Arsenal Left Four-lorn After Looney Toon Comeback

Newcastle United 4 – 4 Arsenal

0 – 1 Walcott (1)
0 – 2 Djourou (3)
0 – 3 van Persie (10)
0 – 4 van Persie (26)
1 – 4 Barton (68 pen)
2 – 4 Best (75)
3 – 4 Barton (82 pen)
4 – 4 Tiote (87)

Diaby sent off (50)

Having dominated the opening fifty minutes, Arsenal capitulated in the final forty minutes, undone by a combinaton of attacking reticence due to diminished numbers and refereeing decisions that left Jack Wilshere enraged enough to comment on Twitter. That the tragedy was not of Shakespearian proportions is largely due to Wolves surprising win over Manchester United, the gap at the top reduced to four points.

Yet it is still a case of two points thrown away. And that should never have happened.

The start was the brightest that could have been wished for. Newcastle barely had time to get within a breath of the ball before forty seconds of keep ball from kick-off had ended with Walcott being released by Arshavin, sprinting past Coloccini and beating Harper with consumate ease.

It got better. Djourou’s run of games without scoring was in danger of becoming Jensen-esque, instead it remains at Clichy levels. Arshavin was once more the provider, delivering an inch perfect set piece, Djourou rises majestically to power home an unstoppable header.

Five minutes later the good start became excellent. Walcott found himself unchallenged and took advantage of the Newcastle laxness, racing into the area and calmly squaring for Robin van Persie to add a third, his first of the afternoon.

Arsenal were picking their hosts off at will, reducing Newcastle to long, hopeful punts into the area in the hope that a flailing boot might connect. They did not and in the meantime, Arshavin, Fabregas and van Persie all had decent opportunities.

An excellent start became almost uptopian when Sagna’s cross took a slight deflection to find Robin van Persie, the Dutchman’s salmon-like leap ensuring that the cross received the devastating finish it deserved. His hat-trick was denied only by an outstanding save from Steve Harper and a lacklustre finish by himself.

The second half had barely started before it descended into calamity. Djourou succumbed to a knee injury, the extent of which is not yet known, rendering criticism of Wenger not signing a centre back premature to say the least. Matters became worse when the red mists fell on Abou Diaby, sent off for manhandling Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.

There can be no complaint about the decision to dismiss Diaby, raising hands on the pitch more often than not leads to a three match suspension. Nolan and Barton can consider themselves lucky to have finished the match. The former had no reason to push Diaby, little more to put Szczesny into a headlock later on. This second incident should have resulted in a minimum of a yellow card. There was no reason to do so; the ball is not live once more until Arsenal kick off and running back to the centre circle does not make that happen quicker. Instead Szczesny entered the referee’s notebook.

Back to Diaby. It is hard not to feel sympathy for him in that his career has been marked by bad injuries and Barton’s tackle was reckless at best, the Newcastle midfielder unable to control his follow through. It was worthy of a yellow card but received none.

With the loss of Djourou, this incident became game-changing. Squillaci had barely been able to settle when a solid form of protection disappeared. Here I think Arsène made a mistake; the introduction of Ebouè might have given more tenacity to midfield, rather than waiting twenty five minutes before that happened.

Whilst Newcastle sought to impose their numerical advantage, Arsenal failed to capitalise on their greatest strength; passing. The ten men failed to retain possession in sufficient quantity time-wise to take the sting from the game.

With a quarter of the game remaining Newcastle came back into the game. Koscielny had hold of Best and then tackled from behind, failed to win the ball and Dowd pointed to the spot. Barton scored coolly although his fascist hairstyle and moustache makes him less savoury than before.

It was the spark that Newcastle needed. Best reduced the deficit further from close range. The game was swinging further out of Arsenal’s control, reaching farcical levels with the award of Newcastle’s second penalty. It is hard to see how Dowd could have awarded the spot kick, his view of the aerial tussle between Koscielny, Rosicky and Williamson. Neither could the Assistant which renders Dowd as incompetent at best.

