Match Report: Bradford 1-1 Arsenal (Bradford win 3-2 on pens

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Arsenal crashed out of the Capital One Cup on penalties as Thomas Vermaelen went from hero to villain in the space of an hour at Valley Parade. The Belgian rescued the Gunners from defeat in normal time with an 87th minute header to cancel out Gary Thompson’s opener, but could only hit the post when he needed to score in the shooutout which followed a stale period of extra-time. Santi Cazorla and Marouane Chamakh both also missed as the Gunners succumbed to lower league opposition for only the third time in Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club.

As promised Arsene fielded a strong starting line-up with eight of the side that beat West Bromwich Albion retaining their place. Francis Coquelin, Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey were the only changes replacing Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud respectively.

The home fans, who pre-game had kindly handed out free Santa hats to all the travelling Gooners, were in vociferous voice at kick-off and despite a couple of early headers from Thomas Vermaelen and Lukas Podolski grew in confidence and noise as they watched their dogged side take the lead after 15 minutes.

Vermaelen was penalised for a body check on Bradford’s tricky winger Wells and from the resulting free-kick Gary Thompson found space at the back post to volley first time past Szczesny. The defending wasn’t great, the finish was clinical.

For all the tidy possession Arsenal maintained in midfield we rarely threatened and were it not for a Gibbs block on the line from another set piece we could have been staring down the barrel of a two-goal deficit. After a prolonged scrappy spell we started to show a bit of promise before half-time.

First Francis Coquelin showed quick feet to wriggle past three Bradford players before unleashing a tidy drive which smacked off the post then Cazorla drove wide from 20-yards. Gervinho then conceived to miss from two yards after failing to connect properly with a Gibbs cross following fine interplay from the midfield.

Those squandered chances could have been compounded had Wells’ shot crept inside Szczesny’s post just before the break. The 22-year-old Bermudian, who once played for a club called the Dandy Town Hornets, had Vermaelen in a real muddle all half and looked far more like a Premier League star than our Belgian.

The shakiness continued in the opening moments of the second half with our captain continuing to make mindless challenges in dangerous areas. Eventually Arsenal found their footing again. Ramsey flashed wide, Gervinho fluffed his lines a couple of times, nobody connected with a dangerous Coquelin cross before Wenger took action on 60 minutes by swapping the young Frenchman for Marouane Chamakh.

Eight minutes later Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Ramsey and Podolski and the England man immediately forced a decent stop from the Bradford keeper. It was our first on target in the match.

If we were turning the screw, we seemed to be using a Swiss Army knife to do so. It was painful stuff to watch and Bradford seemed to enjoy their opportunities to hit us on the break.

Wilshere took some responsibility and had a decent effort on goal but when you wanted a striker chasing in on the rebound Chamakh had his head in his hands on the edge of the area. With six minutes left on the clock Chamberlain skied an effort over after nice play by Gervinho, however, just when it looked as though our luck might be out Vermaelen finally met a Cazorla cross to head the equaliser with three minutes left on the clock. A captain’s goal after he’d been up against it all night.

Rosicky nearly won the game a minute later before two long-range efforts from Cazorla stung the palms of Matt Duke in the dying seconds before referee Mike Dean signalled 30 minutes of extra-time for the second round in succession.

Our English internationals, Chamberlain, Wilshere and Gibbs (twice), all caused panic in the Bradford box as we pressed for a winner against a side who began to eye the possibility of a penalty shootout.

We continued to press in the second period of extra-time. First Chamakh flashed a header just wide from a Cazorla corner, then the little Spaniard thwacked the bar with a superb dipping effort. On far too many occasions the final ball into the box was either under or over hit as Arsene Wenger grew increasingly apoplectic with his players. The boss stated before the game that he wanted to avoid a shootout against a side who have won eight in the last three years, he didn’t get his wish.

Doyle scored for Bradford. Cazorla missed. Jones scored. Chamakh missed. Szczesny saved from Derby. Wilshere scored. Connell scored. Chamberlain scored. (Another) Jones had his effort saved. And just when you thought we’d been handed a lifeline Vermaelen hit the post.

And we went out.

Out against a side in the fourth tier of English football. Out of a competition we stood a fine chance of winning. Out to the sound of the rest of the Premier League crowing at our expense.

A horrible night for Arsenal. A great one for Bradford.

 

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What's my name?

Phucking unbelievable! Is this how low we have fallen, being KO’d of a cup be a team from the mighty League 2? Wow…..

gooner for life

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Ooooooooh Santi Cazoooooorla
Ooooooooh Santi Cazoooooorla
Ooooooooh Santi Cazoooooorlaaaaaaaaa

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Wengers big salary

Wenger kiss my pink ass
oldman am out of this shit
fuck Assanal and fuck you
for being a loyal fun of a
shittty club… I will never
pay to watch such a useless team of lazy overpaid
amateurs.. Fuck you gooners
you made me choose Cricket
over Soccer..

Frrrrred

Just because you said that I think I too will stop going to games………

Actually no, I think I’m still gonna support.

garyfootscrayaustralia
garyfootscrayaustralia

Cool, fuck off and watch the cricket then.

garyfootscrayaustralia
garyfootscrayaustralia

…that comment about cricket watching was for “Wenger’s big salary”, whoever that duffer is.

AGunner

Knew we’d lose it on pens. Last shoot out we won was years ago in Europe, completely different team, none of them have the nerve. Chamakh and Vermaelen have to hit the fucking target. Power over placement everyday. Fucking taking the piss now.

goontang

Yeah we were never going to win on penalties when all 5 of our penalty takers were taking there first pens for the club ever on the night.

