Report: Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal (inc. goals)

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Staring XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Holding, Gabriel, Maitland-Niles, The Jeff, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas


Olivier Giroud scored a stoppage time equaliser for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger’s men bounced back from 3-0 down to salvage an unlikely point against Bournemouth.

Charlie Daniels’ left foot strike on 16 minutes and Callum Wilson’s penalty put the Cherries in a commanding position before half time. And they looked home and dry when Ryan Fraser scored a third before the hour mark.

The Gunners then mounted a stunning comeback. Alexis Sanchez and Lucas reduced the deficit and Michael Oliver sent off Simon Francis for a late challenge on Aaron Ramsey. As the clock ticking down, Giroud nodded home Granit Xhaka’s cross to maintain his fine scoring run.

First half

Facing the Sky Sports cameras just before kick off, Eddie Howe said he was looking forward to taking on Arsenal under the lights of the Vitality Stadium. He sensed his players and crowd were up for the occasion and he wasn’t wrong.

The home side were dominant from the off, closing down the midfield with gusto and breaking with speed. Josh King and Junior Stanislas had efforts before the ten-minute mark and Petr Cech had to be quick off his line to prevent Callum Wilson from getting off a shot as he raced into the box.

It wasn’t much of a surprise when the home side took the lead on 16 minutes. A cross-field ball caught Hector Bellerin napping and Charlie Daniels, left untracked by an absent Aaron Ramsey, stole in at the back post, nicked the ball past the Spaniard and coolly finished low past Cech. It was pathetic and inexcusable defending and we were deservedly punished. (1-0)

Arsenal looked rattled and with Bournemouth’s next attack they won a penalty – the sixth we’ve conceded this season. Not for the first time, Granit Xhaka was the guilty man as he bundled over Ryan Fraser on the edge of the box. Michael Oliver had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and for the second time in five weeks Callum Wilson put Cech on his arse to score. (2-0)

To compound our problems, Wenger was forced into a substitution on 27 minutes as Francis Coquelin, holding his hamstring, limped off to be replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal manufactured just two chances of note before the break. Ramsey spun and shot wide on 28 minutes and Iwobi, on his weaker left foot, scrambled an effort off target after a neat cutback by Chamberlain 12 minutes later. That aside, we were abject in the final third. Total shots on target in the opening 45 minutes? Zero.

Alexis and Giroud spent most of their time waving their arms in the air in disgust at the lack of quality service around them.

Bournemouth might have a had a third in first half stoppage time as Stanislas wipped a shot from the edge of the box just past Cech’s left post.

Second half

Arsenal buzzed with more energy in the opening stages of the second half but the pressure wasn’t to last. Giroud might have done better with a Chamberlain cross but couldn’t get enough purchase on his effort and Ramsey was denied by a last-ditch challenge after a tidy dribble into the box.

At the other end, Michael Oliver came to Arsenal’s rescue as he ruled out a Bournemouth third for a handball by Wilson who’d deflected in a shot from Harry Arter. The reprieve, coming on 55 minutes, was short-lived.

Within two minutes Ryan Fraser, the man who’d tormented Liverpool in a recent 4-3 win, beat Cech to score the Cherries’ third. There was a probably a foul on Bellerin in the build-up but it was all too easy for Scot as he bound towards goal and found the far corner through our keeper’s legs. (3-0)

Arsenal threw on Lucas for Iwobi and Koscielny, possibly injured, was replaced by Gabriel. Honestly, at this point it felt like we were throwing in the towel rather than throwing caution to the wind.

Eddie Howe’s players initially maintained the tempo, King tested Cech with a free-kick, but then they began to retreat. The Gunners who’d had no space all night, suddenly had room to play.

On 69 minutes Arsenal reduced the deficit courtesy of Alexis Sanchez’s close range header. The opportunity had been created by a Chamberlain cross which was flicked to the back post by Giroud. It was our first effort on target. (3-1)

Six minutes later Lucas grabbed his first Premier League goal of the season to make it 3-2. Giroud picked up his second assist of the game deftly lifting the ball over the defence for the Spaniard to spank home a Podolski-esque volley into the far post. Surely we couldn’t grab an equaliser?

Just to make things even more interesting, Bournemouth were reduced to ten men with eight minutes left as Simon Francis ploughed through Aaron Ramsey to earn a straight red.

With a slender lead, the home side sat deep as Arsenal pushed for another goal. Naturally, Artur Boruc began wasting time and quickly earned a caution.

The sight of six minutes of stoppage time was greeted by boos from the terraces, nervous about the constant pressure of the men in yellow. One minute into it, Arsenal had their equaliser. Xhaka curled in a delicious ball with his left foot and Giroud rose like a salmon to head the ball home. (3-3)

There was to be no further twist in the tale. In truth, we probably didn’t deserve all three points having been so poor for the first hour.

One point doesn’t massively help our title challenge, but perhaps the way we bounced back will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season. We’ll see.

181 COMMENTS

  1. A point grasped from the jaws of defeat. Maybe not the result we wanted going into the game but I hope that comeback will give the team a much needed mental boost for games to come.

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    • I was in your position about 6 years ago, hoping we would turn things around. Hoping for lessons learnt, but this is Arsenal man. No point being optimistic.

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    • I was soooooo angry with Giroud celebrating that 3rd goal when it was 92min out of 96 4min to go we couldve still won if he hadnt ewasted more time celebrating an equalizer. Team was poor today but they showed character to come back but still a draw not acceptable for Arsenal at this stage of the season.

