Shamed Arsenal Players Do Themselves No Favors

Newcastle’s performance on Saturday will go down in history, there’s not doubt about that.

But the Arsenal players and Arsene Wenger have done themselves no favors with their after-the-match comments.

They are still trying to label Joey Barton as the thug he once was – but not anymore.

They are blaming Joey for having Diaby sent off,  for what was just a stupid child-like display of petulance from the Frenchman – and we bet Arsenal don’t appeal the sending off this week.

They are blaming the referee for giving two soft penalties.

But the truth is what manager Arsene Wenger already knows deep down.

The  Arsenal players wilted in the face of adversity, when Newcastle United launched an astonishing second half display of guts and glory,  that the Arsenal defense in particular, just couldn’t handle. And Newcastle were roared on by a sold-out St. James’ Park.

The problems that Arsenal had in that second half were nothing to do with  Joey Barton or the referee – or any other excuse Arsene will dream up today.

Hey, we like Arsene a lot,  but nobody would ever accuse him of being a good loser. 😀

The Arsenal players simply wilted and they had nobody to turn to when the going got tough – and how many times did  you hear Cesc Fabregas’ name called in that second half by TV commentators. Not many times at all, and he is the Arsenal captain.

The truth is that Arsenal  had nobody to match the drive and leadership shown by Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan in that second half, when they simply ran the game for Newcastle.

The problem lies with the Arsenal players, and their lack of character and guts in that second half.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, other teams in England will gain significant hope from Saturday’s game, because  if they press this Arsenal side- even when the Gunners are four goals up – they may cave in – just like the did on Saturday.

And it’s very true that Arsenal were simply a million miles better than Newcastle in that first half,  and it was a huge  embarrassment to the Newcastle fans that our boys didn’t turn up.

This is not an attack on the Arsenal club – the Gunners are a great club and they have a great team, and we’ve always thought that Wenger is one of the world’s best managers.

And this is certainly not an attack on Arsenal’s faithful fans, who go through as much turmoil as we do supporting Newcastle United, and they must be hurting today.

This is telling the brutal truth of what happened in that second half on Saturday, when Newcastle produced a miraculous turnaround.

But the truth is they were helped enormously by the gutless  Arsenal players, who never liked the physical part of the game, and complain if they are even  touched by an opposing player.

Maybe today they should all be looking at themselves in the mirror, and not blaming all asunder for how the played in that second half.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • doddsy

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    hard challange but fair get over it

  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Well said ed! This is the same sh*te arsenal come out with every single time they crumble and miss a chance to steal a march on Man ure. Wenger may be a great manager, but he still doesn’t seem to understand that its a CONTACT sport!
    And why does he conveniently forget about patrik vierra whenever hard tackles are mentioned?

  • Brettoon

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    My favourite comment of the day-

    Sky –
    So Arsene what did you think of the sending off?

    Arsene –
    Didn’t see it.


  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone heard anymore about free agents arriving? We are possibly down to only 2 fit senior strikers now. Also is it true we can get emergency loans? i thought that was just for championship and below?

  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    @ Brett…. I don’t know why he even bothers going to the games, he clearly never watches them!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    we have hurt several clubs – villa, blunderland now arsenal – fairly – that’s the game – that’s how you earn respect and fear! If we can convince any visitor that they face a bullpit of 50,000 driving on a team (a real team who fight for each other) then will will have a fortress worth a point before they kick off. Give them the “oh no not Newcastle next” feelling.

  • Brettoon

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Markaccus –

    I know… Great manager – no doubt about it but sometimes he looks like such an idiot.

    I don’t know what the deal is with free agents.. Can we sign someone now if free? Ewerton?

  • magpie6699

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Good article – fair, balanced (i.e.exactly as I saw it!)
    So they had a man sent off? And 10 men can’t hold onto a 4 goal lead? And 1 soft penalty = 1 disallowed valid goal in my book.
    Two points – Jonas never gets a mention but I thought he worked his socks off in the 2nd half – and Danny Simpson is NOT the weak link some people make out, but a young player who is learning and full of enthusiasm and guts as well.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Frees are allowed, as long as the player was already free or out of contract before the window closed. I’m confused about the loan rules though. Supposedly we have approached ewerthon but havnt heard more about it

  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree magpie6699. Jonas always seems a better player when the club is under pressure. I thought him and barton were the only 2 playing against fulham, with no strikers working for them so a lot of good ball got wasted. Different system on saturday and a better outcome!