AGunner

Bradford had won 9 consecutive penalty shoot outs prior to tonight, 3 of them this season, so yeah, I think they had the upper hand in terms of confidence. If podolski, arteta and giroud were on the pitch to take one, I’d have been more confident.. Silver lining of it is at least it’ll save the heartache to lose it on an own goal in the final… *sigh*

goontang

i actually wouldnt be suprised if the team didn’t practice once for penalties.

Probably thought we were going to spank them, thats the attitude the players had on the day anyways.

Bunburyist

I wish we had played our second stringers so that we had an excuse.

But what’s our excuse now?

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother

I can’t believe Eisfeld didn’t get a shot today. What does this kid have to do to get more first team action? He wasn’t injured was he? He looks like he could offer so much more to the team than Ramsey (Who by the way needs to be kept off the damn right wing Wenger!!!)

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad
It would be funny if it wasn't so sad

We need to stop looking for excuses and look at the truth.

TRob13

2nd Stringers might have won it.
Better yet – U21’s WOULD have.

Pearson

If we’d played our second stringers we would have had a better chance of winning Gervinho? Jeez. Bring back Bendtner.

Mikkey3D

Of course there are negatives :

1. We lost
2. Against Bradford
3. With our first team players

But there is a positive side : Gervinho confirms he is the best player in the league…. when he is not in possession of the ball 🙂 He is so unpredictable that he always seems the first to be surprised by his own moves and touches 🙂

Munya

Because Wenger’s the hero The Arsenal deserves, but not the one it needs right now…and so we’ll slate him…because he can take it…because he’s not a hero…he’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector…The Red Knight

Oz

What a load of old bollocks you talk… time to wake up…

Harish

Quality Batman reference, mate!

ARSENAL

ffs. this is not a movie.

Frrrrred

Lower League teams sure know how to show premier league teams how to play a game of football, nothing but 110% goes into it.

H. P. Arsecraft

This is all blogs fault after the “Wenger eager to avoid Bradford penalty drama”. You should not tempt fate!

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

I think it is City and Chelsea fault. They spent money and missed up the game, if City and Chelsea Owners where not here we would have beat Bradford or Brim.

Is that right??? Been saying for the last three years here and Arsene’s blind sheep blamed EVERYTHING and never HIM losing it as a manager and making OUR ARSENAL a FEEDER CLUB to the likes of City, Manures and Barca.

Who is to blame now???? It is BRADFORD FFS.

How many times I wished I would never say what I am going to say now because I KNOW MY FOOTBALL….

I TOLD YOU SO

Arsene IS the problem.

ARSENAL

arsene isn’t the problem. you don’t build the invincibles and so on by being ‘the problem’. Ridiculous. The players are underperforming. They aren’t blameless. Also the board has taken all the money away from Wenger and left us with a bucket load of money in the money in the bank. They want to pay dividends ffs

Pearson

It’s the boards fault.
It’s Ivan Gazidis’ fault.
It’s Stan Kroenke’s fault.
It’s Chelsea’s fault
If we had Usmaninov on the pitch we would have won

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

Clough, Sacchi won the European cup/ECL now TWICE countless league titles but refused to move and change with time and left behind. Arsene made the same mistake stuck in 2000 and didn’t move with time.

Are you telling me 143 million a year for wages is not enough to beat the likes of Norwich, Bradford away and Swan at home???? He signed the likes of the players that don’t deserve to wear our Arsenal shirts NOT the board.

Stop loving him more than OUR ARSENAL, he is not going to get any better no matter how much money they board give him if 143 mil and couldn’t not beat lower league, we truly know we have to show him the door NOW.

Arsene IS the problem

kevin

Maybe you should read and answer the reply rather than trotting out what helps your point.
He said the players are under performing, not the wage bill, not some guff about past managers with chronic alcohol issues.

GHANAGOONER

Am not sure what disappointed me the most. That we didnt win or that Wenger came out in defense of the players. Am sorry but whether we gave it our all as a team or not, its freaking embarrasing and the players should be told in no uncertain terms that our first team should not be loosing to a league 2 side. Period. I get the distinct feeling the hunger for success is well and truly gone. Wenger should be knocking some heads over and not cuddling the players with comments like – we gave it our all so its fine. We have to win against a league 2 team with our first team, period.
I was at the emirates for the first time for the WBA game and was all excited and was looking forward to Reading over the weekend. After game last night i hastily cancelled my reading ticket and now. Having cooled a bit am still going to go so if anyone has any tickets drop me a mail would buy them off you. Kenenam@yahoo.com.

Remember the invincibles because we aren't good anymore
Remember the invincibles because we aren't good anymore

Van persie is laughing at us.
The invincibles are ashamed of us

wengers furrowed brow
wengers furrowed brow

are you sure only van persie is laughing…every player who said club lacked ambition and moved on must be laughing their ass off…we surely have become a joke of a team with 11 strangers

Yeah Right

Rihanna?

Wale

Oh rihanna.

I want to tie her up and spank her real good,like bradford did arsenal today then when I’m done I fucking eat her.

L

eat her? jesus, your a fucking a pervert freak

Dancing Cannon

Gervinho=best player hazard has ever played with…. *facepalm*…why?… just why?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4345518/Eden-Hazard-transfer-Hazard-hails-Gervinho.html

Los Polandos

the point being Eden Hazard is a blind cunt who has no connection to reality whotsoever (a natural fit for chelsea then).

Munya

He’s a good player that has lost his way they don’t hand you the ligue 1 double for sitting on your fucking arse. He’l get it back I have belief in him.

Arsene plays a part though, he had barely become used to wing play in the premier league let alone playing as a “false nine” he’s no messi and we dont have the players to be consistently successful in that system. especially with ramsey on the fucking wing.

We need to play with width and speed as well as intricacy, we’ve been figured out by teams, defend the middle, crosses arent a threat and set pieces are manageable, nick a goal and you’ll have a chance.

