Demolition Derby

A convincing 3-0 win against London rivals West Ham consolidated Arsenal’s position for securing Champions League football and round off a fantastic week.

The journey began with a drive to Wembley and meeting friends for, yes, you guessed it.

Pre match food

A kebab!

Walking to Ashburton Grove, the fans were still on a high after the team’s heroics at Old Trafford five days earlier. The excitement was evident with another trip to Wembley on the horizon.

View from North Bank

View from North Bank

The match began with Arsenal on the front foot and Alexis tested Adrian with header on 15 minutes. West Ham then created a chance of there own as Nolan volleyed straight at Ospina.

West ham on the attack

West ham on the attack

Arsenal were then in full flow and the fans rallied behind the team as they were carving the Hammers open. In the stands there seemed to be an air of confidence and fans felt this would be a routine victory.

Had it not been for West Ham keeper Adrian Arsenal would have gone into half time in cruise control. The stopper first denied Alexis palming his volley away. Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey were next to be thwarted and Theo Walcott shot straight at the keeper.

This left Arsenal fans pondering what the team had to do to score. Theo left some fans frustrated in Block 7 question his finishing and whether it would ever improve. There was also criticism from one individual regarding the so called singing section in the North Bank stating

“We are in the singing section then why don’t we f**king ever sing!”

The deadlock was finally broken causing big fat Sam Allardyce to tear up his half time team talk notes. Theo and Ramsey combined and there was Olivier Giroud to rifle the ball against the post and into the back of the next.

One nil to the Arsenal and on the stroke of half time.

The second half began with Arsenal having less possession but normal order was restored and Giroud and Ramsey showed their fruitful partnership as the latter slammed home following a pass from the Frenchman.

Rambo scores

Rambo scores

There was a huge applause for Danny Welbeck as he was warming up with fans singing his name given his winner against the dirty Mancs.

Datguy warms up

Datguy warms up

Alexis then made way for the England striker and Santi Cazorla, sporting a new haircut, was also introduced.

Welbeck worked tirelessly down the left flank and opened up the West Ham back four with timely runs. The Arsenal fans were really appreciating his work rate and his attitude and chanting his name.  Laurent Koscielney was also commanding and had Diafro Sakho in his pocket.

Another substitute, Mathieu Flamini then applied the finishing touch to a lovely move consisting of 6 passes to leave the North Bank purring. As fans watched the replays on big screen they were impressed with a lovely move which epitomised the philosophy of Arsene Wenger. The game was over and another win to cap a wonderful week.

As fans were clapping the team off some fans were pointing to the fact that a 3-0 scoreline on Tuesday against Monaco will be enough. Easier said than done, but if Arsenal start well then that optimism can be shared.

Watch out Monaco!

UTA!!

by @SirAHussain14

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94 Responses to Demolition Derby

  1. Rasp says:

    Great report @SirAH thank you. No Arsenal game is complete without a period where we seem to have forgotten how to play, but we scored 3 fabulous goals that non Arsenal fans would say had that special Arsenal trademark and we are looking a much better and more balanced side these days.

    This is the comment I put up earlier before your post was published …..

    …… Giroud’s finish was exceptional, most of his ‘flicks’ came off and his hold up play was also very good. He did have a nightmare against Monaco (sorry chas, I promise never to sit next to you again 🙂 ) but he showed yesterday that he is a very important Arsenal player. Let’s hope he will have his radar set in the same way on Tuesday.

    The other player I have to mention is Theo. I didn’t see the game live but read comments. By the sound of it you’d have thought he had a mare? but the highlights showed him making excellent runs, unlucky not to score and not getting what looked like a clear penalty. The chavs would have been all over the ref for that one.

    Theo brings something to the side different to Welby and Giroud and is well worth his place in the squad.

    I understand le Coq kept up his form, his contribution will be less obvious in games we win comfortably.

    Oh yes, and from what I could see, the Ramsey of last season is back! and that bodes very well for the rest of the campaign.

    If only we hadn’t conceded that 3rd goal to Monaco, I’d fancy our chances in the CL this season 😕

  2. chas says:

    Cheers, SirAH. Thanks for that.
    Certainly a fine day to be at the new Home of Football.

    “Struggling a leetle bit with our efficiency, but’s it’s er, still three nil.”
    “Ooo said that?”

