Report: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

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Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs:  Fabianski, Monreal, Jenkinson, Flamini, Cazorla, Bendtner, Podolski

Arsenal failed to go back the top of the table as we drew 0-0 against Chelsea at the Emirates tonight.

Arsene Wenger recalled Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, while Theo Walcott retained his place after his two goal salvo against Man City 9 days ago.

The game started in tentative manner with both sides getting to grips with the difficult conditions. The first 10 minutes saw a number of misplaced passes from both sides.

Mike Dean allowed Chelsea players to get away with yellow card offences, when Azpiliqueta and Lampard fouled Ramsey and Sagna respectively, which showed the Gunners had to contend with the officials as well as the wind and the rain.

It remained a cagey affair with neither side creating much in the way of goalscoring chances. In the 25th minute a good Bacary Sagna cross created a spell of Arsenal pressure but no real attempt on goal, while at the other end a Ramires header failed to trouble Szczesny.

In the 32nd minute the visitors fashioned the best chance of the game. A ball over the top found Lampard in our box, and the England midfielder cracked a shot which beat Szczesny but cracked back off the underside of the bar. In the immediate aftermath, Torres had a shot which Szczesny saved easily, before Per Mertesacker had to be alert to block another effort from the Spaniard.

At the other end Theo Walcott clearly had his leg caught in the area by Willian but Mike Dean played on, as you would expect, just moments after ignoring a challenge by Obi Mikel on Arteta which saw his studs scrape the shin of our man. It was a 50-50 and Arteta got there first but it was, at least, a yellow card. As usual, Mike Dean let the opposition away with it.

Arsenal looked most threatening from set-pieces but when Aaron Ramsey gave the ball away from a corner, Chelsea broke down field and Szczesny had to make a smart save from Willian.

It meant the teams went in level at the break but Arsenal would have the wind at their backs for the second period.

It began in much the same way as the first, although there were signs the game might just open up a little bit as an Arsenal move caused a measure of danger before a Chelsea break had to be stifled by alert Giroud defending.

A foul on Ozil resulted in a drop ball – of course – as both sides tried to find an opening on a dirty night. It might well have been Chelsea after both Arsenal full backs got caught upfield, but with a man over Hazard’s touch at the far post was clumsy.

Ramires received a yellow card for trying to amputate Arteta’s ankle, but to even things up Mike Dean booked Walcott moments later for a mild trip. Szczesny then had to make a decent save from a low fizzing Lampard shot.

Mesut Ozil then took exception when Ivanovic tried to kick his face off, as Dean lost further control of the game. He then booked Tomas Rosicky for what looked like a foul, but little more than that. Aaron Ramsey drew the ire of his teammates by putting the ball out when that cheating little twat Ramires was down injured and Arsenal had a chance to press Chelsea deep in their half.

But a few moments later Ramsey created Arsenal’s best chance of the game, setting up Olivier Giroud at the back post, but from 8 yards, and a bit of an angle, the Frenchman sliced his shot wide. He had another chance a few moments later when he got on the end of a low Gibbs cross but Terry blocked it out for a corner.

Mourinho brought on a clutch of substitutes as he looked to secure a point away from home, while Wenger’s bench remained unused. Bacary Sagna saw a header cleared off the line and a late David Luiz free kick hit the Arsenal wall.

In the end a draw was probably fair but Arsenal will be replaying that Giroud chance and thinking that was a great opportunity to take all three points.

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Podrick

Shite match. Ref a total joke

Bonjour

Another referee shocker- but of course it’s always Johnny foreigner diving, Obi Mikel that good English lad should have broken that Spanish foreigner’s leg! Brave Chelsea boys funded by an English owner, making Richard the Lionheart proud!

ckmma

Regardless of the ref, we would have won if Giroud put that away

Bonjour

We would also have won if the ref applied some common sense in full accordance with football rules, and sent brave lad John Obi Mikel off for that courageous tackle on Arteta, or gave diving foreign Walcott a penalty!

goonies

And apparently thiscomment image is not worthy of a yellow card.

