Swansea hoodoo broken

Yesterday’s game had everything: excitement, drama and sex, yes sex, the third goal from Mesut was sex. One of the best games, excitement wise, I have seen at THOF in a while.

Here are some player ratings……….

Cech: will you stop hoofing the ball up field, almost always we lose possession, just roll it out, simples. 6

Bellerin: Hector can do no wrong. 8

Mustafi: Everyone’s favourite new player looks more and more like a bargain after every game he plays. 8

Koscielny: Captain Fantastic. 8

Monreal: OK, but got roasted a few too many times in the second half and was responsible for Swansea’s second goal. 5

Xhaka: did start off quietly commanding but he gave the ball away badly for Swansea’s first goal and it should be noted that that is the second time that he has done that. The red card should have been a yellow, just rugby tackle him if you want to make sure the player doesn’t go any further. 5

Cazorla: passing was a bit off today, not the best game but with his smile how can you not love him. 6

Ozil: this man is getting near to being the best player we have ever had, his winner was worthy of the great Dutchman himself; one of the great Arsenal goals of all time. 9

Iwobi: it is impressive that someone so young can hold his own in the ball control stakes with Ozil and Sanchez, in many ways he looks more comfortable playing with those two than Walcott does but the hyperbole has advanced quicker than the reality of where Alex is in his career. I am not suggesting that there isn’t an awful lot more to come from the player but right now Welbeck would and should walk straight back into that team. With maturity you get a confident selfishness as a striker, a determination and a self belief that you can always score. Welbeck has this Iwobi hasn’t — yet.

Sanchez: passing astray, trying too hard and then he crosses the ball for Ozil to score our third with such accuracy I wonder why I even bother thinking about a negative side at all. 7

Walcott: New Theo and Old Theo were on display today, New Theo scored two vital goals, Old Theo missed two sitters. 7

Good subs by the way, the Ox was impressive.

Written by LB

142 Responses to Swansea hoodoo broken

  1. Psssst LB you forgot Iwobi 😉

  2. fred1266 says:

    Think theo still deserve a 10

  3. LB says:

    If he had taken his chances Fred I would have given him a 10

  4. fred1266 says:

    Because he was way before than anyone else

  5. LB says:

    Still need to put the chances away when they present themselves though Fred — and he didn’t.

  6. Red Arnie says:

    Nice one, LB. Two minor grumbles, though.

    I would give Cech a 7. He had a busy day. OK, Swansea were rubbish in front of goal. But still Cech could not allow any spillage, liquid or otherwise. By being secure he saved us 2 points.

    Iwobi. Now where should one start? We often lament about the youth project, yet in any other team in the EPL, or even more so, any other team in Europe, he would be talked up as the next Messi. But we are different, we are Gooners, a bunch of grumpy all-sorts. That wriggling run into the box, throwing 5 opposition defenders out of teh way, will stay in my memory for a long time. Just for that reason alone, he deserves a 8. IMO.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Big Raddy says:

    The ratings reflect my opinion. The game was so exciting.

    Were the fans in the ground noisy or silent with tension?

  8. Red Arnie says:

    Are we appealing the red card?

  9. Rasp says:

    Thanks LB – you always give us something to chew on 🙂

    Like Arnie, I thought Iwobi was worth at least a 7. Some of the stuff he did yesterday was Bergkampesque.

    It was a good win. We’re getting the points by late goals, good fortune and sometimes by the smallest of margins – like champions do???

  10. Rasp says:

    I wouldn’t appeal it Arnie. Arsene described it as a dark yellow. Probably 3 out of 4 refs would have given a yellow, but he made no attempt to get the ball – it was really stupid, I hope he learns from it.

  11. Rasp says:

    Raddy, the fans in the ground were positive and vociferous. The whole ground sang ‘We’ve got Ozil’ for a long time after he scored but more importantly kept singing when we were under pressure at the end in an attempt to lift the players.

