Yes. We Can. (Win the FA Cup Final)

Is it just a British thing to support the underdog? Doesn’t seem to happen in the States (except in Rocky1).

It is rare that we Gooners support the underdog but we do today. Quite a nice feeling if I am honest. The last two FA Cup victories were against teams we should have hammered, one we did and one we nearly didn’t.

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So let’s get to the game.

First: In order to win we will need a strong and efficient referee. Another inept display like Blind Lemon Oliver’s last weekend will scupper any chance we have.

Chelsea will try to dominate and be physical early in the game. It sets up their play for later in the game when they push forward through their wingbacks. (I wrote that having no idea whether it is true as I have never watched 90 minutes of a Chav PL game unless AFC are involved 😀 ).

To win we HAVE to have 11 players on the pitch for the whole game. How will Holding cope with Costa’s fouling? Or Hazard’s diving? Will Sanchez, Xhaka and Ozil be rotationally fouled as usual against these Blue Devils and respond with aggression?

It is how Chelsea play and we need a proper unbiased referee, instead we will have Anthony Taylor. FFS.

I need say no more

2. Huge game for Ramsey and Xhaka. If they perform to the top of their abilities we can win. Even more than Ozil and Sanchez they have to get a grip of the game and supply the ball to our two magicians.

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3. Solid defence. My heart sank when Kos got his red card, I am sure his did has well. Kos has been outstanding this season and held our defence together. We will miss him. Gabriel is knacked, Mustafi could be on the bench,so it is towards the BFG we look for comfort. I love the man. What a bonus it would be to have our team captain lift a trophy on his first start this season.

4. Lethal finishing. This is a worry for me as Welbeck, who is my chosen CF, can’t hit a cow’s behind with a banjo,  and Giroud is Giroud; our over-reliance on Sanchez could prove costly. That said, Welbeck is a big game player and usually does well at Wembley. Chelsea have a fine defence and we will not get many chances, the few we get have to be taken.

There is little point writing about Chelsea. They are frighteningly good and worthy Champions. Strong all over the pitch with both Hazard and Fabregas in fine form, they have won their last 6 matches. A Double is within their reach and they will be both rested and determined.

I read that Mr Wenger is likely to start with Ospina – this surprises me. I know that AW is a man of honour and I imagine there was some agreement that Ospina would play in all the Cup game but …. Ospina is leaving in summer, Cech is our best GK and is in great form. IMO he has to start. But we know he will be benched and no doubt resentful.

My Team

Ospina

Holding    BFG    Monreal

Bellerin    Ramsey    Xhaka    Gibbs

Ozil      Sanchez

Welbeck

I would love to find a place for Ox but can’t squeeze in especially when considering how the back 3 will need strong pacy defensive support. Theo, Iwobi and OG on the bench

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I love going to Wembley and am deeply envious of those attending. Give the lads a cheer for us armchair fans and please be NOISY. I am not sure if Peaches got a ticket (hope she has her own ticket-fairy). If not we will all have to squeeze into Ant and Chas’s pockets.

We beat the Chavs last time we played them in a FA CF, with two brilliant goals from It’s Only Ray Parlour and a very handsome chap with red hair. I understand Mesut has had a Cup Final haircut and it would be lovely to see It’s only Granit Xhaka smash one into the net from 25 yards. Why not?

Let it be So ….

COYRRG

p.s .Last game of the season and the last PM. I would like to thank all those who took the time to read my ramblings over the season. You have my utmost respect (not really 😀 )

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243 Responses to Yes. We Can. (Win the FA Cup Final)

  1. Gööner In Exile says:

    I have a really badly planned day, dropping kids off with Grandparents, and then on a pub crawl with my Mother in Law for her 70th, not sure why she wanted to do a pub crawl but hey ho there we go. Mrs Exile has plans of going into city earlier to start drinking early, normally I would have no objection but it’s Cup Final Saturday, and kick off is at the normal shite o’clock.

