Wednesday Left Us with Tuesday Blues

The game was like a smack in the kisser with one of tricky Micky’s wet babbling fish.

From the height of the Premier League to the nadir of being out-played, out muscled and consigned to the trash can of the CoC by a supposedly ‘inferior’ but totally deserving Sheffield Wednesday.

The injury to Oxo, within 4 minutes of the start of the game, was an oddity as those sharp-eyed sleuths among you would have seen him on the centre line doing acrobatic calisthenics just before kick off, which indicated he was feeling something, dirty devil or he was trying to pose like a pixillated flamingo. [no, not pixels – drunken] 🙂

As for the other injury, I heard it said that Theo was surprised and aggrieved when having stripped off his track suit, and walked to the Arsenal end to pose, he was ordered by Wenger to get on immediately and replace Oxo, without a warm up – hence the careless injury.

So what came next could not have been a surprise — the perfect storm was gathering on the horizon, or put more succinctly a cock-up of significance was brewing.

Instead of sailing majestically through to the quarter finals the good ship Arsenal was out on its ear, like a dude being invited to clear off by the club doorman for unsuccessfully groping the big blond.

Our away fans were having none of this and gave the team tremendous backing support with their rendition of ‘Good Old Arsenal’ but the players were cocking a deaf ‘un, it seems.

There is no way of glossing over the performance – we were dreadful. Unable to create a single decent passing movement until late in the game when young Bielik gave a display promising much for the future, but sadly our ‘experienced’ players were playing as if they could not be assed, and the youngsters of 17 years of age were — well too young, and fell prey to a problem the first team often find – they were just physically brushed off the ball by the older, grizzled, bigger players of Wednesday, who went through their whole repertoire of diving, clogging and being — well I guess you would have to call it ‘professional’.

There is no need to pick at the scabs of the wounds we suffered both physically and mentally following one of the worst games I have seen for a while.

This has done nothing to help team morale as we come to yet another important sequence of games, and the feel good factor of the last couple of weeks might well blow up in our faces with Swansea, Bayern and the Spurs following in quick succession.

The finger pointing is pointless in a Post, frankly, but I am sure you all have your views and opinions – so let’s hear them. 😀

Written by Red Arse (RA)

92 Responses to Wednesday Left Us with Tuesday Blues

  1. chas says:

    Thanks, RA.
    Summed up perfectly, Wednesday were much better and deserved their win.

    We had a great trip to Sheffield and all of the parts of the evening outside the ground were very enjoyable. The locals were friendly and helpful, the pubs excellent and beer disgracefully intoxicating.

    The best part of being in the ground was singing ‘We love you Arsenal’ for umpteen minutes. It seemed to signify an acceptance on the part of the away fans that we’d already been comprehensively beaten.

    This isn’t the best clip but presumably the Wednesday fan was impressed enough to at least point his phone in our direction.

  2. mickydidit89 says:


    That is one of the best reports I’ve read, in that it’s amusing, eloquent, and cuts out all the crap. Straight to point and so very accurate. Love it.

    ps also liked this from earlier
    Rasp says:
    perhaps Redders should rename himself GunnerThesaurus

  3. chas says:

    This sums up my feelings on the Theo warm-up fiasco.

    How many times does a substitute get told to immediately get on the pitch for unplanned substitutions?
    The answer – every single time.

    The question I would ask was, ‘did Theo warm-up properly pre-match?’ as it was right at the start of the game as the tweeter above commented.
    I’d imagine the answer is no as he thought he was in for a comfortable night riding the pine in his fleece coat as window dressing, maybe making a cameo 20 minute run out in the second half.

    p.s. I liked your two ways of viewing the match, BR. No guesses as to which I prefer. 🙂

  4. VCC says:

    Spot on Match report Redders.

    I too noticed the aerobic display by the Ox prior to KO and thought it strange as I’d never seen him do this before. He was knackered in the last game and didn’t seem up for it this time.

    As you say, Walcott had no warm up time before coming on, but I would not blame Wenger as being a seasoned professional and a Full international he could have performed this on the pitch whilst maybe jogging along out wide and at least occupying a Wednesday player. If Wenger had kept him off for five minutes while warming up along the touch line before entering the field of play and we went 1-0 down the pundits would have slated Wenger for playing with ten men for a short period. Dammed if he does etc. My issue is……HE shouldn’t have been on the bench in the first place, he should have had a night off, considering our forthcoming fixture list.

