Koscielny Scores as often as Theo.

Anyone saying out loud that they think today will be a regulation 3 points against a newly promoted team is a bare-faced, heinous fibber. How did this come to pass?

How is it that we have one player who cost the sum of the Bournemouth team and yet we are fearful of failure? Is it due to Bournemouth’s excellent team ethic or our team inefficiencies?

If we had played them 5 weeks ago I would be hugely confident of victory – today I am not which points to our malaise rather than B’mouth’s excellence

And this in a ground with a capacity of less than 12,000! (thank you Kelsey)

What is going wrong? Is it just the strikers inability to get the ball in the onion bag? The stats indicate a definite Yes. What is the solution? IMO it is obvious – we buy a better strikeforce but that is for the future, what of now?

Mr W stated at the start of season the importance of the midfield scoring on a regular basis: Ramsey has 4, Ozil 3, the rest … zip. Not good enough. So the burden of goalscoring is firmly at the feet and heads of the strikers – OG is doing well but the others? Sanchez has 6 from 14 starts – OK. Walcott 3 from 14, Campbell 2 from 12.

Given the number of chances created by Ozil alone this a simply not good enough. Koscielny has scored as many as Theo!

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Ooops, this post is starting to read like a Friday Rant 😀

Positives? We are still challenging despite a poor run of results. A win today puts us equal 2nd. We played very well in the 2nd half against S’ton and if we can reproduce that form (not the shooting accuracy!) we can still win the league.

Onto today. Will BFG return from the naughty step? Given B’mouth rely more on pace than brute force I would hesitate but I love the Big Man almost as much as AW does.I expect him to start.

Campbell or Ox? Ramsey on the right with Elneny alongside Coquelin? OG or Walcott upfront? You guess …

Eyes will be focused upon the performance of Afobe. Should we have kept him? I always come back to “how many ex-players improve after leaving AFC?” Perhaps Nasri, maybe Fabianski, certainly Vela but others? Perhaps Afobe would have improved staying at Arsenal – Arsene clearly thought not. I really wish him well but not this afternoon.

I like Eddie Howe, the man has a big future. Could he manage at a Top 4 club with the huge pressures and resources attached? His career path is likely to be a step up to say Stoke/Spurs and then, if successful, onto Chelsea with their revolving door policy. Then spat out with a golden handshake and a few million in the bank.

Our away form is about the same as our home (6 wins away, 7 home).

All things considered we should win this game but there are huge doubts raised by our recent form.

I am very cautiously optimistic.

COYRRG

 

 

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178 Responses to Koscielny Scores as often as Theo.

  1. chas says:

    Very realistic, BR, thanks.

    Following on from our poor form of the last few games, it’s not surprising that a trip to a shite ground against a sparky team is met with some trepidation.

    The weather looks as though it may hold for the match with the worst high winds and heavy rain coming after 4 or 5 o’clock.

    Time for the boys to step up and meet the challenge.

    Cmon you Gunners.

  2. kelsey says:

    chas is a true supporter,well said. I would put it slightly differently 🙂

    But then he is still a mere pup.

  3. chas says:

    I support my friends and my team no more than that.

  4. wawomba says:

    I think the first 11 will have a very big impact on the game… I hope wenger picks gabriel ahead of per, and pair coq with ramsey. Many tricky options now that players are coming back

  5. Dudu cane says:

    Afobe has scored 3 goals in 3 games. Theo has scored 3 goals in 14 games…

  6. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, once again you have perfectly expressed the way I feel about an upcoming game.

    This is our biggest game of the season. Reason ….. because if we lose. we are out of the title race.

    What’s missing is desire, effort and fight. Theo Walcott has similar physical attributes to Vardy – Vardy just fights much harder on the pitch.

  7. kelsey says:

    We have to beat Bornemouth to close the gap on leicester,who would ever have believed that in August.

  8. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Raddy. Commenting from phone so will be brief.

    I agree it is all down to Walcott 🙂

    If only we had played the massively in form world class Giroud more as a striker in the last few games he would have scored us out of this predicament 🙂

    Anyway, till later and COYRRG’s

  9. GoonerB says:

    That is the main difference between the 2 Rasp. And the lesser consideration that Vardy actually plays as a striker 🙂

    Irrelevant comparing him to Giroud 🙂

  10. Rasp says:

    Today’s game is the perfect warm up for Leicester next weekend. Bournemouth are Leicester ‘Lite’.

    The Foxes have the best away record in the league. They outplayed city in every department yesterday, we need to go back to basics and show we have the desire today and if, if, we can beat Leicester next week, we will be back on track.

