Fabregas & Eboue injured, Denislon apologizes, Djourou remains upbeat as Ramsey makes a positive comeback.

November 25, 2010

Fabregas: Out with a hamstring injury

Eboue: He picked up a knee injury last night

Things are certainly not going our way at the moment. Two defeats in a row and now Fabregas and Eboue are out with injuries. Eboue has a knee injury whereas Fabregas has a hamstring problem. Fabregas was doubtful to start before the match but Wenger took a gamble with him and it didn’t pay off.

Wenger said after the match:

“Eboue has a medial knee ligament strain from the tackle from behind. Fabregas has a hamstring strain.
Eboue will be out for a while. We will assess Fabregas tomorrow [Wednesday] but it could be two to three weeks, we don’t know yet.
It is very disappointing because I had a hesitation to play him [Fabregas] before the game started. But I took the gamble and it back-fired on us.”

Fabregas should not have been risked for this match. If it’s a recurring problem we will miss him for more than the time Wenger is saying. We will know more about the extent of injuries tomorrow.

Denilson: Disappointed after last nights match

Denilson after the game has come out an apologized to the fans for the two defeats in a row and the bad performances. He said that the next game has become important as it is a must win.  He talked about  focusing on the games ahead and to try and win trophies as they are important this season.

“It’s very disappointing. I’m very bad about the [defeat], very sad, I’m very sorry for the fans, for this match and the last game as well. We have one game left against Partizan where the three points will be very important. We now have to focus on our next game, we have many games [coming up], we have to keep on going on, we have to win trophies this season because it is very important for us.”

Djourou: Remains positive after the defeat

Djourou too has come out and said that it would be disaster if we didn’t qualify for the next round in the champions league. He spoke about remaining positive and that the whole team wants to win a trophy. He said that the defeat was a shock and that they should have done better with the possession and the goals should have been avoided.

“If we didn’t qualify, it would be a disaster. We shouldn’t think we are not going to qualify. We have to think positively. This defeat was a shock for everyone and we need to bounce back. We have the players to do it, it is just how much we want it. And we do want to win a trophy. When you have so much possession [65 per cent] the game should have been done. And theirs were silly goals, we should have avoided them.”

Ramsey: Made a positive start yesterday

The only good news is that Ramsey made a positive return to the playing field for the first time in 9 months. He played the first 45 minutes for the reserves yesterday in which the signs were positives. It is the last step in his rehabilitation process after which he will be available to play for the first team. Wenger has said that he will feature regularly for the reserves from now on to make him get to match fitness. The Christmas period is the busiest one and I hope he gets there by that and is available to us. And I hope he makes a complete recovery and returns better than ever.

Thoughts!


Player Ratings: Braga 2 – 0 Arsenal

November 24, 2010

Well we are where we deserve to be. We have become so much predictable that any team can come and beat us. There is no problem because they just have to watch us keep the ball and score a goal on every opportunity they get. Be it a counter or a set piece, they just have to be discipline at the back. In fact sometimes we will gift the goals as we lose interest in the match. Read the rest of this entry »


Braga 2 – 0 Arsenal: Shit happened again!!

November 24, 2010

Braga: 2 (Matheus 83, 90+)

Arsenal: 0

Gutted! It seems nothing is going for us. The result doesn’t tell the whole story. We should have had a penalty when the score was nil all and the match secured but the ref made a blunder. It was a clear foul on Vela but the ref booked him for diving. Braga then went on to score two goals on the break. Frankly, the second one should have been stopped.

As it stands we are level with Braga on points and the last group match is a must win for us if we want to qualify for the next round. We can forget top spot as Shakhtar have won their match today by a three goal margin and only need a draw in the last match.

I wont go into details of the match as there was nothing happening. None of the teams deserved to win today and a draw would have been a fair result. We dominated the possession but had no clear cut chances. Braga was mainly defensive and had a couple of chances in the second half but never looked like scoring.

