Arsenal Arsenal what’s the score? …. Arsenal … what’s the score?

In order to score more, do you need to be prepared to concede more?
Let’s face facts. City and Pool did last season and finished 1st and 2nd. They also played the most attractive and exciting football.


Question posed by MickyDidIt89

135 Responses to Arsenal Arsenal what’s the score? …. Arsenal … what’s the score?

  1. Big Raddy says:

    This is a real quality post. Well thought out and presented in a manner easily understandable to all.

    My answer is No.

    Let us take the example of Arsenal Light …. Barcelona …. who after 8 games have yet to concede this season. One could never accuse them of being defensively minded.

    I know this is old stuff but given a fully fit defence we would not concede so many. Debuchy, in particular, is a major loss.

    Also, this is the best AFC attack we have had for many a year. Podolski, Ozil, Alexis, Walcott, Giroud, Campbell is a very strong line up.

    Damn it – I have forgotten the point of this comment ….. 😦

  2. GoonerB says:

    Good question Micky. I am not sure this is the case as IMO over the last few seasons we have exposed ourselves more in an effort to get more men forwards to score goals. However I don’t think this has resulted in a positive result of scoring more goals, but I think there has been a negative effect in how exposed we seem to be defensively.

    I think back to the team through the 5-6 years before we moved to the emirates and I feel it was a more patient team with a more patient build up. That team seemed to play with more tactical shape and discipline and once we had our noses in front we seemed to suck the opposition in and hit them with devestating counter-attacks.

    We seem to be more a charge of the light brigade team now, and yet I feel we score less goals than we did when we didn’t push so many players up all at once. Maybe as attack can be the best form of defence similarly defence can be the best form of attack. I feel that having better defensive shape and patience may see more gaps between opposition lines present themselves.

  3. GunnerN5 says:


    A wonderful example of speed writing.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    GB “Maybe as attack can be the best form of defence similarly defence can be the best form of attack. ”

    Mourinho teams prove this to be the case. Who can forget the execrable CL Final when Inter beat BM. Or the way they bore their way to wins.

    Parking the Bus is a legitimate tactic for teams visiting AFC but thank goodness AFC don’t play that way (though we have tried it at Dortmund)

  5. GunnerN5 says:


    Re your 8:52am.

    Is Darts a real sport?

    I coached youth darts for over 20 years here in Canada and I’ve met most of the world’s top players – including Jocky Wilson – he was twice the World’s Dart Champion. I spent a weekend with a group of dart buddies at a fishing camp in Northern Ontario and Jocky was invited along – he accepted the invitation and we all had a wild weekend. It’s a real shame because he spent his final years as a recluse and refused to have contact with the outside world. He was an incredible dart player and drank like a whale!

    I played in a semi pro league and traveled to tournaments all over North America. My son shot a perfect game when he was just 13 years old and remains as the youngest person in Canada to achieve the feat. He was playing 301 double in double out in a youth darts tournament, his scores were 180, 60, 11, double bulls eye.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie that should have read 301, straight in double out………..

  7. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crikey, epic post.

    Need to find time to read it thoroughly. Back in 20 mins if all goes well

  8. GoonerB says:

    Raddy I agree that we don’t want to resort to a Mourinho bore off team but maybe something a bit in between. I still feel that AW’s great teams have been less gung ho in the past and committed less players forward together, but were more frequently putting 4-5-6 goals past teams.

  9. Rasp says:

    Intricately constructed post Micky … congratulations 😛

    My answer is: yes but .. not but .. yes but … no but … yes

    We shouldn’t have to concede more to score more or vice verse.

    The whole tone of our play changes when we concede a goal that puts us behind (brings the opposition level). The team always look shell shocked for a while and are noticeably put off their stride. I wouldn’t mind seeing us batten down the hatches after we score a goal for the next 20 mins and just concentrate on controlling the game (not conceding) We seem most vulnerable while we are still celebrating having scored.

  10. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crikey, that’s some post. It’ll take me ten minutes to read thoroughly, then I’ll get back to you with initial thoughts

  11. Less is more eh micky 🙂

    Why write a mega post to get to the same question that a paragraph can do just as well !

