Wenger – Norwich deserved to beat a below-par Arsenal

Arsene Wenger could only watch shell-shocked as his Arsenal team slumped to their first away defeat of the season at Norwich yesterday. Norwich looked fitter and sharper and hungrier to take the points and deserved to move out of the relegation zone this evening.

Arsenal were a shadow of the team that had started the season so promisingly, and an unhappy Wenger said after the game: “Norwich had a good defensive performance; they were focused and committed. We had a lot of the ball but did not create much with it. It was an illusionary domination. It was a disappointing performance on our side.

“I felt we lacked a bit of sharpness. We tried to get into the game after 20 minutes. But we missed what makes the success at the top level – that is complete focus. And they were sharper than us.

“I hope it will have a positive impact. It was a shock to the system today. But you have to give credit to Norwich today. They played well, were completely committed and they deserved the win. Maybe we underrated the difficulty we would face.

“But the Premier League is the Premier League. If you are not ready for the fight then you will always have bad surprises. There is a big difference between the amount of possession we had and the amount of chances we created. That is down to the fact that Norwich defended well and we did not create a lot.”

Norwich’s goal came from a long range shot from Tettey that was failed to be held by Vito Mannone, allowing Grant Holt to pounce on the loose ball, but Wenger refused to blame the Italian keeper for the defeat. Wenger said: “We do not blame anybody, we many made mistakes today. We have to put that performance behind us, realise that is not good enough and come out on Wednesday with a different performance.

“The attitude of the team has been excellent but that was not at the level of what we have produced until now. It was the first time of the season we were way below par. And we were well below today.”

Arsenal could have moved into fourth win a win last night but now find themselves ten points behind the leaders Chelsea after just eight games. “The gap at the top is unpleasant,” Wenger continued. “We had an opportunity to close the gap but we didn’t.

“It does worry me but what is more disappointing is we didn’t score.”

Disappointing is hardly a strong enough word. Everything was looking so promising up until now, but this totally unexpected defeat has suddenly left Arsenal playing catch-up yet again. Oh well, maybe next year…..

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46 thoughts on “Wenger – Norwich deserved to beat a below-par Arsenal

  1. shane

    Our wingers were piss poor, Gervinho can’t cross a ball and Podolski was missing the whole game

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  2. The Dom

    So you are as long as we score everything is rosy,right Wenger?

    I’m still puzzeled as to why this man is still manager of this club…could someone please FIRE HIM!!

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  3. Adnan Alamgir

    “Norwich had a good defensive performance; they were focused and committed” . “I felt we lacked a bit of sharpness. We tried to get into the game after 20 minutes. But we missed what makes the success at the top level” . Yeahhhhhhh!!! So true. They showed us that, we need someone like Adrian Lopez to gear up the offensive side or another player like Cazorla to take us into the next level. And, we are almost there. Arsene knows. Gunner for life ..\COYG/..

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  4. AYJ

    “But we missed what makes the success at the top level”… Yeah, like RvP and Song!!

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  5. JStarr

    Wooooow….Thats by far the worst I have seen us play since our 8 2 at united. WTF?

    Was truly digusted today

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  6. AYJ

    The problem is ‘the deadwood/freeloaders” lingering within the squad.. Hanging in there to continue to claim there GBP40-50k per week.. They are diluting the quality of the squad significantly.. Most deadwood players are unutilisable in the PL, as they are not even Championship quality.. The deadwoods within the squad also means that our bench suffers.. For every team the overall quality of any squad is clearly highlighted by who is sitting on the bench.. The bench tells the story.. And look at ours vs Norwich.. 2 x deadwood, 2 x debutants, 1 x Rookie, 2 x quality mids, with Wilshere really there just to observe.. This greatly affects the tactics that can be employed throughout the game.. Also, injuries will always be a constant, so it is another reason to improve the squad through purchases.. So it is quite simple, clear the deadwood, and suitably replace RvP and Song for any chance of silverware.. Listen up Hillwood/Gazidis we are getting sick of your shite!!

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  7. JStarr

    i broke my $700 TV……SERIIOUS….WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. IF WE CAN INVEST IN A 500 MILLION DOLLAR STADIUM WE CAN BUY FALCAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I truly love this team and it seriously damages me when we play like this. And to think I was argueing with about three united fans yelling Arsenals title dreams. Maaaaaaaaaaaan

    Where do we go next? To our next f*kin game, and lets hope it nothing like this one.

    Gunners for life, but troubled times. At this rate we will have a TV show called “being Arsenal” like our ex top four counter-parts Liverpool. Sad.

    Lets pick our selves up. But now everybody thinks they can beat us.

