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A Win, A Milestone, Another Injury……

After failing last week to string consecutive league wins together for the first since the beginning of this calendar year, we will try to make it back to back in any competition, and follow our 3-1 Carling Cup third round win over Shrewsbury Town with a similar result against second-from-bottom Bolton Wanderers FC.

Last weekend we killed off our own fledgling momentum with a loss to then-bottom-of-the-table Blackburn Rovers last Saturday, we get another bite of the cherry against another side that will start play below us in the table.

This is supposed to be the easy part of our schedule, a breather after our brutal start – but we are making hard, hard work of it.

Arsene took the time to update us on the injury situation in his Thursday and Friday pressers.

Ramsey and Sagna both passed fitness tests and eligible to play.  Rosicky is also fit again.  Squil is approximately a week away from returning.  Diaby is only 3-4 weeks away.  All good news, as we are still short on depth.

On the negative side, JD (hammy) was ruled out for yesterday and Arsene provided the official confirmation of Benayoun’s midweek tweet that he will be out for at least a week, due to a thigh strain.

Prior to kickoff, we received confirmation that Bolton will be returning here for the Carling Cup fourth round tie.

We lined up Szczesny, Gibbs, Mert, Kos, Bac, Ramsey, Song, Arteta, Gerv, Robin and Theo.

Fab, Santos, Frim, Rosicky, OC, Arsh, and Chamakh comprised our bench.

While the inclusion of only one spare defender (a left back) may have raised some eyebrows, I suspect that if Arsene needed to replace either Mert or Kos, Song would go back into the centre of defence, and Frim would assume Song’s normal duties in midfield.

While I don’t think cb is Song’s best position, in this instance, I thought Arsene absolutely did the right thing here; including Miquel in the squad would reduce options if we should need a goal late.  By designating Song as the emergency cb, Arsene was able to include the returning Rosicky, while still retaining the options of OC, Arsh and Chamakh.

For Bolton, Coyle left Arsenal-target Gary Cahill out of the squad and dropped Kevin Davies to the bench.   The match got off to an ugly start, with Kos and Ngog clashing heads while contesting a high ball.  Both were on the deck for a few minutes, both needing treatment, although the former Liverpool man came off for the worse.

When play resumed, Bolton fashioned their best opportunity of the game, Wheater heading the ball down to Pratley from a free-kick, and the latter forcing Szczesny into a difficult save.  For a few minutes, Bolton was on top, as we looked nervous and tentative.  But as fragile as our confidence has been, Bolton are in a worse position than us, and that great chance which Szczesny saved probably didn’t do their confidence that much good…

Our first opportunity came from a great Arteta through-ball.  On this occasion, Gerv took a heavy touch, allowing Jaaskelainen to clean up.  Still, a sign of things to come, as we started to find our rhythm, control possession and tilt play towards the Bolton goal.

Around ten minutes in, Robin curled a shot just past the post, as we pressed.  With twenty minutes gone, Coyle was forced to make an early chance, bringing K. Davies on for Ngog, who couldn’t continue.  At this point, it was clear that we were going to have success down the flanks, and we continued to work them.

Through the opening two thirds of the half, we had taken only a couple of shots, neither of them drawing a save from Jaaskelainen.  As the half wound down, we started shooting on goal.  The best effort of this flurry was a stoppage-time close range effort from Robin, which Wheater blocked.  When the half-time whistle went, we had raised our shot count to eight, but – tellingly – still had not forced Jaaskelainen to make a single save…

Neither manager made any changes at the break, as we kicked off the second half moving the ball directly towards Bolton’s goal.  This time, however, we made it count immediately.  Ramsey’s excellent pass released Robin on the left; he took it towards the corner and squeezed a shot between Jaaskelainen and the left post.

The goal was slightly reminiscent of how Robin beat Valdez to equalize last season’s cl first leg tie versus Barcelona.   The timing was fantastic for us, and probably as bad as possible for Bolton, conceding so quickly after keeping us out for the first half…

This, as hoped, spurred us on as we looked to put this one away then and there.  Robin should have doubled the lead, but denied by an excellent low save from Jaaskelainen…

Ten minutes after the restart, we gained a huge advantage when Wheater pulled Theo – who was clean though – back on the edge of the box.  While the contact looked soft, the Bolton defender definitely obstructed Theo; Referee Clattenburg showed Wheater, as the last man, a straight red.

