Why Worry?

Dear Tom,

I have done many shameful things in my life, many things I regret and others which today fill me with embarrassment. You have always been like a son to me which brings me to perhaps the most shameful act of my life, well actually it is more a non-act because sometimes doing nothing is worse than doing something ย negative ย …. you know what I talking about. I allowed you to become a Spurs supporter.

I sat back and allowed others to lead you into a life of frustration, broken promises, false hope and desperation. It could have been so differentย had I taken you to The Home of Football all those years ago but I was absent, many miles away and took my eye away from your upbringing whilst you succumbed to evil influence.

I can only apologise

much love

Big Raddy

Excuse me for taking a couple of paragraph’s for a personal note but having done so let’s get back to today’s game ๐Ÿ˜€

Yesterday we had an excellent post exploring the fans confidence ahead of today’s NLD. Are Arsenal that good that we can dismiss any Spurs team? Not in my opinion, these are always stressful, tense games – even when we beat them by the usual 5-2 there have been times in the games when I despaired – it is almost always thus.


The New White Hart Laneย 

Spurs have been hapless over the past few weeks – losing to an average L’pool and then a bottom of the table WBA are not good results. Nor were the draws with Sunderland and Belgrade, but this should be tempered by a good win mid-week.

Our form has been a little better and let’s be honest getting hammered by Dortmund in the CL is less painful than struggling in the Europa ๐Ÿ˜€ We have two more points than the neanderthals, not much but we have struggled to find cohesion; 90+ minute goals have saved blushes and points. We are slight favourites mainly because we are at the Emirates (and because we are the forces of good and Spurs are menial servants of Beelzebub)

There are too many permutations for Mr Wenger’s team today. To Wilshire or not to Wilshire? To Alexis or not? Flamini to counter Eriksen? I expect our Boss to completely ignore how Spurs set up and play his favourites.

How many of the men who played on Tuesday will start today?

Here’s my guess:


Chambers ย  ย  BFG ย  ย  ย  Koscielny ย  ย  Gibbs

Ox ย  ย  Ramsey ย  ย  Arteta ย  ย  ย  Alexis

Ozil ย  ย  ย  Welbeck

I fancy AW to go all out attack today against a suspect defence. I choose Ox over Wilshere for this reason plus I expect Ox to play deeper as he gets further in his career.

I have yet to write about the odious Spurs fans. Why? Because this morning the sun is shining, Mrs. Raddy is smiling, I enjoyed a fine breakfast and life is good. Why besmirch it writing about excrement? Isn’t it better to let them into the ground, allow them to tear up the seats, defecate in the stadium and after they crawl home to their hovels get out the water cannons and clear up.

I haven’t written anything about Spurs’ team. Sorry but you will have to look elsewhere. No surprise that Spurs arrive with a new manager; Pochettino appeared to have some pride when at S’ton, going to WHL where Mr Levy has sacked 14 managers during the Wenger years shows an excess of self-belief and a jot of madness. Shame.

The people outside of The Emirates talk about “bragging rights.” Win or lose today Arsenal have them because although the game is important we are so far ahead of them in terms of trophies, history, fans, ground and class there can be no question as to who is the biggest and best club in North London.

We are the Arsenal and We are the Best

We are the Arsenal – so F**k all the Rest!


writtenย by Big Raddy

142 Responses to Why Worry?

  1. Here here! or is that Hear hear……. or ‘ear ‘ear? RA will put me right but the sentiment is the same. We are the Arsenal and we are the best. I’ve predicted a 4-1 win for the Gunners today. COYG’s

  2. RA says:

    A beautiful and late Post, Randy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have a way with you when writing about our malodorous friends down the road.

    I like your suggested team, but I think he will put Jacky Boy in, as his confidence needs a little nurturing.

  3. RA says:

    Hi Northbank,

    How are you doing?

    Not that I would ever want to correct you on anything, but as you ask, the correct term for agreeing with something that has been said is ‘here, here’ (as in ‘hear him, hear him’ – usually at a public function)

    As it is on a blog, and you cannot hear anything, I guess here, here, is just as good, as it distances you from the buggers who aren’t – yes, Rocky, I mean you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. RA says:

    Bloody, Apple — that should be ‘hear, hear’ if this comes out ‘here, here’ I will be cross.

