Sanchez or Aguero?

It is difficult to emphasise how important this afternoon is, for the club and the fans.

For the players, it is just another game and should they lose this and all the games to season’s end, they will still be millionaires and be in demand throughout the world. There is the rub.


In my youth Man City were my second team, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Franny Lee etc were exciting to watch and won the title; the current MC team remind me of that fine team. Capable of wonderful flowing football but also able to grind out a result. And like that old team they have a colourful manager, though Malcolm Allison was more of a nutter than Guardiola!

Would you say that City are doing worse than us this season? I think so. They have spent hundreds of millions and brought in the most lauded manager in world football. Have they more chance of winning the title or the CL than us? Massive under-achievement for the investment.

Player for player I would say that we are not far apart. I wish we had bought De Bruyne but understand why we didn’t, given his absence this afternoon the player we have to marshal is the wonderful David Silva. I love the way this man plays. Close him out and we will win (make that Silva, Sterling and Aguero!)

Who would you prefer leading the line for Arsenal, Sanchez or Aguero? Both marvellously talented, hard workers. When I was young the idea that players of this standard would play in England was mind-boggling. Imagine Pele or Maradonna playing in the PL. Today we accept it as normal.

Arsenal: Where to start? We were just rubbish at WBA, yet are likely to start almost the same team. Hopefully Sanchez will play through the middle and change position with Welbeck. Our problems at set pieces are alarming but fairly easily solved (practice, concentration and application), and the defence will prefer the pace of MC’s attack.

Our Team:


Bellerin    Mustafi     Koscielny     Monreal

Ox    Xhaka     Coquelin

Walcott    Sanchez     Welbeck

Ramsey or Coquelin? Sorry Aaron, you have struggled this season and we need the security of Coquelin with the threat of Silva.

The fans? It is so important  they back the side even if they struggle, it will be horrible to hear (or not) the Emirates return to the vitriol of recent times.

If we can score early I think we can win.

Can our boys halt the downward spiral of recent weeks? Let us hope so.


146 Responses to Sanchez or Aguero?

  1. Zed says:

    Morning, and good stuff, BR, thank you for the pre-Match. 🙂

    [Would you excuse me for a moment, if I add my EEEEEDDiiiiiiiiiieieeiiieiii to those of yours and Mickish’s?]

    The team you suggest, based on the available squad, which Arsene has admitted needs strengthening in the summer, is pretty good — and at least it should be a good game to watch.

  2. chas mobile says:

    This chap got a pound because I wanted to take a photo.

  3. chas mobile says:

    Great pre-match, BR.

    Talking about old style Man City reminded me of that Japanese player they had in that era. Lee Pen was his name. 😮

    Franny was the first player I can remember who dived for a living.

  4. Ant says:

    Is that a viola Micky?

  5. Ant says:

    Hi Zed, we’re at home so we are there as always. Jon is back from his travels so three Vines bros today. Chas and I on train so plenty of beer time..

  6. Ant says:

    Supporting Spuds yet?

  7. chas mobile says:

  8. Ant says:

    Thanks BR. My beer line up is good today.

  9. Ant says:

  10. Ant says:

  11. Ant says:

    What’s in the flask today?

  12. chas says:

  13. Ant says:

    Like your team BR but I would have Rambo rather than the a team picking way.

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Blimey, at least babies get up early. Teenagers..pah

    Great line up Erik, hope that’s an 11/11 Thanks for post. Times have certainly changed on anf off the pitch.

    Violin Ant. Still a fine pic

    Back for KO. Have great days all

  15. Ant says:

  16. Zed says:

    Oh, Ant, you are incorrigible — what a wonderful collection of beverages!!!

    You are all way out of my league — I would be pee-ing all morning! 🙂

  17. Ant says:

  18. Ant says:

    That tank tops and those flares.incredible

  19. Ant says:

    Thanks Zed..I’ll be peeing all afternoon

  20. chas says:

  21. Zed says:


    I am truly hopeless at recognising players from old ‘photos – as Have only seen them from other old ‘photos – so don’t laugh at my guesses at your 10:48;

    Ray Kennedy and George Armstrong?????

  22. Ant says:

    Yes I think so Zed what about 10.52?