    I wouldn’t want us to go down that route, f*”kin stressful as far as I’m concerned. No, what we need to do is get our defending sorted, especially at set pieces. Wenger must realise that his zonal system isn’t working? Why isn’t he letting Bouldy get the defence into shape? or perhaps he is a Bould is failing?

    Defence first, then attack. Last season it looked as if we were really getting the defending aspect right, but somethings gone wrong this season.

  12. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, quicker than I thought.
    Raddy, the answer is YES 🙂
    Afternoon GN5 and GB.

    Really hope to flush Crystals out as he’s a boring old fefence first merchant.

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Mickey I think Kelsey will take o-fefence to that!

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok Lads, here’s where I stand.

    Unfair to compare our attack to previous years as we’ve added the much needed pace of Sanchez and Welbeck. Throw in Theo, and I reckon we’re suited to scoring far more than previously.

    The defence, again looking better last term, and again here we’ve strengthened. Debs and Bac kind of like for like, but we’ve added Chambers.

    Now down to my Pool City comparison.

    This really divides the risk takers, and I believe those two played the most entertaining football, but sure, it came at the expense of the odd goal.

  15. arnie says:

    Nice question, Micky. 🙂

    My answer is a diplomatic, perhaps! Why? One way to unlock the parked bus would be to give up possession and draw the opposition forwards. In the process, exploit the space created. Occasionally we will concede goals, but if we have the pace to exploit the space, bingo!

    The questions are: (1) are we sufficiently resilient at the back to make this work? (2) do we have sufficient pace to make this work?

    My answer to the first is, perhaps not, and to the second is, perhaps yes. On the second, Theo and Rambo will help. On the first, I see no salvation! We should have done better in the TW.

    Spilt milk! 😛

  16. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GN5 🙂

    Come on out Crystals. Fur flying. I’m in attack minded mode and frisky as hell.

    (and no, frisky does not have to have sexual connotations. Jeepers)

  17. MickyDidIt89 says:


    If you have little to say, then say little.

    I employ this reasoning almost all of every day. Suits my lack of knowledge on everything 🙂

  18. arnie says:

    While we are on this, let me bombard you with some stats. Unashemedly pilfered from GiE’s work.

    This season: 11 points from 8, corresponding games last season 16 points (substituting Fulham away for Leicester away). DISASTER!

    This season: GF 13, GA 11, GD=2. Corresponding games last season: GF 11, GA 12, GD=-1. On the face of it, we are slightly more resilient at the back and slightly more efficient upfront.

    But hang on. Omitting the Chavs game, which can be thought of as an aberration last year. This season: GF 13, GA 9, GD=4. Corresponding games last season: GF 11, GA 6, GD=5.

    Last year, we were better because we conceded less goals against the minnows.

    My verdict. We need to strengthen our defence. Period. Our defenders should be largely defenders. You need wingers to spread the game, not defenders.

  19. Eddie says:

    cheers Micky, a very good question. There has been much said about this team or the other keeping a clean sheet. As usual, thick as I am, I cannot fully appreciate the benefits of keeping the sheets clean. What does it matter if we concede (people have heart attacks anyway) as long as the GD column is in green? On very rare occasion it can actually decide the league winner, but on a whole it is probably not a significant achievement. I have never heard of a team winning a trophy for keeping most clean sheets, have you?

    But there is this other side of things – psychological advantage bollix. We know that a single goal can change the momentum of a game, we witnessed that on Saturday – Hull scored and ended our dominance on the pitch, our players looked deflated. So for that reason I’d probably say No DidIt, keep your sheets clean!

  20. MickyDidIt89 says:


    People do keep going on about this bus malarkey, but I think it’s an easy excuse.

    Hull committed men forwards at least twice. That was the precise moment to strike, and all bus parkers have their moments when they push forwards, even a little.

    The key is having lightening fast, and deadly finishing, forwards. You also need bright eyed fast thinking midfielders to see the opportunity and strike ie pass the ‘ffing ball forwards, fast and accurately.

