Is Coquelin the answer? Poll

Firstly, there has to be a question and that is probably – Is Coquelin the natural replacement for Arteta and/or Flamini?

I have said from when Mr Wenger re-signed Flamini that he wasn’t good enough to take The Arsenal to the title or the CL Final and these must be our targets. Nor is Arteta. Both fine players and experienced pro’s who have served the club with honour and pride but quite frankly they are both limited. We need better.

Coquelin has been a revelation – most interceptions, most tackles etc etc in his short run of games and importantly he appears to be tactically disciplined. Plus he seems to be a pitch leader, unafraid to guide the players around him through the game. His tackling is strong and he seems to have eradicated his tendency to jump into tackles. – less yellows per game than Flamini or Chambers.

However …. is he good enough? I mean can he be world-class? Can he be Ozil, Alexis, Koscielny class?

Any really great side has a world class spine – think Lehmann, Campbell, Vieira, Henry  or Seaman, Adams, Vieira, Wright. What do they have in common? Yes, even you can see it is PV4, and it is Patrick who must be the benchmark for the future Arsenal lynchpin. Can Coq be that good? You tell me, but I have serious doubts.

Doubts are not certainties and Coquelin has the perfect opportunity to cement his place in the Arsenal team. It would be marvellous if a lad who just 3 months ago looked Burnley quality can improve the team, it would be proof that hard work allied to ambition can overcome prejudice.

I wish him well but would like Mr Wenger to be saving his money for another transfer raid on Southampton or even better to spend huge and sign Pogba. We need a central player to build the team around and we haven’t had one since Gilberto.

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180 Responses to Is Coquelin the answer? Poll

  1. Raddy with the Milk Tray, nice one sir 🙂

    From what I’ve seen of Ciq au Vin so far, at 23 years old, he has the potential. He seems to be a natural leader. He reads the game well, his tackles are timely and he is becoming more disciplined. A Viera in the making. Pogba would be great but the prices being quoted for him would exclude the Arsenal. The big Coq is the one… me thinks. 🙂

  2. Big Raddy says:

    NB. You sure know your onions

  3. Rasp says:

    Excellent QOTD Raddy. I wrote a post last week and made the point about not needing every player to be a creative genius. A balanced team needs workers and artisans. The artisans can only flourish if the workers do the basics for them. Coquelin was our best player against Leicester so if he’s not good enough for the team, what does that say about the rest of them.

    What with Coquelin’s impressive stats and Gabriel being the 3rd most effective defender in Europe (1 and 2 not in the EPL) we may be introducing some much needed pragmatism into our game. Its the bloody midfield (ahead of Coquelin) that needs sorting.

    Having said that, I’d love to see Pogba, Schneiderlin or Carvalho join us in the summer.

  4. GoonerB says:

    Bloody hell Raddy, as I didn’t have much time I posted a comment then I rushed off to do a compost at Rasps request and have been prattling on on the last post since not realising you had put up “new post”. I wondered why it had all gone quiet. Anyway I voted maybe but will explain why later.

  5. Brad Hyde says:

    No idea who else apart from maybe Matic is any better in that role at the moment. good luck to the boy he has been given a chance and grabbed it with both hands. Pogba very good but no way is he a holding midfielder. the other two are no better than the Coq’

  6. GoonerB says:

    Sorry Raddy just before I go I had to put up my comment again from the last post. I felt I had to explain Mancini’s comment from yesterday evening as he was trying to paint my character as……well……something like him and Cockie I guess.

    BTW seeing as many of my FFB drinking buddies came on here so late yesterday I will say one more time (in case you missed it) how much I enjoyed meeting up with you all. I shall not say it again as it would be verging on the man crush area.

    Looked back at yesterday evenings comments and Terry’s was hilarious as usual but I do have to take issue with him on the point about talking about my sex life. We all know that cannot be true as it is like saying I was talking to a dolphin about running the London marathon.

    Anyway the true version of events is that every innocent bit of conversation was translated by our Terry into something completely different.

    “So Terry, what do you think the merits are of the 4-3-3 over the 4-1-4-1 systems?”

    short pause…..translating into Mancini……

    “What’s that GoonerB, your wife wears a dog collar and is having an underground dungeon built at your house?”

    and so it went on all night. The more Remy Martins he consumed the more smutty the translation to Mancini speak became.