  23. Zed says:


    That photo at 10:52 looks really ‘modern’, 🙂 but was that Peter Marinello and Bob McNab? probably not – and I have no idea who the cool dude in the middle is.

  24. Rasp says:

    Morning all, the guy playing the violin looks just like Ant with a suntan ….

  25. Ant says:

  26. Zed says:

    Rasp, I though that was Ant – just did not recognise the other guy!! 😀

  27. Ant says:

    A most unfortunate surname..

  28. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the PM Raddy, you’ve said everything there is to say, I have nothing to add.

    I wish I was going today, I expect the crowd to rally behind the players … bunker mentality and all that.

    Its pointless trying to predict how the game will go, let’s hope we can enjoy the quality of the football 🙂

  29. chas says:

    Guess the celebrity above.

  30. Ant says:

    Is it Marty Feldman?

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Wonderful to be on the journey with our travelling pissheads.

    What is in the flask?

    I will have a guess at the players during the afternoon

  32. Big Raddy says:

    Tom Hanks? Lana Turner? Jimmy Saville?

  33. chas says:

  34. Zed says:

    Your 11:13 celebrity, does not fool me, Chas — that is Eeeeddiiee with one of her dawgs sitting on her head!! 😀

  35. Rasp says:

    ? Simon Cowell

  36. Ant says:

    Will miss seeing Raper at the pub..

  37. Rasp says:

    Mick Hucknall?

  38. Ant says:

    He dresses like a joke..

  39. chas says:

    Mick Hucknall is correct. Amazing. 😮

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. Brilliant!

  41. Ant says:

    Did you like Rimmer BR?

  42. fred1266 says:

    Don’t forget this email also a preview of FA cup semis

  43. Rasp says:

    Rimmer sounds even worse when you put ‘Jimmy’ in front of it for some reason 😕

  44. Ant says:


  45. Ant says:

    Shard where are thee?

  46. Ant says:

    Fred, my favourite blogger.. how are you pal?

  47. Ant says:

    Fred, have you got a photo of you?

  48. Rasp says:

    … and GiE?

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all.

    Two wonderful AA staples that never change on match day, A Big Raddy pre match post and the unique Chas and Ant Arsenal travel – log.

    My son is working today so I’ll be watching the game alone, it’s a 11:00am kick off here so the wine will be cracked open a little earlier than normal.

    I’m looking for the team to kick into high gear today, lets all hope that the crowd are behind them and that the nutters leave their signs at home.

  50. Ant says:

  51. GunnerN5 says:

    Part on an AW quote on BBC sports…………

    “Of course I’m as hungry,” he said. “I carry a bit more pressure on my shoulders than 20 years ago – but the hunger is exactly the same.

    “When you see what the club was and what it is today – when I arrived we were seven people [members of staff], we are 700 today.”

    He added: “I hate defeat. I can understand the fans that are unhappy with every defeat but the only way to have victory is to stick together with the fans and give absolutely everything until the end of the season, that’s all we can do.”

  52. chas says:

    Good morning.
    Did you see I put your Clock End photo up on yesterday’s post?

  53. Ant says:

    Fred- come back with your venomous wit

  54. chas says:

  55. Ant says:

    cheers folk.. nearly at the Smoke .. have fun.. later

  56. chas says:

    Appo logies for polluting the airwaves.
    Just pulling into St P.
    So, see you all later.

  57. Afternoon all

    Lovely day for a football match 🙂 Thank you Raddy, as ever, for a mouthwatering introduction to today’s event. I shall be there and I’m really looking forward to it although it’s possible the sun will stop me seeing much of what goes down on the pitch 😦 Still you can’t have everything and I hate going to football in the rain 🙂

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Just checked Chas, thank you.

    The picture was taken in 1956 and I will be in there somewhere close to the centre along with about twenty members of my family, we never missed home games.

    Jack Crayston was the manger and he was followed by George Swindin and Billy Wright (all winless) and we were in the midst of a terrible seventeen year trophy less period – but just look at the size of the crowd.

  59. VP of Oz says:

    GN5, its a 1am kick-off here.
    I’m off to sleep on the couch as I have to get up at 4am for work but need the tv on for the game.