Barton beat Szczesny once more although this time marginally, the Pole’s leg unable to stop the shot. He was beaten minutes later by Tiofte with a super strike from twenty yards. Instead of being a consolation, it was a hammer blow to Arsenal.

Immediately after the match, Arsène observed that he was concerned about the psychological damage this draw might have. There is that element to work on, ten v eleven is standard training fare for the players but he needs to look at the attack happy side he left on the pitch at that time. Gibbs and Ebouè could have given more protection to the defence, that course of action natural in that scenario.

This morning has seen Squillaci blamed by all and sundry yet he had no part in any of the goals being conceded. It is perverse to blame him; the loss of Diaby had more impact and importantly, conceding possession too readily was punished with goals.

More damaging though was some perverse refereeing decisions. The second penalty will never be accepted yet the worst Dowd will suffer is a week’s relegation to the Championship before being promoted once more to inflict his incompetence. There was a lack of consistency in his decision making that is symptomatic of recent decisions.

Ironically Arsenal benefitted from the incompetence as Newcastle had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside, TV showing Rosicky played everyone onside.

There are issues to be looked at by the manager and his staff but the internationals stop that happening. Positives are the first half, as rampaging as has ever been seen by Arsenal. More of that and none of the second half will see a title delivered. But lessons have to be learned.

’til Tomorrow.

284 thoughts on “Arsenal Left Four-lorn After Looney Toon Comeback

  1. Block, we were on a magnificent run prior to the game against Newcastle. To say that we keep on dropping stupid points is not too insightful when you consider how the current first 11 has been playing. Why can’t you and your ilk accept the fact that we were done in by a shitty referee instead of bringing up past arguments that just don’t hold any water at present?

  2. Di Matteo sacked as manager!!! Warren Barton’s response? “Only Roy Hodgson can go in there now” Where does this guy get off!! I mean an attack-minded team and your first choice is Woy o’ da Wovers!! Ar’ you ‘avin a larf?

  3. Block – For a team that is always dropping points and needs to sign a CB NOW, how come we are the only undefeated team in the EPL this year?

  4. @duke
    that if people think Squillachi is not good enough for the team and thus want Wenger to sign someone in this window so we dont have to be reliant on him when injuris strike. Then its impossible to do that in the January window withouth splashing alot of cash.

    People want a ready replacement for JD a player with proven pedigree of playing on the highest level. It does not excist unless you pay silly money like Chelsea in the january window. that is what im on about.

    on a different topic. this must be the pundits wet dream weekend. both liverpool and united win! Can they be more happy? with king kenny and sir Alex as the managers. can it be any better?

  5. Consolsbob – I have to go mate so can you keep tabs on the “howards” please, thank you sir and a good day to all!! oh yea, how funny was it seeing $60million getting subbed off after little more than an hour? Torres MEH!!!

  6. @ Block4
    If you want to show that we keep on dropping silly points, do a table of how many games we have lost or drawn from a winning or drawing position, and compare it with the performance of other teams in the league. That would be better evidence.
    ManUre have just dropped silly points against Wolves. And they went 2-0 up against Aston Villa and were eventually held to a draw. Man City went 2-1 up agaisnt Birmingham and then drew. It doesn’t just happen to us.
    Big picture = we’re doing well.

  7. now both Tottenham, United and Arsenal got huge defensive problems. Liverpools defence aint all that and chelsea is leaking as a sive even WITH Luiz. Wow the big teams are all having a rough ride in defence this year. Only City is still holding on.

  8. @Irish
    according to Jeorge Bird Ramsey wasn’t included in the squad registered with FIFA so he won’t be eligible to play.

    I find it weird that Arsenal fans are so hard to please.

  9. poodle i have not said Squil is shite, i dont want a replacemnet just saying he should have brought someone in for when we get an injury which we now have. the fact is Wenger CHOSE not to bring someone in he never said he couldnt find anyone did he, so that leads me to believe there were defenders out there.

