Giroud deserves a Start.

We have a difficult run-in and two  tough games in the FAC. Should be exciting. Tonight is one of our best possibilities for 3 points.

However, Palace have won 4 out of their last 5 games including a win at Chelsea and will expect to get points tonight, but we need to win in order to keep open the possibility of Top 4 (sorry, this is obvious but I am tired, it is early and I have people to see!)

My Team:


Bellerin     Gabriel       Mustafi     Monreal

Elneny      Xhaka      Ozil

Walcott     Giroud     Sanchez

Giroud deserves a start after his excellent goal midweek. Otherwise, why change a winning  team? Sure, we have some great players on the bench who are going to be unhappy at not starting, but that is why we have a quality squad.

As you will know, I am no fan of the Palace manager, his manner, his football philosophy and his looks are all unpleasant. The bloke is sure to tell his team to kick our soft overpaid Jessies , and Benteke to bully our CB’s. Normal Fat Sam tactics.

Score early and we should win but I write that in every game.


115 Responses to Giroud deserves a Start.

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Thank you Erik

    I think I can speak for everyone (ie me at this point 🙂 ) when I say we all share your loathing for their fat manager.

    What I don’t share is your thinking about Ollie. The winning formula against W’Ham had Ollie and Ox coming off the bench. I’d stick with the winning formula.

    More than anything, I hope Arsene doesn’t bugger about with the Mo Granit pairing

  2. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    I didn’t realise Palace were in a run of such good form.
    Strangely that makes me feel more confident for tonight. 🙂

    I think with the right team selection we can make good use of the interiors with Mesut exploiting the halfspace.
    That’s as long as the midfield pivots provide ammo for our false 9, of course.

    Last but deffo not least, we need to fill up the 5 vertical channels thusly.

  3. chas says:

    Definitely we need buggering about in short supply.

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  5. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy and ‘here here’ to the above comments.

    I thought the Xhaka pairing worked well also. Granit had one of his best games for us … but he did have plenty of time on the ball, I doubt FSs side will allow us that.

  6. mickydidit89 says:


    Grow up.. they are vertical lanes not bloody channels. Blimey, how else do you suppose overloads are created?

  7. mickydidit89 says:


    Don’t know why we don’t park a bus. Leave Danny and Theo 5 yards short of the half way line and refuse point blank to budge, then ping counter wallop

  8. Rasp says:

    I’ve often suggested something similar Micky. Theo is useless at defending corners so why not put him on the half way line … at the very least it will tie up a few of the opposition defenders

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, that’s a really crap idea as we couldn’t withstand the aerial bombardment. Re-think. As you were. Everyone attack

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry Rasp. Plan aborted.

  11. RC78 says:

    Most likely team; Martinez – Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabs, Monreal – Xhaka, El Neny – Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez – Wellbeck

    My preferred team: Martinez – Gabs, Mustafi, Monreal – Bellerin, Xhaka, El Neny, Oxlade – Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez

    BUT in our usual system 4-3-3, I would play:
    Martinez – Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabs, Monreal – Oxlade, Xhaka, El Neny – Sanchez, Giroud, Ozil

    This is a game for El Neny, Ox and Giroud.

  12. fred1266 says:

    Nope giroud doesn’t deserve to start surely Perez deserve a game

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Raddy thanks for the pre-match. Big Fat Sam seems to take particular delight in beating AW and beating up our players. I think that they will also try to wind up our excitable players and get them red carded.

    We have the toughest run in of the top 6 teams which makes an already difficult task even tougher, lets hope we can maintain the form we had against West Ham in the last game.

  14. chas says:

    Like a new signing?

  15. chas says:

    Big Tone warming up before the big job.
    Needs a word about the suit.

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  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha ha

    There is no way I can see Tone doing tactics bollocks 🙂

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Just supposing you wanted a suit like that, where would you even go to find the cloth to have the wretched garment run up?

    A curtain shop or wot?

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Terrific suit that TA is sporting, Mickeyesque!

  20. Big Raddy says:

    Should have refreshed. Still a class suit.

  21. Zed says:

    A very nice pre-match, Raddy, thank you.

    I am normally a little gung-ho when coming up to the next game – nervous – but quietly expecting to win.

    But for the last few weeks I have simply hoped that we will do well, rather than expecting the team to do well as a matter of course.

    Ohh to be an exuberant fan who does not brook uncertainty before a game — a bit like the way I was before all the rubbish that has descended on the Arsenal in the past few months.

  22. Zed says:

    I think Chas has been at play with the Tone’s suit by photo-shopping his head on to a female, feminine fashion shoot. 😀

  23. chas says:

    That tie the other day and some of these cufflinks and he has his outfit for first day in charge of us.

  24. chas says:

    No buggerin abaaaaaaht

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  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Is Perez injured or simply out of favour?

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Welbz starting ahead of OG otherwise as per the post

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Bet Didit has a pair of those cufflinks and a pair in the away colours.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    😀 😀 Just the job

  30. chas says:

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  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Laptop plugged into telly
    Me on mobile
    And sofa
    Nice team

  34. chas says:

    Get you, Mr 21stCenturyTech

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    I have an assistant
    No cuff links though

  36. chas says:

    Perfect for any sofa.

