Can we finally take advantage? Ashley Cole doesn't rate his team-mates!

Just a bit of fun to start, Ashley Cole has been asked to name his all time eleven during his playing days and here it is:

TEAM (4-4-2): Seaman; Lauren, Adams, Campbell Cole; Sturridge, Vieira, Gerrard, Pires; Bergkamp, Henry.

Just one Chav, other than him….. :)

Our French master has come out with yet another classic:

Before Sunday’s game nobody will come in so we will have now to focus on the players we have.

I will assess the situation after the game on Sunday but until then nothing will happen now for us.

What does this manager of ours need to witness in order to asses our situation, hasn’t he seen enough?

Does that mean if Miquel gets a roasting he’ll sign a player? What about the situation at right back too?

Sorry, it just doesn’t add up and we all know why!

Sorry Arsene, you could and you should have sorted this out by now, you have had twenty-two days!

Anyway, today we face Old Red Nose side, that same side which battered us good and proper last year. The result saw us sign a few just before and on deadline day of the transfer window and who knows, a similar result may make the club react again in the same way in the transfer window.

Would you be happy if that happened?

No, nor would I!

We need beat the Mancs today and still take advantage of the transfer window.

Can we finally take advantage and gain points on Chelsea who dropped another two points yesterday?

Liverpool and Newcastle both suffered heavy defeats too and a win today would give a bit of breathing space behind us. No doubt Manchester City will gain three points in their match so we could in theory gain three vital points on that lot down the road.

The word ‘revenge’ is all over the papers, it’s not just about that, it’s about working hard, working as a team and fighting until the end to secure three huge home points.

Rumours are that Vermaelen has been passed fit so that would be a massive boost and I strongly suspect that Thierry Henry will be fit too, Arteta is definitely out.

Some of our players have had shockers recently, today, each and every one of them need to have the game of their life, do that and we may just nick a point. ;)

Have a good day all….

300 thoughts on “Can we finally take advantage? Ashley Cole doesn't rate his team-mates!

  1. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 9:39am

    Morning all…..

  2. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 9:57am

    Morning Rico,
    Sorry i missed your birthday, hope you had a cracker.
    I think we all realise that if we had another 8.2 Wenger would have to do something in this window as the pressure would be massive, Personally i cans see a much closer game today, but with the players we have available i can only see one outcome, but the closer it is will only convince me that we will still stay the same. The commitment that the management and board have shown over the last few years suggests that top half of the league is good enough for them. They must be waiting for something i only wished i knew what it was.

  3. g clarke

    January 22, 2012 at 9:58am

    do you think a fb can be signed who is up to speed and put straight on pitch in days come with your boots on lad

  4. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 10:08am

    Morning GC, he show’s he’s not interested,. but the profits will carry on mounting. I would imagine another full house today, another £3 million in the old back pocket, Money without effort, nice work if you can get it.

  5. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 10:09am

    Catch you later

  6. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 10:17am

    Morning Steve and gc

    I did thanks Steve, no sore head either ;)

  7. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 10:18am

    yes i do gclarke re the lb, JV would one….

  8. Gooner Sam

    January 22, 2012 at 10:22am

    Happy birthday! (for yesterday), not expecting anything other than one result today…:(

  9. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 10:23am

    Morning Gooners.

    DELAYED MESSAGE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICO. :-) :-) :-)

  10. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 10:26am

    Thanks Sam and DG :)

    i take it you don’t mean a home win then sam :(

  11. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 10:36am

    Good morning guys and chicks of the Gunners’ faith.

    Happy Belated Birthday Rico. Hope you had a good day and I wish you a year full of all that you desire.

    So TV returns. I would go as far as to play the same back line as Swansea…..JD,Kozzer, Merte, Miguel. And I would put TV in the centre near Song with Ramsey in front of them. He would surely solidify the midfield.

  12. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 10:39am

    Morning devil, thank you :)

    Nice idea re TV but can you see Wenger being as adventurous? He’ll play the same old same old tactics….

    Can’t believe he is trying the pre-match mind games with Fergie over Henrys fitness, I strongly doubt he is injured…

  13. ArsenalDK

    January 22, 2012 at 10:39am

    Hello everyone! Happy birthday rico!

    The match is being shown on danish tv. I for one, was looking forward to it. But I don’t think that my nerves can handle another dissapoitment :(

  14. audu ibrahim

    January 22, 2012 at 10:44am

    TV fit will be a big boost 2 the team 2day,wish the guys the very best and hope our luck turn for good today because we ve been running short of it lately

  15. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 10:44am

    Hi Adk, thanks :)

    For the first time in a long time, i’m not sure if i will watch todays game either, like you, i can’t stomach another defeat in such a manner as the last….

    but, no doubt as 4pm approaches, afc will get the better of me….

  16. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 10:45am

    welcome audu – huge boost if the runour is true, fingers crossed….

  17. Marinello

    January 22, 2012 at 11:14am

    Happy birthday for yesterday Rico, trust you had a lovely day and was spoilt rotten.
    Today I really hope, that if Arsene cannot deliver a passionate pre match war cry speech to inject some pride and passion into the team, then maybe Pat Rice could step in, knock a few tea cups over, and tell them that respect from the fans can be earned today. If they lose, but fight for every 2nd ball etc I for one will take the defeat better, than if we just roll over.
    On paper, the Mancs should get the 3 points, but sometimes, if the team goes out in the right frame of mind, we could just nick it. I would play TV at right back and put the cumbersome plodder, Djeureau in the middle. He has more chance there, he’ll get murdered on the flanks.
    I also reckon the Spuds could get a draw or poss a win at City, all appears not quite harmonious in the City camp, too many egos to be massaged. So a win today for us is a must on all fronts following yeeterdays results by Liverpool etc.

  18. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 11:23am

    Hi Marinello – thank you and I did, weather was lovely so the woofa was the spoilt one ;)

    I hope you are wrong re the spuds, i hope Citeh batter them and knock them down a peg or two…

    Would TV not struggle at Rb, he’s left footed?

  19. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 11:24am

    Good point about JD though, if he HAS to play, play him in the middlewith Merts, maybe Kos at R b and TV at Lb..

    Or even, Miquel alongside Merts and leave JD on the bench?

  20. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 11:29am

    Off for a walk with the woofa, want to be back in time to watch the neighbours, and i don’t mean the aussie soap ;)

    Back in a bit…

  21. Michael

    January 22, 2012 at 11:47am

    I tink gunners prove dat dey can do it

  22. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 12:06pm

    Afternoon Gooners,
    Time to batton down the hatches and reach for the tin hat, could be a load of flak coming our way shortly.

    I see the party animal is off to clear her head !

  23. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 12:13pm

    Don’t think spurs have played any of the top teams away yet so today will be a real test for them, we have to start closing the gap, we will see the scum start to drop points from here on in.

  24. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 12:17pm

    late, but Happy Birthday..rico.. hope you had a gud one..

