The Rosicky, Gnabry, Walcott Show – Match report

I’m really getting into this business of constantly getting tough draws. We’ve had six so far this season: in Europe, we’ve drawn Fenerbahce, the Champions’ League Group of Death and Bayern Munich; in the League Cup, West Brom and Chelsea; and in the FA Cup, Spurs for the Third Round. And most of those ties have proved to be very enjoyable.

Spurs arrived at the Home of Football on a mini-high, having, in their last four games, won three and drawn one. They’d summarily ditched the manager who’d given them one of their best starts to a Premier League season, and given the job to Tim Sherwood, highly thought of within THFC circles but completely lacking managerial experience. And apparently he’s also a Gooner….

Sherwood appears to come from the Harry Redknapp school of thought: all swashbuckling flourishes, and bugger the planning. The answer to the failure of Soldado under AVB was to sacrifice a midfielder by pairing Soldado up with the ever-lovely Emmanuel Adebayor, in a 442 formation. That’s all very well when playing a team with a substandard midfield, like Man United, but, whatever our other faults, that isn’t going to fly when facing this Arsenal side. It’s always going to be tough to avoid ceding complete control of the midfield to us when it’s five quality midfielders against four, especially when one of the four is Aaron Lennon and another, Nabil Bentaleb, was making his full debut.

And so it was. Arsenal bossed the midfield, and that assured us the victory. Arteta was utterly assured throughout. Rosicky was effervescent, his constant movement making it a very uncomfortable evening for anyone in a white shirt (well, a white shirt with a splash of red on it). Wilshere didn’t have quite the performance he had against Cardiff, making some of his old overambitious errors of judgment, but he still had a good match. Cazorla was back to his very best. And Serge Gnabry was tremendous, linking up again and again with his partner in speed, Theo Walcott. Gnabry plays without fear, enabling him to get the best out of his obviously significant talents. He certainly looks to be the real deal.

In defence, Mertesacker was rested, at least initially, with Thomas Vermaelen getting a much-needed run-out. Monreal continued at left-back, with first picks Koscielny and Sagna also chosen. Fabianski got a chance to get his shirt dirty.

The big question for Wenger was what to do up front, with Giroud unwell, Bendtner injured and Podolski having been unconvincing against Cardiff. Walcott got the nod. How would we cope with a short guy up top, when a key component of our success this year has been the solidity afforded to us by tall Giroud’s tireless efforts? It turns out we coped well, very well indeed. Our play was faster than usual, with Walcott (5’9”), Cazorla (5’6”), Rosicky (5’10”), Gnabry (5’8”) and Wilshere (5’7”) buzzing around, quickly exchanging passes and looking for any chance to run at the Spurs defence. It worked a treat.

Spurs had a couple of moments in the first half, including when Eriksen capitalised on an error from Koscielny to go one on one with Fabianski. But Fab stood strong and pushed the near-post shot round the post. Setting such moments aside, Arsenal were the dominant force in the first half. Our diminutive attacking force worked its magic.

Having tested Lloris on a few occasions already, the breakthrough came when Sagna attacked down the right wing, passed inside to Gnabry, who (while Walcott made a decoy run to stretch the defence) fed it to Cazorla, who was in buckets of space. The little Spaniard arrowed a first time shot into the far corner. It was an excellent finish, but it was made easier by Lloris misreading matters, and diving to his near-post.

cazorla v spurs

So we went into halftime with a deserved 1-0 lead over the old enemy. The fly in the ointment was the premature departure at halftime of Vermaelen. I thought it was a preventative step, to avoid the Belgian getting a second yellow card, since he seemed to have been targeted by Spurs after picking up a booking. But after the game I learned that he had in fact suffered a cut knee or shin. In any event, it was a pity for his day to be terminated early, with the BFG being brought on.

If we were the better side in the first half, we were doubly so in the second. Frankly, I was expecting more from our friends from the other end of Seven Sisters Road, but they were pretty lame and tame. Adebayor reverted to type and was anonymous throughout, save when he fluffed his one decent opening (cue lots of laughter). Soldado was poor, and Lennon not much better. Eriksen wasn’t too bad, and was the source of most of their interesting moves, but even he didn’t look a patch on any of his opponents.

