Match Report: Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal surrendered a first half lead in Athens as Olympiacos scored twice in eight minutes to win 2-1. The Gunners had taken the lead through Tomas Rosicky but goals from Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou condemned Arsene Wenger’s side to their third loss in three Champions League encounters at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

There was a first start for youngster Jernade Meade in an Arsenal team that looked rag-tag on the team sheet, and no place for Andrei Arshavin who sat with three other As on the bench (Angha, Akpom and Ansah).

The Gunners started brightly and had the first attempt of the game inside the first minute when Gervinho flashed a shot high and wide, albeit under some pressure. The Ivorian then found Chamakh in the box after good build up play but the Moroccan showed signs of understandable rustiness allowing the home side to clear.

In the 11th minute Thomas Vermaelen showed good determination to prevent a tap-in for Djebbour after Olympiacos made a good break down our right hand side, before a Coquelin through ball looked to have played in Chamakh but he had strayed offside.

Arsenal had a good chance to go ahead in the 17th minute when Chamakh headed down an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross, Olympiacos fluffed their lines presenting the ball to Aaron Ramsey on the penalty spot but he miskicked when he should have at least hit the target.

From an Olympiacos corner Tomas Rosicky cleared a header off the line but it looked as if Szczesny had it covered in any event. The keeper then pulled off a good save as Olympiacos found space in the Arsenal box, before Torossidis fired well over the bar after excellent midfield play from Abdoun.

The same player then clipped a cross shot not far wide after a promising Arsenal move broke down with Chamakh. The Morrocan was then unlucky not to be played in by Gervinho having held the ball up well but the forehead was unable to lift his gigantic head and spot the run.

Then, after a great crossfield ball by Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho headed back across goal when Ramsey was just outside him on the overlap, but the Ivorian made up for it by setting up an Arsenal goal. He drove into the box, turned back inside, played it back to the onrushing Tomas Rosicky who powerfully side-footed the Gunners into the lead. 1-0.

In the second half Arshavin replaced Rosicky, presumably a pre-planned decision given the Czech’s recent lack of match time, and the Russian was sprightly enough getting his head to a Chamakh cross and firing a decent volley which was saved well by Carroll.

The Greeks though grew in confidence and after hitting the post with a header they equalised on the 64th minute with a scrappy effort from close range by Maniatis. A furious Szczesny complained that the corner from which the goal was scored shouldn’t have been given and got a booking.

Olympiakos nearly took the lead a couple of minutes later when Djebbour somehow headed wide from only two yards as Jenkinson, who’d been having a good game, got caught ball watching.

They did take the lead with 16 minutes left as Mitroglou, who scored at the Emirates earlier in the season, came off the bench to curl home past an unsighted Szczesny. The two goals seemed to knock the stuffing out of Arsenal and with limited options on the bench it wasn’t massively surprising that we struggled to muster anything of merit in the remaining 15 minutes.

The defeat rendered the result between Schalke and Montpellier meaningless confirming a second place finish in Group B for the Gunners. While that won’t necessarily guarantee us a stiffer test in the knockout stages it does mean we’ll have the disadvantage of being away in the second leg.

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PolishGunner

1. Gamble doesn’t pay off.
2. I like Meade.
3. Good to see Rosicky back.
4. What’s with Chamakh giving everyone a slap in the face?

Thebiggooseman

Squillaci, gervinho, don’t ever put a shirt on again.

Bunburyist

I don’t think there’s any doubt about Squillaci’s time being up. It’s been up for a while now. But why does Wenger persist with Gervinho and Ramsey? Neither can play football at this level.

As someone mentioned below, Rosicky is clearly a player of another level to his teammates tonight–and some of his teammates are considered first-team regulars at Arsenal…and Rosicky was playing his first full half after four months out…

It boggles the mind.

11!!

Few months ago, most people would thumbdown if ramsey got bashed. Now I see it’s getting more balance.
Worst case i can see is that as he costs us games now because we invest time in him. and when suddenly he become a very footballer in a season, he pull a walcott, or nasri. fuck, then i am gonna tear him up.

William

Remember when everyone wanted to sell Rosicky last year? And now everyone thinks he’s the kitty’s titties?

