A Point at Anfield is Good

We set off from Nottingham at 3pm hoping the M6 rush hour traffic wouldn’t add too much time to our journey to Liverpool. E.T.A. Liverpool, L4 was 5.30pm with a following wind and my mind started to drift towards thoughts of beer for the first time. With high cholesterol foods (sorry, kelsey) safely tucked away in carrier bags for later, we were set for an interesting and calorific night out in Liverpool.

The sign at the entrance to the chosen (and very respectable) parking spot on Anfield Road said £10, though the digits were a little scruffy. “How much is it?” we asked the chap issuing tickets. “Twelve Pounds” came the reply. Well, he has to get a small reward for standing in the pouring rain on a Wednesday night!

Safely parked in a prime spot for a fast getaway, we set off for Arkles, the away fans pub just at the back of the Anfield Road Stand. It was packed but I was lucky getting a very efficient barman who was slightly more cheery than the old trout Ant had to endure for the second round. A magnificent large screen was showing highlights from the barcodes v mancs game from the night before which I hadn’t seen, so all was good.

Suitably refreshed we made our way to our ‘restricted view’ seats and were pleasantly surprised that only the top corner was obstructed by a pillar. Seeing the goal itself at the away end is always a problem at Anfield, but, hey ho, we could have been bored at home watching it in the warm and dry on TV!

1

Liverpool came steaming out of the blocks as usual at Anfield. Klopp had chosen Firmino over Benteke, so the plan seemed to be very mobile with a high press (ta, GoonerB). After 10 minutes Theo was caught in possession on the edge of our box when row Z would have been the option. From a fierce shot the ball rebounded from Cech straight to Firmino, whose strike on goal went through Koscielny’s legs and gave the keeper no chance.

Almost immediately it seemed we were level. Campbell playing Rambo through who scored with a neat, near-post drive.  Pandemonium ensued in the away end which hadn’t had long enough to get gloomy about going 1 down. Game on. Our big centre forward had gone down clutching the back of his coiffure in the run up to the goal. We were sure it was a cunning decoy.

Five minutes later we were behind again after some sloppy play in our own half. Firmino’s goal was very classy and thankfully we didn’t see it hitting the back of the net because of the shocking sight lines at Anfield.

Arsenal came roaring back and a lovely dinking move ended with Ramsey’s (I think) lob over Mignolet being cleared off the line for a corner. As Rambo went over to take it, I said, ‘a goal direct from this corner would be nice’.  Ant was slapping my back like a crazy man a few seconds later when it looked like we had scored in exactly that way. We had no idea Giroud had scored with his toe nail until he began accepting the congratulations from his team mates.

Two each and the rest of the first half was end-to-end and very exciting to watch. The TV companies certainly got their game choices right for midweek. The moment we thought we’d scored our third was very bizarre. From the away stand it looked as though Walcott’s cross had been turned into the middle of the goal by Giroud and had hit the back of the net. Our celebrations were halted with the scousers laughing at us. We thought it must have hit the post. Only this morning have I seen that the ball cannoned off Giroud straight to Mignolet. Such a shame.

Both teams came out firing at the start of the second half, Moreno with a good chance at the far post, but we were starting to show some dominance for the first time in the match with excellent chances created for Campbell and Walcott before the much-maligned Giroud again opened his legs and showed his class. His spin and shot for our third goal were top drawer. Raptures again followed in the away end.

3

Could we sew the game up, keep things tight and snatch a couple more on the break? Hmm, years of watching Arsenal tend to give you the impression that, no, we’re not that kind of side. Where would the fun be in that?!

In Arsene’s post match interview that we heard in the car, he seemed disappointed we hadn’t got a fourth, though I can’t really remember us creating too much after Giroud’s goal. My memory of the last half hour is gazing at the Kop End with us barely able to keep the ball longer than two seconds and Liverpool piling on the pressure. Perspective perhaps made us think that the Liverpool attacks were closer to the Kop goal than they were, but us parking the bus never seems to work. To me it just seemed a matter of time before they equalised. Only in the last five minutes did I start to hope we might hang on and snatch all three points. Well, you know what hope did! All in all, I think they deserved their 3rd goal.

