Attack attack attack………….

Yesterday BigRaddy asked in his pre-match if we were wrong about Chamakh, well if he’d shown even the smallest leaning( 🙂 ) towards being as aggressive as he was yesterday I’m sure we would have loved him.

We are clearly geared up to be an attacking force and we know that Arsène much be drooling over his jewels in mid-field and thinking we are always going to score more than anyone.

Our loss to BD in the week was entirely due to getting caught with a sucker punch after having dominated play for many minutes. In the game yesterday we were also caught short while everyone up searching for the second  goal and a great ball out to Chamakh led to the sending off of Arteta.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the replays Chamakh was on to a great ball with Arteta in hot persuit. Chamakh’s touch took the ball away from him and once he realised he wasn’t going to get after it he leaned into Arteta and their legs got tangled. Our Legohair man was shown a straight red. Obviously we aren’t going to appeal the decision as our next game is the Capital One cup and Arteta probably would have been rested.

The thing is, even down to ten men and with both our defensive mid-fielders off the field (the lion that is Flamini went off injured after 10 minutes) we were able to score a second goal.


A very fabulous goal it was too, created in mid-field by Giroud and finished with aplomb by the same man as he bust a gut to get to a beautiful curling pass from Ramsey.

This was a good win away from home against a team that were invigorated by the loss of their manager. Champions are made of this, playing poorly, scoring great goals and attacking at all costs.

We are top of the league say we are top of the league 🙂

Have a nice day all.

Written hurriedly by peachesgooner


136 Responses to Attack attack attack………….

  1. arnie says:

    ha ha, Peaches, what a rare delight! A post from Peaches, indeed!

    I did not see MOTD! What is this I hear about Hansen bringing up 1989 (or 2001, or 2010, whatver) as justification for Arsenal bashing!!!!! We dont care, do we, We are Top of the League!!!!

    Tough games ahead!!!!

  2. babakrdaemi says:

    Doesn’t he miss three for straight red? If not touch. I thought we lost arteta and famini for liverpool and man u?

  3. chas says:

    Straight red for last man denying a goal scoring opportunity – 1 game
    Straight red for dissent, foul language – 2 games
    Straight red for violent, dangerous play – 3 games.

  4. evönne says:

    nice one Peaches! Not sure about “Champions are made of this, playing poorly, scoring great goals and attacking at all costs”, but stats prove your point!

    Chas – but that only applies to the competition the card was given, ie MA is still available for Tuesday’s clash with Chavs, no?

  5. chas says:

    No Evonne, FA cup, C1 Cup and Premier League all counted for suspensions. Arteta banned for C1 Cup and that’s all.

  6. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good day to you all,

    What with the clocks going back I’m not sure whether it’s morning or afternoon.

    So Peaches can write a perfectly adequate match report, let’s have a poll. All those in favour of Peaches doing the job permanently raise your right hands.

    T6e rtsltls wilk be annpucde tinite.

    Typed left handed while casting my vote. 😀

    Evonne, it’s the next game for which he is eligible, so he will miss out on the Capital One cup game but no others.

  7. chas says:

    Arsene using the word ‘mature’ after using ‘immature’ after Tuesday. 🙂

  8. arnie says:

    thanks, Chas, it really sounds like 1989. As Terry said yesterday. Linekar is just making fun of Hansen on MOTD!

    I sense that in journo-land, there is a slight change in tone, a bit more respect for Arsenal and the game they play. Hang on, hang on, you can still find many examples to the contrary, but not as many as before. Only a slight change. After the loss to Dortmund, as well, the doomsday brigade did not really come out all guns blazing!!!! On AA as well, likewise!!!! Exciting times!!!!!

  9. arnie says:

    Chas: that is quintessential “carrot and stick”. Wenger is a great man-manager!!!!!

  10. chas says:

    That defending when we have an attacking corner yesterday didn’t look very mature. 🙂

  11. chas says:

    Aren’t you meant to use the stick until there’s a change in behaviour and then offer a carrot?

  12. weedonald says:

    Chas….assuming that the Fa don’t suddenly wake up out of their booze indiced stupor and prawn sandwich overdose and realize it is Arteta from Arsenal. Then they’ll ban him for life and fine Wenger 10 million quid for being French.

