Who Wants it?

Is there a single Gooner who is confident of a victory this lunchtime?

Given the circumstances would you take a point?

Do you want MU or Chavs to win this afternoon?

Do ants sleep?

It was inevitable that Rodgers would rejuvenate Leicester, they have some fine players who just needed a new leader. And sadly, players today can get rid of an unpopular manager. Claude Puel’s win % of 34% was never going to be enough for the team which performed miracles just 2 and a bit years ago.

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Brendon Wagner chose to leave a cushy job at Celtic to improve LCFC – I could have improved them, so could you. They have excellent players; Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi Schmeichel and Tielemans  could all get into the AFC first team. Chilwell and Ndidi are both young enough to be summer transfer targets for Mr Emery.

Had we beaten either CP or Wolves, we could rest players ahead of the Valencia semi-final, instead this becomes a very important match. Does Mr. Emery dare use Elneny, Douzi etc again? A difficult decision but this is why he earns the Big Bucks.

The injury to Ramsey and the loss of form of Mhki has been costly. As is the worrying condition of Ozil. Ozil is one of our most experienced players – he has won everything, yet he appears incapable of raising his game for an away fixture. I love the chap but at present he seems to be a very expensive luxury. If our creative players do not give chances to our strikers nor assist in a defensive role, then I would prefer to see a midfield with Xhaka, Douzi, Terrier, Kolasinac and Iwobi, as a point today could be vital.

We must hope PEA has recovered from his nose job, if only to be on the bench.

Spurs loss, MU’s dreadful form, the Chavs inability to put a run together, means that despite our poor recent PL results we remain in with a chance of Top 4. It is worth fighting for, so please lads, whoever pulls on the shirt, remember that you carry the hopes of millions of Gooners. Another lackadaisical performance will not be acceptable.

COYRRG

86 Responses to Who Wants it?

  1. LB says:

    Do ants sleep? Now there is something to ponder 🙂

  2. Sue says:

    I won’t settle for a point, I want all 3!!
    This is another of those must win games.. well we’ve seen how that panned out over the last 2.. if we go down without a fight (yet again) I think I will have the mother of all meltdowns & will have to go & pummel my punch bag (which, btw has pictures of Dele Alli & Harry Kane on!) nice to take my frustrations out on!
    I also saw a stat saying we’ve never lost a game at 12pm in the PL… hmm interesting!

    LB – think I’d rather think about ants right now 😄

  3. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.

    My expectations for today’s game are at an all-time low after those two defeats in the last week. I suppose, in a way, they can only either be matched or exceeded because of this.

    I don’t understand how a team going for a top four place can be outfought by a mid-table side just seeing out the end of the season, but it almost seems as if none of the four clubs involved wants it enough. Weird.

    Cmon, lads, give us a performance of which we can be proud rather than ashamed!

    p.s. I can assure you that Ants sleeps and also snores like a bastard.

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  5. TotalArsenal says:

    We really could have done with a rest this weekend, but another tough away match awaits and who knows how this one will go. Maybe an early mistake by Leicester and a Deeney like sending off will come to the rescue. 🙂

    Expectations are low indeed as there is a clear discrepancy between what ought to be and was it likely to be. The boys are low on (away) confidence, heavy legged and there are too many injuries and players playing on with niggles, and Emeritus does not seem to have either the tactical or motivational answers. But this is The Arsenal and sooner or later we bounce back again somehow.

    Come on The Arsenal!

  6. Sue says:

    Mustafi’s back! Argh!!!
    Where’s Mesut???

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  9. Sue says:

    After seeing the line up, I’ve had to cross myself!! 😄😫

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Big job for Mkhi in the hole. This is his best position no doubt but he will have to work his socks off. Alex can also step inside and support him but the wing backs will also need very energetic and effective games. Who of Tor and Xhaka will help to bridge the gap between defence/midfield and attack? All will be revealed soon. Please go and attack and push the Foxes into their own half as much as possible; this is our only chance of getting something from the game even though it will open us up to Vardy-the-dirty-Fox counter-attacks.

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    the brain says we’ll lose but the gut is positive: 1-3 to the MR&W!

  12. LB says:

    I suppose it is time to stop thinking about ants…….

  13. Sue says:

    I’m not going to lie – I’m as nervous as hell, but we’re due a good game, surely??!! Come on Arsenal… pleeeaaassseeee!!! 🙏

  14. jjgsol says:

    There are no wing backs, as there are only 2 centre backs.

