Snatching a Draw from the Jaws of Victory

Arsenal 1 – 1 Palace

Possession %

71.6 – 28.4

Total Shots

21 – 7

On Target

6 – 2

Off Target

8 – 4


10 – 5


Press Conference:-

on the result…
I’m very disappointed. It is one of those days where you don’t like to do a press conference after because it is not pleasant. I felt that we had possession 70 per cent of the time and we lacked a bit of accuracy with our final ball, a change of pace or have enough men forward. In the end, we got caught by a unique shot on goal by Crystal Palace. They played deep and defended well. They got us on the break and that is the story of the game. It is very frustrating.
on leadership…
I don’t believe that today was about leadership. It was about scoring the second goal and stopping a goal that we gave away as it was avoidable. That was the regret of the day. We knew we couldn’t get frustrated and make a defensive mistake. In the end, I must say they have the players that can take advantage of every counter attack. They are quick and powerful. When it was 1-0 they never came out really.
on whether he is concerned about Arsenal not taking their chances…
Yes. There is a difference. Usually we have a high number of goal chances, but I agree with you today that despite the high level of possession we had, we did not create enough chances. I think we lacked a bit of sharpness on the day and as well we had a bit of free confidence in our head after the result against West Ham where we felt we had absolutely to do a job today. In the end, we did not play with enough pace in the final third.
on the title race…
After today I’m not in that kind of mood to dream about the Premier League title. I’m more in a mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game. It is much more about that and looking behind us because we need to play well and win games. For us, we need to fight until the end to get the place in the top four. If we can do more, we will do more but lets not dream and focus on the next game.
on not killing teams off…
It is to do with the Premier League as well. Like today, sometimes you have to win 1-0 and today was one of those days.
on players lacking confidence…
We are a team who likes to take the initiative and with the initiative you expect goals. We accept the risk of taking the game to the opponent but I think what you expect is what we are told before, that we should have more goals.
on trying to do better than top four…
As long as you don’t win every game, you want to add what is needed. I’m responsible for the result and I think I’m the first person who is frustrated. I can say that at the moment, we will make complete balance at the end of the season and see where we stand. At the moment it is about being together and giving our best until the end of the season.


Man of the Match:- Alexis Sanchez

Player Ratings taken from the Daily Mail

Cech 5

Bellerin 6

Koscielny 6

Paulista 5

Monreal 5

Coquelin 5

Elneny 6

Iwobi 6

Welbeck 6

Sanchez 7.5

Özil 7


Stats compiled by fgg

88 Responses to Snatching a Draw from the Jaws of Victory

  1. chas says:

    Maximum of five
    • No more than five clubs can enter the UEFA Champions League from one national association (this was an increase on the previous maximum of four).

    How it impacts associations’ allocations
    • It is now theoretically possible for a country with a potential three UEFA Champions League places (currently Italy, Portugal or France) to up this number to five, a country with two places (e.g. Ukraine) to increase to four, or a country with one place to up it to three. This can only happen if the association in question has two clubs who win both major European club competitions but that also do not qualify via their own league.*

    Could Liverpool or Manchester City give England a fifth berth?
    • Regarding the top three associations (i.e. Spain, Germany and England*): if two clubs from one of these countries win the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, and neither finish their domestic league in a position that qualifies them for the UEFA Champions League (something distinctly possible in England with Manchester City and Liverpool), the following will happen:

    – The club that won the UEFA Champions League will go straight into the group stage
    – The UEFA Europa League winners will go into the UEFA Champions League play-offs
    – The club that had qualified for a UEFA Champions League play-off spot via their domestic league competition (i.e. finished fourth) will transfer into the UEFA Europa League

  2. chas says:

    I’ve absolutely no explanation for yesterday’s awful result.
    On another day we win 3-0 and everyone goes home happy.
    The trouble is that we have said exactly the same thing umpteen times this season.

    The stats chaps on twitter seem to think that poor finishing is the main reason. What we really need is a guaranteed 30 goal-a-season striker. 🙂

    Palace played an 11 man defence for the majority of the match, hoping to stay within touching distance and nick an equaliser late on. The plan worked to perfection. Their attacking substitutes both had a positive effect on their team’s performance. All of our three subs may well have not happened, they were so ineffectual.