Gnabry wasn’t quite as much a force in the second half as he had been in the first, but Rosicky, Cazorla and Walcott remained as energetic as ever, and they were a source of problems for Spurs’ suspect defence and undermanned midfield. The quality of our play and superiority deserved a second goal, and that arrived just past the hour, when Rosicky, breaking after we’d defended a corner, caught Danny Rose in possession on the halfway line. Having stolen the ball from Rose, Rosicky broke forward – Walker tried to make up the gap, but Rosicky held him off and, as Lloris came out, dinked the ball over the Frenchman and into the net.

rosicky v spurs 2014

With Özil and Flamini having been brought on for Arteta (who got a knock) and Wilshere, our remaining substitutes had been used up by the time Walcott picked up a knee injury. We have to hope it will prove not to be serious, Walcott certainly looked fairly chipper as he was carried around the pitch, like a mini Caesar in front of the entire bank of Spurs fans, who took the chance to bait the England man. Some might say it was silly for Walcott to respond, and there is something in that, but I can’t help but smile at the pics of Theo with his “2-0” figure salute. In response, coins rained down on Theo and the stretcher-bearers. And we had to play the remaining ten minutes of the match with ten men, which brought Spurs onto us. But they couldn’t do anything with the advantage, the closest thing to a goal in those minutes being Özil’s effort, which was well saved by Lloris.

And through we went to the 4th Round.

It’s always great to win a North London Derby, even if our superiority deserved at least one more goal, and the FA Cup does retain something of its old appeal, even in these less sentimental times, but perhaps the significance of the match is the success of playing without a hold-up striker. It probably wouldn’t work against sides stacking their defences (Cardiff, Sunderland, West Ham, Chelsea etc), but against the more ambitious teams, who will give us space, it is something we could make more use of. Walcott certainly showed how well he can function in that set-up, so long as he has plenty of support and options from the attacking midfielders behind him. But I am sure Podolski could do very well there too, even if he was off his game in his last match. It will be interesting to see if Wenger deploys it in other matches.

Fabianski: Spurs didn’t give TPIG2 much to do, but he did his job well. Good save from Eriksen. 7/10

Sagna: Excellent game from Bacary. I think he won every aerial battle he had, and didn’t put a foot wrong throughout. Linked up with Gnabry well. 8/10

Koscielny: Dominated Adebayor, generally excellent, but fluffed his lines once when under pressure from Eriksen. 7/10

Vermaelen: Did well, snuffed out Soldado’s one break. Shame that his game was ended early. 7/10

Monreal: Completely blocked off Lennon, and the Malaga link-up with Cazorla was a fertile source of opportunities. 8/10

Arteta: Ran the midfield, made Dembele look ordinary and generally allowed the side to keep its shape. 8/10

Wilshere: Not as good a game as against Cardiff – not that he played badly, but his attempts at creating attacking moves resulted in lost possession on more than one occasion. 6/10

Gnabry: Superb performance from the youngster, especially in the first half. Had a fantastic effort that was only fractionally too high, and linked up brilliantly with others, Walcott in particular. Showed maturity, creativity and bravery throughout. 8/10

Rosicky: What a fantastic performance from our Czech genius. He was everywhere, he seems to become more energetic with time. Great goal, both in its creation and execution. Sign him up, quickly. 9/10 MOTM

Cazorla: Back to his best, he really tormented the Spurs defence. Took his goal clinically. 8/10

Walcott: Fantastic performance from TW14. He and Gnabry were able to threaten Spurs with their combined pace, and lots of good link-up play. As for his injury, all Gooner fingers should be crossed. 8/10

Mertesacker: As ever, the BFG was solid, did everything right. 7/10

Flamini: Did his job well without anything standing out. 6/10

Özil: Nearly scored and played a number of good through balls. He did mess up once when on defensive duties though, and gave away a freekick in a dangerous position. 6/10

Written by 26May1989

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125 Responses to The Rosicky, Gnabry, Walcott Show – Match report

  1. MickyDidIt89 says:

    26,

    Now, that is a proper match report. Superb, thank you.

    For me, this line could have major repercussions for the remainder of our season (and I’m not referring to the quality of the wording):

    “Serge Gnabry was tremendous, linking up again and again with his partner in speed, Theo Walcott”

  2. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne
    When you said you’d shout “downstairs” for Chas, are you on the top floor summoning him from the ground floor, or are you on the ground floor, and our travelling Hero is in the basement, or dungeon as some may call it?

  3. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, enjoy the day all, we’re off out for a storm walk.

  4. gary says:

    Think your à bit harsh on wilshere, Thought hé got caught à féw times in the 1st half but much better in 2nd

  5. Gööner In Exile says:

    Can’t disagree with any if that 26…a thoroughly enjoyable read.

