So, after October ended in subdued fashion with a ‘bridge too far’ performance away at Selhurst and a workman-like win at home to Blackpool, November began with a bang with a really decent fireworks display against Klippety Klopp’s team. How good was it to see the new Arsenal stand toe-to-toe with one of the bookies’ Prem title favourites and not look outclassed?
Some ‘pundits’ were made to look exactly what they actually are – utter clowns.
What does the rest of November have in store for us – let’s take a look?
Next up it’s the return fixture with Sporting Lisbon, this time at The Home Of Football. (I’ve never quite understood why you always play one team twice in a row in the middle of group game fixtures – oh well). Danny’s well-taken strike in the Portuguese capital has put us completely in control of our own destiny in Group E. Another decent squad performance on 8th November and the last two fixtures could be used to give pitch time for more of the youngsters.
The Europa means back to Sunday fixtures and we entertain Wolves on 11th November at the curious kick off time of 4.30pm. The game isn’t being televised and only seems to be at 4.30pm so as not to clash with the manc derby which also kicks off then. There’s no thought for travelling supporters yet again – what a surprise!
Let’s hope for a good performance against the Wanderers as it needs to carry us through yet another Dennis-forsaken interlull which begins immediately after.
Real life begins again on Sunday 25th November at 1.30pm with a televised game away at high flying Bournemouth. They will be licking their wounds and coming out fighting after being unluckily beaten at home by Mourinho’s mob this weekend. This will be another great test of Unai’s red and white machine. Anything like the performance at Palace and we could be punished.
The final game for the month is another away fixture in the Europa. FC Vorskla and a long trip to the Ukraine. Hopefully we’ll have the group wrapped up by then and be able to rest some of the first Xl because December begins in rather tasty fashion – more of that at a later date.
To summarise, 3 home games in a week at the start of the month and 2 away games near to its end, separated by some tedious, pocket-lining fixtures for the game’s international governing bodies. (England are at home to the USA in a friendly and Croatia in the Uefa Nations League, if you’re even vaguely interested)
Chas. Thank you.
Another 14 day Interlull 😱. As you so rightly say “Dennis-forsaken”.
I see no reason why we cannot get through November unbeaten with B’mouth t the most difficult fixture. We drew at Dean Park in 2017 and lost there 2-1 in 2018 but we have improved away from home since then (I hope)
Haven’t we already had two interlulls, making the one coming up three? I don’t know if my memory is getting worse or it is just wishful thinking but didn’t there used to be only two from the start of the season to Christmas?
Coulrophobia does it for me! But MersoSmithophobia is better!
Unbeaten in November and December.
Great work chas …. and a slap n the face for plums like Merson and Stewart Robson …. you’ve only got to look as far as Wrighty to see how ex-player pundits should conduct themselves.
For me, Xhaka’s performance was the revelation of the weekend … let’s hope he can maintain that level .. the way he motivated the players when we went one down was top drawer … and he’s always one of those who acknowledges the crowd after games.
Let’s hope we’re 17 unbeaten by the end of the month ….
Dixon and Keown are even handed yet show proper respect and allegiance.
But Merse was always a Chav, and Smith, Leicester.
Stewart Robson still holds a grudge after all these years. It wasn’t AFC’s fault that he got crocked and never achieved his potential.
What a pass from Ozil
Yes, I don’t know what’s happened to smudger … he’s got a very boring voice and seems way too negative when commentating on Arsenal …. but at least he did help win our only European trophy and score the first in ’89
That why Robson is such a dick smh
Commentator thought lacazette should have gone high near post like he did in recent game
Thank you Chas, I put the majority of pudits and commentators in the same “idiot box”. With commentators I typically end up using the mute button – although there are a few exceptions. I never listen to half time pundits and never ever watch sports opinion shows.
Lee Dixon is one of the notable exceptions, fortunately I have never had the misfortune to watch Merson, Savage, Shearer et al.
Thanks, Chas. 🙂
Another interlull! only to watch Wayne play sumo wrestling. yawn yawn 🙂
Rasp. Wrighty, yes, but Henry a big NO! Sad! How the mighty have fallen.
Rasp. Good to know you (BB) are keeping watch. Need to be careful. 🙂
Full build up to Laca’s goal…..
And that is being under the pressure of being one nil down.
Hi Arnie … you’ve lost me with your @ 6:28?
Oh, dear! Apols Rasp and Raddy. I was intending to respond to Raddy’s comment from yesterday
“RA. Good to read a lengthy comment from you once again.”
Thanks, Chas. Thats a wonderful clip. 🙂
And thanks to Fred for the Xhaka tackle clip from yesterday. 🙂
There is a bit of a rant in drafts if that is any good. Please feel free to chop, change or add, it might need one obvious edit, I will leave it to you
Just had a funny thought, if you don’t edit it, it would make a funny photo shop, don’t think that it would pass the Peaches mother test though. lol
I’m intrigued. 🙂
To add a little variety to the mix, I am transporting you back to Saturday 11th September 1869 to see the building of Holborn Viaduct. The advertising hoardings are particularly interesting, including one for the “new” St Pancras Station!
Strange kettle advert
London 1969 (the year mankind stepped on the moon and a certain BabelColour was born). This is a view along London’s Sloane Street.
Just read it. 😆
Not sure my photo shop skills could do it justice!
Fine pics as always chas.
In the first B&W there is an advert for the Daily Telegraph! Normally my Adblocker gets rid of such things 😀