  11. JM says:

    PL current Top 4:

    Arsenal (37 goals)

    Attack (23 goals 6 assists):
    Giroud 12 goals 2 assists 18(6)games(subs)
    Alexis 6 goals 1 assists 14(2)games(subs)
    Walcott 3 goals 2 assists 14(4)games(subs)
    Campbell 2 goals 1 assist 10(4)games(subs)

    Midfield (7 goals 21 assists):
    Ozil 3 goals 16 assists 22 games
    Ramsey 4 goals 2 assists 20 games
    Cazorla 3 assists 14 games

    Defence (5 goals 3 assists):
    Koscielny 3 goals 21 games
    Gabriel 1 goal 8(2)games(subs)
    Monreal 2 assists 23(1)games(subs)
    Bellerin 1 assist 22 games
    Gibbs 1 goal 2(10)games(subs)

    Others: 2 goals

    ——–

    Leicester (47 goals)

    Attack (24 goals 5 assists):
    Vardy 18 goals 3 assists 25games
    Okazaki 4 goals 16(7)games(subs)
    Ulloa 2 goals 2 assists 5(14)games(subs)

    Midfield (18 goals 24 assists):
    Mahrez 14 goals 10 assists 23(1)games(subs)
    Kante 1 goal 3 assists 21(4)games(subs)
    Drinkwater 1 goal 4 assists 23 games
    Albrighton 1 goal 6 assists 24(1)games(subs)
    Dyer 1 goal 1 assist 0(11)games(subs)

    Defence (5 goals 3 assists):
    Fuchs 3 assists 17(2)games(subs)
    Huth 3 goals 24 games
    Schlupp 1 goal 12(2)games(subs)
    de Laet 1 goal 7(5)games(subs)

    ——–

    Tottenham (45 goals)

    Attack (17 goals 3 assists):
    Kane 15 goals 1 assist 25 games
    H-M Son 2 goals 1 assist 7(10)games(subs)
    N’Jie 1 assist 0(7)games(subs)

    Midfield (24 goals 19 assists):
    Dembele 3 goals 18(2)games(subs)
    Eriksen 4 goals 8 assists 20(2)games(subs)
    Alli 7 goals 5 assists 19(4)games(subs)
    Dier 3 goals 1 assist 24 games
    Lamela 3 goals 3 assists 17(5)games(subs)
    Mason 1 goal 5(5)games(subs)
    Chadli 2 goals 2 assists 9(8)games(subs)
    Carroll 1 goal 4(10)games(subs)

    Defence (4 goals 8 assists):
    Trippier 1 goal 1 assist 4(1)games(subs)
    Alderweireld 2 goals 2 assists 25 games
    Walker 1 goal 1 assist 21 games
    Rose 2 assists 13 games
    Davies 2 assists 12(1)games(subs)

    ——–

    Man City (47 goals)

    Attack (20 goals 5 assists):
    Aguero 14 goals 2 assists 17(1)games(subs)
    Bony 4 goals 2 assists 9(8)games(subs)
    Iheanacho 2 goals 1 assist 3(13)games(subs)

    Midfield (22 goals 29 assists):
    De Bruyne 5 goals 9 assists 17(2)games(subs)
    Youre 5 goals 5 assists 22(1)games(subs)
    D.Silva 2 goals 8 assists 15(2)games(subs)
    Fernandinho 2 goals 1 assist 21(1)games(subs)
    Sterling 5 goals 2 assists 19(4)games(subs)
    Delph 2 goals 5(7)games(subs)
    Navas 3 assists 13(9)games(subs)
    Nasri 1 goal 1(6)games(subs)
    Celina 1 assist 0(1)games(subs)

    Defence (5 goals 5 assists):
    Otamendi 1 goal 19 games
    Kompany 2 goals 8(1)games(subs)
    Kolarov 2 goals 2 assists 20(1)games(subs)
    Sagna 3 assists 22 games

    ========

    Arsenal’s unproductive midfield (with the exception of Ozil) against the other 3 main challengers.

  12. RA says:

    I enjoyed your musings, Randy, and I also think you have it spot on. 🙂

  13. GoonerB says:

    Intersting stats JM. Should Mahrez be considered as being catagorised differently to Campbell and Walcott? When is a player considered an attacker and when are they considered a midfielder?

    Sorry Rasp wasn’t being facetious earlier just making a point about how we compare players.

  14. Le Coq Monster says:

    Thanks Big Randy for the Sunday rant ! 😀

    I`m afraid today I`m a bare faced heinous fibber, I actually think we are going to win with ease and shock horror…..think we will thump the Foxes as well !. To tell the truth, if we lose or draw I`m still a winner as I can have a good old rant about how shit we`ve become in just the space of a few weeks.
    To go back to some of GB`s talk…….I actually think that Wenger has improved the club over the last few years and I dont mean winning 2 FA Cups, I mean transfer wise in the buying of Ozil, Alexis, Gabriel and Cech, now where I dont think he has improved is in the Tactical or Formation department, this has been a backward step imo and it will be no surprise to any that I`m talking about ……The Pressing Game !…..which we are not good at !.
    Poncachino and Koeman have lesser squads but are getting the full benefit of hard working players. Had a Klopp, Pep, Poncachino or Koeman been manager with such better players then I`m sure we would be close to celebrating out 14th title !.
    Wenger like LVG is stuck in the past, the pressing game is the new black, by the time Wenger cottons on, there will be another new black !.

