Gervinho and Podolski clinical finishing saves our day: match report

Montpellier 1 – 2 Arsenal

Firstly I should say I got it totally wrong with regards to the team selection tonight. I was convinced that Arsene would prioritise our game against Man City and would give the likes of Podolski, Cazorla, Gibbs and Gervinho a rest, or start them on the bench. He did the opposite by playing his strongest team from the start and with hindsight, despite the fact that most of the aforementioned players appeared to be very tired in the second half – something I was anticipating – Wenger definitely made the right call tonight.

These are the sort of games that can go either way, but I am convinced had we not played our strongest available team tonight we could have easily lost two or even three points, and even then we had to rely on a large dollop of luck to come away from la douce France with maximum points against a very spirited team. Maybe Arsene learned from Man United’s mistakes last year, when they thought they could cruise through their CL group with weakened teams, and ooh how they paid for it! Lol.

In order to qualify in the Champions League, we normally need to win our three home games and get something out of one or more of our away games. It also really helps to start well in order to gain momentum. We managed just about to do that and we should be happy, but our display in the beautifully named Stade de la Masson was far from convincing, and I think we will need to analyse it further properly over the next few days (I have no time tonight to watch the game a second time, so I am afraid you will have to settle for my initial findings and gut-feelings about the game).

I believe that key to it all was our midfield not functioning properly on the night, and especially Diaby, despite no lack of trying, failed to repeat his phenomenal performance against Liverpool two weeks ago. I guess it did not help that he collected a yellow card in just twenty seconds after kick-off, but Abou looked rusty throughout the game: he struggled at times with keeping possession as well as safeguarding the shape of our midfield. Arteta was our rock once again and as usual he put his body and soul on the line. Cazorla had some strong moments, but especially as the game went on, he seemed to disappear for large periods.

As a trio, though, they lacked shape, calmness and composure: we were unable to dominate play in midfield for large parts of the game, and it almost cost us dearly.

 

First Half

Not totally unexpected, Montpellier started the game without any fear and with a clear game plan. From the first minute, they did not allow us to control the game by passing the ball around as we have become so used to again this season. They started with a high line and were keen not to allow us to build up attacks from the back, or even just to pass the ball around towards the midfield. Very often Montpellier committed two players to attack any of our players who were in possession of the ball, and our usually so effective triangles were constantly broken up.

It also did not help at all that our captain, who has been so good at leading by example this season, made an error of judgement after eight minutes, both in terms of taking an unnecessary risk – there was no need to take on Belhanda there and then – and in the execution of his tackle. Diaby’s yellow card and TV’s foul that led to the penalty, which was put away with ooh-la-la cheekiness of the highest order by Belhanda, somehow set the tone for what turned out to be an uncomfortable evening.

Luckily, we were able to convert our first proper chance to level the match, and it only took us eight minutes since we conceded to do so. A beautiful, smooth move through the centre of midfield which had started with Diaby who passed the ball to Cazorla; the Spaniard then found Giroud at the edge of the box, and the ex-Montpellier player managed to put a very good through-ball in to the unmarked and on-site Podolski. The latter had time to pick his spot and fool the keeper in the process, and he showed his experience when he slotted the ball with apparent ease past Jourdren: 1-1, game on!

This appeared to have bamboozled the CL-inexperienced French team, and Arsenal went for the kill once more only two minutes later. And it was another beautifully worked goal. When the opposition is hunting us down and triangles are being suffocated, the only thing that seems to work sometimes, is taking on a player of the opposition and move into the space behind him. Jack Wilshere did this so well against Barcelona in that famous home CL win two years ago, and in Gervinho we have another player who excels in it (and the Ox is not far behind too).

Gervinho made a quick and smooth move to go past a player of the opposition near the right sideline, after which he passed the ball to Giroud. The latter did not manage to reach the ball but it bounced perfectly of the leg of a Montpellier player into the path of Jenkinson. Incredibly, from the moment Gervinho passed the ball to Giroud he sprinted into the box, as you would expect from a typical fox-in-the-box kind of striker. I think it is fair to say that most of us had not pictured him like that! Jenkinson delivered a razor-sharp cross into the box towards Gervinho who, with only a metre between him and the goalkeeper, stayed calm and finished with deadly accuracy: 1-2 to the Mighty Arsenal and it all looks very promising for us again.

