0017 – Licenced to Roam

Excited? You should be because this season is going to be epic and it starts today

Let’s be honest a managerless Crystal Palace should be lambs to the slaughter but we found out in last season’s opener that opening games throw up strange results. Mr Pulis did well with an average side and as usual forced his team to play kick and run (with an emphasis on the kick). How will CP play today? Who knows. Who cares, as long as they don’t injure any of our heroes.

Palace have big men all over the pitch; Chamakh, Hangeland, Jedinak, Dann, Puncheon etc, all decent players and all hard workers which they will need to be. It has to be said that Palace have a decent front-line. Chamakh may not have achieved much at the Emirates but he is showing he can perform swell at a mid-table club. I wish him well in the coming days but hope he has a stinker today.

Jedinak has been much touted after a fine season – good enough for a top 4 club? Not according to their managers!

Enough of the opposition, let’s get onto the men in the white hats ……

To be honest I have no idea who will start this afternoon. I doubt anyone outside of Mr Wenger and his coaching staff do – such is the wealth of talent available. The only players I can be sure won’t play are Theo, Abou and Ryo.

Let’s start with the defence.: I am sure Merts will play. I cannot see heim as the type of chap who would holiday  in a 5 star Las Vegas hotel surrounded by bottles of Champagne after along night in the casino, then spending his daytime flaked out by the pool having his pale body massaged with Factor 50 by a bevy of hookers. Can you?

No, I see him resting and preparing himself for today’s kick-off. He is a German after all.

If I am wrong and Merts has spent the summer on the sauce, it will be exciting to see how Chambers copes; his Wembley appearance was superb which brings heavy expectations onto such young shoulders. Midweek I went to Malmo to see their top of the table clash with another Swedish team (an exciting 3-2 victory to Malmo). The reason being that I am friends with their fitness trainer – Young Ben. Ben was assistant fitness trainer at Southampton and he tells me that Arsenal have signed a monster player who is is not only a better footballer than Luke Shaw but also in far better physical condition. He says that €16m was cheap for someone who will be a future England Captain – oh and he told me that Shaw has a history of niggling muscle knack.

Koscielny: Now I cannot understand at all how Sakho started for France ahead of Kos. What an insult to our beak nosed Gaul. No surprise that France did not concede a goal whilst Kos played and then lost to Germany when the idiot Deschamps picked Sakho ahead of our boy. Mr Wenger would not make such an error and as such (if fit) our usual CB pairing will start.


Actually the defence picks itself doesn’t it? TPIG, the shiny new right back and Gibbs make up the numbers in what is a tight and effective first choice defence. Problems will only arise when injuries and exhaustion hit.

Midfield. This is where it starts to get difficult. Arteta and Ramsey are automatic starters. Ramsey!! What a fantastic player this lad is. The finish at Wembley last week was the work of a top class striker and this from a box to box midfielder. Ramsey has it all and, sad as I feel about it, not signing Fabregas was the right decision – Ramsey is the better player (as is Ozil 🙂 ).

Wilshere ? Of course.

And the Ox? This lad needs games – give him them and he will develop into one of the best players in the PL. He has everything except aerial ability. Great shot, explosive pace, an eye for a pass, tactical awareness. BUT where does he fit into the side? Thankfully this is Mr Wenger’s problem, but in my opinion he is too good to spend this season on the bench.

Will Ozil start? Probably not but he is ready and I would like to see our little genius and World Cup Winners medal owner line up on the right or behind the striker. If not, Santi, who had a fine game last week, is hardly a poor replacement – he would walk into almost any other side in the world but I fear this could be a frustrating season for him as there is so much competition in the attacking third.

Sanchez is a definite starter and I predict he will score on his full home debut. This man is the dogs and was the plum PL signing of the summer. I was surprised he didn’t go to Liverpool as a Suarez replacement (hahahahaha – let’s see how well you do this season Mr Rodgers) but clearly the prospect of living in Toxteth and rooming with Jordan Henderson was not particularly attractive. Hampstead and OG made AFC an obvious choice. I expect him to start from the left today – the TH14 position. He will be our secret agent 0017 – with licence to roam.


0017 – One for the Ladies

OG gets the CF shirt. Until Sanogo improves, Theo gets fit or OG hits a bad patch of form he must start.

My Team:


Debuchy     BFG     Kos     Gibbs

Ramsey    Wilshere      Arteta

Ozil      Giroud      Sanchez

At last we have a super strong bench. Chambers, Monreal, Cazorla, Sanogo, Ox, Pod etc

I hate to put a bok on today but I cannot see anything but an Arsenal win. CP did surprisingly well to get 11th place last season but let’s be honest, they spawned it as other teams went into free fall. The chances of another opening day Aston Villa are unlikely as the lads will be determined not to get suckered again.

The World Cup players apart, our boys have had a full pre-season and on the evidence of the Community Shield are in fine fettle. You lucky, lucky folk who are going to the game will have a fine time.

