Report: Sp*rs 1-0 Arsenal

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Starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Wilshere, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang

Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Maitland-Niles, Lacazette, Welbeck

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Harry Kane’s 49th minute header was enough for Spurs to beat Arsenal at Wembley in front of the biggest ever Premier League crowd.

83,222 watched a dominant second half display from the home side who, were it not for a series of fine saves by Petr Cech, should have beaten Wenger’s men by a wider margin.

The Gunners might have rescued a point at the death but substitute Alex Lacazette couldn’t convert either of his two chances.

First half

A tight, tense and fraught start set the tone for the half, as two well-matched sides played tidy football but struggled to find the cutting edge to create clear cut chances.

Arsenal lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Xhaka, Elneny and Wilshere tasked with keeping Dembele, Eriksen and Alli quiet in the middle of the part. The trio in red remained disciplined and on retrieving possession did their best to feed quick ball to Ozil and Mkhitaryan.

Bellerin and Mustafi put in stand out performances before the break. The former snuffing out the threat of Son, the latter constantly harrying Kane. The German was particularly alert on 8 minutes as he lunged to prevent an Alli ball reaching Kane. Cech pushed the clearance around the post.

Spurs certainly had more of the ball in the opening stages but the Gunners had real cause for complaint when Aubameyang, through on goal, was ruled offside on 12 minutes. Replays showed he was level with Vertonghen as he raced on to an amazingly astute through ball by Wilshere.

Three chances for the home side just before the half-hour mark had Arsenal on the ropes for a bit. Eriksen’s looping header was claimed easily by Cech, Kane couldn’t keep a header down and Dembele scuffed an effort after a half-cleared corner reached him on the edge of the box. The pressure often seemed to stem from us surrendering possession too easily, particularly from long balls by Cech.

At the other end Mkhitaryan, whose passing was a bit off, made a mess of a cross aimed at Aubameyang and Bellerin fired just over from the right-hand diagonal corner of the box.

Second half

Spurs came out on the front foot and within three minutes had the lead. A cross from Davies on the left found Kane, climbing over Koscielny, to head past a static Cech. Monreal went mad at the linesman for not giving a foul.

Kane might have double the lead twice in the space of four minutes. First a header, this time from a Dier cross on the right, skimmed just wide then Cech had tostand firm and block a ferocious volley from the penalty spot.

The Arsenal goal continued to come under fire and the Gunners were thankful for Cech’s acrobatics as he stopped Eriksen’s free-kick flying in the top left corner.

Having stemmed the tide temporarily, Wenger threw on Lacazette and Iwobi for Mkhitaryan and Elneny. Aubameyang moved out to the left to accommodate Lacazette in the middle.

It took until 67 minutes for the Gunners to have a first effort of the half. A decent break involving Ozil and Aubameyang eventually saw the ball break to Wilshere but Lloris clawed his curling effort from the edge of box away from danger.

Back came Spurs. Alli had a glorious chance after racing through the Gunners absent defence but with Cech to beat he toe-poked just wide. The Arsenal keeper then denied both Lamela and Trippier at close quarters. One nervy passing interchange with Mustafi aside, the veteran shot-stopper was masterful.

With five minutes remaining Welbeck came on for Xhaka. It left our formation incredibly top-heavy but with so little time for an equaliser it was the only option. Lamela had a chance to kill the game – he flashed wide – before we finally manufactured two decent chances. Both fell to Lacazette and he fluffed his lines twice. First he volleyed way over from a Bellerin cross and then, one-on-one with Lloris, he fired wide with the goal gaping. Wenger went ballistic.

There was one final opportunity to rescue a point when Ozil lined up a free-kick with four minutes of stoppage time done and dusted. He hit the wall, it was a poor effort that summed up yet another bad away day for the Gunners.

Defeat leaves Arsenal seven points adrift of Spurs and facing the prospect of another year without Champions League football. That’s unless we can win the Europa League. We tackle Ostersund over two legs next.

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Mentalist

F*ck

Don Cazorleone

Back to normal.
Don’t turn up when it matters.

Standard these days.

Shadow

Ozil back to normal with his 400k /week

Alex

Sure it’s not 600 000 ?

ronaldo

but that IS his normal game

Deano

Ah been missing these comments, is that where you have been.. in the shadows?

Shadow

Big man for the small day

Twisted cuntloks

After the optimism created by the January comings and goings, reality hits home…

Futsboller

Come on guys, let’s not overdo it here. It was a poor performance but a 1-nil loss away happens in this league (unfortunately, too often to us). No need to pile it on. We’re a team built on passing and that was rather broken today. We missed Ramsey, and we’re still emerging from a massive January overhaul. Sixth place is shameful, but the season isn’t over yet. Keep the faith.

IceBerg10

How on earth did we miss Ramsey?? Because an i’ll disiplined midfielder is the last thing we needed

Jimbo Jones

Because we looked dominant today without him?

ronaldo

you might have thought we looked dominant, but nobody else did

ronaldo

if ramsey had played we would have at least got a draw

Godfrey Twatsloch

We could really have done with Ramsey today. Those runs from nowhere as play builds and him hoofing wide, high or both would have done the trick in making us look just as bad as we are.

This season is a write off. We’ll have to try and salvage what we can and hopefully by the start of the next one the new boys will be acclimatised enough to have the impact we so desperately need.

Laughable!

Clins

just a 1-0 performance. We are lucky that score stayed the same at the end of the game. our defence was left completely open . And what about Nottingham Swansea Bournemouth , 4-2 , 3-1 , 2-1 . It’s not the scoreline that’s indicative it’s the performance. We are completely shit for lack of a better term . these are teams fighting for relegation f9r fuks sake. And still if you think we can make it into top four you are living in a different world

Godfrey Twatsloch

Spuds were flaky in front of goal at times and had they not been we could have lost this by 6 and more goals.