Coming out of the ground and seeing the other scores made our point even better. The spuds losing at home – how we laughed!

Ratings

Cech – beaten 3 times so they had to be decent shots. I think he got his fingertips to Firmino’s curler – 7

Bellerin – excellent going forward and super play for Giroud’s second – 7

Koscielny – best defender in the League – 8

BFG – some great interceptions and blocks – 7

Monreal – has turned into a fine, athletic full back – 7

Flamini – No Coquelin but love him nonetheless – 7

Ramsey – Great goal, a little wasteful in possession but the scouse pressing caused many mistakes from us – 7

Ozil – majestic, sublime, love watching him – 8

Walcott – oh dear, an upturn in form should come soon, shouldn’t it? – 5

Giroud – did all he could to grab the points for us with little protection from the ref – 8

Campbell – another good game from Joel, such a great work ethic – 7

 p.s. I realise these ratings might be a bit off, but you all had a much better view of the game than I had!

Written by chas

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94 Responses to A Point at Anfield is Good

  1. chas says:

    I know my brother and me can be a bit puerile sometimes, but we have fun. 🙂

  2. Rasp says:

    Superb thanks chas. I’m loving the Vines’ travelogs 🙂

    I think you got your ratings about right.

    I guess managers can persist with players who need pitch time to realise their potential in the first half of the season, but in the run in to the title you surely have to stick with the in-form players …. with that in mid, I imagine our front 3 will be Alexis, Giroud and Campbell as he (Campbell) is out performing Theo at the moment.

    As to the game, I can’t feel disappointed. It was a great advert for the EPL. Two managers who stick to their philosophies come what may. We (and particularly Ozil) were always going to become more influential when they began to run out of steam.

    I think the missed opportunities that AW was referring to were moves that broke down before we got into a shooting position. As pool committed to all out attack, there were several occasions when we broke quickly out of defence with 3 against 2 but the through ball was played too early or misdirected and we squandered the chance.

  3. fatgingergooner says:

    I agree with Wenger that some of our decision making going forward was all wrong, and it usually involved Walcott. Özil looked really frustrated for a lot of the night as people were making the wrong run, or playing the wrong pass, just as it looked like we were getting into dangerous positions. Theo’s strength is being the man at the end of the move either putting the ball in the net or squaring for someone else to fire in. His weakness tends to be the little link up play that happens in and around the box. His touch can often be clumsy, or he doesn’t see things as quickly as those around him and the moment is gone.

    Once Sanchez comes back I expect Sanchez and Campbell to be our main wide players with Theo used as a striker in rotation with Giroud for the games that require pace. Theo is better on the end of things than he is at creating them.

  4. Rasp says:

    Funny you should say that FGG 😆

  5. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great work Chas, thanks

    Ollie was very good last night 🙂

  6. fatgingergooner says:

    Great minds Rasp!

  7. kelsey says:

    Indeed a very well written post Chas (and I am only thinking of your long term health, as you know it’s near to my heart )

    Sell Walcott,Ox,mertesecker,Arteta,and Rosicky.Flamini is going anyway has made his millions.Debuchy is going so does that leave Chambers to cover for Bellerin ? Otherwise we are fine.

  8. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely stuff chas,

    The more I think about it the more disappointed I become about losing two points and I put the blame (?) squarely on the head of Mr Wenger.

    How many years does it take before he learns that bringing no 3 defensive players to protect a one goal lead doesn’t work? It frustrates the hell out of me.

    Why take off Ozil? It was folly. We had no outlet in midfield and resorted to lumping it to the L’pool defence which led to sustained pressure and ultimately their equaliser

    My MotM was Giroud. He had a fine game despite taking a battering. Apart from the miss in the first half he made the difference between the two teams. If L’pool had the FP they would have won.

