Arsenal Shoot Themselves In The Foot But Salvage A Draw

What do you make of that?

It was the same old story for Arsenal fans – a game that we dominated in terms of possession, but couldn’t win. We took the lead early on with a Sanchez goal after 13 minutes but after that, we lacked urgency, desire and passion which is a far too common theme in these home games. If we’re not at the races, we simply go through the motions and it happens far too much.

Hull had a game plan, like most other teams visiting The Emirates have, and were happy to sit deep and get us on the break. You can’t blame teams for setting themselves up for that when the come to Arsenal because quite frankly, it’s a tactic that works well – and we have no answer for it.

Hull City were fortunate to equalise after Flamini looked to have been fouled and then they took the lead straight after the break and from then on it was all Arsenal. We had the vast majority of possession but couldn’t do anything about it. Apart from the equaliser from Welbeck and the late late chance for Gibbs at the death, I don’t think the Hull keeper had much to do.

The passing in the second half was pedestrian, which was worrying considering we needed an equaliser. Cazorla and Sanchez tried to make things happen but we didn’t have the urgency to players willing to shoot.

We pressed and pressed and pressed and finally, got through on 88 minutes. Sanchez waltzed his way through about 4 players with a clever dribble and picked out Welbeck with a fantastic through ball. Welbeck controlled the ball well and his finish was excellent.

After that, the fans were well behind the team and there seemed like a real chance that we could actually nick all 3 points. We had the ball in good positions but we couldn’t find the right final ball to take advantage of scoring the late equaliser. Kieran Gibbs had a late chance at the death but it was asking a lot for him to score from something which wasn’t even a half chance.

In the end, we manage to salvage a draw but we all know that when it comes down to it, that is not good enough.

Why Ched Evans Will Be Playing Football Again Soon

The former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was sentenced to 5 years in prison in April 2012 and has just been released after serving half of his sentence for rape.

Reportedly almost 150,000 people have signed an online petition urging Sheffield United not to re-sign him, but Blades boss Nigel Clough revealed that he had already held talks with club officials over the possible return for Evans (via BBC).

He has always maintained his innocence, and public figures have come out saying he should not get a second chance in football, and are generally outraged.

The terms “role model” have been banded around, as well as “sending the wrong message”. The problem is, people seem to forget that football is on a completely different planet when it comes to decency and morals.

Ched Evans, providing he can prove his fitness, will be playing football again, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

I don’t profess to be any kind of law expert and have no idea whether he was guilty of those charges or whether in his words, it was a “complete miscarriage of justice”. But he’ll be back playing again before you know it.

Football is a sport that does what it wants. If Sheffield United don’t sign him, another club will. Look at players like Joey Barton for instance. If he wasn’t a professional footballer then he’d be in jail for a long time for the things he’s done.

And it’s not just violent attacks. Look at John Terry’s antics, and how about Wayne Rooney. Role models? You have to be joking. They are players who could literally do anything and they would still have thousands of fans supporting them and screaming their names on a Saturday afternoon.

Football is an extremely fickle game with absolutely no morals. The only thing that matters in football is money. And if Ched Evans can help a team win games and help them earn more money then he’ll end up with a club.

Look at Joey Barton, Lee Bowyer, Jonathan Woodgate, Eric Cantona, Tony Adams, George Best, Lee Hughes, Marlon King, Jan Molby and Jermaine Pennant. All of those have been in prison for various offences but I bet you couldn’t even name what half of them did to deserve a prison sentence. That’s because in football, we easily forgive.

[Vote Here] Should Arsenal Sell Özil For £30 Million In January?

There are a few “reports” out there (mainly from the Daily Mail) that Mesut Özil is unhappy at being played out of position and is looking to move away from Arsenal – with Bayern Munich the preferred destination, and they are apparently willing to put in a bid for £30 million to “bring him home” in the January transfer window.

Obviously, this is usually a case of a newspaper putting two and two together and getting five, but it isn’t a difficult story to create.