Futsboller

We weren’t good enough, and we haven’t been good enough, but the season isn’t over. We can still make amends.

ronaldo

ha, ha, ha

Stringer+Bell

SHadow you typify a-section of arsenal supporters who know very little about football. Cunts might be dictionary definition

Easy tiger

Sad but true….

Twisted cuntloks

The league table doesn’t lie, we are what we are…

Toure+motors

We have no platform in central midfield, without ie, how can ozil influence a game?! Another no show from Xhaka.

Jack4343

I thought he did ok but he has looked so bad for us this year. Several times today he was caught ball watching and flat footed when one of his teammates played it to him and that is not good enough.

ronaldo

this year last year, the year before

jon

This was set up from both sides to be a midfield battle. It went pretty well for 30 minutes, then we gradually started to lose duels and pass the ball to noone. Wilshere lost the ball more than Xhaka. Neither was bad, really, but encontered massive pressure.

ronaldo

utter crap, why should ozil need other players to make him play well, IF he is as good as people say he is he shouldn,t have to worry about other players

Godfrey Twatsloch

We belong there.

ronaldo

what do you mean, back to normal, we have been normal for the last few seasons

themightybun

It was the passing again today. Still, could have been much, much, worse. Mkhi doesn’t look good on the left

Anonymarse

Balls

Arsefull

We lack heart and urgency except for Jack who at least was angry by the end of the game. Our midfield it seems is a mess regardless of who we play as combined we do not win the ball back at all and we do not have a dynamic two-way player in the centre of the pitch. Ramsey (who we missed today) can only be that player going one way – forward – but we have no athletic anchor to protect and quickly build up play in the midfield as neither Xhaka or Elneny are good enough. As decisive as Miki was against Everton, he was ineffective and off the boil today. Our passing was poor especially when we needed a quality end ball. Laca seems lost and I do not see how Wenger can find a formation that allows his offensive players to flourish when we cannot consistently dominate the midfield.

Pedant

Not a good performance though Laca should have made it a draw. 6th place is guaranteed.

Nketibag

Poor performance, but some seriously questionable offside decisions there. The team was set up to counter with Auba in behind and he was twice robbed a clear 1 on 1.

Hermitian

In the first half, when Jack put him through one-on-one, he was certainly onside.

me 2

Oh give it a rest.
You sound like fucking Wenger himself..

Vanvee

Wilshere seemed to be the only player giving a shit 2nd half. His flare up at the end with lamela showed how much it hurts to lose to them. What is the point of xhaka right now? He’s supposed to provide midfield momentum but seems to prefer passing the ball sideways and strolling around the pitch. In fairness we played like shit and deserved to lose.

Jimbo Jones

Petr Cech has played more passes than Jack Wilshere today.

Arsenal win less than half of games (46%) when Jack Wilshere plays

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

46% – more like Cech’s pass accuracy. Appalling distribution today.

Jimbo Jones

Might have been too but it shows we didn’t get our midfield on the ball anywhere enough. it’s also a fact about JW’s win percentage in the premier league. It just is what it is and I think we all expect us to win more than half of our games?

Kwame Ampadu Down

Jimbo, we’ve won 48% of ALL our league games this season….whether Jack was playing or not.

IceBerg10

@Jimbo….this is pure bollox!! Wilshere was the only player to energy with any credit. Proper infantile and pointless comment

Jimbo Jones

@iceberg. It’s also a fact go check it out, you can go to the premier league website. My point is that not about individuals no matter how good they might look on the ball, it’s about how you can make the team play. Jack was CM today, played less passes than Cech and in his career the win rate is mid table level; that’s the effect he has on things. You don’t have to like it

kaius

Love the little man but he’s wearing the no.10 shirt and we can’t trust him to make a difference in top 6 games away from home. Remove the sentiment and that’s the bottom line. He’s a good squad player, that’s it.

IceBerg10

Stop digging this idiotic hole with a shovel of puerile statistics. Xhaka had the best pass completion rate of any Arsenal player. It means sweet Fanny Adams

Marlow+gooner

Wilshere was the only arsenal player to emerge with any credit today. Who would you rather have in your side Xaka or Wilshere??

Sinned

Pointing the finger at Jack after this loss is pure bollox – his form is the best we’ve seen in years. When was the last time we had a midfielder who could carry the ball? Yes, his stats need a boost but that will come with time, he gives so much to the team and if you can’t see that when he plays then you need to open your eyes.

jon

I agree. Wilshere still hasn’t found form. He fights impressively, but loses the ball a lot or plays meaningless passes.

midgunner

Agree about Wilshere, he looked decent.

But we lost the game in midfield. Elneny and Xhaka or neither strong enough, fast enough or good enough to dominate a match like this.

Jack4343

I thought Elneny looked good for us. He’s not the aggressive type nor a active tackler. He’s a safe, link up play type and you need those guys in the team. Fill your team with 11 risk takers and you’ll get 11 to nil wins followed by 11 to nil losses. I don’t feel that he’s our problem. I do think we must upgrade our defensive ball winning midfield spot. Xhaka just isn’t it.

kaius

Safe link-up play is the absolute minimum requirement at that position. If a player doesn’t combine that with aggression and tackling ability he’s only going to hold us back, and that goes for Wilshere as well.

We’ve lowered our expectations too much where midfield is concerned. If our guys can’t cope at this level get rid. Unlike our attackers who we sold, none of these guys will end up at teams above us in the table because they’re bang average.