Sue.My.Chin

Can’t believe Gerv is getting stick for that performance. He was the only player on the pitch who looked like creating anything for us. What did Arshavin or AOX do, Chanack, Coq or Ramsey…? Far less than Gerviniho did certainly.

If people want to criticise him at least wait until it’s merited, don’t just jump on him because you’re scared you’ll be called out for having a go at anyone else.

D

5. Wenger out.

cesc

6..In the morning.

Pride of London

6. Loyalty

undercovermancgooner

I like how this is a little poll on whether Gooners on here think he should go or not. Wait until the end of the season, I say.

Goonerism

@D

This comment is aimed at you and all the gloomers

Goonerism

@D

This comment is aimed at you and all the gloomers and naysayers.

You support The Arsenal. Sure things aren’t going well at the moment but I have supported this club for 28 years now. We have been through worse patches.

Get behind Arsene and the team.

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Always remember that.

Des

Totally with you on this. I’ve been reading some articles about how Wenger has stalled on a new contract and it gave me the shivers. Despite our poor form, I still feel and know Wenger is the guy for us. Get behind the team and i’m positive we’ll be cruising again soon, don’t wanna be left out.

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Giroud's perfectly chiseled face

6. Fuck off

UGooner

Chambo tweeted:

Alex Ox-Chamberlain ‏@Alex_OxChambo:
Its times like this a club needs to stick together to pull through. Trust me this hurts us just as much as it does the fans #AFC

I say listen to the kid, Gooners! Get behind the team!

Des

This team would have atleast got a draw this past saturday. well done lads. Nobodys fault for the goals, an overall team effort and I enjoyed it.

A Yank

I take it by ‘nobody’ you mean ‘Jenkinson’ as he just watched Mitroglou turn and waltz into space without making an attempt to close him down on the winner.

Des

Was just kinda impressed with our first half, I expected a whooping but we were abit shit in the 2nd half to take the money.

Abit questionable to bring off rosicky, I guess wenger thought we were cruising.

TomJ

I agree at least you couldnt fault the effort. Despite the loss I am still happy he did the right thing and rested the players that are going to be vital for December. We could beat or lose to anyone in the next round anyway. The game at rhe weekend is vital, let every Gooner get behind it

Des

Saturday.

ROSICKY > CAZORLA.

cesc

haha Des….. have an early one tonight mate 😉

Des

The whole game changed when Rosicky was substitued for Arshavin. I think we played really nice football up until that moment. It is so annoying, we could have topped the group.

I’d start rosicky for saturday, the way he bossed the midfield today, like he had never left. Remember he was key to our top four push last season. He could maybe replicate that this year starting saturday!

COYG

I personally would like to see them play together

ARSENAL

all in all, have to say another performance where the opponents outplayed us.

GUN

Rosicky>Cazorla as a playmaker because that is not cazorla’s position. He plays better in the Wings. We’ll win if Rosicky plays as CAM and Cazorla at the wings against West brom

UGooner

I agree. Wenger should stick Rosicky in Cazorla’s position (CAM) and push Cazorla to the left wing…
Game Changer!

Insight

Good points: (1) Jernade Meade. Very solid performance on the big stage, granted it was only against Olympiakos and the game was somewhat pointless. Possible solution for backup LB? (2) Thomas Rosicky. Welcome back, our dear Little Mozart. (3) Squillaci, with a great reluctance. Far from good, but relatively forgivable performance in comparison to that disastrous performance last time I saw him.

Bad points, and never changing: (1) Gervinho. He has the ability to drag the ball close or into the box, but he has no idea what to do with the ball after he gets to the box. That’s a natural football sense, and if he doesn’t have that skill at this stage of his pro career, this may be his limit. Additionally, poor crossing, if not nonexistent. (2) Chamakh. Hard to classify this guy. No pace or dribble skill. Not a classic poacher either. He looks at the referee instead of trying to finish, which leads to (3) our striking department. Our midfielders strike better than our strikers. With our strikers, I find no audacity and no wittiness with the ball: that one move to create an opening and faith in the kick. The greatest source of our current frustration in addition to our vulnerable defense.

Lapidarij

Hey man, did you forget somebody? Our best player of the night? 🙂

Insight

Man of the Match: Wojciech Szczęsny, which is not always the good thing.

