The Midfield Conundrum.

Sherlock Holmes said that whatever is left once you have removed the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

What has this to do with our midfield? Well,  ….. the impossible is that we will have a fully fit midfield  to choose from, we have physical fragility in spades – Diaby, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ramsey, Frimpong, Coquelin and Arteta have all suffered long term injuries over the past few seasons and there is no reason to think this will change.

And what is improbable? That less than half of them will be fit at any one time. Add in the as yet to be damaged Ox, Arshavin and Cazorla and we have lots of choice, some might say, too much choice. At a time when all three of our Goalkeepers are under the age of 23 and two of them are crocked, it could be said that we lack squad balance – but that is another story and another post.

I would need RA mathematical qualities to work out the possible combinations of our midfield, all I know as there are too many to count on my fingers. Even if we take Cazorla and Arteta as starters  there are 8 possible partners for them. But should they be automatic starters? Is a midfield of Diaby, Wilshere and Coquelin worse? Or  Ramsey, Ox and Rosicky? etc etc etc

Should Oxlade- Chamberlain be considered as a future midfield linch-pin or a prettier Peter Beardsley?

My point is that what is left is the truth and the truth is we have too many midfield players. The skill sets of Ramsey, Rosicky, Coquelin, Wilshere, and Ox are similar – not identical but similar. I would be happy for any of them to start against any opposition, Cazorla is exceptional. We have no player who can replicate the skills of Arteta but should he be injured we will change the balance of the midfield to be either more attacking or more defensive.

What do you think will be our best midfield assuming all are fit? And what do you think it will look like in 2014? My take is:

2012   Diaby    Cazorla     Arteta

2014     O-C   Wilshere  Cazorla   Arteta

Because I believe to maximize the potential in this squad we have to play  4-3-1-2 with Ox being the 1.

The difficulty will be juggling the fantastic talent we will have behind the first eleven. Wages can be a recompense – it works for Nasri, Kolo, Cahill, Malouda, Nani etc but a truly ambitious player will want first team action and many of our squad players are highly talented lads who have yet to fulfill their potential, something I feel sure they will agitate for.

Lost in the Midfield

For the first time  I can recall we have an area of the pitch which is flooded with exceptional talent.  How would you sort it out ? I have no idea but then I am not paid £6m a year.

( pic c/o Didit )

Written very quickly by Big Raddy

111 Responses to The Midfield Conundrum.

  1. Rocka says:

    Big praise indeed for the Ox, don’t think he’ll ever play in the hole before Carzola. Arteta will need proper replacing by 2014.

  2. Steve says:

    With a 4-3-1-2, odes that give Walcott a starting position up top, or does it leave Giroud & Podolski.
    A change to this formation would make keeping Walcott a far more important option.

    The Ox would be better as the right side of the 3, with Wilshere left and Arteta central, with Cazorla off the front 2. Propbably a little narrow at times, but the talent would overcome that!

  3. Is that you in the top pic, Big Raddy, pondering Walcott’s future whist checking out a herbal remedy?

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    That’s Percy Harrison Fawcett in the pic for non-enthusiasts of Great Explorers.
    JW SC MA 🙂
    Great post and there will be much debate. Oh, and a nasty formula from RA!

  5. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Im also still going 3-5-2

    ………Pod Gir
    Gib JW Santi Art Jenks
    ….Verm Mert Kos

  6. chas says:

    I like it, BR.

    Santi and Mikel seem irreplaceable at the moment, but as you say, they will need replacing at some point so it’s good that we have so many options.

    Jack’s comeback seems to be progressing nicely at the moment, Rambo has found a little form and Diaby might be back after the internationals.

    To me, The Ox is more of a striker, so in the hole/Santi’s position seem the most likely for his future.

    Le Coq and Frimpong both need games, but are excellent squad players to have as back-up.

    All in all a pretty healthy state of affairs.

    (Point of order – Mannone is 24 and Fabianski 27 🙂 )

  7. gnarleygeorge9 says:


    There was muchdebating by the fans of Team GB during the olympics from all accounts 😆

  8. Timmy says:

    Nice Post BR, it’s always a treat reading what you had to say.