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      • Yeah I was screaming at the TV for them to get back as well. I don’t think he realised how little time we had left

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        • I was like ‘why’s he doing that mincey little run?’ Then I realised. Almost forgivable, considering the week he’s had. Weirder was Gabriel who started trying to guide him back to the centre spot and ended up in the arms of the supporters well after giroud was trotting back!

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      • Yes! Even though it wasn’t that many seconds wasted, still you don’t celebrate an equalizer against bournemouth like you’ve won the league. Show us only a win is good enough!
        Happy we came back in it anyway, today could’ve been a disaster

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  2. Did Giroud celebrating piss anyone else off? Wtf? He clearly had that celebration planned before the game but under the circumstances he scored in surely he’s got to pick up the ball and run back, there were still 5 minutes left to play.

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    • So much of this. He had a very good second half 2 assist and a goal but what the hell was he doing celebrating when there was still one more goal needed to score to win the game. Seriously annoyed the shit out of me seeing that.

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    • This must be the most selfish bunch of players we have. I get Ramsey gets sometimes unnecessary criticism but he was at fault for the first goal then he tries to go Hollywood for what could have been our second goal when he had time to control and maybe score easier or pass to someone else even Alexis went mental at him at some point. Giroux we get it you scored a beauty last week and we will always remember it but we had time to go for the win why waste time celebrating????? Very disappointing

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    • Frankly, I was little bit pissed. This is not Camp Nou or Allianz Arena where we have equaled from 3-0 down, FFS its Bournemouth! And that first hour – I can’t remember a poorer first hour played by the Gunners. Bellerin had a terrible day, and nearly everyone was poor (Alexis and the Ox tried).
      I am pleased the team showed character to come back from 3-0. But practically we are out of the title challenge and should do well to repeat last year’s 2nd position.

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    • He probably shouldn’t have celebrated the equaliser. However he wasn’t the only one. He had an absolutely huge part of why we managed to draw that game and with a few minutes going he was deep in our half chasing Bournemouth runs trying to get the ball back having played two full games in 48 hours so if he wants 15 seconds to celebrate an equaliser having been 3-0 down I have no bad words to say about him unlike a lot of others tonight

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      • I get the frustration with him celebrating, I was gutted we didn’t win it the end. But it was 14 seconds from the ball crossing the line to him being back in the centre circle. Yup. I counted. So maybe he wasted 4 seconds. Without him. No point. The deftness of touch to set up perez is sublime. Someone on here mentioned that his top 10 goal showreel would be something special. I reckon his top 10 assist one isn’t bad either. I forgive him.

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    • isn’t goal celebrations time meant to be added on by the ref, as its partly seen as wasting time.
      Just as if right on full time a penalty is awarded, time does not stop, but ref allows for the extra time for the penalty to be taken.
      If a team scores a goal in added time to take the lead, and they celebrate for a couple of minutes, the ref adds on that time, and its the same rules for a leveling goal.

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    • Remember when he DIDN’T celebrate the equalizer against Manchester United?

      I’ll just consider this a rain-check on that goal. Had he celebrated that one, no one would have complained.

      Also, as someone else mentioned, he assisted on the first two goals. Planned or not (it looked like it definitely was) I think the man deserved the celebration. And don’t forget how a goal like this often feels much more significant in the moment than from an objective standpoint (third goal in 30 minutes away from home in the PL after going down three goals? Bournemouth is no walkover).

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    • Personally, I celebrated that goal too, and I don’t think Giroud was wrong to celebrate an equaliser after being 3-0 down.

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      • it’s much the same as the turds who tried to talk down his goal. If you can’t enjoy moments like equalising from 3-0 down away from home, what’s the point?

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      • Arsenal fans have got to be some of the biggest moaners amongst football fans in all of the major leagues in Europe.

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  3. we didn’t lose.
    for that i’m grateful.
    sort out our individual errors.
    we’re still in this.
    bless Jah for Lucas Perez
    COYG!

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  4. Title has gone. Hopefully Wenger leaves and the banter era goes with him. We can’t defend for his life.

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  5. I am a huge fan of Giroud, but yes his celebration did piss me off. Look at what Sanchez and Perez did when they scored. Still take nothing away from Girouds second half performance

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  6. Glad for the point, some poor ref decisions but performance wasn’t good enough…again. Very poor in midfield not for the first time this season.

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    • Yeah, I agree, felt he could have done better with both open-play goals (and not the first game this season he’s conceded at the near post, which top goalies shouldn’t do). Even his “big save” in injury time was actually pretty routine, you’d be seriously disappointed to see your goalie beaten from there.

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    • I really don’t understand the criticism of Cech. Every other season we have had keepers commit howlers and having several stinkers. I don’t think he had any right to save any of the goals today, if he had it would have just been a great bonus

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      • I agree – basically
        But I’m afraid it won’t be enough to be consistent and “very good”. That is the level of top 4…
        No more and no less…

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        • He’s certainly not the best keeper in the league but I think he had a good season. I don’t remember us conceding such few headers and goals from dead balls as we have had this season. Especially considering we are not the biggest of teams that had always been our weak point. I think the problem is more than we concede too many chances to the opposition more than Cech himself.

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    • Please. Cech is not the reason we are dropping so many winnable points. And Ospina, though decent, is hardly the savior we’re looking for.

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  7. Too much wrong with that to be happy with a point ! Well done Ox & Perez as for the rest ? Have a hard look at yourselves !!!

