The Arsenal “Rockets”?

If only …. If only we hadn’t lost at Stoke, had taken more risks against United, been braver at home to Chelsea, been luckier with the bounce of the ball home to City, not hit the woodwork vs Everton etc etc it would be us as Champions elect.  Instead it is Liverpool who watch their challengers fall away.

Mourinho blames the referees association for his clubs inability to win the title, could there be any truth in his childish peeve? Synchronicity, coming as it did on the same day Arnie wrote a post about anti-Arsenal bias!

Sunderland’s superb week highlights the uncertainty I love about football. No-one, not even the most rabid Sunderland fan (and many are rabid) could have predicted their results.

My problem is that I love it when teams given little chance to win do so against very strong opposition – except – when they win against us :-D Which, in a very roundabout way, brings us to this afternoon; I would not be surprised to see Hull scramble their way to an undeserved 3 points against The Arsenal, the team who represent all that is good and just in the world.

Oh, shape up Raddy – there is nothing to fear but fear itself (unless you are facing an angry grisly bear).

Hull are a mediocre side who have had an outstanding season punching well above their weight. Arsenal are the team who can ruin all their fine work. Two victories over Hull are essential to bring our season to a successful conclusion.

 

 Unknown-1 Enjoying the Fish Suppers at Hull

One has to be impressed with Steve Bruce’s work so far. Taking them up from the Championship and then establishing Hull as a PL side is fine work. And acting as mediator when the club has an “unusual” owner. How would you like it if Usmanov took over and wanted to re-name us The Arsenal Rockets”?

No need to write about the Hull team – 2 reasons – firstly, it is all in the media and secondly, I only know about a few of their players! The import of Jelavic and Long was inspired but once again raises the question about loan signings (more on that another day).

Are there any positive portents ahead of this game?

Well, the return of Ozil is huge. The return of Ramsey even bigger. The return of Flamini less so.  Podolski’s two goals on Tuesday should guarantee him a start but who gets dropped for Ozil and will Ramsey be allowed to play again so soon after a long term injury?

My team:

hull v arse

I know – no Ozil, but I would prefer to ease him back and give the young chap 30 minutes to bamboozle a tired Hull defence.

Kelsey has asked whether Cazorla and Ozil can play in the same team; I have similar concerns. And where can we fit Rosicky into this team? Or Jack and Theo?

I expect a difficult game but one which we can win. With Everton playing at home to a United team fighting for a Euro Cup place we have the chance to gain a significant advantage.

Let it be So.

written by Big Raddy

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147 Responses to The Arsenal “Rockets”?

  1. kelsey says:

    A different pre match from Raddy but on our day if everything clicks into place and knowing we have our destiny in our hands,why shouldn’t we win.

    I think you have got the team more or less spot on and it may well turn out to be a tight game but though my balls are playing havoc with me :) I go for 3-1 to us.1-1 then two late goals.

    Why doesn’t Bruce shave his armpits ? Lyposuction might also help.

  2. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Top notch Raddy, but alas, The Ox, where for art he?

    Anyway, it’s Easter, and no time for the faithless unbelievers. No fear, I say, a day for heart and soul.

  3. Wolfgang says:

    If Wenger doesn’t vary his tactics,Hull could win. You never know. The problem is football is an unpredictable game.Class is permanent .Then Palace shd have beaten Everton and MC shd have drawn with Sunderland.
    I feel Arsenal as do most analysts the gunner attack is too slow and predictable.They shd speed it up and shoot more often.

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I don’t think he’ll play Flam, Art and Aaron.
    Can’t guess a line up until I know whether Ox is fit.

  5. MickyDidIt89 says:

    If Hull present an aerial threat, and I’ll assume they do, I’d go for height in the middle, so:

    ………..OG
    Pod Santi Ox
    …..Kalls Aaron
    Verm Kos BFG Bac
    ………Sz

  6. Cheers Rads.

    I think a win for us today and in the final will probably put Steve Bruce`s nose out of joint !.

  7. Big Raddy says:

    Cockle :-D

    I hope we do go for a more attacking line up than I predict, but I think AW will adopt a safety first approach. I would perhaps find a place fro Rosicky in place of Flamini but I am sorry – cannot include Ox.

