Report: Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal


If you want to read a proper match report, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Arsenal produced a total clusterfuck of a performance and deserved to get battered by a rampant Liverpool side that scored four goals inside 18 minutes and could have added more.

Martin Skrtel converted twice from set pieces inside the first ten minutes before Raheem Stirling and Daniel Sturridge added further quick-fire goals to kill the game off.

We didn’t string together more than three consecutive passes in an opening 45 minutes that was reminiscent of the abject performance against Southampton. This time the scoreline actually reflected the home side’s dominance.

Somehow we managed not to concede during the break, although that brief period of solidity was quickly ended by Stirling who added a fifth on 51 minutes.

Arteta reduced the deficit from the spot after Gerrard felled Chamberlain but it was a low key last quarter of the game as Liverpool wound down and we accepted the inevitable defeat. Amazingly Suarez didn’t score.

We can only hope this doesn’t do lasting damage. There’s certainly no time to dwell on the result as DEATHRUN 1 continues with United’s visit on Wednesday.

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Well we stopped Suarez.


Wenger knows best as usual.. Puhahahahahahahahahahaha!

The Quest

Wenger was on the bench, FYI.


Stan Enos Kronke was at Anfiled.

Gooner in a blazer

It was an abject performance. Still top of the table for the next few minutes. Stop with this “wenger out” garbage. Özil should be rested vs utd

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother

Would have preferred Rosicky over Ozil today. We missed his energy and combativeness from the start…


Well, you know, the team needed a mid-season kick up the arse. A shiny new transfer-y type addition would’ve been nice, but a humiliation like this could do as well.


@Previgo – “Wenger knows best as usual.”

So were still top 3 in the league, have produced a great season thus far regardless of today’s breakdown, and all you can do is take a pot shot at the coach? Id love to see you out there coaching. Im still behind our boys! Cmon you gunners!

Life must be pretty shite for you huh Previgo. Get a life.

Captain's Armband

Owen blew his load when Suarez didn’t score that free kick. Was blowing so intensely that he’d completely forgotten that Szcz saved it.


Koscielny with another top striker in his back pocket once again. Too bad there were 10 other Liverpool players out there. =/

Remember the invincibles

The Germans and the Spanish were excellent out there, displayed real quality

Captain's Armband

@Remember the invincibles – top sarky behaviour. I don’t think everyone got it, mind.

Either that or they just didn’t find it funny, which is understandable given the circumstances.


Now it’s nolonger SAS. Apparently Sky sports undersyands that it’s now S3 (Skirtel Sterling Sterling)


If that’s for real I now hate football. S3… what cunt talk

Runcorn Gooner

At the end of the day it’s 3 points lost against a team that played very well.The real problem may start if we
Don’t get a result against Manure on Wednesday.
Too many “Supporters” overreacting both when we win and lose.Its a 38 game season a lot can happen and
probably will.Believe.


I do believe

I believe our annual February implosion will continue unabated.

But hey, it’s supporting Arsenal that counts.

A Yank

It’s baffling, right?

I feel like this has happened every season in February going back to like 5 or 6 years ago when we were top of the league by 4 points. We lost an FA Cup match to United pretty handily and promptly shit the bed in the league. I can’t even remember if that was the season we got hosed on that bullshit penalty against Liverpool in the CL or if we went out to Barca, but it seems like since that FA Cup loss February has fucking ruined us every season.

There has to be a reason. Is it squad depth catching up to us? Extended hangover from holiday fixture congestion? Deflated psyche because Wenger again didn’t make any signings of note (the last big January move I can recall was for Arshavin)? Some of it is our own doing. Think we’ve finished second in our CL group 3 years running so we’ve done ourselves no favors for the draw of the first round knockouts. But something has to change (and no, I’m not saying ‘Wenger out’).

Not to be overly pessimistic, but looking at what we’ve got coming up in the next two-plus weeks, unless this was just a freak occurrence, we’re going to run ourselves out of silverware again before March even gets here.


Disgrace. We dont deserve to win the title. We cant win games when it matters.

Our most reliable backline failed.

Im done with Arteta. He is a player in decline(32 years old..). Seems slower than BFG and should not be our DM. We need a STRONG,and FAST DM

Im done with Giroud. It was just sad to see Liverpools strikers play compared to Giroud. Hold up play my ass, defending corners my ass. He is NOT the arsenal striker that will take us to a title!