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  8. Lucas needs to play more. Play the guys who give end product. Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to Ramsey who hasn’t done anything, but with elneny gone and now coquelin, he’s going to have to really step up and stop fucking around.

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    • Blogs has long dreamed of a Ramsey/Xhaka partnership. I actually thought they began to click as they got more gametime together later in the game. Ramsey didnt do to badly once the team managed to throw their horrible ways out the window and actually play some decent football.

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      • Alternatively: he started to look decent as Bournemouth started to drop deep to defend their lead, and he magically had a bit of space to play in. He struggles, big time, in tight spaces.

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  9. Interesting Sanchez reaction to Ramsey. He was furious with him against palace when instead of putting him through he put it in the stands. Think he knows Ramsey is no more than average squad player. Lacks so much.

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    • Not as interesting as your obsession with Ramsey and your vindictive vendetta against him after every single game.

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      • Honestly though when was Ramsey’s last good game for Arsenal? I think he has done ok from the bench when the opposition have been tired once a game gets stretched but he is no more than a squad player. He really slows down the passing in midfield. When our passing game is slow we really struggle

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        • Ramsey should never start an Arsenal game. He is a decent option to have on the bench.

          If you watch the second goal, you will see that he was off side from the time Giroud received the ball. Had Giroud or Lucus passed the ball to him it would have been off side and no goal.

          He can be very frustrating to watch and the issues that he ends up causing for the team does not necessarily come through in the stats.

          I for one believe that he is passed his sell by date and am really surprised that Wenger cannot see that.

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  10. We are at our best when we attack with quick tempo. When we slow down,we are not at all a threat and we tend to concede goals. This match is a perfect example for that.

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  11. To blogs, who always seems surprised and unimpressed that Ramsey is used as a “lightening rod”for criticism. Here’s a little taste of why. Go and watch the game again and watch us piling on the pressure while 3-2 down and watch Ramsey twice trying to be the hero. Once by trying a ridiculous volley when he could have brought it down and once with a shot from way outside the box. This is all at a time where all we needed was to put the ball in the box and let the forwards do their thing. (As evident by all 3 goals we scored).

    so no, Ramsey isnt the reason we lose games. he isnt the reason we dont win trophies. He isn’t popular with the fans because he would rather be the hero than give us a better chance of winning.

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    • the exact same criticism could be labeled at alexis and giroud tonight too, and ox, they all took shots from outside the area when others in the area calling for the ball. its odd that so many of our fans say we don’t shoot enough from outside the area, but when Ramsey does, they can’t wait to blame him for doing it.

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      • Giroud, Ox and Alexis were all selfless today. They ran around and did their best to make things happen. Ramsey’s shots were incredibly unlikely and he had better options. Once Ramsey plays anywhere near Alexis’ level and shows the same level of selflessness as far as I am concerned he can shoot all he wants.

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      • @Eduardo, just watch how we conceded the first goal. Iwobi goes infield to do Ramsey’s job for him, because Ramsey was unwilling to chase and win the ball back. Ramsey saw that Bellerin had moved to the centre of the defense. He also saw that 2 Bournemouth chaps were in the position that Bellerin and Iwobi had vacated. But instead of providing cover he kept his position and as he is wont to do started pointing fingers. He is so frustrating sometimes. And then he goes and picks up a quarrel with Sanchez soon after. He should have been on the bench; Lucas should have played in his stead because he is not very good. Given the circumstances, I am happy with the point. But 1 out of 9 away points is not good enough.

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  12. Bournemouth are a tough side. Considering the new look midfield, we did ok as a team. Wenger has nothing to do with individual errors. This is a wake up call for Bellerin and Xhaka for their mistakes.

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    • Bit harsh on Bellerin. He had an absolute stinker but anyone can have one bad game. I don’t think he needs any wake up call. He has been superb this season.

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      • What’s the matter with you–you’re supposed to believe that whatever happened last has always happened that way, and will never change in the future. Yes, Bellerin was awful tonight. Yes, he has proved this season that he is the best right back in England, and among the very best in the world. Yes, he will probably be very good for the rest of the season.

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        • It baffles me the way most of us try to protect or rather pamper the players like if they are babies.We tend to forget that these players are professionals, paid millions that most of us can only dream of. They should fucking put up a performance. I am not here to praise any of they when they don’t do well. The honest truth tonight, is that Ramsey is average. He should have been changed instead if Iwobi. Bellarin was shit tonight. Giroud celebration was childish. I don’t think Sanchez is happy with few players and that could contribute to his leaving.

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          • I dont think anyone is pampering Bellerin I absolutely think we all agree he had a stinker. But from that to say he has to somehow “wake up” considering the season he has had is bizarre.
            I think Iwobi came off instead of Ramsey because he looked tired having played against Palace and not because he was any worse than Ramsey

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          • If he does leave I doubt it will be because Ramsey won’t pass to him. More likely we won’t meet his demands and someone else will.

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  13. Any chance we can have an ‘Arsenal’s annual decline’ video in 21 languages too?

    In all seriousness though, should have won that game. Was a well fought draw but we won’t be winning any leagues with these performances

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  14. The comeback is admirable and demonstrated aspects of resilience, but I can’t help but think this season is already pretty much over..

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    • Over because we are top of our champions league group? Over because we are in the FA cup? Over because we are 3 points behind Liverpool who are second in the premier league? Over because we are three games behind Chelsea with 18 games remaining?

