Things go from bad to worse for Arsenal after a clumsy loss to Liverpool. Whilst pessimistic headlines fill the tabloids, we bring you the honest perspective of a true Gunner.
The Gunners see red.
On the pitch an even encounter seemed set for a draw until a red card and a freak own goal swung things in Liverpool's favour. Stripping away the associated off field issues, these two incidents insured Liverpool's first win away at Arsenal for eleven years.
Arsenal's lack of creativity reduced their threat going forward as an inexperienced midfield relinquished possession in measures unaccustomed to. This saw the defence come under consistent pressure from balls into the box targeted at Carroll, with Liverpool lacking the craft to create opportunities in any other way. With Vermalen marshalling the defence and Szczesny growing in stature with each game, Arsenal looked as comfortable at the back as they did ineffective going forward. The inevitable Nil-nil draw would have seemed entirely appropriate had it played out that way.
Nasri isn't the devil.
It was awkward. We'd both said things about each other over the last week presuming we wouldn't be meeting again. Arsenal have no other player who can offer that which Samir Nasri does on the pitch. With that in mind the estranged relationship was tested as the Frenchman started.
The Arsenal fans who had called him a 'c**t' last week refrained from doing so again, perhaps due to the fact that this could very well be his final appearance in the red and white. On reflection Nasri has done nothing wrong. He simply hasn't signed a contract with Arsenal Football Club because another potential employee has offered twice as much. Despite the judgmental venom directed at him from the stands, who can honestly say they would not do the same thing in his position?
It was awkward. We'd both said things about each other over the last week presuming we wouldn't be meeting again
Perhaps our feelings of betrayal were further subdued due to the fact that Nasri didn't play like a player on the verge of departure. Such efforts were quickly appreciated by the home fans, who were audibly on his side as he took an early corner. We clapped him and he clapped back. It would have gone beyond that had a fine solo run from deep within his own half ended with Arsenal taking the lead.
We might not be ready to try again, but if we separate we do so on amicable terms.
Arsene Wenger spent the summer walking under ladders.
They are only three games into the season yet Arsenal has already been dogged by suspensions and injuries. To Song, Gervinho, Dojourou and Gibbs, add Koscielny and Frimpong. Koscielny pulled up with the injury of an old man, as back spasm struck whilst the Frenchman brought the ball out of defence unchallenged. His replacement saw another youngster join in to play, and Miquel impressed enough to have Barcelona confirming his DNA for a transfer in five years time.
Down to the barest of bones at the back, Arsenal were still coping. As they were up until the moment Frimpong's exuberance predictably got the better of him, earning him a second yellow card, the first of which can only have been obtained for having a mow-hawk.
It never rains but it pours, and by this point it was p*ssing down on Arsenal. A drenched Wenger looked on and spiralled further into frustration as Miquel and Ramsey combined in pinball fashion to put Liverpool ahead, helped further by the absence of an offside flag.
Nobody loves you when you're down and out.
Spend some f**king money, as long as it's not £35m on Andy Carroll.
For all the money Liverpool have spent it's apt that the only player I would've liked at Arsenal helped them to the win. Luis Suarez is a class act and has easily replaced Torres in the hearts of the Kop.
I looked around the pitch at the others and noted their price tag, crossing off each one with a 'no thanks' and 'f**k that'
I looked around the pitch at the others and noted their price tag, crossing off each one with a 'no thanks' and 'f**k that'. Downing, Carroll and Jordan Henderson; bang average and yours for the pricey sum of £75m. One header apart, Andy Carroll offered nothing but an offensive pony tail. He spent more time on his backside than he did in the air.
This is without doubt the toughest spell of Wenger's time at Arsenal. A major boast is required to lift the gloom which surrounds the whole club and that has to come in the shape of new players. For the money we received for the sale of the genius that was Cesc Fabreagas we could even get ourselves an Andy Carroll. With Liverpool recklessly setting the market value for British players, it's no wonder Arsene looks elsewhere.
'Expose the Lies Before Thatcher Dies'
Aside from the events of the game itself a very real message emerged from the match. It had nothing to do with costly signings, even more costly non signings, red cards, injuries, fouls and own goals. Instead it was a cry for justice that united supporters on both sides of the pitch. ‘Expose the Lies Before Thatcher Dies’ read the banner travelling Liverpool fans had brought with them, demanding full government disclosure and publication of all documents, discussions and reports relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Regardless of what appears in the tabloids regarding the events of the day, this is the story that deserves coverage. If 100,000 people sign the e-petition justice may finally come for the 96. Sign up at
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