Campbell: Our Ugly Duckling to beat the Swans?

Swansea have a nasty habit of picking up points against our Mighty Gunners –  it is over two years since we beat them. Given the midweek difficulties it would be good to do so this afternoon.

Let’s start with our right wing. To Campbell or not to Campbell? Of course he must play. A prophetic comment written last week  on AA was from a chap wishing to see more of Joel, perhaps he put a bok on Theo and The Ox, if you did – can you please do the same for Harry Kane, Aguero and Diego Costa? 🙏

On a side issue – have you noticed that Mr Campbell has not been blessed with good looks? Poor fellow – the fairies gave him a good hit with the Ugly Stick. The man reminds me of Lon Chaney without the hunchback. Can our Ugly Duckling turn over The Swans? (OK, I admit this is a pathetic attempt to create an HC Anderson based headline!)

The alternative would be to push Bellerin in midfield and play Debuchy at RB, which is not so stupid; those shitehawks down the Seven Sisters Rd did that with Monkeyboy Bale and earned €100m out of it!

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The rest of the team picks itself apart from at CB where Mr Wenger has to decide whether to play BFG twice in a week or rely upon Paul Easter. Either works for me.

Looking forward to seeing Flapianski. I always felt so sorry for him after his debacle in the CL; a decent keeper whose confidence was shattered by a couple of stupid mistakes. The decision to sell him was good for both clubs and it is great that he has the possibility to screw up this afternoon. A long distance shot from Santi sending the ball squirming under the Pole’s body to laugh it’s way into the Swans net would be good.

Swansea are in a poor run of form with just one win in 6 but any team with Ayew, Gomis, Shelvey plus Montero can score goals and Williams at CB is an inspirational leader (and a man who should have been at AFC).  Shelvey is interesting; at LFC I thought the man was a comedian but now he has matured (?) he can be influential. He will enjoy playing against a team which doesn’t kick two colours out of the opposition.

Gary Monk has continued the work of Rodgers and Laudrup developing a fluent possession game building slowly through midfield and then relying upon the pace of Ayew and Montero.

If we are to win we will need another soild performance from Giroud. Swansea’s CB are quality but no better than Everton’s and against the Scousers OG had his best game for some time. A repeat today is vital.

We are in the midst of an exhausting and difficult run of games yet remain joint ToTL. This afternoon should be an interesting battle between two teams committed to entertaining football. Given the quality of our lads and the scintillating form of Sanchez, Cazorla and Ozil we should return to London with at least a point but who knows – Swansea have the Indian sign over us at the moment.

Time to change that…..

COYRRG

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220 Responses to Campbell: Our Ugly Duckling to beat the Swans?

  1. chas says:

    Viva, BR.
    I really don’t know how you knock one out so swiftly and efficiently.

    Campbell has a chance to prove he’s worthy of being an Arsenal player.
    C’mon Joel, this is your time.

    I think he’s quite good-looking, in an Eddie might fancy it way. 🙂

  2. chas says:

  3. Eddie says:

    Thanks Raddy, nice PM.
    I was surprise you didn’t mention Michu, but I checked his profile xx it seems hus career was over since Laudrup left, strange if you ask me, but good for us.

    Cazorla to beat Fabianski – yes please!

    Joel Campbell is not ugly, not an oil painting, but not ugly either

  4. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, I too have admiration for the Swans and Gary Monk, I’d be quite happy if they took the 4th CL spot although they are a long way off at the moment.

    It looks like Arsene will play Campbell today and you can’t argue against his credentials. He worked hard against Wednesday but he has to get his head up and stop running into dead ends and his crossing was poor.

    The double importance of playing JC is that AW will get an idea whether he should play against Bayern. At the moment he reminds me of Gervinho in that he doesn’t seem to be in tune with the rest of the team – but hopefully that understanding will develop as he gets time on the pitch.

    This isn’t a MWG in as much as there is a long way to go in the league, but it is important in the context of the 3 games before the international break and the return of Ramsey, Theo and The Ox.