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  15. I know we were pretty shit up to the last 20 minutes and I know we were quite lucky to get the draw in the end, but how the fuck does Michael Oliver give the penalty (correctly) in the first half but allow Bournemouth’s third goal to stand?

    I think Michael Oliver is a good referee btw, but I think he deserves criticism for that.

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  16. Go to sleep in the EPL and even the one team that wasn’t suppose to beat you will. The fight in the end was good, but why are we always putting ourself to the sword?

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  17. It was good to see the fight to get back to level terms but after we got there we totally stopped putting pressure on Bournemouth like we had won. As a team fighting for the title and you have momentum on your side you need to ride that wave until you are leading then can take them on the counter. And worse yet they were playing with 10 men.
    COYG!!

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    • Mustafi may still be unbeaten in an Arsenal shirt but he was shit tonight. Along with a good few others like Bellerin, Xhaka (cross for Giroud’s goal excluded), Ramsey and Cech!

      Should be happy with a comeback point but feel we should be beating teams like that in a professional manner.

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  18. I love him a lot, but we will not win the league again with Arsène Wenger in charge of the Arsenal football club

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    • I guess logically United should fire Mourinho first though right (as they’re doing worse than us and have spent a shitload more)?

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      • Mourinho is in his 1st season at manure (fuck, I am justifying him, it came to that??). New club, he can get a bit of time to settle. Arsene, as much as I respect him, has been here for 20 years, and even though the season was good until few weeks ago, usual problems from the past are again showing, and we don’t seem to grow past them.

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  19. It was good to see the fight to get back to level terms but after we got there we totally stopped putting pressure on Bournemouth like we had won. As a team fighting for the title and you have momentum on your side you need to ride that wave until you are leading then can take them on the counter. And worse yet they were playing with 10 men.
    COYG!!

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  20. I really want to understand why the shove by Xhaka is a foul but that on Bellerin that led to the goal isn’t

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  21. I don’t think Arsene would sign a contract extension if there’s no trophy. And if Eddie Howwe replaces him I will not complain

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    • No thanks. He’s a good prospect but I don’t think he’s ready for a job as high profile as Arsenal just yet.

      We fucked up in not getting other managers when they were available. Now we’re choosing out of Eddie Howe, Ralph Hasenhuttl (who we hadn’t heard of 5 minutes ago) and Max Allegri (and I’ve no idea how good he is).

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  22. People will talk about great character to pull it back but for me character is playing from the off.

    It’s easy to show character when there’s nothing to lose and I simply cannot forgive the opening 70 mins. It was woeful.

    Great, we didn’t lose but I can’t help but feel angry about what I saw tonight.

    It was the most Arsenal like display and we’ve seen it before, over and over again.

    Some great quality last 20 but as I said, too teams don’t start playing when the fane is basically up.

    The talk should be of how we allowed ourselves to be 3-0 down in the first place.

    And don’t get me wrong Bournemouth are no mugs but title winners don’t perform so poorly so consistently (Everton, City and 70 mins today).

    Loads of you will think I’m being really harsh but that’s the bottom line.

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  23. Just had a massive WTF moment after the game. Henry watches the 3rd Bournemouth goal 4 times and they never mention the clear foul on bellerin. Seriously?! Atrocious punditry. A really really clear foul. Having said that hector was dreadful tonight. On top of everything defensively his crossing was awful although I often think it isn’t very good. Mustafi played like a poor mans vermaelen. Not for the first time this season. Well done the front players though.

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  24. Well that was a right fuck up …
    I can’t wait for the old *mental strength* line to be trotted out by the boss. Sure we clawed a point back but we have still dropped two more, likely to be 11 points behind the leaders after the Spurs/Chelsea match and pretty much consigned to the fight for fourth place for yet another season.
    So yeah congratulate the team for snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat if you want. The reality is several of the team *stank* in that match. Can’t wait for whatever excuse is going to be trotted out this time.
    5 games ago we were joint top, now we are looking at 11 points behind the leaders. Who’s fault is it this time, after all we invested heavily in the summer !

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  25. Should never have been 3-0 in the first place. Bellerin was blatantly fouled just before they scored their third. Xhaka did the same foul earlier in the game and the ref gave a penalty for it.

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  26. Mustafi still not beaten but seriously we weren’t prepared for Bournemouth’s speedy quartet. Bellerin vs Fraser Re third goal was total switch off.

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  27. Also I think this was Bellerin’s worst game for us since his debut. Hopefully it’s just a one off for him but he really didn’t seem on the ball.

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    • He’s been below his high standards since he came back from injury, I think, but I agree this was his worst performance for us since Dortmund away, by a mile.

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  28. Fair play to Bournemouth they played with pizzazz, style and were more physical, an Arsenal on steroids style of play if you will.

    Michael Oliver is my favourite ref, takes no bs and gets most of his decisions right, can have no complaints with that card against Xhaka.

    Xhaka had a terrible disciplinary record at BMG especially for someone who wasnt a specialist defensive midfielder, he’s more calm here I reckon but still prone to dumbassery, so should work on that.

    Reckon Sanchez should’ve been rested this game and Perez on at the start instead of Iwobi with Ramsey in the middle, but in retrospect Sanchez helped us draw so cant complain.

    Perez needs to be starting games soon though.

