Bradford v Arsenal – player ratings (torture special)

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After one of the most embarrassing defeats of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, Arseblog News has fingered through its book of Medieval torture methods (a must for every library) in a bid to sum up how bad last night really was.

Wojciech Szczesny: 6/10 – tooth extraction

Bacary Sagna: 5/10 – de-nailing

Per Mertesacker: 5/10 – foot roasting

Thomas Vermaelen: 4/10 – garroting

Kieran Gibbs: 5/10 – tarring and feathering

Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – blackmail

Jack Wilshere: 8/10 – tickle torture

Francis Coquelin: 6/10 – solitary confinement

Aaron Ramsey: 4/10 – eyes gouged out with a rusty spoon

Lukas Podolski: 4/10 – flaying

Gervinho: 3/10 – scaphism

Subs

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 5/10 – oxygen deprivation

Tomas Rosicky: 5/10 – waterboarding

Marouane Chamakh: 4/10 – rat torture

Arseblog News would like to highlight that the punishments listed above are representative of the pain each player made us feel during the course of last night’s abject defeat…not what we’d do to the players if confronted by them at London Colney this morning.

Feel free to discuss and post your own ratings, but normal comment policy applies. If you’re not familiar with it, please read.

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EDgooner4ever

Watching arsenal disintegrate over the past decade is torture

Heh

But its okay since the board members and manager are in a strong financial position…………sorry i meant the club. The club are in a strong financial position!

Witoldo

Are you that Gervinho isn’t drawing and quartering of the hair line?

Witoldo

+sure

Dammit, ruined the mediocre joke, just like Zhervinyu ruined Gibbs’s cross.

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

They should atleast refund this season’s tickets.

richie

Next home game the fans need to make it clear to the board the players and the manager that this aint fucking good enough… i dont even have channel5 for next season ffs…………..

wengers furrowed brows
wengers furrowed brows

watching over complacent players drag arsenal to gutters is something beyond torture. Its a crime against humanity!

sadfan
sadfan

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im gonna cry now!

T_T

KidKnockout

https://twitter.com/TheLadBible/status/278905314361880576/photo/1
Teams like Bradford are now taking the piss out of us. Just let that sink in.

Jackorules

Just look at his tits…

brad

Yeah results haven’t gone our way, but honestly can you say to the players that you are not giving 100 percent. I saw the partnership of cazorla, wilshere, rosicky and chambo, and i think they have bright future ahead with arteta and theo coming in. If Arsene were to buy someone i think he needs to buy for left versetile mid/wing player in the mould of Pires. Only one that comes in mind is christian Eriksen, how he destroyed city’s defense in CL was quite amazing. WIth that said we need a striker as well. Eduardo before the leg break was able to dribble past defense, clinical, and had good passing and positional sense, almost like Aguero, so it would be awesome to get someone like him.

goontang

Your delusional if you think Theo is coming in anywhere into that picture…

I have some serious doubts as to whether Theo is injured at all at the moment. I strongly believe he’s fine. But he’s just getting flogged in January. If he was going to stay, he woulda signed by now.

Gunnergadin

Thanks for the blog. Cheered me up after last night. Just waiting for the inevitable ‘Wenger Out’ lynch mob to stir things up.

Wenger in

Yeah I know right? I love Arsenal being a mediocre club too!

Bonjour

Yep! Wenger out! And since there are no candidates to replace him, lets go managerless for the rest of the season, surely that will get us in the top 4 and win us the FA cup!

Bonjour

And by the way, if we are managerless, Kroenke will definitely give us more cash to buy more players! Of course! Cause and effect! That’s simple logic you learn when you are 3 years old guys

Stoph

Oh fuck off you cunt! Without Wenger we would be mid-table at best. People like you make me hate Arsenal fans, spoilt pricks who expect, and think think they have the right, to win things! Joke fans. If you wanna glory hunt go support fucking man u

AGunner

Wenger picked a solid team, if they dont perform, hows it entirely his fault. he made good subs and got the game got fired up for the last half hour, shows hes still got what it takes to motivate them. short of Arsene taking the penalty himself, theres nothing more he couldve done.

hes got a year and a half left of his contract, with money coming in from the new emirates deal, he deserves the chance to see out his contract at least. Arsenal have been through a similar spell in the past when we won nothing for almost a decade, it happens when theres a big transition, I’d rather still be in our position than Liverpool whose only transition was losing Alonso, Rafa and Torres and look where they are – compare that to us losing RvP, Ade, Cesc, Nasri, Clichy, Toure, moving stadium, limited funds, and we’re still better off.

bottom line is as gut wrenching, humiliating and down right embarrassing as yesterday was, a bit of perspective is needed and sometimes shit does happen, need to get behind the team and hope Wenger proves wrong his critics (again!) and does the business for us.

