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Bolton Wanderers 2 Arsenal 1

Ever since United recovered a two goal deficit at Upton Park, the title race has felt more like a forlorn jog for the last tube. Yesterday, that exhausted saunter was put out if its misery. An ill advised night on the tiles in Southwark meant it was a dreary journey to North London come Easter Sunday morning. The talk now was of securing second place with Chelsea three points ahead of us and even the spectre of Manchester City looming over our shoulders. We arrived in Lancashire in glorious sunshine around 90 minutes before kick off. Our search for a pre match beer proved forlorn though, the Reebok Stadium is positioned in the middle of nowhere. The one pub within strolling distance did not allow away fans. So we set off the nearby Tesco`s in search of a tinny to enjoy in the sunshine. But Tesco`s was of course shut. In the end, watered down football ground beer served in grotesque plastic was our only option. Honestly, what is the world coming to?

Arsenal began the game brightly even if the atmosphere inside the ground had a flat end of season feel to it. Arsenal were denied a stonewall penalty early on when Matty Taylor took Theo Walcott out in the area. Strangely, Walcott didn`t raise much of a complaint, as Djourou didn`t when Sturridge dived for Bolton`s second half award. The likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand would likely have mauled the referee`s head clean off in the same circumstances. Arsenal set about trying to carve Bolton`s obstinate defence open. Well, Fabregas did. He`s pretty much the sole bastion of the ideas and inspiration department nowadays. He collected a Nasri pass and smashed a low shot from outside the area, which Jaaskelainen tipped just past the post.

But the Gunners rearguard did not exactly enjoy one of its better days and found itself sliced open when Koscielny had pushed on too far and left a gap which Sturridge`s cultured pass probed and found Young Chong Lee bursting through on goal, but he attempted to flick the ball to Taylor instead of taking on the shot and Song got back to cover. For once, an opponent had over elaborated against us. But the same combination of a Sturridge pass to an onrushing Lee unpicked the Arsenal defence again, but Szczesny was equal to Lee`s effort with a fine save. However, not for the first time in the match, Szczesny`s fine work was rather undone instantaneously. Lee`s corner saw Cahill rise above Koscielny to head goalwards, Nasri cleared off the line but Danny Sturridge was on hand to stoop and head Bolton into the lead. Another set piece another goal conceded.

Arsenal did look for the immediate response. Sorry, Fabregas looked for the immediate response. Again collecting a Nasri pass before unleashing a low shot from 25 yards, this time hitting the base of the upright. I do wonder if he and van Persie ever get tired of carrying the team once they get beyond the halfway line. Half time and some sober reflection amongst the travelling faithful, cosseted as we were in bright sunshine. What`s the opposite of pathetic fallacy? Come the early exchanges of the second half, the outlook became gloomier when Daniel Sturridge motored past Johan Djourou and, realising the ball was heading out of play, flung himself to the ground. The referee inexplicably bought it. I`d advise him to bring company next time he visits a second hand car lot. Kevin Davies, who maintained his impressive record of eleven career bookings against Arsenal, stretching his proud record for cautions against one club, tried to power his kick down the middle of the goal, but Szczesny was not foxed and beat the effort away with his feet. You felt it was a match altering lifeline.

That feeling was multiplied when the away side reconciled terms just two minutes later. Song found van Persie on the edge of the area, he tormented Muamba before playing the ball into Fabregas in the area, Cesc touched the ball back to van Persie who fired in his seventh successive goal away from home and his 17th goal in 17 games. Arsenal drove on and looked heavy favourites to win the game, but over elaboration and poor finishing would prove costly. Wilshere found Chamakh in the area with a probing pass, but Chamakh opted for a heavy flick when he had the time and space to turn and shoot. Cesc too probed into the area with a mazy dribble and played a one two with Nasri, but again opted for an easily cleared pass when the shot was on.

