The next four games will define Arsenal’s season

Obviously in our current predicament and if we want to qualify for CL we must win a fair few of our last 8 games, many of us believe 7 wins would do it, that would see us on 74 points which should be enough for fourth, and possibly even third given the run ins of Spurs and Chelsea.

But for me the next four games hold the most important key to our success.

Here are the dates and respective fixtures for the three contenders for the remaining CL spots:

Sat 6th April
WBA v Arsenal
Sun 7th April
Spuds v Everton
Chavs v Sunderland
Saturday 13th April
Arsenal v Norwich
Tuesday 16th April
Arsenal v Everton
Wednesday 17th April
Fulham v Chavs
Saturday 20th April
Fulham v Arsenal
Sunday 21st April
Spuds v Northern Oilers
Dipper v Chavs

The change in the schedule has come from the FA Cup progression by Chelsea which has led to the postponement of their match against Spuds on 14th April.

So assuming everyone wins on 6th and 7th, we have the chance to narrow the gap to Spurs to 1 point when we play Norwich at home on the 13th and go 1 point above Chelsea, we will then have played same number of games as Spurs and one more than Chelsea.

Spurs P32 60
Arsenal P32 59
Chelsea P31 58

Then assuming we and Chelsea win on 16th and 17th we will be 2 points ahead of Spurs, and remain 1 ahead of Chelsea.

Arsenal P33 62
Chelsea P32 61
Spurs P32 60

If we can beat Fulham on 20th April, Chelsea and Spuds will go in to their tricky fixtures on 21st 4 and 5 points behind respectively, okay Spurs will both have two games in hand by then, but the pressure will have been transferred onto them as the chasers going into two difficult fixtures.

After 20th April

Arsenal P34 65
Chelsea P32 61
Spurs P32 60

So thats 4 must win games for us, and we will hear the squeaks from N17 to SW6 on 21st April. If neither win on the Sunday the game in hand is irrelevant and we will maintain 3rd even if they win their games in hand.

Written by Gooner in Exile

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106 Responses to The next four games will define Arsenal’s season

  1. henry says:

    knobhead

    …. that’s a refreshing admission of your shortcomings henry … but this is a football blog, I think you need some kind of therapy if you wish to bare your soul …. ed

  2. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you all,

    Very impressive GiE, but let’s just take one game at a time.

  3. Daniel Ejah says:

    Just think of how to win the matches and forget all this calculation for now; by then, we will see what happen

  4. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. The Future looks bright!

    But let us not forget this is The Arsenal we are talking about and there is “Many a slip twixt the Cup and the Lip”

  5. TT says:

    While we’re daydreaming ;-), let’s also include increasing the goal difference. If Spurs are third and Arsenal tie with Chelsea on points, that would become a factor.

  6. With dis perfect analysis,if we can maintain d tempo of winnin as we ar ryt now we can do it.Top 4 finish is main 4 us not spurs or d rich owner.

  7. Alan Kirkham says:

    Is it possible to get a crib for all the names we use – like who are the Oilers? the Chaves etc. πŸ™‚ But the blogs are great – Ive never felt so well informed – thanks guys πŸ™‚

  8. Infact i quite understand and like the analysis, and the mision was very good one, but you guyz need to accomplish the mision.

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Alan Kirkham. Good idea …. we will work on one over the coming weeks.

    Oilers are Manchester City

  10. Rasp says:

    Welcome Alan,

    Most bloggers have a pet name for the teams they loathe to the point of not being able to even say the word. There is a varied assortment out there but spuds, oilers, dipper and manure will be the ones you see used most frequently on here.

  11. djalphatiger says:

    Spuds doesn’t even make sense as an insult, where do potatoes come into it?

  12. PaulB says:

    Losing to Braford,Blackburn and Bayern Munich defined our season, selling our best player also defined our season

  13. Simon says:

    GiE

    You make it sound easy!

  14. Norfolk Gooner says:

    It’s not neccessarily meant as an insult, I would rather be called a potato than a Spur’s supporter. πŸ™‚

  15. Richard says:

    That fine because it meas may will be extremely difficult for Chelsea with it’d Everton and villa already then.the important game is the Everton game we need to win that. However I predict we will get 20 points from last 24 points. I feel Tottenham will get thirteen from their seven and Chelsea will get 14 points from a possible 24 leaving us and Tottenham in top four

  16. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the post GiE, the obvious answer is the one AW has repeatedly said …. just try to win every game and we will be OK, but there isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t tried to predict the fixture results for the 3 contenders so well done for setting it out so clearly.