  9. RC78 says:

    Great post and summary 🙂

    I would say that in the end, it is a missed opportunity to put City away…Indeed, conceding at the 90th minute is just not good enough. As I had anticipated, Liverpool came out, pressed and scored some goals and we managed to score due to their lack of defensive stability…But given our ambition, it is unacceptable to concede a goal at the 90th minute. We could have put City 5 points adrift and kept Leicester 2 points at bay…Let us hope it does not haunt us later but I feel like we have missed opportunities at X-Mas and now to really distance ourselves from City and Leicester…

    How poorly did we defend yesterday? Cech was ok but my goodness, BFG, Ramsey, Flamini, Walcott were defending like amateurs. This is why I was keen to add one more body in the midfield to stop the Reds wave but also to give the pressed players one more option to pass the ball laterally…

    Anyways – great game to watch and a decent result, a point at Anfield is a decent point.

    Cech – 5
    Bellerin – 5
    BFG – 4
    Kos – 5
    Monreal – 5
    Flamini – 4
    Ramsey – 5.5 (he scored)
    Walcott – 4
    Cambell – 6
    Ozil – 5.5
    Giroud – 6 (what a miss though!)

    Our subs were also useless – we conceded everytime we had a change…where was Arteta on the third goal?

    Looking forward to seeing Elneny’s contribution to our team but he has great ball skills so if he can turn into a Busquets or Alonso at DM for us, it will be welcome.

    Next game will be rough and tough. Stoke is a very solid team and reminds me a bit of West Ham but with more grit.

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

  10. chas says:

    RC78
    With ratings that low we did really well (or must have been incredibly lucky) to get a point at a tough ground to visit!

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Ratings: So subjective. IMO conceding 3 goals, all of which were avoidable, suggests that the defenders deserve a low score.

  12. chas says:

    Yep, you have a point, BR, but we also could have conceded 7.

  13. Rasp says:

    Is that it? Is Elneny now a Gunner?

  14. fatgingergooner says:

    Conceding goals doesn’t mean the defence played badly. In fact, more blame could be given to the midfielders yesterday who gave away the ball in stupid positions or didn’t close down quick enough to stop the ball coming in the box.

    It’s also difficult to blame the defenders when we are often caught with only Flamini in midfield because everyone else is in or around the opposition box and have given the ball away.

    We were poor defensively as a team.

  15. LB says:

    Superb match report. Wish I could write more but I am bouncing around in a car on my way to Wales.

  16. Rasp says:

    Hi again FGG, I think losing our rhythm and giving the ball away are features when the opposition execute a high press.

    We knew pool would play in that way and so should have set up to contain them for the first hour or so and then exploit the space once they tired.

    We didn’t do that so once they scored we had an hour of attack, attack, attack (Micky’s favourite 🙂 ). Thankfully we took most of our chances well, but I think to improve to the next level we have to become a team that can execute its passing game in the face of a high press. Maybe the new HM will provide a more mobile outlet in the midfield when under pressure?

  17. fatgingergooner says:

    Rasp,

    There is another way of getting round a high press and that is to play long to Giroud. Years ago we were accused of not having a plan B, but we definitely have that now. Our first goal came from exactly that with Giroud flicking on and Campbell putting Ramsey through.

    I do think though that playing through a high press will have more rewards than playing long as it’s difficult for Giroud to win every ball and it’s not easy to get players close to him. Playing through the press means we take opposition players out of the game and can build play up the field making easier to get players forward.

    I’ve never seen Elneny play so it will be interesting to see what he offers. Someone mentioned Busquets earlier, if he develops to that level then he will be a massive hit and exactly what we need to be better against the press.

  18. RA says:

    Yo Chas, 🙂

    I have always known, and said, long ago, that you had it in you to be a top Post writer, and in this match report you have proved that to be so. Excellent.

    It was very enjoyable read and pretty much reflected my view of the game too.

    It was wonderful entertainment, especially for the neutral, I suppose, altho also a nail bitingly excruciating team performance in parts, highlighted by some stand out personal performances from Le Grand Saucisse and Joel.

    The ratings were properly generous, but so what, I agree with them. 🙂

    Well done, Chas, keep writing like that, and you and LB will be the cornerstones of the AA football match reports for years to come – and not a cat in sight! 🙂

  19. RockyLives says:

    Thanks Chas – very enjoyable read.