Özil should wake up and STEP up! This is NOT Real Madrid. We dont have a Ronaldo/Benzema. We have Giroud. STEP UP FOR F**CK SAKE.


twenty thub downs??.. but the man is right on the money.. support Arsenal but don’t be freaking blind.. FACT: Arteta’s best games are against those teams we are expected to do well against.. master of the side and back pass.. Giroud wtf can i say.. only wilshire looked like he was playing yesterday.. WTF!!!!!!!!!


still shocking*

like usual eh :/



Stuff of relegation NOT Champions

Ozil massive let down today and am being objective here. That performance was abject.

Some strong words need to be said in that changeroom regardless of player status or importance. Some players need to do a personal evaluation of their attitude. What we saw there isnt the Arsenal we know.

Doctor Satan

Relega-what? We were beaten by a good Liverpool side but let’s not go overboard here.


Read again the above statement. That performance leads to relagation not winning the Championship. And if losing 5 1 doesnt take you overboard I don’t know what will


Beaten? Well that’s an understatement.


We’ll said, no need to get carried away.
Shit like this happens now and then


Giroud and Sagna have to go


It has nothing to do is tight Giroud, he can’t score without service


He has 0 ball control. Once he’s pressured, he turns to mush.

Captain's Armband

Gargs, the reason OG was so pressured is that he was double marked plus nobody in midfield got close enough to support him.

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica


Giroud’s performance today was shite, no one will argue that. But to say he has 0 ball control is ludicrous. Already forgotten Chamberlain’s second goal last week? And countless other examples. Problem with Giroud is that he is one-dimensional.

Today’s performance of the lads was complete shite. I should know, the last few weeks I’ve been shitting elephants due to too much coffee and cigarettes.


@Big Chief from Antarctica

Zero ball control is a little extreme, but yes, I stand by the fact the Giroud is not really a good technical player. Layoffs aside (which to be honest, they come off, as much as they don’t), you can’t argue when I say that he is not the player to dribble past one player, let alone 2-3. His traits are obvious, he’s a strong-ish player who is good with his head. He can’t shoot, well he can, but there is no comparison between him and the other decent strikers out there. So yeah, he is a tall player who helps defensively. Other strikers offer so much more than he does, but it’s easy to be sentimental about it. I don’t blame him, in fact I like him and his work ethic, but we need someone better (or different, depends on your point of view). No doubt about it.


Apparently he can’t score even with service.. really blind fans.. giroud is ave!! its true and needs to be accepted.. so is arteta btw


I have to agree, Giroud is not at all the striker that arsenal deserves, he is more of a backup player. Wenger needs to realise that we need a player who produces more goals in order to win the league..


No, just no. Giroud doesn’t need to produce enough goals. Arsenal does.

We can discuss how Giroud fits into the team, if his overall contribution is good enough and stuff like that.. and they are questions certainly open for discussion. I, among others, believe he does hold up the ball well enough, contribute to play enough, dominate set pieces and has an overall workrate for him to be considered good enough.. but it’s up for discussion.

Just looking at the number of goals he scores though.. it’s just, well, stupid. The players on the pitch all fill a multitude of roles during the match, so this defenders defend, midfielders run around and attackers score thing? Well, that’s how to *not
* be a top team.


Its not just giroud, we are to predictable and we are not direct enough. We have been playing badly lately and today we were found out and it kills me to say that. Ozil needs to wake up, he has been out of form for a few weeks now and giroud im sad to say is good but not good enough. We needed another striker in January and wenger bought a 31 year old injured has been. We need to be more direct and clinical in our attacks not just passing sideways because this always gives the opposition time to regroup and against tougher teams we will be beaten,as proof of today.Its one game and we can get back on track, we need ramsey back and flamini, the season is still wide open and we can still win the title but we need to regroup and then be more ruthless against all our opposition. Come on Arsenal we are much better and bigger than we were today.

Remember the invincibles

Thought Girouds attitude today was absolutely shocking. It’s easy to raise your hand after making a mistake. But why not take a que from Wishere’s book and try harder? Ozil was simply awful again. I don’t care how much money we paid for him. I would start rosicky over him any day of the week. Shocking performance. Absolutely disgusted with everyone bar Wilshere. Not because we got beat, but because our attitude was terrible.


Really, Wilshere? Are you serious? Stop babying the guy he was not good today and let his emotions get to him as per usual and got booked, thereby limiting him for the rest of the game.

To be fair no one deserved praise today.

Remember the invincibles

Wilshere was good today. Hell fuck yeah. If I’m losing 4-0 because Mesut Ozil can’t make a simple pass then I’m going to play with emotion and be better for it. He was the only one with some desire, I would say chamberlain was decent too.