    It’s 90 minutes if we turn up and start well we have a chance.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, Erik, down comes the curtain on another epic season from you.
    No Erik, no blog.
    We, the disrespectful, thank you

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    Just looked up on Skysports to see KO time. Saw that City have just signed some player from Monte Carlo.

    Here’s a question. Had Arsene bothered to go out and buy a striker last week, could he have laced up this afternoon? 🙂

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    If we can be in it come 60/70 mins, then The Ox could be today’s Freddie

  5. GoonerB says:

    Great ramblings Raddy. Thanks for all your PM’s this season.

    Before we hit this defensive crisis I had the 2 teams much closer than most would have. Most are analysing it on the difference between Arsenal and Chelsea over this whole season but I think it is more accurate to look at how we have performed relative to them since our change in formation.

    However we do have something of a defensive issue now which I feel has widened the gap again. To win I think we will be heavily reliant on our match winners today (i.e those who stick the ball in the net). Not sure I can see us grinding it out and nicking it 1-0 or 2-1 and think we will need 4 goals to win. As such we cannot see good chances going begging. We need to have a 91.5% ruthless effectiveness with our good chances today (made up figure).

    I have to say it will really irk me if he plays Ospina ahead of Cech. We know AW is honorable but this is an FA cup final FFS in what has otherwise been a pants year with the fans and top players all restless. AW also says he always does what is best for the club.

    Well then Arsene that would be playing your best GK and the one who is still going to be with us next season….you know the one we don’t want to upset. I wonder what it would say to the likes of Sanchez as well, who lest we forget we are trying to persuade to stay, and also convince that AW is still a manager capable of taking the club back to being challengers.

    I will watch this one with interest. I remember about a year ago someone saying to me that AW is often trapped by his own rules. It did summarise some aspects of his behaviour up fairly well for me, and I think if Ospina starts it will fall into that bracket. Come on Arsene, Cech is in form, is our best keeper, and will be with us next year, so do what is right for the club.

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    GB

    Totally agree on the keeper. Bearing in mind the instability in defence in front of the keeper, I reckon Cech will definitely start unless both legs are broken

  7. Rasp says:

    Thanks from me too Raddy, for all your PMs and posts throughout the season. All quality and all fair, true and witty.

    The only problem with them is all that I can say often is to agree with what you write … and today is no different.

    … except I could add …. I was at a hot and sunny Wembley a couple of weeks ago when we were not expected to beat man city … and look where we are now ….

    Today will be hot and sunny, I expect the same result on the pitch 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. chas mobile says:

    Thanks yet again, BR.
    Magnificent effort over the season. As Micky says, No BR, No blog.

    As for today, que sera sera.

  9. VP of Oz says:

    Another great post Rad, many thanks.
    Australians love the underdog, its part of our national psyche
    We love the battlers and the Kerrigan family best represents the Aussies.
    So from all us battlers who support the underdogs, Go the Gunners!

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Thank you.

    Chas. The Brondby fans in the vid you put up on the last post were right outside where I live. In the first part of the vid where the fans are separated one can see my apartment block in the background – it is beige and lovely. I live on the top floor.

    It was scary here with all that noise and you would not believe how many beer cans were left behind – literally thousands.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    VP. Terrific vid. Thanks

  12. Eddie says:

    solid defence and lethal finishing 🙂 🙂 you are an Arsenal supporter raddy, remember?

    So we probably have 1 out of four, if Xhaka and Aaron turn up today. Great odds indeed

    I enjoy the ramblings, very entertaining as usual

  13. Zee says:

    Well done, Big Daddy,

    I would echo the sentiments of the other miscreants — your contributions are, and have always been, of high quality and make very welcome reads.

    Today’s is no exception – thank you mon ami. 😀

  14. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha, brilliant Raddy.

    Nervous? Yes.

    COYG.

  15. A few clouds and one grandchild asleep gives me a moment catch up.

    Big thanks Raddy for all your wonderful posts this season …….. in fact thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write stuff for the blog this season.

    I didn’t get a ticket for today – I’ll be watching at home but win or lose I’d rather be in the company of other Gooners – there’ll always be something for us to find to be proud of.