I will be in Peaches pocket. Actually today I am going to the Southern Cross in Løngangstrædet Copenhagen to watch the game with California Gooner. See you there.


N:B. I have yet to think of a season theme. Any ideas will be welcomed and then discarded 🙂

written by Big Raddy

178 Responses to 0017 – Licenced to Roam

  1. Sorry rasp is on the missing list so no pitch layout at the moment.

    Off to read the post ……… looking good Raddy 😀

  2. Oh wow Gooners, how lucky are we …….. 5.30 ko’s make me a bit nervous although after last season not as nervous as 12.45 ones 😦

    Lovely day coming up, a bit of gardening, lunch with Micky, drinks with the Nottingham crew and then on to the Emirates.

    Absolutely agree about Ramsey, what a player, love him love him love.

    Is there a song for Alexis yet?

  3. kelsey says:

    A picture less post 🙂 Oh well never mind.

    Only two wrong in your selection Raddy.BFG and Ozil won’t play so Monreal and Cazorla step in.

    A conservative 2-0 will do me.

  4. Morning kelsey – you think Monreal will start ahead of Chambers? I’m not sure about that ……….

  5. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning all, Well done Big Raddy, the first pre-match of the season, it’s bound to be followed by many more.

    What a day in prospect, second day of the final England/India test match. Followed by Arsenal v Crystal Palace at THoF.

    A new season, new toys and a new feeling of anticipation that at last we can genuinely compete for the top prize in English club football.

    My team, TPIG,
    Debuchy Chambers Koscielny Gibbs
    Alexis Ramsey Rosciky The Ox

    Of course however good my starting eleven is I will defer to Le Boss who no doubt knows a little bit more than I do about team selection. 😀

    Now from my early days supporting The Wembley Lions Ice Hockey team….EAT ‘EM RAW !!!!!

  6. Eddie says:

    what a great inauguration post! Wow, fantastic, we are back in action 🙂 Good to see you still have it Raddy

    I happen to like Jedynak (means ‘the only child’), he is a good player. Let’s hope he won’t poo on our clean sheet. And as for our Puma kittens -mmmmmmm…..they look so hot! Personally I like chubby chaps, but Sanchez has a form! I somehow doubt Wenger will play the strongest team, there is no need for that. Let the younger players start and keep the big guns on the bench, see what happens.

    One way or another I can hardly wait

  7. fatgingergooner says:

    My team guess is:

    Debuchy Chambers Kozzer Gibbs
    Wilshere Arteta Ramsey
    Sanchez Giroud Cazorla

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah ha, The Big Raddy
    All is once again right with the world
    Reckon AW will go for art, ram, Jack, Santo, Alex and Ollie although i’d like to see a front three of ox Alexis and Joel

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Oi where is my banner?

    I see Union negotiations leading to a strike.

  10. Shubham says:

    Happy new season folks! My team for today;

    Debuchy Chambers Kozzer Gibbs
    Wilshere Arteta Ramsey
    Sanchez Sanogo Cazorla

    The rationale: Let us see what Sanogo can do and keep Giroud wrapped up for Besiktas away. That is a far more important game. Remember, the remaining signings will only happen if we qualify for the ECL group stage. Top players won’t want to be in the Europa league.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Having read AW’s statement about the season starting a week too early ….

    Santi in for Ozil and Chambers for BFG. Otherwise the team as above.

  12. Shard says:

    NEW SEASON!! But still Raddy pre match posts..Double Yaay!

    I am sure Merts will play. I cannot see heim as the type of chap who would holiday in a 5 star Las Vegas hotel surrounded by bottles of Champagne after along night in the casino, then spending his daytime flaked out by the pool having his pale body massaged with Factor 50 by a bevy of hookers. Can you?

    No. But I could see myself like that 😀

    Debuchy Chambers Kos Gibbs

    Arteta Ramsey Wilshere
    Cazorla Sanchez Giroud

    Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Flamini, Ox, Rosicky, Campbell, Sanogo

  13. chas says:

    Cheers, BR, a fine way to start the season.

    How about physicists as the season’s theme?
    Some cracking beards and you could educate us at the same time.
    Didn’t Archimedes first notice water displacement while Neil Ruddock was entering the team bath at Upton Park?

  14. Oooops sorry, banner done 😳

  15. Ant says:

    Hi everyone and thanks for the PM Big Daddy!
    The ant and Duck show is officially open..

  16. fatgingergooner says:

    For anyone who missed earlier:

    A bit last minute but I have set up a new Fantasy League on the Barclays Premier League website just for AAers.

    It’s on the Barclays premier league website. Go to fantasy football, create your team, and then go to leagues, and join league and input this code!

    The code you need is 2118197-551869

  17. forfarfor says:

    And it’s salami sausage with tomato on
    crusty bread today for lunch followed by a couple of snifters..

  18. forfarfor says:

    If the train is as fast as Micky’s then we’ll be in London in 35 minutes ( but it actually takes 100 mins )

  19. Is our game on tv?

  20. Ant says:

    Chas is having a few niggles with the technology..