    Firstly, of the players making up the team, which of them right now needs to be starters irrespective of the formations or the intention of the gaffer and we need to determine if there is a close substitute for such

    1. Cazorla, 2. Arteta, 3. Mertasacker.

    For the three above Arsenal will benefit a lot when they are fit, and available, however, they may not always be available. To find the closest substitute, we look first at Mertasacker: currently in the team there is a very good close substitute, which is Koscielny. For Cazorla, a player operating behind the striker and also always covering in the defensive area, the best player for this would be either Arshavin or Rosicky. Arshavin in the sense that he plays best behind a striker but needs to do more defensively. On Rosicky, he’s more of an attacking midfielder more suited to the space between the middle of the pitch and the attacking third.

    The most difficult to substitute is Arteta, with his accurately timed positioning, well timed run, accurate passing and combination play, no arsenal player comes close to him. The nearest player which is Wilshere is still some yards behind Arteta (Perhaps due to years of experience), aside from Wilshere, Coquelin comes to mind.

    All other positions can be safely combined without any fear of loosing team balance.

  9. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think I’m being a bit thick here, but eh?

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks for the comments.

    As was said in the post – this was written in haste and not really a considered piece.

    Timmy, thanks for the lovely compliment. As to Arteta, I think we will play a different formation when he is injured, perhaps the 3-5-2 which intrigues Micky.

    We have already used Ramsey to bolster the midfield 3 this season and I can see us repeating the ploy.

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Thank you for a wonderful bit of truth Raddy! 🙂

    You are right, once everybody is fit we have an army of quality midfielders. What a lovely problem to have! 😛

    Will it be your Christmas tree with helipad on top (4-3-1-2), or Micky’s sumo wrestler 3-5-2 (fancy him trying to flog us that one again!)? I still think we end up with 4-5-1 at some point. Giroud or Podolski on top and Gervinho, Diaby/Jack, Arteta/oquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey/Rosicky in the ‘5’. Admittedly, I have flogged that one to death as well! 😆

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Oh and I disagree about O-C. He will surely be our hole player in years to come. He is smart, has fast feet and can shoot, has an eye for the pass and is learning from a master (Caz).

    As I said …. a prettier Peter Beardsley.

  13. Big Raddy says:

    TA. That is the beauty of the current team and in particular Podolski. The opposition do not know how to handle him as he is striker, AM and DM.

    Pod has been as impressive (well almost) as Cazorla.

  14. tmon1285 says:

    I see wilshere taking over that role of arteta by 2014 considering Art’ will be 32 by then an age wenger usually cashes in on good players but i doubt he’d sell him cos he bought him late(with AW u never know), i see ox and ramsey(dats if he blows atlast) and if not Eisfield overtakes him competing for that cazorla role and santi bcoming more of a xavi behind then i see serge gnabry taking over the wings…too bad i dont see walcott in that 2014 vision of mine
    My thoughts

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    How dare anyone scoff at my 3-5-2.
    Its not the formation itself that matters, its having the formation to fit the players we have.
    With my layout, we have power up front, strength at the back, fiddly bits in the middle and a bit of whatever on the side 🙂

  16. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Back to work 😦

  17. Big Raddy says:

    tmon.Good comment. Gnabry and Eisfelld both look future stars but there are so many players ahead of them.

    At the moment, we cannot even find place for Theo or Giroud in the starting line-up! (Pod – Gerv – O-C forward line).

    I have a feeling Coquelin and Diaby will leave. Let us assume Rosicky is staying (he recently signed an extension), then one or two of the MF’s must go ….. so who will be sold?

    Arteta is aging but has extend his career at AFC by at least 2 years having found a less energetic position.
    Caz is not going anywhere
    Nor is JW
    Nor is Ox
    Ramsey is developing nicely but is he really top quality?
    Rosicky has an contract extension
    Diaby is a tremendous player but fragile
    Coquelin will understandably move if he does not get more pitch time
    Frimpong is raw but loyal
    AA is history

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Fine comments today, especially by Steve ad tmon. 🙂

    Raddy, agreed on Podolski and what a smile he possesses. No wonder Evonne always wants to point to us he really is Polish rather than German! 😀

  19. Red Arse says:

    Excellento, Large Radish, 🙂

    A good Post and a little math problem to give a dash of Worcester Sauce.

