Arsenal Booed Off, But Nasri To Stay

By on August 20, 2011

As the rain poured from the clouds above the Emirates today, Martin Atkinson blew the full time whistle, and the boos rung around for a brief period of anger, emanating from the present Arsenal fans. They were not happy.

Liverpool fans represented the complete antithesis, with joyous chants and songs in delight at their first League win of the season against a side whom they have not beaten away from home in 11 long years. They have caught Arsenal at just the right time, as their morale is low, and squad is thin, but nothing went right for the Gunners today.

It started with an injury to Laurent Koscielny, who limped off, only just clinging on to the ability to walk on two feet, seemingly in agony with a back injury. Who did Wenger have on the bench to replace him? A teenager of course, a young Spanish defender, Ignasi Miquel, who to be fair played quite well considering his inexperience.

Emmanuel Frimpong was also impressive, with his driving runs and aggressive attitude to the game, but it is his latter mentioned quality which is also a weakness. An intimidating square up with Jordan Henderson inside five minutes saw him perhaps harshly yellow carded, but with behaviour like that, he needed a warning from the referee to calm himself down.

Many predicted, with Frimpong’s feisty play, that he may be seeing a red card brandished in his face very soon, and indeed it was, when a 50-50 ball on the floor was kicked away from him just as Frimpong went in for the tackle, catching Lucas strongly on the shin and sending him flying.

The promising Henri Lansbury came on soon after, but nothing could stop the laughably unlucky goal that Arsenal were to concede 8 minutes after Frimpong’s dismissal. A scramble in the Arsenal box saw a clearance rebound off Aaron Ramsey to bounce painfully into the net past an impressive Sczcesny.

Arsenal needed a goal quickly, but instead, Arsene Wenger sent on Nicklas Bendtner, who unsurprsingly had little impact on the game. Luis Suarez however, a substitute who is always a dangerous addition to any side, came on for Carroll and finished off the Arsenal with a very well worked goal which had Arsenal heads in hands.

It leave Arsenal still to score a goal this season; two games played, one draw and one loss, with a Champions League qualifier soon approaching and a Manchester United crunch game to follow in which Frimpong will be unavailable due to suspension, and perhaps Koscielny with injury.

Miserable news for Arsenal fans may be consoled by the news that Samir Nasri’s move to Manchester City has fallen through due to problems with negotiations of pay. This news comes from Canal Plus, a French news website, who claim Nasri is now likely to stay with Arsenal for this season at least.

For some, it may be good news, for others, it is another excuse for Arsene Wenger not to spend on new players. Arsenal must buy some players to revive their squad and their sorry start to the season, and it is down to Wenger to deal with the troubles, otherwise, it will be another trophy-less season at the Emirates.

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30 Comments

  1. chris from Cambridge

    August 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    It was Wenger who was booed off. The mainly very young players did their best and never stopped trying (except Arshavin) against an already strengthened and more experienced team. I hope some boos were for the Board of Directors too.

    • John

      August 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      So how does the special Wenger boo go? How different is it from players’ boos?

      • YOZZA

        August 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

        @john…f##k off n get your head out your arse….your are a loser!like our team!

        • John

          August 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

          Thank you very much for your intelligent and eloquently formulated reply. I supporting my team through good and bad times makes me a loser, I’m very happy to be one.

          • Jeff

            August 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

            I’m glad to be grouped in your loser group as well. Arsenal needs more fans like you, and less like Yozza.
            I am sad to see that we are having such a hard time right now. But hopefully we will lose some fair weather fans (Yozza, go jump on the Man City boat..)

            • Bob

              August 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

              I’m tired of these disgruntled “fans”. They’re all I’ve been hearing lately, from blogs to stadiums. So its nice to see people like John and Jeff who feels the same way as I do, I might add we’re the “real” fans. Winning is a bonus, watching our dearly beloved team play is what makes it so awesome to be an Arsenal fan. I yearn for the day to come when Emirates is again filled with “Arsenal Till I Die”s and “Ooowh To Be A Gooner”s

              • Hudu Ghana

                August 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

                I tink as a fan, my team’s pa4mance is of concern 2me & inded, i must b able 2 point out anytin i find wrong. Realistical, AW nids 2b serious 4 once.

      • Scoot

        August 21, 2011 at 5:43 am

        le boooo

  2. justus

    August 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    board is to blame.why cannt it question Aw on his policy? We arsenal fans have no breathing space from our rivals.safe our faces.

  3. Reg

    August 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Arsene Wenger should put smile on the faces of the fans and sign some top players. Thank goodness the misery for Arsenal is showing ugly faces at the begining of the season and transfer window is still open for business. Wenger should act immediately. Arsenal fans don’t give any encouragement even when their players are doing well anyway.