    My concern (and perhaps someone could write a post about this) is: should we change a winning formula? Should Jack and Theo be brought straight back in when the team is balanced and working well – our games are about a week apart so there should be no reason to rest players.

  17. Princegunner says:

    We r winnin d league,d oilers will drop points…arsenal will com second and man utd will be sanctioned for match fixin….gunners….enjoy

  18. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Rasp,

    Will Nacho Monreal be fit? Is Gibbs fit enough to stand in or will Vermaelen have to play at left back? Gervinho has had one goodish game. Not really a settled side even though it did look a bit better balanced than of late.

  19. Red Arse says:

    djal,

    Names do not have to make sense. Alan K asked what the terminology meant.

    e.g.;

    — Chavs (Chelsea) refers to the perception that their fans are violent dumb-downs, and chav is slang for this.

    — Spuds is a (humourous) play or mis-diction of the name Totteringham Hotspuds, which pretty much sums them up.
    This is normally contracted to ‘Spuds’.

    — Oilers refers to Man Citehs wealthy owners.

    Feel free to call them whatever suits you.

  20. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Big Al, if that was you posting under a nomme de plume, it was nothing to be proud of. πŸ™‚

  21. abdullahi says:

    Instead of doing the calculation for first place,u are here doing rubbish

  22. henrychan says:

    No need to worrries about Spurs on Chelsea.. As long as we win 6 and draw only 2.. then we will got at least 20 points..
    That’s enough tobe at third again..

  23. Red Arse says:

    Rasp,

    Can I admit that I never get into the ‘what if’ game of predicting remaining game results.

    I am amused by the predictions of others, because they enjoy it, and why not? πŸ˜€

  24. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all, I’m firmly in the one game at a time camp, but the postponement of Chelsea v Spuds has given us the chance to get ahead, we haven’t been great in the past at doing that so lets hope we take the opportunity presented to us.

    Like Rasp the question most relevant right now is how we go about team selection in the coming weeks, the only week where we have to rotate is Norwich home and the Fulham away, both results last year were not good, The Cottage is not a good place to go if we don’t start well, or let them get the crowd behind them, Norwich may still be in a relegation fight and 1 point will not be enough so I expect them to come to the Emirates and look for a result.

  25. henry says:

    I dont think we will succeed at West Brom this weekend… im not optimistic about our chances for the rest of the season,

    we are doomed

  26. Rasp says:

    Morning Norfolk, I don’t see Gibbs in place of Nacho as a problem but AW did say he thought Nach would be fit for Saturday. I would definitely keep with kozzer and Mert at CB and keep Fab2 in goal.

    In truth I’d put Jack and Theo on the bench and stick with Ramsey and Gerv as they are both improving every game. If we’re 3 nil up on Brom, then ease them back into the side.

  27. Rasp says:

    I don’t believe you Redders – you accountants live by projections πŸ˜†

  28. Gooner In Exile says:

    On nicknames the Spuds has become universal in blog world as its better than the older derogatory term.

    And it’s always nice to mash spuds πŸ™‚

  29. hoopspur says:

    Just replied but lost it all in registering. On average clubs in all our positions pick up 1.8 – 2 points per game from the last 7 or 8 games of the season (if they are playing well). Arsenal will not get 21 more points from their remaining fixtures. Neither will Chelsea and neither will Spurs. Again over the last period (5 years) 70 points has generally been enough to get CL football. My prediction – there will be many dodgy games between now and the end of the season and it will be very close.

  30. Rasp says:

    Hi Henry @ 10:50, are you the same ‘Henry’ who posted the first comment of the day?

  31. henry says:

    Hi Rasp, no i think that was a troll

  32. Rasp says:

    Well cheer up fella, we have every chance of finishing in the top four. The bookies don’t give money away and their odds show that they favour us to succeed.

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    Update on our “on loan” players.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………

    Denilson: He’s done quite well in his second spell at the club he joined Arsenal from in 2006. After a flurry of early sendings- off, he contributed to a Copa Sudamerica win in 2012 and scored a few goals along the way.

