point Lionel Messi had never scored against Petr Cech in six previous meetings. There seemed to be hope for the Gunners.

And then the second half happened. A naïve Arsenal were carved apart, with Messi scoring two including a penalty, to set the record straight by scoring against Cech and away at an English club for the first time. Arsenal lost 2-0 and, as Arsene Wenger would later say, “are 95% through” to the Champions League quarterfinals.

Speaking of Arsene Wenger it seems that every time Arsenal lose the knives are out for the tenured Frenchman. TV presenter and long-time Arsenal fan and critic Piers Morgan would tweet, ‘And to all the Arsenal fans still desperately trying to find excuses for Wenger, this was supposed to be the season he didn’t need any #afc’. Which begs the question, did anybody realistically expect Arsenal, with their current squad, to beat a Barcelona side boasting the three best players in world football? Sure Arsenal put up a fight, but that was as expected as the defeat was.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright would tweet at Piers Morgan – ‘Piers ?. Tactics were spot on tonight. We played against the best! Had chances but didn’t take them. Can’t blame the Boss.’ That would be a fair assessment if it would be analysed as a game of two halves.

However, as is the norm, the Sack Wenger diatribe would not give in despite obvious fallacies in the argument. Piers Morgan would respond to Wright – ‘Legend, It’s Wenger’s team & he refused to buy the world class players we need to compete with teams like Barca.’ It is time for Arsenal and their fans to realise that the Gunners and Barcelona do not compete at the same level. One competes for six trophies every year and the other competes for trophies once every six years.



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