Boing-ed off.

The good guys returned to the top of the table on goals scored after the medias latest bête-noir Jack Wilshere equalised early in the second half after the home side took the lead shortly before half time.

A hard working and confident West Brom kept the Arsenal at arm’s length for most of the first half and stopped Arsenals superior creative resources from effectively taking a hold of the game.

West Broms form players Berahino and Amalfitino had early chances and Chesney in goal managed to keep Arsenal in the game. Arsenal’s form player, Rambo, also had a good chance to break the deadlock but sadly the chance was well saved and then West Broms early pressure brought about the goal. There was a sense of inevitability about the cross being floated into our area and an unmarked header from West Brom nestling in Chesney’s net.

Conceding just before the break was, to quote the football commentators cliché it was “Psychologically, a bad time to concede a goal”,

This would be a test of the Arsenal’s resolve as the midfield battle had led to the now customary rotational kicking/fouling of Wilshere that seems to be condoned by referees. As expected the first infringement by Jack was duly punished by a yellow card just before the players trudged off for half time.

Jack was also unlucky not be given a penalty for Malumbu’s lunge from behind as he surged to the West Brom goal.

Second half and the was a renewed sense of urgency as the Arsenal created more chances and let their superior talent shine through although ex gunner Anelka blew chances to extend the home sides lead.

The introduction of Rosicky, with his tendency to drive forward, helped the push for the equaliser and it was his lay off that teed up Jack to blow away the smoke of unwanted attention by equalising from outside the box with a thudding howitzer of a strike.

Later on Jack’s clever through ball put Giroud clear but Myhill, in the Baggie’s goal, did well to keep out the Frenchman’s subsequent shot. At this point the final result looked like two points dropped, but on hearing the hilarious news of our swamp dwelling Middlesex friend’s home spanking perhaps it was not so bad.

Still top of the table going into the break with some great players to come back after means we retain pole position and are still well set for a title challenge.

By ChärybdÏß1966

80 Responses to Boing-ed off.

  1. chas says:

    Well done, Chary.
    Summed it up perfectly.
    How different it might have felt if the spuds hadn’t reverted to type. 🙂

  2. chas says:

    AVB watching the spuds yesterday

  3. 26may1989 says:

    Morning all. Nice concise report, Mr Chary, I wish I could be as succinct as you.

    It was a good game yesterday, if a tiny bit disappointing for us. But West Brom are a well balanced outfit. I thought Malumbu was excellent, best player on the pitch. But his scythe through Jack was a pen, no question. The fact that Jamie Carragher said it was a great challenge only confirmed that it was a foul.

    And Jack should have had another penalty when he was taken out while getting a shot away.

    But West Brom should have got one for Kos’s misjudged challeneg near the end.

    And overall, a draw did look right.

    Excellent to see AVB’s bubble being burst. All the leading six clubs have lost at least one game, but it’s odd that most have now lost at home to lesser opponents (Man U v West Brom, us v Villa, Spurs v West Ham, and Liverpool v Southampton). City also lost to Cardiff, but that was away.

  4. chas says:

    Someone in the away section gives their verdict on Lee Mason

  5. Thanks 26 – a swift a report as I’ll ever write.

    Good point Chas, just as we felt a little maudlin’ about dropping 2 points, up pop the Spuds to make as smile again with their collapse at home.

    Plenty of “FOYS !” on my twitter feed yesterday evening. 🙂

  6. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Chary. I was a little disappointed initially but I can’t say we actually deserved to win that game. West Brom were difficult and we, while not being too bad, were not at our scintillating best. Some players have likely been played a bit too much recently, albeit through necessity, and the weekend after a ECL game is always difficult. The Hawthorns will prove a difficult place to go to for our rivals so it could be more a good point gained than 2 lost.

    It was interesting to note that there were 2 possible penalty shouts on Jack and one against Kos. How many of those 3 do you think the soon to be retired one looked at on MOTD2. Yep, you’ve guessed it. I will sorely miss your balanced and unbiased review of Arsenal games next season Mr Hanson.

