Santi Cazorla – Out For The Season

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Cazorla has been out since limping out of the Champions League group stage game against Ludogorets at the Emirates Stadium in October.

He underwent surgery in December and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hoped the 32-year-old would be back before the end of the season.

But Spain international Cazorla is now focusing on being fit for next season.

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This news from BBC Sports makes me wonder if Arsenal would have been more capable of challenging for trophies if he Santi had not been injured. In my opinion he is the type of player that definitely makes a difference and he has been sorely missed. Our midfield has been one of the keys to our success and without him it has not been nearly as efficient or effective.

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I also wonder if after close to a year off he will return as the same player who left, we may well have seen the last of Santi at his brilliant best – but I hope I’m wrong.

What are your thoughts –

Would we have been able to achieve more with him playing this season?

Do you think he will be as effective next season?

Written by GunnerN5

 

We all love Santi. Even other clubs fans love the little Spaniard. Plays with a smile, incredibly talented, famously two-footed, a tough tackler for a diminutive chap. He is the player around whom Mr Wenger could and should have built his team – the natural successor to Fabregas.

But Mr Wenger couldn’t and didn’t. Instead he signed Xhaka and Elneny, neither of whom has the skill sets of Cazorla. Why? Because as much as Cazorla is a wonderful player, he is fragile and even worse, ageing and fragile.

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Yesterday we got the news that Cazorla is out for the season having played his last game in October. He managed just 11 games this season and only 21 the season before. Prior to that he was averaging  well over 40 games per season. At the ripe old age of 32, things are not going to get better even if Santi devotes the next 5 months to getting fit for next season.

Would you give him a new contract? Should AFC pay him a few million to sit in the stands and train a bit?

No doubt, Santi brings huge benefits to off-field squad cohesion and well-being. He is universally loved. Furthermore, his influence and instruction to the youth players must be a massive boon for all concerned. But is that enough?

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We have seen today, with the sacking of Ranieri, that there is no sentiment in football, if you are not performing the exit door awaits. It is not Cazorla’s fault that he is injury-prone but neither is it AFC’s.

In my opinion Santi is worth another year or two (we kept Diaby & Arteta) if only for his wonderful spirit, however, from a purely pragmatic point of view, Arsenal are likely to see a diminishing return on their investment into Cazorla.

The Metro states that Cazorla signed a new one year contract in December 2016, but this is not confirmed by the club (as far as I can find out). It is not my money and the opportunity to see the Spanish Magician in an Arsenal shirt is an appealing prospect, but if it were my money I may think differently.

written by Big Raddy

 

 

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167 Responses to Santi Cazorla – Out For The Season

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Sorry that you have to read two posts! I didn’t realise GN5 had written a similar post.

  2. chas says:

    Thanks to you both.

    I would have thought we’d have been far more effective if Santi had stayed fit.

    Fingers crossed he’ll come back as good as ever, though it seems we always have to have at least one person (often more) who’s got a long-term injury or is out for the season.

    I’d always give players the benefit of the doubt with contracts, though, as you say BR, it’s not my money. (Many in our fanbase would disagree and think that it is their money, I’m sure)

    Transfermarkt thinks Santi’s current contract ends in June this year with the last contract extension signed in Jul 2015. But who knows?

  3. GoonerB says:

    Thanks GN5 and Raddy, and thanks to Micky for his post. Sorry I wasn’t about to comment.

    I wouldn’t look at Santi as a future saviour of Arsenal, the player that will correct all of our wrongs, but I would look to extend his contract if he is happy to stay with us on a reduced playing basis. He may fancy a return to Spain but sometimes players at his stage realise that playing less at a big club but still being an important contributor is an appealing situation.

    He is the type of player, with his experience, personality and skill level, that I feel will be as important around the training ground and dressing room in his influence as he is as a player on the pitch.

    Personally I think our past practices of not offering decent contracts to over 30’s senior players has been shown to have been flawed. We have lost a lot of that experienced senior player with Arsenal seeping through their blood accordingly, those players that can positively influence the next generation, and we need to retain some of that where we can.

    While no Tony Adams in this sense I definitely feel Santi has some of that in him and should be persuaded to stay if possible. Even if not quite at his prior best he can still feel he can be a very important player. We should, however, be aiming towards our best first 11 next year being without Santi in it, but that he remains an excellent go to player in the squad.

