Optimism has been replaced by irritation, frustration and disgust. In one of the strangest EPL seasons ever, Arsenal have regularly wasted opportunities to take advantage. In a season where Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are underachieving and pretty much out of the title race, Arsenal still find themselves third behind Cinderella club Leicester and even worse Spuds.
Arsenal are out of excuses. Anything but a win and three points and they can kiss any chance that still remains of winning the title goodbye.
Swansea have been our bogey team in recent years. I can still see Bafetembi Gomis doing his ridiculous lion roaring celebration as he led Swansea over Arsenal in both meetings last season. Then there's goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski. The Arsenal castoff was known as Flapianski for his error prone play. Of course there's the good chance that tonight he will play like a world beater. Arsenal have a habit of making mediocrity look great.
There's nothing else to say. Win and get the three points and then get ready to defeat Spuds on Sunday. Anything less and the frustration level will just continue to grow.
If we beat Swansea, West Ham beat Spurs tonight, and then we beat Spurs on Saturday. We're back in the title race!— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) March 2, 2016
I'm feeling for Wenger. Our players just aren't good enough consistently. Mentality is all wrong.— Fee (@mrs_goonerette) March 2, 2016
The boys owe the fans every effort from tonight onwards, big team needs big players to step up! #COYG— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) March 2, 2016
Well that was an absolute travesty. Just another typical wasted chance from Arsenal. All started out well and when Joel Campbell scored after 15 minutes it looked as if order had been restored and Arsenal would continue to score and put the game away early.
Of course this being Arsenal things aren't always what they seem. The stats said one thing: 63% possession and more shots on target for Arsenal. The final score said another: Arsenal 1 Swansea 2.
Arsenal are fighting for the title and Swansea are currently treading water just above the relegation zone. Based on this performance you would think it was the other way around.
The bottom line is that Arsenal are going through a prolonged period where they are unable to score despite lots of possession and plenty of passing. Add to that, the fact that the Arsenal defense is often left looking foolish and gives up cheap goals to the opposition.
Twitter exploded after this one and the vibe among Gooners is about as low as it can get.
It's about to get apocalyptic on #ArsenalTwitter this evening. I'm hereby raising the siren. Off to shelter for me. https://t.co/iqB2m5Ck1N— Josh Harbourne (@theoneharbourne) March 2, 2016
Effort was there tonight but no one can shoot or score...giroud missed sitter again and alexis poor.— Lee 'Tiny' Morris (@DJtinyOFFICIAL) March 2, 2016
Arsenals form about as promising as Adam Johnson's career at the moment— Arsenal Obsessed (@ArsenalObsessed) March 2, 2016
What a shambles of a team we are right now. Midfield is atrocious and we suffer unbelievably. Need to put Ramsey back to the wing— King Goran Arsenal (@King_Goran) March 2, 2016
So 4th place seems achievable..— MOS (@IrishBritMix) March 2, 2016
3 bottlers chasing Leicester, funny thing is we are still in the title race.— Dezil Dez (@DezilDez) March 2, 2016
The same story every season is getting repetitive and sad, Saturday has no relevance now, even if we win we're out of it— . (@AIwaysArsenal) March 2, 2016
Saturday March 5, 2016 Arsenal at Tottenham 7:45AM EST
Enough is enough. Win or put a fork in it. Any North London derby is a big deal, but this one has more significance than normal. Not only are Arsenal running out of chances to keep their fight for the EPL title alive; but Spuds presently sit above Arsenal in the standings. Hearing the pundits and the media kiss Tottenham's butt while ragging on Arsenal is hard. Arsenal need to restore proper order and reestablish the fact that North London is red.
Moral is at an all time low coming off of that debacle versus Swansea at the Emirates. Fans are turning on the manager and the players. The players need to turn up and show that they have the mental strength to turn things around and get back on to winning ways.
