Arsenal v Hull… sometimes it happens!

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A brick wall is a fucking brick wall…. how can you get through it? Perhaps Steve could do it with the Kango he used to demolish Leeds Castle.

Hull City came to the Emirates with one thing in mind, defend  and go home with a draw, sometimes a team can perform beyond their normal capabilities against a better side and this is what happened yesterday. I don’t think we could have asked more from our boys, they performed admirably and  the eleven shots they had on target would normally have given us a goal tally of at least 2 or 3, but on this occasion they were saved by a keeper on top form.

We had nearly 70% possession and 24 attempts on goal, some of those shots were wayward and on another day would have gone in, it just wasn’t our day. The Tigers were tigerish in their defending and for most of the game had nine or ten players packing their defence, not a lot you can do about that tactic in my opinion.

There were also two clear penalty appeals turned down by Dean, that was expected when it was announced he would be the referee for the game. At the end of the day we had a brick wall to try and get through and a ref who wasn’t going to do us any favours.

The only way I can look at it is to give credit to Hull for the way they fought tooth and nail for the result but don’t blame the Arsenal for failing to win the game, it wouldn’t be fair  on our boys. There were a couple of outstanding performances from Gibbo, and Elneny in particular, the Egyptian fits into our midfield similar to Cazorla, he controlled and distributed, tackled and won the ball back and overall, had a very good game.

Welbeck and Theo both had good games and on another day would have been on the score sheet. The only question mark I had was Sanchez when he came on, he seems to have lost some of his sparkle since his injury, he was wasteful and failed to make an impact. Perhaps we’ve become used to his normal game and therefore, there is a larger contrast when he has a bad day. I hope he finds his usual zest soon.

Anyway, that game has to be put behind us, we didn’t lose and we have a chance to put it right in the replay. The team now have to focus on Tuesdays game against Barca, which will be much more open and allow us to play our normal attacking style.

The replay will add to our already busy schedule but I’ve looked at the fixtures and I think the game which will be moved is Swansea at home, so it won’t be a major upheaval.

Therefore, I say to all those who may be disappointed about yesterday, don’t blame the boys in red, but instead, praise Hull City for sticking rigidly to a tactic and gaining a commendable result.

Bring on Barcelona…..

 

 

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125 thoughts on “Arsenal v Hull… sometimes it happens!

  1. I like your refreshingly positive comments and totally agree. Elneny was outstanding….I don’t think that his distribution is yet as incisive as Cazorla’s but he is clearly going to be a very good player for us. Nevertheless I was disappointed at our continually trying to find a way through Hull’s packed central defence – we lacked any subtlety in our approach, the magic of Ozil.
    I think that we should sign their goalie, he was just magnificent (damn it!!!)……Ospina needs his opportunities elsewhere…….

  2. Morning all Thank you Northbank for an indepth post. All i can say is glad its over no complaints no excuses. Arsenal at home held by championship team Hull city. Next Arsenal game Barcelona we may get a better result in this one. Lovely.

  3. Time for breakfast full English which will probably be renamed a full Europe. I found a new name yesterday a Bore Draw the beauty of a bore draw is you can do it all over again.

    90 minutes wasted of my day yesterday but i am over it now, another 90 minutes in the week no doubt for another Bore draw this football is so exciting init..

  4. Bonjour mes amis, well done Soixante-Neuf for the early post it’s nice that you can be positive.

    I had my say yesterday, my view hasn’t changed so I won’t bore you all by repeating it

    Au revoir a demain.

  5. Morning Vertical Bacon Sandwiches !.

    I cant help it, but Steve`s Kango destruction adventure at Leeds Castle keeps making me giggle !……..hahaha
    Steve of the KKK……………Kango Klux Klan…….. will forever now be known as Kango to me . hahaha
    Is a Kango a Kangaroo`s Dildo ?

    I fucking broke down yesterday in a spot where I couldn`t get Talksport on to listen to the game……….fucking 5 hours in all with AA and then waiting for recovery vechile !…….lucky that I had some spare Red Cherry and White Chocolate torts on board to bribe the Recovery vechile driver to help me do my last two drops…..it saved me about three hours !
    Yesterdays game !…………….fair enough a draw hasn`t helped us, but whereas I hate draws in the league, it`s different in the cup as you get another bite at the cherry !….I`ll be more pissed off if we draw ( or lose ) our next league game, which is another MWG, they all are from now on !.

