Arsenal 1 – 0 Leeds: Genius Never Gets Old

It’s not a trick of the eye, it’s not a fancy photoshop job. That is indeed Thierry Henry in an Arsenal shirt, an Arsenal shirt of 2012, wheeling away to celebrate a goal.

And not just any goal, but an Henry goal. Song played in a brilliant through ball that split the two covering defenders, Henry took one touch to control the ball, and himself, and then he curled right into the corner of the net away from the keeper’s despairing dive. This was a goal that was a blast from the past – the good old times when it would be Bergkamp or Bobby Pires or Freddie playing the ball into Henry. It brought a joy to the Emirates that we’ve not seen in some time.

More importantly, it also brought us into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup where we play Aston Villa.

Leeds came with one objective last night: shut up shop and try to get a return leg at Elland Road to bring in some much needed funds. In the first half we had 63% possession, but created little in the way of real chances. Arshavin, Ramsey and Arteta all had half-chances but none that really caused panic in their defence.

I must give a word to the three mentioned above. Despite his wayward shots and odd bad decision, Arshavin put in as much effort last night as he has done in a long time in an Arsenal shirt. He kept going until the last minute, and it was pathetic he got the yellow card (although deserved) when he was the one kicked and dragged all night. Ramsey and Arteta also put in a massive shift in midfield, both are neat players who aren’t afraid to get stuck in. Wenger’s choice of Captain was spot on – Arteta is a calming influence in there, and with Jack due back soon from injury we’ve a nice midfield forming.

As for our younger players, Chamberlain had a decent game. He is a willing lad, always game to run and try the odd trick to get around his man, he’s not afraid of a shot either. What I liked about him last night was how he would spot a man free on the other wing and switch play with a good pass. Ramsey did the same on occasion. It was a great shame Coquelin went off injured, he has played well of late and was proving he was deserving of his run in the first team, hopefully his injury isn’t serious. Yennaris had a decent game with he came on for Coquelin, didn’t do anything rash and wasn’t afraid to get on the ball.

As for Ignasi Miquel – can someone make sure we wash all that Barcelona DNA bullshit out of him so when he becomes a top defender he’ll stay at the mighty Arsenal and not whinge to “go home. ” Here is your home Ignasi! He is only 19?! Is he?! Composure or what? (Although I know it is Leeds and they didn’t threaten much but this is based over his few games this season). (PPS He also has lovely hair).

At the back Kos and Squidgy did what was needed, which wasn’t much. Szczesny also did well to stay alert and make a good save right at the death – however, he needs to remember that sometimes it is okay for the keeper to just boot it into the stands. His fancy dan stuff out on the sideline that gave the ball to a Leeds player could be more costly against a better side.

Aside from that, Chamakh started well for ten minutes and then did little. I’m not sure if its him not trying or us not playing to his strong suit (whipping balls into the box for him to attack) but at the moment I’d rather see Park getting the spot on the bench and having a shot – with Chamakh off to Africa he should have his chance now, or will Henry take it?

And so we are back to where we began – with Henry. The headlines are all going to be about him tomorrow and why not? Look how much the goal meant to Henry, meant to Wenger, meant to everyone at the Emirates, to Arsenal fans worldwide, to non-Arsenal fans worldwide.

You see, genius doesn’t get old. No matter who a man plays for, you have to appreciate when they are good, when they are great. There was just this more than horrible belief that Henry’s career would be overshadowed by that handball against Ireland because that was the last “big thing” Henry did. Until last night. Last night’s goal was so simple to Henry, it brought back all those other 226 goals with waves of emotion.

THIS IS HENRY! This is the Henry that must be remembered. Twitter was absolutely mental last night with people proclaiming the “Return of the King” and it wasn’t just Arsenal fans. All the Arsenal players were buzzing, players from other clubs, commentators, celebs, nobodies, everybodies – think what you may of Henry’s return but isn’t the buzz that moment created reason enough to smile and be happy?

That handball against Ireland will be put into the annals of history and everyone will be talking of 9th Jan 2012 and where were you for the second coming of the king?

Me? I was at home in my room in Ireland going mental, thanking Henry for the one birthday present I wanted more than most (ask Peaches), and while you are reading this I will be at work, wearing an Arsenal shirt from the Unbeaten season with “Henry 14″ on the back and telling any Irish person that wants to argue otherwise that 78 minutes into last night’s match is Thierry Henry, Son of Arsenal and one of the finest players the world has ever seen.

With 12 minutes remaining, Henry scores his 12th goal against Leeds in 12 appearances wearing number 12 on his Arsenal shirt in 2012

Tell me it wasn’t meant to be?!

Written by IrishGunner

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178 Responses to Arsenal 1 – 0 Leeds: Genius Never Gets Old

  1. chas says:

    Brilliant, Irish.
    Happy Birthday for yesterday.
    Thierry was getting votes for man of the match when he was sat on the bench. I think that sums up the whole night.

  2. Morning Maire, and I bet that match report slid out of your fingers like a smooth, cascading waterfall of words.

    As I was saying to you last night I hope your ticket situation works out for you viz a vee the Blackburn game as I now find myself needing 2 extra tickets for my boys.

    Having seen the return of the King yesterday they want to go as well so they can see TH12 one more time.

    What a great day to be a gooner.

  3. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Well done ,Irish, great stuff.
    But you shouldn`t have mentioned “Ignasi has great hair”, be very afraid Ignasi, TMHT has you in his sight ! :).
    Le Coq has a hamstring injury, couple of weeks, according to Arsene.

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Beautifully written Match Report Irish: ‘This was a goal that was a blast from the past – the good old times when it would be Bergkamp or Bobby Pires or Freddie playing the ball into Henry. It brought a joy to the Emirates that we’ve not seen in some time.’ I love it :)

  5. Rasp says:

    Great emotion filled match report Irish.

    Apart from the obvious relentless adoration of Henry, I’m very glad you mentioned how hard Arsh battled all game with virtually no protection from the ref. I agree that Ramsey and Arteta were very good. Song was generally quite poor, his passing was off and he sold himself short on several occasions by committing to a tackle he had little chance of making – but he made up for it all with the pass for the goal :P

    When Miquel fills out a bit, he will be one of the best CB’s in the country (as Cesc predicted) Such composure on the ball.

    I do wish people would stop using the phrase ‘we want the old Chamakh back’ – believe me, the short run of scoring was the exception and flattered to decieve, he never has been and never will be a natural goalscorer.