  5. Eddie says:

    fantastic post!! and there is me thinking that one cannot reinvent the wheel, well done Raddy

    “let them into the ground, allow them to tear up the seats, defecate in the stadium and after they crawl home to their hovels get out the water cannons and clear up” – my God, you do not mince the words ๐Ÿ™‚ Living overseas you might not know that there are proposals on us letting them play at the Ems while their stadium is being built? We played at the WHL during the war, perhaps we should return the favour?

  6. arnie says:

    Brilliant, Raddy, what a curtain raiser! ha ha ha ha ha. Bring on the scums from the swamps down there! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Listen, my friend, you say: “this morning the sun is shining, Mrs. Raddy is smiling, I enjoyed a fine breakfast and life is good”

    My experience was just the opposite. I woke up to the fantastic tune of Micky’s sirens. So, I decided to entertain Mrs and her guests with the music over breakfast. Wrong idea! I was thrown out of the house! Where has sense of humour vanished!

    Anyway, good for me. Me thinks. I can enjoy the NLD without interruption and in the company of the Vines.

    But: bloody Vines. Where are they? No to be found! No reply to text messages!

    Anyway, still the sun is shining, and NLD looming. COYG. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hmmm. How/ where can I find fecking Chas!

  7. Big Raddy says:

    RA. You are probably right but I think Ox gives us a bit more zip and can tackle as well as JW., though this requires AR to be very disciplined and defensively aware.

    Eddie. We will NEVER allow them to ground share.

  8. arnie says:

    On the team, looks brilliant to me. I would go for The Ox as well. Not for his defensive abilities though, but because he provides a more direct link from the wings. I know you guys dont agree, but it is Alexis sitting a bit deeper for me. Not fighting for space with Ozil.

    However, I agree with Redders. This is unlikely to happen. A slight rewording of Redders: “I think he will put Jacky Boy in, as his [ego] needs a little nurturing”. ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. arnie says:

    Raddy: “Are Arsenal that good that we can dismiss any Spurs team? Not in my opinion, these are always stressful, tense games” Yes, until we score the first goal! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ COYG. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. arnie says:

    Finally, my highlight from this motning’s banter: “aggression and the valuable part it plays in a balanced society” ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. FatherJack says:

    PMSFL. You class Spurs fans as a lower form of life but after reading your ramblings, your no better than them. I wish I had your balls though, to insult people that agressively sat behind a keyboard in a location unknown. Spurs fans are below you but you’ve just proved yourself to be no better or even worse than them. Congratulations mate, your life must be void of anything worthwhile to spend your days like this. Feel sorry for any children you have. But then you know there are plenty of Islington Gypsies fans who will lap up anything anyone says to feul their own egos.

  12. FatherJack says:

    Oh look I spelt fuel wrong, wonder how many Woolwich Wanderers fans were waiting to pounce on that as they only comeback.

  13. FatherJack says:

    *Their*, isn’t life great

  14. arnie says:

    Spud slagging is, as Gooners, one of teh greatest pleasures in life. It is our birthright. Nobody can take this away from us! ๐Ÿ™‚ COYG. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. LB says:

    Yeeeee haaaaaa.

    Been out and about this morning and can report that people proudly sporting the glorious red and white can be seen in good number.

    Makes me feel very proud.


    Great read BR.

    There has only ever been one person in our family who accidently got enticed away to the dark side and his name is Tom, still only 12 years old, a whole life time of feeling inferior ahead of him, such a shame.

  16. GoonerB says:

    Brilliant Raddy but for once I wish you would just tell us how you truly feel about Spurs, all this tip-toeing around the subject just will not do.

    I think your guess at a team may be correct. I put up my preference yesterday and it did include the Ox but I had him in more for Ramsey than Wilshere who I wanted in midfield alongside Flamini. We will all know shortly. I don’t care at the end of the day as long as they are put to the sword.

  17. arnie says:

    Just got in touch with Chas. The Vines are out white water rafting. Can you imagine?

    Meanwhile at the Ryder …

  18. arnie says:

    oh dear, moderation!

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Really enjoyed that visit from the Spud. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    In for lunch and a BR PM.

    Hurts me to say The Ox won’t play, but I can’t see The Boss leaving Jack out.

