The new month kicks off with Champions League play as Arsenal host Galatasary at the Emirates. Having lost on match day one away to Dortmund, it is pretty much a must win for the Gunners.
Despite sitting 4th in the table and still undefeated in the league, the negative supporters are out in force whining about the manager, the players and whatever else they can complain about. A solid victory would be a good way to shut these idiots up...especially with Chelsea looming on the horizon.
@Santi_Classorla @_GoonerPrincess Get used to it mate..These modern day fans who demand perfection are sadly here to stay..
— Old Bald Gooner (@OldBaldGooner) October 1, 2014
Morning all. Today marks 18 years since the boss took over at @Arsenal! Send your congratulations using #Wenger18 pic.twitter.com/QltfYEb6PX
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 1, 2014
Lots of Özil shirts tonight many being worn by Galatasary fans #Arsenal
— Ceekay (@TheRealCeekay) October 1, 2014
Every Arsenal fan is supposed to be civil and celebrate #Wenger18 today. #WOB or not, its called courtesy.
— Em (@_GoonerPrincess) October 1, 2014
Arsène Wenger officially took charge at #Arsenal on this day, in 1996. #OneArseneWenger #InArseneWeTrust pic.twitter.com/4KhCS8Oef2
— Kapil Sathe (@ArsenalEngineer) October 1, 2014
I don't just want a win tonight , I want a convincing 3 or 4 goal hammering to lift spirits and confidence amongst everyone
— Pauly AFC (@PIreland33) October 1, 2014
In the 18 years that Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal, 43 other Premier League teams have had 207 managers. #AFC pic.twitter.com/jpYASOOpoc
— MS19 (@mikesanz19) October 1, 2014
@awesomehabibi @canoncrested try the history channel...
— Karan Mundul (@_Chinaman_) October 1, 2014
Come on Arsenal! Do this
— Steven (@SteveP_201) October 1, 2014
Wow, what a match. The Arsenal team that we saw tonight put on a master class in how to play the game. With speed up front in the form of Sanchez, Chamberlain and Welbeck, the Gunners dismantled Galatasaray. The onslaught began in the 22nd minute when Welbeck put the ball in the back of the net. He did it again eight minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Sanchez added a third before the half and it looked like Arsenal could run up the score.
Welbeck finished his hat trick in the 52nd minute and the Emirates was rocking.
Play was stopped at one point as some Galatasary fans thought it would be a good idea to throw flares and missiles on to the pitch. It took Wesley Sneijder pleading with the fans to stop the interruptions.
Unfortunately,Wojciech Szczesny was reckless once again and was sent off for an unnecessary foul which led to a penalty and a red card. I've always been unconvinced by Szczesny and I'm hoping that this turns out to be a blessing in disguise as Ospina was forced in to action and did very well. I'd love to see Ospina as the number one goalkeeper.
Arsenal defended their lead and the match finished 4-1. In addition to Welbeck and Sanchez, great perormances were put in by the Ox, Chambers, Gibbs, Kos and Cazorla. Hopefully Arsenal can carry this momentum and some confidence in to this weekend's match versus Chelsea.
Great match from the team today👍👏 @Arsenal @MesutOzil1088 pic.twitter.com/4H4kSray1A
— Mesut Özil best Fans (@M_Ozil_lovers) October 1, 2014
Retweet if you love @Arsenal... pic.twitter.com/JmVL9l3io6
— MS19 (@mikesanz19) October 1, 2014
Soooooo proud of the boys tonight! OOH TO BE A GOONER!!! #afc #AFCvGAL #DannyWelbeck #goonerfamily pic.twitter.com/Nvb3v9ucVo
— Jet marchiöne ❤️ (@Jet_AFC) October 1, 2014
4-1. Welbeck's hat trick. Alexis, Oxlade-Chamberlain very good too. Szczesny's red card only low point but Ospina did well after coming on.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) October 1, 2014
Welbeck, Sanchez, Özil, Ox - all excellent. Chambers green. Flamini a bit of a liability. And Szczesny, oh dear. Ospina 1st choice soon ?
— Matt Spicer (@mattspicer66) October 1, 2014
Well done lads happy days bring on Sunday #Welbeck 3
— Jamie Carey (@jimthepeanut) October 1, 2014
So chuffed Welbeck got a hat trick. Absolutely livid that it wasn't for MUFC. Ridiculous transfer.
