Arsenal: We’ve Got Our Bottle Back?

On the eve of our Saturday tea time visit to Stamford Bridge, perhaps it would be enjoyable to remember a fine performance away at the bus stop in Fulham. Victories when they come at unexpected moments are often the most pleasurable. With our new manager and signings already showing hints of more steel and determination, could we start to believe The Arsenal have begun to rediscover our bottle. Cheers, Rocky.

How are you feeling this morning?

Still glowing?

Yeah, me too.

We have kind of forgotten what it’s like to enjoy a BIG win; a meaningful win; a surprise win against the odds.

Most of our surprises in the last six months have been nasty ones – the kind Mrs Gary Neville has every morning when she wakes up and sees who’s beside her.

But Saturday was different. We went to one of the bookies’ favourites for the title and gave them a spanking in their own back yard. And just because it’s a Chav back yard full of old piss-stained mattresses and wrecked cars, that doesn’t make the win any less sweet.

Make no mistake, Chelsea were seen by many as the real dark horses (whoops, sorry JT, I meant pale horses) in the championship race. Even in defeat to QPR last week they earned plaudits for almost nicking a result with only nine men.

But in the second half of Saturday’s fine win we completely dominated them, winning the half 4-1, taking a stranglehold on midfield and defending well (we only conceded because the ref missed a blatant foul on Santos).

The first half was a different story, with both teams attacking like panthers and defending like pandas, but enough has been said about that in all the match reports.

The point is, we found ourselves in a game that, several times, could have gone away from us – at 2-1 and at 3-3 in particular. But we refused to allow it to do so.

Having hauled ourselves level at 1-1, then gone in one down at half time thanks to another soft goal conceded from a set piece, heads could easily have dropped.

If this had been last year’s Arsenal team, with the homesick Spaniard and the fat French trouble-maker, I think that’s exactly what would have happened. Our heads would have gone down faster than Dani Alves on ice.

But this is a different group of players with a much better mix of vim and experience. It’s interesting that our best performers on the day (with the exception of Prince Robin) were the younger ones: Koscielny, Ramsey, Gervinho and Walcott.

But I have no doubt that they felt enabled to play their best game by the presence of older heads like Arteta, Mertesacker and Santos (as well as Rosicky when he came on), all of whom added an air of stability to the team.

We now have players who do not panic when we’re leading with 10 minutes to go. Indeed, against a dangerous Chavski side we looked very solid in the final stages (the BFG making up for a poor first half by dominating the box in the closing minutes).

We were calm enough and confident enough to see the game out – and bold enough to take our chance to really kill it off when it arrived.

Someone has clearly been to Lost and Found and reclaimed something we mislaid about two years ago: our bottle.

No-one really knew where it had gone. Pat Rice went all up and down the Holloway Road stapling little notices to trees and lamp posts saying “Missing: Our Bottle: Answers to the name Vieira or Adams. Reward if found.”

There were no takers, but now it has turned up of its own accord, just when we needed it most after the most disastrous start to a season for 58 years.

There is still everything to play for this season. The Mancunian lottery winners may be streets ahead at the top of the table but there is a long way to go and anything can happen.

Next up for us in the league are West Brom (H), Norwich (A) and Fulham (H). With the players we have, and with the fact that we now have our bottle again after such a long time, everything is possible.

Keep believing fellow Gunners.

Written by RockyLives


26 Responses to Arsenal: We’ve Got Our Bottle Back?

  1. LBG says:

    As you have already said Chas, Rocky’s posts are a joy to behold! Thanks for the resurrection!
    “like Mrs Gary Neville has every morning”..
    Gervinho and Santos, names to conjure with…

  2. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    LBG. That line had me chuckling as well 😀

  3. Eddie says:

    Beware banned words, the lot. (ed)

  4. chas says:

  5. LB says:

    Superb piece of film.

  6. fred1266 says:

  7. Eddie says:

    amazing Joel campbell gone. next one please

  8. Eddie says:

    one for chas

  9. GunnerN5 says:

    These are the average ages of all EPL squads.

    Leicester 25.3
    Liverpool 25.6
    Manchester U 25.7
    Arsenal 26.2
    Fulham 26.2
    Tottenham 26.3
    Wolverhampton 26.4
    Southampton 26.5
    Manchester C 26.6
    Huddersfield 26.8
    Newcastle 27.1
    Bournemouth 27.3
    West Ham 27.4
    Chelsea 27.5
    Crystal Palace 27.5
    Brighton 28.1
    Cardiff 28.1
    Everton 28.6
    Burnley 28.9
    Watford 29.1

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Ages of Arsenal’s current 1st team squad.

