Ninety Seconds of Ecstasy

Bournemouth at Dean Court and tickets for away fans were as rare as rocking horse effluent. Saturday’s results for Leicester and the spuds added weight to the feeling that this fixture was a mighty crucial one if the Gunners were going to get our season back on track and have any serious hopes of a tilt at the title.

Second-guessing the manager is always difficult and the announcement of the line-up for the day always elicits murmurs of dissatisfaction or approval from the tactical experts amongst our fans. Gabriel kept his place alongside Kos, The Ox was preferred to Joel and Mr Levulinic Acid kept his place as pointer-in-chief. Some were quick to diss the club about Elneny not featuring again but the subsequent news of the birth of his child does provide some perspective perhaps. emoticons_small

Predictions of an apocalyptic storm were also a little premature as the worst of the bad weather was due to hit later in the day. This was good for The Arsenal as poor weather often levels the playing field and it becomes difficult for real quality to shine.

The game began tentatively for us when Gabriel got wrong side and Petr Cech was forced to sweep up the danger. In the 8th minute Flamini nearly ruined our chances by jumping into a tackle. Lee Mason would have had no hesitation in sending him off. Luckily for us, we had a friend in Kevin and he, quite rightly in my opinion, deemed the challenge a yellow as Mathieu clearly got his feet to the ball long before the Bournemouth player got anywhere near. I wouldn’t go as far as Arsene when he said it should have been a free kick to us, though. emoticons_small

Our first big chance fell to the left foot of Alexis from a curling ball from Rambo. Unfortunately he just couldn’t keep the ball under the bar.

Our first league goal since Anfield was a joy to behold. A teasing, floated highball into the box from Aaron was met with a superb header back across the box from Ollie, followed by a gorgeous thump from Mesut with his right foot. What a marvellous feeling it is celebrating a goal of such beauty!

mesut

The away boys were still singing the new Mesut song when the ball broke to Rambo on the edge of the D. He fed The Ox whose laser-guided strike cannoned in off the foot of the far post. There were 88 seconds between the goals. It only takes a second to score a goal and only 88 to give Gooners worldwide that floaty feeling that maybe this could be our day for a welcome change.

Consolidation was required and I can’t remember too much more from us on the attacking front for the rest of the first half. Gabriel got the wrong side of Pugh again after 30 minutes and Hector’s speed came into its own with another brilliant last second tackle. Nacho was caught unaware of the position of the player outside him just before halftime but Petr continued to confirm what a magnificent buy he was by snuffing out the danger in an instant.

the ox

The second half began slowly but was enlivened by a Sanchez fizzer which the keeper did well to get a hand to. Giroud managed to get a firm header from a Mesut corner but his effort was too straight to be too dangerous. Then came a superb run from Alexis around the outside of the Bournemouth left full back and only required a tap in. As RA commented, Giroud did look a little as though he was ‘scratching his a*se’ instead of busting a gut to get into a more dangerous position. I noticed in the Leicester v City game that Okazaki always tries to get in front of the defender at the near post whenever an early cross is about to be fired in. Arsenal, beware.

Much of the second half was taken up with speculative long range pot shots from the Cherries which would have looked more at home in the Six Nations matches. Gabriel grew into the game (as Rocky pointed out) and, along with Kos, looked more and more assured in the second half. I also think GIE is right that Gabriel’s pace will be really useful against Leicester’s counter attacks next weekend. (Guaranteed now that the BFG will play!)

Our final chance fell to Ramsey on the break in the last minute of the 90 and it was annoying he couldn’t seem to control the ball long enough to either beat the keeper or set up Giroud with a tap in. Petr Cech yet again showed his class with a double save in the final minute of the 3 extra. The first Bournemouth shot was fired in from 12 yards and saved with his left leg, his view partially obstructed by an outrushing Kos, and the second was made at full stretch from a longer range drive low down to his near post. What a purchase the man was!

Conclusion and Questions

A vital 3 points and, having overcome the inertia of our poor run, the start of some upward momentum, hopefully.