Today's game is massive... Please Arsenal, show up and make a statement of how badly you want this league title. #NLD #COYG— Angelo (@GoonerGelo) March 5, 2016
NORTH LONDON IS RED!!!!!!!!— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) March 5, 2016
COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!!!!!
Arrived at White Hart Lane. Only been called a c*nt 5 times so far by Spurs fans 😂#THFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/uPY7XiVPqI— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) March 5, 2016
We will Loose by atleast 2 goals. Thats my prediction— Andreas Kjønnerud (@andreask91) March 5, 2016
Don't come bigger than this! Let's do it for the most important people at the club… https://t.co/V9BEMPMyRR— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 5, 2016
Wenger: "It is one of the few derbies where the title is at stake. It is a big one, a very important one." #COYG pic.twitter.com/svEPjNrVk2— Älee Niherd (@niherd09) March 5, 2016
Just as we have done at times this season, Tottenham bottled the chance to go top. Hopefully they do the same today.— Tad Swar (@tadswar) March 5, 2016
Half an hour to go and my stomach is in knots 😨 Let's do this Arsenal. They don't belong above us #NLD #Arsenal #61NeverAgain #COYG #foys— Guillermöö™ (@GGooner) March 5, 2016
#FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS #FOYS— Ra'id ⚽️⚡️ (@MesutsTouch) March 5, 2016
Come on Arsenal! Lets show the world AGAIN that #NorthLondonIsRed! Lets win it and come back! #COYG #3Points #FOYS— Omair Javed (@omijaved) March 5, 2016
How to explain this one? Was this a wasted opportunity to take all three points and put a dent in the Spuds title charge? Or was this a moral victory to come back from a losing position and insurmountable odds to get a point? Did Coquelin cause us a win? Or did Alexis give us a major boost?
Usually a point away to the hated Spuds would be a good point. However, Arsenal really needed to take all three. However, when Coquelin committed a stupid foul on Harry Kane in the 55th minute with Arsenal up 0-1 everyone knew it was going to take a miracle with 35 minutes still left in the match.
Within seven minutes of Coquelin's red card, Tottenham scored two and were in the lead. Pretty much every Arsenal fan watching could feel the defeat coming.
Alexis chose a perfect time to get back on the score sheet with an equalizing goal in the 77th minute. Despite being down a man, the momentum shifted to the Arsenal side. It took an amazing block to keep Aaron Ramsey from scoring the winner late in the match.
In the end it was a point each and it was Spuds getting the negative press afterwards from not being able to take advantage of the extra man and hold on to the lead.
Another positive was the superb play by keeper David Ospina filling in for the injured Cech. After his howler back in the group rounds of the Champions League, Ospina had come in for a lot of stick. With nine saves in the match, Ospina made the most saves of any Arsenal goalkeeper since 2009.
So is the glass half full or half empty. I suppose today we'll try and be positive and say it's half full.
Great game. Both teams contributed. Coq let us down but we showed the heart I've been wanting from the boys. Onwards and upwards— Nice One Charlie (@ArsenalCyprus02) March 5, 2016
Don't want to get carried away but if the lads can play the rest of the season as they did today after falling behind we can win the thing— ApakaRSN Block2 (@ApakaGooner) March 5, 2016
@jcav90 totally agree. AW totally vindicated with team selection and substitutions Imo. ☺— Peter N (@gooner1947) March 5, 2016
Proud of the team today #COYG— Miss Chemurgor (@carolch88) March 5, 2016
Must admit couldn't see anything but a defeat,so happy with a draw away,hopefully give us a much needed boost!! #Arsenal— Steve (@SteveSingh73) March 5, 2016
Yeah mate, it was all Wengers fault today, blame Wenger for picking Coquelin and knowing he would get sent off.https://t.co/Ki2jn77NPl— AntiWOB2Ö11 (@AntiBarca2011) March 5, 2016
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "David Ospina was one of the best players on the pitch." #afc pic.twitter.com/eRyNne9kZc— afcstuff (@afcstuff) March 5, 2016
I feel like I want to put Coquelin on the naughty step.....— AmandaAFC (@GoonerGirl1969) March 5, 2016
FACT!! pic.twitter.com/NRDJNFoTbq— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) March 5, 2016
"Alexis is there, Alexis has scored!" https://t.co/pwmhwxdimh— THERES UR FAIRYTALE! (@Arsene__Knows) March 5, 2016
Hope this is a turning point for us. Beat Hull & Watford to start winning and not worry too much about Barca tie which is over anyway.— Imran (@GunnersStunners) March 5, 2016
Tuesday March 8, 2016 Arsenal at Hull FA Cup 5th Round Replay 2PM
Arsenal have to win this. Period. Arsenal dominated Hull back at the Emirates but somehow didn't score forcing this replay at the KC Stadium. Arsenal have not won since defeating Leicester back on February 14th. Team morale is low, fan anxiety is high and the only outcome of this match that will keep a tsunami of angst from coming to shore is a win. A decisive win would be great. However, at this point any win is what is needed and expected.
