Loving The Alien

There is a chance we may have an exciting team taking the field in red and white. The BBC are expecting Tommy Rosicky to get a kick!

I recall speaking to Kelsey about Tomas a few years ago and we both agreed his time as a PL player was over, yet here he is making a Lazarus-like resurrection (somewhat appropriate with Lent around the corner). I am delighted. Top bloke, top player and a man whom, if he lasts a few games, will add much to our run in.

There is another rumour … apparently someone purporting to be Danny Welbeck is in training and could be available for selection. Now this I cannot believe. I am easily led and extraordinarily gullible but this is a step too far.

And Coquelin!! The boss said 6 weeks and here is Le Coq back within AW’s 6 week time frame which as everyone knows is 3 months in human time. Do you think that AW lives in a different time dimension to us? He is a remarkable man and who knows, perhaps he is not of this earth? An alien. This may explain his eyesight problems, his lack of understanding the need for a 40 goal a season striker and his strange sense of time.

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Mr. Wenger’s Father (and Mother)

Our opponents: I have written of Burnley in the past, of my affection for a proper old fashioned club, of Bob Lord, of claret and blue. Of Hovis adverts, coal mining and cotton. In my research about Burnley F.Cย  I discovered they had once been managed by a chap named Albert Pickles. Fair play to them.

Burnley are a decent team who will cause us problems but hopefully not too many. They sit a handy 3rd in the Championship and could easily face us in the PL next season. No mugs and in Sean Dyche have one of the best young managers around. We have won our last 5 FA Cup games against them with an aggregate score of 16-1.

Another exciting prospect for Gooners is the almost certain first appearance of Elneny, our first Egyptian player to play in the first team (Rami Shabaan had Egyptian parents and we had a chap called Fathy who played a couple of reserve games in 2004). I have a good feeling about this bloke.

I would like to see Theo given a start at CF today and OG on the bench. The big man needs a break and Theo is more likely to score and gain some confidence at home against C’ship opposition. The same can be said of The Ox who will surely be given Ramsey’s role again.

Another chap I would like to see rested is Koscielny. The man has become a masterful CB but like many could use a break, this would allow us to see our future CB pairing – GAbriel and Chambers. The more practice they have together the better the chances of them becoming a solid partnership.

Gibbs ahead of Monreal and Bellerin on the other flank thanks to our lack of a back-up LB. And Ospina in goal (if fit).

Sanchez, Walcott and Campbell up top with perhaps Ozil behind depending upon how his foot/leg has responded to treatment.

There is a chance we could win a hatrick of FA Cups. History making. Mr. Wenger deserves it. He could be the manager who went through a season unbetaen and one who won 3 on the trot.

Let it be so…

COYRRG

 

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163 Responses to Loving The Alien

  1. chas says:

    Excellent, BR.
    Arsene does appear to be from another planet sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I always put it down to me be being so far below him intelligence-wise.

    These games are always ‘hiding to nothing’ games.
    Win, and everyone says, well we should have.
    Lose, and kelsey sharpens his divining rods. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have a feeling Iwobi and Jeff might get some pitch time, too. Looking forward to it.
    Thanks.

  2. GoonerB says:

    Great report Raddy. If only Mr Wenger would use his contacts and pull some strings then by tonight Lewandowski, Cavani or Aubemayeng could see a strange light in the sky, mysteriously disappear for 1 week only to turn up at a place called London Colney insisting this is where I belong.

  3. MickyDidIt89 says:

    That was a really, really good one Erik, thank you.

    I completely agree with your idea of picking our strongest possible attack ( ๐Ÿ™‚ ), then once we’ve put the minnows firmly in their place, I agree with Chas that we can bring on Jeff and Iwobi to take the piss.

    It’s also hard to disagree with your “other worldy” view of Arsene, for he certainly speaks in a tongue from an unknown land,

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Mmmm, some missing from that comment ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Nice to see Beardy back earlier

  5. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh yes, just remembered what I was saying

    Me also looking forward to seeing Elneny. Does he have a first name, apart from “The”?