The Gunners should have taken the lead when van Persie`s lofted ball put Nasri clear on goal, but he blasted his first effort straight at Jaaskelainen. The rebound did not fall kindly for Nasri and his follow up attempt from a tight angle was well blocked by Gary Cahill. Arsenal were threatening to carve Bolton open and press for a winner, Arshavin again found joy by lofting the ball over the top of the Arsenal defence for Nasri, who did not realise the time and space he had in the right hand channel and hooked the ball meekly into Jaaskelainen`s arms. But with the clock ticking, you always get the impression that, no matter how dominant Arsenal are in a game at the moment, they`re always liable to gift a goal. Elmander beat Djourou in the air and scampered clear onto the loose ball, but Szczesny beat away the Swede`s effort.

Sure enough, another set piece tossed an entire season into the skip. Taylor`s wicked delivery was met by substitute Tamir Cohen on the front post who headed a last gasp winner past Szczesny on the front post. Arsenal have now conceded from 3 of the last 25 corners they have faced. They have not scored from a corner themselves in their last 47 attempts and counting. Something is not right there. In response to an earlier chant of "Bolton`s a sh*thole, I wanna go home" the Bolton support taunted us with, "Bolton`s a sh*thole, you should`ve stayed home." Being British and all, even in a dark moment I could raise a smile at that. I headed for the exit the second the final whistle sounded; I heard a lot of individual calls for the manager`s head over my shoulder on the way out. Nothing orchestrated though.

There have been plenty of easy answers and quick fixes proffered in the last 20 hours or so. From sack the manager, to overhaul the playing squad. I don`t really even think it`s a cosmetic personnel issue.. I`ve challenged talk of an overhaul a few times as to who precisely people want to sell. Always the same names, "Denilson, Almunia, Eboue." But these guys have started less than a quarter of our games this season, so they cannot be the overriding problem. I think we need to reconnect with some basics. Maybe it`s just down to confidence at the moment, but we know we can pass the ball well, it`s not deserted us. But shooting, setting up for corners, crossing; these things have let us down in recent weeks. We`re missing chances and giving soft goals away, even though in the last two games we`ve played quite well overall. But we give ourselves a better chance of winning if we keep doing the basics. It`s all a bit arse about face at the moment. Cesc and van Persie are the only two players that are looking dangerous in front of packed defences. Truth is, there are no easy answers as far as the supporters are concerned. Any issues present are more likely to be ironed out on the training ground, a place none of us ever frequent and therefore can`t really make qualified comment on. But for now, we`ve got 4 games left and we have to secure a top 3 spot. Any other diagnosis can wait until late May.LD.

53.SZCZESNY, 3.SAGNA, 20.DJOUROU, 6.KOSCIELNY, 22.CLICHY, 17.SONG (29.Chamakh `64), 19.WILSHERE (16.Ramsey `84), 4.FABREGAS(c), 14.WALCOTT (23.Arshavin `72), 8.NASRI, 10.v.PERSIE. Unused: 13.Lehmann, 18.Squillaci, 27.Eboue, 28.Gibbs.

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Date:Monday April 25 2011

Time: 2:43PM

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Back to basics? Start with our defence. That's where team confidence ultimately stems from.
Wyn Mills
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25/04/2011 15:20:00

I think the basics all around the team need to be reevaluated a touch. The team that played yesterday were destroying all comers in January and February, not conceding many and scoring lots. We just need to reconnect with why we were doing it then and not now.
Little Dutch
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25/04/2011 15:22:00

well, when the boss says settling for second is no disaster this is exactly what u get.. but hey, yesterdays loss hurt much less than the 1-1 draw against liverpool.. and nowadays, i'm only surprised if we win.. so seeing arsenal lose or draw is becoming easier.. cheer up guys, we've only got 4 games to go to enjoy summer without football.. bcoz i guarantee you we've got deja-vu all again next season
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25/04/2011 15:28:00

wasn't a dive the dopey swiss clown clearly nocked his right foot behind the other! p.s hahahaha
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25/04/2011 15:32:00