    We need to win our next 5 games to be taken seriously again. And to think, I seriously thought we were title contenders. Still do a little. But not sure :/

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  8. niyolad

    D truth is dat Arsene shuld go, d man can’t win any silver or gold ware for d club.D board of mgt is nt helping matters at all. D board and Wenger have hidden agenda, dat is nt in d knowlege of d fans. D board wish is to qualify d club for champions league evry season in order to make money. D club nids a gaffer dat don’t have shares in d club.

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  9. COYG malaysia

    I’m so glad I didnt watch the game last night. According by this, it was a horrible performance… hm… better luck next time Arsenal :D

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  10. siya

    Arsenal were just terrrrrrible period .This team can’t get to 2nd gear even the subs have no energy I wonder why I support this #*# team

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  11. ATrulyBrainlessTwat

    It’s just another wake up call, we’ll turn the corner soon enough.

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  12. sansabonsam

    That is what happens when you keep selling your best players…….RVP is on fire……wenger could have kept him by selling some deadwood……but guess what he did?….he kept the deadwood……same thing each year…..sweet stories when you sell your best players……ManU kept Rooney when it mattered…..that is the lesson for Wenger….and I hope he works hard and pays to keep Theo W…….

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  13. KickuPtheArsene

    As suspected …. We underestimate the lower table opponents. This is nothing new for us. We do it season in, season out. It’s the difference between us and the top clubs. We allow a 10pts gap to be created, and by the time we realise how far behind we are (& start putting in the consistant performances), our best hope is 3rd in the league. Too angry to say any more about anything right now.

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  14. Eadah

    One thing I like is that no one is giving excuses for the team, this wasn’t a must win game but a SHOULD win game, come on, we should be able to relax when facing lower teams like this, I feel it has to do with the mentality because the players are actually that good but what’s lacking in our squad at the moment can only be in their minds.

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  15. KickuPtheArsene

    @Dom

    Don’t understand how you can blame the manager for how the team executed what he was trying to get them to do. I think the team let us down – not Wenger. (Not this time)

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  16. Akeem Abdulkareem Lanre

    Why should we be droping points against a relegation battler. Why is wenger saying we don’t really need a new goalkeeper after fabianski has been ruled out for the next 3 months. Vito mannone’s blunder cost us the match . We need to buy some players to workout our plan b when the game is getting tougher beyond expectation.

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  17. leo

    arsenal needs another striker like llorente + a cdm like fellaini/m’vila & another playmaker like jesus navas i am sorry if some idiots still think giroud is like llorente then i suppose they started watching football just recently

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  18. Sikiki

    Oh my God-Was this really Arsenal? Wenger has to spend otherwise we will not see even champions league next season let alone winning a trophy.
    Sign in Lopez or Falcao; Sign in a creative midfielder to assist Carzola when suffers fatigue; Sign in a Central defender.Upfront Arsenal lacks ideas.

    This means a minimum of three signings this January.

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  19. leo

    arsene wenger should have changed his tactics we were too predictable from min 1 it was obivious that norwich would put 10 men behind the ball isolate giroud cut out the mf & result we wouldn’t be able to score a goal this happened in the past we should have changed our formation soon from 4-2-3-1 to either 4-4-2/3-4-3 or 3-5-2 barca new coach have applied this & it works for them all arsenal did was they had the possesion in the wrong areas knock the ball to the wings but couldn’t play it through the middle & we paid the price for that

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  20. J proper

    We will be back to winning again, and everybody will stop panicking.atleast we did not get smacked at our very best like tottenhoes! They just caught us slippin… Gunner STILL

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  21. ban10

    only thing i liked was gnarby. We started to make chances n looked a bit sharp when he came on. Arshavin was ok to me with more match time he can improve. Arteta tried a lot to make the game tick but nobody there was to support him. Podolski for me was alot tired bcoz of international duty. Gervinho was frustrating.
    It wasnt manonne’s fault for the goal the ball bounced in front of him. It was bcoz of santos holt was onside if you see the replay. We really need a good pacy striker.

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  22. Ene (kc)

    I hope peple suporting d sale of theo wil hv change of mind nw. RvP has revld the truth. Arsenal has no ambititon fo silverwares, rather enterpreneural driven. The truth is that this clubs target is qualify champion league, get to second round, collect the mony, groom 2 players 4 sale next season. Is a pity.

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  23. andy bishop

    Same old same old… gradual erosion of the squad quality
    means a loss of consistency..sick notes again.. Diaby, Gibbs, Rosicky, Walcott and now the Ox has caught the disease. Too much emphasis on playing the ball…the times a man passes to another man only five yards away..waht is that all about?….sometimes you have to do what comes naturally…the only problem yesterday was we failed to play at a higher intensity for sustained periods. Half the league will park the bus home or away against us because they know we play too slow and vulnerable on the break and set pieces.

