The Dynamic Duo: Giroud & Walcott to Start.

In the words of one of Highgate’s finest” Tonights, the Night, It’s gonna be Alright” or will it be “I don’t wanna talk about it, How you broke my Heart”?

Either way Β “You’re in my Heart you’re in my Soul, You’ll be my breath should I get Old”


In the Home Kit

We are sure to be in for an exciting couple of hours tonight and there will be little room behind LB’s sofa, get there early πŸ™‚

The doubts and fears about tonight are known to all – the history of our visits to Olympiakos,, the injuries, the stupidity of the home leg, the amazing home form of the Greeks, our inability to keep a clean sheet Β etc etc but instead of writing about all those negative vibes I prefer concentrate upon why we will win. Why so? Because negativity attracts negativity and it follows that a positive post will augur a positive result.

Firstly, I think Arsene will start with both the FP and Theo with Campbell sitting on the bench. We need to score and they are our best bet. Giroud may be a marmite player but he can and does score goals; Theo owes us and is a Big Game player.

Olympiakos will play the counter-attack so we need to have pace and common-sense from a defensive point of view – so we start with the regular back 5 and tell Flamini only to venture forward when he is certain an FB is covering him. Kos and BFG only go forward for set plays.

We come into the game having shown we can score goals aplenty.

We have the best attacking midfielder in world football.

Ramsey has broken his duck and historically he scores in runs of games.

We have The Ox. None other than Mr Roy Hodgson spoke recently about how he thought Young Alex was a major find and has a golden future. I believe him. Ox needs a run of games to get back to the levels we know he is capable of. Expect a towering performance tonight.

Arsenal have been in this situation before – many times we have failed heroically but this being an Auspicious day Arsenal can and will overcome. This is why it is auspicious:

25 years ago today Lech Walesa was elected President of Poland

Dec 9 1949. Arsenal played their first ever Cup Game against Spurs. We won 3-0

There is other stuff but you would get bored!!

However there is one reason which stands out above all others …….

We will win because We are The Arsenal



300 Responses to The Dynamic Duo: Giroud & Walcott to Start.

  1. Rasp says:

    Lovely job Raddy. I will be astonished if we don’t start with the FP and Theo. I expect TFP to score at just about the time everyone is calling for him to be subbed πŸ˜†

    Don’t forget I told you all that Ramsey will score at least one tonight, he’s about to become the player we saw a couple of seasons ago.

    For anyone who likes a bet, put a tenner on a 3:1 win to The Arsenal and Ramsey to score πŸ˜€

  2. That’s the stuff to give ’em! Well done Radish.

    None of that namby-pamby dooming, get stuck in!

    In the words of another immortal…

    They don’t like it up ’em Mr Mainwaring, they don’t like it up ’em.

  3. Gunner Smith says:

    Arsenal must prove on the pitch they are better than Olympiakos by advancing to the next round.No team has a divine right to cl soccer and least of all, the ko stages.
    That’s why I am amused by the MU fans who think thye have adivine right to winning.Even if they were to sack LVG,the re is no guarantee the next boss will be as successful as rf.

  4. BR

    I hope you are right about the Ox, coz he doesn’t seem, IMO, to be progressing as a player.

  5. kelsey says:

    Excuse me ye old bald eagle,stop pinching my ideas for your pre match post.;)

    Well Rasp is now competition with his own set of balls but he didn’t say if Ramsey will score an OG or a mis hit πŸ™‚

    3 to 1 is a good bet but if we lose the tie it takes away the pleasure.

    Is it 3 to 1 that we win AND Ramsey scores, surely the odds would be greater than that.

  6. chas says:

    Cheers, Radster.

    I know we all want CL football to continue this season but I’ve a feeling the pressure is off tonight and we might witness a momentous night. Hoping so, anyway.

    Loving the Rod stuff.
    Maybe you could use a different songster’s lyrics for each pre-match.

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Look here Crystals, yer great ponce. Back off the Bald Eagle alright. Insulting the author and our only pm’er is uncool.
    You can slink off all huffy and it doesn’t matter, but we need the Bald Eagle, ok?

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    Dear Erik
    Thank you for a very fine PM. Superb, even if your line up is plain wrong πŸ™‚
    As for the game, of course we can stick a few past them. Cannot wait. A trip to St Petersburg beckons
    Your loyal and obedient reader,

  9. chas says:

    I wonder why the keeper Veysey didn’t make it?
    Keown’s barnet. πŸ™‚

  10. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Fantastic vid. Really cheered me up on this sunny morning.

    In my youth I used to follow the Faces around the South East and later on Rod.

    I know Peaches is a big fan

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Thank you Didit.

    Your loyalty is much appreciated (unlike some we could mention)

  12. kelsey says:

    Loyalty, olloxs, hee’s crawling yet again.

