First Andy Carroll, now Robin van Persie. Match Report Plus Ratings

So, the great goal droughts are finally over.

Liverpool’s Andy Carroll (£35m, 9 games without a goal, 4 EPL goals so far this season) netted against Blackburn on Tuesday and Robin van Persie (£2.75m, 4 games without a goal, 27 EPL goals this season) scored against Wolves last night.

Not much to choose between them really.

Heh heh heh.

And so to our game at Molineux, which turned out to be doubly comfortable.

Firstly, the team strolled to victory, helped by two early goals and the sending off of Wolves defender Bassong. That’s right, the Bassong who just happens to be on loan from the Tottering Hotspuds. Heh heh heh again.

Secondly, it was not on live transmission here in North America, so I watched it hours later, already knowing the result, which made it very comfortable for me.

It’s a very different experience watching the full 90+ minutes when you know that we have won. There’s none of the agonising, the edge-of-seat anxiety, the frustration when passes go astray.

It’s like watching a video of yourself on an extremely scary fairground ride. You’re an observer, not a participant.

But this dispassionate viewpoint allows you to really concentrate on how each of our players performed and how the game panned out.

Arsène Wenger started with two enforced changes to the team that defeated the Manchester Oilers. Djourou was in for the suspended Koscielny and Santos replaced Gibbs, who was suffering from fatigue, having never played so many consecutive games without injury before.

But Le Boss also made one unenforced change, resting Tomas Rosicky, arguably our star player over the last two months, in favour of Aaron Ramsey. Yossi Benayoun deservedly kept his place in the team after a fine effort against Citeh.

On balance it was a cautious line-up, as if Arsene was expecting a tough battle.

Things didn’t pan out that way. As a contest it was over after 12 minutes. We started brightly, moving the ball well, and before too long Theo Walcott broke into the box and was brought down from behind by Bassong. A clear penalty and a straight red.

Robin van Persie, having not wanted to score for a few games, decided that on this occasion he would, and put the penalty away with an audacious chip down the middle of the goal after sending the Wolves ‘keeper Hennessey the wrong way.

One nil to the Arsenal. And a few minutes later it was two nil. Robin fed Theo who burst into the box and finished low and hard with real confidence for his ninth goal of this Premier League campaign.

After that we seemed to ease off the gas. We kept possession well but our cutting edge was a little blunted.

The commentators I was listening to kept moaning about our perceived lack of adventure, but haven’t we been guilty in the past of being too gung ho when we take a lead? You never know when you’re going to get Dowded, so I, at least, am pleased that we carried on with a steady possession game.

In addition, credit must go to the Wolves players who, although adrift at the foot of the table and on an appalling run of defeats, kept fighting throughout the game. Occasionally they were too physical, but this was partly the frustration borne of being two down with 10 men against a team who won’t let you have the ball (I believe we had 72% possession overall).

The Wolves fans were noisy for most of the match, but seem a pretty stupid lot. For a start they hounded Walcott all game long for having won the penalty. You’d think that after a few minutes word would have got round from people using their mobile phones that the decision was the right one, but apparently it didn’t.

Then they serenaded their own manager, the luckless Terry Connor, with a rendition of “you don’t know what you’re doing” for replacing a striker with a defender after going down to 10 men. It’s probably fair to say that that decision spared Wolves from a much heavier beating.

One noteworthy incident from the first half was when Robin van Persie was deliberately obstructed on the edge of the Wolves penalty area by Stearman. The ref missed it, but Alex Song bounded up to give Stearman a piece of his mind. I was pleased to see one of our senior players coming to the captain’s defence. I don’t think it would have happened last year.

The second half was more of the same (Arteta, Ramsey and Song controlling the game from midfield) apart from a period of about 15 minutes when Wolves had a bit of a go.

Their best moment was a header brilliantly saved by Szczesny, who was going the wrong way but managed to contort his body back in the opposite direction to make an important save to his right. At that point it would have been 1-2 and who knows how things might have panned out. Actually, on second thoughts, if they had scored I think we would have gone straight back up the other end and bagged a couple more. This year’s Arsenal has got heaps more bottle than last season’s model.

The Wolves revival soon fizzled out and we resumed total control, creating a hatful of excellent chances in the final 20 minutes. The only one that got tucked away was a fine shot by Benayoun from the edge of the area after a layback by Song. Benny shaped to do a curler to the far side of the goal. It completely fooled Hennessey and he was wrong-footed when Benny lashed it low and hard inside the near post. A quality goal from a player who has really endeared himself to the fans despite his limited game time.

There was time for a few more near misses by our front line and another great save by Szczesny before the final whistle went. Oxlade-Chamberlain got a run out as a sub for Walcott and looked as direct and dangerous as we have come to expect. And it was nice to see Carl Jenkinson get a few minutes in place of Sagna.

So we’re five points ahead of the Spuds and the Geordies and seven ahead of the Chavs.

The table is looking a lot sweeter than we could possibly have hoped for back in the early stages of the campaign.

However, with an in-form Wigan up next there’s no room for complacency. We need to make this third spot ours, not least for the stability it will give us as we make our summer transfer plans.

RockyLives

Player Ratings

Szczesny: Had little to do, but when called upon he made two fantastic saves – a real testament to his powers of concentration. 8

Sagna: Defensively as reliable as ever and got forward well. A couple of excellent crosses and a few wayward ones. 7

Vermaelen: Very solid and commanding at the back. 7

Djourou: Not too much to do but what he did, he did well. 7

Santos: Generally did OK, but rode his luck a few times. He likes to get forward, but can be caught out at the back. However, he will need a run of games before we can really judge him. 6

Song: Another fine performance, including an assist for Benny’s goal. Some of his attempted “killer balls” came to nothing, but he was combative in midfield. 7.5

Arteta: A good game for the Spaniard, but I thought he was a fraction below par and was dispossessed a few times as well as uncharacteristically misplacing some passes. 7

Ramsey: He out Arteta’d Arteta last night. He was involved in everything – his passing stats must be close to perfect – and he made numerous progressive through balls that could have led to three assists on another night. In one five minute spell he set up Robin twice and Arteta once. He was desperately unlucky not to score when Hennessey made a great block from point blank range, but earlier seemed to fluff a good chance through lack of confidence in front of goal. Nevertheless, he was our best player on the night by quite some distance. 8.5 MotM.

