BFG: We need to make our fans proud again

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Per Mertesacker has called on Arsenal to show fight and to ‘go for it’ against Bayern Munich even though they are 5-1 down on aggregate following a torrid first-leg in Germany.

After a wretched run of four defeats in six games that has left the Gunners’ Champions League and Premier League hopes in tatters, the Arsenal captain was openly critical of his side’s lack of fight in recent weeks and called on his teammates to make the fans proud again.

“I think we saw on a lot of occasions that we were absolutely not ready for a fight, and that’s what I want to see tomorrow: that we are up for a fight, to challenge something,” the BFG told press Monday.

“We need to turn it around. That is really the focus, to come back to our strength.

“I think it’s up to us to show a different face. That is really something we are going to demand because we literally blew it away in the second half [at Allianz Arena]. So it’s really down to us now to make the first step to make our fans proud of ourselves again. That is really something that we need the emphasis on.

“I expect a lot from our players performance-wise, that is what we demand. We wanted to be in the Champions League, we are still in there so let’s go for it.

“We played hard last season to get there and now this is our chance to get everyone back [onside]. But it is down to focusing on the next opposition.”

As we all know, Arsenal haven’t made it past the round of 16 since 2009/10 and the chances of us changing that this year are apparently ranked at 1.2%; that’s according to a UEFA study that looked at every single identical scoreline from every competition in European history ahead of second legs.

Only three clubs have managed to recover a four-goal first-leg deficit in UEFA competition.

Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Real Madrid CF 5-1 at home in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup third round, only to lose the return 4-0. Leixoes SC (against FC La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round) and FK Partizan (Queens Park Rangers FC, 1984/85 UEFA Cup second round) overturned 6-2 away losses with 5-0 and 4-0 home victories respectively.

Deportivo La Coruna hold the record for the biggest first-leg deficit overturned in the UEFA Champions League era, recovering from a 4-1 away loss to AC Milan with a 4-0 home win in the 2003/04 quarter-finals.

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David C
David C
3 years ago

“so you’re telling me we have a chance!”

— Jim Carrey’s character from Dumb and Dumber 🙂

JustAGooner
JustAGooner
3 years ago
Reply to  David C

The only pair that lifted the team in the last couple of years was Coqzorla. Even our summer spending of £100m+ could not replace them

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

Anyone think Mert should start instead of Mustafi tomorrow night? Anybody? No? Dust.

Franzsigel
Franzsigel
3 years ago
Reply to  Jack

Sounds like a good idea. Miss the pairing of BFG/Koscielny, and the risk is minimal. So why not?

Sancheezy
Sancheezy
3 years ago
Reply to  Franzsigel

A sensible, calm, experienced and authority CB figure? Yes please.

I love Mustafi but he mustafi learn from Per’s experience.
That was horrible. *grabs coat*

Bertieme
Bertieme
3 years ago
Reply to  Sancheezy

Mustafi has been decent but I am glad to see this thread. Mert and Kos was a good partnership. Mert, who we know can get beaten for pace, adds a lot of positional nous and allows Kos to be aggressive without being caught out.

IamaGoober
3 years ago
Reply to  Bertieme

I think that was Arsene’ biggest mistake in the away leg, when Kos came off injured. He had the BFG on the bench, a guy who speaks German and has played like shit loads of big games at centre half for Arsenal, and knows what its like to play in Germany – oh, and our other centre half is also German….. but instead he opted to play Gabriel; a guy who literally can only speak Portugese, and who is also shit at football. Hilarious.

Granit(e) hard!
Granit(e) hard!
3 years ago
Reply to  Bertieme

plus he is a monster for defending set pieces and aerial balls (because of his height and positional nuance) and it wasn’t a coincidence that we have conceded a lot of those since he went away

Arsenal is my life
Arsenal is my life
3 years ago
Reply to  Jack

Play 3 at the back and go for it….

Sancheezy
Sancheezy
3 years ago

Yes!!! Chaka and Coq in the middle but Coquelin’s passing worries me sometimes. I’d have Welbz, Alexis and Theo at the top in a 3-4-3 formation.

A Different George
A Different George
3 years ago
Reply to  Jack

Before his injury, I thought Per spoke pretty fluent English. Still does, but I think he has been taking accent lessons from Bellerin.

32 goon
32 goon
3 years ago

Per should be the Arsenal boss. At least he has the nerves to shout at Ozil when he needs to. Imagine what he would say to other players after an abject performance?

At least I know he won’t be saying “I didn’t see it”.

Franzsigel
Franzsigel
3 years ago
Reply to  32 goon

Would love to see the BFG as a part of the future coaching staff. We should defintely look to Bayern where there of lot’s of legends and former players in different positions around the club.

Wouldn’t mind Overmars and Bergkamp either. We need keep our brainier players after they retire…

Steakfordinner
Steakfordinner
3 years ago

I love you Per, I really do. None of this season has been your fault. But please…enough with this make the fans proud bullshit. Make yourselves proud first, and then worry about everyone else. Nobody is in the mood to hear this right now (even though I know you were only answering a question).

kinghenrythe14th
kinghenrythe14th
3 years ago

Now where have I heard this before..?

