An Afternoon for Attack?

Are you confident of a win today? Really?

We always used to win at Southampton but in recent years our win ratio has plummeted.


Given the lack of Elneny, Xhaka and Cazorla we are reduced to just two effective MF’s -Ramsey and Coquelin, a partnership which has yet to blossom. Furthermore, we are playing Watford in the PL on Tuesday and away at The Bridge on Saturday.

AW has problems. How will he resolve them? Will he play AR/Coq in all three games? Or Sanchez and Ozil? Or will he prioritise the PL? I know I would.

Much as I love the FAC the need to have our best team available and fresh for Chelsea is paramount. So, what is the solution? Do we go all gung-ho in Didit style or do we throw in an extra defender in the hope we can keep it tight and sneak a win?

I would prefer the all-out attack route, either go down in flames or live to fight again following a glorious victory.

My Team:


      Gabriel     Mustafi    Holding    Gibbs

Ox     Coquelin     Iwobi

Perez    Sanchez    Welbeck

There is zero chance AW will play this team, but it would be great if he would.

I would keep Bellerin for Tuesday and play Gabriel, giving instruction to Ox to play the Ramsey role and get up the wings. In other words, a 3 at the back with Gibbs pushed further into midfield.

Imagine how worried the S’ton defence would be to face such a potent front line. If only Theo were fit to play his former team, but Perez is a fine replacement.

Is Welbeck ready to start a game? If so, should it be at St. Mary’s or at the Emirates on Tuesday. I would give the fellow a run this afternoon but doubt AW will.

Mr Wenger has said he will play one or two youngsters, so perhaps Maitland-Niles will start alongside Coquelin with Ox pushed further forward. Or even better we may get to see The Jeff!

Mr. Wenger will have a chance to rest his ageing bones in the stands, talking into his sleeve to Steve Bald (sp.) who will undoubtedly ignore him.

And what of the opposition?  They play in red and white striped shirts and black shorts. Matt Le Tissier used to play for them. So did Kevin Keegan and Gareth Bale.

And they have a very good young Danish MF called Højbjerg  (which means High Mountain) whom they signed from Bayern Munich.

We have a mountain to climb this afternoon. We have the necessary equipment, all we need is a bit of luck, the right weather and steely determination. It worked for Hillary and Tenzing – it will work for The Arsenal





108 Responses to An Afternoon for Attack?

  1. LB says:

    Superb read BR

  2. LB says:

    I don’t think Wenger will change too much.


    Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Gibbs




    This would be my guess.

  3. chas mobile says:

    Super stuff, BR.
    Ant and me like your team.
    We think Theo may get a game.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Wonderful bird. Makes me proud to be a Gooner

  5. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, excellent witty PM. I agree, we may as well go out fighting so let’s send out an attacking side and take our chances.

    I think we could see Gabriel alongside Holding at CB …. we can’t afford any more injuries or suspensions.

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Wow. Not a good afternoon for L’pool 😀

  7. chas mobile says:

    Ant’s working his way down the board

  8. Eddie says:

    ant @2:45 – amazing! Cold January day and on your photo flowers are in bloom and women wear summer clothing! If I didn’t know any better I would have thought you are a liar presenting photos taken god knows where and hell knows when

  9. chas mobile says:

    That’s what happens on a pretendie. ☺

  10. Eddie says:

    thanks Raddy for a great PM. I think you are right and Wenger will prioritise the PL. As much as I hate losing, I won’t throw my toys out of the pram if we get kicked out of the competition today. Chavs next week is far more important and prestigious game to win

    gung ho DidIt style 🙂

  11. chas mobile says:

    We had a beer in the Giddy Aunt but forgot to take a photo so Ant got that from Google.
    Nice SherlockING.
    We’re now at The Guide Dog.

  12. chas mobile says:

    Taken in 2015!

  13. Eddie says:

    you will need a bloody guide dog if you started drinking at noon for the 5:30 ko!!! Do any of you care who wins today?

  14. Ant says:

    At least we see the game (through blurry beer spectacles)

  15. chas mobile says:

    You have been considering not supporting Arsenal anymore because it’s not worth the stress.
    How dare you question who we want to win.

