Fulham and a Naked Beautiful Lady

Anyone confident of coming away from Craven Cottage with 3 points?

What has changed? The Cottagers remain a club destined to be mid-table and one which we should beat both home and away. Is it really the lack of new signings which has reduced expectation? And if so, why? The team which smashed Fenerbahce are more than good enough to beat Fulham.

OK, we have central defensive problems and in Bent and Berbs Fulham have pace, experience and clinical finishers. But, Bent couldn’t get into the AV first X1 and Berbs despite being a great player is almost as old as his manager.

I would be exaggerating if I said I was confident but I see no reason why we cannot do well today. The performance in Turkey was very good, Sagna is the best right back converted to CB in to country (possibly the world), Cazorla should be over his jet lag , Giroud is banging them in, Theo is in fine form (well, he was for 45 minutes). Ramsey is in the form of his life. I could go on but you know the positives.

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And the negatives: Think back 7 days, plus Koscielny.

Fulham: They won at Sunderland with one shot on target. Bent’s arrival will certainly add some bite as will Scott Parker – are we the only club who haven’t signed him? (rhetorical question). Taraabbt is a strange player – capable of brilliance but never consistent, he has Bendtner-esque self-confidence, and perhaps this has held him back from becoming the superstar his early time at Spurs promised. I like Martin Jol and think he would be a fine short-term manager for us until one of PV4, DB10 or TH14 takes over the long-term reins post-Mr Wenger (but that is another discussion and post). Should Fulham win today it will be the first time in the PL that they have taken 6 points from their first two games.

Arsenal: The team almost picks itself. The only areas of doubt are Gibbs or a returning Monreal and Giroud/Podolski.

Gibbs has been playing well and deserves to keep his place – he can be rested on Tuesday.

Giroud despite having scored twice has not shown enough for me. Yes, he works hard and has yet to have a decent cross to attack but I want more (which is why we are looking for strikers). There must be something going on between AW and Pod. Such a strong player but he has yet to show his true form in the red and white – how much patience can AW have with him? From Podolski’s point of view, he hasn’t been given a decent run in the team in his chosen position. I question why Mr Wenger bought him if he really wanted a left-sided winger/back-up MF; it is clearly not Pod’s game who flourishes closer to the box.

It has been wonderful to see our Little Mozart finally get a run of injury-free games. He looks a terrific player and is showing just what we missed over the past few seasons. Stay fit, Tomas.

I expect Theo to run the ageing Riise ragged. Fulham will concentrate keeping him out, which should allow space for Ramsey to take the space created by the Fulham midfield assisting Riise

My team:

fulham v arse

The bench will be a little light and I cannot understand why Bendtner remains alienated. If fit, he must be an option whatever his difficulties with Arsenal. We pay him, he should play.

Yet to think of a theme so for today I will bring you a touch of my hometown.

The Little Mermaid statue who sits so prettily not 400m from my home celebrated her 100 year birthday yesterday. Created by the sculpture Edvard Eriksen, she was a gift from Carl Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg beer, to the city. The Little Mermaid is  a story written by Hans Christian Anderson and has been performed as a ballet, play, and of course, a Disney movie.

Jacobsen had been to the ballet to see The Little Mermaid performed and fell for the charms of the lead ballerina, Ellen Price. Thinking to himself, “how can I get to see this beautiful woman naked?”, he came up with the idea of creating a statue which would become the symbol of both Copenhagen and Denmark. Eriksen designed the mermaid and Jacobsen approached Ellen Price who told him to “sling his hook because she was a respected professional not some cheap trollop”. So, Eriksen used his wife as the model for the body and Price for the face.

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Hundreds of thousands visit her every year and almost everyone says “I knew she is called Little but I didn’t realise how little”.  Small but beautiful.

No need to stress the importance of a result today. Spurs play Swansea which is a home banker, Chavs already have two wins and to be 6 points behind them after just two games would be a poor start

We won at CC 1-0 at The Cottage last season and a scrappy victory it was, but I would love a similar scoreline today.

COYRRG

Written by Big Raddy

248 Responses to Fulham and a Naked Beautiful Lady

  1. LB says:

    I know there is a different time zone between the UK and Spain but I didn’t realise that it is so different that the transfer window had closed already there. In the UK it is still open and as Wenger has made clear; we are still trying to bring more players to the club.

    “Should have got them in earlier”, but you just don’t know what is going on or why deals cannot be concluded earlier. There isn’t a red button to be pressed to nullify the free will of the selling club and the player, everybody actually has to agree. (26)

    The most alarming thing about your comment Kelsey is you don’t seem to understand this most basic fact of football business.

    You criticise the club for not bringing in players earlier but then go on to recognise that world class strikers are “few and far between”.

    You constantly criticise the club for not informing the fans what is going on but please tell us how you expect the club to secure the best prices for players after making clear to the selling club that that is exactly Arsenal’s intention.

    Maybe it is the run of bad luck in your family, health wise or something that has made you only see thing from a very negative side. Maybe it is the fact that you are unable to attend games, I don’t know but I would like to know how I am supposed to attend games without looking at things from an upbeat angle.

  2. Hans says:

    Are You Danish my friend ?

  3. LB says:

    Thanks for the pre-match BR, always appreciated.

  4. kelsey says:

    You don’t have to repeat yourself,I have already replied LB. You are fast becoming a minority in the way fans think. Take a look around blog world,media, pundits et all.

    Your last paragraph is totally unnecessary and if you want to get personal write to me or remove it please.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Nej Hans, men jeg bor her i København

  6. Gooner In Exile says:

    As you say Raddy, the Cottage should not be a groud we fear, neither should Villa at home. But we do….one of the reasons is both sides have had the temerity to make life tough for us recently.

    I think outside the top 4 Villa may have beaten us the most at home?

    I can certainly remember 3 defeats to them at home in the last 4/5 years.

    The Cottage has not been a happy hunting ground for a while, we can’t give their fans an incentive, they do well to get behind their team at Fulham when their tails are up. Be it by red cards, or just giving them a sniff at a comeback.

    A flying start and early goals are important today.

  7. Big Raddy says:

    To see an example of what can happen if we publicise a transfer target see this article (very good one)

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/aug/23/tottenham-chelsea-willian

    They did the same to us with Mata.

  8. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I didn’t want to go further back than last season … it makes depressing reading!

  9. LB says:

    Kelsey

    The only reason I know that you and your family have had a bad run of luck health wise is because you tell everyone on this blog — all the time — and because of that I have no intention of taking it down.

    The blog world is skewed towards cynicism and is not representative of the vast majority of supporters go to the matches; in short, because you are no longer able to attend games you have a distorted view of Arsenal.

    And lastly Kelsey just remember how upset you get when no body responds to your comments?

