Report: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool

Report: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool

Arsenal will feel they dropped two points against Liverpool after a 2-2 draw at the Emirates this evening.

Arsene Wenger made changes, bringing back first choice defenders Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs into the defence, while there were also starts for Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott after they were rested against Brighton.

And the vistitors took an early lead after some comical, except not that funny Arsenal defending. Bacary Sagna slipped allowing Glen Johnson to run on into the box. He crossed, Vermaelen miskicked, it fell to Sturridge, he shot, Szczesny saved, it rebounded off Ramsey’s heel, fell to Downing who fed Suarez and his shot deflected in. 1-0.

Daniel Sturridge could have put Liverpool further ahead when played in by Suarez, but dragged a shot wide. He was then nearly gifted a goal immediately when Szczesny played silly tricks in the area but eventually the Pole got it clear. Crazy stuff. And by crazy I mean fucking dense.

Arsenal created the next chance after working it well down the left hand side, Lukas Podolski pulled it back for Olivier Giroud but he put a first time shot wide with his right foot.

The Gunners put some pressure on with another Giroud shot deflecting out for a corner and when a Vermaelen shot was blocked, it fell for Theo Walcott whose curler was tipped around the post by Pepe Reina.

Another fantastic Arsenal move involving Ramsey, Wilshere and Cazorla saw the ball spread out to Lukas Podolski on the left. He might have shot but chose to cross and saw it deflect just over.

But it was Liverpool who might have gone ahead when a careless Mertesacker pass saw the visitors win a corner. From the resulting set-piece Szczesny came, missed it, and only Lukas Podolski on the line stopped Daniel Agger’s header going in. Then Suarez shot just wide as Arsenal’s defence was all over the place again.

Arsenal suffered a blow when Kieran Gibbs pulled up with injury and was replaced by Andre Santos in the 37th minute. Giroud tested Reina with a header after a good Arsenal move but it was easy enough for the Spanish baldy.

Liverpool had another good chance when a long ball down the left saw Szczesny come, realise he wasn’t going to make it, then stand looking as Henderson lobbed it over the bar. Probably his big foot. Arsenal failed to break down Liverpool’s defensive set-up before the end of the half.

Liverpool started the second half brightly, looking for handball against Thomas Vermaelen in the box before Sturridge dragged a shot wide from close range. At the other end Podolski also claimed a penalty, going down under a challenge from Wisdom but nothing was given.

Theo Walcott should have equalised in the 53rd minute when a Lukas Podolski cross found him at the back post but he headed over from close range. The German then hit the wall from a free kick before blasting the rebound into the belly of Jamie Carragher after which play was stopped for a while.

Then Liverpool went further ahead after a weak Mertesacker challenge saw Henderson through on goal with Santos on his shoulder. A touch and he’d have gone down for the penalty (and a possible red card from this cunt of a ref) but he took it on, his toe poke rebounded off Santos into his path and with Szczesny out of position he had a tap in to make it 0-2.

Aaron Ramsey shot over the bar and Podolski just wide Arsenal tried to get back into it, before Olivier Giroud got his 5th goal in a week. Jack Wilshere clipped in a free kick from teh right hand side, the Frenchman rose above Daniel Agger and planted a header into the bottom corner. 1-2

Amazingly, Arsenal were level just minutes later. Santi Cazorla played a pass into Giroud, he laid it off first time and Walcott hammered it home from a tight angle to equalise. 2-2.

The winger then almost put Arsenal ahead, curling a left footed shot just wide of the post with Reina stretching, before a Per Mertesacker header from a Cazorla free kick flew just over the near top corner of the Liverpool goal. The Spaniard then drilled a cross along the 6 yard box which went wide of the far post after eluding Giroud in the middle.

A great break from a Liverpool corner saw Arsenal move it from Cazorla to Walcott to Giroud, and Reina was forced into a good save. Giroud then headed over from the subsequent corner and then miscued a brilliant chance to win the game after Podolski’s strong cross came in from the left hand side.

Suarez could have won it for Liverpool in injury time when his goalbound shot was saved by Szczesny after Santos had given away possession in midfield.

In the end it was an enthralling encouter, Arsenal showed real desire to get back into it, but can’t look beyond the poor defending as the reason they dropped points.

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207 COMMENTS

      • Ridiculous deffending by any standard.

        Thats 5 points from a possible 15 points in January.

        Gibbs is out – Santos is in.

        No new signings with £153 million in bank.

        The club is run by money hungry fools.

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      • I got that figure from the Financial Times newspaper, a few days ago.

        The board and Wenger are con men – there is £153 million cash in the bank.

        All this shit about finding “top top top top top top super players” is all bullshit – their agenda is to finish 4th spending the minimum amount of money.

        They are only interested in PROFITS, and increasing the clubs value.

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      • Got to half agree with Sir Balls here. Don’t agree with the fee but the way some people go on you would think we were finacially the poorest team in the premier league. We need a couple of signings.

