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Here Is The Reason Arsenal Lost To Blackburn

The fallout from Arsenal’s latest ridiculous defeat has been very interesting. Some fans have blamed manager Arsene Wenger, many have identified individual players like Koscielny, Santos or Song for stick, while some fans seem to have gone beyond caring and are not surprised by anything they see from the Gunners anymore.

My personal view is that a culmination of factors lead to the 4-3 defeat to Blackburn, many of which have been a heavy influence in several games of late (bad defending, individual mistakes, poor tactics, bad refereeing decisions, lack of focus, etc). But if i had to identify one single moment that turned the game it would be when Gervinho failed to pass to RVP for a tap-in that would have made it 3-1 to the Gunners and secured a goal that would have resulted in 3 points for Arsenal, in my opinion.

Here is a video of the moment in question, apologies for the poor quality, if you want a better view please go to around 6:35 on the second video below:

Better quality, go to minute 6:30.

Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal by Remsteeg

If the Gunners had gone 3-1 up they would have silenced the crowd, put a 2-goal gap between the two sides and given the players much needed confidence which i feel would have been more than enough for us to go on and win the game comfortably. Don’t forget, for much of the first half Arsenal were playing some great stuff and creating chances. Yes, we were still looking a little shaky at the back but Blackburn were never really in the game until we let them in it. And the equalising goal came when Blackburn grew in confidence following our inability to put the game to bed.

In deciding to selfishly go it alone, and subsequently miss, Gervinho let the home side off the hook at a time when Arsenal were very much in control and playing well. I said to a friend who i was watching the game with the second he failed to pass to RVP we would rue that missed opportunity, and unfortunately i was proved correct.

I hope van Persie gave Gervinho more than just a ‘stare’ after the game, he needs to be told that the good of the team should always come before personal glory and he should pass if a team mate is in a better goal scoring position….simple.




  1. John Brandon

    September 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Only problem with your theory can be seen if you freeze the clip at 6 seconds – Van Persie is clearly offside and the linesman is directly behind him.Pass score disallowed.

    • Sam

      September 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Agree, and besides, even if RVP wasn’t offside and he did score and made it 3-1, why would a 2 goal lead win us the game?? Is Arsenal capable of defending 2 goals? We proved last season that we cannot even defend a 4 goal lead!

    • Steve of Chiang Mai

      September 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Totally agree – I was screaming abuse at the commentators at the time when they suggested Gervinho should have passed and felt RvP looked like a prized git blowing up when he was clearly offside!!! After the pundits and bloggers alike whined ad infinitum last season about Arsenal always looking for the extra pass I was a little frustrated that many including some of the more respected Arsenal Blogs bagging Gervinho as per above and not defending him for having a go.

      • Arsenal Future Manager

        September 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        Also if Gervinho had passed and it was offside or RVP missed it, the commentators would have said again Arsenal trying to walk it in,

        Am happy Gervinho is different he takes chances the goal he scored, if it was another Arsenal player they would have wanted a touch or tried to stop and turn, but he is so direct and went for it straight and scored,

        Just like against Udinese in the 2nd leg when he took on that defender and passed to RVP for the finish, he is direct any other Arsenal winger would have tried to get the ball back on their strong foot just so they can cut in,

        On a different day we would have won that match with people hailing Gervinho and Arteta for been direct and taking 1st time shots.

  2. Mint

    September 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    we lost because we’re playing like Barnet. totally unexceptable….. by the time Wilshire & Vermaelen are fit it’ll be too late…. Game over

  3. McEndy

    September 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    We’ve lost the rhythm. How can we get it back…that was a poor performance from an arsenal side. I hope Wenger,the Board and of course our players can get things working!

  4. brian waldron

    September 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    our biggest mistake was to put the village idiot DJOUROU on, he is absolutely useless and it shows gameafter game. therest of thedefencewere poor to say the least but his errors are so blatant you cant ignore them. Another example of the frenchies failedyouth policy. a bottom half finish awaits us at best!

  5. mike

    September 19, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Can’t blame two own goals on a single missed opportunity at the other end. Three goals away from home isn’t bad, it’s our imbecile defenders who don’t know where to stand that lost us this game IMO.

