Report: Arsenal 1-2 Swansea


Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Campbell, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Elneny, Flamini, Walcott, Welbeck

Arsenal showed why they won’t and can’t be champions, allowing Swansea to come from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates this evening.

Arsene Wenger made three changes from the team that lost to Man Utd with Per Mertesacker, Joel Campbell and Olivier Giroud coming in to replace Laurent Koscielny (absent with a small calf problem), Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott.

Having seen how a high press can unsettle the Gunners, Swansea started by doing just that, but it was Olivier Giroud who had the first attempt on goal in the 3rd minute, his shot blocked by the visiting defence. A flowing move involving Campbell saw Giroud presented with another chance, but his right-footed effort didn’t cause Swansea any problems.

Arsenal continued their bright start and almost went ahead in the 10th minute. Mesut Ozil set up Sanchez with a smart back header, he missed the volley, but kept the ball, cracked a shot which rebounded off the post and into the arms of Fabianksi.

The opener wasn’t long coming though. Coquelin did well in midfield to keep the ball alive. He fed Alexis who clipped the ball behind the defence, and Campbell sliding along the turf directed the ball past Fabianksi into the far corner. 1-0.

Campbell set up Ozil for a shot which was blocked, before Hector Bellerin tested Fabianski from 25 yards, the former Arsenal keeper taking two attempts to hold onto the ball. It had been all Arsenal, but in the 31st minute Swansea were level.

There looked to be a foul on Ozil as Cech played the ball long, nothing was given, and as the ball came back in, Bellerin saw Routledge run off him and slot the ball past Cech to make it 1-1. Arsene Wenger was furious on the sideline and with some justification, but the goal stood.

The Gunners should have been ahead again in the 41st minute. After a corner was cleared, Ramsey fizzed in a beautiful ball which Mertesacker nodded it back to Giroud. The Frenchman took it first time with his right foot but saw the ball cannon back off the bar when he should have scored. It meant the teams went in level at the break, but there’s no doubt Arsenal should have been ahead.

The visitors made a half-time change, bringing off Ki and putting on the dangerous Gylfi Sigurdsson. There was early penalty box action at both ends, with Bellerin staying on his feet under a high velocity challenge from Routledge, before Alexis had another shot blocked after good work from Campbell again.

A long ball from Alexis presented a chance to Ozil to swing with his left foot but he miscued, a low cross from Bellerin just didn’t have enough weight on to cause problems, and then an Alexis shot fizzed just wide after he picked it up from an Ozil corner.

The Chilean’s form has been poor lately, and when a beautiful Ozil free kick found him 8 yards out, that he missed the ball completely sums up how things are going for him right now. And when Arsene Wenger made his first change, it was Joel Campbell who made way for Danny Welbeck – a decision greeted by boos from the stands.

Those boos might have turned to absolute mutiny had Sigurdsson put Swansea ahead just seconds after the change. He rounded Petr Cech, but somehow blasted his shot wide as he had teammates inside waiting for a tap-in.

The goal Arsenal so desperately needed almost came in the 68th minute when Alexis saw a free kick deflect off the top of the ball and come back off the bar, the third time the Gunners had hit the woodwork in the game at that point. It felt as if the missed chances would prove costly, and so it was.

When Alexis lost possession again, Gabriel conceded a free kick in a dangerous area. Sigurdsson sent it in, no Arsenal player got anywhere near it, Cech couldn’t get near it, Williams bundled it over the line from close range. 1-2.

Alexis was then hauled off, replaced by Walcott, as Arsenal then looked for an equaliser rather than a winner. Giroud set up Monreal who hit the ball over the bar, Walcott had a header which was easily saved, and Arsenal looked broken and toothless as they sought a goal. This is not a team with the character or the footballing ability to be champions.

Even with 5 minutes of injury time it didn’t come, Arsenal have lost three in a row now, but tonight’s loss against relegation fodder just shows how bad things are.

A dismal night ahead of a North London derby.


    • For fucks sake. FML. Coquelin was actually good today. Issue was with the number of chances we spurned, as usual. Giroud, Sanchez and Ramsey culpable. Bellerin delivery from the right absolutely fucking terrible. Wenger substitutions dicking us fans around as usual.

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      • It was mentioned during the match that we are one of the teams with the fewest goals from outside the box in the Premier League and that is where our problems lie. Now I’m not saying we should be smashing shots from anywhere within a 40 yard radius of the goal but there’s times when someone really just needs to put their foot through it. Take today, for example. Bellerin smashes a shot low and hard at the keeper who spills it briefly, giving us an opportunity to capitalise. Goals are created from opposition mistakes and trying to break down a 10 man defence by passing the ball around the box will only lead to disappointment. Sure, some nice passes in the build up are necessary but too many times our players have shied away from perfectly legitimate shooting opportunites.

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        • I don’t know what you’re complaining about, 10 days isn’t permanent and whats important is how we respond and show everyone our mental strength!

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        • Not to mention that passing around the pitch for 90 minutes basically allows the opposition defense to all settle in front of the goal making it impenetrable. A few shots from outside forces the defense to close down, meaning that they create spaces behind which we can exploit. But at the end of the game AW will say that the opposition defended well.

          We gave them no choice but to defend well!!!

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      • Well we still can be the champion, on the “hitting the post and crossbar competition”. Hate to say it but we are really good at it this season, thanks to our world class forwards.
        Now seriously, West Ham did us a favour tonight, we still have a chance at WHL next weekend.

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    • I don’t even feel angry anymore, it’s just sad. The players are not bad people, they clearly want to try but they are severely lacking in mental strength. Whether that belief should be innate or instilled by the manager, it’s not there and once again they have bottled it. Form will return when it is too late as per usual. I hope we take points off Spurs as it would be devastating to see them win the league. We sure as hell won’t without a miracle.

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      • Let’s not forget how tough Swansea were v sp*rs. Not that that’s an excuse – bar a few players I think we were abysmal. We’ve relied an a few unreliable sorts. I even believe if we pulled a striker from the youth team and put him up front – he’d have played his balls off and scored a few.

        I don’t understand this season. We screw up monumentally and then… Man City collapse – Sp*rs held off – Leicester unlucky to draw.

        Given that we play sp*rs on Saturday. This could be title decider.

        We win – bizarrely we are in with a shot. We lose – I’ll scream. We draw – Leicester might just pull off one of the most amazing and dreamworthy title wins ever.

        If any team deserve it – they do.

        Joel is improving each game -the more he plays the more he adjusts to the physicality of the league. Losing Cech is going to hurt us big time.

        Oh captain my captain we will miss you.

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        • The Swansea team we played was weaker than the one that played Spurs. They rested 6 players ahead of the game they have against Norwich at the weekend. There are no excuses for not beating them or a weak Utd side.

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    • A Fish Rots from the Head down.Never has this been truer than AW and his players (Can we really call them a team)

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      • 49, 49, days not scoring
        49, 49, I say
        49, 49, days not scoring
        Playing football the Giroud way.

        Thanks for giving us that today, Olivier. Can we get a real striker now please?

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    • I want to kill myself.

      This club doesn’t deserve us supporters. I was in a bad mood throughout the week mostly due to the man utd result. But I realize they are not worth it.

      We could have Messi and Ronaldo in this team and we’ll still find a way to bottle it. I’m a big Arsene Wenger supporter but he has to go now. Every year we are short in some or the other area of the pitch and it costs us big time. For the time, money, patience we show with this club, we deserve better.

      Let’s not kid ourselves, the only reason we were even remotely close to a title challenge was because other teams were shit. We haven’t improved at all in the last 10 years and I’m done with this.

      Leicester are well and truly deserving of the title and I want them to win it.

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      • You’re right. Messi would turn into Giroud in days. Even Cech is now flapping at crosses. Such is the Wenger effect.

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      • Apparently Coca Cola will replace all their bottling machines with Arsenal players. They expect a 200% increase in bottling output by doing so.

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      • Done Deal: Arsenal agree fee for Vending Machine.

        Starsport understands a bid of around £20m has been accepted by Eredivisie outfit deCanter.

        There were initially problems attaining a work permit and fans had taken to Twitter to express their concern, but Arsenal have now been given the green light to complete the move.