Arteta and Monreal although I feel like Monreal is a decent player he’s got nothing on Gibbs. Arteta needs to be replaced. The rest of the team I can be happy with as we’re still higher than I thought we’d be over the summer.

Remember the invincibles

Could’ve signed Matic. But we went for injured Kallstrom


monreal a decent player !!! he`s got to be one of the worst full backs in the league

Chairman Meow

shut up lollo, just shut up.


Giroud is a good player but honestly if you compare our strikers to the other competing teams: Chelski, Man Shitteh and Liverpool you will notice that Suarez, Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic, Sturridge, Ba, Eto’o are all better strikers and would all produce more goals than Giroud in an arsenal shirt! And surely Podolski would be a better option than Giroud in the striking position, the chances Podolski gets – he scores. But don’t missunderstand me, Giroud is not that bad at all but he is not a striker that will win you the title. And we need someone that are a bit better in order to compete.

Truth is the key to our success this year have been the midfield and a strong solid defense. However I think we desperatly need a new striker I hate to say this but I miss the time when we had a striker which had the capacity to turn matches around. I expect arsenal to sign another striker for the next season.. We should go for Mandzukic or Benzema in the summer!

Don Cazorleone

he did alright helping us to make it to the top of the league


giroud did not take us top of the league.. the whole team did.. if individual names have to be mentioned it has to be ramsey, the defence and GK.. no one else.. yea giroud headed a couple in.. got at the end of a couple of chances from abt a million.. but thats it.. some of the goals he scored anyone would score.. some the chances he missed anyone would score.. has ok hold up skills (he is not Drogba for instance).. lends a hand in defence (he is no Terry either) and has no freaking composure and hardly gets one or two shots off in each game.. there has to be something wrong if the striker hardly ever shoots!!


Disastrous embarrassing effort, yes! And yes, we probably wouldn’t win the PL this year. – But at least in Arsenal we’re with the team in both ups AND downs. COYG! <3


That’s the way shanth
we are “bloody yet unbowed”
Learn the lessons and bounce back Wednesday against Manure


No top flight team should concede 4 in 19 minutes. This is embarrasing, after the 3 subs were made that xi should start wednesday


Can’t play Poldi down the middle left wing his best position. Just have to believe in Giroud and Bendtner we have no one else.


May be i got it wrong but I don’t really agree that Ozil was pathetic. Yes, he wasn’t good but to me it looked that he and Wilshere were the only two players trying to bring a little pace to our game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t because we don’t have any of it now, and both at the front and the back side of the pitch, we were outpaced by their players. The game was pretty open and fast and many times none of our players were there up front, apart from Giroud who was bad as well, to provide any support. We got whatever hold we could on the game only when we calmed the tempo a bit – fruitless. Our entire campaign has been built upon defensive solidarity this season. We have not been the high scoring, fast flowing Arsenal since after Ramsey got injured, so, right after the 3rd goal, I had this feeling that this game had become out of our reach.


This was on the cards for a long time.
Remember how some of us critisized the performances despite the fact that we won by one goal or two and you said “the only thing that matters is three points, who cares” or “why are you so negative, shut up, we won”? This is the culmination of those shit performances where we got a win because the opposition was shit.
I guess you care now.

Doctor Satan

In most matches when we got to 2-0 we didn’t go on an onslaught like Manchester City because we have a smaller squad. I still feel we should have gotten a quick striker in the window, but that is in the past now. Onwards and upwards!

with the left and the right
with the left and the right

Completely agree. time and time again this season we’ve put in lethargic performances but got lucky because the teams we played were not that good. Think both performances against Southampton, Cardiff at home, Palace at home, etc. We finally faced a squad that had the pace and ability to punish us for not turning up and we got our asses handed to us. Fully deserved defeat.


I can get behind this comment 100%. I’ve been thinking the same thing for some time now. And people like to fool themselves that we play good attacking football. Well that’s not true either, at least not for the way we’ve played for the last 3 years. You can always point at a few games, but those are an exception. We’ve been pretty average throughout the season. I don’t mind that. We aren’t that good, so what?! Well, here’s the thing, the fact that someone is trying to fool me that we are, is pissing me off.


100% true and completely correct.. Wake up and smell the coffee!!!


The 3 points in those games still mattered.


Your reading comprehension is as abject as today’s performance.


Not as bad as your manners.


i agree totally, weve been poor for a while, since ramsey. the team lacks players the llack of movement was brutal. ozil was horrendous cost us two goals, world class my ass. i think hes only interested in his passing stat. need a change


players with drive


on the “note” of drive.
Did we miss a trick in not bagging someone like say Shane Long?

I’m just putting it out there as a query for January buy..