  5. wally says:

    We’re in tough today with all the injuries. Swansea are a well-coached side with enough talent to get the job done. For some reason we seem to struggle with them recently. Nonetheless we should still be able to get points.
    I am interested to see how campbell gets on. Hasn’t played much and so his fluency with Ozil and Cazorla might not be what we want but let’s see how he gets on. Can he contribute, at least be a useful squad player or is the stage too big for him.

  6. kelsey says:

    As usual a great pre match Raddy.No doubt a difficult game yet Swansea are not playing as well as last season but it’s fairly obvious they will target our right side.
    I think Bellerin is one of the finds of the season, GOING FORWARD as seen against BM in the 94th minute but will he be afforded that luxury today.
    I can’t comment on Campbell except the little he has played hasn’t set the world on fire.
    The injury curse continues especially if your surname starts with a w. Walcott out until at least Xmas, jack january and Welbeck, who knows.

    Will it be our robotic Sanchez to earn us the points or the new look Giroud 😉

  7. RA says:

    A nicely thoughtful Post, Big ‘Un. 🙂

    A couple or three choice phrases leaped out at me;

    — ‘The Swans have a nasty habit of pecking up the points’ —
    — ‘Can our Ugly Duckling turn over The Swans?’ —
    — ‘Swansea have the Indian sign over us’

    It’s a bit like a sandwich, which might be thought of as a spiritual thing for an undecided Viking. Doom and gloom top and bottom and an unsure positive in the middle.

    Love it! 😀 🌋

  8. Twinkle says:

    It’s Northbank69 here…. back on level ground after being 2000 mtrs above Didits waves in Cornwall.

    ‘Upstairs at Eriks’

  9. RA says:

    I am toying with the idea of accepting Rasper’s offer to be a Blog Baron — but first the title would need amending to Blog King and I would need an indemnity for losing every single blogger from AA.

    No – on 2nd thoughts perhaps not. 🙂

  10. Eddie says:

    Come on you reds!!

    RA – yes, our blog administrators might not be perfect, but they are the best we’ve got so we have to be nice to them. Watch chas, he is always respectful and sweet as pie to them

  11. Eddie says:

    Poo. Chavs already scored. Poo.

  12. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all Nice one BR
    I see every body wants the strongest team we can muster for our game against the Swans. Funny how the tired little souls are Re energised and with a game looming with BM.

    Doesn’t realy matter if we win or lose not like getting through to the next round of a cup is it, lose today and we can still finish top.

    I suppose the big names have to come out now and again, a trip to Wales will certainly wear our little Darlings out so i don’t see them pulling their plonkers to hard’

    Ugly boy will bite his lip, and be trying to make a name for himself, after all who is there to give him any competition, the two superstars who had a couple of minutes against Wednesday need a month to get over their warm up.

    Giroud of course will be tired out , but as he cant run that fast i should imagine we wont notice that much. We will of course rely on battery boy, he may be running out of power but will still show more effort than our two injured superstars.. Do i think we will win i am a bit like BR not quite sure , if they turn up and play like they can do probably, but if their intensive training regime they have had this week, may have taken the stuffing out of them I go for a lame draw.

  13. RA says:

    You are right again, Eddie, that Chas is always as sweet as pie! 🙂

  14. stevepalmer1 says:

    Courtinho scores to equalise in the 47 minute of the first half

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely goal by Coutinho.

    Brazilians the best players on the pitch. Oscar, Willian, Coutinho, Firmino, Lucas, and Ramires.

    Costa used to be but chose to be Spanish 🙂

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Obvious 11. Let’s hope they play better than Chelsea!

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Mike Dean cost us 3 points. With 11 men we would have hammered this poor Chav team.

    Expect a €60m bid for John Stones

  18. RA says:

    A brilliant way of showing the teams, Chas, thank you sweetie pie. 😀

  19. Gööner In Exile says:

    Why would Stones choose Chavs? Think ManUre may be hi send destination….or City.

    Not really here came on to say that Chavslooked like a side that didn’t know how to win the game at 1-0 up, confidence is incredibly low for them, and Maureen doesn’t appear to be able to find away of lifting it.

  20. chas says:

  21. RA says:

    Chelsea are a morally corrupt team – the image of their manager.