Bonjour

Ok well from the comments on the match report article, seems like the reasonable bunch are calling for Jurgen Klopp or David Moyes to replace Wenger. Which is reasonable, they play attractive football and I for one would welcome them. Its up to you guys then to somehow put this forward through the media (ie have the Daily Mail pick it up and turn something out of nothing). Certainly a step forward from just shouting “Wenger out”

And there are another bunch who are calling for any random person (the name Sam Allardyce is often raised) to replace Wenger. They can fuck off

JonnyTechno

It’s not a matter of Wenger out in my mind. It’s the board & stakeholders …. they got too used to high returns & forgot about the pride in football.

They need to be hit in their pockets with the loss of Champions league cup money & the inevitable fall in shirt and season tickets that will lead to …

I feel disgusted by it because all along the way it was Arsenal fans who PAID for Arsenals not-so-recent fortune but become the donkey upon which the financial whip is cracked with the most expensive season tickets in the country …

weedwacker

@Gunnergadin
Have another Happy Meal, curl up in front of the tele cos the Muppet Movie is on in a minute.

Rik Standard

Made me feel worse after reading some of those descriptions…

Rishabh Sethi

Watching Gervinho play upfront or even on wings (not crossing) was a torture in itself.

Marty

and watch him miss from 2 yards over and over again. pure masochism. aaaargh

Lec

Gervinho.

He’ll find the BEST time to not release a ball and go on ahead and release it

When you DO want him to release it, he’ll mark time with it, as he ponders which opponent defender to actually SURRENDER the ball to.

Des

Spot on mate, I actually had flashes of this happening in my head, :gervinho the perpetrator ofcourse.

wengers furrowed brows
wengers furrowed brows

I never try to criticize any of our players…I always reserved the criticism to opponents …but Gervinho is really an amazingly frustrating player and even more amazing is the faith shown by wenger to utilize him up front and ramsey in the wings. Gervinho actually managed to head the ball for throw in from 10 yards, was it not for Giroud to actually cancel it because he was in offside position and gerv’s first touch is excruciating to watch …maybe we’re spoilt by the maestros of first touch like TH14 but really gerv really needs to learn a few tricks while playing for reserves.
Ramsey in wings and gervinho anywhere in the pitch =japanese torture

Harish

Bar calling Theo a Maestro of the first touch (though admittably more able player now) spot on. I think the criticism our players have received at times is a bit OTT and often unfair/band wagonning, but Gervinho… Boy, if there ever was an exception, this guy takes the biscuit.

kierangibbs'legs

Gervinho did better than podolski if you’d ask me. Podolski played like a he didn’t give a fuck. I woke up at 3 in the morning in singapore to watch this. FUCK.

abdul

So did I man, I had slept only at 1, I woke up at 3:30am for the game, Which is fine with me, but the stress i got from the game is just unbelievable. I thought we will win it after TV5 scored. Gervinho has no Brain, Ramsey no common sense, Chamakh! why is he still here.

ARSENAL

ugh. RAMSEY. What is wrong with boy? So many people unwilling to give up on him.
What a fucking let-down.

Drayton

Listening to the Pro Wenger brigade harping on for another season is torture

Matty

Sack Wenger now. If he was a strong manager he would confront the board and either invest in proper players or leave. If we can all see the players are not good enough wht can’t he? Will it take finishing say 6th or 7th to make him see sense? We will become like Liverpool if we are not careful. As for Gervinho absolutely useless! Unless ground is first don’t have a recognised centre forward. Thei is out of here!

goonerista

I think Ros did ok when coming on. He and Jack only players over par. The Ox, Gerv, Ramsey, verm and Chamakh horrific.

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

I thought Ox was decent in that dismal performance, especially when he came on. Made me think he was getting back to his old self, like last year.

I think the word we’re looking for is composure, or rather lack of. I’d like to see the stats on incomplete passes. I can remember getting agitated as fuck when possession was lost, over and over and fucking over again. Wasted. Gutted. Not amused.

Again congratulations to Bradford, I salute teams who are deemed underdogs and yet stand firm. Arsenal should take note.

