An Arsenal Performance Worthy of Winning the League

How good was that? It is getting more and more difficult to find sufficient superlatives to describe the Arsenal performances these days. As the first half rolled on and the Good Guys were spraying the ball around with consummate ease the term “thoroughly professional performance” came to mind. But we have used this a few times recently and somehow it didn’t seem enough to describe what I was watching, intensifying the search was the first goal and the brilliance in its simplicity: a tidy pass to Özil who sent over an inch perfect cross for Ramsey to head home and put us in the lead. As he walked away avoiding celebration out of respect for his fellow country men I thought to myself I am going to need something far more complimentary to describe this.

Racking my brains, playing cards came to mind and the hierarchy that exists: a pair is beaten by three of a kind which is beaten by a straight, which I believe is beaten by flush and then it came to me: the next up from a “thoroughly professional performance” has got to be “A performance worthy of winning the league” and that is what is was, a full house of a performance, not to be confused with a “Winning the league at White Heart Lane performance” that is obviously a royal flush and although rare it does seem to happen with more regularity than many might imagine.

Wenger foxed us all again with his team selection, it made sense to all who considered it to play Flamini alongside Arteta but no, Le Boss had plans for the Frenchman and opted to start with Wilshere and within one and a half minutes we all understood why: an arrow of a shot released from the edge of the box had all the makings of goal number five for our non attacking midfielder lol but alas at the last moment it swerved away and hit the bar.

As it turned out, as far as Arsenal taking the game to Cardiff was concerned, this was only the start, the Good Guys were brimming with confidence, chances weren’t coming as often as London buses do when you don’t need them but they were coming; the next fell to Giroud who, clean through one on one with the goal keeper, decided to “walk” before the umpire had given him out, it might be the honourable thing to do as Özil clearly touched the ball but in this day and age — really?

We had to suffer five uncomfortable minutes when Mertasacker hit the deck with the force of a felled giant redwood having clashed heads with Sagna; I defy anyone who didn’t worry about the possible down side of this potential calamity but all was well with our Big Friendly Giant.

Still goalless, but in today’s script only one person was going to be first on the score sheet and our humble Welshman rose to the occasion and headed us into the lead that took us into the break.

Ramsey v cardiff

Cardiff started the second half well and created a couple of chances that were a bit closer than I for one would have liked, notably a header from Campbell that brought a brilliant save from Szczesny. TPIG was looking as commanding as ever, we could have and should have made more of the breaks that were frequently arising but our interplay was not quite as good as it should have been, it seemed like Theo time but Jack was tiring and they were coming onto us with a tad more purpose than was good for the blood pressure so Wenger opted to shore things up and bring on Monreal and then Flamini.

As the Frenchman took off his track suit all eyes were on the sleeves – tradition won out and rightly so; someone had clearly whispered into his ear that he had, perhaps without realising, upset a few fundamentalists and today was not the right time to go desecrating sacred objects – best solution: roll your sleeves up and go and score a thumping second goal — and that is exactly what he did, yet another sublime assist from Özil who rolled the ball into the Frenchman’s path to powerfully hit home and put us all at ease.

Flamini scores v cardiff

Was this going to be Flamini’s day, no it wasn’t, this was Aaron Ramsey’s day; a second goal for him and with it he rightly picks up pretty much everyone’s Man of the Match award.

Ramsey applauds

Somebody remind me, where are we in the League?

Enjoy your Sunday.

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189 Responses to An Arsenal Performance Worthy of Winning the League

  1. Easy like Sunday morning …………. love an LB match report, love watching our fabulous team, love being TOTL.

    Thank you LB :)

  2. And Aaron Ramsey has to be the classiest man in football – MOTM for me by a mile.

  3. arnie says:

    Motning all. What a lovely feeling. Warm glow the morning after a fantastic game. Thanks for the report LB. Will revert to this later. Have to rush off now.

    This guy Rambo is a big hero. His image in my mind became double because of the respect he offered to the Cardiff team and fans. What an idol!!!! Everyone is a product of their own history, and this history should be respected!!!!!

    Certainly MOTM for me, and if there were scores, I would give him 18 – 9 from the Gooners and 9 from the Cardiff fans!!! What a man!!!! The Cardiff fans sang to him!!!! Wow!!!!!

    Micky had me fooled as well. Looked out of the window and thought: b***gger, no snow here, those guys are having all the fun!!!! :D :D

  4. Räsp says:

    Fantastic game, Excellent match report, Ramsey brilliant, Arsenal cosmic ….. is that enough superlatives? :P

    Aaron showed RvP what class is all about by his subdued celebration and the little signal to the Cardiff fans.

    One small point, everyone is saying we’ll suffer if Giroud gets injured – I’d argue that we’d suffer more if we lost Mertesacker, he’s the one who manages the back line and conducts the defence.

    Funny that the commentators mentioned us singing we’ve got a Big Friendly German :lol:

  5. Räsp says:

    Forgetting my manners, thanks LB, only you can ooze such unbridled joy over an Arsenal performance, I’m with you all the way :)

  6. chas says:

    Super match report, LB.
    “upset a few fundamentalists” :lol:

    Loving the Match Report banner, too.

    I think it was Big Flying German, Rasp, though friendly is far more appropriate than flying for our teutonic skyscraper.

