A Last Minute Goal at Anfield!

Last night’s events at Anfield had me reminiscing about those glorious moments in football when everything falls into place for an almighty crescendo.

Kanu 1999 v Chelsea at the bridge.

Two nil down with 15 minutes to go, Nwankwo wrote his name into the Arsenal legends book with a hat trick to die for including one of the best goals you’ll ever see. Take it away Martin Tyler….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyjeVOTzRbA

Welbeck v Leicester 2016

It was Danny’s comeback game and what a way to crown it. Definitely one of my home highlights of the season…..

Gary lineker quote

danny

Alan Sunderland v Man U FA cup final 1979

I can remember sinking to my knees on the Wembley terraces after Manyoo’s spawny equaliser only to stand up just in time to witness one of the those ‘hair standing up on the back of your neck’ moments never to be forgotten……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEZMErRVRf8

Henry v Sunderland 2012

We were at Lingfield racecourse for my nephew’s stag do and were suitably miffed when news came through of Mclean’s goal in the 70th minute. We were hopeful when Rambo scored off both posts to equalise and positively ecstatic as Thierry rose like a kung fu master to stab the ball home in injury time…….

Thierry+Henry+Sunderland

Kennedy v spuds 1971

50,000 in the ground, 50,000 left outside, Shite Hart Lane was red and white for the night in May 1971. My old man and older bro tried to take my younger brother and me to the Lane that night. We only got to the end of the Paxton Road before they decided it was too dangerous to continue. This would definitely be my older brother’s main Arsenal regret, as it was such a terrible disappointment to miss the first time we would win the League at SHL. At least it wasn’t the last…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdALY2fLvq4

Vermaelen v Newcastle 2012                             

The poetic justice of this goal being scored near the end of the time added on for Tim Krul’s persistent time-wasting makes this my favourite last minute goal of recent times……..

tommy v

(photo courtesy of Stuart MacFarlane)

 

Henry v Man U 2007

To my mind this goal was the first big moment to happen at the Emirates. A goal of such beauty and Ferguson’s reaction to the goal at the end of this makes me laugh every time I see it….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIKL2yJ_Nx8

Thomas v Liverpool 1989

A last minute goal at Anfield – who would have thought?

Presumably this would be most Gunners’ favourite last-minute, spine-tingling goal because there was so much riding on it………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFo1eyWbTtc

What’s your favourite last-minute Arsenal goal?

Written by chas

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97 Responses to A Last Minute Goal at Anfield!

  1. chas says:

    Just look at the rejuvenating effect a last minute winner has on some people, 🙂

  2. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Inspired choice of subject on this morning when the media are over-hyping an ordinary L’pool team – even if it was a superb game of football.

    All the above goals are etched in the memory but I guess it is the Ray Kennedy goal which means the most to me. I had been to most of the games that season, home and away, but couldn´t get a ticket for the Spurs game and despite queuing for hours didn’t get in. (kelsey did)

    A disconsolate walk home with my ear firmly fixed to my transistor radio (it was a Pye Poppet) was halted by Ray’s goal. Then the celebrations started.

    That said, how can anyone of us not herald the night of 26/5/89?

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Love that clip. Football can heal the sick!

  4. LB says:

    Well, I enjoyed that. As BR says, an inspired idea for a post. Very uplifting.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    8:25 mAy be the greatest clip of all time 😀😀😀😀😀
    89 every time
    Thanks very much

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Love it Chas, King of the Footie Experience 🙂

    All those goals were orgasmic and there are no better ones of course. Cheers.

  7. chas says:

    City got Real Madrid in the CL.

  8. chas says:

    Thanks, chaps.

  9. RA says:

    Well done, Chasser, you got me hooked into watching that vid 3 times!! 🙂

    I read a very interesting article today in which Keown interviewed Denis Bergkamp, and it was really enlightening – altho the chances of the great man coming to Arsenal are pretty much zero, when reading between the lines.

  10. JM says:

    1993 FA Cup Final replay vs Sheff Wed (win 2-1 aet.)
    Andy Linighan’s last minute winning header in extra time. Linighan had played most of the game with a broken nose.

