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4 Things We Can Learn From Arsenal’s Disgraceful Loss To Aston Villa

After Arsenal began the new season with a disastrous 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, writer Gunner333 gives us four things we can take away from the game.

After Arsenal began the new season with a disastrous 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, writer Gunner333 looks back at the game and gives us some things we can take away from a disappointing start to the new campaign.

With no new additions this Summer, aside from the free transfer of Yaya Sanogo, many were keen to see how Arsenal would kick-start the new campaign. Our first encounter was Aston Villa at home and Wenger’s men were heavy favourites going into the game.

There were nerves amongst the Arsenal fans with uncertainties over whether or not the next nine months would bring success or frustration, but an early strike from last year’s mis-firing Frenchman Giroud signalled the potential for a positive start to the season.

We looked in control of the game from there on with half-chances falling to the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud, but nothing came of them. Then mid-way through the first half Szczesny brought down Agbonlahor who raced through the Arsenal defence which gave Villa a chance from the spot. Benteke took it, missed, and headed home the rebound. Frustrating times for a concerned Arsene Wenger.

The first half came to an end with faded boos ringing around the ground. Not the best of starts for a Champions League chasing Arsenal side. Chances came and went, Giroud with a second chance to double his goal tally and Delph hitting the post for the away team.

Then came the games big turning point when referee Anthony Taylor felt the need to play centre stage once again when he awarded Villa their second penalty of the game, harshly ruling that Koscialny had fouled Agbonlahor in the box. Benteke made no mistake this time and fired Villa into the lead.

The afternoon got even worse for the Gooners when Koscielny received his fourth red card in his Arsenal career after a challenge on Weimann caused the controversial referee to award an undeserved booking.

As the game went on, it was clear it was not Arsenal’s day when Cazorla’s attempt at goal was struck into the ground and forced an excellent save from Guzan who tipped it on to the bar. Villa also created some good opportunities of their own through the dangerous Belgian Benteke before Luna broke clear late on to wrap up the game and consign Arsenal to a disastrous start to the new season.

Here are some points we can learn from the game.

1. Defensive Issues

Although many Gooners will say the lack of creativity in attack is the problem, our defence proved on Saturday we still have much to improve on at the back as well. Simple errors like allowing Agbonlahor to run through the defence and make unnecessary challenges which could give away penalties are just not good enough. Our discipline was poor, we completely lost our shape and we deserved what we got, improvement at the back is needed.

2. Lack Of ‘Never Say Die’ Attitude

Something else we lacked on Saturday was our never say die attitude. Last campaign it did not matter what the score was, we would always press and go for goals believing we could turn things around. On Saturday, we crumbled when we went down to 10-men. Sure things went against us and we missed a couple of decent chances, but the pressure seemed too much for the players. Perhaps it is partly down to fitness but we did not have the hunger and desire to go forward with the ball once we had conceded the second goal.

3. The Importance of Rosicky

The Czech international was our best player on Saturday and he was the only player who looked capable of making things happen. His work-rate was above the rest of the team and he created two excellent chances which, on another day, would have been converted. With the right amount of game time supplied to Tomas I believe he could become a vital component of the side. Let’s hope he can stay fit.

4. Spend Some F**king Money!

This direction is not as clear cut as it may sound. Of course the players we sign must be top class but there is a clear and obvious need to add to the squad. These sentiments were aimed at boss Arsene Wenger throughout the game. I’m sure he’s got the message. We simply MUST bring in a number of players before the window closes. If we’re struggling to successfully purchase a marquee signing like Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney, then buy someone like Michu. He may not be the ‘top, top, top quality Wenger claims he’s looking for, but he’d certainly improve the squad. Not only will it freshen up the camp and perhaps influence a result or two, it will buy Wenger and his side some more time with the fans. The money is there, so it’s time to spend it.

What did you make of the game? Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below.



  1. Villan

    August 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    A decent article, apart from the title.
    It wasn’t a disgraceful loss at all and we beat you quite fairly.
    You really do a major dis-service to the Villa, as we played well and beat you for effort and workrate 🙁
    We’ll beat other top teams in the same way to, you watch.

    • Kevvy

      August 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Dear Villan, I don’t think there was any implied criticism of Aston Villa, what was disgraceful, was the fact we came into the season not ready. We had money to spend but our manager decided we were good enough, we weren’t. The fans at Arsenal have been waiting for the financial burden of the stadium to be lifted so that we can progress. Without wishing to be disrespectful to a club that has won the top European competition in the past, we expected and needed to win yesterday.

