Arsenal 1-1 AZ Alkmaar: a forum to vent

I didn’t really want the interview with Cesc Fabregas to turn into a forum for people venting the late equaliser against AZ Alkmaar, so I thought I’d publish a new post to allow for that.

A little frustrating – but surely not the end of the world?

I’ll post a full match review later.

Have your say on Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Alkmaar by leaving a comment.


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35 Responses to “Arsenal 1-1 AZ Alkmaar: a forum to vent”

  1. Simon
    October 21, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Oh nuts……

  2. Adam
    October 21, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Our relatively poor result will be totally overshadowed by Liverpool’s shock defeat and the unbelievable result of a certain Spanish side.

    At the end of the day, it’s not like we:
    – lost
    – were outplayed
    – are no longer top of the group
    – got any more injuries
    – lost to Rubin Kazan!

    Keep the faith guys.

  3. YON
    October 21, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Forget Arsenal… Liverpool, Barca and Inter are doing rather bad. Arsenal could have won that game whereas Barca, Inter and Liverpool really didn’t have a chance. This years tournament will be very memorable for its twists and turns.
    I thought we could have done better but in light of the other results… I’m not to angry.

  4. Rahul
    October 21, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    we win next match @ home. get 10 pts and qualify… thats whats important. this was one of those days that we were not playing well and maybe lost a little concentration at the end.
    take nothing from the strike, it was a fantastic one.
    Whatever. It would have been gr8 if we would have won but this draw will not be a crisis!!! πŸ˜€
    NE way… we were better than Barcelona!!! πŸ˜›

  5. MoMONEY
    October 21, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    Im glad this happened. I would rather the wake up call be in a game like this then in the League where it matters…

  6. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 21, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    @ Adam – Well said. Although I think you’re being a bit harsh on Rubin Kazan who are, in my eyes, a very decent team.

  7. preencemeka
    October 21, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    At least we did better than inter, liverpool and the impregnabe barca. Another thing is that those three played at home while we were away. But i’d have loved it if we’d won. Anyone got news on what went down at the reserves?

  8. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 21, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    @ preencemeka – 2-2 draw with Wolves, Nasri got an assist. Check out this match report from Young Guns:

  9. georgetown gooner
    October 21, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    song was great tonight breaking up play and giving the ball to cesc,shava etc. the most improved arsenal player in the last twelve months.

  10. preencemeka
    October 21, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    Hope to see nasri back

  11. pixie
    October 21, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    things is, i’m not worried about not going through. What i hate most was the complete complacency, and it was as if it was a friendly match. Step up a gear and we could easily win it by 3,4-0. Just that laziness and going to the game as if we already won it is disrespectful especially to the away arsenal fans who made their way all the way there to see that lacklustre performance. Why do arsenal like to make life hard for themselves. Complacency will cost us. Maybe this will wake them up finish teams off instead of taking a stroll

  12. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 21, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    @ pixie – The defending at the end and at a couple of the the set pieces was a bit poor, but do you really think it had to do with complacency across the team? I think we were lacking a little bit with options up front and when van Persie began to tire our attacking threat dried up.

    I think Wenger was happy to let them pass the ball around and aside from the set-pieces they barely threatened and we looked good for a 1-0 the whole time.

    Unlucky or complacent?

  13. Evo In Oz
    October 21, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    yeah its hardly panic stations is it? The Bin Dippers result is the panic stations event of the season so far, along with the red balloon! The wont qualify now, i might get a bet on for that!

  14. Danish Gooner
    October 21, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    Why is there an inherent laziness and complacency in this team,alkmaar is no great side,they are actually shipping goals in the Dutch league like there is no tomorrow.These players should be hellbent on succeeding because they have never achieved anything of any importance.Complacency kills teams and chances off winning trophies.Wenger must eradicate this complacency and laziness before we can start winning trophies.

  15. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 21, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    @ Evo in Oz – And I don’t think they’ll make the top four either…

  16. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 21, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    @ Danish – Again, do you really think it is complacency or laziness? We conceded a late goal, a lot of teams do that? How have we been consistently lazy or complacent this season? If anything we’ve finished stronger than other sides.

  17. Evo In Oz
    October 21, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    yep exactly what we want, pile on the misery to the Bin Dippers so we can knock them off in the carling cup and 3 points against them in the league too!

  18. Adam
    October 21, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Spanish – very true, they played wonderfully tonight, and are by no means a poor side, having won the Russian league last season and topping the table with a few games to go this year. I just picked that result because of the scale of the shock win they’ve just pulled off.

    We haven’t been embarassed tonight, and we should still top the group, so that’s definitely cause for optimism.

  19. Evo In Oz
    October 21, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    it was a classic wenger formation in an away European tie: 4-1-4-1. Its a whole lot harder to win playing with 1 striker in an away tie. We had a lesser squad to choose from and the bench was quite bare really, only Vela to come on for goal scoring. We used to play 4-5-1 in away Europe, so no real difference. I reckon we were still feeling the effects of the international games last week. Cesc wasnt his usual self with a lot of passes not making it to RVP. Dont be concerned, we need league points mostly and then qualify for the next round of the CL in the next tie against AZ at the emirates, we will destroy them at home for sure!