Now Bolton, in addition to being down a goal, were down a man.  Coyle responded by sacrificing Muamba for Boyata…Surely this was the moment to turn the screw.  Robin took the free-kick, spotted in a central position, just outside the box – unfortunately, our captain drove it straight at Jaaskelainen…

We took complete control from there, mounting a one-way procession towards the Bolton goal, and forcing their keeper to earn his pay.  Jaaskelainen twice saved from Arteta; from the latter save, just after the hour mark, Bolton cleared the ball and former Manchester United man Eagles found himself clear.  Gibbs did fantastic to make up a whole lot of ground, eventually forcing Eagles wide, with the latter only able to fire straight at Szczesny…Then it was our turn to counter and Robin shot just inches wide of Jaaskelainen’s post…

Just prior to Eagles’ breakaway, Robinson went down as Bolton got the ball clear, and stayed down.  Eagles ran the length of the pitch, but couldn’t convert.  So, naturally, we countered and almost got a second goal…

Unfortunately, several Bolton players took issue with Robin, and ganged up around him, one even putting his hand in our Captain’s face.  I don’t quite know what the Bolton players were so aggrieved about; if it was because Robin took the shot while Robinson was still down, they would do well to remember that their defender was on the deck as Eagles broke clear – if they were so concerned about him at the moment, they should have put the ball out themselves.  I

f they were going to ignore him and try and hit us on the counter, then we have every right to do the same to them…Theo, perhaps a bit belatedly, intervened and got the Captain away before he unloaded on Pratley (who looked to be Bolton’s chief instigator) or Knight, and it calmed down a few minutes later, with handshakes and nods all around…

Not that the pattern of play altered – it didn’t…Theo crossed for Robin, who forced Jaaskelainen to push his fine header wide.  Then Kos took a pop from outside the box, and the Bolton custodian again had to save…At this point a second goal was inevitable, and it came 20 minutes from time.  Theo again did great work down the right, cutting inside and sending a beautiful cross in for Robin to glance home with a delicate touch off his left foot.  The goal marked a personal milestone for Robin, his 100th as an Arsenal player.  It was also the 15th goal Bolton conceded this season, taking them one past us in the allowed column.  That was effectively that…But we didn’t stop there.

First Ramsey forced Jaaskelainen – playing his customary blinder against us – into another difficult save…Then Song’s smart pass sent Theo through alone – with time and room to pick his shot, Theo blew the opportunity by sending his shot directly at the keeper…That should have been three.

Arsene then made his first change, with Arsh replacing Gerv.   Rosicky then replaced Arteta five minutes later, and five minutes after that, Chamakh replaced Robin, so the latter could depart to a standing o for his milestone…And on this occasion, Robin and Chamakh sorted out their “What do I do with the armband?” routine, as Robin directed the latter to give it to Rosicky, who skippered the team during the final few minutes…

There was still time, however, for another goal, which came a minute from time.  This goal was also created down the right hand side, with Bac doing the hard work before pulling back for Song to blast a right footed shot high into the net from just outside the box.

The four minutes of stoppage time were uneventful except for the final minute, when Theo first pulled up, then crumpled to the ground while trying to latch on to a Chamakh pass.  It looked bad, and even though Theo got up under his own power, he limped straight down the tunnel.  So we played the final minute out with ten apiece.  Arsh tried a shot from a difficult angle, sending it behind the goal.  The whistle went as soon as we took a throw-in on the left, and the three points were in the bag.

What was an excellent second half team performance and personal milestone for Robin was soured by Theo’s injury.  There is no news of how bad it is yet; after the match Arsene said they thought it was Theo’s hammy, but the player told staff it was his knee.  So we await news of the scan results.

Following our mid-week Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury, there were calls for OC to supplant Theo in the starting eleven.  If the latter’s injury is as bad as it first looked, than many will get their wish.   Whether one thinks it is the correct move or not, surely nobody can genuinely be happy that it may come about from a serious injury to Theo.  Except for his finishing, I thought he was absolutely excellent today, and we will definitely miss the Theo we saw this afternoon…

So, for the first time in ages, we put together consecutive wins.  Going back a couple of weeks, we have now won 3 of 4…And if the second half at Ewood never happened, we would be talking a four-match winning run, and the crisis talk would be pretty subdued right now…But the second half happened, and it won’t be quickly forgotten.  Nevertheless, we have responded to that catastrophe with back-to-back wins, and – for the moment – have a bit of momentum…

The home crowd may have given our team, Arsene and certain players a rough ride as things went pretty sour over the past several months, but they certainly have not lost their sense of humour.

