Will 95% be enough?

Long trip up north for the fans especially after an away CL game.

Sunderland: have you ever been to Sunderland? I have. Went to watch the lads at the Stadium of Light in 2003, we won 4-0 with a Freddie hayrick. Do you know they have coal on the beaches and a freezing cold wind blowing in from the sea! No wonder their fans moan. It must be a difficult transition for chaps who grow up in warmer climes and bigger cities to play for the Mackems – which may explain why many leave soon after arriving.

Which brings me on to Gus Poyet. Now this bloke seems like a decent egg, he is unfailingly polite, speaks decent English and would make a fine Uncle BUT any team that signs a manager with Spurs connections is doomed. History proves it. Sunderland made a miraculous escape from relegation last season thanks to startling ineptitude from other teams and a very suspicious win at Poyet’s old club, Chelsea – it was the first home defeat for Mourinho. Lose today and Poyet could well be sacked.


Why Me???

I hate playing teams who have just been thrashed, they are determined to show it was an aberration so go onto the pitch fired up and ready for violence – we will need a strong a referee today (Kevin Friend). Furthermore, they focus heavily on defence and one of our faves Young Vito Mannone will be wanting to show Mr Wenger that it should have been him between the sticks at Anderlecht. Goals could be hard to come by.

Sunderland have their fair share of nasty ankle kickers; Cattermole, two MU rejects at CB, a massive lump called Conor Wickham and a spiky (read nasty) Scotsman in Fletcher. Add in the excellent Seb Larsson and you can see our players and Kevin Friend will have to be alert.

When Sunderland signed Jack Rodwell I have to say I was surprised. Before his injury this chap looked the chiens couilles but how quickly his career has stalled. He played his first game for Everton at just 16, appeared to be England’s next Bryan Robson and then made the huge mistake of signing for a Man City side who already had YaYa in his position. Got injured, moved on, and is likely to become a Championship player in 2015.

Thinking of such things – have you seen that Frimpong was released by Barnsley after just 4 months and is now playing in Russia at some shitballs club called Ufa who have a stadium capacity of less than 6,000? Dench!!

The Arsenal: You know the story. No defenders, an injury list as long as a Danish winter, Jack suspended, Aaron off-form, unable to score against teams who defend deep and as Mr. Wenger says “playing at 95%”. It does not bode well. However, we are still able to play 11 full Internationals (The Flamster picked up a few in his first spell at AFC)

My Team:


Chambers    BFG    Monreal    Gibbs

Ox    Ramsey    Flamini

Sanchez    Welbeck    Cazorla

Despite my picks I would love to see Campbell start ahead of Santi. Just to give us some extra bite upfront. Podolski’s time has run at Arsenal (much as I like him) and I cannot see him starting another game in our shirt .  The bench will be a few reserves and a couple of player’s wives.

Food: Sunderland is not known as a hotbed of culinary delights, it does have a Festival of Food though this seems to concentrate on every type of food except good old local fare. The top restaurants on Tripadvisor are all selling African, Chinese, Thai, Italian etc everything bar foods from Wearside . There is a restaurant which apparently makes one of the nations best cheese and onion mash. Sounds appetising.


Excellent with a pint of Stout

We have the players, we lack the cohesion and confidence. How does it return? By winning and winning a run of games. Can the run start today? Why not?


written by Big Raddy



216 Responses to Will 95% be enough?

  1. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Top pre-match BR

    & a very winnable game today

  2. stevepalmer1 says:

    Nice one BR,
    Two teams that know all about losing by big scores and being criticised by their peers.
    Both managers will remember the feeling of being embarrassed and humiliated, both will be praying that the scores stay low. Poyet as said could be on a sacking should Arsenal pull their finger out, But our own Wenger must also be feeling the pressure as well.

    Wenger will be glad this game is away as hostility is building up in London, Sunderland is a lonely place dark and dank come away with less than a draw and the drive home will seem like a nightmare on elm street.

    Must win game for both Managers, The players from both teams must be thinking we cannot be worse than our last game which should make a competitive match.

    Arsenal on paper should win quite easily, but i wouldn’t be at all surprised if the result is a draw.

  3. aizedlittlemozart says:

    I’d go for MA08 instead of the flamster though, more calm & control in that middle, I think he provides that even more than ozil does.

    let me take a wild punt & tip poldi to start, just to disagree with you :p

  4. Chiens couilles…. Nice one Raddy 🙂

    Perhaps today we need to ‘casse les couilles’

  5. kelsey says:

    Thanks Raddy

    we really should win today though I take your point about playing a team that got thrashed 8-0 last week.