  13. Well done Peaches! Good points gained yesterday

  14. arnie says:

    chas: I think it was a “stick” after BvB, but not quite a carrot yesterday. It was usual business, what Wenger would say usually after a game. Small talk!!!! The pressure is on, and if the good guys can deliver on Nov 6, then the carrot will be out!!!!

  15. chas says:

  16. chas says:

    Doesn’t an Arsene carrot breed complacency?

  17. chas says:

    I think he deliberately used the word mature because of the way his comments were reported on Wednesday.
    “Wenger blasts his team as ‘naive’ and ‘immature'” was the headline when he did nothing of the sort.

  18. chas says:

    Anyway enough of my stroppiness.
    Off out to watch the Why aye derby and El Cashico.

  19. Räsp says:

    Thanks for stepping up peaches. There is no doubt that we do over commit to attacking sometimes and against the better teams we can suffer the ‘sucker punch’ (one for room 101?) as a result = Dortmund.

    Hansen is a plank, but he has a point. It is something that can easily be addressed in training. I hope we do not view making ourselves vulnerable to the counter as a price worth paying in any circumstance except when we’re chasing a game. A 4:2:3:1 formation with Flamini and Arteta forming the ‘2’ surely has to be the way to go for at least the first 60 minutes when we play the top teams.

  20. JanMan says:

    Rasp. You are correct Hansen is a plank but I really do not concur he has a point. His point could have been addressed as applicable to any PL team and not used to simply pin point an Arsenal related issue. If it was a definite Arsenal problem then how come he had to go back to 2010 for his example and the only other comparison was the villa game at the start of this season. A pundit of his ability (me being sarcastic) should easily have been able to show many other examples! Not trying to deny we have some traits that need resolving but not from a biased twat like Hansen.


    Thank you Peaches

    Of all Arsene Wengers qualities, and there are many, he is the ultimate strategist

    When the envoirement was favourable he won titles and created the invincibles. When things were not so good he created sides that kept us near the top and rose above the flack

    Now he is attempting to build another squad that can win us the title, and i believe he will succeed.

    Now, this leads me on to Peaches post and Hansens bias. No team can be perfect. The key for me is accepting your weaknesses but making sure your strenghts outweigh them. In a sense, this is a mathematical exercise

    Wenger is a bit of a genius you know. He knoes our defecencies better than we do, and sometimes leaves us perplexed as to why he does not address them

    But to him, the long term strategy is king and supercedes the short term tacttical weakness.

    Hansen is biased. For that reason his view is flawed and should be ignored.

    This is just my opinion.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring


    JanMan, very very good post

    Hansen is a biased tool of the highest order.

    In essence, his biasedness equates to that of an internet troll, so even when he has a point, for me he doesnt.

  23. Räsp says:

    TMHT, I was at the Dortmund game and in the second half up to the time we conceded the 2nd goal we were leaving a vast gaps out wide at the back for them to exploit and you can’t do that against teams with Dortmund’s quality. I know Mr Wenger has described this as ‘immature’ but how come it had not been drilled into the players in training? And how come he didn’t manage to get the message to them from the touchline during the game?


    He is building a team Rasp, its going to take time.

    No one is saying we are perfect or do not have tactical deficencies.

    The key is to improve, and thats were as far as we the fans are concerned, paitence and faith in what we are attempting to acheive is required.

    This time last year we were apparently going no were and Arsene was a busted flush, that view was complete nonsense.

    Now we are doing well and we discuss how we can improve. I will take that.

  25. Räsp says:

    That’s not the point TMHT, of course we are building a team, but we also have the right balance of experience and youth and a simple thing such as leaving yourself vulnerable at the back should not be difficult to rectify, it is simply a case of organisation.

  26. Jamie says:

    Great post Peaches,
    I think In modern day football, you will always find it difficult to balance attack and defense, so you’ll have to sacrifice one for the other. The great Madrid teams focused more on attack (scoring more than the opposition), while the Mourinho teams are more defensive. I think only the Total football Holland and Ferguson’s United have balanced both with success.


