Report: Arsenal 0-1 Swansea

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Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Wilshere, Rosicky, Walcott

Arsenal’s long unbeaten run came to an end as a late winner provided Swansea with a 1-0 win at the Emirates this evening.

Arsene Wenger named an unchanged line-up for the 5th consecutive game, meaning Aaron Ramsey had recovered well enough from his Hull kicking to retain his place on the right.

The Welshman has been in great form and created the first chance of the game in the 4th minute, clipping a nice cross to Olivier Giroud whose header flew just over the bar. At the other end David Ospina had to be alert to stop a shot heading towards his near post, and alert to head away when a long ball almost put Nathan Dyer through on goal.

A Mesut Ozil free kick hit Per Mertesacker after Giroud had been fouled, before the Frenchman lost the ball deep in his own half allowing Shelvey a sight of goal before he was closed down by determined Arsenal defenders.

Swansea were well organised, sitting deep to deny Arsenal space resulting in lots of red and white passes but not much in the way of clear cut chances. It was the epitome of football stalemate, with the visitors content to waste time as much as possible.

There wasn’t much in the way of attacking threat from either team, especially Arsenal who had the lion’s share of possession. John-Jo Shelvey picked up a belated yellow card for a foul on Alexis, and some nice work from Arsene Wenger’s side saw a Cazorla shot blocked in the area,.

Giroud’s 43rd minute effort curled wide but it stood out simply because he had a go, and Aaron Ramsey almost found himself on the end of a looping ball over the top before former teammate Lukasz Fabianski came out to claim the ball. Just before the break, the dangerous looking Montero fired a shot wide, but it remained scoreless at the whistle.

There were no changes to either side as the second period began, and the game settled into much the same pattern with plenty of Arsenal possession – although there was some carelessness to our passing at times.

There was, however, a good opening when Ozil found Giroud and his flick saw Alexis with a sight of goal. His shot from a tight angle hit the side netting with a deflection off the defender but no corner was given.

The game felt a bit more open and Olivier Giroud saw an effort saved by Fabianski after he was set up by Ozil, followed by another shot into the side-netting, this time from Ramsey and it was just outside the post.

The former Arsenal keeper just about held onto a Cazorla shot with Alexis poised to pounce on the rebound, before Arsene Wenger made his first change introducing Jack Wilshere for Francis Coquelin in the 67th minute. It meant Wilshere playing from the right with Ramsey in a more central role, and that was followed by another change with Theo Walcott replacing Giroud in the 69th minute.

Arsenal looked to ramp up the pressure. Cazorla saw a shot deflect wide, Walcott couldn’t quite get enough of a touch on a low Bellerin cross, and Nacho Monreal’s fantastic run was found by an equally fantastic Alexis pass but under pressure his shot was saved.

Ramsey had a pop from distance but again Fabianski was equal to it, before the two best chances of the game fell within seconds. Ramsey clipped the ball into the box, it fell for Alexis but he hit his shot straight at Fabianski, and the rebound came out to Walcott who did exactly the same when he should have scored. The Pole then saved from Cazorla as he looked to have one of those games visiting keepers often do.

Then, wouldn’t you know it, Swansea scored. A Montero cross from the right was headed towards goal by the Swansea striker, Ospina looked to have saved it but replays showed it was behind the line. 0-1.

Arsenal tried to turn the screw in the final few minutes but found Fabianski as safe as houses, in truth though, we never really did anything that was too difficult for him.

So, the unbeaten run comes to a disappointing end and it means we have to picks ourselves back up ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

How did we fuck that up?!

Shere Willpower
Shere Willpower

Because we got our substitutions wrong!

Ger
Ger

Does Wenger still think that Walcott is a CF?

Specterace
Specterace

If he still has two eyes to see this game with, the answer should be obvious…

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Yes, approaching the Golden Showers stage of his career.

MPLS
MPLS

If we insist on pointlessly pointing fingers, Alexis had by far the most possessions in scoring positions, and played the whole match.

This trash about Walcott is ridiculous when you consider how many Alexis ran straight into a turnover or passed to nobody vs the number of times anyone got anything to Theo.

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

And shooting, mentality, approach… It felt like a ‘turn up and turn them over’ performance rather than the players remembering our form was based on hard work.