  10. Thanks for the link irishgray – Miayachi looks like a promising prospect.

    So that’s what £75m gets you? Good job I’m not a betting person or I would have lost my stake on that 0 – 0 but 1 nil to the hub cap stealers is even better. chelski will need all the points they can get to ensure they stay in the CL spots, so there will be no slacking off against manure!

  11. lol they did indeed loose! im so angry about Dowd i forgot. muahaha united lost. thanks for re enlightening me! 🙂

  12. @ dukegoonem
    the fact is Wenger CHOSE not to bring someone in he never said he couldnt find anyone did he, so that leads me to believe there were defenders out there.

    Actually he did say he couldn’t find anyone. He said he had been offered many defenders, none of whom “clicked”. He also said he would try until the last minute. It’s all in his interviews or press conferences on Nobody whom he liked was offered. So rather than sign somebody he did not really rate, he chose to sign no-one. Makes sense to me.

  13. The £25m pound Brazilain novice lost on his home debut. Good on Mike Ashley for getting £35m for an England u-21 player.

  14. Of course Warren Barton doesn’t see anything wrong with Joey Barton’s tackle. And according to tht 2 bit hack Kyle Martino Arsenal lack a leader in the Vieira,Adams mould. Memo to Barton and Martino, getting the ball has nothing to do with the whether the tackle is good or not. The law has no provision for winning the ball but rather for dangerous play. And players like bould adams come along once a generation.

  15. Goonzablazin…

    Serious questions. 1) Have you ever broken a leg? 2) If you have can you imagine being in that sort of pain and also KNOWING that it was caused by some else’s recklessness? 3) Can you imagine the same thing happening time and again to you? Now factor in the fact that the referee did nothing either in the Sunderland case or the Bolton case… and now remember that the referee also did nothing in this case too! And you want Daiby to get up and walk away as a matter of course?

    The problem here isn’t with Diaby IMHO but with fans who are all too eager to blame the players who play for them oand accuse them of mental weakness and a lack of fortitude. I’m sorry but that is a load of cobblers (please excuse my language) Our team has shown remarkable mental fortitude… extraordinary mental fortitude even. Who believed that Arsenal would be major challengers for trophies this season apart from Wenger and his players? Did you?? who thought that Fabianski would become the keeper he became.. Did you? who rated Djourou as a CB before the season started… did you? How many of us believed that we’d be into the 25th game of the season without Vermaelen and still be in with a shout? Would have belived it? This team was written off before a ball was kicked and after the loss to Spurs we were supposed to be finished again… and now? After the loss to United the blogosphere was awash with doom laden predictions of how a rejuvenated Chelsea (No one remembers their second half performance against spurs now) was going to tear us to shreds with a returning Lampard yaddy yadda… and what happened?

    You see some people just take on whatever the media spouts and repeats it… because Wenger looks like a professor and is polite and charming with the media the macho tossers consider him a coward and the more moronic of our fans buy into the same narrative… when the fact is that Wenger is as tough and courageous as they come… For those who talk of bottle and mental fortitude you know how much bottle and mental fortitude it took for Wenger to be aware that Tapie and Marseille were buying matches and referees and still perserve and win?

    I’m sorry but |I really have no time for people who pocket the great and amazing things that this team, even now ,have achieved while bleating for more… Diaby reacted like a human being… go and look at the tackle. The only selfishness I see is a fan who is down on Diaby when he or she should be outraged at Dowd ‘sperformance. 4-0 or not Diaby given his history of injuries has every right to expect protection from a match referee. That that protection wasn’t there for him is IMHO an outrage.

  16. so if Jd is out for the season and we have 2 cb’s where is the sense in that. fukin all gunner be on edge now everytime one of em so much as get near another player now. are you not worried at all about us only having 2 cb’s then with al these games coming up?

  17. FG, you might as well save your breath – DG has made his mind up despite the facts and there is no changing it. I still blame the negative nellies who wished for an injury to one of our CB’s, just so Wenger would be shown up for the stingy miser he is. And why not? It’s about as logical as blaming Denilson or Squillaci for everything that goes wrong for us.

