The Stuff of Champions

If you don’t tingle with pride at being an Arsenal supporter today then you my friend have a severe case of Jaguaritis and that is not good because yesterday we walked with giants and witnessed the quality of champions.

How dare these pie eating upstarts take two points off us up North? How dare they? Well the natural order has been restored after the good guys put on a football display to make Barcelona sit up and think very seriously about what they are about to face in the not too distant future. You may say that it was only Wigan but what kind of opposition do you think Barcelona make mince meat of every week? Wigan are exactly the kind of opponents the Catalans meet save for two Saturdays in the season when they face Real opposition.

Seriously, Wigan; Spanish manager, limited resources, what’s the difference between that and what Barcelona play practically every week?………bring em on, I say, we are ready.

The game, yes, yes, the game I should say something about that; we completely out played Wigan, different class from start to finish, total domination, absolute control.

We all knew what the line up would be: the A team was required and the A team dutifully appeared. It took no time for the gulf of class to be established: chances were continuously created and missed throughout the first half, only interrupted by Van Persie’s hitting the back of the net after 30 minutes. The rest of the time Walcott was carving out opportunities left and right for his team mates, all of whom went close but all were denied by one Wigan limb or another thrown in the way. There were so many chances in the first half I honestly lost count, just to say that it was an absolute miracle that Wigan went in at half time only one nil down.

Our Northern opponents took heart from the generous score line coming out after the break and trying a bit of quick closing down themselves, it looked quite good for all of fifteen minutes, that is until Fàbregas sent a world class pass over forty yards to Van Persie who volleyed it into the Wigan net.

Two nil, game over, time to sit back and enjoy the master class in front of us; chances kept appearing until eventually it all got a bit too much for Wigan and they couldn’t stop themselves hacking down one of our players, (still haven’t seen MOTD so not sure which one) in the area, up stepped Van Persie but instead of scoring his first ever professional hat trick in his career and that includes his Feyenoord days, he skied it in what I can only describe as one of the worst penalties I have ever witnessed. We had to wait a bit longer for the Boy Wonder to break that duck and much credit has to go to Walcott who held off the Wigan defender, very cleverly enabling Van Persie to fulfil my prediction of three nil to the good guys.


Player ratings:

Szczesny: had little to do but what he did he did perfectly. 10

Sagna: we have a quality right back. 10

Djourou, calmness personified. 10

Koscielny: I wonder if he communicates with Szczesny in Polish. Faultless.10

Clichy: good runs, good positioning, good tackling. 10

Fàbregas: my MOTM, he was more World Class than The Boy Wonder today even though he didn’t score. 10

Song: Rasp was the first person I noticed to use the adjective imperious to describe our Alex, it struck a cord with me, since then I use it when ever it is mertited and today Alex Song was imperious. 10

Wilshere: this young man is surrounded by world class midfield players and yet at the tender age of nineteen he still manages to hold his own which is quite astonishing. 10

Nasri: Wigan systematically clipped the ankles of our players, they were obviously not Shawcross tackles but they were dirty and sneaky, most of our players survived but poor old Super Nas caught it and hobbled for most of the game. 9

Van Persie: This man can take us to the Promised Land. 10

Walcott: good, good, good a better game than might meet the eye, watch how clever he was for RVP’s third. 10

Written by London while drinking a bottle of Rioja, Gran Reserva, 2002.

75 Responses to The Stuff of Champions

  1. Morning Happy Gooners 🙂

    Thanks London for the write up. Smiling is what us gooners should do on a Sunday morning after watching MOTD for the umpteenth time and thinking about which newspaper is going to have the best write-up of the game.

  2. Rasp says:

    What rubbish …. van Persie should have got an 11 😛

    Morning all, thanks for a suitably exuberant match report London, I like your style and taste in wine.

    I’m pleased that you picked up on the little ‘afters’ in the form of ankle tapping, niggly kicks and follow through that were systematically perpetrated against Cesc and Nasri. I thought the ref was 2 tackles too late in giving the yellow. TheoVanNasriGas must have sore shins and ankles for a day or two after every game.

