The Great Uncertainty.

How is this season going? In some ways very well and yet there are big question marks remaining about the team. On paper we all agreed this is the best squad for some time, we felt there is the depth of quality to get a few more points than last season and win the title instead of being runners-up.

Somehow this confidence is slipping away; not amongst the team but in the stands. Losing at Everton whilst every one of our rivals won was painful, yesterday’s results didn’t help. Going to a very strong Man City will be a litmus test.


Don’t be fooled by MC lacking 3 big players, Fernando (or it that a Madonna song) may be out but his replacement is Yaya Toure. City have a fine squad, which they should have given the ridiculous amount of money they spend.

Guardiola: Given the man’s pedigree how can anyone question his ability? I guess it is the short-termism of modern life that anything other than immediate success is looked upon as failure. What happened to working towards success?

My Team:


Bellerin    Gabriel    Koscielny    Monreal

Xhaka     Coquelin    Iwobi

Walcott    Sanchez    Ozil

I may be tempted to play Perez in place of Theo given his anonymous performance midweek. In his defence the ball has to be passed to Theo for him to be effective! The same can be said for Ox.

Our record at The Etihad is OK. We have a good team. We need a win. Mr. Wenger has been talking about attacking intent. It should be a good game.


360 Responses to The Great Uncertainty.

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s a bloody Abba song Erik.

    Bugger me, I thought you knew about proper music.

    Yip, that’ll be the team I reckon, and there’ll be no better time to go there and give them a damn good thrashing.

  2. Eczelo says:

    We’re looking like a great team still. But the character should start showing and the mentality should be stronger. That’s why we couldn’t finish the Everton job. We were almost bossed by the little brother in merseryside. Hopefully City win will give us the bouncebackability and a streak for our fairy Chrismas run

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    Great stuff Eczelo and great name

    A streaking fairy???? Is that our frenchie doing a dash, tackle out, for the ladies?

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Poor work from BR. I was thinking of La Isla Bonita 😦

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Yeah Erik, easy to mix those two up 🙂 🙂

  6. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, great job and as usual, nothing to argue against.

    There is very little to choose between the qiality of the players on both sides. It will be the meeting of two uncompromising managers (in terms of style of play) so the result will be determined by one thing alone … which set of players want it the most….. let it be us 🙂

  7. Rasp says:

    Out of interest, how many think it will be a goalfest, and who think it will be cagey with only a goal to separate the sides?

  8. Red Arnie says:

    Thank you, Raddy, brilliant as ever. On travels, will miss game, so very sad. 😦

    COYG. 🙂

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. Cagey but what do I know??

    Hope it is not a game decided by refereeing decisions. Today’s ref is the card happy Martin Atkinson

  10. Rasp says:

    🙂 Raddy … you know at least as much as the rest of us

    Cagey … in the sense that we cancel each the out, but surely not cagey in the sense of playing defensively. It won’t necessarily be the case that the first side to score will win as is sometimes true with the PTB sides.

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    In fairness, aren’t all games decided by referees…….If we lose 🙂

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Goalfest Rasp. 100% 🙂

  13. Rasp says:

    That’s what I was thinking Micky 🙂

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Oooh. Another BR 11/11

  15. mickydidit89 says:

    Bravo Erique

    And in the comfy seats: Gibbs, Lucas Perez, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Holding, Elneny

  16. mickydidit89 says:

    Is it true the Arsenal subs seats at The Ems are heated, while the ones for the foreigners are not?

  17. mickydidit89 says:


  18. Eddie says:

    no, with me 🙂

    thank you Raddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 blogs in a week, has to be a record. you are a star, slightly deluded but a star

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip. You’re crap armchairers

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddddiieeee hooray

  21. Eddie says:

    Sell Feo??? Never!! What finish, ey?

  22. VP of Oz says:

    If only Sterling could finish like Theo, eh:-)

  23. Eddie says:

    So why am I so nervous? I cannot see us going the distance

  24. Hello everyone is there room on the sofa? I’ve brought some Peronis 🙂

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely finish from Theo

  26. Big Raddy says:

    I’ll take one please Peaches

  27. VP of Oz says:

    Theo’s finish was excellent. If that was Ozil on the end of it like on the 2 occasions against Everton, I don’t think he would have scored.

  28. VP of Oz says:

    Iwobi is ripping up Zaba

  29. Eddie says:

    Peaches – you’d better sit with Raddy, I’m bound to flip

  30. Sorry Raddy I’ll have to read the PM at half time

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Very entertaining game. City coming back into it.


  32. Looks to me like City play like us and their supporters feel like us too 😉

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Not the thrashing I was expecting us to dish out, but it’ll do. Nice 🙂

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Really entertaining half with City seeming to dominate possession but AFC having the clearer chances.

    The Iwobi “goal” was so close to being onside and I would like to see the attackers get the benefit of the doubt rather than the defenders.

  35. Well one goal isn’t enough!!!!!!!!! We know what this Arsenal team are like 😉

  36. Aaron says:

    Great stuff- wish the offside rule would go away in modern futbol.
    Iwobi with a cool finish from some nice passing.
    Team looks comfortable, and Gabriel’s passing is getting better and better, which really helps Arsenal break the press.
    Look forward to the second half.

  37. Some lovely build up play when we get possession.

    I do think we should be mopping up balls better in midfield though, we do this crazy sliding in to try and win the ball back but miss the ball and go to ground so take longer to recover.

  38. VP of OZ says:

    Iwobi’s performance leads to Zabaleta being subbed off?

  39. Big Raddy says:

    The bloke was Offside!!

    If Iwobi was then the MC chap was.

    Bloody homer referee and linesman

  40. VP of OZ says:

    offside for sure

  41. Rasp says:

    Offside maybe, but once again we come out from halftime half asleep and have never addressed this problem. We don’t get our players fired up at half time

  42. Rasp says:

    We’re being completely outplayed and inviting them onto us. Sadly they want it more than us at the moment 😦

  43. Rasp says:

    We have completely forgotten how to pass the ball – same old, can’t handle their press

  44. Eddie says:

    Debruyne is in a class of his own

  45. Big Raddy says:

    One crap linesman decision and the game has turned completely.

    Now we are under the cosh and it will be a long, long 40 mins (unless we score on a breakaway!)

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Cech beaten at his near post 😦

    Decent shot but even so, I think he should have saved it.

  47. Rasp says:

    That was always going to happen. No strong personalities on the pitch to drag our players back into being a team. City just want it more than us

  48. Eddie says:

    Never mind , the main thing is our healthy bank balance

  49. Rasp says:

    I’d leave if I was Sanchez, he’s the only one really putting in the effort

  50. Rasp says:

    I’d have taken Ozil off, he’s not a battler

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Two doomers together makes for a horrible AA experience.

  52. Rasp says:

    I appreciate being called a doomer about as much as I appreciate watching my team display such a lack of fight

  53. Eddie says:

    Raddy – i hope we didn’t spoil your fun of losing

  54. Eddie says:

    Don’t worry rasp, I’d be more worried if I was completely detached from reality like some

  55. Aaron says:

    The most benign 45 minutes of futbol I have seen when needing the team, the team to press, and take it to them.
    EPL title push is over.
    FA Cup or CL league and playing for something other than 4th place. All personal should be rested and rotated with those two Trophies in mind!

  56. Rubbish rubbish rubbish – where on earth have our team gone??????

  57. I’m not enjoying December at all 😦

  58. We had every opportunity to win that game handsomely in the first half so I’m even more disappointed.

    ……….and an injury to The Ox

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Agree Aaron
    1st XI to Hawaii until Feb and the CL
    Or should they be sent to Grimsby?

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Or Cufley and let the girls sort them out 🙂

  61. Aaron says:

    Just rotate the personal for maximum effectiveness in each game with those Cup ties in mind. No reason to play Sanchez, Ozil and Kos into the ground for 4th place!!