As the minutes ticked by late in the second half, with the team enroute the win, a chorus of “We’re staying up” rang out…Indeed, the three points took us well away from the drop zone.

We currently sit on seven points, in 12th place; and much of that is due to our wretched goal difference.  We could potentially be as high as seventh, with a reasonable gd…Even though we are down in 12th at the moment, the fifth placed team (Liverpool) has only three points more than us, so the opportunity is there for us to move up quickly…

A good way to help ourselves climb the table is to refrain from the “We’re back” and “Now we are going on a run” kind of talk.  We have already seen several false dawns, and nobody ever got to where we want to go by talking about it.  So let’s not put extra pressure on ourselves by talking about how were are going to do this or that…

Let’s just keep quiet, put our heads down and continue moving upwards.  Few things would give me more pleasure than to see the world wake up on a Monday morning in February to see Arsenal sitting top of the table, with everyone wondering where on earth we came from and how that happened…

Despite headlines trumpeting how Arsene declared how he thinks we can still catch Man United, our manager was sensibly restrained during his Friday presser.  What he actually said is the gap between us and the leaders is a big concern, and it is better to concentrate on our performances and not worry about United – absolutely!

While catching and overhauling the league leaders should be the ultimate goal, there are too many teams between us to shout it from the rooftops.  As before, focus on what is immediately ahead of us and look to close the gap that way.  Should we do that, we won’t need to tell anyone how we believe we can catch them – everyone will already know we are for real…

Even though we gained two points on United – thanks to an unexpected, but spirited and resolute performance from Stoke – we have more pressing issues ahead of us, starting with Olympiacos midweek, and then the NLD on the weekend.  Should the Spuddies do us in the latter fixture, we will be right back where we started, so that match is so important, for so many different reasons…

If we can put them back in their place, then we will have real, tangible momentum and will have looked to have weathered the worst.  I personally think we have momentum already; but momentum is only as good as your most recent match…

So let’s enjoy our win, our clean sheet, several excellent performances – and this includes a solid team-wide defensive effort, particularly in the second half -, and our Captain’s century of goals for us.

Whether he will be here for 200 goals or not is anyone’s guess; but yesterday he did the business for us, and as long as he can play and score like this consistently, we will be ok…The goal, obviously, is to be better than just “ok”…

Now we need to really start working towards that – we just cannot afford any more “two steps back” performances…

Written by Oliver

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112 Responses to A Win, A Milestone, Another Injury……

  1. rico says:

    Morning all…

    Early one today as I have to go on an airport run, back later….

  2. Bendtnersgone says:

    Good morning,
    Spot on about not getting carried away. My first words at the final whistle were that I don’t want to see Pat Rice in the papers saying we’ve turned a corner. Spuds up next awa in the PL and that will be extremely tough!

  3. STV says:

    Very good win.Gervinho and Ramsey keeps improving and Song rectified his mistakes.

  4. goonster says:

    morning good people….great game yesterday huh? Didn’t see it but am hoping to catch the highlights pretty soon. Now let’s tear olympiacos a new one and wipe the floor with the spudies and we are back on track. COYGs

  5. goonster says:

    Quiet morning here…..come on guys we won for pete’s sake. Sheeesh.

  6. goonster says:

    Goddamn had we lost am sure a whole lot of moaners will be on here. Come on people.

  7. EastSidePaul says:

    Does anyone know the attendance for yesterdays match? Looked pretty empty.

  8. K-TR7 says:

    Hi all.good read oliver.

  9. mme says:

    walcott is injured.. yeah!! he should retire from football

  10. STV says:

    pretty quiet like goonster said. Moaning became our only opinion :o

  11. K-TR7 says:

    C’mon guys where are you?… :(

  12. agirlagunner says:

    “Let’s just keep quiet, put our heads down and continue moving upwards.”- Sums it up pretty well.