  15. fatgingergooner says:

    Is Mkhi playing in the hole? Looks more of a 442 to match up with them. Glad to see Koscielny get a rest before Thursday and hopefully Monreal is nothing serious. Don’t like the line up apart from the front 2! Hopefully they have absolute worldies and link up for a couple of goals, but we’ve got to get the ball to them first and I don’t see where that’s going to come from. If we get our worked in midfield then we are in for another defeat, but if we put a proper shift in for the majority of the match then we have a chance. Hopefully the Spurs defeat will have lifted the players and made them realise a win here and the right result later today puts us firmly back in control of top 4.

    Apparently we’ve never lost a midday PL kick off. Something to cling onto I suppose!

  16. fatgingergooner says:

    The top 4 ‘race’ is a joke this season! It’s so frustrating because you get the impression that If we could just somehow muster 2 wins against Leicester and Brighton that could be enough. Is that too much to ask!? At this stage 6 points have never looked so far away. 😂

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  18. JM says:

    It is a very bold extremely attacking 4-4-2:

    – Mustafi & Sokratis at CBs (fingers-crossed no brain f**ts)
    – AMN & Kolasinac at FBs (please keep the balance between D & A)
    – Xhaka & Torreira at CMs (all to do and grind against Leicester’s midfield trio)
    – Iwobi & Mkhitaryan at midfield flanks (need to carry the bulk of creativity from the sides to the front 2 as well as covering our defensive width)
    – Lacazette & Aubameyang (twin main goal threats to score for victory)

    Ozil (foot) & Monreal (calf) are sidelined (hopefully not for long). Koscielny is on the bench (red zone).
    Willock & Nketiah are on the bench too and might surprise with late substitutions in.

    I hope we will win this match and if we do lose, I rather we lose with an attacking team lineup that had gone for a victory (and came up short)

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    Killing us in the middle with their 3. Torreira and Xhaka can’t get close. Maybe Geundouzi on for a forward player could be the way to go to try and get a foothold. Unless something changes I’d be tempted to push Auba wide and take Mkhy off at half time

  20. fatgingergooner says:

    We need to score first or it will be another Wolves show.

  21. Sue says:

    😡😡 well that’s us screwed then

  22. fatgingergooner says:

    He’s been dying to send someone off. The first yellow was a joke. That’s a silly tackle though knowing you’re on a yellow.

  23. fatgingergooner says:

    Must get to half time now at 0-0

  24. JM says:

    AMN sent off ! 2nd yellow card for a sliding tackle that caught the foot of a Leicester player on their break away counterattack, we are back against the wall now !

  25. Sue says:

    Now for Michael Oliver to award a penalty & his performance is complete! These referees make me sick..

    On a plus the women are winning

  26. JM says:

    Mkhitaryan covering at RB now. Aubameyang moves overs to the right flank.

    Option for a defensive sub after half-time (Mavropanos or Koscielny in) and Mustafi moving to right back. One of the attackers has to be taken out.

    We must not be both overrun in midfield AND left with gaping holes in defence.

  27. VP says:

    36mins in and Arsenal Women 2 goals to nil

  28. TotalArsenal says:

    AMN was our best player until then. Every time an Arsenal player is playing as physical as our opponents they get punished. A joke, Oliver. It is indeed 4-4-2 and there is a gap in midfield the size of the Baltic Sea. Yet Iwobi and Laca had decent chances and we need them to be a little more deadly. Will be hard now with just 10 men but there is something to fight for. A point would still be good (sorry Sue 🙂 ).

  29. VP says:

    Put me down for an Arsenal 1:0 win

  30. Big Raddy says:

    Sometimes an F word is the only appropriate epithet for the referee.

    Oliver should not be allowed to ref Arsenal because he is clearly biased.

    Tough half ahead

  31. fatgingergooner says:

    Think I prefer watching us with 10 men camped behind the ball trying to play on the counter with zero expectation of a result. Before the sending off we were poor and the line up made little sense. We lack any form of traditional wide player so playing 4 in midfield makes absolutely no sense. I u deter and looking at the opposition and trying to match up, but you’ve surely got to consider the players at your own disposal. Mkhy has never seen a wide player and is in poor form, so why not play Mavro and push AMN to RW, or go 3412 and lose Iwobi or Mkhy and have the other in the hole?