    Agree that Cech should start but we do know Arsene and his funny ways 😉

    Catch up later

  16. fred1266 says:

    What about theo starting

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Team to play Chelsea: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck

    Subs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, Giroud

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Arsene has shoehorned The Ox in

    Oh GB, I hope you’re good at this 🙂

    Cech fir enough for bench 😦

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    fir=fit

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmmm, could be a back four I guess, or a three with Ox left

    Anyone got an afc graphic of line up?

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    ps most epic rugger final in progress 20-20 Wasps Exeter
    Last few mins of extra time

  22. It was three at the back on the graphic

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    23-20 Exeter 🙂

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, thanks Peaches

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Watching a fine one day cricket match but something far more important is about to begin.

    Gibbo must be injured. Not even on the bench

  26. Can’t decide whether to watch on BBC or BTsport – any thoughts?

    BBC has Wrighty
    BTsport has Michael Owen

  27. Arsene just said that Gibbs was sick in the night and went home

  28. Big Raddy says:

    I think I will kick off with a G & T.

  29. Gonna really miss Koscielny today

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    “I think I will kick off with a G & T”

    You’re going to be an absolute shambles 🙂

  31. I was thinking of Pimms but I’m alone and even half a jug of my recipe would render me completely usrless

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Nobody will see the mess then Peaches 🙂

  33. Big Raddy says:

    I just don’t care if I am usrless. Mrs R is in Italy and there is no-one to laugh

  34. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to sing ‘Abide with me’ on the pitch at the FA cup final

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Oooh, I am getting excited now

    COYRRG

  36. usrless is the new pissed 🙂

  37. It’s our FA cup, go get it boys ……

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Did you hear THAT?

    1st Cup Final, both sides played 2-2-6 formations
    Ohhhh, complete joy 🙂

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    Blimey, Arsene looks terrible

  40. Ooooh 2-2-6 that must’ve been amazing

  41. Big Raddy says:

    The big girl singing the national anthem looked like a turkey covered in tinfoil ready for roasting (not in that way)

  42. mickydidit89 says:

    Brace yourselves, if The Ox plays a blinder, then once we’ve won, GB is going to be unbearable
    🙂

  43. Not a single defender on the Arsenal bench

    We could end up playing 2-2-6 🙂

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Come on you GUNNNNNNNERS

  45. Here we go ……….

  46. Eddie says:

    conte looks worse, that dyed fake hair is awful

  47. Big Raddy says:

    We haven’t got any more defenders!

  48. Big Raddy says:

    Tell me Eddie …

    Do you dye your hair?

  49. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Get In …..

    I was worried Taylor would cancel it but it was clearly a good goal.

  52. Eddie says:

    we win I quit smoking!!!!!

  53. Ooooooh drama 🙂

  54. Eddie says:

    peaches!!! your language lady

  55. VP of Oz says:

    Great goal
    COYG

  56. It’s not even 10 minutes ref ……. keep your cards in your povkey

  57. Povkey 😁😁😁

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s the full strength mix isn’t it Peaches? 🙂

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Damn it. So close

  60. VP of Oz says:

    OMG, 15mins and we are fired up
    We want it much more
    Goal line clearance, couldve been 2:0

  61. Exciting 😁😁😁😁

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  63. Aaaaaaaaah should three!!!!!!!!!

  64. VP of Oz says:

    stealing a line from Rocky, when it comes to the FA Cup
    Welcome to Wenger Land

  65. Big Raddy says:

    And again, damned woodwork

    COYRRG

  66. Big Raddy says:

    I am watching BT because I can’t get BBC. We have Stewart Robson (ex-AFC) as co-commentator and the man is an absolutely a-hole.

    Taylor must have been paid by the Russian not to book Chelsea players

  67. Oooooooh Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain you are the man

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Well stolen VP 🙂

  69. Oh good BBC have decided the goal should have been disallowed for Alexis handball in the buildup 🙂

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Superb half

  71. Big Raddy says:

    I don’t know whether it was the G&T but that was such an exciting 45 minutes.