    Now I want to discuss two masterclasses we saw yesterday.

    1st Santi’s technical masterclasses on how to strike a ball coming across your body…poetry.

    2nd TR7’s football intelligence masterclass which came in 4 stages.

    Stage 1 Comes out from edge of the area to pressure an easy pass from Soldado.

    Stage 2 pressurises Rose and takes his opportunity to rob him

    Stage 3 running towards the goal he looks to see Walker approaching from behind…and bears to his left to stop Walker being able to tackle him and the only option he had was to foul.

    Stage 4 the finish.

  6. Rasp says:

    Thanks 26may, a far more technically astute assessment of the game than Tim Sherwood’s tactics – gooner or not, he’s pretty naïve. Having said that, there wasn’t much he could have done since it appears the spuds squandered £100m on mediocrity over the summer.

    As usual, the pundits couldn’t bring themselves to give Arsenal due credit for the victory preferring to focus on the ‘learning curve’ for Sherwood. But none of that matters, the spuds know we’re in a different league to them and I expect them to slowly slide down the table now we’ve shattered their ‘new manager syndrome’ boost :lol:

  7. Rasp says:

    Great to see us with genuine pace in attack again, I hope the Gnabry /Theo combo gets more opportunities in the future (against Bayern?). Of course Rosicky and Santi showed that speed of thought and passing is every bit as crucial as pace with ball at feet – combine the two and we are irresistible :P

  8. Charybdis1966 says:

    A delicious match report from my learned friend, 26 but if want to make one point clear. The coins were raining down on Theo BEFORE he made the Churchillian gesture. In fact as soon as he turned his ankle and was face down on the turf the Middlesex swampies were showering him with coinage.

    Classy these LWC’s eh ?

  9. Charybdis1966 says:

    *I want to make one point clear

  10. RA says:

    Superbo, Maestro 26M,

    Very accurate reporting of events, and I also agree with your player ratings too.

    Your prose and writing style always makes for a pleasurable reading experience – thank you. :-)

  11. Big Raddy says:

    26. Great read.

    Always wonderful the morning after beating the pond-life, not even having to remove walloper with one of those steam thingy’s can depress me.

    Was it Sherwood’s ineptitude or Mr Wenger’s genius which led to us totally dominating a game without our most dangerous players?

  12. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Thanks for putting up the Happy vid again. Can’t get the song out of my head.

  13. LB says:

    Your welcome BR, when it comes to songs running round our heads I am not sure we could do too much better this morning.

  14. LB says:

    Love the match report 26 and I particularly liked the player ratings.

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Sounds silly but in a strange way the game was disappointing – it’s one of the very few NLD’s where I felt no tension or pressure – I didn’t even have to reach for the antacid tablets.

    Spurs showed no passion and it was unbelievable that when we went down to 10 men they chose not to make any tactical changes, even though they had only used one substitute, very odd decision indeed.

    Is Sherwood that bad?

    I think that Levy must be looking for some wigs so that he doesn’t stand out in the crowd……..

  16. kelsey says:

    That is a well written post 26th.

    We Arsenal fans seem split about Jack and that is indicated by your ratings. He has just turned 22 and I thought he had a reasonable game. Our midfield know each other blind so it’s no big deal if one plays better than any other on any particular game.

    I don’t believe vermaelen was injured enough to be subbed, it was tactical by AW. Same for Ozil as iIbelieve he was rested and came on for a run about.

    Gnabry will be a great player and soon we will be over flowing with midfielders who can attack and defend.
    IMO it’s imperative we tie Sagna down to a new deal. why fix it if it isn’t broken.
    Rosicky gives 110% each game and one would think he was ten years younger.

    Sherwood was clueless as using United as a bench mark doesn’t mean much these days.

    I hope if theo gets a ban the identified Spurs fans that threw coins at him which actually hit one or two stewards, get a life time ban, but hopefully reason will prevail.
    Monreal grows with stature every game and could play at LB,RB or even somewhere else in defence with time.
    Fabianski looked assured and as I said earlier his distribution is better than Szsney.

    We are gaining momentum, there is leadership on the pitch and so many players have a constant grin on their face.

    Santi is my favorite player and was really pleased with his exquisite goal.I would go as far to say on his day he can influence our attacking midfield more than anyone.