  3. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all, watched the extended highlights on Sky, rare for me as I can’t stand the normal second rate co commentary, I’m thinking yesterday’s must have been an ex hammer, as he was constantly critical of Ozil, BFG and lack of penetration of our passing. If he’d criticised our finishing that would be acceptable, although he did criticise Rambo for not going for a diving header when he engineered the chance with his knee, I fit had gone in which without the excellent Adrian it would’ve wed be applauding great instinctive finishing.

    The poor twenty after half time was equally West Ham lifting their game after a half time gee up as Arsenal failing to connect.

    Anyway 3-0 to the good guys and typical Arsenal put on a DM to close out the game and watch him score from lose range 😀

  4. How to know that you are under the influence of illegal substances:

    1. You feel a bit light headed
    2. Everything tastes good.
    3. You think you don’t need viagra.
    4. Life is good.
    5. The Arsenal win a game and you think they played well
    6. You look at the league table and Arsenal are only one point behind Man City
    7. You think Burnley beat Man City.

  5. GunnerN5 says:

    8. You think NB is sober.

  6. GIE, the co-commentator was Tony Gale, surely the most negative voice on Sky, at least when talking about Arsenal.

    I suppose we have to accept such criticism from an ex-player who never put a foot wrong, scored from every chance he got, was never even slightly below his wonderful best and must have the most trophies, medals etc. of any footballer who has ever lived.

    What a muppet!!

  7. GoonerB says:

    Morning all, a great win yesterday and we seemed to have someof our swagger back again. I never felt this was a grind it out win like some more recent ones.

    I liked GIE’s comment from yesterday because it sums uphow I have always felt about Ozil. GIE said :

    Arnie that clip has me wondering is Ozil the pre assist master?

    I do think a lot of his touches and movement are unappreciated because they dont appear to be doing anything, but he often changes the direction of attack which should wrong foot opponents.

    Today was probably very good practice for Monaco, a team wanting to park the bus with a mobile and physical midfield. Also a good lesson in not chasing the game, midweek if we fail to score early we could start panicking, but three goals in the pattern/timing we scored them today will win us the game in Monaco.

    If you collected assists for having a key contribution to a goal even if it is not the final ball then I think Ozil would be far ahead of all other players. I also agreed with GIE about his thoughts on Monaco although we are going to win that one 4-1 or 4-2 not 3-0.

    Rasp’s comment on Theo above is also correct IMO. Theo played like a goal-scorer who has been slightly frozen out recently. Goal-scorers need games to get their instinctive finishing and sharpness fine tuned. If not you get what you saw which is that slight hesitation and sometimes forcing the issue in a desperate attempt to prove you are worthy in this one opportunity you have been afforded in some time.

    I also am not sure that AW’s comments on Theo having to win his place back (or something like that) are overly helpful, especially for a striker, who will probably start to over force their game and over think it rather than relaxing and relying on their natural instincts. I don’t recall any other player when they have been slightly struggling for form being told the same thing publicly by AW. I wonder how good Ollie would look with the same amount of game time and the same public issues from the manager?

  8. GoonerB says:

    Sorry afternoon all not morning all.

  9. MOTM.. Adrian, kept West Ham from losing 8-0

  10. GoonerB, I think Theo may get a few starts as the Ox will be out for a while. I agree he needs to play to get his confidence up and to sharpen his instincts.

    If he can’t break into the starting line-up, and his contract running out at the end of next season, his future looks to be away from Arsenal. I just hope he doesnt turn into another nearly man like Stewart Downing.

  11. stevepalmer1 says:

    Nice one Sir,
    I tend to have seen the game a little different to you Sir H, although as you said we did play some nice football but i felt we struggled from the off.

    Once the goal went in i felt a great weight had been lifted, and as the second half started i felt the need for a second. Now i missed the first 15 minutes but what i noticed from the highlights was that Theo did some nice moves , but once he missed the sitter he became a passenger.

    Now i don’t like to disagree with Rasp, as i know he has a soft spot for Theo, but he doesn’t do enough for me. Theo is a poacher nothing wrong with that if you score the chances you get. I feel he rushes his finish if a defender is close, i have always said that i dont feel Theo likes contact, Theo will close a man down but with no intention of challenging. he ducks headers and bows out of tackles.