    They cheat and surround the ref to get players sent off for no reason.

  22. Gööner In Exile says:

    Anyone think that we could play Hector ahead of Debuchy if JC struggles at rw?

  23. Eddie says:

    3:1 to pool??!! Bye bye mourinho, bye bye mourinho 😆😆

  24. kelsey says:

    How did we lose to those Chavs. Klopp 3 times 🙂

    Meanwhile back in Wales is Flamini our super sub in ATTACK 😉

  25. Eddie says:

    Sweetie pie – his bleeding heart

  26. RA says:

    I thought you told me he liked to called that, Eddie? 😀

  27. Eddie says:

    John Terry ‘ s face 😁😁😁 what did Costa do?

    Halloween horror for jose 😂😂

  28. Eddie says:

    RA – I’m sure he’s been called worse. But I’d better stop, rasp is furious with me 😕

  29. kelsey says:

    Costa tried to chop the guys leg off.hopefully he will get banned again after they look at it again.

  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RaddY thanks
    Read earlier and spent all day pondering bellerin or Campbell on right
    After much thought I went for Bellerin 🙄
    Cant wait
    Must win game for me
    Draw will do for BR and Exile
    Chas in the don’t care 🙂

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right
    Seriously excited and now with usual pre much optimism boiling over, lets have the done deal by half time 🙂
    Come on you Gunnnnners

  32. Gööner In Exile says:

    “I have nothing to say, i have nothing to say, i have nothing to say”

    Jose Mourinho……bless him, interesting to watch that interview against the BBC body language piece yesterday, shaking his head when saying that he wasn’t worried about his position.

  33. Eddie says:

    GiE – best interview he ever gave, funny without trying to be funny

  34. RA says:

    Eddie,

    Costa tackled Škrtel and fouled him, but while they were both on the ground Costa lashed out and kicked Škrtel in the stomach.

    Should have been a red card but the ref did not give it – maybe he did not see it.

  35. RA says:

    He was like a pouty, sulky child – the man has no class – but then he is a serial loser. 🙂

  36. Eddie says:

    Thank you RA and Kelsey.

  37. Eddie says:

    Hector respect

  38. kelsey says:

    We are living dangerously.A game to play Gabriel not Mertesacker

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Who is this penis of a co-commentator? The man is a disgrace.

  40. Big Raddy says:

    FP misses a good chance

  41. kelsey says:

    Campbell is trying his best, but is it good enough.
    opur big three in midfield need to get a hold on the game and Bellerin is having a hard time defending, as I feared.

  42. Eddie says:

    Swans look bigger, stronger and faster than us
    Terrific game, but not exactly as planned

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Bugger. OG get up!

  44. kelsey says:

    Raddy

    could be serious or just a knock. Swansea generally much quicker to the ball and as I said earlier where are the orchestra leaders.

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Definitely take the smash and grab 1-0 right now

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Pleased to go in equal, We have been hanging on

    Our ball players have to find space to play – hopefully Swansea’s midfield will tire and we can find some magic.

    We look tired.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    My dilemma – rugby final or AFC?

    Neither on TV here, so it will be the iPad for footie and the Mac for the rugby. Come on the All-Blacks

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rugger here now Raddy
    Yeah, All Blacks for me too
    It’ll be more exciting than a repeat of the first 45
    I’ll keep the stream on laptop with the odd look

  49. kelsey says:

    Call yourself a supporter,Micky 😉

    By the way is Ozil playing and Sanchez and Cazorla need to get more involved.

  50. kelsey says:

    hahaha, our lethal CF 🙂

  51. Big Raddy says:

    The French Pouf with a lovely finish

    Come on

  52. kelsey says:

    who would have thought 2 seasons back who would be in goal for both these teams.

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    3-0 AB’s
    1-0 AFC
    Everything working well 🙂

    (Crystals. Don’t watch any old shit you know 🙂 )

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ouch for bellerin

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    3-3
    Anyone else watching Rugger?

  56. kelsey says:

    I think we are all agreed that a second goal wouldn’t go amiss.

