Wigan Athletic Vs Arsenal FC | Sun,18th April, 13:30 | SS1

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by Nutsy, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Anzac

    Anzac Active Member

    How many f*cking contract renewalls have we got left in the current team? Wasn't there more than a dozen plus completed this season?

    Also I'm wondering if the criteria re our kitty needing to cover BOTH transfer fee AND wages holds true any longer since we've made the move?
  2. 1970*Gooner

    1970*Gooner Member

    Amen to that....
  3. marco

    marco New Member Trusted

    well said - please add almunia to that list.+ silvestre.
  4. ricky1985

    ricky1985 Active Member Elite

    It's obvious to me. Playing Robin was a gamble, he's been out for 5 months, played 25 minutes on Wednesday and was as tight as as drum afterwards, and so 2-0 up away at Wigan, it's not a risk you take unless you really have to.

    Van Persie or no van Persie, it's completely irrelevant - Wigan were one of the poorest teams I've seen Arsenal face in a long time, and we should have been able to put Pat Rice on and still beat them. We didn't win because we played without any intensity, and we got exactly what we deserved.

    There's no point splitting hairs over substitutions or tactical variations, the root cause was a lack of effort, and that's all that really matters.
  5. Anzac

    Anzac Active Member

    Just seen the highlights show - 50% possession & Wigan had more shots on goal & more corners - for a team that supposedly plays possession football = WTF??????
  6. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry & Miserable

    The root cause was a lack of effort but also a severe dearth of intelligent players/movement in midfield and attack.
  7. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry & Miserable

    I can't remember the last time we've dominated a game possession-wise. At least we used to have possession against teams even if we weren't creating many chances, but now we can't do either. Let alone defend anything.
  8. M+D

    M+D New Member Trusted

    Sp**s, less than a week ago. Ring any bells?
  9. Accomplished

    Accomplished New Member

    :lol: win.
  10. Bossa

    Bossa New Member

    Anyone else got mad at Wenger when he brang on Eboué and Merida. It pisses me off when Wenger brings on Eboue no matter what. And I dont understand why the **** he brought on Merida. He wanted to bring them on at 2-0 but when Wigan scored he should have subbed on Vela and RVP imo. Bringing Eboué on never changes anything. And when he brought on RVP in the 90th minute. I felt like breaking the TV.
  11. sabret00the

    sabret00the New Member Trusted

    :lol: Didn't we have around 70% possession for most of this game?!
  12. Accomplished

    Accomplished New Member

    pretty much.

    But, y'know, don't let that cloud your judgement, after all, according to QTW, this club is "rotten to the core", and even if we signed 6 world class players, we'd still be crap. :wink:
  13. otfgoon

    otfgoon New Member

  14. caldeltatrojan

    caldeltatrojan New Member

    I haven't been on here to write since the NLD as it has been too painful but yesterday took the cake. It was like a gut shot that was made all the worse by the early morning kick off here and the general sh*ttiness of the opponent. It was a lackadaisical performance throughout, but the players who were interested in playing like Theo, Bendtner, and Eastmond (who fought bravely and acquitted himself well) got us in position to win. Even Silvestre scored! Had a laugh at that one.

    I have to say, my thoughts are summed up perfectly by Arseblogger, but I have to put my thoughts on Diaby down. I hated Diaby until his purple patch this year. I thought he was lazy, uncommitted, mentally unprepared, and careless. He was not a player I would pick for Arsenal. Around the time AW started playing him in CM rather than wing forward, he put in some stunning performances of dynamic drive and great technical ability. His dribbling was mesmerizing and he had seemed to cut out his passenger tendencies. Well, yesterday Abou Diaby was the one who cost us the game. His mental vacation when he was responsible for covering the miserable hoofer that was in the penalty box for the first goal was the epitome of unprofessional. It washes away any of the good for me because it shows that he hasn't put his worst tendencies behind him and this kind of lapse eclipses any fancy dribbling run or goal (not to mention that none of these performances I can remember came against a team with equal or better technical ability than Arsenal). His attitude is unprofessional and he allowed Wigan a foothold in a game they had no business in, even at home and against a severely weakened Arsenal side. I hope he is done here. I can't deal with watching him anymore.
  15. caldeltatrojan

    caldeltatrojan New Member

    Great points. I totally agree. The subs he chose were baffling.
  16. fabo

    fabo 6.51 / 10

    What made you think Bendtner was interested yesterday?
  17. sabret00the

    sabret00the New Member Trusted

    To be fair, him bringing on Eboue for Sagna has helped us a lot.
  18. caldeltatrojan

    caldeltatrojan New Member

    Maybe it was his pass to Theo for the goal. He still drives me nuts coming deep for the ball when we need him to be the tip of the spear in the attack. But maybe the pass caused me to overlook an otherwise dire performance. I'd take another look, but I never want to see that game again.
  19. Bossa

    Bossa New Member

    Bendtner is criticised too harsh. His goals and assists rate has been superb since he came back. You cant really judge a striker on the rest. I only judge them on their goals and assists. I dont care about the rest because a striker should not bother about the rest. Its in the nature of the striker.

    29(8 as a sub)games, 12 goals and 8 assists is great.
  20. caldeltatrojan

    caldeltatrojan New Member

    I tend to agree with you, but I think his time spent in midfield is worth criticizing because it takes him away from the spot on the field where his skills are best utilized- top of the box to the goalmouth.

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