  7. Raddy

    Matisse knew his onions, I just immitate 🙂

  8. Big Raddy says:

    GB- Sorry. The site always needs posts. Should I go back and read your prattling?

    Rasp. You make a good point but there is no reason why our artisans cannot be the best artisans available.

    And of course the problem with artists is that they are not programmable and mere effort does make an artisan an artist – if it could I would be headlining Glastonbury in summer 🙂

  9. Big Raddy says:

    GB. Well worth going back 😀

  10. Should I go back to read GB’s comments?

    Note to Raddy… must put up new post on last post 🙂

  11. Just had to be re-posted.

    GB earlier this morning:

    “BTW seeing as many of my FFB drinking buddies came on here so late yesterday I will say one more time (in case you missed it) how much I enjoyed meeting up with you all. I shall not say it again as it would be verging on the man crush area.

    Looked back at yesterday evenings comments and Terry’s was hilarious as usual but I do have to take issue with him on the point about talking about my sex life. We all know that cannot be true as it is like saying I was talking to a dolphin about running the London marathon.

    Anyway the true version of events is that every innocent bit of conversation was translated by our Terry into something completely different.

    “So Terry, what do you think the merits are of the 4-3-3 over the 4-1-4-1 systems?”

    short pause…..translating into Mancini……

    “What’s that GoonerB, your wife wears a dog collar and is having an underground dungeon built at your house?”

    and so it went on all night. The more Remy Martins he consumed the more smutty the translation to Mancini speak became.”

  12. RC78 says:

    NB…I guess we do not have the same opinion for once 😦

    I think Coquelin is still developing and if we want to actually challenge for the EPL and CL title, we need to rely on a top class DM like all great teams.

    Coquelin is sure showing promises and I am hoping that he will play a big part in Arsenal’s team in the upcomig months and years but he is no “Matic”, “Fernando”, “Yaya Touré” or “Busquet” and these are the type players that can win you the midfield battle. Let us look at the passed winners of the EPL and their spine:

    Hart – Kompany – Touré – Aguero
    De Gea – Ferdinand – Carrick – RVP
    Hart – Kompany – Touré – Aguero
    Van der Saar – Vidic – Scholes – Berbatov
    Cech – Ivanovic – Lampard – Drogba

    These teams have the “heavy duty” guys all around the park and that’s what wins you championships as well. This is our squad spine currently:

    Ospina – Kos – Coquelin – Sanchez

    It is good but it will not win us an EPL title. We need a boost. I would feel more comfortable with:

    Ospina – Garay – Matic – Sanchez

    but I can live with: Ospina – Kos – Bender- Sanchez

    All and all, I feel like we are not far away (maybe three players) from being an actual contender for the title…We need more steel defensively and more width offensively and we are sorted.

    Ospina – Debuchy, Garay, Kos, Gibbs – Ramsey, Bender? – Ozil – Ox, Giroud, Sanchez

    PiG – Jenkinson, Chambers, Paulista, Nagamoto – Wilshere, Coquelin – Cazorla – Walcott, Wellbeck, Merteens or Depay

    + Martinez, Bielik, Arteta, Rosicky, Campbell, Gnabry, Akpom

    I d ship out for good: BFG, Flamster, Monreal (never liked him), Diaby, Poldi

    I d ship out on loan: Bellerin, Zelalem and Sanogo

  13. Can’t wait to meet the Transplant man in April… always need a good laugh 🙂

  14. I know we are not on rant Friday so i’m going to call this pernickety Thursday…..Blickling Hall in Suffolk how very dare you Rasp, it’s Norfolk……and boooootiful. 😀

  15. RC

    Who the fuck is Nagamoto… sounds like a Japonese motorbike?

    Sanogo already out on loan, as is Poldi, but Bellerin is one of the best, just needs some discipline to stay back and cover, he drifts a bit too much, nothing that can’t be sorted. Monreal, how can you not like him… quick, tackles well and adds to the attack.