  21. Ant says:

    Yes on Sky P

  22. Ant says:

    BT has the early game (Man U)

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Peaches. It must be. And thanks:-D

  24. Big Raddy says:

    That sausage sandwich sounds good. I just made myself an egg and chips – the lunch of Champions

  25. Ant says:

    Who’s got the plum cake?

  26. Sorry guys, no time for plum cake today. Maybe at Besiktas you’ll get some ………..

  27. Ant says:

    The weather up Norf is a bit dull.. Is it glorious sunshine in NL?

  28. What sky channel, I can’t find it 😦

  29. NL weather report says it will be cloudy with outbreaks of sunshine especially over the Emirates Stadium every time The Arsenal score a goal 😛

  30. chas mobile says:

    The train carriage already looks like it’s had a troop of baboons partying in it. So much for the packed lunch – Ant wants to know which one is the buffet car.

  31. Found it – sky sports 1 HD – there is another sky sports 1 called HQ which is what confused me – sorry if I confused others. Gibbering now 😆

  32. Ant says:

    Sky sports 1 which is 502 on a sky box

  33. Ant says:

    Hq is the new name for sky sports news but moved rom 506 to 501

  34. Ant says:

    The baboons are enjoying the food more than the beer thus far

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  38. LB says:

    What a brilliant pre-match, superb.

    I love that picture of Chas up there with his sausage roll.

    Arsenal, beer and sausage roll — the perfect triangle.

  39. Ant says:

    Is mention of the golden triangle acceptable to Peaches’ mum?

  40. fatgingergooner says:

    If Swansea can keep Bony and keep their first 11 fit they’ve got a decent PL side.

  41. chas mobile says:

  42. Ant says:

  43. Ant says:

  44. fatgingergooner says:

    What did I just say!

  45. Ant says:

    Has Micky’s rocket landed yet?

  46. chas mobile says:

  47. chas mobile says:

    Danny Boy to Broadsword, how is the military incursion from Devon progressing?

  48. Ant says:

  49. Ant says:

  50. chas mobile says:

    How’s the design museum?

  51. Ant says:

    Still under construction..

  52. chas mobile says:

    Ant, shall we suggest an AA Christmas party?

  53. Ant says:

    Perhaps surfing in Devon or in Copenhagen Square or Peaches landscaped garden?

  54. chas mobile says:

    I reckon Evonne’s and fancy dress. Theme?

  55. Ant says:

    Black Dog fancy dress

  56. Ant says:

    Or villains!

  57. Ant says:

    I can almost smell the marinating kebabs..

  58. chas mobile says:

  59. chas mobile says:

    How about swamp dwellers?

  60. Ant says:

    But you can flush anything else..

  61. Ant says:

    Who would do the music?

  62. Ant says:

  63. peter says:

    Hi all!…peter the Kenyan is back….finally the season kicks off today…this time around there’s positive feeling sorounding the club as opposed to day one last season…Bring on managerless CP!

  64. chas mobile says:

    Gotta be Chary to do the music.

  65. chas mobile says:

    It’ll be a right disco inferno.

  66. Ant says:

  67. Danny says:

    This is for the older Arsenal supporters on this blog:
    My family have been season ticket holders at Arsenal in some form or another since 1934. We were executive members from 1966 until 2006 when Highbury was destroyed. This season will be the first since after 80 years that no one from my family will be attending as season ticket holders. The final holder was my brother last season but he’s given it up and even though he offered it around, there were no takers. We have over 25 Arsenal supporters in the family but we’ve all come to the conclusion that until Wenger goes then our interest in the club will be kept to the bare minimum except for maybe a couple a games this season.
    Sad but there it goes.

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Danny. Firstly, I do not believe that any family with a history of AFC support would be stupid enough to give up a season ticket after a fine season.

    Secondly, that type of support shames your ancestors. Wonder why they didn’t give up the season tickets during the 17 year barren spell when AFC played dire football.

    BTW Are you Dial Sq? ;-(

  69. Eddie says:

    OMG, Fabianski is doing well for the Swans 🙂 🙂

    Sorry guys, I am watching the Muppet Show but with one eye only, terribly busy again

    May I suggest that you stop drinking now? You will be in no state to watch the kick off ffs

  70. peter says:

    oh!,and i forget to congratulate Big Raddy for that brilliant post…itz a brilliant one.i enjoyed reading it.i even read twice!

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Just checked. Danny’s IP address is in Israel.

    What a total front bottom

  72. Big Raddy says:

    Really enjoying the Ant & Duck show.

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Peter. Thanks. Enjoy the game

  74. fatgingergooner says:

    Exactly BR,

    Maybe that’s why they couldn’t give the ticket away, it’s a fair old trek from Israel! 🙂

  75. Danny says:

    Yes I don’t live in the UK anymore but the rest of my family does. Secondly Raddy I was the executive season ticket holder during those 17 years.
    As for your comment “support shames your ancestors” – well we support Arsenal FC not Arsene FC and we were so convinced/hopping that last season was his last that when he got the new 3 year contract we just decided to give it a break.

