Report: Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa


Starting XI: Szczesny, Jenkinson (76), Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Diaby (61), Wilshere, Walcott (91), Giroud, Cazorla

Subs: Mannone, Koscielny (91), Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey (61), Gervinho, Podolski (76)

Arsenal grabbed three valuable points with a late win against Aston Villa at the Emirates today. Arsene Wenger was looking for a response from his team and they certainly started brightly. Jack Wilshere forced Guzan into an early save after being sent through by Giroud before Theo Walcott had a goalbound effort blocked.

The early pressure mounted and Arsenal took the lead in the 7th minute. Santi Cazorla was played in by Jack Wilshere, his initial effort was blocked but the ball fell back into his path, another low shot swerved past the defenders and into the net.

Villa then tested Szczesny with the keeper palming away an Agbonlahor shot before a low cross from the right evaded the same player with the goal at his mercy.

Olivier Giroud played in the new-booted Mikel Arteta but he was crowded out by the Villa defence, before Szczesny once again made a very good save keeping out an N’Zogbia effort. At the other end Jack Wilshere shot wildly over the bar after running on to a good nod down from Giroud, and Theo Walcott curled a left-footed shot not far wide after some decent build-up play from Abou Diaby.

Arsenal had another half-chance when Wilshere played it to Giroud, he played a one-two with Cazorla and took a shot but Guzan was out quickly and the angle was tight. The Gunners saw shots from Arteta and Giroud blocked while Carl Jenkinson defended well when the visitors broke from an Arsenal free kick which could have caught then on the hop.

Half time: 1-0

In the second period Villa had the first chance, Ciaran Clarke heading over from a corner, before Giroud fired a shot from a tight angle wide when he could have given Wilshere a tap-in if he’d looked up.

Arsenal probed constantly, winning a series of corners but none of them really caused Villa too much difficulty. Aaron Ramsey replaced Abou Diaby in the 61st minute with the Frenchman going straight down the tunnel, suggesting the change was made because of injury and not because he was on a yellow card.

Giroud almost got on the end of a low Carl Jenkinson cross as Arsenal looked to add some safety to the scoreline, but it was Villa who got the next goal. After an Arsenal corner caused no problems, they broke upfield, Weimann was allowed to run into the danger area, and his shot from 25 yards flew in despite Szczesny being in a decent position and getting a hand on it. It was poor from the goalkeeper.

Arsene Wenger sacrificed a defender for an attacker, bringing on Podolski for Jenkinson as his team sought a winner, but again a series of corner was about as much as Arsenal could manage. Each one less threatening than the last. That was until Giroud planted a great header just under the bar but Guzan got a hand to push it over.

A Cazorla cross flashed across the 6 yard box before being put out for a corner but the pressure from Arsenal finally counted. With Arsenal on the ball in the Villa half, Wilshere played it over the top for Monreal who got into the box, pulled it back and Cazorla, running onto it, finished clinically into the bottom corner. It was a goal they deserved on the balance of play.

After Theo Walcott had had a couple of shots on goal, one which forced a decent save from Guzan, Wenger put on Koscielny for the England winger to shore up the game.

Szczesny had to be alert as Villa came forward, but in the end Arsenal saw it out, won the game and the three points and they have the little Spaniard to thank for it.

Muy bien, Santi!



      • You are wrong, there were many empty seats at the Emitrates today and if Cazorla had not scored his second goal, then you the boo’s would have been heard in Australia.

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      • Look, we need another GK to compete with Szczesny. He is definitely too comfortable (just look at what happened with De Gea). However, we just fucking won the game. Let’s pull together until the end of the season. The team is sure as hell going to need it. Then we can only hope Arsene will actually strengthen this summer for once. If not, then it’s time to call for his head. Now is not the time.

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      • The fans are great but we need to make some more noise. Sick of hearing the traveling fans taunt Arsenal with shushing sounds.

        Anyway, good result. But christ, Villa are a team in relegation territory. They’re inexperienced, don’t know how to defend, gave the ball away countless times and made the tactical choice to be very open. Should’ve been a comfortable win.

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      • Poor?

        I’d say decent for the most part. Certainly not good enough yet for the challenges ahead, but not poor.

        Fans these days let their biases colour all judgement. Unfortunate but not unexpected, I suppose.

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      • Cazorla was far from being the best player on the pitch.Jack more so.And to be honest,even though he scored the vital goals,this game has convinced me more than ever than our best combination in the middle does not include cazorla.It has to be rosicky as the attacking midfielder,jack in the box to box role, and arteta as the anchor.cazorla is not quite good at taking on and running past defenders,something rozza does frequently.And as we saw today,when we can’t put in accurate crosses nor make use of the very few proper ones,we need players to take on defenders and start creating spaces in the middle of the pitch.Afterall,putting crosses should be a credible plan B,especially when we have only one head to aim at and a plethora of technically gifted smaller players go unused through the middle.

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      • Ha… guess I could say I don’t give a fuck about getting thumbs-downed but clearly I can’t figure out why that comment is getting voted down so thoroughly.

        Yes, happy we won. But that was the poorest win I’ve seen in a while. And we’re 21 points off the top of the table. And it’s still only February. United could take seven games off and we still wouldn’t catch them (because there’s no way we’re winning seven in a row against anybody). There’s a reason for that. Our strikers don’t get shots on target, our keeper makes bad mistakes, and our wingers fire useless cross after useless cross into the box. Christ we lost last weekend to a team that wasn’t even trying to score.

