Let’s Stay Together: Match Preview

Following on from Rocky’s finely researched post about the curse of the Carling Cup:

Another lunch time fixture, another outing for our dreadful blue away kit and a tough fixture.

I am from the generation which remembers Anfield as the toughest fixture of the season. Win up there and you were a quality team, you had to be because for many, many years Liverpool were supreme: The Liverpool side of the late 80’s was the best team ever seen on British soil until the arrival of  The Invincibles.

However, times move on and this Liverpool side despite having been expensively assembled is nowhere near good enough to win the PL (not that we are!), they are as unpredictable as a Nik Bendnter finish. Scraping past a very average Cardiff is proof of their weaknesses.

The hugely expensive purchases of recent years have shown that money cannot buy success – our record signing is Wiltord at £16m approx; in the last few seasons the Scouse have bought Aquillani, Torres, Downing, Saurez, Mascherano, Carroll, Henderon, Johnson and Keane, all of whom cost more than Wiltord. And what have they won? The CC. How many times have the been in the CL? Not enough for the investment.

Still swallowing the King Kenny Dream

However, they remain a potent force at Anfield and it must be remembered they beat us at THOF. They are unbeaten this season at home and yet have won only 4 out of 12.

Liverpool have some injury problems with Agger out but Stevie Me is likely to have recovered from his half hour for England.  Carroll may be a laughing stock but we are prone to concede goals from players of his stature. Had Mr Wenger had his way Reina would be playing for the good guys, he remains the best GK in the Prem (IMO). Their defence is shaky without Agger. Midfield will be where the game is won and lost. The impression I get from L’pool blogs is that Adam has not been a success, nor has Henderson and the loss of Lucas has been costly. Which brings us to Liverpools’s most potent weapon, Suarez.

Is there a less popular player in English football? It cannot be denied Suarez is blessed with huge talent but his cheating and demeanor are appalling – he is the new El Hadj Diouf. As to the racial abuse case: Dalgleish’s stand and the general support from the fans was shameful, in particular at a club with the proud heritage of LFC. There is no possibility Mr Wenger and The Arsenal would have supported the player in this case. It has harmed the standing of a great club. Will Liverpool sell Suarez in summer as I hope would be the case at Arsenal – probably not, just look at the way MC have handled Tevez. One insincere apology from the media dept and all is well  …. shame on them.

Arsenal have the usual injury problems. There are doubts about key players: Vermaelen, Rosicky and RvP, without whom we will struggle. Diaby is back in the squad but is unlikely to play.

My team:

Benayoun played very well last weekend and it is hard to drop him but I believe Gervinho’s pace will cause the Scouse problems. Mozart is on his best run of form in his Arsenal career and will surely start ahead of the fit again Ramsey.

Inventor from Liverpool: Mr Frank Hornby. Inventor of Boys Toys Extraordinaire. Not just the Hornby train sets but also Meccano and my personal favorite, Dinky toys. At one time Meccano was the most popular toy in the world.

Calm Down now

March is Mr. Wenger’s most successful  month with a Pl 52. W36 D10 L6 record. A win today could knock one of the 3 challengers for a CL place out of contention.

Beating the Miscreants was a result of team play and pressing all over the pitch, if we can reproduce this team ethic we can win …. Let’s Stay Together!

COYRRG

Written by Big Raddy

323 Responses to Let’s Stay Together: Match Preview

  1. goonermichael says:

    If we do win and the chavs win. The scum will be worried about dropping out of the top four altogether.

  2. kelsey says:

    Hope your team is right Randy 😉
    I knew you would chose a song title hence my last post.
    let’s hope it’s not a long and winding road. Help. Anyone got a ticket to ride.Hope we make it a hard days night for the scousers even with arshavin backin the USSR,do you want to know a secret, Suarez can’t buy me love.1-0 to us, hello, goodbye.

  3. goonermichael says:

    Kelsey 🙂

  4. goonermichael says:

    Heven’t read the post yet. I’ll give it the attention it deserves later

  5. VCC says:

    Kelsey. Class

  6. VCC says:

    Nice one BR

  7. slimgingergooner says:

    There’s no doubt this Liverpool team is beatable today, and hopefully they will have a few heavy legs in their side after a gruelling 120 minutes against Cardiff and a midweek International friendly.

    If we can press like we did last week then we will win. My only concern is if Liverpool get the home crowd going. Let’s hope an early game silences them.

  8. VCC says:

    Start with high tempo today and we will be fine. Need kos,verm,sang and Gibbs at the back though. Start with walkout and bring the ox on after 65 mins. 3 – 1. To the mighty arsenal.

  9. dandan says:

    Quality as usual Raddy, will be delighted if that side starts. Kelsey a few more 🙂 Henderson has to be the original nowhere man, Caroll the fool on the Pil-sners, Our day trippers, know all things must pass,and pool wouldn’t make top four even if there were eight days a week, cos when your 68, you are glad all over, that kenny has to let it be, cos this boy, thinks we can work it out, with a little help from my friends. So all together now, SHOUT, guys and HELP,cos Ive got a feeling, it wont be long, before kenny starts to cry baby cry,

    Have a house full of pool supporters in today so we definitely need to win.

  10. chas says:

    Nice one, BR.
    CMON you Gunners.

  11. Herb'sArmy says:

    Nice one Raddy, another top pre-match post, lets hope we continue where we left off.
    Evonne @ 8.07 prev. post – If I had to bet money on somebody not liking the clip, and commenting to make the point, all my money would have been on you
    a) You lack any semblance of romance
    b) You wait like a shark to pounce for any excuse to snipe at anything I post.
    I only put it up because I heard he’d been selected to represent the UK in the Eurovision, and I thought some might not even know who he is. And it took me back to my childhood.
    Not everything has to be commented on, just enjoy it for what it is, or don’t watch. I didn’t put ‘specifically for Evonne’..

  12. dandan says:

    Herb those were the days when the all guys could sing,not just the odd one we get today. he tried with three or four names before making it big with that silly name then he was stuck with it.

  13. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wow BiG,
    I thought you really had the “bile bit” between your teeth following the Spud pre match. Given that today we play the most vile supporters in the land, I strongly suspect you are on some cuddly pills.
    Still, its got me in the mood, so thank you for that.

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Techy question:
    When I plug my laptop into the TV for the onlinefooty coverage, I only get sound from the laptop. Any ideas?

  15. Herb'sArmy says:

    Nice one Chas, some serious miming going on there!
    True dandan, the world and his wife were ‘crooners’ back then. He and Tom Jones had the same manager, and E.H. only got ‘Please Release Me’ because Tom Jones turned it down.

  16. dandan says:

    Micky you need a HDMI lead if your laptop has a port for it.

  17. Hi Micky – you need a sound cable to run from the ‘headphone’ socket on your laptop to your tv – goes into the ‘audio IN’ sockets. Its a single cable from your laptop that ends with 2 dins into the tv – mine have red and white plugs 🙂

  18. I do wish some bloggers would stop sniping at each other 😦

  19. ……. and I don’t want to hear ‘he or she started it’ ……..