    However, recent events (including telling a fan on Twitter where to go in the most basic way possible) mean he’ll return to Arsenal this summer with a contract that runs until 2014.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Not impossible, but unlikely. With only a year left on his current deal, the Gunners will be willing to accept a fairly low fee to move him on. Spain a decent possibility, he almost joined Villarreal before going back to Brazil.

    Marouane Chamakh: Although Arsenal had just one recognised striker (Olivier Giroud), Chamakh was sent to West Ham in January. He’s played just three times for the Hammers and scored a grand total of zero goals. With Arsenal fans expecting the striking options at the club to be upgraded this summer, that pretty much rules the Moroccan out.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: About as realistic as my chances of marrying Alison Brie (leaving aside my wife’s objections to this in the first place).

    Park Chu-Young: Bizarrely brought from Monaco in August 2011, he spent most of the season on the bench, playing a grand total of 11 minutes of Premier League football. He’s at Celta Vigo now and has scored three times in 19 appearances, not really enough to win over the fans there, and definitely not a sign that he’s ready for Premier League football (although I’d happily see him sign for Spurs).

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Two chances, and slim just left town.

    Johan Djourou: The Swiss centre-half fell way down the pecking order at the Emirates after a disastrous spell of form last season, culminating in a halftime substitution for whippersnapper Nico Yennaris. He played just twice for Arsenal this campaign, before joining Hannover 96 where he’s made 12 appearances.

    He spoke about wanting to say at the Bundesliga club, and no wonder. It’s funny how he went from being a defender that Arsenal seemingly couldn’t do without to one so easily dispensed, but such is football.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Could depend on what Arsene Wenger does this summer and whether Thomas Vermaelen reacts to his demotion by seeking to leave as rumours would have you believe. Most likely he’ll be sold.

    Andre Santos: Wenger declared Santos ‘still important’ to the squad on Feb 1st; 10 days later he’d been packed off to Gremio on loan. You do wonder what might have been had he not turned an ankle in a Champions League game he probably shouldn’t have been playing in last season, thus missing four months when he could have established himself completely in the team.

    In reality, he was nowhere near as bad a player as some would suggest, but ultimately not suited for English football.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: With Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs now battling for the position, it’s all over for football’s biggest Instagram fan.

    Emmanuel Frimpong: Having suffered two ill-timed cruciate knee injuries, it makes sense for him to go on loan to simply play football. Arsenal wasn’t the place, the competition in midfield was too fierce for him to play, so although reports say he’s already been deemed surplus to requirements, there may still be the possibility if he plays well enough for Fulham.

    Only three appearances since the January move, however, might suggest it’s a remote one.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Like Greece winning the European Championships, it can be done but you wouldn’t put any money on it.

    Nicklas Bendtner: How The Greatest Striker That Ever Lived has found his career in the doldrums is beyond me. Oh, wait, it’s not. Ideas above his station, insisting on joining a big club like Juventus when he should be setting his sights lower, a bad injury and a drunk-driving conviction mean he’s frittered away another season.

    There’s no chance whatsoever that Juve will take him permanently, and even his national coach said recently he needs to simply find a club where he can play regularly. He might believe he’s good enough for the biggest and the best, but he’s yet to prove it.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Hahahahaha … hahaha … oh dear …

    Joel Campbell: The Costa Rican youngster is at Real Betis and although he’s got more yellow cards (six) than goals (two), there’s an acceptance that this is very much a learning curve for him. He’s playing quite regularly, starting 17 of the 21 appearances he’s made in La Liga, and while next season might be too soon, he seems to be developing well.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Betis have already said they’d like him for another year, and talks with Arsenal were imminent according to local media last month. It would seem to be a good option, allowing the Gunners to monitor his progress for another season before making a decision.

    Ryo Miyacihi: His season has been cut short by injury, sadly picked up after another lengthy injury absence. He just hasn’t played enough this year to show Wenger he’s ready for Arsenal just yet.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Needs another loan spell, at least.

    Wellington Silva: Hyped to the max, he’s had a series of loans spells in the nether regions of Spanish football. Overly fond of pizza, according to one manager, he’s now at Ponferradina in the Spanish Segunda. He’s played 15 times and scored one goal. Not even close to being enough to suggest he’s ready for the step-up to Premier League football.