  62. Rasp says:

    Our confidence is so fragile. Guardiola played Toure because he knew he would boss our players in the midfield. I don’t think I’ve ever seen us lose more 50/50 challenges than in that first 30 minutes of the second half

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m not sure Arsene could rotate a sausage on a barby, but right idea 🙂

  64. Rasp says:

    Actually I don’t think we necessarily need to rotate that much, our players can’t have been any more tired than City, it was just down to desire

  65. Rasp says:

    We had exactly the same second half display against Everton

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    We are going to need one hell of a lot of sliders

  67. Gööner In Exile says:

    My only thought as I am extremely hungover after a clients Christmas party, is that as a team we didn’t compete. The biggest criticism is that no one was making themselves available and that like tackling shouldn’t need to be coached if you’ve managed to become a professional footballer. Every time a teammate has the ball you make yourself available, and if everyone tries to do that then you can pass out of a press.

    The player with ball at feet looks rubbish, and fewer players show.

    I didn’t see us as ateampick up one second ball in the second half. And the 5 second clip that sums it all up comes towards the end, Czech punt, Ollie goes to win it, both players bear him run beyond him (gambling on a flick) he nods it down where he expects at least one teammate to be and a City player picks up the loose ball.


  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Satisfied customers 🙂

  69. IanRealGunner says:

    Poor display. Both goals offside, but even if we had won, it would have felt like a ‘smash and grab’. What are the conditioning coaches doing if the players are ‘hitting the wall’ on 45 minutes? And if they were all so tired, why did they have a Christmas party on Wednesday night? Absolutely garbage performance.

  70. LB says:

    I think that it was reasonable to play Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Walcott on the wings after the success we had against Stoke but unfortunately they were shown up for what they really are against Everton.

    Understandably Wenger tried to change things by bringing in Iwobi for Oxlade-Chamberlain but still it highlighted both of their frailties. Iwobi has the excuse of youth, Walcott does not.

    After Walcott’s totally ineffectual performance the test now is whether Wenger finally has the courage to leave him out. He may do it if Ramsey is back but he really should be playing Perez.

    On the subject of Ramsey, I may he critical about Walcott but the biggest hole was in front of Coquelin and Xhaka. Xhaka is totally ineffectual as a goal scoring threat, how many times did you see him offer support inside their box, the answer is next to none apart from when he went up for corners.

    I am afraid to say it but right now I think that Wilshere offers more goal scoring threat than Xhaka.

    You still have my loyal support Arsene but things need to change.

  71. LB says:

    Fun Fact

    Did you know that we never lost while Mustafi was playing.

  72. fatgingergooner says:

    Worst 45 minutes of the season in the second half. Couldn’t even pass the ball 5 yards.

    We have some decent looking fixtures coming up but it’s essential we win our next game. Chelsea have gone 11 wins in a row since we turned them over so no reason we can’t do that. Not the time to give up hope and start moaning about the manager. That’s old hat. The teamhave played well this season and have had a terrible 7 days. It happens.

    The likes of Ramsey, Giroud, Cazorla, Welbeck, Gibbs, Elneny etc need to step up now. If they want to play then time to show it when they get the chance as players are starting to look a bit jaded.

  73. Red Arnie says:

    sad sad sad.

    I did get to see the game live, on a flight. Amazing technology these days, That is about the only positive thing I can say.

    I hope that Micky is right. We are fielding our B-team in the league and keeping or A-team aside for the CL.

  74. Red Arnie says:

    dont know whether I said a thank you to Rasp, or whoever else resposiblble, for the wonderful flurries. 🙂

  75. Aaron says:

    Xhaka and Elneny are not allowed to Coutinho it in anymore, much to my chagrin.

    And what is with this new sit back and soak up pressure for 45 minutes straight crap. How about changing it up and every gd player push up and mark or foul and get the dang ball out of OUR half.

    Zonal marking for time and space in the NFL is known as it “Prevents” you from winning!!!

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    FGG: “Not the time to give up hope ”

    Mmmmmm, as good a time as any 🙂

    HOWEVER. hopefully that does not prevent the blog from stooping even lower 🙂

  77. Rasp says:

    Morning Mickey, we are all used to bloggers syndrome by now. Folks say things they don’t really mean after a disappointing result and it takes a couple of days to regain our optimism, but we will all be up for the next game 🙂

  78. TotalArsenal says:

    Both goals were offside but we were indeed pants in the second half. I felt we missed the leadership, cunning and metal to overcome their power in midfield, and we didn’t have very effective wings. Seeing two 1-0 leads being turned into defeats is especially painful and Wenger has his work cut out to get the team sorted. But Bouncebackability is in our DNA, the season is long and I expect us to be top of the League again in March. We can indulge in negativity or opt to keep supporting our boys. Cannot wait till Boxing Day.

  79. Rasp says:

    Well said Total 🙂

  80. TotalArsenal says:

    Red Arnie, did your plane keep flying around the Oilers’ stadium then? 🙃🙃😜

  81. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey TA 🙂

    Now is not the time for all that positivity crap. We’re all grown ups now 🙂

    You say:
    “We can indulge in negativity or opt to keep supporting our boys”

    I say:
    “We can indulge in negativity AND opt to keep supporting our boys”

  82. mickydidit89 says:

    Here is my reality.

    Picture this. Boxing Day. The Didit household is full of people heaving with the Christmas spirit and goodwill to all mankind. There will be turkey and ham sandwiches stuffed with cranberry sauce, log fires roaring, presents to play with and jokes to share.

    At 3pm, The Arsenal (who couldn’t be bothered in a vital game against Manchester City), take on West Bromwich Albion.

    Will I be bothered?

  83. TotalArsenal says:

    Definitely ‘or’ for me. I had an hour of: Wenger picked the wrong wingers, did not get us the right leaders in midfield, Theo is a lazy shite, Wenger cannot do it anymore lalalalalala. Then I opted to block it all out and believe in our boys and manager to come good again. Support, like love, is blind.

    And what is Boxing Day without the Arse playing? Seriously! 😳

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh come on Eddie……help me out here.

    Everyone is either going all leftie and positive, or they’ve gone into deep depression and a bit jumpy.

    All I really want to hear, is how YOU would “motivate” that bunch of woofters, and I bet it would hurt 🙂

  85. Eddie says:

    oh gosh, the preachers are out, telling us how we should feel.

    Back off, I am not telling you to feel negative, so why should you tell me to feel positive? I am furious, sad, disappointed, worried. With our only hope being the CL I cannot see that many positives, no!

    I mentioned consistency a couple of weeks ago. Ta ra! The rollercoaster is back in action. I am sure the next few games we will win and beat WBA, Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea, preston, burnley and we will all start to dream again. Yeah, I won’t. I know the end result, I would have to particularly thick not to learn the drill after so many years.

  86. mickydidit89 says:

    🙂 TA

    Re Boxing Day. Why would I believe they will try then, when they didn’t yesterday?

    Genuine concern. If I thought they’d be subjected to half an hour with Eddie, my hopes would be exponentially higher.

  87. Rasp says:

    All I’d like is answers. I hear everyone’s theories and the usual scapegoats are getting a battering – I hate agreeing with those numpty analysts after the game, it’s alright for me to criticise my team but I hate it when the ‘experts’ do it 🙂

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    Imagine being at the home of football and combining indulging in negativity with supporting the team, hey? Impossible! As the FRENCH say 😍😍

  89. Eddie says:

    how to motivate them? no idea what works with such individuals.
    you cannot punish them because they can leave, you cannot bribe them because they are already obscenely rich…it would have to be very clever; professionals would know.

    I quite like the sandwich approach – you look good, handsome young man, girls like you. Followed by ‘you were really shit against City and don’t deserve to wear this shirt, take it off you muppet’. he takes the shir off and you go ‘wow, look at this 6 pack, you are a real hunk’. I sound like Transplant now 😦

  90. Rasp says:

    Just so I can’t be accused of the luxury of hindsight, this is what I posted before the game ….