  3. RA says:


    If both ‘Pool and Citeh win their respective competitions, (unlikely tho that might sound) then if we finish fourth, the top three – let’s say Leics, Spuds and Manure (again, unlikely tho Manure might be) then Arsenal, even finishing fourth would NOT qualify.

    If Citeh win the CL and we finish fifth, then we could qualify for next season’s CL.

    There is another section, I cannot remember the wording, and could not be assed to look it up, which says that in certain circumstances the ‘next cab in the rank’ in say the Premier league would not automatically take the place of the winners of the CL or the Europa in that league, but would be available generally to the best qualifier in all the leagues.

    I know that’s a bit vague – but I did read something like that – I think! 😀

    What a mine of info you are, Chasser!!! 🙂

  4. RC78 says:

    good wrap up and excellent post.

    Basically – AW has conceded defeat for the EPL (at last) and has also acknowledged that we will fight for a Top 4 spot.

    We are going to finish the year with a lot less points than last year, which basically means that we have regressed. The worst thing is that the other big teams have messed up this year as well and we could not capitalize…

    Anyways – at the end of the season, it is time for a SERIOUS thinking about our methods and overall team. We cannot continue not challenging for the EPL or the CL – we are AFC for the love of God…

    Summer clearout announced:
    Jenkinson, Debuchy, Metersacker, Flamini, Rosicky, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud.

    I would also sell Monreal, Walcott and Cazorla as they are solid players with high value on the market but are not (in my mind – Cazorla is debatable) going to win us the league any time soon…

    I think we also need to revew our system and our team’s cohesion attacking and defending as well as our ability to mix things up going forward…We really need players that can also score from outside the box, do quick link-ups and play as wingers…

  5. RA says:

    Totally agree with your 9:23 summing up, Chas.

    As GB is not around, I will say this – Theo wants a new contract – allegedly – and to play more often at Arsenal. He cam on as a substitute, ran 5 yards with ball, ran into a defender and fell on his ass – as usual – sat on the ground pointlessly appealing – and then disappeared for the remainder of the game.

    Rambo has a serious problem. I saw him twice simply stopping when he was chasing a Palace forward because he simply cannot run at any pace. Those injuries will be the end of him I am afraid.

    Giro was ….. Giro. He was wearing his ‘flik flak and posing’ head when he came on – Worzel Gummidge dis warn him not to!!

    In brief: we coulda, shoulda, woulda won that game if we had anyone who did what Bolasie did – take a chance…… shoot-goal-thank-you-ma’am. 😦

  6. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. Thank you.

    Looking at the remaining games we should pick up at least 6 points but will it be enough?

    Yesterday was crap; Moss’s dreadful refereeing performance leading to Leicester dropping two points, our throwing away a lead in a game we were coasting and Chavs losing yesterday was all so disappointing

  7. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Thanks, and I really like the format. It is a nice way of compiling a post on the day after, without having to ramble on about events that took place on the pitch, when we all saw the wretched event anyway.

    Present the facts and stats, while including Arsene’s comments.

    Very good. Very tidy.

  8. RA says:


    That symbol you were referring to – § – is a section sign, or double ‘s’ which is what it looks like, and is used to different certain sections in accounting or legal documents, such as ‘ section 12’ or the plural shown (with a double section sign) ‘sections 10 to 25’ would be shown as: §12 and ‘§§10–25’ – for ease of reference.

    You probably would have seen it in your 10 divorce settlements! 😀

  9. RA says:

    different = differentiate

  10. MickyDidIt89 says:

    In short, we’re stale, and as I’ve said before, cruising as a Club. Still, sod all I can do about it.

  11. MickyDidIt89 says:

    This is what would cheer me up.

    A video of Crystals, looking utterly miserable, wandering around The Ems with a “The End is nigh. We’re all doomed” placard.

  12. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Thank you. I still don’t understand 🙂

    What not use a bullet point?

  13. JM says:

    There is a “Game of Thrones” reference to the Premier League in the Daily Express online, reading:

    Leicester City – The Faith (Militant of the Faith of Seven): Once seen as irrelevant and weak, under the guidance of a powerful figurehead (Claudio Ranieri) they have quietly built their strength and now hold all the power.

    Tottenham Hotspur – White Walkers: A powerful force threatening to venture into unexplored territory. Like Leicester, hold one of the strongest positions despite lacking the status and history of other houses.