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi GiE, we were talking about the same kind of ‘shooting’ yesterday. Both Arshavin and Theo score about one in six of their goals from outside the 16 y-box (more than RvP). So, they can shoot goals from a further distance, but I wonder whether Arsene is discouraging them to do so…

  7. Dapmanife says:

    What else can we say to IGWE(KING) of goals if not 12 hearty cheers for his 12th goal against a determined Leeds side who came to get a draw on the least.

  8. Ooh la la…………..wasn’t it fantastic…….it lifted the game to a higher plain when Thierry came on the pitch……….and the cool way
    he stroked the ball into the back of the net, it was just perfect.

    The love affair continues.

  9. I was really happy because everybody was saying introduce henry in my place and other people saying his he the one to score the goal but he proved them wrong scoring the only goal and everybody stood up to the acknowledgement of the goal

  10. oz gunner says:

    great match report Irish, loved the emotion, and happy birthday for yesterday (you aswel RuVP).

    Can’t comment on the game as yet, wasn’t televised down here so i was resigned to text updates. Thierry Henry…what a hero, couldn’t have written it better.

    As for Miquel, i hope he finds a home here and doesn’t do a pique. He is going to be quite a player. Let the cleansing begin!

    @ Micky

    what a perfect story, you must of walked out of that room smiling from ear to ear

  11. leedsandproud says:

    Well done arsenal on beating a championship side lol . Anyone would have thought you had won the champions league last night …..i couldnt stop laughing at the reaction of the big girl henry to his goal , truley over the top . And wenger lol thought he was going to cry there like lovers longingly looking in to easch others eyes ( blur gona b sick ) . Your fans are boring and the grounds like a morgue . Not bitter , you were expected to win but we made you work for it and a 1-0 defeat away to a prem club aint too bad .

  12. oz gunner says:

    cheers for the vids chas. Keown handled that very well, compare that to the harry incident haha.

  13. Wonderman says:

    Happy birthday Irish, great post

    Rasp@10:00 am absolutely spot on about Chamakh, you now wonder what the scouts saw in him in the first place!

  14. Double98 says:

    Bobby Pires just tweeted

    @piresrobert7

    “On my way to colney for training!!”
    ———————————————

    Oh now i need to sit down and I may have had an accident

  15. oz gunner says:

    @ leedsandproud

    not easy to score when you have every player behind the ball. Gutless football at it’s best. You wish you had a legend like Henry, instead you can settle for Mark Viduka haha. If we had a full strength team on the pitch you would of taken an absolute beating

  16. leedsandproud – thanks for coming on. You had some good chances to score after we went 1 up and relaxed a bit but hey, thats football, better luck in the draw for 2013.

  17. Rasp says:

    leedsandproud … not bitter eh, just ungracious in defeat then.

    You’re not an Arsenal fan so you wouldn’t be expected to understand the emotion surrounding Henry’s return.

  18. oz gunner says:

    @ 98

    haha sign him up too! whats freddie up to?

  19. Danny says:

    It was weird to see Henry and also very sad. Arshavin and Ramsey playing where Bergkamp and Pires played – it’s not just that they’re not as good as them, it’s more of the fact that they’re simply not as clever as they were. Their finishing and decision making is so weak in comparison.

  20. Rohan says:

    Our top assister this season. This will make Sharkey happy!

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    leedsandp, who would have thought 8-10 years ago Leeds would be just a championship side that would be happy to park the bus and hope for a replay? Times have changed and you have lost in more than one sense, and I guess seeing TH12 celebrating like that must have brought it all home again :lol:

  22. Rasp says:

    Hi Wonderman, I think Chamakh is an illustration of what AW likes to see in a player and his belief in what he can ‘turn him into’. To an extent you could say that he was successful in turing Henry from a mediocre winger into the best striker we’ve seen, but that was never going to be the case with Chamakh. Kalou is a better striker than Chamakh but he does have the same traits. I’m not sure he’s the answer to a support striker for RvP.

  23. Double98 says:

    Great review…

    Miquel – he is 6’2″ and still growing – its hard to believe that he is taller than vermaelan but he is – when he fills out he might just revolutionise the position

    Ox was outstanding – walcott should never have come on, and should be benched – pay the ox 85 k a week

    Ramsay was more cesc like than cesc – he looked like a footballer with Hlebs feet, cescs brain and walcotts pace – MOM

    Arshavin – tried at least but failed – he’s never been agood enough for the arsenal

    Kos was fantastic – i can see Miquel and him become a new adams / keown

    Coq – great performance pity he had to go off – how composed was yennaris?

    Henry – 4 yrs, 11 months and 6 days between 226 and 227 – hardly prolific now is he?

  24. leedsandproud says:

    Bit sad you have to go back for a player that , lets be fair …..wont have it as easy against another prem team …..our defence isnt the strongest …..so dont expect too much from your ( ledgend ) …….and for the record henry was always one of my fav players ……and viduka was a top player ….seem to remember him banging in a beautie against your mob at ya old ground .

  25. chas says:

    That “we’re leeds and we’re proud of it” song always has me confused, it’s as if they’re singing, “we support leeds and we’re not ashamed (as we would be expected to be)”.

  26. Arsedave says:

    Total Arsenal
    Do you not remember Leeds going down the fist time in the mid to late eighties I think, so it’s not just 8-10 years ago we could think that but also 25 years ago. I seem to remember them coming back up in 1990 with Sheffield United.

  27. welcome back to the Gunners

  28. Rasp says:

    leedsandproud, I suggest you follow the link above thats shows Arsenal 20th out of 20 in expenditure on players. We have performed a miracle staying around the top of the premiership for 15 years whilst spending 30m less on players than we’ve made on sales and building the stadium you are so critical of. It is nonsense when Arsenal are lumped together with the likes of united, city chelsea and pool, we run our club in a completely different way and spend a fraction of what they do on players. Leeds on the other hand overspent drastically under O’Leary and as a result find yourselves in the Championship.

  29. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Come on D98, since his return, he gets a goal every 12 mins !. :)

  30. Arsedave says:

    LeedsandProud, Deano, Allan Clarke, Yorkshire Broadband, Eyyup Bitter, Geoffrey Boycott, Eddie Gray, Tetley Tea Men, Russell Crowe, Dave Clark from Sky darts, Howard Clark, Chris Moyles, David Batty, Howard Wilkinson – your guys took one ell ov a beating

  31. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Nice one Arsedave, :)

  32. leedsandproud says:

    Rasp …….where did i slag your stadium or your club off ? The atmosphere and fans at arsnal are boring and no passion ….all you could here is leeds fans .your club is run great and i can only hope leeds get owners who run it like yours . You no you would much rather play a big club like leeds every season than most of the dross in there . So wind your neck in and stop being so sensitive ok .

