Match Report: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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Tottenham clung on to take the points in the North London derby as two goals in two first half minutes proved too difficult to overcome for Arsene Wenger’s side. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon did the damage just before the break and despite a Per Mertesacker reply early in the second period the Gunners couldn’t find a much needed equaliser.

Often this season Arsenal have been defined by their slow starts to games, but at White Hart Lane we began with confidence, composure and energy. Unfortunately, by the time the half-time whistle blew we were still two goals down and only had ourselves to blame.

Throughout the first 45 minutes Carl Jenkinson proved himself a useful outlet on the right firing low balls into the box, however, for all his effort there was no end product. A pattern quickly emerged with neither Olivier Giroud or Theo Walcott deeming the near-post worthy of much attention.

Having muted the raucous home crowd and nullified the threat of Gareth Bale with some very good closing down we assuredly kept possession of the ball for a good 20 minutes. Building from the back, we probed with patience making decent use of the wide areas. Alas, despite almost total control we rarely created a clear-cut chance. An early Giroud header was the only effort of note.

Adebayor, having been sent off in the game at the Emirates earlier this season, lunged in on Ramsey and picked up a booking on 18 minutes and ten minutes later might have been sent off for a horrible dive in the box as he claimed a penalty.

It wasn’t a dirty game, but Vertonghen joined the man from Togo in the book for a clumsy challenge on Giroud and seconds later Ramsey took one for the team as he pulled back Aaron Lennon to also earn a yellow.

As has too often been the case this season, a lack of concentration proved our undoing. On 37 minutes a diagonal ball by Gylfi Sigurdsson split our defence, Per Mertesacker played Bale onside and the Welshman made no mistake toe poking the ball past Szczesny to score against the run of play.

Two minutes and 20 seconds later we made exactly the same mistake. As Santi Cazorla lay in a heap, Scott Parker bounced forward slipped a ball behind a dozing Thomas Vermaelen and Aaron Lennon walked the ball around Szczesny to tap home.

In the remaining five minutes before the break we looked all at sea, most of the players looking at each other with a mix of anger and distrust.

At the start of the second half, fantastically persistent work by Aaron Ramsey won a free-kick down by the corner flag. The ball was played in by Walcott and Per Mertesacker rising at the near post flicked a header with the aid of a Bale deflection past a stranded Lloris. 2-1 and game on again; just what we needed.

Monreal sliced a long-range volley wide of Lloris’ post a minute later, then Jenkinson flashed another trademark ball across the box which again failed to reach a red shirt. Naturally, as we pushed for an equaliser so we left ourselves open at the back. Bale should have scored at the back post but skied over despite only having the keeper to beat.

Perhaps aware of the need to get more men in the box (or maybe forced by an injury?) Wenger threw on Tomas Rosicky for Jenkinson and pushed Ramsey to right-back. It didn’t stop our versatile Welshman getting into attacking positions as he crossed for Walcott to head over.

Just after the hour mark Spurs took umbrage with our refusal to put the ball out of play for an injured Adebayor – subsequently subbed for Defoe – and things got a little tetchy between Dawson and Vermaelen. Given they’d done nothing to help a floored Cazorla in the build-up to their second it was a bit rich.In fact, it was overly cuntish by the cocks in white.

Sigurdsson had a great chance to put the game to bed for Spurs as he found himself one-on-one with Szczesny but he opted to pass when he should have shot. A snap shot by Defoe rolled just past the post, Lennon had an effort blocked by Vermaelen and Bale shot straight at Szczesny as we rode our luck four times in quick succession.

With 14 minutes remaining Lukas Podolski was thrown into the fray for Mikel Arteta as we shuffled Cazorla next to Wilshere and pretty much gave up any notions of disciplined defending. Had the German’s first touch from a deft pass by Giroud been better he may have made an immediate impact but was instead thwarted by Lloris.

Ramsey had a fine chance to equalise with ten minutes remaining but having charged down the right he dragged his shot wide of the post. It took a deflection and went for a corner but he should have done better. Having tried his heart out all game there was no man more deserving of a goal.

Giroud plucked a ball out of the air only to half-volley it miles over and Walcott, turning down the percentage option, shot instead of swinging a ball into the box from about forty yards. He’s never scored from outside the box for Arsenal…go figure.

Six minutes of injury-time signalled boos from the home fans and Mertesacker’s deployment, for the umpteenth time this season, as an auxiliary striker. Podolski had a shot blocked, Szczesny came up for a corner but for all the huffing and puffing we were unable to find an equaliser.

As has been the story of the season, we were made to pay for giving ourselves a mountain to climb. Spurs move up to third and a seven-point gap has now opened up between us and them.

It’s looking like we may have to win the Champions League if we’re to piss on their parade. That’s fine by Arseblog News, aside from the fact there’s more chance of us shagging Angelina Jolie in the next hour or so given the uphill battle we face against Bayern in 10 days time.

Hmm.

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A Yank

Hello Thursday nights… if that.

C

Only 5 points behind Chelsea, don’t give in just yet…

SIR BALLS

Shocking defending again.

At least most of the players showed some guts and passion, which has been lacking since the start of the season.

As for Wenger, he sat there like an old man watching a bland theatre show.

Terrible leadership.

A Yank

Chelsea are a mess and if we had a match against them, I’d feel better about still nicking the top four. Somehow a shit Chelsea club, including one with the Spanish waiter in charge, did the double over us this season. Fuck, fuck, and double fuck.

Hatecrew

If Chelsea are a mess, then what are we?

No leaders in the club.

Jin

Fuck ramsey. That is all i am saying

Ger

Chelsea may be a mess. But at least they have quite a few game winners and proper defenders in their team. I wouldn’t say the same about us.

jack jack jack

Fuck you Jin. Fuck you.

C

Jin – if you’re taking the time to pick on one of our players, why Ramsey? He had a fine game, hustled well, played in RB when asked to, and wasn’t at fault for the goals. Sure, he wasn’t brilliant, but nobody was.