    We used to do it sometimes !
    Verminator does what I want us to do……..fucking press teams !.
    http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/vermaelen-reveals-intensity-barcelona-training#:H6RO_YpLPzV4AA

  6. That’s a good mornings work done…. very pleased, now ahead of schedule.

    Cockie….. breaking down and getting the AA man to help with the deliveries…. fucking classic 🙂

  7. Afternoon all,, Cockie gives us a story of why he missed the match, Ive gotta say he did the right thing to miss that game. Glad i gave you a laugh with my Kango Cockie will keep doing my best to put smiles on your face.

    Although i said you didn’t miss much, maybe i was a bit hasty, You know me, if we don’t win i am a bit of a plank, and get the hump, but in all sense of the problems it wasn’t through not trying. The guys worked solid right through the match, it has to be said that Hull never ever caused us any problems that will stick in the memory, Never looked dangerous and never did anything outstanding. Their goalkeeper made a few saves but that’s what there there for. MOTM again we dominate a match only for a pony side to get the spoils Bolox.

    From the first kick till the last, Arsenal showed their dominance. Hull city never came to the home of football to win, they know they are outclassed all day long, even with bits of kids in and people who have only had a couple of kicks all season they never had a chance.

    Yes of course we have to talk about the score, 0.0 looks close but it wasn’t they were shit no mistaking that not a player who stood out for me, but our lot just kept banging away. Now i have seem Arsenal play much the same for many years bang away all day keep doing the same old things but sadly often the same result goalless..

    Of course you don’t get to no 3 position in the league by not scoring goals, but it seems that i have watched a hell of a lot of of goalless football. Many will tell you we have a very impressive front line Giroud Wellbeck Walcott Sanchez but as far as goals are concerned not really any more impressive than Hulls forward line don’t remember any of them and don’t want to, mind you i am beginning to feel the same about ours.

    How can we change results like this, and start to see goals fly in one after the other, well we could begin by kicking our superstars arses out and bring in guys who can kick a fucking ball without scuffing it, on target would be nice, and not fucking straight at the fucking keeper, sorry lost it in that last sentance. Kango Kango Kango 🙂

  8. Afternoon NB, you sound happy, i take it you have a bit of folding in the old back pocket. 🙂

    Seeing how i have been holled up all week with this fucking Lurgi, I needed to get out the house, Arsenals match yesterday took the biscuit and i couldnt take it anymore,
    This morning i drove down to a big Lake i know, from different positions you can view some spectacular views i drove round for a couple of hours and just sat in the motor windy as fuck so thought it best to stay inside. I met a few anglers and stopped for a chat nothing coming out but nice and tranquil. Mrs rang me and said how long you going to be , so thought it best to make tracks home.

    That couple of hours lifted me a bit and refreshed me a little, chest still feels shit but do feel better. but still hate football 🙂

  9. Looking forward to the Barcelona match, be nice to see a club that know how to score goals, will have to forget who they are playing for the day, but to see how a team go about making goals and finishing them off will be very refreshing, just hope its not another Hull city Arsenal bore draw.

  10. Watching City and the cast of the Phantom of the opera crew, has been fucking boring, but just had 2 goals 1.1 this is starting to look like football

  11. Evening `69er and Kango ! 😀

    Now you know how much I hate the Spuds and love it when the CUNTZ get beat, but I`m now concerned that them CUNTZ losing is a blessing in disguise for them CUNTZ, if the CUNTZ get beat on Spursday….also known as CUNTZDAY…..the CUNTZ will only have the league to play for and that would imo make the CUNTZ favourites for the league !……………………………………CUNTZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  12. Still think we will beat Hull, just an extra game !. So I suppose that if you like watching as many Arsenal games as possible ……a draw was good !.

    Kango, Grizzly, Inbred, `69er, Cockie and Transplant !…………………………………………….sounds like a movie working title for that Hatton Garden jewel job !. They were all old bastards as well ! hahaha

  13. I know Michael Caine wants a piece of the action when it becomes a movie …….not a lot of people know that !.

  14. Yeah !…..I know, someone in Cornwall calling someone in Norfolk an inbred is a bit “Pot Kettle” !. hahaha

    Hold on a sec`!……………….wher the fcuk do you live, Kango ?………………and dont say ….”The ruins of Leeds Castle !” hahaha

  15. Phantoms have scored again 5.1 Manchester has lost all football credibillity, both managers sacked so who gives a shit.