  6. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Got it. Mo ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. kelsey says:

    chas, behave: i make it a 60/40 game Raddy

    The inbreds are babg in form

    AW confirmed Gibbs and ospina start.

    I don’t go along with “a cup keeper”. Cech has been our most consistent player these past few games and can bollox the defence,Ospina is so small he can’t even see them.

    I would like to seee Gab and the Egyptian together, drop Walcott and let Flamini continue his CF role ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You never know which Arsenal will turn up so I just don’t get too excited about the whole thing, just sit back with 6 packets of crisps and half a dozen lagers and a big packet of chocolate buttons at half time, then start allover again in the second half, usually behind the sofa.

  8. Shard says:

    Apparently Burnley score a lot of goals from set plays, so we have to watch out for those. Will Ospina start? I doubt it. I think his Arsenal days are essentially over. Next season either Szczesny or Martinez are going to come back to be the backup keeper and Ospina will go somewhere in Spain.

    Pickles & Dyche would be a great name for either an old school buddy cop show, or a porno.

    Looking forward to seeing Elneny, and indeed who he partners in midfield. Is Coquelin back? I hope to see Iwobi and Jeff get some game time too. Maybe score a goal.

    Though I would prefer goals for Walcott and Ox over those two. They both need the confidence.

  9. GoonerB says:

    The cop bit I get but my god Shard, pickles and dyche? What types of pornos do you watch? Are you sure this is not Terry masquerading as Shard?

  10. PV4 says:

    Sadly, nothing in life is as it seems – that famous Hovis ad ‘oop North’ was actually filmed in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Let’s hope that Elneny is a genius, Le Coq comes back even stronger and we win 4-0. Maybe then, the record cup holders will be shown live?

  11. RA says:

    GB,

    I think you need to break the news to our man Shard that Dyche is pronounced like dike and not dick — anyway, have you never put pickles on your dyche? ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. RA says:

    Superior quality Post, Raddish, written as only you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. RA says:

    Ooh, and a late good morning to one and all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. RA says:

    I just saw the photo’ of AW with the new Nigerian lads who are about to sign for us, and also in the pic was Kanu.

    I knew, of course, that Kanu, apart from being magically skilful, was also tall, but he must have put on about 5 stone since he played for us. Looks quite a lot like me vertically and horizontally actually ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Red Arnie says:

    Lovely curtain raiser, Raddy. ๐Ÿ™‚ COYG. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cannot complain with Ospina starting. But with Giro not starting, where will the goal(s) come from? hmmm.

  16. Red Arnie says:

    Non-PC warning. Is dyke more respectable than dick? maybe, but only just. ๐Ÿ˜› https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyke_%28slang%29

  17. RA says:

    The politically correct dyke I was referring to Arnie ( and hello to you ๐Ÿ™‚ ) was one where you can stick your finger in, like the little Dutch boy Hans Brinker.

    To be absolutely clear – he stuck his finger in the dyke to save Holland from flooding. A hero! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dick? Well there are so many dicks in football they can’t all be political, can they? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Arnie, you do have a professorially political take on things. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Red Arnie says:

    Redders. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. broodyjoe says:

    I’d love to see a Gabriel-Kolscieny pair at CB and LeCoq-Elneny pair in midfield. Just a dress rehearsal for the Barca game coming up later in February.

  20. Shard says:

    I meant it to sound like dyke :p

  21. Rasp says:

    What a delightfully off the wall PM, thanks Raddy.

    We can’t have too many debutants. I agree give Ollie a rest for Tuesday. I think I’d rather start with Iwobi or Jeff and bring Tomas on as a sub.

    We mustn’t underestimate Burnley, they will be full of energy and endeavour. Elneny to start and Coquelin on the bench I’m guessing.

  22. Red Arnie says:

    nice thought, broodyjoe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Uwot? says:

    Just to let you know that a certain cretin known as “Joseph Barton” is playing.expect a sending off from somewhere.you have been warned….

  24. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Arnie

    “But with Giro not starting, where will the goal(s) come from?”

