Ok, making some breakfast back in a minute.
47′ Denilson has picked up where he left off I see… how much longer can Arsene Wenger leave him on the pitch? I would put money that he gets sent off before the 60th minute. Bring on Ramsey, he could hardly do worse.
50′ Yeah, bring on Vela… bring on Jesus… BRING ON SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WIN
52′ Bendtner receives a perfect pass from Cesc, and promptly dumps all over himself. If Denilson is having a nightmare match, Bendtner is the Freddy Krueger of that nightmare.
56′ William Gallas is slotted in by Nasri — that’s how bad they have been up front, Gallas is our most dangerous striker at the moment.
58′ Yes, bring on Adebayor and pray he headbutts Bendtner to death.
61′ Wow… Diaby has been bad but not that bad, but Wenger’s seen enough of this floundering and brings on Our Saviour, Adebayor — the fans like it, they are in full throat singing the Adebayor song.
66′ Mike Riley is having none of it as two Villa players haul down Theo. I haven’t mentioned it yet but Thoe is having a run of poor games and this one is no exception.
68′ Finally! Arsenal’s hairstyles just got moire conservative as Wenger has seen enough of Bendter and brings on Vela. Things should get more open up front now.
69′ 1-0 to Villa — Clichy own goal. Clichy is the new Senderos.
70′ So, Mike Riley stops play on their end when one of their players feigns injury and when Sagna is actually injured (requiring a stretcher) Riley allows Villa to play on.
71′ Adebayor with Arsenal’s best chance, pawed away by Friedle
71′ Toure on for Sagna — Matt, Mike Riley is a cunt.
76′ Agbonlahor handles the ball, in front of Riley, stops playing because he knows he handled ball — the call from Riley? Play on. Of course, it’s easy to blame Riley, but really Villa deserve the win at this point, they look so much better the squad.
80′ Agbonlahor just beat the pants off Gallas, after Mike Riley fails to award a clear free kick and Mike Riley has ensured that Arsenal are fighting for a place in the Champions League. 2-0 to the Villans.
85′ Even if, by some miracle, Arsenal manage to save a point this performance has to go down as proof that any team… ANY TEAM can beat Arsenal at home.
90′ And Mike Riley adds 4 minutes… whipty fucking doo — maybe Clichy can get another “goal”
93′ Cesc is casually nudged off the ball — that’s it Arsenal are beaten emotionally and physically. What will Wenger’s response be? “We can still win the championship.” “This team is young.” “That was the same lineup against United.”
Villa get their first win against Arsenal wince 1998… congrats to them.
Timmy’s final thoughts
That was a poor performance. Very poor all around, we can blame the ref, we can blame the squad’s “inexperience” but honestly Villa deserved that win. Arsenal can’t defend headers AND they have problems with speedy attackers. Villa played hard, closed space, and got their tactics spot on closing down wings and forcing everything to the middle. But worse than the manager’s inflexibility in tactics and the squad’s defensive woes or even more than Villa’s determination it looks like this team just gives up. Every other match they just seem to play without any passion and this was no exception.
Time for Wenger to sort this squad out. Personally, I’d sit Cesc, Denilson, Walcott, Bendtner, and Gallas until they proved that they want to play. In their stead, I see no reason not to start the youth players.
Is that crazy? At this point, Arsenal really have nothing to lose.
See you tomorrow for The Good, Bad, and Ugly.