Will Gabriel continue to play in place of the teutonic telegraph pole?

Will Le Coq achieve the required sharpness to displace the Flamster?

Can the Chuckle brothers find some real form for the run-in?

Mohamed Elneny – congratulations emoticons_small

Ratings

Cech – Another clean sheet – I wonder what his final record will be set at? – 9

Bellerin – his magnificent recovery tackle soon after we went two up was important – 8

Koscielny – I always feel reassured when he’s playing – 8

Gabriel – slow start but game time improved his play immeasurably – 7

Monreal – Not one of his marauding performances but competent – 7

Ramsey – MOTM according to the TV, better first half than second and instrumental in the goals – 8

Flamini – Please stop leaving the ground with both feet, Mathieu. Thank heaven we still have him in the squad, though – 7

Ozil – “We’ve got Ozil, Mesut Ozil, I just don’t think you understand” – 9

The Ox – Super goal, tried hard, yet to find his best form  – 7

Giroud – Great assist for the first, some fine layoffs – 8

Alexis – it’s so nice having the livewire back in the team – 8

Subs

I thought Le Coq looked a little rusty and can see why the Flamster is still getting a game. There’s no substitute for match sharpness. Likewise for Gibbo (though with much less time on the pitch yesterday, admittedly) – I’m not sure either knew exactly what their role was when they came on.

Written by chas

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98 Responses to Ninety Seconds of Ecstasy

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Fine review Chas and spot on with the ratings. Good point about the fine run by Alexis not finding someone in the box to tap in. However, I thought Giroud had positioned himself well for an earlier Alexis pull back and then to hammer it in with his left cannon.

    Rambo showed us all why he is our ideal box to box mid, when he is in form like he was yesterday.

    Loving the new Ozil song.

  2. Ant says:

    Thanks Chas, we sometimes think very alike, which is very different to how we look!
    There were two things about the tv/media coverage which really annoyed me:
    1. Ramsay was motm! Mesut was a world better than anyone else on the pitch.
    2. The Flam tackle was not even a foul. Although he went in with two feet, it was 100% under control, he only make contact with the ball and only on his side of the ball.
    Really looking forward to seeing us take on the magnificent Leicester.

  3. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas, I still have only seen glimpses of the game and so am not qualified to comment on content. You are certainly more positive about TFP’s performance than the text commentary during the game. I hope he’s fully fired up when it counts.

    Suffice to say that the 3 points was paramount and it sounds as if we achieved that with some comfort. I did hear some generous comments about Arsenal’s performance from the Bournemouth manager this morning.

    Next Sunday’s game will not be a title decider by any means but it will test the ‘belief’ of both sides. Leicester are brimming with confidence and we are beginning to restore ours.

  4. Eddie says:

    Fantastic match report!! you get the feeling you are there, lovely stuff, thank you Chas

    It must have been a great game to watch. Regretfully I watched a different game, boring, tedious with only one truly outstanding player and a great goalie 🙂

  5. chas says:

    Eddie
    You weren’t watching your beloved Liverpool again, were you? 🙂

  6. Eddie says:

    no darling. they are playing tonight 🙂 I think I was watching your beloved team

  7. chas says:

    Poor gorgeous Gary

  8. chas says:

    You’re always a day out, aren’t you?

  9. kelsey says:

    Thanks Chas

    I will respect that one sees a different picture when attending a game and the points are well received but for me there are too many players whose form has dropped and I am not sure why.Gabriel doesn’t play that much yet but bellerin really got him out of a mess and on another occasion he got completely outwitted by the on coming forward.

    I think Flamini was lucky not to get red carded and at 0-0 that may have made a difference.

    Giroud is not at his best either and even allowing for the mental pressure even if not admitted by Wenger, 4 games without a win and no goals in 3 of them must be adistraction.

    The Ox finally scored but does he really warrant a place on current form, and his back tracking isn’t great.

    What matters is that we got the win and thank heavenss we have Ozil and Sanchez in the side.

    A big improvement is still needed and peersonally I think we miss Santi as much as anyone.

