Super Subs to the Gooners’ rescue!

A subdued Arsenal performance was rescued with an 89th minute equaliser at Old Traffford with Olivier Giroud thumping a header from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross and earning Arsenal a point.

The journey to the North West began at 6am and much of the talk on the coach journey was whether Alexis would start after international duty and a slight hamstring strain. The other conundrum was who would replace the injured Hector Bellerin as it was confirmed the Spaniard would be out for 4 weeks with an ankle injury. There was some reservations about Jenkinson playing in a game of huge importance having been out for almost 9 months and not having played much first team football since his return.

The news filtered through at 11:30am that Alexis would start but despair about Xhaka not playing and Ramsey slotting in which seemed a surprise. As the Arsenal supporters were streaming towards the away end the fans were in fine voice as per usual.

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The full ferocity of the Arsenal away fans was felt when Mourinho came out and was welcomed by a hostile reception from the Arsenal fans.. “F**k off Mourinho! F**k off Mourinho! F**k off Mourinho!” The poisonous Manchester United manager then acknowledged the Arsenal fans with a wave.

The game started and Arsenal kept the ball well and the first real chance fell to Alexis and he missed a sitter. A cross from the left was met by Alexis and his header was wide and the supporters were regretting a missed opportunity with the goal gaping at his mercy. By this time the fans were questioning the Manager’s decision to play Ramsey who was looking very slow and the decision to also stick him on the left hand side. The travelling support were becoming more and more frustrated with Ramsey’s lack of effort. One fan declaring “Monreal has been made to look s**t because Ramsey is not helping him!!!”

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The fans then became very irate as referee Andre Marriner did not produce a yellow card for the Utd player who hacked Walcott down on an Arsenal counter attack and then a minute later booked Alexis for a foul in the same area of the pitch. A chorus of boos greeted the referee.. The fans were then screaming at Marriner to send Darmian off for a bookable offence. “Off off off off!” was the scream from the fans. Again the referee bottled it. Then, as Valencia entered the Arsenal box, it was claimed Monreal had fouled the right back but the penalty appeals were waved away and Arsenal fans gave Valencia a rollicking for what we thought was a dive.

United then started to ramp up the pressure before half time and Cech saved brilliantly from a low shot from Juan Mata. Half time then came and fans were bemoaning Ramsey’s performance on the left and rightly so. One fan gave his view “He should be making the f**king change at half time by bringing Ramsey off! What does he offer to this team!”

The second half began and the away support were taunting the Man Utd fans for their lack of atmosphere at Old Trafford…… “Shhhhhh shhhhhh shhhhhhh!”.  Arsenal were having lots of the ball but doing very little with it with cries from the crowd “stop passing it sideways!” Twenty minutes had gone by and still no signs of an Arsenal substitution. Then the killer blow arrived on 68th minutes as Herrera played the ball back for Juan Mata to slot the ball home and put Man Utd in the lead. The Arsenal fans felt a sense of injustice at not deserving to be a goal down. “This is absolute bulls**t” said one lady in the stands.

The substitutions were finally made with Giroud and then Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on and were greeted happily in one sense, but with absolute dismay in another. “What the f**k is Ramsey still doing on the pitch?! Why is he being shoehorned into the team and not having to fight for his place FFS?!….. was one supporter giving his rational view on the matter.

Then on 89 mins came the moment which the fans had been waiting for all game. Chamberlain whizzed down the right flank and produced a peach of a cross which Giroud met and powered past a helpless de Gea. This sent the Arsenal fans wild and many rushing towards the barriers to stick signs up at the Man Utd fans.. On a sad note though some Man Utd fans started to racially abuse a fan who was celebrating Giroud’s goal which left a sour taste in the mouth. The police intervened and he gave a statement which delayed our coach getting back to London.

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The game ended and there was both a sense of relief as well as a feeling of an opportunity missed, as supporters felt Man Utd were there for the taking today with a makeshift defence. The Arsenal fans had to stay behind but didn’t care as they chanted as Mourinho was walking off, “You’re not special, you’re not special, you’re not special, you’re a ****!”

So Arsenal rescued a draw after a busy international break and now we move on to the midweek game against Paris St Germain in the Champions League. As fans were going back to their coaches much of the talk was about the team line up for PSG and that Ramsey should be taken out of the team or put in his best position. The play was slow and lethargic today because of Ramsey playing on the left when Iwobi or Chamberlain should have played. Perhaps this could be a valuable point come the end of the season.

Up the Arsenal!!!

Written by Sir A Hussain

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23 Responses to Super Subs to the Gooners’ rescue!

  1. Eddie says:

    I think this is the photo I would like to take to a desert island 🙂

    Great match report, thank you Sir AH. I like the notes about the atmosphere, you don’t get it sitting on your sofa, do you?
    Ramsey was pants, but the rest of the team were not exactly mind blowing, very average. Again.

    How many times did I tell you that Santi is ruining our season. We simply cannot do without him. Cesc’s departure had a similar effect on our season 5 years ago, it took us almost 2 seasons to get back to where we were with Cesc.

    I think Wenger needs to buy another small Spanish midfielder, all those Welsh, Albanian, English dudes will simply not do.

  2. chas says:

    Eddie
    I put the proper full size version of that photo in your comment.
    Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

  3. chas says:

    Really excellent, Sir A. Thanks for efforts.
    There’s a real flavour of being at the game with you.