    Bet Father Jack leads a full and interesting life, and his children are really proud of him ROLF ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Hi all, good post BR (& all those who have written since I last commented).

    3 points is all I see, don’t know about over confidence, maybe the confidence is because the spuds haven’t exactly lit up the EpL their past 5 games.

    had a discussion with a friend today & I said I thought we had better balance without alexis, strange, but that’s how i’ve seen it so far (admittedly against villa being the only without game). his more individual hustle will have to be weaned away I think.

    but then, what do I know eh?..

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    Aized Bonjour

    “Better without Alexis”….have you gone mad? ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I thought Arsene would pull one unexpected rabbit from his chapeau today, it would be playing Alexis central.

    That’d learn you ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. mickydidit89 says:


    Let’s play a game. Suggested occupations of Father Jack.

    I’ll start. Health and Safety Officer.

  24. arnie says:

    Toilet cleaner at Shite Fart Lane.

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Dying for an afternoon kip, but know moment eyes close, the phone will go. “Taxi for Daughter now please Dad”

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    Community Police Back Up Officer.

  27. arnie says:

    Unfair, Micky. Take your pick. Only one choice per AAer, two not allowed. ๐Ÿ˜›

  28. aizedlittlemozart says:

    didit- a very bonjour to you too. I was actually meaning shape & structure wise. he runs with the ball a lot. good dribbling ability no doubt, & understanding of runs will come with time but couldn’t help but notice the comparatively simple pattern of play from welbeck.

    I think BSR would have said something like “..players getting into my position”, or something like that ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Up yours Arnie. Can’t stop me now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Class Room Assistant

  30. mickydidit89 says:


    Alexis starts. Betcha ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. aizedlittlemozart says:

    but of course mikky ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Right. Here goes. Shut eye.

  33. arnie says:

    one eye or both? ๐Ÿ˜›

  34. arnie says:

    Eyes Wide Shut!

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Probably a clerk in a merchant bank

  36. jnyc says:

    Alexis to start, for my fantasy team. Hope to see ozil in his favored position. Also 2 more big games in the next week. Great job as always Raddy.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    What a goal by Phil Jagielka ๐Ÿ˜‹

  38. aizedlittlemozart says:

    absolute cracker BR!!!

  39. arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha. Points split in Merseyside! COYG. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. arnie says:

  41. LB says:

    Betcha Sanchez doesn’t start.

  42. arnie says:

    LB, listening. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. aizedlittlemozart says:

    hear ye hear ye…rooney’s off with a red hahahaaahaha!!!

  44. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & jenkinson on

  45. On the train guys …….. Great title Raddy. This game is the game to be full of confidence and quietly worried. “Do it for the fans” Pat Rice told the team and today is the most important game for them to live up to their hype.

    Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Alexis doesn’t start, jack does, can’t say i’m surprised, seems the boss & I see the game through the same lenses

    what say you didit?

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Another bent assistant referee at Old Trafford. LVG = SAF

  48. mickydidit89 says:


    Well, I said Jack would start, so good so far.

    As for Alexis, you just wait until The Boss springs a surprise a minute before KO ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & I have some silly a**e manure fans saying it was offside even with the aid of slow motion replays!

    will never understand how “fanhood” blinds people from the obvious

  50. Sav from Australia says:

    Nice pre-match as usual Raddy.

    I went to bed at 6pm so I could get up for this match. I hope for a relaxing match and an early blitz by the good guys, but derbies are tricky after all. Case in point Everton equaliser. Bullet.

    But the class is there. The tenacity has gathered. The confidence has been earned. Now to stamp the authority. Lets get it on!

  51. aizedlittlemozart says:

    I think wenger went for heart here. these players understand more what the NLD means..they’ll be more fired up for it (i’m looking at jack for that one)

    Alexis magic from the bench I guess

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    come on you gunnnnnners

    liveonline working!!!!!!!

  53. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Deep Joy ๐Ÿ˜€

  54. Big Raddy says:

    That wasn’t the half I was hoping for. Two men down and nothing really happening for our boys. The injury to Ramsey looked long-term. Last time he had a hamstring problem he was out for months.

    Has there ever been a smaller midfield?

  55. Big Raddy says:

    FFS. The NLD and I am on my own ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  56. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Raddy- I am getting convinced we have an injury hex on the team. WTH!!

