Blackburn Rovers 4 – 3 Arsenal: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

Ok,  before getting into the match analysis I just want to congratulate Blackburn Rovers and Steve Kean. They worked hard, took whatever came their way, and fully deserve to move up from the bottom of the table.

Now let’s get on with Arsenal. What does one say after a performance like that? If the Gunners took all the excellent chances they created they’d have scored half a dozen or more. As it was, five Arsenal players entered the scorebook with only Yakubu replying twice but such is the nature of the game that the scorecard and points table doesn’t quite reflect that.

There can be some arguments that the third goal was off-side and that was the turning point. Without seeing the replay it’s hard to say but Walcott was upended in the last minute so that is another talking point. But the bottom line is that one cannot excuse such a defeat even if an element of bad luck was involved.

Arsene started with Santos at left-back and surprisingly, Ramsey made a sufficient recovery to make the starting line-up. Theo moved to the bench for Arshavin. Benayoun and Gibbs also made way. It was a strong enough line-up to win this game.

The start was predictable. Arsenal had most of the ball while Blackburn tried to defend. But there were warning signs as early as the second minute. Hoilett got past Sagna on the right but his cross from the by-line went straight to Szczesny.

The Gunners were getting some joy down the right and Sagna was putting in good crosses. The goal came in the 10th minute. Van Persie dropped deep while Gervinho took up a central striking position. Song found the Ivorian’s run with a deft through-ball. A slight deflection off Samba’s attempted sliding block was enough to take it past Robinson. It looked like this could be a good day for the Gunners and Kean must have been worried.

Wenger’s side continued their domination of the ball but Blackburn were naturally more purposeful after the goal. Another warning sign came in the 18th minute when a free-kick was floated to the back post where Samba and Dann were completely unmarked. The Congolese defender must have been disappointed with his header that was well wide off the mark.

Arshavin then had a couple of shots on goal in quick succession. One was deflected for a corner while the other drew a good save.

In the 24th minute Gervinho wasted a gilt-edged chance after Sagna found him completely free inside the edge of the box. It was a terrible strike given the time and space he had.

As if in some sort of punishment by footballing gods, Yakubu scored at the other end a minute later. Arsenal’s back line was all over the place. Santos was too deep even when he could see the others. Koscielny let his man run presumably attempting to play off-side. There was no pressure on Hoilett who was able to slip a simple pass through. Szczesny came out and was beaten with a simple flick of the boot.

A couple of minutes later there was another long free-kick and Szczesny came flying out to collect it. The Arsenal Keeper looked like a clown as he missed the ball and only a desperate header from Koscielny prevented Samba from connecting with an overhead kick six yards out. The giant defender again won the header from the resulting corner but couldn’t keep it on target.

Around the half hour mark Dann clattered into Sagna while making a clearance and that might have been the reason the Frenchman had to go off later in the game. Hopefully it won’t be too serious as the Gunners really cannot afford to lose Sagna at this stage of the season.

The lead was restored in the 32nd minute. Song played another excellent ball forward that found the run of Ramsey whose cut-back was perfect for Arteta arriving late at the edge of the box.

Arsenal squandered a couple of glorious chances to score the third goal. In the 41st minute Gervinho played a terrible, terrible pass when there was an opportunity to go 4-v-2 on a counter. A couple of minutes later the Ivorian didn’t pick Van Persie who was free in the box. His head was down as Dann blocked his strike. Extremely poor choice and for the third game in a row Arsenal have missed that extra pass in front of goal!

At half-time Steve Kean must have told his team to get the ball into the box. Arsenal had shown enough weaknesses. There was every reason to believe Blackburn could get something out of this one but even the most optimistic of fans must not have expected such generosity (or rank incompetence) as we saw from the Gunners in the second half.

It didn’t take long. Four minutes into the second half, Arshavin committed a foul just outside the left edge of Arsenal’s penalty box. The set-piece looked innocuous enough as Van Persie and Samba challenged for it. Both missed. It went in off of Song’s knee with no Blackburn player around him. The Cameroonian was having a great game thus far but was caught on his heels. He should have been anticipating the ball to come through and should have been prepared to clear it or at least control it better.

Song then hit a header over at the other end from a corner while Formica was able to get through one-v-one following further defensive shambles. Szczesny got a strong hand on the ball but the game was more even now with the home side in ascendancy. Around that time, Djourou came on for Sagna.

Arsenal looked a bit lost and struggled to move the ball under pressure. A bit reminiscent of their midweek troubles but not forced back to that extent. Hoilett was troubling Djourou and that was forcing the Gunners back.

