Arsenal vs Man United Match Preview…

Arsenal vs Man United is the one game of the season that I look forward to most… Don’t get me wrong, shortly after it’s the home game against Sp*rs, Liverpool and then maybe Chelski, but ultimately, at the moment, it’s the biggest game of our season. Arsenal versus Man United has been a talismanic game for the Premier League since it’s conception and tomorrow – I can tell you right now – is going to be a cracker. We have played very well this season and have done extremely well to be this high up in the league considering our lack of purchases and our amazingly bad run of injuries this season.

We’ve probably had the most possession of any team in the league, we’ve also probably had the most passes, but when you look at why we’re not top of the league, it really comes down to various different points, which I’ll take a quick look at now.

Lack of finishing

When you look at the games against Man United at Old Trafford, against the likes of Villa when we got the 0-0 draw, the main issue was the lack of finishing (these are just two examples of games). Even when we have Van Persie and Niklas Bendtner, our finishing isn’t always exactly the best – but ultimately, the recent inability to convert chances into the goals is that lack of the ability to finish, which does stem from the loss of the two players above and the bad form of the recovering Eduardo and the lacklustre Carlos Vela. Vela has also been suffering from injuries and bad form this season. With Niklas Bendtner coming back and looking to slot back into the team despite a lack of training and lack of game time is testimony to the centre forward position – he will also suffer from the recovering injury syndrome and won’t be at his best for a while. He will most likely start the game against Man United and will most probably be very frustrating!

Lack of defensive discipline

When you look at the games against Chelsea and Man City, we lost defensive discipline by an overwhelming desire to win. Positionally, our defence wasn’t set up right, with Sagna and the left back of the time bombing forward and even Gallas and Vermaelen often getting frustrated and going on searing runs. The problem is the counter attack that happens next and even if it’s not really a counter attack – when the players are out of position there is space that can be exploited. We do have Alex Song and he can fill in for players when they go forward, but if we can become defensively stable and Alex Song can maintain the form that he left us with, then we can sort out the conceding goals thing.

Man United Preview

So, it would probably make sense to take a look at the game tomorrow and it’s an important game for us to win tomorrow, especially after the draw against Villa. It’s war at the top of the table and the games against us and United and us and Chelsea are both six pointers. If we can win, then we’ll be right up there – if we lose, we will be right down there.

With Vermaelen most likely to miss the game tomorrow, it looks like Sol Campbell will play alongside Gallas in his third game in one week. When you sign a 35 year centre back and he ends up playing so many games in such a short period of time, you can definitely see that there is a major gap in the squad.

Looking at the players ahead of the game, the line up should be:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Campbell – Clichy

Song – Denilson

Rosicky – Cesc – Arshavin

Bendtner

Now, based on the players available I think Arsene will chose the above line up, but considering that Rio will miss the game, it may be more sensible not to play Bendtner and instead revert Arshavin to the central role allowing Nasri to come into midfield – a team that could outwit United.

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Campbell – Clichy

Song – Denilson

Rosicky – Cesc – Nasri

Arshavin

The second team I’ve noted here is a bunch of players who are on form and will have that extra 10%, whereas, Niklas Bendtner may be able to come on and make an impact from the bench. It’s a tough one, but with Rooney leading the line, I would expect to see both Song and Denilson in the team.

Let’s take a listen to Arsene pre-match, the gaffer had this say:

“We are very close in the League and so it is back to an Arsenal versus Manchester United of old. Last year we were out of it and the games had less meaning. Yes two years ago it was a big game but what is different this year is that we are on the way up so it is very interesting. It comes at a good moment for us. Over the years, Manchester United and Arsenal have had some tough games, and sometimes they were not easy on the physical side. But both teams always tried to play. It was very rarely a boring match. For me it is always one of the games of the season and so we are really up for it. We are on a good run and we have a good momentum. We want to continue that. And I always look forward to this match because it is one that promises good football.”

Okay, well, it’s not really back to Arsenal vs Man United of old because there is a small matter of another team ahead of both of us with a game in hand! The gaffer continued:

“I wouldn’t speculate too much on any weakness of Man United. Let us focus on our strengths and show that we have made a big improvement compared to last year.  At Villa we got away and maybe we were a bit frustrated with the 0-0 but Villa have beaten everybody in the League apart from us. They have beaten Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool – everybody. We got four points from Villa this season so I believe we have made big, big strides forward and it is a good opportunity on Sunday to show that. It was our dream to be in this position at this time of the season. Now we know that to be successful in this [four-game] period [we must] be more a team than the other teams. We have to think how strong and how much solidarity it takes to get through a period like this. However no matter what happens after these games we will still be in a position where we will have a chance but we can put ourselves in a very strong position and that is what we want. The first hurdle demanded a lot of commitment from us and we must be capable to repeat this kind of commitment.”

And I really think that we’re in a decent state of mind considering the challenges we’ve had – players have got back in time for this game, we are at home, we have a lot of talent to win the game, and if we can avoid defeat in the next three games, we’ve got a clear run in to the title…

Come on you gooners…. more in the comments later and more on twitter as usual…. Have a good one my friends…

  • goonerman

    birmingham last gasp winner against the spuds! its always nice to see them pegged back! and how about burney getting a shock win over chelsea?? haha im seriously joking!