Yes, hence the anguished girly scream and immediate look to the ref- everyone's natural reaction to being tripped. McGooner, he didn't say anything about "settling" for second. I suggest you read the quote again more objectively. Why are football fans so incapable of appreciating grey areas nowadays?
Little Dutch
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25/04/2011 16:22:00

It was Song who lost Cahill for the first goal and Clichy, after Song allowed Cahill the run, who was outjumped not Koscielny. Djourou gets done for the second. He was slow attacking the ball for once but he'd played pretty well up until then.
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25/04/2011 16:26:00

LD, the question i keep asking too is why are they conceding so much late in the game , which was not the case before CCup? If they were older/experienced guys like Gallas, Sol, would they have conceded those goals? Is Nasri worth getting paid more than RVP? Who needs to be dropped from that defence? Djourou, Kos, Clichy or Sagna? Or is it the DFM that is causing all these issues? Since Song got injured, we've not done anything exceptional in the DFM area.
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25/04/2011 16:45:00

Is it possible for Spurs to catch us? They have 5games (15), we have 4 (12). I hope Mancity draws today. Then we will only need to 2 games
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25/04/2011 16:47:00

I really think we need a big powerful striker who can get on the end of crosses. I was hoping Chamakh would be that player but he seems weak and lacking in confidence at the moment. Bendtner I don't think will ever be good enough. With the players we have in attack we are never going to win many balls in the air in the opposition half. Most teams defend deep and in numbers against us making it hard to get through with quick passing and through balls.
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25/04/2011 17:04:00

Do we need wholesale changes? That really is hard to answer. This may seem like blasphemy (and for the record I support Wenger and do not want him to go) but do you believe Sir Rednose would have been looking up from 3rd place with this squad? I believe our squad is more talented than the United squad and I believe they are sufficient to win the title. The problem is Arsenal has possibly the greatest manager to have graced a football club, but Wenger is found wanting as a coach. I believe the philosophy of beautiful attacking football is correct. I also believe tactics are important. I believe respect and loyalty to your players is crucial. I also believe when a player isn't doing what's required a coach must act. Either they will respond and push on, or they'll show their weakness and ship out. Patting them on the back and talking about their youth has to stop. The only regular player who could use youth as an excuse this season is Jack and he has been one of the most consistent players all year. The attitude and expectation must change. Again yesterday they looked like a bunch of spoiled, highly talented punks who feel no pressure to give their all when they step on the field. I truly can't decide if Wenger is losing faith in the team or if the team is losing faith in him, but there is a serious mental problem inside the team. I truly hope he can identify it and solve it this summer.
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25/04/2011 17:30:00

I just cannot get on board with this idea that the players looked spoiled or apathetic. I see people say that and think they're either not watching or they're seeing what they want to see. The team hurt my feelings by not winning so I'll fling that casual insult out there. If anything the problem is that they're overthinking, they're overly anxious. You can see it weighing on their minds when they play. That doesn't come from not giving a *****. Quite the opposite in fact. If we'd played one single game this season where we didn't care, explain how all of our defeats have been by a solitary goal. You go into any game not caring, you get thrashed by several goals. Period. I don't think anyone needs to be dropped in particular, like I said, I don't think it's that simple or cosmetic. They just need to get back to what they were doing two months ago. That's more training pitch stuff than anything else.
Little Dutch
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25/04/2011 17:36:00

You guys still don't think you need a new manager? Come on, it's evident. Wenger's new project did not work. The carling cup final versus chelsea was in 2008. Almost 4 seasons ago and Arsenal still makes the same mistakes, has the same old problems. I know the way Chelsea handles its managers is damaging to our club's future. However, the complete opposite of that; the way arsenal deals with its managers, could and I think it is damaging your club.
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25/04/2011 17:54:00

I will disagree there LD. In that match, i didn't see enough players taking responsibility. It felt as if they were happy to play but not that bothered about winning. I think some of our players are just sitting back, going through the motions and waiting for Cesc or RvP to do something special and score. Mental strength is forcing the issue, fighting when things are not going for you. Man U players show a lot more bottle and fight than we do. That's why they are at the top. Talent without effort is nothing.
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25/04/2011 17:58:00

