Alexis IS starting

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin ……

I am a chilled person, I have had a life of meditation leading to an understanding that negativity invites negativity, but for all my working of the 12 step programme and the tenets of Buddha there remains one major stumbling block

My name is Big Raddy and I detest Spurs.

Believe me I have tried to feel less revulsion but even when we went all those seasons unbeaten against them the dislike remained. And unfortunately it is a progressive disease – my abhorrence is worse now than it was in Spurs “glory years” …. you know, those days of yore when the magnificent Steve Perryman and Ralph Coates graced the First Division


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By the way when you hear Spurs fans talk about their great players tell them to think on this – Gascoigne, Lineker, Bale, Klinsmann, Ginola, Les Ferdinand all played less games for Spurs than young Szczesny has already played for Arsenal!! Basically anyone who is any good gets out of there are fast as possible.

Just wait until summer when Eriksen and Lloris leave the Lane like rats from a sinking ship, then the miscreants who run the circus can waste another shed load of money on rubbish like Soldildo and Paulinho (over €40m between them)

Onto today: Imagine you were a neutral (impossible, I know). How many Spurs players would get into a combined team? Perhaps one, at most two. Lloris and Kane. Eriksen is quality but better than either Cazorla or Ozil?  Furthermore, as good as Kane may be he is not as good a centre forward as Giroud (yet).

Just for once I will send a little time writing about the knuckle-draggers (normally I dismiss them) but they are serious competition this season and I wonder why. A superb GK and a regular back 4 helps but let’s face it, their FB’s are average as is

Oh …. I can’t be arsed to write about the individual awfulness of the sad fools who have taken the filthy lucre to wear the cheap nylon shirt with the skinny cock emblem.

Let’s talk about the good guys.

Sometimes Mr Wenger is too honest for the team’s good. Whether Alexis is injured or not it would have made sense to pretend he was a certain starter. Puke-tino would have spent all week training his team to kick lumps out of our marvellous Chilean, instead AW tells the world and Spurs that he is out. Makes no sense to me unless it is a double bluff and Alexis starts!

If Alexis is injured the team almost picks itself; the same 11 who demolished Aston Villa though Mr Wenger may choose to beef up the defensive midfield by dropping either Santi or Mesut and playing Flamini alongside Coquelin. I hope not.

Many years ago I read a biography of Dave Mackay (google him) – couldn’t have been an autobiography as reading and writing are not skills associated with Spurscum – and in it he said something very sensible … “the best form of defence is attack.” Now George Graham and Me-rinho would disagree with Dave and their methods bring results.


Mackay demonstrating his football ethic

Recently the media congratulated Arsene on his change of tactics in the win at Man City but we had done the same many times before, not least last season at The Lane. I don’t like it, it is likely to cause me a heart-attack and I don’t want to depart this mortal coil until we have won the Champions League.

One of my major concerns is how our heroes will perform on the primordial ooze that is called the pitch at WHL; if you emerge from it like the Harry Kane I guess it is playable but to players used to enjoying England’s pleasant pastures it is a challenge. Hopefully we will have specially adapted boots.

Will we win today? Who knows? As always it is just 3 points and even if Spurs fluke a win we will still end the season above the knuckle-dragging Miscreants, but Mr Wenger has a fine record at WHL and we have reason for optimism


written by Big Raddy (who apologises for both the stomach-turning pics of Spuds and the intentional misleading headline)



153 Responses to Alexis IS starting

  1. Big Raddy says:

    If the post attracts moronic comments from N17 there is no-one to moderate. There may be some stuff which offends Peaches’ mum. Sorry.

  2. LB says:



  3. LB says:

    Thanks BR

    Good rousing stuff to send us on our way to victory.

  4. fatgingergooner says:

    If Alexis does start then it will certainly put the fear in the Spuds dressing room before kick off. I would rather him miss the game though than risk a potential 6-8 week lay off. There will be bigger games ahead than this one.

    I’m hoping for a fast start from the lads and scoring first is almost essential these days.

    I will say the same as I did when we played City, if we concede 2 or less we will get at least a draw.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Well worth waiting for Raddy. Superb.

    I’d definitely start Sanchez if at all possible, as there are more restable games coming up, and this will be tough.

    A combination of supreme skill and hearts like lions should do the trick.