— JohnHaddon (@johnchaddon) October 1, 2014
Danny Welbeck has scored more goals this season than Di Maria and Falcao have combined! 😂 #WelbzIsDatGuy pic.twitter.com/byH0VDrGC4
— Ooh To Be A Gooner! (@John_AFC_Gooner) October 1, 2014
Sunday, October 4, 2014 9AM EST Arsenal at Chelsea
Fear, trepidation, anxiety....these are just a few of the emotions that Arsenal fans are feeling today as we head to Chelsea. Stamford Bridge was the location of Arsenal's biggest humiliation last season, a 6-0 thrashing. Add to that the fact that Chelsea have looked unstoppable so far this season and that they are lead by the annoying, arrogant and pompous Jose Mourinho and it's an encounter that gives most Arsenal fans nightmares. Of course there's hope that Arsenal can hold their own against Chelsea and can actually win. Just like those days when Arsenal always had Chelsea's number back in those Claudio Ranieri days. Here's hoping.
How far have we come and how many lessons have we learned since last season?? We will know at 4pm. #COYG #AFC
— Arsenal Views (@arsenal_views) October 5, 2014
@goonergordo:I am already counting 9 points off the pace,very little chance we will win there!
— WENGER OUT (@mohamedrashido1) October 5, 2014
As soon as I see the team news I will know if arsenal have a chance
— oxo (@AFCoxo) October 5, 2014
Chelsea are a small club, with no history, a shit stadium and a fanbase the size of a boy band.
— Saul Silva (@DareToGooner) October 5, 2014
Can everyone stop being so fuckin negative? Game hasent started yet! 😂 Have a drink and relax. 👍
— Le Prof Aido (@Corkgooner33) October 5, 2014
The times have changed. When I first started following Arsenal, we always had Chelsea's number. No matter what, Arsenal always came out on top. Unfortunately, it appears to be the other way around this time.
The fact that a positive from the match is that we didn't get hammered 6-0 like last season is a sad statement. Feeling good that we lost by a respectable 2-0 margin is also a sad state of affairs.
In what seems to be happening way too often, Arsenal had 53% of the possession and out shot Chelsea 10-5. In the past Arsenal would dominate possession and shots and win. Now it seems to be the opposite. It's obvious that Arsenal's defense is not strong enough (bring back Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon). We also need a beast in midfield a la Patrick Vieira.
The highlight of the match for Arsenal fans was Arsene Wenger pushing the "egotistical one" Jose Mourinho as the managers got in to a verbal spat.
@69Gooner69 @daffy_gooner two weeks of 'staring at the wall' ahead !
— FortKnoxArsenal (@RP07Forever) October 5, 2014
Stay positive, we have got some shit games out of the way early. Man Utd haven't played anyone yet. We'll be up there. We aren't far off
— james tozer (@jimmytozer) October 5, 2014
Positives: Arsene pushed Jose, Welbeck two footed Fabregas, Wilshere called Terry a pussy.
— Oli Price-Bates (@OliPriceBates) October 5, 2014
@ckcgunner The better the team, better the business, we are shaped and primed for 4th, thats the sad thing, year in year out #GroundhogTeam
— The Wizard of Özil (@Diggaditch) October 5, 2014
"@Blackburngeorge: @arseaboutface The team and squad is getting better." FUCK OFF! #WENGEROUT!
— 4th Is Now A Trophy! (@managerboardout) October 5, 2014
What's wrong with your head and are u a true gooner?@CrazyGooner007
— Ayeni olawale (@wallexstically) October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Arsenal vs. Hull 10AM EST
The first match in two weeks after an international break. Having gone in to the break with a painful 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, a visit by Hull should be just what Arsenal need. Arsenal's next run of games are all winnable so let's hope that today is the start of a good run.
The BPL is back! All the best to the lads today against Hull #letsgo 💪 #COYG
— Isaac Hayden (@IsaacHayden65) October 18, 2014
Just arsenal playing makes it a great day for me!
— Zac Morgans (@zacmorgans) October 18, 2014
MATCHDAYYYYYYYY !!!! ARSENAL AT HOME AGAINST HULL CITY. A MUST WIN MATCH. CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE ANY MORE POINTS. COME ON ARSENAL!"
— NanangDwiC (@NanangDwi_14) October 18, 2014
Arsenal should win the game tonight against Hull City la. It's a must win. Need to get in top four first to maintain the pressure.