Flashman71

Xhaka is one of the worst midfielders I have seen at the arsenal over the past 40yrs, whilst I don’t blame him for all our problems or the defeat today (which was a pretty crappy mediocre team effort overall) he offers nothing he is obviously far too slow for the pace and intensity of the premiership, he can’t get to players to intercept, he can’t tackle, he dwells on the ball and as you mentioned his constant safe passing sideways or backwards and
he can only play these when he under no pressure. He has no burst of spees, he cannot dribble and so on…
For me he is the main player that epitomises the point football wise where Arsene has now led us to.
A great shame.

CechMate

That’s the arsenal DNA. Somehow, we seem to have accepted that we are not the best team in North London and any team with Iwobi, Welbeck and Xhaka cannot be a top one! We are at the moment a mid table team at best!

Superfrog

Result not good , attackers were neutralised by a physically strong opposition midfield, a 2-0 win offset by a 1-0 defeat this season , I still make it 2-1 over the season , no Arsenal fan can concede North London supremacy ,

jon

Iwobi is hugely talented and heading towards star quality at Arsenal.

ronaldo

and what is the point of ozil

leavemyarselona

Lacca doesnt look arsed to be honest

Mkhi Most

Lacca is shorn of confidence. This season Wenger has taken him off plenty of times when he was playing well. I recall he started the season well but his form has certainly dropped. Don’t feel he’s been well-used.
I’m also wondering what kind of halftime talk our lot had. We were crap 2nd half. Wembley or not, this was Arsenal living up to their current away form.
I don’t want to hear people moaning that Kane fouled Kos for the goal. Kos had no idea where Kane was. On BT Keown and Rio’s analysis of the way we defend was spot on.

midgunner

I agree that Laca is short of confidence, but he needs to step up and show us who he really is.

His goal tally hasn’t been good enough and that’s why he’s ended up on the bench. So what’s his response going to be?

20 mins of constant offsides, moping about and good chances spurned.

Nketibag

We desperately need a goal in the last 20. Yet only Wenger would shift our brand new in-form striker to the wing for one who is completely off, having scored 1 in 13. How does that make Aubameyang feel now? Having hauled Lacazette off all season long when he’s actually played well and now relying on him for a goal, when you already have the fast, deadly CF on the pitch you put him on the wing to cross for the guy who is 5 foot 8. Fucking madness, he really knows how to wreck a players confidence.

Jack4343

I’ll agree on the offside comments regarding Laca. Nothing pisses me off more than seeing a striker getting caught offside because he doesn’t return back onside from the previous play fast enough. However, he did create chances today in the short time he was on. Strikers will miss chances. Kane scored the goal to win but blew more than one chance to score today. Frustrating I know but I was encouraged by what he created.

Clins

lacazzete and giroud are good strikers on their owb . giroud s performance in Euro with France and lacazzete performance with Lyon shows you that . But both of then are purely mismanaged by arsenal . a team that no longer dominates midfield and 90s tactics ., lacazette can only do so much . it may see. like he us the problem but he is actually just the tip of the iceberg. the problem lies with the utter mismanagement of Wenger that goes through the midfield and stretches till defence. without all these any striker would struggle . I think at around the beginning of next season aubamayang would also be blamed for the same reason as lacazzete . to see the best of them we really need someone else who can bring the best out of the team .

Paul

Agreed and not surprised.

Adam

Whats the point of this club?

ronaldo

MONEY

Mein Bergkampf

To gently build our hopes up before crushing them like a twiglet in a vice. Yeah, it’s not much fun. I did hear this great song earlier though, it’s about Mkhitarian and it’s to the tune of ABBA Gimme, Gimme, Gimme…

Joe

What hopes??? I’m not aware of any.

Jozzer

What is the point of fans like you?

me 2

What should his reaction be then?
Delight and jubilation over being totally outclassed by our most hated of rivals?
What is the point of this club?
Is it a challenger or isn’t it?
If Wenger stays then he will have his answer.
An emphatic NO

Superfrog

2-1 on aggregate is not being outclassed at all .

Adam

7 points below them and sitting on 6th is pretty fucking outclassed

rugrat

what is the point of elneny? unless we want to groom him as a giroud replacement – he played so well with his back towards the spurs goal…one back pass after another!

Mein Bergkampf

Given the gravity of this match, one of the most disappointing performances I can remember. Good job we really gave it a go in stoppage time mind. Europa cup it is then… Pathetic.

Deano

By far the better defender out of him and Kos today. Not saying a lot though fucking dreadful performance.

yen

Introducing the Honda Scapegoat of the Day: Skhodran Mustafi!

Mein Bergkampf

I didn’t say anything about Mustafi. Weirdo’s.

Jimbo Jones

In the cold hard light of day, it’s probably kos who needs to be moved on and mustafi with the right partner could be a very solud CB. He’s still young

Jimbo jones

No. It’s Wenger.you could have maldini and Bobby Moore, with xhaka in front of them they’d still be fucked

Jimbo Jones

You’re not the real Jimbo? This could get confusing

Deano

Time to remove the edit option!

Jimbo Jones

Ha revisionism. Cough…. prick… Cough

Mein Bergkampf

You can talk, you’re not even the real Jimbo jones.

Jimbo Jones

At least I don’t edit my comments when they get down voted? Also my name is Jim Jones

Mein Bergkampf

Eh? What you smoking mate? And stop pretending to be Jimbo. It’s a bit sad really…

Deano

Reckon you’re smoking stronger Mein Bergkampf. Benny Hill music and along with slagging Mustafi off. Stand by your original opinion!!

Mein Bergkampf

Sorry mate. Lost me. I think Mustafi is great, he’s the future, that’s for sure.

Kwame Ampadu Down

I defended your original comment Mein bergkampf but seriously? Editing your comments & then blaming everyone else ? That’s just cuntish.

Kwame Ampadu Down

‘I know we were shite all over today’ is what he said so any reference to a scapegoat is clearly wrong.