  • Josiah

    I would go for the second team. I think Samir Nasri is a very good player and would love for the top 4 to be, nasri fabregas rosicky and arshavin. I really think that is a force, and would work well against the united defence, with song and denilson just infront of the back four, i think we will be extremely strong tomorow. I think we can take the game. Come on arsenal!

  • goonerman

    @Josiah, That is one CLASS front 4 but cesc nasri and rosicky are similar players even though cesc is miles ahead of the others rosicky and nasri are extremely alike! so with them 4 instead of the first team dont you think we could be passing around the box without alot of penetration? having bendtner playing just gives the option of crossing or dinking balls into the box with a chance of a player holding up the ball or scoring! i just think bendtner gives us another way of playing when the passing is not working! BUT i so suppose if we went with the second team bendtner could just come on early in the second half!

  • Josiah

    @goonerman, quality thinking, i forgot about our lack of height in the area, maybe your right about starting bendtner, he could infact cause problems, lets hope arsene doesnt throw in any surprises!

  • tom G

    C’mon boys!!!! enjoyed the article devday.. I’d go for Bendtner to start and if his touch is still as bad as Wednesday take him off and go for the four littl’uns!
    just praying for a win..

  • zaheer

    Id rather see JET on the field than Bendtner

  • yemi

    @zaheer: JET is not ready for such a big match. It’s either b52 or the 4 littl’uns according to tom G. I am also glad we have song and eboue back

  • Gooner Get Ya

    RVP will be back in 7 weeks (middle of march) so could still play a part in winning us the title.

  • arseneKnows

    7 week RVP not too shabby!

    Come on!

  • Josiah

    Ayup, when did this about RVP come about. Im bloody happy about that you know. Lets get him back. Come onnn

  • ny

    the first team looks fine.Still I would like Nasri to replace Arshavin on the left.Arshavin(may be because of injury) usually saves his energy for dying minutes.So it is better for him do that on the bench and come as a super sub.

  • Sam

    Good to know about RVP. Any one knows the line_up?

    Go Arsenal, PLEASE GO!!!

  • tm17

    seems TV5 is playing
    And Nasri
    Perfect line up

  • Sam

    Cesc is rather quiet so far. Arsh has been told to shoot at sight.

  • tom G

    agreed Sam, more to come from Cesc, Clichy not inspiring confidence..

  • Sam

    This isn’t an awfully impressive United, we shld win it.

  • Sam

    Another own-goal against United. Fu#*!

  • tom G

    nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Khai

    :( (((

  • Sam

    Too naïve. 0-2.
    We need a miracle now.

  • Sam

    No shots on target in first 45. That’s just pitiful.
    We’re great in giving self confidence to our opponents.
    Any one sees a way out of this $hit?!!!

  • tom G

    not over yet. but a mountain to climb.. we need Villa..

  • tom G

    *David, not Aston

  • Gooner Get Ya

    If AW STILL doesn’t think we need a striker after that half…god help us all.

  • Sam

    3rd is our best for this season.
    At least we’re not fighting for 4th! That’s an improvement, right?!

  • mesol

    haha..Well,Wenger is done for future..today champs not important..future is important..lets buy a teenager player..good for future

  • Sam

    BTW, this is United’s 2nd string defence and we still haven’t found a way thru.

  • mesol

    Good confident player like Wilshere..just loan out..Good Decision Wenger..bcoz Arsenal have many good player..injured player not a problem..striker injured no problem..doesn’t need replacement..a defender can score goal..is that right wenger?

  • Josiah

    well we have fucked this up haven’t we.

  • Sam

    Portsmoth has a better ‘keeper than Almunia.

  • mesol

    Wenger will say..our team is still young, more to come in the future..hahaha..today is not important

  • mesol

    Although we have Buffon at GK…we also down tonight

  • Josiah

    i heard arsene wenger had recently said to the players, you have 18 months to prove to me why i should stay at arsenal football club all my life, so he can’t possibly be saving for the future, i dont know why he doesnt want to buy anybody, i really dont, somebody ages ago posted a comment, we have a good chance, lets go for it, even if it means somebody is left out, lets buy and make sure we have a good enough squad, etc, we didnt do that though, at the end of the day, were out of the fa cup, were out of the carling cup, it looks like the premier league is gone now, and are we really strong enough to win the champions league?

  • mesol

    as I said, he afraid to buy a new player, if he buy but failed to win a cup,it will revealed his weakness, if not buy and lose, he will said our boys is still young and learn…lets go to the future…hahaha

  • Sam

    The game plan from the start was a champions league spot. That’s where the money is. The board isn’t bothered with winning the league.

  • mesol

    Its not a board, its Wenger..the board have give the fund for transfer but Wenger doesnt want to buy..Yes, vermaelen scored..lets make Vermaelen to be a striker, Wenger..since he can scored..you dont have to buy a player..

  • mesol

    Wenger is try to make Arsenal a champ in not too long distant future..let make it year 202+..Yeah..we’re champions!Bravo!

  • Sam

    Weakest link : Almunia.

  • mesol

    @Sam..weakest link: Wenger itself

  • mesol

    So funny to see Wenger face..

