Arsenal succumb to defeat as injury crises deepens!

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A dismal day at the Hawthornes for the Gunners was compounded by a key injury to Francis Coquelin and leaving Arsenal even further in the injury mire.

The day started with much optimism as the teams came out. There was a moment to pay respects to victims of the horrific Paris attacks last week as the French national anthem was played.

The match began and the tackles were flying in and with one resulting in Coquelin going off and being replaced by Arteta. The fans were very worried and the hardcore travelling fans were left ruing further injury misery. It was evident that Coquelin was one player Arsenal could ill afford to lose due to the tenacity he brings to the midfield. To add insult to injury (no pun intended) the fans were left bemoaning the decision to bring Arteta on rather than Flamini.

Arsenal got in their stride and without looking too convincing took the lead with another Giroud goal from a Mesut Ozil free kick, the German delivering yet another assist.

Then the mayhem occurred. A disputed free kick was awarded to West Brom which was cut back for Morrison who was left unmarked to flick the ball past Cech. The Arsenal supporters were left raging at the lack of marking fuelling their anger at Per Mertesacker. Then just before half time another sucker punch. West Brom worked the ball down the Arsenal right and the low cross was diverted by Arteta into his own net. The fans were left seething about Arteta and considered this a double whammy with him playing then scoring an own goal. One fan was so furious and shouting vitriol towards the team due to the manner of the West Brom goals that he made his way to the concourse for an early drink.

The second half began with Arsenal bombarding the West Brom goal. Mesut Ozil came a whisker away from restoring parity as he hit the post and Kieran Gibbs was then denied at the back post. West Brom thought they scored a third and put Arsenal out of reach but the ball did not cross the line.

Then there was hope.. Campbell went down in the box and Santi Cazorla took the responsibility to put Arsenal level. The West Brom players were then playing mind games with Santi putting him off and there were even suggestions in the crowd that the West Brom players were kicking the spot… Their dirty tactics paid off as Santi fluffed his lines and his penalty went over the bar.

West Brom secured the 3 points and the West Brom fans were ironically chanting Santi Cazorla’s name much to their delight trying to wind the Arsenal fans up. To the Arsenal fans credit they took it with a pinch of salt with most putting today’s defeat to injuries and misfortune. A miserable day for the Gunners but we move on now.


Written by Sir A Hussein

83 Responses to Arsenal succumb to defeat as injury crises deepens!

  1. Morning all

    Sir A also sent some pics of happy Arsenal players in the pre-match warm up but I couldn’t bring myself to put them in the post 😦 . Maybe he’ll add them into comments ………

  2. For those who are a bit disappointed this morning, watch this… gets the mood upbeat. Very well done and a lot of work to sync the videos with the music. Must watch. And well done Sir AH.

  3. Rasp says:

    Morning Steve, I’ve had to remove your comment – I hope you appreciate why.

  4. stevepalmer1 says:

    No probs, Censorship

  5. chas says:

    Thank you once again, Sir AH.

    Your report concurs with a feeling I got from a few tweets yesterday that the away fans were spitting venomous bile at our players.
    I really don’t understand ‘fans’ like that. How on earth do they think it will help the team, themselves or anyone around them?

    I’d also seen the West Brom players being accused of tampering with the spot. I’d be interested if there’s any footage of it.

  6. kelsey says:

    Actually to be absolutely fair our first goal and their equaliser were both cleverly worked holding tactics not spotted by the ref.
    For ours Pers held back the defender therefore giving Giroud more space to connect and for theirs they held back Pers on the penalty area line so he couldn’t go back and defend..
    I mentioned yesterday regardless of why Santi missed the penalty, three WBA players had encroached well inside the box before he shot.Clattenburg signalled a retake then changed his mind but overall too many players were out of form and a point would have been the best we actually warranted.

    Anyway from someone who was there Sir AH, thank you.

  7. That’s a fair summation Sir A, but wasn’t it Alexis who was wrestled to the ground for the penalty?

    I was particularly disappointed that despite playing numerous games against Pulis’ teams we still haven’t learnt how to deal with them.

    At the risk of repeating myself, the squad needs a serious sort out either in January or the summer.

