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Arsenal: Liberty Rises

@LaboGoon spies out the Land of My Fathers

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Good morning Positivistas.

It’s the day before the transfer window slam shut and Arsenal is travelling to Swansea City, and as it’s known on these streets, to escape the transfer hoopla even if just temporary.

Last time we played Swansea they were in a bit of a mess but in Carlos Carvalhal they now have a new man at the helm. Life has been pretty kind to him thus far as his new team, while still rooted to the bottom, seem to be finding their stride a little bit as they come in this fixture having lost just once in his seven games in charge. Them playing in the FA Cup this past Saturday make this a short turnaround while Arsenal is coming in a bit fresher and off the back of two convincing victories, which they will want to follow up with another win to stay in touch of top 4.

When Carlos looked at the Swans’ fixture list and saw Liverpool and Arsenal in back-to-back PL games he probably told his team that if they can pick up 3 out of 6 points here it would be a great return. After picking up the 3 points vs Liverpool it now mean that although they can still fancy their chances, they can also afford to revert to a more defensive approach by looking to just restrict us whilst waiting patiently for chances to open up, which would be fair enough when even getting a single point will do it for them.

That being said, with our away form a bit of a worry we can expect a difficult game, so tonight we will have to put in another great all round team performance to batter through a proverbial bus.

On team news: Giroud is back from injury and our new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan look set to make his debut in what is expected to be a very strong line-up and bench.

After a bumpy start to the year this last week has been great for us. We can sense there’s a real feel good feeling in and around the club, so win here tonight and we will have an opportunity to really kick on as we approach the final quarter of the season.

Good luck to everybody going to the game and all watching via the small screen. With Deadline Day looming… the Arsenal squad look set to be in much better shape than we started the season.

Come on you rip roaring you know what’s!

( a little musical interlude to get you in the mood – very emotional the Welsh)

170 comments on “Arsenal: Liberty Rises

  1. we are surely better than this!

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  2. We just can’t defend.

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  3. pathetic defending, first Monreal with the giveaway trying a spectacular clearance and getting it all wrong, then not a glove laid on the attacker as he runs in and scores, they are a joke at defending.

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  4. Absolutely not enough from us from minute 1
    Well deserved for Swansea

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  5. Xhaka not justifying his place in the team. He’s not helping with the attack or defence.

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  6. i cannot get beyond the word….pathetic, we seem to have serious problems with the likes of Swansea and Watford, not good enough

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  7. Lacazette not done anything either.

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  8. We just won’t take a shot from the edge of the box. Even Mki right at the end there trying to play Giroud in when no one is in him but Giroud is marked by 3 guys. Just get to the edge of the box and shoot.

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  9. Does this not happen every season around now with a midweek a way game that we lose like this. I remember Southampton. Wad that not 4 0.

    What gets into them that they do this?

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  10. Listening on Arsenal player suggests this is not a game to watch when it comes available.

    Just from listening it sounds that the midfield was weak. The commentators barely mentioned their involvement in the game. That has been the reason for most of our losses. I also still feel that we seem to be more unsettled than other teams during the transfer windows.

    It’s a sickening loss.

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  11. Still trying to figure out Lacazette’s strengths over Giroud.

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  12. FT: Swansea 3-1 Arsenal

    keystone cop defending handed Swans the win. This really was a pathetic performance, something like 75% possession but created sweet feck all, and there was gaps right through our midfield and the defending was just plain woeful.

    Monreal gave us the lead, and less than 2 minutes later we fell asleep to let them in for 1-1, then Cech made an almighty mistake to hand them the lead, and then Monreal giveaway and no one willing to put in a challenge seen it go 3-1.

    Six away defeats in the BPL so far, that is awful and we are now 8pt off top 4 with 13 games to go.

    about 23 hours of the transfer window left, looks like we are losing Debuchy and Giroud and bringing in Aubameyang.
    on tonights showing we need a couple of defenders, a defensive minded midfielder and a keeper, and a forward who can beat a man or two on his own.

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  13. if we are not going to play two strikers, we are better of playing giroud. lacazette is useless inthis set up. thank god we are get auba whois used to the formation. but i still think we need to keep olivier.
    wenger needs to play niles in the holding role since we have sold coq. frankly xhaka is in ahead of others based on reputation.

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  14. Is it OK to say that I really don’t like Xhaka as a player?

    I mean, it’s not like he needs protecting. We didn’t get him in at 16 and train him up. He’s not a cult player who has a connection with the fans. He was bloody expensive at the time and I can’t think if more than a couple of good performances in 18+ months.

