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Make or break our season? An early goal would make it very tough…

Morning all.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the squad for tonight’s match is the same as Sundays.

It’s a tricky fixture though and we need to get the right result to see us through to the next round. We have a tough few matches ahead and we need to be full of confidence, not left thinking, ‘what if’?

A victory or a draw would see us top the group and avoid the big guns in the Knock-out stages of the Champions League. A loss will see us out of the competition altogether, if it’s by three or more goals.

Just why I think Arsene Wenger will start with his strongest side. He wants this big trophy and like all of us fans, I bet he doesn’t want to see Arsenal players performing on Thursday nights!

We have to assume that Borussia Dortmund will beat Marseille so that will draw them level with us on points and of course, Napoli will know that nothing but a 3-0 win will see them through to the knock-out stages, so they will be up for this game…

Rafa Benitez is ready for us:

We know that Arsenal are very strong but we will try. My team has to give 100 per cent.

My players know how important tomorrow’s game is and they have all trained really well. We have nothing to lose.

For us to play at home gives us an added strength.  

He is right, they have nothing to lose, so they’ll be all out to win.

So will we though – Arsene Wenger:

The attitude of the players is focused and ambitious. That pleases me very much. We will play our usual game and try to take control of the ball.

Tomorrow (Tonight’s game) is a decider in the Champions League, that is for sure.

It sure is.

The key tonight is an early goal and we need to get it. That would leave Napoli needing four to go through but if we concede early, the momentum and belief will be with the home side.

One thing for sure and that’s we have to start the game a lot lot better than we did on Sunday, we are the ones who have to get out of the traps early and dictate the pace of the game.

Talking of pace, surely Theo Walcott or Serge Gnabry have to start this game, but I can’t see it being the latter as he’s not featured in any of our recent matches. So that leaves Theo, Napoli will know all about his speed and that alone will give the home side something to think about. I’d play him on the left though and get him cutting in onto his natural foot.

If it were down to me, I’d start with both Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, just as we did in the home fixture. Let them protect the back five and then play a fast and furious attacking game with width, pace and clinical finishing.

Tomas Rosicky is another starter for me, when he plays, the midfield click and we need a good start. Get him on, even if it’s only for an hour – and yes, I’d leave Santi Cazorla on the bench, as I would Jack Wilshere.

That leaves Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, all of whom simply have to play.

I’m sure a few of you will disagree with that starting eleven…..

But I see that eleven as giving us balance with enough in the attacking department to get us goals and plenty of defensive cover if the game doesn’t go our way at times.

Oh, and enough strength on the bench to change things when needed….

Wojciech Szczesny has been talking ahead of tonight:

I don’t think we should approach the game thinking that we need to avoid a defeat. We believe that we’re good enough to go there and get a win. We don’t need to change our attitude, we need to keep it going the way we have been and that should give us a result.

It’s a Champions League fixture which is always enjoyable, you’re always up for it. I don’t think there will be any problems with our approach to the game.

Good, every player whether starting or on the bench have to be up for this match if they are to get the result we need tonight.

Szczesny also said:

I think in the first half-hour [of the first Napoli game] we were frightening,I never touched the ball so that should tell you a lot.

More of the same tonight please Arsenal, more of the same…..

Finally, Happy Birthday to AllezKev, who is 21 today! Three points just for him would be nice please Arsenal….

That’s your lot……

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268 Responses to Make or break our season? An early goal would make it very tough…

  1. Steve says:

    a draw would still see us finish top.

  2. Joaquim Moreira says:

    good morning!
    I’m not very confident for today!
    Flamini and Arteta must play. It’s my advice.
    Congratulations to Allez and to Nigel Winterburn

  3. potter says:

    21 Allezkev ? Let’s hope it’s the key to gates of Naples tonight.

  4. BrainwashedKev says:

    Morning All….
    Morning Rico, an engaging post ;-)

    Yes JM it is Nigel Winterburn’s birthday today.
    And John Lukic…. Thanks JM…

    Cheers Nasher, Scott, Adam, Rico and Lee… :-)

    Yes Coach, sadly I do remember the Spuds winning the Double, in black and white… :-D

  5. BrainwashedKev says:

    21 Potter?

    If only mate :-(

  6. rico says:

    Steve, I never was any good at maths… ;)

  7. tsgh says:

    21? I am yet to know any 21 y.o who knows his ww1 and wwII history as well as Mr Kev. :P

    Have a good one buddy…

    With Baup getting sacked by OM I am hoping that a BVB get a draw at most…

  8. devilgunner says:

    for the sake of those who have not my previous post’s comment here it is…..

    Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy. :)

    How old now???? erm let’s see.

    According to WATH, a reliable old source, who remembers THE HOBBIT being written, bless his woolly socks and hairy toes, it seems as if Kev was born something around the middle ages of last century. It was the summer years of the 20th century, he claims. That must make it around pension age. The last time he commented, WATH said that Kev remembers a spuddie lifting YE OLDE ENGLISH LEAGUE…..althoug the latter claims that now that is a distant haze.

