Gunners to Ruin Graham’s Home Debut?

Time to move away from the Young Jack eulogising and onto some proper English PL football, and there are few grounds more suited to a return to earth than the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland is a fine town with a fine history. It has one of the lowest incomes per head in the UK and yet almost 40,000 people go to watch their home games (5k more than Spurs!) They love their team and their football.

Martin O’Neill has had problems getting the Black Cats to gel. Rarely have I seen a more frustrated figure on the sidelines because whatever one thinks of MoN, he is a passionate man and gives his all to his clubs. Many moons ago Gooners were calling for him to replace Mr Wenger – insanity runs deep amongst our fans.

Sadly, Sunderland fans are not getting to see much artistry on the pitch (apart from the opposition). They are struggling for goals and rely more on sweat than inspiration. The huge fee paid for Fletcher  and the signing of Danny Graham is an indication of their need for some fire power and gumption ,though I have long admired both Sessegnon and Larsson. It is always good to see an ex-Gunner who has been Wengered succeed and Larsson has had a fine career – shame he likes to score against us!

After a short injury-free period we have players queuing for the treatment table. Late fitness tests on much of the defence means Raddy’s line-up could be drastically affected. There is also a fear that Theo was limping after the Brazil game.

Runners & Riders:

sunderland v arse

Given the amount of time our Internationals were on the pitch midweek, we may well see some changes.

Diaby could start as his stature is important defensively, but who gets dropped? Dare we play without Pod and have a 4 man midfield with Santi taking the left side attacking berth?

It will be interesting to see how Monreal copes with Adam Johnson who is finally showing some form.

Todays explorer: Sir James Clark Ross (1800 – 1862). You may think it is cold outside, particularly if you are going to the game but today is almost tropical compared to the norm for Sir Ross; an Arctic and Antarctic explorer in the days of wooden ships. As a young man Ross went North with his Uncle, Sir William Parry to search for the fabled North-West Passage and here he fell in love with polar exploration. Upon promotion to Captain he took his ship, the Erebus, to the Antarctic which he surveyed extensively becoming, at that time, the furthest South man had travelled.


I name this picture The Ross Icon

Sir James discovered Ross Bay,  James Ross Island, the Ross Sea, the Ross Ice Shelf, Victoria Island, Mount Erebus & Mt. Terror. He returned to England a hero, dying in Blackheath at the age of 61.

On paper we should win this game. Should the defence stay focussed and disciplined we will be fine, but they will not get the easy game they had vs Stoke. With Danny Graham playing his first game at the SoL, Sunderland will be looking for 3 points. But so will we….


143 Responses to Gunners to Ruin Graham’s Home Debut?

  1. 26may1989 says:

    Excellent prematch as ever. I think Vermaelen is injured and Kos has a fitness test today. If Kos can’t start, Miquel has been called up. Many of us think Miquel looks very good, so seeing him start would be fine. And it would mean we’d have five Spaniards in the starting XI – not sure we’ve ever done that.

    Sunderland won’t be easy but we have a fairly good track record up there. We won’t thrash them but, having thrown away so many points this season, anything less than three today would be disappointing.

  2. 26may1989 says:

    Sorry, that should’ve said four Spaniards.

  3. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Morning all
    Nice pre match report we will have a tough game today against the black cats but I think we can manage a win.
    PS who wrote the match report it does not say.
    Sheep Hagger™

  4. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Put this name in to a search engine
    DALE MORRISON he’s the supermarket owner.

    He looks like Arsen Wenger after eating loads of pies,take a look.
    Ps hope there is no horse meat in the burgers today at the game.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Something I forgot to mention is the quality of Sunderland’s GK, Mignolet. He is ver very good.. Not unbeatable but proof that any defence rests upon the quality of their GK

  6. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Reassuringly Raddyly, thank you.
    Whichever combo of Kos, Mert, Verm or Miquel should be good enough. Hope if Diaby starts to help the defensive side of our game, he’s not wearing his jogging shoes, rather the running ones 🙂
    Hopefully Sunderland will be less bus-parky at home than they were away, and I’m sure we will win.
    Loved the Explorer as usual.
    Back outside until ko.
    Have Peaches and Rasp given up on us?

  7. GoonerB says:

    Will have to read your post and comment later Raddy. Just finished work and need to get my skates on. Off to the Ems to see the live away screening of the game with our esteemed AA board of directors.

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all.