CountLeaf

we’ll see if the gamble pays off during the weekend. winning or not was not the gamble, Wenger clearly accepted the possibility of defeat before the first whistle. the gamble is whether it’ll positively affect our, fuck, JADED first team during our next league game.

hope it will, cause today it was pure crap.

and also, why no Gnabry?

Bestie

Gnabry is injured.

superanderslimpar

Lee Dixon spot on tonight – Senior pros frankly not good enough tonight. TV is having a shocker of a season, wheres he going for that 1st goal?
Gervinho – how frustrating is he? More often than not, will always take the wring decision, & he only handballed with both hands at the end there!
Rambo – the boy never hides, so give him credit for that, but he should be taken out of the firing line. He’s an easy target for most & with nothing really in front of him tonight, that made him look even worse.
Finally, this idea on the type of player we have in the squad – we don’t have any “winners” in the team in terms of players who understand how to close a game out. What sums it up for me is that the squad tonight contained players from those footballing powerhouses of Wales, Morrocco, Belgium & 3 on the bench from Switzerland! All that shopping at Poundland, & that explains why we are at the moment.
Not sure how much value AW will get in January & buying players to appease the masses wont solve all our problems – just should remind y’all the last time we bought 3 players in January? Adebayor , Walcott & Diaby.

kratoshes

chamakh is waking everyone up from slumber. And for all the nay sayers of chamakh should watch this game and eat their words. Give him some time on the pitch he shoud get some goal for us.

TeeCee

My thoughts too.
I thought he looked very effective and industrious, just a little rusty. His holdup play is still good, his movement was generally spot on and he tracked back promptly when required too.
That header back down into the centre of the box had “bury me” written all over it. Gift wrapping and a little bow too. Just a shame there wasn’t a decent AM running into the box to hammer it into the net, so it ended up bouncing to Ramsey who promptly fluffed it.

I can’t help thinking every time I see him play that somewhere in there is a decent striker trying to get out. I reckon that given more game time and a bit of thoughtful coaching, rather than Arsene’s “work it out yourself” approach, he could be a very good player.

Lapidarij

Not just cos he scored but it was really obvious how high and explosive Rosicky is in comparison to the rest of our team. He is a level way above. I would also like to see Meade against some premier league opposition. I think he can be really good.

Also I hope Ramsey lovers enjoyed one more of his “brilliant” performances…
Not just cos he assisted Greeks but I was breathless couple of times more… really amazing play by our greatest prospect. Now I see what blow it was that he didn’t play against Swansea. 🙂
Although Ramsey is not one of our worst problems… He is just a good example of what kind of players are playing in the starting 11 at Arsenal FC in year 2012.
We have many more problems… we have worked on them for years… selling our best players …etc…etc…
and how it looks to me we are not stopping…. next are Walcott and Sagna,… 🙁

paddlejack

I really don’t understand all this Ramsey hate. He looked really sharp tonight, the incident for their goal was unfortunate, not his fault. He was quick, bright and really tries. Doesn’t deserve all the abuse he gets

Lapidarij

Put his picture on your wall close to Lady Gaga and Hobbit.

Bonjour

Oh for fuck’s sake, their first goal occurred because there was an absence of marking in the far post (the guy who scored), while Meade was unfortunately too short to deal with the first guy who won the header. Just bounced off Ramsey. Our entire team played shit in the 2nd half.

If that’s all Ramsey’s fault, then how can we explain the loss to Swansea as well? I know, its the fault of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Dick Cheney, Tony Pulis, Henry VIII, Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Alessandra Ambroccio. STOP the fucking Ramsey bashing!!

I don’t expect people to agree with this but here’s my opinion before anyone calls me a pro-Ramsey troll. The fundamental tactics of the team have not been right the whole season: the “Bould”-influenced philosophy of putting 2 banks of midfield/defence behind the ball (when we defend) is not compatible with the “Wenger”-influenced philosophy of throwing everyone forward except 2 CBs and 1 DM (when we attack). This causes an overly stretched playing area, quick fatigue, and lack of creativity up front – when we do hold the ball for more than 10 seconds and our players actually get up front, they’re too tired to do anything except hang about, not making any runs.

Gooner

Ramsey is hampering the Arsenal’s progress as well as progress of players like Coquelin and Eisfeld. Ramsey is a likable individual but he is not good enough for a top 4 premier league team,

EDgooner4ever

Bullshit!

