Let’s get this one over with as quick as we can and move onto Saturday

November. We usually struggle.

I could stop the post here and just re-blog it as the PM for every game in the month but that wouldn’t be very entertaining , would it?

As to tonight’s game, it is eminently winnable. We smashed the Bulgarians at home and should do so again tonight …. but we are The Arsenal and there is many a slip twixt cup and lip etc etc.


Our form is good though untested against decent opposition, our players are fit apart from a couple of centre forwards, our results are better away from home. What can go wrong?

Complacency; both from manager and players. They will expect to win, as we expect them to.

Ludogorets have earned the chance to play in the CL, having won the Bulgarian League and beaten among others, Red Star Belgrade in the qualifiers, they have also drawn with Basle so they are no pushovers. Less than 100% effort will result in a loss of important points.

Why are they important? You already know 😉 so I won’t waste your time.

My Team:


Jens   Mustafi     Kos     Gibbs

Elneny    Coq      Iwobi

Ox    Sanchez    Ozil

Should Xhaka start in place of Elneny or Le Coq? Not for me – he has to stay on the Naughty Step and learn that making stupid tackles like the one v Swansea is not the Arsenal Way.

The only other question mark is whether Arsene will rest players (see :complacency). He may choose  to play Ramsey and Giroud in order to rest Ozil and Sanchez, however AW has been clear about giving Ramsey time to bed into the team again, so I doubt he will start. Whereas the FFP has shown why he is important and that sometimes Alexis can be the Plan B.

Ludogorets ground has a capacity of just over 8,000 and is sold out. I expect to see the crowd fervent for the first half, less so in the second, followed by some heads down muttering  allowing our travelling few to be heard celebrating.

Let it be So.


142 Responses to Let’s get this one over with as quick as we can and move onto Saturday

  1. chas says:

    Excellent, BR.
    Bound to drag the punters in with the deliberate error in the title. 🙂

    I think we need to get an early goal to silence the baying Bulgar hordes. 🙂
    The capacity of their own stadium being 8,000 is amazing.
    The away section was full at the Emirates. Must have been 25 to 30 per cent of their total match-going following.

  2. Rasp says:

    Saturday is the new Sunday 🙂

    Thanks Raddy, not an easy game to get excited about with ‘the big one’ at the weekend.

    I’d play Xhaka tonight if he’s not planning to start with him against the totts.

    I’m not expecting an easy game this evening, I’d take a hard fought 0:1 with no injuries 🙂

  3. Mr.Esq. says:

    I thought the game had be re-located to the Bulgarian National Stadium – capacity near 40k ?

  4. chas says:

    Well done Mr.Esq. for spotting the other deliberate error. 🙂

  5. JM says:

    Giroud was with AW at the last press conference for this CL match. He shall start.

    Starting: Ospina, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Elneny, Coquelin, Ozil, Alexis, The Ox, Giroud.

    Bench: Cech, Gabriel, Holding, Ramsey, Xhaka, The Jeff/AMN, Iwobi.

  6. Eddie says:

    great title, great PM, thanks Raddy

    you could be right about Ludogorads not being pushovers. We have been stung in the past but completely unknown opponents. Especially they have their pride at stake while playing at home. Caution instead of complacency is key tonight. I think I will watch the first half, 3 goals up, should be safe to go to bed early 🙂

  7. mickydidit89 says:


    Love the order of events here “I expect to see the crowd fervent for the first half, less so in the second, followed by some heads down muttering”

    Great post, thank you.

    As for the team, I think the manager of totnum got some praise last term for alternating FB pairings, and keeping that bit fresh, so assuming AW will go Bell and Mon against Spurs, then I agree with Jenks and Gibbs.

    As for the rest, I reckon you’ll be bang on.

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    Interesting stuff from Mr Esq and JM

    I’d be happy for our Lumbersexual to start this one 🙂

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    I’d start Xhaka. He must keep his long range sights zero’d in, and he could get some useful shooting practice tonight.

