Gunners Faced 12-Men Today: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

By on March 5, 2011

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates thanks to a b*stard of a ref, who made two massive errors that cost the Gunners all 3 points. We were on top for most of the match, and even Chamakh hit the post, but overall it was not enough to get the 3 points we required.

In the 1st min a miss-pass from Denilson lead to a Sunderland corner. Fortunately for us, nothing happened. In the 9th min a clinical pass from Arshavin found Clichy free on the right. The Frenchman’s cross however was too much for Nikko to handle. Sagna picked it up on the right, and found Nasri in the middle. Cutting back onto his left the Frenchman shot straight at Mignolet. Nice move for Arsenal.

After that there were no real chances. A few lofty crosses from Sagna but nothing fruitful. By the 19th min jack’s grounded long shot was the closest we got. ( That too it was off target ) We looked blunt to be honest, and there was no real edge to our game. In the 27th min Arshavin almost got to Jack’s long ball but as we all know “Almost “ never counts !

In the 34th min Nasri made a brilliant run into the box, sadly it just lacked the finish. But he did earn a corner. And from the corner Nikko shot his bicycle straight at Mignolet. In the 38th min Nasri shot straight at Mignolet after some nice work from Clichy. 1 min later Mignolet got his first real test when he made a terrific save from a close range Nikko volley.

When the halftime whistle blew, it was the gunners manager who had to give a real team talk.

When the second half began we did not have any chances, but DJ did go down after a challenge by Muntari. In the 61st min Arshavin smashed the ball at Mignolet from 12 yards. What a chance! In the 72nd min Mignolet made a great save to deny Nasri from a freekick outside the box. 2 mins later Chamakh hit the bar & 4 mins later Sagna shot over.

In the 79th min Arshavin squandered a 1-on-1 but this was a controversy as Bramble brought him down, then the Russian had a goal ruled out for off-sdie, but replays showed he was on! Well, whatever happens the ref is a *astard.

In the 82nd min Szczesny pulled out a world-class save to keep out Welbeck. When we entered the 90, there was 4 mins added on. In the 3rd min of extra time Nikko headed the ball straight to Mignolet. After that the “So called Ref” blew his whistle. 3 points behind United with 10 games to go. Lets see what happens…

Guns-out,

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18 Comments

  1. ssg

    March 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    So after watching a gritty Mackems team get a point, I’m looking through various football web pages, and I think, “let’s see how many Arse blogs are blaming the ref.” Click Newsnow, and Bam! You sure you didn’t face 15 men? Weren’t all the officials biased cheats? Pathetic, Arsenal. And very typical whining. Grow a pair.

    • Fab4

      March 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Typical comments from someone who knows they’ve been lucky. Why would you look out for people blaming the ref if there was nothing to blame him for?

      We would only be complaining if there was something to complain about. Simple. And we both know there was certainly things to complain about from the officials performance today.

  2. GunnerX

    March 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    We only looked liked scoring after both Denilson and Diaby went off, which took the game to 67mins. Prior to that I thought we lacked any real urgency, which is shocking given the opportunity to have closed the gap.

  3. Patty

    March 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    @ssg The fact you were thinking that shows that you know the ref was poor and gifted you a point. Jog on you mug.

  4. RobM

    March 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    SSG: Fair play to Sunderland for what they did do, but are you saying the officials _didn’t_ make mistakes? Because they did.

    As for blaming the ref for those mistakes – i don’t do that, mistakes do even themselves up over the course of a season, I wish that my fellow gooners would remember that at times (and that we were lucky not to get a goalkeeper sent off in the 1st 5 mins against birmingham thanks to another ref’s error).

    But you go ahead and tell me that you don’t get a little frustrated when a referee’s error costs you a point or two. I won’t believe you but by all means try to convince me.