  7. andy bishop says:

    The work ethic is fantastic..when you get quality players putting a shift in….in a settled side the results come. Confidence breeds confidence and this team will continue to improve. I am not getting too carried away as it is early days and we have some tough away fixtures to play. Its all about what we do and the next game..fear no one

  8. chas says:

    Olly’s English is coming along fine.
    “It’s a f”cking joke, man f”ck off!”

  9. GoonerB says:

    Lovely report LB and you summed up how I feel perfectly. I like the card analogy. My only question is was it a full house with 10’s and Jacks or one with Kings and aces?

    We are lucky there are no fundamentalists on this site LB….Only rebels:)

  10. chas says:
  11. chas says:

    Only just over an hour before we get to see two busted flushes playing.

  12. Räsp says:

    Welcome andy, I agree the work rate was immense. Winning the ball back high up the pitch was always Barca’s strength, they no longer have the personnel to do it as effectively whereas our energy levels seem to increase every game.

  13. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Really enjoyable, thank you.

    It must be an absolute pain to have to play us at the moment. The work levels are astonishing, even more so when considering how strong we are in the final 10 minutes.

    (btw, in a stage whisper …. had to edit the post before some muppet gets arsey ….. a flush beats a straight :-D )

  14. GoonerB says:

    January transfer window looming. Should we stick or twist?

  15. GoonerB says:

    If Chelsea are after Falcao maybe we should trump them!

  16. GoonerB says:

    Talking to myself. I’m off for an early Rummy and coke.

  17. Räsp says:

    Hi GoonerB, I won’t be particularly upset if we don’t sign anyone. We know that if we buy a striker from abroad, he’s unlikely to be able to adapt to EPL football straight away. We could sign from the prem in which case I’d take Remy or Michu, sadly I think Suarez is no longer an option unless he has a clause in his contract that can be exploited.

  18. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Great write up on a great result, thank you LB.

    Mesut Ozil just gets better and better, pin-point pass for Ramsey’s first and another for the Flamster’s goal. I thought Jack’s seventieth second attempt was going to demolish the goal posts, if it had gone in it would have busted the net.

    Great to see Walcott back, Theo’s pace can tear defences apart, a thing we have been missing lately.

  19. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Rasp,

    I’m gradually coming round to the idea of not buying a striker in January, we are getting goals from from midfield and the BFG, it makes it harder for defenders when there isn’t a reliance on the central striker. I think it will hinge on Poldi’s fitness, if he returns soon he could fill in for Giroud when neccessary.

  20. jonathan king says:

    I Still wenger will stick or bring in a loan striker if possible in Janurary because to my mind he,ll Wait till the summer to see if liverpool get to the champions league, and if not he,ll go back in 50 million and get suarez. He really wants suarez, dont be fooled.
    Super Gunners.

  21. wally says:

    I’ve moaned about the lack of defensive solidity under wenger that last few years. This team has defensive awareness and solidity that is the foundation of this years success. I’m loving it.
    They are not afraid to give the other team the ball and say c’mon. Give us your best. And they deal with it, easily.
    Some tough fixtures in a short spell coming up but i’m feeling like we have the tools and personnel to deal with the challenges.

    To state the obvious, let’s get someone in to give Giroud a break.

  22. Räsp says:

    Hi Norfolk, I like Podolski, but I’m not sure he can do what Giroud does for us. You rightly state that our goals are coming from midfield, but a large part of that is due to OG holding the ball up and linking with the midfielders. I’m sure we’d cope without him, but we’d probably have to tweak the system if one of the other players tried to perform that role.

  23. Räsp says:

    Fantastic to hear the away fans singing for Pat Rice and brilliant that the Cardiff supporters applauded – and also applauded Ramsey’s goals.

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Just want to go back to Rasp’s frustration with the refereeing and linesmanship yesterday.

    1. OG’s offside. Clear deviation of the ball off Ozil’s foot, and a clear offside.No flag.

    2. Corners. We should have had two very clear corners which were given as goal kicks.

    3. Sagna fouled right in front of lino who gives a goal kick.

    4. And most importantly, a penalty when Ozil’s run was blocked by the defender as he tried to reach a fine pass from Wilshere which in all likelihood would have led to a goal.
    In this case both the linesman who was next to the incident and the ref who was up with the play chose to ignore the foul. IMO basic refereeing.

  25. dandan says:

    Super post LB about a super performance, the only complaint I have about us playing this well is that it allows Rasp to escape from behind his Sofa :-) .
    Mickey Hazzard ( fine player in his time) just been interviewed on talk sport and basically said Spurs need to play Wenger ball, because only by moving the ball around quickly in circles, can you create the spaces you need against a massed defence. Also was very happy RVP wasn’t playing, “groin it seems we know all about that” and acknowledged Arsenal were to be admired. Interesting times.

  26. Manthan says:

    Hi all, Hope all of you are doing well.. MY MOTM is Scez because of his terrific save when we were 1-0 up because if at that moment if cardiff have levelled it than it would be very tough for us to get second..

  27. Räsp says:

    Hi Manthan, I agree that SZ’s save was crucial, at 1:1 it could have been a different game. But then that’s the difference with this ‘new Arsenal’, everyone is pulling their weight and covering for one another. We’ve heard a lot about team spirit in the past – this year it really has made the difference.

