The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Bullet points

I am infuriated and disgusted and despondent. Bullet points are all you get.

  • Everyone in the world is blaming Almunia for the first goal. Idiots, the lot of you. The fucking thing hit the post and rebounded in off his face. If it is curving far enough away to hit the post, the keeper’s not getting there anyway. Not Buffon, not Casillas, not Julio Cesar. Yes, I know that Manny isn’t in the league of any of those three, but come the fuck on. A crazy bounce off the post and Citeh have a lucky, lucky goal that they didn’t deserve.
  • That said, they didn’t have a single meaningful chance in the rest of the first half, but neither did we. It was a painful exhibition of the worst of Arsenal over the last few seasons – all of the possession in the world without any kind of incision or creativity whatsoever. With no Arshavin, Eduardo, Rosicky, Vela, Ramsey or Walcott on the field, I don’t know where the invention is coming from. This lineup as currently constituted is perfectly acceptable for a mid-table side, but not for the Arsenal. Diaby sucks and should be sold. Why the tall Danish guy is playing out on the wing and sending in bad crosses to the tiny little Dutch dude is beyond me.
  • I love Fabregas and van Persie, but our set pieces were awful all day. I don’t know why I’m even mentioning it, though…it’s the same old story.
  • But, in fairness, van Persie’s strike with his weaker foot was a thing of beauty, and Given had no chance whatsoever (though if it were reversed and Given was our goalkeeper, I’m sure the Arseblog forums would be filled with people saying Given should have gotten there). The goal was exactly what was deserved on the run of play in the second half.
  • However, it could and should have been our lead by the time Citeh got their second. Again, all that time on the ball, and no end product. Maddening.
  • Ten mad minutes, and the game was over. Just appalling defending all around…Song’s piss-poor challenge gifted Craig Bellamy with their second (seriously…CRAIG FUCKING BELLAMY), and then the Togoese piece of shit was left completely unmarked for their third. Congratulations, fucko…Helen Keller could have scored that goal. And, considering that he had previously stamped on Fabregas’ leg and then van Persie’s FACE, with no so much as an admonishment from Mark “I’ve been convicted of financial misdealings, but hey, I’m still fit and proper to officiate Premier League matches” Clattenburg…never mind the red card he could have been shown for at least the latter.
  • Speaking of which, at 3-1, Gareth Barry committed a completely obvious handball in the box, and no call. It probably would not have changed the result, but it’s frustrating all the same.
  • The season’s not over. I estimate that the title winner this season will have in the neighborhood of 4-5 losses, and we have 2 at this stage (both to opponents where a loss is not a crazy outcome). That said, the defense in particular needs to get sorted the fuck out quick-smart, or it will be the same old same old all over again.
  • Die in a fire, Adebayor. I’ll also accept swine flu.

EDIT: Can’t believe I forgot this bit! If any of our players ran the length of the field to celebrate in front of the other mob’s supporters, he’d have gotten a 108-match ban and been fined 12 years’ salary. What are the odds that Adebayor gets a slap on the wrist and maybe a semi-stern word from the FA? My god, I’m spitting nails right now.

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September 12, 2009 - Posted by | The Arsenal

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