    I agree with Eddie that Ramsey was pants, but also that there were at least 5 others who were equally as awful.
    When over half the team don’t turn up, it seems a little harsh to pin it all on one player and one team selection decision.

    I barely watched the second half as I was so disgusted at our, seemingly customary, Old Trafford malaise. I did watch all of the last ten minutes, though, so had all the pleasure and very little of the pain.

    Thanks again, Sir A.

  4. fred1266 says:

    How u all think elneny played, was a bit confused about his selection

  5. Eddie says:

    fred – he was probably worse than Ramsey to be honest.

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Sir A. Thank you. It is always great to get a view from an eye-witness.

    I have only seen the goal, and it was terrific.

    From my point of view, we were excellent.

  7. Big Raddy says:

    Just watched the highlights.

    If Sanchez buries the easy chance his the first half, we go on to a comfortable win. Apart from the Mata goal MU only created one other decent opportunity.

    Crap game, good point for AFC.

  8. Rasp says:

    Thank you Sir A, a much better quality report than our team’s performance.

    Apart from Cech and Kos (who never seems to have a bad game) I didn’t think any of our players shone.

    Credit to Jenks, he did his job well, but I’m afraid our midfield looked confused and lacked shape. Ramsey and Ozil both put in tepid performances I thought, we were much more lively when the Ox and Giroud came on.

  9. LB says:

    Excellent stuff Sir A.

    I really liked the angle of reporting your journey and what was going on around you in the ground.

  10. Aaron says:

    Going a different route.
    Watched the game again, and when Arsenal get into a pinging contest with physically strong sides, the team loses it’s flow.
    Meaning when it becomes a battle of headers all over the place and not keeping the ball on the ground and out wide, Arsenal look disjointed and unable to impose their will on the game. Need to stress that Arsenal are a technically gifted side, but not all of our players are able toplay like the Brazilians, and just move the ball up the field without ever letting the ball hit the ground. Watch for yourselves and you will see what I am talking about.
    Ozil never stood a chance without having the lineup with Iwobi in it and wihout Aaron. Arsenals were unable to get control of the midfield and boss the game.
    Like someone said above also need longer than 5 and 10 yard passes, Xhaka splits the channels as good as anyone around in the EPL. Get him back in their asap.
    Arsene needs to get Sanchez out and Giroud in and get Sanchez some rest. Maybe put OX and Theo on either side and open up the games again.

  11. fred1266 says:

    Chamber seems to be having a good loan at borrow, not so sure about Jack, at least he staying healthy

  12. fred1266 says:

    The only way I can see Sanchez getting a rest is taking him off early in games

  13. Gööner In Exile says:

    Here’s the thing I don’t get. If we had put out our normal attacking side (as we could’ve stuck Iwobi or Ox on left and put Rambo in middle of the park with Coq and Ozil), I think we could have been very easily undone by the side Maureen put out, i.e. He had all the pace wide and up top and Mata and Carrick to set them free to play his normal counter attacking style.

    Now that’s not to say I thought we played well I am just giving another thought about our setup and the players chosen.

    Thanks for report Sir A

  14. LB says:

    Just realised, my comment could be a small headline post; I will put up tomorrow unless I am told otherwise.

  15. fred1266 says:

    Can’t wait for November to finish

  16. fred1266 says:

    Disagree with theo doesn’t show up for the bigger game, example the cracker from the left against City

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Chavs lucking their way to 3 points, 😦

  18. Nice one Sir

    Utd were a disgrace. They played the game like a needy partner who has no understanding of unconditional love. They just selfishly seek your approval to placate there fear and anxiety. If you were married to Morinio, there’s no way the selfish bastard would let you sleep with another bird.

    In contrast we played the game the right way. We don’t need nothing in return, preferring to sleep with who we want. I guarantee you, if Arsene attended a Paul Daniels magic show and Paul f*ucked up a trick by pulling out a roughed up distraught rabbit from his trousers and then tried to get out of it by telling a joke that only a man from Halifax would laugh at, Arsene would still unconditionally admire him.

    Morinio won’t last at Utd. I have see his type many times. In his post match interview his fear and needy behaviour betrayed him as he gushed over the Utd fans false admiration. Within six months he will be devestated, failing to understand how and why they are now sleeping with a Plumber.

    Mind you, looking at some of those Utd fans Saturday, I feel sorry for the Plumber.

  19. RockyLives says:

    Thanks for an atmospheric report Sir A.

    I’m with Chas in thinking that you’ve been slightly hard on Ramsey in singling him out when many others also had ineffectual days.

    Never mind November, it’s these early kick-offs that do for us in my opinion. We always seem a bit lethargic in the early games.

    Overall this game felt a bit similar to the Spuds match (although we were better against the Spuds). I’m coming round to Eddie’s opinion that we really, really need Santi to make us tick.

  20. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant, Sir A. Thanks a lot. Wonderful travelling fan perspective. 🙂 Not much to quibble about.

    Great pic, Chas and Eddie. 🙂

  21. Red Arnie says:

    We need Santi, yes, but more importantly we need EFF in the box. What is the goals per min stat for this season? Loud and clear, please. 🙂

    COYG.

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks v much Sir AH
    Can’t comment much as “gone mobile” for week and typing on phone hurts 😀

  23. LB says:

    New post to chew on.

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