  18. @ dukegoonem

    If JD’s out for the season, we have two specialist CBs and Song, plus we will get the odd game out of Vermaelen. We might even give Miquel some minutes against Leyton Orient. Hand on heart, would you be less on edge if Wenger had signed Silvestre mark II, and he was lining up against Barca?

  19. My post seems to have disappeared – here’s the gist of it:

    @ dukegoonem
    Yes, I am a bit worried, but I accept that there was nothing that could be done about it in January. Would you want Silvestre mark II just to have someone? Would you get behind him? I doubt it. We start out with four CBs in order to cover injuries. That is the normal number to have. We can also call on Song and possibly Miquel. At least we know what Song can do.

  20. joshua nice posting ( 5th i think )
    any ideas on how to get even with dowd. i’m stuck on glock 19.

  21. Good post Joshua. You and OG have made me paranoid now. But like Bobs been saying for weeks now, we’re on our own. Screw them. They can’t keep cheating the way they have past 2 weeks. So fingers crossed for the next few games.

    There has been no reports of Djourou out for the rest of the season. You’re on one of your moaning days. Just because doomers don’t show up doesn’t mean you have to take their place.

  22. Anyone saying Diaby was “silly” or should not have reacted is frankly retarted.

    The guy is JUST NOW coming back from an injury after being assulated by Paul Robinson – and no the ref didnt send Robinson off. Before that he has had basically 2 lost years after being savaged off the pitch by a deliberate leg breaker tackle from a Sunderland player who was nothing but a thug

    And now Joey barton, another professional thug, comes in to deliberately break his standing leg (watch the tackle replay and see how Diaby’s leg actually BUCKLES under the impact from Barton) and somehow you expect this guy to be a saint and walk away.

    You people are crazy – why dont YOU go out there let Barton attempt to cripple you, the THIRD such attempt in a short career, and then see if you turn in to Jesus Christ or Ghandi and turn the other cheek.

    Absolultely insane. Only in England is this sort of garbage tolerated. In any other top league in the world Diaby would never have had time to retaliate because the whistle would have gone off and Barton would have been off the field witha straight red card.

    Only in England is the VICTIM blamed.

  23. By the way, all of you Ghandi’s should go and google the video of when Diaby got savaged and Sunderland a couple years ago. I am still haunted by the scream of sheer pain he made.

    And then come back and tell me you can expect this guy to have Barton attempt to do him in, see the ref ignore it – and do NOTHING to protect himself.

    Frankly I think Barton is lucky. Had I been Diaby, I wouldnt have thrown him down – I would have rearranged his teeth. Nothing less.

  24. @ssa a shame DIaby just did not punch him in the face. He would have getten redcarded anyway and it would have made people think twice before doing it again. After all nobody wants to be punched in the face.

  25. Fungooner @3.40pm

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll make sure to check Untold Arsenal and see if I can find the article.

    Thanks Ateeb. You are too kind.

    Dowd isn’t worth any Arsenal fan sullying their hands. Let him go and screw himself.

    Enjoy whatever is left of the weekend everyone. PTBAG

  26. I believe Arsenal will still win the league, and when we do be prepared to hear the following “Arsenal won the league because the league wasn’t strong this year”.

  27. All this centre back stuff is just conjecture right now.

    For all we know JD may have been pogo-ing all over his house to The Clash this afternoon.

    Let`s wait for any news & take it from there

    btw – nice touch of class from Aaron today

  28. Firstlady

    Inconsistent refereing needs to stop.its killing the game.if Diaby goes..whats the difference between that and Nolan on our keeper!?? joke.’

  29. Firstlady He just stated that inconsistent refereeing is making things very difficult for the players, in so many words. Nothing that bad that I can see and as mild a criticism as you could get give the depths of incompetence to which Dowd sank in that game.