  57. Eddie says:

    No micky! We are watching our lads under siege

  58. wally says:

    Sanchez looks lethargic.

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

    yesssssssssssss

  60. kelsey says:

    Thank you. Take them anyway you want 😉

  61. kelsey says:

    Sanchez is definitely knackered.Flamini will be on soon.

  62. Eddie says:

    Ollie off please

  63. Gööner In Exile says:

    MotD should be fun tonight 😀

  64. kelsey says:

    Pleased for the lad. it’s great when we aren’t really playing that well to be 3-0 up away, and the away support is fantastic again,take a bow lads.

  65. Gööner In Exile says:

    Jealous of you who are able to get streams 😦

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Brilliant stuff from JC. Deserves his goal.

    Much better than the rugby!

  67. Gööner In Exile says:

    Come on 4 more goals to go top

  68. Eddie says:

    GiE – online footy 7 geebs for 2 mths

  69. RA says:

    I have just got in and read the gloomy comments – and when I got to 4:34 we were winning 0 – 3 🙂

    Are you all converts to Steve-ism? 🙂

  70. RA says:

    Is geeks the same as Polish zloty, Eddie. 🙂

  71. Gööner In Exile says:

    Oooooh Norwich equaliser…..apparently a Hart howler 😀

  72. Eddie says:

    Norwich baby!!!!

  73. RA says:

    Cites 1 – Norwich 1

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    yess norwich

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    9-3 kiwis

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    surely Sanchez off

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    try kiwis

  78. RA says:

    Mickish,

    I have watched hours of Rugby sine the WC started and have done a Raddish and pinched two computers – I mean borrowed – 🙂 and watched the rugby, FP Practise 3 and the blog.

    Brilliant try by NZ, Brilliant. 😀

  79. Gööner In Exile says:

    Boolllix City winner

  80. RA says:

    Damn Citeh 2 – Norwich 1 —- and bugger.

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wow thanks for that Exile
    I missed the JC goal. Very nice
    Was he deserved MOTM?

  82. Big Raddy says:

    Terrific victory against a team we usually have trouble with.

    Great second half from our MF’s as Swansea tired (I told you so)

    And our Ugly Duckling gets MotM.

    Happy Days

    Oh and NZ hammering the Aussies. Gnarly will be delighted 🙂

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    NONOOOOO

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh alright
    Nonuuuuuuu 🙂

  85. RA says:

    He means Ma’aa Nonu. 🙂

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    He did RA 🙂

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:

    By the way, I think you’d make a great Baron 🙂

  88. RA says:

    I would be a despot, Micky — you, on the other hand, would rule by consensus. 🙂

  89. Herb's Army says:

    And the run goes on…
    Great pre-match, BR, Swansea have caused us problems in previous seasons.
    This season has a different feel about it.
    That’s our last four PL opponents destroyed by a three-goal margin.
    Tottenham beware!

  90. stevepalmer1 says:

    My prediction of a drab draw was looking likely at half time, Arsenal was giving the ball away and we were being run ragged in defence but for a couple of outstanding clearances we could have been down. Giroud and Campbell both missed good chances, but to be honest a draw at the end of the half looked on. Second half we still never looked composed but shit happens and it did for Swansea a good cross met Girouds head and it cannoned into the goal, Arsenals play i dont think was very attractive we gave the ball away a lot Sanchez was having a quiet game Joel Campbell worked hard he stood out for me although he gave the ball away a few times Ozil rifled one across field it went passed all in the box only to fall at Campbells feet, he had a little touch and then hit a sweet left footer away from the keeper to find the back of the net.

    Swansea it has to be said looked more attractive than us with no end result we did look good on the breakaway and would have made more chances had we never passed it to them but the final goal came from a ball flighted into the box Kosi and Giroud both jumped with Swansea’s Fabianski and Flappy dropped it into the path of Kosi who just stroked it in 3.0 My prediction down the pan and how happy was i. Well done you rested Gunners

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wow some comeback by aussies
    Exciting finish

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Exciting. NZ’s yellow card very costly.

  93. Eddie says:

    blimey that was some run!!