In the 57th minute the quick winger won a corner from Djourou. The resulting delivery went deep at the back post. Arsenal didn’t have anyone in that area. Nzonzi struck it back across goal between the outstretched leg of Koscielny and the extended arm of a diving Szczesny. Yakubu, who tapped it in from two yards, was off-side. Just. But the goal stood. Again Arsenal’s zonal marking was found wanting and linesman, even though he made a mistake, was not the main problem for this goal.

After the hour mark Walcott came on for Arshavin.

In the 68th minute the Gunners conceded another own goal. This time from a counter-attack. Olsson got away down the right as Santos and Gervinho were high up the pitch in search of an equalizer. Arsenal still had enough bodies back. The big mistake came from Djourou who didn’t read the danger well enough. He was ambling across when he realized Olsson was going to go past him. A quick burst and an attempted sliding tackle weren’t enough. The Swiss defender didn’t get enough on the ball or the man. Even then Song was there covering but was beaten but a simple drop of the shoulder inside the box. Szczesny then made a daft attempt to get a hand on a cut-back he was never going to reach. Either he got fingertips on it or distracted Koscielny enough that the defender couldn’t sort his feet out. Another own goal. More calamitous defending.

In 23 second half minutes the Gunners had managed to convert a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit.

Credit goes to the players as they kept trying and created a number of chances. It was good to see Chamakh finally scoring as he got on the end of a delightful Van Persie cross.

The off-the-ball movement was good in this game. Some of the crosses were superb. There are some positives if one tries to look at the bright side. But there is just too big a question mark over the defending and I am finding it hard to concentrate on anything else. Unless there is an immediate addition to the coaching staff – and I know it will be extremely hard to find the right person – I don’t see things improving. It is not an issue with individuals but is more of a problem with the way Arsenal think about defending which leads to systemic errors.

I also feel it is important people stop talking about title challenge. It just adds an unnecessary pressure. There is no way this squad is winning the Premiership or the Champions League. The focus must be on a top four spot, which will be hard enough to achieve, and one of the domestic cups starting this Tuesday.

Individual Performances:

Szczesny: I thought he was uncharacteristically edgy in this game and transferred a bit of it to the defenders. Came out more than once when he had no chance of getting the ball. Was partially at fault for the fourth goal. Can’t blame him for the second or third. I have to see the first one again.

Sagna: Struggled against the pace of Hoilett but was dogged enough to get back. Put in some good crosses. Not at fault for any of the goals.

Mertesacker: Missed a great chance in injury time. Can’t really blame him for the performance. Won the balls that came his way but he can’t cover the whole box.

Koscielny: Uncharacteristically slack all through the game. Passing was sloppy as was his positioning. Decision making wasn’t very good. Probably his worst game in an Arsenal shirt.

Santos: Looked competent on the ball but didn’t have a great understanding with the rest of the defence. That’s not his fault though. Should get better with more game time. Put in a couple of good balls and will add more of an attacking threat as he settles.

Djourou: Didn’t read the game well enough, wasn’t decisive at a key moment, poor crossing. Struggled against pace.

When a team conceeds four goals and looks so vulnerable on set-pieces there is a natural tendency to blame the back five. To an extent that is valid as there were a number of individual mistakes. Some might say that a commanding English centre-back like Cahill (so dominant and effective against United a fortnight ago!) is the answer. I strongly disagree.

If you look at the number of chances Arsenal got from crosses and set-pieces, it’s clear that even with players like Dann and Samba it’s not easy to defend good balls in dangerous areas. It just cannot be about individuals.

There are technical mistakes, errors in judgment and positioning, but most of all the thought process related to defending needs a serious revamp.

Song: Looked brilliant in the first half. Was impressive in attacking areas and played some delightful passes. Should have done better for the second and fourth goals.

Arteta: His movement was better in this game as he got more time on the ball. Good timing for the second goal. Passing was effective but he will have to produce a lot more if the Gunners have to challenge for a Champions League spot. Set-piece delivery was impressive.

Ramsey: Some of his passing and movement was amazing like the run and pass for Arteta’s goal or the pass to Arshavin that led to a great chance in the 43rd minute. Some of his touches were loose and struggled a bit under pressure. Tired towards the end, which was surprising.

The midfield was better in this game when compared to the last few. But the errors in defence were just too many. The midfielders should also create a lot more when they get as much time and space as they did in the first half.

Gervinho: Well taken goal, good movement and work rate, messed up three excellent opportunities. Typical Gervinho – exciting and frustrating.

Van Persie: Tremendous effort once again. Good assist for the third goal. Got into great positions but the passes didn’t come.

Arshavin: Had a few good moments on the ball but overall another disappointing game. He too got into good positions but the midfield didn’t find him often enough. Conceded a needless free-kick for the second goal.