    How to make it better though…..mmmmm

  4. GoonerB says:

    Sorry Raddy if it sounds a tad confrontational but :

    “It is not Cazorla’s fault that he is injury-prone but neither is it AFC’s”.

    Not AFC’s fault….can we be sure about this looking at the bigger picture of a trend towards injury prone players over the last 12 years or so?

  5. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear no posts for several days and then two on the same subject the same day. Raddy your post is a hands down winner!!

    I apologize in advance but I will be missing for several hours as I have to take my disabled daughter on a grocery run.

    Leicester City sacking Raneri is an absolute disgrace and If I’m to believe the reports I’ve been reading the reason for his dismissal is the fact that the players don’t like him! If that is the case then the players are the disgrace after all they are professional’s and are paid enormous sums of money to use their skills. I know a club cannot sack it’s player base but one would hope (in vain) that the club would stand by it’s manager and make some examples of the players. Only one word truly describes this – UNBELIEVABLE!

    By the way I sure hope that Santi is not finished as a player even if he no longer plays for the Arsenal.

  6. chas says:

    GN5

    The way I understand it, some of the senior players complained about Ranieri directly to the owners, so it seems unlikely they would also make examples of the very players the owners listened to as they stabbed him in the back.

    I completely agree about the players, though, it’s almost as if they absolve themselves of all responsibility for the failure of the club this season when they lapped up the praise when things were going well last season.

    This kind of behaviour seems prevalent in football in general and to use Gary Lineker’s words in a slightly different context, the whole thing is becoming ‘gut-wrenchingly sad’.

  7. chas says:

    U23s second half versus Chelsea coming up on AFC.com.

    2-0 up at half-time, Holding and Malen.

  8. chas says:

    4-1 final score.
    Maitland-Niles looks very good.
    Willock, Malen and Nelson skillful.
    Bramall very fast indeed.
    AW freezing his tats off on the touchline behind Gatting.

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks very much GN5 and Erik

    Much appreciated

    Apols, very brief visit. Busy. Yip, Santi is definitely a stayer in my book. Sure he’s at the end of his career, but he’s good and most importantly he’s a tryer.

    The Leicester player fiasco underlines my pissed offiness with the over pampered non tryers, and we have our share of those.

    My summer cull would be based more around attitude than anything, and the likes of Sanchez and Santi would be at the top of my sign da tings list.

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Player of the Year, Mahrez, has done a wonderful job this season. Over-paid, and completely useless.

    Thank goodness we didn’t sign him.

    Just the sort of chap to put the dagger into a very decent man.

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik

    I’ve been looking quite keenly at players faces as they trudge off after a loss and all too often they scream don’t give a shit.

    Back to Leicester, their success was very much down to togetherness and team spirit, and as in life, it’s easy to be good when things are going well. You only see the true character when the going gets tough

    We’ve seen a change since Sanchez arrived, but it only takes one or two bad seeds to undo the team spirit

    If I was Arsene, I’d get Sanchez to sign up as the highest priority, and at any cost.

  12. Thank you gentleman.

    As soon I heard the extent of Santi’s injury I had an image of been stuck in a lift with Malcolm Rifkind.

    The thought of missing our two footed pivot and Rifkind explaining how a visiti to a newly opened Grammar School gave him ‘a most curious urge’ was to much to bear.

    Santiago fits our team perfectly. Next time a man who thinks Clive of India is a curry house says “Those Conductors in a orchestra? Don’t really do anything do they? For that kind of money I could wave me hands about and act like a poof”. Just ask the buffoon to watch Carzola.

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Terry. It seems unanimous that we all love our Santi. I like Raddy’s line that he plays with a smile – he sure does and it’s infectious. My belief is that injures have been the main reason we have achieved less than (some) expected during AW’s time at Arsenal. He has been blighted with key players missing season after season and I still remember how some “fans” blamed the injuries on his training methods.
    .

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Transplant

    That is what I wish I’d said 🙂

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas thank you for adding the photo and publishing my mini post.

    I still cannot believe the total lack of class shown by Leicester in sacking the manager who pulled a giant rabbit out of the hat.

    Players the likes of Vardy and Mahrez should hang their heads in shame – but most of all my wrath is directed towards the classless, cowardly ownership who should allowed Raneri to manage for the balance of the season. If the team suddenly starts winning games it will become obvious where the blame really belonged.