    If there wasn’t an offside rule and he didn’t have to go back further than the half way line,Podolski would start every game.No one in the squad has a better left than him 🙂

    My concern is the old chestnut, injuries. It will be a physical game and if Gibbs gets injured (and he has a track record ) we really are up the swanee in defence.

    I am not sure Welbeck and Sanchez will start. Wellbeck appeared to get a knock midweek and we don’t want to see Sanchez get burned out.

    I found this quote by Wenger yesterday a little unusual, to go public about the thoughts of one of his players.

    (Speaking after the 2-1 win against Anderlecht, Per Mertesacker had claimed that the team were not playing to their full potential and needed to train harder.

    We are not at our best. Football-wise we lack a few things. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder.)

    However, yesterday manager Arsene Wenger refuted these comments and said that he felt his side’s attitude in training was not to blame for Arsenal’s stop-start form so far this term. This is what he had to say:

    I don’t know what he meant by that. You have to be careful about the statements after the game.

    I think we train very hard and the spirit is right, the attitude is there. But I believe it’s more linked with confidence at the moment but I cannot fault the attitude.

    Where Per is right, you get confidence back completely by working harder.

  6. Another statement Wenger made a few years back was that:

    “Nobody has enough talent to live on talent alone. Even when you have talent, a life without work goes nowhere.”

  7. He also once said: “A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”

  8. And I said: ” A woman is like an egg and salad sandwich on a hot summers day, full of eggs but only appealing for a short time” 🙂

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Mozart. I forgot about MA! Of course he should play if fit.

    NB. That is what women say about me (apart from the eggs of course) 😦

  10. Actually Raddy, looking at your team selection, with our injuries and suspension, there wasn’t much else to choose from so you’ve probably nailed it 🙂

  11. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & did I mention, sir-4-goals was in the training pictures

  12. I think we ought to be a little grateful (not necessarily pleased) that we are playing badly yet getting something from these games. These bad draws could easily be bad defeats.
    Needless to say, it seems that the board of directors have no spine to do something about the direction that Wenger is taking us therefore it is up to Wenger himself to do the decent thing and walk away, it is clear he has taken us as far as he can…

  13. Leon Kingsford

    I’m not so sure Wenger has taken us as far as he can. Who would have thought when the unknown manager took over would take us as far as he has.

  14. Anyway, there are two classicos which I’ll be watching today, Sunderland vs US… and then Barca vs Real. Will Suarez bite?

  15. Ant says:

  16. Big Raddy

    I did a search on TripAdvisor and it suggested LSD 🙂

  17. chas mobile says:

    Great pre-match, Mr Radford.
    Who knows what might happen today; the joy of football, I suppose. Imagine how dull it would be to be a chav. 🙂

  18. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Raddy. Your pre-match posts are so Churchillian in nature that i found myself doing a double fist pump by the end of it. I was even finding the cheese and onion mash appealing and i am not that fussed about mash normally.

    I like your team Raddy. I would like to see Santi and Rambo played down the centre and Sanchez and the Ox take up wing forward positions.

    I haven’t said much since the mid-week game and kept my own counsel on how I saw things while reading what others felt. Needless to say I don’t think a draw will suffice today so I hope the boys get back to their best.

  19. chas mobile says:

    Sounds like some Norn Iron Gooners in the pub alongside us.

  20. chas mobile says:

    A chav like Paul Merson..

  21. Pat7 says:

    Personally I’d like to see Bellerin come back in and Chambers moved CB – i’d like to see him in HM but maybe a cup match for that. How about Hayden getting used or again is it cup for that too?
    Maybe AW has decided on a CB buy in which is why Chambers is focussing on what he was originally bought in for?

    We should not be playing Monreal at CB – he is too short and slight!

  22. aizedlittlemozart says:

    what a pass by song!!

  23. jnyc says:

    Nice as always Raddy. Can we please get 3 points today, and start that run I predicted weeks ago?

  24. aizedlittlemozart says:

    what a cracking half @ Upton Park!!! Wish I had City fan friends, would love to know if they go into meltdowns during games like this to the same degree as some arsenal fans do

  25. Eddie says:

    Raddy – this must be the least optimistic post that you wrote for a while, you got me worried. Yeah, sunderland have some decent players and hooves like Shetland ponies; they will try to redeem themselves from the shocking defeat last week; we have have the team injured, Santi off coulour, same for Aaron, Lulu past his sell by date. Oh no, we have no chance, do we ? 😦

  26. Pat7 says:

    Why is Wenger not playing Motzart/ Rosicky? He was always good at getting us moving or saving some of the first eleven midfield legs!