Newxieland

The Treble is still on!!!

wengers furrowed brow
wengers furrowed brow

wow indeed! I dont like to criticize players or manager esp our own but this result does seem to be the beginning of the end of wenger & his non performing players. IMO board & owner support for wenger is in its crucial phase.

Wenger

I’ve always liked Arsene Wenger, but I really think that something is fishy. Like he died a few years ago and his twin brother took over. Or it was one of those weird mind swap movies, and he swapped with Ramsey…

Several years ago it was easily predictable in a logical sense; as soon as our tempo started dying, I would say, we going to bring on so and so. So and so would come on in the next 5 minutes.

Not last night, Coquelin was having the game of his life! He was flying around the field making every tackle. He even went forward. He was the quickest mind, quickest feet, most physical on the pitch. Wenger takes him off.

Seriously, Gervinho up front? Give me a fucking break. Anyone could see after 20 minutes that it wasn’t working. He is not a striker. He hasn’t trained to play as a striker. He is not a striker.

Ramsey on the wing? In the first 3 minutes he burst into the box, the goal was there to be hit. He looks to the left and bullets a cross into Gervinho’s body?
I really think that his biggest problem is quite a big problem. He is NO goal threat. In the box, the ball lands to him, and it rockets 40feet above the goals.

Podolski is a striker. He has even said to the press that he wants to play striker. We only ever gave him a chance in one match as a striker.

Tom Fox, Gazidas, you are fools that are living in a hole! A fucking hole! Do they honestly believe we are in the top 5 teams in the world.
We are worse than 40th that is for sure. We can’t even beat Bradford. We are a joke to football supporters, analysts, commentators.

I don’t think we would be able to win the championship, never mind the league.

Disguisting.

Runcorn Gooner

Vermaelen actually went from villain to hero to villain as he gave away the free kick ,as usual ,that led to their goal.
He committed enough fouls that Dean eventually booked him.Its been the story of his season and sums AFC up this year. Too inconsistent.
Still is only Reading in the Premier League next Monday.
P.S. The youngsters would have won that game because Bradford upped their
performance when they saw a virtual first team ( how Gervinho falls into that category I will never know)
As someone said we would be better taking him off and playing with 10 men.

TR7

Give me the fucking captaincy TV5 if u cant handle pressure.

Wengarboyz

ya, i complain, i moan, i groan, but this football team…i’m supporting still.

Matt

Couldn’t help but think last night was always going to end the way it did! As the day went on I had that feeling that we weren’t going to be up for it, There was in my mind a few players last night who wanted to fight (Wilshere, Cocquelin, Gibbs and Sagna) They always showed for the ball and wanted to do something with it. Everyone else was just poor and to be honest should be ashamed of themselves this morning. All we ask for as fans is for our team to show they want to win and take responsibility. If they then lose then at least we can see they tried but at the moment this isn’t the case. I am a very worried Gooner whi can’t see this changing any time soon. I hope im wrong!

L

i’m so disappointed… 🙁 something needs to change now!

Lapidarij

We made a BIG mistake last summer. Now we will need lots of time and belief to be strong again.

Xenon

van persie was a fucking cunt agreed….
but we sold a leader and a world class player without replacing anyone with his quality…
hate the man but not the player…
we would be much better with him…and to those complaining how he would have damaged team spirit..i agree..
but there isn’t much there right now to begin with

Joey

can you really blame van persie for leaving when he had to play with mugs like chamakh, i don’t blame him, i blame the board and wenger

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

To Arsene and the board it is all about money. I understand the Yanks and his puppet Ivan the terrible, what I don’t understand is Arsenes selling us cheap and just caring about making profile for them to ear 7 mill a year.

Arsene IS the problem.

kevin

It does seem strange to me that you have inside knowledge of Wengers workings,…?
It seems more plausable to me that Wenger is simply doing what any good employee does, what he’s told. If that entails selling his best players to fund a stadium move then so be. It doesn’t seem rational that a man with no financial interest in a club beyond his wages would want to see it become more profitable at the expense of his reputation?

D4

That could have big ramifications for our season. A part of me hopes this will be a wake-up call for the players but it’s not like we didn’t have enough chances. In the end playing a full-strength team was a gamble to begin with given the circumstances, and there’s a chance this could break them.

One – and probably the only – positive: Jack looks ready.

Matt Jarvis' Uncle

Wake up call?
hahahahahahahahaha

Those days are gone my friend.

IgorHBK

At this rate, he looks ready to leave, to be honest with you.

Thimble

How many wake-up calls do you want? The alarm clock’s permanently by the side of the bed. Any dipstick that defends Wenger after this has completely lost it.

Tottenhams reckoning

This is the sort of thing that causes a February collapse…what worries me is that this is December and we are usually in a respectable position come the collapse, whereas now we are doing terribly!

SimSima

Wake up call? The alarm bells have been ringing for Arsenal for a while now! Even if they wake up now, they’ve already missed the bus (this season at least). Time for meaningful change at Arsenal.

chimasacker
chimasacker

Was I the only one who saw the difference when Ramsey was subbed and Rosicky came on?

Where the hell does Ramsey think he is? Clearly no urgency on the play, very few top managers will put up with such nonsense.

jack is gold, gervinho is still gervinho.
jack is gold, gervinho is still gervinho.

the players need that

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad
It would be funny if it wasn't so sad
damien joyce

that’s what wenger/kroenke and gazidis needs

collegegooner

I’d say we need a little bit of this as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4x05Z3MSkQ

Jim Jimminy

if youre disappointed now wait til you read what Wenger said………

chimasacker

A lot of people want to blame Wenger. However, the truth is that he puts up with the garbage from these players mainly because resources are limited. There was a time we could afford to do away with players like Davor Suker, Kanu, Van Bronkhorst, Edu e.t.c. If we had a player like RVP at that time, we would have done away with him. He would never have been given the time to regain fitness because competition in the team was intense.

