Arsenal midfielder: The way we played against Chelsea was suicide

Rosicky In Action

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been discussing the Gunners’ performance on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old Czech Republic international played the full 90 minutes of the disastrous 6-0 defeat to title rivals Chelsea on Saturday – the Gunners found themselves 2-0 down to the Blues after just 7 minutes on manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of the North Londoners.

It was certainly a day to forget for Arsenal fans and their coach who described the defeat as an ‘accident’ this week but, as Rosicky suggests, perhaps it wasn’t such an accidental death after all.

"I think in the first half the way we played was like a suicide, and the first two goals we conceded were almost like own goals,” he explained.

"Every time we lost the ball in the middle of the park there was a quick counter and a goal. We were the ones who had the first chance so maybe it could have been different but the two mistakes for the first two goals - in games like that everyone will punish you.”

Jose Mourinho’s Blues certainly exploited Arsenal’s naivety and exposed them on Saturday in the much the same manner as Liverpool did at Anfield in their 5-1 demolition of Arsenal earlier on this year.

Somewhere in between Wenger’s description of the defeat as an accident and Rosicky’s assertion of professional suicide lies the truth – Arsenal made mistakes, certainly, but were they the masters of their own destruction?

‘Suicide’ as a term (as morbid as it is) suggests there was an intent to self-destruct and I don’t believe any professional player or team or manager would go into a game intending to lose it but, on the other hand, to call it an accident suggests it happened by mistake, without accountability at all, and to concede six goals without reply is not so much a slip-up but a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Did Arsenal jump or were they pushed? Chelsea would, I’m sure, like to take the credit and call it a murder but I think an investigation into the death of the Gunners’ title challenge would likely reveal they set themselves up and in the line of fire.

Chelsea may well be framed as the killers but Liverpool and Manchester City both had a hand in it. Arsenal didn’t commit suicide on Saturday but left themselves completely open to attack and, as Rosicky says, they were punished.

In the end, it's not so much a murder mystery as it is a tragedy in which Arsenal are the tragic hero with their tragic flaw that, ultimately, makes them masters of their own downfall.

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