  8. kelsey says:

    The trouble with the safety first approach is that it’s tempting fate.We got away with it at Spurs for 88 minutes.

    This game really could cement our forth place and being over cautious is not on my agenda. We have in the last week secured a Cup Final place, got three points from West Ham so surely confidence must be coming back.
    Forget we play Hull again in the Cup Final, that’s for another day.
    Santi has to impose himself more in Away games and today would be a good start.
    A draw wouldn’t be the end of the world but with returning players we have more options than even a week ago and Rosicky and or The Ox are the type of players to drive us on and their energy levels are better than others.

  9. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Would you find a place for both Ozil and Cazorla?

  10. kelsey says:

    Raddy

    You know I am not sure if it would work. Ozil doesn’t spray the ball from one side of the field to another but he is always cleverly looking to splt a defence with a pin point pass which is great if those who are meant to make the run understand his intelligent thinking,he is more of a provider.
    Santi has the beneft of two good feet and will try and be more direct and score as well as passing to others. They really are quite different in their approach.

    So I can’t really answer your question Giroud more often than not has his back to goal,so does that suit Ozil.Podolski on the other hand can find a pass from Ozil if it’s in a position for him to use his left foot.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    A Liverpool loanee scores against Chavs. A Chelsea loanee scores against us and makes a fool of Monreal. A Barca loanee scores to take two points from us at home to Ev.

    What price a loanee scores today?

    It is wrong, I tell yer ….

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Not around for the game this afternoon. Keep it tight at the back and punish them when we get our chances.

    COYRRG ….

  13. LB says:

    Oooooh, I do like playing guess the team but today’s is tricky, Rubic Cube tricky, I could never do that thing, still bugs me to this day. Damn those little coloured squares, ahhhh.

    Anyway, Ozil back is very exciting news, I understand why he has been left out above but I believe that Wenger views him as an automatic starter. If he is fit, he plays; it’s part of the deal you see.

    Sick of spending so much time on the bench at Real, it’s easy to imagine Wenger’s promise to him during the negotiations — if you come to THOF you will play.

    Soooooo. I am going to opt for Wenger fielding the following:

    ——-Szcezney

    Sagna, Mert, Koz, Verm

    ——Arteta, Kal,

    —Ozil, Cazorla, Podolski

    ———Giroud,

    I am guessing that Gibbs is still injured or he would be playing.

    Good read as ever BR

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    Super pre game Raddy.

    Liverpool deserve to be champions, they are playing some incredible football – its great to watch.

  15. kelsey says:

    They certainly are GN5, no sign of nerves and absolutely rampant. Helps if you have such a good three pronged attack,even though their defence is questionable at times.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey,

    Its the speed of their attacks that I admire, the second goal was simply the speed of Sterling who then made a pin point pass for Suarez to delicately guide it into the corner of the net.

    Suarez now joins Shearer (3 times) A. Cole, Ronaldo, K. Philips, RVP and Henry in the exclusive PL 30 goal + club.

  17. kelsey says:

    Vermaelen ill, Monreal starts.

    and 30 goals without any penalties in that total.Why didn’t we off er a £1.00 more :)

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    How could we have Kelsey?
    That would have taken us over the budget?

  19. arnie says:

    great stuff, Raddy. Nervous but somehow quietly confident. :) Agree that Liverpool deserve to win the League this year.

  20. arnie says:

    Ozil starting

  21. arnie says:

    Arsenal starting line-up: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

  22. arnie says:

    good lineup, cannot complain. COYG

  23. arnie says:

    Subs: Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom.

    Hull lineup is as strong as can be. For me, key players: Elmohamady, Jelavic, Long

  24. arnie says:

    how do the Scousers get away with so many fouls. Particularly Skrtel, but also Moses. Anyway, 3 points to the good, somehow.

  25. arnie says:

    of course, the press would say a thumping victory, probably, even if Norwich deserved a point. IMO.

  26. arnie says:

    it will be a difficult final game against Norwich.

  27. arnie says:

    where is everyone? behind their sofas? :razz:

  28. Gööner In Exile says:

    Budge up….the usual Raddy PM fine work sir.

    Starting to look like an Arsenal team again.