Rusty

The ox is the poorest decision maker in the team. I can’t stand him

Voldermort

Gunnnergadin. Who’s to blame then? Who should take responsibility for what is happening?

Gandalf

The board, the manager and the players. No one should escape!

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

No one.
Pat Rice was a clever man. He vanished when he saw what the board was doing to Arsenal.
Knew he couldn’t be a part of it

Mooro

Chamakh – boiled alive in his own hair oil.

Pick the bones out of that one the morning after.

This defeat has totally exposed AW and there’s no hiding place.

It’s one thing to moan about the lack of a financial playing field with Citeh, the Chavs and Utd, but to put out what amounts largely to your first team against a Division 4 side, and not only not win, but perform so so badly, is completely indefensible.

A goal conceded from a set piece? No shit. Who saw that coming? Who’d have thought our players would once again be looking at each other wondering how the fuck that just happened? Again.

And what the fuck was with the crossing? It was atrocious. What they been practicing with, fuckin beach balls?

The January window can’t come soon enough. Action has to be taken and taken early, and no excuses will do.

If we continue stumbling on with the same squad, the same players run into the ground, the same players played out of position and the same, in some cases, sub-standard players, we’ll be well and truly up it, and I’ll be fucked if there’s a paddle in sight.

neutral

It looks like the team has not been coached at all. The players are technically adept but have no idea how to execute a game plan, moreover you question whether there even is a game plan.

In my opinion, Arsenal commits too many players forward, leaving the defenders exposed. When Arsenal attacks the build up is too slow, allowing the other team pack the area with defenders. Compare the ratio of attacking players to defenders when Arsenal attacks versus when Arsenal defends.

Too many times no options are available and I’m looking at the players movement and thinking, make yourself available. Then you’ve got Gervinho…

It is a nice idea to blame the board and money available, but it does not fly. Wenger chooses the players and the system, and whatever tactics he might employ (I have my doubts, it appears Wenger believes if you stick some technically good players out there the rest will fall into place, as if by magic). Who could replace him??? I think people would be surprised at how much better someone else could do.

But since this is about player ratings…
Vermaelen…. what happened to you?
Ramsey…. sorry you’ll never be good enough.
Gervinho…. what are you thinking?
Poldi…. where are you?

I thought Gibbs did well, but only watched from the second half onward.
The team looked so much better when Rosicky and the ox came on.
Cazorla looks a shadow of the player we saw in august.

last week a corner was turned, this week another…

Midfield Corporal

At least the new generation of fan now know what it’s like to experience the humiliation of giant killing. 25 years on York City still hurts, 20 years on I still have panic attacks when I hear the name Wrexham.
I think last night finally exposed the squad and Arsene. Only a new manager will look at the squad objectively and make the necessary changes, Arsene has invested too much in certain players and won’t admit he’s wrong. If I missed that Gervinho sitter at 7 a-side my mates would rip me apart. At the moment is be quite happy not to watch another game of football all season.

AledoBren

One word does it for me, Swindon . It was the final and they were division three. I remember the others you mention and more. It happens to all the big teams now and again, life will go onbybut we will always remember last night with trepidation.

Midfield Corporal

Swindon, you’re showing you’re age, West ham is the first shocker I remember in 1980.

wengers furrowed brows
wengers furrowed brows

Actually when I woke up today, I was expecting Wenger being fired or resigned article in the guardian…I am not a wenger basher but this result just made me fear for wenger’s job. Wenger is looking more like that gambler whose luck has gone for a vacation and lost everything. Whatever wenger is doing, nothing is coming good for him. Lady luck has clearly fucked him. Wenger doesn’t deserve this kind of hostility but he had been digging his own grave for quite some time and he could have steered clear of this misery had he not been a complete gentleman. Wish wenger could have been little more assertive in his approach and should have stood up a little against the board.
Clearly the players is showing zero respect for wenger now, I can never imagine anyone playing like that under managers like mou or SAF or mancini the way these players are playing under wenger. It almost shows no fear of retribution by the players. Arsene really need to take very hard stance against players now, no more Mr Nice guy approach. Fans can absolutely understand if wenger put verm,gerv,poldi or any other players who under performs in reserve team and promote youngsters. I rather watch reserve team replace the first team bar some players then watch these players shame the AFC.
COYG…its high time now FFS!

Des

Somebody said something about Poldi not giving 100% in many of the games he plays. Apparently evident in his Bayern days, and looks like he’s bringing it to the arse. Effortless display from the German, i’m starting to see this now.