  94. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great game
    Best team won

  95. Big Raddy says:

    Terrific few hours of entertainment.

    Chavs lose, AFC win and then the rugger.

    Time to get some fresh air.

  96. Rasp says:

    Hi everyone, absolutely brilliant three points. I didn’t see the game, please tell me, how good was Joel Campbell?

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas
    They really do have a dark basement room at The Ems with Arsene’s Techies dribbling over graphs and stats and shit
    Honest 🙂

  98. kelsey says:

    These highlights of 7 minutes will give you a good idea Rasp.

  99. Eddie says:

    RasP – JC man of the match

  100. kelsey says:

    actually chas that gaph is practically a map of Spain.

  101. kelsey says:

    graph

    Ozil man of the match for me,his assists stats are amazing

  102. Twinkle says:

    Ain’t read all the comments….. but played not too well and won 3-0… thats the form of a title winning team. Well done Joel Cambell for his first…. hopefully not his last cos we need him now;

  103. Rasp says:

    Thanks Eddie, do we think he can cut it against Bayern Munich now?

  104. Gunnerjoe says:

    The thing is we did play very well in the 2nd half not sure why people are saying we didn’t I saw the game on tv.

  105. Gööner In Exile says:

    Gunnerjoe…….shhhhhh……playing badly and winning is the sign of champions…..we were rubbish 😉

  106. Gööner In Exile says:

    I haven’t seen any of the game apart from the three goals and Hectors clearance that was unnecessary because forward was offside, but still huge evidence of his pace (if any was needed) and his defensive awareness (which some have questioned) the goal would have been nothing to do with a mistake from him but his desire to protect his team from going 1-1 tells us a lot about the team spirit in the camp.

  107. Gunnerjoe says:

    Have a look at Bellerin’s recovery after Gommas beat our offside trap in the frist half was magic.

  108. LB says:

    Never mind the one in which the forward was off side watch the Bellerin recovery when the Swansea forward was on side.

  109. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the stats chas, I’ve put them up in the widget.

    9 assists for Ozil …. some folks must be eating their words 🙂

  110. kelsey says:

    Well I suggest you watch the game GIE when you can.We were very ordinary in the first half but improved as the second half progressed as the goals went in.

    Rasp thank Eddie but not me, OK I get it 🙂

  111. Rasp says:

    Hi kelsey, I’m really sorry, I was blogging from my car and hadn’t seen your link. I’ve watched it now – ta very muchly 🙂

  112. Rasp says:

    The width provided by Bellerin, Nacho with Coquelin to act as the central anchor is a big part of our success.

    Do we think Merts played today because Gabriel will get the shout against Bayern?

  113. Rasp says:

    Cech one clean sheet off an EPL record.

    I know GiE isn’t his biggest fan but I’m more confident when he’s between the sticks and I get the impression our defenders feel the same.

  114. Big Raddy says:

    It is true that we were 2nd best in the first half but to a certain extent we played rope-a-dope. By 60th minute Swansea were gone and hardly had a shot.

    It’s called tactics (not that I know anything about them!)

  115. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. No. BFG was superb in the home leg.

    or

    Yes, We will need Gabriel’s pace now Robben is fit again

  116. Rasp says:

    Getting splinters sitting on the fence are we Raddy ? 😆

  117. Rasp says:

    I still think there’s a chance we could juggle the midfield and Flamini may start against Bayern.

  118. Hi all

    So excited for our team and another win today. Haven’t seen any of the game but the first sounded like hard work. Bless our team don’t you just love being 3-0 winners after a rubbish first half 🙂

    Can anyone put together a few words for a post tomorrow please 🙂

  119. Twinkle says:

    Exile…. your an arsehole, didn’t watch the game and make comments about how we played…. next you’ll be doing a Kelsey 🙂

  120. Twinkle says:

    We were, very nearly top of the league today….. shame City got their second….

  121. Twinkle says:

    And what was all that earlier about ‘wine experts’? all youn have to do is drink the fucking stuff and then you’re an expert 🙂

  122. Rasp says:

    Are you having trouble NB?