  60. GunnerN5 says:

    You’re an early starter VP just like me, I’m usually up and about by 4:30/5:00am. I love the mornings fresh, quiet and peaceful.

    Our weather will start to get better next week and then we can start using our deck again.

  61. chas mobile says:

    Gorgeous day in London. Installed in FFB garden waiting for Jon and Peaches.

  62. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant PM, Raddy.

    Life moving from one exceedingly expensive hotel to another sucks. All the more since all have excruciatingly and painfully slow internet.

    Anyways, COYG.

    Great Ant n’ Duck show. In fact, great show all round.


  63. Ant says:

    Arnie is our hero … la la

  64. chas mobile says:

    Red Arnie
    Expensive hotels are a necessary evil for some one rich and famous.
    Ask Micky.

  65. Ant says:

    Fred – say hello

  66. Ant says:

    Micky’s rich but no way is he famous?

  67. Red Arnie says:

    Micky is a well-entrenched member of the great-and-the-good club! 🙂

  68. Red Arnie says:

    OK, I give up on the internet. off to find a decent sportsbar. COYG. 🙂

  69. Red Arnie says:

    Surfside, Sliema, Malta seems adequate for the moment 😊

  70. Xhaka and Coquelin 🙂
    Ozil 🙂 🙂

  71. Come on Mesut, maybe you remember how to do it 😉

  72. Red Arnie says:


  73. Zed says:

    Micky is too — rich and famous and can’t ride a bike! 🙂

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    Rich men stay in hotels overlooking Platform 2, Prince Regent stop on DLR. Yip, only very rich men do that 🙂

  75. mickydidit89 says:

    Okedoke, WHAT a team

    Fantastic line up

  76. fred1266 says:

    Lol am fine hopefully better with a win today

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    Come on you Gunnnnners

  78. fred1266 says:

    Yea have a photo not sure how to make it show on forum

  79. fred1266 says:

    No that no me

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    The perfect time to concede

    Let’s get ’em now

  81. mickydidit89 says:


  82. mickydidit89 says:

    if we can get the next goal, this could be an absolute stonker of a game

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    Just you and me then Fred
    The weak have cracked 🙂

  84. Big Raddy says:

    Just got to the sofa, COME on you Gunners.

  85. Rasp says:

    I’m working Micky … and suffering the BBC text coverage 😦

  86. Red Arnie says:

    Poor decision. Homer

  87. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely bit of cheating from Otamendi to get Xhaka booked.

  88. mickydidit89 says:

    The strong are back 🙂

    Come on Arsenal. We could get one back before oranges

  89. mickydidit89 says:


  90. Big Raddy says:

    Oh Theo … I like that

  91. Aaron says:

    Ospina got in the way, Bel had it all day.

  92. mickydidit89 says:

    massive shitballs

  93. Big Raddy says:

    WTF was Ozil doing?

  94. Aaron says:

    Ospina get beat far post on out swinging ball??? Not possible…

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    More goals to come you’d imagine
    Hope we get two more than them

  96. fatgingergooner says:

    40 minutes of the half were decent. All the other bits we are a shambles! Our final pass is nowhere to be seen and we fall to pieces when the ball goes near our goal! Other than that…..

  97. Big Raddy says:

    I only watched the last 15 minutes of the half nd we played well.

    Stupid play from Ozil meant that instead of breaking on the counter we were found lacking at the back. Unlucky in a way but decent finish from Aguero – could Cech have saved it?

    We are not finished but need Welbeck to get involved. As I wrote in the post, I would push him wide on the left and get Sanchez in the middle.

    p.s. Our defence needs much work. Gone are the days of One-Nil to the AFC

  98. fatgingergooner says:

    Anyone notice the total lack of celebration when we scored?

  99. fatgingergooner says:

    Hearing a lot of groans when we pass backwards.

  100. fatgingergooner says:

    Get In!

  101. mickydidit89 says:


  102. Big Raddy says:

    Get Innnnnnn We scored from a corner!!!

  103. mickydidit89 says:

    The stonker is on 🙂

  104. fatgingergooner says:

    We at so frantic. Its not Cazorla’s ability we miss, it’s just his cool head and the way he can slow the game down when needed.

