Mesut/Theo ….. Mesut/Ollie ….. Mes-merising Arsenal

It was clear right from the off that the crowd were fully tinselled up, had taken aboard one or two extra pre-matchers, all swallowed down by a festive Crème de Menthe chaser.

Perfect scene for the final game before Christmas, featuring the Bookies’ two favourites for the title.

A bit of cat and mouse from both sides during the opening gambits, and perhaps the casual observer may have sensed a long evening ahead. Theo changed all that with an absolute cracker.

theo

Two chances, two goals, and Arsenal into the break at 2-0 following a clinical strike from Ollie. Both terrific finishes. Both created by the sublime Mesut Ozil.

ollie 2

Two behind at the 45, and City had no option but to attack throughout the second half, ensuring a pulsating game. City began with three strikers. This didn’t work, so they tried three other strikers, but it was Toure with a magical strike that proved the old adage.
Errr, what is the old adage. Goals win games?

Anyhow, a few fatigued Arsenal players were replaced by fresher ones, and being 2nd XI’ers, we looked shaky, but still managed to see out a memorable victory.

A week or so ago on here, our own LB asked who, with all our injuries, may step up to be the surprising find of the season, in much the same way as we witnessed with young Francis Coquelin last term. The answer is Joel Campbell, who at no point looked out of place last night. What a terrific attitude he has. Well played, Sir.

MATCH TALKIES

• Is Theo better playing from the left?
• Are the Team more effective with Aaron or Santi alongside Coquelin/Flamini?
• When, if ever, is Paulista a better option than Per?
• The Fans were superb, and few left before the final bell. Were the trains running later than usual?
• The Title is in our own hands. Does this victory convince you we are now favourites?
• Why can’t it be Christmas every week?

MickyDidIt89

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124 Responses to Mesut/Theo ….. Mesut/Ollie ….. Mes-merising Arsenal

  1. fatgingergooner says:

    Fantastic result and a great performance from the lads. To try and answer some of the questions:-

    Theo is better from the left but still nowhere near the level of Sanchez, so will probably end up on the right when he returns. He may also get the nod up front for certain games.

    I don’t think we’ve actually seen our best midfield pairing yet which I believe will be Ramsey and Coquelin. If Coquelin plays behind Ramsey then that will give the Welshman the freedom he wants to bomb forward and get into the box to score goals. With Flamini behind him you always feel a little on edge when Ramsey goes ahead of the ball. As for Cazorla, he’s still a world class player so will get plenty of chances to play and could also be a great cover for Özil if needed.

    With the emergence of Campbell and the return of Theo I think it’s safe to assume we’ve seen the last of Ramsey as a RW.

    It would be interesting to see if Wenger actually has a planned first 11 if everyone was fit, but it’s very rare that that’s the case so that’s why we have 25 players. We have strength all over the field and everyone will get games over the course of the season. If we are challenging for the PL, FA Cup and CL then I can’t see anyone becoming upset at a lack of game time. If we start losing games then obviously it will become a factor.

  2. Lovely Micky… full of feelings, can see where you’re coming from. No footbally bollo… just clear and to the point. What a great win, shame Cech couldn’t keep his sheets clean but that will come.

    We have some good games coming up where we should come good and the new boys on the block Leicester will drop a few points. Come on you Gunners…. this is the new coming…. Arsenal will do the David Monk on the rest of the league… it’s ours to win… what an orgasm that will be after 12 years of frustrated times when we were able to get there!

  3. Very surprising that there are few comments after such a significant win…. where are all the happy gooners?

  4. Very surprising that there are few comments after such a significant win…. where are all the happy gooners?

  5. Shard says:

    Great performance. Except two occasions where we allowed them to catch us on the break (de bruyne in the first half, and Navas in the second) we had the game under control. A very professional performance, stood up to dirty play, stood up to attacking pressure, and came away with the win.

    We shoukd have got the third goal though. Campbell could have scored a couple, likewise Ramsey (especially from that lovely pass by Joel)

    As for the questions. Let’s see.

    1) yes, but it’ll depend on who he’s up against, and how he defends as well. He was great defensively yesterday.

