Arsenal FC – Our away record against Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club was founded in 1877 as St Luke’s F.C. by John Baynton and John Brodie, two pupils of St Luke’s Church School in Blakenhall, who had been presented with a football by their headmaster Harry Barcroft. The team played its first-ever game on 13 January 1877 against a reserve side from Stafford Road, later merging with the football section of a local cricket club called Blakenhall Wanderers to form Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1879.

Having initially played on two different strips of land in the town, they relocated to a more substantial venue on Dudley Road in 1881, before lifting their first trophy in 1884 when they won the Wrekin Cup, during a season in which they played their first-ever FA Cup tie. Having become professional, the club were nominated to become one of the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888, in which they played the first Football League match ever staged (against Aston Villa).

Molineux – Proper old football ground

They ended the inaugural season in third place, as well as reaching their first FA Cup Final, losing 0–3 to the first “Double” winners, Preston North End. At the conclusion of the campaign the club relocated for a final time when they moved to Molineux, then a pleasure park known as the Molineux Grounds. They have played at Molineux Stadium, capacity 32,050, since 1889.

In 1953, Wolves was one of the first British clubs to install floodlights, taking part in televised “floodlit friendlies” against leading overseas club sides between 1953 and 1956 before the creation of the European Cup in 1955. Wolves’ traditional kit consists of gold shirts and black shorts and the club badge one or more wolves. Wolves have long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs, the main one being with West Bromwich Albion, against whom they contest the Black Country derby.

Major Frank Buckley

With Major Frank Buckley (1927-1944) at the helm the team became established as one of the leading club sides in England in the years leading up to the Second World War, as they finished runners-up in the league twice in succession (1937–38 & 1938–39), as well as reaching the last pre-war FA Cup Final, in which they suffered a shock defeat to Portsmouth. In 1937–38 Wolves came within a whisker of winning the club’s first English league title: a win in the side’s last game away to Sunderland would have clinched things, but in the event Wolves lost 0–1 and thus ended the campaign one point behind the eventual champions, Arsenal.

One of the things Major Buckley and his Wolves side attracted a lot of attention for in the last two full seasons prior to the outbreak of the Second World War was Buckley’s insistence that his players be injected with monkey gland extract to enhance their stamina and performance, a practice that the Football League elected not to sanction.

Still couldn’t beat Arsenal to the Title in 1937/8

Club Honours

Football League First Division:

  • Champions (3): 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59

EFL Championship/Football League Second Division (1892–1992)

  • Champions (4): 1931–32, 1976–77, 2008–09, 2017–18

EFL League One/Football League Third Division (Tier 3)

  • Champions (3): 1923–24 (North), 1988–89, 2013–14

Football League Fourth Division (Tier 4)

  • Champions (1): 1987–88

FA Cup

.   Winners (4): 1892–93, 1907–08, 1948–49, 1959–60

Football League Cup

.   Winners (2): 1973–74, 1979–80

FA Charity Shield

.    Winners (4): 1949*, 1954*, 1959, 1960* (* joint holders)

Jack Kelsey gets the ball before Roy Swinbourne – Molineux 1955

Chamakh opens the scoring in the first minute – 10th November 2010 – Associated Press

In the Premier League we have a perfect away record against Wolves; however since the arrival of their current manager, Nuno Espírito Santo in May 2017, they are a very different proposition and I expect that it will be a difficult game.

GunnerN5

75 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our away record against Wolves

  1. Sue says:

    In the premier league we have a perfect away record against Wolves – ha until Wednesday, when Mustafi will have his usual, weekly brain fart & cost us!!
    I saw an article saying we have made the most errors leading to a goal this season (11, along with Bournemouth & Fulham 😳 sheesh!) What’s the betting Mustafi made 10 of them???
    Nice article GunnerN5 👍

  2. LB says:

    Does anyone know if the game is televised tomorrow?

