Arsenal Stuff Blackburn and Big Sam nicely

Another view on the match by Red Arse

Hold your horses, humble pie is about to be eaten by the plateful, by me! Theo Walcott has also made me eat my somewhat ungracious words about his unsuitability to play for us, and his ever being able to recapture the sparkle he had when first he came to us.

Humble pie and ungracious words do not make a tasty mixture.

Fabio Capello was also at Ewood Park to see for himself the transformation in the young player he decided not to take to the World Cup. Humble Pie for Capello too?

This omission turned out to be serendipitous for both we Gooners as well as young Theo himself. After a complete summer’s rest he has come back seemingly a new man. So much so that Fabio has decided to reinstate Theo into the England team.

Arsenal and their fans have never relished going to Ewood Park to face teams coached by either Fat Sam or the Nutty Hughes.

Anyway, let’s get on to the game itself.

After an exciting end to end passage of play, we scored a classic goal. RVP provided a beautiful 19th minute pass to Theo, out on the flanks, and our young hero hit a stunning, net breaking shot across the sprawling Robinson. What a cracker!

We seemed to be comfortably controlling the game when we were in possession, following the opening goal, but could not make a decisive break to put the game to bed.

In fairness, Blackburn began to make things difficult for us with a number of Morton Gamst Pederson’s massive throw ins and free kicks boomed high into the box to Samba, and these caused panicky moments for those of us watching anxiously, although Big Al dealt competently with everything thrown at him.

Rovers had their chances but never seriously looked like threatening us with our defence pretty much in control, to our immense relief.

Then somehow the inevitable happened, but not from a header. One of our many attacks broke down when the Meerkat missed a pass which was intercepted by Samba. He cleverly fed the spitting, snarling Diouff who shrugged aside Kosser far too easily and fed the ball to his namesake Mame Diouff for a simple tap in, leaving Clichy rooted to the ground. Bugger, it’s 1:1,

Arsenal’s flowing football was once again pleasing on the eye, although Cesc seemed listless and out of sorts.

Unfortunately, RVP was injured in a seemingly innocuous challenge and jarred the ligaments of his ankle, which resulted in Marouane Chamakh coming on.

After the break we took more and more control and passed Blackburn off the park.

In the 51st minute, a neat passing movement involved Sagna, who kept the ball in play, and finishing with a lovely cross. The ball fell to Cesc who controlled and shot in one movement, only for the ball to hit Theo and squirt out to the Meerkat, who brilliantly and calmly put it away, despite the keeper and three giant defenders converging on him.

Theo Walcott continued to look threatening and could have scored again, but misdirected his shot by snatching at it slightly, before finally scoring but from an offside position.

Proceedings closed shortly after young Jack, on as a sub for the Meerkat lost his footing when it looked like he would stroke the ball in to make it 1:3. Never mind Jack, it will come.

A very pleasing result and no major moans as the team will get better the longer they play together, A big smiley day for us, and a major slobbering chew for Fat Sam.

Hey guys and gals, check this link out – Highbury House may not be the biggest and best site, but it’s doing well, thanks to all of you :)

Finally, not good news about Jack Wilshere getting arrested following and incident where  a woman suffered a broken elbow, and a man serious facial injuries. Wilshere was one of four males to be arrested but the latest reports suggest he is unlikely to face any charges! He is considered to be a valuable witness! Why do these young footballers get themselves involved in these kind of situations?

Two days left of what seems like one of the longest transfer windows ever and I still think we will get our keeper and one other…..

I also think we will see one or two leave, Sky Sports report that Juve are in talks with us for Traore – could Melo be involved in this deal?

How did Citeh get on yesterday ;) ;)

105 thoughts on “Arsenal Stuff Blackburn and Big Sam nicely

  1. rico

    August 31, 2010 at 7:57am


    New Post is up

  2. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 7:32pm

    Well, I think everyone has gone now so I will follow suit, I’m offski but will be back in the morning…

    Night all, stay safe :)

  3. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 7:17pm

    Not me Erick, I would rather a cup of tea or a milkshake and I’m too old to change my ways now… ;)

  4. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 7:12pm

    See Wath is getting you to be a bandit Rico ;-)

  5. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 7:09pm

    Yo Erick, I went to see a local band play at a local pub, I tried a Peroni on draft and its knocked me off my feet… Thankfully my head is still with it and I can type – should have stuck to a cup of tea or orange juice ;) ;)

    Eventful… Yes :)

  6. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 7:02pm

    Ha ha ha Rico your back hope your ventures were eventful :-)

  7. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 6:56pm

    Boo – how you all doing……

    Did I see KTR7 sneak on earlier :)

  8. W.A.T.H

    August 30, 2010 at 6:54pm

    Hey K-Tr7 how’s you mate seems Rico left you in moderation while she was busy. Glad you found us…..!

