Arsenal show their class

First and foremost – excellent win 🙂

Second – what a scintillating first half – not only because of the goals and the chances and the fluid play but because for the first time in years (2004), I have seen a team of hungry players ready to fight from beginning to the end to get a result.

Third – Although it is hard to admit, Ramsey is proving to be our best player on the right flank despite the fact that he is even better in the centre of the pitch.

Fourth – Sanchez is back and Walcott is having a good time playing up front.

Fifth – When Coquelin and Cazorla step up their game defensively, our team just oozes confidence and flair.

Sixth – Ozil can be a real class act for us if he plays like yesterday day in day out.

Seventh – LVG got it all wrong tactially. I mean – why would he leave Schnederlin (his best DM) on the bench?

Eighth – Cech has again done us favours thanks to his saves 🙂

Ox and Giroud are good to come from the bench when we lead because they add steel and also Ox, when given space, is just outstanding.

Now – let us not get over excited and let us not talk about EPL title because we are far from being a consitantly good team…However, given the fact that City, Chelsea, Utd, Liverpool are struggling to keep form as well, this may be a good year to step up our game…

COYG!

Written by RC78

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289 Responses to Arsenal show their class

  1. LB says:

    Excellent summary RC78

  2. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha. very nice, RC. 🙂

    warm glow. when was the last time we had such an emphatic win over the ManUre?

    Was it 1998-99 3–0 at home (Adams 13′, Anelka 44′, Ljungberg 84′)

    Or, was it 2001-02. 3–1 at home (Ljungberg 48′, Henry 80′, 85′; Scholes 14′)

    I like the sight of Theo up front. But even more, I like the sight of Aexis and Ozil. But our MotM was Cech. IMO.

    Never to arly to talk about the PL title. When was the last time we were no 2 in the table with 8 matches played?

    COYG.

  3. ‘morning all,

    What a great feeling it was to wake up this morning and savor a win over a club that has been our Nemesis for most of the Premiership era.

    I said yesterday that I thought our first half display was the best I have ever seen a from an Arsenal side. It had everything and it was against that lot from the North West. Wonderful!!

    Listening to their manager, after the game, I was struck by his total bewilderment. Here was a well respected, and much lauded (not larded Redders) coach who had not a single clue as to what had gone wrong with his team. If he doesn’t know what the problem is, how can he put it right?

    Much the same can be said of Mourinho, his seven minute rambling diatribe blamed everyone, with special emphasis on the referee, except himself. Another bewildered manager who doesn’t know what the problem is.

    Liverpuddle have acted to sack their manager, Sunderland’s man has fallen on his sword, Is it time for Abramovic to bite the bullet and should the Glazers wield their axe and give the Dutchman the chop.

    In the meantime, Carry on up the Premiership Arsene. 😀

  4. Red Arnie says:

    Progress no doubt! Long may this continue. 🙂

  5. Oh, I forgot to thank RC78 for his excellent summation. Well done.

  6. Manthan says:

    Very good analysis RC78. I have noticed one thing this season, I am not sure if i am correct though.. It looks like arsene has asked ozil to play freely without tracking back much.. Coq and Santi does all dirty work and passes ball to ozil who in turns create opportunity for walcott and Alexis.. This is working wel..

  7. RA says:

    I liked your summary, Arsey, and they mirror my thoughts pretty accurately. 🙂

    As you know, I have always thought Theo was marvellous whereas Norfolk thought he was very iffy and …….. no, wait, I cannot say that anymore 🙂 ….. it was Norfolk who thought Theo was marvellous whereas I thought he was very iffy – but he was superb yesterday, getting stuck in, making chances and playing nicely with Sanchez – and they were lucky not to be arrested. 😀

  8. kelsey says:

    Well done RC78, must have been a joy to write.

    I think one has to mention how important that save from Cech was just before half time.3-1 and we may have possibly had a different second half.

    This United team is better than the one we lost to at Home last season, but when we click as a unit,we really are the most attractive side in the EPL to watch.Why can’t we be more consistent, if we were we really would challenge for the Title.

    Remember no Kos yesterday and would Wilshere even get into this team ?

    Baring a miracle we are out of the CL this season which maybe a good thing in the long run, but let’s wait and see.

    Chas will know this but wasn’t Ozil’s goal nearly a carbon copy of one he scored last season, and so was Sanchez’s second,which was similar to the goal he scored in the Cup Final.

    All in all a great game and a great day for all gooners.

  9. Merci beaucoup RC78, bien dit mon ami 🙂

    I really don’t think it’s too early to start thinking EPL title. The Chavs are practically out of the running, City have had a couple of hiccups and will have more, United had a big hiccup yesterday and will have more… Palace, West Ham and Leicester will drop of the pace, the Spuds will finish in their usual Thursday night slot…… which leaves the ARSENAL. We know we can beat City, we’ve now beat United. Just need to sort out this ‘consistency’ thingy and we’ll top the league by Christmas and then go on our usual second half of the season good run. Voila… c’est fait. 🙂

  10. RA says:

    Oh, honestly, Norfolk, having wanted to lard Theo and stick him in the oven like a turkey to be basted, you are now claiming that you only want to laud Arsene — is that anti-French? Hmmm?

    The next thing is the Camel Wormer will be on here trying to convince me that he has been misunderstood too – and that he is a Camel Warmer. Yuk!! 😀

  11. Hey Redders…. you can smoke Camels as well, they do in France 🙂

  12. So Redders, you have at last come clean. You have finally admitted that I was right all along, Theo is, and always has been, God’s chosen central striker.

    When I say you have come clean, I mean only in the sense of acknowledging the correctness of my earlier assertion, that doesn’t mean you no longer need to take your bi-monthly shower. 😀

  13. chas says:

    Thanks for the post, RC78.
    I love the Ramsey comment because some thought he was a bit iffy yesterday. Yes, I know Ramsey on the right doesn’t suit the tactical purists on here, but hey.

    Rasp, I saw that on the previous post you referenced something I’d said about extreme reactions to games and today (as last Wednesday was) are prime examples.

    We play poorly last Tuesday and the knives come out for the manager and some of the players.

    We play well against the mancs and some talk of titles (we’ve played 8 games, ffs, and are still 24 points away from avoiding relegation 🙂 ).
    Celebrate yesterday’s majestic performance, of course, but surely it’s healthier to retain some perspective?

    I know some (Micky 🙂 ) don’t like the common sense approach, so I’ll shut up now. 🙂

  14. chas says:

    I found this funny……

    This girl comes from San Francisco and her name is Chelsea.
    I think she gets some dog’s abuse when the lovely chav manager behaves in his characteristically vile manner simply because of her twitter handle @chelsea.

    Anyhow she’s obviously puzzled and put this tweet up on Saturday. 🙂

  15. chas says:

  16. Chas you’re right of course, after last Tuesday’s below par performance several of us expressed our disappointment and frustration by criticising both the manager and some players, I picked on Ramsey who I thought, and still think, had a poor game.

    Likewise I thought, and still think, Wenger got it wrong by selecting Ospina over Cech.

    Yesterday’s win and performance were brilliant, there were one or two things that on another occasion I would have been critical of but to do so today would be churlish. So I’ve held my peace.