    Diaby… he’ll never play again. BFG, the jury is out on him. 🙂

  16. Rasp says:

    😆 GiE, and I knew that as well ?? yesterday I said micky lived in Cornwall when it’s Devon – my geography is letting me down 😦

  17. Gööner In Exile says:

    I posed a late question the other night about Arteta possibly being more a replacement for Rambo in current side, think he could do the job better and be less likely to bomb forward unless he could really make a difference, i also think without the need to be the defensive shield in the midfield he could do a bit more organising and conducting.

    As for LeCoq, i’ve always liked the lad and now it appears he has found his calling, not only has he found it but he has accepted that to stay in the upper echelons of the game and all the trappings that this brings he should concentrate on what he is good at rather than try and be something he is average at (box to boxing)

    That being said he was second highest with passes and take ons on Tuesday night when i looked at stats mid way through second half.

    His role is all about providing the platform for others to play. So we should worry less about whether he is world class and more about whether he fulfils a role in the team that allows us to get the best out of others.

    I think an ArtyCoq combo at the base of the midfield could give enough solidity for 4 attackers to make hay without the need to come tracking back to mark all game.

  18. Rasp says:

    Great comment GiE, I am in agreement 🙂

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    I think Coquelin has the potential to be the answer. He just needs games, games and more games.

    He’s only made about 80 senior appearances, which when compared to Wilshere (about 120) who’s younger, and Ramsey (close to 200) who’s slightly older, and you think of the injuries those 2 have had, then you can see he’s very inexperienced. I’m glad Arteta has re-signed if only for the fact he has a massive amount of experience which can only help Coquelin.

    Coquelin is learning on the job, but based on what we’ve seen so far, he could definitely be the right man for it. He just needs to get his head down and absorb the knowledge from those around him.

  20. The Cockie Monster says:

    Le Coq Bloque for me !.

    Eddie ! . I looked up a car plate a while back and it was something like £80,000 + vat. The number ?………………………AR53 NAL

    As for having best jobs on the last post !……I think my new job take`s the biscuit !………..after intensive training, today I start my new job doing Sign Writing for the deaf and hard of hearing on Porno films !………..I`ll probably end up blind by the end of the day !.

  21. Gööner In Exile says:

    After Ozil scored against Spuds, Coquelin went over and was all pointing and gesticulating, Ozil seemed to look a bit dismissively at him and then sort of raised an eyebrow at Theo.

    Not sure whether he was pointing towards Arsenal fans and saying you should be celebrating over there which in fairness would have been a long run, or more likely saying ok well done you scored but we need help back here sort it out.

    If it was the latter then the lad really has taken to this role of defensive shield well, and i like that he is not firghtened to tell more senior pros what its all about.

  22. fatgingergooner says:

    I think we might see Ox overtake both Wilshere and Ramsey for that CM role in the near future. If he can clear up these niggling injuries and get a run, I think he could find a place for himself in the starting 11.

    For the time being though I think I would prefer Rosicky taking over from Ramsey. I like Arteta, and I agree he would give a more solid platform than Rosicky, but I just don’t think the legs will allow him to be effective in both attack and defence, which is what is required of whoever covers Ramsey.

    When’s Wilshere back? Maybe he will be straight in for Ramsey.

  23. From those vids Rasp, I think it shows that he reads the game. intecepts passes very well, and knows how to tell opposition players to shut the fuck up. He isn’t intimidated and is starting to show some class. I like the lad… he has a future at THOF

  24. Lunchtime… pastis, spicy chorizo and then some French Onion soup 🙂

  25. Rasp says:

    I agree NB, there is a bit too much jumping in with both feet, but as you said earlier he seems to be getting more disciplined. With the current level of refereeing in the EPL a few of those tackles could have got him a straight red.

    I like the idea of Coquelin playing alongside Arteta – maybe we’ll see that if Arteta returns before Ramsey.

  26. RC78 says:

    FGG – you are absolutely right about Ox…He is our much needed Box-to-Box and he has got the engine and skills. I am afraid we are going to have to sell our dear Wilshere soon because he needs to make a trip in another and lesser team to play a lot more and also to bulk up his physical sharpness…

  27. Rasp

    Another thing I noticed from those vids of Coq au Vin, he doesn’t go down easily, and if he does, he gets up straight away. Something Giroud and Ozil could learn from.