  • mesol

    I feel very happy tonite..to see Wenger face

  • Josiah

    what the hell are we gonna do boys, seriously, i wanna know, what we gonna do , to guide this club to a trophy, its been too long, please i wanna know what you think?…

  • mesol

    We need to find a new manager first..we dont need that stubborn old man anymore

  • mesol

    Frustation from Cesc face..I think he will think about his future at Arsenal…if the stubborn oldman doesnt change his policy

  • Josiah

    no i disagree, wenger is okay, the decisions he make aren’t so good, if he were to make better decisions it would be fine.

  • Sam

    @ Mesol: lay off AW, he isn’t moving. We have a day to perhaps spend some money & bring in a proper GK & striker.

  • mesol

    hahaha..a day?he will buy 12 yrs old striker..good for future..haha

  • Josiah

    sam , he wont do it though, you just know he wont, dont get me wrong, i dont want arsene to go, not at all, but you know that he has left it too late, and i think, chelsea are gonna win on tuesday, then dispatch us next week, and thats us, third spot, only the champions league to play for?

  • Mehedi

    how can you lough after this mesol?

    Shame on you:”?

  • arseneKnows

    Sorry Mesol – you’re an idiot!

    Your voice of doom just does my head in. If we go on to win the champions league your thoughts will
    by null and void because you will have contributed nothing by negativity and scorn onto our club,

    Arsene is not just some manager who leaps from one club to another he is Arsenal weather you like it or not – he has devoted his life to the club many many year of his philosophy. He was essential in the
    building of our new ground and he is essential to all the players who are there – like a father figure. He leaves and we have an enormous mountain to climb of years of rebuilding and changing a clubs culture.

    I love Arsenal and I am totally behind Arsene – Mesol – you don’t understand how our club works – you simply don’t get it.

    With all that aside this is a terribly blow and I feel deeply disappointed – I feel deflated and empty – but listen people there is no point in attacking Arsene – he is our manager, he has built Arsenal up and I am very very very proud of the way he’s done that, and frankly, I’d rather be third with Arsene and created this team than with the likes of Chelsea having bought success – I honestly feel that!!!!

    Up the bloody gunners!!!

    Stay strong people.

  • mesol

    @Josiah..Wenger is okay to make Arsenal average team..but not to be a champs

  • Mehedi

    Awesome.;’ totally with you @arseneKnows

    Stay strong

    up the Great gunners.

  • mesol

    @arseneKnows ..you are total idiot..pure moron to defend Wenger..who are u? is it wenger ur uncle or what

  • Josiah

    but have you noticed how, when we got eliminated from the carling cup, we said lets turn our attention to fa cup premier league and champions league, we got eliminated from fa cup, we said lets turn our attention to premier league and champions league, our premier league dreams are over, we say lets turn our attention to champions league, we get knocked out of the champions league, we say lets turn our attention to next season, HASNT THAT BEEN THE SAME FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS?

  • mesol

    hahaha..Wenger will not leave the club..bcoz he is very very stubborn oldman..not bcoz he love the club

  • mesol

    @Josiah..I’m with you

  • Mehedi

    We all know who is an idiot. Right @mesol

    Shut the fuck,.l;k up mesol

    I am already Disappointed and don’t want to hear from you,.l;’

  • mesol

    @Mehedi..I laugh at Wenger..not at Arsenal..as I said..Arsenal is Arsenal is not Wenger

  • Sam

    Arsenknows: well said.

    Mesol: I highly suggest you become a fan of Sp*rs or ManCity. They like buying every other player & changing managers once a year. They’ll fit your requirements very well. I doubt u’re a Gunner.

  • mesol

    hahaha..dont be mad mehedi..relax, you are PURE MORON too.. to defend wenger

  • Mehedi

    I have the greatest advice for you mesol

    the greatest you will ever receive

    ::: go and support Chelsea

    Suits you better

  • mesol

    hahaha…I suggest you find a club, take Wenger to be a manager..go away from Arsenal

  • mesol

    AS I said I’m Arsenal fan…not WEnger fans..you dont have the rights to stop me to be Arsenal fan

  • arseneKnows

    Mesol – it seems we got off to a bad start! please forgive me if I was rude.

    But!

    What you are not getting is – patience! I’m sorry that it has to be that way but it’s true – ‘YOU’ want success now! lot’s of people do – I would love to have it NOW! but in these very tough moments after defeat I try to remember the special and careful way in which Arsene is trying to construct a super-team and unfortunately for you (MR, I WANT MY TOYS NOW!!) – that just doesn’t work. Because you think that buying 4 players will do that but it hasn’t worked for Liverpool has it? and is doesn’t work for Spurs does it? They buy loads of players – we nurture talent and bring them through so that they learn together.

    Like it or not – this is our club?

    Do you like it Mesol?

    If you don’t like it then sod off to Man City!! get yourself up there and watch them spend millions and millions on countless players! what the point of that??

    Me! I’m sticking with Arsene or Uncle Arsene as I like to call him!

    Up the blinkin’ Gunners – down the misserable sod known as Meshole!

