Posted on November 22, 2014 by ADMIN

Arsenal v Man United review – No luck and no points for gutted Gunners

Louis van Gaal changed his tactics to try to surprise Arsenal and counter his team’s defensive problems, with three central defenders and with Luke Shaw and Valencia playing as wing backs in a midfield five, with Rooney and van Persie up front. But it was not really working as the Gunners tok control of the first half and really should have scored at least one goal before the break.

Wilshere had an eventful half. He could have been sent off, should have won a penalty and found himself one on one with De Gea. But while his finish should have been better, the United keeper was in top form and he also denied Chamberlain and Welbeck with great work.

United did have some chances themselves, mainly in the last 10 minutes but it would have been terribly harsh if they had scored. The Gunners were on top again after halftime and Welbeck brought another top save from DE Gea in the first few minutes, although our striker should have done better.

But we then lost Wilshere who had been one of our best players after a bad tackle from McNair on his left ankle. He was replaced by Santi Cazorla but Arsenal were behind straight away. Fellaini was offside but not given and then Szczesny’s clearance fell to Valencia whose wayward shot hit Gibbs and went in. And our unbelievable bad luck was compounded with Szczesny having to be replaced by Martinez.

Somehow, without a single shot on target, the jammy Mancs were ahead. And then, of course, we had to take more risks and while we were doing good things going fowrds we did look mure vulneranle at the other end. And it looked like we would need something special to beat their Spanish keeper.

Wenger had just one sub left and he brought Giroud on for Ramsey with 20 minutes left. And Arsenal went on the attack and played some fantastic tricky football as we beseiged their box, but the goal just would not come. But as the clock ticked down we had to throw caution to the wind and while nothing ran for us, United got the chance and hit us on the break with a second to seal the win. It could have been three as well as Di Maria missed from another break.

And then with four minutes of injury time left, Giroud scored a beauty into the top corner. But another late comeback was not to be this time. Arsenal will play much worse and lose but I don;t think we will lose many games playing as well. THe fact is, though, that United go above us into fourth and we languish in 8th place.

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  1. HA559 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What quality does he keep speaking of in post match interview? Only Sanchez is showing quality every game. Wenger says to take the positives, No! you take the negatives and fix them. We concede the same goals every matchday because we are taking positives out of those matches when we should be taking the negatives and fixing them.

  2. zul says:

    Our players are sucks
    Can’t beat the Man Utd team that just consist the weakest backline in their history
    Mcnair and Blackett..two inexperienced CB
    our so called great midfielders cant even create clear cut chances properly
    This Arsenal team should be ashamed of themselves
    SH*T
    ARSENE WENGER OUT

  3. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    my gf better give me a nosh tonight or shes getting dashed by tommorow.

    this sh*t just got incredibly real

  4. TJ ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    1 pass. Jack to Sanchez. 1 bad decision – Sze and Gibbs. I piece of bad luck – ball deflecting off Gibbs.

    Very different outcome. Close but no cigar. Should have been all over in the 1st half.

    Hugely frustrating.

  5. Hafiz Rahman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    now u guys realise that we will never beat Man utd….before the game everyone was so confident…

  6. Ronny331 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Schez rubbish, per suicidal positioning late in the game! And this is from the vice captain 🙁 come jan buy kondogbia, schar, (and one more cb) and a left winger. Sell poldi, per and cazorla.

    1. Gooneristic Truth ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Truth is SZCZ is an okay goalie but nowhere near De Gea! If the World Cup is anything to go by, then Ospina is more commanding between the poles than the Pole.

  7. AlmiR ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We have more problems than solutions, you all here are frustated and led by emotions, look logicly, our manager has 8m salary to do his job, while we spend our priceless time here on this forum, logic says look at table, look at players, look at salarys, our players dont deserve that much money, cuz if you are overpaid you are expected to do thing other cant, correct? our problem is 8m manager, who has one of the biggest paychecks for what? thats logic, we want new manager !!!

    1. dboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Yes it is. He did not make players aware of the importance of this game. They were just never up to it. And that’s poor management. You will never see Mourinho or Pellegrini’s team go up against Man utd in that fashion.