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

I take it you never saw Colin Hill or Gus Caesar in the flesh at Highbury?

kaius

Sure you’re being ironic but it says a lot about our current situation that we’re looking back to the late 1980’s and poor Gus Caesar for comparisons

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

That’s right, Kaius. What I’m saying is that defensive standards at the club haven’t been this poor in thirty years.

kaius

I have to agree. Colin Hill was before my time but I do remember Gus having an absolute nightmare in a cup final at Wembley. Think George Graham signed Steve Bould after that.

Pachvasilion

The Benny Hill music comes in whenever a defender tries that stupid back pass to Cech when there are still two or three opposing attackers in the box that didn’t run back because they know that Arsenal have this compulsion to touch-pass it all along the defensive line before they even consider building an attack. And when Cech does boot it long, he boots it right back to the other team.

You want to know where most of the defensive errors come from? Start looking there.

Jorin

Now that the euphoria of beating Everton is gone, when will the Arsenal board realize that the manager is no longer capable of inspiring his team to play well?

This is a manager, who with the likes of Denilson, Senderos, and Chamakh, got us into the top 4. Now with the likes of Ozil and Lacazette, we get mediocre results, and more than that, utterly mediocre performances away from home.

Shouldn’t the buck stop somewhere? In any normal scenario, the buck would have long stopped with Wenger. But yet, here we are. Hoping against the worst, that something will spark Arsenal into life again.

COYG.

Atom

There are signs imo they already have. Transfers being conducted without Wenger (even if he gave the ok these clearly were sven signings). Bringing in a director of football in sanhelli even if we don’t call him that. The total lack of transfer spending and clearing out of players this winter. Even Özil resigning as I seriously doubt he would have resigned without a serious plan for how the club moves forward. Imo they’ve already decided to move on but simply have not announced it

CechMate

What should wenger do to get fired? Sleep with Stan’s wife??!

Begeegs

Afraid that would only warrant a one year extension.

Rogerbij

I’m mad too, but I’m laying the blame on the players for that one. Wenger switched formations, swapped ozil and miki on the sides, made subs at the right times, but the players frequently made bad passes or broke attacks, not wenger’s fault for that. He did what he could with what we had today and it wasn’t good enough.

Grumbleduke

Steve Bould should quit as defensive coach. Same problems year after year after year with him in charge.

Zenithreptile

He’s not the defensive coach

Jimbo Jones

Not sure why anyonr would have down voted for stating simple facts

Jimbo Jones

As in zenith is right. He’s not the defensive coach

me 2

Steve Bould
The answer to a question no one can be bothered to ask..

Deano

Incapable of passing his ability on that’s for certain, we haven’t got a defender fit to lace his boots!

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

Depends on how much defensive coaching Bould gets to do. Sure, replace him if you think that will solve things, but I wouldn’t mind betting that it won’t make much difference unless proper tactics are employed across all areas of the team.

bob

More an attacking problem today, no?

Deano

Need the ball to attack and occasionally venture into the other half of the field. No defensively terrible.

Donald\'s Trump

Bunch of fannys

Don Cazorleone

proper

Maniac

I’m sure 7amkickoff will enlighten us with the expected goals later on but I think it’s fair to say that the scoreline flattered us. Absolutely awful all round.

David C

Agreed! Laca needs to bury one of those 2 chances. He’s also replaced Walcott for most offsides when you can see the whole line.

we looked best with quick balls over their high line. Why didn’t we try it more often? I’m so bored of watching us walk the ball up the pitch…

Jean Ralphio

We didn’t capitalise on good chances on the break and it cost us. Off the pace today. But on pitch relationships need to build quickly

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

I should have brought a change of clothes, because after that performance, I’m about to piss tears.

Espen

Too many miscue passes when arsenal try to play their way out of their own area. Puts too much pressure on the defensive side. And I realized the midfield players are too soft, easily dispossessed.

Don Cazorleone

Yup unfortunately this is the consequence of building your team with smaller diminutive players, on a tiki-taka possession-based philosophy.

2121

Dembele and Ali were giving them a run around

Deano

Bang on Espen, too soft derby match and wasn’t we nice. Mentally fucked performance, we know they are diving cunts so we go all soft on them.

No physicality at all allowing them to strut around the pitch like prancing peacocks. No battle no points.

On another note, substitutions actually made us worse, quite an achievement in itself.

Pachvasilion

Precisely.

WAY too much pressure being absorbed that doesn’t need to be.

Have Cech boot it long and to the center of the pitch every once in a while. If defenders get the ball, look to pass it forward, not backpass it or sideways pass it.
Get the ball and dribble with it, or look to turn and pass it forward.

Quit going for that short little pass to a dude who’s got an opposing player marking him like glue on paper. That pass does nothing to help build a play, it only wastes time at best and leads to tackles and losses of possession at worst. It’s the classic example of sterile possession and pass-padding; all it does is boost possession time and passes completed and pass percentage and all these other misleading stats that tell you nothing about how effective a team’s attack is.

We used to be deadly on the attack. We used to be feared on the attack. I wish those days would come again, but I doubt they will until Arsene Wenger leaves.

ramgooner

This loss means we’ll win the Carabao cup at Wembley right? Right?

cygan\'sbaldspot

most frustrating arsenal game i’ve ever watched. if you can’t muster any proper chances with auba, laca, jack, ozil on the pitch – you’re not a very good manager

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

At the risk of hair – splitting, Laca missed two chances in the last five that I’d back him to at least hit the target with, but yes….frustrating is the truth.

3310

Shit >sp*rs

FanniboyWelbz

Then where does that put us?

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

er, 6th?

yen

Make no mistake, we were terrible in the second half. Could have conceded 4 or 5 if it wasn’t for Cech’s saves & their misses. What was our plan going forward after the break?