If anyone is at fault for this result, it’s A) our management, B) our centerbacks, C) our forwards. Ie, basically everyone.

A Yank

@C Does Ramsey have a hired army that comes on to defend him here? Christ he was no better than anybody else out there today. Sure love on him because he was played out of position and didn’t shit the bed. It’s the fucking Premier League. He should be able to do that. He also had one of the best late chances and couldn’t get the shot on frame. Why does everyone fellate Ramsey because he can hit square 3-yard passes? Denilson could do that. What we need are players who can fucking score when we need a goal.

C

@yank – he has had a disproportionate amount of blame put on his shoulders this season, so yes there are supporters who stand up for him when he’s inevitably called out following poor team performances.

Standing up for players w/ reasoned perspectives seems a decent thing to do.

Lee

And why doesn’t jack wilshere shoot to score when he’s often in the best positions? He was often caught in possession today……a couple of heart in mouth situations.

I want him to shoot more if he’s gonna add to his goal tally then that’s the way to go. Borrow a leaf from cesc’ time here mate. That is not all.

We lost today 🙁

Bonjour

Guys! Can we just please support our team! I know I’m not your nanny, but it will be seriously disappointing if there is any more booing of the team or frustrations taken out on players from now on.

The vast majority of us are not stupid enough to be reading the Daily Mail and using that shit as a reference for our opinions, but anyone who does so, stop right now. Turn off your TV, stop listening to Adrian Durham, and let’s get behind the team, because who gives a fuck about spurs? Who the fuck are spurs? We’ve got to finish as high up the table as we can. Period.

Swish

When you say support the team, do you mean stand idly by whilst we go into decline instead of complaining about it?

Bonjour

My bad, I should make this more clear instead of using the ambiguous terminology spouted out by the pundits.

When I say support the team: I don’t know if anyone goes to the home games, and I’m not in the best position to say because I usually don’t. But I’m pretty sure that the atmosphere usually is much more muted and unsupportive than for example, when we beat AC Milan 3-0 last year. It would be nice to have the crowd get that going again. We had nothing to lose back then, we have nothing to lose now (as it stands we’re out of the Champions League).

I also ask that people be aware of the possibility that they may be wrong about Ramsey. If you conclude before a match that Ramsey is shit, then you might just tend to notice every time he fucks up, more than when anyone else fucks up. It’s called a confirmation bias. If you are aware of this and still conclude that Ramsey is shit and you think that getting on his back is the best way to persuade Wenger to pick someone else, that’s fine.

Swish

If the team plays like they did when they won 3-0 against AC Milan, then perhaps you’ll see the same support. If the team puts in average performances when they should be able to play a lot, lot better, then the fans will get behind them.

I don’t condone booing, but when the fan is charged £1500 per year to watch a threadbare squad with not enough quality playing below themselves, the fan has every right to get frustrated. We are paying them their huge wages and they aren’t showing the shirt or the fans any respect when they turn up to pick up their paycheck and give 50%.

In the meantime, they can pick up their effort and in return, the crowd will cheer them. Fuck getting behind someone 100% if they can’t be arsed to give you the same.

deano

Sorry C not as optamistic as you. We lack leadership on and it seems mainly off the pitch.

Bonjour

Swish, that’s true, but the catch is that it goes both ways. Support for the team motivates them to play better, while better performances generates more support for the team. It’s a cycle that has to start somewhere.

I’m afraid I don’t agree with the lack of effort argument. Gone are the days of having Arshavin or Denilson not hassling the opposition. The only player who can do a bit more is Theo. Instead it’s a tactical and psychological barrier they are facing, not being bold enough to make ambitious runs and passes. When we were launching those balls upfield in the last 10 minutes today, there was always someone fighting 110% for the first ball/header, but nobody with the cool head to predict where the second ball would be. That way it turned into a head tennis stalemate.

Perhaps you are right though, some more effort can be put in off the pitch by the players to analyse what the hell they’ve been doing in games that’s making them play so below-par. Wasn’t that what led to our 5-game winning streak in December?

Swish

That’s where I disagree Bonjour.

I don’t go to work for 4 hours a day then 2 hours on a weekend. I don’t get paid millions of pounds every year. I am not a professional footballer that has an unbelievable opportunity at my front door.

I am not paid ridiculous sums of money to do my simple job that I LOVE doing and if I were, I wouldn’t expect 60,000 people needing to motivate me and do it.

If they show the passion, then I show the passion. But for me having to show them passion and then them choosing to opt out like they have done these past few years? Fuck ’em. They get what they deserve from the crowd. All the fans expect is for the amount we pay them is to show up and give 100% for 90 minutes a week. They choose not to do that, so I choose not to support them 100% after they put in a seriously sub standard performance.

They are culpable and so is Wenger for this mess.

Bonjour

You have a point. It’s the reason why I don’t contribute and sacrifice my money to Arsenal Holdings Ltd no matter how much I love Arsenal FC. Putting in the time and emotion to watch a dysfunctional Arsenal is frustrating enough, putting in the money and getting this in return is unacceptable.

flying dutchmen

I guess we have no choice then. We’ll just have to beat Bayern 0-3 and win the champions league!

financegooner

I will console myself by watching the best goal Bale has ever scored over and over again

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deano

Love your optimism flying dutchmen but we probably won’t get three shots at goal mate as for defending well.

Arsene's Nose

Park’s signing and wengers team selection/tactics/subs today,wonder which was more Shocking…

Wilsheres poorest game yet…

Yar

Yeah hate to agree, but Jack was really really poor today.

deano

Agree on poor selection don’t get why we have decided to shift Cazorla to the wing when he has been controlling in the middle i don’t get it. Poldi should be starting scores goals simple, Our defence carved open so easily all season why? The bloody spuds have not caught us we have dropped.

