The Ghosts who haunted Arsenal

Arsenal is so poorly than they were in the first half of season, no win since they meet Liverpool in English Premier League when it’s already 4 matches played with a little busy fixtures with Chelsea as the only big team between those matches. When Arsenal topped the league before the second half of season, there is no doubt that the chances for Arsenal are growing bigger and bigger. With the news are getting better too with Elneny sign for Arsenal before the end of January and several player are coming back sooner when it comes the time we need them. What a good way to start February, than the past years. What’s the worst could happen?

Erratic match against Liverpool, when Liverpool in low performance as usual capable to shock Arsenal with leading twice in the game. And when it comes the time for Arsenal win, Liverpool manage to tie the game in last minutes. And no one gonna predicted what happen in the night against Stoke when we got a draw as no goals came from both side and Petr Cech advance to became man of match. 2 draws is not enough to torture Arsenal, put the right player and referee who loves to play card and dive against Arsenal, and you’ve got lose 3 points and a red card. Last night we got the third draw as no goals came out and miraculously Southampton goalkeeper is there when the ball kicks in. First in the first January, 4th in February and with these runs Arsenal can’t say they are in favour to win the title.

A dummy ghost sits in empty tribune prior to Europa League Group K soccer match between SK Rapid Wien and Rosenborg BK in Vienna

A dummy ghost sits in the empty tribune. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

Several factors already put out Arsenal in misery like they are like pastries who dried out and cracking without no one knowing. If we put 2 winning in FA Cup qualification, Arsenal can see clearly they can win any title, but why EPL is so much different? talking about Community Shield, they already had going to final and win it, and even in FA Cup they need 10 years to win twice in a row, but it giving signs Arsenal capable to success once again. But why Arsenal can’t put EPL title once again after 2003? is it Arsenal lack of strength and stamina in marathon competition? The February-March part of the season for Arsenal who participating in 4 title runs may giving them busy schedule. Arsenal sometimes play 4 match in 2 weeks and it is exhausting, but Arsenal had the depth on their squad and Arsene who can manage who to play and who cannot. But these part of season always weaken us and we failed to cope EPL title for years. But is it coincidental or something haunted us since we take the gold?

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Injuries. It was the black plague who hits Europe and kills so many people is written through history as the worst tragedy which ever happened to Europe. These injury always got Arsenal best player or the position that they are lack of. These kind of things always happened when in marathon competition, but to experienced it for 10 years, it cost Arsenal the title and it was more than enough to hold. Is it other opposition player who playing roughly against us and break legs like what happened to Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo? Or the backroom staff? Whatever caused it, Arsene forced to put out the old backroom staff, and bring out several coaches and Shad Forsyte who capable to maintain the fitness of player. the results is no instantly out since we lost a lot players too this season, the list is exagerrating for Arsenal fans.

The lost likes Alexis Sanchez, Debuchy, Theo, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla and the list go on already cost us points. Abou Diaby forced to left Arsenal because of his injury, Thomas Rosicky lost his potential because of the length and the relapse and now Jack Wilshere is the one who close to the record which player force out from injuries since 2013. The fact of Arsenal injuries really become the phantom of Arsenal title credential and ironically we topped the injury league of EPL for the last 5 years not the real EPL. This is like the tumours growing in your body or someone haunting you from the grave to curse you. Put the best horror movie you already had, the Shining or Conjuring even Sinister but there is no more horror thing like Arsenal fans already experience. This ghost is always ready to put Arsenal to the grave, haunted them anywhere and whenever they play.

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Referee. or you can say the scale which already broken. or the blind man. Whatever you named it, Arsenal always not getting any favour from the referee. It is the fact for Arsenal fans as we rarely get penalty when it comes to big match or in favour with red card. Put the worst name who loves referee Arsenal matches, Mike Dean is the one. In all competitions Dean has refereed Arsenal 30 times total since the start of the 2009/10 season and in that time has refereed 18 “big matches” between Arsenal and Chelsea, Man City, Man U, or Tottenham. And according to @7amkickoff Arsenal just got 7% percentage to win the match when it comes against big team. Love it! But is it true that it’s always happen with Mike Dean? No. even the lads like Mark Clattenburg or Lee Mason put Arsenal on misery like Southampton game last night or Chelsea red card on Mertesacker assisted by Diego Costa.

