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Arsenal FC: A Bould Move

Started on 31 October 2013 by Kane
Latest Reply on 5 December 2013 by k1rups
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November 2013 Results and Performance

November turned out to be an abysmal month for Arsenal. Unable to barely pick up a point in most games, while regularly having difficulty in scoring and keeping clean sheets. It was a month fans will certainly want to forget!

Match Results:

Arsenal FC 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday 2nd November 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Att. 60,338 | P. Dowd

Line-up: Szczesny, Carvajal, Koscielny, Nastasic, Shaw, Ramsey, Arteta, Lacazette, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud Subs: Rosicky, Cazorla

Mikel Arteta helped Steve Bould secure all three points in his first North London derby as manager, with a brace cancelling out Sandro's goal.

Mikel Arteta took the lead with a fine finish from 18 yards out, placing the ball superbly into the corner out of the reach of the goalkeeper after 39 minutes. Brazilian Sandro soon found the equalizer seconds before the half-time whistle with a header from 6 yards.

Arteta then grabbed the winner with a cheeky chip over the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation, securing maximum points for Bould and co.

Arsenal Goals: Mikel Arteta (39, 72)
Spurs Goals: Sandro (45)
Man of the Match: Mikel Arteta (ARS) 9.1

Newcastle United 1-1 Arsenal FC

Saturday 9th November 2013 | St James' Park | Att. 48,031 | H. Webb

Line-up: Szczesny, Shaw, Nastasic, Koscielny, Carvajal, Garcia, Arteta, Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere, Giroud Subs: Flamini, Davis

Following their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St. James' Park, an ex-Arsenal player claimed that his former team must improve if they are to succeed this season.

Wonderkid Wilfried Zaha got Newcastle United off to a flyer by scoring a simple finish from close in on 4 minutes.

Powerful striker Olivier Giroud equalised for Arsenal after 35 minutes with a tidy finish from 15 metres.

Arsenal Goals: Olivier Giroud (35)
Newcastle Goals: Wilfried Zaha (4)
Man of the Match: Wilfried Zaha (NEW) 7.1

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Arsenal FC

Saturday 23rd November 2013 | The Hawthorns | Att. 26,445 | L. Mason

Line-up: Szczesny, Shaw, Nastasic, Koscielny, Carvajal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Whilshere, Ozil, Giroud Subs: Flamini, Davies, Jese

West Brom enjoyed a considerable size advantage over their opponents, weighing on average 13 lbs more per player, and used it to full effect en route to victory on a mild autumnal afternoon at The Hawthorns.

Powerful striker Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal the lead with a fine header from point-blank range in the 21st minute. Striker Matej Vydra then equalised for West Bromwich Albion in the 25th minute with a fierce shot.

Striker Shane Long scored what proved to be the winner on 73 minutes with a deftly executed finish. It was a superb solo effort and Long looked delighted.

Arsenal Goals: Olivier Giroud (21)
Albion Goals: Matej Vydra (25), Shane Long (73)
Man of the Match: Shane Long (WBA) 8.3

Arsenal FC 0-1 Everton FC

Saturday 30th November 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Att. 60,131 | C. Pawson

Line-up: Szczesny, Carvajal, Gimenez, Nastasic, Davies, Garcia, Flamini, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud Subs: None used

A potentially serious injury suffered by Everton's Steven Pienaar overshadowed events on what was a cold and stormy evening at Emirates Stadium.

Everton's winner cam through Romelu Lukaku as he seized on Matija Nastasic's mistake to score an accurate finish.

Arsenal had a number of attempts on goal but their profligacy meant they didn't score as many as they maybe would have liked.

Arsenal Goals: None
Everton Goals: Romelu Lukaku (7)
Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku (EVE) 7.2

FC Schalke 04 3-1 Arsenal FC

Tuesday 5th November 2013 | VELTINS-Arena | Att. 54,442 | D. Skomina
UEFA Champions League Group D Game 4

Line-up: Szczesny, Shaw, Nastasic, Koscielny, Carvajal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud Subs: Flamini, Garcia

Schalke featured a number of exceptionally quick players and used them to full effect as they ran out winners on a breezy evening at VELTINS-Arena.

Centre-back Joel Matip gave FC Schalke 04 the lead with a well timed close range finish in the 27th minute. Striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar doubled FC Schalke 04's lead with a close range finish which was timed impeccably on 28 minutes.