Taking responsibility and not caring are two different things. I'll ask again, why can't people appreciate grey areas? Not taking responsibility looked to me to be more down to anxiety and fear. They are not two emotions borne of apathy.
Little Dutch
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25/04/2011 18:01:00

Wenger is still one of the best managers out there. He's passionate about his project but he needs to admit it hasn't totally produced the results he wants. the team is very good but something needs to change. Also a bit more flexibility would help (ie No more Bendtner crosses from the right wing please) but if he can solve the set piece issue (which is not rocket science), we are on a winner. Watching the team, I just get a feeling that Arsenal don't really practice attacking or defending corners.... which is most of our opponents biggest weapon.
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25/04/2011 18:08:00

Not enough bottle or fight? Not enough effort? Not bothered about winning? Not taking responsibility? I don't understand how anyone could have watched this game and come too any of those conclusions. Trying too hard? Too tense? Not relaxed enough? Too aware of the risk of failure? Any or all of those I can see.
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25/04/2011 18:41:00

For the past 5 years or so, there hasn't been many a set piece situation where I have been relaxed. We're eternally vulnerable from those. Basically for the past 5 years, since Campbell first left us, our defense has been bad, and now it is really really bad. It's nowhere upto a standard that must be at a big club. That is my greatest criticism for Wenger. We have a brilliant attack, and its a shame to even compare it with our sorry defense. Sczezny is not up to the mark yet, and given his age and experience you never expect him to be. He's one for the future, not now. He can't develop well under the high scrutiny one gets in the EPL. Every error of his will be castigated. We need a new keeper. When was the last time we heard "The arsenal keeper saves the day". I don't remember hearing it since the time Lehman saved us from champions league SF exit against Villareal!!
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25/04/2011 19:04:00

I agree with Amos, there definitely isn't a lack of effort as far as I can see. The players are doing their best but unfortunately we have only one style of playing which makes us predictable and easier to stop.
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25/04/2011 19:08:00

Sczesny is good enough, he can cope with the pressure and will only improve with experience of playing in the team. Even Fabianski is a good enoug back up based on recent performances. I'm not too worried about the goalkeeping position. We do need a more commanding centre back, maybe Vermaelen can fill that role. Up front we have only one striker on form and lack variety in our attacking options.
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25/04/2011 19:12:00

that's a fair assessment of my comment, LD. Apathetic probably is a projection of my own frustrations. At the beginning of the season I didn't believe we had the squad to win it all so I'm not as shocked/disturbed by our failure to take the title as some people. I guess my frustration comes from the fact that this team has shown they do actually have to ability to put it all together and win but there is still something missing. What I earlier pegged as apathy is probably better described as a fear to take responsibility. The fear to shoot was readily apparent yesterday. How many times did nice buildup go to nothing because they just passed when a shot was available. Earlier in the season Nasri was scoring ridiculous goals from angles that were beyond belief. It has been awhile since someone other than Cesc or Robin stepped up and carried the team. Eh, I'm not in the dressing room so I don't know the dynamic, but something has been lost over the last few months.
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25/04/2011 19:15:00

I don't think we need a whole new team but surely Almunia is leaving. Other players have the skills but Wenger must assess if they are really filling the box that the team needs. (and only he can truly assess that) Vermaelen? Is he going to recover and is he really the rockstar CD we need or is he just a much stronger and experienced version of Kos? Arshavin? I remember people saying he's "skilled like Hleb, but scores... can he rediscover his form or is his size, physique, and style going to see him fade away in the PL? Diaby? 2.5 games of mostly great played followed by complete crap and a 4 week visit to the physio. Does that justify his wages? Denilson? is he really adequate cover for Song? Wouldn't it be better to have someone actually push Song for his job and allow for rotation? Squillaci? Well, nevermind.
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25/04/2011 19:24:00