Walcott: Looked lively, put in good crosses, no complaints.

Chamakh: Good to see him get off the mark for the season. He can be a real impact player if Arsenal use him well.

The attack, Gervinho in particular, should have done better. There were more goals in this game for the Gunners.

Wenger: I don’t think he did much wrong in this game per se. But the problems are long standing and the buck stops with the manager.


66 Responses to Blackburn Rovers 4 – 3 Arsenal: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

  1. Tim says:

    Yakubu was marginally offside for the third, and opinion is divided on the late penalty shout. Personally, I think it was – Theo had pushed the ball across goal and Robinson then collided with him, even though he had his arms pulled in. I would have said a penalty but no booking for Robinson, but you’re not going to get those in the 95th minute unless it’s crystal clear.

    We had bad luck today, for sure, but the thing is that bad teams get bad luck. Most of the team played pretty well for most of the game, but these individual and collective failings at setpieces and other critical moments – like Djourou’s pathetic attempt at a tackle on the touchline in the build-up for the fourth goal – continue to kill us.

    I still maintain that the needed improvements will always take time, but the question is fast becoming how much time Wenger will get. Surely we need a defensive coach/consultant now?

    http://thearmchairsportsfan.com/2011/09/17/same-old-arsenal-always-conceding/

  2. Blender says:

    Three wins in sixteen means walking papers to any coach anywhere, in any sport. BTW that’s with and without Na$ri and Fabregas.

  3. MistaKen says:

    When I think about 6 years of missed opportunities to purchase quality players I come to one conclusion. Wenger really cannot see (though it is staring him in the face) where the problems lie.

    it just goes on, and on, and on – and I’m sick of it.

  4. Anubrata says:

    I am fed up of Arsenal… I hate you Arse Wenger nd I hate ur fuckng club like hell…. Disgusted at tbe team’s performance…. I hate to call myself an Arsenal supportr from now on…..

    • Gunner4lyf says:

      If you are so fed up with Arsenal, why the hell are you still watching Arsenal play? People like you support one club today and another tomorrow. Go join the Spuds bandwagon, you’ll fit right in.

    • writingrio says:

      Hi buddy,… On behalf of the rest of us who believe and will keep supporting Arsenal, thank you for camping with us. All the best with your new team!!!
      We will keep supporting Arsenal!!!

    • Rand_treyarch says:

      Good. The more fans like this we get rid of the better.

  5. Kushagra India says:

    Either Wenger should find someone to sort out the defence or fall on his sword ffs….

  6. el bizarron says:

    they make me want to cry…

  7. SoCal_Gun says:

    Ugh. That was just as ugly as the 8-2 result. It’s gonna be a long year…..

  8. kale says:

    i really think it is time to start playing 4-1-3-2,frimpong instead of song not because he is better far from it but if we are going to play with 1 dm it has to one that doesnt do forward at all,in the midfield it should be arteta(right),ramsey(wilshere when he comes but) and gervinho(left).chamakh would give as an threat in the air and he would make van persies job alot easier because he would have somebody to hold the ball up in attack i would also bring walcott in as a sub instead because it is harder to stop him when you are tied

  9. David Kay says:

    One word describes the current arsenal team – PATHETIC. And this is coming from a die hard Gooner who has supported this team and Wenger through all the ignominy we have become all too accustomed to. I think it might be time for Wenger to fall on his sword.

  10. NS says:

    Time for Wenger to buck up or go. i have never said a bad word but the frenchmans stubborness is killing my club. HE IS BEING STUBBORN.
    1) play players in their correct positions. Stop this converting bullshit you are obsessed with. Its worked ONCE with Henry….and thats it. IT HAS NEVER WORKED OTHERWISE
    2) 4/3/3 doesnt work. We dont have the players for it or the tactics. Go back to any formation that has 2 players up front
    3) in training on Monday work on the following:
    – 1hr on crossing for all wingers/fullbacks
    – 1hr on shooting from edge of the box…all midfielders and strikers
    – 1hr on defence headering (difficult since we have no one that can cross and no one that can attack the ball)
    – 1hr on free kicks around the edge of the box

    4) call in a defensive coach – arsene, pat you have both proved that you cannot coach a defensive unit. Campbell did it for you, so did Gallas, without them or TV we are shit in defence

    5) do the above and you can stay…keep ignoring this and i want you both out

    STOP BEING SO FUCKING STUBBORN

    • davi says:

      the converting thing worked for lauren as well actually 🙂

      Ljungberg wasn’t really a winger either, before he came to arsenal, nor was wiltord.

      • chris from Cambridge says:

        Yes but Wiltord was never at his best playing out wide. Nor Reyes, Bendtner, Arshavin, Walcott.

