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We are the worst team… says old hero!! Chesney, Theo and Kos all start tonight.

Following our fine win at the weekend it’s good to listen to a real ‘Mr Arsenal’ talk about his old club and speak from his heart. Ray Parlour isn’t one of those ex-players who have an axe to grind, nor does he feel the need to ever praise us up when we all know things are not good. He reckons that we are the worst team to play against when a side is down to ten men.

For anyone who doesn’t know our very own ‘Romford Pele’, take a peep at the ‘ It’s only Ray Parlour’ day.

Oh to have him back twenty years younger…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2YnsLrLPsU&feature=related

But following our win, he tells it as he see’s it and he’s pretty much spot on in my opinion.

It was a brilliant performance, they passed the ball very well and I know City had a man sent off early in the game, but Arsenal were excellent and Arsene Wenger must have been delighted. I think Arsenal are the worst team to go down to 10 men against because they move so well. You really need 10 outfield players on the pitch to be able to compete with them.

It was always going to be very difficult for Man City after that but you’ve still got to go and score the goals and Arsenal scored three great ones through Nasri, Song and Bendtner, who came back and looked very sharp. It was a really pleasing performance for all Arsenal supporters.

On Fabianski -

He’s playing with a lot more confidence since he saved that penalty against Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League. The save from Adebayor was brilliant and I think he’s learning the game. I know he’s had his mistakes but he’s playing a lot better than Almunia at the moment and I think when Almunia gets fit Fabianski deserves to keep his position.

But he knows as we all do that for all Arsene Wenger and the club are doing behind the scenes to ensure we are a well run club, it’s also important to start winning something.He believes with a fully fit squad we could be in a great position to do that this season.

They’ve got a very good squad this year that can challenge Chelsea and with Walcott back and Vermaelen hopefully fit in a few weeks, I’m very optimistic. It’s vital that they try to win something this season. I was really pleased that Wenger put out a strong team against Tottenham in the Carling Cup and they’ve got every opportunity to win that. Wenger’s done a wonderful job with the training ground, and he runs the club the right way, but what the fans really want is trophies.

He’ right about the Carling Cup, we all hoped for a strong side to face the Tiny Totts and we got what we hoped for, tonight we all want the same, I’m sure. With the Chavs, Northern Chavs, Liverpool all out of the competition, this really is one of our best chances yet to win the Carling Cup.

This is what it means, just look at Lansbury and Gibbs….

Tonight though will be no walk over, can’t see it being a high scoring romp to victory for us but if we show the spirit and determination we showed on Sunday we can win. St James Park isn’t a friendly place to go, the home fans will be right behind their team.

Since Newcastle knocked out the Chavs, they have had a dip in form, I suspect a lot of that is to do with losing Ben Arfa through injury and the Andy Carroll antics off field.  They have lost in the league to Stoke and Manchester City and were held at home 2-2 with Wigan. On Saturday though they beat West Ham away so a bit of confidence could be creeping back into the side.

Confidence should be with us though too, we won well in the Champions League, picked up a great result at the weekend and should be up for this game tonight.

Tonight is another big test for Arsene Wenger and his team selection should tell us all just how seriously he is taking this competition. He has confirmed that Chesney, Kos and Walcott will all start and no doubt Gibbs will come in for Clichy. Wenger has been ‘bigging up’  JET on the Arsenal website so no doubt he will start too. Chamakh needs a rest so I fully expect Nikki B to step in for him and I think  Lansbury  deserves another start.  It’s anyones guess who starts really, I just hope it’s a side that can win! I also hope that we see a very strong bench, we did at the Tiny Totts, we need one tonight too.

So come on Arsene, do it again, play a strong side tonight, get us into the next round and then we will start to believe that you really want a trophy this season as much as we fans do.

You say you do, now prove you do!

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125 Responses to We are the worst team… says old hero!! Chesney, Theo and Kos all start tonight.

  1. rico says:

    Morning all…

  2. T-buzz says:

    Theo to wreck havoc in the Castle defence, Nikky Pinkboots to nick a few. Beware of Andy Carroll though, the lad’s good especially with headers so we need to defend well against set-pieces…

    Morning to all! :)

  3. rico says:

    Morning again T-Buzz, Carroll is a good striker, sugegstion is he will be rested for the weekend and after yesterdays court case… hope SS’s have got that one right…

  4. cootas says:

    Really think if we can win one of the cups this year it will give the team so much confidence then they can kick on and win something bigger come on you gunners!

