Another London Derby

Carabao Cup. Usually a good night of soccer and we get to see Mr Emery’s first experiment of mixing yoof with experience. We reached the final last season before getting thumped by City and it would be great if we could win it this time. Why not? It’s silverware, isn’t it?


Youth: We have not been too successful in recent years of developing world class kids; Bellerin and Iwobi are the only ones who have been through the academy (though M-N may  become a regular starter in time). I guess the bar is set so high that the days of local lads becoming top players are over, nowadays we sign youngsters at 19 from other clubs( Douzi, Holding, YGB (Young Greek Bloke) ).

An example of how difficult it is to become a PL star is Brentford’s own Josh McEachran, who was once touted as Chelsea’s next superstar. Tonight he will want to show he still has the talent to become a PL player. He is a fine example to Smith-Rowe (and a similar type of player). Having rave reviews is not enough, good luck with injuries, hard work and dedication are required to become a first team PL starter.

Brentford: Without GN5’s excellent synopsis of our opponents I know little about them. We last played them in May, 1947!! They are 7th in the Championship. So, no walkovers.

Who will play? And will there be anyone at The Emirates to watch them?

The crowd at the last Europa game was very disappointing and I expect the same tonight. We will see whether reduced prices can attract fans though I suspect not.

My Team:


Swiss Chap     Holding    ??    Kolasinac (if fit)

Curly      Egyptian Dreadlocks       Nigerian Dreadlocks

Smith Rowe (Lab)      Welbz


Given both Greek blokes have knee knack or something similar plus Kos is out, and Accident Waiting to Happen cannot play every game, we have a problem at CB. Do you remember when we always had a problem at CB? How UE solves this will be interesting Kolasinac could well be fit for tonight otherwise we are could play Willock.

I think tonight will be a struggle but a winnable one.




83 Responses to Another London Derby

  1. LB says:

    Yay, a post and something to read while one is on the beach. And a very good read it is indeed.

    Guendouzi, Smith-Rowe, Terrier
    Mykhit,Welbeck, Iwobi

    My punt

  2. Big Raddy says:

    Brentford are bringing 9,000 fans!

  3. RC78 says:

    Leno – Lichten, Musta, Holding, Monreal – Guen, LT, El Neny – Miky, Iwo – Wellbz

    3 spots with doubt: Mustafi , Monreal and Miky (ankle) so could end up with

    Leno – Lichten, El Neny, Holding, Bramall – Guen, LTm Smith Rowe – Iwoib, Wellbeck, Nketiah

  4. Didit says:

    Thanks Erik

    Me hoping to get to watch game but it’s going to be close

    Your team Erik: Utd fielded a very strong team as Jose knows they’ll have few opportunities for a trophy

    Brentford and Derby County are one point apart in the league

    IF….Unai wants to win it, then he’d better field a very strong team

    Me? No ideas at all

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Can’t see Terrier starting as he played on Sunday and Douzi didn’t. Elneny. Mhiki is knacked (I think)

    Bramall is an interesting choice.y was tidy last week,

  6. RC78 says:

    Guendouzi to be pronounced = GU + EN douzi

    So pronounce the GU like the G of Garage or Gun
    and the EN like in the name Ken and
    there you have the right pronunciation

  7. chas says:

    from the horse’s mouth…..

  8. RC78 says:

    For me, LT starts because he needs to get more playing time but who knows plus we need to control the midfield early on and stamp our authority on the game at home so I can see him start.

  9. RC78 says:

    chas – just as I described 😛

  10. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    I was looking at all things Brentford the other day and the best fact I found was that Griffin Park has a pub at each corner of the ground.
    Sounds like heaven, a pub crawl just walking round the stadium!

    Looking forward to seeing Smith Rowe (Lab) at the full 90 minute hustings; Mkhitaryan, too, fitness allowing.

  11. LB says:

    Yep, I understand the logic for leaving the Terrier out but I get the sense that UE will want to get a bit of a Terrier—Guendouzi thing going.

  12. DIDIT says:

    Just a quickie before I blast off

    On Sky Sports this am

    “‘Pogba can never be bigger than Utd’

    Errr…well he is actually, and by a considerable margin 🙂 🙂

  13. VP of Oz says:

    Germany head coach Joachim Loew was reportedly blocked from meeting Mesut Ozil at Arsenal’s training ground on Monday to discuss the midfielder’s fiery retirement from international duty.

    Loew and Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff were in London at the weekend to take part in a FIFA coaching congress and then visited Arsenal’s training ground in Colney, north of London, for clear-the-air talks with Ozil.

    According to German daily Bild, Loew and Bierhoff were turned away at the entrance to Arsenal’s training ground, on the orders of Gunners’ head coach Unai Emery, while the squad was put through a recovery session.

    The visit had been previously arranged, so Loew and Bierhoff later met the Gunners’ Germany internationals Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi at the club’s visitors centre without speaking to Ozil.

    “We would have liked to have spoken to Mesut, but we have to accept that at the moment he doesn’t want to have this conversation with us,” said Bierhoff.