    Manchester City – House Lannister (Tyrion): A noisy neighbour bears certain similarities to a wayward son, while both possess considerable financial clout. Obsessed with bringing their main rivals down

    Arsenal – House Baratheon: Consistently making a claim for the throne without ever managing to quite pull it off, despite seeming to be in the perfect position.

    Manchester United – House Lannister: Filthy rich and until recently controlled by a dominating patriarch (Sir Alex Ferguson). The current leader flirts with disaster (Louis van Gaal) but is still hanging on by their fingernails.

    West Ham United – House Tyrell: New to power and enjoying the sweet smell of success. Expanding quickly, with a strong-willed matriarch working behind-the-scenes (Karren Brady).

    Southampton – House Tully: Been decimated in recent years as the best of their talent has been scattered to the winds or captured by rivals.

    Liverpool – House Targaryen: Considered by some the most powerful and successful house in history, although they need to stop living on past glories. A new hope is on the scene (Jurgen Klopp) and intent on leading their followers to victory.

    Stoke City – House Bolton: An unpopular and unfashionable house, making their way up the ladder of power at the expense of others. Directed by a fearsome, yet not universally liked, figure (Mark Hughes).

    Chelsea – The Nights Watch: Formerly led by a misunderstood individual believed to be the ’special one’ or saviour (Jose Mourinho), only to be betrayed and stabbed in the back by the disgruntled old guard (Terry, Fabregas & Co.).

    Everton – House Martell: A patient, respected house ruled by one of the great thinkers of the age (Roberto Martinez). The leader is kept in his position by a big powerful presence at his side, dissuading any doubters (Romelu Lukaku).

    Watford – Melisandre: Mysterious, with not much known about their origins of power, except that it is derived from a foreign land. Unpredictable, and can topple some major players.

    Bournemouth – Dothraki: A charismatic leader (Eddie Howe) at the front of a band of fearless marauders charging across the land at breakneck speed. Rough and ready to rattle cages.

    West Bromwich Albion – House Seaworth: Honest and down-to-earth, led by a pragmatic, no-nonsense cult hero (Tony Pulis).

    Swansea City – House Stark: Popular and had been growing in power over recent years, but have suffered from shock departures (Laudrup and Monk) and look a shadow of their former self.

    Crystal Palace – House Greyjoy: Started mixing it with the bigger players and won battles against strong northern powerhouses for a time (Liverpool), but have been floundering in the cold since Christmas and are desperately struggling to stay afloat.

    Norwich City – House Arryn: A proud house with a loyal following, but isolated and not considered a major player.

    Sunderland – House Clegane: Survivors, getting by on scraps without winning many friends. Many claim they’re already dead and gone, but can’t be considered out of it just yet.

    Newcastle – House Frey: Reputation and family ties mean nothing here, with the cold and calculating leader (Mike Ashley) pulling the strings behind the scenes and ensuring that no-one is safe in their position.

    (Relegated) Aston Villa – House Dondarrion: Escaped death on numerous occasions over the last few years, but it looks like the fire has almost certainly stuttered out now.

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:


    So so good and the ONLY way forward 🙂

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Come out and play Crystals and you’re allowed one “I told you” 🙂

  16. RA says:

    BR, @ 10:11,

    No, that is not quite right. A bullet point is simply a method of showing or highlighting key points in a document.

    The symbol § is used when referring back to something already written.

    So, using a part of JM’s 10:19 for example, [if he had used para or section enumerations];

    (1) There is a “Game of Thrones” reference to the Premier League in the Daily Express online, reading:

    (2) Leicester City – The Faith (Militant of the Faith of Seven): Once seen as irrelevant and weak, under the guidance of a powerful figurehead (Claudio Ranieri) they have quietly built their strength and now hold all the power.

    (3) Tottenham Hotspur – White Walkers: A powerful force threatening to venture into unexplored territory. Like Leicester, hold one of the strongest positions despite lacking the status and history of other houses.

    (4) Manchester City – House Lannister (Tyrion): A noisy neighbour bears certain similarities to a wayward son, while both possess considerable financial clout. Obsessed with bringing their main rivals down

    (5) Arsenal – House Baratheon: Consistently making a claim for the throne without ever managing to quite pull it off, despite seeming to be in the perfect position.

    My Response :

    I like the way that JM has summarised the League club characteristics by referencing them to traits discussed in the novel the Game of Thrones, but I find it difficult to accept that Leics [§2] were ever seen as weak – they were just a surprise package that caught every other club cold.