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  24. GOONERGETYA

    I HAVE NOT POSTED ANYTHING FOR A WHILE BECAUSE LAST TIME I DID I GOT SHOT DOW BY YOU ARSENAL FANS WHO CAN,T SEE PASSED THE END OF THERE NOSE, YOU KEEP SAYING IN WENGER WE TRUST !!! WHY ???? ALL HE DOES IS LIE TO US THE FANS SO WHY DO SO MANY TRUST HIM ? I JUST DO,T UNDERSTAND. HE MUST BE SACKED !!!!! NOW !!! WE HAVE NO CHANCE OF WINNING THE LEAGUE THIS YEAR AND WE ARE ONLY IN OCTOBER, HAS FOR WINNING ONE OF THE OTHER CUPS THEN I THINK YOU FANS ARE JUST DREAMING, WE WILL NOT WIN ANYTHING AGAIN THIS YEAR THE COME THE END OF THE SEASON, WE WILL START SEEING COMMENTS LIKE SACK THE BOARD GET WENGER OUT e.t.c, THEN THE CLUB WILL MAKE 1 OR 2 SIGNINGS AND ALL WILL BE FORGIVEN FOR ANOTHER SEASON, DON,T WAIT UNTIL ANOTHER SEASON AS GONE BY WE MUST ACT NOW !!!!! I KNOW MOST OF YOU WILL NOT AGREE BUT IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL MOVE FORWARD, WENGER IS STUCK IN HE’S WAYS AND THEY ARE NOW OUT OF DATE FOR A BIG CLUB LIKE ARSENAL, I LOVE THE CLUB AND WANT US TO ET THE GLORY DAYS BACK, BUT IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN WITH WENGER, HE IS PASSED IT NOW IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON, IF WE DON,T DO IT SOON THE OTHER 3 OR 4 TOP CLUBS WILL BE TO FAR AHEAD FOR US TO COMPETE WITH THEM

    WENGER OUT NOW !!!!!!!

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  25. blackorwhite

    Y cant dis man realize dat ox is beta dan ramsey, anytime we start with ramsey we always struggle to score and he slow d tempo of d game he is always a shit

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  26. kevo

    i think arsene wenger should look for striking force that is what arsenal is lucking for yesterday match he shouldnt have sub podoski.we need striker lyk falcao, llronte let us look for the expirience strikers.

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  27. papercutz

    Wenger you were below par also your tactics were shit you subbed 2 late and ramsey is better off the bench and sell santos and get baines!

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  28. Gooner123

    Shut up wenger haters, it’s just one game and all of you are acting like that, it’s the players who did a poor job yesterday. If all you want is watching the team you support winning trophies, we don’t need you here. What we need is a fan who will support Arsenal no matter what happen. COYG & wenger, show these haters what you guys can do for next game!

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  29. Simon Kibera Kinywa

    I am still yet to recover from the embarrasing game.

    can someone tell Wenger to advise OX that the minute he is injured he should be lying down waiting for medical attention. When injured he stupidly stands quickly and runs limping worsening the injury, denying the ref to yellow/red card the culprit and denies a free kick in Arsenal favour. I am NOT suggesting he exaggerates.

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  30. Skeeza

    Some of you lot are disillusioned if you think we are solid at the back, by that I mean goalkeepers, Mannone is to blame 100% for their goal, although Sczcesny is better he still isn’t the finished article.

    If we hadn’t conceded in such a stupid fashion I’m sure we’d have ground them down later toward the end of the game. Thing is most of our players on that pitch had been away for two weeks on international duty where as Norwich had 2 weeks to get their act together.

    We were well below par, sluggish and hardly looked convincing when it came to ideas.
    You just don’t loose performances like against west ham as we’ve seen and know they can play. This will be a good omen as we have harder fixtures coming up and sure this defeat would have woken them all up!

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  31. Nickerless Bender

    I have been a Gooner for 37 years now and in all honesty, I think yesterdays performance was the worst I can recollect seeing us play. It was painful to see no drive, bereft of ideas and and the speed we moved the ball forward was as fast as James Corden running the 100 meters.

    Now I am not gonna slag individual performances but I thought Denilson was playing yesterday with all the cross field passing when even the uneducated knew and saw that we needed directness.

    I never said that we would win the EPL but I hoped this season would of shown some ambition and compete in the games that we were awful in last year to show we have learned our lessons. After yesterdays performance it is obvious we have not and we are still three players short of a cup winning team.

    I truly am gutted that again this year we will be competing with the likes of the Spuds and Scousers for fourth.

