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Crunch time for Arsenal

The loss to Aston Villa all but ends Arsenal’s title aspirations. If they are to be any threat they need to win all of their games to the end of the year, a tall order from this squad.

What the recent games revealed is a Gunner’s team which lacks spine down the middle, has a midfield with no bite, and does not play well when they concede the first goal. They have the ability to compete with the best but they are plagued with inconsistency.

The biggest problem is in midfield where Denilson just isn’t a holding midfielder. Too often he’s in the same area of the field as Cesc and not providing the kind of cover the Gunners need. I really thought Song would play today to stiffen the midfield, but Wenger went with Denilson and we came off second best in midfield. Would Song have made a difference? I don’t know, perhaps a little.

Bendtner has proved that he cannot play the role of lone striker. Wenger sent him on a fool’s errand out there and too often he looked stranded and ineffective. He plays better when partnered with another striker.

The only time we were dangerous was when Walcott had the ball. Nasri had a forgettable game today and Cesc looked tired and harried.

Defensively, we appear vulnerable much too often. Manchester United opened us up five or six times and couldn’t convert. Today Villa did the same thing and did convert. The Gunners lack a solid back four and one watches them play with one’s heart in one’s throat the entire game.

Arsenal have a better chance winning the Champion’s League than the Premier League. The tight aggressive style of English football works against them. The referees in domestic games let the Gunner’s opponents get away with much more physical play.

Arsene Wenger needs to break down and buy a holding midfielder, someone who can add more muscle to the Arsenal midfield. If the team loses another game by December 31st, we might as well kiss this season goodbye.

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HARBO
11 years ago

just seen the goals . get agrip of urseles gallas and almunia . u are a disgrace

HARBO
11 years ago

ces this cesc that . dennilson has been carrying that bluffer fabregas

harsh1l
harsh1l
11 years ago

all the players were below average today, but one player for me stands out today “Bendtner”. usually when someones says stands out, its in a good sense, but this is totally the opposite. he is a pathetic excuse of a player.everytime i see bendtner on the team sheet, i know we are automatically down to 10 players. he is a liability. he seems to have forgotten that he is a striker.he receives the ball and either passes it back or jus runs in a straight line. i do not recall him getting the better of a defender for a long… Read more »

Red love
Red love
11 years ago

There is no excuse this performance was terrible Dennison and Cesc do not compliment each other, we need a midfield player who enjoys defending (DM)this will let Cesc shine,can nobody else see this?

Rami F
Rami F
11 years ago

I totally agree with harsh1l…Wenger should have started with Vela, or even young Jay Simpson, anybody would have done it better today. Everytime Bendtner got the ball, he’d either miscontrol and give it back to the opposition, or (if we’re lucky enough) pass to the back and undo whatever attack we’d be planning…. Also, I believe it is time to cash in on those sold players throughout the years and get demote Gallas, Silvestre, and Toure to the bench and get world class defenders, and a good holding Midfielder: Alonso, Barry, ANY FRIGGIN BODY !! Does anyone have Wenger’s personal… Read more »

Mr.T
Mr.T
11 years ago

Fabregas was useless today! Denilson was the best midfielder for us today!

spaz
spaz
11 years ago

not much i can say about the performance really except that villa deserved to win, and couldve by more. its not good for arsenal. the penetration has vanished- blackburn were ripped apart easily by arsenal (in paticular walcott) and i was afraid of arsenal. thats gone. now its just a toothless attack with a sackless defence. you need a defensive midfielder, and you need someone whos primary aim is penetration of defensive walls. by this i mean you probably should have replaced hleb and flamini. i think youll beat man city because their defence isnt much better, but i worry… Read more »

nucks
nucks
11 years ago

I watched the game today and villa were just better in all areas. There is so much wrong with us at the moment i don’t even know where to begin. Champions league our best chance of siverware? I don’t think so. I’m afraid if we are lucky, carling cup. Stop playing players out of position and spend some money for gods sake. I refuse to pay any more money to watch our first team. Come on the reserves! watch the empty seats increase!

Mike
Mike
11 years ago

I’m tired of Cesc always getting a pass and Denilson being blamed for Cesc’s bad performances. Denilson was one of the very few players out there today for Arsenal who pulled his weight and had a good game. It’s Cesc who is letting Denilson down, not the other way around. Denilson is not playing Cesc’s crap passes straight to the opposition. Denilson is not the one being indecisive and slow on the ball and losing possession. Cesc is doing that. Denilson is not. Open your eyes people! Cesc is a fantastic talent, but right now HE’s the player who should… Read more »

nucks
nucks
11 years ago

i think they are all crap

Yousif
Yousif
11 years ago

U said it Mike…. the sfortsighted recent fans of arsenal think that cesc is the be-all-and-end-all of wenger’s vision. i think eh’s not at all, and this season will show him to be a much less important player than we thought he was. Denilson must be chomping at the bit by now, and if i were him i’d seriously start challenging Wenger to be played in Cesc’s role. If simply wanting to prove he is better than cesc is what motivates him, than that’s fine with me. U know, he was captain of brazil U-19s. That takes balls, guts, brains,… Read more »

Spike
Spike
11 years ago

nucks

With fans like you, who needs the spuds eh?