  12. Red Arnie says:

    Agreed, Rasp. “like champions do???” Pleasant thoughts. chuckle. 🙂

  13. Eddie says:

    vociferous 🙂

    thanks LB, very accurate ratings. Ozil better than God, nay, I don’t think so. I said a while back that Ozil-Sanchez is the best we have had since DB10 and TH14, but not as good, no way.

    otherwise I agree with every word, thanks!

  14. Rasp says:

    OK, maybe enthusiastic would have been a better word 🙂

  15. Red Arnie says:

    Arsene was right, IMO, to use the “virus” jibe to try and energise home support.

  16. Eddie says:

    oh no, vociferous goes very well with footy culture 🙂

  17. Rasp says:

    Eddie, I sat in a different area to my usual seat diametrically opposite the away fans. The singing was much louder and pretty much everyone joined in We had the north bank contingent to our left so that made a big difference. There was only one constant moaner – who unfortunately was sitting right in front of me.

  18. I agree on Iwobi, think he will be a great player but at such a young age it is only natural that he may drift in and out of games. Looking forward to see how he develops.

    I have a feeling that Ramsey might end up leaving Arsenal in the next few years.


  19. Eddie says:

    was it Peaches?

    funny how a perspective can change depending on where you are sitting. The worst I experienced at the Ems were I think Japanese tourists. They had NO interest in the game whatsoever. They kept getting up to take photos, were cheering for the opposition, fooking nuisance they were.

  20. Rasp says:

    No Eddie, peaches is always positive, just some bloke who was a real ‘ex-spirt’ 🙂

  21. Rasp says:

    Yes Eddie, and you’re always being asked to take a picture of them posing in front of the pitch etc … liberty!! 🙂

  22. chas says:

    Thanks for the ratings, LB.

    It was a strange game all round.

    It was pretty even in terms of chances (admittedly some of that was down to the referee’s pathetic decision to start making up his own rules), but Swansea did play some good football even before we were down to 10.
    We also had some of our best chances playing on the break when the Ox came on.

    Our first two goals were a touch spawny, though Theo did well to muscle in front of the Swans defender when he miscontrolled for the first.
    Our second came off Sigurdsson’s heel straight to Theo, so at least something went wrong for the ex-spud.

    Mesut’s goal was worth the entrance money alone.

    The Swans’ winger, Barrow, was far and away their best player,
    Monreal was skinned by him early on and then proceeded to back off continually allowing the winger to cross without having to beat the full back.
    Xhaka left as emergency full back in the sending off incident may have inadvertently won us the game as Barrow, apparently, went off later through injury which was also a factor in us holding on to the points.

    Great three points.

  23. chas says:

    I’m not sure we can credit anyone with an assist for either of Theo’s goals.

    The Bellerin header across the goal for the Theo’s first is a possible, as putting the ball into the danger zone flustered the Swans’ defender enough to miscontrol.

    The last Arsenal player to touch the ball before Theo for his second was Santi for the corner. Maybe give it to Sigurdsson. 🙂

    What does everyone think?

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    I agree with LB’s rating of Monreal, he has an awful habit of getting dragged into the middle and leaving a large pasture for opposing wingers/fullbacks go grazing. It’s always a bone of contention for me as it is a regular occurrence and one which can easily be exploited by opposing managers. AW often brings on Gibbs in the event of close games to buoy up the defence in front of Monreal.

  25. LB says:


    Your 4.37 captures the mood well, it hadn’t crossed my mind that Xhaka could have saved us the game, Barrow was as you say by far the best player on the pitch and it certainly looked as though he was going to go on and make things happen for Swansea.

    Still, as yo also say that was a good three points.

  26. LB says:

    Thing is though it usually works bringing Gibbs on. That’s not to suggest that you are saying anything else but I often find myself surprised at the effectiveness of the pairing.

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers LB. appreciate you see the game better when actually there. From an armchair view, I thought Mustafi was poor in terms of reading the game and clearances/interceptions, and Koz was left scratching his head on more than a few occasions. So no more than a six for me.