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip. Crawling again πŸ™‚
    You may have the hair, but I have the technique πŸ™‚

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually Crystals, there is something we could agree on, and that’s how to formulate a line up that is good πŸ™‚

  15. Shard says:

    hmmm. not sure about rod stewart in the pm.. unless he’s a gooner. then all’s forgiven.

    Starting theo against a team likely to sit in a low block. Hmmm.. depends on his fitness too I suppose. Unfortunately the Ox has been terrible both before and since his injury. I think Campbell should start. He knows the Olympiakos team well, though i suppose they know him too.. not in your biblical sense raddy.

    the way we’re defending recently, i don’t think we can go for a 2-0. keep pushing for the 3rd if we manage to get two goals..


    What is the name of this small mysterious sports pub near maryleborne station, and what time will you be there? I’m heading out for physio soon, and should be free around 5. I’ll make my way there accordingly.

  16. chas says:

    Only one came up googling.

  17. Rasp says:

    Hi Kelsey, I didn’t make myself clear earlier, I meant for Arsenal to win by 3 goals to 1 and Ramsey to score πŸ˜€

  18. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, Raddy. πŸ™‚ Yes, we will win, and win by the necssary margin. Am I nervous? Yes. Are there reasons why we may not make it. Hell, yes.

    But now if the time to be positive. We have done this in the past, we will do it today. COYG. πŸ™‚

  19. Red Arnie says:

    I would start with all three – Giro, Theo and Campbell, plus Rambo. We need to find goals, and I would say 3 goals. Agree with Rasp that Rambo will score one.

    We can get 2 from the 3 front men, and therefore we are in business.

  20. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    From memory Olympiakos has been aground we have suffered season defining injuries at before.

    So with that in mind field the youth team and see what they can pull off, it’ll be good preparation for Europa football for them…………

    ……..yeah right.

    Theo, Ollie, and Ox please, going wherever needed and Ozil pulling strings ably assisted by Rambo. Flamster to be disciplined.

    Would love us to progress as it shows spirit in the squad, but we must not give up. We need three goals in my book.

  21. Rasp says:

    Can we expect a bent ref this evening?….

    … this from Untold Arsenal …

    “Olympiakos are top of the Greek league. They have played 13 and won 13. Their owner and president is accused of being involved in and directing a criminal organization, aiding and abetting blackmailing, aiding and abetting the creating of explosions, aiding and abetting bribery and fraud. He is currently out on bail of 200,000 euros and has to report to the police station every 15 days.

    25 senior football people including club owners and refs are accused of various crimes in Greece, but meanwhile football goes on.”

  22. Well, it’s too, late to put a horses head in the ref’s bed, but perhaps we could tell him on Twatter that we’ve kidnapped his pet canary and unless he makes sure we win by two goals the bird gets it.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    I like the canary idea. Perhaps Sir Chips should be informed

  24. Red Arnie says:

    Good idea, Norfolk and Raddy. πŸ™‚

  25. Rasp says:

    Here’s a Rod tune for Arsene to solve his zip problem ….

  26. Rasp says:

    This is one of my Rod favourites and would be good to play in the changing room before the game ….

  27. RC78 says:

    I honestly think that Walcott will be benched and that we will play:

    Cech – Bellerin, BFG, Kos, Monreal – Ramsey, Flamini – Ox, Ozil, Campbell – Giroud

    We will bring in Gibbs and Walcott as the game goes on and if we need extra goals…

    I am happy with a 3-1 victory with a last minute goal by Ox

  28. VCC says:

    Cheers Rasp…..1-1 half time, Arsenal 3-1 full time odds = 60-1.

    Can’t get 3-1 Arsenal and Ramsey to score 😦

  29. Red Arnie says:

    RC. Dont know about Theo, but I like the idea of throwing the kitchen sink at trying to score 3 goals. So I would prefer that.

    I think Campbell will start, and I think he should. His experience can come in handy today. COYG.

  30. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks Raddy, as usual you excel. No trains to Greece so we miss out on the Ant & Chas special.

    No matter what way you look at this game it’s going to be very difficult for us to get a 2 goal margin. The odds are against us so I don’t hold my hopes too high but if we do pull it off then it will really be one for the books.

    It starts at 2:45pm here so my son and I will have a couple of bottles of red uncorked and breathing.

  31. Eddie says:

    Raddy πŸ™‚ I love your change in style in your PMs. I expected a cautious words of wisdom, but instead you are wearing your hippy hat today! Fair play to you and to Lech Walesa

    I am struggling in trying to attract good vibes, but one thing is for sure – we are the Arsenal and we are miles better than fooking Olympiakos! They might be the Greek gods, but we are the English lions. I am not into fairies and strongly believe that our beasts will do the job.

    LB – can I come over to yours?