  28. Rasp says:

    I’m definitely with you on that one NB. I find it pathetic to see players on the ground pleading to the ref – just get back up and get on with it.

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing Gabriel play (he wouldn’t go down easily), I reckon there’s a good chance he will start in the FA cup game on Sunday.

  29. I have a bit of a beef with Giroud. Considering his build, he seems to get pushed off the ball too easily and sometimes he goes down as if he’s been hit with a hammer. Then the arm goes up for the ref to see that he has been fouled.
    Get up and fucking play on you french wimp… Coq au Vin is a french poof but shows how it should be done 🙂

  30. I reckon Paul Easter will stay on his feet no matter what…. he looks a bit of a tough guy 🙂

  31. RC78 says:

    Giroud is worried to lose out to some other EPL players the oh so important title of “sexiest player”…lol…hence the diva attitude at points. That said – he is still one of our strongest player on the pitch.

  32. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Nice one Raddy

    Just a quick clear. Sometimes its what you don’t say and how you don’t say it.

    GB told me “Terry, I visit Scandinavia often” This was followed by a long stare and silence. What am I supposed to think?

    I voted maybe Raddy. Not because I don’t rate the boy, I do. My issue is that its not enough. I would like to see Coq paired with a player that possesses physical power and can go box to box.

    The way I see it is that all our players are of the required quality but we wont see the best of them unless the balance is right, I still think were at least one player short but maybe next season we will see Chambers or Bilek get a chance to play in the middle.

  33. Transplant… I can imagine your fantasies went wild, GB saying he visits Scandinavia often. Your debauched mind started thinking of amazonian Swedish birds catering to your every desire. 🙂

    GB obviously knows how to capitalise on a silence 🙂

  34. Big Raddy says:

    NB. Worked for me 🙂

  35. GoonerB says:

    Right I can keep the silence no longer.

    Terry, there was a bit to add after the “I visit Scandinavia often” but I thought you looked a bit too excitable that night for the rest of it, so went for stoical silence so as not to send you into overdrive. I was worried for the safety of the 2 largish females with the fags hanging out their mouths 10 feet behind us to our left.

    I will continue the next bit another time over a couple of Brandy’s and when you haven’t forgotten to take your medication.

  36. Can’t wait to meet you lot… living in France for so long has denied me access to British humour. I hope you’ll all be up for meeting in a Holloway / Highbury pub for a bevvy

  37. GoonerB says:

    On to the post and a fine one it is Raddy, far better than the compost I sent over.

    I like Le Coq but am not sure whether he will be the one yet. He is definitely a keeper for me but I would still add another high quality DM type to our ranks. Where Le Coq has changed my mind though is in what type of addition we should get. I am now thinking less of a pure sitting / holding DM (I am happy with Le Coq for that role) and more of a more mobile powerful DM who can alternate between deeper defensive duties and supporting the attack (box to box if you like).

    I think I even wrote a post up to a couple of years back where I stated that I look as much at the mobility and pace of a DM as their sheer size. I would prefer a 5’11” or 6′ quicker player who likes to get stuck in than a slower 6’4″ behemoth. I stand by that and always felt Le Coq had that vital component of being more mobile and quicker across the ground.

    GIE I have been meaning to discuss the Arteta thing with you (and Shard) for a while. I like Arteta and get his qualities but don’t see him as a pure DM. I also see him as too immobile and slow to perform the role well against the best sides. I keep thinking back to last year and to the best of my recollection he was a consistent feature in those games where we took a pasting and felt then that his lack of mobility meant we were very porous through that part of midfield and players were by-passing him too easily. I felt it was one of the key reasons we suffered so in those games.

    I am happy to have him as a squad option at this stage but if truth be known I would be happier if we got someone now like Khedira who can potentially compliment Le Coq alongside him as a box to box player or play Le Coq’s role if he isn’t available. That then wouldn’t leave any room for either Flamini or Arteta IMO purely on a numbers basis.

  38. GoonerB says:

    I will try and make an effort NB if I know you are over. Maybe you can even paint a couple of us, like Terry and myself. Don’t go mixing us up though NB and giving him my hair. I am not too sure how a Greco-Tony Cottee hybrid would look but I can’t see it being too favourable.