    I’m pretty far from a football expert, but he plays in my favourite position. I like to see how a good central midfielder thinks quickly and solves problems, and he doesn’t do any of that. We’ve had some great ones all through the AW era, and I don’t see what he has in common with them. Anyway, that’s my six-monthly Xhaka moan. I won’t mention him again!

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  15. Fuck me that was grisly – the Home side were not great but we never ever got going – and defensive errors ? Shake my head, very experienced defensive players performing like they were amateurs.

    I shall ponder and report.

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  16. Damn. This season sure likes to deliver a regular kick in the balls. Seems we were terrorised by Clucas if two last ditch actions on him and two goals scored

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  17. 34 goals let in so far, 25 games, and once again we let in more than one, and in reality tonight all 3 goals were from bad mistakes.

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  18. I will say this again, the biggest mistake Wenger has made in many a long year, was selling Szczesny, a far better keeper than any we have still here.

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  19. this team had aweek rest.

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  20. Feel free Birdie but I suspect there would be an equivalent description of at least six, perhaps more of our starters tonight.

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  21. looked like Giroud waved goodbye to the Arsenal supporters tonight, he went in near the goal on his own, waving and clapping the fans, that little bit longer than normal, sad to see him go, always liked the guy.

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  22. The manager, coaching staff and players should be ashamed of that performance. Woeful.It is said the owner doesn’t really mind, I do not know if that is true or not, but this should really hurt our manager and the majority on the pitch tonite.
    We rely on the cups this year, our league form, so far is mediocre at the very best, as it was for much of last year.
    The same teams cause us problems year in, year out, teams with much less resources than we are blessed with.
    They use the same tactic, leave us to shoot ourselves in the foot, take advantage, go ahead, defend, then hit us as we get try to get back in the game. Not rocket science, works time and time again. Sometimes they are aided by refs, luck, that was not the case in this game.
    We make the same mistakes game after game, if this really is acceptable to Stan , we have had it. But I expect our manager to have more pride, if he cannot or will not improve on what we are regularly seeing, if he cannot or will not address defensive and gk problems, if he cannot or will not stamp out this naive defending, then,and it kills me to say this, I hope for the sake of the team and his legacy, he has a bloody good word with himself between now and the summer. If he cannot change this, let someone in who can, whether it be a new manager, or coaching staff
    This is not good enough Arsene, in fact it was nothing less than shocking

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  23. I think that covers it Mandy

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  24. Ed, tempted to agree on Szcz, but am starting to wonder about the coaching our keepers are getting, is it cutting edge, with what we often see, I seriously doubt it.
    Ok tonite was a serious mistake, but
    Is Jens helping coach them?

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  25. tonight it would be harder to find a player to praise than to slate, that was abject, and once again the biggest worry for me is that we looked like a team with no energy, the tempo of our play was way off, and made it easy for Swansea to defend against

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  26. That hurt to write that AN

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  27. This away form is quite disappointing really.

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  28. Mandy, Jens does a little bit with the keepers, Gerry Payton is still the main guy, there is also another keeper coach who was brought in last summer.

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  29. Even when we were fucking awful in the 70s bad 80s I can’t recall this relentless loss against fairly shite opponents – may be fuzzy recollection I admit

    They say sport is about learning though !

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  30. so far this season we have dropped points to all of the current bottom 4,

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  31. well anicoll I don’t recall us losing like this to the shit teams when ever we had a half decent team, which is what we have now, the difference in our performance levels from home to away is unbelievable,

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  32. Anyone say Lee Mason was responsible?

    Anyone ?

    Anywhere ?

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  33. Emotional fragility is at the heart of this team and sad to say but it is because of AW’s indecisiveness. You just can’t keep waiting till the last moment to be decisive.
    Giving OG to Chelsea the day before the end of the transfer season is as emotionally-jarring a move as can be.
    If most gooners are freaked out how do you think the players feel?
    ‘Tis grossly flawed management that forsakes the spirit of an entire tribe for the sake of balancing the books.
    Shame.
    Deep down, our gaffer might be nursing depression.

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  34. I know I know – I’m a bastard

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  35. Well, hope the keeping coaches up their game a bit. I initially thought Gerry Peyton had to leave over a hip replacement, but you are correct Ed, he is the main GK coach.
    I know the so called lesser teams are improving, with TV money, but yes, it seems we are doing worse against some of them, with the exception of the Spuds and Chelsea this year, not doing great against the top teams either.
    Wenger needs to up his game, maybe players coming in could help, but FFS, of other teams can defend , why can’t we? Attacking flair and defensive solidity do not have to be mutually exclusive, as Wenger knows well.