    See you all in a short while

  6. LB says:

    I am not convinced that Sanchez is actually injured. Do you remember Wenger saying that he is going to need a rest at some point, well my guess is that he is having his winter break now.

    It’s only spuds after all, Ozil and Walcott should be enough and if they need a bit of help, we could bring on the CF for the national team.

  7. oi Raddy, you left me commenting on yesterdays thread… waiting for a NEW POST post 😦

    Lovely PM mate…. if Alexis is ready he should play, too important a game not to. It’s the first of our 4 tough matches in our last 15.

    I won’t be o the sofa today, going to a bar to watch the match so if we start losing I can start to drown my sorrows quickly. But we’re not gonna lose, I reckon 2-1 or 3-2 for the good guys. 🙂


  8. fatgingergooner says:

    I don’t think Sanchez should be rested, but if there is a genuine injury and playing means he could make it worse, then he shouldn’t play.

    Does anyone think Monreal is now a starter in front of Gibbs in these big games? He’s been excellent this season and does give better defensive cover than Gibbs IMO, although Gibbs is obviously better going forward. In the big games I think being solid at the back is vital, and we have enough attacking flair not to need the full backs bombing on too. Maybe Wenger will stick with Monreal for big matches even when Gibbs is fully fit.

  9. Gööner In Exile says:

    Fanbloodytastic Raddy!

    And even better news nieces birthday lunch cancelled…….woop woop settling down with everyone else 🙂

  10. Rasp says:

    A brilliant PM Raddy. I am your equal when it comes to my loathing of the spuds even though my brother and nephew are ardent supporters.

    Of course we should win this game comfortably, but class, form, ability all go out the window in this fixture. We should have beaten them at THOF but lacked the team cohesion back then.

    Coquelin will be our most important player – not because we will be defending constantly but because he frees Ramsey to get forward and has that rare ‘thou shalt not pass’ gene. I’m not saying he is the answer to our DM problem but if he plays today as he has in the last 2 games he will take a hguge stride in that direction.

  11. Sav from Australia says:

    Brilliant preview as always Raddy.

    Much appreciated.

    A return to AA just prior to derby day kick off ehehe. The game is won or lost by the way our boys handle themselves. If we play to our true ability, Spurs will be crushed.

  12. chas says:

    Belting, BR, cheers.
    I particularly liked Puke-tino. 🙂

    My guts are burbling already; definitely a sign it’s derby day.

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  15. LB says:

    Gotta be the same starting line up as last week, we are going to need a stiff Coq today, big test for him, is it hype or is he the real deal, we should find out today.

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  17. Big Raddy says:

    Team news. Theo out, Welbz in. Interesting

  18. LB says:

    Ok, I got that wrong.

    Still, when I think about it, that team is even better.

  19. chas says:

    Loving a stiff Coq. 🙂

  20. fatgingergooner says:

    Sanchez not even on the bench.

    You’d think the game will be won in the middle with Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla and Özil coming in from the left, up against Bentaleb, Mason, Dembele and Eriksen.

    On paper you’d think a comfortable victory, but anything can happen in these games.

    Good to see Welbeck starting as his work rate is important in these games.

  21. LB says:

    The choice of Welbeck over Walcott speaks volumes.

  22. Great pre-match Raddy, I too have spuds in my family and it’s easy to feel sorry for them 😉 Haven’t heard from my brother yet but he is New York, I’m sure the texting will start soon.

    If Theo has only developed into a super-sub then I still prefer him to be our super-sub than anyone else’s. I’m sure he’ll play in the end and score 🙂

    Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal

    Come on boys

  23. Gööner In Exile says:

    Wonder if Theo’s rest is because of his exit at the Ems last season and the extra special pressure that the cretins may have been ready to dish out.

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok let’s do it

    Ist half, then onto radio
    Come on you Gunnnnners

  25. GoonerB says:

    Sorry raddy. Will have to read at half time. Just back from work in time. Interesting welbeck selection.

  26. Ooooh missed you Danny

  27. GoonerB says:


  28. fatgingergooner says:

    Wow, what pace from Welbs! Great finish.

  29. GoonerB says:

    Danny surrendering possession far too easily when we have a chance to bring the ball out and relieve pressure.