Minger

Leave jack alone, maybe if he had good players to play with, he try’s his best like

Henry

@Minger, but the truth is he did have a poor game. We have to be able to constructively criticize (emphasis on constructively, unlike the mindless Ramsey bashing no matter how well he performs on the pitch) any of our players if they don’t have a good game. Jack shouldn’t be immune to this even if he’s our best player or most popular one.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Jack but today wasn’t his best.

Doctor Satan

Everything depends on Liverpool beating Tottenham now. Never thought I’d want Luis Suarez to score a hatrick. Oh well, Luis, time to help us.

AGunner

We’ll still finish above spurs. Look at their fixtures.

Eric Irish gunner

They still have Liverpool,City and Chelsea and i’ll be cheering them all on I hate those spurs cunts

vick

this is arsenal mate, we seem lose to any team that puts in a shift against us. Well, apart from bayern..they didnt do much to trash us at home.

Bonjour

Eric: well now you know how it feels to be a spurs fan. Watching 1 game every weekend – not your own – and cheering for 19 different clubs over the course of a season.

shuggietodd

Exactly! Fucking hell, cheer up lads, we are the Arsenal! There are ten games to go and they have a FAR worse run in. Ok, we lost 2-1 today, but they lost the previous one 5-2. That’s a 6-3 aggregate score. Obviously that doesn’t mean much in points terms, but fuck it. They will crumble as they always do; Last season looked far worse and we still pipped ’em!

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

This is a plain hard truth and as fans we need take this on the chin and support our team against Bayern,

Additionally, unfortunately I currently believe that Giroud Lacks the skill set and the quality to be arsenal’s no.1 striker. next season, should we sign a good striker, he may well go the Chamakh route

TRob13

I actually think Giroud is THE striker to give a spell of rest to what should be any Arsenal number 1 striker. I would have been so much more comfortable if Giroud had been the number 2 as opposed to Chamakh – it would have meant more rest for the number 1, allowing him to always be on top of his game.
Giroud also could be the arsenal number 1 against lessor competition – giving us a well-rounded club.
There are other players currently in need of being dropped to 2nd – tier at Arsenal (which means better replacements are needed).

Dave Gooner

Correct RTI.

Giroud has no guile. Simply blasting the ball at the goal does not a Premiership striker make. Its not going to go in, or at least, not very often. I don’t remember ever seeing OG take that extra touch and putting it past the keeper, or even trying to. Its always blast blast blast (and usually a mile wide or a mile over). His naivity and lack of subtlety is getting embarrassing.

And I don’t doubt his effort, or his heart or his commitment. Just his ability. It is perfectly plain that he is not Premiership grade. He certainly does not belong in the company of previous Arsenal strikers. He is just not good enough.

We effectively played with 10 men yesterday.

AGunner

Still 10 games to go, we’ll still finish above them, look at their fixtures.

Decent effort, got done by the poor defending. Santi should’ve got a foul all day long before the second.

iSayed

HOW THE FUCK is Vermalen still playing, let alone be our captain? Hes been woeful this year.

As for Per, players like him can never succeed in a league like the EPL.

Jenkinsagna

Per’s never that bad, he’s just never that good. And give him a break today! he’s scored his only two goals against Spurs!

AGunner

whats wrong with Per? great defender… would you rather have gallas or senderos back?

Eurazian

Per is OK. He’s comfortably been our best central defender this season, mostly because Vermaelen and Koscielny have been so prone to brain farts. Per has made some errors this season, but they are not nearly as frequent nor as “WTF”-inducing as Vermaelen’s.

Ent

‘What’s wrong with Per?’ I’ll tell you what’s wrong. He’s not a player worth 8m and 80K a week. That’s what’s wrong. Also, Theo doing fuck all the whole match and taking home 100K a week in his Ferarri. He doesn’t give a shit.

iSayed

For the folks asking whats wrong with Per. He is woefully slow. Now that might work in other leagues such as the Bundesliga or the Liga, but it just wont cut it in the Premier League. Guy has exceptional positioning and is very calm on the ball, but you need to be a bit more quick and agile if you have any chance of surviving in the Premier League. He will always fall short against EPL’s quick forwards. Even the likes of Terry and Samba (players similar to Per, all excellent when it comes to positioning and awareness) arent really quick, but they are much more agile than him. You need a bit of pace in the PL.

Lee

That’s two defeats in succesion. (counting bayern ofcourse)

Nothing to smile about this parts i’m afraid.

Arsene Wenger

Should we count Blackburn for novelty, and just call it 3 defeats in a row?

I am not 16 years in this job and forgetting about results. We must concentrate on the positive. We used our top, top quality to beat Aston Villa.

Henry

Just a correction, I think we might have possibly maybe won against Aston Villa which came after the Bayern loss, so we have’t lost two in succession.

Fellonious

Time to get real. That defending can not be defended. Any one of us reading this blog, we perform like that week in week out – both staff and management get the sack. Wy do we all have a fucking monopoly on feeling sick to the stomach about our club, and not ONE person either running the club or managing it does fuck all to correct so many deficiencies. I ask you all, if you we’re worth 4 billion and owned Arsenal, how would today make you feel?

Bunburyist

My only consolation is that I don’t support Spurs. They’re just so grimy. And there’s a chicken on their shirt. You may think that’s scant consolation, but for me, style is everything. We have Giroud, they have a chimp, to take one example. Chin up, lads. We’re above them in the Aesthetics Table.

Frontwheel 2

moron,your sour tears taste sweet to me COYS

Bunburyist

You’re tasting my tears?

I peed in your mouth last night.

So I guess we’re even. Tuck you in later?

gooner

I don’t get the ramsey criticism but i don’t get the fact he starts ahead of poldi, rosicky. Start the best fucking players! We already have ground to make up.

Henry

But Ramsey serves a different function to that of Poldi or Rosicky, do you really want either as defensive mid fielders? And with the current state of our defense we need the cover.

Thebiggooseman

Last season for wenger, this would not be tolerated at any other club.

arsenalnewfan

:((

i felt like….. someone slapped ma face. in the fuckingright my face…

A twat with a keyboard
A twat with a keyboard

Fuck off, just fuck off! I hate sp*rs such a bunch of cunts.

