Ozil to win it for Arsenal?

Newcastle. What do you think of when hearing that name?

I have a mental image of SuperMac, Keegan arriving by helicopter, Dirty Shearer with one arm raised, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, that TV series with Jimmy Nail and the bloke who became Inspector Morse’s assistant, unintelligible accents, dreadful beer, Gazza, Sir Bobby Robson, Ugly Beardsley, Fat Football fans and much more (add a few if you have the inclination!)


And in recent years a total road wreck of a football club. Managers sacked, dreadful players bought and sold, fan unrest, an owner who is hated by the fans and a top quality, traditional institution  which could attract the very best becoming a selling club.

Newcastle have spent 5 times as much money as AFC in this window (so far)!  IMO this is a dreadful state of affairs and questions must be asked. I do not accept that players are not available – if they chose other clubs one must question the negotiating skills of our buying team. It is claimed that Thauvin chose Newcastle having been approached by AFC, if this is true our boys really do a crap job.

McClaren is a good manager and will bring discipline into a difficult club who were lucky to escape relegation, he has bought young, pacy players who he hopes can change the atmosphere in both the changing room and the stands. Their start is worse than ours which brings some degree of hope.


Her Maj in Her Home Kit

But we need points and we need them NOW.

How do we get them?

The usual …… hard work, team play, concentration, fast attacks, clinical finishing. A little bit of intricate passing and a sprinkling of magic.

Could Chambers play worse than his first half on Monday? It would be difficult. There is a fair chance he will start alongside Paul Easter and if he does then AW has to instruct his midfield to give better protection.

Theo to start? Would be good but who gets dropped? Giroud is the obvious choice though he is our only goal scorer this season (how rubbish is that?)

Dare AW drop Cazorla and play the Ox thereby adding some pace and width down the right? Or Ramsey? Or both and play Theo and Ox.

I don’t know and I am not paid millions to make such a decision. What I do know is that at present things are not as they should be. There is imbalance in the team both vertically and laterally. We need more cohesion in front of goal, better understanding between the defence and the midfield, and less reliance upon left-sided attack. It has to be said (and it was by LB!) that if you have Ozil and Sanchez on the left then we are likely to use them. I really fancy Ozil to score today and will bet a fish that he will.

The season start has shown that we have no idea how the team will perform today – who knows today could be the launch pad for a run of wins or it could signify the start of a difficult season.

I will be watching from behind the sofa.

I am 54% confident


204 Responses to Ozil to win it for Arsenal?

  1. Ant says:

    Thanks BR. I’ll be watching from 175 feet up in the Gods!

  2. Big Raddy says:

    Ant. Are you by any chance playing the opening bars of Tchaikovsky’s Piano concerto in B Flat minor?

  3. RA says:

    Mighty, meaty stuff, Raddy, and I agree that the way the Barcode fans have been shafted is a disgrace.

    On Thauvin – the reaction when news came out that he was going to Newcastle was muted, at least by fans on the Arsenal blogs, including me, but that guy is a really top, top player (altho’ with attitude) and what a miss for us.

    Reading the press release when he signed, the ‘Arsenal wanted to sign me’ comment was not referring to the current window, but 3 or 4 seasons ago when he was making his way, and we were quoted a transfer fee of something like £28m (?) – too rich for Arsene, and he went elsewhere.

    I wish we had him, now.

  4. RA says:

    Oh, and thank you for the traditional Raddy pre-match. 🙂

  5. RA says:


    Ant is obviously playing ‘Tchaikovsky’s Piano concerto No.1 in B Flat minor – Opus 23, as you say, and perfect to entertain the Newkies in their pub!! 😀

  6. Good Morning Big R and thanks for an entertaining pre-match.

    I reckon the Big good looking Frenchman will get o the scoresheet today. Thauvin…. not sure about him. Held his club to ransom to get a move to Marsielle and then left Marsielle for…. Newcastle?

    COYG’s….. I can’t get the number 44 out of my head, I won’t be behind the sofa…. I’ll be in the toilet.

  7. Alexis Sanchez has registered more shots inside the box (12) than any midfielder. He has also mustered more touches in the penalty area (37) than any player in the BPL, though just three of his 13 efforts have been on target. (opta)

    Olivier Giroud – despite scoring just once so far, he has fired more shots from inside the box (12) than any other forward. Given that Newcastle conceded 27 times at home last season – the joint-worst defensive record – Giroud could be back in the goals at St James’ Park. (opta)

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    A Fish Bet lobbed into an Arsenal pre-match can mean just one thing

    Big is on top form 🙂

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    If I was McLaren I’d say stop Sanchez, stop Arsenal, therefore I agree with adding more of a threat on the right to give them something to think about

    Few jobs then back for KO

  10. Ant says:

    Fish bet- I fancy the stickleback will beat the dace!