In my opinion, if we had more competition, players will sit up. What do you call the free kick Vermaelen gave away leading to the goal. A total loss of concentration, he let the guy away easily. It has nothing to do with ability but it is more of discipline.

chimasacker

And fuck Kroenke, fuck anyone who thinks he is better than Usmanov they are all the same. What he has done is to under-invest in the team after the initial acquisition thus making it less competitive. He does not end it there, he goes further ripping off assets by selling vital players.

H. P. Arsecraft

Wenger put this team together on limited resources. Yes, but that’s still a lot of fucking money.This is his team with players on massive wages and Wenger has fucked up big time.

NorthernGoon

Laughable isn’t it?!

Rad Carrot

Sorry, “Wenger’s hands are tied”?!

I don’t buy that for a second. What about Everton and the sp*ds? Two teams having a much better season than us? Are their hands tied? No. They have smaller stadiums and smaller budgets, and yet they’re thumping us.

It’s the manager’s job to both build a good team with the resources available and fight the board if necessary to achieve results. Wenger has failed on both counts.

My hand is my girlfriend
My hand is my girlfriend

🙁

Bucks

huh?

Matt Jarvis' Uncle

This hurts really bad.

Abs

Enough is enough man.
Wenger u gotta go

Bonjour

For the 384th time, who should replace him if he goes?

Don’t get me wrong, the minute you give me a satisfactory answer, and the minute you convince $tan Kroenke to give your proposed candidate funds instead of withholding them like he does from Wenger, I will call for Wenger to go as well.

But until then, what’s the point? Mourinho and Guardiola are just as likely to touch the Arsenal job as Barack Obama is.

PIm

WE NEED JURGEN KLOPP

Save Arsenal!

I would go for anybody who is able to yell at them when they play shit and fuck them up if needed. He doesn’t necessarily has to know anything about football but it would be a bonus points factor in recruitation.

Pearson

Sam Allardyce would do better with this group of players.
Big Sam would sell Gervinho and Ramsey to the glue factory where they could produce something useful.
Don’t blame money. The entire Bradford team cost £7 500.00

Rad Carrot

Lots of people are now putting money on Moyes.

If we got Moyes in the Summer – or preferably, by the weekend – I’d be so happy I’d sacrifice a goat.

Bonjour

Re: all these responses – fair enough then.

I don’t know whether they would do a better job than Wenger at this point in time, but Jurgen Klopp and David Moyes are both respectable managers. They are welcome in the Arsenal managerial post. Although having said that, there is still the problem of Kroenke asset-stripping that will not go away with Wenger out (might even get worse). If you guys write a couple of articles/blogs, the Daily Mail might pick it up, turn something out of nothing and put some pressure onto Wenger to do better or else.

Sam Allardyce or “anybody who is able to yell at them” = absolutely unwelcome. Please think of wider consequences (hoofball the entire game, skilled players like Cazorla getting fed up and leaving, attracting Shawcross-type players rather than Huntelaar) – sure we’ll play with pride and give 110%, and we’ll gallantly, bravely and chivalrously get relegated.

ARSENAL
Bonjour

Exactly. The pro-Wenger brigade (Neville Chamberlain) may be deluded and outdated, but there exists a pro-Kroenke brigade (Adolf Hitler) among the Arsenal fanbase, believing that he really does give all the money in the world to Wenger? Really guys?

Pong of the OxCoq

Bonjour… Did you read the article? The whole gist is the similarities between the Avalanche and Arsenal since Kroenke took over.
I would recommend you google & read what’s been said by fans of other Kroenke Inc. owned sports franchises… Avalanche, Nuggets, Broncos… The writing is on the wall for Arsenal… We are being transformed into a profitable mid table club.
On Wenger… In my opinion, his fatal flaw is his belief in his system (always trying to fit square pegs in round holes…. ffs, Bendtner played as a right winger!)… and that we never adapt our tactics according to the strength of our available players and our opponents. I hate saying this but the only way we will ever win anything with Wenger again is if we assemble a squad vastly superior to the rest.

A Yank

I’m embarrassed to be an Arsenal fan today. Well done to Bradford.

Momo

I’m always proud to be an Arsenal fan, not always happy and nowadays there isn’t much to cheer about, but although i’m only 17 (and living in Manchester) I will NEVER ever ever be embarassed to be an Arsenal fan.

L

well said mate!

Kenyangoon

You are a good lad, bless your big red and white heart!! ;(

A Yank

Good for you kid (no really), but I’ve been an Arsenal fan about as long as you’ve been alive and today I am embarrassed. From the moment Jens got sent off in the CL final, this club has been on a steady downward slide. But losing to a team in the 4th division with close to a first-choice side, that’s a new low and that’s embarrassing.

Wale

Now is no time for fucking diplomacy and telling us how much you love the CLUB. WE all fucking do.

Right now, we’re shambles and something or someone needs to change

paddymac

I still can’t believe Chamakh took a pelanty. That’s when I knew the game was up.

Voldermort

Our forwards are absolute shit. No shots on target until the 70th minute is a joke.
This one is down to wenger, he signed the ones we have and decided that when we all knew we needed another one this season he didn’t buy.
Its just embarrssin now. And gervinho should compensate those poor 5000 gooners who made the trip up there because he really doesn’t deserve thier support. The man is a complete waste of a shirt.

D4

The frustrating thing is that we’ve finally started to build a team from the back, end up with a good keeper, good defenders and an outstanding midfield, and yet for the first time in years – perhaps decades – then have a serious lack of quality up front. If we’re being honest we only have one first team striker and that’s Giroud.