Come on Arsenal get a good performance in the Cup as a stepping stone for the league. The comeback for a great season truly begins now— Declan (Football BD) (@DeclanFBD) March 8, 2016
not surprised with this lineup at all. as strong a rotated side as you can get. strong bench too. https://t.co/34oVw3ZvI2— ant maley (@antmaley) March 8, 2016
Happy with the lineup! @Arsenal COME ON LADSSSS <3— Ellie Shanley (@EllieLovesYou_x) March 8, 2016
@Arsenal good lineup. Expecting Elneny and Iwobi to dictate proceedings in the middle of park. Go Gunnerz, goooo!!!!!— Ishmael Kanyukuta (@iinyukse) March 8, 2016
Well that was more like it. Having made it hard for themselves with a replay at Hull, the players put in a solid performance and easily dispatched Hull and moved on to the sixth round.
It took a while to get going but a defensive error by Hull gave Olivier Giroud a golden opportunity the 41st minute. Arsenal went in to the break with a 0-1 lead. Of course this being Arsenal, a one goal lead does not settle the nerves of fans. It was important therefore for Arsenal to pad on to their lead.
Giroud's goal celebration was a tribute to his new baby boy that had been born earlier in the week. He was joined in the celebration by Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi.
The goals kept coming in the second half. Giroud scored his second with an assist from Theo Walcott in the 71st minute. Then Walcott did himself a favor and got on the score sheet himself with a brace.
In the end it was a solid Arsenal win. Despite that, some fans chose to display a ridiculous Wenger out banner following the match. This caused arguing among fans on Twitter and from what I read, all throughout the Gooner universe. So, it's on to the next round and a meeting with Watford.
Another step closer to retaining the FA cup for a third year in a row 👌#AFC #COYG #YaGunnersYa— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) March 8, 2016
Pic via @Lagvilava7 pic.twitter.com/nry0ovkgwl
Tonight was probably the calmest I've been watching Arsenal in a while. Relatively smooth sailing.— The Arsenal (@DareToWenger) March 8, 2016
Fighting for the league and this is the banner they take to matches. Embarrassing https://t.co/YjVtbpEfVQ— - (@ynwagram) March 8, 2016
Well done @Arsenal 👌🏻— Gooner Aram (@AramCOYG) March 8, 2016
I can’t wait to reveal my banner in May ‘Arsene, thanks for the 3rd FA Cup in a row… it’s time to get naked’— Welshy (@Welsh_Gooner) March 8, 2016
Well... 4-0 win against Hull away isn't a bad result haha, hopefully this jump starts out season, anything is possible!! #COYG— ItzFat1 (@rfatone1) March 8, 2016
A chance of winning the DOUBLE (again) and those utter morons produce that pathetic banner again.what sad spoilt pathetic fans we have.#afc— Perrie Young (@Pez78) March 8, 2016
Sunday March 13, 2016 Arsenal vs. Watford FA Cup 6th Round
Less than a week after defeating Hull 0-4 in their FA Cup 5th round replay, Arsenal play host to Watford with a return trip to Wembley at hand. Arsene Wenger has been receiving a ton of abuse this week from some supposed fans and a win today would go a long way in calming things down.