    Referee stamped his authority on the game early on, arteta’s injury lost us a bit of rhythm, & then Ramsey.

    we still seem to have maintained the same basic shape, but now we have jack, santi & mesut on…hope it works for us. I have always hated forced changes

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    no you aren’t ๐Ÿ™‚

    liveonline working. caps lock not so good!

    bit boring that half. can’t wait to see alexis ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. RA says:

    That was slow, slow quick – let’s go slow! not happy.

    Wilshere with that poor tackle, and yellow card it proved he cannot tackle. And for reasons I do not comprehend, he will not pass but keeps dribbling into the Spuds players and falling over.

    Spurs could be a couple up.

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    must say, I really do like danny alot

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Mozart. We are not only playing with the hand-brake on, we are playing with the brake pedal firmly to the floor.

    We need quicker passing, quicker running and above all quicker thinking.

    We can win but that half was dull.

  61. aizedlittlemozart says:

    here we go! COYG

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    TTT oooo, that works

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    This is much better

  64. aizedlittlemozart says:

    much, much better

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    great win back santi. love it

  66. aizedlittlemozart says:

    this is what the f**k i’m talking about!!! COYG!!!

  67. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Cracking PM Raddy apologies for only reading it at half time.

    Looks like it may have also been given to the players too.

    How about we go 90 minutes without a forced substitution?

    So much for the new fitness coach!

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    THAT was sooo stupid ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  69. Gรถรถner In Exile says:


  70. aizedlittlemozart says:


  71. mickydidit89 says:

    crowd doing their bit

  72. aizedlittlemozart says:

    get behind the team !! & they sure are doing that

  73. mickydidit89 says:


  74. aizedlittlemozart says:

    get the f**k in!!!!!!!

  75. mickydidit89 says:

    We’re all thinking the same thing now

    It’s coming ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. aizedlittlemozart says:

    I smell blood didit!!!!!

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    Alan Sunderland could at least wear a wig so we could recognize him

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    stench of the stuff here Aized ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Fat hibiscus’ injury looking to kill our vibe

  80. aizedlittlemozart says:

    I am pained people ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Damn, damn, damn,

    We had them on the ropes and couldn’t finish them. After we scored we created bugger all.

    Still …… undefeated.

  82. aizedlittlemozart says:

    bloody injuries!!!

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Mozart. As you say … bloody injuries.

    At least the Ryder Cup day was superb.

  84. RA says:

    Better second half, but still a bit toothless up front.

    That ‘s not the fault of Welly, it’s just the midfield are not creating chances for him.

    Chambers is getting better and better.

  85. Big Raddy says:

    RA. That he is and it was the major positive of a disappointing result.

  86. fatgingergooner says:

    Thought we were excellent down the flanks but just missing the final ball on occasion. Chambers, Ox, Gibbs and ร–zil all did well. I think the disruptions caused by the Wilshere, Arteta and Ramsey injuries was a telling factor in the end. Lloris made a couple of top class saves and we could easily have won it. Still unbeaten and only 1 point behind City and still in front of Spurs, Liverpool, United and Everton. Not bad considering we have played City, Everton and Spurs in our first 6 games. Need to try and get something at Chelsea and then push on as our fixtures get easier.

  87. mickydidit89 says:

    I call that a damp squibbish result

  88. mickydidit89 says:

    I’d say we are better than Spurs in every dept. and it’s simply that the front boys have not quite “connected” yet.

    It’ll come.

  89. RA says:

    4 draws and two wins, and yet I remain unconvinced.

    flamini is not the right calibre, and stupidly dallied and lost the ball, when the professional thing was to get rid of the ball, not try to be Messi and attempt to dribble.

    Chezzer 6, Chambers 7, Mert 6, Kozzer 8, Gibbsy 7, Rambo 6, Jack 5, Mesut 7, Welly 6, Ox 7, Arteta 6.

    Flambo 5, Santi 6, Sanchez 6.

    That’s how I saw it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. aizedlittlemozart says:

    RA- pretty harsh on Jacky boy there I say, only a 5?

  91. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    I’ll take the point given the soft goal conceded. Couldn’t celebrate as had babe in arms

  92. RA says:

    I am losing patience with Jack, aized.