    If you list the players, say 10;

    Cazzor, Arteta, Diaby, Jack, Le Coq, Rambo, Ox, Rosicky, Frimpers, Arsh, and then select any unique combination of 3 midfielders from them, say Cazzor, Arteta, Diaby for example, you get an interesting number of combinations.

    It’s a long time since I did any combination or permutation calculations, but selecting any combination of 3 players from a possible 10 needs a formula that goes something like this;

    (stand by your beds) 🙂

    nCr = n! / r! (n – r)!

    So with 10 players to choose from, and unique combinations of 3 midfield players from that list;

    10C3 = 10! / 3! (10 – 3) = 10! / 3! 7! = 120

    Therefore, AW can put out 120 different midfield combinations of 3 players.

    Now if he wanted to choose 4 midfield players from the 10 available (and using the above formula) he would have 210 different combinations available. 🙂

    Good old Arsene, not just a great linguist but a true polymath! 🙂

  20. Red Arse says:


    Your view has some merit and selecting a midfield of 5 from 10 gives AW a possible 252 different combinations. Wow! 🙂

  21. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bloody knew you were up to your dirty habits 🙂
    Off for a while. Really this time. Have a nice day all.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    RA. I knew you would come good!

    120 possible combinations with a 3 man midfield. No squad depth? ….. phooey.

  23. oz gunner says:

    top post Big Ratty. It is a conundrum but with our injury record if we EVER get to that stage it won’t be long before an injury or two strikes.

    210 combinations holey smokes that’s sure to confuse our opposition. It will be interesting to see where Ox ends up playing in the coming seasons.

    @ Micky

    sounds like an argument for ‘Total’ football! sick him TA!!!!

  24. Timmy says:

    RA, those figures makes it look like a bottomless pit of options for Arsene, trust he’ll always turns out the best.

    One thing am only hoping this teams keeps turning out is believe. Believe they could overcome any opposition, no matter who the hell they are. Truth is, this team has that, but it must keep increasing

  25. Red Arse says:

    Hi Timmy, 🙂

    Sometimes an apparent plethora of options can befuddle even the best of us. Leaving the math aside I think AW will restrict his selections to players on form, ‘stars’ and the tactics he will feel best suits our style of play.

    For example, the math is simply looking at the numbers, but I doubt Arsene will put out a midfield, on Saturday, of Wilshire, Le Coq and Frimpong (injuries permitting, of course).

    Neither would I bet on a midfield of Arshavin, Rosicky and Frimpong (again injuries permitting). Not because they are not good players, but because other better combinations are available where other players such as Cazza or Arteta could, together with one or other of those players, be a happier blend.

    That’s the secret of great management I suppose, and way above my head! 🙂

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    As a follow on to Rocky’s post from yesterday here is the injury record for each team during the 2011/12 season.

    MI = Major injuries
    LD = Lost days
    LP = League position.

    It’s interesting to note that the two teams with the least lost days and the four teams with the most covered the top six positions in the final standings.

    MI LD LP
    Man U … 39 … 1681 … 2
    Spurs … 36 … 1450 … 4
    Arsenal … 28 … 1343 … 3
    Newcastle… 27 … 1258 … 5
    Fulham … 33 … 1245 … 9
    QPR … 19 … 1105 … 17
    Bolton … 15 … 1054 … 18
    Norwich … 14 … 968 … 12
    Sunderland… 22 … 956 … 13
    WBA … 24 … 868 … 11
    Aston Villa… 21 … 806 … 16
    Blackburn … 20 … 801 … 19
    Liverpool … 15 … 794 … 8
    Swansea … 12 … 759 … 10
    Everton … 21 … 716 … 7
    Wolves … 18 … 690 … 20
    Stoke … 14 … 557 … 14
    Wigan … 11 … 474 … 15
    Chelsea … 13 … 356 … 6
    Man C … 7 … 186 … 1

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    Wow – it looked good in excel, word press sure messes it up!

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Your observations on our mid-field are correct, although injury prone the options, as astutely noted by RA, give us a lot of depth.

    I just wish that RA’s formula would also apply to our goal keeping and offence. If the media mill is right then AW also has concerns about them and is looking to fill the void in January 2013.

  29. RockyLives says:

    It’s elementary, my dear Radson…
    We play an entire team of midfielders, with the exception of GK:

    Coq Pingpong Diaby Gerv
    Arteta Santi Ramsey Jack
    Theo Oxo

    Possession stats:
    Us – 100%
    Them – 0%


  30. rhyle says:

    Occam’s Razor…excellent…good work, sir!