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  29. Again, our defending is just a shamble. I blame Ramsey for the first two goals, The first you can see he see the run from Daniels, but doesn’ care, the second he has the ball, do a stupid one meter pass and they break from that.
    The main issue is in my view that we have no decent structure, too little defensive dicipline in midfield and play with too high risk.
    2 points lost…..

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    • Was it Ramsey he gave the ball away for the second? I haven’t seen the replay but I didn’t think it was him (but if it was, that just compounds my feeling that he had a terrible game, yet again).

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  30. Celebrating an equalizer from 3-0 down vs bournemouth with 6mins to go says a lot about our lack of winning mentality…good we didn’t lose but soooo unimpressed by the draw.

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  31. I worry about Sanchez not signing an extension when he realizes that some other players are not up to his pace. Today we saw very tired legs and our defense and midfield showed that. Smart move by Eddie to get his team to keep a high pace to take advantage of our tired legs. We were chasing shadows. But when Sanchez scored, our tired legs were gone. So why are we like this? Why were we not like that in the second half? What would we do without Sanchez? I was surprised that Giroud started I thought we were going to go with Iwobi Sanchez Perez front three. Xhaka foul was so dumb I don’t know what to say no idea what was going through his mind there.

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      • Agree, and I agree that, for all his late-game heroics, Giroud shouldn’t have started, as we’re so much faster and more mobile up top without him, and against this high tempo Bournemouth team we really needed to match them for pace. Giroud is great in late game situations when we’re down, so why not use him like that as the default, the exception being when we’re playing against teams (e.g. West Brom and Palace) at home who we know are going to park the bus.

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  32. Sanchez had the face of a man that just wants out of a nightmare. Dont expect him to extend his contract. To be fair he deserves to be celebrating Leagues and even CL trophies and definitely not draws or CL qualifications.

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    • If I am Sanchez, I will not sign a new contract. Imagine playing in a team with weak players like Ramsey…of course you wouldn’t win anything and at the same time very frustrating. Wenger has lost its thirst. That is the simple truth. He was even shown during the game when we were 3 zero down , seating as usual with a smily face. That explain why the players are always tired and lack “mental strength”.

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  33. Xhaka is a COMPLETE and utter MORON.
    #BoxOfROCKS.

    Please sit this Slow Ogre Simpleton Buffoon on the Bench. Please. Carling Cup for Xhaka

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    • All kinds of stupid, here:

      1. Cazorla is injured, Coquelin is injured and Elneny is away at the AFCON
      2. There’s no such thing as the Carling Cup (it hasn’t been called that for years)
      3. We’re not in the EFL Cup until next season

      You’re basically saying that Xhaka shouldn’t start a game until next season because he made a mistake to give a penalty away, forgetting that the defensive organisation amongst the rest of the team ALL GAME (even in the last 20 minutes) was non-existent.

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      • No, it’s not a mistake, it’s multiple mistakes over multiple games. Also, to call a BLATANT shove in the back, in the box, a “mistake” is shortsighted and, well, Stupid. Just as stupid as the foul itself.

        The guy needs a talking to. If he is going to be the enforcer that we, admittedly, need (although I think Coquelin is FAR better), please conduct your enforcing outside of the box.

        The last 4-5 games have seen glaring, costly mistakes from him. Not to mention how slow he plays. I think that he will get there eventually. But now he needs the carling cup, or the efl cup, or the Crenshaw cup, or the fa cup, or whatever. I think he’s a weak spot in the team.

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  34. I’m so bored with most of the comments now. An expected outpouring of misguided anger. Cheers to those who actually seem to enjoy football, no matter the result.

    Love my Gunners always.

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    • If you are not sad when you dont achieve then I’m afraid you’re never gonna. And that is the case not only in football but life itself. It’s called passion mate.

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      • Life itself? Yeah, think you’re mistaking passion for stupidity. Calm down. Plenty of us who enjoyed the comeback even if we are sad at the draw and first half performance. Some of the BS (anger at Girouds 21 second celebration) is the ‘outpouring of misguided anger’ as the OP statement.

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        • It’s not about the “21 seconds” that he wasted, but more about his thought process in that situation. Clearly a draw at Bournemouth is not good enough and with 5 minutes left to play he should be thinking about grabbing the ball and running back to try and score a winner, like the rest of the team seem to be doing. Instead, he starts to celebrate. Now that means one of two things:

          1. He thinks coming back from 3-0 down to draw in a must win game is a great result and he’s thinking that’s job done, which shows a weak mentality to be frank.

          2. He knows we desperately need another goal but hey, “I need to show the world the awesome celebration I came up with!”, which is just plain selfish.

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          • Gio, or 3. He just scored the equaliser after being 3-0 down and lost his head for 21 seconds as did a couple of other players who celebrated with him.

            I cannot believe after coming back to get a point after playing very average for 60mins, this is the main discussion point of this thread. I mean, I know people get passionate and worked up over results for many reasons – but this is beyond daft.

            Anything on his weak mentality or selfishness where came up with a goal and 2 assists? You’re psychological profiling prowess might come in handy.

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          • The reason it’s become a talking point is because it was so absurd. If it was a normal, passionate celebration that wouldn’t be half as bad I don’t think, as you can say the player was caught up in the moment. But because of the celebration he did, it does seem like he was more concerned about showing it off than running back to try and nick a winner. It was very strange.

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          • Gio, we will have to agree to disagree. I think what’s strange is if people can’t get lost in the moment after coming back to 3-3. Planned or not, I would not begrudge someone for doing something out of pure joy that had zero impact on the result. He was back for the kick-off after the goal without any delay…how he celebrated is a non-issue.

