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A few thoughts on the Arsenal 1-2 Wigan league match

April 17, 2012

Morning Gooners… Well woke up and the morning. I said I woke up this morning  following the night before and it’s Dark, windy and pouring with rain, just like in my heart for Arsenal.

The Nominees for Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award 2011-12: were announced yesterday… My winners in Bold. Scott Parker? Sergio Aguero (Man City), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), David Silva (Man City).

Nominees for Young Player of the Year award: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)

There I was sitting comfortably and ready for Sky Sports HD1… Arsenal v Wigan and it’s Liiiiiiiive!!!!!  

Team is in………… Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Song, Arteta, Walcott, Rosicky, Benayoun, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Squillaci, Gervinho, Gibbs, Chamakh

Arsenal start well for about two mins  with shot from TV5 and then a superb header from Yossi tipped over by the impressive Al Habsi. Corner to Arsenal. The corner comes in and it’s cleared. Arteta holds his hand up, problem. Wigan break and no one is going with them. Wigan win the loose ball, Moses to Gomez who passes to Di Santo, he controls it, the ball hits S13 and up into the air it goes, when it drops there is Di Santo to tap the ball into the net 0-1 Wigan… Bloody Hell…

A couple of minutes later and Szczesny palms Gomez’s first effort, then the Spaniard is first to the ball to make it 0-2 Wigan… Double Bloody hell and only 8 mins gone..

Back come Arsenal and TV5 nods in a powerful header from a good cross after good work from TR7 . Arsenal are pouring forward and totally dominating but just cannot put the ball into the net. Any chances we do make are met by Al Habsi and a well-drilled Wigan defence.

1-2 to Wigan at HT

Arsenal start the second half off brightly and most fo the play was going way towards the Wigan goal, but no real chances being made. The best I suppose for Arsenal fell to Santos who I thought had a good game. After good work from RVP, Santos was there in the area and should have scored but put it wide of the post. The two best chances would again fall to Wigan who could have put the game to bed, but S13 was on hand to keep it 1-2.

Arsenal just ran out ideas and on a day when he was nominated in the POTY awards I thought RVP has one of his worst games of the season. make no mistake Wigan fully deserved their victory. They worked hard and battled all over the park and boy did Niall Quinn let us know it.

The injury to Arteta did not help. I saw a stat that said with Arteta our win rate is 76% and without him 0%. Oh dear.

Hope he is fit for rest of season, but it does not look good. A lot of Arsenal players were poor on the night. Song did not have a good game, Moses gave Sagna the run around. Ramsey was poor. Walcott was invisible and when he is like that you’re playing with 10 men, the most frustrating of players is Theo. TR7 played well but faded. Santos played well and apart from the second Wigan goal S13 did alright. TV5 was solid and scored. I do wish fans woudls top picking on Ramsey. The lad is only young and back from a seriously bad leg break.  Many are just using him as a scapegoat and should look more last night at the senior pro’s in the side.

However, we are still five points clear and have it in our own hands so all to play for… No need I think to be to down about things. No one likes losing, but last night we lost a team playing for survival and each other. Wigan have a very good and likeable manager. defeat is much easier when you lose fair and square and to the better them on the night.

Funny on the way home last night I saw a stat on twitter that said Arsenal have won their last 14 games on Monday night at home. That sent one of those little Oh No moments into my head. You know the ones that football fans get that makes you think the laws of averages is going to upset the apple cart tonight.

So it’s onwards and hopefully upwards to Saturday and Chelsea. Let’s hope they take a bit of a kicking against Barca.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. david joseph permalink
    April 17, 2012 13:00

    Cannot understand how its OK to berate one player but not another. Both Ramsey and Walcott have missed considerable chunks of their careers through injury. Ramsey must no longer be considered an inexperinced pro. He captains his country and has made one hundred senior appearances for Arsenal. By now he should be more influential in the Arsenal team but this season he has been woeful. Sure Theo was dire on Monday night but who wasn’t? The stats for both players so far this season..Ramsey 40 appearances 3 goals and 6 assists. Walcott 43 appearances 11 goals and 13 assists. Dont knock either player but it seems the one player everyone likes to blame for a loss is always Theo.

    • April 17, 2012 13:09

      Not knocking either in the big scheme of things, my thoughts are based on alst nights match and neither played well, nor as you say did a lot of others.

      However, Theo has had 6 years and ramsey just back from serious injury. I am giving Ramsey the benefit of doubt for this season, but would much more improvement next season. Ramsey has all the qualities… I tell youn this, we put him up for sale and clubs would bite our hands off and it will come back to haunt us.

      Theo is a puzzle to me. Last night he was simply awful… No control, no fight, no interest and yet he talks and talks a bloody good game. Theo needs to shut it with the we’re going to do this and that and start letting hsi feet do the talking. However, his stats do stack up, I would NOT get rid of him.

      However those stats you mention, one is for a forward and a player whose job it is to score and assist the other is for a midfield player.


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