Arsenal Get The Point

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the game last night. I know, I know, it’s bad for us given that picking up only one point drags us back within range of Spurs, as well as Chelsea. But the game was a keenly contested match between two proper, competitive teams. Everything was played on the edge, and that makes for an enjoyable spectacle. I’m sure I’m not alone in having enjoyed this 0-0 more than our 3-1 win on Saturday.

Not that the match started that well for us. For the first 20 minutes, we failed to show any quality on the ball, and it all looked pretty disjointed. And we could easily have gone a goal down, when Steven Pienaar received a through-ball from Phil Jagielka that managed to elude both Koscielny and Mertesacker. Fortunately, Szczesny was quick to attack the ball and did enough to put off Pienaar, whose shot sailed over the bar. Bit of a let-off though.

It took a while for us to find our rhythm but eventually things started to click for us, especially in terms of more effective use of the ball. Our best first half chance came near the 40-minute mark, when some sublime play from Cazorla led to Ramsey putting in an excellent first-time cross, which was delivered perfectly into the danger-zone, where Giroud was waiting. Unfortunately, Big Ollie’s shot wasn’t what it should have been and it went wide.

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Everton took a robust approach to the game – I don’t think they were especially dirty, but it was clear that they would get in our players’ faces pretty quickly. The referee, the unfamiliar Neil Swarbrick, wasn’t really up to the intensity of the match, and didn’t deal well with some pretty obvious gamesmanship from Everton, not least from Marouane Fellaini, who often made up for being outpaced with arms going across the player he was competing with. The most obvious failure of the referee came when he failed to give the most obvious of second yellow cards to Darron Gibson, when he cynically body-checked Walcott to prevent a useful break. There was simply no room for debate, it was as obvious a yellow card offence as you could wish to see, but the referee bottled it. But for the most part, both sides approached the game fairly, even if some of the tackles were strong.

It was great to see Arsenal rediscover the joys of playing on the break. And it was from one of those that Chamberlain received the ball when advancing into the penalty area. He had a choice: shoot or pass. He opted to slide a pass into Giroud, but Coleman did just enough to scramble the ball away before Giroud could get it home. Perhaps the Ox should have gone for his shot after all. This was probably the closest we came to scoring, we opened up Everton completely.

A few minutes later, with Everton tiring, Arteta received a lovely pass from Cazorla and advanced into the box – for a moment, it seemed to open up and a shot against his old club appeared likely, but Jagielka recovered his position to snuff the attack out. A little later, Chamberlain played in Giroud, who was forced a little wide, so the angle was narrow, making the shot a tough one – his effort had to be hit with power if it was to get past Howard but it lacked control and soared over the bar.

Overall, a draw seemed right – a lot of effort was spent by both sides, but neither side got many clear sights on goal. It’s a shame only to draw but that point could well end up being very valuable for us. There were some good performances from the Blues, I particularly liked Ross Barkley, who very nearly scored in the first half, and their defence played very well throughout. But they tired in the last 10-15 minutes, which was when some of our best chances arrived.

Szczesny: 7 Having had a rest after a period of declining confidence and performances, the other Pole in goal did a really good job, with some sharp interventions and safe hands. I was also really pleased to see him deliver a Schmeichel-like long throw, to Gibbs on the halfway line, to launch an attack. I always think when I see a keeper do that that it shows he’s confident in his abilities.

Gibbs: 8 Very good performance from Gibbs, both defending and going forward. He even managed to get in our first shot.

Koscielny: 7 Kos did well, working so effectively in tandem with the BFG. He won most of his aerial duels and generally remained highly concentrated.

Mertesacker: 7 Solid performance from our beanpole, he had Anichebe in his pocket for pretty much the whole game.

Sagna: 7.5 The man with the beads had one of his best games of the season. It’s a shame he can’t cross very well, because he combines very well with the more attack-minded players on his flank.

Arteta: 8 A typically excellent performance from Mr Legohead – he did what he does best, lots of short passes that allowed the side to keep its shape and the ball to be kept moving.

Ramsey: 8.5 MOTM Picked up where he left off at the weekend, with a confident, energetic display. The ground this guy can cover is impressive, and it was great to see him sharp into the challenge. It didn’t work every time but Ramsey turned over possession on various occasions by reason of getting his challenges in early.

Cazorla: 7 Santi had some sublime moments with the ball, there are times when you see his control and think he must have velcro on his boots. And his passing game is often beautiful – he delivers the ball with care and thought, so that it usually arrives at the recipient at the perfect pace and direction. That said, there were also some unusually sloppy moments from the litll’un.

Wilshere: 7 A much, much better performance from LJ than his blowing-away-the-cobwebs contribution on Saturday. Wilshere took a bit of a battering at times last night but he soaked that up and provided a solid performance, even if his passing wasn’t always able to slice through the Toffees’ defence.

Walcott: 6 Theo didn’t find his space often enough, and didn’t have sufficient impact on the game, That said, his passing was very efficient.

Giroud: 6.5 Worked as hard as ever, and had three good chances. He didn’t manage to get any of them on target, which ultimately cost us two points. But he didn’t do much wrong.

Podolski: 7 Did well when he was on the pitch, but he didn’t get any clear opportunities to do what he does best with the ball.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7 Added energy at just the right time, when he came on to replace a slightly ineffectual Walcott. The Ox created some good openings, and arguably should have scored.

Monreal: 7 Came on late in the game, didn’t do much wrong, but did manage to pick up a quick yellow card, when he took one for the team.

Written by 26May1989

141 Responses to Arsenal Get The Point

  1. Rasp says:

    Thanks 26m, I agree, a draw was a fair result. On current form, Everton are about the toughest opposition in the prem, luckily the 3 points against Norwich meant a draw last night’s result was OK … but we have to get the 3 points against Fulham at the weekend now.

    I don’t want to be negative at this stage of the season, but one thing the game did highlight is that we need a top class finisher if we want to get back to challenging for the title.

  2. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all, thanks for the report 26, although I think Everton were a bit more physical than you recall.

    Ramsey deserved your MotM rating I think he was excellent again in the middle of the park and its good to see him proving the critics wrong. He is still developing as is our over midfield protege. Both withstood the efforts of a relatively experienced Everton team.

    The one thing that struck me this morning was that on balance the 0-0 should probably have been expected. The positives of both squads were up matches up, their defence against our attacking midfield. Neither side has a true finisher, most of our goals are spread around the team this year, and in games like this where Everton are defensively disciplined it was no surprise see Giroud isolated and goal scoring chances hard to come by.

    Giroud is still snatching at his chances preferring power over precision and it is the only weakness in his play (IMO), once he relaxes a bit more I think we can have quite a player. Please lets not turn him into another Chamakh (who by the way is probably a better finisher but lacks the hunger and strength to get into position to use it)

  3. kelsey says:

    Nice summary 26th.