— Agilan Elamkovan † (@agilanism) October 18, 2014
The two week break didn't seem to do any good for Arsenal. Most fans and pundits expected Arsenal to roll to victory over Hull at home. Instead, it was another frustrating Arsenal performance where the team looked sluggish and uninspired.
It all started rather well as Alexis Sanchez's 13th minute goal gave Arsenal an early 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there.
Within four minutes Mohaned Diame fouled Mathieu Flamini as he ran in to the box. For whatever reason, the ref didn't seem to see anything wrong and allowed the play to continue. Of course Diame scored and Hull were level on a goal that should not have been allowed to be taken in the first place.
The rest of the match was typical Arsenal frustration. Within one minute of the second half, Hull's Abel Hern
andez was able to get by the Arsenal defense and score a header to give Hull the lead.
Arsenal dominated the play with 66% of the possession, 25 shots on goal to Hull's 4 and 10 corners to Hull's 0. Despite these overwhelming statistics, Arsenal had to fight until the 90th minute to salvage a point. Danny Welbeck scored in stoppage time and Arsenal kept pushing with 6 extra minutes on the clock. Unfortunately, a winner was not on the cards and Arsenal had to settle for yet another draw....their 5th draw in 8 matches.
The frustration continues.
@piersmorgan @garylineker Piersy you talk like you can do better at Managing a club yet u couldn't even manage a boring talk show on CNN
— Eyobel Gunner Mike (@EyobelMike) October 18, 2014
Arsenal were poor today, we can't afford to drop points at home to Hull. Too many draws this season, too much average. #AFCLive
— Fresh Arsenal (@Fresh_Arsenal) October 18, 2014
Anybody still clinging on to the belief that Wenger can motivate this side? Absolutely shocking. We've been shit all season #Arsenal
— Ospina Colada (@keithlillywhite) October 18, 2014
@Arsenal draw at home against Hull is as bad as a loss!! We expect sooo much better! Sort it out NOW!
— Töny (@VB_Gooner) October 18, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Arsenal at Anderlecht 2:45PM EST Champions League Group Match 3
There's a nervous air around Arsenal fans these days as the team has not looked sharp and list of players out injured seems to be growing day by day. With Sczesny banned, I was very excited to see David Ospina get a start (and hopefully displace the unreliable Scezsny). Unfortunately he joined the list of injured players and Arsenal are left fielding their relative unknown third choice goalkeeper Damian Martinez.
In terms of conidence, this game is a must win. In fact, it's a must win by a comfortable margin game. The real Arsenal need to show up and get the season back on track.
On the positive side, Liverpool are hosting Real Madrid tonight, so there is a lot less attention being paid to the Arsenal at Anderlecht match.
It's Wenger's birthday so let's hope the boss gets a birthday victory.
Come on @Arsenal let's see the real Gooners today! Give Arsene Wenger a birthday gift that the fans can enjoy!! #COYG
— Jocelyn Taub (@JT4Mets4Arsenal) October 22, 2014
Happy birthday dear Wenger. Happy birthday to you. Now lets get three fucking points #RedArmy #AfcAway
— 02 be a Gööner (@Afc_fans) October 22, 2014
Happy 65th birthday Arsene Not many #Arsenal fans believe in you But im still 100% behind ya #1ArseneWenger pic.twitter.com/0pWoD0n7Ze
— MR ARSENAL (@TroyNeighbour) October 22, 2014
Arsène Wenger: 'A win over Anderlecht is more important than my birthday' #Arsenal
— We Love Arsenal (@tomgunner14) October 22, 2014
This was one of the most pathetic, deplorable and embarrassing Arsenal performances in recent memory...yet somehow, they won. There are no words to describe the change in emotion for fans. In the 88th minute I was disgusted, depressed and furious as an embarrassing defeat was in the cards.2 minutes later, joy and shock as an ugly defeat became a lucky victory. Considering how often Arsenal play great and lose, an ugly win might be just what this team needed.
Despite the win, Arsenal's overall play was HORRIBLE. The passing stunk, the defense was weak and the shot taking was non existent. Cazorla, Wilshere and Ramsey are all great players, but collectively they were all atrocious today. The only guy that was a standout for the entire match was the amazing Alexis Sanchez.