  10. RA says:

    Excellent, Chas! 😀

    You really should write more.

    I am probably being a little dyspeptic at the moment but in all honesty, altho I cannot in truth find anything in your super report to disagree with, I found the match a bit tedious, a bit lacking in something.

    It is perhaps too a little invidious to say something that can never be proved, but does not stop plonkers like me saying it anyway, but the feeling persisted throughout the game that if we were playing a more accomplished team than doughty Bournemouth, we might have struggled.

    Regardless, I was very happy with the three points, and well pleased that poor old Ox, who is being pilloried at the moment, got a very good and important goal.

    Finally, I initially agreed with Ant, that the Flambo foul did not even deserve a yellow card, but on seeing it again I think within the rules as they stand, he was fortunate not to get a red card.
    He could not have been in control once he launched his two footed tackle, unless he has a pair of wings up his shirt.

    Flambo is a tryer, and works hard, but he really is even more pedestrian than Per nowadays, and surely the sooner he is pensioned off the better.

  11. Rasp says:

    Thanks Kelsey 🙂

  12. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Very nice chas

    I noticed 2nd half against Southampton we went longer to by pass the press and the same yesterday. This was highlighted on match of the day, showing how we took Bournemouths middle three donkeys out of the equation.

    It means we give the ball away more and the game becomes scrappier, but it takes away the opponents game plan.

    I have a very nice feeling that this new approach will seal us the title. For years we have faced a midfield three whos primary objective is to stop us playing, now they will have to think twice.

    What ever people say about Giroud, he is top class at what he does. Thrown in Ozil, Sanchez, and forward lung busting runs from Ramsey and we will be champions.

  13. JM says:

    Arsenal F.C. player focus:

  14. JM says:

    Petr Čech, GK
    DF: 100, MF: 0, FW: 0
    Skill: Dependable Direction
    Teamstyle: Defence-type (Organisation Defence emphasis)

  15. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Chas, I am sooo glad that you wrote the match report today and not me. You do write a lovely report but I wish I saw the game you had watched and I kind of feel a bit like Eddie did. We didn’t look like champions elect. I give high points to the keeper and Ozil, and Sanchez in flashes. The rest……..

    The most important was obviously to stop the rot and get the 3 points and we did. We do however need to start winning with good performances as well. We could quite possibly win the league with this type of grind it out not great performance way of playing, and I would still obviously take that.

    However if this happens we will have done it like a poor mans Mourinho Chelsea IMO. To avoid hypocrisy I would say that most of us have said in the past, in reference to his winning sides, “yes you are winning, but in an anti football way and I wouldn’t want to watch that every week”.

    We seem to have lost our identity as a footballing side. In trying to bring others ways of playing to the fore, to strengthen our ability to compete across an EPL season. We seem to have ended up in no mans land with how we play. There must be a middle ground where a team can be solid and compact and still be an excellent attacking side. If we don’t find our way here it doesn’t bode well going into next season IMO, even if we do somehow manage to secure the title this year playing like this.

    Chas, where you said “the second half started slowly”, I would say the second half started with us being dominated by Bournemouth. Not one of the other “B” clubs, like Bayern or Barca but Bournemouth, and I mean that with no disrespect to them who are on a marvelous journey.

    I also seem to concur a lot with Kelsey but there are a couple of points I would pick up on. Firstly the Ox. I really like him and think he is still going to be a top player. he has some areas to improve on still but I also think we are setting up with him playing too deep and too far away from the opposition area where his skills would test and worry them a lot more. As such I think our set-up and game management (or the instructions he receives) are as much to do with his performances not being what he is capable of as it is to do with him individually.

    Kelsey you also mentioned about Walcott and his fleeting appearance for his money. I am not sure which angle you are coming from here? Are we questioning Walcott’s worth to the side, or the manager for how he is using him?

    I shan’t get into a Walcott debate again but your question maybe has a greater implication looking at all our striking options.

    I was tearing down the A1 running tight for time to get back for the start of the game. I had whatever radio channel it was on that was covering the build up when I heard the interview with AW about strikers and why he didn’t get one in the TW.