  32. Nice one Radish… as per usual πŸ™‚

    The Greeks are gonna be up for it tonight… it’s them or us who go through. It will be tough game… probably very physical and we’ll be lucky to come out of it without any injuries, let alone a win.

  33. Big Raddy says:

    2,45 p.m.? Nothing like an early afternoon bottle of red followed by a snooze

    Though for NB it is an early morning bottle of wine followed by a lengthy snooze.

  34. bloody hell Raddy…. you must have some sort of hippy psychi! You’ve been prancing around the Mulberry Bush again, chanting and om-ing.

  35. chas says:

    I’d take a goal like this tonight.

  36. Rasp says:

    Time is running out to get rich everyone. You’ll get 90:1 for ARSENAL TO WIN 3:1 and Ramsey to score first πŸ™‚

  37. chas says:

    Are you working for the bookies?

  38. Le Coq Monster says:

    Thanks Big Randy !

    In words of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers……….Scooby Doo, where are you!…………… I the only one who thinks Daphne is fcuking fit ?.

    I`d settle for no injuries and a big win at Villa if I`m honest….the CL has lost it`s magic for me, we`ve had one sniff in nearly 20 years !….abysmal !…groundhog day every year, a bit like our injuries, sick to the teeth with it !…………bring on the FA Cup, a proper cup competition !.
    Either make it a proper league or back to a knock out competition with pot luck draws.

  39. Red Arnie says:

    any space behind the sofa? must try and get in early. πŸ™‚

  40. chas says:

    Have you seen the film with Linda Cardellini playing Daphne, Cockie?

    In home kit (like Rod)…….

  41. Red Arnie says:

    my plans of travelling to Glasgow have taken a hit. Strong winds and rain. 😦 Instead, it will be a quiet pub with plenty to drink.

  42. chas says:

    Haha, I’ve got the Scooby Doo girls mixed up, I thought you fancied Velma. πŸ˜†

  43. Le Coq Monster says:

    Yes chas !……`s part of my Scooby Doo Porn collection . πŸ˜†

  44. chas says:

    Give us some rousing ‘going into battle ‘music’.

  45. Red Arnie says:

    fit for what? anything that is fit for the purpose of getting, I mean earning, a 3-1 win tonight is game for me. πŸ˜›

  46. chas says:


  47. Le Coq Monster says:

    A threesome would do fine as long a Scrappy Doo is not licking my nuts !. πŸ˜†

  48. Le Coq Monster says:

    I fancy some ROOBY RACKS !

  49. chas says:

    I never got as far as Scrappy Do.

    Right, speakers up, William Tell

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    AA current topic?
    The Scooby Doo Girls.

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Cockie
    Did you hear the radio chat today with the bloke from Bude who was sizzling dolphin steak in his kitchen
    Found the dead creature on the beach and cut off two pounds of meat. It was two weeks old!
    Maybe one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever heard

  52. chas says:

    Loved it, Arnie, ta.
    I was riding a galloping horse for 3 minutes.

  53. chas says:

    I heard the dolphin man.
    I loved it when he put the phone closer to the sizzle and Jeremy Vine was still trying to talk to him.

  54. chas says:

    Those onions did smell good, though.
    I didn’t realise he was a West Country nutter. πŸ™‚

  55. chas says:

    It sure did sound chewy.

  56. Rasp says:

    Or what about this Red Arnie ……

  57. Red Arnie says:

    Chas. πŸ™‚

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    It was Arthur from Bude. A known old git who spends his life hovering up road kill
    What Radio channel was it?

  59. Le Coq Monster says:

    Didn`t hear that one Micky….someone put it up !.

  60. Rasp says:

    Tell me you don’t get nervous when you hear this …..

  61. chas says:

    1999-2000 was the last time we went out at the first group stage.
    We went on the reach Copenhagen in the UEFA Cup Final.

    Those flippin Wembley games in 98/99 and 99/00 were dire, thank feck Dein didn’t get his way and we played there more often.

    (we went out at the second group stage a couple of times when UEFA were really trying to milk the revenue out of it in the early 2000s)

  62. Red Arnie says:

    yes, Rasp, works very nicely for me. ta. πŸ™‚

  63. Rasp says:

    Sorry Raddy, I’ve had to change the banner …. put the music on when you look everyone …..

  64. Red Arnie says:

    not raising my hand, Rasp. goosebumps as well, to be honest. πŸ™‚

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    I went to a couple of those Wembley games
    Kiev was one, and they had Rebrov
    Bloody awful it was

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Rasp
    At midnight on Dec 1st, there was snow on here. Where’s it gone?

  67. Le Coq Monster says:

    I built a bungalow up near Davidstow and used to run up on the moor there and I`m sure this nutter tried to take me as road kill when I was resting exhausted near a hedge !.

