Redemption Song

6/12/14. The Potteries: The first half on the slime covered fields of Middle Earth was embarrassing. Three down to base level tactics, which must have been discussed endlessly during the week prior to the game, the players shamed their fans and their manager. Second half we were by far the better team and had we not been chopped by a homer referee we may well have won.

What infuriates more – their gigantic violent defence or their gigantic violent attack? Crouch should have been sent off for continual use of the elbow, Adams should have been imprisoned for GBH on Alexis. Anthony Taylor (the idiot ref) must be enjoying his new gold Rolex.


Anthony Taylor’s Nice Little Earner

11/1/15. A chance for the team to make reparations to both the fans and the manager.

Let’s start with the man who could be at the centre of the game, the referee, Jonathan Moss. In 17 games this season he has given out (why is a card always brandished?)  58 yellow and 7 red cards including sending off the miscreat Puncheon at The Emirates in August.

Stoke: On an unbeaten run which includes both us and MU. They cannot be under-estimated. But …. they are Orcs and have an odious manager. If the world was a fair and reasonable place, they would both be languishing in the lower regions of the Northern Premier League but it isn’t and Stoke continue to assault all who play them, aided and abetted by The Chief Orc, Sparky Hughes.

I don’t want to write about their players, they are all shitehawks apart from the diamond in the rough, Bojan – what is this superb, gifted player doing in Orc central? From the Nou Camp to the Britannia – the mind boggles and one can only hope he finds redemption come seasons end.

It has been raw weather this weekend which may prevent Stoke from playing hoofball but I doubt it. A couple of weeks ago West Ham sent in almost 60 long balls into our penalty area. That is one every 90 seconds!! Expect much of the same today.

Arsenal: The 7th cavalry are on the horizon as Ozil, Ramsey, Flamini etc return from injury. Walcott has had a run about and Giroud is off the naughty step. We have our first choice back five playing together for the second time this season. It augurs well


Proof Ozil exists

I wouldn’t start Ozil, Ramsey or even Theo; this is a game for fighters and men who are 100% fit. Why risk the returnees?

My team:


Debuchy     BFG     Koscielny    Gibbs

Ox    Flamini    Rosicky    Cazorla

Alexis   Giroud

Not much height or heft but much pace and ingenuity. If Santi and Alexis can continue their wonderful form the Orcs will be bamboozled. With Theo to fly past Bardsley for the final 20 minutes and Ozil to get perhaps 15, we should be set up for the trip  to the Champions next weekend.

Given Szczesny’s excellent judgement of the high ball at WHU he must start today; the aberrations of his Southampton performance should be forgotten and forgiven and  having Ospina on the bench will energise him.

A first league win in 2015 would be a boost especially given the Hapless Hotspurs loss and the disturbing improvement of Liverpool.

The first half at Stoke was our worst performance for many a season, this afternoon the team have a chance for redemption. Let it be so.


written by Big Raddy


140 Responses to Redemption Song

  1. rhyle says:

    Good read, as always Raddy! Agree that Chezzer should start in goal but think he’s done for the next few weeks – Ospina’s getting his chance in the same way that Almunia did when Lehmann messed up…though hopefully he’ll prove to be better..!

  2. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Morning all

    Quality write up Randy. Very enjoyable read.

    Redemption Song is an absolute classic, and I do hope we ‘chase those crazy baldheads out of town’ this afternoon

  3. ‘morning all, A fine post by Big Raddy, so it must be match day.

    I think we are at risk of over-doing the Orc thing just a bit. Yes they are a highly physical team and have got some unsavoury characters both on and off the field but they are not unbeatable.

    Their defenders are, in the main, slow and lumbering and can easily be turned by fast attacking wing play so Walcott must start.

    We know that Crouch will attempt to elbow his way through to goal, if long balls are played into the area, so it is up to our midfielders to prevent those balls being launched.

    To deal with any passes towards Crouch, Mertesacker has to be on the ball and to use his height to get to them first.

    If we can cut down the aerial threat we have enough quality going forward to take the game away from Stoke and with it the three points.

    Having said all that they will try the rotational fouling and intimidation, so the referee needs to be be honest and brave enough to take control of the game from the outset.

