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The Reverse of Sunday….

Just three days after our modest away winning run in league play was snapped at Eastlands, we hit the road again hoping to restart the cycle at Villa Park.

A win last night would get us back on track, especially with winnable Boxing Day (Wolves, home) and New Year’s Eve (QPR, home) fixtures coming up…

Three points would bring us level on points with Chelsea but we would need to score almost double-digits to move into fourth on goal difference.

Nevertheless, with Chelsea visiting the Spuds tomorrow, at least one – perhaps both – of those sides will drop points tomorrow. We had to win last night to make it count…

Arsene had hinted may look for cover in January after our latest injuries but frankly, I’ll believe it when I see it.

For one, the options are not great and for two, I suspect that Arsene may be more concerned about having too much depth at left back if/when Gibbs and Santos return, than he is about bringing someone in to cover here and now. So I expect he will continue with a rotation between TV, Kos and Miquel for the flanks, with the remaining player partnering Mert in the center, and Squil providing the depth…

Arsene had other ideas, omitting Miquel entirely from the squad and drafting Coq into the back four on the right. This allowed us to start Frim in Song’s place. We lined up Szczesny, Coq, Mert, Kos, TV, Frim, Arteta, Ramsey, Theo, Robin, and Gerv.

Al, Squil, Rosicky, OC, Arsh, Benny and Chamakh made the bench.

While I usually try to refrain from discussing personal player milestones and focus on what our team can do, I should be remiss not to mention that Robin had three games to break a certain Thierry Henry’s club record of 34 goals in calendar year 2004, and Alan Shearer’s league record of 36 in 1995.

Both are achievable, so I hope that he can set the new league mark – as long as it is not at the expense of wins in these matches…

Villa kicked the match off and did most of the early attacking. Szczesny was called into action early, blocking Agbonlahor’s header from an N’Zogbia corner. Frim won our first corner a couple of minutes later, but Guzan gathered the delivery rather easily. Agbonlahor then went close, but shot a bit too high.

Villa looked the better, sharper side during the first quarter hour, keeping the ball well and doing most of the attacking…

Then, in the sixteenth minute, Theo cut into the Villa penalty area and Clark tugged him back for a clear penalty.

Robin stepped up and made it 34 for 2011 with no fuss. Theo then had an immediate chance to double our lead, but shot too close to Guzan, who made the block. Then Petrov took a pop for Villa, forcing Szczesny to save, as the game opened up.

Just before the half hour, Coq was booked for hacking N’Zogbia down. Our stand-in right back had looked a bit shaky during earlier passages of play, understandably so…

Just past the half hour mark, Robin put Ramsey clean through but the latter shot poorly and wastefully wide with only Guzan to beat. At this point, we should have been at least 2, perhaps 3, up, but we weren’t taking our chances… Still, we had the initiative and controlled play, unlike the first ten minutes.

In the last five minutes of the half, the teams traded yellow cards, with Clark first fouling Arteta for a booking and Mert returning the favor with a foul on N’Zogbia. Those were the only incidents and the half ended with us leading a goal to nil…We had some spells of good play, but were also occasionally sloppy with our passing and wasteful with our finishing.

We kicked the second half off with no changes to our starting eleven. It didn’t take long for us to pay for our wastefulness. Nine minutes into the half, Albrighton latched on to a poor clearing header from TV and slid the ball under Szczesny to bring us back to square one.

The goal, by the way, was the 20,000 goal in premier league play.

We tried to respond immediately, as Guzan saved from Mert, of all people but Villa now had the momentum, and Hutton fed Clark for a shot that went high and wide. As the match moved past the hour mark, Villa were on top – perhaps a good time for a substitution, Arsene?