  20. dandan says:

    Chas I was at that match the Merson one, with my son the pool fan, we were right inline with the ball as it rolled into the goal.
    Kenny had resigned that week and as the teams ran out all the gooners sang “where’s your kenny gone” to be fair the scousers around us laughed, as they did when they sang we won the league on Merseyside. Happy days

  21. chas says:

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Song, Walcott, Rosicky, Benayoun, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Chamakh, Miquel.

  22. dandan says:

    Herb if you like singers this girl is a favourite of mine that a lot of people have not heard of.

  23. MickyDidIt89 says:

    dandan and Peaches,
    Thanks, I’ve got Brains on the case.
    And dandan, my hatred of Pool supporters excludes anyone in your family 🙂
    Chas,
    That team will win.

  24. chas says:

    Here’s a couple of screenshots of Szcz, Chambo and Bacary from SoccerAM

    http://twitpic.com/8reqpf/full

    http://twitpic.com/8rer62/full

  25. 26may1989 says:

    Pool’s line-up: Reina, Jose Enrique, Carragher, Kelly, Skrtel, Henderson, Downing, Spearing, Adam, Suarez, Kuyt.

    Carroll and Bellamy, along with a load of unfamiliar names, are on the bench.

  26. MickyDidIt89 says:

    26,
    Is that all they got? What a load of old rubbish 🙂

  27. chas says:

    I’ve got the sound off already!

  28. 26may1989 says:

    Looking good ain’t it Micky. Just start the game with a bit of that vim and verve we had last week and this could be fun.

    Points at Anfield, I love ’em.

    Come on the rip-roaring navy-and-turqoises!

  29. slimgingergooner says:

    No Gerrard, no Carroll, no Agger!

    These boys are there for the taking. Let’s get at them early and be RUTHLESS!

  30. 26may1989 says:

    OK chums, I have to sign off: a scouse mate is coming round to watch the game at mine, and it would be downright rude to be tapping messages to you guys when I should be lording it over him (or taking a right old piss-taking).

    Catch you lot later.

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    26,
    Nah, I say give them a two goal start 🙂

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Diaby on the bench!

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Come on you Gunners

  34. Gooner In Exile says:

    Quic check in pre kick off…great prematch as always Raddy. Anfield is one place I never fancy us, today is no different they have enough players to hurt us. Especially Bellamy coming off the bench. A horrible player on the pitch a decent bloke off it (especially in unsung charity work) and someone every fan would like in their squad.

    Quiet trepidation here, just had the pre match phone call with the Dipper bro in law, and like me he is cautious not to predict a win for his teams.

  35. oz gunner says:

    cheers for the pre-match randy.

    expected defensive lineup from liverpool. Why play adam and downing when they can only cross the ball, yet carrol isn’t in there and suarez isn’t winning a header against anyone.

    Come on ARSENAL!

  36. evonne says:

    Raddy – great prematch ‘Calm down now’ 🙂

  37. goonermichael says:

    Same team as Sunday?

  38. evonne says:

    Herb – you are either completely mad or have no sense of humour whatsoever!! No, no, no, I am not going to say anything anymore because it is not worth it. Just get a life mate

  39. goonermichael says:

    Apart from assualting women GIE. And hitting people with golf bats

  40. oz gunner says:

    yep GM. Damn i hate you Suarez!!!

  41. oz gunner says:

    two weeks in a row screwed by a dive!

  42. oz gunner says:

    Justice is served! awesome follow up.

  43. RockyLives says:

    Might be the kick up the bum we need.

    Total dive, though.

  44. goonermichael says:

    was it another dive? front bottoms

  45. oz gunner says:

    sure was GM. He put his put into szcz and pretty much front flipped. Worst than Bale’s

  46. oz gunner says:

    * foot

    damn damn damn

  47. goonermichael says:

    Is the ref a bent one like dowd, dean and webb?

  48. RockyLives says:

    Kozzer doing a Rosicky finish. Crap.

    Our MF needs to get a grip.

    But with Song just back from Cameroon, Benny from Israel, TR from CZech R they look knackered.

    We’re getting murdered right now.

  49. oz gunner says:

    apparently his field of view was impeded. Sure pure guess work. When in doubt award a penalty so it seems.

    We have started very very slowly. We look very flat and are getting hit badly on the counter

  50. slimgingergooner says:

    They are dominating midfield.Rosicky and Arteta need to get into this game.

  51. goonermichael says:

    I just celebrated a Kozzer goal until I found out it was the wrong end. It’s shit following on bbc text

  52. goonermichael says:

    hansen and the lawrensen will be happy. wankers

  53. RockyLives says:

    MF needs to work as hard as last week

  54. oz gunner says:

    our away support is fantastic, haven’t heard them stop singing all game. Can hear them very clearly

  55. oz gunner says:

    what a bloody cross! that was amazing!

  56. slimgingergooner says:

    Spurs gave us acres to play in last week because they thought they could outplay us.

    This Liverpool team have flooded the midfield and we are struggling to create anything.

    Until now!!!!!!

  57. slimgingergooner says:

    And they say he can’t cross!!!!!

  58. evonne says:

    Oz – what are they singing right now…. ‘he scores when he wants’ 🙂

  59. RockyLives says:

    ROBIN!!!!!!

  60. oz gunner says:

    Carra give it up mate hahaha

  61. goonermichael says:

    Have we scored? The bbc is shit

  62. oz gunner says:

    haha he sure does evonne. If it’s money he wants i’ll rob a bank for the cause!

  63. evonne says:

    GM – are you serious??

  64. oz gunner says:

    yeah GM. Sagna sent in a ripper of a cross, RVP got goal side of Carra and headed it home. Great cross, and great positioning by RVP

  65. goonermichael says:

    I am evonne. They are so slow to update the “live” text

  66. RockyLives says:

    Great cross from Bac, great header from Robin 1-1

  67. evonne says:

    Oz – it’d better be Australian bank, British owned banks are broke

  68. goonermichael says:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  69. evonne says:

    GM – don’t you have the liveonlinefooty subscription?

  70. oz gunner says:

    Nah Evonne i’m going straight to dubai, steal me some gold bricks. Hopefully ones that belong to man city. RVP can get paid in gold

  71. RockyLives says:

    Is Halsey blind? High tackle on TR7. The refs 1 yard away and he gives nothing.

  72. goonermichael says:

    I can’t evonne. My next client is having her colour washed off so I’ll have to do that in a minute.

  73. goonermichael says:

    not blind just corrupt Rocky

  74. RockyLives says:

    Chesney’s having a blinder.

  75. slimgingergooner says:

    Benny off for Gervinho second half.

    Maybe bring Diaby on for Rosicky aswell.

    Need to freshen up because we look tired going forward.