  7. Räsp says:

    Thanks for stepping up chary, a draw was a fair result on the balance of play and I’m happy with that.

    A personal plea to Mr. Wenger…..

    … Please don’t buy any more central midfielders/AM’s, we’ve got more than enough. If you want to give us more options then go after a wide player (winger) or two. Theo is our only winger although Cazorla can do a pretty job wide left.

    Its a shame to have to play both Jack and Ramsey out wide. Ramsey’s incredible form of late has been down to being played in the middle and I’d hate him to lose confidence again because he’s stranded on the wing which is definitely not his forte.

    I accept that the midweek game took a lot out of our players and that had Cazorla and Theo been in the team we would most probably have won, the fact that we had 5 CM’s and did not control the midfield for large parts of the game is a mystery.

  8. brian the gooner says:

    Without Walcott and possibly Chamberlain we are pretty inept out wide and can be nullified by always going through the middle.I do wonder why Miachi is on the bench if he is not going to be given a chance.Perhaps Wenger is waiting for a game when we are 3 or 4 up and then throw him on for 10 minutes.Yesterday was the perfect opportunity to throw him on when Ramsey went off instead onother like for like with Rosicky.

  9. LB says:

    Just finished watching the game.

    Well done Chary for stepping up, if I had written the report it would have been a vitriolic tirade aimed at Wilshere and I know how much he is liked on this site so, as my mum used to say, if you don’t have any thing good to say, don’t say any thing at all.

    As for missing Walcott and Chamberlain, did we miss them on Tuesday? No we didn’t.

    My annoyance is not just aimed at Wilshere it is also aimed at Wenger for playing him out on the left. This is just a sop to keep him happy, the problem is it is a sop that is costing us. Some might say that he saved a point, to which I would say if he hadn’t been on the pitch to lose the ball soooooo many times, we wouldn’t have needed to save the game.

    Look at how much more potent we looked when Rosicky came on ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    brian, I take it you didn’t see the West Brom away game in the CC because Miachi was about as much use as two week old sushi.

  10. goonermichael says:

    Wilshere although not one of his better games had 3 players around him every time he got the ball. Nice report Chary. I think it was a point gained. They had a few decent chances.

  11. goonermichael says:

    Love the swingometer. Saints to get a record points total

  12. Räsp says:

    Hi LB, I wish we could play Napoli or in Europe every week as our style of football is suited to the continental approach. I agree Ryo does not look like a wide option at the moment, but I do think Walcott would have posed a threat yesterday.

  13. Räsp says:

    Rosicky definitely made a difference yesterday. We miss Cazorla’s willingness to take players on. For all Ozil’s brilliance, he is a different player to Cazorla, I can’t wait to see the two playing together. With Ozil pulling the strings and Cazorla, Walcott, Ramsey/Jack/Rosicky making the runs, we will be able to unlock most defences.

  14. LB says:

    I agree that we would have been more potent with Walcott in the same way that we would have obviously been more potent with Cazorla but they weren’t available — Rosicky was, and as much as he gave the ball away a few times too many on Tuesday, he was one of the key elements that went towards making the first fifteen minutes probably the best fifteen minutes of football played by an Arsenal team in the last ten years.

    It was silly not to continue with the winning formula.

  15. chas says:

    The swingometer is the present that keeps on giving.
    The Saints predicted to get 107 points.
    Maximum possible is 38 games times 3 points = 114 points.
    So 114 minus 107 means they’re only going to drop 7 points.

    So far they have 14 points out of a possible 21 i.e. 7 points dropped already.
    I bet you can get fairly long odds on them winning the rest of their games this season!

    Love it, absolutely love it. 😆

  16. I thought the swingometer was something to do with TMHT`s car keys in a bowl around sniffers house !.

  17. LB says:

    Still, I suppose, as frustrating as it might be to wake up and deal with a draw at the Hawthorns it pales into a minor inconvenience compared to the pain of having to wake and deal with a three-nil home defeat.