    We could and perhaps should have put this to bed.

    A tense second half to come

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    I do agree
    I meant Arsene looked tired/stressed
    Whereas Conte looks like a complete twat 🙂

  73. OMG tense 2nd half

    Come on you Gunners

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    BFG 🙂

  75. Eddie says:

    blue eyes, I cannot resist those

    blue shirts however – I fooking hate. Costa is a beast of a player yet I would not want him anywhere near the Ems. Yet chavs always manage to have at least one proper bastard in the team, usually more

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    Is Costa a looker? 🙂

  77. Eddie says:

    he is a psycho

    Conte has lovely blue eyes 🙂

  78. Eddie says:

    next goal is going to be crucial, game defining

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Big Friendly German ROLF

  80. Big Raddy says:

    Only 15 mins of the half – feels like much more

  81. mickydidit89 says:

    Relax Erik
    Have another olive and a sip

  82. Eddie says:

    good job Gabriel got injured, Per is having game of his life

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha ha ha

  84. Eddie says:

    heeeeey!!!!! moses off 🙂

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    superb work from the ref

  86. Crazy crazy crazy football from The Ox – god we need another goal

  87. mickydidit89 says:

    No we don’t Peaches. Relax, have another sip

  88. mickydidit89 says:

    STAN KROENKE…what the hell is THAT suit?

  89. I want to relax and enjoy the rest of the game

  90. Eddie says:

    talking of looking terrible, Stan looks like living dead. Not even 70

  91. He’s a clown isn’t he

  92. See we did need another goal

  93. mickydidit89 says:

    Now we do 😦

  94. Eddie says:

    what if it is a draw at FT?

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    Geooooooorgeous

  96. VP of Oz says:

    you got a sense that with Moses off and 1 goal up, that the intensity dropped lulling Chelsea back into it
    Come on Frenchie

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  98. Rambo xxxxxxxxxxxx

  99. VP of Oz says:

    I love the Arsenal

  100. Big Raddy says:

    Oh FFS. Against 10 men and we lose concentration.

    COYRRG. Get going and win this.

  101. Eddie says:

    yiiiiiiipppppeeeeee ha aha a aha fhasfasd=f
    asd
    sdfsdkfj;kad;na;d’lf

  102. VP of Oz says:

    Forget Rocky, We’ve got Rambo

  103. Eddie says:

    what’s your problem Raddy???

  104. Big Raddy says:

    Yeahhhh. The Welsh Wizard comes to the party

    My stream must be on a delay!

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    I think the gin has put erik on time delay

  106. Eddie says:

    we’d better not tell you the result till tomorrow 🙂

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha

  108. Big Raddy says:

    Wish I could stay as calm as Micky. Every time Chavs attack I plutz ( a little yiddish 😀 )

  109. ThAt would have been such a goal for Bellerin

  110. Eddie says:

    she wore, she wore
    she wore a yellow ribbon

  111. The post the post!!!!!!!!

  112. mickydidit89 says:

    ospinaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    ospinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🙂

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  115. Eddie says:

    fucking hell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  116. Big Raddy says:

    Deep Deep Joy.

    Proud to be a Gooner

  117. VP of Oz says:

    So HAPPY
    Beat Man Shitty
    Beat Chelsea
    Another Trophy
    thank you Arsenal

  118. mickydidit89 says:

    City in the Semis
    Champions Chelsea in the Final
    The hard way

  119. mickydidit89 says:

    snap vp 🙂

  120. VP of Oz says:

    Is this team, with some additional signings, without CL, ready to win the title next season.

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    easy 🙂

  122. IanRealGunner says:

    John Terry can take his shin pads out now – he doesn’t need them!!! COYG

  123. VP of Oz says:

    I/m listening to commentators in Oz arguing over Wenger. The critics, asked about Wenger now after winning a record FA Cup over Chelsea are saying its up to the board. They wont say nay or yay.
    I say who cares, we’ve won another trophy, he’s a legend.
    If he goes to PSG, good luck to him
    Shame on the critics, just shut the F up
    As for those that hired planes and buses, go home

    and best of all, we went in and played attacking football and outplayed them

  124. This is the best cup final for years and we won it 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  125. No Koscielny no Mustafi no Gabriel changes Cech for Ospina

    Brave brave manager and what a performance our team put in.