  5. Red Arse says:

    Morning Rico,

    I was going to give this ex-player a real drubbing for saying we are the worst team, then I realised you had fooled me with a naughty headline! Well done! :-)

    I heard Ray talking on the radio last might, and he is a true Gooner! :-)

  6. rico says:

    Morning cootas, this one would be a good start :)

  7. rico says:

    Morning RA,

    RP is one of my favs, mind you I have a few ;) I still smile when i watch the goal he scored against the chavs, especially when old Lovejoy can be heard in the background :)

  8. Red Arse says:

    Me too, it made my day, and Loveyoy (the talentless idiot) was the icing on the cake! :-)

  9. Mos says:

    “Oh to have him back twenty years younger…”

    We have got him back, in the form of Lansbury

  10. rico says:

    Two cracking goals that day, freddie’s was something special to wrap it up wasn’t it?

    Memory’s like that really make you want our boys to get back to Wembley at the first opportunity and the carling cup is just that….

    i don’t care what clubs think of the CC, we need a trophy and success breeds success, these boys need to taste victory….

  11. rico says:

    Mos, thank you, you read the wenger comments on Henri too, it’s high praise from Wenger but Lansbury could just turn out to be a Parlour kind of player…

  12. T-buzz says:

    Palour was an underrated player. I can still remember his hattrick against Weder Bremen, 4-2 I think it ended and even with Henry given a red card!
    RP, Legend!

  13. K-TR7 says:

    Morning all.landsbury will be our new ray parlour and it seems Aw wants to keep him.speaking of Aw he is statistically the best coach in the last decade according to IFFS and is set to be honoured in the FIFA gala next year.he has 144 points ahead of red nose who has 133 and mourinho who has 115.

  14. rico says:

    His work ethic was immense too T-Buzz, a real grafter who never gave up, you are spot on, totally under rated by many, but not us Arsenal fans…

    Grimandi was another underrated player in a similar mould, i’d love him on our subs bench every game… :)

  15. rico says:

    Morning KTR-7, I wonder how many Arsenal fans were asking for him to be sold twelve months ago, I know Lansbury hasn’t yet ‘truly made it’ but he will….

  16. K-TR7 says:

    It was interesting to see real madrid being unable to score against a segunda B side in form of Real murcia despite fielding the likes of CR7 and Benzema.Silvestre also had a shocker last night for Bremen against Bayern.he almost scored an own goal which required his goalie to make an acrobatic save.

  17. rico says:

    Silvestre always has a shocker KT :)

  18. K-TR7 says:

    Jacques crevoisier, the man in charge of examining player psychology at our club, has said theo and jack have got some of the best profiles among young players in the world.he also examined Anelka,henry and silvestre among others at a very young age.he also said English players are more aggressive but less confident in their own abilities.

  19. rico says:

    I didn’t even know we had one of them at the club KT, interesting about jack and theo…

  20. K-TR7 says:

    Rico its true.he compared theo and jack to henry which is a huge compliment.he asks the player in question 117 questions to evaluate them.he asks questions such as whether a player would hurt an opponent in order to win.no wonder our CC young guns are so good and majority of the team that will start tonight were brought through the CC but are now first teamers.Aw’s vision is slowly coming together…

  21. rico says:

    KT, it is a massive compliment, have you gat a link to his article please or is it on afc.com?

  22. K-TR7 says:

    Its in today’s daily mail rico.Aw has alot of faith in Randall as he thinks he is a late developer.something isn’t clicking for him.i have always rated him too…

  23. rico says:

    Thanks KT, i’ll have a look, i’m not convinced by Randall, he reminds me too much of Bentley, attitude wise – but, in saying that, the club must rate him and believe he will come good otherwise i am sure they would have sold him by now, they don’t tend to hold on to young english no hopers…

  24. K-TR7 says:

    Randall must have some real promise for Aw to hold onto him for this long.

  25. rico says:

    What is he now KT, 21??

    he could have done with going to a club better than Rotherham, shmae he couldn’t have gone to a side in the PL….

  26. K-TR7 says:

    Randall has been around for a very long time.he has some promise but something isn’t clicking for him.

  27. rico says:

    glad i haven’t got to work out what KT, he’s a strange one really… the way he has progressed i mean…

  28. K-TR7 says:

    JET is big,skillful and very clinical infront of goal.if he fulfills his promise he can become a ronaldo-esque player for us.a player that any defender wouldn’t want to face as he is very complete as an attacker.he is also built like a tank which is a huge advantage.

