Arsenal win – Coq the enforcer

If this match report was written on a need to know basis then all you need to know is that Arsenal won which takes our win tally to eight in a row. Right that’s that, shall we get onto the more interesting part and talk more about Coquelin?


Yay, don’t you find now when you watch him you can savour his timely interceptions more and more; he just gets better and better the more you watch and the more I watch, and I certainly was yesterday, the more I realise how much more he is starting to add to his game. Obviously not content with the accolade of becoming the best ball winner in Europe he is now beginning to improve his passing game both short and long range. In brief he is starting to spray the ball around with confidence and accuracy and that bodes well for his future because the lack of that skill was the only reason for Wenger to consider an upgrade in the summer.

OK, if I must, I will talk about the game, Arsenal beat Burnley away, is that big news? Nope, the only way this report was going to get read by more than three people and Chas’ cat was if we lost and we didn’t so here we are.


It was a comfortable victory in the kind of way that for  most of the game I wished we had scored a second goal. At one nil there was always that nagging doubt running through my mind that all this lot need is a bit of luck and we would be in the brown stuff. But fortunately, as we know, that didn’t happen and we got more proof that the gods are all Arsenal supporters, as if we really needed that confirming.

Ramsey on the right, really? This smacks of trying to maintain a political harmony rather than being ruthless in the team selection. Yes, he scored the winning goal and that should not be scoffed at but on the wing when we have Welbeck and Walcott on the bench and we were crying out for pace down that flank.

Back to Coquelin, OK, enough already. The good guys did us proud again and I am very happy with the points and the performance. Is it just me or are there others who are starting to spend slightly longer and longer looking at the league table, I mean how many times did you look before Christmas? Once, twice – per month, tops, now I sneak a peak twice a day.

QPR won last week could they just do it again, come on you “R”s

Written by LB

85 Responses to Arsenal win – Coq the enforcer

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks LB

    Like the sneaky looking at the league table bit. I always click on the sky sports football site. You then click on “tables” and up pops the top five.
    In January you had to double click to find Arsenal in 6th, now you only have to double click for a ROLF to see where Totnum are.

  2. Dick Swiveller says:

    Couldn’t agree more, God must be a gooner. It is also hard to scoff at Rambo on the right when we beat Liverpool so convincingly last week, we saw what the extra pace of Welbek did late on though.

  3. Rasp says:

    Excellent LB, Coq was my MOTM too. You’re right, he’ adding more to his game every week. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player improve so much in such a short time.

    I hate ITYS’s, but the DM was the position where we needed a top class player and lo and behold, we had one right under our noses. I make no apologies for calling for Carvalho over the summer as he is a fantastic player (Pogba even better) but we have our own rising star and I wouldn’t swap him. Coq’s performances have shown what a difference the right player in the right position can make and the whole team has benefitted.

  4. ha ha LB… lovely stuff

    I too am looking at the league table every day. I’m so positive that I’ve put a tenner on our boys to win the league at 22/1. Interestingly, after yesterdays win those odds have dropped to 16/1. If QPR fight for their Premiership survival today and get a result against the Chavs… then who knows. Chavs also have to play United and Pool… and we’ll beat United at the end of the season to win the league. Do I envisage the Double…. indeed I do. 🙂

  5. davi says:

    Walcott has been playing poorly since his return from injury (and is hardly a reliable performer at the best of times) and Wellbeck hasn’t been pulling up any trees either, but at least you always get a shift out of him.
    Playing Ramsey on the right allows us to get the best players on the pitch, and it’s working. He’s scored 2 and set up 3 in 4 games since being put there. Cazorla is playing like Xavi and Ozil is having a bigger impact on the game in a freer role. Basically we can’t really leave any of them out when fit and Ramsey has adapted best of the 3 to playing on the wing.
    It’s also interesting that Ramsey’s doing well on the right when people thought it was holding him back in the early days. While there’s definitely some truth to that, he played there for Cardiff at times and it’s not really a problem for him as long as he’s fit and playing with confidence.