  6. nikkogunners

    September 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

    can someone ask Wenger to try the following set up in training?:
    Sagna, Metsacker, Santos/Gibbs
    ——–Song – Fringpong
    Gervinho, Arteta/Ramsey, Oxdale/Arshavin
    —Park, Chamakh, Walcott System
    Song and Fringpong cover the lanes from both our posts to the opponent box…when we are being attacked they retreat to create a 5 man defense and mark the remote areas where the goal keeper may not reach in one leap…They open a counter attack much faster…Park and Chamakh are rotated to partner with RVP. Walcott get 25Mins pupillage on Center Forward…RVP is helped and released to play free role. in some games. Arshavin plays in that role and RVP is kept aside to avoid injury possibilities. arteta shouls not play all the games as there is potent risk of long term injury and Ramsey can play the final 30Mins and start in some games. We have the likes of Miyachi and Benayoun in the bench…I suspect these may solidify our defensive results and actually take our many chances upfront…

  7. mentuza

    September 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    i dont agree that moment was the defining point in the game cos later in the 2nd half gervinho gave van persie a similar or even better pass and van persie blew it. gervinho made the right decision in takin that shot. we’ve always complained bout our players not shootin in or around the box, are we now blaming them for doin so?

    • colin

      September 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

      I agree totally Van Persie took to long and probably would have again if Gervhinio passed the first time.
      Iwant to see our players going for goal not messing about.

  8. Stevie

    September 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Yes, our defense is embarrassing and our attack is wasteful. That’s why we are in this mess. And of course, the village idiot didn’t help as well.

  9. frank

    September 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

    my dear friends for sure there is time i feel annoyed because of arsenal players some times i feel i can takes these to military courses for a week may be they can get know how to defend a goal!!

  10. antiwenger

    September 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

    The mainthing is wenger… He is over now.. He doesnt know who to substitute, can u tell me?whch team captain substituted in every game…. Secondly, he have no passion.. When kean was shouting all the time to his players, wenger was just sitting like a old man.. Third, he doesnt have the midgame strategy anymore,he cant read the game… U can see in every match in the 2nd half arsenal is not as good as 1st half…. Fourth, setpieces- he have no idea how to attack or defend from setpieces….. So, wenger has run out of ideas, he has to be gone…..

  11. Scott

    September 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Tell you what,I hope Hazard,Goetze,Kaka….anyone you guys have on your January wishlist… NOT read your personal and downright petty attacks on on our players.
    Why the hell would anyone want to play for you so called supporters.
    You are a bigger disgrace than anything the players offer up on the pitch.
    The most embarrassing part about being an Arsenal fan is the fact I am compared to other Arsenal “fans”…….

  12. nicky

    September 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

    The problem at the moment with Arsenal is simply total lack of CONFIDENCE throughout whatever team Arsene Wenger puts on the field. It will take a momentous bit of luck, a victory out of certain defeat or an unexplained classy performance to put things right. Otherwise, I can see no change until the January Window and then only if we invest very heavily indeed in world-class players.

  13. Mike Gunner

    September 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    If the gunners continue to struggle,it will be difficult to attract quality players in the Jan window.All the defensive blunders and game losses are Wenger’s and his alone.He has no one but himself to blame for the current plight.
    He has been given more than enough time compare to some othe hig profile managers eg Anceloti.He has failed or refused to get the much needed epl gk and defenders who would have made a difference.
    I believe his time has ru out unless he can string a series of victories.Defeat against Bolton could be the final straw.

  14. the font

    September 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

    we played great in first half bad luck in second half saw is fall apart mentally
    i read the ratings of players on blogs one indicatd that ramsey was the worst player for arsenal in the first half ramsey had his best game for arsenal and the stats back me up on that if two from rvp pers chamack theo or gervino in the last 10 mins had gone in we would be saying what a great result 9 times out of 10 we would with chances like that got at least 1 our luck will change and our mental stregnth will recover verm and jack to come back and the new boys will get more understanding with every game GET BEHIND THE TEAM AND WE CAN STILL HAVE A GREAT SEASON

  15. oh my word

    September 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

    hmmmmm….for years arsenal has been accused of trying to walk the ball into the net….gervinho, to his credit, did something unusual and took a chance…kudos to him…

  16. ieuan

    September 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    WHEN I OPENED THE PAGE I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA SEE a big picture of kosclieny and djourou

  17. 40 years a fan

    September 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    We lost because we let in 4 goals and we only score 3

  18. giovanni

    September 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I thought it was going to be a photo of Wenger, glad it’s not, bored with that and what is plan B anyway? RVP had an opportunity to pass to G’o at 0-1 to make it 0-2 but held it up and passed back to arteta and it was over for me.