    Just a quick observation, has anybody else except me witnessed Poldolski’s lack lusture performances on the left? I thought he was brought in as a striker, not a winger. Yes he plays there for Germany but he has the license to move in field. But with us he is always hugging the touch line. Why do I get the feeling we may have another Arshavin?

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  32. dickto

    10 points? that is many and its difficult to close it down if Norwich can even stand on our way to three points.The teams have known to defend so well and attack Arsenal on the counter because we dont have alternatives if our game plan fails.

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  33. Teamblazer

    Dear Dom,
    We respect AW for being excellent at grooming kids & lesserknowns
    (Feeding other clubs to become champions) but winning trophies now?
    The last Norwich even drew us were when Arsenal
    had legends who stayed & be proud to win in Arsenal
    Colours. Owners f*%# up, profiting from arsenal greats, but
    Not replacing enough…new players do t make strong TEAM!, unless u
    Spend like Chelsea & hv mngrs who have champions mentality. The game
    Could still b changed…half time change & talk. I’m sure a few mngrs cld
    Make it happen. Admit lost, get winners & fight for trophies! Redeem glory

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  34. Red DB 10

    Record Premier League defeat: 2–8 (Man Utd, 28 August 2011)
    Record League Cup defeat: 0–5 (Chelsea, 11 November 1998)
    Record European defeat: 0–4 (AC Milan, ECL 15 February 2012)

    All under Arsene wenger so if you are going to cheer for him when the result is good its only fair he takes the blame it goes wrong.

    His best years were when David Dein was at Arsenal bringing him the best talent in the world.
    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

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  35. PATRICK

    This fellow named Giroud we bought as striker is turning out to be a liability.Did we notice he did nothing all of yesterday? We did not play well because our Carzola had a bad game. Over reliance on him as usual

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  36. bcrow

    reminds me of the blackburn vs arsenal game last sepetember… gunners get complacent against the “underdogs” in a lot of cases. I mean we are all human and have our lazy days, but thats besides the point…
    Why cant they focus on every game like they are going against Barca or even just like a Champion’s League match in general.

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  37. pnk.gooner

    Guy. AFC tried there best to sell the “deadwood ” but if other teams dont want them or player doesn’t want to go then what? AFC were even willing to give them away. We missed the pace of Walcott and the Ox went off injured following an injury from his first driving run. The team looked tired shown by the continued use of long aimless ball. They did nt play their high tempo passing game again a sign of mentally not up for game. Not good enough. Arsene and Steve need to kick a lot of butts and the team need to publically apologize next home game.

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  38. sb

    we are just not gud enough! the whole team nd management sucks.thats y we loose our best players coz they know this is a mediocre club

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  39. Mike Dellar

    Why is it that Chelsea and the likes can raise their game and thrash Norwich and we struggle against them…where was our much improved zonal marking yesterday when we needed it most?…most concerned that when we need to keep pace with the leaders, we become complacent and slip up…our reserve strength is simply going to have to improve!

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  40. kano state

    I predicted long time ago, that ego , greed and pride will bring Arsene to a shamefull end at Arsenal fc. I still believe this. He is insane who do the same thing and expect a different result. Every year arsene sell his best players and replace them with mediocer like Giroud. Arsene resign before you are disgraced. Pride come before a fall. A word is enough for the wise. I pray Arsenal fc do not go down with you.

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  41. Arsenal1Again

    I think Cazorla should be subbed as soon as he gets clattered by an opponent. He goes completely out of the game every time he get’s shaken up by a tackle.

    We lost yesterday for one reason, Mannone isn’t good enough. Before the game started I could see from looking at our keeper that he was going to have a bad game. After he spilled the ball that led to the game, it wasn’t long before Norwich had him sust.

    Just blast the ball at goal and he’ll either spill more balls or make other mistakes. He’s waaaaaaaay too inexperienced to be running out of goal the way he was and it’s lucky one of the crosses was intercepted by a defender.

    I haven’t been so frustrated with an Arsenal player since Toure gifted Liverpool that penalty at Anfield in the CL QF. I hate Mannone and Fabianski, I’m not jumping up and down with joy about Chezny either.

    It’s still early days regarding Giroud but time IS running out. By January it won’t matter if we buy a new striker because Mannone will have screwed our season beyond repair long before then.

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  42. Gooner_Gunner

    I know the players were away on International duty, but it’s not only Arsenal players that were away, United, City, Chelsea players were also away, but how come they all turned up?

    Chelsea players had a very hard game away at SPURS after the international break but they did not have no excuses, if we want to be taken seriously again, we should cut out the excuses, excuses hamper the team’s mentality as they will always look to excuses when they lose.

    Come on Arsenal, lets act like a Big Club.

    I am frustrated.

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