  30. So much space down the right!!!!!!

  31. Antennae switched off atm 😦

  32. GoonerB says:

    1-0 up but uneasy about how easily they are re winning possession in our half. We are inviting the inevitable if we dont sort it

  33. Not easy to watch, spuds really putting us under pressure

  34. I really don’t like it when we give the other side a chance to get into the game.

  35. Little shit Harry Kane

  36. Oh no Ospina having a Szczesny moment lol or he really wanted to hurt Kane

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Spurs fans are very exciteable aren’t they
    That, or easily pleased

    Enjoy the rest, off on to radio waves

  38. Gööner In Exile says:

    Atkinson is such a ridiculous homer! Some shocking decisions in the latter stages of the half.

  39. chas says:

    Atkinson hates us.

  40. Well we’d better come out and score a couple after half-time chas to shut him up too

  41. No wonder our Danny was pissed with Danny Rose!!!!!!!!

  42. fatgingergooner says:

    All Spurs! Our forwards and Cazorla have been anonymous, but we have defended brilliantly as a team.

    We are playing the new Arsenal way with less possession and lethal counter attacks. I’d like to see more on the break, and the longer it stays 1-0 the better for us (unless it goes 2-0, obviously!) as Spurs will start to commit more forward and leave space.

    I thought I might have jinxed Monreal pre match but he’s been outstanding mopping up loose balls in the box.

    Just need to get our passing going and make sure we stay tuned in all the way to final whistle. Spurs have scored lots of late goals this season which isn’t a coincidence. Pochittino has them fit just like he did at Saints. We can’t switch off for one second.

  43. chas says:

  44. Bayonne Jean says:

    Need to be more assertive in midfield. Santi is not having a particularly strong game. Can see a big role for Rosicky in the second half.

    Also, can’t imagine that Welbeck is ninety minutes match fit, so can see subbing Theo in for him, but AW will have to drum it into #14’s head that he has to play both ends of the pitch.

  45. chas says:

  46. Don’t like this ‘one shot on target’ stuff – no bragging rights in that.

  47. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all Nice one Raddy, An early good goal, and we are a bit under the cosh, Spuds will tire even more if we can squeeze another in. Concentration has been kept up but Harry Kane and Danny Rose are working well.

    We are finding the switch from defence into attack tricky but hopefully after the break we will take the initiative. Faster passing and more conviction should see us through come on you rip roaring Gunner’s

  48. GoonerB says:

    Spurs playing a high line. This is where i would want theo staying a bit higher and less defensive to exploit that. We dont have that threat so they are compressing us high and pinning us in.

  49. GoonerB says:

    Great pre match btw raddy. Read it at half time

  50. Come on boys, you can do this.

  51. Danny Rose needs a broken nose methinks

  52. Fabulous attack, unlucky for Danny

  53. GoonerB says:

    This for me is where a manager earns their money. We had been pinned back for some time before the goal which to be fair looked like it was coming. We need to change the balance and dynamics. Will arsene respond.

  54. Away support very quiet today, d’you think they’ve turned the mikes off?

  55. GoonerB says:

    Atkinson is a joke though but we still need to examine what we are doing and not blame him fully if we dont win this.

  56. Shit shit shit, Eriksen free kick 😦

  57. We can’t really get on the ball GB, we’ve hardly had any passages of play this half.

  58. Gööner In Exile says:

    GoonerB I am afraid we have doing nothing with the ball, the difference between this game and City is our use of the football when we’ve had it, we managed to use possession to better to relieve pressure on the back 4.

    And I hate to say it but we carried at least one man today in the attacking third.

  59. fatgingergooner says:

    That’s this weekend ruined.

  60. chas says:

    Man, that was ugly.

  61. arnie says:

    hmmmm. sad, very sad. 😦

    nice PM, Raddy. 🙂

    Knot bin ear, apols to everyone. read the posts by NorthBank, GiE, Raddy and Micky, but did not catch much of the discussion. 😦

  62. stevepalmer1 says:

    It has to be said we were battered, non stop pressure and hurried clearances kept us under the cosh all game through, The referee was bad but that was no excuse . Spuds battled and we just hung in there.

    Yes we defended in numbers and any other game it would have been memorable, but our attack was littered with give away passes give away clearances and no cohesion going forward.