        Grioud was poor today. And it was like Groundhog Day today. We need upgrades at several positions, I’m not happy with just nicking fourth then going out in the first KO round of the CL.

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      • WOW, how depressing are you negative fans?
        Stop fucking moaning.
        3 points!
        If we beat spurs that way would you still complain?

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      • Seems like the only people abusing fellow Gooners here are the ones shouting down any criticism whatsoever of the team’s performance.

        A: “Glad we won, but that was a dreadful passing from Arsenal.”


        Have a word with yourselves. We’re all fans here. We all support Arsenal. Part of being a fan is cheering and part of it is talking about your club, and if performances warrant criticism, it’s fair to do so.

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      • @bunburyist

        You’d notice that the type of criticism that gets shouted down are the ones that are utterly biased to the negative.

        To take your example:

        A: “Glad we won, but that was a dreadful passing from Arsenal.”

        But some people just go:

        A: “That was dreadful, dreadful Arsenal”.

        These are the same people who kept saying, when we were 1-0 up, that we’d blow it. They’ve been completely negative for a long time and can say no single positive thing about Arsenal and they wish us unwell just so that they can be proven right.

        For these fans, with a lack of perspective, they should be the ones having a word with themselves.

        Like you said, criticisms are sometimes warranted. But sometimes it isn’t and those ones deserve to be pointed out as idiotic and destructive negativity that they are.

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      • If it had been any game other than one at home against possibly the worst team in the division on recent form we would have drawn or worse, simple as that. I hope for improvement because we need it.

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    • The Arsenals way is Never the easy way.. We make things unecessarily difficult..could have been 5-0 up at half time but.. No, poor finishing nearly cost us again
      Szczeny you begining to annoy me!!

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      • Our finishing may be poor yet have you seen our goal difference?

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    • I’ve never felt that depressed about a victory. I’m relieved at the 3 points, but that was one of the poorest Arsenal displays in some time–like three weeks maybe?

      That was a shitty Villa team, and we made very, very hard work of it. We won’t get away with this kind of display against Everton and Spurs.

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      • Villa are a rubbish team but after being completely outplayed on tuesday in a match that must have really affected our confidence 3 points is great for us. Don’t want to concede any more poor goals though.

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      • Not to disagree with your point about the negatives of today.

        But I’d think you’ll find that we’ve gotten away with this sort of performance plenty of times with all three points.

        Of course, we can’t rely on heroics every time.

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    • We will (hopefully) improve in the next couple of weeks. Amy Lawrence in this week’s Arsecast has a point – when the atmosphere is toxic players are really hesitant and tend to take the cautious option. A win for the (much more supportive) away fans will get the atmosphere and hopefully the players going again. And unfortunately for some people trolling on this blog, Spurs are going to drop points mark my words!

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      • I wouldn’t call the atmosphere in the ground today toxic mate. There was some good support as, even though none of us are Stephen Hawking, we knew we’d need a 2nd even before they got there’s.

        What’s more fundamental is the lack of movement up front. The player with the ball looking to break from midfield just has no options, as the ones in front of him are stood facing him.

        We need those players to make a move, moving the defenders out of position and creating space.

        It doesn’t happen enough and that’s why the ball goes sideways and backwards.

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      • Agreed Mooro – the lack of movement up front is the fundamental factor that needs improving, its a factor that is independent of all other factors (ie. you feel the pressure of the crowd/the opposition when you’re on the ball not off it), maybe except the factor of fatigue. But Arsene has rotated a bit these couple of weeks (unlike in the early stages of the season). So this needs much improvement.

        Gary – there’s also a very pretty lady who does Arsenal video diaries on youtube… but it’s best that I don’t tell you about her, given your intentions!

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    • I just hope this summer arsene wenger buys top top top quality players like CF, wingers, DM. CB and GK. and some coaches also.
      if still those scouting bastards fail to zero in on any players, please give me those scouts for a day.
      we got 3 points but the way we got it…makes me think how are we going to get it next?
      too many players too comfortable and too casual because of zero competition and this szcz kid really needs competition before he spoils his career.
      I just hope anyhow we qualify the CL place…the hypothetical trophy of ours!!

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    • What I don’t understand with Arsenal, is why there is no pressing from the midfield when the opposition are in possession of the ball. Bayern were fantastic in this aspect of their game in midweek. As soon as they lost the ball they immediately put our players under pressure and forced us into making mistakes. Surely it would benefit our defenders if we did likewise, but the Villa players were allowed to wander around the pitch and pick out passes at will. It’s just not good enough!! Now, I don’t want to slag him off too much, but ‘No Clue Giroud’ isn’t good enough to play for Arsenal, we might as well have Chamak back at the club. Overall, happy with the three points, but all areas of defending as a unit need to improve. If we can stay in control at the back, we’ve got the players who can score goals. Come on you Gunners!!!

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      • We were pressing for the first 7 mins 🙂 I didn’t think Villa did that much – it was more down to us being a bit crap in the final 3rd – and not being able to use corners to our advantage (which also lead to their goal).