    Chances of an Arsenal future: Will get the boot.

    Sorry.

  34. henry says:

    cheers no probs, i am just mindful that west brom have a very good home record and will be fighting ultra hard to achieve a europa position this season. We are also not at full strength again for a couple of weeks and also wont have the benefit of Fulop playing for them this time. Could be a close game.
    We have also got some tricky away fixtures at Fulham. QPR and then Newcastle away on the last game of the season who will hoping to put in a good sending off peformance in front of their home fans.
    Spuds and the Russians have more difficult run ins, but we do have some possible banana skins we still need to overcome.
    We cant guarantee 6 points in the home games against Everton and Man Utd either.
    All i am saying is its not going to be as easy as some people on here think.
    Personally i think the Chavs will be the ones missing out this time

  35. YV88 says:

    Sorry but what’s this supposed to prove, if Arsenal win all their games and Chelsea and Spurs both drop points you finish 3rd? Call up NASA and let them know. Every game is crucial, it’s not about looking at which games you see as most important because all 3 teams are in this situation because they’ve not been consistent enough, each is capable of messing up at any point and equally capable of pulling off big wins.

  36. Double98 says:

    Everton will have a massive say in the race… If they beat the 3 of us they will be pole position for a berth. They may take points at 1 of the three, 2 of the three – both of which is significant.

    Even if they get hammered by all of us.. That robs an opportunity for us to catch up.

  37. Red Arse says:

    Rasper, πŸ™‚

    re your 10:51

    You are correct that accountants use projections where necessary, however, there are differences between projections and predictions.

    A prediction is a rough estimate based solely on relevant past data and is merely a mechanical exercise in extrapolation.

    A projection is a calculation where certain extrapolated date values are subjected to given numerical assumptions.

    The first can be done by anyone, whereas the latter needs an accountant — and will cost you plenty!!

    So we are both right! πŸ˜€

    I had better go before GN5 invites me to take a hike for being a smart arse! πŸ™‚

  38. Double98 says:

    Yv88 …. So by your logic we should just log back in in may and see who came where… There is apparently no point in speculating or even discussing the run in.
    Teletext will tell us all we need to know (and just the results … No match reports)

    Are you a spurs fan? Cause they tend to run around for 9 months and finish just outside the cl spots so its probably a good coping mechanism to save yourself all the grief and just get confirmation of 5th

    Arsenal fans love the triumph over supposed vulnerability. We love holding out our glass chin and defying the odds by taking haymakers but stay standing.
    And we love run ins. We would prefer a title run in but that’ll be next season.

  39. Big Raddy says:

    RA. So, to paraphrase your 11.28, the difference is the fee πŸ™‚

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    RA:

    I would never do that, I really consider you to be both our sage and our voice of reason, and wouldn’t dream of questioning your mathematical prowess.

  41. Red Arse says:

    BR/GN5, πŸ˜€

    Having been stuck at home and unable to earn a living for a couple of years, I can only dream of what it was like to charge fees!! πŸ™‚

    And try as I might not to, GN5, I know I still come across, at times, as a boring smart arse, dammit! πŸ˜€

  42. @ Norfolk Gooner
    what’s “nomme de plume” mean when it’s at home?
    Lobsterisimus Bummakisimus. I’m the winner!

    Rasp, 10.50am, says “and stick with Ramsey and Gerv as they are both improving every game.”
    As regards Ramsey: Yes. As regards Gervinho, over to Norfolk… Norfolk Gooner says “Gervinho has had one goodish game.”

    Big Al says “Correct, Norfolk, and that’s a goodish game by his own very average standards, btw”.

    He scored a goal (more difficult to miss than not). He ‘assisted’ with a granny pass and now he’s better than Best. What about his two weak headers, and two pathetic scuffed shots that most overlook.

    @ henry, 11.10am… “We have also got some tricky away fixtures at Fulham, QPR and then Newcastle away”.
    If they’re tricky, then 90% of our games throughout the season are tricky. God only knows how we are not mid-table.

    @ Double98, 11.16am… yes indeed.

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    RA:

    I haven’t spoken of it on AA but I’ve been in a very similar predicament for about 18 months so I can relate to your situation.

    I say keep on being a smarty pants.