  33. Ah a Leeds Troll, it’s always that bit more gratifying to find an opposition supporter is bitter enough to post on another teams blog to try and cheer themselves up.

    If you don’t get oppo fans being bitter then the defeat didn’t mean anything – thank you L&P for giving extra value to the win last night.

    Well played son. :)

  34. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Arsedave, is that a channel showing Arsenal repeats ?. :)

  35. Rasp says:

    Despite all the understandable euphoria, I’d swap a late winner from Henry against Swansea on Sunday for last night’s goal. The Premiership is where our priorities should lie, I hope the big man can reproduce a few similar cameos in the league.

  36. leedsandproud says:

    Hell of a beating eh ? Deluded pea brain ……go back to sewing buttons on ya coat and bang some chas and dave on …..you will all be switching to spurs fans soon because lets face it , there bigger and better than you boring lot.

  37. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    A sound reality check comment rasp, I`d swap it aswell.

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Wrong, wrong Rasp, our priorities lie with the FA AND the PL. Can’t you see we need a good cup run and hopefully win the FA this year as much as finishing fourth or better? This team needs to start winning something, not only finishing in the top-4 every season.

  39. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    L&P, Have you thought about joining our Cuckoo Club ?. :shock:

  40. chas says:

    “sewing buttons on ya coat” had me confused for a moment. :)

  41. leedsandproud says:

    Knob heads . Boring boring arsholes .jog on .

  42. Arsedave says:

    It is indeed GLIC

  43. chas says:

    Pie and mash, how’s yer father, luvvly jubbly.

  44. Rasp says:

    leedsandproud, clearly it is you who are being sensitive to my reality check on the way our two clubs are run.

    Your phrases “big girl henry”, ” ( blur gona b sick )”, “grounds like a morgue” were presumably meant to flatter then?

    This is an Arsenal blog, but I took the time to try to explain to you why it meant so much to us and why we went mad when Henry scored and for once your fans were totally outsung – but clearly I’ve wasted my time.

    Don’t tell me to wind my neck in, go and blog with other Leeds fans if you want to slag off the Arsenal.

  45. L&P – you ask where youd slagged our club or stadoun off?

    Try these: “the grounds like a morgue” and “Your fans are boring” and then calling our manager and Henry lovers,and sarcastic congratulations on beating a championship side.

    If you don’t like the comments here YOU stop being so sensitive and wind YOUR neck in.

    I vote we tin tack this troll, he’s just boring now, life’s too short for his ilk.

  46. Arsedave says:

    I thought Manchester United fans were quite bitter, but this leeds one certainly is, I never expected that. I was praising Leeds fans last week for their marvellous away support, I shall reserve my judgement from now on.

  47. goonermichael says:

    leedsandprou. Your team did well and as you say were beaten away by a prem team 1 nil no shame. Why do you have to spoil it.

    Fantastic post Irish and afantastic birthday present. There are also 12 letters in THIERRY HENRY. I agree with Rasp about Chamakh. Can’t see him here next season

  48. 26may1989 says:

    Love that report Irish, you should do it more often.

    I’m feeling a bit glass half empty today though. Loved seeing Henry rolling back the years to score a classic Titi goal. And his showmanship in the celebration and at the end of the game was hilarious.

    But overall our players, without any one of them really playing badly, were collectively laboured and uninspiring. Part of that (as Exile and Total observed last night) is to do with the absence of specialist fullbacks to supplement the attack and link-up the defensive and attacking units. But it’s more than that.

    The defensive play was fine, though there wasn’t much pressure to deal with. In attack, I thought Chamakh, despite the ill-informed abuse from those Arsenal fans who always seem to need to abuse a couple of our players, and Arshavin had better games than they have done in the recent past but both still disappoint. Chamberlain was good but showed he’s still a raw talent, some way off a regular starting spot. Ramsey was pretty decent but his shooting was poor.

    More than anything, before Henry came on, our guys played with fear, not wanting to take a chance and in doing so played into a defensive opponent’s hands. Before Chamberlain’s snap shot from outside the box in the second half, I can’t remember the Leeds keeper having to make a serious save. That’s not really good enough against a side so limited as this Leeds side (itself shorn by injury of its better players).

    Switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 means we have less capacity up front but there’s a lot that’s right about the current Arsenal side, it’s got stability and stability in abundance now, and doesn’t concede many goals. However, we need the evolution to continue, and for the creative features to grow on top of the solid base that has been assembled. Last night underlined that for me.

    But it was still great to see an old hero do the business!

  49. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Dont mention Pie&Mash chas, I`ve got to wait all the way to the Villa game, mmmm yummy.

  50. Rasp says:

    I’ve binned him chary. For a while I thought he might have been a decent supporter we could debate with like Deano, but nah, he’s let himself down.

  51. Thought so Raspers, when he calls us “arseholes” “knob heads” on OUR blog and tells US to jog on you know he’s blotted his copybook.

    Some people just don’t know how to behave. :oops:

  52. Double98 says:

    glic – 2 goals in 5 years is not good enough – just ask Fernando Torres
    :
    http://i.imgur.com/NUiQb.gif

  53. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi 26, great penultimate paragraph @10.46: sums it up nicely. Upwards and onwards from here.

  54. Arsedave says:

    Danny, your transfer table is interesting reading. It shows how well AW has done over the years to keep us in the top 4 with a credit nett spend.

    I’m actually gobsmacked how much Liverpool have spent over the past 5 years and I don’t think that includes the recent £50m for Downing, Henderson and Adam. How can the BinDippers have been unhappy with the Yanks when they spent so much, that has to be down to poor management, thank goodness for AW. Villa and Sunderland also surprises me.

  55. Double98 says:

    Leeds and Proud – sorry but last night had nothing to do with Leeds. There is no gloating her or leeds bashing

    leeds were simply the canvas that Henry painted his homecoming on.

    Last nights result was inevitable – you could feel it in the air – it was so hollywood you actually doubted it could happen.
    Henry would come of the bench to score the winner.
    Leeds, Manu Barca – it didn’t matter – it was always going to be 1 nil to the Arsenal.

  56. Wonderman says:

    Leedsandproud were you actually at the game? The Leeds fans were very noisy in the first 20/25 minutes and clearly outsung the home fans. When they realised they were being penned back continually the noise subsided, and was reduced to abusing Arshavin and screaming for every decision. The second half was even quieter from the away fans except for attempting to ole when they had a bit of possession . Once Henry started warming up the the away fans were drowned out continually…hardly the picture you are trying to paint

  57. 26may1989 says:

    Generally, we’re quiet fans, we know that. Truth is there’s only noise from our fans when there’s a quality opponent.