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      • I got this from the official 2012 Annual Report (Arsenal Holdings PLC)

        Revenue

        Football – 235.3
        Property – 7.7
        Group – 243.0

        Wage Costs – 143.4

        Operating Profit (excluding player trading, exceptional
        items and depreciation)

        Football – 32.3
        Property – 2.2
        Group – 34.5

        Profit on player sales – 65.5

        Group profit before tax – 36.6

        Financing

        Cash – 153.6
        Debt – (252.5)
        Net Debt – (98.9)

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      • We had those bastards. Woeful, Benny Hill style defending aside, we missed at least three more clear cut chances than they did to win that game. santos acts like he doesn’t give a shit, he is not a top, top player and he doesn’t belong in a top four team even as back up. Everton, Sp*urs and Liverpool have all made acquisitions this transfer window and we are stuck with the Greek tragedy stylings of Arshavin and Santos despite being by far the wealthiest club.

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      • Sir Balls, while I am not going to say we don’t have a lot of cash in the bank (and we have to according to the rules of our loans), the £154 mil figure is misleading.

        It was brought up by the Swiss Ramble back in October (which the FT seems to have used for their article), who went on to point out that number comes from May when everyone has just paid their season tickets,

        We could spend all £154 mil, but it would be like drawing out your salary on payday and heading to Vegas for the weekend.

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      • @Sir Balls:

        That ‘cash’ is part of the debt figure of £252.5m. What the figures actually tell us is we had (at that point in time) negative £98.9m, so none of that money is technically (or realistically) ours to freely use as it belong to the bank, or whoever.

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      • Funny how no one noticed where the first goal came from. If Theo had tracked back and marked his man in Johnson and avoided the cross, we wouldn’t concede. How many attackers should Sagna be dealing with? 100K-a-week for not giving a shit.

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    • His name on the team sheet is terrifying, especially after that near gift to Suarez.

      93rd minute, 2-2 and he makes a pass like that. It boggles the mind

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      • What is up with that. If ever you wanted to watch the Arsenal of the recent past ths is the match, rubbish till the 65th minute conceding sloppy goals. Then we take off and score 2. Then we go back to being for the rest of the half

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      • I think everyone would be wise to watch the match again – ALL Arsenal players gifted passes and some quite dangerous. Give Verm stick for that stupid whiff in front of goal or Mertesacker for his lumbering mistakes – everyone had their issues throughout the match.
        Now – go back and open your eyes to some of the defending that Santos DID do correct and you will wonder how he even did that.
        People should really watch before they speak – did Santos mess up? Ya, but his was the 3rd worse mistake of the game – not the first. And honestly – it was his only bad mistake.
        For Liverpool’s second goal – Ramsey (who had a very decent match) was the one sliding in and clipped the ball that rebounded off of Santos – who was defending well at that precise moment.
        I’ve always said – Arsenal fans will always need a scapegoat – even when we win or tie.

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      • @TRob13… Santos was certainly *not* defending well for liverpool’s second goal. His shin-bounce assist was unfortunate, yes, but he was not defending well besides that. He let his man walk right by him in the build-up play, and then tried to bump and poke from the wrong side (he should get goal side). Ramsey was sliding in to save him, and almost did.

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      • @TRob13 – what fucking game were you watching?! Santos looked like someone plucked him out of the crowd to defend. Take the damn blinders off

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      • Vokes/Jake/Rad Carrot – my three children would like to thank you they still have a father. Before I had a laugh reading your ‘hit man’ comments I was about to:
        1) Gorge out my eyeballs out with this BIC blue-ink pen
        2) Staple my nipples together, and
        3) Strangle myself with ths phone cord.
        4) Pour this hot mug of coffee down my underpants
        5) Stick my finger in the electrical socket hoping it cooks me alive so Andre Santos can have his breakfast.

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    • Don’t know why Wenger does not immediately send Verm out left and bring in Kos to central defence. It is what he will do eventually anyway.

      Seems a combination of bad luck and comic defending are afflicting Arsenal these days. That said, some of the football was scintillating and I thought Walcott looked good throughout, even tracking back and breaking up play at one point.

      What I would give for Baines….

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      • Verm out left sounds better but then we are one centre half injury away from being Squillacied. As woeful as we are at the back now it’s not funny.

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      • Trouble with that approach is that Miquel has looked far more at home at left back when he’s played there than Vermaelen has…..and I’d be quite worried at having Miquel as first choice.

        This is a position where we really, really do need a purchase. Gibbs is a great player, but too fragile to be relied upon to be available for every game.

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    • Mertasacker played worse :/ except for that nice piece of skill for him lol

      Suarez scoring was inevitable, but Arsenal conceding to an individual solo run by the rubbish Henderson is just depressing and shows how we are not switched on at all…it would be like Gervinho dribbling his way through and scoring in his post ACN form.

      Midfield Solid, Attack Solid, Defence Shit.