    We do not have the right balance between experience and youth Rasp.

    if you look at the top European teams, they tend to have a lot more nous in term of players experience

    There is plenty of scope for incremental increase in terms of players performance in our squad

    Look at the development of Ramsey, Gibbs, Chesney just over a 12 month period, and they will get wiser and stronger. The likes of Jack, Serge, Ox, Jenks etc will come to, and eventully we will have a squad capable of beating these “top teams”

  28. evönne says:

    is it the case of “we have the right balance of experience and youth” or naive and mature 🙂

  29. JanMan says:

    Rasp. Again you make a good point, however, those players were not natural wide players so no matter how much you preach to them to stay wide it is only normal that they will drift more and more into the middle of the park.


    By the way Rasp, we both know that no team is devoid of weakness.

    One thing about Arsenes philosophy is that it is based primaraly on offensive play.

    I have no worries long term about short term defensive weakness, to some extent will always exsist if you take an offensive approach.

    what ultimately matters is the end result, and i am confident that we will soon have a team and squad that will be very succesful

  31. Räsp says:

    Hi Janman, we can view simply as the numbers required to keep a solid defence. If the full backs commit themselves to attacking, then the 2 holding midfielders should fall back to cover any potential counter down the flanks.

  32. Räsp says:

    Thanks TMHT, that’s all about you and your confidence … great, I’m happy for you 😛

    What I am talking about is using the potential we have to the greatest effect. There won’t be many (Arsene included) who, in hindsight, would rather have kept it at 1 all against Dortmund. I accept that we were looking the most likely to score and collectively the team went all out to attack – but that was a mistake and we were punished for it.


    evonne, in comparison with the top European clubs we have a relatively inexperienced squad, with pleny of scope for improvement.

    The Arsenal project is a commendable exercise for a big club to take, and one which will also reap great benefits

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  34. GoonerB says:

    Well done peaches. Will comment more later. Difficult writing on phone between getting brain scrambled on pirate ships.

  35. JanMan says:

    Rasp. I am not arguing your point. All I am saying is that it is not a specific Arsenal problem (in my opinion) and while I concur it is an issue that occasionally occurs based on our style of play I do not believe it is a problem as identified by Hansen as an ongoing unresolved problem that’s all.


    Yes Rasp, I fully accept we were punnished, Dortmund are a very good side.

    12 months ago that would have been a comfortable 2-0 to Dortmund, so we have made good strides

    And we will get stronger


    A pleasure talking to you.

    Mrs Terry has just got in, so i am off to feign a bad back

  38. Räsp says:

    Thanks JanMan, it could be viewed as a consequence of not having any proper wide midfielders available at the moment (we’re missing Theo). If we are relying on our FB’s to provide the width the deeper lying MF’s should drop back to cover. I’m not banging Hansen’s drum, god forbid, just perplexed that we encourage long ball counter attacks when it really shouldn’t be necessary.

    We cannot play like that against Liverpool, Suarez and Sturridge would have a field day. That will be a close game and the manager who gets his tactics right will be the victor.

  39. JanMan says:

    Rasp. I had made some comments in the past that I did not like the way Jenkinson plays. He constantly bombs forward and tries to do too much and mostly ends up losing the ball. While I think he does have a good future I made the comment that he needs to learn defending first and become good at it before he applies too much effort on the attacking point of the game. This is what applies to your comments as based on our style of play and that we often have attacking players in wide positions that are not necessarily wide players we do on occasion allow ourselves to be over exposed. Sagna and Gibbs constantly bomb forward but when we have the likes of Cazorla, Rosicky, Wilshere and Ramsey playing out wide then they do not naturally always think about coming back to defend. I hope I am making sense here and you understand the point I am making.

  40. arnie says:

    Rasp: very valuable points, and I agree. I know many on AA would not agree, but I feel that sidebacks doubling up as wingers brings a definite disadvantage against good teams. We need to sort the situation out. I care more about the team, not personalities. Hard decisions may have to be made, but we need to do these, if we are to win trophies!!!! A correct balance and shape is very important. And we are taking the right steps towards this end. 😀 😀

  41. arnie says:

    JanMan and TMHT: valuable insights….. 😀 😀

  42. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Just watched the first half of the NE Derby, Gus Poyet has certainly got the Black Cats fired up. This could turn into a real punch-up.