    The saying, there is no pleasing some people, comes to mind.

  10. Rasp says:

    Great PM Raddy. I have seen The Little Mermaid in the flesh – make that bronze. I was on a school trip and we stopped off when travelling through the Baltic to Russia. I seem to remember that her head has been stolen a couple of times and retrieved and welded back on .. verify please 🙂

    On the matter of Fulham, I really have no idea. What impressed me against Fenerbahce was our work rate. We pressed the ball constantly. The ‘swarming’ was very good and we didn’t give them time to settle. That is usually what happens to us in the Prem so I hope our players aren’t still jaded from Wednesday and can produce the same intensity.

  11. Shard says:

    Sorry BR, will get back to the pre-match stuff in a bit.

    Kelsey

    Am I to infer from your comment that you feel Wenger intends to fool the fans?

    You may know things, and you point out flaws in the running of the club. PR doesn’t seem to be one of their best qualities, but do you really believe they are solely to blame for how the club is perceived?

    As far as I’m concerned, it is good to have some constructive criticism, but there is no way Arsenal is totally incompetent. The only reason people are even looking for signs of incompetence is because the club has been put under a microscope. Every action, utterance, or lack of them, is dissected and analysed no end. The starting point in any such examination seems to always be a desire to show failure. A club run incompetently does not finish in the top 4 of the PL for so many years running. Especially when you factor in what we’ve been up against.

  12. LB says:

    The Mata transfer instantly jumped to my mind when I noticed the Willian deal.

    Most people accept what happened in the Mata deal now but I was a lone voice in the wilderness defending Arsenal for ages on that one.

  13. LB says:

    I mean this sincerely, you have just made my day Shard, well up to the game anyway lol.

  14. kelsey says:

    What a nasty piece of work you are LB always have been and get some morbid pleasure in publically having a go at someone when they are down.
    Don’t need to respond as this is my final comment on AA.I am sure that will please you no end.

    Thanks for the all the hard work put in by others including of course Rasp and peaches.

  15. Shard says:

    BR

    Did you know the Danes had a few small colonies in India for nearly a century? There’s your historical link with my country 🙂

    I think we’ll beat Fulham today. I don’t think Webb will affect the game as much as Taylor did. However, our midfield has to show a lot of discipline and protect the defense. Bent, Berbatov, Ruiz and Tarrabt are a good attacking force.

    Fulham tend to not be as good at defense though, so maybe we could put them under pressure early by scoring. We’ll require 90+ minutes of concentration and hard work. Fatigue might play a role.

    It’ll be tight, but we’ll win. 2-0 I think, with the 2nd goal coming late as we play on the counter.

  16. LB says:

    Kelsey

    “Nasty piece of work”

    You wrote a critical comment on Arsenal to which I simply responded.

    You get upset when people don’t comment and now you get upset when people do.

  17. LB says:

    I just noticed this

    “You get a morbid pleasure in publically having a go at people when they are down”

    This is you Kelsey talking about Arsenal, it’s you mate, I couldn’t have put this better if I had tried.

    Yes, people take offense to having something they love being kicked when it is down and you never miss an opportunity to kick Arsenal.

  18. Kgooner says:

    @LB i think there was a better way to get your point across without resulting to getting personal. It came out as provocative.

  19. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you

    A good pre-match BR, all the salient points well covered. The starting eleven just about picks itself as the squad is so thin. While on the subject of thin squads, ours could be about to get thinner still as there is talk of Podolski going back to Germany on loan.

    I’m not sure what the problem between LB and Kelsey is, but the former’s comments @ 9.46 seem a bit over the top, I thought we tried to remain friendly and polite even if we do disagree with the views expressed by others. It is sad to see a degree of nastiness creeping in.

    Back to the game, I’m looking forward to a continuation of the good form exhibited in Istanbul, if Giroud can up his game a bit we should have no trouble gaining the three points on offer.

  20. LB says:

    KG

    Which bit would you say was personal, bearing in mind that I have been blogging with Kelsey for over five years?

  21. Big Raddy says:

    I take time to write a considered and hopefully entertaining post and you two (LB/Kelsey) don’t even bother to discuss it, Thanks.

    kelsey. You know my opinion about blogging – it has to be fun. Hope you return to what is your home site at some point in the future.

    Rasp. Only beheaded the once. She now has a titanium neck!

  22. LB says:

    BR, I already said thank you, maybe you didn’t notice.

    LB says:

    August 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for the pre-match BR, always appreciated.

  23. Shard says:

    Blog War —————————————————————— Me
    (20 Foot Pole)

    Does anyone else think David Moyes and ManU are looking even more desperate than Arsenal? (Yes I know they won. They didn’t have a London born chump as a referee) Moyes’ public attempts to sign Fabregas. The Rooney issue. Moyes almost begging Everton to let him buy their players by ‘doing the right thing’. Even ManU struggle to shop at the top end of the market now. Why should we expect Arsenal to have an easy ride?

    Moyes was a weird choice for them though. Was it just about having a Scot in charge? There were surely bigger and better managers around. Oh well. That’s their concern. Just seems strange.

  24. LB says:

    Shard

    My guess is that Moyes is on a win, win situation with Baines and Fellaini. If he signs them he improves the squad and if he doesn’t and things don’t go as planned he can always cry the board never helped me.

    I think it is a bit early, hopefully things will get worse for them.

  25. Kgooner says:

    @LB the bit about misfortune in his family crossed the line. His reaction is clear evidence of this fact.

    Whatever your defence, it is plain stubborn not admitting you hurt is feelings and should apologize.

    Ps: ive been on this blog for over 1.5 seasons. Not much. I am well aware of kelseys minority view and hard positions on a lot of issues. But its irrelevant in this case.

  26. Norfolk Gooner says:

    LB,

    I don’t think BR was asking for thanks, just that you actually discuss the post, did you get out of bed the wrong side this morning?

  27. Big Raddy says:

    LB Oooops 🙂

  28. Shard, I think Moyes is being restricted on his spending, I think SAF knew it was coming and knew the age of his squad, and realised how difficult it would be to keep up with the Jones’s.

    Moyes has made some pretty disgraceful comments (imo) about Everton restricting Fellaini’s and Baines’ development. Someone needs to remind him of his own disgust at the way Lescott was chased down by City a few years back.

    The reason I think he is being restricted on spending is the value they are allegedly offering for the pair. If we had made that bid what would have been said by the media?

  29. Big Raddy says:

    Can we please get back to football?

    We don’t want to lose two valuable (and original) bloggers.

  30. LB says:

    KG

    I hope you saw Kelsey’s original comment, yet again criticising the club.

    I am at a loss to know why he does this, my only guess as to why he sees things so negatively is because of personal circumstances.

    It is a view I still hold.