  3. bruce says:

    i don’t think we should get carried away by the win…

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Excellent report as usual London. I enjoyed every word.

    Like Rasp I must quibble about the 10’s. I am sure I saw Alexandre Dimitri fall to the ground twice during the second half, thus denying us a goal scoring opportunity. He therefore gets a 9.5, a loss of .5 due to wrong length studs and a dodgy haircut.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Oh Bruce Bruce Bruce. Thank goodness I am not in your head !!

  6. bruce – I think we should get carried away by the win, its all part of the ride – you have enjoy the good times 😀

  7. In all honesty Rasp I thought London would give Robin at least a 20 🙄

    The way Theo shielded the ball until Robin got there for the third goal showed great strength – well done Theo and some of his running yesterday was decidedly Henryesque – thank you Thierry 😀

  8. JonJon says:

    im carried away
    im carried away by the fact we have kept 4 clean sheets on the trot and carried away with the fact we are second in the table and im carried away with the fact we are on fire
    im carried away cos we are in a semi
    im just carried away to be a gooner right now

    the promised land is calling london 😉


  9. JonJon says:

    the whole team deserved a big fat stonking 100 out of 10 for that..

    if only almunia played for wigan eh? 😉

  10. Big Raddy says:

    JJ. Hope all is well with you.

    AW has stated that Almunia is a vital part of the squad and could yet feature in the run – in. Who knows? Does Arsene know?

  11. Rasp says:

    True peaches, Theo’s first touch and the timing of his runs was also excellent. Every time he gets the ball, the crowd expect him to go racing goalward, but he now looks up much more and varies his play. He has become expert at getting to the line and cutting the ball back and finding an Arsenal shirt.

  12. Rasp says:

    Morning JonJon,

    It’s significant that we have no qualms about having Sz in goal, he seems to already have gained the confidence of the players and supporters – and hopefully the manager too.

  13. JonJon says:

    hey radders, yeah not bad matey..hope your good
    maybe he’ll give almunia his chance v hudds.. 😉

  14. Red Arse says:

    Excellent write up, London. 🙂

    The ratings are spot on and get me out of a dilemma.

    The stream I was watching was soo broken up and constantly re-buffering that I was convinced the lino was whizzing down the wing and cutting inside terrifying the Wigan defence, and Arsene was playing a blinder in midfield with a shock of blondy, ginger hair!

    Next time I am going to take Raddy’s advice and invest £6 in a better stream. 🙂

    Half way thru the 6 papers I bought this a.m. 🙂

  15. Dagenham Gooner says:

    Martinez is a bad looser suggesting Cesc dived for the penalty reported in the Independant what respect I had which was almost nothing for him is completely gone now but I wont let him distract from a fantastic game which led me to a sleepless night oh how I love you Arsenal.

  16. JonJon says:

    bonjour raspno/legs
    ches is a legend already..
    like you say its the confidence he brings between the sticks..

  17. JonJon says:

    whos he??
    oh is he that bloke that just recently watched his team get torn apart?
    yeah hes right cesc and nasri should have just let his players kick and pull them all game with no complaints..
    how dare those dirty arsenal dirty turds fall over all the time without being touched..
    poor wigan….

  18. Red Arse says:

    Morning JonJon, 🙂

    Still bubbling I see. I bet you have been up all night celebrating! 🙂

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    I think your ratings perfectly sum up the occasion. Emphatic was the win. Can you imagine what would have been the score had we got out of second gear. Complete Control.
    Totally with you. If you can’t get “carried away” after that, then it is time to reconsider your options!

  20. bruce says:

    don’t miss understand me, it was emphatic that it was a vital win. however you’re right, we should celebrate a masterclass showing by the gunners. The scoreline undermined the performance by our stars.

  21. Rasp says:

    No worries bruce. If I had to make a critical observation it would be that we came out for the 2nd half a little sleepy (as usual?) and for the first 5-10 minutes gave Wigan some hope. The 2nd goal quickly put paid to that and we were back on track, but if they’d got a lucky equaliser it could all have been different.

  22. JonJon says:

    i watched the re-run three times last night until 3 am
    the alcohol was my friend 😉
    i then set my alarm on my sunday sleep in to watch the boys all over again
    bring on tues..and sun
    we are winning somwthing this year im sure of it….