    So Happy Birthday KEV. May you have an enjoyable day full of all that you wish for.

  9. HenryB says:

    Morning Rico,

    You have said it all. Tricky!

    It is a bit of a lottery when you are effectively playing a one off cup game. Look at what happened to Bayern last night, coasting at 2:0 against an inferior team and then – whammy!

    Still the thrill of the unknown is part and parcel of football and we have definitely got the team to do it. :-)

  10. HenryB says:

    AK, did you get a birthday card from the Queen?

    Happy Birthday! :-)

  11. rico says:

    Morning Birthday boy – I meant to add ‘in dog years’ ;)

  12. rico says:

    Morning Hb…

    Start quick, early goal and leave Napoli needing 4. This defence wouldn’t let in that many…

    Would they?

  13. Xris says:

    A draw puts us still in 1st place. The only thing to get us out of Tuesday/Wednesday Night Football is losing by a 3-goal scoreline which is something still possible if we didn’t play well. Let’s pray God and our team give Kev something to celebrate alongside his birthday.

    Who ever expected Bayern to lose at home after being 2-0 up?

  14. Wavy says:

    It will all depend upon the Ref……….whether or not the Neopolitan underworld have made him an offer he can’t refuse!
    If it is a level playing field then The Arsenal will go through. I can’t see them shipping 3 goals without reply, so……..there we are!
    I expect at least a draw and I don’t think I will be disappointed.


  15. HenryB says:

    How can you even doubt them Rico — we couldn’t ship 4 goals could we?

    Now you have me doing it! :-)

  16. BrainwashedKev says:

    Thank you Henry….

    I luv you too… ;-)

  17. ozgunner says:

    i agree with the general feeling, we score first, its over. They don’t have the backbone to come back from that. They score first any time in the first 75 and look out. Don’t panic Mr mannering!!

  18. BrainwashedKev says:

    Cheers Ginge….

    Don’t rub it in Coach… :-)

    Woof woof Rico… ;-)

    Footballistically, and maybe in a minority…

    If you gave me a choice, I would rather win at Wastelands…

    Having said/wrote er typed that;

    In a perfect world, winning the next three games would be like a double pie and mash in Bethnal Green Road….

  19. Donald says:

    Morning Rico , great post as usual , I do hope tonight we play to our strengths and an early goal for us will surely allay early jitters and make us dictate the tempo and tone of the match.A win tonight will be a massive uplift going into the weekend.

  20. rico says:

    The ref is one who has history with us isn’t he Wavy?

    :) Hb. Sorry…

  21. rico says:

    :) Oz.

    Morning Donald – thanks and spot on…

    Bet your bark is worse than your bite Kev ;)

  22. HenryB says:

    What I think is pretty disturbing following on from the attacks on Arsenal fans in a pie shop in London by the Italian ‘Ultras’, is that the team and the Arsenal support staff have been confined to the hotel in case of further trouble.

    Frankly that is a disgrace and UEFA should ban any clubs with sh*t fans like that.

  23. rico says:

    Shocking – Just hope all the fans/players are safe out there.

  24. HenryB says:


    I am not the smartest guy in the world but I am beginning to see a pattern,

    First you said you were referring to Kev’s age in dog years, and now you are talking about his ‘bark and his bite’ — is it possible that he is the world’s first typing, doggy Gooner?

    We could make a fortune here you know! :-)

  25. HenryB says:

    I understand that very few tickets have been sold to Arsenal fans for tonight’s game probably because no one wants to be bashed up by a gang of opposition ‘supporters’ at any time but especially before Xmas.

    If that was caused by UK hooligans the papers would be in uproar.

  26. rico says:

    Ha ha Hb…

    Kev doesn’t get man flu either, he just feels ‘wuff’….

  27. HenryB says:

    Rico, :-)

  28. rico says:

    I wouldn’t go, even if if the trip/ticket was bought for me. No chance!

  29. ozgunner says:

    horrible fans that lot. They are either throwing bananas at players, or yelling racist abuse or being generally destructive. Should have been banned years ago

  30. rico says:

    Quiet old day on here today….

  31. rico says:

    I wonder if they’ll be trouble inside the ground, especially if we were to go 1-0 up…

    Sure are Oz, horrid bunch…

  32. ozgunner says:

    yeah i come on and everyone leaves ha!

  33. Lee says:

    Arsenal are 127 years old today!

  34. rico says:

    Now that is old Lee…

  35. rico says:

    I’m off now for a few hours, dog walk and then a Christmas ‘thing’ to go to, just hope it’s all done and dusted and I’m back home before ko…

    Can’t believe I said I’d go…. grrrrr

    Catch up later…

  36. BrainwashedKev says:

    Is that right Lee, 127 today…..

    Yeah, you should ask Wath about it, he was a regular in those there Plumstead days…

    Was always at the front of the Spion Kop, at the Manor Ground…

    Moaning of course! :-P

  37. Lee says:

    Hello and goodbye….

  38. Lee says:

    WATH moan…………..

