Match Report: Fulham 2-1 Arsenal (including goals)

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Arsenal conceded two goals in the last ten minutes at Craven Cottage as Fulham took advantage of Johan Djourou’s red card to snatch three points for Martin Jol’s side. The Gunners should have taken advantage of a decent first half full of flowing football but totally ran out of steam in the final minutes as Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora made the difference.

Arsene Wenger’s men started the game with considerable vigour given their recent busy schedule. Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey both struck efforts in the first minutes before the Ivorian squandered a great chance by hitting a volley wide from two yards out after a Van Persie corner.

We looked comfortable on the ball, the passing was crisp and Fulham’s backline didn’t like it at all when the Arsenal moved at pace. Gervinho was the real danger man for the Gunners. He was constantly fed the by Arteta and Song and took it upon himself to test the Fulham defence with several mazy runs.

After a poor pass by Danny Murphy, the summer signing was played into the penalty box by Van Persie. He skipped past Senderos with quick feet only to be tripped. It looked innocuous at first, but replays showed that referee Lee Probert should have pointed to the spot.

Despite a few more profligate moments from the attackers, we finally broke the deadlock on 21 minutes. A shot by Arteta was blocked by Ramsey, the ball fell to Gervinho who laid it up to Ramsey. The Welshman dinked the ball to the back post and Laurent Koscielny, still hanging around the box after a corner, headed home. 1-0.

A minute later Arsenal should have doubled their lead. David Stockdale in the Fulham goal denying first Aaron Ramsey and then a deflected Song shot from point blank range.

At the back Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin were being seriously tested. While the latter was proving himself a flexible customer in the left-back position, the Swiss took to blocking stuff with his arse on the opposite flank. Fulham’s biggest threat came from the ever-improving Bryan Ruiz – the Costa Rican curling an effort just past the post before a last gasp tackle from Song prevented the striker from a second clear shot at goal.

In the final third we looked constantly dangerous, but not cutthroat. Walcott had a tame effort from the edge of the area, a Van Persie snapshot from a Coquelin cross was easily saved. Just for good measure the Dutchman struck another lame shot soon after as he tried to find his range. A decent strike from Ramsey concluded a promising half.

Fulham were fast out of the traps at the start of the second 45 minutes. A Sidwell header flew over the bar before the game got scrappy in the middle of the park.

Up front Theo Walcott was having a stinker. His final ball was consistently appalling despite him finding space on several occasions. I’m sure he was trying, but it was a far cry from his performance at Chelsea on the Gunners last trip to West London. He was subbed on the 65 minute mark for Rosicky.

Fulham continued to press forward looking for an equaliser. First Senderos nearly scored with his head from a Dempsey free-kick, then the American missed a great chance from close range after a dangerous Ruiz cross. Arsenal were holding on. Just.

After a long period of controlled possession, Gervinho had Arsenal’s first shot in in anger in the second half in the 70th minute. It was a very poor effort and he was replaced by Benayoun soon after.

Again Fulham pushed forward, Ruiz forcing a fine save from Szczesny while Mertesacker and Koscielny were throwing themselves in front of everything. We were under real pressure with eleven men on the pitch, when that became ten we just couldn’t cope.

With thirteen minutes left on the clock Johan Djourou was sent off. Given a torrid time by Zamora, and having already been booked earlier in the half, he hauled down the Fulham man on the edge of the box and received his marching orders. It was hard to complain with the decision.

The resulting free-kick from Kelly was blocked before Ramsey was sacrificed for Squillaci as Arsene reshuffled his defensive pack for the final ten minutes.

With six minutes to go two ex-Arsenal players combined to give Fulham a well-deserved equaliser. A corner wasn’t dealt with by Szczesny, Senderos headed back across goal and Steve Sidwell scored from point blank range with his head. 1-1.

You hoped we might hold on for a point. We didn’t.

Two minutes into injury-time Fulham scored the winner. A poor header across goal by Squillaci was crashed home by Zamora at Szczesny’s near post. It was effectively the last kick of the game and felt like it had been squarely arrowed in the face of all Gooners.

Having had a great end to 2011 it’s a terrible start to 2012. The squad looks stretched and tired. Reinforcements are needed. Let’s hope Arsene can find the necessary men in the coming weeks.

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Southwoldgunner
Southwoldgunner

So dissapointed with this result!

Ajax
Ajax

Same, that second half performance was a complete shambles, since when do Arsenal get played off the park by Fulham for Gods sake? Walcott was an embarassment (what’s going on with this boy?), Gervinho had no end product, Arteta and Song solid but anonymous going forward, RVP kept quiet, only Ramsey ever looked like creating something (incidentally I thought he had a very good game-he’s developing into an excellent player).

We are looking desperately, desperately short of high-quality, creative, attacking talent, and from the evidence of this game when RVP is off the boil then we are going to find it difficult to create chances let alone score goals. To this end, one has to question why the Ox is not even on the bench considering how potent a threat he has proven to be? What is Wengers thought process here? What do we possibly have to lose from giving premiership experience to a young, talented footballer, who quite frankly we are in desperate need of?

Here’s hoping that the return of Thierry Henry will galvanise the squad somewhat, and that our (thrifty) board will allow Wenger some cash to go out and purchase somebody who can perform to the standards we expect from an Arsenal FC player…. I won’t keep my hopes up though.

P.S. If we sign Wayne Bridge I will rip up my season ticket in protest.

MyArse
MyArse

Sorry Ajax but we created PLENTY of chances. The real problem is not our CREATIVITY but our FINISHING. RVP cannot be the only one to score goals. Gervinho and Walcott (and Ramsey to some extent) need to find their shooting boots sharpish.