    The key point that stood out for me was when he said (which I know is a bone of contention among us) that he couldn’t see anyone that was available that could improve upon what we had already. Even more key, to me, was how he then went on to say I have Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, and Welbeck.

    Sounds ok, but the question I immediately raised to myself was “and Arsene, exactly how often do you play Sanchez, Walcott or Welbeck as a striker?”. That question really puts a brake on this argument for me. We are in effect a 1 striker team, and therefore where exactly does that 1 striker sit in comparison to others strikers across the EPL and Europe?

    Now Kelsey, just to be even more controversial you said

    “Giroud is not at his best either and even allowing for the mental pressure even if not admitted by Wenger, 4 games without a win and no goals in 3 of them must be a distraction”.

    I would actually argue that we are seeing the best Giroud has to offer. He is not having his best period currently admittedly, and he will have leaner periods and more purple periods. However across a number of games (i.e a season), in my opinion, this is as good as it gets with Ollie, and he will always have certain extended periods when it is not happening, more so than other types of strikers.

  16. GoonerB says:

    Sorry the jumbled 4th paragraph (on reading again) was making reference to how we can now play a different way, which should be a positive, but that it has left us neither one or the other.

  17. GoonerB says:

    Terry, I saw that analysis on MOTD and it was a good point. In many ways it shows a positive that we maybe do look at and work out how to negate other teams, ( sometimes 🙂 ), but in the long run are we really a team with the top level players we have that need to resort to a direct game to overcome Bournemouth? Right now if was an effective counter game to Barca then less of a problem, but Bournemouth?

  18. Eddie says:

    at least one day 🙂

  19. GoonerB says:

    Eddie???? Que??

  20. wally says:

    Gabriel had a couple of scary moments yesterday but considering the amount of game time he’s had since coming over it’s not surprising is it. If we’re to go anywhere in Europe he needs to be in top form. Otherwise we’ll be forced to sit back so as not to expose Mert to anyone’s pace.
    I wonder if Campbell gets back in the side for Leicester. He’s had a great run and i feel established himself as more than a squad player.

  21. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Why not GB? Just because its one of those lovely sea towns were homosexuals retire without fear of persecution does not mean they dont employ three kickers in midfield.

    I want us to play free flowing football but lets face it, were not good enough at it. Not to win the league anyway.

    We are the best side but need to stop falling into the same trap.

    Yes, yes, these sort of teams are all nice to your face, inviting you for tea and scones, and perhaps after, a hard core party in the basement, but as soon as your back is turned they employ three turds to stop you playing

  22. Eddie says:

    GB 🙂 that’s just my response to the pedantic author of the article

  23. Eddie says:

    BTW GB, I am glad you watched the same game as me. Ozil and Cech on 9 points each, the rest on 5. We looke more like chimps than champs, clumsy.

  24. GoonerB says:

    Eddie 🙂

    I love Chas and Terry for their positive vibes and disdain of anyone not permanently wearing a smile like Jack Nicholson in Batman 🙂

    We need the Yin and Yang as I have said before Eddie, it is just that my Yang has been going somewhat into nose dive recently. The only cure I fear is a night out with Terry at a seaside town. Maybe you should come as well Eddie. You might find the utopian title to this post that you have been searching for.

  25. GoonerB says:

    The first scary thing for me Eddie is that this is becoming the norm rather than a one off.

    The second scary bit is when you look at our team and squad on, paper, two of the main part of our four pronged attack include a world cup winner and player widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, in his position worldwide.

    It also includes a Copa America winner widely regarded as the best player in his national side and a player that could quite easily grace any EPL winning or Champions League winning team. The rest of the team, well squad really, is by and large made up of top international players.

    If we can’t build a better and more devastating attack around these 2 and the other internationals then that is of great concern to me.

    The third scary bit is that these players and the other attackers to choose from have not just arrived, so the manager has had ample time in which to assess the best way to set up and develop and progress our attack. We can’t really put it down to some sort of development programme that we are working towards anymore.