  3. chas says:

    It is but not for UK consumption, so stream or onlinefooty is the way to go.

  4. chas says:

    Many thanks, GN5

    Loving the monkey glands story. 🙂

  5. RA says:

    Excellento, GN5, thank you for another gem. 😁

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    A way for a couple of weeks and I missed 3 victories, a Tiger Woods Masters and a gut-wrenching loss.

    And, a number of excellent posts and comments on AA.

    Still infuriated by the CP loss. The team selection augured the defeat … dreadful.

    Mustafi has to go, particularly as the Emirates has turned on him and that is a death knell.

  7. Big Raddy says:

    GN5, thank you for another entertaining, informative post.

    I assume you wrote about Wolves glory days before the home fixture! I love the monkey glands story – is it true? If so, do you think it worked? Could they give some to Mustafi?

  8. RA says:

    Hi Raddy, you missed all that you mentioned, above, but I bet you still loved your Italian break. 😁

    As regards Mustafi, he has always been a weak link in the chain – sometimes capable of doing well, but always capable of gifting goals to the other teams.

    Plenty of outrage against him on the blogs lately, but I am surprised that others are surprised (if they are, that is) that he is so poor for a recent German International.

    The clue is that he was signed by Everton and then quickly given the boot by them because ……. he was just not good enough for a mid-table club like Everton – but AW decided he was OK for us, at the princely price of £35m.

    Money has been lost by allowing players contracts to run down (a lot of it) and then paying big money for rubbish players — did someone lose their financial marbles in the last 5 years of AW’s reign?

    Welcome back BR. 😁

  9. chas says:

    Hooray, a proper pre-match tomorrow.
    Welcome back, BR!

  10. Big Raddy says:

    RA, Thank you.

    I had great hopes for Mustafi because of his passing ability and, as you write, his Internationa careerl. And he does do some fine work, the trouble is that he is prone to catastrophic lapses of concentration.

    Can that be trained out of him? He is still only 27 y.o. but I fear not.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Your PM’s have been excellent – and you know it! 🙂

  12. VP says:

    Another excellent post GN5, thank you.
    COYG!

  13. LBG says:

    Good man GN5
    Comedian Jack Whitehall tweeted “I think the FA should look at that Mustafi dive again, and take retrospective action.
    I suggest a two year ban”. Poor lad!

  14. RA says:

    Raddy,

    There is another reason why I am glad you are back.

    You will have to have a word with the Chas man. He has allowed rampant indiscipline to be let loose on this fine blog.

    The worst of it is, is to show as his ‘occasional’ avatar, a photo of a table lamp, i.e. a black base with a cream globe suggestively photo-ed in front of a wall painted in a creamy tan colour. To whit his 8:47 avatar is all the evidence needed to have him debagged.

    It is quite clear, he intended to lead us to the conclusion that it was two hirsutely challenged gentlemen holding a black wine glass between the said craniums. (or for latin scholars — crania).

    As an unexpected witness to this, I rely on Sue, who thought I would be drooling over the image, wrongly thinking it was a naughty ‘photo.

    And he slipped in a ‘photo advertising Lady-Men.

    Tish. What is the blog-world coming to?

  15. allezkev says:

    Excellent work GN5, my Dad used to often talk about that Wolves team in the 1950’s, how they used to heavily water their pitch and use two flying wingers (Hancocks and Mullen if I recall?) to take on the best foreign teams in those floodlit games, Honved the Hungarian champions was one.
    Arsenal never have an easy game at their place despite our record in the Premier League, I’ve never seen us win at Molyneux despite a few visits, so luckily I’m not going…

  16. Thank Christ Sokratis is back tomorrow!!

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    Good to see you back Raddy, I look forwqrd to your PM’s.

    I can only assume that the monkey business was true. The wolves teams back in the day were as tough to beat as the current monkey man’s,

  18. chas says:

    AK
    I came across this when looking for stuff for today’s post…..