  16. Eddie says:

    santi definitely deserves two great posts 🙂
    and another year or 2 at the club

  17. Eddie says:

    fattie – I am a Comanchie 🙂 I wanted them to get away 😦

  18. Eddie says:

    pretty boy got away with it, excellent, that’s what I like to see 🙂

  19. chas says:

    Cold feet after their Wembley debacle?

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    What a lovely read.

  21. fatgingergooner says:

    I don’t understand the outrage with the Ranieri sacking. Players are labelled as not good enough after 1 or 2 games these days so if a manager’s been doing as poorly as Ranieri has for the last 6 months then surely he’s ripe for a sacking. I’m not saying I agree with how ruthless modern football is but I can understand why they’ve sacked him.

  22. chas mobile says:

  23. Eddie says:

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport, according to a family friend

    Officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    7:16 Bloody street performer. What does he do next, juggle, eat fire? Dickhead if you ask me 🙂

  25. Eddie says:

    2 of them micky, two dickheads which always makes the crime worse, conspiracy

    those black and white old pics are fab though

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    Rugger today.

    Scotland Wales 14:25
    Ireland France 16:50

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    2 of them?

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh yes, just spotted the other dickhead at the top 🙂

    Still firing up I am

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    FGG

    I do see your point about Leicester in that they’re losing every league game. I think the general point is that bar Cante, it’s the same players, and maybe it’s their attitude that stinks rather than the manager

    If I was the owner, I’d have stepped in and told them it’s cold showers at 6am followed by a cross country run every morning or they’re on the next plane to Thailand for a dose of something from a ladyboy 🙂

  30. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy and GN5, I agree with all that has been said.

    I love the way Santi plays with a smile on his face, he is an irrepressible midfield maestro …. did any of you see the amazing skills of his tiny son on the lap of appreciation at the end of last season ….. step overs, tricks, an eye for goal …. sign him up now! 🙂

    As for the Ranieri sacking …. I’m speechless …. I’d be deeply ashamed of my club (and players) if I were a Leicester fan.

    In relation to Arsenal, we may be about to go into an attritional couple of years where we may lose some of our current players with silky skills but perhaps not the heart for the game. Of course I’d say buy top quality where possible, but attitude would be top of my list of criteria.

  31. Rasp says:

    Mainland-Nyles definitely looks a prospect. It’s players at his stage … and the likes of Iwobi that need good role models ….. not comfortable complacency

  32. Eddie says:

    I forgot to tell you my claim to fame – I walked my dogs yesterday with Kyle Walker’s dogs – 2 gorgeous Frenchies. I told Peaches but she didn’t seem to be impressed 😦 So Kyle lives in Cuffley, interesting, need to find out more

  33. chas mobile says:

  34. Rasp says:

    Don’t tell me you’re becoming infected with totnum affection too Eddie …. you should have infected them with rabies 😦

  35. chas says:

    Those Frenchies look a bit fat

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    7.16. Man was sure to go A over T within the next few seconds.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    It is well said that dogs look like their owners. Kylee Walker is as hideous a sight as his mutts

  38. Eddie says:

    Frenchies are gorgeous. But the one with floppy ear has 2 slipped disks poor doggie
    Today Kyle Walker’s girl friend walked them and let me tell you she does not look like that

    If not for the dogs I would never even notice her, so plain

  39. Eddie says:

    raddy!!!!! they are about £5k each. For a reason – fantastic dogs

    sweetie – my life would be much easier living in Cuffley if I switched alliance. I am waiting till the summer

  40. chas says:

    Norma Stitz

  41. Eddie says:

    now I am thinking if I look like my pug or like pitbull 🙂

  42. Eddie says:

    hleb. I just remembered his name, another traitor. His and Flaminin’s departure really hurt us then

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. It was a major blessing when Hleb left and we got €15m for him from Barca. The man had great skill but no end product.

    IMO neither he nor Flamini were Arsenal standard.

  44. Eddie says:

    raddy – really?? I thought they were very skillful and good team players. They fecked up our midfield by leaving together. I was at the last match of the season then watched them walking around the stadium applauding the fans. It was something about how they behave that it made me certain they were saying their good byes. And they did

    so come on Raddy – owners looking like their dogs – do I look like my pug or the half pit bull 🙂

  45. chas says:

    Sort of halfway between

  46. chas says:

    This is BR’s favourite dog breed at the moment. 🙂

    http://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/havapoo/

  47. Rasp says:

    Eddie, it is impossible to switch football alliance, you should know this by now

  48. chas says:

  49. chas says:

    Shouldn’t it be ‘allegiance’?