    Last-minute goals have to mean something; to have a significance affecting the club, players and supporters – e.g. winning a title/trophy, qualifying for Europe (e.g. CL, Europa etc), avoiding relegation, beating a close rival team etc

  11. IanRealGunner says:

    Also reminds me of the two last minute goals that we have conceded in the last 2 seasons at Anfield!!! Sorry to be so pessimistic

  12. JM says:

    Martin Keown’s column at Daily Mail online:
    “Dennis Bergkamp is key to Johan Cruyff’s revolution at Ajax but part of him will always belong to Arsenal. So, who better to ask… what should Arsene Wenger do now?”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3540423/Dennis-Bergkamp-key-Johan-Cruyff-s-revolution-Ajax-belong-Arsenal-better-ask-Arsene-Wenger-now.html

    Bergkamp:
    (1) believes the current Arsenal side should be winning the title
    (2) believes the Arsenal defence is a problem
    (3) believes Arsene Wenger aided players with his approach
    (4) does not want to become a manager

    Quotes from Bergkamp:

    ‘A lot of people talk about systems but I am a firm believer in individuals. If you’ve got good players with football intelligence then you can form a team. That’s what Cruyff had. He felt to win games without attacking football is boring but to play attacking football without winning is useless.’

    On former pros at board level or in more administrative roles, other than managers or coaches:

    ‘One of the abilities of ex-players is that we can adjust ourselves very quickly,’ he says. ‘In football if I play against a slow defender I know what to do, or if I play against a midfielder I know where I want to put him to create space – we’re always adjusting. That’s what we do in this new job. Everything that comes to us, maybe it’s new, but we’ve got the ability to adjust.’
    ‘We are keen and eager to learn things. We’ve got school degrees but we never used them because we were playing football. We’re all, in our own way, intelligent people.’
    ‘The best directors are the ones who worked on the factory floor, who came up through the ranks. The ones who make the decisions should be the people who know what’s really happening and how it impacts down below. Johan used to say it was all about the feeling of players, the feeling of pressure. How can you make football decisions at the highest level if you’ve never played for 60,000 people? Then you know what pressure is in football. If you get booed by 60,000 people, you know.’

    On no league titles since 2003-2004:

    ‘Arsenal have a really good team and a really, really good squad. They’ve got tremendous players and they should be able to win the championship, but one of the biggest problems is defence.’
    ‘So many times the team have to react to going a goal behind or two goals behind. That happens too much. And at this time of the year you can’t drop points. We would always have a dip in November, but their dip has come in the second half of the season. That didn’t happen a lot in our time.’

    Sustaining that level of success is about being in the right frame of mind more than anything:

    ‘In Holland, we say you have to live like a monk,’ he explains. ‘You focus on your job, you go home, you eat, you watch television, you go to bed. You get up, you go to training and you just live for football. For some people that’s more difficult than for others but there’s so much glory at the end. There’s a certain buzz that goes through the club and you have to cherish that.’
    ‘Sometimes it doesn’t look like this current group has that. But once you’ve tasted success, then you know how it is. If you know how to win games it gets easier. When they won the FA Cup, they were in the flow and able to win it again. Now they need a championship and then with this squad they can stay there for many years.’

    On Arsene Wenger:

    ‘He knows his players so well,’ says Dennis. ‘It’s like a puzzle, he’s adjusting every player all the time so everything fits together. He’s got a picture in his mind how it should be. And he knew when to push the team, when to let go, when to relax.’
    ‘I still think he’s got that drive and if he gets the opportunity to stay there, he will take it I’m sure. He’s still a good manager and you never know what you’ll get if you bring a new one in. That’s the problem.’
    ‘Look what happened at Man United when Sir Alex Ferguson left. You never know what’s better. To bring someone new, someone fresh or stick to someone who knows the club. I’m sure (Wenger) is still ambitious to win trophies. As long as you don’t lose the connection with the team.’

    On not wanting to be manager:

    ‘I like to be able to switch off every now and then,’ he says. ‘It’s like when we were players, I train in the morning but I like to be with my family in the afternoon and do other things. As a manager you need to be switched on 24/7.’
    ‘I love football but I love the details, the individual play. I’m not so interested in the tactical thing but as a manager you have to be focused on that.’
    ‘It’s the constant information. If this is what it takes then I don’t want to be a manager. I’m an assistant and I prefer to be on the pitch, especially with youngsters, the ones with real potential. That’s my kind of thing.’

  13. JM says:

    Keown also answered some questions posted to him in his column.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3539664/Has-Louis-van-Gaal-saved-job-Arsenal-Diego-Simeone-player-year-TACKLE-KEOWN.html

    Arsenal related Q & A quotes:

    Q: Given how Barcelona’s season has come off the rails, did Arsenal miss a trick by not beating them in the Champions League?

    A: It’s a remarkable result for Atletico Madrid over the two matches. Barcelona are so reliant on their front three but there’s always been a weakness in their defence – Javier Mascherano is essentially a converted midfielder. If Barcelona had gone on to win the Champions League, it would have been much easier for Arsenal to justify their defeat as they could have pointed to the fact they lost to the eventual winners.

