Burnley. Pre-match entertainment.

I don’t usually do stats but in light of the negativity around AA this week let’s start with just one ….. Arsenal are unbeaten in 22 home games. Stick that in your pipe.

Today we welcome the Pride of Lancashire, forget the billionaires down the M65 in Manchester, Burnley are a proper Lancashire club;  Hovis bread, Satanic mills and Lowry landscapes. The last time I visited Turf Moor Bob Lord was still Chairman of Burnley and as he died in 1981, I guess my impressions may be a tad outdated!


LB in his youth delivering Hovis

These are tough times for Burnley. Like many clubs who scrape into the PL for a season in the limelight they and their supporters say “it is just being there which we will enjoy. Going to Old Trafford, The Emirates etc etc will be brilliant”

Sadly, the reality is different and the clubs who do not replace the managers who got them into the PL by dint of hard work are few and far between. Sean Dyche is the unlucky incumbent, seems a likeable chap who is working with a team who are obvious relegation fodder: will Burnley stand by him in what has already been a terrible start? Who knows … I hope so.

Chalobah, a Chelsea loanee has potential to be a fine player. Having Captained England at all levels he has 19 U-21 caps at the young age of just 19. Danny Ings is another fine youngster who has started to score in the PL, only 22 he was last season’s Championship Player of the Year.

No wins, just 4 points, 12 goals conceded in their last 4 games, Burnley are a banana skin for our heroes. Anything less than a resounding victory will heighten the frustration around the Emirates.

Arsenal: Once again the talk is about injuries and the defence. We have discussed this way too often and it is dull, dull, dull. Quite frankly, if Welbeck played alongside BFG and The Ox played at LB we should beat Burnley (MU is another matter). We have enough players to put out an effective defence and as the ball will be almost always in the Burnley half they will be under-employed. This is not to say that Burnley have no chance of scoring – this is an Arsenal side who have conceded first in each PL home game this season!

Given the ever expanding injury list picking a side, at least in defence is relatively easy.

Should Mr Wenger continue with the Flamini/Arteta axis at home to the bottom club in the league or be a little more adventurous? I would love to see Rosicky start – won’t happen but a nice thought. Same with Podolski and Campbell.  Theo is likely to get a few minutes

Or we could go the Didit route ……


Bellerin      BFG     Chambers    Monreal

Ox   Ramsey    Arteta

Campbell     Welbeck    Alexis.

Unlikely but you never know. We are more likely to kick off with Cazorla in the side despite his poor form in front of goal. Benchwise we have some quality attackers so once again we are subject to Didit’s Law…… Score one more than Burnley and everything is Hunky Dory.

Instead of the food report let me give you a little more history. Today we will look back a century to World War 1.

Many of the men from Burnley volunteered to join Kitchener’s Army – 15% of the entire male population were killed  n WW1 amongst whom were the Accrington Pals. Men from all around Burnley signed up  to the East Lancashire Regiment to be shipped out to France.  On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, the Accrington Pals were sent “over the top.” Of the 720 men who ran towards enemy lines 584 were brought down in the first half hour of the battle. It was a tragedy which even today resonates to such an extent that there are songs, plays and documentaries written about the Accrington Pals. ( for further reading  http://www.pals.org.uk/pals_e.htm)


 Some of the Pals

Last weekend we struggled against an ultra-defensive Sunderland, Burnley are likely to be the same. Compresss the play, try to score from set pieces or a breakaway, above all don’t get thrashed. Arsenal should be used to such tactics, particularly at The Emirates – we should win.

Let it be So.


written by Big Raddy






199 Responses to Burnley. Pre-match entertainment.

  1. mickydidit89 says:


    How dare you put my name to a negative formation like that. I’m a 2-3-5 man, as you well know. Nice work though, so thank you, terrific read.

    Mmm, you’d think Joel, Mozart or Podolski would get some game time today. Interesting to see which one(s).

    Terrible story about The Pals.

  2. Big Raddy says:

    The more I read about WW1 the more dreadful it is. For example, did you know that between 10 and 12 million horses were killed on active service in France?

    Agree with your 2-3-5 formation wouldn’t it be great

  3. Thanks Raddy

    Lets keep the music theme going then. To fit in with the game against Burnley and the video to fit in with Raddy’s war theme.

  4. And the sound is specially for all us elders, even has the sound of the needle on the vinyl 🙂

  5. Morning all

    Sorry for my tardiness, I have a nerve in a tooth that has the nerve to try and ruin my life ………… last night it was inflicting a special kind of torture 😦

    The banner is done.

    I’m doped up to the eyeballs and looking forward to a pleasant afternoon at the Emirates. I just hope I’m still cheerful when Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeo comes on 🙂

    Very good pre-match Raddy, thank you.

  6. kelsey says:

    So few comments on yet again another well researched pre match,Raddy.