Also, our passing is just off. We were once best in the league in that. Now, so many bad passes, be it misplaced, overpowered etc. Many players seem to struggle on the ball when forced to play with their weaker foot.

Espen

Yup spot on. Too easily bullied on the ball. Once pressured, we loses the ball easily. I miss Carzola and his calm influence sigh.

cygan\'sbaldspot

ITS FUCKING CAZORLA. CAZORLA

yen

+ it’s painful to say it, but I can’t remember such a midfield performance as Moussa Dembele’s from any of our players in a long time

Fireman Sam

We don’t have any players like Dembele.

Ours are small nice gentlemen.

Deano

If it wasn’t for Cech and wasted opportunities we would have been absolutely pasted in that match.

Defensively that was fucking abysmal. Woeful away record continues

2121

And to think many were happy when they thought he won’t be fit for the match. Just imagine it was Ospina on the post today.

Nordin

Yes I was one of those who was hoping Ospina will play….but he didnt, Cech did. He did a good job with the saves, but a few horror moments as well. Seriously Ospima cant do worst, perhaps better.

loose_cannon

Not just defensively, we had one shot on target and it was from Wilshere. Might be unpopular to point it out but Ozil and Mkhi were actually shocking and less said about Lacazette’s “cameo” the better

Anonymarse

Lets not get carried away we did alright in the first half

Looked vulnerable in the second when we started chucking more people forward

I hate to say it (really hate it) but Sp*rs are a good side

If Aubameyang hadn’t been ruled incorrectly offside in the first half things might have been different

Kwame Ampadu Down

Nonsense. We didn’t look vulnerable because we were chucking more people forward. We looked vulnerable because they battered us ! We barely got out of our half.

Stephen

We could not pass. So many turnovers from simply passing straight to a Sp*urs players feet. It was schoolboy stuff out there.

Stringer+Bell

First half we stayed in it. But cannot remember anytime in game we had even 5 minutes of sustained pressure. Has elneny ever actually made a tackle??

Don Cazorleone

We survived the first half. Nothing more.

kaius

Someone said both us and Liverpool have had to adjust the way we play against Spurs and that’s testament to the work Pochettino has done. We now consider it a good thing that we’re still in the game at half-time against them. Sad state of affairs

Sean

Only positive I’ve taken from today is that thanks to good old illegal streaming I missed out on BT sport and got Lee Dixon instead, and something he was talking about really made me realise something; when was the last time a substitute really changed things for us in a bad game? With every mistake made by our subs, Dixon kept asking the simple question ‘are you ready?’, and it baffled me how true that was. Iwobi and Lacazette were anything but prepared to come on and change a big game. Just there to make up the numbers. Garbage performance.

Carlos Fella

Giroud?

Sean

True, the equaliser at Southampton is the last I can think of, but even that’s another indictment on the management. Of course Giroud can change a game with the physical attributes he has, but as for those who need more motivation and instruction, it’s been a different story altogether. Like we saw today, no plan or tactics, just Wenger throwing on all of our attackers with what looks like minimal fore-thought.

Sean

Good point. Lacazette got caught offside pulling up his socks – definitely not prepared.

Lingards\' Milly Rock
Lingards\' Milly Rock

Iwobi played our only key pass of the game to Lacazette who also had our first shot in the box.

What did Elneny and Xhaka do until they were subbed??? You should stop expecting roy of the rovers substitutions and instead hope for a team set up with the right personnel and tactics to beat their opponents.

goonerbynature

We should have been better but Spurs are, whether we like it or not, a really good side. Might not end up a successful one, but they were very good today. It wasn’t just a capitulation today.

Kwame Ampadu Down

After our next home good win/performance, anyone who comes out (again, as they have done after each of our last 3 home wins) with the ‘so excited with the new team spirit / cohesion / fluency now that Alexis is gone’ is an absolute moron.
Just fell apart after Kane’s goal. (and what Arsene is complaining about for thr goal is beyond me) Zero mental strength yet again.

Anonymarse

To be honest I think anybody who isn’t the least bit optimistic given the players we now have is a bit of a moron …

Kwame Ampadu Down

Define ‘optimistic?

Anonymarse

Let’s just wait and see what happens shall we it’s only two games ………

kaius

That’s the point he was making – after one win over a poor Everton people were already making grand claims about improved camaraderie, how Alexis wasn’t there to lose the ball anymore, Mkhi and Ozil were gonna wreak havoc etc.

We don’t need to wait another 5 games to know it was never about any of that.

Kwame Ampadu Down

Exactly kaius. You criticise my comment Anonymarse & then your next post makes exactly the same point as me !
The point is a couple of new signings has changed nothing in the overall scheme of things. We’re still desperately short in a couple of key positions & desperately short of grit/mental strength/balls that teams need to win the title.

IceBerg10

This fails to take into account the manager we have

Pakgooner

I think hector did well.. but the team was anonymous as a bunch. Kola and AMN deserved to play

COYG this is not the end, we beat the cunts 2-0 in Nov.. we’ll be back

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

I thought Hector was just ok, definitely not the worst though.

I saw Wilshere as the one who was doing the most to generate a response. Played some very deft through balls in the last half an hour that would have been more significant had anyone in the final third remembered how to trap a ball.

I get the feeling that Danny Welbeck would make for an ace friend, but boy oh boy does he frustrate me as a footballer.

Don Cazorleone

Lacazette needs to pull his fucking socks up too

Rhaatid

Toothless today as it has been for much of the season away. Wilshere Ozil nonexistent. None to little service to the strikers as usual. Iwobi did great for the little time he had and should not be dropped in hindsight.

midgunner

Wilshere and Ozil, along with Bellerin and Cech, were our best players today. Iwobi gave the ball away constantly.

loose_cannon

Not Ozil, he was shocking and totally disappeared in the second half.