    • TAJ AZIZ

      August 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Yes with the same arguments

    • Allan1340

      August 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Dear Villan
      Do not forget your place at the buttom, if we lost to top team maybe just maybe it Would not matter too much but at losing to buttom 17 is painful and we did not lost because Villa played well but we lost because of our manager therefor do not be so happy just wait to your next game against top team Then you can se how good you play.

      • tom t

        August 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm

        Do they teach english in london schools?

  2. slick

    August 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    can’t blame the ref blame the club.

    • TAJ AZIZ

      August 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Yes with the same arguments I even predicted the results but mine was villa 3 asnl 0 why?I hate to be fooled by wenger n the stupid board

    • panther

      August 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Yes blame Wenger for the LACK of preparation, but only a liar or a person with a CHEATING nature , would say the ref wasn’t to blame for Arsenal being robbed. People going on about Villa playing well,.2 of Villas goals came from penalties not open play and we all know the second penalty wasn’t a penalty. Basically Villa created very little in open play, it was only when Arsenal were WRONGLY down to 10 and pushing for a deserved equaliser , that Villa countered.

  3. nicky

    August 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    The author said it was a disastrous defeat not disgraceful, But it wasn’t that either.
    Villa won due to (a) an inept referee and (b) we were simply not good enough to combat unpunished fouls.

    • Chris b

      August 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      No You lost because villa were the better side . Making excuses won’t make you feel better , just more bitter in the long run . Get over it

      • panther

        August 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        Yeah your man of the match was Taylor (Referee). Allowing Villa to constantly foul Wilshere and Rosicky; giving Villa Penalties for nothing and sending off Arsenal player for NONE challenge. Why don’t people be honest and admit the dirty scumbag ref ENABLED Villa to win this game..

        • Chris b

          August 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

          Panther I don’t know if you were at the game or if your 12 years old but you sound like you need to grow a pair. Get over it

          • panther

            August 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

            I don’t like being mugged off by cuts on the internet, whose team just about escaped relegation last season. Tell your Birmingham mates, to stop gloating because the ref won’t be there to help you all season. Agbonlahor is a SNITCH/ GRASS telling the ref to send Kocielny off.

            • Chris b

              August 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

              Yep your 12

      • rogers mawien

        August 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Am over it pal bring on Fernaberch

    • Stu

      August 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      O dear, game one and it’s the ref’s fault…your in for a long season my son…I think the phrase is wake up and smell the coffee

      • panther

        August 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Unless your a liar and a cheat yourself, you should have enough integrity to admit, the ref ASSISTED Villa with his CHEATING GAME CHANGING decisions.

  4. Kapipi Deus

    August 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Mr Arsene,please do us a favor try and win atleast this time.We are funs and feels terribly painful when we lose and it is almost becoming a regular thing and looks like no one cares.

  5. tom t

    August 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Villa won because (a) they were better and (b) arsenal only have 2 players that would get in villa’s starting XI – wiltshire and ox chamb.

    • panther

      August 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Your a deluded TWAT! Villa nearly got relegated last season and now because you got LUCKY with a CHEATING ref, all of a sudden Villa have better players than Arsenal player. Don’t gloat its undignified but again people from Birmingham are undignified .

      • Dooner

        August 18, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        You, panter (no mis-spelling) are a fully fledged Cu*t. Try taking your over inflated arse(nal) out of your arse(nal).
        That Villa bunch finished last season as one of the in-form teams, remember?
        The bought a few absolute gems and finely tuned some real home grown talent.

        The penalties. Stop crying you embarrassing prick, the guy took Agbonlahor’s leg BEFORE the ball, and they had 2 players booked for clear 50/50’s. Get over yourselves and your inadequacies, the best team won, and you aren’t and never were true giants. MUFC are the only true giants with sleeping giants like Liverpool and Villa just begging to be re-ignited.

    • agb

      August 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

      I’ve been bitter and angry since while reading the post and d comments until I got to dis tom-t’s own and I just couldnt help but laugh…this guy’s a comedian tho…ever thought of stand up comedy?? You’ll make a lot of bucks I assure yu..itz nice dat yu tried to deviate from d seriousness of d post and chirped in a little joke *thumbs up bro* 😀

    • agb

      August 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Well if crystal palace knew the direction to Europe, den I’ll see ur point here..Until den derz no sense in wat yhu just said!!!

  6. Abdul

    August 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Wenger is the most foolish couch in the world.he doesnt learned frm his frm his mistakes. The most greedy couch why is he fans like this

  7. robbo

    August 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    There’s a case to be made for the keeper being sent off for the first penalty but the referee was generous to Arsenal with that one.
    The second penalty was a fair and square penalty as indisputably demonstrated on MOTD. The first booking for Koscielny was also therefore perfectly fair.
    The second booking and the sending off looked harsh although Koscielny was unwise to lunge in the way he did. Villa were already 2.1 up and playing pretty well so there’s every chance that they’d have still gone on to win from there.
    On balance, Arsenal were probably slightly on the wrong side of the decisions but it was nothing out of the ordinary for a premier league game……they just didnt play well enough to win this time.