  11. UTD111 says:

    Difficult to understand how anyone who drinks the flat piss that passes for beer in the London shytehole can have the nerve to call anyone else’s beer “dreadful” – and you’re showing your lack of knowledge not knowing that B Ferry Esq is a sad mackem.

  12. chas says:


    You’re 100% right about the beer. Only trouble is, is that only ‘Spoons is the only pub open between 10 and 11. 🙂

  13. chas says:


    Very fine.
    My money’s on the stinky haddock.

  14. ‘morning all, I tried to plaice a bet on Ozil to score, only to be told I’d had me chips. It sounds as if the Ant and Duck show are having a whale of a Tyne in Newcastle. 😀

    My preference would be to play Arteta alongside Le Coq to bolster the defence if both Chambers and Gabriel are playng. Drop Ramsey for either Theo or The Ox to give some threat on the right and get the ball forward a bit quicker.

  15. Blimey! boys, that beer looks a bit cloudy.

  16. Is that a cannabis plant growing out of Chas’s left ear?

  17. Joblow says:

    For a player who is so shy in front of goal do not know why you have so much faith in him scoring, especially when Cazorla scores and assist more regular than him in an sdvance role.
    Would actually put him (Ozil) on the bench and bring in the Ox for the pace with Cazorla providing him with assist and Ramsey putting the finishing touches on The Ox pull backs.

  18. Red Erik says:

    What is a mackem? Is it a type of fish?

  19. Oh dear Raddy, there goes your theory of Ozil winning it for us, he’s not even on the bench. The Ox starts though, that’;s an improvement.

  20. fatgingergooner says:

    No Özil!? Not even on the bench.

    Kozzer and Gabriel at the back. Happy with that.

    Cazorla or Rambo playing 10 and Ox on the right. Looks a much better balance but proof is in the pudding.

  21. Red Erik…. if it is a fish then it’s a sad fish apparently!

  22. Eddie says:

    Red Erik – close, a type of a front bottom

    Raddy – excellent PM, glad to see you are in form again 🙂

  23. fatgingergooner says:

    Theo up top aswell. Counter attacking football today methinks! Sanchez Theo Ox, the Newcastle defenders best have their sprint shoes on today.

    Özil has a minor knee injury apparently. Either that or we are swapping him for Pogba and £40m! 😉

  24. Big Raddy says:

    No. No. No. No.

    Ozil not in the squad ….. could this mean he is about to be transferred? Because if it does it means I have lost two fish bets 😦 😦

  25. fatgingergooner says:

    Can see us scoring a few goals today. Liking the line up.

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud

    Arsenal team to play Newcastle: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Walcott

    Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/live#Q0k1lt5ISgsSKa36.99

  27. RA says:

    Don’t want to brag or nuffink – but AW has clearly agreed with me after reading my comment yesterday, and is starting Theo on his 4 match trial at CF – are you watching Duck?? 😀

  28. RA says:

    So – Özil on his way out? 😦

  29. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Bloody Hel!! Hope you have a good head for heights and have a decent pair of binoculars with you

  30. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Raddy.

    I popped on earlier on the last post before I went to work with an “overly sensible comment” but had left AA up from the night before without refreshing the page. I thought it looked a bit quiet and lacked the normal morning nonsense without footy talk.

    Right so that is the last sensible comment you get from me you lot. Apart from this one :

    It seems we may have a really pacey front 3 of Walcott Ox and sanchez with Rambo or Cazorla playing in the role next to Le Coq and one at number 10 in one way or tother. I would go for Rambo at 10 and Caz alongside Le Coq but it will probably be the other way around.

    Must dash or will miss the start. tata for now

  31. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    Nice one Raddy, No Ozil and no Chambers and no Merts Giroud sitting this one out and Theo up front The Ox supplying on the right Rambo down the middle, Coq and Santi in front of the back 4. Belerin and Monreal out wide and Kos and Gabby with Better Cech. 54 % Raddy you must have had a good night.

    NMewcastle with new men us with Better Cech hope thats not an omen. COYRRG’s

  32. wally says:

    Just waking up after a miserable night. I’m liking the way the team is laid out today. Good balance. Looking forward to a juicy game, with a good result.

