We are top of the league…….

So I got collared by our A.A matriarch for the match report, so unlucky for you lot, I hope you all have a few hours to spare on Sunday. Any complaints should be directed to Mrs Peaches of the Arsenal Tavern, Blackstock Road, London, N4.

Throughout the match I kept changing my mind as to how the general tone of this report would be presented. The end scoreline somewhat belies that it was a bit nervy at times and that Norwich were firmly in this match for large periods. I had visions of having to talk about being too casual and allowing them back into a game we should have comfortably won much earlier, but fortunately I now don’t need to because, 4 goals to 1 later, and a quick glimpse at the EPL table should bring a smile to any of the faithful this Sunday morning. To be fair Ruddy did have a bit of a blinder so was largely responsible for allowing them to have a foothold in the game for longer than I would have liked.

There were times when things, in an attacking sense, weren’t quite coming off for us in this game, but when they did come off boy was it a thing of beauty. The opening goal was straight out of the Wengerball archives of total football, and I can just picture Arsene at home on the sofa hitting rewind and play continuously with a big smile on his face.

On 18 minutes Jack received the ball deep and skipped past a challenge before laying it off and heading up-field. The ball was worked down the left eventually finding its way to Santi who angled infield and played a lovely 1-2 with Jack before sliding it into Giroud who played an even better 1-2 with Jack, complete with brilliant flicks off the outside of the boot from both players. Ollies last flick split the defence and found Jack who had continued his run bursting in behind their defence to basically just pass it into the net. Ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, GOOAAL. I may have even short-changed us by one ping there, but for lovers of the beautiful game it was somewhat utopian. I don’t know why we don’t just try and pass it into the net more often….All this shooting business that some people go on about is rather distasteful.

Jack and Olly v norwich

Shortly after this our Franco-Italian midfield warrior suffered a nasty head clash, and despite trying to soldier on was soon after replaced by the Welsh Wizard. I am sure that Matty will be fine and will stop seeing double after a good days rest and some of Mama Flamini’s homemade Spag Bol. Ruddy then pulled off the first of a few fine saves denying Giroud, before we somewhat started to sit back a bit too much for my liking, and Norwich showed they still had a bit about them by finishing the first half in the ascendency. Szczesny had to make one fine save in particular low down to his right.

This should have been the warning and catalyst for a renewed siege on their goal at the start of the second half, but it started a bit like the first finished, and I was left with a craving for a second goal to settle my slight feelings of nervousness. On 58 minutes I was duly obliged and an interception from deep led to a swift counter-attack with Santi carrying the ball down the centre, before finding Giroud out to the right, who lifted the ball into the box where £42.4m of Vorsprung Durch Technique had continued a surging run to nod Giroud’s cross home. I thought it was the other way around initially, and had to be corrected by my match buddies for the day. All this total football and interchanging positions between the players is making writing up match reports a nightmare…. sort it out Arsene.

Ozil header v norwich

So now we could relax and control the game and watch the flood-gates open…. Well not quite. On 70 minutes a bit of sloppy defending, more being too casual really by not clearing our lines or closing down, saw their lad Howson run from midfield and pick up a half cleared ball before slamming it past Szczesny low down to his left. Back to nervousness it was then. I still had a little bit of nail left to chew on the corner of my left little pinky. Fortunately just as I had finished that last bit, and was eyeing up the nails of the chap to my right, we finally got our act together properly.

Firstly on 79 minutes the Welsh Wizard forced Ruddy into a fine save with a powerful shot from distance. At 83 minutes Bendtner played in Wilshere, who had switched to the left, and his ball into the box resulted in a strong shout for handball. Denied it was, but not to worry because we retained possession high up the pitch and Wilshere received the ball on the left again and pulled back a short pass to the Welsh Wizard who was inside the left half of the Norwich penalty area, still some 10 metres out, and with plenty of defenders in his way. Never fear though because Lionel Ramsey, or Aaron Messi, or whatever his name is did the old snake hips thing and shimmied this way and that, bamboozling all those in yellow shirts, leaving many on their backsides, before calmly lifting the ball over and to the side of Ruddy. Ricky Villa eat your heart out. Maybe that lot down the road can stop going on about that one now because this was even better.

Rambo scores v norwich

It was all capped off on 88 minutes when Rosicky got the ball on the left and lifted it over to the back post, where Ramsey played a lovely first time pull back, that left Ozil with the simple task of, again, passing the ball into the net.

A couple of thoughts for the day. Firstly what would Ramsey be worth on the open market now? Surely the consistency in his form is pointing towards a permanent shift in his level and ability, rather than just putting it down to a good run of form. Dare we start whispering the phrase “world class”?

The second is about Jack. Many will still point towards him losing possession at times but I would point towards the fact that he always tries to get us on the front foot driving forwards which inevitably comes with some loss of possession at times. He never hides and takes the safe sideways or backwards pass option. In many ways he mirrors how the team seems to be evolving which seems to be more loss of possession at times, but with far more regular attacking penetration during the game. I would take that all day long over greater possession stats but just moving the ball sideways and backwards around the pitch.