  76. oz gunner says:

    these flicks by Liverpool are starting to shit me off. Suarez wouldn’t be a problem if he wasn’t a diving cheat, the players are scared to tackle him

  77. evonne says:

    GM – ha ha ha, just be careful with the scrisors 🙂 i hope they are genuinly from Germany

  78. RockyLives says:

    Arteta gets done under Halsey’s nose – again no FK

  79. oz gunner says:

    it’s a joke Rocky

  80. evonne says:

    Our defence cannot cope with Suarez

    Oh my God, oh my God, post… post

  81. oz gunner says:

    You’re right evonne, we are struggling with the low crosses behind the defense, and the little dinky flicks. Hopefully yossi can do a walcott because he hasn’t done a thing

  82. RockyLives says:

    ‘Pool hit the post. We’re riding our luck.

    HT – we need to be MUCH better in MF in the second half.

    Rosicky, Benny and Song not really at the game. Song and Arteta wasteful and sloppy.

    But it’s 1-1 and we can improve 🙂

  83. chas says:

    Surely we can’t be as poor in the second half?

  84. Bloody cheating diving scumbags …… I’m fed up of them 😦

  85. They are so lucky, nearly every one of their flicks and punts find a player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  86. oz gunner says:

    Perhaps we need more help in the MF as we are getting over run. Yossi should move more centrally, just like last week with. It’s a shame enrique isn’t as attacking as assou because Walcott has got no room to move.

  87. slimgingergooner says:

    Well we have definately been ruthless because we have only had one decent chance and scored.

    We have ridden our luck first half. Need to keep and move the ball 200% better than we did in the first 45.

    This game is still there for us if we move up 2 or 3 gears.

  88. Gooner In Exile says:

    “ARSENE SORT EM OUT” I used to hate when we had to sing that to GG, but I’d like to sing it now.

    Liverpool working hard to flood midfield and good strong running from deep which is bypassing our midfield. Who look a bit too static.

    Szczesny having a blinder.

    We are not holding the ball, need to work hard for each other to give options and play as tight/narrow as they are, we are trying to keep our width and it’s killing us.

    I’ll take the point now go home and get ready for Milan.

  89. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Glad they can’t finish as well as Koscelny!
    Still, I don’t think they can play any better, whereas we certainly can.
    Agree Rocky,
    Our midfield look knackered.
    Still believe we’ll win.

  90. Gooner In Exile says:

    Let’s hope they’re going to run out of steam soon 😦 and Wenger gives everyone some speed at half time craftily disguised as a salt tablet.

    Lot of heavy looking legs out there.

  91. Gooner In Exile says:

    Have been a catalogue of poor decisions tho,

    Suarez dive
    Skrtel on Theo near corner flag
    Spearing on Rosicky

  92. oz gunner says:

    well said GiE

  93. RockyLives says:

    We’re getting zero protection from Halsey.

    Don’t think he’s bent GM, just a typical homer.

  94. Rasp says:

    Two games in a row and 2 disgraceful dives. The FA must look at these incidents retrospectively and start handing out bans.

  95. evonne says:

    Chas – are you not there?

  96. oz gunner says:

    how unlucky is that! hit by a shoulder on the way through

  97. RockyLives says:

    TSN2. (the channel I’m watching on in Canada) have finally woken up to the fact that it was a dive by Suarez for the pen.

    Diaby on for MA may be a blessing in disguise. But I hope Mikel’s OK.

  98. oz gunner says:

    great start from diaby. more of that please

  99. slimgingergooner says:

    Already you can see the difference a fresh pair of legs is making to our ball retention. Diaby always available.

    Gerv on for Benny

  100. oz gunner says:

    Well done szcz again!
    is Suarez splinter in disguise?!

  101. RockyLives says:

    Of course, first mistimed pass from an Arse player and it’s a yellow card.

  102. oz gunner says:

    someone please take a crowbar to his knee so he actually has something to roll around about. How as a bloke can you sleep at night knowing you’ve carried on like that?!

  103. RockyLives says:

    *mistimed foul

  104. slimgingergooner says:

    Piss poor from Song, surely he knows Downing wants to come in on his left. Silly foul

  105. evonne says:

    Luck is on our side, it could have easily be 4:1

  106. oz gunner says:

    shit come on, riding our luck with this one. Might be a role reversal though, normally when we lose it’s against 1 or two shots on target. So now we may win won doing it

  107. oz gunner says:

    too bad the luck didn’t come off down the other one. Very lucky save, walcott should of used more power though

  108. slimgingergooner says:

    They’ve missed a pen, missed 2 open goals and hit the post twice. I would take a draw right now.

  109. oz gunner says:

    @ slim

    sounds like a victory is deserved by us then. they weren’t clinical enough haha

  110. oz gunner says:

    please please please tell me that was just precautionary! ‘tight hamstring’

  111. slimgingergooner says:

    Zero luck for Abou. Poor lad must be gutted

  112. slimgingergooner says:

    I think Adam must’ve been enjoying too much Blackpool rock because his teeth are a mess!!!!

  113. oz gunner says:

    haha well said Slim, i was thinking the same sort of thing. On a football players wage how could you not fix that mess?!

    Bellamy will test Sagnas fitness

  114. MickyDidIt89 says:

    92nd minute would be “poetic justice” 🙂

  115. evonne says:

    8 mins ???

  116. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, make that the 98th
    Come on lads

  117. oz gunner says:

    6 for arteta evonne

  118. goonermichael says:

    8 minutes injury time?

  119. evonne says:

    92nd Micky !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  120. oz gunner says:

    dont worry evonne it’ll prob be 13.

    RVPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

    Told you slim!

  121. slimgingergooner says:

    What a fucking goal

  122. MickyDidIt89 says:

    92nd minute ha ha ha ha

  123. evonne says:

    Foocking brilliant !!!

  124. Gooner In Exile says:

    What a strike

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  126. oz gunner says:

    HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS!!!!

  127. evonne says:

    Rocky – Carling Cup Curse – you are genius!!

  128. goonermichael says:

    LOL. Cheats never prosper

  129. MickyDidIt89 says:

    yessssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  130. LB says:

    So tell me how many passes does Song have to make like that before you lot get it?

    Happy, happy, happy

  131. Gooner In Exile says:

    I spent 6 minutes smoking I don’t know how many cigarettes after that one went in.

  132. Irishgunner says:

    I’ll be back in 9 months, I’m off to have Robin van Persie’s babies

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Loved Robin kissing the Song boot.
    Superb ball
    Massive three points
    So happy

  134. slimgingergooner says:

    MOTM Szscesny,

    But RvP, He Scores When He Wants, He Scores When He Wants, Robin Van Persie, He Scores When He Wants!!!!!!

    And he scores how he wants!!!! What a brilliant volley!

    Smash n Grab, baby! Wooooooofuckinghooooooo!

  135. goonermichael says:

    I’m tempted to go on a very well known (in hairdressing) bindipping photographers facebook and gloat. Wouldn’t be very professional. Fuck it might as well.

  136. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wrong site LB 🙂

  137. WENGER IS GENIUS D.N.A…

    JUST KEEP DEFYING THE ODDS OLD MAN AND LET THE HATERS WHITHER AWAY..OH ARSENE WE LOVE YOU..