Only Wenger knows why the Ox n Park are yet to be unleashed. He must see something in training that is unbeknownst to us.

I doubt very much Wenger will buy anyone this January. As soon as he starts talking about ‘Like A New Signing’ injured players coming back SOON (Wilshere, Sagna and that is his tell for keeping his hands in his pockets.

We can’t keep screaming, buy, buy, buy. Our wage bill is enormous. We need to offload so many players. The problem with this is they are so rubbish nobody will buy them (how long was Bendtner in the shop window for?) so we are stuck paying their wages until their contracts end.

Henry is it my fellow Gooners. You heard it here first and I will happily eat a humungous humble pie if I am proved wrong.

My only worry is Vermaelen. We all know that three weeks out could so easily turn into three months and we badly missed him in this match.

Will
Will

we were winning this game upto the 85 min, and I thought the coq was our man of the match, this game highlights what I’ve been quietly worried abt for the last few weeks, and that is what we Wil do wen van Persies goals dry up? he’s never been a prolific striker, and his impressive hot streak was always bound to come to an end, so I hope we move to address this problem quickly. as I fear even Henry won’t be enough. 
What is it about ex arsenal players eh? I thought both senderos and sidwell played well, while bobby Zamora gave his typicall man of the match performance he always gives against us. this was a fulham team that was destroyed by man utd a few weeks ago,  I am sickened by the manner of which we lost tonight, but I am proud of the teams performance, we didn’t deserve to lose, and the quicker our fullbacks return the better. 

Witoldo
Witoldo

We lost this game in the first half. With better play in the attacking third from Gervinho and Walcott, we could have been 3-0. And we needed to be–it was our second game in three days, and we physically dropped off in the second half.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

It was Fulham’s second game in three days as well. Their schedule has been the same as ours this holiday season.

So… What’s our excuse then?

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

Hahaha I just knew this was coming up (our game in two days), we are so programmed for those excuses, we never use to have them until 2005. Fulham not only played the same, they have a smaller squad, in house fighting and an injury list to match ours.

I remember us in the invincible season playing in three competition until March with a smaller squad playing almost a game every three days. The Chavs under Maureen for three years playing the same players in four competition in every game and won 5 trophies. We pay top wages we expect the players we buy to be top physically and play a game every three days too.

Witoldo
Witoldo

We expended a hell of a lot more energy than Fulham in the first half. We looked really sharp and pressured the ball really well. But of course it’s no excuse.

Zamora looked like the freshest and hungriest guy out there. Perhaps it’s just coincidence, but Zamora didn’t play two days ago for Fulham.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Not sure who ya can blame for that, defence were immense most of the game, no other club In the league could show the heart that defence did with so many players out. Walcot had a mare again his final ball was non existent and not sure how or why we got dominated by fulham in 2nd half even when we had 11 players. We desperately need another striker to help rvp out the bloke looked fucked against qpr at the end and needs a rest. gutted totally gutted.

Foo type
Foo type

Yeah it really went tits up in the 2nd half didn’t it. I suppose it was a combination of fatigue/shit ref/dropping too deep/cuntishness.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

What happened after half time?How
can a team like Fulham control the
game.Their goalie did not touch the
ball in the 2nd half.We just stopped
playing except for Walcott who never
started playing from the beginning.
What is up with him? Is he in the
Red Zone or just gone completely off off the boil?
We have got 4 points from the last 3 games when we had enough chances
to get 9 points and a massive plus in
goal difference.
I feel absolutely devastated about the
way we played.

Wot's my name?
Wot's my name?

Disappointed, but there will yet be more twists and turns in the race for 4th spot. Don’t lose hope you Gooners! It ain’t over till it’s over!

COYG!

GoonerNugget
GoonerNugget

Missed Vermaelen today. Need that sort of leadership in games like this.

Touraine Gooner
Touraine Gooner

Gutted…
Trust Her Indoors to sum it up in a nutshell :
‘Pffffff ! That’s life with the Arse’ …. *sigh*
Still, we live to fight another day…
COYG

jay
jay

Obviously gutted about the result, but I thought we were awesome in the first half. The move that resulted in Rambo’s chance was, in my opinion, one of our best of the season.

Also thought Lee Probert seemed all to happy to let their centre backs manhandle RVP – the prick.

Oleg Luzhny
Oleg Luzhny

Agreed, apparently Probert listened to what Warnock had to say the other day.

RvP didn’t get any calls in the 2nd half it seemed.

It’s a topsy turvy season, and it hurts but there is still all to play for.

Binda
Binda

is no one else worried that 48 hours after the QPR game we called upon the same squad, last season we could rotate without that much worry

Binda
Binda

but then we do have a shit ton of injuries with diaby and wilshere, having to move coquelin to lb and all that.

Mooro
Mooro

Coq was outstanding. We lose but he, Kos and Mert were three of our best today.

Anon
Anon

I actually felt much more assured with Coq at left-back than Vermaelen. He looks a lot more dangerous when he’s a central defender somehow, even though he was originally a left-back.

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

I have to agree with Anon! I liked Le Coq there better than Vermalen. When Coq was in there he was roaming up and down that wing making his presence felt offensively. That nice little move he used to tease his way around that defender and then loft a cross in was fantastic. That’s what I like to see.

sJ
sJ

around Ruiz actually but yes that was fantastic, I thought Coquelin put in a shift at leftback and leaving Zamora unmarked for their 2nd wasn’t quite his fault as he’s not a defender (besides, although he was under pressure Squillaci’s header was appalling!!)

Foo type
Foo type

Well that was a cunt act of the highest order. It seemed as though we just ran out of steam in the 2nd half & dropped back far too deep. Such a shame to lose a game that could well have been won by half time. Fuck.