  76. Big Raddy says:

    Fine start to the season for the Swans. MU were awful but to be fair they were missing Fellaini 😀

  77. Danny says:

    What a total front bottom

    …..and by the way why are you publishing where people’s IP address’ are? That I expect from other Arsenal blogs of lower standards but not here.

  78. Big Raddy says:

    Danny. I did not publish your IP address. As you say we do not do things like that.

    I guess it takes all types and your sadness at AW’s contract extension is mirrored by most fans delight.

    But enough of this, I am excited by the first game of the new season and do not wish to get into a dispute with a fellow Arsenal fan.

  79. GunnerN5 says:

    Ideal start to the 2014/15 season first off a BR post and then Man U lose in the first game of the season. Now for a perfect opening day we need a Spurs loss and an Arsenal win.

  80. Danny says:

    That’s more like the Big Raddy comment/reply that I’m used to – not the previous total front bottom thing!

  81. Danny says:

    Danny. I did not publish your IP address. As you say we do not do things like that.

    You just write which country we’re from……..

  82. GunnerN5 says:

    Danny my family have supported Arsenal for over 100 years and although I live in Canada 2 of my uncles who are both over 80 would never dream of giving up their season tickets.

    There have been numerous occasions in the past 80 years when it might have been appropriate to give up the family’s ticket but this season is most certainly not one of them. Very short sighted indeed.

  83. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Louis van Gaal. Maybe he’s not the Messiah all the media t**ts have been saying after all.

    Manchester United…bottom of the Premiership on goal difference.

    David Moyes where are you? 😀

  84. Danny says:

    If your 2 uncles are happy with Wenger still as manager then that’s fine. My family isn’t. In 3 years time if not sooner we’ll be back – short sighted or not! Enjoy the season.

  85. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Mike Dean puts in a bid for Howard Webb’s place as No. 1 United supporter. He even booked a Swansea player for bashing his head against Fellaini’s elbow. Fergie time is alive and well under Dean, four minutes added time indicated, five and ahalf minutes played.

  86. Danny says:

    Gylfi Sigurdsson was receiving treatment for over a minute during those 4 minutes, Dean had to add on time.

  87. GunnerN5 says:


    I’m not a Mike Dean fan, but to be fair to him a Swansea player was feigning injury for the first 2 minutes of extra time – so Dean did the right thing IMO.

  88. GunnerN5 says:

    So there you are NG you got the same message from two different parts of the World………..

  89. LB says:

    80 years, puh.

    Bloody, Johnny come latelys, always moaning.

    People on this site whose families have been supporting Arsenal for 80 years are two a penny.

    My great grand father, my grand father, my dad and my sons.

    I am still a season ticket holder and I will be there today supporting the team and our great manager.

    Arsene Wenger.

  90. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Danny/GN5, play went on for a considerable time before the game stopped for the player to receive treatment. A minute and a half was certainly excessive.

  91. Manthan says:

    Hello All from india, Hopefully you all are doing well.. Coming to manure match Gylfi Sigurdsson looks real deal for Swans..

  92. fatgingergooner says:

    Spuds down to 10.

    Good day so far!

  93. Manthan says:

    Spuds will always remain shit..

  94. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Right! Time to go and check the temperature of the beer, spend an hour chatting pleasantly to my Spurs supporting wife, no mention of that red card of course, and get warmed up for the match.

  95. Eddie says:

    fgg- you wouldn’t believe it what happened. I have a surveyor assessing my house on Monday so I decided to tidy up the front garden. I attacked the wisteria with an electric saw and boooom, cut through some wires. I knew they had to be my sky cables. I didn’t even check, just sat down and started to cry 😦 No Sky TV, no broadband stream, the Saturday is fecked good and proper

    When I recovered and got my senses back I checked and was soooooooooo relieved it was the old polish satellite cable. Pheeeeeew, that was a close shave

    how come there are only 10 potatoes left?

  96. Manthan says:

    West ham down to 10 men now

  97. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Oh BoY!!!! A BR post!!!whoop whoop! sanogo to score if he starts, giroud to score if he comes off the bench. that’s how I want it. OG12 rested for the midweek game. I saw an understanding blooming between yaya & sanchez, I want to see more of it! Eddie, i’d have kept that saw running for the surveyors car if I cut my Satt cables in a bid to impress him/her. @Ant great pics

  98. fatgingergooner says:

    Close shave that Eddie!

    Just in case anybody has Sky and isn’t aware, the sports channels are totally free today, so everybody can watch the glorious Arsenal!

    It was handball by naughty Naughton. He is a dreadful player! Apparently it was harsh though which might explain why he’s sent Collins off to even things up.

  99. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & I got my wish!!!! Sanogo to start. same team as the charity cup game

  100. Manthan says:

    #Arsenal XI vs CPFC: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo

  101. fatgingergooner says:

    As predicted but with Sanogo for Giroud.

    Look forward to watching all the lads today, espescially Chambo and Sanchez.