  39. W.A.T.H says:

    To me very dear Grandad Kev, Happy Birthday Grandad, have a great day and enjoy the new zimmer frame I bought you…. It even has a new bell on it for you to ring to get tea off Granny….!

    Can’t believe you said 21 Rico, you mean 21 years from a century…!

    He’s still got all his marbles despite his age….! Am proud to call him Grandad Kev.

    Couple of my mates have gone over for the game they said all quiet last night.

    As we all know when it was English fans smashing things up we got banned, now others do it and it just gets swept under the carpet…!

    Oh well there is always Jan 4th to liven things up a little.

  40. W.A.T.H says:

    Sex n travel Lee :P:P:P

  41. potter says:

    The story which has been handed down over the generations is that on 11th December 1886, a group of footballers from the Dial Square workshop in the Woolwich Arsenal crossed the Thames on the “famous” Woolwich ferry, and walked to a piece of land which one of them had discovered on the Isle of Dogs.

    The boys from Dial Square, playing on a rough and ready surface (club secretary Elijah Watkins commented: “Talk about a football pitch! I could not venture to say what shape it was…a portion was – I was going to say a ditch, but I think an open sewer would be more appropriate.”) won 6-0, and then went back to Woolwich.

    Happy Birthday.AFC.

  42. BrainwashedKev says:

    I am very humbled by those kind words Grandson…

    And yes, I will now be getting you an Action Man for Christmas,
    as I promised… ;-)

  43. Lee says:

    We only sold 700 of of 3000 allocation apparently….

  44. W.A.T.H says:

    Action man……….. Just what I always wanted….! Beast the Barbie doll you tried to fob me off with last year…! Least I was able to give that to Lee….!

  45. Rick. says:

    Good afternoon to the House and the Birthday boys. Is this a good sign for tonight.
    HT in u19 comp.
    Napoli 1 Arseanal 0
    Marseille 2 Dortmund 0
    If it stays this way we finish top Napoli second .

  46. tsgh says:

    Hi Rick, hope you are getting better.?

    The u-19 results doesn’t sound too bad…

    Hi WATH..

  47. AndrewH says:

    HBD Kev, hope its a good one!
    Agree rico, we need Rosicky buzzing about like a bee. And Walcott stretching them and looking for flick-ons from Gir or the release ball over the top out wide.

  48. W.A.T.H says:

    Afternoon Ts, hope all well fella….!

  49. tsgh says:

    Not bad at all WATH…

    Ha ha Juve are out of the CL…

  50. Rick. says:

    Hi Ts, life is a roller coaster at the moment. A month ago I was told I was in the clear and they stopped all my medication.Since then my days have been up and down but they tell me things will get better and that I have many miles left on the clock.
    Now back to today . Allthough they lost 2-1 the lads finished top of the group and will have a home game in the one game last 16.
    From what i can gather they were on the receiving end of some rather hefty tackles and were unlucky to loose. But they still made it.

  51. Wavy says:

    Mustn’t mock the Old Lady, yet. We could end up playing them on a Thursday night in March! Never count your chickens……..unless you are Rico! – Ts.
    Granted, it is unlikely that we will lose, and even less likely by 3 clear goals, but nothing is certain……..look at Lazarus and I don’t mean Mark! (That was for BK and Potter and WATH)! I wonder if we all share the same birth year? No, not telling.
    1-1 tonight, I reckon.

  52. Adam says:

    Afternoon all. Sorry you’ve been through it Rick but I wish you all the best for the future.

  53. agirlagunner says:

    Boo!! I certainly hope we qualify. It wouldn’t do to be playing in the Europe League. :?

    Happiest birthday, Shopping Buddy! I hope you’ve taken time off from your schedule to get yourself some great presents. :) I’d bake you a cake, but I don’t want you to get food poisoning. :P

  54. BrainwashedKev says:

    Hey Wath, last I heard, Dave was seen running off with Barbie in his mouth…

    Thanks Andrew…

    Rick, sorry to hear your 4.43…
    Hang in there mate…

  55. agirlagunner says:

    Rick, get well soonest. :)

  56. BrainwashedKev says:

    Thank you Agag, my shopping buddy extraordinaire…

    Hope everything is fine at your end…

  57. agirlagunner says:

    All great here, AK. But the sched for CL matches is bad for sleeping habits. :(

    How are you celebrating?

  58. tsgh says:

    Maggio, Fernandez, Albiol, Armero; Dzemaili, Behrami; Callejón, Pandev, Mertens; Higuain

    NApoli team

  59. tsgh says:

    Wenger say Arsenal will play their normal game today. Says Wilshere & Ramsey are rested with slight muscle problems

    TR07 and SC19 start on the flanks; Both Flamster and Arteta in starting XI

    Evening all…

    TR07 and Sc19 must score

  60. tsgh says:

    Good to hear Rick… give striving Sir… ;)
    :D Wavy The dubious old lady?

  61. AndrewH says:

    Risicky – tick
    Walcott – x

    Thought it would be nice to have an hour under his belt before Saturday. Obviously not in City plans?