He made his first move on 65, replacing Frim – who had a very poor match, it must be said – with Rosicky. The change came midway through a sequence where we forced four corners; we did not score from any of these, but Rosicky’s introduction immediately improved our passing and ball retention, things Frim struggled with all evening…

The match then entered a lull, as the teams exchanged corners without threatening either goal. Then Robin hit the deck in the area. At first I thought he was fouled, but on replay I didn’t think so, so good call by Moss. The referee also booked our captain for diving. In his post-match, Arsene himself implied he didn’t think it was a foul. Petrov then wasted a Villa free kick from a good position…

With ten minutes remaining, Arsene made a double switch, bringing Arsh and Benny on for Gerv and Ramsey, respectively. I would have preferred to see OC for Arsh, but…Arsh set Robin up for a shot, but the latter put it high and wide.

At this point, we did the pressing, as Dunne blocked a Rosicky effort, and Arsh forced a corner with a shot from the edge of the box. From that set-piece, we went back in front, with Robin swinging the ball in and Benny getting ahead of Agbonlahor at the far post to head past Guzan. It was his first prem goal for us, and could not have come at a better time. Right on 90, Arteta shot from outside the Villa box, but Guzan got down to save this one…

The fourth official signaled four minutes of stoppage time, and Kos conceded a corner in the first minute, but Hutton could not connect cleanly. The aforementioned former Tott was booked for a bit of nonsense with Benny, thereby wasting some precious time for his side…

Not happy with that, the Spuddie reject then went in hard on TV for a deserved second yellow, red…That was game, set and match…

Thanks for doing us a favor Hutton – you sabotaged any chance your side had to equalize again. In many places, that is a sackable offense…Once a Spud, always a Spud, I guess…

So we got the job done. As the title says, this was the reverse of Sunday: on that occasion, we played well without getting anything.

Yesterday we played generally poorly but pulled out a win. We drafted two young players in to start this evening and neither played well. For Coq, tonight shows that he is not entirely comfortable at right back and may not yet be a reliable option there. Frim showed that he has tons of energy and enthusiasm, but is a long way from the finished article, and his passing particularly leaves much to be desired.

As it is, Song cleared his suspension, so he should return to the starting eleven on Boxing Day. Luckily for us, we will have him here throughout the African Cup of Nations, as Cameroon failed to qualify…

While Arsh was more involved than in his appearance on Sunday, he still made no impact. Benny was brought on and he scored the winner; he’s already done far more than either Arsh or Chamakh and should be coming on as a sub ahead of either of the aforementioned two.

I would like to have seen OC get a chance ahead of Arsh, but considering that Theo didn’t play particularly well, perhaps we will see him (OC) feature in one of the next two matches. Most of the team looked jaded, I thought. Ramsey, Arteta and Gerv all look as though they can use breathers.

The schedule will stay busy from here, so Arsene will either need to figure out a way to give these players partial rests, or make individual (not whole-sale) rotations in the next few matches.

Congratulations to Villa for showing up today. I would much have preferred the pitiful side that lay down for Man United and Liverpool, but you cannot have everything, I guess…

A win is a win, and we get a small measure of payback to Eck for the Carling Cup final, and Villa for their win on our patch this past May. As far as the former is concerned, I don’t think we can ever fully pay that back, but as long as we can keep beating his teams, I’ll be reasonably satisfied…Arsene praised Villa’s effort in his post-match, but I shall not quite go there.

So we will celebrate Christmas where we started yesterday, in fifth, behind Chelsea on goal difference.

We did, however, put two points between us and Liverpool and will see this time tomorrow whether we gained points on the Spuds, Chelsea or both.

We won while being far from our best but got a much-needed win, so we’ll see where that takes us.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all.

Written by Oliver

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175 comments on “The Reverse of Sunday….

  1. New Post up :)

  2. morning gg,

    no chance of snow here either, it’s like a summers day, raining and mild ;)

    Enjoy the match, i got the impression you were over for the wolves game?

    All the best to you and have a fab Christmas, good to see you here by the way :)

  3. Rico

    Still in Oz. Bit of a heat wave on the mainland, but a nice 25C here. Good result this morning (AEDST) for the Gooners.

    Tonight I’ve got my team Melbourne Heart v Melbourne Victory on the tele, & it won’t be postponed due to snow thats for sure :cool:

    John van ‘t Schip’s Red & White Army!!!

