Report: Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal

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An ambitionless Arsenal plodded their way to a staid 0-0 draw  with Aston Villa this evening.

Arsene Wenger made a number of changes. Kieran Gibbs replaced Thomas Vermaelen at left back with the captain left on the bench. Carl Jenkinson came in for Bacary Sagna while Aaron Ramsey started in place of Jack Wilshere in midfield.

The early stages of the game were very cagey with Villa working hard to close down Arsenal as high up the pitch as possible. And the home side started more brightly with good possession and some efforts on goal. Szczesny was forced into a near post save from Westwood and Benteke headed well wide from a corner as Arsenal struggled to get into the game.

Arsenal’s first attempt on goal came in the 19th minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain cut inside the Villa box from the right hand side and fired a left footed shot not far of the near post.

Lukas Podolski almost found himself open in front of goal in the 27th minute but Brad Guzan did well to smother. Shortly afterwards, after a bit of a scramble in the Villa box, Aaron Ramsey forced Guzan into a good save with his feet after a low shot.

The conditions were difficult for both teams with heavy rain and a slippy pitch, and Arsenal were almost punished when Wojciech Szczesny, having caught a high ball, slid out of the area and was penalised by referee Lee Mason. From the resulting free kick Ciaran Clarke lashed the ball from after a well worked routine but was correctly given offside.

The Gunners could have gone ahead in the 44th minute. Laurent Koscielny won the ball, drove forward, Giroud crossed from the left hand side, it came to the Frenchman just outside the 6 yard box but with the ball slightly behind him and on his weaker foot he scooped it over the bar.

We had the first chance of the second half. Oxlade-Chamberlain came forward, played it inside to Cazorla, there was a little give to Giroud who flicked it back to the Spaniard and he unleashed a shot from the edge of the box which wasn’t far wide.

The 57th minute saw more good work from Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right hand side, he got past the defender, fired in a low cross but Ramsey, arriving outside the near post, couldn’t quite get not enough on it to get it on target. If you get me.

After great work to win Arsenal a corner, Aaron Ramsey had a chance to score from the resulting set-piece. Olivier Giroud headed on, it came to the Welshman at the back post but he sidefooted over the bar.

Villa also threatened, one break saw them outnumber Arsenal at the back but that broke down, then good build up play fashioned a chance for Agbonlahor which Szczesny saved well. Benteke was a constant threat, winning headers and while none were particularly dangerous it was good play from the Belgian Arsene Wenger thought about signing this summer.

Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s most productive player in the 2nd half and he pulled a shot not far wide from distance, before Holman forced Wojciech Szczesny into a brilliant save as his rasping shot hit the crossbar off the keeper’s fingertips.

Arsenal brought on Gervinho in place of Podolski, whose first two touches provided Villa with a goal kick and a throw in respectively; Arshavin for Oxlade-Chamberlain and late on Coquelin for Giroud – a change which was met with boos from the travelling fans who knew the team needed a goal. Although there is a midweek game it’s hard to understand what the manager was thinking.

Andrei Arshavin almost found Gervinho with a cross from the left hand side but Ciaran Clarke made a vital interception, and late on Coquelin had a chance to put in a cross from the right but skewed it out for a goal kick with the final kick of the game.

This looked like a game that Arsenal were trying not to lose rather than trying to win, and when you consider the opposition that’s hard to take.

Big game to come at Goodison on Wednesday.

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EDgooner4ever

Come on Arsenal, time to put your money were your mouth is (pardon the pun) and spend the £30m sponsorship money on a good striker! Please?

Chair

Scary thing is, it might be already too late come January.

EDgooner4ever

Too late for the Capitol One Cup maybe, but last time I checked the season ends in May

aussie gooner

It won’t be too late for the ultimate trophy that is finishing in the top 4. We are allready out of the title race anyway

EDgooner4ever

Yeah I agree, I don’t want to sound like Gazidiz but its still important to finish there, it would be catastrophic if we didn’t, but I want us to spend money so we win a trophy

Chair

If we continue with such shitty performances during December (when we play most of the lower table opposition), might as well be.
We can only hope that spurs are going to be shitty too (which they seem to be doing just fine for now).
Nevermind that the only “buy” in this transfer window could as well be Thierry. Again.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

poor. but I’ve come to expect it. Even a Fabregas led or Van Persie led arsenal would’ve torn this team to bits. However, we have no captain now because he’s not even good enough to be in the starting 11.
Ramsey had his best game in an Arsenal shirt for me. But he was still bad. LOL.

