Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham. Groundhog season

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Oh my god. What the hell was that?

I put in a lot of time and effort yesterday getting hammered before the game, only to sit through a performance as convincing as an Oscar Pistorius alibi.

All jokes aside, the prospect of having to sit through another season in which we stumble and falter, put together a decent run of games and then scrape fourth place, kind of makes me want to cry.

It’s like constantly shelling out £1000 for a date with a girl who is pretty but only talks about cats. As much as you love cats, after the fifth or sixth time you start to seriously consider whether it’s worth the money, time or effort.

There were so many baffling things about yesterday. Why did we revert to a 4-1-4-1 formation when we destroyed Villa last week with 4-2-3-1? Why was Özil shunted out on the left again? Why was Ramsey starting when he is clearly knackered. And why did our star signing play 90 minutes in the league cup only to be left on the bench for the derby.

The only thing about all these baffling decisions is the degree to which they aren’t really that baffling. It seems whatever is the most obvious answer – using a formation that works, signing a DM – our manager will do the opposite. Why? I don’t know. Maybe to prove a point to people or to himself. Or to Jesus.

What I do know is it means we’ve dropped two points at home against the worst Spurs team I’ve seen in the last 5 years. They were so awful, they were like a U2 acoustic set in your front room where Bono talks about his charity work in between each dreadful song. Or a dinner party at the Redknapps where all they serve is port and offal and their dog keeps trying to lick your toes under the table and then you’re forced to play Nintendo Wii with them for hours while ‘Arry sings ‘My Way’ over and over again.

They had a player on the pitch whose shirt number was so high he could’ve been an American footballer. And yet despite being about 12 and absolutely shit, he had a worldy against us because that’s what happens when you play Arsenal.

We had a lot of possession, Özil, Gibbs, Jack and Calum played very well. But all that possession led to nothing more than intricate passing on the edge of the box and crosses into nobody.

And then there were the corners. Dreadful, dreadful corners. Can we have a moratorium on these please? Or better yet, every time we win a corner, just give the opposition team a goal because our corners are not only ineffective but almost always result in a chance for the opposition.

This should have been a comprehensive victory. This should have been an exciting derby. Instead it was another flat, turgid performance in our groundhog season.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. We will put together a decent run, and all the überpositives will crow about how we were wrong to judge the manager, but don’t kid yourself that we will see any improvement on last season. It’s fourth place all the way.

Ozil, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ramsey, Wilshere – we have a team bursting at the seams with quality. The fact we can’t mount a credible title challenge is down to the manager.

Still, enjoy what you can for the time being and remember, it’s only two more seasons until this team can start to fulfil it’s potential.

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  1. Dissenter

    The strangest thing happened yesterday.
    I went to Untold and posted a mild mannered rebuttal of the typical everything-wrong-except-Wenger daily post.

    …and I got a reply with an entire new post.
    I have to commend the writer of that blog for being sincere. He’s like Revving and thinks its wrong to ever criticise the club.
    I just think he’s sincerely wrong.

  2. Le Prof

    Bamford

    No positives? You stink this place out daily with your ill informed and inexperienced ramblings from across the pond. Why so dramatic?

    I thought you’d stopped watching The Arsenal anyway? How’s that going for you?

  3. Leedsgunner

    Dissenter

    It’s not a club they follow, it’s a religion. Brainwashed, Stockholm syndrome, call it what you will — they are the definition of Arse(ne) worshippers.

  4. Romford Pele

    Leeds – it’s just silly. Wenger’s constant experiments are just costing us needless points. 4-2-3-1 with players in the right position and we would’ve blown away Spurs. They’re turd. I think Wenger wants 4-2-3-1 against the minnows and 4-1-4-1 against the bigger sides but we could’ve easily beaten Spurs with a 4-2-3-1. All that happens in the 4-MESS-1 (to quote Cesc) is that players just end up getting in each others’ way. Maybe the formation will work in time but trying to make it work during the seasaon is just silly. That and the fact we just get caught on the counter time and time again with a slow DM and slow CB. Pathetic.

  5. King Henry

    Cesc,

    The funny thing – or not so funny depending on how you look at it – is that he still has what he had in 2004. The problem is that the game has moved on, the competition has got tougher and he doesn’t have someone like David Dein around to help him out on transfers.

    He’s too stubborn so imo he won’t change by his own means, even if we change the back-room staff. The only way he would change is from direct orders from upstairs which is never going to happen because of the amount of money he makes them.

  6. N5

    TYAG, Imagine if they melt down that 3ft bronze cock, what they could do with it! or they could just erect the cock on its own and write Peanuts and Monkeys underneath it.

  7. Romford Pele

    No but seriously, so depressing right? The thing is, we have good players. But we’re so vulnerable it actually beggars belief. For someone who wants to play as attacking as Wenger does, it beggars belief that we don’t have a ball-winning midfielder.

  8. BlackSnake

    I dont believe after two more seasons that will be it, I can see the board offering him a new contract dragging this out for a very long time. He’s gonna have to die in order for someone new to come in!

  9. Leedsgunner

    Romford

    Yep, imagine where six extra points could place us on the board right now… joint lead with Chelsea that’s where! I think Cesc Appeal said it well when he said — Agenda before Arsenal… it’s become all about Arsene rathan the team doing well. All about Wenger attempting to make a point rather setting up his team to get three points on the board.

