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    (Original post by Abiraleft)
    What a fantastic game is all I can say, and I don't really have any complaints. I think the main way in which Spurs managed to pressure us was with Crouch's flicks to the other striker/onrushing player from headers, and the only way I can see us countering that is with the defenders cutting out such flicks, at which I think we were decent today. The other thing, however, was physicality, our deficiency of which became very apparent towards the end with Spurs players muscling us off the ball as soon as one of our isolated attacking players got the ball. On another note, though I don't quite agree with it, I can see the logic of bringing on Bendtner and Arshavin for the final ten minutes: Bendtner to give us an additional route to goal (launch) and Arshavin to keep the pace, as well as for his well know ability to produce a game-changing moment (also, I have no idea how to judge player fitness levels, so that may also have had a bearing on the decision - and if that is the case, it would be difficult to argue against the decision). It does mean that the title race is - well, as over as it was last week, which isn't as bad as some people may make out. Once again, good game. :yep:

    Btw, does anyone still want the likes of Neuer to oust Szczesny? Great performance from him, imo.
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    (Original post by JK.)
    They were pushing so high at that point that we were forced to go long a lot of the time, RvP wasn't winning any of the balls up top and that just invited more pressure. You can analyse how good Bendtner is generally all you like but we needed him on at the end there. Also, as much as it feels like it, we didn't lose the game and against Spurs, that's pretty damn important. Wrt Nasri off for Arshavin, I agree with that one, Nasri had looked fantastic all night and his link up with Cesc was sublime, didn't see the reason behind that (I guess Wenger was hoping he'd make the difference as he did against Barca) but Theo had tired himself out and seemed to be lacking the positional awareness that made him such a threat in the first half.
    But as Spurs were pushing up, it would have been good to still have Walcott available to run onto any long passes we played. My main complaint with bringing Bendtner on is that we put him on the wing. If we played him in the centre of the attack and put RVP on the wing or up with him in a 4-4-2 then I wouldn't have complained. Bendtner is useless on the wing as his knock downs rarely reach anyone.
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      (Original post by Jackthevillain)
      Its between MAn u and Chelsea now I think. Man city will defo get champions league now bad night for London teams well apart from Chelsea.
      I don't quite get the logic of simultaneously saying Chelsea are now in the title race and we are out of it. If Chelsea are in it, surely we are too? Perhaps with even more of a chance, given that we have to play United at home rather than away like them.

      I'd say both Chelsea and Arsenal are out of it, though. Still fancy us to get second.
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      (Original post by TommyWannabe)
      I think he's had a few too many...
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      It's beyond me how people can criticise Wenger for bringing on Bendtner at that point. Theo was dead and had no impact in that second half, except for ****ing up the golden opportunity he'd had and we absolutely needed a big man up top to win the long balls we were forced into playing.
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      Do you guys really want that runners up spot that bad ? :curious:
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      3-1 up and you **** it up.

      De-ja vu lads?

      Previous crumbles from previous seasons have been pretty special but this seasons crumble will be hard to beat tbh.
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      (Original post by mr tim)
      I really find it hard if I was an Arsenal supporter right now [I am a Liverpool fan] - Bottled it against Newcastle, Tottenham [x2], Birmingham [in Carling cup final], Barcelona, Liverpool. Time and time again you guys were in the title race and then out of it and then back in... Can't really see you guys winning the title now.

      But a good match overall, and I really wanted you guys to win as a Liverpool fan, but of course you didn't. Maybe 3rd isn't a bad result - Wenger?
      To be fair, Arsenal never bottled it against Barcelona. Yes they were 2-1 after the first leg, but there wasn't really much of an expectation that they could progress into the quarters, given they had to go into the Nou camp. I think at best, the game was 50-50 for Arsenal.

      But I get the jist of your post. It is worrying. I was listening into 5live, and what they said about the game tonight being a microcosm for Arsenal's season sums it up for me.
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      The question of significant importance is....who is next in line to give away a penalty at the Bolton game?
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      Also, I'd like to point out
      Walcott 8 goals and 7 assists.
      Bale 7 goals and 1 assist.

      and who gets PFA player of the year?

      p.s. not saying WAlcott should get PFA player of the year here.
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      (Original post by badger-man)
      But as Spurs were pushing up, it would have been good to still have Walcott available to run onto any long passes we played. My main complaint with bringing Bendtner on is that we put him on the wing. If we played him in the centre of the attack and put RVP on the wing or up with him in a 4-4-2 then I wouldn't have complained. Bendtner is useless on the wing as his knock downs rarely reach anyone.
      Walcott was dead though, just had no impact at all in the second half and like I said, he wasn't getting into the positions to run onto the long passes as he insisted on staying deep. I can see your point, but generally he was drifting inside to get the flick ons to RvP, the only time he didn't was from the freekick, and given the position of the rest of our players inside him, whereby the head down and across from out wide is better than a central flick on, it made sense.
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      (Original post by TheGreatest21)
      The question of significant importance is....who is next in line to give away a penalty at the Bolton game?
      Koscielny is overdue for something very silly.
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      (Original post by JK.)
      It's beyond me how people can criticise Wenger for bringing on Bendtner at that point. Theo was dead and had no impact in that second half, except for ****ing up the golden opportunity he'd had and we absolutely needed a big man up top to win the long balls we were forced into playing.

      I've seen kids in the park who have more trickery on the ball than Bendtner.
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      (Original post by MoMatrix)
      I've seen kids in the park who have more trickery on the ball than Bendtner.
      I've seen paraplegics with better first touches than Bendtner.
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      (Original post by Mr Smurf)
      Koscielny is overdue for something very silly.
      He had his moment though against Birmingham.
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      (Original post by Hantheman)
      Also, I'd like to point out
      Walcott 8 goals and 7 assists.
      Bale 7 goals and 1 assist.

      and who gets PFA player of the year?

      p.s. not saying WAlcott should get PFA player of the year here.
      Walcott scores a goal and then drifts out the game for 60 mins.
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      (Original post by MoMatrix)
      I've seen kids in the park who have more trickery on the ball than Bendtner.
      What has trickery on the ball got to do with anything? We needed a big man up top to win the headers and Theo was completely ineffectual at that point. Like I've said, if you wanna talk about his general quality and worthiness of a position in the side then fine, do so, but to say it was a tactical error from Wenger to bring him on that that point is just plain wrong imo.
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      (Original post by JK.)
      What has trickery on the ball got to do with anything? We needed a big man up top to win the headers and Theo was completely ineffectual at that point. Like I've said, if you wanna talk about his general quality and worthiness of a position in the side then fine, do so, but to say it was a tactical error from Wenger to bring him on that that point is just plain wrong imo.
      Well he was playing on the wing so Wenger must believe he has these qualities.Bendtner overall is really a waste of space he is 6ft 4 or something but I see him get beaten easily in the air by the much shorter man.
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      (Original post by TheGreatest21)
      He had his moment though against Birmingham.
      Exactly. That was almost two months ago.
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      You can't concede 3 goals and expect to win the match.
      More worrying is the lack of leadership. We just seem to crumble under any kind of pressure whatsoever, and Wenger has to take primary responsibility for that. Plenty of talent in this team but we need winners.
     
     
     
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