Wenger – Arsenal had to keep their nerves…..

What a nail-biting afternoon for Arsenal fans as we watched Newcastle defend admirably for over an hour with ten men against the might of the Gunners attack force, and the only way that we penetrated their defence was when we got a lucky own goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wayward strike.

Wenger believes that the sending off actually made it harder for us because the Toon just camped out in their penalty area and the Gunners had to wait patiently for an opening. “Patience and nerves.” Le Prof said after the game. “I believe that we needed to not rush our game, to wait for our chances and to take one of them.

“I must say that Newcastle decided from the start to make the game quite physical and we had to keep our nerves and not become a little bit aggressive as well. I thought we did that well. Afterwards it was a strange game. You play away from home, 11 against 10, and you know that they will play 15 yards deeper, you play 10 against nine in the final third.

“the crowd is behind their team which puts pressure on the referee, and then it’s very difficult. We didn’t find the space. They defended well and they’ve shown why they didn’t concede at Manchester United as well. We are happy to have the three points and to win 1-0.”

Arsenal have now only gained a point at home from two games, but we seem to do better away from the Emirates. “It was important.” Wenger continued. “We know we’ll turn it round at home so it was important mathematically not to drop points today, not to be too far from the top teams. It was important mentally as well because we dropped points at home. We had two different away games at Newcastle and Crystal Palace but we’ve got six points. That is very good.”

It was very nerve-wracking from where I was sat, but it was nice to see Liverpool and the Portugese bus conductor drop points later on. Perhaps we are not looking so bad after all, but when are our strikers going to find out where the net is……

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  1. kev says:

    I feel so sorry for Necastle though.It could have been an exciting match.They have some exceptional players like Coloccini,Sissoko,Mbemba and so on.Arsenal was very poor.Its was a poor performance from me.The team continues to look awkward and the manager too the same.Excuse me to say but we pass and play senselessly at times and it was shown today too.The mental barrier has not been overcome yet.

    1. kenyanfan says:

      you right….our final third balls are nothing to smile about…off topic
      Jose Mourinho ‘s last 7 #BPL defeats have
      come against: Pulis Poyet Pardew
      Pochettino Pulis Pellegrini Pardew

      1. almostawinner says:

        amazing people arent making more of penalty on bellerin. that was another goal stolen from us. add to ramsey’s goal from last week and thats 2 weeks in a row. PLEASE : can we have some limited video challenges????

      2. almostawinner says:

        i also saw monreal belt down the left side and then stop looking for a pass. he should have the nerve to run behind the defenders. it would shock them and that gives him time . was pleased cazorla had shots on goal. didnt go in but always creates havoc in the 18yd box.

      3. KickAssFan says:

        Honestly, I’m surprised by the fact that so many here are complaining and abusing Wenger now, meanwhile they are the very persons that were praising him earlier for the team selected today.

        That’s the best team we have at the moment, once again INJURIES/ILLNESS helped Wenger make a good decision. I think we were very good with the ball, but we all know Arsenal don’t shoot. Characteristically we don’t shoot and that’s a big problem.

        By the way, you think just because Newcastle were down to ten men so we could just score them tones of goals??? Naaa!!! It’s much more difficult scoring against a team that’s one man down, because all they would be thinking is “DEFEND”, “COUNTER”, “DEFEND”. The lads tried, but truth is that Theo isn’t good enof a striker for Arsenal, HE IS A WINGER, and Giroud is just GIROUD.

      4. vega says:

        Wenger should change his name to Penger then.

  2. kenyanfan says:

    I don’t care..ugly win but what’s important is that we got three points…but our striking options gives me headache..1clear goal in 4 games is not pleasing

    1. almostawinner says:

      did you see the solid partnership of kos and gabriel ? we should play those 2 more often and allow them to become our #1 pairing.

      1. mohawk says:

        you have to believe that Wenger wants to end up with the Kos-Gabriel pairing. my guess is he wants to make the transition more slowly than some might like but i think it will happen.

  3. evans says:

    Arsenal has to keep their nerves,,,,,,,,,really.

    well nxt tym ,,,,,u will have to keep yr balls

    Arsenal played like a bunch of high school kids with no leader.

  4. DanO says:

    What’s clear from today’s performance is Walcott is not a CF nor never will be..he has had his chance to prove and hasn’t taken it

    1. almostawinner says:

      this lineup is gelling for me: sanchez at CF. ox on LW, walcott on RW. both wingers given permission to run in, not just pass from corner. obviously sanchez wouldn’t park himself on the cb’s shoulder like OG does, he’d be mobile. maybe sanchez could become more like aguero if given 5 games at CF. good to see giroud trying a shot from distance. gotta give him credit for that and roving more today.

    2. mohawk says:

      I don’t know about the “Walcott never will be” prediction, but right now Walcott is lacking in way too many aspects of CF play.

      Sometimes the CF needs to create something when the rest of the attack is stagnant. He certainly does not know how to do that yet.

      1. DanO says:

        This team cannot wait for walcotts progression as a striker any longer,we have been waiting for yrs for him to be something he is not,we need goals ,he is more effective outwide making them..