    “There is very little to choose between the qiality of the players on both sides. It will be the meeting of two uncompromising managers (in terms of style of play) so the result will be determined by one thing alone … which set of players want it the most….. let it be us”

    It wasn’t 😦

  91. mickydidit89 says:


    The experts on the telly made an undisputable point when we were 2-1 down. “Look”, said they, at the all the arsenal players just walking around.

    THAT is unacceptable.

  92. Rasp says:

    Hi Eddie. I get what you are saying, but shouldn’t the motivation actually come from one another. Shouldn’t they inspire and motivate each other? Shouldn’t they want to help and protect one another on the pitch? Isn’t that what team spirit is about – the collective.

  93. mickydidit89 says:


    To be clear, I’d never be miserable at a game.

  94. Rasp says:

    Hi Micky, I can’t disagree and said so before the pundits shared their wisdom.

    I don’t blame Arsene for that performance. but I wish he wouldn’t keep saying we have good spirit after games where we clearly haven’t. The evidence was there for all to see. The players weren’t working hard enough for one another.

  95. Eddie says:

    I don’t think so micky. When I was a team manager I was crap. My key team member was always sick on big cricket match days 🙂

    I told him off and he resigned within weeks. Good riddance. Young man yet he had a tea cozy on a teapot, he drove me mad doing his morning cuppa tea routine every morning

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, slight correction, I’d never make miserable noises 🙂

  97. TotalArsenal says:

    I didn’t think they didn’t try, Micky, and I guess that is an essential difference in you and me. Guardiola changed the team and tactics in the second half and we did not have an adequate answer to it. That can happen and yet they only scored offside goals, so we are not that shite shite anyway.

    I reckon a lot of supporters love to project their life dissatisfactions onto the team and by losing Arsenal/ Arsene indulges that need. You don’t strike me like such a person though, unlike some on here.

  98. mickydidit89 says:

    Whoa, rewind Eddie….”When I was a team manager”…..this is the most exciting comment on here in ages. Say more, please

  99. Eddie says:

    I am sorry, but it absolutely infuriates me that people are not allowed to say how they feel without being ridiculed. Almost 5000 commit suicide a year in this country alone. 100 a week. Maybe there would be a few less if someone was prepared to listen how they feel.

    that’s 5000 in all, not just Gunners. But I am sure a few of them were AFC supporters.

  100. TotalArsenal says:

    You indulge all you like, nobody is stopping your crappiness. Have a nice day fellow AAers.

  101. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha TA resigned again 🙂

    I wanted a pay rise and was forced to become a team manager. Most my team were in India, but my deputy was here in London. You have never met a weirder but nice guy in your entire life, I am sure of that. The team in India were great – they started work at 4am and waited for me to arrive in Docklands to give them instructions. I started getting up at 3 am and work from home until 9am. Success, I got a pay rise. And a nervous breakdown.

  102. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh shit, I thought you meant sports team. Damn, I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to discussing your motivational techniques 🙂

  103. mickydidit89 says:

    And then there were two

  104. Eddie says:

    micky – the biggest motivator is money and that is probably why it is difficult to motivate millionaires. Some of them genuinely want trophies, but those don’t need to be motivated.

    I am not even sure if it is motivating they need. The wheels came off in the second half in a most spectacular fashion. What happened to them?? City knew how to play us, they were on top of the game from the start. Have they scared our lads?

  105. fatgingergooner says:

    It was a very important game for both sides and that effected the teams. We scored early and being away from home that automatically put us into a protective mode where we could play on the counter. It was working very well but it’s always a risky strategy against a side with quality attacking players and we paid the price. When it went 2-1 though it was City who suddenly went defensive and we came back into the game, so it’s not just our mentality that be questioned.

    Goals change games and I think the early one did us little favours yesterday in the way it effected our style of play. We ended up on the defensive because of it and ultimately found it very difficult to get out of that mindset and get out of our half at times.

    Are there sides out there that are so ‘mentally strong’ that they would’ve played differently being 1-0 up away from home in a big game against a quality team? I’m not convinced. After all, City did the same thing when they took the lead and people will be praising their ‘mental toughness’ this morning. There will be teams however who manage the game better than we did i.e. Rotational fouling, slowing the game down etc and that’s an area we definitely need to improve.

    As for effort, I don’t have much of an issue with that. The players were made to chase a lot first half as City kept the ball and moved us around and it showed 2nd half. Add to that the extra step City from the equaliser and it was only a matter of time before they got the 2nd.

    Emotion tells me were shit, analysis tells me we played ok first half but paid the price for not managing our lead better than we could’ve. Oh, and that City played well and scored 2 offside goals!

  106. mickydidit89 says:


    Very convincing and well thought through comment.

  107. Rasp says:

    Nice comment FGG. My problem is that it was the same for both sides. We weren’t showing for each other to receive passes, we weren’t closing them down, we were losing 50/50 challenges and we weren’t winning second ball. Basically, they were dominating in all areas (second half) and we seemed unable to lift ourselves to meet the challenge.

  108. Yes, sad day. I shed many a tear. Thank God Soft Cell have already broken up.

    Its a long season with many ups and downs so I guess we have to keep emotional control? A very wise man, I could tell he was wise, he owned a Chinese takeaway, once said to me “Terry, when you are happy keep humility by thinking of those poor bastards on Mao’s long march. When you are down, thank your good fortune that you weren’t one of those poor bastards marching”

  109. Eddie says:

    fattie – yours is the best comment so far. Except for the mention of the 2 offside – victim mentality. City dominated best part of the game and deserved to win. Cannot begrudge them that. And they played without Aguerro and Kompany, how lucky for us is that?

    Of course the poor bastards that had to do the Mao march were worse off then us, very good point Terry. It is just I have a problem with feeling more positive about yesterday’s loss because some Chinese had to march for 2 years.

  110. Every one has the right to there feelings Eddie. Logic does not come into it, a feeling is a feeling. Look at Barry Manilow? When he wrote the song “I write the songs that make the whole world sing”, despite him singing from his heart his critics just thought big nosed git. Did this bother him? No. Proving his point further by penning the magnificently tear jerking “Mandy”

    Did his critics repent and think wow, that Manilow is a really great Guy? No, they just thought “that Mandy bird left you because you’ve got a bleeding big nose”

  111. Eddie says:

    terry. Perhaps Giroud should try to write songs.

  112. GunnerN5 says:

    Yesterday we were woeful, I look forward to the next 5 games.

    West Brom. h
    Crystal P. h
    Bournemouth. a
    Swansea. a
    Burnley. h
    Watford. h

  113. GunnerN5 says:

    6 games.

  114. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear 4 of our next 6 games are at home………………..

  115. Rasp says:

    Hi GN5, our home record is ever so slightly better than our away record. I’ve felt that the crowd (overall) has been better at the games I’ve attended this season.

  116. GunnerN5 says:

    I distinctly remember a moment during one of our last home game against Stoke – we were down 0-1 to an Adams penalty and we came back to lead 2-1. Iwobi came on as a sub and gave the ball away on a promising move and was greeted with a loud chorus of moans and groans – what do you think that does to a young man’s confidence?

    He went on to score in the 75th to seal the win – but with no help from our home supporters.

    On a weekly basis I watch no hope clubs being impelled on by their supporters – acting as their 12th man. When we lost to Everton the crowd carried them to victory on a wave of boisterous/loud support – which make me very envious.

    But I guess it’s learned behavior and is now ingrained in our home fans, what the fxxk to they think it will achieve – oh I get it they don’t think!!

    Obviously we are in different camps on this – as i think “slightly better” is nowhere near acceptable 😦 😦 😦

  117. TotalArsenal says:

    Not hard to find perspective. This boy shows off his belongings after the family’s house in Aleppo was bombed to the ground. Yes Terry, your Chinese friend is a wise man..

  118. Rasp says:

    Hi GN5, I wasn’t actually trying to contradict your point. The sound delivered over the TV is not an accurate representation of ground as a whole. Yes there are groans and there are plenty of idiots – but probably no more than with any other EPL club. I’d rather be at The Emirates than sitting amongst the Wham supporters.

