Adkins brings Royals to the Grove

Thanks to the capricious efforts of another Russian premier league club owner we get to see the former Southampton manager back at the Grove again after his first attempt ended in a 6-1 thrashing.

Anton “Zingo” Zingarevich, who bears a resemblance to the owner of the bus stop in Fulham, seems to be trying to ape the Siberian’s ownership style also – slightly gingery side part, check; change manager for no discernible reason, check; trophy (super) model wife, check.

Roman who ?

Roman who ?

What Gooners will be hoping is that the “new manager bounce” effect will not be seen on a Reading team who are only off the bottom slot due to the efforts of dear old Twitchy Redknapp.

The Royals have lost their last four league games, two at home and two away although the two away games included a narrow loss at Old Toilet and 3-1 loss at Goodison Park against an in form Everton team. Slightly more worrying for Reading were the home losses to fellow strugglers Villa and Wigan – which together with the tight away displays points to a game we cannot afford to take lightly as Reading seem to tighten up on the road.

While Reading’s top scorer is Le Fondre with a healthy 12 league goals it’s worth pointing out that Reading have only managed the same number of goals in total during 15 away games, which points to a team trying to keep things tight but sacrificing attacking intent for defensive solidity. It will be interesting to see if Adkins changes this approach during his first game in charge

Moving on to the good guys, with the completely unexpected injury to Diaby, the not so surprising delayed return of Jack and the obligatory England instigated Arsenal injury (to Walcott this time) the options in midfield reduce as quickly as volunteers for match reports on this site when Peachy logs on.

A middle three of Arteta, Santi and Ramsey will provide the ammo to the front three gunners of Lu-Lu-Lu Lukas Podolski(can we please make that chant his rather than a recycled one we used for that Dutch “bloke” last season?) Giroud and possibly The Ox, although I can see Wenger starting Gervinho who seems to be recovering a smidgen of form/confidence. I would also like to see Rosicky get either a start or a sub appearance as he appears be fit and has not exactly been overplayed when available.

At the back I see Wenger favouring Sagna over Jenko with BFG paired up with Kozzer although perhaps Vermaelen will be returned to a starting spot – having said there seem to be rumours that he will be moved on this summer due to his captaincy not working well and his form suffering a dip too. Monreal will fill the final back four berth on the assumption that Gibbs is not quite ready with Fabianski keeping his place.

So my team is this:

arse v reading

Wenger may well go for Chesney, Sagna, BFG, Vermaelen, Nacho-man, Coquelin, Arteta, Ramsey, Santi, Gervinho and Giroud.

Today’s explorer, though Hackney born, was raised in another Berkshire town close to Reading namley Newbury (TW14’s
hometown) is one Captain Collet Barker.

Born in 1784 he enlisted into the army in 1806 and in the following year he started a four year tour of duty serving in Sicily and then in the Peninsular War against France, allied with Spain and Portugal.

By 1828 he had set sail for Australia in the prison ship the Phoenix where he charted areas of South Australia, Western Australia and the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territories. It was at Coburg where the Captain had to use all his skills of diplomacy and tact to repair the poor relations with the aboriginals. Sadly while swimming across a narrow channel to clarify a route around Mount Lofty near Adelaide the Captain disappeared and was rumoured to have been killed by locals who mistook him for a whaler or a sealer; this was in April of 1831 when the poor chap was my age, 46.

A modest monumentA modest monument for the Captain

Mount Barker in South Australia was named after him as well as a town called Mount Barker in Western Australia, sadly no likenesses of him are available so it can only be said he definitely has only one of the triumvirate of title, rank and beard. The Captain does however have his memory marked by this in Southern Australia.

Back to today’s match there is a plan by various supporters groups to mark the passing of Rocky with applause on 7 minutes, although some will argue this is too close to the fans of the bus stop in Fulham’s behaviour re. De Mateo however I will commemorate Rocky in some way from the upper tier, Clock End.

The lads need to be pushed on to a victory that keeps the pressure on the chicken chokers from Middlesex.


Written by charybdis 1966

160 Responses to Adkins brings Royals to the Grove

  1. Morning all

    Lovely pre-match Chary, thank you.

    As I’m mentioned in the post, I feel no shame in getting my nagging in early……………..

    A volunteer to write the match report would be marvelous, any offers???

  2. Dick Swiveller says:

    Also, at the risk of being slightly libelous, there’s the look of a satisfied man of smaller intellect in their smiles.

    If I’m being honest, the applause on the minute thing seems a little worn out these days, when your captain has Leukemia it’s fair enough but for every other damn thing? No.

  3. Morning all, you’re right, Zingo does look like a smug Abramovich wannabe, aLlegedly. Peachy, you know if I wasn’t on a long term contract to write my matchday reports I’d voluinteer. Anyhoo – 3 points a must today. Right better get ready to leave for the game.

  4. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all, Dick “for every other damned thing”? We are talking about a legend of Arsenal and a hero of the terraces whose life was tragically cut short. Rocky is simply not any old thing I am afraid!!!

    Chary, fine pre match, and a thoroughly entertaining start with a couple of spleen vents in the direction of your foes 🙂

    Kelsey posted an amazing stat this morning…we have scored the most counter attacking goals in the PL….further evidence that we didnt know quite how good we had it with Thierry and friends.