  18. BBC News update : Residents in White Hart Lane, N17 are still mopping up after yesterday afternoons heavy downfall of tears !.

    Local resident , Tampon McBastard said ” I`ve had enough, I`m moving. For over 50 years we`ve been promised a flood defence system ! “.

  19. 26may1989 says:

    I thought Wilshere and Ramsey were much of a muchness yesterday: without being terrible, both were below par in their passing and possession. I also thought Wenger called it correctly when he said there were several occasions when Wilshere was fouled without getting the free kick (or on two occasions, penalty). As Chary said, it is apparently legitimate to kick Wilshere.

    One thing I absolutely loved yesterday was seeing Ozil scrapping just in front of our penalty box, winning possession, and launching the move that led to our goal.

  20. 26may1989 says:

    The players with the best passing success rate yesterday were:

    Arteta 97%
    Flamini 97%
    Mulumbu 95%
    Mertesacker 94%
    Koscielny 94%

    Arsenal overall: 88%
    West Brom overall: 82%

    Wilshere and Ramsey were on only 81% and 80% respectively.

  21. Räsp says:

    Hi 26m, do you attribute their below average passing % to being played out wide or ‘just a bad day’?

  22. goonermichael says:

    Tampon McBastard 🙂

  23. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well done Chary.

    I was around but hiding, somewhat cowardly, in the shadows waiting for a more committed blogger to show up. So thank you.

  24. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I didn’t want to say anything negative yesterday, as I was happy with yesterday’s results which left us looking down our noses at everyone.

    However, I cannot see how you can play Jack, Arteta and Flamini in the same side. Rosicky, or even Surge Grrrrnabry, would have been far better options.

  25. Ha Ha Mdi89, not my best posting but I hate to see a damsel(Peachy) in distress due to a lack of match report.

  26. jnyc says:

    26 interesting pass stats. If anything, i think most of our starters are a bit worn down, internationals wont help, but maybe a couple guys coming back soon will.
    all in all, this wasthe beat way for our spectacular run to stop( for a moment ) —–
    against a decent quality side away. I prefer this obviously over falling to a much weaker team or at home. – but muuuuch prefer it to losing or drawing with a top side. i think we should all still have confidence that we can take serious points from the top teams chelsea and mancity. All teams in this league can drop points any week.


    Nice one chary

    I was actually very happy with the result and performance.

    West Brom are a bunch of bruisers who like to play defensive football with a mix of counter attack and long ball. When there on there game they are a hard team to beat.

    We stood up to there game plan and with a more attacking options, denied to us by injury, on the bench would have won the game late on.

    Thats the key to those kind of matches. Stay firm and then with tiring legs win it with some subs and extra quality.

    Go back a year and consider whether you would have believed a front three of Giroud, Jack, and Ramsey would have avoided defeat at a West Brom side playing with confidence

    Thats the encouraging thing, progression, and the best is yet to come.

  28. 26may1989 says:

    @Rasp 2.06pm: I would say a bit of both. Neither player is a winger or an inside forward, but they are generally reliable with the ball. They can come inside and link up with Ozil, Giroud and the DMs, as well as the overlapping FBs.

    Much as I like Gnabry, I wouldn’t have started with him, especially with Jenks at RB. Rosicky as a starter is a stronger call but he would always be more effective coming on as a sub, once the oppo is worn down a bit.

    The intention was plainly to maximise ball retention against West Brom. Overall, that worked. Monreal at left mid would have been an option too.