  21. Eddie says:

    GN5- thank you for the Jocky Wilson story! I didn’t know he died a recluse, that is sad. I truly liked him, mad little Scotsman, drove Eric Bristow mad 🙂

    micky -re your question from earlier on – prozzies and drugs,etc – no sorry, you have to many flaws to qualify.

  22. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yeh but…Arnie

    Last season Mert and Kos played practically all games. This season we’ve had both Monreal and Chambers playing in the back two and we’ve only played about nine games.

  23. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’ve given up both since this morning.
    Is it back on?

  24. JM says:

    Construction of successful offensive play:

    “Pep Guardiola: I hate tiki-taka – it’s rubbish and completely pointless”

    – from book, (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich)

    {“I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It’s so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition’s goal. It’s not about passing for the sake of it.”

    “Be yourselves. You need to dig into your own DNA. I hate tiki-taka. Tiki-taka means passing the ball for the sake of it, with no clear intention. And it’s pointless.

    “Don’t believe what people say. Barça didn’t do tiki-taka! It’s completely made up! Don’t believe a word of it! In all team sports, the secret is to overload one side of the pitch so that the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope. You overload on one side and draw them in so that they leave the other side weak.

    “And when we’ve done all that, we attack and score from the other side. That’s why you have to pass the ball, but only if you’re doing it with a clear intention. It’s only to overload the opponent, to draw them in and then to hit them with the sucker punch. That’s what our game needs to be. Nothing to do with tiki-taka.”}

  25. JM says:

    Pragmatic approach in defensive organisation:

    “Revealed: How Pep Guardiola plotted Arsenal’s Champions League downfall”

    – from book, (Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich)

    {He is not sure which is the better strategy: attack or control. At training the day before the match there are no clues as to the starting line-up. Pep still hasn’t decided whether they’re going out to get goals or settling for ball domination. The session doesn’t focus on either. Instead they rehearse how to defend the way that Arsenal begin their attacks from the keeper. They go over the co-ordinated movement the back line must make when the ball is being put long from the Arsenal goalkeeper.

    “We know that [Lukasz] Fabianski almost always sends the ball to his right,” Carles Planchart, one of Guardiola’s scouts and tactical analysts, says. “If it reaches Olivier Giroud it’s so that he can chest it down and hold it up. If he puts it to Bacary Sagna it’s to make our full-back push up towards him and Sagna will try to head the ball onwards and into the space behind our full-back.”

    And on Monday evening they go over and over the way to defend against these Arsenal goal-kicks, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the role of Fabianski. For 20 minutes, Dante and Bastian Schweinsteiger are busy marking Claudio Pizarro, who acts as Giroud, and David Alaba tries to perfect the way to close down Sagna, whose role is taken by Rafinha.

    Next, Pep explains in detail how Mikel Arteta tries to draw in the opposing pivote in order to create a space in the middle of midfield into which Mesut Özil will try to appear. Pep walks through Arteta’s movements whilst emphasising to his players, who are spread out in front of him: “Özil is the dangerous one – he’s the one we really need to keep the closest eye on. Arteta draws you in, Özil pops up in that zone with Santi] Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain around him and that’s the way that they achieve superiority in a key area. We can’t afford that to happen.”

    They test out the way to defend against this Arteta-Özil movement. The idea is that Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry squeeze infield and that Javi Martínez, in his central-defensive role, pushes into the empty space which Arteta has created. In turn, Rafinha’s task will be to fill the space which the Spaniard has had to leave open in the middle of the back four.

    They go through a series of different actions, moving constantly. Pep keeps shouting out the names of Arsenal players – Arteta, Özil, Cazorla, Mertesacker – and these echo round Säbener Strasse whilst the Bayern players push themselves to a degree unheard of for a training session the day before a game. In fairness, they don’t go on for long. Just 20 minutes. It’s the rhythm and speed they’re working at that is so unusual.