    I also thought Theo was superb and how he feasts of the space Alexis and co produce for him. I like attackers to be there at the right time and place and Theo was this time and again and from start till finish. He took all his chances with conviction and was a wee bit unlucky not to score more, but scoring a brace is pretty impressive anyway. So at least a nine from me.

  28. chas says:

    Maybe it was the simplicity of the Swansea 2nd goal that disturbed the whole set-up.


    Immediately it went in, Le Coq came on for Iwobi (to shore things up presumably) but the team pressed forward in an attempt to restore the two-goal advantage as quickly as possible. Two minutes later we end up with Coquelin in front of the ball, Xhaka at emergency left back against flippin Barrow on the break.


    Kostafi (or Muscielny) were back and Bellerin capable of catching anyone on our right flank, so Xhaka thinks, hmm, better take a yellow for the team (as is so often requested by Arsenal fans everywhere i.e. bring them opposition down early when they break, as other teams always seem to do to us).

  29. chas says:

    So, 6 wins on the bounce.
    Those bemoaning the fact that we were 5 points behind City, United and the chavs after 2 games, must be feeling slightly happier maybe? 🙂

  30. chas says:

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    I agree LB the pairing is effective, but my concern is the amount of space that Monreal leaves open therefore continually leaving us exposed.

    I wish I knew where to go to find the details of the area where the assists for our goals against came from?

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas, re your 6:55 – you can never please some people, personally I always look on the bright side of life.

    There’s a song by Eric Idle there somewhere.

  33. chas says:

    Do you mean this season, GN5?

    If so, we have conceded 9, go back through the Arsenalist highlights and take a look. 🙂

  34. Didit says:

    Thank you LB

    Some great ringside observations. I enjoyed the game so much I got a little lost and missed some of the subtleties you highlight.

    Some games of football last about 90 minutes
    Some seem to last for hours
    Yesterday’s lasted about 10 minutes

  35. LB says:

    I think we are all saying the same thing. Barrow was doing a bit too well for comfort; he was roasting Monreal on what seemed like a regular basis before inevitably finding a team mate in the box who slotted home for their second, as you say simple stuff.

    Wenger responded by sending on Gibbs and the whole problem seemed to stop, although, it did help that Xhaka’s Kung Fu kick did seem to do some lasting damage and Barrow had to go off.

    Must admit I do like the idea that Xhaka could have won us the game.

    I know things will probably change but right now I think we are looking very Leicesteresque of last season, we are winning lucky and long may it last.

  36. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas I know all of the top level statistics but I was curios as to where our goals against originate like – from the right, the center or the left – as Monreal leaves so much space of our left.

    But you are right I could review our game replays.

  37. Eddie says:

    chas – think about where we would be now had we not lost those 5 points!!

    LB – we might be a bit lucky of late, but we are miles better than Leicester were last season. We actually play some mesmerizing football, something you could never accuse the Foxes of.

    what Kung Fu kick??

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve got the Fever Pitch video with Colin Firth sitting on my desk, I’ve seen it several times already but I’m going to watch it again this evening – it always warms the cockles of my heart.

  39. chas says:

    Aye, we’d have 24 points if we won every game.
    I give up.

  40. Didit says:

    What may be interesting to analyse is not only where do the oppo goals come from, but also who was the defensive mid at the time

    I’m trying to be footbally 🙂

  41. chas says:

    That’s all 9 conceded. 🙂

  42. Didit says:

    An hour or so ago, I was standing in front of my bonfire, and decided I’d have a week on AA of only talking sensibly about football

    Here I am, and all I really want to do is ask LB about the incredible bike race I watched this afternoon. Settled onto a sofa for a kip and watched glued for the whole amazing thing

  43. chas says:


    Giroud was DM for 7 out of the 9. 🙂

  44. chas says:

    Please don’t have a week of talking sensibly about football.