    The likes of Lionel Messi have had so many good experiences against Arsenal to draw upon it was always going to be difficult for the Gunners – but Barcelona have now failed to progress from four of their five Champions League knockout ties against Spanish opposition.

    Q: Is mental fragility the reason why Arsenal have fallen away this season?

    A: There is no single factor – at the end of the day, Arsenal have not been good enough over the season. You start looking at credentials of potential champions and the best teams are above Arsenal. I know they can mathematically still do it but I don’t think they will.

    Recently, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin in midfield have given them more backbone, but I think Gabriel needs to get more physical. When he tried to be more physical against Chelsea he was sent off and now he is trying to behave himself but he still hasn’t found the right balance.

    Against West Ham, when Andy Carroll is running his studs down back of Laurent Koscielny’s achilles inside the first 10 minutes, Gabriel has to take that personally. I was very surprised that Arsenal’s defenders were happy to allow their team-mates to be bullied. I like to see some aggression in central defensive players and Arsene Wenger will be happy to see more physicality from him.

    Q: Should Arsenal replace Arsene Wenger with Diego Simeone?

    A:

    Arsene Wenger decides when he leaves Arsenal. The topic of Wenger comes up all the time and I think we should allow the great man to decide when he goes. He’s got one year left on his contract. You can be certain that he’ll be all out to make sure that in his last year he’s going to be successful – and I wouldn’t bet against him signing a new deal. If Wenger does sign a new contract, then succession planning has to begin. Steve Bould is either nurtured into the role, or they identify who would be the next person to take over.

    What I think Arsenal will do is only look for a replacement when Wenger wants to go. They won’t tap him on the shoulder and say ‘We’re bringing in Simeone’. Wenger is 66 and doesn’t seem like an old 66. Most players don’t get much beyond the age of 30 but there isn’t a set age for a manager to be past their best. Just look at what you’re seeing. I don’t see any less desire in Wenger – if anything I see more desire than when he first arrived when you see him on the touchline.

    Simeone is quite an animated figure and has done an incredible job at Atletico Madrid – it takes something special to be crowned champions in a league with Barcelona and Real Madrid. If Wenger steps aside I’m sure he’s someone they would look at, but the directors have a unique situation of a manager who will decide when he goes – and we must not forget that.

    Just look at what’s happened at Manchester United. If we look over the road at Manchester City, there seems to be the makings of a plan with Pep Guardiola and Patrick Vieira. Guardiola typically only does three years. Vieira is now plying his trade in New York and it could be he’s part of the plan to take over from Guardiola in the future.

  14. chas says:

    The dippers got Villareal.

  15. RC78 says:

    mine is not an Arsenal goal but involves Arsenal players –
    I loved the Euro 2000 final when France beat Italy with Wiltord’s last minute goal to send the game in extra-time and Trezeguet’s golden goal (assist by Robert Pires)

    On Arsenal squad –

    Buy a proper CB to help Kos
    Buy a new LB and RB
    Buy a DM
    Buy a FW

    Get rid of PiG, Debuchy, Jenkinson, BFG, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Flamini, Cazorla and Giroud

    Cech – Bellerin, RECRUIT, Kos, RECRUIT – Ramsey, RECRUIT – Ozil – Sanchez, Wellbeck, RECRUIT

    Ospina – RECRUIT, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs – El Neny, Coquelin – Wilshere – Ox, Walcott, Iwobi

    My recruits:
    – Varane or Stones or Marquinhos at CB
    – Coleman at RB
    – ? at LB
    – Kante or Schnederlin at DM
    – Aubemayang at FW

  16. JM says:

    (15-16) Europe top leagues’ players’ attacking efficiency (as of 15 April 2016):

    ===============

    Total mins/90mins per game = Actual games played (Agp)

    (Total goals + Total assists)/(Agp) = Goal & Assist efficiency per app (GA/app)

    Range (GA/app):

    0.000.25 ( No goal or assist per app ) (Poor)
    0.260.75 ( 0.5 goal or assist per app ) (Average)
    0.761.25 ( 1.0 goal or assist per app ) (Good)
    1.261.75 ( 1.5 goal or assist per app ) (Outstanding)
    1.762.25 ( 2.0 goals or assists per app ) (Godlike)

    ===============

    (Top 5 leagues in Europe)
    (Outstanding)

    (Ligue 1)
    (Paris Saint-Germain)(FW) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Age:34) (30 goals, 11 assists, 2122mins, 26apps, 23.58Agp) = 1.74 GA/app

    (La Liga)
    (Real Madrid)(FW) Gareth Bale (Age:26) (15 goals, 11 assists, 1425mins, 19apps, 15.83Agp) = 1.64 GA/app