Walcott: What can you say? He had a really poor game apart from the small fact of winning the match for us. He ripped Wolves to shreds in the first 15 minutes to put us two up. After that, pretty much everything he tried didn’t work. Perhaps the crowd getting on his back for the entire game affected his equilibrium. But it has to be a high mark because he did the stuff that really counts. 8

Benayoun: He’s becoming a popular figure among the faithful.  He was less involved than Ramsey or Arteta, but was always a thorn in Wolves’ side and took his goal beautifully. 7

Van Persie: A stylish penalty got him back on the goal trail. He could have had another couple if the chances had fallen slightly better for him, but his hold-up play and linking of our attacking moves were outstanding. 7.5

Subs

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Always looks a threat. 7

Jenkinson: Brief cameo. Nice to see him back. N/A

RockyLives

146 Responses to First Andy Carroll, now Robin van Persie. Match Report Plus Ratings

  1. sam says:

    You must be watching another match. Ramsey was terrible and clearly the worst Arsenal player on the pitch. I’m not going to knock him but let’s call a spade a spade.

  2. Timmy says:

    Nice report Rocky, you’re right about Ramsey, only thing is he has to improve on the speed of his decision making especially in the box. If he should get that right, he’ll be a spectacular, high work rate midfielder.

  3. Makumyx says:

    Ramsey performs better with Arteta there, than with Rosicky there. Santos needs a few more matches to catch up, and why in the black clouds have we not been using Yossi?

    Great thing that Robbin’VanPire got The Jugular.

    Wigan will be hard. Time to unleash The Ox?

  4. mike says:

    Can’t fault Rambo’s effort but for me mom was Song. In my opinion there is no better DMF in the world. I’m mad for him. He’s never wrong, he wears a thong, he defends when he wants, his name in Song. I made that up myself.

  5. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Nice report Rocky.

    One thing that disappointed me about the match was the score line, 0 – 3 was respectable but could and should have been much more. Why did we just sit back after going two up in the first eleven minutes? Against a side rock bottom in the league, down to ten men and totally lacking in confidence we should have run up a cricket score. Can you imagine Manure settling for a couple? We need to be ruthless, we need to develop a killer instinct.

  6. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Rocky, i could not agree more about Ramsey. If you watch him closely you see a guy who looks a little bit unsure of were his playing, but boy, what potential. When he find his role in the team theres gona be no stopping this kid.

    Anyways, off to the Dentist and ime bricking it. If he resembles Kelsey, and starts giving it “is it safe” in a German accent, ime outta of there. hahahahaha.

  7. Play the Ox in Ramsay's position says:

    Ramsay is hopeless at the moment. So many passes and through balls were available to him but he either cannot see them or is more interested in turning on the ball as if he is in control of the midfield. Jack would have wreaked havoc in the triangles on the edge of the box. Play the Ox in Ramsay’s position.

  8. boyo says:

    Wow buddy your love affair with Ramsey continues! An improved performance, especially in the second half(maybe getting back some confidence) but still along way off his best

  9. Oxoxox says:

    Were we watching different games. Ramsey just lacks creativity. One million passes are no good if they provide no assists or help drive the team forward.

  10. Red Arse says:

    Morning Rocky (get up and talk to us, you lay about Canuck) 🙂

    That is beautifully written, and I felt like we were chewing the cud over a post match bottle of cold Stroh’s!! 🙂

    It was an odd game, in many ways, after the early goals, and the sending off of Bassong, I had the luxury of being delighted, relaxed and feeling very affable for the rest of the game, and yet deep down there was a slight niggle that we had not made the most of the opportunity.

    Goal difference could be key at the end of the season, and as Norfolk said, we could have easily recorded a 0:6 win if we had tried. And it is important to develop a real ‘killer’ instinct to grind the oppo down rather than to coast.

    Just idle thoughts, I guess, because the record books will show a good win and three points. What’s not to like.

    Theo has been getting lots of praise, in the media and most of the blogs. and rightly so, with his blistering pace bringing the penalty award and his fabulous interchange with RVP leading to his well taken goal.

    And yet, and yet — I agree with your ratings summary and, without wishing to be picky, he is still an enigma to me.
    With Wolves down to 10 men, and leaving more holes than usual, he will have been disappointed not to have blown them away, but instead he fell back into looking threatening but not really delivering.

    If I could offer him advice, which holds true in all walks of life and not just football, I would say to him – ‘stop over-thinking, just relax and play your natural game, and you will become a sensation!’

    I am a big fan of Rambo, too, and I was willing him to have a good game last night to shut up his detractors. As usual he worked his socks off, as usual the little things conspired against him, but he will come good, given time.
    Patience is the key with him, as he has all the talent needed. However, patience is a premium commodity and in short supply. Young fans do not have much time for patience, and older fans do not have as much time left to be patient. 🙂

    You do not need me to say it, Rocky, but I enjoyed the game, the result and your exquisite post match essay! 🙂

  11. barumgooner says:

    Nice report RL. I thought the same when the commentators were droning on about us lacking ambition. If it were Barca doing that they would say they were just keeping the ball and closing out the game (with added drooling and hero-worship). I thought Ramsey was better last night, kept battling, lost the ball a few times but quickly won it back again, still lacking a bit of composure but that will come with game time, also should have had a penalty in the 2nd half. Song was probably motm for me but he does irritate me a bit that he seems to keep trying the wonder-pass which sometimes works but often goes awry and catches everyone out of position and exposed.

  12. Norfolk Gooner says:

    I think it’s no coincidence that Walcott’s performances drop when playing alongside Ramsey. Too often Ramsey’s passes are played too close to him and not the quick passes behind defenders that Walcott can run onto and use his pace.

    After the first fifteen minutes, last night, there was no pace in any of the passing whatsoever.

  13. madgunner says:

    There was no pace in the attacking because the urgency had gone out of the game at two nil and with Wolves down to 10 men. It had nothing to do with Ramsey at all, after all he was there in the first 11 min. I just hope the Ramsey’s critics will stop moaning and look at him for the player he is. He is no Cesc and was never intended to be his replacement. When Ramsey finds his shooting boots he will start to pile up the goals, he is already getting into the right positions to have a crack, just lacks a bit more calmness and accuracy in front of goal.

  14. Limestonegunner says:

    Very nice match report. Speaking of watching on TV, do you folks object as much as I do to Stewart Robson’s hostile anti-Arsenal commentary? If you do, please complain to the club. I and several others have done so recently. A few of us have gotten together to make it easier to express our desire to have him relieved of his Arsenal Player duties by creating a petition.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/arsenal-football-club-relieve-stewart-robson-from-his-arsenal-player-duties

  15. Baldy says:

    @Norfolk Gooner – how many times in past seasons have we gone ahead, only to continue playing our gung-ho style & draw or even lose the game? Personally I love that we are mature enough now to effectively kill the game early on & then settle down, sit back & see the result out. At 3-0 up we didn’t need to go & get another 3, all we needed to do was keep posession & stifle Wolves, which is exactly what we did. Wenger also instils humility into his players, he doesn’t see the need to completely humiliate other teams, and I respect that. On a slightly different note fair play to Wigan, hopefully they’ve got their scalp-hunt out of their system now & will not be as up for it with us!