    Fear not my bearded academical chum, absolutely anyone who hangs around long enough in front of Mesut WILL score ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Uwot
    Yuk, very nasty thought

  26. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Here I am, desperate for a quick kip, and just hanging around for team news. Cannot possibly relax until then.

    So, being bored, I’ve been googling.

    Nepal U19’s beat Ireland U19’s at cricket. Hooray

  27. Rasp says:

    I’m in the pub avec Vines, you lot are letting us down – where’s the team news? ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m bloody well looking you layabouts ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Pinched off another site, but not on AFC dot com yet

    Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Giroud

  30. Rasp says:

    The team is on the net!!! Elneny and Coquelin both starting

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp
    The official site says Puma are launching Evopower 1.3 if that helps?
    Is he a striker is what I want to know

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wot bloody net and who are the subs? ๐Ÿ™„

  33. Rasp says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† Micky. This is very poor, I expect one of you to put the team up as soon as ๐Ÿ™‚

    Iwobi is also starting with Ospiller in goal

  34. Have you got the team or shall I find it for you?

  35. Rasp says:

    I’ve just read down, you’ve already put the team up. It’s hard to concentrate in a noisy Irish pub ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Still looking
    It does say the score is still 0-0 if that helps
    Jesus Christ Fenton!!!

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    13Ospina
    21Chambers
    5Gabriel
    6Koscielny
    3Gibbs
    34Coquelin
    35Elneny
    45Iwobi
    15Oxlade-Chamberlain
    17Sรกnchez
    12Giroud

    Substitutes

    7Rosicky
    8Arteta
    14Walcott
    18Monreal
    24Bellerรญn
    28Campbell
    33Cech

    Excited by Iwobi and and Elneny
    Mesut? I thought he had a fake injury the other day ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Never ever leave me in charge at head office again
    Simply not the right man for the job

  39. kelsey says:

    channel 11 micky

  40. kelsey says:

    no, channel 13,sorry

  41. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks Crystals
    I’ve been struggling to find that as well ๐Ÿ™„

  42. Red Arnie says:

    Micky. ๐Ÿ™‚

    COYG.

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Ospina started well

  44. kelsey says:

    well 10 minutes gone and still 11-11 we can only improve.Notice Burnley are sponsored by Sofa.

    I would like a bit more urgency in our game,a bit lacklustre so far, eh chas ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. kelsey says:

    Chambers my hero (cough)

  46. Rasp says:

    Elneny is playing the Ramsey role, box to box. Iwobi is an Arsenal player, keeps it simple and moves the ball on quickly, I’m impressed with him.

  47. Red Arnie says:

    hmmm. poor defending

  48. Rasp says:

    Coquelin is clearly not match fit

  49. Big Raddy says:

    A few players not playing too well.

    Sanchez is a magician. Brilliant to watch.

    We need more from midfield.

  50. Rasp says:

    That’s funny Raddy ๐Ÿ™‚ from where I’m sitting (upper tier) Sanchez is holding onto the ball too long and Iwobi and Elneny have been very good ๐Ÿ™‚ Who was the defender who was out-jumped for their goal?

  51. Not sure why we’re giving Burnley so much time on the ball. Hope Theo comes on for the second half there’s loads of space for him to run onto balls.

    Sadly we’re playing the wrong way now, shooting at the Clock End ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  52. Rasp says:

    Yes, we’re not working hard enough to win the ball back, we need to press higher up the pitch.

  53. Nice to see Arnie back, hope you had a good trip.

  54. Just me and Rasp then, you’re all getting more crisps and beer ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Rasp says:

    Nah, they’re hiding behind sofas I reckon ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. kelsey says:

    Chambers didn’t jump for the Burnley goal. Our fluency has gone, our build up play is far too slow and The Ox couldn’t hit a arn door.

    Regardless who is playing we are not entertaining as we used to be,though with Ozil not playing we realise how much he pulls the strings.

    I can’t really pin it down but defensively we are often just hoofing the ball away,not our style at all.

