Arsenal provide tonic to injury problems

An injury plagued Arsenal earned a welcome 3 points after securing a win which was flattering to say the least.

On route to the Grove there was a sense of apprehension given Arsenal’s injury list but there was some hope with the news that Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott were restored in the squad with the former starting.

Fans were arriving early given the rumours of security checks taking place following recent tragic events. Arsenal started the game sloppy and Sunderland were through on goal early but Petr Cech was ever dependable and spared Arsenal’s blushes.

The big Cech stopper was then alert to save a deflected effort and the fans were becoming concerned this would become a long afternoon. They were right and Oliver Giroud was to feel the brunt of the Arsenal supporters frustration. Two elderly Gentleman in the North Bank then started a verbal volley about the Frenchman using very colourful language and calling him everything under the sun. The forward looked very lazy and fans were angered that he was not even doing the basics like holding the ball and bring his teammates into the game.

Arsenal then took the lead and it was that man Mesut Ozil who put a exquisite pass through for Joel Campbell to finish superbly low into the bottom corner.

Then a sucker punch.. Arsenal gave away a needless free kick. Yann M’Vila, who once seemed destined to join Arsenal swung in the free kick and yes.. It was Olivier Giroud who stuck a boot out to divert the goal past his own keeper. The fans in the North Bank were furious and  there were calls for him to be substituted for Walcott. The fury amongst the fans was evident to see and with Ramsey missing from close range rift at the end of the half compounded matters.

The second half began with Arsenal on the front foot and Arsenal were rewarded with a goal and the elderly gentlemen who were swearing from the rooftops were left red faced as Olivier Groud scored with an accurate diving header to restore Arsenal’s lead.

The game then became scrappy and the Arsenal fans were left biting their nails and Sunderland had a chance to score but the ball went blazing over the bar. The 3 points were secured when Aaron Ramsey fired home from close range after a breakaway.

So an important win for the Gunners on a day when our closest rivals dropped points.

I would like to finish though by asking this audience to spare a thought.. I wrote this match report with lots of sadness. Ernie Crouch, 90 years old, sadly died today on his way to the game.. Ernie was an Arsenal fanatic and went to every Arsenal home and away game and has been going since 1935.. It is a sad day for Arsenal football club. Ernie was a gentleman and it was always a pleasure to speak to him and had so many great stories. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and this difficult time.

RIP Ernie Crouch xxx

Written by Sir A Hussein

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52 Responses to Arsenal provide tonic to injury problems

  1. Le Coq Monster says:

    Thanks LB and Sir A H.

  2. RIP Ernie, we can ill afford to lose loyal supporters like you..

    Peaches /Rasp, post e mailed to arsenalnuts, it’s the third one you need to read, I think the first two are blank.

    I’ll now read Sir A’s post.

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Sir A, Thank you once again for a lively report. I did not share your apprehension because we are better than Sunderland and our run of bad luck had to end sometime.

    Very sad to read of Ernie and well done for making that the postscript.

  4. Akhbar says:

    Thanks Everyone and as always for your kind comments.

    To find out that Ernie had passed away once I got back to the Supportera club was very upsetting. He was such a lovely man we would always have a chat before games at the Supporters club and at service stations when we stopped for coach breaks at away games.

    A lovely lovely man. One of the greatest football supporters of all time. To be going to Arsenal games since 1934 home and away is remarkable. He would even go an watch the Under 21’s and Women’s team play.

    A true Hero and inspirational.

  5. LB says:

    Top read Sir A, much appreciated.

  6. Thanks Sir A, it’s always a treat to read about the crowd’s reactions, those of us who can only watch on tv get no idea what’s going on out of the camera’s view.

  7. James Odira Ogbonna says:

    RIP Ernie Crouch

  8. wally says:

    In the end it’s about the result. I thought it was about right.

    The positives, Cech in goal is huge. His ability to read the game and anticipate is a huge difference maker. Yesterday was another example. Flamini is a useful stand-in for games like yesterday but at a higher level, like mid-week, that’s not good enough. Campbell keeps improving. Enough to stay a starter? Not really but a useful squad player.
    The negatives, Ramsey keeps giving the ball away far too simply. He’s great at getting forward, finding space and creating chances but at least half of time his choices in passing leave much to be desired.

    I’ve been so busy the last month i feel like a one-armed wall paper hanger. What’s the deal mid-week? Just a win or is there a margin of victory required?

  9. Rasp says:

    Thanks again Sir A, an excellent report and fitting tribute to Ernie

  10. wally says:

    At the pub they had the manure game on. I did enjoy listening to them moan. And they moan about everything. The players, the referee, the coach, the tactics and funniest of all the commentators. Rather pathetic how far they’ve fallen.

  11. Rasp says:

    Hi wally, welcome back – I hope your arm gets better 🙂

    On Wednesday we either need to win by 2 clear goals or a 1 goal margin form 3-2 upwards will suffice = 3:2, 4:3 etc.

    If we lose or win by 1:0 or 2:1 we go out.

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Can we have a heat map from yesterday?

  13. It was too cold Radish. 😀

  14. Liverpuddle lose two nil away to Newcastle, so Jurgen Klopp can’t walk on water after all.

  15. Sad news about losing a loyal and dedicated old Gooner, Ernie Crouch. Gone to the Marble Halls in the sky RIP.

    I wonder if the Klope love-in will now start to dwindle? But he made the Wenger mistake tonight…. too many changes to the team.