  31. LB says:

    NG

    Yes, I agree but sometimes comments run over from the previous day.

    I love Arsenal, I don’t like people attacking the club when it is down and I will defend it — vigorously.

    OK, I have made my point, I will move on.

  32. chas says:

    Thanks for the pre-match, BR. Pitch perfect as usual.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if we pinched Fellaini from under Gollum’s nose? Much would be forgiven.

    I’ve never been on the boat trip, peaches. I’d definitely like to one year though. I could have got tickets for today (as we have 10 plus away credits) but completely forgot they had gone on sale. Ant is in Los Angeles, he still could have reminded me though. 🙂

  33. Shard says:

    LB

    I don’t think Moyes has garnered enough goodwill to be able to play that game.

    GIE
    I agree with you. Which is why Ferguson wanted to get out while ahead. He might also have got Moyes in, so as to either, maintain indirect control, or as I think more likely, to not let someone else come in and do well instantly after him. Sounds far fetched maybe, but I think it is certainly possible. But don’t forget Ferguson also failed in his attempts to sign a midfielder like Lucas Moura, and had to rely on Scholes to come back.

  34. Kgooner says:

    LB

    i get it. Still, not at his family. From what i understood he has been through a lot with his family.

    Let us drop it. I think some other day you’ll be wiser in your choice of phrase.

  35. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Thanks Big Randy

    For me the key is how Fulham go about there pressing game. Our nemesis in recent years is the employment of this tactic. When it is operated correctly against us our passing game goes to pot and we seem to lack an alternative.

    In addition,the loss of the ball after been harrased in the middle tends to leave us vulnreble positionly from counter attacks

    So if Fulham get it right, then it will be a difficult afternoon which quite frankly could go either way. If they get it wrong our quality will tell and we will comfortably.

    The only way to finaly get this monkey of our back is to have front players that can do something special when the team is not functioning.

    ironic realy, that beautiful players like Suarez and Di Maria are the type that can make you win ugly

  36. evonne says:

    lovely prematch Raddy, generously dotted with large dozes of optimism, just what I like to see 🙂

    I agree about Jol, a good man and an excellent manager. Not sure about your plans for our future manager though. TH14? You’d be voting for Tony Adams next 🙂

    Berbatov , Duff and Riise were good players, but are getting on a bit, so I cannot see them outplaying our energetic lads. That is if they don’t fall asleep as we have seen them doing from time to time last season.

    Who is refereeing? Shouldn’t this be our biggest concern?

    .

  37. Morning from Swansea
    Just rung Bt sport as the arse are on it today I asked how much to upgrade to bt sport.
    The bloke said £12 a month I all ready pay £70 a month for sky any chance of a discount I said,no he replied so I said stick it up your arsenal and hung up
    I will stream the game.
    Sheepy .
    Ps be nice to each other life’s to short to argue .

  38. fatgingergooner says:

    The problem with our pressing game is that we don’t see it enough! One week we are chasing every ball in packs, the next we are sat off. Id like to say its tactical but I don’t think it is.

    Hopefully we can muster the energy to hunt in packs today. If Rambo, TR7 and Jack start then we have a good chance as they are our 3 best ‘hunters’ IMO.

    It’s going to be a tough game and one I’m not overly confident about as my early morning comments would suggest! Far too negative for some! 🙂

    I would like to think its not a must win, but all PL games are. It’s going to be a tight season and every point will count. Hope the boys do us proud.

  39. I will be happy with a draw but it’s going to tight like the wife’s purse,
    Sheep

  40. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sheepy, I had same call, so phoned Sky. Sky gave me some discounts to make the £15 per month saving….don’t forget to add £3 for HD.

    Virgin have negotiated a deal with BT to give their customers BT Sports at no extra cost. If you are in a Virgin Cable area that would be my opening gambit 🙂

  41. Evonne the ref is Howard Webb so it say in the paper
    Sheep

  42. Sav from Australia says:

    The referees and their cheating ways make me nervous. If the referee is fair Arsenal will win this. If the referee does like last Saturday…more difficult. I am still confident. Although, pre-match drinks in Sydney started a few hours ago, so maybe thats just the rum talking.

  43. JanMan says:

    Sorry to see the blog has got personal today. With all due respect if Kelsey does not want anyone to make a comment in reference to his personal life then he should not be posting those comments on a football blog. Sorry but I see no wrong in LB’s comments. With that said Kelsey is a respected poster with valid views although he does continuesly bang the same drum and he does get upset whenever someone challenges him. The blog world is just for fun and not a real representation of all supporters views. As for Flammini, of course he is not the player we are expecting but he is a quality utility player that can cover many positions. I just wish that people would leave the transfer speculations alone until the window is closed and then make any necessary comments. The window throughout the European leagues is open until 02 September so lets’ wait until then. Three points today at Fulham come on you Gunners.

  44. JanMan says:

    Thanks for a good post Big Raddy

  45. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Your lucky Sheepy. My wife has a wallet, ime the one with the purse and theres nothing it.

    Well, apart from an old train ticket and a small note saying that if i am ever suffer from amnesia please do not return me to the wife.

  46. Ta GIE yes we do have virgin cable in Swansea but not many virgins just slappers.

  47. Prince Paprika says:

    As always Raddy, great pre-match thank you.

    What is up with Poldi? its a WC year, his stats and returns in all competitions are great considering he is a non starter. Surely he gets some decent game time against Fulham, otherwise im afraid it could be the beginning of the end? Injury? Geez, i hoped for more and despite the shouts of ‘he is lazy’, i quite rate him and believe he could have a solid Arsenal career.

    COYRRG

  48. GoonerB says:

    Nice report raddy. I am more hoping for a powerful and comfortable win. Something that says villa was only a blip and that this team is poised for silverware. In the last week of the tw i want any top player considering joining us to see us as a top side. We would all take a scrappy win if needs be but that would still feed the media with negative ammo thst we are still a long way from matching the other top sudes. I would like to shut their negativity up for this week and feel a convincing win can do this.
    I think if rambo and santi have their shooting boots on today the comfortable win will happen. I visualise as you say raddy theo being more a supplier from the right side today and him and jenks giving riise a torrid time and santi and jack arriving in the box to get on the end of the cut backs and burying them.

  49. LB says:

    I find it hard to believe that we will have as much bad luck as we did against Villa but maybe not quite as much good luck against Fener.

    A hard fought 2-1 win to the good guys, it is then.

  50. GunnerN5 says:

    TEAM NEWS: Podolski and Jenkinson start

    Arsène Wenger has made two changes to his team for this afternoon’s trip to Fulham in the Premier League.

    Carl Jenkinson comes in for the suspended Laurent Koscielny while Lukas Podolski replaces Jack WIlshere, who is on the bench.

    Meanwhile, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem is named among the substitutes.