However, after going in front we fail to continue controlling the game, even though we don’t give away much either. They simply keep a lot of their players in our half and make it really difficult for us to find our passing game.

The throughout the game very impressive, Cabella, probably had the best chance in the first half for Montpellier with a well-placed, low shot, after a fine run across our box, that just whizzed past Mannone’s left post.

Second Half

I expected Arsenal to start the game a lot more organised and more capable of holding on to the ball, and to be able to dominate the game again. But we were never able to sustain possession and take control again of the game during the second half, which is a bit worrying.

Just after the restart, Diaby had an unfortunate slip in the box, leaving Cabella with a golden opportunity to equalise, but the 22 year old lacked the composure/experience which is so important at this level, and was demonstrated so incredibly well to him by Gervinho, and especially, Podolski earlier in the game. Although, it is fair to say he was simply unlucky when his lovely, bergkampesque attempt to chip Manone hit the bar rather than the back of the net in the 54th minute. I think we might see more of Cabella in the future.

The same lack of composure was shown by the equally promising talent of Belhanda (also 22 years old) late on in the game: after a rare mistake by Mertesacker in the box – at the end of a fine move by Montpellier – Belhanda was left with space and time to take a first touch and pick his spot – he does not keep his shot low to the ground but shoots right at the arms of Mannone, who does well not to panic and keep hold of it. That could easily have been the deserved equaliser for Montpellier, but luckily we escaped once more.

Other than Diaby’s fantastic, surging run from our own half all the way to the penalty box; where he fed the ball to Cazorla who could have done better with his shot on goal, we had very little to offer in terms of our attacking efforts.

In the end we held out and can now move on to the next game. Suffice to say, Wenger and Bould have some work to do with the team, as we are unlikely to get away with a repeat of tonight performance against Man City on Sunday.

Player ratings:

Mannone: I really liked him tonight, even though he did not have to make many big saves. He was calm and oozed confidence: 7.5.

Jenkinson: Tenacious, solid performance and a great cross for the winner: 7.5.

Mertesacker: Really read the game well and was desperate to keep discipline and order in an increasingly becoming disorganised team: 8.

TV: Silly mistake to give the somewhat harsh penalty away, but recovered well after that and worked well with Mertesacker to just about stay in control in defence: 7.

Gibbs: Less dominant and present this game than in previous games. I felt he left TV too often exposed this game: 6.5.

Arteta: Reads the game as well in midfield as Mertesacker does in defence. Another solid, totally committed performance: 8.

Diaby: As per the Match Report comments; below par / too rusty on the night: 6.

Cazorla: Not his best performance this season, but his class still shone through at times. He seemed to disappear a lot in second half: 6.5.

Podolski: He also seemed to disappear a lot in the second half, but took his goal very well when it really mattered: 7.5

Giroud: Great assist for the all important early equaliser and worked very hard all over the pitch. He did not get great service on the night and will feel frustrated not have come close to scoring a goal against his former team: 7.

Gervinho: Instigated and finished fantastically the second goal. Worked hard to help out midfield and defence and was a joy to watch: 8 and my Man of the Match.

Total Arsenal.

151 Responses to Gervinho and Podolski clinical finishing saves our day: match report

  1. rhyle says:

    Great write up, Total…and almost spot on with the numbers. Thought Gibbs was great in the first half, poor in the second. Same as at the weekend he was too often sucked inside, failing to close down the attack on the wing and allowing the wide-man to either attack the box or get the ball across. I’d say a good 75% of Montpelier’s forward play was targeting his zone, which says it all. I’d give him a 5.

    Having said that, I thought all of them (including Gibbs) worked their socks off and deserved their 3 points, at the end of the day 3 from an away game is a great result in the CL.

    You’re right to say we looked tired, bit of a worry for the weekend but if we should be motivated for a trip to the Blue Loo. Looking forward to it, shame Nasri’s going to be in the stands 😉

  2. chas says:

    Nice report, TA.

    Gerv’s goal reminded me of this one he scored on his debut v Cologne.

  3. Big Raddy says:

    TA. Fine report as always. 3 points is all that matters.

    If we continue to gift possession as we did for 75 mins last night this will be a troubled season. But, we won’t!