    Jenkinson 24
    Bellerin 23
    Mavropanos 20
    Koscielny 33
    Monreal 32
    Holding 20
    Kolasinac 25
    Mustafi 26
    Papastathopohulos 30
    Lichtsteiner 34
    Iwobi 22
    Lacazette 27
    Welbeck 28
    Aubameyang 29
    Leno 26
    Martinez 23
    Ospina 30
    Cech 36
    Ramsey 28
    Maitland-Niles 20
    Xhaka 26
    Mkhitaryan 29
    Reine- Adelaide 20
    Torreira 22
    Guendouzi 19
    Ozil 30
    Elneny 26

    Overall 26.2

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Points won against current EPL teams in last 10 games (or less)

    Bournemouth – A – 58%
    Bournemouth – H – 100%
    Brighton – A – 44%
    Brighton – H – 100%
    Burnley – A – 83%
    Burnley – H – 100%
    Cardiff City – A – 100%
    Cardiff City – H – 100%
    Chelsea – A – 30%
    Chelsea – H – 47%
    Crystal Palace – A – 80%
    Crystal Palace – H – 87%
    Everton – A – 60%
    Everton – H – 80%
    Fulham – A – 56%
    Fulham – H – 67%
    Huddersfield – A – 100%
    Huddersfield – H – 100%
    Leicester – A – 42%
    Leicester – H – 100%
    Liverpool – A – 43%
    Liverpool – H – 47%
    Man C – A – 27%
    Man C – H – 47%
    Man U – A – 10%
    Man U – H – 47%
    Newcastle – A – 71%
    Newcastle – H – 88%
    Southampton – A – 33%
    Southampton – H – 89%
    West Ham – A – 78%
    West Ham – H – 81%
    Tottenham – A – 20%
    Tottenham – H – 63%
    Watford – A – 67%
    Watford – H – 67%
    Wolves – A – 100%
    Wolves – H – 78%
    Totals – 0 – 57%

  12. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. Very interesting.

    No surprise that OT and SHL are our bogey grounds.

    Take Cech out of the squad and we have the youngest in the PL

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Raddy,

    Age is well balanced by each area although 4 of our defenders are 30 plus.

    Defence is 26.7
    Midfield is 26.5
    Goal is 28.8
    Fowards 24.4

    Our last 10 games at –

    Old Trafford – W0, D3, L7
    Potato Patch – W1, D3, L6

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Think we need a post on the chaps who have left – perhaps next week.

    Did anyone see that Mavididididis left the youth team for Juventus?!

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    I have not kept track Raddy but here are the current players

    Tolaji Bola Defender
    Cohen Bramall Defender
    Zech Medley Defender
    Jordi Osei-Tutu Defender
    Julio Pleguezuelo Defender
    Stephy Mavididi Forward
    Edward Nketiah Forward
    Nathan Tormey Forward
    Deyan Iliev Goalkeeper
    Charlie Gilmour Midfielder
    Reiss Nelson Midfielder
    Ben Sheaf Midfielder
    Emile Smith Rowe Midfielder
    Joseph Willock Midfielder
    Gedion Zelalem Midfielder

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has left the Emirates to join Napoli on a season-long loan.

    The 29-year-old Colombian is the third ‘keeper to move to Napoli, who are now coached by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, this summer.

    Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis have both joined from Udinese, also on loan, as Napoli sought to replace the departing Pepe Reina, Rafael and Luigi Sepe.

    Ospina, who joined the Gunners in 2014 from French side Nice, had slipped down the pecking order at Arsenal following the arrival of Bernd Leno.

    The Colombian international, who has 90 caps for his country, won two FA Cups during his time at the Emirates.

    A statement from Arsenal said: “We would like to wish David the very best for the season.”

  17. fred1266 says:

  18. fred1266 says:

    Remember when Zelalem was supposed to be great

  19. Eddie says:

    fred – not really

  20. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Fred. I remember, it seemed as though Zelalem was going to be better than Ozil. Did he get injured? He looked good on loan in Scotland and then his career nose-dived.

    So many with great potential do not make the grade

  21. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

  22. fred1266 says:

    Yea after he went Scotland seems he didn’t impress over there , strange how u don’t even hear about him not even playing in youth games

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