I’m going outside, I may be Sometime.

Those who read my regular ramblings know that I am a fan of Malmo FF, the Swedish champions. Why do I bring this up? Because I am one of the very few Gooners who have actually seen Ostersund play. I had the misfortune of seeing Graham Potter’s side win 3-0 in Malmo, it was a rare and chastening home defeat.

What can I tell you of Ostersund? Only that they will be better than you expect. They will be industrious, organised and determined. Likely to focus on a solid defensive foundation and hoping to score on breakaways or set-pieces. We have seen it work so often before which is why so many teams set-up this way against The Arsenal. Wins over Galatasary and PAOK show that Ostersund can beat quality opposition.

Much is being made of the weather, it is cold, probably worse for the spectators than the players who can run around. Ospina will be worried!


Sweden, like all the Scandi countries, have a winter break and only started playing last weekend. I am not sure if this is of benefit to them or us. What is certain is that if AFC do not win tonight there will be yet another anti-AW outcry and a few thousand N17 muppets laughing.

Wenger has to play his best available team. The Europa has become our primary focus and Arsenal cannot afford to lose. Koscielny desperately needs a break and I would bench the chap.

My Team:


Chambers    Mustafi    Monreal

Bellerin    Xhaka     Wilshere    Iwobi

Ozil        Miki


If fit, Ramsey has to play, we desperately missed him in the NLD.

Given this an away fixture, anything is possible. Perhaps AW will want to shore up the defence and play Elneny and Kolasinac or even M-N.

We should win against a team who are the financial equivalent of Barnet having spent less than €100k assembling their squad.

In Days of Old, with fixtures like this, we would go away, use squad members to get a draw and win easily at home. Will AW have the confidence to try that tonight? I certainly hope not.



88 Responses to I’m going outside, I may be Sometime.

  1. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.
    Loving the Ospina – he’ll definitely have his langkalsonger on.

    As far as I’m aware, Rambo is definitely out for a couple of games and Jack, Kos and Cech didn’t travel.

  2. Big Raddy says:

    So, Elneney/Xhaka axis with Kolasinac or M-N alongside.

    Hope JW isn’t injured.

  3. CorporateMan says:

    Yeah, so Maitland-Niles comes in in place of Wilshere f

  4. chas says:

    Wenger on whether the pitch was a reason for leaving some players behind…
    One or two had recent problems, like Koscielny with his Achilles. Wilshere was more precautionary.

  5. chas says:

    My reaction to finding out I’m on Eddie’s blocked contacts list was similar to this……….. 😥

  6. chas says:

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Erik

    Oh God, so we’re playing a team that cost 100k. That terrifies me 🙂

  8. Eddie says:

    I cannot believe this PM, we are supposed to be flying through the competition and winning it in the end. And we are worried about a team only chas has heard of before?

    That is pants, I might actually go to pilates tonight

  9. Eddie says:

    rooney and wife had 4th son, how unlucky is that?

  10. Big Raddy says:

    It sounds a bit biblical. Hope they don’t name one Joseph

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    Forgot to mention Erik, love the title
    Miss the whole explorers theme

  12. Rasp says:

    Great work Raddy, thank you.

    Thank goodness the game is over 2 legs …. we don’t want Ostersund to be our Iceland.

    We can only admire what Ostersund have achieved. Let’s hope our guys put on their thermal undies and willy warmers and give us all a boost.

  13. Rasp says:

    Does anyone know if Lacazette’s injury was as a result of some incident playing for us or an existing condition that has worsened?

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Earlyish start. 18.00 GMT

  15. chas says:

    “…..from a football perspective, Östersund kind of sums up where Arsenal are at the moment: marooned on an icy tundra, gazing up at the stars above, freezing, praying to one day grace the celestial heights of Titles and the Champions League again.”

  16. chas says:

    The Ostersunds ultras look a bit tasty.

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Let’s get real here Lads, they are complete crap, but tonight simply doesn’t matter. We’ll win the tie at home, so I wouldn’t bother watching.

    My love for Arsenal is unconditional, my support is not. I have limits and they have been reached

  18. mickydidit89 says:


    Wow, you’ve come over all poetic.

    As Transplant might inquire “frilly shirt on?”