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    A new super market opened near my house and it has very novel ideas.

    It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. When you approach it you hear the sound of

  46. Didit says:

    Chas 🙂
    That’ll be why the games have been so fantastic then. Ollie for DM forever, I say 🙂

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops I clicked on post too soon…………..

  48. Didit says:

    Trouble is Chas, and it’s a sad fact, the quality of chit chat goes up when I’m not around

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    It usually stops when I’m around Micky.

  50. Didit says:

    We should do magic. You know, like make stuff disappear 🙂

  51. GunnerN5 says:

    Grandpa and Grandma were staying overnight with their son and
    Grandpa found a bottle of Viagra pills in the night table drawer so he asked his son about them. His son said they are very strong and very expensive each one costing $10.00.

    The next evening the son found $110.00 on his night table and called his Dad to remind him that they only cost $10.00 each.

    His father responded and said –

    “Yes I know, the $10.00 is for the pill and the $100.00 is a tip from Grandma”.

  52. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ll have to think of some magic jokes.

  53. GunnerN5 says:

    How do you get a professional magician off your doorstep?

    Pay for the pizza…

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    What is the difference between a magician and a woodpecker?

    One is extremely annoying, loud, and nearly impossible to get rid of. The other one is a bird.

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    A magician was on a cruise ship performing well but the captain had this extremely annoying bird that seemed to know how he did all the tricks during the show.

    It would squawk out “it went up your sleeve it went up your sleeve” or ” she under the box she under the box” this went on night after night.

    On the 2nd week out the boilers in the old ship blew and it started to sink so they all had to abandon ship. The magician was floating on a raft when suddenly the captain’s parrot flew up and sat on the end of the raft – it just starred at him for a long time and finally the bird said –

    “I give up how did you make the ship vanish?”

  56. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops the magician seems to have made everyone disappear.

    😦 😦 😦

  57. Didit says:

    I’m watching telly. BBC2 about mountains in California
    Nite all

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas I just watched your replays – thank you for taking the time to find and post them – I really appreciate the effort you made.

    A quick analysis shows that 3 of our 9 goals against were scored from simple crosses from the left of our defense, so one third of our goals against could have and should have been avoided.

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m off to watch Fever Pitch – nite all (afternoon here).

  60. Aaron says:

    Chas- solid observations and always appreciate the videos.
    Xhaka took one for the team, maybe a strong pants pull or grabbing an ankle while falling on the guy. He was already past and made the correct decision. Crappy red, and just think back to Eduardo and Ramsey if you want to know what a proper Red should look like. Think sometimes Refs have been duped to believe the diving tools are actually hurt.
    Hope it is a 1 game ban as you cannot seriously consider it to as harsh as the rulebook states.
    Many thought the season was over when we fell back after the Liverpool loss, but just take a look at the D who we started the game with, not like that anymore.
    Exciting times we live in, not taking into account Russia having a hard on for the US.
    Onward and upward!

  61. chas says:

    Possibly the best dribble we’ve had at the Emirates stadium.
    I seem to remember a Santi one, but it might have been away from home.

  62. Didit says:

    Sorry, rushing this am. On school run, then some work shit

  63. chas says:

  64. Eddie says:

    Liam Brady had no friends. Noone to tell him 1.not to wear pink, it’s for girls, 2. get a dog, cats are for girls, 3. flowery designs are for girls

  65. chas says:

    This is what I was thinking of.
    A little celebration dance thrown in for free. 🙂

  66. Eddie says:

    big game tonight – Mourinho under fire travelling to pool. I think I would only want Mourinho’s team to win if that would guarantee us first spot
    Come on you Scoucers!!!!

  67. chas says:

    Maybe, being the most talented footballer of his generation, Liam didn’t give a toss what anyone else thought.

  68. Eddie says:

    “the most talented footballer of his generation” ??

  69. LB says:

    I love the Santi dance.

  70. LB says:

    “Most talented player of his generation”…………by some effing distance.