KidKnockout

Premier League yes, but we can still win the COCUP, FA Cup and if you’re as lucky as Chelski then maybe the Champions League(although this is highly unlikely). That said, I hope that £30 million pounds is used on a Diaby replacement, Vidal, Feillani, Fernadihno the latter two are more realistic buys imo it’s pretty obvious we needed his drive and spark in midfield, a left back to cover for Gibbs and a new striker for plan b. Giroud was really good today dropping deep and influencing the game but he just isn’t fast enough or have the necessary dribbling abilities to be a false 9. We should look at Andre Schrulle or to show ambition El Shaarawy or Lamela. Young, talented players.

KidKnockout

On the bright side another clean sheet.

indianGooner

we have had enough money to buy a striker , the only thing the new deal might change is not having to return a net profit on transfers every season

is there anyone here who ever thought we would not need another striker , even with giroud doing quite well ?
heck , i thought we needed one last summer when we already had that man 😛

i won’t be too harsh on gervinho, he is erratic at best let alone coming on as a sub after missing a few games.

looking at our squad

our defence looks alright maybe long term (summer) get an experienced lb to complement gibbs and get shot of santos (with vermaelen covering i think we should be ok this season). i heard there may be one available in london but he may swerve off the road if he gets even 5k less 😉

first choice arteta wilshere and cazorla are great but beyond that we have ramsey and coquelin and (l.a.n.s) diaby and rosicky
need cover for arteta since wenger doesn’t seem to have enough faith in coquelin to start , i doubt we will buy anyone though
as for cazorla i dont know how we would fare without him or who is his natural replacement in the team, i really think we should give arshavin a go in that position

striker well we need to get one, gervinho is not a cf and this is not the season to groom him into that role even if he may someday become one
huntelaar anyone ? gives us the option of playing two strikers ,will also let us rest giroud and not worry too much if theo departs and will not cost a lot since he is in his last year at schalke

i really think it may be time for a change at the top once this season ends
wenger is great but i sense there is too much of a comfort zone with him the squad and the board being happy with status quo
it wont be the end of the world
we don’t need to turn into chelsea or man city
look at dortmund
club spending within their means since they almost went bankrupt and consistently punching above their weight in the bundesliga and now europe

or i suspect the fans will no longer be too keen on paying so much for a team that doesn’t look like it will compete at the very top without a nudge to get two or three more quality (not 25m+ 🙂 ) players

Bunburyist

Too late in January? It’s too late now, and it’s been too late for a long time now. Surely there aren’t any Gooners who seriously think this side can win the title? We’re already well behind the leaders, and nothing in this side shows that we can win more games than City or United. I’d say we look more like drawing or losing more games than them!

Best we can hope for is fourth.

Placenta Needed

I’ve already said this here but money’s not the current problem with this team.

I’ve been looking for a physician whose expertise is applying placenta to the brain to stimulate recovery.

Where’s the £!$^&*# heart with these players!
Just lay it all on the line for just one ruddy game.

All you hear is arsenal gaga
All you hear is arsenal gaga

In defence, laying it all on the line for a late afternoon game at a rain soaked Villa Park isn’t the one ruddy game I want them to do it. Maybe a Super Sunday clash at Old Trafford, or hosting the champions would be better.