    Something is changing. The players perform brilliantly and there is a growing sense of pride and total security so that it seems absolutely impossible for them not to win. Everyone is sweating at the end. Pep explains his thinking. “You play at the rhythm you train at. If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way. And these guys, they train like beasts.”

    Guardiola chooses control over aggression and picks Schweinsteiger instead of Toni Kroos. By the time the bus is leaving the training ground for the Dolce Hotel, where they will spend the intervening six hours, the coach is feeling positive. “I’ve gone for control. Control and more control.”}

  26. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I tell you what else is on my mind (other than the cleanliness of Eddie’s sheets) and that’s where on earth is Sanchez’ best position.

    While thinking of the Pool of last season, I loved their forward play with Suarez in the middle of things, then we bought Sanchez, and I thought hooray, here we go.

    Arsene immediately said Alexis would move central once Theo was fit, but that was before we landed Welbeck.

    So, after eight league games, where should our new best player slot in, as the answer to that is pretty much pivotal to all other tactics bollix.

  27. arnie says:

    Micky, “The key is having lightening fast, and deadly finishing, forwards”. Agreed. The question is, who are they? Theo, perhaps, we will see how his reinduction into the centre goes.

    “You also need bright eyed fast thinking midfielders”. Yes, agreed again. IMO, Rambo and Alexis. But I am aware you think of Alexis as a forward, I dont.

    However. “Last season Mert and Kos played practically all games. This season we’ve had both Monreal and Chambers playing in the back two and we’ve only played about nine games.” Hmmm. Dont agree. Lame excuses. Almost a quarter of the season gone.

    IMO we have not done what was needed in the TW. Now the opportunity is gone. Perhaps this is how it will be this year. Until January at least.

    Therefore, and finally. No use crying over spilt milk. Get on with it. Attack attack attack. We are going to concede a few. But let us score more than we concede. There I agree with you. COYG. 🙂

  28. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Whoa Arnie, slow down.

    Understanding between CB’s is about the most vital component of a teams’ defence. The sum being way more important than the individual parts. No, I say, I’m not having it, Professor 🙂

    Interesting you stick Alexis in midfield. No 10?

  29. arnie says:

    Hmmm, Micky, on the defence I am listening. 🙂 I dont know what it is, but whenever there is an attack on our defence, I have this tremendous urge to look away. Just too scared.

    On Alexis, his most key movements are from the flanks into the box, and he inevitably takes away 3 opposition players with him. Not down the centre.

    So, yes, but leave him relatively free is what I would say.

  30. RC78 says:


    IMO, teams that have won the EPL in the last 15 years could benefit from strong defensive displays…Of course, you need to score one more than the other team to win but ultimately, if you know that you are not going to concede, you will be less hasty in your attacks and maybe more effective as well…

    Sanchez –

    Sanchez – Welbeck (or OG) – Walcott can play on the whole front line and will pbbly change their positions during the game…Sanchez is most effective on the wing and Walcott is our second best (behind Sanchez) winger so ultimately, these two will slot in as wingers and at some point during the game, they will change sides or play centrally…It will be fun to watch 🙂

  31. Rasp says:

    Looks like Damian Martinez will be in goal tomorrow night. With Bellerin and Chambers in the back four, we must be fielding our youngest defence in some while.

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh do relax Rasp, it’s only Anderlecht, and anyway RC78 will be there 🙂

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I do think Raddy and I have made a big mistake in not coming out for the game, despite his ghastly behaviour when “away”.

    It’s just too long waiting for the knockout stages. Hopefully, with us not being seeded next season, we’ll get someone worthwhile in the group stages.

    Would love to have had a sausage with you.

  34. Eddie says:

    micky – ‘oh do relax it’s only xyz’ nothing!! What did you tell me on Saturday – get a grip Eddie, it’s only Hull. Honestly……

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:

    So Arnie, you’d rule out the possibility of Sanchez in the Suarez role?

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Errr, well yes I did say that, Eddie, but at the time it did seem quite reasonable 🙂

  37. arnie says:

    No, Micky, I dont ruke out that possibility.

    I see Alexis as taking a more mobile no 10 role if you like. Free to move.

