Leyton Orient 1 – 1 Arsenal | Complacent Gooners let Orient off the hook

Leyton Orient v Arsenal - FA Cup 5th Round

One of the four occasions Bendtner broke into a sprint on Sunday


Another lacklustre performance against lower league opposition means yet another match is added to our already congested fixture list.

For the fourth time this season we approached a game in the cup against inferior opponents with the arrogance and nonchalance of Goliath, seeming to think that just by gracing the pitch with our superior presence and giving 50% effort would be enough to win the game.

You would think that squad players like Chamakh, Denilson and especially Nicklas ‘I’m soooooo brilliant’ Bendtner would be busting a gut to prove to Wenger they deserve to be in the first eleven. I can almost forgive Denilson, Almunia and Squillaci their deficiencies because they are not good enough for Arsenal and the fact they are still in the squad is Wenger’s fault. But they should still be capable of dominating League One opposition and I have to wonder if yet another poor display against weak opponents stems from Wenger’s lack of motivational skills to get them up for the ‘small’ games. Anybody would be revved up to play the likes of Barca and Chelsea, but we have underperformed against Leeds, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Newcastle, West Brom and now Orient and the common denominator in all of these matches was underestimating the opposition.

It has to stop.

The plus points were minor. Miquel looks promising, although he and Gibbs were beaten far too easily for the goal, and Rosicky scored his first goal in 16 years which should boost his confidence.

So it’s on to Stoke and then Brum for the first team before this underachieving rabble will be given the task of putting right today’s wrong in the replay.

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