  4. tspsells.com says:

    good game,got the points. hope we have some energy left for the weekend,we looked very tired and city has a bigger squad than us

  5. chas says:

    Did Don Vito get a touch to Cabella’s berkampesque chip?
    I think he did but even if he didn’t, he had it covered, eh GIE? 🙂

    http://twitpic.com/aw7pcn/full

    Notice Bully in the background of this view from behind Cabella.

    http://twitpic.com/aw7pk7/full

  6. chas says:

  7. aj says:

    I hate watching Arsenal play away in the ECL. For some reason, we seem to play a different game, thinking we can slow the game down and pass about in triangles at the back. There were so many times last night where we were making good progress in the Montpellier half but then turned around, went backwards and either lost the ball or ended up passing back to Mannone, who good do nothing other than hump it upfield to one of their defenders. In the past, we have lost to Olympiacos, Braga, Shakhtar and probably others, by playing the ECL away model. I don’t know why we don’t stick to the higher tempo style that suits us better and take the pressure off.

  8. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Lots of words, all in the right order, and making perfect sense. Good work Total. Thanks.
    What I really liked last night apart from the great result, was that this team proved they have the professionalism to win even when not at their best. Despite presenting Montpellier with a few great chances, we did not panic. All good charcter building stuff.
    I also agree with all the comments about Giroud.
    Some face packs, soothing bath oils, and plenty of red meat, and all will be well on Sunday.
    Very busy, so not around to gas much.

  9. LB says:

    Great, great write up TA.

    I thought Montpellier started the game in awe of us, the penalty gave them confidence and then in the second half they came at us with both guns blazing, safe in the knowledge that they had nothing to lose — that must have been some half time team talk they recieved.

    Arsenal on the other hand played the second half as they had spent the break smoking spliff.

  10. LB says:

    Excellent comment aj

    Bang on.

  11. goonermichael says:

    Chas
    Is Bully the guy with long hair? I saw him in Cologne

  12. LB says:

    That guy has got some weird piercings.

  13. goonermichael says:

    You haven’t seen mine LB 🙂

  14. chas says:

    Yep, GM.

    I wonder if he still holds the shirt in such high regard.

  15. great report TA
    agreed with your ratings except i had Arteta MOTM.
    Anyway
    I was pleased with Girouds contribution, he won about everything in the air, and held up play well. I felt we started to come under the cosh when he was subbed. That tells its own storey.
    The media telling us we should beat Montpelier easily was ridiculous, it was always going to be difficult, they were bound to be up for it. It was an excellent 3 points in a difficult environment.
    Roll on Sunday with plenty of rest and i hope Diaby is earflicked by Bouldy after his ridonculous keep ball efforts in our penalty area.

  16. Red Arse says:

    Well written, TA, but it is what we always expect from you!!!! 🙂

    I agree with aj above, it is a reasonable tactic to get the ball, keep it and pass the arse off the oppo. However, psychologically it also slows down our thought processes and when we have been attacking and then go backwards, we have difficulty picking up the pace again when we lose the ball.

    Anyway, that triangular back four passing inevitably leads to the final pass back to the GK, he in turn usually wallops it upfield and onto the heads of the oppo and away they go attacking again.

    Needs more work on the training ground.

  17. evonne says:

    smoking spliff at half time ROLF ROLF ROLF

    TA – marvellous write up, giant of a blog. I am particularly grateful to have such comprehensive account of events, as I watched more of the other game. I was just sure we were going to wallop them and it’s going to be all boring. Shows how much i know about football. Anyway, why are Montpellier struggling this season? They are hardly a push over team

  18. goonermichael says:

    I’d wipe my arse on that shirt

  19. evonne says:

    GM – careful you don’t remove any of the piercings in the process 🙂

  20. goonermichael says:

    Do you know why it’s called a “prince albert”? chas

  21. chas says:

    Not a clue, GM.

  22. chas says:

    GM, did you see the last one on top is a front bottom photo on twatter? I’d put it up but it has a banned word on display.

  23. Rasp says:

    Thanks for a super match report TA – a very fair assessment.

    Like many, I don’t quite understand why we ran out of steam so early in the game. Montpellier had a game at the weekend and yet had so much more energy than us in the second half.