  5. Spectrum says:

    Diaby out again. We could have expected that. Some are saying “How could the manager be blamed for his injury ” ? Wenger apologists and the even more rabid supporters of his – the A.K.B.’s* ( *none on this site, so nothing personal ) – have an almost unique inability for discernment and analysis. Think. Anyone who has been following the Arsenal / Wenger narrative over the years as closely as they should have, will know about Diaby’s appalling record and the manager’s misguided and obsessive faith in him. A faith that as the latest “Arsenal Truth ” blog dutifully emphasised, has been VERY COSTLY in terms of his lack of playing time and consequent lack of contribution to the team cause. As well as the wasted money on wages which could have been better utilised in strengthening other areas where we are weak* ( *and isn’t that most of the team ? ) It isn’t Diaby’s fault that he’s an injury magnet.

    But what those with little insight and perspective ( i.e. all those that still defend him ) fail to see, or REFUSE to see, is that this is another manifestation of the axiom ; ” All roads lead back to Wenger.” Because this situation was clearly FORSEEABLE and therefore PREVENTABLE. It’s a typical example of Wenger’s negligence in putting one of his favourite players ( what – you didn’t know Wenger plays favourites ? ) ahead of the interest of the team as a whole. That my friends, IS negligence. The Senile One first of all should have done his due diligence before he signed Diaby. If you’re going to recruit ANY player you want and need them to be RELIABLE. No-one can see into the future, but a player’s bad injury record should ring alarm bells for any ( sensible ) manager. As it often is an indicator of what is LIKELY to happen later. So why take an unnecessary risk ? Best not to take that risk AT ALL eh ? That was the first mistake he made. Subsequently and predictably* – ( * there’s that word again ) Diaby commenced a long period of sustaining knock after knock, punctuated by repeated sessions of rest and rehabilitation, only to make short lived intermittent returns, culminating in this latest fiasco. During ALL THIS TIME, Wenger kept faith in him, despite everyone but HIM, it seems, clearly seeing that this faith of his was not only misplaced and grossly naive, but irrational to the point of foolishness. How foolish ? Well that came when Our Great Leader had an inspirational thought ; ” I’ll show them all. He’ll come back and prove them all wrong”. And so he waited. And waited. Diaby makes another brief cameo appearance, and Wenger decides he’s shown enough to warrant awarding him a new contract ! Brilliant. Even some of A.W.’s brainwashed disciples had doubts about the wisdom of this move at the time. And so it has proved. As I said ; so predictable, and no surprise to anyone who has been following Arsenal and has studied Wenger’s behaviour and “thought”* patterns. ( *I use the term loosely ). That was his second mistake.

    His third mistake was in believing that Diaby was ever much good as a player anyway. I agree with “Arsenal Truth” that he’s lazy, doesn’t work for the team, and despite the rare good game, has proved to be mostly inconsistent, or should that be consistently average. Adding to an already average side made up of players chosen and signed by……yep, that’s right – Arsene Wenger. The negligent part is all the above of course, but THE POINT WE MUST NOT OVERLOOK, is that in being irrationally patient with Diaby, Wenger has recklessly and KNOWINGLY gambled season after season, by indulging him and keeping a spot in the team open for him, when any objective observer with an ounce of common sense could plainly and indisputably see that he is a lost cause, and should have been cut adrift years ago. Especially when you consider how much OTHER deadwood Wenger has accumulated on salaries that HE HIMSELF established and ( still ) controls.

    THIS, A.K.B.’s, is why we realists blame Wenger for the farcical saga of Abou Diaby. Wenger is manager. Wenger makes the decisions. As in so many other areas. And when they’re as grossly irresponsible and expensive as this, that blame is entirely JUSTIFIED.

  6. Rasp says:

    Thanks chary, great PPM, move over Raddy 😆

    I’d like a couple of goals in the bag by half time to settle the nerves. Reading played really well against manu and were unlucky not to get a point, so we need to get on top of them from the start and make our possession count. I do hope we stick with Fab2, the BFG and kozzer, its been a winning formula and there is no reason to change it.

  7. Gooner In Exile says:

    Held on for BSR too long, Jack OUT now before the same happens to him, Sagnas had two leg breaks….OUT…..Vermaelen had a whole season and a half on sideline….OUT.

  8. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rasp the keeping situation will be interesting, I’m with you on keeping Fab between the sticks……but what happens if an early goal is conceded and its on him…how do the fans react… does he react to the fans…..unfortunately we know it will happen because we know the Emirates crowd has made their mind up on Fab.

  9. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning and a happy Easter to you all,

    It’s a bright but very cold day here in Norfolk, after an earlier heavy snow shower the prospects are looking good for a walk in the countryside. An infinitely better way of occupying my time than bothering to read yet another repetitive rant from something called Spectrum.

    Have a nice day everybody.

  10. Ha ha, thanks Raspers but Big Dandy’s title of King of the PM’s is safe.

    I have to get those barbs in for the usual reprobates (Chavs, claret conks mob)

    Right, off now so see you fine AA’ers down the Tavern in a couple of hours….

  11. Spectrum says:

    It appears Diaby has had 32 injuries to date. Yes, the Dan Smith tackle was bad, and compounded his troubles. But Diaby had a history of niggling injuries BEFORE that. It wasn’t as though his problems started from the Smith challenge itself. And that incident was six years ago ! Can we reasonably expect him to have overcome that by now ? I think we can. Instead, he’s only proved to be more accident prone. Surely now he has to be dispensed with permanently. Divide his number of appearances for Arsenal since 2006 ( 123 ) by those seven years, and it averages out at 17.5 games a season. Is that cost efficient ? I feel sorry for his career, but to still persist with him at Arsenal is rank stupidity.