  119. Eddie says:

    if Arsenal’s losing all the games meant that the suffering in Aleppo would end than I would be delighted we lost yesterday. But it has nothing to do with it. I am sad because those poor Syrians are suffering and I can find it in my heart to be devastated that our hopes of winning the EPL have been dashed once again.

    Also, I am happy for the hippies, lefties and always happy amongst us. I am not telling them to be unhappy or right wing, but please don’t tell me to be happy in face of defeat. Bloody Jehova’s witnesses

  120. Eddie says:

    LB – do you mean let Walcott go? as in sell him?

    And Jack, can we bring him back in January?

    somehow I missed your sensible comment and went for sermons instead

  121. wally says:

    the team looked jaded, more jaded than they looked v Everton. Should have used everton to rotate, only people who looked fresh were xhaka and gabriel. Everyone else looked in slow motion, running into other people’s spaces, two competing for the same ball, couldn’t make a simple pass, move or hold the ball….
    5 games in 15 days it was obvious wasn’t it. Wenger reverting to form, playing the same lineup again and again and again….If it doesn’t change february will be another really tough month.

  122. GunnerN5 says:

    Just a little point Wally – AW has rarely had the advantage of playing the same team again, again and again, injuries have usually stood in his way and denied him of that opportunity.

  123. Just as suspected, we ran further and did more sprints against City than our average this season. Laziness has nothing to do with why we lost. City kept possession really well and we sat too deep which meant we couldn’t get in amongst them and disrupt their passing game. Its no wonder we looked jaded second half.

    I agree with wally though that the Everton game was the one to rotate a few but we didn’t. Management is easy in hindsight though.

    Compared to previous seasons though we do have some depth to call upon to freshen the team. I think Wenger allowing the likes of Ramsey and Giroud to get a proper rest early in the season could prove fruitful now as we can rotate and hopefully bring some energy to the side along with the likes of Elneny, Gibbs, Iwobi, Perez etc.

  124. VP of Oz says:

    I’d have to be boarding the Wenger bus on this one as I would agree that both goals were offside. Silva in an offside position trying to score is sufficient a distraction for Cech not to cover the near post and prevent the goal.
    It is harsh being critical of the team and tactics etc. if the two goals that beat us could/should have been deemed offside because if we’d held on to win 1:0, that same team performance would have been lauded as the turning point in the season and us being title contenders etc.

  125. LB says:


    My comment wasn’t sensible it was emotional. It hurts me that we are trapped into having to play players just because of their important position at the club. Xhaka and Walcott being the worst culprits.

    It speaks volumes that Elneny looked so much more effective when he came on; Mo is a mini Ramsey, not as good of course, although I should add before the Cazorla police attack me that Santi can also do the same job and do it very well indeed. All three can drive forward and link up with Ozil. Elneny did this on Sunday which finally, but all to late, sprang Mesut into action.

    I said this when he arrived and I will say it again: Xhaka is an Arteta, accurate passing but really when push comes to shove pretty ineffectual in the grand scheme of things.

    It’s got so bad with Walcott that I want to shoot him, it has nothing to do with how much he has improved this season, it is all about what we have been crying out for three seasons now: we need someone who can add to Ozil and Sanchez’ game for ninety minutes not just for the occasional flutter of Walcott’s tail feathers.

    Walcott is too important to the club but he shouldn’t be, we should be playing Perez; the Spaniard is not going to be the instant panacea but he has the control needed to be able to link with the creatives — Ozil and Sanchez who need help retaining the ball.

    Look at how dejected Sanchez was at the end of the game; the man needs help.

    I feel pretty doomy right now and can see these years without an EPL title being termed as the Walcott years: a limp wristed, ineffectual waste of time.

    As for Wilshere coming back — have you watched a Bournemouth game closely recently?

  126. LB says:

    I can’t help but think that Wenger’s rant at the official’s for what he chose to call “off side goals” were nothing more than a very clever distraction from the real problem of the fact that the team completely collapsed in the second half.

    These things happen Arsene but now is the time to show what you are made of; we want to see some very tough managerial decisions being taken, team wise, for the West Brom game.

  127. fatgingergooner says:

    Elneny came on at a time when we were losing and City had started to drop off so it’s no wonder he looked more effective than players that were chasing the ball for 70 minutes. He’s a good mover of the ball but doesn’t do that much else. I think Xhaka will prove to be a far better player over the next few seasons.

  128. Eddie says:

    no, I haven’t see much of Bournemouth. Are you saying Jack looks good? Excellent news, but doubt we can swap him for Feo in January.

    Yep, I noticed Sanchez’s posture, I always feel for individuals carrying the whole team forward. The traitor was one of those once, and then he left. We really don’t want Sanchez and Ozil to leave.

    I am afraid I said I didn’t like Xhaka and could not see what he was bringing to the team, but I was bamboozled with soft abuse, so I shut up.

    Don’t feel doomy LB, as from 26th we have 6 winnable games on a trot.

  129. LB says:

    Well Slim, it is true that Elneny came on when City were winning and therefore had dropped back which of course as you say allowed Elneny to drive forward easier than the others did for the previous 70 minutes.

    But, hmmmm, this almost works except Xhaka was still on the field and he certainly wasn’t driving things forward before or after the Egyptian’s introduction, so I come back to what I said that even Elneny was able to look good when he came on compared to what had been going on before.

    As to Xhaka improving, I certainly hope he does, but until then I would have Walcott take him on a site seeing tour of Bournemouth.

  130. fatgingergooner says:


    Elneny hadnt been running around for 78 minutes so not really fair. I would say Elneny’s 70 minutes against United is more of a comparison and he didn’t do any better than what Xhaka did yesterday against City.

    Both need to step up or they will be on the bench when Ramsey and Coquelin come back.

  131. fatgingergooner says:

    Cazorla, not Coquelin!

  132. mickydidit89 says:

    Nice work FGG and LB.

    Hopefully, we’re all feeling a little less sensitive today.

    Is there ever a good time to run the line “it’s only a game”? 🙂

  133. TotalArsenal says:

    Great observations by Slim and LB re our midfielders. I thought both Coquelin, who really struggled on Sunday, and Xhaka wanted to sit deep naturally. This suited us fine in the first half as we were solid through the middle, which was key against MC. But in the second half we struggled to push up convincingly and the connection with the front four was constantly disrupted. Elneny is a very good player and makes players around him play better, like Gilberto used to do. He is no Ramsey in going forward with thrust, or Santi who can deliver that killer ball from deep in midfield, but he is brilliant in finding a pass under pressure and, as such, link up midfield with attack better whilst also having the engine to support defence constantly. If you watch Elneny live you will see how great his movement, anticipation and passing of the ball are.

    I guess it will be hard to combine Xhaka and Coq long term as they are both midfield anchors who need a proper, motoring, up and downie B2B next to them.

  134. Eddie says:

    I was thinking of what could be done during games like the one on Sunday. We could see that some players didn’t play to their potential to say the least. If we could see that than I am sure the captain could see it too. Can the captain whisper in Theo’s, Xhaka’s and Ozil’s ear some soft abuse suggesting that the culprit tries a bit harder?

    it is probably a difficult task, but a good captain should be able to do that. I love Koscielny and he is by far the greatest CB since Tony Adams, but he is a nice guy. I doubt very much he is capable or willing to give bollocking to the slackers. Should we give the armband to Coquelin instead? I can see him sorting out the likes of Walcott.

  135. TotalArsenal says:

    A blogging day without Chas’ videos, pictures and comments, is a lost day. We need you, Chasky ⚽️⚽️⚽️

  136. mickydidit89 says:

    Live from Portugal
    Big Wave Tour
    Here at Nazare is the world’s biggest wave (not today, but still massive). Due to seabed geological topography with its huge canyon

  137. Eddie says:

    this is a photo from the Walk of Shame in Indonesia. How about parading those who failed us on Sunday around the Emirates after the game?