    I hope our players are reading. Good one, oliver. :)

    Quite happy with the results last night, bar the Theo injury. COYRRR!

    Where is everybody?

  13. Joaquim Moreira says:

    yesterday attendance from http://www.arsenal.com: 59.727 (I don’t believe in this number…)
    I’m happy today but it’s easy play versus 10… Anyway, we have been players sent off on the early league games. If not, may we have now a few more points…

  14. rico says:

    Afternoon…..

  15. rico says:

    All quiet so i’m off to walk the dog….

  16. W.A.T.H says:

    Nice write up Oliver……….
    Agree our players need to keep quiet and do their talking on the pitch no more stupid articles about turning corners or getting better just show it on the pitch… Huge week coming up with having to play that shower of shit down the rd and if we come out of that with a result then maybe things could be on the up but am wouldn’t bet on it…!
    We need to get RVP’s contract sorted ASAP…!

  17. rico says:

    Afternoon Wath, Wenger has said they have began to talk, and with Theo – totally agree, get them sorted asap…

    Totally agree re the write up too, another fine one by oliver…

    Three good goals yesterday, should have had a good few more too…..

  18. agirlagunner says:

    Where is everyone?? :O

  19. rico says:

    I’m here agag :)

  20. Osi says:

    hi all, agag, i’m here too.

  21. W.A.T.H says:

    Everyone is having a relaxing sunday it seems :)

  22. rico says:

    i think we are all in shock after such a good win…. :)

  23. agirlagunner says:

    Boo!! It is a welcome change, winning. :D Seen the game yet, rico? I thought overall, Theo had a good game. Some glaring misses though. But then again, even Robin did. :)

    Hey, WATH. How are you? Were you at the match?

  24. W.A.T.H says:

    A good win will be beating those kuntz next sunday, it was only Bolton Rico but walk b4 u run I suppose baby steps one win at a time…!

  25. Osi says:

    I can’t think, I’m feeling quiet emotionless. Don’t even know how to start conversation so I’m just comments.

  26. Osi says:

    I’m just reading comments, meant to say.

  27. W.A.T.H says:

    I’m fine thanx AGAG, how’s you…? I went over there but didn’t go in, was in the pub with mates but saw the game on some satellite feed…! Pretty average first half way better 2nd half.
    Seems Walcott isn’t as bad as first thought….. prob means he’ll be out 3 months and not 6…? :D

  28. Micko says:

    “We’re back”……….. sorry oliver.
    We will just have to beat the scum to a pulp next week and feed their guts to the pigs ! I’m getting carried away, i can’t help it.

  29. K-TR7 says:

    I hate it when pundits say that without rvp we are a midtable team.what a stupid argument.its like me saying that if the queen had balls she would be king ;)a midtable team.what a stupid argument.its like me saying that if the queen had balls she would be king ;)

  30. rico says:

    tongue in cheek Wath ;)

    Spoton re next weekend, beat them bastards and we’ll all feel a whole lot better….

    A win midweek will build up another little bit of confidence too but next weekend merts needs to keep Lardy in his pocket….

  31. rico says:

    :) re Theo – what is his injury?

  32. K-TR7 says:

    We must beat the spuds next week.h hope the likes of mertesacker know how important that game is to us.a loss would hurt even more than the 8-2 drubbing we received up north.

  33. W.A.T.H says:

    Hey KT……. you know what…?

    If the Queen had balls she’d be a King….! ;-)

    It was his kneee Rico but no idea what, they say he should be ok for wednesday…!

  34. W.A.T.H says:

    I wouldn’t feed their guts to the pigs Micko it would make the pigs sick….!

  35. agirlagunner says:

    Osi, I’m sure if our next games yield similar results you’d find something to say. :)

    WATH, I am a happy girl today. Nothing like having a pink drink just an arm’s length away, eh? ;)

    KT, I was reading some of the articles written about our win; and the way some went, it’s as if we lost. Pfft. Typical press.

    Nothing like frying the spuds to get our campaign going, rico. :D

  36. rico says:

    See the ladies are winning 2-0 – another cup heading their way :)

  37. rico says:

    Yep, no animal deserves that Micko…..

    Kt, don’t lsiten to the idiots, they all think he’ll be at Citeh next summer… Dream on I say….