Mike Dean….u twat.

Bucks

I’m not even counting the Mikel one. The Ramires one was worse and he only got a yellow. The boot that skimmed Ozil chin is another by that cunt faced right back the chavs have.

goonerratic

You get only few chances in games like this, if players can’t convert.. then it’s a waste.
We need a clinical, fast and mobile striker.
NEED.

ANDR

Name one who would be available in january.
Also, without giroud’s hold up play much of our one touch passing in the final third woudnt materialize and we will then have to significantly alter our style of play

Parisian Weetabix

Yes, and we need a different style of play. That is the point. Particularly given that our previous style of play hasn’t turned up for the past few games.

london

We still need a clinical striker not taking anything away from Giroud’s contribution to the team. Maybe someone to play off him

ANDR

And what would that different style be?

locksley444

I agree with you ANDR, but we need ANOTHER type of play. We cant just expect to win with one style of play. We should have a plan B. We should be able to make 2 changes, say, bring in a fast and strong striker instead of giroud, and try to put a killer ball through to him or walcott. If to walcott, this striker should make that run(though I dont wanna say it) similar to the dutch skunk, who got on the end of a few. We also need someone who can make goals on his own. Again, I agree January is not an easy time for this but I cant get myself to accept that we can mount a title challenge without a credible striker alternative to giroud.

Heroldgoon

Why are people baby sitting Giroud.

The other apparently special things he does are normal things.

1.defending. isn’t that what every player should do?
2 . hold up play…with a big physique that giroud has isn’t that an obvious thing and what is expected.
3. What else? what fucking esle? oh being a handsome chap.

He’s doing all the other things right other than his job which is to score in big game or recently in any game.

He’s good it stops there. we need better!

Rogman

Oh fuck off. Seriously. Give me hard statistics.

Ron Burgundy

Spot on Heroldgoon, he is good but it stops there.

The half-chance he put wide, the quarter-chance he let Cech put over, I’m sorry but it’s just not good enough.

What we need is a player that can get the ball in 50-50 situations and hit it, on target, 50% of the time. It doesn’t sound like that much to ask, but sadly, it doesn’t look like Giroud can deliver.

As determined, passionate and bloody handsome as he is, I have to say I look forward to the day when he’s relegated to the bench

ANDR

He has scored 11 and assisted 5 so he isnt exactly useless in the final third

Remember the invincibles

Can’t believe people are slating giroud so much. His improvement has been immeasurable. Yes he missed a chance that should’ve won us the game but didn’t he do that a lot more often last year? He scores more chances now and his hold up play is excellent. “That’s what he’s supposed to do” is ridiculous criticism. If it were so easy then anyone could do it. It’s actually a compliment. If only everyone could do what they were supposed to do!

Runcorn Gooner

Not a great game but to be fair the conditions were not ideal.
We don’t really get on well with Mike Dean in charge.
Take the point and move on

Rufusstan

Only upside is that if they cannot beat us with Mike Dean in full Fuck Arsenal mode, then they really are shit.

Oh, and You know Who is also a cunt

Bolarinwa Mayowa

Very poor officiating, not suprised though, but overall a very poor game today. And will i ever consider watching that match again? Hell NO!

Dracular

A point from the packed bus driver, will take it. Now that the sh*t is over, we can start taking them 3 points from now on, starting with Westham

JamBam

Check out the win percentages of the top teams when ref’d by Mr Dean. Truly Shocking.comment image

TexasGooner6

Can’t believe they had Spuds in that list of “top teams”

Rufusstan

The neighbours are usually added for the derby factor (plus they are really good at coming 5th 🙂 ).

A different spin in the same idea, is the games in the last 4 seasons against the same 4 clubs (32 games) you get:

Dean
Played 11 (yep 1/3 of all the big games)
Won 1 (the 5-2 Dean dancing against the neighbours)
Drew 3
Lost 7

All the other refs:
Played 21
Won 7
Drawn 3
Lost 11

Basically we are better off with anyone else, and he gets twice as many games as anyone else.