  8. Kelsey, three players encroaching had absolutely nothing to do with Cazorla falling over as he took the penalty.

  9. chas says:

  10. chas says:

    Here are the two photos from the tweet separately

  11. kelsey says:

    NG at 11.35

    Yes you are right about Santi missing the penalty but by the rule book the penalty should have been retaken due to the encroachment.Two different things 🙂

  12. Rasp says:

    Thanks for another excellent MR SirA.

    The tone of your report mirrors my feelings during the game.

    I put this on the blog before the game ….. “I confess to being nervy about this game, it is exactly the sort of fixture we often slip up in” …. so it’s all my fault 😦

  13. Rasp says:

    Oh dear, looks like we’ve all gone into Mugabe media lockdown – time to change the subject.

    Anyone with 4 minutes to spare should watch this fascinating video on Trophic Cascades … how wolves can change the course of rivers!

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Two fantastic videos.

    Thank you

    And Thank you Sir Hussein. Not happy at all about yesterday’s performance. Hardly a single player shone and that after an Interlull.

  15. chas says:

    Yep, I second the sentiment about the video selections.

  16. Peaches/Rasp, possible Monday post e mailed to arsenalnuts

  17. Rasp says:

    Thanks NG – it’s a banker 🙂

  18. Gööner In Exile says:

    Afternoon all, I haven’t watched MOTD and I saw briefly the Santi penalty courtesy of Chas’s vid before it was taken down by a spoilsport rights holder, anyway a question, did he kick the ball against his own foot? If so the play was not restarted correctly and by the letter of the law should be retaken, there is nothing about getting an advantage from doing so in my memory.

    And I also seem to remember an occasion where Joe Hart fluffed a goal kick in a similar manner and the ball was gratefully put in by the opponent before the referee allowed Hart to retake.

  19. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks Sir H
    Very enjoyable read. Personally, I wouldn’t bother going but hey 🙂

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Very, very clever cryptic wolf vid, but guess what, I unearthed the code. It was a reference to Arsene’s catastrophic summer transfer debacle wasn’t it? 🙂

    Anyway, shame we lost a game really, but it happens.

  21. chas says:

    I think with a penalty the taker isn’t allowed to touch the ball twice, so the game should have been restarted with an indirect free kick to WBA from the penalty spot.

  22. chas says:

    Hey Micky, how’s your fiddling arm?

  23. Rasp says:

    😀 Micky, actually the narrator George Monbiot is an influential environmentalist … although not of your political persuasion I’m guessing 😆

  24. chas says:

    The difference is Wegner never changes direction regardless of the wolves at his door.

  25. chas says:

    Are you saying Micky is a fascist?

  26. Rasp says:

    Me, no, never. Although I have heard he has a soft spot for Lady Colin Campbell 🙂

  27. chas says:

    Lady Colin Campbell was born George William Ziadie in 1949 in Jamaica. Her parents were members of Jamaica’s Lebanese mercantile elite, or, as Lady Colin puts it in her ineffable way: “My mother was related to four of Jamaica’s oldest families, and to say merely that she was out of the top drawer would not convey the quality of her breeding.”

    It was in most respects a happy family – but the boy George was frantic. He knew that he was really a she. A “cosmetic malformation” of the genitals (fused labia and a deformed clitoris) had led to his being given the wrong gender. At puberty, he/she sought medical help. None was forthcoming – it was not until George turned 21 (by which time he had been living as a girl, and a successful model, for some time) that he was operated upon.

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry got cut off just as the fascist and Lady C accusations were in coming 🙂

    JE SUIS Innocent to give my reply a contemporary twist

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Other players call him FFS Giroud ha ha ha ha

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Her story got even better. She married Lord C, who was a poof, and the match was scratched within 48 hours 🙂

  31. chas says:

    Ah, Sir Micky.
    48 hours – bloody hell, that even beats BR’s record of 3 days for his 6th wife!

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    So Chas
    What did you think of my idea of Pretendies
    I thought it was the perfect away day solution for the fan who doesn’t give a shit.
    I mean, if it doesn’t matter who the manager is, who the players are, what tactics shit is used, or what the score is, then why bother attending at all.
    Slip into your nasty pretend-you’re-a-footballer-replica-shirts, pack the pies and crisps and head off with your beers. Anywhere would obviously do
    Save a fortune and never lose. Win win day out

  33. chas says:

    My personal favourite. 😆

  34. chas says:

    Loving the Pretendies.