  15. Red Arnie says:

    Raddy, nice one, Even if it started veering off towards a Friday rant, you changed course in good time. 🙂

    COYG

  16. Red Arnie says:

    JM. You make a good point IMO.

  17. Red Arnie says:

    nice motning batner, Chas in good form. 🙂

  18. fatgingergooner says:

    Out of interest, did Leicester play high press yesterday or did they just allow City to come onto them and play on the break?

    The aim of the high press is to counter attack, but the benefit is you’re nearer to the opposition goal. The counter attack can work just as well from the edge of your own box though aslong as you have pace and the opposition are willing to commit men into attack (City away last season, Bayern home this). This is something that Wenger has been doing for years, so to suggest he doesn’t know about the ‘high press’ seems a bit daft to me as counter attacking is something his best teams did very well.

    I think the inclusion of Flamini makes it very difficult for us to execute a high press as he likes to sit close to the CB’s, whereas Coquelin tends to win the ball further forward thus pushing our midfield up and allowing us to press higher up the field and counter from there. With Coquelin in the team I think you will see us shift a good 10 yards further forward and then we will start to see the best of Arsenal’s ‘high press’.

  19. GoonerB says:

    Cockie. Sometimes you make remarkably insightful comments 🙂

    I also think it is about how we line up and with what players.

  20. Rasp says:

    Hi GB, I watching MotD last night, the significant difference was how quickly Leicester got the ball forward. As soon as they gained possession from an opposition attack, 4 of them charged forward at full speed and were on city’s goal before they knew it – their pace up front is frightening.

    If that had been us, the player who first started the ‘charge’ would often get over the half way line, stop, check back and then pass back to a CB

  21. JM says:

    @GoonerB (February 7, 2016 at 11:30 am),

    Firstly,
    Ranieri usually paired Vardy with another forward, either Okazaki or Ulloa, while Albrighton, Mahrez, Kante and Drinkwater line-up their midfield, mainly in 4-4-2 variations.

    Arsene alternates with 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 variations; Walcott, Campbell and Alexis the inside forward(s) supporting the CF (usually Giroud, if not any of the 3 themselves). The rare cases is where Ramsey was the wide midfielder on the right flank.

    Secondly,
    Mahrez (10 assists for Leicester), Eriksen (8 assists for Tottenham), De Bruyne (9 assists for Man City), D.Silva (8 assists for Man City) are their respective teams main creative outlet as is Ozil (16 assists) is for Arsenal.

    This is not in all cases, but both the player’s natural instinct (opportunity=to provide first, before to score a goal) as well as instructions from their manager categorise them more as midfielders (wide, centre, attacking, holding, B2B, deep-lying, defensive etc) rather than forwards.

    Thirdly,
    Even if both Walcott and Campbell are placed in the “midfield” category, Arsenal’s midfield contributions would still pale in comparison with the other 3 challengers; while if Mahrez is placed in the “attack” category, Leicester’s attack contributions would be off the charts.

  22. Red Arnie says:

    Leicester played on the counter by my book. 35% possession.

  23. Rasp says:

    Here’s a trivia question to keep you occupied up to the game …..

    Which player could win a Premier League winners medal for the second year in a row without ever having played a game?

  24. Rasp says:

    Leicester are fearless. They went to City and played 4:4:2 and it paid off. They will do the same against us. They’ll be happy to let us have plenty of possession – in fact they will probably plan that to be the case because they know they can hurt any team on the break.

  25. fatgingergooner says:

    I thought you had to play 10 games to get a medal?

  26. fatgingergooner says:

    Ramsey is scoring today.

  27. fatgingergooner says:

    Rasp,

    Is it Schwarzer?

  28. Rasp says:

    Yes, Schwarzer 🙂

  29. Rasp says:

    Flamini, Gabriel and The Ox starting. I don’t mind the latter 2, but Flamini instead of Coquelin? really? I’d rather Elneny and he’s not even on the bench?

  30. Rasp says:

    Arsenal
    33Cech
    24Bellerín
    5Gabriel
    6Koscielny
    18Monreal
    20Flamini
    16Ramsey
    15Oxlade-Chamberlain
    11Özil
    17Sánchez
    12Giroud

    Substitutes
    3Gibbs
    4Mertesacker
    13Ospina
    14Walcott
    28Campbell
    34Coquelin
    45Iwobi

  31. Rasp says:

    Bournemouth
    1Boruc
    15Smith
    2Francis
    3Cook
    11Daniels
    6Surman
    30Ritchie
    4Gosling
    8Arter
    7Pugh
    20Afobe

    Substitutes
    12Iturbe
    17King
    19Stanislas
    23Federici
    25Distin
    28Grabban
    32O’Kane

    What are the odds on Afobe biting us on the bum?