2013-2014 = 2003-2004
2013-2014 = 2003-2004

That’s the second match in a row we’ve been royally fist fucked by the ref. I’d gladly accept a 2-match ban if Flamini was on the pitch to gouge Mike Dean’s eyes out. Mike Dean’s a fucking Tottenham fan through and through and will do time for match-fixing some day.

Let’s count our blessings though. Arteta should’ve had his leg cracked in half and somehow he’s still in one piece. Ozil could’ve had his fucking eye gouged out and he swerved in the nick of time.

Upwards and onwards now. Liverpool face both Chelski and $hitty now so points will be dropped. Fat Walrus has been in the same job for too long. Fancy “Sam Allardyce sacked after humiliating 6-0 loss to Arsenal at home” for a Boxing Day headline anyone?

Silent Stan's Content Mustache
Silent Stan's Content Mustache

Aaron Ramsey, I love you, but next time don’t kick the ball out of play; rather, try to knock Mike Dean’s fucking head off with it. Thank you in advance.

Ger

If we want to win the league, we need to buy a good finisher in January. Giroud, as good as he is, is not really the best of finishers.

Bishop

I doubt we’ll be able to find the kind of player that will improve on what we have in January. Prinz Poldi is back, so lets prayer he start firing on all cylinders. That hammer of a left foot will make him the perfect LAJS
(Like A January signing)

TexasGooner6

Money talks. We have it.

goonies

Fact of the matter is we played rather poorly, we choose to moan about ref, but in a huge game such as this one a title-winning striker finishes Giroud’s chances for the 1-0 win. Fine margins.

MUST INVEST IN JANUARY!

Lovegood

Outcoached. Mourinho knows exactly how to deal with Wengers tactics. Crowd the middle and counterattack. We got absolutely nowhere.

Podrick

Well the ref didn’t help did he? 2 red cards and a penalty not given

diefenbaker

more like go for every arse players shins with or without the ball. ripped a page out of fergies playbook there

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Unless it’s Ozil. Go for the throat, or at least the eyes, if it’s Ozil.

Vino

They only got a point as well. If they want to play us and win they can look at Napoli, but he doesn’t actually like actual football.

goonies

Never seen a more despicable manager than JM. roaming around the touchline being an absolute pillock and shit tactics from him too.

AFC 0 – BUS 0

WizardOfOzil

Would have agreed with you after the first half but we came back in the 2nd half and had them on the ropes at the end. I reckon Wenger’s pre-match nerves must have gotten to the players. We made a fight of it 2nd half though.

A Yank

That’s three of the last four (or is it the last three?) where we’ve been second best in the first half and noticeably so.

Moreover from recents of United (A), Citeh (A), and Chelsea (H), we’ve picked up one goddamn point. Throw in Everton (H) and its doubles. Yippee! That’s too many not-wins for a team that thinks it’s a title contender.

Rufusstan

Cardiff (A), Stoke (A), Villa (A), Sunderland (A) = 1 point for the team that is meant to walk the title.

They don’t even have the decency to drop points away to top half sides (they still have to play most of them away after Christmas)

How crappy has City’s away form got to be before they stop being title contenders?

Filip

I’m not sure about that. We’re not the most adventurous side these days, we’re just effective. It doesn’t take a great coaching to limit us to 3 shots on goal and tonight we’ve had our usual number of chances. And by the way, two good chances, like the Giroud ones is not bad for a big match when you consider a clean sheet. Sometimes I think that the quality of goals we score overshadows a small number of chances we create. Anyway, not a bad point.

Lovegood

It’s been like this for awhile now. We just don’t find the space inbetween midfield and defence when they back home like this. Özil, Arteta, Ramsey and Rosicky stood in a line infront of Lampard and passed the ball back and forth with no real purpose. Rosicky tried many times, but you can’t start an attacking move when noone(except himself and Gibbs for Girouds chance) takes the runs.

Walcott utterly useless in games where we can’t find space infront of defenders. Same for Özil even though he worked hard to find space wherever he could find it.