Thebiggooseman

CRASH, back down to earth

harry

God that was dull, why on earth did we play giroud, and hardly put a cross in, apart from Theo noone seems to look for him or see where he’s going. And Wenger needs to have a word with santi, he was almost playing back beside arteta most of the time he’s no use there, he’s effective between the lines when we break. Ramsey seemed to be trying to make something happen, and jenkinson needs to stop marking tight not many will outrun him. Overall We looked toothless, so much for us being on a high from the last two games.

nishanth

Players looked incredibly sluggish and tired yesterday. And next up against everton one of the toughest fixtures in the PL. Would be incredibly surprised if we managed to win there

aussie gooner

FUCKING DISGUSTING. Absolutely no effort out there. None of our players seem to care. This has gone on for too long. I am not asking for Wenger out. i don’t know how it’s gonna get fixed but it needs to. We have pussies playing for us who are gonna ruin our club. Get some fucking heart. Any one on this website wishes to be in their spot playing for arsenal and yet they don’t even seem to care about the club.

Bry

It’s Wenger’s job to motivate them you plum.

aussie gooner

shouldn’t really need motivation when you are playing at the top level of football in the world and you know the prize out there and you also know how many people are supporting you waiting for a good result.

this isn’t sunday league football where the coach needs to huddle up his players and ask them how much they want to win. they should know better for earning 50k a week

kratoshes

so players are there like bunch of over payed idiots who need to be constantly pampered and be told to play well every fucking game…don’t these players have any sense of humiliation. please don’t give me that players need to be motivated by managers crap. Players are there on the pitch for a reason and these twats dont need to be reminded every fucking second to try to create chances and score some goals.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

yeah I mean ffs. Everybody needs to wake the fuck up. the manager, the players, the goddamn fucking board.. pathetic

TomJ

Anyone hear the post- match intervier? Did he mention the famous handbrake?

Bry

Well they obviously don’t, so he’s got to fucking tell them hasn’t he? Jesus christ, whatever way you look at it, it’s HIS fault. What’s the fuck is paid £7m for??

kratoshes

again the same bollocks about wenger earning £7m

he earned after 16 years of service to arsenal…winning trophies and being one of the legends of premeir league managers. he didn’t just appear out of no where to earn £7m. But these players need to think what wenger has given them and be grateful to wenger and work their ass off and atleast try to show some respect to the arsenal color and the manager who has shown so much faith in them despite the fans barking like mongrels against him and his players all the time

Bry

The point is he’s not worth £7m anymore. Last 5 years of complete shit he’s taken £40m out of the fucking club. For what? Some silly kids project. Time to stop this fucking madness.

kratoshes

and bring who? to replace wenger.

it amazes me these ‘arsene out’ brigade. Who will replace arsene and how much board will give that new manager to spend and what will the new manager do with these bunch of toothless twats we seem to have hoarded.

Wenger’s youth project back fired and this is the consequence. And we are still trying to recover and implement some new project unknown.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

people like you quoting salaries aren’t helping. Who cares about his salary?
If we paid the players the same maybe they would stay too

Thorough

Am not against Wenger sitting down on the bench like SAF’s statue as things go downhill so far he will do his WORK in the summer and winter rather than earning extra pay on tv while other coaches cherry-pick. Dont u guys think the best motivation Wenger can give Arteta is playing him with players of like quality? But what do we have? A shit Ramsey that will take the coach 3years to realize and another year to unverbally own up. Get a coach that isn’t a pussy and every other things fall in place. And btw, I dont seem to remember Arteta and Cazorla needing motivation when they play with Wilshere, but they can trust Ramsey with nothing, no wonder they stick together and refuse to go forward when our dear handbrake in human form is playing. Too much said already, as if we have a manager that cares or listens.

Witoldo

I think they tried hard. Aston Villa played well. Pressed us on the ball for 85% of the game (there were only a few spells when we dominated possession or they backed off) and had a solid game defensiveness.

We lacked incisiveness, not desire. Didn’t quite click in the final third either–it seemed the last pass always went a bit awry.

Witoldo

What I want to say is that this 0-0 against “lesser” opposition wasn’t one of those where the team dropped mentally or thought they just needed to show up to take the points.

Goonster

Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal match report summed up in one word:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH!

Gooner

Well that was utter bollocks!

*Smokin'Gunner*

The Coq didnt need to be exposed either…

5pur2 dr00L

Wish we had whipped out the Coq earlier (in for Ramsey) — Ramsey was productive, but fruitless. Would like to see the Coq drop back and Arteta push up. That would have been a bit more lethal, I think.