  29. RockyLives says:

    Some excellent breach-into-stepping there Chary 🙂

    Given LB’s point about Wilshere I thought this article from Smudger in today’s Telegraph is interesting reading:

    “Jack Wilshere, I am sure, will not have enjoyed the bulk of his season so far. It will have felt like a grind when it should be so smooth.
    The mind has been willing, the body less so as the Arsenal player strives for the form that makes him so special.
    As it is, and as it painfully proved in the first half at the Hawthorns, Wilshere cannot rise above the crowd to stamp his authority on games that would normally see him call most of the shots.
    Part of the reason, I suspect, is a troublesome ankle that needs careful management from week to week. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, for now, cannot play him in every game, which means the player’s match fitness gets slightly compromised; that and his sharpness and awareness, his ability to see the tackle coming long before it does and either ride it with a skip or accelerate away.
    As it is, the 21-year-old is constantly getting caught. Countless times this season he has ended up writhing on the ground after being flattened by the kind of challenge he would normally evade with ease.
    An inevitable bi-product is a dip in confidence. That feeling of superiority just is not there at the moment, meaning he grows frustrated and gets sucked into situations that are really best avoided. The first 45 minutes at the Hawthorns illustrated this perfectly. No matter how hard he tried, Wilshere could not put a foot right. Whether it was misplacing passes, overrunning dribbles or mistiming tackles, the midfielder suffered a torrid time.
    To make matters worse, he spent large chunks of the half chasing Billy Jones and Morgan Amalfitano down West Bromwich Albion’s right flank. Positioned on Arsenal’s left, he was left with little choice but to do that kind of backtracking for the good of the team, even if it represented a waste of his energy and talent.
    However, that is just how it is with Mesut Özil in the side and with Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini also playing so well. For the first time in his Arsenal career, Wilshere is being shoehorned into an unfamiliar position to find a way of fitting him into the team.
    As for what will happen when Santi Cazorla returns from injury, well that will all depend on Wilshere’s form at the time. If he plays like he did in the first half at the Hawthorns on Sunday, a place on the bench is not out of the question.
    Alternatively, if he performs like he did after the break to score the equaliser in a much-improved display, Wenger will always find a place for his gifted number ten. One moment, in particular, shone with style and class. A sumptuous pass to Olivier Giroud reminded us of the qualities lurking within.
    This turnaround in fortunes required a great show of character, not to mention an unshakeable belief in his ability. Wilshere did not hide, he kept volunteering, aided by his switch to a more central role.
    This should all be good news for Roy Hodgson’s England. The Three Lions need an in-form Wilshere for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. They need the player capable of bursting past opponents with arrogance and pace, rather than the one struggling for rhythm.
    We saw both aspects on Sunday at the end of a week that saw him hit the headlines for non-football reasons. That comes with the territory when you make the grade. Maintaining those standards must now be the aim.”

  30. 26may1989 says:

    Wilshere didn’t play especially well, but he still could have walked (ok, limped) away yesterday with not only a goal but also three assists (if Olly had dinked that sublime pass over Myhill and if the ref had given the penalties he could/should have awarded).

  31. LB says:

    If Wenger had not selected Wilshere it would have looked like he was being punished over the smoking incident.

    Damn cigarettes, not only are they bad for your health they are bad for your league position, in fact they should carry that warning.

    Smoking Can Seriously Damage Your Chances of Winning the League.

  32. LB says:

    I thought the idea of bringing Bendtner on for the last seven minutes was a good one: it will keep Giroud on his toes and should give Nicky real hope of making that position his own.

    I mean, Giroud is ok but he is no Suarez for example.

  33. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good afternoon to you all.

    Well done Chary, Peaches’ knight in shining armour.

    One thing I noticed about Jack’s play, he is often surrounded by three defenders, as someone said earlier, which leaves more space for the rest of our players but he tends to hold onto the ball just a bit too long and gets crowded out or dispossessed, if he could sometimes pass the ball a bit earlier he might be more effective.

    I thought the whole team looked a bit jaded, there wasn’t quite the spark, quite the snap to the passing that we have seen of late. perhaps the international break will come a something of a relief to tired players, I’m sure not all of our internationals will be expected to play to full games.

  34. Red Arse says:

    Morning Peeps,

    I am pretty content with the game and its result!