    Ah well, I can watch the 2nd half now safe in the knowledge that we are going to lose and hope that somehow we avoid the inevitable. 10 men was not what was needed with us playing Thursday, that’s for sure.

  32. chas says:

  33. fatgingergooner says:

    I’d seriously be tempted to leave Auba and Laca on and maybe bring on Geundouzi and Mavropanos for Mkhy and Iwobi. Those 2 are our best shot at nicking a goal on the break.

  34. LBG says:

    Fed up with criticising what we know is usually poor refereeing. When are we going to do some honest defending. Who is actually marking Vardy? Who is actually marking, getting goalside and then jumping/challenging for the ball at free kicks and corners? When will defenders take responsibility for their positioning and not turn round and blame someone else? Why can’t defensive headers be aimed at a red not blue shirt?
    Then there is the things we see ever week without improvement. Do we ever practise throw ons, do we call when going for the same ball so both players aren’t taken out tacking/heading each other? And for that matter, do we know how to tackle at all in a 50/50 so occasionally we come away with the ball?

  35. JM says:

    Koscielny in for Iwobi; Leicester’s brought in an additional forward, Barnes for midfielder, Ndidi.

    We switch to midfield trio: Mkhitaryan joins Xhaka & Torreira in centre midfield.

  36. Sue says:

    I honestly feel for the gooners that have travelled up to Leicester…. gutted 😢

  37. LBG says:

    Play the girls! They’ve got more balls, more brains, and more ability.

  38. fatgingergooner says:

    Can’t fault the effort

  39. Sue says:

    TA… what I’d give for a point right now 😂😂 I never get what I want though!!

    Some goal by Miedema, she’s been superb this season… can’t we put a fake beard on her & get her in the men’s team?! 🔥🔥

  40. fatgingergooner says:

    At least Leno is showing his class and there looks to be a lot of fight in the team. Just a shame it took a red card to wake them up!

    I imagine we will see a much better performance on Thursday and I look forward to it.

  41. Sue says:

    It’s always hard playing against 12 men though (Michael Oliver might as well have worn blue)

    FGG.. I’m glad the team are trying (finally) but why wait till we’re down to 10 & where on earth was this type of performance on Wednesday & last Sunday?!
    I swear this team will be the death of me…..

  42. fred1266 says:

    got up late this morning so when i turned on TV we already had Red card so turned the TV off immediately

    how are we playing though i hope we playing like how Watford played us when we were down to 10 men (lol although i doubt very much)

  43. JM says:

    Guendouzi & Nketiah in for Mkhitaryan & Lacazette. Keeping squad players fresh for EL home leg semis vs Valencia.

    Many of our players in the team shall be in the red zone after playing 45-50 mins with 10 men today. (Worried for fatigue mentally & physically to Xhaka, Torreira, Koscielny & Sokratis especially)

    (Mind you, any naivety from our team, as with the last 3 games against Palace, Wolves & Leicester, against the Spanish side will be ruthlessly punished. It would be game over.)

  44. fatgingergooner says:

    Shame. I think we’ve done well second half and probably didn’t deserve that.

    Interesting that we’ve played double the games Leicester have this month. People will say they are professionals and should be fit enough etc but this is a game of small margins and that is certainly a leveller. Also, I think more important is the fact we’ve failed to score first or be in front in any of these last 3 defeats. If you look at the Watford game, that was a terrible performance, but you’ve always got a chance when scoring first or getting your noses in front. We’ve had opportunities today, as we did against Wolves and Palace, but if you don’t take them and are playing poorly then you will get punished.

    Let’s hope we win the EL because we will need to if we want CL football next season.

  45. Sue says:

    Jamie Vardy always scores against us (just like a long list of others) I’m so disappointed (again) I was tempted to turn over to the women, but I had to get my bloody fix of Kolasinac (😍) didn’t I??
    The women are 3-0 up now (very well done to them) as for the men – I don’t really know what to say, I may actually be speechless (for once) 😳

  46. VP says:

    3 nil to the Arsenal Women
    12 minutes away from being crowned champions
    Manchester City Women to finish 2nd

    oh if that was to be the mens result next season

    Emery’s away form continues
    goodnight all

  47. VP says:

    make that 4:0
    Well done aussie Pep Montemurro

  48. fatgingergooner says:

    Just one of those games to forget. Not really worth analysing when you have 10 for a large chunk. It was 0-0 at that point.