  102. Manthan says:

    Agreed Sanchez and Yaya is building an understanding..

  103. fatgingergooner says:

    No home wins yet today! Guess it’s up to the good guys to sort that out. Just shows how tough this league is.

  104. fatgingergooner says:

    3 teams gone 3-5-2 already in United, Hull and QPR.

    Be interesting to see if that catches on elsewhere as the season progresses.

  105. Manthan says:

    FT Manchester United 1 – 2 Swansea City
    Leicester City 2 – 2 Everton
    Queens Park Rangers 0 – 1 Hull City
    Stoke City 0 – 1 Aston Villa
    West Bromwich Albion 2 – 2 Sunderland
    West Ham United 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

  106. Manthan says:

    fgg, In PL 3-5-2 will suffer more defensively.. If team have very good wing back its good else playing wingers in wing back position will be disastrous..

  107. Gööner In Exile says:

    Raddy I’m sure post is excellent, but unfortunately I’ve had no time to read it before commenting on line up.

    Surprised that Sanogo has got the nod, have to question why Kozzer is ready and Ollie is not.

    Here’s hoping for a quick start.

  108. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Exile, i’d think its because defenders don’t use up as much energy as strikers would. plus we really are not that much stocked at the back. its just like i’d expect Per to be ready before ozil

  109. fatgingergooner says:

    Have to agree with the sky guys. The spine of our side is just not the same as City. That’s not to say its bad, but you just feel a world class HM would add so much to this team.

    Can’t wait for the match.

  110. Eddie says:

    atletico beerbelly 🙂

    I am managing my expectations. I was thinking 4:0, but frankly 3:0 will do

  111. Gööner In Exile says:

    New section in the Clock End?

  112. Gööner In Exile says:

    Well that was always going to happen.

  113. Eddie says:

    1:1 will be ok

  114. Gööner In Exile says:

    What do you reckon 5 minutes ball out of play minimum

  115. fatgingergooner says:

    Sanogo not in the game. We need a platform to get up the pitch and he’s not giving us one.

  116. Gööner In Exile says:

    2 minutes injury time? I’ve never liked Moss

  117. Manthan says:

    Sanchez got assist on debut,,

  118. Eddie says:

    oh come on GiE, which referee do you like?

  119. fatgingergooner says:

    Ox for Cazorla, Rosicky for Wilshere

    Need to increase the tempo.

  120. fatgingergooner says:

    Wilshere’s ball retention is just not good enough.

  121. fatgingergooner says:

    An Ox late run in behind could undo these just like last season.

  122. fatgingergooner says:

    Yes yes yes!!!!

  123. Gööner In Exile says:


    Ref should blow up now all this injury time is the stuff Palace created.

  124. fatgingergooner says:

    Sanchez you naughty lad! He’s like watching a half-time entertainer getting a run out!

  125. fatgingergooner says:

    Glad to see us win like that. We are going to see a few of those games at the Emirates this season and these type of wins give us belief and know how when it’s happening again.

  126. fatgingergooner says:

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

  127. arnie says:

    Brilliant as ever, Daddy. 😊

    how nervy was that? Easy game done, now on to more serious stuff. Envy everyone in the Ems today. How exciting that must have been. Who wants easy wins when you can get exciting ones? 😷

    well done to the good guys

  128. arnie says:

    I am sure I wrote Raddy. Decking iPhone trying to act too smart. 😊

  129. aizedlittlemozart says:

    its only the 1st day & i’ve already got a massive headache just screaming after the winning goal! great feeling! remember when I used to give up once I saw the clock at 90mins, these days I just keep waiting for that magic!!! #COYRRRG!

  130. Manthan says:

    Chambers MOTM for me.. https://vine.co/v/M3KPb2BUrwi

  131. Big Raddy says:

    I thought we were disappointing.

    We played a team who will set up like almost every team coming to the Ems. 10 men behind the ball and hope to score from a set play. They did and we couldn’t find a way to get behind a solid defence.

    Let’s be honest we were lucky. Two goals from set plays is not what we are used to and thank goodness for Koscielny.

    Sanogo is not the answer (yet), Santi was poor. We lost possession time after time in unnecessary positions. In midfield we struggles as we were outnumbered. CP had one chance and scored – how often do we say that.

    That said I was impressed with CP and in particular the way the closed down the midfield.

    3 hard earned points and we are on our way. Bring back the Germans.

  132. Manthan says:

    BR, I agree with you we got away with win today..

    Cazrola should be playing from middle as we have good options on wings now..

    Monreal looked lively today

  133. Big Raddy says:

    Manthan I agree. I would have preferred to see the Ox start on the left and swap wings with Sanchez. His pace and strength may have been better against a robust CP.

    But let us not be churlish, 3 points and an opening day win is excellent

  134. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Sanchez will get there, the lack of fluidity, I fear will be for a while yet, this was by no means our best 11, understanding will need to be forged with mesut at the central hub, and then theo comes back & another understanding must be forged, it’ll take a while but for now, how exquisite was the telepathy between sanchez & debuchy?!!