  16. Limestonegunner says:

    It’s still pretty early for us Canucks to be up and blogging!

  17. RockyLives says:

    Hello All and thanks for the comments

    Sam, PlaytheOx, Boyo, Oxoxox
    I watched the game very, very carefully. Knowing beforehand that we had won allowed me to watch it differently. I can tell you it’s an absolute fact that Ramsey had an outstanding game. He made fewer mistakes than Arteta and Song, he probably made more pass than Arteta and had greater passing accuracy. As for “sideways passing” and “slowing the game down”, he made more progressive (i.e. defence breaking) passes than any other Arsenal player. He indirectly caused our first goal by chasing down Bassong on the edge of the Wolves box, forcing Bassong to make a wild clearance which led directly to the penalty.

    I wrote a pro-Ramsey piece the other day, but I assure you that I was prepared to criticise him last night if he deserved it. He didn’t. It just feels like the criticisms of him have been bandied about so much that they have stuck, regardless of the evidence. People are now watching him through the opposite of rose tinted glasses (shit spattered spectacles?). I would love to sit down and watch the game again with each of you.

    Limestone
    Hello fellow Canuck-based Gooner. Where are you?
    And yes – completely agree about Robson. He was terrible in his Man City co-commentary.

    Redders
    You are too kind sir. And you rightly point out that Theo had a dodgy game apart from that small matter of making one and taking one.

  18. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rocky, and you too Limestone, 🙂

    Only pulling my friend Rocky’s leg re the Canuck call. I am a Yank living in the UK, and I am aware of the time difference — no offence intended! 🙂

  19. RockyLives says:

    Ramsey had 91% pass completion success.

    And before anyone jumps on and says “yeah but they were all backwards and sideways,” they really, truly, weren’t.

  20. Gooner In Exile says:

    “shit spattered spectacles” – that is one for Sharkeys gold comments page (that never materialised)

    Good solid report of a good solid result…..as you say how things have changed…which is in evidence in the comments, three months ago we would have been happy with a 1-0 win, now some are discontent that it wasn’t a10-0 goal rush.

    I think Sundays game has to be taken into consideration with a number of the squad, they left it all on the pitch, and hence more than just Gibbs were suffering from heavy legs. 5 days til Wigan time for some ice baths and massages. I have an inkling the midfield for Wigan will be Song – Rambo – TR7.

  21. Red Arse says:

    Rocky,

    I have had these ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ Ramsey conversations with other people (non-blog) and they puzzle and infuriate me.

    I think he is suffering from the old “Give a dog a bad name and hang him” syndrome. You know the mentality that goes “he had a bad game in xx/xx/xx so he will have another next week!

    With the trauma he has suffered playing for the Gunners and the effort he puts in every game, I cannot believe there is a less deserving player to receive that treatment, but your English adage that “there’s nowt as queer as folk” probably applies. 🙂

  22. Red Arse says:

    Rocky, GIE,

    On another blog I was somewhat of a lone voice in putting Rambo’s case, and I had the distinct impression that the whole lot were spouting the “I know the truth — don’t bother me with the real facts!”.

  23. Red Arse says:

    Figure i am talking to myself, again. 🙂

    Tomorrow good people.

  24. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rocky,
    Just popping in briefly to say thank you for the great write up. Loved the Robin “having not wanted to score for a few games” 🙂
    I missed the Ramsey debate, so without going over all that again, he is not yet as good as Rosicky in the AM role, but I’m sure he will become a great midfielder at Arsenal for many years to come. In the meantime, Rosicky rests, Ramsey plays and we go away from home to collect three valuable points. I am happy.
    Now back to work.

  25. Afternoon all, still basking in the after glow of moving 5 points clear and a contemplative and excellent, as always, piece of writing from the Rock?

    I heard Bale got injured getting off the tube today, not sure whether he failed to “Mind the gap” or he dived. 🙂

    Limestone – nice to see you over here today – I’ll be having a match report(complete with grainy pics taken from the Clock End) on the Wigan game over at Tim’s blog on Tuesday.

  26. Mike says:

    I’m with the dissenters here. From where I was sitting, Ramsey was below par (again). I still believe that he has what it takes because he4’s shown it in the past but I, and many fans at the ground, are beginning to lose patience with him. Yes he sees a lot of the ball but what he does with it is nothing to write home about.

  27. richard says:

    Ramsey’s problem is at times he looks out of his depth floundering the utd game a good example of this. He only seems to produce good displays when the others in the team produce good performances he can not change games on his own in fact on his own games can often pass him by. against city he was brought on to replace benayoun on the left yet he spent most of his time anywhere but the left wing and was ineffectual. However i do believe he is a good player just not a great player. I see wenger’s problem next season as whom to play especially if M’vill or biliga as defensive midfield player which i would see the team looking like this in midfield. m’villa or biliga song wilshere being rotated with song arteta and rosicky a strong choice for midfield throw in coquelin frimpong einsfield ramsey diaby this is a strong area for us. attack and defensively we might need a few especially if we get rid of dead weights like squillaci and bedntner. The city and wolves games showed what we can do when the commitment and desire is there from the start. we have to do that again against a very capable wigan side who have turned us over at this stage of the season in seasons past but a win would increase our lead over our rivals with none of them playing until after we play chelsea on the 21st so another three point against wigan and a point or better against chelsea would pile pressure on those chasing us and i see the final standings as 1 man utd 2. man city. 3. arsenal and 4th. Tottenham. I think they will recover to hold off newcastle’s challenge chelsea I see finishing sixth and being soundly whipped by barca in the champions league. What is to be said is our porous defence that parts of the media claim we have has now claimed its twelve premier league clean sheet this season not bad for a dodgy defence. Yes it requires work but its not as bad as claimed. A final note for all those Wenger detractors in the early part of season he yet again has kept us competitive and should again complete another season which guarantees us champions league football again next season a fifteenth straight season and in the last seven years we have spent less than our competitors in fact we lie somwhere like 17th in premiership spending on transfers in that period yet have continually finished in the top four a great piece of managing and we have been to a few finals in that time too though we have lost them. However, we have been close so for me its same again wenger just get our transfer dealings and contracts of rvp and walcott sorted out quickly this year please so we can be properly prepared for next season. and if we show the form that we have in this half of the season for all of next season we will challenge for the league.

  28. Gooner In Exile says:

    I’m not sure I can lose patience with a 21 year old with only 131 club football appearances (not necessarily starts) to his name.