  30. Block4, again you are comparing apples and oranges in the matches you have named, for they were not the same at all.

    The team didnt drop points, the points were ripped out of our hands by a biased ref. We were not at our best in the second but the officiating was a big part of that and the subsequent outcome.

    Joe, what is familiar about this team is winning.

  31. excellent..
    pool take points from the chavs
    just what we needed…love it…
    anybody any news on JD yet??

  32. not sure if dowds incompotence is the issue. for me he had every intention of swinging the game as soon as it became possible to do so. Paranoid ? Always.

  33. apparently..and this is probably a load of bullshit…but ive just read an article that interpol are investigating yesterdays match and phil dowd is under investigation…as well as ROSICKY!!!!!!!!!!!…
    its originally come from a french news source and they say serious money had changed hands during the game…
    ole gunner did state this morning that the bookies slashed the odds on a newcastle come back at half time due to the money being banged on??????
    surely not????

  34. JJ

    It’s not Rosicky but spread betting and the drift towards Arsenal after he came on. Dunno, not really following it as (a) the French site hasn’t claimed any sources and (b) it isn’t directly involving either TR7 or Dowd.


  35. JonJon dont do this. here the sun will be up in an hour. i haven’t had proper sleep for 2 nights now.

  36. yw
    i wouldnt at all be suprised if it was just dowd…
    but im not having rosicky being named as well…its gotta be bullshit…
    il be devoed if this snowballs and the truth is really out there…
    not rosicky..not one of our own..
    we see it all the time in cricket and stuff…il never love the game of footy in the same way if one of our own is involved…

  37. trevor i promise you im not lying
    i hope the articles are lying though
    not about dowd interpol can fuck him sideways for all i care i just dont want an arsenal boy involved

  38. On the subject of media bias, can you imagine the uproar if fabregas had used his hands to try to score an important goal like Scholes did?

    Where is the condemnation at such non-English sporting behaviour?

  39. The POTD was actually made by a very eloquent Arsenal supporter in the very last comment of Alan Green’s talk show on 5 Live today.

    One or two xenophobes had called in to say that they thought that Arsene Wenger should be banned for stating that Moyes had ‘pretended’ that Cesc made a comment in the tunnel. Suggesting that Moyes had pretended or lied.

    Our intrepid Arsenal fan simply pointed out that if AW used the word ‘pretend’ it was probably becuase he is French. ‘prétend’ in French means ‘he claims’ from the root verb ‘prétendre’ ‘…to claim. Arsene did not state that Moyes was making it up,he stated that Moyes ‘claimed’ that Cesc made the comment. Which of course is true.

    Green’s comment….’oh thank you for that excellent comment…sorry I failed French O level after four attempts’.

    Here we have it in a nutshell. The resentment of Arsene Wenger in the football establishment is in fact based on misunderstanding and also resentment or even fear of intelligence. They don’t understand him. Therefore they are suspicious of him.

    Fucking neanderthals.

  40. I should say that I have always felt deeply sorry for Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. Always had a raw deal from the brighter people. In football we simply see history repeating itself. Arsenal is in the vanguard of a sea change. These poor brainless people are being usurped….and there is not a thing they can do about it.

    By the end of the weekend Arsenal will be within a point of the big Mancs and still potentially four points in front of the little Mancs. The events of yesterday have blinded people to the fact that Arsenal have just moved a step closer to winning the EPL.

  41. but moyes did lie…
    he had different versions
    first it was cesc shouting and swearing to the ref in the tunnel stealing old ladies bus money and taking kiddies sweets
    then it was cesc was insulting his players and calling them naughty names
    then it was cesc was calm and telling the 4th official he had a nice lump in his shorts and was it money or was he just pleased to see him
    ffs you twat make your mind up…
    but it didnt matter in the end did it the fa believed him and sent mr fixit out to offiate our next match

  42. Frank | February 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm |

    I’m just pleased that there are so many contenders Frank! People are slowly starting to twig that there is something rotten at the heart of the EPL. I just hope it leads to a closing of ranks behind our boys rather than the usual blaming of the victim. This season is far from over, so we need to keep our nerve and push the boys over the finishing line.