Maniac
Maniac

Hate to say it, but Walcott is currently just a waste of space. Can’t hold up the ball, doesn’t make any runs, no aerial presence or strength, doesn’t get in front or behind defenders and generally doesn’t seem to offer anything. I feel that today was more of a move by Wenger for him to sign a new contract rather than for him to make any real impact in the match. Terrible choice to bring Giroud off, especially as we were getting into the flow of things.

prvhc
prvhc

People are slagging off Walcott,but what did Giroud do for an hour?His purple patch is now in the rear view mirror,and he’s again starting to disappear in games.Also Wenger needs to stop this Walcott-striker bullshit everytime he’s contract starts winding down.

Specterace
Specterace

When Giroud “dissappears” in games, he at least puts forth 100 times the effort Walcott does when Walcott’s “trying hard”. He also offers at least 10 times the threat Walcott does, if for nothing other than his aerial ability and his ability/willingness to get involved in the play with the other attackers.

Walcott offers none of the latter qualities. Hasn’t offered them since Day One at Arsenal. And something tells me he never will.

prvhc
prvhc

You misunderstood me,I think Walcott should be out this summer.But Giroud isn’t good enough either.Finishing needs to be improved throughout the team.

shanthDK
shanthDK

Almost forgot the feeling of what it feels like to loose a game. How much we could have used a certain Oxlade tonight..

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

walcott the 2o min sub is suddenly cause for all our problems. morons

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Not the cause, but neither is he the solution.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

have a go at giroud coz neither is he.

Specterace
Specterace

Given that our attack pretty much had nothing at the end of it (which was Walcott’s MAIN purpose for being in this game, if nothing else), I’d say yes, the dude is a BIG cause as to why Arsenal lost tonight.

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

Where do you get that from?
Nobody said he is the cause of all our problems.
But he does seem to be an impact sub with zero impact.

prvhc
prvhc

He did not bring himself on,nor did he talk of playing as a striker.It was Wenger.So your ire is misdirected.

Nasri's missing chinbone
Nasri's missing chinbone

I don’t think that was the reason. Wenger actually changed it with 2 subs that we were crying out for in the first half, pretty early on in the second. (Admittedly we couldn’t bring on Walcott on the right where he would have been more effective as that would have left bellerin exposed to montero).

Apart from Swansea channelling their inner Chelsea, I actually think you have to say hats off to Gary monk tonight. Came with a game plan, executed it perfectly, his players worked their socks off for him and were very disciplined and they got the 3 points.

There’s no denying we were unlucky, but we had the chances to win the game. Just fired them straight at a keeper determined to play well against us.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Swansea had a game plan, but it was largely a failure outside of the result. They allowed a crazy number of shots from amazing scoring positions. I wouldn’t say the game plan saved them. More like our charity. We shot pretty much straight at Fabianski for 90 minutes.

Dreamer
Dreamer

when will wenger understand the Ramsey is not a winger and has no idea how to stretch the back line. Then he thinks if we move Ramsey inside and put a left footer on the right wing will solve the issue. He should have put Walcott on the wing and left Giroud on the pitch. This just proves that Wenger does not know how to change the team in the middle of the match. Ozil was very lazy again and Alexis had one of his worse games in an Arsenal shirt. Just goes to show how badly we need at least another world class striker because once Giroud has an off day then we never look like scoring. i would have replace Ramsey with Walcott onthe right wing and replaced Ozil will Wilshere and moved Santi into the number 10 roll. Also this is would be the starting line i would like to see at OT this Sunday/

Bravefart
Bravefart

You watched a different game? Ozil worked his socks off.

kxfield
kxfield

When they are so deep that there is no space to run behind them, why bring on Walcott.
Giroud wasn’t having a great game but would have stood a better chance of putting away the opportunities that fell to Walcott. Why take Coquelin off, might not have got the ball through for their goal, if he had still been on. What does Rosicky have to do to get a chance, I would have put him on and given Ramsey a breather. He would have made more impact than Theo in those particular circumstances.

Bigdeal
Bigdeal

Gary Monk pulled a smart one on us.
Park a bus,wait for the break and we played right into his hands by pulling out Coquelin and Giroud
Replacing Dyer with that dreadlock guy was the killer move.

kevin
kevin

See the reply above, the game plan was, result aside, a failure as if any of our forwards had their shooting boots on it would have been 4-5 nil. Ramsey, Alexis, Walcott and OG all missed sitters. You can’t say it’s good management to give away those chances.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Undone by Garry Mourinho and the Fabianski Challenge. How many times did we hit the goalkeeper? What hi-jinks.