    • chris from Cambridge says:

      Very good points, well said.

      > One other conversion that did work was Manu Petit. But can’t think of any more ?

      > I have read that Wenger does not like practicing shooting because players can injure their thighs (no kidding). Why we don’t (seem to) practice heading I can’t explain.

      > Poor old Pat Rice just does arm whirling with the lads before K.O. But we do have an obvious defensive coach in Boro Primorac (ex Yugoslavia defender) who has been there all along. He seems to be invisible ??

  11. HadNUFF says:

    Wenger is a broken man with broken team & heartbroken fans…time to FCUK OFF!!!!!

  12. Yang says:

    Most of Arsenal players lack of defensive skill. Arsenal commit too many fouls as a big team. Many players are good at attacking but lack of defensive aspect of game so commit clumsy foul to compansate it.

    Midfielder and even striker need to practice and drill over defense which is so lack in this team. Look at the Barca, their midfielders all capable of attack and defense. You need organization and skill to defend.

    • chris from Cambridge says:

      I agree entirely. We looked very slick going forward (first half) but do not know how to play when the oppos have the ball.

      Remember Wenger would have won SFA ….. without the old back 4/5 and their ready made successors (eg. Campbell).

  13. venky says:

    unless we change the system to 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 we are going to struggle this season

  14. winner says:

    This game should never have been lost. The defending was pathetic. However, we should all remember that if Dortmund had taken their chances that game could have been lost by a similar margin. This team is just not compact enough. Now to what I believe are important observations:
    1. For the second game in a row Gervinho has somehow cost the team…if he had picked Theo up in Dortmund with that obvious pass we would have won. If he had passed to Van Persie I doubt that Blackburn would have come back into the game witih a two goal deficit before half time. Gervhino will be a great player but he needs to work very quickly on becoming a team player rather than go for individual headlines.
    2. Our wingbacks were just not solid enough, just as against Swansea. Perhaps they should be more cautious about joining the attack. But it is very frustrating when average players really roast our wingbacks.
    3. The formation that Wenger is deploying has become too predictable. We have the players to challenge for honours but the tactics must be twicked.
    4. I think the defeat will be a blessing in disguise. It will take the complaceny out of the team will force Wenger to do some serious introspection. That 2-8 defeat to United was afterall not a fluke but a true reflection of the current state of affairs afterall half the team that started today featured at United.
    5. This season can still be salvaged if all people involved fans and players alike pull together give 200% effort.
    6. I am still numb and can’t believe that in the last sixteen premiership games Arsenal has won only three times.

    • davi says:

      Can’t fault any of your points there, mate. No.2 & 3 are particularly important, and imo have been the main problem with the side in recent times.
      One thing I always noticed about previous wenger sides is that our players were always excellent 1-on-1, particularly in wide areas. Very rarely did players beat them, especially PL players. I do think that the individual skill level of the average PL player has increased recently, but still, I never saw sagna as the sort of player who was particularly hard to get past.

    • chris from Cambridge says:

      > Of course it is predictable. Every team in the world knows how to play against Arsenal. Let us pass the ball around and around till we lose it … then hit us when we are wide open to a break away. Score from set pieces and don’t fear giving away Arsenal set pieces.

      > Last season certain players eventually gave up on the Wenger intellectual dream …. and have jumped ship. Arshavin has long since given up on it but is still with us.

      > The new players were bought too late to have had time to settle in. But I bet the likes of Mertesacker are shocked at how inept and disorganised we are when the oppos have the ball.

  15. davi says:

    @Desi – how much of this do you think is due to the fact that this team hasn’t really played together at all, and needs time to gel. It seems to me that plenty of times, good or even great sides have had a low period before everything settles down, and we begin to see the best of them.

  16. winston says:

    It will be interesting to see how many own goals we have conceded in last 3 seasons compared ot other teams.
    The defensive frailities are now in its 5th season and surely that is long enough for any manager to put it right? I think there is not enough training and after beieng a loyal supporter of Arsene wenger i have to admit he doesn’t have the wherewithall to coach defensive tactics.What is so bad about having another assistant on the bench- some one like Keowwn.Dixon,or Winterburn?.It didn’t look this bad in the past because we always managed to score more goals and Win.With the exception of RVP we no longer have top class goal scorers.So I guess the ONLY answer is to have a top class defense! Still I live in hope that things will change.

    Winston

    P.S I understand some russian club is interested in Arshavin and are willing to pay 17 million.This would be the best oppurtunity to kill 2 birds with one stone.Get rid of the least committed player in the squad and make some money

  17. oh why oh why says:

    fans have been saying for the last 3/4yrs quality in defence and he buys koscielny he cant defend!!!!how many more times…wenger gone by january …hopes

  18. Greencard usa says:

    Van Persie has scored sensational goals mostly through first time strikes. Lately, he takes touches in the box, allows the opposition defense to regroup and either loses the ball or provides weak passes. When will Arsenal learn that there is no time to dally in the box?