Top attitude there fella, well done.

I HATE ADEBAYOR
I HATE ADEBAYOR
11 years ago

Im asking till when he have to suffer as fans from the f u c k i n g recruitment policy of the f u c k i n g board of directors!? Where’s the 2 stars wenger promised us to bring them there’s no doubt that we have talented young players but can they give us titles!? OOH where’s Henry , Pires , Viera , Bergkamp and lot of excellent players we had!!! Denilson is not the problem , he’s a very good player the problem in those who lead the team who has no intention to bring very… Read more »

John
John
11 years ago

hi how can people complain about bendtner he had no support whats so ever how can u judge him on that hes only 20 thats the problem young players are too inconsistent especially young strikers. But our main problem was ball retention our whole midfield was a disgrace they couldnt keep the ball and denilson is a joke hes suppose to be DM but especially in the second half he was playing left and not deep recieving the ball from our CBS. However Denilson is still young and he will learn. Cesc had a stinker maybe coz hes missin rosicky,hleb… Read more »

John
John
11 years ago

NO YAYA TOURE-I am not being racist but there is too much of an african french speaking influence in the dressing room. We need a player who can cut it in the premiership and is not afraid to make tackles yaya toure is not a fighter hes more of a tactical defensive midfielder someone like mark van bommel experience very ba tackler and knows when to commit good fouls

HARBO
11 years ago

wasnt dennilson who pulled out of a tackle at the edge of the villa box that led to villas second was it fabregas

American Gooner
American Gooner
11 years ago

If you think Denilson was the best player for Arsenal today you are on crack. He is absolute garbage, not even fit to be in the Carling Cup side. He can’t pass, can’t tackle, can’t shoot, can’t grow – so what exactly does he bring to the table? Who else was poor today and doesn’t deserve to be in the side – let me count the number: Bendtner – awful; barely Championship quality Silvestre – Wenger is kidding if he believes this guy should start. He is slow, can’t pass, and has no awareness. Diaby – usually a quality player… Read more »

Angelos
Angelos
11 years ago

Seriously, Arsenal fans are possibly the most emotional and fickle fans around. A win against Man utd and all the players are lauded to zenith levels and then they lose against Villa and half the team should be dropped or sold. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Arsenal are simply not good enough to win any trophies but have the potential to produce sparkling performances on occasion. Consistency is the true mark of quality and our lack of it is due to Wenger. His whole transfer policy is based on buying potential for a nominal fee (and then the… Read more »

Spike
Spike
11 years ago

You need consistency to win the league.

Not a Cup! So we’ll ne winning a cup then this season!

Angelos
Angelos
11 years ago

Ok Spike, if you say so.

If you think that we are consistent enough to perform well in all 7 champions league games then that’s cool…i guess.

People think you can be inconsistent and win in a cup competition. It’s strange, do you think that our only bad performances will come in the league or something? It seems like logic is a rare commodity nowedays.

Spike
Spike
11 years ago

Stop being a patronising twat!

We were shite in the league when we got to the CL final so thats your logic blown out the water, as were the scousers too.

So, there you go, now i suggest you slit your wrists you whiny loser.

Spike
Spike
11 years ago

Angelos

Pay no attention to what I just posed.

I’m just so completely fucked off with this team and am trying to put a positive spin on things. No offence.

Maybe I should get a job with the club PR!

Angelos
Angelos
11 years ago

Cool

Angelos
Angelos
11 years ago

Btw. Good thing you sent that when you did. Was standing there razor in hand just about to make the first incision.

But you see what I mean about the emotional fans thing? Because Arsenal are in a constant state of flux it leaves people more vulnerable on an emotional level than any other team in my opinion.

It’s a real shame because it shows a real passion for the club and you all deserve more. It’s something Wenger doesn’t seem to take into consideration.

HARBO
11 years ago

for fuks sake wenger get some backbone into this team . all this crop about teams getting too phisical. go out and buy some fukin players who arent scared too mix it and get a result. sick too death of watchin this bunch of pansies getting roughed up a bit , givin up and then gettin turned over nearly every fukin week. bring in some people with some passion guts and balls. this is the most gutless, spineless team ever assembled on a football pitch . thank god they are not disgracing grand old highbury .if ur not prepared to… Read more »

N4
N4
11 years ago

Cesc is playing like his heart is in spain, maybe he is starting to think we cant win anything!

TONY
TONY
11 years ago

WHY ARE MAN U AND CHELSEA’S REJECTS OUR BEST CENTER BACKS???
GALLAS AND BENDTNAR ARE USELESS,THE SQUAD IS RUBBISH, FLAMINI HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED,WHERE IS THE MONEY?????????I’D RATHER BE AT HIGHBURY WITH A GREAT SQUAD THAN AT THE EMIRATES- LOOK AT MILLWALL.
I THINK WENGERS HANDS ARE TIED.LET US BE IN DEBT LIKE CHELSEA, AT LEAST WE’D HAVE A FEW LEAGUE TITLES TO GO WITH IT.

DANIEL
DANIEL
11 years ago

Gallas needs to be dropped,djourou and song are better than gallas

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