  50. Rasp says:

    Mind you, I have considered giving up football altogether recently 😦

  51. Eddie says:

    see sweetie, that is how I feel at the moment. It never bothered me before that all those youngsters with pea size brains but good footballing skills get paid millions upon millions. But now I am sort of bothered that I am obsessing about their kind… Not sure I like it. I like tough man, the good oldfashioned footballer having a beer and a fag at half time. These boys are nothing like it and they are sort yuckie. If they were not footballers I would cross the road not to be too close to them

  52. Eddie says:

    chas – I was looking yesterday at pupps pug x staffie. I adore pugs but they have so many health issues that it is irresponsible to breed them. Staffies are very robust and kind, so maybe I will get one like that, I think they call them spugs 🙂

    anything but a white fluffy dog

  53. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. You are an economist aren’t you? It is simple supply and demand.

    I am more concerned about how bankers and heads of industry get paid millions to lose money.

    I think I look more labrador than Havapoo 😀

  54. Eddie says:

    no, I know nothing about economics raddy.
    You should watch the film fattie recommended ‘Hell or High Water’, it is a lot about banking

    The biggest thieves out there are still the insurance underwriters. You know what happened to my son’s shop? He pays almost £3k a month for insurance and they are refusing to pay for the watches stolen from the cabinets because the glass in cabinets was too thin!! As if any glass would withstand blows from a sledge hammer. Fooking thieves, I hate them

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    Test

  56. GunnerN5 says:

    I just tested my link as I tried to comment several times and they went into etherland.

  57. fatgingergooner says:

    Eddie,

    What did you make of the film? I watched Patriots Day about the Boston Marathon Bombing and it surprisingly decent. I was expecting American cheese but it was good. It’s the same Director/actor combo as Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon which were both pretty decent. Next on the list is Green Room with a Patrick Stewart.

    Have you seen Room? That’s an absolutely brilliant film.

  58. Eddie says:

    fattie – I made comments about the film last night. Towards the end I was disappointed the brothers didn’t get away with the crimes and finally very happy that the pretty boy did.

    I am Comanche 🙂 Good film, thank you for the recommendation. Some shocking images of America, is it really that bad? And Jeff Bridges is such a good actor, don’t you think?

  59. Eddie says:

    re Room – I’ve read the book a couple of years ago, made big impact on me. Didn’t see the film, seems pointless

  60. fatgingergooner says:

    Love Jeff Bridges. The Big Lebowski is a classic and I really enjoyed Crazy Heart and True Grit aswell. A colleague said they are doing another Big Lebowski, I hope that doesn’t happen as they will probably ruin it. I didn’t realise Room was a book. I’m more a movie fan myself. It’s a cracking film so hopefully did the book justice.

  61. Eddie says:

    fattie – I have never seen a film that is better than a book, never
    Tonight I am going to watch Elle, tough woman kind of flick 🙂

    My cousin loved Nocturnal Animals, but I thought it was shite and Tom Ford should stick to perfumes and frocks. Did you see it?

  62. Eddie says:

    fecking chavs.

  63. chas says:

  64. Eddie says:

    what, for the broken leg too? Ejeet

    Arkadiusz Bielik the polish kid. My bro is Arkadiusz, not a nice chap

  65. chas says:

    No idea what you’re on about with that Arkadiusz stuff

  66. Zed says:

    Two good Posts, BR and GN5 – well done guys! 🙂

    Santi is s top notch player, but in my opinion the years and the injuries are catching up on him, and I would be surprised if he stays at Arsenal next season.

    For what it is worth, I also doubt that Mesut and Alexei will be with us next year too. Add the doubts about Arsene’s future and it could be a very different Arsenal next season.

    [I actually think AW will stay — he is addicted to AFC.]

    Interesting times. 🙂

  67. Zed says:

    As regards the Roly Poly Goalie, I think the whole thing is nonsense.

    He may be a bit of a glutton, and not the brightest tool in the box, but he is funny and was not being sneaky as the whole world knew he was going to scoff a pie, more as a joke and little to do with a ‘bet’ – especially as the bet was engineered by SunBet.

    The reaction and the consequences were just out of proportion with the so-called ‘crime’.