  135. LB says:

    LB says:

    August 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Sorry, I can’t stop myself.

    My punt at tomorrow’s starting eleven.


    Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Gibbs.



    —–Sanchez, Sanogo, Cazorla

  136. Manthan says:

    BR Agreed it was good win..

  137. Big Raddy says:

    LB. You are the new Crystals

  138. Chas says:

    Who gives a monkey’s arsehole whether it was a good win or not. Three points is all that counts.

    That Danny bollix earlier on was hugely depressing to read. Just imagine thinking you are bigger than the club. I hope him and his relatives never set foot near the club again.

  139. fatgingergooner says:

    First game of the season is about one thing only, winning. The tempo and fluidity will come with time and fitness.

    Chambo was motm for me today. He was excellent and didn’t put a foot wrong. He really is going to be a top class CB. The biggest worries of the day came from Gibbs’ body failing again, and Wilshere being ineffective for most of the game.

  140. Ant says:

    Late injury time winner.. Yaaahhhh!

  141. Hi all, great win, great game in parts but CP’s gamesmanship was appalling. They must have used every trick in the book to waste time …………. hope they get caught out against other teams. Saying that were very organised at the back and their players all looked a foot taller than most of ours.

    I thought that apart from the goal our defence were all very good but there’s no point in them being very good if they can’t defend a set piece.

    Not really moaning because the relief and noise around the ground when Ramsey scored made it a very exciting win.

    Who wants to write about it for tomorrow’s post?

  142. LB says:

    If Kelsey/someone could do tomorrow, I will do Monday?

  143. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all,
    Good upbeat post BR,
    Would i be right saying, that is the first time in a few seasons that we have come away with all the points, 🙂 Not the resounding high score i was expecting, and although we had 78% possession we didn’t really gel as we should have.

    Santi and Jack never had the best of days and Sanchez at times wanted to take the ball home with him, but still slightly ring rusty and can only get better as fitness kicks in.

    Although i haven’t read all the comments, i did read one that was from a family of Arsenal supporters for many years, Now although i cannot understand how who is the manager of the club has anything to do with why a supporter would not want to watch his or her team play, Unless as this supporter states that his family were executive supporters, so by that i assume you may have come in contact with Mr Wenger yourselves, and maybe that is just a personal thing, each to their own.

    We all have conflicting views on players club dealings and Managers, so i would be the last person to criticise anybody views, but what i have always said about supporters who are not happy with their lot is, if you don’t like it, don’t go. That’s the stance this supporter has taken,

    I must say that what he has chosen to do, has only made it possible for another Gooner to get a ticket, and watch the team he or she loves.

    A brave stance from a lifetime supporter to make, when he or she must be knocking on a bit, 3 year contract for Wenger and he may just sign another at the end of this one, I have been on the waiting list for 2 years and my number is still 30 odd thousand away, so at my age i doubt i would ever get one, I wondered whether this supporter still watches on the Tv, and just hopes he still enjoys our wins.

    3 points and i am a happy supporter, i am a Wenger fan, so am hoping he stays for ever.

  144. Ant says:

    146 comments well done Big Daddy!

  145. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m an effing executive supporter and effing pissed off it wasn’t 7 effing nil

    At least

  146. stevepalmer1 says:

    Never mind Micky, still 3 points 🙂

  147. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh how I rolfed today

    Had three Danny’s sitting in front of me
    They went to the bar five Mins before half time and missed the goal
    Then the little shits went and did the same thing at the end and missed the winner

  148. Ant says:

    Superb to see Peaches, Micky, Rasp and Chary.
    Lovely day.

  149. RockyLives says:

    Thanks for a very comprehensive pre-match BR.

    Tough game today – Palace defended well throughout and we weren’t sharp enough to pass our way through them.

    Alexis had some good moments and hinted at what’s to come.

    Chambers – what composure for a young CB! Unbelievable at times.

    Kozzer – typically excellent.

    Debuchy had a decent game.

    Oxo and Nacho gave good cameos when they came on.

    Ramsey refuses to give up. He has become a monumental force in the team.


    Santi had an off day and gave possession away too often.

    There was little “spidey-sense” among our midfielders – Jack and Rambo seemed on different wavelengths at times.

    Sanogo struggled but, hey, he’s just a kid and this is all part of the learning curve.

    But on balance – who cares? Three points in the bag, a bunch of World Cup winners to return and the knowledge that we can only get better…

  150. mickydidit89 says:

    Any other executive supporters around? 😀

    Hey Ant
    Are you still on the ubiquitous fluids 😀

  151. mickydidit89 says:

    Have.to scroll up tomake a.comment, then down through 150 comments
    To say something stupid B-)

  152. stevepalmer1 says:

    Chambers today has warmed me up i must say, Now i know many still worship our German cb, but he is getting no younger and has said the same himself, He has given up internationals and wants to concentrate all his efforts on winning trophies at Arsenal, Wenger stated that Chambers tonight was outstanding, which makes me feel that our Germans time is running out.