    ARSENAL FOREVER

    Ohh to Ooh to Be OOHH TO BE A GOOONER…

    ps..serotonen levels through the roof, what a high!!

    WELL DONE BOYS!!!!

    Man of the Match goes too—- No.12 (twelvth man) OUR AWAY SUPPORT!!!

    by far the GREATEST TEAM…. woooOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!

  138. oz gunner says:

    haha brilliant comment Irish. Tottenham we are coming!

  139. Danny says:

    What an awful game BUT who bloody cares!!!

  140. goonermichael says:

    Irish
    I’ll take care of the breast feeding

  141. Irish 🙂

    cheeky, but done with class in true gooner style!!

  142. Jamie says:

    Great comeback. They showed real gut today after going one down to an own goal.

    The sight of Arteta injured and you would have to imagine Abou Diaby aswell must have been hard to take for them.

    When was the last time we defended 14 corners with letting one in ?

    Great performance. We won a battle today!

  143. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Agree Danny,
    Post Inenationals are often ugly affairs, so to pick up three tough away points is just brilliant.
    So pleased we got the result for Koscielny.

  144. Irishgunner says:

    My mate just text me to say RvP’s strike was “an absolute cracker of a goal” – she is a Liverpool fan but very embarrased by the latest going-ons at the club. She wants Suarez and Dalglish gone asap

  145. hard to imagine they’ve already turned on king kenny? wow..

  146. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Anyone notice the gooner right behind the goal in the ’89 away shirt. That’s stylish

  147. Irishgunner says:

    😆 I don’t know what else to say about RvP, I think having babies is the only thing I can do that he can’t

    I’m also definite he will be here next season – we stuck by him through all those injuries and he won’t leave on a cheap

  148. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not the shirt obviously but the symbolism

  149. oz gunner says:

    I reckon they bring in benitez, spend big, go further into debt and slide down the table even more!

    Come on ryo!!!

  150. would i go into a little bit of debt to sign RVP to an extension??

    BLODDY FUCKING OATH!!!!!

  151. *bloody* haha.. delirious

  152. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just popping out to join GiE for a victory fag

  153. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great pre match Raddy.

    So, we nicked it 2-1, thats revenge for them nicking my mates trousers in 1986.

    St Totts day anyone?

  154. Anyone notice Robin wants to take off his shirt but then he decided not to do it? Maybe he was considering his yellow card record?

    ROBIN superb VANtastic PERSIE, awesome! absolute MOTM 😀

    Luis “diving racist” Suarez HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

    COYRRG

  155. oz gunner says:

    Agreed RuVP, i’d give him the keys to the emirates. Well done by szcz too, he has taken some criticism lately, but he played an absolute blinder. The heart by verm is inspirational as well, you could tell he was hurting, and he got hit a few times but he continued to give it his all!

    shit, 3 mins in and Man city should be 3-0 up.

  156. goonermichael says:

    I think we can do meeelan on tuesday

  157. oz,
    what a win mate.. i just woke up everybody in the suburbs!!

    had the game remained a draw, youd have to consider sceszny as MOM..he was the sole reason we remained in the game…well that and coupled with liverpools 2 left feet in front of goal..kelly anyone?

  158. neamman says:

    Its fair because they never vdeserved their win back at Emikrates. Suarez is a cheat and RVP is God.

    But we were lucky…. so what.. we have been unlucky in the past so it evens out!!! Come on MU and WBA ..smash spurs and Chelsea

  159. Irishgunner says:

    RvP was given MOTM but gave it to Szczesny

  160. RockyLives says:

    Great win. Our players have come back from all over the world and were clearly knackered.

    We could have been three or four down at half time. As it was, we were behind to another fluke goal (and if the pen had gone in it would have been just like last week – we’d have been two down to a fluke and a dive).

    Second half we were a lot better, but still hanging on a bit.

    Song picked up considerably in the second half… then it was all about the quality of the world’s best striker.

    Yes, I know… Messi, Ronaldo etc etc – but they play in the Scottish Premier League (Southern Division) where most games are a gimme.

    Brilliant game from Wojcech. His best yet.

  161. fuck he just ooooozez class.. even with little things like that..signature please????

    i want you to be “robbing (barclays) pursey’s for years to come!!

  162. I thought I’d ask Kenny if he wanted to write our match report but he told me where to get off so who would like to write it?

  163. kelsey says:

    “you lot” LB. oh dear oh dear oh dear.

    Anyway why did Diaby go off.?

    Anyone heard wenger he was totally honest but redknapp on sky only wants to talk about all the clubs that will offer RVP 200K a week. I think i hate daglish as much as suarez.

    we rode our luck first half but came back well.

    4 main men for m were RVP, Song,Sagna and Sczney with schnitzel just behind 🙂

  164. RockyLives says:

    BR
    As it was a 7.45am kick off here I’ve had the strange experience of reading your prematch after watching the game.

    Very enjoyable all the same. I loved my collection of Dinky Cars when I was a kid.

  165. RockyLives says:

    That was probably ‘Pool’s best performance of the season, so we did incredibly well to come away with three points, even if we rode our luck at times.

    Totteringham, we’re comin’ for ya!

  166. RockyLives says:

    Kelsey
    Steve Macmanaman was the co-commentator on TSN2. He was also going on and on about how van Persie would want to leave. Why is televised footy so full of ex-Scouser pundits?

    When the commentary team finally realised that Suarez had dived for the pen they dismissed it with “still, any striker in the world would have gone down in that situation.”

    What????

  167. oz gunner says:

    @ Kelsey

    the commentators said a tight hamstring, whether or not that was pure guess work, or they heard something i don’t know. Going straight down the tunnel can’t be good though, unless it was just for ice.

    @ RuVP

    bloody oath it was. Our community is pretty much a retirement area so i’m waiting to be given a noise complaint, but hey after the last two weeks it can’t be helped.

    It is going to be interesting to see who plays for Arteta against AC. No diaby, ramsey (so they say), wilshere, frimpong, coq.

  168. RockyLives says:

    anyone know what Arteta’s injury was?

  169. RockyLives says:

    Spuds fans will be bricking it big time now 😀

  170. kelsey says:

    RL

    He got barged but hit in the jaw and was out cold for a while,but they said later he was Ok but still going to hospital for a precaution

  171. i would rest every “important” player against milan..

    let the kids have a go.. the likes of yennaris, miquel, HELL lets start with PARK..IF he scores 5 goals we wont sell him in the summer!!

  172. kelsey says:

    RL,

    you should read Savage’s comments throughout the game on the BBC.

    I ask again what happened to diaby,he was playing so well.

  173. oz gunner says:

    that’s what i heard down here to Rocky. Mark “I was the best keeper in the world because i played for Man united” Bosnich reckons that will always be a penalty because szcz left his leg out. Apparently ‘it’s poor keeping technique, and if you leave your leg out like that strikers will fall over it’.

    It’s a bloody disgrace that anyone could justify that! how many times did suarez roll around and dive on the ground?! yet not one commentator says a thing. The other week verm was taken out a couple of times after he kicked it, yet the commentators start whinging saying he is looking to get the player carded, and needs to understand this is what competitive football is all about!