It is my fault, I was way to confident.


I blame my cat, Arsenal would have won if she didn’t watch.


lol Bucks, brilliant.

Santi Claws

I feel sick


It was like a clown running across a minefield. I think the problem is with our passive and languid playing style as of late – moving it around slowly and comfortably, taking few/no shots and trying to score perfect goals. Contrast that style to how Liv played, if we played with that tempo and speed, and take shots more often, especially in the first 45 mins, we would score a lot more and take teams apart easier. Rosicky is one who often does that for us so I think he should have started. And Poldi too. Oh – and what are the chances of that gloating c**t Alan Hansen being on MOTD tonight?

Anyway – onwards and upwards, it’s not a one game season. COYG! And I’m optimistic that a positive from today will be that Michael Owen has probably picked up multiple injurys and will be in hospital for a while due to what sounded like wanking and repeat cumming himself silly whilst doing the commentary. The c**t.

Doctor Satan

You mean, The Cunt?

Arsene nose

Very Sad, But The League didn’t start today and it sure as hell doesn’t end today.. 1 game shouldn’t undermine what this team has done through the season.. Support and Believe!!! COYG..

H. P. Arsecraft

You can’t play with:

42 millions of baggade when you have a Mozart
one out of form fullback when you have Gibbs
the same formation and tactics regardless off opposition when you can make changes to counter players as Suarez and Sturrige
one lone striker in evey game
Wilshere and Arteta as CM (we need a proper defensive midfielder FFS!!!)
a high defence against quick players like Suarez, Sturrige and Sterling
players that are asleep in the first half (why is it that we look like we just got out of bed, with some exceptions, the first 45 every fucking game?)
Two CB the entire season
without speed

This is Wenegers loss. The team was ill prepared, had the wrong mentality, the wrong formation, the wrong players on the pitch and he gets outsmarted by Brendan fucking Rogers!

We were lucky Pool didn’t get double figures.

H. P. Arsecraft


Santi Claws

No, Wenger didn’t lose this, the players did.

H. P. Arsecraft

Oh sorry it’s never Wengers fault. Forgot about that.

Santi Claws

Well, I mean, it’s not. HE doesn’t play. Even if we’d bought a back-up striker or an un-injured central midfielder the same players would’ve started the game, they just shat the bed. If we go on a downwards slope that is accentuated by player injuries in key positions and miss out on the title as a direct result of not strengthening in the January window, now THAT would be Wenger’s fault. But it’s the players that lose the matches.


Who picked today’s players?

Remember the invincibles

The same guy who had us top of the league till yesterday. Tone down the Wenger nonsense. We all know what his strengths are and one of those strengths is to believe in the players. They let him down today by not fighting. Now you can say that Wenger picked the players etc etc etc but seriously, until today we were top of the league, so it’s not that the players themselves aren’t any good. They just had a really poor attitude today. We can blame the manager for that, but if the players aren’t up for a big game at a stadium like Anfield then Wenger really has his work cut out for doesn’t he?


Not Wenger nonsense mate. I’ve never called for his head or called him names my respect for him is immense but we are all human and make mistakes today I felt he made a few errors. TR7 should play in all the big games he dictates the pace and has amazing energy. Monreal is a back up man for Gibbs and that is how it should stay. The Ox and Jack will be massive stars for Arsenal in the future but both together in a big game like today(I love the heart they showed today) but not right now. TR7 is underused and why wait till 5-0 before using any subs.

On a separate note I would love him to sign a new contract!!!!

Davy Jones

Well Unlike Rodgers whom actively spent the entire game motivating his players and tweaking his tactics from the sidelines, Wenger sat with his head in his hands staring in to nothingness while the goals were pouring in behind sczcesny, and he could not be bothered to get off his ass and try to get the players heads back in the game or tweak the team tactics. So this loss was definetely not all down to the players performance, for Wengers performance was equally abysmal today.

with the left and the right
with the left and the right

Wenger can’t legislate against effort. This was a lethargic performance, like many we’ve had this season. I just despise assholes like you who believe you have a greater understanding of what managers should do with their squads than the managers themselves. FFFS THIS ISN”T A FUCKING FOOTBALL MANAGER SIMULATION YOU TWAT, IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN A MAN WHOSE BEEN MANAGING FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS, HAND IN YOUR FUCKING APPLICATION. THIS LOSS IS HARD ENOUGH TO TAKE WITHOUT HAVING TO LISTEN TO SOME CUNT STROKE HIS COCK IN DELIGHT AT WENGERS FAILINGS.