    (Real Madrid)(FW) Jese (Age:23) (5 goals, 6 assists, 679mins, 22apps, 7.54Agp) = 1.46 GA/app

    (Barcelona)(FW) Luis Suarez (Age:29) (26 goals, 15 assists, 2610mins, 29apps, 29.00Agp) = 1.41 GA/app

    (Barcelona)(FW) Lionel Messi (Age:28) (22 goals, 12 assists, 2189mins, 27apps, 24.32Agp) = 1.40 GA/app

    (Real Madrid)(FW) Karim Benzema (Age:28) (21 goals, 4 assists, 1636mins, 22apps, 18.18Agp) = 1.38 GA/app

    (Real Madrid)(FW) Cristiano Ronaldo (Age:31) (30 goals, 11 assists, 2880mins, 32apps, 32.00Agp) = 1.28 GA/app

    (Good)

    (La Liga)
    (Barcelona)(FW) Neymar (Age:24) (21 goals, 14 assists, 2516mins, 28apps, 27.96Agp) = 1.25 GA/app

    (Real Sociedad)(FW) Imanol Agirretxe (Age:29) (13 goals, 0 assist, 1173mins, 16apps, 13.03Agp) = 1.00 GA/app

    (Real Madrid)(MF) James Rodriguez (Age:24) (6 goals, 6 assists, 1197mins, 20apps, 13.3Agp) = 0.90 GA/app

    (Sevilla)(FW) Kevin Gameiro (Age:28) (15 goals, 4 assists, 1991mins, 30apps, 22.12Agp) = 0.90 GA/app

    (Villarreal CF)(FW) Cedric Bakambu (Age:25) (12 goals, 4 assists, 1614mins, 29apps, 17.93Agp) = 0.89 GA/app

    (Deportivo La Coruna)(FW) Lucas Perez Martinez (Age:27) (15 goals, 9 assists, 2511mins, 29apps, 27.90Agp) = 0.86 GA/app

    (Atletico Madrid)(FW) Antoine Griezmann (Age:25) (20 goals, 5 assists, 2683mins, 32apps, 29.81Agp) = 0.84 GA/app

    (SD Eibar)(FW) Borja Baston (Age:23) (17 goals, 3 assists, 2139mins, 30apps, 23.77Agp) = 0.84 GA/app

    (Sevilla)(MF) Evgen Konoplyanka (Age:26) (4 goals, 7 assists, 1183mins, 26apps, 13.14Agp) = 0.84 GA/app

    (Athletic Bilbao)(FW) Aritz Aduriz (Age:35) (17 goals, 6 assists, 2511mins, 31apps, 27.90Agp) = 0.82 GA/app

    (Celta de Vigo)(MF) Nolito (Age:29) (11 goals, 6 assists, 1912mins, 23apps, 21.24Agp) = 0.80 GA/app

    (1.Bundesliga)
    (Bayern Munich)(FW) Robert Lewandowski (Age:27) (25 goals, 5 assists, 2299mins, 28apps, 25.54Agp) = 1.18 GA/app

    (Borussia Dortmund)(FW) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Age:26) (23 goals, 6 assists, 2282mins, 27apps, 25.36Agp) = 1.14 GA/app

    (Bayern Munich)(FW) Thomas Muller (Age:26) (19 goals, 7 assists, 2105mins, 28apps, 23.39Agp) = 1.11 GA/app

    (Borussia Dortmund)(MF) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Age:27) (10 goals, 16 assists, 2305mins, 28apps, 25.61Agp) = 1.02 GA/app

    (Werder Bremen)(FW) Claudio Pizarro (Age:37) (12 goals, 2 assists, 1302mins, 23apps, 14.47Agp) = 0.97 GA/app

    (Bayern Munich)(FW) Douglas Costa (Age:25) (3 goals, 14 assists, 1710mins, 23apps, 19.00Agp) = 0.89 GA/app

    (Borussia Monchenglabach)(FW) Raffael Caetano de Araujo (Age:31) (13 goals, 10 assists, 2334mins, 27apps, 25.93Agp) = 0.89 GA/app

    (Bayer Leverkusen)(FW) Chicharito (Age:27) (16 goals, 2 assists, 1834mins, 24apps, 20.38Agp) = 0.88 GA/app

    (Borussia Dortmund)(FW) Marco Reus (Age:26) (10 goals, 4 assists, 1577mins, 22apps, 17.52Agp) = 0.80 GA/app

    (Serie A)
    (Napoli)(FW) Gonzalo Higuain (Age:28) (30 goals, 2 assists, 2620mins, 31apps, 29.11Agp) = 1.10 GA/app