  25. Jekyll

    January 22, 2012 at 12:19pm

    Wenger must be the most passive manager in the league. In essence what he’s saying is if we get a hiding he’ll panic buy again. If we somehow scrape a decent result he’ll see that as justification to do nothing. It’s such a weird, reactive way of managing but that’s the nature of the man – and a club that only spend when the pressure becomes immense… and even then not much.

  26. markzever

    January 22, 2012 at 12:32pm

    @ devilgunner
    I would prefer djou mert verm miquel
    koscie song
    rosicky
    walcot goal machine ox ramsey and henry can come in as subs together wt arshavin
    djou and mert in central defence would be murder as they are both slow and not the best at interceptions and one on one situation……… 2 0 to d GUNNERS

  27. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 12:41pm

    The Arsenal are red salmons swimming up white wash rapids. Jumping ever rising water levels, that select the strong from the weak. A positive Mancs result will hopefully earn us rights on Europe’s best spawning grounds. Attract new potential we so desperately need. A negative one will make us toast topping. Accompanying our rivals champagne bottles in following transfer windows.

    I think there’s more at stake today than meets the eye. We hardly built a C.V. over recent seasons that excites mega talents or experienced players. Our only fighting chances in the near future depends heavily on providing fresh waters. Rich of oxygen and quality competition to feed testosterone levels that make the strengths of survival and a ruthless pack.

  28. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 1:01pm

    Afternoon guys and gals…

    Micko – i am a good girl ;)

  29. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 1:07pm

    morning all, happy belated birthday rico,

    I feel positive today, I think we can manage a draw!!! at least!

    Just wonder what everybody think about Soldado of Valencia, he looks very good striker and got goals in abundance! what value would he be in the market? a market without the Citehs and chavs of course!

  30. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 1:11pm

    Thanks Stv and Rokabox, and hi to you…

    Citeh haven’t their strongest squad out, savic and lescott in defence – defoe and VdV will have a field day – at least no Lardybayor….

    any striker in good form would be a good signing but old ebenezer thinks we are ok up front – why he thinks that i never know….

  31. Vin

    January 22, 2012 at 1:19pm

    Tbh, our problems dont really lie in defence, as Sagna and Vermaelen will come back in 2/3 weeks. Whats the point of spending 10M on a defender and pay him 50/60K a week just to cover for a few weeks when our starters return? Im sorry, but I agree with Wenger on this one.

    I do, however think we need to add A QUALITY attacking midfielder as Ramsey doesnt look the part (at the moment). People who think Wilshire will take Ramsey’s spot are pretty stupid as he will be challenging Arteta for the deep-lying playmaker/enforcer role rather than Ramsey for the pure attacking midfielder. A Gourcouff/Gotze (I can dream cant I?) would really propell us forward as that is the missing cog in the Arsenal machine.

    Oh, and Walcott needs to be cashed in on before clubs figure out hes just a ridiculously fast guy with no touch, technique, intelligence or finishing. Hear PSG will offer 20M?

  32. Lutongooner

    January 22, 2012 at 1:20pm

    It makes me laugh that people think Wenger doesn’t care about success and is happy to take his money whilst the team is in decline. Yes he makes tactical errors and yes he has made errors in the transfer market, but what can he do on the budget he’s working on. Does anyone truly believe that he’d stick his reputation as the club’s greatest manager on the line for a few extra pounds that he doesn’t need? Isn’t it funny that he was pictured last summer on holiday with David Dein, that bloke who was forced out of the club for having too much ambition. Wenger is in a hugely difficult situation. Does he stay with the slim hope that Usminov can get onto the board and bring back Dein? The risk of course is that nothing changes and the rest of our top players leave, and Wenger suffers the backlash from the fans. On the other hand he could walk away, reputation still intact when everyone sees that the board continue to hold back money from the next manager. But he knows that he’s the last good guy left at the club and if he does leave, the board could cherrypick any mug they like who won’t demand cash to spend. The thing is 99 times out of 100, the first person the fans turn on is the manager and I am not looking forward to that day. Be careful what you wish for people.

  33. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 1:25pm

    Personally I am very pessimistic about today!!!! :(

  34. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 1:30pm

    Happy birthday rico!
    City-Totts on tv
    Gervinho plays today!

  35. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 1:31pm

    Vin, i’d still say we need a Lb, Santos is months away from return and Gibbs has yet again gone from being close to return, only to then hear it’s three weeks..

    Also, imho, Song needs a kick in the pants, he has been average recently, we create chances, we just can’t convert them so a striker is another we need..

  36. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 1:34pm

    Luton gooner – considering he is supposed to be one of the best managers in the world, for 6/7 seasons now he has failed to address our weaknesses – hardly backs up his so called reputation…

    devil – you and me both

    Hi JM, thank you, have the ACON started?

  37. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 1:45pm

    Just checked and it has … Hope IC get knocked out early and we get Gervinho back – and Morocco go all the way ;)

  38. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 1:52pm

    Everyone is entitled to his opinion LutonGooner. But remember that for the past 7 seasons AW has only come second best or worse. Even Alex McLeish was first best at something last year. If you have seen the previous articles where I wrote the pattern of the club regarding team development you would certainly see that the direction of AW and the board is of their own doing. AW is practically part of the board although he is not a director. If you say he is not then look no further than the fact that he interviewed the CEO himself. No one would do that to me if I had been the club’s owner. He would have been sacked on the spot simply for thinking about it let alone suggest it and implement it.

    Personally I would like AW to make us eat a humble pie (me included), but sadly I do not think it will be so.

  39. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 2:04pm

    ‘Personally I would like AW to make us eat a humble pie (me included), but sadly I do not think it will be so.’

    That is just what most have hoped for devil….

  40. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 2:11pm

    Frimpong was having a blinder yesterday until he got stretchered off, he’s a double hard north london geezer and right now we could do with a few more like him in the first team, he wants to compete, wants to win, you can see it in his body language.
    Too many in the squad now are just happy to go through the motions and pick up their wages at the end of the week, it’s like they’ve been brainwashed into accepting finishing in a european spot each season is better than winning a trophy.

  41. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:17pm

    That is AW’ and the board’s mentality Micko. And it transfers to the players. I always tell my players that I will defend whatever they do in front of others but they can be murdered within the four walls of the dressing. The first thing I transfer to them is that whatever the score they need to give their all up till the last second, Anything less and it means a rocket.

    I still remember Pat Rice saying that way back in 1996 he shouted something in the heat of the moment to the players and AW told him to sit down and discuss with the players calmly. That is a right attitude with winners and leaders but with the bunch of loosers buck passers we have at the moment calmness wont work.

  42. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 2:18pm

    Micko – spot on, and another we should make sure we keep is Lansbury – a gooner through and through who still hurts from the ot debarcle, he’s at the game today in theo’s box!

  43. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:23pm

    Even RVP who is the captain I dare say he hasnt got the will of Wilshere, TV, Frimpong, Koscielny to win. He is not the charismatic leader like TA, or PV or Mclintock.

    And by the way LutonGooner…..just to remind you that before AW came we had won 10 league titles, 6 FAcups and 2 cups in Europe. With AW more often than not we are second best or worse. Taking away the invincible season and the other two double seasons we are left with what exactly?? Ahhh I forgot…11 times second. Yes a bloody ELEVEN times second.