    Fine report Raddy and, as usual, more exploring for me……..

    It’s not exactly arctic weather here but it’s -13c with a foot of snow on the ground.

  9. kelsey says:

    Well done Raddy, i am sure not that many appreciate the work and research you do for these pre match posts.

    Sky Sports says vermaelen is definitely out, Kozzer a doubt and jack is on the bench

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Really quiet here today.

    Unnatural – especially with kick-off less than an hour way.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Thank you. It does take some effort but I really enjoy the writing process and in particular the research for the explorers.

  12. RockyLives says:

    Top stuff as always BR
    Another fine explorer – they’re a real treat in every pre-match.

    Looks like the Spudders are about to win again, so it has to be three points from us today.

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    The Teams Are In

    Sunderland Team

    Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O’Shea, Rose, N’Diaye, Colback, Cattermole, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher


    Westwood, Bardsley, Cuellar, Mangane, Vaughan, Larsson, Graham

    Cazorla And Ramsey Return

    The pair are in for Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both named on the bench


    Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud


    Mannone, Jenkinson, Miquel, Diaby, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski

  14. kelsey says:

    Kos out injured in warm up, Jenkinson in

  15. Big Raddy says:

    So MonkeyBoy rescues Spurs yet again.

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Surprised not to see Diaby, but I guess Sagna will platy at CB.

    Odd decision given that Miquel is on the bench

  17. Gooner In Exile says:

    Just seen the team haven’t read pre match…..squeaky bum see you on 90 minutes.

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Seven points behind Spurs makes this a must, must win.

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Cattermole starting. JW is in for a bruising afternoon.

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    Looks like it’s going to be an open game, should suit us best.

  21. Big Raddy says:

    This referee is a moron. Jenks gets a yellow for a foull whilst two of our players got demoilshed by Sunderland thugs.

    And Cattermole should have been given a red.

    JW as usual being targeted

  22. RockyLives says:

    And so the rotational fouling on jack begins.

  23. evonne says:

    Dear Raddy, thank you for the great prematch. I must admit I read your PM like I read newspapers – starting with the end 🙂 You never disappoint.

    However, I wish you stop calling Gareth Bale a Monkey Boy. It is terribly unfair to those sweet little animals

  24. Adrian says:

    Just tuned in to the game, is it Cazorla or Ramsey who’s playing right wing?

  25. evonne says:

    stadium of light looks biiiiig, nice venue

  26. evonne says:

    49k bums, that is big

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Another imbecile co-commentator. Shame on him

  28. RockyLives says:

    OG’s not at the races today.

  29. Irishgunner says:

    Is this “let’s try and injure Ramsey and Wilshere” day? I feckin hate Cattermole – dirty, vile little rat of a player

  30. evonne says:


  31. evonne says:

    weeeehhheeeey Irish 🙂

  32. Big Raddy says:

    Get innnnnn

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh yessssss
    Lovely move
    Sorry I wasn’t here for the warm up 🙂

  34. Irishgunner says:

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaay Evonne 😉

  35. evonne says:

    Raddy – polish commentators are terrible gossips, they were just talking about Nacho’s start saying that playing for Arsenal would come as a shock to the Spaniard, but playing Stoke in the first game would shock anybody

  36. evonne says:

    and the customary madness of AA prevails 🙂

  37. GunnerN5 says:

    More of the same in the 2nd half and we will be happy campers!

  38. Big Raddy says:

    We would be at least 4 up but for Mignolet. The 2 saves from Ramsey were first class.

    Playing 4-4-2 is working well allowing JW and Santi enough space to run the game. No way will we get so much time in the 2nd half as MoN will surely tell his players to get closer.

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And who’s fault is that for bigging him up in the pre-match?
    Then Big Raddy 🙂

  40. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Pointless Sunderland doing anything other than come at us more now, so I only see more goals for the boys in yellow.
    Remember, we’re always rubbish in the first half 🙂

  41. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    We really should be out of sight already. More of the same in the 2nd half please.

    Afternoon all

  42. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Alright Corky..I agree re Girouds ‘mixed’ half, but he’s a fighter who always keeps going. Close to getting two assists and a goal already

  43. LB says:


    How are you watching the game?

  44. Red Arse says:

    Willy Wilshire injured?

  45. Irishgunner says:

    Please be a very cautionary move that Jack is gone off

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Bolix. JW off after another foul.