    2) maybe against the lesser sides, but Santi is much better at keeping oossession and at distribution. City had to leave space once we got the goal, but if we go behind, Santi is more likely to find the way through. Ramsey gives the ball away sometimes, and even yesterday he had a few misplaced passes, which can be costly. Flamini was superb yesterday. Almost playing as a cb at times. And he’s our 3rd hoice DM.. #depth

    3)I think of Gabriel like a Martin Keown. He may be behind Tony Adams and Steve Bould, but he’ll make that position his own soon enough.

    4)the fans were superb. It felt like it was a home game and the fans were genuinely interestednin makinh it our fortress. It’s a pity that this is an exception rather than the norm.

    5)Yes. But….injuries, referees, and we need to go away to City, ManU, Liverpool, Everton and Spurs. But yes…

    6) Not enough good cheer in the world. Arsenal winning the league and hopefully, also the CL would go some way towards bringing that though. After all, Santa, like us, wears Red and White.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all, its 6:45am here. I’m off out for a while and I’ll read your post when I return Micky.

    What’s up with NB69 he appears to be stuttering?

  7. Wet willy says:

    Ah micky… all your effort into a match report and nobody is responding… what is it with Arsenal supporters? Do they have no sense of occasion? Can’t they celebrate a great win when it arrives? Fucking wankers… coyg’s… come on you fans, where the fuck are you?

  8. Wet willy says:

    ha ha GN5… yes I stuttered… two posts, but it’s ok now I’m just experiencing a nightmare ….. the sheet isn’t clean ha h ha

  9. Wet willy says:

    What I would like now is a classic post from Transplant or Le Monster Coq… that would make my day… second best would be a Rack of the Day from FUMBUCKER…. there’s a challenge!

  10. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky, by all accounts a fantastic composed performance with 2 exceptional goals – I still haven’t seen the game 😦

    I am echoing someone else here (maybe kelsey?) but I’d just like to mention Flamini our unsung hero. He saw us through to the CL final playing as a wing back and now he is seeing us through this difficult period as our last proper DM – top bloke.

    Here’s a stat for you all:

    Matthieu Flamini’s record at The Emirates ….
    Played 53
    Won 37
    Drawn 16
    Lost 0

    In addition to admirals, every team also needs ratings …. Flamini is one of the best.

    I think there is a case to say that after last night, this could be our strongest team (emphasis on ‘team’) even after the injured return. The balance is right and they work really hard for one another. I’d be quite happy to see those players start against Barca.

  11. Wet willy says:

    Wet willy… wet willy… wet willy …fumbucker…

  12. fred1266 says:

    The best game I seen in a long while shame how it ended all making me get a heart attack

  13. Eddie says:

    didIt – you is a cold fish. If this is a feely post, I’d hate to see an a dispationate one – what would it be – we won 2:1. Discuss.

    It was a great game, fast and furious, both teams really up for it. Raddy was spot on in saying that the aging City players won’t be able to catch us. Boy or boy, there were periods of the game that we made them look pathetic. The old oaf Toure could hardly breath, but despite being a shadow of former self he scored a good goal, Not as good as Theo’s of course, or even Ollie’s, but nice.

    Sagna. All I can say is that he looks much better without the blond dreadlocks.

    No need to say much about Mezut, what a joy to watch, unbelievable. He makes most awesome passes look so simple. Have we ever had such graceful players as him before?

    Ramsey did well, missed an opportunity, but that happens. The lad is as good as he ever was, cannot wait to see more of him

    The only complain is the Ox, he really is not improving, is he?

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Where oh where have all the groggy bloggers gone?

    Nice upbeat report Micky, my son and I never got to watch the game until very late last night but we had both stayed away all media and had no idea of the result. We were thrilled and we went through 3 bottles of our best red wine – which magnified our teams brilliance.

    What a great game it was like watching a few of Ali’s great heavyweight bouts – Rope a dope and Float like a butterfly and Sting like a bee.

    Well we roped them in and then Ozil floated like a butterfly and Theo and Ollie applied the stings.