  32. fatgingergooner says:

    Ox, Gabriel and Flamini starting. Rest as usual. Hope Ox gets some confidence soon and finds his form. We need someone to take that RW position and make it their own.

  33. JM says:

    Vitality Stadium’s pitch has a different playing surface (natural grass) and is wider by 10m than Emirates Stadium (using Desso GrassMaster surface).

  34. fatgingergooner says:

    If he does Rasp it will be because our own front line has failed again. Fingers crossed we saved our goals from the Southampton game for today and next week!

  35. kelsey says:

    Ever since Walcott got a new deal of 140K a week he is a regular on the bench and the Egyptian is still injured after one game.

  36. Rasp says:

    FGG, I’m not sure about the 10 games rule – does it apply to GKs?

  37. Rasp says:

    Hi Kelsey, there is no mention of Elneny being injured on arsenal.com? Where did you read this?

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great stuff Raddy, and as ever, thank you.

    You’re right to bring the goalscoring to the fore. Zero in last three league games. I was really hoping Coquelin would start and allow that secure base from which to launch attack after attack.

    I don’t normally cross my fingers, so I won’t, but I may Ommmm a bit.

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Back for KO

  40. Red Arnie says:

    on the sofa for KO! after a long time. COYG

  41. RA says:

    Rasper,

    Moaniho promised Shwarzer a medal last season, even tho he was not entitled to an official medal.

    The media are suggesting that Leicster will do the same – buy hold on – there are plenty of games to go and he might well get a chance in goal yet.

    The sports pundits discussed this on the radio this morning.

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Like yhr team apart from th Flam starting ahead of Coq. I wonder why.

  43. Rasp says:

    Thanks Redders 🙂

    Let’s start this game with a sense of purpose. I hate it when the oppo goes into a huddle before a game at the Ems – but I’d love it if our players did the same to show that they are all going to fight for every ball.

  44. Rasp says:

    I see the high press is once again being an effective tactic against us.

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Another anti- AFC co-commentator. He is being turned off.

  46. Rasp says:

    Yellow card for Flamini already …. better sub him rather than play with 10 men if he looks to be out of control.

    I get the impression he gets carried away when he can sense the team is not up for it and so he tries to take matters into his own hands.

  47. Eddie says:

    haven’t had time to read the PM yet, sorry Raddy

    I heard with my own ears Wenger saying in an interview that he does not look at the table!!! All clear now, finally we know what is wrong with the club

  48. Red Arnie says:

    ho ho ho ho ho

  49. Rasp says:

    Messsuuuuuuutttttt 🙂

  50. Big Raddy says:

    At last. Ozil hit that with some venom 🙂

  51. Red Arnie says:

    ho ho ho ho. twice

  52. Big Raddy says:

    Just what Ox needed. Lovely finish

  53. Rasp says:

    oooxxxooooooo 🙂

  54. Big Raddy says:

    Two midfielders 😀

  55. Red Arnie says:

    For the first goal. same pattern. Alexis and Giro take away all defenders with them, Giro knocks down, Ozil is free to score

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    2-0
    Purists very happy 🙂

  57. Rasp says:

    Right, let’s not sit back at any stage …. We should want to score as many as possible …….

  58. Red Arnie says:

    the second one was some strike. 🙂

  59. Red Arnie says:

    we want 5-0. GD matters

  60. Any chance we can put this lot to the sword, I’m thinking 7 or 9 nil maybe, I’ve got my really ruthless hat on 😉

    We’ve not scored for hours so there’s still Giroud, Alexis, Ramsey and Theo to have a go.

  61. Sorry forgot my manners – thank you for the pre-match Raddy, I agree with you about confidence, we shouldn’t have to be worried about a promoted team. Careful but not worried.

  62. Eddie says:

    there is a perfect example of the youth project – Benik Afobe. At Arsenal since he was 8 years old, great expections and hopes for him, and then nothing. Watch him, not a great player at all.

  63. RA says:

    Impossible not to feel happy and relieved to see some Arsenal goals again, but the midfield with Flamini and Ramsey are just being walked past in every attack by Bournemouth – puts too much pressure on the Central Defenders, Kozzer and the Angel.

    We need the Coq back toute de suite.

  64. fatgingergooner says:

    Just win the game. GD won’t matter if we just win the games!

    Great strike by Ox and I liked the direct style for the first goal. If you’ve got a lump of a CF then why not use him sometimes, espescially if their defence is sitting really deep to avoid us getting in behind. That’s one way you can beat a parked bus without trying to thread your way through.

    Not sure what Flamini is doing. Shocking tackle and could’ve ruined any chance we have if the title.

  65. Big Raddy says:

    Fine half.

    Bellerin superb as usual and the two goals were great, At last we are playing free flowing football again.

    Would like to see us get the ball forward faster

  66. RA says:

    Real pressure on us in first 15m of 2nd half.