  19. Kahacho says:

    Why didnt you say that about Kos after CL match?He had a bad game like the whole defence!Buying defenders won’t do,a defense coach to work with Wenger is what we need.

  20. arna says:

    fuck off wenger….asshole arsene needs a huge cock in the ass

  21. Sharpshooter says:

    Leaving aside all the rant against Wenger, the main culprits for this game were undoubtedly Song (terrible, terrible 2nd half) and Djourou who is simply all over the place. I can’t believe that after an excellent game in Dortmund Song could be so poor in the second half. And, Jesus, Djourou was one of our best defenders last season. I don’t know if that’s Aw’s fault… It just seems that Song was very relaxed in the 2nd half thinking that nothing will happen and Djourou must sort himself out. He looks like Squillaci, damn it!

  22. Sharpshooter says:

    And one more thing-if we lose our next league game I put my money that Wenger will resign…. Feel sorry for him because I don’t believe he’s the main responsible for what’s happening at the club right now. But that’s life…

  23. THE TOOTHPASTE IS OUT OF THE TUBE. ARSENE WENGER IS DONE.CAN NOT STOMACH THESE “SHOCKERS” ANYMORE. WE ARE STILL IN PRESEASON BECAUSE WE BOUGHT PLAYERS 3 GAMES IN. PLAYERS WITH NO PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE. IF WE WERE GOING TO DO BUSINESS LATE, WE SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR CAHILL, PARKER AND BAINES. WE BRING IN FOREIGN PLAYERS WITH SO MUCH PRESSURE AND BREAK THEM. WE HAVE DESTROYED ARSHAVIN, DJOUROU, KO, SQUILLACH. WE RISK LOSING METERSACKER AND SANTOS.THIS SEASON IS LOST, NO TROPHIES, NO TOP FIVE FINISH. WE ARE DONE AND IT’S SAD.
    TURNING TO THE GAME:
    WHAT GETS DISCUSSED DURING HALF TIME. WHY IS OUR SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE ALWAYS DEPLORABLE.
    WHEN SAGNA GOT INJURED, RAMSEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MOVED TO RIGHT-BACK, DJOUROU IS LOST, HIS CONFIDENCE HAS BEEN SHREDDED AND WE SHOULD SELL HIM.WE HAVE LOST ARSHARVIN, HE SHOULD BE SOLD IN JANUARY, HE PLAYS LIKE A STRANGER IN THE TEAM, LIKE HE DOESN’T BELONG. SELL ARSHAVIN, TURN AROUND AND SEND THE WHOLE AMOUNT TO BOLTON AND GET CAHILL. KO IS LOST TOO, SELL HIM AND SALVAGE WHATEVER WE CAN GET FOR SQUILLACH AND GET BAINES. SANTOS AND GIBBS ARE BACK-UP AND CAN ALSO HELP ON THE WING. WENGER SHOULD ALSO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT SONG, STOP TURNING HIM INTO A BOX TO BOX AND ASK HIM TO STAY AT HOME (DEFENCE)FOR THE WHOLE MATCH. RAMSEY’S ENERGY IS ADMIRABLE, BUT HIS PASSING IS AWFUL. HE SHOULD BE PLAYED AT RIGHT OR LEFT BACK WHENEVER POSSIBLE. THAT HELPED WITH FLAMINI. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR THE LOSS TODAY, ABSOULETELY NO EXCUSE. THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF MEDIOCRITY. SAD! SAD! SAD!

    • Sharpshooter says:

      Idiot.

      • LOST FOR WORDS? NO NEED TO BE RUDE, IF YOU DO NOT AGREE JUST EXPLAIN WHY YOU DO NOT AGREE. NO NEED TO BEHAVE LIKE A BRAINLESS CYBER BULLY

      • johnny says:

        @345sd whatever – when somebody writes a long yelling message it is clear that his I.Q. is pretty low. Since you can’t explain to a monkey what Caps Lock means, I won’t try to do it.
        About what you wanted to yell (it’s difficult to read because you typed any random idea about Arsenal that came to your head) I might say that playing Ramsey as a full-back is a new idea (the poor lad didn’t play there in his whole life and right now he doesn’t seem to be fine even as a CM, his natural position)…
        About all the selling, re-selling, buying and buying, I understand that Football Manager 2011 is a nice game, but don’t think real life is exactly the same.
        I might say (in fact I said it already) that Djourou had a very good 2010-2011 season so I can’t see why we should sell him, but…
        About Premier League experience you should know that Sagna, Alex, Agger, Skrtel, Gallas, Hippya, Carvalho and many others didn’t have such kind of experience and they did just fine.
        About half time discussions, you should remember that last 2 seasons Arsenal turned many games after half time (barcelona at home, Liverpool away ring any bells?) so I guess Wenger knows something about half time discussions.
        I don’t think any other commentary is necessary, but I understand that you hate Wenger and want him gone. No worry, as I already said, he’ll probably leave pretty soon. And I am sad because he brought us so much success in the past. That’s all and I hope our “conversation” ends here.