  20. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 21, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    @ Adam – All true except… my name’s Andy! πŸ˜‰

  21. TDP
    October 21, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    I’m not angry about the late goal really. I would say that this isn’t the sort of thing that happens to champions or cup winners, but this game isn’t of vital importance in the grand scheme of things. A win against Alkmaar at home will almost certainly secure qualification with two games to spare.

    Arsenal looked great for 1-0 all game as Andy mentions, it just feels like the top top sides don’t throw away results against weaker opposition with seconds left on the clock. We could have made more of an effort to kill the game off. Having said all this, a wake-up call like this without major ramifications is a great thing. If we have the same situation in a prem game soon, you can bet we’ll be extra careful.

  22. KenyanGunner
    October 21, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    I think the defence needs to start valuing clean sheets, its not a bad habit to have (sic!). So Almunia is now the benchwarmer, huh?

  23. GunnerBoss
    October 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    We did our best….was a boring game though

  24. GunnerBoss
    October 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    I actually prefewr ALMUNIA on the bench….

    Are guys now beginning to notice SONG?

  25. arcalterego
    October 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    I nearly dozed off during the first half. I don’t think the team played too badly although they did not sparkle. Alkmaar had close to nothing going forward so it must have felt awful for the lads to concede so deep into injury time. It’s just one of those things and hopefully it’ll give the lads motivation to score 6 past West Ham. Meanwhile, look at the red sinking ship in Merseyside and it puts things into perspective. Arsenal was pretty bad last season but not as bad as the Scousers have been this season, I think…

  26. leany
    October 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    Why were our players lazy? No, they were not. We could not control all the attacking situations well, but that’s not a poor game. I really saw their efforts. A little pity that AZ scored in added times. Move on!!

  27. Nairobi Gooner
    October 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Yep let’s move on, it’s not the end of the world and at least we didn’t lose away!! Westham should provide an opportunity or us to bounce back in the league!!

  28. Vic
    October 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    At least Diaby didn’t score an own goal (he almost did). Although Barca lost, their desire to win was exhilarating. The last 20 minutes were a thriller. Unfortunately, I don’t see Red and White fighting with that much passion. I wish I did, but especially in today’s game, you can see they were complacent. This needs to stop. We have to attack like Barca, like we’re going to get molitov cocktails thrown at our bus on the way out of the Camp Nou.

  29. Mbali Dlamini
    October 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    I think its important that we focus on ourselves as a team, we keep talking about how badly Liverpool, Barca ect are doing. That shouldn’t be our concern, we should have a winning attitude regardless of how well or how badly other teams are doing.

  30. Dally
    October 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Het were still top with AZ back at the Emirates next up, with the home crowd behind us and hopefully a few more forwards we should get the 3 points we need to qualify. I couldn’t watch the game but listened on, to me we were unlucky not to win but it is just typical when a team sits back all game then with 5 minutes to go try and score and they did. If they had played to win instead of sitting back I am sure our flowing football would have torn them apart. We will see in a couple of weeks.

  31. billi
    October 21, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    I don’t think it was laziness, I think it was a tactical play, they let AZ play and waited for counter attack, first half it worked well, second half I don’t know really ’cause I was a bit asleep, maybe the sharpness lacked then to score a second but it could have worked out to win 0:1, I waked up in injury time because I’m the type who gets always nervous near the aim, I nearly had to laugh when it happened really, unbelievable, life is a hex sometimes, I just could shake my head and had to smile about that goal quite at the last whistle, I must confess: those things don’t happen to MANU, but those are the courious things in football, may them not happen in important matches, I’m not disappointed or angry about it at all, I had to laugh really πŸ˜†

  32. billi
    October 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    and I agree with the one who said it was better in this way than an own goal by Diaby, that would have been more annoying, because it is always a bit your own fault and would’nt have been the first time to lose points in that way ❗

  33. Hey Nonny Mouse
    October 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    I didn’t see the game so can’t comment on the performance as a whole but what concerns me is this late goal thing rearing it’s ugly head again. We suffered last season from some horrors – Spurs, Brum, Liverpool etc and we need to eradicate it because, if it keeps happening, it must be symptomatic of something. I don’t know what, but something.
    Aside from that – well done the lads for getting a point away. We’ve almost qualified.

    @Andrew – thanks for your effort in getting the Fab interview. That’s a feather in your cap, eh?

  34. barry the gooner
    October 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    sadly i feel mannone is a disaster waiting to happen.As for diaby keep him out of our penalty area this game emphasised our poor defending from free kicks will it be rectified??

  35. Isaac
    October 23, 2009 at 1:19 am #

    Yah Diaby sh’d be outn of our penalty sport, it was a poor show down by the Gunners!!!!!!!!!!!

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