    Too early to talk of winning the Premiership? Of course it is, but it’s also nice to dream.

  17. That poor girl should thank her lucky stars that her parents didn’t name her Spurs. 😀

  18. Chas

    It’s great to be able to dream of success. Artists and creators are dreamers. Pragmatists become accountants, or bankers or go into the armed forces. I’d rather be a dreamer, it keeps me sane and happy 🙂

  19. Soixante Neuf, happy? Certainly, sane? Hmmm. 😀

  20. Oh damn and blast my busy life, I’ve just found that Steve Palmer emailed a post for today about yesterday’s magnificent win.

    I’m so sorry Steve, maybe in future you could give us a heads up on the blog that you’re writing something.

  21. chas says:

    Dream about the title, for sure. 🙂

    I’m always reminded of the bit in Fever Pitch where we stuff Norwich 5-0 in the fifth to last game and some think the title’s wrapped up.
    A few games later and we’ve lost to Derby and only drawn with Wimbledon, both at home. The talk shifts to throwing the title away.

    Take each game as it comes and enjoy the journey, rather than always concentrating on the destination.

  22. ha ha NG…. my medication keeps me sane. And that’s not the prescribed type of medication 🙂

  23. chas says:

    Peach
    Steve did say at 9.29 this morning that he’d emailed something to Nuts, though that was probably too late for you to see it. 🙂

  24. 🙂 Sometimes it’s important to know the destination to be able to enjoy the journey. Like sex, the journey can be fantastic but it’s nice to know how it will end.

  25. chas says:

    Let’s face it, you’re only interested in the end, NB.

  26. Steve P has put his post in the comments on my blog, and it’s a very good read.

  27. ha ha Chas… impatience has sometimes been a weakness of mine. I have to battle with my inner demons…. I’m sure one day I will eventually be judged for my sins 🙂

  28. You’re gain is our loss NB, what’s the link again?

  29. chas says:

    NG
    Did you type “You’re” just to wind me up? 🙂

  30. chas says:

    NG
    Click on Northbank’s blue name to get to his blog.

  31. RA says:

    I told you that Chas is an authoritarian stickler for the correct/incorrect use of commas. 🙂

  32. After the unpleasant spat between two of AA’s regulars, I’d like to thank both Peaches and Rasp for the time and effort they put into making Arsenal Arsenal the excellent forum that it is.

    With very few exceptions we usually manage to rub along together, not always in total agreement but at least respecting the views and opinions of others and seldom resorting to abuse.

    Thanks again Peaches and Rasp, I for one am very grateful.

  33. ‘ear ‘ear NG. Well said. I hope GN5 and Herb can bury the hatchet and both come back on. They both have interesting viewpoints which would be a shame to lose.

  34. Wind you up Chas? As if I would. 😀

    I always enjoy your comments and you’re adept at putting up pictures and vids.

  35. chas says:

    RA
    I’ve been seething for days now about your use of Hippo’s Out the other day.
    Surely Hippo is a well-known enough shortening of Hippopotamus that it doesn’t require an apostrophe to denote the missing letters?

  36. chas says:

    ….when you pluralise it.

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks RC
    My kind of report and on a day of glittering good news
    Thanks also Steve who did a covert report

  38. chas says:

    RA
    I wasn’t going to say anything, but as you’ve come on here with the express purpose of teasing me again. Well.

  39. chas says:

    Should that be express or expressed – I’m confused now. 🙂

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Norfolk
    You may think we all rubber along well together
    Well speak for yourself matey, you don’t have to deal with the likes of Chas and big at the crack of dawn year in and year out

  41. chas says:

    ‘Glittering good news’ other than the football afterglow?
    Pray tell.

  42. chas says:

    hahahaaha – year in and year out

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Have we signed anyone yet

  44. chas says:

    Is that your ‘angle of attack’?

  45. GoonerB says:

    Wormer here, I hope your all still here in you’re resplendent glory. That message was to Chas et al. Your going to love it Chassy boy. You’re patients(ce) with wormers maybe(may be) sorely tested.

    Thanks for the impromptu post RC and thanks to Raddy yesterday as I ran out of time then. Will be back later to comment more but just to say…that Walcott, he’s sh-t isent(n’t) he? 🙂

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    On a less serious note I was staggered how easily we snuck past Schweinsteiger and Carrick

  47. chas says:

  48. Thanks Chas, I’ve just been over for a butcher’s.

    Micky, I sometimes sneak in for an early morning look, I know what you mean. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.

  49. chas says:

  50. Red Arnie says:

    Peaches. Maybe we can celebrate this historic win for two days. with a Stevie Angler post tomorrow? I will enjoy that. 🙂

  51. chas says:

    Flippin ‘eck, even the wormer is taking the p*ss.

  52. Red Arnie says:

    yes, shit, shitter and shittest. Just about! 😛

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Angle of attack remains the same

    Should have signed Martial

    Purists play 2-3-5 so the need for forward manpower is greater than for more defensively sound teams 😀

  54. chas says:

    kelsey

    Somebody compared the Sanchez 2nd goal with a different goal than you did – Liverpool last season. 🙂

  55. Red Arnie says:

    Martial?

    Nay, then we would have played like ManUre did yesterday. On teh flip side, we would have spent some fecking money, which is good! 🙂

  56. chas says:

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  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Exactly Armie 😀

    I know LB said our BFG had him in his pocket but very unfair given the enormously gigantic German shorts

    I think Martial is going to prove a bargain from the little I’ve seen

    His price only rises to billion if he wins Utd the World Cup by which time he’ll be worth a zillion anyway

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Getting good on my mobile aren’t I
    Silver clouds and shit

  61. chas says:

  62. chas says:

    My eyes are too old and fingers too fat to use the mobile with any success.

  63. chas says:

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  65. chas says:

    Right, I’m going to stop posting all this twitter shite on here now.
    You can all come out now. 🙂

  66. Gööner In Exile says:

    “The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support. As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.”

    But we won’t be investing more in the squad and if Jose is as good as he tells us he is we will be in top 4 by Christmas, if not then he may not have our support anymore.

    I reckon they really won’t want to see Klopp or Ancelotti turning up at Dippers as they will have an even smaller pool of managers to choose from….they’ve only tried the newcomer route once (AVB) and the fans didn’t approve, but there are not many managers in the Ancelotti, Klopp, Guardiola bracket available.

  67. RA says:

    Arnie @ 1:37

    I am amazed Sir Chas has let you off the hook;

    It would pr’b’bly be; Sh*t, sh*tier, sh*tiest — quick think of an excuse before our man sees it! 😀

  68. davespagnol says:

    Maureen has always been an impact manager. After a couple of seasons, he can’t sustain it.

  69. Gööner In Exile says:

    “After which there were plenty more moments of sugar from Özil. On 35 minutes he did something only semi-possible, pulling a high pass out of the air by backing into Carrick and simultaneously allowing the ball to run down his shin on tot his toe where it briefly stuck dead still, like an orange impaled on a skewer.”

    This is Barney Ronays description of the Ozil touch in Chas’s video, good article if you get the chance to read it.