GoonerSam
GoonerSam

Squillaci must have a curse on him as soon as he stepped on the pitch I knew we were going to lose. Its happened every single time he plays. He even ended the reserves unbeaten run earlier this year by playing for them.

superanderslimpar
superanderslimpar

Completely agree with Gooner Sam, squillaci is a curse. Would have played Rambo at RB for last 10 mins. Poor 2nd half, RVP needs some help. Let’s hope Titi can inspire the rest of that insipid front 3

Thorough

Why cant we learn to stop making a scapegoat of the people all the time? Squillaci my foot!!! Was he on the pitch when Walcott and Gervinho were shooting at the corner flags? You know one major reason why we shouldn’t blame Squillaci? He is called Senderos, and had an assist against us. He was our perpetual scapegoat while around, but now looks as accomplished as he was in that Champions league run of ten games without conceding. If anybody want to blame, blame the man on the bench no matter how bitter or idiotic some fans will call us. With the way our second half played out, even an average defender will suffer and we all know Squillaci isnt up to average. The question we should ask ourselves is why do we get weaker every game? Fulham’s attacking sub, Karim Frei, ran rings around us and that’s what subs should do. But not in our case. Wenger’s subs are the most unconventional, unorthodox subs I’ve seen my whole life. Does it take a crystal ball to know that The Ox is the one and only effective replacement we have for Theo? We were effective in the first half because of our width. And in the second half, when we needed our speed and width the most, the all-knowing Wenger clipped our wings. Rosicky will never take up a counter, he is not suited for it. I can understand Chamack coming on against Wolves when we were lumbering things into their box and needed headers. I can understand Arshavin coming in when we need a bit of genius against a QPR that packed the bus and needed a wriggling through. But I can never understand us subbing guile for speed when on the backfoot and our backup plan should be to counter. And Walcott may not be the best but must be paid the 85k he wants so he can stay, not because we cant get better players but because we all fully well know that even if he is sold at the outrageous sums being bandied around, the money, a tenth of it actually, will only be invested in a cheaper less effective alternative. Cant we get definitive with our subs: Rosicky/Benayoun for Ramsey, Ox for Theo, Miyachi for Gervinho, speed for speed, guile for guile, etc. Need I say VP dont have a replacement? We are all too aware of that and yet are called doomers when we dare spit it out. Is anybody afraid of Wenger? Or the lot that thinks him a god? Sure not me! And dont start with the all-too-familiar cliche that he took us from 17th to 4th: He got us there in the first place, by not doing his homework when others were. Cant we all see that Arsenal seem to be going down the drain? Five/six years ago Fulham would get hammered aside being played off the park, but now, it is the exact opposite, they played us off the park. Our Arsenal conceding 8 goals in a match! Our Arsenal having defenders working for 90minutes! And dont start with mental strength, warts and all; we had Wolves down to 10men for more than fifteen minutes yet couldnt break them down, Fulham had us in the same position and took us to the cleaners. Their sub made them stronger, ours made us weaker. And what hurts the most is that we look up at our bench and see that some players just cant be rested. Song has no type-for-type replacement, same for Kos, Arteta, VP…et al. We have slowly depreciated over six years within which Wenger sold 2generations of players and never replaced them. Sol Campbell came back after many years and looked amazing, yet Newcastle didnt think him good enough. Lehmann came in and won us a game when he was past it. From loosing the title in the final weeks some years back to fighting for 3rd last year, it is a decline nonetheless. Now we are fighting for fourth and let us not kid ourselves, it is going to be hard because while our rivals are bringing in new bloods, we are waiting for players to come back from injuries, knowing some are just wishful thinking. It is sad. Is it so hard to let Almunia, Squilacci, Arshavin n maybe Rosicky go and bring in new players? I am bitter I know and I should be….because our Arsenal has degenerated to the extent that we miss even Frimpong. I think we sold him 2days earlier. He could have come in and let Song slot in at Central defence, while Kos goes right. But thank God…this is January. Hope we will ever learn.

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

OH MY GOD!!! I am so upset about that result. I thought we were pretty poor in the second half but still deserved something. That red card was so harsh. That wasn’t even a foul let alone a card. With 11 men on I had faith we would see out the game but that red card changed it. Especially since it forced us to bring on Squalliaci?????? WTF was that??? I don’t think his header could have been any nicer a setup for Zamora. Abysmal. Pure rubbish. Squalliaci has scored/assisted/screwed up a play to let opposition teams score more than I can count and thus I’m still a little bit unsure as to how exactly he’s still on our squad. Totally gutted.

Anon
Anon

1. Squillaci was being mobbed by 2 or 3 Fulham players. He’s not 3 meters tall.

2. As Arseblogger pointed out on twitter, the bigger question to ask was why Coquelin wasn’t there.

Stop blaming Squillaci. I know he’s a bad player in everyone’s eyes but everything he does is put under the closest fucking scrutiny around. Not even Silvestre got this much hate.

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

While I definitely see your point about Squalliaci being mobbed by two players and asking why wasn’t Coquelin there the point remains that it wasn’t Coquelin that headed a perfect ball back across goal onto the foot of Fulham’s best striker to volley into the bottom corner. In my opinion Squalliaci gets grilled as badly as he does because he’s barely put a foot right for Arsenal, especially after he was touted as a veteran player that would bring stability and solidity to the back four when he was bought. At least that was the impression that I had when he was bought although that has since been proven wrong. My post was also not only a commentary about the fact that Squalliaci is rubbish but also about the fact that there are 15 minutes left, we’re down to ten men. We need someone to come on and steady the team and provide defensive coverage and we bring on Squalliaci?? A guy who has barely played in the last year (and I don’t mean 2012 😉 BAHAHAHA) That to me just points to the lack of coverage and depth in the squad and while I know we have injuries. Alot of injuries. Especially to our fullbacks and defense, is that really an excuse for why a team such as Arsenal is carrying Squalliaci in the first place? Especially when pretty much everyone except for Wenger can see that he’s rubbish. At least when he steps on the field for us? I could go on an on about our lack of coverage but lets be honest. The bench we currently have after our starting eleven is pretty brutal. There isn’t really anyone that comes to mind that I would see as a game changer.