    So proud to be a Gooner

  126. mickydidit89 says:

    absolutely so bloody happy superb love it

  127. Big Raddy says:

    So happy for BFG, he was outstanding today.

    Went just as I said in the post.

    Ramsey and Xhaka bossed the game.

  128. Aaron says:

    Total Team Performance!

  129. VP of Oz says:

    in 2001 Liverpool denied Wenger an FA Cup win, his only FA Cup finals loss
    in 2017 Liverpool deny Wenger his 4th placed trophy so the FA Cup will do just fine
    AWESOME WIN!!!

  130. VP of Oz says:

    let the arguments begin, who had the most successful season, spuds or gunners.
    If its about winning trophies….

  131. AWESOME team today – gotta love each and every one of them. Played Chelsea off the park for large parts of it, thoroughly deserved that win

  132. VP – no question about it, did totts win a trophy? No they didn’t 😁😁😁😁

  133. mickydidit89 says:

    EDDIEEE

    We can see you sneaking out for a fag 🙂

  134. mickydidit89 says:

    Take Sanchez out of the equation. Who would you pick as our MOTM if you had to?

  135. Zee says:

    Per was my MoTM, his experience, calmness and just being there and quietening Costa down — Superb.

    [I have never before known peaches to use a swear word on AA — ever. Go girl!!!] 😀 😀

  136. Eddie says:

    No micky, I’m looking after one asleep and one very awake grandchild

  137. mickydidit89 says:

    yes zee, per for me
    positionally so smart

  138. Eddie drew the short straw

  139. Per for me too, he was totally in charge of the team and controlled Costa so efficiently. To be the captain and not get to play but be so hard.

  140. Eddie says:

    It was game of the season
    I’m gob smacked, I was sure we were to be demolished
    and instead we could have been 5 goals up

  141. Eddie says:

    Per and Ospina for me

    Even if for one game like today is worth being a Gunner

  142. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. It is ALWAYS worth being a Gooner.

    Thinking of which … where is GN5? Hope he watched that pulsating, exciting game.

  143. Big Raddy says:

    I may write a match report unless someone who actually went would rather do so. I will wait until the morning to see if anyone volunteers

  144. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik
    Probably gone to his sports pub

    Holding. Crikey. How much did we fork out for him?

  145. mickydidit89 says:

    Not sure Chas will be able to write anything. Happily. Hope they are having an extra snakebite

  146. mickydidit89 says:

    Monreal and Xhaka…..ok, they were all superb 🙂

  147. Eddie says:

    No, Wellbeck wasn’t
    Bellerin was

  148. Eddie says:

    John Terry wore the full strip ready to lift the trophy ha ha ha ha

  149. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal won the Cup – Arsenal won the Cup.

    Arsene made Conte look like a rookie today – Chelsea were completely outplayed – we could well have been ahead 3-0 before the 20th minute. I must have had a poor quality bottle of wine – well two bottles – which both evaporated before half time – solution – put the game on record and dash out and buy more…………….- great choice – I bought another four just in case there was extra time. I still have a bottle left for dinner – it’s only 3.45 pm here.

  150. Big Raddy says:

    And here he is!

    GN5, How many FA Cup victories have you seen?

  151. Big Raddy says:

    I thought Welbeck was very good. They all were

  152. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh yea I sure watched that Raddy – you should know that I NEVER miss a game especially the FA cup final. I wrote a post some time back about when I was working in Idaho in 1980 and as there was no TV coverage I drove 400 miles to Cranbrook BC in Canada to watch the game in a hotel room all one own – well accompanied by a bottle of single malt and some Chinese food.. The only reason I enjoyed the lonely drive back to my hotel was the fact that I stopped to do a bit of stream trout fishing in the mountains. Fantastic environment which I still miss and yearn for.