  17. GoonerB says:

    Great write up 26May and thank-you for saving my bacon. Chas was encouraging Peaches in the Tavern to take me to the gents and pin me up against the wall until I agreed to do the post match report. By the time I got back home, rather pooped, it would have been a tall order so you have earned yourself a large light ale of your choosing from GoonerB the next time you venture to the tavern when I am there.

    It was great to see some of the gang yesterday at the tavern and I particularly enjoyed watching Chas and Ant competing for the lovely Evonne’s affections. A classic love triangle with our heroine torn between two brothers. Kind of like a modern day North London Jane Austen novel.

    I loved the atmosphere and could barely hear the away support so I think that should put to bed a few myths about which fans offer their team the most vocal support. Lots of heroes yesterday from the young Gnabry, the evergreen Rosicky, and Theo’s cheeky defiance to those from the wrong end of the Severn Sisters Road. I would also like to mention our BFG who was going to at least 3/4 of the stadium to applaud the fans at the end complete with full on fist pumping. There is a man who will retire an Arsenal legend if ever I saw one.

    Worst chant of the day has to be the Adebayor one. I am not his biggest fan but that one is beneath the Arsenal fans. Fortunately only a few tried to initiate it and were met with steely silence and stares from others so that song very quickly dissipated. This tells me that the huge majority of the Emirates fathful act with dignity and class.

    Best chant of the day had to be “Sherwood is a Gooner”. Now that is classy. So subtle and seemingly innocuous, but you just know how much that would have got under the skin of the away fans far more than any more obvious insult or put down.

    All in all a very enjoyable day.

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Nice one 26M, I just found the time to read your report – well done, as usual. Ratings are always very subjective, were we that good or were they that bad – who knows.

    You can only play what’s in front of you and today Spurs were found to be wanting by an excellent Arsenal performance.

    It’s gratifying to see Santi revitalized after his injury, we need his craft and cunning – he drives defenses crazy.

    What can you say about TR7? – makes you wonder what we could have achieved without him being injured for such a length of time – but that’s also applies to many other players. That subject could become a lead post.

  19. GoonerB says:

    Kelsey, I am in the camp that Jack is getting too much unnecessary negative focus, and I think a lot of the time he has a reasonable, if not his best game, but it is indicated to be a poor performance when I actually don’t think it is at all.

    At his best he is immense so his bar is set so high for a young man that this probably accounts for the disappointment at times. We have many good attacking players with many different skill sets and Jack has something unique in his ability to carry the ball and surge past opposition players at pace. If in some games it doesn’t come off as much and he loses possession more in some games so be it.

    I would rather he is trying to drive us forward than going for a safer option. Sometimes even when he is tackled we pick up the second ball anyway and he has usually pulled 2-3 opposing players out of position anyway, which then opens up space for us. I feel he is and will continue to be a very important player for us even when not at his best.

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    Talking about myth’s GoonerB, the volume of sound coming from our home supporters proves to me that the myth’s about why there was a previous lack of atmosphere were pure bunk.

    A motivated crowd will overcome any and all sound travel or ground design deficiencies.

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    GoonerB I would love to know what the referee spoke about when he spoke to the Spurs captain and the latest player who had just fouled Wilshere? I hope if it was about serial fouling? but I have my doubts.

  22. kelsey says:

    I agree GoonerB

    Not one real stand out draw in the 4th round which is unusual.As far as we are concerned I think we should be quite content.

  23. GoonerB says:

    We got another home tie and with Coventry. Are lower league teams easier than other EPL teams? Maybe not as AW will feel an opportunity to rset key players while Coventry will come and fling everything at it.

  24. RockyLives says:

    Super report 26 – well played Sir.

    Ratings wise, I don’t feel anyone on our team deserved less than a 7 – Flamster and Jack had good games even if Flammy’s work is less spectacular.

    What I was struck by at the final whistle was how big the gap had suddenly become between us and them.

    Who’d have thought, late in the summer when some “fans” were lambasting Arsenal and comparing us unfavourably with the lot down the road, that six months later the gulf in class would be returning to pre-Harry Redtwatt levels.

    Spending 100 million quid on a ragtag bag of players was not “ambition” – it was desperation, partly driven by a need to placate the Spud fans following the inevitable departure of Bale.

    And AVB trying to incorporate so many new faces into his team so quickly was also a foolish move (as a certain Mr AW predicted at the start of the season).

  25. evonne says:

    great, great report, thank you so much 26!

    what about Mario Flamini?