  27. And Eddie

    Don’t forget Mannone will have a blinding game against us… just to prove something 🙂

  28. Eddie says:

    steve -this one is for you. ha ha ha ha – dogs are animals that should be roaming in the wild. Would you please tell Bambi that 🙂

  29. Eddie says:

    thanks NB! my weekend is now officially over

  30. arnie says:

    Lovely stuff, Raddy. 🙂

    The run of wins started midweek, and let it continue. Concede less than you score is not great strategy. However, given our defensive injuries and frailties, this seems to be appropriate for the moment.

    No complaints about your suggested team, except as said earlier, Arteta.

    But to repeat myself, I would like Alexis to start a bit deeper and free to move to either flank. That meams we need a fulcrum in the centre upfront, and Santi looks about right for me.

    COYRRG. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  31. arnie says:

    come on, Sam and Song. Finish the job! 😛

  32. arnie says:

    Dont worry, NorthBank, unofficially it continues! 🙂

  33. arnie

    Nice to see you.. to see……… well, you know the rest 🙂

  34. arnie says:

    Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck

  35. arnie says:

    No Rambo. OK, give the boy some more recovery time.

  36. arnie says:

    NorthBank. 🙂 as you know well, I am in a combative defiant mood at the moment. In a good mood to celebrate our diversity and difference yet again! 🙂

  37. arnie says:

    Sunderland XI: Mannone, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt, Cattermole, Buckley, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Fletcher

  38. Ramsey on the bench… Arteta in

  39. arnie says:

    OK, here is Arsene’s 95% comment in context: “I think 95 per cent is there. It is normal that after a World Cup, and [when you] have new players. You see the main thing is there: the attitude, the quality. But the water boils at 100 degrees and not at 99, and we have to add that degree.”

  40. arnie says:

    2-0. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha 🙂

  41. aizedlittlemozart says:

    ManShitty oh dear!!!

  42. aizedlittlemozart says:

    now if this game ends 2:3 what will the narrative be?

  43. arnie says:

    2-1. good game.

  44. kelsey says:


    “The run of wins started midweek, and let it continue. Concede less than you score is not great strategy. However, given our defensive injuries and frailties, this seems to be appropriate for the moment.”

    I said concede less, not concede less than you score is not great strategy 🙂

  45. Bayonne Jean says:

    A real cracker at Upton Park! Hammers up 2-1, goal decision system working, city hitting posts and bars. Song bossing midfield, MOTM so far.

  46. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & as soon as I posted that BOOM!! 2:1 & what a goal by Silva!!

    So?, will it be “lucky draw”, “scrappy win”, “unlucky City” or “city hammered”?
    15minutes to find out

    Collins having a better game than Reid in my opinion

  47. arnie says:

    Kelsey. 🙂

  48. arnie says:

    Aized. Beebs says: “Amazing luck for West Ham.” ha ha ha 😛

    bloody boot-lickers! blind supportv for the mainsream.

    we Gooners defiantly celebrate our difference! 🙂

  49. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Jenks for me has been not so good today

  50. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & Collins for me is MOTM !!

  51. arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha.

  52. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Nobody can fault manShitty’s performance today, nothing to do with tactics, personnel, parked bus, nothing! shii just happened. you win some, you lose some.

  53. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Arnie, “lucky west ham” it is then

  54. Wenger Out…. Fat Sam in 🙂

  55. aizedlittlemozart says:

    City are in crisis now no?

  56. Big Raddy says:

    If Chavs win MC are 8 points adrift. We are 9 points off Chelsea and our season is “finished”.

    Is MC’s?

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Come on you Rip Roaring Gunners

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Nice view Chas.

  59. G’day all,

    Anyone got a decent stream?

    Has Wenger at last woken up to the fact that we need to defend better? Arteta and Flamini playing in front of the back four, I’m surprised Cazorla has been given another start, he was rubbish on Wednesday. I’d rather see Rosicky start.

  60. arnie says:

    Norfolk. I am using NBC from wiziwig. Its OK.

  61. Thanks Arnie, I’ll give it a try.

  62. Eddie says:

    Raddy – they also have Brown and o’shea!
    Our mob look lively 🙂 On Tuesday they were strolling on the pitch like prozzies outside a brother, but today there is some urgency, good

  63. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Referee mocking up already! how did rodwell get away with no card for that attempted tackle & no foul for Brown’s tackle on ox

  64. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. As I wrote in the post “two MU reject CB’s”.

    We have yet to have a shot on target


  65. arnie says:


  66. arnie says:

    once again, moving from the deep. 1-0 to the good guys. tra la la la la. 🙂

  67. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Persistence pays!!!!!!! Alexis!!!!

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Now we have. Get in ……..