Xxxrob

Didn’t get to watch this. Thank god

diefenbaker

Wasn’t that bad, it was refreshing to not see the 1st team players, just didnt have the quality to win. Wish gervinho and ox didnt start as well.
Squillaci was pretty decent, Chamackh was good I thought.
Rosicky is pure class. The Ox looked as if he was too good to be on the field.
1st woudnt have won anyways.

Assshavin

why do wenger still believe in ramsey’s abilities?

Sol4real

That’s a question even God himself can’t answer

SimSima

Probably for the same reason he believes in Song’s abilities. Basically he knows more about football than you ever would.

ramseys back pass

and maybe the home grown rules too leave him short on options

Runcorn Gooner

Ramsey is like marmite.Love him or hate him as shown by the equal number of thumbs up/down

Sol4real

Same shitty game, am guessing this team was also tired, is it now so hard to win a game, how can we justify paying these boyz so much money and how can they justify the ticket price, I demand that our ticket price be cut down to £10 inline with the football they are playing because its no longer value for money

Sol4real

Whoever thumbed me down either has no idea how much an arsenal ticket cost or has never been to an arsenal game or a share holder, am sure if you had paid over £50 for the ticket and had go pay for your flight and accommodation only to watch us play like this you won’t thumb me down

TomJ

Grow up

Eric Irish gunner

Have to pay 50 each for me and me lad when I’m over for the west brom game, plus traveling costs so a good atmosphere and 3 points would be nice

Thomas

Chamakh was outstanding.

Justafa

Chamakh should leave football in general. That guy has nothing!

Thomas

Except for pretty hair.

Bunburyist

Nothing but a greasy dead rat taped to his head.

I still like the fellow, and hope he can somehow resurrect his career in France, starting this January.

Monkeyboy

Chamakh has never been the most technically gifted but he tries hard. His strength has always been his heading ability. If we dont play to his strengths you cant expect him to score a bucket full of wonder goals with his chocolate leg. How many good crossers of the ball have we got? And how many crosses do we even attempt?

Arsezilla

That has to be the worst second half. !!! &&& Why does my heart sink whenever Ramsey has ball?

cesc

Perhaps because you are yet to notice Gervinho 😉

@mistercgooner

The lad Meade looked quite good actually, but for some that’s gotta be the last time they pull on the shirt. Ox, Rosicky, Coq and Rambo put the effort in, not Jenkinson’s best game

Des

Jenks’ number 1 fault

He cannot see a pass.

ramseys back pass

but he can find the BFG with his eyes closed.
It’s a shame he was ahead of him last weekend.

Jessi

Cnt believe i actually thought we’d win with tht line-up. Shockin player ramsey and terrible tht forhead, i know he got a assist but apart frm tht him and ramsey seriously need transfer listin. Not a ramsey basher but he trys be fabregas but fails terribly and i know about his leg breakin but hes had over a season and hes jus gettin worse everytime i watch him play. We’d be soo much better off without them and someone else whos strong and make things happen instead of slowin the play down like them 2 do consistently! Pissed off!

AGunner

Relax peeps, we never win this tie, especially with our B team. Arsene saying our main team is tired, most are rested today, if we don’t win on the weekend then I’m gonna be annoyed.

Georges

Hey, what did you expect ?

Johnire

Squid > Ramsey. Squid = shit. Ramsey = needs loan. Arsenal + no heart = shit. Me = depressed. Don’t argue the math!

Thomas

What’s to argue?

cesc

shit – Arsenal = no heart => Squillaci – Arsenal = no heart

ooooh 🙂

Arsezilla

They best win the two games !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

br22

Gervinho should be used as a squad player at most, if he’s starting league games it means we don’t have enough squad depth. Very expensive at £10m.

Big Dick Player

Yeah man, I agree.

He should be used very sparingly.

Arxavin

By now, Arshavin should be picked ahead of him…EVERY TIME!

Arsezilla

They best win the next** two games !!!!

CUNty

is wenger that powerful that he says he will think about resigning at the of the season when we can fire him as soon as possible.truth be said. I MISS VAN PERSIE.wenger we know who you are a TWAT!!!

jack jack jack

You’ve got your mind twisted: Van Persie is a traitor to the club, and Wenger is ever-loyal. Whatever you think of their relative footballing merits, Wenger definitely isn’t the twat in this scenario.