    Brilliant run by Sanchez, and Giro standing scratching his ass. Bollocks!

  67. fatgingergooner says:

    Giroud for Theo and Coq for Flam with him being booked.

  68. fatgingergooner says:

    Poor from Giroud. Had a tap in there if he’d made a move.

  69. fatgingergooner says:

    Looking at midfield I would actually be tempted to put Coq on for Ox or Ramsey and just tighten it up in midfield a bit.

  70. Eddie says:

    i don’t know what’s the matter with me, but I find this game so boooooooooring

  71. Rasp says:

    This is what really pisses me off, why have we let the tempo drop?

  72. Eddie says:

    Rasp – because Wenger never looks at the table!!! he hasn’t realised that we are 9 goals behind Spuds

  73. Rasp says:

    Eddie, just for professional pride. We will have to play better than this against Leicester

  74. RA says:

    Arsene has made a significant change — the useless Theo on for the equally useless Giro.

  75. Red Arnie says:

    all right, OK with that.

  76. Rasp says:

    Bournemouth : Arsenal
    Possession 51% 49%
    Shots 14 : 9
    Shots onTarget 2 : 4
    Corners 6 : 3
    Fouls 5 : 8

  77. fatgingergooner says:

    If we’d been in decent form then performance and goals may have mattered, but all we needed to do today was win the game, and we’ve done that really well.

    Very happy Gooner who is going to enjoy the Super Bowl tonight! COYG!!!

  78. RA says:

    Me too, Chubby Ginger!! 😀

  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Vital three points. Job done. Bring on Leicester

  80. fatgingergooner says:

    Hoping for a Chelsea win. Want them in good form for when they play the other teams at the top and we have to go to United soon so their confidence being shot would be nice!

  81. Rasp says:

    What are the odds of Van Gaal getting the tin tack and Maureen taking over for the rest of the season if manu lose?

    Pretty high I’d say, they are desperate to get in the top 4

  82. wally says:

    A professional win. Seem to take the foot off the gas after 35 and coast. Bournemouth never seemed like scoring except from out of the blue. Ok against a lower side but not v a spurs side.
    Looking forward to next weeks game. Leicester played open last time and got carved. I suspect they’ll try to play on the counter like they did yesterday.

  83. kelsey says:

    Well at least Walcott got 25 seconds for 140K this week 😉

    A good resut but still plenty to work on and I hate those fecking shirts.:)

  84. wally says:

    I’m torn on the afternoon game. I NEVER mind seeing manure loose but it would lift chelsea out of the danger zone.
    If manure loose, winning out would be on the edge of a requirement for them.
    They’d never love maureen at manure. They’d have to change their chants wouldn’t they.

  85. kelsey says:

    United need to lose,we need a cushion in this unpredictable season.

    I have to say I don’t know how we got Cech despite what we have been told, but he really is still an excellent keeper.

  86. fatgingergooner says:

    Kelsey,

    If he was 2 years younger he would’ve cost us £30m+. It’s an unbelievable bit of business by Wenger. He’s still top 5 in the world and at 33 he still has a few years at the top.

  87. Le Coq Monster says:

    Told you we would win !………I may be a pessimist, but when my hunches are at top level hunchings then put the money on !……next game Leicester……they nwill be destroyed and then another depression will set in later !……..easy this stuff, just like weather forecasting !. hahaha

  88. RA says:

    Maureen to Manure is a done deal, Rasper.

    He has been spouting about it (indirectly) in a number of the papers today. I still think, and will always think that he is a stinker!!

  89. Le Coq Monster says:

    Elneny`s wife had a baby !…..that`s why he wasn`t involved.

  90. RockyLives says:

    Not our fluent best, but a solid performance and the crucial three points.

    Ozil was, as usual, the best player on the pitch.

    Bellerin was excellent.

    I thought Paul Easter had a rough 20 minutes then settled down and played well.

    I feel very strongly that we’ll beat Leicester next week. If we do it could be just what we need to push on…

    Fingers crossed.

    Thanks for the feisty pre-match BR.

  91. Aaron says:

    That was closer than it looked.
    Bournemouth played very well. They are able to switch the ball side to side creating huge amounts of space.
    Arsenal got by with 2 clinical strikes. Ox really needed that goal! He did not try to take the patches off the ball as he usually does and placed it perfectly far post. Wish he would try that more often.
    Our ball movement is really static right now, and when the ball is switched everyone knows it, and then Arsenal players play little one two’s and triangle passing, but go nowhere or somewhere really slowly.
    Sanchez looked not Sanchez pace, although he did have one drive to the goal line and if Giroud would have finished his run he would have scored. You could tell Sanchez was irritated the effort passed them by. Cech made 2 great saves at the end to tie things up!
    Arsene needs to get the midfield combinations right again.(Really miss Santi) It was a clean sheet for the team, but giving up 16 shots and only taking 10 is not going to get Arsenal back to the top. Really need Coq to get back to pace in the next 4 games, get Danny back in so Giroud can get some rest, and for gods sake get the Flamster out of the rotation completely.
    Cant wait for the next game!!

