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.

Maxwell.

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29 Responses to Poor Chickens! Red London! Arsenal Ecstasy!

  1. LB says:

    Who doesn’t want to wallow just a bit more in our glorious win?

  2. LB says:

    On transfer news, I see we have turned our attention to Moussa Diaby, sort of goes well with Fabio Vieira but what I want to know is, isn’t there anyone out there with the sir name of Bergkamp or Henry?

  3. LB says:

    Maybe we shouldn’t be too quick to think that Mudryk’s career is over if he doesn’t succeed at Chelsea; after all, Liverpool rescued Sala and Man City rescued De Bruyne, maybe we could still rescue that poor little lost Ukrainian lamb. For about 30mil LOL.

  4. pbarany says:

    Good news: we are rumored to a few reasonable targets: Rice, Kvaratskhelia, Ndicka
     
    (Reasonable: it would improve the team without upsetting the dressing room balance, so the transfer would make sense, and also the player would be interested in the move, even if there are no guarantees for first team selection. It doesn’t mean that the player would chose to join Arsenal, or that we could fend off other clubs’ interest.)

    Bad news: we are still gossiped to crazy and senseless transfer targets like Osimhen, Vlahovic, Raphinha, Diaby, Fresneda, Torres, etc. Let’s hope that the management are not interested in the rumor mills echoed by supporter and pundit tweets.

  5. Las says:

    Poor, poor Mundryk. We all know money takes it all, but still it will be a sad story, like Odegard in Real Madrid. But as PBARANY just said we will have a chance to save him later…
    Trust the process and Edu&Arteta, I think they still have a couple of bunnies in the hat. Just think how they get Tomi san, Benny Blanco, and qour own Jesus&Gabriels 🙂
    Rice would be a premium addition and I like this Kulusevsky guy, it would be fun to get him 🙂
    COYG

  6. fred1266 says:

    William Saliba has rejected a contract renewal at Arsenal after what he deemed a poor wage offering (£120k p/wk). Length of contract (5 years) is not an issue but player believes he should be on par with Jesus and Saka. Arsenal set to revise and improve their offer.

  7. fred1266 says:

    Nah let leave mud there , what you guess think about rescueing PEA

  8. LB says:

    Case…….miro………..5 yellows and out

  9. allezkev says:

    Fred I would imagine that it was Saliba’s agent that rejected the offer, Bill will just go along with what he’s advised, it was just an opening gambit I’m sure it’ll all be sorted out. Calm your furrowed brow…

  10. RC78 says:

    Apparently we are looking at Trossard from Brighton and Belgium. Good work rate but not great end product…

    I d rather us look at Harrison, Bowen and Maddisson to be honest and in foreign leagues, I like Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram as they are hard working players as well…Thuram can play on the left and in the center and Kolo can play on the right and in the center. They are both better options than Diaby.

  11. fred1266 says:

    Be realistic rc78 the name u called there we would never get in the January window

    Harrison really had one good season at Leeds not else after that

    Not excited about the trossard transfer either but definitely better than diaby cause trossard is prem ready

  12. RC78 says:

    I think there is a chance for Harrisson but the good thing with Trossard is that he will be EPL ready as you mentioned and cheap so leave us some liquidity for another player. Marcus Thuram is estimated at 10-12 Mln EUR. He is a good squad player.

  13. fred1266 says:

    Thuram doesn’t file me with confidence either but as u said good squad players

    Don’t think Leeds with let there players go hence I think he out the question

    Don’t like trossard attitude, hopefully he wouldn’t bring those dirty ways in our clun

  14. RC78 says:

    Trossard also has some issues within the Belgian squad…

  15. RC78 says:

    Kvicha from Napoli of course would be a savory addition to our squad but that would be in the summer

    Rafael Leao could also be looked at as he is losing a bit of shine/buy-in at AC Milan

    And then another profile would be Watkins whom we looked at last summer

    Anyways…for this winter, I think Thuram and Harrison could be persuaded to join us. Good squad players and better than Trossard…

    Ramsdale – White, Saliba, Gabs, Zinch – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Ode, Gabi – GJ

    Turney – Cedric, Tomy, Holding, Tierney – El Neny, Lokonga – Trossard, Vieira, Thuram – Nketiah

    ?

  16. fred1266 says:

    Disagree with you Leo purchase form our current squad only upgrade we really need is a probably at striker

    Cause martinelli is a exceptional talent and don’t deserve to be starting

    Don’t forget we have the likes of ESR once fully fit can also help massively

  17. RC78 says:

    True Fred – totally forgot about ESR today. How silly of me…

  18. fred1266 says:

    Yea seems those Belgian not afraid to show there feeling even KDB made his heel known for WC

  19. fred1266 says:

    Yes Rc78 if ESR can regain his form from last seal we are in very good shape

  20. fred1266 says:

    Would like to add Nelson to the list but seems we can’t count om him such a shame

  21. fred1266 says:

    Seems some AAers like the transfer

    LBG brother already confessing his love for him lol

    Not sure how I forgot his name getting old

  22. LB says:

    As has been said: EPL ready and can play all the way across the front line, could prove to be very useful in getting us over the line.

  23. allezkev says:

    Sensible signing

  24. Aaron says:

    A good signing for this year!

    Still need a backup to Partey.

    Getting amped for the manure clash.

    Let’s smash them!

  25. Las says:

    Fucking yes! We beat Manure. What an excellent game that was. It was similar to the Liverpool game when we went for it and in the end, we did it.
    Saka, Odegard, Eddie wow!
    and Zinchenko
    Soooo sooo sweeeet

  26. allezkev says:

    Only a small sample but I thought that Trossard looked very composed and did all the right things when came on today, great result considering the enormous pressure exerted by Man City,

  27. LB says:

    Well summed up Allez.

  28. VP says:

    so happy

  29. Aaron says:

    Eddie
    Eddie
    Eddie

    Academy player who Arsene said was the best finisher he had ever seen.

    Zinc’s two footedness reminds me a lot of Santi, and he played out of his mind.

    Saka, what a goal!

    AFC team victory.

    Arteta has the team purring!

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