Chamakh is no world beater but at least he’s an actual forward with some sort of record – it beggars belief that he is so clearly and completely out of Wenger’s plans and doesn’t at least get a few more proper chances as back-up while Gervinho runs around panicking and smashing first touches all over the place.

jack is gold, gervinho is still gervinho.
jack is gold, gervinho is still gervinho.

regularly featuring strikers/AF for club & country

manure- 4 int. strikers
chelsea- 4 int. Attacking forwards.
city- 4 int. strikers
everton- 3 int. strikers
arsenal- 1 int. striker

Rich

Good defenders? To me it seems that Vermaelen somehow swapped bodies with Djorou.

Wale

Sad thing is Giroud is not yet even an international striker, he has yet to fully establish himself but at arsenal we like to be 2nd best so it’s okay I guess!

Midfield Corporal

Gervinho is truly terrible. He hangs onto the ball too long and if there’s a wrong time to release it he’ll find it.
A psychologist would probably say it was unwise of AW to say he doesn’t want it to go to pens, because if it does your already disadvantaged mentally.

D4

Gervinho is the anti-Persie: no control, no finish, no vision, no physical presence, but will cling to Arsenal like life itself.

gooner odst

Imagine if Gervinho had taken a penalty…and missed it….

By the Gods, I would have summoned a spectre from hell itself to wring his neck and kick him in the posterior.

NorthernGoon

D4 – but he’ll still get played over Walcott who right now is the most skillful, attacking minded “forward” we have. Wenger is too stubborn; his Piaget esque approach to football management worked well with “The Invincibles” but the guys today and let’s face it since need a stern hand guiding them.

I’ve always been on the fence when it comes to Wenger but now honestly, I can’t wait to see the back of him. All this bollocks I read about ‘Who should replace him?’ There are a plethora of managers out there right now who certainly couldn’t do much worse. Moyes, Guardiola, Mourinho (who’s already said he’ll manage any team just to get in the Premier League) O’Neill (don’t give a shit where Sunderland are in the league, the man’s class) then of course we have our prodigal son Henry. Imagine a team of him and Bergkamp…

Alas, I dare to dream.

Pearson

We can’t play Walcott as a striker because Wenger hasn’t finished converting him into a Winger yet.
We can’t play Cazorla on the wing because we haven’t finished converting him to a central midfielder yet.
We cant play Podolski as a striker because we haven’t converted him to a winger yet.
We cant play Gervinho in the U12s because he is useless.
We cant play Chamakh in the ladies team because he has smaller balls then them.
Where was Arshavin last night

Runcorn Gooner

Good News Only a few weeks till he is off to ACN.
Bad news is he will be coming back

Arsenalized

I am depressingly speechless!

Lapidarij

I was speechless (almost) in the summer when most of the fans on this forum were convinced that Podloski can replace rvp… nobody knew that Wenger will actually try with Gervinho!!!

NorthernGoon

Again that makes me laugh, Podolski is a great striker but Wenger refuses to play him central and instead keeps him on the wing where he admits he’s not much cop.

Blah

Disgrace.

labelofgradedgoods

Agreed.

Wale

Wenger ”I can’t fault the effort of our player’s. The player’s give absolutely everything”

You having a laugh Wenger? You actually being serious? If that is the player’s giving everything, then the whole playing staff shouldn’t be paid.

Goonster

Could someone please do a video compilation of Gervinho’s performance against Bradford tonight? Thanks in advance.

A Yank

1) Shit on to a plate.
2) Miss the plate that’s six inches from your bum
3) Film it.

Confused and Frustrated Gooner
Confused and Frustrated Gooner

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Is this the Gervinho Hazard said was “the best player I’ve ever played with”? :/

Exiledgooner

If you do make a compilation video, make sure to put the Benny Hill music as the soundtrack. If I weren’t a gooner I’d find him hilarious, sort of like a French speaking Stewart Downing. As it stands, he just makes me want to throw up.

Exiledgooner

That gif is hypnotic in a horrific way. It’s like watching a car crash; you want to look away but you just can’t…

Rich

Notice how even Bradford player is surprised that things like this actually happen.

Seattle Gooner

Yup, even the Bradford defender facepalms at that one…

D-El

And I figure “he must have taken his eye off the ball”–but I’ve watched that like 20 times and I don’t think he does. It’s amazing–like a seeming violation of physics.

Glory Hunter

Judging by his reaction im guessing That Bradford defender put money on Gervinho scoring!
Who’s laughing now!!!

Nate

Wenger you stubborn ox…why continue to play out Gervinho every match while subbing off Podolski every time.

Wale

Speaking of OX.

How dissapointing was he. He continues to NOT develop, his play sometimes seems same as of a school boy, blind passes, shit crosses (so long as I try attitude).

The ox needs to wake up, he’s not playing to his full potential and risks his place on the left wing. This because Ramsey is playing so FUCKING SHITTILY so wenger has NO CHOICE but to continue playing him while we continously MOAN!

Frrrrred

In Arsene we play ramsey out of position and keep playing gerv.

Jackorules

Totally stunned, but not entirely surprised, which is the worst bit.

aussie gooner

WENGER OUT
Once again, I can tolerate mistakes made by players and manager alike. But when the mistakes are no longer mistakes but instead examples of arrogance, stubbornness and putting your ego ahead of the club. That is what I can’t tolerate. Ramsey is not a winger, neither is podolski, Gervinho is not a striker, he is not Thierry Henry so Wenger should stop trying to prove that he can transform him the same way he did titi and start doing whats best for the club.

As for the players, no heart or passion. Aside from jack as always and Rosicky. The fact that we can keep passing it between Vermaelen and mertesacker with 10 minutes to go in a quarter final shows exactly how much the players don’t care about this club and are just happy to earn a few million a year.