  28. Räsp says:

    Hi Raddy, I have no doubt that managers are now instructing their players to block the runs made by our midfielders. MoTD highlighted the fluidity of our attacking 5 (actually we have an attacking 8, only the GK and CB’s stay back in general play), the cloggers and ‘old school’ managers will increasingly adopt the blocking tactic unless refs wise up.

  29. Morning all, top write up of a very enjoyable 90 minutes of football LB.

    Like Rasp and others i was impressed with the intensity with which we were winning the ball back, that is helped by the fullbacks not being required to attack every time we have the ball. And that is because between Ramsey, Jack, Cazorla and Ozil we seem to have the movement and passing required to offer more options without one of them having to be a fullback. This means that there are no easy out balls.

    Koscielny deserves an honourable mention yesterday for his pace and sweeping behind BFG. Those two have established a fine partnership.

    Zonal marking from set pieces and the high line both seemed to nullify Cardiff’s threat from those positions. Although no pundits seem to have bothered mentioning it.

    Szczesny’s saves were very good and his command for the rest of the game also top quality. To think a season ago everyone was bemoaning the lad because he wasn’t as good as Hart.

    Finally in this mammoth comment i wanted to refer back to this morning and the question of whether we can win the league and not beat the top teams, first question is who are the top teams, lets assume United, Shitty, Chavs, Spuds, Everton and Dippers are the runners and riders for the Champions League positions.

    Although i’d be inclined to put Southampton in there too…..

    Anyway lets go with those:

    Shitty P4 W3 D0 L1 Pts9
    Arsenal P3 W2 D0 L1 Pts6
    Everton P4 W1 D2 L1 Pts5
    Chavs P5 W1 D2 L1 Pts5
    United P4 W1 D1 L2 Pts4
    Dippers P3 W1 D1 L1 Pts4
    Spuds P4 W0 D2 L2 Pts2

    Hardly a ringing endorsement of the others over us is it?

    And Shitty have 22 points total, which means they have taken 13pts from the other 8 matches. Whereas we have got 31 points which means we have taken 25points from the other 9 matches.

    See why its not that important? We have outscored them by 12 points against the “smaller” teams……even if we lose to them twice they still can’t make up the difference if we don’t drop points against the others in the league.

    A league season is 38 matches and the winner is decided by the total points won over the entire season against every opponent, winning against the others in the top 4 will not make or break the season, but it will probably mean we start to become favourites, and that will be a new challenge for our players to rise to.

  30. Raddy/Rasp and others on yesterdays referee i have to ask where the surprise comes from it was Lee Mason, the idiot Cesc accused of cheating or taking a bribe, after allowing a clearly offside goal against us….that time because Koz had headed the through ball on when trying to clear it, and they waved played on despite the the scorer (Saha) being offside when the attacker (Arteta in Everton colours) played the pass.

    The man is an absolute idiot. He has no idea what constitutes a foul and clearly no experience of playing the game, he is the worst imo for allowing body checks and shoulder charges, except of course when committed by the smaller player against a bigger player and then it must be a foul.

  31. chas says:

    Isn’t blocking runs, obstruction and an indirect free kick?

  32. chas says:

    One of the things which Mason did right yesterday, was recognising Odemwingie’s diving, though he did give a foul for a Noone dive against Monreal.

  33. Räsp says:

    Yes it is chas – but referees aren’t picking up on it, maybe because they are watching the ball in play. This is where linesmen should help out.

  34. chas says:

    Haha, Rooney’s face when he realises he’s jumped over the ball.

  35. chas says:

    Fatboy’s revenge

  36. jnyc says:

    Good job LB,
    i think we are seeing what a team built slowly and carefully from youth to special buys and playing a consisitent style, and with spirit – can do. Not a team of money mercenaries, but the opposite.

    having said that, we have to tear up Ramseys contract, give him a raise and write in a Bale like release clause– im serious— if you watch him play closely — all around, the big boys will come in for him, no doubt they are sniffing around. Bite the bullet and do a big raise after this season, to add the release clause and tie him down.
    and when we re- signed the British core last year, the only one i wasnt so excited about was Ramsey. HA!
    noticed the commentators on nbc – daniel mann and trevor francis- were super complimentary of Arsenal about the match, and the whole season so far. I was shocked to hear it. Im used to the negative spin.

  37. chas says:
  38. GoonerB says:

    Rasp, your earlier comment about AW maybe not buying a striker in Jan. I have a feeling he will go with the returning Podolski and then buy big next summer.

    I actually believe we can win the league without a Jan purchase. We have got to where we are now with a lot of key players being out injured. Now that they are all slowly returning with Podolski and the Ox to come we will be even stronger.

    AW might surprise us though. Maybe someone like the Greek striker who is scoring for fun.

    BTW, I have not been able to follow the footie news much in the last week. Can anyone tell me what happened as a result of Rooney’s assault on the Cardiff player last week.

  39. chas says:

    Nowt, ref saw it and dealt with it.

  40. Räsp says:

    I think you may be right GoonerB.

    Rooney got off scot free – apparently the ref saw it :roll:

  41. chas says:

    Rooney said that he couldn’t understand what the fuss was about as it was a clumsy tackle that he was punished for with the yellow card.