            The fact it’s become a talking point and people are focused on it – is baffling. What’s the point in watching a match if you can’t enjoy moments like that – just wait for the result and don’t bother watching. I must be losing my mind!

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          • Ha, I think it’s more about the context of the season than the result as a one off.

            On its own coming back from 3-0 down to draw at any club is something to celebrate, sure. However, the fact that we were 9 points off the top and not winning a winnable fixture today would have ended our title hopes, going 3-0 down and performing so terribly, and ultimately only getting a draw, despite the comeback, is hard to take. We still lost 2 points at the end of the day.

            The familiarity of it all doesn’t help either, we’ve seen us have these capitulations time and time again and it’s becoming tiresome.

            I agree though, let’s just agree to disagree!

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    • Is it anger or just passion and realism.

      If you are OK with that tonight, fine, totally your prerogative but I love my Arsenal and that for me isn’t good enough. No where near over 90 mins.

      So call it anger if you like, I prefer realism and haven’t personally read any over the top comments tonight.

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  35. Nothing surprises me with this lot.
    No doubt they’ll be selfie celebration pics up shortly…..
    i really wish the club would ban all player social media.
    Just do your jobs and shut the fuck up.

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    • I do agree. Mohammed elneny is very calm and almost like a slower version of Gilberto silva. He breaks attacks and his passing is accurate too. In my book an unsung hero of sorts!

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  36. There is still nothing to write home about, still the same problem that has bedevilled Arsenal for the past 11 or more years now. You can never see some of the major teams in playing so poorly like we did in first half. I could also not understand the change of one of our best player (Iwobi) and left Ramsey who was so poor in the first half and even contributed the first goal. I have never seen Bellarin so poor in a game. Credit though to the team for the effort to get a draw. In all honesty, this team is winning nothing this year. They don’t look like a trophy team.

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  37. Never been as pissed off during a game… Embarassing stuff for the first 65 minutes.

    Wenger got the tactics wrong again in an away match.

    Coq can’t play box-to-box CM. He can play midfield destroyer DM for us but that is it. He can’t pass the ball well enough and that gets exposed when he plays with Xhaka.

    Xhaka is up and down.

    Ramsey was bad but we still looked better with Xhaka/Ramsey than Xhaka/Coq. Also Ramsey can’t play no10.

    Iwobi can’t play RW, why didn’t he start at CAM as he was brilliant there in the last match.

    Giroud was really good again and saved us a point. That celebration was embarassing though should have run back as there was time fora winning goal.

    Mustafi nowhere near match fit.

    Bellerin had one of those days, looked tired.

    Lucas really good. Has to start in the coming fixtures.

    A point would have been an okay result before the match but after watching that display, that was so similar to Everton and City when the teams press us and we have no idea of how to deal with it, I’m losing faith in Wenger. This was Bournemouth.

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  38. Has Cech ever saved a penalty at Arsenal? Did he save any at Chelsea? His technique frankly is poor. He dives every time before the ball is kicked giving the penalty taker that microsecond to make a decision. Unacceptable in my opinion.

    Giroud celebrating that goal that elaborately is all sorts of wrong. Everyone else wanted to get the game restarted except Gabriel. That is not the mentality of a big player in a big team.

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    • Agree about Cech 100 percent – he should just react as the player takes the penalty. That way he might not save every time but he’ll have a much better chance instead of just diving aimlessly the wrong way

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    • My point exactly! Szcezny (spelling excuse me) would of saved at least 80% of penalties the opposition have scored past him.

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  39. We badly missed el Neny tonight I thought. Some crispness in the middle wouldn’t have gone astray in that first half.

    The difference between us and a title winning side is the quality of our second stringers in my view. Our best two or three are as good, if not better, than the best three from any other club. The problem is our next sung down. While Alexis and Kos and maybe Mesut could walk into any other team’s starting eleven, players like Xhaka, Monreal and Coq wouldn’t even make the match day squad of our rivals.

    Plus, Xhaka, Mustafi and Lucas really piss me off. Xhaka mostly, as I have no idea what Arsene sees in him. But more worryingly is that Wenger is still bringing in front runners like Lucas, who for me is too similar to Podolski: looks great cruising around when we’re winning and everything’s rosy, but lazy and a liability at every other time, and completely dispiriting.

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  40. My favourite goal was the one by Lucas. He should get more opportunities.

    Pleased that the players were disappointed with the two points dropped while still coming back from a 3 goal deficit.

    Ramsey is so poor at the moment, his famed engine is more like a 50cc than the turbo charged variety.

    Mustafi is still undefeated 🙂

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  41. So depressing to see the ‘same old Arsenal’ comments on here. I suppose it is simply, ‘same old Arsenal fans.’ Such misery in a teacup. Poor result in the title race, no doubt, but at least our three goals came after theirs did and showed some fight away from home. Bournemouth are a very good side on their day, and this was their day – not unlike it was against Liverpool. This was a tough match on little rest for us, we’ve got several key players out, and the team fought hard in the end. Another five minutes and we might have had the winner. Give up hope if it makes you feel better, but at least relish the point.

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    • But it is basically same old Arsenal. You can’t deny what is the truth.

      That was the most Arsenal like of performances and every team can trawl out the excuses but we were woeful for 70 mins.

      A club with the resources of Arsenal and squad depth shouldn’t need excuses nor find themselves 3-0 down before they start playing.

