Unbelievable! Bad luck batters Arsenal yet again?

You could say that Arsenal were not at their best away to Watford today and you would be right. Without the attacking flair and striking ability of Alexis Sanchez and the midfield running, goal threat and all of Aaron Ramsey we were missing a lot going forward. And after losing Mustafi to injury during the international break the last thing we needed was to then lose Koscielny to injury toward the end as Watford tails were up and they were pushing for the winner.

Arsenal also lost Danny Welbeck to an injury and he was only just fit again from the last time. To make it worse he picked it up when running through on goal and being barged over by a Watford defender. Now while I would not usually mind us not getting the penalty, when the same ref then gives an even softer one against us after Richarlison just runs into Bellerin and throws himself to the ground, I have to wonder what Wenger and Arsenal have done to deserve this unrelenting bad luck.

Remember the Stoke game away? We got nothing from that either becaise of a number of decisions by the officials, so that is six points down the drain because of rotten luck. No wonder the boss looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Sam P.


  1. AB says:

    Not surprised to see this article by Sam. Blaming luck and everything other than poor performance and then thinking of ourselves as title contenders. What a joke.

    1. Xxnofx says:

      Agreed he shouldn’t be aloud to post articles on here along with pat j .tbe drivel they come out with really does more harm to this club than good

  2. Sue says:

    It’s going to be a very long season & I think we’re going to get a fair few hammerings especially at the Etihad, well after how we played yesterday at most stadiums ☹

  3. miker says:

    Rotten luck? It’s rotten Wenger and his rotten players.

  4. miker says:

    The best thing was that I was pissed drunked yesterday n missed the game, what a blessing.

    1. Sue says:

      Wish I had been Miker

  5. John Ibrahim says:

    The Ibrahims wouldnt blame it on bad luck although it was a dive..

    We should have finished off the game instead of just spraying passes

    These things always happen if you are in a 1 nil lead…

    If we are in a 2 or 3 nil lead….there will be no comeback for Watford….

    We are not a team to defend a 1 nil for 90mins

    Ozil out!!

  6. khangunners says:

    i saId here that we can’t really go head to head and battle it out with a team. Just the moment an opponent is more energetic and aggressive than us we hve lost the game. Something is really wrong and no sort lf training and winning games can help us coz we are not doing doing the basic thing and that is admitting that something is genuinely wrong.

  7. arie82 says:

    When y play welbeck as winger, that y got
    When y play iwobi as winger (or whatever, i even dont have a clue, what his real/best position), that y got
    When y play ozil in winger, that y got
    When y play xhaka who originaly is cm as dm, that y got
    When y dont play y best player, couse hi sulking after failed to world cup, that y got
    Overpowered by watford
    I will not visit redcafe for while

  8. Charlie says:

    Bad luck!,,,
    Just poor excuse.
    Arsenal over the past decade had been playing slower and slower. Its like they let the opposition regroup before starting an attack. Passing the ball around in slow motion and racking up possession stats seems to be the key! So easy to defend against. We have become the most boring team in the EPL. Lack of speed, power, attacking skills…., just boring to eatch especially when we are watching them over here in Asia, at night, good sleep tonic.

  9. Howard says:

    We had a chance to get rid of Wenger and build a new team and you supported keeping the man whose target is always fourth. By the time his two year’s contract is over Arsenal will be a mid table club

  10. Kedar Damle says:

    We were totally Lethargic and poor… We only side way passing… We need squad overhaul like city did this Transfer window… But unfortunately our owner is not oil king who would have countless funds for transfer window.. At least we should have such Manager who will work efficiently in low budget… I think we should be having Diego Simeone as our manager who can work under low budget efficiently…

    1. Sue says:

      And can motivate his players. Jesus Xhaka needs some serious motivation right now

      1. Xxnofx says:

        He needs booting out the club tbh ,and a few more with him

  11. Nothing changed says:

    Losers talk about bad luck, winners point out their own shortcomings and fix them but quick. We have talked about bad luck and bad referees for 10 years and not fixed many of our problems over these 10 years. That is why we continue to be losers.

    Sam, after 10 years it’s safe to say that our problems are not going to be fixed by the current regime at the club and you better accept that luck is not going to fix them either.

