Will the Gamble Pay Off?

In the past 2 years we have seen 34 players leave AFC with just 5 coming in (according to Arseblog). Who could have imagined such a scenario?


Today we welcome both an incoming and outgoing player to The Emirates. Black Jedward is apparently ill but Mkhiki is due to start. This is exciting. Whom will he join in midfield? Will he play on the left wing? Only Mr Wenger knows.

I have to say that it is my belief Mr Wenger did not intend to buy Mkiki, we have other priorities and perhaps taking him was the best we could achieve in the Sanchez sale. That said, Mkiki is a player with much to prove and Arsenal is a good vehicle for him. How he fits into the first 11 is not obvious.

Arsenal have made a major shift in their forward planning, relying upon older, big name players coming in and reducing the numbers of the squad.The attack has been dealt with, Mr Wenger has stated he wanted to do more business with the defence needing more bodies (Evans??).  About time some may say but it is a gamble.

Fat Sam/Everton. Like one, dislike the other. One is all that is shite about the North, and the other the opposite. How quickly has The Walrus been allowed back into the top echelon’s of UK football after being sacked as England boss and outed as a liar and cheat?


Everton are a proper club with good values. Walcott is a perfect fit. Let’s hope he is welcomed back and then has a stinker. They paid huge money for players in summer and January and have yet to really see an improvement. We made a mistake in allowing Everton to sign Pickford – he is a terrific young GK as we will witness this evening

My Team: Assuming JW and Auba are ill.


Koscielny     Mustafi    Monreal

Bellerin   Ramsey    Xhaka    Mkiki

Ozil   Iwobi


I am tempted to play Welbeck instead of Iwobi as this team lacks real punch. And of course, if JW /Auba are fit they should start.

Super day of sport ahead with an evening kick off for the Arsenal. Let us hope we continue our fine home form and take the points


185 Responses to Will the Gamble Pay Off?

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Erik

    Now I’m really looking forward to the remainder of this season and watching our team evolve

    I think Miki will be a superb replacement for the dog bloke, and then there is him linking up with Auba again.

    Team? I’d rather Miki further up field in place of Iwobi with M-N filling in

  2. fatgingergooner says:

    I think it’s time that Wenger made some changes in the PL line ups and started picking players on merit rather than just sticking with the same formula every week. Therefore, I’d give Ospina a game as Cech has had a couple of shockers recently. I’d also bring in AMN for Xhaka who needs a rest. If Wilshere is fit then he comes in for Xhaka.

    Everton (h) - Football tactics and formations

  3. Big Raddy says:

    FGG- Much prefer your team to mine.

  4. fred1266 says:

    No way Iwobi should still be playing

  5. Gööner In Exile says:

    I am definitely looking forward to the first time this forward line takes the field:


    That issure to get pulses racing, andgive opponents very little idea of where we will be attacking from. Alexis was naturally drawn to starting from left wing, Mikhi and Ozil can roam anywhere and Laca can run channels with best of them, PEA gives us a target man and pace.

    The worry today is a 9 man defensive action from FatSams Everton with Rooney looking to release Theo at every opportunity.

    For that reason I’d tell Hector to do no attacking today at all, make sure he is near Theo for that counter and just pressure the first touch

  6. Gööner In Exile says:

    Like FGG i’d too give Cech a rest, the clean sheet record seems to be playing heavily.

  7. Eddie says:

    GiE – PEA has a man flu, be out for the rest of the season

    Thanks Raddy, nice PM. I forgot Fat Sam is at Everton, they should have Moist back, he was good for them. Theo is likely to shine and so is Shrek, it could be tricky tonight.

    are you sure about 34 sold bought 5? They bought 3 in Jan, Kolasinac and Laca make it 5 already, there was no other player in last 2 years? I need to google it later

  8. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    The Toffees will definitely play on the counter. Weird how every team in the League knows how to play against Theo apart from us. Guaranteed to score and then not celebrate, showing respect for the club.

    Let’s hope we can shaft Fat Sam.

  9. chas says:

  10. I’m happy to give Cech a rest from today to the end of his life.

    I know you’re a fan of M-N, FGG.
    I don’t actually have a (big) problem with that, but I honestly don’t think he’s ready.
    He’ll go the same way as Iwobi if we rush him… by that I mean lack of confidence affecting his game. That’s Iwobi’s problem, not lack of ability.

    Now is not the time for inexperienced youngsters… we’re 6th, not 15 points clear at the top.