    11 goals 16 assists as you asked.

    If you want to look at just Arsenal it’s 98 appearances 9 goals 13 assists

    Cesc’s first 99 appearances had 9 goals 12 assists.

    By the end of the next season it was 153 appearances 13 goals and 28 assists.

  29. LB says:

    Enjoyed the match report Rocky

    It is interesting that you made Ramsey MOTM, I don’t disagree but it makes me wonder if I suffer from a touch of the same cynicism that runs so strongly through the minds of some of the earlier bloggers above.

    Perhaps, it is a simple as he needs a goal for people to appreciate the Welshman a bit more.

    This is funny from Chary:

    “I heard Bale got injured getting off the tube today, not sure whether he failed to “Mind the gap” or he dived.”

  30. Gooner In Exile says:

    Richard have you looked at LadyArses injury league table, that is where the answer to some of this seasons woes are found.

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    A very important win and IMLTHO the team showed a great deal of restraint in not going gung ho for goals – a clean sheet and three precious points were far more important.
    Five points ahead with five games to play looks good but all we have to do is lose two games and Spurs and Newcastle win two and we back in fifth spot – very, very tenuous.

    Player ratings are very subjective but to have Ramsey as the man of the match reeks of a self fulfilling prophecy on behalf of the author. This morning I took the trouble to read every game report I could find and none had him as MOM, in fact he was scored at around 6.0.
    Having a 91% passing accuracy, makes him accurate, not MOM, If displaying lots of energy made him MOM then Ray Parlour should have been MOM every time he played.

    He did not convert any of his goal scoring opportunities and made no incisive passes that created goal scoring opportunities for the team.

    MOM = Man of Myth.

  32. Big Raddy says:

    At 10,000 feet and enjoying the free wifi in Norgwegian Airlines planes. A first for me to be airborne and yet read AA.

    Been away for over a week missed 2 fine victories, can’t wait to get home and see some footage.

    RL another super read, Thankyou ….. So much better than the paid journo’s.

  33. Hi Big Randy, are you flying with Braathens ?

  34. madgunner says:

    You did bother reading every blog that commented on the game last night GunnerN5 but did you bother watching the actual game your self?

  35. RockyLives says:

    Gn5
    “He did not convert any of his goal scoring opportunities and made no incisive passes that created goal scoring opportunities for the team.”

    Did you record the game? I really hope so, because you need to go back and watch it again. He created more goalscoring opportunities than any other player.

    The myth is that Ramsey is just an energetic journeyman. Unfortunately too many people have bought the myth and won’t use the evidence of their own eyes.

    I’m not at all surprised that most other sites have marked him down. All I have to say to that is “Baaaa, baaaa, baaaaa”. Sheep always follow the flock.

  36. RockyLives says:

    You’ve got some good viewing ahead of you BR.

    Have you recorded them all?

  37. RockyLives says:

    Gn5
    By the way, I can understand you thinking my assessment of Ramsey was an attempt at a self-fulfilling prophecy after I bigged him up earlier in the week.

    All I can say is that I tried to watch dispassionately and was ready to highlight his faults as I found them. if anything I was slightly concerned I had been too positive about him in the earlier piece and wanted to be hard on him if he had a poor performance. Simple fact is, he didn’t.

    As you say, it’s subjective. But I also think the stats will bear me out in terms of passing accuracy, tackles won and passes that created goalscoring opportunities.

    As I said in my assessment, where he lets himself down at the moment is in front of goal, which I see as a confidence problem.

  38. madgunner says:

    rocky Cesc used to miss a lot of chances. It was only when Wenger sat him down and let him watch a video of him self missing those chances that he saw what Wenger was trying to tell him, namely that he had a lot more time to shoot and did not need to rush his shot as much as he thought, Ramsey may have this problem and also lack confidence. get over those two factors and we will have an amazing player on our hands.

  39. gunnern5 says:

    Rocky,

    So let me understand your logic – if anyone disagrees with you then they are sheep. – Most undignified

    I followed the game firstly on Arsenal TV and then on Setanta, in neither case was Ramsey anointed as good let alone MOM.

    You’d best check out your own levels of bias……….

    Seems to me that is was RVP and Theo who created and converted the most chances.

    With RVP being the MOM,

  40. RockyLives says:

    madgunner
    That’s a good comparison. I’m sure AW will work with Ramsey in the same way.

  41. RockyLives says:

    To be honest Gn5 I think most Arsenal blog sites are of very poor quality, so I’m not interested in their opinions.

    There is, of course, a handful of exceptions – sites that are consistently well informed and well balanced.

  42. Gooner In Exile says:

    Madgunner, that extra time to shoot is exactly what DB10 had and RvP has, as you say Cesc by the end of his time with us always had the look of someone who had 5 more seconds to make a decision than anyone else on the pitch.

    I think it was LeTissier I first heard talk about the art of finishing this way, so maybe it is something that artistic players possess rather than barnstorming midfielders have (I think Rambo will become the latter but in a Wenger way have a deft touch and pass to his game to compliment the barnstorming).

  43. Gooner In Exile says:

    We need some stat man to be on twitter and have some key pass stats.

  44. SharkeySure says:

    I thought Ramsey did OK yesterday playing in a more natural position. I noticed one or two misplaced passes, but generally I was happy enough with how he played.

    He forced a good save out of the keeper when we were all willing him to score (weren’t we??) He made some great runs, and was unlucky not to be picked out with some better passes.

    No one saying he’s useless, and no one’s saying he’s world class…perhaps we’re overdoing this debate..??

    I can only imagine the type of flak Ramsey is getting on some sites right now. I just don’t get the level of vitriol from some people. Thankfully here on AA the strongest term I can find is to see him described as ‘floundering’. Oooh that did rankle me a bit . 😉

  45. gunnern5 says:

    Rocky,

    FYI, I don’t read any other blogs, I get all of my information from the TV and newspaper reports – all of which, like us, have there own levels of bias – at 75 years old I’m eminently capable of making my own conclusions on what watch, read and hear .

  46. Red Arse says:

    Anyway, Rocky, I feel you are doing a great disservice to sheep!

    At least they have a (useful) purpose to fulfill. Ymmmmm, lamb chops tonight!! 🙂

  47. RockyLives says:

    Redders
    A nice lamb lunch, as Alan Partridge would say 🙂

  48. roger says:

    cant understand people moaning cause we didn’t score more..we didnt need to get out of 2nd gear which will hopefully mean know further injuries or fatigue for our next important game

  49. evonne says:

    Rocky – I don’t know what you are on about, we must have been watching different games!
    Oh yeah, of course we were, I was too fascinated by shit performance by Manure to watch the boys in red and white properly, silly me 🙂
    And therefore I am very grateful to someone like you for watching it properly and sharing observations with us, thank you Rocky.