      OK for top 4 perhaps but miles off the required steel and quality to win the prem lge I fear.

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  42. Much to do about nothing all these complain! 2 points dropped today in the title race but the season is not over! Let’s hope the team can take the positives and kick on! COYG!!

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  43. Mixed feelings today to be quite honest:

    In one hand, we salvaged a game that seemed lost, and that’s great and all. But in the other hand, If we are a team that want to fight for silverware, we shouldn’t be losing 3-0 against a team in the bottom half of the table. We aren’t title contenders, haven’t been in a looong time, and i’m afraid we won’t be in the short term future. I really don’t wanna start with the Arsene out stuff….but We do need changes, even with him in charge (doubtful he will change) or with someone new.

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  44. Take it easy lads! You seriously think Chel$kies will gain another 49 points in the 2nd half of the season??
    The quest for the title only begins and at this moment it only depends on us. As many said, hope this comeback do plenty of goodness on our mentality!! Giroud, is it possible to love you more?

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    • The odds of all five contenders dropping points are slim, if any! Arsenal players should have been doing their homework and don’t expect to do it for it.

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  45. Pointless point.

    I know but honestly what’s the point?:D

    All the good work and scorpion kick plus Liverpool shedding points for us and we go and botch it up.

    What on earth were we trying to do first half if trying is even a word we should be using?

    Not sure what all the fuss about Giroud celebrating the equaliser is about. Let him celebrate. That’s two assist and the equaliser with little time left.

    In the end, we should have been more effective first half. Too little to late but at least we salvaged something.

    Now we our best bet is a draw between Spurs and Chelsea. If should CHelsea beat Spuds, they are extended in their lead and its almost impossible now. If should Spuds beat them, they leap frog us which is shite.

    Here we go again.

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    • It’s even better Chelsea wins and accumulates points than spurs. Spurs can’t win the title but are a top four contender, just like Manchester , Liverpool and city. I don’t see arsenal with the tactless old man of a manager capitalising on other team’s slips ups.

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  46. I love the fact that so many of you are complaining. Sunderland drew to Liverpool and how did there fans response? Support the team and all you cunts are doing is questioning Giroud’s celebration.. fickle fucking fans that’s a big point support the team and not be cunts

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    • C´mon mate that celebration was ridiculous. I would also say that despite our comeback this performance (most of it) should rightfully be a matter of complaint.

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      • Well I do not believe the fact that he did celebrate for us coming back from 3 goals down is anything but a miracle! and i am glad because ill give him so much confidence!
        its not his fault that the defence with kosc and mustafi going AWOL.
        I personally feel its as worthy as a win because it shows so much steel.
        Unless we get behind the team nothing will happen….

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    • Totally agree. Happens after a ‘bad’ result – with for a lot of kids jumping on here within 5 minutes after the game. Anything but a 6-0 win against all teams, home or away, is apparently not good enough.

      Wenger is to blame in a way, his early success as well as taking Arsenal to another level has increased expectations – not winning the title in a while has made some fans lose the plot….nothing short of a shiny cup makes supporting Arsenal worthwhile. How people can’t appreciate a comeback from 3-0 down in the last 20 minutes, away from home to a very decent team, is unreal.

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      • I do agree mate. Even it means winning the least priorities of all the trophies, the league cup, builds a winning mentality for more trophies.

        Let’s not forget he inherited the bulk of the squad that won trophies and flattered to be destined for greatness between 1998 and 2004 from Graham – adams, Dixon, winterburn, ray parlour, bergkam, seaman, Ashely cole…. He has failed to build a solid defensive unit since that era.
        Wenger is an idealist stuck in the old era; his rivals are pragmatists.

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        • Sorry, have to totally disagree with your second point. If you think Wenger can’t do the job now, that’s fine. But to take away credit from the trophies he won by saying it was due to him inheriting the Graham squad is beyond harsh. I mean, Graham would have stayed on if we were so wonderful, no?

          Also, we had Campbell, Toure, Cole and Lauren as the back four in 2004, with Lehmann in goal. Also, look at our defensive record since then – where we finished in the goals-against column.

          Also, I enjoy the football we play – the idealist approach. Sure, hasn’t won us many ‘big’ trophies in a while, but I for one am fine with it. I don’t have an issue with those who disagree – just those who go utterly insane when a result isn’t what they were expecting.

          I do wonder sometimes, all these comments about how shit out manager is, how shit Ramsey is, how shit our defence is, how shit basically everyone but Sanchez is – aren’t all the doom and gloom fans not happy we are still in the Premier league? I mean, we are utterly shit. 🙂

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  47. What a spineless performance for the first 2/3’s of the match. I get that everyone was tired and Bournemouth had an extra day’s rest, but that doesn’t mean you can go out there as if you don’t give a shit. Yes it was a valiant comeback, but much of that had to do with Bournemouth dropping off so much and letting us have the ball hoping to defend at the 18. Other than bringing in Lucas and going with two forwards late (which was a no brainer) Wenger made no adjustments in the first half or at halftime to counter the energy and pressing of Bournemouth. There is no excuse for professionals that get paid as much as the players do to come out with a lack of intensity and urgency like they did today. Some of the mental mistakes (like both Ramsey and Bellerin pushing in way too far leaving Daniels wide open by 25 yards for the first goal and Mustafi’s dumb pass in the middle to Coquelin after the corner kick when there were two defenders and Coquelin just five yards away which led to the breakaway and the foul for the PK) were inexcusable.