  69. kelsey says:

    Best signing in years a pleasure to watch him

  70. Eddie says:

    raddy – yes you did mention the rejects, sorry 🙂

  71. Eddie says:

    when I saw him charging at the goal I was sure he’d flop it, since TH4 our players regularly missed chances like this one. Good lad Alexi!!

  72. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Gibbs looks he’s picked up a knock on his hip

  73. arnie says:

    good good, no complaints about that half. Half the job done, just get this fully done now. COYG. 🙂

  74. Big Raddy says:

    Decent half. We were in complete control for 40 mins. Delighted to see that Wes Brown still has the quality which gave him 23, yes 23, England caps

    Tough to score when there are 17 players in the penalty area.

  75. aizedlittlemozart says:

    not such a fluid game but so much better than the last. like I said earlier, our el capitan gives so much calm to our game, distribution is great!

    Alexis revelling in that free role he’s been handed today. Ox taking his time to get into things. Santi buzzing & busy. Flamster flaming. Monreal unfussed as yet.

    Lucky chance, ice cold classy finish!

  76. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & honourable mention to that farce of a referee on that pitch

  77. kelsey says:

    We really surely must add to our score.Vito looks really nervous, would like to see the Ox get more involved and Monreal doesn’t look comfortable.He gave away a stupid foul and makes me nervous, a bit like Senderos.

  78. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & in our U21 game vs stoke, gnabry has stepped up his come back from injury, scoring a goal as we won 0-3

  79. Big Raddy says:

    Th Awayboyz are in fine voice

  80. aizedlittlemozart says:

    this ref is beginning to piss me off now

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Come on Arsenal. Step up the pace – we are giving them too much possession.

    Oh and the ref is another homer.The booking of Welbz was farcical

  82. aizedlittlemozart says:

    The flamster with a dangerous tackle, good thing the ref is a joke

  83. kelsey says:

    I knew it,Gibbs injured now.

  84. Eddie says:

    fair refereeing, you were right about dirty play Raddy. our lads are no angels either, good

  85. Big Raddy says:

    We are starting to look jaded. Time for some subs.

  86. arnie says:

    shame, such a shame, Gibbs injured again.

  87. Budge up, how’re we doing?

  88. kelsey says:

    Doing just about OK 🙂

  89. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Gibbs injured, & just so nobody brings up the issue of playing both our FB’s in a game being a risk, playing chambers @ CB with bellerin @ RB would present the same risk with our two available right backs.

    Devil & deep blue sea that one

  90. kelsey says:

    Bring on Pod and Rosicky don’t just play to keep it 1-0 it’s a dangerous game to play.

  91. arnie says:

    hmmmmm. behind the sofa times. Szcz comes out again, and gets stuck. 😦

  92. arnie says:

    give Theo and Rambo 7-8 minutes

  93. arnie says:

    feck, just keep possession for 5 mins now

  94. What happened to Gibbs?

  95. Santi needing to find his shooting on target boots methinks

  96. arnie says:

    probably just a knock, but knowing our luck, who knows!

  97. kelsey says:

    Now he brings on Rosicky can you work that out

  98. kelsey says:

    He got injured on his hip before half time but played on.

  99. arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha, Alexis. what a comedy of errors!

  100. Oh oh oh my stream froze and then the ball was in the back of the net 🙂

  101. Eddie says:

    cheeky bugger 🙂

  102. kelsey says:

    Goal of the season, hahaha

  103. aizedlittlemozart says:


  104. Eddie says:

    Santi is aiming high, most his balls go to row Z lately

  105. Hello Vito, sorry we beat your team.

  106. arnie says:

    ok, on to 5th now, phew. the run continues. Burnley next week, then Anderlecht at home and then Swansea. Good opportunity to build up some confidence

  107. Thank you for the pre-match Raddy. Did you get your team right?

    One nil away from home to Sunderland is a great result and two nil is even better 🙂 I only saw the last 20 minutes and we had some good forays into their half just couldn’t finish. Did we create much? Sounds like Wes Brown should have been wearing red and white.

  108. kelsey says:

    The positives: 3 points and Sanchez.

    We are miles away from a top 4 finish. Our attacking play in the second half was embarrassing.We should have had at least 6 goals but more tippy tappy or terrible shooting.
    I can only hope the win might jolt these lads into something resembling last season’s form, but you have to agree we were pretty ordinary against a crap team.
    Hopefully Gibbs isn’t too badly injured.

  109. heh Eddie

    What did I say about Mannone having a blinder ha ha, poor Vito. But 3 points from another poor performance. I can live with that, but dread when we play the big boys…. but hopefully by then we would have sorted a few problems out.