    Together with another player in the hole. Less movement, more control, exploiting the space made by Alexis. Yes, I am thinking about Ozil.

    Germany played this formation in the World Cup. We can do the same, IMO. We are trying to do the same, I think. Just a question of time.

  38. Eddie says:

    yeah, and now it seems reasonable to you to patronise Rasp?

    If I were you Rasp, I would be worried, very worried indeed

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. Pot/Kettle/Black

  40. Rasp says:

    Its Ok Eddie, I’m chilled – got rid of all my pent up angst yesterday 😛

  41. Rasp says:

    Despite having met them both, I’m beginning to envision Micky and Raddy as Rik and Neil when they bicker on the blog……..

  42. Eddie says:

    DidIt played by Rik Mayall? ha ha ha, that is very funny 🙂

    someone once said that watching me and my almost ex is like viewing new episodes of The Blackadder. I felt very offended.

  43. kelsey says:

    I rest my case Sir Mikelmouse 🙂

  44. Eddie says:

    Kelsey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how is you lad?

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok Crystals

    What do I have to do to lure you back? Thinks…… Got it.

    “Oi Wenger. Time’s up Matey. Can’t organize your men so shove off you smooth talking Frenchie”

    Am I getting better Crsytals? 🙂

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Come on out, we know you’re there. We can hear the hair dryer.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    And I am Neil? Not bad – I looked a little like that as a student and was probably as wet.

    kelsey’s back! 🙂

  48. kelsey says:

    I don’t want to offend anyone on here 🙂 so read my comments on NB’s site if you wish.

    I need a lawyer, a doctor, a dentist a therapist and some more dosh.

  49. kelsey says:

    I wrote this.

    If it was up to me,which it isn’t, I would get a younger man in and get Gary Neville to get his coaching badge as the assistant.
    With regards to the war chest,it’s all bolloxs,now the figure of 42 million is being banded about.The club are very very money conscious or maybe it’s just Wenger, or both..

    We have 15 games to go before the window opens,the picture will become clearer and a better indication by then if we are in the mix or not. CL knockout stage or Thursday night football amounts to nearly all of that 42 million.

    Is that diplomatic enough 🙂

  50. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. AA can supply two of those professions. 3, if you need an accountant 😀

    We all need more dosh.

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I treasure your views Dear 🙂

    Also, we need balance and I more than welcome a “realist”. Plus, I think he should have gone at the end of last season. However he didn’t, we are where we are, and I’m not going to black scarf up or blub about it.

    So come back right this minute. Now, the dosh….. sell up right this minute. There’s an almighty crash coming and you could be quids in 🙂

  52. Eddie says:

    Shitty drew in Moscow 🙂 2 nil and they fecked it up 🙂

    lawyer? what for?

  53. kelsey says:

    I mean at the end of this season,got to give the man one more chance but his latest quotes and post match interviews are shall we say, bizarre.

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo, Roma Bayern. Looks good. Wouldn’t mind Gerv coming home.

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well, he’s definitely got this season, so hopefully we can get some players to stay fit. That’s the key. Well, first key, next one being to organize them in the right order.

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crikey, a Roma win and City are in big trouble.

  57. Bayonne Jean says:

    kelsey, submitted your needs list to AW. Re the lawyer, doctor, dentist and therapist, he will cover that with Calum Chambers.

    The dosh is another matter, though….

  58. GoonerB says:

    Just been having some wee thoughts to myself about Micky’s and Arnie’s discussion about Sanchez and his best role. My thoughts tie in with this post about our attack and also what we were talking about yesterday regarding our wide players. I would say as follows :

    I don’t want old fashioned hug the touchline wingers as I think the modern game has bypassed this type of player, at least at the highest level. I prefer what I would term wing forwards who have the ability of a winger but are happy coming inside and know how to find the net. This is my preferred role for Sanchez and I feel we have further excellent options already for these roles with Theo, AOC and Gnabry.