    Fantastic game and our chances of winning the PL became a whole lot better. 🙂 🙂

  15. fred1266 says:

    I never believe in ox

  16. Herb's Army says:

    Thanks Micky.
    Sometimes you just get a feeling about certain things, and in the fantastical theatrical world of football, all the established super-powers are failing simultaneously to allow Arsenal to profit.
    Coincidence? Possibly, but it is very strange that so many clubs appear to be ‘stepping aside’ to allow us a fleeting moment of glory.
    The rate at which each of these clubs has surrendered this season makes it feel like some eminent Arsenal fan is involved in the dark arts and has done a deal with the devil.
    Never before have so many big clubs shown this level of failure, and although a PL title would be extremely welcome, it doesn’t have quite the same resonance if your rivals have done everything possible to make it happen.
    As someone said on TalkSport the other night, you don’t need success in football to be successful in this country, and the Corporates are milking the cash-cow for all its worth.
    The glory of winning and being the best is being diluted by investors who can make more money from football than ever before.
    This is why most managers only have a shelf life of two-three years, but look how rich they get in that process.
    The romance of the beautiful game is almost gone, the shenanigans at FIFA are further proof that football has more money than sense or good governance.
    Fans are turning away in their droves, simply because football has gone in a dark, horrible direction that most don’t understand and certainly don’t agree with.
    It says much about our league that Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Stoke and Watford are being hailed as the only clubs who still have a real connection with their supporters.
    The PL now seems to be about who can spend a shed-load of cash the wisest, like some giant game of Monopoly played out among Billionaires, whilst the outside public are allowed to watch from a safe, sanitised distance, and even offer token support for their favourite.
    Of course it’s great that we’re winning, but the heart and soul of football has been stolen by the Corporates, which in turn has virtually killed off any real sense of joy.

  17. RockyLives says:

    Greetings of the season, AA-ers.

    (No, not the Christmas season, the 2015-16 Arsenal Title-winning season of course 🙂 )

    Been a busy period for yours truly but hopefully I’ll have time for some blogging over the hols.

    Splendid match yesterday. I see some of the Mancs are moaning that they were the better team, but I’m perfectly happy for them to have their delusions. We were clinical when it mattered and, but for a pretty amazing strike from Toure, we would have coasted home.

    So many great performances from the boys in red and white, but I would like to single out the BFG.

    He may not do the spectacular, but his reading of the game is quite exceptional and whenever we’re being pressed in possession at the back I always breath a small sigh of relief when the ball gets passed to Mertesacker: you know he’s going to be composed and intelligent in his use of the ball and he always eases the pressure.

    Top player, top bloke. Love him.

  18. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky, seasons greetings to you too. It seems we have quite a few players who were not appreciated outside of Arsenal’s more perceptive supporters – and long may it continue.

    Only last season some spud acquaintances were suggesting Ozil was a waste of money 😆

    We now know Bellerin, Koscielny and Ramsey are stars, and Coquelin has now got the recognition, Nacho has been amazing, Flamini’s spirit has been uplifting and Theo is becoming the player we always hoped – possibly only the Ox is struggling to find his rhythm.

    I guess one of the reasons this latest ‘thrown together’ incarnation of a team is doing so well is that every one of them is in good form.

  19. RockyLives says:

    Hello Rasp
    I meant to say I agree with your comment about Flamini. It seems people will never love him, but he’s doing a very good job for us.

    I might be able to throw in a Post or two overt the holidays all being well.

  20. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rocky
    Greetings and what a pleasant surprise indeed. Hope all good with you

  21. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp
    True indeed, and throw in the abuse Kos received, and wow, what a player he’s turned out to be.

    As Rocky says, Per has been imperious. Whenever I see speed in the opposition front line, I think Paulista should start, then we witness the Germans reading of the game, and his understanding with Kos.

  22. RC78 says:

    As mentioned earlier this year, we can afford selling Cazorla but we can’t afford playing without Ramsey. He is our X-factor whther he plays on the right but especially playing in the middle of the pitch.

  23. RC78 says:

    As for Theo, he can keep on playing from the Left if he continues to do the job at both end of the pitch.