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Come on you gunnnners

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    You are Mr Merchandise today aren’t you 😊

  39. fatgingergooner says:

    Just about to say we look slow and ponderous and then we defend like that!

  40. Rasp says:

    Oops ….85 minutes to go, so no need to panic …. note to coaching staff … we need to work on the defending 🙂

  41. fatgingergooner says:

    Hopefully we will have warmed up by second half. There is a lack of movement which is resulting in everyone taking 3 and 4 touches. Far too slow.

  42. Rasp says:

    If we had a captain on the pitch I’d hope he would have a word with Mustafi before he gets himself sent off 🙄

  43. fatgingergooner says:

    Maybe he’d tell Walcott to kick the ball harder aswell. How long before he realises the pitch hasn’t been watered?

  44. Rasp says:

    I’m still impressed by Martinez …..

  45. fatgingergooner says:

    Our defending is tragic.

  46. Rasp says:

    That’s it Martinez, bollock the defenders …. it’s about time someone did that

  47. fatgingergooner says:

    I’m with you on Martinez, Rasp. Looks our best GK.

    Now we just need a defence!

  48. fatgingergooner says:

    Problem is that our attacking play isn’t giving our defence any help. We don’t look like a team that will always score more than the opposition. That used to be our strength.

  49. Big Raddy says:

    Well, that wasn’t very good was it?

    So many stupid mistakes. Still think we can win if we up the pace and win the second ball which we are struggling with.

  50. fatgingergooner says:

    Theo barely touched the ball. I’d bring Giroud on for him and stick Welbeck wide. Their full backs aren’t crossing the halfway line so we don’t need to worry about our wide players getting back.

  51. Zed says:

    All the TV company needs to do is put the opposition into different coloured kit and this game would look identical to so many others.

    Dreadfully slow and the passing is not too good is it – but everything else is good – except the tackling, the defending the shooting and …..

  52. Rasp says:

    I don’t think our movement is good. So many times the player in possession has to stop and pass backwards because there are no forward options. But at the end of the day, our defenders are too small and not strong enough

  53. Zed says:

    Agreed, Rasper.

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  56. mickydidit89 says:

    Save time lads
    List the positives 😺

    Ok back to telly and some goals

    For us eeeks

  57. fatgingergooner says:

    They are so deep that it’s pointless playing Theo and Welbeck. They are hardly making runs anyway. May aswell just put Giroud on and get it wide!and throw it in the box. It may not be Wengers way but plan A has been awful.

  58. fatgingergooner says:


    That’s my list done!

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Keep the watching faces coming 😦

  60. fatgingergooner says:

    Is Ox on bench? Get him on for Özil aswell.

  61. fatgingergooner says:

    Ramsey on. That will speed us up 😂😂😂

  62. Rasp says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Mustafi’s distribution is poor if he has too long to think about the pass?

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha ha fgg

  64. fatgingergooner says:

    Why bother crossing when you can fanny about on edge of box instead.

  65. Rasp says:

    I agree FGG, the main problem is our style of play

  66. fatgingergooner says:

    I can only laugh 😂

  67. Rasp says:

    Humiliation 😦 😦 😦

  68. fatgingergooner says:

    ‘Anticipating the contact’

    You didn’t hear that 15 years ago did you? It was called diving back then! 😂

  69. Rasp says:

    It was a dive, but they looked like they were the most likely team to score

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Possibly our worst performance under AW.

    Our passing has been awful. No penetration upfront. Beaten to the ball every time in midfield.

    Not helped by Townshend diving but Martinez gave him the opportunity.

  71. fatgingergooner says:

    Ox done more in 1 minute than Theo did in over an hour.

  72. Rasp says:

    How are we going to bounce back from this? I don’t want to hear the “the spirit in the team is good” line ….

  73. fatgingergooner says:

    It won’t be this season Rasp, that’s for sure.

    I actually look at the squad and see a lot of talent, but the setup, atmosphere etc are all wrong.

  74. Rasp says:

    Palace sure know how to defend 😦

  75. Rasp says:

    The Ox has looked good since he came on…..

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    Shall we all go “abroad” tomorrow

  77. fatgingergooner says:

    I haven’t seen our CB’s win a header. The balance of the team is just all wrong. There are some good footballers in the squad but the way Wenger is asking them to play just doesn’t suit the individuals that are in there.

    You can’t have ball-playing CB’s if you are going to bomb forward and leave them exposed. You need proper defenders.

    You can’t have Holding midfielders who can’t tackle or get around the pitch if you are going to be a team that attacks like we do.

    You can’t have a winger who is poor with ball to feet when you are wanting to play fast, technical football.

    You can’t have a CF who is slow and unable to get more than 20 goals a season if you are playing 1 up top and want to win big games.

    You can’t have a number 10 who goes missing too often and doesn’t contribute anything if not on 100% top form.