H. P. Arsecraft

He prepares the team and I do blame the players but this is, in my opinion his loss, and reagrdless of opinion I wouldnt call you a twat or anything like that but halwit comes to mind.

with the left and the right
with the left and the right

Ok lets do things your way. Everyone’s been raving all week about how Mourinho got his tactics right against City. Well did he do anything special or different than what he usuall does? No. He played the same way with two holding players in front of the back four, one advanced, two wingers, and a lone striker. Its how he always plays. The only difference is HIS players, all eleven of them, turned up and worker hard to execute those tactics. Managers don’t usually change or deviate their tactics all that much its up to the players to execute. When they play well we all praise the manager but when they don’t its the managers fault, its one of the oldest cliches in football. The only thing that he did wrong was not playing Flamini but then again he couldn’t. Thats why youre a twat.


You’re clearly the “halwit”. Sorry but with the bollocks you’re talking you shouldn’t be sharing your opinions on football.

Don Cazorleone

it’s neither one nor the other, it’s a collective. Questions have to be asked as to why an entire starting 11 can play with such little energy. it isn’t just coincidence.

p.s what is the matter with Ozil at the moment!? his attitude is way off.


what a piss poor post that is !

Remember the invincibles

We play them again at home. Let’s see if we can be better than this. We had better be fired up. Otherwise Wenger really is a lost case

Clock End Mike

AW aid afterwards: “It wasn’t good enough. I include myself in that performance which raises questions about us. It’s how we respond that matters.”

Says it all. No one comes out of this showing today with credit. But that doesn’t mean we want to sack everyone. As the manager points out, it’s how we respond that matters now. Not how much mud we throw.

Clock End Mike


Doctor Satan

Suarez didn’t even score and yet…

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

Should’ve stayed in the bus with that performance. Ox was the only one that showed any kind of spark. Time to learn and forget about this.

Per's Nimble Footwork
Per's Nimble Footwork

I chewed the entire hand off. Abject.

Hoping for a resurrection mid-week.

I’ll be damned!

dink arnold

Well, if the game plan was to keep Suarez from scoring, we managed at least that.

As @arseblog said, if we manage win against Manure, that’s better than 2 draws. I’m looking at positives here.


First instinct at 3-0 was to turn my tv off. but i heard the supporters sing their hearts out and i had to virtually watch this agonizing 90+ minutes of football. Fair play to the Away supporters the only thing that has justified my waking up at 7.00 am to watch this


Well, not an ideal start but nevertheless, the next 3 games are massive and at home. The crowd at the Emirates will have a massive part to play. Hopefully, they don’t act like short sighted retards that this forum is about to get infested with.


Final whistle. Best moment of the match.
That performance was not the stuff of champions but how we respond could be.

I mean seriously COME FUCKING ON MEN!

Captain's Armband

Come fucking on men?? Are you Michael Owen or sutin?


Will be a long February, this.


Not for another two years


Ozil needs a wake up call. Poor poor poor. Ends our hopes I think, guess we’ll find out within the next 3 weeks.


They could score 12 against us, it’d just be 3 points. How we react to this is important. We have no chance to dwell on this, we need to come out and win against Man Utd, and then hopefully get some revenge against Pool in the cup.


But in terms of the damage a 12-0 spanking would do, it would cost a lot more than 3 points due to the effect on confidence. Same with today – hopefully they can use this game as motivation to do better rather than let it affect their game negatively.


Oh and our away support is fucking class.


Yes. I feel especially for our own captain sparrow among the away regulars. They deserved better

Captain's Armband

Did you see Bully in the crowd standing up and yelling from the stands after the third went in? I thought he was going to jump the fence and offer to put a pair of boots on!! Fucking livid, so he was!


Sad very sad. A setback . Time to register another long run of wins after this match. But seriously what happened today?


Cant wait too see what the Ozil’s defense force will say after this.


Liverpool scored 5 goals and somehow that’s all on his shoulders? Ozil and Giroud are our two most offensive players on the pitch, they’re probably the two with the least blame here. Not that they’re without blame, but they’re far from the worst offenders.

Remember the invincibles

3 of their goals was Ozils fault. 3. No less. And one chance that really should have been a goal.


Complete nonsense. Losing the ball on their half is fairly common, happens loads of times in every match, and if it leads to a goal it’s because we’ve failed at pressing, defending and and regaining the ball.

That doesn’t absolve him from guilt, but it does mean that everyone who were supposed to defend failed as well. We’ve done well at defending as a team this season. Yesterday we sucked at it, simple as that.

Cyril Washbrook

He is a very good player who had a very poor game.

Did I satisfy your excited feelings of anticipation?