  47. Irishgunner says:

    I reckon Jack might not have been 100% but we needed him to start and AW told him if he feels any kind of a knock he’s to signal and come right off?

  48. GunnerN5 says:

    They’ve turned their thuggery up a notch this half…………

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear we got lucky there…

  50. GunnerN5 says:

    Diaby’s not found the pace of the game yet.

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Stopped enjoying much. Diaby slowing things down and Ramsey being silly. Theo anonymous.


  52. Irishgunner says:

    He found the red card for us – cunt of a fucking ref

  53. RockyLives says:

    Jenks red can be laid at the door of dopey Diaby.

    Abou has been like a 12th man for Sunderland.

  54. Big Raddy says:

    Now we have 10 men!

    How is it that the team which is playing football gets a red when the team which are kicking lumps out of JW & Santi are cardless.

    Though it was a reckless and stupid tackle.

  55. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. You said what I wanted to 🙂

  56. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    He’s rubbish Jenkinson well overrated .!

  57. GunnerN5 says:

    Squeaky, squeaky..

  58. Red Arse says:

    Oi Irish, (well hi, first of all 🙂 good to see you) how come you can say tnuc without being executed? 😀

  59. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Hi BR and RA – ha ha only noticed now it passed the filter. The webpage must have felt my anger

  60. evonne says:

    phenomenal pass from Santi….oh Theo

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Awful ref. He should be speaking to the Sunderland Captain and telling him to calm his team down before more of our men get hurt

  62. evonne says:

    Wojtek is the MotfM

  63. Red Arse says:

    Speak to me for friggle sake. No view, no radio and you have all gone quiet!!!!!!

  64. evonne says:

    extra time
    we are under siege
    cannot watch…

  65. evonne says:

    RA – the northern bastards are dirty, dirty, dirty
    Giroud is workaholic
    Sagna magnificent
    Szczesny and Santi – 10 out of 10

  66. Adrian says:

    Wtf giroud!!

  67. Red Arse says:

    Nor can I , Evonne!!!! 🙂

  68. evonne says:

    end of…..pheeeeew

  69. Irishgunner says:

    That’s what you call digging in for a win – Sagna and Szczesny were immense the second half

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:


  71. Brigham says:

    We won 1-0

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sir Chesney
    Pay rise for Bac

  73. Red Arse says:

    WooooooooWWW FT and it#s 0:1 Yesssssss!!

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Excellent three points
    Hope Jack’s not too bad

  75. kelsey says:

    like The Alamo, well done all of you.

  76. Big Raddy says:

    Phew. Two clean sheets in row!

    Back to our Signature score….. 6 points from two 1-0’s …. lovely

  77. Rasp says:

    Not even a nail biter, I’m down to my wrist 😦

    Peaches has officially ask for a match report 🙂

  78. Kgooner says:

    Sagna and Scsezny were superc!

  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi Irish
    Just remind me, what did you think of the ref? 🙂

  80. Adrian says:

    Giroud’s decision to shoot towards the end of the game when he could have played a simple pass either to his right or left was absolutely shocking. Definitely not one of Giroud’s better games up front. Nevertheless a win is a win and credit have to be given to Sczeszny and Sagna for keeping Sunderland at bay during the second half onslaught. Not very impressed with Jenkinson’s sending off too.

    In other news, it seems that Santos is off on a one year loan. Simply cannot fathom why, Gibbs and Vermaelen are both still out with injury and Nachos is cup tied. With the Bayern game around the corner, this move strikes me as madness.

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    How to kill a few happy moments 🙂

  82. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone notice the strapping on JW’s left thigh? And it was his left leg which got injured.

    I think he was in the red zone and perhaps should have been rested.

    Unusually we had a brilliant first half and were under the cosh in the second. Prefer it the other way round … it is better for the blood pressure

  83. Red Arse says:

    Stop it, Micky, you know how I love it when Irish talks dirty!! Especially when we win!!!!! 😀

  84. RockyLives says:

    Wow… can we stop squeaking now…

    Brilliant defending by the whole team second half. Anything other than three points would have been a travesty given the chances we had, but boy, did we have to work for it!

    Outstanding in the second half from Sagna, BFG, Santi and especially OG and Szcz.

    OG could barely walk at the end, having put in a simply immense shift. Back to defend every set piece, forward again to hold up the play when we got it forward and to close them down when they had the ball at the back. Dennis knows how many miles he must have run.