        A long-awaited addition, Machine will compete with Francis Coquelurn for the DM position.

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    • Ramsey plays in center of midfield
      He thinks thats his Best position
      He also things he’s best mid-fielder in world
      He runs a lot but doesnt contribute anything real to attack these days
      Because he wants to play next to striker, Coq controls the midfield and we end up giving ball back to Gabriel>BFG>Cech
      Be sensible, Play within your limits, Donot be like Ramsey

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      • Think about what you’re saying, he doesn’t contribute much to attack but why? You say he wants to play next to the striker yet he actually doesn’t if you look at his most recent heatmaps. He has posted some impressive defensive stats of late. But why? And yeah, don’t let stats get in the way, just go on spewing hate. On one of your own players.

        (I’m just as pissed as the next fan but singling out abuse for one player is just inane, there’s obviously something systematically wrong with the club at the moment)

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      • Think about what you’re saying, he doesn’t contribute much to attack but why? You say he wants to play next to the striker yet he actually doesn’t if you look at his most recent heatmaps. Hence the lack of attacking play. He has posted some impressive defensive stats of late. But why? And yeah, don’t let stats get in the way, just go on spewing hate. On one of your own players.

        (I’m just as pissed as the next fan but singling out abuse for one player is just inane, there’s obviously something systematically wrong with the club at the moment)

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    • This is it. I’m done for the season!

      When the boss replaces the best player on the pitch (Campbell) and we go on to lose the game it tells me that the fight for 4th is on.

      See you next season!

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    • Wenger: “Bouldy did you take the handbrake off?”
      Bould: “No I thought you said you were going to do it!”
      Wenger: “Ok no problem, we will just use the old bad decisions and Swansea are a good team line.”
      Bould: “You’re the Boss!”

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    • Giroud is so fuckin shit. Lost count of how many times the ball just bounced of him. The sitter he missed in the first half though. Wow. Obviously Campbell having his best game gets taken off instead of him. I don’t think anyone can find the logic behind that decision but Arsene himself. Love Wenger and always will for what he’s done for the club but running out of reasons to defend him. The league is defo gone now. Well done to Arsene and the players.

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    • I was having a good day and then I watched the match….Two words kept echoing through my head, “absolute wankers”…that is all

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  1. “Arsene Wenger, he goes when he wants”

    If Wenger ends up being pushed out by fan discontent one day (i.e. the position is untenable) it will be of his own making.

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  2. I looked at the table after the match. The difference up to Leicester at 1st is 6 points, while it’s only 4 points down to United at 5th. We are now officially in the battle for 4th. Why does this feel familiar?

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    • Supporting an Arsenal title challenge for me is like watching Star Wars Episode 3.
      You know at some point that Anakin is going to become Darth Vader. You know that sooner or later he is going to betray the Jedi and cut off old mates arm.
      As the scene/season plays out you’re yelling at him/Arsenal “Don’t you fucking do it”. “Don’t you fucking DO IT”.
      Then before you know it, they let you down.
      Again and again and again and again.

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  3. At this point, end of the season capitulation and Arsenal are synonymous. What PL title? Who are you kidding?

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  4. I went on a media blackout after the united game because I didn’t want to contribute to the meltdown. Now…Fuck that. Fuck every single player on the team bar ozil, campbell and cech. Fuck the ball, fuck this sofa fuck everything. I usually don’t condone booing but this shit is not acceptable. How is our best performer being subbed off when serial chance missers olivier and alexis were left on longer. I love you wenger but honestly I’m starting to wonder what that grass looks like on the other side. Everyone releveant dropped points and we fucked it again. Fuckkkkkkkkkkkkk.

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    • Wouldn’t you say Cech was a bit dodgy for the first? It looked like he totally missed the ball (I might have to rewatch to remind myself).

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      • Its because he finally gets it now. He arrives here all high and mighty, winning titles and European cups, trying to impart some “winning mentality”. Just embrace the change Petr! Welcome to the Arsenal shift workers union. 2/3 of the season on, and 1/3 of the season off. Job done boys see you all in August to do it all over again!!

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    • Learned a career-changing lesson today. When you’re chasing the title, 6 points off the top, about half a dozen games to go, in a MUST-WIN game with scores at 1-1, simply take off your best player of the day (and leave on your worst player of the day). I think am ready to go into football management.

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    • Fuck a papa doc, fuck a clock, fuck a trailer, fuck EVERYBODY.
      and fuck this battle, I dont wanna win, im outty, here tell these people something they dont know about me.

      Sorry the first two lines of your post got me all 8Miled up haha

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  5. Fuck it and fuck that fuckin maniac Wenger. Taking off the player that produced and gave a fuck. What the fuck was he thinking and why the fuck is Walcott even an option.

    I´ve had it with him. He must be completely blinded by his own pride. This can´t go on and change is a must and I would`t wait til summer. The change is needed now!

    “A bad week is not permanent” bad management seems to fucking be.

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  6. If our strikers had moved their shots slightly to not hit the crossbar and post on numerous occasions we would be celebrating a wonderful night getting right back in the mix!
    I hate football at the moment but the boys tried! COYG!

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  7. 200m cash, 60k stadium, world’s most expensive tickets. Lose to Swansea, out of title race + champions league. Pathetic and spineless. The Spuds are going to enjoy Saturday. We deserve better. Wenger out.

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  8. In all seriousness, all I can say is: Fuck the lot of them. This neither wants nor believes it can win the league.
    United now 4 points off us. Top 4 battle here we go.

    Forget about this season. It’s over.

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  9. Just for the record, Swansea played their B team tonight, something Wolves got fined for doing a few years ago.

    And they still beat us. Deservedly. I’m laughing, it’s all you can do.

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    • Deservedly, no. Remember the woodworks? We were unlucky, but at the same time too bad to create our own luck. I’m truly agreeing on the “fuck this”, and for the first time in my life I’m considering to even join the #WengerOut brigade.

      But I still believe we were unlucky not to score a couple of more goals. However, by bringing on Walcott, Wenger confirmed that he has lost his touch. For fuck sake, even some daft fuckwit from the FC Fatcamp u18 would have produced more throughout the season than what Walcott has done.

      I miss Cazorla.

      Fuck my life.

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    • I’m glad someone pointed this out. They made 6 changes – they threw this game, manager wanted to rest his players for the relegation 6 pointer at the weekend.

      Lucky him, they actually won it.

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  10. I’m fucking speechless! How did we not win that with all those chances?

    What is going on with Sanchez? How many times did he lose the ball? He needs to be dropped, he’s clearly struggling. Why take Campbell off, he was clearly our best player?

    Swansea’s first goal should not have happened. Blatant foul on Ozil in the buildup. Another shit referee tonight.

    Sp?rs lost so that means we’re still in it! We have to win on Saturday!

    It’s all over we don’t get those 3 points.

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  11. What can I say? I can’t say Wenger out, (even though i’m leaning that way more and more over the last few weeks) because we hit the post 3 times. But to take Campbell off, who scored our goal and was our best player, was a fucking disaster. I understand bringing on Welbeck, but bring him on for Alexis who’s in horrible form and gave the ball away more times than I can remember. Giroud and Walcott too, absolutely hopeless… I’m jumping on board the Tuborg express…..

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  12. Wenger needs to do the honourable thing and make way for someone who can do a better job.

    If you disagree with this statement then you are a deluded cunt. Yes, I called you a cunt, deal with it!

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    • I do think Wenger needs to retire but it really wasn’t his fault that the players chose to hit the woodwork….

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      • Paul, yet it was his fault not to invest in a striker and midfielder at the beginning of the season as it is his fault to persist with players that clearly aren’t doing shite at the moment (Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez, Gabriel, Giroud) as well as not giving enough chances to a more deserving player (Campbell) that on the night in which he clearly is his best plater he decides to substitute him.

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        • I understand Dan but if we had finished our chances everything would be different….it’s a funny old game and I am properly pissed off right now…but looking forward to playing the Spuds.
          If we lose that one then I will join the suicide club..:-)

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          • The problem is, there have been way too many ifs in this season, let alone the last few years, and there have been ifs that MAYBE wouldnt be there if he would’ve bothered strenghtening when and where needed

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          • Paul, This whole Arsenal team has been a big “If” for the best part of a decade now. at what point does one draw the line to decide that something is not working and that a new direction must be needed?