  29. rico says:

    See I’m not convinced by JET either yet KT, he looks the part but doesn’t seem to do it when he plays in the first team… but, i’m probably just expecting too much from him following the way Jack has rapidly made first team football look so very easy…

  30. K-TR7 says:

    JET has attitude problems rico and thats why Aw said he can go as far as he wants.jacky boy is a cesc/messi esque talent that matures early.we are indeed very lucky as we have hit the jackpot with jack.

  31. rico says:

    Jack just wants to be a winner, he’s got the right attitude and plenty of it too, like you say, we are very lucky…

    I read last week that JET was off on loan, i guess that will now depend on how far we get in the CC..

    Was in JET that had the car accident or was that Sanchez Watt?

  32. rico says:

    wonder where everyone is today….

  33. Red Arse says:

    Rico,

    Jet made his first team PL debut in the final few minutes against Chelsea.

    Not sure I know what you mean by not doing it when he is in the first team? :-)

  34. Red Arse says:

    JET, Watt and Jack have all had their moments, but Eastmond is the only alleged Flasher! :-)

  35. SD-London says:

    hI ALL,

    I wouldn’t stay too long today ;busy

    But i think it is amazing how just winning any cup is important this season , i only wished we had fielded Henry and others when we played Chelsea in the Carling Cup final.

    Henry , Gallas and co begged Wenger but he refused , maybe we would still have Henry now (may not now but at least last 3years)

    I guess Wenger knew i fumbled that opportunity to lift that Cup because 2005 till now is 5years that is too long by our standard.

    We need to beat Newcastle silly, really. They will play the Chelsea style so, our defenders has to be carful.

  36. K-TR7 says:

    Hi RA.I left early yesterday but what you said about barça is true.they are not at their best at the moment and id say at the moment we are better.

  37. rico says:

    I thought he’d played for the big boys more than that RA?

    i count playing in the CC as playing alongside the big boys by the way ;)

  38. rico says:

    Hi SD, it must have been a hard decision for wenger that year, the side had got them to the final i guess he thought they deserved to play against the chavs, would have been hard to suddenly replace them..

    in all honesty, i wish wenger had taken the CC a bit more seriously in the past but we cant change that, just glad he seems to have changed his approach… at last!

  39. K-TR7 says:

    We have completed 4086 passes so far 60 more than chavs who are second.we also have the highest number of shots,134,1 more than the chavs.

  40. K-TR7 says:

    We have 135 shots not 134 which is what the chavs have.

  41. rico says:

    Pity we couldn’t convert a few more KT, thats what counts ;)

  42. Red Arse says:

    KT, your stats as usual dumbfound me. You are a stats magnet! :-)

    Rico, I haven’t looked up the pompey game, but I don’t think he played, and I would not dare to contradict Andy Gray who made the remark when JET came on against Chelsea. In 2009, he still ranked way behind Jack, who hardly ever played that season either.

    I am in agreement with you, by the way, JET still has to show he has the temperament to do it for the first team. I was teasing you about your comment, that’s all. :-)

  43. rico says:

    He was an unused sub that day RA, I looked it up myself, but he has played in the FA Cup and the CC, all i am saying is that the times i have seen him play he hasn’t really done a lot, but he’s still young and has the world ahead of him if he keeps his feet on the ground….

  44. K-TR7 says:

    60/135 have been on target-45% accuracy.RA im a mathematician.

  45. rico says:

    Ah, teasing eh, well i missed that one ;)

  46. SD-London says:

    Wao with all this stats.

  47. SD-London says:

    Wao with all this stats.

    where are they coming from ?

  48. rico says:

    I think our problem is we expect so much from the young players, especially those who are English… For me that is down to the media keep banging on about how we have have so few English players…

    Don’t know about you guys but I just cant wait for the likes of Lansbury, JET, Wilshere, Walcott, Chuks and maybe even a couple of others to be the main part of our squad…..

  49. rico says:

    I can’t wait to see Chesney play tonight…… Got a feeling he could be busy, hope he proves to be as good as he has said he is….

