So, a new month and a peculiar one at that. Six games in three distinct sections await The Arsenal; two away Prem games, followed by the Europa home and away against Bate in the Europa and finished off with two home games in 4 days.
This February’s fixtures kick off with (along with the dippers at Anfield) possibly the hardest fixture of the season, the Champions away from home at the Emptihad. The season kicked off with the light blue oilers beating us at home when everything about The Arsenal seemed unfamiliar after 22 years of Arsene. We were outplayed but not humiliated.
We need to beware for Sunday’s game as they will be smarting from their defeat at the hands of the barcodes on Tuesday. Still, we won there in 2015 when Santi bossed their midfield; his penalty plus a headed goal from FFS-G giving us a 2-0 victory, so who knows what might happen this time around.
I really dislike waiting around all weekend to see us play in a 4.30pm Sunday kick off.
On Saturday February 9th we’re away again at Huddersfield and it’s at a proper kick off time of 3pm. Wagner’s boys will be hoping to improve on their record of 11 points from 24 games which has earned them bottom place in the table. They’re yet to experience a ‘bounce effect’ from having a new guy at the helm, losing narrowly to Everton in midweek. The Terriers have Chelsea away on Saturday, so let’s hope it comes then rather than when we visit the week after.
On Thursday 14th we go to Belarus for the away leg of our round of 32 game against Bate Borisov. The temperature there is ok at the moment. We beat them 10-2 on aggregate (4-2 in the away leg) when we played them in the group stage in 2017 but there should be no room for complacency.
Before the return leg on 21st Feb we have a free weekend with us not being in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Hopefully the home tie will not require too many heroics to secure our passage into the next round of the Europa.
n.b. both Bate games are 17:55pm kick offs – an early kick off at the Emirates is a peculiarity caused by the chavs being at home on the same night (I think)
The following Sunday, the 24th, has us at home to Southampton (kick off 2:05pm). I’m off down to the Smoke with Ant on the train for that one. Veganuary has gone very well and I’m definitely going to carry it on. Ideas for our vegan pack up are taking shape already! Samosas and onion bhajis will probably feature in place of sausage rolls and pork pies. I hope Ant’s looking forward to it. 🙂
Our final game of the month is 4 days later on Wednesday the 27th at home to Bournemouth. Thank Dennis it’s not at Dean Court as that’s never an easy place to go ……… ask Chelsea. Hahahaha.
So in summary, we have three away games spread over 12 days starting on Sunday, an enforced FA Cup weekend off, followed by three home fixtures in the space of a week. An odd little selection.
Looking at the fixture list on AFC.com, early March has us away at the spuds and the venue listed is the Totteringham Hotspurs Stadium – it’ll be interesting to see if that’s where it’s actually played.
I really would like to see how Emery would set up the team this Sunday. Koscienly should be available i hope. But most importantly, the midfielders have lot of work to do to contain them.
Wish them the best.
Chas. Thank you. An interesting month ahead
Love your 7.24 this morning. LOL
I remember coming to the bate game, sitting in the lower tier debucy goal was a blinder
Fred. Was that the game when you couldn’t find Chas?
Thanks for post. Love the London pics.
The 8:34: Constitution Hill ?
MC will be gunning for goals galore. I say there is a way to stop them . If other teams can do it ,why cant Arsenal?
Park the bus . To do that cut out the short passing and instead go
for the long ball and direct.
If not the gunners could leak goals. However I think Emery aint that naïve as Wenger to let in 8 goals.
A 1-0 win will do. Nobody ,Guardiiola and the red face,has a divine right to win and win the epl all the time.
That’s why the epl is the best in Europe.
Arsenal will be demolished this week-end UNLESS we play the Old Chelsea way, which is close the shop and work on founcter attacks and set pieces.
Leno – Mustafi, Kos, Monreal – AMN, Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kola – Laca, Auba
There was no text with the photo.
The 2A bus apparently ran from Golders Green to Herne Hill via Marble Arch, Vauxhall and Brixton.
Someone on twitter had a punt on Lambeth Palace Road.