    So many teams have shown the blueprint for how to play us. Press high with intensity and we have no idea how to play against it. All of our really poor performances seem to come against that style of team.

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  48. Why did M. Oliver blow the whistle with six sec left of the six min??

    Plus we scored in stoppage time.

    Should also have given Bellerin a free kick before the goal and skipped the red card.

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    • Yes, I’m glad someone else noticed this, as it absolutely drives me crazy. Refs do this all the time! It probably wouldn’t have changed the result, but there really is no excuse for such a lack of professionalism. As the commentators always remind us, the number held up by the 4th official is supposed to be the MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME that the ref is going to allow. It’s a minimum because (a) the amount on the ref’s watch might be, say, 6:23, and he’s supposed to round down when he gives the number to the fourth official, and (b) more time could be wasted in injury time (as happened today with the goal).
      So the point is, even if we hadn’t scored the goal in injury time, THERE IS LITERALLY NO WAY WITHIN THE LAWS OF THE GAME THAT MICHAEL OLIVER SHOULD BE BLOWING BEFORE SIX MINUTES IF THE FOURTH OFFICIAL’S BOARD SAID SIX MINUTES. To fail at such a simple task should be grounds for discipline by the referee governing body, but THEY ALL DO IT ALL THE TIME. It makes no sense.

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  49. Good comeback but title-ending result. League is gone and I don’t give a f*ck about top 4 battle or FA Cup. CL is the only thing I’m looking forward to and we all know how hard that competition is.

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  50. Time was when i would be jumping around the living room at coming back from 3 nil down to draw 3 3 but these days its just all a bit predictable sadly.The overwhelming frustration is from not understanding why Wenger’s teams of the last ten or so years find it so difficult to cope with pressure and find it a lot easier to play when theres nothing left to lose.

    I usually try to find something optimistic and certainly fighting back like that was admirable but how and why does a team with title pretentions so regularly fail to show enough bite and aggression from kick off? Seen it all before unfortunately and still we have no answers

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  51. If Chelsea win tomorrow than the gap is probably too great barring a Chelsea implosion.
    Tough tomorrow. Do we cheer on the Spuds so that we can actually gain some ground on Chelsea and keep lead at single digits? I’m pretty sure Spurs can leap frog us and put us out of top 4 if they win.
    Or is the title beyond on us and a Chelsea win would be better.
    Tough one. Maybe a draw tomorrow is best for Gooners?

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  52. It’s a direct result of Wenger allowing the players to find their own way. Instead of preparing them, drilling them for each game and simply “telling them what to do” a bit more.

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  53. shocking refereeing not to give a foul on Bellerin for their third. whats weirder is how commentators and pundits all fell into the ‘he has to be stronger there’ bullshit. it was a clear push in the back. you are not allowed to do that. free kick, simple.
    Not the biggest issue tonight but one that really bugged me.

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  54. Well, as ugly as the Gunners were in the 1st half, we got to experience something akin to watching Lazarus emerge from his tomb.

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  55. It was not easy to watch, the first half performance was like going to the cinema to see a disaster movie – you know it is coming soon, and it doesn’t disappoint t when it does, another epic.
    Aaron Ramsey has taken a lot of stick, and so he should, he has been lacking any form of discipline for several years now, regularly further advanced than Giroud, left looking back at gaping spaces in our midfield where he should be. The defenders must feel like they are at the Alamo sometimes. On the rare days when both he and Ozil are on the pitch together we are a nine man unit at times as neither understand the nuances of defensive strategy and far to often watch developments from afar.

    We have to get a midfield system that works and interfaces correctly with attack AND defence or results like this will keep on happening, as more and more coaches recognise the ways times Almaty our various flawed midfield combination. I could go on for ever and a day talking about this, but will instead focus on a great comeback, a superb performance from Giroud, a corker from Lucas and try to forget the nightmares suffered by Hector and Mustafi, we all have bad days at the office.

    What news of Ozil by the way, a ybody else think we have sold him. ? It is January after all !!

    Happy New Year all.

    SwindonArse

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  56. 4 takeaways for me

    1. Xhaka has to be given time to grow. Has tons of potential with his distribution ability and passing range, but needs a bit more maturity. I love his fight and his passion at times but loses his head pretty often. Certainly, do not think he is a buffoon like some crazies in this feed. He reads the game well, I’m happy he tracked that run just should’ve kept his cool in that situation. If we want him to develop we’ll need to give him time to iron that out.

    2. Lucas needs game time in a wide position. He has a chippy and fiery demeanor that we badly need on the pitch. He brings a bit of that intelligent La Liga movement, finds himself in good positions and has some real savvy to his game.

    3. We can not get enamored with Giroud through the middle no matter how much he produces. He’s been playing well but we need to go back to Alexis at CF very soon. His body language has been alarming these last few games and a run of games leading the line will hopefully bring back a happy Alexis.

    4. We miss Mesut. He might have been receiving some flack in the few games before he went out with illness, but you could see today that we just missed that pressure release valve in the middle. We were constantly being overrun and IMO we badly missed Mesut’s ability to just glide past a defender and buy a few seconds and retain possession. Alexis was so isolated and Ozil is the best at bringing him into the game.

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  57. For everyone praising Eddie Howe and pitching him as a possible AW replacement, please note that his side got pegged back level from a
    3-0 lead at 70 minutes. Imagine if he were managing Arsenal and the same thing occurred, how would the baying hounds be reacting then?

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