  8. GoonerG1 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wilshere was not one of our best players? What did he do? Received the ball in dangerous positions and did nothing with it screwing our best chances? Not scoring was inexcusable and he could have passed the ball to Sanchez for a tap in. The head butt on Felani was idiotic. He loses his cool over nothing every match.

    Wilshere, Ramsey and Carzola have all been poor most of the year (Wilshere has had a few moments the other two have done nothing), yet Rosicky never gets an opportunity.

  9. 5th Gen Gooner says:

    Other than Dortmund every game we’ve played we’ve all but dominated. The problem is our defense has more holes than an Amsterdam brothel and we need a dozen attempts to find the back of the net!

    1. Twig ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      That’s not really what caused us the game buddy. How many chances did United really have? The fact is you can’t press too far up the pitch when you’re 1 goal down with 30 minutes to go. Even the commentators were saying a United goal will virtually finish the game off, and then it happened. We have enough attackers in Welbeck, Sanchez and the OX to score that goal. No need having Mertesacker acting as a second striker.

  10. optimisticgooner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    15 mins into d game, i felt we can really take some revenge of d 8-2 defeat, 30 mins into d game, just score a goal before d first half ends, second half begins just score man, do it stop passing around, 56th minute we go behind ( i don’t wanna use any excuses for dat goal ), den giroud replaces Ramsey and we commit forward and d danger of conceding a 2nd on counter is d first thing dat comes to my head, 86th min, di Maria breaks free and every one puts dere hope on monreal , but Rooney scores, 2-0. Now i was only prepapring for a sleepless night but giroud scores. Good game wenger, good game.

  11. Jimbeam ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Where are all the effing AKBs?? Where Is NY and all his shithead friends Where the Frack are you? Why dont all of you crawl up Arsene’s a$$ hole and go to HELL with Him.

  12. Tommy-Gunner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ohhh I give up. Watching Arsenal is not good for your health!! One more pathetic shot on goal and I’d be in cardiac arrest!! It’s taken me a while to agree, but Wenger out!! Got to go mate, I hope we finish in the top 4 for your last season but have to call it a day and move up!

  13. NIKK ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Tonight Wengker will droen his sarrow by lookin at hid bank balanc Muffdiver will b diving like hell but rest of us alchy tonight we drink cheerassd

  14. kamn288 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is just embarrassing we lost to Utd now wenger needs to leave the game was won when utd had a CDM we didn’t arsenal are not lucky. Our premier league chase was on thread it’s like we will never beat Man Utd Chelsea or Man City they our weakness congrats to Utd for talking their chances and Gibbs with a half rested half sitting position diverting the ball into the net! Let’s hope that the true arsenal supporters what they have got to say ,they will be hit in the face by angry fans. Well Ill bet on arsene leaving at end of December

    1. dboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      We will beat Man utd Chelsea Man City etc. Only thing is when will Wenger leave? Cause that is the day.

    1. ENJ ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      I’ll save you the trouble
      Szccgcgczny =crap
      gibbs = dog crap
      mert = crap
      monreal = crap
      arteta meh
      wilshere = crap
      welbeck = crap
      ox = crap
      sanchez = meh
      chambers = crap
      ramsey = crap