    Tottenham could well be thought of a a bunch of brain dead white zombies [§3] and that has been the case for many years, and now they show signs of overpowering the good guys.

    The attributes of Houses Lanister and Baratheon [§§4 -5] being alluded to as characteristically identical to those of Citeh and Arsenal are fairly sweeping but makes a certain sense ……

    Conclusion :

    So, there is a text, and in discussing or referring back to parts of it, the section symbol ‘§’ makes it easy to go back and find and read the points being discussed, rather than leaving it to the reader to wade thru and find it for themselves.

    Capiche? 😀

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning fine fellow Gooners 🙂

    Yeah disappointing result but chapeau to Palace for defending so well and getting a goal. Pardew does this time and again with his teams and I respect it. I reckon we were too eager and lacked a bit of composure to create the real bread and butter chances. We scored ten goals in the last four games but we also leaked four in the last two games, hence just two points from those last two. Still that is 8 out of 12 points which includes visits to the Toffees and happy Hammers: not bad during any other time of the season but below par given our ‘situation’. Is it reason for despair though… No. West Brom are up next and let’s give them a spanking.

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Ho capito. Grazie

  19. Big Raddy says:

    TA. That’s the Arsenal Spirit. Look at the positives from Saturday and forward to the next match.

    10 goals in 4 matches is good – 12 would have been better 🙂

  20. I’m happy to put up these stats after each game to give us a platform to discuss the match. If anyone has any suggestions for anything that could be added (heat maps etc) or changed then let me know.

  21. JM says:


    Johan Cruyff – Emperor

    Thierry Henry – King

    Xabi Alonso – Legend

    Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez – Striker

    Theo Walcott – Mascot

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Ha BR, three goals in every game would be bliss, with a nice season total of 114. 🙂

  23. First Sampan says:

    The 4th-Place Throne is the only real trophy that we will be fighting for…with the Houses Lannister (both), House Tyrell and House Targaryen…however, only 5 battles left…..The Night Watch would have to continue watching at night…there is no daylight for them…

  24. Jeremy O Dwyer says:

    Only watched 5 minute highlights of the Leicester West Ham and in all honesty that game should lead to a real in depth analysis on both the diving culture and the amount of holding and shirt pulling that goes on, especially at corners.

    I don’t like agreeing with Shearer (shudder…) but if they’re going to start actually calling fouls for holding then announce it before the season starts and take a zero tolerance approach from there.
    Deciding to punish a team with just a handful of games to go in the season, when it’s been allowed all year, in a game that could decide the title, is an example of how the laws need to be updated to deal with the modern game, or at least, applied consistently.

  25. goonermichael says:

    We are the gift that keeps giving for sports hacks and fans of other clubs. I disagree with someone earlier who said get rid of Monreal. I think he’s good enough. I’d rather not see Walcott in an Arsenal shirt again. He is useless. Hope you are all well. We are once again in a fight for top four. That seems to be our limit nowadays.

  26. goonermichael says:

    I watched the whole Leicester game. The ref was terrible. Leicester are nothing special and I think they will get battered in the champions league. Their game is very simple though and they all seem to stick with the plan. They’ve had 11 penalties this season.

  27. Bvumai says:

    You know what ,i suffer from the love of this team but my expectations keep on tumbling to the hard surface.
    I am off on leave from watching Arsenal remaining games until i see consistence from the guys.
    I am resigned to believe we belong to number four for the forseable future until i dont know.

  28. wally says:

    Same old, same old, so what. The faces on the field change the results don’t.

  29. chas says:

  30. oz gunner says:

    I definitely disagree with those that want monreal gone. He’d be top 5 in our team of the season this year. Adds diversity too much with his ability to play CB. Gibbs will be gone before him so I doubt we will buy 2 LB’s in the one window.

    Also no one can debate my points as I was correct about coquelin, therefore giving me posting immunity!

  31. MickyDidIt89 says:


    It’s quite funny that while everything is falling apart, anyone would be concerned on any level about our best left back 🙂

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sure, we’re heading for 5th, but have you seen the sheer quantity of chewing gum spitouts in Row 7, Block 96?

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Conversion rate 9%

    Don’t know about you, but I’m praying for a Goal Keeper, a Left Back and a midget of a Left Half this summer

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sarcy? I know.

  35. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the statpost FGG 🙂

    Like most, I really don’t know what to say anymore.