One final thing, a big thank-you to 26May who kindly allowed me to be at the game. Without that I would not have been able to compile this match report. So actually, on reflection, 26May is as equally complicit as Peaches if you are looking to apportion blame for losing half your Sunday reading this report. On to the ratings :

Szczesny 8

Not much chance with the goal but was safe and sure throughout and pulled out a couple of good stops. I really don’t feel the need to bring in another keeper with his current form.

Sagna 6

I thought he was a bit under par today. He was reasonably assured from a defensive aspect but his crossing was poor and he passed up the opportunity of the over-lap at times.

Mertesacker 8

One poor clearance aside he personified concentration allied with calmness all game. One lovely moment after the game when he was heading towards the tunnel and the West stand started to sing we’ve got a big f—–g German which you could visibly see him chuckling away to. He seems to be happy at THOF.

Koscielny 8

No dramas or rash challenges today just the normal speedy cover in our defence cutting out danger before it develops.

Gibbs 7

Without being outstanding today he was sound defensively and offered himself up in attack as well.

Flamini 7

His game was cut short so difficult to fully assess his impact but he gets a 7 just for being prepared to put his body where it hurts.

Arteta 8

Mr dependable. He is almost becoming the unseen contributor but if you watch carefully you will see how important he is to our control of the game.

Cazorla 8

Great to see our little Spaniard back. He definitely was a key contributor today before, as expected, he ran out of steam. Much more to come from him this season I am sure.

Ozil 9

He has such great balance and vision and seems to glide around the pitch like he is not actually making direct contact with the ground. The new Dennis? Quite possibly because as well as the sublime vision and passing he is increasingly scoring, as 2 goals today will testify to.

Wilshere 9

Yes he lost possession a couple of times, but as I said above he always tries to get us on the front foot and I feel he is one of the key players that dictates our tempo and forward penetration when we have possession.

Giroud 8

No goals today for Ollie but a big hand in 2 of them attests to the fact that he is far more than just a big typical battering ram number 9.

Ramsey (for Flamini 38mins) 9

One great solo goal and a great assist for the 4th. You now always feel that something will happen when he gets on the ball.

Rosicky (for Cazorla 59mins) 7

A bit like Arteta he is a very dependable player. I think he will be a key contributor to any success we may have this year.

Bendtner (for Giroud 78mins)

He actually looked much sharper and pretty decent. Am I allowed to say that? His touch and hold up play looked decent, he played a couple of good passes and tested their keeper with a good stinging shot. He looked like a good squad alternative today rather than the liability many may think he is. The system we seem to currently employ actually seems to play to his strengths.

My MOTM, I can’t choose. It would be one from Jack, Ozil or Ramsey. I will let you decide. Maybe I will give it to Arsene Wenger today for assembling and developing this fine group of players that entertains us all on Saturday afternoons.

Written by GoonerB

156 Responses to We are top of the league…….

  1. Evönne says:

    there is no pleasing some people psshhhhhh….GB, yes you. Great match report but I think you should up by 1 every player rating, they were simply magnificent.

    Thanks for the write up, very good

  2. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you all.

    Well done GoonerB thats a very good write up.

    In all the euphoria created by some scintillating play, and Jack’s goal was the scintillatingest, we are in danger of overlooking one very serious matter. Norwich City had eighteen, yes eighteen, shots at goal twelve of which were on target.

    In light of the foregoing I think a serious question has to be asked about our defence. Had Norwich employed a decent striker and shown a bit more composure in front of goal, the outcome could have been very different.

    The loss, early on, of Flamini was significant, nobody else could replicate his defensive play and his organising ability. A couple of slips by the BFG and a failure by Gibbs to close players down led to City’s goal and other chances.

    That said, it was a fantastic attacking performance, but maybe just a bit too gung ho.

  3. GoonerB says:

    Morning Evonne. Are you and i the only ones up today. Where’s all those other lazy lay-abouts.

    Just saw an interesting quote which to some degree sums up how I saw the game and what I was more or less trying to say that yesterday was “a 7/10 performance with 10/10 goals”. I would probably stretch to 8/10 for the overall performance because Ruddy did keep the scoreline down for them.

  4. Macky says:

    Detailed article….no retreat…no surrender till may,Gunners keep firin’ from all cylinders.

  5. GoonerB says:

    Ah morning Norfolk you are up as well. Maybe all the others only started reading at 8.00am so haven’t finished yet to be able to comment. Your point Norfolk is quite correct. I think if the goal times had been different, i.e their goal came as a consolation after us being 4-0 up, I may have been a bit more fawning over the game. The goals though were magnificent.

  6. LB says:

    Five comments? That’s ridiculous for such a good match report.

    Great read GB

  7. Jeanette Kliger says:

    JK calling from Cyprus.
    The votes of the Cypriot jury (not that i’m from Cyprus):
    douze points le write-up
    douze points les goals
    We are top of the league

  8. Jeanette Kliger says:

    A tweet my daughter in Barcelona sent me:

    This is without question the best tweet of the weekend:

    @SachinNakrani: Dear Jack Wilshere’s goal against Norwich, I can’t stop thinking about you. Call me.