  11. Sorry BR – good post as always.
    Except your lineup looks as though Miki’s in at left wing-back !!!

  12. Red Arnie says:

    Great post, Raddy. 🙂

    Agree with GiE, FGG, et al. The clean sheet record is wearing too heavy. On with Ospina.

    Also, time for another stint in the naughty corner for Mustafi. Would like to see Mavro.

    Onwards and upwards! COYG.

  13. 30 mins played…
    Burnley 0
    Man City 1

  14. Half-time…
    Burnley 0
    Man City 1

  15. chas says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Makiki playing

  16. chas says:

    Ant is too.

  17. Elton's Son says:

    And Dingdanggooly goolywatcha

  18. Ant says:

    Just been told that I’ve got a dodgy shirt on by the ticket inspector.. no taste

  19. Ant says:

    Me and Patrick are doppelgängers

  20. Ant says:

  21. Ant says:

    Sorry for 1.54pm Micky..it will be lost on you!

  22. Ant says:

  23. Ant says:

    Chas would do this I reckon..

  24. chas says:


  25. chas says:


  26. chas says:


  27. Ant says:

    Can anyone spot Fred or Micky in this photo?

  28. Big Raddy says:

    The David Sukor is best

  29. wally says:

    Interesting window as some potentially useful faces have arrived and a lot of the players sucking up money and not contributing anything have been moved on. Better use of a teams resources has started to occur as our management structure gets realigned for a proper club.
    However defence remains a concern. The notion that we need better players that is misplaced. Defence, as the minnows show us repeatedly, is a team effort. It involves commitment and teamwork. Something that is not currently being coached at the club. Until that gets sorted….We may be not as painful to watch as we score a bit more but unless they solve the defence it’ll be more of the same.

  30. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha. brilliant Vines show. 🙂

  31. Ant says:

    We’ll score more..

  32. Ant says:

    So we have no team effort, commitment or teamwork and none of these things are being coached at the club.. really?

  33. Big Raddy says:

    MC. Possession 72% 20 shots on target. One goal.

    Should have signed a striker.

  34. chas says:

    Haha, they couldn’t afford one.

  35. Ant says:

    Giroud was available

  36. chas says:


    How was the hot date?

    Or is it still going on?

    Afternoon delight?

  37. fred1266 says:

    Agreed GI the full backs should stay back today and just defend

  38. fred1266 says:

    Is that you in the picture ants

  39. fred1266 says:

    What all this talk about benzema

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. What talk about Benzema?

  41. fred1266 says:

    They saying he looking for London for a house in preparation for his move to arsenal in the summer

  42. fred1266 says:

    Before the deadline I heard we was link with him

  43. Big Raddy says:

    We don’t need him

  44. Rasp says:

    Afternoon all, thanks for the PM Raddy.

    Unfortunately I think your team is highly likely.

    Shame if Auba is sick … if not, he should start. We may not see the best of Auba or Miki until we see them play together.

    Fat Sam knows exactly how to play against AW’s Arsenal, it won’t be pretty. Shrek also knows how and when to feed Theo the ball, so as you say, we must be aware of that threat.

    If Jack and Ozil are both on the pitch we will have all the creative players we need, we just need Xhaka to be remember his defensive duties.

  45. fred1266 says:

    Yea I know that why I find it strange we still being linked

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    The Ant re-enactments are sensational. Lov’em 🙂

  47. fred1266 says:

    Yea fullback and midfielders just need to defend today, wonder if they are even told to stay back

  48. mickydidit89 says:


    From today onwards, you’re in charge of summer transfer goss.

    Your work has begun 🙂

  49. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi starting lord help us

  50. Red Arnie says:

    Auba starts. Good.

  51. mickydidit89 says:


    Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Ramsey, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang

    Subs: Ospina, Lacazette, Wilshere, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Elneny

  52. Red Arnie says:

    Ozil, Auba, Makhi, AI. looking tasty up front

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Theo starts
    Rooney bench

  54. Big Raddy says:

    Lava won’t be happy

  55. Big Raddy says:

    Just noticed. There are two bottles of water in front of Ant.

  56. Eddie says:

    auba starts? Really? So it wasn’t man flu after all

  57. Eddie says:

    fred – it’s just you and I who are not in love with iwobi

  58. Eddie says:

    ant – did you just take up smoking? ffs man, at your age people finally give them up!
    not me of course, I am not people

  59. GoonerB says:

    Thanks for the PM Raddy. I don’t agree with any of Iwobi, Xhaka or Ramsey starting. Ramsey is a tougher call and can be somewhat justified.