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      • It’s not funny how easy it is for the opposing team to pass right through us on the break, that’s why I never feel like arsenal has a game wrapped up, they could implode at any moment. They are naïve and ineffective without the ball.

        Thought Giroud was bad today, Cazorla and Wilshere impressive, although Wilshere still need to figure out how to get the ball away before running into a group of defenders. Jenks looked reborn, if he keeps that up he could challenge Sagna.

        Happy, hope Spurs and Chelsea both drop points.

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      • Thumbs down for the comment on Giroud.

        His worth in build-up play is highly evident and his finishing ability was proven in Ligue 1.

        I still have hopes for the guy.

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    • Stan was seen in the emirates stadium watching arsenal play football. WHAT!! HOW? WHY?
      I just hope he saw enough of the players to cull in the summer starting from the captain to the prodigious GK to that handsome but horribly misfiring CF. They all need to be loaned out and some real quality players need to be brought in just to make sure all the arsenal fans dont die of heart attack in the middle of the next season.

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    • And some dutchman went off injured against QPR. Don’t how bad (good?) it is but that’s the best thing ‘Arry has done all season

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    • Just what I was thinking. But can’t help thinking it’s all going to be in vain.Especially when we give goals away like that.
      The team’s a mess.
      We need loads of attempts to get the goals we need. We cannot defend. And the goal keeper is next to useless.
      And another game of loads of possesion and
      more corners than a hexagon. And we still struggle to score a simple goal. Pass pass pass pass pass ….
      Im comining to the conclusion its not Wenger but the players, no confidence in there own
      ability. (Not all players). But we do need a decent defence, what Steve Bould is doing in
      that job god only knows.

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    • I know. I was furious when we scored because it ruined all the pissing and moaning I was planning. Nice to see you can still manage it after an 85th minute winner. Well done.

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      • I’m totally with you because SIR BALLS is a serial moaner, but you have to admit that was dreadful football from Arsenal today.

        Arteta misplaced so many passes. He needs a breather. Szczesny needs serious competition for his place. Same with Giroud.

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      • haha well said. Some people in here are so fucking miserable you have to question whether they get pleasure from anything in life

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      • if somebody got pleasure from this pathetic arsenal display then they need to check their head and go to the nearest nuthouse asap.

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      • If you don’t get pleasure from an Arsenal win, then you should fuck off and find something in life that you do enjoy.

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      • @Bunburyist: We were well below par over most of the pitch, over most of the game but there’s a time, a place and a way to look at the negatives. I can’t stand the lazy sniping.
        We need to pick up our performance level but that takes time and I’ve no problem with that if we’re picking up three points as we go. I agree though, we need more options all over the place.

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      • @double double double

        I talked about display not the 3 points or the win.
        If we keep on playing like this, 3 points will be very hard to get.

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      • If you don’t get pleasure from an Arsenal win, then you should fuck off and find something in life that you do enjoy.


        This isn’t right at all. Being fan is about taking the lows and highs. Some days supporting your team makes you miserable, other days it makes you exuberant.

        As for criticism of the performance, I think a forum like this is exactly the place for it. If we played poorly, there’s nothing wrong with being honest about it.

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    • That has nothing to do with this match, we got the three points, and thats what important, not what wenger said yesterday. Although I dont think we are anywhere near bayern, who are a really good side.

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      • Certainly all three listed above are good players. But certainly I have seen many games where podolski(especially) and to a certain extent Cazorla have been below par and anonymous.

        A win today was crucial. Really happy that we got it. It will help the team build some confidence ahead of the spuds game

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    • You have no idea what the role of a team manager is, do you? His job description does not include the task of providing you and the public with honest, accurate assessment of the team’s status. That’s up to you and the so called expert pundits.
      The main concerns of his role are the players’ performances and self confidence, and if that requires that he tries to create a ‘distorted’ perception of the team’s abilities, to boost the players’ confidence, then be it. A manager would not be doing a good job if he did not try to do this.

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    • To be fair to our defenders, they had no protection… We were outnumbered 4 or 5 to 3 many times on the counter. I thought Arteta had a poor/average game at best to be honest. He could do with some rest…

      Great result though. Here’s hoping west ham can pull off a win for us.

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      • I’m not part of the moan squad, but that’s definitely an area that annoys me. As their attackers pour forward, the midfield just takes an age to close the space down and give us back numerical superiority.

        Don’t know what the solution is though, apart from some iron lungs in midfield.

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      • Not haven’t a dig at you, but I have seen some critisism of Arteta around here, due to the lack of cover for the defence. Many times we were outnumbered it was Verm, Mert and him, vs 4 or 5 Villa players. Tell me how replacing him with a brickhouse of a DM (which I have heard is what we need) would stop this? The onus is on the team as a whole to win the ball back, especially in a possession based style team (Barca etc do not have strength to win the wall back per se, but work rate across the whole pitch). If the whole team does its job without the ball, then the DM can do his – fill gaps, reduce space, and disrupt play and redistribute- all of which Arteta is remarkably good at. If the team is exposed and the two CBs and DM are being run at directly and in numbers, it doesn’t matter who the personnel are, they will simply be over-run. At the very least the rest of the team should be sprinting back full throttle to cover, while the overnumbered players hold up and contain the attack temporarily!