MyArse
MyArse

We were soooo wasteful in front of goal. We had so many chances end with indecision. Why is it when we get into the 18 yard box Gunners suddenly have no idea what to do next and it ends in nothing?

We used to be so prolific. Now the front 6 are afraid to shoot. Pass, pass, pass, ooops lost possession.

So disappointed. We had the chance to put the game to bed in the first half and messed it up. Cannot blame Fulham for capitalizing on our lack of clinical finishing. We’re just not deadly anymore.

P.S. the ref. was abysmally inconsistent.

argonaut
argonaut

Totally agree. I am fast losing patience with Gervinho and Walcott, who seem to have forgotten how to put the ball in the net. I don’t give a toss about Gervinho’s mazy runs if he follows them up with shots that are woefully wide of the target.

Oh for a player like Wrighty that could put the ball in the net without any messing about.

argonaut
argonaut

And yes, the ref was appalling.

TenaciousDee
TenaciousDee

We need to have opposed training sessions on shooting. We’ve spent time on our defensive issues to good effect, but shooting is just as important. It’s a confidence thing and practice makes perfect – or van Perfect!
Our guys shouldn’t be afraid to just have a crack every now and then or, if they are in a good position, lash it in for God’s sake! (sorry Dennis, for taking your name in vain).

MyArse
MyArse

The problem is not having a crack every now and then TD. The problem is when they do have a crack, like Thorough said above, they are shooting at the corner flags. There must be stats somewhere that add up the easy tap ins that we have missed on the one on ones that we have fluffed. I’m sure that if you add up the number of chances our front 6 have had this season so far they should all be on 10 goals a piece by now. Only RVP is shooting accurately enough right now and he should not be the only one. And with 17 goals in 10 matches he deserves to have off days until Gervinho + Walcott at least equal his tally.

MyArse
MyArse

That should read ‘missed OR the one on ones’ and ‘with 17 goals in 20 matches’.

Rodders1971

Poor,poor result but not really unexpected with shit refereeing, substitutions like Squillaci(for fucks sake!) for Ramsey,same old story regarding Arsenal wasting chance after chance & getting punished for it….
Oh well onto next Monday when TH12 can remind some of our players where the goal is…maybe…

Cup Half Full
Cup Half Full

Agree that we played well, but obviously not well enough. Games like this highlight the lack of quality depth in the squad. Combine that with a shyness for quality spending and you have all the right ingredients for finishing outside the top 4 (lest we all forget that is our only target nowadays – silverware is so gaudy) . Before you all remind me about injuries & players to return (almost like new signings) the truth of the matter is we got beat by Fulham – FUCKING FULHAM – because we are at least 6 players away from having what it takes to win the league (or anything else) in this day & age.

MJB
MJB

We were firing on the first half, nobody can dispute that. What happened in the half time pep-talk?!!!

MJB
MJB

Every time Squillaci is played it goes ‘tits-up’. The guy is a jonah. As soon as it was announced that he was coming on my heart sank.

oops
oops

I usually make a point of not slagging off the ref but what the fuck?! 2 penalties not given and getting pinged for everything! Shocking display. We should have walked that if he’d reffed it properly!

Didn’t help.that walcott and gervinho forgot how to cross or.pass but the game should have been.done and dusted!

When will the powers that be see sense and bring in video technology!

MyArse
MyArse

I have finally resigned myself to the fact that we will never get any penalties. We spend so much time in the opposition’s box I’m sure statistics will show we should get at least 1 penalty per game! Ref’s just don’t want to give them to the Gunners. It would be okay if they were consistent but Premier League refs vary from game to game. The same infraction in one game leads to a penalty and a card but in another game the ref waves ‘play on’. Part and parcel of the Premier League relying ONLY on human refs.

MJB
MJB

The more I watch the more I’m convinced Ref’s are just getting plain lazy. How many times have I watched a game this season only to watch refs ‘waiving-off’ all manner of misdemeaners?
Wait for somebody else to notice a foul or whatever and then flag it up (or not). etc…

TenaciousDee
TenaciousDee

And what if Djourou’s “foul” on Zamora had happened inside the box. How could the ref have given a pen then after denying us earlier? (Though I do think Gerv went down a little easily and the refs are becoming wise to him).

Anon
Anon

Wenger said: ‘I am surprised. You want the right decision in a game of that importance. Everybody knows we don’t get penalties.’

Yup.

Devil
Devil

Agree here. I didn’t see our game(was too tired to stay up). But saw a bit of Chelsea earlier. Fucking disgrace of a ref. Cashley fouled Pong badly and no card. Minutes later he again kicked Doyle and in retaliation Doyle threw ball at him no card for Cashley and yellow for Doyle. Lampard two legged went through Hammil and just yellow which could have been a straight red. Refereeing is just a disgrace. In first 35mins only both Cashley and Lampard should have been off. Instead Lampard scores winning goal. Just pissed.