  50. evonne says:

    Roger dearest, what is it that you cannot understand? Had we scored 12, the moaners would find a reason to complain, it’s their favourite hobby. Just ignore them and read Rocky who never complains 🙂

  51. SharkeySure says:

    “I think most Arsenal blog sites are of very poor quality, so I’m not interested in their opinions”

    Regardles of the debate (ie todays or any others) I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. So many blogs are written and controlled by ego maniacs…one or two in particular.

    I wouldn’t trust most of them to tell me what day it is..

  52. evonne says:

    SS – Friday

  53. evonne says:

    One more thing -‘I was pleased to see one of our senior players coming to the captain’s defence’. Does anyone remember what TA, Parlour, Martin Keown and co used to do? If the oppositon player hurt one of our boys, he would get a double from one of the above, you just had to watch and wait, they were truly scary dudes 🙂

  54. LB says:

    When it comes to getting accurate information on Arsenal I always go straight to the blogs, especially this one.

    I trust the people’s views on here far more than I trust some hack who has no real interest in Arsenal.

    There was the perfect example recently, when so many news papers were trying to say that Arsenal supporters were collectively screaming abuse at Walcott.

    I never heard it, so I asked others on here who were sitting in different parts of the ground, it turned out neither Chas, GM, Peaches or a couple of others whose names I forget never heard any such thing, proving the point how one first hand view on here is worth far more than a whole bunch of so called reputable journalists.

  55. LB says:

    You are not alone thinking that Roger.

  56. RockyLives says:

    LB
    Excellent point.
    Apparently there was some booing of Theo by a few individuals near the press box. From that, those fine gentlemen of the press extrapolated that the entire crowd was berating the lad.
    Ridiculous.

  57. RockyLives says:

    From Arseblog News:
    30 – Passes completed by Aaron Ramsey in the Wolves final third*

    *Led all players in this category

    Sharkey
    OK, that’s enough Ramsey from me for the time being 🙂

  58. chas says:

    Thanks for the unbiased and objective match report, Rocky. 🙂

    The co-commentator on the stream I was was watching must have said ‘sloppy’ about a hundred times when referring to Arsenal. In hindsight, I really should have hit the mute button.

    The only thing that annoyed me about Rambo last night was the gum chewing. It used to drive me insane when Bendy did it and always reminds me of Fergie. Sort it out Arsene, Ban the Gum.

    I completely agree about Stewart Robson. I’ve never liked his ‘expert’ additions to the commentary. Perry Groves for me every day of the week, a true gooner, not some West Ham reject.

  59. goonermichael says:

    Great report Rocky. Is it though a game of opinions and subjective. I think you could be a bit softer on the dissenters. I didn’t notice Ramsey that much apart from his miss and the shot that was blocked. I didn’t ever think “oh no he’s given the ball away” I didn’t notice JD either which is a good thing. I think Sir Chesney made a fantastic save though. I really feel for the Wolves manager. He’s beren hung out to dry.

    I think Robin should have scored an own goal just before the final whistle then he would have beaten Ian Wrights record.

  60. goonermichael says:

    The commentator I had was that dickhead who used to play for west ham.

    Yesterday one writer said “I said Rooney should be player of the year but he had a stinker” Rooney player of the year?

    Talkshit said “do gooners seriously think Arteta is better than carrick?”

    Most of them are lazy, uninformed wankers who are just trying to get hits or readers.

    henry winter suggested earlier in the season that only Robin would get into the scum team.

  61. LB says:

    Hahaahaah

    I remember that, for a while we had to suffer that stupid idea that only Van Persie would get into the spud team.

    Bale might just about make it onto our bench now.

  62. Reddawn says:

    Love him or hate him, Ramsey is still useless. He spent most of the time running round like a headless chicken. Yes, the half time stats showed that he completed 30 passes, but unfortunately they were sideways or backwards. When it came to delivering the telling pass, it was totally missed. Also, when he was one on one with the goalkeeper he managed to blast it at his body. If it had been any of the other players it would have been a quick side step and tap in. I understand Wenger played him to give Rosicky a rest. Unfortunately, he should have played The Ox from the start. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Welsh hater, my mother was from Wales, but Ramsey would be more suited to playing for Wolves rather than against them. I would like to be proved wrong, but in six months time I sure I will hear the call, `Why haven’t we sold Ramsey’. I rest my case and now wait for a full frontal bashing from the rest of you.

  63. Red Arse says:

    Reddawn,

    I don’t doubt you believe you are right, but if you cross reference your comment with Rocky’s from earlier, you will see there could not be a more different take on Ramsey’s contribution.

    That in itself is really interesting as you are both Gooners.

    Rocky said:
    —“I watched the game very, very carefully. Knowing beforehand that we had won allowed me to watch it differently.

    I can tell you it’s an absolute fact that Ramsey had an outstanding game. He made fewer mistakes than Arteta and Song, he probably made more pass than Arteta and had greater passing accuracy.

    As for “sideways passing” and “slowing the game down”, he made more progressive (i.e. defence breaking) passes than any other Arsenal player.

    He indirectly caused our first goal by chasing down Bassong on the edge of the Wolves box, forcing Bassong to make a wild clearance which led directly to the penalty.

    My own take is that it did not really all go Rambo’s way last night – but useless? That’s a bit harsh! 🙂

  64. RockyLives says:

    Hello Reddawn
    Don’t worry – no bashing! 🙂
    I’ve made my points about AR above. Each to their own – time will tell.

    LB
    Bale on our bench? I wouldn’t want that cheat anywhere near our woodwork.

  65. LB says:

    Chas

    What does that mean “No like chicken” where is it from or why is it connected to rat face?

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Good Evening. Just checked the recorder ….. Zip. No MC game. Still, doesn’t mean we don’t get the points, does it ? 🙂

    Watched the highlights of the Wolves game …. lovely.

    As to the Ramsey debate. I do not understand the criticism. He is a Gooner and will be for the foreseeable future.

    Is he better than Modric? Of course – he plays for Arsenal.
    Is he better than Carrick? Yes. He plays for Arsenal
    Is he better than Milner? Of course.
    Than Henderson? You must be joking.

    Is he better than Wilshere? It remains to be seen.

  67. RockyLives says:

    Evening GM
    Sorry if you thought I was being harsh on dissenters – didn’t mean to be (apart from my sheep comment which was directed at the crappier end of the Arsenal blog world).

    I can only say how I saw it, but I can accept that others have seen it differently and I wouldn’t want to denigrate anyone simply for having a different opinion.