    The ref could have given us a couple of more favorable decisions, but that is par for our Premiership games. It happens.
    West Brom played well and with confidence & could have have won 3:0 if Anelka had taken his chances.
    So what?
    We did not have any width with Jack and Rambo wanting to come into the centre.
    It happens.

    It was football and there will be games like that occasionally.

    What pleased me most was the superb passing especially on the break away, and we could have won it 1:4 if Ollie had had his shooting boots on.

    I can’t fault LB’s comment about Jack, much tho I love him, (Jack I mean) 😄 tho he made up for a pretty poor performance by scoring the equalizer!

    Finally, (don’t tell Rocky) I am becoming a convert to Per-ism, solid and reliable, but my MoTM was Kosser, fast, commited and great in the air.

    Time for a late breakfast!! 😜 Adios.

  35. RockyLives says:

    Blimey Redders
    Next you’ll be saying that Theo’s should be the first name on the team sheet 🙂

  36. Red Arse says:

    Good Post, CharyB.

    Puzzled by the title. Who or what is a ‘Boing’?

    Did you mean ‘booed’ off, or an allusion to Boeing, or perhaps some abstruse reference to a naughty Kama Sutra position?

    If I had to guess, it probably means No: 138, where the various limbs are intertwined with ….. oh no you don’t – trying to get me into trouble with Peaches’ mum!! 😃

    Perhaps you meant Terry has been interfering with the thirty goats – dirty devil!! 😜

  37. Red Arse says:

    Rocky, mind your own business and stop reading my comments.

    And no, that would be one Theo too many!! 😜

    I’m starving – off for a full American breakfast.

  38. Jamie says:

    Great post altho I personally think Jack could have done better. Start Rosicky or Gnabry instead and you would probably have scored the first goal. In my opinion Rosicky is the best passer in our team Ozil or no Ozil. Just look at his assist for jack’s goal. something even Xavi would find difficult.

  39. Hi there Redders, in answer to your question,West Brom fans like to say West Brom always bounce back in a “Boing boing” fashion.

  40. GoonerB says:

    Some interesting points about Jack and his performance and how the balance of the side is affected. I actually don’t think Jack was too bad. He was caught in possession more than I would like but I also felt he was often involved in our more dangerous moments so could be seen as a game changer even if not having one of his best days.

    I have a technical and tactical view on this whole area but will see if I can get it more into a post.

  41. Norfolk Gooner says:

    The magic Roundabout RA, “Time for bed”, said Florence, “BOING” said Brian.

  42. chas says:

    It’s utterly ridiculous the battering that Jack takes during a game. Don’t the refs realise he’s English so they should be protecting him like they do the others, not booking him for a great tackle.

    Two outrageous scything tackles in the penalty area go unpunished also. Take a look Mason. The first after the ball is gone and the second playing the man first before the ball is touched.

  43. chas says:


    hahaha, love that picture chas

    I cant really have a go at him. I admit to been a full kit wanker when watching on telly, though I wear slippers instead of boots.

    A lot more advisable to beat the TV with a slipper than a boot.

  45. Great picture !. What`s his name ………… Jermaine DeFormed !.

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh God, that picture is really shocking.

    Love the term “full kit wanker” 🙂

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Forget England, I’m praying Germany have really easy games against some very effeminate soft tackling opposition panzies

  48. evonne says:

    like Eire? What are you on about Micky?

    chary – good report, thankx

  49. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Sorry to break the bad news to you, but we have three Germans in our side, who I imagine will be returning to the Fatherland to play International football. I was rather hoping they wouldn’t get roughed up by a sodding great Serbian, for example.

  50. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh boy, that is another very disturbing pic!

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wait a moment Evonne. You unearthed that pic rather too quickly for my liking. Is it your Husband?