  92. Le Coq Monster says:

    As for Flaminghell playing instead of Le Coq………probably down to Le Coq just coming back from injury, just easing him back in !.

  93. gormon says:

    Wenger quote: “Leicester is a fantastic example that football is not only about just spending the money”.

    What an absolute melt..lol

  94. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Cockie

    Are you doing your rounds this week? Good time for a coffee break at Sennen. 30ft waves midday tomorrow!!!!

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Gormon

    Can I assume “melt” means “bang on the money”?

  96. Big Raddy says:

    What is a melt?

    Even after an away win Gordon entertains. Bet he was hoping we lost

  97. Big Raddy says:

    De Gea is terrific. Keeping MU in front

  98. Eddie says:

    great game from 2 lower tier teams. Come on ManU!!!

  99. Red Arnie says:

    Rambo had a pretty good game by my book.

    Worry is. We do not look ready enough to face Barca. But all of that can change in the next week or so.

  100. Aaron says:

    Le Coq Monster: that is what I meant by easing him in the next 4 games. Or play Elnany more minutes here and there too.

  101. Red Arnie says:

    I have to also say I am pretty impressed by Leicester. I have been waiting for their bubble to burst, but it has notIf they go on to win the EPL, so be it. But I still think it will ultimately be pretty tight at the top.

    As I said, I do not care so much about winning the EPL. Yes, we have not won it for a while, but have done so in the past and will do so again in the future.

    CL is the real deal, and this year the prospect of winning the FAC three times in a row. Having said that, there are two things I expect from the EPL. (a) qualification for CL and (b) staying above Spuds.

    We seem to be on our way to achieve the first. But the second is looking a bit iffy. If we can achieve both, I will be happy. COYG. 🙂

    If we can shave it against Barca, dont care how, I will be pretty ecstatic! COYG.

  102. Red Arnie says:

    ManUre concede in Fergie time! 🙂

  103. chas mobile says:

    I feel dirty having cheered a Diego Costa chav goal. 🙂

  104. Big Raddy says:

    Armie. With SAF looking on. Good result for us. 😉

  105. Aaron says:

    1-1 to the enemy. Let you choose which one you despise more..
    As long as they both go backward, keep firing their respective coaches, and Arsenal ascend-that is all that matters!

  106. Big Raddy says:

    Chas. Me too

    Aaron. Agree. It would be great if MU missed out on CL after spending so much money. Same goes for Chavs.

    Pedro was a good buy!

  107. chas says:

    Beware bad language

  108. Eddie says:

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek, costa is an abomination, I could never cheer for him
    How many times he dived today? If he was a doll like our Mezut, then I would understand, but the man is built like a brick shithouse, yet goes down like a leaf. Disgusting thing he is.

  109. chas says:

    I didn’t really cheer for him – just United dropping 2 points.

  110. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha. Agreed. Raddy, Chas, Aaron. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  111. Eddie says:

    i’d rather chavs lost at home, any day

    It was a much better game than our luke warm performance

  112. Le Coq Monster says:

    Was there on Friday, Didit !…….was at Trebarwith (I think it was Thursday) do you know it ?…anyway, the waves were fcuking wild crashing against the rocks, I stood mesmerised by it…..no surfers, they would have undoubtably perished !

  113. Le Coq Monster says:

    Port William Pub, Trebarwith Strand to be precise !.

  114. Red Arnie says:

    No, dont agree, Evonne. Poor game, except for the good goal by the ManUre youngster and the excitement in and around injury time. Otherwise, a very boring game. Worse than ours.

  115. chas says:

    Stat rubbish

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  118. chas says:

    Once a Gooner…….

  119. chas says:

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  121. fatgingergooner says:

    Souness 😂😂😂 that was just assault!

    The shots on goal stat is pointless. Bournemouth’s shots were shocking and mostly ended up in row Z.

    I must admit I cheered the Chelsea goal. It’s a good result for us and gives us a nice top 4 cushion, which we all know is what we are after! 😉

  122. Le Coq Monster says:

    “Wilkins to Souness……whoooo that is a booking !” …………….more like that should be a custodial sentence ! hahaha

  123. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry, disjointed day.

    Cockie

    Yes I know Trebarwith. One of my favourite places. Although the pub’s not the best, the view is. Had a few crab sandwiches and chips there.

    Fabulous rocks there. Veins of massive, sea sculpted, slate cliffs in blue green and purple.

  124. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas

    Thanks for great pics and vids.
    Got to ROLF at Souness’ Rangers attack 🙂

  125. Hi all, has anyone offered a match report or a post for tomorrow?

  126. LB says:

    Chas

    Sorry to do this but can you give those in the prawn sandwich section like myself the rest of the Mesut Ozil lyrics? Thanks.

    We’ve got Ozil
    Mesut Ozil
    ???????????????