I am writing this comment in the 80th minute while losing, and regardless of the result will post it anyways because this really isn’t about winning or losing. This is about the respect I have lost towards most people at the club. I will never stop supporting Arsenal as a club but I have lost my faith in this group of players and staff.

aussie gooner

oh well. maybe we will hear about how the team showed great mental strength to come back and take it to penalties. or how the pitch was horrible. and how he has been in the game for 30 years. over this fucking shit

Mikel Artekkers

We weren’t passing it between Vermaelen and Mertesacker in the last ten minutes at all. But the rest of your sentiments exactly. The only problem is, if Wenger out (which won’t happen, the board love the money), who in?

aussie gooner

mate i was typing in the 80th minute and Vermaelen and per had just completed a one-2

As for your question. I really don’t know. I don’t think Pep would be succesful at Arsenal simply because he has no messi or Xavi here. but to be fair. this isn’t my job. All i know is that after 8 years of complete bollocks. we need change

Pearson

Sam Allardyce

garyfootscrayaustralia
garyfootscrayaustralia

Jurgen Klopp. Transformed Dortmund from lower mid table, on a tight budget, promoted players mainly from within, whilst playing an brand of football that’s robust and fluid emough to be expansive or organised dependent on the opposition and competition. He’s also delivered two domestic titles and a domestic cup in the past two seasons in a league i rate highly. Now he’s got the hang of the European scene too. Took him a season to find his feet at Euro level, but look at what Dortmund did to City and Real. Plus, the board would jizz in their zip up leather bondage gear if they looked at Dortmund’s balance sheet over the past five years.

Sure, Klopp has had to sell too ( Sahin, Kagawa etc.) – but then he goes out and buys a diamond like Marco Reus, who it should be noted is now favoured by Jogi Low ahead of Podolski for the inside – left forward position at national level….so he knows a thing or to about having to sell to buy, and most importantly, has proved a sound judge of a player in that area.

The method in Klopp’s revolution reminds me a lot of what Arsene did fifteen years ago.

Thorough

@Mikel Artekers. You Sir, are a bellend. You think it will be so hard to replace a plank of a coach who earns 7million a year and has just gotten out-thought by a semi-professional coaching a set of semi-pro footballers in a league 4 paces below our tier. You are a plank, Sir. Sincerely.

aussie gooner

So Now Wenger says that the gunners will bounce back. even if we assume that we can believe what he says. what are we gonna bounce back to ? top 4? real shame that that’s our top goal .

Pearson

I’ll be absolutely delighted with a top four finish.
We aren’t that far out in terms of points. But it seems as if we are miles off in terms of quality
I hope and pray that this misguided and (out of position players) team get into the top four. If we don’t we will need Sam Allardyce to fix it..
I hope we win the triple now that the quadruple is off.
UP THE ARSENAL!!!

Dave Burrows

a hiding to nothing tonight. Chamack and Gervinho should never play for the club again, they were shocking.

Lapidarij

Yes, but what about Ramsey?

Dave Burrows

he played well till he got knocked out I thought. was only caught on the ball once or twice

Bunburyist

Ramsey is not a wide forward, and so I can put up with his performance tonight (that’s the manager’s fault), but what exactly has Gervinho done to earn a place at centre forward?

Oh, right, the manager put him there…

jack is gold, gervinho is still gervinho.
jack is gold, gervinho is still gervinho.

he was played out of position. but gervinho and shame-ack were supposed to be strikers, weren’t they?

goontang

ramsey played well? are you fucking serious. i am a big ramsey basher but fuck me, how can you say he played well.

He offers absolutely nothing on the right wing. Absolutely nothing and that was the case tonight. His one opportunity to take a shot was inside the penalty area and it nearly went out for a throw in.

give me a fucking break, if you call that playing well, no wonder this club is slipping in its standards.

D

Loyalty to the club.
Wenger out end of the season.

Tired of this

Why wait until the end of the season? I don’t want another penny to be spent by the man at our club. He’ll just by yet another useless player then play him out of position.

arsenal

Jack Wilshere for captain.

damien joyce

You can rest assured fellow gooners, jack will not sign a new contract with our club while the status quo exists, now i’m not necessarily suggesting wenger has to leave but the continuous purchasing of sub-standard players or not spending at all, and letting the likes of Walcott and Sagna leave on top of Cesc, Na$ri, Song, RVP etc.. and to be honest, can any fan blame him. He is the next Xavi, for me it’s not up for debate, but every top club/manager will know this, and it’s not like arsenal wont sell to highest bidder regardless of rivalry.
In the Premier League right now, Darren Bent looks gettable (£10-£14m), he scores goals, Fellaini at the right price (£20-24m) and Ben Arfa (£12-£15m) so come on let’s try at least to prove to JW10 that we can improve from here.

Patrick

Darren Fucking Bent? Really? Are you Twitchy in disguise?

damien joyce

Patrick, u tell me hand on heart that bent would be worse than Chamakh, Gervinho, Bendtner, Ramsey, Podolski and Arshavin.

We used to have an Attack Force Z

We now have an attack force zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!

goontang

Honestly what the Fuck does he expect when our forward line consists of our worst fucking winger playing centre forward and our worst midfielder playing right wing. Wenger has lost his fucking marbles. That miss of gervinhos in the first half is completely unacceptable.

What a bunch of fucking bottlers. Should have played the young guns who would of actually given a Fuck out there today.

This is by far the worst arsenal squad I’ve ever laid eyes on.

goontang

Today could be the day I’ve lost faith completely in Wenger.
1) continues to play gerv and Ramsey out of position when they offer absolutely fucking nothing in those positions and have never done so.
2) substituting le coq when he was one of the only players trying out there
3) gervinho plays the entire 120 minutes. I’m sorry but if you play as fucking Shit as that guy, you should not be getting rewarded for it.

No fucking wonder Walcott wants to Fuck off out of here, imagine how frustrating it would be seeing that clown preferred at centre forward than him.

Martin

Were you not around for the 94/95 side then?