    Anyway, it was a pastie and not a pie — so I find him “Not Guilty’. 🙂

  68. chas says:

  69. Eddie says:

    no, I have no idea either 🙂 it is Arakdiusz Milik. Krystian, what kind of a name is that??
    Look chas, I am still very ill, can’t eat which is very worrying in my case, I am always hungry. Bloody man flu is killing me

    Letter Z, keys and unidentified objects – one possibly hand, one possible radiator key

  70. chas says:

    Zed
    Did you see this today?

  71. chas says:

    Eddie
    Ever seen Pulp Fiction?

  72. chas says:

  73. Eddie says:

    I did years ago, is it time to revisit? not everyone has a memory like an elephant

  74. chas says:

    Swhere the still is from

  75. Zed says:

    No, Chas, I did not know Sutton had a GK problem — serves them right. 🙂

    The photo of the Zed charm [or Zee to some 🙂 ] was a nice touch — tho’ I was given the soubriquet Zed – meaning zero – by a lovely lady as she walked out the door for the last time.

    Nah – she’ll be back!! 😀

  76. Zed says:

    Eddie,

    Sorry to learn you are feeling unwell — but ‘man-flu’ is reserved for – mans. 🙂

  77. Zed says:

    By the way, Eddie, your 5:51 to Chas – “no, I have no idea either 🙂 it is Arakdiusz Milik” — I prefer the full cream Milik — not keen on the skimmed milk. 🙂

  78. Eddie says:

    well, I have a bloody awful man flu and that’s it. I think I know better than you what I have 🙂 How are you RA and why are you called Zed now?
    Movie disaster tonight. Elle is a French weird sort of porn film, Anomalisa an animation and The Revenant unwatchable. Bed. Good night

  79. GunnerN5 says:

    NIce to see you commenting again Zed.

  80. GunnerN5 says:

    Man: If I have another drink I’ll really feel it in the morning.

    Woman: If I have another drink you can feel it tonight.

  81. Eddie says:

    we could vote on which player we shouldn’t have sold. And to include Anelka, TH, Cesc, Judas, Hleb, Flamini, Sagna, Na$ri. Not sure if to include Eboue, everyone will vote for him

  82. chas mobile says:

    Eboue for me.

  83. Eddie says:

    me too 🙂
    for that reason let’s not include him in the vote

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    What will determine whether you make the switch this summer?

    Morning All

  85. Eddie says:

    results of course. And Wenger’s whereabouts next season. And Pochettino’s whereabouts next season.

    It is not going to be an easy decision you know 🙂

  86. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, can you be clearer though

    Are you saying you switch if both managers stay and Spurs finish above us?

    ps did you watch any of the rugger yesterday? Those fellas do not ponce about when things get a little tricky

  87. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, it is quite an easy decision really. You simply say to yourself I’m not following serial losers anymore, I’m off to follow a team that win trophies. See ya later.

  88. mickydidit89 says:

    Final question 🙂

    As a Spud, would you still blog on here? I, for one, would like that

  89. Eddie says:

    re rugby – did they go into scrums? I cannot stand that part of rugger, it’s disgusting

    yes, if Wenger stays and we finish in top 4 – I go.
    Wenger stays but we finish outside the top 4 – I will consider my options.
    If Wenger goes and Pochettino comes to us I stay.

    Decisions, decisions

    One way or another I will not watch football unless something changes at Arsenal. The same old, same old scenario – we are in CL, serious contender with only 1-2 players short to challenge for the title, AKB – it is just boring

  90. Eddie says:

    If I become a Tottenham Hot Spur proud supporter I will blog here for as long as Spuds are above Arsenal, which I guess won’t be for very long. Then I will support Arsenal again 🙂 🙂

  91. mickydidit89 says:

    Got it Eddie

    Make a half-half scarf, and hedge your bet, that way you’d be popular in Cuffley with both Gunners and Spuds 🙂

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Eddie. If you become a Spud and continue to blog here, can I abuse you roundly on a daily basis?

    In order to switch to the Swamp Dwellers you will need surgery.

    Removal of a few vertebrae, thus allowing your knuckles to scrape the ground. Brain reduction alongside a thickening and extension of the forehead. And of course, you will have to gain at least 30 kilos.

    Other wise you will just be another fake Spurs fan.

    I suggest you support Bayern Munich. Lovely manager, very good team playing attractive football and winners.

  93. chas mobile says:

    Your new Twitter handle could be Cuffley Spur 4 lyfe.