    Practically half our registered squad is unavailable so the team picks itself.
    Is AW going to rest Sanchez who on current form looks our best chance of scoring though Welbeck on his day wouldn’t be far behind him.
    I would love above anyone for Ramsey to score.

    Will Podolski or Campbell start ? Not likely based on this seasons line ups. Nevertheless I really think we will win and win well.

    Going back to WW1 it is amazing that 100000 people are passing through daily to see the wonderful poppy display in London.

  7. LB says:

    Top draw pre-match BR

    Very sad WW1 story.

  8. Big Raddy says:

    LB. No comment about the research to find your photo? 🙂

  9. Eddie says:

    Thanks Raddy, great PM! Did we really concede first in each PL home game? That’s poor

    I’m confident we’ll win, but the memory of that Carling Cup defeat is still with me, it changed our season then and I’d hate to think what it would do to us now, brrrrrrrr…perish the thought!! I’m sure Rasp is not worried as he doesn’t believe in bad luck, but I do and will never ‘go’ to any game without butterflies in my belly.

    WW1 was the most cruel,of all wars, shame on all humanity. Didn’t know about the Pals, thank you for this Raddy

  10. ‘morning all,

    Another fine pre-match from the ever productive BR, thank you.

    In view of the up-coming return leg against Anderlecht on Tuesday, I sincerely hope Wenger takes the opportunity to rest one or two of his first choice starters today.

    Cazorla could do with a lay-off and I think Alexis deserves one.

    So come on Arsene, try a bit of blue sky thinking, try a bit of Poldi and Campbell. You know it makes sense!! 😀

    Shocking stories from the Great War abound, two boys, and I mean boys, from my village joined up in 1913, both were underage, they were shipped out to Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) early in 1914, one was killed within months, the other was taken prisoner and died in captivity within a year.

  11. Eddie says:

    Sorry Peaches, little sympathy fron me – if I had great teeth like yours I would never complain about them

  12. Rasp says:

    Superb prematch Raddy. WWI was indeed a terrible period in our history – we still haven’t learnt the lessons.

    We are spoilt for riches when you compare our squad and financial stature to Burnley. Good luck to them, I hope they manage to stay up and even ruffle a few feathers of the top teams – just not today 🙂

  13. LB says:


    It obviously isn’t me as I would have still been in the saddle. Call that a hill? Pah.

  14. Eddie says:

    Yeah, I call it a mountain. Look at the lad’s bike, no gears. Strange photo – beautiful yet portraying such hard life of those times. Can you imagine our kids delivering bread to neighbours? Or living in houses like that? Not being able to see arsenal beat Burnley? Awful times altogether

  15. GunnerN5 says:


    I’d never heard of the Accrington Pals before today, so thank you for the knowledge. I plan on doing some further research of my own.

    You always seem to come up with an interesting/unique theme to your pre-match posts, that’s one of the reason’s so many of us look forward to reading them. Thank you.

  16. RA says:

    Excellent, Radster, 🙂

    I believe you will find that the soldiers were not permitted to run towards the enemy, nor to jump into shell holes but were instructed to walk forwards at a steady pace. Crazy.

    That hill in the Hovis advert which was supposed to be set in the North of England, was actually filmed in Dorset or Devon, as such a road/houses no longer exist oop there, if they ever did.

    It is a curse to have a memory that absorbs useless information like a sponge, and could find no use for it — until I ‘met’ you. 😀

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    By the way if we lose or draw today I will go into hiding as the resulting insults will be more than I can handle.

    But that couldn’t possibly happen – could it?

  18. RA says:

    After the complimentary things AW has said about Podolski, I think the Pod will start today, rather than Campbell,

  19. GunnerN5 says:


    You can continue to squeeze your sponge all over us for as long as you like, it’s a very well versed in the English language are very educational.

  20. RA says:

    Hi GN5, 🙂

    The comments made by some people are inexplicable, and not worth attempting to correct them.

    On another blog, I have come across a guy who never stops with his words of ‘wisdom’, for which read unrelenting criticism and pathetic ‘advice’ to Mr Wenger.

    A decent fan, on the blog in question, encouraged the fans going to the game to cheer the lads on and not yell abuse.
    Back came mouth almighty with the nonsense that if it was ‘deserved’ it was alright. The cretin.

    It appears as if this lemon lives abroad and has never been to the Emirates. Ye Gods.

  21. GunnerN5 says:


    We are all painted with different brushes, my brother who lives in Cambridge is, unfortunately, one of the “know it all’s’ and overflows with “advice” for AW – suffice to say we have never been on good terms.

  22. RA says:

    That is a pity, GN5, family matters can be taxing.

    As I think back to your historical series of Posts about Arsenal, the Burnley game, today, made me think that they are an example of a club who have had their day in the sun during the early years of the 20th century, when they won the old First Division.

    Then again, in the mid-1960’s, they actually were playing well enough to qualify for the European Championships (Qtr Finals, twice).