  42. RA says:

    Loved the Post, LB, which mirrors my own view of the game and the feelings of exhalation it engendered. Excellent! :-)

  43. LB says:

    Shocking officiating. We won against. Cardiff and three other idiots.

  44. RA says:

    Sorry that should read exaltation — not exhalation :-)

    (Though I did breathe too)

  45. LB says:

    Eureka

    I have at last found out how to centre the text — look above all neat.

    Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you all enjoyed it.

  46. RA says:

    I have been saying to anyone who will listen (probably no one) that the comparison of our team, a few years ago, with Barcelona was a bit fanciful.

    Now I think they would be honoured to be thought of as playing like us.

    The clever and patient retention of the ball until an opportunity presented itself and then unleashing a devastating attack was sublime.

    COYG

  47. chas says:
  48. Räsp says:

    Hi LB, thanks once again, we all love your match reports.

    I would have given you your own personalised banner, but because we have a range of volunteers I had to make it generic – unless you want to volunteer to do them all in the future? :lol:

  49. Räsp says:

    A draw between the two ugliest teams in football is the perfect result for us :)

  50. evonne says:

    not much between those 2 teams, both very average

  51. 9 points ahead of ManUre
    10 points ahead of Spuds

    Lovely….more draws please….although a win for Hull and Southampton would be very nice

  52. Räsp says:

    I’m hearing that Welbeck dived for the penalty – can anyone confirm please

  53. Looked like a pen to me Rasp. May have gone over a bit easy, but only like every other centre forward (leaving legs behind)

  54. chas says:

    But that’s cheating, isn’t it?

  55. Räsp says:

    Thanks GiE, Welbeck probably leaves all the diving to Ashley Young :roll:

  56. chas says:

    Ashley Young got booed incessantlywhen he came on. I wish that happened at every ground.

  57. Räsp says:

    …. yeah and to think some wanted us to sign him, apparently he’s a goner but that can’t be true :(

  58. Räsp says:

    .. also ‘apparently’, Micah Richards is a gooner and we do want to sign him. I’m not sure Mr Wenger would think he was of the required quality – but you never know?

  59. Räsp says:

    For us, this season will not be defined by the number of games we lose, but by the number of games we win instead of drawing. If we win on Wednesday, we will have only drawn 1 so far compared to 7 at the same point last season, its the defence that must take most of the credit for making the difference.

  60. RA says:

    A soft penalty, Rasper.

    In todays football environment all the players are conditioned to go down, even if it is only a GK’s fart that assailed their delicate nostrils.

  61. I think it is Chas, but refs, footballers, and pundits don’t seem to. I need to have another look.

    Strange how Moyes who so complained about diving as an Everton manager has warmed to the idea since being at ManUre.

    Football would be a much better spectacle if everyone took a leaf from Girouds book and did the ref’s and linesman’s jobs for them. :D

  62. RA says:

    Having watched what was a very average performance by Manure (altho Rooney played well) it bugs me that we were beaten by a fluke off the shoulder ‘header’ by the execrable van Persie.

  63. If Oscar’s penalty last week was as nailed on as everyone suggests then United’s today was too, as RA says soft. On the other hand i don’t agree with this nonsense that “he wouldn’t have got to the ball” as if that somehow means it isn’t a foul. A penalty should be awarded if a foul that results in a direct free kick occurs in the 18 yard box.

    When a player is shooting it is fair game to clatter him afterwards having tried to block the ball, when a defender is clearing on the half way line and the centre forward clatters him having tried to block the pass its a foul.

    Strange world.

  64. Had that same feeling RA, but think it shows also how much they upped their game for us….oh and that potentially they may be a bit of a one man team :D

  65. Hull owner Assem Allam has told fans “they can die as soon as they want” in response to protests about his plans to change the club’s name.

    Maybe its a good thing Stan is silent :?

  66. This could be a very nice Sunday :D

  67. chas says:

    If you ‘leave your legs behind’ you will end up on the floor regardless of any contact. That seems like the definition of a dive to me.

    It is really difficult for the ref to spot, though.

    Did you hear Michael Owen suggesting Aaron Lemon should have foregone the opportunity to cross the ball so that he could have bought a penalty? What an appalling little runt that man is.

    Get in, Hull.

  68. 26may1989 says:

    Greetings from Singapore: Hull 1 Pool 0!

  69. chas says:
  70. 26may1989 says:

    Was ecstatic to see the score against Cardiff, even more to see that Flamini was wearing the right sleeves! :)

    But I’ve been struggling to find anything more than the goals online. Lucky I have LB’s excellent write-up to make up the difference.

    Ramsey is a class act, in every way.

  71. Kgööner says:

    well summed up LB

    I would like to add that giroud has been playing across the front line. if you look at the first goal, giroud makes a run to the wide left and drags a couple of defenders thinking he’ll receive ozils ball. this leaves ample room for Ramsey to blast through.

    same thing happened in midweek. Giroud crossed a ball from the right wing, to ozil to Jack that led to a goal. the front attack is so confusing for defenders as they don’t know who to mark.