Indian_Gooner
Indian_Gooner

We seem to create chances that Giroud would usually put away as soon as Giroud is taken off. 🙁

bims lay
bims lay

Terribly terribly dissapointed…for me, the substitutions weakened the team…..prior to that, we looked rock solid…..walcott who is not confident yet came on and weakened our attacking prowess…..and cocquelin who has this knack, as all good DMs of being at the right at place at the right time defensively, was taking off, and this wekened our defence, so when both of them was substituted. we just didnt look the same any more!
We know that wenger is an attack minded coach, so he did what we all know he would do in such situations…….when it works, he is genius…..when it dosent?……we can all be critical

Still, it was a goal against the run of play and eventually, and we all know the unbeaten run will have to eventually come to an end, its just that i would have preferred losing the run to a much closer top club rival rather than swansea, but it is what it is!

My take on all these? its painful, but i will have to live with it…….the premier league season is already gone anyway, and we are already qualified for champion league football, so we are only fretting over what position in the league we will end up in and the implications…. we’ve lost and lost anyway and no point stressing, we now have to forget about this, pick ourselves up and hopefully pick up at least point from manU match, and that should be ok…….COYG!!!

Ghostbusters 3: Almost But Not Quite
Ghostbusters 3: Almost But Not Quite

If you agree that 0-0 is a better result, I think I know how.

For all the talk about our impotent attack and wenger’s substitutions, the lead up to their goal had the one moment where I truly thought ”WTF was that?!”. For the cross from the right (before the assist), both Koscielny and Monreal ran to the ball, nearly bumping into each other, remember? That one second gave me a sickening sense of nostalgia , of seasons past such mistakes from us were punished regularly.

I’m not blaming either of the players individually, but for that moment did we need any defensive support from our midfielders? I think not. Just a bit of miscommunication that received punishment beyond proportion. I don’t think it was the only mistake, or even the biggest, leading up to the goal. But it certainly was for me, our only reminder of seasons long gone, when players I trusted less than those we have now, with unerring regularity, made us go ”WTF was that?!”.

Smoking Cheddar
Smoking Cheddar

Ospina: And I would’ve got away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling refs!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Or if you hadn’t dived behind the goal line.

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

I will be livid if we end up finishing fourth again!

A Yank
A Yank

It’s like it’s written in the stars. Fuck me.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I think if we win the last two games we get third.

I made a comment last week that people were being presumptuous, saying we were going to get 2nd. I got a load of down-votes and no ups. Couldn’t understand why.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

because we think positive. its our job…as wenger would say

I don't comment here often
I don't comment here often

Well you’ve made up for it like gangbusters.

EuripidesMac
EuripidesMac

Finishing third will be a disappointment. We just can’t drop anymore points. City might only get 3 or 4 of their last 6 possible points. Seems like we really weren’t as hungry for 2nd place as I thought. What a let down. This can’t be a choke year. We started off poorly, we have to keep up the good form. Let’s go boys!!! COYG!

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

3rd will not be a disappointment. It, like 2nd, means we don’t play that CL qualifier in the summer. Honestly, that’s all I care about. That high-pressure game in the summer totally fucks up preparation and transfer plans.

Chaplin35
Chaplin35

Well, keep your fingers crossed Swans play like this against City too and take all 3 points, then it’s no harm done really…

Maniac
Maniac

Well that was just like our loss to Manchester United all over again. Completely controlling the game but putting ball after ball straight at the keeper. Absolutely dreadful.

Iceman
Iceman

Utterly gobsmacked. I really felt that as a team we had turned a corner but this defeat shows there is still a long way to go. I expected us to turn up like the Hull game but we started so slowly. We played right into Swansea’s hands. I ve really had enough of shit players scoring winners against us and opposition keepers playing out of their skins. And what a cruel twist of fate that we would be defeated by a goal keeping error when our former keeper is playing a worldy for the team. Next up long ball van gaal and his bunch of lucky cunts. If God forbid they finish above us…

Vivek
Vivek

This season we seemed to have a definite game plan going into the so-called ‘big’ games, but if we are to challenge for the title next year, I feel that we also need a gameplan against the 4S’s.. Swansea, Southampton, Stoke (away) and, like it or not, Sp*rs. They always seem to get something from us.

Mike
Mike

I wouldn’t say the totts ‘ always ‘ get something from us .
We beat the bastards three times last season

Bumpy Bear
Bumpy Bear

We are going to end up even further behind 1st place this season than last. Last season we we’re 7 points behind the title winners end of season, atm we are a massive 14 points behind the winners with 2 games to go, currently doubling the distance up to the top.