A Yank

Blech.

idowuladi@gmail.com

Wenger won’t do it because he is still experimenting with Ramsey!

What is the essence of playing your ass out and it doesn’t yield anything?

Wenger is the problem, he bought them and put them there so he must fix it. Am not saying he should sacked but he needs to be told that he’s getting everything wrong on the pitch, but he is better with balance sheet which soothe the board perfectly!

Rob'67

Might I suggest we dip into this ‘alleged’ £30 million in January and get someone with a bit of zip to them ? We were solid enough we need something more than what we’re showing.

TomJ

And a beast in midfield to help out Arteta, Jack and Cazorla

Bry

Arsenal as cash reserves of £150m just sitting there. If you don’t believe me, read the accounts, it’s there in black and white, yet you think Wenger needs, or would spend an additional £30m sponsorship money.

When are you going to get it through your thick heads. Wenger is fucking loaded. He doesn’t push the boat out because if he does he has zero excuse for failure? He’s playing all the supporters and the gutless board are backing him up.

Wenger is a filthy, protectionist liar that needs kicking out.

Cygan's Magical Left Foot
Cygan's Magical Left Foot

Bry,

You talking sense but in here we have so many kids supporting Arsene and not Arsenal. They can’t dare to say he is NOT GOOD ANY MORE and only in it to make for him and the Yanks money to keep him in the job.

Could any manager in the world play a 6.2/3 striker with no crosses???
Could any manager in manager in the wolrd allowe a player like Ramsey into The Arsenal team and pay him 50K a week?
Could any manager while looking for a goal take off Giroud because he shoots from outside the area and not pass and keep Ramsey to move Forehead as striker against crap team??.
Could any manager be clueless for 8 years and the supporters come here to defend him???.

Arsene is THE PROBLEM.

Bucks

Why did we only have 1 good ball in the box that i can remember and why did it happen when Giroud was of the pitch.

I expect better on Wednesday. Also Rambo played well to day. deserved better really.

kratoshes

because Ox and jenks don’t have the common sense to cross the ball to giroud who terrorised the box in previous games these morons failed to notice.

Gandalf

As always a toothless performance against a bottom team.

Freedom Now

Sunderland, Stoke, Norwich, Man United, QPR, Fulham… To be honest I’m used to this kind of performance now. Lethargy has ineffectiveness have characterised half our Premier League games this season.

AGunner

Don’t understand the subs today…

Bucks

Neither do I. Gervinho for Podolski was tragic before you consider that Chamberlain under preforming. There are no words for the Giroud substitution.

Eric Irish gunner

Agree why not even push podolski up front with giroud and bring on jack for the last ten minutes, we had no one in the box after giroud went off

Voldermort

Soaking fucking wet and pissed off. First time I’ve heard arsenal fans sing you don’t know what your doing to arsene.

Bucks

Chambo hasn’t been Chambo since the Euro’s.

Fuck the England international side.

TomJ

Ok we were rubbish, but all credit to Villa, they worked their asses off

paddymac

Agreed, I think people are getting a bit carried away here (fancy that, people over-reacting on an internet forum?!). Ok, we lacked a bit of quality in the final 3rd but we knew that already. I didn’t think we played dreadfully, we could’ve easily nicked a 1-0 – Villa really worked hard and defended very well. Disappointing, but a fair point on the balance of play.

kratoshes

we could have easily nicked 1-0

OR

they could have easily nicked 0-1, actually they nearly managed before our keeper intervened. And I didnt see any reason for arsenal to win the game today. Kos & Ramsey cleared the ball in 6 yards box but sadly it was the wrong box.

paddymac

Yeah they could’ve, but that’s football. They made life hard for us, people are talking as if we should’ve swept then aside.

TomJ

Thats the problem paddymac. Half the people here have only been around for the Wenger and premier league era and have therefore spoiled rotten.

kratoshes

villa worked their ass off when they played manutd but still they got beat. but when the same villa play their same old ass off why these gunners twats have to suffer like some relegated team. I am beginning to think either arsenal is being overhyped or our played are seriously over hyped and need to be brough to their senses by kicking their nuts.