  44. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 2:24pm

    Devil, i’m not lumping it all on wenger, a few of us on here have season tickets, i remember Gazidas saying one of the reasons the tickets prices were going up last season was that it would help us compete in the transfer market, my head can’t be screwed on properly, i feel for that hook, line and sinker.

  45. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:27pm

    Just to point them out…..

    Premiership…98/99, 99/00, 00/01, 02/03, 04/05

    FA cup…..2001

    League Cup…2007, 2011

    Charity Shield….2003, 2005

    Champions league….2006

    UEFA cup…..2000

    OOOPPSSSSSS. TWELVE times to be not eleven.

  46. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 2:28pm

    JM hasn’t been on so recently so I take it our poor relations haven’t scored against Citeh, anyone know the score ? Must be half time by now.

  47. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:30pm

    Micko…the fact that AW is part of it makes him an accomplice. Do that to Mourinho and he will be off.

    We need Winners.

  48. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:30pm

    still 0-0 mates

  49. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 2:32pm

    That’s too much hurt Devil.
    The 2001 FA Cup final where the dirty, cheating, diving scousers had two keepers in goal that day, that still gets up my nose.

  50. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 2:43pm

    nasri scores, and a good one as well!

  51. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:43pm

    Na$ri makes it 1-0. Can Clichy get on the act???

  52. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 2:45pm

    To be exact…..GG lost one cup final and learnt from it. Has AW learnt anything???

  53. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 2:45pm

    Lol

    Fergie knocked back one of Wenger’s own pingpong balls:

    “I could have signed Van Persie.”

    Clichy on a yellow 10th minute. Still 0-0.

  54. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 2:46pm

    2-0 city!
    The ACAN started yesterday!
    Gervinho plays at 4 pm too

  55. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 2:46pm

    Nas$ri – you just earned one of you many ££££££’s :P

    2-0 – fab, just bloomin fab! Now go and get another 3 or 4….

  56. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 2:47pm

    2-1 Defoe…

  57. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 2:50pm

    Wow I take my eye off the live scores and it goes rumbling.

    Good news that may counterweight the bad. Hooray!!

  58. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 2:51pm

    2-2 Bayle! :-(

  59. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 2:52pm

    Micko – i don’t entirely blame Wenger either, as a group of people, our owners/management all have their part to play…

    If there is money,and wenger chooses not to spend, his bosses should be telling him otherwise to spend in to make us a force again….

    they are all to blame in my eyes…

    bollox 2-2….

  60. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 2:53pm

    Wonder if this will be the last game Arry watches from the dugout? ;)

    Totts are going to win this guys….

  61. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 2:56pm

    WTF. I said good news will do today. :-( :-(

  62. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 2:57pm

    DG, i read the RvP story, Fergie said that when he watched him RvP either got sent off or walked off the pitch – he couldn’t have been watching him much could he ;)

  63. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 3:02pm

    Rico it underlines devil’s words earlier. Not charismatic enough. He used much of his time with Arsenal to work on a better attitude.

  64. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:05pm

    Nasri DG, i can’t stand the little squirt but any goals against ‘that lot’ deserves credit ;)

  65. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:11pm

    Chamberlian, RvP and Walcott start up front

    Back 4 – JD Kos Merts and TV :)

    Song Rosicky and Ramsey

  66. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 3:12pm

    Rico I will buy 32 toothbrushes for Na$ri one for each tooth. ;-)

  67. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:13pm

    That was shocking by Balotelli – Scott Parker could have been seriously injured then, bad bad tackle and i hope the FA deal with him after….

  68. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:14pm

    :lol: DG – i’m not paying for any of his shorts though, his size of butt, they will be expensive ;)

  69. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 3:16pm

    think that fair start up, even if they fu**ed up, at least he made a change from Arshavin and Benayoon. good to have TV back, wish if Frimbog was available though!

  70. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 3:16pm

    Boo! I hope the birthday girl was spoiled to within an inch of her life. :) :)

    I’m quite optimistic we’d nick a win.

  71. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 3:18pm

    Rico, i remember arsenal nearly pulling the plug on the rvp transfer at the time, we wouldn’t meet feyenoords evaluation, wenger did a double bluff and shuffle and got him for a couple of mill i think.
    I didn’t think we were gonna get him in the end as we already had reyes playing in his position but it worked out well in the end.
    I’d hate to see him go to Citeh just to warm the bench.

  72. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 3:18pm

    :-) :-) Rico

    He’s got the arse that make cows give him a wink.

  73. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:18pm

    thank goodness we didn’t sign Savic :)

  74. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 3:19pm

    that’s was close!!!!!!

  75. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 3:21pm

    panaltyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

  76. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 3:21pm

    20 second until the end… penalty for M.City!

  77. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 3:22pm

    3-2 1 :-)

  78. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 3:22pm

    horrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  79. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:22pm

    3-2 – good… but that guy should not even be on the pitch!!

  80. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:24pm

    I thought RvP and Reyes joined the same year Micko?

  81. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:27pm

    Ah, just peeded at Wikki, Reyes in Jan 04, RvP in May 04 :)

    Glad Wenger didn’t lose out, but shame we didn’t keep reyes too, they could have played in the same team and with all the injuries RvP has suffered etc etc….

    Fergie is full of bollox ;)

  82. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:28pm

    DG – :lol: re Na$ris butt…..

  83. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 3:29pm

    I’m off to the bar, them northern monkeys are going down…….I hope.
    Laters Gooners, C’mon Arsenal.

  84. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:30pm

    No Henry :(

  85. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 3:31pm

    Micko

    RvP made threats to Feyenoord he would throw regular tantrums. Frustrate his market value and walk away for free.

    He’s lucky AW was stubborn enough to keep him around. With his injury history he could have easily ended up as another football nomad enigma.

  86. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:31pm

    Team in full:

    Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Ramsey, Song, Rosicky, Walcott, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Subs:

    Almunia, Park, Squillaci, Arshavin, Benayoun, Miquel, Yennaris.

    Strong bench eh….

    NOT!!

  87. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:32pm

    Laters Micko, enjoy a few of the black stuff ;)

  88. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 3:32pm

    Bye Micko enjoy.

  89. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 3:35pm

    rico, the bench is poor but how many fit players have we more?
    Park has he opportunity…
    AW too

  90. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 3:37pm

    Parh has his oppotunity…

  91. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 3:39pm

    Hi Agag. You got lost in a tsunami of comments. Goon afternoon.

  92. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 3:53pm

    hi, i’m going to the Emirates now

  93. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 3:57pm

    JM, who’s fault is that :(

    Hi agag, didn’t see you sneak on :( Had a fab day thank you :)

  94. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 4:00pm

    Really chuffed to see Ox and Walcott start, they both need to get through 90 mins, keep the mancs back….. they will be worried about their pace… and maybe even the Ox’s finishing ability :)

    see you at H/T, fingers, toes and everything crossed…..