    Liked the idea so much, I had a mini trial one on my own at home.

    I have to say it was a roaring success and a far better option than schlapping up and down the length and breadth of the country.

  35. chas says:

    League pos updated

  36. chas says:

  37. Herb's Army says:

    Thanks for the match report.
    Sometimes football logic descends into lunacy.
    After the Manchester United result, I felt euphoric, and the sun shone bright in dull grey skies. This was followed up with a fantastic result against Bayern, and Arsenal were on the crest of a wave.
    Then, in no time at all, our wafer-thin take a few too many hits and it is threatening to fall very flat, again.
    Batman has ‘The Joker’ and ‘The Riddler’, Arsenal have ‘The Puzzler’.
    Arsene challenges everybody, whether it be Arsenal fans, journalists, or everything you thought you knew about football.
    Arsene is the type who would call a press-conference so they could watch him literally shoot himself in the foot, before turning on them and demanding to know why they all sat back and allowed him to do it. He seems to have no pain threshold in suffering for his art, which is why Arsenal have suffered humiliating beatings in the past.
    Arsenal fans – mostly – have been extremely patient and forgiving, simply because when he gets the ingredients right we blow any opposition away, but whereas once this was a regular spectacle that was sustained over a whole campaign, it is now exceedingly rare.
    Not because Arsene doesn’t know, more because he has merged his political beliefs with his football philosophy, which is why he is so vehemently opposed to the Chelsea and City models. But Arsene’s principles have cost Arsenal too.
    We’re still knocking on the door, it looks like we’ll be dependent on Flamini stepping up, but you would think/hope Arsene re-assesses his squad building strategy to give him and us the best possible chance of winning the PL title. And though it pains me to say it, Tottenham are looking menacing.

  38. chas says:

    Agree with every word, Herb.
    Especially the bit about Wenger (I think you should always call him ‘Wenger’) wanting people to watch while he deliberately hurts himself, only to demand why nobody stopped him after the event.

  39. chas says:

  40. chas says:

  41. Herb's Army says:

    Hi Chas,
    I was merely having a little rant to rationalise the performance and the loss.
    I get what you’re saying with the name thing, and though I’ve done so many times in the past, it feels a little bit disrespectful.

  42. chas says:

    I wouldn’t worry about that.

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok back again
    Bloody excellent the pretendie was a roaring success
    Was there much hoovering up required this morning?

  44. chas says:

    Just a few crisps and a couple of pieces of random pastry.

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    “Arsene’s principles have cost Arsenal too”
    Well, not really they haven’t. Hence all the loot still being in the vault 🙂

  46. Herb's Army says:

    It’s an irrational Jekyll and Hyde thing, Chas.
    While I’m calling him Arsene I retain optimistic that it’s still our year, but if I start calling him Wenger negativity descends, and the belief that we can win the title disappears.

  47. chas says:

    I didn’t have to wear that bloody itchy nylon thing either – everyone’s a winner.

    I might be a convert.

  48. chas says:

    Ah, I see, Herb, your 6.39 was a positive comment – it all makes sense.

  49. chas says:

    Don’t all managers’ principles affect the team they’re managing?
    Well all except Mourinho, as he has none.

  50. mickydidit89 says:


  51. mickydidit89 says:

    Are we in the “go for it on Tuesday camp”?
    I am
    Aiming for 4th spot (no Europa) might be riskier than fielding our First XI and going for qualification

  52. chas says:

    Put out whoever still has two legs and see what happens?

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    must go antiques roadshow 🙂

  54. Gööner In Exile says:

    “Put out whoever still has two legs and see what happens?”

    Such lunacy 😀

    I’m all for a run in the Europa, if nothing else it should provide a place for some injured lads to regain some match sharpness.