And then there is talk of a quiet summer window because the manager is satisfied with the team he got. Meanwhile United are looking to spend bazillions of pounds, and we know Mourinho will spend because that is what he does. In the last decade no other manager has spent more money than Mourinho. City will be massively dissapointed with this season and will undoubtedly splash the cash.

Iso i will be very dissapointed if we end up just holding on to what we got when we know the current team is not strong enough to win the league. Even with the new signings on board we managed to lose ground in the title race simply because Chelsea strenghtened better and smarter. When you end up 14 points off the mark you clearly have room for improvement if you want to win the title.

The current Chelsea squad easily had us beat this season, and unless we improve the team I dont see what will be different next season. We will improve and get better you say, But so will they. It is not like all the clubs around us will remain still while we are the only club who grow and improve.

Both Chelsea and United actually have improved more than us since last season seeing as United is breathing down our neck this season while last season they finished 7th and Chelsea have so far improved their lead on us by 10 points compared to last season, so they are pulling away while United is coming like a freight train from behind and is on the cusp of overtaking us again.

We have however overtaken Liverpool again as was expected and we have gained ground on City atleast. But the main goal is still winning the league again at last, so the thing that is important is How we are advancing in regards to that particular goal, and on that particular front we have actually lost ground unfortunately. I would like to see some big names sold and some even bigger names brought in. For example sell Wilshere and Walcott and bring in Pogba and Reus for example.

Some big changes that really ruffles the feathers of our squad and shows that no one is beyond replacing. Wenger allways said he was open to replacing any player aslong as he thought he could improve on what he got. But we have not seen that side of Wenger in action so far unfortunately. Could also clear out Flamini, Diaby and perhaps Rosicky allthough I still rate him highly because of his drive which make him seem unstoppable kind of. He got this confidence when he runs forth with the ball like nothing can stop me which is refreshing to watch. However if he is no longer in the managers plans then we might aswell offload him aswell.

Bleurgh
Bleurgh

Ballsack.

Remember the invincibles
Remember the invincibles

Wenger being ‘out-tacticed’ by Gary Monk . Gary Monk in, Wenger out. Lolz.

TTT
TTT

that’s why we won’t win the league without 1-2 big signings
striker and right winger
+a cover for Coquelin

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

And a keeper. Ospina will make saves expected of him but won’t win you points

TTT
TTT

true

Surrey Gooner
Surrey Gooner

I think you’ll find that’s 3 signings!

Mike
Mike

Sell szesney, theo, flamini, podolski, Campbell

Get Reus , Cech, hummels and schneiderlin .

Jon done 🙂

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

You know nothing, Jon Done.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Helluva poet, but I don’t see how he’ll help us progress.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

We need to work on our finishing. We should have scored about 4 or 5 clear-cut chances in the box. esp the two that fell to Santi and Theo respectively. Wasteful. Pissed off. We need a different type of goal scorer, but as i’ve said before, I really don’t know who’s available.

Forfuckssake
Forfuckssake

Bad substitutions. No way Coquelin should of gone off and theo should of been employed wide where he is dangerous to supply Girroud

Wenger's Glasses
Wenger's Glasses

Really really bad substitutions. Took out the wrong players.

So frustrating. Ugh. 🙁

Vonnie
Vonnie

This is the second time Arsene’s made subs like this. Last time we got away with it but you could see this one coming. Is it coincidence that every time Arsenal.com start going on about vigorous training our players come out looking completely knackered before they start? And what the hell is going on with Rosicky, he would have been a much better bet than Walcott.

Lettra
Lettra

I must be the only one who ddint have any issues with the subs (when they were initially made).. taking Coq out for Jack was the very correct move .. One can argue about taking of O.G especially in hindsight . but he wasnt very effective and in the second half Swansea crept up a bit but we didn’t have enough pace to counterstrike .. Enter Walcott .. Who did fuck all bu didn’t really get any proper chances.

Specterace
Specterace

Walcott DID have a “proper chance” (more than one, really, but at LEAST this one indisputably). He had the type of chance that is meat and potatoes to any center-forward’s goal tally. A chance that just about any striker worth more than a grain of salt would be burying in the back of the net, on that rebound.

And he did fuck-all with it. Just like he did with everything else tonight, and every night since he’s come back.