Brian Mendoza

Your name is so appropriate.

Momo

worst thing about this game for me, I went off to get a cornetto at 1-1 and I came back really happy because I had a cornetto (who wouldn’t be) and it was 2-1, which ruined my cornetto…

Voldermort

Mono, where the fuck are you eating a cornetto? Odds it ain’t in the uk it’s freezing. Shame about the cornetto though.

Mikel Artekkers

Who says it has to be hot to eat a Cornetto? Screw that, Cornetto all day every day!

Big Dick Player

Cornettos are better than crack

Crack Head

Speak for yourself mate 🙂

VictoriaConcordiaCrescit
VictoriaConcordiaCrescit

Crack is well moreish

Des

What does a duck smoke?.
Quack!

Stoneheads

Mental strength… What a complete and utter load of bollocks!!!

A Yank

I had a shitty stream with an announcer of indeterminate Middle East origin. So I couldn’t really see or hear, but I’m just going to assume the deflection for the first goal came off Ramsey’s face.

Sol4real

At least now I know what I want from Santa this year a bloody brand new arsenal team

Thomas

Santa or Santi?

Agent 419 ITK

Well that was pretty.

CUNty

Ramsey was shit! y’all can praise him anyhow you want.he is just shit.period!

Johnire

I hope blogs just admits that Ramsey isn’t good enough to be in the first team at the moment. He says that we are using Ramsey as a scapegoat and see everything bad that he does and exaggerate it. He does the complete opposite!! Every small thing that Ramsey actually does good he over exaggerated to prove he is good enough but no. He just isn’t blogs please wake up

Fan

Ramsey and gervinho are both shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit

Kenyangooner

…….he can dream all he wants but he will never be Fabregas……you can take that to the bank!

Lapidarij

Ha ha somebody thumbed you down for this comment… hahhahaha some people are really crazy.

Gooner

He doesn’t have the potential to be a big players like Fabregas or Rosicky. He is just another overrated British player. I couldn’t see even a spark of creativity or speed or ability to hold the ball to play in Arsenal midfield.If Eisfeld is given half the chance Ramsey is given he will be 10 times the player Ramsey is.

Bee

adrian chiles is such a wanker these days

when he did match of the day 2 he seemed to be a reasonable bloke, but since moving to itv he’s just because a complete prick

AgentITK

I don’t know who could disagree with this. He’s a toby jug of a man, brimming with warm piss (Stewart Lee), and he’s decided for some reason that Lawro needs competition in the being a shit-cunt-comedian stakes. I don’t like him.

Justafa

I really hope Bould gets physical this time.

Voldermort

Same shit different day and team, few of the so called second string did anything to convince that they warrant the first team. And that’s the problem, there is little or no competition because some are just coasting on thier contracts or are just not good enough.
Hope rosickys is ok and was just rested. Good to have him back.

Pride of London

Got my ticket for west brom game today. its a must win

Des

I’ll watch it at home but I’ll be there in spirit.
What i’ve seens from gerv so hasn’t really persuaded me to buy that ticket.

CUNty

gervinho represents everything that is wrong with arsenal.doesn’t that forehead think for once!?

Georges

They should definitely add a “none” option (or “blank vote”) in the “vote for your man of the match” section of the Arsenal official website… Or a “a player from the opponent team” one.

Pearson

Opposition player? WTF are you on about?
I see 11 Arsenal players and a bunch of cunts. Why would I notice an opposition player?

Bee

wasnt an enjoyable 2nd half, great to see rosicky in the 1st

couldnt say that i feel too much optimism for our season but lets see what happens in feb when the champs league resumes

man city bottom of their group, fucking awesome

Iggy

How bad was TV5 for the equalising goal? Squillachi and Chamakh are two of the worst arsenal players I’ve ever seen. And I include the likes of Eddie Mc Goldrick and John Jensen

Iggy

Sorry eddie!

Dial Square

John Jensen? The guy’s a legend

shavid

you obviously never saw Gus Caeser.

Jessi

Ramsey at best a championship player and gervinho at 10mil is arsene’s most expensive and shittiest signing ever! Id release them in january since nobodys gonna give us even a mil for them 2 shitty faggots

Frantic Gooner

Except that Gervinho isn’t Wenger’s most expensive signing..