  6. Rasp says:

    Can anyone confirm who got the assist for Ramsey’s goals – I’m thinking Oezil?

  7. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all, Nice one LB, Le Coq is definitely growing in this position, as you say all his attributes are maturing fast, i like his shouting and pointing. I like his tenacity and willingness to throw himself all over the place to stop opposing players from gaining ground, should he miss one he’s up chasing.

    Players like him make others in the team try that much more.In my mind that shows leadership, possibly captain material for the future.

    The game as you said was quite comfortable, Burnley as you said have taken points off fairly good sides, but thankfully our team effort was enough to not allow them that gift.

    Although Le Coq played well he was not alone Merts was shown a clean pair of heels in the first half we know once beaten Merts does not come back, having said that he made sure he got his boot in early and his head of course, with Kos as back up he looked comfortable, Monreal as Belerin also did their defensive duties well. Ospina not to busy, but when he was needed carried out all that was asked of him.

    Sanchez worked hard chases all over the place often holds the ball a little too long for me but cannot fault his effort. The rest of them seemed comfortable, kept their heads and concentration, never pushed too hard for the second, but was able to keep a clean sheet.

    Watching from home i was able to see Arsene and Steve directing, was wondering when the pair were going to be more vocal perhaps our wins have got them thinking.

    Any points dropped from our competitor’s will only fuel the inner fire burning within this team. Points dropped today could really put pressure on we have seen last seasons champions fall away, so the league title is still on come on you Gunner’s

  8. I will die an arsenal fan

  9. princegiroud

    it’s innevitable

  10. stevepalmer1 says:

    Lets hope its a while yet Prince. 🙂

  11. ‘morning all…just,

    I was intrigued by Ramsey’s post match comments to the effect that he has been asked to “do a job” on the right. It is by no means his best position, he doesn’t have the pace to be a true winger and he tends to get trapped on the touchline and so is forced to play the ball backwards rather more often than forward. Yesterday was a case in point. Not once did either he or Bellerin get round behind the opposing defenders.

    All of the above begs the question, why isn’t Walcott “doing a job” on the wing. Even after an hour, when Ramsey was showing signs either of fatigue or boredom, there was no introduction of our flying winger.

    With The Ox injured and Gnabry apparently in the wilderness, it’s odd that there was not even a few minutes as a sub for Walcott in a game that was crying out for a bit of pace on the right.

    Could it be that the decision has been made to sell him in the summer?

  12. My most humble apologies to LB, for not acknowledging his very fine post.

    I agree entirely that Coquelin has had an excellent run of games, I really think he has made a major contribution to the defensive solidity of the team, long may it continue.

    Nice to see that Villa are warming up nicely for their FA Cup semi-final against the Bindippers.

    Spursday gets ever closer. 😀

  13. RA says:


    Le Coq was claiming an assist for his original pass to Özil, and altho the ball ricocheted around the area like a pinball – I think he is right, as his was the only ‘intended’ pass.

    Otherwise, it is Özil. 🙂

  14. Redders…. I hope we are meeting up for a drink together next weekend? I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t 😦

  15. stevepalmer1 says:

    Norfolk, Very good points made there mate,
    Walcott has set the record straight, he is not a winger and has no intention of playing wing. He see’s his future either with us or another in the central striker roll. Theo has made it clear with his play that he will always cut in. I maybe being cruel but he does not seem to like confrontation no tackling no heading no chasing back. The will score goals though but he works in the position of goal hanger or thats what we used to call it, He will poach goals of that i am sure but he will not do a lot of hard graft.

    If Theo see’s he cannot score himself he can make goals by finding a pass. I call Theo a passenger because he doesn’t show enough workrate, This Arsenal team at present are starting to work as a unit, often like a shoal of fish or a flock of birds where they seem to know where to fly to keep their place Theo i feel is a lone fish where he gets in the pocket and will often be the last out.