  110. Hello kelsey, how are you?

  111. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. As of now we are two points off a top 4 finish having already played Chavs, Spurs, MC and Everton.

    We won away and that is all that counts. When we used to win 1-0 everyone was happy, these days it isn’t good enough. Why?

    Very happy that we battled and won. Saddened that Vito made such a basic error.

  112. arnie says:

    we are currently 5th. agree with you, Kelsey, we are far from a top 1 finish. but top 4 is almost there. 😛

  113. kelsey says:

    ask Evonne, peaches.

    Theoretically you are right Raddy but we didn’t play well as a team.Hope you prove me wrong 🙂

  114. arnie says:

    Kelsey, we played good enough to defeat our opposition. 😛

  115. Poor performance and another win, look at it this way, Man City, Liverpool and us come off a tough midweek european game… City lose at Upton Park. Liverpool only manage a draw at home to Hull and we get a scrappy win away to Sunderland. As far as I’m concerned, thats good.

  116. Big Raddy says:

    NB. I agree. Happy man here in Cool Copenhagen

  117. kelsey says:

    I am hard to please 🙂 Just look at all the second half chances we totally mucked up.Poor old Santi he is having a mare of a season.

  118. Raddy

    a happy man here in warm Provence ha ha 🙂

  119. jnyc says:

    I wonder, if we were not playing so badly, would Alexis be getting the credit he deserves from the media? Hes been a sensational buy already,, not just goals, but amazing work rate too.

    Danny doing ok, i think hes much more dangerous than giroud, especially with ozil.

  120. arnie says:

    a happy man in sunny sconny Botland! 🙂

  121. kelsey says:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “You could feel that we had a lot of the ball and Sunderland were focused on defending very well. They came out with more purpose in the second half but on the break we had many chances. We played away on Wednesday and again today so what was most important was the points. In life you can always improve but what was important for us today was to get the three points and keep a clean sheet.

    “Sanchez is not scared to take the ball and go at you anywhere and that is very important. He got two goals but we want more.

    “I think Kieran Gibbs has a hip problem. He wanted to go on but he couldn’t. Mikel Arteta got a kick on his thigh but I don’t think it’s bad.

    I raise the white flag 🙂 well at least for this week.

  122. arnie says:

    yes, you are a hard man, Kelsey. 😛

  123. stevepalmer1 says:

    2.0 well bugger me, were going to win the league with performances like this.

    I see Santi believes in UFO’s as he tried to knock them out of the sky. Were getting better we almost had a shot, And thank you Vito.

  124. kelsey says:

    When you are 1-0 up at half time against a team who got thrashed 8-0 the week before you don’t start the second half on the back foot and invite trouble,you go for the kill, or am I wrong ?

  125. It seems to me that our passing game became better today compared to recent games. They play the way they train. Pass pass pass. The problem is, it gives the opposition time to get 8/9 players back. Today, on the few occasions we managed a pacy counter attcack, they didn’t seem to know what to do…. they got forward with just two defenders to beat,,,,,,,,,, and they thought, ah fuck what do we do now, not used to this. It will come, it will come. They just need to know what each other are doing. ha ha 🙂

  126. kelsey says:

    5 out of 10 NB.

    Must try harder 🙂

  127. Eddie says:

    I am very glad Barca are losing. They were such arrogant unit for many years, time they learnt their lesson. They cost us Hleb, Cesc, Song, Thierry and they have Graham Hunter on their books.

  128. Big Raddy says:

    I don’t want either side to win. Both criminal organisations.

    Swansea doing remarkably well. Sigurdsson was an inspired signing

  129. Big Raddy says:

    OK we were not playing a team focussed on attack but the defence did well today. No chances given away and both Monreal and BFG looked solid.

  130. Big Raddy says:

    BTW where are all the regulars. Have they given up on AA or AFC?

    Or are they all at The Stadium of Light?

  131. Anyone fancy writing a something for tomorrow?

  132. arnie says:

    both criminal organizations owned by fans. So much for fan power! 😛

  133. arnie says:

    Our defense has been pants of late. I am happy we did not concede any goals! 🙂

  134. RockyLives says:

    Great result (as has been said, just look at how Man City and ‘Pool did – and bear in mind that ‘Pool got an incredibly flukey 3 points against QPR last weekend).

    Performance – not bad. Clearly nowhere near as good as we can play, but in an away game against a team who were bound to put in a lot of effort after last week’s humiliation we did well enough.

    If we can sharpen up our finishing we’ll start scoring a lot more goals.

    As for Santi, I’ll take the ‘glass half full’ option: didn’t he get into some great positions? 🙂

  135. RockyLives says:

    Oh, top pre-match BR

    Keep the foodie info coming – very enjoyable.