  123. Twinkle says:

    I’m on a strange computa Rasp ….. 🙂

  124. Twinkle says:

    can’t find a refresh button

  125. stevepalmer1 says:

    I may have all these assists wrong, but isn’t an assist when a player passes to the player who scores, as i don’t see it as an assist if he passes to a group of players who all miss it and a player runs in and hits the loose ball, I would call that an opportunist goal

  126. Twinkle says:

    Now you are co;plicating things Steve .

  127. Rasp says:

    Hi Steve, you are correct. Arguably the assist is as important as the goal since without it – no goal. Assists are a recognised stat by all FAs and indicate a ‘team player’. Ozil has been quoted as saying he prefers to ‘assist’ more than score himself

  128. Rasp says:

    Ozil has provided more assists since 2013 than any other prem player

  129. stevepalmer1 says:

    Not surprised Rasp if they count that as one.
    I feel that i have not been a good supporter today, as i have had a bit of a moan, but i do feel that if we state something it should be right.

    I am as happy as LARRY THAT WE GOT THE 3 POINTS BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THE WAY WE WON LETS NOT KID OURSELVES THAT WE WERE THE SUPERIOR TEAM.

    sorry about the print must have hit a wrong button. But a wins a win i suppose

  130. Rasp says:

    ManU won the title with BSR in a season where they weren’t the best team in the majority of games, it’s putting the ball in the net that counts.

    If you believe .% possession dictates who is the better team then we were 2nd best today, but actually we had 15 shots compared to Swansea’s 8 so we were more effective in an attacking sense when had the ball

  131. Gööner In Exile says:

    Steve it appears to be the norm amongst stat bods that every goal must have an assist otherwise statisticians wouldn’t be able to cope with a spreadsheet that had goals adding up to 9 and assists adding up to 6, the player that gets brought down for a penalty gets an assist the player who shot and keeper partied to another player gets an assist. I wonder when someone will get an assist for shooting out of touch, goalkeeper shanks goal kick straight to attacker who scores 🙂

    Obviously the way round this is to have an assist by “No assist” then everyone would be happy, except of course fantasy football players. I read a stat recently that Hector has created more clear cut chances than anyone else in Europe, that’s surely just defenders?

  132. Rasp says:

    Hi GiE, I take your point, but surely you would acknowledge that with a player like Ozil, the majority of his assists are genuine and intentional

  133. stevepalmer1 says:

    Campbel in my mind is a better prospect than any of our injured strikers, he still needs more work and more games if he gets the amount of starts as the others have had he will be a player that Wenger was hoping he brought.

    This guy needed only to get his confidence he has been pushed from pillar to post and has remained quiet, As his confidence grows and his Arsenal experience grows he will be a first pick.

    His game against Wednesday was hampered by inexperience around him, but with our top players and a good run in the side that i feel will change, He works harder than Theo uses his head better than Ox and has lasted longer than Danny. |He will be our new player of the season, but he needs the chances.

  134. stevepalmer1 says:

    Point taken GIE I only know what i watch and i call it opportunist. 🙂

  135. chas says:

    There is a ‘no assist’ already. It’s on the stats as ‘Other’ as for our second goal today.

  136. chas says:

    Not giving Ozil an assist for the 3rd would be harsh as it was his dangerous ball into the area which created the goal.

    Maybe your instints were right, Rasp, and assists stats should be dumped as they seem to annoy a fair few folk.

  137. chas says:

    * instincts

  138. Rasp says:

    Hi chas, no I don’t think they should be dumped, I think they are relevant. I was never against the idea of listing assists, just reluctant to do the work – and then you volunteered 🙂

  139. chas says:

    Maybe Giroud shouldn’t be credited with scoring the first goal.
    Steve’s description at 5.27 clearly implies it wasn’t deliberate and any inanimate object could have provided the necessary contact. 🙂

    “…..but shit happens and it did for Swansea a good cross met Girouds head and it cannoned into the goal, “

  140. Gööner In Exile says:

    Ooooh I like stats and I think it would be harsh to take Ozils second assist away today as without the cross the ball doesn’t end up at JCs feet. I was just trying to join in the fun.