  29. arnie says:

    Poldi gave a big hug to Jon Moss, the ref? whats the story? COYG. :) :) :)

  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Looking stronger by the game

    Welcome back LB

    Come on you Gunnnners

  31. arnie says:

    lovely interception Szcz

  32. I’m here, arm hurts, got the sofa to myself though.

  33. arnie says:

    again Szcz, come on the good guys.

  34. Men against men today …… lots of flying tackles

  35. GoonerB says:

    Great report raddy. Your question about cazorla and ozil playing together seems to be relevant as i watch the game. It is more a case of having no real pacy threat out wide or up top to scare the bejeesuses out of hull at the moment. They recognise our lack of counter attacking threat and feel comfortable pushing forwards themselves. We should have had a pen though.

  36. arnie says:

    rambo …………………….

  37. Lovely play …….. look at our Aaron score :)

  38. arnie says:

    lovely goal. ozil to santi to rambo. goal. who says they cannot play together. lovely interplay, great finish. :)

  39. GoonerB says:

    Yeeees. Who needs pace up top or out wide? Which idiot said that? Great combination between ozil and cazorla. Who said they cant play together?

  40. Yep they can score but who’s running the mid-field?????

  41. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’m guessing that pitch hasn’t seen a sprinkler for at least a week. Probably been under cover as well….looks dry bobbly and rutted.

    Cracking finish by Rambo

  42. Gööner In Exile says:

    Cracking strike Pod, better layoff Rambo

  43. Ho ho ho that was a real smash and grab :)

  44. arnie says:

    yes, Poldi, goal. what a fantastic goal. Giroud, to Rambo, to Poldi. boom. :)

  45. arnie says:

    Rambo’s layoff to Poldi was superb, but credit where it is due, Girouds cross to Rambo was inch perfect. :) we can see the difference that Ozil and Rambo are making. If only ….. COYG. :)

  46. I agree Arnie, Giroud made that goal

  47. Haha arnie, someone just tweeted ‘cue a million if onlys’

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Follow me Exile and Arnie :-)

  49. arnie says:

    Peaches: :)

    Micky: breath of fresh air! :razz:

  50. Off you go puffers, I’ll hold the fort :)

  51. arnie says:

    Peaches: :)

    Defensively, I think we are bit challenged today. Szcz has been great, and he had to be. Sagna staying back, and I think it is working well so far.

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    hope you’re on the sofa with lots of chocolate, Peaches.

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    True Arnie, but remember we’re playing our favoured “we’ll score more than you” policy.

    And…..I love it

  54. Gööner In Exile says:

    That was ciggy and dog walk break,add it back for second half kick off.

    Dog looks a bit peeved that that was the sum total of his daily exercise.

    As for Giroud….looks a different player when people fill the space he vacates.

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Re Mesut and Aaron, there’s simply no substitute for quality.

    Come on you Gunners, one more to put this to bed.

  56. Micky – sofa, pills, chocolate and cake :)

  57. arnie says:

    yes…………………….. Poldi

  58. Gööner In Exile says:

    Not bad Rambo and Pod again :D

  59. arnie says:

    again, beautifully worked goal.

  60. They heard you Micky :)

  61. arnie says:

    Micky IN. :razz:

  62. Gööner In Exile says:

    Commentators make me laugh heartily.

    “Podolski has made it known he’d like to play centrally, Arsene has other ideas and plays him on the left, two more goals for Podolski to strengthen his case to play centrally”

    Hmmm maybe it strengthens Arsene’s case as he is coming from the left? Same as every goal Theo scores coming from the right wing strengthens Arsene’s case too.

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Didn’t Crystals predict 3-0?

  64. arnie says:

    GiE: exactly what I was thinking when I heard that comment. :)

  65. arnie says:

    Micky: we will find out soon. Pre Post Report Review post! :)

  66. arnie says:

    Beebs: “Mesut Ozil, who has had a pretty quiet afternoon, is taken off after getting 60 minutes into his legs following a five-week lay-off” ha ha, what numpties! :)

  67. arnie says:

    unlucky Giroud!!!!!!! brilliant. :)

  68. Great stat about Huddlestone not winning a single NLD in eight years

  69. arnie says:

    Peaches: :)

  70. arnie says:

    Beebs @ 15:33: We’ll let you know if Hull actually touch the ball. But, for now, it’s all Arsenal.
    :)

  71. arnie says:

    Refereeing decisions are bemusing. would that be a penalty if Rambo decided not to take the shot, or could not reach it?