  33. GoonerB says:

    Ooh. The pull back to Walcott was on then

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    No Mesut!
    Come on you Gunnnnnners

  35. GoonerB says:

    Defence splitting forward pass from midfield to Theo. Cant do that with slower strikers……just saying….

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Good start. Theo finding space.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    Refs do not like us this season. Clear penalty on Bellerin

  38. GoonerB says:

    Bloody disgrace

  39. RA says:

    Glen Hoddle must have sawdust for brains. idiot commentator.

    A disgusting tackle on Le Coq.

  40. RA says:

    Another disgusting tackle – this time on Sanchez – what is it with these Newcastle players?

  41. GoonerB says:

    Got them on the rack here. We must surely make this a convincing win from here

  42. GoonerB says:

    Best first option for me in the second half is to bring off santi for Giroud. Move AOC into the box to box role alongside coq and move theo back to right inside forward with him and sanchez playing off giroud and rambo just behind.

  43. fatgingergooner says:

    Well that answers the Ox on the right questions. He’s done no more than what Ramsey does out there and hasn’t exactly hugged the touchline! Id bring him off for Giroud and put Theo wide. Pace isn’t really a benefit now as Newcastle playing so deep. Need a target man in the box and find space wide.

    Was a red card and should’ve been a pen too. Just not getting the decisions going our way early in the season. Let’s hope they even up later on.

    Great first 15 then terrible after they got a man sent off. Not using the advantage in any way. Poor.

  44. Not sure what to make from that 1st half. We just can’t get the ball in the net, 75% possesion, some lovely passing but Newcastle go in 0-0. Very dissapointed, Wenger needs to bring Giroud on to play up front with Theo, take advantage of their lack of a player.

  45. RA says:

    We should be 0 : 3 up.

    That was a cast iron penalty, and Theo should have scored two.

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Dare we take off Gabriel?

  47. fatgingergooner says:

    Dare I say Özil would be an advantage against 10 men! He knows how to find space and move defences around. We aren’t doing that.

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Even angrier than usual as broadband keeps going bush
    hardly seen anything

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    Just to remove the optional excuse that its tough to play against 10 men, I’d take Cech off 🙂

  50. Never mind Mr. Angry, you’re not missing much just loads of ineffective passing and virtually no goal threat. This has all the hallmarks of nil nil or even a one nil defeat to a late breakaway goal.

  51. fatgingergooner says:

    Oh Ox, just get your head up and Theo’s clean through!

  52. GoonerB says:

    Fgg disagree there. We dont need that subtle control in midfield now so would rather see ox with his drive in that position but then agree with giroud up top with theo moved to the right.

  53. GoonerB says:

    Santi on a yellow now so do it niw arsene not on the magic 65 mins.

  54. Own goal by Collocini!

  55. GoonerB says:

    And just as i hit post comment………yeeeeesss.

  56. GoonerB says:

    Would still do it now though..

  57. Newcastle fans are very hostile… I fear for Ant and Duck getting out of Tyneside unscathed ha ha

  58. fatgingergooner says:

    A winger stays wide and shock horror we have man over and score!

    Ox not great but he’ll do for me! Plus he’s in my dream team!

    Definitely keep Theo on now.

  59. We’re not making any attempt to get behind their defence, nor are we using the pace of Walcott and The Ox. We’re just playing around in front of their defenders.

  60. Need to bring Giroud on… keep Walcott on and take Cazorla off.

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Too much possession – I am getting worried

  62. Ollie on for Theo. Wrong move, why take off a winger when bringing on a centre-forward?

  63. GoonerB says:

    The season before last i thought theo to the right of ollie looked potent. So now we have moved it being either one or the other but not together? Not sure i quite get it. Theo can playas striker as well as to the right so why not just increase our goal threat against 10 men with both.

  64. The Ox limps off, Arteta on, now we have taken off both pace wingers.

  65. GoonerB says:

    For a manager with a reputation for such great attacking football he does make some weirdly negative decisions at times.

  66. GoonerB says:

    Was ox injured?

  67. He was limping a bit, but I didn’t see him get hurt.

  68. It may be three points but it only highlights our need for a somebody who can score a goal or three.

  69. Very disappointing…. we need a new striker.

  70. fatgingergooner says:

    That last play sums it up. Great flick to create a chance and a woeful attempt at a finish. Really concerned when I look at our forward options at the moment. Giroud and Walcott just don’t look dangerous.

    the 2 games we’ve won have been thanks to own goals.

  71. The Ox is jogging about on the pitch, he looks perfectly OK.

  72. GoonerB says:

    Tim Krul MOTM for me. I think the toon army will see things differently when they see all the incidents on MOTD.

