Was it boys against men?

December 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League

On Monday, the Arsenal lost a close one to Manchester United 1-0. For some reason, we can’t seem to stop Park Ji-Sung from scoring on us. His header goal was the only point and this was the third game in a row against us that he scored. However, after the game Arsene Wenger was complaining about the pitch being bad and that being the reason the Arsenal won.

He said, “On a very bad pitch, the technical quality of the game suffered and that’s why you have seen unusual technical mistakes. The pitch was so poor in my opinion and the game suffered a lot from it.” Really? Are you really trying to blame the loss on the pitch? That is like blaming online poker losses on your computer. Yes, the pitch can cause problems in one’s game, but the team should have adjusted to compensate. Did the pitch affect the ball coming off of Ji-Sung’s head?

Let’s take a look at the stats. The Arsenal had the edge in time of possession, holding the ball for 54% of the time. Next, they also had the same number of saves as the United with five. The one key stat is shots on goal. The Arsenal had 5 and the United had 6, and in the end, that extra shot was the difference. One glaring stat to me is the number of fouls. The Arsenal committed almost double the fouls of Manchester United and got four yellow cards in the process. Are we going to blame that on the pitch as well?

In the end, this was a hard fought game by two top-tier teams. Is it possible that poor pitch made a difference in the game? Yes. It is also possible for me to clear a poker deposit bonus playing crappy cards too, but not likely. However, it is much more likely that on this day, the bounce just went the United’s way. There is no reason to put the blame on the pitch when your team statistically held their own. Perhaps if you fouled a little less, you might have gotten a couple more shots on goal. The game was so close that another shot or two could have tied, or even won, the game.

Cesc Fabregas: It’s all up to Arsene Wenger

May 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Transfers

It’s funny how things turn out, one month we’re all happy with Cesc committing to the club then summer kicks in and he wants to have his future sorted out before the Word Cup!!??!! Now with all the silence from the skipper, he has finally spoken!

Now obviously we don’t know what has been said between him and Le Boss we definitely know that it was something about him leaving Arsenal as I would speculate what else would it be? Perhaps Wenger will join him there next season? Only kidding but then again who knows anything these days?

Why would you have one of the longest and greatest conversation with your manager if you are not going anywhere? Surely you will have plenty of time to do that during the coming season right? Correct me if I’m wrong here, but Cesc probably did say I want to go back home, how can we do this and Wenger replied leave it to me.

Yes the Spanish media including all Barca players have put extra pressure on Cesc and are only making excuses for him just to undermine what great player he is and how perfectly he would fit in the squad. Saying that we can’t blame all of it on them as it would have taken one interview for Cesc to say:

“I’m under contract with Arsenal so that makes me an Arsenal player as far as I’m concerned until then my future is with Arsenal”

End of…that would put a lot minds to rest don’t you think?

Even if he stays at Arsenal do you honestly think we will drop to our knees and praise him for staying? I think he has already burnt some bridges with all this shit stirring and not having enough balls to be honest with his fans. Silence is worst than being honest and I’m sure some of us have been there and know what it’s like.

We were just linked to Mertesacker from Werder Bremen and their coach as soon this hit the papers came and said: He’s not going anywhere, I’m just astonished why our club is behaving like a wimp in this when we hold all the aces and we decide what is going to happen. Something tells me this battle is lost already as to the financial situation, well no one is going to stand up to Barca and say hold on can you afford him? They will get their money from somewhere and as soon as this deal gets done once again we will be branded a feeding club yet again.

I’m sorry but if at 23 years of age you are the highest earning player in the club, you’re the captain and this ’sinking ship club’ took you on from a very young age, gave you everything and made you for who you are now. You go through the seasons denying every single media hunt, you would think there is loyalty in the lad, something tells me he’s either shitting it and has no balls now or someone has got a lot of influence on him. I have always thought that person was Arsene, however I believe I’m very much mistaken now.

God knows I do not want him to leave but all this silly games make me feel he is definitely on his way…

Until next time my fellow Gooners!