    Ta

  • goonerman

    its a bad enough day and result without STUPID IDIOTS coming on here with their get wenger out and spend 200 million pounds CRAP! just go away!! before this we won 7 and drew 3 something like that! we got caught around their box and bang they broke on us! we missed chances and they finished theirs, chelsea next week so it does not get any easier does it so everyone get behind the team and try to stay positive! van persie could be back in 7 to 8 weeks! thats a boost!

  • bayo

    its a disappointment and all that happened today is just the confirmation that whatever arsene fails to do comes back to hurt arsenal.he could v got chamack in the summer but he refused to pay.he pulled out of signing matuidi in the summer because of denilson.he keeps playing almunia.arsene needs to know that the high line of defence does not work.its a big shame to be linked to the name arsenal in five years i just pray chelsea beats us so that man u do not v to win it four times and i think the fans money should be returned.

  • mesol

    Are dissapointed mehedi? I thought you like the result, bcoz ur fans of wenger..wenger like Arsenal to lose..thats why he doesnt buy a new player..haha

  • bayo

    see u cant continue thesame thing and expect a different result.mesol is kind of right and i feel anytime we loose we kind of seperate wenger from it.he is the manager and its time he stands up and show y.

  • Mehedi

    Are you disappointed?

    Check your grammar Mesol

  • Mehedi

    Yes , I am ,more than you.

    I lost my strength for typing even.

  • mesol

    @arseneKnows..you said Spurs and Liverpool bought new player but not up to expectations..why u compare with other team..we are ARSENAL

  • mesol

    This is not an English lesson mehedi..dont need to use a proper grammar

  • Mehedi

    Sorry

  • Mehedi

    Do anyone know what Wenger said after the match?

  • arseneKnows

    Mesol – I wasn’t talking about expectations per-say I was talking about you policy of spending = success! and I was challenging this very simple idea;

    spending = success!

    I don’t agree with that and I don’t want us to do that!

    If ever we were bought by a very rich dude who decided to kick out Arsene and buy a new team – I think, as much as I love Arsenal, I would find it very hard to stand by that, very hard to continue my support.

  • tm17

    I am sorry but anyone might believe the title challenge is over but I don’t
    We still have to play Chelski so do man utd
    Liverpool has to play the top Three
    So all in all still lots of point to be dropped
    And who knows some points might be dropped on average teams
    (EVERTON ASTON VILLA which we alredy played)So keep believing until we actually cannot reach the first place.

  • tm17

    And @mesol as many people asked u before who would u buy anyway
    If we just compare who bought the most succesfully just for this season
    Liverpool Alberto Aquilani judge yourself
    man utd obertan owen again not the gratest
    chelsea zirkov
    and all came in injured
    now look at arsenal TV5 and again jugde yourself

  • Josiah

    i think something big and bad is going to happen soon, might be for better, might be for worse, but the same old thing is happening down at the grove, and somebody is soon going to change that.

  • Berth

    i honestly hope so josaih

  • manoo

    this mesol character seems to be a prick.
    TBH, if you look at the goals-

    1)a crap bit of goalkeeping although nanis skill was, i have 2 say, immense.

    2 & 3) 2 clinical breaks

    Man Utd got the 1st, thanks 2 alumina, and clichy did look a bit shaky 2day, has dun since he came bak, caught us on the brake, then dominated once our morale had gone.

    we started well- arsh was getin into very good positions, but was wearing the wrong boots 2day. they smothered fab, nasri and rosicky. they wasnt realy us playin badly, they were playin out of their skin, and got their goals clinically and we didnt reli turn up. Not really a terrible performance, they deserved to win, i have 2 say.

    there was 1 awful performance 2day- DENILSON WAS SHOCKING. lazy, slow to pass, lacked awareness, game might have been totally diferent if diaby was playin instead. if you look at the 2nd goal, denilson was runin bak without trakin anyone, he just let rooney wonder past him. our High line was quite a poor tactical decision in hindsight.
    Still, we got Chelsea away and pool at home- our run in is prety good compared to the other top teams who have 2 play each other. We came back from 11 points, so we aint out of it yet. Lets not drop anymore points in these next 2 games.

    CMON THE ARSENAL

  • manoo

    BTW Mesol, u been to the emirates ever?

  • tom G

    manoo – sense. thanks.

  • goonerman

    haha good on you manoo that sums it up really! have you ever been to the emirates!! PROBABLY NOT! your view of the game is pretty spot on and yes denislon had one SHOCKING game he looked like one of our reserve players completley lost in a big game but to be fair to him hes not as bad a player as everyone says and he can do a job when needed most of the time!

    Hopefully diaby should be back for next week so a trio of song diaby and cesc and hopefully bendtner will be fully fit and he HAS to start! lets not build up our chances for next weekend becuase we are major underdogs but i really hope the team puts in an inspired performance!!

  • AmriGooner

    Really this whole thing has revealed who are the right supporters through it all win, draw or lose.
    Really I like the spitit of the right supporters who get behind their team whatever happens like (aseneknows, sam, Mehedi, manoo…).

    shame on you “mesol”.

    Honestely, today we were just UNLUCKY.

  • bayo

    call mesol anything let the truth be told.man utd scored replica of thesame goal in the champions league last year so what has changed.we keep on adding to our strenght and our weakness gets weaker.ancelloti wld win his first league title this season in his first year.for everyone that keeps been blind to the truth the end in april shall justify and answer u.keep calln one team glory hunters,i dont know y u go to scream at the emirate if not for that.