  95. mog

    January 22, 2012 at 4:02pm

    Happy birthday for yesterday Rico. hope everybodies favorite wheeler dealers week go’s from bad to worst, he’s up in court tomorrow isnt he.

  96. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 4:05pm

    Afternoon Gooners.
    Afternoon Birthday Gal…. Good post….

    Shame about TH12.
    We’ve got absolutely nothing on the bench.
    The XI on the pitch will have to do it.
    Can’t see Arshavin and/or Park coming on to save the day…..

    Delighted to see Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench…..

  97. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 4:07pm

    Could Arry really end up in the slammer?

  98. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 4:09pm

    Ox on the PITCH, i meant….. :roll:

  99. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 4:20pm

    Well, that’s usefull, Jones is a good player…

    Wish we’d got him last August….

  100. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:26pm

    I wonder whether or not TW looks up when he gives a pass.

    We are playing a waiting game. not much gungho.

  101. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:29pm

    Theo is rubbish. If he’s hoping to impress Capello who is in the crowd, he is doing an awful job.

  102. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 4:31pm

    Afternoon AK…. :)

    DG, if found guilty, he could be kicked out of the game….

    Is JD having a decent game or do i need to go to specsavers ;)

  103. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 4:31pm

    Hiya AK,

    Happy to see the Ox as a starter as well. But is it fair to put this much pressure on his shoulders? AW should have given him a few run-outs earlier this season. Now he might feel he needs to write tomorrow’s papers with a fairytale acting as a dragon slayer.

  104. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 4:33pm

    and so is ramsy! rubbish that is!

  105. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 4:38pm

    Hiya Dutch, Devil, Agag…..

    Sounds a frustratingly scrappy game on 5Live….

  106. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:42pm

    This 4-5-1 to 4-3-3 malarkey is getting on my nerves. Why dont we go 4-4-2 with RVP and Theo upfront and exploit Evans and Smalling’s slowness at the back. But no we continue to defend 4-5-1 and 4-3-3 when we attack. Its only RVP alone against these two and while he is between them they control him. Put Theo together with him and they will murder them.

  107. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:43pm

    Hiya AK. How are you 4???

    Its not that it is a scrappy game. Its one similiar to the AFC-shitty game…every pass is like a chess game.

  108. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 4:45pm

    Rico, i think we badly need Typic……… ;)

    Is he on the bench???

  109. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:50pm

    No urgency. No direction. Typical.

  110. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:50pm

    Slack marking by TV. Valencia was left alone.

  111. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 4:51pm

    Well, i have been wrong, we need a creator, we are pants and JD was all over the place to allow Giggs to cross for the goal…..

  112. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 4:51pm

    Don’t worry, we’ve got Arshavin & Park to come off of the bench, to save the day…. :(

    Watch ManUre pick us off in the 2nd 45….. :( :(

  113. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 4:51pm

    I should have thought that TV, being a natural centreback should have dealt with Valencia easily. But typical slack marking and lack of concentration and we go 0-1 down

  114. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 4:53pm

    :lol: :lol: AK, sadly yes, there are a few ‘typical wengers’ on the bench….

  115. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 4:55pm

    Humbug. Hope we can keep respectable.

  116. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 4:56pm

    agag, spot on!

    I blame JD for leaving Giggs to make the cross devil but yes, TV should have go on the inside of Valencia…

    Park to come on and score two ;) ;)

    Sorry to jest, but we are a joke, why shouldn’t i laugh, OUR club are laughing at us each day of the week!!

  117. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 4:56pm

    What’s Ramsey position on the pitch?
    The midfiels is completely out of the game except Rosicky.
    Walcott or OX must be with Evra when MU attack

  118. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 4:58pm

    well the JD has done it yet again!!!

  119. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 5:00pm

    No excuses Djourou shouldn’t even be in the squad, get him off

  120. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 5:04pm

    I hate to say/write this, but we could get well turned-over in the 2nd 45.
    It’s the perfect scenario for ManUre.
    Soak up our pitiful attacks and hit us on the break…..

    Hill-Wood won’t be too bothered though….. :evil:

  121. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:04pm

    W deserved to be behind. Our players were stranding and hobbling whole of the game. Van persie having a shit game so far. Djorou started decently then became djorou later on.. laughable counter attacks too oooo slow..

    on a gud note merts, aoc having a gud game s far.. lets’s see what happen in 2nd half..

  122. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:05pm

    my fault, i thought he was doing ‘ok’ – then……

    hope wenger has some kind of h/t talk in him…

    hi steve – not good is he, in fact he is off, yenarris on :eek:

  123. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:06pm

    probably worst home performance this season so far..

  124. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:06pm

    Nico Yennaris in… Great, we throw another young one to the dogs…

  125. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:06pm

    sub’s, and before 67 mins, bloody heck arsene…..

  126. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:07pm

    Yennaris has replaced JD. Seems as if it is just a twisted angle. More a twisted footballing brain it seems.

  127. Steve

    January 22, 2012 at 5:09pm

    Well it won’t be 8-2 again. There’s no way we can score 2.

  128. Lee

    January 22, 2012 at 5:09pm

    Rico, happy belated birthday!!!

  129. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:09pm

    Come on, you reds!!! Robin’s been invisible.

  130. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:10pm

    That’s good from this guy Yennaris.. Relieved that bloody punk DJ gone

  131. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:11pm

    Seems as if RVP going off and staying is the same…..he is nowhere.

    Is he injured???

  132. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:12pm

    Steve, that is bloody funny :P

    Hey lee, thank you, shame wnegr and his crew can’t dish up a belated present eh…..

  133. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:12pm

    OOh my goddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. Lee

    January 22, 2012 at 5:12pm

    FFS!!

  135. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:12pm

    Robin… how did you miss that one….

  136. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:14pm

    TR did well to pass, (IMO he should have shot) but the ball was on RVP’s left and strongest foot. We will pay for that chance.

  137. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:16pm

    That’s better (errr…) from our boys!! Come on, AFC!!!

  138. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:17pm

    devil, i can understand why TR would pass, in form RvP, open goal and on his left peg??

    dead cert to score ordinarily…..

  139. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:19pm

    Rosicky is working his socks off. He is playing really well. Typical of AW it would be……to see him being substituted.

    FFS Arsene….MAKE IT A BLOODY 4-4-2

  140. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:19pm

    Though itwas a gud pass it’s the same rosicky who scored two scremers in wc 2006 2 in anfield.. his scoring ability almost completelgone off these days.

    btw laying well now..

  141. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:21pm

    I agree Rico….but that is the problem with our team. We have no one who can take even a teammate from the scruff of the neck. It is easy to square up to your enemies…..but its damn fucking hard to square up to your friends and keep your ground.

  142. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:23pm

    Come on, we are now taking hold of midfield!!! A bit more of a cutting edge, please!!

  143. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:24pm

    Steve….it has been coached out of him. Many skills have been coached out of some of our players….Rosicky, Arshavin to name but two.

  144. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:24pm

    Chesney, come on!!!

  145. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:25pm

    Merte…..that should make you MOTM

  146. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:28pm

    What is this fucking refereee doing !!