    We moved the ball around really well and I will gladly take the 3 points but we didn’t look like the top side in England by not really taking them to the cleaners a bit more.

    Maybe I am being unfair and it should be more credit to McLaren in terms of how well his team were organised and the cliche always says it is difficult against 10 men.

  73. fatgingergooner says:

    Let’s hope Welbeck gets up to speed quickly as he looks a shoe-in at CF the way the other options are playing right now. Either that or go buy a striker.

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    Phew and stuff but we needed those points badly, so good day in the end

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Newcastle defended very well. Coloccini is a terrific player, as is Colbeck.

    We did enough. Once again a poor refereeing decision cost us a potential goal but other than that Marriner was very good.

    Ramsey had a fine game.
    Sanchez looks sharper.
    Our CB’s were never troubled
    Bellerin was very good
    3 points


    Lack of finishing
    Cazorla not reaching his very high standards
    Walcott. Very disappointing. The miss from the rebound was awful
    Ox. Trying too hard, he needs to relax

  76. fatgingergooner says:

    On the other side of the coin, I really liked the Paul Easter/Koscielny pairing and thought Easter made some great one on one tackles to steal the ball.

    As for Ramsey at 10, not convinced about his ability to pick the killer pass quick enough but could see him getting bags of goals from that position. Do you go for an Özil who can supply the passes but doesn’t score enough, or Ramsey who will score goals but maybe doesn’t release the ball at the right time consistently enough?

    Can sort of see why Wenger is playing Ramsey instead of Ox though as ball retention is important and Ox lost the ball a lot today.

  77. This is all Theo’s fault, he may think he should be played through the middle but if he was any good at it he’d be better than he is by now!!!!!!!

    Someone should show him footage of when he used to be flying on the right, overlapping with Sagna (Bellerin would be just as good) and scoring fabulous goals across the face of goal from tight angles!!!!!!!!!

    It’s enough time wasted now, he should be creating chances aswell as scoring goals, not messing around in the middle of the pitch where he’s no use to anyone.

    Come on AW sort it out please.

  78. stevepalmer1 says:

    We could have the best centre forward in the world but if you cannot get a ball to him he will never score, Granted Theo had two good chances, but he is no great centre forward. Boring boring in fact i missed the last ten minutes cause i fell asleep. Will now watch City and i bet i wont fall asleep,

    Although we have won, and of course i am pleased with the 3 points , Arsene’s pretty on the eye football is doing my nut in, is it just me or are you guys ok with it.

  79. He had a chance on a plate that he couldn’t score from 😦

  80. Thank you for the pre-match Raddy 🙂

  81. RA says:

    Peaches 😀

    I have just watched Ian Wright and Andy Cole being asked if Theo will ever be a CF — guess what they said? 🙂

  82. Giroud wasn’t on the pitch for long, but still had time to cock up three good scoring chances. We need better!

  83. RA says:

    The fact is that Giro is like a 2D man and we need a 3D CF who has pace and skill, as well as being big.

    Unless Arsene can find a ‘professional’ centre forward we will be fighting for an also-ran place in the Premiership. I would hate that. 😦

  84. fatgingergooner says:

    The way I see it we have a strike force that 15 teams in the league would be happy to call their own, but the other 4 teams don’t really need to worry about when we play them.

    Walcott may well be a striker, but not in a formation with 1 up front. I would rather Welbeck start over Walcott in the CF position. There is an opening for someone to grab the RW position and Theo AND Wenger should just concentrate on getting that sorted.

    If we seriously want to win the league then Giroud and Walcott aren’t good enough. How good they are is arguable, but ultimately irrelevant if they aren’t enough to win us the PL.

  85. RA says:

    The positive I got from the game was some wonderful possession play in a game we could have won by 5 goals.

    The negative is that great possession football is not enough on its own – and we only won by one goal.

    Next game we could win by 5 or lose by 1 – that’s not the way champions are made.

  86. Redders, “we only won by one goal” but we didn’t score it.

  87. No clean sheet for Liverpuddle today, two down to The ‘Appy ‘Ammers.

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Given our home loss to WHU and L’pool 0-0, it comes as no surprise that WHU are 2 up after 29 mins at Anfield. Or does it?

  89. wally says:

    Similar sentiments on Ramsey in the hole slows us down, maybe because it’s new for him. Right now he’s a goal scorer, not a provider. The providers are Santi and Oz.

    Sanchez had a rather mediocre game i thot.