    He dribbles and dribbles and simply runs into defenders and ends up on his ass, moaning to the ref. Creative passing is what he should be about.

    He can be so much better than that. We should all expect high standards from him, and he did not deliver tonite.

    Of course you are welcome to disagree — so what would you give the players tonight? ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. RA says:

    If the Spuds had taken their first half chances we would not be celebrating, Exile — never the less a point helps to soothe the frustration of losing the other two. ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. mickydidit89 says:

    Can I ask a general question, and strangely it’s serious.

    Who out of today’s Spud players do you think is good enough for an Arsenal 1st XI?

    Now, don’t be silly, I mean it. Who could “Do a Sol”?

  95. RA says:

    Spurs do not have anyone I would want, Micky, which is why I am frustrated.

    Off for coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh no, you’ve all gone to watch either Golf or the Xfactor ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Where’s Father Jack when you need him? ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. aizedlittlemozart says:

    erm…i’d take lloris? otherwise, no other player that i’d take from the lot.

    RA- my ratings?
    PIG-6, Mert-7, Kos-8, Gibbs-7, chambers-7
    Arteta-6, Ramsey-6, jack-6
    Ozil-7, OX-7(for the goal mostly), welbz-6
    Flamster-5(for the goal), alexis-6, santi-7(did not put a foot wrong)

  98. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Good question. No-one

  99. Pat7 says:

    Chambers seemed to be our HDM in the second half :-)) – just the man – now we need some back-up for the CDs etc…..

  100. Gรถรถner In Exile says:


    RA I was only meaning celebrating the goal.

    Personally felt Welbeck was good for us today, certainly hit the ground running, I love how he never gives up on lost causes, Chambers another who impressed as did Ox.

    The middle three were definitely upset by the injuries. I thought when Rambo went off we should have put Alexis on.

    I know he is not everyone’s cup of tea but ร–zil today was very good I thought, a better understanding with Alexis and they could be devastating together.

    If you get the chance to watch the game again (especially if watching with youngsters who play the game) just look at the way they receive the football, always trying to turn to face the play whilst exercising exquisite control, it means there next touch is earlier than anyone expects.

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    Could do with a heat map really ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Rasp says:

    Or ……. We could build the team around our world class playmaker and put Ozil in the middle even if it means we have to bench either Jack or Ramsey. We still haven’t beaten one of the better teams.

  103. mickydidit89 says:

    Agree with that Rasp.

    I just don’t think there’s space for Jack ad Aaron together. Maybe I don’t understand this 4-1-4-1 thing.

    I guess we could doom about this tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    Off to read.

  104. LB says:

    There will be a few words in drafts should there be a need.

  105. Thank you LB, I look forward to reading your views.

  106. RockyLives says:

    Good pre-match BR – thanks.

    Huge point for the Spuds. Disappointing for us, but there’s no shame in a drawn derby game.

    There are still a lot of new combinations in the team and, with all the injuries, it will take time to gel.

    I thought Welbeck was really good in the first half but not really in the game in the second.

    Jack and Ozil were our best players (outside of the defence).

    Annoyed with Szcz for their goal. The Spuds still had about nine players up in our half and he chose to play it short to a player who was immediately pressured into passing it on to Flamini who in turn was immediately pressured into losing it. I felt Szcz should have held on to it a bit longer or gone long.

    Was I the only person who thought the ball that Lloris saved actually went over the line after he saved it? They showed the goal line technology on the telly, but it stopped the moment Lloris touched the ball, whereas I thought it rolled over the line just after.

  107. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Lol Rocky I wondered why they didn’t show it roll too.

    Don’t think it was over though, think just dopey Sky technicians.

    As for Szczesny I see where your coming from, but no one was really pressured into a dodgy pass, Flamini was far too casual, even the crowd were screaming man on.

  108. arnie says:

    hmmm. poor game as far as I am concerned. About the only good bit was the quality time with the Vines. The crowd at the pub was fun as well. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Well, and the Ox goal was enjoyable as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I thought man for man our players were better and we had the better game as well. However did not create enough IMO. In fact, quite a poor game for the neutral, I guess.

    My MOTM will be the Ox, second Kos.

    Welby was good in the first half, and absent in the second. Except for the dummy ( ๐Ÿ˜› ) which led to the Ox goal.