  8. ruelandp

    August 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Villa you won and played well, but i will ask you just be satisfied with with your victory and worry about your other matches until we see you again, by then u will be way behind us in your rightful place.

  9. Chris b

    August 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Ruelandp you sound like a right cock

    • Dooner

      August 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Yeah Does.

  10. sammy

    August 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Wenger deserve dis disgrace..he fold his hand tinking of d squad he got d 4place at d narrow end last season..they will also compete 4 title race 4 him ..foolish mentality…had it been he win aston villa ,he will relax and said ”YESS MY BOY ARE GOOD ENOUGH EVEN WITHOUT ADDITION” WENGER OOOOOUUUUUUUUTTTTTTT!!!

  11. sammy

    August 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Wenger deserve dis disgrace..he fold his hand tinking of d squad he got d 4place at d narrow end last season..they will also compete 4 title race 4 him ..foolish mentality…had it been he win aston villa ,he will relax and said ”YESS MY BOYS ARE GOOD ENOUGH EVEN WITHOUT ADDITION” WENGER OOOOOUUUUUUUUTTTTTTT!!!

  12. VegaMatiz

    August 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    So Arsenal lost a game of football, you were not seriously expecting to go through the season unbeaten, were you? The quality is there, and you have a manager who you have trusted for 15 years. Settle down and let Arsene do what he does best. I’m sure it will all turn out for the best in the end.

    • rogers mawien

      August 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      true last season Everton pipped ManU in the first game but see how season ended

  13. g clarke

    August 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Stuff your digracful lose the arsenal fans are as bad as the press against their own team the worse fans in prem supporter is a joke word at arsenal for years WHY PY THE MONEY cristal palace supporter worth 20 arsenal

  14. Dooner

    August 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Maaaaan, are SOME of you Arse fans petty and childish in defeat.
    Grow some and admit to taking a lesson from a team that has never won anything, never been European champions, with no history, that were in no way involved with the forming of the football league in the first place, that hasn’t built a team around youthful, hungry players and signings that want to play for the club, it’s ethos, it’s direction, it’s potential. Not overpaid pricks.

    • panther

      August 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

      What you going on about? How long ago is since Villa won anything? Wenger has built teams around.d young top quality players. Have you been living in a cave for the last decade or so.

  15. Jimo

    August 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    It is not the fault of ref, but Wenger and board. You played pre-season matches with inexperience clubs we are dancing. We played Man city we are rejoicing, not knowing that they just camouflag us. Our team is very weak. Let’s say the truth, if I and my friends were choosen to face arsenal fc, I cannot fear, because, the team has the calibre players like us. So the vanquish of villa over arsenal is not the team’s fault, but board and coach fault.

  16. anthony

    August 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Greed.wenger and his gang sre aftere the money.season ticket holders need to boycott the team.and people need to not go to the games.jack wichere is as good as gerrard in his hurts me to see the state this once great club hs fallen.

  17. Son Lyme

    August 19, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Three simple truths.

    Villa weren’t great. The ref was awful. Arsenal were rubbish.

    And yet – last year this young Villa team would have found a way to lose this game. This time they ground out a result. The stats tell the story. Arsenal had chances and did not take them.

    And remember – it is just a game.

  18. Jones

    August 19, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Claimed-wise-but-folish Arsene Wenger, for u to have inflicted much pains in our hrts over the years without remorse or changes shows u’re an end time demons.

  19. Ariyo ezekiel

    August 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    It pained me 2 heart to c arsenal losing its first game of the season to non better side.Thank GOd it was not one of the top club they met.It could have being a wide margin of goals.It was mesmesrasing.Arsene weger wake frm slumber.Why would be chasing top quality players that u know there clubs would nt want to let go? Is it one of antics to buy nothing at the end of market?

  20. Talk at The Match Centre

    August 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    It seems criminal that Wenger did not exploit this opportunity to strengthen the squad this summer and make Arsenal serious contenders for all 4 trophies since other clubs were going through transitions. But no, yet again with no early additions to the squad and injuries piling up, 1 game into the season and Arsenal are are already playing catch up.

    It’s a situation that was always preventable and no matter what happens, even if Arsenal sign 4 more players, the damage has already been done having had our weaknesses exposed by Villa, we’ll be seen as there for the taking by the rest of the Premiership!

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