  39. GoonerB says:

    Off out for a bit. Will catch up later with any other comments.

  40. The Cockie Monster says:

    GoonerBgood.
    I should imagine there was a lot of staring in silence from Transplant when looking at you !…..probably two things…1) your popularity and signing of Tony Cottee autographs and 2)…your fine thick hair …..not since Ken Barlow has he been so dazzled by a Barnet and to cover himself from any bovver he has a genuine Doctors note to back up his non sexually aroused bulge in his trousers !….it`s the hair fetish and I kid you not, there is a medical name for it…Trichophilia !….lucky for you he did not follow you into the toilets !…..last time I met him he was OK in the toilets until I started combing my hair !…from the urinal he managed to piss on the mirror I was using ten feet away whilst waving an apologetic Doctors note in his hand !.

  41. Eddie says:

    GB – nb will want to meet you in a pub at 7 am sharp

    Nice one Raddy. I am in the Maybe club, have not seen enough of him yet

  42. GoonerB says:

    Actually boozie you’ve got it wrong, it is George Allison who laid the foundations for Wenger. Without Allison Wenger is nothing and everything Wenger ever achieved is down to a combination of Allison and being a pure flukey git.

  43. GoonerB says:

    Cockie 🙂

    Eddie, I guess it is easier to just not go home from the night before if meeting NB.

  44. Big Raddy says:

    GB. Sorry. Your comment makes little sense once Sniffer’s has been deleted.

    And you are wrong about the man who laid the foundations, it wasn’t Allison. It was Sir Henry Norris who signed Chapman and thus led AFC to a century (almost) of success

  45. GoonerB says:

    Haha I bow to that one Raddy, thought I would just go for a bit of sarcasm so picked any manager I could think of that was 50+ years ago.

  46. chas says:

    Nice post, BR.

    I think Le Coq can be the next Gilberto with a lot of hard work.
    He could never be the next Vieira as Vieira wasn’t a DM, but pure box to box.
    Pogba will probably be too rich for our blood and may not fit the premiership as well as he does the Mediterranean leagues.

  47. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all,
    After waiting almost a lifetime for a holding midfielder, and a youngster from our own stable actually fills the bill, we now wonder if he should be loaned out.

    Sorry we have a guy who has waited for old men who wasn’t good enough when we brought them, to conk out and when he does get a chance and shows he can tackle he can intercept and he can show heart,And we want to loan him out, and then go on about how good the old uns have been.

    Well i for one like Le Coq don’t like the goatee, but he plays like a little Devil, so if he’s happy with it good luck to him, This young man has come in when we were desperate, he i feel has fitted in well, no, perhaps he is not a Viera or Petit but we also don’t have to many like the old uns anyway. Le Coq will improve as he goes along his intelligence has made him change certain things, not to rushed now, and thinks him self round the park, he makes telling challenges and holds his position, what i consider a grafter. Loan him out, who to, bugger me we need another like him that doesn’t keep breaking down.

    Ramsey we got ten minutes out of, out now out for another 6 weeks then another 6 weeks to get fit and Wilshere another who will step back in for ten minutes then be on holiday again. Le Coq to stay Jack and Aaron on loan till they have proved their fitness. Buy another DM or put Chambers there, and let the two of them gel. Why spend when we don’t have too.

  48. GoonerB says:

    Chas, what do you think about Sissoko at Necastle? He is very powerful and quick with a real box to box game. Is he good enough? Difficult to say. There are probably many who will feel that if he was top level someone would have taken him from Newcastle already but sometimes players surprise you and really step up when put in a better team. He is EPL ready as well.

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    Great plate stepping up there Raddy, thanks.

    I’m being made to work very hard today which just ain’t right. Is Coquelin “The” Man? No, but definitely one of them. As usual we need two in each positon, and he has leapt above Arteta and Flamini as far as I’m concerned, but I think we should sign him up big time and replace the other two for a Schneiderlin type, so then we can double up for the big away games, and rotate for the easy fixtures.