    Aubemayeng and Lacazette should play together but not sure if AW will ever do this at the expense of his favoured tippy tappy midfielders so my excitement is somewhat tempered.

    AW still trying to get 3 tippy tappers to try and cover the defensive midfield jobs collectively rather than try and develop 1 specialist in the role (AMN)

    If Iwobi plays deeper then I would give that a bit of a thumbs up but probably shouldn’t be starting this game anyway.

    Xhaka must have something on AW. Perhaps he caught AW and Bould in the showers together.

    None of Iwobi, Xhaka or Ramsey should start ahead of Wilshere if he is fit. I feel there are some worrying conclusions that could be drawn from this line up in terms of AW’s methods moving forwards.

    We now have the options in the squad to try and find a better more dynamic balance. This is not really a shake up which ever way you look at it and feels very samey with just one striker replacing another.

    Apart from this I am happy with the line up 🙂


  60. mickydidit89 says:

    God you sound miserable GB.
    Go for a glass of milk with Wally 🙂

  61. fred1266 says:

    You sure about that micky cause I wouldn’t have sold theo or giroud and would never bought lacazette

  62. fred1266 says:

    Great minds think alike Eddie

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Hope Miki and Auba line up in whatever way it was that made them so dynamic at Dortmund

  64. fred1266 says:

    Who at the game today

  65. GoonerB says:

    Haha micky. Quite happy and relaxed and looking forward to seeing the 2 BVB guys link up. Would just like to see some changes from AW to a system and ethos that hasn’t worked on any consistent basis.

  66. mickydidit89 says:


  67. Big Raddy says:

    Proper Arsenal goal. Lovely set up

  68. GoonerB says:

    Whats to worry about Micky 😀

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Think Purism GB 🙂

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Certainly not conceding. Its the other end that matters 🙂

  71. Rasp says:

    Miki looking lively … great cross for the goal …. and he’s popping up on both sides of the pitch

  72. mickydidit89 says:


  73. Big Raddy says:

    Set play goal. We are getting good at those.

  74. Rasp says:

    The new togetherness of the team is plain to see. Good that Aubameyang is involved in the goal celebrations and playing his part in the goals

  75. mickydidit89 says:


  76. Big Raddy says:

    This is fantastic. The Welsh Wizard on a hatrick.

    Can we play Everrton every week?

  77. Rasp says:

    I’d like to see us keep the pressure up for 90 minutes …. score as many as we can …. and try to get a goal for Aubameyang

  78. Eddie says:

    Maybe GB ain’t on drugs after all

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    THAT is why we bought Miki



  80. Rasp says:

    Miki our best player so far

  81. GoonerB says:

    Alright i take some of it back 😉

  82. fred1266 says:

    Why every single time we leading 4 nil they bring up the Newcastle draw

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Firstly, Everyon have been dreadful. Mangala cost €42m and the bloke looks in the Stepanov class.

    But we have been awesome. Could easily have been 6 or 7.

    Let’s hope that unlike the Palace game we continue this scintillating football in the second half.

    Very funny to hear the Theo song after he delayed his shot and missed.

  84. Big Raddy says:

    Rsp. Don’t agree. Ozil has been superb.

  85. fatgingergooner says:

    Get your coat Arsenal, you’ve pulled!

    Sexy Arsenal is back. How good was Mkhi that half? His work rate has been the main thing for me. Worked his socks off in defence and attack. When Wenger said he saw him playing deeper than Özil I was worried, but the way we’ve been able to feed the ball through the lines has been exceptional. Xhaka > Mkhi > Özil has been on constantly and been making it easy to get up the field.

    Everton made 3 tackles the whole half!!! 😱

  86. Aaron says:

    I truly enjoy the Arsenal when their passing is on!
    My favorite moment of the game though was the Auba fast break..
    Arsenal have been missing that for ages.
    Everton and slim sam getting blasted.ha
    Something to build upon.

  87. Rasp says:

    Raddy, it’s not fair to include Ozil in the MOTM assessment … he’d win it every time 🙂

    Fact is, he has lots of attacking players with good close control to play with now … so his ‘awesomeness’ can become even greater…

  88. fred1266 says:

    Mustafi does make some poor chooses

  89. Rasp says:

    … he makes brilliant blocks ….