        So rant aside, I feel too often with this Arsenal team, it is not the personnel in defence that is the matter, rather the whole team dropping them in shit defensivly by not putting as much application into winning the ball back as using it. Vs Bayern we barely got to their defence, and when we did it was under such pressure from the midfield and wing players that it was trivial for the defenders to pick the ball off of us. If we could play a little more like that (cf start of the season!) We would be far more assured and panicky, which might also help our set piece defence (as some players seem to be using the zonal marking as an excuse to ignore a man since someone else should pick him up…).

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      • result of wenger delusion that arteta would do an very good DM at 31/32 years old .he isnt .
        last year he was good because of the tadem of him and songboth attacking and defending . this year he has been ask to defend most of the time and thats something he cannot do

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  1. Jesus H. Christ. Every time we have to defend I have to close my eyes. Other than that, it was a decent game and deserved 3 points.

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  2. I can’t decide if Wenger has turned a good group of players inept, or if he has taken a shit group of players and made them half-decent.

    Either way they are his players and he’s the manager. But we live to fight for the 4th place trophy for another week,

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  3. I know one goal advantage is a thing in Arsenal’s history, but with this back four.. please score more goals.

    3 points, well done!

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    • Until he played that poor header which lead to their goal. He should have headed it to safety instead of straight to their charging player

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  4. Some dude says Wilshere is our best player – hundreds of thumbs up.
    Some dude says they prefer Rosicky to Cazorla. Yep, yep, common knowledge, he is indeed better and together with Wilshere – our best player – tend to drive us more forward.

    Fuck me. What a collection of idiots.

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  5. We got away with that today. 3 points is 3 points but Terrible in front of goal today from everyone of our so called forwards. . Poor crossing, either over hit or just hits the nearest defender and when we did get a decent chance the forwards were all over the place.
    Thank fuck for Santi.

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  6. thank fuck for that.
    Walcott fucks me off though, looks like he is still trying to prove he can be a striker rather than doing whats best for the team.

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    • Theo wants Giroud’s position. I do not see how a Giroud – Theo can ever form a trusting link up. Is there stats anywhere of how many reasonable crosses have come from Theo to Giroud (not counting corners)?

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  7. Its frustrating to watch us attack and then second guess ourselves in final third, i was asking are they doing this on purpose and then santi came up with the winner.
    Thank santi.

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  8. If we buy 2 or 3 world class/very good players, we could win the league. And then i would be able to do the “we won the league” dance wheneva i meet any mancs or spuds. That would be nice. Also people would stop calling arsene names, that would also be nice.

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  9. Pretty much the only thing that made me smile other than the goals was Santi chasing the ball across the field, more of the same from the rest of his team mates please

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      • I think he needs an experienced goalkeeper to take him under his wing. Szcz definitely has shown some moments of brilliance and if he reaches his potential, will be one of the best goalkeepers in the PL.

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      • @A Yank

        Replaced because of what he can/can’t provide us now or because he will never be good?

        Unfortunately for you, managers need to look at the long-term, i.e. from season to season, not just the next few months.


        Hopefully, by the time Arsene realises it, Szczcesny would’ve reached the potential that Arsene seems to realise now.

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      • @ bard: Well seeing how he looks to have regressed this year, I’m not sure what his ceiling is or if he can reach it. Yes, he’s young, but he makes too many costly mistakes. Our keepers shouldn’t be training on the job for three seasons.

        Look at United. They’ve got De Gea who is better than anyone on our roster and if rumors are to be believed (yeah, yeah, I know…), they are going to unload him and go get an even better guy in Begovic.

        If Wenger thinks Szczesny is long term going to be great, fine, but right now he’s not and it’s costing us. I’d actually like our manager to start being a little more ruthless and let every player know that every week their job is on the line and he can and will get a better replacement.

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      • De Gea has been crap all season that’s probably why manure are going to replace him. Just because they paid funny money for him it doesn’t make him better than Woj.

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  10. Theo really lucky today because he had a man behind him who played with the stamina. strength and heart of two men. The rest of the team (except the goalie) was more deserving of the 90k than him. In the end, good win though.

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  11. Nacho man saves Arsenal when chips are down ! hehe

    Thank fuck for Santi, I’ll totally ignore how we got dismantled by a crap team that will make Gervinho look like their star player.

    Next 2 games are the biggy !

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  12. 3 points is 3 points but fuck!

    Why why why does Arsene keep starting diaby, he completely slows the tempo and is now out injured after 60 minutes of football… again. People have said time and again on here, why doesn’t rosicky get more game time and I couldn’t agree more.

    Here’s to a win and hoping those spur cunts start to implode

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  13. How are we going to beat the Potatoes next week with this shit?
    This is urgent we MUST win that.
    Chelsea will beat Man City tomorrow (I hope not)
    Up The Arsenal!

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  14. Must be some very relieved people in the changing room this evening!

    Never easy with this Arsenal side. Lot’s of improvement required.

    But for now, nice to get the three points and enjoy my Saturday night. Love you Arsenal but you don’t half know how to wind me up at the moment!!

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  15. by my count, we had like 1000 crosses into their box including corners and only made goal scoring chances on 2 of them…and of course conceded a goal from 1 of our own corners.
    We have guys who can’t deliver a decent ball into the box and forwards too immobile to slot in through balls for.

    Too bad for Diaby and I really mean that but what does Rosicky have to do to get a game in the middle. This was close becoming a repeat of the Blackburn performance but we got lucky.