That’s where the difference lies with gervinho. Gerv puts in more effort than poldi but his 120 minutes on the pitch has nothing significant to show for……..

Marty

because he´s playing out of position. why the hell he didn´t played up front??? he is striker NOT gervinho.

Des

So coz he’s being played out of position he’s allowed to be lazy and not give a fuck?.

Also poldi can play anywhere on the frontline so all this needs “playing out of position” needs to be stopped. He may not be comfortable on the LW but it’s no excuse to put in a below per performance. Is he silently throwing the tantrums?

ARSENAL

Podolski is useless as a central striker anyway

Adam

Doesn’t Poldi play on the LW for Germany?

A Yank

I don’t care how out of position you are being played, if you’re the fucking gardener you should still be able to bury a ball from 2-feet away.

Okay, so he was ineffectual positionally, but he had the best chance of the match and somehow missed it. Christ, should have held on to Bendtner. At least he was so out of touch with his sucking that he was fun to listen to.

goontang

I think id rather all of those than suffer this heartbreak

Mooro

The best form of torture for Gervinho would be to make him watch Gervinho. For 120 fuckin minutes.

Gooner

Sorry, thumbed down by mistake.
Best comment I’ve seen in a while!

jojoafc

Bet RVP is laughing his Cunty little socks off!!

Fairly Recent Gooner

I’m actually beginning to not hate RVP as much after what has happened so far this season, if he was going to carry a team he might as well get paid more at United. I still hate him on match days when he’s wearing their shirt, but during the rest of the week when it’s back to reality I totally get why he’d leave. Either that or the competition from Gerv scared him off.

ARSENAL

Gerv is too good for him.
Gerv is the world class player after all.
RVP used to miss from 1 yard all the time.

Adam

I’m right there with you. He is getting three times as much money and sitting on top of the league. Who is the idiot now?

neutral

Song too

Aaron

Did anyone else feel Coquelin was our best player prior to being taken off?

cg_spinner

Another substitution gone wrong.. was cursing when he was the first to be taken off and not Ramsey or gerv..

ARSENAL

personally think he’s quite protective of his Coq. I guess he wants he Coq to preserve his energy for later years

Spooner

Have to agree. At least Coq was looking to penetrate when given the opportunity.

Wenger's Glasses

True, I feel that too. I think Coq is the one who actually had a good game. I can’t understand Wenger sometimes.

Voldermort

Des, But surely someone scouts these players over a period and can see that these problems exist with some players.
I know what you mean about the gerv at least trying but in a team as bad as this we need more.
We need proven quality forwards to score the goals that will help the midfield relax and take the pressure off the defence. At the moment it’s all panic because we know we are struggling up front and any Goal conceded is a potential disaster.

Gunnerbattalion

The manager is responsible for the type of players he sign. That is the truth.
The scouts are in some ways responsible as well.

I’m feeling sorry for Jack. Playing with those kind of ain’t-giving-a-shit-characters. Please don’t leave us 🙁

This doesn’t happen to a team like United because all and everyone of their players have the winning mentality. Ferguson only plays players who is up to the task, the rest he flog off to the reserves or send to rivals in the Prem. (Nani)

ARSENAL

tbh. Nani would be an upgrade on Gervinho any day

goontang

Agreed. Nani is a greedy cunt on the pitch. Buy maybe that’s what were missing… Not a winger whose consistantly passing to mertersacker or vermaelen for 90 minutes.

All this team ever does is go side to side.. no shots.. no penetration.. having more posession does not mean you are the better team. Someone needs to tell these cunts you don’t get the 3 points based on posession stats.

Frog

I would be an upgrade to gervinho on the pitch. Mind you, I’m 38, fat and an absolutely horrendous footballer. I’d still fall over less and give back to the opposition less than that sack o shit.

GunnerDareMKD

Exactly ! man.utd have a shit players but they give all on the pitch and have a wining mentality. This is question for all arsenal fans, will you trade our center backs TV5, PER, with evans and ferdidand , will you trade arteta with carick , will you trade sagna with fabio , will you trade cazrola and jack with cleverly and young ? The only 3 players that i will trade with mancs are one is obvious it was our captain the other two are rooney and evra. so how this shit players like evans ,carick , fabio, valencia , ferdinand , can give all week in and out that is down to the manager that’s a fact.

Des

For me watching gerv try to work his way past a defence has been laughable.

Each time, i sit back and look forward to a throw in after the ball bounces off gervs forehead and out.