    I agree our seasoned pros did not help/protect the young guns but there were some awfully poor displays from our youngsters. Basic football should have prevailed at least.

    I’m not fussed about loosing, but shore as hell worried about our growing injury list.

    Our away support were the motm………how heartwarming was it to hear their voices singing “We love you Arsenal…We do”

    Keep your great posts flowing buddy.

  5. Le Cog Monster says:

    Hahaha……………I like it that GIE being an accountant has somehow manipulated our loan players figures to look like they are playing all the time . I look up every match day on BBC to see how they are doing and as I said, apart from a couple, the rest are either subs or being substituted. As for Jenkinson, he`s not a kid anymore and not your usual type loanee, he should have been kept as he`s way above Chambers imo……….anyway the point is….and may be we can all ( most) agree…… is that the COC is a cup to play the youth and give experience and more importantly lessen the chances of our first teamers getting fatigued and injured in our pursuit of our best chance in years of winning the EPL, something which Wenger himself wants more than any other competition………..oops !…too late, the injury hoodoo is back and Arsene`s arse will have the bite marks of naivety as a permanent tattoo !.

    Oh and thanks Redders ! 🙂

    Thing is although these are wet wiper snappers they are brought up and brain washed to play the Arsenal way and that probably shows up in the amount of possession we were superior in….infact we were a bit like Munich the other week !…..all possession(71%) and robbed !. hahaha

  6. RA says:

    I agree with the points you guys have made.

    Bit of a boo-boo with me getting the song ‘name’ wrong – but it did not matter – our fans – especially Ant n Duck did themselves, the team and we TV bandits proud. We love you, Arsenal, indeed! Tremendous! 🙂

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmm, good points Chas and VCC
    You’re right about other subs simply peeling off, then sprinting on
    So I recant 🙂
    However, last night proved one thing, we are short in wide quality with Danny, Aaron, Jack and so on already out, so I’d still say having Theo on the coach, let alone the pine, was a massive error.

    Anyway, life goes on. Delighted with the result and therefore exit.

    Just hope Ox and Theo were faking 🙂

  8. Le Cog Monster says:

    Not sure what a ..wiper snapper is…..probably some Scouse car vandal !.

  9. Rasp says:

    Thanks Redders, a lovely tiptoe through the minefield of yesterday’s events.

    To respond to chas’ points ….

    1. The Ox limped off from the game on Saturday looking shattered (physically and mentally) It is likely he went into the game carrying a niggle hence his weird gyrations in the warm up and so the chances of making that worse were considerable …. and that is what happened.

    2. It is up to the trainers to put the players through their warm up routines. Unless someone witnessed Theo not joining in I have to assume he warmed up with all the other players.

    3. To my mind Theo should have been at home resting for the important games coming up not being risked in such a meaningless tie. But if the manager chooses to take that risk he should definitely make sure the player is properly prepared before taking to the pitch otherwise the strategy backfires in every way. He fails in this game and is unavailable for others.

    4. Just because subs are usually sent straight on (and this may be easier with the less dynamic runners) it does not mean that common sense shouldn’t prevail. Whatever defence anyone wants to offer for these events, nothing changes the fact that it failed spectacularly.

  10. PV4 says:

    Last night proves that this cup is nothing but a pain in the Arsenal! Just wanted us to survive without injuries, and by 18 minutes we lost two key first teamers. I hate this competition – which for the most part keeps leaving us with copious amounts of egg on our face.

    What last night did confirm is that JC (if only!) and Debuchy are, well, shite! Now we need to hope and pray that Theo’s injury is not that bad. I can’t see him making Saturday – a shame because Swansea are somewhat bogey-ish to us and we need speed.

    Finally, I honestly believe that we just went there to kick about gently and lose 1-0. I’m glad that Giroud barely broke sweat – and am convinced that was his intention. Saturday is what matters.

  11. Le Cog Monster says:

    Wishful thinking, Micky……more chance of the missus faking !. 😆

  12. RA says:

    Hi VCC, 🙂

    Good to see you.