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  13. Feburary and March capitulation, year after year. Now out of all competition except the FA cup and the “fourth place trophy”, again.

    This is getting old, if not already have.

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  14. Someone has to take responsibility for this at some point. It’s the shakiest league in years and we’re throwing/we’ve thrown it away.

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  15. Never mind. The new super league won’t have Swansea in it and it will give Stan more money. And that’s what we’re here for – isn’t it ?

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  16. I’m an Arsenal fan for more than 15 years, but I’d like Leicester to win the title this year. With this pus*y performance – we just simply DO NOT deserve it!

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  17. No excuses tonight. NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    Anyone see Ozil stood with the ball looking for a pass and a load of stagnent players just gurning at him. No movement or anything.

    No excuses.

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    • We’ve had no excuses since the united game…This is simply abusive to the fans…We’re playing struggling Swansea at HOME….FUCKING WIN….HOW did we lose!? I’m so done…

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  18. I can’t believe I’m writing this and it’s not a joke anymore, but, seriously, get out while you can, Joel!

    That was the most deflating piece of crap of a performance I have ever seen. Alexis continues in poor form and Wenger leaves him on takes off Joel. Arsene might as well have grabbed the stadium microphone and yelled “Fuck you!” to all the fans who were justifiably booing him. Seriously, I think Arsene is just trolling the fans now.

    Also, I have no idea how the fuck Blogs is going to be able to write an entry in the morning. I mean, Andrew, if you want take a day, I think we’d all understand. If the entry is entirely curse words, I’d understand.

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  19. Is anyone even surprised when we lose? I’m not, I just shake my head and hope this is Wenger’s last season. What an inglorious way out it will be for Wenger though. Although when he’s gone, he’ll rightly be idolised by all the fans.

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  20. Is Mr. Wenger still confident? Are you still confident? Who the fuck thought we’d bottle it? Because if you did, kudos to you my man. You were absolutely right. Wankers getting paid 100000 of pounds every single week for fuck all. Lose to a Teenage side then lose to fucking Swansea City at home. Empty seats at the Emirates? Who can blame them. I know I don’t. And I don’t give a fish’s tit about that free kick not being given on Routledge’s goal. What I do, give a fish tit about is, that we weren’t able to score against Swansea City for 95 minutes with a team full of a World Cup winner, a man who has won it all at club level, someone who played with Messi and Ronaldo, and someone who’s represented Manchester United in all competitions. Great for Swansea. Arsenal don’t deserve anything this season. Anything. I’ll just go cry now.

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  21. There are too many things to say. Too many reasons for this loss, some dating back to years of bad decisions. I’ve never said this before but I think Wenger should go. It’s really frustrating that he fucked up all potential replacement by not stepping down when prolific managers were available.

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  22. Can’t Manage when it counts. Really unfortunate with what he has and has had at his disposal. Mentally weak Manager=mentally weak team.

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  23. Controversial opinion, but it is the the Board, more particularly Stan Kroenke, who should fuck off. The difference between Arsenal and Leicester this season is that regardless of how a match is going, the Leicester fans are happy, and when fans are happy, they cheer louder, and when fans cheer louder, teams play better. My friend has a leicester season ticket (for a fraction of the price of my Arsenal ticket back in the days when I could afford it) and tells me how the board are always doing little things to show the fans they’re appreciated (free beers or pies with match ticket, free posters for the kids to take home, even paper clappers on the seats make a difference!) and have encouraged and backed Ranieri as much as possible. Their owner goes to as many games as possible, and is relentlessly supportive of the team. Contrast this to Silent Stan, whose extraordinary ticket prices drive down the mood of the stadium before we’ve even kicked off, whose lack of interest and £3m payments suck the life out of the club, whose endless penny pinching make the fans feel like customers. This creates a poisonous atmosphere at the Emirates, and with such an atmosphere it’s no wonder the players lack belief.
    We may well do better under another manager, but I would like to see the evidence that supports the idea that Stan would even care enough (let alone be capable of) choosing a good successor to Wenger. Yes Wenger picks the teams, but only with what he is given by Kroenke, and for me it is Kroenke holding back funds that has prevented Arsene from buying the players we needed (For those who say Wenger never buys big, Henry cost £10m when our TOTAL INCOME as a club was £49m – 20% of it just on one player!) Wenger’s two major signings have been a) when we have been in danger of missing out on Champion’s league (which was the general perception before we bought Oezil or b) when we had already got significant funds from other sales (future sale clauses of Fabregas and Vela gave us £25m, so Sanchez was really a £12m investment as far as Kroenke is concerned.) I do not think Wenger is the best football manager for Arsenal football club, but at least I know he cares and so is our best protection against our parasitic American owners. Wenger in for now, Kroenke out forever.

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    • As a rebuttal, if we were winning, none of this would matter to anyone. This team has the talent to beat a kid-Man U and Swansea. Down to the manager.

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      • Actually, everything matters. Irrespective of what’s happening on the pitch, the club is turning into a corporation and nobody likes a faceless corporation.

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    • Well said, but Wenger still remain a problem. Does Kronke really hold back funds for transfer from Wenger? I don’t think so. How many times haven’t we heard from Wenger “we are open for business. If we see the right quality we buy” sort of bull-poo and be dilly dallying from one transfer to another and at the end come out of transfer windows with nothing?

      Do you seriously want Kronke to sign players for Wenger? Or do you seriously want Kronke to call a press conference and announce how much he’s made available to Wenger for transfers?

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      • Somebody summed it up on the Arsecast Extra this week. The manager has lost his bottle in the transfer market. He’d rather buy nobody than risk making an unsuccessful signing.

        The only signings he makes now are Moneyball signings like Gabriel and Elneny or big buys like Alexis and Ozil (as it’s pretty obvious they’re good).

        He’d never buy a player like Dybala or Aubameyang for £25-30m in case they don’t turn out to be good, so we’re stuck with Giroud as first choice and Walcott still around (when he could’ve taken a risk and let him go, and gone all out to get someone like Griezmann or Reus). I don’t see why any of those players would have been unobtainable – they aren’t/weren’t at clubs at the highest echelons of Europe, and we could offer shit-loads in wages and transfer fees (Juventus could possibly have outbid and are probably a more attractive proposition for an Argentinian already playing in Italy, but at least give it a go before giving up!).

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  24. This is one of the worst Arsenal performances I have ever seen…Terrible game. Same old same old. I would love to say spend the 200 million but are yank owner doesn’t give a fuck about whether we actually win anything it’s all about the money. I feel it is time for Wenger to prepare for stepping down at the end of the season and give someone else a chance.

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  25. so, Leicester drop points, Totten ham drop points, City drop points, we had a chance to get into the fight again, yet, as usual, we fck this off? actually they extended their lead? we’re a joke, simple as that.

    Oh and really Arsene? one of the only fkin players that gives a fck and u sub him? and u bring fkin invisible man walcott on? i actually feel sad cuz chances are we might be losing Ozil, why would he stay?. Can we fkin break the bank, sign some fkin striker (maybe someone like Cavani, idc), and actually CLASS players, not bargrains or sht like that? because, if we couldnt win it this year that EVERY OTHER SO CALLED “BIG TEAM” wasnt at their best, what make us think we could when all those teams will work to get their sht together again.

    And most importantly, break the bank to bring another manager, I think we all love Wenger and we all respect him for what he has done for this club, but i cant be the only one thinking he has lost it and he been holding us back lately.

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    • The question is, who? Everyone else has snapped up the big hitters so who’s left?

      Koeman maybe? Martinez would be Wenger mark II, so no thanks. Any ideas?

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      • Maybe isnt about getting a heavy hitter manager (tho that would rly help). Snatch Klopp from liverpool, i bet he would fancy arsenal more, get Pellegrini once Pep goes to city, Koeman, or just get some good although not very well known manager, Arsene wasnt a heavy hitter before he came to Arsenal, Klopp wasnt known before his Dortmund years, etc. Look at how good Dortmund are doing with a “not so known” manager like Tuchel. Favre (he does likes possesion football and attack minded, but aslo is capable to form strong defenses, go ask bayern munich), or just someone able to bring new ideas. really

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    • I bet he is gonna say now Swansea had lot of experience, the weather didnt help, the stars didnt aligned, aliens were playing instead, or any other of some silly excuse

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  26. Another pathetic result. Thanks for the (distant) memories Arsene, but it’s time to fall on your sword. Sorry to say it but every season you stay and we have to put up with this runny shite tarnishes your status at the club.