  • Jarra Mag

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Latest in The Telegraph – Interpol may investigate the 4-4 result. Can we all please please petition so that Interpol do investigate. Suggested themes for close investigation: Arsenil bottled it. Wenger bottlted it. Pat Rice was just doing his crossword. Where were hard men Fabregas and Vin Dielsel, sorry Van Pursey? Arsenil fans go silent at the game – calls all weekend to radio stations demanding his exit. Crap Arsenil keeper. Walcott and Wiltshire – would you take them into the trenches with you – me neither. Very amusing that the London press is highly critical of everything Arsenil but highly reluctant to give an ounce of praise to our lads. They don’t like it up north do they? PLEASE Interpol, do an investigation – i’d love to read the outcome. Interesting that the story has a French source – couldn’t be that the Arse is preparing his exit, could it? Now that would be intertesting. Cocknee tossers. The only bad thing about the weekend was that Tiote just put another £5m on his price that “we will never sell him, no chance, no way” Mr Cashley will get in the summer.

  • Toon1892

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    To the tune of “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin:

    When you’re facing a rout, and you’re 30 yards out, Cheik Tiote!
    From the Ivory Coast, squeezed just inside the post, Cheik Tiote!
    He left Cesc Fabregas, lying flat on his ass, Cheik Tiote!
    When we made it 4-3, he said leave it to me, Cheik Tiote!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Arsenal are not just bad losers (I know they didn’t lose but it must have felt like it) they are the biggest whining bunch of softies ever. Every tackle on them is a foul but over the top tackles from them (Fabregas has done a few) are just enthusiasm. I hope they win nowt. I have many friends who are Arsenal fans and even they are starting to get embarrassed by Mr Wenger & co

  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Even their own legend Vierra is slamming them. Surely that sends a message!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Toon 1892
    That has made my day!!
    I am sitting here PMSL!!!
    Well done that man

  • Magforlife

    Feb 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle have maybe the best comeback ever, Interpol rumoured to be investigating. Tiote scores a blockbuster off to Manure rumours all over the Sunday red-tops.
    Referee under suspicion, Barton is a thug
    Newcastle get some credit , not a chance.
    And people wonder why we have siege mentality up here !

  • Toon1892

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Haha,I pinched it off some forum,thought it was class

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18

    toon 1892 cracker im already txtin it around.

  • Chris F

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Sagna is the latest to come out bleating, in his own words he said he too was “attacked” by Barton, so understands Diaby’s reaction.

    What a load of tosh. Yes, it was a hard tackle. Yes he got a bit of Diaby as a result. However, he cleanly won the ball and the tackle was on the ground and under control.

    Arsenal do themselves no favours when they come out like this, they’ve had a persecution complex for years and need to man up and get over themselves.

    The reason they lost a 4 goal lead wasn’t the ref, it wasn’t Barton’s tackles, it was their own inability to combat a spirited 2nd half performance from the home side. Tehy’re too weak right through the middle of their side and badly lack a strong leader.

    Is Fabregas of similar mettle to Adams, Keown or Vieira? Is he bollocks. First sign of a tough game and he spits his dummy out and goes missing.

  • Toon1892

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Good lad,i’m hoping it gets an airing down Blackburn haha.

  • toonoholic

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    fking arsenal whinning fag*ots

  • seetow1

    Feb 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    geordiedoonsouth, awesome stuff!

  • Thump

    Feb 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon1892 // Feb 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    To the tune of “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin:

    When you’re facing a rout, and you’re 30 yards out, Cheik Tiote!
    From the Ivory Coast, squeezed just inside the post, Cheik Tiote!
    He left Cesc Fabregas, lying flat on his ass, Cheik Tiote!
    When we made it 4-3, he said leave it to me, Cheik Tiote!

    Amazing 😀

  • tcbelfast

    Feb 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #24



    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #25

    To the tune of Amore

    Arsenal where Shite and we gave them a fright
    at St James’s

    And Wenger he whinged when that tackle went in at St James’s

    And Best scored a goal that the ref overruled
    at St’James’s

    We beat them 5-4 and we could have had more at St James’s !



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