    The Diaby catalogue…..

    Anterior cruciate ligament 2013 March 28th
    Calf/Shin Injury 2013 February 23rd
    Illness 2013 January 22nd
    Thigh Muscle Strain 2012 September 29th
    Muscle Injury 2012 September 7th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2012 April 28th
    Illness 2012 April 23rd
    Hamstring Injury 2012 March 29th
    Hamstring Injury 2012 March 3rd
    Hamstring Injury 2011 November 26th
    Ankle/Foot Injury 2011 July 22nd
    Calf Muscle Strain 2011 January 2nd
    Calf Muscle Strain 2010 December 30th
    Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 October 19th
    Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 October 4th
    Ankle/Foot Injury 2010 September 13th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2010 August 11th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2010 March 27th
    MCL Knee Ligament Injury 2010 February 17th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2010 January 20th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2009 November 7th
    Ankle/Foot Injury 2009 October 10th
    Groin Strain 2009 August 12th
    Knee Injury 2009 July 27th
    Thigh Muscle Strain 2009 April 1st
    Calf Muscle Strain 2009 February 24th
    Thigh Muscle Strain 2009 January 31st
    Abdominal Strain 2008 November 22nd
    Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 August 3rd
    Thigh Muscle Strain 2008 April 25th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2008 March 7th
    Calf Muscle Strain 2008 February 8th
    Back Injury 2007 November 22nd
    Sprained Ankle 2007 August 14th
    Concussion 2007 April 20th
    Sprained Ankle 2007 February 25th
    Knee Injury 2007 February 2nd
    Ankle/Foot Injury 2006 May 1st

  12. I know that bird.
    She used to work in Greek Street, above Ladbrokes.

  13. Spectrum says:

    Norfolk Gooner – Oh please stay. I was hoping you could dispute my “rant”. You have trouble facing facts, let alone dealing with them, then ? To make Arsenal a more successful team, wouldn’t it be better if we were to avoid making mistakes like Diaby ?

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    I was about to list by date and time all of the repetitious/boring posts that get blogged but it’s such a long list that I will make it short and simple.

    March 30, 2013 @ 10:50am
    March 30, 2013 @ 11:20am

    etc, etc, etc…………………….

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 11:31 am.

  16. Spectrum says:

    This quote from ex-Spurs and France manager Jacques Santini…..

    “Abou was one of the players I used at the start of the season and then he had to stop because of repetitive injuries….”

    His injury record was and is, well documented, and yet we still signed him. Why ? Perhaps it was because of the cheap price tag that came with him ? Hmm. Now we may be onto something…..

  17. Rasp
    We had a winning formula with Mannone until it became a losing formula 🙂

  18. Spectrum says:

    GunnerN5 – A mate of Norfolk Gunner, then ?

  19. Correction : roll back back to 11.25am…

    My mate knows that bird.
    She [allegedly] used to work in Greek Street, above Ladbrokes, according to another bloke, who told my butcher who told me.
    Phew… can’t be too careful…

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 11:40 am
    March 30, 2013 @ 11: 43 am

  21. Gooner In Exile says:

    Bore off now…..broken ankle!!!! How many times…not clean leg break, not arm break, ANKLE….the thing that if you injure badly or even negligibly can ruin your biomechanics balance for the rest of your life.

    Example my brother, good footballer, bad ankle injury diagnosed as bad sprain/ligament damage….6 years of injuries followed, including knees, back problems etc. Went to physio stood on both feet and was instructed to close his eyes….the physio had to catch him ashe lost balance his ankle didnt know what it was suppised to do to keep him veryical. Finally paid to get sorted, radiologist conducting x-ray said “and when did you lose that piece of bone on your ankle”… : “what bone”. Pin in his ankle means he can now run without injuring rest of his body. Football not so much.

    Big difference between someone being treated on NHS and someone in professional football….an ACL tear on NHS likely means you’ll never play football again, an ACL tear in Professional football could be back in 3-6 months.

    Spectrum do you believe we should get rid of Wilshere, Vermaelen and Sagna? Did you,like I did, believe we should get rid of BSR about 4 seasons ago? Strange that whenever fit Diaby walked into French side, because he has that much talent. And the long and short £50-60k a week is irrelevant when our total wage bill (all staff) is £140m a year.

    Now bore off somewhere else because those of us that love this club have some supporting to do on here today.

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 12:08 pm.


    Hear, Hear!!!

  23. Spectrum says:

    Gooner In Exile – No no. You’re not getting off that easily. I’m glad you’re still supporting. “Supporting” Diaby’s wage for the next nine months will cost our club between 1.8 million and 2.1 million ( depending on whether you use the 50k or 60k figure ). And that figure will undoubtedly rise if ( as is likely ) he comes back and is injured yet AGAIN. It’s YOUR ( ticket ) money he and Wenger are p…..g against the wall, Gooner In Exile.

    I’d hate to work out a budget in your home if you can afford to throw money away like this. This is similar to having to maintain all the players of ours who aren’t good enough and that we can’t sell while they collect their inflated salaries, who also, like you, are watching from the stands. You presumably love your club, but little things like financial accountability are, for you, mere details for someone else to bother with, hmm ? Maybe that goes toward explaining why Gazidis made an operating loss for Arsenal last year, yet was rewarded for his “efforts” with a bonus, regardless.