Big Dave

Next time, get Herb Alpert’s ‘Spanish Flea’ lined up for when Gervinho gets the ball. It all makes sense then – Gervinho is soley there for 1950’s style slapstick comedy.

AB

Szczesny saved 2 penalties. He had a decent game. Tooth extraction is way too harsh.

Big Dave

“It’s not down to a lack of quality. We missed three penalties but we must focus on the next game. We gave everything for 120 minutes. I can’t fault the team’s effort.”

What the hell are you talking about Arsene???

1. Yes, it is down to lack of quality… Gerv’s open goal?
2. Focussing on the next game? Why don’t we focus on this game.
3. We didn’t give everything for 120 minutes.
4. I can most definitely fault the teams effort. Overpaid, under-coached pile of tripe.

For once, just come out and say, “We were shite. Its not good enough and I’m not happy.”

I need a lay down.

goontang

Fucking disgraceful statement after a loss like this. Wenger needs to take some responsibility and stop babying these bottler cunts…… Because I don’t know any babies that are on 50 thousand quid a week. Treat em like men and fucking drop the players who aren’t performing.. I swear Wenger doesn’t even watch his own players performances sometimes.

EdwardGibbon

If Arsenal were an empire last nights calamity was equivalent to the sack of Rome when the Vandals ran amuck. Soon all that will be left will be derelict & skeletal Emirates fulfilling the same historical function as the Colloseum & reminding us of a once mighty football club.

GateCrasher

Podolski pulled yet another vanishing trick yesterday. Gervinho was always involved in the game but brainless…cringeworthy. between the two of them we appear to have one working winger. unacceptable.

Mooro

And another thing. Please ban any of the players from coming out with their usual shit.

How disappointed they all are, how they’re gonna bounce back, how the fans deserve better.

I don’t wanna hear it, I’m not interested, in fact I don’t give a fuck what they say. Do your talking on the pitch.

Although the way they’ve been lately you’d get more words that actually count for anything out of a mean pinball player.

ARSENAL

thank god none of them have said anything yet. I wuold prefer they didn’t say anything for a month.
So angry with them

Gunnergadin

Wenger is ultimately to blame as he has ultimate control over things, but asking for his head seems a bit ludicrous.

I can think of other games where Arsenal were well and truely thumped by a superior team. The 3-0 Man Utd win in the Champion league at the Emirates a few years back was more painful than yesterday.

We didn’t take our chances in the game. All I’m saying.

John

How do you know he has ultimate control over things? Any links to evidence? There was a remark by Wenger May-ish this year that he had to make a profit on transfer dealings. I’m not posting this in defence of Wenger, merely pointing out we don’t know what is happening at the club and who is responsible for what.

Westcodes

Nobody knows 100% what’s going on at the club but the players we have were signed by Arsene. Every single one of them! If laymen like me and you can blindly identify our lack of quality in the final third, what’s Arsene’s excuse???

John

I think it is time we were told what is happening at the club and why. Is money available or not? If available, is Wenger not given any money to invest in players or does Wenger not spend the money he is given? At least this way we know who to complain about.

Medieval torture of board and coaching staff is on order, I guess, to extract the truth.

neutral

The problems with this team are not about money, for the money Wenger spent on these players you would expect them to play better. Hell, the whole of Bradford probably costs less than Gervinho, in both transfer fees and in wages.

Harri

I just looked up scaphism… holy hell!

AgentITK

Yep, scaphism and porridge first thing Wednesday morning. Thanks blogs.

neutral

no shit, people can be unbelievably cruel

Bobs

gotta love how arseblogger has conveniently left wenger out, seriously? Make no mistake, we’ve got some awful dross in the squad but who picked/bought/trains/motivate them? Who has failed to get the best outta them, who has failed to get them to just work their bollocks off even though they might be technically ability…?

Nah, wenger cannot be absolved from any blame, not anymore, this shit has happened one too many times for it to be ‘just a one off’.

AgentITK

It’s a tricky one with certain players. Ramsey was progressing well until you-know-which-cunt-I’m -talking-about, he’s had some decent appearances as a sub this season but generally seems to going a bit Benjamin Button.
Gervinho has never looked convincing and probably never will, unless someone edits together a youtube video of his runs and dribbling where the final ball is pixelated out.
The really odd one for me is Podolski. He has played well in a smaller in team when everything went through him but he’s also done it consistently for Germany. He always looks to me as if he’s happier being at the end of move. He’ll shoot on sight and generally seems annoyed if he’s made a run and hasn’t been found. Maybe Internationals aren’t the best reflection because they’re more seldom. It’s easier to periodically put in a shift in a position you don’t prefer that to do it all season with your club. I’d say he’s happier as a striker which, if true, explains his recent vanishing acts. Of course, it doesn’t excuse them, he needs to get his arse in gear and do some fucking work.