  136. Bayonne Jean says:

    This season’s top three players, to date, in no particular order:

    1) Alexis Sanchez; 2) Alexis; 3) Sanchez

    Not pretty, but three more points in the bank. Burnley at home is the perfect opportunity to finally get in gear.

  137. Eddie says:

    some shocking news from Birmingham. They lost 8 nil to Bournemouth and at half time majority of the fans left the stadium. Things are not well there. And I remember them being a big, strong club
    We are so lucky to remain where we are

  138. RockyLives says:

    Curse of the League Cup Eddie.

    They’ve been sliding downhill at avalanche speed ever since they beat us at Wembley.

  139. Eddie says:

    was it when koscielny and szczesny were sitting on the pitch crying?

  140. Gööner In Exile says:

    Ok only saw last twenty minutes…..thisDaddy lark gets boring quick!

    Anyway look to me like we were intent to play on the counter which seemed a good sign, as we do now have the pace to do it, only problem in the twenty minutes I swa was the last pass ended up with Santi and he clearly had a problem with a fan in row Z and decided to try and teach him a lesson by sticking a football in his face.

    Anyway 3 points is 3 points doesn’t matter how you win them. Pretty football + 3 points well that’s football perfection and doesn’t come along consistently very often.

  141. arnie says:

  142. arnie says:

    moderation. what the heck!

  143. I’ll have a look arnie

  144. arnie says:

    Thank you, Peaches. 🙂

  145. stevepalmer1 says:

    I like the supporters enthusiasm on our 2 goals, I would just like to point out that the side we beat had 8 put past them last week, and the 2 goals we scored were gifted to us by mistakes they made. Now don’t get me wrong i will take 3 points anyway we can get them but lets not get carried away without those gifted goals we would have had a draw, never looked like scoring, and what efforts we had were really woeful.

    Sorry that’s the way i saw it.

  146. Ant says:

    2 wins in 4 days. Lovely jubbly. Some top comments today my favourites being..
    We are “miles off finishing in the top 4..”
    And Manone will have a blinder against us.
    Proud to be an away boy.

  147. Looking forward to MOTD 🙂

  148. Ant, hi, did you guys have a great day 🙂

  149. Ant says:

    Fantastico …love The Arsenal

  150. Ant says:

    Match choice on sky sports 1

  151. Gööner In Exile says:

    Steve if you watched Southampton v Subderland last week you will realise at least 5/6 of the goals were gifted then too.

    But lightning doesn’t strike twice, they were at home and playing for professional pride. No way they’d let themselves get done by 8 two weeks running.

    Add to that we aren’t playing well, we all know that. Which means taking three points is even better. 🙂

    As Ant says 2 wins in 4 days can’t be bad. If we get a third win against Burnley at home and some bodies back after the International Break then perhaps we can go again.

    Liverpool and City’s results today you see the benefit of a week to prepare for every game, compared to 1/2 days. City changed to 4-4-2 today from 4-3-3 mid week. They got bossed by Song (still think he is the biggest miss of the summer for us but then it heightens the rumours that he didn’t leave on good terms). I believe the shortness of preparation time is why we won’t see much change in shape, because changing for each game is too much to take in. Especially in the PL where 99% of games are hard fought battles, I’m sure it’s much easier in the Bundesliga or La Liga where you can glide through the weekends on autopilot and prepare for the next big CL game.

  152. Sav from Australia says:

    Got to the pre-match and actual match quite late. Thanks again BR.

    Nothing to add. Just agree with NB and GIE regarding the City and Liverpool results.

    Would be nice for Louie VG to us a favour and take some points of that absolute disgrace for a human being who currently manages Chelsea.

  153. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    it would be in the best interest of AA if I didn’t do a review.

    I am and have never been a Wenger hater but I see things a lot different to many of you and will explain later.All I will say is that this present squad is like Gruyère 🙂

  154. RockyLives says:

    Like Gruyere Kelsey?

    What’s wrong with that – I love his music.

  155. chas says:

    Can’t you explain in your match review, kelsey?

    After all, your brand of honest, kick ’em in the cojones, tell it like I see it realism gives the site much needed balance when it becomes swamped by the rose-tinted brigade. 🙂

    At least we’re not Emmental 🙂

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  160. RA says:

    I stayed in Gruyere, one of those on the side of a mountain towns on one of my trips to Switzerland, Kelsey, and it makes you walk in a funny way, and I know you won’t like it, because I eat chocolate when I see it, and I cannot hold back – if it isn’t milk chocolate I have to say so – as I will explain later – so I had better not write a report about it for AA.