    (Juventus)(FW) Paulo Dybala (Age:22) (14 goals, 8 assists, 2092mins, 29apps, 23.24Agp) = 0.95 GA/app

    (Fiorentina)(MF) Josip Ilicic (Age:28) (12 goals, 6 assists, 1710mins, 25apps, 19.00Agp) = 0.95 GA/app

    (Napoli)(FW) Lorenzo Insigne (Age:24) (12 goals, 10 assists, 2312mins, 31apps, 25.69Agp) = 0.86 GA/app

    (Sampdoria/Inter)(FW) Eder (Age:29) (12 goals, 3 assists, 1646mins, 19apps, 18.29Agp) = 0.82 GA/app

    (Ligue 1)
    (Paris Saint-Germain)(MF) Angel Di Maria (Age:28) (9 goals, 11 assists, 1739mins, 24apps, 19.32Agp) = 1.04 GA/app

    (Rennes)(MF) Ousmane Dembele (Age:18) (12 goals, 5 assists, 1529mins, 21apps, 16.99Agp) = 1.00 GA/app

    (Olympique Lyon)(MF) Rachid Ghezzal (Age:23) (6 goals, 7 assists, 1249mins, 25apps, 13.88Agp) = 0.94 GA/app

    (Rennes)(MF) Kamil Grosicki (Age: 27) (9 goals, 4 assists, 1279mins, 30apps, 14.21Agp) = 0.91 GA/app

    (Marseille)(FW) Michy Batshuayi (Age:21) (14 goals, 9 assists, 2577mins, 32apps, 28.63Agp) = 0.80 GA/app

    (Premier League)
    (Manchester City)(FW) Sergio Aguero (Age:27) (18 goals, 2 assists, 1954mins, 25apps, 21.71Agp) = 0.92 GA/app

    (Leicester City)(FW) Jamie Vardy (Age:29) (21 goals, 8 assists, 2903mins, 33apps, 32.26Agp) = 0.90 GA/app

    (Premier League)(Leicester City)(MF) Riyad Mahrez (Age:25) (16 goals, 10 assists, 2628mins, 32apps, 29.20Agp) = 0.89 GA/app

    (Premier League)(Liverpool)(FW) Roberto Firmino (Age:24) (8 goals, 8 assists, 1633mins, 26apps, 18.14Agp) = 0.88 GA/app

    (Premier League)(Arsenal)(MF) Mesut Ozil (Age:27) (6 goals, 18 assists, 2610mins, 30apps, 29.00Agp) = 0.83 GA/app

    (Premier League)(Manchester City)(MF) Kevin De Bruyne (Age:24) (6 goals, 9 assists, 1643mins, 21apps, 18.26Agp) = 0.82 GA/app

    ===============

    (Next 5 leagues in Europe – Portugal, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine)
    (Outstanding)

    (Primeira Liga)
    (Benfica)(FW) Jonas Goncalves Oliveira (Age:32) (30 goals, 13 assists, 2410mins, 29apps, 26.78Agp) = 1.61 GA/app

    (Premier Liga)
    (Shakhtar Donetsk)(FW) Eduardo (Age:33) (9 goals, 2 assists, 658mins, 15apps, 7.31Agp) = 1.50 GA/app

    (Zenit St.Petersburg)(FW) Hulk (Age:29) (12 goals, 15 assists, 1801mins, 21apps, 20.01Agp) = 1.35 GA/app

    (Good)

    (Premier Liga)
    (Shakhtar Donetsk)(FW) Taison (Age:28) (6 goals, 5 assists, 801mins, 14apps, 8.90Agp) = 1.24 GA/app

    (Shakhtar Donetsk)(MF) Marlos (Age:27) (6 goals, 9 assists, 1274mins, 20apps, 14.15Agp) = 1.06 GA/app

    (Dynamo Kyiv)(FW) Andriy Yarmolenko (Age:26) (12 goals, 8 assists, 1736mins, 20apps, 19.29Agp) = 1.04 GA/app

    (Primeira Liga)
    (Benfica)(FW) Konstantinos Mitroglou (Age:28) (19 goals, 4 assists, 1837mins, 27apps, 20.41Agp) = 1.13 GA/app

    (Sporting)(FW) Islam Slimani (Age:27) (23 goals, 5 assists, 2472mins, 28 apps, 27.47Agp) = 1.02 GA/app

    (Vitoria Setubal/Porto)(FW) Hyun-Jun Suk (Age:24) (10 goals, 9 assists, 1779mins, 25apps, 19.77Agp) = 0.96 GA/app

    (Eredivisie)
    (Ajax)(FW) Arkadiusz Milik (Age:22) (18 goals, 8 assists, 2137mins, 27apps, 23.74Agp) = 1.10 GA/app