    Now Sanchez could take the right wing like he did in Barcelona and we would have Sanchez – Giroud – Walcott upfront with Mr. Ozil as the service provider and Ramsey as the box-to-box…

    If Flamini – Metersacker, Kos – Cech can keep our defensive spine as tight and solid as it has been lately, we have a genuine chance of winning a few more points…

  24. RC78 says:

    let us keep on winning and see where we are in April – before then, it is all bullocks to talk about the title

  25. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha ha RC, love it

    “we have a genuine chance of winning………. (drum roll)…. a few more points…”

    Not….big trophies 🙂

  26. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry Herb
    I agree with much of what you say, and although I may be clutching at straws, it is nice to see at least something being done ie Blatter and Co
    Then of course, there is Leicester City

  27. Herb's Army says:

    Hi Micky

    Leicester’s rise is phenomenal.
    It’s hard to know which it highlights more, the lavish vulgarity of wasting £millions, or just plain bad scouting.
    Ryad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy cost a combined £1.5m, and how many clubs had Kante as a ‘must buy’ in the summer?
    Bottom of the table this time last year, and they haven’t even spent as much as Arsenal, let alone City, United or Chelsea.
    I think Claudio Ranieri deserves a lot of praise (many wrote him off and expected Leicester to go down this season), and whether they last the pace or not, for them to be six points clear of 3rd place City at Christmas is incredible.

  28. chas says:

    Cheers, Micky. Summed it up nicely.
    A great evening all round.

  29. Rasp says:

    Great stuff Rocky, we’d love to see your name at the bottom of a post again 🙂

  30. LB says:

    First moment I have found to get onto the computer today.

    Thanks for the read Micky.

    There really has been some fine apres match comments.

    Good to see Rocky’s name up there again.

  31. LB says:

    I really enjoyed the light show, a simple but effective way of intensifying the excitement.

  32. LB says:

    This might be an extremely obvious question to many but I don’t know the answer, can someone tell me it Thierry Henry still works for Arsenal?

  33. LB says:

    “I don’t think we’ve actually seen our best midfield pairing yet which I believe will be Ramsey and Coquelin.” FGG.

    This is a clever insight from Slim.

  34. LB says:

    • Is Theo better playing from the left? No.

    • Are the Team more effective with Aaron or Santi alongside Coquelin/Flamini? No one can be certain until we see Ramsey play alongside Coquelin.

    • When, if ever, is Paulista a better option than Per? All in good time.

    • The Fans were superb, and few left before the final bell. Were the trains running later than usual? We only sing when we are winning.

    • The Title is in our own hands. Does this victory convince you we are now favourites? Yes.

    • Why can’t it be Christmas every week? Too expensive.

  35. Shard says:

    Yes LB. Thierry’s working as a coach for the Arsenal U18s.

  36. Gööner In Exile says:

    Cracking report Micky, unfortunately I had to drive to Slough and back and see a client so have been unable to comment until now, everyone wanted to talk about Arsenal being favourites…..I played it down, it’s the hope that kills you!

  37. Gööner In Exile says:

    • Is Theo better playing from the left?

    Better than where? Centrally or on right? Possibly, depends on full back, he was less effective when Campbell and he switched, and also when Gibbs came on but that could have been state of the game. I think if full backs aren’t defensively minded, then he reduces their attacking intent, Sagna last night didn’t dare get caught in a foot race in behind.

    Or did you mean better than Alexis? In which case no.

    • Are the Team more effective with Aaron or Santi alongside Coquelin/Flamini?

    For me Aaron, I think a because he covers more ground and b because he is Alexander on the pitch, against Villa and City he was demanding others show more and play forward, particularly in the difficult early twenty.

    • When, if ever, is Paulista a better option than Per?

    Not very often but the FA Cup should give him a few outings. The BFG was exceptional last night, aerially and positionally.

    • The Fans were superb, and few left before the final bell. Were the trains running later than usual?

    Obviously

    • The Title is in our own hands. Does this victory convince you we are now favourites?

    It is in Leicester’s hands right now, but we are showing good form.

    • Why can’t it be Christmas every week?

    Because I’d never get any work done and have far too many hangover days!

  38. Ooooh i recorde MotD 2, time to watch again 😀

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks for answers Exile
    Me righting a footbally report with your sort lurking is the reason I don’t, and revert to the lightweight and fluffy stuff 🙂

    ps It is in our hands too, ‘cos weand Leicester play each other and the gapisless than three points.Minor point.