    Team in full: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker (c), Sagna, Gibbs, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud

    Substitutes: Fabianski, Monreal, Frimpong, Zelalem, Wilshere, Gnabry, Sanogo

    Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc.

  51. Belfastgooner says:

    I’d be delighted with a scrappy 1-0 again, but as long as we’ve no other injuries I’d take a draw with a win against the Spuds. LB how did the Pyrennes trip go?

  52. LB says:

    Belfast

    How good to hear from you, I am off next Saturday……..I will miss the spud game, bad planning on my behalf.

  53. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Raddy,

    Thank you for your usual high quality pre game. You may have inadvertently found your theme for 2013/14 – statues and their sculptors.

    I look at the Little Mermaid every day, my wife and myself sitting on the rock, I have the picture hanging in my home office.

    Loved Copenhagen a great city, we enjoyed a canal tour, a walking tour and then sailed off on a Baltic cruise, stopping at the Isle of Gotland, then on to Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and then finally Stockholm – wonderful trip and fantastic pictures and memories.

  54. LB says:

    Well, with Podolski in for Wilshere we have to view the team as being more attack minded.

    Rosicky must have been told to play deeper. This should be interesting.

  55. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon all,

    BR – I like Jol too and honestly when he was in charge of Sp*** was when I was most worried about them, luckily they f€cked it all up by letting Oneday Ramos take over

  56. GunnerN5 says:

    Our lack of depth is highlighted by our bench today 3 out of the 7 players have zero to minimal EPL experience. But I realize that you can only get that experience by firstly being on the bench and then playing – hopefully in substitute situations with us being in a winning position.

  57. Rob Lucci says:

    Thanks for your Valuable match report BR.

    I thought Rosicky is the vice to the vice captain? So technically, doesnt he supposed to be the captain?

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Rob,

    It’s my belief that Mertesacker is our best Captain and he will retain the arm band even after Vermaelen is back.

  59. evonne says:

    harold webb. Did Moyes replace him with his own man or is he still a manyoo man?

  60. Gooner In Exile says:

    I have to take issue with you Mr Paprika….

    Don’t worry you’re not the first to mention it, it’s just the first time I’ve had a chance to respond.

    “What is up with Poldi? its a WC year, his stats and returns in all competitions are great considering he is a non starter. Surely he gets some decent game time against Fulham, otherwise im afraid it could be the beginning of the end?”

    You see the problem here is the problem AW faces when thinking how best to add to the squad. We all want first team quality players in our squad of 25 but when one of those players sits on the bench we all think he should be released or will want to go elsewhere.

    What do we do? Only have second choice players who are a level beneath the first team requirement? If so we can’t complain when they don’t play as well as the regular in his position.

  61. Gooner In Exile says:

    Jenks should have been a bit quicker to that

  62. Gooner In Exile says:

    Would love to see us get a better understanding from Oli’s flicks, players seem to gamble randomly rather than with any idea of where Oli tries to flick.

  63. evonne says:

    it could be My type of the game peaches 🙂

  64. Gooner In Exile says:

    Great reaction from the big man…..fox in the box?

    Good start to the game, good pace about us.

  65. RockyLives says:

    Get in!

    Slight element of luck but Ollie took that really well.

  66. Gooner In Exile says:

    Theo switched off there, well saved by TPIG

  67. RockyLives says:

    Great pre-match BR

    Nice mermaid stuff.

    What about famous monuments/statues of the cities whose teams we’re playing?

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    Good fortune followed by a good finish, 3 game 3 goals for Giroud who continues his pre season scoring form.

    Do we really need another striker or would we be better off reinforcing our defense?

  69. RockyLives says:

    Well done Szcz

    Picking up where he left off against Fener.

  70. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh boy does that mean a red card is on the horizon for Ramsey?

  71. Gooner In Exile says:

    Theo in a rush to take corners…the centre backs weren’t even up when he took that.

  72. evonne says:

    Rocky – I mailed Raddy with pictures of statues of Warsaw. I had in mind statues from towns of our players. We still think too alike for comfort 🙂

  73. evonne says:

    GN5 – don’t say that!! Forget about Higuain, Suarez and Benzema; we should have made Webb our number 1 transfer target this summer

  74. Gooner In Exile says:

    Silly silly foul

  75. RockyLives says:

    Gn5
    Wouldn’t surprise me. We’ve been fouled a few times – some given as free kicks some not – then Ramsey makes his first foul and gets booked.

    It’s what refs always do to us.

    Evonne
    Aren’t they all grim pieces of Communist triumphalism in Warsaw? 🙂

  76. evonne says:

    I see Riise and I see Alan Smith’s leg, brrrrrr
    Glad he didn’t take it

  77. RockyLives says:

    Need to keep Santi away from the defensive areas.

  78. Gooner In Exile says:

    I need to understand why the mentality in the team in PL football is go a goal up and try and shut up shop…..surely they would prefer to push for a second rather than try and soak up the pressure?

    Need to get back on front foot.

  79. GunnerN5 says:

    For some reason Santi is not having the same dynamic impact he had last season.

  80. evonne says:

    too much paella GN5

  81. RockyLives says:

    Pod needs to be more involved.

    Evonne 🙂

  82. Big Raddy says:

    Gibbs should have buried that. We had so many players in the box

  83. Gooner In Exile says:

    Explain how neither Berba or Riise have been booked.

  84. Gooner In Exile says:

    GET IN!!!!

  85. Great goal …….. It was coming 🙂

  86. GunnerN5 says:

    Rocky is that what you meant?

  87. evonne says:

    pod got involved!!
    definitely my type of a game 🙂

  88. RockyLives says:

    That sort of involvement will do just fine from Pod 😀

    Beat finisher in the squad.

  89. Gooner In Exile says:

    Or should that be A-Haaa!

  90. Rubbish referee 😉

  91. Big Raddy says:

    Beautiful finish from the German.

    COYRRG

  92. RockyLives says:

    *best

  93. 2 up, time to ask if anyone wants to write the match report 😉

  94. RockyLives says:

    That should have been number three

  95. Gooner In Exile says:

    Good half, dubious middle spell but 2-0 is good, probably take Rambo off to take away temptation for Webb.

  96. Big Raddy says:

    Oooh that was close shame about Pod’s final ball.

    Jol looking furious. Great. Hpe he gives Parker,who has been Spurs (useless) the hairdryer

  97. GunnerN5 says:

    Rocky – keep telling us who should be more involved – it seems to have a magic effect.

  98. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE, that’s a good idea Frimpong could become our holding MF.

  99. Irishgunner says:

    Impressed so far in awful conditions – solid at the back, Rambo controlling midfield – just hoping he doesn’t make any silly fouls – and Poldi and Gorgeous working hard up front. Gotta keep it up second half.

