So Chelsea hijacked our deal with Shaktar for Mudryk by paying 88.5 Mln pounds + add ons…crazy…
Apparently, we are turning our attention to Raphina now…potentially Diaby (but he is not worth it to be honest)
BUT they are bigger fish to fry including a savoury NLD against a resurgent Tottenham team that can now count again on Romero, Betancur and Kulusevsky…The 3 players that changed their fortune last year as they edged us in the Top 4 race. Kane is in scintillating form and Son is always dangerous against us so while we may be top of the league and playing well, we are in for a very tough and contested match today…
The key will be to really exploit some of their defensive lapses especially their full-backs and center-backs sometimes miscommunicating. There be room in between the lines so Odegaard may be able to find some space to shoot…If Partey-Xhaka and our back 4 do well today, we should come home with at least a point…
I am gonna go for a 2-1 loss to the Spurs though as I can see us lose our patience and form at some point in the game. Most likely score according to pundits is a 1-1 draw – if it is a draw, I think it will be a 2-2…Now our scorer will be Martinelli and for them, Kane will be on the scoresheet.
COYG! Make sure I get the result wrong today!
Ramsdale – White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko – Partey, Xhaka – Ode – Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
Lloris – Romero, Dier, Lenglet – Doherty, Betancur, Hojberg, Perisic – Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Never saw the shaktar guy play but I think raphina might not be so bad but do qe really wants barca rejects
Yea diaby isn’t the answer either I don’t feel
Chelsea must think they hit the jackpot. I’m not so sure… 8 and half years… if they did than good for them but if you remember Eduardo or Diaby or Ramsey or Wilshire an injury can disrupte the best player. I do not wish but there is always a risk.
As for the NLD, it will be tough, really tough Tottnumb needs a win as hell ad they are in free falling mode, but not today.
We have a point or three to prove and we will! 🙂
We take it all! COYG
3 – 1 TO THE GOOD GUYS
Betancur out and Sarr in. Sarr can be bullied in the middle of the parkso we better put him under pressure. He is a very good player but he is still a bit tender for EPL footie. We must take advantage of that. Plus Sessegnon always wanders around so we must make sure we take the space behind him…
We gotta score the second goal before half-time…
Second goal in…Now let s get a third one asap…
Did it in style!
2-0 away…9 years later…way to go AFC!
Ramsdale, Saka, Odegaard – great performances from these three.
Yes, yes, yes, yes.
Let hope tots can do the job against city on Thursday
The word is Barcelona are asking €100m for Raphina, so I guess we can put that to one side and move on…
So Chelsea can finally get there man
I just love it when you’re wrong!
Congratulations. You got the result all wrong.
Poor Chickens! Red London! Arsenal Ecstasy!
Random thoughts on a glorious occasion.
Where to start? The players, maybe:
Ramsdale – dominant performance, saves, clearances, catching, punching – and best of all, shithousing Poorarlison, who swallowed the bate, and I’m waiting for his citing by the FA, but I won’t hold my breath
White – was… Whiter than White, does almost everything brilliantly, but needs to master his crossing
Saliba! – error free
Gabriel! – monster with exquisite distribution
Zinchenko – out and out baller, and one of the heartbeats of the team
Partey – the lean controller, very Vieira-esque
Xhaka – master of all he surveys
Odegaard – wow! Just wow
Saka – silky first touch, tormentor in chief
Martinelli – seems to have Velcro attaching the ball to his boots
Nketiah – if his first touch was as magnetic as Saka’s, he would have had three goals, but in everything else, fierce and combative
The manager: I think people – both supporters and those outside the club, are beginning to realise what a special person we have in Arteta. His tactical acumen, his technical knowledge, his teaching ability, and his player-management, are scary. In his first job as a manager. He has distilled the best of Moyes, Arsene and Pep. I hope he stays for years.
The referee: it seems unfair to criticise Pawson, considering we didn’t concede a penalty (!), and he got most of the big calls right; but how was Romero still on the pitch, after six, maybe even seven, bookable fouls, AFTER being booked.
As to the narrative of the match, all Arsenal in the first half, beautiful control and link-up play; Sp*rs resurgent in the second half, but Arsenal maintained defensive control. I was on edge until Odegaard scored, but sanguine and relaxed thereafter, so much confidence do I have in this group of players.
As noted last week, I still think a deep midfielder is more of a priority than another forward (both would be nice, of course). There are players to come in if Saka or Martinelli are injured. The fall-off if Partey’s out again is too much.
Mudryk: I can’t let it pass without a comment on that transfer. I actually feel sorry for the guy. He looks so unhappy at Stamford Bridge, one can’t help speculating that Shaktar told him “it’s Chelsea or nothing”. If he doesn’t prove as spectacular as his transfer fee, his career is almost over, tied as he is by high wages and a long contract. He might, but Arsenal were absolutely right to walk away. In fact, I think they should have abandoned talks after the second bid was rejected. And let’s face it, at that club just now, players are more likely to underperform, given the chaos between owner and manager. When Potter was asked about Mudryk, he didn’t confront the question of whether he wanted him, and was insipid in his praise.
London is red. Let’s wallow in it, and anticipate the meeting next Sunday with Manure.
Excellent, great fun!
Would have taken 3-1 with a diver penalty but 2-0 away is even better. Reminded me of Theo!
Richarlison is such a tool! Not to mention the scum spud supporters
Greatest action of the night – Mikel escorting Ramsdale and Xhaka out of harm’s way
Sorry, forgetting my manners. Thanks, kindly RC and what a brilliant report, Maxwell! 🙂