    Interesting read – can’t say I disagree with the thought behind it. We have an awful lot of talent, a large chunk of which is still developing. There are an awful lot of “what ifs” connected to that development, too.

    Will Wilshere become the player he was destined to be or will he be plagued by doubts and injuries?
    Will Ramsey remember what a player he is on a consistent basis and deliver on his potential more than 3 or 4 times a season?

    Think 2014 could look very different to what you have planned if they do, players coming through, aging players taking a squad position (Arteta?)…

    Good read.

  31. Red Arse says:

    Occam’s Razor, by all that is holy!! 🙂

    “Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate”

    Broadly translated as;
    “If you have two equally likely solutions to a problem, choose the simplest.” or “Things should not be unnecessarily multiplied”

    Distilled down that means; “Keep things simple, stupid!” 🙂

    Rhyle, you and Occam are too good for a simple footie blog. Buzz off! 🙂

  32. Red Arse says:

    Rhyle, sod Occam’s Razor, how about this for philosophical wisdom? 🙂

    If down his throat a man should choose
    In fun, to jump or slide,

    He’d scrape his shoes against his teeth,
    Not to dirty his own inside.

    But if his teeth were lost and gone,
    And not a stump to scrape upon,

    He’d see at once how very pat
    His tongue lay there just like a mat,

    And he would wipe his feet on that!

    Now THAT’s a football fan’s wisdom! What say you? 😆

  33. TotalArsenal says:

    RA, In order words bin maths, use a calculator! 😀

  34. Red Arse says:

    Chazzer, 🙂

    Here’s one for you to pinch off me!!

    I dreamed a dream next Tuesday week,
    Beneath them apple-trees;

    I thought my eyes were big pork-pies,
    And my nose was Stilton cheese.

    The clock struck twenty minutes to six,
    When a frog sat on my knee;

    I asked him to lend me fifty pence,
    But he borrowed a quid off me.

  35. Red Arse says:


    My new mission in life is to wean the world off calculators! 🙂

    Our brains are by far the best computers, and there are a lot of brainy Arsenal folk. Just look at Rhyle!! 🙂

  36. rhyle says:

    Red Arse…your posts remind of a Nietzschean aphorism, one of my favourites:

    “smooth ice is paradise for those who dance with expertise”

    Always a pleasure!

  37. Red Arse says:

    I know, I know you want me to shuffle off, but afore I go, here is proof positive that math can unravel the mysteries of the Universe. Well my Universe!! 🙂

    If we square a lump of pemmican
    And cube a pot of tea,
    Divide a musk-ox by the span
    From noon till half-past three;

    If we calculate the Eskimo
    By solar parallax,
    And divide the sextant by a floe
    And multiply the cracks

    By nth-powered igloos, we may prove
    All correlated facts.

    If we multiply the Arctic night
    By x times ox times moose,
    And build an igloo on the site
    Of its hypotenuse;

    If we circumscribe an arc about
    An Arctic dog and weigh
    A segment of it, every doubt
    Is made as clear as day.

    We also get the price of ice
    And the square of April/May

  38. oz gunner says:

    damn all you intelligent people! 1 RA was enough, now there’s this rhyle bloke throwing around poems and big words. My dictionary just caught on fire from flipping pages too quick.

  39. Red Arse says:


    Didn’t old Nietsche also say the only way to force peace on earth would be to make everyone suffer equally?

    Sounds like my kind of philosophical logic!!

    Just read the poetry above and luxuriate in the truth of his aphorism. 🙂

    Off now before Rasper and/or Peaches ban me!!

  40. RockyLives says:

    This site is going from bad to verse.


  41. RockyLives says:

    Nietsche? Wasn’t he a bit of a Kant?

  42. kelsey says:


    you hit the nail on the head with this part of your post.

    ” Diaby, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ramsey, Frimpong, Coquelin and Arteta have all suffered long term injuries over the past few seasons and there is no reason to think this will change.”

    One could add Gibbs to that list as well as the mysterious injury to Fabianski.( if he is still on the radar)

    IMO Frimpong is not ready yet and one gets the impression every time he plays he will get carded.Coquelin will be used sparingly, and what about Miguel ?