  26. evonne says:

    fa cup next round – Coventry at home. Easy, for once

  27. RockyLives says:

    you mean easy like Bradford and Blackburn, evonne? :roll:

  28. RockyLives says:

    By the way, it was very nice of you to save that Spud from being marmalised by Ant and Duck….

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    No like the Spuds Rocky.

  30. RockyLives says:

    Fair comment Gn5 :)

    I don’t like tempting fate, but we do seem less likely this year to turn in the sort of performance we managed at Bradford last season.

  31. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Excellent 26.

    I agree with everything you say. Have learned my lesson never to argue with a solicitor. They always double the fee and stare at me in a devious way.

    evonne, what a heroine. I admire your tactics. I too stand in the middle to prevent trouble. One look at me and the usual response is
    “dont feel like hitting anyone anymore Gel. Look at the state of this bastard”

    Yes, one look at me and your empathy will turn you into a you tube Guru preaching divine peace.

    I think we will win the Cup this year. You know when youve got your name on it and we have.

    Come on You Rip Roaring Gunners.

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Rocky it appears that it’s our improved defensive capability that makes the biggest difference we are far more confident than in previous seasons. Our center-backs are the main reason and it doesn’t seem to matter what the pairing is as long as Per is one of the two. I would make him captain but that’s not the Arsene way of doing things.

  33. Bayonne Jean says:

    A sight to make you nauseous; Mourinho with hugs and handshakes with the fourth official (Chris Foy) just before the end of the match at Derby. Foy must have Chelsea’s next prem fixture.

  34. evonne says:

    of course not Rocky, we are a different outfit this year.

    So nobody else noticed our midfielder being introduced at the Ems as Mario Flamini yesterday?

  35. RockyLives says:

    Evonne
    I think it was the announcer trying to do the authentic French pronunciation of “Matthieu” where the Ts are barely sounded.

  36. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5 up until yesterday I would have agreed at making Per captain. But TV5’s mascot gesture yesterday has meant I am happy to let him continue in the role.

    Evonne either as a tribute to his Christmas Party costume a slip of the tongue because he just got given a new signing info (Mario ……..) or you had one too many sherbets and Gorgeous brought some funny brownies to the game?

    Speaking of Gorgeous isn’t it about time you released him from the cellar Evonne? Nice effort at hiding the facts by blogging as him last night.

  37. RockyLives says:

    Man Utd are a poor, joyless, unattractive side.

  38. RockyLives says:

    Without Shrek they’ve got nothing.

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    Q: What do Spurs fans use as birth control?

    A: Their personalities.

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    Q: What’s the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead Spurs fan?

    A: Skid marks in front of the dog.

    Q:

  41. Big Raddy says:

    OT 20% empty.That’s the problem with having glory hunters as fans, they quickly desert a sinking ship, especially when the football is so dull

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    Osama Bin Laden sent out a new video to prove he was still alive, in it he said SPURS were rubbish recently.

    British intelligence dismissed it saying: ”That could have been recorded anytime in the last 8 years”……….

  43. evonne says:

    and the atmosphere at Old Trafford is non existent, dead.

    GiE – I am beginning to worry about Gorgeous too, I hope they got home safely. How did George’s party go? Was it fun for you :)

  44. GunnerN5 says:

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    Suitable for any occasion but tend to slip down the table after a short time – £4:99

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    SPURS VIDEOS – All the highlights from the last 20 years action packed years. This 10 min video, including lots of re-runs, is a perfect gift for any fan – £9:99

  46. GunnerN5 says:

    SPURS BANNERS –

    They come complete with interchangeable slogans Eg: – “GROSS OUT”, “SUGAR OUT”, “GRAHAM OUT”, “LET ME OUT” etc.etc,etc £15:00

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    SPURS JOKE BOOK – A MUST for all fans. This 1,000 page book is full of all the best jokes ever told about the club. Buy this edition now as the next one may be too heavy to carry. – a steal at only £25:00

  48. GunnerN5 says:

    BARGAIN BASEMENT –

    Don’t miss the annual clearance sale of players. These come in all ages, many are free of charge with very low mileage but may be in need of a few repairs.

  49. Gööner In Exile says:

    George’s party was very good thanks Evonne, absolutely shattered now though…once he is in bed we are crashing!

  50. GunnerN5 says:

    A Tottenham supporter walks past a shop window and notices a video for sale entitled “Tottenham the golden years” The supporter asks the shopkeeper “how much for the cassette mate” the shopkeeper replies “£200″ what!! “£200 for a cassette?” says the fan?. “You’re having a laugh”

    “Oh no” the shopkeeper replies “The cassette’s only a fiver, but you will need the Betamax player is an antique and will cost you £195″.