    Good to see you, seems everyone is busy enjoying the bank holiday and all off doing things. Catch ya soon.

  9. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 6:36pm

    Night Stef,

    Tomorrow. :-)

  10. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 6:34pm

    Hi Stef,

    You have got it right! Well perhaps not. The UK is the most multicultural country you could imagine. Anglo saxon? No Longer. Come over and you will find many Macedonians in London, who are also British. :-)

    Australia is also rapidly changing, Aussies are just as likely to have relatives in other parts of europe. Bit like Schwarzer.

    And the US has been a melting pot for centuries.

    Am I anglo-saxon? I doubt anyone in the UK, or US or Oz is truly anglo-saxon anymore. :-)

    Becoming too personal, that’s it! :-)

  11. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 6:32pm

    Hi Stef,

    You have got it right! Well perhaps not. The UK is the most multicultural country you could imagine. Anglo saxon? No Longer.

    Australia is also rapidly changing, Aussies are just as likely to have relatives in other parts of europe. Bit like Schwarzer.

    And the US has been a melting pot for many centuries.

    Am I anglo-saxon? I doubt anyone in the UK, or US or Oz is truly anglo-saxon. :-)

    Becoming too personal, that’s it! :-)

  12. Stef

    August 30, 2010 at 6:30pm

    no1’s here well nighty night then

  13. Stef

    August 30, 2010 at 6:07pm

    so Ra u r saying Earth is ur home or Anglo-saxon countries hmmm… :)

    Hi Erick still mindbuilding hope u do ur thing keep us gunners proud.

    agag, have good 1 also :)

    Nice 2 meet ya STV.

    PS where is Rico? remains 2 b demystified.

  14. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 5:55pm

    Boo, STV! Howdy? I’m off. Catch you soonest.

    That’s how you get good grades, Erick. :) Très bien.

  15. STV

    August 30, 2010 at 5:49pm

    Hello all, how things going.. season is going nicely

  16. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 5:48pm

    Nyt Agag still in the Library

  17. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 5:46pm

    Hello, Stef. And ‘bye. Have a good one!

    RA, good to know the digits are fine! :) Now it can use the corkscrew for that fine red. :)

    oliver, didn’t catch you. :(

    night, rico! Catch you soon.

  18. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 5:46pm

    Dutch international coach reporting RVP out for weeks who is suprised am not Stef howdy

  19. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 5:41pm

    My extended family are based in USA, Uk, and Australia.

    I haved lived in US, UK and Germany each for many years. I visit my family in each country on a regular basis. :-)

    Macedonia, yes, I remember now. Another country for the site. :-)

    Got to go for a while.

    See you later. :-)

  20. Stef

    August 30, 2010 at 5:35pm

    Well I from south east Europe Macedonia 2 be precise and we have different syntax from Easterners :)
    Thou I know little Deutsch ;) maybe it has influence on my English or not:)

    brake is off play on

    btw where r u from ra


  21. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 5:28pm


    Our summers lately have been more suited to waterpolo, that’s true.

    Did you say you are in eastern Europe?

    Although your english syntax sounds more scandinavian.

  22. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 5:26pm



  23. Stef

    August 30, 2010 at 5:24pm

    Hi RA
    I know i was trying to make a joke :)
    didn’t know that there is Northampton in the midlands…

    I guess is just me I wake up to l8 2 catch most u

    off to watch water polo

  24. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 5:00pm

    Hi Stef,

    Theo came for Southampton. (South coast of UK)

    Northampton is confusingly in the Midlands. :-)

    The bloggers on this site are v. international as well as UK based. USA, Phillipines, Kenya, S. Africa, Norway etc.

    Some ar going to bed, some are having lunch some are getting up. Worldwide.

  25. Stef

    August 30, 2010 at 4:53pm

    RA, good 2 c ur paw working :) again.
    nice post btw I can’t believe u doubted Theo, he is my fav since he joined from Norhtampton ;)
    I loled @ the meerkat thou I didn’t get it the first time (need to pay attention).