  19. fred1266 says:

    Wow watching football in UK is such a pain

  20. GoonerB says:

    Afternoon all and thanks GN5 for a fine post and also a thank to Chas for his recent posts.

    Wolves becomes a must win unfortunately following that home defeat. I share the view that many of you have that our strength in depth is not quite good enough. There are also some first team regulars (that we should still keep) but are in reality squad players if we are looking to be challenging at the top end of the EPL.

    I do feel that Emery has inherited something that has been mis-managed on many levels for the last 5 years and the result is this squad, that is a slightly sub standard and imbalanced unit. The current reality is that in many games we will need to field players not really quite at the required level, or that are still developing towards it, and Emery made mistakes in how many key players he benched for this last game, but I still feel he is, overall, getting more from this squad this season than he probably has a right to.

    The squad however needs a harsh assessment before the summer, but also I don’t feel we are actually too far away with a few key tweaks to having a much more competitive squad and improved balance for the first 11.

    I do also share RA’s worry that our owners maybe do not have the same footballing ambition that other owners do, and that we may be in for some years of pain if they fail to back the manager with reasonable funds.

    We won’t compete with the Citeh’s of this world but Liverpool, in a similar financial bracket to us, should be somewhat a blueprint in how they have gone about the last few seasons squad development. The owners Backed their manager when they felt they had the right one.

    £45m or whatever the touted figure is isn’t enough but it doesn’t have to be £200m either. This summer Emery will need to be backed to the tune of about £90m plus whatever else we recoup. There should be a fair few outs and then 3-4 key signings and some promotion of 4-5 youth players.

  21. allezkev says:

    Thanks Chas, that was brilliant, Puskas, Bert Williams, Billy Wright, some great names there… 🙂

  22. allezkev says:

    Lost a post, anyway, thanks again Chas, I really enjoyed that…

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Whilst agreeing with about squad depth he heart of the problem on Sunday was Jenks and Mustafi, both of which are selection decisions.

    Why wasn’t Lichsteiiner playing? Could the rumours of extra payments for certain number of games be true? If so, it was a costly decision. Or AMN could have continued his fine run at right midfield. Mustafi is clearly lacking in both confidence and ability, Monreal could have played with Kos & Mavro in a Back 3.

    Next season will hopefully see the introduction of Nelson, Medley, Mavro and Smith Rowe into the first team. I think we need a CB and a winger (as replacement for the inconsistent Mhki) as our main priority.

  24. Big Raddy says:

    1.33 Great vid. The pitch was dreadful and today would be considered unplayable

  25. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy,

    Could you imagine today’s ilk of players playing on the pitches of the 40’s & 50’s – I certainly cannot. But it is, of course, a different brand of football today – not necessarily better just different.

    Football has changed so much over the years – it’s become like Christmas – over commercialized.

  26. chas says:

    While having a look at what Fred was lolling about (Jack Whitehall hoping that Mustafi gets a 2 year ban for diving, if you’re vaguely interested 😊 ), the WordPress reader suggested I might want to read this.

    I found it really interesting. Wolves were close to Doubles in 1937/8 and 1959/60. Of course we had a few near misses too.

    Here it is….
    https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/35421094/posts/3182

  27. chas says:

    It seems that Major Frank Buckley was a real pionee years ahead of his time.
    The monkey gland treatment appeared to work.
    Suspicions were raised when Tommy Lawton playing for an Everton side that was beaten 7-0 expressed concerns and then Wolves beat Leicester 10-1!

    https://thesefootballtimes.co/2015/08/05/the-story-of-frank-buckley-and-monkey-glands-at-wolves/

  28. Aaron says:

    Another top class post GN5 & Chas.
    Their grounds are from a time long ago and am amazed they are still there. (Picture of the grounds does not even seem real in modern world)

    AMN, Sok, Mav and Mon for me, if resting Kos for Europa or why bother
    Better get ahold of the midfield why we are at it.
    Tor, Xhaka, Ozil and Iwobi/Kola
    Laca and either Miki/Auba

    We shall see.