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m sorry. Apols. and all that. Not right for me to dismiss your anticipation. I’ll zip it.

  20. Big Raddy says:

    If the blokes in 12.50 are playing it should be an enthralling encounter.

    None of our nancy boys could take them on with the possible exception of Kolasinac. Hector must be terrified of being scalped.

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    If the blokes in 12:50 were playing, I’d be not only watching, but most likely in the stadium 🙂

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    I think I’m right in saying The Beserkers are from that neck of the woods

  23. Thanks Raddy

    “I’m going outside, I may be some time” Oats, suffering from an ingrowing hair and slight discolouration due to food odour knew he was reducing his mates chances of survival and with the prospect of finding a shop in the Antarctic which sold odour eaters slim, took the honourable decision and left the building.

    An honourable man. A man who sacrificed himself for others and always kept his shoes on.

    Imagine any of our namby pampy players doing that in an Arctic away game.? They would be two down after the first twenty minutes and at half time eaten the fibreless Oats. Cowards the lot of em, that is why i feel I would have made an excellent professional footballer.

    is Osterunds one of those places were they have a period of 24 hour darkness?, a bit like Totnumbs trophy cabinet? Who the f*uck would live in a place like that? That could turn a man more strangely erect than a Conservative politician.

    Of course we should beat them easy but with this current Arsenal side we can never be sure

  24. chas says:

    Got my frilly shirt on, waiting for the match, to come with Gordon, my Valentine.

  25. Red Arnie says:

    Thank you, Raddy. 🙂 Great insider information. I hope the team knows as much.

    Also read with great interest the article/interview on the manager that Chas posted a few days back. 🙂

    We can win tonight, and hopefully score two away goals. COYG. 🙂

  26. chas says:

    Can’t stand AFTV but no-one else is going to give you this bird’s eye view.
    Eeeee, I’m so excited, I just did a little wee.

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Terry “Cowards the lot of em, that is why i feel I would have made an excellent professional footballer.” LOL and ditto.

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Don’t watch AFTV but that was interesting. Most Swedish and Danish grounds are like that.

  29. chas says:

  30. chas says:

    I think they stopped laying it out in formation style just in case it was giving the opposition clues an hour before kick off.
    The last few have been laid out as above.

    Not that it would make a blind bit of difference, I’m sure.

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Team sheet??

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Crikey, just looked on a map. Ostersund is about level with Iceland. Furthest north we’ve ever played?

  33. Big Raddy says:

    9/11. I’ll take that.

    Very strong team and another indication that Kolasinac is seriuosly out of favour

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Looks chilly up there, I am drinking a whiskey and ginger to help


    Bloody hell, there pitch reminds me of my old Subbuteto Astro Pitch. That was a glorious surface, until my stupid mate came round with his dippy girlfriend and she spilt a drink all over it.
    There is nothing worse than been fifteen, your mate has a cute girlfriend were as your just a nose bleeder and she ruins your footballing dreams via a bottle of Tizer

    Come on you Gunners.


    They got a Greek geezer playing. He must be bloody freezing

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    I’ve cracked. I’m watching.

    Looking forward to seeing M-N more central


    Chance for Maitland Niles to show he’s better than Xhaka. That could be difficult?


    Our best striker strikes

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Nacho is our best striker. Man is worth at least €60m

  41. Eddie says:

    Nacho the Fox in the Box😬

  42. Big Raddy says:

    I wrote this on the post “they will be better than you expect.”

    I was wrong as usual. Their defending is even worse than ours!

  43. Eddie says:

    I think mr potter has realised now that instead of watching ballet his players should have been practising more. They are awful , how the hell did they get to this stage?


    Poor Papagianopolous. Bullied at Greek school for having a short surname, he now scores an own goal


    Welbeck seems completely shot of confidence. I say this in the full knowledge he will grab a brace and expose me for the charlatan that I am

  46. Eddie says:

    Terry – that’s not a real name, is it?

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha

    Must say I was expecting a more hostile crowd

    Always assume these artic dwellers are always ripped to the tits on cocktails of kerosene and raindeer urine


    Yes Eddie. I have a friend with the same surname. To avoid ridicule he’s thinking of lengthening it

  49. Big Raddy says:

    2 up and we go to sleep.