  26. akinzo says:

    Nice report.
    Yesterday game was a scrappy one but what actually matter is the result. We got closer to the magnificent Foxes and morn importantly the spuds. However, we are still not playing to our potentials. The team has looked a shadow of the one that went on a run that saw us edge Man City at the Emirates. Something needs to be done and fast before Next Sunday’s clash with Leicester. The duo of Sanchez and Coquelin must be fully fit for us to dream of a victory. We must be sharp and decisive, get the ball as quickly as possible to the forward men. It is no so vital that we dominate the midfield not necessarily by possession but by rendering Drinkwater, Kante and Mahzri ineffectual. We were superb at King Power Stadium and the team probably need to revisit the game to prepare for Sunday. It’s a pity that the team often falter when there is any hint of pressure and I hope that the belief that Leicester are actually been seen as favourites could play into our hands.

  27. GoonerB says:

    I really need to speak with GIE about all this. We started the other night but I retired half way through and haven’t co-incided with him again yet.. Hope to catch him later.

  28. GoonerB says:

    Sorry and FGG because I think he sees things in a similar way to GIE.

    Now it seems there is nothing like GoonerB comments to kill the blog and have everyone running in all directions 🙂

    You will be pleased to know I am off now till this evening so you can all come out from hiding now. I will try and give you all a 10 minute warning before I comment again later so you can rapidly get in your last comments and scarper again 🙂

  29. Rasp says:

    Hi Akinzo, you have become a regular on AA of late and always deliver excellent comments. Have you considered adding your name to our list of authors by writing a headline post for us one day?

    It can be on any football related topic – how you came to support Arsenal; your favourite game; observations about any of the current players; our tactics and performances etc etc

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    GoonerB 🙂

    Respect for the continued line about Giroud – you are consistent and that goes a long way.

    We normally play two out of Giroud, Alexis, Theo upfront; and I reckon once Danny is fully fit, he will be in this basket as well. Giroud is our CF but we both agree he has a special/broader role at this Arsene’s Arsenal team. Did you notice how many times Alexis was our man in the middle yesterday, either receiving the ball with his back towards the goal in front of the opponent’s ‘D’ or making the run through the middle (mostly being offsite)? I reckon we play more of a 4-4-2 with the wing-backs providing extra width, and Arsene is hoping for the main goal contributions to come from two out of the above mentioned basket. It worked a treat during the first four months of the season.

    So in effect we play with two CFs; it is just that your man Theo has been ants in the pants lately and both Welbeck and Sanchez were unavailable. Give sexy Alexis a bit of time to get sharp and you will see it will work a treat again. 🙂

  31. Le Coq Monster says:

    Thanks Chas !
    I only saw the highlights and although I knew we would win and I`m glad about it, we looked average again !
    I`m with GB here…..I dont mean he`s here in Cornwall !…..I think you, GIE, Shard and Transplant and co need to go to….Rose Tints Removed “R” Us !…..hahaha
    I cant believe you lot dont get pissed off at some stage !
    It would make my year to see one of you lot blow a fuse about Arsene or the team for once ! hahaha…..Exile probably has to relieve tension by crushing a fully loaded Kebab with his bare hands before he comes on and defends the indefendable !……………………I bet Transplant stamps on his kids Minions Abacus before saying…..Time for bed !, now lets say the Arsene prayer…………

    Our Arsene, who art in heaven,
    Hallowed turf of the game.
    Thy bonus will come.
    The tax return will be done.
    ASDA dividends arriving.
    Give us our dailey interest rate.
    And forgive our withdrawals,
    As we forgive them a high APR.
    And lead us not into quantative easing,
    But deliver us our statements.
    For thine stocks and shares are high,
    The footsie and the DAX,
    Investment trusts forever.
    Ahhh Money.

  32. akinzo says:

    Rasp
    It will be my pleasure to add anything to this respected platform. Let me confess that it thrills me unendingly just read the comments of great minds here. I have been doing so for months without ever trying to put an opinion. It’s actually honorable you thinking my scanty knowledge is worth a dime.