  4. By the way BR, Leonard Rossiter died 5 October 1984.

  5. Rasp says:

    Spot on Raddy. With the spuds reverting to type yesterday and the saints playing manure today, we have a chance to go 4th. I want to see energy, work rate, control and commitment today. Our talent is never in doubt, it’s those other things we are often accused of lacking.

  6. RA says:

    Super Post, oh Dandy Man. 🙂

  7. RA says:

    Thanx, Rasp, I love Bob Marley, and I understood the sentiment of freedom from oppression, but until I read the words on the vid you posted I could never really understand what he was singing on Redemption Song.

    What a voice.

    Altho’, clearly, patois and I missed each other! 🙂

  8. Rasp says:

    Morning Redders – yes they are great lyrics.

    The Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ was voted the catchiest tune of all time …. what is the world coming to? 😦

  9. GunnerN5 says:

    TEAM NEWS: Ospina starts against Stoke

    David Ospina has retained his place in the Arsenal team for Sunday afternoon’s match against Stoke City.

    The Colombian goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in last week’s FA Cup victory against Hull City and will now make his first start in the Premier League.

    Arsène Wenger has made four changes to his side, with two in defence; Mathieu Debuchy in for Calum Chambers and Laurent Koscielny replacing Hector Bellerin.

    Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud replaces Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in for Theo Walcott, who drops to the bench.

    Mesut Ozil returns after a three-month absence with a knee injury and takes his place on the bench.

    Team in full: Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud

    Subs: Szczesny, Bellerin, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Walcott

    Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source

  10. Gööner In Exile says:

    Big big call Ospina starts.

    Was impressed in cup game at his aerial decision making. We will have to see if it’s as good today!


    For me Coq needs to be on best behaviour, and Oli needs to count to ten as surely he will be targeted.

    Bench …. Booking, Szczesny, Theo, Rambo, Ozil, Bellerin, Campbell

    Biggest fear? Szczesny could end up at Centre Half

  11. Rasp says:

    Thanks GN5 – maybe Eddie is correct about Szczesny?

    That’s a very strong team with game changers on the bench. On paper we should walk this, there isn’t a Stoke player who would come close to getting in our first eleven.

  12. Eddie says:

    so Szczesny still in a dog house? Perhaps my brother was right for once.

    Good solid prematch, thank you Raddy.I noticed that Anthony Taylor was given a ladies’ Rolex – serves him right for being a bitch

  13. Eddie says:

    Rasp – snap 🙂

  14. Eddie says:

    sorry to be off the subject
    Steve – I toldl you yesterday that sex won’t kill you. I forgot to mention that it can make you VERY ill.

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s fantastic to see such huge talent on the bench (Theo, Ozil, & Ramsey) just waiting to come on if we falter.

    I’m not the least bit surprised that Szczesny has been benched as AW hates a lack of discipline and is very protective of Arsenal’s image.

    Now back up to read Raddy’s pre- match.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you for a rousing pre-match Raddy. My dislike for Sparky goes all the way back to his playing days he is simply a detestable individual.

    Today will be tough for us and woe be it if they manage to squeak the first goal, it’s a day when we need the Moss (Jonathan) to very, very slippery – in Arsenal’s favour.

    Now off down stairs to the home theater to watch the game on the 120″ screen.

  17. RockyLives says:

    Nice one BR

    Time for revenge.

    Come on the Arse!

    Ospina starting… interesting. Maybe there is something to the story of a bust-up between AW and Szcz.

  18. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Raddy. Only a moment to pop on. Will try and comment more later. One thing though. I felt this was a game for Chezzer today regardless of what happened in the last game. I always say to myself if you gave the opposition a choice of which players (striker, CD and keeper mainly) they would prefer to play against and which ones they wouldn’t you should always play the ones they least prefer. So my question is “MR Crouch would you prefer to play against 6’5″ generally good with the high balls Chezzer or an approximate 6′ South American recent addition to the EPL keeper?”. What would he say. Anyway COYRRG’s

  19. Rasp says:

    Could Stuart Robson be any more anti Arsenal in his commentary? That man has a massive chip on his shoulder.

    So far we’ve had ‘well its a decent start for Arsenal, they haven’t conceded in the first 2 minutes’ and …. that’s a good period of controlled possession by Stoke’ when they strung 3 passes together 😦

  20. Eddie says:

    I bet Koz wishes he wore ‘Im Charlie t-shirt’ under his kit. Lovely header

    Peaches -did you see who is watching the game?