    Now i know Rasp will probably disagree but with the players we have at our disposal Theo comes way down my list. Theo may make me eat my words and score goals in the future, but believe me he wont win any prizes for tackles.

  12. Rasp says:

    I’d be quite happy if all 3 games were a draw today (although not bothered about Everton/Newcastle).

    At the moment it sounds like the Saints are outplaying Chelski. Maybe Maureen’s mental assault on the refs and the media has backfired?

  13. Rasp says:

    Hi Steve, I agree Theo won’t win any prizes for tackles. I wouldn’t even have him back defending corners, I’d put him on the halfway line when defending corners – that way he’d tie up 2-3 of the oppo’s defenders and make them think twice about pressing high.

    I don’t remember TH14 or even God being the greatest of tacklers? I’m not comparing Theo to those two just pointing out that we have to accept he will never bring much to the defence, but for certain games and under certain circumstances he brings something different to our attack. I wonder how many defenders would relish the sight of seeing Theo run in between them?

  14. Theo will probably ask to go this summer and Arsene will sell him. He has an over estimated sense of his value… contract negotiations are bogged down again, so best to sell him. I think he has only started three games this season?

    3 – 0 in Monaco on Tuesday… I don’t expect anything less.

  15. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon Rasp,
    I understand what you are saying and agree partially, yes if i was a defender i wouldn’t want a sprint with Theo, but i feel that todays squads cannot afford a man standing on the halfway line, All eleven players need to do their bit. Welbs and Sanches even little Santi digs in and challenges, I would be inclined to play Bellerin down the wing if Debuchey or Chambers is playing as he will chase and fight and also has pace, what he is like in front of goal Christ knows but he couldn’t be much worse.

    I feel Northbank has hit the nail on the head i tend to agree with that, Theo won’t want to stay if he is a second string choice, he may have to go, but meanwhile you may have a point against certain teams , and i believe Wenger has them pencilled in. After noon NB

  16. RA says:

    Norfolk @ 1:11

    You said; [Gale] was an ex-player who never put a foot wrong, scored from every chance he got, was never even slightly below his wonderful best and must have the most trophies, medals etc. of any footballer who has ever lived”

    Which is fine as far as it goes but misses the point that he played for Wham. 🙂

  17. Rasp says:

    Thanks Steve, Theo may well be going in the summer – and if he is, so be it, no-one is irreplaceable. My point about the corners is that he would be helping the defence by keeping one or two of the opposition’s players out of the danger zone.

    I’m not sure whether the blame for the protracted contract negotiations is down to Theo, his agent or the club …. and neither does anyone else unless they are one of the aforementioned parties.

  18. Rasp says:

    It sounds like a blood and thunder game at the world diving championships

  19. RA says:

    Theo is Theo, and like some female, feminine persons, comes across as a bit of a prick teaser.

    Umm — that may not sound the way I mean – but I am sure you get my meaning.
    Promises a lot, shows a bit but never really delivers (or so Terry told me).

    Looking to the future i.e. the summer, a player many of us would have seen recently when Everton played Dynamo Kiev, was Yarmolenko, a 6′ 2″, 25 year old, left footed winger who plays on the right wing – and across the pitch, who runs with pace, is a great dribbler with a few tricks up his sleeve.

    It seems that the Spuds and Yanited are interested – and I would swap Theo for him anyday.

    Apologies to all Theo-acolytes. 🙂

  20. Rasp says:

    7 yellow cards, 6 substitutions, 20 corners. Come on the Saints, hold out for a draw. I wonder what excuse Maureen will make this time. Apparently Matic was lucky to stay on the pitch.

  21. RA says:

    Terry has just missed a sitter!! 😀

    4 minutes extra time – ridiculous.

  22. RA says:

    If Arsenal were looking for a right back from S/Hampton, he should have gone for Nat Clyne.

  23. RA says:

    Schneiderlin looks good, too.

  24. Looks like Soton are gonna get a draw at Stamford bridge… we are getting closer… is it possible???

  25. RA says:

    it is now 94 mins and 30 seconds – ref waiting for the Chavs to score?

  26. The Cockie Monster says:

    The Special One….or….The Special Needs One ?

  27. Rasp says:

    I’ll be perfectly happy with our right back options once Debuchy is back – wasn’t it left back that AW as supposed to be looking at?