    I thought mozart was finished but he stormed back last season only to get injured again in June at the euros and is still out.The older he gets the longer his injuries will take to heal.

    The one i am most anxious about is Wilshere. the expectancy from him is enormous for us and England and initially I thought AW wouldn’t rush him back after such a long break,but it appears, according to reports he may well play at Reading. It wouldn’t be the first time a player has come back too quickly, so i hope the medical team have got it right this time.

  43. RockyLives says:

    Going back to your comment earlier today about us buying a top striker in January – I can definitely see the logic.

    If we assume that the Chamster is, as they say, “not in the manager’s thinking”, then that just leaves us with one proper central striker – Giroud. If he gets an injury that keeps him out for a couple of months we could be in the doodoo.

    I know people will say that Pod, Gerv or even Theo could play centrally, but to me they are natural wide players.

    We always used to have two out-and-out “centre forwards”: Henry and Wiltord; Henry and Barndoor; Barndoor and Bendy; Anelka and Wright; Henry and Kanu. And that’s not counting Dennis.

  44. RockyLives says:

    I also hope we don’t rush Jack back too quickly. I hope there are no internationals on the horizon after this week, because you can just imagine the situation where he plays a bunch of games for us and ends up getting injured for England.

  45. oz gunner says:

    Rocky i won’t ridicule you after that one, because the readers of AA ode you so much for all your great posts.

    No matter what we will love you for better or verse!

  46. Red Arse says:


    You can’t call Kant a can’t — that’s rude!

  47. oz gunner says:

    That’s why RA went into accounting, because rhyme doesn’t pay!

    @ Kelsey

    surely after 14 months they would be 110% sure that it is safe to bring back young jack. I agree though, if the expectation wasn’t on jack before it definitely is now. It’s that situation where people over hype someone who has been gone for so long

  48. RockyLives says:

    Oz 🙂

  49. kelsey says:


    When we buy players they have a medical, and one assumes that it is a thorough examination (not cough please 😉 )
    Now walcott injured one shoulder then the next season the other, and i believe he has a plate in one arm/ was then discovered that there was a history of the same weakness in his father.
    on most medical questions they always ask for history of a particular ailment or something in the genes in ones family.

    rosicky was seen by two top specialists in the UK and eventually his national coach suggested he go back home for further treatment and get to the root of the problem, which they did.

    one would think a club like ours would have the top specialists in the world at their disposal.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    It would be foolhardy be rush JW back – as the post shows , there is no shortage of midfielders in the squad. I would give him 10/15 minutes at the end of the QPR home game or even better the Fulham home game in early November.

    If we were to sign a striker to replace Theo & Chamakh, Pedro at Barca would be the man for me – he has been linked in the past.

  51. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    With posts like these I could get used to the Interlull. Top quality Radders. Love the b&w pics…

    We have these problems(!?) all over the park now…LB, RB, CB. Prior to the season starting Giroud looked like our sole primary option at CF, with Podolski a possible stand in…but since then we’ve seen Gerv practically re-invent the role so that it suits his own style.

    Happy happy days.

    You want me to pick a midfield..Lol I can barely pick one for this weekend let alone 2014.

  52. glic says:

    Top stuff Raddy
    What a wealth of talent in midfield, shame Beef Van Curtains left, Number 14 could have been in the bag !.

    I`m surprised Didit hasn`t got more praise for his , 1-3-5-2……..Two Goalies ! genius ! hahaha

  53. chas says:

    I’d imagine Jack’ll get a run out in the C1cup on 30th Oct.

  54. Red Arse says:

    Chas, just loved that bugger Socrates! 🙂

    And when it came to philosophy … that other cant Kant could.

  55. glic says:

    Harry`s in the news, even though he got chucked out the door with P45 dangling from his rectum, he cant stop the praise of Bale. He say`s Bale`s up there with Messi and Ronaldo !
    Honestly Harry, you need to get that monkey of your back !.

  56. RockyLives says:

    Must be time for the Monty Python “Philosophers Footy” clip, surely…

  57. RockyLives says:

    “Honestly Harry, you need to get that monkey of your back !.” 😀

  58. Big Raddy says:

    GLIC 🙂

    I do not like Harry, never have. He always struck me as opposite of AW; Harry is a man without intelligence or culture.

