I hate you because I love you…

Of course, that meant the blog was neglected for a 2 day double whammy! With my birthday only falling once a year, this shouldn't be the case for another 12 months...

So, where do we start... another 0-0 draw... and another disappointing display.

It's crazy how we've got to this point - from being one of the most attacking teams in the league to a team who simply can't get the ball in the net. With the Van Persie strike against Everton aside, we haven't scored in the premiership in how long now??? Walking to the Emirates, I had a really good vibe about the Fulham game, soured a little when reading the papers on the way - the pundits all predicted a 0-0 draw, and I really thought if we started Nasri, Arshavin, Vela and Van Persie we'd have enough fire power to score... but the team looked like it was playing within it's own shell. We looked like we thought we wouldn't score...

And then yesterday, Aston Villa were 2 goals to the good - I was staring UEFA cup in the face... But Stoke surely saved the day. They clawed back the game to 2-2 and now all of a sudden the glass is half full again.. if we beat WBA tomorrow (a game which I'll be travelling from London to Birmingham for...) then we'll be 3 points behind Villa and they've got Man City away on Wednesday. Suddenly I have a glimmer of hope - albeit a glimmer. The hope will be pinned on the ability to beat WBA tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the biggest game of our season.

So, what was the reaction post Fulham... the gaffer had this to say:

“It was a big disappointment because 0-0 is a very disappointing result for us. We are desperate to get the three points and in fairness the game was not a 0-0 because we had chances on both sides. I feel we had weaknesses defensively and offensively today but we continued to fight. Fulham played and credit to them they were the better side in the first 20 minutes. They created more movement but after we slowly took over. We always lacked a bit of sharpness to take advantage of our chances and I feel our passing was not quick enough to give them problems. They defended well and they’ve got plenty of 0-0s away from home because their central defence plays very well. There are plenty of reasons, one of them is certainly psychological. I think once it is a psychological problem it is very difficult to assess what is tactical and what is technical. At the moment the more I speak about it the bigger I make the problem. I don’t feel that we should look at the solution in the injured strikers because we had the same problems when the strikers were fit. We didn’t score more goals recently. It is difficult to assess. The good thing in football is that problems don’t last forever and at some stage we will score goals. We have quality but today we were a little bit jaded physically.”

When I read this, I kind of read this in disbelief… how can an Arsenal side, a team renowned for it’s attacking flair not be able to score… it’s a precurious position and I don’t like it – WBA is such a massive game, it’s unbelievable…

I’ll be back tomorrow with a WBA preview, but until then, let’s take the Stoke late two goals positively and look to closing the gap tomorrow.

 

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Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna (Eboue 70), Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Arshavin, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Vela (Bendtner 63).
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Ramsey, Song Billong, Djourou, Gibbs.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird (Stoor 46), Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey (Gera 88), Johnson, Zamora.
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Kamara, Dacourt, Kallio.

Att: 60,102

Ref: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[Happy Birthday Dev, sounds like you had a good time to distract you from the happenings over the weekend.

    I think Arsenal have drained me more than my actual job so far this year, but i still love it. I am quietly confident for some odd reason. Todays must win, we will win, and i fancy a draw between City and Villa.

    Arshavin's first goal tonight... maby :D]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Exactly mate. How can a team like Arsenal, fail to score a single goal in over 6 hours of football !?