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Radio 2, wow he has made the big time. Assumed it must be a local Radio Devon or Cornwall affair

  69. Shard says:

    Done with physio. Now to get a bite to eat and then head to maryleborne. But where will LB be? And no one say behind the sofa :p

    Back to check later.

  70. Le Coq Monster says:

    My advice is……….If you`re going eat road kill….make sure it`s a fit looking Beaver !

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    He was asked if it was legal to cut slices off a dead dolphin
    He explained law stated you had to cremate dead beasts or bury them
    As he sizzled, he said he was cremating, and as he tucked in, said he was burying πŸ™‚

  72. Le Coq Monster says:

    Good reply ! πŸ˜€

  73. Rasp says:

    Can’t find the snow button Micky, but we want a nice warm feeling any way πŸ™‚

  74. chas says:

    This is roughly what LB looks like.
    He isn’t scary, though, even if he did go on away manoeuvres with Denton. πŸ™‚

  75. kelsey says:

    I found better than 90 to 1 for Ramsey to score first and us to win 3-1, but declined to bet.

    We are actually 3 to 1 going out from 11 to 4 to just win the game.

    Ye of little faith πŸ™‚

  76. Red Arnie says:

    Micky and Rasp. yes. let us find the snow button!

  77. chas says:

    Rebrov plus Shevchenko
    Barce-chuffin-lona taking the piss

    Feckin nightmare.

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Then I suggest you wrap up warm as there will be a chill in here by 10pm if Ollie starts and we lose πŸ™‚

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip, went to Florence game but not Barca

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    Grubs up

  81. chas says:

    Every single Arse fan has a different game history.
    I bet Mr Rocky was at all of those Wembley games, LB probably, maybe RA, too.

  82. Rasp says:

    We have snow but only at the top of the page?

  83. Eddie says:

    what the hell are you lot blogging about? Haven’t you got a game to consier? Who is playing, how many English lions?

    No Rasp, not me. Love that anthem

    Angela Merkel person of the year 2015 ha ha ha ha, classic

  84. chas says:

    It’s feckin snowing.

  85. Le Coq Monster says:

    Wait a while and the snow eventually reaches the bottom of the page !

  86. chas says:

    Hopefully fred didn’t go.
    Though maybe I’ll be thinking the opposite at 9.40pm.

  87. chas says:

  88. chas says:

  89. Big Raddy says:

    I went to all the Wembley CL games. Shite atmosphere, shite parking, shite everything.

    Must be better in Athens

  90. kelsey says:

    Now what the hell do I do now πŸ˜‰ Swansea are looking for someone πŸ˜‰

  91. Eddie says:

    kels – that photo of AW – he still doesn’t know whom to play

  92. Red Arnie says:

    yes, saw the snow. nice. πŸ™‚

  93. kelsey says:

    I know Evonne. I won’t say a word during the game as that might show a bias.Now with snow who slides best to get carded.Yes, you are right The Flamster πŸ™‚

  94. RA says:

    You are right, Chas, [@ 6:15] I was indeed at Wem-ber-ley!
    And the Viking is also right @ 6:30 – all that he said and worse. πŸ™‚

    Rasp, switch off the snow – it’s collecting on my keyboard.

    (just kidding). πŸ™‚

    COYG — we will win – trust me.

  95. kelsey says:

    How can we trust you, you don’t exist πŸ™‚

  96. chas says:

    I thought you’d Vikingified by then (not that I had any idea, really ) πŸ™‚

  97. kelsey says:

    Only kidding RA, honest.We know who you reallyy are .

  98. Eddie says:

    RA – no we don’t πŸ™‚ did you call yourself fred yesterday?

  99. kelsey says:

    I was right about Theo and Giroud starting but Campbell is in the middle of those front three.

  100. Red Arnie says:

    aha, Redders is back. It will be a 3-1 win surely then. πŸ™‚

  101. chas says:

    fred’s been on several times before.
    Maybe when you were in Poland?

  102. Eddie says:

    not the time (definitely) nor the place, but I have to say it – Kelsey! you have no idea how pleased I am to see you blogging, joking, being the part, Kelsey’s back….oooh, bless you!

    On a grander scale of things I think every one of you is more important than tonight’s result

    Well, maybe except for chas πŸ™‚

  103. Eddie says:

    they have internet in Poland you know and I never stopped blogging while away, not like some… know who

  104. Red Arnie says:

    now, my turn to say: told you so. all 3 strikers. cannot complain. πŸ™‚

  105. chas says:

    You’ve nailed it.
    People are far more important than football.
    (well, on non-matchdays, definitely).

  106. chas says:

    So how come you’d not seen fred before, then?

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo line ups. Thanks Chas
    Blimey, The Ox is now behind Joel in the pecking order

    Fred is for real. 100%. Not kidding.