I thought being jet lagged from my trip to Canada was the worst it could get for me (right after the NLD) until that result against Bolton. Very disappointed to say the least, but will not go on the Wenger-must-go bandwagon or Wholesale changes required chant; God knows some folks/fans back in Nigeria have called me all manner of names because I refuse to agree with the"solutions" they bandy around, (for the lack of some reasoned position) which include 'sack Wenger'. I did believe this team was on the cusp of something great, this season, only to see each chance go, one after the other. Like most posters here, I have wondered about the apparent inability of Wenger to fix these usual basic problems we all point at. Like Smithdj74 wondered, is it the manager losing faith in the players or the other way around? Arseniger also made an enquiry that is interesting. If we had some older heads (from our glory days, say Toure, Sol or Gilberto; or all 3 around) dragging the lads to the finish line, is it possible the nerves would have been under control in some of the games in which we ended up with draws? I don't believe that there is something more Fergie tells his players that Wenger doesn't but one can't fail to recognize the influence of Giggs, Rio and Scholes on the United side this term. Will we even see this same team like this, next season? It is time for the big inquest and some soul searching; it is unfair on the game that these boys have been unable to win something together, seeing all the talent they have on display.
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25/04/2011 20:20:00

This only "my" opinion. If you saw the united game the day before, you'd understand what i mean by bottle and fight. United have looked average all season but they have this determination and unshakeable belief that emanate throughout the team and that can be quite intimidating. They force the issue. The body language of some of our players appeared, to me anyway, as end-of-season-uninterested.
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25/04/2011 22:13:00

I remember the days of Tony Adams where i was not worried about conceding goals cheaply on set pieces. Even if a team scored against us once, i very much doubted they would score twice. Now at every setpiece, i have some trepidations. About Wojcech, i think he's a definite talent with a lot of self-confidence but there are not many so called big clubs who would gamble on the gk position. We have done the Almunia experiment for a few years already and he was a good no2 but an average no1. If you have a young defence like ours you need an experienced keeper behind. Having said that (to prove me wrong) Real stuck by a 19 year old Casillas and he hasn't turned out all that bad..
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25/04/2011 22:26:00

I think our immediate reaction to the two penalty incidents says a lot about our team - lack of passion. Walcott gets a blatant penalty denied, he gives a half-hearted appeal and everyone else just shrugs their shoulders. Sturridge dives to win the penalty, Djourou just looks confused. As soon as he goes down our whole team should be making the diving hand signal and getting in the ref's face. It's not nice to harangue refs, but the other big teams do it, they get away with it, and it works.
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26/04/2011 01:35:00

I totally agree with Krismon and while i am not for haranguing refs, they can be influenced by the crowd, the occasion, the media and i think the likes of Vieira would have made their feelings clear to the ref. i would add to that that when Szcesny saved the penalty, i didn't see anyone congratulating him, maybe the tv camera had moved on. I thought they would be pumped-up and reenergised after that but they just carried on. I am also slightly worried whether AW's comment about finishing 2nd hasn't had an impact in the heads of the players. I know his exact words have been distorted in the media as 'settling' for second but his words were too easy to distort and players are hooked on skynews headlines. I cant imagine a Ferguson and Mourinho talking about anything else than 'winning'. Ferguson consistently talks about the winning mentality of United to boost his team and Mourinho only talks about himself and his trophy haul. On that one, I think a man of Arsene's experience with the media should have chosen his word more carefully.
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26/04/2011 07:50:00

Some time ago, AW also made a comment about not buying experienced players because it would 'kill' his young ones. I never liked that comment because for me it meant the interest of educating the young players were above victory for the club. the irony is that now with the emergence of Jack W, hasn't he just killed a young Denilson? A case of a younger "killing" a young. Competition, that's the essence of sport. If you are good enough, you'll play. Otherwise we create this sense of entitlement or play by default. Compare the careers of Vela and Chicharito. Vela's star has been in the spotlight for much longer but Chicharito looks by far the hungriest and giving Berbatov a run for his money.
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26/04/2011 07:59:00