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  27. So we had a bad week.. and then all arsenal fans felt bad… we prayed for a chance.. the footballing gods gave us a chance.. a loaded gun.. tottenham and Leicester dropped points.. and then the gods looked at the Arsenal players and said.. there’s your chance to make your loyal fans happy.. shoot the opposition down when you can… the arsenal players looked at the opposition and then shot themselves in the foot..

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  28. freaking wow!!! its almost as if everyone else knows this would happen every season except us arsenal fans, . (fat goooner is a time traveler ).

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  29. Ahhh yes…the “we hit the crossbar/woodwork” excuse…I saw it coming.
    Wenger has passed on his excuse making to the fans.
    Takes off our best player on the night and leaves Giroud on the pitch.
    Brings on a piss poor Theo Walcott when we were searching for an equalizer. Might as well kept on alexis.
    Giroud sucks…that’s nothing new. Miss a chance my gran would’ve scored by somehow hitting the post.
    If Wenger stays beyond this season, then I know the club clearly want Spuds to overtake us. Wenger must leave at the end of the season.
    Oh and of course it goes without saying that we’ve given up on the title. We’ll probably never come this close to winning it in a LOOOOONG TIME especially with Pep coming in.
    #WENGEROUT!!! Enough is enough.

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  30. I remember there was a time when we would lose a game and someone would type “Wenger has lost it” on this forum

    Instant down votes.

    Now someone writes that, up you go!

    But understandably.

    Still can’t get over the Campbell substitution. Awful management.

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  31. It’s not the right time to gloat or say ‘ I told you so’ but I’m glad people are finally seeing that Arsene is well past his sell by date bad has been for years.

    Blaming City & Chelsea for having money has been able to shield the fact that his way of doing things are outdated and he can no longer motivate his players.

    He should have gone at least five years ago. I’ll forever be grateful to him but he’s just been at the club for too long. We badly badly need a new manager and a new footballing infrustructure.

    For a club of our size to be dependent on one man on all footballing aspects of the club is outdated & crazy.

    We need a football revolution at the club and we need it now.

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  32. Where is the will to win? Not enough players showing a desire to do what needs to be done to get a positive result. No spine, no fight. It seems these players think they deserve the title without wanting to do the nitty gritty that’s necessary. Only one squad has consistently shown that combination of desire, determination and resolve this season and they are top of the table. Wenger should consider investing in a sports psychologist of some sort because it is clearly a mental thing with his squad. If he can’t get them riled up enough to fight tooth and nail (the way we switched off for their equalizer was a classic example of the players expecting things to go their way and not actually doing the necessary), then I don’t know. Saturday’s game against Spurs has now taken on epic proportions. Do or die? Understatement. And Arsenal need to make fucking statement.

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  33. The purpose of the game called soccer is to defeat your opponents by scoring more goals than them. That being said:
    – BFG – did not score a goal
    – Gabriel – did not score a goal
    – Bellerin – did not score a goal
    – Monreal – did not score a goal
    – Coq – did not score a goal
    – Ramsey – did not score a goal
    – Ozil – did not score a goal
    – Campbell – scored a goal and was rewarded by being substituted
    – Sanchez – did not score a goal
    – Giroud – did not score a goal
    – Walcott – did not score a goal
    – Welbeck – did not score a goal

    Can you spot the problem here? Because Wenger sure as hell can’t!

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    • Campbell – scored a strong contender for goal of the month and was rewarded by being substituted

      There, fixed it for you.

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  34. The only glimmer of hope after that shitstorm is that the spuds also lost so are still only 3 points + gd ahead.
    Anything but a win there and we may not even be able to cling onto a CL spot or even the 4th place trophy.

    I am past caring now …

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  35. Groundhog Season!
    Collapso Calypso then a valiant end of season charge for fourth.
    Kroenke is a soulless cynical reptile and Wenger only cares about his reputation, vanity and ego – I wish they’d both just fuck off out of OUR club

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    • He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat the same mistakes .
      We are all exhausted with this perennial tragedy. Time for a new scriptwriter.

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  36. Again no Flamini to blame and still similar if not a worse problem.

    The midfield left plenty of space and little protection for the back.

    When Ozil lost the ball, there was no one ahead of defense to screen for that eventuality.

    People can complain all they like about Flamini sitting too deep but at least he gives protection in depth should we get turned over. Safety first.

    All that pointing seem to help alert others to dangers he could not get too where we are now lacking awareness picking up runners right through the middle.

    The main issue as I have said however is our finishing. Sure we spur plenty of chances but our movement off the ball was insipid and without conviction. We were not taking them on enough and yes we were unlucky to hit the bar so many times but we needed to be more composed in front of goal too.

    Really really tough mountain to climb now with just ten games left. means we have to beat Spurs and then hope both teams ahead of us drop 6 points. Possible but we will need plenty of luck and we need to win the remainder of the games.

    There will be usual call for Wenger to spend but truthfully, Spurs, Leicester did not spend in the summer so what’s our excuse?

    We need to have the conviction that we want to win this title and somehow that is so evidently lacking. The confidence is shot at the moment at the worse possible time.

    Turn it around against Spurs. One step at a time, we have an outside chance still and must convince ourselves it is still possible.

    The front two leaders play with less restrain and burden you feel but they can also crack as we near the finish so its important for us to recover from this and grind it out against Spurs.

    I feel we have lacked the sort of control in midfield which is Santi. Flammini held out as long as they could and achieved some sort of equilibrium where Coqsey seems to be found a bit wanting.

    We need the ball retention and composure in midfield plus the deep lying pass. Santi was the unsung half of the Coqzorla partnership many were instead beating off on Coquelin’s performances alone.

    Then the same lot convinced themselves that Elneny was suddenly the answer and better than Flamini. He was not. He was certainly not the player to come in to provide the immediate impact we needed nor was he anywhere near what we could have with Santi in providing playmaking from deep and control on the ball, at least at this stage of his development to be fair to him.


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  37. Never thought I would say this but I loathe arsene wenger right now. Please leave. Why why why take the best player of the pitch??

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  38. Arsene Wenger Football club , the best charity club on the other side of the Channel.! Welcome only nicely bearded bobo style footballers with no guts nor skills to (pick up your choice) :- cant’ control a ball, nor hit a ball with force and precision when in the box, but can run around the pitch a lot, avoiding the ball, or master at mistiming the simple pass.Guaranteed first team football no matter the performance.
    I am officially done with Arsene. His substitution were beyond risible. Just have to wait this season and next . It’s going to be a long wait.

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  39. Arsene Wenger Football club , the best charity club on the other side of the Channel.! Welcome only nicely bearded bobo style footballers with no guts nor skills to (pick up your choice) :- cant’ control a ball, nor hit a ball with force and precision when in the box, but can run around the pitch a lot, avoiding the ball, or master at mistiming the simple pass.Guaranteed first team football no matter the performance.
    I am officially done with Arsene. His substitution were beyond risible. Just have to wait this season and next . It’s going to be a long wait. And JOEL GET UT WHILE YOU CAN, KID!

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  40. This season is done and we need to be worried for top 4 instead of aiming for a title we never will achieve under Wenger. There’s no defensive structure, no offensive structure, no plan,no nothing.
    It physically hurt to see this team play these days and Wengers coaching hurt even more.

    Arsene did a wonderful job during the financial dark years by keeping us in top 4 year after year when other teams got shitload of dirty money,but there’s a time for everything and this season should be the end of it.

    It’s time for a new manager to come in with new energy and fresh ideas and get rid of the dead meat that get abnorm salaries for nothing.

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  41. I can promise all of you one thing. If Wenger is still the manager next season (and he will be), then this will happen again, and again. We will have roughly the same squad of players and the same out of touch, naive manager. I guarantee it will be the same result and we will all be here again dancing this masochistic dance.

