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The excuses are running out…fast!


Written by sanchit.

The Newcastle game has shaken me, and after the game, I find myself devoid of ANY excuse that I can give for Arsenal’s loss. Each season, we have had some key players injured at key moments, and rightfully, we fell back on that reason to explain us dropping points to teams.

But the Newcastle game is rare, and different. It is the second time in the season already, in only 11 games, that we have lost to a newly-promoted side at home. Last time we put the blame rightfully on Manuel Almunia’s shoulders, even though we were only diverting attention away from a complacent, and overall poor performance.

This time, we don’t have a late goal. We don’t have a MAJOR goalkeeping error (Fabianski WAS at fault, but not enough to pin the entire blame on him). And most of all, we had a nearly full squad.

We could no longer say after the game, “Oh, Fabregas was injured; van Persie was not there. What do you expect?” Fabregas was fit. So were Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin, Chamakh and Song. So was van Persie, who played a good half hour of the game.

After the Chelsea game, I was convinced that we lost because we missed the presence of Fabregas, Walcott and van Persie. But now, I am having some doubts. You can argue that if a side comes to Emirates only to defend, then it is hard to score. But I ask you, how many times did we give away the ball? How many times did a player had a poor touch? How many times did we play one pass too many in the final third? The answer is: Too many times, too many times. Our pinpoint passing was a faded dream, and there was no accuracy.

We could feel aggrieved, because they had one shot on target, and that unfortunately was their goal. But there was ample time for us to hit back and equalise, if not win. We never recovered, and in some ways this was worse than WBA, where we atleast bounced back to strike twice before dropping the three points.

Put simply, it was a disappointing team performance. No excuses. And most of the tough fixtures haven’t even started. Games away to Everton, Villa, Fulham etc. will be tricky.

The bad points:

1. Attack. For obvious reasons stated above.

2. The lack of tempo in the first half, and over-elaboration, a term which is somehow coming true of Arsenal’s play.

3. Fabregas. Yes, him. He gave the ball away too many times. Only positive point was when he hit the bar.

4. Walcott. Totally silent, out of sorts and unnoticeable. Credit to Enrique, for keeping him quiet, but still, much was expected which was not delivered. Again, positive point when he hit the bar, but that was about it.

5. Gael Clichy. Endeavouring to play left wing at every opportunity. Giving the ball away. WHY are we offering him a new contract?

The marginally okayish points:

1. Wilshere. Outstanding strength, and commitment. Just wish he played more like Fabregas than Song.

2. van Persie. Looked okay to me. Was positive. Still a long time before he becomes the van Persie was old



  1. Rob

    November 9, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Arsenal are a team full of show-ponies that shit themselves at the first sign of a struggle

    • sanchit

      November 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

      Yeah sure.
      Go suck on that while you are in your cradle.

  2. steve biko

    November 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Rob jog on you muppet! Spurs are rubbish

  3. samuel

    November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    When the rest of the team continues to rely on Nasri,Song ,Rosicky and Cesc that,s what happens as it,s supposed to be a team sport ,but Clichy ,Sagna ,Eboue,Walcott ,Vela ,Arshavin don,t exactly
    earn their extravagant salaries week in week out ,a huge problem for Arsene ?

  4. Steve Palmer

    November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Now now, lets not have bickering, i know you fans feel exactly the same as me after that pathetic loss on Sunday, a game our team never had the stomach for, You know and i know, a big powerfull team undoes us nearly every time, but lets not dwell on that for to long, because it makes you bitter,we need to find a solution and the answer is quite clear, our players at times make the game of football a pleasure to watch, but as soon as we play teams that rough us up we hide, big players that can stand up and fight their corner is what is needed, all you old Gooners cast your minds back, Simpson ,Storry Adams Keon, animals, that would run through walls take no prisners hated any other colour than red, thats what we need a backbone of steel not these pretty boys who care more about their hair than the Cannon on their shirts, give them the Cannon and bring in some steel, and you lot stop bitching and comb your hair

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