*Smokin'Gunner*

Poor performance, I find it hard to see where the drive comes from in these sort of situations. With new deals and what not going on I wouldnt be at all surprised to see Wenger leave in the not to distant future (I hate to say it). We need to show ambition and heart at the very least and all to often its lacking.

aussie gooner

could not agree more. I am happy to watch this team play in the championship as long as I see the players actually care

Arsezilla

Sloppy all the way through.. Couple chances but nothing went in.. Dissapointing result. Just when Norwich gave us a chance to catch up 2 Everton we mess up. Oh well… We best get a good result at Everton this week!!!!!!!

hawaii

I hate that it’s come to us not looking to catch the leaders anymore. We would constantly be looking up the table but now it’s trying to get through each game with at least a point.

kratoshes

next game… same story,

but that big afro weilding belgian will be our tormentor in chief and our players will act as if they are seeing him for the first time in their life and will get bullied all over the pitch by him.

Chair

Abysmal performance, Ramsey, who gets the most of stick was easily our best player (bar Per maybe) and that’s telling a lot.
That spurs game was just sand in the eyes.

TomJ

Well its no coincidence the last 2 league games we won were at home against 10

Fatgooner

Turgid crap. No passion, drive or desire. Oh, and let me see: we are desperate for a goal so the Nutty Professor subs a goalscorer who is in the middle of a purple patch. Brilliant.

Let’s spend some of that money in January.

Frog

No mate, let’s spend all of that money in January.

kratoshes

on who?

capoue? fellaini? huntelaar? cavani? falcao? suarez? zaha?

if I know my arsenal well none of those fancy names are coming this winter or next

Forfuckssake

Are u and fatgooner a married couple? You both seem to comment as a pair.

Frog

@kratosh

I’d settle for falcao and fellaini. You can keep the rest. I’d also like a proper lb.

Dave Burrows

That was terrible. Gervinho should be nowhere near the first team until he learns how to trap the ball, why the fuck was Ramsey playing instead of Wilshere. This team was on a roll with 2 wins in 2 games and so we rotate the squad and look ambitionless. WTF?

Arshavin looked decent though. he should get on or start a few more games.

Gandalf

Ramsey was one of the best on the field today.

Fan

I thought he was crap as always.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

he had his best game for us. He was one of the best Arsenal players on the field. yes. But he was still poor and I’d like to see a stat on how many games we win with him/without him.
The facts above also illustrate how poor the rest of our team was.

5pur2 dr00L

I feel like I must have been watching a different game. While Ramsey took a lot of shots, he also missed them all, and lost the ball several times with stupid theatrical passes. Would have loved to see Jack playing, or even the Coq. (With Arteta pushing up.)

Jack

I can’t think of a player who’s more frustrating to watch than Gervinho. At least in the case of Chamakh, Squillaci you know what to expect. But Gervinho just makes watching Arsenal more tiresome, especially on days like these.

*Smokin'Gunner*

Gervinho makes a poor impact sub in my eyes, he dosnt have a spark often enough to make a big difference in tight games when we cant afford to lose possession. He works best in tiring a team out from the start with his odd movement and when he will have plenty of time to make a few mistakes but hopefully a few chances as well. That said he isnt good enough to start in my eyes. So he atleast needs to come on earlier!

Gerald

I commented in a post yesterday the Szczezza was a legend- today he proved why. Much in the same way that Messi can’t score on a cold Tuesday night in Blighty, so was Cazorla and Arteta man marked into anonymity. Therefore link up play and general creative duties fell to Ramsey, and he was bollocks. Not starting Wilshere cost us two points. A plus point, AFC’s strongest defensive trio are Szcz-BFG-Kos. Undroppable from now on. Anyway. On to Merseyside and closing down a 10 point gap to the leaders.

TomJ

please google the meaning of the word legend

Momo

don’t know what game you were watching, but Ramsey was one of our better players, the ox played worse and he’s not been made into a scapegoat. We need to support our players when they try instead of automatically having a go at them for something that they do not shoulder the blame for. Have a go a the real piles of shit today such as Gervinho

5pur2 dr00L

Felt Ramsey, the Ox and the Pole all played shite. (LOL at Sczs’s booking, too.)

