I can take a defeat against a side like Arsenal, especially when they are playing at there top of there game, but what I find so hard to take is when we go to a side like Arsenal and don’t even have a go.
This is a side that we could of so easily beaten just a month or so ago when we found ourselves two-nil up at half time, only to roll over and throw it away in the second half.
Alex McLeish stated that a team like Villa shouldn’t expect to go to a place like Arsenal and get something. If this is the case Alex, then why the hell did you even bother taking the lads to the ground yesterday?
Why not just forfeit the game, take the 2-0 defeat and the fine that come with it?
Something else that consistently annoys me about the Scot is how he always feels the need to publicly criticise the players in the media. Once again yesterday he felt the need to single players out and pass on the blame for his tactically ineptness to his players.
Now correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t the job of the manager to protect his players, and give them belief that they can go and beat anybody? Didn’t Wigan beat Liverpool yesterday because they believed they could?
Credit were it is due to Arsene Wengers team, they were a joy to watch yesterday but It never helps when the opposition don’t put up a fight.
It took the home side a little over a quarter of an hour to take the lead.
Gervinho fed full back Kieran Gibbs into the left side of the Villa area and England internationals angled drive snook under Shay Given.
Just 10 minutes later the Gooners then doubled there lead courtesy of another England international. Not to often you can mention more than one England international for Arsenal is it?
Alex Song chipped in a magnificent chipped pass into the Villa box for Theo Walcott who brought the ball down in his stride and then calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
The 2-0 half time score line probably flattered Villa, as on another day Arsenal could of easily been looking at a cricket score.
Arsenal did add to there lead late in stoppage time however when former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta smashed home a fantastic free-kick to finish the game 3-0.
The pressure continues to build on Alex McLeish as his press-conferances don’t help in one little bit.
I found myself watching yesterdays game in the Litten Tree in Sutton Coldfield and after that joke of a performance from our boys I found myself talking to a fellow Villa fan.
Now this is a man I have never met before, but to hear a man from an older generation be honest any say to me ‘ I didn’t renew my season ticket because of who he (McLeish) came from, but I never anticipated the football would become so poor’
He went on to say how much it hurts to watch how little fight is in the players at the moment and I couldn’t agree more.
I have been a season ticket holder for 17 seasons now, and have been going to Villa Park for much longer, and I have never seen a side play with so little heart, so little passion.
One thing you can always say about Doug Ellis was that you knew were you stood, and he would happily hold up his hands if he had made a managerial mistake. It is just a shame that our American owner cares more about his bank account that they actual goings on at our beloved club.