    I just hope the players don’t dwell and are able to find their form on Thursday. I worry that you can’t turn form on and off, but it’s a different competition and we’ve had a different focus it on this season. Emery knows what it takes to win it so we have a chance.

  49. Sue says:

    3 goals conceded in each of our last 3 games 😡
    Not sure I’m looking forward to Thursday now!!

    FGG I have to say, I do love your optimism 👍

  50. Gööner In Exile says:

    The sending off an awful decision by Oliver, I have a huge grievance with the first yellow, not because it wasn’t justified but because for years we have watched teams do this to us from the first minute of play and receive nothing more than a few words from the ref.

    The second was barely a foul let alone a booking, and it is embarrassing that players can hold their head high after such histrionics over nothing.

    That said it’s not why we lost the game, lacklustre from the start, don’t buy excuses about fitness they have been rotated enough over recent weeks.

    What we lack is any guile amongst the players. It has been missing for seasons, if the way to play and deal with different situations hasn’t been spoon fed in the build up to the game then we are all at sea.

    For me before skill, before size before workrate or fitness our scouts must start identifying players who can control agame who show an understanding and an ability to adapt when over the white lines to impact the game for the better when they haven’t got a coach in their ear or a tablet to show thfm where they should stand.

    I reckon in all honesty we have three in the squad capable of that at the moment, Nacho, Sokratis, and Ozil.

    Now I know me putting Ozil in there may raise eyebrows but this isn’t just a defensive thing, it’s about when a defence is tightly packed how you move the ball where you go for space.

    He wouldn’t have helped today because unfortunately with only Sok at the back and a clueless midfield anyone up the pitch is left with nothing.

    Torreira and Xhaka may be young but in my mind they both lack the ability to adapt outside of a pre made game plan. And when that is the centre midfield you rely on it is going to cause trouble, I actually think Guendouzi has more instinct than those two.

    Maybe we are playing for EL, personally think it’s a big gamble, every time we have had a chance to pressure the top 4 we have slipped so what chance in winner takes all games?

    In answer to the headline…..Not us….

  51. Gööner In Exile says:

    Also the first time since 1967 that we have conceded 3 goals in 3 consecutive games. That should make the WWOAB troupe happy.

  52. JM says:

    Reset switch.

    EL semi-finals 1st leg at home vs Valencia this Thursday. All to go for a win.

    Hope for the best to our team. Play smarter this time.

  53. GoonerB says:

    I blame FGG for saying we had never lost a midday game. You jinxed us FGG 😀

    You made a point FGG about the back 3 and push AMN further up. Being making a similar point for a while that we don’t currently have the players to play a good team that starts with a back 4.

    Mainly because we dont have good attacking wide players so the FB’s camp too high to give 7s attacking width leaving us with a back 2 and really exposed to a decent counter attacking team. Not sure if any of our problems came from being exposed in this way as I didn’t see the game.

    It is not Emery’s fault that we dont have the players for this because it was the development of the squad and how it was shaped over the 2-3 seasons before this that left us with no natural attacking wide players. It does start to look though as if he may have some responsibility for not adapting well enough to it.

  54. fatgingergooner says:

    Sue,

    We still have something to play for and I trust we will get a much improved performance on Thursday so I don’t see much point in wollowing. Sometimes poor form is just poor form and I certainly see signs of tiredness in the performances even if others don’t like to believe in that type of thing! I just think the occasion and importance of Thursday will see the team spark to life. It’s been a good season up to the last week. I just hope it doesn’t fizzle out as it would be a shame to go into next season with the fans on the managers and teams back, which is what I suspect would happen if we don’t make the final or the top 4.

  55. fatgingergooner says:

    GB,

    It probably was my fault so I apologise! I agree about 4 at the back. I think the majority, if not all, of our good performances this season have come with a back 3. I do think though that it’s Emery’s job to realise this and avoid trying to stick players out wide who are not suited. Wenger used to get grief because he didn’t adjust to the opposition and I think it’s almost a full 180 with Emery. Maybe he adjusts too much to the opposition instead of trusting what he has a little more? Having said that, what he has at his disposal isn’t amazing at the moment and we still need new blood either with youngster and/or signings. It’s probably fair to say we have the worst squad in the top 6, and that won’t change quickly with those other teams also looking to improve, but I don’t think we are that far away from being top 4 consistently which has to be the first aim. After that who knows.

