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A Battling Three Points for Arsenal

A hard-fought 3 points or what?

I saw people complaining that it was a poor performance. Really? Was it?

I don’t know what people were expecting, but the pitch was painfully slow and uneven. That’s not the sort of pitch that allows a quick passing game to be played.

Palace gave everything, running themselves to a standstill, almost.

I can’t understand why it’s a crime to credit the opposition for their effort and endeavour, rather than blaming our own players .

The deadlock was broken just after half-time when a bit of skill by Gnabry brought about a spot-kick. Of course, everyone blamed the defender and ignored the skill of the attacker.

Mikel lashed in the penalty and it looked like it would be a comfortable second half as we began to make more openings.

Not to be though. A hopeful punt up the field arrived at Chamakh’s feet. Mikel challenged for it  and, as far as I could see, Marouane veered across Mikel’s path causing a tangle of legs. Never a red card in a month of Sundays.

So, down to ten men, the tactically inept Arséne Wenger made some changes. On came Jack for the substitute Gnarby.

Jack took up the position at which he played his full debut season. This was worrying for me because he had a dreadful night on Tuesday and could not find a teammate with the simplest of passes.

Naturally, Jack proved me an idiot as he was superb .

Its was a great defensive performance by everyone concerned. Not least by our young goalkeeper, who pulled off two magnificent saves within seconds of each other. He is going from strength to strength.

We wrapped it up close to full time with a beautiful link up between Aaron and our other goal and assist machine; Giroud.

Some other points of note were; Santi was average, Sagna was magnificent and Monreal is the unluckiest player in the league that he does not get starts.

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177 comments on “A Battling Three Points for Arsenal

  1. Very excited this game mainly because of Bendtner.

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  2. If bitch slapping wasn’t a criminal offense I would turn mourinhos face into a baboons arse and let terry have his ways with it.

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  3. lol apropos… im waiting for the day when noone shakes that twat’s hand and see if the media finally get the message……

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  4. Ta, DC.
    I didn’t realise the article was from ’99. I’d thought it was odd as I haven’t seen anything positive from Independent on Ars for years.

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  5. Fabianski
    Jenkinson; Kozza; Vermaelan; Monreal
    Hayden
    ?; Rosicky
    Gnabry if fit or ?; Ronin; Ryo

    It’ll take a few games for the likes of Podolski and Chamberlain to get back up to speed, when they were both lost I just hoped that they would be back and fit in time for the Xmas crunch. Without Walcott too the upcoming fixture list looks tough! Games when possible for Ryo and the others are important in case they need to play again in the next month or so.

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  6. The Tottenham Supporters Trust have decided to support their manager, and to focus their energy on things that might have something to do with supporters. Ticket prices, singing sections that kind of crazy thing! No mock accountancy by non-accountants or embaressing and revealing flyers or billboards comissioned by disingenious kick and rush devotees or outdated gibberish on tactics or anything like that? Don’t they know what a supporters trust is there for? To lose the trust and goodwill of your fellow supporters of course!

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  7. ‘allo positivistas…allo PG,
    anyone know who’s on tab to b****h-slap Chelski tonight?
    Squad list, anyone?

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  8. ‘Its quiet out there’

    ‘Too quiet’

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  9. Considering the injuries we have at the moment we can still put out a very strong reserve side. No depth, eh? In a fully fit Arsenal squad Viviano, Bendtner, Eisfeld and Ryo probably don’t get into our ‘B’ team and three of them are full internationals.

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  10. I really like the great red noses concept of staying in background. Moyes you’re so getting fcked.

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  11. Come on boys . Come on the red&whites.
    Lets kick some chelski ass today and send them out the comp.
    UP WITH THE GUNNERS!!!!!!!!

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  12. Ramsey – Rosicky – Wilshere -Cazorla
    Ryo – Bentner

    that’s stronger that expected, but considering Chelsea’s team, it looks like Wenger dose not want to loose to moe tonight.

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  13. Hunter

    Περαστικά……..

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  14. Right,
    I’m off down to the supporters club.
    Let’s blast those chavs to smithereens.

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  15. I was hoping Ramsey would get a break

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  16. How did Essien not get a yellow? This is not a Sunday league match where you obstruct the opponent and promise to buy him a cold one at the end of the game.

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  17. What a shame. Chelski just defend so well.

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  18. If any team goes behind against a Mourinho team it’s difficult to recover….

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  19. i’m sad we lost, more so against chelsea. but i’m also glad that we are through with the distraction of coc this season.
    the purpose of the competition is defeated since we didnt get favourable draw that would have allowed us to use the youth team players.
    let just focus on the league and the fa cup next year. those are realistic targets for us.

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  20. That was annoying.
    We were better, but the first goal was stupid.
    The second goal was stupid too, letting a player drift ‘offside’ from a throw in.

    We had chances, though.

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  21. Our injured players can’t come back soon enough. All in all, not a bad game. I think Verma should play against Suarez and Sturridge this week-end. I thought he was excellent this evening.

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  22. Disappointment. I wish we could have gotten a result.

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  23. even with this team we are certainly better… maybe there was a little panic and caution from that first goal especially cos it was simply a gift really

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  24. This made me laugh from AWs press conference from the official site.

    on still not beating Mourinho…
    I don’t think he scored the first goal. Azpilicueta did.

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  25. Just back from the game, it probably doesn’t call for much in the way of analysis. Although there was some good stuff from us, we never really recovered from the gift we gave them in the first half. Mata’s quality was the difference for them today other than him, chelski really are a despicable team and losing to that shower is what grinds my gears the most. This would have been a perfect game for the speed and width that Theo and the Ox could have provided us. Even the next best thing – Gnabry was not available to us tonight. I agree with Gains that Vermaelen had a good game tonight, so let’s take the positives, forget about this one and focus on the more important game on Saturday.

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  26. Thats the spirit Passenal.

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  27. My thoughts exactly, Passenal. People don’t realize the quality we have out injured at the moment. Between Poldi and Theo there’s at least twenty five goals. And either of those two can help Giroud net twenty pus this season. We’re top of the table and these monsters aren’t even in the team.

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