  57. kelsey says:

    barn not arn ๐Ÿ˜‰

    peaches ๐Ÿ˜‰

  58. kelsey says:

    great move and great goal from the kid who couldn’t hit a barn door

  59. Red Arnie says:

    yes, Peaches, I’m back. ๐Ÿ™‚

    enjoying watching Elneny and Iwobi as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. kelsey says:

    oh no, it was Sanchez they look so much alike ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Eddie says:

    very quiet at the Emirates. its hard to belive it’s the same nation that produced the Beatles, Wham and Take That

  62. Rasp says:

    Not sure Arteta is the man to bring on?

  63. RA says:

    What I find very disappointing is that, as I understand it, Ant and that sneaky Duck have gone to the Emirates without giving us a glimpse of their trip.

    Rasper, you make it sound as if we are clinging on, and if so, that is not good news, as we only know one way to play, and it is not clinging on.

  64. RA says:

    Kelsey,

    Are you scrying your ball, or are you watching a hooky stream, either way you either need a new ball or a better stream.

    A beautiful ball to Alexis by the Ox and Bob’s your auntie – you’ll never notice – like you never noticed the Ox goal, that never was! ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Rasp says:

    Redders, we are not clinging on, but we are not pressing them hard enough, we’re giving them too much space.

    Elneny has covered every blade of grass.

  66. Rasp says:

    Elneny motm – or should it be Iwobi? ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. RA says:

    Thanx, Rasper. ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. kelsey says:

    RA

    I said it was a very well worked goal.Good win but not one that will live in the memory for long.

    El Ninny had more shots than anyone.

    Walcott yet again one on one with the entire Burnley outfield still in our half, mucks up what amounted to an easy chance,mind you he is on onl 140K a week and is still learning as he starts our 11th year with us.

  69. Red Arnie says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. RA says:

    Just kidding, Kelsey, but don’t get me going on Theo, I have not seen the game, obviously, but why am I not surprised,

    [Don’t tell GB, he will go on forever saying Theo has never been given a chance over the last 10 years!!] ๐Ÿ˜€

  71. kelsey says:

    Result 10 out of 10

    Performance 7 out of 10

    Entertainment 6 out of 10

    Kid that played Iwobi 8 out of 10

  72. RA says:

    Aye, Aye, Arnie is happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    A win for Exile seniors to enjoy at the ground. Not pleasant watching on text update, although a win with the mixed bag of a team on the pitch all good….valuable rehab time for Alexis and Coq….and a nice game for Elneny to get an idea of English pace.

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sanchez superb, but loved Iwobi’s performance. He’s only 19!

    Definitely liked the look of Mo ๐Ÿ™‚ Moves around an awful lot, and very quickly too. Thought he kept things simple and tidy. Encouraging start.

    I did have a cheeky kip at half time, which spilt over into the second half and missed the Sanchez goal. That’ll learn me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  75. chas mobile says:

    Elneny moved around loads and didn’t look like a midget. Good start.

  76. Rasp says:

    Arsene has a headache, what to do with Iwobi? After a performance like that you’d want to play him every game. His close control, movement and crisp passing was excellent ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. chas mobile says:

    Was it all the moving around that woke you up?

  78. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yes Chas
    A sensation that you will understand well, is that footballers shorts are made of plastic, and the ones that move about quickly create sparks, and sparks making a short, sharp, snapping sound

  79. Big Raddy says:

    I didn’t get Elneny. Where was he playing? The man seemed to be given licence to just run about and get involved. Is he is a Flamini replacement or more of a Rosicky?

    The bloke had a decent first game whatever his role.

    But I have to talk about the elephant in the room. The FP. What is wrong with the man. Every time he got on the ball he tried a backheel without looking to see where his partner was. It worked once. His play was just infuriating and a proper CF would have scored a hatrick whereas OG didn’t even have an attempt on goal.

    And then there is Theo. The man has lost his mojol. When he missed the sitter in the final minutes Elneny was just to his right with an open goal in front of him but Walcott chose to try and round the GK. Crap play from a man who should be riding the pine for the foreseeable future.