    And as for Szcz – he has been poor on occasion this season but today he was brilliant. The save from Fletcher’s header in particular was Seamanesque (and there is no higher praise).

    I was moaning about Diaby earlier – he can be really frustrating. But I guess we should mark it down to him still working back to full match fitness and touch.

    Ditto Jenks. Tough game to come into the first team for, especially against a very good winger in Sessegnon.

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Adrian. It is a very strange move but until confirmed it is just rumour.

  86. Red Arse says:

    Do you lot know how appalling it is not to have any stream and no radio?? And you say you are down to the wrist?

    I am lucky I never got down to the todger!!!

  87. Irishgunner says:

    MIDI – He’s an unlikable sort 😉

  88. Big Raddy says:

    RL. You are too kind. Jenks was stupid. He had lost his player was on a yellow and with a ref who was a homer.

    To jump in like that invited a card.

    I agree. OG was superb today, though he needs to change his footwear away from the toblerone boots. His shooting was wayward.

  89. Big Raddy says:

    RA. If you are that bendable, you are a very lucky man 😀

  90. RockyLives says:

    Amazing that it’s two weeks before our next EPL game.

    After which we could be one point behind the Spuds, who don’t play until the Monday night that weekend.

  91. Red Arse says:

    Raddy, 😀 — perhaps a little poetic licence — ask Rasper!! 🙂

    Just trying to impress Irish!! 😛

  92. RockyLives says:

    BR – I’m not sure I entirely agree about Jenks.
    I think he felt he had to take him down to stop him getting a free run into the box or a free cross.
    If Jenks had not touched him and Sunderland had scored, people would probably slate him for not being professional enough.

  93. Irishgunner says:

    You always impress me RA 😉 😆

  94. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Adrian and Raddy
    I’d rather Fabianski play at LB against Bayern than Santos
    Such a Lady…….sometimes 🙂

  95. Red Arse says:

    Can’t wait to meet you, Irish. I will wear a mask like the Phantom of the Opera, to greet his beautiful heroine without frightening her!! 😛

  96. Big Raddy says:

    Can you remind me who are Bayern wingers? I have a feeling they are rather good….

    Irish. Good to have your company.

  97. evonne says:

    RA – had I known you were not watching I would keep you updated. I feel really stupid commenting on the game knowing that those who read it are watching too 🙂 Unless we pretend we are watching together and just chatting casually

    happy dayz, 50th win over sunderland

  98. evonne says:

    thanks Raddy, only Irish is good company? terrific

  99. Big Raddy says:

    RL. We can disagree. I still think it was reckless.

    What was best about today was the way the players fought so hard for each other. Ramsey must be totally knackered – he was everywhere, not always effectively but his energy levels are remarkable.

  100. Big Raddy says:

    evonne. You have other attributes ;-D

  101. Big Raddy says:

    & I enjoy having others watching the game with me. It is like being at an Arsenal pub (well, I am drinking!).

    Unusual our Aussie friends were absent.

  102. GunnerN5 says:


    Updated widgets sent to Arsenal nuts.

  103. evonne says:

    lovely goal for the Saints!!

  104. evonne says:

    and 2 nil to southampton!!!!

  105. Irishgunner says:

    Good to be back here for a game – this going to college AND working is seriously eating into my Arsenal time. I better get a job about a mile from the Emirates to make up for my current sacrifices 😆 – I know, I know, I have it tough 😆

  106. kelsey says:

    Hello irish, how are you ?

  107. kelsey says:

    I think Wenger gave one of his better interviews today.On another occasion we would have had three by half time. mind you Giroud at the end was just plain stupid.

  108. Strus says:

    Arteta, Cazorla and Wilhere were magnifitient in forward play today. For many patches of play in 2nd half you could not guess Arsenal were playing 10 men, the passing ws so good.
    But so many chances went beggin’.. so many!
    For sure Cattermole& Larson shoud have seen at least 2 yellows both.
    Theo get one in face for 2nd match in a row.
    Arenal Matches at SoL are so ofeten ridiculous, so many home fouls got unpunished year in& year out…
    Do you believe Taylor only gave 6 fouls agaist Arsenal today?

  109. Big Raddy says:

    Harsh on OG. He must have been knackered and not capable of reason!

    Great first half at St Mary’s.

  110. GunnerN5 says:


    If he had scored he would have been a hero.