    Spearing that little hobbit was snapping in all game, and got away with it. Verm does it once to that rat suarez and it’s a yellow. No bloody consistency and it pisses me off!

  174. RockyLives says:

    Thanks Kelsey

    All I know about Diaby is the ‘tight hamstring’ comment mentioned earlier.

    I doubt AW will have wanted to take him off, with only AMs to replace him, so it must have been necessary.

  175. RockyLives says:

    Oz
    If you watch the slo-mo, Szczesny pulls his leg away from the contact.

  176. RockyLives says:

    Incidentally, today was a day when I felt we really missed the BFG. His composure at the back, and in transitioning from defence, would have helped us keep the ball a lot better than we did.

  177. LB says:

    Yep, that’s it Kelsey

    The lot that still don’t get it, there’s enough on here.

  178. RockyLives says:

    LB
    It was a peach of a pass by Song. I’ve watched his assist for Theo last week a bunch of times and the skill involved in that pass is quite phenomenal.

  179. oz gunner says:

    i completely agree Rocky, just repeating Mark Bosnich. Szcz pulls it back, but Suarez does everything he can to touch it and then flips pulling off the perfect somersault, a 9.5 in technique, but the landing let him down!

  180. RockyLives says:

    Oz
    That sort of diving “the Rooney” as it’s known in technical circles is one of the biggest cons in football.

    It will never be eradicated until they bring in retrospective punishment for cheats like Bale and Suarez.

  181. oz gunner says:

    You’ve got problems LB

  182. Rob Lucci says:

    Suarez is an ugly diving wanker.

  183. RockyLives says:

    Beautifully put, Rob. Couldn’t agree more 🙂

  184. evonne says:

    come on WBA

    GM – BTW, why don’t you book me and Peaches in for perm next match day? That way you can watch all 90mins

  185. RockyLives says:

    Redders
    Hope things have gone well today… this result will hopefully add some sugar…

  186. oz gunner says:

    Good call, considering Rooney has baited us with that a few times.

    I really don’t understand it, how do they get away with it?! Eduardo was nearly burned at the stake, yet these lot do it continuously with nothing said about them.

    My biggest concern is how the ref didn’t see that incident (blocked by kuyt) yet he still payed the penalty. So what is that, the striker gets the benefit of the doubt in those instances?! It can change the shape of matches, titles even yet it happens continuously!

  187. SharkeySure says:

    Massive 3pts today.

  188. evonne says:

    What a bastard my almost ex is!! Typical Pool supporter!! All the money I have given him and he hangs up on me 🙂

    Irish – Robin’s babies? I thought you breed kittens 🙂

  189. evonne says:

    Oh, Mr Sharkey! Where have you been?

    What’s wrong with RA?

  190. RockyLives says:

    Evonne
    He was just going in for some tests today.

  191. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Pool..unlucky?
    Come off it. Arsenal 3 Liverpool 0. It does help to win games if you score the odd goal.
    Ha ha ha
    I don’t care me. Three lovely points. Yum Yum 🙂

  192. kelsey says:

    This game reminded me of so many of ours at home.80% + possession, hit the woodwork and then against the general run of play we concede and lose.Not exactly the same scenario,but maybe lady luck has finally got behind us.

    Daglish is re recording Fool on the Hill 🙂

  193. kelsey says:

    from the BBC: shots ON target liverpol 4 Arsenal 7.

  194. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    Echoing Rocky’s comment.
    Really hope all went well.

  195. RockyLives says:

    This is from the comments section of a Spud blog:
    “Shit anyone else got that nasty sinking feeling? We will now really see what we r made of.Personally,not sure weve got the minerals. Barcodes apart weve been shit for about 6 weeks or so now.”

  196. RockyLives says:

    Great stat Kelsey
    They had lots of opportunities but could still only manage 4 shots on target against our 7.

    (But I’m guessing that hitting the woodwork doesn’t feature in the ‘on target’ stats)

  197. RockyLives says:

    Right, off out now with a smile on my face and a spring in my step 🙂

    Catch you later, fellow arsophiles…

  198. RockyLives says:

    Haha, one more before I go.

    Dalglish wants his team to “be ugly and win”.

    Has he looked round the mugshots in that team of his?

    They put the “ug” in ugly 🙂

  199. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rocky 🙂

  200. oz gunner says:

    enjoy your day all

    Hope all went well RA

  201. evonne says:

    RA – tests? On Saturday? Must be serious 😦 Take care RA xx

  202. MickyDidIt89 says:

    West Brom 0-0 Chelsea
    Oooo, was that a three ko?

  203. evonne says:

    Oh no, Torres coming on for Chelsea

  204. Rob Lucci says:

    And we thought spuds is the ugliest side in the premiership..

  205. evonne says:

    Rob – they are.

  206. Rob Lucci says:

    Surprisingly, Song plays more successful through balls than any other player in the Premier League.

    ZonalMarking

  207. evonne says:

    GOOOOOOOOalll!!!!! Well done WBA!

  208. Rob Lucci says:

    Surprisingly, Song plays more successful through balls than any other player in the Premier League.

    ZonalMarking

    Can’t anybody give me the stat? GN5? Anybody?

  209. evonne says:

    Is Mereles wearing long sleeves or he has new tattoos?

  210. LB says:

    Oz

    How have I got problems?

  211. goonermichael says:

    It just gets worse for the chavs

  212. Rob Lucci says:

    Haha evonne.

    Though I believe Liverpool can challenge them on that one..

  213. evonne says:

    Kelsey – only 1 up, they are the better team

    LB – Oz has gone to bed

    Anybody heard from Harry? I hope he is ok

  214. evonne says:

    All over!!! Chavs have lost AGAIN 🙂 And Cashle’s injured. Happy days 🙂

  215. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yesss West Brom
    Very good day indeedy

  216. kelsey says:

    evonne…you are awful, but i like you 😉

  217. LB says:

    Amazing the chavs lost.

  218. evonne says:

    Kelsey – thank you, I try 🙂
    LB – amazing? They were shite, WBA outplayed them today.
    Micky – indeedy 🙂

  219. 26may1989 says:

    P45 4 AVB?

  220. LB says:

    I think it is possible to trace back exactly when AVB knew he had lost his job. Do you remember, for let’s say, the first quarter of the season how animated he was, how much every pass seemed to mean so much to him and then all of a sudden it stopped. Since then, like now, he just looks resigned to his fate of going back to Portugal at the end of the season.

  221. LB says:

    Peaches

    Do you have a volunteer for tomorrow, it’s write a match report or open a bottle of wine.

  222. Did anyone volunteer the match report while I was gone?

    LB – surely you’ve already composed the words to describe how The Divine Mr Song pulls those passes out of his repertoire just so Robin can score another fabulous goal. You must fancy this one surely …. 😉

  223. slimgingergooner says:

    Jamie Redknap starting to annoy me a bit. Why would we tie down an injury prone striker to a long term deal? It’s only in the last 16 months that RvP has become consistent and I imagine we’ve been asking him to sign for the last 6 months.