    Then obviously spend obscene amounts on a striker and a left wing 🙂

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Atria is team captain and has signed a year extension to his contract (I think). He is going nowhere.

    Only GIE knows whether w can sign anyone without selling first.

  51. chas says:

    Don’t know anything much about Sissoko, GoonerB.
    He’s injured quite a lot, isn’t he?
    Could fit right in.

  52. I could easily imagine Coquelin playing ALONGSIDE Schneiderlin ( or similar ) next season, most particularly in away games.

  53. GoonerB says:

    Schneiderlin still seems a good shout Martin. Chas I didn’t know Sissoko was always injured. If he is then I am not so sure.

  54. chas says:

    Apparently he’s played 23 out of Newcastle’s 25 games and one of the ones he missed was through suspension!
    I was obviously talking complete and utter bollix for a change.

  55. chas says:

  56. The Cockie Monster says:

    Remind you of anyone ?………..I can honestly say it is me to a T !………….I have to laugh as it is so true !.
    Be honest !…..any of you the same ?…….A must read !. 😀

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-lost-arsenal-london-derby-5147247

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Cockie. That article should have been on AA – though I think I wrote one very similar a few seasons back!

    At that time it was my lucky socks/pants combo that took us up the table.

    Now I have different lucky socks for home and away games though my away socks went in the bin last saturday evening

  58. I’m starting to get worried about you Chas 🙂

    Morning on Friday the 13th….. apparently the next 48 hours are going to be full of cosmic energy

  59. chas says:

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Must be an American

  61. Eddie says:

    Must be an arsehole

  62. Eddie says:

    I don’t think he stopped on just 2 hairy hearts. He most definitely opted for back, crack and sack. I made myself sick

  63. Eddie (the female)n 🙂

  64. Eddie says:

    Nb – you are obsessing with sex again 🙂 what does it matter if I’m a man or a woman. I’m a Gunner

    Did you write a post for today?

  65. Just reminding Cockie and Transplant, that;s all 😉

    Me? write a post for Rant Friday the 13th…. no chance

  66. Anyway, I’m too busy working… if that’s an apt description of what I’m doing 🙂

  67. Eddie says:

    Who offered a post for today?

  68. I think Chas said he would try and do a funny?

  69. Chas has gone AWOL…. perhaps he’s writing the post for today?

  70. Rasp says:

    Morning all ….. anyone got a rant for today?

  71. Rasp says:

    I like a band who don’t even bother to dress up to go on stage 🙂 ….

  72. Eddie says:

    If you can play music like that you can go stark naked and nobody would notice

  73. Rasp says:

    Exactly Eddie, The Eagles are brilliant musicians, song writers and vocalists. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but along with Abba, Queen and the Beatles have produced some of the best singalong songs

  74. Rasp says:

    Someone had better submit a post soon or I’ll drive you all mad with this type of music 😛

  75. chas mobile says:

    Just to let you know, I’ve done nothing for today. I thought my offer of a joke post had been flatly refused. ” A question for today and rant for tomorrow” was the message. Then Eddie said she’d do one for today and GoonerB said he’d sent one in!
    Bit pointless me doing anything after that.

  76. The Chas ‘get out clause’ 🙂

  77. Rasp says:

    Sorry chas, who refused your joke post? – certainly not me

  78. Eddie says:

    Oh poo, I had no time yesterday, sorry 😦

  79. Rasp says:

    Apologies to The Who, but I prefer this version

  80. Rant for Friday:

    The AA management are letting the side down, not good enough chaps. Must try harder…. look in the compost 🙂

  81. Rasp says:

    Don’t listen to the whole thing, but isn’t this the best intro to any song?