We need a plan B. Hopefully Özil can find someone to do a bit of Bergkamp/Ljungberg-magic

Yoyo Sanogoals

Parking the bus, isn’t coaching it’s what the Sam Allaydarce’s and the Tony Pulis’ do.

GoingGoingGooner

Don’t think that we were outcoached. The teams are equal in quality or thereabouts and Mourinho came for a 0-0 draw. We had some chances, so did they…and we were never going to get the rub of the green from the third team on the pitch.

Arsene nose

F*cking hate chelshit!!! Bunch of cunts.. Damn!

GooneRon

That Maureen is a very despicable man!

GunnerJake

Would love to see Giroud start scoring again

goonerratic

I would love to see him score too, but only off the bench for the STAR striker which we won’t buy.

Wankstain Frank

Yeah, yeah, yeah… But my m8 John is still a cunt.

bosangjay

We need another striker, that is I said it

Arsenal4Life

People are so obsessed with hold up play. Yes it’s a part of our game now, but I don’t remember Thierry having a sensational hold up play. But I remember one thing. If you gave him a yard or two of space he would finish you off. Same with Suarez, Falcao, and now seemingly Costa. It is what makes a striker.

TexasGooner6

They talk about Diego Costa having a 32 mil release clause. If Spain and Brazil are fighting over a striker maybe he’s good. 25- 26 years of age. Perfect.

Indonesian Gooner

Disgraceful performance. I dont understand why wenger doesnt make substitutions

Der Springer

Sub-par but I don’t this it was a disgraceful performance by again means.

socks

Sub-par performaces were our previous three. To follow them up with such a performance, after a few good days of rest, is kinda close to disgraceful. Kinda.

socks

Because he ain’t got no clue mate.
What do you expect from a guy who thinks it a good idea to leave St.Caz on the bench?

Heroldgoon

i think you’re overreacting.

Santi is asset, a real asset Arsene knows that. he would have been a good fresh pair of legs but with the match seeing itself out u don’t wanna go changing the shape and probably pay for it.

I expect him to feature for WHU and DELIVER …SANTIII!!!

Joey Sixpack

Boring, crap and the diarrhoea that is mike dean! We need to win Thursday.

titus

The fuq are subs for?

Up her own arse for no obvious reason
Up her own arse for no obvious reason

What use are the subs if you have no ideas? Oh, if only to bring on fresh legs you say?

Yeah, but what if you make the wrong choice of sub? That’s a gamble that could go wrong as well….

Now excuse me while I go back to ze zip of me coat.

Arsenal4Life

They are for keeping the seats dry. And why is Lord Nicklas not beeing brought on when we need a goal?!

Highberry

well sometimes they are used to take the navy all over the world under the sea (subs that is) just saying

COYG!

I love the guy, but it is getting unbearable to see Oli pass up oppertunities in huge games! Striker is a absoloute must in Jan.
Vermalen – Solid game.
Also surprised why there was no changes from wenger

P.S:
Mike Dean, you Cunt.

goonies

I hope Mike Dean gets selected to go to the World Cup in Brazil. A bad decision there and the cartel will get rid of him. what a cunt!

Bishop

It will be good riddance. Hope he can take Owen and Townsend as assistants, it will make my Tv a better place. #cunts

Ron Burgundy

You sir are a funny man

Fellonious

Decent effort in the conditions, especially in the second half. Chelsea are not Man City that’s for sure. I think someone like Suarez would have taken one of those chances, and that’s no disrespect to Giroud who worked his arse off. Fair result.

Bucks

So a clear cut penalty denied and and 2 clear cut red card incidents that was let go, and Mike Dean had a good game because he made some calm down signs. Fuck off Sky.

Bishop

Fuck everybody who is connected to the FA yes even you Ivan. This is the most unfair officiating that I have ever seen. Walcott attempts a challenge, pulls out and is yellow carded while the fake Mikel almost decapitates the original Mikael and nothing is given. We are the arsenal and the rules are always different when we are involved.