  50. oliver says:

    morning all. strong side, and into the league cup quarterfinals please…

    rico, i found your reflection on what might have been if arsene had selected a stronger side for the 07 league cup final against chelsea. like you, i understand his reasons for picking a predominantly young side, but hindsight tells me that we would have been better served by fielding a more balanced sight, with some more experienced side. i think kolo was captain on the day, but the most of the other players were youths. perhaps our full-strength side would not have won, but i think they would have had a good chance, considering how much trouble our kids gave that full-strength chelsea side. unfortunately, we have not gotten close since then. here is hoping this will be the year…

  51. rico says:

    Hi oliver, it must have been a tough call for Arsene back then, just imagine if you had been one of the players who had played all through the rounds and then got left out….

    isn’t that one of the reasons some suggest flamini left after he was left out for a return Cashley in the CL final…

    Hindsight, yes, i wish we would have played a more balanced side….

  52. rico says:

    going on from that oliver, this season Wenger has chosen a stronger side from the first round and doesn’t seem to be changing his approach tonight either, i am glad too…..

  53. rico says:

    Got to pop off for a bit, dogs need a run while the sun shines …

  54. oliver says:

    rico, i am not a big flamini guy – i see him as a fringe player who had a great contract year. i understand that many big him up, which i have no problem with – he did have an excellent season when he finally became a starter. as far as the cl final in paris, he was not even a first-team regular then, and cashley, hate him as we do, was an established, world-class left back. if flamini had a problem with being left out of the cl final, then i have no use for him.

  55. K-TR7 says:

    Oliver you have a point.this time we are selecting a stronger side from the off.its funny to listen to the media squirm tha Aw is desperate to win the mickey mouse cup by playing the first team while in reality most of our first team are CC graduates.

  56. oliver says:

    k, i don’t pay much attention to that. media want it both ways: they rip arsene for playing the kids in previous years, and now they are piling on him because he is selecting stronger teams. so which one is it?

    i think arsene’s previous model of predominantly youth sides in the cups was the wrong way to go. i have no problem with giving opportunities to our best and brightest, as well as those fringe first-teamers that need match action. but packing the side with kids – some of which we knew would never become first team regulars for us – was self-defeating, and did nothing to instill a winning culture at this club. i hope to never see those overly youthful sides again – let them develop in the youth squads, and pick strong squads for the cups.

  57. K-TR7 says:

    Aw has created a pool of players that are first team players despite them being very young.players like bendtner,gibbs,ramsey,theo…are very experienced and they can easily win the tournament.the chavs tried to copy this format with McEachran,Van anholt,bruma…but failed because they don’t have the experience our young players have.

  58. oliver says:

    my problem is that he packed these cup sides with too many young players who were not ready. if we had balanced the sides better, perhaps we would have already won one of these cups. at least he seems to be doing it now. using the players that you just mentioned works because they all have lots of first-team regulars. arsene has not always done that, but hopefully he will stick to doing it now.

  59. K-TR7 says:

    Oliver on the flip side some of those players had their growths accelerated by being thrown in the deep end.lets hope that now we have a wide pool of players that Aw will never field an entire youth side.

  60. SD-London says:

    Wenger has done well because if you add Song, Denilson ,Wilshire to that list he has really done the old fashion football process in a money crazy world of modern football.

    Dont be shy to add Fabregas to that list he groomed them all from the youth side.

    If this set wins just one Trophy, it will be a great achievement that the Chavs , North Chavs(they need a different name) or the Manures will bow in shame.

  61. oliver says:

    one of my points is that the process was beneficial for some, specifically those who were ready for the jump. my problem, again, is that arsene put too many young players in these sides, and not enough experience. these games were certainly benficial for those who are in our first team. but they were not beneficial for instilling a winning culture in this team. my main point is that arsene could have balanced these sides better, with more experience and less youth. those ready to blossom would still do so, playing alongside experienced first-team squad members. there will always be a need to prioritize and rest certain players for upcoming matches, but we still had plenty of experienced first team squad players who could have filled the void. i know it is hindsight, but if we had more of a balanced lineup in previous cup competitions, we may have won one of them between the 05 FA Cup and now.

  62. K-TR7 says:

    Oliver i agree.Imagine jack lifting the trophy at Wembley in his first full season?no matter how small the cup is jack will be hungrier for more when we play in the other competitions.this will happen to the whole squad developing a winning mentality.

  63. oliver says:

    i would love us to win the european cup with a homegrown squad. i think we are closer now than we have been for a few seasons, but we will need a lot of things to go right for it to happen.

  64. rico says:

    oliver, re your earlier about Flamini, i am no fan of his either, so many called for us to get him back but his time has gone and he has no place in our side in mu opinion….