I don’t know what happened out there but it has left me shell-shocked and a bit angry. The ref was a moron for sure. But we never helped ourselves out there.

We did lose the match but the bad thing is we have lost Fabregas and Eboue to injuries. Not a great day at all for us.

What to expect next!? Rant on!


Braga vs Arsenal preview: Will we have learnt anything!?

November 23, 2010

The million dollar question after Saturday is: Will the last defeat have thought us anything? I don’t know the answer to this. In fact the answer will only be given at the end of the season because simply words don’t matter now, results do and they haven’t been going in our favor consistently. The defeat on Saturday is still hurting. The away wins against Everton and Wolves are a distant memory as we head into today’s match to redeem our lost faith, or will it?

Today we are facing Braga at their home and a win or a draw will see us qualify for the next round. A loss will make the next group match a must win for qualification.

Our squad is somewhat depleted for today with Andrei Arshavin, Clichy and Van Persie not travelling. Arshavin has been given a rest, Clichy has a back problem and Van Persie isn’t 100 percent so he has been left behind. Besides these Diaby and Vermaelen are still out. Almunia and Ramsey are with the reserve team; in fact they have started the reserve game against Wolves. Wenger was to yet to make a decision on Fabregas. The starting team therefore for me would be

Probable XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Djourou, Gibbs, Song, Wilshere, Fabregas, Walcott, Bendtner, Rosicky.

Fabianski to return in goal. Djourou is improving a lot and he shall a get a start today alongside Squillaci. Koscielny wasn’t spectacular against Tottenham so he should be on bench. Gibbs shall replace Clichy on the left and I hope he lasts for the whole game. Sagna on the right or if he needs a rest then Eboue to replace him.

In middle Wilshere has had his rest so he is likely to start. Song and Fabregas to retain their places. Or if Fabregas isn’t ready Nasri should start then.

Upfront Chamakh needs a breather and as Van Persie hasn’t travelled Bendtner will get an opportunity to start. Walcott to start on the right and I hope he returns to the way he was playing before the injury. Rosicky to start in place of Arshavin to complete the eleven.

The team from here looks strong but we have come to know that nothing comes easy with Arsenal. On any other day it would have been an easy game but after last Saturday you never know. Still it is a new day and we may yet be surprised. We need to be at our 200 percent best for the whole 90 minutes to come up with a win. Anything less will be bad for us and more tense times ahead.

We have beaten them before but this season we have lost against those whom we have beaten before; like Newcastle, Shakhtar and Tottenham. I am not saying anything about this match as the outcome depends on how we show up and how we play. Frankly speaking I will take a draw. We have been so inconsistent that a win won’t change much. I am being pessimistic but that’s how I have been since the derby collapse; we have massive results away from home and then we lose at home a game we are dominating.

Wenger is giving his every drop of blood for success as he said:

“I want so much for this team to win that I am giving every drop of my blood to make sure that they win. I want them to be successful because they deserve it and it hurts when you get so close as you did on Saturday and you don’t manage to do it.”

Let’s hope the team does come up with a solution because something is not right with so much inconsistency.

May be this game will start a run of games for us that will put the defeat behind. Not looking too much ahead, let’s get a result in this one.

Fingers crossed!


Player Ratings: Arsenal 2 – 3 Tottenham

November 20, 2010

Third loss at home and again it is due to a sloppy performance. Away from home we are giving spirited performances but at home we simply cannot remain focused for the whole 90 minutes. After the start we had it looked like we would cruise on to a win but again we lost the desire when it mattered. That second half was just a f****** pathetic display of football by us. How can one give away a two goal cushion and that too against the Spuds at home? It was very painful, more painful than the West Brom and Newcastle games combined. Read the rest of this entry »


Arsenal 2 – 3 Tottenham report: One for the Drains

November 20, 2010

Simply disappointing. A match is played over two halves and I guess our team didn’t realize that they had to play the second half. We were given an opportunity last weekend and we have simply blown it. I guess we cannot keep it simple and have to lose because Chelsea lost last weekend. How many times have we seen that we throw away a match that we are dominating? We just lose our focus. Complacent again? I don’t know but that second half was very painful to watch as the Spuds took the match away from us.