  70. Gööner In Exile says:

    I did post s long comment about sticks and carrots and when to use them for maximum affect but then battery ran out.

    For me after a defeat in team games like our beautiful one it is not the time to be wading in with a stick, teams split, individuals get singled out and the fall out is often horrific. But after a comfortable win is really the time to fix what’s broken, shame we now have an interlull but I will ask the question….only 3-0?

    I must admit after seeing us take the lead so early and listening to the last 10-15 minutes of first half radio commentary I was looking forward to hearing goals 4 to 6 at least go in in the second half, obviously this didn’t materialise but I want to know why, should we have been that worried about letting a 3 goal lead slip or should we have continued on the front foot? I think we are better when playing forward than trying to soak it up, I don’t think Cech would have had half as much to do if we had, we allowed them to sneak out only conceding 3.

    I’m not sure who to blame for that, did the players decide to put the handbrake on, was it under instruction, clearly the players wanted a clean sheet, but I would have preferred 6-1 to 3-0. But I’m just that kind of guy. 🙂

  71. RA says:

    Chas,

    I hope you twitted back and told him the use of ‘literally’, @ 2 p.m., in that context is entirely redundant! 😀

    And I will not sally forth to make any other comment on punctuation, innit.

  72. RA says:

    GIE,

    The manager and the team were obviously pretty put out by the constant sniping at their mentality in being unable to defend.

    A fantastic attacking show in the first half, was equalled in my opinion by an equally splendid defensive display in the second half.

    Loved it. [Nothing to see – no blame there – just keep moving on.] 😀

  73. GiE – we owned the first half and possibly could have gone to the break five or six up, not that I’m complaining 3-0 was pretty bloody exciting. The Manks clearly came out in the second half with more purpose and aggression and maybe we should gave scored a couple more but the fact that they didn’t score was enough fun.

    Fellaini came on for the second half and was a complete git and should have had a couple of yellows but by then the ref must’ve felt sorry for the manks.

  74. RC78 says:

    Fellow Gunners – I should have done it earlier but I have been busy catching up with work and sleep…just to let you know I welcomed my first child into this world, 2 weeks – her name is Arya and both Mother and child are doing well. Another Gunner joining us 🙂

  75. RA says:

    Afore I go, Sir Chas, the use of Hippo’s Out, whenever the hell I wrote it, might have meant : ‘Hippo is Out’ which could mean more than one thing – and had nothing to with Mickish telling me that all hippy hippoes are ….. a little fey when confronted at the Breakfast Club sorority with your combined dawn whimsy–[or is that fraternity? — no, let’s stick with sorority]. 😀

  76. RA says:

    Fantastic, RC, and congratulations to you and especially Mrs RC. 😀

    Send a photo, when available, to Rasp/Peaches at Arsenal Nuts to be included with the other AA babes above!! 😀

  77. Gööner In Exile says:

    Congratulations RC78…..I think….yeah no in the main children are great 🙂

  78. RC78 says:

    thanks RA 🙂 will do so 🙂

  79. RC78 says:

    GiE – thanks

  80. Red Arnie says:

    Well done, RC. Congrats to Mrs and yourself. 🙂 We need some photo upgrades in the AA nursery. 🙂

  81. Red Arnie says:

    Redders. Nothing escapes your notice, does it! 😆

    Chas: no complaints about the twatter s*it! as Redders would put it! 🙂

    Micky. Just a smiley this time. 🙂

  82. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all, RC78 thank you for your post mate, and many congratulations in increasing the Gooner population, best wishes for Arya and Mum.and of course your goodself, 🙂 🙂 🙂

  83. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Fantastic 78. Not your post. Zero marks for saying we shouldn’t get excited, rather the addition of a new born gooner. I wish you and your family well.

    Of course, you will now develop puffy baggy eyes and soon realise you are now relegated to 2nd place in your wife’s affections, but after a while you will learn to enjoy and embrace the ecstatic feeling of the desolate.

    I reckon we will win the title. The key is to get results against shit defensive sides away from home. The likes of Stoke, Saints, Totnumb etc.. Do that, and we will, then were Champions.

  84. RC78 says:

    thanks to all for your words and Terry you are so correct about the puffy eyes and being nr. 2 :-p

    As for the key being good away, this is crucial. In the end – this year, the champion will have around 80 points and you need to hence inflict some pain to some teams when we are playing away…Now – I would be well happy to also get good results against the big teams home and away… COYG

  85. Big Raddy says:

    RC78. Great news, congratulations to both you and Mrs 78

  86. Congratulations to you and ‘er indoors RC, there’s always room for another Goonerette.

    GiE, we had three or four good scoring chances in the 2nd. half, had we put a couple of those away the humiliation would have been complete. I was happy to settle for the three.

  87. Well done Daddy RC…… somethings working then 😀

  88. GoonerB says:

    Congratulations RC on your mini Gallic addition. Is her full name “Arya Thierry Adams RC78” by any chance?

    On this performance, that is the one that has been in there waiting to burst out. Now we know we are capable of that level of football and I really think in the EPL that only Citeh can also play like that. That is probably the level of football that Bayern, Barca and Munich play 80% of the time so the key is to make that type of football the norm rather than the exception if we want to enter that exulted company.

    Despite not scoring I think it was Walcott’s best game for us in terms of his all round input for the team, and if he continues like that he will not only score a hatful of goals as well but could also give pause for thought as to which strikers out there are actually better than him.

    I felt our attack needed a striker that could be a catalyst to the other players in the attack, the player that brings the best out of them. Maybe Theo can be that. He probably has till January to show us he can do this regularly rather than every now and then.

    Could someone explain the Piers Morgan clip…me no understand…

  89. GoonerB says:

    I am kind of half way between GIE and R.A in that I, like GIE, thought we could have punished them more but was also happy that we could put in a professional defensive performance in the second half. In fact it was more not taking the 3-4 other good chances that came our way (as oppose to not creating any) that was at fault, and I thought we played it perfectly in basically saying to Utd “ok you have the ball then at 3-0 down, what are you going to do about it?”.

    We still counter-attacked very well from a hard to break down organised base which is how I think you should play when you are 3-0 up on another big team. Micky of course would disagree and at the 25 minute mark at 3-0 would have gone to 2 at the back, with one of those 2 being Santi to dribble the ball out from defence 🙂

  90. Gööner In Exile says:

    Just watched the second goal again, it reminded me of aCesc goal where he shows Tho where to put it (probably the only place he could put it) to enable him to score, watch Ozil set himself for the finish before Theo passes and points exactly where he wants it to enable the seemingly easy finish.

    Anyone got a vid of Santis head control over Schweinstiger before the volley?

  91. Gööner In Exile says:

    GoonerB that question is about our trip to Copenhagen and the Mirror (when he was editor) splashing a lot of photos of Arsenal fans allegedly inciting and partaking in a riot, the fans have been banned by Arsenal ever since and I believe some of them lost jobs despite no charges ever being raised and from memory being totally innocent. Although this is a man unlikely to show regret as he also published fake pictures of British troops urinating on captives in the second Gulf War because “everyone knew it was going on”

  92. Gööner In Exile says:

    Apart from him being an idiot fan that is probably reason enough to hate him for any Arsenal fan:

    “So why the hate and despise from Arsenal fans? You have to go back to when Piers was Editor at The Daily Mirror and he was responsible for printing false reports which resulted in 37 Arsenal fans being branded football hooligans and thugs after the trouble between Arsenal and Galatasaray fans in Copenhagen. Resulting in some losing their jobs(later re-instated through work tribunals) and all were to have their season tickets taken from them.