  111. evonne says:

    lovely finish from Milner 🙂 og and 3:1 to So’ton

    When Fergie said last week that So’ton were the best team to play at OT this season I thought he started the mind games, dirty old bast**d, but to give him credit he was right, they are an excellent team

  112. evonne says:

    barry not Milner, soz

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Nasri off for Milner. How embarrassing

  114. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Evening from Wales
    Much needed win today .
    It’s looks as if city have lost their title

  115. Adrian says:

    Chances are probably pretty low but if City continue to lose games like this over the following weeks the chances of Utd winning the league at our turf will get higher..

  116. Adrian says:

    To give an insight of what that would be, just imagine the dutch w@nker celebrating in front of us.

  117. Hi all

    Had a great time at the Emirates watching the game live on the big screen in the company of GoonerB and friends and goonermichael and his lovely wife and in-laws too.

    It’s a pretty surreal experience 😉

    GoonerB has offered to write a post for tomorrow so unless anyone else is adamant that they want to I’ll give him the nod.

  118. I know I’ve not been around much but the house that I was looking after while mine is being refurbished was sold this week and so I was evicted which has meant much wringing of hands and a move back to my mum’s 😦 😦 😦

    Still, she let me toddle off to the Ems to watch us win so I’m not too down-hearted.

  119. Gooner In Exile says:

    Fine pre match Raddy, and thanks to the streamers for providing a funny and insightful commentary on the game.

    I could certainly feel the tension in the comments towards the end.

    Given the comments and the events of the game I can only see this as a hard fought win, much needed and well deserved by the sounds of things. Onwards and upwards.

  120. GoonerB – the post is yours …….. be our guest ……. 🙂

  121. slime says:

    Great result. Tough, but great.

    I really like the grit that this team shows. They don’t give up in matches wether it’s a lost cause or not, and as a fan, you can’t moan about that!

    Szscesny made some great saves and proved why he’s so highly thought of. Wilshere has 10 days off now with us playing Blackburn next so a slight injury could be a blessing in disguise, though I’m sure Wenger would’ve rested him for Blackburn anyway.

    I think Santos leaving is the right move, even if we end up with someone like Miquel or Coquelin playing full back against Bayerrn.

  122. Big Raddy says:

    I can see TV playing LB vs Bayern if he is fit

  123. Merseforever says:

    Fantastic backs to the wall 1-0 to the Arsenal stuff.
    Ref was shocking. But was disappointed in Arsene. I saw the Jenk’s red card coming from a mile off and what did he do? Nothing as usual. O’neill took off his muggy captain to prevent him from getting the red card he so clearly deserved.

    Would like to still see a strong team (but with Jack rested) put out on Saturday to ensure a win. We have a much better chance of winning the FA cup than the Champions League. Don’t like to see the cup disrespected. It’s a fantastic trophy, and at the end of the day we’d appreciate a trip to Wemberley! What did she wear?!!

  124. Gooner In Exile says:

    A yellow ribbon!

  125. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    “OG could barely walk at the end, having put in a simply immense shift. ”

    Completely agree. Not everything he tried worked first half and that included some poor moments. However he always seemed to be in the thick of so much of our good play.

    Once we were down to ten men, he seemed to take it upon himself to make up the shortfall. ‘Immense’ really does describe his efforts today.

    I’ll just repaste Corkys complete comment:

    “OG could barely walk at the end, having put in a simply immense shift. Back to defend every set piece, forward again to hold up the play when we got it forward and to close them down when they had the ball at the back. Dennis knows how many miles he must have run.”

    Ill just add that Giroud for me is a complete joy to watch. Some of his play really tells you about his vision and football intelligence. What a signing.

  126. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Alright LB…since the demise of LOF I stumbled around a few sites, but lately I’ve found ‘’ fairly reliable, if not the highest quality.

    On a laptop its fine, no nasty surprises or downloads, from a phone or tablet it offers you an app, which personally I’ve avoided.

    It lists almost every majpr sporting event thru the day across global time zones – even Ice Hockey and B’ball 🙂

  127. goonerjake says:

    turned down a ticket to the game today, was expecting one of those north east nightmares, preferred to listen on arsenal player at home in Sutton on trent. What a bad decision. I shoulda gone

  128. goonerjake says:

    Anyway still…great win

  129. Big Raddy says:

    Still basking in the win 🙂

    It is the ground out, backs to the wall games which make a season. We have seen AFC play sublime football and win comfortably, but for pure tension yesterday was tops.