    I notice that you can sometimes overcome your fear of Le Coq-a-doodle and his micky-taking about your zimmer, and he is as good as gold these days. Ahem. 😀

  13. RA says:

    Good points, Rasper, and difficult to refute.

    If I could ask Arsene a question, or two, about last night, the first one would be;

    “Mr Wenger, It seems that you were uncertain which sort of team to make available for what is considered a micky mouse cup😼
    — so, is that why you put out a mix-and-match team, and bench, comprised of kids and mostly second team players out?

    Secondly, if uncertainty was the issue, would it not have been better to decide to put the first team on, if it was important to you to win the competition, or, if it was not, put out a complete team of youngsters, and if they lost – so what – if they won, it would be a bonus and gee them up for experiencing the next round?

    Mr Wenger, they are my two questions, but if I could sneak in another;

    — Does that not show that the criticisms of some fans ‘that you are indecisive’ has some merit?

    With apologies, Mr Wenger, for having the temerity to ask such questions in an effort to try to ascertain your motives for last night’s debacle. Thank you. 😀

  14. Shard says:

    I sort of agree with PV4 in that I think the players out there went into the game half heartedly. Like the fans, it was a case of good if we win, but ok if we lose just as long as we get no injuries.

    Not only is that attitude not great, I think more injuries tend to occur when you don’t play with your usual level of commitment.

    Once the Ox went down injured, I think all the Arsenal players just didn’t want to be a part of that match anymore. At least not the senior players.

    As for the starting lineup, not one I would have chosen, but I can accept that Ox and Giroud started. What I have a problem with is Theo coming on for the Ox. You’r risking playing an important player for a possible 120 minutes, when the idea was to give him a rest.

    The result itself was mostly a consequence of being outfought, since we weren’t committed.

    Hopefully the injuries aren’t serious and this doesn’t act like a wall for our momentum. It shouldn’t, but you never know.

    Thinking of the Bayern game last week and yesterday I did think of the amusing line, ‘sometimes you’re the windscreen, sometimes you’re the bug’ 🙂

    At least we weren’t like Chelsea. Playing the first team, Costa injured, playing extra time with an extra man, and still losing on penalties. I laughed when watching the extra time, I was thinking Chelsea seem to be playing decently well, and only in the second half did I realise that they had an extra man.

  15. Rasp says:

    I agree with Shard, the senior players didn’t look like they wanted to be there and the youngsters were overawed by the situation. No senior leaders on the pitch but it was a nothing game so maybe we can’t blame them.

    The best result was to lose – damn Flamini for those 2 goals against the Totts – that gave them a day off and us an extra game we could have done without 😕

  16. RA says:

    Well, speaking of Flamini, his girly turn away from the ball allowing the shot for their first goal was somewhat embarrassing.

    Swings and roundabouts I guess.

  17. RA at 11.13 – on the button sir xxx

  18. No Rasp – we always want to smash the spuds even in the CoC 🙂

  19. VCC says:

    RA…still got my zimmer, and number plate. All nice and shiny. 😉

  20. VCC says:

    Im with you Peaches…..Rasp needs to see a doctor. We always want to beat the Scum.

  21. Rasp says:

    Maybe peaches, but they may get the last laugh. Id prefer to smash spuds in the league and to let them flounder in the minor competitions 🙂

  22. RA says:

    Thank you, Peaches. 😀

    It would be interesting to see what others would like to ask the boss, too. Like, where can I buy the same sort of coat you have ……. so that I could avoid it and that dreadful zip? 🙂

  23. Maybe Theo should have thrown a sickie when he was called up. Sore throat, headache you know the kind of thing 😉

  24. Chelsea result was funny though lol although I wondered whether they’d pull it off in the penalty shoot out 😆

  25. RA says:

    Think bigger, Rasp!

    Let us always smash those spud blighters. Tho’ I do like frites on occasions. 🙂

  26. RA says:

    You have a point about the Chelsea result, Peaches.

    I know the losing team and their supporters – well the supporters really – try to make light of the CoC and call it inconsequential names, which I have done myself, but when you saw the faces of Maureen and the players after Hazard’s miss — they cared about losing all right.