  9. Norfolk Gooner says:

    GB, I can’t decide between Jack’s “team” goal and Aaron’s individual effort. Both were brilliant for different reasons. Maybe Jack’s goal just shades it because he started the move, and kept going right into the Norwich penalty box. But then Aaron just showed brilliant ball control, and completely bamboozled the defenders.

  10. arnie says:

    Well done, GB. Fantastic match report. What a fantastic game! So good, it is difficult to know where to start. It was the best example, I think, of total football that we have seen in a very very long time. You have described brilliantly the most juicy bits. Let me try to do some justice to the rest of the game.

    For 70 mins out of 90, leaving aside 10 mins before and after the break, Arsenal were supreme in all parts of the field, were magnificent in all aspects of the game – defence, midfield and attack, right and left side of the pitch, and stunning in the centre. That was an amazing performance.

    I thought you were perhaps a bit harsh on two players – Sagna and Giroud. I would like to increase their points by one each.

    That Sagna is the best overlapping right back in the EPL is no surprise. It was the same yesterday. We had a little bit of a problem on the left side in previous games, and this was corrected yesterday. I think the main influence was Santi’s presence. I often found Sagna picking up loose balls from the left edge of the box, yes left side, and whipping them in. Obviously, he found the right side crowded and switched over. What supreme confidence! I had my heart in my mouth worrying about a counter-attack down the left. But, it was just one of those days. So, I disagree with your paltry 6 and would give Sagna a 7.

    Giroud, where do we start? Territorial dominance and beautiful passing game is one thing, but the real thing is splitting the defence and getting the goals. Ollie’s role in the first goal was outstanding. The final pass was sublime. Just for that alone, he would get a 9 in my book. And there was more. The assist for teh second goal as well. Surely a 9.

    Then, in my book, the MOTM will be shared between Jack, Ozil, Ramsey and Giroud. I cannot decide!!!!!

  11. Gööner In Exile says:

    Have only just read this fine match report, got sone bathroom DIY going on.

    A quality write up of a quality performance.

    We could have had a vote on our favourite goal poll today as they were all quite beautiful.

    Following on from Jeanette’s tweet, I had read an amusing thing from Tim Stillman ( of Arseblog/LittleDutchVA on twitter).

    He posted:

    “According to Facebook Tim Stillman is now in a relationship with Jack Wilshere’s goal.”

    To which some wag replied

    “Bad news Tim, that goal is seeing other people”


    I think we all had to change our underwear a couple of times during that 90 minutes of football, bet the club shop did a marvellous trade on Club Boxers and Knickers at half time 😀

  12. arnie says:

    NG: In my book, Jack’s goal also shades it because of the stage in the game. It was still a bit cagey, as GB’s report clearly points out, and it was the first goal of the game.

  13. arnie says:

    chas: is the ticket for Tuesday still available? I would love to go, and have to book flights in that case, please let me know ASAP.

  14. Gööner In Exile says:

    But Rambos goal came at an equally tense stage….and before he got it back in the area he had calmly plucked the ball from the air to refresh possession and the momentum of the move.

  15. arnie says:

    GiE: 😀 😀 Its a tie then, in your book?

  16. Morning again

    Great match report GoonerB you saw the game just as I did.

    I think Flamini’s influence on a game is enormous and when he went off there was a huge amount of floundering that went on. Lots of use of excessive adjectives there but without Matty, gaps opened up and no-one was closing them. But we don’t really have to worry because Matty will be back on Tuesday night and we’ll be able to relax.

  17. arnie says:

    Peaches: I would say both Flamster and Arteta were fantastic. Got possession back to us within 5 seconds of losing it, time and time again. Retained our stanglehold on the game. It was like a dream!!!!


    Great stuff GB

    Totally agree with you. Moments of brilliance and periods were we dropped deep as Norwich won physical battles.

    When we were on top it was difficult for me to take. With the poetry of our first goal and the Ramsey waltz “the terrible lightness of being” overtook me. At one stage i was convinced i leviated over my seat. It must be so, because i could hear angry crys of “sit down” behind me.

    I almost walked out after Ramseys goal, i could not take the elation. As we attacked, there were times i had no choice but to grip the knee of the man sitting next to me. He didnt seem to mind, i believe he enjoyed it, though he looked staright ahead with a some what concerned facial expression.

    About a month ago i recall a comment made by GN5 in which he stated that we may or may not win the league this season but one thing we will be treated to is great football. How right he was.

  19. RA says:

    Well done, GoonerB Good, that is a cracking match report! 🙂

    Like everyone else, I suppose, I am still feeling really good after that game.

    You are right that at times during the game we switched off a bit but I believe if Norwich had upped the ante we would just have changed gear to match.

    Do you want to elaborate on the “I got collared by our A.A. matriarch”? Too much alcoholic refreshment perhaps!! 🙂

    Your ratings were pretty spot on too.

    The MoTM must be Ozil, because although there are other candidates, he has lifted the whole team in the most extraordinary way.

    That said, I have to agree that coming on as a substitute Rambo was magnificent, Kozzer swept up every ball from either left or right using his great pace.