  72. arnie says:

    The Ox is also looking very good. :)

  73. GoonerB says:

    Arnie. Playing advantage is one thing if 5 or more seconds have elapsed but in this case it was a pen and the ref could easily have let ramsey shoot, award the goal if he scores but if not still give the pen. The space between the foul and shot must have been 1 second. Lets hope we are not talking about goal difference at the end of the season.

  74. arnie says:

    Peaches: Tried to send you a smiley. WordPress says sorry you have already said that previously today. :)

  75. arnie says:

    Yes, GoonerB, that is my understanding as well. Refereeing standards are very poor. :sad:

  76. Ramsey has to be MOTM

    I hope he stays fit now.

  77. arnie says:

    agreed on Rambo MOTM, but Szcz a close second. Those saves came at a crucial time. :)

  78. arnie says:

    tra la la la la, Evonne you can emerge from behind the sofa now! :)

  79. He’s the goal keeper, it’s what he’s supposed to do lol

    But if I see him in tesco this week I’ll shake his hand and say thank you ;)

  80. arnie says:

    This is the reception that Moist got when he emerged from the team bus at Everton today.

    ha ha ha. Moist IN!!!!!! :)

  81. Gööner In Exile says:

    On Szczesny that was a performance of a man who wants to nick the FA Cup Final shirt….very commanding in the penalty area good handling and took a battering without flapping.

    Rambo MotM energy drive and his composure in possession has returned instantly. Fellaini £30m, Mata £37m, Ozil £42m….Ramsey £?

    Clearly a weird cross wind at Hulls stadium from memory it does sit on the edge of the Humber Estuary.

  82. Gööner In Exile says:

    The problem with Rambo coming back now is it is a reminder of what we could have achieved this season if he’d stayed fit. Makes a mockery of those who say we buty too many similar players, if that was really true then we wouldn’t have missed him….them again probably the same peopl Le who moan that we don’t have enough cover and then that we don’t have a plan B, if they had their way we’d have a squad of 50 players :D

    Amused me in commentary anytime Niall was trying to talk us up and comment on the fact the injuries had cost us and what a good squad we have for next season the main commentator was obviously so outraged that Niall was not walking the party line that he decided to list how far we were behind United last season and how we haven’t won the league for years etcetc.

  83. arnie says:

    Not easy to be different and defiant, GiE. You need very thick skin, and we have that in abundance IMO. :)

  84. arnie says:

    On Szcz, he will deserve a FA Cup medal just for being himself and warming the bench. Hopefully he will not need to come on. :)

  85. White Bear says:

    shhhh…..I don’t want to jinx it, but we could be celbrating St Totteringham’s Day next Saturday

    Good game, great goals, Ramsey back with vengence, happy happy happy

  86. White Bear says:

    Nothing to stop Szcz posing with the FA cup in full kit, it has been done before

  87. chas says:

    Happy Birthday to me from the KC stadium. :lol:

  88. Bayonne Jean says:

    After that display, expect Mrs. Doubtfire to borrow Mourinho’s motorcoach keys for the Wembley final.

    There’s a “Mrs. Doubtfire 2″ film in the works. Would have to consider Bruce for the title role; based on the foto above, would not require the appropriate padding — just something with a C cup.

  89. arnie says:

    Happy birthday, Chas. wow, was that not a fantastic birthday experience!!!!! enjoy, Chas. :)

  90. kelsey says:

    Happy Birthday,Chas xx

    Which idiot said Ozil and Cazorla couldn’t play together. :)

  91. arnie says:

    another poor ref decision. this is reaching new depths of incompetence every day. :sad:

  92. arnie says:

    Arsene (source Beebs): “Aaron Ramsey is getting back to full fitness and sharpness, but everyone played well today. It was a good team performance as it will be when you win 3-0 away from home in a game you have to win.

    “We have had to cope to five six players all out at the same time and we have done as well as we can. You live in the real world.