MPLS
MPLS

What did Alexis do with his chances?

TR7 > CR7
TR7 > CR7

Fuck off. They had one chance. Lucky pricks.

And only 4 minutes of injury time? Go fuck yourself. Why do the officials always reward time-wasting. Cunts.

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

That’s 6 points dropped against Swansea this season, I wouldn’t call it luck. They made all the right subs, and when their chance came, they took it.

Vonnie
Vonnie

The ref was pathetic, but we had nine shots straight at Fabianski. We had over 20 shots and all the ones on target went straight at the goalkeeper. They weren’t lucky, they knew exactly what Arsene would do, and as soon as he took of Le Coq and Ollie they brought on a guy who took advantage of the one chance they got. He didn’t shoot straight at our goalkeeper, he hit it hard and put it in the bottom corner. As soon as Arsene made his subs I was afraid the game was lost, you could see it coming. If we were more clinical in front of goal we would have won that easily, and that’s not about Ollie, it’s about our whole front line.

Danish_goon
Danish_goon

Disappointing finishing. And let’s be honest – theo just isn’t the answer as striker right now. We really missed the physical aspect in the end if the game.
Shouldn’t have been 0-0 in the 80th minute anyway…

Gunnergetuptogetdown
Gunnergetuptogetdown

Ayo, I’m tired of using technology…

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

What the hell does that song title even mean?

Die Hard Gunner
Die Hard Gunner

Holy Shit!

Arsebandit
Arsebandit

Those who think Giroud or Walcot are the WC Forwards that can take us places are misguided

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

Another forgettable crap season. So much from finishing on a high note.

Crouch End Gooner
Crouch End Gooner

‘Crap season’, lol, so spoilt.

chippy's chip
chippy's chip

If we win the FA cup the season will finish in a high note i reckon.

ryan
ryan

Can’t blame ospina really. We should have put them to bed with the chances we created before then. Not clinical enough today and far too slow to get going. That’s definitely something we need to change before man u.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

That doesn’t excuse him from doing his job – I would guess that the opposition’s goalkeeper would’ve saved that one, for example (well, actually, if he’d been playing for us, probably not).

Agree with the other points though.

Charvakan
Charvakan

Monreal did not do enough to challenge for that cross–Kos either. Walcott should have been back to shut down the guy who retrieved the overhit cross and put it back in. Ospina can’t cover the entire goal on a free header off a free cross.

Wilshere was a good substitute; we didn’t need Coquelin at that point. Taking Giroud off for Walcott was just stupid. We had several gilt-edged opportunities and kicked them straight at the keeper. The corners were poor, free kicks worse. The problem wasn’t effort; we hustled and harried and retrieved the ball again and again. It was a lapse of concentration at key moments. Otherwise, it would have been an easy 2-0 win.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Exactly. How many of our corners came in at chest height to the near post? How many times did we pass the bal to the opposition? How many shots were straight at Fabianski? Spunk just watched Mourinho bore everyone to death the other week and pressed repeat. Didn’t attack the ball until it came into their half so compressed the game into a small area. And with no width we were forced to play through a ridiculously busy central area. Problem is, having seen this, more managers will look to play this depressing anti football so Wenger needs to find a way to combat it.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I don’t even know what to complain about after that. The only thing I can come up with is the substitutions didn’t make sense – Wilshere was ineffective and Walcott had no chance. Why not just put Walcott on out wide instead, or is that too obvious?

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

I was dearly hoping that when Kos made that bombing run from defence into their penalty area that he was going to one-two the ball off some other player and totally Tony Adams it into the net on the volley …

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Snatched and fucking Grabbed…With the same fucking goal that won with last time.

bims lay
bims lay

lol…..yep!, and thats what really hurts….fucking swansea?….raiding us twice?

Spooner
Spooner

Not usually one to bash players, but what on earth was Walcott doing? The guy received a cross into the 6 yard area, and instead of turning to shoot, he ran away from the goal! Pretty shocking considering he wants to be known as a central striker!

neutral
neutral

He was completely surrounded, what he was doing was not wasting possession. Pretty disappointed in Walcott’s tame shot at the keeper- but not when he turned away from goal

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

Correct. Swansea had bodies around him. Walcotts chances were perfecty placed for Giroud but he was off the pitch. …wenger mistake.