    By Jamie’s method we would be clamouring to get Diaby on a 4 year contract! We would think the club was mental if that was the case.

    Anyway, what a great set of results. Just need a United victory tomorrow and we are laughing!

  224. You see evonne, I am a witch ……..

    Mr LB I would be delighted to accept your offer ……..

  225. LB says:

    Oaky doeky.

  226. Looking forward to it, I love your Match Reports ……..

  227. Lots of funny tweets from gooners asking for AVB not to be sacked

  228. goonermichael says:

    How much has abramobitch spunked on managers?

  229. evonne says:

    Peaches – you are not a witch, you are a cigarette thief

    There were rumours (sorry RA) that Maureen was house hunting in London last week. Spectacular come back of shabby White Broken Heart Lane?

  230. dandan says:

    Rumours around, dont know if it is true that it all kicked off in Pool changing room after match ????? 🙂

  231. evonne says:

    Dandan – possible. They had very good first half and poor second. Perhaps someone knicked their Carling Cup?

  232. Gooner In Exile says:

    Oh a lovely day, a Dipper supporting mate who i believe has been to see them play precisely once (last weeks CC final) tweeting about being a one man team, to which i replied i’d rather have one that can score compared to a team who can’t. He then followed up with preferring to have one trophy than one man, to which i replied come back win its a league title…22 years and crying with laughter 😀

    And chavs lost too, almost a perfect day, now we need United to complete the weekend. 😀 I may even cheer on a Martin O’neill team too.

    And as for Jamie Redknapp and spouting about RvP should have been signed up to a LT contract a long time ago, I would like to point to two things:

    1) Portsmouth on the brink courtesy of his Dads lucrative and long contracts.

    2) Diaby

    If RvP had not recovered from his fitness problems for the last 18 months he would be part of the overpaid deadwood that everyone loves to refer to.

  233. Gooner In Exile says:

    Dandan I think it didn’t kick off, Spearing just threw a few toys out of his pram, never has a professional footballer looked so much like he should still be in a pushchair. Toddler in a mans body.

  234. VCC says:

    LB 5:16.

    “A” Bottle of wine?

    I’m on my second bottle of red already.

    ARSENAL…ARSENAL….ARSENAL

    ARSENAL…ARSENAL….ARSENALLLLLLLL

    OH TO…..OH TO BE…. OH TO BE A GOONER.

    PREDICTED 3-1 TO US BUT TAKE A 2-1 WIN.

    Thats a fantastic win for us.

  235. dandan says:

    GIE My pool supporting son wants to know was he throwing Suarez around 🙂

  236. evonne says:

    I can hear heavy breathing in North London! It is not Billy Goat Gruff, it is Arsenal breathing down scum’s necks, he he he he he

  237. goonermichael says:

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  238. evonne says:

    GM – Dudek did well for Pool, saved a few penalties dancing 🙂

    Did you do a nice hairdo for the lady without chopping her ears off in excitement ?

  239. Gooner In Exile says:

  240. Gooner In Exile says:

    Following on from our little password discussion yesterday:

  241. Gooner In Exile says:

    https://twitter.com/persie_official/status/176019741276778498

  242. Rob Lucci says:

    Chelsea? kehkehkeh…

  243. SharkeySure says:

    Evening all.

    Cracking write up BR. Agree that Liverpool are a great advert for not spending money, that and working on your style of play is a better option

    £35m on Carroll really is the ‘shit transfer’ of all time. Its just so odd because AC is so one dimensional, and his strength (aerial ability) is aligned to a style of play that is pretty much redundant these days.

    Add to that Henderson (oh dear) and Downing…and you really have to wonder about Dalglish’s sanity. Normally for the Pools bigger games you don’t see any of those three starting.

    30 PL goals all season..?? Same as Wolves, less than Blackburn, West Brom and Fulham. WTF..???

  244. onehappygooner says:

    See the RvP clip on the BBC Sports page ? Interviewed after todays game and referring to the upcoming Milan game he said , “impossible is nothing – we´ll give it a go”.
    What a guy . Watch it and BELIEVE . I do .

  245. SharkeySure says:

    Hi Evonne…..

    Mad mad week. Sick as a dog with flu at times, but still had two days in Edinburgh and one in Bristol. I NEVER travel for work, hence I start a new job on Monday, having only started this one in mid Jan !!

    Nice end to the week with 3pts at Anfield though….

  246. Rob Lucci says:

    “The bad news of the day is that Diaby is injured and did his hamstring.

    “Benayoun has a small hamstring problem, Gibbs has a problem.

    “We look decimated after the game. I don’t know who will be available on Tuesday night.”

    Arsene Wenger

    poor Diaby, he had a great game. We finally can keep hold of the ball when he came on.

  247. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “Impossible is nothing”
    Bloody hell that’s good. Thanks onehappygooner

  248. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi Sharkey,
    Long time

  249. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Actually, I really hope we rest people against Milan.

  250. SharkeySure says:

    Alright Mickey….

    I’m in a real quandary over the CL too.

    I’m leaning towards giving it up. Stick RVP on the bench and see how we get on by Ht, then use him sparingly.

  251. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great pics Chas. Did you see Robin kissing the Song right foot?

  252. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sharkey,
    Although things are looking good in the league, we still have a very fragile team and there’s a long way to go. I simply cannot see us winning the CL, let alone doing that and finishing top four. I think the likes of The Ox, Coq, Miquel etc are possibly more likely to do well against Milan anyway. Most of today’s boys had overseas midweek games on top of today. I would take the three points against the barcodes any day.

  253. chas says:

    Super shot of the disdain on the Verminator’s face.

    Haha Micky.

  254. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Having said all that, I am convinced Arsene will play his strongest side against Milan.
    He’ll probably lead us to the CL Final and St. Totterigham’s Day 🙂

  255. MickyDidIt89 says:

    So cool Chas 🙂
    Robin really knows how to show his appreciation to players as well as fans. Absolute Top Gunner.

  256. chas says:

    Sharkey,
    …”plain f*ckin embarrassing” 🙂

  257. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eh?

  258. chas says:

    Just Sharkespeare being naughty on another site, Micky.

  259. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah, that’ll be LG I’m guessing.
    If so, I went over about a week ago for a first read in ages. Their leader has completely lost the plot. I think that to justify a rather large hole they’ve dug for themselves, Arsenal losing is preferable. I saw some bloke booted off for coming on apparently “gloating” because Arsenal had won!!!

  260. chas says:

    Sharkey was reacting to the description of Song’s pass as ‘average’.

  261. LB says:

    Peaches

    Job done, it is in drafts ready for Rasp’s magic.

    Did Sharkey call Song’s pass average, that’s really funny, still I suppose it is a weekly event.

    Nice one Sharkey, you know where I am coming from.