  23. Hi JonJon – nice to see you 🙂

    I felt a calm certainty that we were going to score again although I agree with Rasp that we came out for the 2nd half a bit sleepy and took 10 minutes to take charge again.

  24. Rasp says:

    It’s all gone quiet – so here are some thoughts to cheer Red Arse…

    Did you hear about the fat, alcoholic transvestite? All he wanted to do was eat, drink and be Mary.

    Got an e-mail today from a bored local housewife, 43, who was looking for some hot action. So I sent her my ironing. That’ll keep the lazy moo busy.

    After a night of drink, drugs and wild sex Dave woke up to find himself next to a really ugly woman. That’s when he realised he had made it home safely.

    Paddy says to Mick, “Christmas is on Friday this year”. Mick said, “Let’s hope it’s not the 13th then.”

    My mate just hired an Eastern European cleaner, took her 5 hours to hoover the house. Turns out she was a Slovak.

    Since the snow came all the wife has done is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I’ll have to let her in.

    Came home one day early in December to find all my doors and windows smashed in and everything gone. What sort of sick person does that to someone’s Advent calendar…?

    I’ve been charged with murder for killing a man with sandpaper. To be honest I only intended to rough him up a bit.

    After years of research, scientists have discovered what makes women happy. Nothing.

    A lad comes home from school and excitedly tells his dad that he had a part in the school play and he was playing a man who had been married for 25 years. The dad says, “Never mind son, maybe next year you’ll get a speaking part.”

    Two women called at my door and asked what bread I ate, and when I said white they gave me a lecture on the benefits of brown bread for 30 minutes…. I think they were Hovis Witnesses.

  25. Red Arse says:


    🙂 🙂


  26. London says:

    Good afternoon everyone in AA

    Thanks for the kind words

    Great to have Jonjon around.

  27. afc says:

    I think us gooners are getting a bit excited, yes we raped wigan to bits but they are wigan, that is just my point wigan are shit very shit we should be beating them. Also if united beat Blackpool wich they will it will be a 5 point gap, also we have the tiny little matter of fc barca in Europe and frankly I don’t see us doing it. Don’t want to seem so doom and gloom but we have done nothing yet to get excited about so let’s calm it till we atleast bag some sort of silver

  28. RockyLives says:

    Brilliant job of capturing the mood.
    The next run of games gives us a real chance of building some momentum.
    What’s most encouraging of all is that the first team seem to be sensing their own potential and are beginning to play with panache rather than nervousness.
    Gotta keep Theo van Nasregas out of the treatment room.

  29. RockyLives says:

    Rasp, thanks for the laughs, but how did you know my wife was outside in the snow?

  30. Rasp says:


    As was said earlier, we have no choice but to suffer when results don’t go our way so please allow us to enjoy it when it all works. This was the same Wigan team that gave us a hard game at the JJB, so maybe it was us who didn’t allow them to play.

    As London points out in the post, Barca don’t play any more tough opposition on average in La Liga as Arsenal do in the Premiership. We were shell-shocked when we played them last year. If we can keep our players fit (TVNG), then we have a good chance this time round.

    Hi Rocky, why do you reckon Chris Hughton was at the game? – he was sitting next to the Beckhams.

  31. Rasp says:

    …. mind you afc, the 8 changes didn’t help at their place I have to admit…….

  32. SharkeySure says:

    Great write up London. What a performance from the boys yesterday.

    On the keeper front, I’m really unsure now, because Sz has done so well, but Fab2 has no reason to be left out. Whilst I think Fab2 might just have the edge, continuity is a very strong argument for retaining Sz. I really could just toss a coin on this one. Nice problem to have I guess.

  33. SharkeySure says:

    Song’s imperiousness on days like yesterday is a real joy to behold, and he is making such fools of his more outspoken detractors.

    He really has that air of ‘this is my midfield’ about him these days.

  34. SharkeySure says:

    Wilshere was 19 on the 1st of January. 19 !! Wtf

  35. SharkeySure says:

    Last one I promise.