And Wenger is rightly pissed at official. Does the official worry about getting a sack or even being tortured by fans? Does he have to suffer like players does? NO. And still they’re well protected. After that I put together a list games that we lost or drew already this season due to ref’s influence. Add if you remember any other

Spurs: VDV handles ball and scores. We lose. Point lost 1.(Wenger complaining? Dont think so)
Man City: Rightly scored goal chalked off for offside and didnt get penalty even for hand ball. Result : We lose. Likely loss 3 Points(Wenger complaining: No)
Wolves: Again penalty not given. Drew. Point loss 2.(Wenger complaining No)
Villa: Penalty not given. Won.(Wenger complaining No.)
QPR: Penalty not given. Won(Wenger Complaining: No.)
Fulham: 2 Penalties not given. Result: Loss. Likely loss 3 Points.(Wenger complaining : Fucking he does and he should)

Total loss midway through season 9points. That would put us ahead of City and along with United.

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

Ref seems to confused himself.

Plev
Plev

It’s official.. Walcott is shit, and we have no bench.

goonerO
goonerO

Hes not shit. He’s just not consistetly good…fine lines my friend, fine lines.

Oleg Luzhny
Oleg Luzhny

Walcott is either deadly or awful, does he ever have an average game? Seems to be no middle ground with him!

Thorough

In that case my friend, Messi and Ronaldo are not good, they are just consistent.

MyArse
MyArse

No Thorough, they are consistently good whereas Walcott is good more not that often.

Thorough

Fine lines my foot. Lets call a spade a spade. Theo is very limited. Run, cross or shoot, thats all he has to offer. He doesnt know when he should cut in because there is a whole lot of space ahead of him. Even when he should shoot he crosses. And when you need a cross, he thumps it. Did you guys see that little nutmegging/dummy or whatever Coq did when he overlapped an left the full back on the ground? That is what our wingers should be doing consistently. A little bit of magic here and there.

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

He’s definitely not the “senior player” he thinks he is. Theo needs more bench time to rid him of his sense of entitlement.

I agree he’s not shit. But he was definitely shit yesterday.

goonerO
goonerO

You dont seem to get my point here thorough. Im refferring to his footballing talent. Thats good. His consistency and reliability, thats shit. At a club like arsenal, you need to be good at both, if not great. Part of the whole developing players philosophy is getting them to that point where their performances match their talent and clearly Mr wallcott is not quite there yet! Dont forget the likes of henry were written off similarly at this point in there careers and dare i say he turned out allright in the end eh? Frustrations one thing, but writing someone off is another, let the boss do what hes known for doing best and sort theo out.

MJB
MJB

Just plain awful. Don’t feel I can comment really. Totally BAD voodoo.

Mooro
Mooro

Well that was fun sitting in the Fulham end. So if you’ll forgive me…

AAAARRRGHHH!!!! FUCK IT FUCK IT FUCK IT!!! CUUUUUUNNNTTSS!!!!

That’s better.

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

What the fuck happened in the second half…? Could someone please explain it to me…?

First half we were good in my opinion… Had this one little passage of play where we were hitting these one two passes and it almost resulted in a goal… The Arsenal of the old! Footy that gives people semi’s but then the second half started and like… What happened…?

PS Theo had a horrid game… And Squillaci… Well he is Squillaci…

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

I agree!! What happened indeed???
We scored and looked like we were going to push on and grab a second and kill it off and then half time came and it was like we decided we didn’t need to play anymore. I just don’t understand how we can let a game slip like that. Again. You’d think that after dropping so many games in a similar manner over the last few seasons we would have learned by now but clearly not.

Mooro
Mooro

Fuck knows; nope and see first answer.

FFS
FFS

A similar theme keeps repeating. Dominate the game, go one up, waste several chances whilst on the front foot, end up conceding.

The second half has got to be the worst I have seen, didnt get out of our half the whole 45, soaked up one Fulham attack after another.

Drew with Fulham and Wolves and lost to Fulham, scoring once each game, these are teams we should be giving hidings to, even more so with the race for the top 4 as it is, dropping points against these teams will haunt us the end of the season.

On a poaitive note the Coq played well

Voldermort
Voldermort

Anyone still think we don’t need to BUY a top class forward to finish games off like this?

Rob'67
Rob'67

You can’t say things like that on here !

They accuse you of “playing Championship Manager” – whatever that is ?!

And it also implies just a a hint of criticism of St Arsene of Genius. That will never do !

Thorough

Where are those that abuse the moaners? We are short on players, pure and simple.

MyArse
MyArse

We’re not short on players, we have loads of players. In fact we even have some ‘good’ players. What we are short on are ‘great’ players. The only way we have had ‘great’ players in the last few seasons is by re-siging ‘old greats’.

How many truly ‘great’ players do we currently have at Arsenal? Wilshere does not count. Yet..

Good-Bloke
Good-Bloke

CUNT IT ALL TO FUCKING CUNT!

That certainly is a bitter pill to swallow, we were wasteful, Ref was either drunk or just a completely inept mug, the team looked to tire a bit and the squad does look a little thin.
To top it all of we could wind up 9 points behind the prematurely gloating Chris Hoy haters from the shit end of north London.

But fuck it, overall it hasn’t been too bad of late, we have the Henry loan, Wilshere and Sagna due back soon. Still a lot of life in this season.

Mooro
Mooro

And Twitchy’s gonna be Big George’s bitch on B Wing shortly. Feeling better already.

Good-Bloke
Good-Bloke

hahaha forgot about that.

He’s going to be twitching on coke can sized cocks after the febuary trial.

MyArse
MyArse

How far we have fallen to rely on Sp*rs losing their manager in order for us to top them. Beating them in every way used to be sooooooo easy. Now we need outside influences.

Mooro
Mooro

As a UK taxpayer, banging that cunt up will be a fine use of my hard earned.

ickenhamgooner
ickenhamgooner

One think I do not understand, is the lack of rotation we see from what AW calls a large squad, particularly during the hectic xmas/new year period. Generally, unless forced to change by injury or ban, we see the same 11 players, and the same 2/3 players used as subs.