  82. Rasp says:

    Well maybe you could write a Friday rant about how crap we are then NB 😆

  83. nah Rasp, this is the best intro ever:

  84. now now Rasp… don’t get all narky and petulant on me! 🙂

  85. Rasp says:

    Good shout NB, I’m a massive Who fan, but I’m not sure it gets your foot tapping as well

  86. No, that’s true Rasp…. I did like Michael Jackson… a flawed genious. And the intro to Billie Jean does get the feet tapping. 🙂

  87. Rasp says:

    Name me a genius that isn’t flawed NB? Unfortunately MJ was flawed in a way that is unacceptable 😦

  88. Talking of good intros… and video’s:

  89. We need the hippy in on this converstion about best intros, but here’s another one:

  90. The battle of the Best Intros 🙂

  91. Loved James Taylor… and Carole King

  92. Great listening to all this music whilst I paint… keep ’em coming Rasp 🙂

  93. James Taylor, He was a bit bald in that vid… just goes to show that the folickly challenged are the best 🙂

  94. Rasp says:

    Agreed NB, I have to go walk the dog … catch up later. Keep nagging for a post in my absence … I have a new header, shame not to use it 😦

  95. ok, with all the great writers on here, there must be someone to write a Friday Rant… FFS. We complain about our team not doing the job on the pitch… and here you are, fecking hypocrites, can’t even post a small 200/300 word rant. pffttt. Very poor 🙂

  96. Oh dear Eddie… is that your attempt. Wham? Probably because there is a 4×4 in it and you want to buy a Land Rover 🙂

    If you want a reliable 4×4 you can’t go wrong with a Toyota Rav4. OK not as chic as a Range Rover, but practical.

  97. Here’s a scary short animated movie:

  98. Eddie says:

    I don’t like practical 🙂 Not Range Rover, but Land Rover Defender. But I won’t buy it for the time being anyway. I have to be sensible grrrrhh

    I hate Wham 🙂

  99. I love animated shorts….. Giroud probably has the best 🙂

  100. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. You have superb musical taste. All marvellous though I disagree about Who/Limp Bizkit even if the guitar sound is better in the modern version – the singer is no Daltrey.

    Tim Schmidt is a brilliant singer as of course is Mr Henley

    Probably agree about MJ being the best intro ever, though I need to think about it.

    Eddie’s last vid let her down badly

  101. Big Raddy says:

    Here’s my offering to the music…..

  102. Rasp says:

    Morning Raddy, glad we lured you out. I was going to put up a Marley track but mine was more obvious …

  103. Eddie says:

    look Raddy – if you had to watch Frozen at least twice a week you would either go mad or embrace it 🙂

  104. Eddie says:

    probably my most fav group of all times

  105. Blue Mink… bloody hell, that brings back memories.

    Eddie is improving with Oasis 🙂

  106. Rasp says:

    What a shame about Oasis, they could have gone down as one of the all time great bands … too many twats 😦

  107. Eddie says:

    Messi’s dream is to play in a gig with Oasis. The Gallaghers are blue Mancs and would probably do a deal – you play footy for us and we play music with you. The only problem is that the brothers won’t be seen together. Shame, I’d like to see Messi in EPL

  108. Rasp says:

    NB, you must have smooched to this ….. the best slow track of all time

  109. Now this is a good intro… Chas would agree:

  110. Rasp says:

    I prefer this ….

  111. Raso, I’ve smooched to many things… not necessarily always music 🙂

  112. Still on intros….. can’t beat the oldies

  113. May not get the feet tapping but gets the head moving:

  114. Rasp says:

    Don’t know exactly why, but this is my favourite Stones track

  115. Rasp says:

    Is Jagger the best frontman ever?

  116. GoonerB says:

    Just got on today so morning all. Wow some great music vids and the music I like as well. I don’t have the time for all these so my question is can A.A create an archive for them so we can access them when we want?

    If we are on Fleetwood Mac and Floyd then the chain and comfortably numb have to go down as great intro’s. Although not in the intro sense I also like the live looking out for love by Fleetwood Mac where Lindsey Buckingham plays it solo.

    I love all the ones you have put up but can also go for slightly stronger rock to the tune of AC/DC. Hells Bells has a great intro but their best is the live intro of Thunderstruck for me. I think they did a great live version in Buenos Aires.

  117. Rasp says:

    Please nobody put Freebird up 😕

  118. Rasp says:

    For GoonerB … Angus stole the intro riff off me – I came up with that 37 years ago and Pete Townsend complimented me on it – true story!