    I think we should go back to the good ol’ days, when our kids put on an exhibition of stylish play and guts in these cup games and gave us all a lift to watch them play.

    The current half-assed don’t want to lose, but don’t care if we do – so let’s play a bunch of disinterested older players with a few kids who have never played with them before is just so wrong on a number of levels.

    I intensely dislike Chelsea and Maureen – but I would rather our senior players did care if they lose – like theirs did.

  27. Le Cog Monster says:

    Not sure how true or not, but for me it sums up Wenger to a T !

    Jack Wilshere was saying the other day that Arsenal do not need to buy any players in the January Transfer window…….he`s right in a way !………we need to fcuking buy them now ! hahaha

  28. Le Cog Monster says:

    It says on newsnow that Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Toni Duggan are dating !…………..never heard of him, is he a fringe player ?.

  29. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon , we love you Arsenal, I didn’t last night. Multiple changes was our undoing again, the same as it always is. Had we had a couple of youngsters out there and changed them round, quite possibly they may have shined.

    Nobody expects a youngster to be MOTM but he certainly needs help from his betters. The only and ox who cares injured or not, they are fill ln players and the truth of the matter is they are not good enough.

    There is no point hoping both will be fit, as I don’t think either is really good enough. To me it seems we have an injury list of Diabys none can stay fit and will let us down over and over again like they have done since they came. Diabys stayed for a lifetime, I hope I don’t have to watch these injured names going to sick bay for the next ten years, but I bet I do.

  30. stevepalmer1 says:

    That was supposed to read Theo and Ox. Thank you R A

  31. stevepalmer1 says:

    35 thousand fans turned up last night, to watch the great Arsenal turned out to see top players Sanches oil and they see kids they have never seen kids who were bad , they must have felt cheated, the biggest turnout of their season and they saw cap.

  32. Le Cog Monster says:

    Just looked on BBC webpage and it gives out all the teams squads ( and numbers). Just looking at the usual suspects…..

    Arsenal Squad 30 players.

    Manshafter Std 24 players.

    Mansour City 29 players.

    Chavs 26 players.

    I cant say for the other bastards, but looking at Arsenal`s, out of the 30 it has 6 youth players….8 players injured and 1 who doesn`t cut it imo ( Campbell)……..that’s leaves only 15 players for the up and coming fixtures unless some of the crocks miraculously recover !…… afraid…be very afraid !.
    Only one thing will help…………………….we need an on going open transfer window !.

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    After each loss I say to myself – “don’t read the comments as they will only upset you” – as I always find myself becoming upset by the critics who are always ready to shoot from the hip with their opinions of what went wrong and their criticisms of the players and management.

    However as usual I did read the comments and again I’m upset.

    To say that AW was at fault to send on Walcott without a 10 minute warm up is just plain ludicrous. It was only the 5th minute of the game and all of the players had completed their pre-game warm up only minutes beforehand. Who ever heard of a player being given a 10 minute warm up period before replacing an injured player?

    I could only listen to the game but it sounded as though the team did not have their hearts in it and it showed in their performance.
    I’m very happy we lost and very sad to lose two players who we could ill afford to lose – AW said it was his error in taking along too many senior players – poor guy damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    Well done Herb for keeping a sensible perspective on the situation and a big thanks to RA for a fine and uncontroversial match report.

  34. GunnerN5 says:

    Steve, I feel that an open transfer window will be of more benefit to the teams with bottomless pockets than it would be to Arsenal.

  35. PV4 says:

    Agree with Le Coq…squeaky bum time for every tackle we make. At this rate of injuries, Bould and Adams will be recalled!

  36. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops my 2:28 should have been to Cockie.

  37. Le Cog Monster says:

    That was me GN5 who tongue in cheek said about an open transfer window !……………..Didit would probably die from 365 days of excitable £70M striker fantasies !…..and who would blame him as we have over £200M under the mattress !. 😀

    Don’t forget PV4……we have TH14 training the youth boys and would come under the free agent category of being signed outside the transfer window and be honest !………..Campbell or an unfit Henry ?. hahaha

    Off for a 4 miler !.

  38. PV4 says:

    I’d rather have the tea lady than Campbell!