    That was a lot of possession with little effect. This team is still looking to find it’s identity.

    And points are points, i’ll take them and whinge a little.

  90. RA says:


    A wonder goal to win one nil, or a dribbley little deflected goal to win one nil – the history books will still say ……..

    The stone wall penalty we should have had today will still not rate a mention – anymore than the perfectly good goal disallowed for off-side last Monday will – that’s football.

    Still, it was good of you to mention it in case I had not noticed! 😀

  91. GunnerN5 says:

    Norfolk – In your words Giroud cocked up 3 chances. My thoughts are that he is aware enough and skilled enough to get himself into those positions whereas Theo was all at sea and fluffed the best chance of the first half.

    I feel that Giroud is our best option but we still (as many other teams) still require a clinical striker.

    My biggest concern is that we make every team’s defense look to be impregnable..

  92. GN5, not much good getting in position if you can’t convert the chance into a goal. Doesn’t matter whether your name is Walcott or Giroud.

  93. RA says:


    I was listening to Phil – ‘I am a one eyed Pool Man’ – Thompson trying to re-tell history on Sky today.

    He claimed that ‘Pool were a quantum leap better than Arsenal last Monday – and that was partial accurate as we were dire in the 1st half – and he forgot to mention that we were the only side to actually score [OK disallowed].

    Perhaps we could have given away 2 or 3 goals in that first half – except we didn’t, did we, as one of our team made 2 world class saves – doesn’t our goalies performance count?.

    And in the 2nd half, dire as we were, we trounced them and should have scored 2 0r 3 ourselves – but, again, we did not have the CF to finish off our approach play.

    The man gets under my skin with his ridiculous refusal to admit the ‘Pool were as bad as we were, but instead chooses to claim they were fantastic — my ass they were.

  94. RA says:

    I could not be assed to argue who is the better striker between Theo and Giro and rather think outside the box at possible alternatives [as I am sure Arsene does too] and not at the underachievers already within the squad, neither of whom are cutting edge performers.

    Sell them both – and put the money towards buying Pogba – and promote Welbeck and Akpom to lead the line – they cannot be any worse – can they? 🙂

    I would like both of our lads to do well – but wishful thinking does not win Championships.

  95. On the Ozil situation, it’s strange that the manager made no mention of his slight knee injury during Friday’s press conference. So when did he pick up the injury?

    Could it be that he’s part of a deal to sign the much needed striker?

  96. RA says:

    There was a rumour not long ago, NG, that he wanted to go to Besiktas [or another Turkish club] as he has cultural links there.

    Maybe he is off?

  97. Redders, it’s impossible to compare them, one is a bog standard No. 9, the other isn’t. Neither are going to win us the Premiership.

  98. Palace one up against the Chavs.

  99. RA says:

    Agree, Norfolkian. 🙂

    Of course, if Arsene cannot find a suitable alternative — then bot Theo and Giro will revert to being superb specimens of Arsenal CF artistry!! 😀

  100. LB says:

    Stones to Chelsea

    Walcott to Everton

    Benzema to Arsenal

  101. chas says:

    Cmon chaps, Giroud and Walnutt will get us plenty enough goals over the season to win us the League.
    Four games in – pffffft – short-termist viewpoints. 🙂

  102. LB,

    yer ‘aving a part!




  103. LB says:

    Theo must be so frustrated at having to watch from the bench those golden chances falling to Giroud’s right foot.

    I mean Theo waits all game and then three arrive for Ollie.

  104. LB says:

    Looks like you spluttered as you were writing that Norfolk


  105. Liverpuddle nil Hammers 3

    You’ve gotta larf!

  106. And the Chavs lose one two to Palace. Ha ha ha ha.

  107. LB says:

    I thought the idea of starting Walcott against Newcastle was spot on, the Bar Codes don’t know how to park the bus, never have, the only way of playing they know is to attack, this always leaves loads of space for players like Theo. In a way Newcastle going down to 10 men was probably the worse thing that could happen because they couldn’t come forward as much as they would have liked and Theo got hemmed in and was less effective.

  108. Gööner In Exile says:

    Maureen best manager in the world ……… Lol 😀

  109. RA says:


    Are you doing a ‘Man At The Match’ report tomorrow?

    Always a different perspective from fans actually at the game than us armchair bound reprobates! 😀

  110. chas says:



  111. chas says:


  112. RA says:



  113. Big Raddy says:

    Can anyone explain why so many teams are losing at home this season or why so many teams are winning away?