    AW has 24+ hours to buy a proper striker

  80. Red Arnie says:

    Redders. Not with the game so much, but happy with the result. Agree that El Nino and Iwobi were the positives.

    Onwards and upards. ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Anyone want to write a report for tomorrow’s post?

  82. Big Raddy says:

    Arnie. Good to see you back from your travels

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp
    Could Iwobi play wide right

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches

    Before all our keybrds cnk out bcse f splt bvril nd sht, mybe wait for LB nd se if his is wrkin ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Red Arnie says:

    Raddy. I found it very strange as well. It seemed to me that he was playing left of centre. Very strange.

    I’m fine if it takes a big game to get him moving. Barca away?

  86. Red Arnie says:

    Thanks, Raddy, glad to be back. Winds and snow notwithstanding. ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. Red Arnie says:

    It was nice meeting Shard in Delhi, and both of us refusing to discuss the game. You know which one! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  88. Rasp says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† Micky. Actually Iwobi played right across the pitch. I see him as a playmaker in time. He just knitted things together for us today and looked to have an understanding with Elneny more than Coquelin

  89. Rasp says:

    Not impressed with the pundits on BT sport for the pool / wham game: Owen – boring, David James – thick, and ‘Arry – bent and twitchy!

  90. kelsey says:

    My main concern is that kos is not playing to his usual high standard and that has been noticeable for a number of games.

  91. Big Raddy says:

    My main concern is that we are incapable of putting teams away. Gone are the days when if we scored we won. Even Burnley come back at us.

    AW has some tough decisions to make because we concede too easily from crosses.

  92. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I got the impression Mo El would have been a little surprised at the physical side. Once he realizes you can push and shove a little more in the prem I think we may have a good player.

    Erik
    I really don’t like to keep having a go at Ollie, but he really was awful.

  93. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Spot on Erik
    We simply can’t bury teams and put the result to bed.

    Crystals
    Just acknowledging your presence. You know, being alive, having hair, wearing shades and the like ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. chas mobile says:

    Cmon lads, we only had 4 first XI players on the pitch, one who hadn’t played since November and one just finding some fitness. What exactly did you expect?

  95. Big Raddy says:

    BTW today was my final Bowie themed post (not that many got it)

  96. LB says:

    Peaches, I have it.

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    But Chas Mobile,
    We’ve bigging up players left right and center. Crystals had a go at Kos but we ignored him, which only leaves Erik and I having a go at Ollie, and that’s ok. ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Three cheers for LB
    Hick hick hooray

  99. Eddie says:

    I thought Elneny was ok, give him a decent haircut and he will fit in nicely. I thought he was trying too hard, stressing out a bit.

  100. Red Arnie says:

    My main concern is that we concede more than one goal on average per game. Which means we have to score two to win. Ollie scores one goal on average every 90 mins, and somehow we are left scraping the bottom for another one.

    If we could be tighter at the back, it would be nice. Alas!

  101. Eddie says:

    No Raddy, I didn’t get the Bowie theme at all. Oh yeah, he did have a stage of his career when it was all about space, Major tom to cruise control and alliens. Of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like you like Burnley and secretely, shhhh don’t tell anyone, was hoping that Eddie Gray would score against his childhood club that didn’t want him

  102. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Arnie

    I reckon the return of Coquelin will rectify our defensive weakness enormously. As for the other end, not enough goals from the right, or left without Sanchez, or the deeper mid.

  103. RA says:

    Oh, no, disappointment and pleasure assails my senses — disappointment because I was going to do a Kelsey and offer to write a match report – even tho I did not see the game, but now LB is going to do it – and hence the pleasure – he writes so well! ๐Ÿ˜€

  104. RA says:

    Raddy,

    For what it is worth it also bugs me that Giro, who is OK when he puts his mind to things, can drive one wild with frustration when he does his rather dopey flics and flacs and pointless back heels.

    On Theo – no comment.