  94. chas mobile says:

    Watch out for the MKBs, they’ll mess with your head.

  95. Eddie says:

    Bayern are German!! I could never support anything Deutch, brrrr…..

    what are MKBs?

  96. chas mobile says:

    ‘Mauricio Knows Best’ s

  97. chas mobile says:

    Pocchetino Sucks Goats?

  98. I’m afraid I have to warn you Eddie.

    If you become one of them, I will have no choice but to stay in contact.

  99. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah Transplant, just the man

    I believe you’re familiar with the seedier side of North London’s underworld, any idea where Eddie could get a Steve Archibald poster or even a tight fitting Steve Perryman full strip?

  100. chas says:

  101. Eddie says:

    is it Lady Victoria Beckham?

  102. chas says:

  103. VP of Oz says:

    Mauricio Pochettino has questioned Tottenham’s readiness to win a trophy and admits the squad must be strengthened in the summer.

    A second consecutive season in the Champions League would be a considerable achievement — one Tottenham have never achieved before

    Tottenham cannot compete with the likes of Chelsea and the Manchester clubs in the transfer market and their spending power has been restricted further while their new stadium is being built.

    FA Cup is there last chance to end their nine-year wait for silverware.

    Eddie, Spuds come across as a very very sad team heading for the abyss. I wish you the very best. Cheers Big Ears:-)

  104. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie,

    All I can think is that any Arsenal supporter even thinking about becoming a Spudster must be suffering from an awful dose of the Poch!

  105. GunnerN5 says:

    This is a statement from Sam Allardyce and it points out a few important things to me.

    1. The only hope most have is to stay in the PL

    2. For over 20 years of my support for Arsenal the team had no hope.

    3. Note that Sam praises their supporters for their positive attitude and helping to push the team to a victory.

    4. Imagine how Arsenal supporters would treat their players if all the team could do was win the race of the bottom seven. Or even how they treat the players for a simple misplaced pass?

    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Sam’s quote.

    “I see the bottom seven as the Premier League table we need to try and win. There’s never been a bigger win than this all season.”

    The win was Allardyce’s first home victory in the Premier League since he joined the club and saw his side move up to 17th in the league.

    The 62-year-old, who has never been relegated from the top flight, praised the support from the home crowd.

    “Selhurst Park was rocking today. It felt like they really enjoyed the commitment from the players and really got behind us,” he said.

  106. Eddie says:

    the more you are trying to talk me out of it the more I want to rebel 🙂

    where is LB these days? too warm to ski and too cold to cycle, what is he up to?

  107. chas mobile says:

    Sick of the bullshit?

  108. Eddie says:

    that McCulloch is an utter cretin
    not only the jokes are not very funny he is laughing as if he never heard a joke in his life. Own joke that it. What a tool

  109. chas says:

    Rugby superb again.
    Most enjoyable.

  110. Big Raddy says:

    Another terrific game of rugby, even the referees are entertaining.

    If they mic’ed up the refs at football it would add to the game and reduce the abusive behaviour towards them from players.

  111. chas says:

  112. chas says:

    BR
    It would be hilarious if the refs were mic’ed up.
    Wayne Rooney would have to wear gaffer tape over his gob.

  113. chas says:

  114. Rasp says:

    I hope our guys are watching this game … Southampton are giving a masterclass in effort and desire …..

  115. fatgingergooner says:

    Don’t know if anyone can verify this but my mate just said that United have scored 8 offside goals this season and had 9 fair goals against them incorrectly ruled out. He said it’s an official stat.

  116. chas says:

    Even when we’re not playing, other teams’ performances are used against us.

  117. chas says:

  118. chas says:

  119. Rasp says:

    Give me a break Chas, I’m an Arsenal supporter, so that is always uppermost in my mind, and I believe you are one of several who commented about our lack of team commitment in recent games.

  120. chas says:

    Maybe so, but when we’re not even playing, can’t we have just a short rest from the endless negativity?

  121. Rasp says:

    Your idea of negativity and mine are quite different. I’m just urging our players who I believe in, to give more, I don’t see that as a negative. I’m not trying to piss people off.

  122. chas says:

    So you think 6.05 is urging them on, I think it’s implied criticism.
    I suppose we ought to leave it at that, maybe.

  123. Rasp says:

    Well they don’t read the blog … it was just a simple point for discussion. Fair enough if no one wants to hear it ….

  124. chas mobile says:

    Others probably do.

