Mason made a meal but We had dessert in the end

February 2, 2011 by  
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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.

Was it boys against men?

December 16, 2010 by  
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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.

We should be two points behind Chelski!

November 8, 2010 by  
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Our loss against The Toon army is rather difficult to take as we should have been sitting two points behind Chelsea and level on points with Man U. Yet again this season we have lost at home in front of our own fans and there was zero effort, zero urgency and zero desire to win the game. Take away nothing from Newcastle they were very well organised at the back and made us look very poor at times especially in the midfield.

I couldn’t watch the game from kick off I had to pick up my cousin from Luton Airport, his plane landed just before the game. At about 1:25pm we got back to the car and we headed for the M1 South towards M25, radio was tuned in to Talksport which was painful enough  but this was the best I could at the time. I have thought about this fixture and knew this was going to be a hard one as they would be looking for revenge after we knocked them out in Carling Cup a week ago. Judging from what was being said on Talksport we didn’t look like the Arsenal we all know. The only chance we had in the first half was the Cesc free kick which hit the bar however our passing, fluency and desire just wasn’t there and as soon as they scored I feared it could have been one of those days. The whistle blew, end of first half by that time I was approaching Reading on the M4 so had another 5 minutes on the road, I got to my local and we managed to quickly get a pint each and take a seat in front of the big screen. I didn’t even think for a second I would witness such a abysmal display from our lads it was even more painful to watch it on live TV.

Second half started and still we were pretty much shit to be honest with you, we found it really hard to pass the ball in the midfield, our passing was awful we usually move in triangles and pass the ball well what the hell happened to us I thought? Theo should have scored when he had a chance, Cesc had a decent header but it was straight at their keeper. The only good thing about the second half was when Van Persie came on, Jesus I thought how many lagers have I had already? Is it really him? It was him indeed and it was really good so see him getting back to his best. He’s definitely not match fit  and will need few more games to see the best come out of him. We never looked like scoring in the second half  we pushed forward but it wasn’t working. In dying minutes there was no leadership and Koscienly got a straight red for holding onto Nile Ranger but for me this wasn’t a sending off as it wasn’t a foul.

Fabianski was 100% to blame for the goal but he never really got any help from his defenders. We created bugger all in the second half, Theo should have scored, if he’s a better finisher this season why can’t he do the job when badly needed? Our midfield run out of ideas and as soon as I saw Cesc launching long balls I knew it was going to be one of those days. It’s a funny old game you know we have given away 6 points at home already this season to lesser teams and this is totally unacceptable.

A very HUGE, MASSIVE, GIAGANTIC response is required against Wolves and they seem to have improved as well so it won’t be an easy game now. We have lost our spark and I’m worried it has to be said.

We deserved to loose and they way we did, speaks for itself!

September 26, 2010 by  
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Football is a funny and cruel game isn’t it?

Midweek Euphoria had every Gooner on top of the world after stuffing Spuds 1:4 at Three Point Lane on Tuesday night. We probably fielded a stronger side than our neighbours but all the same they have thrown in some experienced players too. I’m not here to talk about the Carling Cup game because we have witnessed yet again truly awesome performance  from our lads, I just wanted to remind everyone what it’s like being on top of the world and  then four days later we throw it all away with such a abysmal performace.

Having Chelsea surrender points earlier against Citeh this was a perfect opportunity to put some pressure on the leaders, especially against WBA with no disrespect to them obviously. We all know Chavs dealt with them swiftly at home and I expected nothing less at The Emirates and boy was I wrong here.

Take nothing away from West Brom they were the better team on the day and they deserved to win the game no questions asked and hats off to them, they wanted it more than us, they were quicker, looked sharper, had more desire to win the ball at every opportunity they were simply  100% committed and honestly we got what we deserved as Arsene said himself:

We made it more difficult because we were not at our usual level. Not defensively, not offensively. Overall everything was difficult for us today – passing the ball, winning the ball back, winning the one against ones – and we got what we deserved which was zero points. We didn’t deserve more. The positive is that we did fight until the last minute but it was just not good enough at that level to get three points.

We started off well, however after about 20 minutes we already phased out, our passing was awful, our attacking was crap and defending even worse. We were lucky not to be at least three nil down at half time. Almunia made the penalty but he took responsibility for his own mistake and saved the spot kick and at that time I thought if we can hold on to half time then we can definitely improve in the second. Hold on what the hell am I talking about, we are playing at home in front of our fans we should be on top of them from the start, what the fuck is going on here? Those thought at the time were going through my head and I believe rightly so!

Second half was even worse I couldn’t bear to watch how ordinary we were and how badly the whole team looked on the pitch, there was no desire, no commitment, no urgency to show your own fans that the first half was just a little blip and it’s business as usual in the second. We made mistake after mistake after mistake, our defence was completely asleep for all the goals, Almunia had howler to his near post for the second as for the third well you can judge that one for your self, truly shocking defending full stop.

I don’t want to come down on individual mistakes here because the whole team didn’t preform at all apart from one player Samir Nasri, to me the lad worked his socks off and almost got us back on level terms. Eboue and Diaby should have been substituted at half time at least they had let’s be honest here a shit game and didn’t show any signs of improvement in the second half. I know it’s still early days and after a weekend were Man U only took a point for our good fortune  it doesn’t look so bad, however if we are to carry on with minnow teams at home like the way we did on Saturday afternoon then believe me Carling Cup is all we can aim for this season!