  127. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING IN ALL AREAS

    I mean all bloggers

    I promise to write a post this week, if someone could step up and pen 10 Bullet Points covering key thoughts/observations from todays game.

    I am not a founder, or admin, just enjoy the space like many. Rasp and Raddy have carried the site a lot recently, and we should all help and chip in. Just a paragraph can be enough to boot up a good days blogging.

    I am not writing this with a nasty sharp pointy thing in my back 🙂

    Back to the shipping, and its blowing very hard down here in the bottom left of the country 😦

  128. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB

    Bicycling. Is there a certain wind speed that you say “no, too hard, I light the fire and stay in”

  129. LB says:

    I really enjoy Cockie’s snippets from Cornwall.

    Trebarwith Strand, never heard of it but the pic looks amazing.

  130. Eddie says:

    LB:
    …..
    i don’t think you understand
    He’s Arsene WEnger’s man
    He’s better than Zidane
    we’ve got Mesut Ozil (or Payet) 🙂

  131. Cheers Raddy

    In many ways that video of Souness need to prove he isn’t Jimmy Case sums up today’s game at Bournemouth..

    The days when a moustachioed perm head got match fit by flexing his muscles in the mirror are over.

    Instead we now have to face 11 Bournemouth athletes playing without hangovers and no knowledge of darts. This makes it really difficult for modern skillful players like ours to make a difference.

    Tottenham are crap. There focus is to stop the other team playing by pressing and threatening to show photos of Steve Archibald to a relative of nervous disposition.

    Leicester are also shit. Who cares if they have less money to spend? They produced Gary Linekar. Long balls to Vardy and square head Huth head butting people.

    Ok, City suffer from this to, but nobody cares about them

    It’s vital for football and those who cry and run home to mummy when fouled that Arsenal win the league. If not, I fear the days of artists like Liam Brady and Rod Hull are over.

    Come on Arsenal. Save football and ventriloquists before its to late

  132. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooops, that’s a no then.

    Believe me, its one of Cornwalls hidden gems on the North Coast

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Result 🙂

  135. LB says:

    Micky

    If the wind is so strong I just go on a shorter ride.

    Imagine how strong that wind is in the flat lands of Belgium and cycling is their national sport, Eddy Merckx and all.

    Each person in the team takes it in turn to go on the front while the others shelter.

  136. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh, and that pic is about two thirds high tide. So on the rocks, then sand all the way out. 6 hours each way obviously.

  137. LB says:

    Wow, that looks a beautiful bay.

  138. Big Raddy says:

    I hate cycling in the wind and DK is a very windy country. It is head down and let’s get this over with.

    Beautiful bay, why are there no people?

  139. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Transplant 🙂

    LB
    Blimey

  140. LB says:

    Eddie

    I think the line is:

    “It’s just something that you understand.”

    Chas will correct us.

    That’s a good song.

    Hehehe, I’ve got to go to an away game to sing it now.

  141. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Erik
    Tourists pretty much avoid the north coast, with the exception of Newquay (yoof and surfers), Port Isaac (telly programme) and St Ives (very nice, but unbearable in holiday season)

  142. LB says:

    I was so tired this afternoon I fell asleep towards the end of the match, I am not going to be able to write anything and Mrs LB is just about to walk in the door from a skiing weekend, she is friends of the husband and wife founders of the sat nav company Tom Tom, have a guess how off the scale their chalet is in Courcheval?

  143. LB says:

    We’ve got Ozil
    Mesut Ozil

    Hehehehe can’t stop singing it now.

    Almost forgot, thanks for the pre-match BR it is appreciated.

  144. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No running water and an outside bog LB? 🙂

  145. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, nite all.

  146. Been the inventors of those contraptions LB, ime surprised they’ve ever seen there chalet? Probably always end up in Wolverhampton.

    Must be terrible to have all that money yet denied the good things in life because there’s no left turn.

    I got rid of mine when I realised it didn’t like me. Keying in Hampstead it kept asking wether I meant Tottenham.

    The final straw was one night I was driving to a friends party when the bloody thing took me to a homosexual disco, were I was spotted by an old work colleague.

    Luckily for me, he believed me about the sat nav so promised not to tell the wife, but through fear the Tom Tom would screw up again, I was forced to spend the night round his house

  147. chas mobile says:

    LB
    It’s like Eddie googled except line 2

    ‘I just don’t think you understand’

  148. Le Coq Monster says:

    My mate`s the Head Chef Gooner at The Pier House, Charlestown. Mention you`re a Gooner and he`ll look after you portion wise ! 🙂
    Loads of Poldark filming amongst numerous other films filmed there.

  149. Sid says:

    Garmin is for cyclists tom tom for truckers… 10/4 lol

  150. Gööner In Exile says:

    Haven’t seen game as at a badly organised child’s birthday party, but here are my guesses on team selection:

    1) Flam/Coq….clearly Coq isneeded next Sunday let’s not take an unnecessary risk
    2) Paulista/BFG again I think next Sunday is in Arsenes mind we need pace so Paulista needs to play and therefore he needs games to get match sharp for that one.