    Perhaps on reflection the whole team were Men of The Match!! 🙂

  20. arnie says:

    “Perhaps on reflection the whole team were Men of The Match!!”

    Certainly, gets my vote, RA.


    Hows it going Big Hippo? still dancing? hahaha

  22. RA says:

    Hi Terry Munchkins. 🙂

    You do realise that in the US you can get arrested for leviating, especially on someone’s leg, no wonder the fans were yelling at you to sit down.

    Mind you, if you levitated, everyone would be buying you drinks, or throwing garlic at you.

  23. RA says:

    Perhaps we should go on the boards Terry. You, with your flour like self raising powers, Glic with his furry blue face, and me with my hideous frou-frou clad, hippo ballet moves. 🙄


    hahaha, i think a need a seat belt on my seat Redders. Any more goals like yesterday and my head will be hitting the roof.

    Are you coming back to the UK or is the US now a permanent fixture?

  25. GunnerN5 says:


    Personally I feel you write such great post game reports that Peaches should put a permanent, electrified, collar around your neck and give you a gentle buzz before every game and increase the voltage each time until you agree to write a report..

    It was really frustrating, for me, having to listen to the game on Arsenal player but at least the commentary is biased in our favour, which is extremely unusual. Listening to the game and reading the comments on AA at the same time gave me a good overall feel for the ebb and flow of the game.

    I was so infuriated with Sportsnet, the TV channel that shows the majority of PL games here in Canada, for not showing the game that I sent them six emails expressing my disgust, but quite predictably I received no replies. I was a little unfair as it is the first time I can remember when they have not aired our game, even if some were on a time delay.

    I’m loving seeing Man U eight points behind us, if both teams continue to achieve their current winning percentages then we will end up with 90 points and Man U would end up with only 52
    – now wouldn’t that be sad……………….

  26. chas says:

    The ticket is still available.
    Book your flights. 🙂

  27. chas says:


    I think you got the match summary and ratings bang on.
    We conceded far too much possession, territory and chances to Norwich for it to be the out of the world performance some are suggesting.

    Having said that, the goals and result were simply cosmic. Long may it continue. 🙂

  28. chas says:

  29. Evönne says:

    like I said, some people are never happy

    GB – I feel I have to defend other AAers, ie they are not lazy, it is a matter of priorities – most of them cannot get that right. Instead of living, breathing AFC 24/7 they go cycling, surfing, yoga, gardening, families, some even have jobs to go to. I know that is wrong on so many levels (love that cliche), but nothing you or I can do about it

  30. chas says:

    On this day 23 years ago.
    Stick your two points up your ar*e.

  31. GoonerB says:

    Cheers for the comments everyone.

    GN5 I already have the electrified dog collar but am only allowed to wear it on special occasions. A Niklas Bendtner hat-trick up at old toilet in a few weeks should see it pop out.

    Chas, no-one has mentioned the rose.

  32. RockyLives says:

    That’s a top notch report GB.

    In many ways it was a superb performance, but there were also moments when the game seemed much tighter than the final outcome proved it to be.

    I was surprised at Norfolk’s stat that Norwich had 18 shots, 12 of them on target.

    But I don’t necessarily reach the same conclusion as NG (and as one of our friends on here – where are you Big Al? – would say: statistics shmatistics). For example, I don’t recall Szcz having to make many saves, so presumably a lot of the shots (the on target ones) were blocked by defenders, which would indicate our defending is actually very good. And if they weren’t blocked by the defenders, they may have been shots that did not trouble the ‘keeper, meaning they were shots taken from positions that were not especially good from the attacking team’s point of view.

    In fact in quite a few of our games this year I have noticed the opposition being reduced to trying a lot of long range shots. That, to me, means we are defending very well indeed. Of course, once in a while, a long range shot will fly into the top corner, but the odds are very much against.

    As for the rest of it, all four goals were amazing, with Jack’s and Aaron’s being the pick of the bunch.

    With Jack getting in on the goalscoring act, we now have a very long list of players providing a serious goal threat:


  33. RockyLives says:

    That’s a very funny tweet 🙂

    Haven’t heard from you in a while – hope all is well in sunny Cyprus.

  34. chas says:

    This is Ant hanging out of the Tavern window, telling one of the red and white half and halfers that her mate has gone off in the wrong direction for the ground. 😆

  35. Blanco says:

    Ramsey’s the man for me. 54 mins played, 1 assist, 1 goal. #GreatContribution

  36. chas says:

    From Arse2mouse

    “Before you go, I’m going to have one final attempt at capturing the sexiness of yesterday’s goals……

    Jack Wilshere’s Goal – Sex with all the male/female** background dancers from the West End musical of your choice. For argument’s sake I’m going to choose Cats. Don’t hate.

    Mesut Ozil’s first goal – Doing it on a pile of coats at a New Year’s Eve Party with someone out of your league as the fireworks go off.

    Johnny Howson’s goal – A roll in the hay with your hot cousin.

    Aaron Ramsey’s goal – a stationery cupboard knee trembler with Olivia Munn/Michael Fassbender**, who has inexplicably decided to take a temp job at your office.