  40. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No cat in a box today and I will be sad

  41. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Me righting a footbally report 🙄

    Kettle on 🙂

  42. chas says:

    Walcott in the box 🙂

  43. kelsey says:

    Morning all,,so much speculation about LVG which though directly doesn’t concern us makes you wonder what will happen when AW retires,surely this could be our season either by warranting it or default but we really need one or two players brought in.
    It has now been established that Giroud is a good player but will never be world class which doesn’t bother me as long as his goal tally against the other pretenders increases as Monday.

  44. chas says:

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Oh Oh superb

    Soooo back in business 🙂

    Motning

  46. chas says:

  47. chas says:

    Giroud’s shit but scores goals – Cool.

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crystals

    Nothing in the whole wide world could make me “wonder what will happen when AW retires” at 6:53 in the morning 🙂

  49. chas says:

  50. MickyDidIt89 says:

    So many of the quality cat vids owe a debt of thanks to smoothe highly polished floors

    Shiny floor and cardboard box essential items

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh blimey
    I did not put the e on the end of smooth

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas
    Love the crowd scene around the Theo goal, but just to keep me cheered up, can we have a gif vimoa of Theo’s goal

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    7.10 ALL DAY LONG 🙂 🙂 🙂

  54. kelsey says:

    How about 7.53 a.m. Micky

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crystals 🙂

    I do like to think of 9am as the starting line before allowing dark and sober thoughts into my day 🙂

  56. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning Micky….good point about us playing Leicester again…….

    Can’t understand the clamour for Maureen from United fans, they think LVG is boring to watch…..what would Maureens bus parking efficiency bring?

    Still think ManUre will stick with LVG until end of season, after all who else is available right now, surely they want Pep as much as the other two financial heavyweights so what point in an interim manager?

    Pep will have to do a rebuild at all three clubs, still think he may prefer the Arsenal job with a squad he can improve.

  57. Eddie says:

    GiE – improve out squad?? Elaborate please

  58. Eddie says:

    again. Every morning I write a comment and dead silence follows. Bye.

  59. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all, nice one Didit,
    couple of nice results just lately, and our last game against City, a great win, seeing as they have been a stumbling block for us over the years, Although we played well, i feel we have to remember that Aguero and Silver were not match fit and no Company.

    Now of course this takes nothing away from the win, as we were short of a few players as well. I see many are bigging Theo’s effort up, and yes he played well on the night, he challenged and even scored what i thought looked like a Sanchez type goal, but he is no Sanchez. Theo is either a magician or a passenger, and for me a passenger too often.

    Theo playing on the left came about because he struggled with a full back a few weeks back and he swapped with Campbell who had no trouble with the fullback. I can remember this happening with Gervinho till of course he was moved on.

    Campbell for me is our find of the season, i felt this guy had it in him, and bugger me he is starting to show it, his work rate is simply outstanding, they talk about box to box players and this is a prime example, a guy who busts a gut to chase down players who look to be away, but Campbell is like a dog with a bone and doesn’t give up.

    I see we also are praising Ramsey for his box to box engine, yes he works well, but his finishing lets him down.
    We all believed we needed players at the start of the season, many are still asking for them at Christmas, will he buy or will he not who knows, but even so we are two points behind leaders Leicester and in good position.

    Giroud is scoring goals, we still have Welbeck to come back and now Walcott is finally fit we seem to have plenty up top, Campbell is also a striker and of course we still have Sanchez. Coquelin still out but should be back before to long Santi as well, but our cover players are not doing to bad and we do have a few.

    Listening on Talk Sport the other day, a presenter said, Arsenal will never have a better chance to win the title, if they fail then Wenger is a failure, i turned it off after i heard that, We have a great manager who gets us top four for close on twenty years he has assembled a squad that again is challenging on all fronts, and a no good presenter talks about him as a failure, what about all of the other managers who are shitting themselves are they not failures, but no this moron talks about the most consitent manager in the football league.

  60. LB says:

    Eddie

    You know that GIE has two young children, goodness knows how many clients and apparently runs business’s to boot, how he finds time to ever comment on here is quite an achievement.

    Tad harsh, no?