    Hope he gets the QPR job. If he does it will mean that unpleasant oaf Hughes will be sacked and also that QPR will be relegated

  59. jnyc says:

    Goid one Raddy, always interesting to think about. I like mickys 3-5-2 idea always, but i dont see any sign we are going that way. ——-
    But i loved when arsene brought on kozzer late to help defensively and protect a lead.

  60. Afternoon 🙂

    Raddy – I reckon a mid-field conundrum must be the most exciting for AW, he loves a midfielder. Myself, I favour the 4-6 option but I reckon Rocky’s 1-10 could catch on too 🙂

  61. Before you all run and hide we do need a post for tomorrow and Thursday please ……………………….

  62. RockyLives says:

    I just can’t wait for Saturday… a BR pre-match and a game to watch.

    God will be in His heaven (wherever Dennis considers to be heaven) and all will be well with the world.

  63. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all,

    Yes Kelsey, I’ll be in Malaga from 23rd – 30th Dec. Is that your part of the world?

    For those commenting on Jack, I don’t see Wenger having a need to rush him back as long as we don’t get a few injuries in midfield.

  64. Irishgunner says:

    ” Meanwhile, in the England dressing room, Rooney turns around every time Hodgson mentions rain.”


  65. Big Raddy says:

    Seems madness that a stadium with a roof can have a game called off because of a waterlogged pitch

  66. Irishgunner says:

    What happened to Danny Rose in Serbia is a fucking disgrace

  67. Irishgunner says:

    BFG took his goal well

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. What happened to Rose

  69. Irishgunner says:

    Monkey chants were aimed at him, he kicked the ball away in annoyance and was sent off. Whole England U-21 set up was attacked

  70. Irishgunner says:

    It is – but too many stones been cast by xenophobes and racists in their glasshouses.

    People, rightly, called this out as racist – but also managed to be racist in slating Serbia and later Poland for not putting a flipping roof over their ground. Hypocrisy can be a terrible thing…

  71. Irishgunner says:

    Ian Wright tweeted me – a bit angry but he tweeted me :lol;

  72. LB says:

    Can someone help? Did the stadium in Poland have a roof?

    I was of the understanding that it did and that it was not closed when it could have been, if this is the case then surely criticism is justified?

  73. Irishgunner says:

    It did have a roof and it wasn’t closed when it should have been. Just some of the snide remarks were a bit much IN MY OPINION – maybe they were meant as jokes, probably were, but if they are made about your own country you’d not be too happy

  74. Irishgunner says:

    Germany have fecked up royally 4-0 and drew 4-4 with Sweden

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Merts will be unhappy.

    Giroud scores!!!

  76. ………still need a post for tomorrow ………………

  77. LB says:

    Making monkey noises on a par with “snide” comments about a roof not being closed when it could have been………….can’t see how those two compare.

  78. Irishgunner says:

    I was referring to the kind of comments like ” we give you thousands of roofs and you can’t even give us one” type of comments – they are snide.

    I did word it all wrong above reading back over it, didn’t mean to compare them. Just I felt some of the comments made were a bit snide.

  79. Irishgunner says:

    Is Santi this small? 😮

  80. oz gunner says:

    That was despicable by the serb players and fans. Punches and kicks thrown. Great leadership by the young keeper Butland

  81. chas says:

    DidIt’s daily beard #1

    What a beauty to start us off!

  82. chas says:

    Posted on facepalm with this caption……..
    One sick individual, now universally loathed by a nation for shafting the innocent. Seen here with Jimmy Saville.

  83. Red Arse says:

    Morning Chas, and Oz and anyone else who is up!! 🙂

  84. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely work Chas.

    Time for the morning rant from your Danish Correspondent

    Beautiful finish from Giroud last night. When he came on the idiot commentators did their “he has been hugely disappointing”, “only scored one goal in 9 games”, hasn’t settled into the Premiership” “has little control” ….. the usual ill-informed gibberish.

    What did they say about his sublime finish? Nothing

    How many goals has England Hero Rooney scored this season? None.

  85. Red Arse says:

    Morning Raddy, 🙂

    Just as I get on, my flipping connection failed, again.

    It seems bl**dy BT have moved into my area en masse with BT Wifi, this, BTFon, that and BT Hub the other and when my neighbours come on line it swaps my system. Buggers!