    (Twente)(MF) Hakim Ziyech (Age:23) (17 goals, 13 assists, 2592mins, 29apps, 28.80Agp) = 1.04 GA/app

    (PSV Eindhoven)(FW) Luuk de Jong (Age:25) (20 goals, 8 assists, 2501mins, 29apps, 27.79Agp) = 1.01 GA/app

    (PSV Eindhoven)(MF) Gaston Pereiro (Age:20) (10 goals, 3 assists, 1185mins, 27apps, 13.17Agp) = 0.99 GA/app

    (PSV Eindhoven)(FW) Jurgen Locadia (Age:22) (7 goals, 12 assists, 1800mins, 25apps, 20.00Agp) = 0.95 GA/app

    (AZ Alkmaar)(FW) Vincent Janssen (Age:21) (21 goals, 4 assists, 2388mins, 30apps, 26.53Agp) = 0.94 GA/app

    (Super Lig)
    (Besiktas)(FW) Mario Gomez (Age:30) (21 goals, 3 assists, 2261mins, 28apps, 25.12Agp) = 0.96 GA/app

    ===============

    – attacking players worth considering for recruitment in the summer window.

  17. JM says:

    (15-16) Champions League players’ attacking efficiency:

    ===============

    Total mins/90mins per game = Actual games played (Agp)

    (Total goals + Total assists)/(Agp) = Goal & Assist efficiency per app (GA/app)

    Range (GA/app):

    0.000.25 ( No goal or assist per app ) (Poor)
    0.260.75 ( 0.5 goal or assist per app ) (Average)
    0.761.25 ( 1.0 goal or assist per app ) (Good)
    1.261.75 ( 1.5 goal or assist per app ) (Outstanding)
    1.762.25 ( 2.0 goals or assists per app ) (Godlike)

    ===============

    (Either a one-off Or Off-the-charts)

    (KAA Gent) Kalifa Coulibaly (2 goals, 0 assist, 31mins, 6apps, 0.34Agp) = 5.88 GA/app

    (Godlike)

    (Bayern Munich) Kingsley Coman (2 goals, 6 assists, 345mins, 6apps, 3.83Agp) = 2.09 GA/app

    (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (16 goals, 4 assists, 899mins, 10apps, 9.99Agp) = 2.00 GA/app

    (Manchester City) Wilfried Bony (3 goals, 3 assists, 278mins, 5apps, 3.09Agp) = 1.94 GA/app

    (Outstanding)

    (PSV Eindhoven) Maxime Lestienne (2 goals, 2 assists, 200mins, 4apps, 2.22Agp) = 1.80 GA/app

    (Bayern Munich) Arjen Robben (2 goals, 1 assist, 159mins, 3apps, 1.77Agp) = 1.69 GA/app

    (Bayern Munich) Mario Gotze (2 goals, 0 assist, 107mins, 4apps, 1.19Agp) = 1.68 GA/app

    (Barcelona) Luis Suarez (8 goals, 4 assists, 810mins, 9apps, 9.00Agp) = 1.33 GA/app

    (Bayer Leverkusen) Hakan Calhanoglu (2 goals, 5 assists, 501mins, 6apps, 5.57Agp) = 1.26 GA/app

    (Good)

    (Arsenal) Olivier Giroud (5 goals, 0 assist, 361mins, 7apps, 4.26Agp) = 1.17 GA/app

    (Sevilla) Fernando Llorente (1 goal, 1 assist, 155mins, 3apps, 1.72Agp) = 1.16 GA/app

    (Arsenal) Alexis Sanchez (3 goals, 5 assists, 630mins, 7apps, 7.00Agp) = 1.14 GA/app

    (Zenit St.Petersburg) Hulk (4 goals, 4 assists, 630mins, 7apps, 7.00Agp) = 1.14 GA/app

    (Zenit St.Petersburg) Artem Dzyuba (6 goals, 2 assists, 633mins, 8apps, 7.03Agp) = 1.14 GA/app

    (Bayern Munich) Thomas Muller (8 goals, 2 assists, 815mins, 10apps, 9.06Agp) = 1.10 GA/app

    (Bayern Munich) Robert Lewandowski (8 goals, 1 assist, 762mins, 10apps, 8.47Agp) = 1.06 GA/app

    (Barcelona) Lionel Messi (6 goals, 1 assist, 630mins, 7apps, 7.00Agp) = 1.00 GA/app

    (Benfica) Raul Jimenez (3 goals, 3 assists, 543mins, 10apps, 6.03Agp) = 1.00 GA/app