  151. fatgingergooner says:

    GiE,

    I know Ox scored today but he didn’t do much else. I wonder if a Flam/Coquelin midfield with Ramsey playing from the right might be the way to go? It was the formation that’s seen our best football this season and I would be very tempted to start with that.

  152. chas says:

    I’ll have a go at writing something for today’s post as I’m up early. 🙂

  153. chas says:

    LB
    This was the Mesut song at Stoke away (with subtitles hopefully)

  154. chas says:

    Or longer…………. 🙂

  155. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well played Chas

    Let’s hope some others step up this week. I, for one, will be watching and in the words of GN5, I have “A List” 🙂

  156. MickyDidIt89 says:

    80mph winds overnight, Already flood and burst rivers yesterday. This morning I take three children 15 miles through woodland and across three rivers to school.

    Do I bother even trying? And if so, will I need chainsaws and winches?

    Oh, and at 10am, I have to be somewhere else to meet Mrs Frith for my first ever Viola lesson. Spoke to her last night and explained I had been cracking on, and am already playing scales and Tchaikovsky.

    As I spoke, I could hear her little scottish eyes swivelling in their sockets. She’s expecting to be undoing many bad habits 🙂

  157. MickyDidIt89 says:

    That’s it.

    I thoroughly disapprove of Chas writing posts, as he has far more valuable duties, and I mean that.

    I’m adding names to The List as we speak 🙂

  158. Eddie says:

    i would have been a great song if our own fans came up with it, instead of nicking West Ham chant. And I didn’t google it – asked my mates son, he knows all the chants. There

    LB – I was falling asleep at the end of the game, went for a walk to wake up 🙂

    How is the roaring success?

  159. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Purring Eddie
    She’s just brilliant. Even Mrs Didit is falling in love and I’m not aware she’s ever done that before 🙂

  160. Eddie says:

    Marriage of convenience then? The best, people have a real purpose 🙂

    this is a lovely story – you, from not wanting a dog, trying to prove that cats are better, getting substitute pets, ie pigs and finally realizing that the world is a better place with dogs to adore 🙂

  161. Eddie says:

    I have 3 dogs, bought 3 dogs, look after them and love them. The tenant does nothing for them.
    My german sheppard cannot walk anymore and the pug is too fat for long trips. So the tenant went with me to the woods and was going to take staffie for a long journey and I was going to take the old and the fat back home.

    Well, didn’t go according to plan. Staffie wouldn’t go with him, whereas the other two would not go with me. Horrible disloyal things! No treats for a week

  162. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You’re putting many words into my mouth, aren’t you Eddie 🙂

  163. chas says:

    This video is from February 2013 of Newcastle fans before Payet even dreamt of going to West Ham.
    I realise the lyrics are different but don’t tell me that West Ham first used the tune.

  164. Eddie says:

    only joking micky 🙂 I am sure she loved you and still does, even when you rev the engine outside

    gosh you are a maticulous monster. Why did you leave the army?

  165. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eddie
    I honestly urged her against marriage. My very words were “I think you’re making a terrible mistake”. Still, here we are nearly twenty years on.
    I was, however, easy on the terms and conditions, with only the one. Not on Cup Final day. That was in September of the previous year.

    The following May, Arsenal did the double. It was the 97’8 season.

    So it was a happy occasion the following Saturday 🙂

  166. kelsey says:

    I thought Walcott had an excellent 25 seconds.Well done that man for nicking 140 grand a week 🙂

  167. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha 🙂 Twenty years….is it legal?

    I feel sorry for van Gaal. Every press conference journos are asking him about being replaced with Mourinho. And the man is still trying to do his job. those hacks are heartless bastards. Van Gaal looked very rattled during the last interview 😦

  168. Eddie says:

    £140k a week??!! is it what he gets??? ffs, no wonder we are skint

  169. Morning all

    Thank you chas for stepping up to the plate and a promise of some Didit madness too 😉

  170. Red Arnie says:

    Motning all. Thank you Chas. Micky. I feel guilty, as I should. 😛 I will step in some time during the week. 🙂

  171. chas says:

    Post up at 9 if nobody has any objections.

  172. kelsey says:

    Leicester play Villa and Norwich after us which makes next Sunday and note 12 noon kick off such a really important gamee.

    I still think we are nowhere near our best and flamini could become a huge liability.Having said that Cech is as good as ever.

    I wonder what future holds for Gibbs,coming on as a sub playing his old role at left wing,but I suppose New Post will be up before I get an answer.

    Going back to Walcott can anyone give me a logical reason for him coming on for literaly a few seconds.Plain idiotic in my eyes.

  173. Rasp says:

    Excellent chas, thank you kindly 😀

  174. chas says:

    New Post

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