    Do note the initials I use.

  71. Eddie says:

    oh, i do apologise
    Brady looks amazing in pink
    The flowery textiles are amazing
    The Siamese cat is coolest cat alive

    there, happy now?

  72. Eddie says:

    there is just small matter of Cruyff and Maradonna, otherwise even Brady’s hairstyle would be the dog’s bollix

    can someone argue with me please?!

  73. chas mobile says:

    Don’t get shirty. 😆

    Everybody had soft furnishings and wallpaper of similar appalling taste in the 70s in the UK.

  74. chas mobile says:

    Cruyff was shit and Maradona later.

  75. Eddie says:

    I think it was a garden swinging sofa Brady posed on. must have been very proud of it 🙂

    I was behind the iron curtain when Brady was playing for Arsenal. I never heard of him before then. But I have heard plenty about Cruyff and Maradonna who is only 4 years younger than Brady

  76. GunnerN5 says:

    If my body was a car, I’d trade it in for a newer model.

    Cause every time I cough or sneeze my current model’s radiator leaks and my exhaust backfires.

  77. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve been in love with the same woman for 50 years, but I don’t have the courage to tell my wife.

  78. chas says:

  79. GoonerB says:

    Thanks for the report LB. Haven’t even seen it on MOTD yet due to general interfering business, so I am going by what others have said. Sounds like it was exciting although I would like to see us start winning more often with more than a 1 goal advantage. Those games where we have at least a 2 goal cushion and cruise to the end without much pressure and no nail biting.

    Interesting that many pointed out Monreal’s frailties in this game with some indication that it may extend beyond this game. I think it was RC78 who said he thought Monreal was a slight weak link and we needed an upgrade but the majority didn’t feel this was a valid point. Could he have been right all along or was this just a bad day at the office?

    Chas, interesting stats and I liked the article on the finishing. I have always been more for a striker that gets into goal scoring positions frequently and always think that with an extended run said player will improve their finishing efficiency.

    I often said last year that Theo latches onto difficult chances (that others wouldn’t) due to his pace, movement and positioning but if he doesn’t get off the right shot on target we do need to give him some leeway for actually getting into as many goal-scoring positions in the first place.

  80. Didit says:

    I know, I know, a foul tempered draw with lots of red cards is what we want tonight, but, a Utd loss would be more fun

    Wouldn’t it?

  81. Didit says:

    I’m going to interpret some Chas graphics

    The 12:18 means we intentionally compress the game on the left because our tricksters don’t care about tight spaces while at the same time we create the widest open space for our speedsters on the right aka Theo and Bell

    The 12:19 Dunno. Don’t care.

    The 12:20 What’s the difference between a big circle shot and a tiny one?

  82. chas mobile says:

    The size of the circle represents the quality of the chance. Proximity and angle to the goal are key.

    12.19 is a linear representation over the 90 minutes of the chances (hence expected goals) during the game. Each leap up in the line is a chance. Big leaps = big chances.

    12.20 is the same info but in one end of the game graphic.

    The earlier pass map shows average player positions and the line thicknesses represent number of passes between two players. I.e. Kos rarely passed to Xhaka.

    This stuff may be worthless to some but it is being used by people like AW.

    The article at 12.17 tries to illustrate how much rubbish is spouted by the so-called pundits. The section on Theo’s left footed chance particularly interesting.

  83. Didit says:

    “This stuff may be worthless to some but it is being used by people like AW”

    Let’s be honest, he has very little else to do with his time. Keeps telling us it’s a 24/7 job. Yeah right. The players have buggered off by lunch.

  84. chas mobile says:

    You’re right, Micky, his job ends at 1pm every day.
    Before he had this stuff to look at, he used to sleep both in the afternoons and evenings.

    If you genuinely believe that, you’re madder than I thought. 🎠

  85. Red Arnie says:

    come on Scoucers! wipe the smile out of the scum’s face! 🙂

  86. GunnerN5 says:

    Not a good day, I’m laying in a hospital bed!