  • bayo

    am looking forward to next season.get chamack for free.get a decent defensive midfielder in alonsos mode.a backup defender zapater and a goal keeper and stop the stupid high line of defence.pity for gallas that he wasted the end of his career in arsenal.sorry gallas.

  • mesol

    what different if not or be at emirates? is’t the indicator to be pure Arsenal Fans? Idiot thinking just like stubborn oldman..so people around the world will not be Arsenal fans? Arsenal just for London people?

  • mesol

    @manoo do you ever at emirates? whats the proof?

  • Mehedi

    Though I really hate you @mesol

    I have have to agree with you on that

    I am also from outside of England

  • mesol

    “I was spot on when I predicted Man U will win by two­ goals, not that Man U are that good but simply Arsenal­ do not have the capability to win big. The title will­ definitely go Chelsea’s way. Arsenal could be­ better than Man U at the bank but Man U certainly are­ better on the pitch. Arsenal’s owners do not want­ to spend big and with peanuts you get monkeys.­ Arsenal’s defence was woeful. Nani could get­ through two defenders who were looking at him rather­ than dislodge the ball, and managed to chip over­ Almunia . there were no defenders at the goal line but­ Park was surely waiting. Rooney cut through 4 defenders­ to score and what were the 4 doing… dreaming or­ expecting the ball to automatically reverse direction.­ The arsenal defenders left plenty of space for Man U to­ exploit but when Arsenal attacked see how fast the Man­ U players gave not inch of space for Cesc n company. In­ a lot of aspects Arsenal has to work on. Wonder Wenger­ can see the failings or still dream to win the title.­ Arsenal have to work on their stamina , speed,­ defending skills, mental strength etc etc. Their game­ needs to have variation; different plans for different­ teams on different circumstances etc. oh! looks like I­ better be the coach. Perhaps Arsenal need a new manager­ who can see the weakness and work on it.”

    I pick a comment at eurosports. Thanks briank.

  • mesol

    Another comment from eurosports.

    “Arsenal board, shareholders and fans worldwide need to­ bring this stubborn Man called Wenger back to his­ senses. He should be told to stop playing with our­ emotions. I have never seen a coach as obstinate,­ unassuming, unambitious and a miser as Wenger. Who does­ he think he is? Your trophy cabinet is full of dust;­ you either win new titles or get out for someone more­ ambitious to take over. We dont need your apologies or­ winning matches in the press before they are played.­ Nonesense!”

    Thanks, Darlington I

  • mesol

    another hot comment from Darlington I

    “Mr. Wenger, shame on you for bringing another­ opportunity for MU to teach my team a
    good football­ lesson in the 2nd year running. Your problem is a­ combination of
    stubbornesss, reckless self belief and­ inability to take decisions in face of
    seemingly and­ visible situations. I have said it in this fora that­ you will not win a title with anything with this team.­ How can you fail to buy a striker in the transfer­ window? Ok because
    Bendtner came back? Look at the the­ matches against Villa and that of last nite and
    see how­ out of sorts he look. Abebayour has always maintained­ you are spoon feeding
    Bendtner and i can see how true­ it is. Anyway it is your baby; continue to toil­ with
    this team and history will judge you Mr Stubborn.­ Against Chelsea next week? 4-0.
    Mark my words.”

  • mesol

    See how many people get angry with that stubborn oldman..we love Arsenal..please think deeply..without Wenger is not end of the world for Arsenal..we must be brave to take a risk without wenger..No risk No gain..sometimes we have to take a change to achieve something

  • Mehedi

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahha whwhwohwowhohwohwohwowhowhowhwohwohwohwohwohwohwohwowhowhwohowhwohwohwohwohwohwo

    Love being an Arsenal fan, Love being an Arsenal fan,

    This club never have dull moments

    I don’t know why i am crying.

  • Mehedi

    In wenger we trust, yes In wenger we trust

    Win, lose or draw, Arsenal is my life.

    Love being an Arsenal fan

    Proud to be an Arsenal fan.

  • mesol

    another hot comment from eurosport..

    “Wenger’s problems is he doesn’t use tactics. He­ is like a modern day Brian Clough – stubborn in the­ extreme – and insists on a pretty passing game without­ sufficiently accounting for defense and defensive­ protection. Arsenal have one way of playing and are too­ predictable. When they play good teams they not only­ always lose but they lose badly. We have seen this­ season after season against Man U and Chelski and­ Wenger will not win trophies in the future in a­ competitive league such as this. Arsenal will always be­ fighting for 3rd and 4th.”

  • Mehedi

    Who ever fucke’;d up guy said that

    Don’t they feel proud when they say: “arsenal play pretty football”

    How many teams can say that

    hahahhahahahahahahahahahah

    Love being an arsenal fan

  • Sam

    @ Mesol:

    I really want to respect you & your opinions, but it’s plain to see that you are a simple person who can only see the surface. The media love & play on simple minds like you.

    This is the same media that discounted Arsenal at the start of the season, then were falling over each other to praise the Wenger way that Gunners play. Then we lost to Chelsea, and all media tool a 180 degrees turn and said Arsenal are crap, only for all of them to change their position again. These media you’re quoting are only thinking about the most sensational way to sell a news. They are counting on simple & forgetful minds like you to sell their crap opinion to.