    Rasp you either don’t read my comments or copy them πŸ™‚

  4. GoonerB says:

    Very good report 26May. I think you have more or less called it as I saw it. I agree with Rasp above about the need for a top class finisher.

    On Everton’s physical side of the game I agree 26May that it was robust rather than dirty. We are all aware how all the English pundits and Journo’s will applaud Everton for that “committed” approach and will view any complaints from Arsenal and its fans as us being whiney big girls blouses.

    The issue for me extends beyond this however as they are the same pundits and journo’s that put their head in their hands when England are outplayed by a technically superior opponent. They then moan about having to do something about it and have been now for some 17 years.

    The problem with Evertons approach is that it would have fallen the wrong side of physical with any ref in Europe or at international level and they would not have left the pitch at 90 minutes with 11 men last night (and possibly not even 10). Arsenal having played regularly in Europe for many years instinctively understand the different boundaries of what is allowed once you step outside of the EPL. This puts England and English players at a disadvantage when they suddenly have to play outside of the EPL.

    The promising Ross Barkley for instance looks every bit a potential top player but I think he would have been in trouble last night with a European or international ref. He is at a critical stage of development so if his schooling now is in the more rough arm tactics rather than the more subtle technical tactics then he will likely not reach his full potential as a top international even if he looks and remains a very decent player within the EPL.

    They can’t have it both ways and if the conglomerate of this country want to accept Evertons approach as being absolutely fine then I would suggest they don’t hypocritically complain about Englands lack of ongoing technical ability on the international scene.

    Although it makes it more difficult and expensive we need to have different options within our squad so that we can cater for different types of games both here and in Europe, where we can switch from being more like Evertons approach to a more European style by using the options we have in the squad. The affordability of that bigger squad to have more options is likely why Citeh, Chelski and Utd have coped. Looking overseas I doubt you would find the likes of Barca having to think about having a squad that can switch between 2 styles of play.

    Now I will get off my soap box and give it a well deserved rest.

  5. Rasp says:

    Morning Kelsey, I’m sorry I didn’t read your comment, but its nice to know you agree with me πŸ˜†

  6. Kgooner says:

    Thanks for the post 26May.
    I do however feel jw should get less than the ox and cazorla on the ratings. Cazorla came alive later on and held the ball well beating 3 men more than once.
    Let’s not place Jw on a pedestal. He let us down more than once yesternight.
    The team should take chances at goal when they can. Clearly we can’t rely on our Striker?

  7. Big Raddy says:

    26- a balanced and fair report.

    I enjoyed the game but am disappointed by the result. Thought we played OK against a good team, but failed to take our chances.

    Very impressed with Coleman who IMO was the MoM. – he cost 150k! Baines completely shut down Theo which meant our main outlet was from the left or through the middle, but as you say. Everton were well organised.

    And I would love us to sign Fellaini. True, he is going to get regular cards but so did PV.

    AW’s conundrum is this: We need more power upfront but at the same time we are seeing Ramsey is becoming a vital cog. JW is undroppable as is Arteta and Cazorla which means we have only room for two out and out forwards.

    The Ox is too good to spend his career on the bench as is Podolski and Gervinho.

    This is where AW earns his 6million.

  8. Big Raddy says:

    Gooner B. I had forgotten about rotation πŸ™‚

    And your point about refereeing consistency is well made.

  9. kelsey says:

    7 million Raddy πŸ™‚

  10. Gooner In Exile says:

    GoonerB spot on sir.

    Your comments on Barkley could be applied in hindsight to the two most gifted English talents of the past decade…..Rooney and Gerard.

    I have also heard that idiot Durham start a campaign called Keep Jack Safe, mainly focussed on Arsene resting him, he would be safer if refs and media looked at the challenges he suffers regularly.

  11. Jeanette Kliger says:

    Magic Hats wonders;
    Slightly off at a tangent
    Can someone who has all the stats do a comparison of the first-year goals and assists for Giroud, Podolski, Henry, Bergkamp, Ian Wright and any others who might be of interest in this comparison. My husband won’t stop having a go at Giroud, who I admit is truly frustrating (!), but I maintain that he is no worse, and perhaps better, than others in their first year with us.

  12. Merseforever says:

    Fact of the matter is I’m sick with Wenger complaining about ‘physical play’ from the oppo. He’s been singing the same tune for years. Man utd wouldn’t have complained about Everton’s approach yesterday and neither would city and for all his positives Arsene Wenger is a massive moaner. Everton played well and harried us without being dirty. If he doesn’t like it, sign some physical players as well who can do a job. He’s been singing the same tune for years. Do something about it. Unfortunately, Wenger will always be remembered for constantly complaining and moaning about the opposition when sometimes they just came and performed well. There was nothing wrong with Everton’s approach. The match was a good draw. Yes it may not work in Europe, but this is the English league. There’s no point in trying to play the European way and then complain when it doesn’t work in the English league. Wenger needs to go back to what made him so sucessful at the start of his tenure: technical players backed up by physically and mentally tough ones. That’s what set us apart from the rest. We were tough but also better.

    Secondly, the mind boggles when it comes to his management of Jack. He says ‘I rushed him’ and then three days later plays him against a team who he knows are physically tough. Durham’s a wind up merchant of the highest order, but frankly I question Wenger’s management of Jack as well. He’s playing him too far up the pitch and overplaying him when right now he needs to rest and study Rosicky and Santi’s game in order to improve as central attacking midfielder. Giroud has squandered more than his fair share of opportunities in recent weeks (as well as being physically weak and unable to keep hold of the ball) and then Wenger comes out and says he’s working on Podolski as a striker. As if that is some great revelation that has only occurred to him. Lots have been wanting it all season.

    On a positive note, really pleased to see that we are defending well. Both Kos and Mert looked pretty assured for the most part and Gibbs (needs to work on his crossing though) made some great tackles. I thought it was a great match, but I’m truly starting to believe that a better tactician and football manager would get more out of the squad than Arsene.

  13. Shard says:

    Arsene Wenger comments post match

    “Basically, the game was very intense physically. I felt that in the first half the referee didn’t deal at all well with the intimidating physical challenges, but that we responded well to the physicality. We had fantastic commitment. It was detrimental a little to the fluency of our game, but we kept going and had good concentration. The regret I have is that we had the chances to score. Maybe we used power instead of technique too much in our finishing. And, the second regret I have is that with the number of set-pieces we had at home, there has to be a goal. Apart from that, I can only congratulate the team for the spirit and commitment.”

    on Everton’s tackling…
    That’s part of the game. We had to deal with that and the referee has to make the right decisions. Apart from that, it was a game of huge intensity, a fight for both teams. You have to respect the effort Everton put in. They decided to make it very physical for us to disturb our game and sometimes went a little bit over the edge, but the referee had to make the right decision. I don’t blame Everton for that. ‘Protecting’ is a big word, but they have to make the right decisions.

