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No, this isn’t the code to unlock the hidden levels on Angry Birds. It’s Arsenal record in the league after their Carling Cup Final collapse in February against Birmingham City.

The wins for Arsenal came against Blackpool, Manchester United and Swansea City. Despite the impressive win against Man United, Arsenal have — in the last six months — failed to beat teams such as Blackburn, Bolton, Stoke City, Sunderland and West Brom. These are clubs that Arsenal supporters usually turn their noses up at.

Arsene Wenger’s win percentage since the end of February is a pathetic 18.75%. Blackburn manager Steve Kean, who before today was under pressure from his fans to get the sack, has the same win percentage as the French professor.

Looking at today’s match at Ewood Park, Blackburn created their own luck by putting the Arsenal defenders under intense pressure which led to the two own goals. Arsenal will feel unfortunate that Yakubu’s second goal wasn’t called for offside. But despite a late flurry from Arsenal where Blackburn hung on for victory, the performance by the Gunners lacked the character that we expect to see from this side. Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny were dreadful, while Mikel Arteta and Robin van Persie were — again — two of the few bright sparks for Arsenal.

In the league, Arsenal next face Bolton and then arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The way this Arsenal team is playing right now, no fixture can be perceived as an easy three points.

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  1. RVPFan

    September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I have been supporting Arsenal as long as I can remember, and this is the worst feeling ever. Defensive deficiency is unbelievably obvious to pretty much anyone watching the games, and yet Wenger just brushes them off like as if it’s going to get fixed next game. Wenger is just delusional. He has been delusional since a long time. I remember watching a game couple of years back against Man United at Arsenal (think it was 2008). That game was just dominated by Arsenal and yet they failed to win. What happened? Out of nowhere, a ball comes in and Diaby puts in in the back of his own net with not a soul around the corner. He panicked. It wasn’t just one game. Own goal can happen anytime anywhere, it could happen to even the most world-class defenders and that’s just the nature of it, however to put the ball in almost like as a wonderful header from the opposing team, is just pure negligence. Now why I point that out? It’s just pretty obvious that players at Arsenal just don’t seem to put their body on the line when push comes to shove. They get pushed around easily. PL is a physical league and the way Arsenal won trophies was they had big strong physical defenders/midfielders and strikers that dominated in every phase. Alright, Arsene brought in a style which wasn’t just ‘hit and hope’, however to think that there is always going to be one Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, or Martin Keown to complement his style, is just foolishness and delusional. Things keep happening over and over and yet you don’t do anything to fix, hoping the next game will solve all the problems, there is a term for it and I guess everyone knows that except Wenger.

  2. Sir Gee

    September 19, 2011 at 6:08 am

    After everything has been said and done, after all the critics have said all there is to say, Arsenal will rise again. I love you Arsenal

  3. Phil_PH

    September 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Its easy to write off Arsenal with whats happening to them right now, but if you compare it to the collapse of liverpool last year, where they were also on the bottom half of the table until Dalglish returned, and how Liverpool is atleast coping up with their new look team now (although not that good still) a few new players this january or next summer can bring them back to the top.

    but yeah this year might be a low point for Arsenal but it can be taken as wake up call for their policies or philosophy so that good things will happen in the future for this team.

  4. IanCransonsKnees

    September 18, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Bonus is at least no one got sent off I suppose, still rock bottom of the fair play league though. Dirty, dirty, Arsenal.

  5. DoublePivot

    September 18, 2011 at 12:17 am

    It seems to me that what he hasn’t done is so much as not build a good defense (Sagna – Per – Vermaelen – Santos are solid) is the he hasn’t built great depth. Djourou didn’t have the best of games coming on for Sagna.

    What he was done is scrapped a passer/tackler duo in front of them. Song had a brilliant game in attack, but he should be connecting the play from the back with Arteta, Gervinho and Ramsey, who were all good in attack today. Sticking with Arshavin should be a big criticism as he has limited value. Probably better if he were an impact sub.