    I don’t see a striker coming in January. we’ll have to tweak our system. wenger is a modest genius. am sure he’s hatched a devious plan if not already.
    finally, here’s a picture of Arsene wenger as a midfield player wearing a puyol wig! http://angryofislington.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/young-arsene.jpg

  72. 26may1989 says:

    1-1, oh well.

  73. chas says:

    It’s on Arsenal Player, 26.

  74. jnyc says:

    RA,
    great point about the Barcelona conparison. I agree completely. Right now, we are playing like the better Barca from a couple seasons back. Peps style, winning back the ball relentlessly. We are also constantly driving forward, never satisfied with just posession as we used to be. Much more conviction and confidence.

    much down to Arsenes boys coming of age at around the same time, adding good players the last two years, and lets not underestimate the psychological boost of Ozil – the superstar signing. In the transfer window our players were almost begging for the clubs backing, and they received the statement of intent we All wanted.

  75. RockyLives says:

    Super write-up LB – thanks.

    Not much to add to what everyone else has said – a great performance against a team who are not bad and who had a good go at us in the second half.

    Talking of Ollie, his run to take a defender out of the way for our first goal was top drawer.

    Personally I hope we do get another striker in January. I think the loan option may be the best. But I was watching Ollie chasing down the ball tirelessly and closing down defenders yesterday – and this was in injury time.

    If he got a proper knack and was out for 6 or 8 games I feel we would suffer. There aren’t likely to be any like-for-like replacements around but someone good enough to hold up the ball, give the CBs a hard time and work for the team might come in handy…

  76. 26may1989 says:

    Thanks Chas, but access to Arse Player is blocked from here.

  77. LB says:

    Rasp

    I like the banner just the way it is lol

  78. jnyc says:

    Rocky, true about Giroud, works so hard, doesnt get near enough credit. So -called experts watch the same matches, but dont even notice all that he does for team.

  79. chas says:

    Seriously? I thought all that digital membership stuff was meant for a worldwide audience.

  80. 26may1989 says:

    I thought the same, Chas, but I get the message: “The video is not authorized for your location.”

  81. chas says:

    Arse.com says it should be available anywhere in the world. Maybe it’s some local restriction.

  82. Räsp says:

    Hi jnyc, I can’t speak for other sites (I very rarely read them these days) but I’d say Ollie has always received full recognition for his work rate and attitude on AA. I love the guy but I still think there’s room for improvement in his game. I don’t expect him to get any quicker, but his conversion rate will improve I think.

  83. RA says:

    Hi jync, :-)

    Yes, the rather boring and pointless across the field and then back again passing has been re placed by a more calculating possession while probing for weaknesses which our brilliant midfield can then exploit.

  84. 26may1989 says:

    Completely agree, Giroud is vital to our successes so far this season. The fact that we’re the second highest scorers in the division, but only seven of our 27 PL goals have been scored from the striker’s position, shows both the importance of goals being scored from midfield (and especially by Rambo) and the importance of Giroud’s involvement in the build-up, especially in creating space for others to exploit.

    We do need cover for Giroud, Bendtner still creating as much doubt as confidence and Sanogo being one for the future and also being injured. But finding back-up players must be harder than finding superstars.

  85. RA says:

    It’s unbelievable to me Rasp but the player who has had the worst of it on the blogs has been Ozil.

    You know the ‘Over priced and over hyped’ type of comment.

    It is incomprehensible to me but there you go. In fairness it has only been some and not all the bloggers on any one site.

  86. Big Raddy says:

    Some games you start watching thinking you have no preference as to the winner. As I dislike both MU & Spuds I was shocked to find myself shouting “Get in” when Rooney scored.

    Could I be a closet Manc??

  87. Bayonne Jean says:

    2-1 Hull !!!!

  88. That should be the draw at least :D

  89. RA says:

    I was the same Raddish. :-)

    My dislike of both those clubs knows no bounds so I am confused when they play each other,

    I suspect that a draw suits us very well. :-)

  90. 26 could try a new membership (on not associated with an address in the uk)?

  91. Räsp says:

    Hi RA, anyone who criticises Ozil is just showing their ignorance. I’ve watched his through ball to Flamini several times, and even though I know he’s going to make it, I still can’t see how he managed to deliver such a perfect pass. I would think the margin of error in terms of timing, direction and pace of the pass was less than 1%. We can all appreciate the trickery of players when they get past a defender, but to perfectly dissect them as frequently and successfully as Ozil does is pure genius.

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Arseplayer works fine in DK

  93. RockyLives says:

    Hang on now Hull!

  94. Räsp says:

    Hull winning – this weekend gets better and better :P

  95. RockyLives says:

    Rasp
    @3.40
    Couldn’t agree more. I was watching it over and over this morning with my 11-year-son. The margin for error was tiny.

  96. evonne says:

    fyoo fyoo fyoo we are running away with it :)

  97. Räsp says:

    Rocky, I don’t know how he even saw the pass as a possibility, let alone delivered it. That kind of touch can’t be taught, there must be something in his genes that has been gifted to him. On top of that he has a mentality that prefers to provide goals than score himself. 9 assists in the PL so far – they should give a golden boot for assists.

    Incidentally, even though he has hardly played this season, Theo is clear in 2nd place with 6 assists so far. I think we’re going to see a lot more from Theo before the season’s over.

  98. RA says:

    Apparently the ‘authorities’ have decided that 2 days after playing Napoli we have to play Man Shitty, (as reported on NewsNow).