    Mesut Ozil’s second goal – Remember that guy/girl from last New Year’s Eve? Yeah, well he/she’s back.”

  37. ärnie says:

    chas: fantastic, thanks a lot. flights booked. very excited about this. Rarely do I get a chance to go to the Emirates. getting to know people, even better. thanks very very much, Chas.

    what next? how should we communicate? should i write to Peaches/Rasp with my mob no?

  38. chas says:

    Do the Clockend, you doughnut.

  39. chas says:

    You’re very welcome, arnie.
    I’ll ask them to email me.
    I will be in the Tavern on Blackstock Road 5.30 p.m. onwards on Tuesday. Just need to know what we both look like. I’ll send you a photo.

    Peaches or Rasp,
    Can you email me arnie’s email and I’ll get in touch with him, thanks?

  40. ärnie says:

    absolutely brilliant, chas.

  41. chas says:

  42. Evönne says:

    Rocky re your question about van Persi yesterday – I think the Judas has learnt the hard way not to be tempted by little boys

  43. Jeanette Kliger says:

    Hi Rocky,
    I am only here on a break, returning to rainy, cold Sweden tomorrow.
    Coming to see the Liverpool match in two weeks. Where do all of you gather before/after the match?

  44. Räsp says:

    That’s a great match report GoonerB, I lived every emotion alongside you. Even though the world class Lionel Rambo came on for the Flamster, we did lose our defensive shape for a while when the change was enforced. Much has been made about AW’s predicament in picking a first choice mid 5 out of his embarrassment of riches, but I’d have to start the difficult games with Flamini and Arteta sitting in front of the back four.

    Great to see you in the Tavern prior to the game together with Irish + Big Hands Dad, and Ant and Chas and the crew.

  45. Evönne says:

    TalkShite radio were asking listeners how does it feel to be a Spurs supporter. One sad bugger phoned crying that he could have been anything in life, but his father made him a Spurs supporter 🙂

  46. RockyLives says:

    The gang tends to meet in the Arsenal Tavern in Blackstock Road pre-match.

    I live in Canada so I’m not a regular attender 😦

    I’m sure Rasp, Peaches or one of the regulars can email you with the details. They’re a great bunch and you’ll really enjoy meeting them 🙂

  47. Jeanette Kliger says:

    Thanks, Rocky. I know the place. I have watched matches there.

  48. Arnie and Chas – I’ve emailed you both with each other’s addresses

  49. ärnie says:

    Thanks a lot, Peaches. 😀 😀

  50. RA says:

    Hi Rock Baby,

    In answer to your question, and the subsequent one from the Terry, I have the option of returning to Harrogate in Yorkshire on a contract or staying in my own country.

    Family issues resolved & have had a brilliant time here, so the jury is out!!
    Love the US and also love the UK, but no jobs in NY …… so I don’t know!!

    Will let you know. Lol

    Stop flirting with J …… Or I will tell her hubby who is a big handsome Norwegian. Lol, lol.

  51. LB says:

    Can’t believe I didn’t know who Olivia Munn was.

    I do now……………..definitely up there with Ramsey’s goal.

  52. jnyc says:

    GB, good match report.
    i want to mention that i think one of our less noticed players since late last season is gibbs. He is very assured and confident now. He gives me confidence. But in general, our whole defense and keeper have been so solid. Partly because of amazing team defense overall, and dominating play from our midfield( the best there is ) .
    except for one poor clearance, it seemed they could only try low percentage long shots. Like the.napoli game.
    i really love your take on jack, i hope its correct, but a little bit more discipline wouldnt be so bad. Id like him to pick out a medium ramge pass as he draws defenders when hes running with the ball – thats his strength, and id like to see him take advantage more.

  53. Bayonne Jean says:

    For all the accolades on Wilshere’s and Ramsey’s goals, I’ll pose the deeply minority view and take Mesut’s first as pick of the litter. Just watch match highlights and marvel at the gut-buster run at speed that he makes from very deep and then the composure to read and position himself perfectly to finish off OG’s cross, set up by Ollie’s peel-off run. Magic!

    Rocky, on the list of goal scorers, you forgot to include Gnabry. Which leads me to this: if you took your list and changed it to one for midfield, taking off Giroud and Poldi and adding Rosicky, Arteta and Flamini, you’d have to say that both Ox and Gnabry would be so far down the pecking order that they’d rarely get an opportunity. Could you see AW having either or both go out on loan at the transfer window?

  54. Räsp says:

    Hi chas, have you got the assists for yesterday?

  55. chas says:

    I sent them at 20.07 last night

  56. Räsp says:

    Thanks chas, I’ll check next time before I ask 😆

  57. chas says:

    Haha, I’m not really a stroppy git. 🙂

  58. goonermichael says:

    Fantastic write up. I’ve watched all the goals over and over today. For me Jack’s goal was the best I’ve seen in ages. Six one touches and in the net. to have Ramsey’s in the same game is frightening. Looking forward to Dortmund. see you in the Tavern

  59. Evönne says:

    GM – doesn’t it feel GREAT to have the team others can only dream of? I think that the likes of me and you, and few others 🙂 who never doubted Wenger, the Club or the players have our well earned rewards. Others? Let it be a lesson to them in loyalty, faith and true support through thick and thin.

