PL: West Brom vs Arsenal | December 31, 2017 | 16:30 GMT | Sky Sports

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by <<reed>>, Dec 29, 2017.


What will be the result of this match?

Poll closed Jan 5, 2018.
  1. Wenger's tactical masterclass

  2. The two midtable clubs don't find out who is better

  3. Deserved 3 points for Pardiola

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  1. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    We did get a pretty dodgy PK at Burnley - I guess they do even themselves out but it was still a ****e call by the biggest ****e of them all.
  2. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    Coulda scored more. Shoulda scored more. Woulda won the game
  3. Jasard

    Jasard #PlayAMNInMidfield

    Such a cvnt
  4. Giroud12

    Giroud12 Well-Known Member

    Earlier in the game bellerin was denied a stonewall pen so it doesn't matter if the one we actually got was soft.

    As many of us have pointed out, looking at Manu, man city, Watford, stoke, wba etc it clearly doesn't even itself out. At least Wenger is starting to tear into the refs, straight outta fergies playbook that.
  5. Penn_

    Penn_ Well-Known Member

    Calls never even out, it’s just a phrase that gets put out there to draw attention away from how bad it really is.
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  6. nick gould

    nick gould Well-Known Member

    Never mind the referee error, we didn’t deserve to win that game. We were devoid of ideas going forward against a team at the bottom of the league. At 0 -0, still needing a goal one of our 3 central defenders picks a knock and what do we do, replace him with a semi-retiree. For that reason, Wenger showed lack of cojones and that’s fast spreading to the dressing room. We played like Mourinho’s Man U. No guile whatsoever. Body language c**p. Is it possible to do a coup that is not a coupe in football and replace the manager?
  7. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    This was West Brom not Bayern Munich. Why do we need 3 centre halves against a side that's bottom of the league?

    When Koscielny went off, we had an opportunity to bring on an attacking player or extra midfielder and switch to a back 4. What we were doing was clearly not working as we had 2 attempts at goal and 1 shot on target in the first half against the worst team in the league who were shot of confidence.

    Alexis kept doing that thing where he dribbles back into midfield to run in a semi circle across the pitch instead of staying high, wide and trusting his teammates to find him with the ball.

    Iwobi was moving inside way too early and congesting space whilst simultaneously blunting the right side of our attack. Xhaka was again playing ahead of Wilshere and taking 4,5 touches to release a pass. Everything was to feet or sideways and backwards.

    It was the same turgid away performance with the same issues as Southampton, West Ham, Burnley & Stoke. Their keepers are finishing games against with their gloves in pristine condition.

    Mike Dean is not the reason we are 21 points behind City or have a GD of only 12 from 21 games. It doesn't make his officiating acceptable however.
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  8. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright

    Can't wait for the 20 dodgy penalties we get during the second half of the season when all these decisions even themselves out. :lol:
  9. THunter

    THunter Are you not entertained? Trusted

    3 pens against us this season.

    Richarlison dive.
    Sterling dive.
    Mike Dean attention fix.

    Lovely stuff.
  10. FinnGooner

    FinnGooner Well-Known Member

    Crappy call by a biggest asshole of a ref in the world. Still, we put ourselves in a position where one dodgy call loses us points. Let's not forget our own goal was a total fluke. When you constantly try riding your luck, a time comes when that luck runs out. One goal scored against Southampton, zero against WH, one against ManU despite dozens of chances, one against Newcastle and now one against WBA. When you don't take your chances you become more vulnerable for bad luck and dodgy calls
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  11. Penn_

    Penn_ Well-Known Member

    Mike Dean aside that was another useless performance away from home, that was only (nearly) salvaged by a pathetic free kick.

    Xhaka, Wilshere, Alexis, Lacazette...even Iwobi. That should be enough to create at least a couple of clear chances against a team that were sitting bottom of the table.

    But outside of the Iwobi-Lacazette link up is was dry. This type of thing use to be the exception, now it’s the rule.

    Couldn’t give a **** about CL qualification or not.
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  12. ptrcopp

    ptrcopp Well-Known Member

    I agree with everything you said.
    Except with what you are implying; the referee almost certainly cost the game. And it shouldn’t have mattered that the performance was so dire.

    There needs to be two debates - one on a lacklustre performance that was the reason Mike Dean was able to influence things, and one on Mike Dean who chose to influence things against the advice of the Premier League.
    In fact, the performance on its own would probably have just pipped us over the line.
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  13. Mitch

    Mitch Blocked by Ramsey on Instagram

    Good performances from Xhaka, Wilshere, Mustafi & Alexis.
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  14. redwhiteAustrian

    redwhiteAustrian Tu Felix Austria Administrator

    Thought we're lucky to escape with three points.
    So did Dean.

    What a ****ing ****, just can't bear to stay out of the ****ing spotlight, that disgraceful Spu*s supporting **** of a man.

    Joke is on the FA for having such referees pissing on the competition.
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  15. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright

    The performance from the team yesterday genuinely almost put me to sleep.
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  16. karl

    karl Well-Known Member

    You have to say that the break up of this team can't come soon enough. The balance of midfield is never right and now I am hoping that AMN will come in central because AW still won't buy the right player to hold it all together.

    Dean was useless, but the season will be a forgettable one again and the worst thing is that those lost points won't even be important.
  17. redwhiteAustrian

    redwhiteAustrian Tu Felix Austria Administrator

    Oh and we looked liked ****ing Bayern Munich yesterday, why not wear our bloody away/third kit?
  18. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright

    Saw on twitter, we looked like Bayern but played like Braga. Was in tears. :lol:
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  19. samshere

    samshere Why so serieuse?

    Just saw the match, very disjointed game from us. But the penalty decision was atrocious, Gibbs hit the ball onto Chambers and he wasn't even claiming the penalty, he wanted the corner. If Mike Dean has trouble interpreting the situation at least he could take some cues from the players closest to it happening.
    I really thought that Wilshere playing in the mf would give us more control, but we're as bad as we were before. Think its time to drop the 3-5-2 experiment. Our full backs don't offer sufficient attacking thrust to make the formation work.
  20. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Apparently it clashed with the back of WBA's kit:
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