Sinned

Did we watch the same game? Iwobi was shocking when he came on, so many displaced passes and slowed up our game time and time again (which is normally the opposite of what he does). Thought he would add some pace to the game but he gave us nothing.

Chuffy

Not surprised by this any more are we? New faces same shit. Second half was just rank and typical. Could end the season losing 10 or 11 games. That is not acceptable surely for Wenger. Where is the progress?

5th Gen

Lucky it was only 1-0. They wanted it more. We offered fuck all. Lacazette needs a goal.

Pachvasilion

If he needs one so bad, maybe he can try not to choke one away when it bites him in the arse, like two of them did in the last 10 minutes of this game.

Or maybe he can try not to get more offsides in 20 minutes than the offside master, Theo Walcott, gets in most games.

Just a couple of suggestions…

Simon

Frustrating at the end, a good couple of chances to get an undeserved draw.
Spurs were stronger, faster and better than us for pretty much all of the 2nd half – they seemed to win all the 50-50 battles. Defensively, will still need a dominant centre half, not convinced the Kosc, Mustafi partnership works.
Iwobi and Laca seemed to be competing for worst impact sub of day.
Thought Bellerin, Wilshere and of course Cech were are best players today.

Fireman Sam

Jack’s been consistently excellent since hes rejoined Arsenal.

If only some of his consistency could rub off on most of our other players

2121

We miss Ramsey. There was no chaos in the sp*s box

ach

More like there wasn’t anything at all in spurs box. We could barely bring the ball to their box ffs.

ramgooner

Nah, we miss Cazorla. Ramsey would have done f*ck all with his first touch. There is no footballing philosophy in this team. None of them except Ozil and maybe Mkhi have a football brain.

Always Arsenal

Coming off a hat trick, doesn’t play and still get’s slagged off. Is this Rupert Murdoch’s adopted son !

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

Garbage. Koscielny, Bellerin, Monreal, Ramsey, and Wilshere all have “a football brain” too. What they clearly don’t have is consistent performance levels, confidence to thrive in tight situations, and a proper tactical game plan. Not all of that is on the players.

ramgooner

Agree on Monreal and Bellerin. Koscielny HAD a football brain but he is not good enough to be in the PL anymore. We should keep him around for cup games.

Wilshere has a football brain but he ditched us for Bournemouth because his huge ego would not take the bench.

Ramsey is a good pro and i think he has a fantastic engine but we need another player in his position. Honest i’d keep Ramsey and sell Wilshere for someone like Fekir. Wilshere acts like it’s beneath him to be a bench player. If a club wants to challenge for all trophies then every single player in the squad should be willing to be on the bench for a set period.

2121

I am not saying Ramsey would have save us but at least he would cause trouble in their box with his late runs

dr Strange

Fuck this. This is a trainwreck of a team with a mentality of a todler. You beat Everton with 5-1, have a good first half against Spuds and then comes out and goes full retard.

Every player on the pitch giving the ball away and panicking. No one knows what to do! Not one player had a clue or balls enough to stand up and be counted! This is weakness! Nothing else! Weak loosers!

This is a team that reflects the manager to the fullest. A manager that puts Aubi out wide when he should know he is wasted out there. How about trying two up up front you f*c*i*n* m*r*n?! A manager that put’s Iwobi in a free role or, whatever the fuck he was supposed to do, who gives the ball away repeatedly and have a negative impact on the team.

We stop playing long as soon as we have to play long. In the first half we tried to find the space behind the backline when we don’t have any midfielders left we start playing through the midfield. I canä’t fucking wait untill Wengers gone. He is fucking up on an epic scale and for me his legacy is well tarnished now.

Rant over for fucks sake.

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

I too was struggling to see the point of keeping Iwobi on. It was square pass, backward pass, or give the ball away from Alex all day.

Shambles

Our brilliant tactician of a coach decided that we should play defensive even though our defense has been agreed to be our weakest point and we actually bought attackers.

Even if we buy messi and neymar, this “past-it” manager of ours cannot motivate them to do anything.

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

I rather enjoyed the jaunty angle of Steven Bould’s hat. I half expected him to start knocking out wooden toys, then chucking the finished articles on a sleigh or summat.

In other related news, I sincerely hope Jack Wilshere levels Lamela’s head clean off in the tunnel. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

SB Still

Top 4, gone

Stephen

Xhaka woeful. Mustafi and Cech a traveling circus. Iwobi not able to play the level we need. Jack didn’t look ready. Mhiki was passing to nobody. At points Ozil would drop to 25 yards from Cech just to get the ball. He couldn’t Marshall the rest of the jokers to make plays and runs. Everyone else passed back and sideways. Shambles. Some of them shouldn’t put the shirt back on. An absolutely tactically deficient performance that was lucky not to be 5-0. Cech, Xhaka, Elneny, Mustafi and maybe even Kos should leave his summer. Kos is losing it. We can’t break back into the top with these guys in the pitch.

Pakgooner

Cech kept us in the game son

Stephen

It doesn’t do any good to pull super saves from volleys but then cock up simple passes on the ground game after game. It’s Almunia all over again. When he gets the ball I stop breathing.

Fatgooner

1. Good, solid first half; pathetic second one.
2. Cech being MOTM tells you everything: we should have been walloped.
3. Substitutions actually made us worse – well done Wenger!
4. What the fuck has happened to Lacazette? At the mement he makes Franny Jeffers look like Lionel Messi.
5. Top four place is now surely gone, so shouldn’t Wenger be too by the end of this season?
6. Why can’t we win away from home?
7. Spurs are shit – fuck them!

dr Strange

Spurs are cunts.

