Life in a Northern Town: Wigan Preview

Can Arsenal return to winning ways on the road? We have won away at last and once again should be playing in the red and white, so the portents are good. In fact, I have slaughtered, then disembowelled a rare, green resting frog and after studying it’s grizzly entrails I am delighted to tell you that the augurs are well placed (the wife isn’t too pleased about my using her best sabatier vegetable knife, but needs must).

“Are you sure it doesn’t hurt?”

Despite a little blip the atmosphere within the team and amongst the fans is full of confidence, the feeling is that a corner has been turned, and a trip to Wigan holds little to fear – but then so was a home game with Fulham and we only just scraped a draw. Let us hope the team are fully focussed.

Wigan will be delighted to have beaten Sunderland last w/e and gain their first away points. Everyone seems to like Martinez as he struggles to keep a team with limited resources in the PL. In my opinion they will go down this season (hopefully alongside Spurs and Stoke :-) ). In Al Habsi they have a fine GK and with the return to fitness of Di Santos are looking sharper up front, where Rodellaga (an AW target, apparently) has yet to repeat his fine form of last season (not today, please). Much is written of Victor Moses, he seems a bit lightweight to me but without a proper RB  he could cause trouble. Wigan have won only once at home this season – beating QPR in August, but I expect a hard fought game today.

Stats: Wigan’s home results this season DWLLLD. Top goalscorer: Di Santo with 4. They have scored 12 goals in 13 PL games (AFC: 26).  Only 24 yellows this season  (we have 23). Wigan have only scored one headed goal. We have lost and drawn on our last 2 visits to the JJB/DW.

My team: Usual suspects.

It would be wonderful to see Gervinho score, he desperately needs a goal to accompany his excellent buid up play. I like him very much; he is explosive, he works hard, takes up intelligent positions on the pitch and is lightning quick. A fine addition to the squad.  A top bloke and a lifelong Gooner  :-

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/dec/02/gervinho-arsenal-interview?

Inventor from Wigan? I bring you Thomas Highs (1718 – 1803), the genius who invented the Spinning Jenny which revolutionised the cotton industry and brought great wealth to the North of England. No pictures are available of the great man, instead we have a painting of domestic bliss in a Manchester home

“Get on with it woman – I’m waiting for my Tea” (said in gruff Northern accent)

An important three points on offer today. We all know how well our rivals for a CL place are playing and matches against relegation contenders have to be won.

COYRRG

written by Big Raddy

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203 Responses to Life in a Northern Town: Wigan Preview

  1. Oooooh Raddy did it :oops:

    Morning all

    Match day!!!! Off to reclaim my car from one of my daughters, be back soon.

    Micky are you coming to the smoke on Boxing Day?????

  2. muffins says:

    Loving the frog, cheers BR.
    Cmon you Gunners.

  3. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thomas Highs. Beard like a Rhododendron bush. Possible fact.

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks BR, great read as always.
    Is Victor Moses the ex Palace player everyone was raving about?

  5. oz gunner says:

    cheers BR, possible fact #2

    His beard was made of cotton

  6. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches,
    Boxing Day, no. Everton next week, probably.

  7. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think there’s a musical reference in the title. Where’s Rasp when you need him. The Jam?

  8. barumgooner says:

    Nice preview to the game as always BR. I’ve got us down for 6-0 in my super 6’s today. Maybe a little more hope than expectation but we are so due a rout and today could just be that day.

  9. pat says:

    Hows this for an interesting question – Drogba not happy at Chelsea – could you / would you? and bring him to the emirates? I think he is looking for big money so would seem unlikely I guess, and also doesnt seem quite right cause I really hated him for the goals he has scored against the gunners.

    Is it Sow – Gervs former teammate that could be another option – could be a great combination to have them together !

    Team should be firing on all 8 cylinders today – no Champs league hangover etc. Does anyone get the feeling that there is going to be a RVP hatrick today? I think its time, dont you? :-)

  10. barumgooner says:

    Pat. I would take Drogba but by all accounts his agent has stated that he will go to whoever pays the most. Refreshingly honest.

  11. evonne says:

    Raddy – thank you for the prematch. It’s good to have the research done for you :) Ok, I am ready for the game.

    You be careful with those knives or you’d be looking for Mrs Raddy No 5. And we both know that you cannot keep on getting married/divorced and go to San Sebastian :)

  12. Double98 says:

    Lies damn lies and statistics

    quite interesting analysis… but the circumstances around each tenure plus the importance of goals conceeded is why we didn’t feel comfortable with Almunia

    http://www.eplindex.com/szczesny-fabianski-almunia-true-lies/

  13. Red Arse says:

    Excellento Post, Raddy. :-)

    I particularly loved the frog entrails bit and then I saw the accompanying picture of that cute little frog and immediately felt guilty.

    How could you do that to such a sweet little feller, who looks just like me on one of my better days? :-(

    Actually, I bet Micky would have harpooned him if he had been in charge!! :-)

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    How dare you. I would never kill anything not worth eating, and frogs are one of them.

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp,
    You cheat. You googled them didn’t you?

  16. evonne says:

    LB – thanks for that. It might be that I was checking during a peak season. It looked terribly expensive to me. I will revisit, cheers

  17. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Barum/Pat,
    Gossip is bad I know, but you may like to know that according to his daughter, she won’t be in school next year, she’ll be in the States!
    How much eleven year old’s know is anyone’s guess.