  29. GoonerB says:

    Raddy, I think that Emery maybe favours a 4-3-3 system in the long run but we need to add the players to the squad to make that effective. The problem for me Raddy is that Micki isn’t a winger really, not in an effective 4-3-3 system. Neither is Iwobi. Neither poses enough of a goal threat or quite has the electric pace of a wide player.

    They are both average wingers that I feel could be more effective players if their positions were changed to a BTB central midfield role, but it may be that we don’t need both. Iwobi I saw play this role in pre-season and I was more impressed by him in that position than when he plays in more advanced or wider roles.

    I wouldn’t mind us having the option of switching between a 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 system next season. Both those systems tend to use 3 CM’s the balance of which ideally should be 1 holding midfielder patrolling in front of the defence, with the other 2 being a box to box type player (Ramsey style) and the free creative attacking CM (Ozil style).

    Personally I feel that both Iwobi and Micki look better suited to play the BTB role but I also feel that this role may be more suited to Xhaka’s style of play as well. My first choice in the BTB role though would be Torreira, who I feel has more to offer than just sitting in the holding midfield role, and he could be Ramsey’s replacement staring us in the face.

    For this to happen we would need another powerful athletic holding midfielder in that case to give Torreira that bit more freedom to go forwards. Could Chambers do this? Not sure, but if not I would look for this as the only CM recruitment. So rather than trying to recruit a direct Ramsey replacement, I would more shake it up a bit and tweak some of our current crop in position and role and go and get a new Gilberto Silva.

    Then I feel we have BTB options in Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi and Micki. Maybe 1 too many? Behind Ozil in the ACM I would be happy to see if Smith Rowe or Willock could step up, then just sort out the goal-scoring wingers. Again happy to promote Nelson and see if he can step up, but as you say Raddy we then need at least 1 recruitment in the goal-scoring wide player position. Probably needs to be a right side operating left footer as well.

    Lefties to the right and righties to the left 🙂

  30. fred1266 says:

    BR you forget how bad Lichtsteiner was prefer we play with 10 men than him

  31. Sue says:

    I’m hoping for a Glenn Murray masterclass tonight 👊
    I’m nervous about tomorrow, UE isn’t giving much away (about team selection!) I saw Xhaka in the training pictures, so I hope he’ll be alongside Torreira. Ramsey’s out.. we can’t afford anymore mistakes (Sokratis in, Mustafi out – hallelujah!) I also wonder if the Manchester derby will spring a surprise… KDB is out.. United were complete & utter pants on Sunday, will they turn up & beat City?? I bloody hope not, although it wouldn’t surprise me! Things are heating up (time for your ra-ra skirt RA 🤣)

  32. fred1266 says:

    We could try the monkey gland treatment on mustafi since he can’t any worse

  33. RA says:

    Hello GB,

    A lot of sense in both your comments, the first om=ne because you share some of my concerns, if the rumoured petty cash for new players is indeed £45m.

    That sum (if truly the ‘pot’) is normally inclusive of wages. Let me see …….. the average salary of a good (not exceptional) player is about £80K per week, = £4.2m per annum * 4 year contract = (call it) £17m — so what’s left of the £45m = £28m.

    We are going to set the world alight with that.

    In addition, so I understand, any funds released by selling/releasing players — let’s say, Mustafi, (£10m) Chambers, (£5m) Monreal, (£5m) Corporal Jenks, (£0) Lichsteiner, (£0) Ramsey, (£0) Mihkitarian, (£10m) Cech, (£0) — I would speculate we would be lucky to get (say) £30m + their wages (maybe) £40m = an additional £70m

    So the rumoured £45m transfer chest + £70m (above) = £115m to spend.