An error from FC Schalke 04's Christian Fuchs allowed cultured winger Santi Cazorla to score a placed shot from close range. Winger Fabian Johnson completed the scoring for FC Schalke 04 with a simple finish from close in on 70 minutes.

It was a superb solo effort and Johnson looked delighted.

Arsenal Goals: Santi Cazorla (57)
Schalke Goals: Joel Matip (27), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (28), Fabian Johnson (70)
Man of the Match: Kevin-Price Boateng (SCH) 8.4

Arsenal FC 1-1 Juventus FC

Wednesday 27th November 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Att. 60,282 | A. Gautier
UEFA Champions League Group D Game 5

Line-up: Szczesny, Shaw, Nastasic, Koscielny, Carvajal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud Subs: None used

Thomas Vermaelen was once again the focus of the media as his new club Juventus drew with his former club Arsenal, the second time this season.

Matija Nastasic almost gave his side an early lead, heading home in the 17th minute, only to look over and find the linesman's flag high in the air, signalling offside.

When Ramsey gave away a penalty, Vidal confidently stepped up to score from the spot. With time rapidly running out, wonderkid Matija Nastasic then scored a close range header to equalise for Arsenal.

Better late than never for Arsenal and the fans were clearly delighted with Nastasic's impact.

Arsenal Goals: Matija Nastasic (89)
Juventus Goals: Arturo Vidal (51 pen)
Man of the Match: Arturo Vidal (JUV) 8.2

Monthly Review:

What an awful month. One win against Tottenham at the very start was quite possibly the only positive. The draw against Juventus wasn't too bad, but only due to a very late winner. There is no hiding, we have been awful this month, utter crap. Something needs to change, and change quick, so tactics will definitely be altered next month. Form like this could get me sacked!

League Table:

Damn! We have slipped, and slipped badly. Luckily we only played three games this month meaning we still have a decent chance to climb the table again, but 11 points behind first place will be some challenge. With West Brom only behind on goal difference, and Liverpool likely to overtake us with their game in hand, we have thrown this away to some extent.

UEFA Champions League Draw:

Wow! This will be a brilliant last set of results. Anyone can finish anywhere still, it's too close to call. With a home game to FC Kobenhavn we have the easiest game, but whether we can pick up the points needed still to be seen. A win will guarantee us a spot in the next round, although it looks like we would need to settle for second.

Player of the Month:

Not Awarded

No-one truly deserves the award this year. The team have played awfully, and no individual has stood out, meaning I don't feel anyone should be Player of the Month.

Barclays Premier League Awards:

No winners this month, which was pretty predictable. Romelu Lukaku, Javier Hernandez and Juan Mata finished as top three for Player of the Month, with Steven Caulker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marc Muniesa completing the top three for Young Player of the Month.

Elsewhere This Month:

What other big news has been around these last few weeks, and was shocked the footballing world?
  • Rickie Lambert scored a 91st minute equalizer against Crystal Palace in a 4-4 thriller.
  • Non-league Rushall Olympic beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 to knock them out of the FA Cup.
  • Chelsea pulverise Crystal Palace 6-0, Juan Mata grabbing 4 second half goals.
  • Southampton edged a 4-3 thriller over Fulham, with 2 goals in injury time from Lambert.
  • Leighton Baines scored 3 of the best as Everton sunk Sunderland 5-1.
  • Manchester City dominated FC Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium in a 4-0 win.
Great job so far mate :) Im a spurs fan but Im loving this one
A decent month, hopefully you can come back next month stronger :)
That group looks so tight that even copenhagen could go through lol :P
Great update!
Unlucky that the results were not too good but I am sure next month will be much better :)
Inquisition: Thanks :D

Walter: I hope so, but it will be tough. Manchester City, Chelsea and Kobenhavn are the first three games!

Patrick1: If they beat me they will :O

pompeyblue: Thank you!
Don't worry mate Arsenal always fall over themselves in November! At least you beat Spurs!
love this series
This and many other series inspired me to get FM
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Tough results mate not the best run and falling further behind Chelski! But I'm sure you can turn it around and keep hold of that job

Great updates though!
C'mon Copenhagen :P
3 losses, oooh :/ ... next month will be better! :D unlucky Kane, and the £50m budget makes my mouth water xD
Unlucky with the results mate, what a tight Champions League group as well! Good luck
Pretty poor month in all fairness, better luck next month :P

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