    I also agree with your ratings (I might knock a point off Cech – I felt he might have got to a couple of their goals, but maybe that’s just because he’s been so good that I have come to believe he can do anything).

    I would certainly not mark down the defence for goals that mostly resulted from midfielders or forwards losing the ball in dangerous areas. I thought BFG had a very good game, as a matter of fact.

    When it comes to coping with the high press, I think this is where we really miss Santi. His ability to retain possession with several opponents around him, then find space and make a good pass, is not matched by anyone else in the side (apart from Ozil, who needs to be doing his stuff further forward).

  20. Eddie says:

    chas – have you and Ant thought about investing some money in a DIY beer system? Let’s face it – you don’t do pretendies because of the draught beer, you said it yourself above!

    how about this for starters:

    BTW – spot on ratings and agree about Pool deserving a point. Brilliant example of what footy is all about! Were there any yellow cards?

  21. Rasp says:

    Blimey we’ve only just signed Elneny and already so-called Arsenal supporters are coming on TS saying that they don’t know anything about him but they don’t rate him 😦

    If Elneny is the player I think he is, we would probably have won last night with him on the pitch. One of his skills is pinging the ball forward quickly with great accuracy to instigate attacks as well as breaking up the opposition’s attacks.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Welcome to El Nino.

    Is he our first Egyptian player?

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Liveonlinefooty is playing silly buggers.

    Does anyone know of another reliable source of streams? All the ones I have tried send me to betting sites, porn sites, mac clean-up and when I have fought my way through them they do not work.

    Angry of Copenhagen

  24. Rasp says:

    Hi Raddy didn’t we have an Egyptian keeper at one time? Shuban or suchlike?

  25. fatgingergooner says:

    Rasp,

    It’s difficult to go by YouTube clips, but one of the first things noted was how he seems to look forward as soon as he gets the ball. He also has a decent long pass on him.

    If we’d paid £30m for him them morons on TS would be talking about how he’s the next Vieira!

    Wengers been around long enough now for us all to understand he loves a good project, so no doubt he’s seen something he likes and something that he feels he can develop into a world class footballer. Looking forward to seeing him develop.

  26. chas says:

    I like El Nino.
    The Egyptian question was asked on twitter and the name Rami Shabaan (?) was raised as he had Egyptian parentage apparently.

    I’ve used most of the sports sites and all have different issues at different times. Maybe once it becomes reliable it gets taken down?

  27. Rasp says:

    Thanks FGG – good to see you share my optimism 🙂

  28. fatgingergooner says:

    Rami Shaaban was Swedish but his Father was Egyptian. I’m guessing you mean him?

    I saw an article the other day saying we were also close to completing the signing of 2 Nigerian U17 players. It’s a little worrying that we are going back to African players as we’ve had problems with the ACN before. I know they are 16 so might not make it into first team, but still!

    Also noticed Elneny is available for CL. Wonder if that had an influence in us signing him?

  29. Rasp says:

    I think we can have confidence when it is reported that we have signed a player who we have been scouting for some time – I believe this is the case with El Niño

  30. chas says:

    FGG
    Tell that to George Weah and Christopher Wreh. 🙂

  31. fatgingergooner says:

    The way I see it Rasp is we are going to lose Flamini, Arteta and Rosicky in the summer. With Elneny coming in that gives us 1 replacement. If he looks the part then we’ve saved a fortune and we are good to go. If he doesn’t look all that then Wenger can go out and buy a shiny new toy in the summer (Javi Martinez, Busquets, Wanyama, Krychowiak) and Elneny becomes a squad player. No harm done.

    Im also interested to see if Wenger starts using Ox and Chambers in midfield next season and goes out and buys a new CB (Merts also getting older) and a new winger, or wether he feels those 2 can make it at CB and RW as they are right now and he buys another midfielder regardless of how Elneny does.

  32. fatgingergooner says:

    Chas,

    I think one of those would’ve made it without Wenger, the other would probably have been working in McDonalds! 😃

  33. chas says:

    Haha, FGG.
    I only mentioned Wreh because when I googled George Weah it came up that Christopher Wreh is his cousin.