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp, I happen to agree that our defensive play leaves a lot to be desired and is the cause of most of our frailties. Both the loss to Dortmund and Arteta’s red card, and the resulting nervous end to the game, were completely avoidable.

    Our overall goals against in the PL at .94 per game is very respectable but we simply leave too many holes a) by our fullbacks subbing as wingers and b) our CB’s leaving huge gaps between them.

    The CB issue is most likely caused by them having to cover for absent full backs – leaving me to believe that our issue is that our tactics leave us extremely vulnerable when we are missing natural wingers.

  44. JanMan says:

    So what exactly is the issue, where do we lay the finger of blame?
    -Fullbacks not doing their job.
    -Wingers who are not necessarily wingers not doing their job
    -CB’s not doing their job
    -Improper coaching lack of tactical application
    -Team mentality too offensive
    -All of the above

  45. arnie says:

    what a goal!!!!! Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle

  46. arnie says:

    JanMan: To my mind, the issue is not really to lay a finger of blame, because I am sure everyone is trying to do their best, but to find a solution, in the short run, based on the personnel that we have.

    At the moment, we do not have natural wingers. This should change, hopefully, when Theo and the Ox are back. But, now, we have side backs expected to double up as wingers. Then, arguably they are not doing a good enough job as wingers. But more importantly, they are not being able to fall back quick enough, and are more certainly not doing a great job as defenders. Adequate, yes, but not good enough.

  47. JanMan says:

    Arnie. Thanks for the response. While “blame” may not be the correct phrase, the point is you have to define the “blame” in order to create the solution! Personally I think the main issue is that we do not have natural wingers and the ones playing the position at the moment tend to naturally drift in to the middle while the FBs drive forward and this in turn leads us to getting “sometimes” exposed. I still maintain the opinion that this is not a permanent ongoing problem with Arsenal as the tool Hansen claimed!


    I am scratching my head with this angst over our defensive frailaties. Of course they exsist, but at the highest level we lack a bit of team experience and learned behaviours, thats all.

    Everything will come with time. In two years Arsenal will be the best side in Europe.

  49. arnie says:

    JanMan: agreed. Foreget about Hansen, he is a p****k, and is being thrown out of MOTD as well. This is not a long term problem. But, we need to find a short term fix. 😀 😀

  50. arnie says:

    TMHT: Fully agree. I think most of us agree with you, and we are looking towards a bright future. But, at the present, are we doing the best we can do, or can we do something which maybe slightly better. That is the question. Let us see. 😀 😀

  51. JanMan says:

    arnie. Agreed. is that true that he is getting canned from MOTD? I did not know that.

  52. arnie says:

    JanMan: Yes, he is….. Calls for a nice little celebration, eh!!!

  53. Räsp says:

    Hi GN5 @ 2:46, I agree on all counts. We’re doing very well, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do even better – I’m sure AW never stops trying to improve the way we play. We seem to be very secure at the back when both Arteta and Flamini are on the pitch together, but without Flamini, the space is too great for Arteta to cover on his own.

    Every game is different and our defensive strategy has to be tailored to the oppositions offensive capabilities. I hope we get the balance right against Liverpool. I’m not unduly bothered about the Dortmund result but we will get the first insight into our prospects in the EPL at Anfield.

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Rasp,

    Rogers is a very astute coach and we will have our hands full with the “new” Liverpool, as we saw yesterday Suarez is almost unstoppable.

    They have only conceded 3 and scored 9 at home this season so this game will be an insight into how our season will progress.

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    Watching the Chelsea vs Man C game – earlier today one of the U.S pundits referred to the game as “the Clash of the Cash”

  56. Has anyone seen the scum penalty decision? Twitter is going nuts about it – mind you I do have a lot of Gooners on my twitter.

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Nice work Peaches. Always good to read your posts.

    It was all going well with 10 mins to go, then MC throw the game and the ref gives Spurs a very soft penalty. Suddenly it is not so hunky dory.

    Hard to understand MC. Why sign Jovetic when they are going to play Negredo and Aguerro? especially as Dzeko is on the bench.