  60. goonermichael says:

    I did doubt for a brief period evonne. It does feel great 🙂

  61. GunnerN5 says:

    Evonne, I share your sentiments and I have always remained a firm advocate of Arsene and his philosophy. However it’s important to recognize that we are only just over 20% through a very long and arduous Premier League schedule. Lots of potential banana skins along the way.

    i’m looking forward to Tuesday and I’m most envious of those who will attend the game – please make sure that you all sing you lungs out……………

  62. Evönne says:

    GM and GN5 – we are blessed, no doubt about it

    Sadly, that Townsend is very good 😦 hard not to like him

  63. chas says:

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  65. Kgööner says:

    hey göönerB.
    thanks for the fine postmatch. well written and having watched the game, sums it up suitably well.

    regarding bendtner, here’s a piece I just read on breaking myths and misconceptions about him.


  66. chas says:

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Mr B
    Superb report. Thank you very much.
    “I don’t know why we don’t just try and pass it into the net more often” ROLF
    Believe me, Arsene was not the only one on a sofa with the rewind button going through it’s paces.
    Still think Jack’s goal rates as possibly best ever. Not just crisp passing, but sublime skill.
    Pray Flamini is back for Dortmund. As Exile said, that Arteta/Flamini axis really allows the creative boys the freedom to do what they do best, and bloody hell can they do it well.

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Two great pics. Ant out of the window, and best of all, the Norwich lads all on the floor.

  69. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha about Moyes 🙂

  70. chas says:

    Moist IN
    Moist IN
    Moist IN

  71. chas says:

    If only he’d played Anthony Taylor.

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh please delete GiE, especially when in my comment I bigged you up for your tactical cleverness 🙂

  73. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Can I play that Jack commentary clip again? 🙂

  74. Deleted Micky, and mine, and now Chas looks like a loon 😀

  75. chas says:

    Boooooooooooooo. It was the sentiment you were having a go at, not the commenter.

  76. I’m going to try and put a couple of images in comment, because i think it highlights the difference when a player respects his manager:

  77. chas says:

    Looks like a loon – for a change, you mean. 🙂

  78. chas says:

    Just post them to twatter and post the tweet link. No-one notices.

  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    True Chas, but the commenter is a sensitive fellow, and I’m in a very rare sensitive mood 🙂

    Honestly thought I was having a go at Sniffer.

  80. Non twitter is cooler and makes me look like web god 😀

  81. chas says:

    Sniffer has feelings, too.

  82. chas says:

    So would you with a packet that small. 😆

  83. chas says:

    That’s beautiful, GIE.
    I’ve tried before after looking at the code after Rasp has done it but have never been successful.
    Can any idiot do it or do I need insider privileges?

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Good pics Exile.
    We really do appear to have a happy camp.
    Coincidence (?) that on friday someone posted clip of the lads happily one-touching on training ground, then wallop, the Jack goal.

  85. Ozil is looking at Wenger like “you have something to teach me”

    Whereas Rooney is like “you got me to 19, i’ve won more in a season than you in a lifetime”

  86. Chas any numbnuts can do it…..let me go to edit and see if i can then type in the key bits here (without it reverting to code)

  87. ärnie says:

    GiE: lovely pics. I would say, the Ozil-Wenger pic shows mutual respect. I am sure both love each other’s work, and learn from each other.

  88. chas says:

    Ah, “any numbnuts”. I’ll try harder.
    I love how that Ozil photo is so big. I assumed specifying a much smaller size would be part of the recipe for success.

  89. I think i have just done that………..:D

  90. chas says:

    Haha, you’ve now amended the code behind the Ozil photo making me look even more of a loon.

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha, I’ve just been trying to put a pic up, and even as I was doing something, I was ROLFING to myself thinking “Didit, you are a cretin. You can barely turning the fi’ing machine on. Idiot”

  92. chas says:

  93. This numbnuts used the WordPress Admin Ability to edit my comment, and there is an IMG button that I pressed and it sort of instructed me how to do the rest, but now I know the code, I could do it all the time without faff….if i remembered the code that is!

    Anyway here goes:

    First off you use the img HTML code, so you should use < to denote the start and end of the HTML code, but if i use them it'll be code so i'll use [ and ] instead.

    [img src="http addrress of image" width="300" height="225" alt=" " /]

    The width and height bit I just had to work out, so I think 300 pixels is a good width, if you know the dimensions of the picture your linking then divide height by width and times by 300 and that'll be the height you need to use in the code.

  94. chas says:

    Don’t do yourself down, all techies are nerds. Aren’t they Exile?

  95. Pretty much, nerds or just interested in how things work 😉

  96. chas says:

    That looks pretty much what I’ve done before but I’ve been blown out without being logged into WordPress.