    I do not want to comment on every decision of the referee. Despite all that, we had the chances to win the game. We can only look at ourselves and next time try and take our chances. We are on a very strong run with a fantastic run so we do not want to complain too much about what didn’t go for us. Let’s look at ourselves, come back in the next game and win it.

    Merseforever, can you tell me where Wenger actually complains about the physical play? He complains about the ref’s decision making. Something ManU’s manager never does right? Do you think the match was refereed fairly and consistently? Wenger also said we had the chances to score, and we should have won, adding that we can only look at ourselves. Where’s the famous Wenger moan? Or is that something which is by default associated with him because the media paints that picture? Hughton didn’t ‘moan’ Saturday. Ferguson doesn’t moan, he gets angry.Only Wenger moans. Even when he doesn’t.

  14. β€œMerseforever” – an Arsenal fan with a brain. Yes, it’s true! Check out his post at 12.06am early this morning.

    I read somewhere (and copied the statistic into my computer files on dirty players) that when he played for Arsenal Vieira picked up 72 yellow cards in 279 games.
    8 red cards too.
    Strange to think that perhaps Arsenal could do with a bit more of that right now.

    Here’s another statistic for the Arsenal moaners and the whiners. Since 1996 and 2010 (under Wenger) Arsenal have received 80 red cards! And they dare to gripe when we have the audacity to tackle them.

    Arsenal’s only show of β€œmanliness” was when hard-as-fudge Wilshere manhandled Mirallas because our Kev playfully squirted a little bit of water at him. Ooooh.
    Mind you, if that had been Cazorla he’d have rolled around on the ground for five minutes declaring β€œhe tried to drown me, arrest him!”

    It was β€œboys against men” last night. Read my second paragraph again, and to those for whom the cap fits look up the definition of β€œhypocrit”. As for those calling for what have been the softest red card for many a season, are you doing so because you know the only way to beat Everton last night was if you were playing against 10 men.

    Finally, BREAKING NEWS !!
    Arsenal fans have been fooled! It’s not really Steve Bould coaching at Arsenal. It’s Lionel Blair with his head shaved.

  15. Thanks for the report 26; just a quickie – does anyone want me to bin the troll at 11.26 ?

    Opposition supporters are allowed on this site if they behave courteously and with respect so they don’t degrade the blogging experience for Arsenal fans, who this blog is set up for.

  16. kelsey says:

    I have to agree that it was a strange decision to play Jack after what AW said after the norwich game. I can only presume Rosicky also wasn’t match fit.
    What we needed was a fit Diaby but alas that wasn’t possible.

  17. Shard says:

    It’s so manly to kick out at someone, isn’t it? Did the evolutionists lie? Do Neanderthals still exist? Do they have the capability to analyse statistics? Are they full of s***?

    Answers in order. No. Yes. Yes. No. Yes.

    Based on an admittedly small sample size of 1, the toffees are half baked.

  18. Shard, we’ve had some extremely classy and pleasant opposition supporters on here in the past, but sadly not today.

  19. Ma Bushell’s Toffee House
    Good morning Mother Noblett. My word you’re up bright and early, and on tip-top form too, old girl. Thanks for the tip on that post by β€œMerseforever” last night. Yes, very honest, good for him.
    He’s right about Vieira. Storey was before my time of course. As for strikers Oliver Hardy could do better than Oliver Giroud.
    Seeing as β€œMerseforever” was fair and honest then I will be the same. Arsenal just about matched Everton and a draw was a fair result.
    Agreed Mother Noblett ?

    Oh, I see Merse has done another one today. Good chap.

  20. MickyDidIt89 says:

    26 superb report. Thank you.
    Might have a chat about Off-The-Ball-Theo when I get on my laptop.
    Raddy
    I have to laugh at the thought of managing a group of footballers is worth Β£6/7m a year. Nuts isnt it.
    Chary
    Dont bin Mother. He/She was not rude and I happen to agree there was nothing too wrong with Evertons game.

  21. Shard says:

    Don’t even know what his issue is/was. But it sounded awful like a Stokie. Maybe some of them feel pressured to act like Stoke fans seeing as their team played like Stoke yesterday πŸ™‚

    Naah.. I don’t think all Evertonians are idiots. We’ll probably get some decent folk on here sometime soon. In the meantime, off with his head! Maybe that’ll prove Arsenal fans’ ‘manliness’ πŸ˜€

  22. Shard says:

    Aaahhh Sheeeshhh.. Looks like I’ve been trolled. Well played Sir! Now..Back to the books for me!!

    Oh and Thank you for the match report 26may. May that date prove auspicious again this year πŸ™‚

  23. Hi Mdi89 – saying an Arsenal fan with a brain was an exception, we were “hypocrit”s (I’ve heard of a hypocrite but a “hypocrit” is a new one ), and churning out that tired old line about Arsenal being southern softies and we don’t like it up ’em.then using an old stat about PV04 to contradict himself.

    I also agreed with a lot of what he said but his tone was that of a uninformed, teenage malcontent troll.

    I also found it a tad tiresome and an unnecessary pollution of our blog. Still if no one wants him binned then so be it.

    I’d tin tack this Stoke wannabe PDQ given the choice πŸ™‚

  24. Thank you young MichaelDidIt.
    What a nice boy.

    Censorship for repeating “Merse’s” viewpoint as regards physicality in the game? Albeit worded a tad more strongly, but the sentiment remains the same. Perhaps “Merse” would have liked to use the dreaded “H” word himself, but thought ‘better of it’.

    “extremely classy and pleasant opposition” says MISTER CharyB (respect!).
    Then follows up himself with “troll”. Very classy.

  25. I’m right behind you Mother Noblett.
    Us girls must stick together.

    You’d thing the Gunners had actually lost the way that CharyB chap is reacting.

  26. Class act again – picking up on one teensy weensy typo.

    Better look at the spelling(s) of your buddies before using that one again.

  27. I think you’re well in there Mdi89. πŸ™‚

    Ah, have I upset you Mother Noblett…boo hoo ?

    And why are you talking to yourself, albeit calling yourself Mother Bushell as you have a conversation with apparently someone else but it’s just you with a different display name ?

  28. Do you think that’s actually CharyB himself in that avatar thingy Ma Bushell?
    I must say if it is he looks rather dishy. A bit like Roger Moore around the time he was playing “The Saint” character, Simon Templar.

  29. There’s a long and convoluted explanation why I picked that picture but I can’t be bothered to repeat it to Mother/Ma/whatever you want to call yourself next.

  30. 26may1989 says:

    Much of what our blue-nosed guest says at 11.26 is fine, though I don’t think there’s actually been much complaining from us, our manager or our players about Everton.

    But it is especially funny to see an Everton fan wheel out the old “Wenger has had x million red cards” thing. I got so sick of hearing that one a few years ago, that I spent some hours going through the records for every club that had been in the PL while Wenger had been with us and published the results on the Online Gooner site. The numbers showed that Arsenal did indeed have (as of about 2008) one of the worst records, but there were various clubs that had a worse rate of picking up red cards. And the absolute worst? Yup, you guessed it, Everton under David Moyes!!

