Luck and Decisions Desert Arsenal

Another defeat and its doom and gloom from all circles.  Every time we concede a goal, there is an inquisition as to our ability to defend. If we look a little bit closer we can see that luck has deserted us and we have a tendency to self-destruct.

Game one against Newcastle saw both Gervinho and Song pick up three match bans which affected us for the next three games. Against Liverpool, the game was heading for 0-0 when Frimpong got sent-off and Liverpool capitalised with a goal that should have been flagged for offside.  The Manchester United game was an nightmare which we have all forgotten.  Against Blackburn, a game that we dominated, we lost due to two own goals and an offside goal.  Moving on to the Tottenham game, a match that Spurs fans were rubbing the hands with glee, looking forward to a 4 or 5 goal hammering, Arsenal controlled the game but fell behind to a handball goal from van der Vaart.  We lost through a wonder goal from Walker, a goal that he will never score again.

This is the difference between a good start and a poor start to the season.  If the officials had spotted the offside and handball, we could be sitting with a completely different picture now.

Our luck has run out with injuries.  Out of 6 centre-backs, five are injured, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Djourou, Squillaci and Miguel, no other team in the league can suffer the same fate and carry on and still look solid.  Yes I say solid, because our weakness yesterday was with Sagna not tracking back, Song and Mertesacker played well.  Having announced that Wilshere will be out until February, we can now add Sagna to that list of long-term.

It is not all down to bad officially and poor luck, but success hinges on decisions being correct, it makes such a difference.

The media love to hit Arsenal at all times.  Look at last week’s Champions League matches.  Manchester United throw away a two goal lead and snatch a draw at the end and United are lauded for resilience! Chelsea lose a lead in the last minutes and nothing is said. Arsenal win a game, yet the emphasis is on the chances created by Olympiakos!

Arsenal are for a rough ride this season, even when we win the media will find a story to hit us with, look at last weekend, we beat Bolton 3-0, the headlines?  Van Persie will leave Arsenal for Manchester City!

Things have not been great, but we have the resolve to fight back and challenge for a Champions League spot, that I am certain.  Wenger will bring in two or three players in January, that is a guarantee, and we will kick on in the second half of the season.

 

 

Posted on October 3, 2011, in Arsenal, Arsenal News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. right on !

  2. INSTEAD OF BRINGING PLAYERS IN,IN JANUARY WHY DIDN’T YOU BRING PLAYERS IN,IN
    AUGUST,THE BEST PLAYER ON THE FIELD YESTERDAY WAS,PARKER YOU COULD
    HAVE HAD HIM FOR ABOUT 6,000,000,CROUCH FOR ABOUT THE SAME,BARTON FOR
    NEXT TO NOTHING,YOU JUST HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE WENGER,DO US ALL A FAVOUR
    AND PISS OFF,THERE ARE FAR BETTER MANAGERS AROUND THAN YOU WENGER,
    AND BRITISH,”NO MORE FROGS” “WENGER OUT”.

  3. It wasn’t a wonder-goal at all. It was a good shot that swerved and deceived Szczesny. It was savable, so he will be disappointed, but he saved us a number of times in the match prior to that, and wasn’t a horrendous mistake really.
    I don’t blame the ref for not seeing the VDV handball. You can call it bad luck by all means, but I can’t blame them for not seeing it. I had no idea until seeing the replay. You can blame the ref for not giving him a 2nd booking, because I’d be very surprised if he didn’t book one of our players for doing the same thing. It’s not a rule that many agree with, but it’s there and if you are unwilling to stick to the rules, you shouldn’t be a referee.
    That said, it is true that the media and refs have been against us for a long time. Imo it is because the media are so against us that the refs act the way they do. They are under no pressure to give big decisions in our favour. Against newcastle last season, did anyone think that the ref would be in trouble for giving those penalties, at least one of which was completely ridiculous, or that unbelievable freekick that led to the equaliser, or for the fact that nolan did exactly the same thing as diaby and didn’t get sent off?! The ref knew he was safe because it was arsenal.
    The recent history of this is very clear. Eduardo dives, and all of a sudden they want uefa to change the rules and retrospectively ban him, when the next week gerrard and many others are diving around, and they say nothing. Utd won the title last year really because of all the red cards they avoided and dodgy goals they scored/saved, whereas we were constantly on the wrong end of bad decisions. I think about 1/4 of the goals we let in were penalties, a good deal of which were very dodgy, whereas we were denied penalties and legitimate goals on numerous occasions.
    I didn’t think we had a great side last year, but we were the best side, and were beaten only by officials. This year we have a worse side, and it’s hurting us a lot more. If we don’t start to make a fuss about the refereeing, as other big clubs do over relatively minor issues, then we will be in serious trouble.

  4. couldn’t agree with more, luck have really deserted us. But lets look to d future with hope we really need our injured players back. GUNNER FOREVER

  5. American Gooner

    Steve is a racist idiot who obviously couldn’t spot a good football manager if Brian Glanville led him to one by the hand. And seriously, Crouch? Barton? Wow.

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