    We must be worrying somebody with a personal axe to grind that we are too good and must be stopped somehow.

    Disgusting.

    YESSSSSSS Hull 3:1

  99. Surely that shouldn’t count as Huddlestone’s goal? Make it an OG

  100. Räsp says:

    Hahahahaaaa 3:1

  101. Räsp says:

    It’s been given as an OG on the beeb

  102. RockyLives says:

    Liverpool reverting to type…

  103. evonne says:

    It is hard to pretend that I am gutted that Liverpool are losing :)

  104. RockyLives says:

    Rasp
    And the Napoli game follows a Sunday game against Everton…

    Hopefully a bit of siege mentality will set in…

  105. Should’ve been 4….Lolerpool being carved open.

  106. RockyLives says:

    Too much to hope that Saints and Swans will keep the weekend rocking?

  107. Turning into a fine weekend…..just need Southampton to get something off Chavs.

  108. Haha Rocky thought i was being greedy asking for a Hull win and a United/Spud draw.

  109. 26may1989 says:

    Only three sides have conceded more away goals than Liverpool so far this season: Norwich, Sunderland and Stoke.

  110. Maybe it is possible :D :D :D :D :D

  111. Thats a great pass by Essien for Rodriguez :D

  112. chas says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  113. 26may1989 says:

    OK, which one of you has been paying for match-fixing? There is no way this can be right….
    :)

  114. Räsp says:

    Am I dreaming????? Jose’s going to stick his thumb in Pochettino’s eye after that :?

  115. Brigham says:

    Loving it.

  116. Hmmm Damn shame Shitty are leading….who didn’t pay Swansea?

  117. Räsp says:

    Come on the swans, make it a perfect day

  118. Jol gone…….fell a bit sorry for him new owner who didn’t seem that inclined to sanction spending, and an ageing squad.

    But surely this is why more teams should focus on youth development, even if you bring 1 through a year you have a chance of keeping a squad ticking over.

  119. RA says:

    Where is our Welsh mascot ‘Sheepy’?

    If he shows up it might improve the Swans chances.

  120. RA says:

    GIE

    Moaniho gave an interview on the subject of youth development prior to the S/hampton game.

    He said that producing and developing youth players like the Saints do (no mention of Arsenal) takes too long and in a ‘big’ club like the Chavs is not possible for a manager. (Other than Mr Wenger it seems.)

  121. Manthan says:

    Soton impress me more than last year Swansea.. Swansea was one man show i.e. Michu… But Soton play nice pressing game.. Hope They do well this season always liked them..

  122. evonne says:

    this is definitely conspiracy – they all want us to start believing we are the best and then all of a sudden they will start playing properly

  123. evonne says:

    oh no, shitty are winning :(

  124. 26may1989 says:

    Swansea a one-man show? We need to have words, Manthan, but I can’t stop now. Laters, one and all.

  125. Big Raddy says:

    Swansea should be level. Saints winning. Hull win. MU draw with relegation fodder.

    Shows both that anything can happen this season and how well we are doing, despite GIE’s swingometer

  126. arnie says:

    Lovely report, LB. great work. I agree with everything ( :D ), well almost. Just one minor quibble. I think the team is settling on a DM formation with Arteta/Flamster and Rambo, with Jack very much a part of the forward midfield trio. Of course, there is a lot of position interchange, but this is the default shape. And I really really like it. I will not be boring and state the reasons again. But I think this formation is here to stay. The real test will be Napoli, Chavs and Shitty.

    Have not read through all comments, will do so now. But eventful day in London I see. Jol sacked, AVB about to be sacked and manage to only draw at home against ManUre, and Chavs behind to Soton. Pool lost to Hull, have to be careful midweek. Shitty winning – they are our only competitor in the EPL, it seems.

    All nice and fine. The good run continues!!!!! To hell with the critics!!!!!

  127. Manthan says:

    Sure 26

  128. RA I think that interview says more about the man than the situation.

    Even United bring through a fair few of their own, Wellbeck, Cleverly in the the team now from their own ranks. He just doesn’t have patience to blend and bring in….which is fair enough but also why he is only capable of bringing a few years of success at any club he goes to, he has no eye for long term vision.

    Anyway to more pressing matters….26 mentions a bit of match fixing, and he is posting from Singapore…..the prosecution rests m’lud.

  129. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. As you say ….

  130. Double bugger….oh well fun while it lasted

  131. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Brilliant stuff LB

    What I like about you LB is that you are a visionary. I know were you get this, it comes from riding a bike

    If your lucky to be riding behind a fit women you wont think about Arsenal. In your desire to prolong your view you will be to busy franticaly peddling to keep up.

    If like me your a bit of a struggler, you will invariably have a man in front, so unless your Julian Clary you have to distract yourself. Nothing focuses the mind more than a frantic pedal behind another mans buttocks.

    It is at these moments we see the truth. A fantastic football club built for the long term, a great manager, and added financial resources enabling the Club to compete

    This was always coming, the dawn of a new era beckons. We have a core of a squad under 25 years of age, and to add to it will spend again.