    Where r u from guys i can’t believe u get so early from UK, Erick is from Kenya that will make him GMT+2.

    c ya l8r hope this time some1 will stay awake.

  26. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 4:00pm


    I have recovered the use of my paw, and sent you an email. ;-)

  27. K-TR7

    August 30, 2010 at 3:02pm

    So this is where all you folks migrated to?you left me in the cold and its sad…good work rico its good to have our daily fix back.

  28. realsocialdad

    August 30, 2010 at 1:51pm

    did someone say ‘arry e’s a facking football managah, inne?

  29. 4pigs

    August 30, 2010 at 1:42pm

    Hello all
    Rico – make pasta (flour and eggs)and squash it through the rollers – then do it again. Keep all this away from your keypad though!! You will make a mess i bet!
    Right i’m off to actually read the post and catch up properly now.

  30. oliver

    August 30, 2010 at 1:41pm


  31. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 1:35pm

    I’m off again folks, see you later…

  32. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 1:29pm

    meant to add, ben arfa ended up at newcastle, they have done well to get him…

  33. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 1:27pm

    ‘Arry is afer hunterlaarrrrarrr

  34. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 1:25pm

    spot on oliver, and theo rammed hansens comment right bac at him….

    i might just use the alligator somewhere on here RA, your secret is safe with me :)

  35. oliver

    August 30, 2010 at 1:23pm

    hi ra. i think the kipper comment was what ian wrightwrightwright said theo would do to alan hansen on the pitch…

  36. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 1:23pm


    I knew you would like the alligator! Don’t tell anyone, they will think I’m a softy!! :-)

  37. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 1:20pm


    “do them up like a kipper”. What’s that then? :-)

    Hand now functioning, decided to stop being a tart! :-)

    Ho Oliver.

  38. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 1:03pm

    but his pace should do them up like a kipper oliver, especially as he continues to grow in confidence..

    wenger says he knew he was going to sub cesc but didn’t tell him as he wants to play so so much..

    with ramsey and nasri both out, we have kind of lost a cesc ‘replacement :(

  39. oliver

    August 30, 2010 at 12:47pm

    i was. held my breath when robin went off, but it seems it is not that serious. theo looked good again, but i think we will start seeing teams give him less space and start kicking him more – we will have to see how he copes with that.

    not making a big deal about cesc’s substitution. arsene seems to have thought he is not ready to play 90 minutes, and if anything, cesc may have been annoyed at having to come off at a point where we looked likely to get a third. once he left, the ball spent more time in our half, so i get where he is coming from. but arsene is clearly not going to take too many risks – having to sub robin in the first half may have influenced his thinking.

    always good to give one to fat sam!

  40. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 12:42pm

    Change of plan for me, not out now until 3pm, been out a bought a new pasta making machine this morning, now to work out how to use it :)

    Hi oliver, pleased with the match??

  41. oliver

    August 30, 2010 at 12:14pm

    morning all. no bank holiday here, another monday morning at work. at least i get into work before the dc traffic starts…

  42. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 11:38am

    Vela also needs games Agag nice point If we don’t get a striker we will need his skills

  43. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 11:36am

    Agag it worked you did sound learned Ra Molecules didn’t like Chemistry either

  44. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 11:16am

    i suppose the opposite holds true;

    a chromosome is a dna molecule.

  45. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 11:15am


    the dna molecule is packaged in to thread like structures called chromosomes. that’s all i know.

  46. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 11:06am

    Someone should get JJ in here. His non-romaticized views on all things Arsenal always made me laugh. :)

    RA, good for you. No wonder you always go posh sommelier on us. :) My alco fix is simple: GG will do me any/every/all the time.

    Erick, I don’t know what chromosomes are either; it just sounded learned and scientific. Haha.

    Have fun, rico. Catch you later.

  47. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:56am

    good pre-season agag = staying fit :lol: :lol:

    Next up Vela indeed :)

  48. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:55am

    agag, maybe he does think too much, probably a lot to do with that is all the critism he gets from the paps… wenger needs to bang home to him to relax and let his instincts take over… Once he does that he will flourish :)

  49. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:53am

    Guys and Gals, I have to go for a bit, stuff to do and people to visit on this fine sunny day…

    When I return I fully expect all the talk to be about a new signing purchased later today :lol:

    Have fun whatever you get up to, laters all….

  50. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 10:52am

    And rico, Theo’s been better in the league games than in the pre-season matches!