    Erm, wait if I don’t write about it, I won’t be able to explain it – so I need advice, Kelsey, how are you going to do it?

    [Why are we blogging in old money time this a.m.?] 🙂

  161. Eddie says:

    always thought Gruyere was a type of cheese

  162. chas says:

    I wonder if Micky and Nigel have set their kids loose on Hampstead Heath and have hired a pack of wolfhounds to chase after them in memory of Uncle Earnest. After all, it did Micky and Nigel no harm!

    Morning, RA.
    I’m fascinated to find out more about your chocolate.
    Also I think WordPress is a tad slow in adjusting to decimalisation.
    Gym beckons. Packed lunch special to work off,

  163. Eddie says:

    hampstead heath is for poofs only, all dogs must be kept on leads

  164. RA says:

    Morning, Chas, 🙂

    Actually, aren’t you supposed to ignore me?

    Glad you had such a great day yesterday!! 🙂

  165. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Why hasn’t anyone pointed out the brilliant long ball from Merts to pick out Brown for our first goal. If that had been Cesc the press would be creaming themselves. BFG was in his own box, looked up , saw the MU goon on his own and picked him out with a pearler. Alexis did the rest.

  166. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. Is that right? I always walked my dog on H. Heath 🙂

    And he didn’t have a lead – we didn’t need one.

  167. kelsey says:

    It is Evonne, with loads of holes in it 🙂

  168. RA says:

    Good morning and steady on Raddish, 🙂

    Giving a slow giraffe who only won the World Cup this Summer the credit for having the skill to pass the ball that distance is a bit OTT – it must have been a fluke.

    I will read the papers later and let them tell me that!!! 🙂


  169. kelsey says:

    Even in the news today about organised crime in dog snatching,especially in parks and woods, even from cars,outside shops and your own garden.

    . They go after specific breads,demand a ransom and if they don’t get it,sell the dogs on.
    Dog Lost website explains it.

  170. kelsey says:

    Raddy is so upbeat after our victory yesterday or is he thinking of moving to Iceland 😉

  171. chas mobile says:

    I love specific breads. Crusty knobbler is my favourite.

  172. Big Raddy says:

    I am always upbeat even without the happy pills.

    RA. I am studiously ignoring you

  173. Eddie says:

    yes Raddy, I used to walk my beasts there for many years too, until they introduced the lead by-law. I just stopped going there, a dog needs to run about.

    that’s the one Kelsey, I love it 🙂

    I think a draw today would suit everybody best, otherwise red Mancs would be above us in the table, or Chavs strengthening their position at the top, not good. I’d much rather City won the league again, or even better Southampton or Hammers, anybody but Chelsea.

  174. Big Raddy says:

    chas. If you like breads your best bet is to leave the UK. A tourist once told me that he loved England but that the bread was “a disaster” 😀

  175. Eddie says:

    Kels – I know, pugs are top of the list. I’d sell my house to get my pug back, they are very precious and thieves know that

  176. Big Raddy says:

    Wonderful to see that WordPress have moved over to Central European Time

  177. RA says:

    I make my own bread, Raddy.

    My ciabatta is a thing to behold — you would not want to eat it — but behold, oh yes! 🙂

    Kidding aside I am pretty good at it (plenty of time on my hands, not to say dough) and I do not use a bread machine either. 🙂

    Coffee time.

    [Rasper, do come out to play!!!]

  178. Eddie says:

    no, changed my mind, don’t want West Ham to win the league, Teddy Sherrigham is there now.

  179. kelsey says:

    Now talking about bread, Jewish Rye bread , warm from the oven, takes some beating.

  180. kelsey says:

    Russell Brand had to get his mug into the interview with fat Sam. WH have bought well and compared to last season are doing pretty well.

  181. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. You have not got time to comment. You are writing the match review 🙂

  182. Eddie says:

    oh no, Mannone was tearful after the game, poor Vito 😦

  183. Morning

    I’m glad I got into Ants hall of fame with my prediction that Vito would have a blinder against us 🙂

  184. Come on Bouffant man, get your finger out of the hole in the emmental cheese and write that match report 🙂

  185. kelsey says:

    No I am not Raddy. I will write down my thoughts in a post or comment tomorrow. I said all I have to say yesterday.

    By the way I noticed an unusual sight yesterday.Bould and Wenger actually spoke to each other.

  186. kelsey says:

    or just thread my comments together. I would add that if this is a three year plan by AW we need to buy 6 defensive players in that period to replace the aged ones.

    Where is didit ?