    I think we will win the title this year, but going forward we will be the team to beat.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  132. evonne says:

    BR and LB – thank you both for quality posts! I am rather busy at the moment and have no time to google some superlatives to describe your articles, so i am not going to be original in just repeating after others – great posts, thank you boys.

  133. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Oh it’s just great to be a Gooner! Tra la la, tra la la, tra la la.

  134. arnie says:

    Rasp, Chas, everyone: Good point about blocking. I known Rasp has been mentioning this for a while now. I am beginning to come round.

    Regarding comparison with Barca, I like that. Rewind to 3 October. :D :D

  135. Bit of a dampener on the proceedings those two results, oh well the draw and Hull win are still good for us, and now we have some competition at last :D

  136. arnie says:

    GiE: yes, indeed, the wheat is getting separated from the chaff!!! :D :D

  137. dhakka09 says:

    A top-top quality post LB.

    26May: the digital membership non-authorization for my location (US) ticks me off too. The straw that broke camel’s back was when I tried watching highlights of the fabulous Napoli game and it informed me that I had to wait 2/3? days longer than UK viewers. I promptly googled a London location address and re-registered under new email. Buggers caught me after a month or so :) well, fun while it lasted.

    Great result for the first two games today. A bit of false-hope for Chavs game but I believe it will make it even sweeter when we shove our six-pointer vs them down their nasty throat ;)

    I find myself really looking forward to the City game in coming days. Best home-form team vs best away-form team. Immovable object, meet irresistible force :)

    Onto Hull game next. Watch your step, boys. There’s a giant banana-peel on the floor.

  138. arnie says:

    d09: banana-peel indeed. We need to retain focus. Too many games coming on now…..

  139. dhakka09 says:

    arnie: I still believe we should use that game to give rest to Ozil (if not both him and Giroud). Even Arsene admitted post-match that Ozil showed signs of tiredness. We can bring Santi in No.10 behind the striker and give start to Rosicky on the left without losing much in terms of quality. Then we’ll have a fit and rip-roaring Ozil primed for Everton game. Aye or Nay?

  140. arnie says:

    d09: Aye!!! :D We cannot rest Giroud. But Ozil can be rotated. The formation we are playing now allows interchange and we have an embarrassment of riches in midfield. Ozil should get a rest. Only the bench, bring him on if necessary….

  141. evonne says:

    silly Norfolk :)
    hi dkakka and arnie, not stopping, just hello’ing you

  142. arnie says:

    hello, Evonne: mum, babby and everyone else well? :D :D

  143. LB says:

    I expect Walcott, Rosicky and Flamini to start on Wednesday with Wilshere, Ozil and Arteta moving to the bench; we could even have something as radical as a start for Bendtner.

  144. arnie says:

    LB: I like the idea of Walcott, Rosicky and Flamini, plus Rambo. What about the 5th MF? Gnabry? Unfortunately, Bendy for Ollie does not appeal so much. Maybe bring Bendy on for 20 mins, if we are 2 up…. :D :D Great report today, LB :D :D :D

  145. arnie says:

    on second thoughts, why do everyone think Jack needs a break? He is young, fit, keen to play, having a great game. Why not continue to play him?

    How about Verms for BFG?

  146. Räsp says:

    Nah, we have to start with near our strongest side on Wednesday, it would be dangerous to underestimate Hull. We can sub the likes of Ozil and Giroud if we build a commanding lead.

  147. evonne says:

    arnie – thanks for asking! yes, baby the most beautiful baby girl in the world and her mum the most amazing mum :) my son is a lucky boy

  148. arnie says:

    fantastic, Evonne, wow. have fun!!!!! :D :D

    Rasp: I see your point. The problem is we always score teh second goal in the final 20 mins, so the overworked guys do not manage to get much rest. But, Hull is dangerous, true as well. The problem is no game in the EPL is straight forward. Oh dear!!!!

  149. dhakka09 says:

    Hey Evonne :) make sure baby’s first word is ‘Arsenal’ and second word is ‘champions’ :D

    Rasp: can’t agree with you on that. Surely, a fit and Energizer Bunny-esque Rosicky is a better prospect than running Ozil to the ground (who barely used to complete a full match per week in less physically demanding La Liga). Let’s give him a deserved breather. It’s not like we are advocating someone like Denilson to replace him ;) We are embarrassed for riches in midfield that we can use to our advantage.

  150. Räsp says:

    Hi dhakka, I have no problem with playing Rosicky, I just wouldn’t rest too many of the first team regulars at once. One or two a game is fine.

  151. arnie says:

    I think Ozil, BFG and Giroud are the ones who deserve a rest most desperately. Giroud is the difficult case. Ozil is the easy one, perhaps Weds is the best opportunity. BFG needs a break as well, at some point.

  152. Gööner In Exile says:

    I think we all knows what happens when we rotate too many, Wigan away over Christmas one year the Capital One Cup this year.

    I think we can afford 1/2 changes a game, watching Hull today they tried to play a bit, not just kick and rush, although I don’t expect Bruce to bring his team to the Em’s and play expansive football.

    So definitely need a battering ram to soften them up (Giroud) and the tricksters in behind. Most I would do is Monreal in for Gibbs and Rosicky in for Jack or Rambo.

  153. arnie says:

    GiE: My view is that Rambo and Jack should both play, plus at least one of Arteta and Flamster.