    Cesc, Song, Lil Jack, Sz, Clichy, Djourou, RVP. If that’s Project Yoof failing, I’d die of over excitement seeing it be successful.

    RVP -£2.75m, Song £2.5-3m, Clichy £0.25m. Lol !!!

    Arsene’s a genius, no ifs or buts.

  36. SharkeySure says:

    AFC – I really don’t know how ‘rape’ got trivialised to the extent that its now used in such a casual fashion.

    Surely if anyone thought about it even for a little bit they wouldn’t write/use it.

  37. Yeah yeah bring on Barca!!! says:

    “Bring Barca on i say!!!”……someones definately heading for a huge disappointment very soon!

    It’ll be over by the first leg without a doubt, if you think that pressing them quickly is going to do anything then you will be sadly mistaken! Barca will thrive on that, they will turn you inside out and create holes that your midfield and defence WILL NOT stop them from splitting you wide open.

    If they score just 1or 2 of their chances in the 1st leg then Arsenal will be in trouble. Barca will keep the ball for 70% of the game, that leaves you 30% to get the ball, create 4 or 5 clear cut chances just to get 1 goal, and that is not easy against Barca, if you watch them play you will know that they are the best at pressing players and forcing them into mistakes.

    What you need to realise is that for Arsenal to play their football means they are unbelievably vunarable against quick counter-attack football (as proved when Arsenal play Man Utd or Chelsea) and with David Villa they WILL open your defence up on numerous occassions. Be honest, Arsenals defence is not very tight and they leak goals regurlary so do you honestly think they are going to stop Messi, Xavi, Iniesta & Villa???? In your wildest dreams

    Dont get your hopes up cos you WILL be let down hard

    Mark my words, 1st leg: Arsenal 1-3 Barca and 2nd leg: Barca 4-1 Arsenal

  38. Rasp says:

    Tough talk YYb GoB,

    The games haven’t been played yet so your words are just conjecture.

    If you wish to enjoy our hospitality and place another comment, please let us know whether you are a genuine Barca fan, or just a bitter follower of one of our less worthy rivals.

  39. Red Arse says:


    We occasionally get Brighton Manure supporters on here. Don’t want to disappoint you, but it’s the same old drivel.

    Yawn, yawn! NEXT….!

  40. Big Raddy says:

    YYBOB. Cobblers.

    You are probably a teenager who’s Mum bought you a Barca top for Xmas and has never been to a football match. Or if you have been very lucky, your Grandpa took you to see Barca on a Spanish holiday in an attempt to get you away from your Wii and Lord of the Rings DVD’s.

    I find it very strange that anyone who is clearly English would support a Spanish team.

  41. SharkeySure says:

    Yeah Cobblers to that from me too. Just how much money are you willing to bet on your guesswork and predictions YY..?? You talk as if your rambling predictions are cast iron certainties.

    Lol. Wot a nutter.

  42. SharkeySure says:

    Todays debate of the day on the other site. Muamba would have been as good as Song given the same number of games !!

    Only on that ‘planet’ could that be discussed with any seriousness. Lol

  43. Gooner in Exile says:


    1) Great taste in wine would recommend Ramon Bilbao vineyard for a great Gran Reserva (in fact all their collection is pretty good)

    2) Good write up

    As for GK debate, I am firmly in the Sczezny camp, if the man in the shirt has done enough to keep it, he should not be immediately dropped to let the traditional No 1 in. This would be different in the Seaman/Manninger days as there was a clear difference between the two, however now there is no clear difference between the current two, and I’m sure we will all remember AW continuing with Almunia when Lehman was injured and he had to work to get his shirt back.

  44. Gooner in Exile says:

    As for YYboB….I cba to waste keystrokes

  45. SharkeySure says:

    Good point GiE….

    I felt that Manninger was hard done by at the time, but have to agree with your argument about having a clear no.1. If it had only been 2 or 3 games that Fab2 had missed then maybe he would have got the shirt back, but its just his bad luck that he’s been injured thru a busy period. Even without Fab2’s injury, we were always going to see a lot of Sz this month

  46. Harry says:

    Emphatic Win and a massive return to the feel good factor, I understand the tongue in cheek ratings and in a way we should take it game by game, just as the team needs too and most importantly this is what Wenger must do….