    I don’t like to see waste and incompetence in any walk of life. Nor should you.

  24. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Back again, pleasant walk around the village, met some friends with interesting things to say. Most of the chats were short and succinct, it’s too cold to linger for long.

    Perhaps Spectrum should try getting out more, in fact he/she could try composing his/her boring rants in the great outdoors, he/ she may find there is more to life than constantly finding unpleasant things to say about an unfortunate footballer.

    Maybe what I’m really saying, Spectrum, get a life!

  25. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

  26. barumgooner says:

    Nice pre-match Chary. I think you have the team spot-on. I kindof agree with Spectrums argument on Diaby in principle but maybe not to the lengths he goes to. (tbh i tend to only skip-read the ranting posts). I know it is being suggested that he may now retire but when is his contract up with us ? As much as I have never been a fan of the player I do feel a little bit sorry for his situation but surely now his time with us is at an end.

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    The stores were open bright and early today in anticipation of a busy shopping day for Easter.

    I was at the local supermarket at 6:00 am, ahead of the crowds.

    So, for the families Easter dinner tomorrow I bought a lovely Chef’s cut prime rib roast, which I will serve along with, roast potatoes, parsnips and carrots, peas, brussel sprouts, and of course Yorkshire pudding with the gravy made from the scrapings of the roast.

    It will very peaceful – a spectrum free zone.

  28. GunnerN5 says:


    Diaby’s contract period is through June 30, 2015.

  29. Dick Swiveller says:

    Spectrum, would you prefer it if we took less chances on talented players? Should we get in Henderson and Downing? After all, they’re always fit.

    It’s strange that those who attack our ‘conservative’ policy then want us to take less risks on the talent that would actually make us a better team. There are many things to bitch about in the efficiency of our club, like how the hell we offered Squillaci the money he’s on and how we could be so wrong about the mentality of Chamakh, even after watching him for years, but offering Diaby a new contract when he seemed to be on the mend and has such ability is not one of them.

  30. Norfolk Gooner says:

    I’ve just remembered, somewhere up in the loft there is an old Sinclair Spectrum computer. I think I’ll go up and dig it out, then I’ll take it outside and stamp on it. Maybe that will have the desired effect.

    Enjoy your dinner with the family tomorrow GN5, let’s hope there will be three points to add to the pleasure.

  31. Gooner In Exile says:

    Barum, I think that’s the thing, I have sympathy with Diaby, because he is unable to do the thing he loves.

    Now I know we are not supposed to have sympathy with the modern day footballer because “he earns so much money he has nothing to feel sorry about”, does the same apply to Michael J Fox denied the chance to continue to act because of a debilitating illness, or to a banker who can’t work anymore because he suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, to not have sympathy is to not be human.

    Spectrum, it’s called speculating to accumulate, that’s what you want isn’t it? I’m not getting off easy I’m stating my opinion, yours is, as ever, filled with anger towards a club you have nothing good to say about. My guess is your hoping we lose today so you can come back and do a bit more “I told you so”‘ing. And that’s fine, that’s your choice just don’t expect any of us to care.

  32. RockyLives says:

    Well done Chary
    It’s no easy ask to step in for the Big Man but that’s a fine pre-match and another great explorer of whom I had never heard. I bet he was nabbed by a shark.

    Today’s game… after such a long wait you can sense the expectation and optimism among us fans but Chary’s pre-match rightly sounds a note of caution: Reading have shown themselves capable of putting in performances on the road and, with a new manager in place, the players will all be out to do their best to cement their spots in the first team.

    Sorry to be even more doomy than Kelsey’s “5-0 to us”, but I can see this being a tight game and I’ll be happy with even a one goal win.

    Obviously I hope the lads prove me wrong – we certainly have the talent to blow them away if things click.

  33. RockyLives says:

    That lunch tomorrow sounds great.
    What time do you want me?

  34. RockyLives says:

    If you’re around – make sure Swansea do the biz against the Spuds!

  35. kelsey says:

    you have a tendency to labour over a point and not for the first time.
    you only ever come on here to spout negativity and always only see the negatives about every single aspect of our club.

    That is not a supporter and if it was my site you would be banned.
    I am one of the more forthright posters on here and clearly can see that not all is as it should be at the club but i and most of the others try and give a balanced view.,which is always open to debate.

    Have you got nothing to say about today’s game or are you waiting in case there are negatives for you to enjoy after the game.
    You clearly haven’t got the message.Feck off, in the nicest possible way.

  36. kelsey says:

    Lukasz Fabianski continues to start in goal for Arsenal, who also hand starts to Gervinho, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky.

  37. Gus says:

    I think Diaby has been managed thus far in a reasonable way. I think that on a human level a classy club like arsenal will always choose to help their players. Every club has a duty of care towards its players. In 2010 we gave him a new contract and I think there was enough hope that he would overcome his injury problems (ala RVP) and fulfil his undoubted potential.

    On the other hand, I think Diaby is definitely one of Arsene’s ‘favourites’. Would it be reasonable to have sold him like we sold Eduardo after his injury? Maybe, but I don’t think Arsene could bear the thought of his Diaby becoming a superstar (which he could have done) somewhere else.