  58. Rasp says:

    Just to let you all know that the L&P has descended into writing a stream of illiterate abuse about southerners. I’m quite enjoying reading his comments in spam.

    I have this picture of him spitting bile all over his computer screen with a roll up in the side of his mouth and wearing a flat cap and a ferret down his trousers – or does that make me as guilty of regional stereotyping as him :lol:

  59. Raspers – I love the smell of napalmed trolls in the morning. :)

  60. @leedsandproud,
    you wish you had kewell, and vidukas available if u can afford him! haha..how does a club go from champions league to relegation in the space of a yr n a half..where did that money go? as my old man would say, bloddy commi bastards!!
    i guess its all karma…you know, wot goes around comes around like your dirrty tactics n fifa UNfair play back in the day!! lol
    Very ungracious in defeat, ha, i dont know if its you making me laugh or the euphoria from the game, ha..um where was i..ahh yes jealousy is a curse, n i bet you thought forsell would be the 2nd coming???
    also you think it was sad to sign henry, well i ask you ‘who are you to judge wengers professional judgement, im hoping you classify success as being more than winning a sunday arvo darts competition followed by winning a meat tray in a raffle in comparison to wengers genius and the back yard he has built for us..thats right, n you said our atmosphere was crap basically, well um,(im still laughing) he just signed us a new sound system,last nite he tested it out, its called thierry 2012.. it only cost wenger , well basically peanuts..thierry even came with a cash back offer 4mil to get into the next round of the fa cup..
    Nah, ur not bitter, which is why i worry for you lot..lack of ambition, but thanks for coming..love the fresh meat..ur funny, and im still laughing that a 34yr old knocked you out..

  61. TotalArsenal says:

    rUrP :) you are firing from all cylinders again – do you ever sleep?

  62. gday everybody,
    Thnks for all the birthday wishes, only really wanted the one that came through..
    @Irishgunner, wasnt it fantastic..got a gr8 birthday wish, yrs on the 9th n mine on the 10th(time difference) goes to show that a miracle took place..so i was really looking to the match report..i thought,how difficult would it be to sum up in words exactly what the world had witnessed..but youve pulled it off, wonderfully written, and enjoyed the read, although i seem to be smiling at everything 2day..funny that??

  63. 26may1989 says:

    At one time or another, I’m sure we’ve all banged on about the need for the club to spend some serious money, and I for one will continue to do so where we have the resources and the need. But Leeds United represent the best demonstration of what happens when money is handled stupidly. Massive club in a football-mad city without another club, a city that’s grown economically over the last 20 years. The club has great history and a hinterland of support that stretches way beyond the Leeds city limits.

    But look at the transfer spending tables on the site Danny referred to: between 1992 and today, Leeds spent £145m on transfer fees (before sales); but between 2006 and today it was just £2.1m. That’s less than £500k per season, and they made £12m in sales in the same period. Since their fall from grace, they’ve spent time in the old Third Division and are now looking a pretty permanent fixture in the Championship. They’re as far off a return to the top table as ever.

    That’s where bad financial management gets you. I might get frustrated at the lack of purchases sometimes, but thank christ my club hasn’t been destroyed the way Leeds United has.

  64. Rasp says:

    The low point of my evening came at half time. LB (AKA London) had come over to say hello and we were just having a sensible discussion about the game when some dickhead from the row in front decided to butt in and tell us that we needed to spend 100m on 3 world class players. LB withdrew quickly saying that is why he holds such strong views about some supporters’ attitudes and I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye … it was nice to see you LB, hope we get to chat on the blog or at a game again soon.

    To add insult to injury (I think LB would have chinned the bloke if he’d still been there) when I tried to explain the club’s spending policy to this moron, he said “you’re obviously not a season ticket holder then” Needless to say the guy didn’t sing once during the game although celebrated the goal as if he’d scored it.

  65. goonermichael says:

    Smells of victory Chary :)

  66. Total,
    i have my nanna naps.lol, how can you sleep? after seeing what we saw in that game..nah nah, as they say, this calls for a celebration.. plus you dont sleep on you birthday, you pass out!!

  67. GM – and northern monkey bitterness !

  68. Rasp says:

    Hi 26m, great to have a bite and chat with you pre-match yesterday. I hadn’t read your comment when I posted my 11:21, but it does follow on from your observations quite nicely.

  69. 26may1989 says:

    HI Rasp, was great to see you and Peaches too! And to know our meal came with the Mickey seal of approval was even better!

    Completely agree with what you and LB say – I struggle to cope with the idiotic observations of many Arsenal fans at the ground. The guy in front of you was lucky he was speaking to someone as decent and calm as you.

  70. Rasp says:

    Many happy returns rURp and to Irish too.

    Quite a birthday treat for you both. Yesterday was my second best ever night at The Emirates. Nothing could surpass that second goal against Barca – but it came pretty close.

  71. rasp,
    cheers..my head tends to agree with you on the barca victory..but in retrospect im asking myself why i was friggin balling my eyes out after the TH12 winner..was it because of the romantic nature of the win, a fairytale for a king, and a little injection to the media and its doubters from wenger..ahh, im starting to disagree, based on sentiment..we will beat barca again, remember pep guardiola saying he had 6-7 wilsheres in his barca b side.. yeah well, id like to see that,,

  72. Just found a comment relevant to those being churlish about TH12′s return:

    Seriously guys…what are the fans of Leeds United, Manchester United, Chelsea, Spuds etc complaining or sniping about? Henry has been loaned to Arsenal for 6 weeks to cover for Chamakh and Gervinho whilst they are at the African Cup of Nations.

    Last night, in a little over 10 minutes he wins a game that was fast heading for a draw and a tricky away replay…what’s to complain about?

    It’s not as if Wenger has bought him for £50m and claimed he is the answer to Arsenal’s goal scoring partner to RVP. It’s not as if Wenger has stated that we will now go on and win something at last.

    It’s not as if Henry himself has made any claims of looking to make headlines or reminding people of his considerable prowess in front of goal and claiming he will score this many or that many goals. Is it?

    All he has said is that he would like to give something back to the club and savour the experience this time around (for just 6 short weeks) of what it is like to play for the team that you passionately support.

    Isnt that the dream of all of us who never played the game professionally and love the sport?