  5. vish says:

    Let’s not talk about other teams’ results and focus on ourselves.
    We could not score against a team who were down to 10 men for 70 mins. Enough said.
    Walcott is not striker, sooner he and Wenger realise this, the better. Out of Walcott and Giroud i would pick OG in a heartbeat( doesn’t mean he is good though). It’s like choosing out of the worst of options, whichever is less worse.
    We need a poacher who is mobile and also provides physical presence.
    Does Walcott ever head the ball? Can he convert crosses to goals? no.

    1. almostawinner says:

      poacher: javier hernandez wouldve been better than welbeck.
      we also missed out on jackson martinez. wenger slower than atletico.

  6. Eddy Hoyte says:

    today while watching chelsea’s match with my friend, i gave a cynical laugh and he ask what, i replied : “that awkward moment when you realise YOKOHAMA tires arent good for your bus but your bus is already on the expressway”

  7. No10 says:

    We had weeks to address a well documented lack of bite in attack and lack of cover for Coquelin.

    Has anything been done yet? NO.

    How would Mr Wenger like to have to sell a prized player on deadline day? He wouldn’t so why wait so long and risk losing a deal?

    Get a proper top class striker or you are not serious about bringing this club to the level it SHOULD be competing at.

  8. Eddy Hoyte says:

    ya’ll should keep moaning bout wenger…the crook doesn’t even care bout what we think so i finally realise am only hurting myself by being frustrated by him.. whatever happens, i’ll always be here to cheer for the team,win or loose. but no way i’ll let this team frustrate me anymore, no way they’ll affect my health again

    1. sevenitti says:

      It is a very concerning point for a club when its supporters are starting to get apathic. I see more and more (including myself) who have gone beyond frustration-level of disappointment of how the club is run. Usually I would kill for a season ticket if I lived in London, but now I really can’t be arsed to spend that amount of money on a club being driven and entertaining on such a low level as it is now. If change doesn’t come soon (as in this is wengers last season), I suspect the club is going to have a decline in fans worldwide for as long as the trend continues

      1. Eddy Hoyte says:

        @Sevenitti true talk fam

  9. fred cowardly says:

    PLEASE stop this experimenting and sign A Top CF.

    Walcott is a winger. He is capable of scoring 20 goals from there. Keep him on the right.

    Also no more Ramsey on the right or Ozil on the left nonsense. Seriously, we started the season with almost every player healthy including Walcott, Oxlade, Alexis. These three are our best wingers.

    Today’s positioning wasn’t too bad. Oxlade on the right, Cazorla cam and Alexis left, with Ramsey b2b that was fine. Only Walcott is NOT suited as a CF.

    SO please for the love of God, Allah, Buddha, Zeus, Krishna, Odin etc, sign a Top CF

    Also sign a Very good LW too back up Alexis. I’m sick of seeing Ozil and Cazorla there. Leave Welbeck for League Cup and keep Walcott on the right.

    That’s it. We need more GOALS!!!!!!!

    1. Tidan2 says:

      Ramsey was actually playing CAM

      1. mohawk says:

        Ramsey was playing centrally TODAY. But the comment above merely suggested that Wenger not go back to the Ramsey at RW which is the most frequent scenario. This is not a one game thing. This has been a problem for a long time.

        If Wenger is again faced with the choice of benching Ramsey or playing him at RW, Wenger will put him at RW for sure. The only reason Ramsey played centrally today was because Ozil was not in the lineup. No other reason.

  10. kenyanfan says:

    I wish we get Drexler and next season a fresh new young team for cup games would be
    belerrin chambers v.boss gibbs
    Coq Ramsey
    Ox wilshere Drexler

  11. northbankgooner says:

    3pts is 3pts just ask Chelsea, Liverpool & the Spuds. Nuff said!

  12. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Calm down all Gooners. The goals will start arriving through the Gunners in their good numbers after the international break. Let’s pray to God to keep the Gunners away from international duty injuries and let them all returned in good conditions to host the Potters. And beat them to the 3 points that will be at stake at the Emirates Stadium. As for me, I thank God and sang praises to Him for given us all the points at St James’ Park, Newcastle. It wasn’t easy, but we won the game. How about you Gooners? did you give Glory to God? By singing, Glory be to God in the highest Amen, for His mercies endureth forever, Amen…..

    1. almostawinner says:

      sanchez beginning to look a bit tired.
      ox could play on LW???

  13. Greg says:

    We were flat today! Just like day old beer when left open in the fridge!

    1. mohawk says:

      Yes. I took 3 things from the game.

      1. Arsenal attack was flat (as you stated).
      2. Newcastle was very solid and organized – they had a part in stopping the Arsenal attack.
      3. Arsenal figured a way to pull a win.

  14. Greg says:

    Theo’s best postion is a winger! Enough said!

    1. mohawk says:

      Yes. Arsenal have Ox and Walcott for the RW. And this makes it even more frustrating when Wenger continually plays Ramsey at RW.

      I believe Wenger would more likely shoot himself in the head than leave Ramsey out for one game.