    Theo Walcott has been a real let down for me, I felt his pace would make him an ideal winger his crossing was getting better, but with Sagna and now Belerin he was leaving them to do the graft. I feel Theo has ruled himself out of the Arsenal team, by not being flexible. He will not stay where he is put so will in the end be moved on, probably best for Theo and Arsenal

  16. stevepalmer1 says:

    Ramsey’s goal was supplied by a Burnley head

  17. RA says:

    I am also in agreement with you, Rasp, in your comment at 10:38 regarding Le Coq.

    He was probably not my MoTM as that went to Ramsey for me.

    Part of me is not surprised that Coq has done so well now that he has matured and taken his chance, as when he played in the same youth team as Jack, after he joined Arsenal as a promising 17 y.o.

    He was a better player than PingPong at the time and I always had hopes for him, but he seemed to lose his way.

    I was going to write a short Post about the Arsenal midfield, avoiding all the guff about Holding/Defensive/Attacking descriptions but just looking at the players we have and those we might need.

    I was intending to compare the public perceptions of where players should play in the team, as opposed to how the players see their main attributes – but as you have mentioned this now, I will save everyone from reading it. 🙂

    There is a case in point with Le Coq – he recently said it took him time to adjust to the idea that he was not as good/talented at playing the flowing game as others, but for a long time he played as if he were with the inevitable result. Then he realised that he was good at tackling and protecting the back four, and then passing the ball to Cazzor, Özil and others who were creative and skilful. To his benefit and that of the team.

    The other side of the coin is Rambo, who sees himself as someone who is a box to box player who wants/needs to play more centrally, but for the good of the team was prepared to play on the right – without bitching. Most fans do not see him as someone who is a natural wide player and agree that he should play centrally but this way the team still have his energy and work rate while he obliges by popping up with critical goals.

    That is why Wenger is a great manager — he can recognise other sides to a players abilities and utilise them in ways not always obvious to fans.

  18. RA says:

    Hi NB, 🙂

    I have been keeping an eye on your planned pub suggestions and will make an attempt to meet up with you and the others when that is firmed up.

    The fly in the ointment is that I have another appointment to see a consultant about my knee problem – I took the Wormy one’s advice and took a camel powder but it did not work – just gave me the hump – so, I may have to go in for a little micro-surgery.

    Travelling down from Manchester might also be a problem as a large unsteady lump hobbling and wobbling around fills little people with a certain amount of fear. 🙂

    All I can say is that I will be there, if I can – and if not – then my visit to Le Sud in June might be a better bet.

  19. Rasp says:

    Thanks Redders. I think technically the assist goes to the last player to touch the ball before the goals is scored (therefore not the goalscorer)

  20. Steve, I do think we are missing a trick by not utilising Walcott’s pace.

    When the defence is under pressure, he could provide the outlet by which means that pressure might be reduced.

    Too often balls out of defence fall to opposing players and are returned, often with interest, if Walcott was there to get on the end of one or two it would force some of the opposition’s players to stay back a bit, it might also lead to a break away goal on the odd occasion.

    It may be anathema to say it but Walcott’s reluctance to get involved in defending might be a good thing if he can produce goals when we are under pressure.

  21. RA says:


    Please accept my apologies for forgetfully not thanking you for your Post – which I do now. 🙂

  22. Rasp says:

    Redders – write your post about the midfield 😀

  23. stevepalmer1 says:

    I see what you mean Norfolk but always a but. Theo has got talent no doubt about that but who do we leave out to put him on. I agree if Theo was prepared to do what he is told perhaps he has a future he certainly has the talent but i am wondering if there may be contract problems as Wenger always found room for him but now seems reluctant to field him

  24. RA says:


    My suggested bods, Özil or Le Coq were neither of them the goalscorer.