  16. Eddie says:

    how date you?? already pissed, happy no matter who wins

    You watch a few games sober, mate, and then see how long you’ll last with your support

  17. chas mobile says:

    What you on about mad Polish?

  18. Eddie says:

    your spelling you sly English

  19. Ant says:

    Football was not made to watch sober

  20. Ant says:

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Sobriety never works for me when watching the Arsenal

  22. Eddie says:

    no Raddy, doesn’t work for anyone

    whose mutt is that?

  23. Hello everyone

    Nice attacking team 🙂 Midfield could be a bit of a problem but hey ho we love the FA cup 🙂 🙂 🙂

  24. Speaking of sobriety I’m going for a delicious red.

    Theo Danny and Lucas ……,,surely that’s one of our dream front threes

  25. Eddie says:

    behave peaches!! delicious red, dream fronts, love the cup…it is football you are talking about, not Chelsea bloody flower show

  26. fred1266 says:

    Why we only playing perez on the wings

  27. Eddie says:

    Feo and Ox are wingers, Perez should go through the middle

  28. Big Raddy says:

    I got 8/11. Happy with that!

    Good start from the boys, much better than the other Arsenal, and great to see Theo back.

  29. Eddie says:

    well done Raddy. So Wenger had seen your team selection, a couple of twicks, and off we go. Simple 🙂 you could be earning £7m pa

  30. Rasp says:

    Nice quick paced passing so far …. The Ox needs a goal for his confidence

  31. Eddie says:

    oh wow!!!!

    hi sweetie

  32. Rasp says:

    Oh Danny Boy 🙂 🙂 superb 3 passes leading up to a sublime finish 🙂

  33. Big Raddy says:

    Danny’s first of the season. There will be many.

    Deep joy.

  34. I like this team, well balanced, not sure if Maitland-Niles and Jeff would cope against a top midfield but they’re doing ok here

  35. Rasp says:

    Hi Eddie 😉 you’re not going to let me forget that 🙂

  36. Eddie says:

    no sweetie, I won’t 🙂 🙂 how could I?? Nobody, EVER called ME sweetie 🙂

    that was a REALLY superb goal

  37. Eddie says:

    what peaches 🙂 you said I could borrow him

  38. Wow wow wow Danny, welcome back

  39. fred1266 says:

    Xhaka teaching Ox those over the top balls

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Wow, Our reserves are good!!

  41. Rasp says:

    Danny … pace and power … magnificent.

  42. Eddie says:

    …and good looks sweetie
    we are long overdue a charismatic striker

    we are giving them too many opportunities, I could be costly

  43. Eddie says:

    some assist ey??

  44. Rasp says:

    Nice pass from Perez again leading up to the0’s goal

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely goal but awful defending from S’ton.

    Our front three are tearing them apart.

  46. Where’s our attack loving blogger? Well taken toe poke by Theo

  47. Big Raddy says:

    How is there 2 mins of added time? No subs. No injuries.

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    I cannot speak

    Sitting here in a puddle of dribble, I’m totally numb with excitement

  49. Rasp says:

    Danny, Alexis and Lucas …. our dream front 3 Micky??

  50. There you are, you dribble away, it’s bloody brilliant 🙂 🙂 🙂

  51. Eddie says:

    too much detail DidIt

  52. Big Raddy says:

    9 changes and we have played superb football.

    Mustafi excellent at the back, what a buy he has been.

    And up front we have two 17m players who are working wonderfully together.

    But …. S’ton have been woeful

  53. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. We are playing Didit style 😀

  54. Eddie says:

    Danny, Alexis and Ollie for last minutes headers

    Seriously though, Welbeck was just brilliant. Shit, shit, shit, why couldn’t he be fit last season, beginning of this season, we could have won the league in 2016 and 2017 with him in form

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    I’m about to lose control

  56. Eddie says:

    ha ha ha , go on then

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    Arsene IS wearing a wire 🙂

  58. Rasp says:

    Arsene should leave it to Steve Bould ….