  16. Where do i live Cockie, Hertfordshire, Destination for every East European, every Syrian and anybody else who doesnt speak English. direct route to the M25 bring your relatives with you, not a Mosque here yet but plenty of room for many. Sure planning is in.

  17. Afternoon

    Just back from Portsmouth. Very Chavie town. Every one looks like a fly has flown into an eye.

    Things didn’t go as planned with that bird, so I was reluctantly forced to spend the night in a 24 hour cinema.

    Luckily, in the back row, I made friends with a bespectacled middle age gentleman high up in PO ferries. The poor man s suffering from chronic arthrities so, for a fee of £75, i helped alleviate his pain by accepting his offer to bend his knees in front of me.

    Some pushy usher misunderstood the situation and asked us to leave. It was a terrible melee, he stumbling with his arthritic knees and me struggling because my belt had lossened resulting in trousers and pants down my ankles.

    Very strange, as the usher forcibly pushed us out, even punching the poor arthriticaly disabled P&O manager in the back of the head, I noticed the few remaining patrons to the film also had trousers at there ankles?

    Watford at home. Nice

  18. Not sure if I can make it, Stretch !……have a back load of work in the P&O office, an appointment at Arthritis Anonymous and visit a specialist sock remover at Spunky Socks “R” US !.

  19. I’ll come Terry, anything to get away from the Migrant train, Funny my knee has just started playing up 🙂

  20. And you will be stuck to an Emirates chair when Kango gets the power tool out and Perry Groves announces over the PA system. !………….You`ve been Kango`d !

  21. Boris may want to come as well, he just turned his back on David and has joined the outs, must have had a dozen move in his street.

  22. At least with Cockie bowing out we may just get there nothing worse than breaking down in this weather with a knee playing up 🙂

  23. I`ll be sad to see a drop in immigrants coming into our country !…………….who the fuck will clean my van ?

  24. We could see tit for tat and France send back `69er !………………..Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  25. Steve will be OK though !………………………….his Kango can do the work of ten Polish slaves !…..and destroy English Heritage`s most treasured landmarks !………………………..Kucking Kango Kunt !. hahaha

  26. Thing is Kango, some Cunts will always find a way into the country if they are desporate enough !.

  27. haha that’s how I would like to sneak in Cornwall

    I think ime going to vote stay in? I want benefits.

    Surely as a bubble ime entitled to something? I don’t know what, but I want it. Think I will ring the dole office and ask what the benefits are for been a bubble? Apart from been a good looking bastard and related to Telly Savalas.

    Cameron’s a right ponce. If I was him I would have conned Angela Merkal that I had feelings for her and then made out that I had a sick old granny in America and to save her I needed 50 billion quid.

    Once she transferred the 50 bill into my Nigerian bank account, I would change my name to Tony Blair and tell her to eff off

  28. Sound’s like a good Idea Terry, only i thinks she’s really a bloke, Use the old Arthritic ploy you stand more chance of a dozen prosthetics. :).

  29. Not seen the draw so i suppose it is Watford should we ever get through, if not i take it it will be a duel in Hull.

  30. I know you like your FA conspiracy theories, Kango !………………well there is a lot of stuff flying about how the draw is fiddled to get Arsenal to another final with us getting another home draw quarter final Vs Watford !.
    Personally I think it`s a load of sour grapes and also just bad luck, timing etc` that due to other commitments Wembley is also fully booked for our Semi-Final and Final games and they are now being played at The Emirates Stadium !…………some secret Greek billionaire accountant has semi-final day booked for a world record attempt for the most Telly Savalas impersonators and on Final day he has a Demis Roussos bring a sock memorial concert !.
    Hey, Stretch !……how did the business trip to Portsmouth go ?…….did you buy that Lollipop making factory ?

  31. Hello Canada… 🙂

    Been a bit slow on here today…. Cockie and Transplant have been over the other side… trying to get involved with a sensible football conversation, but failing miserably, the fucking cuntzzzz… they should know better ha ha ha

  32. Evening all,
    I see a shit day has hit Guunersorearse. Bit like the display from our team.
    I have noticed that a couple of our guys have been working there way back in on the dark side, but what can you expect fuck all happens down in their part of the world apart from break downs and knee appointments.