  5. mark reed

    March 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    without rvp cesc theo,we are mid table also rans.I blame wenger why are vela, lansbury, and jet, all out on loan helping other clubs when we have so many key men out, they at the very least would help bolster the squad.Why does wenger keep playing denilson we would be better off with 10 men send that c..t out on loan.And yes the ref was a w….r!

  6. AlanF

    March 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    the summariser on sportinglife reckoned we we’re done by the lino as well. Chesire based officials?? For that read “manchester utd fans”.

  7. TR

    March 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I was satisfied with the effort today and generally the team did quite well except for scoring a goal. Asharvin played well and it was nice to see him in a freeer role towards the end of the game. Nasri seemed to revel in the role of captain and played like one. Sczcney did ok and made one very nice save from Wellbeck. Generally good game by us I thought, even Bendtner seemed to be trying, well at least in the first 60 minutes or so.
    Bendtner’s close control is a weakness in his game, not sure if he can change that, but at present it’s not good enough for a top striker.
    Overall good effort boys, they defended stoutly and scraped a point.

  8. ssg

    March 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Hi guys, actually not a Sunderlan fan, that was just the game being shown. I don’t say the ref was perfect, merely adequate. I thought you should have had that late penalty, but only after seeing it in slo mo a few times and the offside was really tight. Point being, those calls weren’t as clear cut as a fan–with natural bias toward his team–makes it out.

    My point is I’ve seen this blog’s type of comment everytime Arsenal drops points. My thought was “Arsenal blogs are probably blaming the ref, rather than looking at Wenger or the players.” And lo and behold, the 1st thing I see is that Arsenal faced 12 men. I say that’s balls. Arsenal didn’t do enough to win.

    • Fab4

      March 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      We did enough to win, certainly, as we were by far the better team in the second half, hit the woodwork, had an on-side goal ruled out, missed countless opportunities and should have had a penalty.

      But trust my ssg, Arsenal fans wont just be blaming the ref. They will be blaming Wenger, Denilson, Chamakh, Diaby, Bendtner, et al as well. Some of it justifiably. None of those are good enough but are just decent back-ups. Fact is Arsenal dont look dangerous enough without RVP and Fabregas, so yes we have to look at the reasons why as well as when the ref has a bad day.

  9. nicky

    March 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    For ALL the mistakes by referees for and against Arsenal and all the other teams in the EPL, the time must come when much needed mechanical assistance is provided to officials. It now happens in cricket, rugby and tennis. OK, it will interrupt the game but something must be done to rectify errors which are becoming so important in the business of modern day football.
    FIFA, over to you.

  10. ClapMak

    March 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Arsenal didn’t win so the ref is to blame. Wenger spits his dummy out. Same old Arse

  11. mark reed

    March 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    tr if you happy with that today by the Arsenal then our standards have really dropped!we miss countless chances time and time again nearly every game its just not good enough plain and simple!

  12. TR

    March 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Well Mark, I was happy with the effort, not the performance neccessariliy. I don’t think some of our players are good enough. Bendtner for all his 3 goals against Orient is not a particularly good striker, neither is Chamakh for that matter even though he does work hard. Our manager has left us short, we don’t have the tools to complete the job. But they tried to the best of their abilities.

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  14. pinky

    March 6, 2011 at 4:02 am

    That referee was kinda biased. But he was not as stupid as the referee at Chelsea Vs Manutd match. I think the constant mistakes made by BPL referees will lead to a SAY NO TO RESPECT programme.

  15. WillyG

    March 6, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Actually, It’s 9 against 12 for much of the game. Denilson and Diaby didn’t count as players.

  16. olat

    March 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

    WE SHUD CONSIDERED DS ISSUE THAT PLAYERS LIKE ARSHAVIN,DENILSON,AND DIABY SHUD FIND THEIR WAY OUT OF ARSENAL NEXT SEASON PLS KINDLY TELL MR WENGER BOUT THAT.AGAIN THE STRIKING POSITION IS VERY IMPORTANT.

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