A Mackem Mission

So here we are at the end of our first cluster of serious challenges. It didn’t go brilliantly, but didn’t go terribly for us either. We are still major contenders for the F.A cup, have a chance of progressing in the champions league, (against the odds admittedly, but bet against us at your peril!), and are still one of the 4 realistic teams that can win this years EPL.

We now face Sunderland F.C. In the Premier League, so what do we know about them?

Sunderland F.C were formed in 1879 which makes them one of the oldest institutions in football. They have a rich and ancient history, much like ourselves, so respect where it is due on either side, and that should lend itself to a vocal but respectful atmosphere at the game.

I have a couple of friends who emanate from Sunderland and they are good chaps, so if you run into any Mackem’s at the pre-match pub get together I hope you enjoy their company and here are some tips of things not to say :

1 Are you a Geordie?

2 I really like that stripey bar code look.

3 That Alan fellow from Match of the day, (not the smug Scottish one), seems a nice and well reasoned chap.

On to us and I would say that we should be moving ahead confidently. The Bayern defeat, and the way it transpired, really shouldn’t affect our overall confidence at all in any way and I fully expect us to dominate this game, BUT, it is a game against a team that could prove more difficult than we originally envision if we don’t get our act together from the start.

Sunderland are managed by Gus Poyet who, although may sound like Speedy Gonzales, I think is a good manager that plays the game in the right way, and has shown in recent games that Sunderland will not be an easy team to beat. We definitely need to be rid of any hangovers from Tuesday night and I am hoping for an early productive onslaught with a relaxing final twenty minutes rather than a tense finish.

We have Gibbs, Vermaelen, Walcott, Diaby, Kallstrom and Ramsey injured. These are some key players but we still have a lot of great available players in the squad which exemplifies our strength in depth. I also feel we may need to rotate a little, but not a lot, because we have a week off after this. As such my team would be :

arse v sund

I am not sure that this will be Arsene’s starting line up. If AOC is injured then I would put Gnabry straight in. I also think Arsene is likely to include Ozil, who I feel already is, and will increasingly be, a great player for us that will continue to become even better. I do however think he has maybe been somewhat overplayed in his first season in the EPL, and would take him out of this game, but I think Arsene will consider the Bayern game as the equivalent of falling off a bike and will push him back into the fray to re-establish himself. I can see the sense in that because the current British media would go into overdrive with their interpretations of Ozil dropping to the bench. If you are reading Mesut, don’t worry because the majority of us gunners have your back.

With no disrespect to Sunderland this really is a game we should expect to win at home. Whoever Arsene chooses to line up with, (even if it is against my most insightful and free of charge advice as listed above), then I feel we should have the necessary qualities to win the day.


Written by GoonerB


156 Responses to A Mackem Mission

  1. arnie says:

    Motning all. Great stuff, motning crew. Really enjoyed the discussion, the videos, everything. thank you all. “Itโ€™s as if beelzebub has reached inside the back passage of the universe, grasped hold of its internal organs and then pulled so hard the whole lotโ€™s turned inside out” ha ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    OK, off now to read GoonerB’s take on the game!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. arnie says:

    Fantastic stuff, GoonerB. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    We do not care so much about the journos and useless pundits. But we have got surrounded by scums who call themselves fans. These are the ones who are driving the vitriol against the likes of Mesut. Yes, we hoped, but did not expect a world beating team this year. We want our team to have the Arsenal spirit and fight hard and they do that, plus they take all the flak. Fantastic. This is part of the ritual of being a true Gooner.

    So, let us put the guys slightly under the cosh into the deep end. Monreal has also been criticised too much, and somewhat unfairly. As GiE has argued persuasively.

    Let us now put them in the deep(ish) end and see the mettle.

    Onwards and upwards!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Rasp says:

    Thanks GoonerB, I agree we should make sure we have pace and attack minded players in the midfield so Gnabry and Sanogo would be welcomed by me.

    After being a bit harsh on the selection of Sanogo originally based on what I saw at the Emirates cup, I am now excited about him as a future prospect.