  52. evonne says:

    micky 🙂 no, he is nowhere near that good-looking 🙂

    4 Germans darling!

    How about this one:

  53. dandan says:

    Gibbs has just been called up by England to replace Ash Cole

  54. evonne says:

    yes Micky 4 germans, the 4th we signed on 2nd Sept, remember or has that escape your attention ?

  55. evonne says:

    wow Dandan! Gibbs to replace the best left back in the country! Nice

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, you like that sort of thing, do you? 😦

    Ah yes. 4

    Oh yuk. That other pic. Honestly, what kind of sites do you frequent?

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, off back to Homeland.

  58. chas says:

    I didn’t, for one second, mean protect him so he’s fit to play for England.
    What I meant was protect him from being battered in the same way that they show favouritism to other England players so that he can play more effectively for Arsenal instead of being rotationally fouled all the time.
    As if I’d give two f*cks about England.

  59. chas says:

    4 Germans? – I thought we had at least 6.

  60. neamman says:

    Its great to be headed into the boring 2 weeks top of the table.
    Once Theo, Pod and Ox come back we should be a lot more dangerous.

  61. arnie says:

    well done, Chary, and at short notice as well. captures the main sentiments perfectly: tough away game (we knew it would be so, Raddy told us), missing wingers plus Sagna was a huge struggle (we knew that as well), returning with a well fought and hard earned point (well done!), and most impotantly the disaster that struck N17.

    I am happy the lads kept on fighting, even if they were not playing great. Full marks for keeping on trying, Jack. If I was a tad disappointed, it was with Arsene. Our left wing did not work against Napoli, but we got two early goals, so all was fine. We knew we had to spread the game yesterday, the moment required thinking out of the box, and what do we get, Wilshere in left wing. In my humble opinion, playing both Monreal and Gibbs would have been better.

    But hard fought point in the end, cannot complain (much). I have a feeling this is going to be a tight year, and in the game of last man (team) standing, this one point could be really crucial.

    On Hansen, GB, good riddance! But I think in journo speak, we are turning the tide. It may be too early, but this is my feeling. No matter how much Hansen wanted to discuss the Kos penalty, the BBC host would not be drawn in. Finally he meekly said: that is all right, that is little bit of Top of the Table luck.

    And we are Top of the Table! On with the show. The Gibbs call-up makes me a bit worried. Hopefully, all will be fine in the international break.

    And then, we shall see!!!!!

  62. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas @ 7:50

    Have you gone completely mental?

    At no point have I ever discussed Jack in the context of England or his injuries.

    You keep your nasty little accusations to yourself 🙂

  63. chas says:

    I’ve seen your EDL tattoo.

  64. chas says:

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    EDL ?
    Still trying to work that one out 😦

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Googled it

    “The English Defence League are human rights organisation protesting about Islamic extremism”

    Human Rights Org! ROLF

  67. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Oh dear, what an awful pic. OG with the victory fingers, Kos looks smashed and what’s with the gay scarf, Bac wearing his wife’s scarf and the same shirt os OG in a different colour.

    At last Flamster looks OK but wired in a French way

    I think all AFC players should revert to proper attire at all times – dark suit, white shirt, AFC tie and if out at the pub or relaxing at home, a pair of brown brogues

  68. chas says:

    Ha, Micky. I misinterpreted your ‘forget England, I want the Germans to play panzies’ 7.15 comment.

    100% right. Get the brogues on.

  69. Big Raddy says:

    English DL seems too broad a church for Micky.

    DDL more likely

  70. chas says:

    “Look at ‘th ole cloam pot, ‘ee’ve scat ‘n abroad.”

  71. chas says:

    “Look at ‘ee, ‘ee looks a proper mommet”

  72. chas says:

  73. Morning all

    Who’s around? I need to schedule the post to publish itself but will also need someone to announce it ……. any volunteers?

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    New Post

    Cracking. Job done 🙂

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Now, one of you “insiders” push the big button, and away we go.

  76. chas says:

    Any further thoughts on changing the new post time?

  77. chas says:

    (when this video ends) 🙂

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