    I don’t know what the figures would be as of today, but the fact that journos have stopped wheeling out that particular anti-Wenger line and the fact that we are top of the fairplay league suggests our position is a lot better than it was when I ran the figures.

    So Mother Noblett, welcome to the site, but perhaps you ought to find some better ways of attacking our club.

  31. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Nice post 26

    Forget about Trolls and whingy moaners. They need to throw away the inflatable and get themselves a women.

    We should be celebrating the positives. The emergence of Ramsey and Chameberlin is hugh for our future. This season we have seen glimpses that indicate the likes of Jack. Ox, Rambo, Jenks, Gibbs will become great players for us.

    You through a bit of evoloution with the signiture of some good players into the mix, we have every chance of competing for top honours very soon.

    I am particularly happy for Ramsey, the kid was great last night and has finaly shaken off the horricic injury.

    If we the fans could only put as much faith in our players as Arsene Wenger does, then the Arsenal fandom would be a better place.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stiring

  32. Big Raddy says:

    Chary. It isn’t a troll it is Big Al who I guess has had a few sherberts too many.

    According to Ian Stone of the Tuesday Club we have lined up Jovetic (Montenegro & Fiorentina) as our main summer signing. Add to that a confirmed report about a bid for Begowic Stoke GK) and we can see AFC are planning ahead.

    TMHT. Interesting about faith. Two chaps who were the target of got further in the CL than we did – Eboue and Julio Baptiste.

  33. Thank you 26may.
    Another gentleman in the fold. Pop around some other Arsenal sites and then you’ll understand. Hypocrisy rules on many today I can tell you.

    And you may be right or you may be wrong as regards your statistics of Everton’s cards.
    I too am aware of the Red/Yellow cards statistics. Mine are dated Jan 13th 2013 and don’t correspond with yours, as regards Everton’s red cards

    My records show Hull City as worst offenders (cards/games ratio), Everton 8th worst offenders, Arsenal 14th worst offenders.

    Of clubs presently in the Premiership however Arsenal would stand in 6th as worst offenders, behind QPR, Sunderland, Stoke, Everton, Wigan and Manchester City.
    So, whether you like the stat or not, stats are stats are they not(?) and if this site is anything like others I’ll bet my stats would be positively drooled over were they of any top club other than your own.
    You seem to announce “And the absolute worst? Yup, you guessed it, Everton under David Moyes!!” with positive relish if the double-exclamation is anything to go by.

    The “80 red cards” so-called statistic was thrown in as a ‘red rag to a bull’. Sorry about that, very naughty of me. I think the actual figure is approximately 60 or a little more.

    And lighten up everyone, please… you got a point didn’t you?

  34. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Raddy, we have so much potential in our squad, its frightening.

    Ok, in the summer we need to be active in the transfer market but 80% of our development will come from within

    Next season we will chalange for the league, we might not win it, but we will chalange.

  35. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Noblett, i had no problem with Evertons approach yesterday. Everton played very very well, and in the first half looked stronger, quicker, and even more woorying for us, passed the ball better. You have a fine side, are a great club and have every right to be proud of them.

    We responded in the 2nd half and could well have won it, but a draw was a fair result.

  36. Ah Big and Dandy, of course I should have realised it was our chief wind up merchant in residence, the avatar was a blatant clue, duh !

    I promise to pay attention in future.

    Turning back to the match, the thing that annoyed the most was why Rosicky was not used; if he’s fit to be on the bench then why did we not see him as Rockin’ Rosicky is in tip-top form?

  37. weedonald says:

    Everton and Arsenal were like mirror images last night and the stats are so close that a tie was perhaps the fairest outcome. I got these off the SQUAWKA website:

    Shots on target: (AFC-EFC) 2:2
    off target: 5:5
    blocked shots: 4:5
    corners: 8:1
    fouls: 11:13
    pass completion: 81%: 78%
    tackle success: 68%: 79%
    possession: 55%:45%

    Everton came to defend and hit on the break, but AFC ended up defending for 40 minutes and then got their rhythm. The referee seemed a bit lost at first but he didn’t impact the game as much as some claim, IMHO. Giroud needs TH14’s touch or at least Eduardo’s clinical eye but with 17 goals in all competitions so far, it isn’t a disastrous first season for him despite the whiners and pessimists’ bias. Ramsey does look like the real article once again and the OX definitely is showing his pedigree.I felt that Szcesny was really efficient and effective yesterday and our defense seems to capable of playing like a water-tight unit in our last 8 games.
    Those calling for wholesale changes over the summer had better reconsider their demands, as this team is gradually gelling and will continue to improve with each game.

  38. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Very nice comment Weedy.

  39. I really enjoyed yesterdays game. I didn’t see the first 20 minutes though. We are so much better in defence now. Gibson should have been off. the chavs and spuds have to play each other so I think top 4 is definitely achievable. Great write up btw

  40. Bayonne Jean says:

    26, a fine summary and writeup.

    More kudos to Sagna for a neat defensive effort; did anyone notice if the much vaunted Leighton Baines was in the game?

    Another reason that Ox should have taken the shot: in the replay on the telly from the side angle, the lino was poised to raise his flag, as Giroud was in an offside position were it not for the Coleman tackle.

    Speaking of the telly, here’s an article re next prem season:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nbc-will-air-every-english-premier-league-game-live-2013-4

    Perhaps AA should sponsor a “Slingbox with a mate in the colonies” campaign for all connection-challenged AAer’s….

  41. 26may1989 says:

    Oh that’s a shame, I thought we had a bona fide interloper in from Everton. Still, Big Al seems to be playing his part with enthusiasm.

    Gracias for the nice comments etc.

  42. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the stats weedonald. As you say, they do reflect how even the contest was. I guess our superior possession 55/45% is balanced by their greater tackle success 68/79% …. I wonder if we’d have won had we matched their tackle success?

  43. I had a good run ’til Big Ratty ratted.

    Well played CharyB – “does anyone want me to bin the troll at 11.26 ?” πŸ™‚

    Where was “The Soap Box Kid”?
    I noticed you blogged at 10.31am. Sorry we didn’t chat today πŸ™‚

    Merseforever, I genuinely liked your post at 12.06am.
    I also agree with your comments a week or two back as regards playing Galatasaray (did I spell that correctly CharyB ?) though unfortunately I couldn’t give my support at that particular time.

    And most of my own comments today, in my pseudonym guises, I’m actually happy with by the way. Minus any perceived rudeness of course.

    As regards the physical nature of Everton’s game, no problem for me. Merseforever said it all for me at 12.06am.
    They deserve their very hard-earned point.

  44. It’s ok Big Al, gooners are allowed all manner of speeeeliing mistakes ha ha.

    In the words of JCT Jennings, of Linbury Court Prep School: “Merx printh oomp thopsozz”.