  12. Gelz says:

    Yep that’s it unbelievable luck is the reason we keep losing to teams, even teams on paper we should be beating, nothing to do with disire to win, team selection, tactics to support the win, a manager so far out of depth and can’t admit it, if you believe bad luck is the reason for all our short comings you are just as delusional as Wenger himself.

  13. Yossarian says:

    Let’s stop moaning about the Bellerin penalty. There was clearly contact and the player was in the box. It may have been soft, clumsy, whatever, but it was a penalty.

    Wenger tried to blame the ref (As usual) after the match, but to be fair he did also cite the main problem, which is that Arsenal failed to kill-off the game after going ahead.

    Well done for admitting it Arsene. Now effing do something about it already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Chi chi says:

      Definitely not a pen and the second goal was offside,remember Lacazzete’s disallowed goal at Stoke,then ,the commentators were praising the linesman but yesterday no word about it

  14. AndersS says:

    Bad luck?
    Sure, bad luck can cause this sometimes. But year after year with the same problems?
    Maybe, it is bad luck we have Wenger as manager?

    1. Sue says:

      Groundhog season

  15. herb of the earth says:

    Blaming self is an indicator that you are an Arsenal supporter. I am a scientist and so I wish to introduce 3 principles that might help make sense of our losses. First, no single factor causes anything; try a triangulation of factors (at least 3). Second, use the data available and look for patterns. In the end you can level blame liberally – if that is your objective. Third, apply cognition, not emotion; which means look back at the match after you have calmed down. So today a. Arsenal, due to World Cup qualifier and injury, played a team that was comparatively weak. They were very hesitant, lacking confidence. They became triggered when the Captain Per scored. Then they missed chances and lost a lot of confidence. Then the referee indicated clearly that VAR is urgent. Welbeck was actually fouled – but it was light. In continental Europe Welbeck might have being given the call. The Premier League is tougher! So following this principle the Referee cannot make the call for the obvious dive. This is inconsistent. In the Stoke the Ref was also inconsistent. Now where is Arsenal to blame – they did not bounce back and fight. They actually got psychologically hit. So yes they need to be sturdier, especially since Arsenal is unfortunate – which is a synonym for consistent inconsistency from referees.

  16. Marty says:

    It’s got nothing to do with luck, we were piss poor again, where was the drive and determination to go after that second goal, instead we ponce around as if the game is won. Man for man our players are better than Watfords so it must be all down to the attitude and that comes down from the manager.

  17. Shahriar says:

    Lol luck!! There is no such a thing in modern football

  18. atin says:

    As far as I’m concerned, every backslide is traceable to Arsene Wenger: he’s very pedantic, too frugal to compete and lacks modern football tactics. Most of all, AW lacks the guts to discipline his players:the way and manner Ozil and Sanchez are treating Arsenal are examples. None can associate this pampering tendency to retired/successful Ferguson or reigning Pep.
    AW’s arrogance is unparalleled: he sits out EVERY match on his seat without rising to direct affairs in the field; he is the most knowledgeable Manager who, instead of taking care of his team, also has bags of advise for EPL management up to FIFA fair play; he amazes me with his timing in normal substitutions/substitutions of players; AW knows how to favour/dislike players yet not showing it. I submit that this led to the Ox’s “rebellion” that culminated in his sale. To this I hereby bet that the same Ox would pan out to be one of the best attackers, if not the best, by the end of the session.
    Finally,I believe that what is wrong with AW is that nothing is right with him!

  19. Vlad says:

    We get a dubious penalty call against us, and people are up in arms calling for Wenger and now Ozil out again. Because he missed a chance? I’ve seen Messi and Ronaldo miss worse sitters than that. Ozil created more chances in 10 minutes on the pitch than Iwobi did in an hour. With Sanchez and Ramsey leaking their wounds after failing to qualify for the WC, Wenger went with the best starting XI. I would’ve preferred to see a different combo in midfield than Xhaka/Elneny who don’t seem to be on the same page most of the time but to blame the loss on the manager and Ozil is ridiculous IMHO. I agree with the original poster that it was a combination of bad luck, and extremely poor refereeing. Richarlison will be retrospectively punished for diving but the damage has already been done.

    1. Marty says:

      Richarlson will not be retrospectively banned for diving, it was a judgement call by the ref that could have gone either way. What’s worrying is the way we reacted after the penalty, completely gutless feeling sorry for ourselves. The loss was our fault, not the refees or bad decisions.

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