    You are not alone in the universe, oh, great tourist guide! ๐Ÿ˜€

  105. Red Arnie says:

    Micky. You could be right. Let us see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Shard says:

    My stream was quite restrictive in terms of making sense of the game, but those Giroud back heels. I felt they were more often a case of his teammates letting him down than Giroud being wasteful. They were mostly in a nice spot, and where Ozil would usually be.

  107. Big Raddy says:

    Shard. I would love to be convinced by you but sadly I am not.

    It is not OG’s job to do backheels, his job is to hold the ball until the cavalry arrive or to drive at goal. He did neither

  108. Excellent news LB, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Red Arnie says:

    Raddy, dont agree fully. Backheels produce goals, like the Sanchez goal today. Or that goal by Jack. Yes, that one! ๐Ÿ™‚

    However, I take the point that the primary job of a CF is to get into scoring positions. Which Giro did not do enough today. Nevertheless, the one time he did so, he took with him two defenders within the box, leaving it free for Sanchez to score.

    Dont believe me? Just look at the video. Just my tuppence. ๐Ÿ˜›

  110. chas mobile says:

    But Micky
    I was responding to the ‘we can’t hold on to a lead’ comments when we’d changed 4 of the 5 regular defenders.

  111. MickyDidIt89 says:

    But Chas Mobile
    Oh…I see ๐Ÿ™‚

  112. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Anyway, bottom line is, we’re in the top hat on monday

  113. Aaron says:

    Will take that all day!
    2 key developments against a very good Burnley squad:
    possession almost 70% and 23 shots taken with 8 against.
    Exactly the numbers I hope for the rest of the season.

  114. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Arnie spot on…..that’s the one thing I noticed about Alexis’s goal, the flick from OG in the build up to move ball quickly to Iwobi, then the run that left that gaping hole that Alexis could be picked out in. Was avoid run by Alexis too as he filled the space left by OGrather than heading towards goal as a less aware winger would have done.

    A word for Iwobi too, anyone who plays with his socks that far down his shins understands style ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shhhhh, can you keep the noise down in here, I’m trying to read about Labradors.

  116. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh ok I give up
    The heads in barrels. Tried cheating. No luck. What are they up to?
    I’d say packing pilchards but can’t see any of the slippery fellows

  117. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky. Go black – you’ll never go back.

  118. Big Raddy says:

    6.26. Spurs fans equivalent of LB’s sofa

  119. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Erik
    Should be off to see one today. Black he is too. Or she. 3 yrs old.

  120. Big Raddy says:

    Love the facial furniture in 6.26 pt1

  121. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ha ha
    I love the balloon one. One posh bloke. One potty inventor. Two oiks to chuck over the side he you need more height. Or shoot if you’re hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. chas says:

    Preparing herring barrels with salt apparently.

  123. Big Raddy says:

    Grand-daughter slept over last night. I was relegated to sleeping in the living room and the little sweetheart woke me up at 6 ๐Ÿ˜€

    Deep Joy

  124. chas says:

    Brother plus his hound called Brady

  125. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great pic of Bro
    Great name too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Herrings eh. I was close.

  126. Gรถรถner In Exile says:

    Aren’t black labs generally considered mad as a box of frogs?

  127. chas says:

    Yep.
    Or so he says. ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Exile
    Mmm, didn’t know that. Mind you, we’re after a recue one, so won’t be too picky. Just stated age preference between one and four, and don’t like the chocolate ones. Yellow or black.

  129. chas says:

    Apparently they stop behaving like pups at 3 to 4.

  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    THAT piece of information Chas, will remain strictly between us. Mrs D stimulated no puppy eating everything, hence the age. Guess we just get the beast back here, then it’s too late.

  131. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, so she stimulated an idea ๐Ÿ™„

  132. Big Raddy says:

    What fun is a dog that is just well behaved all the time?

  133. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Lovely pic of your bro.

