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A few thoughts on the Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal league match

November 25, 2012

I really don’t like 5.30 kick-offs and why is it when Arsenal are ESPN they always seem to be away?

Arsenal had not lost at Villa Park since a 3-2 defeat in 98, when a Parachutist crashed into the stand with Arsenal 2-0 up. The second half was delayed and when the teams come back Villa pressed and won 3-2.

I was fully expecting a win today yet Arsenal are pretty up and down this season and liable to just not turn up at matches. The weather was not good as it poured right through the match.

Having scored seventeen goals in our last six game, I suppose the laws of average would come into play. Villa like most teams in the premiership are able to get a result against anyone on their day. However thrashed by City last week and losing a 2-0 lead in their last home game to Man Utd you’d think AFC would have too much for them.

Arsenal from  ; Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gervinho.

So no Theo, Jack, Sagna all dropped to bench. The tiredness ploy no doubt after Spurs and Marseille matches.

Arsenal kicked off, lost possession and this was how the rest of the game panned out. Arsenal like to pass, pass, pass, but when that passing game is not working, it looks shocking.

I really can’t be asked to make a full report of a game that was so poor nothing happened, so just a few notes below.

The first thing to get either set of fans going was on 19 mins when Villa Park started a round applause, in support Stiliyan Petrov. Arsenal away fans showed class by joining in.

I never thought I would see such an insipid performance again this season from Arsenal after the shocking display at Norwich. However the first half of this match was every bit as bad.  No efforts of note. None of the players looked like they really could give a damn and rather than trying to make things happen seemed to be just waiting for something to happen. The only real chance for Arsenal fell to Koscielny who put the ball over the bar from Giroud’s cross when it would have seemed easier to score.

HT 0-0

Cazorla had an early shot that went over. Holman had a cracking shot that was pushed onto the bar by Szczesny, but not much else worth reporting. Two teams that could not keep the ball for any length of time and the weather was not helping, but can’t be used as an excuse. Driving rain, slippery pitch and yet no one wanted to take a pop hard and low at the goal. It was just two teams happily playing out a 0-0 draw and happy to get back into the dressing for a nice warm bath.

The best display of the day once again came form the travelling Arsenal fans who always keep up the singing and get behind the team. I never heard the “You don’t know what you’re doing” chant, but you pay your pay your money your entitled to make your feeling known.

Two clean sheets on the bounce is good and the defence apart from backing off to let Holman shoot pretty much was in control, that bodes well.

I though Koscielny, Cazorla, Giroud who worked his socks off and this might cause a bit of a stir Ramsey played well. MOTM by a long chalk the BFG. You just can’t beat teams with only half the team playing.

Some strange substitutions which I am told brought about the “You don’t know what you’re doing” chants.

Gervinho came on and did NOTHING. I don’t like picking out players for criticism but if anyone can tell me what he offers, save from the opposition being happy that they are now playing ten men, please write down on the back of a postage stamp. I’m actually looking forward to him going to the ANC.

FT 0-0

Overall a poor match and two dropped points for me.

I saw the press conference with Arsene Wenger and I thought it was well out-of-order.

Arsene Interview

It does look as if Arsene is an easy target and to be fair he does not help himself at times, but the media would never interview SAF like they do Arsene Wenger, though he has a different track record.  Also the media have got their darling back now with ‘Arry joining QPR.

Bad day at the office – maybe a few too many but shit happens and now onto Everton away and that will be tough.

Cheers

@harlowgooner

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