      giroud = 8 you beautiful man. ahem
      martinez = meh
      cazorla = crap

  15. Rivardson ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I would like to tell arsenal fan that the transfer window is not arsenal’s problem.Let explain what is in my mind.We need to reinforce our team but we need to think in the future that most of the high class players are going to refuse signing for arsenal fc because of Mr Wenger’s philosophy.It looks like arsenal becomes cemetery of players.How many players came in and left because of performance,became good players out of arsenal.We need to accept all of the transformation Mr wenger brings in arsenal but now it does not work.Why??? because lack of tactics,strategies and pretending best players for Mr wenger mind but in reality those players do not get standard of best player.Mr wenger wants to prove everybody that he is wright that players who are calling by wenger are best.I means Mr wenger is the only one can see all matter in good position or bad.He is wrong by thinking this way.He does not like criticism.he is the mind of arsenal.Everything he can say or defend is wright.Think about morrinho comments about arsenal!!!!Why he likes to be arsenal coach!!!!
    One thing I want to say about arsenal players,I think everybody watch arsenal games.We have got short mind players who play two good games and the rest shameless.They are working hard in the training ground for catching Mr wenger’s mind to let them play;what is behind their (players) mind to be the most regular players.Those players have no vision even ambition;they are never becoming high class and their carriers are going to finish in arsenal after arsenal we are going to see them playing for championship.They do not care to become legend as Ian wright,Vierra, Berckam,piress,Henry…What is the big behind their mind to use wenger name to be selected in national team.They are not able to face different leagues in the world.
    We have got almighty players who do not care about anybody because they receive praises from wenger,they can work hard or not ,it is not their problem because they are almighty first choices.For others who are not almighty first choice what they can do just waiting the end of their contract to refuse signing or praying one team in the Europe to take them out of arsenal .consequence of miserable players, they are going to end up by stopping play football because of lack of competition.
    We have got selfish and arrogant players who they do not know about the team mate.they do not give any chance to a team mate to score.They were not born leader,they have got bad heart to accept their mate as good play or leader.I know you can establish yourself a leader but not in this way because you miss some potential of talent in you.keep working hard.
    Why have we got those player? because the lack of discipline in arsenal team.Look at ferguson as Manchester united;no almighty,no big and no important players.Sanctions are front of players’ doors whoever you are.I know someone is chosen as discipline mate in arsenal but a lot of complain between them.Arsenal players,their body language looks like they hate themselves.There are no unity between them.They are not happy.they do not want play for one (one team one goal or one team,one leader and one goal) because many of them they are there for longtime why them just come and become a leader.this is a question of light of one of you.and you can be lighted by him.One thing arsenal players forget.let light of one of you to be shone then you are going to get your part.
    We do not need the heart of God father in the arsenal to accept everything,like Wenger doing .It is time for wenger to be thanked and left arsenal the big family in peace.Wenger’s praise is conjugated in the past.He need to accept because he has risk to be no remembered coach for many thing he has done for arsenal but your place is in administration.

  16. ritblitz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ramsey, wilshere, welbeck are all greedy when in front of goal…none of these guys pass to sanchez when near the goal…looks like they cannot digest the popularity of sanchez.
    Fully fresh sanchez would have won this game alone…..he was exasperated no.of times when the ball was not passed and others made poor attempts.
    Wenger is so stupid..some of the fans are also stupid to praise wilshere… Are u all blind…
    Wilshere provides nothing other than running around like a headless chicken..always runs right at the defence and loses the ball..ever passes to the wings…
    Average manager with some AVG players…not the Arsenal.
    Bring back henry,berk atleast seeing them in stands will be some felief

  17. GOONSTER ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I kept seeing Mertesacker pushing up all the time.. What the hell does he think he gives us up front, he kept pushing up just for the sake of pushing up even if he was not needed up top.

  18. M10 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I get it- we lost another game, but we need to stop dwindling on the negatives, yes we should of won, but we didn’t, however there’s positives to reap from today’s match:

    We played much better football, we made a lot of chances, but couldn’t take them, but we made them, in contrast to the previous matches, we attacked through the whole game. We didn’t just leave it to the last minute, we had those toerags on the ropes for the majority of the game- there is progression!

    Everyone’s forgetting Olivier Giroud, he came on today and scored an absolute blinder, a great goal, which shows nothing but positivity for the Frenchman, it shows he’s ready for the game and he’s on form.

    Form. It wasn’t just our fault we couldn’t score tonight, De Gea was on scintillating form tonight, he stopped everything we had to throw at him.

    It just wasn’t our night, unfortunately we had one of those nights that we were just too unlucky to get anything out of the game.

    It’s a sad night for us Gunners, but we need to reap the positives, as painful as it may be.

  19. 5th Gen Gooner says:

    Guys as the AKB’s would have us believe it’s a conspiracy by the Refs Association. It’s not because we’re cr@p it’s because they won’t let us win. LOL!!!!!