We are therefore forced to rely on the same 11 even if they are off the pace, and when we do bring players in they are not really match sharp.

I think better rotation – say a couple of players from match to match would keep a larger number of players available for selection.

I just suspect we will see wholesale changes for the FA Cup, and the the majority of them will disappear again from league matches.

Witoldo
Witoldo

Well, we’re fully stretched at defense. Song would have rested but his stand-in was playing left back. Ramsey got a rest over the break. Gervinho rested last game. Walcott missed out two games ago due to illness.

The only two positions you could argue that we didn’t rotate over the break were striker and Arteta’s role. With RVP’s form, why rest him? Wilshere and Diaby are long-term absences in Arteta’s position.

Highberry
Highberry

Witoldo, well said.

El blondo
El blondo

Terrible second half from on Arsenal perspective but WTF? Do the referees get commission for not awarding a penalty to the Arse?? Sick of it…I can handle an off day from the team but shocking refereeing & denial of blatant penalty shouts week in week out I can’t! COYG

Binda
Binda

walcott wants a raise up to 85,000, haha thats a good one

gooneriffic
gooneriffic

I’m not an Arsene out supporter but you have to ponder the shortcomings in the squad. As I’ve previously said we’re lacking firepower. Also Mertesacker is a good defender but he’s not suited to the premier league. Aerial presence my arse. Feels good supporting a team who’s ambitions is to make the top 4 every year. After the amount of faith we’ve shown this great club it would be nice to see some of it repayed. I’m not too keen on following this biblical tale. Wenger is a great manager but he’s no god and I’m not willing to take the role of Moses upon myself. Acknowledge and sort our shortcomings out please Wenger. In Arsene we trust!

Eric Irish gunner
Eric Irish gunner

What a load of bolloxs, the ref was poxy and Walcott should worry about his game rather then his fucking paypack and rosicky not much better when he replaced him looks like he dos’ent give a fuck, need to get goal scorer in because if RVP dos’ent score no one will, on a positive taught coq done well at left back

Josh
Josh

Offensively we were very very poor, the wingers lack edge (Walcott). Ironically our defence was solid and how un-Arsenal we were till the sending off. But the team gave their all and I can’t really fault them for that. Although I do feel that if we rotated a bit more we might have hold them off.

Still, we have plenty of game left. COYG!!

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

Finally, squillaci is back and that means we are currently having short number of defenders. Sigh

Ian allinson's tache
Ian allinson's tache

You can only get away without playing proper full backs for so long but unlike last season you can t knock this teams effort which should see us alright for fourth, more importantly the board have to decide if that’s good enough or whether we re going to compete – I won t be getting my hopes up, only the manager can force their hand

Master Bates
Master Bates

we have 4 fullbacks,4 centrebacks and squillaci , but with Arsenal’s injury record , that’s not enough at all . we have all fullbacks and one Centreback injured .

maybe we should have 10 centrebacks and 20 fullbacks .aaaargh!!

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

and Wenger answered you –

“I think we have done well being short. We have lost three left backs, two right backs. What can you do? You cannot buy 10 full backs to make sure you have one in case of injury. “

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

We got precisely what we deserved for a pathetic second-half performance. I wonder what Wenger said to the players at half time: “Hey, lads, you’ve done really well so far. You’re the better side and should be two- or three-nil up. Now just sit back and defend, that way you’ll hand them the initiative.”

That must have been his words, because in the second half we were fucking awful. Our attacking potency was zero and Walcott and Gervinho just disappeared. Apparently, Walcott wants a new contract worth eighty-five grand a week; that’s a laugh – HE should be paying the club for putting up with his pathetic performances.

The defence actually did well, but they could not withstand forty-five minutes of constant pressure. By not even trying to attack, we left our defence with too much work to do. And I felt sorry for Djourou – he had another good game before he was sent off. Coqulin was our best player at emergency full-back, he’s got a great future.

This game once again highlights our great weakness at the moment: we just don’t score enough goals. Three goals in three matches against Wolves, QPR and Fulham just isn’t good enough. The inability of players like Gervinho, Walcott and Ramsey to consistently put the ball into the back of the net is really hurting us right now.

Wenger must sign a proven goalscorer this month.

Josh
Josh

Couldn’t agree more.

Mooro
Mooro

Two words FG. Nail and head.

MJB
MJB

And lastly, don’t they realise that Spuds are laughing at us everytime we fuck-up like this?
Dissapointing. We shouldn’t give the Ref’s any advantage to fuck us over, should we Johann?

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Zamora dived. Contact was minimal. The ref fell for it.

Zamora dived. Minimal contact. Not Djourou’s fault. I think he’s been good this year.

The refereeing is a joke. Lampard should have been off yesterday for the rent boys. And Terry deliberately handled the ball on the line against Villa, but because the rebound was scored there was no action taken. Those decisions are costing us as much as Probert’s generous answer to McCarthy and Warnock yesterday.

I am sick.

Emma
Emma

That is what happen when you dont take your chances. Arsenal had fulham in the first half for the taking. But instead will threw away the chances. My fear came when I saw Squillaci as a replacement for Ramsey. I knew then we were in for it. Brainless walcoSt should be benched. Give the OX a chance. Gervinho is OK but needs to work with his head on his final ball as well before he becomes WalcoSt. Hope not to see Squillshit again. I hope Wenger brings him a supporting striker for RVP. Henry is past it now.