    I agree with LB, he brings something that Giroud doesn’t to the attack ….. pace and aggression. He was thrown in at the deep in arguably 2 of the highest pressure games this season and coped well. He has a quick trigger finger and offloaded a couple of ‘strikers shots’ against Bayen that were unfortunately blocked. If he plays and gets a goal today we could all be seeing the birth of a new Arsenal quality striker. If we can play Sanogo/Giroud, the Ox/Gnabry and Podolski today – even better.

  4. gordon bray says:

    It is Sunderland Association Football Club, hence, S.A.F.C. mate ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Well done GoonerB a fine pre match, you are right Sunderland are one of the old guard, after the misstep of appointing Di Canio they seem to have a good manager in Poyet now.

    But they should not offer a threat today they should be beatable.

    Is this the game to bring back Giroud? Most definitely, we should get ample opportunities to him and in OShea and Brown he is not exactly up against the most physical or quick back line.

    Unlike Rasp I think Oli has enough aggression and like LB think the ball sticks more often than Sanogo has managed. That’s not to say Sanogo isn’t up to it, but he is young and still learning, I think if I was Wenger I would remove Giroud on about 70 minutes and ask Sanogo to use that pace and strength against already tired opponents, obviously that depends on the state of the game.

    The only change I would make to your line up is Pod on for Jack, and rather than TR7 in with Arteta I would switch him with Ox.

    That is purely thinking about the Cattermoles factor if he is suspended or injured then I’d go as you have.

    It’s not that I think Jack has the inability to count to ten it’s that I think referees penalise him more than others when he appears to act petulantly if he does not get the decisions. Any foul by him often results in a booking.

  6. arnie says:

    GiE: yes, Pod for jack can make sense. But in this case, switch Pod and Santi around. Also would not switch TR7 and The Ox. In my view, TR7 is not half as effective on the right wing. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. kelsey says:

    Thank you GoonerB for a fine pre match.

    The Ox is fit but I believe there is a doubt about Jack. Bad news is that reports suggest that Gibbs is out for 3 weeks.
    I am one who is not yet convinced that Monreal is to the standard of Gibbs, much like Jenkinson to Sagna,even allowing for the fact Jenkinson is still very young,fully commiteed and has improved this season with limited appearances.
    This game is made for Podolsi even a cameo role and for one reason or another AW won’t start him, and as to Bedtner,he appears to be completely out of favour.
    IMO this is no time to experiment there is too much at stake, we need to start with the strongest team available, and a win is imperative and it would be nice to see us get back to scoring more than a brace.Winning ugly is fine, but occcasionally we need to give a team a spanking, and I believe today is the day.
    Giroud will most probably start and possibly Gnabry.
    For those going I expect a standing ovation for the ice man.

  8. Sav from Australia says:

    Nice pre-match, GoonerB. Sets up today’s match perfectly.

  9. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Arnie I assumed people would guess Pod out left ๐Ÿ˜€

    You are probably right about TR7 being less effective out wide so perhaps:


    Then Pod and Santi can switch when they want.

  10. RA says:

    Well what can I say, GoonerBgood?

    An excellent pre-match that was a fine replacement for the holiday fiend Raddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    At the back of my mind there is always a sneaking suspicion that we presume too much when we expect teams like Sunderland to meekly roll over and ask for their tummies to be tickled, It never happens quite like that.

    I would be quite happy to win the 3 points, and don’t much care how we do it frankly.

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you for the post match thought GB.

    Our rivalry with Sunderland has been going for 110 years, our first game against them being November 5th 1904, our first season in Division One, – it must have been a real “blast”.

    Our oldest rivalry is with Newcastle, we played them in our very first league game, which was in Division Two, on September 2nd 1893.

  12. GoonerB says:

    Thank-you chaps and good afternoon (just) to you all. I find it hard to pick a team for games like this because I think the options are multiple. You could probably show me 10 different line ups and I would give the nod to all of them. It is games like Liverpool away and Bayern Munich where I have a more definitive team in mind because I think it those types of games where a game plan is more required. I mean no disrespect to SAFC (thank-you Gordon for the correction) with this.