  61. LB says:

    Chas

    Do you reckon that that tweet up there is from Geoff of Le Grove fame?

  62. Gööner In Exile says:

    LB …… if I didn’t have cig breaks I’d never find time 🙂

    Eddie….in answer to your question, Pep took over at Barca with a side that was already very good, he just had to bring a few of his B players through and change the style to his three P’s, Pass, Press, buggered if I know what the other one is.

    Anyway he did the same at Bayern, if he came to the Emirates (whenever Arsene decides it’s time to leave) he would have a good squad with which to work his magic on. At the other three he would have a massive rebuilding job, removing the old guard and replacing with players that suit his style. That’s quite a job…..as Mr Klopp is discovering.

  63. Eddie says:

    LB – I didn’t mean GiE, never. But it happened several times that people are chatting happily, I join in and dead silence follows…..

    GiE – cheers, that makes sense. But I have noticed that Arsene changed his style lately too. He stopped obsessing with having the possession; we have less possession lately but more points, it works

  64. Le Coq Monster says:

    Morning !………especially the ignored Eddie !…….you were less ignored before you had the operation to become a man ! 😆

    He might have left us, but Sagna comes across as such a great happy person .

    Catch the excitable man @ 1:51…….that’s how I normally react after relieving myself in the little boys room !

  65. Eddie says:

    le monster [- why wouldn’t he be happy? best looking WAG, 2mil a year, terrible life for a boy from nowhere

  66. Le Coq Monster says:

    True, Eddie !…….give me Mrs Sagna and £2m per year and I`d probably never even touch her as I`d be laughing my head off permanently attached to the ceiling !.

    Right !……time for the 1500 abdominal exercises !…….Micky probably done his measly 50 watching a cat vid !.

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB

    Can’t imagine it’s THAT Geoff

    He’d be wanting Arsene gone under all circs, surely

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Steve
    Good to see you back as well as Rocky and Herb

    I don’t think Coquelin is back until very end of Feb. All being well!!

    One injury to Flam, and trouble. So I still believe AW will go for quality in that position. Well, quality with potential. 21-25 age bracket would be my guess.

  69. Rasp says:

    Yes it’s great to see some of the regulars back, “if you have been writing the blog off, all it takes is for everyone to pop in once in awhile and say hello 🙂

  70. GoonerB says:

    Hello 🙂

  71. GoonerB says:

    Fine post yesterday Micky. Will try and chat later more if time permits.

  72. Rasp says:

    That’s the spirit GoonerB 🙂

    Arsene and I are singing from the same hymn sheet …..

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsene-wenger-granted-wish-fa-7061341

  73. chas says:

    LB
    I realise Micky has answered already, but no it ain’t Geoff of LG fame. This one is popular on twitter as being a Mr positive – a bit like Kelsey is on here. 🙂

    I’d imagine Geoff has taken up a more gentle pursuit like cage fighting or something like that as he was refusing to have anything to do with Arsenal until Wenger left. Well that was his position in ’09 anyway.

  74. Rasp says:

    Funnily enough chas, I think Geoff used to do a bit of boxing. His main gripe originally was to do with Alex Song I seem to remember but it morphed into general anti-arseneness 🙂

  75. LB says:

    That is a really good comment Steve.

    The calibre of comment and cat vid has been very high this morning 🙂

  76. LB says:

    Just came off my bike again, twice in a week, first time, white van turns left without indicating, off I come, over the back wheel, £365 and he gives me a false phone number.

    This morning a car decides to slam the brakes on to see what happens to the cyclist behind. Off I come, front wheel beyond repair.

    Expensive thing this cycling malarkey.

    Still, I think Micky was cycling when things got a whole lot worse than a couple of wheels.

    Looking forward to our next game.