    Just call ’em “that turkish side” to avoid any confusion.

  45. Bayonne Jean
    Thanks for the link. I read it with interest as I have the same amount of games shown here in Thailand… that is, every Premiership game shown LIVE on separate channels, whatever day or hour they’re played. I haven’t missed an Arsenal game over here in 12 years.

    This is a third world country, yet Britain (I believe) still doesn’t have this amount of viewing available(?) – advise me if I’m wrong please.

    My satellite provider was known until recently as “UBC”, now re-named “True visions”. I’m pretty sure this company provides their service through most, if not all, of Asia.

    Manthan… India?

  46. By the way everyone…
    my pseudonyms are related to toffees. I went Googling and came up with some really interesting info.

    Ma Bushell’s Toffee House exists (or existed).
    Mother Noblett too.

    Great names eh? πŸ™‚

  47. chas says:

    Nice one, 26.
    Gibson should have been sent off for two yellows. Shame Swarbrick bottled it.
    I wish The Ox had shot rather than trying to find a player marked by two defenders.

    Mother Noblett’s wind up made me laugh especially as she was nearly binned.

  48. We don’t have that Big Al. It’s because they don’t allow it though nothing to do with technology.

  49. That was the thing Chas, I could tell the person pretending to be Mother Noblett wasn’t a woman but failed to see it was Big Al.

    Having been married for nearly 20 years, and spent most of that time disagreeing/arguing, I can by now usually tell whether it’s a man or a woman posting,

  50. RockyLives says:

    Very good report 26

    My only (small) quibble is that I felt Jack still looked well below par and gave away possession a lot. He was less off the pace than v Norwich, but still not up to speed. I guess AW has decided that the only way to get him match fit for the rest of the run-in is to give him matches.

    If we beat Fulham, the 7 points from the three games v Norwich, Toffees and Fulham will be a very satisfying return. Unfortunately because of the dropped points last night, the Cottagers game becomes (yet another) “must win”.

    And let’s not forget, Fulham are also on a really good run of form. In fact, if we’re lucky they’ll take points off the Chavs tonight.

  51. njstone9 says:

    Gilles Grimandi said last summer that Giroud was not bought to replace RVP but to partner him. Consequently I am sure we will buy a new striker this summer. However it will probably not be Jovetic purely because a) Arsenal rarely buy players mentioned in the media (Chamakh excepted) and b) also because a statistical analysis I saw of him somewhere showed he is not a clinical finisher – like Giroud.

    Giroud has had a good first season and will do better next season. However he was not bought to be our main striker and his chances conversion rate reflects that. He is, however, a potentially highly decent backup striker.

    So will Wenger go back to 4-4-2 next season and play Giroud alongside a new striker? Perhaps the fact we really only had Giroud available as a centre forward this season has dictated our formation. Podolski hasn’t ever really been considered there and Chamakh… well let’s not go there.

    Assuming Fabianski leaves in the summer we’ll get a new keeper but I think it’ll be another old hand like Mart Poom because Wenger very very very rarely buys an established player to push a younger one down the pecking order.

    I am interested to hear people’s thoughts on who we might target as an additional striker. Bearing in mind it’ll almost certainly be another player most of us won’t have heard much about.

    And I’d also like people’s thoughts on Capoue – did we really try to sign him in January? And if we did, isn’t it pretty likely we’ll renew those attempts this summer now that Diaby is out and Arteta will need replacing eventually? Or is Ramsey going to take over Arteta’s role?

  52. RockyLives says:

    nj
    I suspect you’re right about whichever striker we buy this summer being a bit of s surprise (ie not one of the main names being bandied about in the press/blogs). That’s what Wenger did with Eduardo.

    On the other hand, the club may want to “make a statement” that the austerity days are over and that we’re back in business for the world’s top players…

  53. Red Arse says:

    GK = Mignolet.

  54. Seems the BBC have joined in the tabloid habit of half truths and agenda driven reporting when talking about the game last night:

    “The Toffees battled to a goalless draw at Arsenal last night, when Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was left less than impressed by the visitors’ resolute tackling.”

    Very quick to perpetuate the whingeing Wenger myth, the BBC might as well rebrand it self as The Sun TV and be done with it.

  55. Redders, I wonder if Pugiliis will flog us Begovic if Stoke RFC go down ?

  56. Red Arse says:

    Talk on the street, CharyB, (and Hi πŸ™‚ ) is that we have had our fingers burned by the reported Β£15m transfer fee Pugilist wants, and have decided to look elsewhere.

    Of course it could be more of the same rhubarb we get every year about transfers this and transfers that! πŸ˜€

  57. Red Arse says:

    I liked your post Match Post, summary and ratings, 26M, and try as I might, I cannot fault you! πŸ˜€

  58. 26may1989 says:

    RA’s reference to Mignolet, and the sight of Fellaini and Mirallas on the pitch yesterday, reminds me of the confusion as to how Belgium have managed to fail on the international stage recently. They haven’t qualified for the finals of an event since 2002, and yet today would field something like the following side:

    GK: Mignolet
    LB: Vertonghen
    CB: Kompany
    CB: Vermaelen
    RB: Van Buyten
    MF: Demeble
    MF: Fellaini
    MF: Hazard
    FW: Benteke
    FW: Mirallas
    FW: Lukaku

    And they’d have some excellent players, like de Bruyne and Witsel, on the bench.

    That is a seriously good side, a mystery how they’ve failed to click.

  59. Miggers as a Flappy replacement is fine by me Redders.

    Must be a rubbish manager making the Belgian tema fail, 26 – but wait, Maureen Yo is free next season, as he;s just confirmed. The Belgium job is right up his street, unlimited transfer funds, huge pool of players to choose from,er.. no, that’s it.

  60. 26may1989 says:

    Go on RA, you can at least try!

  61. Gooner In Exile says:

    Big Al, PL Saturday 3pm kick offs are not screened live by agreement with the football league as the fear is that fans will stay at he rather than go watch Scunthorrpe vs Torquay live and put money in their coffers.

    As regards the red/yellow card count of Wengers early years were we a dirty side? How many reds were for denying goal scoring opportunities, how many for two yellows (which get counted as one yellow one red)

    In bad news Durham is about to agree with me regarding Evertons play last night and why Moyes won’t get a top job…..bet some of the fans easily influenced by media will now change their mind.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    26. That Belgium side is tasty.

    njStone. I think you will agree that we need two good players in each position, so either Coquelin will get pitch time and take over from Arteta or we will buy someone because I cannot see Ramsey as the defensive screen, his talents lie elsewhere.

    I really want Ramsey to score soon – the man deserves it.

  63. Red Arse says:

    Oh, OK then 26 — if I was being excruciatingly picky πŸ™‚ I am not sure I would have scored Nacho at all for coming on with 10 seconds left!!