  43. Although I have no proof of anything, but the PL is the most suspicious league of all.
    With the amount of money going in and out of the game and the massive betting industry that goes with it, it’s no wonder the FA and others fiercely protect it and don’t allow any criticism. Where is the freedom of speech? Or is it selectively used? Why can’t we criticize referees, after all they make very suspicious decisions and it’s obvious to every one.

    Another proof the football nation is a rouge nation with tyrants and dictators in charge. How long Sewage Pladder has been in charge and why? You mean to tell me there is no one else better than him?

    I’m beginning to lose interest in the competitions, but not in Arsenal. Regardless of the results, our team still plays the most beautiful football in the world and worth every penny and minute you spend watching it.

    So again,
    Fuck the FA, Fuck the Referees, and Fuck the Media.

  44. I DON’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK ABOUT WHAT STUPID POINTS MAN UTD AND CHELSEA DROP!!!!!!! Why can’t people get that through their heads?? An rebuttal to my point that it has to stop is not “Oh, but look at Man Utd and Chelsea”. I am concentrating on my team and the fact is that this tendency to switch off and give up games that are easily being won is all too apparent too often. Let all the other teams in the division drop points, brilliant, but I want Arsenal to be the best, which currently, according to the league table, we’re not.

  45. colney blog, I’m amazed that being English trumps being an Arsenal player in this case! It would be nice if it resulted in fair officiating of our games, but I guess that is too much to hope for!

  46. No Jon Jon, that wasn’t what I said this morning. Just that there was a rumour on Twitter which I read yesterday lunchtime (BEFORE KICK OFF) saying that Arsenal’s odds of beating Newcastle were lengthened from 1.9 to 1.7 which could be indicative of a lot of money moving late.

    Usually when a lot of money moves on an outcome it’s indicative of some new info. An injury to a key player, adverse weather, anything.

    In this case it wasn’t clear what had led to the late movement of money betting against Arsenal winning.


  47. Paul N. That clip on the site of Rio Ferdinand doing a karate kick is hilarious. I can almost imagine Sagna thinking, wtf is this guy gunna do! the video sums up Man U’s favorite style of play. which just happens to be karate infused illegal-ness.

  48. Joshua-

    you taken my questioning of Diaby’s reaction and stretched it into quite a series of accusations. Not sure why you would assume so much about someone’s fanhood based on one observation but that’s your problem moreso than mine. And your assertion that I am somehow spouting the conventional wisdom of the sports media is laughable considering that I live in the US and pay no attention at all to British football punditry.

    I’m not unsympathetic to Diaby’s unfortunate series of injuries. But he is a highly paid professional athlete. Part of being a professional is understanding that how you react to situations can affect the outcome of a match. Watch the sequence at the end of the first half when Barton upends Arshavin. Diaby immediately goes after Barton and puts a ridiculous late tackle on him well after Barton had passed the ball, injuring himself in the process. He’s lucky he didn’t see at least a yellow, but Dowd was letting pretty much everything go at that point. The play that provoked this had nothing to do with him, he appears to be retaliating for the tackle on Arshavin. It’s at 47:42 if you have Arsenal TV Online. I subscribe to it, do you?

    So given what happened right before the break, how could Diaby not be aware of the possibility that Barton might come after him and be a little more mentally prepared? I’m not unsympathetic to his injury history, but he’s a professional footballer in England FFS. If he doesn’t know what that means and thinks he can clatter into Barton and not have to face the consequences, he’s an idiot and should be playing in a more benign league. I’m sorry if this seems insensitive, but what’s the alternative, excuse him for getting sent off whenever someone puts a bad tackle on him because he’s had his leg broken? Even after he’s put a reducer on the same guy not 20 minutes earlier? His sending off was stupid and it cost us 2 points. If I was managing this club I’d have serious reservations about playing the guy again.