    • Claver says:

      No need to shout.

    • dy says:

      I don’t see how Ramsey can play Sagna’s role at right back. I don’t think Ramsey can play in mid either. He should be a backup when call upon.
      I don’t understand why people would shut for Cahill, if you want quality then why not aim higher and ask for the best in the world. Just don’t make sense.

  24. terry says:

    This is bullshit we have tall players players with excellent tchnical ability, physical players our god dam formation is bullshit !!!
    Without cecs 433 sucks sucks sucks
    Simple suggestion change our tactics or the fuckin manager we should play 442 as simple as that

    • chris from Cambridge says:

      Well we should certainly have more systems / formations/ tactics … available according to opponents and circumstances. Other teams do ….. but Wenger does not do tactics.

  25. We have a great team that is yet to gell and once they do we will be at our best. We have great players who have no understanding of each other. Frankly, it down to our inability to have a pre season as team that is costing us points. We have 4 points, as an optimist I see it as 4 Draws and 1 Loss. Not bad at all but could be worse! We need to dig in!

  26. Sg666 says:

    I stand by Arsenal 100% it’s just our turn, a test
    To see, not how mentally strong the players are but also
    The fan-base. Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham have discarded
    Manager’s only to give the next one too much money and no time.
    Like in the film “300” this is Sparta..THIS IS ARSENAL be brave!!

    • Been brave for 6 years. How much more can we give. We are like a besieged brigade that has been cut off from the main force. Our general is lost for words and ideas. We need reinforcements and a new General, we have lost too many battles and arguably, the war is lost, at least with this general at the helm

  27. Len Goodwin says:

    I THINK OUR PROBLEMS ARE DISCIPLINE & CONCENTRATION. THAT ISN’T COUNTING OUR CRAP PLAYERS.
    DISCIPLINE;SONG IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER, BUT STROLLS ABOUT ALL OVER LEAVING THE DEFENCE EXPOSED WHEN WE HE IS CAUGHT UP FIELD.
    CONCENTRATION; LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF TIMES OUR PLAYERS SWITCH OFF. HOW OFTEN THEY ARE CAUGHT OUT BECAUSE THEY DON’T ANTICIPATE.
    W***ERS

    • chris from Cambridge says:

      Look at Michel or De Yong. They hardly cross the half way line and nor should Song. But that would not fit in with Wenger .. who ” will nevere abandon my attacking principles! ”

      Concentration … well yes but the first problem is we have few players who have been coached in what to concentrate upon when the other team has the ball.

  28. chris from Cambridge says:

    I expect Wenger to last longer than people imagine (unless he walks away). The Board have nobody able to face up to … who to appoint in his place. And I do hope nobody else suggests poor old Pat Rice.

  29. Claver says:

    The performance is what one would expect if the Defenders hadn’t played together in a while.

    Except, why do Song and Koscielny appear to lose it in the 18yd? Too many bad memories?

    There is absolutely no reason to panic. The team will gel. Let’s hope Song and Koscielny find they feet.

    Something happens to our best performers. And somehow, we seem to get exposed in exactly the areas of weakness in our team. Witness, Sagna suffering an injury. Ramsey getting ‘injured’.

    Our enemies should say to themselves, if it’s too good to be true it probably is!

    Are there signs of a ‘Cold War’ at play?

  30. Brendan says:

    We have won 3 of our past 16 games – we are one of the biggest clubs in the world – Arsene Wenger is still the manager – FUCK OFF WENGER!

  31. Amazone says:

    UNLESS WENGER IS SHOWN THE DOOR …

    Pretty soon, Arsenal Football Club will be fighting against relegation. Unless the club gets rid of WENGER, Pat RICE and company. Signs of decline were there for all to see last year. As usual, Wenger did nothing and we kept being complacent. He did not prepare the season the way a professional manager does. He has been so stubborn that he has become a serious liability for the club.

    He has lost any sense of tactical acumen. He uses players in unnatural positions. He is slow to respond to changing circumstances on the field. He has lost touch with innovation. If he remains at the helm, Arsenal might just well be fighting for survival in the PL at the end of the year.