    Exactly agag, in red hot fat too….. :)

  38. Osi says:

    k-tr7 they’re anti-Arsenal and sometimes they’re plainly stupid, but at the moment we’re proving them right with our lack of effort. We’ve have very good players technically but the problem is that technicality alone won’t win you matches and won’t make a top four team. We’re top six team at the moment and I think without rvp we would be a top six team.

  39. K-TR7 says:

    According to the Guardian theo’s injury is only minor and may play in midweek.

  40. Lee says:

    Citeh are lurking like vultures if RVP’s contract stalls…..please try not to fuck this up!!!

  41. Osi says:

    agag you’re right maybe few more wins would resuscitate my soul. at the moment I’m like feeling bruised by all these knocks and hammerings we had in the last few games; I’m feeling the trauma. The recovery is going to be long.

  42. rico says:

    Osi – agree, we are not exactly helping our cause…

    Kt, thanks – good news then if its factual..

    We have a few Citeh wouldn’t hesitate to bid for, RvP, Walcott, Sagna… Spot on Lee, they best not faff these deals up, it may seem like a long time away right now, but come the summer, the vultures will we be circling

  43. Osi says:

    a game of guessing: Why we’ve never heard a rumour about Sagna departure?

  44. K-TR7 says:

    I was quietly impressed with Arteta.his technical ability is quite good.the slide rule pass to Gerv was fantastic.once he settles in am sure he will be devastating.its also interesting that Aw is moulding him to a quarterback role like pirlo/schweinsteiger play.ide rule pass to Gerv was fantastic.once he settles in am sure he will be devastating.its also interesting that Aw is moulding him to a quarterback role like pirlo/schweinsteiger play.

  45. Micko says:

    Even wenger was smiling after the game for the first time this season, it was like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders, Gazidas came out this week and said he wasn’t under any pressure, that hasn’t happened for a very long time.

  46. rico says:

    I have read reports about him osi but sagna comes out and dismisses them straight away…

  47. Osi says:

    k-tr7 are you reading my mind; I was about to write a comment about Arteta’s technical ability, and also the fact that his game’s improving.

  48. rico says:

    Gervinho reminds me of Lardybayor, can be lethal with a finish, but is selfish and so often over hits his first touch….

    The only difference is Gervinho stays onside most of the time ;)

  49. Osi says:

    Coz he’s loyal. He and rvp are truly loyal players and I hope the club understand that and give them the contracts they deserved.

  50. Osi says:

    rico watched Gervinho playing in many games and his touch and ball control is almost perfect. He’s much better than Adebayor technically and effort wise.

  51. K-TR7 says:

    Once he settles in completely he’ll start taking more responsibility and he’ll be fantastic for us.

  52. rico says:

    Agree re Sagna osi, but we’ll have to differ about Gervinho, i’m not having a pop at him though as he’s only just in the PL…

  53. K-TR7 says:

    Gervinho will turn out good for us.once he starts making better decisions on the ball he will be a smashing signing.his technical ability is very good and beats players for fun.ing better decisions on the ball he will be a smashing signing.his technical ability is very good and beats players for fun.

  54. agirlagunner says:

    Osi, well, we have to win against the spuds, then. :)

    KT, Arteta was impressive; maybe not quite like Cesc (bu then again, who is?), but he does steady the midfield. I read Paul Hayward’s mentioning among other thing’s that Arteta is “already betraying frustration” blah lah blah. I though he lookd pretty up to it. :)

    I hope Sagna stays, rico. He is one of our (few ) consistently good performers.

  55. K-TR7 says:

    Sagna is a machine and quite loyal.i hope he retires at Arsenal.t Arsenal.

  56. rico says:

    3-0 to the gals :)

  57. K-TR7 says:

    I liked how in the 2nd half we burned them with pace every time we broke forward not allowing them to settle.the movement of rvp/theo/gerv tore them to pieces in the 2nd half.more of that please…

  58. Osi says:

    rico, i’m not aving a pop at you as well. rvp century is good, how many games has he played for us? How many of us think he can match Ian Wright?

    I noticed something about his game; he’s now looking like a ‘poacher’ than ever before. I remember his early games, he tended to shoot from outside of the box, score free kicks and dribble and score unbelievable goals, but now he score when in and around the penalty area.