Özil's Eyes on Arsene's Hot Thighs
Özil's Eyes on Arsene's Hot Thighs

Not so fast, mate. He’s a fucking prima donna! It’s not just about his mistakes. He mucks things up, sometimes I wonder if he almost expects team mates to run after the ball when he’s just lost it. I read some nonsense about fans saying what BFG did to him at City was unnecessary. Did you even see his countenance at being substituted after his mistakes directly resulted to 2 goals today? It’s total disrespect to veterans like Rosicky who continues to give his absolute all whenever he’s been called upon even though he’s done nothing to deserve sitting on the bench with each passing game. I think that halo around him is coming off now.

Arteta's hair






ozil is not world class,

Cyril Washbrook

Sigh. Özil is unquestionably world-class. Whereas his performance today was anything but world-class.

Is it really so difficult to make the distinction?


he`s been shit for ages

H. P. Arsecraft

Özil is World class but his performances doesn’t merit him starting ahead of Rocisky at the moment.

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

A fox wearing shoes? Didn’t think I would have a laugh that good. Thanks Blogs.


Versus a Badger….stuff of legend


That’s what makes this Blog the absolute best you’re as mad as a box of frogs Blogs but you made me laugh even though we were getting trashed by the bin dippers. Speaking of which tonight it’s time to get outside lots of alcohol and forget this crap and move on

American Gooner

I’m glad I woke up at 6:45 am local time to just watch us get shit on. Everything about this game was just pure shit. Wednesday is a must win!


I know, im a Dubliner living in the states and the nightmare I had before I woke up to watch that rubbish was sweet compared to that Arsenal performance. I don’t think our style of play suits Ozil and that’s why hes not playing aswell, the same with Arshavin, great players but they don’t fit our style of play, we are too slow in our attacks and are not more swift and direct and they are having to adjust to a slow passing game and I don’t think they are used to it, that’s why Arshavin was class when he arrived then got used to playing wengers way and he suffered because of it and now its happening to Ozil.


we were all over the place.worst performance of the season. have to win against manutd.


“Somehow we managed not to concede during the break” Thanks Blogs. That bit cheered me up as I was just about to go out and find a cliff to jump off. Very witty.

Captain's Armband

I conceded to a big green carrot shaped stogie during the break.

It worked for the first five minutes of the second half.


When are we going to learn that Ferguson used his most experienced players in top matches for a reason? He’d drag Scholes, Giggs and what not out of retirement for those matches, and it worked every time. We, on the other hand, place Rosicky and Poldi on the bench, despite the fact that they’re far more experienced and better defensively than Wilshere and Ox.

I’m not saying that alone would’ve made a difference today, but it certainly wouldn’t have made it worse.


Ox was our best player by a long mile today

Captain's Armband

I thought our best were Szcz, without whom it could have been eight, and then the next best, even though they only got half an hour, were Rosicky and Gibbs.


He did well offensively, but not defensively, which is probably the biggest issue when you ship four goals in a single half.


Agreed that we definitely should have played Rosicky today! He is one of our only big game players!

More than any specific player. Our team shape in the first half was all over the shop. Sagna Monreal Arteta Wilshere constantly caught upfield. Absolutely abysmal defensive display.

Why do we reserve our most abysmal defensive displays for the biggest games. I’m convinced it has nothing to do with our ability to defend.


What a rousing speech / hair dryer treatment that must have been at half time. Wenger the best tactitician and man motivator in the world.


I think we have the strategy all wrong. In terms of formation, the lack of an outright big defensive midfielder is the reason why we play two makeshift deep-lying midfielders. This makes it necessary for those full-backs to go forward every single attack. When we are down and chasing, we find it increasingly tough to win for this reason.

At this stage I have to question if we needed flamini and Ozil. Flamini can do a decent job against 10 PL teams, so I dont rate him poorly. Fact remains though, that decent jobs dont win you games. We needed a Nemanja Matic much more than chelsea. We have enough creativity in the midfield. Arsene made a signing for the fans, not for the team in Ozil. He’s good and he will get better, but we could have used the resources elsewhere.


I meant decent jobs dont win you Trophies*

Young Gooner

This is not Arsenal we knew. I am afraid this will affect our psychology, hope it is not.
Bad day getting worse seeing people retweeting Piers tweets. He is absolutely cunt!


1- this game had nothing to do with a lack of strikers
2- it exposes our complete weakness against fast forward lines (city, pool)
3- it exposes a lack of tactical flexibility when 4-0 down at halftime there are no changes
4- arsenal is a passion team – when we win it’s with style, when we lose it’s a ball of flames
5- this team is still capable of winning a competition with better game preparation, but it’s most likely going to be the FA cup. And I’m ok with that, we were never supposed to be “contenders” this year.