    I basically agree with most of the sentiments above but have a different view in one area. From early on in his career with us I always looked at the Ox as becoming a great number 10 or wing forward and recent performances have even strengthened my belief in that.

    Arsene said he will be the new Gerrard and as he sees him day in day out and knows a thing or two about football you would feel that we ought to accept that as how it will be. I just don’t see it that way though. He has a good and powerful shot, and eye for goal, he has a good physique and body strength and has the pace to get behind a defence and the ball control to run at defenders.

    He seems to draw more penalties than any of our other offensive players and I often feel he terrorises defenders when he runs at them, so I really feel that he should be played a lot closer to the opponents goal rather than the deeper midfield. I always saw him as either being a wing forward or becoming more a Rooney type number 10 than a Gerrard.

    I even think he has the ability to surpass Rooney as a player. He has the ability that does allow him to play in deeper midfield admittedly, but I feel that wastes his main talents. Conversely I feel TR7 is excellent at bringing the ball from deeper and controlling a games tempo but doesn’t have the Ox’s explosive pace and power and is less of a goal threat.

  13. GoonerB says:

    Thanks RA and GN5. I know you are one of our longest serving fans GN5 but surely not even a long term stalwart like yourself can claim to have seen the first Sunderland Arsenal game.

  14. arnie says:

    Yes, GiE, that makes sense. Looking forward to the game. Pent up emotions, change of environment, should be fun. COYG. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    GB it would be interesting to hear of each AAers 1st game, mine was on November 22nd 1947 – a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
    I loved the Gunners as soon as I understood about football so my personal support goes back 70 plus years.

    My family’s support goes back over a hundred years, my maternal grandfather who lived on Stavordale Road was at the very first game at Highbury on September 6th 1913 – he was always very proud to remind his grandchildren of that fact..

  16. arnie says:

    OK, some mob bollix (courtesy TT), hopefully to cheer us up a bit. Before the games today, the mob put the odds on Arsenal winning the league at 56%, considerably lower you would notice after some recent mixed results. Shitty and the Chavs share the remainder, at 22% each.

    On the games today, the mob does not give Sunderland much chance against Arsenal, and Stoke against Shitty. The odds on wins are 97% and 94% respectively. But the Chavs-Everton game is interesting, with 64% odds on Chavs dropping points.

    Large uncertainty still. If Arsenal lose today, and Chavs and Shitty both win, the odds of winning the league will drop to 23%. On the upside it can rise to 77%, which is an unlikely event. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. evonne says:

    Great pre match GB! If I didn’t see your signature I would have assumed that the Holiday King is back and treated us with this blog!

    Sutherland is a funny team, never know what to expect from them. I suspect though that there will be a bus or two emerging in front of our goal. Other than that ? It’s going to be hard work, a physical game, not the tippy tappy we prefer on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

    Was the chant ‘you are small team from Scottlannd’ that used to wind Southerland up?

  18. GoonerB says:

    GN5 I always feel very humbled when I hear you reminisce. Ifeel we are lucky to have you on this site.

  19. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    GB on Ox….interesting thoughts.

    I think what makes him more suitable to the deeper position than Jack for example is his range of passing. I don’t feel Jack has that range or in fact as much ability to strike a thunderbolt from distance, both things that the Ox possesses. That coupled with his physical strength, and his other attributes that you list for me make him perfect for the deeper role. Pace to join the attack from deep, something that I think we have missed. Ability to play one twos out, or dribble out or play a long ball to feet mean that he would give us such variety that it would become much harder for an opposition team to plan to deal with him, with Jack you get two things, turn and go or one two, so one man tight and others limiting short options and we find it difficult to move out of midfield on occasion.

    That option that Ox has to go long would stop the others from being able to press the short options, and my guess is more often than not they would get stuck in half way houses which would then give us more room to do what we want.

  20. JanMan says:

    Nice pre match post thank you. I have no problem with giving ร–zil a rest, in fact he should go on holiday for a few days and recharge his batteries. The pace of the EPL and more important the amount of games played has been too much for him and I just don’t think he was prepared for that. However, he is a great player and has a great future at Arsenal once he correctly adapts. As for the line up I would play Cazorla in the middle with Podolski on the wing and Rosicky on the bench. I have no problems with Monreal and think he is an adequate fill for Gibbs.