    And I don't care how many injuries we have. Surely Wenger would have thought that out before buying replacements for the starting 11. This can only mean that the players he bought weren't good enough. And that needs to be rectified in the summer. Though I highly doubt that'll be done, and we'll probably be fighting for a top 4 spot again next year.]]>

  • AJ

    Firstly Happy Birthday! And as Dan said, Arsenal have been draining, I recently lost my dad, and it’s been pretty hard (even though he was a sp*rs fan) and in the past when crap things have happened sports would be one of the things I would just focus on and shut out everything else, this time Arsenal have just made me feel worse when I watch them. WBA is a massive game as you said and we need to win, not by one or two goals, but by 3 or 4, firstly to give the team confidence that they are world beaters, secondly, for the fans, I mean, the owe us a real good attacking game against the team who are rooted to the bottom, and thirdly to show teams out there we still can find the back of the net and we’re getting back on track. However should we loose, or draw, there has to be a massive review of whats gone wrong and I also think we will find it very hard to get fourth place because it will batter the teams confidence and if they don’t have that, it will be very hard seeing them pick themselves up.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I'm still trying to figure out why I get excited before an Arsenal game, given the way the season has gone.

    Anxiously waiting for the WBA preview. Can't wait to post my team up here.]]>

  • zohaib

    AJ – my condolences bro. Hopefully Arsenal will give you some reason to feel better !

  • Pissed off

    Torn between the two – Condolence to you A J and a good birth day to Dev day.

  • Yemi

    < ![CDATA[AJ, welcome to the club, i lost my dad in 1982 ! long time ago right ? Happy brithday dev, my mum was 28 feb. hehe!!
    Back to the guns, back here in nigeria, what my friend say is that arsenal has a lot of guns but no bullets. from an average of 20 or more attempts at goal to less than 10 is appalling.
    I still have faith though, i like to be optimistic a lot, even though i have shifted my optimism to a lower gear. i know wenger will finish in the top 4.]]>

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Belated happy birthday Dev :) Good to see your updates back mate! Hope you're able to enjoy tonights game for the right reasons

    AJ- sorry for your loss bruv. All the best to you!

    Hopefully, HOPEFULLY, this time tomorrow we can be discussing a long overdue win for the Arsenal.

    Zohaib, after our little debate, you've got me feeling nervous about tonights game mate lol :P

    Have a good day folks!]]>

  • zohaib

    Pete – Just doing my job friend. Voicing out concerns in a very strong manner. Concerns which just don’t seem to be addressed, and that has been the case for years now. It’s a gross understatement to say that it’s a serious situation we’re in. The future just never comes. We said we were in transition, 3 years ago. 3 years down the line, we’re still hoping for a brighter future. A future which will always be ‘the future’. I wonder when it’ll actually become the present.

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Fair play, mate.

    I guess no matter what our opinions are, we all want the same thing, which is for Arsenal to do well!

    Cheers!]]>

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[Sorry about your loss AJ. Maybe today's result (win!) will be of some help! And hopefully we'll score more than one goal!
    I've just got this feeling that once we get that first goal, more will come with ease. Maybe it'll be the tale of London buses! But we definitely need more than 2 goals!]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[Happy Birthday Dev

    If we dont beat WBA tonight i will actually cry.

    I can't remember who if anyone is back from injury for tonights?]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[*tonights game*

    My condolences to AJ.

    Is the game on SKY TV tonight?]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Nobody is back from injury Gooner Get Ya.

    Djourou is replacing Gallas at CB, who has an ankle injury.
    Apart from that Wenger mentioned he'll make a few changes. Not sure how many and in what areas of the pitch.]]>

  • debs

    Don’t think it’s on sky, gooner get ya. But I guess we can always listen to audio commentary on ATVO! :)

  • AJ

    Thanks guys! Means alot and yeah as Pete said earlier we may all debate with each other, but it’s great to see we all want Arsenal to win and are so fanatic about them.

  • Pissed off

    I like the unity in the house despite a bit of slight differences and point of views.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    I guess i will be wtching on gunnerstreams again then

  • Fabrez

    Firstly, condolences to AJ. Hope things get better for you bro. Hopefully things will get better with Arsenal too! It’s weird…but y’all know i’m pretty regular on The World of Arsenal…but these draws have had me just not feeling to type a lot! (Altho that debate between Zohaib & Pete was good!) Hopefully i’ll b a bit more regular now…and hopefully the goals will be too! C’mon Gunners!!!