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  42. And theres the Arsenal for you, good at battling for 4th place, shite at competing for the title. I honestly believe we are cursed to finish 4th or 3th until wenger goes, i love him for all the things he has acomplished, but he doesnt fit into the modern game of football (either that, or the football gods hates his guts)

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  43. Can’t get worse right? Well Cech pulled a hamstring running back. He and Kos are out for the NLD. Can’t get worse RIGHT?

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  44. When campbell was subbed off the west stand went mental, along with the players but the biggest reaction came from coquelin. He lost it. What goes through wengers mind! Shocking.

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    • It won’t be the first season that the players have lost it with Arsene. I think a large part of the problem is that by this time of the season they’re as fed up with the poor team selections and rubbish subs as we are, not to mention the biased referees and so many decisions going against them. We also need to be a bit more savvy in games, we know that even if one of ours is being wrestled to the ground it’s likely that we won’t get the free kick, so don’t stop playing. We concede goals like that all the time. Their second goal was offside, confirmed on Match of the Day, although the idiots reckon the foul on Mesut was 50/50!

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    • Go back to the moment van Persie lost it against Manure at home, I think Wenger subbed the Ox (who wasn’t useless that day). van Persie lost it and that is when he decided to leave

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  45. it’s not that we lose that is so difficult to take, it’s how we lose. I thought the United performance from a mentality perspective was the worst I’d seen given the circumstances but tonight was even worse still. We just cannot cope with even the smallest amount of pressure or expectation. The culture at the club of no conflict consequence is the reason we will never win the league under this management.

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  46. It was a second string Swansea at home… I can’t get over this.

    No fan want their team to do badly but imagine if we win the title, Wenger will believe himself to be justified in his methods. We should be running away with this league. The best thing for this club would be failure this season so that either Wenger leaves or seriously addresses the tactics and personnel problems

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  47. We’re all a bit bored by this now aren’t we? We know the cause and effect, we’ve heard both sides of the argument, he’ll move on when he wants and we just have to endure the ride until then

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  48. Hope Leicester win now. If in remote chance we did, we’d just have the same old story coming out & nothing would change. If we don’t win it maybe things will. No excuses this year not to. Sick of Wenger & his words. Groundhog Day. It doesn’t work on me anymore.

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  49. How does a transformation like this happen to a team? I mean Chelsea went from champions to relegation contenders but that took careful and measured destructive planning from Mourinho, just what the fuck is going on that Arsenal have degenerated into this steaming pile of excrement?

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  50. Is Arsenal setup for “life after Wenger?” Damn right they are!!! Don’t win with him. How can it get worse than this? I rather follow a team that can’t compete than one that pretends to. At least it means there’s room for improvement. With Wenger in charge..not so.

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  51. You know it’s bad when you wish City were running away with it in first place right now. The alternatives are either humiliating, or devastating.

    The weekend will provide some relief in a way, because we’ll at least know for certain after that game. Lose and we’re done for the season.

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  52. I never thought I’d say this but if we don’t win anything this season then I think Wenger has to go. The buck stops with him & he seems to be out of ideas and desire. Sadly I don’t think he will go if we end up with nothing.

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  53. Also Wenger’s post-match comments show how disconnected he is from the fans.

    For once show some humility and give an honest interview to gain some respect back from the fans

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  54. We’re in a battle for 4th…and not out of the battle for the title. It’s a fucked up season, and a close to fucked up, patchwork team, but there’s still that shitty little chance for happiness, and I’m inclining to it!

    Also, performance was not abject like last week. Opta will not show them as shots on goal, but they showed higher levels of creativity, maybe even character. Campbell needs to start from now on, and Theo needs to carry everyones’ water bottles. He was useless.

    Beat Spurs, get some momentum, get Santi back…

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  55. I’m done with the shock,anger and searching phases of grief for my Arsenal and our title challenge and have now reached acceptance. I recommend it. It’s oddly liberating.

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  56. What a farce. I’ve watched this nonsense year after year for the last decade. At first, it was understandable given the financial restraints under which we were operating. Even then though, these sort of mental frailties were evident.

    But now there are no excuses. Every few years, the personnel changes, but these bizarre results continue to occur. I’ve been to matches where we’ve lost at home to Hull City, Aston Villa, and had the traditional caning by Manchester United. Each time, our team has had enough in it to win those matches but we make it appear as if the opposition keeper has a blinder, or we let some nobody make his name against us by scoring and then disappearing into oblivion.

    No one can tell me that team tonight did not have enough quality to beat a Swansea City team which was a few points off the relegation zone. Instead, we contrive ever more comical/tragic ways to snatch defeat from the jaw of an opportunity. We knew Leicester dropped points and Tottenham were losing but bottled it.

    The club website, which is clueless at the best of times, says: “The Gunners are by no means out of contention but their next fixture may be a decisive one – at White Hart Lane on Saturday.” That says it all about the state of this Football Club.

    There is only one cause for this year after year – Arsene Wenger. I feel for him because of all he has done for this club, but it’s almost like Wenger’s asking for criticism. From not buying a single outfield player in the summer, to saying fans were “emotional” after the appalling performance against Manchester United, and even tonight, after Campbell scores a great goal and plays well, he removes him for Welbeck.

    The sad fact is that, as the boys touched on in the Arsecast, no-one at the club has any incentive to hold him to account as they count the dollars rolling in each season. Arsene must see that he is destroying his legacy, and all of the love the fans had for him is draining away with each passing game. I wish he had left on a high in the summer because I can only see this relationship ending in tears, which is so unfortunate given everything he has done for this club.

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  57. I’m starting to get sick of our boring structured obvious style of play. Out doesn’t work when we’re under real pressure or when things aren’t going well.

    Taking Campell off was a completely ludicrous decision. And how did Arsene not realise that this squad has a problem scoring goals sooner!?

    Normally I would be upset, but I expected this so I just feel nothing with a bit of mania lurking on the edges. Part of me just wants to laugh at what’s happened but I can’t because it’s not fucking funny!

    I actually thought we had lost the league back when we lost alexis, cazorla and our coq in short succession. But then somehow we kept going albeit with less domination. I started having hope again when they started coming back and then we just started playing like they had forgotten each other. Typical arsenal, give us hope and then when things get serious they fucking loose their heads again.


    Wenger out! Walcott out! Flamini out! Giroud bench.. Ramsey bench.. Get a real striker. Get another decent winger/striker. Get a defensive midfielder. Get a top class big and strong midfielder.

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  58. Massively disappointing, Swansea really are a bogey side for us. Still time to turn things round, a win at the lane and we will be back in with a chance.
    I would like to see a change in formation, 4, 4, 2 – Ozil the tip of a midfield diamond and Campbell and Wellbeck up top – I think i would bench Sanchez – which I think would send a good message to the squad.

    Anyway regardless of the formation, I am hoping the weekend will be the big turnaround, – we are still only 6 points of Leicester and I do fancy they might well struggle as the winning post get’s closer.

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  59. What a shit performance by both the team and Arsene. We don’t have enough character to rectify mistakes properly and to deserve the title. We are naive and weak and try to gloss over it after every single loss with the same excuses. Simply not good enough and though I admire Arsene, I think it’s time for him to go. The players and the club need a change because we cannot get rid of the mental rott, i.e self destruct button. We are virtually incapable of showing dominance and mental strenght. Wenger’s and the players’ excuses after these games sound repeatedly hollow. Campbell’s sub was seriously deluded and Feo, along with many in the team, surely are the laughing stock of the PL because we make any shit team look fantastic, if it really matters. It must be a joy to play under pressure Arsenal.
    It saddens me, but: Wenger out.

    p.s. Gabriel is mad! da fuck?

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  60. Things I greatly dislike:

    Watching balls pinged into Giroud’s feet while he is 5 yards outside the box while the 3 other players who should receive his lay off are standing behind him in the box.

    Watching Ramsey try to thread through balls, ever.

    Watching Alexis cut inside, side step two players, then run the ball all the way to the opposite touch line until he passes the ball sideways or backwards.

    Watching our formation turn into a 2-2-6, having zero midfield, and no forward movement with 4 people just standing in the box.