  68. barumgooner says:

    It will be interesting to see how the “fans” react when Jack has to take his time to re-find his form after a year out. I wonder if he suddenly becomes a waste of space ?

  69. LB says:

    Hi BR

    It is good to have your calming influence back.

    You are going to love me for this.

    Go to this Citeh web site and you will be able to see the extended high lights.

    http://www.mcfc.co.uk/citytv/Latest-Videos

    Enjoy

  70. RockyLives says:

    Speaking of Citeh, the Manc derby has suddenly become interesting. I still can’t see the sky blue Mancs doing it. Fergie has let it be known to all his future match officials that he’ll be expecting the usual favours.

  71. barumgooner says:

    I hope for once he does call in the favours RL. I really dont want City to win anything this year.

  72. dandan says:

    Just had time to sit down and watch the game, what did I learn, Arse won at a canter, Theo went to sleep at half time, Rambo had a good game and in the second half covered the pitch and could have had another assist a goal and a penalty that seems a fair contribution for 45 mins work to me. So nice work Rocky.

  73. LB says:

    Now there is an interesting subject, as Arsenal supporters which of the two manc clubs do we detest the least and therefore by default prefer to win the league?

    I had to go round the houses to find an acceptable way to say that. lol.

  74. goonermichael says:

    I hate the red mancs and thier disgusting piece of filth manager more than most things in life and as I said the other day I’m full of hate.

    I’d love Mancini to win the league this year. Sadly it won’t happen. If the Fulham penalty had been given it would still be in Citys hands.

    I can’t stand that nasty scotch arsehole back on the bbc saying “it evens itself out over a season” Is he Stephen Hawking? Is there some sort of mathematical formula to back him up?

  75. goonermichael says:

    Welcome back Raddy!! Did you have a nice time?

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Big Raddy back. Excellent news. Welcome home.
    I too missed the City game, but you won’t go far wrong by reaging the Chary pre-match, the daytime comments, followed by the TA match report. You can also go onto Arsenal iplayer and watch highlights. If you want a membership number, I’ll email you one. Hope your lungs are full to the brim of that mountain air.

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GM,
    I’ve switched sides, and now want City to finish above Utd. Both are horrible thoughts for so many reasons, but the City win would always be viewed as buying the title. I just cannot stand AF and their hideous southern supporters.

  78. Red Arse says:

    I think I am with you, Micky.

    The fact is there is no satisfactory conclusion from our point of view, and many will say that Citeh are the latest ‘nouveau riche’ with their obscene oil money buying the title, but on the other hand United bought the title many times in the past 18 years or so.

    Yeuk to the pair of them!!

  79. Red Arse says:

    Hi Big Randy, good to have you back! 🙂

    Time to say goodnight to all. 🙂

  80. Red Arse says:

    Hi Dandan, 🙂

    Before I go — is there any news on Mrs DD?

    (Totally agree with your 6:34).

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks for the welcome. Back domani

  82. chas says:

    In the light of their Catalan divers CL first leg on Wednesday, surely it should have been the chavs and spuds playing at lunchtime on Saturday rather than the dippers and blue kipper dippers?

    Instead they’ve got to play at 18:00 on Sunday,
    19:45 on Wednesday and
    12:45 Saturday week.
    Hahahahahahaha.

  83. chas says:

    He scores how he wants….

  84. dandan says:

    This IS what will happen if we are forced to work after age 70. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=19THRdXxmaI

  85. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chas I’m sure you are aware that Alan Davies has landed himself in deep water with Liverpool fans for having the temerity to suggest that perhaps Liverpool could play on the Hilsborough anniversary to assist Chelsea in the CL. He has since apologised but the Liverpool fans are not sated.

    The simplest solution and best for Chelsea was to move the Spud semi to Friday night, the idiots on TalkShite drive time (I know why bother) suggested that it would be a recipe for disaster as two groups of fans would be on the beer all day in London, makes me wonder how we get away with so many evening kick offs without trouble!). The FA further prove they have simply no clue on how best to help their member clubs. That said in not complaining.

    (Spud semi amused me after I typed it…I suppose it describes their fans around January when they had won the league)

  86. Reddawn says:

    Red Arse …. Thanks for your comments

    The Ramsey conundrum.

    To be fair, I’m sure we all see the game in different ways, but
    Ramsey does seem to evoke a great deal of criticism, which reminds me of the old adage `there is no smoke without fire.’

    I believe the present Arsenal side are getting very close to being something special. In the past we have been spoilt with great midfield players that have been the creative force to spark the Arsenal engine. Looking at Ramsey, even in his unfinished state, I believe he does not have that creative force that the Arsenal team so desires.

  87. Gooner In Exile says:

    They must pay REALLY good money:

  88. Slimgingergooner says:

    Evening all,

    Good result and a professional, steady, if not spectacular performance from the Gunners (and arguably Ramsey). The game suffered from the sending off, and while I can understand the need for a ruthless streak, the most important thing was to get the result and the 3 points. I would rather win 3-0 at a canter than 6-2 with a sweat on.

    As for the young Welshman, I think it’s easy at the moment to try and defend him from the boo-boys by over hyping his performance, in the same way as it is to over-criticise a player who is in the firing line. For me, he gave a steady performance and was one of our better players on the night. Was he spectacular? No. Unfortunately for him and us Ramsey fans, it’s going to take a CONSISTANT run of excellent performances before the boo-boys move onto their next victim. The same sort of performances that Walcott, Rosicky, Arteta, Koscielny, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal FC have put in at certain times this season.

    Ramsey isn’t the first, and probably won’t be the last, to get on the wrong side of the AFC boo-boy choir. Just need to ride it out.

  89. Gooner In Exile says:

    SGG, I just don’t understand why there should be any boo boys around right now….but I guess it goes to prove the age old saying..”there’s no pleasing some people”

  90. Rasp says:

    Hi guys, I’ve been reading all the comments pro and anti Ramsey and have come to the conclusion that the ‘boo boys’ are a cyber phenomenon created in the blogosphere. The last time I went to a game there was one guy slating Theo, another slating Song etc etc – it’s just down to every individuals personal (usuallly misguided) judgement – but I have not witnessed any concerted booing/negativity towards Ramsey at the Emirates.

  91. Slimgingergooner says:

    100% agree GiE.

    If we were the best team on the planet people would still find time to moan about prices or player performances. We are spoilt, not as a club, but in everyday life. Can you imagine someone from the poorest area of the world coming to live with you? They would be unimaginably greatful for the standard of life you could provide them. But give it 10 years, and they too would be moaning about slow broadband, late buses and rubbish food.

