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Arsenal 0:3 Chelsea

Two straight losses in the league. It’s a very disappointing display, and to lose by such a big margin at home is somehow embarassing. Arsene Wenger and his players had once again let the fans down. But why am I not surprise?

Our team is just not good enough to pit against the very best. We can have some consolation moments against the weaker teams, but we are still at best a third-placed squad full of mediocre players. Eduardo is probably the most over-rated player by Arsenal fans. He wasn’t shit. He is a good finisher, a good striker, but he isn’t in the same league as Drogba, Torres or Rooney as claimed by some fans.  He is easily pushed off the ball, his first touch isn’t that amazing, and now he seems to lose his composure in front of goal.

We had more possessions than Chelsea, but we never really looked threatening. In contrast, Chelsea looked dangerous every time they went forward. We were back to those pointless passing game where no one seemed to take responsibilities and all were just happy to pass the ball around the midfield. And once again, Sagna showed how one-dimensional he was in attack by keep aimlessly crossing the ball to no man’s land. And Almunia also once again showed that he was just an average keeper who only deserved to be 2nd choice.

This team is not going to challenge for the league title. They are too soft, too immatured, too sloppy, and too mentally weak. We have no fighters, let alone winners, at the moment.

 

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A very disappointing loss straight after the international break. An away game to Sunderland is always gonna be tough, especially when most of your players were just coming back from their international games.

The injury of RVP and fatigue of Arshavin resulted in a new front three of Rosicky, Nasri and Eduardo, while injury of Diaby and Denilson opened path in midfield for a young Ramsey. The various changes in the starting line-up somehow disrupted the fluency of our game. The front three were all individually capable players, but far too often they were isolated and didn’t really combine well. Eduardo was rather disappointing this season as he kept missing those 1-on-1 chances which I expected him to put away. Afterall, he is supposed to be our most clinical finisher and I thought RVP’s injury had finally given him a chance to prove his worth. Ramsey had a bad game and showed he still had to learn about positioning and quick decision making. Song was great in midfield, and his surging run forward reminds me of a certain Vieira. Fabregas had a rather quiet game though.

Credit to Sunderland for their continuous pressing and depriving us of spaces. It worked well as our players had very little time to pick up a pass. It was game like this when you realized the importance of players like Arshavin (who came on as substitute), Diaby and Walcott, who are more direct and provided more pace and power. Apart from the loss, its great to see Walcott and Vela coming back and hoped to see more of them.

It’s not time to hit the panic button yet. We lost three games, but so did Man United. Hopefully we can bounce back and win Chelsea next game. 

 

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Two big wins

After a big win over AZ Alkmaar in mid-week, we went on to beat Wolves 4-1 in BPL. Suddenly, everyone seemed to take note of us as we silently went about doing our jobs. Now, we need only one point from the remaining two matches in Champions League to qualify for the last 16.

And with Man United losing to Chelsea, we are now second place in BPL, five points behind leader Chelsea with one game in hand. Well done, guys!

 

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Woohoo, a 3-0 victory over spurs at Emirates Stadium.

In actual fact, we didn’t play that well. The first 40 minutes we had a lot of misplaced passes, and players looked nervous. Then al of a sudden, a goal came from nowhere. A seemingly harmless low cross from Sagna was met by RVP and RVP scored. Its more of a lapse of concentration in Spurs defence, combined with one moment of brilliance from RVP, who missed a few easy chances earlier on.

Then, within minutes, Captain Fabregas scored a fabulous solo goal. He intercepted a pass, dribbled pass a few Spurs players and unleashed a powerful shot that went straight into Spurs’ net. From then onwards, I knew victory is gonna belong to us.

The third goal was again due to some confusion in Spurs defence, and Sagna was again the one making the assist. Good work from him, and hoped he could keep up the standard as I always thought Sagna was a bit one-dimensional in his attacking play.

In defence, Almunia didn’t have a lot to do. Gallas and Vermaelen worked hard to contain Crouch and Keane. Sagna was solid in defence and gotten two assists in attack. Clichy didn’t make any mistakes either. In midfield, Song looked a bit nervous in the first half, but slowly stamped his authority in midfield in second half. Cesc got a wonder goal, so kinda make up for the few losses in possessions he given away cheaply. Diaby was…..still the same old Diaby. The front three, Bendtner had done well before his injury, Arshavin was dangerous in the first half but faded in the second, while RVP gotten two goals. Eduardo had some terrible misses which I really expected him to put away. Substitutes Eboue and Ramsey were decent, other than that chance which Ramsey screwed up or else we would be 4-0 up. But that’s still within acceptable range for a teenage player, and Ramsey obviously had the talent and physical attributes to make it in EPL.

We were now third in league, with one game in hand which if won would have overtaken Man United to second place. The loss of Liverpool and draw of Man City would also means that we are more secured of a top four place right now.

 

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