ARSENAL

Ramsey. progressing well before injury. Wilshere was progressing fine too. Seems like he’s come back alright. In fact he’s been excellent.
Ramsey should wake the fuck up or ask for a move. Disgusting

AgentITK

Fair point. Ramsey’s was a different kind of injury though, different set-backs to overcome. van Persie spent a lot of time out but he was able to come back to peak form in a way that Eduardo wasn’t. Of course, vP was ultimately a better player and the same could be said of Wilshere.
Wilshere is also, and always seemed, a more dynamic and confident player. Desperate to play and better suited to picking up where he left off. I think Ramsey is in a cycle of poor preformance-falling confidence-cautious minset. He’s caught between being a sub and a starter and doesn’t have a settled position. He obviously has mental hurdles to clear that Jack doesn’t.
Again, it might simply be that he won’t fulfil his promise with us and would be better suited to a move.

Voldermort

Why ludicrous. At what point do we say enough is enough. How low do we have to go before its not ludicrous then?

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

To this day I haven’t criticised Gervinho, but he’s bringing it upon himself. Besides the obvious “fuck it, i’m not even gonna try to see where the goal is”, the most frustrating part I find is.. he dribbles rather excellent and then creates chances by taking on defenders of opposite team AND THEN WHAT, instead of passing to the unmarked teammates, he just dribbles on and on, like it’s fucking sunday. It happens too often. Poldi has been, what?, ten games below himself? Don’t get that, at all. Chamakh, seriously? Not even the slightest of effort. At least Gervinho tries. Can’t say that of Chamakh. Scandalous

Lec

Wenger is all at sea and behaving very oddly. He said Arsenal played well and that Bradford would be more disappointed on the performance than him. Erm… I don’t think so you French geezer. Time to put your size 19 shoes on and drive off in your car with the
doors falling off.

pauly bear

Why the hell does gerv fell the need to beat a defender 3 times before kicking the ball into the only space in the box with no team mates.?

M5

Over generous Mr Bloggs, TV, Gervinho, Lucas all deserve 0 and death by a thousand cuts,
of the rest make you right with Jack would also add Le Coq as an 8 our best player till he was hooked they can be the executioner’s.
BFG did OK a 6 he can have a go on the rack he won’t feel a thing.
As for our leader picked the best available side to play the right way sad thing is he’s signed them all think he should be considering the most horrific torture known to man watching that shit again, its timwpeb to go.

Wenger

Coquelin and Rosicky deserve massages. Nothing you can do if you play a passing game and the players you are passing to are shite!

Coquelin, Eisbein, Rosicky, Akpom all need first team football.

We are a joke at the moment, even from neutral supporters.

New paradigm is needed in the club!

IVOR BIGGON

I think The Forehead has naked pictures of Wenger wife! Why else would he keep playing him?

Dennis Asiimwe

“There’s a brittleness and a fragility to our team over the last number of seasons, and it’s hard to escape the conclusion that this comes directly from Arsene. His public defence of his players has been a strength down the years, right now it’s a weakness. A humiliating defeat last night brought the same platitudes from the manager when, perhaps, some public acceptance that it’s just not good enough to perform like that could help.

I don’t expect him to crucify individuals but when we lose to a team in the 4th division I don’t want to hear about our effort or that the pitch was slippery. It was that way for both teams. Maybe in private he’ll let the players know what he thinks but it would ease some of the frustration to air some of our dirty laundry in public. It might not be the Arsenal way but the Arsenal way isn’t working right now.

There is under-performance from top to bottom. The lack of drive and ambition from those who run the club is transmitted to the manager who transmits it to the players and that’s why we lose games to Swansea, to Norwich, and to Bradford City. Something needs to change, and needs to change quickly. ”

That Arseblog has lost patience with Arsenal (Wenger, the Board and Management in general AS WELL AS the players) is indicative of how far things have come. His perspective is often balanced, rational and level headed.

Yesterday’s nadir is one step too far. In Kampala, Uganda (East Africa), Airtel, a Telecoms giant, has been running a media campaign after tying up a deal with the Gunners. It offers phone subscribers the chance to go and watch Arsenal games in the premiership.

Considering the potent fan base the Gunners have in Uganda, it was a good idea…at the beginning.