  51. Shard says:

    What a masterful performance yesterday. In complete control of the game and with some of the ‘second string’ coming up with good-to-brilliant performances. We got revenge on Danny Rose for his volley a few years ago. Rosicky!! What a player. Hopefully him and Sagna can agree contracts to stay with us for the next couple of years.

    Spurs are such classless s***. Twice they didn’t kick the ball out when our players were injured. They were kicking Wilshere all the time (much to Robson’s pleasure), and the stamp on Monreal. Their fans are even more pathetic. I cannot even believe that the Walcott ‘gesture’ is being made an issue. Just because the hotsperms have no balls and are looking to riot doesn’t mean Theo incited one. Theo is showing brilliant class there actually. A reply to abuse that no reasonable person can find offensive. Even pre-match where he was asked the question about it being a bad time to play Spurs, his reply showed such understated brilliance. I’m starting to really like Walcott. He’s also fast improving as a player.

  52. GunnerN5 says:

    Okay I seem to be amusing myself so no more – at least for today.

    …………………………………………………………………………………….

    Q. Why do Tottenham fans plant potatoes round the edge of their gardens?

    A. So they have something to lift at the end of the season!

  53. Shard says:

    GIE

    That video of Vermaelen hiding Spurs’ logo is a ‘fake’. It’s been played in reverse. Watch the highlights on Arsenal Player and you’ll see he tells the kid to ‘flip the bird’ at the camera. :)

    I’m fine with Vermaelen being captain as taking it away can have a negative impact on him, while players like Per and Arteta are already playing like captains. You don’t need the armband to lead.

  54. evonne says:

    I am enjoying the jokes :) thank you GN5

  55. Shard says:

    What do you call a spurs fan with lots of girlfriends? A: A Shepherd

  56. Shard says:

    How many Spurs does it take to change a light-bulb?

    Nobody knows. They never even try because they are convinced they’ll be out of the shadows soon.

  57. GunnerN5 says:

    Shard, your 5:35 is correct, I’ve also watched the original in which he does the appropriate thing and turns the Spurs logo around, I think it was pointed out to him by the photographer.

  58. Shard says:

    Q: What is the difference between a Spurs fan and a baby?
    A: The baby will stop whining after a while.

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    Shard, during the last storm the power went off at White Hart Lane – but nobody noticed…………….

  60. Shard says:

    Q: What is the difference between a bucket of shit and a Spurs fan? A: The bucket.

    Q: Why do Spurs fans keep their season tickets on their dashboards?
    A: So they can park in handicap spaces.

    Q: What do the Spurs and possums have in common?
    A: Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!

    What’s clear and goes on a prick? A clear condom,
    What’s black and goes on a prick? A black condom,
    What’s white and goes on a prick? A Spurs Jersey

  61. GunnerN5 says:

    Shard says:

    Q: What is the difference between a Spurs fan and a baby?
    A: The baby will stop whining after a while.
    …………………………………………………………………………….

    An alternative answer is that in the babies lifetime it may, just may, get the chance to see them win another trophy.

  62. Shard says:

    Yet another alternative answer is that the baby spews shit out the correct end.

  63. Shard says:

    So Mike Dean actually does recognise a potential leg breaking tackle needs to be punished with a red card..

  64. evonne says:

    Manyoo lose to Swans :)
    Red Mancs leavig early :)

  65. GunnerN5 says:

    The Old Toilet just got flushed for the 4th time in 6 games………

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Swansea! Who needs Michu?

    How did we lose at OT?

  67. OMGArsenal says:

    What a pleasant thought: Gnabry,Zelalem, Eisfeld, Akpom, Aneke, Miyachi and other real youth and academy talents can’t get a game in the League but still can handle Spuds like pros in the Cup. Then we have Jenkinson,Monreal, the Verminator, Frimpong, Fabianski,Podolski and Rosicky warming the bench quite often and Bendtner,Giroud, the Ox, Diaby, Sanogo and Ramsey still to come back from injury layoffs! What would Wenger do if ALL his players were currently available??
    I don’t remember us ever having such an embarrassment of riches to choose from….and I am very glad to let Wenger deal with this headache.

  68. Big Raddy says:

    The only blot on yesterday was the match ball. Which colour blind idiot designed that?

    Ugly doesn’t do it justice

  69. chas says:

    Excellent match report, 26.