    Loike many other clubs of their size, they have been sidelined by the new era, where if you do not have huge money available to spend, your role will never be anything more than to show up as canon fodder for the monied elite.

    Despite my sympathy — I hope that ‘canon fodder’ role continues today 🙂

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    Quick pit stop

    Those houses are lovely.

    My Wife took our children to the Tower of London yesterday to see the poppies. They were bowled over when I spoke to them, and given they are yer regular teenagers, that’s saying something.

    I’m in London for a couple of days week after next and will certainly go.

    This is where we need Chas to upload a pic. Anyone else know how?

  24. GunnerN5 says:


    Their ground has a capacity of less than 22,000. I simply cannot see them being able to buy the type of players that will be need to stay in the PL. They are punching above their weight are are prime candidates for relegation. Which is a shame.

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Here’s a link to the official

    They play The Last Post at sunset, about 5:30 ‘ish now, so I’ll aim for that. Reminds me, we had a Gurkha Piper (bagpipes) at my fathers funeral, and he played last post when they stuck him in the ground. I was fine until that moment. Haunting sound.


  26. Theo and Rambo on the bench

  27. Flamster, Santi and Arteta start

  28. Looks like Monreal at CB and Chambers RB

  29. Here’s today’s line-up

    Chambers, Merts, Monreal, Gibbs
    Arteta, Flamini,
    Cazorla, The Ox, Alexis,


  30. mickydidit89 says:

    That should be 5-0.
    At least 🙂

  31. Eddie says:

    What’s the footy online link again?

  32. AW obviously not taking any chances with Theo today, but hopefully he’ll get 10-15 minutes at the end if we are comfortable

  33. Is there a glitch on wordpress, my comments aren’t appearing

  34. but that one did. Eddie, try VIPBOX and links 7 or 8

  35. ha ha L’pool lose to Newcastle and don’t go above us. Yessss 🙂

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    Well if we lose today, we must definitely get that Brendan Rodgers. Top Man 🙂

  37. Eddie, I’ve just noticed there are only 5 links on Vipbox for the Arsenal game.

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Right, let’s find that crap link.

    Join you all outside for some fresh air at half time.

    Come on you Gunnnnners

  39. Eddie says:

    Raddy darling, what’s the link?

  40. Eddie

    Link 3 is BT sport

  41. GoonerB says:

    Thanks for the pre match raddy. Came down in the hope of getting a ticket but didnt manage so i am now plotted up in the 12 pins to watch the game.

  42. Eddie says:

    NB it doesn’t work for me
    Raddy !!!!!! Help !!!!!!

  43. Big Raddy says:

    On NO …. it’s stopped 😦

  44. Eddie says:

    That’s the one Raddy xxxxxx

  45. You’ve been fiddled Raddy 🙂

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Shard is going to love that non-decision. Handball, penalty almost certainly a red card instead we get zip

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Thankfully working relatively OK but keeps freezing.

  48. Big Raddy says:

    We are SO unlucky today

  49. Eddie says:

    Still the Best stream

  50. kelsey says:

    If only we had 3 Sanchez’s

  51. Eddie says:

    Then we would have 3 players pulling faces

  52. Outside for a fag 🙂

    Playing well, unlucky at times, keeping Burnley pinned back in their half, but counter attacks could be dangerous from Burnley

  53. Big Raddy says:

    Apart from no goals we have been playing some superb football.

    Great to see Ox back to form,

  54. 70% possession and 13 attempts on goal………… must get a result from this … please oh please

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow, that is so much better.

    Fresh air

  56. Eddie says:

    And west ham are losing, we may end up 4th tonight

  57. Sav from Australia says:

    A particularly poignant prose from Big Raddy as the set up to this match. This phrase ‘15% of the entire male population were killed’ is so horrific that words alone cannot show the feelings. The modern generation that lives such a comfortable and carefree life should appreciate the sacrifices of those past and present to secure those comforts. Thank you Raddy. As always, you provide a powerful preview.

    And to the match. That first half was quite something. But no goal makes things nervous. The Arsenal playing that way cannot but put a smile on my face. Perhaps I am easy to please, but it was rather lovely, goal or not.

    Nice penalty miss…just saying…not that certain sites have stats about bias or nothing…but just saying…..saying…[fades to whisper] lol…but Arsene is old and fossiled and what not…that the reason penalties aren’t given against Arsenal. Damn him, Arsene, stop letting our penalties not get given!

    Alexis is a beast. He deserves every success he achieves, man is an example to us all. And so pleasant when not tearing through the grass like a man possessed.

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Oh Santi. You should do better than that. My Mum could have scored that

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Get in. Our smallest forward scores the header

    What a buy

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Now I am happy 😀 😀

  61. Big Raddy says:

    NB. My stream must be a couple of minutes behind!