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    • How many times are we going to throw away a goal in the first few minutes by
      totally comical defending.
      Chessers is going to have to buck his ideas up.His errors continue to multiply.
      Don’t even mention Santos.
      Plus side good fight back and Ramsey looking even more confident.

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    • He should not play for arsenal again at least until he’s fucking fit, he came on with 7 minutes to go in the first half and is bolloxed in the second, we need a new Keeper to put pressure on szczesny because he’ll never get dropped even when plays bad, I wish sanga could cross the ball like Jenks, jack was brilliant again driving the team forward and giroud ran his heart out, why don’t we start games like we fucking finish them and we’d be easily beating shit like Liverpool

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    • Everyone’s having a go at Santos, but he wasn’t on the pitch for the first goal, which is about as comedic a goal as you’ll ever see conceded by a group of supposedly professional defenders (ok, well, Mannone’s Olympiakos effort is number one).

      Don’t get me wrong: Santos was terrible, and the thought of him playing for the next 3 weeks (read months) makes my mouth fill with sick, but there are so many problems generally with our defending that I don’t even know where to begin.

      Wenger, of course, thinks this squad is good enough as is. He must mean “good enough for 6th place”?

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    • Who’s the lad Meade got subbed for in the Olympiakos game? Since Meade is injured, I think we should give the other kid a chance because, well, he’s not Santos. AS11 is just not defensively minded… Not that you could tell the rest of the defensive line were either after tonight’s game.

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    • can someone tell mr wenger that we are looking for a real bf since the cl final of 06 ! shit it’s 7 years almost without a proper back four. arsenal i hate you so much that i love you!!! are we cursed?

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  1. Either bouldy ain’t doing his job or wenger just won’t let him, either way it can’t go on like this, we were a shambles at times at the back yet again.
    Thank fuck for Walcott, motm tonight with jack and Ramsey close behind.
    Say goodbye to the cl next year unless this performing in only 1 half a game gets sorted.

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    • I’d have gone for Giroud as my MOTM choice. Always active and got a goal and assist.
      Frustrating miss for the winner near the end though.

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      • I think it’s more to do with the fact that he didn’t get much of the ball in the first half, what with us barely being able to get it past the halfway line.

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      • If you notice there was a huge deflection on the cross which took the ball behind him, can’t blame him for missing that one.

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      • Come on …it had got to be Poldi.
        Did anyone catch Santos panting towards the end, couldnt catch up to the player? Geez thats like me playing football.
        Fucked up defence, should have just scored an own goal and got on with it. Get it out of your system.
        Someday Theo is gonna have to square the ball…someday it will happen.

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      • Are you joking? He should have had at least four goals today with the chances he had.

        No wonder Theo is loathe to give him the ball.

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      • I can’t believe Giroud got accused of diving – his foot clearly clips and rebounds backwards as his foot comes to the floor, hence the fall.

        Agger is a cunt.

        Also the BBC commentator is thoughtless. I argued and slow-mo’d that for my dad, even he saw the light in the end.

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      • In the first 60 minutes I can clearly remember Cazorla making incredible passes basically to Walcott after great runs by Theo. Reminded me slightly of the whole Song-Van Persie thing last season. (Except of course that The didn’t score either.)
        There was also that business with his blistering run down the right. Ended in a poor pass, but Walcott definitely tried.

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      • I don’t remember Theo doing anything of note before he scored… it was looking like another game where he went missing, but fair play to him for turning it around. Santi looked very tired to me, well below the high standards he’s set for himself. Moments of magic, yes, but overall he looked a shadow of the player we know he can be. To be fair Liverpool did their best to stop him playing too.

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  2. So, let’s play “Guess Arsene’s excuse!”

    a) “It showed great mental strength to come back from 2-0 down”
    b) “We didn’t buy in the transfer window because we’re only after tip-top-bippity-bop quality!”
    c) “The referee gave us nothing”
    d) “We deserved to win that, we were unlucky”
    e) All of the above

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    • Yeah, very entertaining, but this calamitous defending continues to undermine the progress being made in attack. Should have won this with the number of chances we carved out.

      And Vermaelen’s air swing for the first goal… we’re seeing way to many of these by our defenders. School ground stuff.

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  3. I don’t wanna jump on the bandwagon, but Santos is a fucking liablity! Would’ve surely cost us the points at the end had Shez not saved from Suarez!

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    • So – Verm maybe DID cost us points with the whiff – 2 pts.
      Where’s your comment on that?

      I do not think Santos is our answer at LB, but people need to stop ALWAYS singling him out – other factors are at play. – long game.

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    • To be fair for all, Cazorla’s pass was off the mark quite often tonight, and I couldn’t find his usual crispness. Mertesacker slows down everything with him and made some poor passing. Szcesney’s overconfidence seems misplaced. Sagna’s form is questionable, and I can’t blame Wenger’s reluctance to hand him a long term contract at this point in time.