  108. Red Arnie says:

    Evonne and Kelsey. πŸ™‚

    Evonne. who stopped blogging? apart from me? πŸ™‚

  109. Red Arnie says:

    complete snowfall now! πŸ™‚ COYG. πŸ™‚

  110. Eddie says:

    how could I see him, he doesn’t exist πŸ™‚

  111. Eddie says:

    oh arnie, some 4 years ago there were about 50 regulars and 10k hits per day. Much better now, cozy πŸ™‚

  112. Eddie says:

    this is funny πŸ™‚ I am worried about my new house build – before xmas there are many break-ins, looters taking pipes, metal, tools. My mate had a brilliant idea – he told me to put a Syrian flag on the roof – I will then have 24×7 police protection πŸ™‚ genius

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Great idea Eddie, other than if by chance Biggles flies past, in which case, he’d probably drop a big one

  114. chas says:

    Robbie Feckin Savage
    Sweet Jesus, take me away from this madness.

  115. GoonerB says:

    Cheers for the post Raddy, very Churchillian. Will chat more another time. Being picked up in a mo to pop out and watch the game and haven’t put my rouge on yet.

  116. chas says:

    When Biggles drops a big one, even the Syrians sit up and take notice.

  117. Fred says:

    Where is Twelve Pins in Finsbury Park?

  118. GoonerB says:

    Like the line up as long as it is Joel right and Theo left. Tara.

  119. Le Coq Monster says:

    Anyone want to buy some cheap metal, pipes and tools ?

  120. Eddie says:

    micky – nope, they NEVER kill civilians. imagine a flight over Syria – civilian, civilian, civilian, terrorist – bomb, and again. Very clever operation

  121. Le Coq Monster says:

    I wont watch the game and will give myself a drastic haircut instead !……which Arsenal player shall I copy this time ?

  122. mickydidit89 says:

    Blimey, swift work there Chas

  123. Eddie says:

    le monster – it aint funny. My electrician’s last job was raided on sunday night. They ripped floors, tiles, everything tring to get to copper. And you cannot insure it because the place is unoccupied

    anyway, time to find a decent stream

  124. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Side as predicted by most except Campbell for Ox.

  125. Eddie says:

    raddy got pissed and is still asleep πŸ™‚ he’ll miss the game

  126. Big Raddy says:

    Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow. Nice work Rasp.

    Surprise to see both RA, Fred and Campbell this evening.

  127. Big Raddy says:

    Sod off Eddie, though it is likely I will be three sheets to the wind come the final whistle πŸ™‚

  128. Shard says:

    No idea where LB is so watching at the sports bar and grill in marylebone.

    A bit nervous now about the game. Hopefully a quick start and early goal from us to calm the nerves.

  129. Eddie says:

    RA, Fred and Campbell πŸ˜†

  130. mickydidit89 says:

    Love the drama of these kind of games
    Proper knock out football
    Enjoy game all

  131. chas says:

    Not heard/read anyone being told to ‘sod off’ for years πŸ™‚
    I hope it won’t be misinterpreted

  132. Eddie says:

    Shard – he’s at the DFS store

  133. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody hell, forgot what crap players they have
    Come on you Gunnnnnners

  134. Rasp says:

    Ozil has a tight calf???? Don’t play him 😦

  135. Big Raddy says:

    chas πŸ™‚

    Stadium, looks greta. Crowd well into it.

  136. mickydidit89 says:

    sex with Ollie
    Its on πŸ™‚

  137. Rasp says:

    Ok so Ramsey didn’t score but he made the goal πŸ™‚

  138. Big Raddy says:

    Get in. Lovely header from the FP.

    We were rubbish for 25 mins but starting to look so much better,

    Keep it going boys,

  139. Rasp says:

    Superbly directed header for the 2nd game in a row by the FP πŸ™‚

  140. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Let Olympiakos run around and expend all that adrenaline, then when they start to get a bit leggy strike.

    Rambo needs to keep his head screwed on, can’t give the ref an excuse to bring out a second yellow.

    Glad we switched flanks for Theo and Campbell because Theo had no great interest tracking back and helping Hector out, Nacho can cope a bit better because he won’t commit himself forward as much and has a bit more experience.

    Time for fresh pants.

  141. Red Arnie says:

    so far so good. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ reasonably tight at the back as well. COYG. πŸ™‚

  142. Big Raddy says:

    So far so good. Could easily have been two.

    Ramsey showing why he has to play centrally – superb half from him.

    Going to be a nail-biting 50 mins.

  143. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    When do we release The Ox and for who?

  144. fatgingergooner says:

    Tense stuff but playing ok so far. Theo looking very rusty but there is space for him in behind if we get chance.

    I still think we will need 3 goals but I would’ve taken 1-0 at half time before the match.