  14. VP of Oz says:

    Daily Star –
    ARSENAL boss Unai Emery has challenged Rob Holding to take his chance against Brentford and command a spot in the starting XI.

  15. RC78 says:

    Didit – not sure he is and it is a Frenchman speaking here. Pogba was out of order but Mourinho reacted like a silly coach. Actually, Woodward should have come out and said that Pogba has been sanctioned.

    Anyways – Pogba wants out. In the EPL, he would do well at:
    – Arsenal
    – Chelsea

    Away from the EPL, he would do well at:
    – Barcelona;
    – Juventus;
    – Bayern Munich;
    – PSG. Imagine – Pogba – Verratti – Rabiot.

    My feeling is that he just wants to go to Barcelona

  16. VP of Oz says:

    According to the Standard –
    Danny Welbeck, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Stefan Lichtsteiner and Rob Holding are all likely to start at Emirates Stadium. Emile Smith Rowe, the 18-year-old midfielder who came off the bench in the 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla Poltava last week, is set to make his full debut and Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah could also be involved.

  17. LB says:

    Away from Man U Pogba would do well any where.

    Pogba in the World Cup was outstanding.

  18. LBG says:

    Gone are the days, unfortunately, of players not being “bigger” than Clubs, of not being controlled by agents and holding Clubs to ransom, of being loyal and being prepared to play when they ” have a little niggle”, of feeling for their Club in heart and soul.
    But…….we remember the good old days, and we pay the wages.
    My prediction is Moaninho out at Christmas with Pogba (not even in the top 20 best midfield players in the World) staying….for the time being. If that’s bigger than the Club…….!

  19. Big Raddy says:

    I think Pogba is a wonderful talent, possibly the best MF since PV4 – he is that good. Perhaps he is let down by already believing he is the best whereas PV4 was more of a street fighter.

    Would Pogba do well at AFC? I fear he would do a Vela and succumb to the honeypots of London

  20. DIDIT says:


    I was thinking anyone good is bigger than Utd 🙂
    Just hope Maureen stays there

    Re tonight. I’ll be surfing, so don’t really care 🙂 but….I’d still use this tournament for the 2nd XI, which means Brentford would probably win, but who knows

  21. RC78 says:

    I think Pogba just wants the keys in the midfield. Mourinho should give them to him. You play Pogba with Matic, Fred and Herrera (or Lingard) in a 4-3-1-2 and you will have a good midfield.

    A: Fred, Matic, Lingard – Pogba – Sanchez, Lukaku

    B: Herrera, Fellaini, McTominay – Mata – Rashford, Martial

    The A is very solid and the B is more than adequate cover.

    Fred and Lingard will cover some grounds in the wide areas. Lukaku and Sanchez can play off each other and will also create space for Pogba to drill some goals from the center. For me, this Man Utd is really a mystery. They should really be dominating the midfield.

    Their weakness is more in the back but I think it is temporary because Bailly is actually very good and I think he can be partnered up with Smalling or Jones and they will be good. At Full back, Utd is not great and relying on experienced players.

    As for Pogba in an Arsenal shirt, I d take him any day but you have to play him the right way. At the WC, he played very discipline but had 2 players next to him that were helping defensively: Kante and Matuidi. And in front of him he had Mbappe, Giroud and Griezmann.

    At Arsenal, he will work well with Guendouzi and LT next to him plus Auba, Laca and maybe someone like Ramsey in the griezzmann role.

  22. RC78 says:

    If anyone departs at X-Mas, it will be Mourinho. There are 3 coaches available that Utd will look at: Conte, Zidane, Blanc

    As for AFC tonight – we better win 🙂

  23. LB says:

    I seem to remember that there is another manager a available who has an affinity with French players.
    I also think he wouldn’t mind sticking two fingers up at us for the poor way I suspect he feels he was treated

  24. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy … another London derby … let’s hope Brentford don’t do a ‘Derby’ tonight.

    I hope we put out a high energy side and play with freedom … lots of goals for Micky!

    Does anyone know of a reliable stream to watch the game?

  25. LB says:

    At the end

  26. LBG says:

    Modric, Rakitic, Kroos, Isco, Busquets,Coutinho, Matuidi, Thiago, Perisic, De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandino, Kanye, Jorginho, M Dembele, Eriksen, Keita……..let alone Terrier, Ouzi, and…..Xhaka ( no, I’m lying there!)

  27. RC78 says:

    Rasp – if oyu come around a stream, please let me know as well

  28. Rasp says:

    OK RC …. but I’m not the one with the savvy on these matters …..

  29. chas says:

    Rasp and RC
    You might find something you like here with a bit of perseverance.

  30. RC78 says:

    Strong team fielded by Emery…and the bench is strong as well. Just missing Auba really…

  31. chas says:

    The nature of the beast is such that
    a) you find one that works (after much ad dodging)
    b) that one is the reliable one until it goes off and
    c) then you find another.