  56. Sue says:

    Nice one, FGG 👍

  57. GoonerB says:

    Only said in jest FGG.

    I think after this season we need to invest a lot more in our youth and get more pace and balance into the side. Wouldn’t mind us getting someone like young Sessegnon to convert to an attacking right sided winger and try Nelson on the left.

    We could then play with a back 4 but could also play a 3-4-3. At the moment though I can only see a balanced side in a 3-5-2 system.

  58. LB says:

    Back to considering ants for me…………

  59. Sue says:

    LB.. you’re so funny 😄👍

  60. Aaron says:

    Well, game was on 4am out here on the West coast of the US. I did not get up to watch, but instead taped the game to watch it at a reasonable time. Had a feeling that the Arsenal would not win, and glad I did not see AMN get sent off.

    Emery better play 3 at the back and no Mustafi on Thursday- he should have rested ALL the senior players in the red zone the last two games or more. Even with the spuds implosion, the Arsenal were not going to catch them, nor get top 4. Would have been giving top players 2 weeks full rest.

    Shall see what is in the cards, but I feel Emery played a very bad hand poorly.

  61. LBG says:

    Every single one, especially the smallest ones, of the Manshitty team know how to shield the ball when challenged, are strong enough to out-battle even determined opposition, and even if they lose FIGHT to get it back.
    We are so far behind them as a collective, I think the five to six windows is no exaggeration! And will he get given that time?

  62. Sue says:

    Thank you Sergio 😘

  63. LBG says:

    FGG 2.43
    “worst squad in the top 6″…….probably!
    Even given players in the Manure squad who play only when they feel like it, I would say definitely!
    And more relevantly, Wolves, Watford, Leicester and Burnley all have a number of players who would get into our team. West Ham and Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth and Southampton one or two. How are we even in fifth?

  64. fatgingergooner says:

    LBG,

    As sad as it is I don’t believe Emery’s job is to catch City. No amount of windows will matter if they are improving at the same time and buy better players than we can. UE is tasked with making us top 4 again consistently which is achievable. After that, we will have to hope that we get some luck in the transfer market over a sustained period of time and that a few of our current players and youngsters improve considerably. That’s what Liverpool have achieved over the last couple of years and even that looks like falling short.

  65. Sue says:

    So I’ve been checking the ticket exchange religiously, for the Brighton game, no luck… check an hour after the Leicester game finished… loads available now!!

  66. fatgingergooner says:

    LBG,

    We are in fifth (soon to be 6th as United just scored) because Emery has got a lot out of an average looking squad. I actually think we’ve had a good season and he’s doing a good job. I’m not sure that many gooners will agree after this last week! 😂

  67. Sue says:

    De Gea is howling again!!!

  68. jjgsol says:

    I do not agree.

    I think that despite the fact that we have a few more points this season, we have regressed.

    The last few games show that there is no plan or direction.

    We lost on Wednesday have 70% possession and today having 30% possession. Even with being a player down, they were incapable of passing with any sort of accuracy, so they were unable to keep the ball for any appreciable amount of time to mount a meaningful attack.

    If we manage to get any more points this season I would be surprised.

    The blame goes to the players and the manager. Thinking that all we need to do is buy more players is cloud cuckoo land. We have had 5 new players this season and are treading water.

  69. Big Raddy says:

    Disappointing but expected result. Read the first sentence in the post.

    Would we have done better with 11 men? Possibly, but we were second best from the first whistle.

    I agree with FGG that this has been a good season and one which could still end in glory.

  70. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for the PM Raddy. The game started at 7:00am here – and it proved to be a bad way to start the day. I’d recorded the F1 race so I cooled down watching that.

    I cannot think of one of our 1st team who would be wanted by any of the other top six teams, their benches maybe. Ozil?

    Unfortunately our team lack drive, passion and most of all desire.

    I hope that a lot of our team will be lining up at the Footballers Exchange (Employment Exchange).

    Sad to say this but even our best players are not indispensable, in fact it may be better to have a wholesale clear out and use the cash to build a young team for the future. There is no positive future with this collection of misfits.

    It takes me back to the days when supporters knew the outcome before the game started.