    Shit day for me, as the morning started with no power to our plug sockets. Must be the fuse box i thought as i went to investigate, Yep thats the culprit pressed the button in only for a bit of a bang and power off. Somethings fucked i thought, go round the appliances and find whats causing the problem.

    Pulled out all the plugs and them pressed the button again another bang and power off. Fuck me i thought this looks bad, plus it was fucking cold. Looked at the boiler pilot on but not working, closer inspection water leaking under the boiler fuck. strip boiler down and its fucked, i knew it needed replacement and had a guy come round the other day to give me a price, still waiting.

    I phoned the guy up and he was working, no probs Steve when i get home will price it all up and ring you tonight with a price. Yeh still waiting.

    So a shit day for me and looks like a fucking cold night. Reading the papers this morning and i saw Kochielney reckons we can beat Barca, i read it twice we have Petr Cech he’s written what the fuck does that mean. perhaps the colds getting to me but we definitely need more than Petr Cech i know

    I know i an not in the best of moods right now , And i expect to be watching the game in the cold but where the fuck has Kos been drinking i may have to go there myself.

  33. hahaha I like to go on the “other side” as I know there`s a chance someone will bite at my dooming !.

    No disrespect to the likes of Grizzly, GIE, Transplant etc`, but, when Arsenal play shit or do anything which is not right etc ect, you cannot possibly be happy as if nothing has happened. Just once I`d love to see them lose it and have a rant about …I dont know….Arsene perhaps !…..maybe his tactics……or maybe his lack of transfer activity !….anything !………but it`s not normal for people to try and defend the indefendable !……………….if their wives were caught sucking off a Spud supporting refugee would that be a case of……” It`s OK darling, I had an injury and you brought on a substitute to take my place and by the looks of it he worked you harder than I could, thank God for Potchetino`s high pressing tactics !”.
    If you fuck up at any time in any form of life, work etc`, someone will tell you !…….Wenger or Arsenal FC cant be immune to this !.
    It`s fucking creepy stalking stuff if you ask me……….to never voice a bad opinion about Arsene or AFC .
    When Manshafter Std beat us 8-2 they probably thought it was just bad luck and praised Wenger whilst kissing his picture at a shrine !. hahaha

  34. Evening Cockie your back then, Fucking sucking up to all that awful lot, you should come back with the hump. You have to talk in a different way over there, else they fucking ban you. and heres’ you, oh the spuds this and the spuds that knowing you cant say what you really means fuck em.

    They dont have a mind of their own, its like they have a collective mind, and if you blog here you have to be the same.

    Lets face it mate Arsenal played ok, but they were shit at scoreing, been shit for ages, wankers of the highest order and probably wont score again tomorow, Why because that pratt wont spend the two hundred fucking million thats fucking why. Over there its only sixty, fucking Wankers

  35. Fuck !. Kango !.
    For a minute I thought the wife was talking to me and a shiver went down my spine !…”” Your back then !” hahaha
    Yes, they are a womans institute garden party lot over there, which has always made me wonder why the likes of chas dont blog on here as he could have a field day without any fear of repercussions, you would have thought this site would have been right up his street !.
    I`ve always tried to be on the “Kelsey” side and state we have £230M in the bank for transfers, but I reckon it`s almost definately somewhere more like £150M ..yes, still enough to buy almost any striker other than Ronaldo and MSN.
    Word is £60M would have got the Dortmund striker, but Wenger has his own strict valuations and wont budge on them, even though Aubameyang would have probably got us the goals we are lacking and won us the title !

  36. It`s good to have a rant with people who are pissed off as one`s self, but it`s also enjoyable to have a rant on the other site when you know it will piss some of them off because it`s almost forbidden to blaspheme against Wenger .
    Dont get me wrong I love the guy to bits for what he has done, but when he`s wrong he`s wrong and should not be immune from criticism >

  37. There’s nothing creepy about it Cornwall

    If you and Steve would only open your hearts to the love and hope Arsene gives all his children, then you would be reborn.

    What’s so fucking creepy about that? hahaha

    In all honesty, I think you lot talk crap, but I tolerate you because I’ve got no friends.

    Wenger will probably win the double this year, and you will have spent the whole season slagging him off hahaha

  38. No double this year mate, He keeps stopping us, you been taking to much notice on the other side. Ha ha win the fucking double and we cant score against Hull ha ha

  39. The Reverand Transplant, Minister at the chapel of Saint Arsene and all Angels……………..if Arsene just manages the FA Cup you can baptise me by pissing over my head in the name of Lord Arsene !…………………………..just wash the sock first !.