  16. We’ll have to wait and see if Klopp’s rotation policy results in less injuries.

  17. Well if his rotation policy means less wins as well as less injuries… that’s good

  18. Eddie says:

    great match report, thank you Sir A 🙂 Did Erik Crouch really did on his way to the game?? How? what happened?

    you say “So an important win for the Gunners on a day when our closest rivals dropped points”. Hello, have you forgotten about Leicester 🙂

    Serious matter: I was driving and listening to the TalkSport radio and one commentator asked the other if Arsenal will win the league this season. The answer was noncommittal ‘They could’. The questioning guy (I never know their names) pressed by asking if they WILL, not if they COULD. There was a moment of silence and the sweetest sound followe: Yes. I think they will 🙂 🙂

  19. yea but Eddie…. Leicester have a tough period coming up… they’ve managed draws at home against the Spuds and United… and of course they lost 5 -2 at home against us. So despite their impressive start, they’ll drop off the pace soon.

  20. Personally…. and I really hate to say this, I think Stoke are gonna be the surprise package.

  21. fred1266 says:

    Is it true the breeze push him into a busd

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Don’t know Fred. Was it that windy in London?

    Important 3 points given the other results. Goes to show that no game this season is a certain 3 points

  23. LB says:

    GIE or someone of equal knowledge, I am looking for a silver lining to the possibility of not beating Olmpiacos by the required score and so my question is: is it possible that we lose in such a way so as to happily miss out on the Europa Cup?

  24. Rasp says:

    I can answer that LB if you don’t mind, the answer is no unless Zagreb beat Bayern by about 8 goals 😦

  25. LB says:

    Go Zagreb.

  26. Unfortunately there is no way we can lose badly enough to go out altogether, no matter what Zagreb do in Munich.

    They beat us 2-1 at their place, we beat them 3-0, and hence as first test between teams finishing on same points is results between each other as follows:

    a) higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
    b) superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
    c) higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
    d) higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
    e) if, after having applied criteria a) to d), two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria a) to d) are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria f) to h) apply;
    f) superior goal difference from all group matches played;
    g) higher number of goals scored from all group matches played;
    h) higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons

    So basically at the point we put three past Zagreb, we were in Europa confirmed!

    So back to Olympiakos…….They beat us 3-2……therefore if we win 2-0 we are through, if we win by 3 goals to anything we are through, as we have a better goal difference in all matches (-1) vs (-4) (point (f) above.

  27. Gööner In Exile says:

    And consequently if we win by more than three goals to anything…..we are through.

  28. Gööner In Exile says:

    Will actually be interesting to see what we do…..if we do get 2-0 up, sit back and hope, or push for a third that’ll pretty much confirm progression, but at the same time leave us even more open to a sucker punch.

    By the way thanks to LB and Sir A for match reports didn’t see the game apart from highlights, seems a fair result albeit from a scrappy performance, but given only Leicester in the top 6 won this weekend, i’m pretty happy.

  29. And us Exile, and us.

  30. Fred, there is report in The Metro newspaper that Ernie Crouch was blown by a gust of wind into the road and hit a bus.

    If you simply Google his name you can read the report in full.

  31. Red Arnie says:

    nice report as ever, Sir A. 🙂

    RIP Ernie. 😦

  32. chas says:

    Does this look familiar?

  33. chas says:

    7th December

  34. chas says:

    Cheers, SirA.

    Your at-the-game match reports are great.
    One of the common elements in your reports is the moaning from fans around you at each and every game.
    You would have thought the ‘Two elderly Gentleman in the North Bank’ might have learnt a little in their years of attending.
    I suppose that’s just football, sad though it is.

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  38. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    The Monreal vid!

  39. Rasp says:

    Morning all, since there is a lack of cat vids, here’s my dog Dillon in a festive mood … I’m hoping it will go viral on YouTube 🙂

  40. Rasp says:

    …. you’ll need the sound on ….

  41. Eddie says:

    Rasp – that is just brilliant 🙂 🙂 Clever boy Dillon

  42. Eddie says:

    2 goals difference is going to be extremely hard. Olympiacos have to sit and defend, that’s all. and we are useless at shifting busses.

    The answer is simple – forget pretty football, forget we can lose 10 nil, forget defending – all 11 men shooting, non stop. Bound to get lucky a few times, no?

  43. Rasp says:

    He sings to The Archers theme too Eddie 🙂

  44. Eddie says:

    a little bit out of tune this one 🙂 still, amazing! I had many dogs in my life, but never a singing one

  45. Rasp says:

    He sings all the time and emits continual low moans when you fuss him 🙂

  46. Eddie says:

    can he do any Arsenal chants?

    Personally, I am not dead against playing in Europa. We could win a trophy there, whereas we have no chance in CL

  47. Rasp says:

    Haha Eddie, you’ve just hit on the topic of today’s post – to be published shortly. Keep your powder dry and save it for the new post 🙂

  48. Eddie says:

    ok, so it is a prematch to prematch? Lovely

  49. Rasp says:

    …. New post …..

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