    I tend to agree with those who say that Theo thinks too much on the ball unlike other teammates to whom creation of chances and space seem to come more naturally (Sami, TR7; Cesc– but then he is truly exceptional). But Theo’s shortcomings are not matters that can’t be remedied. Just a summer of focus and hardwork, and already he is looking great. Imagine what this must be doing to his confidence.

    Next up, Vela. He just has to have a decent run of matches, and I have no doubt he’ll come good.

  51. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:51am

    I’m pretty happy – we have only dropped two points, away at anfield is no sin – once we all start clicking and cesc gets back to his old self things will improve..

    all we need to do is sort out our GK situation and another big Ch would make us a true force, this is our season, i’m sure of it….

    come on wenger, two days to get busy, schwarzer, melo and a ch :)

  52. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 10:51am


    me too about jj.

    where are you jj. we all miss you. we need a dose of the reality that only you bring.

    agag, i’m sorry to disappoint you and ruin my rabble rouser image. i love wine, the best i can afford, but i have never been drunk in my life. don’t like to lose my senses.

    actually, i was inebriated, once. unknown to me, when i was a pretty 17 year old, :-) someone put a micky fin in a glass of brandy. not nice. really not nice. hated brandy ever since. never been boozed again. happy, but that’s it.

  53. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 10:45am

    The team is depending on Theo at the moment and we are yet to get into gear still got loads of room for improvement thd left side seem to be our weak link both defending and going forward the middle where Cesc owns a house he is yet to move in hope we can get that working :-)

  54. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:43am

    :lol: Erick, I used to tell him that ;)

  55. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 10:41am

    RA that must hurt sorry mate Agag I hated biology so what are chromosomes ;-) Rico JJ is not always right after all

  56. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:36am

    agag, i thought his off the ball play was a tad better against – a couple of times he made the run inside to take the defender away, leaving sagna with bucket loads of space to take the pass –

    The WC ruined him, I think he got a big too big for his boots and thought he had made it – then playing both u21 and the big boys exhausted him, his body was done and injuries followed… Having had a good rest this summer, a good pre-season we should see the best of him..

    I’d love to know what jj is thinking about Theo :(

  57. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:33am

    Chuffed to bits Pardew has been sacked :)

  58. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 10:32am

    Theo was always promising. I suppose people grew impatient since his development has been painfully slow. Barring injury, he ought to have a good year. He still needs to work on his crossing and positional awareness though.

    Sounds ouch, RA. :( On the bright side, you need something to dull the pain… and I’m sure there are some wine cellars near you. :) :)

  59. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:29am

    Thats not so good RA, bet it stings….

    Jack is supposed to have broken up a fight, hope thats for real, the last thing we need is a player getting involved in bad incidents, at least he was sober ;)

  60. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 10:25am


    someone closed the car door when my hand was not looking where it was going.

    typing is not my strong point, but one handed it is rubbish and v. slow.

  61. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 10:24am

    Thank your lucky stars and your parents’ chromosomes that you don’t have any ridiculous chemical composition, Erick. :)

  62. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 10:22am


    i have to admit i did not think theo would make it, but i am delighted by his resurgence.

    jack’s incident happened outside the daily mail offices, and the whole thing was caught on cctv. oops.

  63. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:16am

    just seen you have boshed your hand RA, how on earth did that happen…

  64. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 10:13am

    Atleast I got something in common with Cesc not exactly DNA

  65. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 10:07am

    Its not about the constitution RA its about the institution and policies put in place to ensure its followed you guys have that but ours institution are crap make it look like a piece of paper

  66. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:07am

    Morning RA, HH is on Arsenal News, not NN yet :(

    Thanks for the post, I love reading you match day reviews…. No more being hard on Theo by you then ;)

  67. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 10:06am

    Erick, you’re exactly like Cesc! He says he sleeps at least 10 hours a day! I sleep four or five.

    RA, erick said ‘arsenalnews’. See? RA is not a teetotaler… ;) Go have a doctor check your hand.

  68. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 10:05am

    Twelve hours Erick, you lucky thing….

  69. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 10:04am


    did you really see hh on newsnow. or were you teasing.

  70. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 10:04am

    Ouch! RA sorry mate nice Article by the way Wilshere did nothing wrong just doing what an honourable citizen would do

  71. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 10:02am

    hola, agag,

    there should have been question marks after each suggestion. can’t use caps at moment.

    we have been looking for a cb all summer, and now manure look like pinching the best young cb in the epl, jack rodwell.

    we don’t have a constitution as such in this country erick.