    All the best to u & your fellow Gooner bloggers

  4. 1-1 100 minutes

  5. 1-1 80th minutes

  6. 1-1 60th minutes

  7. Goodniight Rico.
    See ya Stan.
    I’m offski

  8. I’m off for the day guys, catch you all tomorrow….

    Nighty night

  9. I’ll drink to that goonster ;)

  10. The scums are about to kick off….fingers crossed for a few red cards and a few injuries to both sides.

  11. Hahahahahahahah good one agag…”nice Swiss watch”

  12. I really was referring to Stan Kroenke, AK. ;) Not goonster “Mata is Ours” “Granero is ours…” Stan. The latter Stan will bankrupt us. Haha. You be good, goonster! A nice Swiss watch will show you a good time. :D

    Nightnight, madame rico. Eat your vegetables!

  13. Stan, keep my place for me, i’ve gotta do a couple of chores.
    See ya in a bit.

  14. You bet I will AK.

  15. Don’t know AK, not sure Stan was part of us then….

    Nighty agag…

    I’m off to get dinner, back in a short while….

  16. Good night agag….have a good one. One of these days am gonna visit your neck of the woods. Hope you ll show me a good time?

  17. Goodnight agag.
    Whip? :lol:

  18. Stan, if you was in charge, then Arsenal would blow the Arabs outta the water in the transfer market.
    So you betta start buying some shares… sheeesh :D

  19. It would be nice if Stan were to whip out the chequebook. Excite us all for a change. ;)

    goonster, why would rico inflict on herself indigestion? :D I am kidding!

    I am off, friends. Nightynight and happy holidays!

  20. Hey AK get off my case…

  21. Come on, Robin!! Poor Chamakh; can’t even be called Chmakaka now. :(

    well, you sent him packing quite authoritatively, rico. Was this guy a spuddy/chav/manc?

  22. For you maam I ll be breakfast lunch and dinner!

  23. Makes you wonder why Mr Vodaphone didn’t get it Rico.
    Did Stan put the block on him?
    Stan doesn’t want to spend a cent i’m afraid…

  24. Its down to him, we couldn’t have two better fixtures and both at home, just hope the occassion doesn’t get to him agag…

    there is always one and he just arrived and left sharpish, goonster, you behave, you’d be breakfast ;)

  25. Do you remember this bloke?
    Where has he gone???

  26. Ah, you read it AK :)

    I think Dein would take a chance on him, not suggesting he should come back, but boy we miss a proper fan being in charge of our transfers, not some twit who is up everyones doo daa….

    I still wish the guy from vodafone had got the job rather that Ivan ‘the not so’ great……

  27. Wow now that’s a Rico I can eat up with a cracker. Maam that’s hardcore. Am in love!

  28. Trolls trawling and posting nasty things must have no … lives. ;) Why these people ever bother…

  29. bloodthirsty, are we goonster? Can’t say I would object to that. :D :D

    rico, haha. May still be sung on videoke nights, but only when too much GG has been consumed.

    I hope RObin is able to break Shearer’s record.:D If anyone can do it, he can. And Shearer himself spoke of him in such glowing terms

  30. Tell Old Nick to go and sit on his fork…

  31. Devil – you can take your stupid rude comment and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine!! Our house doesn’t welcome people like you!!

    Thats not devilgunner by the way, it’s some other prize penis….

  32. Rico.
    Or if we still had David Dein.
    But we have Gazides, so forget it, that mug is full of excuses….

  33. Rico, that was quality.
    A great sense of humour methinks…..
    He always has me in stitches when he’s in the mood.

  34. Torres could still be ours, if we had a manager who would take a risk….

  35. Typos galore – Everton :)

    Oh agag, i loved it…. twenty years ago :lol:

  36. Agag’you should “with a few red cards and career threatening injuries” come on where is your Christmas spirit.

  37. rico, I just spewed the water I was drinking all over my computer screen. That song’s so unpologetically cheesy. :lol:

    Torres is miserable at Stamford Bridge. I am convinced that if we had made a decent offer, he’d be a gooner now.