    The opening paragraphs of today’s article on the usually positive ACLF sum it all up for me …..

  36. RA says:

    The intelligent and balanced Posts written by Yogi are a delight, but today’s are full of melancholy and apathy.

    The second paragraph (?) using Theo’s play as a microcosm of Arsenal’s season as a whole made me chuckle.

    I hope my friend GoonerB doesn’t read it. 😀

    To be candid, I have lost the enthusiasm for Arsenal’s games myself – I am hurt because even the most analytical review of our inability to close the deal, when every year we are in with a shout, still makes matters inexplicable.

    What I do know is that;
    — Arsene does care – he wants to win trophies;
    — the players do care – they want to be the proud possessors of a trophy or two, or three;
    — the fans all care – they want to vociferously support their team scooping trophies.

    However, I am not sure that Kroenke and Co, who do not seem to be footballing people, care a fig, and are content to leave Wenger to carry the can for failure.

    If Kroenke and Co did care;

    — they would have to question Arsene as to why success is proving so elusive.
    — they would have to question the suitability – the quality, if you like – of the players we have available and how/why they were recruited
    — they would want to engage with the fans about their wants and needs, and not hide in the US, or behind a veil of silence at the Emirates.

    have I missed anything?

  37. Big Raddy says:

    It usually takes about 24 hours for me to find my Arsenal equilibrium.

    We are 4 games unbeaten.


  38. Big Raddy says:

    RA. 5.08 Agree

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:


    The Kroenke debate is an interesting one.
    In many respects, he’s the ideal owner. Doesn’t interfere and let’s those that work at his club do their jobs. Doesn’t take anything out of the club, and leaves large pots of cash floating about for the manager to spend.

    I suppose one could argue that he sends out bad signals, thus giving the impression winning isn’t paramount.

  40. MickyDidIt89 says:

    It’s always about balance and harmony for your sort, isn’t it Erik 🙂

  41. RA says:


    If you were the owner you would take responsibility – if necessary you would kick ass – doing an ‘ostrich’ is not a viable option. 😀

    Leave Erik alone — he has 10 ex-wives to support – so balance and harmony are not his strong points!! 🙂

  42. MickyDidIt89 says:

    True RA, I would, and the sausages would be history

    I agree, it is his job to set the tone of the club so to speak

    Who hires/fires the manager. Stan or Ivan?

  43. RA says:


    Kroenke could sack both — why should Gazidis get a pass? 🙂

  44. Thank you Ginge

    Sod the critics. We all have a tendency to view Arsenal in isolation without taking account the envoirement in which they operate

    Been top four is not enough? Okay, we all want to be the best, I get that, but let’s look at some Rafa Benetiz facts.

    We whinge and moan because we have an unrealistic level of expectancy born out through arrogance, delusion, and a need to blame.

    Chelsea, Liverpool, Utd, are below us. We are level with City on points, so they must be crap to? A lot of fans think they have the answers, why don’t Wenger do this or do that?

    Funny enough there are 20 other sets of fans in the premier league spouting similar stuff about there respective clubs based on there own expentencies and wants. There are also 20 other managers and Boards in fierce competition scrapping for every point

    Go and watch some games live these days and see. The game is breathless, every team is super fit, organised, and even the bottom six have players of top quality.

    I feel sorry for Arsene but he’s long enough in the game to understand human reaction and the emotional power which drives supporters perceived failure of there football club.

    Maybe Arsenes time is up? I am a great believer in the adage right man, right time, right place. It could be that Arsenes attacking philosophy and choice of personnel is no longer suited to the current envoirement?

    I am not sure of the answers to the above, and no one else is either. However, I have my own preference for possible replacement and change in style, but that can wait.

    For the short term, Arsene is our manager and should be at the helm for next season. It would be fantastic if he could take the side up one more level and win the title. A fitting tribute to a man who has given the best part of his professional life to a club he has come to love as much as us.

    Right ime off back to my dating site. If I can procure female responses in the top 20%, equivalent of top four, I will be delighted. If not, I can always revert to been Troy Johnson, a good looking black fella who’s picture I nicked from an Argos catalogue. Been him, I will probably win the Champions League and purchase a home made gym for the bargain price of £199.99.

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Nice try Transplant

    But all those team you mention sack their managers, so let’s find another angle 🙂

  46. maple says:

    Leicester’s achievement just highlight how inept Arsenal are

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Don’t go. I’ll play you a tune on my viola. Hang on, back in a mo

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just popping some rosin on me bow.