    We let them dictate the game and the score, and it has to be said they kept at it. 3 points dropped today has damaged us, and our chance of the league has took a turn for the worst , but we are still in there fighting and we are developing, we defended well and attacked in spasms, its coming slowly but not quite there yet. A sad day but we knew it would be tight.

  63. Big Raddy says:

    We did OK for 86 minutes which is when Spurs usually score. Shame – I thought we deserved a point.

  64. Big Raddy says:

    At least Sniffer is happy

  65. aizedlittlemozart says:

    oh dear

  66. Gööner In Exile says:

    I don’t think we deserved anything really Raddy. First half we were ok, but we just didn’t make use of the football when we had it. Mason should have been booked for his lunge at Ozil in the first twenty minutes, and it would have lessened his effect.

    But I have to say apart from his finish Ozil didn’t impress today, neither did Welly again apart from the goal.

    I know Wenger keeps Ozil on for the same reason he used to keep Arshavin on, the knowledge that they have more ability to finish than others he removed, but he is sometimes blinkered and doesn’t see that if they are not working to get the ball or if the other 9 outfielders can’t cope with a passenger on the pitch they are rarely going to get that chance.

  67. RockyLives says:

    We just didn’t control midfield like we did against Man City.

    Santi, Aaron and Mesut just couldn’t get it going which meant the defence never got a break.

    It’s not an excuse (much as I hate to say it, the Spuds deserved their win) but Atkinson was shockingly bad.

    On the plus side, it gives the Unwashed the chance to start shouting their mouths off about how “the balance of power is shifting” etc etc – and we all know how that ends 🙂

  68. arnie says:

    yes, Steve, we knew it would be tight. Raddy, yest it does feel a bit like robbery having led for a long time. 😦

  69. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rocky was thinking the same about the shouting that’ll come from their end. BT Sport were making much of the fact they are now in top 4 and 2 places above us, there is 1 point in it, I’m not worried about the end position, we just need the players to be at their best every game.

  70. arnie says:

    it was a flat performance throughout. no use singling anyone out. but I thought Welbz and Monreal had good games. Rambo was flat, and Bellerin did not (could not?) get tight enough. too much space on the right side of our defence.

  71. Gööner In Exile says:

    Should say also felt Hector had a bad day at the office, not sure why he was rarely to be seen at full back most of the first half?

  72. fatgingergooner says:

    I think Bellerin struggled with Eriksen coming inside all the time. It left him nobody to mark and he was struggling to position himself, throughout the first half espescially.

    Ramsey and Cazorla lost the battle with Bentaleb and Mason and it ultimately cost us the game. Our ball retention was poor throughout.

  73. Good comments everyone. Against City we controlled the game even though we had little possession but today spuds were almost totally in control. Difficult to watch and write.

    Still it made me laugh BT sport going on about them being in the top four now and above us, is it the end of the season next week?

    Two years ago they were 10 points ahead and still finished below us 🙂

  74. Gööner In Exile says:

    Probably right FGG, was trying to work out why he was being sucked inside.

  75. arnie says:

    Peaches. I thought first half we were actually in control even if our possession was low. second half was another matter. our midfield was non existant, hence it was just a barrage of attacks. bad shape IMO. 😦

  76. Anyone changed their view on Ospina? He had a tough test today and a lot of his saves went straight back to scummers.

  77. arnie says:

    No, I am still fine with Ospina. His hand work was not clean, but coming forward he was decisive, only one mistake.

    the jury is still out. But not his best game.

  78. Sorry Arnie I didn’t see it like that, I felt we were under the cosh. We scored against the run of play and then kind of stopped trying. I remember looking at the clock at 36 mins hoping we could get to half-time without conceding.

    In the second half there were a few passages of good Arsenal play but they didn’t produce anything.

    Maybe we should have started with Danny on the left and Theo on the right then we would have had pace on both wings. If either Alexis or Oxlade-Chamberlain had been fit I think AW would have gone with that.

    I know, I know who would have been dropped from mid-field?