  38. Rico, i’ll leave that with you boss.
    It’ll be a nice suprise… :)

  39. Is that a yes then ;)

  40. Rico, i put my foot down and demanded that i be allowed to use my PC today.
    It took a bribe but i got my way in end…
    Er, well, i think so? ;)

  41. AK on doctor mode… :D

    I hope the Chavs and the Spuddies draw. Best result for us.

  42. :) AK, lee was around for a while but maybe it’s last day at the office and the pub was calling, i hope it was anyway and nowt else :(

    You by your computer AK??

    ‘Especially for me’… agag ;)

  43. Evreton Rico?
    You need a Cydrax… ;)

  44. Have a Cydrax Stan, chillax mate. :)

  45. Rico, 5.40,
    Yeah, i think it’s a good investment boss.
    Likewise saving. Prefer pay-as-ya-go, so it’ll be expensive. :(

  46. I will file a petition with the supreme court for his impeachment. :D

    … Jason singing a duet with Kylie. ;) Haha.

  47. Rico, 5.39, :lol:
    Brief Encounter? :D

  48. Doovan = Donovan ;)

  49. Get him sacked agag ;)

    Calm down Stanley…

    JM – i haven’t seen that but if so, thats good – Doovan will at Evreton by the time they play and he’ll score the winner….

    And no, i dont mean Jason :lol:

  50. iphones, ipads, iwhatevers are always soooo pricey. :shock:

  51. I read somewhere toots-Everton was also postphone again…

  52. rico, I know!! People who head our government have so little sense of fun. Who is able to function properly after two days of festivities, right??? Tut tut.

    AK, I’m not able to go see our team in London until 2013! I already have my hols for next year planned, you see. I’ll go when it’s hot cos you guys always mention the cold. :)

    goonster, calm down. :D

  53. Guys stop talking about phones. You are making me dizzy. Sheeesh.

  54. AK, i’m saving up for one of those fancy things too – lee said the iphone 4s is the mutts :)

  55. I know goonster, just need to convice Ebenezer ;)

    Lee was on this morning AK…

    I think he’s see agag ;)

  56. Yeah Stan, i may go to the pub tonight.
    It’ll be nice to laugh at our London rivals kicking lumps out of each other.
    And the Chavs usually win when i go in our local [ a chav pub, ugh ].

  57. Not yet agag, it’s a bit too pricey.
    Maybe i’ll treat myself later on next year.
    What with Oliver & his iPad, and there’s me still using a quill.
    [Hope your saucepan lid is better btw Oliver]

  58. EEvening kev…here’s hoping the scummers get the shit kicked out of them. A draw ll do but an injury to adebarndoor and a red card for that sick bastard Parker. God I hate the scums!

  59. Agag, back on the 26th………
    That is out of order.
    You must pack your flexible friend and up sticks for London pronto. :D

  60. Boo, I won’t tell a soul, rico. :D goonster, yeah, the ones you enumerated looked leaden of feet last night.

    Hey, AK. Got your new gadget yet??

  61. Where’s Lee???
    Early Evening Gooners

  62. Goetze granero or jadson will do. I just can’t wait for wilshere to come back. We need reinforcements ASAP.

  63. We really need reinforcements Rico. Most of the lads look jaded. Ramsey walcott and gervinho sure needs a breather.

  64. Just Saw your 4:55 Rico…very funny.

  65. But he’s ours goonster, just needs a visa….

  66. Just trying to explain how little faith i have in AA agag (don’t tell stanley i wasn’t truthing) ;)

    back to work on the 26th – that’s harsh! :(

  67. I ll rather we get botelho Rico..we really need our full backs maam. I think Henry won sign for us in January.

  68. You sure you wanna sign goonster, rico?? He’ll be too distracted thinking of his Thai mamachitas and wanting to have a tipple. :)

    Our Christmas party isn’t until tomorrow, grrr. Just the weekend off; work resumes on the 26th. I don’t much like our President– he tends not to declare holidays. ;)

  69. You still think we will get that guy from madrid, Graniero or something similar??

  70. Summer will be another busy one imho goonster, we still have a lot of cack being paid and we need them long gone….

    Wonder if we will see Vela back??