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  36. We used to have the knack away from home, pretty ordinary team but nick a goal and stagger over the line with at least a point – our present lads don’t get it – they don’t get down and dirty

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  37. hard to positive after that. car crash defending and creating little at the other end. The fact is if were solid and kept a clean sheet we would of ground out a win.
    Taking Elneny off was a gamble that went badly wrong, All three of the goals we had more players back than they had attackers, simple pass and move done us for the first even after Elneny was pointing at the player making the run, Xhaka standing staring once again. He has made this mistake several times and seeing he is a very negative player anyway (passes backwards more often than forwards) its difficult to see him keeping his place in the side.
    First half I thought we were just about keepig them at bay and was confident we would have chances. When we scored I thought we would slowly grind them down and come out comfortable winners. Even in the second until that absolute disaster of a goal I thought we were on top and they had lost a bit of the danger.
    I know the weather slowed us down and Mason lettibg them hit us just after the ball had gone time and time again but the goals were all of our making.
    Width is a key factor in games like this and we juts didnt use it enough especially when you look at the corner count before the 70 minute mark.
    Miki looked good and Oli must be wishing he would profit from his signing but i’m not sure he will, wednesday will tell us.
    The Euro Cup is becoming more and more important.

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  38. Arsene Wenger to @SkySports on Olivier Giroud’s last game for Arsenal? “It’s a possibility, but all that will be decided tomorrow morning. We will inform you once that is more definite.”

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  39. Is self-inflicted pain a sign of depression?
    Anyone..?

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  40. Lee Mason is responsible for a fair performance by the officials

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  41. You’re absolutely right AN5. I’m sure all refs will take heart from the fact that we can sometimes lose a match without any help.

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  42. in our six away defeats we have let in 15 goals

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  43. I am sure the man is self motivated, but really think Wenger needs to look beyond Stans largess and maybe radically change things on his own if he wants to turn this league form around, not sure he would want to do that, but bloody hell, how long can this continue without something giving?
    Looks like there will be change after next season, just hope Wenger can be a bit proactive and , with himself in charge, shake things up a bit before then, but maybe hoping for too much.
    He can buy all the top strikers he wants, but what’s the point if we defend like that , year after year? Cech has some great performances, and some stinkers, looks to me like he needs more help behind the scenes, yes he is massively experienced, but still
    We missed Jack today, too many more performances like that, we are soon going to be missing Ozil

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  44. wlike I said wrote that before seeing some of the comments above.
    Andy, Mason made a good call early on but allowed swansea to kick us of the ball all night, he didn’t have a good game and that was a factor in constricting our flow. None of the goals were his fault but a stricter ref would have helped us going forward.
    There was three car crash goals but apart from that the teams general performance has been worse especially taking in to account the difficultly moving the ball at speed because of the weather and the pitch.
    As for emotions, unless emotions makes you make basic errors in defending which players have been learning for twenty years then thats complete bollocks.
    Cech has won all there is to win but all of a sudden he is so emotionally fragille he’s worrying so much whether big Oli is going to chelski or not he has a wobble up…, really no of course not, this game could of been in november or late February and the performance would of been the the same. we’ve played swansea when they were on the up and prepared to chase everything and through our mistakes we give them encouragement to keep going emotion just doesn’t come into it.

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  45. I told y’all they’d be unsettled.

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  46. And y’all are unsettled, too. I think I’ll skip the postmortems.

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  47. Wenger’s after game comments

    On the defeat

    I would say Swansea won decisive duels -that we didn’t do.

    On top of that we made massive mistakes.

    They played deep, disciplined. They turning point was when we went 1-0 up and gave away the goal. There was no rational explanation to give that goal away.

    Why were you angry at Monreal after the second goal?

    I was angry because there was no need to let the ball go out for a throw in.

    We can play the ball and attack straight away.

    On the away form

    Maybe after a while it becomes a confidence problem, tonight it’s very difficult to find a rational explanation.

    On Giroud’a future

    That will all be decided tomorrow. We will know more then.

    On playing Giroud despiet the speculation

    It’s a tribute to Olivier yes. He gave great service to the club, never let us down and saved us many times. When I asked him and he said yes I have no problem with that.

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  48. Petr Cech
    ‏Verified account @PetrCech
    17m17 minutes ago

    Although mistakes are part of the game I always expect 100 % from myself and I’m not happy with the one I made today … back to work tomorrow

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  49. On selling Giroud to Chelsea

    At the moment I don’t want to talk much about where he goes, if he goes, because that will be definitely decided. Nothing is concluded at the moment.

    Wenger on signing Aubameyang

    That as well we will inform you tomorrow because it is deadline tomorrow

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