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Look Lads
    Shitballs? Yes
    However, Tuesday:
    Arsenal home to Leicester
    Spurs away to Pool
    I know who I think we’ll be 4th come Wednesday
    As always, he who laughs last, laughs longest

  80. eldergooner says:

    I’m still working on not letting it spoil my week-end – my week even – but not sure I will succeed.
    GIE at 3.08 makes , for me , an excellent observation re. Ozil. He’s not even close to being busy or pulling his weight and exactly where he will fit in to a TEAM escapes me.That “one moment of brilliance” that is talked about is’nt enough as the game is played over a minimum of 90 minutes and if someone is’nt/can’t/won’t pull their weight than it’s a long heavy load for their teammates to carry.
    What’s hurting me so much is that they were so much better than we were. I’m still chewing that !!
    Subs. way too late I thought as it was obvious we were in trouble and needed a change. Out thought , outfoxed and outworked -and that does hurt.
    Roll on Tuesday.
    Great pre match thank you BR.

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Sorry chaps and chapesses but I will never accept that Spurs were or are better than us. Never. Not for a game, not for a half and not even for a nano-second.

    We are the Arsenal and We are the best,
    We are the Arsenal and …..

  82. Fully agree with you Micky, only 14 games to make up a point 🙂

  83. They definitely aren’t better than us, they managed the game better than us but we needed to be able to frighten them with pace and we didn’t have enough.

    Hull are beating City, every team has it’s day.

  84. Gööner In Exile says:

    They aren’t better than us, but the way we played allowed them to look better than us today

  85. I’m badly drunk……….. will comment tomorrow with a new dawn when I’m thinking logically. Now where’s my bloody sofa

  86. The Cockie Monster says:

    Being a Spud fan is like watching your own vasectomy !. Yes, you will still be able to play with your balls and maybe even score a few times, but there is no hope at the end of the day of producing any titles !.

  87. stevepalmer1 says:

    They were better than us, and they wanted it more than us. They out muscled us and most of the time had us at breaking point. Ospina as i have said before is not clever with his handling, and a mad moment could quite easily have given them a penalty.

    They were sharper, they were more direct, and they scored 2 goals, we were all at sea, the defence which has to be said were all of the team, only managed to clear the ball out to a Spud, we held out well but they were so much better than us that we buckled and fell.

    This result is no disgrace, Spuds have amassed a squad of very good players, Danny Rose was a danger every time he came forward, Harry Kane has been scoring for fun best part of the season, and hne so wanted to score against us.

    We have to remember that many in the team have come and do not really understand the rivalry, they tried but not with the same insticts, Of course it will come with time, but today saw us lose out of most challenges, they were faster more industrious and in the end more successful.

    No doubt in my mind at all that Spuds outplayed us today and kicked our arses hard to accept but seeing is believing.

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Steve. No.

    Terrible day of results compounded by S’ton scoring in the 93rd minute

  89. RockyLives says:

    Our biggest problem was the way we gave the ball away too cheaply once we’d cleared our lines. Welbeck, Ramsey and Ozil were all guilty and Santi just didn’t seem able to get in the game.

    Good run of games coming up for now though, so I am very confident we’ll be well ahead of them before too long.

  90. Shard says:

    The importance of Arteta.

    I know I know. One person wouldn’t make much difference, except that I think we would play through their pressure better with Arteta there. In fact, maybe we should have picked Rosicky instead of Ramsey, who to my mind was very bad. Constantly misplacing passes, not in the right positions, trying too hard to get forward, forcing Santi to stay back. And he left Kane free on the corner, and then is wrongly positioned and doesn’t push out to Bentaleb which allowed him to cross the ball for their second goal. If we can’t have Arteta soon, we need Wilshere back to at least give Ramsey some competition.

    It’s not all his fault though. I’m very annoyed by how poorly we played under pressure from their pressing. We pride ourselves on being a passing team but completely crumbled in the face of what was a determined, but not very good, press.

    Oh and Atkinson is ridiculously bad.

  91. eldergooner says:

    Love Arsene. Asked to comment on the referee to-day he said ” we weren’t very good and the referee was at out level”.

  92. eldergooner says:

    Just seen the Real Madrid result . Feel a bit better now !!!!

  93. stevepalmer1 says:

    Where we have problems is closing down, we are slow we allow players to much room . The Spuds today Shielded the ball very well, They closed us down so fast that we panic and give the ball away.

    Many teams use this tactic but it needs lots of energy and team work to actually make it work. Spuds today did, hounded us and pressurised us where we just floundered.

    Where we allow players to advance and if you count the amount of seconds it takes until we offer a challenge shows why most teams have options where to pass.