    Pick that one out!

  34. chas says:

    Such crucial goals in that 1998 championship!

  35. fatgingergooner says:

    George Weah is 49! Making me feel old.

  36. fatgingergooner says:

    Well that’s 2 out of the 3 he scored for us in the league!!! 😀

    The Wimbledon one has Alex Manninger pulling off a quality save. Loved that guy.

  37. chas says:

    Last one – just trying to bump up the comments.
    Look at Wenger in those days.

  38. chas says:

    An important part of the Double……….

    (Spunky never made any mistakes)

  39. fatgingergooner says:

    He only scored against the big teams 😂

    In fairness though they were all winning goals.

  40. chas says:

    And Christpher Wreh was responsible for making Thierry wear no. 14 as Wreh had Thierry’s number 12 when Henry came to the club. 🙂

  41. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Any recommendations for a streaming site? I can work through them 😦

  42. fatgingergooner says:

    Just seen Real and Atletico Madrid have been banned from registering new players until January 2017!

    The ban starts next month so they have the rest of this window to buy players. With Real having a new manager, I wonder if we will see some big transfer moves in the end of this window.

  43. fatgingergooner says:

    I use Ronaldo7 when I’m streaming games. Usually has 10-15 different streams of the game from different networks and countries so some work better than others.

  44. chas says:

    BR
    firstrowsports
    sport dictator

    They all go a bit dodgy after a while, so I’d be loathe to recommend much.

  45. chas says:

    Cheers, fgg

  46. chas says:

    Eddie seems to know a few, being a computer whizz.

    In answer to your earlier question I’ve just remembered.
    Two both for the dippers.

  47. chas says:

    Firmino for taking his shirt off.
    Clyne for stopping a breakaway.

  48. Eddie says:

    2 yellows for nothing?? that’s incredible given how fast and furious both teams played

    I am a wizard at nothing. I bought a flipping Fire stick with Kodi and it is a pile of poo, couldn’t find a stream yesterday. Had to say sorry to onlinefooty, always reliable here Raddy

  49. kelsey says:

    My live on footy works perfectly well.

    I remember that disaster of a keeper half swedish half egyptian (must have had a cold mummy. Did he ever play in the PL ?

  50. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Thank you.

  51. GoonerB says:

    Great report Chas, thanks. I agree with R.A you should do more of them. I actually buy into your positiveness about last night Chas, but at the same time have some serious reservations observing certain things last night in terms of what it means longer term. 2 conflicting emotions really.

    As the blog has been so positive I shan’t bring he mood down and bore you with them 🙂

  52. chas says:

    Cmon, GoonerB.
    It’s what the blog’s for.
    I’ll probably agree with most of what you say, just not admit it in public. 🙂

  53. GoonerB says:

    Another time Chas. Probably better as a post.

  54. RockyLives says:

    Great clips Chas

    I was there for the Wreh goals at Highbury and away at Wimbledon (Selhurst Park) and the cup winner against Wolves!

    I remember we all thought we’d found the new Ian Wright.

  55. Red Arnie says:

    Great stuff, Duck. 🙂 with Ant in tow. 🙂 Last time I admired your post, Chas, you claimed I was a liar. I have learnt my lesson. No more praises for you. All kudos go to Mr Duck. 🙂

    OK, about the ratings. The first goal released through his legs and unsighting Cech. I reduce Kos to 7. Harsh, I know, but it is a tough world. 🙂

    Campbell gets a 8 by my book just for working his ass off and working tirelessly. Thats the spirit. a la Alexis. Still a bit deficient in quality and finesse, but full marks for trying. 🙂

  56. Red Arnie says:

    BTW, Campbell was also impressive in the shift he put in in defence.

    I agree, parking the bus is not our forte, why do we try?

  57. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all, sorry I’ve only just got to read a Johnny on the spot match report, well played Chas.

    I agree about our general performance and I don’t think your ratings for the centre backs of defence were particularly generous. If you were giving them all 9 and 10 maybe so.

