Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ipswich 1 - Arsenal 0

Last weekend, Arsenal had to score late to earn a tie against Championship-side Leeds. At least Leeds are that league's leaders. Today, Ipswich, who are sixth from bottom in the Championship and just fired their manager (Roy Keane), beat the Gunners 1-0 in the first-leg of their semi-final tie in the Carling Cup competition. It was Arsenal's first lost in Ipswich since the mid-1980s. Arsenal lacked luster throughout the match. Predictably, Arshavin and Denilson were very poor, as (seemingly) always. Eboue was just as bad, particularly on defense (if that's what you can call the position he was playing).

How can they hope to contend in the Premier League, the FA Cup, and Champion's League if they lack the power and self-belief to brush off a team like Ipswich in the Carling Cup? It's about time for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to ask some hard questions about his players, and about his own management.

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