H. P. Arsecraft

I was but right now I tend to agree with goontang.

goontang

You know what the most worrying thing about this all is?
Wengers coaching ability. A coach of his stature in the game should be realising a few things.

Ramsey is not a winger.
Gervinho is not an arsenal player and certainly not an arsenal centre forward.
Wengers inability to change the formation is a sign of a horrible manager. Only stubborn managers would not change the formation when it is quite clear that we dont have the players to play the passing game he wants.

In all seriousness, Bradford looked much better in attack and creativity than we did today. Story of our fucking season, yet nothing is being rectified.

The only way wenger can get some respect back is by admitting he was responsible for the defeat. Which will never happen in a million years.

goontang

Ive just read his post match interview.
What a fucking disgrace, he is basically congratulating the team on their hard work today.

Are you fucking serious wenger? this guys is getting delusional with old age.

Arsene's Nose

I Blame Weoger, Gesv and Ramsey!

Frrrrred

Only one Arsene Wenger can keep Gerv on the field after the worst showing ever.

Wale

What can I say? FUCKING DISGRACEFUL!
ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL! I’d rather we lose 5-0 than see some of them player’s play again Gervinho? FUCKING GERVINHO? Just get out of the club! FUCKING DISGRACEFUL! Another chance of a trophy gone! Something needs to change. I apoligise for my language here, but this JUST ISN’T FUCKING GOOD ENOUGH!!!!

george

Jack Wilshere should be made captain. He was the only player who I confidently knew would score. I don’t know how long I can trust in Arsene.

diefenbaker

well I thought young Jack was pretty poor during normal time, improved alot when Rosicky came on, the Ox bad game really,
the team that played from the 75min onwards, I like (minus forehead of course) , almost similar to the team that played in the 87min against WBA,
Away fans were awesome.
The players that were a let down, well the usual suspects. This was never going to be an easy game I felt.

Tired of this

Seriously? After all of the poor signings, the tactical ineptnes,s the most humiliating defeats and runs in the History of Arsena (all within his era)l and you’re still not sure how long you can trust in Arsene?

A Yank

Problem with that is if we make Jack captain, we’d have to sell him this summer.

Rezatron

What a joke. How was that team not good enough to beat Bradford. Depressing.

Frrrrred

OXLADE FUCKYOULANE.

gooner odst

its times like this when that primal urge from within me tells me to say something like “sack the whole fucking team!”

first shot on target in the 70th minute by a sub? you are having a giraffe. Poor Jack, I swear in the end he was playing every position except goalkeeper.

Chair

League
fucking
Two

Well done Bradford, you deserved it.

Momo

well…. this is awkward for the club
On a more serious note, you can hate Gervinho all you like, but he is becoming detrimental to the team. That miss was awful and when he gets the ball he’s more likely to mess up than do something useful and I think the other players are beginning to see that and start ignoring him when he is in space… its basically like being a man down when Gervinho is on the pitch

Jim Jimminy

add Chamakh to that and an inability to play any sort of useful ball into the penalty area and that should do it.

But yeah, i never want to see Gervinho in an Arsenal shirt again.

Momo

exactly, when the Ox berated him for the poor pass and Chamakh spoke back I don’t think I’ve ever felt more angry at a player… how could he justify such a poor pass. Not to mention the lack of effort he put in, he should be pressing and winning the ball back from the front, not jogging along past the ball

diefenbaker

why all the hate for chamackh? he’s hardly getting any game time prior to this.
the way our midfields been functioning , I dont think falcao would’ve made much of a difference.
Also Bradford took the lead and were defending pretty deep. Its a cup tie, it happens.
Ox should’nt be let go scott free either, poor crossing, overruning, reminds me of a young Walcott,

Im trying to make it through one Arsenal match without mentioning those 2. Its getting tiresome.

Ermias

The inability to hit any sort of quality cross into the penalty box is starting to get very frustrating. For all his laziness in tracking back Arshavin still consistently hits quality balls into the box, however he hasn’t really gotten any sort of chance this year. I know Arshavin has been maddingly inconsistent in the past but if we are going to be playing Giroud or Chamakh up front I would much rather have Arshavin instead of Gervinho as he actually has the ability to put the ball on their heads, rather than dribbling to long or overhitting a cross into the stands.

Justafa

This is too hard to take

Momo

that’s what she said… I’ll get my coat

Wale

No, that’s what arsenal said, coz tonight we just took it up the arse!

kermit

Thanks for the memories Arsene …but it’s Time to go .. Be honourable and resign .

squillaci

Black scarfs out! Had enough of this boring french bloke!

Merteswagger

Arsene do the honest thing please…Cheers x

Rad Carrot

Sorry guys, that’s it for me. I’m now firmly in the ‘Wenger out’ team. He’s been brilliant, but enough is enough – he must tender his resignation.

Arsene's Nose

Easily the Worst Day of my life….it hurts…it really hurts

Witoldo

Meh. It’s the League Cup. It’s not a real trophy anyway.

name required

Is this my arsenal? Is ramsey a winger? Is gervinho a striker? What trophy do we have a realistic chance of winning? When will we reach the promise land? #faints#

Lapidarij

1st half
Totally wrong formation for this match! Wengeeeeeer what’s going on? If we don’t have determination, at least we deserve good formation and tactics.
Totally wrong positions for Gervinho (It is time to move him to the wing or not play him at all) and Ramsey (“played” like headless chicken again). Coq and Wilshere were not working well in the midfield. Too cold for Cazorla. Actually nobody was doing well. Especially Vermaelen who again played with lot’s of mistakes and misjudgments.
This Arsenal team looked same as in too many games this season: impotent, slow and predictable.
I see that rvp is doing great without us but at least Na$ri doesn’t 😉 , so I do not understand how our players can be so small harted or whatever is going on?
I mean we all know what’s going on – we became a feeder club and Arsenal team is just one of the stops in some of our players carriers.
2nd half
Wenger is still stubborn but Wilshere, Coq and Cazorla are more present then before. Team is playing faster but still far away from their box.
Chamakh is littlebit lost, but Ox and Rosicky are in. Thank god.
Wilshere decided to take a lead.
Goal!
Extensions
Rosicky and Cazorla are good together. Wilshere strong!
Those three must start every game from now on – they are Arsenal I like!
But Bradford deserved 1:1.
Penalties
We were fucked cos Bradford players are great at penalties.
Wenger left to players to decide who will take them.