    Generally after our start and at a difficult ground like Anfield the point should be welcomed, but it is frustrating with our noses in front that we couldn’t hold on to it.

    Theo (as others have mentioned) was guilty of wrong options on a few occasions as was Ox when he came on. Ox is a form thing, we have seen him make decisions like Campbell is making now in the past, it almost appears that he is trying to hard to impress, get back to a bit of simplicity, beat a man pass, gain ten yards pass, whereas he is trying to beat two or three or gain twenty yards.

    I don’t where to start with Theo, but he is really beginning to annoy me, last night he at least once threw arms up in the air when he wasn’t the recipient of a pass in the final third, and it wasn’t like the pass was obvious, but then later he takes the ball on a run and faced with four defenders a couple of runners and being 20+ yards out he decides to shoot……and as Chas says in his report row z would have been better than trying to run out of defence or look up and find Ozil who was waiting for the out ball which Theo could have played on his second touch.

    Alan Hansen once accused Theo of not having a football brain, I’ve always thought there was something in it, but watching him and Campbell in the last few weeks maybe it isn’t the lack of football brain but the fact that he is a head down footballer, when players are close he rarely gets his head up on his first touch or before his first touch, so he needs two or three to get space before head might come up to look around him, now look at Campbell’s passes for the goals, he knows where the runs are when he gets possession, or within his first touch.

    That’s the big difference.

    Could we see Rambo back on the right wing with El Nenys arrival? Not sure Stoke is the best introduction to the PL for him. I know they are generally a better footballing side under Hughes and with players like Shaqiri and Bojan, but they still have the likes of Walters and Shawcross able to play a more Stoke way.

  58. chas says:

  59. kelsey says:

    Morning all

    I will get my Friday rant in now, though others will say every day is Friday in my book.

    I think we can all agree for various reasons this is the most open title race in years as no one team has that special ingredient of being consistent.
    We play the injury card over and over again and it is unfortunate that too many of our players get repeated injuries or long term injuries,yet we have as good a chance as anyone to win the title if only an investment was made now on at least two players to replace those who have served their time and please don’t forget we are looking at a unit of players who should be capable of being more consistent,but you can’t expect some of the younger less inexperienced to do that, yet this is no time for experimenting.
    If we continue to try and hold on to a lead by bringing on the quality of subs as at Anfield,we will lose out more often than not.

    If the ethos of the club is well let’s just finish top 4 and I strongly believe Kroenke is happy with that, then he is wrong.To make our great club a bigger global brand we have to win trophies and that needs additional investment, that we have.

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well Chas, your epic report was a roaring success and I’m not surprised. I read it twice, like wjat I did to LB’s, so as someone said yesterday the future looks good.

    For us 🙂

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Cat on a surfboard 🙂

    You’ll never bloody guess what. Saturday, or more likely Sunday, might, just might be me first surf since armgate back in September

    Winds forecast to swing round to those lovely easterlies

    Anyway, must be off. Laters.

    ps Morning Crystals to you too 🙂

  62. chas says:

    Morning, kelsey

    Are you talking about two more signings in the January transfer window or two more in the summer?

    Most of the blog world was fuming that we only signed Cech in the summer and not one outfield player. (similar, incidentally, to the summer before the Invincibles season when we signed Mad Jens only).

    Since the summer we have suffered massive injuries and are still top of league, qualified for the CL knockout stage and in the 4th round of the cup.
    We’ve seen players like Campbell, Flamini and Chambers step up to the plate when asked and also bought a versatile midfielder halfway through January.
    We also have a fine group of young players itching to make their mark with the first team.

    Yet, you still think ‘spend some money’ and ‘Kroenke is happy with 4th’ are the mantras we should all stick with?

    I thought you’d like a reply rather than being ignored as usual. 🙂

    All I’ve done is describe where I think we’re at in this season.
    I’m not trying to stifle debate, but just add some perspective.