  62. tsgh says:

    Lets hope we can extend our run of not conceding a goal in 188 minutes of UCL football to 278 minutes tonight.
    c’mon you RRsss….

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  64. tsgh says:

    Just in time Dg…


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  66. DutchGooner10 says:

    *Keep the Highbury House name in high esteem. Thanks.

  67. DutchGooner10 says:

    Evening Ginge

    Cheers mate. Busy working. Catch you all later.

  68. rico says:

    Evening folks.

    No Ramsey then, that’s an odd one…

    Rick, hope all works out and your health improves…

  69. rico says:

    CL debut for their keeper, let’s hope he’s full of nerves and rubbish!

  70. rico says:


  71. Wavy says:

    Juve didn’t win Serie A by skill alone – if you know what I mean! Naples may have similar pals!
    We shall see.


  72. agirlagunner says:

    Very stop start, rico. Napoli are pressing hard and seem up for it. We’re not holding on to the ball long enough to do anything meaningful with our possession. BFG has been kept busy!!

  73. rico says:

    I hope they tire agag…

    How many times do we say we lack pace and width?

  74. rico says:

    Darn, what a chance…

  75. agirlagunner says:

    Napoli are going into some really hard tackles. Not happy about it.

    Giroud should have scored that!!!

  76. Scott from Oz says:

    Morning all.
    We look solid.
    This mob will struggle to get one, let alone three against us.

  77. rico says:

    Agree agag, two have gone in and our player saved by the timed jump…

  78. AndrewH says:

    Solid so far. One shot each. Make that two to napoli.

  79. rico says:

    Dortmund are down to ten players…..

  80. Lewis says:

    Berhami is absolute shit. All he does is foul.

  81. rico says:

    Fouling bunch aren’t they….

  82. agirlagunner says:

    The ref is being extremely kind to Napoli. So many fouls are going unpunished.

  83. rico says:

    That booking might stop them…

  84. Lewis says:

    Hacking twats.

  85. tsgh says:

    Lewis he is a former hammer.lol

    Definitely Wavy. ;)

    Hiya Agag, Rico, Scott

  86. Scott from Oz says:

    Napoli won’t finish with 11 on the pitch.

  87. rico says:

    Hi Ts…

  88. Scott from Oz says:

    This really is a different Arsenal than what we have seen over the last decade or so.
    They are calm under pressure and never panic.
    No wasting of energy at there…everything we do is with efficiency.

  89. tsgh says:

    Scott, he is in Naples; he values his life surely. lol

  90. rico says:

    You beat me to it Scott ;)

    The one who just got booked is treading dangerously…

  91. Scott from Oz says:

    Hiya Rico, Ginge, Agag, Lewis and Andrew.

  92. tsgh says:

    Even Rafa has resorted to Pulis tactics against us. lol

  93. Lewis says:

    All they do is foul

  94. Lewis says:

    Gooday scott!

  95. rico says:

    Bloomin heck Ches!

  96. agirlagunner says:

    Szczesny needs to be careful… That was a little too casual for my liking.

  97. Scott from Oz says:

    Szczesney missed the email that said we never signed Higuain.

  98. rico says:

    Half the job done…..

  99. tsgh says:

    The senior players are working their socks off…

    Even SC19 is averaging distance covered…

  100. agirlagunner says:

    Boo, Scott! BFG and Kozzer have been really impressive so far. :)

    Hiya, Lewis and Ginge. I only wish our attacking players were able to assert themselves more. Napoli are looking frustrated and if we play with a little more width, we just may nick one goal!

  101. tsgh says:

    Rico, have you heard from Micko?

  102. Wavy says:

    I hope they drug teat all the Napoli team cos they are all running around the pitch like headless chickens on speed! Who said it wasn’t a performance enhancing drug. They cannot possibly keep the relentless chasing for 90 minutes, unless of course………..they have all had a little teeny weeny ‘boost’.

  103. rico says:

    No Ts. Hope he’s ok, I might mail him…

  104. Scott from Oz says:

    Come on, Giroud, that was three minutes late hahaha

  105. tsgh says:

    Check on ole Micko…lol

    Maybe I need to smoke Micko and Dna out by making a biased comment about Flamini. :P

  106. rico says:

    If only Theo had been chasing that ball….

  107. AndrewH says:

    Hi all. Think we are being very professional under constant fouling. Walcott to stretch them if we get to 70 minutes. Reality, we will put on Monreal for Cazorla!

  108. tsgh says:

    Insigne and Mertens… dangerous combo… hope not tonight.

  109. tsgh says:

    Ah, I never ever thought Rafa will come up with this despicable ploy…

  110. GunnerDNA says:

    Whats wrong with Walcott?

  111. rico says:

    They have perked up again ….

    And TW soon surely Ah…

  112. agirlagunner says:

    Our fbs need to help close out space cos there are many opening now. Napoli are now in the ascendancy.

  113. Scott from Oz says:

    This is Napolis last big run at us.
    Another 10 minutes and we can run over the top of them.