C

This.

Henry

Just had to agree 🙂

JC

Bring back Dein!

RobM

Yes. I hear his positioning at the back is really good and would have made all the difference today.

JC

No but at least he wouldn’t have wasted time in Costa Rica signing Joel Campbell while Chelsea swooped in to sign Juan Mata.

Fabulous

Now to drop out of the top 4 and finish below spurs and the misery’s complete. I don’t care call me a pessimist all you want I only think we have to sink this low for the board to realize shits up.

TRob13

I have thought all season that the Arsenal were destined to finish 5th.
It just means a much lessor tournament (and money), but more money than 6th by far.
NOT that finishing 5th is any real consolation, but c’mon – is this Arsenal capable of anything better than 5th? I have belief that most of the players are up to the task, but I believe the management has issues: NEVER playing anything but the same formation, allowing your wide-right player to never be available on the right, signing one of the top mid-forwards in Germany and NEVER playing him there, etc… It’s a kind of stubbornness that permeates a losing mentality.

Pearson

There is more money by NOT playing Europa League.
Europa League is a loss.
If Arsenal play Europa League we should use youngsters only and employ a PROPER DEFENSIVE COACH.
Up The Arsenal!

HungarianGooner

Verminator was terrible again.Play the Bossnielcy instead of him.

geee

does nobody realize that it’s not individual players that are to blame for our shit defending, it’s the structure of the team as a whole.

it’s the insistence on playing offside on the edge of our box which costs us.

and it’s the stubbornness of the coaching staff to not change our approach to defending.

C

To be fair, there are reasons to play a high line – it’s not necessarily a “bad” tactic, just a risky one if your players don’t execute well. And today they didn’t.

C

Although, a high line when outnumbered and on the edge of the box, that’s problematic. But it’s not necessarily the coaching staff’s fault – the players may just be making the wrong decisions. Hard to know from the outside.

A Yank

Late in the second, they broke up the right. All three defenders getting back drifted toward the ball. Gilfy Sirgudtwat was wide fucking open. Only because he is apparently also retarded did they not get a tap in out of it. Just abysmal.

Filip

I don’t think it’s the structure and I mean both defensively and offensively. We used to have world class players all over the place and it’s just not the case anymore. I still think that squad-wise we’re better than sp*urs, but the gap is closing. We used to have 3 of the top 5 players from the best national team in the world – Vieira, Henry and Pires. These days our arguably best player Santi Cazorla is a substitute for Spain and as good as he is, his absence would’t lower the level of spanish game. I know, it is hard to get to that particular first 11 but it still shows how much further from the top of the european and english game we are these days. It’s just sad for someone who watched all these great Wenger teams from championship days. And I don’t think we have done everything in our powers to stop the decline and reverse that trend.

deano

Spot on geee

xxxrob

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing for their 2 goals.. identical fuckups the both of them..No one tracking the runner because they were gambling on catching them offside.
Our attack is frustrating the life out of me this season, it makes gumbies like Dawson look like mountains because it is so predictable..
Last things.. what’s happened to Podolski? Why is he benched all the time now? Rosicky was our best player in my opinion, more please little mozart

lollo

he`s been a liability all season

Chair

au revoir champions league

Alex

Why was Ramsey stuck at RB? Poor kid has played almost every position but striker now.

Looks like we have to set our sights on Chelsea then.

flying dutchmen

I actually think he did very well!

Kolololo

Very well must be a new average for Arsenal then. NOBODY did good today. They were all average.

deano

Really

A Yank

@ Kolololo: Rosicky… when he came on he did well. Should have started. Again. Why he doesn’t someone should ask Wenger.

Lee

But mate is a stubborn gaffer, he will refuse to even hear the question.

He’ll maybe do loud noises, run out of the room or something.

Lee

*insert wenger between mate and is.

diefenbaker

who the fucks even asking him the questions? Journalists?

sacklad

We’re shit at the back, inefficient up top, and Tottenham were simply better today. I’ve been an ardent supporter or Arsene, but this one’s on the manager. Our team simply isn’t good enough.

Glory Hunter

We were trying to come back and after we scored the 1st goal, we didnt have a single shot on target!!!
That’s unacceptable!

TRob13

…and quite amazingly unbelievable. If someone, 5/10 years ago, were to have predicted that someday Arsenal would NOT get a single shot on goal in the 2nd half of a NLD… Well, ’nuff said 😉

A Yank

They actually weren’t better. Until the 2-goals-in-2-minutes, we were the better side. Even on the balance of play over the 90 we were every bit as good. But our strikers are not good (especially Giroud… how did he play all 90?), and we always have 3-4 defensive lapse that give the opposition 1-on-1’s.

I feel like I get up every weekend and watch something called The Arsenal Show. It’s always the same story (see above). Yet, curiously sometimes it has a happy ending, other times it’s sad. But this is the worst season in memory.

Chair

Funny how we picture ourselves as the better side when our opponent sits in their own half and lets us fiddle around with the ball around half-way line and yet, when we did the same today in the first half and spurs juggled the ball around midfield, we were the better ones.
Hypocrisy much?

A Yank

@ Char: It wasn’t so much about possession as it was that we actually created the first 3-4 shots in the game. Thought we were on top until the first goal.

And neither team seemed to care too much about keeping possession today.

Chair

@Yank I know, it’s called counter-attack football, with the right players it’s pretty effective and can create lots of chances. I just don’t understand why we were pictured as “playing better” against sides like Blackburn two weeks ago who were playing the exact kind of football and eventually succeeded.

A Yank

@ Chair: I get your point. We weren’t better because Blackburn just let us sit there and kick the ball around the 18. That was their plan. That’s almost everyone’s plan against us. And it is fucking remarkably easy to execute. Wenger falls for it every time. That wouldn’t be so bad if A) We ever scored from a corner (as that’s one of the benefits you get from being camped in the other team’s half) or B) Had a tactical back-up plan.