Arsenal are going for their third FA Cup title in a row which would equal a record set 130 years ago by Blackburn.
Despite a visit to Barcelona looming later this week, today's match is more important. No one is expecting Arsenal to pull off a miracle in Spain and the FA Cup is within reach. Arsenal are still in the hunt for the EPL title, but with Leicester ahead of Arsenal by eight points, it may be too much to realistically catch up. Therefore the FA Cup is Arsenal's best chance for silverware this season.
A win is a must.
Always up for the cup! Strong line up. Forget about the league for 90 mins and back the boys to send us on our way to Wembley! #COYG— Edwin Jabbari (@EdwinJabbari) March 13, 2016
Dat Guy is ready for this afternoon's FA quarter final game.#ARSWAT #AFC #datguy pic.twitter.com/GjukCYr3i1— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) March 13, 2016
The #FACup is ours to lose after Chelsea lost yesterday! Big game today, need a win to go to Wembley & carry on our 3rd FA Cup defence! ⚽️🔴— David ZAREMBA (@afcdaz147) March 13, 2016
Come on Arsenal bring home this victory— Notorious G.U.S. (@ryan_augustino) March 13, 2016
#COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #COYG #AFCvWFC #FACUP— Ra'id ⚽⚡️ (@MesutsTouch) March 13, 2016
Must win game this .... Getting knocked out of 2 comps in 1 week will not be helpful when we face Everton! Come on Arsenal!!— Loony Goons (@LoonyGoons) March 13, 2016
TEAM NEWS: @MesutOzil1088 & @Alexis_Sanchez start vs Watford in the #EmiratesFACup https://t.co/JLQ0T9gS1f #AFCvWFC pic.twitter.com/XxyHEur3cE— OfficialAFC_US (@OfficialAFC_US) March 13, 2016
The dream of a third straight FA Cup is over. Somehow the good Arsenal of last week took the day off and the pathetic and inept Arsenal showed up. No disrespect to Watford but this was a game that had victory written all over it. A home game at the Emirates and a chance to move on to the semi-finals should have been enough motivation for Arsenal to put in a strong performance. Apparently, however, it was not.
In typical Arsenal fashion, the team dominated the match but walked away losers. Check out these stats: 71% possession, 20 shots to Watford's 7 and 7 corners to Watford's 1. This pattern of dominating matches, yet losing has become regular thing this season. Losing stinks no matter what, but losing when you dominate the match is just plain embarrassing and inexcusable.
In the end it was a combination of Arsenal's shaky defense and a lack of finishing that doomed the Gunners.
So, while Arsenal fans argue back and forth and vent their frustration, the team now gets ready to fly out to Barcelona for the second leg of their Champions League meeting with one of the best teams of the world. Sadly this comes after losing to one of the most mediocre teams in the world.