  21. GunnerN5 says:


    I’ve been posting on AA for close to four years and as you all know I’ve certainly had many ‘ups and downs”. My support is so intense that I simply cannot abide “experts” opinions and inane criticism of our club, manager or players. That does not mean I’m blind to the facts but what it does mean is that my support is unconditional.

    However to cut to the chase – my reason for remaining on AA is that it has the best administration and some incredible writers – frankly I’m the one that is humbled by the group of you on AA who have tolerated my many outbursts.


  22. GunnerN5 says:

    JanMan, I have an issue with sitting Ozil out, he is obviously an ego type player and I fear that he would take that as a slap in the face. Not to mention the outpouring of crap that will come out of the Red Tops. I advocate letting him play himself back into form.

  23. JanMan says:

    Hello GN5. That is a very good point that you make and I have to say your point is 100% correct. My concern is that he has not adjusted to the intensity of the EPL and I don’t believe he has ever played this amount of games before (basically every 3 days) and it is for that reason only I think he deserves a break. Hopefully if he does get a break today then Mr. Wenger will have explained the situation to him well enough that it does not effect his ego. On the other hand he may well argue with Wenger and stake the claim that he needs this game to bounce right back into form, who knows? Whatever, I do not disagree with your point.

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    JanMan, your point is just as valid, he does appear to need rest, but it’s the fall out of resting him that I would be concerned about.
    Looks like we are saying the same thing.

  25. JanMan says:

    GN5. Yes, we are basically on the same track ๐Ÿ™‚ Most important thing today is a good solid all round team performance and three points.

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Team News


    Larsson, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Cuellar, Scocco, Ustari

    Sunderland Team

    Mannone, Bardsley, Ki, Johnson, Colback, O’Shea, Altidore, Bridcutt, Vergini, Alonso, Borini


    Fabianski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Sanogo, Bendtner

    Arsenal Team

    Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    Team News

    Arsene Wenger has made five changes, with no Mesut Ozil in the matchday squad

    The Italian goalkeeper spent seven years at Arsenal, before his summer move to the Stadium of Light and he has excelled ever since

    They are also unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions, and will have a familiar face in between the stick – Vito Mannone

    But Sunderland will not prove to be easy opponents. If the league had started when Gus Poyet took over as manager, they would be lying in 10th position

    Now attention turns towards matters on the pitch, as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League

    It has been an historic day as a statue of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has been unveiled outside Emirates Stadium

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear Ozil nowhere to be seen, I don’t look forward to the consequences.

  28. GoonerB says:

    GIE, I get your argument re the Ox. He is a player who has very few weaknesses in his game so he can literally play anywhere. I really feel he is a player that will be viewed as world class in the future. Whatever his best position ends up being I will sit back and enjoy watching his development unfold.

    GN5, I actually enjoy the fact that we have bloggers on here who provide that unconditional support of the club like yourself and the sadly recently absent syruped one. I am very pro club and pro Wenger but don’t quite get to the unconditional level. I will have the occasional gripe, normally regarding the infinitely boring area of tactics or when I fell there has been a lack of them, so just ignore me when I go off on one in that area.

    Speaking of Mancini, where is he? I am very unhappy with him and feel he has been a very naughty boy. He doesn’t know it yet but I have invented a new flying robotic device that is designed to search out specific persons and give them a nasty electric shock to the nether regions. It is sensitised to 3 types of people. Anyone with cranial alopecia, anyone of Greek descent, and anyone of a perverse sexual orientation. The more of these traits it finds in any individual the greater the electrical punishment. If Mancini is not back here soon I will release the droid, so don’t say you haven’t been warned Terrence.

  29. GoonerB says:

    I shouldn’t worry about Mesut GN5. Wenger has been doing this long enough to be able to handle the situation. Let the media idiots write what they want. The most important thing is for the Arsenal fans to pull together and send him some positive messages from the stands, then he will not care a jot what the tabloids say.