  59. Rasp says:

    Anyone else detect shades of Diaby in Reine-Adelaide’s play?

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Can that be true? According to the commentator AFC have used 26 players this season against S’ton!

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Is that 13 goals for Theo this season from just 19 starts and 2 subs?

  62. Rasp says:

    They’re singing ‘Steve Bould’s red army’ 🙂

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh God, now Iwobi to join that attack

    More spillage imminent

  64. fred1266 says:

    Rasp u mentioned Diaby next thing I see Jeff rolling on the ground

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Thank you for the PM
    I read it on the beach and got very excited your attack
    It’s been a great day

  66. Rasp says:

    Although 2 players have scored 2 goals each, there is a good shout for the ox as motm

  67. Splendid hat trick from Theo 🙂

  68. fred1266 says:

    Perez gets a 10 who ever doing the review

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    That was fantastic

  70. Great game from The Ox too

  71. Love that Arsene stood to applaud Danny’s first goal

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Wherever you may be 🙂 🙂

  73. LB says:

    Just got back from watching it in a sports bar in Marylebone and am surprised how much I was thinking has already been written: Jeff has so many of Diaby’s dribbling treats, Ox was also my MOTM and Perez should get 10 for his performance.

    Love Micky’s comment

    “Ladies and gentleman

    I’m about to lose control.”

  74. Big Raddy says:

    A fine start to the evening. Some celebratory drinking of mead and perhaps a virgin sacrifice should set me up for a lazy sunday.


  75. IanRealGunner says:

    A mention for Maitland-Niles as well. Very assured performance

  76. Rasp says:

    Dare I say ….. there were no square pegs in round holes … it was a very well balanced team

  77. LB says:

    I am off out tonight so there won’t be an LB offering in the morning.

  78. chas mobile says:

    Brilliant team selection by AW today.
    Soton second string were really poor after their 2 leg semi exploits but you can only beat what’s put in front of you.

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    It was Chas, so the hat is doffed in the French direction 🙂

    Bet you two had a great day

  80. Ant says:

    majestic day Micky. And back to the hotel for MOTD after 28 pints

  81. mickydidit89 says:

    Nice morning today isn’t it?

  82. LB says:

    I just noticed your title again BR, spot on.

  83. mickydidit89 says:


    Let me have a stab about your evening out

    The wine flowed, the conversation genial and upbeat while you picked up the bill 🙂

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Do you want me to churn out some of my “feelings”

  85. LB says:


    I have a quick something if you want, let me know?

  86. Zed says:

    That was a terrible performance and result!! Dreadful!!

    How could Arsene put out such a team? Why did our guys have to show how tremendous our squad is?

    There are now poor, broken moaners everywhere who are having to show sour smiles and say ‘well it’s only one game’ — and perhaps there are others who do not know what to do with themselves — perhaps hara-Kiri?

    That was absolutely fandamntastic and everything you could want from an exuberant game of football, [well if you were an arsenal fan] 🙂 and some of our kids, The Jeff, Niles and Holding were superb, while the Ox, Perez, Danny and Theo, and ……. well all of them were tremendous!!!!

    Wonderful! 😀

  87. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Get scribbling Micky.

    Should we have some player ratings – they are a good discussion stimulus?

    Ooops just read LB’s note. Sort it out between you

  88. LB says:

    I will put mine in drafts, use it if you wish, no biggy, I have got to go out for a few hours.

  89. Thanks LB, if something comes from Micky I’ll combine them if that’s ok with you

  90. mickydidit89 says:

    Just sent but I’d prefer an LB any day

  91. LB says:

    Sorry Micky

    My mistake, Peaches I am happy for you to choose how best to use mine or if you think best not I also understand, it would be nice to get a different perspective.

  92. mickydidit89 says:


    Use both, just switch the credits and I’ll buy you an extra kebab next time 🙂

  93. Big Raddy says:

    Excellent. Two posts to read about a 5 goal away victory

  94. On it, back in a bit…….oh gosh maybe Chas has got there before me, probably need pics

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    Off gardening
    Hope to get back to read an LB by Me 🙂

  96. New Post everyone ………………..

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