  71. Maybe we can put in a cheeky bid for him. There’s bound to be a massive clear out in the summer. We are bound to get a few off them. I ll take ozil and benzema. Hi ya agag..

  72. So would I goonster, in fact i’d rather you than Arshavin and i have never seen you play football ;)

    Hi agag, you just finished work again – when do you stop for the holiday period?

  73. oliver, another top write. ;) I hope your son’s okay now. Oh, and I hope the noche buena is fab! ;)

    Hi, rico and goonster. Howdy? Ozil hasn’t fared too well at Madrid has he?? I’ll take him, too. I remember KT saying that he was one to watch out for, and his star shone so brightly at the last WC!

  74. Hi Rico…ozil you say? Wow I ll take him in a minute.

  75. Hey guys,

    take a peep at Nicky Maynard, was once a gooner but was let go when he was very young, now plays for Bristol City but is up for sale in Jan as his contract expires in the summer and he wants out – despite being offered a good deal…

    He’s not a bad striker by all accounts…. wouldn’t break our bank either ;)

  76. Back in a bit…..

  77. International goosip JM ;)

    Ozil instead of AA – any day of the week :)

    Afternoon AK, I will check shortly…. ;)

  78. Rico……. inbox if you please….. ;)

  79. Afternoon Gooners.
    JM, i’d take Ozil in a heartbeat, he is quality.

  80. of course rico.
    International news:
    Kasic (Juventus) on loan Chelsea;
    Gotze only wants leave BD for going to Barcelona or Madrid;
    Iguain (Madrid) – Chelsea? 30 millions
    Ozil (Madrid) – MU,Juventus, Liverpoool and Arsenal

  81. No Steve, you are :)

    If we sell JM but if we don’t, we can’t fit any more in….

  82. no rico. I know Wilshere is out. Diaby is always out but AA will be definetely out on January and we need new blood on the midfield. We need a number 10. A classic nº 10. The second central forward and the playmaker.

  83. Just read your mail Rico, your a star as always, thank you.

  84. I’m not convinced over Gibbs either… sadly :(

  85. Glad to hear it Oliver,
    I wouldn’t put any faith in Gibbs Ever, not being unkind but he reminds me of a glass man i don’t think this guy will ever be fully fit i would unload him and replace. I know we need a striker, but i would have thought there would be more available in the summer. the only ones you buy this time of year are either trouble or Chamakhs.

  86. Hi Steve, i just sent you an email about tomorrow :)

    goonster, pray!

    Hi JM – midfielder? Haven’t we got too many already ?

  87. hi steve. he”s fine, thanks. I am with him in recovery room now.

    i have a suspicion that oc is arsh”s replacement. totally agree on need for a new striker and fb. can gibbs be trusted to stay fit?

  88. Good morning
    Good post/report/summary of yesterday match.
    Wasn’t penalty and the yellow card was wrong.
    I enforce my idea: we need a central forward, a left back,a midfield player and maybe, another goalkeeper. Without this, we will bet on luck and God.

  89. Mid February! What do we do for RB till then? God help us.

  90. Afternoon all,
    Hi Oliver, Hope your boys OK for Christmas, I believe that if Wenger does buy in January, it would depend on who goes, at this moment in time, Arshavins name is being touted, Chamakh has said he will leave in the summer, Squilly is just keeping quiet, with that in mind i would think that Arshavin would pe replaced, Maybe a move to the middle for the second half of the season for Theo, The OX will move to the wing, maybe Park and Ryo will see more game time and i would hope that if there is a chance of an experienced Keeper on the horizon he would snap him up, I think he will wait till the summer for a striker then he will know if Chamakh and Robin are going to stay, i am not expecting much change. But i keep my fingers crossed.

  91. Hi upgunners, you didn’t need that article to know they are saddos ;)

  92. goonster, more like middle of Feb, light running is a long way from training and becoming match fit.