I can still get the stench of those cunts oozing out of my Tv screen

Rufusstan

While Mr Dean has a large and spectacular body of work, he still falls short of the true virtuosos in the art of shitty decisions.

Click at your own risk.You know what is there. I take no responsibility for stirring up old traumas 🙁

http://www.sshd1.com/67148-Barcelona-v-Arsenal—Van-Persie-Red-Card.html

Parisian Weetabix

My word Chelsea are dull. If you’re going to spend that much money on a football club, surely you have an obligation to make it play entertaining football. That said we weren’t up to much, but it always frustrates me that Jose always sticks to the most boringly effective means of playing football whenever they play against us. It means we’ll never actually see who would win a proper game of football.

Arteta and Rosicky looked really up for it, Mertesacker, TV5 and Sagna did exactly what they had to, but otherwise a night to forget.

Rufusstan

How do you know we are title contenders?

Chelsea turn up and play for a draw.

fecal smear

I hope we do it to them at their place. We’ll see how they like it.

Can't Think of A Clever Name
Can't Think of A Clever Name

Not the best result in the world, but not the worst either. Onto West Ham and 3 points. Tally Ho!

I'm a gunner...nice

usual bullshit tactics from mourinho, shame really, still, second on goal difference! I guess the everton gamen is the one that got away in hindsight. Anyways merry xmas gooners!!!

Yoyo Sanogoals

Shit match but I’m happy with a point, Mourinho parked the bus and he tried to counter, people shouldn’t complain and what’s up with Giroud. He’s been poor for a month love the guy but he should be benched in favour of Podolski till he improves.

Oilygood

will higuain, suarez, costa, lewandowski (you name it) miss all giroud chances today? he is just not good enough and that costs us 4 games

ANDR

Well, he has definitely won us more than 4.
And before this season costa wasn’t exactly renowned for his finishing so I wouldn’t bet on him succeeding in the premier league

Arsenal4Life

Yes he did, but he is not going to win us big games like this where the margins are so fine. End of discussion!

Bishop

this is one of the worst days that I have ever watched a football match. Cunt commentators who kept on praising Cheski and making it sound like we were sooooooo poor. At half time, they returned to the studio and it was a celebrations of the highest number of cunts that you’ll ever see per meter square. Townsend and Owen stood by the touch screen and I couldn’t submit my ears to such torture.. I switched to Aljezeera 9 that was giving commentaries in arabic (which I do not understand) but they sounded fair

A point is not bad against a team that played as if they were managed by Pullis with the Dean of the college of Fuck Arsenal (FA) as director of operations

WizardOfOzil

After that first half, I’ll take that point gladly. They were so superior to us and we were so poor it was frightening. We didn’t concede though, made a fight of it in the 2nd half and by the end we had them on the ropes. Proud of how the lads played in the 2nd half. Special mention to Gibbs who after some early jitters was amongst the first to settle and improved throughout.

ANDR

They were in no way superior to us.

WizardOfOzil

In the first half? They were mate, mainly because we were so poor though. It would be embarassing to say otherwise. But like I say we came out fighting in the 2nd half, showed character. That bodes well.

Rufusstan

First half we shaved possession, Mikel should have walked, and we should have gone in 1-0 up from a penalty. A lot of what ifs, but thats what a few shitty ref decisions can do (from a man who has plenty of form with Arsenal in that area.).

lord the

Walcott should always play on the left, on the right his useless and all he does there is wait for through balls most of his best goals have come from the left where he cuts in and curls it in and he plays there it will open up an opportunity for an out and out winger to sum it all up theo is much more dangerous on the left

goonerrr

Giroud just doesn’t cut it. That’s all.

ANDR

Did you say the same think after the cardiff match (or any other match in which he scored)?
I am not saying that we dont need a new striker but to slag a player who has scored 10 goals already(and contributes a lot defensively) is a bit thick.

H. P. Arsecraft

So it’s another top four race and not a title race. Ramsey and Walcott was absolutely horrendous and we have Cazorla and Flamini on the bench. Why are Wenger not making the substitutions to try and win the game? Poor fucking management.