  39. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Redders, I have just broken my record with one of your posts, in that I managed to read digest and understand in 45 minutes, and to boot only reverted to the concise Oxford English thingy 5 times 🙂 You don’t know how pleased that makes me as it must indicate an elevation in the GoonerB IQ because surely you wouldn’t resort to dumbing it down for yours truly 🙂

    Anyways, as with many others I am more concerned with the injuries than the loss. I agree it seemed that the senior players were playing not to get injured rather than to win at all costs and really I cannot blame them after watching Theo and the Ox limp off. They will have their beady eyes (like us) on the EPL and rightly so IMO as we have a real chance this year. It was almost like taking one for the team last night in playing within themselves to avoid further 1st team injuries.

    I am with GIE that I liked this competition to play and look at the youth players (and hope they have a run at it) and am sad that it has altered to the point we can’t play the more ready or senior youth players anymore. It is a competition that I would prefer to see a club with otherwise limited chances of winning silverware go on to win, maybe from lower EPL status or championship. I actually don’t like it if the big boys dominate and win it, us included.

  40. Le Cog Monster says:

    You mean Totnumb !.

  41. LB says:

    Superb match report RA.

    You capture the mood perfectly.

  42. RA says:

    Thank you, LB, and you too, GoonerB. 🙂

    I have meandered quietly around other blogs and decided not to dip my blogging toe in the rather murky waters, and to tell the truth I sometimes – (always?) – fail to understand the angst that seems to spew out like pus from a lanced boil when we have a setback.

    Yuk – a bit too graphic the boil thingy? 🐸

    Anyway, I sometimes lumber into action like a latter day Don Quixote of La Manche tilting at the Windmills of ignorance, but today I did not have the stomach for it.

    Why can they not see that what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. Before you start to think I have lost my marbles, GB, let me explain.

    I am referring to the Law of Transformation where it is held that we need to continually change, to move on and discard the old in order to become better and the transition makes us choose to leave behind those things that leave us stunted and ineffective.

    Hmm, how to explain the explanation? 🙂

    Each defeat we experience when Arsenal lose, is like a little death, but by transiting from that ‘caterpillar phase’ we will eventually experience the beauty of the realisation of the club as the top, top butterfly, masters of the club football world.

    There! That’s easy innit? 😀

    Anyone who ponders and then says I am a camel with two humps is probably right! 🐫 🐫

  43. RA says:

    Oi – come back – that’s not flippin’ Klingon.

    Just because the long term AA’ers on here can remember in the dim and distant past a feller called Rocky, who wrote pithy, sharply insightful and superbly witty match reports on a Monday and long for the return of that master author, who did not feed you psychological babble – is no reason for you all to turn tail and run!

    I is a unicorn 🦄 and not a donkey 🐴

    [This is a disclaimer: I am sure you will understand, I only showed pictograms of the nouns I used, because GoonerB finds my use of words longer than 4 letters abhorrent!] 😀

  44. RA says:

    Damn that donkey, he turned his head – still he did not show his ample ass! 😀

  45. RA says:

    And now he has turned it back again. he’s treating me like an ass, too. B*stard.

  46. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Fine work.

    First game this season which I have missed and delighted about that!

    I agree with GN5 at 2.22.

    Of the team which started I predicted almost all, and Bielik came on in the second half. AW played a team which had a chance to win the tie, that they performed so badly was hugely disappointing to everyone, including the players on the pitch.

    Is AW the fitness coach? It is him (whoever the miscreant is) who shoulders the blame. If Ox is knackered (see Rasp 10.53) then it is up to the medical team to inform AW. If Theo pulls up because he hasn’t warmed up then the blame lies with TW – the man is a professional athlete!!

  47. RA says:

    Hi Raddy,

    I think it is the usual mischief making by a TV commentator — if Theo came on and was injured it must be Wenger’s fault.

    Personally, I think an invisible alien came down from Venus and kicked him on the calf — well, it has just as much credence as some stupid commentator’s guess.

    As was said above (Terry?) – poor old Wenger is damned if he delayed sending on a sub, or damned if he did not. Same old, same old.

