Oct 1, 2008

On Saturday, Arsenal played and lost to Hull City. Honestly, I’m not too surprised. You could almost sense that it was going to happen.

As an Arsenal fan, I’m really disappointed by the result. But I’m not going to make any excuses for the team. They played poorly. They weren’t up to their normal standards. They seemed to underestimate Hull City. They didn’t seem to want it as much as Hull City. And they deserved to lose.

On paper, Arsenal have the better team. Player-for-player, they are better. I don’t think anyone, not even Hull, will dispute that. But on the day, Hull wanted it more, and they were better.

It’s a great lesson in complacency. No matter how good you are, you can’t afford to sit back and expect things to happen for you. It won’t work.

The next question, one that I don’t yet have an answer to, is then this – how do you avoid complacency? How do you keep pushing yourself to give the maximum when you don’t think you’ll need to?