  90. fred1266 says:

    Walcott learn to cross in just 2 weeks

  91. Big Raddy says:

    15 minutes of consolidation 😦

  92. Rasp says:

    We’ve dropped down a level. I don’t understand why they took Theo off, I thought he was having a good game. Great that we sang him off the pitch

  93. Rasp says:

    And that is what happens when we drop our intensity 😡

  94. Big Raddy says:

    Dreadful from Kolasinac.

    Consolidation not working. Let’s start playing football again.

    Fred. Once again the Newcastle game brought up – it was 8 years ago!

  95. mickydidit89 says:


  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody love Mhiki

  97. Big Raddy says:

    There it IS … hatrick for TWW

  98. fatgingergooner says:

    Interesting how Wenger lets Mkhi play in a free flowing side and suddenly he looks like the Dortmund player again.

  99. mickydidit89 says:

    we want 6
    we want 6
    or 7

  100. fatgingergooner says:

    Also good to see Ramsey doing what he does best. He should get 15-20 goals a season if he stays fit and in the team.

    Wenger said something about us being better defensively if we keep the ball better and attack better. Certainly seemed to be the case in the first half. We may not be the strongest defensively, but if we are offensively outstanding and we work hard off the ball and avoid stupid mistakes then the results will follow. I’d still like to see a quality CB in the summer though!

  101. Eddie says:

    At this rate we could end up with GD 64

  102. Rasp says:

    3 goals for Ramsey and 3 assists for Miki …. luvly jubly

  103. fred1266 says:

    So with ramsey scoring a hatrick does jack still make the side

  104. Rasp says:

    A better game by Iwobi I thought ….

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    My mojo is fully re-charged

    Super exciting players

  106. Rasp says:

    The Welsh Wizard

  107. fatgingergooner says:

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now equalled Alexis Sanchez’s assists for Arsenal this season, despite today being his first start for the club. #afc

  108. Big Raddy says:

    Agree about Iwobi. Much better.

  109. GunnerN5 says:

    Stand up everybody who has a new glow on…………………………

    ANT your 2.01pm was absolutely PRICELESS!!!!!!

    A couple of pictures speaks a thousand words………….

  110. Ant says:

    “Fat Sam knows exactly how to play against AW’s Arsenal,”


  111. Ant says:

    Gooner B first comment 9 paragraphs ffs

  112. Ant says:

    “God you sound miserable GB.
    Go for a glass of milk with Wally 🙂”


  113. Ant says:

    Fred- love the tactical insights and we were at the game, where were you (again)?

  114. chas says:

    Upper tier Upper tier Upper tier
    I think

  115. Ant says:

    Fred- there are no pictures of me on this blog, just like you..except I actually exist,

  116. Ant says:

    Where’s Wally when we need him?

  117. Ant says:

    Was this you Fred in the FFB in disguise?

  118. GunnerN5 says:

    Ant we need you on AA 7 days a week…………………………….

  119. chas says:

  120. Ant says:

  121. Ant says:

    Gunner N5 – Ta, I’m touched 😏

  122. Ant says:

    All the talk in the FFB today was about the new love couple..

    Apparently….. Eddie is seeing a new man……..And his name is Fred..of no fixed abode

    Rumour is that they are very much in love

  123. GunnerN5 says:

    What a huge difference the new players made today, gone was sulky Sanchez and gone was “poor me, sour faced” Lacazette – replaced by a 3 assist Miki and an exciting looking Auba. Not to mention a re- invigorated team, ————–I still have an after glow……….

    Good for Ramsey.

  124. Rasp says:

    Wind your neck in ant and revel in that performance 🙂 …. that team played way above the level Sam had expected … in the first half certainly … and Miki played a big part in that … try regurgitating some of the good things I said about the performance

  125. GunnerN5 says:

    Congratulations Eddie – and my condolences go out to Fred.

  126. chas says:

  127. Ant says:

    Eddie Eddie..where are you?

  128. GunnerN5 says:

    Has Walcott (in his entire career got 3 assists from the right wing in 1 game?) -a big welcome goes out to our 3 assist – Miki.

  129. chas says:

  130. chas says:

    Revelling in the performance!

  131. VP of Oz says:

    Great game. Love the new AW tactic of scoring 4 goals as a buffer in the first half.

    Was Aubameyang peeved with Kos goal? It looked like a What The moment from Aubameyang when Kos threw himself in to score whilst Auba was ready to tap in for his first.

  132. VP of Oz says:

    Great to see the tweets with Rihanna

  133. LB says:

    Bloody skiing holidays always getting in the way.