Some players need wake up and smell the coffee, just because they play for Arsenal it’s not a matter of turning up for the game and underestimating the opposition, you need to give your 100% each game and show you are doing so on the pitch as loosing a game wouldn’t be so bad if it was clear enough for everyone to acknowledge you give your absolute everything on the filed.

Braga taught a lesson by Vintage Arsenal

September 16, 2010 by  
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ARSENAL 6 : 0 SPORTING BRAGA

I think it’s fair to say that before the game tonight I thought Braga was a decent side, ok I don’t want to sound too patronizing here, perhaps they are a good side but after the show tonight we know we can go all the way, well I know we will definitely try. The free flowing football, those passes, those runs, the link up play, chasing the ball, desire, determination and hunger I could go on here forever, it was just amazing to watch simply Vintage Arsenal!

I will focus on individual performances for a change perhaps if I have missed something you Gooners can fill in the gaps. We could have easily scored 10 tonight without a doubt as some chances went begging, never mind to watch us play like this just reminds me why I have fallen in Love with Arsenal!

Cesc was just everywhere tonight and I mean everywhere, defence, in the middle and attack, he showed yet again what a great magician he can be, his form is definitely on the up and scoring two goals will hopefully send him flying even further. I was hoping he was going to get his Hat-Trick but hey I’m sure he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so. Absolutelly  brilliant performance by our skipper! Nasri was introduced from the first whistle tonight and straight away he was pulling strings on the right wing, he switched sides with Arshavin at some point and did the same on the other side.

Jack  had a fantastic game too, this young lad worked his socks off and played some great football, his cross to Cesc with the outside of his boot was pure class. Chamakh was outstanding, he really adds another dimension to our attack doesn’t he? He’s fast, he can pass and dribble and hold the ball well for a free transfer we got ourselves hell of a striker, Chamakh who? He scored yet again and  boy I can see him scoring many more and Arsene definitely knows.

Song was solid as aways, I have noticed he likes to go forward himself you know, he was poking the ball all night chasing and it looked like no one was going to stop him tonight. Arshavin had few misplaced passes to start with but he worked his arse off on that left wing, he chased back as well. I’m sure we are yet to see the best of him soon. Clichy I think had one incident where he didn’t clear the ball too well but overall he was solid and very quick to the ball, he was up and down on that left flank in the second half. Sagna well what can you say about Sagna solid as a brick wall.

Braga did try to upset our back four at times, however Koscielny and Sqilliaci formed a very good understanding at the back they were really commanding in that area, they didn’t allow anything past them. We can’t forget that they only have been with us few months so there is definitely still room for improvement.

Eboue was as good as the others and Vela scored an absolute gem of a goal, how cheeky was that? I honestly think we have the best attacking side in the Premier League. Vela needs more playing time but I’m sure his time will come. Yet another clean sheet for Almunia that can’t be bad for his confidence buidling, he wasn’t too busy we know but he had a good ball catching practice either way.

I know it’s early days and Braga are not real test yet, however I will enjoy this moment for now and enjoy those goals all over again. I did expect more from Braga I have to admit my money is lost but hey that doesn’t really matter any more.

The future is bright, the future is Orange

August 20, 2010 by  
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I wasn’t going to post anything until after the game against Blackpool on Saturday at The Emirates as I’ve been trying to revive my blog from a virus damage but it seems I have lost most of my posts so I’m starting let’s say from scratch.

I just got back from a long break and haven’t really followed all the transfer gossip, however I still believe we are at least two players short. We all know where we need to strengthen so I’m not going to repeat myself as this has been the main subject of all Arsenal blogs for the past two months at least. With the transfer window soon closing we haven’t got a lot of time to buy those additional players, yet I hope Arsene will pull them out from somewhere. I’m not expecting miracles here but at least good enough backs up just in case as injuries are still very much popular amongst our players. I don’t know what it is but I sense a injury curse hanging over our club.

Sammy is out for a month after a minor surgery to his knee , Frimpong has damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in training and will be out for up to nine months (whole season I expect), I can still add Super Nick to the list as Denilson, Djourou, Song , Van Persie and Cesc should all be available as per Wenger’s pre-match interview:

“All are available – at different levels [of fitness],”

“I need to make up my mind who I integrate in the squad. But there is no major problem for anybody really.

“Denilson has not played since 14th April and not played one minute of a game [in pre-season]. He still needs to work. All the others are quite available, at least to be on the bench.

“But at the same time we do not want to rush it. To have a good season you need a good preparation so we want to especially build up Cesc and Van Persie well.

“They came back on 5th August and you need three to four weeks’ preparation if you want to do well in the Premier League.”

We are officially being linked with a Sevilla’s Sébastien Squillaci, watching today’s pre-match interview Arsene was asked where are we with this transfer. He just said that nothing is 100% and it’s way too early to confirm that he will join us. I’m a little concerned here because we have just let Gallas and Sol Campbell go and suddenly we are bidding for a veteran with no Premier League experience. It may sound a little harsh, however this is a complete and utter nonsense, don’t get me wrong I’m not judging Squillaci here, I just think we should go for a player who has at least 5 years left in him and to me Michael Ciani looks already like a better option, for now let’s wait and see.

The future still does look bright let’s not forget this is not a sprint it’s a marathon and whatever we do make sure we get behind our lads all the way, there is a job that needs to be done and shooting down Orange it will be come Saturday afternoon. Blackpool will definitely be up for it and will be on a high after spanking Wigan last weekend so 100% effort and commitment is required from us to show them we mean business. We don’t want any of that Hull City home game repeat do we now?  

Till next time

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