      Love our man Giroud but he did squander some really good chances. Wenger’s unwillingness to utilize other players besides our regular XI frustrates me. Granted, substitutions in general are not always required, proper substitutions at right moments is a required in-game managerial skill. As to Santos … I am just going to leave his name here without further elaboration. We need a new LB, last minute buy or not, more urgently than a striker or any other position.

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  4. Why does it take going behind by 1, 2, 3, or even 4 goals for us to wake the fuck up all the time, elated and really frustrated at the same time.

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    • Also, mirroring some similar comments, what the fuck has happened to Sagna? Scary loss of defensive form, just didn’t look interested sometimes.

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      • I’m sure he’ll find it again, but I seriously have no idea what has to happen for Jenkinson to come back in. Couple games on the trot and then try Sagna again, I do not see how that could hurt. It’s pretty much our one position we have capable backups and yet nothing changes even for a couple games.

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      • Sagna’s contract is almost up and still there haven’t been talks to renew it, we could be seeing the last of him.

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  5. Plenty of attacking options ay Wenger but not one single attacking substitution? He can only blame himself for Januarys nightmare. What’s that 4 points all month?
    And fuck me Santos is a nightmare waiting to happen.

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    • I love ramseys work rate and he was solid today, but by god when you’ve got Jacky boy and santi standing at 5″6 each, you’ve got to add some steel and size to the squad.

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    • A while back I predicted 4 pts and out of the FA cup for January, so now I’m pretty happy because we are still in the cup, you just need to lower your expectations.

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  6. Dear Ivan, can I please have one of your new 2nd half season tickets at half the frozen price?

    OR, can we spend some fuckin money and improve this squad?

    Love Mooro.

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  7. Another game of two halves. Dunno if theyre handing out red bull at the break. Another must win, not one.

    Time is ticking, 4th is slipping.

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    • No? I would look fucking beyond mertersacker. None of the goals were his fault, about 4 other defenders fucked up before he did with the first goal. Second goal Santos fish and chips for breaky obviously played its part

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      • He was at fault for both goals (although not alone in this). An effeminate attempted block for the first, and so easily skinned by Jordan fucking Henderson for the second.

        He’s made so many schoolboy errors in the past 6 weeks. We all know that he’s slow, and a bit weak, but he’s supposed to compensate for this with his positioning, tackling, and organisational skills. But it’s a myth. He’s just a mediocre player.

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      • I didn’t think he was that bad today, and I generally love him, but you do have to admit Suarez should’ve scored because of an awful tackle by Mertesacker. Luckily, Vermaelen was there to block the shot.

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      • mert was at fault for second turned inside out. it happened tonight more than once and all season long. shite. lets elevate above average shite players

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      • Can’t agree. He was totally skinned by Henderson for the second and should have stuck out a boot for the first rather than attempting a delicate pirouette.

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      • Mertesacker had a shocker, there’s no two ways about it. He’s been a bit weaker the past couple games, but this was the first game I’ve seen where he really looked poor. Not sure if the knock he took on his ankle early on affected his play? If that’s why he couldn’t move properly he should have come off for Koscielny.

        Also, it makes me sad that the idea of Koscielny coming on makes me so nervous. He was developing into an excellent defender last year, but now he’s back to shaky and error prone. You never know at CB.

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    • Oh, for crying out loud.

      I mean, seriously. This happens every time there’s a disappointing result: absurdly over-the-top reactions where some joker decides, on a whim, to completely write off a good or solid performer and dismiss them as mediocre and hopeless purely because they had a sub-par game. After the Chelsea game, we got a steady stream of comments on the blog and on the news site, stating that Giroud was not good enough for this level, that he couldn’t finish to save his life, that he had no skills. Quite frankly, those people are looking like absolute morons just a few weeks later.

      “Truly appalling footballers” tend not to be showered at length with praise by Jogi Löw as having “outstanding game intelligence” and having an “incredible ability to learn”. “Truly appalling footballers” tend not to win 85 caps for one of the best national teams in the world with arguably the best and deepest array of defenders to choose from. So between, on the one hand, some random guy who just baldly asserts that Mertesacker is a “truly appalling footballer” and, on the other hand, his club and national managers, I’ll take the latter any day.

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      • ““Truly appalling footballers” tend not to win 85 caps for one of the best national teams in the world”

        Dirk Kuyt?

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  8. Big credit to the boys for coming back from 2 down. Just wish Wenger would get us that player that could make the difference in these games. Back on the day Henry would have win this for us…….you’ve done it before boss, please do it again!!

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  9. we really need a better left back. despite gibbs good form, he’s too injury prone and santos is an accident waiting to happen. our defence needs to look at themselves for all the problems created. YOU don’t win things with that defense.

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  10. 2 points dropped, no ga,e changing substitutions.Just shows 1st team players are just an injury away to get the reserves playing. If there were two players for each position then we wouldnt have to stretch the same squad for whole 90 mins.