  55. Rasp says:

    No on Tuesday we keep the dream alive and win narrowly in a 2:1 nail biter setting everything up for a miracle escape at Olympiacos 🙂

  56. Herb's Army says:

    Hi Micky

    Not in terms of money, in relation to squad depth and being too short at the crucial moments that define a season.
    2008 and 2014 are the most obvious examples, but other big games like the 2009 CL semi-final, a nervous inexperienced 18 year old left-back, Kieron Gibbs, who was horribly exposed up against Ronaldo.
    When you go into a game of that magnitude against one of the best club sides in world football at that time, with that strategy, you either have an endless supply of mis-placed faith, or you’re praying for a miracle from the gods.
    It is a method that fails far more than it succeeds, Arsenal are living proof.
    But the root cause is always because we collect more injuries to key players than any other club in the world.
    Having money is great, if you invest it wisely for the benefit of the whole club, including the fans, even better.
    Mr Wenger does like to sail very close to the wind with his squad depth, I don’t think any of us would complain too much if a couple of extra bodies had been added to cover for the predictably inevitable injuries.

  57. Le Coq Monster says:

    I think it`s easy to define where our season is heading when Gibbs plays and it`s not as a left back !.
    Whether it`s down to bad injury luck or Wenger`s naivety in the Transfer Window our form fcuking hurts and that’s a fact.
    The most topsy turvy season I can remember where any number of clubs could win the league including us and Leicester !………what`s really hurting me though is the form of the Spuds, it sickens me as I hate the bastards !…fit young team running their socks off….the last time we pressed like them was the first 20 mins of the Manshafter game, it seemed to work well !…….Dennis forbid they finish above us and if they double Dennis forbid win the fcuking thing then I shall become a Buddhist and constantly kill myself until I come back in another life as Arsenal`s manager and believe me frustrated bastards…….I will spend the fcuking money !.

  58. Gööner In Exile says:

    That’s all we could add 3 players. And that’s only because Hector and Chambers are currently under 21.

    So we have a squad of 22 (named) plus 2 under 21’s one clearly good enough, one learning, and 3rd choice goalie also under 21.

    So we have space for 3, 2 can be foreign. We actually have one of the biggest squads in terms of named players (over 21’s)

  59. Le Coq Monster says:

    I can see Wenger bringing back Sanogo in January…….he was going to be a postman, but lucky for us Wenger decided he was a gifted footballer and you wont be getting your parcels delivered through your cat flap and your cats posted through the letter box !.

  60. Le Coq Monster says:

    Looks like GIE is on the ball already…..3 players in the January transfer window !………I need to get my skates on and start killing myself !. hahaha

  61. Le Coq Monster says:

    Although…….if I come back as a really fit looking Lesbian porn star then you can stick your fcuking football !

  62. If we got rid of Campbell, Rosicky and Arteta in January that would create a few vacancies in the squad. Campbell’s not good enough, Arteta and Rosicky are perpetually injured, if we could sign a good DM we could also let Flamini go. Leaving room for a couple of strikers. That should cheer Micky up.

  63. Gööner In Exile says:

    We all know Leicester’s position is false though don’t we, the last time we had an opening run of games like they had 26May (where arid he these days?) suggested we could be top by November, and we were before falling away.

    Leicester’s games between now and Jauary 1st:

    ManUre (H)
    Swansea (a)
    Chelsea (h)
    Everton (a)
    Liverpool (a)
    Man City (h)

    Predicted points 1 Jan – 34


    Norwich (a)
    Sunderland (h)
    Villa (a)
    Man City (h)
    Southampton (a)
    Bournemouth (h)

    Predicted points 1 Jan – 41


    Chelsea (h)
    WBA (a)
    Newcastle (h)
    Southampton (a)
    Norwich (h)
    Watford (a)

    Predicted points 1 Jan – 38


    Leicester (a)
    West Ham (h)
    Bournemouth (a)
    Norwich (h)
    Stoke (a)
    Chelsea (h)

    Predicted points 1 Jan – 39


    Southampton (h)
    Stoke (a)
    Swansea (h)
    Arsenal (a)
    Sunderland (h)
    Leicester (a)

    Predicted points 1 Jan – 40

  64. Aaron says:

    The real deal is Arsene should have stockpiled 2 healthy mids and 1 striker at a MINIMUM for the past 4 years. That means guys who can play 35+ games without injury, maybe not world class, but not throw away 25+ games and glass legged people we currently have.
    D wins championships in almost all sports, except Barca, Real, Monaco, Bayern, cheski or $hity who possess endless amounts of capital.
    Would be worth 5-7pts per year which would put us in the mix-always!!!

