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Arsene Wenger Loses His Bottle Against Tottenham Hotspur: Video

One of the defining moments from Arsenal’s 3-2 loss against Tottenham Hotspur Saturday was Arsene Wenger showing his frustration by smashing his water bottle into the ground after Spurs came back from two-nil down to win 3-2.

Wenger hates to lose and is quite apparent when his anger gets the better of him as it did at the Emirates Stadium in the north London derby.

Congratulations to Spurs on a well-deserved fightback. But Arsenal will feel that they wasted several clear-cut chances in front of goal to put this match away.

What do you think? Did Tottenham deserve to win the game? Or did Arsenal hand it to the Lilywhites?

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36 Responses to Arsene Wenger Loses His Bottle Against Tottenham Hotspur: Video

  1. Earl Reed says:

    Wenger should be furious. You have to give Spurs credit for battling back, and it was no shock to see them get one back. But to have your best player handle a free kick in the area is a big blow. I have to go back and look to see who Palacios was originally coming on for…if it was van de Vaart, another dubious point in the match, when Redknapp got his sub cancelled. Arsenal may not have deserved the full three, but the result was a harsh one for the Gunners.

  2. RVPFan says:

    We gifted the match. When was the last time we were 2-0 up at home and lost? Can’t even remember. Must be 15 years ago. Chance to make ground on Chelsea and go top of the league and we bottle up completely. I don’t blame Wenger for everything since it’s the players that lost the match, but I have to question the judgement when Fabregas and Chamakh are raising their hands like that on the wall, practically gifting spurs a penalty. I mean it was like, “here here, have it, equalise, take it take it”. Ridiculous.

  3. Rahul says:

    i do feel sorry for wenger. he deserves better than this

  4. Dave Thomas says:

    In English football, the side that plays the best does not always win, The Arse play pretty football, but are not preoccupied with actually winning trophies! Their entire philosophy is to stay in the top 4 of the Premier League and play Champions League fotball to bring in the big bucks. The entire season for the Arse is to finish 2nd and, if really lucky, maybe get to a domestic final. All Wenger has to do is maintain their CL status and everybody is happy and the sooner their fans realise that they are not ever going to be winners, the better

  5. Charles says:

    You have to give Spurs the credit to see when Arsenal dials back the intensity and to capitalize on it. I mean, how many times have we seen teams go “2-nil” no issues lets go have a cold one. Now that might work 75% of the time, but you are playing against the Spurs, who have players like Bale Van Der Vaart, and Pavlyuchenko firing on all cylinders right now.

    • Ringo says:

      Bale and VdV sure, but Pav had nothing to do with the comeback and little to do with any of Spurs’ successes this season. They need to sign a striker in January.

  6. MennoDaddy says:

    As a Spurs fan, that second half was a thing of beauty. Sure, Scum fans can talk about its own teams’ epic collapse, but you have to give Spurs credit for thoroughly outplaying the Woolrich Wanderers and taking advantage of the opportunities offered them.

    • Herpity Derp says:

      Get a dictionary moron. Outplaying? Arsenal got a multitude of chances, much more than Tottenham, and dominated the entire match. I am not an Arsenal fan but I (and anyone else with a brain) could see they basically gifted the game away with two unnecessary freekicks, a handball and missed headers. And seriously, the childish namecalling? What are you, six years old? Though you look about 46.

    • Herpity Derp says:

      Get a dictionary, guy. Outplaying? Arsenal got a multitude of chances, much more than Tottenham, and dominated the entire match. I am not an Arsenal fan but I (and anyone else with a brain) could see they basically gifted the game away with two unnecessary freekicks, a handball and missed headers. And seriously, the childish namecalling? What are you, six years old? Though you look about 46.

      • cgerv says:

        nice double post.
        nice calling out a name caller by calling him a name
        nice way to forget the lack of a call when hutton was fouled, which led to the arsenal 2nd goal.
        nice name as well, or is that the std you carry

        LULZ!

  7. Dust in the Wind says:

    LOL..LOL..I can’t help it, one of the most amusing things to see, Wenger loosing his cool. As a life long spurs fan, it great to see the club get that monkey of it’s back. 2 in a row against arsenal in the league, times they are a changing! great resilience and maturity from the boys. A great win!

    • Herpity Derp says:

      You were lucky and you know it. Both of your goals latter came from free kicks and the most basic errors imaginable; it isn’t like you earned those goals or got them via open play. They were practically gifted to you. And much of this is due to Koscielny and Fabianski’s lack of first-team experience, and Arsenal’s injuries; I don’t think any of these goals would have gotten past Vermaelen or Diaby. You might get a lucky win or two like this, but your team’s lack of natural/inherent skill will prove itself sooner than later.

      • herpity burp says:

        You lost and you know it. Excellent.

        • Dave Thomas says:

          Bit confused with your 2nd double posting as you seem to be a closet gooner (the usual kind who appear at times like this this!), but then you post this which seems that you have changed your allegiance! We always tell youngsters that when the grow up, they’ll see the error of their ways. So have you now grown up?

      • MennoDaddy says:

        Brilliant, calling blowing a 2-nil 2nd half lead “lucky.” You got flat-out beat.

        I’ve been hearing a lot of Gooners make the same sort of inane comments. I’m going to be savoring this win for a long, long time.

      • mw828 says:

        hey guys leave him alone, he isn’t even an arsenal fan. lol yeah right.

  8. Dust in the Wind says:

    “You were lucky”, “we gave it to you”, “both goals came from free kicks” all statements by someone clearly riddled with heart break after loosing a 2 goal lead at home with a chance to go top. “Arsenal lost the game, spurs didn’t win it” LOL yeah, uhuh. Watch the game again (not likely tho huh) and you will see more than just that. This is twice now in a row in the premier league, you are not used to it.