Eric Irish gunner

We missed theo and jack we need to get another striker in and I think arshavin just doesn’t care anymore, time for some in and outs in January, on a positive szez, mert and kos excellent again

diefenbaker

all the shite performances today and you pick on Arshavin.
At one point he was literally telling Ramsey where to stand rather than running into him.
Ox tried to take on the whole team on he;s on , its like old theo all over.

Eric Irish gunner

He decides to tie his fucking lace when were on the attack and in my opinion he’s a great footballer on his day but just doesn’t look bothered any more when playing for arsenal

Fan

This just highlights how important theo is for us.

Witoldo

I think Arshavin delivered the two most dangerous crosses of the game. It took a remarkable clearance by a Villa defender to get the ball away from Gervinho after a delicately lofted ball from the left. It would have been shades of Sunderland last year.

Eric Irish gunner

90 grand a week I think he should manage that

Smithy

Every time this season I see Wenger bring on Gervinho or Arshavin or both toward the end of a match that we are either losing or drawing…I know it’s over.

No heart in that performance.

Bry

We can win the title says Wenger. Then with 10 minutes to go against the team that’s 4th bottom he brings Coquelin on for a striker.

Wenger is full of shit.

Witoldo

Yeah, it’s pretty abyssmal, no? Compare our strikers to the group at Man Utd or Man City.

Rad Carrot

Optimism = gone.
Season = over.

Gotta blame the manager for this one. His subs and tactics didn’t work. It was as if he thought the score was 2 up in our favour. Very disappointing all round. At least Ramsey was bright.

jack jack jack

Season = over?

We’re barely a third of the way through you numpty. Keep your knickers on!

5pur2 dr00L

Bright? More like he didn’t embarrass himself… Saying Ramsey was bright today is like saying a top-four finish is a trophy.

Dr Baptiste

At least we kept a clean sheet. The team choices and subs were clearly made with one eye on Everton that will be a harder game, but you could see that the players felt it was a 3 point banker after Spurs and Montpelier… Disappointing but could have been worse

indianGooner

dull game
villa deserved the point
szcesney earned us that point with his save

positives
defence was solid
giroud is consistently good and becoming a crucial player ..aerial ability,hold up and few deft flicks as well
ramsey played well today, clearly not a right winger

negatives
we are dependent on cazorla and arteta having great games for results
we need another striker (was true beginning of the season as well)
this team is in a comfort zone , they dont look like they believe they can go any higher than fourth , point away at villa will do great for that target

jack jack jack

Sane analysis always appreciated. Cheers

kratoshes

this team is in a comfort zone , they dont look like they believe they can go any higher than fourth …

so true…these twats are really in the comfort zone. they have no ambition like manutd or manc. if manutd or manc can come back from goal down throughout this season so far and win… how come our twats let our lead vanish in thin air or seem so hopeless with team stuck in relegation zone.hate to glorify those manchester smucks but wish our team showed 60% of spirit those bastards shows week in week out.

MyArsenalView

The sad part is that Arsenal still had enough efforts to win the game, by 1 or 2 goals. I do understand the Giroud sub, simply because he didn’t recieve any service.

kratoshes

FFS!!…gunners fires blanks again!!

I thought villa played with great spirit and gunner had none…maybe knackered by mideweek but why the fucking hell Ox and Jenks didn’t bother to cross. When Sagna and Theo were crossing the balls Giroud looked immense and cause panic in last two games…when you have striker very good in air, common sense tells that these young guns should be crossing rather then pinging the ball up and down the right flank without much penetration.

Horrible playing condition even horrifying lack of common sense from players of both flanks by arsenal. Thank god keeper made a great save to prevent a goal.