  145. RA says:

    ‘Time for fresh pants’, Exile — so it was you? πŸ˜€

  146. Red Arnie says:

    told you all. 2 goals by Giro today! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  147. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Get in!!!!! Lovely ball by Campbell

  148. Red Arnie says:

    now, we need another one by Rambo. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  149. kelsey says:

    Nice goal,I knew he would play better when injured though I wish it was the 89th minute.

  150. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Stick or twist? I say twist

  151. fatgingergooner says:

    Campbell’s opened em up like a tin of soup!!!

    What a ball.

    We must keep attacking and not sit back. Score another and they need 3.

  152. Rasp says:

    Superb play by Campbell, Giroud with great composure with the finish

  153. kelsey says:

    Well at least he can’t bring on Arteta

  154. Red Arnie says:

    Kelsey. we are playing for 3-1, remember. πŸ˜›

  155. Big Raddy says:

    Fantastic from Cech

  156. Rasp says:

    If the Ox comes on for anyone it looks like it should be Walcott

  157. Rasp says:

    FGG is spot on, if we get a 3rd they need 3

  158. Rasp says:

    Is the ref looking to reduce us to 10 men? He’s being influenced by the crowd

  159. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    And breathe

  160. mickydidit89 says:


  161. Red Arnie says:

    hat-trick!!!!!!!!!!! 3-0. Giro……………………………….. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  162. Big Raddy says:

    I love the FP. Brilliant

  163. Rasp says:

    I’ve always loved Giroud, I don’t care if he is a poof πŸ™‚

  164. Eddie says:

    Hello Didit, ollie here . Did you really call me the worst CF in EPL?

  165. fatgingergooner says:


    Get the fuck in there!

  166. Red Arnie says:

    come on, dont concede now!

  167. mickydidit89 says:

    Listen to the away boys

  168. Rasp says:

    Should we bring the Ox on for Giroud to prevent him doing any more damage to his ankle?

  169. mickydidit89 says:

    Yess Eddie I did
    But tomight, I’m yours πŸ™‚

  170. Red Arnie says:

    and did anyone call Campbell a numpty? πŸ™‚

  171. Eddie says:

    What a team!! Proud to be a Gunner essential
    Hippy was right

  172. Eddie says:

    Gunneress you stupid tablet

  173. kelsey says:

    Deep down Micky and I knew what OG was capable of.Think how his value will soar πŸ™‚

  174. Rasp says:

    Giroud must be motm but Campbell has been outstanding

  175. Red Arnie says:

    come on Rambo, whats the need for that?

  176. Red Arnie says:

    Yes, Crystals, we believe you! πŸ˜›

  177. Eddie says:

    If I wasn’t evil I would feel sorry for them greeks πŸ˜‚

  178. Red Arnie says:

    you mean the Greek supporters, Evonne! πŸ™‚

  179. Tonight’s the night, it’s gonna be alright

    That’s my team out there winning 3-0 πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  180. Eddie says:

    No, the team to have their hopes slashed like that. Ospina gave them false hope

  181. Big Raddy says:

    Ooh to, Ooh to be
    Ooh to be
    A Gooner

  182. Eddie says:

    Sweet Jesus he’s drunk

  183. mickydidit89 says:

    Oooooo Lads lads lads, now we can really laugh at Thursday Night Utd πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  184. kelsey says:

    Giroud’s special night

    Olympiakos 0-3 Arsenal
    Posted at 21:25

    Which players have got Champions League hat-tricks in an Arsenal shirt?
    Arsenal celebrate
    Getty Images

    What company Olivier Giroud joins. Thierry Henry, Danny Welbeck and err… Nicklas Bendtner.

  185. Where’s LB he must want to write something poetic about this πŸ˜‰

  186. Rasp says:

    Top man Campbell, well done AW for giving him a special send off

  187. Eddie says:

    Nice of the Greeks to give JC a round of applause

  188. fatgingergooner says:

    Take a bow Joel Campbell!

    Stunning performance and work rate was unbelievable.

  189. kelsey says:

    Wednesday or Thursday, only a day apart but so much difference.

  190. Rasp says:

    Same for Giroud πŸ™‚

  191. Red Arnie says:

    indeed. take a bow, Joel Campbell. πŸ™‚ he got applause from the Greek supporters as well. πŸ™‚

  192. kelsey says:

    Giroud will now be worth well over a million;)

  193. fatgingergooner says:

    Motm Giroud. Brilliant finishes and great hold up play.

  194. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  195. Rasp says:

    Ollie’s bum needs a massage – any volunteers? πŸ™‚

  196. Red Arnie says:

    yes, agreed. MoTM Giro, followed by Campbell and Kos.

  197. Big Raddy says:

    Wonderful performance from the defence. The Greeks didn’t create a single clear chance. Czech’s only save was from a long distance shot.

    Every player was terrific.