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With you except for the last point. As far as I’m concerned any season that doesn’t involve a proper title challenge is a waste.

I know that sets the bar high, but you don’t win anything without raising the standard.


Can’t disagree there, though, the first point. Once we were 2-0 down I felt it would’ve taken something special to come back from that because I just didn’t feel Giroud would be clinical enough. Love the guy but it was evident that we needed a plan B at that point


Holy shit what a clusterfuck. Credit to Liverpool but my God there is no excuse for being so abject and off the pace from the kick.

That was an epic shitstorm from the lads…..all of them.

I feel for those that travelled to Anfield today you all deserve an apology and your money back.

Fuck me…..


Our 1st half performances have been poor this season. I honestly didn’t see Alex in 1st half. Giroud was lightweight in attack, Jack looked like he was returning from injury. Today’s score is a fluke. Sadly the performance wasn’t; poor in 1st half and better in 2nd half will get us murdered in DeathRun1!


I don’t feel today’s score was a fluke. We have lost plenty of away games and home games by big scores when we go out and play that badly and with that lack of urgency. There will always be results like this for all teams that play football. It is how the team responds now that is crucial.


This one really hurts.


The only potential positive I can see out of this (and I’m being really hopeful here) is that after the occasional tonking the team do generally pull their socks up. There’d better be a lot of embarrassed faces on that coach home tonight, they need to pull absolutely hammer Manchester United on Wednesday to make up for this.


on the evidence of this i think its tactics not players that have dictated the games against “so called big teams”. This probably was a game for flamini but no crying over spilt milk. now i have lost my will to cotinue my usual saturday football watching marathon.
I hope against all , all hope that these are the only goals we concede this month.but on the evidence of this it seems like a fools dream.






2 positives at least. The Ox and Jack were really good and never giving up!


What!?? Jack was NOT really good, he was in fact rash and picked up a yellow earlier in the match, lucky not to pick up two yellows and be sent off, and didn’t do much productive.

On the other hand Ox was the better of other evils, yes. But I can’t bring myself to praise anyone right now that soon after that performance perhaps later…


They were invisible in the first half, where the game was lost. Rosicky would’ve been miles better than either one in such a situation, no doubt about it.


My worst Arsenal related start to a Saturday morning. I was so excited to wake up at 4:45 today and watch this game. Have been looking forward to it all week… But fuck all that did. Gonna just leave some observations from the game:

– I thought in the build up to this game that this was not only one we had to win but one that we HAD to show up for. Call it a mental block, handbrake, whatever.. but we simply don’t turn up for some games, but this was one and we got a fucking hiding.

– When teams press us and don’t give us time on the ball we struggle horribly.

– Arteta just doesn’t provide enough cover for the back four and has not been playing well since his injury. This game needed Flamini’s tenacity and aggression in the cent of the park. I also like how he shouts at the team to step up. Only saw Wilshere doing that today.

– Our overall team performance was piss poor we just wern’t up for it came into every challenge and pass second best. Ya we played a little better in the second half but I feel that had to do with the fact that Liverpool eased off and sat back a bit more.

– Not to single any particular player because the whole team played bad, but Özil was terrible today. Show some fucking passion and grit.

The game was effectively over in 18 minutes… 4 goals scored. It could have easily been 6 with the 2 sitters they missed early on. Worst possible start to our death run as arseblog coined, but we’ve got to pick our heads up and power forward. Now more then ever the team and manager need to show their quote on quote mental strength” and push the fuck on.

Keep the faith and COYG.


This is what happens when you consistently refuse to buy a world class defensive midfielder & striker, play exactly the same way against teams every week, don’t do your homework about the opposition and adjust your tactics accordingly.

Every time we play a direct competitor away we lose and more times than most ship loads of goals in. 8-2, 6-3, 5-1 and still the Manager doesn’t learn and change.

Ever he pulls his finger out and does some tactical work before games or he can leave that contract renewal unsigned and leave knowing he’s done all he can.

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This. I appreciate what the manager has done but there seems to be a lack of desire to adjust Arsenal’s game plan significantly according to the opponent.

Sometimes that’s fine, like when we play against weaker teams, but, more often than not we’ve been skinned by teams of comparable quality and that has to go down to tactics and/or man-management.

Y = MX+B

As a mathematician, I look to see what’s the missing variable in this equation.

All I can see is RAMSEY.

It’s simply not been the same since he got injured. This was the first top level opposition we faced without him.