TenaciousDee
TenaciousDee

Again, we just needed to get that bit of breathing space by converting one of several chances to make it 2-0 in the first half.
After that, yes, we ran out of puff in the second but how can the ref give a second yellow for a 50-50 contest which Zamora tumbles to the ground from? I’ve watched it again and I don’t think it was a foul – let alone a yellow! You see dozens of tussles like that each week that are just ‘play on’.
Can’t really fault the effort of the team, but what’s up with Walcott? It’s so important to the team that he gets stuck in and causes our opposition problems… today he was just insipid.
We might not have deserved all three points after a good 2nd half by Fulham, but I thought we were going to hold out until the ref intervened. Bugger.

Butthead

How fucking shit has Theo been recently?.. I mean, it’s the same old story isn’t it. If we had a consistent RW how many assists would he have provided to RvP+ goals scored?

Every now and then THeo shows up with a good game but I’m getting the feeling that it’s more down to luck than anything. He just gets the occasional game where he’s lucky with his decisions, shooting & passing. Most of the time he’s just dire and it’s really painful to watch as a fan.

I hope he’s able to find consistency, he’s equipped physically to be amazing but… so does a sprinter.

Just so sick of Walcott now, Gervinho didn’t exactly help but he hasn’t been with his for years. Walcott is still young and that’s barely a redeeming factor at this point.

Just painful Theo… Pick it up 🙂

COME ON ARSENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

I have to say I can’t agree more. I mean there was a stretch there when Theo was on fire and I thought finally he’s started to sort it out and get it right. That goal against Chelsea was inspired and I thought he may have finally turned the corner and start to become the world beater we’re all supposed to believe he is. Then you see the last two games and you’re like WTF??? Like seriously WTF?? Last game that miss on that breakaway I felt I was watching my team play in Football Manager 2011!! Breakaway! BREAKAWAY!! Scuffs it wide! He didn’t even work the keeper and the one replay shows he didn’t even look up to see where the net was. Today was just terrible. Terrible. He has all kinds of pace to burn but makes the worst decisions ever. And he still wants to play as a striker like Henry? You’re having a laugh.

Voldermort
Voldermort

@fatgooner. The signing aint gonna happen mate, most of us know that those that don’t have their heads in the sand.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Well, Voldermort, if we don’t get that striker then – like I’ve said before and been slagged off for it – I can see us watching Spurs in the Champions’ League next season while we’re playing the runners-up of the Kazakhstan first division on Thursday nights.

Frog
Frog

So after today, I’m done with Walcott. We need a striker and a proper winger. I mean really, what the fuck? After 5 years we get central defense sorted, and now we cant fucking score against Fulham, QPR and Wolves?

MyArse
MyArse

I agree with Voldermort. As far as strikers go, TH12 is it until Chamakh comes back from ACN. Wenger wants to prove he was right about the Moroccan and Park will feature eventually.

Martin Oon
Martin Oon

Arsenal shd have had a penalty. You never know.I dont know why error prone
refs are seldom high lighted.. It would be a good idea if the ref overlord calls for fortnightly meeting with refs . The thing is there are many inconsistencies in awarding a penalty . Some refs give one when there is a tug on the shirt.Some don’t even bother.
As a result these guys think they are gods.Arsenal lost because of tiredness and other factors.I think too many passes were made which gave the Fulham defenders time to frustrate the gunners.
Unless this changes I don’t see the gunners getting a cl berth.

Microraptor
Microraptor

Squllaci is rubbish. Give him away…

arseblog
Admin

Thank you all for your understandably frustrated but not hysterical comments

Witoldo
Witoldo

Wenger out!!!! Our youth is shit!!! Mertesacker was a horrible signing!!! Sign Cahill, Podolski, Hazard, Gotze, Alan Shearer, M’Vila, Clint Dempsey, and then we might just have half a chance at fourth!!! Arggggh!!!

Frog
Frog

Three day arseblog news ban for being the first cunt to say Cahill. Sorry mate, I know you were kidding and all, but the rule is the rule. Three days start now.

Witoldo
Witoldo

Better now?

winterlovin
winterlovin

show some balls Mr Blog. bad decisions are costing this club. whats happened to walcott? why is sqilshitti still playing? Hysteria is well needed and time to reflect its been a good era but as a big club we need to move on.

Rob'67
Rob'67

Ooooooooooo……….a bit of decent there.

The /North Korean Storm Troopers will be knocking on your door shortly !

gooner
gooner

1 goal vs wolves,
1 goal vs qpr
1 goal vs fulham
draw, win, loss. Fatigue or no fatigue something has to be done about the attack. On the training ground and maybe with Arsene’s ever expanding purse. A few seasons back we were a team with no keeper, no defence but a good attack, now we are a team with a very good keeper, solid defence and two headless chicken runners either side of a vantastic stricker. And NO creative midfielder

Emma
Emma

couldn’t agree more. Two brainless chickens on both sides of the wings. Pass that’s when they cross and cross that’s when they pass.

gooner
gooner

Forgot to mention that we could have had at least a penalty in each of those games and the one against man cit¥.
Maybe we are due some good luck or a good ref

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

I have to say that while we have had terrible reffing and should have had penalties we can’t rely on the ref’s to get results and score goals for us. I coach soccer and I always tell my team to never rely on the ref to make calls for you. Make your own luck on the field instead of relying on someone else to make it for you. The fact is is that we haven’t taken the chances we’ve created the last two games and as much as those were pens, we should have finished off both games. Burying even one extra chance per game out of the numerous chances we created means we would be celebrating a winning start to the new year and 6 points over the last two games. We need a new striker alternative to Van Persie as Chamakh has disappeared and Park still needs to appear. Van Persie will get tired and teams will start to focus on him to shut him down. So unless our midfield finds a way to start scoring goals we need another attacking option.

Spooner
Spooner

No creative mid? Rambo’s got something like 6/7 assists already, even though he’s constantly let down by the finishing of certain strikers.. He’s also been firing off some quality shots in the past couple of games – that volley against QPR would have been an awesome goal but for Barton clearing it off the line.