Our form are really poor and we have two tough away games before the Bluebirds at home. The title race is going and this is not looking good.

But hey it’s a point…….

RR

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now. Are we not even on points with the (mediocre) league leaders?

H. P. Arsecraft

But our form are really poor and we have a lot of games coming up. I hope i’m wrong but our squad is thin.

German Gunner

How Ramsey appeared in the second half I will never know, He made at least 11 mistakes in the first 25 mins and twice almost cost us a goal, looks like his little spell in the lights has went to his head, more likely he is getting found out by quality players, problem is so much of our play goes through him, wait for the thumbs down, but he would never play for any of our real rivals, sorry…

ANDR

On the contrary he would walk into any of our real rival teams (yes even man city). And although he had a poor game he did create a fantastic chance for giroud.

German Gunner

who would he replace at city, he would not make their bench

ANDR

I would chose a pair of toure – ramsey anyday over fernandinho – toure(toure being the more defensive player . )
Looks to me like you are one of the twitter trolls who criticized ramsey and were made to like a fool by his performances.

German Gunner

ANDR, You should not turn the debate personal and resort to name calling (sign of weakness) I can assure you that I am totally Arsenal.
Just as a matter of interest, how would rate his performance over the last few weeks?

Fibero

Don’t bother responding to German Gunner re: Ramsey. He has a personal agenda against Rambo. Its past the point of odd at this point.

AW

The game was on a knife edge, going all out for it would have meant playing right into Chelsea’s tactics. The chances were created, Rosicky each time being the crucial component, but weren’t taken. On another day, Giroud would have scored at least one of them.

goonies

Giroud as much as he tries will not deliver us the title. i like everything else he does but infront of goal he cannot be relied upon….

Im gonna go ahead and say he cost us 3 points today.

polock

Surely that has to be two. Such a pity though when we have Super Nick was on the bench, simply baying for a hattrick.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

You mean two, so don’t exaggerate, and while we’re counting, I should say he helped save our point with some good defensive work. Would Bendtner have done that?

camphappychap

It wasn’t the best display of the season, far from it but still in 2nd place, not conceding any goals tonight and having played rival title challengers. Up the gunners !

ArseTickler

Is Mike Dean John T***y’s father? Cause he personifies all that is cuntish in this world.

Twat. Cunt. Cuntwat.

Wenger's Glasses

The only reason chelsea was in the match is because we pass them the ball so freakin’ much! Ugh!! So frustrating..

Ammo

And the winner is… Mike Dean. Cunt. Every match is about him, every decision is to “show” how he is his own man and can take charge and “let’s the game flow”. Cunt.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

But when Arsenal are involved it only ever flows in one direction.

Fabulous

Dean a cunt but Dean did not miss the two great chances we had. We desperately need another striker. Giroud can’t carry us alone all season and when his form is down the drain as it has been these past few games we need another striker to step up. And fuck off Mourinho a squad worth billions and all you can do is park the bus. Utter cunt and complete embodiment of negative football.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Dean prevented at least two good chances if not more by not giving a penalty to us and by leaving Chelsea players unbooked and un-sent off, which meant there were more of the little blue bastards than there should have been who were able to get between Giroud and the goal. Playing against players who shouldn’t be there, while half of our own team are on a yellow for innocuous tackles, is why we have a worse record with Dean in charge than any other top team does. We ALWAYS have to do it the hard way when Dean is there.

Goonerestgooner

When was the last time Wenger went a whole game without bringing anybody on?
Thought it a bit strange, was expecting Poldi for 10 mins at least.

Oh well, 1 point better then no points I suppose.

We Are (joint) top of the league, say, We Are (joint) top of the league!

Cheesus

I was desperately waiting for Cazorla to come on. What happened to him? Our best player last season….