Him and Walcott.


Indeed, simply having Walcott on the pitch allows us a bit more space because teams can’t go all out attack – they know his blinding speed means they get punished if they press too high and fail.

Y = MX+B

While I agree, just going by correlation Walcott was out during our early run this season that got us to where we are right now. Yes, it doesn’t equal causation but I went with it regardless. I agree though, Theo brings a totally different aspect and danger to this team. I starting to think Ramsey does as well, he seems like a different B2B than Wilshere and Ox, much more of an all round threat.


A better second half peformance softens the devastation. The defeat was disastrous and now means we have to beat Man city, chelsea and man utd to win the title. The odds are heavily against us. I. am. scared. I knew complacency would fuck us at one point. Anyway, there were positives mainly in individual performances. Ozil must learn to work harder and Gibbs should start against Man Utd.

We needed this.

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The worst thing about this is knowing that Michael “The Kop know their football” Owen had his hand on his exposed cock after sixty eight seconds.

Other questions – Wilshere barges Gerrard – yellow card. Gerrard shoulder charges Wilshere off the ball – no yellow. Why?

Giroud gets a yellow for backchat. Flanagan goes in over the ball with a straight leg stamp on Wilshere, which is now deemed a red card offence. The referee’s view was not obstructed, in fact he’d positioned himself very well. No card whatsoever, not even a warning. Why?

How many free shirt grabs does Martin Skrtel get before conceding a free kick? My estimate is 8 or 9, but it could well be higher. (N.B. Skrtel shirt grabs do not apply in own penalty box).

I thought about directing these questions to the F.A., or the Referee’s Association, but given their verdict on the Carroll vs. Flores scrap, it appears common sense is currently not in vogue with either.

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I think some fans need to calm down. It’s not Wenger’s fault. It’s the same team that has been winking game in game out. If anything it’s players. They played like shit. They look scared from the first goal onwards. The second goal zonal marking players left the zone alone. WTF?

After that Liverpool kept hitting us on the break.

I think Arteta and Giroud need replacing ASAP. We don’t seem to have any pace in the team whereas Liverpool and Chelsea have loads of pacey players.

Ozil needs a day off on Wednesday. We can’t play him week in week out without him making any contribution.

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Could have been the most depressing game I’ve ever watched it’s even comparable to that 8-2 loss against manure..

Liverpool was great today but I think it’s obvious that a signing in January was really needed, especially in striker position. Giroud are a good player but really if we want to compete for titles we need someone who produces more goal and has the ability to turn a match around.. And also the defending today was shockingly bad, not at all the usual performance we are used to see from Koscielny and Mertesacker..


Glad Arsene substituded Ozil. Now he has an excuse to NOT go and thank away fans. I seriously hope the team and Arsene have the balls to tell Ozil that 42.5 mi / best player means shit if you cannot make a tackle for your team.

Loved Ozil but I rather support someone who may be 1/10th as talented but fights tooth and nail for the team. #Ramsey #Jack #Gibbo


his style is always gonna be languid but its another matter all together to just sit on your arse demanding a free kick after getting out muscled by jordan fucking henderson. (why do we always make it look like hes not totally useless?) And thats twice now hes pulled out of a run in on goal…he did it a few months back when rambo chipped a long ball over the top….Rosicky to start against Man u


Anyone else has that deja vu feeling going on?


you mean the one where every time the ball was in our half you just assumed it was a goal against us? Yeah. hated that feeling, still hate that feeling.


Sick. I feel sick because it isnt that Liverpool were superior, we were bad in the middle. Ozil i guess the Madrid coach had a point when he said there is a different side to hkm and to get £42 million for him was the best business done by them ever. For a german player to be so poor on the ball its mind baffling. Even Zelalem would have been better. Arsene and the senior teams should have straight away gone to defensive mode after the second goal because there is no pride in being attacking and losing 5-0. I guess sometimes tacticians are required to when games because brute force is not the best way every time. I remember the Madrid game we played where Thiery Henry scored it was a masterclass from Wenger. Everyone can have a bad game but when the fundamental reasons are always the same then there is a problem and to be fair we have addressed it this season successfully. But a few slip ups is all you need for it all to crumble down again as we have experienced in the last 8 years.

Still a supporter and a Life long Gooner


Be honest, when’s the last time we actually played good? And don’t tell me it doesn’t matter when you win, it matters. This is an ongoing problem. Good attacking football has been the exception rather than the rule for the past three seasons.


And I feel bad for players like Chambo and Cazorla. They actually tried really hard, only for another player (read Ozil, Jack, Arteta) to fuck everything up.