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  16. When the Villa goal went in, I felt crying. Please Wenger, strengthen the squad in the summer. We can’t have this season after season. On a different note, was Carzola exceptional or what?

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  17. With the week weve just had, I will take that 3 points with open arms and no complaints. It was NEVER going to be easy against a villa side who are battling for their premiership lives and recently came into some form. A strong start and a solid enough performance from the Arsenal considering the circumstances. People need to remember we are not the invincibles any more.

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  18. Probably going to get caned for this. Good and much needed win but in the words of the Wolf ‘lets not all start sucking each others dicks just yet.’

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  19. Such an important win today (!!!) specially after we conceded another “easy” goal. I think Giroud is a very nice guy but I have to say the only reason he is playing as a regular for our club is that we don’t have a world class striker which is necessary if we are to really compete for trophies..

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    • Did you see how many of the chances he had were created by his really good flicks, or how he returns one-twos really well?

      His finishing’s a bit off, but his contributions are good.

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    • Giroud’s off the ball movements seldom goes recognised. He dragged two defenders with him leaving space for Monreal to cross the ball into and a clear view of the goal for Cazorla to score the second goal.

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  20. 4 wins out of 5 in the league, point behind the cunts and 2 points behind the blue cunts. Media might be a bit quieter this week

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  21. I’m ecstatic about the win, believe me. But, was I the only one who noticed that the team played like they only met each other last night. For all the talk about gelling, it doesn’t take donkey years to know that you are not supposed to tackle your own player. And again, look @ the workrate of AC milan against barca and try and remember the last time you saw arsenal press like that

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    • Affirmative for Theo but not so much for Mikel. He was good. Neat and no-nonsense. He had one of those games in which he ventured forward sporadically (finally!). He just made two stupid passes to Jenkinson which went to the grandstand instead of Carl, there goes his pass completion rate. -.-

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      • I don’t know if you notice but I was annoyed by arteta constant passing backwards when he always have people in front of him available and with acres of space, maybe was a mental thing after the bayern game but arteta has loads of experience and don’t need to play with a handbrake.

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  22. After Villa scored all i did till the winning goal was curse and punch my door ahaha.

    These next two weeks are so crucial if we beat Everton they will be out of it then theres the Spuds and its all to play for.

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    • Don’t be silly. If you are a fan with half a brain you’d know that that wasn’t a performance worthy of THE ARSENAL. Yes we’ll all sleep better tonight, but it doesn’t make the problem go away. If I can’t discuss it here with fellow gunners then where the fuck should I do that?

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      • When you play shit and still get a result, then that is a performance worthy of the Arsenal.

        Your posts on the Ramsey article show that you aren’t really interested in anything other than slating the team when things are going badly, and that makes you unworthy of the Arsenal.

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    • Redbaron your a legend for posting that.

      I think we should have a vote on this site to never mention Piers Morgan ever again.

      Im sorry but hes not a Arsenal fan and it turns me sick that hes even associated with our great club.

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  23. I said it couple of days ago.

    Show commitment by closing people down the whole match and not whenever you feel like it. Cazorla man the MOTD (not just for goals) for doing it from minute one to the last minute.

    Mertersacker is a great defender and needed to show some selfbelief and stamp his authority around the box . Well, he did that today even though the midfield didnt give the defense much protection specially when villa countered and breaked.

    Thank God we didn’t lose the points because there is only so much disappointments us supporters can take…

    Looking forward to the spuds being destroyed next week. That always seems to cheer us up :0)

    Love Arsene Love the team Love Arsenal

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  24. Why is our defending so poor ?? – && what is Steve teaching these defenders. & why cant AW play rosicky along side with wilshire and Santi ? Aghhhhh

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    • Quite possibly a spud cunt who boffs his own clacker – hole with a rolled – up Clive Allen poster.
      I hope the tosser gets irreperable paper cut damage up his shitpipe.

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  25. Theo should have his picture on a milk carton cause the lads was missing. Chez was shocken, I like him but he is all talk. Thank fuck we got the 3 points

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  26. We won. Go four points.
    Job well done.
    This team needs to gel. 33 points still up for grabs.
    Individually it was a decent game. As a team not so much.
    Lets start winning the easy matches and then slowly sta
    rt focusing

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  27. We lose the ball in a very uncharacteristic way. It makes the defense vulnerable. Even our good players lose the possession leading to the dangerous counters.
    They lose the ball under no pressure and put whole system in an awkward position.
    Again, we double up each other, two – three players going for the same ball and leaving other areas exposed. When the opposition is on the ball they always get acres of spaces.
    Too many miss passes when going forward, by passing behind. The team doesnt look like gelled together, some times.
    We dont look for spaces, because we’re so good in tight areas players are always happy to run into tight spaces and lose the ball.
    This team is real deal and puts a lot of effort, but is a big concern when we lose the ball. By the next season we should be that electrifying Arsenal Once again…
    Once a Gooner, always a Gooner…

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  28. I like Giroud but he’s starting to get on my nerves a little bit. So many times this season we’ve had loads of balls drilled into the 6 yard box and there’s been no one there. Instead of doing the simple easy thing (attacking 101) like getting in front of the defender and position yourself in the 6 yard box, he prefers dropping back into the penalty box, away from the goal. Now, RVP likes to do that alot (and did for us) but he only has to look at the ball and it goes in, the fucking twat. But he’s just making it so much more difficult for himself. Especially with the crossing ability of our boys. Anyway, loved the win and the three points, peace and come on the Arsenal.