  134. chas says:

  135. Ant says:

    Where was the gorgeous Peaches today?

  136. chas says:

  137. Ant says:

    I’ll speak with you Wally next game.. when we’re on the train

    But for now .. my carriage awaits

  138. Ant says:

    Rihanna’s jacket is worse than Bamalang’s white fluffy jacket

  139. wally says:

    I’m right here ant. Something you’d like to share?

  140. fatgingergooner says:

    She’s got some cracking football boots though. Expect to see Auba in those in the next game!

  141. fred1266 says:

    ants I was in the upper tier as usual,

  142. fred1266 says:

    Ok thought the bloke on the train was you

  143. fred1266 says:

    Shame she had on clothes

  144. VP of Oz says:

    Fred, clothes comment? not good.

    As for Arsenal, 100% we will finish 3rd or 2nd. COYG

  145. Eddie says:

    auba has lovely finishing techniques
    how exciting are we?

  146. Eddie says:

    fred – ant’s photo at 8:45

  147. Eddie says:

    shearer and murphy could not praise the ARsenal enough 🙂
    fair play to them – can give credit when credit’s due

    Not everyone hates us, but when we deserve bollocking he have to take it as we do it out often enough to others

  148. mickydidit89 says:


    You know damn well what it is we’re waiting to hear about

    The Auba dink over the keeper was nice, but can wait until later

  149. Eddie says:

    sorry to disappoint you, but I think the romance is over. He arrived here with his dog, a French bulldog. Little shit tried to kill my Bambi, the poor pitbull is still traumatised.

  150. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m genuinely sorry to hear that.

    Best we chat about chips ‘n dinks ‘n shit like that

    Oh wait, hang on, we could discuss Erik’s terrifying state of affairs with Mrs R over the flab and thin milk. Let’s hope that on the back of Arsenal bagging five, he took on plenty of extra calories last night

  151. chas says:

    But also burnt a few hitting the back of the net celebrating.

  152. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Nipped out for a celebratory bar of chocolate, don’t tell anyone.

  153. chas says:

    Anyone up for doing some player ratings?

  154. Eddie says:

    …not all lost yet micky, perhaps I will still have a few stories for you. But will have to go on dates without dogs 🙂

    There is a more worrying trait I discovered yesterday – rather than enjoying a fantastic game, great result and amazing display from miki, auba and AARON, he was worrying about Wenger signing a contract extension.

  155. Eddie says:

    give all of them 9 and 10 to Ozil, Miki and Aaron, seems fair

  156. chas says:

  157. mickydidit89 says:

    No, don’t like doing ratings, makes me feel like a school master, and I don’t like school masters

    I’ll do some feelings if that would help

  158. chas says:

    That’ll make a great post – thanks, Eddie.

  159. Eddie says:

    and the best aspect of yesterday’s display is our eminent trip to Wembley. Instead of being scared I am actually looking forward to watching some spuds being mashed

  160. Eddie says:

    you are welcome 🙂

  161. chas says:

    Match feelings would be magnificent.

  162. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, Chas, here’s the deal. I need more coffee, then I’ll bash something out. Are you around if I aim to get something in the post by 9:15?

    Allows me time to dick around first

  163. VP of Oz says:

    micky 8:35, morning glory

  164. Eddie says:

    that protest was just pathetic in view of yesterday’s game and the whole January TW.
    I was absolutely delighted to finally learn that the Club care about the fans, care about results and care to improve. They bought and sold wisely and we are on our way, happy dayz

  165. mickydidit89 says:

    Am I alone in hearing the distant snap, crackle and pop of the Erik rice crispies as the watered down white stuff is poured?

    Here, the bacon sizzles and the toaster pings

  166. Big Raddy says:

    Maybe I will do a player ratings for tomorrows post. Depends upon how inspirational Micky’s “feelings” are.

  167. Big Raddy says:

    Only Harry Redknapp has lost more PL games than Fat Sam 😀

  168. chas says:

    I’ve done some shitty ratings to add to the match feelings.
    Ready when you are.

  169. mickydidit89 says:


    And not even a hint of tactics or off-sides 🙂

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    The bacon was perfect 🙂

  171. chas says:

    On it

  172. chas says:


  173. fred1266 says:

    VP majority of times I see her in her music videos she barely has on any so kinda got a custom

  174. fred1266 says:

    You all heard that arsenal basically paid the loan fee for Dortmund just to get the deal done

  175. chas says:

    You is on the wrong post, me dook

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