  59. rico says:

    I think Sagna will stay all the time Wenger stays agag…..

    Hope I’m wrong and he loves the club more than the manager but….

  60. rico says:

    osi, no no, i said i wasn’t having a pop at Gervinho, not you ;)

    If RvP stays fit, I think maybe he could, just think if he had always been fit, he’d be after Henry’s record by now ….

  61. K-TR7 says:

    do you guys think jack will be our new no.10 once he returns since it looks like Arteta will play deeper for us?

  62. goonster says:

    hi guys, what’s the latest on theo?

  63. rico says:

    No Kt, he’ll be our new number 19……. ;)

  64. rico says:

    hi goonster, rumour is a minor injury….

  65. Osi says:

    some Wengerist stats:

    49 is the number of Arsenal’s players nationalities since the birth of our club =

    49 unbeaten matches in 2003-2004 run.

  66. K-TR7 says:

    I read a stat yesterday that messi has scored against 64 different GKs…but he couldn’t beat Szczesny ;)

  67. K-TR7 says:

    You are quite the cheeky one rico ;)

  68. Osi says:

    rico rvp conversation rate, this year, is at least equal to Henry’s. He hasn’t had opportunity to develop as Henry had since he was plagued by injuries. Henry was the greatest striker I’ve ever seen I don’t think anyone can match him, however, rvp is extremely talented and with very good players around him and a bit of luck he can work miracles for us.

    Henry said, after his signature with Barca, that Arsenal wouldn’t worry as long as they have a world class player like rvp. He ignored to mention Adebayor who was in better form at the time.

  69. K-TR7 says:

    Yesterday also showed why Arsene likes to play as a Wing forward.those diagonal runs from wide areas are very difficult to track and Bolton couldn’t cope as a result.in the 2nd half theo and gerv made many similar runs and that movement devastated their backline.

  70. Osi says:

    rico, I meant to say ‘goal conversion rate’ ? ‘conversation rate’ looool.

  71. agirlagunner says:

    Well, there is that re: Sagna, rico. :( But then again, maybe they are more loyal to the club than the coach. :)

    Who’s ahead of the individual goal scoring contest in Spain, KT? Messi or Ronaldo?

  72. K-TR7 says:

    Osi i remember henry also saying that rvp was the best dribbler at the club.he is quite talented.whats even more impressive is his shooting accuracy.he is very precise and dead eye in that department.bar some of his freekicks he is normally on target or just narrowly wide with most of his shots.i also like how he normally aims for the corners when he shoots.

  73. rico says:

    Me Kt, surely not ;)

  74. Joaquim Moreira says:

    hello!
    Nice hear everybody is happy today.
    Hasn’t Park place in the bench?

  75. Lee says:

    I read the other day that Fab is the first Barca player to score in 4 consecutive games……

  76. Osi says:

    k-tr7 I have the impression that the ‘dribbling and freekicks’ part of his is regressing. He used to be quite impressive dribbler, but now he tends to be more direct. I think it has something to do with him avoiding injuries. But, I don’t what happened to his freekicks.

  77. K-TR7 says:

    Messi is still ahead agag.

  78. rico says:

    Agree re RvP osi, but for injuries eh….. Looks like Theo is going to be another plagued with injury :(

    agag – i don’t think wenger is disloyal, i am sure he has turned down many an offer from other clubs, in fact today i read Inter have offered him the managers post which he has again turned down…

    But i do believe we have a few players who joined because of wenger rather than afc, but if wenger goes and they want to follow then they don’t have the club in their heart so they can go…

    I could be way off the mark and they all just love arsenal ;)

  79. rico says:

    The gals won again, thats three cups this season – go match that boys ;)

  80. Joaquim Moreira says:

    yes, Fabregas score yesterday again. Iniesta is out and he his in the squad. Maybe, forever…

  81. rico says:

    Hi JM – Park is a strange one, is he injured or unfit??