    Then there are the Chavs. Sign Eto’o and loan Lukaku? Leave Mata on the bench when he is their best player? David Luiz? Ba … where is he? Moaninho must be the luckiest coach in world football

    Still it doesn’t matter. We are still Top of the League!

  58. dandan says:

    Great to see a Peaches post again,she defends our players with great resolve.

    I am beginning to be concerned by the Spuds challenge another contentious penalty and a 1 0 win. Sometimes the gods of football are more powerful than the skill levels of more deserving teams. But then I have been told many times the table does not lie. I suggest it doesn’t always tell the truth.

    Joe Hart has had another howler, Chesney must love watching him at the moment given the stick the has taken for such mistakes.

    Still we are top of the league but I expect to exit the mickey mouse cup on Tues, Chelsea have such a powerful squad I think our second string will find life difficult.

  59. Joe Hart’s decision making at fault for a humdinger of an error to let Torres in and score. Shame, a draw was on the cards there.

  60. Thanks guys, if you need something done ask a busy person. I’ve been hosting a baby shower at my house today and had a spare few minutes this morning.

    On reflection the ball out of defence was lucky to find Chamakh and Arteta was unlucky to get a red card. I have incredible faith in our defence, I think Flamini’s arrival has shown exactly what we need someone to do in his position. If he’s out for a while I think Jack will do that job for the team.

  61. Hart is England’s top keeper. He makes so many mistakes.

  62. ……..and wasn’t Gnabry good when he came on? He’s really tricky, if the scum can get all these penalties then we should be too.

    I miss Theo enormously, I can’t wait for him to come back.

  63. I’m pleased for Torres, I’m going to whisper this so as not to antagonise any of my favourite bloggers but I reckon Jose is a good manager.

  64. chas says:

  65. Joe Hart, Top keeper, Head and Shoulders above the rest .

  66. chas says:

    After today’s result you cannot deny that Mourinho is a hugely lucky manager. Only one team deserved to win that game.

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well done, and thank you, Peaches.

    “if you need something done ask a busy person”. So true.

    Apparently, there’s a spot of wind on it’s way, which will leave me phoneless. Happy, and quiet, few weeks ahead 🙂

    dandan, bonjour. Like your table doesn’t lie bit. Methinks it’s a politician, and simply economical with the truth 🙂 Nevertheless, a silver lining can usually be found, and I see two. Spuds are lucky but rubbish, and City (our main challengers) dropped points.

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    The code of what Peaches means by “Jose is a good Manager” is in the rather repellent use of his first name 🙂

    It’s an “in her dreams” kind of thing.

  69. chas says:

    You have to wonder in what feckin universe this is a penalty.

  70. chas says:

    Ahh, I understand, Micky.
    Lacking lady parts that throb, I see no attraction.

  71. Just watching last nights MOTD. I know it’s his job but Szczesny’s saves in the second half were fantastic.

  72. Lady parts that throb?????

  73. Sad about Lou Reed, a voice of my youth.

  74. chas says:

    No other reason for liking Mourinho.

  75. chas says:

    I thought that was the secret of your professional success …..
    a throbbing lady garden, you being a world-renowned garden sculptress. 🙂

  76. Well those Chelsea players certainly love him so he’s more than just a girls dream 😛

  77. chas says:

    Can you imagine if women were involved in football just how far feelings might be skewed from the perspective of male supporters?

  78. Oooooh scummers are not happy with AVB after he said their support sucks 🙂

  79. What are you saying chas, that we couldn’t be unbiased?

  80. chas says:

    You would have thought they’d just be happy with another spawny 3 points.
    Most of them probably are.
    Twitter gives a false impression of everything.

  81. chas says:

    Women, peaches?

  82. chas says:

  83. chas says:

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh no, Lou Reed dead?

  85. He’s mine, I noticed him first, I love how everyone has jumped on my Gorgeous Giroud bandwagon, even the French turning him into a pin-up! So shallow 😉

  86. Sadly Micky, it’s true.

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Velvet Underground. Greatest American Band? Very possibly. Get my vote all day.

  88. Chas – loved that pic from twitter with the convo between Ronaldo and Bale

  89. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Don’t worry Peaches. We all think you are a deep, cerebral and complex woman when it comes to your choice of men.