    I went horse riding this morning and I was really having a great time until the horse started to gallop faster, initially I was in charge but the horse kept gong faster. Well to cut a long sad story short, I fell off and caught my foot in the stirrup and the horse dragged me along and that’s how I ended up in here.

    The doctor said that I was very lucky that the manager of Toy’s are Us came out and unplugged the machine when he did – Got ya!!!

  87. GoonerB says:

    Sorry to hear that GN5…speedy recovery…lucky that fella was there. Are you in the same riding school?

  88. Eddie says:

    GB? are you all right?

    Arnie- what the heck got into you? who is ‘scum’ now?

  89. GunnerN5 says:

    A little bit of London trivia.

    On this day Oct. 17, 1091 a great storm struck London. It was Britain’s earliest recorded tornado. The wooden London Bridge was demolished – it is this event that historian’s believe was behind the song “London Bridge is Falling Down”

  90. Didit says:


    What a load of rubbish. Oc 17, 1091 was a cracker of a day. Wall to wall sunshine and not a breath of wind.

    Blimey, some people will believe anything!

  91. Red Arnie says:

    GN5. oh dear! wish you speedy recovery.

    Evonne. Maureen.

  92. fred1266 says:

    Lol GN5. Your a lucky boy

  93. GunnerN5 says:

    All read the last two words of my 7:23 carefully?

  94. VP of Oz says:

    All the best GN5, hopefully a speedy recovery from all those bad jokes, they can really hurt, especially the magician ones.

  95. LB says:

    Well that is 90 minutes of my life I will never get back. What a dull load of nonsense.

  96. Red Arnie says:

    agreed, LB, in my case 80 mins.

  97. VP of Oz says:

    What do you call a dog magician?
    A Labracadabrador.

  98. GunnerN5 says:

    Nice one VP 🙂 🙂 🙂

  99. Didit says:

    0-0 eh. Bad tempered?
    Started to watch, but bad connection put an end to that.

  100. chas mobile says:

    Maureen looked a bit livid a couple of times.
    Didn’t watch the 2nd half. At least it sounded like there were maybe one or two efforts on goal after the break.

  101. Didit says:

    The result would suggest Maureen is back to killing games

    Not for the purist, that’s for sure. Oh, and I hear he now has his team warming up in hotel car parks ROLF

  102. chas says:

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  105. chas says:

    Highlights from Anfield…..

  106. Eddie says:

    that’s my Lilly LaLa, trying to distract the players 🙂

  107. Eddie says:

    no, I cannot find anything to diss about this photo.

  108. GoonerB says:

    I was staring at that photo for 10 minutes before I realised Michael Caine was in it. I wonder how GN5 is today, I hope he is better.

  109. Eddie says:

    GB – are you serious? It was a joke!! ToysRus electric horse!!!

  110. GoonerB says:

    I am deadly serious Eddie. My family are into horses and horse riding accidents are no joke, no matter how much GN5 stoically tries to make light of it.

    The only thing I would recommend to GN5 is that in the future make sure there are Hamley’s employees around when he next rides a horse. They are much quicker to avert the danger in a time of crisis and you are far less likely to end up in hospital.

    Once again speedy recovery GN5.

  111. Red Arnie says:

    Yes, GN5 pulled a fast one, and most of us fell for it!

  112. GunnerN5 says:

    Sorry guy’s I won’t do that again…………….Thanks for being such good sports – I really enjoyed the responses from VP of OZ and GB.

  113. GunnerN5 says:

    To make amends I’ll share this bit of wisdom with you all – everybody will be able to take advantage and use it one day.

    My secret talent is looking tired when I’ve done nothing…………..

  114. GunnerN5 says:

    The game last night was a disappointing draw – to everybody except Arsenal and Man C supporters who (should have) loved the final outcome.