  147. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:28pm

    Theo has absolutely no sense of anticipation. Run run run. That’s all he does. Pointless.

  148. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:30pm

    Agag it was funny the way he positioned himself in the centre of the 6 yard box when the OX crossed. Do you folks sincerily think that he would have won a a header????

  149. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:32pm

    That’s it dfukers!!

  150. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:32pm

    Robiiiiiiiiin

  151. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:32pm

    1-1

    the magic has returned.

  152. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 5:34pm

    GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!

  153. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:35pm

    That’s not the sight I want to see :(

  154. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:36pm

    Woooow. The fans are angry about the substitution. But mygod, why is Walcott staying on???

  155. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:36pm

    WTF…..you take off our best winger and put on a cart horse??? if that decision backfires you will have a lot to answer for. I hope to eat a humble pie.

  156. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:38pm

    It should have been Theo off. Hope AW is right and I am wrong.

  157. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:38pm

    yea first reward from the sub

  158. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:39pm

    Now, Walcott’s unconscious??? Oh god.

  159. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 5:40pm

    even the emirates & RVP baffled with wenger’s substitution

  160. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:42pm

    Fuuuuuuuudge

  161. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:43pm

    Grrrrrrr

  162. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:43pm

    That was a good substitution Wenger – Chamberlain for the Arsehavin!!

  163. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:45pm

    and there you have it….Arshavin cannot even tackle a static broom. He should have not given Valencia that much space. At least the Ox would have kept Valencia further back in case he might defend. suddenly its only Vermaelen on that side.

  164. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 5:45pm

    So, we now get to see Park…

    AA is lazy, bloody lazy!!

    I hope he goes in the next couple of days!!

  165. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:45pm

    another good reward from the sub good tracking good defense!!!!

  166. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:46pm

    Park on……can he save the day and in 6 minutes manage to do more than Chamack and Arshavin have done since August???

  167. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 5:46pm

    NO Humble pie for you Devil. AA fucked up there. Makes AW’s sub woeful.

  168. Steve

    January 22, 2012 at 5:46pm

    Blimey ! Who’s the bloke in a number 9 shirt ?

  169. Steve

    January 22, 2012 at 5:48pm

    Love the new chant: ” you don’t know what you’re doing ! “

  170. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:52pm

    we have never won a game with Dean in charge

  171. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:52pm

    Third reward from sub!

  172. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 5:56pm

    That’s it!! This game gives me great pain :( :(

  173. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 5:59pm

    Wenger has much to answer for. You sub your bright light for one who is a spent bulb Brilliant, Wenger. Well-done!

  174. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 6:00pm

    I take Ox as the only positive.

  175. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:00pm

    Same old then……

  176. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:03pm

    rico, your birthday present was a dud. :( :(

  177. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:03pm

    No DG10. Kozzer had a super game today. Even Yennaris in just 45 minutes showed that he is a FOOTBALLER with a sense.

  178. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:04pm

    Quite impressed by Yennaris…

  179. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 6:05pm

    Wenger must be saving the Ox but what the fuck for

  180. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:06pm

    so true agag, the ox was the player who could have won us this game – he should have taken theo off….

    as DG says, Ox was the shining light in this defeat…

    rosicky to had a decent game, ramsey, walcott, song, jd had shockers….

  181. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 6:06pm

    Sorry, Devil. Ox was the only one who got praised on live scores. Rightfully corrected than.

  182. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:07pm

    Same sentiment, Devil…

  183. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:09pm

    They sure did agag….

    Yennaris did well, how many times have we all suggested he started? He’s a right back, JD will never be…

  184. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:10pm

    Song was awwwwwwful. I expected more from him… Ramsey cn’t keep on spurning his chances. Like theo, such lack of composure…

  185. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:13pm

    I thought, Chamberlain, Kos and Merts had a good game, they were let down by others…

    Too many others!!

    Song proved why we need M’Vila today agag….

  186. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:14pm

    Today was my first time in my whole life as an ARSENAL supporter that I have heard the supporters chant “You dont know what you are doing” to a manager. Even the players were open mouthed when the OX, the best player on the pitch was substituted for a spent player.

  187. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:15pm

    I’m usually magnanimous towards Wenger, rico. But he is responsible for assembling this team of mediocrity. And I don’t blame the fans for voicing their displeasure at the substitution. Made no sense. None.

  188. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 6:16pm

    wenger is just a fool subborn french garlic on denial, he wants to prove the imposible playing the same shit of players and take off the better ones. what planet is he from? shame that all effort the other put went in vain.. Theo, Ramsy had very poor game and he takes off the best one and put on the shitty russian!

    that’s it for me, he should resign, even the crowd for the first time
    told him he doesn’t know what he is doing!

  189. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 6:18pm

    Agag, re your 5.59, comment of the day, take a bow.

    Considering Yennaris was probably our 5th choice at the start of the season i thought the lad done really well today.

    As for AA, don’t get me started, if he was a horse he would be shot.

  190. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:18pm

    If AW doesnt take heed of what happened today he never will.

    According to Italian sites we are in for Mauro Zarate who plays for Internazionale.

  191. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 6:20pm

    There are no positives from this game.. We all know AOC is a good player and Wenger is not giving him chance. defensive errors at cruicial time, lack of cutting edge up front, getting too sloppy, arshavin and djourou…

    One decision I like today was replacing stupid djorou on ht.
    we were an arshavin away from winning it..
    Emptiness !!!! what’s next !!

  192. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 6:22pm

    How lucky are we we get to keep Arshavin Djourou Sqillaki and Diaby for another six months. I cant wait

  193. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:26pm

    Similar here agag, but… what you say is spot on….

    Micko – agag is so so right, Chamberlain was a real shining star today, he is still a kid, but showed exactly what playing football means to him, we have another Jack and i for one am bloody glad we signed him….

    Ox
    Lansbury
    Jenkinson
    Frimpong
    Afobe
    Aneke

    Get them in the same side, we’ll have a team of ‘Arsenal’ again and they would embarass many of our current lot!!

    Yenarris did himself proud too….

  194. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:29pm

    Rokabox – please don’t mention Wenger, French and Garlic together, it offends…

    Stv, spot on re AA

    SteveP, that lot can naff off asap!!

    It offends me, I bloody love garlic ;) ;)

  195. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:31pm

    Hi, Micko. :( I want to feel sympathetic towards AA, really, I do. But nothing about the way he plays even remotely suggests he can be bothered. Such a stark contrast to Rosicky, who’s a second-stringer now, but does try to make the most of his limited playing time. He was one of the few trying to urge the ball forward. Song, Ramsey, and Walcott were disastrous.

    Robin and Kozzer have to be my favorite AFC players now.

  196. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 6:33pm

    Rokabox, better off using cheese eating surrender monkey next time.

  197. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 6:37pm

    hate robin today for the miss .. I know it’s rude but thats two games against swansea too..

  198. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 6:40pm

    Arsene Wengers coming on this should be good

  199. Rokabox

    January 22, 2012 at 6:45pm

    SORRY FOR ALL THOSE GARLIC LOVERS, MY BAD!
    WE ALL GET THE POINT THOUG!