    Our midfield today were pressed back, many felt afraid to go forward in case they couldn’t get back. We are, it has to be said are in transition, an attacking side who have found that Gung ho style play leaves you exposed at the back, we have remedied that by adding numbers but haven’t quite mastered the change from defence to attack.

    We usually learn slowly, how long did we leave it till we plugged the holes, and we are now finding that the players are not sure when to go and when to stay.

    Against a pressing side like spuds or most top teams they have mastered the transition we are still working it out, once we master this we will defend and then attack but as a team and it will be smooth

    I felt today against a side that presses we never had time to think about anything, i felt they would tire but they just got stronger, we on the other hand looked leggy..

  94. LB says:

    I hate football, I am never watching it again.


  95. Thank goodness it’s only three days until I can cheer the good guys in red and white. You’ll be there won’t you LB? MWG lol

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey LB

    Peaches is right, Tuesday and we’ll put the world to rights, but in the meantime, take a leaf out of NB’s book.

    He hasn’t got the foggiest idea we lost today despite watching the game 🙂

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Instead of a match report, why don’t we have “Let’s laugh at Spurs Day”

    It is a huge catalogue of events to giggle about 🙂

    Must go

  98. Gööner In Exile says:

    Peaches the Ospina question might be nullified by the knock he picked up, I wouldn’t mind betting he will be precautionary rested midweek and TPIG will resume normal service.

    For me Ospina is a bit too “continental” in his saves….pushing the ball away and making saves look good what we would refer to in training one for the cameras.

    Saying the his command of the area does impress me.

    As for our inability to function in midfield it was obvious from early on, but we didn’t seem to try and clear the ball further to bypass the press, and get it to OG to try and hold up, our clearances were often a bit too rushed and short.

  99. Eddie says:

    the worst thing about today is the fact that I didn’t read Raddy’s PM in the morning! I would have laughed my little Arsenal socks off. Instead I just felt like crying 😦

    Comment of the day has to go to Micky @4:25, spot on! Peaches too of course, she could see that coming too

  100. No no no, it’s never acceptable to lose especially not to them. However sensible I try to be this feeling is not what I planned when I woke up this morning. BUT it’s very tight between 3rd and 6th and there are 14 games left and we have a very good shout at top 4, even top 3.

    So I think we’ll have the last laugh and then Daniel Levy will take the money for Kane and we can laugh even louder 🙂

  101. chas says:

    Right, just in case, that’s the excuses sorted for Leicester.

  102. Gööner In Exile says:

    So we had Harry Kane when he was 8… of their own my arse.

  103. Eddie says:

    we were not very good yesterday, spurs were well prepared to stop us playing and in the end they were the better team and deserved the points. I’m off to wash my mouth now

  104. Eddie says:

    GiE – I’d keep that fact a secret. Not exactly a credit to us for letting him go

    How did the birthday party go? Better than the game?

  105. Eddie says:

    what is that P? account has been suspended

  106. Ummmmm it’s been removed, it was a photo of Kane at the 2004 victory parade in an Arsenal shirt of course

  107. One of their own!!!! My arse

  108. eldergooner says:

    Peaches, just clicked the link you posted and got “account suspended” . Really intrigued now. Clue ?

  109. eldergooner says:

    Ok , just seen your reply to Eddie.

  110. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning all,
    Not sulking, sleeping.
    Great looking pissed off cat

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    I was just wondering how many chances we created compared to Spurs, and when people compile stats to “shots” only include ones on goal, as opposed to the ones that zoom past the post?

  112. mickydidit89 says:

    do shots , not to shots

  113. Good morning…. well not a good morning really

    Bad head…… need coffee and wine, not neccessarily in that order. I’m saying nothing about yesterday, it will all be said in my blog at 9am. Love the pissed off cat and Harry Lame in a Arsenal shirt. 🙂

    Is there anything else we can talk about?

  114. Eddie says:

    well Peaches, he clearly loves us no more or he would try so hard yesterday.

  115. Eddie says:

    wouldn’t of course. and I am not even drinking.