“Arsenal will be demolished this weekend”……if the play Mustafi!
Thanks for the post chas … the outlook is bleak! … in terms of available home games that is.
I think its fair to say that one thing that has carried on into the UE era is inconsistency. I’d settle for 9 points out of the possible 12 in the EPL and comfortable wins against Bate with resting a few players in the second leg … oh and no injuries … especially to defenders 🙂
Squad sick notes…………….
Arsenal Media 31 Jan 2019
Here’s the latest team news update from our medical team ahead of Sunday’s game at Manchester City:
Had successful surgery in Spain on Wednesday to repair an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee. Has now commenced recovery and rehabilitation programme.
Returned to full training further to bruising and soft tissue swelling to face and jaw.
Right knee. Being assessed ahead of Manchester City (a).
Right foot. Being assessed ahead of Manchester City (a).
Left ankle. Expected to return to full training by the end of February.
Left knee. Recovering after surgery.
Right ankle. Recovering after surgery.
It’s all Wenger’s fault.
If Newcastle can turn the Oilers over then we should be able to –
However I think –
“Arsenal will be demolished this weekend”……regardless of who we have in defense.!
I wish we had some knowledge of what is happening with the new management structure at Arsenal. If we take this transfer window as an example it seems to lack cohesion.
There does not appear to be a main spokesperson.
I cannot recall if we have ever heard from either Head of Football
Raul Sanllehi or Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham.
It seems we have a lots of Tom, Dick and Harry’s but no obvious leader – or is it just me that thinks that way?
Hi GN5, I really don’t understand why you are so downbeat at the moment. We are currently five points better off then at the same point last season, we won more games and we scored more goals, and we are very much a project in its early stages. We brought in three or four good quality players and the rest of the squad is adapting to a new style of play. The financial situation is now pretty clear, and the fact that we couldn’t buy players in January was purely down to financial Fairplay, we should be able to bring in more bodies in the summer and also it is clear server will be moving on. There is much to be optimistic about, and hopefully the football will improve in quality and we can enjoy that too.
No that was the one I couldn’t find peaches, chas was the United game
Ok everyone I have done the unthinkable to guaranty us a win
I sold aubameyang from my fantasy side and bought aguero also placing the armband on him
This almost guarantees Kim having a stinks and aubameung hatrick
Malaysia Park the bus lol good one first mustafi has to learn to defend and then Leno has to learn to block a shot
Mmmm, interesting. Any bus that goes south from Marble Arch and ends up in Brixton, may well go around Hyde Park Corner then left along my Constitution Hill
My thinking was Buck House Gradens one side and St James’ Park the other
Any bloke who said Lambeth Palace Road is almost certainly from South London and therefore stupid
Rasp my comment had nothing to do with stats – I could swamp you with them.
It was about management structure and communication.
Knowing the man$ity players propensity to fall around in the penalty area, is not the question not how many penalties will our obliging defenders and the ref give them?
By the way, a very good indication as to whether or not it is a dive is whether the player is on his way down before there is even the minimal contact.
Rooney and Sterling are past masters at that, learning from the top expert, Young.
Yea imagine last game only got the penalty on third attempt
When VAR is introduced you all think they will tell the referee the first trip on lace was a foul
Hey haven’t seen Eddie post in a while
We u at mate
Fred. Eddie dropped in last week.
We want a bus pic
We want a bus pic
We want a bus pic
oh, and some mild porn
Hey, I know a couple of you were probablt watching cricket yesterday, but anyone else watch the rugger in Paris?
Superb. Well, the rugger itself was fairly poor, but, Wales 16-0 at half time. 17-16 up within 20 mins of restart. Losing with 10 mins to go, finally winning 24-19
sorry, Wales 16-0 DOWN at half time
It is a day for rugger. I didn’t know about last night’s game which must have had an exciting finish.
The cricket is somewhat depressing
Tomorrow MC and then Superbowl.
never tried watching american football. think my problem is same as cricket. takes too long
Who u backing for super bowl BR
Yea 2 boring sports IMO tried playing cricket when I was younger wasn’t good