    If you were a real Gunner, you’d remember how the media made fun of AW purchase of Verminator.

    I pity the person who looks to the media to support their opinions!

  • mesol

    @Sam..the media praise Wenger when we at the best game,true, but..WITH Van Persie..after Van Persie injured..he must find a real striker who can scored/shoot..not turn Vermaelen to be a striker..I didnt critized when he purchased Vermaelen.. I like Vermaelen b4 Wenger bought him

  • Mehedi

    I feel sad for Wenger

    I can only imagine what he is going through right now

    I wish i could talk to him right now

    Do you leave someone in your family when they get sick? no!@

    We are all arsenal. We are all sad

    And We are all in it together

  • Mehedi

    It’s 3:00 a.m at night in my country

    and i still couldn’t go to sleep

  • mesol

    Sad? but still stubborn to death

  • Yemi

    Guys, i think you should look at the comment made earlier by bayo “u cant continue thesame thing and expect a different result.”
    I said it a while ago, we have way tooo many attacking midfielders but lack in CB, DM and CF!!!
    Like mesol, i think we should try to seperate arsenal from wenger. We love asenal, we love wenger, but how long will it take for him to see that other teams are also developing? If (i pray we win) we lose to chelski and liverpool, that will leave us in a precarious situation remember city are on 41 points and have 2 games outstanding, if they win those two, they will be on 47. tot’ham are on 42,if we lose the next two games(God forbid) and they win, they will be on 48. I hope we dont end up struggling for 4th place again as usual. Here in Nigeria, fans of other clubs have been saying ” We know arsenals position, if they like they should go top 100 times, they are still coming back to their position.Is that not beggining to happen?
    Now to the gam, Arshavin was off duty yesterday. In my opinion, he lost us that match co if he had buried the chances he had or given the ball to better plaed players and not try to score , we would have won that match. We gave man u their confidence by not killing the game early enough.
    I don’t blame clichy much, he is just resuming from injury. What is Alumina still doing in goal ? He should be given a break to go and think about his career. Song was awesome, but he should go and learn to score too.
    Man u beat us the same way city beat us. Put 9 men behind the ball and hit us on a counter.
    We are out of the carling, cup, FA cup, maybe premiership (anything can still happen). Does this team look like a team that can beat inter? chelsea ? barca ? man u we already know , they’ve taken six points from us !
    So we wait till next season again ehn? only for arsene not to buy in the summer !!! or buy players for the future!!! or qualify us for CL play off again….. I know cesc will be considering his future by now

  • bayo

    man city scored us on the counter attack chelsea had thesame game plan and scored is on the counter attack,everton scored us on the counter through piennar,stoke city scored us on the counter twice and man u did thesame thing they did in the champions league last year.ferguson said wen u play arsenal u need to try and get them on the counter and u wii get something.am no coach but this shows the formation makes the team lack balance.if we had been patient yesterday we wld v won with a goal late on cus no team in england dares play open football with us.chelsea wont even try it but they wld sit back.we dnt v to attack always sit back let the team come to u and that gives u space to play.arsene one more season after this bfore we turn against u publicly.THERE WLD ALWAYS BEE LIFE AFTER ARSENE but THANKs FOR wat he has done maybe its time for a new philosophy

  • vj

    Guys hate to be the first one to say this but its looks like our title race is slowly burning away and we seem to nearly be out completely. Arshavin was awful Nasri once again failed to do anything, denilson was unheard, defensively clichy looked worse than traore

  • Yemi

    I don’t think anyone is asking wenger to buy senselessly !!! But he should strengthen the squad where it needs to be.
    1.) If vermaleens injury had been as serious as we first thought, what would we have ? gallas 32, sol 35 and silvestre 32 ? Its not right. And we allowed man u get smalling, we were in for hangeland in the summer, it never happened. Gallas has been paying on the brink of injury. If we lose gallas and vermaleen like we lost clichy and gibbs, what do we have ?

    2.) If song had come back from ACN with an injury, who would have been deputising ? eastmond? ramsey ? cesc ? nasri ? Not too good.

    3.) We don’t have a CF with presence, every club has one. RVP is out, arshavin is playing with a bad toe, bendtner is average, who else ? JET? simpson? Not good
    There fore in my opinion we need at least 1 CB, 1 DM and 1 CF for this team to be complete or else we will have to wait another season….. I am getting fustrated !!!
    I love arsenal to bits, I love wengers style of play BUT i don’t like his transfer policy. Are we a selling club ? Breed the player and sell?
    it would be a miracle if cesc is an arsenal player after the summer so who comes on for him?

    We are not saying “buy expensive” we are just saying “buy what is needed!”

  • Gooner Get Ya

    @ yemi I think you need to add a GK on the list as well. AW needs to take a serious look at some of our players and say “are they actually good enough to play for Arsenal?” This summer don’t sell the most valuable, sell the dead wood and buy better players in + buy more squad players.

