Feb/March. Difficult decisions to make

These are crunch months for me, whilst we face the prospect of 4 more games in February, and at least 5 in March, Leicester have 13 games between now and end of season.

We can reduce our pile up by making some simple decisions, play youth team in Champions League, play the same team in the FA Cup, save the first choice eleven for the Premier League.

Many have mooted that this is our best chance in years to win the league, many have said how we need to make sacrifices of playing style and stars for the pursuit of the trophy, in extreme circumstances some have talked about replacing Wenger with the repugnant Mourinho (yeah I know he’s a “winner”…..but at what cost?).

Is sacrificing the FA Cup 3peat and any chance of progress in the Champions League worth a possibility of winning the league?

Gooner in Exile

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98 Responses to Feb/March. Difficult decisions to make

  1. Eddie says:

    sacrifice FA hattrick – nope
    play youth team in CL – why not? at least we will have an excuse why we lost to Barca 🙂
    appoint the repugnant Mourinho – NEVER

    Even if we wiggle our way out of the CL and the FA cup, we will not win the league. We seem to have all the right ingredients, but not the recipe.

    So perhaps we should concentrate on the FA cup, again.

  2. kelsey says:

    “We can reduce our pile up by making some simple decisions, play youth team in Champions League, play the same team in the FA Cup, save the first choice eleven for the Premier League”

    I can’t believe I read that in fact I had to read it twice. I think the idea of a dog with my head on it x 11 would frighten most CL teams 😉

  3. JM says:

    Arsenal F.C player focus:

  4. JM says:

    Nacho Monreal, DF
    DF:39, MF:48, FW:13
    Skill: Swerving Crosses
    Teamstyle: Offence-type (Early Cross emphasis)

  5. Eddie says:

    JM – why the Chinese squiggles? they want to buy him?

  6. JM says:

    Arsenal F.C. player focus:

  7. JM says:

    Laurent Koscielny, DF
    DF: 62, MF:35, FW:3
    Skill: Defensive Leader
    Teamstyle: Support-type (Line Control)

  8. Big Raddy says:

    We have the squad so we should try to win every game, unless we go to the Nou Camp 4 down.

  9. JM says:

    @Eddie (10:59 am)

    Those are in Japanese actually; they sort of describe respective players’ profile and strengths etc.

  10. JM says:

    Arsenal F.C. player focus:

  11. JM says:

    Gabriel Paulista, DF
    DF: 54, MF:33, FW: 13
    Skill: The Moving Screen
    Teamstyle: Defence-type (Interception emphasis)

  12. JM says:

    (1) Play to win each game; to score goals.
    (2) Play not to lose each game; not to concede goals.
    (3) One game at a time.

  13. PV4 says:

    @Raddy – disagree that we have the squad – yes if Jack, Santi and Welbz were all firing 100%, but they’re not. Think we can win the league, but need to win majority of remaining games using all of our top players. UCL is not going to happen and I agree that fringe players should have a go.

  14. Gööner In Exile says:

    Afternoon all, sorry not much to say, although interestingly Arsene suggested yesterday that too much time between games is sometimes more difficult that when the games come thick and fast. I suppose that’s a bit of mind games from Arsene but to some extents it holds true, if you’ve had a bad result sometimes there is nothing better than a game in two days to put it right, but if you’re flying and winning week in week out I don’t suppose anyone cares how long between games because there is just a positive attitude around the place, if you had 5/6 days to over scrutinise a bad result I can see that being a problem.

    Long and short of it is Leicester players and manager simply have nothing to fear, if they stay in top 4 it will be a success, even if they get into Europa League you could argue for Leicester that it was a great season. But to win the league, despite them now being favourites with bookies and pundits if they don’t win it no one will be surprised and there won’t be an over reaction from fans to bad results, I think Spuds also sit in this position, it is us City and ManUre where the knives are out to dissect every bad result.

  15. Gööner In Exile says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35553082

    Very good analysis of Leicester from Danny Murphy

  16. Eddie says:

    DidIt is not going to like that Danny Murphy article 🙂

    It’s interesting what he said about Arsenal:

    “Nobody has been in awe of Leicester or given them respect and tried to shut up shop – and nobody, apart from Arsenal in September, seems to have been able to match their intensity and their attacking play.