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  29. if anything today showed why Ramsey should absolutely start over Diaby, as if Blackburn wasn’t reason enough. He immediately looked infinitely more comfortable in the game than Diaby did throughout the 60 minutes he played. And, yet again he slotted into LB seamlessly after we took the lead, he is an awesome utility player and an asset to the team.

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    • Aaron Ramsey’s maturation has been perhaps the best story of the season.

      How’s this for a crystallized moment of now vs. then?: 89′ (or so) in, while Arsenal are protecting the lead, Ramsey takes the ball on the touchline and completes a sensible backheel pass out into the midfield. Arsenal holds possession, and the crowd cheer’s Ramsey’s heel pass!

      The young Welshman has come so far.

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  30. We needed that. Something to build on and right on time too. A win at Sp*rs and we could potentially (depending on their results this week) be ahead of them AND Chelsea come the final whistle at Shite fart lane.

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  31. Quite happy with Nacho so far. The competition that will build between him & Gibbs is what we should strive for in every position. The goal for the summer shouldn’t only be to bring in big names; it should also be used to light a competitive fire under the talent that we currently have.

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    • It’s not about bringing “big” names in, it’s about having players with the proper desire & attitude. In my opinion, we need a keeper to challenge Szcz (Cesar?), minimum one midfielder who can run all day (??) a skillful quick wide player (Afellay) & a top notch CF (not sure it’s David Villa though)
      Bottom line is that we won today, despite the balance of the team being all wrong. The last we’ve seen if Diaby in an Arsenal shirt?

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  32. did anyone else find themselves shouting expletives when Vermaelen missed a cross from Walcott in the second half… Not that he missed it, but more along the lines of – What the hell are you doing? Why are you so far up the pitch?

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  33. what’s worrying is that there was literally no protection for the centre backs when Vlilla attacked us…We need a beast sitting in front of them, no a Lego man…

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  34. I was shitting myself after that equaliser.
    If you don’t finish on one side one chance can do it for the opposition, so very very happy with Santi today.
    Walcott frustating again today.

    Above all i was actually relieved for Wenger. He surely needed this. Good on you boss !!
    Bring on the rotten Spuds & come on West Ham !!

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    1.3 points,
    2.3 points,
    3.3 points,
    4.Santi Cazorla is my fantasy league captian.
    5.3 points
    6.3 points

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  36. Who gives a flying cunt about anything other than the win.

    That’s all I’ll ever ask of you Arsenal, just find a way to win.

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  37. Arsenal v Villa in my opinion today:

    Positives: Nacho, Santi, Jenks, Rambo

    Negatives: TV5, Per, Woj

    Frustrating as fuck: Theo, Giroud

    Ineffective as fuck: Diaby, Arteta, Poldi

    The rest are the rest.

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      • Jack was good but I feel he didn’t have his best game. Should have squared away his chance early on in the game (and I guarantee you if it was anyone else on the team but Jack who missed that shot he’d be crucified). Not to say Wilshere was bad yesterday, just not his best.

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    • Hey, you may think Arteta was a negative on the squad, but when Abou Diaby is one of the three midfielders in his current form ( not to mention yet another apparent injury which is sure to last at least 6-9 months ) there is only so much you can do.

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      • Didn’t think he was negative, just frustrating to watch some of his missed passes and opportunities. The link up with him and Jenkinson didn’t really work today

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  38. I think it was a decent enough game. Villa were outplayed, simple as that. We need to be more ruthless with our chances though. Far too many chances go begging and that can, has and will make us drop points. Jacky boy <3

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  39. Will take the 3 points and happily run like a spooked gazelle. These last couple months of this season is going to be a nerve shredding period, if today is any indication…..and I think it is. Villa are rat bastards, and apparently the Dutch skunk person went off injured… put the cherry on top of my sundae. As for Diaby…..I am afraid it’s time. We cannot afford anymore of this.

    Everytime I see Stan Kroenke I feel slightly less proud to be an American.

    Thanks again Jack…..


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  40. Well deserved win from the lads today. Giroud had an off day and we got caught on the break too often but we dominated possession and had a lot more chances than usual.

    Good win!

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    • “Good win” as opposed to? Not being difficult, mate. More so a response to these cranky haters insistent on finding the grey linings on what are ultimately white, billowy, happy clouds today.

      We surely caught the break often. At the end, though, I thought Arsene made our result with some timely adjustments (L-pod, Ramsey…forced sub?, and Koscielny).

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      • “Good win” being a well fought for match. We are definitely not as effective this season as what we are used to and off the back of 2 losses we played better than a team that we should be beating. Good win! 🙂

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      • I thought taking Jenkinson off when we were at 1-1 was a bold bold move by Wenger, I really dug that he took a risk to get the game going. Then bringing Kos on late to defend the lead also made sense. Rambo coming on for an albeit injured Diaby was a great move, and Aaron’s flexibility in play meant that Wenger could take Jenks off for Poldi and boost our attack.

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  41. All is well! All is well…enough.