  48. Excellent up-summing Redders, thank you.

    I’m not bothered about dropping out of the COC, but I am very disappointed at the manner of our defenestration. Poor attitude, poor team selection and worse of all Mr. Wenger’s comments about the young players he selected to play in a game for which they were not ready.

  49. LB says:

    Ok Theo, enough of this injury act malarkey.

    We know you don’t want to play on the wing; we get it, but now you are just taking it all a bit too far.

    It’s time to do the right thing, stop the limping act, man up and get out there on that wing and help the team beat Swansea.

  50. RA says:

    LB, again. 🙂

  51. Le Cog Monster says:

    Most sites on Arsenal Newsnow are saying Theo and Ox are out for 3 weeks !. So they will miss the next 3 games and the England games against Spain and France !.

  52. RA says:

    Hi Norfolk,

    I knew you would have a forthright opinion, altho I did not know they had windows in Norklof let alone in Sheffield. 😀

  53. RA says:

    No, Le Coquee,

    That means they will be chomping at the bit this weekend. 🙂

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    Surely the point is not how warm and flexible Theo was when he came on, rather why he was even on the bench

    If we’re serious about the league, the FAC and qualifying from our CL group, you do not risk valuable players

    For me, the decision was….err, plain poor

    Let’s hope that 3 weeks is wrong

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Don’t really know why I wrote that. The day has passed and the subject covered, but hey

    Have we signed anyone yet? 🙂

  56. Le Cog Monster says:

    This is Arsenal we are talking about !………………3 weeks becomes 4 weeks….4 weeks becomes………………………………………………

    Arsene made a boo boo and good on him that he admits it, so it`s backs against the wall stuff for the foreseeable future !………………….cant we rearrange the Spud game for when we have a fuller squad ?.

  57. Le Cog Monster says:

    Or at least the Dennis of Injuries plague the Spuds !

  58. Big Raddy says:

    January coming in just a couple of months. I wonder who we will sign 🙂

  59. We’ve had window’s in Noflok for years now Redders, some of the posh people here have started blocking them up with glass now. Whatever next eh? Someone suggested indoor toilets, but yew wouden want one o’ they dutty ole things in the house now would yew bor?

  60. GoonerB says:

    Sorry Redders. Went away, came back, off to bed, talk tomorrow.

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh Dear
    Do I respond sarky style to Raddy’s who will we sign in Jan comment?
    Yes, No, Yes, No…
    Oh bollocks, of course I will

    We won’t sign anyone you fool, because Utd will snap up everyone in the whole world better than we have, and anyway, I can’t wait to see Joel Campbell against Bayern and Totnum

    And its not even Friday 🙂

  62. kelsey says:

    Morning all

    So the good news is that both he Ox and Theo will definitely miss our next two games.I don’t know about warm ups or not but in the Ox’s case he was injured three days before why did we risk him even if it was a niggle. We have an understrength squad.We have some great players, some very good players, some still to assess and a bunch of kids who played at Hillsborough who will be long gone in a year or two. Very very few make the step up.
    oh bollloxs it’s Thursday not Friday.

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Dear Motning Crew
    I wasn’t going to say any more on the matter. Honest. Eriks fault. Provocative is what he is. Full Moon. Re Birth, and all that.

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha ha ha, Crystals,

    Just you and me Baby. Let’s get stuck in while we’re alone 🙂

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes Crystals

    Agree. Scarpering is the best policy. Quick, gorilla tactics. Run for the hills before its too late 🙂

  66. First Sampan says:

    It is better that Theo’s injury show up early, rather than when playing against Swansea – then Arsene has to make in-play decision which may affect the play on the field.

    At least now, Arsene can plan his tactics with the best available to him for the Swansea’s game, and thereafter.

  67. Eddie says:

    Is Prince Harry a Gunner? I thought he was
    I love this lad, bless him for fighting the injured soldiers’ corner, respect
    It would be nice if he showed compassion for injured Arsenal players😆

  68. Come, come chaps, save the rant for the proper day.

    The sun is shining, the autumn leaves are an absolute picture, its time for nice thoughts.

  69. Eddie says:

    ng – leaves make you happy?

  70. RA says:

    Yay – I knew it must be true — and now Raddy has confirmed it; —

    BR, says “January coming in just a couple of months.”