    I did not think either Ozil or Alexis was that great. Santi worked hard.

    Nevertheless, we are still unbeaten at home since the Villa game last year. And unbeaten this year. COYG. ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Bayonne Jean says:

    All of this “still undefeated” chat is getting tiresome. Would take four wins (two at home over City and Spuds) and two losses rather than two wins and four draws. Why? Simples — 12 points better than 10.

    And I would take Lloris over Szczesny. That was a dumb distribution error that gave those woeful Spuds life. And Lloris as a sweeper keeper would be a better fit for a possession-based side.

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  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Too early for “4-1-4-1 eh?” talk, so are England winning the Golf I Scotland?

  112. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Mikky- good morning.

    I need to know how to post a pic. Just got one showing the ball had gone over the line after the lloris save from Per

  113. mickydidit89 says:


    I think that for stills, Chas uses Twitter, although I don’t know how to do it.

    Still think it was bonkers not to play Sanchez, and I was wondering how you and LB were so sure. Concluded that it was because he played midweek against Southampton.

    My question is “why?”

    Against Villa we played Ozil central and looked fantastic. I now quit on this tactics stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    Thinking of Golf and other sports, yesterday afternoon I settled down for a kip on the sofa, and got completely hooked watching the Ladies World Champions Cycling race. Watched the last 40 mins and it was very exciting.

    However, it got me thinking. There was an enormous Dutch Lesbian, and I wondered how difficult it must be zooming along in the pelaton with lots of tight bottoms in your face while being gay, as you must be thinking “Oooo, I say”. Tough.

  115. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmmm, hard to tell Aized. Outside of sphere could be kissing the line.

  116. mickydidit89 says:

    Are you London based?

  117. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Mikky- like I said before the line up was announced, alexis is a tad on the individual side of footballing life. A soloist if you will. & even though he’s world class, we are yet to get balance with him in the side (I know he presses & grafts and all that)

    now here’s my theory.

    after the spankings we got from you-know-whos last season (& every man & his dog saying wenger doesn’t do tactics), wenger has come up with this 4-1-4-1 formation as the response to the defeats.

    it will be used against teams considered as rivals, to offer greater midfield security. it will mean having our two box-to-box midfielders, Aaron & Jack, playing at the same time & giving us two things
    1) more bodies in the middle to effectively press & suffocate the opponent. And transition from those turn overs faster.

    2) provide more protection to both the DM/HM (mikel or flamster), and the full backs (because now you have CM’s on both sides of the pitch instead of one CM in a 4-2-3-1). so, against big teams with marauding full backs this helps too.

    now, with both jack & Aaron starting, it reduces available spots up for grabs. Ozil is a sure starter and i’m sure we all agree with that (& for the records I am not in the left hand side limits him camp). After ozil, we have two more spots up for grabs, CF gets one spot (welbz as of now), & then its one more spot.

    who eats that last piece of cake? its between, Ox, Santi, Alexis, Poldi & Theo (when he is back).

    Yesterday Ox offered two things that I feel made him get the nod.
    1) being English he would understand the meaning of the NLD more & thus have extra motivation

    2) offer greater team understanding than Alexis(he’s new) & freshness too.

    that last free spot will change for each big team we play that will require the 4-1-4-1. It was Alexis vs blue mancs, OX vs sp*rs. After Theo returns I expect more permutations depending on opponents & fixture schedules.

    I think its called that thing wenger has also been accused of not doing- ROTATION.

    but hey, what do I know eh?…

  118. aizedlittlemozart says:

    oh, no mikky. I am in Nigeria ๐Ÿ™‚

    *i’m sure i’ve said that before on one of the surf themed motning banters*

  119. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Aized here is the pic you want

    Most consistent way is to copy link to tweet in your Twitter app of choice and post the link here and it shows as the pic.

    Now for this to be an issue we have to understand how the system works. It’s an instant decision buzzed to the second watch that the officials wear. It flashes goal and that’s it.

    The replay system is to show to the fans the evidence. If we believe that it did go over the line we have to believe the system didn’t work. Now that could be true, and hence why the part of the ball rolling on was not shown. But I reckon wears just talking poor technicians not allowing the replay to continue. Let’s not forget the rule is the whole ball, and therefore the picture is inconclusive, my guess is although the bottom of the ball (ie part touching the surface) is over the line the curve of the ball is not.