  262. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah, the thorn that is Song 🙂
    I imagine there must be issues over Koscielny as well!
    Right, this is goodnight from me.
    Cheers Chas.
    Supporting Arsenal is just sooo damn good, thanks Dad 🙂

  263. Gooner In Exile says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17244582

    It’s so funny that Chavs don’t realise the board want them to move because they need better corporate revenue. 18000 seats does not bring that much revenue, but good boxes all round a ground do. That was the master stroke in our stadium, even if it cost some atmosphere.

  264. LB says:

    GIE

    What is your guess at the price of an average box per season at the Emirates?

  265. SharkeySure says:

    Lol Chas.

    I don’t ever post anything there unless something really gets my goat and that really did.

    F***ing Wizard of Oz hiding behind a blog curtain and red carding all naysayers. He then starts making out like I’ve disappeared even though my only response to him was to thank him and wish him a good evening.

  266. SharkeySure says:

    Alright LB..£6k ??

  267. SharkeySure says:

    “Average pass unbelievable finish”

    Oh dear or Lol..I’m not even sure any more

    Somoene lese sui

  268. RockyLives says:

    Sharkey
    Is that a comment from LG?
    I would give any of those Sunday League warriors a hundred attempts to make that pass in the time Alex had. I guarantee they would not do it once.

  269. Gooner In Exile says:

    http://www.arsenal.com/platinum/executive-box/executive-boxes-2011/12

    LB it states these boxes are for the 11/12 season. And start from £74k + VAT I guess for the ten seater with no hospitality at about £3k +vat per game assuming that’s a whole season price. If it’s for the rest of this season it’s something like £10k + VAT per game which seems too much.

  270. SharkeySure says:

    *Someone else said* it was RVPs movement and quality that turned it into a good pass…”anyone else it would have rolled out towards the corner flag.”

    Oh the irony.

    They completely miss the point that every misplaced pass that they kill Song for could also be down to the lack of anticipation and/or movement on the part of the receiver.

    Funniest thing is that Song was always going to have a difficult afternoon after his travels this week, and thats what I absolutely love about Alex…he just keeps trying to play the right way, no matter how ‘his game’ has gone so far.

    Its as if he never feels/realises he’s not having a good game. Some do, and then change their game, by simplifying it, avoiding the ball, and generally hiding.

    Song is a marvel. He always shows and always wants the ball, and hence he can pull out passes like the one that put Gibbs(?) in round the back, or the masterpass for RVP.

  271. SharkeySure says:

    Nice cameo from Diaby today…..

  272. Gooner In Exile says:

    Saying that £15k + VAT for the 12 seater against Milan

    http://www.arsenal.com/hospitality/events/champions-league-hospitality-ac-milan

    £12.5k + VAT for Chavs for the 10 seater

    http://www.arsenal.com/hospitality/events/matchday-hospitality-chelsea

    £6.5k + VAT for Villa for the 10 seater

    http://www.arsenal.com/hospitality/events/matchday-hospitality-chelsea

    All includes 4 course meal, drinks, tea coffee a programme and a corporate gift.

    £780 inc vat per person that’s got to be some meal and gift 🙂

  273. Gooner In Exile says:

    Cameo 😀

    It’s such a shame but he had some good touches, then when Sagna was down he came over to Lewin and you could see him say something (probably “I hurt somewhere”), Lewin almost double takes. Then a few seconds later he is pulling out of a challenge, then he is off for Ox.

    He could have been such a great for us, comparing to RvPs history and current form, would you persist with Diaby?

  274. Gooner In Exile says:

    Loving this :

    Too much Seaman see you all later

  275. Gooner In Exile says:

    Ok one more

  276. RockyLives says:

    Sharkey
    Apparently Song didn’t get back from Cameroon until yesterday. He can certainly be cut some slack if he was a bit leggy to start with – although it’s a measure of the man that he upped his game in the second half.

    The haters just want to hate, they’re not interested in any kind of objective assessment of players.

  277. RockyLives says:

    Come to think of it, most of the players who struggled to recapture last weekend’s form were the ones who had travelled: Song to Cameroon, Benny to Israel, TR7 to Czech Republic…

  278. SharkeySure says:

    Agreed Corky…makes todays 3pts all the sweeter.

    There’s someone on here (GiE?) who once said that Song sometimes/often seems to start slow and finish strong. When I think of some of his ‘less spectacular’ moments, they usually are in the first 10-15mins.

    To clarify, there was no sarcasm intended re ‘Diaby’s cameo’. I genuinely was glad of the reminder of just how good he can be.

    Keep or sell….no brainer for me. Keep 100%

    There was a vid on 101GG of his individual perf against Bosnia. In the clip the whistle went and I thought wow, what a game he had. Oops,..that was half time. He was incredible that day…he simply ran the show from start to fionosh, going from box to box like a souped up hybrid of Vieira and Cesc.

    Its on 101 Great goals .com…but I couldn’t see a search bar.

    Night all

  279. Gooner In Exile says:

    It was me Sharkey who said that about Song.

    I just get the impression he is a very laid back guy, it kind of works for him tho as he gets through 90 minutes at that pace. Whereas Adam ran round very quickly at the start but tired legs led to tired passes, whereas to play that pass in the 92nd minute of a tough game you need to have some fitness.

    I have no problem with Song playing those kind of passes, if we lose possession there it wouldn’t be a biggy, where he can infuriate me is taking too many touches and not moving the short ball quickly enough. Altho as I said a few weeks ago it comes with confidence and players around him offering short options quickly too.

    I’d keep Diaby if the management are sure it’s not a mental thing which now I really am starting to wonder. He quickly got into the game today and I was excited to see it.

  280. goonermichael says:

    I’ve just read the pre match (superb as usual) I’m in the process of watching the game on football first. It sounds like matt le tissier co commentating and he says it’s a dive. I love the way suarez pulls down his sock to emphasize he’d tacken a knock on the shin. I don’t think he’s any more of a cheat as rooney or gerrard though they are all dogshit filth. I think there are some good performances in this game although they,re not playing as a team as much as they did on Sunday. I’m beginning to really dislike the scouse bastards. I don’t even read the haters anymore. Most of them are retards anyway.

  281. goonermichael says:

    Diaby will take time to get a consitsent, injury free period. He’s a great player when he’s on song. I think Robin will sign. I couldn’t imagine him going to anothert English club.

  282. 26may1989 says:

    Alex Song is hands down brilliant, and if there are muppets on LG dismissing him, that’s just one more reason for me not to bother visiting. Well done to Sharky for righting the wrongs though!

    Diaby. Blimey, what a conundrum. Rob Lucci was on the button, saying that our midfield really stabilised when Diaby came on today. But these injuries are beyond a joke. It’s undeniable that Diaby has used up a valuable, well-paid slot in our squad; what have we lost in terms of developing the squad while we’ve persisted with Diaby? That’s impossible to judge, but just picking one player for comparison: Walcott is three years younger but has already played 50 more games than Diaby.

    I really hope I’m proved wrong, because Diaby has real talent and at 26 there’s still time for him, but watching him go off after 25 minutes in his first match for six months had me shaking my head. I just think we should wish him luck and cut our losses.