Georges

We all need a scapegoat, don’t we ? But we all realize it makes more bad than good to publicly point the finger at him. Both the Squid and Gerv have some difficult times but they are some nice guys and they deserve some respect. As Ramsey and Chamakh deserve some respect, because they are doing there best.

Man

Anyone else as concerned at just how much better Rosicky looked than every other arsenal player tonight?

Lapidarij

He is at level way above others!

lordgunner

well everyone in football know how good rosicky is or should have been if not for fragile leggs…. such a shame we have never see Little Mozart more than 1-2 month at the time

TeeCee

>> such a shame we have never see Little Mozart more than 1-2 month at the time

Except that isn’t true, apart from in the minds of TV commentators. He had his knee problems, which kept him on and off the physio bench and culminated in extensive surgery keeping him out for nearly two seasons. That’s now fixed and out of the way.

He played a lot of matches last season for us and looked very sharp the whole time. Then some cunt raked their studs down his Achilles at the Euros. Nothing you can do about that, the combination of cuntery and studded boots will crock any player.
Assuming that his recovery from that’s been properly handled, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be fit for the remainder of this season.

vin_unleaded

Concerned? Quite the opposite! It’s great to have him back – he was obviously rested for Saturday at half time.

PGunner

I’m over it already. Can’t really fault the effort, just a shame some pretty shit decision making from some players let us down.

Big respect to the travelling fans, hope they have a good night despite the result.

jack jack jack

Our away fans are such a source of pride for our club. Fucking good going lads.

Fatgooner

Well done, Arsene!

By not playing our strongest side you have now ensured that we will find ourselves playing Barcelona or some other crack side in the last 16. Your squad rotation was just plain stupid. Arsehole.

We were actually fairly decent in the first half, but the second period was an embarrassment. No pace or penetration, and shit final balls from decent crossing positions. And the usual shit defending cost us the game.

Ramsey, Gervinho and Chamakh were all utter dog shit, and I hate to say this but the Ox now looks like a very average player – what’s happened to him? The only bright spot was the excellent debut by Meade at left-back – he looks very promising.

I’m not looking forward to the last 16 draw.

Arsenalkid700

To be fair even if we finished in 1st there was still a chance we could play Real Madrid, AC Milan, Porto, Juventus, and Valencia. They are all 2nd place teams as well.

Lapidarij

I don’t care who we get, I care that we lost another game! And how we lost it hurts!

phat

wrong juventus/valencia and (you left out) bayern/shaktar still have 1 game to decide their positions.

united, barca, dortmund and psg are threats for runners up atm
if we were top we could face real madrid and ac milan. porto are if anything weaker than schalke without the likes of hulk and falcao.

TeeCee

Pointed out last night in commentary, with the interesting stat that Arsenal’s progress in the knockout phases in preceeding years has no correlation to whether we came first or second in our group.

Many of our better CL seasons apparently resulted from being 2nd in the group phase.

Tfeast

The Ox is so overrated. Just another English kid that will never fulfil his potential. The amount of money Wenger has pissed up the wall on young players that will never make it is utterly obscene. That money could and should have been spent on experienced quality and to pay the key players bigger salaries.

Yet again, Vermaelen was abysmal. Totally clueless. I don’t think he gets any sort of education at Arsenal, none of the defenders do.

WENGER OUT!!!!

Des

A couple of towering headers from vermaelen there. Did all he could to help meade out with the aerial balls.

I think the fact that you critisize verm and not squid (who was anonymous for defending) clearly means you’re a pleb!.

Smithy

So, we should have played all of our better players who have been in desperate need of a rest for a game we didn’t have to win? Sorry, but I’m glad Wenger took the risk of getting second in our group by playing a weaker side over not giving the likes of Cazorla, Arteta, Giroud, etc. a chance to rest. The chance failed, but hopefully it will pay of on Saturday with our best players nice and rested.

The real problem here is that we have so many woeful players backing up our good ones. Especially Gervinho, if only because he starts more than the rest of them.

A Yank

The two times Mourinho won the CL his sides finished 2nd in their group. At some point the games just get hard and you need to be good. And that’s our problem. It’s not who we might draw, it’s that we’re just not a very good side right now.