    The actual truth of this incident was the majority of those supporters, who were just ordinary football supporters, just happened to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and as the trouble and fighting erupted these people ended up protecting their families from the trouble.”

  93. stevepalmer1 says:

    I have to say how disappointed i am in the newspapers today, I really don’t think they wanted to report this match, Billed the biggest game of the weekend, and how lucky United were to have a sacking breaking news after being destroyed in London. Pundits jumped on the band wagon and changed the subject.

    Not of course a problem for Arsenal, as we know United and their fans went home humiliated with a shell shocked Manager.

  94. Rasp says:

    Congratulations RC, which game were you celebrating at the time? 😆

  95. Big Raddy says:

    It amazes me how Morgan gets work. He contributes nothing, never has, never will.

    Much of the intrusive and illegal Gutterpress is down to the disgraceful journalism which developed whilst he was at the helm.

    He should be pilloried.

  96. Gööner In Exile says:

    According to wiki he did actually apologise in 2012, only 12 years late then.

    I have oft repeated this on these pages but I listen to a radio show called “I’m sorry I haven’t a clue” they are given fairly silly things to do one is the Uxbridge English Dictionary, so they have to come up with new meanings for words, for example

    Adultery…..what happens after puberty
    Extractor fan ….. One who used to like tractors
    Handicap…..a very useful hat

    Stephen Fry once uttered the great line:

    Countryside…..to kill Piers Morgan

    And I couldn’t agree more 😀

    This is my just created Arsenal themed one:

    Theodolite ….. A tool for measuring the effectiveness of a striker

  97. Red Arnie says:

    Agreed, Steve. I went to the newsagents this morning with the intention of buying up all the newspapers I could lay my hands on. I left emptyhanded, not because there were no newspapers, but because ….. 😦

  98. Red Arnie says:

    Agreed about front bottom Morgan as well. Nothing to add!

  99. kelsey says:

    RC78 congratulations to you both.I am not sure if the Arsenal fanbase goes up when we are playing well or playing not so good.NB69 would know.

  100. RA says:

    Exile talking about the meaning of words etc, how about this?? 🙂

    — To go out shopping and return home empty handed is now described as ‘to Wenger’ .

    The Oxford English Dictionary said ‘Wengering’ is a tendency found in stubborn, parsimonious middle aged men who cannot handle the concept of inflation.

    Examples of ‘Wengering’ include: “I went to Marks And Spencer under orders to buy some new socks. But they didn’t have any like the last ones I bought in 1976, so I Wengered, came home and asked my wife to darn old my old pairs instead.”

    Or there is: “My toilet had sprung a leak but the plumber I called was charging £50 an hour. So I Wengered – I had my son try to fix it instead, as part of my youth policy. The toilet flooded the bathroom but the important thing is, I stuck to my philosophy.”

    Or alternatively: “I am a multi-millionaire whose children desperately need new bikes for Christmas. But I went to Halfords only to Wenger when I saw the prices.

    “Imagine the faces of my children when they open their presents on Christmas day, to find their old bikes patched up with sellotape. I will explain to them that now they are mended they are the same as new bikes.

    “In any case, they will be more than adequate for the brief trip we are making to Europe this year.”

    That is wicked!! 🙂

  101. Red Arnie says:

    Bravo, Redders. 🙂

    I went to the newsagents this morning to buy newspapers for my “Arsenal’s famous victories” collection, but found myself Wengered. 🙂

    Nothing worth buying, no matter what the damages! 🙂

  102. Ant says:

    Love these guys!

  103. fatgingergooner says:

    Doesn’t the last week of football just perfectly sum up the highs and lows of being an Arsenal supporter!?

    At our club, more than most, the ups and downs are at times vomit inducing! As a group of fans we let ourselves be drawn in to the rollercoaster ride that is often painted for us by the British media.

    After the CL horror show many of us were questioning the direction of the team and whether the manager was the right man for the job. Fast forward a few days and 20 minutes into a game against one of our fiercest rivals, and the whole team are heroes and the manager is the best there ever was, best there ever is, and best there ever will be! Within days the team have gone from CL flops to PL champions.

    The reality though is we are neither of those things. We are currently 2nd in the PL with as much chance as anyone else of claiming the title come May, although history suggests we will come up short due to us being light in a couple of key areas. In the CL we are in trouble but still have a chance to progress.

    For the next 2 weeks though, reality doesn’t matter, as we have just absolutely smashed Man United at home and we have the beautiful lull of an International break to rejoice in the warm glow of a stunning Arsenal performance.

    So I say f**k the truth, crack open the champagne, and enjoy the fact you are a football supporter who gets carried away with the emotion of your teams results. We all know a devastating defeat is always lurking somewhere around the corner, but for the next 2 weeks, it’s party time!!!!

    COYG!!!

  104. Red Arnie says:

    Ant. 🙂

  105. stevepalmer1 says:

    How true is that comment Ginge, I believe whatever happens throughout this season, will not ever take this memory away.

    We know that this may not be the best united team we have ever faced, but in all fairness our team could be improved on. But the team we faced up with yesterday were the league leaders, and we made them look like lower league opposition.

    There is of course a long time left in the season, and there are many teams performing better than they have for years. There seems to be no team who look head and shoulders better than anyone else, so it looks as though any team could pull clear and show a clean pair of heels.

    Many will say that this is a good time to win the league, but make no mistake this is still going to be a fight to the finish. I would imagine that the winter window could be the difference between winning and losing, For the teams in touch at the run in, a signing or two may just give them the edge, hopefully we will be one of the leaders, and there may just be one or two who can make us better.

    Some of the clubs have stated that they are finished buying for this season and their managers will have to steer their players to the end with what they have. Ourselves have only purchased a goal keeper so a signing could be a possibility. Will we spend at Christmas depends on our position, if we are up there yes he may, if not who knows.

  106. Gööner In Exile says:

    Haha…huge thanks to JC, Ants and Chas for keeping G amused, jumping the walking stick, limboing the walking stick….JC has a lot of uses 🙂

  107. fatgingergooner says:

    Steve,

    It’s important then that a team gets their noses in front at the top of the league and puts pressure on the rest. We have 6 games coming up that are all possible victories so heading into them on the back of that performance is perfect. We just need to make sure we don’t let the CL become a dampener on our season.

  108. Gööner In Exile says:

    Have just read the full Maureen transcript on Sky Sports its down the bottom of the page that Rasp linked to.

    Makes me laugh how he doesn’t appear to understand that saying “I think it was a penalty and the ref got it wrong” and “he didn’t give us a penalty because refs are against us” are two entirely different statements he has been saying for weeks that he can’t say what he thinks because he’d get punished, well I suppose if that’s what he is thinking he would have been and has been.