    One term and condition applies. Spuds must not win the EPL !

  40. Cockie, there’s a secret clause in the Treaty of Rome put there by that great Arsenal supporter The Blessed Margaret Thatcher, that enshrines in EEC law that the Spuds can never finish above The Gunners while the sun continues to rise in the East.

    As far as I’m concerned that is reason enough for Great Britain to remain a member of an other wise doomed, corrupt, utterly useless European Community.

  41. I just hope we don’t get humiliated tonight. The crowd love European nights and it’s the emphasis on the manager to see every single player gives 100%, that’s all I ask for,it’s.a huge task as practically all our front players are out of form. Just conceding once will kill us so though we are underdogs there is always a maybe tonights our night.

  42. Good morning ladies…. and Kelsey 🙂

    Don’t think I’ll write a pre-match today for the Barca game….. what could I say, I think we’re gonna get fucked? or then again I could say we’re gonna show them how to really play football?

    So I’ll wait until the game, reserve judgement until afterwards. ha ha

  43. O Ye of little faith (otherwise known as doomers) when will you ever learn that on occasion underdogs can actually step up to the bar and bite the arse of disbelievers 🙂 🙂

    I’m looking forward to yet another night at The Emirates where we will have the pleasure of watching the very best teams in Europe play against the Gunners – compliments of Arsene Wenger 🙂 🙂

    (Here is where we get the expected doomers chorus) 😦 😦 😦

    Why don’t you guy’s just take a deep breath to clear away the doomsday thoughts and then just sit back with a few glasses of your favourite beverage while enjoying watching the best of the best 🙂 🙂

    (Time for a repeat of the chorus) 😦 😦 😦

    Barcelona are by far and away the best club team in the World so our chances are very slim indeed but one thing is obvious and that is that we will need our 12th man to step up and be counted – but what are the odds of that happening 😦 😦 😦

    (Time to prepare your epilogues) 😦 😦 😦

  44. Afternoon all, I get the feeling pundits commentators and hanger ons have been waiting for this one, The Great Barcelona gracing us with their presence, many thinking time for a hated club to get a drubbing, no body will want to miss that.

    Thinking about it, the powers at be would fucking hate that, as the return leg would be a waste of fucking time, and no fucking money would be earned. So with careful thought it would be better Arsenal get a result, so with that thought I reckon we’ll win Pundits will have to wait 🙂

  45. No worries about tonight’s game as far as I’m concerned, if you don’t expect to win you can’t be disappointed if you lose.

    I just hope that we give it a go, I hope our players let Barca know they’ve been in a game. A few bookings even a red card doesn’t matter that much, a maximum effort please chaps.

  46. I’m not a doomer, but neither do I wear rose tinted spectacles. I like to think I’m a realist rather than a dweller in Cloud Cuckoo Land.

    I’ll watch the game and if I don’t like what I see, I will not hesitate to let all and sundry know my feelings. If my views upset anyone, tough.

  47. I think this is the first time everybody is a available even jack wants to play. Strikers by the bucket load and they will find the back of the net tonight I almost guarantee it. What Tossers he will plc Christmas knows but someone will score

  48. Strange as it may seem Norfolk I’m also a realist – but I choose to dwell on the positive and not the negative. It’s very easy for a spectator to be critical of a result but it’s far harder to be either playing or managing a game. (Now is the time to make statements like “that’s what they are paid so much”) – while I appreciate that point I prefer to look at the bigger picture and not just individual incidents or games.

    I recognize that others have different viewpoints but like you I’m not afraid to speak my mind.

    I also know that dooming is the lifeblood of blogs – I’m just not an advocate of dooming.

  49. Sorry been out all day,
    N5, I fully appreciate your views, of course good supporters should always have belief. I feel that Wenger’s years in charge at Arsenal, has given you belief that he is the right man for the job.

    Now of course it takes a very forward man to say that all is not well at Arsenal, after all Wenger is the clubs most successful Manager. But for the supporter who believes that things could be better there is nothing wrong in believing that buying players when they are needed and not relying on personel that have a history of ailments.

    Arsenal moved stadiums at huge expense because it would allow us to be more competetive in the market place. Or that was the story put out. We have heard of Arsenals success with sponsors and TV deals and how we are classed as the fifth richest club in the world , but in all fairness we have had little success since 2005 of course not belittleing the 2 FA cups which has come in the last 2 years, but our finishing position has not really meant we have challenged for the league.