    So, two players purchased to replace the above at say £150K each per week = £15.6m * 4 yr contract = £62.5m.

    Take the guesstimate cost of salaries above (£62.5m) away from the adjusted transfer chest (£115m – £62.5m) = £52.5m / 2 = Transfer cost £26m each.

    Those figures can be jiggled around, but however it’s done — we will not be buying top quality players, given Mustafi alone cost £35m.

    Let’s send a thank you card to Mr Krankee thanking him for screwing us.

    In your second comment GB, you made valid points, but on a subjective assessment I think Iwobi is probably the fastest player in our squad, and has amazingly dexterous feet, for skipping past defenders.

    He does not often enough make the expected end product for his efforts, but for me he is trying too hard to lay chances on for Auba and La Caz instead of going for it himself, and sometimes that leads to a Row Z effort as he is undecided about what to do.

    My advice — every top sportsman needs to be selfish in order to be the best — think of yourself – think of the team — think of the fans — and out the hill in the net!!

    Thank you — that will my usual fee — £3K. 🤪

    In fairness, GB, you did write two long ones — so the above serves you right!! 😂

  34. RA says:

    Hiya, Sue,

    I wish you had reminded me of Raspers my ra-ra skirt, but too late, I wrote my maths all over it for my earlier transfer comment.

    Can I borrow one of yours? The litte red and white check one might do, if you are anywhere near my height and weight!! 😜

    Otherwise it will have to be Raddy’s favourite one! 😛

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers GN5. You are an unstoppable post-writing force and AA are lucky to have you. 🙂

    I am still hurting from that bad loss and urine-poor defensive performance and have not much hope for tomorrow’s encounter with Wolves… unless Emeritus will put his best possible team up and take both defending and midfield dominance serious from the word go. Further to Sue’s comments, a starting 11 of Leno-AMN-Koz-Sok-Nach-Tor-Xha-Ozil-Iwobi-Laca-Auba/Mkhi should do the trick, but they will need to fight like it’s a cup-final against a very strong and keen Wolves tomorrow, so the mental prep side of things is just as important. What will we get: bottlers or battlers?!

  36. RA says:

    I will need pom-poms to go with it — obviously.

  37. RA says:

    Bottlers or battlers? A very good question, TA – and one we all wonder about whenever there is a key game to achieve a positive result, which in turn may help the transfer kitty if we make the top 4 CL qualifying position.

    This Jekyll and Hyde aura about the Arsenal team should just not happen.

    Lose and go down fighting and no one would blame the team. That’s football.

    Lose and not seem to care, or to leave their best dancing shoes at home, and come garbed in their mudlark boots is not professional.

    Buy Ajax lock stock and barrel, and get their fantastic scouting, and training teams to show us how to do it, would be my wish upon a star. 😎

    See you all on the morrow.

  38. fatgingergooner says:

    I’d go full strength tomorrow. There’s still 8 days until EL and if we were to lose tomorrow then we can rest key players against Leicester, but if we win then suddenly we are in with a massive chance of top 4, especially if City beat United.

    I’m also not a huge fan of resting everyone as I think sometimes confidence and rhythm is lost. A couple of changes here and there tends to be the best way to maintain positive results whilst resting players. I think Emery has got it spot on for most of the season but last week was definitely too many changes.

  39. Sue says:

    TA – bottlers or battlers? Well tbh I’m expecting bottlers… so anything else is a bonus!
    Sorry to think that way, but after Sunday… we’re away… green kit? Etc… etc…. we’ve seen it all before! We know how the story goes… although I love being proved wrong, so COYG

  40. fatgingergooner says:

