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Team News: Arsenal v. Blackburn

Arsenal XI: Almunia, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott, Van Persie

Arsenal Bench: Lehmann, Diaby, Fabregas, Rosicky, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner

Blackburn XI: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Emerton Jermaine Jones, Phil Jones, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Santa Cruz

Blackburn Bench: Bunn, Dunn, Rochina, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Hanley, Diouf

Ref: Phil Dowd




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 2 2011

Time: 4:42PM

Your Comments

Nasri in the playmaker role is interesting. I've been pulling for him to be deployed there for a long time(in fact ever since Cesc got his injury). I do think he is the danger man for us today. Super Sam
Eboue=GOD
Phil Dowd. Damn it. God save us.
Eboue=GOD
That game against Newcastle still gives me the sweats. Dowd better do his job right... I hate these games that Arsenal are supposed to win easy, we always make it hard for ourselves. Here's hoping the lads are clinical today.
Keplaz
Nasri should come off. Not the same since the injury.
Keplaz
Nasri's not been the same since the injury; for the Manager to persist with him, it means Cesc isn't ready for a long game. Feel the game is rather too open and the fans are not doing enough to lift the team, leaving everyone with jangling nerves. What happened to Wenger's demand that they enjoy themselves and play without pressure?
Naijagunner
It's more worrying that we have our most dangerous players on and have had few openings. We must watch out for their breaks now and still try to get an early goal in the 2nd half.
Naijagunner
IRONCHEF
ajwb
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL
ajwb
For Sporting Gijon CYAAH
ajwb
nosotros tenemos a cesc fabregas
ajwb
Nervy stuff... but keep the faith everyone!
GoonerLou
Sorry Lou, my faith died weeks ago and I'm afraid that it's more of the same DROSS today. I fancy us to lose this. NO EXCUSES for what has happened this past month. Big changes this summer demanded.
julieloveshenry4ever
Shamwow on
ajwb
Almunia has been great well deserved of his Number 1 shirt.discuss.
ajwb
I wish actual red card challenges would get punished. That was not a red. I don't fancy us against 10 men. 0-0 draw and title over.
gunnerkid107
Let's not pour more negative energy into and around the team. If we want the players to keep fighting, so should we.
GoonerLou
Why don't you use your magic line Julie? ;)
GoonerLou
This fat ref has been ***** for years
ajwb
Haven't we scored yet????!!!!!!
julieloveshenry4ever
If we score now i WILL marry julie
ajwb
It's actually against us that Dowd sent someone off cos they're parking the big fat bus now.. :(
GoonerLou
Running out of escuses we are.......
Armory
But er ajwb Julie is married.
GoonerLou
Sigh...
GoonerLou
Sadly the title was over before todays game even kicked off..... Arsenal dont want it enough, they have no hunger to win!
GarthyGooner
wasteful. not good enough
e dubbz
Bottled again,hate it.What a joke...we're supposed to be outscoring team that no other club can play against,yet we fluffed it again.For*****sake what will it take to make us wake up?! Dunno why i bother thinking we even had a chance.Our season ended weeks ago,i just cannot stand Manu winning another title.I'd prefer to lose the use of a limb instead of the Salford City red dockers winning another title.Hate it.
ajwb
@Gunnerlou,why would that stop me....CYA
ajwb
there goes our season... drew 4 out of the last 6 games that we should have won; newcastle, sunderland, west brom & blackburn. now mu can even afford to lose againts chelski & in emirates but still take the title. talk about easier run in
Joe_@**
It's just a matter of inches. more inch and we could have been 2 more points closer to the summit. It's a decent performance. Not bad. Plenty of players returning back. They will only get better in the next few games. Arsene's substitutions can be questioned though. Jack could have been taken off. He looked so tired. Instead he took off Nasri who was one of the shining beacons today. I think Nasri could have lasted the 90 and would have been useful in breaking them down. And what was Bendtner doing out on the right at the end. He's our best header of the ball. He should play in the centre. van Persie should be going out wide instead. It was tactical error after tactical error from the manager. We could have won this game if we gave that final push in the end. But the manager made a few debatable decisions that might have cost us 2 points.
Eboue=GOD
**1 more inch
Eboue=GOD
Oh dear......Oh Dear Oh Dear!!!lol........cheer up guys there's always the Emirates Cup!! LOL!!!!!!
mutters
hi deine mutter
ajwb
I agree with Eboue=GOD, the performance was okay. It's always going to be like this playing a team fighting to stay in the league. As you guys say the title wasn't lost today but against Newcastle (twice), West Brom (twice) and such like. They defended very well yes, but our lack of sharpness in front of goal was appalling today. RvP and Bendtner just came back from injury, Chamakh from international duty yes. And what was Jack thinking, doing a Hleb refusing to shoot? Still scratching my head.
GoonerLou
Oh dear oh dear you just got dominated by a rugby team today.
Eboue=GOD
Cant be arsed to defend the team.They did not win.
ajwb
I'm not giving in yet. It's 4 pts if we count our game in hand. They still have to play us and Chelsea. But we also have a trip to Tottenham. This run-in is going to test every one of our lads and I believe we can come through it with our heads held high. Even if we don't win the league I think we will do something that will make everyone related to Arsenal Football Club proud.
Eboue=GOD
I'm proud already. After the home tie against Barcelona I said I'd stay proud of the team regardless of how we finish the season. I'll keep my word because they still deserve my backing.
GoonerLou
Proud? Proud!? really? Im not having a go Lou,but how on earth can you be proud of that.Of course im proud to be a gooner,but what ive seen over the last month or so is just dreadful half arsed attempts of giving a *****.We havent been close to our best in months i dont care that we beat Barca at home,we are out of the CL anyway...then the CC,it has just been down hill.
ajwb
Not proud of today's performance I am not. But I'm hoping the team will do something in the next few weeks that we can be proud of.
Eboue=GOD
Loud boo's rang round the Grove at the end of a wretched performance and rightly so. What's Wenger's excuse this time? Where was the spirit and passion he told us this team had in abundance.......
LondonGooner
Congratulations to Man Utd and Fergie on yet another title. This team simply cannot deliver when the heat is on. Injuries etc are all part and parcel of a season. It's simply no coincidence that Man Utd cope better than most. They simply have an amazing manager that knows how to prepare and set up his team to win. Our season in terms of sliverware is over. Yet again we get to crunch time and fluff our lines. Can't really criticise individuals today. We're a good side, but not good enough to win trophies. I can't see that changing unless we change our approach because although the team will be a year older, they'll keep hitting the same blocks again and you wouldn't fancy them to overcome then. Sigh...
Gooner_Vin
Any wonder the team appears to have given up? The 'fans' are chicken too. If the fans don't believe, we can't make the same demand of the boys. Period. Fancy booing at our own team at home.
Naijagunner
if manutd fail to win the league from this position, and Arsenal end up winning it, I'll blame manutd more than I congratulate us,
49ers
....And worse has happened, 49ers.
Naijagunner
Well, there goes any chance at the title. Quite disappointed. This team does not finish seasons well, suffering a dip in form at critical periods of the season.
prits
Fancy booing the team at home? Erm... fancy playing like that when the title is within reach.
iceman10
I suppose all the fans that booed the team off the pitch yesterday will get their usual slaughtering from Amos and LD in the write up?
LondonGooner
5 matches without a win since beating the might Orient and 4 draws out of our last 6 league games against such high quality opposition as Sunderland, Blackburn, WBA.......League title? Your having a laugh.
LondonGooner
If the manager isn't able to inspire and get this team over the finishing line when it counts, then he needs to bring in 2-3 proven, experienced players in key positions. Obviously I'm not an expert, but if we are such a young team with an average age of 23, then it seems obvious that that's the problem. In any profession in the world, experience counts for an awful lot, no matter how much raw talent you have. I don't believe the players didn't try yesterday or want it. You have to think that it's actually the one way of playing that we have, the tippy-tappy, is part of the problem too. We've seen it so many times and I saw it again yesterday when we had a break on only for it to be slowed down and the opposition allowed to retreat. You could see the players being frustrated with each other yesterday, a sign that the tension of playing under pressure to perform is getting to them. That's probably what 2-3 experienced players will help to overcome. I've seen fans complain about Man Utd getting refereeing decisions. There's nothing lucky about them winning 11 titles and 2 CL and several other cups under Fergie. There's no way they'll let the title slip now and what's sickening is knowing that all the predictions that the pundits made about us coming true, i.e. that we'd choke when it counts.
Gooner_Vin
Iceman, like the opposition was to come to the Emirates and roll over. It was a contest between two sides with something to play for; we under-estimate the pressure Rovers were also under to avoid relegation and stop a trend of poor results. I agree the side lacked intensity yesterday but don't think the guys didn't want it enough, maybe we just needed a little luck when it mattered most.