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  11. The first 55 mins i just shouted at my telly. Defened terribly all game. Santos wouldnt even get in my local pub team. Did you see him catch his breath when he fucked up?? He was only on the pitch 10mins.
    Im not using him as a scapegoat. Whole defense just shocking!
    We got back to 2-2(just)….well done. Now, for the cavalry….oh wait, no striker on the bench!?!? WTF does Arsene think.

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    • Ye he was like a fucking old man, you know things have to change when we make that fucking werewolf Henderson look good

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  12. Santos is like that guy that always comes with you to play footy who always plays badly. But he’s your mate, so you can’t just tell him to stop coming.

    As nice and friendly as I think he is, and he does seem a proper lad, I just feel embarrassed and frustrated seeing him out on the pitch. How many mistakes did he make today? We’re lucky only one of them ended in a Liverpool goal.

    Here’s to hoping he can get back to playing the way he did when he first joined, or finds a new club.

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    • Ye but you can normally fuck that mate into goal, he’s fucking bad every time he got the ball I broke into a sweat

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  13. Correction to match report…

    “But it was Liverpool who might have gone further ahead” rather than “But it was Liverpool who might have gone ahead”…. they were already 1-0 up…

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  14. Shambolic defending for both goals bould is obviously not being allowed to coach the defence! We can say goodbye to champions lge next season Santos is a cunt sell him before the window closes or give him away!

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  15. In order to deal with the fact that Santos is still in an Arsenal shirt, I’ve decided to develop a crippling drinking habit. I’m not laying the mediocrity of the defensive play at his feet by any means, and our problems are a lot bigger than any one man. This is just my coping mechanism.

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  16. Jenks-mert-kos-verm
    but knowing wenger it will be
    bac-verm-kos-santos
    and we will continue being as stable at the back as a leaf on a windy day…

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  17. We played a huge disadvantage (was gonna say handicap, but didn’t want a barrage of santos jokes) there, did someone decide before the game we weren’t allowed to use subs???? Santos mega excluded!!!

    Can’t help but think some fresh legs from Ox, Rosicky (especially him) or Diaby (ha ha!!) for tired Caz could have proved the unlocking

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  18. Some teams need a kick up the arse at half time-this fucking lot,especially our dozy defence need one BEFORE kick off.
    Good fightback,but for fucks sake why can’t we start playing well before we’re behind??!

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  19. Seriously, why the fuck can’t we start play the fucking games when they start? why is it always the same? A terrible first half is followed by a good 2nd. We can’t win games if we’r gonna play like shit for 45 mins every game.

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  20. Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos – all absolute shit. And now that’s our back line! Wenger this is a fucking joke. You knew Gibbs was injury prone and now look where we are. Get him the fuck out

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  21. Good comeback but the first hour was appaling. “No more conceding 2 goal leads”. Arsenal players must write that 100 times with their blood.
    Or learn how to clear the ball.

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  22. Santos has to be a spy for Spurs, there’s no way you can be that bad. I refuse to believe that a premier league player is that poor.

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      • It definitely doesn’t make it worse, still just about in the face for 4th. Won’t get it making mistakes and relying for a month on Santos though, a man whose only suitable quality for the left back position is that he is left footed.

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    • but we had plenty of chances towards the end of the game, it’s not like we were struggling to create chances. i was actually glad he didnt make any changes, you cant exactly legislate for giroud missing from two yards

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      • No. You can’t but chamberlain’s fresh legs, trickery and speed would have opened them up further methinks. You’re right it’s a not a given we would have won and you cant legislate for that but it would have given us more chances and a larger glove with which to smother the enemy.

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  23. About the only joy I get from this game is both Giroud and Walcott proved their goalscoring prowess. Offensively we were way better than the Mugsmasher, but yet again our defense was utter shame. Santos should be exited, a real shame. Hope Gibbs is all okay, I hate to see Santos on the pitch again

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  24. It’s embarrasing to watch the goals we conceded, we have no problem with scoring but my god what a shitty titty defence!

    Verm > santos
    Koscienly > verm. Enough of santos.

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  25. Well played Giroud!

    Also just noticed there was a huge deflection on Podolski’s cross for Giroud’s late chance, can’t blame him at all for missing that.

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  26. Week after week its the same old story. There is something seriously wrong for this team to defend the way they have and why do we have to give teams a head start. We seriously needed signings this window to give everyone a lift. Im afraid 4th this season is a distant dream.

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    • To be fair the ball did break for them a lot in that match but in all honesty a bit of extra sharpness and we would have played the percentages and hoofed it into the clear.

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  27. fuck you wenger! Your defense sucks! And all of our back four are fucking shits!!! You’re gonna see ur self end up in mid table unless you buy some class defending players!! Fucking none sense!!!

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  28. Meh. Draw-shmaw. Why is it we are always just hanging on by the skin of our teeth??