  44. Red Arse says:

    Thanx, GN5, πŸ™‚

    Every time I think I am on the mend, I get sick again. It’s a bugger!

    Still — there is always footie and chatting about it with (mostly) like minded Gooners. πŸ™‚

  45. Rasp says:

    Hi Big Al, I agree Gerv squanders too many chances in front of goal but he also creates those chances in the first place. He is obviously a confidence player and at the moment his confidence seems high. He received a standing ovation when he left the pitch on Saturday. I bet most defenders would hate to be facing him in current form – we don’t have another wide player you could say that about at the moment. We need to play our in-form players at this vital time.

  46. YV88 says:

    Double98, that’s not what I’m saying at all, try reading it again.

    My point is that people are always trying to speculate what the most important games are but it’s no more than guessing. Yes, Arsenal winning their next 4 games could be crucial, then again it might not, or you might not even win all 4 but still go on to finish in the CL places. The article teaches us nothing and relies on assumption but if the rest of this season has taught us anything is that none of the teams have been consistent enough to start making assumptions. Chelsea lost a 2 goal lead against Reading and lost at home to QPR, yet they’ve also beaten Spurs, Arsenal and now United in the cup. Arsenal and Spurs are no different so trying to predict a series of results for all 3 teams is pretty futile.

    Yes I am a Spurs fan although that’s really neither here nor there. I’m just saying I prefer to enjoy the close battle for top 4 places rather than mindlessly speculate. That doesn’t mean I’ll be putting my head in the sand until May. I’ll be going to some games, watching some on TV and generally enjoy supporting my team as I have done all my life. If you get your kicks out of trying to predict results then good for you but if I think an article’s dumb I’ll say so.

    Oh and enjoy your title challenge next season, we hear it every year from your fans and Liverpool’s. Next year will definitely be your year, I’m sure.

  47. micheal says:

    very good statistics and well predicted… But one is thing is for sure, one game at a time… I see us qualifyin for the champions league.

  48. Sid says:

    Haha! Who’d have thought a gentle little piece about the next 4 games being potentially important would have a load of spuds getting all areated and flustered soooooooo much….

    Oh and spare me the very idea that a spud taking exception to being called a spud…. That is just tooo fuckin funny for words….

    Pathetic indeed.

  49. Donald Duck says:

    Dream on!

  50. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Whingeing about it makes you look even more pathetic. Na na nana na.

  51. Hi-de-Hi Rasp.
    Fair play as regards your comments at 12.52pm.

    I will concede a little bit, but certainly not totally. If the player(s) concerned were Walcott, Ox-Chamberlain, Podolski then yes, play that player if in good form.
    I’ve (we’ve) seen all too often the inconsistent players ‘turn it on’, then not even ‘turn up’. Gervinho is one of those players. Walcott, admittedly, can be a ‘hot-and-cold’ player, but he’s a far better footballer than Gervinho.

    Wenger bemoaned the fact (not for the first time) we should have scored more than four vs Reading. He wasn’t being greedy, he was being sensible. The goal difference is very tight, and could be our European decider. Gervinho is not the sole culprit, but is part of the ‘chances squandered’ situation – twice vs Reading, and other times this season also.

    I alluded to the in-form argument only a day or two ago, again, I think, aimed at your good self, Rasp, when I spoke of Mannone. He was dodgy, then improved. At that point some bloggers suggested we stick with him due to his run of improved form. What then transpired? His form dipped, and he returned to his dodgy form, and conceding when saving was the easier option.

    I remember our friend JONATHAN saying more than once that Wenger should play his strongest team (if fit). I agree. Our strongest team, in my humble opinion, should not contain Gervinho; there’s better players to choose from.

    Sorry if my previous post at 12.15pm appeared a tad blunt, Rasp, but I was a bit busy and the post was written in haste.

  52. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    GiE, i would like to make a complaint about this post.

    How dare you have the afrontery to print fixtures and further compound this sin by hsving the audacity to speculate on there outcome.

    Who do you think you are? Some one whos interested in football and has a mind of there own?

    Your thinking to hard GiE, and for this i have no choice but to inform the authorities of your clandestine and malovelent actions.

  53. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Oh by the way, all spurs fans out there. You know and we know that next season Thursday nights wait for you once more. Theres no point crying about it, embrace it i say.