    Yeah right 🙂

  90. chas says:

    Has the storm hit in Devon yet or is it a bit Michael Fish in reverse?

  91. This is my favourite

  92. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sound choice GM

    Their original name was “The Exploding Plastic Inevitable”
    Sort of thing I do manage to remember, because it’s worth the effort 🙂

    Not yet.

  93. MickyDidIt89 says:

    He appears at 2:25, but what a contrast to the 70’s porn star look 🙂

  94. Big Raddy says:

    Best American band? You have to be kidding.

    Though I am a huge fan of Rock n Roll Animal, recorded in 1974 when he played with Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner on guitars. Now that was an album.

    I saw Lou Reed many times and my fave was the above named band at The Rainbow. After a sensational 10 minute guitar intro to Sweet Jane , Lou came on dressed all in black and picked up the mic stand. He then knocked out all of the lights on the front of the stage.

    Last time i saw him was about 5 years ago at a free concert in Monaco. Still had an edge and still smouldered.

    A sad loss

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Re: Giroud: “He’s mine, I noticed him first”

    To be honest, you don’t exactly have stiff opposition on this site, do you? Evonne likes Full Kit Northerners, and Irish is a part lezzo 🙂

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oooo, spooky Raddy. I just posted a clip from ’74

    Did you have the 70’s porn star look? ROLF

  97. evönne says:

    Driving back from the Baby Shower I listened to some Spurs supporters. Thank Dennis GM is not around to send me off to wash my mouth when I admit that I felt sorry for them. They talked about how they felt about always being second (or 5th best), not improving, having one of the most expensive squads on the pitch and still not managing to put a real challenge. Does that ring a bell? I felt like I was listening to our own fans! I was surprised they sound so much like our mob and it struck me that actually, they are the same, why wouldn’t they be? And that is when I felt sorry for them.

    They were sad that AVB criticised them for not supporting the team during today’s game Their response was that they are losing hope, they cannot be bothered.

    Well, all in all things are not well at WHL, not well at all. Shall we be a bit kinder to them?

  98. Big Raddy says:

    You know it Micky. Ask Peaches 😀

  99. Big Raddy says:

    evonne “I admit that I felt sorry for them.”

    Pull yourself together woman.

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Best American band? You have to be kidding

    I’ll re-phrase that. The Banana Album. Most influential album. There, that’s better.

  101. Big Raddy says:

    Best American Band. How to choose? So many genres.

    A sampling …

    Little Feat
    Beach Boys
    Steely Dan
    Guns & Roses
    Two Fifths of Fleetwood Mac
    Earth Wind & Fire
    The Tempations
    C S N & Young
    Talking Heads
    The E Street Band

    & I haven’t even given it thought

  102. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Yeah, I’m with Raddy. Brace up 🙂

  103. Big Raddy says:

    Not even that Micky

  104. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “& I haven’t even given it thought”

    Clearly not 🙂

  105. GunnerN5 says:


    Did you forget CCR – they were/are brilliant.

  106. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think you’re talking about technical musicians. I’m talking about something creatively original.

  107. Raddy. I’m no expert but I’d have Velvet Underground over any of them 🙂

  108. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy is a very accomplished guitarist, and you are a very creative sort. I wonder if these things effect our perception of what qualifies as a great album.


    Off to wait for me storm.

  109. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just went outside for a fag, and had a thought.

    Maybe the likes of the Velvets and the Pistols, for example, are more performance art than music.

    Really offski.

  110. GunnerN5 says:

    If record sales is the measurement of the best US bands then the Eagles and Aerosmith top the list as both have sold over 150 million each.

  111. Big Raddy says:

    There is no “best or worst” band or for that matter music. It is all down to personal taste. The fact that I think punk is just a noise doesn’t reduce the emotional impact it has for others, nor it’s musical relevance.

    Bruce or Beatles, Beethoven or Brahms. All have their place.

    I just happen to think the Velvet Underground were massively over-rated …… doesn’t make me right nor wrong 😀

    And if sales are all that counts then Justin Beiber is 20 times better than Lou Reed,

  112. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all, I’ve been far too busy for a Sunday!!

    Thanks for the match report Peaches.

    To go back to the conversation about Hansen earlier, can we have a look at the score on the board in both games where we overcommitted in the past….both were from corners both appear to be at 2-1 down.