  28. Rasp says:

    NorthBank – no it isn’t possible 😦

  29. Rasp says:

    …but 2nd is 🙂

  30. Big Raddy says:

    Sir A. Thank you for another fine match report.

    Chris Foy had a good game apart from refusing us a clear penalty when Theo got brutalised in the first minutes. Had he given it and we had scored the game could have been a slaughter and more importantly Theo would have gained confidence.

    If Le Coq continues his progress and Theo signs a new contract I cannot see us signing anyone in summer unless a player leaves. We are well served and have quality back-ups everywhere.

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Plus without an International tournament this summer and the rare opportunity for all players to have a full pre-season, we will win the title in 2016

  32. stevepalmer1 says:

    I must be in an argumentative mood, I still see the league as a possibility. We have it in our own hands if we can keep winning anything can happen. 3 goals in Monaco and we could win CL, i reckon the league is a better possibility 🙂

  33. RockyLives says:

    Thanks for a fine write-up of a fine win Sirrah.

    Now let’s have a draw between the Mancs and the Chavs and this will be turning into a fine weekend…

    Then Swans to beat Liverpool tomorrow and we can really start building a bit of a “comfort buffer”.

  34. GoonerB says:

    Sorry SirA, very rude of me but I forgot to thank you for a fine post earlier.

    I am definitely with Rasp on the Theo issue. He is a goal-scorer and match winner IMO but also a player who gives us more penetration and threat behind the opposition. i also believe he more often than not brings more balnce to our side so, even with any deficiencies in his game taken into account, the team generally play better when he plays.

    I will find it hard to judge Theo’s goal-scoring ability if he continues to get bit parts and has this “no guarantee of getting his place back” hanging over his head. I re-iterate that if you applied the same parameters to Ollie he would likely suffer similarly in front of goal.

    Now I am not basing this on any statistical evidence as I actually don’t have it and am purely going on gut feeling and vague recollection, but for me I always feel we have our best performances and best wins, often with more goals, when Theo plays. To boot I also think that Ollies best performances seem to be when Theo starts and his poor performances often to me seem to be with no Theo playing.

    I don’t quite get this lack of defensive input when he brings other positives to the table. I am a Danny fan as well and he has more hard working defensive attributes in his game but when we played Spurs Danny got back faced the opposition and worked hard but we were pinned back and looked like a team from a division below. I always though a higher up the pitch Theo doing less defensive work could have altered their whole set-up and playing style. I honestly feel we are barking up the wrong tree in assessing Theo’s valuability in this way.

  35. I’m with you Steve… I think we could still do it. But Rasp… we may need a little bit of luck 🙂

  36. Rasp says:

    😆 Steve – we don’t have it in our hands – the chavs have it in their hands.

    They still have a game in hand – win that and they will be 10 points ahead of us with 9 games to go. If we win all those 9 (and we won’t) the chavs still have to lose 4 out of 9 ….I wouldn’t bet your house on us winning the league if I were you 🙂

    Like a lot of other lunatic optimists – I have this irrepressible feeling that we will get the 3 goals required on Tuesday and progress in the CL – so there, don’t any of you dare to call me a realist again !!

  37. Rasp says:

    😆 NB69, we’d need more luck than the luckiest person, on a lucky day in luckville.

    I’m so unlucky, If I fell in a barrel full of tits, I’d come out sucking my thumb ……..

  38. Rasp says:

    Bloody pathetic totts – already 1 nil down to manure

  39. Rasp says:

    But I’m with Raddy ….. next season we could win it all 😀

  40. stevepalmer1 says:

    When i said in our hands i meant our games, Chelsea are having a wobble so are City, pressure builds even when you are points in front, nobody expected us to even get near, now they say its a possibility.

    Monaco i feel will feel quite comfortable at home 3 away goals and they must be brimming. We need the team to turn up and take their chance, i have no doubts we can make at least 3 chances its whether we take them, and i feel we will
    2.0 to United

  41. Big Raddy says:

    How did we lose to this dreadful Tottenham team?

  42. Rasp says:

    Its all about confidence Steve, and when things are not going your way, its about leaders. On current form, the totts should give manu a good game, but they conceded one and then fell apart – they could lose 6 nil now.