    I hope we have sufficient recovery time before the game at the weekend, it is unlikely we will be able to make as many changes as city for that game – maybe 2 or 3 at the most.

    chas – I’ll happily put up an assists widget if you care to do the research for me and let me have the figures 😛 …. I’ve looked on the net and I can’t find a site that shows figures for all competitions.

  24. goonermichael says:

    Chas
    It was so that he could hang a weight on his willy so it didn’t spoil the line of his trousers. things people do for fashion eh

  25. Rasp says:

    Do players get credited with an assist if a cross/shot is deflected in or creates an own goal I wonder? Should Gibbs get an assist for the first goal against the saints? – I don’t know the rules/criteria.

  26. goonermichael says:

    Rasp
    If it’s a manu player they get the assist. If it’s anyone else they probably don’t

  27. Rasp says:

    The ‘triangles’ deserted us in the second half, our movement off the ball was significantly worse than in the first half. By recent standards, TV, Cazorla and Diaby were all below par for the last 45 mins. Like LB says, what were they up to at half time? – was some odourless anaesthetic gas piped into the dressing room?

    That was the first time this season I have seen the frailties of last season surface. The game agaist city will be very interesting. Before last night I had expected us to get at least a point at the oilers but now I really couldn’t call it.

    The passing back to the keeper and subsequent loss of posssession leading to more pressure was very poor but would have been avoided if the players had been making thenselves more readily available for the pass, often there was no option but to give the ball to the keeper.

    Having said that, Montpellier deserve a lot of credit for their work rate. Thank Dennis their finishing is not great.

  28. Rasp says:

    😆 gm, the referee usually gets the most assists in any given manu game.

  29. kelsey says:

    I left my observations prior to this post but thanks again TA.

    City next: played 4 PL and 1 CL

    Goals for 11, against 9, and no clean sheets.

  30. Rasp says:

    This is kelsey’s comment from 9:11 this morning……

    Morning all.

    A few observations.

    Firstly CL matches can always be a tricky game regardless of the opposition andMontpellier proved they shouldn’t be under estimated,despite a bad start to this season, and the first game in group matches are usually the hardest.

    the penalty, well technically it was a penalty though would not always be given.the linesman was less than 10 yards away and gave nothing as did the ref but apparently the second ref behind the goal awarded it, though it is still not clear.

    Diaby, booked withinthe first minute and IMO was magnificant for 45 minutes maybe he ran out of steam as he has played so little,therefore should have come off earlier..

    Gervinho and Podolski most probably did the most mileage in the game but our downfall was that we should have used subs at about 60 minutes.

    When I read that players are tired after 5 games something is wrong, maybe as a unit the work load should have ben shared a bit more but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

    Anyway we survived and got the vital first 3 points on the board.

  31. podge says:

    Where did Cabella come from? never noticed him before he’s an outstanding player and 1 of 2 reasons Montepellier bossed the second half. After seeing the damage he was doing one of Arteta or Diaby should have man marked him, he had a free role and was popping up everywhere with the ball he was my man of the match.

    Montepellier are a technical, mobile team surely they aren’t the weakest team in this group? Not having Wenger on the bench was a big loss Steve Bould was in charge when his only previous experience as a manager is u18. He didn’t have the experience to either recognise the tactical changes needed or conviction to implement them.

    It will be interesting to see how Montepellier play in London, we have 2 consecutive home games now so we should take maximum points from our first 3 games and be in a great position before the next away game.

  32. goonermichael says:

    I’m reading that chesney is out for 3 months

  33. goonermichael says:

    only on twitter though

  34. goonermichael says:
  35. Gooner In Exile says:

    A fine report TA, oh how times have changed that the Swerve is worthy of man of the match. For me it was between him and Pod, not because of the goals but because of their willingness to work back and forward when needed.

    After re the shape of the midfield, as you say they pressed well but I think other than Arteta the rest of the team did little to help the defence keep the ball and play out from midfield as they pushed up too willingly.

    The full backs were a little bit too aggressive going forward for my liking.

  36. chas says:

    Rasp,
    I’ll definitely do the assists as long as it’s not creating a huge amount more work for you? 🙂

    I’ll use the Fantasy Premier League allocation for the premiership and deduce the other comps myself.

    Gibbs got two assists on Saturday. I’ll send a spreadsheet to nuts in a bit.

  37. evonne says:

    GM @ 1:50 – what about poor Andrey standing in front of Cazorla?