  138. Eddie says:

    didit – what are you doing in Portugal? gone to surf?

  139. fatgingergooner says:

    I don’t think it’s a question of players slacking. It’s more to do with are the players able to effect the game in the way you want them to, and if not, what can be done about it. I don’t want Özil racing around the place flying into tackles. He’s there to create and link up play, but in order for him to be effective he needs the ball in areas where he can do that. Second half our defence and midfielders were not providing that and he became a passenger. Some will argue that he should then change his role and get involved, but if he does that then we lose our attacking play altogether. Personally, I would’ve brought Giroud on a lot earlier for Walcott and asked the defence to play longer up to him and get Özil and Sanchez In and around him for the knockdowns. I’d have then brought Elneny on for Iwobi and played 3 CM’s to give us an extra number for protection but also so we could play out from the back easier when we had the ball, thus getting better service into Özil and allowing our defenders to get out. It was easy to see that our game had become ineffective after they scored their first and we had plenty of time before they got the second in the 70th minute to change it.

    Elneny Coq Xhaka
    Özil Giroud Sanchez

  140. TotalArsenal says:

    But it is a lot easier to think our players were lazy good for nothings, FGG. Somebody needs to suffer in the end..

  141. Eddie says:

    fattie – I am sure you are right and I am too suspicious. But it started wth Na$ri – nothing special until he wanted a move to City. How his play has changed, the insight, the stamina, desire like we have not seen in him before. Our player of the season. Only because the fat bastard wanted more money.

    Since then I strongly believe that many players perform at half throttle and many would benefit from good kicking up the bum.

  142. Eddie says:

    oh dear, another below the belt jibe, can’t be bothered with that. Laters

  143. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry Eddie, wrong choice of words. No, here in UK.

    Music lesson at 10, then my son wants to go surfing. 5-7ft, grey, rainy, sea temp 11. Suddenly feel very very old and a bit wet.

  144. fatgingergooner says:

    When you don’t speak to your wife or kids for 2 days and can’t sleep at night because 11 men didn’t kick the ball in the back of the net as often as you wanted then you need to have a look at yourself! I’ve been the emotional supporter, and still am to some extent, but I find analysing results is a far more therapeutic way of looking at football.

    It’s been an awful week for Arsenal so understandable that there’s a lot of emotion flying around. We’ve had worse weeks though and will have again. 6 decent looking fixtures now before we play Chelsea. Win them and who knows what significance that Chelsea game will have. Plus, it’s my last day at work until January 5th!!!! 👍

  145. Rasp says:

    Good man FGG, have a great break 🙂

  146. Rasp says:

    I might be having a break as well …. my brother has persuaded me to go skiing with him in January, I’ve never done it before – its a bit late to take up a new sport, but I thought what the hell, what’s the worst that can happen 🙂

  147. fatgingergooner says:

    Have you ever broken a bone Rasp!? 🤔

  148. fatgingergooner says:

    My wife’s just informed me she’s order a new washing machine door seal and paid extra to have it delivered before Xmas so I can get it fitted asap. So excited about my time off! 😂

  149. Rasp says:

    Yes FGG, I’ve broken a few fingers playing cricket … but nothing that required some kind of steel framework to put me back together 😦 …. I’m guessing you have then?

  150. I’ve had a few broken limbs playing rugby and football but they healed without needing to be pinned together. I wouldnt recommend it! 🙂

  151. GunnerN5 says:

    I had several broken hearts over the years – all from supporting the Arsenal………………….

  152. chas says:

    Beware bad language.

  153. LB says:

    I can’t bring myself to watch that clip but the people look familiar isn’t it the same people interviewing the same people?

  154. chas says:

    The spuds had 4 in the top 20 according to this for season 2015/6?

  155. chas says:

    ….and us 2.

  156. chas says:

  157. Eddie says:

    interesting that clip. The big bloke seems very genuine, the little soandso is extremely annoying, hell knows how he didn’t get a punch on the head. The man was not swearing AT him, he was swearing in his presence. He did not say you effing soandso, he was using the effing word to describe his feelings, big difference.

    I like him and really feel for him. I can completely emphasise with him.

    And Fattie – there were many times that my pool supporting ex was upset when Arsenal lost, he knew his weekend was finished. I couldn’t sleep, wouldn’t eat, lying in bed furious with the world.

  158. Eddie says:

    rasp – you are going skiing, marvellous, when where and for how long??

  159. VP of Oz says:

    Arsenal Fan TV interview the same guys every time, Claude, Ty, DT etc.
    Claude in particular is angry all the time…

  160. Rasp says:

    Morning Eddie, I’m going to Tigers, but just for four days, in fact that will only actually be two full days skiing

  161. Eddie says:

    2 full days if you never skied before? I think not 🙂 Take it easy and enjoy

    short story – when I was young and pretty I went skiing in Poland. A young man approached me and asked me to go skiing with him (we both stayed at the same hotel). I did. He drove like a loon and I was already weary. He wanted me to ski down with him, but I refused. He insisted that he will look after me, that it will be fun…blah blah blah. I resisted his good looks and stayed on top practicing.

    I didn’t see him for 2 days. 3rd day a waitress passed me a message from a hospital – he broke both legs!! This is honest to god true story. Put me off handsome young men for life

  162. mickydidit89 says:

    Saw a suberb film last. Probably only showing in small independents.
    They were filming (beautifully) recording of last album, when one of his sons so tragically died. That is now the heart of a very moving film.

    Morning all

  163. mickydidit89 says:

    Ahhhhh, Claude is back 🙂 🙂

    And, Chas brought him here. Hooray 🙂

  164. mickydidit89 says:


    I adore your conclusion “Put me off handsome young men for life”

    Could have put you off skiing, or even hotels

  165. VP of Oz says:

    Micky, Nick Cave is a local country lad who has gone on to become a citizen of the world. Very very sad with what happened with his son. He is an exceptional musician, writer and actor. My favourite song “Into My Arms”…

  166. mickydidit89 says:


    Citizen of the city of Brighton to be exact, but I get your drift.
    I’ve put up a few vids on here of his over the years.

    Given you’re a fan, I urge you to see the film, although it’s a great film in it’s own right

  167. Eddie says:

    micky – why? Hotel was fine and skiing great fun with an ugly companion.

    Was the film really good? I have checked it out and it looks gruesome

  168. mickydidit89 says:

    Not gruesome at all. About dealing with loss amongst the cinematic and musical overlay

    Let’s face it, if Arsene doesn’t win some of these easy games, we’ll be issuing a bit of grief counselling on here pretty soon 🙂

  169. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie, maybe the conclusion should have been that he wasn’t good looking enough

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey LB

    Which recording studio in London is an old church?

  171. Eddie says:

    very good point micky 🙂 but I was always weary of men looking better than me, I hate competition 🙂

    One More Time with Feelings not available on any torrent sites yet, but I will keep an eye on it

    Re councelling here – chas is the testament of how bad things have become. His motto is ‘if you have nothing good to say, then say nothing’. He is saying nothing which means he has NOTHING good to say about the team. Amen.

  172. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, googled. AIR Studios. Hampstead

  173. mickydidit89 says:

    Re Chas
    Mmmm, while I wouldn’t speak for Chas, posting Claude is surely a message, so it’s hardly saying nothing.

    Anyway, apparently according to a mate, Arsene was still steaming an hour after the game about the lack of effort 2nd half from his players.

    I reckon he’s taken the tinsel down and cancelled Santa

  174. mickydidit89 says:

    Not a brilliantly clever comment, merely an observation, but top two in the league are Pool and Chavs. Like Leicester last term, neither have continental football.

    I want to win the cl more than the league. It therefore follows that I urge the team to finish sixth

  175. mickydidit89 says:


  176. LB says:


    My girl friend is a consultant there what do you need?

  177. mickydidit89 says:

    An expensive striker

    Re the studio question, I watched a movie in cinema last night and Nick Cave was recording in a church, so I googled London Church studios, and that was the one

  178. Eddie says:

    girl friend?? What does your wife has to say about that??