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Erik
    That Bro always wears a ’71 home whenever I’ve seen him, and like the reformed Exile boys, it’s the only time I look at a shirt and think Mmmm

  135. Eddie says:

    the name micky, it is all in the name
    Shirley (after Shirley Valentine) mad as a box of frogs ( ๐Ÿ™‚ ), Romeo a sex maniac and Bambi a sweetie. Brady would be a handful

  136. Eddie says:

    mind you, at 3yo the dog will already have a character. You will have to work around it ๐Ÿ™‚

    How much do you want to bet that Mrs D will fall in love with the pooch?

  137. Red Arnie says:

    motning all, warm afterglow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    my fav. Basenji, ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Big Raddy says:

    Bet the dog gets called something silly like Hillman Imp or Great Northern

  139. Eddie says:

    how about Eboue?

  140. Eddie says:

    Great Northern??!! OMG, would any dog come back when called that?
    It has to be an Arsenal name without being too obvious or Mrs D might object. Dennis?

  141. Big Raddy says:

    Morning Arnie.

    Lovely sunny morning here. Must be time for a walk in the woods

  142. Big Raddy says:

    Eboue is a fine idea. I have decided that if I am blessed with any more children they will be named Eboue

  143. Eddie says:

    raddy – no chance then ๐Ÿ™‚

  144. Eddie says:

    City and Totts had a ball yesterday ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  145. Red Arnie says:

    damp here, but the snow has stopped.

  146. Eddie says:

    Chelsea bid for Sanchez? ha ha ha ha

  147. kelsey says:

    GIe you obviously know nothing about Labradors regardless of colour >)

    Can’t be arsed to talk about the game yotally uninspiring except for the win,

    The draw is tonight micky we are No 3 and will play 5 or 6 at Home.

    No new signings except the soon to be 36 Rosicky.

    Our general play is sloppy and even id the W,s return that still makes our defence totally suspect.

    Iwobi was good and composed but let’s jusge him on more than one game.

    We are nowhere as good as we were 2 months ago and that’s rather sad.

    Prove me wrong AW and I will be delighted.

    Giroud and Walcott again disappoint and the ox needs a loan or even sell him,he is the biggest disappointment of the younger players we have bought in recent years.

    Kos is also having a bad patch and he is usually our rock.

    Lack of confidence or taining technique or a combination of both but above all no real leadership.Teams like burnley should have been buried but time and time again we shoot ourselves in the foot and pray someone will get us out of a mess we created ourselves.,

    Sanchez was a class of his own , then add Ozil into the mix
    add two more players of that calibre with a physical presence not the aging Artata and flamini and then we are a force to be reckoned with.This really is a spoilt opportunity which might not happen next season.

    Too many fans don’t want to know the truth and see ehat they want to see.This team could be so good.

  148. Red Arnie says:

    come on Murray, make a fight of this!

  149. chas mobile says:

    He’s outclassed, Arnie – a bit like Burnley were.

  150. Morning all

    Just .looking for some pics for LB’s excellent post ………………… back in a bit

  151. LB says:

    I have always been an admirer of your match insights Kelsey and I agree with most of what you say especially the use of the word “composure” to go alongside Iwobi, I have written today’s report and that certainly is a word I would have used had it come to mind at the time.
    I agree with your views on Giroud, Walcott, Koscielny, Ox and Sanchez but the twinge of sadness as you rightly point out that we are not playing as well as we were two months ago should surely be coupled with the fact that two months ago we had both Ozil and Sanchez fit and playing. The optimism for me is that they will both be playing again together on Tuesday don’t you share that?

  152. Red Arnie says:

    yes, Chas. sad. always the bridesmaid, never …. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  153. kelsey says:

    Just heard (love him or hate him) Terry Wogan has died after a short battle with cancer.He was 77. Links in with the Eorovision I just mentioned . R.I.P.
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  154. kelsey says:

    Thanks LB, but wren’t we just a bit too dependent on them especially when things go wrong that’s why an addition of two other world class players and we have the money might have been prudent back in the Summer.

  155. New Post everyone ……………

    ………. I couldn’t find any pics of Alex Iwobi ……….

  156. Sorry kelsey and LB to break up your chat

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