    Jenks is a way away yet, in three weeks he is to have another scan to see if his fracture has healed.

    I think he will sign someone oliver, just on a loan and sadly, i wouldn’t be surprised if it was Bridge…

  93. light running is what I heard. bac tweeted it himself a few days ago. jack also a bit closer, no update on jerks.

  94. http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/Blog/index.php/2011/12/22/mcfc-a-cheating-club-with-no-history/.

    Imagine how desperate this shitey fans are. we arsenal fans talk about our club and players, while they take their time to analyze our club.jobless dudes.

  95. I think it would be irresponsible too, rico. but arsene has previous. when faced with these sort of choices, he almost always opts not to buy.

  96. Meaning he should be back in January right? Great…

  97. goonster, he’s not back training but he has just started some very light running…

  98. Where did you hear that Oliver. Bac isn’t back in training yet,is he? Anyway he said it himself(wenger) we are short up front with gervinho and chamakh heading to the ACON. We ll get someone Oliver maybe not a “high profile” signing but we ll definitely get someone. Am positive.

  99. Without sounding like a broken record, signing Vertonghen would solve most of our problems and even when the injured return, he is such a versitle player, he can play amost anywhere.

    Also, if we could get him, it would allow Santos to play further up the pitch where he would be pretty darn good imho

    Then just a goal scorer….

  100. Def need a striker and certainly need another defensive signing, whether that be a loan or permanent.

    Right now all our fit defenders are playing every game, one injury and we’ll be having to move Song, then the balance in midfield goes horribly wrong.

    Sagna is only just running lightly, he is still 4-6 weeks away from a return, and Jenkinson is similar…

    Not signing a defender would be really irresponsible imho…

  101. I thought there was talk of him joining wolves at one point?

    i’m skeptical we will sign anyone, but we”ll see. we definitely need a second striker – and not a way-past-his-best thierry, either. bac has resumed light training, so i would be shocked if arsene goes in for a full-back.

  102. Oops sorry maam….guess you did.

  103. Hiya GG, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours too, how you doing??

    You over from Oz then?

  104. Merry Xmas rico

    Be on the bus Wolves plan to park @ The Emirates & you shouldn’t have any trouble getting to the ground.

  105. No i didn’t stanley ;)

    Frimpong is still very young though, we can’t expect him to be the finished article but give him another season or so and he’ll be tops…

    A loan in jan will do him the world of good, playing week in week out is what he needs…

  106. No I think we ll get someone Oliver. Maybe not the likes you and I are hoping to see but we ll definitely get someone.

  107. hi gs. I doubt there is anything to rodallega. my guess is that nobody comes in, or if we do buy a player, it will be someone for the future.

  108. Hi Oliver…now its rodallega. Will these media bums ever let us be.

  109. frim is raw. like many of our players, he needs more match minutes and experience.

  110. hi rico, hi gs. not at work this morning. my son is getting a minor surgical procedure done, so my iPad and I are in the waiting area.

  111. Yep…you Missed AK Rico.

  112. Hi Osi, oliver, AK and stanley, now have i missed anyone….

    Owen Coyle will sort Frimpong out :)

  113. Hi again all, Rokabox – the thought of more Arshavin is painful in it’self….

  114. morning all. result is what matter. dg, disagree. i don’t think it was a pen.

  115. hi kev, yes he doesn’t hide but he needs discipline. It seems he’s acquiring all the bad habits of Song; dwelling on the ball when a simple pass would save your skin, and making silly tackles. He needs to play more regularly and under a strictly discipline guru like Big Sam.

  116. We are being linked to an Armenian dude who plays for shaktar. Can’t remember his name right now but I saw youtube clips of him and he does look good. A creative mid fielder in the fabregas mode. He won’t cost much too.

  117. Hi Osi.
    I like Frim. He’s raw, but Wenger will polish him up.
    He doesn’t get that many games, so he probably tries too hard to impress.
    He certainly doesn’t hide, like some of his more ‘esteemed’ team mates.