  114. RA says:

    Not to worry – CharyB (where’s he lately?) usually does a ‘Man At The Match’ report for the 7 a.m. Blog

    When he isn’t looking I will pinch a copy and stick it on here.

    Serves him right for not being here to entertain us. 😀

  115. chas says:

    Chary doesn’t go away much, so you might be disappointed.

  116. RA says:

    I think I might be able to help, Raddy.

    (1) A lot of teams are losing at home this season (so far) because a lot of other teams are winning away.

    (2) A lot of teams are winning away this season (so far) because a lot of other teams are losing at home.

    There has to be something in the water. 😀

  117. chas says:

    I’m sure you armchair bods saw far more than us from the eagle’s eyrie anyway.

  118. chas says:

    Too many over-expectant nobheads at home. 🙂

  119. chas says:

    Maybe that’s just Arsenal.

  120. GunnerN5 says:

    Strange as it seems when one team has an away win another team has a home loss ———- (LOL)

  121. Gööner In Exile says:

    Serious answer to your question Raddy.

    Teams adopting counter attacking football, don’t seem to be able to play that way at home as well as when they are away.

    Take West Ham two away wins Emirates and Anfield. We will play our style week in week out, Dippers on the other hand will play counter attacking away, whilst attacking in more numbers at home and leaving themselves open to the counter attack.

    The home fans will not allow the team to sit back as much as the away fans will.

    I wonder whether Liverpools back 4 (especially shiny new toy Clyne) will get as much of a grilling as ours? Or whether their holding midfielder Milner will get as much stick as Santi.

    Chavs losing at home in Maureen’s 100th home game is funny and continues Maureen’s problem against teams where the manager surname begins with P.

    Their shiny new Pedro shaped toy couldn’t make up for their rusty right back and failing centre halves……people moan about Paul Easter and Chambers as back up, on what I’ve seen I’d prefer Paul Easter to Zouma.

  122. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I am sure you are right but I prefer RA’s 5.37 answer 🙂

  123. Big Raddy says:

    And I wonder if Merino will be telling his players that their title challenge is over because the media would certainly be saying that to AW had we lost today

  124. LB says:

    Definitely Paul Easter over Zouma; he’s looking good our Brazilian.

  125. RockyLives says:

    Well I thought we played pretty well, apart from the finishing.

    If Theo scores his tap-in (how did he miss?) and the ref gives the 100% penalty on Bellerin, we’re 2-0 up before half time.

    It’s taking time for the pieces to settle into place but we’ll be fine. The same squad scored plenty of goals in our excellent run in the second half of last season.

    We missed Ozil today. I hope he’s not in an envelope in the “Out” tray.

    Great prematch BR.

  126. Aaron says:

    Arsenal looked good while each team was at full strength. When Newcastle went down to 10 men, and started sitting so deep it became very difficult to try and break them down. Anyone who says it is easy to do this is out of their mind or has never really played at a decent level of futbol. Theo becomes worthless in this capacity, he does not have the ability to run at defenders like Sanchez, Ox or Hazard. You need speed or quickness and close dribbling skills to go 1 on 1, and Theo does not have that. He also missed a sure goal from about 5 feet which would have sealed the game. When Giroud came on it is plain to see how much better the passing was upfront. There were some very beautiful passes through the lines that became crosses and hard shots that were blocked! It should be noted that Mert passes so well, and has a great knowledge and reading of the game- you don’t get 100+ caps playing for the national team if you are not. That is why the Mert and Kos relationship works so well with Bellerin and Monreal on the flanks, tough to score against.
    Will take the 3 points and scoring will come, especially when we get back to full strength and Wellback and Wilshire come back.

  127. RA says:

    Hi Rocket, 🙂

    Your comment pretty much sums up my take on the game too.

    And it is undeniably true that if our ‘good’ goal had not been wrongly ruled out for off-side against ‘Pool we would be in second place-ish on 9 points and having a terrible start to the season, instead of having an even more terrible start on a miserable 7 points. 🙂

    One could ask ‘what’s the point? 🙂

    The Spuds by contrast are having a wonderful start to the season with 3 points. 🙂

  128. Gööner In Exile says:

    Arsenal Away 74% possession 22 shots 1 goal win
    Chelsea Home 64% possession 26 shots 1 goal lose
    Dippers Home 63% possession 13 shots 0 goal lose
    City Home 60% possession 18 shots 2 goals win
    Spuds Home 50% possession 20 shots 0 goal draw

    So what do you reckon? Away from home bossing possession and shots stats and taking the win, I’d take that every week thank you very much.