    On some levels the comparison to RVP is unfair but there are many strong similarities as well. To those who say we mismanaged Diaby as we carried him through his injuries at our great cost, did we also mismanage RVP while we carried him through his injuries?

    Which leads me to make a final comment on Van Persie. I hear a lot of comments such as van Judas, and greedy van Pursestrings. I also hear people say they understand why he left and sympathise. None of these comments hit the nail on the head for me. One word underpins his transfer to man ute: ungrateful. How ungrateful he was to us (who paid him to do nothing and worshiped him all the same) and to Arsene (who supported him like he did Diaby).

    Listening to his comments about winning the title and I feel sad. I know he’s a smart man and I know he knows there is something a little hollow about his victory.

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    TEAM NEWS: Sagna and Rosicky start

    Arsène Wenger has made four changes to the team that beat Swansea City for the visit of Reading.

    Bacary Sagna replaces Carl Jenkinson at right back, while Tomas Rosicky is recalled in place of the injured Abou Diaby.

    Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho, who came off the bench in south Wales last time out, are recalled in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

    Elsewhere, Lukas Podolski is named on the bench, along with Wojciech Szczesny and Thomas Vermaelen.

    Team in full: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud.

    Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski.

    Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted

  39. Gus says:

    I’m of the belief that the supporter’s job is to be eternally optimistic. But I also think that if you don’t enjoy supporting your club (even through hard times) you should stop. You’re waisting your time and money on misery. There will be tough times, times where your angry, distraught, sad and frustrated. But if your overriding feeling isn’t enjoyable, what the hell is the point?

    Winning is a meaningless word without losing. Just like light would mean nothing without darkness.

  40. Gus says:

    interesting lineup. Plenty of firepower on the bench too.

    I’m intrigued by Gibbs. Is he recovering sick and first choice or simply second choice at the moment with the boss? If he is still sick why would Wenger put him on the bench? He does weird things like that sometimes, but it could also mean Monreal is now the first choice.


  41. evonne says:

    Excellent post Chary, thanks a million

    GiE – I cannot believe that of all the AAers you broke the ignoring rule 🙂
    Norfolk – if you cannot find your old piece of poo, you can stamp on mine, still boxed

    It’s a game day, the game day, footy is back, I am glowing

  42. oz gunner says:

    Cheers for the read Chary.

    Spectrum is still floating around…how joyous!

    Football is back, thank god!!!!

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    Stuart Taylor in goal for Reading – couuld be interesting.

  44. oz gunner says:

    Afternoon Evonne!

    Gerv well positioned!!! Getting one nice and early. Don’t stop there lads

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    Started and finished by Gervinho – nice one.

  46. Gooner In Exile says:

    Probably offside……don’t care 😀

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    Spurs one up.

  48. oz gunner says:

    Did Sagna cross that??? Did my eyes deceive me. Perhaps more practice to win his position back!

  49. Adrian says:

    Should’ve been a penalty

  50. Gooner In Exile says:

    So if he’d kicked it out of touch it would have been a pen?

  51. GunnerN5 says:

    Lots of chances – we simply have to start converting them…………..

  52. Adrian says:

    Typical Gervinho, great run, great dribbling, scuffed the finish.

  53. oz gunner says:

    mystifying GiE + Adrian!!! Old Trafford that’d be penalty and sending off.

    haha Gerv…I thought he was going to score a similar one to the one he buried at the ACN

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    Spurs two up after 22 minutes.

  55. Gooner In Exile says:

    Bollox 2-0 to Spuds.

    We need to relax in front of goal, trying to bury the game too early.

  56. Adrian says:

    Gotta love how the forward 3 pressure their defenders when we don’t have possession though, would love to see that every game.

  57. kelsey says:

    Like to see rosicky and ramsey impose themselves more.

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Rosicky has been very quiet.

  59. Gooner In Exile says:

    Anywhere else on the pitch that’s a direct free kick, would love to know why refs have different criteria for direct free kicks in the penalty area.

  60. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh boy, these 1-0 games really stress me out!

  61. kelsey says:

    our dead ball kicks aren’t good enough.poor free kicks so far.

  62. GunnerN5 says:

    Too many wasted chances – the big story of the season so far, hope we don’t pay the penalty…

  63. oz gunner says:

    agree G5. Especially those in which we dominate and the opposition create nothing. We’ve seen it all to often!

  64. kelsey says:

    gervinho is playing right wing,left wing and centre forward. santi a class above anyone on the pitch.

  65. Gooner In Exile says:

    Need to make this harder for Adkins to our right at half time…one more needed now please.

  66. kelsey says:

    gervinho thinks he’s messi 😉

  67. GunnerN5 says:

    A striker, a striker, my kingdom for a STRIKER.

  68. Adrian says:

    One way traffic… Only worrying thing is its still only 1-0. Chuckled when the commentator said “Ooh, reading actually managed to string more than 3 passes there”

  69. kelsey says:

    I would bring on the Ox and Podolski and take Ramsey and Rosicky off.We don’t need so many midfielders against basically a ten man war,but wouldn’t be surprised if AW takes gervinho off at 68 minutes

  70. kelsey says:

    Sorry Spectrum
    I have deleted your post if i or anyone else wants to read LG we will and you seem to be posting there as well as here exactly the same comments. Kindly give us more credit.