  30. kelsey says:

    Me …just a realist ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    GB, Yep AW’s experience may be just the tonic that Ozil needs.

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Still goose eggs at Stamford Bridge in the 88th minute.

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    5 minutes of stoppage time – ouch!

  34. arnie says:

    GN5: See your point. Beebs already says: “Euro scapegoat watch: Ozil out, Demichelis in”. But we will be fine, at least on AA. Who cares about these doomsday usherers? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. kelsey says:

    I don’t think it was anything to do with the penalty miss. You both have given good reasons why he should play or not but I honestly believe he is just exhausted and I don’t read anymore into it.

    GN5 beats me by 11 years ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have seen us win and lose Cups, leagues, and been to Highbury with just a crowd of 4000 it would be nice to see us lift the CL

  36. arnie says:

    oh dear!

  37. evonne says:

    I am sorry guys, as soon as I started to watch Chelsea, they scored. Poo!!!

  38. kelsey says:

    shite,chelsea score in extra time.

  39. GoonerB says:

    In fact lets send out a plea to the home fans today for a loud chorus of super Mesut Ozil. Stick 2 fingers up at the slimy media ars—-es. Their agenda is only to try and wind up Arsenal fans and divide them so lets send them a unified message. Even if he is not playing he will get to hear it.

  40. GunnerN5 says:


  41. GoonerB says:

    Damn. I was getting the impression that Everton were the better side. This will send Shearer into overdrive with his obvious Mourinho man love crush. I really can’t wait for MOTD where he harks on about grinding it out e.t.c, e.t.c. Lets have a prediction on what terms we will hear. I’m going with :

    “Grinding it out”
    “Winning Ugly”
    “Winning when not playing well”
    “the stuff of champions”

    Anyone else got any cliches that you feel will spew out of his mouth?

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    GB, One of the side benefits of living in Canada is that we don’t have to suffer MOTD. But we do have to put up with Canadian and American “expert” pundits.

  43. GoonerB says:

    GN5, I think I would rather hear someone talk about how Chelsea played great soccerball in a North American drawl rather than watch Shearer attempting to extract his head from the deep recesses of Maureen’s rectal passage.

  44. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    I’m blaming GN5 and Evomne for that late Chav goal.

    That’s me the superstitious pansy ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    “Mourinho proves he is the special one”.
    “Everton only played for a point”
    “This could decide the Championship”

  46. GunnerN5 says:

    GB, Fortunately I cannot draw a comparison but then again I’sm happy not to have to listen to him.

    Right I’m off to watch the game on the big screen – I will be back 3 points later.

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE, I fully accept the blame I should have kept my fingers off of the keyboard……………

  48. Rasp says:

    La la la la lala la lala Girooooouuuuuddddd

  49. kelsey says:

    actually he took that well, cool and calm

  50. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Good stuff well done Giroud….can’t be arsed to find a stream…SOPcast seems to be dying on its arse whenit comes to PL games.

    Reckon Wenger took Ozil out of the home stands firing line….next start will be away from home with less pressure….please let it not be us fans that stop his AFC career before it gets started.

  51. Gรถรถner In Exile says:


    “John Terry proves what champions are made of….”

    “Turned to experience…..”

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Damn late. Budge up

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    This is ok. No added bit needed

  54. arnie says:

    wow, best goal I have seen in a while

  55. evonne says:

    Jack is unplayable, another assist!

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “We are spoilt rotten”

    Some truth ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Ok now I’m thinking balls in a vice would have been worth it to take LBs spare ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Giroud showing what a little man management does ……

  58. kelsey says:


    I told you this morning we would get a hatful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. evonne says:

    GiE – I was thinking the same!! I turned down a chance to ram Jack down LBs throat ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. kelsey says:

    Considering he played on Wednesday and under the co for 55 minutes Sagna has worked as hard as anyone. SAhame if we can’t give him a deal.

  61. JanMan says:

    I am lucky enough not to have to worry about finding a stream for the game as it is live on German Sky Sports. What a great 1st half, total control of the game and three very good goals with the 3rd the best worked one of all. Good response from Giroud, could not ask for anything more. I hope we can score some more in the 2nd half and not just sit back as this game is the best pick me up tonic that we could ask for.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    Afternoon All.

