Wolves Arsenal – Player Ratings

April 25, 2019

Four at the back with Mustafi and Kolasinac moving to the bench. Our strongest double pivot and wing attackers who will be required to add to the midfield too. Mesut sat in behind Laca. Sounds a promising line up from Senor Emery.

First Half

We had three times the amount of possession and passes of Wolves but they scored the three goals.

Second Half

We had a couple of decent chances before Papa scored a close range header from a corner. The 4th goal from 4 efforts on target in the whole game.



More garbage. Palace gave us a clue what to expect.

I blame Venga for instilling a culture of possession for its own sake. (This is meant to be irony)

Heaven knows how we can turn this around for the Europa semi?

Maybe beat Leicester on Sunday?


Can’t be arsed – 5 for everyone including subs and manager?

OK, maybe too generous – all 4s or all 3s?

What do you think?

Maybe a 1 for the manager who has singularly failed to improve both the defence and our away form from last season.

p.s. an extra point or two for Nketiah who at least looked like he had some spark when he came on for the last twenty.


Stuart Attwell – can’t even blame that knobhead for this one.


Battlers or Bottlers?

April 24, 2019

Big night for AFC and Gooners are concerned, my guess is that you are too. Yet it all looked so good just a week ago …

It doesn’t take much to burst the bubble of Gooner’s confidence, does it? I don’t understand why this should be – we are not the Nearly Men of N17. We have a trophy cabinet which provides evidence of Arsenal’s ability to grind out results and win trophies. Until just 2 years ago we had been in the CL for 19 successive years, this is not evidence of a team of bottlers.

In other words – we can win tonight.

The Great Dane

Battlers or Bottlers was part of yesterday’s comment discussion. One game will not give a true reflection but IMO we have finally got a team of battlers. Name two players who you think are not up for the fight (OK – I would have to agree – now name three 😀  ). Lack of effort was not the reason we lost on Sunday, it was poor team selection and individual errors.

What of Wolves? Nuno Wagnerito has done a fantastic job and must be in contention for Manager of the Year (Media Darling Klopp will win it). 7th in the table, in the FAC Final  with a team just promoted. Excellent. Expect to see him at Spurs when the Podgy One leaves. Midfield is their strength. They have a good home record, unbeaten in 9.

We, on the other hand, are crap away. This gives cause for concern. The footballing Gods smiled upon us at Watford, we must do all we can to attract good fortune. I will be sacrificing a virgin (if I can find on in Østerbro).

Losing Ramsey was horrible but The Big Greek chap is back and that could be a deciding factor. He has been immense alongside the rejuvenated Koscielny. Keep Mustafi in London, AMN on the right, Nacho on the left. Back 4. Kushti.

The pundits are convinced of a home win. Who do you trust – Lawrenson, Merson, or Unai Emery?

Win 7 games and Top of The World, Ma. Not asking much 🙂


The title race …. will Arsenal wait on amber or go on green?

February 12, 2011

Nothing repeat nothing in football would make me happier than for Arsenal to win the title this season, if one could add the relegation of a Mick McCarthy team life would be even more rosy. Add in  the relegation of a Pulis team and my cup would runneth over (is that a naughty expression?)

Like millions of Gooners I was down-hearted at 5 p.m. last Saturday, despairing of my flimsy team and the imbecility of 3 men in black whom I wouldn’t trust to referee a park 5 -a-side. Who would have thought Wolves would cheer us up? Bottom of the table, managed by a Cro-Magnon man (just check his forehead) and playing a team who were unbeaten – no-one could have envisioned the result (though those with hindsight would point out Wolves fine record against the top sides).

Wolves last 3 victories were against MU, Chelsea and Liverpool – this is going to be no comfortable stroll, but if we are to confirm our pretensions to be Champions this game is a must win. No silly mistakes, no retaliation to what will surely be a very physical battle, and above all no drops in application or vitality. Hopefully last week’s lapse is a thing of the past and not a harbinger of a sad end to our season.

McCarthy is “bigging up” Jamie O ‘Hara saying he will have a major influence upon the game. Get a Grip man! This is a player who couldn’t get into the first team of Harry’s Muppets. That said, I expect us to go into the game with a weakened midfield, so perhaps MM will be right.