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Homegame Pretendie with realtime simulations:

    Ant arrives 9am. Settle down in two kitchen chairs side by side next to window. Arrange table in front of you to simulate first class rail travel freebie being a Saturday. Crack on with beers, cider, ipads and selfie devices for 90 min journey.

    Once at pretendie destination, arrange telly facing through glass into garden, and make your way outside for shit weather game simulation.
    Chant obscenities at oppo. fans and enjoy game
    End of match, and repeat journey. Arrive safely home. Feel smug as true loyal fan.

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    If Crystals rocks up and makes a football related comment before 9am, ignore him for fun, and make absolutely no reference wharsoever to any aspect of his content.

  67. chas says:

    I particularly liked the chanting obscenities at fans, but it’s usually ours not the oppo’s.

    I’ve never actually arrived home feeling smug because I’ve been to the game.
    Smug because we’ve won, yes, but I get that feeling if I’ve watched from my Micky-patented, incontinence sheet-protected Edwardian antique sofa.

  68. Crystals says:

    Unfortunately year after year we get one injury after the other but Arteata and Flamini and Campbell shouldn’t be in a squad challenging for the title,as that is the benchmark to look at.
    Sanchez is amazing but Gibbs is no real threat as a winger, Campbell is a headless turkey and Santi is woefully out of form.
    Ozil, Sanchez and even Giroud had reasonable games but let’s be honest as a team we didn’t play well, no fluidity, and WBA were in our faces most of the game.
    On another day with all first teamers fit,we most probably would have won, but the end result is that we now have yet another two injuries and as i said during the game defensively we looked extremely vunerable.

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha
    I knew what a fan of The Antiques Roadshow you were likely to be 🙂
    Although you may have hit on to something. Period Pretendies. Revisit great games, and their journeys, from any era. For games of the 50’s, simply switch the colour off and watch in black and white. Spam sarnies to mimick the lean post war years and so on

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    🙂 🙂 My lips are sealed

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Pretendies is a wonderful idea – next game I will sit on the terrace (I live in a 6th floor penthouse), point the tele outside and watch through the glass! Drink piss weak lager and get Mrs Raddy to cook up a death burger. Brilliant. An added benefit will be the absence of dimwitted commentary

    Only negative is the weather – it was minus 14 last night and exposure could be an issue.

    p.s. Penthouse sounds very smart – the reality sadly is not!

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    -14. Shit Erik, that’s a little chilly.
    As for the exposure, slip on your thickest mink lined willy warmer and all will be well

  73. Big Raddy says:

    In those temperatures it will be an extra small w/w.

  74. RA says:


    You cannot fool Crystals, he already knows the future and what you were going to say.

    Of course he also knows that we know what he is going to say because he has beamed the info to us thru the ether already — and also because he has already said it earlier after the game. 🙂

  75. RA says:

    And it was very kind of you at 7:48 to give Erik an excuse for — you know…… his diminutive thingy because of the weather. 🙂

    Oh, and good morning Raddish. 🙂

  76. RA says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed having a read back of the earlier comments and one or two stick in the mind.

    Herb, I think that was a very well put together comment, and that is true whether I agree or not, but I can understand where you are coming from.
    To nit pick, Wenger does not literally shoot himself in the foot, or he would be detained by the cops, he might tho’ metaphorically do so as he always give an answer to questions he should ignore as they are clearly designed to be twisted by the journalists.

    Micky and Chas — nutters with the pretends – but the there could be a commercial opportunity to be supply ready made ‘pretendie kits’ for Loons. 🙂

    Chas’s 5:09 p.m. made me wonder at the BBC at first, but the name was a bit of a giveaway – but I loved the creative thought process. 🙂

  77. Rasp says:

    Morning all.

    Chas, good job on the league position widget. I’ve noticed that somehow I’ve cocked up the line spacing from 31 – 35. It’s of no consequence, just the sort of thing that bugs you when you see it 🙂

  78. Rasp says:

    ….New post everyone ……..

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