    With that I give you Mesut

  141. Shard says:

    Although we weren’t great in the first half, I thought we edged it on chances. I also think Swansea were being allowed to foul without being adequately punished, which was disrupting our rhythm.

    In the second half we stepped up our physicality a bit. Giroud scored a great goal (why was he pulling Mertesacker’s shirt though?) which set us on our way. Cazorla and Ozil then became more involved.

    Alexis looked a little off colour today, if only in comparison to his high standards.

    Campbell had a decent game. If he can keep doing the basics right, I think he has a chance to stay in the team, ahead of the Ox.

    Bayern next. Can we repeat the result? I think we can, and maybe Campbell’s rawness would be just the thing to prevent Bayern from stifling us.

  142. Shard says:

    Also on the Gabriel vs Mertesacker debate, it all depends on how we plan to play. Per was caught out while pressing t go for the interception rather than dropping back. But time and again, he picks out the right pass into midfield or fullbacks and makes it look simple. Gabriel doesn’t quite have that yet.

    If we’re planning to play deep, then Per might be the better option. If we’re going to go and press, then Gabriel. Though I don’t think we can successfully press Bayern, hence I think playing Per is more likely.

    Is Arteta back yet? I think he could be important against a team like Bayern, even if it’s as a substitute.

  143. Shard says:

    Lastly, hahaha at Jose Mourinho. It wasn’t that long ago that he said Arsenal are always crying or moaning about referees. Look at him now. When he doesn’t even have a point.

    Maybe he’s just following his brief at the start of the season.

    Abramovich: Make us more entertaining.

    Jose: Ok boss.

  144. chas says:

    Shard
    I think Giroud was pulling the BFG’s shirt for two reasons, maybe:

    firstly, so that no Swansea defender could get in between them and

    secondly, to use the slingshot effect to propel himself into space and drag Ashley Williams with him.

    That’s man marking for you, I suppose.

    http://arsenalist.com/f/2015-16/swansea-vs-arsenal/goal-olivier-giroud-1-0-all-the-angles-english-commentary.html

  145. chas says:

    Loving the Mesut gif.
    How lucky I am to go see him play in the flesh for us. 🙂

  146. Eddie says:

    Did the Disgraceful Duo go to the game yesterday?

  147. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No Raddy,
    Gogs are not smarter for not trying to get into boxes, they are boringer that’s all

    Annnnnnd, morning Chas

    Want an Eddie Halloween story of how she set the hounds loose on the trick or treating hords

  148. MickyDidIt89 says:

    a gog is definitely a cat

  149. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh jeepers, I mean dog
    Woof woof
    Coffee badly needed

  150. Eddie says:

    Micky – no need, they’ve learned in the previous years to leave me alone ☺

    the only horror yesterday was at the Bridge ☺ the FA won’t charge Costa for kicking Skertl in the stomach because the ref had seen it

  151. Ant says:

  152. Eddie says:

    First half was worrying, Swansea looked stronger, faster, had more possession and created best chances. How gomez didn’t score is a mystery. Rope a dope is great if you win, but we could have had a completely different scenario.

    I think both teams were exhausted after the first half and our superior skills won as a game. Ozil was brilliant, my Santi has a lesser game, bless him

    When Santi retires I think I will fall in lice with another spanish midfielder, Hector. He is a bit too tall for my liking, but I can see him being as good as cesc and Santi.

  153. Eddie says:

    Ant – who’s FP? French Ponce?

  154. Ant says:

    Eddie- what’s “in lice”?

  155. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eddie

    French Ponce, or Poof, are derogatory terms used by poor quality supporters

  156. Ant says:

    I’d rather watch the Rugby World Cup Final than watch my football team..lol!

  157. Eddie says:

    In love 🙂 did you go, ant?

  158. Ant says:

    No we didn’t have enough away credits but I did see it on a stream

  159. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah ha, but Ant, I have two devices in my home. One is called a Lap Top and the other a Tele Vision

    You, on the other hand, are prepared to spend an entire day travelling to a place like Leicester while I don’t need to bother 🙂

  160. Eddie says:

    I see, I thought you were sulking ☺
    What did you think of Campbell? Not bad, ey?