  21. arnie says:

    lovely stuff, Raddy. 🙂 late start, oh dear, and ha ha ha ha. Kos. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  22. GoonerB says:

    Never mind rasp. Just seen bobby and titi in the crowd. Their positive vibes will completely drown out robson. Always thought this is the way to beat stoke. Crosses and headers, they will not expect that

  23. Rasp says:

    Hi GB, that’s a plan, maybe we should start diving and elbowing to join the mainstream.

    Well done Koz, they can’t sit back now. 3 nil by half time please 😛

  24. Rasp says:

    What happened to Debuchy?

  25. RockyLives says:

    Looks like shoukder Rasp. Arnautovic shoved him off the pitch

  26. RockyLives says:

    Should have been a booking but wasn’t, of course.

  27. Rasp says:

    Thanks Rocky, I’m hearing it was a deliberate push. That should be subject to disciplinary action like every other event on the pitch. You see it all too often. An attempt to injure a fellow professional 😦

  28. Rasp says:

    The BBC site says Arsenal 6 shots, all on target and Stoke zero. Sounds like Begovitch is having a blinder.

  29. Eddie says:

    naughty nacho 🙂

  30. Gööner In Exile says:

    Kick him all you like but he will still run rings round you.

  31. RockyLives says:

    Great goal Alexis – 2-0

  32. Rasp says:

    Alexis now 17 goals and 13 assists = 30 in 31 games … the guy is priceless 😀

  33. Gööner In Exile says:

    Looks like a nasty cut for Nacho

  34. Eddie says:

    not a malicious challenge from Crouch??!!! it was 100% deliberate elbow in the head assult

  35. Gööner In Exile says:

    Could watch Shawcross get sold that dummy by Alexis all week.

  36. RockyLives says:

    Elbows Crouch again. No punishment, again.

  37. Rasp says:

    The ref has to get a handle on this, that is two injuries as a result of completely unnecessary physical assault.

  38. Eddie says:

    I liked it when the commentator said that Giroud is making a nuisance of himself 🙂

  39. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rasp it’s what the English fans love don’t forget……

    Honestly we are so far behind the rest of the world if anyone thinks Stoke’s play is acceptable. Yes it’s a physical game but they just constantly take it as far as they can.

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Back in time for the second half.

    Two up, I hope we don’t try and defend the lead – we need to keep attacking with intent.

  41. arnie says:

    agreed, GiE @2:22. sad, very sad. 😦

  42. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all Nice one Raddy.
    Watching a battle this afternoon two needless challenges and the ref see’s nothing wrong,

    How many fit players we end up with is anybodies guess. This ref is a definite twelfth man for the thugs.Giroud needs to use his loaf as Shawcross is goading him.

  43. Rasp says:

    Nobody gonna tell me that Alexis just scored??? 😛

  44. RA says:

    I am not keen to blame the referees for some of their obvious failings — what is the point?

    But this gormless individual needs a poker up the ass for his appalling and inexplicable decisions.

    I am genuinely disgusted with him – and yet we are winning 3:0 despite him.

    [If you are reading this Shard it does not mean you have converted me to the conspiracy project!] 🙂

  45. RA says:

    Bellerin is coming on in leaps and bounds!

    And Alexis did score, Rasper, via the keeper, following a deflection! 🙂

  46. Rasp says:

    How’s Ozil playing?

  47. Rasp says:

    Just totting up Crouch’s fouls – he should be off with a 2nd yellow by now

  48. Rasp says:

    Job done 😀

  49. Rasp says:

    A nice draw between Southampton and the mancs now please.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    We have some truly outstanding players. Today we had Rosicky, Cazorla, Sanchez and Ox on top form.

    Cazorla in particular was magical today – at the centre of everything.

    Add in a secure defensive performance and the blossoming talents of Bellerin and we have reasons for optimism

    That said, Stoke were complete pants

  51. stevepalmer1 says:

    Very happy with Arsenals work rate top class, substitutes also fitted in well with the exception of Walcott. Fresh as a daisy and he does absolutely nothing, one dead cert and he froze, if your not up to speed play in the reserves until you are, but at least put the effort in.

    Couple of little fumbles from Ospina but in all honesty he looked safe not a lot to do which is a nice thing to say, but what he did, and a clean sheet top man. Blinding team effort.

