Diaby header/chance: Watch
Arsenal come close, good save: Watch
Gervinho miss: Watch
Blackburn score: 0-1: Watch
Arsenal last-ditch chance: Watch
Wenger Press Conference
Its that time of year again when our season ends in one week.
Wenger out, take that Geviniho with you
simply fucked up
Wenger screws up again, he didnt show respect to Blackburn and play a weaker side and was sucker punched. Bet those Bayern players are shaking in their boots ..Just put away the trophy cabinet keys not needed again this season ..
Vermaelen fanboys and Mertesacker haters happy now? Even Miguel plays better than he does. A sloppy piece of defending allowed the goal and no inspiration for the team. I would make Arteta make the captain and replace flop Vermaelen with Sagna, he’s far far more competant to play there and lead the defensive line. Glad that he missed couple of games or we would be fighting with Liverpool for Europa league places.
Gervinho was like a headless chicken running around not knowing what to do with the ball..and when given a clear chance he cant even hit the target ..Bayern will put at least 2 goals pass Arsenal..Wenger just concentrate on your real target which is to finish in top four ..its like winning a trophy alas an invisible one ..
Arsenal’s strength is in attack and scoring loads of goals, when the attacking players failed to score we cant win because 9 out of 10, Arsenal will concede goal or goals .. Bet Walcott would have scored a least a goal with all that possession in the first half ..Wenger fucked up again ..
Felt sorry for the home fans , they don’t deserve that kind of performance..
I hope you will understnd my point. I am not aiming particulary twards Wenger but the sub. of Rosiscky was not right. It is clear Walcott works much better with Sagna on his side. So Sagna had to replace Coqullent and strengthen the right side. Still the goal could happen but at least for the remainder of the match we could have changed the game. The big mistake was to take out Rosiscky.
At least hopfully it is glass clear what quality and team depth mean.
@Arschloch, agreed. Diaby should have been taken off, he wasn’t as effective and Rosicky was definitely creating chances and could have done something.
I might have brought Vermaelen instead of Coquelin.
Completely pointless to keep selecting a player when he doesn’t perform. Is it done so that fans begin to hate the players? I think so.
Actually this could be a cleaver trick by The Prof. Wenger. He purposely play a weaker team and lost to a Championship side so as to lull Bayern in to a comfort zone and Bayern will be tricked into fielding a weak side this Tuesday. Brilliant !
If Vermaelen doesn’t play next match, I’m hopeful of tight match. But if he does, only a miracle can save us from embarrassment.
I do agree Vermaaeln is absoultly on a low point, but to concede a goal as a result of a long pass and fail to score a goal after tenth of chances is relly worring. In the first 28 mins. we kicked 14 corners.
@Mofaz, there is a possibility of you being right there. It’s normal for Wenger to say something and do the opposite. He said that he’s taking these games (FA cup, etc) as cup final.
Sorry not that much but I think nearly 14 , do not know exactly.
Why should we have a weaker side when we are a top european team? Bayern made 3 subs. against Wolfburg and still there were great 11 players on the pitch before and afterwards.
Jokes aside, Don’t think its fair to blame individual players, yes Gervinho sucks but to be fair he has not play that much for Arsenal lately. Diaby was also so slow on the ball. Vermalean was decent and not his fault for the goal. Wenger however failed to understand the importance of winning today’s game, not just to go to the next round but mentally to lose a home game , a cup tournament against a lower division team ahead of a CL game at home against Bayern must be a blow to the team confidence..
Players complacent and lethargic cost Arsenal against Bradford and Southampton. Yet, no lessons have been learnt. Whose fault – its the manager, coaches and players…
Gervinho is a good player but has proved not to be good enough for Arsenal, he should be let go. Rosicky, for a senior player, does not boss games or show leadership, let him go.
Arteta does not have the drive to boss games, he is B-list, let him go. Diaby should be let go so the manager stop using him as an excuse not to buy a well established midfield enforcer.
The 3 players at fault for the goal are Vermalen for being lethargic, Arteta and Diaby for not tracking the runner who scored. Arsenal should stop signing B-list players, they will NEVER deliver.
ahh, same story. Tired of repeating the same things about Gervinho and the depth of the team. I wish I had an alarm that will start ringing when Arsene will start to buy proper players instead of half decent ones, so I can in the meanwhile concentrate on my studies without having these up and downs every week.
@Ofebs, I think you are watching the wrong Arteta. The Arteta who plays for Arsenal is so important for the team that when he doesn’t play, midfield is rubbish and defence is exposed. I think you should watch Mikel Arteta of Arsenal again to comment.
@Arschloch, positioning and making the right decisions at the right time is very important for the center backs. Mertesacker and Sagna have showed that they have the ingredients to perform well at CB, but for some crazy reason Wenger wants to play what he thought was best at the start of the season. It’s annoying really.
Yes, when Arteta plays, he makes the midfield better but is he good enough to not just make the midfield better but scare the opposition, my answer is no. Arsenal needs a bigger, stronger, faster DM.
The decision to throw in this back four was right. It is important to rest Per for CL match. There might be a room for amendment in case Vermaalen or Kos get injured. The defence was not the problem today and not completely to blame for the conceded goal. My point, it would have been more effective to have Walcott and Sagna together.