  116. Eddie says:

    I am pinning all my hopes on ManU being hammered later on today
    Only that could rescue my weekend

  117. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Mugabe lock-down for me. No pictures – it didn’t happen

  118. Good strategy Raddy………… did we win yesterday?

  119. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m looking for someone to blame

  120. Gööner In Exile says:

    Interesting option Micky…..AW actually gets a free one because the pundits post Shitty have been all “finally he listened to us”. Now that strategy fails again (as it did at my he Bus Stop and Anfield) they can’t exactly come out and criticise.

    I don’t think its a good strategy for us, I think it’s better that we force ourselves in the opponent, there was a lot of similarity in yesterday’s performance to the one against Saints which the team were rightly lambasted for.

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    Raddy 🙂

    ha ha, how can anyone be blamed for something that never happened

  122. I’ve got a new post up the Sore Arse…. if you’re brave enough

  123. Big Raddy says:

    NB. Will read it on Wedsnesday 😀

  124. Raddy………. nicely avoided 😀

  125. Who’s gonna be brave enough to do the post mortem today…. where’s bloody Kelsey when he’s needed most 🙂

  126. There’s nothing worse than a defeat to the spuds to totally depress an Arsenal blog 🙂

  127. My new Harry Kane doll 🙂

  128. mickydidit89 says:

    Against City, we had Sanchez and Ox occupying the wide berths, as opposed to Mesut and Danny, neither of whom are wide boys.

    On top of that, the former two have infectious work rates.

    I only saw the first half, but couldn’t help thinking we may have been two up with those fellas.

  129. My suggestion would be that people do exactly what I’m doing at the moment….. several glasses of wine, numbs all the right places. 🙂

  130. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s the most perfectly still sunny day here, but the surf is about a foot too small. Might go into the garden and burn things as therapy.

  131. Well done Micky… I knew someone on here would have some minerals 🙂

    Couldn’t question Dannys work rate yesterday and he nearly got a cracking goal if it wasn’t for the agility of Lloris. He did lose a lot of balls in midfield though and his passing was left wanting

  132. oh well, it’s a cracking day here too, apart from a fairly strong wind. If nothing is happening on here I might as well go to the bar 🙂

    Happy Sunday everyone… Love from Avignon

  133. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all, Yes still feeling pain, as i am sure many Gooners are but many’s the time we learn from heartaches such as these, and can only put it down to a lesson learnt.

    The strategy used yesterday, only dawned on me this morning. At first i felt that the Tottenham pressure was the reason we were hemmed in all game, but the penny dropped when i realised that Ospina very seldomly rolled the ball out to start our attack instead deciding to hoof the ball down the field which nearly always resulted in Tottenham possession and another wave straight back at us.

    I have to say that in the past the slow build up from the throw out has always niggled me a bit as we seem to take an age to get out of our own half, but yesterday showed me that it takes time to get your forward players in the positions that can offer you chances, and the slow build up also gives possession time which also frustrates opponents.

    Ospina would not have done that off of his own back, so i would assume that this was a tactic that Arsene had worked out prior to the start. I imagine Wenger would have realised that Tottenham at home would do the pressing so start cautiously and see how the game was going before we venture too far up.

    Tottenham came unstuck as they pushed, just how we have in the past and at that time had worked in our favour, but after the goal we retreated to our own half and the constant pressure made sure the only rest bite we had was when Ospina cleared long.

    Of course with this kind of tactic you have to mix and match, sometimes a slow build up will instil a little bit of composure but how the game panned out, pressure was constant and defending took over more than being adventurous.

    We held out well but with no fear factor from us Tottenham were able to press high up and the result was self explanatory. On the day perhaps we could have mixed and matched a bit more but a 2.1 loss was better than some of the high scores from last season..

  134. chas mobile says:

    I vote Steve’s comment as match report.

  135. mickydidit89 says:

    Great talking points Steve.

    Maybe someone stick that up for those of us who want to talk tactics bollocks 🙂

    I’ve decided to have a bbq today, need to pop out for bangers. A fellow Gunner and his mob coming at 1, so plenty of time for a moan 🙂

  136. mickydidit89 says:

    Come and join us for a whinge and a banger 🙂

  137. stevepalmer1 says:

    Great day for a barby Micky here we have bright sunshine and no wind, hope you have the same, a chat with friends all afternoon with a couple of beers man that sounds a good way to unwind.

  138. I’m on it, back in a bit. Thanks steve

  139. New Post everyone ……………………….

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