  18. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Got it. The Police. Sure they had that line in a song. Raddy, over to you for the answer.
    Back later.

  19. Red Arse says:

    As we are fast approaching yuletide, I suddenly realized we have a number of AA bloggers noticeable by their absence.

    Where are you guys??
    Herb – wassup? Carlito – we hear so little from you now! GnarleyGeorge – what’s goin’ on? Wigan Gooner — was it something I said? :-) Tommystout, Neamann, Illybongani, VCC and anyone else I have not mentioned — same thing!

    Get your arses over here! It’s nearly Xmas! :-) :-)

  20. 26may1989 says:

    Lovely write up of course, but what’s made my morning (other than feeling healthy for the first time in a few days – poor me) is the Dream Academy reference. Tip top 80s pop that, haven’t listened to it for ages but brings it all back listening now. If memory serves, Life in a Northern Town is about the life of Nick Drake.

    As for the footy, I like Wigan and Martinez, but am confident we’ll pick up all the points today. We certainly need to after last weekend.

    And Micky, you’re right, Moses is the ex Palace player. Has looked ok but no more than that, in my opinion. You still looking for Nigella images? Tut-tut….. ;)

  21. Red Arse says:

    Legs, Micky, legs — not yours, (tho’ there have been rumours) :-) — but frogs’ legs. I’m told they taste like chicken Uggh, double yuk!!

  22. Red Arse says:

    Morning 26, :-)

    Sorry to hear you were unwell. Did you pose on the above lilly pad for Raddy?

  23. VCC says:

    Good Morning all. Fine post BR, (as always)
    Red Arse, nice to know someone is missing me, thank you, (lol). I have been around for short periods and followed the site (reading only)
    It’s been very busy and worrying times in the VCC house hold lately, have had lots on my mind, wife not been too well.
    Love all you guys n dolls xxx, its kept my chin up, the most enjoyable site ever.
    Looks like I’m the only one worried about todays game, I think it will be tough. Have a chance to watch this one, COYRRG.

  24. Red Arse says:

    Hi VCC, :-)

    Hope your wife gets better soon, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you both!

    I am not quite so sanguine about beating Wigan either, as we haven’t done too well up there recently. Hopefully the lads will do the biz!! :-)

  25. 26may1989 says:

    RA, once I’d overcome being offended at being likened to a French cooking ingredient, I looked back at the pic, and have to say, my posture this week had been pretty similar. Do you think Raddy’s been spying on me?

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers BR, another great pre-match. The only change to your line-up for me would be Mertesacker instead of Koz and Koz instead of Djourou.

    Good to see you back VCC and hope your wife gets better soon.

  27. VCC says:

    Cheers Red Arse. Thats nice of you. She is on the mend now (hopefully). Waiting for an appointment for a MRI in a couple of weeks time. She had problems on a flight home from Turkey 6 weeks ago.
    I always sit with an English dictionary when reading your posts, love it. With a surname like mine I love finding out the meanings of words (the more obscure one’s). My word of the day = Sanguine

  28. 26may1989 says:

    Couple of things beyond today’s game:

    How much fun is it to see Wenger able to patronise AVB by defending him from the inevitable Abramovich axe?

    And for once, I think we can all accept a low Champs’ League billing on TV this week – matchday six excitement? Not us, top spot in the group already in the bag, look elsewhere for your excitement please.

  29. VCC says:

    Hi TA, its good to have a bit of time on my hands. Chilling out today and this evening, watching the Mighty Arsenal and Saturday night tele, red wine,Spitfire and cashews at the ready snuggled up on the settee with er in doors. Thank you for the well wishes.

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    That’s the carpe diem VCC we got to know! Enjoy it both.

    I am off for a romantic weekend with wifie, so speak to you all on Sunday night.

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    By the way, that froggie reminds me of Nasri – a bad belly ache from all the gluttony!

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m with RA and VCC in the worried camp. Probably explains my comment earlier about lost points against Fulham.
    Thanks 26 for the Moses info. Very pleased to hear he’s not performing.
    VCC,
    Hope Mrs Crescit gets better very soon.

  33. VCC says:

    MD89. cheers.

    TA. Have a great week end. Arsenal winning will go a long way to help. Fingers crossed.

    You guys have been so kind, thats why I love this site.

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    BR,
    I am totally with you on wanting a goal or two from Gerv. I have the feeling that flood gates are about to open as he creates so many chances for himself.

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Popping out for some air before Newcastle game.

  36. VCC says:

    TA. Arsenal/Wenger, seize the day and perge progredi. Onwards and upwards.

  37. Fatgingergooner says:

    Is Mertersacker injured or are you just happy with the form of Djourou, who to be fair, has been excellent in his last 2 outings?

    If Gerv doesn’t start firing soon, or if the fixtures get hectic, do you think we could end up with The Ox and The O as our wing partnership? I think The Ox has to be in front of The Meerkat in the pecking order.

  38. VCC says:

    FGG, thats a good shout regarding the Ox. I would love Wenger to start him today, give him 60-70 minutes and then replace him with Gerv.

    I hate criticising Arsenal players, but I would start Kos at right back and Merts in the middle. Djourou makes me nervous, he always seems to have a costly mistake up his sleeve.

  39. barumgooner says:

    Total, You’re right it could be nasri laying back dreaming of being on the bench watching all his fantastic new team-mates in the mighty Europa league. Oh and with a big bundle of cash in the bank.