    Ant and me had to tunnel our way out of the RHWP’s dungeon cellar in the end.
    Ant had to gnaw through the chains, then we used the manacles as digging tools. Just got in a half hour ago.

    If ever she says that she is going to ‘protect’ you, run in the opposite direction.

  70. chas says:

    Oooops should be FHWP.
    I’m still shaking so much I can’t type.

  71. T-SHIRT says:

    excellent match report,it seems we watched the same game,in btw sherwood was sensible not to play 3-5-2,if he had then the spuds would have being in for a walloping,wigan tried it and ran away 4-1 losers,and most recently liverpool(not so sure if rodgers tried that formation again)

  72. evonne says:

    oh that’s gratitude for you! Holding their hands, telling him it was Per not Bendtner defending for us, fighting off furious spuds and all I get for it is slander! Cannot wait for the next time JC is too lazy to go

  73. chas says:

  74. thegreatmcgoonagal says:

    NEWSFLASH Sperz have been cleared of the charge of missile throwing at the Emirates by the FA as many of the missiles hit the target…there’s more…after years trying and failing at football sperz finally through in the towel and took up bicycle polo, unfortunately this proved to be even worse as the bicycles went rusty and the horses drowned ☺

  75. Gööner In Exile says:

    A call to arms for the Moist In campaigners, the Premier League needs you right now.

    And just need to add a cautionary note to the tale, there is such a thing as too longer contracts and players becoming too old for the top flight….step forward Rio Ferdinand…or backwards or sideways or whatever you can manage Rio.

    Whilst TR7 looks hot right now he is entering the autumn of his career, it is possible he could revert deeper as Arteta has and Sagna could become central defensive cover but there is an end on the horizon for both of them.

  76. 26may1989 says:

    Evening, comrades.

    Thanks for all the responses. Don’t know about you but I’m still feeling the warm vibes from yesterday, greatly assisted by United today. Is that wrong? …….. Thought not.

    Sorry, Raddy, but to quote Liberace, I quite liked the pink balls.

  77. Well done Swansea from a gunner .
    Sheepy the gunner

  78. Swansea is in party mode that result has made my day like Blakey on the buses

  79. Norfolk Gooner says:

    The only thing that impressed me about Spurs yesterday were the initials of their new sponsor on their shirts, AIA, I think it says it all, “Arseholes in Agony”

    Terrific report 26, thank you.

    It’s been a busy day, All the family round for lunch, only just got rid of them, now we have to go out for a quiz. Oh what a life.

  80. GoonerB says:

    Great picture Chas. I take it that the Beijing Utd “for life” fan upset about Sir Bobby Charlton being upset from beyond the grave only started supporting last year (for the rest of his life). Still, Sir Bobby Robson would have made a great Utd ambassador as well. Is that a young Maureen with a Fellainiesque Barnet to his left?

  81. Big Raddy says:

    26. In the words of Michael Corleone ” you disappoint me”

  82. Big Raddy says:

    GB- JM is a brilliant spot!

    The MU fan is a spoof site and very funny. Chas has been posting their stuff for a few weeks now.

  83. Spuds out and man poo happy days

  84. 26may1989 says:

    Raddy, it won’t shock you to hear that that’s not the first time someone’s said that to me……

    A quiz night for Norfolk? I’m jealous.

  85. chas says:

    Courtesy of the other brother…….

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy
    100% agree about the ball. It was my first thought the moment I got the telly on.
    As for 26, he has the most appalling taste, so forgive him. Remember him saying he liked our Blue and Green kit!
    Oh, and he likes the new AFC Logo. Bless him :-)

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas

    More from Beijing Red. He’s a superstar in my book.

    Evonne,
    You’re trapped in a love triangle, and men behave in the oddest fashion at such times. That, or nineteen pints of cider :-)

  88. 26may1989 says:

    Ha ha Micky, you must have been storing that one in the memory banks!

    I’m a simple soul, I like bright colours!

  89. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “I like bright colours” ha ha :-)

    I have the weirdest memory.

  90. Gööner In Exile says:

    Apparently the official shade is mango.

  91. chas says:

  92. arnie says:

    Now thats a classic match report!!!! wonderful stuff, 26. No quibbles with the report, even if I would have given Gnabry and Kos higher scores. :razz: But, very happy. Still gloating. :D :D :D

  93. arnie says:

    Back safely to Lansing, 7-8 inches of snow. Terrible. Planned return to Scotland tomorrow. Flights from Detroit were OK today. But the question is how do we reach Detroit!!!! :sad:

  94. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And a very good morning to you, Gorgeous.

