Arsenal v Hull City: A BILE INDUCING PERFORMANCE

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Hello.

So a good morning to you and i say that because that’s how we were taught to greet people, because in fact it isn’t a good morning at all. It’s a bad morning, an annoying morning, a morning i would love nothing more than to throttle and yes it is all Arsenal’s fault.

We played on Saturday and drew 2-2 against Hull city. Now i waited to write this post with the hopes that i would have calmed down, or watched the game again or done some reading with which i would be able to gain some perspective. But no, none of this has happened to me, i am still mighty pissed maybe even more than i was on Saturday.

Where to begin?

We had a good first 20 minutes or so and i sat there telling myself that Hull was going down, that we were going to start building the momentum we talked about. Some good work from Alexis and BAM! we were ahead. At this point i felt really good, the Chelsea game was also being shown on the screen right next to me, so i was feeling a bit smug, like “yeah y’all can beat Crystal Palace but we’ve beaten them anyway and we’ll win this game”

And then BAM! They equalized

Now later on i thought to myself what would have happened if we’d had a stronger Defensive Midfielder on the ball. I made the same observation for the Tottenham game when Eriksen (not the world’s strongest being) was able to knock Flamini off the ball. Diame did the same thing, although to be fair Diame’s was a clear foul and it was really, really shitty of the referee not to give the free kick. If we’d been awarded such a decision, they’d say it’s because we’re an elite team and they were cheating on our behalf.

With all this in mind, i didn’t get to angry at the team for the first goal. I feel if we’d had a better defensive midfielder maybe he wouldn’t have been bullied off the ball, but i can overlook that. It was shitty refereeing simple as. But it was the response that truly worried me.

I sat where i was telling myself we had to win the first half, we just had to that was the only way to properly hurt Hull without giving them any hope of a result. What did we do instead? We huffed and puffed, struggled to create chances and were unable to do anything meaningful. We had loads of possession yet we did nothing with it. I have to say this was a game where the talents of Ozil were sorely missed, but i digress

We drew the first half. I was already dejected at this point and i was hoping that we at least had it in us to push on and get over the refereeing nonsense of the first half, so naturally we conceded in the first minute of the second half. And i must blame Per for this. I love the man, but he had no business allowing Abel Hernandez steal in from behind him to get that head. That cross should have been dealt with and you have to worry about the defense at this point.

We’ve kept only one clean sheet all season in the premier league and that isn’t good enough. Yet again, the failure to buy a defender is highlighted. I’m not saying if we had another defender we’d have won or anything, but you do wonder if it wouldn’t have helped. Monreal had a solid game in my opinion but it doesn’t mean i want him there really.

Now conceding so early is bad, but we did have 40+ minutes with which to find two goals and with all due respect to Hull i see no reason why we couldn’t. We had all of the ball, all of it, we really have to be doing better. I’m glad we were able to draw the game as a loss would have been even harder to swallow, but it still doesn’t change the fact that we are now 11 points behind the league leaders.

I knew we weren’t going to win the trophy this season but at least i wanted us to give these people a run for their money.

I have no words really (seeing as I’ve already typed over 700 of them already) I like Arsene but he must take the blame for this performance too.

He is supposed to:

1) Not let us be in a position where we have to use Monreal as a center half and

2) He should be able to coax a performance out of his team to win games. Now i know people would say that he isn’t the one playing and he probably did his best to motivate them, but i feel he could do more. I am seriously nonplussed about his future,

It was nice to see Ramsey back. I like the idea that we may be seeing Walcott really soon and it’ll be really nice if Ozil and Giroud could recover as quickly as Ramsey did. It’s also nice that Wilshere made it through. I don’t want to talk about Wilshere. He didn’t have a bad game per se, but his challenge that led to his substitution was very stupid indeed. Very stupid.

Ever the optimist, we still have 11 games till the new year, we could still build momentum, at least we didn’t lose, although I must say I’m not as confident as i was a couple of days ago as to our ability to do this, but don’t count us out on having a strong season yet.

Till later.

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