  97. Right now Chas has that I expect the porn to commence 😀

    i’ll start

  98. ärnie says:

    Rio Ferdinand & Roy Hodgson join Football Association commission. Rio as a diversity appointment, apparently. Rio was left out of the England squad in 2012 under controversial circumstances. Previously, he was banned under drug abuse charges, OK, a decade back, but still. Hodgson was clean, until recently, when he decided to make a monkey joke, and a mole leaked it to the press.

    Why can the FA never manage to find some decent, uncontroversial, clean people???

  99. chas says:

    New underpants, please. 🙂

  100. You have to put speech marks around all the address bits and width/height bits….maybe a WP users only…..that’ll teach you for being too flakey to sign up to WP 😀

  101. Hmmm problem with gif porn like that I’m just sitting watching it 😀

  102. Arnie i wouldn’t worry, everyone at the FA and in the media has forgotten Townsend’s betting wrongdoings and ban since he became an England “superstar”…..

  103. MickyDidIt89 says:

    New underpants, please Massive ROLF

    Exile, that’s genius

  104. chas says:


    I’m not sure they exist in the football world.
    Or anywhere else, come to that.
    Even Arsene knows a bit about French rap. 🙂

  105. ärnie says:

    GiE: 😀 😀

    chas: lovely gif pic, can watch for hours …..

  106. ärnie says:

    agree, chas, except perhaps a couple of them in Arsenal. 😀 😀

  107. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Must go
    Nite all.
    Hope that moving thing is still running in the morning 🙂

  108. Here’s another angle:

  109. Ramsey goal and Ramsey Roulette

  110. Ok now i need new pants, new bedsheets and a new roll of kleenex.

    If we keep playing sexy football like this i may as well build a wet room with a ipad on the wall (behind waterproof glass)

  111. GunnerN5 says:

    First time I’ve seen the goal, truly amazing display of technical skills.

    But typical Arsenal always trying to pass the ball into the net? (ROLF)

  112. Question is GN5 did we do it justice when salivating yesterday 😀

  113. And anyway looking at the behind the goal one you see Wilshere takes two touches before he gives it back to Santi…..i expect him to be fined for that.

  114. Also GN5 scroll up to Chas’s video for the We’re the North Bank We’re the Clock End filmed in ground from the half way line……cracking atmosphere

  115. GunnerN5 says:

    Frankly the comments were enthusiastically understated……

  116. Ok too much GiE and too much Gif……need to go book a hotel….i’m divorcing my wife to go live with that Wilshere goal

  117. ärnie says:

    wow, wow, wow!!!!! thanks a lot, GiE. new pants, bedsheets, kleenex, and drooling all justified!!!!

  118. GunnerN5 says:


    Fantastic to watch and listen to – that’s exactly how supporters should be at every game.

    Great to see but I really wish they would not be so fickle!

    The atmosphere on Tuesday should be electric.

  119. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m simply a sports junkie. In the background I’m switching between Buffalo vs Miami in the NFL and the PGA golf tournament.

  120. chas says:

    Freeform jazz Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrramseeeeeeeeeey stylee…….

  121. GunnerN5 says:

    You just gotta love jazz………….

  122. Räsp says:

    Evening all, there were some great songs at the game yesterday. Like many I thought it would be sacrilege to sing ‘Walking in a ………. Wonderland’ for anyone except god, but somehow Ozil’s name fits 😛

  123. Gööner In Exile says:

    I thought the old Sol song was going to become Özil’s song.

    But instead of Sol’s a Gooner just do Mesut Ozil.

    De de de der Me-sut O-zil

    Someone older than me will know the tune. And I think Wilshere Wonderland sounds better 😀

    Maybe we should just sing:

    Only One Arsenal FC walking a long singing a song walking in a Arsenal Wonderland

    Or maybe :

    Only One Arsenal FC walking a long singing a song playing some sexy Wengerball.

  124. Räsp says:

    You’re probably right GiE, its an organic thing that just seems to evolve in the crowd. I guess someone just starts it and it either catches on or it doesn’t.

    I don’t know if the Ozil Wonderland could be heard on the TV. They sang Soooper, Soooper Jack, Sooper Jackie Wilshere

    I did love the ‘He scores when he wants’ for Aaron Ramsey – I hope the dutch traitor picked up on that.

  125. 26may1989 says:

    Just checking in late in the day (sorry, evonne!). Great write-up GB. Of course, it was a very enjoyable result, and such fun to see us still at the top of the table. As for the goals, simply sublime. Loved GN5’s take on the reaction: “enthusiastically understated”. 🙂

    And GB, no worries re the ticket, I’m just glad you were able to make use of it at short notice.

  126. ärnie says:

    GiE: when is the Swingometer updated? Tomorrow evening, is it?

  127. ärnie says:

    26may: were you serious about taking up refereeing?

    I used to play cricket at a decent level until recently. Earlier this year, fractured my left thumb. I think this is never going to heal fully at my age. I am 44 as well. Have thought about taking up umpiring!!!!

  128. Gööner In Exile says:

    Arnie yes will update after tomorrow’s game.

    I think we will be predicted to be safe still.

    I’m sure I’ve missed it before Arnie, where are you flying in from for the Dortmund game?

  129. ärnie says:

    GiE: Edinburgh. Live in Dundee, work in Edinburgh.