    But with Song being the best option as protection for the back four….that’s not as good as you can do. Once again, terrific passing today and did as best he could defending. But had Arshavin been sacrificed for a Frimpong from the start…..those four goals are less likely.

    That being said, two came from set pieces (and how many more could they have scored, Dann early if Samba doesn’t get in the way and another Samba chance) and that’s just coaching. Don’t know if that is Wenger or Rice or both, but that would be a concern if I were a supporter.

  6. Jack Tomczuk

    September 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    This match, in my opinion, was even worse than the 8-2 embarrassment at Old Trafford. At least, as a Gooner, I expected Arsenal to lose to United. I sat in a stunned silence as United pounded the ball into the net.

    I expected Arsenal to get a result from this match, and possibly even to come away with the three points. Unfortunately, the quality of the Blackburn goals was nowhere near the quality of the United goals. The defending was terrible. Not to say that Blackburn did not play well, but the Arsenal back four did not present much of a challenge. Just send the ball into the penalty area, and the Gunners melted.

    I found myself yelling at the television during this match. While Arsenal were poor at Old Trafford, United were brilliant and were coming in great form. Blackburn, on the other hand, just had to nudge Arsenal into making foolish mistakes.

    Wenger better start his best eleven on Tuesday night at the Emirates against Shrewsbury Town.

  7. Lyle

    September 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Everyone fails at some point. It’s a trough for Arsenal. They’ll get past it in time.

  8. Lesalanos

    September 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    He has no idea how to build a balanced team! He inherited a great defence of seaman Bould Dixon winter burn and Adams. Two of which are ex Stoke! The sad fact is that he spends too much time looking down his nose at teams who are well organised and disciplined. We are neither! What for a Huth woodgate upson Shawcross and a sorenson ! Or a samba Dann Nielsen and Robinson. He has no excuse most fantasy footballer managers can pick a better defence.

    We have no balance

    • Jack Tomczuk

      September 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Wenger built the back four of the Invincibles, which was Lauren, Toure, Campbell, and Cole. Only Keown remained from the Graham years. The common myth is that Wenger inherited his defenders from Graham during his successful seasons. But, in reality, he formed that back four that played during Arsenal’s greatest season.

      Needless to say, he has been unable to form a top quality back four in some time.

  9. Reba

    September 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    When 7 goals are scored in a game, and your teams is responsible for 5 of them, yet somehow leaves the pitch without a single point, that’s not a simply bad phase. Something is deeply, deeply, terribly wrong.

    And, damn it, it is so entertaining to watch!

  10. David

    September 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Arsenal are now the has-beens of the EPL. Too many new players and a terrible defense won’t win you much. I can see Arsenal finish ouside the top 6 this season.

  11. Evan

    September 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    It’s pretty simple really.
    Arsenal just aren’t a top class team anymore.

    • MG

      September 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Yeah, you’ve taken our place, I suppose.

      Low points, high points. That’s sports (unless you’re United…)
      And right now, Arsenal are going through the lowest point in years, breaking losing records left and right and conceding more goals in one game than any Arsenal fan alive has ever seen. Losing to Blackburn today confirms this season an even worse start, 5 games in, than the 1991-92 season.. 4 points in 5 games, 14 goals conceded..

      I don’t even know when Arsenal has a season start off as badly as this one, and end as psychologically bad as last season ended, losing the Carling Cup final in such devastating fashion and literally go into the depths of hell there on after.. Does Luton Town 1988 compare? No.. they had won in ’87.

      All I know is that we’re six years without a trophy and things are bizarrely tragic and seemingly heading towards a cruel end.. whether it be the sacking of Wenger or Rice or I don’t know what.. Something needs to change.. or maybe it doesn’t. I don’t even know anymore.

      • oliver

        September 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

        sorry for such a pedantic point, but they “literally” entered a mythological place?

        • MG

          September 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

          No need to be sorry, Oliver. Misuse of the word ‘literally’, thanks for pointing that out! Haha.

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