  198. fatgingergooner says:

    Stunning performance from every single player. All that without a handful of first team players. Better than I could’ve imagined.

    Every player showed they are good enough to be at this club.

    Now we can enjoy going out in the next round to Barcelona…! πŸ˜ƒ

  199. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Simply brilliant performance. The obvious MotM is Ollie, but Campbell, BFG, Rambo and Monreal all give him a good run for it in my book.

  200. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey 9.32. Fine comment and could be tomorrow’s post πŸ˜€

  201. Big Raddy says:

    66 years ago we beat Spurs 3-0 in the FAC. Good of the lads to repeat the scoreline.

  202. mickydidit89 says:

    Fantastic night
    So impressed

    Liverpool playing some team called Sion tomorrow ROLF
    Spurs playing Monte Carlo. Didn’t know they even had a team πŸ™‚

  203. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    I’ll whisper it…….Theo was a bit pants……

    And I’m beginning to think Rambo is Forrest Gump incarnate, can Red Action make a big sign that says “Aaron Stop” when the games won and he is still doing lung busting and hamstring wrecking runs from our third to theirs.

  204. fatgingergooner says:


  205. Big Raddy says:

    Just looked at whom we can draw, pretty frightening.

    Wolfsburg or Zenit would be best.

    A trip to St Petersburg would be very exciting

  206. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    That’ll be Barca then

  207. fatgingergooner says:

    I agree with all that GiE.

    Rambo is nuts!

    In fairness to Theo he was playing CF most of the time before his injury so not only was he rusty but also playing a different position. He will struggle to get back in the team at CF though if Giroud keeps banging goals in.

  208. Rasp says:

    Merts and Giro trying to suppress laughter whilst being interviewed – I wonder which of our players was in the background winding them up.

  209. Ant says:

  210. LB says:

    Yes, I can do this one.

  211. Red Arnie says:

    we were even stevens against Bayern. what do we fear! substandard teams apart! πŸ˜›

  212. Fantabuloso LB, looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  213. mickydidit89 says:

    Fellow Bloggers

    I shall join you at dawn for some especially bad behaviour and I’m talking Champions League level BAD πŸ™‚

    And to think we have a front three comprising Ollie Pants Down Giroud and Joel Campbell. At this level. Dear God πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  214. Red Arnie says:

    LB. I am sure it will be such drudgery writing this one! πŸ˜›

  215. Red Arnie says:

    sorry, knot bin ear. what is FP? Fools Paradise?

  216. We’re due a morning of really bad behaviour, let’s laugh at them all πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  217. Fancy Pants I think πŸ˜‰

  218. Big Raddy says:

    Great, a LB report to look forward to.

    My PM was spot on today but no-one picked up on Lech Walesa who is still alive!


  219. Ant says:

  220. GunnerN5 says:

    Red Arnie – I assumed it was a in reference to a certain “French Ponce”…… who just happened to be our hat trick hero………..

  221. Ant says:

  222. GunnerN5 says:

    Campbell and Giroud are two of our most maligned players and they were along with Ozil were our stars today.

    The most important goal was our second and Campbell’s ball control in the penalty area was incredible………………at that point he was my MOTM – but then Giroud scored his third………….

  223. GunnerN5 says:

    All I can say is FU – “flipping unbelievable”…………

  224. Red Arnie says:

    Ant. πŸ™‚

  225. Red Arnie says:

    Peaches and GN5. FP. Ah yes, I see! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  226. Red Arnie says:

    Rasp owes me a drink. I put money on his 3-1 and lost. not complaining, though. πŸ™‚

    and my apols to everyone for predicting 2 goals from Giro. I was just underestimating the FP. πŸ™‚

  227. GunnerN5 says:

    ANT – FU πŸ˜‰

  228. GunnerN5 says:

    Ladies and Gents that result reminds me of a certain Friday night at Anfield…………against all odds we came through.

  229. Le Coq Monster says:

    I think it`s weird that all this was going on whilst I was giving my Giroud hairstyle a drastic cut !… it a sign ?… I get some sort of psychic assists ?…….na na na …nananana…nanana…Scooby Doo !

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  230. GunnerN5 says:

    Well it’s almost 6:00 pm here and time for our evening meal – baked fresh haddock parcels with mushrooms, sweet peppers and onions on a bed of wild rice – courtesy of a not so sober GN5……… another bottle of the best red (the 4th since the game started) but well worth the impending sore head……………………………and cost…………

  231. Red Arnie says:

    GN5. πŸ™‚

  232. We’ll we can’t call him the FFP anymore, so it will have to be the FFFP. Fantastic French Footballing Paladin. πŸ˜€

  233. LB says:

    OK, finished, in drafts, drudgery, pure drudgery RA πŸ˜‰

    BR, yes your predictions were right, well done, and thanks for another excellent PM.

    I’m off, night, night.