Hutch
Hutch
3 years ago

I’m watching tomorrow’s game regardless of what’s going on internally in the club.

As long as the players make an effort, that’s all that matters to me.

We've done it again
We've done it again
3 years ago

So that’s 3 – 1 to Bayern then

Tom Gun
Tom Gun
3 years ago

Wouldn’t it be far more Arsenal to win 3-0 and agonisingly miss out? Who remembers Milan? 4-0 down after the first away leg and we play brilliantly with nothing to lose and the skunk had a golden chance to make it 4 but tried to be too clever with a delicate chip instead of putting his foot through it.

Gunman
3 years ago

That’s optimistic at best.

If the the players aren’t up for it (the most likely scenario judging by recent weeks) this will get very ugly.

Brace yourself!!

Runzac
Runzac
3 years ago

We´re making all the headlines for all the wrong reasons. That´s what you get when you dont show up in matches.

Greg
Greg
3 years ago

Yes. More lessons learnt. What we need to do……

Cue another abject performance and a 3 or 4 nil defeat

santori
santori
3 years ago

But we keep saying this trite over and over.

Not expecting anything from CL.

If we don’t get humiliated again, I’ll be satisfied.

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
3 years ago
Reply to  santori

You are a changing man Santori.

badaab
badaab
3 years ago

It’s time for the bfg to make the dressing room care again.
I won’t be tuning in tomorrow due to work, but haven’t watched more than ten minutes of a match since the bayern game- I don’t need anything else negative right now.

José P
José P
3 years ago

We really needed those stats didn’t we?

Santori
Santori
3 years ago

just don finish below spurs which we are in grave danger of now.

Arsesupport
Arsesupport
3 years ago

So many stories,so many lies, the only thing I believe is what I see and i see a team in really poor form that has completely lost its way. It doesn’t matter what any of the players say before a game, we’ve heard it all, it means nothing now. It’s the players actions on the pitch that counts, go out there and make a difference stop depressing the fans and stop feeding the media. I’m not expecting miracles but turning up and giving it everything and leaving it all on the pitch should be a minimum. Coyg

soffen
soffen
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsesupport

“I’m not expecting miracles but turning up and giving it everything and leaving it all on the pitch should be a minimum. ”

Thats an contradiction

Hi-brid
Hi-brid
3 years ago

Are we gonna go for it tomorrow night like we went for it at Anfield? Cos I don’t think I wanna see that. http://news.arseblog.com/2017/03/arsenal-set-to-go-for-it-at-anfield-as-wenger-looks-to-change-away-record/

Santori
Santori
3 years ago
Reply to  Hi-brid

The trick now is not to expect anything.

Santori
Santori
3 years ago

Regarding the “Board”/American Owner…I struggle to think what exactly you want them to do beyond firing Arsene Wenger which will make some fans feel better (short term at least) without thinking of wider ramifications. Firstly – I’m not sure I’d like the owner (who is not a footballing man) to weigh in on matters football. He sould take care of keeping things financially healthy which is what he is doing. Secondly – If you were the board, the last thing you’d want to do before the end of the season has worked its way though is destabilise the ship further… Read more »

Futsboller
Futsboller
3 years ago
Reply to  Santori

The fans want blood, mate, and the mob shall rule; it’s over. Lock the doors and turn out the lights, and wait for the proverbial storm to pass. This shit is going to get biblical …

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider
3 years ago

Pre match presser: “let’s go for it, play our game, come out and play at high pace”.

Post match presser: “we started slowly, couldn’t find our rhythm, didn’t play as a team”.

It’s almost as though we’ve seen the movie before.

Only excuse remains for whichever player is on Denilson/Djourou/Walcott bullshit meaningless platitudes duty post match to reprise John Belushi’s desperate rant to Carrie Fisher in Blues Brothers : “a friend came in from out of town….there was an earthquake….,,IT WASNT MY FAAAUULLTT”.

Shank
3 years ago

We are the butt of all the jokes rite now. Its great, I fucking love it……….. Last nite on MOTD, we were just having a barrel of fucking laughs about the Arsenal, such fun for everyone. Then its time for Goal of the Fucking month……Hazard waltzing thro the pathetic Arsenal rearguard……..at one stage during the clip where Eden( a relatively small chap) is bypassing his fourth Arsenal “challenge”, Coq sort of bounces off his legs and does a kind of twirl before he hits the deck, the like of which you wouldnt see on Strictly come Fucking Dancing. Oh its… Read more »

FREDDO
FREDDO
3 years ago

Mertersacker is basically being paid these days to be a backup and use his authority to keep his team-mates in line. So I guess the Sanchez blow-up is a big fail, I’m afraid.

Godfrey Twatschloch
Godfrey Twatschloch
3 years ago

Make Arsenal Great Again!

SadArsenalFan
SadArsenalFan
3 years ago

Arsenal fan for 24 years. Never felt this sick and let down before by the club players and the manager.

We are a mess, hope things change. 6th looks like our best shot this season.