Don Cazorleone

Was Cech MOTM? On my stream those BT plonkers gave it to that mouth breather that fouled Kos to score.

Spurs ARE shit, fuck them.
But fuck me, we are shitter.

loose_cannon

One shot on target in the end, ridiculously poor performance. Wonder who we’ll scapegoat now seeing as Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez and Ramsey were all absent. The issue isn’t the players, it’s the tactics, the mentality. Our refusal to press or exploit our pace. We went in looking for a draw and were embarrassed. The only saving grace for Wenger is that the linesmen had a shocking game as well. Very tough to play against 13 men

Clay

looks like they nominated Xhaka today

Luke Brown

Dismal second half, and an inexcusable defensive performance.
And yet, I am still pissed off, because the linesman robbed Auba of a one on one opportunity (honest mistake, to be fair) and Kane probably fouled Kos for their only goal.
Did they miss a lot of chances? Chances that we put on a platter for them in a way that is not fitting any PL team? Sure. They did not take them.
I would have so loved to see Laca put an undeserved equaliser past Lloris, especially after watching Alli trot to our box when he knew he was going to be subbed.
At least this loss will put a sock in the “top four” crap that has been circulating since we demolished Everton.
And finally, although I am not Laca’s biggest fan, I hope he doesn’t pay a too high price for his two misses, because that might pulverise what little confidence he has left. At least he was there to take those chances.

Kwame Ampadu Down

Kane didn’t foul Kos for the goal. Not even close.

Man Manny

Top 4 was always going to be a tall order. The Bournemouth and Swansea losses were very damaging.
Time to be realistic – our only route back to UCL is through the EL.
Do what we can in the league, pour all our energies into EL, win it, and continue the rebuilding process…under a new manager.
Arsene goes out on a deserved high. If we win the Carabao cup, great season for all.

Don Cazorleone

What people often miss about that plan is how difficult it will actually be to win it.

Years and years of champions league has told us that Europa is mickey mouse and easy to win, which it isn’t.

It would be a surprise if we won it, not a given.

Man Manny

I never said it’s a given; all I am saying is that, at this point, it is the more realistic route to the CL. Compare that to clawing back a minimum of seven points from two teams in eleven games; tougher in my estimation.

Tom

Defensively absolutely pathetic in the second half. Lack of concentration, tactical awareness, discipline, everything. We bring on two players with zero confidence on to save the game and shift our best striker to the wing. Czech made some great saves but come on, could have gifted them two goals too. Elneny impressed in the first half and I felt we lost complete direction after his substitution. We cannot play ozil and Miki on the wings! They’re central attacking midfielders.
Need to play 4:3:2:1 but the 2 centrally

Lanre

Players go, players come and we remain shite. Just GTFO Arsene..

BiggerPicture

Wenger In !

tyler briscoe

I personally would have played Mikhitarian on the right and Ozil CAM, you know, there favoured and best positions. Mikhitarian looked lost on the left and Ozil did not thrive having to keep running up and down the wing. I understand wanting to accomodate Elneny for a bit of defensive reinforcement but to me it was clear that things needed to be changed when they scored and probably even a bit before that.

Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.
Your Smiling Adonis, Ritchie Powling.

I’m going to zip down to my local hardware retailer and buy some more nails, because you’ve already hit the others on the head. Ever though about becoming a football manager? There might be a gig going in Islington in the summer.

Christopher Wreh

Such a poor performance. Our midfield needs a Moussa Dembele and has done for years. Couldn’t live with him or Kane. Lacazette when he came on was caught offside inexplicably 3 times and totally shanked 2 glorious chances.

Bye bye top 4

Mikeytaryan

Say what you want about Cech, but when it really comes down to the big games he always steps up and saves our asses.
This was Lacazette’s opportunity to show his quality to the manager and he’s failed disappointingly.
Nevertheless we have quality up front, but our lack of quality everywhere else shows when the midfield and forward quality of the opponent is a bit above mid table.
We used to win tough away games when we had a decent midfield, go back to Cazorla vs Man City. Once we fix this problem we’ll be in good stead.

Pachvasilion

Then we need to find another Santi Cazorla. Or try to make one of our players into what Santi became (a deep-lying dribbler/playmaker to pair with a more defensive DM type).

If anything, I’m thinking maybe Wilshere can finally find his place and future in the Arsenal side as the Santi replacement. At least he has a lot of the necessary qualities…

2121

I don’t think he failed. If anything this match proved that our midfielders don’t create enough for the strikers and the few minutes he was on he had 2 chances more than Auba. So let’s not blame Lacazette for Arsenal being shit in football at the moment

Pachvasilion

He missed two clear chances. Missed them both by a mile (in relative terms). The first one he Row-Zed’ed almost as bad as Son did for the Spuds earlier in the half, and the second one he took worse than a 500,000 pound striker would, let alone a 50 million pound one.

Lacazette is not the reason the team sucks at the moment, no. But what he’s doing right now is actively hurting it’s cause (if nothing else than the fact that he’s not HELPING the cause any).

His job is to score goals, especially when they’re being served on a plate. He’s not doing his job.

Hash

Haven’t played this badly in ages…

Dave

You must be new around here.

Yellow Ribbon

We were just so bad! It was only because of Cech that we even managed to loose 1-0! First half.. with all our newly found attacking prowess.. I thought we were too defensive for our own liking and gave them way too much respect. We have made that open mouthed prick our new Drogba. Disgraceful to say the least.

Merlin\'s Panini

Shite. Didn’t even go for it.

Don

How can we bed so bad defensively when we create barely anything going forward. At least we used to be good for goals

Santori

Watching us is like trying to coax a baby to walk.