    Boy oh Boy I’m really frustrated watching – under motivated, highly expensive players who don’t appear to give a F**k!

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    A way of motivating the team: Wild Women On Arsenal Bus?! 😀

  72. RA says:

    Raddy,

    WWOAB

    That is GIE’s secret code — it means “We Will Over-achieve – Backwards”

    Simple’s.

    Don’t know what it means — because it’s secret!

  73. RA says:

    GN5,

    I feel your frustration.

  74. TotalArsenal says:

    Poor game and result. What is there to say about it? We are sliding down very fast but luckily there is an escape route on offer this Thursday. It feels a bit like those movies in which the earth is about the explode but we can still make it to the galactic battleship with a bit of luck. 🙂

  75. RA says:

    Your comments have been those of a real Gooner, Sue.

    I was unable to watch the game today, and was a bit miffed — then I saw the result and considered myself lucky.

    Was I surprised? Of course not. It’s football and sometimes things do not make sense. C’est La Vie. 🤪

    Don’t tell anyone, but I think FGG has been kidnapped by aliens and that is not the real earthy FGG.

    I have known our ‘Sky man’ for some years, and he is more known for being……. quite cross if Arsenal lose, so the one above just cannot be him! 🤪

    I was going to tell Ant-Man, brother to Chas that I saw the Ant-Man and The Wasp film on Sky last night.

    `I really like Ant-Man and all those twitchy multi-legged acolyte ants, but The Wasp was much better, she was a heroine!!

    Sssshh ……… don’t tell him – that’s just between us – it’s a secret. 😜

    Got to go.

  76. fatgingergooner says:

    I think on paper any improvements have been slight this season. The goals for and against in the PL is not much different to last season. We have a few more points and have lost less games but nothing to shout home about. We got 1 round further in the FA Cup and we didn’t get to the League Cup final like we did last year but I think that’s always luck of the draw, and so far we’ve made the semis of the EL which is the stage we went out last season. However, anyone who has watched us regularly will have seen an improvement in effort on the pitch and a change of idea in how we play from week to week. We’ve also been far more competitive against the bigger sides (usually a good indicator of performance) doubling the points tally we got last season from 6 to 12 plus 2 wins over Napoli who many consider a good team. It’s fair to say our away form has not improved and the defence still looks shakey (the last 3 games have damaged what had looked an improving unit) but when you analyse the squad and compare it to last season I don’t think much has changed in terms of personnel. We lost Mertersacker and brought in Sokratis, we had a gap at sub RB and filled it with an old head to cover Bellerin. In midfield Wilshere and Cazorla moved on and we brought in Torreira and a work in progress in Geundouzi. We also added a GK which was much needed as Ospina had proven he wasn’t quite up to it. All in all I would say our squad improved slightly but the majority of the work done was to fill gaps and repair areas where we had lost players. Is it really a surprise that we haven’t made great strides in terms of points and progress? Did anyone really look at the squad in August and believe we were set for a title challenge and a cup win? I doubt it.

    It’s not been an amazing season or one which will long live in the memory, but I personally believe it’s been a season that was needed and one that was as positive as we could’ve realistically been hoped for after the 20+ years of Wenger. Whatever happens in the EL and race for top 4, I think Emery has done well and I just hope that I and many others are still thinking the same in 12 months time as the next year will be the real test in moving us forward.

  77. fatgingergooner says:

    RA, 😂

    I’ve moved to the other side now and work for Openreach (formerly part of BT!), maybe that’s why I’ve mellowed!? Or maybe it’s all the drugs! 😂 In seriousness though I think I just set my expectations at the beginning of the season and decided to give Emery a real chance. I remember saying that I just wanted Arsenal to get some sort of identity back and show some fight, and i’m happy to have witnessed some of that during the season. I think people forget just how shambolic last season was!!!

    WWOAB – not sure how this fits in with football, but is it ‘we were on a break’!?