    The commentary on BT is just dire …….

  100. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Cracking pre match Randy….

    I love the additional info and educational value of a Big Randy pre match.

    Decent first half from the good guys, shame that its only 2-0 not 3-0. My hope now is that we catch them on the break a few more times in the 2nd half.

  101. Prince Paprika says:

    Fulham should be 4 down. we’ve won the first half,all we gotta do is win or draw the second half and the 3 points are ours.

    GiE@12.47pm,

    Maybe you got out of the wrong side of bed. I dont know why you have to take issue with me when im only stating the obvious. Any blind bat can see we need to strengthen our squad numbers, with Gerv gone and Ox out, and that is just one position where we are short.
    In regards to Poldi, i just questioned possible reasons as to why Poldi has been left wanting on the bench, and with Reus challenging him for a starting berth the rumours of him going on loan to Schalke made sense with talk of Wenger looking at a few wingers. Nothing more.

    Lets keep the concentration levels up, bury our chances and take this baby home.

    COYRRG!

  102. Gooner In Exile says:

    Indeed GN5, a mobile strictly DM would give our fullbacks more licence to play forward.

    Due to the camera angle at Craven Cottage and the tightness of the pitch it is easy to see why Villa’s penalty happened last week.

    When Sz gets ball in his hands both BFG and Sagna split as wide as possible (in my day this would be the full backs job). The full backs push on and the midfield drop short to receive the ball, the midfielder then has to be very accurate with his pass as any giving away of possession leaves us overexposed.

    This is why we probably won’t ever buy the De Jong or Parker type of DM as they are not good enough with ball at feet.

  103. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Hey Irish, its Michael Owen right. My other stream was a bit jittery and that ones better, so I guess I;m stuck with him.

    Other stream had Stewart Robson…who’s actually being quite sensible…for a change !!

  104. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Oh, and hey to all my old pals at AA

  105. Gooner In Exile says:

    Prince like I said at the time you were the first to mention it today amid other comments I have seen here and on twitter. So I was taking issue with the concept/opinion in general.

    I am not saying we shouldn’t be strengthening the squad I was just highlighting the problems with squad building that comes from us fans wanting the best players/good enough for regular first team football, and then wondering whether they will be happy on the bench.

  106. Gooner In Exile says:

    Good to see you Sharkey…..lets hope we all enjoy the second half as much as the first.

  107. Irishgunner says:

    SSG – Yeah Owen and Mark Halsey to give “expert opinion”

  108. Gooner In Exile says:

    Irish whilst the commentary is not awe inspiring I’m glad they seem to be trying to be less sensationalist, and I like Halsey’s little ” Refs view” pieces.

  109. Big Raddy says:

    Hey to yoou SSG. Always good to see your gravatar

  110. RockyLives says:

    Watcha Sharkey 🙂

  111. Gooner In Exile says:

    Fletcher’s problem is his ex radio so presently doesn’t understand he can talk a bit less.

  112. evonne says:

    ex spud, typical

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Another fine save from TPIG

  114. Gooner In Exile says:

    Holding my breath every time Rambo is chasing back to win possession.

  115. GunnerN5 says:

    Santi has been brilliant in the 2nd half!

  116. evonne says:

    he heard you GN5 🙂
    They all look confident and sharp

  117. Another fantastic goal from Poldi 🙂

  118. Gooner In Exile says:

    Cracking strike Poldi, great play out of the back, top hold up play from Giroud.

  119. Big Raddy says:

    Fantastic goal with a fabulous finish. OG’s control was amazing

  120. RockyLives says:

    Definitely the beat finisher in the squad 🙂

    Classy play by Ollie, Theo, Santi and finally Pod.

  121. GiE – agree with you about Rambo, thought Jack was going to come on for him but it’s Gorgeous going off 😉

  122. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sloppy

  123. Big Raddy says:

    Bloody Berbs and Bent

  124. evonne says:

    Bent supposed to be a Gunner

  125. Gooner In Exile says:

    In any other league in Europe 3-0 is done and dusted, not the EPL.

  126. evonne says:

    some ‘supporters’ still think that Per is not a good defender

    Aaron MotM 🙂

  127. evonne says:

    i am ready for next Sunday

  128. RockyLives says:

    That’ll do nicely.

    Now maybe more people will see last week’s loss for what it was: a one-off, greatly influenced by appalling refereeing.

    We still need to strengthen the squad though 🙂

  129. Big Raddy says:

    Excellent 3 points.

    Well played lads.

    Mertesacker was superb today.

  130. RockyLives says:

    Not one of our players was under par today.

  131. RockyLives says:

    BR
    The BFG is usually superb.

  132. Gooner In Exile says:

    Cracking performance….everyone did their jobs. It’s performances like today and Wednesday night that make you realise why it has been so important this sol unmet to not lose any key men. An understanding is developing between the players.

  133. Gooner In Exile says:

    Summer = Sol unmet apparently.

  134. RockyLives says:

    The co-commentator (here is North America) is already doing the “Fulham are not very good so the win doesn’t really mean anything.”

    Just like Fenerbahce are “not very good” so beating them 3-0 at their place is not really an achievement.

    If we were ManUre or the Chavs it would be a “thoroughly professional performance.”

  135. chas says:

    BR, I vote that this season’s pre-match theme is a naked beautiful lady with each write-up. 🙂

  136. Big Raddy says:

    As good as Ramsey was today, Cazorla was my MoM. The man has magic feet

  137. chas says:

    I had Russian commentary throughout and enjoyed every word of it.

  138. Irishgunner says:

    Thought Sagna had a good game too given he was out of position, may a few interceptions and we never looked trouble – Chesney looked more comfortable too.

    That touch from Gorgeous 😉 for the 2nd Poldi goal was sexy.

  139. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Kissesbackatcha FHWP

  140. Shard says:

    A very good performance, and well done to the away support. Our team really does seem to enjoy playing away from home more these days. Some of the attacking play was brilliant today. Defensively, I think we still have some issues to sort out in midfield. Arteta is missed. But like Rocky says, none of our players underperformed today. Very happy.

  141. Shard says:

    Oh and Webb was Webb, in the sense that he’s not very good. But he wasn’t atrocious in anything, and he was equally ‘not very good’ for both sides. Didn’t have any big calls to make, and didn’t tilt the game with the smaller calls.

  142. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Very happy with the 3pts.

    Even happier to see quality like Wilshere coming from the bench considering how well our MF had performed to that point.

    The rotational play of our MF3 today makes it difficult to pin down the sort of DM that Arsene will be looking at. It adds a lot of logic to our bid for Cabaye though.

    I;d still like to see a Diame sized pure destroyer added to our squad, for ‘special occasions’

  143. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Shard…thats all you can ask for from a referee, ie don’t be shocking and don’t show any obvious bias

  144. chas says:

    Strange stat.