We are not going to make top 4 at this rate. I have my doubts about europa even.

As expected. Here are some unpopular but salient kernals of truth:

1) I said it this January, we are buying the wrong players. We should have bought Mahrez. We are lacking a creative wide player who can beat 2 or 3 players on his own. Service again side to side. no outlet for the defense.

2) Mhkitaryan was played on the left. He can’t cross from there to save his life. Proof is in the pudding. Consistency in his game isn’t there. Which is why United sold him.

3) “world class”? Stats don’t lie. Striker bought for prolific goal scoring record yet again doesn’t deliver. I’m not even talking about Lacazette. Where was Aubameyang today? As mentioned Mhkitaryan and Ozil (and most of our mids) like to channel into the middle. Again alludes to point one, we are lacking in creative wide players with pace to break quickly and take on players.

4) Lacazette. I’d be very worried watching him. Again, we bought almost out of convenience because of Mslintat’s ‘connections” rather than what the squad really needs. He is a player low on confidence which we will have to rely on in the europa, our mostlikely hope of sneaking into top 4. BUT aside from his poor form, an ijury to him means we are left with being dependent on Danny Welbeck.

5) Kane illustrates why it was so silly to get rid of Giroudso quickly. We don’t have that option anymore to lob the ball into the middle. In fact we were bereft of winning headers today. Like I said, we have traded a battle axe for two (blunt today) swords. You need the battle axe sometimes but we don’t have the option anymore. An improvement? Where’s all that “pace” everyone is going on about? Like Lacazette, Aubameyang’s “pace” is not life changing…unlike say Henry.

6) Elneny. Mediocre player, flimsy, adds little going forward. Granit. Flawed player defensively, can’t turn with the ball. Where we should have reinforced in midfield, we tried to become ex-Dortmund. Wise decisions in market? To me again too ‘expedient’ (and I mean it in the most negative sense of the word) without sufficient due consideration to what would truly balance this team out.

7) Mustafi. 7amkickoff and stats merchant only highlight what they want you to see. He’s been coming up with some massive blocks for us. That said, Koscielny was weak today and too easily beaten by Kane for the goal. BUT he will likely receive a higher player rating for some mysterious reason. In fact, we should be replacing Koscielny. Instead many voices will want Mustafi sold when frankly he is hardly the weakest link. Fancy playing Holding, Chambers or Mavropanos instead? The later I’m struggling to think why we bothered since we already have two Cbacks who have yet (failed) to deliver on promise, Wenger having sold the much improved Gabriel too early.

8) Monreal. Is he really that good? Caught out of position too high in recent games as I have mentioned. Panicky again today. AMN would have fared no better being culpable of not tracking players into our box. IN fact, when Elneny went off (I give the Egyptian at least credit for diligence), we slipped back to bad habits again and failed to return from midfield sufficiently in numbers. At one point there were four white shirts swarming against our two Cbacks, fortunately Son conspired to shoot high. We were lucky on more than one occasions with Cech having to save our bacon (never mind some very risky moves on his part in between as well)

9) Our only dynamic player that will take players on is Iwobi. Still a player on a learning curve. But he drop deeper today and showed his potential in deep midfield. A very good spot and delivery for the opportunity to set up Lacazette. There’s that elusive service everyone likes to complain that Lacazette never gets but what did he do? If you are truly “world class” you make it happen.

10) Conclusion, we have not address our team’s shortcomings from market. One false dawn as per usual against a poor Everton side but against a good side as expected, we are so easily shuffled sideways because of the types of players we have and the striking options.

IceBerg10

Bollox

baz00r

Sounds like you have it all figured out.

Don Cazorleone

Mahrez?

caligunner

Am I going to see this every week that Arsenal loses? Then you disappear when they win?

Again Mahrez would have cost 95M. Thats why he isn’t a City player right now. So, please get off it. Your imaginary world that he would have only cost 40-50M is a joke.

This is only his second start for Arsenal. Is that how you evaluate players? If you mention that he can play with both feet like you’ve mentioned before then he can definitely cross with from the left. He had a bad game no doubt.

Who would be that striker that Arsenal need? Don’t say Giroud, I love the guy but he would have been less impactful in a game like this where Arsenals best chances were on the break.

Laca I would definitely agree but thats a no brainer. Almost all clubs are an injury away from their striker from being forced to rely on a second rate striker. Whats your point?

Again Giroud is no good in a match where our best opportunities come on the break. Every cross would have seen Giroud missing because he isn’t fast enough for the counter.

DM has been a problem forever. Finding the right players or combo. What MF would have made a difference that transferred in Jan?

You buy young CB in the hopes they will develop into useful players. Same can be said about your narrative that you want people to follow that Mustafi had a good game. He’s a weak link and shouldn’t be an automatic starter. Only reason he is because we don’t have any other good options. Gabriel wasn’t improving. Thats just a revisionist history on your part.

Yes Monreal is good. He isn’t great he is consistent and good. Every week its either he’s good or bad?

Wow you are on the Iwobi bandwagon. Can play DM? What game did you watch? Did you only watch the highlight of the pass the Laca? He misplaced so many balls today. Pushed off the ball easily. Making bad decisions all over the pitch. He is young but his only skill is dribbling but lacks making good decisions.

In conclusion I can’t believe I even responded. Its the same shit over and over again.

Edzo

Wow. Ozil really controlled the match and yet again xhaka was amazing closing down on defense. And lacca showed remarkable composure. And after going down one goal the entire team didnt crumble by giving spurs 6 or 7 easy chances.

At least we won’t lose in the league for the rest of the month!

ronaldo

I suppose we must be thankful that it was only one, and not five or six

Shitbird

Osterstund, we’re coming for you, look out!!!

Guns&Gooners

I need a heavy doze of alcohol.