    There, you see, even I think that is a pathetic effort to find fault!
    But fear not, the future lies ahead of us!! πŸ˜€

  64. Big Raddy says:

    Big Al. In AA’s first season I gave a potted history of our opposition, much like the explorer’s this season, and I mentioned both your pseudonyms (I think)!

  65. Red Arse says:

    GIE,

    I think Moyes has blown any chance of inheriting AW’s mantle when he eventually hangs up his culottes!

    His sarcastic and dour attitude towards Arsene and reference to how real men ‘up north’ play football was uncalled for and frankly stupid.

    personally I am glad, as I think he has mad and somewhat unsettlingly starey eyes!! πŸ™‚

  66. Big Raddy says:

    RA. I agree but then I have never seen Moyes as a future AFC man.

  67. He is Moe, the bar tender from the Simpsons, Redders.

  68. i’ve always thought moyes would be a manc manager. never liked him, always thought he was overrated. he’s an ugly wanker too

  69. RockyLives says:

    GM
    Short and brilliant as ever πŸ™‚

  70. jnyc says:

    26,very balanced report. I think girouds chances were difficult ones, but i really think the ref was shameful.
    Agree with rasp that giroud not quite good enough for a team like ours, but would love him as a second striker. But i cant fault his effort anywhere on the pitch. Also, i can only assume rosicky was not fit.

  71. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Ive just read Moyes sacastic remarks and fully agree with GM. He is an ugly wanker with the personality of a dead fish to boot.

    Why cant these Twats get it int there thick heads. Arsene dosnt want to be friends with them. Hes not interested in having a glass of wine and talking bollox, or in Moyes case, Train Sets.

    If Moyes had any dignity he would call Arsene and apologise for his silly remarks and rubbish wooden performence in that E.T. Film.
    But no, he will continue been a snidey little git, sabatoging his 14 year old opponents train, and putting in rubbish acting performances.

  72. GoonerB says:

    jnyc, I agree about Giroud not quite having that extra quality when it comes to the more difficult opponents and we need a better finisher for those games. I still think he will get better for us but will not quite reach the levels of an Henry, RVP, Cavani or Falcao.

    I, like you, think he has a role to play within our squad and as long as he accepts that he may not be top dog I think he can still be an important contributor across a season and will not lack for playing time. There is no shame in being the second choice striker / impact player from the bench at a bigger club and it never did Solskjaer’s career any harm.

    Big Al from earlier. I would have loved to have chatted with you more but I have been busy today. I had you sussed from early on though but found it rather amusing anyway. You know the old saying once bitten….

    I was out and about on my travels today and happened to be in the car stationary and Chezzer and a couple of his footy pals walked past. They were off to play Golf so I had to wind the window down and give it a classy “Go on Chezzer” complete with fist pump. He gave me an “alright mate” reply in a surprisingly cockney accent for a native of Warsaw.

  73. GoonerB says:

    TMHT, I don’t think Moyes looks anything like Drew Barrymore.

  74. GoonerB says:

    GM, Is there anything you can do with Moyes’ bonce to make him look more attractive or is that beyond even your superior talents?

  75. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    GB, GM is a hairdresser not a face surgeon. If we team up, you can wait in the car while i chloroform and gag him. Then we can tie him to a chair and take turns punching him in the face. That should do the trick. hahaha

  76. GoonerB says:

    GM you could attempt to melt his face with some hair straightening tongs and remould it into something more agreeable.

  77. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Baseball bat followed by face melting via hair straightening tongs?, Yes, i think i like this. hahaha

  78. Red Arse says:

    Look you lot, I only said he had starey eyes – torturing the poor sod is a bit beyond the pale.

    To be fair, at Everton, he has been able to squeeze money out of a bunch of turnips. Altho’ having a go at AW ensures his dirty washing is coming home to roost!! πŸ™‚

  79. Shard says:

    Cesc Fabregas called the referee (Lee Mason) a ‘cheat’, David Moyes proclaimed after losing to Arsenal 2-1, where his team’s ‘1’ to take the lead, came from a ridiculous decision by Mason (who has a statistical ‘bias’ in Everton’s favour) to allow an offside goal to stand.

    The next game for Arsenal? Newcastle 4-4, where Dowd manufactured 2 penalties, allowed Newcastle’s thugs free rein, and abused Sagna in front of the cameras.

    I have a long memory, and I do not like David Moyes one bit. No matter how well he plays the nice, honest, manager card.

  80. Big Raddy says:

    Torture is too good for him. Waste of good water and electricity. I like the baseball bat idea.

  81. RockyLives says:

    “I could hit him with a baseball bat” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    That just made me splurt coffee over the desk πŸ˜€

  82. Ian Ure Face says:

    Stretch @ 5:49pm….why do you want to punch goonermichael in the face ?. Did he harm your syrup ?

  83. 26may1989, 4pm… loadsa talent!

    Big Raddy, 4.13pm… Coincidence or wot!

    GIE, 4.05… (1st para) maybe I’m ficker than pig’s poop but… are you joking ?

    GIE, 4.05… (2nd para) As regards the red/yellow card count of Wengers early years were we a dirty side? How many reds were for denying goal scoring opportunities, how many for two yellows (which get counted as one yellow one red)

    “…were we a dirty side(?) you ask. In my honest opinion, no. Though in the Vieira years in particular we picked up more cards than we ought, and admittedly a few times ‘sailed close to the edge’. Many of those cards were for Vieira himself of course, who at times should have done better to keep himself in check.

    I would say at times we were not unlike Everton (yesterday), that is to say, we had backbone, tenacity, steel, grit, determination, commitment, and the ability to ‘mix it’ on equal terms if and when necessary. Not just in midfield where those qualities are particularly necessary, but through the team. I am relating mostly to our most successful period of 1997-2005 (eight consecutive seasons) when we never out of the top two. We could never have achieved that run and been ‘Invincible’ without those qualities.
    That’s why I think it would be somewhat hypocritical for me or others to knock Everton for their ‘style’ deployed yesterday, as it was so similar to many Arsenal performances of the not-so-distant past.

    For everyone, but for GIE in particular, I’m giving you a link. Take a look and if it looks even remotely interesting to you copy-and-paste into your computers and analyse later, if you choose.
    And, please don’t say things to me like “How many reds were for denying goal scoring opportunities, how many for two yellows (which get counted as one yellow one red)”.

    https://arsenalarsenal.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/arsenal-get-the-point/

  84. Sorry…
    Final sentence in my post above : And, please don’t say things to me like β€œHow many reds were for denying goal scoring opportunities, how many for two yellows (which get counted as one yellow one red)” πŸ™‚

    (forgot the smiley)… calm down GIE, I’m not Knuckles.
    Not today, anyway.

  85. Shard says:

    Big Al,

    I think it was Steve Bould who said that football basically completely changes every 7-8 years. How relevant is 2005 to 2013? But besides that, Everton’s play was not really the problem, it was the referee allowing them to get away with it. But even then, it wasn’t the tackling that annoyed me, but the constant cynical ‘professional’ fouls they made, and the way they sometime fell over to try and break the rhythm of the game. I don’t think Arsenal in the Wenger years ever really looked to do that, let alone get away with doing it.