  62. Eddie says:

    Did Ramsey make the difference?
    Chavs and hammers drawing

  63. what a fucking save by the Burnley keeper

  64. should be 5-0 by now… what is it with keepers against us

  65. Brilliant……….. played really well……… should have had more if it wasn’t for Heaton

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Stream froze for Alexis’ 3rd. What happened?

  67. Clean sheets clean sheets

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Absolutely superb performance

  69. Raddy
    Scramble in the goalmouth and he put it away from close range

  70. Big Raddy says:

    We played some outstanding football especially second half.

    A joy to watch.

  71. Eddie says:

    I want to cry, didn’t see any of the goals

  72. Really pleased for Callum… he had an excellent game, scored and got the ball off our goal line. Sancez is a beast

  73. Big Raddy says:

    When Podolski hits a ball it is a frightening event. The one that hit the post was awesome.

    Shame Chas missed this game 😦

  74. We move into fourth… City to lose or draw tomorrow? Draw me thinks, better all round 🙂

  75. Sav from Australia says:

    Arsenal. Too Sharp. Alexis, Chambers, Alexis. Too lovely.

  76. Big Raddy says:

    Monreal was also excellent. Hardly put a foot wrong. In fact they all played well. Santi and Welbz are still a bit short in terms of finishing but we are getting better.

    Fine win by S’ton at Hull. It’s about time their run came to an end. Who would have thought that after just 10 games they would be 8 points ahead of the media faves L’pool?

  77. Santi doesn’t seem to have his goal scoring boots on…. but generally and all round superb performance. Did you see chezzers applauding Heaton for his saves. Fine man

  78. jnyc says:

    I said it when weMN got him. Alexis will be our suarez/aguero.that was arsenes plan and thinking, I believe, having failed to get suarez. .

    I also decided watching him in first half, BEFORE we scored, that no matter how many goals costa scores, Alexis should be player of the year in the bpl. He was everything, everywhere, willing us to score and win with his effort in attack and winning the ball back. He is a constant threat, draws 2 to 3 players to him every time, freeing up teammates, opening space, and he disrupts opponents midfield so much.

    He showed most of this in barca, but definitely was held back playing with messi.

    Enjoy him, players like this are so rare. Scorers come and go, like rvp, aguero, but so few PLAYERS like Alexis.

  79. That was fantastic. I hope you are all well

  80. Sav from Australia says:

    I saw that NB. Class act that Shezzny.

  81. leo1281 says:

    … And a really good performance from Chamberlain, he’d been awful a couple of games, but today he was outstanding. Way to go Ox…

  82. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all,
    Very nice post BR, Lambs to the slaughter in WW1 and again this afternoon.

    Everyone seems to hate to hear disrespect towards all of our players, with that in mind, Don’t worry Santi even a blind Squirrel finds a nut now and again.

  83. Is this game the turning point? Do we now push on with more wins? Will opponents now see us differently?

    I think, yes yes and yes………. COYGers

  84. Eddie says:

    GM 🙂 better for hearing from you 🙂 it’s me Evonne

    I thought Danny did well too, but Per made a few errors
    I’m not going to allow myself to fall in love with Sanchez, enough of a broken heart when they leave

  85. RockyLives says:

    Don’t know what you’re all going on about – it was only Burnley.

  86. RockyLives says:

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Fantastic performance, great win.

    We played some great football in the first half and were really unlucky not to go in a couple of goals ahead.

    Second half – even better.

    Nacho has been outstanding at stand-in CB in the last two games. Oxo answered his critics with a fine performance. And the best thing about Sanchez is that his approach to the game now seems to be rubbing off on some of the others.

    And Theo back too!

    What a great day 😀

  87. RockyLives says:

    Hello GM

    How the devil are you?

  88. goonermichael says:

    Good thanks Rocky. Why are you called Eddie Evonne 🙂 We have a satellite channel called K+. They guarantee every Arsenal league game in HD. Kick off is a bit late now the clocks have changed though.

  89. RockyLives says:

    Super pre-match.

    I first saw the stage play of The Accrington Pals back in my early 20s. It was immensely moving then and I have seen it a couple of times since. It’s impact only increases as I get older.

    In World War Two they took a deliberate decision to not have “Pals’ Brigades” because of the disproportionate impact on small communities in the event a disastrous battle.

    If a brigade is all but wiped out in battle and is made up of soldiers from all over, the pain is spread widely, but more thinly. If they are all from the same town – particularly a small town like Accrington – it’s a catastrophe for that community.

  90. goonermichael says:

    That’s some of the best football we’ve played so far. Could easily have been a lot more.

  91. RockyLives says:

    Indeed GM.

    Their ‘keeper was their MOTM.

    No question about the overall MOTM though 🙂

  92. RockyLives says:

    So GM – have you managed to catch every game so far this season?

  93. kelsey says:

    The ever reliable live on footy went haywire today. I missed the first ten minutes as the picture froze,as it did the whole game and then gave the score before we saw a goal (a bit like me).I also had absolutely no commentary.