    Arsene must over not think it for now, take each game at a time and pick the team that will win that next game, but ,make the changes if required when needed, not too late, like he did at reverse fixture at DW.

    Rasp, the 8 changes for the away fixture wasn’t the problem, it was that Wenger did not recognise the need to change earlier, instead waiting for the Wigan equaliser….He learned his lesson though and against Leeds, at 2-1 and still needing the third, he brought on Fabregas and Van Persie, that was not lost on Grayson, nor the leeds team, whose hearts must have dropped…….

    Rotation is fine by me, get the balance right, keep the tempo and workrate up and ensure you have a couple of aces on the bench and we’ll be fine…But I stand by a comment of mine from the other week, we are still 1 signing short of a tough tackling CB/DM as at the moment we are one injury from a problem and also Djourou is not getting much of a rest…….Song too, he is immense, a trojan but he needs a clone for the lesser games……..Shame that Frimpong is out for so long, would have been interesting this season…

    With TVNG as our fulcrum, we are looking very very good, lets keep RVP wrapped in cotton wool, he is vital, he is a world class player…….

    As for the Barca appreciation fan club above, I am happy we are playing Barca, they wont be as confident as you my boy, points to note on last season, in the 2nd leg we had 5 first team players out!!, and we were still only one wrong pass from going 2-0 up at the Nou Camp, ok they dominated the first 50mins of the home leg, but we should have won that game 3-2 in the end, they were on the back foot at the end…..And you obviously saw the chelsea match recently? Yes we have made some mistakes and at times we have exposed ourselves to certain teams, but we are maturing and will be better than we were last year against Barca, i dont think they can be any better so game on as far as i am concerned….game at a time game at a time my boy……

    Come on Arsenal, lets the get the fans 100% behind them and leave the moaning to the fat lady when she has finished singing…This team is coming to the boil nicely………

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Harry. Excellent comment.

    Should we develop the same talent as MU of being better in the second half of the season, I predict glory.

  48. London says:

    Great comment Harry.

  49. ryandanielwood says:

    Nice one Harry. Good evening friends.

    I was tempted to write a long bubbly rant about our improvement and almost definite silverware this season, but I’ll just 🙂

    Because I think AFC have spoken for us all after that display!

  50. London says:

    Hello to your good self as well Ryan. Your succinct comment speaks volumes.

  51. SharkeySure says:

    Bindipped !

    Szczesny on twitter:

    “Did any of you notice that I was acctually playing today? Great result and well done”

  52. Big Raddy says:

    It is surprising to see that we have lost 5 games more than United and yet are only 2 points behind. Also that Chelsea are being ruled out of the race despite losing only one more game than us.

    It is a strange season

  53. London says:

    “German side St Pauli have asked the owners of one of their executive boxes to stop strippers performing during games after they installed a pole and mirror. “They can do what they like after games,” said club president Stefan Orth.” (Observer)

    And now, in terms of football, I have heard everything.

  54. Gooner in Exile says:

    Big Raddy @ 6:14pm

    Your comment should be shown to Man City fans who argue that drawing is better than losing, yes we are only 2 points behind (okay we have played one game less), but we have not drawn many, Man Utd have dropped 18 points by drawing, City 12 points, Chelsea 10points, and us 8.

    Okay added to the losses we have dropped 23 points, Chelsea 28 points and City 27 points and obviously Man Utd have not lost so stay at 18 points dropped. Spuds is funniest 31 points dropped in total.

    I’m sure some of you have seen this alternative PL table, it shows the distance between the teams on a points basis.

  55. Big Raddy says:

    Never seen the Cann table before. It is enlightening.

    On another note, Trevor Francis was co-com on my stream and gave Wilshere top marks. He said that Wilshere was the best British midfield talent he had seen since Liam Brady and that Capello should start to build the England team around him as of now.

    Perhaps a little OTT but I tend to agree

  56. Rasp says:

    Hi Harry,

    As many have said – great comment!