Still today I thought we worth at least the draw. We don’t have enough clinical guys for the good chances we do create. Fifth might be exactly how good this side is and how well it has been managed.

Wenger's Glasses

Until we get a proper DM, our defense is going to get expose over & over like that again.

flying dutchmen

I agree, but today the 2 goals had nothing to do with a ‘proper’ DM. It was down to horrible communication over the whole back line!

chimasacker

I’m sorry it did. Twice you had the Spuds midfielders running at our center backs.

Glory Hunter

I’ll have to disagree, both times nobody closed down the player that played the through ball! Look how difficult it was for Wilshere to get through their midfield? There was always a tackle waiting for him compare that to our midfield! The defence has no protection, we’ve been lambasting our defenders for years, the problem is the lack of protection.

chimasacker

@Glory Hunter, to add to your point. Can Vermaelen be as bad as a Smalling or Phil Jones? Fact is those guys get good protection from their midfield and they have very little to do.

deano

Don’t agree. Why do we constantly look poor in defence? We need a change in policy.

C

That, and defensive awareness in the 6 players protecting the back four.

goooooooooooooooooooooooner
goooooooooooooooooooooooner

I think we need to give Coquelin a run of games against Swansea, Reading and WBA

Henry

I like Le Coq, but I honestly dont think he’s the answer to our problems right now.

Pearson

We just need the team to be properly managed.
Anybody got Sam Allardyce’s number?
Up The Arsenal!

deano

Sorry Pearson your losing the plot.

AgentITK

Poor defending and poor finishing, other than that we were average.

Nanu

I may get many thumbs down for this, and i hate to say it myself, goodluck to sp*rs. They’ve been good enough this season to be where they are. I just HOPE there’ll be a magical turnaround again. Enthusiasm gone.

C

Nah, fuck them. They may be deserve their position, but good luck to them? They can all get fucked in the arse.

sacklad

seriously what the fuck man.

Fuck spurs!

Eric Irish gunner

FUCK SPURS

Nanu

Err.. ok, maybe the goodluck part wasn’t the best idea, but i’m fecking frustrated! Where’s The Arsenal?

deano

Yep thumbs down from me. Fuck the spuds

financegooner

Fuck piers morgan. Fuck fox. Fuck all the fans who will be calling for Arsene’s head. Fuck all of you who can’t stand by the club when we have been through worse before. Fuck the internet. And sleepless nights before and after a derby. Arsenal FC- Gooner now, Gooner forever.

VVV

Oh come on now, no need to antagonize those that don’t share your opinion.

Almost everything starts and ends with the manager, especially one with as much as influence as Wenger. The issue isn’t that this is a one off, if it was then we’d be in the top 4. We consistently are inconsistent; it seems that either our attack can play well or our defense, but rarely both.

If he does not like buying in Jan, fine, but why the fuck does he not buy in the summer to cover up the gaping holes in our squad? No money? Socialist wage structure? I find it incredibly hypocritical that he stands here as the so called socialist champion when he pockets 9million, more than Ferguson. How about Gazidis? pocketing 2m, while ALL of Chelsea’s directors put together receive like 2.2m.

Who should we hire then? Well how about someone who manages a club from Japan? Whose CV includes managing two clubs in France before leaving the second one by mutual consent?

jack jack jack

Sorry but the idea that our wage structure has anything to do with socialism is just fucking ridiculous. These guys are being paid upwards of 50 grand a week for fuck’s sake, what’s socialist about that? It’s purely psychology, it’s about keeping a good team spirit and fostering a sense of togetherness. It’s a tactic, not an idealistic statement, so don’t even try and use that as a stick to beat Wenger with. Whether or not it’s a good tactic is another point entirely…

TRob13

Sadly – there was so much truth spoken on Fox today… What manager EVER would say: 4th is good enough, year-in and Year-out… and be considered a great coach.
I think Wenger made that statement because he either: got hit in the head and lost all his football sense, or knows the level of team he has and has lowered his expectations. Either way – his keen eye for talent and ferocious destruction of the opposition is gone.
You must look at this team and how it is run from an outside point of view, and once you do that, you will be able to see that arsenal are very poorly run, top-down. If you have a system or style of play that you want – you get the players to fit that. Wenger went and got a set of players for a very different system than what he puts on the field and tries to ‘shove down the throats’ of the opposition. This crop of players screams a 4-4-2, yet Wenger will never go there. Not saying it will be successful or better than the current formation, but there is no adaption in games and he has the wrong set of players for the current format.

jack jack jack

I think the problem is that our squad just isn’t good enough, rather than the tactics. We’re missing the two or three world class players that make a great team (as we have been for a while), so until we spend some cash, which I assume we will do this summer, we will have to deal with being a team outside the top rung.

As for Wenger, how you can question his desire and his passion for the club is beyond me. Question his choices and tactics by all means but you can see how much winning means to him; he’s there doubled over in pain with the rest of us.

Every gooner should read this, Arsene is a fucking warrior. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/9903319/Tottenham-v-Arsenal-Arsene-Wenger-is-a-wounded-warrior-determined-to-come-out-fighting-for-the-team.html

Chinaman

TBH, the way Theo plays these days, we are in effect playing a 4-4-2.

Bob

One who did not have the clout to realistically challege for the title each year. Fact is we are punching above our weight since the stadium move (something that has crippled other clubs), and Wenger has been the reason for this. Moyes gets called a great manager (and people ask for him over Wenger!) yet he has never pushed Everton above us, let alone to the title. You say that comparison is unfair? Well for most of the last 8 years we have been much like their club, having to sell players to pay off debt, and finally this year we should see the fruits of it by being financially fluid in the transfer market. If we aren’t now, there are no excuses, but to ignore the reasons behind our lower standards for the past few seasons seems a tad blind to the bigger picture.

deano

jack jack jack why is our sqaud not good enough? Who gives the nod for signing them? Missing two or three world class players strange that because i felt we signed a couple i.e. Cazorla and Podolski oh yeah then we sold two. We are declining and we have never needed too!!!!!!!!!