    Nothing gets past Erik the Red!! Any news on when we can expect Xmas, Randy? 😀

  71. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all, nice write up RA, seems to have captured the match well.

    I am still annoyed at our selection of kit, if it is to do with it being in a contract then I think whoever negotiated the deal needs shooting!

    How many fans will buy all three kits? Or do Puma think some fans will think red and yellow are not really my colour but the blue suits me.

    I’m not opposed to us having blue kits I am opposed to us changing more than is completely necessary, seems every away game we will wear yellow despite there being no clash with the home side, and cup away games will be in this blue kit, again red or yellow would be fine.

    Why does it annoy me so much? One the attempt by Puma to sell more shirts and secondly the fact that our youngsters will probably mainly wear red or yellow, and they are on a pitch looking for colours they are not normally searching for. And when some will only look at a body from waist down to identify them that is a recipe for disaster.

    I’m also peed off that so many first team era were played, however I am not as worried as some about our “lack of depth” I’d guess our first layer of depth is greater than most, it’s just a shame they are all injured.

  72. RA says:

    Hi Norflok, 🙂

    That is great news too — imagine the floks of Norflok are getting around to blocking up they holes in they walls with a new fangled thing called bricks — and soon it will be that glassy thing.

    Progress I would call that! 😀

  73. RA says:

    Thanx, GIE, 🙂

    I agree with you about the shirt colors – perhaps they were thinking traffic lights – red – yellow – and greeny blue.

    It is such a poor color anyway – and worn in a game where we were getting larruped made them look even worse. 😦

  74. RA says:

    Was that Kelsey I saw earlier?

    Can’t have been – he probably read my Post before I wrote it. 🙂

  75. RA says:

    color = colour (sorry, much) 🙂

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    “Leaves make you happy?”

    ha ha ha ha ha

  77. Eddie says:

    hello cat with amber eyes 🙂 where are you pussy, walk in a park?

  78. kelsey says:

    We need 7 of those Chas 😉

    Sorry RA missed yesterday had a bit of a setback. Maybe Prince Harry could play on the wing in Wales, just a cameo appearence would do.

    Arteta is also still out.

    Flamini at CF anyone 😉

  79. Eddie says:

    Kelsey 🙂 so very good to see you back to life 🙂 better than leaves

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody superb graphs

    I want to drop the dooming, but have to add when Arsene said something at the Shareholders Nibble and Listen Do, about staff rising from 40 odd to about 4000 odd during his reign, you do wonder whether 1000 odd of those gawping at data graph bollocks is money well spent, as opposed to employing someone with a Degree in Common Sense 🙂

  81. fatgingergooner says:

    How unlucky do you have to be to have your first 5 choice RW players out injured at the same time? Walcott, Ox, Welbeck, Ramsey and Wilshere have all been used in that position under Wenger in the last 12 months.

    It leaves us with a bit nightmare with only a few options to consider until we get players back:-

    Full Backs fill in:-

    Debuchy Merts Kos Monreal
    Coquelin Cazorla
    Bellerin Özil Sanchez

    Bellerin Merts Kos Monreal
    Coquelin Cazorla
    Sanchez Özil Gibbs

    Move players around:-

    Bellerin Merts Kos Monreal
    Coquelin Flamini
    Cazorla Özil Sanchez

    Bellerin Merts Kos Monreal
    Coquelin Flamini
    Özil Cazorla Sanchez

    Or use Joel Campbell. He must be in the squad for a reason and he does have some talent so maybe a run in the team will give him chance to prove his worth.

  82. fatgingergooner says:

    I think keeping the rest of the squad in their natural positions makes most sense and should reduce any disruption to our level of performance so I would be tempted to just play Campbell out there for now. He likes to come in on his left foot too which should still allow Bellerin to bomb forward as he has been doing.

  83. Eddie says:

    fattie – as above – Santi can play in any position and I am sure he will step in in the next few games.
    Debs….that is a more worrying proposition

    nibbles and listen do – I have to remember that one for the allotment AGM nagging

  84. mickydidit89 says:


    In my very limited experience, people who enjoy meetings are generally more of a waste of time than the meetings themselves

    My policy. No nibbles, no show.

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