  15. Tyno says:

    Does God watch Football?

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      There is no god…

  16. k-ool says:

    Thank you Wenger. Thank you for keeping our nerves and taking us 1 step closer to the 4TH Place Trophy. You are top top top…quality manager.

    From the best AKB… 😉
    AKB K-ool.

  17. Greg says:

    Yes he does! Who do u think was responsible for coloccini ‘s own goal?

  18. wizardry says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of people whom I don’t recognize lately. where did all you negative nancys come from? You come here and complain about Wenger when the team is struggling. It’s a very weird habit.

  19. kam says:

    Vermaelen just scored the opening goal for Barca.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      TV5 laid it in nice. While Suarez and co. are shootin wide…
      Still think he’s better than Mert…IJS

  20. FT says:

    Newcastle are a tough team to break down- did Utd beat them or score against them last week at old Trafford ?

    They were at home , went down to 10 men and never left their half afterwards – that’s difficult to breakdown.

    It wasn’t a good performance , but it’s a win and Newcastle never managed a shot on goal.

    I laugh at those giving out about Giroud and wanting Walcott played instead – they’re pretty quiet now.

    Giroud as good player – anyone who says different or uses terms like “donkey” hasn’t a clue about football.

    Better strikers are available but he’s the best we have and a lot of teams would be delighted to have him.

    1. mohawk says:

      About the Walcott vs Giroud debate …….

      Walcott had some great games prior to this. Against the right opponents his pace can be devastating. You can’t fully judge a new CF by 1 or 2 games only. If that was the case Giroud and many other CFs would be retired by now.

      That said, it is clear Walcott is lacking in many of the skills needed to be a good CF. Will he gain those skills?? It seems doubtful at this stage in his career. You are right – his future at CF is far less than certain.

      And Giroud’s stats prove he is a much better striker than many fans will admit. His goal production stats were nearly identical to both Costa and Benzema for last season (goals+assists in all comps per minutes played).

  21. mohawk says:

    Arsenal have not been great in attack this season but it may not be all bad because …….

    1. Take a look at some of the opponents. W.Ham has shown they can beat good teams. And Arsenal are the only team to beat Palace this season. These may seem like bottom table clubs but they are playing very well.

    2. In the last 3 games Arsenal have been denied 2 clear PK opportunities and Ramsey’s goal for erroneous offside call. If these types of calls turn the other way this can spark the Arsenal confidence and attack.

    3. Wenger often picks up his transfers very late in the window.

    1. DanO says:

      Agreed, for all the negatives there has been some positives,we have often left st.James park with less and played alot better, still think Wenger might suprise us yet in the window!!!

  22. Tas says:

    I think Jose Mourinho is after the CL his losing games on purposely so he can get Roman Abramovich to splash the cash for Pogba

  23. mohawk says:

    I realize Arsenal must concentrate on their own business and not worry about how other clubs are doing but……..

    Every time I get a chance to to see Joozhey lose a game my heart soars like a hawk


    Costa has always been street fighter playing with passion but… he is turning into a whiney little baby crying about every little thing that does not go his way. He must be learning from his manager.

  24. moneytalks says:

    We couldnt even score today against 10 men for almost 70 minutes. Lucky with the own goal.
    Teams will make it difficult for arsenal to play by parking the bus from now on and it is shown on the pitch that we do struggle against organized team. Striker is very important for us because
    Ozil is strugling. I can assure u top striker can make Ozil as good as Zidane or Bergkamp.

    1. almostawinner says:

      the own goal was because of cazorla having a go and ox having a go.
      good for them!
      similarly, last week’s “own goal” was 90% sanchez.

  25. moneytalks says:

    The last 2 seasons Ozil joins Arsenal Real win UCL
    Sanchez joins Arsenal Barca win UCL
    Cech joins Arsenal will Chelsea win UCL ? The season Chelsea won UCL they were 6th that year but they were very organized and won UCL.

  26. @Tas,seriously?! Jose losing games on purpose!!… you must be kidding. Why would a manager of Jose level lose a game on purpose to force a signing,oh! wait maybe that’s what Wenger is doing, he has instructed our strikers not to score, for a striker top CF to be signed..

  27. clem says:

    giroud worshipers are out of their holes.any body that believes giroud can take arsenal forward is an enemy of arsenal period.

  28. marky958 says:

    YAWN!YAWN!YAWN! nothing will change till WENGER FKS OFFS!


  29. Aussie Jack says:

    Seventy six percent possession, 22 shots on goal against ten men and we rely on an own goal to get a result? Sure they parked the bus, wouldn`t you? Wenger reckons Arsenal kept their nerve, I reckon it was Newcastle who kept their nerve. There are no strikers better than what we have on the market so we make do with what we have. Put Walcott back where he belongs and try the Ox at CF. Would we have done better if Ozil had played? Maybe, maybe not! Play Ramsey box to box or bench him. We need Wiltshere to crack stubborn defences.

    1. almostawinner says:

      try sanchez at cf. it wouldnt be like OG at cf: he’d be a more mobile. maybe like aguero? OX on left, walcott on R. that’d be good.

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