    Shame on the snipers..Henry could be sitting on his backside counting his millions instead he gives something back…how typical of the snipers to try and besmirch it.

  73. Red Arse says:

    Maman de Peches, c’ etait fantastique pour moi aussi!

    (my pidgin French never looked so lame!). :-)

    Henry the King. Henry the ball stroker. (sounds vaguely rude). Henry the goal scorer. Vive le Roi, Henry!! :-)

  74. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    lovely stuff Irish, and belated happy birthday to you and to Robbin (does that guy ever kip).

    It seems that the Oracle of Cuckoo was right about the number 12 after all.

    Rasp @11.03, sterotype yes, but bloody hilarious hahahaha.

    I must say, last night TH12, for one brief moment took us back to our invincibles era, drifting away from his marker, great first touch, and exquisite finnish.

    In the long term, the second half showed once again what a talent we have in the boy Chamberlain, reminds me a bit of a young Rooney, except the jekal version to his Hyde. The guy i would ike to single out for praise though is young Ramsey. The welsh wizard will go on to be a great great player and along with Jack and Ox, that midfield will take us to the heights of the 1930,s. i just cant see any body stopping us once these boys mature, we will go on to have the best team in europe, absoloutly no doubt about it.

    Cornwall, are you going to go the Villa game? Lets meet up for a beer, you will recognise me instantly, i will be the one with the meditaranian Greek God like looks which make women swoon and men nervously admire hahahaha.

  75. Red Arse says:

    Nervously admire your what MerryT? They probably just don’t want to get poked in the eye with it! :-)

  76. Red Arse says:

    Sorry, Irish, :-) Please forgive my recalcitrant manners in not commending your really good Post.

    We get many excellent Posts on AA, but I for one enjoy the different perspective brought by female fans like you and the Peacher. :-)

    More please!

  77. fatgingergooner says:

    L&p reminds me of some of my Facebook chums.

    Leeds fans love a bit of banter before kick off and usually give as good as they get, but as soon as the result goes against them they can’t take it. Last night I had to listen to fans saying the goal was offside, Henry is a cheating c**t, Arsenal struggled to beat a championship side, ground is silent etc etc

    You would think that after years of relegation and poor sides, they would have learned how to lose with a bit of dignity. Instead they have a good moan, want to get violent and blame everyone else for their own clubs failings.

    I’m not saying all Leeds fans are like this, but I know a lot, and 90% act this way when their side loses.

    Anyway, onto the important stuff, HENRY!!!!!
    Yes, we still have obvious failings upfront, but today is about the return of the king! Tomorrow its back to focusing on what is now a must win game away at Swansea.

  78. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Ime sure that will be a pleasurable experience for all concerned Redders. hahahha. Can you make the Villa game?, i can sort you out a ticket.

  79. Red Arse says:

    Quite tickled by the picture of the Arsenal ballboy standing in front of the Nike Advert — blotting out the ‘o’ in “make it count”.

    Hope he was referring to the Leeds player! :-)

  80. With 12 minutes remaining, Henry scores his 12th goal against Leeds in 12 appearances wearing number 12 on his Arsenal shirt in 2012…….

    12 years after starting his ever lasting love story with Arsenal FC.

  81. RA 12:21, Brilliant.
    Including L&P. :lol:

  82. Red Arse says:

    MerryT,

    That is a kind offer, and much appreciated! :-)

    Unfortunately, I can’t make it — but I would like to meet you and the GLIC and your syrup before a game, so perhaps before Easter we can make that happen. :-)

  83. From Arsenal.com:

    Coquelin signs new long-term contract

    Francis Coquelin has signed a new long-term contract with the Club.

    Since returning from a successful year long loan spell with French Ligue 1 side Lorient in the summer, the France youth international has featured 12 times for Arsène Wenger’s side.

    Demonstrating his versatility with a string of fine performances in both holding midfield and defence, Coquelin has established himself as a valuable addition to the first team squad this term, putting in a man of the match performance against Tottenham in October and providing excellent cover in both full-back positions.

    The youngster, who made his Arsenal debut in the Carling Cup victory over Sheffield United in September 2008 aged 17, has now racked up a total of 16 games at senior level.

    As well as being a regular for the Reserves in recent seasons, he was an integral part of the FA Youth Cup-winning side of 2009 and a key member of the France team to win the European Under-19 Championships a year later.

    Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Francis’ continued contribution to the Club in the years to come.

    Good news. :D

  84. kelsey says:

    Red Arse, in a sentence you are a crawler no not the kerb variety ;)

    Irish, we need more of your posts as some on here will not realise that you are a feisty journalist that pulls no punches.

    One couldn’t have written a script for last night but with me there is always a but.

    In the first twenty minutes it semed like a film I have seen so many times especially this season. All players have a bad run of form and it is always more noticeable with strikers or forwards in general and perhaps to an extent with attacking midfielders.But in our case it isn’t one player it is 4 or 5 and how much of it is the way we play and as i have mentioned before some players to adapt to our system have to abandon their natural game whilst others one asks are they now really what we need to maintain a top four challenge and beyond.

    I will not name the current crop but in the last few seasons we have had an endless amount of failures or for one reason or another they haven’t been given a good run in the team, or they are just cameo players who are expected to turn a game in a brief 15/20 minute spell.

    The Ox IMO is far more forward than Theo for his age, Arshavin definitely put in a stint last night but his shooting is dreadful.Chamakh will never cut it with us. Ramsey is still learning but his missed scoring opportunities are mounting up.Gervinho will be an asset, already is, just needs to sort his feet out..Benyahoun is on loan and again only gets the odd cameo role, Rosicky’s best years he was injured and then there is park..So, i have in fact named them.:)
    Henry will add his experience on and off the field but we need to strengthen.I can only accept to a point that withot recognised full backs it alters the way we play, especially on the counter attack, but there is still much work to be done.

  85. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Haircules,
    I am up for the Villa game and It will be an Honour to share some Amber Nectar with a Greek Demi – God and his hoardes of swooning women, will evonne and peaches be able to restrain thereselves, sounds like they`d have to be cuckoo not too.

    Oh, one is Queen of the Cuckoo Club, sorry your Maj ! :)

  86. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I think the real reason L&P was upset, is because, we have a Statue of a Legend, who scored the winning goal, and they have a Statue of “Harpo Marx”.

  87. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Danny`s table @10:20am , gives me conflicting feeling`s , on one hand ,I feel proud, and on the other hand, I feel annoyed, It say`s to me , surely we can afford a £30/40m player, for just once.

  88. LB says:

    Amazing game, excellent post and a pleasure as always to see you both Peaches and Rasp.