  78. Ooooh bloody hell chaps 😦

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  82. fatgingergooner says:

    Well that was a fun way to spend an evening! 😂 I’m now hoping Everton finish above us and 7th doesn’t become a Europa League place. I actually think we need a season away to concentrate on rebuilding and hopefully a season where we get a lot of time on the training pitch to work on a system that gets the best out of the players we have. I don’t care who the manager or players are next year, I just want them to play in a way that suits them and in a way that gives us an enjoyable season, regardless of wether we win anything or not.

  83. chas says:

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo peaches
    Does that mean the f word is back on. Because there’s something I wouldn’t mind saying and it begins oh …… hell 😦

  85. fatgingergooner says:

    Carragher talking a lot of sense.

  86. fatgingergooner says:

    When Walcott comes out after the game and says ‘you could tell they wanted it more from the kick off’ then that’s an absolute disgrace. All that says to me is the players don’t want to fight.

  87. wally says:

    It ends with a whimper.

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  92. fatgingergooner says:

    What really baffles me about this Arsenal team is how the hell are we only point worse off than last season? Also how were we the first English team to get to a 100 goals?

    All while being awful since Christmas. We’ve lost 7 out of 15 in the league since then. We must’ve been pretty decent early in the season although my mind is struggling to see that far back.

  93. chas says:

    Arsenal caught unawares by a resurgent Palace – video match report……………………….

  94. chas says:

    Last season everyone was shit.
    Last season we drew a lot more games (2 points lost soon add up to the points lost by more defeats)

    The 100 goals was reached by scoring lots in the cups against crap opposition.

  95. chas says:

    I realise you know this already, but since you asked…….

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    6:35 ROLF

    Great work under entirely normal and predictable circumstances Chas 🙂

    The Arsenal are weak.

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Last reference to football, but FGG said 7th may = Europa!!!

    I thought it was only one ie 5th. If 6th or 7th is true, then next season just got a whole lot worse in my book

  98. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Nice day for a walk by the sea – freezing cold, grey skies and blowing a gale. Perfect

  99. mickydidit89 says:

    That’ll mean a nice leisurely swim for Mrs E

  100. Big Raddy says:

    😀 😀 True.

    I have to talk football …. sorry.

    If last night was worrying. for us, imagine how it was for the management.

    They spend all their lives planning, looking at players who will fit the bill, players who will form a winning team. Then they witness last night’s shambles.

    How do they get to sleep? Do they get home and sink a bottle of red? Do they take it out on the wife and kids?

    I feel for all of them

  101. mickydidit89 says:


    Ultimately these things are always the responsibility of the bloke at the top of the chain of command.

    First up the chain Arsene and then on to Stan

    We’ve see the Ramseys Theos Gabriels etc not trying on so many occasions

    Bottom line is how does Stan feel about paying 100k a week to these people

    I’d be staggered if he’s not on a plane to London

  102. Rasp says:

    Morning all, like most of you I guess, I’m numb!

    Whatever is going on behind the scenes, it cannot be in the best interests of the cub or the team to maintain this radio silence. Apart from those at the top in the know, everyone else needs clarification.

    Could it be that our management structure has disintegrated? No-one knows who’s in charge?

    Arsene has too much power?
    Gazizdis has too little power?
    The Board haven’t got a clue what to do?
    The owner isn’t bothered?

  103. chas mobile says:

    Why not put that up as a post, Rasp?

  104. Rasp says:

    I didn’t want to add to the misery to be honest chas … but if you think it’s a good idea, I can. As you know, the problem we have is that it’s all been said before.

  105. Rasp says:

    …. New post …..

  106. Zed says:

    Raddy, Rasper, Chas,

    I wrote the following comment elsewhere, and I do not have the heart to review it here, but perhaps you will not mind if I copy/past it on AA, as it just seems to sum up my disappointment with the way things have gone at Arsenal over recent times.

    The last 10 years has been ‘consistent’ in the eyes of some, but it has been stagnation in the eyes of others. While we have been marking time being consistent others have caught up and passed us by leaving a top 2 club in their wake.

    It has often been held that Chelsea, City and Manure have achieved success by dint of the money poured into them, and that may well be right, but if Kroenke did not realise when he bought the Arsenal that he could only compete by matching the spend of the top clubs, then he is not worthy of owning this club.

    It cannot be a surprise to him, anymore than it is to me, that being parsimonious with his billions of dollars has inevitably led to Arsenal gradually recruiting poorer quality players over the last decade, and the old adage, in transfer terms, is that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. And there was a lot of them on show last night.

    A lot of us are waiting, fruitlessly it seems, for concrete news about whether or not AW will sign a contract extension, so that Kroenke will have to announce he has stopped fannying around and now realises he has decided to;

    — (1) Keep Wenger, and spend big to replace these sub-standard players;
    — (2) Let Wenger go, and spend big to replace these sub-standard players;

    From a business viewpoint, it is inconceivable for Kroenke to plan to spend big money on restructuring the squad, and also leave that in the hands of an ageing, once great manager.
    But trying to second guess what silent Stan will do is impossible.

    The decision when it comes will say as much about the incompetent owner as it does about the current manager and team.
    Does Kroenke have the cojones to choose option 2 (above) and make a clean break? Not at all sure he does!

    Hopefully Arsene will save him the bother and decide to ride off into the sunset.

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