  49. Rosicky couldn’t possibly be involved. With all the will in the world he couldn’t know he was going to be brought on.

    i mistakenly took the ‘lunchtime’ comment as ‘halftime’
    you dont have to explain anything to me mate ive been a compulsive gambler since i was a teenager i know how it works…speaking of which the birmingham liverpool away double as well as a few la liga games squeezed in on a tasty little accumulator earned me a nice 75 in the ol sky today
    lenghtened and shortened odds are something you see on the gee gees in the main…dont usually happen in football before the match, mainly during the game from in play betting…the gee gees are easier to predict cos they are rigged and if an outsiders odds are slashed in the hours building upto a race its worth a cheeky punt cos it normally means the owners know something we dont and the money plows in, the bookies cant stop the race so they shorten the odds to reduce the payout
    this dont really happen in footy….once a team is 9-2 it stays 9-2 until the first goal goes in…then it will drift or come in depending on who scored…

  51. we said the same about george…. 🙁
    unfortunatley it happens but i cant see it to be honest its a load of bullshit…
    if the news of the world would have reported i would have been worried 🙂
    but until then i’ll go with colneys comment that its some dude having a laugh

  52. Maybe Rosicky is been suspected for earlier matches? Dowd has ruined more than this match this year so if they in investigate it’s based on more than yesterday just yesterday was so obvious. It’s all over the Internet now but I think they all quote the same source some french page called. Football 365 wire or something

  53. It is all a load of rubbish about Rosicky.

    Was thinking, if we all feel bad about the 4-4 with Newcastle think how bad Down feels. All that hard work getting it to 4-4 and the mancs throw it away by losing. 🙂

  54. just think tho dups..
    if it is true and it dont involve rosciky and interpol go after dowd it would be piss funny…

  55. In other news: Ramsey got an assist in the game between Cardiff and Swansea as he set up the winner for Craig Bellamy.

  56. joshua- some fantastic comments and posts. You stopped short of saying that at least some of the match officials are racist. I will say it for you, yes they are rabidly racist. English media is even worse. It makes me puke to see all this nonsense about Kick the racism out campaigns. Yes, a typical English fan is not as racist as it was when I arrived in this country 20 years ago. FA and the match officials are still caught in the time warp. Sadly, it has not allowed the English game to develop the way rest of the world has. It is also killing EPL slowly but surely it will strangle the inflow of all the talented foreigners who have made it the best league in the world.

  57. Bill has shown how much of a cunt he is once again I see. The fact that you could even bring up the word defense after that farce of a game shows just how dastardly are. Fuck off already you Moaninho loving cunt.

  58. To be up, by 4 goals with just 26 mins gone, and still not win, is a dreadful indictment of this team’s inability to finish off an opponent.

    I always used to be nervous, about keeping a lead, even when Arsenal were 2-0 up (eg. West Ham – away, Spurs – home, Wigan away… Now I don’t think we (and by this I mean the players and the fans), can be confident even with a 3-0 lead, that the team will be pulled back.

    I think Diaby was rash to retaliate, but if you watch that tackle, you can see that if he had been standing on that foot, when Barton recklessly hit him, he would have had it broken. No wonder he reacted badly, (what with his history of injuries). Also I can’t see how Nolan’s reaction to Szechney’s timewasting did not warrant a red card. What was more violent about Diaby’s reaction?

    The referee and linesman were both incompetent with a number of decisions. I also think that van Persie’s offside at the end, was wrong, as he was virtually parallel, and should have been given the advantage, as we originally the FIFA dictate, on close offside decisions.

    One very important issue, has still not been resolved, and was patently obvious, when watching the match. Our defence are absolutely useless at competing in the air. Newcastle won virtually every aerial dual. We really should have bought someone like Chris Samba, and we have appeared to have loaned out all our remaining centre-backs. This lack of an imposing centre-back could lose us the title.

    I don’t think I have ever been so depressed by an Arsenal result.

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