  • goonerman

    YOUR ALL DRAMA QUEENS! like someone said at this point in the season we were ment to be 5th or 6th fighting for the 4th spot but no were still in the race even though it will be tough! did you not see wenger’s conference after the game?? he tried for david villa for goodness sake! what more can you ask for but we could offer 30 million for him and valencia will think to themselves lets wait till the summer and get 50m from city or real madrid its just not that simple! AND yaya toure, buffon, dezko we could bid for these players but there are 3 or 4 other teams that would slap on another 10-15 million on top to get the players!

  • vitus

    Hi everybody
    just looked through the future fixtures of MU, Chlensea compared to ours – looks like we still have chances if we take 6 points out of the next 2 games. Sounds too optimistic?
    We’ll see. So i would recommend not to start panic before the 7-th date of Feb.
    Been watching Chlensea vs Burnley -the blues didn’t look unbeatable,we just need the right game plan for the fixture
    C’mon gunners))

  • Gooner Get Ya

    You seriously beleive AW was after David Villa who wants…no expects around £200,000. I’ll believe it when I see it. We will end up with Chamakh on a free!!

  • Yemi

    @goonerman: We do not need villa, why should we go for players that are too expensive ? What is the job of scouts? are they scouting made names and kidddies alone? there are good players in other clubs who have potentials to be world beaters but do not have a name yet and would be cheap to get. That is the job of the scout. They ACN just completed, are there no revelations there ? in brazil? argentina ? france ? nigeria? players about everywhere so we dont need villa,. there are 100 villas who will take a quarter of villa wants and perform the same task. Its for the scouts to fish them out !!!

  • Nick

    I was very disappointed in the performance of the team, especially the defense, Almunia and Denilson.

    Arshavin had a few really good chances but they just wouldn’t go in.

    Bendtner might as well not have been subbed in because he did nothing. Gallas should’ve done more with his header late in the second. Theo really should’ve done more with his header off the corner.

    I was just reading that Wenger is putting in a last minute move for Romelu Lukaku @ Anderlecht. He’s being heralded as the next Drogba. I think it’s a good move and he’ll fit in perfectly at Arsenal and I think he’s gonna surprise people.

  • Yemi

    @nick: We are waiting for that surprise !!!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    @ yemi no one can deny we have a quality scouting team, but we need a mix of up-and-coming and experienced quality but the latter involves spending money which is and will continue to be our problem until the stadium is paid for. It seems AW and the board are intent on paying the debt before investing in the team with top quality players so we will continue to fall short against the top teams until we are financially secure. Just means us fans have to be patient and hope our current crop of players keep us in the top 4.

  • Yemi

    @goonerman: I agree with u, but i also feel there are players with experience who are cheap(not under aged), but maybe playing with not too known clubs.

  • john

    We have become TH the football is great, we are so good always unlucky. We have heard that from the lane for years and now we are doing the same.
    Its not always about pretty football but sometimes winning ugly, we dont do this. I agree you cannot over react to a loss but we are out of the title race, as much as we might believe we are not.
    CL is left, come on it aint going to happen this year we are not strong enough. Unfortunately next season will be the same as the previous seasons, great football, good winning streaks but not enough and all the same comments will come out.

  • goonerman

    i do agree woth you that we neeed some strength and experience! diaby song and cesc is fine but diaby is still prone to being injured! people talking about wenger suprising us with a signing should probably stop wasting their time hoping becuase it really isnt going to happen lol! the team must want nothing more than a win at chelsea next weekend but it just depends how the team play on the day and who is fit or not! after chelsea and liverpool we have another 10 really winnable games with the others having a few tough fixtures! we gotta back the team PEOPLE !!!

  • Nikhil

    strong after game reactions…i dunno how i watched the entire match last night. in an earlier season i would have been screaming myself hoarse n sure they could even get a fourth and win the game..lol..
    i trust wenger..he’s done good stuff for the club..he’s made a mistake n we’re paying the price..
    every season its getting harder to support arsenal..i love the football..thats y iv always supported it..but they’ve been testing the faith too much..lol.
    hope v give a suitable response at chelsea…even tho we may not win..we wont b humiliated but fight til the end.
    thats what should have happened yesterday..it was sad to see wengers face that way but the guy is running outta time..
    always a gunner..maybe we can pique one of them to go second..we need a strong finish..if the sharpness returns..thats still a possibility..

  • Yemi

    @goonerman: For how long will we be riding on other pples lucks? waiting for chelsea and man u to drop points ? that wont happen. They drop, we drop too.

  • Yemi

    Lets just see how far we can go in the CL without buying players and where we will be in the EPL at the end of the season. This may be another trophyless year. Although i am still slightly optimistic

  • Vazy

    FFS! Screw the doom merchants, you are worse than the united fans, go and become a chelski or city fans!

  • mesol

    The solutions is simple..take the stubborn oldman out from Arsenal

  • Yemi

    @vazy: This is not about being doom merchants. YOU CAN NOT CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME THING ALWAYS AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS.
    The reality is that we are out of the carling cup, out of FA, need a miracle for EPL and when we were in top form, we lost CL finals to barca. We cant beat man u home and away, we can’t beat chelsea at the emirates and yet we want to win EPL. It ain’t gonna happen this season bro.. (Except by miracle)and i DO believe in miracles so lets watch and see.