    I don’t know how many times I looked at the clock because time stood still over the last 15 minutes.

    JW “just a few days” was greeted with both relief and disbelief in the Raddy household. Like Gibbs “3 weeks”, Diaby’s “next week,” Rosicky’s “soon – he is tired after walking his dog around Haampstead Heath”

  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Raddy,
    Agreed that basking is the order of the day.
    Utd could go 12 points clear today. Blimey that’s a massive lead.
    Let’s face it, Utd have been very efficient, but hardly scintilating. Makes the performances of the trailing pack look rather woeful this season.
    Maureen to City would be a near perfect fit 😦

  131. Gooner In Exile says:

    Just watched the extended highlights. Having looked at statistics I couldn’t understand why everyone was going on about Sunderlands heavy handed tactics, after all only 6 fouls to our 13, however now I have seen highlights I understand, countless times the passer was fouled late but we had the advantage and play was waved on.

    For me Cattermoles first challenge was probably worthy of a red, out of control and reckless. Thankfully Ramsey was airborne asto all intents and purposes there was little difference between that foul and Shawcross’s assault on the same man. Full credit to Rambo for getting back into the game, it would have been totally understandable if he had hidden from 50-50s after that. He is made of stern stuff our young Welshman.

    I didn’t see Wilsheres strapping in the first half so I can only assume it was strapped at halftime after the flying assault by Bramble in the first half, another out of control lunge but he played the ball so all ok in the EPL!

    The problem caused by Taylor playing so much advantage was that the true foul count wasn’t realised and in doing so some Sunderland players probably escaped yellow cards as the memory of who did what most be lessened if you don’t as a ref stop play.

    We disadvantage ourselves by the way we play when it comes to earning free kicks.

    Good defensive display towards the end, and Sagna’s display at CB provides sufficient reason to extend his contract. Even if the attacking legs are going he can clearly do a job when needed in the back four.

    Felt sorry for Jenkinson you could see he was off the pace of the game this is where the need to finish games off earlier becomes important. If we are up 2 or 3 nil we can start to give game time to squad players, rather than have them thrown in at the deep end when required.

  132. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi GiE
    “We disadvantage ourselves by the way we play when it comes to earning free kicks”
    I think I know what you are saying here
    A little more Ollie G’ing and a little less Jack Honesty’ing 🙂
    What we really want is teams like Sunderland and Stoke to go up in flames, and be replaced by more Swanseas.

  133. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. Fine summation.

    It is the referee who sets up the physical atmosphere of the game. Taylor’s allowance of Bramble’s sideline attack on JW gave permission for the weight of tackle which followed. Yes, Bramble got the ball but it was dangerous play and therefore a foul.

    I think there has to be instruction from the 4th official in regard to rotational fouling. Wilshere was targeted and will continue to be so until he is kicked out of the game.

    Goodness knows how Messi survives

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Messi is always sick when Sunderland come to town.
    That, as well as being made out of rubber.

  135. Gooner In Exile says:

    In not even sure in saying that Micky, it’s more that we break with the ball and use multiple players, so Jack to Rambo, Jack gets kicked, Rambo moves it to Santi and gets kicked too. Santi has the ball and is moving forward so ref waves play on, problem is two players now can’t support Santi. Santi loses possession, greater problem as two players are still picking themselves up so are out opposition

    When a Sunderland player broke with the ball he runs away from his teammates who are not eager to start following, they are looking for the foul, corner or to win a throw in up the pitch

    It’s from the Sam Allardyce school of “restart football”. Get a foul/break in play and reset formation or create goal scoring opportunity from free kick, throw, corner.

    Messi may get rough treatment in LaLiga but it is rarely of the full body weight challenge much more likely to be obstructed or tripped. Less dangerous and more survivable than a Cattermole lunge

  136. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Agreed, Daddy GiE and Randy. Ref should give a foul against Bramble and do the sweeping motion with arm to indicate it was due to excessive follow through and its clear to everyone, both players and fans

  137. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    I saw Fat Sam in the flesh on Friday, Yuck

  138. GoonerB says:

    Only just managed to read your pre-match now Raddy. A fine effort sir. Will talk more once the post match goes up.

  139. Morning all

    Just sorting the new post …… be as quick as I can

  140. New Post ………….

    Sorry i can’t find any pics at the moment so I’ll try and add them in in a bit………enjoy 🙂

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