    To win the league we have to match City’s results from now on in and beat them twice…..the league is still on my friends.

    If you’d had told me we’d be three points ahead of Chavs after 4 games having lost and drawn I’d have laughed all the way to the bookies to bet against it. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

  129. chas says:

    Anyone reckon this looks like Michael Palin and John Cleese?

  130. Big Raddy says:

    chas 7.37 And Jude Law

  131. Anyone want to write a little something for tomorrow’s post?

  132. Rasp says:

    Top PM BR, I’m 54.5% confident 🙂

    It will be interesting to see Kozzer and Gabriel together at CB – I wonder which will play the Merts role?

    I hate early kick offs, we seldom do well, but today I think we’re going to get on the road to rediscovering our form.

  133. Rasp – you must have sent that comment hours ago, has it been hiding under a Hertfordshire cloud 😃

  134. Gööner In Exile says:

    Mclarens comments:

    “It was a harsh red card. It was more clumsy and he stood on his foot. I just felt early on there were too many yellows and it was a rod for the referee’s back.”

    I was watching the game on stats as I had the joy of entertaining family for H’s 1st birthday.

    Anyway at half time the foul count was 9-1 and the booking count was 4 plus a red to Toon.

    And all I thought was “about ruddy time”, why did Mackaren think too many yellows? Because it meant his players couldn’t persist with fouling. Some will argue that the tackles were not all worthy of yellows but I think the fouls we suffer from most are not always the brutal challenges but the little tug backs and momentum stoppers, deliberate fouls with no intent of playing the ball. These nearly always seem to go unpunished until after the hour mark and it drives me insane. It’s like the refs give some kind of dispensation while the game is level and in its early stages.

  135. mickydidit89 says:

    23 minutes staring at the heat maps so far.


  136. chas says:

    Left hand heat map is obviously a chicken and the right hand one a map of the US.

  137. mickydidit89 says:

    Let me clear up one or two things

    BR is Red Erik. One and the same bloke. I found a beer on holiday. Erik is a Viking and he’s a leftie I guess.

    The Fish Bet thing. I bet said Erik in Novemeber one poission that Mesut would not be an Arsenal player by start of this season. I lost but…..

  138. chas says:

    During the half-time crossbar challenge the stadium announcer advised the participants to watch their footing as the Arsenal players were having trouble standing up.

    Cheeky fecker trying to pass off their dirty play as us diving.

  139. mickydidit89 says:

    Nice vid 🙂

  140. chas says:

  141. mickydidit89 says:

    poission=poisson=fish 🙄

  142. chas says:

    Vikings were called ‘Red’ because of their flame coloured beards not because of their political leanings.
    Every last man jack of them are right wing nutters.

  143. mickydidit89 says:

    half “an” haircut
    Really annoys me people who know not when to use an
    I’m a grammar fascist like you-know-who Chas on this point only

    Anyway, back to that swivel eyed git Ozil (well, swivel eyed if he’s leaving, very talented visionary player if he’s staying)

  144. chas says:

    I think you ought to write a few match feelings to make up for your desertion of duty in absentia, 🙂

  145. chas says:

    half “an” haircut is what you get at Ian’s

  146. mickydidit89 says:

    I thought they were long blonde haired heavy metallers not jock/mick style red tops

  147. chas says:

    Should be
    ‘arf an ‘aircut


  148. mickydidit89 says:


  149. mickydidit89 says:


  150. LB says:

    Finally had time to read the pre-match.

    Superb read BR

    The title made me chuckle, right, thta’s it for me, work things to be done.

  151. mickydidit89 says:

    yes then no 🙂

  152. chas says:

    It’s about time GoonerB popped up with a football-related comment we can all ignore.

  153. mickydidit89 says:

    what time motd in the morning?

  154. chas says:

    Right I’m off to burn off some pies and ales. 🙂

  155. mickydidit89 says:

    Yeah, agree
    “Hey GB, do you think the second half tactical switch worked?”

  156. chas says:

    Click ‘Watch from start’

  157. mickydidit89 says:

    You go salon and mirrors
    I’ll go kitchen and full english

  158. Good morning ladies… how many are disappointed with yesterdays game despite getting the three points?

    I have a match summary (well sort of) over on GunnersoreArse if anyone interested:

  159. The Cockie Monster says:

  160. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky. You whistle-blower, publishing my alter-ego 😦 Thankfully Mrs. R. is rustling up a full English to assuage my disappointment

    NB. Will get over there and have a quick read….