    Home just in time for kick -off and it is going well.

    As to the results and performances whilst I was away I can only say that I was very happy to be without internet or television!

    Now Raddy is back be assured we will return to winning ways ๐Ÿ˜€

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m off to see this Polish woman tonight. Ever heard of Hanna Hipp?
    I haven’t. Just something different to do, and it’s in a mate’s house, so supporting him. She’s singing some Polish songs by Poulenc!?


  64. JanMan says:

    Kelsey, Agree. I really hope we can work out a new deal with Sagna.

  65. arnie says:

    welcome back, Raddy. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ We are surviving! ๐Ÿ˜€

  66. arnie says:

    Jenks on for Monreal? That is a bit strange.

  67. arnie says:

    Monreal, apparently ankle. oh dear!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crack open the red, Raddy. Welcome back.

  69. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Iwas just about to say “a perfect first half” then I heard Monreal was injured. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  70. arnie says:

    4-0. kos.

  71. JanMan says:

    Arnie. Where did you hear it was an injury to Monreal?

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “Sunderland will have to be aware of their goal difference”

    Ha ha ROLF. Bit late for that ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. arnie says:

    yes, JanMan, hopefully just a niggle, precaution, but dont know.

  74. arnie says:

    remember, Bellerin is back, and Sagna is playing left back, and can play left back.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Going along nicely.

    Bit early for the wine. I am still 5 hours behind!

  76. JanMan says:

    Arnie. There was no mention of any injury on German Sky?

  77. arnie says:

    I heard on MSNBC commentary. let us see.

  78. JanMan says:

    Arnie. Like you said then, hopefully it is just a precaution sub and not serious!

  79. arnie says:

    Kos off, Flamster on, apparently precaution as well.

  80. arnie says:

    Sagna in centre back, Flamster left back.

  81. kelsey says:

    possible hamstring injury to Monreal

  82. kelsey says:

    Help announcer to the crowd “are there any under 40 left backs in attendence” ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. arnie says:

    kelsey. ๐Ÿ˜€

  84. kelsey says:

    Excuse my ignorance but what is German Sky TV ?

  85. MickyDidIt89 says:

    A breakfast beer then ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. arnie says:

    West Ham 3-1 Southampton

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:


    They float a Zeppelin in the sky, then…..

  88. Big Raddy says:


    BB sounds good ๐Ÿ™‚

    Back later tonight to discuss the victory

  89. evonne says:

    micky – nope, never heard of her. Hipp not a polish name. Call her Hanya, she’ll love it, honestly. So your friend is having concerts in his house. Right, some circles you are moving in

  90. arnie says:

    oh dear, Jenks ….. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  91. kelsey says:

    Sagna is my man of the match for many reasons

  92. JanMan says:

    Kelsey. German version of English sky. You have sky in several European countries. Check out all the info on http://www.sky.de

  93. arnie says:

    not so quick, Kelsey, sound like pre-post match report!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  94. arnie says:

    makeshift defence, but 1 is enough, we should not concede any more. ๐Ÿ˜€

  95. JanMan says:

    Was hoping for a clean sheet…..

  96. kelsey says:

    Oh I see,we had Spanish Sky in the costa del sol. 250000 subscribers but all totally illegal ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. JanMan says:

    Jenkinson really looks out of place. Oh well, 3 points in the bag regardless. I hope there are no real injury concerns for Monreal, Kos and now possibly JW.

  98. JanMan says:

    Kelsey. Same thing here in Germany. If you check out the website you subscribe just like you would in England. What is really good here in Germany is that they have a Bundesliga package where you can watch every single game live and an international package which shows the EPL and all of the Champions league and Euro cup league. Good value for money.

  99. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great work. Thought it could be difficult to raise our game after playing Pool, Utd and Bayern in mid week. Ok, Sunderland helped, but still what the Doctor ordered.

  100. JanMan says:

    Kelsey. The German sky package actually works out more cheaper than my Fox cable package in America but cable in the states is the only way to watch the EPL.