    Fans have had the best football on the planet at Arsenal in the last 10 years, they aren’t going to take it very well if standards slip!

  92. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I must say, i find the views of people who write Aarron Ramsey off simply laughable, no joke, i saw some of the comments and burst out laughing.

    I laugh, not because ime an arrogant git who believes hes always right, though i do happen to believe Ramsey will be a great player. I piss myself because writing of a 21 year old with his ability is simply ridiculous. The critics may be right, for every Tony Adams, Paul Davis, Flamini etc, there is Denilson or Bendtner. but the point is this, pass final judgement on a player when he reaches a certain level of maturity, not while hes finding his feet again at 21 years of age, and after a broken leg to boot.

    And whilst ime at it, have some bloody faith in Arsene Wenger. Who seems to be of the opinion that its worth perserving in the boy. One thing i am certain about, i trust Wengers judgement on football players more than my own, or any one elses on this site.

  93. Gooner in Exile says:

    Rasp you are right the absence of boos at the Emirates has been part of the reason for our recent resurgence imo. I guess I use boo boys as a generic term to cover those who criticise (over zealously) anyone given our current form.

    That’s not to say there isn’t room for debate about any given player’s pros/cons. But it seems some want to see no good in certain players. Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh and Squid spring to mind.

  94. 26may1989 says:

    Evening all.

    Having not been able to watch the game last night (work till 2am, a wonderful thing), I was pleased to see a Rocky write up today, read very well.

    And then having seen the Ramsey debate (yeah, I know, we’ve been flogging this one for two solid days now), I wanted to watch the whole game on the Arse Player. Just finished doing that, and….

    Slimginger says it all for me at 9:53pm. I honestly don’t understand where these “headless chicken” lines come from, Ramsey’s movement was very good, especially in attacking the box. He wasn’t perfect with the ball, though 91% pass completion (Arteta had 94%) is still very good; however, he played some very incisive through balls, some of which could have been assists had the recipient done better. His performance wasn’t perfect but as good as anyone else on the night, and probably the pick of the midfield three.

    As for the old chestnut about only passing sideways or backwards, that’s just too simplistic a criticism. Sometimes the attacking option is to do precisely that, because that’s where the space is; and conversely sometimes passing the ball forward is the least attacking option, especially when the ball is just being sent down the channels with little option for it to be used to create a chance.

    Re other players, I felt a bit underwhelmed by the performances of Santos and Djourou, both are so inconsistent with the ball, by turns brilliant and poor. Good to see Szczesny get his palms warmed. And a great 20 minutes from van Persie and Walcott.

    A word about Wolves: what terrible fans, barely any effort at lifting their team, just lots of sarcasm (“You’ve only scored two goals” – great support boys), and slagging their manager for saving them from a cricket score when he made sure he had four defenders on the pitch after the red card.

    And re Stewart Robson, he can be prickly sometimes, but he’s one of the more insightful pundits around. Sign a petition to have the man sacked? No thanks. (He’s also one of my favourite 1980s players, but that’s another story.)

  95. 26may1989 says:

    Forgot to say: another very good performance from Benayoun.

  96. 26may1989 says:

    Walking in a Bergkamp wonderland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWrC2Ms5uP8&sns=em.

    Happy days.

  97. oz gunner says:

    great post as usual Rocky, I too share your opinion on Ramsey. It is ridiculous how chastised he gets by others. Cesc had a very poor goal record at the start, he realised it and did something about it. Ramsey is the same, but his engine allows him to get in better positions on a regular basis. Once he gains some composure he will be scoring Pires type numbers. How can he get ridiculed for not being creative enough? We have been spoilt with Cesc who used to split open defences with ease. So if Ramsey doesn’t do it with the same regularity does that mean he’s a flop does it? Different type of player so the comparisons are pathetic! He will be our Arteta, we will be our engine!

    As for Szcz, i’d just like to say how good it is to have him at the club. 17 clean sheets this year is a good return and he is only going to get better!

    @ G5

    You read articles and what the media said?! Those lot are so impartial aren’t they. If the Rockstar says it, then i’d take his word for it over that lot any day.

    @ Chas

    i’m glad i wasn’t the only one thinking about the chewing gum! It gets on my nerves when I see it because it makes someone look like they are the cockiest person around.

    @ 26

    as always love reading your comments. I disagree in regards to Djourou though. I thought he went about his business well and was solid at the back, can’t ask for anything more from a 4th choice defender.

  98. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    I may know exactly what is happening with Dempsey by the weekend, if anyone is interested.

  99. oz gunner says:

    morning kelsey

    yes yes yes I want to know!!!

  100. VCC says:

    Morning Kelsey.

    Can’t wait for your comments.

    What’s your gut feeling?

  101. chas says:

    GIE,
    I’d vaguely seen that Alan Davies had caused some trouble, but I went off him big-style a while back, so didn’t bother find out what it was he’d said.
    I had seen a comment on twitter about dippers going down to London without a ticket and trying to get into Wembley though and thought it would more than likely happen.

    I didn’t realise there was a moratorium on Liverpool playing on the anniversary of Hillsborough. I really should keep up. 🙂

  102. chas says:

    Is Dempsey signing at the weekend, kelsey?

  103. Red Arse says:

    Morning Guys, 🙂

    Kelsey, I asked you not to pass on my confidential insider info, so I might as well tell everyone else now………………………..on Sunday, Dempsey is having roast chicken, roast potatoes with all the trimmings!!!! 🙂

    So there! 🙂

  104. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA 🙂
    And, good morning all.

  105. Gooner In Exile says:

    26 interesting about the sideways passing, Gary Neville during the City game was complimentary of the sideways movement of the ball as he stressed how important it was to pull the defence from side to side by moving the ball across the pitch, this he said would eventually lead to gaps.

    Chas it was during the podcast he does, which I think is pretty funny.

  106. kelsey says:

    Chas 🙂

    I said before that Arsenal have enquired twice now and I am not sure if Dempsey is out of contract this Summer or has one year left.I think it is one year.he has just turned 29, and we have bid 10 million. Other clubs are interested as well, but as i said before he is not a Nasri.
    I have asked my son to ask him straight out when they meet up this weekend.
    My gut feeling is that Arsenal want him but he may stay put.

  107. kelsey says:

    RA,
    he is a vegetarian 🙂

  108. Gooner In Exile says:

    To be honest Chas it was the first i’d heard of it this year (the not playing on Hilsborough anniversary) and it only became an issue because of the semi final dates and Chelsea’s CL semi.

  109. MickyDidIt89 says:

    My last comment on Ramsey is that I feel criticism is extremely harsh. He is still developing his game, and let’s not forget he is third choice AM behind Rosicky and Diaby (and some may say Jack as well. Not me).