    I would like to see the wing forward players to mix up their play a bit so that sometimes they do stay wide to stretch the opposition and sometimes they come infield and attack the box more. When staying wide they are more creating space for our other players to exploit by stretching the opposition defence. When coming inside they can attack the box and place themselves in goal-scoring positions. It is then that I would like to see the F.B’s overlap.

    I suppose my question would be do we mix it up enough at present. Are our wide players spending too much time infield and our F.B’s spending too much time as an advanced overlapping wide player? Are we too predictable and have lost the element of surprise?

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Quick lads, over to sky1, they’re showing Chavs Arsenal, or should I say Chavs Kanuuuuu

  60. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all
    Blimey Micky, the title was almost as long as the post. But certainly found the bloggers, very impressed.

    Our defence is like and old sieve, full of holes. will we let more in, Undoubtedly, i think the question is will we score more than what we let in.

    Injuries and suspensions hurt us every year, this year is no different, we have lost a good and healthy right back in Bacary Sagna, and have replaced him with Debuchy, a very useful player when fit and that is the problem, in for five minutes and out for weeks,

    Debuchys inclusion ment Jenkinson would be loaned out, and he is playing regular and assisting goals for West Ham. Debuchy needed cover, and we now know why, Calum Chambers an unknown for 16 mill who’s he we all said, bugger me what a buy by our leader Wenger. But of course we didn’t realise that young Calum would be cover for nearly every player in the team.

    Playing players especially new young players, in a different position nearly every week means that he will never be able to settle in any one position so obviously he will be off footed now and again and will have to make the odd foul, New young players playing against hardened pro’s and comes away with the ball often means Refs will book them quite often and they build up till he gets a suspension.

    Having injuries in defence and your cover player suspended is it any wonder that winning games is going to be hard. Chambers in my mind has been one of our best players since the start of the season, and still we dont know where this Nomad is going to play.

    Is this a professional outfit or not.

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry, wrong game. It was the 2-2

  62. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I didn’t even write the title, so you can halve my contribution 🙂

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Damn. Robben 1-0

  64. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great comments GB and Steve.
    Sorry, watching Roma

  65. stevepalmer1 says:

    Blinding Micky 🙂

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    There are more comments than there are words in the post 🙂
    Beat that anyone

  67. Bayonne Jean says:

    Bayern up by 4 vs. Roma 30 minutes in.

    Xabi Alonso, holding midfielder, loads of EPL experience, pulling all strings for Bayern. Transfer fee this year of 8M euros. But he is 32 years old.

  68. Big Raddy says:

    We should have signed Alonso all those years ago

  69. Mickeyk says:

    Here’s a question why don’t wenger just f..k off and take his medical team with him.we won’t win anything this season.

  70. Mickeyk says:

    I’m back

  71. chas says:

    Great post.

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You’re going minimal as well are you? 🙂

  73. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just had a nasty thought about 26 and LB.

    Remember clearly LB asking the legal eagle whether he wanted to join him for a bike ride. 26 said yes.

    And that……was the end of 26.

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    h h, v f 🙂

  75. chas says:

    The legal eagle ‘disappeared’ by the regal beagle.

  76. chas says:

    26 disappeared for 3 months after sitting next to Evonne.

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Do you reckon they’ve both gone to the “other side”?

    You know, into the shadows with the likes of the Man in Shades

  78. chas says:


  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oi hang on, you didn’t re-emerge that quickly either

  80. chas says:

    Maybe LB has sold his soul to the devil to buy Arsenal a decent result.
    Doctor Faustus stylee. Or sacrificed 26 in the middle of Epping Forest on a pyre made from old underpants.

  81. chas says:

    There’s always a cooling off period.

  82. chas says:

    Back to the post…..
    I think light blue oilers and dippers scored loads of goals last season in very different ways.
    City had the second best defence after Boring Maureen’s mob.

    Anyway enough football, back to the bollix.

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I’ll go with the sacrifice

  84. chas says:

    In the old days, say pre-internet, did the manager always get a proverbial boot in the groin every time the team came up with a bad result?

    I don’t remember it that way, but it may have been like that.