    I beg to differ on the issue of 8 changes. I agree that the team we sent out should have been good enough to win the game in terms of individual talent, but unfortunately it proved to not be good enough. It lacked balance, cohesion and leadership due to the 8 changes. I’m not fit to tie Arsène’s laces in terms of my football knowledge, but I wouldn’t mind betting that given the gift of hindsight and time travel, he would go back in time and make fewer changes.

  57. Harry says:

    Rasp, I understand your comment, but I really believe the constant talk and criticism of the 8 changes has been justly slightly over egged by journos and people as usual take it as read that was the issue……

    Remember, Fab was suspended, i think he would have started if not suspended, RVP was been wrapped in cotton wool, rightly so, look at the rewards…, we were unlucky that Diaby went off injured, he would have kept the power in the middle we lacked when he went off and we didnt have song on the bench, where he should have been….

    Arguably there was maybe 1 too many changes made and the balance wasn’t quite in equilibrium I’d give you that…..Remember we went one down came back and went ahead….. If Nasri and Walcott had come on at 65, we would have won, that I am sure……

    And lets remember, we should have had a penalty at the end, the point for me now is that we make too much of these changes when we dont need too…

    The players must be given the confidence that all teams that wenger puts out has the ability to win the game in front of them, but it requires Wenger to adjust as the game goes to ensure victory, note Leeds game, he made the right change at the right time….

    Which is the main point in the comments above, pick a team to win and have the aces on the bench and used at the right time…..But I understand and respect your point view……..

  58. Rasp says:

    Thanks Harry, it’s an interesting debate and no offence on either side.

    It is significant that in all subsequent games (however quickly they’ve come) that Arsène has pretty much fielded his strongest team every time.

    The really interesting thing will be to see what team he picks to play Ipswich on tuesday. I don’t expect the line up that played yesterday. I would imagine we’ll start with AA and Denlson and 2 out of Song, Fab, AA and LJ. If Squillaci is fit again, I can see him partnering Koscielny.

  59. Harry says:

    Yes, Tuesday will be very interesting, really looking forward to it, so are my boys, my youngest will be on the pitch at the start as part of the guard of honour…and my eldest is there everygame as a ballboy, so i am chuffed my little one has his moment near the players, he is really excited……..

    My line up:


    Sagna JD Kos Gibbs

    Song Denilson

    AA Nasri Rosicky



    Wilshere, Fabregas, Walcott, RVP< Bendtner, Clichy, O'shea

    I know lots have issues with Denilson, but my only issue is never have him and cesc on pitch at the same time, it deosnt work..If diaby was fit I'd played him instead of denilson.

    Lost of our fringe youth have gone on loan now, so whatever he picks it will be strong……

    There is an arguement that he should play the best, get 6 up and then change 3 of them, but to be honest if that team cannot beat them…..i'd be surprised…

  60. London says:

    Good point there Rasp about how it will be interesting to see which team he puts out on Tuesday. Once again I think it will be stronger than people expect. Wenger is in a corner to a certain extent: he has to win the tie, a loss will reflect very badly on him and he knows it and by that I mean that he cannot dismiss the tie as only being the fizzy cup, still if we cannot beat Ipswich at home then taking up knitting might be the right option.

  61. London says:

    Because we are one down I think the tactics will to start with a very strong team in order to get the goal back and go ahead and then ease off, rather than put out a so so team and if we are in trouble bring on the big guns and with this in mind I think the surprise will be that he starts with Van Persie and Fàbregas, remember we have Huddersfield on Saturday so both of those two can be rested if need be. So, my guess as to the line up is pretty much the A team.

  62. Harry – how exciting for you and your boys to be so involved, I’m thrilled for your youngest – what an honour 😀

  63. I agree London – I’m hoping that AW starts with the big guns on Tuesday afterall they would expect to play in the final when we get there.

    Also the Huddersfield game isn’t until Sunday London, at midday.

  64. Rasp says:

    That’s briliant Harry, I wish I’d had the foresight to get my boys involved in that way – good luck to you all. I agree with your line up except I think he could play Cesc in place of Nasri. As London says, he may play a stronger team than many expect. Did you see Nasri gesturing to come off after a particularly heavy challenge half way throught the first half against Wigan? Luckily he recovered, he seems to be very resilient.