    Yesterday was a blip. As I said this morning how many corners do we get a season and how many result in goals against? If they were his only two examples if say the stats favour our methods. Because in both instances the opposition had also left no one up.

    Now the final question is is this a fault, well yesterday it was. Because we were 1-0 up. So we were all taught to leave 1 more than them on the halfway line. I would always have one on half way and one in front of their man up, between their 18 yd and the centre spot, and occasionally we would see if we could cheat him, and by that I mean send the more advanced man forward another ten/twenty yards to force their man up to go and mark him, and suddenly we had much less chance if being countered. That’s what we did yesterday but the mistake was Arteta’s he was moving forward anticipating ball retention and therefore becoming active offensively while others dropped back.

    Sometimes doesn’t matter how much you coach someone and how many years experience they have they can make a mistake.

    For further evidence see Joe Hart today. One of the first things you learn as a goalkeeper is to keep distance between you and the centre back when the centre back is running towards goal. One of the second things is don’t come out to a lobbed pass, it is so so easy for a forward to use the bounce and lob you.

    He broke both rules today. Is that a coaches fault?

  113. Gööner In Exile says:

    Knowing this forums penchant for a beard I assume we have all been watching the Red Sox apparently the whole team have adopted beards this whole season since going on a bit of a winning streak and one of the players turning up to pre season with a full on beard that others decided would become a team signature. Some unsociable working hours have led to me watching but I only started during the play offs, was quite shocked some looked like extras from Deliverance.

  114. Gooner in Exile says:

    Szczesny as posted by Chas earlier:

  115. dan2999 says:

    Hey, nice post there. I’m doing an Arsenal blog myself, just looking to see how others do it also.
    If you’ve a moment, check out my blog @

  116. JM says:

    (1) Start playing in a match to win it, irrespective of the opposition (even if it is VS a World Best XI team of season).

    (2) (Match experience counts here, including “influences” beyond team’s control) In the process – during the match, if the general feel among the group of eleven players is that they can win (and not they have to win – which is forcing the issue when realistically, the odds are against), then play confidently like winners (starting with the player with the captain’s armband).

    (3) Learn and play not to lose the match if the general feel (after engaging the opposition) is negative on the odds of winning.

    The Arsenal Invincibles 2003-2004 (played 38, won 26, drew 12, lost 0). The team do not have to win every battle to achieve their ultimate conquest. (They drew twice in the league with Man. United in that season)

    Also, the AC Milan Invincibles 1991-1992 (played 34, won 22, drew 12, lost 0) and the Juventus Invincibles 2011-2012 (played 38, won 23, drew 15, lost 0).

    Play hard, Play smarter.

    From: JM

  117. chas says:

  118. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Agree that record sales count. I’m a Belieber 🙂

    Incredibly, we have phone and electricity. Love that Arse Gent stuff. Pure genius. Brigadier Goring Hildred indeed 🙂

  119. evönne says:

    GiE – I have to admit that ‘your’ Czesny is doing considerably better than ‘my’ Joe. Goes to show who knows about goalkeepers

  120. ärnie says:

    Good morning everyone. Some bad news here, that I did not see reported on AA. Apparently, Flamster out for 2 weeks.

  121. evönne says:

    there was no rock in Poland when i was a teenager. Polish music was still 20 years behind the english speaking countries and foreign contaminnated poisonous garbage was not allowed.

    My idol of the 70s was this guy

  122. Big Raddy says:


    evonne. Never heard of your idol but he is a fine singer.

  123. ärnie says:

    Nice, Evonne. Where I was in the 70’s was 30 years even further away, but the good thing is it still had its own independent brand of music.

    It was the times of a failed revolution and several wars. A great singer from that period also died this week ( and here is his most popular song.

  124. ärnie says:

    But, when I was young, I thought of myself as a revolutionary, and did not care much about bourgeois music. This was more like my stuff. I am sure you will recognise the song from the tune.

  125. evönne says:

    last one, I promise

  126. Morning all

    Hope everyone is safe ……. We have a New Post ………………

  127. JanMan says:

    BR. Justin Bieber is the perfect example of why parents should use good contraception!!

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