Walcott is no CF despite his head telling him otherwise. The buck stops with Wenger for playing him there.

oldmanskateclub
oldmanskateclub

Why did Wenger take Giroud off? Walcott is not the type of striker who can play up top on his own. I mean I know why, perhaps he thought it would give the midfield more space if the Swansea defence dropped off to cope with Walcott’s pace and maybe it did, and then there’s the impending contract saga, but I mean really why?! We needed a proper striker there. Surely Giroud would have finished one of those umpteen inviting crosses that came in from the left. I’ve been missing Walcott, because I like seeming him in that wing/forward, but that game with that defence can’t have been the right one to deploy him as an only striker.

There goes 2nd place. I was really hoping that this year was going to be the first time for a decade where we’d finish second.

Rant over.

WizardofOzil
WizardofOzil

The cruel irony of wanting more technology implemented in the game..

That was the exact same fucking goal he scored against us at their ground too, as soon as I saw that cross go in I was sure it was a goal, actually fist-pumped because I thought we’d gotten away with it.

Goooooner
Goooooner

Agent Fabianski forgot his mission.

bims lay
bims lay

well, lets hope he fucking remembers it next week against city………..more of the same please!!

2 bullets in the chamber
2 bullets in the chamber

Another chance squandered for Walcott to make his mark. As I said before, Wenger is giving him chances, but its taking way too long to have a place in a team trying to finish second

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

We should never have taken out Giroud, our attack becomes too one dimensional with no one to aim for in the box.

If we are having title aspirations next season we need to do something about situations like these as a lot of teams are going to sit back and wait for us to break them down and hope to nick a goal somehow. This has happened a lot in the past and we need to avoid this in future.

And my week is ruined.

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

After taking Giroud off, BAM! We get a fuckload of corners with no obvious target in the box, and we start crossing like crazy from open play. Strange, considering how Walcott tends to hide behind defenders.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

On the hindsight, had that double chance fallen to Giroud he probably would’ve scored. Haven’t seen him miss sitters like those recently.
But again we’ll never know.

BC Tatta
BC Tatta

As much as it pains me to say this, I think this game typifies why we’ll go very close to the title next season but won’t win it. Our style is fairly easy to defend against as long you block off all passing lanes and our inability to finish off the chances that we do create always comes back to haunt us.

As much as I love Giroud, what we need for games like these is mobility up front. Welbeck would have been a good option but he’s just not clinical enough and does not have enough of an all round game to oust Giroud. A mobile striker would drag the defense around to create space rather be try and work up combinations to play through such a defensive shape.

Hopefully lessons are learned from this game and we do not let 2nd place slip away. COYG!

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Bollocks. Well played Fabianski – genuine modesty in the post-match interview too. Fair play to the lad. Repeat performance by Swansea against Man City on Sunday please…

kaius
kaius

Well said. Let’s just say well-played and accept defeat as graciously as we did all those victories. Leave the sniping to fans of less classy clubs.

We didn’t cross the ball well enough, several big chances went wide or were saved, our two full-backs were caught out by accurate passing for the goal. Yes Gomis is turd but he can head a ball and that’s all a team needs if we don’t put our chances away. With the run we’ve been on we’ve earned the right to not be stressed by one bad result so… let’s not get stressed by one bad result!

indiegooner
indiegooner

Hopes for second place finish have truly gone now. We should play for a draw next week and try to secure third place atleast.

oldmanskateclub
oldmanskateclub

In a more level headed analysis, sometimes you just get games like that. We had so many clear chances to score and failed to take any of them. Wenger would be entitled to think that we’d put at least one of them in the back of the net.

Zenithreptile
Zenithreptile

At least there’ll be some things on talk about on the arsecast tomorrow.

Dick Law
Dick Law

this is why we don’t win the league..68% possession…what’s the point…

Possession
Possession

Wenger is not that happy with Giroud obviously. The vibes were there following the Monaco debacle. Ollie is good ,but not good enough to be our number one striker. Nor is Walcott so the cheque will be out in July.

Coq-Block
Coq-Block

We had you today, didnt we? But did we need you? NO, FUCKING NO!!! :'(

realseriousgooner
realseriousgooner

Thumb down all you want want but lets face it: Theo sucks at this point. When was the last meaningful impact he had on a game. Every match he makes an appearance its, well Walcott really should have scores there. You’re not a striker Theo. Accept it or be gone.
So frustrating to watch these types of games. Its like we are incapable of a finish above third.