  114. rico says:

    Oops, you mentioned TW Ah ;)

    Recovery period I guess Gdna.

  115. tsgh says:

    Monreal needs to come on…

    Gibbs left out to hang..

  116. rico says:

    I love your optimism Scott …. :)

  117. rico says:

    So is Jenks Ts..

  118. agirlagunner says:

    If there was a good time to sub, now would be it.

  119. tsgh says:

    I knew the mention of Flamster will draw Dna out. lol

  120. tsgh says:

    AW looks too calm.. he didnt come to win surely.

  121. Scott from Oz says:

    Would you expect anything less, Rico hahaha

  122. agirlagunner says:

    See what I mean? We are fouled with impunity, and Giroud gets a stupid yellow for that. Tsk.

  123. Scott from Oz says:

    Ginge, just damage control today.
    Sit back, conserve energy.

  124. rico says:

    Ramsey is reported to be injured, why on earth is he coming on if he is….

  125. tsgh says:

    Same 17 players.

    Why not Theo? tsk

  126. GunnerDNA says:

    How is this referee still have a job?

  127. rico says:

    No Scott ;)

  128. Scott from Oz says:

    RVP is reported to be a nice guy.
    Don’t believe what you read lol

  129. Scott from Oz says:

    Giroud carded for that, yet Napoli are chopping trees.
    I just saw a pic of the weapons they actually caught Napoli fans with entering the stadium.
    God knows what got through.

  130. tsgh says:

    true Scott.

    OG12 needs a break; get TV on B-something/Theo on…

  131. rico says:

    Theo on will stop them burst down the left, come on AW – get the guy on!

  132. tsgh says:

    ha ha OG12 will have been castrated for that miss by Hig…

  133. rico says:

    Giroud needs to be very careful….

  134. GunnerDNA says:

    Ts, that was a half chance.

  135. agirlagunner says:

    Keep the ball for crying out load. We are inviting wave after wave after wave of Napoli attack.

  136. rico says:


  137. Scott from Oz says:

    Didn’t last that ten minutes.

  138. tsgh says:

    lol. Dana… Flamster should have blocked that

  139. tsgh says:

    dna… even

  140. GunnerDNA says:

    Its going to take more energy now to stay in the game, why no Walcott?

  141. tsgh says:

    Dear oh dear

  142. rico says:

    Bloody heck!!!

    How stupid was that by Arteta!!

  143. Scott from Oz says:

    How the fuck have we got yellow cards and now a red, yet they have stuff all??

  144. potter says:

    They are going to come at us now , it was time for Walcott, now we have a red card . Tactically niaive again.

  145. Wavy says:

    What did I say about the referee? Has he been bought??

  146. rico says:


  147. tsgh says:

    Tv needs to come on…

  148. Scott from Oz says:

    That was the softest second yellow you will ever see.
    Never in a million years.
    What a joke.
    These litts shits have been hacking us to pieces and we cop that??
    This ref is a joke.

  149. Lewis says:

    Not surprised arteta a off, he’s been off the pace all night.

  150. rico says:

    Spot on Potter, the chance was there to get us going, now it’s gone..

    Hope our boys can defend with their lives….

  151. tsgh says:

    naivety… criminal

  152. Scott from Oz says:

    Off to work…..lets nail thse smutty little bastards.

  153. Lewis says:

    3 a possibility now! Oh dear. Imagine the difference.

  154. Scott from Oz says:

    Ginge, it was a not a yellow ever, mate.
    It is a contact sport.
    That was a joke and no way Arteta can be blamed for it.

  155. HenryB says:

    I really cannot believe that the ref gave Arteta a yellow for that when the Napoli players have been doing much worse all night.

    Crap refereeing.

  156. tsgh says:

    Naples Camorra… Wavy

  157. tsgh says:

    I agree Scott…my comment was to AW and the ref.

  158. GunnerDNA says:

    I hope MA08 dosen’t play on Saturday..

  159. HenryB says:

    We are standing off them and not pressing the man in possession.
    They are pressing and winning the ball all over the park.

    We need cool heads now.

  160. tsgh says:

    Later Scott…

    we will be fine; stay safe

  161. tsgh says:

    BVB winning…

  162. rico says:

    Dortmund are 2-1 up… Napoli need 2 more…

    COYRRG’s – hang on….

  163. Lewis says:

    Poor second half. Walcott should have been on to give them something to think about.

  164. agirlagunner says:

    Borussia has scored!!

  165. tsgh says:

    And we finish 2nd… flipping shite

  166. Lewis says:

    Does that put us second?

  167. ArsenalDK says:

    Consistent are we? Yeah… Right…

  168. AndrewH says:

    Didn’t want to come second but at least Naples out

  169. rico says:

    3 mins, where did they come from?

  170. Lewis says:

    Out in the next round then.

  171. tsgh says:

    We face Barca/PSG/ Ath Madrid next without Arteta for a start.. tsk

  172. AndrewH says:

    Why are we not trying for an equaliser? Not going to let in two now.