It’s also another loss at home and that is twice in a row now. Perhaps we need to bring our hopes down. We can forget the title at the moment and give it a go at the cups, the only realistic chance of a trophy this year.

The game started with us keeping better possession and creating good goal scoring opportunities. The Spuds were chasing shadows. We were rewarded for our good play in the 9th minute when Fabregas flew in a brilliant lobbed pass down the middle. Nasri got on the end of it. His touch took the ball away from Gomes and it seemed it was going out before Nasri’s touch spun the ball over the line from a tight angle.

Fabregas had a chance to put us two ahead but his shot wasn’t on target after he brilliantly made space for himself with a nice touch on a pass from Song. We got our second on a counter when Fabregas fed Arshavin on the left. His cross was deflected by Chamakh into the back of the net. Two goals up and the rest of the half was all Arsenal. Near the end of the first half our defenders were tested a bit but there was no clear cut chance for Tottenham. We in fact could have gone a third goal up and put the match to rest if Chamakh hadn’t made a terrible mess of a good ball form Fabregas.

Still we were two goals up as we headed into the break , we were dominating the possession and it looked like we will get this match. The catch was if we had kept it simple and played the same way but of course we don’t keep it simple.  I don’t know why we have to make things hard for ourselves. The second half saw rejuvenated Spuds and we simply didn’t raise our game to their level. We were still keeping the ball nicely but at the back we were playing a dangerous game. We were attacking the ball early and keeping a high offside trap for which we were punished.

Spurs got the early goal they wanted as our backline was caught ball napping as it went over them. Van Der Vaart, who was terrible in the first half, got the ball from defoe and passed it along to Bale, who was quite in the first and he put it into the far corner. They were back in the match. Two of their players who we had kept quite in the first half opened their account. Still we had the match under control.

Chamakh again had a chance to make it three for us but he was simply slow to take the initiative. That allowed the Tottenham defence to close him down. At the other end Tottenham got a free kick. As it was delivered in, standing at the wall, Fabregas and Chamakh both raised their arms into the path of the ball. The ref pointed to spot straight away. I don’t know what happened to Fabregas and Chamakh but that was embarrassing and unbelievable. Van Der Vaart from the spot kick sent Fabianski the wrong way and they were leveled.

We still would have taken the match. Fabregas’ curling shot was saved by Gomes and Koscielny had an open net to head in but he made a mess of it. Van Persie, Rosicky and Walcott were thrown by Wenger but they didn’t make much impact. At the other end Tottenham were looking threatening. They had another free kick which was delivered in by Van Der Vaart. Kaboul got in between the defenders and headed the ball into the far corner. Poor defending. The spurs were ahead for the first time and there were only 5 minutes of normal time let. We tried to get a goal back but it was not enough as the time ran out.

Painful ending to a match that should have been won by us in the first place. Tottenham got their first win at our home in a long time and I simply cannot register the fact that we have lost to them. This is two games in a row now we have lost to the Spuds in the league. And the fact that it is our third loss at home this season makes it all the more astonishing.

It was just another pathetic display of football by us in the second half. It is becoming more of a norm now I guess. I am not going much ahead but this match is simply going down the drain for me. All is not lost yet but what more can we expect. From now on it will just be match at a time and I am simply not going to expect much until we really achieve something.

Keep the faith!


Arsenal vs Tottenham preview: A chance to go top!

November 20, 2010

A win is what we want!

We return from the mini International break unscathed in terms of injuries and take on the spuds today at the Emirates.  We have a chance to go top today at least for a few hours and for that we need to win this game by whatever means we can. Read the rest of this entry »