    Unfortunately the penny has dropped and old flat face has discovered what his team have been missing – Juan Mata

  43. GoonerB says:

    No theo raddy 🙂

  44. RockyLives says:

    I think this will end 2-2

  45. Bayonne Jean says:

    ManUre playing like Old Rednose ManUre, and Spuds playing like the Spuds we all know.

  46. RA says:

    Your prophecy lasted 3 mins Rocky! 🙂

    So, that’s 3 ; 3 then?

  47. RA says:

    Amazingly I have been on AA for approximately 5 years, give or take.

    Year after year I have heard the same stuff from a succession of earnest bloggers, many of whom have come and gone – and Raddy, of course.

    It usually goes something like; [Theo] “is a goal-scorer and match winner IMO but also a player who gives us more penetration and threat behind the opposition. i also believe he more often than not brings more balnce [sic] to our side so, even with any deficiencies in his game taken into account, the team generally play better when he plays.”

    And that is fine – except over the years Theo has more often than not been injured, or has gone through fallow spells when he could not hit a camel’s ass with a wormer. 🙂

    Hope springs eternal – and thank goodness for that – and I am pleased for Theo that he has hit gold dust, and if he plays his cards right, at 60 years old, people will still be saying; — [Theo] “is a goal-scorer and match winner IMO but also a player who gives us more penetration and threat ……”

    P.S. Over the aforementioned years; Rasper has facilitated betwixt “Theo Out”; “Theo In”; Theo Out”; Theo In — the original revolving door. 🙂

    P.P.S Raddy is only matched in his devout Theoism by the venerable Rocky — whilst RA is an agnostic wannabe believer — not holding his breath! 😀

  48. Afternoon all

    Thank you SirAH for the match report. I was there and the goals were things of beauty. There could have been so many more but for Adrian having a worldly. Still, mustn’t be greedy and it’s good to know we can score three going into Tuesday night.

    I’m loving watching the Totts getting battered, let’s see if a half-time team talk can change anything.

  49. chas says:

  50. RA – when Theo’s number came up yesterday my first thought was ‘oh no, no-one else does what he can do’ and it’s true no-one else can but the players we ended up with on the pitch actually did better at picking each other out.

    So what’s the answer? Super-sub or play him from the start and take him off after 60 minutes? He could have scored one or two early on, he makes great runs and when he’s in form he’s pretty ruthless in front of goal.

    I’d rather he stayed unless he’s going to Russia 😉

  51. Come on Tottenham….

  52. Big Raddy says:

    RA 5 years! Tempes fugit.

    Isn’t it vacillated not facilitated? Probably that bloody predictive text

    Theo In

  53. RockyLives says:

    Ok then, 3-3 🙂

  54. RA says:

    Peaches,

    Actually I am only funning, because Theo could have been a hero yesterday instead of being frustrating.

    I suspect with more games under his belt he will find his touch in front of goal.
    I only saw the game on Sky at 10 p.m. but even tho I knew the result [and don’t tell Chas] 😉 but I did emit the occasional disappointed “oooho”. {Well three times} 🙂

  55. GoonerB says:

    Ah the injuries redders. Theo does join a long list of premier league players whose true value is difficult to assess due to consistent injury interferences in getting any run of games. Over the last 5 years i think of chelsea, united, liverpool, man city who have had many…….hang on a minute come to think of it not very many long term injuries. The more i think on it it seems to be us who have been blessed with this privelege. All pure coincidence and bad luck on us and how it has hampered arsene through no fault of his own. I blame it on not having enough camel wormers at the club 🙂

    On a serious note though redders theo could of course be sold and do a vermaelen. Say we sell him to man city though. Can anyone say that we wont end up with a situation where they sort out his injuries he plays regularly scoring goals regularly and terrorising defences.

    In answer to peaches question i feel he is better from the start and withdrawn later rather than the other way round.

  56. RockyLives says:

    Spuds really desperate – they’re sending Barndoor on…

  57. RockyLives says:

    Harry Kane doing a good cart horse impression. Shame he didn’t play like this against us.

  58. RA says:

    Raddy,

    ‘Vacillation’ in terms of being unable to decide between one thing and another is a good shout – thank you.

    I was thinking in the abstract, as I sometimes do, that in Rasp’s case, he had an aptitude to move smoothly from one point of view to another with sublime ease. 😀

  59. RockyLives says:

    “Adebayor was offside” 😀

  60. RA says:

    GoonerB Damned Good, I understand your view expressed like that.