    Sanchez will thrive as the star player and Podolski needs game time,even if he s playing a cameo for a move.
    All round a much better display and great to see Chambers score and Theo back on the pitch. Good win, three vital points,and gears us up nicely for Anderlecht.

  94. Eddie says:

    GM 🙂 people take me a bit more seriously when they are fooled into thinking I’m a geezer 🙂

    Yes, lovely game. I’m sure someone will soon remind us that we are only good agains minnows, but hey, Burnley gave their best today

  95. Eddie

    Look at those muscles and swoon 🙂

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    I shall be warm and gooey for days after that.

    Let me big up Arsene. I thought the 4-1-4-1 was a shambles, and he switched back at Sunderland, and today things really clicked.

    I’m also doing a monumental U-turn. During the week I was saying how we should build around Mesut in the No10, and that bright spark Arnie was on about a deeper Sanchez in the No10. I was wrong.

    So pleased my hero The Ox had a good game. Also, love the speed and running of Danny.

    Word on Burnley. They did not park a big six wheeler, so well done them, and for that I hope they stay up and Chelsea go down 🙂

  97. Bayonne Jean says:

    Some questions:

    Does Alexis have a song as yet? He surely merits one.

    Does Santi lead the EPL in having his shots blocked?

    Right now, for Santi, is “in the icebox” a better description than “off the boil”? Regardless, AW spot on in letting him play on in this match; just needs to put one in to sort things out.

    In spite of the clean sheet (and Nacho did well), does the Arsenal defense consistently provide way more than its share of FFS moments per match, more than other sides’ defenses do? If so, how come? Or am I just having normal supporters’ angst?

  98. LB says:

    “And the best thing about Sanchez is that his approach to the game now seems to be rubbing off on some of the others.”

    This is right on the money.

  99. goonermichael says:

    I’ve seen all the league games Rocky except the chelsea one because I was out somewhere. Champions league are 1:45 kick off (now 2:45) Anyone who doesn’t live in the Uk there is a good site called footballorigin that has motd cl highlights and sky programmes. Not live but good to catch up

  100. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh blimey, there’s more. Theo back, and looking good.

    Could do with Chas right now, as I want some sort of Podolski shot power speed achtung tin hats on heat map graph thing.

    Thank god it was the post on the end of that howitzer not someone’s ears or …… ouch!

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    Hiya GM. Hope all good with you and all those models 🙂

  102. RockyLives says:

    I’m glad you picked up on that line LB – a couple of times today it looked to me as if Oxo, Welbeck and even Santi were trying to hustle, hassle and dribble like Alexis.

  103. RockyLives says:

    Thanks GM – I’ll check out that website. It’s not easy to get the MoTD highlights over here in Canadia.

  104. kelsey says:

    Wenger was quick to give the praise to Sanchez, who is fast becoming one of the most dangerous players in England.

    He told the BBC: “It was a top performance from Alexis Sanchez. His quality is exceptional, he takes responsibility and goes at people. He fights, he can score, that is what you want from great players.”

    Oh hi GM 🙂

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    And hi Rocky
    Heard from OMC today, but haven’t seen them for a while.

  106. mickydidit89 says:

    Did the game tally with the match report you wrote this morning ? 🙂

  107. kelsey says:

    Absolutely micky.I said we would win comfortably.
    Watch the first goal again.Sanchez has a hell of a jump on him and look at the size of the two defenders up against him.

  108. goonermichael says:

    Hi Kelsey. I’m surrounded by models Micky 🙂

  109. RockyLives says:

    Hello Micky
    Funnily enough I was wistfully enjoying the shots of the crowd during today’s game and thinking about giving OMC a call. I shall do so this week.

  110. RockyLives says:


    Or the good kind? 🙂

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Can I come and stay. Preferably, when you’re away 🙂

  112. Big Raddy says:

    Still buzzing after our best performance of the season (though some of the MC game was fab).

    NB reported that Sanchez’ second goal was a “Scramble in the goalmouth and he put it away from close range”.

    Watching it on Arsenalist the goal is a thing of beauty with superb control and fast feet from Sanchez. We have bought a wonderful and charismatic player.

    Can’t wait to see how Theo fits in because he looked lively in his few minutes.

    Is there a starting place for Ozil?

  113. Big Raddy says:

    GM. Is there room for two?

  114. BR

    Hindsight and a replay helps 🙂

  115. Eddie says:

    We’ll, Sanchez has definitely grabed the game by the scruff of the neck and made the pitch his own. Quite extraordinary. Others responded, how could they not? I don’t like him scoffing Danny, but it’s up to welbeck to learn from Alexi. He reminds me of Suarez, a nice version of course

  116. Big Raddy says:

    Just read this from an Arsenal “fan” on BBC website

    “: Every goal Alexis Sanchez scores adds another £2.5m to the bid we’ll receive from Manchester City next summer. You know, like with every other good player we had over the past few seasons…”

    What pleasure do these people get out of following a team? If a fan cannot glory in a performance like today when can they?