    “The Cup final is a completely different game, we are focused on the Premier League and finishing as high as we can.”

  93. Gööner In Exile says:

    HB Chas….now you can get drunk and the Ant n Duck show can start.

  94. Big Raddy says:

    Happy bithday chas.

    A relatively easy win to celebrate.

    Shame MU are rolling over at Goodison

  95. White Bear says:

    for he’s a jolly good fellow and all that, happy b’day Gorgeous xxx

  96. LB says:

    Obviously a good day, the quality that Ozil and Ramsey add to proceedings is impressive; the only problem is that their return brings Giroud’s inferior control back into focus.

    The FA Cup, top four and it has been a good season………..add a number nine to the squad with a similar level of control as Ozil, Cazorla and Ramsey and we have what it takes to win the league.

  97. arnie says:

    Now is not the time to criticise players selected to put the shirt on. IMO. It was a thorough team performance. Giroud created one goal through a brilliant cross, and was unlucky not to score one that he created out of nothing. Sagna IMO was one of the stars in defence. Monreal was very good as well. :-)

    Well done everyone in the team. :-)

    There is a job to be done. Just 4 more games. COYG. Onwards and upwards!

  98. Big Raddy says:

    I thought everyone was good today.

    As has been said the injection of class theta AR and Ozil bring changes the team. If, like Liverpool, we had had a fully fit squad for the season we would have won the title.

    Next season Arsenal have to find a way to keep their squad free of muscle and ligament injuries

    Forget OG leaving – he says he is very happy at AFC.

  99. chas says:
  100. chas says:

    Thanks for the pre-match, BR.
    I particularly liked the Steve Bruce photo.
    Ant was laughing at it while he was driving.

  101. Illybongani says:

    Hi gang…..great win but another toothless display from Arteta. Just what does he bring to the party? I watched the Pool prior to the game. Gerrard plays in a similar holding role but is light years ahead of Arteta in terms of the influence he has on the game. Arteta makes Gilberto look like Theo!

    I hear Arteta couldn’t find his tooth…did he not look behind him or to the sides?

  102. Gööner In Exile says:

    Illy criticising Arteta by taking a side swipe at Gilberto is not exactly smart, considering Gilberto proved week in week out that pace is irrelevant in that position if you read the game like a book.

    Against West Ham Santi got the plaudits for playing the fiddle but Arteta was the conductor, and apart from some trouble early on where he is left on his own to deal with Hull’s press he hardly put a foot wrong. We all see different games, but i don’t think Arteta plays in the same role as Gerard, i think Lucas/Henderson/Allan today would be the better comparison and Gerard’s role is more like Ramsey.

    One thing that strikes me as helping Rodgers and Martnez this year is game preparation time. They have as a norm 6/7 days between games which means they can spend 5 days on the training pitch getting their formation/tactics right for each game they play. They also have a smaller squad which again means they are switching players very rarely. Compare this to City, Arsenal, Chavs and ManUre, we have 3/4 days between games throughout the season, so maximum 1/2 days on the training pitch between games, and therefore little time to implement a new system for each opponent, also because the players rotate more it is really only possible to play in one way/shape. How often do any of the other top 5/6 change their shape from game to game, the only thing that changes is maybe 2 holding rather than 1, or SAF and Maureen are keen on a man marker occasionally.

    Whats the money that Martinez has been gearing his side to beat ManUre most of the week but overlooked Palace midweek?

  103. Arteta was excellent.

  104. arnie says:

    Arteta was very good, and as good as everyone else today. :) Back the good guys, they will win the next 4 games.

  105. fatgingergooner says:

    Great performance today and some cracking team goals.

    For me, the return of Kozzer, Özil and Ramsey is brilliant news, but it also emphasises exactly what we are missing. The difference in quality between our first 11 and our subs is too much. Espescially for a team that needs to challenge on 4 fronts and has a history of losing players to injury at crucial times.

    When 1 or 2 players are out we can cope, but anymore and we can struggle.

    It’s a difficult balancing act between keeping players happy, having the money to pay for a bigger squad, and leaving room for youngsters to develop into the first team, but at the moment I feel that balance is not quite right. We are still a CB, LW and ST away from having a squad that can deal with such a long season.