    Santos is beyond redemption and a joke – that’s obvious to all. But it bemuses me even more the fans that rate Mertersacker. He’s better than he was last season (well, he did spend much of it fallen over on his arse) but the amount of times this season he has been out of position and let goals in is a joke. If you don’t believe me, keep an eye on him specifically during the next few matches and you’ll see what I mean.

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  29. Fucked disappointed with the defensive performance. I never really bought into the Santos hype, cos after his first game, I saw that his positional play (defensively) was fucking shit, and he didnt have the pace to cover for it. He is not a left back. Either a winger, or a samba dancer. Where are the Theo fans who booed him like fuck before the 5-2 game, vilified him when he didnt sign, and then vilified him again when he signed. Theo played like a fucking beast and saved us tonight, so really, thank fuck for him. On a side note, anyone else notice how Ramsey always has the most epic smile on his face in these pics?

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  30. Theo vital for us now. Delighted he signed da ting. Considering he was frozen out early on his goals scored is very fucking healthy…

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  31. Hey remember at the start of the season when we all thought Bould was a godsend and our defense was awesome?

    Yeah, we were fucking stupid to think that.

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    • A very good point to bring up. The defense was pathetic. Has been for a few games now. I remember the talk of clam among Gooners when they were defending with vigor, a confidence instilled in them on the training ground by the great Stevie Bould. English media was going mental over it, especially when Mert did that near post flick-on for that goal that got everyone nostalgically jizz their pants. If we collectively handed Bouldie the credit then, why isn’t the most obvious scapegoat up for slaugher yet? Not saying he is mainly responsible, don’t they he was then either. But where the fuck are our heads at??

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  32. Not good enough Liverpool are shit and we could have lost five nil. Gibbs is out for three weeks! Sign Baines whatever it takes

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  33. Luckily teams around us are still dropping points and I still think we’ll make top four but ffs it’s time to panic buy!!

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  34. poldi go home. Du hast es nicht verdient so unter zugehen.Wenger sollte sich mal überlegen,! sich statt neue Stürmer mal gedanken machen sich eine neue Abwehr anzuschaffen.Sagna ,Santos,mertesacker,man kann nicht mehr hinschauen was diese Spieler für eine scheiß Leistung bringen.Podolski,walcott,Carzola,Wilshere,Giroud tuen mir echt leid das diese Spieler unter so einer schlechten Abwehrleistung ihr eigenes können in den Schmutz geworfen wird.

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    • You did not deserve this at zugehen.Wenger should consider times! to take new striker once thought to make a new defense anzuschaffen.Sagna, Santos, mertesacker, you can no longer look at what these players walcott for a shit performance bringen.Podolski, Carzola, Wilshere, Giroud tuen me really sorry that these players such a bad defensive performance to their own is thrown in the dirt.

      Ah, if google translate can only produce this, your german needs some work buddy.

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  35. Hysteria aside, Santos had his second diabolic game in a row and I’m worried for the young man.

    Looks like we may be stuck with him for a while so I hope he gets it together soon or we adjust our tactics to manage the weaken.

    That said we gave up the first goal without him on the pitch and the second really wasn’t his fault in my opinion. Our defending has been shit period. No one really has consistently covered themselves in glory at the back this season.

    Frustrating.

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  36. I take the point that we have to defend better as a team, but the defending of our back line right now is slapstick. Each and every defender, with the exception of Gibbs, is an accident waiting to happen. The first goal was a Peter Sellers special. Sagna slips, vermaelen misses the ball completely! The second goal was just inexplicable. Also, our best defender on set pieces: Giroud!

    We never ever lose games: we beat ourselves. It’s a disease with seemingly no antidote!

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  37. Don’t know why all Arsenal supporters are shocked at the woeful defending, we have needed some decent defenders for several years now! It is so obvious. Let’s be honest did anyone think we were going to get a clean sheet? We should have signed Cahill when we had the chance! Every Arsenal supporter wanted this except… Oh why do we bother… David Dean we beg… Please please please

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  38. it’s hard to understand this arsenal side. hapless beyond all words in defence, a likeable but farcical excuse for a 2nd left-back, an ill-disciplined but talented keeper… and yet some of the most sublime forward play one can hope to witness in the premier league. the team clearly enjoy their tag of a poor-man’s barcelona, but i can’t help but feel we’re no more than a rich man’s kevin keegan’s newcastle. and that’s not really meant as a compliment or criticism. i’m just confused by us…

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  39. Mert is such a liabilty. no effort to win balls back when he loses possesion/out of position, he just gives up and if he turns his back on a shot again I will burn his house down, that’s basic day 1 defending not experienced international stuff.

    Szchezny needs a reality check, one thing no one wants is to see him fucking about in his 6 yard box thinking he’s Lionel messi, get a grip, Liability. Not even gunna start on santos.