    I will be watching Eastenders myself. hahaha

  54. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha TMHT, I’m surprised by the veracity of the comments saying we shouldn’t predict…..but then if they decided to re read rather than look at the tables they would see that I am not actually trying to predict the results, but I am saying that over the next 4 games due to Spurs and Chelsea not playing we have a chance to put ourselves ahead by some distance before they face one of the two tricky fixtures remaining.

    Four wins from the next four would be some achievement, and we haven’t been great at taking these opportunities in the past.

  55. Red Arse says:

    Umm, Merry Terry, you need to get your telescope fixed!! πŸ™‚

    If GIE’s very public Post openly showing fixtures and inviting predictions is being subversively secretive or furtive, [clandestine] how come those Spurs fans know about it?
    Has there been a leak – are you leaking? πŸ˜€

    Should MI6 and Secret Squirrel start to worry about a Mole? πŸ™‚

  56. Double98 says:

    YV88 it’s all part of the fun… It’s why the betting is so popular. It’s why fantasy football is popular… It allows fans to feel they have an input into the team.
    Of course each game carries three points but there is also Momentum. We win the next 4 and we have the mo with us.
    We beat manure and we get a shot in the arm… U beat the chaos and you do to!!

    We won the league in 98 by stringing together 12 winnable games or so and we defo got 3rd last season thanks to 2 runs of 7.
    So looking at the fixtures is a fun activity to see where you think points maybe won or lost..
    And the forms of the three teams make it even more fun…

    Oh and watch out… If you lose ground in the next 4 matches expect bale to check out for the summer.. He’s not gonna get injured trying to get a Europa league spot.

    But, you know like,good luck and all

  57. Rasp says:

    Afternoon all, I’ve had to take out some very silly comments from totnum supporters that consisted solely of childish insults, but they have been balanced by the more mature approach from the likes of YV.

    The post wasn’t tagged with totnum and had no reference in the title so I don’t know if somehow it has appeared in their NewsNow or they just troll around looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their idiocy.

  58. Sid says:

    Gervinho’s form has been consistently shocking for much of this season. He had a good spell early on, but tailed off terribly until now, where he has enjoyed 2 decent run outs.

    We can’t afford to lose ground obviously, so the prospect of witnessing the Ivorian miss a sitter or 2 vs WBA doesnt bare thinking about. I don’t know why Podolski has been benched of late, at first it was down to injury it appeared, but he’s fit now, so I would go with him and AOC as the wide players, shifting Cazorla back into the centre infront of Ramsey and Arteta. I doubt that West brom will be as generous as Reading were, we need to take our chances and I’d fancy Podolski over Gervinho in that respect.

    Although, there is the distinct possibility that Gervinho could well create something out of absolutely nothing for himself…. And then proceed to miss it completely.

  59. Rasp says:

    Hi Sid, I believe that Podolski has an ongoing problem that will require an operation in the summer. I am a fan of the Pod, but unfortunately when he is given the chance to play centrally he hasn’t really shone. He came on for Giroud on Saturday and was nowhere near as involved in play as the Frenchman had been.

    Its proving increasingly hard to fit Pod into the team. He’s not as effective as Giroud in the middle and he doesn’t have the pace or the trickery to be effective wide left. He would probably prosper in a 4:4:2 – but that’s unlikely to happen. Gerv has plenty of pace and trickery but nowhere near the Pod’s finishing ability – we need a clone of the two πŸ˜•

  60. Gooner In Exile says:

    I think given the Ox’s recent return of form I would be inclined to start Santi, TR7, Ox on Saturday. Given the WBA defence is likely to sit deep and try and hit us onthe counter adding the Ox’s long range shooting to that of Santi’s could be an advantage….also those three are probably the best ball strikers at the club when it comes to crossing for Giroud, save for Santis corners against Reading that were generally awful.

    Gervinho should however be used against teams like Reading etc because of his pace and dribbling and the style they play. Steve Clarkes WestBrom defence will be far more disciplined to hold shape so I think shots and following in on Foster saves will be the key to success.

  61. Sid says:

    Yo Rasp! πŸ™‚

    I think Podolski has done really well as the wide left forward and his stats arent too shabby either. I think with him on the left, AOC on the right and Cazorla behind, that would give us enough creativity and more clinical finishing to beat WBA…. BUT, if he is carrying an injury, then that kinda changes things.