  86. jnyc says:

    GoonerB, well said about giroud, he could have a great role over a season in more physical opponents like stoke, sunderland, etc and as a late sub would be MILES better than a chamak. He is very aggressive, not afraid to shoot and gets in position, only serious flaw is his size impedes his quickness somewhat.
    Raddy i love the waste of water and electricity line. Im gonna use it. But i am seriously pro – torture anyway
    πŸ˜‰

  87. “How relevant is 2005 to 2013?”

    1992–93 Manchester United Aston Villa
    1993–94 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers
    1994–95 Blackburn Rovers Manchester United
    1995–96 Manchester United Newcastle United
    1996–97 Manchester United Newcastle United
    ———————————————————————–
    1997–98 Arsenal Manchester United
    1998–99 Manchester United Arsenal
    1999–00 Manchester United Arsenal
    2000–01 Manchester United Arsenal
    2001–02 Arsenal Liverpool
    2002–03 Manchester United Arsenal
    2003–04 Arsenal Chelsea
    2004–05 Chelsea Arsenal
    ———————————————————————–
    2005–06 Chelsea Manchester United
    2006–07 Manchester United Chelsea
    2007–08 Manchester United Chelsea
    2008–09 Manchester United Liverpool
    2009–10 Chelsea Manchester United
    2010–11 Manchester United Chelsea
    2011–12 Manchester City Manchester United

    The entire period of Arsenal’s recent history is relevant as regards all my listed qualities, perceived or real, for differing reasons.
    We LACKED some of the qualities in the 1st section,in particular the first two or three seasons for an obvious reasons. New manager, new team, time to rebuild, time to gel etc.

    We definitely HAD the qualities that I listed in the central section, without question. As I already said in my previous post : “We could never have achieved that run and been β€˜Invincible’ without those qualities.”
    I would question if we had/lacked those same qualities at times for period of the third section.

    As regards this season last I would say without hesitation that we have SERIOUSLY LACKED those same listed qualities.

    1st section : We didn’t make the top two positions for the entire run of 5 seasons

    2nd section : We made the top two positions for the entire run of 8 seasons

    3rd section : We didn’t make the top two positions for the entire run of 7 seasons

    SHARD, I was actually answering GIE’s question : As regards the red/yellow card count of Wenger’s EARLY YEARS were we a dirty side?
    ( my capitals for emphasis )

  88. Big Raddy says:

    jnyc. re Torture: I would expect nothing less of an American πŸ˜€ (just kidding)

    I like OG and think he has had a decent first season but I fear he doesn’t have a strikers instinct. Few do, but Wrighty did and Suarez and Aguero do – it is something which has nothing to do with thought and I doubt can be learned.

  89. GoonerB says:

    BR, I think you could be right to a degree about the instinct. Someone also made a valid point earlier (sorry forgot who and can’t be bothered to trawl back through comments) and said that 17 goals in a debut season in England isn’t bad and that one of his problems is in trying to hit every shot too hard. That may be down to natural instinct but I still think he will relax a bit more once this season is under his belt and feel we will see other more subtle goals enter his game and his goals ratio will go up. Perhaps more importantly he will start to slot away those odd chances in the tighter more difficult games.

  90. Big Raddy says:

    Big Al. I hesitate to get into this as you are a bit combative at the moment but …. πŸ™‚

    What you ignore is the move to the new stadium and the Boards commitment to financial stability. Add to that the arrival of the Oiligarchs. This affects both the team and the manager because we cannot compete with teams who can buy a player for 25mill and then lend him out whilst continuing to pay his massive wages (Ade.)

    The qualities which you mention only paid dividend because the players who had them also had fantastic, even world class, talent. Who in the current team is World Class? No-one.

    For example, how many players in ANY PL side today would get into the Invincibles team? Perhaps Ya Ya Toure – other than him??? (could be the basis of a post here πŸ™‚ )

    No-one can argue that the past few years have been frustrating, particularly in light of the promises made prior to the move to the Emirates, but circumstances changed and until we get our own Oiligarch we will not get top 2 (IMO).

    Sadly, in the words of the great Paul Weller “This is the Modern World”

  91. Gooner In Exile says:

    GoonerB I’m agreeing with you wholeheartedly on OG trying to smash every ball, looking at his goals from the French League they are all pretty much driven with power, does that make him a one trick pony? Maybe but maybe as you say if he can learn to relax and pick a spot pass it into the net Cazorla style then maybe he can do better.

    I doubt many have had numbers like his in their first season.

  92. Big Raddy says:

    GB. I hope and trust you are right.

  93. Gooner In Exile says:

    Drogba games 41 goals 16 assists 5

    Ergo Giroud > Drogba πŸ™‚

    Actually being serious Drogba is oft used to beat Wenger up over missing out on this prodigal talent, what I wonder would have been the response to those numbers?

    Clearly they didnt follow a 7 year trophy drought but how long would he have been given before being written off.

    Have we not known Arsene long enough to be proven wrong about so much of our talent.

    Raddy I actually think Kos could get in ahead of Toure.

  94. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I don’t think Kos would work as well with Sol but you may be right. I guess part of my point was that it was a “team” and Kolo’s pace was an essential part of that defence.

  95. RockyLives says:

    Chavs winning 2-0 at Fulham 😦

  96. evonne says:

    lovely goal from Diamy, loveeeely

  97. RockyLives says:

    Beauty.

    And the goal πŸ™‚

  98. evonne says:

    Rocky – if Chavs can beat Fulham, so can we. They are shit

    And so are ManU, West ham REALLY deserve 3 points tonight

  99. evonne says:

    GM – you and your bat comment made me chuckle πŸ™‚ I don’t think Moyes is an ugly wanker, but would hit him for yesterday’s filth

    Heeeey, what a shot from RvP πŸ™‚ He is going down the hill, fast

  100. evonne says:

    bastard, I am off to bed 😦

  101. Why is cup final on at 5-30 this year
    Nit that I’d watch it crap final

  102. Big Raddy

    I think you’re misinterpreting my post to GIE in a big way.
    Read his post that GIE addressed to me at 4.05 pm, middle para.
    That’s the issue I was attempting to deal with. That is, “were we a dirty side?”
    The subject was not “moving to a new stadium”.

    I’m 100% aware of all the things you have just listed that you suggest I ignored. I’m also 100% in agreement with you. But they bear little or no relevance to GIE’s question.

    1. I replied in my post to GIE at 7.12pm suggesting we picked up a lot of cards etc particularly in the Vieira years, so, that’s EARLY-ish.