  187. Kelsey

    I don’t have to ask you whether your menstrual cycle has started, your crabby attitude tells me it has 🙂

  188. Time warp alert everyone!!!


  189. Come on kelsey, do us a quick review, I’ll find a nice picture of a piece of Gruyere to accompany it.

  190. kelsey says:


    if I did a review it would be like a lamb to the slaughter 🙂

  191. I’m in another room with Kelsey trying to pursuade him to write a review/match report. In the meantime, if you want a laugh, my Sunday supplement is now posted on GunnersoreArse:


  192. RA says:

    Kelsey, give it a go -we already know your view in general but we still like you. No slaughtering of lambs or cheese on a Sunday. 🙂

  193. kelsey says:

    Just stick all my comments together including my 9.26 today.

    Where is Shard, when you don’t need him 🙂

  194. arnie says:

    motning all.

    yes please, we demand a pre-post report review post. come on Kelsey. 🙂

    we are doing well in ignoring Redders, are we not? 😛

  195. arnie says:

    warm glow! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    poor Vito. 😦

  196. Gööner In Exile says:

    Wonder howArsenal fans would have reacted if we bought a striker from the French second division?

  197. Gööner In Exile says:

    Arnie I felt sorry for Vito too. Good to see Arteta go put his arm round his shoulder when none of his own teammates did. Nice touch.

    Apparently Fab1 had a bit of a stormer yesterday….pleased for him.

  198. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Motning all. funny waking up this morning & trying to remember if we won or drew yesterday 🙂

    by the way, since Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season I haven’t heard micheal owen’s voice much. he’d normally be mouthing off about arsenal not making top 4 by now.

  199. arnie says:

    Yes, GiE, that was a nice touch. Szcz as well. 🙂

  200. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Metro: arsenal win “fortunate”

  201. arnie says:

    Aized. Why should we blame Metro or Beebs etc. Arsenal fans want to hear that shite, so they peddle it! 😛

  202. Mozart

    Fortunate for us…. unfortunate for Sunderland. 🙂

    But have to realize that we wouldn’t have got the win without the two ‘gifts’. However, Sanchez took advantage and did well to convert from both errors.

  203. aizedlittlemozart says:

    if west ham had beaten us instead of manShitty yesterday, & it had been giroud instead of Aguero hitting the post from 2 yards out, it would be “wasteful” not “unlucky/unfortunate”.

    Liverpool’s draw with the same hull city we drew last week is not being hammered on with the same verve. & dare I say that OG’s initial goal drought for arsenal was made to look much worse than balloteli’s is.

    Sanchez signed for us & media made it look like he chose the wrong team. Mario signed for Pool & it was the best bargain signing since *insert cheap player that made it big name*. nobody at this point is talking about the fact that sanchez’ signing was fought out between we & pool…..its now all conveniently forgotten history.

    Everton was the stick used to beat us last season, no one talks about their poor run so far, at least not how they would talk about it had it been us.

    thank goodness for AA cos I absolutely hate the mainstream media!
    *with all that time changing today must be friday no?* rant over

  204. arnie says:

    Brilliant rant, Aized. 🙂

  205. ‘morning all,

    Three points and a clean sheet away from home is certainly an improvement, on paper anyway.

    Thanks to the generosity of Wes and Vito, Alexis was able to show Cazorla what scoring is all about…putting the f ball in the f*****g net! Has he been watching the wrong training video? It’s Rugby where you have get the ball above the cross-bar.

  206. kelsey says:

    New Post (sorry NG)

  207. Pat7 says:

    I am amazed how cheerful this site is this morning with apparently no concern of what went on yesterday. I think Kelsey and i see it the same way though i await his review.

    My comments at this stage are:

    With the team flagging obviously at the hour point, why were players not introduced to lift our guys as it was looking a matter of time that Sunderland got that (freak that seems to happen to us often) equaliser….

    With guys like Ramsey and Rosicky obviously fit and used eventually what caused the delay that will ultimately have an effect on their match fitness for the next game not only on the recovery of the first eleven but on the squad rotation feeling – we are still playing like a squad of old…90′ plus or close for all yesterday bar the injuries who will now get their rest as a result.

    If not for Sanchez’ energy we would be sunk for those three points. The players are all jaded so why not switch at least one, i thought Cazorla yesterday, that much earlier to give him a break as he was obviously nacked.

    Those in performance will know that when you are into ‘overtraining syndrome’ (over-stress for whatever cause, does not need to be ACTUAL training) you are more prone to injury, sickness, mental lapses etc and that is what i see out there each time i watch now.

    I am sad at this, though very pleased like you all with the three points. I just think this could be so much better! Wenger needs a person or team with him that can update him on new tech etc just as Fergie very wisely chnged his lieutenants quite regularly. He is a manager not a jack of all trades!

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