  65. K-TR7 says:

    Oliver when we click we are amazing.we also need luck and lots of it especially in terms of injuries,suspensions and the draw itself.barça look like they have serious financial troubles so if cesc can lift the cl with us he wouldn’t mind staying for a couple of years.

  66. rico says:

    KT/oliver, you are right, he’s playing similar players, they are just a lot older than when Arsene started to field a young side, most of whom are in the first team squad now…

    the media need to realise that that is why clubs have a squad… i don’t think they will ever put theirs hands up and pat us on the back, but it’s funny how they don’t have too much to say about the other ‘big’ clubs who have since followed in our footsteps….

    clubs are wanting to to it the wenger way, you don’t see us doing it the ‘fat sam or old red nose way’ ;)

  67. rico says:

    oliver, i think wenger just used the CC to see who was good enough, how many has he let go over the years who had their chance but just didn’t cut it or look like they would…

    Now though he seems to had his ‘sort out’, until the next lot of course ;) Still wish he had played a few more mature heads though along the way….

  68. rico says:

    Vela or no Vela tonight then….

  69. K-TR7 says:

    At spurs we fielded a younger side than they did but we made them chase shadows for 120 minutes.players like denilson have more cl experiencd than the entire spuds squad despite his birth certificate showing he is 22.cesc is 23 but is heading towards 300 games for us.thats why saying we should buy ‘experienced’ players like palacios while at wigan who may be older but less experienced than our cc midfield doesn’t make sense.

  70. rico says:

    KT, i wish we had taken on Palacios when we could for such little money and then sold him to the tiny totts for double the price…

    the only experience we need is the over 25ys ish, the AA kind of signing, players who have been there and done it and WANT to play for Arsenal…

  71. oliver says:

    hi rico. i would like to see vela get a start – i think he, more than any other player, needs this opportunity. if he does not figure here, it is difficult to see a scenario where he will get regular action.

  72. K-TR7 says:

    Rico i hope you understand the kind of experience am talking about.there are very experienced 24 year olds out there.for me its not about the age but the pedigree a player comes with.

  73. rico says:

    hi oliver, thats my worry too – he deserves his chance. i thought he would have been flying by now but last season was horrid for him. i am glad he has been banned for mexico for six months as it seemed every time he went off to play for them he came back unfit/injured….

    sometimes i wonder if he is in arsenes bad books for some reason…

  74. rico says:

    of course i understand KT, but in all honesty we wont be able to afford the 22,23,24 year olds who have experience but still on the up….

    diaby is a good example of the older player who has little experience ;)

  75. K-TR7 says:

    If vela fails to turn up today then i see him leaving in january on loan.he has lots of talent,even bruce said he could develop into a messi type of player but he seems to have struggled in adapting to the 4-3-3 formation much like eduardo.

  76. rico says:

    Sadly the Dentist looms for me so I’ll catch up a bit later ….

  77. K-TR7 says:

    Rico you seem to have a personal vendetta against a future Ballon d’Or nominee…we bossed the game at the bridge with a midfield of Song(23),diaby(24) and jack(18) all CC graduates.Aw has done a good job with our young guns and should be commended.

  78. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oliver, SD,

    Good comments. I too think Vela must play and I am sure he will. I thought he would be given a run in the team but his career with us has been very stop start.

    This is partly because he always seems to be jetting off to far away places with Mexico, when he hasn’t lost his Passport, or he is injured. Things must change or it is bye bye Vela.

    I’m an accountant KT, but your sticky fingers for stats and detailed info on European teams is very impressive and more than simply mathematics or accountancy. :-)

    Rico, did I say I teased you? Heaven forfend, moi? Surely not! :-)

  79. SD-London says:

    there seems to be a very optimistic spirit here

  80. Red Arse says:

    KT,

    Rico and many others seem to have a thing about Diaby. He cannot be described as inexperienced as apart from Arsenal, he has played internationally for France and often been their best player.

    Last week both Arshavin and Theo described Diaby as the most technically gifted player at the club. Praise indeed.

    Oliver, thanks for not mentioning the Yankees last week, I just want to forget the disappointment! :-(

  81. Red Arse says:

    SD,

    My big worry for tonight is both their big forwards dominating in the air.

    Whoever plays at CB for us needs to be focussed.