If it makes it easier on us fans, we can all agree that the title is United's then stop expecting great performances from this side till we get the players and Manager that will do what we feel so entitled to. It will make us feel the pressure less and I think the players will be the better for it.
Naijagunner
Gooner_Vin, I'd agree with you but I have also seen young teams win things. Maybe, the personnel needs re-orientation (tactics, fire in the belly,?). In the German Bundesliga, a relatively young Borussia Dortmund side are runaway table toppers and were 13 points ahead at some time in the season. I feel our lads are weary from losing out of 3 competitions (especially the Carling Cup) in quick succession and only need to be relaxed and play their game. That is down to the individual players' hunger, not the Manager.
Naijagunner
Luck? Winning league titles doesn't come down to luck. If you think not winning at home against a team with the worst away defensive record in the league is down to luck then we should call you "Naiveagunner" ;o) lol Sorry, couldn't help it. We ARE entitled to great team performances, we are charged more than any other set of fans to watch the 3rd or 4th highest paid team in the league regularly finish the season empty handed and with not so much as a wimper.
LondonGooner
...especially as we are being told 24/7 by Wenger how this team is ready and how mature they are and how they are a year more experienced and are great. GREAT? Great teams win things, we don't.
LondonGooner
londongooner, absolutely agree with you. look at how saf turns things around regularly. his substitution works for him. we always substitute after 70 mins without much effect most of the time. teams are playing to our weakness & wenger never played to opponents' weakness. his tactic is the same for over 50 matches a season, year after year. for manager like saf & mourinho, they would most probably study their opponent repeatedly before a game & target their weaknesses. not for wenger. i supposed even if he knows the leftback of a team is a 40 year-old amateur, he would still want the team to pass through the middle.
Joe_@**
 

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