    We seen these same tactics every single game, yet haven’t realized that countless examples of how to counter our style of play have been demonstrated week after week from the opposition team. I watched in one week Barcelona, Man U, and then Swansea all beat Arsenal defending in the exact same way.

    Wenger is too stuck in a style of play that doesn’t exist for Arsenal without Cazorla, Wilshere, or even Rosicky in its midfield to pass the ball forward accurately. Sadly, none of those options will be available in the run-in and we will miss out on the title because Arsenal are far too easy to nullify.

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  61. 6 points is a near impossible mountain to climb. I’m now only counting on the crazy tupsy turvy epl end of season to work in our favor

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  62. The sad thing is that I’m not even surprised anymore. I love this club and I can’t wait for the day this manager leaves! We look old tired and boring in comparison to vibrant attacking teams like Leicester and dare I say spuds. Remember when we used to be like that

    Just painful now

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  63. It’s all too familiar again. I stayed positive following the annual injury blitz, I stayed positive through the two transfer windows of no outfield players but now I’m finding it hard to stay positive with the poor results when it really matters.

    Things have to change and I’m afraid to say it but we need a new manager, new ideas and thought process in the club. That hurts saying it, Also feels very right and reasonable too..

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  64. So after Joel Campbell scored, I came up with a little song for him to the tune of “shut up and dance with me” by Walk the Moon (original song here:

    I was upbeat, and was thinking when we were 1-0 we could go on to win against Swansea comfortably, and get back into the title race, and knowing if we beat Spurs we could have been top come mid Saturday afternoon (with Leicester having a game in hand of course).

    But then Arsenal did what is probably now defined in the Oxford dictionary as “an Arsenal.”

    I was going to post my song here after the game, but was left rather disappointed to say the least by the end result, and thought I would share it for a happier time. But when I read the lyrics back to myself, I realised it seems rather appropriate right now, and might give some sense of cheer/irony to some rather fed up fans…

    He took the ball
    I don’t know how it happened
    We took the floor and he said
    Oh don’t you dare look back
    Just keep your eyes on me
    I said you’re holding back
    He said shut up and score with me
    Joel Campbell is my destiny
    He said ooooo ooo ooo
    Shut up and score with me!


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  65. OK It’s embarrassing end of.
    I have no idea what we should do but this is a big moment for the club.
    Either we spend lots on new players or we lose the likes of Ozil, Monreal, Bellerin and Sanchez…OMG!

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  66. Arsenal are having exactly the same season they have had for the last 4-5 years. They will finish 3rd or 4th somewhere between 75-79 points. It doesn’t matter who is above them, below them, how close or far away the title is. This manager is about that good. We would be in this position if we didn’t have Ozil or Sanchez or even Cech, one way or another. And we would be in this position if we had Messi and Aguero. We are in this position when the direct competition has Wes Morgan or Didier Drogba, Danny Rose or Ashley Cole. Wenger contrives to produce the same result whatever the situation. He does not know how to hammer home advantage. Joel Campbell should be a starter – workrate and end product improving all the time. And you wonder what Elnenny has to do. You know you’ll be gung-ho – why rely on Aaron Ramsey in the middle in such a situation – totally unreliable, put some insurance in next to Coquelin. And the Wenger of old would have developed Reine-Adelaide by now so that the team could have a bit of youthful fantasy in it too. He has lost his nerve.

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  67. “Flamini is the worst player at Arsenal” can we have him back now? CoqRam have been rammed twice in quick succession. Can we go back to the RamFlam games? if we managed to score in most of those games, we would be top of the league. RamCoq or CoqRam isn’t just cutting it now. They’re both miles better than Flamini but we didn’t lose like the chickens on spurs emblem

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    • The common factor here is Ramsey. Flam & now Le Coq have had to do the work of two to compensate for him. Flam has been lambasted by all but Ramsey us the same type of player with the same flaws but with less aggression. Hopefully if nothing else, his sustained spell in his preferred position has shown him up as the limited midtable plodder he is & he is sold along with Walcott & Giroud

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  68. We used to play good football at the very least. Even that is gone now. What has happened to the Arsenal?! 🙁

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  69. That was fucking dreadful. Like many on here I’ve watched thousands of Arsenal games and have seen some shit performances (in the last ten years especially!) but these last two games feel like a different level of…erm, I can’t find the right word.

    There was a 20 second period towards the end that summed it up for me. Monreal, Ozil, and Sanchez, some of our most able, best performing and highest quality players, passed the ball around in triangles on the left wing instead of trying to whip in a cross. I think it comes down to a lack of belief that not only will a striker fail to connect with the cross but also that we won’t get to the second ball. Aside from that lack of belief there’s also an absolute absence of ideas. Well apart from Campbell who seemsfull of belief and ideas, but that’s a different story

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  70. And who told you fans like the players anyone will hand you the league! For ffs Chelsea are not even in the top 10 and they are the defending champion. Maybe teams are not as easy as people think in their seats. Supporters support, players play! Do your job and let them do their’s. Disappointed with the result but the season is not over COYG

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  71. Our club is not set up for success where it matters:
    a) the board do not know football and what success means;
    b) the manager is no longer good enough;
    c) the squad and their application is not good enough.

    Wenger out does not solve the systemic issue from top to bottom with our club. It’s a start but not a solution. Shame. No doubt this time next year nothing will have changed and I can paste this comment.

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  72. Arsene, Kroenke, Gazidas and the board…….having our knickers down for the last 7 years!!! It’s time to vote with our feet and our voices…. Get out now you fucking clowns and take that steaming pile of pudrid stack of septic donkey’s sphincters with you.

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  73. I know, let’s take sub our best player from the game and give everyone else a chance.

    A bad week is quickly becoming a bad month and a bad season. Feels pretty permanent to me.

    If we win the league it’ll really be because everyone else lost it. Amazingly we still have a chance. But please, let’s start with Campbell and leave him on next time.

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  74. I’m running out of words to describe this oh so predictable tripe lately, don’t even get angry either as its just so easy to see coming.

    For me two things sum up why i doubt very highly that we have it in us to turn this around.

    1. Ozil got fouled on halfway and we waited for the freekick with no one taking charge and taking their man out to stop the break

    2 Their man down in our third and ref waves play on, we look nervous and stop play despite no one expecting us to. Other teams would all play on and regularly do vs us as we even saw for their first

    We are too soft. No fighters with desire to take this title, think back…..

    Anfield 89 needing two to win
    Anfield 04 Thierry’s ‘ fuck you’ solo goal to haul us back from 2 1 down to win 4 2
    Everton at home 98 Big Tone stepping up to ensure the points and title
    Home to Saints 04 Paddy getting the goal to clinch the unbeaten season

    Even Christopher Wreh did the business when called upon in the run in!

    Where are those type of players in this team? There arent any, they crumble under pressure, its not enough to have a good side, you need fight and desire and attitude. We have none.

    For someone with no words i just found plenty haha. Fucksake Arsenal!

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    • I don’t disagree with your point, but your examples are all over the place.

      Henry’s solo goal against Liverpool was at Highbury.
      Everton at home – we’d already won the league – it was 3-0 at the time. That’s hardly a goal that requires much in the way of guts.
      Last game of the season was against Leicester not Southampton. (Judging by Micky Adams’ pre-game team talk it’s no wonder it was easier for us to win at the time than it is now.)

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  75. I’m depressed….. 🙁

    Being an Arsenal supporter is NEVER easy…. there are some things that only we can do!!!

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  76. Better the devil you know? Really? This devil is leading our great club down the garden path out of the top 4 and continually considered a laughing stock.

    Bouldie stepping in or bringing in Dennis until the end of the season CANNOT be any worse than the dross this manager is serving up. It’s actually quite sad that every day he does this to our Arsenal, the more the respect I had for him totally vanishes.

    The ONLY way he will step down is if my mighty fellow Gooners vote with our bums and not put them on seats. A half empty stadium might shame him, the board and that gimp with the ranch into doing something.

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  77. Just stopped by to pay my respects. So if Spurs win the title do we try and nick Pochettino or whatever his name is off of them?

    Go Leicester.