    Next season there will be more teams than ever battling for CL places. Factor in the World Cup and the fact we may have CL qualification games and you can guarantee its going to be tough on a small squad.

    With Diaby constantly injured and Fabianski and Sagna (possibly) leaving, it becomes apparent that we need much more than just a quality striker this summer.

  106. Gööner In Exile says:

    FGG I get that view but then I look at City and ask why a squad assembled at the price theirs has been is not able to compete either (ok they may win the League yet altho doubtful). They have been without Yaya and Aguero and that is enough to derail them in all competitions, they couldn’t even beat the worst Barca side in years. The squad cost four/five times ours and the wages are probably double and still they can’t cope with key injuries. And they haven’t even had the number we have had 6/7 players out at once, can we expect a squad to cover that?

    Many worry that TV5 and Pod will clear off because they aren’t guaranteed first team football, how do you think we can have like for likes in all positions?

    To have suitable backups you are literally asking for a squad of 25 men all paid £100k a week.

    Unfortunately we have to get to the bottom of the medical issues, that is the key to a complete season for us.

  107. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. Well said. Having a squad where the back ups are as good as the first choice 11 is almost impossible

    Barca will win nothing this year. Chavs – the same. Man City – Carling (worthless). MU – Zip.

    We are doing very well with a fraction of their income and expenditure.

    Sure Arsenal could do better but as always we are punching above our weight.

  108. Big Raddy says:

    The pic of Bruce in the post makes me laugh and feel quite sanctimonious!

  109. fatgingergooner says:

    GiE,

    There’s obviously a limit to what you can plan for at the beginning of a season, but there are definitely areas of the squad that could be better equipped. Three of our more defensive-minded midfielders are Arteta, Flamini and Diaby. Surely we could do a bit better than that? Also, our 2 left wingers are Podolski and Cazorla. There’s an argument that neither of them are naturally left wingers. Never mind the fact we went through half the season with Bendtner as our sub striker and the whole season with only 3 centre backs.

    Obviously a lot has to do with injuries and luck, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare the squad correctly. There’s no excuse for having 1 decent striker all season.

    There are some really exciting players in this squad and it has the potential to be great, but it’s only going to get harder next season. We know United will improve, Liverpool will attract players again, and City and Chelsea will plug their gaps. Wenger has to make sure we are fully prepared for a long season next year.

  110. arnie says:

    In principle, our backup players should come from our Academy. For me, this is still the best model for us. But the pool of talent in our Academy has not been brilliant past couple of years. Dont know what the issue is, is it just a shortage of talent at that level, or our training methods. Very curious to see what Jonker can bring. :)

  111. fatgingergooner says:

    arnie,

    Things have definitely changed. In past years, if we had 6/7 first team players out injured then some youngsters would’ve filled the gaps. If anything, this season older players have had to step up. The likes of Rosicky, Flamini, Kallstrom, Vermaelen, Podolski and Monreal have been asked to fill in.

    On one hand this shows we have more experience than previous years, but on the other it shows that maybe Wenger doesn’t have the quality of youth player to come in and do the job.

    For me, though, the main worry has been the lack of pace in our reserve players. Wether it be a youth player or experienced player, this is definitely something that needs addressing.

  112. arnie says:

    agreed, FGG. Indications are that new academy players will come in shortly, possibly mainly from Germany and elsewhere in the continent. Let us see. :)

  113. arnie says:

    My suggestion for AA is to have a headline post over the summer on the exciting developments on the organisational side of the Academy. Then, perhaps a monthly post on the academy players and their games. I am quite excited. I feel exciting times are coming as well. :)

  114. neamman says:

    Is Gnabry injured?
    LB, OG has scored 20 goals for us this year. Not bad at all, how many could he have scored if Theo was fit to take some of the pressure off him??

  115. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Yes, Gnabry is injured. Leg knack

  116. White Bear says:

    GiE and Raddy – my thoughts exactly. Those super rich were all going to win quadruples this season. Quadruples my foot

    On top of it the FFP is on Barca’s back and they cannot buy players for the next 14 months. I hope they will get our oilers sorted too.