    I’m sure Arsene’s Costa comments will be brought up when Maureen talks about it in the future, maybe our elder statesman has got his mind games mojo back. Or maybe Maureen is that deluded, either way it’s hilarious.

  109. stevepalmer1 says:

    I reckon we should almost forget CL for this season Ginge, although not something i say normally, but the two games we have had should really have been won. I feel that Champions league at the moment is a bit beyond our grasp; Capital one and FA cup are good possibilities, with a good shot at the League.

    I honestly feel that our Champions league start was abysmal, our squad needs bolstering and we are really short of quality players to go for them all.

    I feel we should make an honest fight for trophies that other teams may field weaker teams in. I feel that the draws in these competition will be important, the better the team the more chance we have of going through, lesser clubs will go full strength.

    Top four will still be our goal, and with consistency, a good chance to win.

  110. chas says:

  111. stevepalmer1 says:

    Mourinho stated, that should they fine him then that’s up to them. Obviously the fines they dish out are not heavy enough, perhaps a points deduction would make him a little more careful.

    He seems like a manager who is out of idea’s, Just lately he seems like he is self destructing, and it is felt right through the club, He seems to be insistent in upsetting Medical staff his players and the FA . When a Manager keeps bringing up how other Managers keep their jobs, while others are judged on results, could be his undoing, I said at the start of the season that Mourinho would be lucky to see the season out. But he certainly must be testing Abramovitch’s patience.

  112. stevepalmer1 says:

    Thats my lot, night all. Nte GN5 🙂

  113. fatgingergooner says:

    Mourinho is the most egotistical prick I have ever seen or heard in my life.

    “It makes me understand how big a guy I am,” he added. “I am not afraid. I’m not crying, I’m not desperate. It makes me realise how big I was, how big I am.

    “When you win and you win titles and you are champion, life is easy. It’s easy to be proud. It’s easy to be what you are. In this moment it’s not so easy and my feelings – I’m so unhappy with the sport feeling of defeat but I am so happy with myself with the way I am facing this.”

    What an absolute bell end. The sort of man who would f**k a mirror.

  114. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    Up early, as i have to work, but the sad thing is, is that we had been waiting for a performance like Sundays for some time. I think we all knew it was there but when finally it came and against our old nemesis as well, tempers had already happened on the site.

    Easy done as supporters see things differently, but the rub is that these two supporters although different with their views, are both on the same side,

    A day like yesterday should have been a time where axes are buried and all and sundry celebrate, but instead two supporters shared their joy on their own, instead of on here with fellow Gooner’s.

    Herb’s Army did come on briefly, he seemed amazed that a performance like that had come about, and quickly apologised, for his lack of faith in the Manager.. Herbs view has not changed, masked for the time being, but a bad result, and Herb will rethink.

    On the other side of the coin we have GN5 an Arsene fan, he’s been around for ever, he has probably seen more wins and defeats than all of us, his staunch views are well known, and both of these guys missed out on celebration day.

    Now these guys are not alone with their views as many feel the same as these two, but they have not been in a row, and have not had their feelings hurt, but they are there all the same.

    I urge these two guys to bury the Hatchet, as none of us are getting any younger, and before we know it we will be watching games from above and you know what i mean.

    You guys have to realise that a sport such as football brings out the good and the bad in people, i know you both feel you are right, and in your own way, you are both right,

    Differences of opinion will come round many times just like our form, its spasmodic one day you will be agreeing the next at loggerheads, As i said your views are missed and your not alone, But if you both stay stubborn then its your own fault, its much better celebrating with your own, you know it makes sense.

  115. mickydidit89 says:

    Congrats to the RC78’ers. All three of them 🙂

    Not a cat, a lama or alpaca or somink, but still bloody good. Morning all

  116. Rasp says:

    Morning Micky, how is the arm?

  117. mickydidit89 says:

    Good thanks
    Stitches out yesterday, so first time I’ve seen (apart from brief glimpse of bones sticking out on day itself) and YUK

    Looks like it was stitched by someone trained on deep sea fishing nets, not fine neddlepoint tapestry like I used to do 🙂

    My wife loved, snapping away. I’m a poof and looked away

  118. Rasp says:

    Yuk, still you’ll be able to reenact that scene from Jaws where they are comparing scars and trump everyone else now 😆

  119. RA says:

    Morning fellas, 🙂

    Bones breaking through the skin is a level of seriousness way above normal broken limbs because of the higher degree of potential infection – so kudos to your wife for being so brave, Micky, you wuz. 😀

  120. RA says:

    Steve @ 5:35 is obviously trying hard to convince GN5 and Herb to reconsider, or he is off for a nice days fishing. 🙂

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    RA

    She is brave, but wasn’t there when it happened.

    Enough of that. Why didn’t we strengthen in the window so we could have a real go at CL as well 🙄 🙂

  122. Morning chas and Steve

    I suppose this week the majority of Man United fans are watching this….

    I

  123. Whoops…. didn’t realise so many others had commented…. morning all 🙂

  124. chas says:

  125. RA says:

    No, don’t worry Norther – we know you ignore non-fishermen and non-Beau Gestes. 🙂

  126. Eddie says:

    seriously bad news about Klopp

    nb – I love those tricks must try later

  127. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Interlull. What a waste of the season especially as they are meaningless friendlies.

    Blatant money-making by the governing bodies. Still, at least they raise enough money to bribe other FA’s.

    Oh, dear ….. it seems I am having a cynical day. Better get down to the tepee and do a positivity mantra for a couple of hours.

  128. chas says:

    BR
    I think they’re qualifying games. Still shite, mind.

  129. Here’s one for Chas and Ant

  130. mickydidit89 says:

    So I take it there’s an Interlull, and Klopp to Pool is it?

    Must keep up

  131. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Shows how much attention I give them 🙂

  132. chas says:

    Oooo, cheers, NB, I like the vid that pops up after the banana one, especially started at the right spot.

  133. chas says:

  134. Eddie says:

    kunts to Chelsea 🙂 makes sense

    Poor Cesc, such a terrific player, he really screwed up, hasn’t he? He was by far the best player on the pitch last Saturday. I am sure he has a few bob in his bank, but he could have had so much more had he stayed with us, a legend status for starters

  135. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha superb Chas 🙂

  136. chas says:

    The Rooney documentary last night made me like him a bit more.
    Could have done with some subtitles in parts, though, as the scouse accents were pretty strong.

    The BBC must have hated us winning on Sunday in the run-up to that programme. 🙂

    I saw a tweet yesterday about Rooney and so I searched twitter with ‘rooney cement’. Here are the results. 🙂

    https://twitter.com/search?q=rooney%20cement&src=typd

  137. Eddie says:

    chas – the programme was shedulled after the game in anticipation of United’s big win and Rooney’s hattrick – as they always say he likes scoring against Arsenal

    I have always liked the lad and other players like him, he is funny, easy going, nice to have around. And a terrific player. And a dogs lover (not just old dog, all dogs)

  138. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’m sure I saw a tweet attributing a quote to Wenger about Maureen this morning but I can’t find it…..off to hunt.

  139. chas says:

    GIE
    Beware there are a lot of made up ones.

