Bore draws are killing our season… Eboue is killing his career…

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So another draw, another 2 points dropped and another weekend where we lost ground on Aston Villa. 4th place is beginning to look out of our grasp… Arsenal are failing to do something they’ve never had a problem with… score goals.

Today was probably one of the most disastrous from a luck point of view. We managed to lost Adebayor for 3 weeks when he pulled up with a hamstring injury… Gael Clichy took a very nasty blow to the back of the head… and Emmanuel Eboue managed to get himself sent off for yet another pathetic show of petulance.

Eboue must be one of the luckiest footballers in England. He worms his way into the first team by default almost every week. Regardless of how he plays, Wenger picks him as 1st choice back up…  However, I’m not sure how the coach is going to view his latest piece of indiscipline. Eboue managed to get himself into the book early on after arguing with the ref over a foul conceded… by Sagna. 15 minutes later, Modric dispossessed Eboue… who took exception, fell to the floor… then upended the Croat. The ref took his time… but you knew what was coming… red card.

Arsenal had to play 70 minutes with ten men… the real shame of the sending off was that Eboue was actually playing reasonable well. He was unlucky to have a goal disallowed for a shove… on another day in another ground or if another player had shot… that goal may have been given.

Arsenal defended resolutely for the rest of the game and kept a lot of Spurs talent at bay… but you never really felt we had a goal in us. Robin Van Persie was largely ineffective as was Nik Bendtner… who couldn’t seem to keep the ball under control. There is still a part of me that expects us to go on and win in a  ten man situation… but the pace and quality probably wasn’t there yesterday for any miracles to take place.

So, what can we take from the game? Well… we’re beginning to look a capable defensive unit. We haven’t lost in ten games and we’ve started to learn the art of keeping a clean sheet. I didn’t really think we looked in danger today… considering some of the names on the Spud team sheet… that is quite and achievement.

I thought Alex Song had his best game in an Arsenal shirt… and I don’t just mean by his own standards… I mean by any centre midfielders standards. He cleaned up defensively all afternoon, he maintained concentration and his passing was spot on. I thought he held our midfield together and didn’t really allow Spurs to play. He is what we have till the end of the season… if he can continue to play like that, I wont be too fussed.

Almunia had a top game today, probably one of his most solid games this year. He made some crucial saves and his distribution was pretty sharp. He was there for most of the balls that were whipped into the box as well… a good command of his area today.

I thought Gallas and Toure played ok today. The only clanger I can remember was when Kolo gifted the ball to Modric (I think?)… but thankfully he squandered his chance. Our defence are looking impressive as a unit… it’s a shame they look so average going forward. Clichy and Sagna seem to have gone backwards with their crossing ability… which should be addressed in training by the coach. There really is no excuse in top level football for not being able to hit the ball past the first defender… a regular failing of our full backs.

Our forwards didn’t have the best game, but it’s always hard up front when you’re down to ten men… and Nik B did nearly snatch it at the end when he forced a very smart save from Cudicini…

So, there we have it… Arsenal battled away and secured a point in a game we could easily have lost considering the circumstances. Hopefully the arrival of Arshavin will stifle the inclusion of Eboue in the first team going forward. I would liked to have seen the Russian on the pitch in the second half… but I guess the coach has seen what he is capable of in training and felt he may not make the right impact… if he’d come on and we’d gone a goal down… it wouldn’t have been a very nice way to start a glittering career, would it?

What I am starting to worry about is the lack of urgency at the club about our current situation… if we’re struggling to sign players now… what is it going to be like if we get pushed out of the top 4?  It just doesn’t seem like anyone is really too fussed about what is going on… even some of the fans are casual about the situation. I am starting to really worry… because once you are off the gravy train that is the champions league… it’s very hard to get back on… becuase whoever takes our place is sure to invest heavily in staying there… and I am sure we have plenty of players in our squad who wouldn’t want to be out of Europe’s Premier Competition next year…

Remember… we are Arsenal and what is on show at the moment is not good enough…

So, Cardiff next… Arshavin and Eduardo will be in the squad again… and we know that we’ve got to start scoring goals for fun if we want that champions league spot.

Come on Arsenal… pick it up for the fans! You owe us something special!