  78. Sue says:

    I’m amazed not only at how poor we’ve been, but also Chelsea & United… no one fancies the top 4 then?
    The only smile on my face today was when the ref’s watch vibrated – GOAL!! Agueroooooo!! 😍
    So to cheer myself up, I decided to buy tickets for the Brighton game 🤪 want to see Ramsey one last time & show my appreciation, as I’ve been impressed with him this season!
    And I’m hoping it’ll be the last time I see Mustafi, Mkhi, Elneny, Iwobi… plus i want to hold up a sign “can I have your shirt” to Kolasinac 😍🤣🤣

    RA – you crazy guy 😉😄👍

  79. fatgingergooner says:

    Sue,

    It’s amazing that all 4 of the sides chasing the top 4 have imploded. Maybe the players just don’t see it as something worth fighting for anymore? You would’ve thought one of the teams could’ve pushed on and put a run together if it was something they truly wanted. It’s not like we’ve all had really tough fixtures. Maybe it’s the European distractions that are to blame? 3 of the 4 are still in European competition whilst United are feeling the effects of a tough European loss (we know all about that hangover!). It’s just so strange that none of them look like they want it.

  80. Sue says:

    FGG – it’s baffling, it really is! The chances that are being presented week after week & nobody is taking them! You must be right (about European distractions) as I can’t pin point what else it could be (other than being crap 🤣)
    It’s going to go down to the final day, for sure.. Will we make it? I can’t help but think if only we hadn’t dropped those 9 points, we’d be way out in front of the others, but no Arsenal had other ideas 😄
    Confidence will be rock bottom now – not what we wanted before such an important game on Thursday…

  81. fatgingergooner says:

    Sue

    I think it’s beyond us now. I expect us to beat Brighton at home but Burnley away last game of the season screams of defeat. I don’t think 3 points is going to get it done as Chelsea and/or United will surely get another win. IF we somehow win the last 2 then maybe we’ll have a chance.

  82. Sue says:

    FGG – after watching Burnley against City & how well organised they were, there’s not a chance in hell we’ll get anything there! Although they may ease off a bit, as Sean Dyche is a Liverpool fan, so of course he wanted to win today 😆 haha one can dream!
    It’s done imo, we just have to play for pride now (😳) can someone please tell the player’s that haha! It has made for an exciting end to the season, well for the neutrals anyway 😄

  83. VP says:

    https://www.the42.ie/arsenal-women-4610296-Apr2019/

    Afterwards, Gunners boss Joe Montemurro praised McCabe and Quinn as “incredible players” for his side, while McCabe expressed her pride at following in the footsteps of other Irish women who had won major silverware with the club.

    “What I’ve always looked at – the likes of Emma Byrne, Ciara Grant, Yvonne Treacy on the TV lifting FA Cups for Arsenal – was what I wanted to do when I was older,” she told The42, champagne glass in her hand as post-match celebrations monetarily died down.

    To come to this club – this amazing club – and be able to crown ourselves as league champions is really, really special. I don’t think it’s quite sunk it yet to be honest but it’s a very surreal experience at the minute.

  84. Gööner In Exile says:

    Sorry for clarity don’t you remember the songs?

    “We want our Arsenal back?”

    I always questioned which Arsenal, the one I supported through thin and thin from 1980-1986, the one I supported through thick and thick of 1987-1992, the early Wenger years, or those dark days in the 60’s (before my time but not everyone’s on this blog).

    Well today we got that Arsenal back, on a stats basis conceding 3 goals in 3 consecutive games, and I only know as they mentioned it on R5 before the game. And I foolishly thought to myself the media would find anything to hit Arsensl with and that surely wouldn’t happen.

    I think that what annoys me so much is Spuds sit only 4 points above us and we’ve just given up 9. A win and a draw from the last three was surely achievable? And would have us level points!

    Ok it’s shallow victory but finishing above the best Spurs side in recent memory, Chavs and ManUre given our recent turmoil would have made me very happy and maybe started to convince me that the anger directed at the club in recent seasons had some justification.

    Emery spoke st the start of the season about getting fans on side, well it was ok then when there was bags of energy and goodwill towards him and the team.

    Only two teams who finished above us look set to finish on more points than last season, Liverpool and Chelsea but we’ve had more than enough opportunity to finish above them. Crap results at crucial times.

    I was interested in FGGs comments about preparing for opponents too much, earlier in the season I heard an interview with Mark Noble, he said playing under Pellegrini was the first time as a player the manager had spent most of the week worrying about what they would do with the ball and how they would be playing to win the game rather than being drilled week to week on the opponent and how they would not lose. An old football adage of “let them worry about you”.

  85. chas says:

    NEW POST

    written straight after the game (well, started during the last ten minutes, truth be known), so apologies for inaccuracies and rabid confirmation bias 🙂

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