    And now, Saturday can be enjoyed, happy drunk style instead of in a “f*ck-all, shut the goddamn tv, take that red shirt off” kind of way. Far from delight. Equally far from ruin. We got the three. We got the three. Good enough for today, eh?

    In blog’s cast this week, Amy Lawrence commented on how Arsene used to switch tactics when needed, pouring people forward and even swtiching to a 4-2-4 to get the job done. I thought we actually saw some of that throwback managerial determination today with L-pod subbed in for Jenks (very good game back there, btw). Even though L-pod was el poo, squandering numerous chances with his “sightseeing” attitude, his presence was enough to force Villa to keep their back line in tight. Arsenal really pressed there, with Nacho making his most incisive runs of the game. Arsenal’s goal was a direct result of this type of tactical chasing of a needed result. Consquently, as well, from the time of that tactical change, Villa’s only threat was one straight-to-the-Pole cross near time. Arsene quite found the plot today, in my opinion, at the most criticial time. The three points were as much a result of his tactical adjustments as anything else. Well done, Arsene. In a time of most-deserved criticism, we must be willing to commend the positives.

    Now, hammertime on the spuds. Mash those cunts!

    Up the Arsenal!!!!

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    • Hats off to you for providing a North American perspective without a whiff of gridiron bollocks.

      Now all I have to do down this end is train the Aussie Rules bozos to recognise that our club has a “squad” of players, not a “list” or “roster”.

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      • Haven’t caught an Aussie Rules game on the tv here in prob 10 years. Are the goal judges still wearing those wacky little suits and hats? Just curious.

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      • they’ve swapped the ice cream seller / old school butcher outfits for slacks and lime green polo shirts, with a cap for those ozone depleting hot sunny afternoons. You could say they’ve moved with the times, but just like the Aussie swim team, it turns out that half the Aussie Rules players are psyched up on the same performance enhancing drug cocktail that Brian Bosworth and Eric Dickerson, uh, “enjoyed” back in the day. And to think that The Arsenal squad of the 80’s and early 90’s used to do the opposite and wipe themselves out on the ale every Tuesday and STILL get up for midweek cup matches!

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    • In order to do that, and I agree that he is capable, he must anticipate situations like Cazorla’s square ball rolled across the six yard area with ten minutes to go with the score level. Could of had himself a tap in to go with his free header the other night.

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      • I was frustrated as fuck that he didn’t gamble and run across the front of the defender, you could see what was going to happen, but shouting out loud didn’t seem to help !!!!

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  42. puuuuuuh was für ein großartiger sieg über einen absteiger !! alle achtung herr wenger mit ihrer aufstellung.
    Da muß man mit neid erkennen das sie ein großartiger trainer sind.walcott ist bei arsenal ein top stürmer,bei bayern eher auf der bank!!.giroud ,naja wenn schon bei bayern gomez auf der bank sitzen muß,kann man sich ja denken,und wo spiele ich? Diaby ach ja fast vergessen,toller spieler !vielleicht in frankreich!? und dann gibt es noch diesen fliegenfänger,oder sollte ich doch sagen arsenals torhüter,den namen hab ich leider vergessen!! egal: bayern(1) –Bremen (12) 6–1 so ist Fußball.
    und poldi!! eine verbesserung bei Arsenal unter diesem Trainer ? jede woche eine andere aufstellung,das kann nicht sein!! so gewinnt man garnichts.Auswechselspieler” Lukas Podolski” kann nur ein schritt zurück sein oder?? komm nach hause!! wo Fußball noch Männersache ist.

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    • “Das Brilliance! If I saw the author of this post from a distance down a sandy, sunset beach, I’d jog very, very slowly towards him and only at the last minute trip over my own giraffe legs.” – P.M., North London, U.K.

      “If this analysis was a perfectly placed cross, I’d smile at it and snap a mental picture. I love football tourism!” – L.P., North London, U.K.

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  43. Although Giroud should have done better in front of goal, he does play a key role in retaining possession when attacking and defending. He won many aerial battles and always works hard.

    Shame about Diaby. From what Wenger says about him, it’s clear he puts his soul into preparation. He was slow in the first half but improved in the second. But the pressure on everyone to perform and the doubt he has on his fitness, means he isn’t playing to his full potential. I hope he recovers. Some tough decisions in the summer. Whatever happens, I hope he gets to play the game he loves.


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  44. . Another top top top quality display. Finish ahead of Spurs and most Arsenal fans will be celebrating another glorious season. Fourth rate team, fourth rate Manager fourth rate ambition. But fantastic at making excuses.

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  45. That’s a hat trick of shit performances from Szczesny.By the law of averages he’s due a great one,hopefully at shite hart lane.
    3 points is 3 points but we’re gonna need a massive improvement next Sunday,
    Wenger got away with that today-his substitutions still baffle & frustrate.

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    • What was baffling about his subs today?

      Diaby out – Ramsey on: Forced, maybe. But, Ramsey was bright, pacy, and downhill towards the goal.

      Jenks off – L-pod on: Our #9 might not have been effective, but he forced Villa/Lambert into stuffing the back line in. We went from two or three in the box on every possession to 6-8 red shirts in there for the last 20 mins. The second goal was the direct result of a tactical change in which three points, evidenced by swapping a defender for an attacker, was clearly Arsene’s objective.