  117. Raddy

    Some people are never happy…. but today even Kelsey is smiling

  118. mickydidit89 says:

    “Is there room for two?”

    You are repulsive sometimes. I’m not sharing his models and that’s final.

  119. Eddie says:

    But Raddy, I cannot help thinking that too – he will leave, don’t get used to him, he’ll be gone next year, it is the fear that overshadows joy

  120. mickydidit89 says:

    Mind you “is there a starting place for Ozil” is interesting.

    He’s going to have to get used to the wing, that’s for sure 🙂

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh pull yourself together Eddie. We’ll up his wages. Simple.

  122. mickydidit89 says:

    Mind you, if we want to doom, how appalling that that there were so many empty seats with seven minutes to go. No excuse whatsoever with a 3pm ko.

  123. Great day today, excellent result and vast improvements in our play.

    It’s Saturday night, I’m off out………. with a big smile on my face. 🙂

  124. arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha. Are we in the bottom half of the table. yet? 😛

    absolutely brilliant stuff, Raddy. 🙂

    catching up on comments late, but here is my highlight so far.

    “This phrase ‘15% of the entire male population were killed’ is so horrific that words alone cannot show the feelings. The modern generation that lives such a comfortable and carefree life should appreciate the sacrifices of those past and present to secure those comforts.”

    Top man Sav. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  125. mickydidit89 says:

    Hope there’s a big smile on your morning face as well NB 🙂

  126. goonermichael says:

    Room for everyone 🙂 I went to the deep south BR Very nice. Ca Mau cape

  127. arnie says:

    Micky. What a great pleasure to be remembered on a “knot ear” day.

    Yes, Alexis a bit deeper, free to move. I think Ozil can still be in the hole, holding up, a bit like how Germany played in the WC. But not sure. 🙂

  128. arnie says:

    Anyway, we seem to be up and running. Theo back, Ox in full flow. Rambo easing in.

    Bring on Swansea, bring on Dortmund, bring on ManUre! COYG. 🙂

  129. mickydidit89 says:

    Going have to dig a bigger hole then Arnie cos Sanchez ain’t budging

    Plus, we’d have to sacrifice width

  130. arnie says:

    Swansea away will be on Remembrance Sunday. sombre thoughts.

  131. arnie says:

    yes, possibly Micky, that is why I said not sure. 😛

    OK, bonfire night, back laters. 🙂


    Just back from the game. I shall give you my marks

    Chesney 7 – Had a nice kip
    Chambers 8 – Another great audition for this super boy
    Gibbs 7 – Good game, but with his ability i want more
    Merts 7 – Nice. Hes very tall
    Monreal 8 – Hes a bit shit, but excellent guts. Tough Spanish Bull.
    Arteta & Flamini 7. Much maligned but when called upon, give everything,
    Ox 7 Good perfermance from Alex. When he find composure he will be excellent
    Santi 6. Bit disapointing, but wide left aint his game.
    Welbeck 8 What an athlete his guy is. Noghmare to play against
    Sanchez 9.75. I admit to shedding to a tear. I also had an erection

    The interesting thing about today was a change in system. We went to a more conventional 442 with two holding boys, a nice bit of width, and of course Sanchez playing in and around Welbeck

    Sanchez now gives us another dimension, and of course excites us all.

  133. arnie says:

    on the street fighter thing from the motning, I quoted Arsene because I thought it was an interesting quote and got me think. I do not necessarily agree. But possibly topic for a post? 😛

  134. mickydidit89 says:

    Clearly, Sanchez excites you a lot, Transplant 🙂

    Mmm, that was a 4-2-3-1 I thought, just Santi not getting wide enough

    Couldn’t agree more about Welbeck. It’s what Mesut missed so much last season having Ollie ahead of him.


    Know hwta you mean about the system micky. It was the closest ive seen to 442 for quite a while. The main thing was Arteta and Flamini played as two conventional holding midfielders.

    When we play with that formation, were does that leave Wilshere and Ramsey?


    Sorry about the spelling. Ive been drinking


    And what about Ozil? Sanchez is on another level to all our players.

    I find this exciting and worrying at the same time

  138. mickydidit89 says:

    Good question. And one I can answer 🙂

    During the week my suggested system had a similar defensive midfield pair, then I had Mesut in the No10.

    I thought today was that very system only with Sanchez, which was epic as we all saw.

    So, no place for Jack in the 1st XI, whereas Aaron is perfectly suited to be an either/or with one of the pair as and when the situation needs shifting up a gear.

  139. mickydidit89 says:

    I do feel a miserable git not going out fireworking, but I will go outside and have a look with my next fag and see if I can spot one on the horizon.