  86. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Sounds like a job for 26. Legal action must ensue – negligence, gross misconduct, theft, willful damage etc etc

  87. Red Arse says:


    I did not see the France game but when I saw our man had scored I was delighted for him.

    It’s really disappointing to hear that the imbecilic cr*p is still following him around!! 😦

  88. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all, a top post Raddy, my only concern of the players mentioned is height, although I know Arsene has recently given his reasons to finding excellence in so many small footballing technicians rather than pacy strong box to boxers, as he says that they are ineffective against two double decker buses parallel parked on the 18yd box.

    To my mind the 2014 midfield should look something like this:


    So formation would be something like 4-1-3-1-1

  89. Gooner In Exile says:

    RA find network settings and find saved networks, and forget all BT Openzone and Fon points. They are hugely annoying but BT make them standard and I think now unable to switch off, they increase wireless interference in the immediate area and they run the risk of reducing your own Internet speed (if you have Fon enabled on BT router) if someone decides to connect and start using your router from outside your house.

    A small note through the door complaining of data pollution 🙂

  90. Red Arse says:

    BT and my provider say the system is set up to search out free bandwidth and move accordingly. There is almost a corporate shrug to mean “it’s just one of those things”.

    Apparently, crowded bandwidth problems are quite widespread in the UK.
    Anyway, enough of my bitching — it is a new blogging day and Chas’ Vids to look forward to! 🙂

  91. Red Arse says:

    Thanks GIE and good morning to you. I will try that.

    Isn’t it wonderful that we can look at team selection, such as you have suggested, and have such a cornucopia of wonderfully technical players to choose from — and there are others on the fringes.

    Theo/Arshavin/Rosicky and we might need a powerful CF (Giroud) 🙂

  92. Red Arse says:

    Thanks, Chas, what a brilliant goal, just what I wanted to see him do. Such power in the header! 🙂

  93. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. No Theo or have you given him a central striking position? 🙂

  94. Gooner In Exile says:

    Is that Arsene in the commentary? The other two were impressively bias 😀 “Allez allez Allez!”

    Nice movement and header by the big man.

    RA they are not wrong but your provider clearly doesn’t provide a very strong wifi signal on their router…..I like wired where possible, only 3 devices (out of about 20 internet enabled) in my house connect via wifi.

  95. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha Raddy, my educated guess and in the know radar says we will not see Theo in an Arsenal shirt for much longer.

  96. Does anyone have time to dash together a quickie for this morning, I have one in drafts but I was saving it for Friday …….

  97. Big Raddy says:

    OK Peaches. Got a subject?

  98. Gooner In Exile says:

    Peaches I’ll get one in drafts

  99. oz gunner says:

    Morning all

    @ BR

    I heard the same, and read similar dribble on newsnow. Articles referring to him as “struggling” and “troubled”. If he is, then what the hell was Torres last season?

  100. evonne says:

    Chas beat me to the vid, there is a surprise
    I watched the goal and celebrations that followed over and over again. Giroud looks like an ox, powerful lad we have there.
    Will this goal give him extra confidence when back with Arsenal?

  101. Gooner In Exile says:

    Should be in there Peaches 🙂

  102. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I have just spent 30 minutes writing a post which is time sensitive. Probably not as good as yours but I leave it up to Peaches to decide.

    Work beckons…..

  103. Gooner In Exile says:

    One for today one for tomorrow and Peaches has planned Friday, we are covered 🙂

  104. Thanks guys, sorry I had to go and deliver a breaker ………….. don’t ask 🙂

  105. Rasp says:

    Great stuff, many thanks GiE……

    …… New post ………

  106. New Post …………….

  107. joseph ibiyemi says:

    I think the problem with arsenal this season would lie solely on the attack, you have a player like girond up front, what treat can he cause to the opposition side, the fact is we need a balanced striker like van persie into that team, arsene wenger should stop being more interested in france players and bring in players that would had to the success of the team, imagine a striker having only one goal in premier league, lets put a stop to this buying of cheap player and look out on getting quality players even if their are of age, you might just hear one day I died of heart break because of arsenal, am never fine or physically balanced when we lose or under pressure, we need a team build up, help us and help yourself, lets put an end to seven years without any trophy.

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