    Wenger’s 65 today, Le Grove were sticking it to him yesterday.
    I’ve no idea why he has put up with so much abuse from all echelons of the footballing world for so long. Must be a masochist, I suppose.

  85. chas says:


  86. MickyDidIt89 says:


    N,o pre-internet there was less chit chat generally, but that’s life, and both he (Arsene) and we, just have to deal with it.

    Mind you, it’s not just football under the microscope, anyone in the public eye.

  87. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Matchday 😀

  88. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And good morning to you, Neil 🙂

  89. chas says:

    I think it’ll be a tight game tonight.
    Possibly a three-all draw.

  90. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not even one iceberg pic? We take the view that you go around the world taking holiday snaps so that we don’t need to bother. So get “caring and sharing”, it’s what your sort are supposed to do 🙂

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “Tight game” !!!

    It’s only Anderlecht for goodness sake 🙂

  92. chas says:

    Anderlecht away sold out to Away Scheme members and those with 45plus away credits, so I couldn’t have got you a ticket in the Arsenal end. (we have 20 plus, I think).

    Still, I suppose RC78 could have got you home tickets.

  93. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m not surprised. Many fans wouldn’t bother with going to Turkey. Many have already done Dortmund, and Belgium is the closest.

  94. Gööner In Exile says:

    Our defence has gone from quite competent last year (with the exception of three games where full backs pushed on too much)… terribly average this term.

    Injuries is obviously one part of this. Can’t help thinking BFG hasn’t had enough recovery time post world cup. And thinking about his removal from the German team at the end of the WC I’m beginning to wonder whether that wasn’t more to do with the toll of the PL season as much as A change of heart from the manager.

    And then you look at Chavs who’s back 4 had a very minor WC campaign if any at all.

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:


    You’re the site expert here, so please tell that to Arnie. I tried, and failed 🙂

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha ha superb

  97. Big Raddy says:

    What a great track. Love the finger cymbals.

    No pics of icebergs. Loads of waterfalls.

  98. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh ffs, what do you mean “no icebergs”, it’s called Iceland for a very good reason 🙂

  99. arnie says:

    Motning all.

  100. arnie says:

    OK, so I take your points, Micky and GiE. Our defence, and particularly BFG, have been overused and are so tired we cannot be expected to keep clean sheets.

    We could not be bothered to sign backups so now we are stuck. Even if we signed other defenders developing understanding would have taken time. We have to admit we will concede scores of goals, we have to somehow score more.

    We have got a new shiny toy upfront. Again coordination will take time, but at least we have the personnel. So, attack attack attack. That is what you are saying, right? 😦

  101. Eddie says:

    ‘Oh ffs, what do you mean “no icebergs”, it’s called Iceland for a very good reason ‘ – that was good enough to get up for.

    I am with Chas – hard game tonight

  102. arnie says:

    must win? 😛

  103. Big Raddy says:

    OK, OK. Keep your hair on ….. not taken photos off the camera.

  104. Big Raddy says:

    BTW. Iceland has very little ice compared to Greenland., Both were named by the Vikings who clearly had a sense of humour

  105. arnie says:

    Early 1990s Tamil movie movement was fantastic.

  106. Eddie says:

    hot springs then Raddy, YOU DO HAVE a photo of you in a hot spring

  107. arnie says:

    Prabhu Deva again.

  108. MickyDidIt89 says:


    The defence was looking good last season, and Arsene did strengthen in the shape of England and Arsenal future Captain and Master Centre Back Mr Callum Chambers.

    You’re really struggling with the realization that Didit is a Master Tactician after all, aren’t you 🙂

  109. arnie says:

    It must have been your warm influence, Raddy. The ice just melted in anticipation! 😛

  110. arnie says:

    Micky. 🙂

  111. Eddie says:

    looked up Anderlecht. cannot recognise any big names, They have a player called Dendoncker 🙂 and most elaborate crest – imagine having this tattooed on your chest

  112. Jämie says:

    Hi all,

    IMO we’re very short defensively. We failed to strengthen during the window and that will cost us this season. With Monreal having to play CB, a position he claims he’s unfamiliar with, were going to lose a few points. Not enough to drop out of the top four though, but I dont see is really challenging for the title and unless we strengthen in January, we could blame it on our lack of defensive solidity

  113. Eddie says:

    arnie – you are a really nice guy and I would hate to upset you, but these videos are awful!! Do YOU like them?