  71. Gooner In Exile says:

    If I wanted to know what posters on Le Grove think I’ll go there and see it, looking there for support of your view is like a drug dealer rounding up a bunch of heroin addicts for a character reference.

  72. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon all.

    Should be more than one up, if we got one of those penos it might have helped

  73. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha Kelsey I just deleted the LG comment, we probably did that simultaneously!

  74. kelsey says:

    Hi irish 🙂

    we did GIE

  75. Gooner In Exile says:

    Needed to find away through for a second, little harsh on OG there GN5 as I think he provides a fulcrum for the others to feed off, and with them sitting so deep midfield runners will be the key.

    Not sure how aware Gerv is of what he is doing half the time but he has looked bright today. Rambo putting in another solid game and the attacking 3 are working well across the entire frontline, especially Santi and Gerv.

  76. Irishgunner says:

    Hi Kelsey 🙂

  77. kelsey says:

    i want to watch the game spectrum, you obviously don’t so keep posting and I will keep deleting.Your choice.

  78. GunnerN5 says:

    Southampton 2 Chelsea 1 – we could be a point behind them after today – but I have my doubts.

    Just checked the tables and it’s still on – we win every game left and Man U lose all of their’s and we end up tied.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,??

  79. Gooner In Exile says:

    Afternoon Irish.

  80. goonerjake says:

    What a great first half. We are winning Spectrum smile!!!! im so happy, i am off now dont need any negative waves (as Oddball played by Donald Sutherland says in that great old film Kelly’s Heros)

  81. Gooner In Exile says:

    GN5 is that hope or blind faith? 😀

  82. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chelsea losing to Saints will blow all our predictors out the water.

  83. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE ; Afraid I disagree I feel that he is very clumsy in the penalty box and his lack of mobility is costing us, he cannot be faulted for effort but that alone does not win games.

  84. GunnerN5 says:

    Saint Cazorla to the rescue……………

  85. Irishgunner says:

    That’s how you finish

  86. Adrian says:

    Elegant finish by none other than Cazorla ❤

  87. Gooner In Exile says:

    Lovely finish Santi

  88. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE: I’m blinded by loyalty.

  89. Gooner In Exile says:

    See the big gap OG makes as the ball goes towards goal 😀

  90. GunnerN5 says:

    Again “A” for effort.

  91. Gooner In Exile says:

    For me or OG? 😉

  92. GunnerN5 says:

    You for persistence Giroud for effort.

  93. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

  94. GunnerN5 says:

    A for finishing……………..

  95. GunnerN5 says:

    Lucky thing I don’t have a Kingdom……………

  96. Adrian says:

    It can’t be..?! We scored from an opposition counter instead of the other way around for once!

    Nice assist by Gervinho and great finish by Giroud.

  97. Adrian says:

    And they scored..?

  98. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh deary me…..

  99. Adrian says:

    Defending crosses is definitely not our strong point

  100. Gooner In Exile says:

    Hmm goal came from our right back area….not good for Bac. Just too easy to get a cross in.

    Good finish by OG a couple of seconds earlier.

  101. GunnerN5 says:

    Swansea 1 Spurs 2

  102. Gooner In Exile says:

    Don’t what the hell the Ruski commentators are saying but from the sound of their voices they are just enjoying the football.

  103. Adrian says:

    Nice to see Pod getting a small cameo in that CF spot.

  104. Adrian says:

    Simply electrifying run by the Ox, first contribution was to get a penalty for us. Simply brilliant.

  105. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  106. kelsey says:

    I have seniority today Spectrum, and you sir are a pain in the arse.Keep posting as tomorrow you will be banned,and that’s a promise.

  107. Adrian says:

    Some absolutely beautiful passing by the team right now.

  108. Gooner In Exile says:

    We are playing some lovely stuff today, United struggled against this mob last week.

  109. Adrian says:

    Damn, so close to a beauty of a goal by Rosicky there.

  110. GunnerN5 says:

    Good work Kelsey, you have managed the situation very well and allowed us to concentrate on the game and not crumpets!!

  111. GunnerN5 says:

    March 30, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

  112. Gooner In Exile says:

    Very solid performance another game with 4 different scorers.

  113. Adrian says:

    Fantastic game today. It’s been a really, really long time since we passed that well – not just passing around in our own half but accurate passing with purpose and intent. Been some time since we saw this Arsenal. Thought every player on the pitch today did really well.

    Special shout out to Ramsey too, I think this is probably his most solid game all season. When you see the likes of Diaby who’s constantly haunted with his injuries, it makes you salute the way Ramsey recovered from his horrific injury and playing the stuff he is now. Maybe we’ve all been too harsh on him in the past (as long as Wenger doesn’t play him as a winger again).

  114. Gooner In Exile says:

    Spectrum you bore the tits of us…..this sure is better without your posts, Keksey is quite simply exercising quality control, go enjoy yourself on your other playgrounds with your like minded friends, no one here, and I mean no one….cares what you think.

  115. saikirthi says:

    Music at the Emirates. Even a neutral fan would be awestruck by the Mozart Masterpiece composed by our midfield. No wonder our strikers were not as effective. They were admiring the tiki taka executed to perfection like no other team in the league!