  19. para

    September 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Dont be deluded about attacks on individual players, these are needed, especially if they fail. They need to be made aware that supporters expect much more from them, after all, when they perform, supporters praise and adore them.
    This does not prevent supporters being behind the team as a whole, in fact they would not critisise players unless they were supporting the team.

  20. frank

    September 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    i normally wonder! yes lack of confidence but if you can’t have confidence when you are playing with Blackburn do think you can get that confidence when you playing with man city/spurs! anyway let us wait and see on Tuesday what will happen!!

  21. masoabi

    September 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    it is very disappointing when looking at how we are defending normally on side pieces,very time Samba had a free header in our box.yet we have got the like of mertesker 2 fight in bt u cn c kosclieny trying.however,the best thing is 2 find phycologyst to do best he cn 2 motivate the boys and i bliv they will bounce back

  22. Andychris

    September 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    As a caoch try 2change the 4mation give some players an opportunity(oxlade n park).And arsasinate djorou..Why is it that our players perfom very wel in international matches bt wn they return 2the club they are perthetic?AW tim is moving

    • frank

      September 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      yes i agree with you you never know!

  23. AidanGooner

    September 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    You are literally copying Parlour on talksport and pretending you had an original thought for the sake of creating an article- short on ideas were we?- and doesn’t even look like anyone has agreed with you

  24. john ochie

    September 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Arsenal is simply lacking in passion. These boys are lost wen a goal is scored against them.

  25. michael amuakwa

    September 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Arsenal,is suffering because it does not have midfield enforcers who can ran the rules in this crucial area of the pitch. The person purportedly doing some form of enforcement is Alex Song, who is very prone to giving bad fouls in critical areas. More often than not, the resultant free kicks results in goals against us, because our defence does not cope well with set plays. You only have to look at a few of the mistakes Song makes around the eighteen yard box and you will understand what i mean. If we can get him to tackle well, without committing those silly fouls, our back line will not be put under undue pressure.

  26. Ibinabo George

    September 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Its time Arsenal should buy world class players like Snidjer,Gotze,Thiago, Hulk,Gary Cahill, Fernando Torres, M’Villa,Eden Hazard & start paying players £180,000 & above weekly or no trophies. Cos d much money spent on a player,u get d best of d player. Wenger football has changed,u should know dat plzzzzzz.

  27. Arsenal Future Manager

    September 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    You cant blame him, he just scored his 1st goal for the team of his dreams, he must have been so excited and felt like he was on top of the world, he wouldn’t make that mistake again,
    Come on if you got lucky enough to sign for Arsenal and you was a fan, if that was ever possible for me I got my celebration ready, pull down my shorts(of course I would have my Arsenal boxers on) and run all around the whole pitch, if not for security reasons I would jump into the stands, and If it was at the Emirate’s kiss the floor and eat some of the grass as well.

  28. Nasir

    September 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Everyone had their say but no one even mentioned that it’s the board who sanctions the deals for players and at the moment our board consists of only money making machines not ambiotious bout winning trophies.we need people like David dein and ali sher usmanove to turn things around.wenger need his companion not a dick head like Ivan gazidis who doesn’t even know the spelling of football.we need lee dixon sol campbel as our defending coaches we need to get rid of steve bould and compeny and most importantly pat rice as coach.give this team to sir Alex or mourinho and u will see the results.

  29. weinger

    September 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    wot’s all this talk about VP being offside? he’s clearly f##king onside! gervinho should’ve f##king passed it! it’s this naivety of gooners which really lets us down.

    • Arsenal Bystander

      September 20, 2011 at 3:29 am

      He was onside initially, but Gervinho delayed for that 2 seconds electing to shoot, causing Van Persie to be offside, go look at the replays.

  30. Edub

    September 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Agree but also blame Djorou, simply not good enough and Koscielny was doing all kinds of madness on the pitch.

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