  154. Räsp says:

    Yes I like the sound of that GiE, I think the players are less drained when we are winning games

  155. jnyc says:

    Dont forget, Ramsey needs some rest also. He, ozil and giroud. I dont know when exactly, but we must get them some time to recover.

  156. arnie says:

    I think Santi is getting into groove, and Theo needs to continue to get an extended every game.

  157. Big Raddy says:

    Theo has to play on Weds and I would give both Flamini and Rosicky another start. Hence rest Arteta, Ozil and Wilshere

  158. Big Raddy says:

    last thought of the day….

    Love chas’s pic of Gerry 10.44 , he looks more like a badger than a human.

  159. chas says:

    He must have escaped the cull. Thankfully like many others.

  160. chas says:
  161. chas says:

    Lee Mason is exasperated, thinking ‘how am I going to give a foul against Monreal here?’……

  162. arnie says:

    Dont know, Raddy, I have to confess I was not that bullish on Jack. But now that he is doing very well, particularly I think his combination with Rambo and Giroud, I somehow fear that if he is let off for a game, maybe he will return not quite the same. I have this nightmare. Hence I cannot recommend a break for Jack!!!! :D

  163. LB says:

    My point is not that I think Ozil, Wilshere and Arteta need a rest, well maybe Ozil, what I am saying is that we need those three players fit a fiddles for Everton.

  164. arnie says:

    I think that is a fair point, LB.

  165. LB says:

    As for needing our strongest team against Hull? Are we really weakening it that much by replacing Arteta, Wilshere and Ozil with Flamini, Rosicky and Walcott?

  166. arnie says:

    LB: hmmm, I think we are. Arteta and Flamini for me is a direct replacement. Walcott is not yet back to his best. Walcott for Ozil is not straighforward. Wilshere is having a fantastic time. Rosicky for Wilshere is likely a bit weakened as well. :D :D

  167. meta says:

    @ LB and Arnie : Hull is quite good opponent. Much like Cardiff. In my opinion we should rest Arteta, Ozil, BFG, Sagna (I think it’s good to give Jenkinson a chance), Giroud (nah this is difficult one, but I think Gnabry is quite good choice) and Ramsey maybe (I know he had an extraordinary stamina, but still as Arsene said : “I have to treat him like all the players and give them a breather when they need it” said Wenger. ” I don’t want to put too much pressure on his shoulders and we have a game that is based on team play.)

    Should have Little Mozart, Flamini, Santi and Wilshere from the start.

    Greetings from Indonesia :)

  168. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB
    I know you say it takes you a while to do a report, but it’s worth every moment. Really enjoyable read. Thank you.

  169. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Excellent results yesterday. The draw being the result “beardies” would have gone for. Pool :-) and other two to be expected.

  170. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Meta

    Lovely surfing in Indonesia :-)

    Greetings to you too.

  171. arnie says:

    Motning all. A warm welcome, Meta. Good points there. :D :D

  172. arnie says:

    Meta, games are going to come thick and fast now. The squad needs very careful management. Arteta is already playing in rotation with Flamini. Otherwise, I agree with you. :D :D

  173. arnie says:

    Micky, motning. How is the surf today?

  174. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Motning Arnie

    It was flat as a pancake this weekend, so nothing :-(

    Wowee, looking ahead to the December fixtures, what an exciting month we have. Some epic encounters on the horizon.

  175. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Very happy that between the City and Chelsea games, we have the week off, while Chavs go to Sunderland in The Capital One Cup.

  176. evonne says:

    yes Micky, some great fixtures in December. Shame that Christmas gets in the way
    And West Ham on Boxing Day, damn, I was going to go to the races at Kempton :(

  177. evonne says:

    LB – I read your post again, it was that good. It put the smile on my face :) you are buzzing! Me too

    The BFG incident was petrifying, I found myself whispering ‘please please pretty please Per, get up!’. And it wasn’t JUST because he is the best FB in UK, but also because he is such a nice Kraut. Thank Dennis he was ok, phew what a relief

    And second bit of your post that made me chuckle was about all the eyes on Flamini’s sleeves :) Yes, I checked it out too! Good lad, rolled the sleeves up and got on with the task at hand.

  178. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Do managers get their contracts paid out if sacked for poor performances?

  179. Räsp says:

    Morning Raddy,

    According to reports I heard last night, Jol had already negotiated a handsome severance package – I think the answer to your question is yes

  180. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy
    Most get paid extra for failure. Think Sven and Cappello :-)

  181. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy
    Will be trying to re-arrange my very complex work diary today, but can’t do anything until the Americans wake up early afternoon.

    Will be sorted out, one way or another, by tonight.

  182. Big Raddy says:

    Nice work if you can get it.! Will be lovely couple of weeks in the Caribbean for the Jol family Xmas.

  183. Big Raddy says:

    Micky UK. Crossing fingers. for you – International man of mystery.

  184. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Micky UK ROLF

  185. Räsp says:

    Morning all……..

    …. New post ……

  186. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Although in fairness, this Utter Knob title is a little unjustified as it was not me that changed the flippin’ fixture.

  187. Nathan says:

    I don’t think we’ve seen the real arsenal as of yet their have been glimpses of brilliance, but I can wait for January our strongest half the season. In Wenger We Trust!

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