  82. K-TR7 says:

    Osi Arsene also said that all those movements he used to perform back then made him prone to injuries.this is because he is quite an explosive player and it only took one tackle to break him down.he still can dribble like that but he has become more mature and he has learnt when to use them and when to be just direct.that way he has become more effective that way though i must say i miss some of his jaw dropping twists and turns… he used to perform back then made him prone to injuries.this is because he is quite an explosive player and it only took one tackle to break him down.he still can dribble like that but he has become more mature and he has learnt when to use them and when to be just direct.that way he has become more effective that way though i must say i miss some of his jaw dropping twists and turns…

  83. rico says:

    Lee – makes you sick doesn’t it… If he was with us he’d be injured again by now :(

  84. rico says:

    JM – then let’s go get Iniesta ;)

  85. Joaquim Moreira says:

    rico, I don’t know the answer.
    I follow QPR-Villa

  86. K-TR7 says:

    Its true lee.cesc has become undroppable for them to an extent that they have changed their formation to accomodate him.he and messi are devastating together.barça are now using a 3-4-3 formation instead of their 4-3-3.

  87. Joaquim Moreira says:

    Fabregas improve Barça football. Is definetelly an extraordinary player and shots to goal.

  88. Lee says:

    I bear him no malice…..hope JW has Arsenal DNA just like Fab’s barca DNA!
    What would we of got for him if any team could of bought him, £50m?

  89. Osi says:

    Barton hopes that QPR stays above Arsenal come May!!!!1

  90. Micko says:

    Certainly not peanuts which is what we got, everything considered.

  91. agirlagunner says:

    Thanks, KT. I hate the stains enough to be cheering Madrid on, and hoping that the latter wins. :D

    Shame, Cesc has been great for Barca. :( I do duppose it’s not hard to be inspired when you’re laying off balls for that runt, Messi. :D

  92. Osi says:

    Wilshere can become a better overall player than Cesc in two years time. He’s better in tackling and movement. He just needs to add goals to his repertoire of skills. Frim is a beast, Afobe fantastic goal poacher, Chuks Aneke is a fantastic box to box player, and there’s a guy who plays just like Fab; Ozyakup or something. and if you add Oxo, Ryo we have one hell of a squad in two or three years time. I’m hopeful.

  93. rico says:

    I bare Cesc no malice either, i’ll never forget what he did for us…. but i think it highlights that when a player is happy, the body is happy and the injuries stay away….

  94. Micko says:

    Well he ain’t bad for a little runt agag, he got another hattrick last night.
    Osi, if there’s one away game I’m looking forward to going to this season its qpr, they used to do some great cheese and onion pasties back in the day.

  95. Micko says:

    rico, what does that tell you about our team, the players are always bloody injured !

  96. rico says:

    cheese and onion pasties……. yum yum….

  97. rico says:

    my point exactly Micko…….

    Something isn’t right somewhere….

  98. agirlagunner says:

    I know, Micko. As sublime a player as Messi is, I dislike all Barca players (bar Cesc and Affelay) on principle. :D

    rico, I don’t see the Board letting AW go. He’s made them all much money at little expense. ;)

  99. rico says:

    For sure agag, if they sack him it will cost them millions to keep him quiet and any new manager would demand his own squad…

    goodness gracious says SS to IG – ‘ we can’t be doing that old chap – keep the old chap until we are free of debt, then i can become as rich as my wife when i sell my shares…’
    ;)

  100. Micko says:

    Outrageous mocking our board like that, you don’t realise how lucky we are.

  101. Joaquim Moreira says:

    Qpr 0 Villa 1 – penalty. Traoure fault…

  102. agirlagunner says:

    Spoken like PHW himself, Micko. :lol:

    rico, I see Lansbury continues to play well. :) I hope we can find space for him in January.

  103. rico says:

    Sorry Micko, I will go hang my head in shame… ;)

  104. rico says:

    JM, good, i want qpr back in the championship and that’s because of barton….

    I’d leave him there for the season agag, let him learn under FS, unless we need him of course – then bring him back next summer, and play him…. we could lose diaby, denilson, AA, Rosicky, there will be a place for a true gooner…

  105. Joaquim Moreira says:

    Traore sent off..

  106. rico says:

    JM – :lol:

  107. Joaquim Moreira says:

    1-1 ! hilariant!

  108. rico says:

    Off to get dinner, back later if anyone still around…..

  109. Joaquim Moreira says:

    i’m off now. see you later

  110. rico says:

    Boo, anyone around or has everyone gone to bed ;)

  111. rico says:

    Bed it is then – catch you all tomorrow guys and gals…

    Be good, Nighty all…

  112. rico says:

    New post up

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