  52. RA says:

    The best game of the season to me.

    Sanchez absolutely superb!! Kozzer was also superb in defence.

    Everyone was great today – minimum of 8 out of 10, with Sanchez 9.5; Kozzer 9.0; Cazzor 8.5.

    I was impressed with Le Coq, which will please Glister, Bellerin, Ox and …….. well all of them. 🙂

  53. Great game today but here is the bad news, Deboosh has a dislocated shoulder 😦

  54. Rasp says:

    Better a dislocation than a fracture NB

  55. wally says:

    That was a very solid performance. Stoke were never in it. Hard to rate Ospina because he was never troubled.

    Coming round to Bellerin, despite being a dwarf. You can see he’s growing. All though three up he was still trying to get forward. What i like about Coq, you don’t really notice him. Needs a better distribution but i’m liking him too.

    Dislocations are almost as bad, he’ll be out for at least a month.

  56. Rasp says:

    Hector Bellerin is 5ft 10in … Cashley is 5ft 9in

  57. Rasp says:

    Wally, I have recent first hand knowledge of both conditions. Fractures can take up to 6 months and never fully recover the range of movement (dependent on position and severity) dislocations are usually up to 6 weeks. We do have a resident physio blogger who hopefully will give a professional opinion.

  58. GoonerB says:

    Poor old Debuchy. 2 serious injuries in his debut season at THOI (the home of injuries). I guess if it is a straightforward dislocation, with no associated damage, that is put back in then he may not be out too long. Hopefully he has not had any significant damage to any tendons with the dislocation. Any tears to the rotatory cuff (is that the correct term?) might mean longer out, but hopefully Rasp’s physio fellow / dame can shed further light on it.

  59. GoonerB says:

    Wasn’t trying to be funny Rasp. I have this habit of being mistaken for trying to be funny when I am trying my best for deadly serious. Just giving a humble retired camel wormers opinion.

  60. Big Raddy says:

    We have two 19 y.o olds to cover the Debuchy injury and I guess we can demand the return of Jenkinson. There are worse areas of the pitch to lose a player.

    Do you think the FA will look at how Debuchy got injured?

    Coquelin did well today. Nothing fancy but just gave the ball to the creative players. Once again Rosicky showed why it is worth sticking with players who spend much of their career on the treatment table. Could Diaby make a similar return?

  61. Rasp says:

    I got that GB, I always bow to greater knowledge 🙂

    Raddy, if Coquelin can become a ‘silent wall’ then he will be perfect for that position.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. IMO Coq can do it against Stoke but he will be found out if he plays next week against Fernandinho, Nasri and Silva

  63. GoonerB says:

    Raddy, next week is one of those games when the much talked about absence of tactics or plan to halt the oppositions strength comes into play. There are very few DM’s who could cope with Citeh’s attack alone. IMO we need to do a Mourinho and have 2 DM’s in front of the back 4, the FB’s being more defenders than wingers, and allow freedom to an attacking 4. We can beat them but I feel it is all about how we set up. Will we get it right?

  64. Rasp says:

    I agree Raddy. I hope Mr Wenger doesnt let this weaken his resolve to sign a top D M

  65. Eddie says:

    s’pton score, great!
    It would be best if it ended in a draw, but I always enjoy seeing the Mancs lose at home. S’pton will drop points soon anyway

  66. GoonerB says:

    Not often I find myself wanting Utd to score an injury time equaliser for a draw, but that is best for us. I feel we have the better squad than these 2 entering the next part of the season even if they will both be above us this weekend. Third is ours for the taking IMO.

  67. Big Raddy says:

    GB. I agree and expect us to line up with two DM’s – Flamini and Coq. Rosicky to be benched

  68. A very satisfactory result.

    Three goals, a clean sheet three points, no bookings and only one serious injury. For a game against Stoke that must be some sort of record.

    Absolutely piss poor referee, we have a great competition in the Premiership totally let down by the standard of officialdom.

  69. GoonerB says:

    Raddy, I don’t know how others feel but I am a bit of a Rosicky fan and feel he is a highly adaptable player. I actually think he would be better alongside Le Coq next week. Flamini gives us a bit more physicality and will fly into challenges more but Thomas also works hard in defence and will give us far greater control in the midfield. He is excellent at bringing the ball out from deeper positions and against a better technical team like Citeh I would prefer to see him play in a deeper role alongside Le Coq.