This is not the weakest defence, but the weakest defensive unit, starting with the mid field. I actually think Djourou and Kos form a good partnership, and this team doesn't lose as many aerial battles in open play, which used to happen more often 2 seasons back. The kind of defensive support the mid field provides is poor. This team does not believe that they are good enough. I've read articles about the mentality in the ManU camp, winning above all else. We don't need to go that far, but the attitude needs to change to reflect more of a winning mentality. I don't know how to effect that change, but I will leave that to Wenger.
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26/04/2011 09:53:00

Well said Gael-Force, I think there is a huge difference in the culture of Arsenal and ManU. Our club is kind of like a family with Wenger the patient father, ManU is more of a Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest scenario in which those who have the skill AND determination can prosper, and those who aren't good enough end up on the scrapheap before too long. (Carrick being the only exception, he must have incriminating photos of Sir Alex or something.) Arsenal seems like a far nicer club to play for, but ManU has a culture that instills hunger and drive in its players. I detest most of ManU's players (save Park who seems a nice chap), you couldn't accuse them of not giving a damn. Whereas our players just lack a winning mentality. The whole club is infected by it. I'd love to see us bring in a couple of players with a tough mentality, the kind of guys who would verbally tear Song a new one for leaving Cahill alone for that header. That's the only way our guys will learn. If West Ham or Blackburn get relegated, surely we can pick up Samba or Parker for a decent price, they are not super-amazing but have the kind of fight that we need to compliment our talented but mentally fragile young players.
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26/04/2011 15:04:00

There is a malaise hanging over everyone at Arsenal at the moment. The players are trying hard enough but, as Nasri, Fabregas and Chamakh demonstrated in the second half, the decision making is all wrong and the confidence is shot to pieces. Krismon1 made the point that the no-one remonstrated about the Walcott penalty nor did anyone argue the case against the Sturridge penalty. There were just shrugs of resignation and a lot of navel gazing. Iíve noted this more and more as the season has gone on that we donít rattle any cages in the same way as perhaps Terry, Rooney or Vidic would and this seems to be symptomatic of a greater problem. The attitude appears to be that, we are the Arsenal and this is what happens to us. The capitulations, the poor refereeing are all part of being an Arsenal player and this is our destiny so we will have to accept it. After nothing but misery since February, you can see why this might be the case, and with similar patterns being seen in previous seasons the summer may see a very despondent set of players. We need something to lift the depression and clear the air.
Sir Henry
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26/04/2011 17:02:00

There again, Villa scored a clearly offside goal against us back in November (Carew stood in Fabianski's way) and nobody protested then either. I don't think it's a recent thing attached to recent form.
Little Dutch
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26/04/2011 17:18:00

Absolutely LD, it's not a new manifestation but something that has got progressively worse during the season.
Sir Henry
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26/04/2011 18:12:00

Not that I don't have criticisms about our inability to defend set pieces causing the 2 Bolton goals but we should remember that they've only lost 2 games at home this season - & I think one of them was Chelsea, forget the other one (I know it was a difficult team too). Bolton have been excellent at home this season. I think United came away with a draw. Same with Spurs-who have a better home record than we do this season. Someone correct me but I don't think either United won at WHL this season (Chelsea still have to play there, right?).
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26/04/2011 22:17:00

Yes, Jaelle. Neither Chelsea nor United won at WHL; 1-1 and 0-0, respectively. Spurs goes to the Bridge this weekend.
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26/04/2011 22:36:00

Re: the point about us not protesting bad decisions, could it be that such an attitude is conducive to getting more bad decisions? We've certainly been on the end of some terrible reffing decisions this season... when we passively accept them, it validates it in the minds of the ref. If we had someone with a bit of presence getting up in the ref's face about a bad decision, maybe it puts a bit of pressure on them next time.
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27/04/2011 02:31:00