Dortmund lead the group by 3 points after 3 matches. Arsenal are really going to have to pull it together to top Group D. Onward and upward!
Can not believe we actually won the way we played for 88mins... Last 2min = FUCKING SHOOT, score the rebounds!
— Nikö Körhönen (@Nikoperkele) October 22, 2014
Lu Lu Lu Lukas Podolski song: http://t.co/i4tDIGoWt1 I love podolski
— Chris Morgan (@cjmorgan1185) October 22, 2014
This is why being an Arsenal fan is the hardest job in the world!
— Emmanuel Berhanu (@MannykidB) October 22, 2014
No words needed !! pic.twitter.com/Qe6h4i4x4l
— Paul (@PBM1886) October 22, 2014
@StanCollymore I don't know what to think, Stan. Love the man but we got majorly lucky tonight. We need massive improvement.
— G Richards (@TWDGrantAFC) October 22, 2014
This team... Never can make it easy for us.. Don't even know how they pulled that out. 3 points though. I'll tAke it #AFC
— Patches O'houlihan (@adamullman) October 22, 2014
HOW THE FUCK HAVE WE DONE THAT
— Alfie Macdonald (@AFCAlfielol) October 22, 2014
88th minute - Wenger must go. 90th minute - Happy Birthday, Boss.
— mikeuwak (@mikeuwak) October 22, 2014
Only hope is that this win lifts the team onto the greater things that were expected at the start of the season.
— Aditya MS (@AdityaMSArsenal) October 22, 2014
Totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally, totally undeserved. I love it.
— ViewfromN5 (@viewfromN5) October 22, 2014
Give Ramsey, Flamini and Wilshere's wages to Alexis
— Dick Law (@DickLawAFC) October 22, 2014
What a dramatic finish to #ANDvAFC! Hear how our Matchday Show commentary team described @Arsenal's late comeback - https://t.co/l5vLSjEJtS
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 22, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014 10AM EST Arsenal at Sunderland
After winning ugly at Anderlecht in mid week, Arsenal travel up north to meet a team that lost ugly last week. Sunderland were humiliated by Southampton 8-0 last time out and hopefully Arsenal can inflict some more pain on Sunderland.
To say it's imperative that Arsenal truly show up and put in a solid performance would not be an overstatement. With just 11 points in 8 matches, Arsenal need to truly get their season going and start playing at the level that they are capable of. Sunderland should be easy pickings for the Gunners...but as we've seen so far this season, nothing is coming easy for this team yet.
Can't wait to see these two play together #AS17 #TW14 #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/eR8DKw9YCZ
— Come On Arsenal (@davidhickman14) October 25, 2014
Won't surprise me if Sunderland play like Real Madrid today.
— Mesut Özil (@ParvesKoyes) October 25, 2014
Theo Walcott: His last appearance came in the FA Cup vs. Spurs - 294 days ago.[Squawka] #AFC
— Älee Niherd (@niherd09) October 25, 2014
Come on #Arsenal! Time to break out if this funk! #COYG
— Gööner815 (@Gooner815) October 25, 2014
Welcome back Theo♥ pic.twitter.com/dv4xL3Fw1H
— Nathaniel (@NathanielC_97) October 25, 2014
After a bit of contemplation, I've come to the conclusion that winning ugly is better than losing beautifully. #COYG
— Jocelyn Taub (@JT4Mets4Arsenal) October 25, 2014
The fact that Arsene Wenger was happy with the teams performance just infuriates me #AFC
— Jason The GÖÖNER (@Jas13913) October 25, 2014
#Alexis Sanchez scores today with a brace and BARCA losing #SMH #AFC #ARSENAL .............
— SHADRACH (@Slim_shady29) October 25, 2014
Given the rate of our injuries, our back-4 for when we inevitably face Real Madrid in the Champions League: Flamini-Cazorla-Monreal-Podolski
— FK (@fkhanage) October 25, 2014
What a lovely dink over the goalie by Alexis. He’s world, world class. https://t.co/YH9QRGrjgk
— Renato (@th14Renato) October 25, 2014
Defending a 1-0 lead from a very lucky goal against a team that previously lost 8-0. That's the Arsenal we have become.
— Magician Özil (@MagicianOzil) October 25, 2014
Why are we so sloppy, Sanchez the only class act #Arsenal
— Scötty Gööner (@sbgoodguy) October 25, 2014