  119. This one’s for Raddy:

  120. Rasp says:

    …. and the one he wanted ……

  121. This one’s for me:

  122. Rasp says:

    Can’t top that NB – the best Hendrix track of all time – written by Bob Dylan as you’ll know. All those guitar special effects – before special effects were invented … amazing

  123. Great intro… danced to this at the Tottenham Royal on many occasion ha ha:

  124. Rasp says:

    NB, you’ve put up half my set when I was in a covers band 😛

  125. Rasp says:

    This the track they used to play at all the discos – not much musical merit but got all the girlies up jiggling 🙂

  126. GoonerB says:

    Thanks for those Rasp. That is a very interesting story indeed Rasp. I will definitely talk more with you on that one when we next meet.

  127. For fuck sake… this has really got me into my music of the past, intros.. and best starts to a song:

  128. I’m having fun now… I agree Rasp, Golden earing wasn’t the best. But this is amongst the top… I bet this was on your cover list as well:

  129. Rasp says:

    Great stuff NB, I have to press on now – catch up later

  130. Ok Rasp… but on the thing about music for the blog… over on ACLF, Yogi has a Grandads Jukebox… not sure how he does it.. but on Spotify. Could you set that up on here?

    I’m off now as well. Lunch time… some left over French Onion soup and a baguette 🙂

  131. A bar in Russia…. that’s the way to do it 🙂

  132. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp, Peaches,

    I’ve sent you a post…………check your Email.

  133. Rasp says:

    Thanks GN5, I’m out at the moment – is your post for tomorrow?

  134. GunnerN5 says:

    Today or tomorrow – your choice.

  135. GunnerN5 says:

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  136. Big Raddy says:

    That Pete Green solo on Need your Love so Bad is magic. And like Rasp played often when I was in cover bands. As was this… and another great intro

  137. Eddie says:

    Just as well arnie is busy today 😆

  138. chas says:

  139. The Cockie Monster says:

  140. The Cockie Monster says:

  141. I’m having an Arnie moment… insomnia, working at 2am in the morning. I want to have a rant but not sure what about 🙂

  142. oh yea I do have a rant. As it’s the 14th of February. All these businesses, boutiques and shops that pursuade you that on this day you have to spend a fortune on Cards, flowers and gifts to prove that you love the person you are with for that moment in time. When you have 351 days every year to do the same without spending a fortune. Fecking mad it is… fecking mad.

  143. Eddie says:

    Nb – on this occasion I completely agree with you, money spinning exercise, nothing else. When I was travelling to work in the City it was hilarious watching stupid women with huge bouquets delivered to work places rather than home, just to make sure that all other women saw

  144. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    The site is loading very slowly due to all the vids. Hopefully we will have a new post today, especially as the cricket is already going tits up.

    NB. They don’t do Valentines day in Scandi, though the young really try to push it.

  145. Big Raddy says:

    I remember people at school being gutted they didn’t get any cards. Being a nice lad I sent cards to all the girls who were unlikely to receive one and never said a word about it.

    And I always secretly sent one to my daughter 🙂

  146. Eddie says:

    Keep your hair on Raddy, we have GB post today.

    valentine arrived in Poland only 10-15 years ago. My new sister in law was telling me about their plans for this special day, oh dear 😕😕
    But I must admit I love my bunch of spring tulips, very pretty 😊

  147. Eddie says:

    Oh raddy, that is soooo sweet, bless you xx

  148. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    To right Raddy

    I was always the only boy who never got a card. If only I went to school with you. I would have thought the girls loved my bowl cut and flares.

    Of course, now ime an adult. But nothings bloody changed. Will spend tonight enjoying a ready made chicken dinner, then play marbles with the stuffing.

    As the evening wears on others will contemplate the rustling of bed sheets whilst the only rustling i will get is via curtains as a beady eye stares out at the world in longing for social intercourse.

    Actully, thats not quite true. There might be another form of rustling to be had? Why change the habit of a lifetime.

  149. Big Raddy says:

    Terry. At least you don’t have to shave or look your best!

  150. Eddie says:

    Terry – give me your email and I will forward you the love mails I regularly receive from Russian and Romania women

  151. Morning all

    GunnerN5 has sent us a quiz, he tells me it’s quite difficult so get your brains in gear.

    We have a New Post ………………………….

  152. arnie says:

    Raddy. you are a very kind man. 🙂

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