Rufusstan

I wondered that as time went on he didn’t want to risk players coming on in those conditions (both weather and the Chav’s kick everything that moves tactics)

The 2 logical choices were Poldi and Cazorla, one is not in great form, and its Podolski’s first game back.

palace gunner

So a draw to this game, hard games like these the team of course need a clinical finisher, although chavs play liverpool next match coyg

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Are you saying that from an Arsenal perspective or a Chelsea perspective? In Arsenal’s case our “non-clinical” striker has outscored their serial failure by 10-6 this season. I’m OK with that.

Gummo

A draw was a fair result (especially if you forget about the penalty that should have been). Arteta MOM. Mertesacker was also excellent.

Really don’t get why we didn’t throw on Podolski or Carzola with 15 or so minutes to go?

I really like Giroud and he is generally very good … but sadly he doesn’t have that cutting edge that we need if we are serious about winning a major trophy. He is good but not great and if we don’t buy a top striker in January then sadly I doubt we will win anything.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

If you keep on using one knife over and over again every time you need a knife then eventually it will get blunt with use. Giroud had more of a cutting edge earlier in the season, and he still drags defenders out of position (except when playing shitty teams like Chelsea who defend with 10 players in their own area), holds the ball up well, and facilitates our passing on the edge of the area, even when he isn’t scoring so easily. Nine days is not a long enough break to recover from his constant playing. Ozil is suffering the same problem.

Giroud's volley

So 5 points out of a possible 12 against teams in the top 5, its not that bad i suppose but definately need more in the reverse fixtures

Crispy

Absolute turd of a game. Mike Dean is a typical ‘look at ME , look at MEEE’ ref. Poor performances all over the pitch but at least we didn’t lose. We must start winning these so called big games at some point if we’re ever going to contest the title.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

But they always give us Mike Dean in the big games. He’s been holding us back for four years single-handedly.

bc

the signs have been there. ..it finally showed tonight. wenger has fast lost his tactical nous

Warm

Giroud cost us points again…hes a great quality sub at best for a team thats going for titles…so sad to say this but without buying striker in jan we will b top four chaser once again

Daft Aider

He’s a good striker – the main point being “a” striker as opposed to a couple of them

ach

This gotta be the dullest game of the season

Bitter Pill

I love me some Giroud (no homo) but maaan, we need to get us a serviceable striker in January. Monsieur Wenger, for the love of tiny apples & alcoholic soft drinks, please get it done.

A N Other

A game with so few chances. A penalty would have been pivotal. Can’t believe we have been robbed off that at home. Most teams would get half penalties at home.

Anyway, arsenal played as bad as I have seen whole of this calendar year. It’s worse time of the year to be out of form. Draws against Everton and Chelsea at home and lose against city away is not going to win us the title.

ANDR

Well our record against the top 7 of last season is 2-2-2. It ain’t ideal but it is definitely not disastrous

Daft Aider

We weren’t great but Mike Dean is clearly biased and/or takes payments from teams,
Chelsea’s tactics were great though – bribe the ref and attempt to batter the opposition…….

Vincent O'Carroll

We are competing this season so that is a massive plus…..are we the finished article….no…..could we be? Yes but we still need to invest……..Any team that wants to win titles have to score goals…..tonight we came up short….I don’t think it is a disaster……and after the summer we had 99% of us would have given their left bollix to be where we are now at Christmas….the question is how do we move forward…….we simply need another striker..a world class striker…….will we get one in January???? I don’t really think so……this years title could be decided by a couple of vital goals in tight matches…at the moment we may be punching above our weight……..still the extra revenue from the rise in tickets will see another top top player arrive…….Ah the transfer window starts after Christmas…..here in lies every fans dilemma…to all of us it’s simple..splash the cash…..to the owners of the club merely competing again might be their own level of ambition…..only time will tell……..fingers crossed..

wukong80

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Gunner7785

It is odd to see such negativity from those who were praising us a few weeks ago. Rough with the smooth. All teams have a dip over a season.

Rogman

It’s a shame not more fans are like you and I. Cunty twats everywhere tonight.

Rufusstan

Odd to see such negativity when we are only second because of the shitloads of goals Suarez has scored against relegation candidates, and Liverpool could be 6 points behind us in 6 days anyway.

