Sunday, 17 April 2011

Same old things hold Arsenal back (Bad times again)

You couldn't make this shit up could you? Arsenal seem to be the weirdest team in the world. Spectacular at times, silly and immature at others. The same unanswered, unresolved problems keep coming back and biting our team in the backside. Don't give me all this rubbish about having 11 captains on the pitch Arsene, we have no captain. No-one who can sort us out and organise us and make sure the players stay switched on in a situation like the 100th minute incident today. People say it all the time that we have no leadership and I defend Arsenal because I don't really buy into the captain needing to be a nutter with anger management issues that shouts out instructions all the time to players, but I'm starting to doubt my own views on that as we are seeing too many examples of not having a Jamie Carragher, Tony Adams, John Terry like leader at the back who will sort the team out and organise things.

It is an absolute disgrace that play played on after Suarez's freekick today. It's bad enough the whistle didn't go before that even. 8 minutes of stoppage time and Arsenal score in the 8th minute of it and yet play goes on afterwards. That isn't right. Maybe you could say time from the celebrations should be played but that's between 30 seconds and a minute. After Suarez had missed the freekick that should have definitely been time up. It was last chance saloon for them, either this goes in or game over. Why keep playing on?

To make matters worse Liverpool had been time-wasting their arses off for most of the game and yet they feel the benefits of this later in the game as when we get a last minute goal, the referee plays on presumably because of the time- wasting in the game. But Arsenal had scored, Liverpool shouldn't have had time added on for their benefit after they were the ones time-wasting.

In fact, that time goes into consideration for the decision on how much stoppage time should be added on at the end of the 90 minutes, so the referee can't even use that as a reason for playing until 2014 today. Why the hell time was still playing in the 111th minute I do not know. And yet again, Arsenal are robbed by a stupid referee. How many times this season? Countless.

The trouble is that there are too many referees in this country that respond to pressure from the crowd and players. Liverpool players played hell with Marriner when he gave a freekick in the last minute instead of the penalty and when Lucas goes down a minute later in front of the Liverpool fans and they scream for a penalty, combined with the pressure from players and the imminent abuse from Dalglish as he comes off the pitch, the pressure from those Liverpool fans results in a penalty. Just like Dowd at Newcastle.

It is stupid but Arsenal should never have let Liverpool get in that position. Once the referee has made his mistake and not blown for full- time when he should have, Arsenal should be putting everything into making sure Liverpool don't get to put any pressure on them. Clear the ball anywhere, hoof it, foul players in the middle of the pitch if you need to. Don't let them get anywhere near your box. It's not even like they had a few minutes to get an equaliser, they had a minute at best. When Szczesny has the ball after Kuyt's shot from the kick off he should be wasting time, putting the ball down and picking it up again and hoofing it as far away as he can out wide preferably in the direction of Bendtner. Just make sure Liverpool don't get to mount any last gasp pressure on you, but no, schoolboy errors come back again, inexperience costing us year after year, silly mistakes week after sodding week. It's time this shit stops happening. Stupid things all the fucking time. The Carling Cup final embarrassment, the Newcastle and Tottenham horror shows, the horror show at Wigan last season. Man Utd don't make fools of themselves like this and we do. It frustrates the hell out of me.

And now our title chances hang by a thread and we are in danger of being caught by Chelsea and not even finishing second after being there for most of the season. Our next 4 games sound bloody hard- Tottenham away, Bolton away, Man Utd at home and Stoke away. Yet Chelsea's next 3 are at home- the next two being Birmingham and West Ham. I am worried.

However if we win at Tottenham on Wednesday we'll have a chance of the title, stay above Chelsea and confidence among fans and players will be boosted and it will be some much needed joy for us fans that keep suffering painful blows with Arsenal at the moment. If this happens it will be great, revenge on Tottenham and a big confidence boost and more comfort in second place. It will also be the ideal way to go into the remainder of our tough run- in as we will have more confidence and more a chance mathematically.

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