  70. GoonerB says:

    Norfolk, the rules are a joke IMO. I feel any player that seriously injures another should be banned for as long as that player is out. It could be an innocuous challenge that we see often but if it results in serious injury and intent for a cynical foul was there they should be banned. Even without intent going in over the top and being slightly late should also be addressed. That is the only way to stop it.

    I cringe every time I see that Utd player playing when he has seriously injured our Jack. What right does he have to take the field after such a challenge? Why should Utd have an extra player they can call upon while the player they took out of action illegally for some time is absent? It is ridiculous that we are weakened in relation to them due to an offence they committed.

    When you think about it, if one man was to punch another in an unprovoked attack the consequences are influenced by whether the affronted just has a slight injury or whether he dies from the blow. I feel that punishment should equate to the resulting consequences regardless of how the offence was committed.

  71. Eddie says:

    ooooouch, Gary Neville is so right 😦 He has just said that Arsenal cannot go to ManCity with Coquelin and Rosicky holding the midfield. Goddamn it, it is true, we cannot

    Who is going to stop David Silva? asks Jamie Carragher 😦

  72. chas says:

    Flippin Noras, just in from a victory and we’re already losing to Citeh next week.

    Great pre-match, BR, ta.

  73. Eddie says:

    Oh, look at what the cat’s dragged home!! Hello Gregory

  74. Gööner In Exile says:

    I have no worries about Saints winning LVGs halo will be slowly dropping again.

    They have an attack to be reckoned with but past that and the midfield and defence can be got up.

    I wondered about Coqs silent presence today during the game. He was barely mentioned in commentary. So I had to check his stats, the only stats where he is top 5 in the game are interceptions, aerial duels and passing.

    In none of them is he top player, in fact Santi made more tackles.

    Not doing the lad down just don’t think he had a lot to trouble him.

    Got a sense that the team were ready for the scrap. Bet Shawcross thought his tackle on Alexis hard but fair would put him into his shell, but as we have seen the boy is made of sheet metal and just got up and made Shawcross look a fool moments later. Although that tackle was fair in that he won the ball I still don’t believe there is a need to challenge like that with that level of force it’s how Rambo was left with a foot hanging on by the ligaments.

    The shove on Debuchy was totally unnecessary, when I played amateur football there was a certain respect for each other, yes we were all playing football, but at the same time we all knew a bad injury could cost someone’s livelihood if they couldn’t go to work on Monday morning. But surely it’s every players duty to protect the safety of others on the pitch.

    If I wasDowd I would have booked DeGea for trying to pick up Tadic, ok he didn’t think he was injured but should he have done a serious injury DeGea could have worsened it.

    As for City next week, Everton showed their defence is still a bit weak, and we should take the game to them.

  75. chas says:

  76. VCC says:

    Absolute disgrace chas. Our referees are getting worse. As far as I could see Mr. Moss did not even speak to their number 10.

  77. Big Raddy says:

    Why isn’t the media making more of that cowardly assault on Debuchy?

  78. VCC says:

    BR…….simples…..because it was performed against Arsenal. If that was an Arsenal player doing that to one of the Stoke players he would at least got a yellow card.

  79. Gööner In Exile says:

    Friends of GliC or Micky?

  80. Gööner In Exile says:

  81. GunnerN5 says:

    This is typical of the way in which media reports on assaults on our players.

    The victory, though, could have come at a cost as full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who had only just returned from an ankle problem, was carried off during the first half after suffering a shoulder injury when falling into the advertising hoardings after colliding with Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic.


    Colliding – Would you believe it????

  82. Gööner In Exile says:

    That’ll slow down the blog 😀

  83. chas says:

    Sorry experimenting. Just delete them.

  84. chas says:

    Oooo – they load quite well second time around.

  85. Gööner In Exile says:

    i had to stick some image code in for you Chas and make them smaller

  86. Gööner In Exile says:

    Now i don’t mind the near misses…any chance you can find us the goals?