  62. goonermichael says:

    How funny. A spud saying that us and the bindippers always say it’s our year. They are the most deluded fans on the planet. love the post. I think we’ll do it. monkey boy will be off, good riddance diving little twat

  63. goonermichael says:

    Rasp
    If we got a clone it would probably be Pod’s pace and Geronimo’s finishing πŸ™‚

  64. Rasp says:

    πŸ˜† gm

  65. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE: I sent you a message, let me know your thoughts,

  66. Rasp says:

    Thanks Sid, I beg to differ re Pod’s performance at left midfield πŸ™‚ . Too many times he receives the ball from our LB only to be closed down by the opposing RB and instead of taking him on (as a proper winger would), he invariably passes back to our LB or CB and all forward momentum is lost. It sounds like I’m criticising Pod and I’m really not intending to, but I still can’t work out where he should be played in our system.

  67. Rasp says:

    GiE @ 3:10 ……. and cutting off the supply to Lukaku – the man’s a monster 😦 We really don’t want to play a high line with Lukaku sitting on Merts shoulder. He’s too big and powerful for kozzer to deal with on his own so we have to try to keep him out of the game.

  68. jnyc says:

    GIE,good post, but if our team doesnt take every single match like life or death, we could easily pick up ALOT less points than we need.
    RASP, i assume that podolski was a little rusty when he came on. But i dont remember him getting much time at striker this season? I would llike to see him get some chances there, maybe next season if we dont improve on giroud. I like giroud alot, but i think hes lacking some quickness and speed to be a number one striker for a top team in prem.

  69. Rasp says:

    Hi jnyc, well I hope we do get to see the best of Pod. He can’t act as a target for goalkicks like Giroud but he does instinctively look for goal as every good striker should. I’m quite confused as to the role AW envisaged for him. He bought Pod first and then snapped up Giroud when he became available presumably to play in Pod’s position. Would he have bought Pod if he’d known Giroud was on the cards I wonder?

  70. goonermichael says:

    I wouldn’t worry about Pod Rasp.he’s only 2 goals behind Ollie in the PL

  71. Rasp says:

    That’s true gm, I should look at my own widgets 😳 In that case I’d guess he’s scored more goals per minute on the pitch than Giro.

  72. Sid says:

    No probs Rasp…. Differences of opinion are what its about, well in football its OK by me anyway! πŸ™‚
    Podolski isnt a winger, he is played as a left forward, as Theo is on the right… Neither are particularly tricky, thats why playing a trickier fella on the oppositie flank works for me. What Podolski lacks in tricks and traditional wing play, he makes up for in team work, graft and clinical finishing, IMO… Plus I think he has started ONE game as a CF this season, the very 1st game of the season vs Sunderland, so he’s hardly been tried and tested as the lone frontman either…

    Get off his back already!!!! πŸ˜€

  73. kelsey says:

    Afternoon all.
    How can you predict results when this team loses to Bradford and then shortly afterwards beats BVayern away.

    This has been our problem all season,basically inconsistency but at least now we are on a bit of a roll

    Everon will hold a lot of sway as to where we finish,looking at their remaining games but I still think our last 3 games will dictate where we finish.(QPR,Wigan and Newcastle.)

    Gervinho what can you say/ he had a very good game last Saturday .he is quick sometimes to quick for himself and his team mates he has a powder puff shot and can’t head a ball so what does he bring to the side.
    In a way Podolski is the opposite. Lethal left foot, but not that quick and is a 70 minute player but as Rasp said maybe he shouldn’t even be playing as he is due for surgery in the Summer

    it’s all about getting the right blend and AW is now being a bit more ruthless and it is paying dividends
    I still think we need a top act striker to compliment the attack but having said all that there is a good argument to spread the goals around the team .

  74. TT says:

    YV88, the article isn’t a mere exercise in speculation because it rightly points out there is a large psychological effect, particularly so close to the end of the season.

    I quote GiE:

    “okay Spurs [and Chelsea] will both have two games in hand by then, but but the pressure will have been transferred onto them as the chasers going into two difficult fixtures.”

  75. Rasp says:

    Lots of very interesting debate today – does anyone care to expand some of the points into a post for tomorrow? ….. or maybe write a short post on any other topic that springs to mind … we’re not fussy 😳

  76. Red Arse says:

    Rasper,

    Your claim that you are not fussy, you hussy, could be put to the test with the item that I have sent you!