  179. Eddie says:

    no illegal downloads of the film are available, can’t be any good. There are hundreds of versions of the Eastenders

  180. LB says:

    Partner of 23 years, biological mother of our two sons, girlfriend and best friend.

  181. LB says:

    Moving back to football. Is there any one who can explain this magical tactical change that Guardiola made that I read about every time I open a sports related site.

    Is it really just the replacement of Zabaletta for Sagna? Surely there must be more.

    Slim, Total, GIE or anyone else what to have a punt?

  182. Simple LB. Guardiola just told them “Get fuc*king stuck into the fairies, they dont like aggression or Christmas tree lights. Sterling you greedy little twat, get in and around Gabriel, he looks like he thinks every ones talking about him and Fernando, make some bleeding tackles on Xhaka, the blokes playing like its 1972 and hes just popped some bad gear. You mugs follow my instructions and in the mean time I will give my mate Paul Daniels a bell and ask him to make Ozil and Walcott disappear”

  183. LB says:

    Thanks Terry, I will be amazed if anyone else is more illuminating 🙂

  184. Eddie says:

    congrats!! not many people can say that

  185. Eddie says:

    make Ozil disappear??? Terry, not even you are that mad

  186. chas says:

  187. mickydidit89 says:

    LB…..Excellent question

    Transplant….THE answer. Some of your very best work therein 🙂

  188. mickydidit89 says:

    5:11 That’s a very nice thing to say

  189. mickydidit89 says:

    5:58 Tears ROLFING ha ha ha

  190. LB says:

    I haven’t cried with laughter for a while

    It’s a mushroom………………..

  191. Eddie says:

    I once said that I shall consider myself fluent in English when I can understand what are the English laughing about. My linguistic skills are clearly very poor. What is funny about 5:58???

  192. chas says:

    If you look at the etymology of the word puerile, it means that you are totally excluded from finding it funny. Rest easy.

  193. Eddie says:

    ey?? is that some kind of ~ism I could accuse you of?

  194. Eddie says:

    “childishly silly and immature” 🙂 got it. boys etc

  195. fatgingergooner says:


    The great tactical change was them scoring a goal in early in the second half directly from one of our goal kick. You should never concede from your own goal kick. It was very poor from us and gave them a massive lift.

    Had nothing to do with Pep.

  196. fatgingergooner says:

    Oh, and the wingers swapped sides. Master stroke!

  197. chas says:

    Shit! I was going to say that the equaliser changed the game but thought it might be viewed as too simplistic.

  198. chas says:

    Just look at the quality of those overcoats…

  199. mickydidit89 says:

    LB did not ask the likes of us for our opinion. I made an enormous note of that in my big book of notes.

  200. mickydidit89 says:

    6:47 Don’t care who it is.

    And morning all

  201. chas says:

    Uma Thurman

    Yep, LB excluding me from his list of folk who know something about tactics, I took as a blessing.

  202. chas says:

  203. chas says:

    Gorra go

  204. mickydidit89 says:

    Was there ever a team called London?

  205. GunnerN5 says:

    A man got on the bus with both of his front trouser pockets full of golf balls and sat down next to a beautiful young lady.
    The puzzled lady kept looking at him and his bulging pockets.

    Finally, after many glances from her, he said, “It’s golf balls.”
    She continued to look at him for a very long time, thinking deeply about what he had said. Unable to contain her curiosity any longer, she asked,

    “Does it hurt as much as tennis elbow..?”

  206. GunnerN5 says:

    Nuts eh?

  207. chas says:

  208. chas says:

  209. TotalArsenal says:

    Great entertainment, Chas 😂😂😂

  210. chas says:

    Ey up, TA, thought I was on me Jack Jones

  211. TotalArsenal says:

    It is all so quiet and still, Chaski. Luckily, there is footie om Boxing Day. One of the greatest things about England.

  212. GunnerN5 says:

    How about a change of pace and read an update from AW……….Team news: Welbeck, Ramsey and the Ox

    Arsène Wenger had good news to deliver when he was asked for his team news ahead of the West Bromwich Albion game.

    Read on for the latest on who’s coming back soon.

    on the latest team news…
    I think for Monday we lose Chamberlain from the last game against City. I don’t know if Ramsey will be involved or not but he will be back in full training today. The good news is that Welbeck will join in today for the first time – he has been out for a very long time. Mustafi is still out until the beginning of January.

    on Oxlade-Chamberlain…
    It’s not very bad. It’s a question of days rather than weeks.


  213. LB says:

    Oh Danny boy

    The pipes, the pipes are calling.

  214. GunnerN5 says:

    The West Brom game is the start of our climb back to the top. At the moment Chelsea look unbeatable but we’ve all been around this game long enough to know that no team (The Invincibles excepted) remain unbeaten for a long period of time.

    There are still 21 games and 63 points to be contested and although we’ve made it more difficult for ourselves I still think we are in the mix.

    Here are our remaining games———- Those marked (XXX) are what I consider to be our must win games if we cling on to any hope of winning the League.

    1 – West Brom h
    2 – Crystal P. h
    3 – Bournemouth a
    4 – Swansea a
    5 – Burnley h
    6 – Watford h
    7 – Chelsea a (XXX)
    8 – Hull a
    9 – Southampton a
    10 – Liverpool a (XXX)
    11 – Leicester h
    12 – West Brom a
    13 – Man City h (XXX)
    14 – West Ham h
    15 – Crystal P. a
    16 – Middlesbrough a
    17 – Sunderland h
    18 – Tottenham a (XXX)
    19 – Man United h (XXX)
    20 – Stoke a
    21 – Everton h

  215. LB says:

    That story is only second best to the joke of playing him on the left wing.

  216. chas says:

  217. VP of Oz says:

    Its Christmas Eve and it will be 34 degrees today.
    Christmas Day they’re saying will get close to 40 degrees.
    FYI, I’m wearing shorts.

  218. VP of Oz says:

    Its that time of year again –

    Hugh Jackman – “But in Australia where I’m from, instead of Santa Claus, we were visited by the Christmas Kangaroo”

  219. mickydidit89 says:


    The Eve Day is upon us

    Goodwill to all mankind. Snow lying around deep and crisp and even.

  220. mickydidit89 says:


    No excuse whatsoever

    How’s it going Chas? Bothering to go and see the lazy bastards on St Stephen’s Day?

  221. kelsey says:

    I just wanted yo wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy and healthy New Year.

  222. chas says:

    And to you, kelsey. 🙂

    I think ‘you all’ is a bit of a misnomer though.
    ‘You both’ maybe more appropriate.

  223. chas says:

    Yep, going on Boxing Day.

  224. mickydidit89 says:

    Crystaaaaals 🙂

  225. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, I would love to come to the game, but no ‘effing trains, and no way am I driving.

    I see no reason to cancel the bloody things. Make the awful atheists drive the bloody things 🙂

  226. mickydidit89 says:

    I must say that this policy of not saying negative things is very very boring

    In the finest tradition of Basil Fawlty, I thought we loved to moan more than anything.

    Or think of it this way, if you’re a leftie, then it’s called sharing in your grief 🙂

  227. chas says:

    There’s a spare ticket, too.

  228. chas says:

    What policy of not saying negative things?

    Anyone is free to say what they want.

    It’s only when I’m expected to join in the misery that I object.

  229. chas says:

    Everton took me until the car journey home to get over it.
    Man City took five minutes.

  230. mickydidit89 says:

    We never hear from Big Bro. Did he refuse to return from California and all those big fish?

  231. chas says:

    He’s back.

    He stopped blogging because I was getting on his nerves.
    A bit like most of the others who’ve quit, I suppose.

  232. chas says:

    How many are you having over for Xmas dinner.
    Are you doing a 14 bird roast?

  233. mickydidit89 says:

    I bet there’ll be loads of empty seats. Gunners do travel a very long way by train.