  10. Uwot?

    The chav game could be a massacre.we have a manager who will set up to attack,Jim Lahey is spot on.wenger he has done on numerous infamous occasions.no one else with the injury lists we have would even contemplate it,just ask maureen,would he f*****.wenger did it at old toilet twice in the prem with 2nd string defense resulting in 6-I & 8-2 shafting & in the carling cup ,a 4-0 pasting.at the chavs 2-0 down in 12/15 mins still attacks & lo 6-0.insane .total humiliation.we the fans have to live with it.for years.rips the pride right out of our club.why.? So he can be clever? Sad to say more of the same this Sunday unless we have some serious tactics but that’s something a man who just wings it does not do….

  11. Romford Pele

    Leeds, it’s baffling right? Last season we had stumbled across a relatively successful formula. What we were asking for were upgrades in certain positions; particularly DM and CB. And you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would argue with the fact we’re still lacking there. It’s actually mad that Wenger didn’t address it. And now he’s playing a new formation which brutally exposes the two players who needed upgrading on (Mert, Arteta). Tbh I don’t really blame the players, you can’t fault the majority for their workrate. Wenger is just overcomplicating things just to put Wilshere & Ramsey in the same side and our best player wide left.

    All this while Roma win every week 😉

  12. Leedsgunner

    Wenger is a master of spinning anything and everything to his advantage — the amount of injuries will be used as an excuse extraordinaire to explain away the loss to Chelsea if we lose. Anything but take accountability for a squad that is again too lightweight, too brittle too lacking in depth.

  13. Dissenter

    There’s being an explosion of conspiracy theories about how the referee and the goal line technology company shafted us on Saturday.
    People analysing the windy conditions , height of the grass etc.

    But they will never criticise Wenger.
    They’ll gloss over the decision ( or failure to decide due to dithering) to start the season with 6 defenders.
    They”ll say there hasn’t been any quality DMs in the market in the past 4 seasons to justify having average geriatric players in that position.

    Wenger Attachment Syndrome.

  14. Leedsgunner

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29397471

    Costa is STILL scoring though isn’t he? Despite not training. £32m looking like an absolute bargain right now — just to think had we moved decisively last summer/winter he could have been in the Red and White… nah, silly to think this way — Chelsea has Diego who scores for fun, we have Sanogo — who can’t stay fit, never mind score!?

  15. N5

    Dissenter, that’s interesting that they replied to you in a full post. Its still very deluded, but it was polite and explained its point, so I can accept it for what it was.

  16. N5

    I found this reply from untold worrying!

    I’m a Wenger supporter and don’t think for a second that I can manage a club better than him. So I don’t question decisions made by the club.

    Still, I look at ManU and think “how stupid of them not to buy defenders”… Same could be said of Arsenal. Judging is easy, running a club is not!

    He states how he won’t question us because of Wenger and yet will of other clubs!! This is the exact reason things are as they are.

  17. N5

    Oops, didn’t mean to make all of that bold.

    I found this reply from untold worrying!

    “I’m a Wenger supporter and don’t think for a second that I can manage a club better than him. So I don’t question decisions made by the club.

    Still, I look at ManU and think “how stupid of them not to buy defenders”… Same could be said of Arsenal. Judging is easy, running a club is not!”

    He states how he won’t question us because of Wenger and yet will of other clubs!! This is the exact reason things are as they are.

  18. Leedsgunner

    Funny, I bumped into a fellow Gooner on the weekend — and I just wondered if he was a Grover too… he was peddling the now often repeated phrase — “Well, you can’t blame Arsene for not signing a CB because as the man says, there aren’t any quality defenders out there at the moment.”

    I just shook my head, agreed to to disagree and left. Not worth falling out about… but honestly it may me wonder.

    If the above assertion is true — why the hell did we let TV5 go? Ironically, we sure could use him right now couldn’t we?

  19. Cesc Appeal

    N5

    You find a lot of pro-Wenger people are utter hypocrites.

    As we had the other week, “don’t judge us on one result” (BvB) a few days later we beat Villa 3-0 “see, what were you Wenger haters saying?”

  20. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds

    That’s exactly it.

    Immensely irritating, especially as they’ll then be the ones throwing round “agenda” and “hypocrite” at everyone else!

  21. Bamford13

    “[Untold is] like Revving and thinks its wrong to ever criticise the club.”

    First, it isn’t the CLUB that’s being criticized. It’s the MANAGER. Two very different things.

    Second, this argument is complete and utter nonsense and can be shown so by the argument ad absurdum. If the manager of Arsenal were, say, playing Giroud as our left back and Santi Cazorla as our goalkeeper, everyone — including these sheep — would be criticizing the manager. No one would be arguing that you are not allowed to criticize the manager and that you must sit silently instead or cheer on his idiocies. No one.

    Thus it is only a question of where one draws the line, of where one says ‘enough is enough’.

    Their alleged argument from principle is fucking bunk and should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

  22. MadeToLoveMagic

    As i said before I am a huge wenger admirer, but it is getting hard to defend him post 2012.

    Can Tony or walter answer me a simple question,

    1) WHy did we bid for a DM only to refuse due to price on the last day? (arsenal didnt deny the link so lets assume it did happen)

    What Price does wenger put on the success of the team? Obviously it is the same price as he refused to pay for Carvalho..

    Say we offered 25 mil and they wanted 35 that means that for the sake of ten mil ( 2/3 of what we got for TV) wenger has risked the entire season of the team, because If he didnt think we needed a DM , why did he bid?

    His actual thought process would have been (from what it looks like) ” Ok we need a DM, bid 25 mil for Carvalho, What!?, they want 35!? thats way to much, no thanks we can do with what we have”

    Logic dictates that that was wengers thought pattern on deadline day..

    He wants a player , but doesnt “want” him enough to pay the extra (for by the way a young incredibly talented player who could serve us for 10 or more years, who didnt want huge wages)….

    it basically means that wenger chose keeping the money in the bank over the success of the team

    when u look at it in the cold light of day, he made that choice