  140. chas says:

  141. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha. motning all, nice batner! 🙂

  142. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas @ 10:00 Superb 🙂

    Like 10:13 a lot as well

    What is very satisfying by all the shenags at Chelsea, is that it all started to go wrong at Wembley and we were the catalyst

  143. Gööner In Exile says:

    So i assume having seen the end of that quote that it is not Arsene talking…..I think i just saw the first line….but maybe it is….who knows anymore….damn twatter 😀

  144. chas says:

  145. chas says:

  146. RA says:

    Chas, the 1:13 had me laughing and laughing as I was all prepared to attack another ‘out of context’ quote from Arsene. 😀 😀

    I believe in Angels too.

  147. RA says:

    GN5,

    It must be about 8:40 in your neck of the woods, so time to get up, shake your ass and get on here! 🙂

    Remember, there are perhaps 40 regulars on AA and many more casual visitors, so if there is one blogger in 60 (say) who bugs you then there are 59 who don’t! [That’s an accountant’s assessment] 😀

    We kinda need your historical/stats Posts – so no excuses.

  148. Ant says:

  149. Who is this “Former Arsenal star” and “70s Gunner’s Legend” Ivor Merkin?

    I’ve never heard of him.

  150. Ant says:

    Ivor Merkin played 15 times for Arsenal during seasons 74 and 75 mostly as a substitute. He was bought from Dukla Prague in 1973 and was renowned for his unusual hair cuts and big feet. He left in 1976 to join Forfar.

  151. Thanks Ant, Played 15 times, mostly as a substitute, over two seasons and left for Forfar? A Star? A Legend?

    Who writes this crap?

  152. That’s a very revealing item on the wiki link, thanks again Ant.

  153. Herb's Army says:

    Wow Chas, a new low for Westminster’s morality.
    But we only have to look at the centuries of abuse handed out to the Scots and Irish to know their cruelty knows no bounds.
    That’s as well as shamelessly taking compensation for the abolition of slavery, and winding Muslims up by allowing our Monarch to openly display the treasure stolen from Africa and Asia.
    Sorry everybody, it’s a football blog, but somethings are beyond reasonable human comprehension.
    Greed is killing us.
    Gone again.

  154. I heard the rumour that Ivor Merkin left because he’s had emuff of only being a substitute.

  155. This is why he is our #1

    82% – @PetrCech has the best save percentage of any regular Premier League goalkeeper this season (82%).

  156. Eddie says:

    Chelsea goalie injured and Lloris just back. They are both better than cech

  157. Rasp says:

    Ivor Merkin wasn’t much of a player – he just used to fanny about in the box if I remember correctly 😕

  158. Eddie says:

    Chas – i Think Alex Wild missed the point, that was the whole idea – less people drawing pensions

  159. Eddie I really have doubts about you sometimes, I really do 😀

  160. On whether you are a true Gooner or not. How can you say Lloris and Courtois are better keepers? You have no faith girl…. 🙂

  161. Eddie says:

    nonsense me dear, of course I am a true Gooner, just saying that our goalie is not the best in EPL.
    Next you’d be saying that Ollie Pants Down is better than Aquero, ha ha ha

  162. Eddie says:

    never doubt me nb, me is like a rock 🙂

  163. No Rasp….. he was no good because he couldn’t cover the hole when needed. 🙂

  164. If you say so Eddie @
    😉
    At the moment our keeper IS the best in the league for saves.

  165. Eddie says:

    oh great, in absence of others his stats are the best

  166. Eddie says:

    Raddy – and as for the ‘friendly’ internationals I hope that the Jokes take good care of Lewandowski. He needs some rest before xmas

    Plus Denmark are playing Portugal, could be a good game

  167. I did say at the moment…. and who’s to say when the other two return Cech won’t remain the better of the three? We’ll have to wait and see.

  168. Eddie says:

    I’m offski, can’t even have a decent argument here

  169. chas says:

    Ant @ 2.06
    I think it’s disgraceful that, after RA accused BR of being in his eighties, you are now saying that he’s incontinent.

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    Intercontinental is wot RA is
    Not Incontinent
    Stupid boy

  171. Eddie…. if you want decent argument then pick on Herb 🙂

  172. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Chas and Ant
    You can now get colouring in books for real grown ups
    Just thinking about your away days
    Yes sure, they’re tricky but nevertheless, a thought. All the rage apparently

  173. chas says:

  174. chas says:

  175. chas says:

    Too late, Micky, Mr Radford already recommended some to me. They just came to him in a flash after an hour’s positivity mantra this morning.

    http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com/coloring-zen/

  176. chas says:

    Think they might be too hard for me, though Ant may give them a bash.

  177. Red Arnie says:

    The good guys who put on the shirt with the right coulour are the best in the world. That is a tautology. 🙂

    No slagging our good guys. 🙂

  178. chas says:

  179. chas says:

  180. mickydidit89 says:

    I really hope Maureen stays at Chelsea. Honest. Its fun.

  181. Red Arnie says:

    Micky. 🙂

  182. Gööner In Exile says:

    The great thing is I don’t think Chavs have much choice, given a new contract last season? If that’s three or four years that’s a large amount of dosh to put in his pocket, my guess is they will have to wait for Maureen to quit. I wonder what that would take?

  183. Eddie says:

    nb @5:16 – are you fecking mad? I want an argument not seppuku

  184. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. They gave Me-rinho €20m when he was sacked last time. I doubt he needs the money but another €20m+ is always handy. However The Russian seems committed for the time being

  185. Big Raddy says:

    Just seen that Ant is calling me incontinent. Incompetent perhaps but no need, as yet, for the padded pants.

  186. RA says:

    Hi Radish, 🙂

    Would you like me to put a musing for a post on the end of yesterday’s Post again?

    Been out most of the day and became cross at something I heard on the radio and felt I had to write something to counter it.

    I think you should debag Mickish for outing you as a septuagenarian. 🙂

  187. Red Arnie says:

    Redders. My tuppence. Always welcome! 🙂

  188. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all,
    According to my Mrs, she reckons she read that Mourinho should he walk out on Chelsea he is contracted to pay Chelsea five Million, she reckons that should Mourinho want to jump ship, because he cannot hack it, then he must look at ways for Chelsea to get rid of him.

    Should that be the case, Abramovitch realising that Chelsea is out of the running may just sit back and watch the clown self destruct

  189. mickydidit89 says:

    Exile
    I think Big is right. If Roman wants him gone he’s gone or the men with thick necks persuade him

  190. Red Arnie says:

    Probably worth a Friday rant! The international break again comes at the wrong time for us! hmmm. 😦

  191. Eddie says:

    shut up arnie!! Scotland v Poland not good enough for you? Poland win of course, but Lewandowski suffers a terrible injury ruling him out of any games till May at least

  192. LB says:

    “Cruyff also believes the fact Jose Mourinho was not a player is a factor in the Chelsea boss’ behaviour, adding the former Real Madrid head coach is setting a bad example to children.”

    Setting a bad example to children is hilarious.

  193. RA says:

    Raddy,

    Sorry I was out for a while. It is now ready for you to copy and delete.