I belive Arsenal needs a minimum of 4 additions to win the league next season. We do not need to change the manager. Just 4 additions. Bring in reina as our no 1 Keeper. A new commanding Centerback to partner Vermaleen in Defence. Some say the jerman player from bayern? or the Bolton Defender. Another marauding and imposing midfielder like Flamini/macherano to partner Song in a 2 man defnce when called for or replace Song in second half or games to give a more tighter defnce in front of the back 2, since we dont really have fullbakcs, we are more exposed than the other title winning teams. and also 1 new 20 goal a season striker who is full of confidence, and ability t attack even the crosses, to replace RVP or partner RVP when RVP goes MIA. This will instantly plug the holes in our defence and win more matches with a better goal scorer at the front. we could also play a 4-4-2 when 2 strikers are required in certain game. it gives us plenty of options . Players that should be sold are : bendder, Vela, Rosicky, Denilson, Diaby, Squilachi, and Almunia.
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27/04/2011 06:09:00

You may notice that (whoever reads my post) that i've put in 3 defensive buys and just 1 attacker. Thats because that has been the bane of our problems every since the youth policy is introduced. Not knowing how to defend. MU is practically winning this years and many other leagues through their defence. I've lost hope on our current defensive options as they are the reason why we lost this years league. Were we able to protect the goal lead in just 4 games we would be on top of MU right now. sigh.. Every season seems to be the ame repeting nightmare. Starts with a great promise and ends with the same pathetic dissapointments and it all stems from the defence. I dont know why wenger is too stubborn to address that.
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27/04/2011 06:25:00

So you want a 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders and two CBs that can't run?
Little Dutch
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27/04/2011 07:53:00

Hahaha! The thing with not meeting aspirations is that everyone now becomes a better analyst/coach than the Manager, who trains with the players day to day and naturally, wants to win (more than you believe). I am sure Wenger knows just what the team needs to succeed and as most here agree, it isn't much.
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27/04/2011 15:04:00

It must really hurt that danny the boy was involved in your demise. Until your professor wise up and realises that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Anyways, you guys can do us a big favour by beating manure. a wise professor would have reinforced in january. Thank God Wenger is not in the army. Think of how many letters he would write year in year out to grieving parents that their son/daughter died because the enemy did not play fair.
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28/04/2011 15:09:00

It must hurt that Torres played a part in your demise?
Little Dutch
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28/04/2011 15:29:00

no it doesn't after all this is going to be the only season in the last five seasons or so that we MAY not ( note the emphasis on the MAY) win anything. When was the last time u guys won something??? Patrice Evra was dead right when he said sometimes this season that you guys should choose btw being a proper football club or an academy for young players. Even Fergie rated us as more dangerous to their title aspirations at 3rd than you small boys at 2nd. How right. Check out the ecuadorian/sengalese league; heard there are players there for free that should convienently meet your lofty aspirations. Up Goooners
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2. Naijagunner 42
3. Galway Gooner 16
4. Wyn Mills 16
5. Guyfox 11
6. Rocky7 8
7. shewore 8
8. paul_ownz 7
9. Joe_@** 5
10. Nwankwo25 4

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 29 20 7 2 +36 67
2. Man City 30 18 7 5 +34 61
3. Arsenal 30 18 6 6 +27 60
4. Man Utd 30 17 8 5 +25 59
5. Liverpool 30 16 6 8 +12 54
6. Southampton 30 16 5 9 +21 53
7. Spurs 30 16 5 9 +5 53

Breaking League News

Do Tiendalli & Richards' Futures Lie At Swansea?
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Ľ Crystal Palace : 26/03/2015 19:16:00
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Ľ Crystal Palace : 26/03/2015 19:13:00
Burke Heads To Notts County
Ľ Aston Villa : 26/03/2015 19:07:01

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Newcastle MotM
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Koscielny 2%
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Ramsey 0%
Coquelin 13%
Sanchez 2%
Cazorla 7%
Welbeck 2%
Giroud 55%
Sub - Flamini 0%
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