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  78. Man, I so want to give up on this team for this season, and save myself the frustration, but I just can’t. Yet deep down I’m 99% nothing will change. It’s so hard to be an Arsenal fan. 🙁

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  79. 18 shots 1 goal. Come back kevin campbell, sanogo & franny jeffers all is forgiven. Our attackers are a joke. Best attacker tonight was joel & he isn’t good enough to play for the arsenal either.

    It’s a real shame there wasn’t one attacker available in the whole world better than what we have. Arsene knows best?

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  80. I’m glad to see others are beginning to bang the drum for Joel Campbell. He has been consistently very good when allowed to play. That said, wenger has again shown a propensity to favor potential over form. No way should Campbell have ever been taken off in that match, but he put on Welbeck, a player of undeniable potential (which he has yet to realize, thus MANU letting him leave), for a player who may not be as physically gifted but who is in form and playing in a manner that enhances the team. Wenger needs to manage in a more realistic and pragmatic fashion.

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  81. What a dire performance. One-nil up and we couldn’t hold onto it. Gabriel looks afraid, Mertesacker, someone who I’ve stood up for in the face of ridicule for a long time, wasn’t great either. Ramsey spent a lot of time running backwards and spinning around into dead ends, as he is wont to do. Ozil tried, but he doesn’t have people making the incisive runs on which his game relies. Joel played well and should never have been taken off. Giroud wasn’t great and played like someone who hasn’t scored in his last eight. Theo was anonymous, yet again. Poor Alexis is all out of sorts and needs some time to rest and reflect.

    All in all, a very, very disappointing performance.

    When we play it out of defence there’s no-one to pass to. Or when Coquelin gets it, the same thing. I don’t see that in any other PL team we play. People get it before the halfway line and there’s no-one within 30/40 yards. This is definitely Arsene’s doing, and it’s not working nor has it done for a very long time.

    I support the manager, and have done throughout his tenure, but tonight was really woeful. 10 or 5 minutes left, and Per’s dwelling on the ball at the back, or we’re passing it backwards.

    We were also very unlucky – we got no bounce of the ball, we got very few decisions, their first goal shouldn’t have stood due to the foul in the run up. But good teams, great teams, make the most of any situation and grind it out. We don’t seem to have the tenacity or the tactical nous to do that.

    It was bollocks. We’re lucky the Spuds lost. But it feels as if we’re out now.

    Something really needs to change.

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  82. And, personally, I don’t like seeing people say ‘go Leicester’ or ‘Get out, Joel!’ As much as we sucked tonight, I don’t want to see any other fucking team win the PL. I want to see us win it. I don’t want us to even joke about our best players going. They should stay here and fight with us.

    Joel showed some great skill tonight, and his goal was brilliantly taken. He’s always tracking back, he gets stuck in, he’s got vision, touch and can finish. I don’t want to talk about these guys going, even as a joke. Let’s hold on to them and grow as a team. We all know how good Arsenal are on their day! We just need to see a few more of those days.

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    • You say go Leicester if it’s between them and Spurs.

      Right now it looks like it’s going to be between them and Spurs. Man City don’t give a shit any more either, or they’re all shitting their pants waiting for the Emperor to land in his shuttle and zap a few people before next season. They’re out of it too.

      Sure, we aren’t that far behind, but I think everyone would agree that the problems we’re currently having show little sign of resolving themselves. Things are looking sideways, not up.

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  83. How the hell can AW bring on theo,whos in his worst form for 10 years,to win a game? Theo is shot to bits,not at the races atall and wenger brings him on to win a game?please…..
    We need a change-its not working

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  84. Disappointed, but not surprised. Been saying it for years… accountability in this squad….no leadership…..nobody rollicking anybody else… real consequences. So sad. All we need is one Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Roy Keane, Paddy Vieira, Steven Gerard, Paul Ince, David Batty type player and I think we’d crack it.

    We’re too liberal We need one or two nasty feckers that are not afraid to upset people (for the good of the team, of course). We’re too nice. God forbid we upset the squad!

    Any of us that play 5-a-side get more of a rocket than this Arsenal squad.

    New manager required…..followed by some new players in……and some players out (Theo, Arteta, Flambo, Jack, Ox, Tomas (really sad to say this)). We need to reduce the wage bill and make room for ruthless feckers.

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  85. CBA to read all the negative comments, see you lot when we lift the trophy, the atmosphere at emirates is absolute shite, I’m sure players fucking hate playing at home with “fans” like that “supporting” them. Without a doubt the worst “fans” in the league, if I was a player I would fucking hate playing at the Emirates .. Get behind your fucking team. 10 to go, fairy tale bollocks Leicester won’t win it, neither will shitty or the fucking Spurs .. Support your goddamn team for once.. Yeah we were shit so is the “support” for the players .. Always like a library unless we’re winning..

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  86. Why can’t we play both Campbell AND Wellbeck?
    And just leave Giroud and Walcott on the bench.

    And next time, buy a damn striker.

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    • But but but Benzema isn’t an upgrade on Giroud.
      Giroud is the second best striker in the league.
      Why buy a new striker when we already signed “cohesion” and “team spirit” during pre season??

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  87. This may sound like a shocking thing to say but we all know exactly what is going to happen for the rest of the season. We are going to squeeze out the odd result, maybe even beat Spurs to lift our spirits but then lose against someone else we should be beating. So, sack Wenger now and there’s a chance we might do something different than we have done for the last 10 seasons. I’d rather have someone, anyone, in charge than the tactical genius who took off our most energetic player tonight. There would not be one single person on the entire planet who would have allowed Sanchez (and I love the guy) to further destroy his own confidence while having the adverse effect on Joel Campbell by removing him. The buck stops with Wenger. His refusal to spend on a world class striker, a 25 plus goals a season man is only 1 of many reasons why we are not sitting 10 points clear at the top of the table. Yes, 10 points clear, we have taken 9 points from a possible 24 and if our manager can only inspire this team to that level of form then he clearly is not a League Winning manager. OUT !! NOW !!

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  88. Wtf has Campbell done that was so bad, that not even scoring inside 20 mins can endear him to the manager? It’s sad to say but I think AW has lost the plot. How else can you explain the substitutions which seem as though he is watching a different game then the rest of us??

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  89. All I can say is this…did you see those Spuds choke? Levy needs to fire Pinocchio and get a real coach! They have the title right there in their hands and they choke! Let’s hire Giggs, before they do. When we throw out Wenger…at least we will have a proven winner! And imagine…we only hit the post 3 times, I bet any team worth a crap woulda hit it 6 or 7 times at least!

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  90. Just throwing this out there. Things are shit at the moment. But….how are you all going to feel IF things change over the next ten games and we go on to win, er, no, I mean nick, the title?

    My point is, understandably it helps to spew out your feelings via a keyboard on social media platforms but isn’t it just a tad too early to completely throw in the towel; We are angry at the players as it seems they are doing just that but we want them to fight, so as fans, surely we need to fight too, not amongst ourselves or with the players and manager, fight by remaining as supportive as possible until the very point that it truly is all over, I mean mathematically over.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m livid.
    As an optimist and generally a supporter of the Manager – I’m certainly not a member of the WOB; I try to understand and trust that he knows what he’s doing, and always tries his best for the interest of Arsenal FC and I remain respectful for what he has done for the club over many years BUT I have maintained for a while now that if we don’t win the league this year, after two years of general improvement and two FA Cup wins, that he should step down gracefully and let the club make a fresh start…..and I think he may do that.

    BUT – Regardless of how you feel towards him now, he still deserves our utmost respect, constructive critisicm is right, ugly vitriol is wrong and uncalled for, it lacks class and we Gooners like to think we have a reputation of ‘Class’ and intelligence as supporters, especially when you hear about Spuds and Hammerites fighting in the streets outside the Boleyn like it was 1983.

    It is inevitable that AW will be leaving soon regardless and who knows what will happen to the club then…we could become a short term force or we could end up like Liverpool and our shadowy neigbours, yoyoing in and out of top 5th or 6th place and the UCL, either way, we will be Gooners and hopefully still classy ones at that.

    If we end up with nothing but a top 4 finish, I won’t necessarily be an advocate of him seeing out his last year (unless HUGE investment is made for perhaps one last push in his final year) but I will always remain respectful and thankful for all he has done.