    Striking is also the fact that meanwhile, nobody seems to be responsible for what is going on. There is no Chairman doing the talk. There is Wenger, Wenger and Wenger. Is he the club owner? Where are the owners? Why are they not doing anything?

    People say if Wenger leaves, who will replace him, as if anybody on Earth was irrepleacable. Of course Wenger can be replaced.
    Look for Frank Rijkjard who was so successful with Barcelona.

    • santori says:

      I think he should have known that Blackburn would come at us hammer and tong.

      We needed a readjustment of personnel at half time, particularly as the current players have not sufficiently familiarise.

      Would have been better to have had Frimpong beside Song in the second half to add more cometitive solidity, and maybe Benayoun in for Arsharvin earlier.

      OTOH, CHamakh did exactly as he should have and was for once, employed correctly (with a supporting striker -RVP)

      I think we may be better in a modified 4-4-2(4-4-1-1) with this team IMO.

      • dy says:

        Should try playing Chamakh as suggested with RVP to support. If the flanks are Gervinho/Walcott, Arteta and Song will have to shoulder the extra work load of offence and defence in front of the back four. No matter how you manage the players in different position, the team is short of the right personnel to properly do the job intended. Maybe, just maybe the same team at Dortmund is the right mix.

  32. BarDel says:

    Minus the two own goals and you’ll see that we would have won. Also remember one of the goals was offside.

    We were unlucky, I dont think we all should freak out.

  33. jrtarsenal says:

    How can a playa of walcot, chamak, djourou n a lot more play in the first team of a top european team, they just mediocre. Do top team lik manu n barca do that. And almunia, squillaci be still there. No quality players.
    Afta d gam 4 thought abt d attitude of d team. Dont have the fighting till d last attitude.

  34. santori says:

    In many ways, this new zonal system marking reminds me of Liverpool pre-Dalglish takeover ( for that matter, in some ways, our commitment in numbers when going forward)

    Fine playing zonal but if you are that rigid with it, you will get punish.

    There are going to be some very obvious threats aerially. Dann and Samba. Yet, all Samba needed to do was position himself out of Metersecker’s zone, to get joy on the ball.

    Sorry, but I would have liked to see Metersecker tasked with picking up Samba (in the box) when defending set pieces.

    The other thing that annnoys me with the current defense is the amount of careless clearances from us. The backline seem to have developed a habit of “anywhere will do”, in essence handing the ball right back to Blackburn. This was very evident in the game against Dortmund and Swansea.

    Clearly, our defense needs work and I do agree with Desi (have been saying this for several seasons nowat tedium) that we need specific coaching in this area and someone who can buck the trend currently set by Wenger and company.

    Overall, a very dissapointing performance today. It really affects the morale of the team if we give away such cheap goals. Fear for the wrose at the moment.

    • dy says:

      clearly, the defence is awful, has been like that for a long time. I don’t have a clue how it’s possible to bring back the confidence , quality and all that to the team. Its a sickening feeling to see nothing seems to work at Arsenal. Arsene has to see that once too often. As a die hard supporter, I plead to Arsene to have the courage and foresight to ‘resign’, bring in a new manager/coach to guide Arsenal. there’s precedent somewhere. It’s not being a coward or backing down in face of defeat, sacrifice has to be made. Wholesale change of the team isn’t possible nor it is necessary but the one change that can make a difference is for Arsene to step aside, even for a season. Make an excuse, call in sick, whatever. We’ll understand and salute your courage.

  35. Blueman says:

    Eh! You gotta laugh haven’t you!! I just wonder if it’s something to do with karma? Because for years arsenal and their fans have been arrogant beyond belief. Eamole; You hurl racist abuse for 75 minutes and are then so weak in the head you can’t cope when someone runs on a pitch and puts his hands in the air!! So you vandalise the stadium and throw seats damn near killing a steward because your little deary sensibilities were upset!!!!! now your completely crap, it’s KARMA. Gervinho looks a decent player…do a good job bringing him on and I’m sure a top club will pick him up for a few quid.
    Isn’t arrogance ugly?

  36. ManBearPig says:

    Exactly what happened at Liverpool… American owners take over the club, best players sold (Xabi Alonso, Mascherano etc)… Results start going tits up, all scousers claim Benitez has lost the plot & gets sacked replaced with a proper ‘English’ manager.. Hodgson. The board still don’t give him any support and that’s when the Scousers recognized that it was the board, Gillete/Hicks that were CUNTING them over.
    I’m no AKB however people need to stop swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool & start recognizing that our yank is CUNTING us.
    Out with the board, Wenger should be sent upstairs and bring a new manager in… Don’t know who, but Joachim Lowe or that Jurgen Klopp look good.
    Demonstrations against the board are needed…

    http://m.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/may/10/stan-kroenke-arsenal-cash-dividends?cat=football&type=article

  37. Etihad says:

    ALL OF THIS IS LAUGHABLE

    The season is over guys. Most of these comments are totally laughable. Wenger and Arsenal lost the plot at least 18 months ago. And neither Man U, nor Chelsea, nor Man City will let us go near them this season. We have lost the plot because our dear Frenchman has gone blind. And the Board has gone missing. There is no pilot left in the plane.