  194. Red Arnie says:

    Evonne. 🙂

  195. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    After watching Maureen’s last post match tantrum, I thought I’d dedicate a song to the Chelsea girl 😀

  196. Herb's Army says:

    Eddie, here’s one for you to ponder (not publicly, but when you’re relaxing in your private thinking space).

    Two things you have shared on here –
    You’re a Catholic
    You greatly admire Margaret Thatcher

    In 1982, during the Conservative conference in Brighton, the IRA deliberately targeted Mrs Thatcher by bombing her hotel room.
    Historically, the Conservatives are natural enemies of Catholics, and are directly responsible for the conflict that exists between North and South.
    The Tories are the reason Britain hasn’t had a Catholic monarch since 1690. They are also the reason Ireland are independent.

  197. Gööner In Exile says:

    I thought so too LB, I also liked the bit about it being the fans time off and therefore the first priority should be to give them a good time by entertaining them.

    Getting back to pensioner thingy earlier, have just read comments and despite his “off the cuff” remarks being a bit off colour the truth of it is those working today are having to work longer, when I started work at 18 I was told my NI contributions would provide a state pension when I was 65, it’s since changed to 70.

    I hear from people already receiving their state pension that they paid in for it so should be entitled to it, and maybe that was the case when it was introduced, but many of these people are also in receipt of a final salary pension scheme, something very few people starting work today will be offered and something very many of my generation are having suspended. Is it wrong to means test the state pension? Not at all, very few would be affected by it, we are talking about Alan Sugar not receiving the Winter Fuel Allowance, not exactly robbing Doris aged 80 who lives in a retirement complex. It amazes me that many on the left think it’s a bad thing, but then again Labours last leader felt £40k a year was a poor man salary and that child benefit shouldn’t be cut for them, still can’t believe he allowed Cameron to stand in front of a bunch of workers at a factory and ask them if they thought £40k represented a low wage, there were laughs from memory, not even the middle management were going to be affected by the cuts.

    Politics end rant.

    One more …… the biggest cost to the welfare system in the UK is over 65’s, but then over 65’s vote and therefore they get treated well in most budgets while young families and young singletons get squeezed.

    Seriously end of rant.

  198. Red Arnie says:

    I am feeling very relaxed after the ManUre game, so no participation in political rant. At least not here anyway. Ommmmmm! 🙂

  199. Red Arnie says:

    More than worth a read, IMO.

  200. chas says:

    Apologies to all for putting up the pensioner benefits cut thingy.
    It seemed to fit with the rest of the made-up quote garbage I’d posted earlier in the day.
    I was astonished when I found out it was genuine but shouldn’t have shared my astonishment on here.

  201. Ant says:

    NG at 2.19pm thank you..that’s made my day 😂

    Sorry BR for bringing back such horrific memories of the impact Micky’s driving had on you! Micky has lots of incontinent friends….it seems!

    The only colouring books I liked were those ones where you just wet the page and a picture appears! Not sure if it works with beer though?

  202. chas says:

    Hehehehe.

  203. Red Arnie says:

    Ant. “wet the page”? ah, I see. incontinence! 🙂

  204. mickydidit89 says:

    Damn it Janet, just looked up the next game

    There really is a full blown Interdull upon us. AGAIN.

  205. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok
    Done Catholics, Old Gits, Colouring in and Incontinence

    We’re now going to struggle 🙂

  206. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok here we go. DNA 🙂

    I’ve started watching telly. Discovered BBC4 two weeks ago, and it has some very good stuff. Also discovered Two Hairy Bikers. Despite food being my job, I hate cookery progs

    However, caught one recently, and they were motoring about Balkans and Scandinavia.

    Last night, last show, and they both had DNA tests hoping to find out they were Vikings. One was, but that’s beside the point.

    The DNA guy said all people with blue eyes could all be traced back to East Balkans. Interesting eh

  207. Rasp says:

    Morning Micky, what did they say about people with green eyes?

  208. RA says:

    Ahoy, Matelots, 🙂

    I hope you have braced your mainsails, and battened down the hatches. This duller than dull inter-dull is going to be …. dull.

    When Micky has to resort to two fat old TV staff members enlisted to produce a food programme in funny accents, with no knowledge of cookery except ‘this is the way me mam used to cook it in a bucket’ the first tendrils of apathy are on their way.

    We need more animal vids!! Where’s gorgeous Chas — Having a manicure I suppose? 🙂

  209. Is Janet your new NHS carer Micky? 😀

  210. RA says:

    They are cats, Rasper! 🙂

    Did you see the conversation betwixt me and the Viking Raddish?
    I have left a small offering at the bottom of the previous Post.

    ‘At the bottom’ is probably indicative. 🙂

  211. RA says:

    He is in paradise Norfolk, on Sam an’ Janet island in the Pacific. 🙂

  212. Hi Redders, I hope you’ve left room for just a short comment or two at the bottom of the page this time. 😀

  213. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha

    Rasp,
    Didn’t say, although I suspect the DNA had some fairly devastating news for people like Chas 🙂

    RA
    I know they’re not cooks and all that, but there was lovely scenery from St Petersberg etc Also, I love interestingly smoked foods, and there was a lot of that
    So don’t “dis” my new telly habits, alright 🙂

  214. What’s with the nautical trend this morning, have you been buckling your swash again.

  215. RA says:

    Actually, Micky, I have occasionally caught their programme – usually when the Fiend is taking too long – you know – and I see the two fatsos which is a bit of a turn-off watching them larding each other, the way Norfolk likes, but I dasn’t dare get caught! 😀

  216. Rasp says:

    Apparently statistically, we’re all only eight generations from Henry VIII. I must have been a cat in a former life 😕

  217. RA says:

    It’s the Breakfast Club, Norfolk, and everything is dictated by Micky’s proximity to the sea – and the red Viking’s ancestral DNA – just go along with it – it makes them purr — oh, yes and Chas likes cats and stuff.

    GoonerB Wormed is not here to translate for you so:- ‘Sam an Janet island’ = some enchanted island — oh woe is me — I am not given the respect and love I obviously deserve!

  218. RA says:

    That Henry VIII was a dirty b*stard!! Six wives and 20,000 mistresses and a green eyed cat. Tssssk.

  219. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh crikey Rasp, don’t bring up all that “former life” claptrap, as you-know-who will be along, and we’re all well aware he’s still in touch with his ancestors what with his direct line to the mothership and all that 🙄

  220. chas says:

    What a load of old Balkans.
    People with green eyes are envious of those with blue.
    Damn it, Janet, the new carer.

  221. Rasp says:

    Ooh … Miaow. I much prefer the dogs anyway

  222. Gööner In Exile says:

    Lets get back to football then an FSGs attempt to invoke Moneyball principles in football.

    I listened to Stan Collymore be over critical of the setup, is it any surprise FSG want to use it when in baseball they used it to deliver the Red Sox first World Series for 80 odd years.

    Can it work in football? Well if applied in the same way as it was at Red Sox then yes, problem for Liverpool is that they don’t have the pool of young talent/home grown players that Red Sox added to, hence why they are taking so many gambles on young players.