Ironic thing is if Arsenal did do a miracle at Camp Nou the fanbase has already soured so much on Wenger it would be a Pyrrhic victory only.— Doug Nichols (@TheTXI) March 13, 2016
Missing 3 of our 4 1st choice defender's today and our world class goalkeeper, it's not as bad as some are making out.— Peter J (@8RedGunner) March 13, 2016
If you want Wenger to go you're in a majority but rationally think of who you want to replace him and try not to disrespect a club legend.— ArsenalModusOperandi (@AFCModiOperandi) March 13, 2016
One of the worlds natural wonders is why ARSENAL continue to try to slide the ball through in the six yard box instead of taking a shot!— Alan Green (@AlGreen165) March 13, 2016
@IanWright0 @psafc0000 Why you suddenly defending Wenger Wrighty? Coaching role? You never used to defend him?— Andaluzperdido (@GoonerAndaluz) March 13, 2016
#arsenal I hope we put out weak team vs barca and focus on prem. imp to be above Tottenham— Melvyn Altwarg (@meltango2011) March 13, 2016
I've hardly heard a peep about how bad Alexis has been. Worrying, being rusty from injury doesn't last this long. Arsenal need him badly— Matt Disbro (@DizIU2011) March 13, 2016
@greekdave @Kemp1886 he didnt build it, the banks lent the money for it stop talking bollocks he's a football manager - Fiszman built it— Mad ad man (@Lordhillwood) March 13, 2016
Gutted Not To Make It To Wembley But Enjoyed The Cup Run Nonetheless , Onto The Next ✌🏽️ pic.twitter.com/awcWKstsa4— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) March 13, 2016
Just because u want #Wenger to leave doesn't give u the right to direct Vile abusive remarks towards him!— God Bless Arsenal (@Arsenalman2011) March 13, 2016
Typical Wenger, not winning the FA Cup three years in a row.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) March 13, 2016
Wednesday March 16, 2016 Arsenal at Barcelona 3:45PM EST Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg
For one of the first times I can remember, Arsenal go in to a match with fans pretty much knowing they have no chance of winning and just hoping that the team don't get totally embarrassed. The morale can't be any lower and the fighting between fans is making things even worse.
Of course miracles can happen and the match needs to be played out. The pregame weather pretty much sums up the mood as the rain is pouring down in Barcelona.
I'd rather be supportive and deluded than be realistic and negative.— Chris (@CentralRamsey) March 16, 2016
We're football fans not lawyers
What a tweet https://t.co/bGz9bRmWg2— Arsenal Costa Rica (@ArsenalCR) March 16, 2016
Arsenal are staring with 10 players (Flamini is not a player) and probably will get a red card to remain with 9— Toni (@tonigooner) March 16, 2016
We are high up and it's pissing down pic.twitter.com/C0aKlxjRiY— arseblog (@arseblog) March 16, 2016
The match has not even started yet and I'm already seeing WOBs on my TL. How about getting behind the team instead of the banners?— Varun (@AFCKaiser) March 16, 2016
The Biggest team in London should be winning things like the Champions League lets be honest. Come on you mighty Gunners !— RichieTheHorse (@RichieTheHorse) March 16, 2016
Use the game as a training session and stay injury free. My hopes for tonight #arsenal— Kwikky (@fit_kwik) March 16, 2016
Here we go!!! #Arsenal— ⚽WAM™ (@mellors30) March 16, 2016
When the only good thing that one can say after a defeat is that at least they didn't get humiliated, you know that the expectations were pretty low.
The highlights were some great goalkeeping from Ospina filling in for Cech and new boy Elneny scored a great goal for Arsenal. Other than that, it was as expected, a easy win for Barcelona who go through on aggregate 5-1 and it's another round of 16 exit for Arsenal.
Played OK, could have scored a couple more. On to Everton, huge game. pic.twitter.com/jsv41sL2Zs— David Price (@priceyd101) March 16, 2016
@Draconsaintz @_TheARSENALway_ Kronke is a parasite and if brains were dynamite you wouldn't have enough to blow your hot off #FCBvAFC— demongooner (@demongooner) March 17, 2016
Well these weren't good seasons #preWenger and you have the cheek to moan! Some of us old enough to remember! pic.twitter.com/aAnr3ywDhy— CuppaTea4TheBlondie (@HeyMissKimbo) March 16, 2016
@Arsenal2day weren't outclassed tonite. Difference in 2 teams was the quality of finishing— Ben O'Connell (@popsky96) March 17, 2016
"Over 2 legs, they're the best team we have faced. I'm not surprised by their quality." - Leo Messi praises Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/w6MwVI2cjq— thecypriotafc (@thecypriotafc) March 16, 2016
Not that it ultimately mattered, but trip. Clipped his heal into other leg, causing fall. Pen. pic.twitter.com/eUI2YlXwWQ— Arsene In (@dariendude2) March 17, 2016
Barcelona are a joy to watch, but not when they play Arsenal— it'sdavenotdai (@goonerdave1972) March 17, 2016
We had lots of chances and 5-1 probably flattered them. They are just so clinical and we are one of the most wasteful teams in Europe.— Frankie Hobbs (@Frankie_Hobbs) March 17, 2016
Saturday March 19, 2016 Arsenal at Everton 8:45AM EST
Back to the league and a win has never been more important. Anything less than three points today will result in even more vitriol than what's been spewed this week towards Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.