P.S. I don’t have any tickets in Le Exchange… so if you have any spares, don’t wast them by leaving them empty, let me pass them on for you! Also, remember to join our twitter thing… click the logo in the side bar! Oh… and thanks to Steve for the pics… and finally, did anyone read Capello say Theo is England’s best player over the weekend?

626 Responses to “Bore draws are killing our season… Eboue is killing his career…”

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  1. gooner-pak

    they were more vibrant (should i say) in the second half………..may be bcaz of numerical advantage they were givin extra bit…..they were runnin behind the guy who just got ball from him….on four or more occasion…..nasri was enrgized but lack support for him made him ineffective…..
    harry must have said to cunts if u fail to score or concede against ten men i’ll be putting 18″ dildo up ur arses

  2. benno

    Gnarley, i daresay he couldn’t im just saying the defensive side of our game wasnt the problem on sunday, it was the attacker side…

  3. Henrythe14th

    Players going for int duty: Eduardo, clichy, sagna, gallas, nasri (got chosen over malouda to start) and probably RVP

  4. charybdis1966

    Henrythefourtennth – I thought Clichy had been withdrawn from the french squad because of the stitches in his head wound ?

  5. benno

    Isn’t that what i just said Geoff?? Denilson’s passing was atrocious meaning all our attacking play went through Nasri, and because he was always closed down by Palacios we had no one to give the ball to RVP and Bendtner. Well that’s how it was meant to sound…

  6. Henrythe14th

    i actually wached domenech on a french station at home saying that cichy would do a great job stopping messi maybe it was an interview before the stitches as for vela he s not traveling

  7. leon

    there one thing i just cant get my head round i just cant understand how wenger can give that uselees peace crap waste of space player eboue a new contract but he he wouldnt give pires 2 year contract just because h was32

  8. Big Raddy

    What we missed on Sunday was Cesc.

    We really, really miss him. He is the heart of the team, and without him we lack imagination and drive.

    Put Fab back into that team and we have a chance, even with Song/Denilson/Eboue

  9. Big Raddy

    Money Leon. NO contract – no sell on value.

    And we may think he is rubbish, but any player who has nearly 100 first team appearances for the Arsenal, is desirable to plenty of teams

  10. Big Raddy

    H14. What do you mean ‘poor guy’

    The man is a traitor. Money was more important to him than playing for the Arsenal.

    May he rot in his luxury home, and AC’s subs bench.

  11. leon

    raddy

    evon at 35 pires is 3 times the player eboue will ever by we could done with his experience this season and you pires would have created alot more oportunities that that fool

  12. charybdis1966

    I am being pedantic today – Djourou would be playing for Switzerland – if he can dislodge (The real) Big Phil.

  13. Geoff

    Okay Grovers, I’m about to post, it’s not a rant, it’s a concern, Pedro will tidy it up when he gets into his office so forgive any errors!

  14. Henrythe14th

    Rad meant it more as a sarcastic thing actually. He did go for money but also being left out of
    CLfinal and other big games played a role. All i am saying is Hleb left more then cash then flamini did

  15. TonyS

    …..Just before that fateful game last season the Birmingham manager Alex McLeish and lifelong friend Alex Ferguson were having a few bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The title race was very tight between Arsenal and Manchester United at that point and Sir Alex reminded his fellow manager that the best way to defeat Arsenal was to get “stuck in”

    The rest is history.

  16. Tiger_Shree

    #

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaas-Jan_Huntelaar

    Personal information
    Date of birth 12 August 1983 (1983-08-12) (age 25)
    Place of birth Voor-Drempt, Netherlands
    Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
    Playing position Striker
    Club information
    Current club Arsenal
    Number 13
    Youth career
    1988–1994
    1994–2000
    2000–2002 v.v. H. en K.
    De Graafschap
    PSV Eindhoven
    Senior career1
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2002–2004
    2003
    2003–2004
    2004–2005
    2005–2009
    2009– PSV Eindhoven
    → De Graafschap (loan)
    → AGOVV (loan)
    SC Heerenveen
    Ajax
    Real Madrid
    Arsenal 03 0(1)
    15 (11)
    38 (33)
    51 (34)
    92 (76)
    06 0(1)

    It mentions Klaas-Jan_Huntelaar having No. 13 jersey of Arsenal