  153. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy I’ve seen every one since 1950 so that’s 11 our of our 13 victories and 5 of our 7 losses – so 16 out of our 20 appearances.

  154. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy the fact is that today we had NO passengers – the point is how did they not show the same character during the season?

    It baffles me!!

  155. GunnerN5 says:

    One of the most pleasant – aspects to me was a) how well PerMer played an show overjoyed he was when he picked up the CUP.

    A truly lovely moment.

  156. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops looks like I’m not only late – but also lonely………………

  157. Rasp says:

    Evening all, I played cricket today. The opposition were cheating scumbags and didn’t give us any decisions.The game finished early and they had the cup final on a TV in the pavilion, I then discovered that they were mostly Gooners ….. what a fine bunch of chaps … we parted the best of friends 🙂

  158. GoonerB says:

    GOOOOOOOOONNNEEEEEERRRRSSSS. Just back…lost my voice.

    We’ve won in your ground, we’ve won in your ground, Tottenham Hotspur we’ve won in your ground..

    Go read comments now.

  159. mickydidit89 says:

    Quick, everyone hide behind the curtains before GB gets back

    He had the lunatic idea of playing Ox wide left. I diss’d him

    He’ll be back any second like a strutting peacock

  160. Rasp says:

    Unbelievable FA Cup record for the club and AW. As it stands, AW has won more than half of all the FA cups Arsenal have won

  161. Rasp says:

    I see Kozzer has a lot more class than JT … he wears a smart suit to lift the cup … not a FKW like JT

  162. Eddie says:

    Why didn’t koz wear a full strip☺☺☺

  163. Rasp says:

    Because he’s not a twat Eddie

  164. GoonerB says:

    Haha Micky, but I was also critical of AW playing Ospina over Cech, so everything has righted itself in the world.

    I had Gilles Grimandi and Sammy nelson sitting behind me and it was just all fans together. When I had my head in my hands after a near missed opportunity so did they. When Rambo scored we were all going mental and high fiving each other.

  165. mickydidit89 says:

    love 9:40 thanks peaches

  166. mickydidit89 says:

    GN5
    I make that five bottles of wine in 90 mins
    Maximum respect

  167. GunnerN5 says:

    My son scored a big assist Micky…………..

  168. GoonerB says:

    I don’t know how it came across on the box but to me it seemed like a great game for the neutrals, a proper end to end game. I was a bloody bundle of nerves the whole game.

    I didn’t feel any Arsenal player shirked their duty today and everyone was excellent with the BFG edging it over the others. It also felt like we outnumbered and were far louder than Chav’s fans but I am not sure how that came across to those at home.

  169. mickydidit89 says:

    No need for modesty on a day like today gn5

    GB
    It was a great game, and given the circ’s ie defenders out, playing the new champions, I’d say it was our greatest cup final win

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    Just had a look around the blogs

    LeGrove. Oh ROLF. There are one or two really rather upset people over there right now

  171. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m still basking in the glory of such an unexpected victory – I was extremely nervous even after we went ahead 1-0. After 70 years you expect the unexpected (usually our worst fears become a reality) but not on this day the whole team were superb.

  172. GunnerN5 says:

    GB,

    I would say that our fans also played a blinder today! They were by far the most vocal.

  173. GoonerB says:

    Micky, you are joking that some on LG are upset??? How can any Arsenal fan not be on cloud 9.

    I have been critical of AW this season but am absolutely delighted for him.

    I don’t think I put it up here as a comment so I don’t expect anyone to believe me ( 🙂 ) but I have said to a couple of people recently that the new formation is probably worth at least 12 points to us across a season and if it started again now we would be challengers before we have even bought anyone.

  174. GoonerB says:

    Oh, and I also said Ox would do alright on the left….not sure if I put that up here 🙂

  175. GoonerB says:

    off to watch whole recorded game again….actually most likely to fall asleep on the sofa 5 mins in…nite all.