  145. Shard says:

    Sharkey

    That might be too much of a luxury signing 😀

  146. RockyLives says:

    Shard
    I think what you’re trying to say is that Webb had a good game.

    I know it sounds odd – but it’s true and we should give credit where it’s due.

  147. RockyLives says:

    For example when Ramsey, already on a yellow, was (wrongly) penalized for handball in the second half, Webb just gave a free kick to Fulham.

    Last week’s ref would have given a FC to Fulham and second yellow to Ramsey.

  148. Shard says:

    Sharkey

    Exactly. And look what the result was. And the performance too. Even more than that, I enjoyed watching the game, because it was a game between two teams rather than the referee playing an active role.

  149. RockyLives says:

    Tough call for MOTM

    BFG, Ramsey, Santi, Gibbs and Pod are all contenders – which is a great position to be in.

    Thought Szcz (of whom I am often critical) was excellent again today.

  150. Shard says:

    Haha. Rocky. Yeah, that’s what I meant.

  151. Shard says:

    I don’t know about Man Of the Match today. Everyone seemed to contribute. But at one point in the game, when Fulham were dominant and threatening, I was very thankful for Bacary Sagna.

    In one passage of play, some Fulham player (can’t remember who, nor when) almost produced a carbon copy of Agbonlahor’s run through our midfield and defense, only for Sagna to run across on the cover and tackle. Did I say I love Sagna? Well. I do.

  152. Shard says:

    So Cabaye still not involved for Newcastle. Hmmmm

  153. Gooner In Exile says:

    Okay can we give a team MotM?

    Was actually very impressed with Theo today, he was very quick to support the balls up to Oli in the second half.

    But for me it’s a four way tie between Santi, Rambo, BFG and Szczesny.

  154. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Yep! That was a carry-over from Wednesday, I must confess that I was doubtful about Wenger’s choice of Podolski to start, but once again he proves just how little I know.

    Ramsey was a bit below par for me, a bit tired maybe, Cazorla was my MotM. All action and his quick feet can dribble the ball out of tight corners.

    At the risk of earning the wrath of a loyal blogger I have a criticism of Wenger, why does he never move onto the touchline to get ideas across to his players? Even on Wednesday while Koscielny was receiving treatment for a lengthy time he spent that time complaining to the fourth official, he could have been passing on instructions about the reshuffle. Now I don’t want to see him acting like certain other managers but a bit more interaction with his players might prove worthwhile.

    Right I’m now getting under the table to wait for the bombs to burst around me.

  155. RockyLives says:

    Agreed about Theo, GiE
    He has turned into a real quality player.

  156. Irishgunner says:

    I love how Santi does that left foot to right foot shuffle to control the ball and take it away from the opposition at the same time

  157. chas says:

    NG,
    There is a school of thought that Wenger doesn’t believe in bellowing at the players from the touchline.

    Everything is planned before the game. This accounts for the substitutions at specific times during the game. Different substitutions for different scenarios. Subs are used to slow the game down if we are winning, i.e the three today made at different times. Nacho would be given some playing time so he could play on Tuesday instead of Gibbs etc etc.

    I honestly think Wenger would regard it as knee-jerk if he made a triple substitution at half time (even though Mourinho has pulled it off before).

    What instructions could he have added about the reshuffle on Wednesday after making it known that Jenks would be right back and Mertesacker would shift to the left CB position to accommodate Bacary?

    I am in 100% agreement about the haranguing of the 4th official though. Utterly pointless except to let off a bit of steam maybe?

  158. chas says:

    I wonder if Sniffer enjoyed our second victory in a few days.
    Probably not, I suspect.

  159. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Levi,

    Are you asking Mr Magoo who gave the MotM award to Ramsey? Or are you asking Mr Magoo if he gave the MotM award to Ramsey?

    Try a little punctuation. 🙂

  160. evonne says:

    it’s raining goals Halleluya, it’s raining goals!!!
    you know what that means guys? We don’t need another striker 🙂

  161. mickydidit89 says:

    Bollocks
    Just raced back to my tent to catch the second half live on AA.
    Must do this sort of thing more often 🙂
    Yippee. Three lovely beautiful points.
    Join you all Tuesday.

  162. evonne says:

    Peaches – this signing would please you no doubt:

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  163. evonne says:

    can anybody get the air freshener out please, it stinks here

  164. evonne says:

    link didn’t work 😦 Yoann Gourcuff is on his way to the Ems

  165. Rasp says:

    Terrific performance and deserved victory. AW may have a diffficult decision because Sagna and Per ,make a very solid CB pairing. I’m not really considering TV in the equation, but can kozzer play DM I wonder?

  166. Rob Lucci says:

    Yay! a win.

    I think that Wenger decided to put more time during the pre-season to build the chemistry and dynamic of his team rather than focusing too much with the BackUp signing.

    That’s why even without a DM or Arteta we still boss the midfield today.

  167. Rob Lucci says:

    levi are you from Stoke?

  168. Rob Lucci says:

    Rasp,

    In my opinion I dont think Wenger ever considered to play Koscielny or Vermaelen as a DM because their stamina and range of passing is not at a level a DM should be.

    I think thats the reason he shift Kolo Toure and Lauren to CB and RB respectively from central midfielder position.

    and watching how our midfield interchange position tonight I dont think either Vermaelen or Koscielny can do that for 90 minutes.

  169. Big Raddy says:

    Lots of hits for a Saturday. Wonder why 😉

  170. LB says:

    Rasp/Peaches

    There is a report in drafts should you need.

    Rocky, I will say thank you now lol

  171. Ramsey superb performance yet again
    Well played

  172. kelsey says:

    Raddy

    I feel I ought to come back and defend myself.

    Firstly I wrote a long comment BEFORE your post went up which funnilly enough peaches agreed with.

    LB then literally launched into me with venom and then decided to REPOST what he said to me earlier ,adding a totally uncalled for paragraph about my and my family personal problems just to turn the knife, AFTER your post had gone up.He knew exactly what he was doing.

    To the best of my knowledge I hadn’t mentioned anything other than Arsenal related issues,today, so as far as I am concerned I can only apologise for something which was out of my hands.

    Janman

    I also don’t need a character reference from you. Who told you to stick your nose in. I am a founder member of this site and you know next to nothing about me.

    I am fairly consistent in my views and if you or anyone doesn’t agree with my comments that is absolutely fine.Either answer with some respect or ignore the comment.

    I thought as a unit we played very well today under testing conditions and Santi was my man of the match.I would have liked to see Podolski and Giroud play the full ninety minutes as both must have grown in confidence with their display. Podolski has such a lethal left foot, adds balance to the left side and gave us more balance.I do understood why they were subbed but in Podolski’s case he has hardly plyed this past week.