    Yes, we are doing well, extremely well. The only thing that could spoil my season would be – not us not winning the FA cup, and not us finishing 5th or so, but Chavs winning in Europe. I can see myself going to a deep depression if that happened

  117. chas says:

    Apparently this joke caused a bit of a stir yesterday…..

  118. chas says:

    At the end of the match

  119. chas says:

    The KC is a great little stadium.

  120. chas says:

    Saturday night’s frivolities, Ant in foreground. :)

  121. Gööner In Exile says:
  122. Gööner In Exile says:

    Just seen BFG made the team of the week, he has played 48 games this season according to Garth Crooks and is 2 minutes shy of 100 hours of PL football in last two seasons. Phenomenal.

  123. Gööner In Exile says:

    Along with BFG was Pod and Rambo in the team of the week.

  124. White Bear says:

    oi Gorgeous, we are the same age for a week :)

  125. kelsey says:

    draft in posts.

  126. White Bear says:

    no Santiago???? Im surprised

    Anyway, do you guys think that IF all goes well at Wembley next week Wenger will sub a couple of players so that they can have their name on the cup without doing a JT?

  127. Morning all

    kelsey has written a very nice review of the game, I’m just going to decorate it with some pictures.

    Thank you kelsey

    Happy Birthday for yesterday chas xx

  128. Vinay says:

    Yes we will all wonder if only if we had everyone fit but then i still believe we needed to have strengthened where we needed to have and that was a striker and a holding midfielder.

    Good game, Arsenal yet again showed what is obvious, give them time on the ball and they will hurt you with ease.

    Mesut magnificent, Aaron outstanding and then poldi was poldi, 2 cracking strikes.

    Pool winning the league is unbearable pain, they has a vastly inferior team but then luck, fixtures and Suarez have ensured they will win the league.

    United are a joke, they are hopeless and how we did not get a win against them is beyond understanding.

    4th place still looks like going to the wire but if we win our 3 games, we will finish 4th.

  129. arnie says:

    motning all. nice stuff, Chas and GiE.

    We learnt two things from Evonne this morning. Next week she has her birthday (which day, White Bear?). She will celebrate the day by playing table football FA Cup Final. :razz:

  130. arnie says:

    Vinay: :) We will do it! :razz:

  131. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Love the L’pool joke!

  132. arnie says:

    Chas: we deserve some more birthday pics. :razz:

  133. arnie says:

    Raddy, Chas: Nice joke. political correctness gone overboard. No, not starting a rant. :razz:

  134. White Bear says:

    Hi Peaches!! You are a tough cookie! In your condition you still make this blog a priority, awesome. I hope others can appreciate it

    arnie – i was sure the final was next week, at my age confusion is an everyday event :)

  135. MickyDidIt89 says:

    chas

    very happy birthday yesterday. sounds like you had a very good ‘un.

  136. arnie says:

    White Bear: :) Come on, “at your age”? you are only as old as evergreen Chas! :razz:

    And yes, thank you Peaches. Dont know how you do it, despite what must be severe pain. Thank You. :)

  137. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I disappeared at the final whistle, but not because I was sulking at only winning 3-0 away :-)

    Nope, I fell asleep within 30 seconds of the whistle, and have been more or less asleep since. Given that six hours a night is normal, that’s quite amazing.

    Due to house moving, we’ve a skip to fill with unwanted crap today. Really looking forward to unearthing all my old Arsenal bits and pieces. All the newspapers from May 27 ’89 are lurking somewhere, so that’ll de-rail me for an hour or two :-)

  138. arnie says:

    Micky: house moving; sifting through the skip; camping out at night; falling asleep on the steps. Sounds like fun. :) No seriously, Micky, good luck. House move is a lot of work.

  139. White Bear says:

    are the pigs moving too? Will you have a utility room to dry your surfing pants there?

  140. Gööner In Exile says:

    Surfing pants? Micky goes commando

  141. LB says:

    Neaman

    Ollie scoring 20 goals this season is impressive, I certainly hope and expect him to be at THOF next season.

    If you read my comment carefully you will notice that I said that if we ADD another number nine of the quality that Ramsey and Ozil displayed yesterday I think the league would be ours.

  142. Rasp says:

    Morning all, many happy returns of yesterday chas … the boys certainly put on an impressive display for you :P

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