  176. mickydidit89 says:

    nite all from him too
    what a great day

  177. fred1266 says:

    We are we are we are Champions

  178. VP of Oz says:

    Good Morning all.
    It was hard to sleep for the 2hrs of the night I had left but I’ve woken up singing WEEEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIEND

  179. VP of Oz says:

    Before the game all the bollocks on how Wenger has declined and his poor transfers decisions etc.
    It was all about Kante over Xhaka used as an example of his decline
    Well I’m pretty impressed with Xhaka, didnt notice if Kante was playing
    And I’m pretty impressed with Holding over the other master coach who purchased a very very expensive Stones. They laughed when we purchased Holding because of the price tag not the talent
    Mustafi excellent during the season
    and Iwobi from the academy for the future
    (Perez is still being primed)

    I’d say that our team strengthened during the transfer window and AW got it right

    but I dont care because I am thrilled and oblivious to it all now

    and I plan to enjoy these next few days before the critics return and say its all in the past again and its only a FA Cup etc

    Thankyou AA for all the posts this season, a very balanced group of bloggers who are all supporters of Arsenal regardless of their position/views on AW, which everyone is entitled to, but not ramming it down everyones throat

    For those Arsenal followers (those that are not fans or supporters but run their own agenda), just try and enjoy that WEEEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIEND

  180. GunnerN5 says:

    Nice one VP. guess she must have been using some strange Australian words – certainly not Canadian my friend.
    🙂 🙂 :0

  181. Gööner In Exile says:

    GiE Jonah effect ….

    Not watching game winning 1-0, found myself in pub with game on,Moses Off, Costa equalised, left pub Goal Rambo.

    Bit pissed here see you all later.

  182. fatgingergooner says:

    Wow!

    Xhaka motm for me. Other players were great in places, Özil, Ramsey, Sanchez, Monreal, Mertersacker were all fantastic, but Xhaka’s discipline, ball distribution and overall control of the game was a joy to watch. The first 25 minutes he was absolutely faultless and controlled the midfield on his own. Stunning end to a tough season and a reminder of what we can do. Finishing 2nd may get you the plaudits but winning trophies is what it’s all about!

    RAMBOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  183. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha, need one say more? 🙂

  184. fatgingergooner says:

    Ian Wright saying how bad Chelsea were today.

    What a load of absolute dribble. We were fantastic and deserved the win by at least 2 or 3 goals. We beat Chelsea in the first 20 minutes because we outworked them. First goal was always vital today and we got it. Stunning performance from Arsenal and a deserved victory.

  185. VP of Oz says:

    We won every 50 50 ball
    We won the game, period!

    To all the critics and bashers, I refer to the Thought for the Week (from the Sunday Church bulletin, LOL)

    Keep your words soft and sweet in case you have to eat them.

  186. Shard says:

    In my short time following Arsenal I’ve seen us win multiple trophies, including some great FA Cup finals. But for some reason, I am really emotional over this one. Maybe it’s because of the season we’ve had, maybe because of all that’s been said about our team and our manager. Or maybe because it might be Arsene Wenger’s last game. I don’t know.

    But I do know that this was a wonderful football match. To a man we were fantastic and completely focused on getting the result. Could have scored 5 or 6 against the champions. Stood tall and strong against their antics and aggression (and for once the ref didn’t screw us over with the big decisions)

    Special mention to Per Mertesacker. He’s been out with injury for a long time and has been underrated as a result. What a performance from him. That tackle to stop Hazard early on, the sliding tackle before Costa took a shot, and his calmness and influence on the rest of the team. I could see him geeing them up before a Chelsea corner. My Man of the match. Captain fantastic.

    Monreal and Holding excellent too. Xhaka always so calm in possession and with the ability to find passes from deep. Ramsey, ran 14.4 kms. A record. And it was all with purpose and ended with him scoring the winner again. Alexis and Ozil, aligned with Welbeck’s athleticism caused Chelsea so many problems.