    So many glaring reforms that could have been made 18 months ago while we were still in control of our destiny. And nothing got done. Wenger kept pocketing the money and selling mirages. And we were all glad to buy into his delusions. Now is the pay back time.

    There won’t be any trophy this year. We won’t be among the top 4. So no Champions League in 2012. If lucky at all, we will be a mid-table team by the end of the season. But as things go, we might be fighting against relegation. And when we are relegated, we will still have people telling ask Wenger knows it all and should stay at the helm.

    Self-destruction and self-delusion – there is no other way to characterize what is going on.

    So, to all, welcome to the desert of sado-masochism.

    • Satish says:

      Ur name says it all Mr/Mrs.Etihad.So i would not like to say anymore to prove that you are a sugar-daddy’s illegitimate son/daughter.

  38. Goon says:

    i doubt we will ever be able to perfect the 4-2-3-1 formation that wenger is trying to use at the moment, especially when we don’t really have enough movement in the final third. i really do think that we should revert back to the 4-4-2 that served us so well now that cesc is no longer here. a midfield combination of song and wilshere/ramsey, with rvp and walcott up front and 2 of gervinho, arshavin, benayoun, oxlade chamberlain, miyaichi on the wings to support them. but formations/player selection aside, i do think that we do not press hard enough up front, like we did in the beginning of the 09-10 season against everton, portsmouth and manu. we seemed to have abandoned the hard pressing after we lost to manc 4-2 where they won with counters. i still want to believe in wenger to know what he’s doing, and to a certain extent i do feel sorry for him when his players don’t repay the faith that he has put in them by putting in proper effort and attitude. gooner for life!

  39. 037 says:

    I think that Vermaelen and/or Sagna is absolutely necessary to organize the defence. Mertesacker just doesn’t seem up for the job.

    And I do wonder why Arsenal failed to hold on to the ball, and pass it around (like they did in the first half) in the second half. We seemed to lose all flow in the 2nd half.

  40. Satish says:

    Arsenal’s miserable start to the season reminds me of Bayern Munich’s start to last season.Their defending was all over the place and could not put the ball in the back of the net for sometime as Robben andRibery(key players) were out for quite sometime.They started off well in the UCL and did well in the competition’s group stages and went on to lose only to Inter at home in the knockouts.Bayern were on with 8 points from 7 games with 3 losses from those 7 games.They grinded out results slowly without really playing well and kept it tight at the back.Slowly gained confidence and went onto finish 3rd with a UCL play off place.Arsenal can take a leaf out of their books and solely concentrate on getting on to top-4 finish with a run in in either of the cups or even winning them would do a lot to the players.And i agree we are just too adamant to carry on with same formations again and again which has made us predictable.I am a Bayern fan(Bundesliga) as well as a hardcore gooner.So i can spot the similarities in a lot of ways.We need to make sure of winning the next 3 home games against Shrewsbury,Bolton and Olympiakos.Once we start winning the confidence shall slowly return and after the international break we can expect Vermaelen and Diaby back which would give us a better balance.Hoping for a crucial ten days and with optimism.I trust the team and the boss.Lets support the team and make sure we make Emirates a living hell for the opposition.
    Come on Gooners!!

  41. Londongooner says:

    Saturday’s second half performance left me feeling deflated to the point of almost being numb! Arsenal’s defensive ineptness has gone on for a period of time now, to the point where as opposing teams counter-attack, there is almost an air of inevitability that we will concede a goal.

    Having read the posts above, I must concur that some fresh ideas are needed in the defence department and perhaps a role could be given to one or more of our ex-defensive legends such as Dixon or Winterburn.

    I also believe that we are short of quality attacking players and when RVP has his inevitable injury, we will struggle once more.

    On a general note, I would argue that the work rate of some our players is not up to the required level. It would be interesting to see how much ground is covered by Man Utds attacking players in order to help their defence (I recall Rooney clearing off the line in open play recently) compared to ours.

    Anyway I shall leave it there, since my current state means that I find it difficult to be positive, but no doubt come Tuesday night, I will be cheering on the Gunners. Once a Gooner always a Gooner.

    COYRssssssssssss

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