  115. GoonerB says:

    Sorry GN5 / Eddie, I was in a mischievous mood yesterday and couldn’t help myself with my response to your joke just for the sheer hell of seeing who thought I was being serious. Just thought I would carry it on today a bit.

    Am a bit scared now of what Eddie (who I have a healthy fear of anyway) might do to me when she next runs into me at the Ems. A flurry of punches and a swift hard knee to the crown jewels for retribution, or as Terry calls it…foreplay.

  116. Gööner In Exile says:

    Here’s a bit of serious wisdom……anyone who ever said that like Mourinho at THOF please hang your head in shame. How there are plaudits for turning ManUre into a Maureen team is beyond me!!! Especially since when he came to the club he muttered some bollix about it taking a couple of seasons to rid themselves of LVG’s pragmatic style.

    While I’m here I’m going to moan about BBC punditry.

    1) Glossing over Xhaka’s red card, at least debate the point
    2) Shearer on MOTD “to me Theo hasn’t done enough yet to be praised, look here are his goal stats in the PL, only once in double figures”. Ignoring the fact that most seasons were 1 goal in 3 starts as I had a quick look at the screen that didn’t hang around long.
    3) Listening to commentary last night on Radio5, “Anthony Taylor being very sensible not made a booking yet, he’s had opportunity but Trying to keep players on pitch”. Maybe if he had set the tone with an early booking the fouls would have stopped instantly, instead our mediocre give Herrera man ofmatch when he made 3 fouls before getting his booking.

  117. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal first PL club to use ‘injury-reducing’ pitch

    Date published: Tuesday 18th October 2016 10:20
    Aaron Ramsey

    Arsenal have become the first Premier League club to install an ‘injury-reducing’ pitch at their training base.

    In a press release published by Paris-based firm Natural Grass, it was revealed that the Gunners have had the AirFibr technology installed at their London Colney training grounds.

    The technology had previously been in use for the past two years on the club’s goalkeeping areas, but Arsene Wenger has now taken the option of using it throughout their 58-hectare headquarters.

    Experts at Natural Grass claim that their turf ‘reduces the risk of injuries’ by up to 40%.

    According to the report –

    ‘The all-weather resistant turf is made of 100 per cent natural grass anchored in an artificial rootzone formed with sand, synthetic microfibers and granulated natural cork.’

    Arsenal became the first club to use the technology in the Premier League, but have been quickly followed by West Ham. Real Madrid and Lyon are also now client of Natural Grass, while the turf was used in many stadiums at Euro 2016.

    The Gunners currently have five players sidelined through injury, and have a reputation for picking up knocks and strains in training.

    Chuba Akpom, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck are all currently sidelined for the Premier League’s second-placed side, and it is hoped that the new turf will reduce the likelihood of further injuries.

  118. GunnerN5 says:

    A talking horse walks into a bar and approaches the manager. “Excuse me, good sir,” the horse says, “are you hiring?” The manager looks the horse up and down and says, “Sorry, pal. Why don’t you try the circus?” The horse nickers. “Why would the circus need a bartender?”

  119. Didit says:

    4:41 begs the question, which ground?
    I see some pale blue, and a running track. Mmmm

  120. chas says:

    Hmm, interesting Monsieur DidIt and exceedingly footbally. 🙂
    Have to be honest, I didn’t even look at the background.
    Too busy looking at the kit and wondering from the song titles whether Cousin Norman was one to be wary of.

    My first guess would have been Loftus Road but the track and sky blue livery would seem to make that incorrect.

  121. Didit says:

    I’ve googled old Maine Road, and that’s a no. Can’t think of any other club with pale blue

  122. Didit says:

    There really isn’t a single footbally topic that appeals apart from Arsenal match days

  123. Didit says:

    Ah ha, Coventry City??
    I go google

  124. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, with you all the way and good to read an insightful comment from you once more. 😀⚽️

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  128. chas says:

    I cheated and asked twitter.
    It is Stamford Bridge. 🙂

  129. chas says:

    Photo from the link in the tweet.

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