Mesut Özil has blatantly under-performed for Arsenal this season, that is a fact which is undeniable. He is our record signing at £42.3 million and only has one goal and one assist to his name, both of which were at Villa Park. Aside from that, he has been poor.

Some people say that it is unfair to put pressure on Özil but for that kind of money, he really should be grabbing games by the scruff of the neck and making the difference. We’ve drawn too many games this season and he should be the man who helps us turn those draws into wins.

Against Chelsea he was anonymous, and it’s got to the stage where Arsenal fans are fighting over his performances. Some say he was a monumental waste of money, and a player that isn’t suited to the Premier League. Others argue that he needs time, and that he’s being played out of position. It really does get to a dire situation when Arsenal fans are seeing a serious injury as a blessing in disguise, and others pity him. Mesut Özil is like a cute puppy dog that we all want to do well but we’re afraid of telling him off because he’s so precious and can’t take criticism.

Whether he’s out of form, not suited to the Premier League or needs more time – the fact is Özil just isn’t doing it at Arsenal. He’s a luxury player who doesn’t deliver. His inclusion in the team means that it’s almost like playing with 10 men. Our game is based on pace, tempo and quick movement but he doesn’t track back, isn’t on the same wavelength when it comes to playing those killer through balls and you could almost say it’s affecting the dressing room.

How many times has Santi come off in the second half of a match when it should have been Özil? Against Chelsea, Santi, like the rest of us, were in utter disbelief when he was hauled off instead of Özil. Arsene clearly feels he is obligated to play his record signing and is afraid of dropping him, but it’s at the expensive of players like Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky – players who have consistently performed well for Arsenal. You can tell Santi in particular isn’t happy at Arsenal at the moment.

So the question is, would you cut your loses, take £30 million and send Özil packing back to Germany?

I know what my choice would be.

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Özil Out Until After Christmas – Blessing In Disguise?

Well we’ve heard that Mesut Özil is now out until after Christmas after having an MRI scan with the National team.

There’s no doubt that Özil is a world class player but this season he has been poor. Mainly because Arsene Wenger is adamant about playing him in the wrong position. He’s one of the best Number 10′s in world football yet has been stuck out on the wing.

So is this a blessing in disguise?

Arsene clearly doesn’t know how to use him and it’s affecting Arsenal’s performances and results.

We’ve been misusing Santi Cazorla, one of our best players, and players like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rosicky haven’t been involved as much as they should have. Having Özil in the side is causing Arsene a problem he clearly can’t solve, so maybe being without Özil will help improve our performances, which have been poor to average this season.

In fact, our best performance this season was in the Charity Shield, when we swept aside Manchester City 3-0. And that day, Özil wasn’t available.

Can Arsenal Beat The Top Teams Anymore? Does Arsene Need To Go?

Last season, our away days against the big sides was embarrassing and difficult to watch. Going to Stamford Bridge, The Etihad Stadium and Anfield was an experience and games we really wanted to forget. And even at Old Trafford, we only lost 1-0 but it was against the worst Manchester United team we’ve seen in the last 20 years – and Wes Brown and John O’Shea aren’t there anymore.

So onto Saturday’s game against Chelsea. We did well but that’s all we were – good. We weren’t excellent, fantastic or brilliant – things you need to be when travelling to one of the Top 6 sides. Against a lower team we probably could have got something with that performance, but against Chelsea, no chance.

So what is the problem?

It’s a strange one because it seems like a recent problem. Back in the “glory years”, we’d go to Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham and turn them over. And even stranger still, in our barren spell when we had players like Fabregas, Van Persie, Narsi and Adebayor we still managed to beat the bigger teams. We even beat Chelsea 5-3 at Stamford Bridge only a couple of seasons ago.

Now however, we just can’t do it.

And I have no idea what the answer is, do you?

Is it our tactics? Is it our formation? Is it the quality of our players? The problem is becoming so endemic that it’s almost impossible to pinpoint what exactly is stopping us from going to a big side and taking points off them.

Out next “big” away day comes on December 20th, when we travel to Anfield, another place where we got humiliated last season. So can Arsenal go there and get a victory?

I guess only time will tell.