And if you put Arsenal record on Premier League red card through EPL history, based on 2014/2015 statistics, only Manchester City is higher than us than any Man.Utd, Chelsea or Liverpool. This is just not happen on EPL too, in UCL we always got it in second leg or group stage. Name it, red card on RvP when against Barcelona by foolish offside or Wojciech red card when Robben the Glass diving. Scary isn’t it? Why they are hated us? I mean the referee, why? Is it Arsenal playing rough? Arsene consistent told media and his player that he hates that tactics and dare everyone who can named players under his wing who playing like that. Or like any Arsenal fans said that, the problem is Arsenal lack of leadership to protect his companion when the referee confronting the player. When Arsenal in bad position or the foolish tackle comes in, the referee is confronted by opposition player, when Arsenal player rarey do so. Arsene just make complaints to the third official which didn’t give him anything at all. Well. you can say Nightmare is on, whenever the referee isn’t giving us the justified foul, prepare to lose.

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Voodoo dolls

Cracking Mentality. This is psychological thing. The truth i didn’t know this type of ghost. Theo named it Arsenal didn’t knew what’s wrong when they are didn’t win against Chelsea or Liverpool. I already discussed this in last post about how Arsenal affected about how they are in pressure to win than to lose. Last night, Arsene told media that the players nervously playing against Southampton and it confused me. Everyone believes they are hungrier than ever, ready to win and if you said the title mentality.. they already had with FA Cup, the least if you said we lack of world class player. No. Just No. The reason is something else, what confidence that builts around Arsenal player in backroom, i didn’t know yet or which method Arsene used to i didn’t know either.

But if you ask Thierry Henry or Pires, they said Arsene Wenger still the same person since they came to Arsenal. Arsenal fans knew it worked since 1997-2003, but not in 2003-2016? Arsene also told that this is the most harmony team he ever managed in Arsenal but what’s happened? Yet we win against Manchester City, Liverpool or Manchester United in the past season, but it is time to move become stronger. Arsenal nostalgic moment to lose against big teams or unconsistent game in EPL or UCL are like watching deja vu over and over. I believe the mentality and snychronize moment Arsenal already cracking than ever, and it affect when there is no Ozil, Cech or Alexis in the squad. It was bad if we put our future in these people, when Wenger hates football playing just by several people not in the whole team. Arsene mentality isn’t the same as his team and it’s true, Arsenal still haunted by these problem. This is like Lucifer who eat Arsenal bravery or strength when the tactics isn’t worked.. nobody knew. But the problem still there, the curse.. or the ghost who still not wanted to be named or known.

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Players who playing for Arsenal in the past. A lot of these player taste the EPL title when they left Arsenal. You could name these guys and get rage over it. Cesc, Nasri, Ashley Cole, Adebayor,or else. The name of traitors or snake list still count on, and sometimes it cost us the title like what happen to RvP. Leave Arsenal and get lost with Manchester united, make Arsenal clapping for the winning of EPL. Stop. It never hurt like this than before. I wish i could bring all of the traitors who hate us in terms of Game of Thrones, instead clapping them, when they are lose i will shout “shame” whenever they play in Emirates. I will. A lot of these players still hate Arsenal because they can’t make it into the squad or they just leave Arsenal hope of title hanging which is the worse. But nest match against Bournemouth, makes us meet the former young gunner (Not Harry Kane) , Benik Afobe who Arsenal let go last season into Championship team. Well i didn’t want to go mad for the success he had with Bournemouth while Arsene choose Sanogo instead this guy but who knew he can developed into like this? Maybe if we let Benik Afobe in Arsenal, he still become the dead wood like Park Chu Young. If he came back to Arsenal after he succeed in Bournemouth, he will the one who exceptional to the former ghost of Arsenal.

The worst? Ramsey curse. Whenever he scores, someone dies. Whatever. Arsenal still wins though. That’s the best curse whatever happened to Arsenal. Cheers.

Anzala Ryanto as Author of this post, big Gooner and right now focused as freelance sports journalist in Indonesia, USA and UK.

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