  82. K-TR7 says:

    RA am an engineer by the way.diaby will always get slaughtered no matter what he does.chamakh also said diaby really surprised him.

  83. Red Arse says:

    KT,

    I am not surprised about your profession! :-)

    I have lost count of the number of engineers that I have known over the years who became brilliant accountants.

    Oddly enough, I have also known three accountants who buggered off and became brilliant lawyers. Go figure! :-)

  84. SD-London says:

    Red Arse, that was why i fear the Tiny Toons might adopt a Chelsea style of playing.

    I just want us to meet Chelsea and beat them in that their stupid and shameful tactics of theirs they usually use against us.

  85. SD-London says:

    But has anyone seen Accountants that went to become Engineers ?

  86. Red Arse says:

    Not in my experience SD.

    “Mathematical” engineers convert to accountants pretty easily, and there is a lot more money in accountancy! :-)

  87. K-TR7 says:

    RA I done some accounts too.song has been criticised for being songinho but i now see what Aw is trying to do.Aw is trying to revolve how we play by ensuring all our midfielders can attack and defend.Total football requires the team attack and defend as a unit.this requires all players being comfortable in performing the above duties.what Aw is trying to do is to pressure the opponents and win the ball back as soon as possible and high up the pitch.song has been tasked with this role but it requires his midfield partners to cover for him.when song wins the ball back,he has now learnt how to use it which has been showed by his 3 goals.if he doesn’t know how to use it,he would have slowed our play down waiting for cesc.mikel is relatively poor in terms of goals and thats why Aw wants song to become a complete midfielder.this however requires him to have an understanding with his midfield partners on who should sit/attack and thats why he works so well with denilson.it also helps in rotational fouling as we saw in the weekend with all our midfielders picking yellows but no red since they kept interchanging.

  88. oliver says:

    and my profession is, uh…..well, lets just leave it at that…

    i would say quietly confident. i think most of the optimism is arsene assertion we will “go for it” in the cup competitions…which, by the way, is admission winning was not the priority in previous seasons. newcastle have their derby on this weekend, and i think hughton has already said that he will switch his side up. however – and i think rico pointed this out yesterday – they went to stamford bridge with a changed side and came away with a win.

  89. Red Arse says:

    You are probably right KT, and I love your “rotational fouling” theory.

    Perhaps we are becoming more “professional” in our approach.

    Apparently, the reason Song dyed his hair is because his wife told him to drop the dreadlocks and change his appearnce. Women eh? :-) (Just as well Rico is not here). :-)

  90. Red Arse says:

    Oliver,

    Newcastle are a very up and down side. Sometimes rubbish, but capable of causing a lot of trouble if they hit their sweetspot.

    (Sshh, Oliver, we all know your profession is as a C.I.A. agent or a journalist!) :-)

  91. oliver says:

    ra, i think we will be fine tonight. it will not be easy, but i think we will get the job done…

    wrong on both counts – not bad efforts, however…we will just leave it at that.

  92. SD-London says:

    Oliver (Journalist!)

    If The Toons should try and use a less experienced side , we will just walk all over them , trash them with goals and daze them with 85% possession.

    But i trust the coach he dare not risk that against us.

  93. K-TR7 says:

    Our current system is similar to the CL winning christmas tree formation employed by Ancelotti in Milan.he played kaka as a trequartista/cesc role,gatusso in song’s current role and pirlo the deepest which is where denilson/jack play.gatusso harried while pirlo swept in behind.as you know pirlo is a sublime passer of the ball which meant they would build attacks faster making them absolutely lethal in transitions.jack/denilson currently do what pirlo did for milan.RA you watch madrid so you’ll notice khedira plays infront of Alonso as he harries the opponents while Alonso sweeps in behind.its a very effective tactic with the right balance.Song had 8 tackles in the city game which was the highest.this prevented city from mastering any attacks from deep.they tried hoofing it to ade/tevez which couldn’t work because our cbs would win the aerial tussle with tevez and catch ade offside as we pressed them into their own half.

  94. Red Arse says:

    It does seem to be a Mourhino tactic, and very effective. Khedira disrupts and any “loose” balls find Alonso who is the smooth playmaker.

    Chelsea play like that too, I think.

  95. oliver says:

    sd, not a journalist, sorry…

    i think hughton is not so worried about us. meaning he will put out the side that best fits his needs. and he has publicly said that his priority is have his best players fit and ready for the derby with the mackems. he has also stated that premiership survival is newcastle’s top priority for the season. i think he will try and win tonight and do his best in all competitions, but will be pragmatic enough not to weaken newcastle’s survival chances.