  10. Eddie says:

    …dilemma – do I remain a loyal fan and watch Luds v AFC or do I see a better games instead? City v Barca sounds very appetizing

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Glad to see the headline changed and love the mistake. Cheers BR. 😀⚽️

  12. Eddie says:

    for Ant.
    today I had my new greenhouse delivered. To cut the long story short – the delivery driver had a Stoke tattoo on his calf, but I could not sent him back as his grandparents were Polish. Ended up chatting shit for 2 hours

    His take on Shawcross – wasn’t a nasty Roy Keane style tackle and if he didn’t brake Ramsey’s leg it would be just a yellow. But he fooking did brake Aaron’s leg!!!

    his take on Pullis – there was no footy in Stoke for almost 7 years; he hates old Tony

    his take on the current squad – nothing special

    his take on our squad – you are so lucky 🙂

  13. TotalArsenal says:

    We are a bit short on wingers with Theo, Perez and Welbeck not available. Theo will be back on Sunday to hold up two fingers and a circle to the Spuddies, but Ox and Iwobi looked knackered last Saturday; can they last two more games?

    Arsene may go 4-4-1-1 with Alexis in the hole and Ollie up front and Ozil, Rambo, Elneny and Xhakacan in midfield, and Gibbs and Jenkinson to provide extra width. Ludogorets strength is in midfield, so putting some extra power in ours would not be a bad idea.

    Love it when we play somewhere different as per the true spirit of club European footie. CoyGs ⚽️💣⚽️💣

  14. VP of Oz says:

    Off topic but…
    I just read that Frank De Boer has been sacked (over the phone) by Inter Milan after only 85 days.
    Wasn’t Frank one of the coaches being put forward to replace Wenger last season?
    In other news, just enjoyed a public holiday today as Almandin wins the Melbourne Cup.

  15. Ant says:

    What shall I call Eddie’s fake twitter account?

    Krazee Polish Gooner?

    Or In bed early?

    Or Burnley is in Scotland?

    Or Don’t mess with Eddie?

  16. Ant says:

    Classic stuff and almost made for her first tweet..

    “today I had my new greenhouse delivered. The delivery driver had a Stoke tattoo on his calf…… Ended up chatting shit for 2 hours”

  17. LB says:

    Just got back and saw the title, bit shocked as I was only joking but sort of glad that you did put it up there or I would have been the only one at the ground on Saturday, I honestly didn’t realise that it was on Sunday.

  18. LB says:

    My guess at tonight’s line up


    Niles-Maitland, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs

    ———Xhaka————— Elneny


    Ox, ———-Sanchez,———–Iwobi

  19. chas says:

    I like Niles-Maitland – makes me think of either a jazz saxophonist or a funky disco record producer. 🙂

  20. Eddie says:

    I hate double barrel names, so pretentious.

    ant – next tweet – I paid a lot of money for the bloody greenhouse and they delivered it with metal parts that need to be cut down to size!! 2 more hours wasted with the electric saw. Job done, frame assembled.

    time for rest before the game. I am beginning to warm up to this fixture now, could be interesting.

    Xhaka should play, naughty boy or not. He needs to be match fit for Sunday.

  21. LB says:

    Just realised that I got the names the wrong way round, it should have been.

    Maitland-Niles (Conservative) 54780 votes.

    For him to play tonight, that is.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Crap PM writer who doesn’t check his sources work 😀 😀

  23. chas says:

    Au contraire, Grand Raddoir.

  24. Eddie says:

    what the hell is that??

  25. Eddie says:

    bastard! “Lord Heseltine has insisted he did NOT strangle his mother’s beloved pet dog to death”

  26. Eddie says:

    looking good on Peaches’ cooking

  27. LB says:

    Who is the spud?

  28. Eddie says:

    a CB, raising star apparently. lovely young man, I will find it difficult to hate him

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m with Eddie on this one, the plate of food (!!!) does require some kind of explanation

  30. Eddie says:

    it is probably chas’s cooking and he proudly presented it to us fishing for compliments. Fat chance 🙂 🙂

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    I actually suspect Chas does an ace curry. Building everything from herbs and spices and shit like that

  32. LB says:

    Looks like a well balanced meal.

    Brown Rice
    Lean meat
    And Desert

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah, so you reckon the coloured shit is pudding

    I was going for small alien craft

  34. Big Raddy says:

    You have to admit a meal like that shows culinary imagination and snd some skill.

    Look at the range of colours, it is an artwork

  35. Rasp says:

    Evening all, can anyone tell me if our game is on telly tonight?