    Plus side though, chuffed to bits for giroud he deserves a good run simply for his effort and pleased to see theo looking dangerous. Finally we’re so lucky to have Jack, he’s like a ray of light in a shower of shite.

    Victoria Concordia crescit

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  40. was ist der unterschied zwischem : Germany und France Fussball . klar die abwehr,darum sind wir auch 3mal WELTMEISTER lieber Herr Wenger.Also Herr Wenger arbeiten Sie endlich mal an ihre Abwehr,ansonsten ist ARSENAL nur noch als Trainingspartner für Bayern München an zuerkennen und das wollen Sie doch nicht ,oder ?? Herr Wenger!!!

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    • What’s the difference zwischem: Germany and France Football. clearly the defense, so we are also 3 times WORLD CHAMPION dear Wenger.Also Mr Wenger you are finally on their defense, otherwise ARSENAL is only as a training partner for Bayern Munich to grant and you do not want that, right? Mr Wenger!

      What’s your favourite S.T.O.D albulm everyone? Ten points to the person who knows what I’m on about..

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  41. We got rid of Traore for Santos??

    I’ll be honest, last year Santos seemed to find a groove. However, this year, the groove has turned into a full-on rut. Maybe when he-who-shall-not-be-named was sold, Santos’ mojo went with him or something.

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  42. When Mr Wenger says “at the moment nothing” with regards to signing in this window, it’s a posibility he’s talking to another club (or clubs) via the media that they’re not desperate to sign a player so as to not increase their price. Just a remote thought

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  43. Seems our biggest problem is lack of leadership. I felt like jack was the only one pushing and fighting the first half. It seems the rest of them look around to each other to figure out how hard to fight. We can sign all the funking players we want, but the fact is that we’re not getting the most from who we have and that seems to be a deeper issue in the team.

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  44. I’ve come to expect that kind of defending from Santos.

    But not from Sagna, who was poor once again tonight.

    Don’t know what the problem is but I’d seriously consider Jenks now.

    Thought Walcott put in a proper shift and looks like a different player at the moment.

    Unfortunately with such a crap defence it seems we have to score three to win a game at the moment.

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  45. Yet again we manage the whole spectrum of our season in one match: Comically awful to unstoppably awesome.

    Its got to the point where its pick one and stick with it. I think I could deal with us being crap for a season (been there before), but this constant tantalizing us with what we could be is reducing me to tears.

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  46. Honestly we had several good chances to make the victory ours…but for some poor finishing especially from both Giroud & Walcott. They need to be more clinical coz chances will not come plenty…so they have to make the most of every one of them….headers, shots….the least we expect is that the GK is tested!!

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  47. How sentiment changes after a draw or loss.

    Last weekend I listed after the match versus Brighton major reasons why we have to worry. I think one response had something to do with being a mr. negative or something of the sort. Bull$hit it’s about being realistic. Wenger mentions he needs no signings because he has 2 players at each position….for those that think tonight was shocking take another look at Brighton…..Santos was beyond awful. A body or human being is not the same as a player, and Wenger forgot that. And as Blogs so correctly pointed out don’t give us the bullshit about absolute quality being so hard to come by in the window when you have made such shit signings in the past. The players are out there find then. If Saturday didn’t get you on the phone after witnessing that shit versus Brighton, well then we are screwed.

    I will say it again and again and again, if this team could ever start a match for a sustained time period on the front foot, who knows what the results look like. But it’s another 2 points gone that we could have gained on those above.

    Such is life at The Arsenal these days. Now with Gibbs out I just hope the injury bug doesn’t shift over to central defense. Because with Djouruo gone and Wengeer fucking sitting on his hands, Squillaci is not far.

    Those were 2 extremely valuable points given not only the opponent but also the other results of those close.

    For fuck sake.

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  48. Was Jack this good before the long injury?
    I know we had Cesc than….but jesus the lad skipped by the entire Liverpool midfield trio tonight,and it looked easy

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    • You know what is so frustrating and yet so predictable? And I don’t know what or where the problem lies…..but when something happens in the our back line, it seems like you can feel as a diehard Arsenal fan like us…..oh shit this is a goal.

      Sagna slips down, unfortunate yes but it happens, then all of a sudden with one out of position it’s suddenly like chickens running around with heads cut off.

      The sides at the top are typically composed….you will see Kompany for example move over and cut a pass out, Vidic etc. Yet with us it’s like a fire drill.

      And with Santos now in the squad you will find more ridiculousness than ever. Sagna, hey he slipped it sucks but wasn’t a lack of ability or effort. My guess is now Vermaelen now moves to LB. OK now we are screwed because we have to put Kescielny in at center half and here we go, more risk of one of our central defenders getting injured which means Squillaci and/or Santos….or both.

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  49. At the moment we are not scoring to win: we are attempting to tread water i.e. our forwards always seem to be having to battle to get goals back for the fuck-ups/goals our defenders are letting in.