  87. Gööner In Exile says:

  88. The Cockie Monster says:

    GIE……you wouldn`t believe how many Gooners there are in Cornwall !…..sometimes I think I`m just a magnet that attracts them !.
    1) Woolacotts ( a sort of Cornish Currys/Comets ! ) engineer comes around to sort out our TV….Gooner !.
    2) Wndow Cleaner comes around looking for work !……Gooner !.
    3) Webbers estate agent comes around to value house……Gooner !.
    4) Timberframe constructers for my sons Love Shack…….5 were Gooners !.
    Plus many I meet on my deliveries !….alas, none were the people in the photo, but I shall find them !. hahaha

    PS….the Chef ( top bloke ) from the Pier House Hotel in Charlestown was there today, left at 2am to get to the game !……….I thought I`d mention him as I know you like it down this way and they do nice grub and you`d get a larger portion if you introduced yourself as an AAer !. ( he sometimes reads but doesn`t comment !)

  89. Gööner In Exile says:

    Cheers Cockie.

    We are currently planning this years trip.

    We liked Porthleven a lot and it would be easy to return. But I like discovering new places, so thinking Mousehole or Tintagel this summer, maybe Sennen, but I first need to figure out the dog friendly beaches. The mutt loves the beach more than the countryside.

    Charlestown is not somewhere I’ve looked at before having just Googled it looks good, a lot further East than I normally go as I like a good ten hour drive 🙂

  90. wally says:

    Bellerin is 5’10”?
    I’m gobbed! He looks like he’s 5’6″, with heels.

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thank you Raddy for the perfect scene setter.
    Got in late. Read your PM, then straight on through comments.

    Fantastic result, but not entirely clear from comments how we played. Clear which players AA’ers thought had the best games, but how good was our football. How did Mesut and Theo look. Did we tick and chime to a different tock or some other shitballs metaphor 🙂

  92. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Avoid Tintagel. You will regret it.

  93. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Some really good highlight footage on the AFC website.

    Very nice looking football too. Ox, Santi, Sanchez and Rosicky all involved in some fantastic moves.

  94. chas says:

    Theo was as rusty an old vicarage’s weather vane and Mesut more Timex than Rolex.

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Let’s stop this in it’s tracks right now 🙂

    But….thanks for the info. Highlights showed a miss a piece.

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Perhaps some camouflaged smut Chas?

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ha ha ha

    Bet you found some other interesting smut under “camouflaged” 🙂

  98. chas says:

  99. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oi Chas
    Get out of youtube now. That’s disgusting.
    Mind you, the slow motion one of the “big” babes in bikinis with automatic assault weapons was somewhat hypnotic

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Haven’t checked transfer rumours
    Back in a mo

  101. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Back in for Carvalho, and Sissoko has “issued a come and get me” plea to Arsenal.

    Might issue something myself.

  102. chas says:

    I always do that on first awakening.

  103. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Red Card for that comment 🙂

    Talking of filth, my God that NB is cashing in on all those emotionally vulnerable (read gullible) women in France 🙂

  104. chas says:

    He’s leading a nationwide campaign FFROTD.
    Freedom for Rack of the Day.

    Frotter is one of NB’s favourite French words.

  105. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, time to get busy. Enjoy your day.

  106. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Release The Rack 🙂

  107. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Sparky must be hurting this morning having seen his team thrashed, it could easily have been 7-0.

    And LVG. The most expensive forward line ever seen in the PL and they did not have a shot on target at home. Pity the prawn sandwich brigade paying through the nose for that rubbish. Bring back Moyes.

  108. Good morning ladies

    Chas, therein lies the rub, 🙂

    I’m gutted for debooshy…. I’d like to see the player punished for that push, it was violent and intentional.

    Free the Rack

  109. Eddie says:

    micky – you didn’t warn me about Tintagel! I had live the horror, what nutcases. Have you been inside the Castle? Im still having nightmares

    I’m furious about Debbs, but the horse faced giraffe I could actually strangle with bare hands, disgrace

    Anyway, what is most important is the sweet victory

  110. Eddie says:

    Eddie against Rack

  111. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    I see many are doubting some of the Arsenal players, whether some are good enough to compete with the top clubs.

    In my mind, some of our players seem to be relatively small compared to many other teams, Our younger players are being scrutinised as well, can they handle top players like Aguero and Silva, Can Aguero and Silva handle Santi and Sanchez after all Stokes team looked a big bunch of thugs but teamwork overcame them.