  234. mickydidit89 says:

    Day itself, only in-laws
    Few more today, and a few others Boxing Day. It’s like a drop in day care centre

  235. mickydidit89 says:


    Gis’us a story

  236. mickydidit89 says:

    Back to 6:41

    Am I alone in thinking Keegan? Case? McDermott or Mercury?

  237. Eddie says:

    oooook then. I am in the woods enjoying a nice little walk with Bambi and Romeo. Two huge black retrievers attack my Bambi; I screamed and they ran away. The owner was looking at me with that slapped arse face; never called his dogs back. I told him that I am not scared of his dogs, but if my Bambi retaliated he could kill both of his muts. The man told me to put my dog on the lead!!
    I reminded him that his dogs should be on the lead as they attacked my dog. He looked straight at me and said ‘No, they didn’t’

    How can people be like that???? I really really hate people

  238. mickydidit89 says:


    Apparently hating people is a very good thing and a sign of high intelligence

    I’m always banging on to my children and the superficiality of friends

    Then one of them appeared the other day with this article more or less saying friends were for thickos 🙂

  239. mickydidit89 says:

    Now that we’re dog owners here, I take Dotty for walks which I like, but my god I dislike running into other dog owners. Not sure I’ve ever met a collective of more needy humans, and no, we share nothing just because I too have a dog

    Avoid contact, Eddie

  240. I like a good friend but can’t eat too many in one go.


    Moaning is very good for the soul, it lifts the burden and dumps it in someone else’s lap 😉

  241. Eddie says:

    oh no micky, please don’t do it to your children!!!! Friends are very important. Over the years I managed to get rid off most of my friends and I regret it. Ok, they were boring or tight, irritating, or just plain stupid, but they were not bad people and I miss them

    anyway, Draxler is gone to PSG. Are we gutted??

    And Oscar to China, wtf? Do Chinese realiy believe they can buy themselves a super league without an academy to bring up home grown talents?

  242. mickydidit89 says:



  243. I’ve steered clear of social media after the City game, no one has an answer and it’s boring reading the same old same old. It’s funny how when we win magnificently I can’t get enough of how brilliant we were 🙂

  244. mickydidit89 says:

    I try to let them make up their own minds, but daughter especially, needs to distinguish between true friends and all the cyber bullshit

    Followers, likes and friends of friends

    Re Draxler, no don’t care. So many other more expensive options out there, not that I think we’ll buy anyone

  245. If AW does intend to sign another contract then we’ll probably buy won’t we?

  246. Eddie says:

    oh no Peaches, are you saying you have had enough of my sad stories?? I might have to start going to confessions

    micky – have you noticed that many dog owners walk in same groups every day chatting. What the hell can they chat about every single day??

    I did try to join some of those groups, but no, it is not for me.

  247. mickydidit89 says:

    Funnily enough Peaches, I’ve just had a look around. Even Legrove are struggling with just 120 odd comments in two days. Sites like that usually thrive on adversity

    I think there is a broader malaise

  248. Eddie says:

    peaches, please don’t even say that. Wenger won’t sign another contract. He needs to retire and rest. Or go to china.

  249. mickydidit89 says:

    I have a 4 mile circuit around our house, and very rarely see another person or car, so ok

    Do sometimes go out and about, river or moorland walks, and that’s where I bump into others

  250. Micky

    The trouble with the cyber stuff is that everyone can see how many ‘likes’ ‘friends’ you have. Must be really hard to not be a part of the competition.

    I feel sorry for teenagers.

  251. No Eddie, I’ll carry on listening to all your stories, sad, mad and hilariously happy 🙂

  252. Eddie says:

    what happy stories? that wasn’t me 🙂

  253. But I think there is a need for some kind of therapy out there. Kelsey’s Facebook page is a huge success and our Facebook page has had loads of likes this week even though it’s a really old post on there.

  254. Eddie

    Granddaughter stories 🙂

  255. …….and soon there’ll be grandson stories too 🙂

  256. mickydidit89 says:

    “Our facebook page”????????

    I tried to join twitter this week. For years I’ve followed someone on twitter without commenting or joining in.

  257. Must get up 😉 that crappy team sent me a Xmas hamper for looking after their boys – it needs to be donated to charity. Very poor, what’s wrong with a nice box of chocolates????

  258. Irish set up a Facebook page years ago and used to link the post to it. I managed to forget to link the posts but still get notifications when someone finds it.

    Were you successful Micky? With twitter?

  259. Here’s one for Pug lovers

    It might not work cos it’s from Facebook

  260. Eddie says:

    oh yeah, the granddaughter 🙂 🙂 and the pug 🙂 🙂 true, these 2 make me smile all the way to the moon and back

  261. chas says:

    Nice little chat, gang.
    It’s made me feel really festive after my suicide mission to the supermarket. Ta.

  262. mickydidit89 says:

    Serious question
    Are we better off here, on facebook or twitter?

  263. Is better off the right question? This – for the regulars – is a cozy meeting place, like a village pub where you know everyone, not much conflict except within ourselves.

    Twitter is a bit shouty, restricted to 140 characters so not really for discussion. But imagine there’s a group drinking at the bar and they’re listening to our debate and they keep throwing comments into the mix.

    Our Facebook page is an open forum, anyone can post anything on it. On WordPress we’re protected from spam which is a very good thing.

  264. It could be that blogs have had their day but this place is nice isn’t it?

  265. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes, it is nice, but it does rely on posts, whereas the others don’t. I reckon this has essentially become a facebook site

    I go re visit facebook later and track you down 🙂

  266. chas says:

    Twitter is like having a conversation in a market square.

    I can’t stand Facebook. I find it really insidious.

    This place is like the snug down the local with a roaring fire.
    Storm Barbara is safely locked outside most of the time. 🙂

  267. LB says:

    Coming from someone who cannot seem to get Twitter to work, just telling you that so you understand my level technical uselessness.

    Can someone explain why Facebook would work better than a blog. Or is the reason as simple as you do not need headline posts on Facebook where as a blog obviously does — from time to time?

  268. TotalArsenal says:

    Chasnuts roasting on an open fire 🔥

  269. VP of Oz says:

    Well I’ve done the Christmas Eve mass and said my prayers for Arsenal so we should be good to go on Boxing Day.

  270. GunnerN5 says:

    Well seasons greetings to all.

    For Christmas eve we are making a traditional French Canadian dish called Tourtiere Pie, it consists of a mixture of ground beef, pork and chicken mixed together with thyme, cloves, sage, onion, garlic and a splash of hot sauce baked in a 12′ double crust. Accompanied by mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. There are several different wines as lubricants.

    Tomorrow will be having grain fed free range turkey.

    We are having a quiet family Christmas with just our children and grandchildren.

  271. VP of Oz says:

    After midnight here so wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ve watched Lampoons Christmas Vacation once again, stockings are stuffed with candy, milk and cookies are attended to, so I can now go off to bed (and I have older teenage kids, LOL).
    GN5, Tourtiere Pie sounds awesome.

    Tomorrow will be almost 40 degrees and we are having the family feast with traditional chicken soup followed by roast Turkey and leg of Ham, Potatoes, veg, salads and my mums special reggiano parmigiano ravioli and maybe also some Baccalà. Then cakes, cakes and cakes…

    Gluttony is alive and well here on Christmas day.

  272. GunnerN5 says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours VP. Seems like Christmas day turkey is popular all over the world my sister lives in Rockport Mass, USA and she is cooking Turkey for her family which includes 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

  273. chas says:

  274. LB says:

    Ooooh I like the sound of that pie.

  275. GunnerN5 says:

    Football seems to have become a taboo subject on AA; yesterday I tried on two occasions to start a dialogue and got zero responses, but maybe it’s my deodorant………………..

  276. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s delicious LB, the first time we ate it was in a small restaurant in Quebec City, we asked for a local dish and have enjoyed it every Xmas eve since.