  173. Rasp says:

    Levi is the ‘T’ …. ignore

  174. evonne says:

    poo, I was sure Sturridge was going to miss the opportunity

  175. dandan says:

    Rasp, interesting combination of letters to form “Levi” don’t you think? could just as easy have been “Vile or Evil” quite appropriate really.

  176. RockyLives says:

    True dan dan

    Or “evli”

  177. Rasp says:

    😆 It must be so disappointed that we’ve scored 6 goals and convincingly won 2 ion a row!

  178. Big Raddy says:

    However you spell it, the man is a ****

  179. Have we ever had a welsh player as good as Ramsey before.?
    I can’t remember any but I’m only 49
    Sheep

  180. dandan says:

    Kelsey my friend, glad you were able to enjoy the game, didn’t you think Ramsey and Theo both had stormers again and I do like Sagna at CB. Perhaps we are not half as bad, as some would have we are. 🙂

  181. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Has Podolski ever played 90 minutes for us. Last season he was the most subbed player in the PL (I think!)

  182. John Hairston don’t count as he was not that good
    Sorry John

  183. Big Raddy says:

    Wasn’t Kelsey Welsh?

  184. dandan says:

    Mel Charles could play a bit Sheep, but lived in the shadow of his brother John.

  185. JanMan says:

    Kelsey: Reference my 11.38 post. Where exactly was I being disrespectful to you? Again you have only proved the point that you cannot take any form of criticism nor do you like it if anyone challenges you. It is you who in fact comes back with the snippy remarks. Personally I do not care if you are a founder member of this site or not, what does that have to do with anything. Blogging is meant to be fun and people air their opinions on a blog that’s it nothing more. Perhaps you should stop taking everything so personal. I do wish you and your family all of the best for your future and that things start going better for you soon.You are right, in the future I will simply ignore your comments.

  186. kelsey says:

    Raddy as if you didn’t know 🙂

    I think you are right about Podolski but he was carrying an injury the back end of last season.We will see.

    dandan, yes indeed Ramsey continued his excellent form and Theo scored havoc and I may have to eat my words about him. Szsney also will have gained a lot of confidence and I doubt we will be buying a keeper though IMO he still needs a mentor.

    Santi was jet legged last week and had missed pre season but on his day he is a class act.

  187. kelsey says:

    Janman

    just leave it will you please. I can actually take critism but I didn’t bring up my personal life today so why harp on it yet again.

    and I am hoping we can leave it at that.

  188. To young to remember the Charles brothers I’m sure they are from Swansea as I’ve heard of them .
    👀

  189. William McGoonagal says:

    Was there a good reason why Arsenal played in the yellow and blue kit today? in the monsoon conditions and with BT’s camerawork it was difficult to make out the teams at times.

  190. RockyLives says:

    You’re right about Ramsey though Sheep – he’s a good ‘un and he’s going to be a big part of Arsenal’s future success.

  191. LB says:

    Good point Mac, why did we play in yellow?

  192. My mates who r Cardiff city fans were daunted when he left and let’s not forget he chose us over Man poo,
    Price £6 million bargin
    Cheers Cardiff
    Sheep

  193. Levi Ramsey is a different gravy to Nicholas
    Sheep

  194. What can Ramsey do that no other arsenal player can .?
    I won’t give u any clues brb in five mins
    Sheep

  195. RockyLives says:

    Sheep
    Speak Welsh?

  196. Correct u win a signed spurs shirt e mail me ur address
    Sheep

  197. jnyc says:

    Wont see.match till tonight, but i love following with you guys. Win or lose, its the best way to get my news 🙂

  198. evonne says:

    so nobody believes my news about Yoann Gourcuff? Ok, but if i am right I will rub it in for weeks.

    Watching Villa v Pool I cannot believe they beat us at home. Mind you 12 men v 10 makes all the difference

  199. evonne – Gourcuff!!!!!! How do you know?

  200. evonne says:

    it is past your bedtime troll, be a good boy and toddle off to bed, nighty night

  201. Rob Lucci says:

    evonne,

    Aston Villa control the game but couldn’t score. against Arsenal they couldn’t get near the ball so they turn into Birmingham. and its easier with 12th man.

  202. Rob Lucci says:

    Chamakh scored a lovely goal against Stoke.

  203. evonne says:

    aha Peaches, I knew you would love that prospect 🙂 link to his pics above

    Polish radio say it is as good as a done deal.

  204. evonne says:

    Rob – did he? Good for him, I hope he does well there. No ill feelings towards the lad, just didn’t gel with the team, it happens

  205. Thanks for the heads up evonne, he’s a bit yummy, is he any good 😆 😳

  206. LB says:

    Gourcuff……..we need more attacking midfielders?

  207. I have to say that Poldi looked perfectly happy today, no hiding away or wandering around with his head down. What’s going on there?

  208. Oh LB, we love attacking midfielders …… if AW could put one in goal he would 🙂

  209. Thanks for the report LB

  210. Gooner In Exile says:

    Regarding why we played in yellow….I wouldn’t be surprised if we are contractually obliged to wear the yellow kit away from home regardless of oppositions colour.

    One thing that I did think during the monsoon conditions was that we zipped the ball about better than I’ve seen for quite some time.

    This made me think two things….

    1) can it always rain when we play away….I would guess oppo managers would instruct ground staff to use the sprinklers far less when we play them.

    2) can we put more water on the Emirates pitch please when we play at home.

  211. Gooner In Exile says:

    Interesting stat in the BBC post match with Johnothan Pearce….almost as if Arsene fed it to him. Podolski and Giroud have scored 38 goals between them since their arrival.

    Not at all bad really.

  212. evonne says:

    No idea Peaches. His stats don’t look too impressive. But yes, he is gorgeous if you like lady boys 🙂

    LB – didn’t certain Thierry join us as a midfield player?

  213. Rob Lucci says:

    Francis Coquelin put a commanding performances for Freiburg but got wrongly send off. Poor lad.

  214. evonne says:

    sorry, winger

  215. A message from Poldi above

  216. JanMan says:

    After today’s performance and a convincing lead in the CL qualification game, I wonder what our line up will be against Fenerbahce on Tuesday evening? Do we take the opportunity to rest as many players as possible or do we keep the team in rhythm for the clash with Spurs? I wonder if the pending loss of Bale will have any impact on their performance? Whatever happens we have already proved the crictics wrong that you cannot right off Arsenal after only one game.

  217. Gooner In Exile says:

    JanMan it’s an interesting question, Fenerbache will come with the attitude to win. We cannot afford to start slow.

    We had a early kick off today, Fenerbache Tuesday evening and then 4 days rest until Sunday. Spuds have to play Thursday and then two days later face us. They will be inclined to rest more players and with a 5-0 lead against a Conference side should be able to. But on the other hand they also still be in a getting to know you phase judging by their staccato performance at Palace last week.