  234. I’m still buzzing so I’m going to have a sneaky peek πŸ™‚ Thanks LB

  235. GunnerN5 says:

    Looking forward to your AM assessment LB.

    I”m still buzzing – but then again I have been for the past 68 seasons. WIn, Lose or Draw they are always my Gunners!!!

    BUT a WIN adds an EXTRA zing……….

  236. GunnerN5 says:

    Peaches you are cheating………….

  237. GunnerN5 says:

    An unbelievable victory against ALL odds………….

  238. GN5 – only cos I can and I love LB’s match reports. Enjoy your supper, catch up tomorrow.

  239. Last one from me

  240. Red Arnie says:

    Maybe, I am being harsh here, but let me lay something off my chest. Giro is obviously a very skillful player, but even beyond that his most important contribution to the side are his strength and attitude.

    Not wishing this, but just imagine if that ankle injury had happened to Jack or Theo? It would be 3 months off straightaway. Sometimes we fans take precious rarities too much for granted.

  241. GunnerN5 says:

    Goodnight all – even though it’s only 7:40 pm here and I’m wide awake.

  242. chas says:

  243. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Still dark here but had to get up and read the Newspaper reports

  244. mickydidit89 says:

    A certain sense of relief here
    Imagine if Chas n Ant had done their first full on full kit pretendy last night. Mayhem and carnage would have described the scene. Ant would still be on the lawn right now, and Chas in the bog with his pants on his head.

    “Giro is obviously a very skillful player”
    No he is not, so let’s not get carried away πŸ™‚

  245. mickydidit89 says:

    Are there any games on telly tonight?
    Giggle giggle

  246. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Crystals
    Now we’re through to CL knock out stages, we can attract some serious quality. Homework for you Dear. Find out who is the single most expensive forward in world football not cl cup tied.

  247. mickydidit89 says:

    God, I hope we don’t get Wolfsburg.

    Just googled images, what a dump. Barca and Madrid drawing each other could be good.

  248. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

  249. chas says:

    Just to warn you boys.

    The current Zenit stadium is small which means a small allocation for away fans.

    So even a good draw for us might mean the purple plimsolls have to stay in the cupboard.

  250. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh God, bad thought. Do they keep sides from same Tribelands apart in next round, ‘cos if Spanish sides kept apart, we have to play one of them, so no Russky trip 😦


  251. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody well go there on a pretendy anyway πŸ™‚

  252. chas says:

    Madrid would be ok, I reckon.

  253. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

  254. Big Raddy says:

    Purple plimsolls )

    I would like to take a February trip to Spain with the One Armed Fiddler, but he is fixated with Russia.

  255. chas says:

    When is the draw?

    Monday, December 14, at 11am GMT.

  256. chas says:


    Love it.
    A magnificent acronym.

  257. mickydidit89 says:

    Love the bus graphic πŸ™‚ he he he

  258. Big Raddy says:

    OAF πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Poor MU. Spend €80m on two strikers and cannot score.
    MC spend €80 on two CB’s who cannot even get in the team
    Chavs spend €25m on a non-scoring striker and €20m on an FB who never plays

    We spend €10m on a GK who is just brilliant. His save from Foutinho was spectacular

  259. mickydidit89 says:

    Would certainly be worth beating Real, but St Petersburg is more tempting than Madrid, so swings and things.

  260. chas says:

    I was thinking Atletico

  261. mickydidit89 says:

    Whoa Erik, slow down. Let’s not for one minute draw silly conclusions along the lines of we don’t need to spend vulgar amounts in Jan


    I always assumed you and Ant would certainly go awayday if we drew a Real or Barca, or do you wait until semi or final for that kind of thing?

  262. chas says:

    I suppose there is a possibility.

    I usually just wait for the Final. πŸ™‚

  263. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Fair point. I would love us to spend squazillions on players in January.

    Campbell’s performance miight have ended a striker search but a CM …. yes please.

    Thinking of which, what happened to Rasp’s promised post?

  264. Rasp says:

    What post is that?

  265. chas says:

    My last three European away trips

    Barca Paris 2006
    Galatasaray Copenhagen 2000
    Zaragoza Paris 1995

  266. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok Chas.
    First things first, let’s avoid Wolfsburg ‘cos no one wants to there I’d imagine

  267. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. I thought you were writing one about Carvalho

  268. Big Raddy says:

    Just checked out Wolfsburg. Looks decidedly unappealing.

  269. LB says:

    New Post.

    Published at this hour, a few people might read it.

  270. Rasp says:

    Hi Raddy, no I didn’t say I’d write a post about Carvalho. The magic of football and happenstance has shown that we have the players to work in a different way. I’m loving Ramsey in place of Cazorla (sorry Eddie). For me, Ramsey next to Coquelin is the future πŸ™‚

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