  277. LB – Facebook allows someone to write a comment and for others to reply to that comment thereby creating a thread.

    WordPress filters out spam – of which there is masses – so once a post is published comments are either to do with the post or anything else we fancy. Because we are in the public domain we need to obey rules set by the news gathering agencies that collect and publish our posts.

    Ploughing a lonely furrow would be the same on Facebook as on here. There’s no guarantee that others would be around to respond.

  278. GunnerN5 says:

    One of the key differences is that on Facebook you can see if any of the people that you have friended are chatting live. But with both Facebook and WordPress you are wholly dependant on people being aware of current posts in order to create a meaningful stream.

    I prefer this medium as it allows for new people to make a comment and that gives the benefit of new opinions – whereas many subject specific Facebook sites are by invitation only and they become stale and boring, with the same opinions being expressed in multiple ways.

    AA is blessed with many solid Arsenal supporters who display a good sense of humour and a firm knowledge of the game and our club.

    AA is the place to be.

  279. GunnerN5 says:

    Where are you Raddy, I hope you will return as AA will never be the same without your huge contribution.

  280. chas says:

  281. Rasp says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone, and a big thank you to Chas, Raddy and Micky for keeping it all going.

  282. chas mobile says:

  283. chas mobile says:

  284. Eddie says:

    merry xmas to all xx

  285. RockyLives says:

    Merry Christmas to all on AA and all the very best to you and your loved ones for 2017.

  286. TotalArsenal says:

    Have a fab Christmas, AAers. 😇⚽️☃️

  287. mickydidit89 says:

    Happy Christmas to you all

  288. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody well hope I get some good presents

    Oh ok, not just about me me me. My children will be very happy and that’s the most important.

    Still bloody hope I get what I demanded 🙂

  289. Eddie says:

    well,did you get IT micky?

    I got a window cleaning gadget.

  290. mickydidit89 says:

    They’re all still asleep here Eddie


  291. mickydidit89 says:

    7:07 is brilliant

  292. Eddie says:

    what you demanded

    do you have to wait for them to get up? Surely it has Didit written on IT, just open it

  293. Eddie says:

    I cannot believe BBC. The first day of Christams they started by showing all the people who died this year. How very bloody cheerful.

  294. chas mobile says:

  295. mickydidit89 says:

    A window cleaning gadget!!!

    Will you ever speak to them again?

  296. mickydidit89 says:

    Right, action stations here. Have a great day all of you

  297. Morning all, Happy Xmas everyone

    She’s already offered to swap the window cleaning gadget with something of mine 😉

  298. chas says:

  299. chas says:

    Happy larks to all.
    Sounds like the fun has already started in the Eddie/Peaches household.

  300. Eddie says:

    the gadget was £300, will try to swap it 🙂

  301. Big Raddy says:

    Merry Xmas to all.

    We had our Xmas celebration last night. Duck, cranberry, red cabbage, sugar potatoes etc.

    Dessert is a thick rice pudding filled with chopped almond and served with hot cherry sauce. Within the pudding is one whole almond, whomever receives the almond wins a prize but there is a tradition of the winner hiding the almond until the whole of an enormous rice pudding gets eaten.

    And in the evening Danish TV always show 4 Weddings & funeral – no idea why.

  302. Rasp says:

    Morning all and a very Merry Christmas to everyone everywhere.

  303. VP of Oz says:

    OK, can anyone top this present – my mum got me a wine bag filled with walnuts. She was laughing so much and I thought it was pretty cool cause I love cracking a couple of walnuts together.
    Hope you all had a great day.
    Let the next winning streak start…

  304. Rasp says:

    Still my favourite Christmas song ……..

  305. Big Raddy says:

    One of my faves. Love the simple guitar riff…

  306. Rasp says:

    Still one of the best female voices ….

  307. VP of Oz says:

    Looks like the World Cup of Christmas Movies is playing out on Twitter.
    Final Results for the Quarter Finals –
    Elf 73% vs Home Alone 2 27%
    Home Alone 67% vs Love Actually 33%
    Die Hard 56% vs Its a Wonderful Life 44%
    Gremlins 34% vs Muppets Christmas Carol 66%

  308. VP of Oz says:

    Semi Finals
    Home Alone 53% vs Die Hard 47%
    Elf 52% vs Muppets Christmas Carol 48%

  309. VP of Oz says:

    World Cup FInal
    winner was Home Alone 51% vs Elf 49%

  310. Eddie says:

    I got the best and the worst xmas presents. The worst I already told you, the best a framed phhoto of me and my grandchildren all laughing our heads off 🙂

  311. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie all are still in bed here as it’s only 6:36am. Last night we took a family picture of everybody laughing while we were all wearing silly Santa Hats.

  312. Eddie says:

    GN5 – I forgot!!! That’s what I wanted to do – take a photo of 4 generations, damn damn damn

    Post the photo here, in absence of footy we might as well have a best photo competition

  313. GunnerN5 says:

    My son has it in his camera, I’ll see if he can figure out how to post it – but he won’t be here until this evening when you guys will all be tucked up in bed..

    Merry Xmas to you and yours, and lets all hope for a superb Arsenal year – ending with a trophy or two……….

  314. Happy Christmas

    It’s that time of year again were my thoughts turn to Steve Archibald. Did you know that Archibald was bought by Barcalona as a replacement for Diego Maradona? This is a man that ruined my 1982 Christmas dinner by appearing on top of the pops with Chas & Dave. His presence also affected my libido, so I blame him for my divorce

    However, one thing we can learn from Archibald is that any thing is possible. If your sitting at home feeling lonely don’t worry about it, next year Barca may give you a call to replace Messi. Short of cash? Who cares, Archibald made tons but lost it all by pumping it into the aspiring political career of Chris Waddle. “Chris is destined for political greatness, Prime Minister, followed by lucrative after dinner speaking to the City of London”

    Lack of sex? Look closely at Steve Archibald.

    So remember, do not despair, anything is possible. I repeat…..Archibald was bought as a replacement for Diego Maradona.

  315. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Terry all the best to you and yours and thank you for the Xmas smile.

    Will the ghosts stir our team into action and back to the top?

  316. chas mobile says:

  317. Merry Xmas to you and the family GN5.

    Yes, the Ghosts will stir. I don’t buy any of this negativity or feeling sorry for yourself nonsense. That’s for blokes who aint got the bottle to pull or Keith Chequin.

    We’ve got the best team, all we need to do is fight for the right to play. Other teams ain’t got our quality so are reduced to trying to stop us.

    My Christmas message to the players is fight for the right to self expression you soft bastards. If that don’t work, then at least in the future you will be able to write poetry and gain an appreciation of opera.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  318. GunnerN5 says:

    TMHT 🙂 🙂 🙂

  319. Eddie says:

    Steve Archibald 🙂 anything is possible, I love it 🙂

  320. wally says:

    Merry Xmas to all of AA. I enjoy reading it all!

  321. What a shocking year ….George Michael dies at 53

  322. mickydidit89 says:

    Aaaaaand…..match day. At last

    Morning all

    Hope we all had an excellent day yesterday

  323. mickydidit89 says:

    6.6 goals per game. Proper football

    Hope you lot going get a cracker. Wish I was

    Did you eat and drink too much yesterday? Hope not, we don’t want your performance today to anything less than grossly irresponsible

  324. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Sobered up?

  325. mickydidit89 says:

    Razor sharp, Erik, razor sharp

    I was about to offer a few words so that we can begin a clean page. Are you up to your usual, or would you like even more rest 🙂

  326. chas says:

  327. mickydidit89 says:

    I guess Eddie is cleaning windows

    What time does the Antmobile rock up for a 3pmko?

  328. Big Raddy says:

    I’m on it Micky.

    Shocked about George Michael, not my favourite music but a talented chap nonetheless. Met him lurking in Hampstead Heath once

  329. mickydidit89 says:

    Excellent news Erik, can’t wait to read

  330. chas says:

    10 o’clock

  331. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

  332. Big Raddy says:

    chas. My favourite Stones track.

  333. chas says:

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