  65. ryandanielwood says:

    Thanks London,

    I admire such an amount of the contributors to this blog for their fearless approach to pointing out what needs to be said, and I think from contributing everyday to the growth of the site is a huge improvement to understanding the team we have and the unique style we adhere to.

    Not to be considered a “yes” man, but I fully agree that Arsene is past the point of no return in the CC now, and nothing less than lifting the trophy will satisfy the press, and I suppose we as fans must take it upon ourselves to point out our undoing if the case arises.

    One things for sure, I’ll be standing by the team and the manager if it isn’t to be. That is something I am certain of.

    Harry Congratulations to you and your boys for the game. I’m sure they’ll be proud as punch.

  66. Rasp says:


    Did you see the recent interview in which Arsène said that it was not good enough just to compete any more – we have to win something. He also alluded to thinking that the most important game was ‘the next one’. I take this to mean (again as London said), that he will be going all-out to win the CC.

  67. London says:

    Hi Ryan

    I’m glad you see the point about the CC; I agree that in the eyes of the press nothing less than lifting the trophy will satisfy them; I am sure many will say oh Wenger doesn’t care what they say but I think this situation is unique and he has to care about the consequences of losing………sounds like the simplest solution is just to win it.

  68. ryandanielwood says:

    Yeah I saw that interview Rasp, got the heads up from here, of course! 🙂

    Arsene seemed wholly committed to doing as well in all four of the comps as possible. Which unfortunately I see as one shade optimistic, but I’d sacrifice the FA cup at this stage, for a real stab at the other three.

    His words on winning with style struck well with me. I was speaking to a manure friend of mine, who is simply bothered about winning the title, irrespective of the possible unbeaten honours.

    I had to debate that issue with him, that title is my favourite of all, and I would assume I say that for a lot of other AA’ers, considering I was about 2 years old when the miracle of 89 struck. :p

    I thought back to the winning with style quote and ran it past my friend that after being witness to so many recent title hauls, wouldn’t it be nice to have that tag to look back on possibly in a few years time?

    He said the treble year was enough and we called it a draw….:p

  69. …. and when we win it surely Cesc has to be lifting the trophy!!!!!!!

    One game from the final, its not a cup run anymore – its the semi-final, it doesn’t matter who’s played in the previous rounds it has to be about winning it now.

    I know its only the CC but we’ll love it when we win it 😛

  70. ryandanielwood says:

    Cesc will lift it of course Peaches.

    Anything to get him to stay 😉

  71. Harry says:

    Thanks all, yes I am so chuffed for them and jealous of course, was thinking of having a shave and disguising myself as a junior Gunner….The beer belly might give it away though!!

    Rasp, my boys and my daughter (left home now) are gooners through and through, brought up on it, i am sure my middle one Luke’s first word was Bergkamp!!! and not mummy, he could recognise him from anybody else……

    I agree Rasp, Nasri is very tenacious, he takes lots of kicks and gets on with it….

    Back to tuesday…..

    Its a fair point that with Huddersfield up next, it would be worth burying the tractor boys with the A team…..It is my preferred option but i see a couple of changes…..

    Lets hope the crowd are well up for it on Tuesday and get the place rocking, its a semi at the end of the day….

    In some ways it will be nice and very fitting to see the competition that wenger has used to blood his youngsters be the one he wins after 5 years without a trophy……

    Come on you rip roaring gunners……I am, excited already!

  72. RockyLives says:

    Great discussion.
    I completely in line with the view that we field our strongest team for the CC semi and rest players against the Udders.
    If I had to take a deafeat in either game, I would definitely chose an early exit from the FA Cup rather than going out in a cup semi.
    Mind you, I don’t want to lose either, because momentum is important for us right now.

  73. London says:

    Wise words as ever Rocky.

  74. RockyLives says:

    We’ve given Ipswich enough hope to feel they have a chance. I expect them to come and try for a 0-0 or 0-1 and pens, so they’ll pack the defence.
    If we play anything close to our first team we should be well able to unlock them. I wouldn’t mind taking a bet on the first goal being from a penalty.

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