Dre

why do people blame Giroud anytime we lose? he lost a chance yes, I have seen world class striker lose much more easier chances, Tbh tht guy gives everything for the team. ya should blame Wenger for not buying another striker, even Giroud said he needs another striker.

ANDR

Amen to that (we have seen van cuntface miss far easier chances)

ron1niro

I’m so fed up of these fans. The chance was well saved. He took it the way he should have. The other one wasn’t that clear cut for us to be screaming about it. For all the creative talent we have, Giroud should be having far more chances.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

I think that one point is missed by all those folks watching at home. When you see Giroud take that shot on TV and it slips away to the side of the goal you don’t see the rain. It was pissing hard and he was hitting at a ball going across him, at a stretch, from a tight-ish angle under pressure from a defender and with a well-placed goalie filling his view. 9 out of 10 attempts by any striker would miss under those circumstances.

It’s easy to score that in your head if you’re sitting on a sofa and “know” what you would have done if it had been you out there.

Mesut!

Loved Rosicky’s determination to win, saw him a few times shout at the team to up its intensity, really hope he retires with us, Bacary also!

goodfella

BORING..BORING..CHELSEA!

griff

Joint top at christmas with the so called big 3 all below us. time to regroup we are in good shape. would love to see a striker come in jan though.

Arsepedant

I can’t believe how consistently the refereeing costs us points – game in and game out, year in and year out. It was absolutely unbelievable that Mikel stayed on the pitch after that horror challenge on Arteta. And of course, since it didn’t involve raising a finger, it won’t get reviewed. And how on earth did Dean miss that cast-iron penalty? He was standing twelve yards away, stopped, looking right at it, on a perfect angle to see Walcott take a touch then have his legs swept out. It was nailed-on! What a complete and utter cunt of a referee. Hopeless, just hopeless!

Eminence

We arsenal fans always moan about the Ref in every single game. Apart from the Mikel obi tackle I thought the Ref was fair tonight. He certainly wasn’t the reason for our failure to win the game. he tried to let the game flow. ONE shot on target at home in a big game is a very poor return by any margin. No substitution by wenger didn’t help too. The fact that he didn’t instruct the boys to shoot at goal despite d crazy conditions which could have fooled the keeper is baffling.
We can’t keep passing round n round n expect to score. I felt the coach should have brought on carzola or podolski, two players who like to shoot from outside on for rosicky.
The conditions wasn’t good, our boys didn’t play well, our manager was out coached. This was definitely not the fault of the ref.

Rufusstan

So the ref’s only mistake was to not let us play against 10 men for over half of the game and deny Chelsea of their DM.

Even if you think the penalty was OK, Ramires’ Yellow was right (probably true but makes the Mikel decision look even more stupid) — you think it is OK for Ivanovic to nearly kick Özil’s face off?

We were not out-couched, the ref allowed Chelsea to get away with too much, which is highlighted by the fact he realized he’d lost control of the game after the hour mark and booked 3 players in 10 minutes, starting with Ramires’ challenge on Arteta.

GunnerDareMACEDONIA

Get real fans, we were not great but the conditions were dreadful heavy rain with win speed of 60 mph lots or misplaced passes it was perfect weather condition for chelsea’s bus tactic but be real we play clean football with lot of possession and prices passing and we were affected a lot by the weather plus 2 red’s not given and strong appeal for penalty also not given giroud all around play is great but when he has a chance in front of goal he rush things and misses them especially in big games, and to explain wenger why he didn’t make changes because if he did we would be more open and maybe punished on counter with that bus tactic and lose the game westheam game was on his mind he kept players fresh for Thursday for vital 3 points , I expect 4-5 changes for Thursday and a win which would get us on first spot again. Hope for a draw between city and liverpool but one thing i’m sure that Liverpool will not lose at the bridge and suarez will punish that arrogant face. if Liverpool get a draw vs city great but they have no chance of winning at etihad.

SACKWENGA

We really need a Sony Experia Z and Arthur Scargill.

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