    Arsenal whacked Leicester 5-2 at the King Power Stadium, so I would be gobsmacked if the Gunners alter their possession-based attacking approach when they play them again at Emirates Stadium on Sunday”

    Of course the Gunners will not alter their possession-based attacking approach. What are they supposed to do – show fear and park a bus trying to stop the minnows?

  17. Gööner In Exile says:

    But Eddie that sums up the problem for us, we have to attack and therefore will be playing into Leicester’s hands. We are the side that needs to win more than they do. If we decided to sit back and let the ball ping around on the half way line I have no doubt Ranieri would do the same and be happy to walk away with a point. They it would appear give away the ball an awful lot, so we need to capitalise on that.

  18. Eddie says:

    we have to attack full stop. We don’t have plan B 🙂
    Danny Murphy mentioned two important aspects of Leicester’s success – running full speed at fragmented defences on counter and the links they formed on the flanks. So what we need to do is present solid defence and break the links on the sides. But, as DM also said – Wenger doesn’t spend much time analysing other teams

    We are better technically. We have far better players than Leicester. We are playing at home. We need this win more than they do. Need, not want. Foxes probably want it more.

  19. Eddie says:

    some great photos

    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech

    I hate the one of Theo and Wellbeck looking fresh as daisies and Ramsey completely knackered

  20. Eddie says:

    something has gone wrong here 🙂 😦

  21. chas says:

    Cheers, GIE.
    I very much doubt we’ll throw any competition we’re left in.
    I’m glad I’m not the one who has to balance our resources to get maximum results using the players available.

    Full steam ahead tomorrow, that’s for certain. 🙂

  22. chas says:

    Eddie
    Rambo just looks like he’s completed a training session.
    The other two look like they’ve been poncing around.

  23. Eddie says:

    chas – yes. And this doesn’t sit comfortably with me. Why are they not training hard?

  24. chas says:

    Theo knows he’s riding the pine tomorrow and Danny isn’t in contention yet?

  25. chas says:

    I doubt Theo ever looks like Rambo does. 🙂

  26. chas says:

    Rambo is the blacksmith to Theo’s flower-arranger.

  27. Eddie says:

    i don’t like flower power guys. A blacksmith is much more appealing.

    Good comparison. We need more blacksmiths and less the likes of Theo and co

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Another day of strange results. MU losing, Chavs winning.

    Could Chelsea get a Europa place? Would they want it?

  29. Rasp says:

    Thanks GiE, sorry I’m late to comment.

    I say we try our hardest in every competition unless it’s a lost cause.

    We have enough decent players for 2 full teams so let’s use them if necessary.

    As regards Leicester, we know they will play 4:4:2 and try to hit us on the break, so we mustn’t play with a high defensive line (Garbriel in for Merts) and we too must get the ball forward quickly.

    Take some risks going forward but keep it solid at the back …. simples 🙂

  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks Exile

    Read your work much earlier in the day on my telephone and was itching to respond, but it would have taken too long and made me cross.

    You’re right, we won’t win all three competitions, and for that reason, I say play our strongest XI in every game. Here’s the thinking. Because we won’t win every game, we’ll drop out of contention in various competitions along the way. So this will be a natural cull in terms of needing to rotate.

    Let’s face it, we could be effectively out of two competitions in the next 10 days.

    And as for tomorrow, I CANNOT wait. Proper must win stuff.

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Erik

    Any cracks appearing in the Mrs Erik resolve re the luncheon appointment?

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I reckon the Utd loss must help our cause tomorrow, in that forth spot is looking fairly comfortable, so with a little less pressure from down wind, we can go at Leicester hammer and tongs

  33. Eddie says:

    micky – there is no family lunch tomorrow. The old romantic is going to start the Valentine’s Day celebrations early 🙂

  34. Eddie says:

    Spuds want us to win tomorrow!! They are after the title and think we can help their cause. For that reason it is not really a must win stuff

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eddie
    Spuds would regret that if they lost tomorrow 🙂
    Where is their game. Lane or Ethiad?

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eddie
    I’ve always thought a romantic was simply a manipulative sort

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, thanks 🙂

  38. Eddie says:

    yep, I don’t do Valentine’s either 🙂

    perfect results tomorrow would be
    Arsenal beat Leicester by at least 3 goals and the other two have a goalless boring draw.