Swish

And fuck stubborn fans who think carrying on as we are, will see an improvement.

Wenger has said ‘judge me at the end of the season’ for the past 6 or more years. Most of us are just fed up now, it’s the same story. We get to the end of the season, we start judging and then we have to wait to see what he does in the transfer market (which is usually never half enough what we need), then we start judging again and he asks to judge him at the end of that season.

It’s just stale and it’s far more than a joke now. Something needs to change, is it the board? is it the manager? I don’t think either has to be mutually exclusive, I think both the board and manager needs a change. We, as fans, only have the power to change one. And it’s not the board.

londongunner

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU! people need to realise wenger hasnt delivered for years! in a competive game thats not good enough!
He used to be a brilliant manager so when he was getting things right and making the good choices he could afford to be arrogant and stubborn,

but now… most people learn from there mistakes he just repeats them year after year! for the past few years weve been no where close to winning the league ok fair enough we had a stadium debt but what of the fa cup or the carling cup? you cant have an empty trophy cabinet and say your successful not with a team like arsenal at least

and swansea won the cup…

Caribkid

And FUCK right back to you FinanceGooner.

Who are you to tell me to fuck off because I am ambitious, care for my team and want to see them win rather than end up in 5th place with a bloated payroll of 155 M and deadwood all over the field.

If you want to settle for mediocrity that’s completely up to you and I won’t criticize you for that. However, you have no right to criticize my ambitions. If you want to continue paying for the highest ticket prices in the world and being presented with mediocre entertainment, go right ahead, just don’t expect other intelligent people to follow your lead.

londongunner

I hate you wenger brown-nosers! your helping ruin the club! look at all the evidence! the dreafull mistakes by wenger!

*SELLING BEST PLAYERS
*REPLACING THEM WITH CHEAPER INFERIOR ONES
*PICKING WEAKER PLAYERS FOR THE FIRST 11
e.g. NO PODOSKI, NO ROSISCKY- playing ramsey instead
*NOT MAKING ADEQUATE ADDISONS TO THE TEAM SUCH AS A CLINICAL STRIKEER AND A PROPER DM
*USING A FORMATION WITH A LOAN STRIKER THAT IS SLOWER THAN MY MUM
* NOT TRAINING THE DEFENCE OR SORTING OUT THE WEAKNESS AND SHAMBLES IT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS
*PLAYIING A HIGH LINE DEFENCE WHICH IS OPEN TO EXPLOITATION AGAINST PACEY PLAYERS WHILST ARSENE PLAYING THE SLOWEST DEFENDER IN THE PREMIERSHIP MERTZAKER!
*THE TRAVESTY THAT IS ZONAL MARKING! SHOCKING IDEA
*CONTINOUSLY PLAYING PLAYERS OUT OF POSITION, PODOLSKI, RAMSEY, ARSHAVIN, SANTI (TO A LESSER EXTENT)
*STICKING TO THE INEFFECTIVE 4 3 3 FORMATION! WE NEED TWO STRIKERS AND SOME PROPER WINGERS
*NOT LOOKING AT THE TACTICS OF OUR OPPONENTS, NOT CHANGING OUR TACTICS TO SUIT THEM
*NOT HAVING A PLAN B, ONLY ATTACKING A CERTAIN WAY
*A LACK OF MOTIVATION AND DESIRE (EXCEPT FOR JACK)
*LIEING TO FANS ABOUT MONEY AND TRANSFERS
*SELLING YOUR BEST PLAYERS TO RIVALS NOT FOREIGN CLUBS WHO CANT HURT US ON OUR OWN SOIL
* A SILLY SOCIALIST WAGE STRUCTURE THAT BREEDS AND ACCEPTS THE MEDIOCRE AND DRIVES OUT THE SUPERSTAR TALENT

D

This list needs to go viral.

Harish

The thing is, we were all warned about this happening during this period of time around the when the new stadium was announced. It’s probably not stubbornness of fans more than knowing this was the expected due course.

Not saying I’m happy that we are where we are, but this was always gonna be the case. Cutting financial corners was openly admitted around that time as well as later on (in less obvious words), and we see it, but the whole hierarchy anticipated this and had obviously agreed to have limited financial expenditure, etc, etc, for Arsenal’s long-term future.

I personally am not surprised we are where we are, nor am i angry that we aren’t doing better (although I’m annoyed that our deficiencies are a bit obvious and go without clear maintenance, ie defense etc), however i look forward to seeing a strongly positioned club in the future. It’s always darkest before dawn and all that.

All the same, it hurts to see my beloved Arsenal in the situation we are in…

Yar

Wait, did Walcott play today? Must have missed something. Bye Wenger

goooooooooooooooooooooooner
goooooooooooooooooooooooner

Is it Weneger’s fault we don’t turn up for the big games?

Yar

Oh so you’re saying these same players who don’t show up signed themselves to the club? It’s Walcott’s fault we only focused on signing him and not a striker who could actually score? Right I see your logic

pox

Yes

Swish

Of course it’s the manager’s fault. If the team doesn’t turn up and put a real shift in, then it’s because they lack motivation. The motivation should be made by the manager.

Rodders1971

No,but it could be Wenger’s fault.

Orangutan

Other than losing, the worst thing was having to listen to Bale’s monkey scream

GunnAV

Is it just me or did the ref at the flag pick a banana up off the field when Bale was taking a corner around the 30th minute mark?

Clockendrider

I thought I saw Bale pick it up and peel it with his hind feet.

Piers Morgans ass grapes
Piers Morgans ass grapes

@ clockendrider
Lmao nice one

C

Ah god that was awful. Please never bring it up again. The horror…

Eric Irish gunner

Ye what a prick

hatespuds

I HATE THE SPUDS!!!!!! Hello Europa League.

goooooooooooooooooooooooner
goooooooooooooooooooooooner

Trying not to be negative but we can easily get caught by Liverpool or Everton if we don’t buckle up quickly

Podolski Sklep

F*ck em. Hope the racist uruguayan tears them a new one next week.