    2. I maintain that in the 8-season run my listed qualities(backbone, tenacity, steel, grit, determination, commitment, and the ability to β€˜mix it’ on equal terms) came to the fore. At no point have I said, or even implied, that was the only or main reason. Of course we had quality in abundance [in a technically gifted sense], but to coin a phrase from Red Arse : “so I didn’t put in the bleeding obvious” πŸ™‚ .

    3. Your para beginning “No-one can argue…” isn’t relevant to my reply to GIE at all. Also, the para seems to indicate that you think I’m in some way criticizing our lack of top two places… nothing could be further from the truth. I am highlighting the central section of the table for one reason – to show, or suggest (IMO) that the qualities I listed were so very important to that particular 8-year period.

    4. The 3rd section is separated not to complain about lack of success in that period. It’s actually separated to show where the successful period (above) ended.
    Note – that was for Shard’s benefit in reply to his post at 7.18pm. In all honesty I don’t even understand his post (2nd line) : “How relevant is 2005 to 2013?”

    5. You and Shard are going around the streets and houses, when my post is simply regarding “a dirty team, or not”.

    Finally, let me repeat what I wrote regarding the 3rd section of the table to try and clarify further :
    “I would question if we had/lacked those same qualities at times for periods of the third section.
    As regards this season and last I would say without hesitation that we have SERIOUSLY LACKED those same listed qualities.”

    Question for you (non-combative) : Do you think, in this season and last in particular, that we have shown the same level(s) of – “backbone, tenacity, steel, grit, determination, commitment, and the ability to β€˜mix it’ on equal terms” – as previous seasons?

    Personally, I don’t. And that’s the issue I was dealing with, or trying to πŸ™‚

    ps, If I appear to be a bit combative at the moment BR, I’m actually not. I’m just struggling with big posts when my keying speed is the equivalent of going up Mount Everest in 4th gear in a second-hand Ford Anglia.

  103. Hi evonne
    You say : “Rocky – if Chavs can beat Fulham, so can we. They are shit”

    Do me favour will you…Can you make sure Chas sees your comment, and if he gets uppity stand your ground.

  104. evonne says:

    Big Al – Chas always reads my comments, but seldom replies, so we can only assume he did see it πŸ™‚

  105. Big Raddy says:

    Big Al In reply to your question. No. πŸ˜€

    & it’s goodnight from me and goodnight from BR.

  106. chas says:

    Widow Twanky from Koh Samui,
    West Ham are shit, too, but that doesn’t mean that the mancs will beat them every time they play.

  107. Merseforever says:

    I don’t think football is like American sports where statistics of all sorts can be collected and are very useful in painting a pretty clear picture of a player’s contribution.

    Drogba unlike GIroud, used to bully centre halves physically, even in his first season. Everyone says Giroud is physical but I cannot recall a single time this season where over the course of a match he has physically imposed himself. He doesn’t have that mentality and is far too fragile and weak. Plus Drogba was much quicker. The thing with Giroud, is I don’t see what else he has in his locker. With Drogba, Henry and Dennis and Bobby (all players who if looked at statistically had first seasons comparable to Giroud) you could see the flashes of brilliance and that they had something extra in their locker. I have seen no such indication from Giroud. I really don’t think he can get any better other than being a bit more clinical.

  108. Evonne… Mr Uppity’s arrived on cue…

  109. weedonald says:

    Rasp…we”d have won only if we had scored more than them….so when Giroud finally gets his timing and shot precision right, we’ll be beating a lot of teams we now struggle against. Everton played tightly and on an equal footing with us but were more brutal about it! That doesn’t win games but it can steal points.

  110. Gooner In Exile says:

    Not

  111. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning all,
    Back in my regular chair πŸ™‚
    Right, where are we. How’s the dreaded postage in-box?

  112. Gooner In Exile says:

    No ones mentioned Micky….I’ll check it.

  113. Gooner In Exile says:

    Couple of new ones in draft it would appear. Doesn’t mean they’re ready for posting.

    As you know Micky always good to have a couple in reserve

  114. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Exile,
    Have to say that I’m seriously impressed with your blogging input given that you manage to run your own business on top of midnight milking!
    That said, nothing is truer than if you want something done, ask someone who is busy.

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo good, as it would have been a bit rushed for today as I’m on the school run very soon. Will do a couple anyhow.
    Thought of you while I was at the NEC as there were many garage forecourt type of stands in the hall I was in.

  116. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    My draft post needs polishing and discarding!

    Disappointing results yesterday. I watched the first half of the Chelsea game and Fulham outplayed them yet went in 2 down.

    Same at MC, one moment of brilliance from Tevez and the Oilers get an undeserved win.

  117. evonne says:

    …and even worse Raddy, the Dutch traitor is scoring again. Just as I thought his career is over. All bad news.

  118. Gooner In Exile says:

    Micky it’s very easy with a smart phone thankfully.

    Agree Raddy last nights results couldn’t have been any worse for us, United need two wins to win league (unless City lose to Spuds on weekend even a draw in that game leaves United needing a point at our place). If United had won last night and Wigan had snatched something then it could’ve been over next Monday when Villa play United and they wouldn’t have been pushing for the win at our place).

    Then as well as Chavs getting 3 points Fulham will want to show more on Saturday for their home fans….although hopefully with PL football secured and no Europe to chase they are already on the beach.

  119. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evonne it was a spawn goal apparently (and he was probably offside) so along with the penalty doesn’t count as any sign of brilliance returning πŸ™‚

    More interesting last night was the Five Live team commenting on Rooneys demeanour being asked to play Centre Midfield. Seriously i hope that we can join the race to sign him, talk about putting a marker down I’d consider breaking the bank to do it.

  120. chas says:

    Secret footage of Evonne waiting for a bus.

  121. evonne says:

    Abba is not really my thing πŸ™‚

    I commented on Chavs beating Fulham 3:0 yesterday and saying that they were shit. I didn’t mean Fulham, I think Chavs are shit and if they can beat Fulham so can we

  122. evonne says:

    GiE – you alaways manage to cheer me up! So you think his career is over and he’ll be warming a bench next season?

    Giggs is still great, he will never retire. Some of the passes and crosses were sublime

  123. GoonerB says:

    LOL Chas. Evonne sure got some moves. Looking forward to seeing more of them at the AA X-mas party. Peaches has agreed to host it. Off to work ta-ra for now.

  124. Gooner In Exile says:

    Thinking of making the last home game….it’s been moved to a Tuesday night. Anyone else going?

  125. Rasp says:

    Morning GiE, peaches and I are hoping to be there. Wouldn’t it be great if we secured a CL place at that game …. I really don’t want it to go down to the last game of the season.

  126. Hi GiE – I’m going and have a ticket for a junior going at FV – although your little ‘un is probably not quite ready maybe one of the Didits or someone else’s youngsters would want to go.

  127. evonne says:

    GiE – have you realised that Stoke have a very good chance to be relegated??? Your mate Tony P could go down like a sack of spuds, wouldn’t that make you happy?

  128. Rasp says:

    Morning all …..

    …. New post …..

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