If villa are pressuring high up field then play long balls with giroud as point man…damn these single dimension playing style of arsenal. very disappointed!

wallaa

aweful

Denzil

Slow, ponderous, and so lacking in creativity. I’m usually a big Ramsay supporter but I thought he was poor tonight as was the Ox. It worries me alot that if Santis shackled we have no other creative outlet. Gervinho shouldn’t even make the bench, why Arshavin doesn’t come on before him I’ll never know, at least he makes things happen. Giroud coming off at the end was baffling. SO DISHEARTENING……January shopping please!

Lol

Bro Ramsey was the best player on the fucking field.He was amazing.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

Being the best player of a bunch of players playing badly does not make ‘amazing’. He was a 6-7/10. which is ok.
However you’re logic could hold good when compared with Gervinho’s -3/10 performance. Maybe. Just maybe we need to send him to The ACN a little sooner

diefenbaker

Really lowered our standards havent we?

5pur2 dr00L

LOL indeed. Ramsey’s “amazing” performances apparently consist of not completely embarrassing himself. (OK, I’ll admit it’s an upgrade, but I was shouting at my TV set every time he hoofed a shot super high.)

Arsenal Rising

What a fucking joke! Saw it coming before a ball had been kicked.Wenger took em to lightly. Arteta has been fucking shit last 4 games because teams won’t let him play and why should they? The Ox had another shit game. Pathetic! All this money were getting is really good but will the cunts spend it on players? Or even just an extra 10 grand on Theo? Can’t see it.Really getting sick of wenger now and his stubbornness

5pur2 dr00L

It’s tactical… Arsene COULD and SHOULD put Coq in as the DM and play Arteta a bit higher. Asking Arteta to cover the arses of our offense AND defense takes its toll. I thought Arteta had an average game… didn’t stand out, but didn’t make any crucial mistakes. Some backward passing, but that was better than the rest of the team’s horrendous passing today.

Comedian

Zzzzzzz….
Thats what i should have done.

Ramesh

Is it just me who sees Arshavin create pretty decent chances in the 5 minutes he gets? Why isn’t he getting a longer run, at least 30 minutes in a game? Dammit.
Also, I am sorry to say, but whenever Ramsey and Gervinho play we go down a notch, despite Ramsey being somewhat okay today.

kratoshes

yup..after today’s display ox needs to be benched and ashravin need to show his quality. If AA can’t perform, it aint that much of a problem since noone expects much from him anyways.

Witoldo

I agree, I thought Arshavin looked as likely as anyone to unlock the Villa defense. Quick movements, accurate crossing.

Chris

Rubbish display,i have to say this is the worst arsenal team i have ever seen. No fight,we loose out on the second balls almost often. Yes those days when we had the likes of fabregas,nasri etal,we might loose but we will play them of the pack and create loads and loads of chances. I dont know why wenger have to remove our most chance of scoring,podosky and giroud. Until now i always watch arsenal play and get satisfied irrespetive of the result. Now we play shit and can even get results. If we can beat villa who then do we beat?these bunch of lazy ass need total over haul. Players that want to play,that want to win. Im really angry typing this. For the first time in my life,this season i see myself ranting after arsenal matches.

Frog

Is this your first season?

TomJ

Obviously you never seen John Hawley or Gus Ceaser play so

Momo

Coquelin for Giroud? Defensive mid for a striker when we’re losing and need goals… seems legit.
Seriously what the fuck… I can’t describe how dissappointed I am, we just rolled over and let it happen… fuck me, stayed in to watch this, complete bullshit

Dr Baptiste

When were we losing?

Momo

ah, sorry my bad we weren’t losing, but to be honest we are the Arsenal and for some reason I still expect us to win every game, but when we draw like that to a side in the bottom 3 it feels like a loss

Binda

we looked so much better defensively with gibbs. glad hes back

regarding the game, that was absolute shit. we really need to invest because as of right now no one on the bench to call upon. the midfield trio of jack santi and arteta is irreparable atm (diaby being diaby, no matter how much you love ramsey you have to admit he isn’t ready to be a game changer YET) and giroud has no proper replacement either. FUCK!

5pur2 dr00L

Agree, but today Jenks and Gibbs were SUPER confused going forward, constantly running too close to Poldi and the Ox to be useful.