    Arteta was my man of the match…..class

  89. Rasp says:

    Hi LB, a pleasure to see you also – did you read my comment @11:21 ?

  90. goonermichael says:

    I wish I’d gone to school

    I need some help.

    I know that most/all of you can do this.

    If my budget is £90 and I spend £55.99 how do I work out what percentage I have spent?

    It’s for my NVQ.
    Thanks

  91. Rasp says:

    Hi gm,

    If your question is serious … the answer is 62.21111%

    To calculate, divide 55.99 by 90 and multiply the answer by 100 to give you the percentage

  92. chas says:

    You’ve got a rogue 2 in there, Rasper.

  93. Herb'sArmy says:

    Very emotionally-charged night for Gooners everywhere last night, and as he proved again last night, Thierry Henry is a true legend.
    LB -Just a quick comment. I’m glad you posted, and pleased you enjoyed it last night. 60,000+ fans watched the same game, and the most majority will agree on certain things, but equally from the individuals experience, each will have seen their own game, and won’t agree on everything. I made a throw-away comment that you mercilessly slaughtered. If you find my posts grating and uninspiring, I shall refrain from inter-acting to any comments you post.
    But today is one of celebration for a returning hero, who has reminded us all why Arsenal are so special, and why we love them.

  94. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas, I’ve changed it ……

  95. Chas – you mean Raspers has one of the search party for Han Solo’s Snow Speeder on Hoth ? (esoteric Star Wars reference there)

  96. oz gunner says:

    @ RuVP

    you are nuts, i thought i didnt sleep. I think your viewpoint on modric is a tad biased. But hey after the world cup i thought lucus neill was a gun and look how that turned out.

    Great news about coq, that bloke is a star in the making.

    Next up Miquel

  97. Rasp says:

    Hi Herb,

    Today is indeed a day for celebration. LB is a true gooner like yourself and neither of you should worry about the occasional disagreement as it is all part of blogging.

  98. goonermichael says:

    Thanks Rasp my wife did it for me but couldn’t explain how she did it.

  99. Herb'sArmy says:

    Hi Rasp,
    no negativity from me. It’s all about being in the moment, and if we can’t enjoy it, there’s no point.
    I think TH can be a great role-model for the younger players, especially Walcott and the Ox. He’s clearly lost none of his appetite, and the confidence he exudes can only be good for the club.

  100. goonermichael says:

    What is 62.21111 rounded to 1 decimal place

    I thought 1 decimal place was an address

  101. Arsedave says:

    Correct
    1 Decimal Place
    Toronto
    ON
    Canada

  102. goonermichael says:

    Thanks oz
    I never went to school (after 13) So I just don’t know :)

  103. goonermichael says:

    Apparently Kompany’s appeal rejected. Now there’s a suprise

  104. goonermichael says:

    My manc colleague is so blinkered

  105. oz gunner says:

    haha thats ok GM, glad to help.
    what you lack in decimals you make up for in amazing hair styles.

  106. goonermichael says:

    Actually I haven’t done badly so far. I’ve done a spreadsheet, pie chart and bar chart. Done the average and range. Converted to Euros but back but they moved the goalposts just as I thought I’d finished.

  107. fatgingergooner says:

    All this talk of pie charts and spread sheets is making me hungry!!!!

  108. chas says:

    Pie and Mashamatics

  109. evonne says:

    GM – get my email from Peaches. I am good at maths and have some teaching qualifications, if you want i’ll explain the answers, maths are fun and much simpler than your profession, trust me

  110. chas says:

    I just watched the last bit of the game again.
    The screen print below shows Thierry complaining that Rambo didn’t give him the ball instead of blazing the ball over the bar for the umpteenth time.
    He must have been trying so hard not to do this.

    http://twitpic.com/85npsz/full

  111. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. A fine post as always.

    I just do not understand this TH bashing.

    As I see it AW is not so stupid as to think TH is the solution to our striking problems. What makes you think he does? TH is brilliant for the club and has lifted the spirits in the 15 days he has been at AFC. He is unlikely to repeat last night but so what?

    For 70 minutes we created nothing, just one save from the Leeds GK. Do you imagine AW will not be concerned?

    As to Chamakh and 26′s defence of him, I can only disagree. Not once did he get in front of the defender for a cross, not once did he beat a man and create some space. I accept he works hard and harries the defenders but he has started 7 games and been sub 4 times scoring just the once away at Blackburn. We need more.

  112. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Chas, Stop mentioning Pie&Mash, It`s probably alright for you, My local Pie&Mash shop is 250 miles away, not exactly a local take-away !. Next thing you`ll be putting pictures of it on site !

  113. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Roughly a third (thats 33.333 % gm ) of the way through the Month. Have we bought anyone yet ?.
    Micky and Oz have fizzled out with their scouting !

  114. Rasp says:

    Hi glic,

    I can’t go into details now, but GiE’s post tomorrow may help explain why.

  115. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Cant wait rasp, I like reading the detailed explanation stuff !. Got a feeling ,it`s going to make me disappointed though ! ( not GiE`s quality writing )

  116. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I`m being presumptuous, It might be a post on why Micky and Ozzies scouting has fizzled out ! :)

  117. evonne says:

    Irish – that’s a brilliant post! The Barcelona DNA bullshit made me smile :)
    Good spot about the significance of the number 12

    So, did you wear your Arsenal shirt to work? I wore my Arsenal cufflinks often enough, but wasn’t allowed when going to client meetings in case they were Scum

  118. Rasp says:

    haha, no glic, why Arsenal aren’t thinking of making any further signings

  119. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear shall we have a flag day for Mancini

    http://fourfourtwo.com/news/england/93420/default.aspx

  120. Red Arse says:

    Rasp,

    Re your clues concerning GIE’s Post.

    1. Because we have no money, honey?
    2. Because we are stuffed with world class strikers?
    3. Because Stan has gone bankrupt?
    4. Because GIE has lost his marbles?

    That should cover it for the GLIC man! :-)

  121. 26may1989 says:

    Hilarious to see Mancini whingeing about the size of the City squad. The fact they’ve screwed up re the now frozen out Tevez and Bridge, and have players of the calibre of Adebayor, Michael Johnson, Boyata and Santa Cruz out on loan, is their fault. And they seem unable (or disinclined) to bring through young players. If they can’t put together a squad capable of winning all competitions on a net spend in five seasons of £437m on transfer fees alone, and a wage bill at 110% of revenue, they must be more shit at running a football club than I thought.

  122. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all – glad ye liked the post. I know it was in the main about Henry but he was the story.