  77. Rasp says:

    Ouch LB 😦 , had you considered investing in one of those helmet cameras to record such incidents. I hear that it is amazing how much more polite drivers are when they know they are being recorded 🙂

  78. Le Coq Monster says:

    Simple solution LB…..,..ever thought about being in front of the vans/cars !…..bit more leg work and a higher gear !……….and some decent breaks wouldn`t go a miss !…………..fcuk it !…..just buy a spinning bike, much safer !……unless you come in sloshed, stinking of perfume at 3am and the missus decides to reverse her car though the bedroom wall and teach you a lesson, you fcuking womaniser !. hahaha

  79. LB… bad luck mate that’s all…. nothing to do with the vehicle drivers. You should know to keep your distance from two tons of metal and an idiot 🙂

    I cycled in London for over twenty years and never had an accident, a collision with car or van, and loved it. Then again, in London you have to be a bit more aggressive as a cyclist.

    Micki had his accident in a sleepy Devon village… the local headmistress broke his arm when she decided to do a U turn on the High Street ha ha

    Nearly Christmas… nearly Boxing Day Prem games… I’ll watch the Stoke vs United game at lunchtime but why oh why is the Arsenal game on at 19.45? On Boxing fecking day?

  80. Big Raddy will know this one… I’ve just bought a half kilo of Pecorino Pepato for Christmas day lunch…. 🙂

  81. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve a lot of thinking to do about blogging so I won’t be around for a while but I would like to wish all of the AA regulars a great festive season and a very happy and most of all Healthy New Year.

  82. I’m not really here as I’m on grandma duty.

    I can’t see Chambers morphing into a DM anytime soon so I’m also hoping AW has his sights on another bod that can cover that position.

    Although Flamini is doing great 🙂

  83. chas says:

    Rasp
    That was why I suggested cage fighting. He used to brag about lamping lairy chav supporters.

  84. Rasp says:

    Hi chary 🙂

    Oh I see chas, I only met him the once – not a bosom buddy like you 😆

  85. Rasp says:

    Season’s Greeting to you GN5, don’t be a stranger 🙂

  86. Le Coq Monster says:

    Not naming any , but a few were ready to accept a draw before Monday`s game and yet wanted Leicester to beat the Chavs !……………so tell me, are you boys and girls still in your Leicester love in mode as their next games are Liverpool away and Mansour City at home !…..what you hoping for ?.
    Football is a simple game, but I don’t want you lot to come over as simple and will put this fact simply to you all !…….teams above us must lose ( and in some cases draw ) for us to have a chance to get above them……keep getting above any above us is how we will win the league ….OK….simple maths and stuff !. hahaha

    Closet Foxes !.

  87. Le Coq Monster says:

    RIP Don Howe

  88. Aaron says:

    You guys can all have pep, pup or whatever you wish to call him. he is another moaninho in disguise. Only takes teams with talent- NOT a futbol club builder. Arsenal better not get in the coaching merry go round, coaches every two or three years. Look at the mess Madrid is in now-totally classic downward spiral-from top to bottom.
    Arsene needs to get a mid in January, cuz if Flamster somehow goes out who is going to cover? anyone?
    And Danny is NOT coming back this year, so make that two players Arsenal need to survive the battles. Arteta and Ros cant play D and Chambers is too green right now for that many games.
    Happy New Year to all!

  89. chas says:

    Rasp
    I never met him but was a daily observer of his conversations with Pedro. 🙂

  90. chas says:

    Cockie

    I don’t mind Leicester being above us at this stage of the season.

    Just looking at who’s above us is simplistic to say the least.

    Who’s to say that Leicester beating Man City at this stage of the season (only 17 games gone) doesn’t, in fact, benefit us later on, meaning we win the League by one point at the end of 38 games?

  91. Le Coq Monster says:

    How much did De Bruyne cost ?….£50M ?…..disgusting !…..I reckon I could have kicked that corner flag much better….in fact, I reckon I could have kicked with such precision it would have stuck in Na$ri`s bulging wallet

  92. Le Coq Monster says:

    Don’t go giving me serious comments, chas………keep it simple !. hahaha

  93. Le Coq Monster says:

    Anyway….lets ask Kelsey whether Leicester beating Mansour City wins us the Title ?…………………………some say that his hair has the DNA of a Beaver and that he is paid £5000 per week for the follicles jn his Sassoon hair brush !…..we know him as Crystals !.

  94. Le Coq Monster says:

  95. LB says:

    Leicester to beat City for me, no doubt about it.

    I went onto their web site to have a look at their fixture list and realised it’s Stoke and Spuds that they will eventually trip over. In the mean time anyone who takes points off of City is best for us.