  161. The Cockie Monster says:

    Surely this is the only beverage Ant `n` Duck should be drinking !………………you know it makes sense !

  162. The Cockie Monster says:

    Chas`s fridge full of healthy diet foods !.

  163. The Cockie Monster says:

    Maybe Raddy can translate !.

  164. Big Raddy says:

    Cockie. I have a couple of those beers in the fridge! Expensive though – €5 a bottle – and it is dark beer which is not my chosen tipple

  165. GoonerB says:

    Wow, batman, the fish, mini Ozil, the Vikings, the fit birds, and the beer were all great. Not venturing into you know what so ignoring me should not be an option.

  166. The Cockie Monster says:

    Well you know what to do, Rads !………………just empty the contents and fill the classy bottle with something more to your liking !. 😀

  167. The Cockie Monster says:

    Anything Raddy likes will from now on be known as……………..The Viking Liking !.

  168. Big Raddy says:

    Morning GB. (proof you are no ignored!)

  169. One nil to The Arsenal, playing away from home against a committed side in front of a rejuvenated Toon Army. Clean sheet, no apparent injuries and three points. We can’t complain…. can we?

    It would seem to me that despite signing some very good players who have been together for some time now we have learnt nothing from the preceding ten seasons.

    Teams have been parking the bus home and away for all of that time and we still haven’t found away to combat the tactic.

    Yesterday was a case in point. A surfeit of pretty passing, plenty of movement, a huge percentage of possession but no penetration. Despite playing with pace on both flanks, Alexis and The Ox, backed up by Monreal and Bellerin, we hardly ever got behind the defence, Nacho on a couple of occasions managed it but neither of the two on the other side even tried, preferring instead to turn inside to the already crowded central area.

    We played our football in front of a packed defence yet again.

    On the occasions when we actually created goal scoring opportunities both our strikers, Walcott and later Giroud, fluffed their lines. Sadly not an unusual occurrence so far this season.

    Wenger often surprises us, yesterday he puzzled me, his substitutions were totally perplexing. Firstly he brought on Giroud in place of Walcott, if you are going to introduce a traditional centre-forward why take off someone who could produce crosses for him. To further confound me, he then took off The Ox, another who might have provided a cross or two, to replace him with Arteta a defensive mid-fielder when we had nothing to defend against. Might it have been an idea to bring on Joel Campbell instead? He may have presented a different option in attack.

    I can only suppose that Wenger decided that the three points were far too valuable to risk, even against the almost total absence of any threat whatsoever from the Newcastle attack.

    It has to be said that from the moment Newcastle were reduced to ten men and decided that they weren’t to be allowed to kick our players off the pitch, they parked the bus with admirable determination, they had obviously watched the numerous videos of other of our opponents in the past.

  170. GoonerB says:

    Happy to send over a few thoughts but I probably can’t get it there for an hour. Let me know as I am don’t want to start typing if someone else is already on the case

  171. The Cockie Monster says:

    Le Coq`s Tackle !.

  172. Rasp says:

    That’s a big ‘Yes please’ GoonerB 😀

  173. chas says:

    I disagree with nearly all of your 10:53. 🙂

    We had 22 shots, admittedly only 9 on target, but I doubt any other away team managed anywhere near as many.

    The substitutions were spot on. Our passing improved considerably with Giroud as a fulcrum and further with the introduction of Arteta for a tiring Ox.

    Oh yeah, and five of the Newcastle booking took place after the sending off, so at no point in the game did they decide they couldn’t kick us off the pitch, 🙂

  174. chas says:

    I really don’t understand this kind of negativity.
    Beyond my comprehension.

  175. Rasp says:

    The only negative I can see regarding yesterday’s game is that McClaren must have got his team fired up to be ‘physical’ against the Arsenal and specifically targeting Le Coq as the vital link between our midfield and defence.

    Luckily the ref was on his game and Le Coq is resilient, but 2 players getting their ankles stamped on (the one on Le Coq was deliberate IMO) in the first 10 minutes is a disgrace.

    I don’t think McClaren is a ‘good coach’ I think he is an overrated twat 🙂


    Top stuff Raddy

    Spot on Rasp. Mclaren is one of those despicable runts who plays the nice guy in front of the cameras but behind everyone’s back orders his players to break legs. Hes probably a Devil worshipper.

    Good three points. If those saps at Uefa had the courage to see out FFP we would be nailed on for the title. City are taking the piss, whilst all the others are rubbish.

  177. GoonerB says:

    Post sent

  178. Rasp says:

    Thanks 😆

    ….. New post ……

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