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    According to liveonlinefootie, they’re not showing the game
    Pleeeease not a dodgy stream

    Someone told me you can buy a clever box gadget that picks up all these games and prem games that are being screened in other countries

    Any ideas?

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    BT Sport 3
    Whatever that is

  38. Big Raddy says:

    It is on BT Sports 3. Let’s wait and see if LOLF have a stream. I hope so

  39. Ant says:

    It’s like a Ford Cortina Micky.

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    According to the google wot told be the telly prog., here’s their predicted side:

    Ospina; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Elneny, Xhaka; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi; Giroud

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    Yeah Ant, like I could hide that from Mrs Didit behind something 🙂

  42. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky, I pay for BT sport (too bloody much!!) so presumably I have BT Sport 3

  43. Big Raddy says:

    I always wanted a Cortina. Never had the money so I had an Escort. Crap car but I felt like Jack the Peanut driving it

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    I had an escort for a very short while. Absolutely superb machine 🙂

  45. Red Arnie says:

    nice one, Raddy. 🙂 chasing my tail, but hope to see the game tonight. COYG. 🙂

  46. chas says:

    I had an escort once

  47. chas says:

    well…twice, if I’m honest

  48. chas says:

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    ROLF the escort line 🙂

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    Love the team and wow does it show how deep our squad is

    Xhaka “shoooooooot”

  51. LB says:


    I did not expect that team.

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    Is Lucas injured?

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    No out and out goal threat on the bench

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    When Sanchez is on the ball in the area do you shout “scoooop”?

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s on LOLF Ch10

  56. TotalArsenal says:

    Along the lines of my 11.37 prediction. Ox and Iwobi rested. CoyGs!

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Interesting team. First time for the Ramset/Xhaka axis?

  58. Eddie says:

    I had an orangy red escort too 🙂 best car ever, even I knew where to put petrol, water and oil, brill

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Aaron out right with Coq Xhak axis

  60. Big Raddy says:

    I once owned a silver Escort Convertible 1.6 fuel injection.

    The shame of it …

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Bet you a puffin that Ramsey does not play wide right

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Of course he will. Dear Lord 🙄

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Ludo are a team of midgets. The FPP will have a field day

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    As for your car, my god you were sleazy 🙂

  65. Big Raddy says:

    A puffin, then

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    dwarves I think is the correct term

  67. Rasp says:

    My first car was a triumph herald. It was so rusty I could see the road through the holes in the floor – those were the days 😄

    Kicked off – CYRRG

  68. Eddie says:

    sleazy car 🙂 🙂

  69. Eddie says:

    not yours Rasp, Raddy’s

  70. Rasp says:

    Mine was pretty sleazy too Eddie 🙂

  71. Big Raddy says:

    True Eddie. But it was a babe magnet

  72. Eddie says:

    of course 🙂 pity I was never a babe or I would go with you for a ride 🙂

    oh ffs!!!!!!!

  73. Rasp says:

    Oops, that wasn’t in the script 😦

  74. Rasp says:

    Loads of time to get back into the game, we just mustn’t concede a second

  75. Eddie says:

    I want to die

  76. Rasp says:

    Oh dear me, when will we ever learn. The main thing to do after you concede early is to consolidate and take control of the game

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    I tell you who I blame
    The Facking Romans. That’s who.
    November should NOT exist

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Perfect timing that goal
    Let’s thrash the bastards now

  79. Eddie says:

    rasp – you get on that pitch and play! it’s easy sitting on the sofa giving a large one

  80. Eddie says:

    I think I said yesterday that I don’t care if we lose tonight. Liar.

  81. Rasp says:

    Bit extreme Eddie, there is plenty of time to turn this round

  82. Eddie says:

    I like extremes 🙂

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    he he he that was my fault, I screemed scoooop 🙂
    Well, LB’s fault

  84. Rasp says:

    There you go Eddie, Xhaka pulls one back

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    Gorgeous goal, gorgeous frenchie 🙂

  86. mickydidit89 says:

    loved the commentator
    “not world class defending here”

    Who the hell wants that 🙂

  87. mickydidit89 says:

    4 goals
    all to play for
    great half of entertainment

  88. Rasp says:

    And Giroud duly obliges🙂 2 all

  89. Big Raddy says:

    That was a strange half.

  90. Rasp says:

    Poor Gibbs has been turned inside out by their Brazilian

  91. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely goal from the FFP.