  38. johnnie nyc says:

    TA, good summary.but i disagree about the starting selections, i think a hungry and not fatigued group would have done as well or better.I also would have subbed much earlier- what were we thinking? Hasnt Rasp and everybody observed how tired we looked, even early in the second half. and i dont agree with those who say not to break up group thats on a run..
    –I really dont understand why we have such quality on the team, then never use it. players like Vermaelen, Merts, diaby, Cazorla, had no rest in the international break. …
    players like Kozzer and santos especially need work, even coquelin or Ramsey could have started. Koz could have used some prep for man city(i would choose him there over merts, because he is great vs quick players like aguero, tevez, siva) ……………
    TA, again good recognition of Girouds work, the assist was even better than the actual goal..in both cases..so great job Jenks and Ollie..the idiots on the negative blogs only look at the the scooresheet, never deeper… actually OG almost had a second hot assist….i hope Arsene points these things out to him, to keep his confidence up, so he keeps doing the little things.. and with how well the group is doing, he can start to score in bunches….

  39. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas – it’s a deal 🙂

  40. Rasp says:

    Hi johnnie, another explanation could be that AW is planning to start with Ramsey, kozzer, Coq and Theo against city – but I doubt it. Who knows whether Steve Bould had been given instructions by AW or was just exercising his own judgement, but I do agree the subs could have come earlier.

  41. chas says:

    Rasp,
    I sent a spreadsheet, then thought it might be easier if I just sent a jpeg. Have a look and see what you think.

  42. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas, I’ve had a look and it’s perfect! If your spreadsheet is in excel then that would be preferable ta.

  43. RockyLives says:

    Thanks for the write-up TA.
    I only saw the last 25 minutes and we certainly looked tired. There were a couple of occasions when our players did a short pass for the “give and go” except that, having “given”, they didn’t “go”.

    I’m glad to hear the comment that Diaby had a good first half, because towards the end of the game he seemed to be displaying some worrying signs of “old Diaby” – dwelling on the ball too long; trying to dribble past players while on the edge of our box etc.

    On the plus side (apart from the biggest plus of winning three points) Don Vito looked very assured, we still have not conceded a goal directly from an opposition move (one penalty and one GK mistake by Szcz) and Pod and Gerv have really got their scoring boots on.

    I think we’ll be fine by Sunday.

    CL games are sometimes a bit odd, but Man Shitty will be a good old EPL blood-and-thunder clash and the lads will be up for it.

  44. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Quality write up TA…

    For all their possession MonP really didn’t have too many chances. Slightly alarming that we couldn’t lift ourselves out of the 2nd half malaise….but we’ve got our 3pts. That they are 3 away pts is all the sweeter.

  45. RockyLives says:

    Sharkey
    I saw Bouldy referred to the humidity. I guess our players have become acclimatised to lower temperatures in the UK and a hot and humid night in the south of France might have taken more out of them than they expected.

  46. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Yeah I heard that…but then it slipped my mind. That woud be aproblem…especially after flying in only the day before

    Serves to make the 3pts even more welcome.

    I like our defensive solidity these days. I no longer expect every loss of possession to lead to an oppo chance and a rise in my blood pressure ! Happy days

  47. RockyLives says:

    I didn’t see the chance that hit our crossbar, and we were fortunate late on that that shot went straight at Don Vito, but apart from that it doesn’t seem as if they opened us up.

    As for Don Vito, although that shot was close to him, it was well struck and he did really well to have made himself so big and to have held on to it.

  48. Red Arse says:

    Sharkey,

    I agree with your overall sentiments, but I am not sure I agree that Montpellier did not have too many chances.

    They had two great efforts, and a ‘maybe’ penalty, that could have turned the game on its head.
    First, the exquisite chip by Cabella, that landed on the bar instead of in the goal (possibly thanks to Mannone’s finger tips); the point blank shot from Belhanda straight at Mannone, which if placed a foot either side of him would have resulted in a goal, and then Diaby’s tackle on Cabella near the end that could have resulted in his sending off, for a second yellow, and another penalty.

    Montpellier were totally in control in the second period, and it was a great, if tired, defensive effort by the Gunners to keep them at bay.

    Actually tho’, when a team is losing at home in the CL, they have nothing to lose and usually throw the kitchen sink at the away team, so credit to our new found defensive grit, and I expect to see a different Montpellier team when we meet them at the Emirates.

