Mason made a meal but We had dessert in the end

February 2, 2011 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC, Premier League

By the end of first half last night I was livid, worse if I could I would be screaming at the top of my lungs calling Mason all sort of names which I did in my head anyway. It had to be quiet my little Gooner was already asleep upstairs. Not only his fellow colleague linesman made the wrong call when Saha was miles offside and gave the goal he also failed to notice how Everton stopped us from playing at every opportunity.

Now there are some mixed conclusions that Saha’s goal was either Onside and Offside. Let me point this out because this is the most important rule of them all and Saha at the time of the pass was clearly Offside. If this rule meant anything the linesman he should have flagged him Offside simple as that. It doesn’t mean shit if Koscielny touched the ball in any way as it certainly wasn’t a back pass to the keeper. This is obviously my opinion on the matter yours may differ in many ways.

What made me cringe even more was the fact that his ignorance to fouls committed by Everton was beyond belief. Jack got yellow for something that would never stand a chance of getting a yellow, Cesc was held by Rodwell a foul given no card, this was a tactical foul and surely deserved a yellow. Walcott elbowed by Arteta not even a foul given, Rosicky fouls straight yellow, Heitinga holding onto RVP foul given but no card and finally Fellaini stamping on Walcott off the ball was just an icing on top. Not only he ignored these he also never gave any advantage of play, I sensed he had definitely something against us and it felt as if corruption had something to do with this as well. It’s not for the first time Mason’s decisions were truly incompetent for a Premier League referee, clearly there is massive problem with referees these days and something needs to be done about it sooner rather than later. We can talk about this all day if we want to, we all know nothing will change anytime soon, as usual it will be brushed under the carpet.

Enough about those twisted individuals, we didn’t really had a good first half did we now? Passing was a bit sloppy and our penetration was no way near good enough for our standards, it took us sometime to find our stride and before you know, we were one nil down. Even our Captain admitted it was not good enough:

“It was a very testing game because we started losing, we didn’t start the game well at all, I think we were very very sloppy, we were not up for it since first minute”

“At that stage we can pay for it but fortunately the team stepped up in the second half, we realised that if we kept playing like that we were going nowhere, I think we did very well”

There’s not a great deal you can add to what Cesc said, I agree with his honest view of the game especially first half we looked as we had too much respect for Everton and allowed to play in our back yard. It backfired but we came on top in the second half. Our attitude, desire and hard work paid off as we produced the goods required to stay in the title race.

It was very good to see Arshavin getting goal, even though he did not celebrate putting us on level terms he did make up for it when Koscielny completely unmarked put us in front with a very decent header, great cross by Van Persie by the way. Credit to the lads they did us proud in every way, they worked hard for this victory and deserve their praise for an outstanding comeback. Looks like our little Meerkat is back, we all know he’s capable of great things and there is no better time for him to come back to his best in the absence of Nasri for the next three weeks.

I’m hoping Alex Song is not too badly injured, Arsene in his Press Conference said he couldn’t walk and that is rather worrying, hopefully he will recover in time for another tough fixture up north. Walcott also joins the medical treatment room, he has a ankle problem and wonder why, we all saw what happened at the end of the game last night.

I’m not too sure what Fabregas said to the fourth official at half time but it’s about time Cesc got to their faces, everyone else does it every week, at least he doesn’t go stamping on the ground like a 5 year old Rooney! He’s our Captain and he has the right to complain and question incorrect decisions. Moyes can say all he likes, he obviously had nothing else to say to defend his players, he just made himself look like a right twat!

I was going to finish on the high however I have just come across some bad news, it looks like Fabby will be out for the rest of the season. He just got back from Germany where underwent medical consultation to his injured shoulder. These proved to be not good and it looks like he will definitely need to undergo surgery. With Wojtek our current number one it’s probably a good thing that Almunia stayed at the club.


3 Comments on "Mason made a meal but We had dessert in the end"

  1. Michael on Wed, 2nd Feb 2011 2:47 pm 

    Regarding the goalkeeping situation, don’t forget Mannone is out on loan and he did a great job for Arsenal last year – never letting us down. Remember his performance at Fulham?

  2. ArthurTheGooner on Wed, 2nd Feb 2011 2:55 pm 

    Michael I remember Mannone and I remember that game very well agaisnt Fulham, he was outstanding that day. I still think highly of him, not sure if we can recall him at any point throughout the season though.

  3. Mary on Sun, 20th Dec 2015 12:30 am 

    ,Wrighty, things might not be that bad, but when you cant put the ball into the net after 18 atmptets you have to question the ability of some players and their finishing abilities. Its one thing to have 55% posession every game, but another thing to actually make it count. It just seems every year we fail against our biggest rivals. Is it coz our players are terrified of Drogba, Rooney etc? Maybe some players need to have a seat on the bench for a while (Arshavin,) or worse still, frog marched out of the Emiates.So much was made of Chamakh when he signed for us. Maybe he’s not getting the service he needs or our style of play doesnt suit him. What about Vela? Why not give the fella a chance in a 442 formation with Chamakh and see if that combo bears fruit for us. I dont mean trialling it against Chavs or Man U, but it just looks like Wenger plays this 1 style and if it doesnt pan out the way we want it to, he’s stumped for ideas and cant change our style on the run.Our defence seemed to be unlocked too easily as well. Maybe its time to play a 4-1-3-2 against the bigger teams we tend to lose to and leave Song very deep in defence.Questions must be asked of our players, coaches and manager. Something has to be done, and done fast.Oh, and come on guys, theres no need to get nasty personal with each other. Afterall, we do support the same team and everyone is entitled to their opinion.GUNNERS TIL I DIE!!!

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