    (FC Astana) Patrick Twumasi (2 goals, 0 assist, 180mins, 2apps, 2.00Agp) = 1.00 GA/app

    (Bayer Leverkusen) Admir Mehmedi (4 goals, 0 assist, 368mins, 5apps, 4.09Agp) = 0.98 GA/app

    (Bayer Leverkusen) Chicharito (5 goals, 0 assist, 483mins, 6apps, 5.37Agp) = 0.93 GA/app

    (Zenit St.Petersburg) Oleg Shatov (2 goals, 3 assists, 486mins, 7apps, 5.40Agp) = 0.92 GA/app

    (Benfica) Nico Gaitan (4 goals, 3 assists, 701mins, 8apps, 7.79Agp) = 0.90 GA/app

    ===============

    – attacking players worth considering for recruitment in the summer window.

  18. JM says:

    Similar players mentioned above for respective league and CL matches:

    Top tier of leagues

    Real Madrid
    Cristiano Ronaldo (Outstanding – league)(Godlike – CL)

    Barcelona
    Luis Suarez (Outstanding – league)(Oustanding – CL)
    Lionel Messi (Outstanding – league)(Good – CL)

    Bayern Munich
    Robert Lewandowski (Good – league)(Good – CL)
    Thomas Muller (Good – league)(Good – CL)

    Bayer Leverkusen
    Chicharito (Good – league)(Good – CL)

    ====

    2nd tier of leagues

    Zenit St.Petersburg
    Hulk (Outstanding – league)(Good – CL)

    ===============

    My personal opinion:

    Positive recruitment:
    Chicharito(Javier Hernandez) of (Bayer Leverkusen)
    – played and won PL with Man.Utd. Possess winning mentality and a know-how of winning titles
    – played on loan at Real Madrid as well
    – worked with Welbeck before at Utd
    – currently best player of the Mexican football team. Also 2nd highest scorer with 43 goals (Avg: 0.54 goals/match ratio)
    – two-footed, very quick, in possession of good technique, and a natural goalscorer
    – could work well with Alexis (spanish speaking as well), Ozil and other attacking team-mates

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Thank Dennis we are still playing meaningful football for a few weeks. 🙂

    COYG!

  20. Big Raddy says:

    JM. I have taken out your first comment to use for a future post. Is that OK?

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Some great stuff from both JM and RC78. Don’t know how they find the time!

  22. Ant says:

    How about this one?
    Completely unimportant but created one of the funniest evenings ever!

  23. Big Raddy says:

    I recall watching that one of Tv and when we were losing despairing of the future.

    Brilliant entertainment and probably one of Didit’s favourite games

  24. Gööner In Exile says:

    Thomas obviously wins the last minute wonders for me, but Andy Linighan and that last minute header will live long in the memory because I was there.

  25. JM says:

    @Big Raddy (April 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm)

    Hi BR, you may save that post for future, preferably at the end of season (less distraction on immediate issues and whereby an assessment can be made for the team’s campaign this season).

    The team, manager, players and supporters have 6 more matches to go in the PL. First priority is to help improve the team’s position from 3rd to 2nd (and leapfrog Tottenham) and then see what more can done next.

    “If you love football, you love Arsenal”

    「 それでも
    アーセナルが
    好きだ 」

    or: “I prefer Arsenal still”

    My personal take:

    “Ask not what The Arsenal can do for me(you); Ask what I(you) can do for The Arsenal”

    – this message is to everyone involved (from the board of directors, senior management, coaching staff, players and supporters of Arsenal F.C.)

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Thanks JM

  27. Big Raddy says:

    G’day chas.

    Is that a portrait of Sniffer?

  28. chas says:

    This is Sniffer.

  29. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah yes, the 5-7 at Reading
    The game where two loyal Arsenal away gentlemen let themselves, and their club, very far down indeed from the soft seats 🙂

    Evening all.

  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’ll be cheering for some Chavs and their band of merry skinheads at the bridge in a minute

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Whoa, steady on. Even I, have limits

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Few standards, but some limits

  33. chas says:

    Here’s my photo of Tom Watt and Tony Adams from that Reading 5-7 night.
    I’m surprised it came out this well. 🙂

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh God, only five minutes in, and I already want to see Chelsea lose

  35. chas says:

    How was surfing?

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oooo, look how soft the seats were

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Effing awful. Weather beautiful though, Didn’t even manage to kill any fish for fun either 😦

  38. chas says:

    I hope Fabregas scores. I love it when he smiles.

  39. chas says:

    By the way, Ant was a model of propriety that evening at Reading. He was driving, so not able to dambust two bottles of wine.

  40. chas says:

    I think it was the Bailey’s in the gap before the half hour extra time that did me.