    The last player to get a touch was the Burnley defender who obviously did not intend it.
    So to say he ‘assisted’ is not in accordance with the English language definition of ‘assist’. [To help (someone), typically by doing a share of the work – of scoring a goal]. 🙂

  25. RA, don’t mess about with micro-surgery, have it off!

    I can put you in touch with a fine carpenter who knocks up wooden legs from driftwood found on Cromer beach.

    I believe he has been known to decorate said peg-legs with various designs, you could maybe have an Arsenal crest carved into the calf, much less painful than having a tattoo. 😀

  26. Steve, your point about who to leave out is well made, it has to be on a horses for courses basis, yesterday I would have happily seen him replace Ramsey after an hour. His pace would have been very effective against a tiring defence, particularly as Ramsey himself seemed to be tiring.

  27. Rasp says:

    I should have known you’d be pedantic Redders 😕 the last player from the same team to touch the ball 😆

  28. RA says:

    Rasper, @ 12:27,

    I touched on my midfield musings above – but your comment made me come to my senses.

    Anyway, no one would read it — how I miss the Rocky Posts – and even Crystals’s magic bowl bollix. 🙂

  29. RA says:


    Then the ‘assister’ would have been Sanchez as his shot was blocked by a Burnley player and deflected to Rambo, who scored – but ‘assist’ — when he never intended to?

    Is their an FA definition? 🙂

  30. RA says:

    Enn Gee,

    You are as helpful as that wormy non-vet, GB. 🙂

  31. Rasp says:

    Thanks Redders, Alexis it is 🙂

  32. stevepalmer1 says:

    Ramsey goal after a shot by Sanchez deflected onto a defender’s head. A lone poachers goal.

    You have a point Norfolk but Wenger wanted to shore up the defence and use Welb’s.

    Webs was used because he will comeback if needed he has proven to be very good in defence, had we scored another goal Wenger may of put Theo on but couldn’t take the chance. in my eyes the right decision

  33. RA says:


    You have probably gone to enjoy a little bibulous recreation, by now — but depending on how things go, my current ‘special one’ known as the Grim Rita has said she might go down to London with me to hold my hand (I think it was my hand) and to meet you — but whatever you do don’t refer to her size, or call her Grievous Bodily Harm — you Brits have such a unique sense of humor — altho she doesn’t! 🙂

  34. wally says:

    I’m not sure how anyone can make any comments about Theo’s willingness or unwillingness to do anything. He’s only played something like 120 minutes since returning.
    As for the game, I thot I’d taped it as I had ‘chores’, ended up taping the pregame. UhH!

  35. chas mobile says:

  36. chas says:

    Cheers, LB.
    A fine and apposite match report; very little about a poor game and all about our massive Coq.

    Btw, my cat always reads your reports, win, lose or draw.

  37. chas says:

    It’s correct that Sanchez gets the assist as it was his effort that was blocked and rebounded to Rambo.
    (Personally I think the assist should go to Le Coq for the interception and fizzed pass to Sanchez prior to Ozil shot 🙂 )

  38. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas, I knew you would know the answer – it’s just that I had a spare moment and thought I’d be able to update the widgets. As it happens, I didn’t so I’ll amend them later, thanks 🙂

  39. Rasp says:

    Fabregas scores the goal in the 80th minute that ends our faint hopes of winning the league – he’s dead to me 😦

  40. How much was “Nob” Green paid to make that clearance?

    Rasp, that Spanish git, just like the Dutch git, has been a non-person from the day he deserted THoF. 😀

  41. Oh well! C’mon City, err wait a minute, C’mon United, err ‘ang on a bit….

  42. The Cockie Monster says:

    I see chas has Soft & Strong Mansize tissues in the background of his 1:59 pm !………a necessity for internet porn !…or in case chas is taking the pussy from behind whilst it reads todays post for him ! . hahaha

  43. Bayonne Jean says:

    Rasp, could be a silver lining of sorts in the late Chelsea victory. Now don’t have the — let’s face it — unrealistic hope and tease of challenging for the crown; just focus completely on the cup and building momentum for trophy drives across the board next season.