      Theo off – Koscielny on: Protect the lead? Makes perfect sense to me.

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  46. I actually think Piers Morgan has been advised to protend to be a Arsenal fan so he can work from the inside and try to wind us up.

    Hes trying to turn the fans against Arsenal and Wenger and if we dont stay calm and focused he will succed.

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  47. Wow….such negativity from so many folks. I was there and to be honest three players were absent. Everyone else worked thier socks off. Per face and emotion when we scored that second goal was a joy to see. Nacho and Ramsay will become the Parlour and Dixon of the team. We need them both. Giroud positioning was wrong today and against Blackburn. He needs to sort that out. Ladies and Gents we won…End Of.

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  48. Three defeats in a week really sucks. Oh wait.

    Can we just have 12 hours with a bit of positivity/celebration over a win before the depression crashes back in.

    I know some players had crappy games— you know what; we won.
    I know we missed a bunch of sitters — you know what; we won.
    I know we gave away a soft goal — you know what; we won.
    and so on….

    We dominated the game, are currently 13 points from 15 in the league.
    We are a point behind the neighbors (until they play tomorrow), 2 points behind Chelsea, who play City tomorrow. and 5 ahead of Everton who were at one point supposed to finish ahead of us.

    In the end, I know today was not perfect, but from reading the tone of most of the posts here; I’d swear we lost.

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  49. Giroud is not half as bad as some fans claim he is. His small layoffs for other players are great, he is good in the air, he holds up play very well. He is sometimes slow, his finishing in one on one situations also needs work but he is not half as bad as adebayor who still managed 25 goals in his last season for us, you also seem to forget that Van persie was very frustrating to watch, he was selfish, clumsy and lost so many good chances, in fact he was so bad that Adebayor kept him on the bench, however, when he was the the only striker left, wenger had no choice but to play him and all the passes from walcott, song and arteta were aimed at him, in turn he became more confident and clinical and his teammates started to trust him more that no one took a shot at goal unless they were very sure that they would score because if they didn’t score and hadn’t passed to van persie, everyone would be mad at them. with Giroud, it’s very different. first of all, of all the chances he gets, not many are clearcut (he has gotten about 6 one on ones which he has failed to score but usaully it’s one for every game.) like tap ins or easy headers which make up a large chunk of any striker’s goals, plus our gameplan does not revolve around him, wlacott, cazorla, podolski and wilshere should all be aiming their final passes to him and shoot only when they are in a better position than him but that is not the case. He is good in the air but our fullbacks and wingers all cut back inside and when they cross, the crosses are shit. The more chances are created for him, the more he will score, the more prolific he will become and the more his teammates are going to trust him. Van persie failed at the 2010 world cup for the exact same reasons, Sneijder and Robben all went alone instead of gong with him. He needs to be in more goal scoring situations to score.

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    • Spot on. Totally agree.
      Giroud would we more effective but for our game plan. Had van Persie received the same service Giroud is getting, I doubt if he would have netted that many goals.

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  50. This would’ve been a very confusing read if we’d managed to sign David Villa.

    “Villa tested Szczesny”

    Damn that Barcelona DNA!!!

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  51. Abou Diaby! What a fuckin beast he was today….. Shit he’s just got booked.. I’m watching on match choice.were playing well so far.

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  52. Really happy with that first half… Abou Diaby who’s always been one of my fave players (have his name on my shirt) has had a great 1st half.. Like thee old Diaby! It’s heartbreaking that both he and Rosicky are so injury prone..if they had luck on their side and rarely got injured then both would be 2 of the greatest players in the prem.. Awww. Juz as I’m typing diaby just jack wilshere’d his way between 2 players n bursting forward… OMG! Fucksake.. Giroud should of scored then!

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  53. This is going to be the most interesting summer of Wenger’s reign I think . with next year being his last on his contract and all the talk about finally receiving money and the new sponsorship money you would hope that Wenger sorts the team out with the right ins and the right outs too

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  54. The crowd was embarrassing today. West Upper is by far the worst place to sit in the stadium. We were 2-1 up, a minute to go and we started playing keep ball and everyone was going apeshit, it was horrible.

    I wish more people would actually support our team when they’re there, instead of just just bemoaning every single tiny error. That’s not our job.

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  55. Very happy that we got the 3 points, probably just deserved the win today. It was a very predictable performance tho. Both in the fact that we make it hard for ourselves like usual but also the general passing and lack of creativity. The game was boring. When did Arsenal turn into a side that just trys to cross all game? A few years ago we were shit Barcelona, now we play like a normal mid table team. 3 or 4 players today are worthy of their place, the team needs a big shake up tho, just like the Arsenal board. Lastly Giroud is utter wank! I love you Arsene and i do love your team just at the moment i dont like you…

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  56. Guys, I just want to know the difference btn this site and the other one which doesn’t have a comments section but it has ‘ARSES’ been trying to figure it confused TBH it’s also called arseblog

    Well, onto yesterday’s match… It wasn’t a great match but three points are what the doctor ordered for but, why do we make the same mistakes every game? The issues in mid and defense! Do we really analyse games afterwords? No organisation or balance at all..! Yet Wenger says he knows what he’s doing.

    Szchezney has been very poor and due to that, he has cost us something like 12 points this season..but a big team like ours shouldn’t neglect these problems

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