  • goonerman

    ALL OF YOU IDIOTS ARE MUGSS !!! a few weeks ago you all loved the team you all thought diaby and arshavin and nasri and rosicky were amazing now we loose one game and all the same mugs think they are worthless players not worthy of the shirt! maybe it was just a bad day on the pitch and maybe we will beat chelsea next week id love it just so the team can stuff it back in the faces of the supporters putting a black cloud over the club! if cesc fabregas can stay posotive then why are all you idiots chatting rubbish! shall we buy matiudi or chamackh are these proven premier league players?? NO could they flop?? YES! i think we should support the team throughout the season and hope for the best becuase anything can happen and if at the end of the season we have no trophy yet again then i will be on the sides of all the people moaning now but we have a long way to go so support the team or DO ONE !!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    @ Vazy, firstly the doom merchants are entitled to express there opinions the same as everyone else. They are struggling to see any improvements to our beloved Arsenal in the last 5 trophyless seasons. We need to understand that we have a fine balance between paying off our debt and investing in the team.

    Do you pay off the debt and let the team suffer or pay out on world class players and prolong our debt. The doom merchants as you call them are the latter and the “in Arsene we trust” crew are the previous and are happy to be patient for the greater good. At the end of the day we all want the same thing…Arsenal to be winners once again!!!

    I for one would rather we pay off the debt and keep ticking over our top four finishes, this season we have been fortunate that other teams around us have kept us in the title race and we may still have a decent run in but we need to start putting our chances away.

  • Leeroy.N

    I mean I’ve said all along, “Win, Lose or Draw.. Gooner Til I Die!!” I can understand people frustrations and disappointment towards the performance and players not playing to their own ability, but I dont agree with the slating of them or the Manager. As a true suppoter, you have to back Manager, players, team as a whole and even the the backroom staff for the work and preparation they put into to get out there and play and perform for those who watch and love. IMO

    It’s hard to take any positves out of watching your team getting beaten and having no real reply. It’s hard watching your players deflate as the ball hits the back of their net. Seeing Vermaelen’s face as the ball went in yesterday I think hurt more than the 3rd goal going in. I know we can play better and be more precise, but yesterday wasn’t our day, there’s nothing we can do now other than preparefor Ch*lsea and hope they capatlise on their mistakes, learn from them and ensure they are all focused for that game.

    If the players came down on themselves as much and as hard as some fans do after a game like yesterday, they wouldn’t have the confidence to walk onto the pitch, nevermind playing a team.

    I say just stick by your team, no matter what happens. Everything they do, everything that happens.

    Win, Lose or Draw… Gooner Til I Die!!

  • Adeniyi

    I don’t really think its as bad as it looks.. You don’t necessary need to win against the Top 3/4 clubs to win the league. So losing the match against Man U just proves that we find it difficult to play against team that sit and hit us on the break. Arsenal also plays the counter-attack game at the same time we don’t necessary sit and wait for the opponent to attack before we attack. I think Wenger should try such plans against top teams..sit back and hit them on the counter. I feel that should work also if are full backs are getting forward a lot, I expect Denilson and Song most especially not to cross the half line to check any form of contact.. just the way Makelele used to do for Chelski. Anyways back to the league.. its not over until its over ManU can and will still drop points.. What is the guarantee that Chelski will win the next game or even the next one against Arsenal. So its still looks Good. We are playing the Top teams early in the year which is a very good thing, so that takes the pressure off us if we can actually win the remaining games only even without a big man upfront.

    GUNNER FOR LIFE. SEE THE BRIGHTER SIDE.

    If CHELSEA loses 2 games,
    ManU loses 2 games and We win the remaining games. The League is ours

  • Yemi

    Guys, do you know we are not in such a bad situation? 49, 53, 54(possibly 57 if chelsea win their outstanding game).
    Lets stay positive !
    We lost to sunderland and pple did not make as much noise as this. I think the problem actually is the manner of the loss.
    We tot man u would struggle without ronaldo, they really arenn’t, we tot chelski would struggle during the ACN, but they didn’t.
    We need to get back to winning ways

  • Sam

    Looks like the transfer window has shut now, with no activity on our part. This must have been the quietest transfer period, reflecting football’s financial state. THERE IS NO MONEY for all football clubs.

    You are probably right, no EPL and no CL this year. It’s time for all those that love trophies more than Arsenal to start running to City.

    We all feel deflated, let’s just support the team. We all feel so low, even devday is quiet.

  • andrew

    I love the Gooners!!!

    Even though I want to win a trophy as much as the rest of you, let’s keep our senses about us. Every year we get to support a club that is in the thick of things, that plays beautiful football, that is in the Champions League, that is always shown on the tele around the world, and that will not crumble in the future due to financial problems.

    Be happy we are gunners. It could be worse! We could have been born Sp*rs fans!!! Yes, I am disappointed we lost to ManU and don’t buy fancy transfer targets; but I recognize it is better to be where we are than where most others are.

    Chins up, you gooners! We wear the Red and White and are proud of it!

  • Nick

    Still love my Gunners. Still believe the hope is there. Hopefully the lads all believe this too.

    COme on you Gunners. We can take down Chelsea and Liverpool and finish the season strong.

  • osmanmanibangura

    i will like to join the fan club

  • osmanmanibangura

    tell me what is the preperation between arsenal andman.united