  96. K-TR7 says:

    RA good to see we are on the same page.thats why after our game on Sunday i said song is playing the essien rold for us.it is very effective when use correctly.

  97. SD-London says:

    So (ignoring the complex analysis) Wenger has revolutionized the way we play and it is working and the palyers seems to be enjoying it.

    Therefore something great is about to happen like the boss wenger said last week.

    We have a great coach i guess.

  98. SD-London says:

    i dont think Song is playing Essien role though.

    i think Song is playing a WegeredSong :) role right now and he is so happy that i am happy.

    Song scoring 4 goals is one of the surprises to come this season.
    Just watch how he will use Ebue towards the second half of the season. :) :) :)

  99. Red Arse says:

    SD, I love Eboue for his enthusiasm and personality. I also love his shilful dribbling at speed, he mesmerises the opposition.

    Trouble is, he spoils great play when he “arrives”, he just does not seem to know what to do with the ball.

    He gets dispossessed or gives away a poor pass and suddenly it is helter skelter back trying to cover the defence. :-)

  100. K-TR7 says:

    RA more like eboudinho…

  101. SD-London says:

    bye peoples

  102. rico says:

    Boo…

    KT, no vendetta honest, i just don’t see what others do, great brain, great feet they just don’t work together often enough ;)

    Night SD, enjoy the game

  103. K-TR7 says:

    Hi rico.just waiting for the game…

  104. rico says:

    Hi KT, me too and cooking dinner ;)

    I’m started to get very nervous :(

  105. rico says:

    KT, hadn’t a clue you were an engineer, i thought you were still studying after you mentioned your exams… just goes to show that one should never assume …

  106. rico says:

    Team in full: Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Gibbs, Denilson, Eastmond, Rosicky, Walcott, Bendtner, Vela

    Subs: Sagna, Fabregas, Fabianski, Arshavin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury, Nordtveit

  107. K-TR7 says:

    Rico eastmond is starting.rico im still studying too…

  108. K-TR7 says:

    It looks like in my earlier discussion i failed to mention student.im an engineering student who has done several accounting exams…

  109. K-TR7 says:

    Hope eastmond proves me wrong…

  110. rico says:

    well good on you KT, hope you end up making plenty of money, my father-in-law was a precision engineer, he earned bucket loads, still does and 71….. he worked on the racing cars…

  111. rico says:

    i’m not too happy with that team KT, not a bad bench though….

  112. K-TR7 says:

    Thanks rico.

  113. K-TR7 says:

    What did you have in mind rico?i expected that line up except landsbury in place of Eastmond.

  114. rico says:

    KT, am surprised that Diaby isn’t involved, is he injured? Haven’t seen any news to suggest he is or have i just missed it….

  115. rico says:

    i hoped for Sagna at RB and Lansbury….

  116. K-TR7 says:

    Aw said after the b’ham game that diaby’s ankle had not fully recovered so maybe he wants him to recover fully to avoid more damage.eboue is a good understudy for sagna…

  117. K-TR7 says:

    Bendy!

  118. rico says:

    Well, what a funny old game, an own goal, a naughty nikki assist for the great finish for the theo goal then a wonder strike by nik and a super second for theo…

    4-0, and i was worried…

    Eboue was embarrasing, Chesney could have been off but then he was just awesome, JD and Kos dealt with things quite calmly…

    a good night, a very good night….

  119. rico says:

    KT, i didn’t realise that with diaby, i know you think i have a vendetta against him but honest i don’t – i want him to be a wonderful player for us, i really do….

    eastmond, well he did ok too, i think he will grow the more he plays, but that won’t be for a while yet unless denilson and song get injured at the same time, in any case, Frimpong will be the long term imho…

  120. rico says:

    KT, i thought Eboue was dreadful, not his play but his antics, he makes me cringe….

    if only he could stick to playing football and leave all the falling over, diving etc at home….

  121. rico says:

    wenger says Gibbs injury is knee, he hopes its not ligaments… poor lad, just as he comes back, he goes again… :(

  122. rico says:

    anyway, i’m talking to myself so i’m offski ;)

    Be good and stay safe all

    nighty night…..

  123. rico says:

    New one up….

  124. T-buzz says:

    Guten Morgen

  125. rico says:

    Morning T-Buzz, New Post is up :)

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