Gooner from Pretoria(Cap city)
Gooner from Pretoria(Cap city)

That escalated quickly…clearly taking coq and the HFB off so early cost us, Swanseas game plan worked and fair play to them…Anyone else realized that we offloaded the wrong Pole keeper..Fabianski was man of the match of what swansea made boring…

Wenger out
Wenger out

Oh no! we are complete shit again after being so fantastic for a while.

MPLS
MPLS

I sorrowfully find the humor in this.

Slo
Slo

Take coq off when gomis is still on the bench? Quality.

Walcott is a winger and should stay a winger, far more productive.

Overall, just a big streak of shit smeared over the hard work for the last few months!

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Positive reaction to the game:

Swansea had 1 chance all game and scored..We missed loads of chances and the decision making around the box was awful..No one played badly we were completely unlucky..We have been in great form, sometimes this happens in football. It just wasn’t our day today..

Negative reaction to the game:

Alot of slow and useless build up..Mostly because Giroud has been wank for a couple of games now. Combinations around the box not coming off and players getting in each others way..Ozil was probably the pick of the bunch..Cazorla has superb technique striking the ball until it comes to striking at goal. Ramsey seems to have stepped back into his hollywood persona. Sanchez was quite awful today. Hit the ball to lukasz on at least 10 occasions. Walcott wants to be a striker yet seems to show no interest or an outstanding lack of footballing knowledge on how to create space for yourself…Thought Wilshere was hit and miss..A few poor things but he also whipped in a few dangerous balls that any striker with sense would read the situation and be there

No reflection on just this game but his overall progression over the span of TEN YEARS has been pretty underwhelming. Walcott in general is getting on my last nerve i really hope he can turn it around and prove me wrong.

Beat Man shitty at OT and we the best team in the world again.

George Martin
George Martin

Not what I needed going into a geography exam tomorrow.. 🙁

Aedan
Aedan

That Walcott chance feels like the final nail in a £100,000 a week coffin

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

Putting things into perspective:

– 3rd is still pretty much assured since we need a draw and a win against West Brom and Sunderland, even if we lose against Utd.
– We can make 2nd if we win our remaining 3 fixtures, and City at least draw against Swansea or Southampton. Remember both the swans and saints are playing for Europa. On the other hand laws of probability are against us since we already won against Utd at their ground. (Lightning doesn’t strike twice, etc., etc.)
– We can also make 2nd if we win something like 6-0 all our remaining fixtures…

Here’s what I think will probably happen: Arsenal will D/W/W and City will W/W making them 2nd. Deep down I don’t think it’s impossible for Swansea or Southampton to get a result against them, just like I think we can beat Utd again at Old Trafford.

Possession
Possession

Just stop it.

Chuffy
Chuffy

Well that was a load of shit.

We always have a performance like this round the corner don’t we? Fabianski barely had to move for around 10 shots, that’s not good enough. You can see why Thierry Henry and most other pundits can see why we always fall short. We DO need a proper keeper. Ospina has done ok, but he’s never under much pressure, because we seem more solid in the middle of the park. He seems to react quite slowly though, although I partly blame Monreal for not even bothering to jump to challenge Gomis. But hell we need a natural goalscorer to take us forward. Giroud was poor, pretty much marked out of the game and Walcott through the middle is a joke for me. He doesn’t challenge for shit and only runs if there is enough space in behind. Our long range passing tonight was dire. We need a natural striker like a Higuain or a Martinez. This is Wenger’s problem he won’t upgrade on this position.

If we lose to Man U, we could end up finishing 4th again. And my friends is not an improvement on last season. As usual we have had a spell where we’ve been short. This season was the beginning and don’t give me the crap about injured players. Wenger didn’t buy a centre half when he should have and didn’t rotate the rest of the team so injuries were bound to happen.

Tonight you could just put it down to being one of those nights when we could have played another half an hour and we still wouldn’t have had Fabianski move. But this for me is another example of us showing up clueless for games we should be winning. As soon as Giroud came off we kept passing the ball to the flanks, but there was no one in the box to aim at so it just kept going backwards and inside, then back out to the flank, then backwards and inside and then a burst forward, crowded out then cleared.

Guys if we finish 4th again and don’t retain the FA Cup, how do you think the pundits and the Wenger out crowd will say? It’ll give them something to talk about at any rate. Peace.

The Angriest Man on Twitter
The Angriest Man on Twitter

EVERYTHING…IS…SHIT!!!

He's got no hair but we don't care...
He's got no hair but we don't care...