    And next to root for a draw in Manchester; always better to have four points dropped rather than three from your closest pursuers. Failing that, would rather a Citeh win and put pressure on ManUre in battling for CL position.

  44. The Cockie Monster says:

    Nobody does mediocre wins better than Mourinho !. 😦

  45. BJ, your logic is indisputable, but what about HATE? I detest United. I despise the nouveau riche City.

    I shall go and watch the game and hope for a host of red cards. 😀

  46. RockyLives says:

    Great stuff LB

    Can’t argue with your MOTM – the boy Coq has been a revelation.

    Shame about the Chavs. Now let’s have a draw with multiple red cards in the Manc derby…

  47. chas says:

  48. Bayonne Jean says:

    NG, the Mount Rushmore of sides that Gooner supporters hate are:
    Spuds, ManUre, Chavs, Orcs. City are not quite at that level.

    1-1 now in Manchester. City goal concocted by Milner, Silva, and Aguero — no one you’d particularly despise. ManUre goal from Ashley Young; need we say more of where that resides on the scumbag scale?

  49. LB says:

    I love that picture of your cat reading the report. Thanks

  50. Eddie says:

    yesterday rubbish game received 2 great posts it hardly deserved. thanks LB!
    I wasn’t going to comment on your man crush, but it is difficult not to mention him. Brilliant footballer, he has such great insight, knows exactly where to go. Immense. TH said that last year we would have lost that game, this year Coquelin was the difference. The pundits called him something stupid like detective Colombo or something, no idea why, but all agreed he was superb, again.

    I didn’t know he was at the Arsenal for 6 years already! Wenger waited long enough to unleash him.

  51. Eddie says:

    I hope the red mancs won’t be playing like they do today against us in May

  52. chas says:

  53. chas says:

    Steve must recognise that feeling when you cast your bait into the water hoping for a nibble.

  54. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Great read.

    I like what we have seen fromLe Coq. He has done very well against some decent midfields however I want to see how he copes against proper world class MF’s before I can make a judgement.

    Given the choice of Kondogbia of Monaco or Le Coq I would choose the bigger Kondogbia but perhaps this is a case of the “grass is always greener”.

    Strange that the media focussed on Burnley when we had over 60% possession but I guess the narrative of a successful AFC doesn’t sit well with the L’pool supporting hacks.

    MU looking very tasty. 😣

  55. Eddie says:

    pool supporting hacks? Match of the Day pundits were Lineker, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy!!! All scummers

    Mind you, Danny Murphy is ugly and Jenas looks stupid, they didn’t say one bad word about AFC and made a lot of sense, both well spoken. Sad to say, they sound much better than our Tel

  56. This man is the revelation of the EPL. He is the man behind all the good things at Arsenal

  57. Hi all

    Cesc’s late goal put a bit of a dampener on the weekend 😦 I didn’t really mind what happened in Manchester although a draw would have put more distance between us and them. Interesting how Citeh are in a rut now.

    We’re going to need posts for this week if anyone feels like putting pen to paper.

  58. Gööner In Exile says:

    LB cracking write up. You’re right about the way I was watching Coq yesterday, it’s quite a good TV angle, and every time I saw a passing route open up for Burnley I then saw Coq step into that space he was reading the game immaculately.

    Couldn’t believe the Chavs luck or City’s capitulation at OT, this run of games, Spuds, Dippers, City, Chelsea, Arsenal was where I saw their season unfolding, somehow every team has handed them the win so far, and with further proof that money ain’t everything because hardly any of their big name summer signings are featuring.

  59. chas says:

  60. chas says:

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Can you eat a carp? I don’t think I ever have.