Georges

how is it that you became such a stupid cunt ?

Georges

sorry i meant a stupefying controversial man ? seems you should buy yourselves some new shoes signed by a sp** fan

Georges

was replying to Tfeast (of course!)

Monkeyboy

By finishing first last year, we faced Milan and you all know how that went. First or second doesnt matter that much these days. The sides who progress to the last 16 are equally strong and you cannot underestimate them. If we want to progress further we will have to beat any team we are faced with.

Nick

How long before a player comes out and speaks about how the fans deserve this and that? If you guys really feel for the fans why not show that on the field? The quality keeps going down. There is only so much grief a fan can go through.

Jim Jimminy

the worrying thing is, i think they are trying to show it on the field.

Chris

Why did Arsene take rosicky off and bring on arshavin at half time arshavin is wank! No matter gowns important the games are we should set out to win all games and with arshavin, chamakh and gervinho on the pitch we have no chance of winning. It’s a shame really

Rodders1971

Meh.
One word rating for fivehead-fuckinguseless.
Meade did ok though,& good to see Tomas back doing his thing,bring on Barfalona…

Sol4real

I think we have lots of spurs fan on this website because how else would you thumb down a comment about chamak being shit

A Yank

Because he was pretty good tonight.

Oz

To be fair, how do you expect Chamakh to be anything better than average when Wenger gives him f**k all on-pitch experience? How much has he actually been played since he’s been with us? Very little. That said, his hairstyle is very gay.

North Bank Gooner

@oz, dont you mean his hair is shit, and looked like an outtake from something about mary? to call it gay would just be small minded homophobic bollocks and extremely offensive to the chaps who like chaps out there 😉

Oz

I was joking you chump! “Some of my best friends are gay” (really). Anyway, isn’t your comment somethingaboutmary-ist?

the gun

1. Wenger should be demoted to promote under 21 .
2. send ramsey on loan please
3. Gervinho too
4. You cant replace a classy Defensive midfielder with bunch of cocq sucker thats the reason to slip from leading position

Gunnergadin

At the risk of sounding positive, we need our home support to actually support our team this month. We need to get through this month so that sought-after players will actually want to play for us.

Come on you reds.

Rad Carrot

Actually proud of them tonight. Tough game for anyone and at least they showed some heart. No shame in losing here with the team we put out.

the gun

1. Wenger should be demoted to promote under 21 .
2. send ramsey on loan please
3. Gervinho too
4. You cant replace a classy Defensive midfielder with bunch of cocq sucker thats the reason to slip from leading position
5. hats off to the man you know who dont play much ,when he plays he is a delight to watch

Sharp

didn’t get to see the game(thank god) ,given the result . how did our midfield perform?
How well did le coq,TR7, and Rambo do?

Anura

Gervinho your taxi is here.

Harish

I dont think this game was ever a serious game in all fairness. I didnt exoect anything notable so i saw the game more from an analytical stand point. And it didnt fair.

Looked like an opportunity for a “look before you bokk” sale on some of the elders and opportunity for the youngsters. Squillaci, Chamakh and Arshavin potentially gone? Perhaps. I do like Meade, well played for a fresh face on the European platform.

I also hope this leaves Verm, Ram, and Gerv too tired to play on Saturday. It would be nice to see the impact without either element (on the bench either) and see how it turns out.

Alright game when we were already guaranteed through.

oldgooner

rosicky in a class of his own. this guy came back after a long absence and played better than 80% of the players on the pitch. and this guy didn’t even played a competetive game before today.
gervinho is simply frustrating. he can’t even become 1/10 th of pires.
WBA a must must must win game. no jaded excuses now.

M5

Seem to be getting carried away pain in the arse trip at just about the worst time here makeshift side whose main aim was not to get tanked and for no injuries, now lets worry about WBA hard to believe as it is.

Bashmachkinfile

Calm down, Schalke will get Madrid in the next round.

Vieira Vick's

Whatever Wenger told Eduardo just before offloading him, do the same to Ramsey in January.

Lapidarij

He didn’t offload him for no money at all… I think there was a good offer for him and what Arsenal is doing when there is an offer on the table? Selling!
Who would ask for the Ramsey? Stoke? They are above as anyway so why talent like Ramsey is wasting his time with us?

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