yeah - i was just talking about the players they fielded against deportivo last night. they have a whole zoo of poor defenders and mediocre squad players with dodgy passports. wenger was stupid to say 'i expect us to beat deportivo' before the match. he's been inflating their confidence for a while now ("this is the best ever arsenal team" "there is real belief here now" etc) and that defeat, combined with their bad performances against newcaslte and derby, might just be the pin-prick that bursts the arsenal balloon.
i feel like a bit of a hypocrite saying it now, because their sustained good form over the last three, four months had started to convince me that it wasn't true any more, but arsenal have always been sort of flaky. i remember marcus babbel saying that about them in august - 'there's something wrong with that team unit, i can't quite put my finger on it but there's something wrong'. the only other time babbel came out and said something like that was before the united-bayern game last year, after we beat united 2-0 at anfield. 'barthez is the weakest link, he is always prone to make a blunder' said babble (somewhat strangely). that was when everyone was convinced barthez was the world's best. subsequent events proved marcus right. maybe he was right about arsenal after all.
thierry henry is the oddest case of all. he's brilliant - anyone can see that -- but there's something wrong in his head. i don't know if you saw his stunning miss against derby, or the miss v southampton earlier in the season, but a real striker wouldn't have missed them. i'm sure you remember his performance against us in the cup final. he often reserves his worst performances for the biggest games. it looks like that habit hasn't gone away - i thought it had. he's a converted winger, not a real striker. with confidence he's brilliant, but under pressure he gets nervous - did you see the look on his face before he took the pen last night? something wrong there, definitely.
joy to the world, the cracks in the arsenal have started to show. so to speak.