    Why are we looking so porous in defence with Ramsey, Xhaka and Coq in front of the back 4?

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Not sure if I owe a puffin

  93. mickydidit89 says:

    Lumbersexual 🙂

    You should owe a puffin but Aaron is not holding his position at all.
    When he did, in went a cross for Georgeous

  94. Eddie says:

    what was that about Sanchez facing jail for tax evasion while in Barca??!!

    I hope he has the same accountant and lawyer as Messi

  95. Big Raddy says:

    Ref’s a homer

  96. Big Raddy says:

    He is not only a homer, he is also a terrible referee.

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Iwobi and Ox for Aaron and Xhaka would be an excellent choice 🙂

  98. Big Raddy says:

    Got half of them.

    Have we had a shot this half?

  99. Eddie says:

    basel equalized

  100. mickydidit89 says:

    Basel equalizing. Another goal here would be massive

  101. Eddie says:


  102. mickydidit89 says:


  103. Eddie says:

    how fooking cool was that!!!! ey???

  104. Eddie says:

    that has to be goal of the season

  105. Rasp says:

    We’ve got Ozick, Mesut Ozil, I just don’t think you understand 🙂

  106. Big Raddy says:

    That was nice!!!!

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow what control superb

  108. Rasp says:

    Basel are down to 10 men 😦

  109. Rasp says:

    Typical, 1:2 PSG

  110. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. We will beat then at The Emirates.

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Boy, we’ll watch that goal some more

  112. Big Raddy says:

    We played well for perhaps 15 minutes of the game – it was enough.

    The referee kept stopping the game and had a poor performance.

    Gibbs had his worst game in a long time. Hope Monreal will return in time for the NLD.

    Magnificent Mesut

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    There were six non First XI’ers, and Mesut 🙂

  114. fatgingergooner says:

    Could get very excited about this Arsenal squad but don’t want to just yet with the tough games coming up.

  115. Ant says:

  116. Ant says:

  117. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’m up to about 20 watches so far….might have to go for a piggy to recuperate.

    its a thing of beauty, the first touch nice, but its the fact that he checks back when the defender isn’t even in camera shot, then cut back again before slotting home.

    I mean you seriously can’t teach that stuff, touch yes, balance yes, but awareness of everything going on around him and out of the corner of his eye, that is just something you are born with.

  118. Gööner In Exile says:

    piggy = ciggy but i am in Norfolk so either works 😀

  119. LB says:

    There is something in drafts should something be needed, a couple of pics and a proof read.

  120. LB says:

    Can someone (Chas) put that clip up. I still don’t know how to do it.

    Let the bodies hit the ground, love it.

  121. oz gunner says:

    well said GiE.

    Massive credit to Giroud. The desire to pressure like that at the 87′ mark can’t be taught either. Most players sit with their hands on their hips waiting for someone else to do the work. Here we have a striker busting his arse to get back and pressure the ball carrier. Well played.


  122. VP of Oz says:

    Ozil is as cunning as a dunny rat

  123. mickydidit89 says:

    Still purring

    Also still rolfing that Erik thought a Ford Escort was a babe magnet.

    Can’t help wonder at the quality of a babe that sees a mo’or like that and thinks “I must have sex with a man like that”

  124. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky. For the type of girl I was looking for, the Escort seemed to work 😀

  125. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha, fair comment 🙂

  126. Big Raddy says:

    Looking forward to LB’s match report. They are much better than the norm.

    Messi Ozil 🙂

  127. Eddie says:

    small confession before LB’s match report – when and where I was growing up I had a dream that my boy-friend/husband will swipe me off my feet arriving in a shiny VW Golf. I never hoped that I personally could own a Golf, that was too much to hope for.

    An Escort Cabriolet was way above my standards

  128. Big Raddy says:

    I should have taken it to Poland !!

  129. Eddie says:

    Raddy 🙂 🙂 we were so poor there… I don’t even like the memories – my grandma mending a pair of leather gloves – they were too precious to throw away

    and look at me now – burned down Golf and I didn’t even shed a tear. What won’t kill you…

  130. Eddie says:

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered an investigation into a £50m increase in the cost of converting West Ham’s London Stadium.

    WHU paid just £15m towards it. Nice.

  131. chas says:


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