    Micky as for ร–zil I can only think because Arsene won’t leave out Ramsey and Jack if both available, or that he felt the “battle” in the middle may be too much for him.

    I think we can probably play ร–zil differently away from home as opponents will not sit as deep.

    It has to be about mobility though, I think we could play a forward 3 of ร–zil, Santi, and Alexis behind Welbeck and they would go wherever and make things happen. Both Jack andRambo seem to stay more central.

    I think we have to lose the holding midfielder and play Jack and Rambo deeper to allow that 3 to play.

    But clearly that’s risky.

    The 1-4 is just a little too congested, Ramsey seems to play higher than he did last season which is taking away his effectiveness.

    I can only imagine Alexis is being protected.

  120. aizedlittlemozart says:

    GIE thanks.

    Wenger really pissed with the injuries. best line up for the chavs anyone?

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry Aized
    Now I remember, and you’re right, it cropped up one fine surfy morning.

  122. aizedlittlemozart says:

    no worries MiK ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok Lads, I sort of get the various explanations, but I come back to the fact that you should score two goals, particularly at home, and that line up/formation just does not look like doing it.

    This was Spuds at home, not Chavs away.

    ps lovely day for surfing brewing up down here ๐Ÿ™‚

  124. mickydidit89 says:


    Which is the bigger game, Galatasaray or Chavs?

    I’d take the CL win because I think it’d lead to more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    Simply cannot see Arsene out manoeuvring Maureen

  125. aizedlittlemozart says:

    ideally, a CL win & a draw away to the chavs mikky.

    just like you I can’t see it either but I live as an eternal optimist & will dream of an OX or Alexis winner and Maureen bursting a blood vessel while screaming in anger & blaming the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey, great thought ahead of Chavs.

    Get Maelstrom back ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ok, later.

  127. Eddie says:

    like the rest of you I am disappointed but not angry. We tried, they tried, good game, ok’ish result

    I felt that Welbeck got little support. there were times that he was alone in the box with no one to support him

  128. Eddie says:

    micky – are you still around? My friend from Poland has replied and told me how she got rid of the moles in her garden. you need Kelsey and your pigs to sort it out

  129. I actually thought it was a very good game… typical NLD. ok, disappointed with only a point but Spuds parked the bus and Kaboul had a very good game. Ox was MOTM for me.

    Anyway, new post up on GunnersoreArse this morning. None of this match report malarky, but looking at the Wenger French arrogance.


  130. Big Raddy says:

    We should have beaten them. They came to park the bus and yet had the better chances in the game.

    I want more from this team because individually we are not just better we are hugely better.

    What does this show? It is not good enough that the strength of the individuals outweigh that of the team.

  131. Rasp says:

    That was a typical AW/Arsenal performance of late. We get a different performance at every game – you never know which Arsenal is going to turn up, there is no consistency. The team is weaker than the sum of the parts. AW over complicates the game. We need wide players, strength in midfield and creativity in the No.10 spot. Instead of that we lack power in the central midfield and are congested in the No.10/AM area.

    We have clever meaningless possession in parts of the field from where we can’t hurt the opposition. We give them time and space to compact their defence and then cannot break them down.

    I stand by the my assertion of a week ago. AW buys players because he admires their talent and hopes they will adapt to somehow form a team. He does not buy specific players to perform specific roles (apart from the obvious CB/keeper) hence the boring square pegs assertion.

  132. Rasp says:

    Sorry Raddy, I only just read that you had previously made the “individuals outweigh that of the team” observation ….. I agree ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  133. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Rasp/Raddy

    LB said he sent a post.

  134. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky, I’ll keep my powder dry, didn’t mean to be disrespectful to LB.

  135. mickydidit89 says:

    Errr….push PLAY ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have the power, Rasp.

  136. GoonerB says:

    Before I comment on LB’s post can anyone tell me how we lined up? I was watching it in a pub with friends and always find I don’t get the same depth of perspective than if I am at the match or watching quietly at home where I pick up more about who is playing where and in what formation.

    I saw a couple of people mention this 4-1-4-1. Was that the case and if so who played where in that formation?

  137. Rasp says:

    …. New post ……

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