  130. 26may1989 says:

    Hi arnie. To be honest, I have a bit too much on my plate to get into refereeing again. But despite it being a bit geeky, I would enjoy it, at least if I could avoid the Sunday league psychos.

    Cricket umpiring would be great too, perhaps I should think about that as well. Then we could compare notes!

    Glad to hear you’ll be attending the Dortmund game, am just sorry I won’t be there.

  131. ärnie says:

    yes, the Dortmund game will be great. Not often do I get a chance to visit the Emirates, that too a game that promises such a lot. This was very last moment, have to cut corners at work.

  132. Räsp says:

    Off to bed, hope to see you at The Tavern before the Dortmund game arnie ….. night all …….

  133. 26may1989 says:

    Cricket in Dundee? Now there’s a thought….!

  134. ärnie says:

    its not too bad, 26may. In fact, I would say village cricket in Scotland is in more healthy state than many places in England. Plus, the grounds are very picturesque, and the teas are equally good. The beer and banter is a bit poor in comparison. I have actively played in Cambridgeshire earlier. It was fun there as well, and my club was fantastic. But young people do not play in the village teams, and there is too much sledging and cheating, and the like ….. 😀 😀 😀

  135. ärnie says:

    thanks Rasp, see you Tuesday….

  136. Gööner In Exile says:

    That’s quite a round trip for a game of footy!

    But it’s going to be a cracker…..Dortmund fans are superb, really good to chat to pre match and noisy and regimented in ground. But man they put on a show.

    Thankfully we have We’re the North Bank and We’re the Clock End for our own kind of orchestration now.

    That and the goal scored flag wavers seem to be at every game now….in the past it was just CL nights. Hopefully Red Action have planned something to compete with Dortmund fans.

    Lewandowski will be a big threat but Szczesny has just trained with him for over a week so hopefully he has worked him out.

    By the way JNYC your comment about Gibbs deserving recognition, is spot on. A solid run in the side coupled with a couple of goals and better defensive organisation around him is making him look the complete attacking full back. His England call up appeared to make him grow a couple more inches too.

  137. 26may1989 says:

    Too right about the sledging, arnie – I hear Rasp is especially fond of a few words of wisdom for the batsmen…..

  138. ärnie says:

    26may: Sledging I can deal with, read as: I have played cricket with too many Aussies. But what is particularly bad about village cricket in England is the amount of racial abuse that goes on. And it is not one way traffic. I am in the situation that I know most of the relevant languages and slangs… anyway, that is for another day.

  139. RockyLives says:

    One other player who deserves credit in the Wilshere wonder goal…

    The Lino.

    It would have been very easy to (mistakenly) flag that goal for offside, so – well played the line runner.

  140. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh yesss

    Not only is the moving thing still there, it has company 🙂

    I still appear to be the only one going on about greatest Arsenal goal of all time.

    Now I’m not asking for hundreds of moving clips 🙂 but just tell me in words one goal that is better.

  141. MickyDidIt89 says:


    “If we keep playing sexy football like this i may as well build a wet room”

    That line is a classic 🙂 🙂 🙂

  142. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Santi, Jack, Santi, Ollie, Jack, Ollie, Jack Gooooooaaaaal

    Just ridiculous. Ok, I am ready to change the subject.

  143. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Far from my favourite Beach Boys number (and we have them on for the last few miles of EVERY drive to the beach), but could get used to it, and it is quite a pleasant watch on a rainy monday

  144. Gööner In Exile says:

    It’s the second flick pass round the corner by Oli that I am constantly amazed by.

  145. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ahoy Exile

    I was imagining a competition.

    Nobody has seen that goal.

    It is shown to 60,000 Gunners with actual players involved pixelled out. Question: which player was the Ollie.

    My bet: zero correct and 90% divided between Santi and Ozil.

  146. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I may have said how clever you were yesterday, but I have been pretty bright myself. Jack has taken my advice.

    Instead of being targeted by the opposition, or as I put it, holding the ball too long and running into them, he got shot of the orb fast and moved equally fast.

  147. Gööner In Exile says:

    Unthinkable you may be right Micky. Such a clever pass.

  148. MickyDidIt89 says:

    It is an unbelievable thought I grant you, but I was the first by a very long way, including a post when it was not fashionable to mention Ollie and Feet in the same breath.

    Blue Suit Bomberz makes me want to reconsider my summer surfwear 🙂

  149. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Can’t believe that after the two week “Interdull” (can’t keep using the @arseblog Interlull) we have a fixture as tasty as Dortmund tomorrow.

  150. Gööner In Exile says:

    “Play like he is a little’un”

    Remember it well Micky

  151. arnie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    Despite that flick, and my suggestion that Ollie should therefore get a 9, rather than a paltry 8, in the ratings, there was no one supporting me. Grrrrrrr……

    Micky, I cannot remember a better team goal ever, any team. And the situation in the game was critical as well. In my book, the first goal in a game is always somewhat special.

    Very impressed with Wilshere. What a game!!! How quickly he turned a indifferent couple of games, followed by a snub in the England team, into a great great performance!!!!

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