  118. hi all
    yesterday’s game was i’ve ever seen Arsenal play!! Rosicky introduction brought calm and vision as well, Benayoun is a fighter and aggressive for a little guy! I don’t know what happend to that Frim boy he seems to be in recession right now. Ramsey? I don’t remember the last time I saw a good game from him, he’s awful at the moment? He needs a rest, Rosicky should start against Wolves.

  119. A strike by the London Underground Stan.
    Chelsea are going ahead, but their capacity is some 18,000 below the Grove.

  120. So what’s the deal kev. Why is the game being postponed.

  121. I hope so kev. He needs to play more often

  122. I think Benny will see a bit more action over the holiday Stan.
    He brings a calmness and experience to our midfield.

  123. Is that right Stan?
    It looked like Mert’s fault on MotD.
    But that’s only brief highlights mate.
    I love our triumvirate of centre-backs.
    They all bring something different to the party.
    As long as AW can keep them all fit, we’ll be alright.

  124. Oliver, just read your post, another product of quality buddy.
    Tbh i’d be very suprised if it wasn’t a top read.

  125. Benny deserves to start kev…even ahead of gervinho IMHO. Whenever he gets the ball you anticipate something. Can’t say the same for ashavin though. He needs to go this January. Him squillaci and almunia.

  126. Kev the mistake wasn’t his fault. It was a school boy error by vermalin. What can you say about kozzer. The guy is a beast.

  127. Wolves is the game Stan.
    A Robin Van Thighs hat-trick to give him the record. ;)

  128. You gotta love Benny.
    Wenger has to sign him next summer.
    What’s the betting he tries to take Alex on loan in January?

  129. Felt sorry for Mert.
    Every time he makes a slight mistake, we seem to pay.
    The discipline and organiation of our defence has only happened since he joined us.
    I don’t think so…

  130. was painfull but pleasing at the end, no creative player in the team,, Ramsy is good prospect but he is not there yet in my opinion.
    crossess were either awful or not enough bodies to meet them.
    so what the short term solution for this pain!??
    I think more pain from Arshavin!

  131. Morning kev..no way he needs to break shearer’s record. Whoo hoo

  132. Morning Stan.
    You gotta get a laptop or a new phone mate.
    Yeah, an extra 24 hours rest won’t do RVP & co any harm.

  133. Seeing the post-match interviews and the pain on Alex McLeish’s face, warmed the cockles of my heart.
    Can he take two different clubs down in successive seasons?
    Can we be the club to put them down??
    I do hope so.

  134. So our boxing day fixture has been postponed. Great.

  135. Westminster have Big Ben.
    Arsenal have Little Ben, and he was worth 3 points.
    Morning Gooners
    Morning Rico, when you get back from your chores.

  136. I have to pop off this morning, catch up after lunch….

  137. The stupid phone is already acting up…God help me.

  138. Nikki B scored last night, from a corner, with his head :)

  139. Arteta takes them from one side, RvP whips them in from the other i think…

    woops, sorry lee, didn’t see you had already posted the Ajax incident…

  140. SHi guys, woke up with a sharp pain in me chest. God the things arsenal does to you. Anyway 3 points in the bag. Here’s hoping the swamp dwellers get battered tonight. Just reading through Benny tweets. What a difference a few experience heads does to this team. Shame wenger didn’t do this earlier. Who knows…maybe a few trophies in the cabinet!

  141. Laters lee, have a good one….

  142. I’m ofski,see you later Gooners!!

  143. Good point there Rico but what you always get with utd is that they get bodies in the box, with us you have one and with blind Theo crossing not a chance

  144. you seen the abandon game between Ajax v AZ??

  145. Merte’s goal will soon come. Its more a question of time and practice. But at least it means that he is getting all the attention and it leaves the others to score with their heads. TV05 and Yossi have all scored with their heads. So Merte is doing good work. But it will soon come.

    Speaking about corners, why does’nt Arteta and Ramsey take them?? Both are good. As you pointed out Steve, RVP should be at the end of them not taking them. Imagine Merte and RVP at the end of the corners.