  200. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 6:49pm

    Just saw the RVP reaction when the OX was subbed for AA.

    If I lip read correctly he is saying “Oh no”

    Then he asked “Why??”

    That is if I am correct. I might be wrong.

  201. Gooner Sam

    January 22, 2012 at 6:49pm

    So I could have predicted that side would lose today and Arsene couldn’t, perhaps I should be paid 7mil then!?

  202. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 6:52pm

    :P :P Rokabox

    off for dinner…..

  203. stevepalmer1

    January 22, 2012 at 6:54pm

    I’m a lip reader and i thought he said , Oh No You Cnut Why. Get me a transfer

  204. lee

    January 22, 2012 at 6:55pm

    yeah £7m p.a and the fucking idiot takes off one of our best players to replace with someone that quite clearly don’t want to be here…LUDICROUS!!!
    JD was woeful…AGAIN! How many chances will give these players…..?

  205. lee

    January 22, 2012 at 6:57pm

    who did walcott give a bollocking to in the first half? He wants to have look at himself the fuckin headless chicken….

  206. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 6:59pm

    SP1 :-)

  207. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:00pm

    Rico @ 6.26

    So how come that Lansbury and Frimpong are both out on loan?? Rosicky did well today but Song was not in the races while Ramsey is finding it tough to impose himself. Surely both could have done better than Song and Theo. At least they could allow us to play 4-4-2.

    Regarding AA, if I was in his place I would slap in a transfer request and tell AW that I will never play again for HIM. To hear the normally placid and tolerant ARSENAL supporters booing you as you enter is enough to make even the most hardened man cry. AW has destroyed him and the sooner he is off to a club who plays him in his right position the better.

  208. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:02pm

    Here it is.

  209. STV

    January 22, 2012 at 7:10pm

    He should be cas no other manager even give him a chance.. and cos he gave supporters that much joy during his time.

  210. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:10pm

    Anyone got the Wenger post-match i/v…..?

  211. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 7:12pm

    My comments later…

  212. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:14pm

    not yet Sir AK. I have been searching the internet for it and its not on. Maybe he went to have a long hard look in the mirror.

  213. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:16pm

    Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said: ‘We had a difficult first half, we were a bit nervous due to the fact we lost the last two games and we played under pressure today.

    ‘In the second half we had chances to win the game, we made a defensive mistake on the second goal but we had a good second half and at 1-1 it looked like it would be us to win.’

  214. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:18pm

    Arsene Wenger has partially admitted his regret over the substitution of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    And after witnessing the failure which resulted partly from his choice of substitution on Sunday, Wenger did not hide from the truth that he had made a tactical error.

    “We showed a good display in the second-half and I feel we were very unlucky” Wenger told Sky Sports

    That is all I could find Sir AK. And for the first time ever I have heard AW admit a mistake.

  215. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:19pm

    Seems as if Yennaris had a good game…..

    Hopefully that’ll be the last time we’ll see Djourou at right-back.

    He’s, at best, an average centre-back. But at full-back he is suspect and clearly uncomfortable…

    Yes, injuries haven’t helped. And it’s easy being wise in retrospect, but maybe a manager who was braver and had more imagination, would have started with Yennaris.

    You can see Wenger’s lack of imagination in his substitution of Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arshavin.

    It was a decision that did not need to be made.

    So why the fcuk did he make it?

    Did he think that Arshavin would score?
    Or create the winner???

    Well actually Arshavin did assist in the winner. And United duly took their chance.

  216. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:22pm

    Did Park have any effect when he came on?

    If not, then what was the point in bringing him on??

    And what was the fcuking point in signing him???

  217. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:24pm

    I would have rather seen Ozyakup on the bench…

    And wouldn’t it have been great to have had Frimpong on the bench??

    Maybe in the team!

    Instead of Song. Who is playing as if he has one eye on his next transfer…

  218. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:26pm

    Still i don’t suppose that our moronic Chairman is too concerned.

    As long as he has an alcholic drink and a Havana cigar to stuff into his fat ugly face, then everything is ok….

  219. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:27pm

    Oh yes he had an effect mate. He was making his fans in Korea scream with delight. Otherwise I would have made two or three better runs than him.

    I still cannot fathom out how Lansbury and Frimpong are out on loan.

  220. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:28pm

    Were you unable to watch, AK? Well, you did spare yourself the pain of another ignominious defeat and the sheer cluelessness of certain players. Usual suspects. ;)

    I swear, there is so little to suggest Oxo could not have lasted the entire game.

  221. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:29pm

    I’m beginning to prepare myself for finishing outside of the top-four.

    Unless that useless tosser Gazides pulls a rabbit or two out of his hat, we’re finishing 5th or worse.

    Our only saving grace is the fact that Liverpool and Newcastle are worse than us.

  222. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:31pm

    Agag, there’s only one thing for it gal.

    I’m gonna have to go out tomorrow and buy myself a pair of shoes…. :P:

  223. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:33pm

    Devil, i’m not sure if Afobe is fit yet, but i’d rather have had him coming off the bench.

    Even on one leg… ;)

  224. Steve

    January 22, 2012 at 7:35pm

    JD is rubbish at right-back but that’s not his fault. Strange though that SAF and all the Man U players knew it but it came as a surprise to our manager.

    Even stranger would be the claim that Yennaris is a gamble given that were he fit the right-back berth today would have been given to Jenkinson.

  225. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:40pm

    AK :D Haha. I like!! Go get a fancy pair! It will make you feel soooo much better.

  226. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:40pm

    Steve, i don’t think playing Yennaris would have been that much of a gamble, but Wenger is ultra-cautious….

    In fact, if the truth be told, most of us were dumb-founded that Wenger made a change at half-time!

  227. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:43pm

    Posted a really good picture Agag, but it went into moderation…..

    I know that Wath, Lee, SSP and Micko will appreciate it.

    My idea of fancy shoes Agag is getting a brown pair…. ;)

  228. lee

    January 22, 2012 at 7:50pm

    AK, what’s this retail therapy? Shame IG didn’t fancy a little transfer therapy…..

  229. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:52pm

    What’s the photo about? Brown can be fancy, AK. ;) :)

    Ju had too little time to be able to impose himself. Theo, on the other hand, had entirely too much time, and apart from some moves, likewise did nothing to be able to impose himself.

  230. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 7:56pm

    Agag, you’ll have to wait until Rico comes back from whatever she’s doing.
    Probably thumping her old man…… :lol:

  231. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 7:59pm

    Try it, Lee. Pretty addictive stuff. :cool: For someone whose wife is in the retail business, our owner is ironically averse to spending. Grrrr.

  232. devilgunner

    January 22, 2012 at 8:00pm

    I am off mates. Good night to you all. Even though we lost its nice keeping you company.

  233. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 8:02pm

    Kev, re your 7.29, I don’t even think he could pull a hare out of his arse !

  234. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:04pm

    Good night Devil.