Now that I speak in Arsenal favour I must confess CL result will not affect me, being also a loyal Bayern München fan. My best wishes to the winning team and up the loosing team.
feel for you man! I guess come back and check Wenger and this board is gone.
which ain’t happening.
How about we talk about how financially strong the club is, or something.
Let’s hear it from the pro-Kroenke brigade.
I don’t think that was that bad of game, kinda confused on why people would call AW’s or the players heads for this one..
we literally dominated the team, it was a mistake on the counter and honestly it was our B team trying to BREAK a team who parked the bus the whole game. I do agree Gervinho should have scored or other players but honestly it sucks to be out the FA cup but looking more forward the next game against Bayern. Our real squad is going to play against bayern and its going to be a MASSIVE game.
In the end I’m glad our best players were benched for this game, because I want to see them fit for Bayern.
Agreed. I was close to jumping on the bandwagon this time myself, its just so frustrating. It was one of those “fucking bullshit” goals that people score on fifa.
Someone had to be on the field the entire match. Walcott, Cazorla, or Jack. Simple as that. I am a huge fan of both Diaby and Rosicky, but lets be honest, neither one is match fit right now, and they can’t be in the midfield by themselves. We needed that cazorla, or wilshere push, just to create something out of nothing, or a walcott instead of gervinho just to bury that 1v1 that gervinho missed. The game would have been over right there
Nevertheless, I’m still very optimistic about the bayern game and there’s no reason not to be. Up until today, we were on an amazing run. The last game we lost against Chelsea was very unlucky, the first goal coming after a clear yellow card on Coquelin, and the second goal a non-existant penalty.
I’ve heard pundits and commentators talk about how Wenger can’t hide behind the B-team argument this time, but in spite of the fact that it was all international players, none of them are match fit. Walcott for gervinho and we would have won this comfortably.
If Rosicky’s shot bounces into the net or goalkeeper failed to react on either Diaby’s or Vermaelen’s header, would these name calling still happen? And if that changed the result in the end, would you call it an ugly win?
If lead were gold…
@Ofebs, LOL. I thought Arteta was signed as Wilshere’s replacement and it was Wenger who is playing him as DM. And just because a player doesn’t play well in a position he never did, you can’t slay him. And if you do, then alright what happened when Arteta was injured couple of weeks ago? Embarrassment and torture for the defence.
@Ofebs, you said Arteta is a ‘B-list’. Unless you meant Brilliant-List, your comment is a bad joke.
@ sufian – u intentionally misunderstand my point.
Arteta is a good player but not good enough for Arsenal just as he is not good enough to make the Spanish squad. Note he is not the only one not good enough, there are others that I mentioned in my earlier post. He is what we have right now, but that does not mean he is good enough.
If losing to a Championship team after having almost 60% possession is not considered as a bad game, then Arsenal has not played a bad game this season ..
@Ofebs. if I intentionally misunderstood your point, you surely have an explanation of why Artet’s injury (last season and even this) and team’s poor form comes at the same time?
And oh, that is hilarious you know. It’s the Spain’s abundance of quality which has kept Arteta out of the squad. If Nasri was English, he would have been a fixture in the English team, but since France has too many quality players in that area, he doesn’t make starting 11.
Arteta is a quality player – not a Fabregas not a Wilshere but he is sort of a combination of Makelele / Pirlo. You see when he plays, our midfield is more organized & more creative as he does the dirty work as well as letting Santi play. And don’t blame him for missing that last chance of the game. He is not a striker. Our so called strikers should have buried the game before that happened.
1 more thing – Arteta would have walked into any other national side in the world.
Rightly said. Now I think he is frustrated by that last miss.
Btw, Diaby is playing alright in the tackling department. I guess if Diaby’s and Arteta’s positions were swapped, it could’ve been more efficient midfield. Nothing can be done now, that’s for sure.
a.k.a gunner – I don’t disagree that Arteta is a quality player. To be a quality player and to be good enough for a club are two different things. Podolski is a quality player but I bet fans of Barcelona would argue he is not good enough for their team.
Arteta is no Pirlo, he has never bossed games the way Pirlo has done in the European Championship and in the Italian league. Arsenal should aim for players comparable to those in Barca, Madrid, etc.
If Arteta is not good enough for Barca or Madrid why are we happy to say he is good enough for Arsenal? Does he do a decent job, yes. Is he the very best at it, no.
Ofebs, I really don’t know what you’re talking about. To find a better DM than Arteta, you’d have to look outside the PL, and that is not even his natural position.
Arteta is a top top player.
@everybody, is he (Ofebs) bashing Arteta for not playing well as a DM or his finishing qualities or because of Rovers defeating Arsenal?
This is a blog and everybody is entitled to an opinion. let’s not discourage someone from speaking out his mind by rallying public opinion against him.
Let everyone speak out their opinion even if others don’t agree with it.
Yes, Arsenal should look outside of the PL to find a better DM, they are available. I repeat, I do not disagree that Arteta is a top player, he is just not good enough for the very top. He is not the only one in the team that is not good enough but he too should go…
I will be interested to find out other names then. Vermaelen must make that list due to his weak performances gifting opponents several goals.
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