  40. Rasp says:

    Morning all, fab pre match Raddy. I believe George Formby was from Wigan but he he didn’t invent anyhting.

    Micky, I remember the Dream Academy version but you’re right – I did google it :P

  41. VCC says:

    Rasp… you tinker…who would do such a thing? !!!!!

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  43. I like the line-up except I think Koscielny will be at right back and the BFG at centre back, Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Gervinho at sixty minutes with Walcott switching to the left wing.

    If frogs taste like chicken, I’ll stick to chicken, have never tried escargots, but winkles were an integral part of Sunday tea at my grandmother’s table back in the fifties.

  44. pat says:

    DJ is on the mend I think – hopefully he can get an assist or something to build some confidence. He maybe can offer a little more going forward, of course Koz great defensively.

    I’m happy if Gerv keeps on carving out chances – for himself and RVP! Maybe RVP can put one on a plate for him to score.

    Also this would be a fantastic game for Ox to get a good solid subs role – would be a great treat to the awesome away support who would go berserk! Have a great time anyone who is going to the game!

  45. goonermichael says:

    Frogs are Delicious. Apart from the usual French frogs legs dish I’ve had them grilled in Vietnam and in soup in Taiwan.
    And while we’re on the subject

    What did the two lesbian frogs say to each other?
    Oh we do taste like chicken.

  46. goonermichael says:

    Unfortunately my wife has a phobia about them and can’t even hear the word “frog” without getting all weird. Has anyone seen the tom cruise film where it rains frogs at the end? She nearly shit herself.

  47. Red Arse says:

    How about this quiz. Have a go!! :-)

    A) How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

    Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

    The correct answer is:
    Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.
    This question tested whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

    B) How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

    Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

    Sorry – Wrong Answer.

    The Correct Answer:
    Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.
    This tested your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

    Ok. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference.
    All the animals are attending …. Except one.

    C) Which animal does not attend?

    Correct Answer :
    The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. Doh! You just put him in there.
    This tested your memory.

    Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

    D) There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and
    you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

    Correct Answer:?
    You jump into the river and swim across.
    Have you not been listening?
    All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting.
    This tested whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

    According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the
    Professionals they tested got the answers to all these questions wrong, but many pre-schoolers got several correct answers.

    Anderson Consulting says this conclusively proves the theory that most professionals do not have the brains of a four-year-old.

    26M claimed he wanted a re-run! :-)

  48. Fatgingergooner says:

    Petr Cech looks more like Batman every game!

    He’s got more headwear than the Queen!

  49. gunnern5 says:

    No striker plans for Wenger

    Arsenal manager won’t bring in attacking reinforcements

    December 3, 2011 12:48pm

    Arsene Wenger has revealed that he does not intend to bolster his attacking options in January even though Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho will be going to the African Cup of Nations.

    Chamakh and Gervinho will soon link up with Morocco and Ivory Coast respectively for international duty and the absence of the duo will leave Robin van Persie and Park Chu-young as Arsenal’s only recognised strikers.

    However, Andrey Arshavin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be pushed forward, while Theo Walcott has regularly stated a desire to play through the middle.

    Wenger believes he has enough strength in depth up front and has no plans to bring in reinforcements, although he will keep an open mind in case somebody ‘fantastic’ becomes available.

    “At the moment, I do nothing in January,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.

    “I have a big squad, but if you knock at my door and say ‘I have a fantastic player for you’, I will not turn it down.

    “If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play there, Park, Arshavin and Van Persie. So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury.”

    Confidence issue

    Chamakh has had limited opportunities to impress this season, due to the magnificent form of Van Persie, but Wenger believes he can flourish with a more positive mindset.

    And the Arsenal manager does not think he will send Chamakh out on loan to get more regular game time.

    “It is a confidence issue [with Chamakh], but it is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup,” he said.

    “They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.

    “They need to go out two weeks before the tournament starts then it lasts two and a half weeks, then they need two weeks’ recovery. So it is six weeks.”

  50. goonermichael says:

    If the chavs draw and we win we’d be level with them and 1 point behind the barcodes

  51. gunnern5 says:

    Your pre game has us all hopping BR

  52. gunnern5 says:

    Mata is looking really good for Chelsea – it’s a real shame we missed out on him……….

  53. gunnern5 says:

    Why are frogs always happy?

    They eat whatever bugs them……..

  54. gunnern5 says:

    What is white on the outside and green in the centre?

    Yup – a frog sandwich.

  55. gunnern5 says:

    Chelsesa 1 Newcastle 0 – after 39 minutes.

  56. goonermichael says:

    Drogba you bastard. I would have loved Mata. Not as much as Santos though

  57. gunnern5 says:

    A frog telephoned the Psychic Hotline and was told, “You are going to meet a beautiful young woman who will want to know everything about you.

    ” The frog said, “That’s great! Will I meet her at a party, or
    what?”

    “No,” said the psychic, “Next term–in her biology class.”

  58. goonermichael says:

    A bloke walks int a bar and says to a waiter “have you got frogs legs”
    Well hop over the bar and get me a drink

  59. harry671 says:

    Great prematch raddy,

    Great Quiz Redarse, just tested my 13rd, got the first one right, then floundered…..

    Double98 that was a great link for the article on the goalies, which is a very interesting article. I think where the article lacks is the analysis of the non stats, that make the difference..