    Of course our third place standing at the moment, could be argued that we are holding our own, but circumstances acuring in the Premier league this season, has really thrown a spanner in the works.
    Even a positive supporter must at times wonder why players are not being brought when it seems that we must buy, if not they must wonder where the money is going that we make. Of course the positive supporter would believe that when the manager believes the right player has come along then he could make us into a league winning team.

    All i ask, is just how long can a positive supporter wait before he realises that year after year he doesn’t find the player in fact i don’t even think he’s looking. Your word Doomer is a supporter who has watched ground hog day over and over again, and at the end of the day just a supporters view.

  50. I won’t even bother to watch us get trounced.AW loses either way bacause if we win people will say we are too inconsistent and if we lose it will be expected by all and sundry, and then we have to play United who beat the mighty Shrewsbury. Will it ever end.

  51. I won’t be watching the game until 7:30pm this evening (12:30am on the 24th UK time) so I will not be around after the game starts. I will turn off all media and concentrate on some Sudoko’s.

    Happy dooming folks :):)

  52. 1 goal in 40 games totally out of form and the Ox starts for width on the right. No room for Welbeck or Walcott, oh well, good luck lads

  53. A first for me !…..I disagree with Kelsey !………………………..I love the Ox and he will end up a ledge !. 😀
    Fucked if I will watch the game !……low in the pants department, cant chance my last pair of clean ones !.

  54. Bent ref as normal, again we duff a shot what is it with our player’s Ox is fucked who comes on in his place, time for a change but the players all have a couple of jobs to do and if Theo is one of them we are gonna struggle

  55. Take nothing away from our players, while they were all out there they did their jobs well once the Ox got injured welbeck should have been the change. Sanchez is still struggling but Giroud put a full shift in most of our players worked their socks off but you cannot field a lazy bastard like Walcott, nothing in defence nothing up from fresh as a daisy when he came on and fresh as a daisy when he went off no contact whatsoever. Any Walcott supporters, hope he made you proud fucking useless Twat

  56. Got the result wrong, my theory blown to pieces. We turned up and we tried commendable but we were struggling. Once that goal went in heads went down. Players started to look tired. We cant complain dont buy strikers when the side are crying out for them, and the people you have will continue to produce what they normally produce Zilch.

    Of course the positive among us will say theres still a chance, while the realists will say its all over for this year, like it has been for the last twenty years, will these positives ever realise that if you never spend you will never win, or do they still need another twenty years.

  57. What a stroke of genius by the master tactician, take off Coquelin and bring on Flamini who immediately gives away a penalty.

    Great game from Ramsey, just a pity he never seems to score and gives the ball away so often.

    Still a better performance than I expected, only two nil, at least we’ve got a chance to put things right at the Nou Camp.

  58. Wenger will be an absolute mug if he risks playing a full team in the return leg. Pellegrini played a youth team in the FA Cup for the sake of the CL game tomorrow. Wenger needs to do the reverse and play youth players in the Barca return game to keep players injury free for the FA Cup and league.
    I`ll say it again, we need the Spuds Kuntz to carry on in the EL, if them Kuntz get knocked out on Spursday, then we can kiss the EPL goodbye and be forever sick at them Kuntz winning the EPL !.
    Agree with Grizzly, we should have played a full strength team against Hull on Saturday !………..wrong priorities again Arsene !……we should be looking at a semi past Watford instead of first having to have a replay !. His obsession with the CL is an achilles heal !.

    Night Kuntz !

  59. Morning all.
    heating not being fixed till the weekend, fucking froze watching the game last night. Bottle of scotch helped but that depressed me.
    champions league over for another year. 20 years in it is brilliant but only ever looking at one chance but that was yonks ago.

    The away leg is a waste of time , so another year wasted. Wenger has gone as far as he can take us,needs to take his seat upstairs and allow a forward thinking coach to take over.

    Top football today needs top players knitted together, Wenger will never spend so has to go he has proved his had his day. We will of course fight on but I feel we all know that if you cannot win the premier league then you stand little chance again spending clubs.

    Wenger is only good at Christmas playing scrooge all he wants to do is to be able to say I did it on a shoestring, did what, Fucking lose that’s what

  60. arcelona are “95% through” to the Champions League quarter-finals, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side lost 2-0 to the Spanish champions.