    I wish Welbeck could quickly find his fitness to return to the first team. His return would give a new dimension to our tactics. Ollie has been great all season but he is apparently getting tired. Never pacy but he works extremely hard up there on his own to keep us ticking but the lack of competition upfront is also taking a toll on his mentality. Welbeck is the only player in our squad that has the strength to replicate what Ollie can do and at the same time add pace to it. Not only will he be getting into the faces of opposing defences but also get behind them. We have actually become very predictable upfront and it’s what has been responsible for our lack of goals in recent games. After bullying opposition defences for over an hour a turn in pave would help you finish them off but do we have such? No. The introduction or presence of Walcott should have helped out but how often has he been so pedestrian? I don’t agree with the argument that with game time he would improve us. He can’t. His greatest weapon before he was injured in the game with the Spuds was his speed and now that’s gone. Now, his timing and drive are also on the reverse. Welbeck, isn’t a favourite of many but if he could manage to return at the same level he was before he got injured then he would be our joker; the unpredictability Arsenal need to be at par with Leicester who are now the foremost favourite for the title.

  33. Eddie says:

    akinzo – I’d rather you didn’t elaborate on the great minds of the AA, I know I wouldn’t be on the list 🙂

    Welcome! Nice comment!

  34. RA says:

    Hi Akinzo, 🙂

    I could not agree more with your comment @ 2:57.

    Your analysis is spot on, and altho Giro is never going to be world class, he puts everything into his game, and brings with him the attributes of a traditional centre forward with his heading and physique, as well as his important defensive work at corners, and free kicks into our box.

    Anyway the endless criticism Giro gets is pointless this far into the season, and the alternative that you suggest regarding Welbeck is both positive and sensible.

    Like you, I am a fan of Danny Welbeck and before his injury he looked like he was going well, and I am hopeful that his introduction to the team will change for better the way we play, as at the moment other teams have found us a bit predictable.

    Jack, too, could have the same beneficial effect, and we need his speed of thought and ball control skills to move the ball quickly rather than the stiflingly boring sideways passing across the pitch that seems to have become our default mode when we get into a rut.

    Anyway, if that was your dime’s worth – bring it on. 🙂

    Are you an NFL fan? I stayed up half the night here in the UK to see a great Super Bowl Final, and altho I am not a Broncos fan I thought they deserved it.

    If you don’t know what I am talking about – ignore me. 🙂

  35. Rasp says:

    Thanks Akinzo, actually pretty much every comment you publish is a post in itself – all you need to do is email something to arsenalnuts@live.co.uk to get a post published.

    I am with you as regards Welbeck, he has the pace, work rate, desire and technique to compliment Ozil and Sanchez – he can’t come back too soon for me.

  36. Rasp says:

    I see Redders has just agreed with you before me 😆

  37. chas says:

  38. chas says:

    I can’t believe that you lot didn’t recognise that the match report was simply an exercise in obfuscation.

    Surely everybody could see that? 😆

  39. RA says:

    Hi Rasp,

    It’s always good to have fresh ideas and well expressed opinions – so, Akinzo’s off to a good start! 🙂

    And I think Chas’ vid @ 3:39 seems to indicate agreement too.

  40. RA says:

    Chas,

    Well, if it was an exercise in confusing us by saying the opposite to what you meant, then your attempt at obfuscation succeeded.

    So, when I said I agreed with you – I, too, really meant quite the opposite. 🙂

  41. chas says:

    Bang on, RA. 😆

  42. chas says:

    After all, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

  43. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha ha, no I didn’t 🙂 I thought you is dreaming and didn’t want you to wake up 🙂 Glad I didn’t agree with you though

    …..some people look very stupid now, you are a monster

  44. Rasp says:

    chas, I’m not a big fan of Alan Carr, but he did come out with a good line relevant to your @3:57 …. In one of his interviews, someone stated “You can’t polish a turd” …. his reply was “No, but you can sprinkle it with glitter” 🙂

  45. chas says:

    Eddie
    It wasn’t really.