Congratulations to Bradford! They played very well. I am happy for them.

Now Wenger can let Walcott and Sagna go… and buy bloody cunt Nani??? (sarcastic)

griffdaz

Lets see how many in arsen we trust boys justify this.
Well done to bradford.they taught us the fight passion and determination to win. What now wenger.can’t wait to hear his excuse for this one

big dawg

i looked at the live text and it said BRA 1 ARS 0 and i thought, it aint so bad, it is Brazil after all…
Gervinho. Wtf man. No way Tottenscum or Newcastle or Fulham would play someone as bad as him.

Mooro

York City. Wrexham.

Lived em both, but have never been as ashamed and angry at a so called performance as tonight.

With a few exceptions, those players should be lined up and each made to apologise to Jack.

They don’t deserve him.

And on a night of bad performances, Chamakh can just fuck off. How many flying fucks does he give?

And I’m nearly out of words for Gervinho. Billy Smarts will be in town shortly – they’re always looking for clowns. Swap him for the fuckin bearded lady and we’ll still be on the right end of the deal.

gnarly charlie

Re: Gervinho. Hilarious. Thanks for the smile.

Elly

I feel SO sorry for those fans that travelled up there in this freezing weather and sung their hearts out, and now have to come all the way home from Bradford after watching that shameful performance. Just no fucking words.. worse than the 8-2 last year.

Pigsinspace

Wenger just has to go he’s been great but he’s bought us into this position these are his players… Time to remove the blinkers we’re going down down the table… Wenger out now…

Giroud's perfectly chiseled face
Giroud's perfectly chiseled face

What in the actual fuck

Arsene's Bored Banker
Arsene's Bored Banker

“We lacked a little bit of sharpness in the final third”

Oz

Thanks Arsene’s Bored Banker – that’s the only thing that has made me laugh all night.

Right, back to crying into my pint and wondering what’s happened to my beloved Arsenal under Wenger and the board’s tenure…

Filip

And I felt we played a little bit with the handbrake on.

TRob13

No shit… *laughing*
I so expect those words.
The WRONG words – but we should expect them.

SZ_Arsenal

Lets be honest we fielded 3 players who wouldn’t make Bradfords bench Chamahk Ramsey Gervinho.

Then we proceeded to pass like retards for the first 70 minutes of the game, then tried get the ball in the bucket behind the goal when we crossed.

Except Rosicky, none of our best players needed the 120 minutes of fatigue and Rosicky only got around 60 of it.

Yay to a massive confidence in drop in players and more fatigue, God knows why we didn’t play Eisfield, Meade and Jenks – Sagna had a hamstring complaint less than a week ago???

Great penalties from Bradford (first 3).

Oh and Gervinho is so bad, sorry, i mean shit.

Gary

We might as well have played the youngsters. They would have battled harder than most of our first team did tonight.

We have serious issues up front. Our front three is woeful and needs replacing entirely. None of them are up to Arsenal standard. I include Podolski in that statement.

Ramesh

Yeah, Podolski is anonymous in most games. I know he is out of position yadda yadda, still, for a player with 100 German caps, some output is expected. How many touches does he even get during a game? Pretty low would be my guess.

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

Don’t know what to say really.. can’t get mad every fucking time. Ah ffs, I was looking forward that final with scum Chelsea. Atrocious, the amount of balls given away.

diefenbaker

yeah not sure why, not really pissed off as well, Bradford played well.

kikapu

Thanks for the quick report now we can all vent!!

One poor performance after another where to from here?

I love AW but only one person to blame for our current situation. He assembled the squad, which it too short on quality and can’t seem to get them to play like they have ever met each other!

The team out there tonight should have won easily but yet again we struggled to play any good football for most of the game and has happened way too much over the last few years but more noticeably this.

Thought the weekend could have been a turning point but was just a blip if this doesn’t cause a positive reaction and run nothing will with this team!!

Oz

How fucking embarrassing… and to 2nd league Bradford…

But don’t worry folks, just watch, they’ll be queuing up on here, head in the sand, to still blindly continue to kiss Wenger’s arse… as the team sinks deeper and deeper into the shit.

Just what more do you need to see that Wenger and his philosophy is past it?

I’ve supported Arsenal for over 35 years now and always will – not the corrupt, money-grabbing board and their past-it colluding manager.

Wenger and the board out!

aussie gooner

season over in December, Atleast we will win the top 4 trophy.

Geee

What a fucking shambles. I swear if wenger mentions ‘mental strength’ again I will top myself. Fucking bunch of bottlers, just spineless

Jim Jimminy

WHAT THE EFF WAS THAT?

We are once again a laughing stock. everyone in the country is laughing at us. AGAIN.

But the players won’t mind, they’ll be laughing and joking tomorrow, off to nando’s, christmas shopping in harrod’s.

i’ve had enough of this.

I hate Gervinho. Why is Chamakh playing when clearly he doesnt care about Arsenal.

Absolutely no one anywhere is going to be scared if us for the rest of the season. Everyone is going to turn up and have a go at us and we will probably let them. Unless something gargantuan changes between now and Monday we are in for the hardest season of Wenger’s reign. And we probably won’t survive.

Bashmachkinfile

“Hopefully we won’t need penalties,” Wenger said.

Arsene knew!

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