    Just on the Leeds fan saying our home support isn’t up to much. We know that, and to be honest, 90% of home support in the league is average at best. Its always the away fans that make the noise, our away fans are unreal. Stoke and Swansea seem to have a good home support but apart from that its sing when your winning stuff.

    Evonne – I did indeed wear my shirt and to be honest not one person said anything bad about Henry – the Manc fans, the Liverpool fans, and the one Newcastle fan. They enjoyed the goal as much as we did.

    A Hull supporting fan of mine said “It was just nice to see some real class back in the EPL and not over-hyped ‘talent’ ” – sums it up I think.

  123. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy

    A mild rebuttal to your 4.47pm: given that I said Chamakh continues to disappoint, I’m not sure I was that effusive about him. I did say he was better than usual, but that is off a pretty low base.

    I don’t think you can literally mean he didn’t create some space; I can think of three occasions off the top of my head, and given a Total-like review of the whole game, I’m sure I could identify one or two more examples. But I absolutely agree that his performances continue to be well below what is needed, and I can’t think of a single time last night that he threatened the goal, which is an indictment. Personally, I think he needs to return to French football, I don’t think it will ever work out for him with us or in England.

  124. Red Arse says:

    Where is the line drawn between castigating fans for “ill informed abuse of Chamakh” and fans simply voicing their completely understandable concerns about his inability to lead the line for Arsenal?

    Who is the arbiter on such fine distinctions?

    Is this a matter of disapproving of the vocabulary used in voicing their disappointment? The vernacular as opposed to the drawing room speech idioms will always inhabit football.

  125. evonne says:

    Irish – me too, I was gloating shamelessly all day and everybody agreed that the goal was awesome. The only criticism came from a Gunner, he is worried that TH will take over and it is going to be all about him, rather than the fantastic team that we have. Has he got a point? Maybe

  126. Red Arse says:

    Irish, :-)

    There appears to have been a generally wide spread enjoyment of the romanticised return of Titti.

    Sandwiched in between there have been cautious warnings that he cannot possibly be the whole answer to Arsenal’s striker cover.

    In addition my own view that Arsene is also responsible, in part, for not foreseeing the predictable problem in obtaining cover for our only serious striker (RVP) in the Summer has been mooted by a number of journalistic punters.

    We have been lucky that Robin has avoided injury, so far, but there are no guarantees that happy state will continue for the rest of the season.

    Time will tell.

  127. Irishgunner says:

    Luke Freeman has left the club for Stevenage – surprised, thought big things were in line for him.

  128. Irishgunner says:

    Evonne – I’m not so sure that he will. All the players seem to be very positive about him being about the place, there seems to be no ill will at all, and if there was even a tad I doubt Wenger would have brought him back.

    RA – I think much more was expected of Park. This guy is the captain of South Korea, scores a fair share for them, and they are no mugs. Just no idea why he’s not playing.

    If only Gervinho knew how to shoot, he does everything else so well.

  129. Herb'sArmy says:

    Great post for a great night Irish.
    Many happy returns for yesyerday.

  130. Red Arse says:

    Irish,

    I’m disappointed about Luke too. I have watched him on occasion for the youth team when he was bought from the Gills, and I always thought he had great potential.

    He had two drawbacks;

    a) He was well down the pecking order for first team involvement (which probably gives the game away), and –

    b) He is physically light weight, and for all his skills he lacks pace. That might explain why he has gone to Stevenage and not to a Championship team.

    Oh well, it’s a shame, but perhaps inevitable. :-(

  131. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Just seen a picture on talksport via newsnow of Adrian Durham celebrating TH12`s goal, Is that an oxyMORON ?

  132. Red Arse says:

    So GLIC,

    You think Adrian Durham is an oxymoron like – slightly pregnant — a disciplined glutton — or customer services?

    You could have something there!! :-)

  133. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    26,
    I wonder what we would have won, If Arsene had spent £437M in the last 5 years ?. Unbelievable amount !

  134. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Redders,
    The silence was deafening, when he crawled into talksense today !

  135. Irishgunner says:

    Thanks Herb :)

    RA – I’d not seen a whole load of him play but he was certainly built up as the next big thing. Hopefully he bulks up and fulfills some of his potential.

  136. Gooner in Exile says:

    Evening all sorry for my delayed entry been along day….with a Man U fan….at least Henry didn’t give a goal away :)

    Great write up Irish and summed up the evening.

    I have heard rumours that there is an option for Wenger to extend Thierrys loan….then maybe I will be happier with the move.

    As others have said the movement first touch and finish were superb and evidence once again of the great player Thierry is. Chas has pointed out the moment Thierry clenches his fists as Rambo blasts another one over. But for me the goal celebrations told me something and were in stark contrast with the tales of humility and modesty. Modest it was not….run to thank Song or run and take all the plaudits. Compare to most of RvPs celebrations this season which have been more about his teammates than about him. Maybe it’s that ego that makes a player that special. But Evonne hinted earlier that there was a question to be asked about it becoming all about him. I hope not.

  137. Red Arse says:

    GLIC,

    Allegedly, at least one of his sons is an Arsenal fan, (he claims to be a Peterboro fan – is there such a thing?).

    Mrs Durham must have inculcated some sense into her kids. :-)

    Got to go. Tomorrow! :-)

    Nite, Irish — don’t forget, more Posts from you, please! :-)

  138. 26may1989 says:

    RA

    Not sure what you really mean by your 6.36pm, but when I referred to “ill-informed abuse from those Arsenal fans who always seem to need to abuse a couple of our players” I was talking about The Bloke Behind Me (we all have one), who always wants to shout how useless he considers one or two of our players to be. Criticism is fine but I hate people screaming entitlement-informed abuse at players during a match.

    I hope that clears it up for you.

    And no, bigotry aside, I couldn’t give a toss how people express themselves.

  139. allezkev says:

    http://vimeo.com/34838533

    It was emotional…

  140. evonne says:

    GiE – yeah, Albert is of the same opinion. But why do you want Thierry to be humble and modest?? If he is bigheaded, he has every right to be. And the likes of you and moi are responsible for it too. He is brilliant, but human and a male. He is bound to have an inflated ego.

    The team will be ok, they will look up to him and rely on him. but nothing will change drastically in 6 weeks.Except for few extra masterpieces

  141. chas says:

    Where is the TH bashing?

    This photo makes Thierry look smaller than Robin. Strange.
    He looked absolutely enormous last night.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Van_persie_henry.jpg

  142. 26may1989 says:

    Chas, I was worried by that question till I looked at the pic. Is it Igors Stepanovs?