    I’ve just re-read the post and can’t really see where I was being positive at all apart from about the beauty of the goals which both spoke for themselves.
    The ratings were done simply to give something for people to respond to.
    I’m completely and utterly baffled by most of the day’s blogging.

  46. RA says:

    The thing from my perspective, Chas, is to give credit for the quality of the Post, and you deserved praise for that. 🙂

    I said that I thought the actual performance was tedious and lacking in a little professional magic, but you did not say anything that I particularly disagreed with, so I do not think your so-called obfuscation worked, and that is probably because you wrote what you saw. 😀

  47. chas says:

    RA
    The obfuscation was in my 3.51, not the post.

    Love this photo – it looks like it’s from the Matrix or something.

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Superb MR Chas, thank you.

    I felt the match report was simply an exercise in obfuscation.

    Just got to pop off to google something, back in a mo

  49. chas says:

    Perhaps the title of the post ought to have been
    Ninety Seconds of Ecstasy – Eight Eighty and a Half Minutes of Pure Tedium
    🙂

    Right, that’s got the comments up to 50 with my pissing about.
    Au revoir.

  50. Rasp says:

    Chas is messing with our brains 🙂 …. keep your eyes on the cross in the middle ….

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Actually, withdraw that last comment of mine. I was lying 🙂

  52. chas says:

    Ey up, the dog patrol has arrived.

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Wow, that is very weird Rasp

  54. chas says:

    Rasp
    Where’d all the really ugly ones go? 🙂

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Three peoples in pebbles 🙂

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Four, no five

  57. Rasp says:

    I make it 5 🙂

  58. Le Coq Monster says:

    F##kers !……………….I thought it was a count the stones competition and have spent the last two and a half hours trying to count the stones !.

  59. GoonerB says:

    Hahaha Cockie. See what happens when you take the rose tinted spectacles off.

  60. GoonerB says:

    Red tinted Cockie, sorry.

    Chas you are such a Machiavellian devil. So actually you agree with ……..me 🙂

    You carry on obfuscating Chas till you go all cross-eyed. Cockie and my good self can then lend you a pair of our now obsolete red tinted spectacles to correct the ocular disorder.

  61. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all, thanks for the report Chas.

    I should admit I haven’t seen the game, highlights or anything yet, suppose the only thing I was wondering having read the comments during the game was about Arsenes early sides, how often did we get a two goal lead and then just coast through? Seemed to me from memory quite a lot, however should say for most of that era I rarely saw 90 minutes of football as I was often playing at the same time.

    I like Chas in the post realised that by posting that I thought Gabriel was being warned up for Leicester was pretty much guaranteeing a start for BFG. Be very interested to know Arsenes reasoning for benching him and Theo, anyone think he was upset by the captaincy gesture? Or was he just annoyed by their recent performances?

  62. LB says:

    Finally got a chance to read the post and what a fine post it is indeed.

    Great read Chas, thanks.

  63. LB says:

    GIE

    What do you mean by the captain gesture, I missed this one?

  64. Gööner In Exile says:

    Before the Chelsea game BFG put the armband on Theo’s arm, despite being the named captain to mark whatever no of game it was for Theo.

    The pair do seem to have a good relationship with their hip jump little and large celebration but at the time I wondered whether it would be something Arsene approved of. And then when BFG made that lunge I thought if he was wearing the armband Clattenberg may have thought about a yellow rather than red.

  65. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Not around yesterday to make a fool of myself by taking a well written and entertaining post seriously. Instead I made a fool of myself elsewhere.

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Entered the wrong Workshop Erik, and launched into an inappropriate monologue?

  67. chas says:

    BR
    The post was entirely serious and was exactly how I saw the game.
    I apologise for confusing everybody with my ‘joke’ that it wasn’t.

  68. Big Raddy says:

    No. Struck down by manflu but would much preferred to Eneter the wrong Workshop (not that I approve of anything with the word Work involved)

    chas. Once again I fell diminished by my own gullibility

  69. chas says:

    I just watched Adrian Clarke’s The Breakdown on the Bournemouth game and found these two stills interesting.