  125. mickydidit89 says:

    I do. The team is full of slack bastards 🙂

    Morning all.

    Chas,
    The W’Ham fan is right up there. Superbly dim 🙂

  126. Eddie says:

    I do. If we can only criticise our players when they are actually on the pitch then you need to stop drinking before games 🙂 then might see the point we are making

  127. Eddie says:

    Oscars 🙂 🙂 fake news – Oscars given and taken back as Faye Dunaway announces the wrong winner

    I have a rule never to watch films that won Oscars and was actually delighted that La La land won, I don’t fancy watching that shit. oh well, won’t watch Moonlight instead

  128. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, I’m now getting a bit cheesed off with winter. Whatever I did yesterday resulted in getting drenched from above.

  129. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    Do they screen the Oscars on a main uk tv channel?

  130. Eddie says:

    no micky, I watched on some rubbish American stream.

    Look how fake is all that American shit – last year Oscars were critisiced over giving Oscars to whites only and hooray this year all the Oscars go to blacks. Ridiculous! They still see skin colour as qualifying/disqualifying factors.

    If I was black I would probably be insulted

  131. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    While I may think Trump has the emotional intelligence of an anchovy, Chas’ tweet of his about Russian fake news whatever was correct

    Right, long day ahead, beginning with school run.

  132. Eddie says:

    how do you know that micky?

  133. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I hate that my favourite player is doing so well for my least favourite manager.

  134. RC78 says:

    Quick note:
    – Mourinho won two trophies already thanks to 1 man – Ibra
    – Let us not finish behind Utd this season. We had 10 point on them at one point of thes eason. It would be a disgrace!

    – Cazorla must be kept.
    – We made a surplus of nearly 200 Mln pounds in turnover this year

    Idea of a post:

    Let us look at who has less than two years of contract left and give your opinion, on who should stay and who should leave?

  135. Rasp says:

    Good idea RC ….. get writing 🙂

  136. Big Raddy says:

    Looking forward to RC’s post 😀

  137. fatgingergooner says:

    I see Jonker and Ljungberg have gone to Wolfsburg. Bit of a blow to the youth team but hopefully we can loan some of our prospects out to them. There’s also the chance it could help us in any pursuit of Ricardo Rodriguez. We were linked with him in the summer. They also have Luis Gustavo, Guilavogui and Jung who we’ve been linked with before. Not sure any would strengthen us these days but could be interesting to see if we sign any of their players in the summer.

  138. Big Raddy says:

    FGG Can I take your comment to use for a post?

    Too late, I have taken the liberty 🙂

  139. GoonerB says:

    Evening all.

    FGG, any indication as to why Jonker and Ljunberg have left us? Is it a blow or was it by mutual consent because we have better alternatives to come in? One would think that Wolfsburg is a step down for them so I am intrigued by what this one means.

  140. GoonerB says:

    Don’t worry FGG, I should really have researched it a bit more before I asked. Just done that and I see Jonker has become 1st team coach and Freddie assistant so just a natural career progression for them.

  141. Big Raddy says:

    Could be a stepping stone one the road to AFC manager

  142. chas says:

    Reckon we ought to go for the new Leicester manager – he seems shit hot.

  143. chas says:

    I’d imagine that 9:42 is actually #fakenews invented by Gazidis to help sell the contract extension.

  144. chas says:

    Still fourth, thanks Shakespeare’s boys.

  145. chas says:

  146. chas says:

  147. fatgingergooner says:

    Great result at Leicester. They seemed to try very hard tonight. 🤔

    GB, Jonker is the new Wolfsburg boss but you’ve obviously spotted that already. 😀

    I see I’ve inadvertently created a post since I last came on. I think I’m going to start writing in 140 characters like they do on twitter to avoid this happening again! 😂

    Tielemans scored another screamer this weekend

  148. chas says:

    Saw that Tielemans goal yesterday.
    Superb, I can’t remember the last time a goal has been scored like that in the Prem.

    Unrelated

  149. chas says:

  150. Eddie says:

    good luck to Ljungberg!

    I think Wenger should take up the Chinese offer and start packing his cases, good move for him

  151. Eddie says:

    I am off, National Speed Awareness course today 😦 😦 ffs

  152. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I hear the Awareness course is really good fun. Pizza and beer in the lunch break

  153. Big Raddy says:

    Millwall fan is fascinating. Can they breed?

  154. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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