    Newcastle 01/04

    Leno 90 90 – 90 – 90
    Cech. – – 90 – 90 –
    Mustafi 90 90 – 90 – 90
    Sokratis 90 90 90 – 90 –
    Monreal 90 90 90 90 90 –
    Koscielny. – – 90 90 90 90
    Mavropanos – – – 59 – 45
    Kolasinac 90 45 90 – 90 90
    AMN 90 90 90 22 90 45
    Jenkinson – – – – – 45
    Ramsey 67 45 90 68 34 –
    Torreira. – – 77 45 90 22
    Xhaka. – – – 90 61 –
    Geundouzi 90 90 – 31 – 90
    Elneny 23 45 13 – 29 68
    Özil 84 74 67 45 – 90
    Mkhitaryan 6 90 23 90 56 –
    Iwobi 61 16 23 90 22 45
    Lacazette 90 90 67 – 68 90
    Aubameyang 29 45 90 90 90 90

    Ignore the terrible presentation as I can’t do charts on my phone, but here is how the squad has been rotated in April starting with 2-0 Newcastle win. Based on minutes alone, the only players I would think of resting tomorrow are Koscielny and Aubameyang. Depending on the result I’d then think about resting AMN, Kolasinac and Lacazette for the Leicester game. The wing back areas are high impact in terms of running and a fresh Lacazette is always a bonus when we look to press which we surely will do against Valencia.

    Of course this list doesn’t take into account injuries, knocks, fatigue etc but it may give some insight into how Emery picks the side for the next 2 PL games.

  41. fred1266 says:

    GB no mention of AMN think he could be a good BTB player

  42. Sue says:

    Being new to AA… I’m not sure how everyone feels about Ozil. I’ve been astounded (for some time now) about how much ‘hate’ there is for him (not on here, just in general, Twitter, other blogs…..) he scored on Sunday & I thought he played well…. yet there was hate – he’s useless, he has to go, not world class, he’s lazy etc…
    I personally think he’s our best player, his name is the first I look for when the line ups come out… I would pay to watch him all day long & I think we’re better when he’s in the team…a lot of people disagree with me though!
    I was so glad he decided to stay with us (think his wages are too high though, don’t think anyone should be on that obscene amount of money each week.. ok well maybe RA as he has to keep up with the ladyboys!) I didn’t want to lose him & piano man Sanchez. I hope he sees his contract out, will be gutted when he leaves/retires… the last game I was at (before sunday) a ‘fan’ was shouting out abuse to him (& others) but mainly him, was disgusting! I just find it baffling… I think if he was on say 90-100k a week, I don’t think he’d get half the abuse…I think most people look upon him as superman & if he isn’t running around like a headless chicken then he’s lazy!
    Right rant over.. would like to know how you all feel about him… cheers 😊

  43. fred1266 says:

    The joke on reddit this morning is the race NOT to get into the top 4

  44. GoonerB says:

    I didn’t see the whole Palace game so am not aware of how we were in general all round play. Bearing in mind we should have had a penalty then after that all their goals seemed very direct and route 1, rather than us being torn apart, and it seemed more to do with us just not doing our job anywhere near the required standard. Did they beat us or did we lose it?

    RA, Iwobi is an interesting one because I recognise he is fast, but I don’t think he is very fast like many of the true wide players. I think he has one of those running styles that makes him seem faster than he is.

    He has incredibly quick feet (a bit Hleb like) which I think helps his ball control at pace but I think that Auba and AMN are our 2 quickest players in a foot race. Despite sometimes lacking an end product there is a lot to like about him and at 22 he can improve further. We seem to play better as a team when he plays so that says a lot to me. If the boy could just improve his shooting he could be our left footed inside right answer.

  45. TotalArsenal says:

    RA, Sue 🙂

    I wonder whether the art of leadership and mentally preparing for battle has been lost quite a bit. I remember watching Arsenal at Everton back in 2003 or 04 and a colleague of mine saying “wow look at the size of the Arsenal players!!” The first part of the battle was won before a ball had been kicked. Then came the Fabregas era of brilliant passing football but we gradually lost that physicality and on-field ‘traditional’ leadership.