  39. fatgingergooner says:

    Reports that Gabriel missed training today and is a major doubt for tomoz with Merts expected to start. A little bit worrying with the pace Leicester have on the break, but it’s not like Merts has never played against pace.

    Merts did start in the 5-2 win earlier in the season against the same side.

  40. Aaron says:

    Read that too. Want another clean sheet and a couple of goals will do nicely. That Theo picture makes me want to puke. Guy has never been worth what Arsenal have paid except for the fact his is counted as homegrown.
    Can’t wait to see them in San Jose, CA versus the MLS all stars. The stadium is world class and only seats 20k: everyone has a great view. Unreal that they are coming as the spuds are linked with the SJ Earthquakes…Told them to change partners.

  41. fatgingergooner says:

    It was only a couple of seasons ago when fans were panicking because Theo was out injured and we had a complete lack of pace in the side. I also remember at the beginning of the season he had something like 13 goals in 15 games.

    He’s by no means a complete player, but he has been a decent player for us on the RW. I think he has shot himself in the foot a bit by wanting to show he is a striker. He is now having to prove his worth at the position whilst playing in the first 11 in big matches where he is expected to score. He’s also had quite a few injuries recently which have effected his form.

    He can still be a very useful player for us but he needs to get his confidence back. Problem for him now is Welbeck is due to return which could reduce his chances of playing CF even more.

    It’s an important period for Theo as we need players to step up. Either he contributes big to the end of the season or he continues on his current form and finds himself down the pecking order when Wenger eventually finds a quality striker.

  42. Sid says:

    A litlle thing to ponder on, Theo costs us fans, 5,000 season tickets a year.
    10 players on that salary would wipe out all our attendance revenue.
    It’s not just the clubs fleecing the fans, it’s the players taking the piss and when ex players like Alan Shearer start agreeing with the fans being ripped off it shows what hypocrites they are/ were.
    Perhaps a post from someone with a bit of time.

  43. Cheers GIE

    We have to go for everything. I am a great admirer of the Kamikazi. Those sorry fools knew how to die. I would have been one of them, expect I would have flown my plane in the other direction to surrender. Hopefully, I would be afforded the opportunity by the enemy to give away my comrades positions for money and women who dont mind a bloke who has to pay for it.

    What’s this Theo witch hunt? If you lot were alive 400 years ago you would be the mob screaming Witch at poor scihizophrenics who have no choice in conversing with the Uncle no one has ever met.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves. One day you could be in the shit and when you call to your Uncle for help, he will spell out he only assists when your paronia tells you Henry Kissinger holds you responsible for the Vietnam war.

    Probably hire hitman Keith Cheqwin to assinate you.

    Chequin tried to do me after Kissenger grassed that I helped topple the Iranian Shah. I only survived after bullshiting Cheqwin that I could get him a presenting job at the BBC wearing a thick sweater

  44. chas says:

    Knotted up, can’t sleep, matchday.

  45. chas says:

    Terry
    Apologies for my part in the flower-arranging Theo witch hunt. I feel ashamed.
    But, aren’t we meant to slag them off to motivate them into playing better?
    Hattrick for Theo today.
    Up The Arse.

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Happy Valentine’s Day.

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooooer, I am excited.

    All change at the top today

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah ha, Erik in at the same time. Chas still here? Or Chas gon train?

  49. Gööner In Exile says:

    I promised a family day out today…..in the words of Clay Davis “aaaah sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit”. So do I go for radio silence and watch on record? Probably going to be impossible, or do I take headphones so when walking round Castle Museum How to Train Your Dragons Exhibition I can pretend I’m listening to the guided tour?

  50. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Dear Exile.
    This is bad. Very bad. I had strong advice for Erik yesterday on this very subject, but I suspect your options are more limited. At least Mrs Erik knew she had married a weak man. Tricky.

  51. Gööner In Exile says:

    My tuppence on Theo, I have no problem with him being in squad or starting, but I do have a problem with this apparent desire to play centre forward.

    Micky how’s this line up for the purists?