    As usual the Referee allowed some brutish play without batting an eyebrow, and although we saw two attacks where one player was carried off and One who took a full elbow in the face where staples had to be administered , never stopped us from carrying out a demolition job on Stoke.

    Teamwork effort and stubbornness overcame a mob of brutish bouncers, In my mind the only player who was carried was Walcott, although he was quick in praising team mate Sanchez’s heroics, was slow to actually emulate what he did.

    Theo may still be short of full fitness but he must deliver more content as at present we cannot afford any passengers. Why Chamberlain was replaced by him when he still had the energy God only knows. Even lightweight Mesut Ozil got involved straight away and perhaps i may have been a bit hasty on previous occasions by some of my comments, perhaps he was carrying an injury.

  112. Steve

    I’m thinking of doing an examination of ‘thug tactics’, is it due to managers instilling that mentality into their players during the team talk? or is it in the DNA of the players already? What do you think?

  113. Eddie says:

    now that is a rack in camouflage

  114. Big Raddy says:

    There is a correlation between manager and tactics otherwise why have one?

    SAF’s team using thug tactics against Reyes etc – the Neville brothers were not hard men but kicked lumps out of us that day. Allardyce and Hughes were both vicious players and carry that on into team management. Pulis the same.

    I wrote yesterday that the referee was very important and Moss let us down which led to the injuries to Monreal and the Boosh

  115. Rasp / Peaches

    I’ve sent a possible post to Nuts 🙂

  116. Nice Rack Yvonne

    I had a body like that once 🙂

  117. Eddie says:

    Nb – yeah and so did I 🙂 it’s his eyes though….

  118. Yvonne, I’d be worried if you had a body like that…. I always look at a womans eyes first 🙂

  119. Big Raddy says:

    Strangely enough I rarely look at a woman’s eyes. Can’t stand the look of pity.

  120. As Michael has just said on my blog Raddy:

    “If you can make a woman laugh, you are nearly there…..If you are nearly there and a woman laughs…thats a completely different story.”

    I’ve never experienced that though… 🙂

  121. Eddie says:

    Nb – do you want a medal or is there a punchline?

  122. Eddie says:

    Who is Michael? Our Did it? Witty guys are extremely sex, that’s definitely true.

  123. ha ha Yvonne……….. do you really think I look at the eyes first when there is much better stuff to look at 🙂

  124. I can’t give away his ID…. but you know him on here under a different name… kissmyarse, he’s a witty guy, probably your type Yvonne 🙂

  125. The Cockie Monster says:

    Here you go, GIE !.
    I was looking for Dogging beaches, but got this one instead !. hahaha

  126. The Cockie Monster says:

    If wit is sexy, then I`m the Brad Wit of Goonedom !……..”what`s that honey ?…..more like wilt !…………….bitch ! “.

  127. RC78 says:

    When Kos plays, our defense just looks so much better…He is definitely a Top 5 CB in the EPL when he is fit. If he managed to pick up less reds and to score less own-goals, he would be Top 3…

    Debuchy is injured – what a pain and what bad luck!

    Giroud has a decent game but I would like to highlight the performance of:

    – Rosicky who had a very tidy and industrious game
    – Ox who had a very positive and interesting game
    – Cazorla who is being more consitent although he needs to become more dangerous/decisive

    and of course…SANCHEZ – our usual MOTM…What a player! He is just amazing both on and off the ball but what is great is his fighting spirit!

  128. Cockie

    More like Brad Clit 🙂

  129. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning NB, and all.
    Yes Managers, do give the ok no doubt about that, Players like Sanchez need stopping and a manager would be aware of the dangers. Rotational fouling was brought in by Managers as a tactic and it works extremely well. At times a player has no option if he is the last man and Managers accept that consequence. Certain players have a mean streak i often think that they are lacking the talent to handle situations fairly. Players like Crouch do not need to jump with flailing elbows six feet seven tall should be enough to win most balls in the air, but while referee’s allow this practise Crouch will always do it .

    Many players like the tag of hard man they believe it makes other players pull out of challenges and in the case of some Arsenal players it works well for them.

    All down to the man in the middle, if he has an agenda then brutish play will continue. Arsenal play a quick passing game and it does seem to stop some thuggish players as they look stupid when the ball has long gone. Wengers tactics to combat this is tippy tappy play keep the ball on the move and run their legs off.

  130. Big Raddy says:

    There is a ……

    New Post

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