    I guess the chest-beating, battle-crying football is a thing of the past, but I would like to see us starting with the body language and intensity of a team that is fully focussed on winning and that means business from the start. I see our spine as having that ability: Leno, Koz, Sok, Tor, Xha, Lac and Rambo (when fit), which is never long enough). But when more than two of these are not playing we seem to struggle. I have nothing against the rest, as not everyone is an extravert kind of leader/warrior and they have other qualities to offer, but we need to see these seven/eight players to play in most of our games, especially the away ones.

    Rather than spending lots of money in the summer on one or two players, I hope we see a few more of the Torreira and Sokratis ilk joining the mighty red and white. This would give us strength in depth and the ability to keep the spine strong throughout the season. Oh and Xhaka should be made Captain Granit. 🙂

  46. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi just can’t cut it in my opinion

    I watched Chelsea game and saw hazard twisting and turn which reminded me alot of Iwobi only difference hazard has an end product and can’t see Iwobi ever getting one

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Great Ozil comment, Sue, and all agreed. You will find there are quite a few here who adore Mesut as much as you do. 🙂

  48. GunnerN5 says:

    Win the next six and we are in the Europa League Final and in the top four – win the Final and we are in the CL. Winning seven on the trot would be an incredible way to end the season and Unai’s first season.

    Wolves (a) – April 24th
    Leicester (a) – April 28th
    Valencia (h) – May 2nd
    Brighton (h) – May 5th
    Valencia (a)- May 9th
    Burnley (a) – May 12th

    Six games in 19 days – one every 3.16 days.

    Final – May 29th ?

    Wishful thinking —————time will tell.

  49. GoonerB says:

    I’m liking AMN as a wing back / attacking FB right now Fred. I think he has the potential to be better than Bellerin and possibly a new Ashley. Would like to see him double up with Iwobi potentially down the right side.

    Sue I still maintain that for the last 5 years we didn’t build the right team structure to get the best out of Ozil. He needs a completely free role so should have 2 midfielders behind him that cover the defensive work, but also he should have quick strikers in front of him and quick players out wide so he had more options with his creative passing.

    It’s not too late to get that right and we might then get a couple of superlative seasons from him.

  50. fred1266 says:

    But don’t we have that this season GB but he still a bit mediocre

  51. RA says:

    TA, @ 7:14

    That I the kind of thinking/explanation you are so good at.

    Well thought out and to be honest you have hooked me! 😁

  52. fatgingergooner says:

    Shane Long has just scored after 6 SECONDS!!!

  53. GoonerB says:

    Who Fred, Iwobi or AMN

  54. GoonerB says:

    One player I would like us to get is Wan Bissaka from Palace. He has been a revelation this season and I think has the best 1 on 1 tackling stats in the league. He makes clean tackling and ball recovery an art form.

    He is 6 foot quick and strong and has some technical ability on the ball as well. He has been right FB for them but I reckon he could be excellent on the right side of a back 3, but also wonder if he wouldn’t make a brilliant holding midfielder.

  55. RA says:

    Sue,

    I have a lot of time for Mesut. You are right that technically he is our best player, but I suspect that he also is more ‘sensitive’ than many realise, and I do not doubt that he reads the horrible things said about him on twitter or perhaps some of the other blogs and despite himself they probably have an affect on him.

    That would explain why he is brilliant in some games, and disinterested in others.

    As to his salary — that is not his fault — and I would not mind having my contracts boosted by clients.

    And, oi you — I like ladybirds with their cute red jackets and dainty little polka dot circles. 😛

    Got to go – again – I have to finish a project for presentation tomorrow morning.

    Oyasuminasai, hasta la visita, sayonara.