  116. kelsey says:

    14 out of 23 shots on target isn’t bad. Are Chelsea the team to catch ?
    Santi was my MOTM though visibly tired in the last 10/15 minutes. Good overall performance and IMO the Ox should start when walcott is not available.
    Gervinho is a real enigma but most probably had his best game of a limited season,but he has no power in his boots.
    Good result against a pretty average team but one still has to score and goal differce may just come into play at the end of the season.

  117. RockyLives says:

    Well done Sir. You have played a blinder today and kept the site readable.

    Reading were pretty awful but we did the business today and could have had three or four more with a bit more luck and more clinical finishing.

    I didn’t expect the Spuds to win at Swansea but on the other hand I didn’t expect the Chavs to lose. Third place is still very much on. There seems to be a confidence growing among our squad – and it is best exemplified by the quality of our quick passing today.

    Santi Cazorla is one hell of a player.

  118. Red Arse says:

    Hi Kelsey, 🙂

    I have only been able to pop on for quick reads of the comments this afternoon, but can I compliment you on how you have handled the admin today, and curbed the pestilential excrescences of that agitator! 🙂

    Altho, maybe you should take my 5:08 off too, as I did not really tell you-know-who what I really thought!

  119. RockyLives says:

    Two assists and a goal for The Swerve.

    I’m not saying he has turned into Cristiano Ronaldo, but he certainly contributed today. It was especially nice to see him get warmly applauded off when he was subbed.

  120. RockyLives says:

    Your 5.08 made me laugh. It was refreshing to see that that word processor you have for a brain can occasionally spit out some succinct Anglo-Saxon invective 🙂

  121. kelsey says:

    From le Grove

    Nasri’s Mouth March 30, 2013 13:19:27


    I know that your dislike of Wenger has overtaken any love of the club, you know the phrase ‘no-one is bigger than the club’ ? Well, in your case it is, Your desire to see Wenger suffer and squirm has become more important than our club succeeding. You’ve become blinded to seeing one man fail. Whether we want him to or not, Wenger wont leave this summer even if we go on and lose the next 9 games.
    Idiotic and pathetic to want us to lose a game. Coating it in some flimsy excuse about how it will change things in the future is no better.


    Even there he is despised. I will tell rasp to block him or he most probably will do it anywhere

  122. Rob Lucchi says:


    2 GOALS
    2 Assist

  123. RockyLives says:

    Hopefully he’s getting back to his early season form, when he looked pretty good.

  124. RockyLives says:

    I doubted those who said that a certain visitor was not really an Arsenal fan at all. I just thought he was a boring, deluded and immature one.

    Now I have come round to thinking he is just a troll who gets his kicks out of winding up real supporters here and elsewhere. He probably does the same on Chav and Spud blogs under a different name.

  125. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rocky, 🙂

    I am afraid I am more than capable of making my feelings clear with the use of excessively crapulous utterances!

    Normally, I try and exercise control, especially when aimed at some unfortunate who has a limited mind set, but, when that guy keeps sniffing around AA like an unwanted dog on heat looking for a bitch, it brings the worst out in me! 😦

  126. Rob Lucchi says:

    Yeah Rocky. He looks like a man that have something to prove in the last 2 games.

    and I know that many will not agree with me, but I think we played better defensively with Ramsey than with Wilshere.

  127. kelsey says:


    Let’s just hope we don’t see him again.I posted that comment above from LG as he actually getting just as much stick on there.
    he maybe a troll indeed but a an Arsenal supporter never.

    gervinho is pretty quick but I honestly don’t know his best position. i would call him a nuisance to the opposition defenders,more than anything,but as i said before he needs to develop a shot.

  128. kelsey says:

    WOW 🙂

    if you said should Santi and Jack both play at the same time we could have a good debate.
    Ramsey like with so many under wengerball wants to attack but I feel he may well be more beneficial in a defensive role.

  129. RockyLives says:

    I liked the balance of the team today although, to be fair, there was not much of a battle in midfield.

    I’m not sure there is a Wilshire issue… if he had played today it would have been in place of Rosicky rather than Ramsey.

  130. Rob Lucchi says:

    so Kelsey, should Santi and Jack both play at the same time? : )

  131. Gooner In Exile says:

    The real question is why were we so much more secure today and better at winning the ball back further up the pitch?

    The answer is no Walcott and no Pod.. Everyone in midfield and attack save Arteta pushed and worked hard at closing down space without the ball in their half, which meant we picked up a lot more pieces than we have done with Theo and Pod in the side.

    Jack and TR7 are interchangeable, as are Ox and Gerv. But we can’t have passengers in defence and too often we have with Theo and Pod in the side, for a change Santi wasn’t the only one pressing the ball.

  132. Rob Lucchi says:

    Rocky, I did not intended it to be an issue about Wilshere and I apologized if I sounded negative on the back of a win, but in my opinion we have a more balanced squad today.

  133. kelsey says:


    sometimes. 🙂

    For the moment the thing that is missing from jack is scoring goals but that will come.
    I think even though he signed a new deal rosicky will be off in the Summer and of course we all know about Diaby. Even if Arshavin had worked out he could have slotted in as he was never an out and out winger and certainly not for his country, but he is also leaving.
    I said a couple of weeks ago I expect quite a few exits and three players to come in.

  134. Rob Lucchi says:

    wow, Gie explain it better than me, and that’s why I seldomly post my opinion here, because most of the time I can just wait for more brilliant answer than I could come up with. 🙂

  135. kelsey says:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, talking to BBC Sport: “We played with good collective spirit, technical quality and always went forward. We created many chances, that’s the most pleasant thing. We defended well, had good discipline and didn’t become easy when the game became easy. We kept focus, it was a good performance.