  63. chas says:

    Morning Micky
    Thanks, not a patch on LB’s, though.
    It was written mostly from watching a 4 minute clip of the goals on youtube.
    Being at the match itself is a visceral experience for me almost indescribable with words. I rarely remember a great deal of what went on.
    Wednesday was crazily exciting, disappointing, nervous, ecstatic, nail-biting and most of all flippin superb live entertainment (soaking wet, too 🙂 ).

  64. Eddie says:

    ok chas, I guessed the connection between today’s photos – all of them disabled!

  65. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky I’m stepping into pendants corner for this one…..”armgate” bloody armgate…..why does everything get a gate at the end, if the logic holds it shouldn’t be the Watergate scandal it should be the watergategate scandal.

    Friday pendants rant over.

  66. chas says:

    Micky
    Great that you’re about to get back on the horse. 🙂

    Eddie
    Nice connection.

    GIE
    🙂

  67. Eddie says:

    chas – you are supposed to ask me how is Sean Connory disabled 🙂

    GiE – and how about people answering to the question about their wellbeing with ‘I’m good’?? I asked you how you were you idiot, not about your character!!

  68. chas says:

    Soz, I knew it was some word beginning with ‘d’. 🙂

  69. chas says:

    Eddie
    In Poland do people ask ‘how are you?’ and if they do, would they be horrified (as English people are) if they got an honest catalogue of all of someone’s ailments?

  70. Eddie says:

    no, with ‘c’ 🙂

    stoke bloody away on Sunday! oh no, more injuries looming 😦

  71. chas says:

    Eddie
    Maybe see it as a chance for Arsenal to confound everyone’s expectations of a trip to the Britannia, defeat plus mortal woundings. We might scrape a point! You never know.

  72. Eddie says:

    nope, they play it safe in Poland and ask sort of ‘What’s up?’. Which sadly always leads to a polish national trail of telling everyone how ill and poor they are. Disgusting!

    English are great! The house has burned down, the leg is to be amputated, the spouse just died but the answer is always ‘I am fine!’ or lately ‘I am good’. Keep your fecking problems to yourself, I have my own 🙂

  73. Eddie says:

    no chas, I don’t know about Sunday, but I know I will be worried between now and then, not good.

    Are you going or will you resist the chance of getting pissed in public?

  74. chas says:

    We intended to get tickets but what with Christmas and all, when Ant looked at when they went on sale, they were already sold out.
    Full scale pretendie on the cards. Maybe point the TV into the front garden so we can get lashed in full view of the public still.

  75. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha 🙂 can I come over? Full kit and all…

    BTW – my failed pitbull woos used to get scared of all the Arsenal chants delivered by me during the pretendies. I gave him daily lessons in the car and now he loves the ’49 undefeated’ 🙂 At the end he gives me high five 🙂 🙂

  76. Red Arnie says:

    motning all, bloody afternoon where I am. 🙂

    What is the minimum required to shove Barca off over two legs? Is El Nino enough? I think not, but who knows? 🙂

    Thats all that matters to me. EPL trophies will come and go, but if we defeat Barca, we can dream again! COYG. 🙂

  77. Eddie says:

    Zenadene Zedane – he is just about everything that I hate about men. And yet I cannot make myself not loving him. Watched 21st centuary film 3 times now.

  78. chas says:

    Cmon Eddie, don’t try to fool us, you hate all of the human race, not just men.
    Well apart from Santi and Hector.

  79. Rasp says:

    Morning all,

    Micky, if you’re around, would you like a poll in your post for today?

  80. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Eddie. What is 21st Century film?

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Let’s have a poll

  82. Red Arnie says:

    Let’s have a poll for whether we should have a poll, and then let us have a poll anyway, no matter whatever the outcome of the previous poll is. 😛

  83. Rasp says:

    OK, poll inserted ……

    ……. New post …….

  84. Eddie says:

    Raddy – it is ‘A 21st Century Portrait ‘, you must have seen it! Epic, 90mins of nothing starring ZZ (who didn’t say a word) at the Barnabeau stadium, best film about footy ever!

  85. fatgingergooner says:

    Maybe the £200m is sat in some kind of savings bond for 3 years and if we withdraw any of it we lose the 3% interest.

    Wenger won’t have that! 😄

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