The club have nothing left to distract them from the remaining league fixtures. There's still hope that Arsenal can catch Leicester and potentially win the league. To be honest, that hope is beginning to look less and less likely, so there is no more room for slip ups. Also important is to not allow the impossible to happen....that is to go a season without a St. Totteringham's Day. To see Tottenham finish above Arsenal would hurt worse than not winning the league.
No ifs, ands or buts....time to get it done today Arsenal.
Starting lineup pic.twitter.com/xrWO9eNc4j— Arsenal News ⚽️ (@__arsenalnews_) March 19, 2016
"Everyone involved must pull in the same direction, players & fans, in order for Arsenal to go all the way." #AFC pic.twitter.com/e2XuyG6OtY— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) March 19, 2016
Walcott has officially been dropped for Iwobi and deserving so. I can't see him being at the club next season if we get a good offer for him— Mözart (@AFCMozart) March 19, 2016
Let's hope for a performance that can bring hope & help us rebuild our confidence. 100% focus #AFC #EFCvAFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/SIHvR36wUT— Jahan Miah (@AllAboutTheAFC) March 19, 2016
Great to see Iwobi and Elneny keeping their places today, they were our best 2 players in Barcelona. 😊#Arsenal— Carl Bövis ⚽ (@CarlBovis_AFC) March 19, 2016
Do or die today I think. Iwobi and Elneny definitely deserve their place in the XI. Welbz up top good decision too.. COME ON BOYS!!! 🔴⚪️— thecypriotafc (@thecypriotafc) March 19, 2016
I think now is a good time to leave Twitter for the duration of the match. The result will determine when it is safe to return.— Goonerholic (@TheGoonerholic) March 19, 2016
A much needed win it was. Add in the fact that it was a rather comfortable victory and the mood around Arsenal has been uplifted a bit. After exiting from the FA Cup and the Champions League earlier in the week, the fans needed something to feel good about.
Alex Iwobi was given his first league start along side Danny Welbeck. The partnership worked well with Welbeck being gifted a goal from an Everton mishap in the 7th minute. Iwobi added to the Arsenal lead in the 42nd minute with his first goal for the club.
Everton never put much pressure on the Arsenal goal and the final 0-2 scoreline stood. While it didn't take away the pain of exiting the FA Cup and Champions League, the victory did ease a bit of the tension surrounding the club and its fans.
That was the type of football Wenger built his legacy at Arsenal on. Tiki-Taka combined with electric counter attacking. Beautiful stuff.— Pablo (@AFCAMDEN) March 19, 2016
Think Ospina deserve lots of credits for hanging on until the final whistle despite being in so much pain 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽— Mesut Köscielny (@KosAssh) March 19, 2016
The banner wankers were out again at FT today. You're really a miserable lot if you can't enjoy a 2-0 win away from home after a tough week.— Imran (@GunnersStunners) March 19, 2016
Alex Iwobi has scored more goals in the premier league this season than Eden Hazard. pic.twitter.com/ipm6tos48Y— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 19, 2016
Love love love Coq's passion and those traveling fans!— Arsene In (@dariendude2) March 19, 2016
Here we go #Gunners. pic.twitter.com/ECf1nFRonn