  20. Big Gun ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We have to hand it to their keeper, he was the main reason they won, he played out of his skin. As four our players, no fight in the second half…and their defensive duties fell by the way side. HTF does a player like Mertesacker even get picked to play anymore is a mystery, the guy is far too slow…and what was he doing thinking he was a CF? I

    1. SoOpa AeoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      @ Big-gun……. Who selects the team? …….. Who dictates the way the game is to be played?…… Who decides the formation to be used? …… Who decides the player’s position? …… I don’t expect you to say WENGER anyway.. Since he’s ur master and ur Lord

    2. fender797 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Their keeper made the kind of saves any half decent keeper should. Everything was straight at him and with little pace. if he had of let one in, it would have been because of a mistake, Nana Moon could have saved everything we created yesterday. Mertersacker hasn’t been great by any stretch of the imagination but the problem yesterday was that we failed to score against the worst defensive unit we have come up against. Welbeck has proved himself to be exactly what he was a s United, Average with a poor goals to games ratio, Wilshere has 1 goal and 1 assist from 16 games, Ramsey is so out of form it’s like he has regressed to 2 seasons ago, Cazorla has become a joke yet the manager leaves Podolski, Rosicky on the bench and Campbell can’t even get a place on the bench!

  21. Zulu-boy-SA ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “We have to be patient but there were a lot of positisves today” Wenger said quietly, his body language suggesting a manager under pressure after 18 years in charge of his club

  22. Zapperkid says:

    We were not that bad, yall changing mind just because we lost one game now its ” Wenger out ” ? I cant even call you fans, get behind the team, our performance today was far from bad or average, fact is we controlled the whole game from minute 1 to the 98th minute. Chamberlain/Sanchez were good tonight, Wilshere had a good game too before his ankle got destroyed by a nasty tackle from Mclair. Our finishing cost us badly today end off story, saying our english core is crap is bollocks

    1. BB_Gun ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      No goal scorers
      Poor defence
      Pass pass passs……………get hit on the counter!
      We have been pathetic for a while and our british core has been poor. So yeah WENGER OUT!!

    2. john0711 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Lost one game dude take a look at the league, I can explain the confusing numbers if you like

    3. Adienl ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      You must be kidding me.
      No urgency at all. No grit to score.
      Sanchez plays the whole even though he’s clearly very tired.
      When you control the game, you also have to be able to contain the opponents when they do break away. Get that? If you don’t then go play some football or otherwise shut up.

  23. kaybiks ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The boys did play decent football but luck was not on our side. If you watched, you would have seen better. They went away with two clear offside calls and one led to goal. Welbeck needs to improve and Ramsey needs to sit on the bench to read game, he seems to be loosing it. Alexis also needs to be a team player and stop being too selfish. Ox was very good today and Chambers has football sense. The team needs to sit and watch their games to figure out the problem, we get too carried away that we forget that the other team wants to score goals too. Overall, it was a decent game.

    1. Trudeau ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Good points. I hope Ramsey goes on to be a club legend but right now he has no claim to even being on the bench for Arsenal. It is so painful watching him because every poor performance just reminds me of how good he was last season.

    1. muffdiver ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      the grass on the pitch looks good for tuesday?

      my hair smells nice?

      if i eat my hand – i can claim disability benefit?

  24. Zapperkid says:

    Brilliant goal from Giroud, once Bossielny, Ozil & walcott are back then we can judge our team & wenger.

  25. Aussie Jack says:

    I`ve been quite critical of Arsenal of late but from what I saw of this encounter and the commentators comments of the first half I am more than encouraged even though we lost.
    Giroud`s goal was a `pearler` and I`m sure it will do his confidence the world of good.
    After his goal we turned up the `wick`and it was good to watch the old Arsenal`s tempo.
    Wenger now needs the `gods` to shine on him and I think we should see some exciting stuff after Christmas.

    1. gmv8 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      I was at the game, and it’s no good having umpteen chances in the penalty box and either passing the ball the death until we lose it (more likely), or hitting weak shots straight at the keeper. Likewise it’s no good letting every chance against us turn into a goal.

      Yes we were by far the better team – Man Utd were atrocious and very lucky, but at the end of the day it’s all about goals.

    1. th14 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Hes a pile of sh*t for arsenal, no discipline, greedy as f*ck, never releases the ball, continuously running into players.
      But then again why the f*ck not he knows he’ll never get dropped by our specialist in failure so hes just having as much fun as he can.

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