We just cannot break down teams who play that dull and defensive bank of 5 across the midfield.

On the rare occasions where we get an early goal, we’ll turn that team over, if not it’s just painful.

Fin
Fin

That was the most Arsenal performance of all time. 64 touches in the opposition area to their 6 and we lose 1-0. For. Fuck. Sake.

Specterace
Specterace

If that game doesn’t convince people that Theo Walcott has no place or purpose on this team anymore, nothing will.

No tracking back, no pressing, no link-up play with the other attackers, no involvement with the play or movement off the ball, no overall effort, nothing. And to top it all off, he can’t even be bothered to battle defenders to get on the end of a pass, or hit a shot at goal with any power or placement, when it’s easier to score.

Basically, he’s utterly useless at doing anything other than waiting for a ball to come in the box for a tap-in. And unlike other strikers who make/made a good living doing that (like, say, Higuain, or as much as I hate the prick, Van Nistelrooy), the dude has no aerial game, and can’t even shoot all that well when he gets a chance (his effort on that chance on the rebound was one level above abject).

And it’s not like playing him out wide is all that much of an improvement, since the only thing he offers is pure pace. No crossing, no technical ability/ball skills, no reliable ability to take on his man and beat him off the dribble, no passing/interchanging play, nothing.

The only thing he has going for him is his pace. And in a couple of years, he won’t even have that anymore if he keeps picking up those injuries he always seems to get.

If he puts in this kind of effort when he gets called upon, and still wants a guaranteed starting spot and to be on Ozil/Sanchez money, then he’s utterly delusional, and needs to have someone tear him a new one ASAP.

If Liverpool want this guy so bad they’re willing to give us 25-30 million quid for him, I say we bite their hand off and say good riddance. Get someone who can actually offer the team something more, and more quality besides.

Dan
Dan

Couldn’t agree more…he’s been at Arsenal for 10+ years now and you would think that by now he should be doing more, looked completely uninterested when he came on, misses a clear cut chance and doesn’t even react.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

We were unlucky… Fab was Fab… ospina not good enough… Walcott shit… Crazy subs… Not too much damage done… We’ll finish third after beating United on Sunday… We never do it the easy way…

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon

fab was not fab we made him that way not with our kicking the ball straight down his throat.

Chuffy
Chuffy

Not unlucky at all. Incredibly poor finishing was the problem.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I think Fatgooner gets down votes just for being him. His post is actually positive!

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, I guess.

paul
paul

Thank you for a proper comment (and not a negative one) Fats!

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Definitely need a new striker (trouble is there are not many out there) …Was Henry’s comments a few weeks ago that far off.

Giroud looks spent, his game is based around his back to goal play and he works very hard so im not surprised. Hopefully Man city implode for no reason and we can steal Aguero lol.

Back from injury, year out etc, etc…Walcott has failed in every audition since his return to fitness. His performances have been embarrassing.

edzo
edzo

Walcott scored goals when he first came back, three I think, then Wenger benched him to negotiate down Walcott’s salary. When he comes on he gets about 10-15 minutes to play. Not much he can do. Ps. Nobody did anything offensively tonight so why the hatred towards Theo. PPS. Monreal was tackled in the box. We should’ve had a pk.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Walcotts goals and assists (stats/numbers) have always blinded people to the fact that he is actually a pretty shit footballer.

Dan
Dan

You guys can bash me all you want but what’s a keeper to do…he fucking dove for the ball and got there he tried to saved the header and it went in, he did his job!!! Why are we not looking at Mertesacker, Koscielny, and Monreal (I think) that basically didn’t challenge Gomis? or what about our pathetic non-existent front line that didn’t produce anything at all during the first half? or in the second half that everything was just shot directly at Fabianski as if he were still playing for us? Giroud- let’s face it, when the going gets tough he is not a forward that is gonna dig you out. Walcott- the less said about him the better. Ramsey- Am I the only one who thinks that at times he tries to do too much?

gooner4lyfe
gooner4lyfe

Lol please, one defeat & you guys are starting to say “wenger out” “we’re shit” & whatever unnecessary words. The lads played well imo, they just didn’t have a good finishing & thats what AW has to recover in the summer by buying top class player. This second game was way better than our 1st game at their home. Support the lads through thick & thin please. Unending support from a true fans is the 12th player of the team & thats what the team needed from the fans.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

I bet villa will use similar tactics in the final. I hope we learn from the mistakes in this game and show more urgency in passing in the first half.