  173. ArsenalDK says:

    We dont care about scoring.

  174. rico says:

    Surely not????

  175. GunnerDNA says:

    It might sound negative but Giroud as our main striker dosen’t make it.

  176. agirlagunner says:

    I am embarrassed by our performance. Unbelievable.

  177. tsgh says:

    Poor squad management… we are knackered in December already..

    Still lucky us.

  178. rico says:

    Bloody heck, that was so so so close….

  179. AndrewH says:

    Arteta banned next round?

  180. Lewis says:

    Well that’s 90 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Awful game.

  181. rico says:

    Gdna. I utterly agree re Giroud.

    He does a lot of good work but… we need a pacey goal scorer, a clinical goal scorer….

  182. tsgh says:

    Dna, will you ever give it up… jeez

    I suspect Rico will tell me off but…

    Its not OG12′s fault he is the main striker… get off his case! he gives his best that is all we can ask for imho buddy.

  183. ArsenalDK says:

    Well… Now we can concentrate on the PL

  184. Lewis says:

    Glad that lot are out tho, horrible team. Would take that little fella off them tho.

  185. tsgh says:

    We didn’t create jack all from midfield but OG12 is coping the blame?

  186. AndrewH says:

    Very poor second half. Should have had Walcott on at I-0. Lack of ambition.

  187. agirlagunner says:

    From topping the group to barely qualifying. I know the calls went against us, but surely our midfield could have tried to create better chances.

  188. tsgh says:

    I agree Agag…

    I never hear anyone say OG12 is shite when we are winning…

    Bayern lost at home last night… does that make them a bad team?

    And Mandzukic has scored less…

    The players are tired… I love AW but poor squad management is showing now…
    Hopefully Theo can be fit for Saturday 12:45 k.o; we need to freshing things up.

  189. rico says:

    Not sure anyone is saying it’s all Giroud’s fault Ts…

  190. emma says:

    We just made it difficult for ourselves again.

  191. Lewis says:

    Agreed Andrew. Good professional first half then allowed them the upper hand by poor second half changes.

  192. GunnerDNA says:

    Ts, u can be deluded all u want, but i wont. The entire football world knows our deficiency, so i will ignore your comments.

  193. rico says:

    Well, I’m certainly not. The guy is on his last legs and it showed he when he chased that through ball,….

  194. rico says:

    Gdna, no need for the ‘deluded’ comment!!

  195. AndrewH says:

    How do we get so many crap referees? Like we were really the dirty team tonight!!

  196. emma says:

    Arsenal will play either Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, PSG or Real Madrid

  197. rico says:

    Per Mertesacker summed it up at the end. The players thought they were through and took it all a bit too easy.

    Napoli knew what they had to do and they were always going to give their all.

    Helped by us going down to ten men of course, they fell just short…

    But I really do think we missed a golden opportunity to get TW on and use his pace to a) keep their left back back, and of course to give something to our attacking play which was very bland to say the least…

  198. GunnerDNA says:

    Bayer lost, so what? Whats your point? Bayer is the defending champion of the CL, so losing a dead rubber game is pointless to discuss. imo. We are struggling to win a trophy for 8 yrs now and u talking about BM.

  199. Joaquim Moreira says:

    We’re playing with a lot of arrogance and little humility.
    Ramsey is bad physical.
    Be second is very bad in my opinion. and we were there, until last 5 minutes. In last two games, we dropped points and dropped the first place today.

  200. rico says:

    We can only hope it’s Atletico Madrid emma…

  201. agirlagunner says:

    The mind boggles. Those were saveable goals so I am really disappointed. Plus, we were happy to coast along, as if we had already qualified.

    How was OG to score, when he wasn’t getting any good service?? And we shoot ourselves in the foot again.

  202. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all,
    They say Match fixing is happening in the premier league, I believe its prevalent in the Champions league as well and Arsenal are involved. No way does an Arsenal team perform like that without a fix in. was it an old pals act with the managers. . Did Arsenal have a shot at all did we ever get 2 players in the box did we get 2 players in their half what a disgusting performance. A 2 bob team made to look 10 bob by a useless Arsenal performance

  203. GunnerDNA says:

    Rico, Atletico Madrid? lol. They are better than Real at the moment. lol

  204. emma says:

    rico – Currently I rate A.madrid over Barca and Real Madrid :(

  205. emma says:

    I would rather PSG

  206. agirlagunner says:

    Hard to be optimistic about the CL draw. Plus, we always seem to get Barcelona. ;)

  207. rico says:

    I know guys, slight tongue in cheek..

    There isn’t a week side who we face next and one thing is for sure. Play like we did tonight and we will get battered..

    I’m already dreading City because our players look dead on their feet.

  208. rico says:

    That’s one heck of a theory Sp.. ;)

  209. agirlagunner says:

    rico, PSG looks like the “worst” of the lot. :( I see La Liga matches, Atleti are good.