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    OG warming up
    Good time to bring him on

  106. fatgingergooner says:

    I’ve watched 21 minutes of the second half and it feels like 21 hours! The fans make the players anxious, the players make the fans nervous, and we could all just do with a player calming it down and keeping the ball for 5 minutes.

  107. Big Raddy says:

    Bellerin needs a good talking to

  108. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. The calm head is what we expect from Ozil, sadly he is out of form

  109. Big Raddy says:

    Com on boys, get hold of the effing ball

  110. Big Raddy says:

    We created nothing in the second half which is very worrying. Given the quality of our attackers there should have been at least one save by the MC keeper.

    Welbeck was anonymous and I would rest him vs WHU. Iwobi brought some urgency and has to start again.

    Monreal was IMO our best player and Bellerin our worst.

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Disappointing last 20 minutes No fizz

  112. fatgingergooner says:

    Full credit for a massive effort from the players. We lacked the confidence and ability to go on and win it, but coming back twice takes real guts and effort. It also takes players willing to fight for the side and they did that.

    There are 2 things that we are concerning at the moment. One is we don’t build pressure. Our attacks often fizzle out through poor passes, offsides, bad decisions and silly fouls. We are not recycling possession or getting corners and throws, we are just gifting the ball to the opposition. The other thing is we invite too much pressure around our box. We don’t clear our lines correctly and give sloppy passes away. This result was a step in the direction though and if we can pick up a couple of wins then suddenly those sloppy passes can come off and our attack will become more fluent. A draw isn’t what we needed, but considering recent results and the atmosphere at the club it’s a great effort.

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Good comments Erik and FGG

    The key issue of the day for me was whether the players turned up and as FGG says, they did

    While there is effort, there is hope.

  114. Big Raddy says:

    We may have taken a point but there is clearly something wrong with this team’s attitiude.

    We should discuss this over the next few days.

  115. Big Raddy says:

    I really want us to win the next game against MC.

  116. GunnerN5 says:

    I agree BR it would be great to have an FA Cup final to look forward to.

  117. BR,

    Did you have an issue with attitude today? Or do you mean the effort put in today makes you question attitude in previous weeks?

  118. I don’t know why I was so excited about Ozil starting he thinks he’s just the bloody whipped cream, only there for decoration. I wish he’d bust a gut sometimes!!!!

  119. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. Gary Neville has just brought up my concerns:

    Walcott wandering off when subbed and he is playing poorly.

    Ozil playing like a drain.

    Bellerin’s worrying loss of form and application

    Not celebrating a goal etc etc etc.

    We have schisms but I will write about it pre-WHU.

  120. Red Arnie says:

    Enjoyed the game. No shame in a 2-2 draw, but we could have won if we did not concede so early, if Ozil would not make that mistake, or if the ref would not have bottled it on the Alexis penalty claim. I thought it would have been given against us, but maybe I am wrong, because no one else mentioned it.

    Season has long been gone, but we are playing for some pride. That is all one can hope for at this stage, I guess. 😦

  121. Red Arnie says:

    Yes indeed Micky 😊 tomorrow’s plan is Ggantija

  122. Red Arnie says:

    Interesting view, Chas. Maybe I saw it wrong, but I can only say how I saw the incident. Not much of a replay as well. 🙂

  123. Big Raddy says:

    No-one answered the question in the post headline, so I will …


  124. Red Arnie says:

    No, Sanchez. Always a Gooner. 🙂

  125. fred1266 says:

    Agree Sanchez

  126. chas says:

  127. mickydidit89 says:

    Can’t make the fox work. Bad start to the day.

    Aye, and maarn’in to you to Chas

  128. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, what the heck is the difference between a fox and a dog anyway?

  129. mickydidit89 says:


  130. Zed says:

    The main difference between a fox and a dog is that the dog can whiff quite a bit if not washed occasionally — foxes on the other hand – can smell really evil all the time.

    Morning Micky, and all. 🙂

  131. Zed says:

    Eeeeeddddddiiiiiiieeeeee where is yer?

  132. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Looks more like a dog to me. The main difference is in the spelling – one has a D and a G in it and the other one doesn’t.

  133. Rasp says:

    It could be a dog fox .. the female is a vixen 🙂

  134. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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