  146. I know Steve, and you would think that would be addressed in training – it’s not rocket science…

  147. I read that yesterday too lee, i don’t think we’d get even half that amount for him, he’s rubbish….

    Alan Hansen is in doo doo then, thats always good to hear :)

  148. Rico, all he needs to do, is stand on the edge of the box and when he see’s the ball coming over, run towards it how simple is that.I did that for years and i scored loads and he’s six inches taller than me. Its no good standing on the far post when the ball goes to the near no matter how tall you are.

  149. I’m not sure if it was a wind up but i read somewhere that zenit are prepared to pay 16.5 for AA, if AW doesn’t bite their hands off he’s mad!!

  150. We can’t always win by playing great football, the mancs have been doing it for years and look what’s it’s got them?

  151. Him not getting his head on the end of corners amazes me too Steve, he towers over most yet still cant get the ball…

  152. Morning Devil, I hate to moan when we win but that was painfull

  153. I am Overjoyed Rico
    Do you think Merts could take corners because since he has been with us he hasn’t got on the end of any What the hell is Van persie doing taking them he needs to be in the middle

  154. Hi Steve. You summed it up perfectly. The team went back to sideways passing (I just checked to see if Denilson was on the teamsheet), and there was no forward direct passing which usually make us so incisive and devastating. It was as if we were playing in a 4-3-1 formation.

  155. Morning Steve, you happy with the three points though ;)

  156. Morning all, Good report Oliver, Your right, they were piss poor last night, but got the 3 points. Arshavin never disapoints he’s always shit, Theo runs away from every encounter, he doesn’t like the physical side of the game at all, or perhaps he knows there’s a lot of flu going round, dodgy for one so vulnerable, Oxlaid Chamberlain probably thinks he joined the wrong club, he keeps watching half hearted performances from Arsh and scaredy boy, and must feel a bit deflated, Park and Ryo must feel that Arsenal are like the British benefit system where it allows you to do nothing and still claim you money. wouldn’t we all like a job like that.
    Our defenders were playing keep ball last night, frightened to play it forward because it would come straight back, i am still wondering how we won that game.

  157. I know DG, but it’s the spuds we are talking about, i despise them…..

  158. Hi Rico

    If you want those around you to flounder do not hope for wins/losses……always go for a draw bacause a draw frustrates a team at the top more than a loss.

  159. Yes they can loose both of them tonight Lee. A draw is as good as a loss because they will have dropped two points each and as you know they would have only advanced by just one point but lost two in the process.

  160. Morning Lee, exactly :lol:

    Morning DG – does make you wonder doesn’t it, he’d be my choice over them any game….

    Part of me hopes a draw but theres something nice about the thought of Arrys lot getting absolutely battered….. They have a few injuries too….

  161. Exactly Lee. about time we started to have some luck.]

    Morning Rico!

    Now just a question……Why is Benny not starting a game or starting ahead of Arshavin??? HAs he ever let us down??? On the contrary in the few minutes he has been playing here and there he has managed to do more than Arshavin and Chamack combined during this calendar year.

  162. Shame they both cant lose tonight!! ;)

  163. yeah tube strikes…

  164. Good morning Guys and Chicks of the Gunners’ faith.

    Good post Oliver and an excellent match report, but I am sorry to say that RVP was fouled in the penalty area. If he dived he would have gone forward, but Robin went sideways when he was charged from his right hand side. At least AW should challenge to have the yellow card rescinded.

    We got a good result albeit with a bad performance. Unlike the shitty game. However the most important thing is that we keep putting points in the bag. Sooner or later one of the Chavs, Scum and Manure will slip. If not two. Look at Newcaslte…..their wheels are starting to come off.

  165. Morning Rico, who gives a fck wether we we’re fortunate or not, we won !! :)

  166. Is that because of the tube strikes Lee? The Chavs game is taking place as normal, albeit an earlier KO…

  167. Morning all, great write up again oliver, three points is what we wanted and just what we got, I don’t care if we were fortunate ;)

  168. Wolves game been delayed 24hrs

  169. Quality match summary as usual Oliver! 3 points in the bag!

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