    ………………..Cech…………
    ……Gabriel….BFG……Koz………
    ………………….Coq…………..
    …………,,,Santi………..Ozil……….
    Theo………..Ollie……Welly……Alexis

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bloody lovely 🙂

    Today I’d play a goalkeeper and some defenders, then

    Theo Sanchez Joel
    ………..Mesut
    …….Coq Ramsey

  53. Eddie says:

    Santi?? is he fit?

    I don’t know about you guys, don’t you talk to your partners? How come that your wives didn’t know about THE GAME?

    The cocaine trick had me laughing all evening 🙂

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Best hold back on this stuff until Erik has performed

    Hope he can get it up early, as I have to crack on early with dog walk, viola and so on before the very early KO

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Eddie

  56. Eddie says:

    hi micky 🙂 I am actually not very nervous 🙂 I think we can do them over

    chas and ant must be in London already, what time do pubs open?

  57. Ant says:

    Following on from the 5 days to hate Leicester post, can you name these three with links to Leicester?https://twitter.com/antvines/status/698785944116326401

  58. Eddie says:

    Ant!! are you in london?

  59. Ant says:

    Not yet only just got on the train from Notts

  60. Eddie says:

    Ant!! are you in london?

    Ive never seen any of these people in my life

  61. Eddie says:

    but it is 12o’clock kick off!! will you make it on time?

  62. Duck says:

    At least you got the right day!

  63. Duck says:

    We have to protest and miss the first 5 minutes anyway.

  64. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha 🙂 true 🙂 me is not the sharpest tool in the box, admittedly 🙂

    question for you – why are players kissing their arms after scoring? Troy Deeny did yesterday. I’d understand if they kissed their legs…

  65. Eddie says:

    what?? protest today??

  66. Duck says:

    Cos they have their baby’s names tattoed there.

  67. Eddie says:

    is that so? stupid
    Doesn’t beckham have kids names tatooed on his back?

  68. Duck says:

    End of his ****

  69. Ant says:

    Quiz 2

  70. Ant says:

    You must know the Lycra man Eddie?

  71. Eddie says:

    my comments are not showing 😦

  72. Eddie says:

    Mr Motivator! A wonderful human being, who went from hell and back to save his family. A homeless, single parent who thought tooth and nail for his daughter. And now is working in Jamaica for poor kids. Love him.

  73. Ant says:

    Pubs aren’t open in most places Eddie at this time as we are all at mass

  74. Ant says:

    What about the men I the lovely green suits E?

  75. Eddie says:

    David Essex? No idea, but they have haircuts like mine. I bloody look like Rod Stuart now

  76. Ant says:

    Is that Debuchy? Lol

  77. Duck says:

    I bet you used to wear all the Lycra, didn’t ya, Eddie?

  78. Eddie says:

    Beckham with his son’s name tattooed on his arse. How would he kiss that ?

  79. Ant says:

    Can we have a photo of you looking like Rod Stewart, pretty please Eddie?

  80. Eddie says:

    no duck, never.
    Have to go, selling spare insulation today

    happy valentine’s to you boys xxx

  81. Ant says:

    Have you got a hairy chest as well E?

  82. Eddie says:

    feck off Ant, I look awful 🙂 🙂 hat on even indoors 🙂

  83. Ant says:

    Any more for the quiz?

  84. Duck says:

    But why would you have a Rod Stewart haircut anyway?

  85. Ant says:

    Where’s the post then BR?

  86. Big Raddy says:

    As to Leicester chaps. I think that is Oakley.

    Ant. Good to see you enjoying the Public Transport system.

    I will publish early …. like Now ….

    There is a New post

  87. Ant says:

  88. Eddie says:

    Cech has a rib injury. He will play today, but whoever leaked this information is a traitor! Watch Huth targeting Peter

  89. Eddie says:

    Raddy – if you really love football than you should want Leicester back in the relegation zone. I haven’t watched many of their games, but if this is how they are winning points, then they are a disgrace, nothing beautiful about them

    and as for that front bottom Atkinson – i’m speechless.

  90. Eddie says:

    theo arranged this flower nicely 🙂

  91. Eddie says:

    we could have done with a clinical striker today. Wenger out

  92. Eddie says:

    welllllllllllllllllllllllbeck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    love you ARsene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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