Gandalf

Average as usual when the pressure is on.

Great Game

Never thought I’d have to fucking say this. But sp*rs were the better team.

goooooooooooooooooooooooner
goooooooooooooooooooooooner

I now we were pretty average but never ever say that

Henry

Dude no, we were the better team. Especially during the first 30.

C

Disagree. We had a good opening 15 minutes, the rest of the half was basically a midfield battle and the two goals.

Second half the teams traded possession – we looked mildly more dangerous, without creating many chances (Ramsey chance, Walcott corner, Podolski poor touch – and that’s it).

Wouldn’t say we were the better team at all. The teams were evenly matched, and they were more efficient.

But fuck them.

vick

better team my arse. This game was always going to be determined by our performance. We basically handed them the win. We were just shambolic.

goooooooooooooooooooooooner
goooooooooooooooooooooooner

why does Wenger keep playing Ramsey at rb for the last twenty mins?

£oyalty for $ale

It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get up… Jesus H. Christ… Fuck me sideways and call me Sally…

arsenal steward

We lost because Theo didn’t bother to go back and help RB, plus starting with Podolski on the bench is madness.

Dawdler

Walcott playing a selfish game proved rather costly. Almost made up for it with the late free kick, but didn’t. On both goals they were allowed to run at the midfield along the right, and both times you could see the holding midfielder looking around in exasperation for the help on that side. You have to trust your teammate will be there, it’s like that “trust” game where you fall back and pray your mate will catch you. On both goals no one was there and we ended up on our asses.

Giroud (who we must admit didn’t have a great game) and Santi worked their asses off for 90 harassing the scum defenders and midfield. Theo could be seen sauntering up field awaiting glory “through the middle”. With no concept of just how one might come upon such a thing.

We lost cause we could not play as a unit for the benefit of the team. We probably deserved it in light of that.

Chinaman

The bright side if at all; I didn’t have to watch Theo Walcott doing his ‘signing da ting’ goal celebration. That gives me the hives

Mooro

So we decide today’s the day to experiment with a high line do we?

Fuckin genius.

GreenGooner

Pleaseee let them arabs buy us pleaseee…….. 1.5bil quid…. Pleaseee for fuck sake ………..fuck off kroenke and gazidis!

£oyalty for $ale

So I presume you want to be like fucking chelsea or man city then? If that’s the case you can fuck off all the way to Manchester or south side of London.

Glory Hunter

@ Loyalty;
I hear what you’re saying but you can’t be happy with the way things have been for the last few years, & assuming things don’t change, I would prefer a takeover.

£oyalty for $ale

But then again, does AFC wanna sell their soul to the devil?

Swish

As painstaking as it is to hear, but Man City and Chelsea fans don’t give a shit about how they obtained premier league titles or a champions league trophy. All they care is that they did win it.

The only team and set of fans that actually give a shit about their trophies paid for with oil money, is us. Because we run a self sustaining model. We come across as a moralistic bunch to those fans, do they care? Nope. Do we care that they won trophies? Yep.

The problem is that we are self sustaining in a league run by teams with external funds. We can stick to our philosophy and plummet further down the table or we can seek outside funds by the way of a rumour takeover.

Me, I personally don’t give a shit. If Stan stays, then he can sort this fucking mess out, if he can’t (which looks likely), then I’d welcome a change at boardroom and hope that the next business man who comes in, sorts us out.

We’re a mess at the moment and it seems like the only people that give a shit is the fans.

Bob

And this is exactly why that false story was put in the papers. If we lost this match, as we have done, fans will jump straiiight at the buyout as a quick plaster for their wounds, and start tearing our club apart. Nevermind that this “bid” is completely false. Stop listening to the fucking papers and think for yourselves. Sure we lost to day, and it sucks donkey balls, but stick by the club until the last match of the season, then air your grievances since you can’t affect the team with them then.

Glory Hunter

Fair point Bob, but the discontent is real, regardless of the takeover or not in this case, most fans aren’t happy with the current board.

Oregon Gooner

Why jenks off?!!

Eric Irish gunner

Maybe because he was giving excellent balls into the box, fuck knows why

Doctor Satan

A win here would have put us within 2 points of Chelsea and 6 from ManC. Instead, we are now in big big trouble. Again, we didn’t go all out from the start, and again we paid the price for that.

Arsene Wenger

I thought we actually started the game well. It was all going great (Adebayor even got booked) until those idiotic defensive errors.

Doctor Satan

What I meant was to have included Rosicky (pardon my spelling) in the starting lineup. A 3-2-3-2 of sorts.
Jenk — Kos/Verm — Mert
Ramsey— Arteta
Rosicky—Wilshere—Santi
Walcott—Podolski

This way when defending we would have had five around the penalty area nullifying all crosses while Rosicky went after Bale. Crowding out the penalty area basically to keep Tottenham at the wide areas.

Just my idea.

Hatecrew

No plan for Monkeyboy. Well fuck you very much you tactically inept old f**k Wenger. And Verm can go join his BFF at manure. Fucking useless fucking captain. I hate this fucking game! I hate it!

In Arsene we rust.

greg

why on earth would anyone want him

Glory Hunter

Watched the game with a Man Utd mate & when I said, Verm should fucking go, he said Man Utd would happily take him.

A Yank

Hey, at least he made a tactical sub (I think… unless Jenks got injured) before the 70th. Progress!

Clockendrider

Sorry but did Bale have a good game? He got into position for the goal well. Can you enlighten as to what else he did? Even the commentary team didn’t have the cojones to give him MOTD despite the fact the entire build up had been geared up for it…

Clockendrider

Oops meant motm…….

Comedian

Idiotic defending for the two goals and did too little after getting one goal back and Ramsey should have buried that.some one else other than sczc sjould have taken that last kick you need to get a decent delivery not just ball in box.
What happens to these fuckers i dont understand play your football instead of trying to get the aerial ball to giroud again again.