    I am also livid with many of the players right now….however, I also remember not that long ago, most fans lauding most of these under performing players when the club was doing well. Henery changed his mind about Giroud not being good enough to help Arsenal win the league, pundits were singing our praises as the come back kings, our pressing and attitude was top notch and us Gooners were loving it… what’s changed? Injuries? Loss of form? Mental instability? – well, all of things play a part in many ways and it seems certainly mental state and loss of form are the two biggest culprits right now.
    Form fluctuates and if you’ve been a Gooner for a long time, you may well remember many teams of old going through patches like these. It is not unheard of, you’d think we were invincible prior to Wenger’s reign the way some fans go on…trust me, we weren’t. We WERE that team languishing mid table with boring football and nothing to look forward to at times, sometimes for a long time! We’ve even flirted with relegation before! So let’s get real people, because there is too much fickle-mindedness and short termism in Arsenal’s support network which f*cks me off.

    How about saving the anger and vitriol for when it truly is a dead end of a season, fickle fans give our club a bad name.

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  91. Wenger is deserving of the award “Deluded Manager of the Century”. He has the most experience of the Premier League now, longest serving and couldn’t win the League when it was all for the taking.
    in 12 years he has failed to win the league, I don’t think he will ever win it again.

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  92. Arsenal til I die.
    I’m Arsenal til I die.
    I hope Wenger leaves before that happens.
    I’m Arsenal til I die.

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  93. You know that moment in a game where you think ‘ we won’t win this’ but obviously keep hoping they will prove you wrong until the final whistle? Thats what the season feels like lately. I can’t see us winning it but obviously am hoping right until the final game that we do.

    But heres the thing- the reason i think that way in the game is because we are so predictable that you can see exactly what is going wrong and why and yet it rarely changes, same with the league; there are too many moments you can see coming and doubt it will change.

    There are still a few games left and we are not out yet and i fucking hope we can find some form and will to win this title.

    Come on Gunners prove us all wrong starting Saturday

    If not…….i told you so 😉

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  94. Spurs will clobber us, our players (I’m looking at Sanchez and Ramsey) will run like headless chickens and turnover the ball and ha! Theo will play that game with Wenger hoping he comes good cos it’s the Spurs. Fuck!

    How can a team play so organised for 70minutes against Barcelona and be so crap in organisation in the next two games? preposterous! FFS Wenger gobsmack these guys, give them the hair dryer treatment. Put some fucking arses on the fucking bench. At this point, I’d rather watch Arsenal kids like the Jeff play with freedom even if they lose than watch Sanchez and co. OK maybe we still have a chance but we don’t look interested so fucking blood the youngsters.

    Fuck Silent Stan for mentoring Silent Walcott

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  95. Just so you know…Fan is short for fanatic: “a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in sports, religion or politics.” Now I realize that “uncritical” is a bit extreme and unrealistic but a large vocal contingent of Arsenal fans strike me as the type that would vote for Donald Trump, that is not a good thing. You are watching a great manager and team in a rough spot. They have strengths and weaknesses and the weaknesses are a bit overexposed right now. You are witnessing the transition from a sports/predictable league to a business/unpredictable worldwide sport/leagues. I predict the era of dominant teams will fade. Wenger is no Alex Ferguson but pretty damn close given the different environments they operated in. I love his class, honesty and integrity. His being stubborn is both a huge asset and a hinderance. His loyalty to his players is to be admired and sometimes questioned. As an American I do not have English ties to the club but I can tell you this. One of the main reasons I became a fan was the class and style of play…the commitment to his players…the pleasure of watching young players grow learn make mistakes and either succeed or fall off. When Wenger eventually leaves I hope I stay a fan but worry that other “Fans” and their Trumpish attitudes will drive me away. COYG.

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    • You have no idea what you’re talking about, go talk your political bullshit elsewhere.

      And if you’re a “fanatic” and “Trumpish” attitudes would seriously push you away from loving this great club because some fans are vocal about wanting the best for it, I’ve seen lots of Chelsea and City jerseys for sale in the states.

      Lord help me.

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  96. Supporting this team is so frustrating. I’m beginning to really hate that i love and care about Arsenal this much. My biggest problem is our body language, the players don’t seem to truly believe and now the fans are losing hope too. I don’t think we deserve to win the league, both Leicester and spuds have had much better seasons, i really hope Leicester do it. They’re under the least pressure and i think they’ll handle it just fine considering how they managed to avoid relegation last season and they only have the league to worry about. As for Wenger, he needs to go regardless of what happens this season, he can’t motivate the players and has made underperformers way too comfortable…..what did Walcott contribute when he came on and why the fuck did he take off Campbell who was by far our best player today? Lose the NLD and it’ll be officially curtains…..can’t wait to see the character, spirit and fight he keeps banging on about.

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  97. Can’t believe I’m saying this but wenger needs to go, fuck the void he will be leaving, he is to fucking predictable and so is Sanchez, one trick pony always cuts inside, for fucksake Alexis, go on the outside for once. Poor Campball did not deserve to be subbed. And Ramsey you can mention work rate and defensive work, but he can’t actually tackle, now then the ball might bounce off him but it’s not an intentional tackle it’s just the law of averages that the ball will hit you if you run around like a headless fucking chicken all over the pitch……
    Gabriel could you be one more decisive and make a challenge instead of back off and running backwards. And belerin, could you actually use your pace and run down the fucking line and actually whip a cross in from the byline as that’s how you feed a tree like target man like giroud, it ain’t rocket science…….

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  98. What irks me the most is when you look at this team especially in the context of this season. You can see the issue is not that they can’t but that they won’t.

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  99. They tried, just not good enough.

    But wait – Spurs lost, Leicester drew…

    Unfortunately however, I’m now worried about Utd. That shows how bad it is right now.

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  100. Campbell’s lost a bit of weight and look really lively and sharp. Best take our only goal-scorer and consistent provider on the night off then as making runs and playing the ball into dangerous positions is clearly not the way to score goals.

    On the night there was too much faith in players like Giroud and Ramsey who, and I really rate them, really could have made way for other players. With Ramsey running himself into poor form, it is a real wonder to me why Arsene bought Elneny if tonight, of all nights, he doesn’t play him as Ramsey could have done with less of his usual workload tonight with the derby in a few days. But Elneny will get his chance when Ramsey is played into the red, as always, and gets injured.

    Honestly, I would be angry but I’m not. The league is effectively over. Time to move on and, for the first time, I hope the manager sees it that way too and leaves because this failure is completely and utterly on him.

    We were poor in November. We’ve been poor in January and February and the start of March. ‘A week of poor form’ or however he put it is inaccurate. We’ve had glimpses of form amidst stagnation. Arsene has had three years of disposable cash, a fair amount of time I thought we should give him, and has won two FA Cups. Well done – but if this is not evidence of his inability or stubborn refusal to make the changes necessary to move forward, then I don’t know what is.

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  101. Calm down people. Man city spent way more money and look at them. Everyone is shite. It’s a freak. I agree Wenger should pull his finger out and go for a few ready made big money signings as el nenny isn’t exactly the shot in the arm we need s for the title but still there’s hope yet. We always go on a run until the end of the season at some point and always recover from these bad periods. And what a place to start at sp*rs! Bring it on baby!

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  102. Trying very hard to compartmentalise this.

    I love Wenger and I’ve always stood by him, but this feels like a true low point. It’s getting impossible to justify the faith any longer and it’s heart breaking.

    The real problem is where we would go after him, as discussed on the arsecast extra. I can see a real possibility of a Man U situation or worse developing. Likelyhood is the stubborn old goat will stick it out for another season though.

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  103. Also brings to mind a discussion I had with a fellow Gooner a couple of seasons ago (pre-Özil) about how much we miss David Dein at the club.

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  104. As much as I want Ramsey to be superstar for Arsenal, his current gameplay in nutshell is like this
    1. Go forward even we have 6,7players upfront around opponents penalty box, make it more crowded
    2. Wave his hand constantly for pass even there is better choices than him
    3. Lose the ball after recieving pass
    4 Wave his hand for foul
    5. Referee doesnt give him foul and opponent is already on counter attack, run back like crazy but lil bit inneffective than Willian(who is good at foul without card, or slow down playmaker, imo)
    6. Wave his hand act like conceding goal wasnt even partly his fault

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