  60. gunnern5 says:

    A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. So he says, “Ms. Whack, I’d like to get a loan to buy a boat and go on a long vacation”. Patricia looks at the frog in disbelief and asks how much he wants to borrow. The frog says $30,000. The teller asks his name and the frog says that his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger and that it’s OK, he knows the bank manager.

    Patti explains that $30,000 is a substantial amount of money and that he will need to secure some collateral against the loan. She asks if he has anything he can use as collateral. The frog says, “Sure, I have this”, and produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patti explains that she’ll have to consult with the manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you, and wants to borrow $30,000. And he wants to use this as collateral”. She holds up the tiny pink elephant and says, “I mean, what the heck is this?” The bank manager looks back at her and says…

    “It’s a knick knack, Patti Whack, give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone!”

    So sorry……………………………..

  61. goonermichael says:

    :) gn5

  62. goonermichael says:

    That used to be a very racist joke

  63. gunnern5 says:

    A man takes the day off work and decides to go out golfing. He is on the second hole when he notices a frog sitting next to the green. He thinks nothing of it and is about to shoot when he hears, “Ribbit 9 Iron.” The man looks around and doesn’t see anyone. Again, he hears, “Ribbit 9 Iron.” He looks at the frog and decides to prove the frog wrong, puts the club away, and grabs a 9 iron.

    Boom! He hits it 10 inches from the cup. He is shocked. He says to the frog, “Wow that’s amazing. You must be a lucky frog, eh?

    The frog replies, “Ribbit Lucky frog.”

    The man decides to take the frog with him to the next hole. “What do you think frog?” the man asks. “Ribbit 3 wood.” The guy takes out a 3 wood and, Boom! Hole in one. The man is befuddled and doesn’t know what to say.

    By the end of the day, the man golfed the best game of golf in his life and asks the frog, “OK where to next?” The frog replies, “Ribbit Las Vegas.” They go to Las Vegas and the guy says, “OK frog, now what?” The frog says, “Ribbit Roulette.” Upon approaching the roulette table, The man asks, “What do you think I should bet?” The frog replies, “Ribbit $3000, black 6.”

    Now, this is a million-to-one shot to win, but after the golf game the man figures what the heck. Boom! Tons of cash comes sliding back across the table.

    The man takes his winnings and buys the best room in the hotel. He sits the frog down and says, “Frog, I don’t know how to repay you. You’ve won me all this money and I am forever grateful.” The frog replies, “Ribbit Kiss Me.” He figures why not, since after all the frog did for him, he deserves it. With a kiss, the frog turns into a gorgeous 15-year-old girl.

    “And that, your honor, is how the girl ended up in my room. So help me or my name is not William Jefferson Clinton.”

    Yup – he’s the same president who came to a sticky end in the oral office………….

  64. Big Raddy says:

    G5 The last one had me totally engrossed!

    n.b. I said in the post I expect a “hard fought game today”

  65. harry671 says:

    One player out radster with your team line up, rightly so I think, that Kozzer is on the pitch today, he has been outstanding this season, he has more pace than we give credit for and although, i’ll concede that Djourou has been slowly getting better, i would rather play our best 11.

    On the bench I am absolutely chuffed to see Ox and Coq on the bench….alongside, yossi, AA, MC, Fabianski, and JD.

    Fancy 3-0 today……

  66. Fatgingergooner says:

    Newcastle string to pick up injuries, suspensions and defeats. Won’t be long til they are out of the picture. Thought Krul was outstanding today tho, looks a top keeper.

    On that subject, there arent many poor keepers in this league. Must be the best group of goalkeepers out of any top flight league in the world.

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    A win and I think we climb two places. Yummeee

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ox on the bench. Fantastic.
    Come on you Gunnnnnnners

  69. Big Raddy says:

    No surprise Newcastle rolled over.

    Now for the headline act and Onlinefooty

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Neither Rodallega nor Di Santos.

    Come on You Rip Roaring Gunners

  71. goonermichael says:

    spuds winning already

  72. harry671 says:

    To say we have started badly is an understatement, we are dreadful….

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Didn’t know Wigan could play this well. They are dangerous

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Are they the quietest home fans in the land?

  75. gunnern5 says:

    Wigan are pressing hard, I don’t think they can continue this level of pressure. We need to get through this period and then our fitness and skill should pay us dividends.

    Our away supporters are, once again, doing us proud.

  76. Big Raddy says:

    This co-commentator is terrible. Turning off the sound

  77. gunnern5 says:

    Arteta has arrived……………..

  78. goonermichael says:

    What a fucking goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  79. Fatgingergooner says:

    Boom!!!!

  80. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. evonne says:

    Micky, Micky – did you this corner????!!!!!

  82. gunnern5 says:

    BR, if you subscribe to Arsenal player you can listen to the game – it’s a bit confusing as it’s not quite in sync – but still a lot better.

    TV – 2-0

  83. evonne says:

    ha ha ha, same time :)

  84. harry671 says:

    Blimey, ;leave the room and we score 2 goals, arteta and TV……

  85. MickyDidIt89 says:

    BR,
    Agree he’s pants. Rugby League commentator
    Evonne, :-)

  86. evonne says:

    good to, good to be, good to be a GUNNER!!!

  87. gunnern5 says:

    BR, I just tried it and today it’s out of sync by almost 45 seconds – so it’s really confusing, but it’s great to listen to the Arsenal banter vs the awful commentary.

  88. Fatgingergooner says:

    Alex n Anelka av put in transfer requests. Would u take either of em?