  101. kelsey says:

    Nice match report,micky

  102. JanMan says:

    Okay that’s it three points in the bag. Hopefully no fall out from injuries. Time to get ready to take the wife out for a nice meal and drinks in down town Berlin.

  103. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Job done, Kelsey ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Now for some rugby.

  105. kelsey says:

    Can’t have any complaints can we. just concerned that we are running out of left backs and if Sagna gets injured could the corporal cope with our next 6 fixtures.

  106. kelsey says:

    Ithought you were going on the fiddle tonight at 14.00 a ticket micky.

  107. RockyLives says:

    Nice write up GB

    We thrash Mackems 4-1 – apparently they were crap.

    Citeh beat Stoke 1-0 at home – sign of champions.

    The North American commentary was all about how bad Sunderland were, whereas to me that was a game that proves we have got ourselves back on track for the run – in.

  108. GunnerN5 says:

    A cartoonist has been found dead in his home. – Details are sketchy.

  109. kelsey says:

    Transplant,wherever he is was right.The ghost of the thirties will return. A big win considering the week we had.

    most will give Rosicky man of the match i will stick with Sagna who played in three different positions when required after having run his legs off two and a half days earlier.

    Headline: Okkie bangs another two ๐Ÿ™‚

  110. GunnerN5 says:

    Mt Doctor told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

  111. kelsey says:

    Ollie not okkie bangs another two

  112. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey or alternatively –

    Sunderland drop their pants for Giroud………..

  113. GunnerN5 says:

    I started my career as a banker, but then I lost interest.

  114. kelsey says:

    If Ozil has got a thigh strain then I am the Pope

  115. arnie says:

    This was made in heaven!!!!

  116. kelsey says:

    can’t argue with that. arnie

  117. GunnerN5 says:

    How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it….

  118. GunnerN5 says:

    Venison for dinner again tonight? Oh deer!

  119. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rugby good if you like that sort of thing.

  120. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No manners whatsoever.

    Thank you very much. Was late into my seat for the game and have only just enjoyed it.

  121. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right. Off. Come on the Palace.

  122. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

  123. chas says:

    Cheers, GoonerB, a fine job.

    Ant was talking to a Mackem in the King’s Head and he was saying how much they enjoyed coming to games against Arsenal and how friendly the atmosphere is.
    When they go to Tottnumb they have to put up with all sorts of abuse from the swampies.
    The clubs are only 4 or 5 miles apart but the difference might as well be light years.

  124. Rasp says:

    Evening all, I know its very late but we need a victim … I mean volunteer to write a match report/express their feelings. Peaches will be on soon to pressgang you so you might as well comply now ๐Ÿ˜•

  125. Hello gang

    Sorry I’ve been missing for a couple of days ……. as Rasp says we do need a volunteer to write something about todays game for tomorrow’s post.

  126. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well, we think the match report has already been done, don’t we Kelsey ๐Ÿ™‚

  127. MickyDidIt89 says:

    For the ?th time, do we need a report.?

    We are not a Newspaper.

    I’m leading this Coup for your own good. Imagine the burden being lifted from your shoulders, going to games and never having to nag.

    A vote? Or at least suggestions. Could be the theme of the day.

    Stick up match stats and be done with it if you have to.

  128. evonne says:

    Good idea Micky! Your ‘feelings’ will do after games ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously though – I like reading reports, but always look for player ratings and author’s view on bones of contention, ie was it a pen, how good was Santi, should we have Fab instead of Szcz, etc, know what I mean ?

  129. kelsey says:


    I have my own way of reviewing a game and have done three of the last four so maybe somebody else would like to put a different slant on it though I have a few thoughts which may go against the norm.

  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think you have better feelings than me Evonne, or so you keep implying ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, my dear, pen up I say ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. chas says:

    So that’s unanimous, then……another maverick report from kelsey.
    Everyone loves yours, kelsey. They are the best.

    p.s. that norm bloke is rubbish.