  161. Ant says:

    Yes but you don’t know how to switch either on..

  162. Eddie says:

    Micky – and 2 eyes, one eye can watch rugby and the other focus on footy

  163. MickyDidIt89 says:

    That’s irrelevant 🙂

  164. Ant says:

    Disgraceful fans never sulk they just move on to the next game

  165. MickyDidIt89 says:

    True Eddie
    Thing is I’m no big fan of Rugger. Will watch some six nations, but this WC did grip me

  166. Eddie says:

    Don’t mention the next game, shivers…….
    That worm ribbery is playing, shivers ……

  167. Ant says:

    I’m still laughing at that 2 year old baby from Stamford Bridge but I don’t want to talk about it.

  168. Eddie says:

    Micky – me too, it was brilliant and the final supposedly best ever. Tough guys, makes footballers look somehow pathetic

  169. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh please Ant

    I know I occasionally comment on grown ups like you wearing football shirts and stuff, and you must dislike me for it, but please please share the story of the baby at The Bridge

    Please

  170. Ant says:

    If we did have a tiny bit of luck in the overall score line yesterday..it might start to make some amends for the numerous times when we have dominated games on shots and chances and still lost or drawn to the away team’s first shot on goal after 65 mins! Loved the irony. of the small but critical deflections on the Liverpool goals also after all those Lampard deflections from outside the box. I have not seen M or E down the Emirates for a while?

  171. Eddie says:

    And I’m guilty of calling you digraph full fans, but what baby?

  172. Eddie says:

    Antie – E is not very well

  173. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry you’re not well E
    M simply can’t be bothered

  174. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Him
    I really hope they don’t fire him yet, it’s way too much fun

  175. Ant says:

    To many incontinent friends M?

  176. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crikey Ant, you’ve just made me think. Given my age and impending incontinence, maybe I should put in the odd appearance before distance makes that an impossibility

  177. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Breakfast
    Bye

  178. Eddie says:

    JC goes to all the games 🙂

  179. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Boiled eggs and soldiers – the breakfast of champions.

    I have this timer thingermejob which is immersed into the water and changes colour depending upon how soft one likes the eggs. Top quality. Must be German

  180. Rasp says:

    Morning all, I’m basking in a warm glow 🙂

    Surely someone can come up with a few words for a MR?

  181. Twinkle says:

    TWINKLE aka NB69
    What, no match report……………… lazy fuckers.

    Raddy, the egg timer thingy can be bought at IKEA and other cheap outlets in France, I have one ha ha

  182. Twinkle says:

    so, where’s the match report? Stevie…. Norfolk….. exile….. Crystals?

  183. Twinkle says:

    I think it’s about time Le Coq Monster or Transplant did a MR… lets have a vote

  184. Rasp says:

    Me too 😕 …….

  185. kelsey says:

    A few days ago we were talking about LUCK well was mertesacker lucky not to give away a penalty, the evidence was there and if our keeper had dropped the ball through being shrugged and then consequently the oppo scored we would be outraged, so Luck does even itself out.

    Mourinho gets 35 million if he is sacked, so is he going to lose any sleep over that,one could buy most of Portugal for that.

    I can’t do a match report as I have lost the knack and concentration is difficult these days.

  186. Rasp says:

    Not luck, a poor refereeing decision 😆

  187. RA says:

    Rasp,

    If there are no takers, give me a couple of minutes and I will whip one out for you – a Post/Comment, I mean.

  188. Rasp says:

    Brilliant, thanks Redders 🙂

  189. Gööner In Exile says:

    Blind match report and feelings in draft.

  190. chas says:

    I’ve just sent a joke report to Nuts from comments on here.
    Ditch it.

  191. chas says:

    Haha, 3 buses all at once.
    Get rid of RA’s quick else I’ll read it!!!!!!!

  192. chas says:

    Phew, it’s gone.

  193. RA says:

    Chas,

    I would prefer the blind one, and the jokey one! 🙂

  194. Rasp says:

    Thanks to Redders….

    … New post ….

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