    There is an understandable wish to guard a bone in case some other dodgy dog gets it – and enjoys it [did you say that? probably not.] 😉

    At 3:16, I put forward the view that Yarmolenko would be an impressive replacement for Theo if he should seek to move on.

    Hoarding players in case they might be good someplace else is inherently defensive — when what Arsenal need to be offensive – like me. 🙂

  61. RA says:

    Raddy, @ 5:11

    Tempus definitely does fugit — not sure about his mate Tempes tho’. 😀

  62. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Touche’. 😄

  63. chas says:

    RA
    Sitting at home on your settee (or even behind it, if needs must), groaning when Walcott fecks up another good chance is perfectly acceptable.

    It’s when you are in the ground and that collective groaning transmits itself to the pitch that the problem arises. 🙂

  64. RA says:

    Raddy,

    After ‘touché’ — I am a bit surprised at your little feller – especially grinning at me!! 🙂

  65. chas says:

    The spuds were armless today

  66. RA says:

    Chas,

    I could not agree more. I used to have a couple of season tickets at Highbury, and fortunately I was in with a good crowd.

    To be trapped in with perpetual moaners would have been insufferable and something would have had to give!

  67. GoonerB says:

    Good point redders. I may be a bit of a defensive hoarder. Years of camel worming tends to create this personality defect.

    I think theo is a dangerous and important player for us who i would keep for those reasons. I think he is not at his best currently having returned from injury and not getting much game time. I feel there is a good chance he will leave and if he stays injury free (of which there is a statistical probability of greater than 80 percent) that we will end up with egg on our face.

    He could of course do a vermaelen.

  68. RA says:

    GB,

    Do you care to share your statistical data with us to support your claim for there being an 80% probability of Theo remaining injury free in the future?

    Should be interesting – unlike what extrudes from a camel’s rear end. 🙂

    You haven’t been smoking dried camel worms – I suppose? 🙂

  69. RA says:

    My best friend Rocky might help you formulate your findings.

    [i can say the above with some impunity, because he only has an attention span akin to your average goldfish who has not yet been wormed by you – and will have nodded off by now!] 😀

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Thank you SirH. Another superb MR.

    Just a thought as I pass through. About a month ago, we were behind Totnum. Now we’re seven points ahead.

    te he he giggle giggle

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and on Theo. He’s a luxury player, but we’re rich and can afford it.

    te he he giggle giggle

  72. GunnerN5 says:

    Thankyou for the report Sir A.

    The Tiny Totts are beginning their annual slide deeper and deeper into our everlasting shadow. It was sickening listening to the commentators drooling over Man U – I waited a whole 10 minutes until I hit the mute button.

    I’m going to write a post on the run in for the final 9/10 PL games for either the coming Thursday or Friday.

  73. GunnerN5 says:

    I tend to agree with Micky, with all of our various options we really don’t need Theo. However I really like him and if (a big if) he stays free of injuries he could have a fantastic 2015/2016 season. He is still a young man, 26 tomorrow, and has 3/4 seasons ahead of him.

  74. Thank you GN5 that would be super, I look forward to reading it.

    Gary Neville just mentioned us in connection to challenging Chelsea, I was beginning to think we were the invisible team in third, one point behind City in second. No-one else picked it up so our secret is safe 😉

  75. GunnerN5 says:

    Peaches,

    The pundits discount everything we do – but for the past week they have been on Chelsea’s case and have laid off of us.

  76. chas says:

  77. fatgingergooner says:

    Theo may be a luxury player now, but before his injury and before we signed Sanchez, Özil and Welbeck, he was vital to our team as he gave us a threat in behind that none of our other players could.

    The problem he’s got now is he’s come back to a much stronger squad than before he got injured.

    I think he needs to find his role within the squad again, but If he wants to be as vital as he was before his injury then he’s going to have to improve his all round game. Ox has come on leaps and bounds this year, Welbeck is a true team player who also has pace, and Sanchez is a non stop action man. If Theo wants to get in the team, he’s going to need to do more on the pitch than just come up with a goal or assist every other game.

    If not, then he could still be very useful as a 30 minute man against tiring defences towards the end of games. Wether he’d be happy to sign a new deal based on that though is another story.

  78. fatgingergooner says:

    What are people’s thoughts on today’s results?