  89. harry671 says:

    Half time, after a poor first ten minutes, boys started to play well and go in 2 up……..

    @FGG – Not sure we need alex, but I would take anelka in a heartbeat…..He wanted to come to us and not chelsea when he left bolton, he has unfinished business for us…….

  90. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. Def Anelka, and pre BFG I thought Alex was a natural for AFC, but not now.

    After weathering the early storm we are in total control. Once again Arteta is imperious as is RvP.

    Gervinho – shoot!!

    I think we could get a few in the second half unless Wigan change their gameplan.

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    FGG,
    Anelka could do for us what Larson did for Utd. One season wonder type stuff.

  92. MickyDidIt89 says:

    One more, then unchain The Ox!

  93. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Good call

  94. Fatgingergooner says:

    6 months ago I would have eaten my own balls to have Alex (I’ve been drinking Stella, this is what it does!) but now we have BFG I don’t think he’s needed.

    Anelka could be a hero once again, but if he’s leaving Chelsea because he’s not playing then why would he come to us knowing RvP is on such fine form. If he’s happy to sit on the bench every other week then I would take him right now, but I fear he could disrupt what is fast becoming a genuine unit. It’s not often you get a group of men who want to fight for each other. These lads have played through quite possibly the shittest months under Arsene Wenger and at no point have they bitched or moaned. Growing a team from those kind of ashes usually results in a mentality that is all about winning. These lads will win silverware and I dont want anything disrupting that.

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Fair points FFG,
    He’s not called Le Sulk for nothing.

  96. gunnern5 says:

    THe commentators are willing a goal for Wigan.

  97. gunnern5 says:

    Not feeling too good, we are letting them back into the game.

    Now they have a dangerous free kick.

  98. gunnern5 says:

    Poor free kick leaves the commentators disappointed.

  99. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. Not sure I agree with the 2nd para. (apart from the bit about the silverware)

    Would like to see us wrap this up. Time for the Ox

  100. Carlito11 says:

    Hi folks! (hi redarse :-) )
    Frustratingly trying to follow the game on my iPhone on the last day of my holiday! Neither onlinefooty nor arsenalplayer work on apple products! A combination of arsenalplayer live text and your comments is sustaining me! Sounds like we’re doing ok- I want another go to be sure as 2 goals have not sufficed at the DW for a while now!
    Thanks for the prematch BR! I’m with FGG- anelka is a wrong un and I think Wenger’s comments about not buying in jan reflect the fact that the spirit we now have is a precious commodity…
    Come on you Gunners!

  101. harry671 says:

    Gggggggggggggggggggerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnhhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooo,

    we are such a one man team………………….hahahahahaha

  102. harry671 says:

    Time for an Ox……….

    oooooooo van persie, so close…….

  103. Carlito11 says:

    A third! That’s the ticket! Qualiteeeeeee :-)

  104. Big Raddy says:

    Come on AW. Give Ox 20 mins

  105. Big Raddy says:

    Carlito. Good to see (?) you again. Hope all is well

  106. Carlito11 says:

    RA- I do still try and read AA as often as I can- really enjoyed Rocky’s match report the other day and Chas’ piece on Santos too. Often find I don’t have time to finish the comments or add anything myself though- but I’m still here lurking offstage! :-D

  107. Fatgingergooner says:

    BR,

    I’m interested to see which part of my second paragraph you disagree with. Do you not think we have a team spirit growing or do you think Anelka could be an asset for us?

  108. Carlito11 says:

    From what I’m reading- sounds as if Ramsey is due a goal…
    Hi BR :-) all good cheers! Had a great week off diving and chillaxing! Back to the grind on Monday but it’s Xmas soon! Actually in London this Xmas for first time in years- looking forward to boxing day and nye games at the grove.

  109. Big Raddy says:

    I made the mistake of going back to the commentary and now these berks are doing the “totally reliant on RvP” crap. 3 goals scored by others, RvP’s laid on a plate by Theo and still we are a one man team. I despair.

  110. evonne says:

    Wigan fans leaving after the 3rd goal. I seem to remember our away fans singing ‘We love you Arsenal’ at Old Trafford till the very end.

  111. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. That we do not need NA. I think he is a fine player and certainly a class above what we have in reserve.. As to his “shenanigans”, it will be very difficult to come into a dressing room and create problems, especially as we have some very strong characters in this team

  112. goonermichael says:

    Gervinho looked really pleased. Hope that gives him some confidence.

  113. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Superb.
    Yet more three points.

  114. goonermichael says:

    Theo is proving me wrong. Long may it continue!

  115. Fatgingergooner says:

    6 wins out of 7.

    I remember saying a while ago when we were 5 wins from 6 overall, that if we made it 10 from 12 and 15 from 18 that I would be extremely happy.

    Arsene Wenger talks so much about consistency, and he is 100% correct in thinking that is the key to success.

    We started our season a month behind everyone else. That is why we have avoided the dreaded November and that is why we will collect injuries in December. If we can get through the next 2 months still in touch in the league then the return of Sagna and Wilshire will take us into the top 4.

    I just hope we can avoid the injuries that have plagued us for the last 5 seasons.

  116. Big Raddy says:

    We’re on the march with Arsene’s army ……

  117. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GM,
    Yes, delighted for Gerv. As Raddy said in hid pre-match, he really needs and deserves some goals.
    Who was Gary the know-it-all commentator? “Should have done this, should have done that”. “Shut the f..k up!”