    As far as I understand it the Red Sox complemented their existing roster with older experienced players who were deemed good value for money with stats that were beyond their wage bracket, if Moneyball (film) is to be believed this could be because they weren’t good defensively or their throwing action was questioned by scouts, what Billy Beane at Oakland As did with his statistician was to ignore those things, and instead concentrate on the key things, can a batter get on base and can a pitcher strike out batsmen. Red Sox wanted to hire both Beane and his statistician, Beane declined after initially agreeing, his stats man joined and they have won 3 World Series since.

    So the question isn’t whether it can work in football, FC Mjitiland are proving it can as did Brentford under Mark Warburton, it’s a question of whether the team is ripe for application, Liverpool haven’t had a successful youth policy in decades and therefore have to take those gambles mentioned earlier, and when they buy the older experienced types (Lambert, Lallana etc) the manager has to trust and use them. The other problem is when agents see Liverpool are interested wage demand goes up as does the selling clubs transfer fee.

    Probably the best exponents of Moneyball in the EPL are Southampton and Swansea…..they find value for money players to add to a group of home grown talent, Liverpool are a long way off being successful using the principles.

  223. Eddie says:

    Herb – you made me chuckle 🙂 do you really think that the I RA were catholics? They were dirty, filthy murderous bastards. Church goers, preaching the love to jesus – just like many other two faced catholics.

    I have lots of time and bad temper so last week I had arguments with my cousin and an ex-mate. Both pure RC. Both said they don’t want Syrians in Poland and they would not help them.

    usual pathetic justifications followed including Lee Rugby – the soldier was beheaded him in his own country. I explained that the killers were not Syrians. Oh but they were Muslims, terrorists!

    So I used the I RA to enlighten the Morons – if all Muslims are terrorists then surely the same applies to Polaks. I RA were catholics and terrorists, polish are catholics and therefore terrorists – don’t let them into UK

    Needless to say I have 2 less people on the Christmas list ☺

  224. chas says:

  225. Eddie says:

    Roy Keane: unless Robbie Keane is breastfeeding, I think he will play

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/oct/06/roy-keane-republic-of-ireland-robbie-keane – the video clip at the end is hilarious 🙂

    I love Roy Keane! I am proud I stood in the rain for 5 hours to get his autograph

  226. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Thanks RA. It is in hand (and I have prepared your post)

  227. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas @ 8:18am

    Absolutely superb. The stuff my dreams are made of. Thank you.

  228. Eddie says:

    very true – I have green eyes and would love to have blue

  229. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh poor Mr Exile

    “Lets get back to football then”

    🙂

  230. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip, green eyed club is what I’m in too
    Years ago, I was told never to trust anyone with blue eyes, and for some reason the advice went in deep. One glimpse of the slippery chaps and I come over all Transplantish. Zip up everything, check wallet 🙂

  231. Big Raddy says:

    What about those with deep brown smouldering sexy eyes?

    I have just google it – they are direct descendants of the New World Order

  232. Eddie says:

    football – why did Liverpool’s nasty John W Henry chose Klopp over Anccelotti? I would have thought Ancellotti the obvious candidate

    Or is GiE right and Henry hopes that young Klopp will rejuvenate old Pool? That probably means they will be restructuring for a few seasons

  233. mickydidit89 says:

    Come on Big, only your Wife could have given you that “smouldering” line

    Translation: handbag needed for new season

  234. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. 🙂 I have fallen too often for those blue-eyed devils. It has been costly, both emotionally and financially

  235. Eddie says:

    Raddy 🙂 you have beautiful eyes 🙂

    “come over all Transplantish” – nutter 🙂

  236. RA says:

    The Chas vids have been top notch this a.m. – especially the clever perspectives @ 8:27. 🙂

  237. Big Raddy says:

    I think Klopp is ideal for L’pool and will do very well.

  238. Eddie says:

    RA – but did you watch the Roy Keane video??!! Classic

  239. Big Raddy says:

    So have you, sweet Eddie

  240. mickydidit89 says:

    Big 🙂

    Eddie. Just don’t say things like that, he’ll become even more unbearable

  241. Big Raddy says:

    That perspective pic will require a few hours of meditation. Reminds me os an acid trip I took in the late ’60’s.

  242. RA says:

    Raddy,

    Are you confessing to being a brown-eyed adherent of the totalitarian group of conspirators determined to take over the world?

    We need to know. 🙂

  243. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Never trust any one with eyes full stop Micky. They have a nasty tendency to look at things

    I had one of them DNA test thingys and it showed I was 80% Greek peasant and 20% Billy Bremner. Now and again I spot the odd ginger hair and have a strange urge to cry when I see Johny Giles.

  244. Eddie says:

    Why is that Raddy? He never managed in EPL, has only experience of Bundesliga.

  245. mickydidit89 says:

    Blimey, past 9am. Tactics and shit.

    Errrr…….

  246. RA says:

    Damn it, Raddish — you are too clever for me — which I suppose is not difficult — as I missed your double entendre at 8:44. Chapeau 😀

  247. RA says:

    How’s the take over going, Raddy? Wish you luck with that! 🙂

  248. RA says:

    Terry,

    I thought of you when I read this.

    –“Nearly half of all women have felt sad after sex at some point in their lives, a study has found.
    But some women suffer the ‘post-sex blues’, a condition marked by tearfulness, melancholy or depression, anxiety, agitation or aggression after sex.

    I keep telling you — you have to ask them first! 🙂

  249. mickydidit89 says:

    Transplant

    hahahahahaha

  250. chas says:

    Which one was the Viking?

  251. mickydidit89 says:

    Transplant
    Re Bremner. Bad yes, but you have to seek positives. One word. Archibald

  252. mickydidit89 says:

    The little ‘un

  253. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahaha, yes Redders

    It is true. For years I made love to my second wife knowing she neither enjoyed or wanted it. She would multi task during the act. Either watching TV or talking on the phone to some “Friend” about her growing feelings for him and how she could not wait to meet up in that Hotel. Obviously, I didnt care. My satisfaction is paramount.

  254. mickydidit89 says:

    From the Isle of Lewis. That bunch of Vikings to be exact

  255. mickydidit89 says:

    Just my opinion, but this is easily the best “football” blog ROLF

  256. mickydidit89 says:

    Transplant
    Your story reminds me of a scene from Alan Bastard
    After he and wife have a quickie in The House she says
    “Alan, that was less than 30 seconds”
    Him: “Ooo, I am getting better. Last time was nearly two minutes”

  257. RA says:

    Terry, 😀

  258. chas says:

    disc jockey wannabes

  259. RA says:

    Chas,

    Have you been having a sneaky pre-view? 🙂

  260. Big Raddy says:

    Hate to interrupt all this footie talk but

    There is a New Post

  261. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Yes Micky, my wife would often insult me by referring to that character. Do you know how hurtful it is to be called Alan?

    I now realise I am to selfish and emotionally retarded to be in a proper relationship. I now make it clear to any perspective partner that feelings are out of the question and unless my sexual desires are met, I will revoke the wallet.

  262. Rasp says:

    Don’t wish for blue eyes Eddie – you get some very sneaky people hiding behind blue eyes 🙄

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