  49. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rocko, 🙂

    Sorry to disagree with someone with your pedigree, 🙂 but I think they did carve us up a bit more than they are given credit for.

    What helped our cause was their woeful and wasteful finishing from gilt edged chances that ended up in Row Z. 🙂

  50. RockyLives says:

    Thanks Redders
    My pedigree 🙂
    I only saw the last 25 minutes and they certainly had a few chances but I thought we defended pretty well.
    As Chas’s picture shows, if the crossbar shot had been a couple of inches lower (and therefore capable of dipping below the bar) Mannone would have tipped it over anyway. It’s a fine margin, but he seemed to have got his angle and position just right.
    If it’s true that Szcz is out for three months (or even a few weeks), the Don could stake a real claim for the No 1 spot.

  51. Red Arse says:

    Apologies, Rock, I think of you as a special chum, but I had no intention of likening you in any way to dog food. 🙂

    I was, of course, referring to your ‘pedigree’ in respect of your inestimable (footie) lineage. I would never be deliberately rude to you — but, OK I do sometimes like to tease my friends!! 🙂

    Speaking of which there appears to be a dearth of Glic-isms, perhaps because I have noticed the Glic man has been noticeable by his absence. Perhaps he has fallen in love, again, with a Northern wall and is playing fast and loose. 🙂 Well – loose!! 🙂

  52. Big Raddy says:

    70,000 muppets and prawn sandwich eaters going to see Eboue tonight……

  53. chas says:

    I think Glic is trying out GM’s advice about hanging weights.

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    Word in The West Country is that there has been a nasty incident down Cornwall way and there is a press black out due to the unsavoury severity of the sordid event.

  55. Red Arse says:

    Chas,

    In which case that would explain everything.

    He is probably upset because of the shape of the chain down his thigh and the cannonball at his knee. Ostentatious – or what.

    A small discrete gold amulet would never do for our Glicster!! 🙂

    On the other hand, he may well be disporting his new sexy accoutrements “oop North”.

  56. RockyLives says:

    Redders
    I just took a Butcher’s at your 5.27
    “special chum” 🙂
    You’re on fine form today.

  57. chas says:

    Hahahaha, Micky and RA.

    For some reason the word ‘unsavoury’ keeps making me laugh.

  58. Red Arse says:

    Micky,

    When you were referring to ‘unsavoury’ did you have “Cornish” and “Pastie” in mind?

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sadly, I did not, RA.

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Generally speaking, I like to think I take a reasonably liberal view on these things, but I do have limits, and from what my source leads me to believe, our resident Cornishman has far exceeded what I consider an acceptable “hobby”.

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

    So…..we are getting another widget. An assist chart eh?

  62. evonne says:

    If glick’s “hobby” was an olympic dyscipline, he would have more medals than Michael Phelps 🙂

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Strange how the blogs are quiet after a victory and busy following a defeat. We will see our friends Gnarley and Tomstoned etc again sometime before season’s end (unless this is another Invincibles!).

    Perhaps our resident psychologist (Micky) can explain.

    And where is Shard?

  64. chas says:

    We are Micky. That’s if Rasp has the time, energy and motivation.

    Here’s a sneak preview, but don’t tell him, shhhhhhhh………
    http://twitpic.com/awcafy/full

  65. chas says:

    Chavs v Juve or
    Mancs v Gala?

    Neither are very appealing. Which has the greatest chance of not being a home win?

  66. Red Arse says:

    Regrettably, Chas, I fear it will be the Chavs and the ref – sorry the Mancs – who will get the points. 😦

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    That is exceedingly pretty, although I will be falling into the “what exactly does it mean?” camp. Give us something to talk about while the team carry on with their predictably dull winning streak 🙂

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chavs, Chas. Italians will be good defensively and happy with an away point.

  69. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Let’s be honest, you won’t be following for the football, so much as for the stretcher moments.

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, I’m in the galley tonight, so I’ll be slipping my moorings.
    Farewell.

  71. kelsey says:

    How many sources does it take to make a blog 😉

    and where is irish these days.

  72. chas says:

    I was thinking chavs.
    I wanted to see how good Micky Hazard is.