  118. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. And that is without Podolski, Goetze and Anelka ;-)

  119. goonermichael says:

    I didn’t have sound Micky. Glad on reflection

  120. Red Arse says:

    Well that was really enjoyable!!!

    Hi Carlito, great to read you are OK and still around!! :-)

    You would have enjoyed the second half today, in particular. It was keep football for most of it with the quick one touch passes we are so famous for.

    Everyone played well, altho’ my new fave Santos was a little off key sometimes – but nothing serious.

    5th in the table and homing in on a top four finish. All good! :-)

  121. Fatgingergooner says:

    BR,

    In that case I think we actually agree.

    This team has the mental strength that AW has talked about for so long. His last team didn’t have it, but these boys do.

    I think if Anelka came the boys wouldnt stand for his shit, but my point is, why bother risking it?

    These lads have class and quality. Anelka may have a little more than Park and Chamakh, but he does not have the quality or the age to be taking a risk with.

  122. Big Raddy says:

    Before we forget. How did we not get a penalty for the foul on Ramsey. That was not only poor refereeing but also dreadful linesmanship as he was facing the lino.

    In another game it could have cost us points

  123. Red Arse says:

    Totally agree about the co-commentator today.
    He must be the most whiney, negative plonker with a really irritating voice I have ever heard.

    We won apparently because Wigan let us, not because we scored 4 great goals and destroyed them with our technical skill.

    Ya boo sucks!!!

  124. Muffins says:

    He scores when he wants, he scores when he waaaants, Robin Van Persie, he scores when he wants.

  125. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. I mostly agree but am thinking of insurance. With MC & Gerv going to the African Cup for at least a month any injury to RvP leaves us barren upfront apart from a man who has yet to start a PL game.

  126. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, we’ve eased our way up through the gears into fifth. Now some serious work to reign in the Totts and Chavs.
    Mind you, Villa could help matters this evening.

  127. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Can we assume Anelka has played in the CL? Just asking, not making a firm bid or anything.

  128. Big Raddy says:

    Who was our stand out player today? Chesney was faultless and as such deserves a 10.

  129. Red Arse says:

    I thought Clucking berg was dreadful today, I agree Raddy how could neither he nor his linesman not give a penalty for the tug on Rambo, or the yellow card for Song when the Wigan guy ran into him.

    I addition, I think Wigan had a good call for a pen too. Utter Rubbish.

    As for MOTM I don’t think there was one. They were ALL MOTM!!! :-)

  130. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Come home today to find all my doors and windows smashed in and everything gone. what sort of sick person does that to someone`s Advent calender…….
    Great pre-match as usual Raddy, followed by a great win . Cant wait to see MOTD tonight and the whole game on `player tomorrow.
    I like the froggy photo, Is It from your pond ? If so, did you find any photo`s of naked women floating in your pond ?, It`s ok, Its just frog`s porn !.
    We have to keep this form going,we cant afford to drop any points as the Spuds dont look like dropping any theirselves, I hate to say It, but they look more of a threat than Manu, Is It ten wins and one draw In last eleven, Bastard`s.
    Oz,
    Great picture of Zorro this morning, He really looks the part. How can Evonne prefer Dumbo to our masked man ? :)

  131. evonne says:

    hernandez stretched off after 10mins :)

  132. Fatgingergooner says:

    BR, we defs need some cover, but I don’t think NA is the answer and tbh I don’t see AW going in for anyone.

    I think we may already have the answer in Theo, with Gerv and Ox out wide.

    We are waiting for RvP to get injured, but why don’t we try and be a bit more positive. I think that armband has had the Samson affect and until he loses it I think he will play every game for the gunners!

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GliC,
    Don’t panic, the Spuds have pretty much everyone away second half of term.

  134. Red Arse says:

    GLIC, :-) You are a scream!!

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    You are someone I would gladly have a pint with — or with whom I would have a pint — you English and your avoiding split infinitives or wrongly placed prepositions — and you don’t even know you are doing it!! :-)

    Bollooooooox, Jones has just scored — I said some time ago Jones was special — I cry at how close we were to getting him! Sugar!!!

  135. MickyDidIt89 says:

    FGG,
    I think the fear stems from two season’s ago, when had we bagged a striker in Jan, we may have bagged the title in May.
    I definately think we need an MC replacement in Jan. Who? is a very tricky question as we become embroiled in the LB Syndrome (that’ll be the second fiddle to RvP benchwarming chestnut).

  136. goonermichael says:

    According to bbc the mancs have had 73% possession

  137. Red Arse says:

    FGG has it right, in a way, we are squealing about a possible RVP injury before it has happened.

    On the other hand, if it happened after the ‘window’ closes (an injury) we would be too late to ‘fix’ it.

    On the third hand, AW has said, again, he does not intend to buy anyone in the Jan window, so it is all academic really.

  138. MickyDidIt89 says:

    On the fourth hand, he might change his mind.

  139. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    RA,
    I dont know what I`m doing, and I sure dont know what your saying sometime`s !, = we definately need a pint. :lol:

  140. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well, he should at any rate. He bought MC for a reason. Either Plan B or back up for Robin and it isn’t working. So he must trade him in.

  141. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    On the fifth hand, he needs a surgeon !

  142. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hey GliC,
    Talking of pints, I thought ‘err indoors said we were going to Endsleigh tomorrow, so I thought “excellent, look at tress with GliC and then over coffee discuss harems and maybe football”. Sadly, plans have changed and we’re heading north Barnstaple way. Another time maybe.