  56. Sue says:

    TA I agree with your comment about our spine & the 7 players you mentioned.. we’d been crying out for someone like Torreira for years.. what I love about Sokratis is his no nonsense defending (can be seen as a WWE wrestler at times 😂) and if you’ve done wrong, he let’s you know about it. Loved it at the final whistle after we beat the spuds 4-2.. players all shook hands, what did he do? Went over to Son, pointed his finger at him & did the diving gesture to him.. bloody brilliant 😄
    Sometimes it seems like the passion isn’t there as much as it used to be..(Keown & Van Nistlerooy!!) sometimes I think they don’t go that extra mile.. for the badge… just happy to pick up their pay, if they win they win, if they don’t they don’t, no big deal… but then you look at the game against the spuds (everyone performed!) Weird 🤪
    I’ll be glad to have Xhaka back tomorrow!
    Plus I’m glad there are others on here who feel the same way about Mesut… thanks TA 🙂

  57. Sue says:

    RA… I agree with you about Mesut & his sensitivity… there are times when I’d just love to run on the pitch & hug him! 😍 who wouldn’t let what is said about you get to you? I wouldn’t like it, at all! And yes it explains a lot!!
    Oh and btw I’d quite happily let you borrow a skirt, pom poms & even bunny ears, but I’m only small (but not as small as Torreira!) and going by your comment yesterday – you can keep your 7 inches to yourself 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣
    Well don’t work too hard & have a good evening! Ciao!

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    Thank you Redders. 🙂

    Yes Sue, Sokratis stands for values. Love the example you used. I reckon Holding’s injury has really cost us, and I see him as Big Sok’s eventual replacement. We need a similar player for Koz; one who can play regularly and gradually become his replacement.

    Re Mesut. He is first on the team sheet for me, and then we put as many as possible of the spine players in. Mesut brings the melody. 🙂

  59. Sue says:

    FGG imagine if it was us Shane Long had scored against (after 6 seconds) the media, commentators, Sky Sports… actually the whole world would have a field day & we wouldn’t hear the end of it! Like ever!

  60. LBG says:

    Can you believe, Totteringham!

  61. Sue says:

    TA – Holding & Bellerin were having a great season, then boom, all over.. so cruel. I really miss them (Hector slightly more) I can’t wait until they’re back & the great thing is, at least they have a long, bright Arsenal future ahead of them!
    Mesut brings the melody alright 😉👍

  62. Sue says:

    GB – spot on about Ozil… that would be great if that was to happen! 🙏

  63. allezkev says:

    I’d like to see Mavropanos get a run of games, he’s what, played in only 5 games for us and I’ve read and heard Arsenal fans writing him off already as not good enough…

    Not on here though.

    Many Arsenal fans were even writing off Rob Holding back in the summer as not up to standard and now look at him, one of our key defenders.

    Lucky Spuds!

  64. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi

    In Monday’s game check out hazard assist to kante his movement was similar to Iwobi IMO

  65. fred1266 says:

    6 seconds is the premier leagues record apparently

  66. fred1266 says:

    Plenty people seems to want wan bissaka (WBA we call him in fantasy football)

    But am very happy when bellerin what we need is a fb who can actually play when bellerin needs rest

    Isn’t there any promising RB in the academy

  67. allezkev says:

    Jordi Osei-Tutu, 20, is quite good Fred, he probably would have played in the League Cup and early Europa matches, but was injured…

  68. chas says:

  69. Sue says:

    Thanks chas! 6 seconds… wow!!
    So match day is here… not only for us, but for both Manc clubs 🙈😰

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Luck seems to follow teams and this season it is right behind Spurs.

    Work to be done tonight …

  71. RA says:

    Morning People,

    Nearly spilt my coffee catching up with the comments.

    Sue, @ 7:01 — I’m sure Chas will be delighted! 🥺

  72. Sue says:

    Hahaha RA…. I know exactly what you’re getting at 😉🤣 and it’s a record too 😆

  73. LBG says:

    Of course you must try to defend your squad members, but over four minutes defending Mustafi, Dick!! That’s time you wont get back…to add to the £35m.

  74. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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