    But maybe the Man of the match was Arsene Wenger. For someone who supposedly doesn’t do tactics he sure got us to control the match against the much vaunted Kante and Matic midfield. Chelsea couldn’t stop us playing through them. And then getting the substitutions right. Putting on Giroud, who came up with a beautiful cross and assisted Ramsey for the winner again.And even putting on Coquelin to shut down WIllian on the wing (Coquelin’s got some skillz)

    I don’t care what people say, and I’m not going to argue about it today. I just want Arsene Wenger to stay and build this team up to the level we want them to be.

    What a wonderful feeling after a wonderful performance. Thank you Arsenal.

  187. Red Arnie says:

    top thoughts, Shard. 🙂

  188. Shard says:

    You’re up early arnie.. Sorry I disappeared the other day. Hope you are doing well. Yesterday’s performance and victory will help a little I’m sure. 🙂

  189. chas mobile says:

    Can’t write a match report on my phone, soz.
    A few snaps….

  190. chas mobile says:

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  193. chas mobile says:

    I think Shard’s 3.53am would make a fine match report.

  194. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Great to wake up in such a fantastic mood. Sun is shining and all is well in the world.

  195. Big Raddy says:

    No chas. I fancy writing something. May not be as well written or as analytical as Shard’s but I have the time and the inclination.

  196. VP of Oz says:

    I cant believe that there are Arsenal followers out there pooping on this result. They need to get a life elsewhere. Miserable Bast£”ds

  197. chas mobile says:

  198. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning all

    Yesterdays result changes the whole mood of everything Arsenal going into the summer. Really good news.

  199. mickydidit89 says:

    Excellent comment Shard

  200. chas mobile says:

  201. chas mobile says:

  202. Zee says:

    Well, if BR has time and the inclination I would suggest all the females stay well away – of course if he can write something as well – that would be good, too! 😀

    And Good Morning all.

  203. mickydidit89 says:

    Banner Chas?

  204. chas mobile says:

  205. mickydidit89 says:

    Am I alone in making Chas twitter stuff work?

  206. Eddie says:

    brilliant photos from chas, thanks

    Did we really win yesterday?? 🙂 🙂

  207. chas mobile says:

    No banner, just 3 Vines brothers on the piss.

  208. chas mobile says:

  209. Eddie says:

    @7:13 – Holding to Costa “you fucking nutter, psycho. you need your brain tested” 🙂 Clever boy Holding, Costa needs to be wound up and he is more than likely to snap

  210. Look at Per!!!!! What a captain, love him, such a shame he missed the whole season

  211. Morning all 😁😁😁😁😁😁

  212. Eddie says:

    chas – was it the best game for you? I am so envious of your experience yesterday, it must have been mind blowing

  213. Going to watch the game again now – managed to not record it yesterday 🙄

  214. mickydidit89 says:

    I think I may have worn me laptop out yesterday
    Still no Chas pics

    Maybe a page change will bring it back to life

  215. Eddie says:

    restart the laptop

    Hands up – I laughed sarcastically when I saw the PM title yesterday. oh you of little faith

  216. chas mobile says:

    Definitely up there in the top few, Eddie.
    Perhaps in terms of the one I thought we were more likely to lose, then maybe the best, yes.

    Highlights on Beeb One now.

  217. Eddie says:

    finally, highlights 🙂 🙂

  218. Gööner In Exile says:

    Well I’m watching the game on record now, just done first half. Don’t think any of us expected such a comfortable first half against Chavs.

    BFG my hero as long as he is been in an Arsenal shirt, I’ve said before his lack of pace is irrelevant and as he ages again it won’t be relevant unlike players like John Terry a year older than BFG but has struggled in last couple of seasons as his game is about dynamism not reading. The BFG reads the game so well, stays on his feet and most importantly can Marshall those around him.

    An honorobale mention of Holding too who is clearly an absolute bargain for £2m

  219. Eddie says:

    chas – you, your family with you, 40k+ other Gunners, sunshine, terrific game and the Trophy. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding. Experience of a life time, for anyone

  220. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

    No pics. Sorry. Perhaps someone can add a few……

  221. Eddie says:

    Ramsey was so clever not to touch the ball. Footballing brain 🙂

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