  32. RC78 says:

    Team to play Arsenal: Daniels, Odubajo, Canos, Yennaris, Watkins, Mokotjo, Judge, Sawyers, Jeanvier, Konsa, Barbet
    Subs: Bentley, MacLoed, Mepham, Maupay, McEachran, Benrahma, Dalsgaard

    We got to win otherwise it s too embarrassing. Let Miky and Wellbeck close the game early with a 2=0 score at half time and let Smithe Rowe and Nketiah add two more after the break to cap a 4-1 win.

  33. chas says:

    Also missing your favourite reject, RC?

  34. LB says:

    We all know the drill, if we win, a trophy is a trophy and if we lose it is a meaningless competition.

  35. chas says:

    How’s Javea?

  36. chas says:

    Did Big Weng win the League Cup?

  37. LB says:

    Javea is really good, I am sitting outside in a warm breeze having something to eat before going into the Arsenal bar who I have made sure are showing the game.

  38. LBG says:

    First part of your wish RC!

  39. RC78 says:

    Wellbeck – done
    Miky – next
    Rowe – next
    Nketiah – next

    We will concede one in the second half 😦

  40. LBG says:

    CESC, best assist producer in Premier League of all time. Even better than Mesut.

  41. RC78 says:

    clear penalty…cant believe the ref didn’t give it to us and cant believe Miky missed the chance earlier

  42. RC78 says:

    LBG – Cesc is a natural at seeing the pass and at actually delivering it perfectly. A real genius. I d like to see him back at Arsenal

  43. Big Raddy says:

    I have a dreadful stream but even with this I can see this is a clear penalty. Dean is a total and utter wanker

  44. didit says:

    Evening all
    This one is a bit shit
    But a bit better than nothing

  45. LBG says:

    Welbeck hat trick suit you RC?

  46. LBG says:

    Well done Lucas

  47. RC78 says:

    Wellbeck twice

  48. LB says:

    Love watching Lichsteiner, when it comes to the dark arts he really is the Machiavelli of defending

  49. chas says:

  50. Big Raddy says:

    From what I have seen, we are playing very well, especially Welbz.

    Douzi gets a horrible kicking, the idiot Dean not only doesn’t give a free kick but then warns Douzi for getting angry. AFC should ban Dean from ever reffing AFC again.

    The man has an anti-AFC bias and this has been seen on many, many occasions not least at Newcastle.

  51. chas says:

  52. Big Raddy says:

    Cracking goal. I love a counter attack at pace.

  53. LBG says:

    Don’t ban Dean; hang, draw and quarter him, and that would still be too easy on him!!

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    Smith Rowe has had a couple of good runs. but overall I’m disappointed. I’m watching on DAZN it’s a great picture but it costs me $20.00 a month. So far this month I’ve watched the World title fight, PDC championship, NFL, PGA and 2 Arsenal in the Europa League plus today – more than happy…………..

  55. LBG says:

    Perez hat-trick?

  56. Big Raddy says:

    Real end to end stuff at the moment. Very enjoyable

  57. LBG says:

    Poor old Totteringham?

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Oops. Not so enjoyable now 😟

  59. LBG says:

    Why have we stopped playing?

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Dreadful officials ruining a very good game

  61. RC78 says:

    it s time for a goal for us now. it s getting edgy.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    LBG. IT is more that Brentford have started to play as they can. They are a good team.

    Still think we will win

  63. RC78 says:

    Iwobi is so frustrating and why did El Neny go to sleep

  64. RC78 says:

    and why is Lacazette so out of the game

  65. RC78 says:

    Lacatoilet today – really bad

  66. RC78 says:

    Guendouzi has to get MoTM is we win

  67. Big Raddy says:

    RC I think Iwobi has played OK

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Agree about Douzi

  69. Big Raddy says:

    Lethal Lacazette

  70. RC78 says:

    Thank You Lacazette but boy did he play poorly until then

  71. RC78 says:

    BR – Iwobi is so unidimensional tonight. push the ball and run – no trickery, no creative ideas

  72. chas says:


  73. LB says:

    It all changed when the Terrier came on. He steady the ship. Quality player.

  74. chas says:

    A large Magno, please barman.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    With a Jerez brandy chaser

  76. didit says:

    I urge you all to watch Iwobi very closely next time. When he runs, his right arm goes all loose and wobbly. Most curious.

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    Here’s a golden tip for anyone old like me

    From today forwards, do NOT go surfing, and do NOT do any stretching and strengthening exercise whatsoever for eight weeks

    Then, think you’re 18 again and go surfing with your son who actually is 18.


  78. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    Micky. Happens to everyone. Spirit is willing …

  79. chas says:

  80. chas says:


  81. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Chas Blog Expert

    My AA blogging is suffering. 90% of my commenting is before my traditional 8:30 crypto Skype meeting. That has been moved forwards. That’s bad enough, but this is on top of me having to log in every single time I want to comment

    Don’t know if this is relevant, but at the top of my AA page there’s a warning “this webpage is using significant memory” Eh?

  82. chas says:

    No idea about the significant memory bit.

    I don’t log in to comment either – so it always surprises me when some get the ‘having to log in for each comment’ problem.

    Sorry, no help at all.

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