  73. goonermichael says:

    I hope Eboue does the dutch traitor

  74. goonermichael says:

    Irish got upset about something and is avoiding AA. She’s on twitter

  75. evonne says:

    GM – really? Irish is upset? I’m going to contact her, I miss her

    Yeah, Eboue should deck the traitor. But we let Eboue down, so why should he?

  76. evonne says:

    what channel is ManU game on?

  77. Red Arse says:

    Evonne,

    Tell her I miss her too!

  78. chas says:

    And me.

  79. goonermichael says:

    evonne

    the comedy channel

  80. goonermichael says:

    mancs are winning so I’m going to watch the chavniks

  81. Total says:

    Thanks for comments today.

  82. evonne says:

    Reply from Irish, would you believe it????

    “I’m not coming back until we lose – I will not be blamed for a loss by changing anything in my day ha ha I don’t want this run to end – EVER!”

    A normally sensible girl thinks that if she starts blogging we might lose a game, honestly, where is logic in that 🙂

  83. evonne says:

    I have just learned to separate an egg yolk

    http://bbs.wenxuecity.com/cooking/1160651.html

  84. RockyLives says:

    Chavs have found the new Lampard: Oscar scores with a deflected shot.

  85. goonermichael says:

    chavs have scored. Game of thrones I think

  86. RockyLives says:

    Wow.

    Oscar just got a second and it’s an absolute world class goal.

    Micky was right!

  87. chas says:

    Flippin heck, that Oscar goal was superb.
    Budgie-face is happy.

  88. goonermichael says:

    and again oh well. let’s hope there are some injuries

  89. Rhyle says:

    World class is putting it mildly…his touch to set himself is world class, the finish better (if that’s possible!)

  90. goonermichael says:

    one back

  91. evonne says:

    manc under siege

  92. RockyLives says:

    Is BSR injured yet?

  93. Big Raddy says:

    Don’t like the looks of this Oscar fellow. Thank goodness the Chavs are poor at the back

  94. evonne says:

    Rocky – who?

    Irish recons that every player whose name she had on her shirt gets injured. I offered to pay for her to put RvP on it

  95. RockyLives says:

    If I didn’t know better, I would suspect that Irish might be slightly on the superstitious side.

  96. evonne says:

    just Irish? The rest of yous are not superstitious?

  97. RockyLives says:

    Not me evonne, touch wood.

  98. goonermichael says:

    barca are losing. lol

  99. evonne says:

    Eboue keeps falling over 🙂

  100. Big Raddy says:

    Apart from all my lucky Arsenal routines I am not at all superstitious (though my lucky number is 7)

  101. evonne says:

    dutch guy just missed a sitter ha ha ha ha

  102. Big Raddy says:

    If Juve could shoot they would be winning this

  103. goonermichael says:

    GET IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. evonne says:

    Raddy – it is bad luck to talk about it, let’s change the subject

  105. evonne says:

    eboue got 5 mins extra time 🙂

  106. GunnerN5 says:

    Rocky;

    Re you 5:26 – does that mean he wants yo use you as bait?

  107. Gooner In Exile says:

    Hope Tony Adams watched that second Juve goal, Terry proving exactly why you can’t hold the 18 yard.

    Actually I assume pundits laid into Terry for that….it was lazy defending, got done for movement and pace so pushed up.

    On another note how come Terry could play tonight surely he got a 2 game ban for the kick in the semi final 2nd leg, please don’t tell me that poxy Super Cup counted as a suspended game?

  108. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kerrrrrrikey, just seen the Oscar goal. Not saying anything here, other than Bliiiiiiiiiimey
    Anyhow, where are we. Oh yes, its Spursday ROLF LAMOW

  109. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Daddy,
    I think it is you who has some explaining to do!
    “Perhaps our resident psychologist (Micky) can explain”.
    Ummmm…..eh?

  110. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy,
    If, in the highly unlikely event that your man Podolski manages to outscore my man Giroud ( 🙂 ) then your food package this year could be a gastro-triomphe.
    I’m attempting some air dried venison this winter (parma ham/bresaola style).

  111. chas says:

    Last season’s but still funny.

  112. chas says:

    Micky and BR,
    How about a double or quits bet on assists now that Rasp has completed the widget?

  113. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thing about Thursday’s is that evryone gets a rest from football. Players, Club Staff, Officials, Fans, TV Companies, Groundsmen, Caterers and even Bloggers.