    Of course everyone else will wonder what terrible turmouil they have been saved from, but you and I will know!! πŸ˜€

  77. Red Arse says:

    The Barca keeper, Valdes has hinted, yet again, that he wants to move to the EPL, with Arsenal heavily linked.

    Having seen him play last night, I am rather underwhelmed by that prospect!

    Where has Sheepy been today? πŸ™‚

  78. chas says:

    Haha, nice one, GIE.

    Chuck the chavs and spuds Spursday night games against Rubin and Basel into the mix as well and it makes for a very interesting fixture cocktail.

  79. Big Raddy says:

    Watching RM v Galatasary

    I’ve only come to see Eboue……

  80. chas says:

    Nice full back play from Eboue. Hehe.

  81. Gooner In Exile says:

    Just looked to the widget on the right to see what our longest win streak has been in the PL…..4……this may put pay to my theory 😦

  82. chas says:

    Another Eboue. Fβ€’ck-up. πŸ™‚

  83. Big Raddy says:

    EE is great to watch as long as he is playing for someone else.

  84. Hi all
    No time to blog today work work work .
    Real m two up I love Ronaldo
    Not in a gay way.
    Much love

  85. RockyLives says:

    Sorry I haven’t commented GiE – been running round New York all day from meeting to meeting. (Crazy city – helps explain why Redders is Redders.

    But I loved the Post. Really good. Obviously lots can and will happen, but it made me feel good.

  86. Gooner In Exile says:

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-22014002

    This guy earns how much money?!?

    How much would it hurt to employ a chauffeur…..really PL footballers are thick as two short planks.

  87. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rocky it’ll feel even better if we achieve it before the crunch games for the other two.

  88. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry not to join in GiE, but unlike Rocky who has been busily running around New York City, I’ve hurtling about my office or shed.

    I agree and disagree with yours and everyone else’s predictions, but certainly agree with the general consensus that we’ll make top 4.

    Chelsea’s FAC and Europa for both them and Spurs could be a factor.

    Its all very exciting stuff. With a couple of games to go, we should get Rasp to stick up the predictions from The Didit Competition, as that will add some extra edge to the run in.

  89. Rasp says:

    Morning Micky, if you email me the results of your competition, I’ll fashion them into a widget

  90. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp morning
    I didit a week ago, so that you the authorities, had a copy for safe keeping, but will do again Boss.
    Do you have a post for today?
    I am running pretty much on empty, but could do a conversation starter that I think would be worth about 73 Votes.
    I mean, Comments πŸ™‚

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok posted results Rasp.

  92. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp/Peaches,
    Sent a post in case.

  93. Red Arse says:

    Morning, Micky, πŸ™‚

    If you carry on like this, you will soon earn your prefect’s badge!!

    Where is the carefree, let it all hang out, to hell with Posts, Micky of yore? πŸ™‚

  94. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    That Tevez story. Super-ego’s attached to super-stupidity.

    Tevez came to England 7 years ago and still cannot speak the language, Perhaps he can’t afford to take English lessons on his Β£12m p.a. salary.

    Micky. Looking forward to the post.

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA
    To whom you refer, I have no idea. Hanging out and whatnot, honestly πŸ™‚

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy,
    I wouldn’t stay in specially if you have better things to do πŸ™‚

  97. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky, you are our saviour πŸ˜›

  98. Rasp says:

    Morning Redders, thanks for your offering, we will definitely use it πŸ˜€

  99. Big Raddy says:

    Stuck in today writing up a project. ( hours of tables and pie charts and research and references and boring boring boring mind-numbingly boring stuff.

    So I will be on AA most of the day πŸ˜€

    But on a positive note …. I will be picking up my new bicycle today. Had it made in Germany and am very excited. It is proper old school sit up and beg with panniers and leather seat but is made from super light metals.

    Sadly the cyclists on AA have disappeared so my excitement is wasted

  100. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sounds like a Penny Farthing Raddy πŸ™‚

  101. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy
    What’s the point of forking out for those light weight metals when you’re going to fill those panniers with cans and bottles of liquid?

  102. Rasp says:

    Morning all ……

    …. New post …..

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