    “He [Gervinho] was always lively and created many dangerous situations. I’m sorry because in the game he had an assist, he scored but he had more chances. He lacked a bit of confidence in front of goal.”

  136. RockyLives says:

    No problem Rob – it’s an interesting question. I agree we looked balanced today.

  137. Gooner In Exile says:

    “and didn’t become easy when the game became easy. We kept focus, it was a good performance.”

    That was something I was going to pick up on earlier at 4-1 up we were still pressurising the ball when Reading had it even to the 85th minute.

    Also just before their goal Bac and BFG had a little disagreement about a runner, think BFG won the argument, but later Bac let that cross come in far too easily, he is definitely one who needs to up his game to keep the shirt next season.

  138. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    I was actually surprised to see Bac back today …a litte harsh on Jenks…who DOES have a future at the club !

  139. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Cracking PM Chary…

    Sterling work from Kelsey on the admin front. My heart sinks when I see his posts on AA.

  140. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    On the game:

    Great shout from GiE on our pressing game. Both Podo and Walcott seem to pick and choose when to put a shift in in my opinion.

    I love Met and Kozzr as a pair…although not tested much today its clear that their understanding and communication is very good. Its also good to see tongue lashings and hard debating going on in our back line.

    I love Ramseys energy and desire…he puts real power into his forward runs and he has very good vision and awareness when he gets there. He must be a nightmare to mark or pick up. Very good defensively as well

    Love Girouds effort and link up ability. Got a well deserved goal as well. not sure we play to his strengths as a goal scorer, but more convinced that he plays to ours as a team. Selfless.

    Santi Cazorla. What a footballer. End.

  141. Rob Lucchi says:

    ONeill have been sacked by Sunderland. It’s definitely our chance to grab him right now or somebody else will,, right, Piers? 🙂

  142. Gooner In Exile says:

    “not sure we play to his strengths as a goal scorer, but more convinced that he plays to ours as a team. Selfless.”

    Spot on Sharkey.

    Rob lets sign him up!! Don’t really get why he is sacked after a home defeat to United? Surely Chairman wasn’t expecting a win? Why not sack him afortnight ago? I think it is becoming clear that these managers like O’Neill, Pulis,Allardyce have limited use in the PL, they can get you in to the league they can get you a midtable finish, they can’t entertain, they can’t push the teams on.

  143. Gooner In Exile says:

    Peaches one in drafts if you didn’t manage to collar anyone at the Tavern 🙂

  144. Gooner In Exile says:

  145. Morning all

    I’ll change the time in a few minutes to save confusion.

    Thank you GiE, I haven’t read it yet but it must have been a nice one to write 🙂

  146. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning all,

    Fabulous win, and Chary, thanks for the great report.

    Came in late last night, knowing the result, but thought the best way to savour the win would be the comments page right here.

    Oh dear. In my opinion, utterly ruined by those who engaged with that idiot. I thought Rasp made it clear that the best policy was to ignore him. He will simply change his name.

    I can see his name, and skip the comment, no problem. Trouble is, I actually want to read comments by Kelsey, GiE, and GN5.

    Next time I see Spectrum’s name, I’ll sign off immediately for the day.

    Sorry lads, but that’s just cheap point scoring that will only encourage a moron.

  147. kelsey says:

    Morning all


    I took contol to the best of my ability .No one engagaed with him except me,at the cost of only having one eye on the game.
    Rasp I hope this is the end of it and you will take appropiate action.

  148. Rasp says:

    Morning all, thanks kelsey, we’ll act on your suggestion.

    Thanks Micky, yes it would have been better if he’d been ignored.

    It was great to see chas, ant, chary, VCC, TMHT and glic at the Tavern pre game.

    I won’t be around today to comment on the post so I’ll just say this:

    A very good performance from a balanced hard working 11 players

    Once again we looked like a team and without Jack, TV and SZ …. discuss???

    Everyone played their part. Obviously Gerv was outstanding in terms of running at their defence, but also special mention for Ramsey, the BFG and Santi.

    The BFG should be captain. He marshals the defence and is not afraid to bollock his teammates if they are loose in their play

  149. Red Arse says:

    Morning Guys, 🙂

  150. Morning kelsey – you did a great job, thank you. It’s a problem that luckily we don’t have very often. I too am able to skip over his comments when I see his name but I did feel that a match day really wasn’t the time to have his boring rants on the blog so well done 🙂

  151. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all 😀

    Can we catch Chelsea or Spuds or both? That is the question this morning.

  152. Gooner In Exile says:

    Trying to guess who Sunderland have lined up…..surely they wouldn’t sack O’Neill without knowing they had a replacement?

  153. Going to publish early as I have gardening to do 😉

    New Post …………………………….

  154. kelsey says:

    Stat: that was roisicky’s first start this season.

    GIE yes we can.Sours have to play Chelsea but I still think the outcome of our season will be down to the last three games.

    A point to note about Fabianski that even though he only had one save to make,he generally looks a bit bulkier which suits him and definitely more composed.
    What does everyone think of gervinho ?

  155. kelsey says:

    I wonder is O’Neill’s wife illness has had an emotional impact on him.Not so long ago he was touted as one of the leading British managers and now sacked twice.

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