    The Frenchman blamed his team’s finishing and naivety for the home loss in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud missed chances for the Gunners before Barca scored the opener.

    “The way we finished our chances is a problem. I felt in the final third we missed something,” said Wenger.

    “Barcelona are through 95% but we want to go there and play. We will not go there and have absolutely no chance,” he added.

    Well for 8 million punds a year I think I would have said something more appropriate.
    We were never going to match one of the best two club sides in the world yet most agreed that for 45 minutes we contained them not domnate them, there is a huge difference.

    10 years on we are further apart from Barcelona after the Final in Paris.

    Players like Mertesacker and Flamini are a liability against top sides especially those that are lightning quick on the counter attack,Barca being the prime example.We have been unlucky drawing them so often in recent years but on many occasions we have cocked up ourselves by throwing away a winning chance of topping a group.

    We now have a difficult game against United on Sunday to add insult to injury.

    Why was The Ox even started he is totally out of form with one goal in 40 games and he missed a glorious half chance.

    Giroud did his best but it is obvious if we as a club want to really move up a level he isn’t the answer nor are one or two other of our high earning players.If ever that was apparent it was last night.

    I never expected us to win but expected better from some of our players.

    I will get my coat,sorry some of you don’t want to know the truth.We may not have a chance of winning the league again for a long time so AW wave your magic wand and install some confidence in this team for Sunday.
    You also made a huge mistage Me Wenger in not fielding your strongest team against Hull especially in light of what we saw last night and your futile post match statement.

    I am posting this everywhere I canarcelona are “95% through” to the Champions League quarter-finals, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side lost 2-0 to the Spanish champions.

    The Frenchman blamed his team’s finishing and naivety for the home loss in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud missed chances for the Gunners before Barca scored the opener.

    “The way we finished our chances is a problem. I felt in the final third we missed something,” said Wenger.

    “Barcelona are through 95% but we want to go there and play. We will not go there and have absolutely no chance,” he added.

    Well for 8 million punds a year I think I would have said something more appropriate.
    We were never going to match one of the best two club sides in the world yet most agreed that for 45 minutes we contained them not domnate them, there is a huge difference.

    10 years on we are further apart from Barcelona after the Final in Paris.

    Players like Mertesacker and Flamini are a liability against top sides especially those that are lightning quick on the counter attack,Barca being the prime example.We have been unlucky drawing them so often in recent years but on many occasions we have cocked up ourselves by throwing away a winning chance of topping a group.

    We now have a difficult game against United on Sunday to add insult to injury.

    Why was The Ox even started he is totally out of form with one goal in 40 games and he missed a glorious half chance.

    Giroud did his best but it is obvious if we as a club want to really move up a level he isn’t the answer nor are one or two other of our high earning players.If ever that was apparent it was last night.

    I never expected us to win but expected better from some of our players.

    I will get my coat,sorry some of you don’t want to know the truth.We may not have a chance of winning the league again for a long time so AW wave your magic wand and install some confidence in this team for Sunday.
    You also made a huge mistage Me Wenger in not fielding your strongest team against Hull especially in light of what we saw last night and your futile post match statement.

  61. Kelsey wears his heart on his sleave I understand where he is coming from, but I have to ask him one question, even with 3 of the best players on the planet in Messi Suarez and Neymar they could only muster one goal in open play. Their second goal was gifted, so even the best was not very convincing was they.

  62. I accept that Steve but they wee in full control for most of the game and as I said we contained them but I always believed they could go up a gear.The second leg will be interesting to see how many chances and goals they will score.They will never be a side who sits back to defend especialy with that front three.

  63. Good morning my fellow groaners, oops, sorry that should be Gooners.

    You’ve just gotta larf haven’t you? Wenger blames his teams finishing and naivety. Amazing! The operative words in that statement being “his team”. Wenger built “his team” from the ground up, Wenger chooses which players the club buy. Wenger chooses the style of play and tactics. Wenger chooses who plays. If Wenger has been unable to remove the naivety and doesn’t have the quality of striker necessary to score goals in the squad then the only person to blame is himself.

    We all know that Kronke won’t sack him, so perhaps it’s time for Wenger to accept the blame and resign.

  64. Here’s an interesting fact. Flaming had been on the pitch for less than one minute and hadn’t even touched the ball before he gave away the penalty. Naive? Following the manager’s instructions?

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