    Speed and agility is immensely important for a player, This young lad needs games, as many as we can give him. Just my opinion.

  153. aizedlittlemozart says:

    making a comment on a comment busy day like this really is stressful, especially when it is to saying more nothings like this *smiles* but we won!! whoop whoop!

  154. arnie says:

    ah, Rasp is back. 🙂

    The view from this non-executive nobody is that it was a good win. Any win is a good win. Especially in the first proper game of the season. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Plenty more excitement to come.

    Let me congratulate Danny and his family on leaving their season tickets to more worthy fans. Good riddance. Let them support the scums from the north! 😛

  155. fatgingergooner says:


    He looked every inch our future CB today, but I want to see him against some quality strikers before putting him in front of Merts. He must be making Wenger think twice about the new player he needs. I was certain a third choice CB would be bought, but maybe now Wenger will go for a HM and use Monreal or Miquel as 4th choice.

    Regards Monreal, I thought he was on his way out of Arsenal, but he’s been excellent in pre season and played really well when he came on today. Hopefully he’s found his form again and is back to his best. He might be needed if Gibbs is crocked.

  156. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening FG, Got to agree with you on all your points,, With Arteta and Rosiski Flamoney as well, getting a bit long in the tooth, your assessment for a guy in the middle, seems the obvious choice,

  157. stevepalmer1 says:

    Ospina being injured is a bit of a blow, but after today i feel he will be used as soon as he’s fit.

  158. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky you’re on the “mobile site”, scroll all way to bottom and click “desktop site” makes it far easier to comment.

    I was happy with the win, yes the performance was a bit staccato but that was more to do with Palace than lack of endeavour by us, if anything I felt the likes of Santi was trying to hard to push for a winner and we stopped our natural game.

    Even though Pulis wasn’t in charge you could see his managerial style all over the performance, stop/start game, defend deep two banks of 4, and wingers break quickly to receive the ball when we get it.

    Sky commentary team were applauding Palace work rate and saying it was understandable they were getting cramp, i personally say bollox to that, the players cramping had only ventured up field at set pieces, the rest of the game they were in their own defensive third, hardly running 10k or anything is it?

    Now the difference between Sanogo and Giroud, last season I started awarding silent assists, Giroud won a lot of them because he dragged players away and made space for others, he normally does this after being the wall in a 1-2, and back to goal he will spin and run away to make more space. Sanogo appears to want to play on the shoulder more, or at least he did today, that meant the midfield and wide men were having to sideways pass and try and lift difficult through balls in an attempt to get in to the 18 yard box, a far harder route as proven.

    For me the other downside today was lack of full back involvement, Although in the past I criticise the fullbacks for dereliction of defensive duty today was a game when they should have been supporting the front men more, again without Giroud to hold up the ball and bring others in it was harder for them to shift up the pitch.

    Thought Kozzer and Chambers had solid games, didn’t see too much wrong with Szcesney’s performance either, thought he was fouled on that late corner despite Gary Neville telling us it wasn’t a foul, Chamakh clearly had his arms lion Szczesny which of was a leg on a leg to stop the ball being controlled would be a foul.

    Thought we could have had at least two penalties that will be forgotten about now. But shouldn’t be.

    Moss is not a particular favourite of mine, I note Eddie’s point that there are not many I like, which is probably true, Atkinson, Oliver and Probert are probably my least hated 🙂

    Moss rarely gets out of the centre circle has a beer belly as big as mine and today proved he missed a few pre seasons or at least the one with the vanishing spray, every ref in the WC managed to use it without too much trouble, no one sprayed it in a players face, maybe Santi’s vision was affected the rest of the game.

    That would have been an interesting decision, if Santi had decided he wanted some water to rinse his eyes would Moss have had to make him go off for taking treatment?

    Time wasting, I started noting the time between ball out and restart, in some instances it stretched to over 30 seconds, sometimes Sky were able to load up the replay play it from two angles and still Speroni hadn’t taken the kick. 30 seconds per substitution is standard, same for goals, so based on that Moss added 1 minute in the first half on top of the standard and 2 in the second half, when there was also on pitch injury treatment at least once.

    No wonder fans complain about Value for Money if out of a 90 minute game we only see ball in play for 60minutes or so.

    The solution is of course very simple, but won’t happen.

    There should be a clock, like in Chess and when you have the ball and it goes out of play if you don’t return it to play within 15 seconds then the clock starts. Substitutions by your team should also be timed. The lowest is deducted from the highest for the net time to be added on, but the team with the lowest time wasting gets to choose whether to use it or not, and for how long. So today we would have had ten minutes, at 1-1 we definitely would have said yes please, but as soon as we scored we should be able to turn to the ref and say that’s all we want thanks very much blow your whistle.

    You could even add injuries and goal celebrations but it makes sense for these to be added on as normal by the ref.

  159. Bayonne Jean says:

    GIE — Lee Probert? Lee Probert as one of your least hated officials? The lame brain who couldn’t see obvious penalties in the Cup final?