Right now? Well…as Arseblog likes to say: “Meh.”

Arsenal_SouthAfrica

4th tier team??? What happened to my arsenal..? Where is the team I fell in love with..? The team people feard..the team that, if by some miracle they lost.. They would have at least the stats of a winning team.. Shots on target.. God watching the highlights gervinho such a cunt.. Strong fucking team.. So sad to see.. My Arsenal,not feared, laughing stock.. I remember being able to make fun of Liverpool for their decline.. Now we in the same boat.. Talking about the same problems.. All I want is my arsenal back.. My red and white team
. My team that dominates games..

AgentITK

Well that was a grim read. I could have happily lived my life without ever knowing about scaphism. Having said that, I won’t wake up tomorrow thinking “What a fucking horrible dream that was, glad I didn’t actually suffer through scaphism”, in the way that I woke up this morning assuming the same of last night’s farce.
I feel for Gervinho, it’s like he’s a dog that’s only been half-taught a trick. He know’s that something he needs to do for a treat but has never grasped exactly what it is. When he’s in the position to finally ‘roll over’ (find a team mate with a final ball) he turns and runs into traffic.
Chamakh and Podolski, however, didn’t even look interested in performing, which is harder to stomach. Chamakh’s penalty and reaction said far more than his “I will stay and fight for my place” half-prattle.

TeeCee

Hmm, Chamakh’s penalty? At least he tried to slot it in the corner where it wasn’t possible to save it and put a bit of hoof on it. Pretty much the mirror image of TV5s on the other post.
I thought the worst was Santi’s! Short of having a word with the ‘keeper and drawing a picture, I can’t think of how it would be possible to telegraph where it was going more effectively.
Always shaped to go right, far enough inside the post to be easily reachable, nice height for a good dive to intercept and soft enough to avoid any possibility of it going through the gloves.
Contrast that with the Bradford effort that went through the same area. SZCZ went the right way but it damned near took his hand off, as it had everything on it including the kitchen sink.

AgentITK

Granted, Cazorla’s was a very poor penalty. It was clear as day what he was going to do.
Chamakh’s irked me because, for one, I don’t understand why he went for that kind of finish. That kind of assured side-foot effort is well and good if you’re brimming with confidence of putting them away every other week. Arteta is a case in point. He missed against Fulham, made a sensible decision against West Brom and kept his bottle. Chamakh, in my opinion, made a poor decision and executed it poorly. I can forgive him the miss though, as I can Vermaelen.
Chamakh’s lazy, disinterested approach and his stroll back to the half-way line however, isn’t acceptable. It may seem petty but I’d like him to care that his mistake put up 0-2 down.
When Arshavin got results, I didn’t mind his muted celebrations. When Eboue was visibly gutted that his cretinous behaviour cost us, I forgave him (a little). You cannot play poorly, fluff your only job and then wander off as it was a game you played on your phone whilst waiting for a train.

InTheNorthBank

Were the Mayans Arsenal fans?

wukong

Thank you, that’s a nice one. At least it made smile a bit

InTheNorthBank

Pleased to be of service! 🙂

johnnymack14

Wenger has ruled whilst our best players are consistently sold green lighting it as he thinks he can buy better ones for 0-10mil or grow them, fail in the last 5 seasons
Tactically he’s always been quite naive preferring to build an excellent team and if it doesn’t work out just bung Wiltord for example on.
It gets worse every year why don’t people admit it, this arsenal team is boring and slow and Wenger is as much to blame as lack of investment by the board as he let’s them get away with it, never saying they don’t give money leavin the fans chasing shadows whilst he collects fortunes in wages.
We do need to spend but I’d prefer our next manager do it!
Gooner 4 life

TeeCee

Look, it’s a simple game and it’s all about getting into the sodding box.
All well and good splitting the defence with a perfectly-weighted pass, but when the receiving player’s only options are either trying to pick out Chamakh[1] or bimbling around at the edge of the 18 yard box and waiting for everyone else to catch up while the opposition’s defence gets its act together, it’s pointless.
Look at how everyone else does it. Break, two men in box, midfield pelts forward to run onto anything loose. Opposing defence on back foot throughout. It is not fucking rocket science.

Actually, did we go forward at all before Rosicky came on? If we did I must have missed it while I was making the tea.

[1] And watching Gervinho trying to pick out Chamakh is like watching a parkinson’s sufferer trying to thread a needle with a ship’s hawser.