  4. Mahamoud Dima from Mozambique

    August 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Mr Wenger please we beg you please again you have money and 10 days left please buy players or prepare to play 2 division next season

  5. Ekundayo Ademola

    August 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Arsene should b ashamed of himself, he is only damaging his own character by his foolish policy, and the incompetent and selfish board should cover their face in shame. Call a spade a spade, they have no focus.

  6. Abram

    August 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Pls A.W we are stressed by you not signing top quality players who can win us games.

  7. mids

    August 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    what if its not up to him?i mean what if the people above dont want to reliese the cash?cos IMO if he got the money its easier 4 him to spend it than take all that cr*p especially from the media and by media i mean sky sport and talk sport as i dont remember a day 4 the last 6 years where they didnt mention him

  8. jamal. From garissa

    August 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    hhhh. Not yet till i see mr arsene walk away from his post. Thats wen arsenal will became the real arsenal.

  9. John

    August 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    To the clown who wrote this article; were you actually at the game? The booing was aimed at the officials, the players were applauded.

    • YOZZA

      August 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      you are again living in another world!delusional….

      • John

        August 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        Were you there? The booing started after the players had already left the field, when the officials were leaving the field. Another simplemind taken in by the gutter press and the haters blogs. Just keep on believing what these scumbags are feeding you.

  10. ArsenalUSA

    August 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Every self professed expert can post on a blog.
    We – the real Arsenal fans, the fans FOREVER have faith in Arsene and Arsenal.

    You young twatters are already in PANIC. Why?

    The transfer window is open, Arsene is buying players.

    Other clubs are so in debt that they have to be owned by Russian criminals and Oil Kingdoms.

    Arsenal can stand on its own FOOTBALL income, thank you very much.

  11. Block 93

    August 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I was at the game and it was the ref who was booed off. Get your facts right.

  12. Patrick

    August 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Wenger is d most wicked coach in d world …how can u watch ur team being humiliated in every match knowin fully well wat 2 do buy players and he jst refuses 2 buy…d fans shuld continue booing him…he’s a wicked man he is killing my club…

  13. segun

    August 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    mr aw you are killing yourself look at yourself scaring head i don’t know if you have to travel to heaven to buy player ,wait until you get somebody kill mad man

  14. donkatron

    August 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I was at the game and the booing was definetly directed at the inept refereeing performance. I cant remember the last time we had a decent referee at the emirates.

  15. akin akintayo

    August 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I simply don’t nkow what the problem is with this stingy old man,he should act fast before the transfer window closes.A W.,you are disappointing the faithful fans.Pls let’s pray for this french man;i think he has ran out of ideas.LONG LIVE ARSENAL!!!

  16. A man

    August 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    It a very impressive display by sir’s kids. It is a good start for the team to must have fail honourably at home. As fans, we are so excited by the performance and do hope more of that will continue. Thanks sir.

  17. AKIN AKINTAYO

    August 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    i think the real issue is getting good guys to play for the team.Arsene,invest and this team transform to a world class.sincerely i felt bad after the match and i know it’s the same with many faithful arsenal fan.Let’s stop complaining about referees,if we have more english players in the team,i think we’ll win the sympathy of the referees.ARSENAL ALL THE WAY!!!

  18. Wayne

    August 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I have supported Arsenal over 30 years and never seen it where our own fans are arguing with each other. I think Wenger is to blame and the board. They refuse to but to players but spend 12 million for a kid who he wouldn’t even play today. He still arrogantly denies the need to buy new players and at the end of the day, we the supporters pay there wages so when we ask for new players they should listen. If Wenger does not buy I will not be wasting my money on shirts and tickets to watch them anymore until Wenger and the board wakes up. At this rate we will be lucky to finish mid table and next season players like RVP will want out also and we will be back to where we are now. Maybe Wenger will realise when the ground I’d half empty. Wake up Mr Wenger and co and get our money out and spend and buy the players we want not what Wenger wants.

  19. Reg

    August 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Dear Wenger, this stress the fans are subjected to is just for premiership games,no one is talking yet about FA and Carling cup matches. We know that in these other cup matches clubs are fielding their strong teams. With huge list of injuries and some red cards, there is no doubt you need to strengthen your squad and reserves. Do not destroy the good work you have done in arsenal because you will not spend money to get quality players.

  20. funso

    August 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    i think wenger should realise now dat sentiment is no more wellcome in football dis day is either he buy some establish players or conutiune to build young players for the likes of barcelona,man city e.t.c and should also know dat arsenal is now a laugh stock around d world now pls wenger do something for d benefit of d fans dat truly love dis club

  21. Reg

    August 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Why Wenger needs many quality signings:
    Last season, a quality defender, Koscieiny, joined arsenal. In his first game he got a red card. This season, a quality striker, Gervinho, joined arsenal squad, In his first game, he got a red card. Therefore Wenger needs to buy many quality players to join the squad to offset red cards.

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