  132. evonne says:

    I’ve changed my mind Micky, woman’s prerogative – you is best at feelings ๐Ÿ™‚

    Funny how both Szcz and Giroud came back better players after they received a cold shoulder from the man in charge.

  133. evonne says:

    oh feck I was looking forward to the MotD ,but they started with Maureen, Shearer and Hansen. I already feel sick

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Is the Emirates the only Prem Ground where so many leave so early, win lose or draw?
    What can AFC do to change things?
    ps I’ve already suggested locking the doors, but unbelievably, that idea fell on deaf ears.

  135. evonne says:

    Rosicky’s goal the best by far.

  136. evonne says:

    shearer loves Giroud!! I give up

  137. MickyDidIt89 says:

    In the name of compromise ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Morning all, I watched highlights so can’t do a report. I’ve been enjoying Kelsey’s of late so another vote for that man.

  139. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Since no-one else is suggesting anything, I say why not stick up GN5’s post. I sent an unused one in. Let’s face it, the game yesterday did not spark much debate last night, so is highly unlikely to do so today.

    I’m bored of making suggestions.

  140. evonne says:

    problem – how do I permanently stop/delete video tweets from this site? It drives me nuts when every time I refresh they start playing nonstop again. I know how to pause them

  141. kelsey says:

    post in drafts

  142. kelsey says:

    Is the site on auto pilot ๐Ÿ™‚

  143. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Evonne only thing that should auto play are gifs everything else requires me to press play button?

  144. arnie says:

    motning all. well done Kelsey, and well done everyone in persuading Kelsey to do well. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Just to take way from Micky for a second the onus of making suggestions, let me make one. Like Raddy is the official pre-match poster, let us designate Kelsey for the official pre-post report review post. ๐Ÿ˜›

    And finally, having finished my suggestion, Micky can e designated the official suggestion AA-er. ๐Ÿ˜›

  145. arnie says:

    The Rosicky goal yesterday washed away a lot of irritability pent up over the past few weeks. I may have passed on some of this discomfiture to fellow AA ers during this period, and for this I apologise to everyone concerned. But I do not plead guilty, the fault rests entirely on AFC. They provide us such extremes of emotion! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  146. evonne says:

    GiE – I am not sure about their format, but yours mp4 @7:55 is playing non stop

  147. GoonerB says:

    Morning all. I am looking forward to Kelsey’s post. I haven’t seen the game or any highlights yet. Dis someone say that Maureen was on MOTD. I have it recorded but think I might struggle to watch it if that self appreciating t–t is on it.

    I was quite impressed with myself (and it’s not often I can say that) that in my pre-match I was only one player out from AW’s selection. I also asked for a comfortable victory with a calm non-nervy final 20 minutes, and we got it. It seems that Arsene and the players are listening in and are obviously avid readers on here A.A’ers.

    By the way did anyone realise that yesterday was my first ever pre-match report? It will likely be my last now that the great Raddish is back.

  148. arnie says:

    Evonne, the vine stuff continue to play, But there is a button to mute it, so that even if it plays, it does not distract you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  149. evonne says:

    it is muted, but still takes the processing power and it annoys me

  150. kelsey says:

    You did well GoonerB.Much harder to do a pre match that a review after the game.

    arnie, no doubt Rosicky’s goal had the Wenger stamp all over it but in my review I have another angle on it.

  151. GoonerB says:

    BBC comment that Wayne Rooney is only the second player to score 10 or more goals in 10 consecutive seasons. Is it just me but rather than going “wow, that’s impressive” I went more “yeh and? He’s a striker isn’t he? He’s featured in the EPL for some 12 seasons and cost ยฃ30m, and has just been deemed good enough to earn ยฃ300kpw, so I don’t think that more than 10 goals a season is too much to ask for”.

  152. GoonerB says:

    Thank-you Kelsey, you always know how best to massage my ego.

  153. Morning morning morning

    I’m just uncurling myself from a wonderful sleep, what shall we talk about today? The third goal was beautiful, a pure Arsenal goal just like Rosicky said.

    Going in search of a match report from kelsey ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you GoonerB for your pre-match yesterday.

    Welcome home Raddy, hope you had a great time.

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