    A pint of anti-freeze at half time may help


    They have had there chances? Honestly, if I turned up with my old gran and the rest of the chicken admiration society, we would get beat but still create chances against this current Arsenal team

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Sounds like a top drink. Can you send me some instead of the fish?

  52. Big Raddy says:

    How come history’s most famous Greek had such a short name – Dennis Roussos?

  53. Eddie says:

    terry 🙂 🙂 you is soooooooo mad!!

  54. Eddie says:

    Eddie is warming the benchg, let’s have him!!!


    I knew a guy called George Roussos Raddy. It basically means ginger hair or ruddy complexion. That’s why both the singer and the one I knew both had black hair.


    Quality from Mesut. I fear after the match these poor Ostersund players will be forced to seek out one of Mickys inflammable reindeer.

    I would still rather be the reindeer


    Really liked Elnenys workrate. This is a man who understands his limitations and plays like it.
    Good man

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Terry. Poke-er or Poke-ee. I know which I would rather be.

    I bet you had the album with Forever and Ever on it. Probably on 8-track in your car.


    Of course Raddy. Before I started wearing flowing white robes I had no crumpet whatsoever. After wearing them I still had none. Roussos was an inspiration to us all.

    This is like a training game.


    Got to say, really impressed with the Swedish fans. Despite been outclassed they continue to make strange whooping noises.

  61. Big Raddy says:

    I watched an Irish stream with a truly dreadful anti-AFC commentator. Had to turn off the sound.

    You would have thought that Ostersund had won the game at a canter.


    They’ve got a pen. Bet all the reindeer are praying they score?

    They’ve missed it. We’re that kerosene?

  63. Big Raddy says:

    Terry. Must have seen you cruising in your Escort XR3i up and down Green Lane


    Game over. Not great, especially for the reindeer, but winning this cup is still on

  65. fatgingergooner says:

    Job done. Should be an easy game at home now and we can rest up before the LC Final


    Probably Raddy. Did have an XR3. Had the BeeGees blaring as I womanised my way through Turnpike Lane, only to realise the pointless of it all after a perm haird friend decided not to jump of a bridge.

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    Training game as Transplant said

    Big plus? Cheap seats for the locals at home

  68. Eddie says:

    after this round still 16 teams left in the competition!! This must be the longest cup tournament there

  69. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. 🙂

  70. Red Arnie says:

    so, point proven. we dont need Auba for this competition. Monreal is enough

  71. Red Arnie says:

    can we perhaps transfer this clean sheet to Cech? 🙂

  72. fatgingergooner says:

    Napoli look like they could be going out. Lost 3-1 at home to Leipzig.

    Dortmund struggled to a 3-2 win at home to Atalanta. The Intalians are a decent attacking side so might be lucky and see Dortmund go out.

    I reckon A.Madrid will be the team we have to beat.

  73. chas says:

  74. chas says:

    Batshitcrazy is settling in well at Dortmund.

  75. mickydidit89 says:

    Aye. Ahoy and Motning

    All cat vids go well with the first piping hot brew. Thanks

    Was very surprised when Chavs got rid of Batshuayi. Not so happy he’s eligible to play in Europa

  76. Eddie says:

    is that the Batshitcrazy who was part of the Auba deal?

  77. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Watched the FCK v AM game and Athletico are superb, we will strugglle against them so let us hope they meet BD.

    Pleased for Batshit

    Have you noticed how Pete Townshend’s nose was so huge in his youth? Do you think his head grew or his nose shrunk as he got older?

  78. Eddie says:

    Paul Pogba “regrets” returning to Manchester United as he argues with Jose Mourinho over his best position 🙂

  79. mickydidit89 says:


    Possibly, sort of.

    Batshit has only gone on loan. No idea why Chavs did it, and took Ollie off us.

    If I was a conspiracy theorist, I’d be thinking Chelsea were trying their hardest to help us out of a tricky spot 🙂

  80. Eddie says:

    don’t give up your day time job Didit

    Chelsea trying to help us ha ha ha ha

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone got a post? Anything?

  82. chas says:

    I’m doing something, BR.

  83. chas says:


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