  140. mickydidit89 says:

    Remember Transplant, I’ve got a fish bet with Raddy that Mesut wont be with us next season, so problem solved 🙂

    My theory has nothing to with his women, oh and, been outside for a fag and seen a firework. Job done. It’s wet and windy out there, bloody miserable it is.

  141. jnyc says:


    I dont live in fear like some of those losers.. i am excited for the future with ozil,alexis,theo,ramsey,wilshere,sczez,mert, koz, gibbs,debuchy,ox .. im sure i left out some. Alexis is ours, and he will be bpl player of the year , maybe more than once. , . .. yes.. i am predicting it. Its working out because he is exactly what we needed, and like i said before, he was held back in barca. We are also what he needed.

  142. RA says:

    Very true, jnyc. 😀

  143. RA says:

    Have you chickened out on the fish face bet with me too, Micky.

    My kipper for your smoked salmon, if Mesut is not here next season. 🙂

  144. Gööner In Exile says:

    When DB10 arrived he was also on another level….then look what happened,…..catalyst.

  145. mickydidit89 says:

    When Mesut arrived he was also on another level….then look what happened,…..not much

  146. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, I take that back, I can’t have a proper conversation, I’m drawing and don’t want to stop

  147. RC78 says:

    Good news of the day:
    – Alexis is just outstanding
    – Theo is back
    – Three points
    – A clean sheet
    – Podolski is looking sharp when called upon, which is nice
    – Gibbs got an assist and Chambers a goal
    – Ox is doing well in the middle of the park

    Bad news of the day:
    – Another insipid performance from Santi
    – Chelsea is favored by ref decisions and Fabregas is just tallying assists for fun there 😦
    – Southampton keeps on their incredible run

  148. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all by the way, good win today, great pre match Raddy, hope Burnley will stick by the manager, as it appears the Chairman has looked at a season in the PL as a massive financial impetus for the club rather than spending the money in the hope of clinging onto survival before the foundation of the club is sound.

    This is why i have a bit of a dislike of everyone’s favourite owner Steve Parrish, he has spent a lot of Palace money on staying in the league, they were close to administration a few years back, if they’d stuck by Holloway, not allowed him to spend all over the shop and just accept the financial security plus a season of having a go they would have been ok for a few years, if they go down this season they will not necessarily have the financial strength to make it count in the Championship.

  149. Gööner In Exile says:

    Just seen the Chav penalty….think that wouldn’t have been given away from home. Hazard is running with the ball but jumps in front of the defender and creates the contact, the defender doesn’t alter his line of direction just braces himself for the impact of Hazard. Defenders need to be very clever to get out of the way of the contact he creates.

  150. arnie says:

    Norfolk. You were researching the local history of your village from the period of the wars, were you not?

  151. arnie says:

    This is made by a student of mine.

  152. RockyLives says:

    Beautiful Arnie – thank you.

  153. mickydidit89 says:


    Look at the crowds, amazing. My children said they got there early, and soon after they closed Tower Underground. I’ll definitely go next week.

    As for the Gurkhas. They have more VC’s than any other regiment. My Bro knows that chap well.

    Another story, but Joanna Lumley is hideously unpopular, and apparently now realizes she cocked up big time.

  154. Eddie says:

    Looks like we all have written Ozil off already. Very strange, only a while ago we all had umlauts above our names, salivating at his sight and admiring, admiring, admiring. So what happened? Is he really too good for Arsenal?

    Micky – why is ms Lamley unpopular? I thought she won the post war battle for the Gurkhas

  155. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah good Eddie

    Mesut is a really special player, and I love him, but a mate of mine reckons he’s off. We’ll see.

    I’d rather he stayed and flourished.

  156. Eddie says:

    You are not suggesting that your SAS friends plan to ‘take Ozil out’, are you?

  157. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha, but weirdly appropriate comment.
    The friend who told me that he’d heard Mesut was off, now works for a large sports marketing company, but years ago was in the Black Watch, and told me a true story you’d love. He was in fact on sas selection, and during the evasion course which lasts a week, he arrived at a checkpoint with a mate. His mate was given a live chicken, while he got a live rabbit. They were both starving and freezing. His mate ate the chicken, while he kept the rabbit inside his coat, alive, to keep him warm. True story 🙂

  158. Eddie says:

    Wow, you are right, I love the story!!!
    So what about Joanna Lamley?
    Can you hurry up please, I go to church while in poland

  159. mickydidit89 says:

    Thought you might. Reckon you like tough men who also like fluffy animals 🙂

    Ok, as briefly as I can
    Traditionally, two biggest Nepalese income streams: tourism and Gurkha pensions. Pensions small by uk standards, but large by Nepalese standards. Ex Gurkhas would retire to their villages as revered and respected members of the community, and many of their children could then afford to go to Universities in Kathmandu or India. Now many have moved to the UK bringing large extended families extracting that wealth from Nepal. They live in small tight communities in places like Peterborough where their English is poor and they are racially abused and don’t integrate. These ex soldiers now have crap jobs like night security guards, club bouncers and so on.
    Gurkha Rifles are a unique case in the British army, as the only non English speaking regiment, and it is the English officers who have to assimilate to their way and earn their respect and customs. First thing is learning their language, and then doing the “gold run” as it’s called ie delivering pensions. Moving through the hills, speaking only Nepalese, and staying in the villages.
    I could go on,but you get my drift. We have to remember, that the reality is Gurkhas are a mercenary army, whether for the British or Indian governments.
    They’ve already suffered from cutbacks, losing two battalions, and if they become too much of a financial burden on the uk, they’ll be axed altogether

  160. mickydidit89 says:

    This morning I learnt that Bang Bang was written for Cher, not Nancy Sinatra.