    As for today, just six words, and they’ll apply to every Arsenal prem match:

    3 points, by whatever means necessary

  160. Gööner In Exile says:

    Bayonne but I think that’s just incompetence rather than any bias against Arsenal, and up to that point I don’t think he deliberately did it.

  161. aizedlittlemozart says:

    morning all, feels like we lifted another trophy last night. I hate all referees, especially all of them!

  162. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    I have always had a hatred for rule changes. The game has a set of rules which was started a very long time ago. I know the game has changed, Players are fitter and Supporters crave for more excitement, But over the years, rule changing has brought in other problems, I for one realises that the modern game needs changes, but not to the detriment of the game.

    We have rules that is solely left to the referee’s decision, when is offside, offside, when is handball. handball, clear cut rules should be in place where referee’s decisions is made up of strict rules, handball is handball if it touches any part of hand arm or shoulder. and offside is for anyone straying whether interfering or not. Many may not like the last one but when a man is standing in front of the keeper when a shot comes in, and a referee does not see that as interfering i know there is something wrong.

    I must admit, i do like this vanishing spray idea, in the hands of people that know how to use it, it should solve encroachment.. I for one like this one.

  163. Eddie says:

    GiE – Webb had a Chess Clock going at Old Trafford, but that didn’t make you happy 🙂

    Interesting that Rocky thinks Santi had a poor game; I thought he was very good.

  164. Gööner In Exile says:

    Steve I know what you mean, but sometimes it has to be done….remember in the 80’s when goalkeeper and centre back could keep the ball for ten minutes as it was rolled to the centre back who then passed it to the keeper who picked it up then rolled it back. They then changed it to stop the ball going straight back it had to be touched by someone else, hence why in the modern game keepers can’t just throw the ball to a centre backs head for a bit of catch practice and time wasting. Still defenders set up little triangles with keeper and it was still possible to hold the ball, until finally they outlawed the keeper being able to pick up at all, if played with the feet. It was still possible for defenders to throw the ball to the keeper, which they outlawed a few seasons later as again it became an easy out of defence.

    All for the advancement of the game and entertainment of the fans.

    Something needs to be done about continual time wasting, for many of the big club sit is the scourge, but even the big clubs (Chelsea last season) employed it at the Emirates from kick off.

    Moss gave Speroni a hurry up in the first half, but did nothing about it all game. Refs know it puts them in a difficult position but if they started booking players early for it the game would speed up play.

  165. kelsey says:

    Post in drafts if required and good morning.

  166. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning GIE, yes points taken in, and i have to agree the changes did mend many things.

    I often think that changes to stop some things actually present other problems, With goalies rushing out, i dont like to see that, but when a keeper cannot pick the ball up from a pass back that just seemed to have made them find other ways to defend their goals. I feel that time wasting is a trend that seems to have crept in, but referee’s can issue warnings, and then cards, if the same player carries on, but as with rotational fouling, it is the strategy of the managers that seem to have an impact. ways of getting round things.

    FFP seemed like a good idea at the time but rich clubs are finding ways round it. This idea was introduced to help poorer clubs but richer clubs have found other ways round it and Poorer clubs still suffer.

    FA commitee’s should keep the controls, and make sure its rules are fair for all.

  167. Shard says:

    I just see a Sky Sports headline on the newsnow feed saying ‘Set pieces save Arsenal’, and I couldn’t be happier about that. I know it’s not the most exciting way to score, but the fact that we can be an attacking threat from set pieces is something which gives me a warm, fuzzy, feeling. Of course, conceding from one makes me feel bitter and cold 🙂

    The coordination was a bit off, but I think that’ll come. So I’m not really worried about that. 3 points on opening day, ManU lose under the media annointed second coming of Ferguson the Great, LVG. Too bad about Spurs but meh… All in all, a good day.

    Now, if Liverpool, City, and especially Chelsea can drop points, that would be great.

  168. fatgingergooner says:


    In Rugby League the referee can signal ‘time off’ and ‘time on’ and the clock stops and restarts. Surely an easy way to resolve a lot of time wasting issues.

    Just allocate certain times for certain events ie 30 seconds for a sub, 15 for a restart, 30 seconds to line up a penalty or free kick etc and anything above this is ‘time off’. Then ‘time on’ when the game restarts.

    Why we still rely on refs to keep time is beyond me when they are struggling to control the rest of the game.

  169. Gööner In Exile says:

    Steve, as much as FFP was about levelling the playing field it was also brought in to protect the fans of the clubs from being stripped of their first love.

    FFP for us should mean levelling of the playing field. For Someone who supports say Nottingham Forest it should mean their new owners can’t walk away and leave the club with heavy unsustainable debt burden.

    I think that could be done in other ways, but would mean a sea change in ownership structure of English football so won’t happen.

  170. fatgingergooner says:

    Highlight of yesterday was Sanchez catching the ball on his chest just after we’d gone 2-1 up! Brilliant.

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  172. kelsey says:

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