    Do you think we are doing enough gloating over Man Utd, or are we secretly afraid things might turn around when Brave laces up again?

  95. chas says:

  96. chas says:

    Motning, HedgeBackwards.

    Gloat when you want to, the opportunity may not come again.
    I would have thought part of the DidIt business philosophy was to never refrain from doing something for fear of what might happen tomorrow.
    Else it would be possible to do absolutely nothing, never enjoying a single moment.

    Just the thought of bsr sat at home watching the car crash that is Manyoo gives me a warm glow right at the core of my heart. :)

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas

    Worth posting the odd thick Utd Fan response to Beijing.

    Loved the one the other day asking whether he would jump ship to Arsenal, and he said Yes.

  98. chas says:

    I quite liked this riposte to a Leeds fan.

  99. chas says:

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yip, you’re right. Gloat away :-)

    Brave’s injury proves what a one man outfit they were last term.

  101. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well, two man, if you through SAF into the equation.

  102. chas says:

    Moist In
    Moist In
    Moist In
    Moist In
    Moist In
    #MoistMustStay

  103. chas says:

    A lot of Beijing’s replies are taking the piss out of the commenter’s profile photo, so without being able to click on the photo and see what he’s on about, they lose their transferability.

  104. chas says:

    Here is an Evertonian’s response to the duvet tweet.
    I think it’s safe to say he is a member of the MoistIn lobby group.

    https://twitter.com/ianmcg11/status/419955660596715520

  105. chas says:

    I tried to watch the game on Arsenal Player last night to get a flavour of how good the atmosphere was and they turn the crowd noise so much so you can hear the inane commentary, I had to turn it off after 5 minutes.

    I just found this. Somehow the Russian commentary doesn’t get on my nerves. :) (Doubt it’ll be around long enough for me to watch it tonight)

  106. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Business time Gorgeous

    When do Munich away tickets go on sale, and how helpful can you and Ant be to someone with bad hair?

    Are you going, and how are the away credits (not that I understand how these things work)?

  107. chas says:

    Did you still want the tickets? I thought with BR not going, you might not. Still not confirmed 100% with Ant that we aren’t going, but it is highly unlikely.
    Matt knows several lads who have flights and accommodation but no tickets, but I’ve told him you are first in the queue. I think we have around 18 credits which should be plenty to guarantee tickets. Each time you buy an away ticket, you get an extra credit which pushes you a little further to the top of the queue for the next time. I think Fulham away at the end of the season sold out to 25+ credits but most go down to 10+ or lower.

  108. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh ok, so AFC don’t give a date for sale of tickets. I’ll have firmed up a decision in the next day or so. It’s business issues as well as personal.

    I’ll have a word with The Great Dane, but I know others who will be going, so may end up grabbing a single ticket if possible.

  109. arnie says:

    Motning all, motning Chas and Micky.

    Very worried about the journey today!!!!! :sad:

  110. arnie says:

    What might be the topic of Rocky Monday this time? :D :D

  111. arnie says:

    Chas and Micky: I know there are many friends in the queue. But, and just in case Raddy does not make it, what are the chances of getting a ticket? I dont know my work commitments yet, but very tempting to give it a try. :D

  112. Gööner In Exile says:

  113. evonne says:

    whole week without footy, that is a dire prospect

    Oi DidIt, is Huish Episcopi anywhere near you? all residents are skateboarding there these days

  114. evonne says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh, he was well worth waiting for!!

    I texted my daughter-in-law telling her that both grandmothers are going to the game and that one day we will take Nicole with us. She answered that that’s not gonna happen and that I can take her to a concert, ballet or pantomime. I said, great! All Tottenham games are a pantomime :)

  115. Gööner In Exile says:

    Haha Evonne, you’ll just have to smuggle her out….say she is going to the ballet at a little known Theatre in the heart of Islington….then if she has installed a GPS tracker you can just say it was amazingly next foot to the Emirates.

  116. evonne says:

    good plan :) I am relying on Peaches to execute it

    Lewandowski (a free agent from July) has agreed a 5 year deal with Bayern. Oh well, never liked him anyway

  117. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yipee…a full week of transfer speculation. Daddy and I happy :-)

  118. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne

    Huish Episcopi sounds like a mad American Religious Sect, not some loony school in Somerset

  119. Morning all

    We have a New Post …………………

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