    I have some advice, I’m sure this will help, I looked it up online to help you with your condition, ok, here we go.

    Stand in some space, get some chalk ( a pen /marker will do), draw a circle around you, this will be your “circle of power”. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, In this circle everything you say and believe is true, this is YOUR “circle of power”, you can achieve in this circle. In this place the belief that you “deserved to win” is correct.

    When you leave the circle it is strongly advised you look for some one to give you a hug

    3 Unanswered goals…just luck huh…mmmhhmm

    • Miak says:

      I enjoyed this. lol

    • RVPFan says:

      Look buddy, there are classy Arsenal fans who take the loss with a hit in the chin and congratulate Spurs for coming back the way they did. There is no reason to lump everyone in the same circle.

      Spurs took chances that came their way, albeit very few and Arsenal didn’t take chances when they had tons. In this competitive season, every chances has to be taken and no lead is safe. You have to keep on playing for 90 minutes and this is where Arsenal failed in my opinion. They stopped playing after the break. Surprising thing is Arsene is probably the only manager who has money in his bag to spend like fury and he doesn’t do it. God knows why the resistance.

      I have extensively written previously since last year on how Arsenal puts this mentality inside the head of average players that if they play for Arsenal they are “world class”. He plays make-belief game with fans as well as his players and media while the youth program is starting to mature and he has nothing to show for in return. I wonder how long Arsene can go with this make-belief game. I guess till his youngsters turn 30 and still nothing to show for.

      Arsenal cannot defend as a unit and this has been clear all season long. Squillaci and Kos are average at best and there is no reason why they should be starting for a top club like Arsenal. Too many mistakes on the back and not enough chances taken in the front. A recipe for pure disaster and while gutted, there is absolutely no where to look than to the mirror and every player in the Arsenal dressing room should look in the Gunner’s badge and put a shield out and go for an all out war come next game. Otherwise this season is also beginning to smell like the same like previous 5 seasons.

      Well done to Spurs. They played for 90 minutes and won.

    • Dust in the Wind says:

      My post was directed towards “Herpity derp”, it shouldn’t have been a separate thread–my bad. Saying that, it does apply to any gooner :0

      “Circle of Power!”

  9. Teddy says:

    Oh Arsene what a shame, your boys lost their bottle again!

    Outstanding fight back from Spurs and a really entertaining open game. Arsenal really seem to struggle against the top sides and it seems Spurs have stepped up into that category.

    The gooners may have had some good chances to score in the second half and looked comfortable in the first half but let’s not forget they were handed the first goal on a plate by Gomez.

    I think Arsenal were simply out battled in the second half and when they needed a leader nobody stepped up. Fabregas was anonymous second half when Modric, VDV and Bale rose to the occasion. Spurs controlled the play and were good for the win, a brilliant turn around.

    ARSENAL V SPURS STATS
    Shots (on Goal) 15(4) 13(5)
    Fouls 19 17
    Corner Kicks 2 6
    Offsides 5 2
    Time of Possession 61% 39%
    Yellow Cards 3 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Saves 2 2

  10. Norfolk Enchants says:

    Spurs can suk it. They won, but were not the better team.

    Bale is a bitch, he can eat me.

    • Shakira says:

      Exactly the response from an Arsenal fan I would expect. Too bad class Arsenal fans like RVPFan are hard to come by. Arsenal fans can’t handle losing to Spurs and the fact Wenger didn’t shake Rednapps hand at the end says how classless he really is.

  11. HotspurSam says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha, priceless – the look on Pat Rice’s face that is…..Luverly Jubberley

  12. Ringo says:

    Arsenal fans are hilarious.

  13. us spur says:

    Heh, heh, heh.
    Arse fans = bad losers., just like their manager!

  14. Mailcommando says:

    As an Arsenal fan, this game hurts and hurts a lot. I can understand Wenger’s frustration. However, I cant say I was surprised by the result. Based on recent performances from Arsenal I thought they would have to play brilliantly to beat Spurs. After so many home wins vs Spurs the law of averages would sooner or later catch up to Arsenal. Plus, even though it was a Carling Cup game, Arsenal’s previous performances against teams they have already faced once this season has not been spectacular. i.e. Newcastle and Shaktar. This teams seems to be making a habit of losing focus.

    The injury to TV has caused major problems for the back four. This team wastes too many chances in front to win games 4-3 or 3-2 all the time. And with a back four that includes SS, LK, or JD I am afraid they will have to do that at times. Even the ideal pairing of JD and TV doesnt fill me with confidence.

    On the bright side, its November and with Chelsea’s result we are still two points off the top. While the title race seems wide open I still wouldnt bet against Chelsea or United.

    • RCPFan says:

      RVP must start next game. He is the only shining light in an other dim season so far. Coming RVP please get us the league title.

  15. felix says:

    The unknown will be known after the returned leg shall be played. Arsenal fans don’t lose hope there is a bright score a head.

  16. Edward C says:

    Since none of you can be objective, here’s what happened: Arsenal were all set to win in the first half, goals aside – they were the better team. Then in a collapse of Wigan v. Arsenal proportions, they let go and Spurs took full advantage, credit to them – and of course, the introduction of Defoe played a part. Of course, that woke Arsenal up somewhat but Spurs (Gallas particularly) would not break down, would not let Arsenal in. It’s that simple. Arsenal showed their full Jekyll-and-Hyde range, and it’s not advisable to do that against Spurs. And I’m an Arsenal fan, yes.

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