    Lee, it must be my female side coming to the fore. :D

    It’s all Agag’s fault. She’s a terrible influence… ;)

  235. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:04pm

    My feeling is Wenger wrongfully envisioned Arshavin to reignite his Arsenal career. Redeem his status if you will. In the heat of mass emotions AA was the unfortunate recipient of Boo’s really aimed at Wenger’s F-ed up decision and tactical error.

    Arshavin should find him a club that plays him in his natural role. He’s not that versatile as Wenger wants him to be. AA is perfect within a action radius of 5 yards. Back tracking takes the stamina out off him. He deserves a few good years left as a professional imho.

  236. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 8:04pm

    Cheeky, AK!! ;) Good night, Dev! Glad it’s a bank holiday here tomorrow.

  237. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:05pm

    Night Devil. Thanks for the company.

  238. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:07pm

    When you see that picture i put up, Micko, you may think about your 8.02 in a different light….

  239. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 8:07pm

    Nite Devil, hopefully your wake to find this has all been a nightmare……..if only.

  240. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 8:09pm

    AK – your Rooney pic is up now, bloomin moderation

    devil – i’d see lansbuury and frimps over some of ours right now….

  241. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:09pm

    Dutch, it begs the question then………

    If Wenger is such a genius?

    And his scouts know what they are doing??

    Then wtf did we buy Arshavin for???

  242. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:10pm

    Ere Mick, where has Rooney got his rabbit then?????

  243. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:15pm

    Apparantly a BBC journalist, has said that Oxo signalled that he wanted to come off…..

    He was suffering from cramp…

  244. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 8:15pm

    devil – i also agree re AA, rubbish he is right jow but that is down to being played everywhere other than where he is born to play….

    he’s not alone either… nighty to you….

  245. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 8:17pm

    Kev, there’s no place for that on a football pitch !

  246. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 8:18pm

    AK, eewww. :) Nothing about Rooney will surprise me though… :D

    Dutch, I really don’t think AA was booed though. The substitution of Oxo was.

  247. rico

    January 22, 2012 at 8:20pm

    Til tomorrow guys, which so i have just found out, will be olivers last match report and contribution to HH….

    :( :(

    What hurts most about today, it was all so so expected – long gone are the days that we fans believed we would win….

    When losing becomes the norm, it’s says an awful lot doesn’t it……….

    Nighty night all……

    Be safe…

  248. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:28pm

    AK

    Arshavin was bought on performances at the Euros (took out Holland virtually on his own). And his leadership role that saw Zenith FC win the Russian league and raise eyebrows in the EUR. Championship.

    Nothing more nothing less. They probably thought he had another level of brilliance in him. Totally ignorant he spend the larger portion of his career on one continent. He had already aged his character. Not that adaptable/receptacle to fundamental changes in his play.

  249. Marinello

    January 22, 2012 at 8:28pm

    Well, the substitution by Wenger, I just do not understand. The Ox was on fire. Walcott should have come off.
    Souness summed it up, selling Nasri, and Fabregas, we needed to replace them in the transfer market with like players. Arsenal are becoming a feeder club, with no CL, we will not be able to attract quality players. Why would RVP want to stay?
    I watched Arshavin half heartedly trying to defend on the 2nd goal, he turned his back to the player and the ball….
    Yennaris was impressive, the Ox was superb, Koscelny was inspiring to watch, Meertsacker looked short of pace and yes great save off the line, but he ain’t good enough. Rice always used to shout at the back 4 to get up the pitch, he seems to slow them down.
    So. I feel the substitution was wrong, it broke the momentum, and Arshavin does not want to be out there, he just goes through the motions.
    Interesting games coming up for us.

  250. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 8:30pm

    What’s happened to oliver??? :( :(

  251. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 8:30pm

    Nite rico, you have to stop burning the candle at both ends.

  252. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:32pm

    Night night Rico.

    Agag The fans raised their stick a notch when he entered the pitch.

  253. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:34pm

    Good night Rico…..

  254. agirlagunner

    January 22, 2012 at 8:36pm

    Good night, dear friends. Try to enjoy what’s left of your night. :(

  255. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:41pm

    AK

    There are a couple more examples: Shevchenko, Pavlyuchenko and Zhirkov. ;-)

  256. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:41pm

    You off as well Agag….. :(

    Hit those shops tomorrow, that’ll cheer ya up.

    Good night….

  257. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 8:42pm

    Everyone’s heading for their bunks, nite agag.

    Don’t think I’ll be watching match of the day tonight, might just give it a miss.

  258. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:43pm

    Yes, i’m beginning to see a pattern emerging there Dutch…..

    It’s certainly put me off Arsenal signing anymore Russians….

  259. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:44pm

    Night Agag. Stay away from BUY NOW buttons tonight. 8-)

  260. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:46pm

    9 more days of the Window to go.

    You guys optimistic or not?

  261. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:47pm

    I still think that we’ll sign a couple of players, probably on the 31st.

  262. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 8:50pm

    Me too AK. Really doesn’t work past a certain age. Or they have to be the proven works as a young prospect. Like in Gotze.

  263. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:50pm

    It won’t be imho, any of the names banded about.

    It’ll be a couple of signings we’ve never heard of like Santos, that kind of ilk.

    A defender and a striker…….

    Maybe a goalkeeper on loan, as i think Fabianski could leave?

  264. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:52pm

    Suprised that they haven’t flogged off Squillaci yet?

    Might see some movement next week?

  265. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 8:53pm

    Deadline Day, is Tuesday week, think the cut-off time is 5pm…

  266. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 8:58pm

    Even if we brought in a couple of quality players before the end of the month I’m not sure it would make much difference now, its a case of closing the stable door when the horse has already bolted.

    Champions league is slipping away, Gazidas is always quick to point out how we have made the top 4 every season under wenger and how us fans take the CL for granted, I’ll be interested to hear what he has to say in the summer.

  267. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:01pm

    Mick, i’m not sure, but i would imagine that our CEO, will keep his big gob firmly closed for the duration.

    He is like all the other ‘suits’ at Arsenal.
    When times are bad, hide behind the manager and mumble’
    “Not me guv”

  268. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 9:01pm

    AK

    What bothers me is that not many high potentials leave their transfer to the last day. Mediocrity does. There are exceptions to the rule but those leave out of frustration with their current employee. Not circumstances that let them hit the ground running.

  269. cgander

    January 22, 2012 at 9:03pm

    How do the fans continue to but up with this crap? I am bemused!!!

  270. Micko

    January 22, 2012 at 9:03pm

    Fella’s, I’m gonna call it a night, catch you tomorrow Dutch / AK / Marinello.

  271. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:05pm

    I know what you mean Dutch.
    I just think that Arsenal know who they want and have probably been having talks.
    They just like to string it out until the deadline in order to get a discount..!

  272. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:06pm

    Good night Mick.

    Try not to go to sleep tonight with an image of Rooney on your mind…….

  273. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 9:08pm

    Good night Micko. C u tomorrow.

  274. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 9:12pm

    Hope your right AK. I really do. No more rubbish from garage sales.

  275. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 9:18pm

    A back keeper has been off radar to many transfer gossips. But a much needed addition. I agree Fabi is looking for a regular start to improve.