  41. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Baileys!!! ha ha hurl 🙂

  42. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Did you ask Tone if you could be his best friend?

  43. MickyDidIt89 says:

    26 mins and no goals. Pathetic, it really is

  44. chas says:

    As far as I remember, they fecked off when it was still 4-2 to Reading. I don’t think they were drinking.

  45. chas says:

    Nasri is looking lovely tonight.

  46. chas says:

    The way the commentator say ‘Pedrrrro’ is pissing me off.

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well, well, at bloody last

  48. chas says:

    Oh dear, the chavs are still shite.

  49. chas says:

    Spawny deflection.
    I bet Henry Winter said the finish was ‘clinical’.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Looks as though 2nd,3rd, 4, 5th is going to go right to the wire.

    We need to win tomorrow

  51. chas says:

  52. Big Raddy says:

    That vehicle has only two doors. You would have thought with Lescott’s money he could have spent the extra and got a hatchback

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah Erik
    Read a very interesting fact about Denmark the other day, and thought of you.

  54. chas says:

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    6.09 ha ha ha ha ha ROLF LAMOW

  56. Big Raddy says:

    And what was that Micky?

  57. chas says:

    Soz, I’m getting in the way of you boys having a sensible chat about interesting facts about Denmark.

  58. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Don’t remember

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas
    Very unfair of you to put up that pic of a strong looking red head with a blue arrow that when touched doesn’t make movement

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Erik, Erik, Erik
    Just remembered. Lobster in Danish is Hummer

  61. chas says:

    Micky
    She gets em out when I press play.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    Chavs roll over against everyone except us 😦

  63. Big Raddy says:

    She does for me too. Thanks chas – very impressive

  64. Gööner In Exile says:

    So Norwich look doomed after that performance. Seeing the father in law tomorrow which at least means he won’t be talking football…..it’s really hard to talk football with someone who seems to know sweet fa about the game except what he reads in the paper, having spent five days watching the man read Daily Mail cover to cover I now know where both he and Mother in Law get their opinions, on day 3 of holiday he asked if I wanted a paper, I chose the Grauniad just to see the look on his face 🙂

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just popped in to see result.
    Apologies. People turned up I didn’t know about. Must go.

    Exile ha ha

  66. LB says:

    The Chavs were our last chance of stopping spuds win the league, I am very worried, they were poor today. If Loftus Cheek is the best their academy can produce in the last 10 years then it really isn’t working.

  67. Gööner In Exile says:

    LB Leicester haven’t conceded a goal for 5 games and have won all 5, they need 3 wins from 5…..assuming Spuds can win 5 of the bounce.

    Swansea are safe
    Everton will be on holiday and they win it at Stamford Bridge on last day 🙂

  68. chas says:

  69. chas says:

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Bizarre what has happened to the Chavs. They looked rubbish yesterday but at least Falcao got some pitch time 😀

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB

    Persuade yourself Spuds will win the league. Then persuade yourself it doesn’t matter.

    Both untrue, but what the heck. I am a free Gunner since giving up 🙂

  72. Big Raddy says:

    I have become a fervent Leicester fan.

    Micky. It matters. A lot.

  73. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Therapy Erik, I’m trying to dispense some of the stuff to help out LB

  74. Big Raddy says:

    I am sure he will be grateful as he greases up and slips into his lycra ready for the hills of Hampstead.

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Erik
    If Leicester win today, then surely that’s it.
    As it stands, the foxes have to lose two and half games more than spuds as they have a seven point cushion

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ha ha

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think a certain amount of sympathy can go out to the little cog on the LB bicycle, as it’s going to take a hell of a pounding what with all that bad stuff he needs to get out of his system

  78. Big Raddy says:

    True Micky. If they win it I will be delighted.

    Having trouble writing the PM. No inspiration.

  79. Big Raddy says:

    Wish I was going to the Emirates today. Today is barren apart from AFC and the Night Manager starting on Danish TV tonight.

  80. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh come on Erik, this is your ‘ting
    “Once upon a time….” and all that. We’re going to win all our games and shit like that. Actually, I think we will. We play City right after their CL 2nd leg, so they’ll be either down or minds on other things having secured top four already.

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo, what a treat with The Night Manager. Bit of episode one filmed near here.

  82. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, a few paces with dog

  83. RA says:

    I need to know so I can plan my day — are the deadly duo of Ant and Duck going to regale us with their match day manoeuvrings? 🙂

    G’Morning All.

  84. RA says:

    By the way, Erik the Red, I do not want to spoil the Night Manager for you, but the sodding butler did it.

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks RA …. you have ruined it for me 😦

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