    Talking about importance of luck in football. Ha , watch City game from last night. Russians had a non-penalty awarded and an offside goal. If I wasn’t evil I would actually feel sorry for the mancs

  114. kelsey says:

    Anderlecht Away always brings back memories.
    Ist leg of the Fairs Cup Final, losing 3-0 and then this kid comes on late and scores what turns out to be a vital goal. His name, Ray Kennedy.

    I was there, plenty of trouble after the game with cars smashed and they tried to smash up the Arsenal’s team coach as well.

    We only got standing tickets but including ticket and flight from Luton total cost £12.00.

    What happened in the return leg is history and will forever be etched in my mind.

    I know, I know.I have mentioned this before but remember it was our first trophy for 17 years,could this be an omen. (crystals would say “I doubt it” )

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:


    These vids are either made in the 70’s, or whoever is making them should quit this minute 🙂

  116. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Yip, that home leg must have been an incredible night.

  117. LB says:

    I do like the pics in the morning, the Robin and the Blue tit “This is Sparta” is today’s fav. An introduction to Indian film music has been an interesting addition but I must say I am very disappointed that that there are no iceberg photos, waterfalls, as everyone knows, are only ever a poor second best.

    I have been following the advice of my mother when I was a small boy: “if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.”

    And you really don’t want to know why I think our midfield is so ineffectual, well actually you probably already do know.


  118. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great to see you LB. I’ve missed you. No-one else has, but hey 🙂

  119. Eddie says:

    hey micky, chas and arnie – can you believe it? we have Kels and LB for company today 🙂 it is going to be a good day

    LB – please tell us your thoughts about the reasons for our midfield being so ineffectual, it’s got to be better than zonal marking

  120. Eddie says:

    and Raddy!! we have Raddy back for the match days 🙂

  121. GoonerB says:

    Morning all. There it is. Peaches was looking for a post on Friday. “Why is our midfield so ineffectual?”

  122. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Back to those vids. You have to remember that the UK is, and has been for thirty years, miles ahead of the rest of the world in terms of video technology and creativity. We are spoilt and are a very sophisticated audience in this respect.

    I remember living in France early ’80’s and being amazed at how childish I thought everything was.

  123. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I said yesterday how midfielders need to be able to think and move the ball effectively and lighteningly quick.

    Jack is not an expert in either field.

  124. arnie says:

    Yes, Evonne, I absolutely love them. Actually, I am a living inter-cultural ambassador.

    In the early 1990s, my first proper job took me to Chennai, then Madras. There I found this fantastic culture, enjoying all good things in life, vibrant, hard-working and fun-loving. Religious tolerance of a standard that was never to be found in northern India since the demolition of the Babri “Temple”. There was some influence of Tamil (Hindu) – Sinhala (Buddhist) conflict from Sri Lanka but not quite so much till then.

    This produced a rich vibrant tolerant society that spilled over into the arts, music and films as well. Very lucky to have been part of teh journey around its peak in early 1990s. Alas!

  125. arnie says:

    oh, Evonne, great company indeed.

    GoonerB, nice comments on the Alexis thingy yesterday. 🙂

  126. arnie says:

    I would say, Micky and Evonne, the music is very original and the choreography is quite good as well. Well, the music is coming to be appreciated now. AR Rahman won a Grammy, and is now one of the highlighted contemporary composers by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Most of his original music was actually from that period.

  127. Eddie says:

    aha arnie, that is why I don’t like it – all that tolerance, happiness at work and colours, and religions – no thank you, it’s not really for me.

  128. Eddie says:

    and my little darling Kelis

  129. Morning all

    Sorry to be late ……………. just diving into the cupboard

  130. It’s here everyone …….. we have a Big Raddy pre-match at last

    ……………….. New Post ………………..

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