SIR HENRY BURTON

where is that consortium company.let’s not kid with ourselves. we need some money to build a tittle winning squad.

Micko

Anyone got a spare rope 🙁

Nanu

We were shit. (by NLD standards) Especialy Giroud

PaulW

Giroud is awful. Squad player at best. Never attacks the ball.

Dial Square

I see “where’s Wally” was his usual brilliant self…He’s begining to fuck me right off..

Rick the Miserable Gunner cause the trophies Arsenal win don't go in my fking trophy case do they

Not to worry, chimp boy will keep talking about how much better they are (lets not forget the emirates result)… and at the end of the day we’ll finish above them as usual. not like there aren’t 30 poitns to play for or whatever…
Adewanker injured, Dembele injured. Easy top 4, no reason for doom n gloom.

Rick the Miserable Gunner cause the trophies Arsenal win don't go in my fking trophy case do they

oh and.. btw, rafa benitez guys… rafa benitez is in charge of chelsea. lets not forget…

Fabulous

Did you even watch the game Rick? We’ve got everything to worry about

Swish

Superb, back to relying on other teams to implode like we do.

greg

just so poor defensively again! its as though our cbs just have no intelligence and are attracted to the ball! tv what has happened to you? you used to be a monster, now, christ almighty your really shit!

chav

Too many average players in the squad. We need more competent defenders than tv5 and maybe a better striker too.

Clockendrider

Monreal – Spanish international, Vermaelen- Belgian international , Mertsesacker German international . Nothing wrong with the players. Complete absence of defensive drilling is the problem.

GU1TAR-D3MON

I’m utterly utterly defeated…

AVB

so were your team mate.
hahahahaha COYS

Jim Jimminy

Once again we are the cause of our own downfall.

Spuds aren’t even good. They have one player, who for the majority of the game we kept quiet.

Feels like they could gave done a bit more to get another goal especially walcott, cazorla, wilshere and giroud.

I guess we’ll have to rely on others for the next 10 games.

ickenham gooner

I was resigned to a loss before the game and whilst you always retain some hope, I am not as angry as I would have thought at the end. And that, sadly, says it all. I just feel we are in decline, with a gradual acceptance of mediocrity (e.g. 4th if the new 1st).

I just hope that this summer, whatever the final position is, that we strengthen the team with the right new personnel (quality and number) and get back into CL at the first attempt.

Otherwise, Liverpool and a return to the dismal 80’s is not beyond the realms of possibility.

GreenGooner

Adios mr wenger! It was a nice ride since 1996, well done and thanks for everything! Now we move on ….. With our new dosh….. Please you arab bastards just SIGN Da TING!!!!!!!!!!

Gunner

What Poldi has to do, to convince wenger, that he is a striker?

Swish

Perhaps Wenger is lining him up for a future forward role, you know, like Walcott starting on the wing as Henry did.

Maybe nobody has told Wenger that Podolski already plays there.

alx96

Really could not blame the spirit and commitment of the lads. But the spuds simply have better players. We could do with better striker though, or maybe Giroud will be better next season.

Clockendrider

Better players like Assou ekotto? Or Parker? Shall we all count to 100 and look at this with some kind of perspective..

JB

Still mad at theo, for going for the optimistic freekick. One of the few good chances late on and just wasted it. You can argue that the ref should’ve added a 1 minute more, but didn’t see us making a difference with that extra minute.

Matthew

They had a better goalkeeper

Clockendrider

What could Chesney have done with either of the goals?

Comedian

Slap his defenders to wake the fuck up.
Spuds got lloris , because we didnot wanted to spend a good buy for six million and before that freidel.

Piers Morgans ass grapes
Piers Morgans ass grapes

Save them would be a good start

Ickenham Gooner Too

Positioning for Bale goal was terrible by Chesney. Too far to his right, made finishing easy. I’ve watched it about 15/20 times. Positioning is an ongoing weakness for our talented but flawed (and developing) GK.

St-totteringham-must-happen
St-totteringham-must-happen

As a fan based thousands of miles away from london, i didn’t know the existence of St Totteringham Day until i stumbled upon this site. I couldn’t believe that i’ve passed through countless of such defining moments each season without looking forward to, anticipating and celebrating it. I was hoping this will be season for me to feel the thrill and elation of celebrating St Totteringham this time round … but now…league chances long gone, out of both donestic cups, and needing a miracle for ucl, dear players of AFC, is this little wish too much to ask for?

Micko

Giroud is a good second striker but that’s it.
Walcott was missing for much of the match and defence well what can we say JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH

davo57

All week this blog was full of Arsenal fans saying how we were going to smash Spurs. Now I suppose they will spend all week smashing our players. Lol.. Have faith Arsenal we will still make fourth place.

Glasgow Gunner

getting bored of giroud and his expressions of agony. Fucking gutted!!

greg

why does he keep waving his arms in the air! play the fucking ball and if you dont close it down

eb

fukin shittest arsenal team ive seen in a long time, couldnt care less where they finish now

Eric Irish gunner

Bollox I can’t stand them cunts, how the fuck does giroud stay on for the full game and the defence makes it easy for them cunts with there fuck ups again

Micko

Probably because he is the only striker we have

Eric Irish gunner

Put podolski up front and ox on the wing

Good-Bloke

Just take your medicine Arsenal, there’s plenty of time to turn this around.

lawley

Wenger should be sacked for this. Missing top 4 is not acceptable for a club like arsenal.

Kautzie

And finishing below Sp*rs no matter what the position is unforgivable. Heads need to roll at the end of the season including Wenger.

Jenkinsagna

Erm, the season’s not over yet…?

Bob

Last time I checked it’s only just turned March. The season isn’t over. Get behind the team and we have a chance to move up the table. Tottenham and Chelsea will not win all their remaining matches – especially with their run in.

Hatecrew

So we will win our remaining matches?

Pete

Probably yes.

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