  62. chas says:

  63. Eddie says:

    eat carp? It is the most delicious fish in the world! I love it! Couldn’t have proper xmas without carp you silly Raddy 🙂

  64. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. I know you foreigners eat strange things 🙂 I have never seen it served in an English restaurant.

    The Danes eat smoked sausage and cheese for breakfast alongside cold scrambled eggs.

    chas. Do you fish?

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Damn, missed the motning coffee and crack
    Was up at five, but got hooked into some numbers. Strangely titillating it was.
    Sun all week. So motning session, work, surf.
    Enjoy the weather while it’s around.
    Over and out

    ps carp: delicious ROLF 🙂

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. Sounds ideal. Our spring sunshine has disappeared, the weather forecast is for rain, cloud, strong winds and low temperatures. Nice.

  67. Big Raddy says:

    Love the 7.20 pic. Someone has too much time on their hands!!

  68. Eddie says:

    Raddy – when in Krakow try carp the Jewish way, you will never look back.

    Chas only fishes for compliments, don’t you monster 🙂

  69. Rasp says:

    Morning all, carp taste disgusting, just of mud 😦

    Pike and Zander are quite tasty though.

  70. Rasp says:

    Anyone got any ‘feelings’ for a post today? Literally 2 lines will suffice. 🙂

    Its about time someone wrote an appraisal of Ospina for instance?

  71. kelsey says:

    carp, the jewish way 🙂 whatever that means.

    I have scrubbed the crystals extremely hard and realistically and I fully expect us to achieve 77 points, possibly a point more or two.That at worst will be third in the league.

    Are United now realy in full flow without RVP,De Maria (a bit part expensive signing and add Falco to the mix. That has to be the worst and most expensive loan signing for many a year, makes Kallstrom look like a superstar ;)Yet for the first half of the season, De Gea single handedly saved United countless points.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if Villa turn over Liverpool in the Cup

    and is there a future for Walcott (again not used at Burnley),Rosicky and even Wilshere. Flamini will be off and I had nearly forgotten about Arteta, do we really need him.

    Ospina is our new short term number one and our Pole may throw his toys out of the pram, I liken him to Bedtner in a personality way, but we will see.

    Bellerin is going to be our best RB we have had for a long time, give him another season and what can you say about Le Coq, who only came back to us because of injuries.

    I get the feeling lady luck is on our side as we approach the run in.

    Have a nice week, one and all.

  72. Eddie says:

    Rasp – you is disgusting, not carp, they are lovely alive or dead

    “Ospina – the opportunist goalie

    Arsenal have a history of goalies becoming 1st choice keepers by coincidence. Szczesny benefited from Fabianski’s injury and now Ospina took over from Szczesny on fire.

    Was Szczesny a better number 1 than Fabianski? Is Ospina better than Wojciech? “

  73. RA says:


    If you give me a minute I will leave something join the comments for you. 🙂

  74. Eddie says:

    Kelsey 🙂 The Jewish way means delicious, of course

  75. kelsey says:

    Oh thanks Eddie 😉

    Have you all noticed the fine margins this season whereby so many games have been decided by the odd goal, especially the teams in the bottom 6 who have lost many games including to the so called big boys by one goal.

  76. Rasp says:

    Hi Eddie, I don’t know how disliking the taste of carp makes me disgusting? But as you know, I love live carp and make my living from them 😆

  77. RA says:

    Rasper –

    I have stuck a Post on yesterday’s comments for you. 🙂

  78. Rasp says:

    OK you rotten lot, since none of you have come up with a post, I’ve done one of my ‘just write it and publish efforts’ …. someone else’s can follow suit tomorrow I’m hoping 🙂

    ….. New post ……

  79. Rasp says:

    Doh 😦 thanks Redders, I’d already published when I read your comment. Sorry, we’ll use yours later/tomorrow if that’s OK?

  80. Extremely proud of the boys. Yes coquelin is impressive but
    Monreal is another improved player. Love the way the likes of ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey, Cazarlo charge the box now

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