Away form to Continue?

A trip to The Cottage is full of nostalgia. Cosy ground by the river, no longer owned by that clown Al-Fayed (now owned by a Pakistani American) and managed by a chap from Serbia, Fulham are a fine club

A family club (whatever that means).

They have some decent players as well … the wonderkid Sessegnon, the powerful Mitrovic, the speedy and very expensive ex-Chav Schurrle, a very good Italian MF named Seri. They are a decent team who have yet to find their feet in the PL.

If you need to know more, read GN5’s excellent post from yesterday.


I expect a tough game this lunchtime. We returned from a very long Spursday trip to Baku  late Friday morning and had only a day to prepare for this one, though many players were rested for the Qarabag tie.

The team almost picks itself with only the Holding or Mustafi selection in doubt. My hope is that Emery rewards Holding with a starting  role but I suspect he will give the shirt to Mustafi (AWTH).

Oh … I forgot. We still have the Ozil & Ramsey quandary. I much prefer Iwobi to play instead of Aaron but think we will see a repeat of the early subs with Ramsey starting but not finishing the game.

My Team:


Bellerin    Mustafi    GB   Monreal

Ramsey   Terrier    Xhaka


Lacazette    PEA

As usual we will have a very strong bench.

Much is being made of the possible 9. Given we have yet to see a solid consistent 90 minutes in any of our victories it is proof that good fortune remains important in a fledgling managerial career. Had our opposition taken the many chances on offer we would be discussing Emery in a very different manner.

Should be an entertaining game and, if we can score early, a positive result.




64 Responses to Away form to Continue?

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Not around for the game but luckily it is being shown on TV and as such recordable.

    Will be back for banter later this afternoon.

  2. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    Here’s the team, Iwobi, Welbeck….No big Sok

  3. chas says:

    No Mesut – feck!

  4. LB says:

    Well Emery just solved the Ozil/Ramsey conundrum — don’t play either of them.

    This one I have got to see.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Erik

    Your lifestyle is the envy of many far younger than you. Well played 🙂

    Fascinating team. Unai rewarding hard workers AND getting some balance into the XI

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    Not sure how they’ll line up but as I asked during the week, could Mkhi do the midfield to attack connector role? I think so

  7. chas says:

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  9. chas says:

    Perhaps he’s gone into labour in sympathy wih Rambo’s missus.
    Not that I’ve heard anything about her current state of dilation!

  10. Ooooh looking forward to seeing how this front four works out ……

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    Hello all, or is it both?

    Up the Gunners and all that

  12. Red Arnie says:

    thank you, Raddy. Perfect as ever. 🙂

    sorry knot bin ear, but following now.

    COYG. haf to kip the pressure on the skums formerly from the swamps down in N17. Need to get St Totts day back to the calendar

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    very very nice

  14. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi having a good game

  15. fred1266 says:

  16. Rasp says:

    Blimey, I’m late to the party. I didn’t even know the game had started and we’re 1 nil up.

    Thanks for the PM Raddy, it seems we have a squad deep enough to be without several big names … that augers well for the rest of the season.

  17. fred1266 says:

  18. LBG says:

    Radio London commentary ” They used to say you couldn’t see that Riverside stand sometimes in the 50s and 60s for all the cigar smoke from Tommy Trinder and all his show biz mates”!

  19. mickydidit89 says:


    “straight up saucing” ha ha love it 🙂

  20. chas says:

    Fulham 3 chances in that 45 – all from shitty passing out from the back.
    It isn’t working today.

  21. Rasp says:

    Bollox, it’s my fault … we were 1 up until I started following 😦

    From the stats it looks like they’re creating more chances than us ….

  22. Rasp says:

    Just read chas’ comment … maybe not then …. the flashscores app has them having 12 goal attempts compare to our 4?

  23. LB says:

    Fulham’s confidence should be lifted, last season we would have crumbled, should be interesting to see how the team responds.

  24. chas says:

    They’ve peppered the Arse fans behind the goal with ludicrous attempts from outside the box which would have been decent attempts at rugby conversions.

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    damn, missed goal, scorcher?

  26. fred1266 says:

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    wow, thanks Fred

    Laca having a great game

  28. fred1266 says:

    Mustafi plays so well when playing alongside holding

  29. fred1266 says:

    iMO mkhitaryan has been poor today

  30. mickydidit89 says:


  31. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi probably pissed

  32. Brilliant brilliant goal

  33. fred1266 says:

  34. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas …. it’s quality that counts 🙂

    It sounds like Ramsey’s is a candidate for goal of the season the way they’re raving about it on BBC Sport …

  35. fred1266 says:

  36. Rasp says:

    It sounds like we’re playing with real freedom now ……

  37. LBG says:

    “C’est manifique”……..with not a Wenger in sight!

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    no5 🙂 🙂

  39. fred1266 says:

    Passing out from the back at its finest

  40. Super second half ….. brilliant brilliant goals

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    fantastic performance
    off for a canoe
    back later to gloat and savour

  42. fred1266 says:

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    Look up Spurs – yes that’s the Arsenal above you!!!!

  44. VP of Oz says:

    Brilliant 2nd half

  45. chas says:

  46. GunnerN5 says:

    Nice one Raddy,

    That was as good as it gets from Arsenal, but yet again we could so easily have been undone by our defense giving the ball away in dangerous areas. I like Leno and Torreira is the reincarnation of the Duracell non stop battery TV ad.

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  48. fred1266 says:

  49. LB says:


    There is something in drafts, feel free to chop, change or add to it.

    Hope it helps.

  50. fred1266 says:

  51. Big Raddy says:

    That was a fine performance. We dominated the first half and I was worried we may be down hearted after the equaliser, instead we came out and smashed th Cottagers.

    Ramsey’s goal is just a work of art with Bellein’s scorpion pass the highlight

  52. chas says:

    Thanks a lot, much appreciated.

  53. mickydidit89 says:


    Agree about the Ramsey goal and the Bell flickette

    Bigger picture for me is having two top strikers in Auba and Laca. GN5 rightly points out that we came close to conceding more, however, Fulham don’t have our quality of finishers. We do 🙂

    Furthemore, I reckon our two are as good as any other top four side

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    I’ll be very interested to read the LB match analysis and also to hear everyone’s view of the Mkhi central midfield performance

  55. LB says:

    I suspect you are going to be disappointed on both counts as there is only a sentence on each 🙂

    Still there are other things

  56. Big Raddy says:

    Maybe Micky could write a Monday post on Mhiki’s performance?

    We are going to need some posts as we go into another flipping Interlull

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    I think LB has monday covered 🙂

    One sentence? Really clever people tend to use less words. Now I want to read that sentence even more

    Naturally I’m inching towards the Mesut : Mhki discussion

  58. chas says:

  59. Gööner In Exile says:

    Couple of observations:

    First negative, Mustafi should have been across to snuff Schurle.

    Right that’s that done.

    Positives :

    Is Lacazette Ian Wright reincarnated? His two finishes today reminded me so much of him, both taken before keeper knew it was coming so little backlift.

    Torreira, finally we have a replacement for Gilberto.

    The rest very good, people will rave about the Rambo goal, started well by Laca, but felt Fulham should have stopped it twice. Especially after Rambo’s poor first and second headers, Mikhi did well to retrieve.

  60. chas says:


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