  143. SharkeySure says:

    Wow…that really beats the ramble that would have passed for a match report from yours truly.

    I’m so glad that I stepped aside..you should all be ;-)

    Masterpiece !!

  144. SharkeySure says:

    “Anyway, the trouble and strife checked our site last night and to throw her off the scent i told her that my posting name is “Rasp”.”

    From yesterdays mid afternoon stuff that I caught up with a short while ago….

    I’ll say it again….we need a ‘Legendary Prose Repose’ box…ie somewhere that some of the absolute gems are retained in an archive.

    I once worked with a bolshy imbecile who really didn’t get that he was thick. Myself and a colleague actually kept a word document regularly updated with some of his pearls.

    One of my faves was ‘no I’m sure it was 7 balls an over when I played cricket at school’. Oh dear

  145. SharkeySure says:

    Alright Chas, TA – Stepanovs looks like he’s wandered into that pic for the celebration, a bit like that Man U fan who regularly does it.

    Perhaps Igor actually wandered into training one day and ended up in the team. It might explain a lot

  146. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Sharkspeare, good to see you back here again :) I was looking fwd to your match report, but Irish did herself proud with hers. But there is always next game for you!! :lol:

  147. TotalArsenal says:

    Nighty night all :)

  148. tomstoned says:

    Great to see Henry back,sad to see the demise of Our Beloved Arsenal,how far far much better would it have been to see Park or even Chamakh be the hero of the battle with old time great Leeds,
    we are reduced to a oil ship,bringing in the cash but sailing in the wrong direction.
    Leeds financial troubles lead them to sell of top players and bringing in shit players much like wenger is doing right know….makes you wonder where are Our money from player sales the last decade ?…certainly not invested back in the team ??
    nope bring down the hollywood looker and his henchman (n)azidis…look at what the american leaders(robbers)have done to manure…villa..let there be NO doubt whatsoever kroenke is ONLY in it for the money…and for Us to trust american investors..oh my oh my..just look at the bl*ody mess they have made in their own country..crisis..crisis..crisis heck even far worse than Greece..

    and just to round it off in a polite way…get wenger out asap…he is not suited to lead Our Beloved Arsenal….or lets sell him or at least loan him out…

    Bring in Usmanov !!

    and a late happy birthday Irish..always great to read your posts…bring out the champers ;

  149. @ Shakespeare and Rasp

    haha that’s a very good idea.
    Now whenever an AA’er needs a good chuckle they can have a read of GLIC’s greatest hits along with the other loons.

    P.S Rasp isn’t who he appears to be,
    read stuff by GLIC and you will see,
    that he is in fact the man you wed,
    someone so crazy can’t be right in the head.
    He fits right in with others on AA,
    perhaps an Asylum is where he should stay!

  150. Rasp says:

    Hi oz,

    I’ve put the idea on hold until I’ve had a chance to run it past The Board :?

  151. Gooner in Exile says:

    Nice if slightly over eager rant Tom!

    You must absolutely hate the run of results we’ve been on as it hasn’t really given you much opportunity. I suggest a quick look at the definition of support. I’m not even going to get into an ownership argument but to say Kroenke has followed examples of Learner and Glazers is ridiculous but it’s your opinion and you have a right to express it, don’t expect too much sympathy tho. Just to clarify you do know we spent around £50m this summer just gone which is more than 2009-2011 combined and the most Wenger has ever spent in one season. Don’t let a small fact like that stop you thinking Kroenke is here to take all the money out tho.

  152. goonermichael says:

    Tomstoned. You must be really stoned if you don’t trust kronke but you trust jabba.

    Someone was talking about durham and spelt “poxy moron” wrong. I thought I was the illiterate around here.

  153. Gooner in Exile says:

    :D GM

  154. sick of the anti-wenger brigade..go jump..please find me a more than suitable replacement to take our club forward, and i may even try to overlook these assumed suicidal mistakes that wenger has made on behalf of our club!!
    arrghh.. not even worth the debate anymore!! as my mum would say “son, sometimes you just cant educate scum”.. ah well… still smiling, thank you TH12 and God Bless Wenger!

  155. evonne says:

    come on Everton, you MUST win today!!

  156. fatgingergooner says:

    Spurs are beyond us at the moment Evonne, and shouldn’t be stressed about. That’s until they have the inevitable blip, then we will just have to see if we are close enough to catch them.

    Our main concern is Swansea away. With United next up, these 2 games could shape the rest of our season. Anything less than 4 points and we have a mountain to climb to get in the CL next year. 6 points and it could be the start of a very strong run.

    We must beat Swansea and take confidence into the United game. We also need to take defenders into the United game, let’s hope we have some!

  157. evonne says:

    Morning Ginga, I know you are right, but I cannot be happy about Spurs good fortune, no way Jose. How many of their players are in ANC?

  158. fatgingergooner says:

    I would hazard a guess at none.

    Ass-Akoto is Cameroonian I think so didn’t qualify. Togo are banned still i think so Adebay-tosser isnt going. Do they have any others?

  159. fatgingergooner says:

    Everton without Cahill, Rodwell, Osman, Jagielka, Coleman and others!

    They will do well to get a point tonight.

  160. evonne says:

    Oh dear, dear, dear, not looking too good for the Toffees

    Hiya Chas – I answered your question about TH ‘bashing’ last night, but forgot to press the ‘Post’ button, sorry :) It was on the phone, Albert called me and we talked about TH effect on the team

  161. chas says:

    Albert Tatlock?

  162. Gooner in Exile says:

    Spuds are without Sandro and possibly Parker (another late fitness test). The late fitness tests for Parker prove two things. 1) he is important to them. 2) he is not fit. Rarely does a late fitness test show you to be ready but I would imagine that Arry will encourage him to play despite injury, I believe he is doing the same with Bale whose ankle looks suspect to say the least, he writhes in pain at slight knocks then the pain killers kick in and he gets up.

  163. chas says:

    I thought that was Bale just acting, GIE.
    He does that annoying cry of pain when tackled, too. He’s just trying to get players booked. Part of the Harry book of tricks.

  164. Rasp says:

    Morning all,

    ….. New post ……

  165. chas says:

    Where?

  166. chas says:

    Evonne,
    I thought the TH bashing comment was in response to me posting that picture of Thierry complaining when he didn’t get a pass from Rambo. I must have got it wrong.

  167. Gooner In Exile says:

    I was about to ask the same thing :D

  168. Rasp says:

    …. technical hitch, the new post is up now

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