  210. Joaquim Moreira says:

    Next Monday will we see…

  211. tsgh says:

    Agag/Emma- I think it will be Barcelona with our luck…

    Hopeful Messi will be out… ;)

    Maybe lets concentrate on the EPL afterall… Barca’s dominance started with winning La liga after 8 years without win anything…

  212. kel says:

    wenger’s worst performance this season imo, we desperately needed pace on the pitch and he leaves walcott on the bench? OG12 was knackered at 60 mins, Ozil looks tired, Arteta is just to slow imo it showed against everton and again tonight. on a positive note we still qualified :) negative, some players look shattered, and city will be rubbing there hands.

  213. agirlagunner says:

    rico, haha. :P I’m still cross, but we have to beat one of those teams at some point; I guess we’ll just be meeting them earlier.

  214. tsgh says:

    Diego Simeone is like the Latin Fergie.. a dirty brute so no Ath for me…

    Josuha G is there too…

  215. GunnerDNA says:

    Jenks Mert Kos Gibbs
    Flam Ramsey
    Walcott Ozil Caz

    The above-mentioned team can beat city. Why buy ozil when he constantly have to pass the ball infront opposing defenders. We need at least 1 player who can get behind the opposition defence to create space for other players.

  216. emma says:

    I thought Wenger would have taken ozil off and bring in Vermaelen. We were never interested in going forward. Like kel said ozil and giroud were knackered and should have being taken off. Tactical masterclass form Benitez bringing on insigne and wenger didn’t respond quickly enough

  217. agirlagunner says:

    JM, not a good day for either Porto or Arsenal or you, I see.

  218. tsgh says:

    I agree Kel, key players are shattered at this stage…

    AW should have rotated earlier before this period…

    SP1, the look on AW’s face says something… lol

    I am sure I will make more enemies but SC19 needs to be given 2 weeks off before January. He had no summer break; his performances are becoming quite worrying recently; he looks like he has lost confidence….

  219. Joaquim Moreira says:

    It’s true. Anyway Porto miss a penalty and 4 (!!!) balls hit the post!

  220. rico says:

    :) agag

    I’m going to leave you all to it, I’m off to write it up for tomorrow…

    Won’t take long ;)

    Night all….

  221. emma says:

    Not moaning but I will take 2nd anyday over europa league. Wenger need to rotate the squad wisely this festive period. We are the arsenal bring any team and we will take them on.

  222. emma says:

    ts – you are right ts about cazorla. Still not back to his best which is worrying

  223. tsgh says:

    I have been talking about rotation for over 4 weeks now…

    its naive with all the data AW is privy too to keep playing the same players whilst decent players sit on the bench…

  224. tsgh says:

    too= to*

  225. agirlagunner says:

    Our midfield, bar none, was way off pace today. Our defenders were busting a gut to defend, and the midfield was ball watching.

  226. tsgh says:

    No sagna on saturday; I hope CJ25 and Nasri goes in our favour.

    A draw will be a very solid result…

    Disappointing but we are still through… hopefully this result compels AW to buy in January or rotate.

    Night all..

  227. stevepalmer1 says:

    Its all about the money, get through and a nice little pay out. Its the only competition that Pays you out the further you go and thats our lot, maybe enough for a down payment in the transfer market

  228. agirlagunner says:

    CJ did better today than he did against Everton; although you could see that Napoli had some joy on the right.

    Like I said earlier, the way we played invited wave after wave of napoli attack, and so it proved with them scoring two.

  229. kel says:

    couldn’t agree more tsgh, Rotation is key, fergie was a master at it for yrs, walcott, vermalen, gnabry.. all good players and need to be used, pod & ox will be back soon they also have a real part to play this season.

  230. agirlagunner says:

    SSP, I think the ref received an envelope with a thick wad of cash.

  231. Scott from Oz says:

    Dna, so now it is Giroud?
    Last season it was Ramsey.
    Whose career are you going to give a massive boost to next :)
    Seriously, why the stress, everyone?
    Saturday is what it is all about.
    I could not care less about the CL, the PL must be our priority.
    As for rotation, well, since we have Theo just back, Pod soon and Ox not too far off, doesn’t that automatically mean rotation will happen?
    Damn, one loss which realistically has very, very little bearing on things, and people are panicking.
    Watch us v Citeh, because then we will know exactly how we are traveliing.
    Ginge, pass mark on your response re Arteta hahaha.
    Damn we panic after every little set back.

  232. Scott from Oz says:

    Oh, and when one aide can get away with blue murder, yet Arteta is sent off for that, what chance does a side really have?
    CL referee allocations needs addressing.
    So many of these guys from poor leagues are poor referees.
    It is a disgrace.

  233. agirlagunner says:

    Kel, also, the ones who get game time should be playing better, and with greater urgency. We cannot afford to be carrying non-performers with this mad Christmas sked. I’m a fan of Santi, but he needs to shape up. Same with TR07 who had no business looking jaded today, with all the rest he gets.

  234. stevepalmer1 says:

    Get your hands on him Agag and spend spend spend :) But leave our wilted boys alone they need their rest, lots of it

  235. stevepalmer1 says:

    It could get embarrasing this weekend.