Diaby’s reaction last week undid the fine work he put in during the first half (despite the lengthy discussion on AA I still believe he cost us the 2 points). It is a shame as he played well for France midweek and today would certainly have started, instead I expect to see Denilson start. Song is just returning from a muscle injury and with Barca midweek he will surely be rested. Same with Nasri and JD.  Had Sagna not been banned for the midweek game I would have rested him but knowing that Messi will be fearful of playing against a rejuvenated Eboue, Sagna starts.

My Team:

This team will hopefully have enough to get the 3 points on offer. Depending on the fitness of Nasri I would play Arshavin, if there is any chance that Samir will not be fit for Wednesday, I would play Rosicky and rest AA who played a full game midweek.

I guess we willl all be tuned into the midday match. I hope for a draw which should Arseanl win would put us 2 points behind MU and 3 ahead of MC with a game in hand. A loss for MC will surely put them out of the title race. Actually, what I really hope for is an abandoned game due to an 18 man brawl with 5 red cards and a 3 points reduction, but if it is not to be I will take the draw.

England’s first ever automatic traffic lights were erected in Prince’s Square Wolverhampton. This is also the home of the mighty Noddy Holder and Slade. One of my early heroes was the Wolves legend, England Captain and Arsenal manager Billy Wright CBE, whom I once had the privilege of meeting. Another of my football faves was the Tipton Terrier – Steve Bull MBE, they don’t make them like him any more (for which Koscielny will be delighted!).

Let this be the continuation of our 8 match unbeaten PL run.


No howlers at Wolves …….. please?

November 10, 2010

We have been through a miserable few games and tonight we have an opportunity to get back on track. Few will fancy us to defeat a team who appear to have transformed themselves from thug tactics to one that played Man Utd off the park at Old Trafford. Let there be no mistake, United were lucky to take the points and had Wolves taken their chances, they would have won, plus  (DanDan) United scored  on the stroke of halftime and in the 94th minute.

Perhaps it was the criticism of Murphy or the wise words from our Leader but whatever it was Wolves have become a team that plays football, admittedly with a physical dimension but not one that is beyond the rules.

In Matt Jarvis Wolves have one of the in-form players in the PL, a hard working tricky winger with a touch of the Freddie about him. Much has been written about Henry, a robust player and Wolves Captain, Hunt has returned to the team and the two wingers will cause our wayward full backs to concentrate fully on defending. Hopefully the referee (Mark Halsey) will have a good day and keep the game clean.

We have almost a full squad to pick from and are strong everywhere except at Centre Back where Djourou will continue his rehabilitation,  I have the greatest faith in JD having been a supporter of his since he showed so much promise as a youngster and still believe he has all the attributes to become our first choie CB alongside either TV or Kos.  JD has the physique and the pace to become a major player for us, what needs to improve, and improve rapidly, is his positional sense. The long term injury to Vermaelen has caused all our CB’s to play more games than expected and I assume AW would have chosen JD to restart his career in the CC team and from the bench.

Another conundrum is whether to play Cesc. He is a vital cog in the team, our heartbeat, but his performance against WHU was so poor that he apologised in the programme and he was even worse on Sunday with a pass completion of only 67% (the worst in his career.) Is he really unfit? Is he on drugs? Judging by his inability to judge the pace of play I would assume he had a crafty joint in the dressing room (or being very anti-smoking, a hash brownie!!). Whatever it is, he needs to recover form before our title challenge disappears before Xmas. I would rest him tonight and hope he is fit for the weekend game.

Thankfully we can play a midfield of Song, Denilson (Nasri, if fit), JW and Rosicky, who really ought to dominate.

Upfront we have started to stutter. After a superb opening to the season our strikers have forgotten where the goals are, though it has to be said that the service to them has been dreadful. We have two strikers who are formidable in the air and yet they have not received one decent cross in 3 games. Theo is sure to be double teamed at Wolves and he has looked our best attacking option, I fancy him to score when he gets on as sub. The recovery of RvP is very exciting, if only to give Chamakh a rest. In the absence of Nasri I would expect Arshavin to start.

We need these points, the complacency we witnessed on Sunday will garner nothing. It is certain that Wolves will give everything to gain another scalp and we have to show the same sense of purpose.

Come on Boys, show us that it means as much to you as it does to us.