  114. chas says:

    Air-dried venison, is that like pepperami?

  115. chas says:

    ITV4, makes me snore
    ITV4, makes me snore

  116. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bollocks, my bad. Sorry, forgot about Spurs.
    ROLFING LAMOWING

  117. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    Like pepperami?
    I’ve never been so insulted. You keep your nasty little pre-packed habits to yourself.

  118. chas says:

    Micky,
    Thanks for the chavs recommendation last night. I must admit I turned off after Oscar’s berkampsque goal (that’s what they were calling it on twatter anyway).

    I assumed they were going to spawn another win. When I found out it had gone back to 2-1, I daren’t switch it back on through fear of cursing it. So pleased I didn’t.

    Superstitious, moi?

  119. chas says:

    Haha, I’ve only had pepperami once, never again.

    How else is meat dried other than air-dried? Salt?

  120. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    Love the dogs 🙂
    There are faster ways than air drying in cool places, like fast drying using heat.

  121. MickyDidIt89 says:

    If you go on sky football news, there’s a clip of his goal. Went there earlier to get last night’s scores. Very good goal.

  122. chas says:

    Ah, GM’s hairdryer technique.

  123. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    I’m quite alarmed at the number of Gentlemen on this site who would appear to use GM style “Salon’s” as opposed to a Barber.

  124. chas says:

    Micky,
    Apart from Kelsey, don’t most use Mr Sheen?

  125. chas says:

    I thought Mr Sheen was de rigueur (apart from Kelsey, of course)

  126. Big Raddy says:

    The dogs vid is superb. Not seen it before.

    Micky. Re: Psychologist. A man who has a large business, a flourishing family and a zoo must be well versed in the arts of psychology!

    Mmmmmm ….. the venison. I can already taste it.

    Hair …. who needs it? (I guess GM, otherwise he would have to give up his jet-setting luxury lifestyle)

  127. chas says:

    Thanks for making me look like a parrot WordPress.
    First comment disappears, then re-emerges once second comment is sent.

  128. Big Raddy says:

    I prefer the second comment. De Rigueur is a fine expression and one I do not hear enough of

  129. chas says:

    You’re right, BR.
    Thanks WordPress for making me rephrase to avoid ‘duplicate comment detected’ .
    Does anyone else get ‘Slow down, you are posting comments too quickly’ ?

  130. chas says:

    RA gets it all the time. 🙂
    26, too.

  131. Big Raddy says:

    Among my many peccadilloes is an affection for headphones. At the moment I use Bowes and Wilkins cans and RHA in-ears. Has anyone has recommendations for in-ears with iPhone capability?

  132. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas,
    I really shouldn’t be too rude about people’s hair. I understand that mine looks like it was styled by the Local Council’s Landscaping Department (chainsaws and hedgetrimmers being the tools of choice).

  133. chas says:

    Peccadilloes and landscaping. 🙂

    I’m still using the earphones that came with the phone.

  134. chas says:

    Come to think of it, doesn’t iphone have a standard jack?

  135. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Yes it does but I use my iPhone as a music player during the day and like high quality sound. The ibuds are hopeless ….

  136. chas says:

    BR,
    Don’t your RHA in-ears fit the iphone?
    (Apologies if this is a stupid question)

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H8964ZM/A/rha-ma450i-noise-isolating-in-ear-headphones-with-mic

  137. Norfolk Gooner says:

    I have only one thing to say about Tuesday’s game, We got away with it!

  138. Red Arse says:

    Chas,

    Loved the dogs again! 🙂

    Funnily enough Word Press often tells me to sod off and use a word it can spell!! 🙂

  139. Red Arse says:

    Hi Randy Dandy, 🙂

    Can I ask a personal question? Nod your head if it is OK to continue.

    Right, thanx. When you go to Uni, are you there as a mature student, or do you teach the buggers? If so what?

    I know, I know that’s more than one question, but I think you must have nodded more than once! 🙂

  140. evonne says:

    Norfolk – I said the same last night ‘We got away with it ‘and GiE hit the roof 🙂 ‘Got away with what Evonne?’

  141. chas says:

    Has this just happened, Evonne?

  142. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    He sits at the back with his pea shooter. He’s a bloody menace that boy.

  143. chas says:

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