  110. Gooner In Exile says:

    A vegetarian? That won’t impress Peaches who thinks its all about red meat 😀

    Contract up 30.6.13

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/clint-dempsey/profil/spieler_27577.html

  111. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey,

    All those chickens are vegetarian………………..but Dempsey isn’t! 🙂

  112. evonne says:

    Morning
    I am beginning to be pissed off with constant critisism of Aaron. I have already said – he is only 22 and had suffered a horrendous injury, that some other players had never recovered from. He is back, he has not lost his bottle, his workrate is excellent and determination to prove the critics formidable.

    Do you know what it is? A scapegote, a victim, someone to hang out dry, to boo and to drive away. There was Eboue, Dennilson, Theo and now Ramsey.

    The team is winning, we are doing extremely well, why on earth pick and unpick any weakness, if in fact Ramsey shows a weakness. I don’t think he does. Now, got itoff my chest.

  113. Gooner In Exile says:

    One thing I will ask is why would Dempsey come? As LB often stresses when people moan about Cham or Djourou they fail to see that players of better quality would not be happy sitting on the bench.

    I think Dempsey is having his best season in the PL has been very impressive finishing and workrate. If we do sign both him and Pod I think it’ll be a indication that RvP is off. 😦

  114. Gooner In Exile says:

    Nice rant Evonne.

    Maybe it’s time for a Rambargo. (see what I did there).

  115. Red Arse says:

    Hi GIE, oh yee of little feet ……………no, wait……………oh yee of little faith:-)

    I bet your feet are as big as mine!! 🙂

  116. evonne says:

    Rambargo? Remind me please?

    Whose contracts are in the last year?

  117. Slimgingergooner says:

    One last thought on Ramsey.

    Would you be more worried if he was getting nowhere near the box like Denilson, or do you prefer that he gets in great positions on a regular basis and fluffs his lines majority of the time?

    For me, and most I suspect, it’s better that at a player of his age already has the ability to storm the box from midfield, because it’s not easy to teach. His finishing and composure in front of goal will come with time and confidence. You only have to look at Walcotts recent finishing to see what confidence and experience can do.

  118. Red Arse says:

    Well said, Evonne. 🙂

    Hopefully we can now all leave poor old Rambo alone, for a while………..I know, how about the Gerv instead…………he hasn’t had a good pasting from the moaning crowd, for a while, has he? 😦

  119. Gooner In Exile says:

    WTF Sol?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17690468

    27 pts from 30 and we are not good enough to win a trophy?

  120. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE,
    I can’t agree as Podolski could easily play in the same team as Robin and Demsey is a midfielder. I think we absolutely need another goalscorer as well as Robin. We have been unbelievably lucky that Robin has stayed fit.

  121. Red Arse says:

    Evonne,

    Rambo + Embargo = Rambargo. (Melding the two words).

  122. Red Arse says:

    Sorry,

    Embargo means to ban.

  123. Gooner In Exile says:

    RA screw that I’m after The Ox he has done nothing for weeks, and RvP only got a penalty so he is not out of the woods yet. Also Song hasn’t made an assist for a few games so his card is marked.

  124. Big Raddy says:

    Has Podolski signed whilst I have been away?

    Why would we sign Dempsey? As has been said, he will not sit on the bench when he has hero-status at Fulham.

    RA. Why don’t you get in the first shot or should we wait and denigrate our Ivorian after the new post?

  125. Gooner In Exile says:

    Micky I don’t think they all couldn’t play together but I’m looking at our current team/squad and asking who makes way to accommodate. Theo, Jack, Gerv?

  126. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I agree with Rasp’s comment from last night about the boo-boying being fundamentally a cyber phenomenon. There is, has been, and always will be one or two at the ground, but that’s normal. Of the six games I have been to this season, I have witnessed nothing out of the ordinary, and if anything, less and less. I think the poor start weeded out many LeGroaners, and a far better support we have as a result.

  127. kelsey says:

    For what it’s worth i think Wenger is covering all possibilities and doing it EARLY this season.

  128. Gooner In Exile says:

    BR i don’t doubt that we would want him, I doubt that he would want to sit on the bench, Kelsey will give us the scoop on the weekend 🙂

    And no Pod has not confirmed but according to German news wires Pod is on a farewell tour and the deal is pretty much done.

    One story you did miss whilst you were away was that we are selling BFG to sign Verthognen. The only truth that may lie behind that rumour is any clauses in his contract regarding the previously reconstructed ankle.

  129. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE,
    Madrid have Higuain and Benzema. There is room for two quality strikers in any team who you choose to go for all cometitions, which we will next season, and as I said, we have been lucky with injuries.

  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy,
    The only thing you really need to know is that while you were away, we kept winning and Spurs kept losing. Situation stable.

  131. kelsey says:

    Hi Raddy.

    I doubt dempsey would sit on the bench.Is podolski definitely signing ? Who knows. Is RVP staying, I hope so. So I say again I think regardless of what the players say in the media, a lot of negotiating is going on behind closed doors.
    Anyway no more Rambo today, please.

  132. kelsey says:

    Raddy go on holiday again for about a month 🙂

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey,
    Agree. No more Ramboing.
    Now off you toddle, its the grooming hour 🙂

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    A month? I was thinking next season! We would, of course, send you many savoury snacks and much beer.

  135. evonne says:

    Aha, Raddy is back, hello there!
    Raddy, I have Kindle Fire, colour and touch screen, fantastic!
    Also, do you have any tips for Grand National this year? You had the winner last year

  136. Big Raddy says:

    Thank you.

    GIE. That is what I meant. Why would he come? (so used to speaking Italian that my English has gone to pot!)

    Micky. It was always thus.

    kelsey. Looking forward to hearing your son’s report, though I doubt even Dempsey knows what will happen close-season.

  137. Big Raddy says:

    evonne. You lucky girl.

    re: Grand National. I will talk to my insider, though he is in Ireland today.

  138. evonne says:

    BR – thank you! Kindle Fire bargain @£170, plays movies, games, etc.

    GiE – was Sol drunk on that vid? Very strange

  139. Morning all

    Welcome back Raddy and Micky

    Message to all – we have a post for today but nothing for Saturday or Sunday which are going to be incredibly boring non-Arsenal days although if we get the tip for the Grand National winner it won’t be so bad. If anyone has any ideas can they let me know.

  140. You see, you all knew I was going to be nagging for posts and you’ve gone missing 😆

  141. New Post …………..

  142. Samuel Onuonga Makori says:

    How about your comments on the Wigan game that followed thereafter?Or the game vs Norwich at the Emirates?

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