  72. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 10:00am

    Agag you must be exhausted by the way you spend most nights working I realy like my sleep always do 12 hours plus poor thing what does Wath have to say about that :-)

  73. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:57am

    Hope the meal was good at the end of that horrid journey agag ….

    Haven’t seen the article but will take a peep, i think wenger will annoyed as he’s out in the very early hours, youngs uns like him should be tucked up in bed… ;)

  74. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 9:57am

    Hola, RA. But Jack is a teetotaler… (Unlike you or the GG Man)

  75. Red Arse

    August 30, 2010 at 9:56am

    morning rico, erick,

    all lower case this a.m., caught my hand in the car door.


    what gets into these young players. money. provocation. drink. maybe.

  76. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 9:55am

    Am realy eager to see Nikky back you when he gets to 26 years he will be a nightmare to defenders

  77. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 9:53am

    rico, I’ve enjoyed myself too much the past few days. Haha. If I finish my reports, I should make it four nights in a row– although at the rate I’m going, that isn’t looking too likely. :)

    I’m sure AW won’t be too happy about Jack. Have you seen the Telegraph’s article on Jack and Cesc? Ugh. Such a skewed take on events. Grrr…

    I was in and out yesterday, Erick. :) Took us two and a half hours to get to the resto where we wanted to eat because some streets were flooded, and an oil tanker stalled. Haha.

  78. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:49am

    Should make them both better Erick, competition is good,just read that about Jack, typical paps hyping everything up…

  79. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:47am

    Once Chamakh settles he’ll be fine i’m sure, at least his headers go towards goal ;)

  80. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 9:46am

    Jack was a peace maker Rico Howdy Agag I didn’t know that :-) yesterday missed you a few times still working I see Rico Nikky can beat a player on one on one situation and tries his luck from distance believe me Rico the competition between them will make Nikky better

  81. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 9:42am

    Erick, I like Bendy but I think Chamaka gives us a better shape and he’s also quicker. Finishing doesn’t seem to be a particular strength of either. ;)

  82. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:38am

    Howdy agag, it’s realy quiet, but I guess everyone is either working or out enjoying the holiday, just what i’m going to do in a while :lol:

    What do we make of the Jack getting arrested, bet the boss won’t be happy…

  83. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:36am

    I didn’t know that Erick…

    I think its hard to judge Chamakh yet Erick, he isn’t used to the EPL, Nikki has been playing in the UK for years ;)

    Right now though Chamakh is better as Nikki is injured ;)

  84. agirlagunner

    August 30, 2010 at 9:36am

    Hola, friends. Howdy? Quite a quiet day, we’re having. rico, it’s a holiday here too. Trying to get some work done; failing quite miserably. ;)

    Boo, Erick! Congrats on the new Constitution, do you know that the Phils has one of the longest consitutions text-wise on the planet? It’s verbose and inelegant and a bit embarrassing, really. :)

    RA, I agree. No major moans from me either.

  85. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 9:33am

    Rico I have something to say about Chamaka I know I will be slated but just my thoughts and they don’t represent the thoughts of HH Nikky is way better than him

  86. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 9:28am

    Thanks for the tutorial Rico I was getting confused did you know 1£ = 120 kenyan shillings now you know :-)

  87. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:14am

    pence Erick, 100 pence = £1.00

  88. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 9:06am

    You sound a great manager Rico and am doing pr management :-)

  89. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 9:04am

    What does the p stand for

  90. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 9:02am

    Erick….. No thanks ;)

    50p = half of an English Pound

  91. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 8:52am

    Rico if I write 50p what does that mean :-)

  92. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 8:51am

    Yes indeed Rico :-) got a paper tommorrow fancy doing it for me

  93. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 8:46am

    It’s a quiet old day today :(

  94. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 8:22am

    Oh we had an holiday last week friday how I wish we had one by the way Rico Kenya has a new constitution :-)

  95. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 8:03am

    You making me multi-task this morning Erick ;)

    It’s a holiday here in the UK …

  96. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 7:56am

    Check my retweet on tweeter Go get em gal :-) Big Jack was playing UN ;-)

  97. rico

    August 30, 2010 at 7:51am

    Morning Erick, thats great news, now for newsnow :)

  98. Erick

    August 30, 2010 at 7:42am

    Morning Rico your site is on Arsenal news :-)

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