    Flamini red card, nah.

    Heat map for Micky showing everyone wanting to pass to Sanchez rather than The Ox.

  70. kelsey says:

    I listened for two hours last The Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 and all the pundits agree for various reasons that the title is between Leicest er and Spurs regardless of this weekend’s fixtures.Leicester have only the PL to concentrate whilst Spurs like us and City have 3 competitions to concentrate on and all the pundits make Leicester favorites to beat us on Sunday especially if the pace of Vardy is up against the ever slowing Mertesacker or even the below form Gabriel.

    Then there is Walcott.Does he add another dimension yet having a few seconds or minutes as a sub surely doesn’t sharpen him up for Sunday..

    Even the much maligned Giroud needs the game of his life, but he is another who has lost his way.

    Hopefully Coquelin is back but I haven’t got the faintest as to who will be selected in attack.

    Others will argue we beat them 5-2 Away but the game was a lot closer than the score suggests.

    It has nothing to do about being a supporter, pro or anti Wenger, our eyes can see we just generally are not playing well as a unit, long periods of uninteresting play and above all where is the entertainment we all thrive for.

    We are far too reliant on Ozil and Sanchez who on their own just can’t carry the team towards the title,and that’s where the manager comes in, as it is blatantly clear he can’t motivate this squad of players as he used to.He also has this idea that whoever he buys can play in two or three of his chosen position, not theirs, and that is alright with a team like our double team but not with the players we have now.

    Sunday we will see, but Leicester City must be treated with the greatest of respect.

    Sorry to yinterrupt chas 😉

  71. chas says:

  72. Eddie says:

    thanks! I thought it was Wednesday 🙂

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Nice work Kelsey. 😦

    Obviously the radio pundits share the same remarkable crystal gazing abilities with you.

    Over and Out (for the moment)

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m really struggling to fulfil my postal obligations

    Chas
    During the Ommm Vid I was expecting Rick Astley, and in the Kabul Vid, Borat. See what you’ve done to me 🙂

    Crystals
    It’s 7:20. Can’t be thinking about that nonsense yet 🙂

  75. Eddie says:

    kelsey – Leicester are favourites to win the EPL too. They WANT it, badly, we don’t. It is not just Vardy – it is Mehrez, Drinkwater and the team as one awesome unit. We have a huge task on Sunday

  76. chas says:

    Jeez, even the mornings on here have to be infected with miserableness.

  77. chas says:

    Laters

  78. Eddie says:

    it is a reality check for you chas – life isn’t a box of chocoletes

  79. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Post sent

  80. Morning all

    Thank you for the match report chas, you see so many matches live I wonder how it feels to you having to watch it on tv.

    Thank you for the sent post Micky

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eddie

    If I wanted full on, pants down, butt naked reality first thing in the morning, I wouldn’t get out of bed 🙂

    We need to ease ourselves gently into the day.

  82. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches,

    Clearly, from the quality of the post, he didn’t fall asleep like me and two others on here 🙂

  83. Eddie says:

    micky – yes you would, you have a dog to walk now 🙂 Why the hell do you think I get up most days? Certainly not because life is beautiful 🙂

    did you really fall asleep during the game ? I felt very guilty 🙂

    morning LB and Peaches

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I was asleep for the first 20, then about 15 mins during the second half. Not one of my best performances.

  85. Eddie says:

    I performed better – only last half hour lost concentration 🙂

    No chance of falling asleep this Sunday. Let’s say that we beat the favourites and City underperform. You know what’s going to happen then?

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry Eddie, must go

  87. GoonerB says:

    That 5-2 with Leicester was when we were going through the spell of trying Walcott up front (before the injury). We tried it at the end of last season and the beginning of this one. I believe it Started with the West Brom game (ht-trick), the F.A cup final (critical 1st goal and dominant all round performance), and included earlier this year the away 5-2 win at Leicester and the home Man Utd game (our best performance this season)……just saying 🙂

    Oh and morning all 🙂

  88. Rasp says:

    Morning all ……

    …. New post …..

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