    I’d like to challenge the idea that we were that lucky, winning today. Yes, Liverpool dominated in the first half but they failed to translate that into enough really clear chances. Their goal came from a poor cross from Henderson that Kos screwed up and they won a pen from a dive. Kuyt hitting the post was good, but despite Suarez’s brilliance in his slaloming run through our defence, he ended up with an opening that he was stretching for. And his post-strike was from a very tough angle. Liverpool had 14 attempts today but only four on target and also got 13 corners (to our zero). Yes, Szczesny was awesome today, but those figures suggest a lack of a killer instinct. And if you want to see what they were missing, what better evidence is there than Sagna’s cross, Song’s pass and van Persie’s finishing?

    We didn’t play well today, probably as others have said due to tiredness, but the better team won.

  283. El tel says:

    Song is a very good player who could. Ecome a great with a pacey partner at DM.

    I was talking to my Brother at half time. He was fuming that we were playing poor again to which I disagreed.

    There was so many things going on off the ball and late challenges which Halsey turned a blind eye to. I said to my Brother these things make it almost unplayable against an opponent who are allowed to get away with it.

    I wouldn’t be so annoyed if it went both ways but our players were conceding free kicks for nothing.

    There was a foul given away by Rosicky right on the half way line, his studs were up bu the clearly got ball only, fair enough a foul was called.

    The real bummer was that within minutes Shearing studded Rosicky in the shins. Halsey was a couple of yards away and clearly sighted.

    Guess what? Not even a foul given. I can’t stand cheating and to see their players diving around just as the Spuds did last week then them getting away with coming in late and shoving elbowing and off ball incidents really gets me wanting to call it a day watching football.

    Great result, brilliant goals from RVP and outstanding keeping from Chessers.

    Still angry about the Refs.

  284. El tel says:

    Diaby should be sold.

    He looked great in the few minutes he has played but imagine someone like Goetze or Gourcuff in that role. The wages would be similar and you will get a far more potent and consistent player.

    Even if we didn’t sign anyone I would rather see the Ox and Rambo than Diaby.

  285. oz gunner says:

    agree El Tel and 26. He was out for 4 months with a hamstring injury and then it happens again. Yes when he came on he was quite good, but at those wages when is it time to just call it a day. He is just blocking a spot for another player or even someone like lansbury. The kid has be playing really well in the under 21’s for quite some time now (somehow in the under 21’s tournament he wasn’t a starter, yet when he came on he always changed the game).

    I feel bad for him because it’s not his fault, it’s a lot on money to be paid for not playing.

  286. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all agree with El Tel about the decisions, Halsey should be a good guy for us, I seem to remember it being publicised that when he was suffering his illness Wenger contacted and visited him, the club did stuff for him too. Maybe he doesn’t like to appear to favour us?

    But what I noticed with the Liverpool players more than the wreckless challenges was the “hands on and let go” I think this comes from their coach Steve Clark as Chelsea were also masters. When an opponent is set to receive the ball and during first touch they put hands on the opponent, pushing or pulling not with enough force to pull them over but enough to upset balance/pace it gives their teammates enough time to gather round and rarely draws a free kick. Kelly got penalised for this on Gibbs because he held on too long, and Carra tried to do it to RvP for the first goal, you see him pull RvP then try to push him forward. Adam was at it all game in the centre of the park.

    Those 3 points were absolutely huge.

    I wonder how Kuyt feels today as he definitely took resoonsibilty for the penalty as Adam looked like he wanted to take it as he marched to the spot ball in hand pointing to himself. 😀

  287. evonne says:

    Morning all, I can face Match of the Day again 🙂 Love the programme after a win 🙂 come on you Gunners

  288. evonne says:

    Alen Hansen has given Arsenal 10 out of 10 for digging in and trying!!! Bloody hell, I thought I’d never see the day 🙂

  289. Nice day 4 a post!

  290. evonne says:

    …nice day to stay in watching footy 🙂

  291. Gooner In Exile says:

    Hodgson at WBA vs Dalgleish at LFC

    Dalgleish has spent how much and his team lie 4 points above Hodgsons WBA who have hardly spent anything.

    I think the players at LFC never took to Hodgson but you have to wonder what he could do with a team of talent who respected him as he has always got more than expected from
    solid pros.

  292. evonne says:

    Morning GiE – you don’t like Kenny, do you? Lying naked in central circle 🙂

    Yeah, Roy Hodgson is a good manager and a terrific guy. WBA were by far the better team yesterday.

    AVB’s nose is getting redder and redder, he must be drinking heavily waiting for his marching orders

  293. evonne says:

    That Polak Szczesny did well yesterday, but Southhampton’s goalie Kelvin Davis was absolutely unbelievable. They’ll be in EPL next season and he is the one to watch out for, would like to see him versus Boy Wonder

  294. evonne says:

    …come on dogs, walkies, nobody talking to mum

  295. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha Evonne, Szczesney is a Gooner Szczesney is a Gooner Na Na Na Na Oi Na Na Na.

  296. Gooner In Exile says:

  297. oz gunner says:

    hahaha Evonne

  298. MickyDidIt89 says:

    OK GiE,
    That is just plain weird

  299. kelsey says:

    Morning.

    Here’s an interesting post I found last night.

    “To all those who support dalglish: Kenny has won just 1 more game in his first 26(10) , than roy did in his first 24(9). We’ve got 13 points in our last 16 games, just as much as roy got in his first 13 games, yet one got axed, one gets unwavering support.”

    Makes me think that Liverpool fans have a case of Messiah Syndrome, ala Newcastle and Kevin Keegan.

    I’m not sure the owners will give him more than another year without CL footbal

  300. chas says:

    As good as a goal…..

  301. chas says:

    Lovely

  302. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey interesting numbers there, do you think the FA Cup will buy more time if they win it?

    To me he looks like someone beginning to realise why he left football in the first place.

    Think Hodgsons numbers will be skewed by Europa too which they weren’t really going for. But for me LFCs football (as I said earlier) has more to do with Clark than Dalgleish not just the dark arts its the kind of direct football that did for Chelsea so well, unlike Liverpool Chelsea had a very clinical and efficient front man in Drogba.

  303. kelsey says:

    Possibly GIE,

    Hodgeson wasn’t the right man for a “big club” he admitted himself. Liverpool have spent 109 million since KD took over and two of those buys were gambles in Adam and Carroll. They need a bigger stadium and more investment.Many clubs think that former players that were idols will automatically make good managers,.Does that actually happen these days.Liverppol are not Chelsea and I think KD will be given time.

    Another interesting fact with our defence is that we have used 26 different combinations this season, which is remarkable.

    I want to talk about RVP and his future but will leave that until later on today.

  304. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey I think its a debate for a whole other day, perhaps you could write a post on it

    I have been thinking about it myself, its a finely balanced situation, 28 now, 29 when contract ends, how long and how much should we offer him? Arguably if its about money we’re going to need to throw him £200k per week. But on top of that he is going to want his last big set up for life contract….so how many years 3/4? Is that a good decision having a 32 year old centre forward on £200k per week?

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