Hulk

There is no way to describe that game from a gunners point of view without swearing for at least 25 mins. They should all be fined for that!

abdul

Am one of those Pro Wenger, but this is getting extremely poor from Arsene, you don’t need Falcao/RVP to beat Bradford. Wenger shld and will be the boss till the end of this season and he shld decide for himself whether he shld stay or leave. Depends on our Final league position and how far we go in CL.

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

You don’t. But I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t lose to Bradford.
If there was a time for a Falcao type signing.
IT IS NOW.

abdul

I don’t see Theo as a CF yet, but seriously can Theo do any worse than Gervinho?? Poldi looks very lethargic which worries me.

Chamakh's overworked barber
Chamakh's overworked barber

I think we would have been better off with about 5 players on the pitch

Hussein

That really hurt last nite! the pain was much more than going out the final to Birmingham! What would i do to them this morning? I was thinking let them train just underpants on nothing else! But I think they need the morning off! We just can’t bite anymore! No matter what people say about our strikers option, that team should have some goals in it.

AB

I very honestly think I can play better than Gervinho.

Des

You know how you can just say, “i know i’m better than that guy in football”……..with gerv you actually are!

Gunner

I said the same thing last night, Ramsey and Gervinho should not be playing for Arsenal.

Arseblood

Wenger has bought a load of freeloading, don’t give a shit cunts to play for this club….Podolski is shit, Gervinho is a pathetic excuse for a man let alone a footballer, Chamakh is a fuckin idiot who can’t even tie his own boot laces…and Vermaelen is a shell of the man he once was, an awful captain whose game has crumbled unde pressure.
It shows how far you’ve fallen when you wish we still had Bendtner…..he’d walk into this team now.

AgentITK

Please don’t bring Bendtner into this.

PGunner

Feel like I’m going through a minor form of torture everytime I watch players like Gervinho, Chamakh and Ramsay. Fucking hell, just be better! Wenger, only now is my faith in you beginning to wane- please wake up and smell the shit before it’s too late and we end up fading away like Liverpool.

Just a membership number
Just a membership number

At least we will make a profit in January when Theo links up with RVP again…

deano

0\10 for the entire team bloody hell we were playing against a bottom division team. Gervinho might try hard but he is garbage i think he would find a way of missing if the ball was on the goal line. Seriously why is he playing CF his scoring record is rubbish. The crossing through out the game was woeful. Did the Bradford goalkeeper work hard last night. Erm NO. Decline decline decline but dont worry weve loads of money.

RedSoxGooner

Wenger will never slag his players off in public. Basic management 101. He will, if required, do that on private.

However, although we (I) love the guy, his biggest strength – loyalty to his staff (players) is also his greatest weakness. Stubbornness in not swaying from the chosen path with those he puts his faith in.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Please kindly donate to my new charity, “The Gervinho Repatriation Fund”.

Our sole aim is to provide funds for Gervinho to purchase a plane ticket to a destination of his choice. Preferably France or Ivory Coast where he can continue to show his finishing skills in front of goal.

Please dontate kindly as we wish to reunite him with relatives as soon as possible, thank you

MERTESCIELNY

Says it all that coquelin was our MOTM and was brought off after 60 mins. And I’ve absolutely had it with vermaelen. Giving him the captaincy has evidently ruined a phenomenally talented athlete’s confidence an seeming ability to defend like an EPL player. The number of times they aimlessly hoofed the ball up and he waited for it to bounce before inexplicable going through his legs and subsequent falling over against a LEAGUE 2 striker says it all. This guy needs to be dropped for a while cause currently I would rather honestly have djourou or ignasi at the back. Last night was one of the most painful nights in my time as an arsenal supporter as from the beginning it was all inevitable: the lack of passion, determination and forward fucking passing (which I why coq was MOTM for me: he was the only one to show any of this). We’ve seen this time and time again and as suffering but enduring supporters we should demand CHANGE. I don’t mean sacking AW as that’s simply foolish but this guy seriously needs to relook his entire policy: you can’t blame the board on his selection last night or why he plays Ramsey and podolski out of position or why we gave a gurless display or why he substituted the only player trying to make things happen, you can only blame HIM. This is the same guy who presided over and built one of the greatest teams in football, one that couldn’t lose. So he hasn’t lost it, it doesn’t work like that in professional sports but he DOES need to rethink his policy and FAST cause I’m sick of staying up all night to watch the team I love implode and throw away chances whenever we’re presented with them. I’m fucking tired of this.

Rant over.

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