I've ended up with egg on my face. There was me telling anyone who would listen that I believed Arsenal would win today. I believed Arsenal would win convincingly too.
I even had a bet. I had a bet on Arsenal winning 4-0. That's how confident I was.
I wish I had a different bet. I wish I bet that Arsenal would turn in another shocking performance. I would have won a lot of money.
I can't say I'm surprised at the performance really. It's happened so many times this season it's becoming the norm at Arsenal.
I was tempted to blame everything on the midfield. Without doubt this is the poorest midfield that Arsenal have had under Arsene Wenger.
Its so poor I wouldn't blame Cesc Fabregas if he did want to leave Arsenal. Imagine having Song as your partner. Quite scary really.
There was no pace or penetration from the midfield. I lost count of the amount of times it became so congested in there players were getting in the way of each other.
The blame must lie with Arsene Wenger. I can't understand why he persists with playing Denilson on the right and Diaby down the left. Both were desperate to keep going into the middle, causing all sorts of problems.
Why does Wenger leave making his substitutions until it's too late? Bendtner came on with 10 minutes to go. How is he expected to make an impact?
A change around the hour mark could have changed the game. The middle of the park was congested so why wasn't Vela given a chance to stretch the play with an appearance down the left?
That's why he was on the bench. To change the game if need be. So why not use him?
The subs must have sat there thinking to themselves, "Whats the point of being here?" Arsene Wenger may as well only pick 11 for the match day squad.
I don't want people to think I'm picking on Song here but many times did he give the ball away? He is supposed to be the holding player yet I continuously saw him 15 yards further up the field than Fabregas.
Again Wenger should have acted earlier. He should have told Song to hold his position and let Fabregas go forward to influence the play more.
It is me or do this Arsenal side look lazy? For the 'Boro goal the deflected clearance should have been dealt with. Song was the closest player to Tuncay yet he reacted like he was stoned. A little glance over the shoulder was the best he could muster.
There was little or no creativity from the midfield. Le Boss must have seen this. Fabregas was being suffocated yet there was still no reaction from Arsene Wenger.
I've said in the past that the title was over. How can I change my mind when I see a performance like that?
Arsene Wenger has some serious work to do. If he doesn't make any signings then Arsenal are in deep trouble.
He also needs to take a deep look at himself. I know he hurts when he sees Arsenal play like this. He wants beautiful football but it's time to end his stubbornness.
This team needs help. January can't come fast enough for me. If Arsene Wenger doesn't make any signings then on his head be it.
Keep it Goonerish...................