    Next week we have Newcastle away whilst United and Liverpool play each other. A win for us and draw in their game and we will be in a very strong position.

  79. GoonerB says:

    Sorry redders did my normal popping off. I can’t share my statistical data because there is statistically a greater than 80% probability that I don’t have it.

  80. Gööner In Exile says:

    Results today good in the main, pretty much kills Spuds hopes of surpassing us, 7 wins guarantees St Totteringhams Day but I feel it will be sooner.

    Saints pretty much out of race, so just Pool and United, and with them playing next week we are good.

  81. I always enjoy watching the Spuds get a tonking, but I was hoping they might manage a draw against the Manure.

    They played as though it’s the last game of the season, and had no chance of relegation and no hope of even the Europa League,in fact they looked as though they couldn’t give a damn what the result was.

    United should have won by a much bigger margin, but didn’t play that well either.

  82. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    Results this weekend, in the main, pretty good weekend, dropped points for the Chav’s a loss for City, United starting to get it together, and us who are the most important, another 3 points.

    Keep on winning is all we can do, We have had what can only be described as a bit of an up and down season so far. We have lost games we feel we should have won, and won games that looked like games we struggle with.

    I honestly believe that new players take a while to settle, although most of ours seem to have blended in quite well, we have had a bit of turmoil with injuries. Players who were first team choices at the start of the season, who got injured and unsettled the balance. Theo of course was one who started the season injured, Wenger knew he was a long term injury so needed to add, In came Sanchez who hit the ground running.

    Vermaelen leaving and leaving a big hole was a blow, Wenger replaced with a young man Chamber’s, Not many of us knew a great deal about him, but he seemed to come across as a bit of a utility player, i read that he was a right back but could be utilised across the back, It has to be said that this youngsters heroics was like a breath of fresh air. I dont believe Wenger ever expected to use him as much as he has,Injuries to BFG and Kos and then Debuchey meant he would be used for all positions.

    Of course with a long term injury to new man Debuchey, a young man springs up from our reserves in Belerin, a bit rough around the edges but with a great engine probably was the reason the Jenkinson was not recalled from a loan spell with Wham, who needed a season of premier league experience, hopefully he will return the better for it.

    Belerin has made mistakes but the effort he puts in bodes very well for the future. I would assume that once Debuchey gets fit Belerin will deputise but good experience for him for the future.

    Paulister who was brought in at Christmas looked a good prospect sadly an injury has side lined him but he does look like he may replace the ageing Merts.

    All in all the season has been as i said a bit up and down, Our new signings including Wellbeck have started to shine, the squad seem to have been thrown together with new faces mixing fairly well.

    Our Need for a HM only became worse with Arteta and Flamoney both getting Injured, and one of our youngster having to be recalled from a loan spell which i felt was a stepping stone to being let go, But for Coquelin it gave him a final chance to show Wenger that he still has a future here. Coq has been immense since he retured, a couple of Motm awards has only shown this youngster has a future.

    All in all this season has shown that the squad we have, once sorted is a mixture of what is needed to win things, I think its clear that players like BFG Arteta and Flamoney along with Rosiski could be nearing the end of their journey with us, but with clever recruitment and a few from our reserves shows that we are not lacking in players. I feel Wenger will still buy the odd player in his search for excellence, but that was to be expected.

    Arsenal are sitting Third looking at second, and with a turn of fate could even win the league, But at present we are still in line for top 4 any thing can happen we know, can Wenger manage another top 4 it certainly looks that way, how many times is that Magnificent is the word, unbelievable. COYRRG’s

  83. chas says:

  84. RA says:

    Hi GB,

    It’s a funny thing but I was pretty much 100% sure of the probability that you had plucked your 80% probability figure out of a clear blue sky – not that I had any data – so we are even. 🙂

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Rasp. If there is no posts or tomorrow we could use Steve’s season so far 8.02.

    I am more concerned about winning at Newcastle than in Monaco which is likely to be the theme of my pre-match

  86. Morning all

    Raddy can you take Steves comment off to use as a post, I’m in charge of granddaughter and can’t do it at the moment.

  87. Only I’m not sure if Rasp will have a chance ……..

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Steve. I hope you don’t mind but we have used your comment for today’s ……..

    New Post

  89. AHussain says:

    Thank you everyone. Always a pleasure to do a match report 😃

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