  143. VCC says:

    MOTM = Whole team. Good solid performance from the Mighty Arsenal.

  144. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Micky, I know your plans have changed , just curious, which Endsleigh was It, Milton Abbot or Ivybridge ? any way your allways welcome.

  145. Big Raddy says:

    Oh dear AV are very poor. No attacking ideas whatsoever.

  146. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GliC,
    Now I’m confused. I meant meeting at the place outside Launceston. I’ve bought trees there before. Sure you mentioned it before. Got the name wrong.

  147. MickyDidIt89 says:

    My wife has just reminded me. Homeleigh. Aren’t you near it?

  148. Brigham says:

    That will do nicely against the pie eaters. Makes my current glass of wine taste very good indeed.

  149. kelsey says:

    Evening all.
    Very enjoyable game and there is still much improvement to come which makes me more confident than 10 weeks ago.

    I don’t care that Wigan are shite we were in third gear and still scored 4 and it could/should have been more. GD may be important in the latter stages of the season.
    Pleased for gervinho, just watch him loving the fans, he wants to be part of our success and that will come.
    Santos is another enigma, great and bad touches but to me he s a wing back not a full back.
    Pleased we had 4 different scorers and in the wet windy cold North West.
    my only concern as it has been for many games is that the concentration levels need to be sharper from the first minue.
    Anyway will be on again when allowed to ;)
    PS: nice write up BR as usual.

  150. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Good to hear from you Kelsey.
    Sagna and Jack in the wings can’t be bad.

  151. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I think In my attempt with Muffins and Total to make a Zorro “Z” last night, we may have accidently unleashed a “force” which helped our masked man score today. Maybe we should try some more hocus pokus stuff next game. F**k It ,I cant wait, I shall bound and gag the bitc sorry mother-in-law for sacrifice now !

  152. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Micky,
    yes ,Homeleigh, I was there today, I`m the South side of Launceston about 6 miles from there. Derek the owner started that place from just having a stall outside, owning the land around it helped a lot though. From little acorns….

  153. LB says:

    GLIC

    For what it is worth I think Zorro is a good name, it means fox in spanish.

    El Zorro = The Fox.

  154. evonne says:

    Hi Kelsey!

    Guys, Peaches is unwell so I am stepping in to do the nagging :( Is there a nice gentleman out there that is prepared to help poor ‘sPeaches and write the post for tomorrow? Should be easy, just gloat a bit, or a lot about today’s terrific performance

  155. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GliC,
    I’m about 30 miles NE.
    Another time meet there would be good.

  156. Big Raddy says:

    Kelsey !! You answered the call – even if it took you 24 hours.

  157. Big Raddy says:

    evonne. TA is away, so you may have a problem

  158. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne,
    The best nagging is after about nine, once the drinks have weakened resolve! At that time, some men just can’t say no.

  159. LB says:

    Szezcney was immaculate but for me the outfield player who shone slightly more than the others was Vermaelen.

  160. goonermichael says:

    Sorry to hear about peaches is she ok?

  161. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    LB ,
    Have you seen Oxgunners photo @5:39, “Zorro” looks wicked!
    Micky,
    look forward to it.

  162. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Should be @5:39am this morning

  163. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evening all, cracking result.

    Is that a new RvP song Chas (muffins)?

    Something going on with the Villa Park pitch today Hernandez and Jenas both hurting themselves by running….I’m saying we rest RvP for that upcoming game.

  164. evonne says:

    GM – she isn’t, but I am sure she will recover. I will tell her you asked xx

  165. evonne says:

    Micky – good point, I will wait till later

    Also, I have just had another thought Micky, the fact that I read those books does not make you sane, on the contrary :)

  166. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne,
    My association with reality is a very fragile one :-)

  167. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Here’s a good text from a mate.
    “Tevez to Milan. Pato to Arsenal”.
    Some things are worth believing!

  168. SharkeySure says:

    Evening all

    Great pre match from Radders, followed by great result.

    I like my saturdays just like this.

  169. SharkeySure says:

    Best wishes to the RHWP from me too….

  170. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    How weird Is that !. I go down stairs to introduce my self to the wife and our Zorro is on Strickly getting marks of 9,9,10 and 10, what a star !.

  171. evonne says:

    Hello again, any volunteers? Sharkey, how about you? Could you write a match report, please?

  172. LB says:

    Evonne

    I will do the match report. I will put it in drafts but I will not be able to publish it tomorrow as I will be out, riding the hills of Hertfordshire.

  173. evonne says:

    LB – bless you!! Enjoy the ride! I am texting Peaches now

  174. Gooner In Exile says:

    All the best to the RHWP.

    As for new signings, but what do people think about Abonglahor, good age (25) playing in a team asked to do little more than hump it so can’t be happy.

    Has pace and skill, could blossom with the right team mates and manager. If McLeish stays he could be ripe for poaching.

  175. Big Raddy says:

    I will publish LB’s post

  176. evonne says:

    LB, Raddy, GM, Sharkey, GiE and anybody I have missed – BIG thank you from Peaches. and me xx good night xx

  177. 26may1989 says:

    Excellent result today, shame Chelsea, United, City and Spurs all won as well, but at least we move up one or two places (depending on Pool’s result tomorrow).