  96. Le Coq Monster says:

    Wash your mouth out, LB !…………………………… wanting/expecting the Spuds to win !………………blasphemy !…………………..can we have one of those poll/vote thingy`s as to whether we have a live on air “Stoning” of LB . hahaha

  97. Le Coq Monster says:

    Actually…..looking at Flamini`s amazing record at the Em`s, which basically relates to…..2.38461538462 points per game….. if we could find another player currently playing who has the same record in away games, we would in theory gain 50 points from our last 21 games giving us 86 points !……would that be enough to win this years title ?……..how about that then AA Acoutants !…..not bad from a fcuking white van driver !……………………and may I add in my defence, that although I did suggest a stoning for LB`s blasphemy, I have alibi`s that I was not the white van driver who knocked him off his bike !. hahaha

  98. Le Coq Monster says:

    Hold on a sec` !……you Lecherous Leicester Lovers are jumping the gun a bit !……….they have to play Liverpool away first !……so who do you want to win that one ?……..say Leicester and I`m going to withdraw my gentle torture of a Stoning and make it a beheading of the Bellend !………no doubt you will think of that as some kind of ….NoBellend Piece Prize !.

  99. chas says:

    Cockie
    No prizes are handed out at Christmas.
    It was you who mentioned Mansour City, I was giving you a scenario, which you’ve ignored.

  100. chas says:

    Look at the Rasp’s League Position widget for 13/14.
    We were top after 24 games!

  101. Le Coq Monster says:

    Stop ignoring my Leicester Vs Bindippers question !……………….I want answers !. 😆

  102. LB says:

    Cockie

    You’re too easy.

    Of course we don’t want Leicester to beat Liverpool, although I think they will, we want them to beat our main rivals in this season’s title race: Man City.

    Can’t believe that I am holding out hope that Spuds and Stoke will beat them rather than Liverpool.

    Can I have a stay of execution now or at least just small stones 🙂

  103. Le Coq Monster says:

    Oops ! is that the time ?…..I have an experimental industrial size chocolate mousse tort tart in the fridge and I`m the guinea pig who is putting his life on the line to taste test it, probably need to do 5000 abs tomorrow to work it off !.

  104. Sad day for the Arsenal, Don Howe very good servant and it was a shame his managerial time did not go well with the club, especially as he was the coach of the 71 double team.

  105. Nice Micky

    Great win. The difference was we wanted it more. Arsenes always ridiculed for banging on about spireeet but anyone else at the game will confirm it.

    That’s the great thing about Arsene. Even after 20 years, you still want to sleep with him

    I agree with that new bloke “RockyLives”, Mertsacker was fantastic. The German has class. When he was a teen his club got him a summer job working in a mental home. That’s how he knows Moronio urinates in a pickle jar and endlessly stares at it for evidence that his true father is Carlton Palmer.

    At this stage I want Leicster to keep winning. Certainly beat City, those oil rich mercenaries are our only challanger. The other reason is that if they can stay in the top four then it may deny Totnumb a place.

    If Totnumb get top four there could be terrible consequences? The likes of Archibald and Crooks could get more air time, thus putting women of sex. I can’t have that, I can’t get any as it is.

    In addition, if the media wheel out the dense Waddle and Gazza, we could all end up back in the Stone Age? I don’t want to hunt Mammoth whilst singing Chas & Dave and drink in some Enfield boozer were because Shakespeare could write a bit, he must be a Gooner wanker?

    RIP, the great Don Howe.

  106. LB says:

    I like that idea: Leicester to deny spuds a CL place.

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyone know the security key code here at my sisters house
    Grrrrrrrrr
    Mobile has managed to remember the bloody thing so why not laptop
    Only solution is to start making loud noises
    Step 1 release the dog

  108. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky are you talking wifi code?

    If so phone may show you it, if you know where it stores the settings/passwords

  109. chas says:

    Perhaps your laptop is getting on a bit?
    Its memory dulled with time in the autumn of its years.

  110. MickyDidIt89 says:

    post sent

  111. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky 🙂

  112. Rasp says:

    … New post ……

  113. akinzo says:

    Hello guys

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