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  50. defending was poor, as usual, if we are to progress we cant keep on letting in cheap goals. every game we are bound to leak in at least 1.
    we had alot of chances as well but fail to take the majority of them. its either we let in goals or dont score our chances or both.
    but it happens every season. nothing new, only that this season we are out of top 4.

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  51. Santos is such a clown. He should change his occupation. He does a much better job making everyone laugh at him. A sad truth is Jenkins isn’t much better either.
    Arsenal have two of the the weakest fullbacks in the league.

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  52. I don’t think it’s a case of ‘We don’t know how good we are’,it’s a case of we haven’t realised how fucking awful we are. If Wenger and Bould can’t discipline our defence any better than that then FUCK OFF!! Wenger what do you do for 7 million? We are an omnishambles!! For fuck sake how fuckin’ stupid were those two goals?? Oh and just for the record

    Shezza Not top premiership class squad player at best
    Sagna Lost his mojo jog him on
    Mertersaker Turns slower than milk, not good enough
    Vemaelan Squad player at best Arsenal captain Hah!
    Gibbs just above average,made of prawn crackers
    Santos Hahahahahahaha
    Ramsey,has raised his game 60% in last few weeks, and is still shit
    Carzola Bit better than Reyes
    Wilshire Must be pulling his hair out being surrounded by wankers
    Podolski not invisible but transparent
    Giroud tries hard but not top class
    Walcott £100 k a week are you fuckin’ mad?
    You get what you deserve in football and we deserve fuck all.

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  53. The whole defensive four wasn’t worth rat’s tit today. If they play like that against Bayern, fuck me…. I don’t even wanna think about that…

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  54. the first half really wasn’t pretty, appalling defensively, but my god, the negativity in the stadium is worse! its horrific!
    one tiny mistake and the crowd go insane.. its not helping.

    on a positive….Jack Wilshere vs Steven Gerrard….no fucking contest!

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  55. The directors need to look very carefully at the way Arsenal are progressing.Over the last two months the record reads won7 d.5 l 4 F 31 A 21 which you would regard as entertaining and about par for a 4 th place finish (the record incl the reserves loss at Olympiacos) yet the crowd are staying away in droves and those that turn up are oh so ready to boo and criticise.

    I am tired of sticking up for Theo and Aaron who have taken ridiculous criticism. I guess now it will have to be for Santos.Firstly he didn’t play badly tonight and he is a Brazilian left back, he will worry defensively but he will score/ create at the other end.The question is is this side good enough defensively to have that luxury, but those of you calling for Vermaelen at left back have short memories.

    On a footballing side if Vermaelen and Mertesacker were throwing themselves in front of the ball to save a goal instead of turning their backs they could then demand it from the other 8 and you would see a different side.

    On a long term basis I believe Arsene should be moved upstairs with statute ordered giving us 4 months to find a successor.

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    • He may be Brazillian, but he’s playing in an English league, so he better learn to defend like a proper English back or fuck off to Spain or someplace.

      Right now, even his attacking skills are shit.

      If you want shit defending and shit attacking skills, there’s a whole hoard of us on this forum. Sign us up for the cheaps!!

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  56. I mentioned before the game that Per would be terrorized by their quick forwards and should’ve been replaced for this game. SAF knows how to put players in for specific tasks against specific opposition. Wenger can’t/won’t.

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    • AW tried doing that against Chelsea and Man City Home games and look what happened. Per stood his own against Liverpool forwards at Anfield. But he is struggling for form right now and needs to be ‘rested’

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    • Koscielny should’ve started in place of Mertesacker. The French bloke’s got PACE – perfect for handling quick dicks like Suarez and Sturridge.

      I love the BFG but he is better-suited when we play teams like Stoke.

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  57. Hahahaha dont be crying now deluded fans expect this. All wenger cares about is top four finish so he can take his nice slice 7 million of the pie.He doesnt care about us winning tropies any one with haif a brain can see that .Look at the shit buys, and now he brings in no one…. u cant believe a word he says.Look at our defence infact we have none.Its a disgrace what we have to put up with.Look his time is up .WENGER OUT!

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  58. Mertesacker was a great defender in Germany, and proved it on the national stage. But I truly believe that he is not “hard” enough, or mean enough to play in the premier league. For example, the way he turned his back on Suarez for the first goal was really frustrating. Sol, Keown,Adams, would never of done that. Just like Carragher did at the other end, take one for the team.

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  59. we’ve conceded less than united and only 3 more than chelsea. its the anture of thee goals, gifted to the opposition. the problem isn’t the personnel, it’s something mental. think of our defensive performance against barca – outstanding. per has been great at times this season – we just read on here after a recent game that vermalen looks to be getting back to his best. they are just over exposed time and time again.

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  60. Here’s a nice little thought to temporarily cheer us up:

    On this day in 2007, Arsenal beat the Spuds 3-1 in the League Cup semi final second leg, to win the tie 5-3.

    Ah, nice memory.

    Now back to the harsh reality.

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