    Re Anelka, I hated the guy when he was going through his egomania years. But somewhere between his time at the pre-money City and Fenerbahce, I think he discovered humility. And in his time at the Bridge, he’s been a pretty mellow, team-oriented figure. I honestly think his personality isn’t an issue. I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea because he’s upset about not getting enough pitch-time, he’s just not being offered a new contract.

    Unless we went for Podolski or some other equally good younger striker, I’d definitely go for Anelka. Might seem like dealing with some unfinished business after his premature departure back in 1999.

    And micky, Pato in? Would love that!

  178. 26may1989 says:

    Exile, re Agbonlahor, have long liked him, and I don’t understand why he’s disappeared off the radar so much. He has real quality, someone, some day will get him to remember the fact. There’s no way it’ll be Alex McLeish, perhaps Arsene Wenger?

  179. 26may1989 says:

    Oh and sorry, before I sign off for the eve, a whinge about the reffing controversies of the day: how the bloody hell does Gary Cahill get sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring chance near the byline and halfway line (and with at least one covering defender) while David Luiz doesn’t from the edge of the box when denying a striker a clear one-on-one with the keeper? Two clearly appalling decisions, one or both of which have affected (amongst others) us.

    Have just seen the Gary Speed commemorations before the Leeds game today. I was a student in Leeds in the late 80s to early 90s, and went to a lot of Leeds United games. I remember Speed’s early appearances at Elland Road, a very tidy, very effective player. Good to see the fans at his first club honour him fulsomely.

  180. Gooner In Exile says:

    26 I am just about to watch MotD my Dad informed me of the Luiz decision, you could possibly think decisions are soft on them at the moment, in CC on Tuesday he was fortunate not to be given a penalty (and possible Red) against for a blatant trip on Carrol.

    Hopefully he will get his comeuppance soon. But I understand he’s picked up 5 yellows so misses next game on totting (spelling?) up rule. Man City is the game. So by Monday at ten I click we should be in 4th :)

    Oh by the way anyone notice we’re now like for like games played. Time to congratulate Wenger and the Board for showing faith, loyalty and calm heads when all around were going loopy.

  181. RockyLives says:

    Sorry I haven’t been round to join the fun today.

    Another very good performance. A tough call between RvP, Ramsey, Arteta, Gerv and Verm for MoTM – which is a fantastic testament to the quality of this team.

    Spuds and Chavs both got big dollops of Lady Luck today. It won’t continue. I can’t see the Chavs getting any consistency going and the shallowness of the Spuds’ squad will soon be evident.

    BR – your pre-match reports never let me down. I enjoyed every word.

    GiE
    Excellent last paragraph in your 12.13.

  182. 26may1989 says:

    Well yes and no, Exile. At the risk of provoking a reopening of a row with London, I would still maintain that our summer was mismanaged and we could have had more of our squad issues sorted out before 31 August. But that’s now water under the bridge, and you are right to say that Wenger deserves enormous credit for keeping his focus in September, when the new squad was knitting together. That was an unprecedented challenge he had to face, and he dealt with it extremely well. And as you say, great to see us catch up with our 2010-11 points tally for this stage.

  183. Fatgingergooner says:

    Agbonlahor, yes.
    Sow, yes.
    Podolski, yes.

    I have to say I’m pretty disgusted with the co commentator on Sky’s football first. We had the game won and was knocking the ball around for fun yet the co commentator praised Diame for hacking down one of our boys. Fucking disgusting. Had he broke his leg I don’t think he would have been applauding the booking.

    As for our 3rd goal, 20+ passes before the finish. If that was Barca we would have had a shortage of toilet role for the next 4 weeks.

    Great performance.

  184. Fatgingergooner says:

    26 May,

    I have lived in Leeds my whole life and can see Elland Road from my work.

    As you can imagine I was brought up around lots of Leeds fans, and whilst their unwaivering support pisses me right off, I also have to admire the gang like attitude they have towards their own.

    They cannot be matched when it comes to pure passion towards their own and the respect they have shown to Speedo just highlights this.

    A lot of Leeds fans are thugs (I know many), but I must give them respect when it comes to unwaivering support.

  185. pat says:

    Great result guys, although now I am starting to worry that we are relying on Vermaelen too much for goals :-)

  186. pat says:

    Crap referee though.

  187. pat says:

    had too laugh – soccernet.com has picture of Hernandez getting stretchered off and then also on the same page a link to a post match interview with McLeish titled “We didn’t do enough to hurt United”….

  188. evonne says:

    Pat – on the same note – Welsh rugby player Shane Williams was crying his eyes out saying that he is having the best time of his life playing for Wales :) I’d hate to see him unhappy

  189. pat says:

    The welsh had a fantastic Rugby World Cup – a terrible refereeing decision sending off the captain in the semi played a part in denying them a place in the final vs the ABs. I was gutted for them – but they got a good result for 3rd to beat Aussie and Williams last act as a player was to get a try…

  190. evonne says:

    Pat – but did you see his after the game interview?

  191. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    Lovely day here made all the better by a 4 goal victory. More of the same please.

  192. Big Raddy says:

    I think it is interesting that there was no standout player (positively or negatively) for AFC, the whole team did well.

    I can’t remember the last time one could say that.

  193. Morning all

    Thank you evonne for rallying the troops last night and LB for writing a match report.

    Raddy – pictures in the post!!!! Who needs Rasp ;)

  194. Big Raddy says:

    Can’t speak for others but I know I need Rasp ;-)

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