J D

Disappointing performance today not helped by the weather, but that is not much of an excuse as both teams had to cope with it. I would love to know why the team are motivated for the scum, but when we need a win to push ourselves towards the top of the league we are found wanting. Too sloppy and lethargic in the first half and looked leggy in the second.
We need to move on now and put in a shift against Everton and that will not be an easy game, onwards and hopefully upwards. COYG.

PS Good effort bloggs to get the report up so quick.

SDDutchGooner

Seemed like several times Cazorla was trying to push the attack but didn’t have the team with him.

steve boulds hairdresser
steve boulds hairdresser

although todays performance was incredibly frustrating, it does make a change to have a frustrating performance where ramsey isnt slaughtered by fans.

diefenbaker

yes thats what all of us come here to do.. to annoy you by unfairly critisizing Ramsey when he’s been been having a superb season so far.

5pur2 dr00L

LOL, today, people have been saying Ramsey had an “amazing” game. Yes, that’s a direct quote. I didn’t single him out as our worst player today, but he wasn’t anything spectacular.

malaysiangooner

I cant understand the subs made by wenger today. It seem Per was used as our focal point today and it made me sad watching the cross only came when giroud already off the field. Everton draw and chelsea/city might drop some point tomorrow definitely a must win match. Ruined my precious weekend.

aussie gooner

seriously sick of the obsession with playing so called ” beautiful football” when it really gets us nowhere. we try to pass it out of the defence so much and against better teams it would have cost us just like it cost us against Fulham ( their penalty came from us screwing up possession).

just clear the damn ball

Gandalf's Kebab

Today was a day for ugly physical football, it told in the way Villa would try to close us down and stop us playing.

Conditions were entirely against the style of play we should be great at and we could not adapt, practically everything about it was shot.

lordgunner

have you watch arsenal this season!!!!! what beautifull football have we play! if at least we were playing good but you have 11 good players (yes we have some very good player in our squad) who look like they meet for the first time week in week out.
We have 11 players but no team on the pitch

giroud's header

where is the understanding between the
players???? very sad with the result.
gervinho why dont you cross the ball??

Eric Irish gunner

Because he either loses the ball or runs it out of play

Bobs

First time i nearly fell asleep whilst watching us play, that hasn’t happened EVER.

We never looked we would/could score, what a bunch of useless numpties, the more i see of gervinho, the more im hoping theo stays.

5pur2 dr00L

LOL at Gerv on the wing… can’t cross to save his life. USELESS.

Luis

In your honest opinion. It is obvious we need a change, should Wenger be sacked?

Bobs

5 quid says arsene blames the weather, the slipper pitch and we get to hear yet again about how ‘we played with the handbrake on’.

Nope, i’m sure it had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that we were simply not good enough.

Frog

I’ve said it before, now I’ll say it again. Gervinho is the worst player I’ve ever seen play for the arse. We need a proper winger in January. And a proper midfielder. And a proper striker. And a proper lb. and a proper keeper. And a proper manager.

TomJ

Try Jimmy Carter

Ivan Gazidis

That will cost us money…sorry not going to happen!

Chris

This team clearly has talents but no fight

oldgooner

according to whoscored.com arsenal had 1 shot on target while aston had 4. And 4 shots each were blocked. that tells the whole story for me.

cs

oldgooner, did you watch the game? Just saying one shot on target doesn’t tell the story for me, as it doesn’t include two good efforts just wide.

Lol

Ramsey was amazing.Rambo should play alongside wilshere for more confidence.Lets hope he continues this form.Gr8 talent no doubt.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

Please can people stop saying he was amazing. He was ok. not ‘amazing’. not by a long stretch.

5pur2 dr00L

Seriously, calling Ramsey “amazing” is making my blood boil. Hoping it’s an ironic joke rather than serious praise.

Lol

Ramsey was the best on the pith

Bry

If Wenger brings Henry back again we’ll be the laughing stock of world football. It will prove once and for all he’s a complacent, deluded cunt.

vino

I think Wenger has done amazingly in a lot of departments over the years, but i tell you what, he will top it all if he manages to qualify for the CL in May with this squad. This is a game where we needed some quality in the final 3rd, and we all know where that went.

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