  276. DutchGooner10

    January 22, 2012 at 9:35pm

    Night fellow brothers of the Arsenal faith. Sleep tight.

  277. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:36pm

    Wonder if Miyaichi could be heading back to Feyenoord, Dutch?

  278. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:36pm

    Good night Dutch……

  279. W.A.T.H

    January 22, 2012 at 9:38pm

    AK you still about…?

    Do i really wanna chat about today hmmmmmmm

    More importantly how’s the Mrs AK…?

  280. Joaquim Moreira

    January 22, 2012 at 9:42pm

    We came back to August/September when the scores marked the time. Three defeats in the League. Nine drop points. The first two games, frustrating. Today, with the impression that we could have achieved more. Considerations: a) Yennakis, is not Sagna, but it’s quick, combative, is part of the movement forward, crosses, faces the opponent. How was it possible to walk all these games with a defense, better to defend, but isn’t a full back? b) AA is not well psychologically. Worse is to “pull” that was the target. If the head does not work, everything else does not work. c) Again, Ramsey is the interval, the player who ran over (almost one km to the 2nd!). But to what avail? d) Park Place today to 7 min. the end, without ever having played in the league, with Arsenal losing 2-1, is to discredit him and move on to play with one player less.

  281. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:47pm

    Still here Wath, surfing the net for explanations etc

  282. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 9:53pm

    Mrs AK is fine thank you Wath,

    On that performance, and bearing in mind how well they played yesterday, i think we’re gonna have a tough time beating Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

  283. W.A.T.H

    January 22, 2012 at 9:57pm

    You don’t need to surf the net for explanations mate you saw it with your own 2 eyes….!

    JM, we had players out of position and when Yennaris came on least he knew where he had to be, he attacked the ball tried to stay with the opponent and generally did a good job, midfield was poor, very poor apaprt from Rosicky and to think we were outplayed buy a 37yr old veteran and a players who is hardly a world beater is frankly pretty pathetic and embarassing, wenger yes again shows his ego and his stubborn mind but not adapting and changing a formation, surely Song and Ramsey in a 4-4-2 would over run Carrick and Giggs…? the smug look on wengers face when answering why he took off Ox stinks of telling lies and bullshit and now i hear wenger says he does not have to answer to all his decisions… actually you ignorant pig on 7million quid a year of OUR money yes you do have to answer….. Sums up all that is wrong with our club !!!

    I am beyond pissed off…. I am seething… an average mancs side played us off the park for 45mins and we didnt have a clue…! Wenger said an idiot is one who doesnt buy a full back and we lose games in Jan with players out injured and what has that idiot done…? bought noone and tells us fullbacks fit in ten days… to late by then mr idiot…. how long will they be fit for is the question and by then we playing for europa league if we lucky.

  284. W.A.T.H

    January 22, 2012 at 10:00pm

    Glad the Mrs doing ok AK thats at least good news….!

  285. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 10:03pm

    On 29th November, Arsenal lost at home 0-1 to Man City in the Carling Cup.

    Including that game, Arsenal have played 12 league & cup games up to today.

    Their record is =

    Played …..12
    Won………. 5
    Drawn……. 1
    Lost……….. 6
    For………… 15
    Against….. 14

  286. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 10:11pm

    This scenario, has all the makings of last seasons implosion.

    Wenger desperately needs Sagna, Henry, Arteta and Coquelin or Gibbs back.

    I know what you mean about Wenger’s interviews, but you wouldn’t expect Ferguson or Rednapp or Dalglish or Mourinho to admit that they fcuked up.

    He knows it mate, whatever else he might say.

    And btw, Liverpool are in shit street, so we aren’t alone.

  287. allezkev

    January 22, 2012 at 10:15pm

    Wath, me ol’ china, i’m offski now.

    MotD, i can’t give it up….. ;)

    See ya lata mate….

  288. W.A.T.H

    January 22, 2012 at 10:17pm

    Cheers Ak, am off for a glass of the day……….

  289. SD-London

    January 22, 2012 at 11:03pm

    just one conclusion for tonight’s game , although it pains me to say it but i will say it all the same;

    Arsenal is in trouble, we are owned by a man that only cares about our accounts and share value,

    We have a board that cares only about their shares and it’s value.
    and WENGER AS OFFICIALLY LOST IT TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY.He doesn’t know what he is doing anymore and RVP might leave just based on tonight’s decision alone.

    SOLUTION:
    Sell the club to Usmanov(he is a true football fan and he is richer that Abramovic).

    Clear/sack the board , they are not interested in winning anything.

    I will cry though if this happens but i will say ; sack or retire Wenger, he has lost his spark and he is definitely part of the board and taking all of us for a ride including our celebrated fan (Henry)

    Kroenke,Board,Wenger,Ashavin,Walcot,JD,Squilacci,Chamack all needs to go all , all , all.

    Wenger really messed his legacy up tonight and i dont think he will recover.

  290. allezkev

    January 23, 2012 at 12:15am

    To me, the FA Cup game with Aston Villa, has now become a must win game…

    Even after todays defeat, Arsenal are only 5 points behind an erratic Chelsea, and could still finish in the top-four.

    I have to admit, that i’m not at all confident that they will, but it is still a possibility.

    Some may argue, that the CL games with AC Milan are more important than the Aston Villa game. And from a financial viewpoint, they probably are.

    But in reality, this Arsenal team, even a fully fit Arsenal team, are not, imho, equiped to win the CL.

    And if, as i fear, Arsenal are not going to finish in the top-four, then the FA Cup, as we stand, remains our best opportunity of saving a season that is fast dying on it’s feet.

    Arsenal’s last trophy was the FA Cup of 2005.

    Maybe we need to win it again, to finally end this damned trophy drought?

  291. rico

    January 23, 2012 at 8:31am

    No surprise there lee….

  292. lee

    January 23, 2012 at 8:49am

    Rico, it’s a such a shame that he won’t admit his own short-comings, bin the shite/persistantly injured players so they’re off the wage bill and add three quality ones! It is winding me up more and more I think or talk about it….I seriously think we’d get CL football if he swallowed his pride…but ho hum they banked £3m yesterday, do they give a toss?? I think not….

  293. rico

    January 23, 2012 at 8:56am

    But ‘he’s been in football 30 years’ lee, he knows better than everyone!!

    What a joke, all the good he did, he has undone, and some – if he can’t see it now he never will and as far as i am concerned, he can go….

    He has 8 days to sort this mess out, if he doesn’t, we will struggle for europa, let alone CL – his own captain is now questioning his decisions, that should tell him something…..

  294. rico

    January 23, 2012 at 9:02am

    And he spouts the same old crap too, about how the first half was a battle and in the second we played much better, how we had chances to kill off the game….

    garbage, utter bloody garbage!

  295. rico

    January 23, 2012 at 9:03am

    Added to that, what really pees me off is Utd weren’t actually that good, they are noweher near what they used to be – three players, good players and we would have won that game yesterday and at a canter…..

  296. rico

    January 23, 2012 at 9:07am

    The New Post is up…..

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