    Ok, here we go

  49. Big Raddy says:

    I can give him a quick rendition of Streets of London

  50. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ha ha
    Like, sing a song for sniffer
    Something to do

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Come on Stoke you pathetic herd of orcs

    Ok, bath time.

  52. LB says:

    BR, there is something in drafts should you need, it’s one of my high horse numbers.

  53. Gööner In Exile says:

    Can’t really disagree with any of that FGG.

    The stats Chas put up about chances taken is horrendous. 9%?

    So quick check on Ollies stats 4 goals from 56 shots at home, away 8 from 31.

    Is that just about the way teams line up against us and that invariably at home we face more congested areas?

    I personally think the players should be asked serious questions of…..especially the experienced ones. And I’ve thought that ever since the ManUre game away, how a team of professionals who at that point had a very real chance of winning the league could not find the spirit to put up a decent display is totally beyond me.

  54. wally says:

    Terry, all true and so what.
    I’ve grown tired of watching this team throw away games like the last two. Any team can do that. And that’s what we are just another team, although ours has a bigger payroll and more ‘stars’.
    I look down the road and our neighbours are going past us. They’re on the up and we aren’t. Arguably they’ve got a manager who’s getting more out his team than we are with our legend. That’s what worries me, when i care enough to worry any more.
    Fourth is not a trophy.

  55. wally says:

    Pochettino has created a team spirit that i don’t see in our boys.

  56. Leave it out Wally. Bringing the Totnumb situation into the debate?

    You were moaning last season when Wengers Arsenal finished above Totnumb and now your moaning when there about to finish above us

    Wengers finished above them near on 20 years in a row but his critics discarded this achievement, now it looks the other way, they use it as a stick to beat him

    As I said, inflated expectations, delusion, and a need to blame

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Agree Transplant

    The Totnum situation is irrelevant.

    And good morning

  58. chas says:

    Arsenal’s season in one gif.

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Why won’t your gifs work for me?

  60. RA says:

    Terry @ 11:20

    Spot on!

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

  62. Karim says:


    It must be so gauling to have egg on your face every season

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You want another tune don’t you? 🙂

  64. chas says:

    Micky are you on internet explorer?

    Check to be sure IE has “Play Animations” selected. InternetOptions>Advanced. Scroll down to the “MultiMedia” section.
    Tick Play Animations.

  65. chas says:

    Micky loves Gauling.
    In fact he likes all the French.

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    It is ticked. Wird really, as I’ve enjoyed years of your moving animations, and only stopped when the healthy looking red head appeared the other day

  67. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Do we keep Sniffer in all his guises or bin the sad fool?

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Keep. He makes me fell good about myself 🙂

  69. chas says:

    Just imagine waking up and your first thought is, ‘I’ll go and be a right dick in a place where everyone thinks I’m a retard’.

  70. chas says:

    Hang on – I’ve just described my blogging life. Whoops.

  71. chas says:

    In case others are experiencing the same problem, to enable animated gifs with Zone Alarm do this:

    – Click on privacy
    – Select Main tab
    – Custom settings for ad blocker
    – In “Ads to Block”, deselect Animations

  72. chas says:

    Give us a question, sniffer.

  73. chas says:

  74. chas says:

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    school run for me now

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Without meaning to be rude, are you a Trans?

  77. Big Raddy says:

    chas. 7,48. Both superb

  78. kelsey says:

    Morning all

    No I am not going to comment as I have other things on my mind 😉

  79. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Hope all is well or at least better than awful 😀

  80. kelsey says:

    Do I say thank you Chas 🙂 Not sure.

    Oh yes Raddy definitely better than awful but occasionally suiocidal.Can that lot really go one and win the title. One more draw or loss at home and it’s goodbye AW

  81. chas says:

    A little perspective on St Totteringham’s Day.
    It’s only because of the last 20 years that it exists.
    It was first introduced by Arsenal supporters in 2002.
    Yep, the spuds have been better than us this season – the table doesn’t lie.

  82. chas says:

    Are you putting up LB’s post?
    I can only do it in the next 10 minutes.

  83. chas says:

    I saw that you linked to one of yesterday’s appalling creations on twitter. 🙂

    Do you really think Wenger will go before his contract expires?
    He must have the hide of a rhino.

  84. chas says:


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