  236. agirlagunner says:

    Scott, I never panic when we are playing Citeh. I fancy us to just about shade it. 2-1 or 3-2. ;)

  237. emma says:

    Love ramsey’s honesty

  238. kel says:

    i wouldn’t say we are panicing scott lol you may not care about the CL fair enough, but the result tonight did have a bearing imo, who we face in the next rd.

  239. agirlagunner says:

    SSP, the person I need to get my hands on is AW. I will teach him all about the power of spending!!! :D

  240. kel says:

    love the optimisim agg :) i really hope your right, personally i cant see it jmo of course, i think city will be a fair bit fresher.

  241. Hi agag,

    Please do us the favor and get your hands on him. And please make sure he understand our frustrations. We need a mobile DM and another striker that can compete with OG12. When luck don’t go OG12 way we can at least have another option up front. :-)

  242. agirlagunner says:

    My optimism is not unfounded kel, because over the last three seasons, we’ve been pretty even with Citeh, despite their injection of gazillions into their team including dodgy stadium naming rights. :D

    Watch Koz own Aguero. ;)

  243. Scott from Oz says:

    Kel, the best sides don’t always top the group, so it can mean we meet a weaker side…it is possible.
    Ayway, what i mean is, i do not really care about the CL in general.
    Not now.
    Maybe in a year or two.
    We need to consolidate out position in the League, imo.

  244. agag, please don’t take no for an answer once you get your hands on him. :-)

  245. agirlagunner says:

    Nash, I will try my very best. :D But you know how stubborn AW is. :

    Theo and Lukas need to hit the ground running if we are to last the entire season. And Santi needs to contribute more.

  246. kel says:

    well i suppose its possible, but generally it’s best to top it, yes your right we must consolidate are position in the league, i hope that continues on sat, but im very doubtful tbh.

  247. agirlagunner says:

    Good night, guys!!

    Sorry about your birthday gift, AK! :(

    Off to eat my three-cheese omelette as it is morning here. :)

    Bring on Citeh!!

  248. kel says:

    agag, i agree they need to perform well, to give us some depth, wenger should really try to bring someone inn in jan, i know it’s hard in jan, whats the thoughts on maybe Berbatov 3-4m?

  249. Scott from Oz says:

    Berbatov brings plenty, but will he put in?
    If so, definitely worth a go.
    He can change a game with a single touch.

  250. agirlagunner says:

    kel, Suarez would be the best (also impossible) solution. I’d love Torres on board (hahaha, and yes, I know he hasn’t been scoring), but Mourinho will never sanction that move.

    If we can get Berbatov on three million and a short contract, why not? He lloks lazy and uninterested a lot of the time, but he is a proven goal poacher, so that does not seem like a bad idea.

  251. kel says:

    i think he’d be worth the gamble scott, OG12 cant do it alone all season.

    well im off m8, have a good one.

  252. kel says:

    well he’s looking outta fulham atm, apparently unhappy there, 3-4m 2 yr deal why not he is better than NB ;)

    gd night agag.

  253. Scott from Oz says:

    I am with you two, Kwl and Agag.
    Cheap, very classy and worth a punt.

  254. Scott from Oz says:

    Sorry Kel.

  255. rico says:

    Morning all.

    New post will be up at 9.30, see you a bit later….

  256. tsgh says:

    Morning all

  257. tsgh says:

    Piers Morgan ✔ @piersmorgan

    We need a striker. Giroud worked hard again but missed a lot of chances. He’s too slow against top class defenders.

    It appears club legend TH14 does not agree with most fans call for a new striker.

  258. tsgh says:

    OG12 10 goals in 22 games… not bad but could do with some help.


  259. Scott from Oz says:

    Giroud is good enough, but his work rate makes it impossible to keep in top form.
    Morning guys.

  260. tsgh says:

    Hiya Scott, how was your day?

    Re. Ox, I think we will be asking too much of him if we expect him to hit the ground running after being out for so long.

    Based on history also when a player has a cruciate injury there is a huge possibility that he will injured the other cruciate within a year too; as Pires, Diaby, Frimps, Gazza, Essien etc have experienced.

    Wish him all the best though…

  261. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all,
    Giroud is a hard worker no disputing that, but and its a big but, he is like a blind squirrel he finds a nut now and again, we need a fast squirrel that sprints to the nut a squirrel that can catch a nut before it hits the ground thats not Giroud. Giroud cannot outsprint a tortoise and it shows in every game. Per Mertsacker has the same trouble in defence but he has a willing partner in Koshielney to covber Giroud flicks a ball on and never ever does it find an Arsenal man because no other Arsenal men are ever up there. We have to realise that it doesn’t matter who sprints down the flanks because he has to stop and wait for somebody to cross to. Our goals come from all over the park which tells us that our forward line is not doing its job, a centre forward must have pace. I like Olivers workrate but he cannot be the Arsenals answer as a CF A new striker is a must or we will not win F all

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