    My feeling would be rest Sagna, Rambo, Giroud and Rosicky if we can. Rosicky looked a bit jaded today but is crucial for Sunday.

    Possibly give Frimpong some game time with Jack and Santi, we don’t needto attack Fenerbache so is a good game for the lad to show what he can do as a breakup player.

    Koz and BFG should play together to get more game time together before Sunday. Possibly put Monreal in at left back.

    Would ideally like to rest Theo but without an option on the right at the moment seems unlikely.

  218. I’ve started entering the Arsenal’s Greatest Team series on a page at the top of the blog ……… have to stop for now as it’s so much clicking, I’ll do some more tomorrow

  219. fatgingergooner says:

    I reckon Wengers love of AM’s has changed to a love of full backs! We had 4 on the pitch at one point! He’s got em playing LW, CB, RB, LB!!! Maybe one of them is shit hot in goal and that’s why we don’t need a replacement! 🙂

    Been working all day but watched the 2nd half on my phone. Looked pretty solid with Rambo and Santi pulling the strings. A few tired towards the end but that’s to be expected. I think AW is correct in pointing out the quality we have already and he’s right that he should get praise for having young British talent at the club. Still need 2 players IMO though for depth more than anything. 1 world class player just to get the real excitement in the club and a utility defender or DM.

  220. LB says:

    Some good calls there GIE for Fener.

  221. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    I think Monreal is a certainty at LB.on Tuesday. Other than that I really struggle.

    Perhaps its Jenks at RB,with Kozzer and Bac at CB.

    Ill be surprised if we don’t see Frimmers at least be used to give someone a breather if he doesn’t actually start the match.

    Is Ryo fit..?? I suspect him and Gnabry to share duties on one of the wings at least. If you;re not going to give them game time in a situation like this, when will they ever get it

    I think we may have a front line of Poldi, Sanogo plus young Serge/Ryo

    Mad ramblings…??? Probably.

  222. Big Raddy says:

    Looking forward to writing the PM for Tuesday and have a couple of days to think about the team. GIE has started the ball rolling …. what do you think?

    Or should we just bask this w/e and think about this on Monday?

  223. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Sounds good to me randy…Monday it is then.

    I saw a piece on the Beeb about TLM100 celebrations around the world. 2-3 min video clip…showing real live mermaids out basking in Sydney, Amsterdam, London etc….

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23820619

  224. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy,

    Goal – Fabianski
    RB – Jenkinson
    LB – Monreal
    CB – Mertesacker (C)
    CB – Sanga
    MF – Frimpong
    MF – Ramsey
    MF – Walcott
    MF – Cazorla
    For – Podolski
    For – Giroud.

    Bench.

    Szczesny
    Gibbs
    Kosceilny
    Rosicky
    Wilshere
    Sonogo
    Zelalem

    But what do I know?

  225. GunnerN5 says:

    By the way , my reasoning for such a strong team is that we should not and cannot take a win for granted.

  226. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Here’s why Frimpong prob wont be starting on Tues,or possibly ever again in an Arsenal first team shirt:

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/arsenals-frimpong-pimps-his-ride-projects-picture-strangling-man-citys-nasri-from-door-lights/?

    Just how stupid can you get..??

    As a storyboard of leaked or papped pictures it would be a pretty stupid ‘story’, but as a video with his own ‘commentary’ its simply beyond ridiculous.

    Anyone got Anne Robinson’s number..??

  227. RockyLives says:

    Agreed Gn5
    I would worry if we sent out a ‘Carling Cup’ team.

    If the Turks nick an early goal it’s game on.

  228. Gooner In Exile says:

    Oh dear Frimmers……or oh yes Frimmers?

    Loved him when he did it, not so smart to continue it with that lights system, but guess it shows maybe Samir wasn’t that liked at the club.

    Right I have MotD on pause I didn’t watch last week, now need to go and see how they explain they were still right.

  229. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chamakh our muscling Shawcross moves past Huth and drives it home. If only we’d seen that Chamakh more often.

  230. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Alright GiE….hope ‘you 3’ are all on top form. Bubba’s got to be 7-8mths now right…..lovely times, wish i could time machine some (all) of mine back to that age.

    Re Frimmers I agree, that shot of him telling Nasri ‘what time it is’ is priceless, but is there no one with a brain close to that kid giving him some sort of do’s and don’ts list..??

  231. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Very good goal from Chamakh….happy for him

    Night

  232. Gooner In Exile says:

    Cheers Sharkey, all good thanks. Little man is changing loads….lots of laughs and giggles.

  233. Big Raddy says:

    SSG. Agree about Frimpong. Someone needs to talk to him before he blows a career that has yet to start.

    Maybe Nik B 🙂

  234. chas says:

    Isn’t it great to win the early game at the weekend. 🙂

    The new song seems to be a combination of these two.

    Off out.

  235. evonne says:

    Chas – just out of curiosity – why did you post these 2 clips? I happen to like BoneyM and Abba (they were such fun), but why did you choose them?

    Did any of you see that Sturridge goal? How cool was that? The lad has all the confidence

  236. evonne says:

    watching MotD on BBC
    Podolski walloped both goals, formidable power
    The world has not woken up to the skills of Aaron Ramsey – he moves freely on the pitch
    Could it be that Bent has such good record against us because he is a Gunner and knows how to play us?

    Wenger lost more weight, shockingly thin. jol fatter than ever

  237. evonne says:

    question: ” any word on any eminent signings?”
    Wenger: “No”

  238. evonne says:

    this feels like writing a memoir! if nobody starts talking to me I will start of intimate details you don’t want to hear 🙂

  239. JanMan says:

    GunnerN5 makes a good point, we cannot take the Fenerbahce game for granted but at the same time I think we need to rest players wherever possible. GIE put out a good response on who he feels should be rested but I am not sure if we have the squad depth to do that. I think for sure that Sagna and Cazorla should be rested and maybe Rosicky but I guess it all depends on individual fitness levels and who is carrying knocks bumps and bruises.

  240. Ian Ure Face says:

    Do it e va va vonne……….The Fifty Shades of the Krakow Evonne !.

  241. kelsey says:

    Morning

    Why change anything if it’s not broken.

    The last person I would rest is Cazorla.He was something like near to his bst after understandably playing catch up having missed pre season and then a long flight to Equador.He is a playmaker and a finisher.

    Most probably two changes at most,Perhaps Kos for Sagna and one other. Fernebache are a poor team and a resounding win will be the ideal preparation for Spurs .Possibly if we get a couple of goals in the first 60 minutes then we can make as many changes as we like.

  242. Morning all

    New Post ……………..

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