Thorough

6/7 assists from our playmaker in 18games and you are impressed? Have we being rubbish for so long that our threshold for quality has rapidly lowered? When was the last time he, Ramsey, had a clear threatening shot on goal or even a goal. You might say yesterday but that shot was going to beat only Paul robinson with pepper in his eyes or Reyna if there was a balloon trick. Ramsey has done well the past two games but can we truely say he deserves to be the engine room of the Arsenal of our dream. If Fabregas had 2goals n 10 assists in 19 games that will sure be classified as pathetic form. And Ramsey actually seems on top of his game…not convinced he can give more than he presently does.

Chris
Chris

Huge Arsenal fan from Los Angeles, California.

We blew it big time. We had a chance to be tied with Spurs and only 6 points from 1st place. We need a striker. Henry will help, but he is not the solution. Podolski is a must.

Let’s hope Liverpool beat Man City. As long as both Manchester Clubs are within 9 points we can catch them.

Never Give Up!

Go ARSENAL!!!

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

But it’s hurt to see our team going back to 6th place after sitting on the top 4 only for few days.

Bobby Pires
Bobby Pires

I dont think Podolski is a must, and it’s not good for Liverpool to beat Man City either because that’ll put them too close to us… I still dont see us catching up on any of the Mancs.

Butthead

Sorry but we’re not in the title race. We’re basically hoping for City and United to beat chelsea, tottenham and liverpool every time they play now. It feels fucking dirty weird I must say but that’s the reality of the situation.

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

That’s what I wanted to say

Dalstonian
Dalstonian

“… and received his marching orders. It was hard to complain with the decision.”

Arsene found a way though

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

Couldn’t have put it better myself Fatgooner… I asked what happened in the second half and while taking a shower it hit me…

We played like utter shit in the second half… We had no attacking edge whatsoever… In previous seasons our defence woul have probably crumbled much earlier but we have grown defencly and we only ended up being fucked by a poor desicion from the ref… First yellow fine but second one was bullshit… Commentators didn’t even say jack because Zamora (however you spell his name) is English… If Mr. Forehead fell like that they would have had a field day…

But nevertheless our attack was shitty in the second half and we lacked a real creative force… We couldn’t keep the ball and as much as Fulham “played well” we allowed them to do so and that should have never ever happened…

We missed TV5’s combative spirit today and his leadership immensely but have to say The Coq had an outstanding game… Theo should take a couple of pointers from the kid of how to play in a position that he doesn’t “naturally” belong to since Theo claims he is a striker but he can’t finish to save his mothers life… That was uncalled for but he was terrible today…

Rant over…

Lord Baldymort
Lord Baldymort

Even spurs won at foolham! it pains me to say but Spurs are just so much better than us at the moment

Devil
Devil

Did you fucking see Spurs playing at Fulham?? Kyle ‘the Cheat’ Walker picked up the ball in the box and released when a player was near him and still no penalty was awarded to Fulham at 1-2.

Lord Baldymort
Lord Baldymort

By the way…gervinho is really shite!

MJB
MJB

No, he was upfront but didn’t score is all. Missed a few opportunities (like RVP in the last few games) is all.

The Gimp
The Gimp

Not good enough and hecwont buy as he thinks the squad of kids is big enough

MJB
MJB

Hmmm…… Interesting point.

MyArse
MyArse

Interesting and true.

Jay
Jay

Well as a Spurs fan this makes the Swansea draw seem not soo bad

Without coming on your blogs and being unconstructive with silly comments I will honestly say Fulham battered us to this season, first half we was 2-0 up but they have some cracking players and we shouldve lost, Ruiz, Zamora, Dempsey and espeicially Dembele are mighty impressive and Craven Cottage is a hard place to go.

My view on Arsenal is Wilshere, Sagna and Vermealan are easily 3 of you 4 best players and any team would miss key players like that…..I think where you guys are let down is your fringe (squad players) Djourou, Diaby, Arshavin and Chamakh are consistently poor….I cant remember the last time Walcott impressed me, think it was Chelsea.

Still you guys play great football and I am sure if they gave Ox a few games he would make a huge difference as your wingers are too indirect.

I think you are better than Liverpool and Chelsea so I would be surprised if you dont make top 4

AirzyFC
AirzyFC

we CAN all get along… till february…

TenaciousDee
TenaciousDee

Yes, we ARE better than Liverpool and Chelski but St Totteringham’s Day could be very late this season.

Anon
Anon

Thanks for actually being considerate Jay, it’s strange seeing a Tottenham fan on here and actually spouting sensible things that aren’t supposed to anger Arsenal fans or anything.

But Fulham was totally shit against United. Somehow in 3 consecutive matches, Wolves and Fulham suddenly do really well against us.

Ah but anyway, I’m confident Arsenal will finish ahead of spurs this season 😉

Jekyll
Jekyll

This sort of result has been going on for years and years now. Arsenal dominate against mediocre opposition but drop points. Wenger hasn’t and isn’t addressing the issues. Yes we picked up after the extremely poor start but look at recent recents – they are mediocre. The same old problems persist. The manager persists in not addressing them. I just don’t think it’s in him to do so.

AirzyFC
AirzyFC

I thought walcott was horrible… I think he’s been off for a few weeks now. Despite all the stats, my obvious willingness for him to be amazing and my Gooner blinkers on, I just can’t see him being consistently great. He’s only 22 or whatever, but he still isn’t able to control a ball with any conviction or display any flair of any kind. I don’t know if you can teach these things, but if you can, he hasn’t learnt.

Loving the fact that we all post furiously when things go badly… Does this mean we’re terrible people??