    Love the guitar on the Sinatra one, but the recording is terrible. Here goes anyway:

  161. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh good, the surf is terrible today, all blown out. Glad, because I’m not in the mood. An autumnal woodland walk feels right.

  162. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh ffs Crystals, get up.
    There’s always something worth dooming about 🙂

    Is The Ems the only ground where so many leave early, win, lose or draw?

  163. RA says:


    Crystals has asked me to doom for him while he is having his coffee, which might be crap, and stirring it with a spoon that might bend.

    He says that he has heard the world is coming to an end – and it’s Wenger’s fault.

    He is working on a Post to explain why, providing his computer does not pack up, and WordPress does not bugger up his submit button.

    I can’t do anymore because my fingers might refuse to do anymore doomer stuff. 🙂

  164. Eddie says:

    Absolutely, a thug* with a cute pet is my idea of macho 🙂

    Shit, that is a truly sad story about Gurkhas. I’m not surprised, just sad. I’m sure j Lamley meant well, but she’s not a politician and should not use her fame to meddle with peopl’s lives

    * a tough guy

  165. mickydidit89 says:

    Crystals has no spoons. He nicks pocket fulls of those wooden sticks from Costa.

    True about Lumley. Still, she’s cute.

  166. RA says:

    The thing is, Micky, that the Gurkhas tried so hard, and rightly so, to be treated financially the same as other British army soldiers (altho that was many times more than the average wage in their own country.

    Next was to be allowed to stay in El Dorado (UK) and have found it is not all that it was cracked up to be, It is a shame and difficult to know what anyone can do.

    Fantastic and proud people — true warriors.

  167. Eddie says:

    RA 🙂 I know this guy from Ukraine, ex Russian army officer who is now working as a builder in London. He told me he has that obsession where he blames absolutely everything on the Ukrainian government. I laughed and asked him how can he blame cutting his arm while fixing my roof the other day. Now that was too easy for him – if not for the crap government he wouldn’t have to fix fooling roofs 🙂 it is therefore safe to blame Wenger for everything

  168. RA says:

    But they kept going up in smoke when he thought about them. 🙂

    Joking aside, I hope he is feeling well at the moment .

  169. RA says:


    It is a human thing to have to blame someone for something.

    Personally, I blame Micky – for everything. 🙂

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    City Utd today

    It’s another win win result I think. City win, and Utd are buried further. Draw good. Utd win by two, and I think we move above City on goal difference.

    Usual fight and points deductions all round required 🙂

  171. mickydidit89 says:

    Crystals is sulking as there’s nothing to doom about. Raddy’s lazy and NB got lucky. Yip, that just about covers it.

  172. kelsey says:

    New Post is ready anyone want to press the button, in fact is there anyone about 🙂

  173. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky. Perhaps you got that the wrong way round with NB &I !

  174. Morning all…. see the batner has already started 🙂

    Micky, ha ha

    I was close to getting lucky, had a chat with a lovely woman in the bar. Looked as if she had a fit body underneath her vest but just a bit younger than me, and just a bit too wrinkly 🙂 I’m sorry but I just can’t, no matter how willing they may be. I will have to be patient and wait for a slighly younger bird comes along. Patience is a virtue. In the meantime, this is my Sunday morning listening with my glass of wine and goats cheese:

  175. well that didn’t work…. oh well

    I’ll wait for the new post from the doomer 🙂

  176. Big Raddish

    I think Micky was spot on 🙂

  177. Gööner In Exile says:

    Shearer and Keown had more than enough doom for anyone last night…..if it wasn’t for Sanchez Arsenal wouldn’t have any points.

    No one was saying that about Suarez last season they were just full of love for chewy and how Rodgers was getting the best from him.

    Look at where Dortmund are!!! 3rd bottom and 17 points off Bayern!!

  178. RA says:

    Just to clarify, Micky, were you saying Norther got lucky with randy?

    Scandalous!! 🙂

  179. kelsey says:

    Wakey Wakey 🙂

  180. Morning all

    I do believe that kelsey has published a ……………….

    ………………….. New Post …………..

  181. Big Raddy says:

    I’ll do it Kelsey unless someone is tinkering under the hood …

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