Thomas Vermaelen has to go! FA let us down again!

Morning all.

He has to doesn’t he?

There was a day when Belgium played football, you just knew our captain would be at the back leading the way but yesterday, he couldn’t even get off of the bench.

Whether that was down to the fact they were playing a low rated side in Algeria, or the fact that he’s not been playing enough football is anyone’s guess but whatever the reason, Vermaelen must be pretty cheesed off.

Our captain is 28 years old, at a push he may get one more chance at the World Cup but I doubt it. Between now and then though, they’ll be the Euro’s and that really could be his last chance to win something with his country…

But he needs to be playing club football each week and right now, unless something awful happens to either Mertesacker or Koscielny, I can’t see that happening.

It’s not fair on him as club captain to be sat on the bench twiddling his thumbs when he could be having a run around elsewhere….

If he does go, at least he does so with an FA Cup medal in his pocket, not many Arsenal captains can brag about that of late….

Talking of that fine day out at Wembley, we are off there again on the 10th August to face Man City in the Community Shield.

Yet again, the ticket allocation is an absolute sham!

Just 25,000 tickets have been allotted to both sets of fans and considering Wembley holds 90,000, that number is an absolute disgrace!

Ivan Gazidis isn’t happy either:

We are all looking forward to playing Manchester City in the Community Shield. However, as with the FA Cup final, we are disappointed with the official allocation of only 26,000 tickets for this match.

This means that both clubs will only officially receive a combined total of approximately 52,000 tickets, in a stadium which has a capacity of 90,000.

The club will implement a ticket-allocation policy which will be as fair to all our supporters as possible, but we appreciate that many of our loyal supporters will be unable to obtain tickets for this match.

We will be explaining our position to the FA and will try our best to obtain more tickets for our supporters.

I doubt anyone at the FA will be interested in what Ivan Gazidis has to say and I doubt the club will receive any additional tickets as I suspect they’ll be only interested in lining their own pockets whilst sticking two fingers up to the real football fans of course!

The FA bleat on about how the football in this country is declining, how there aren’t enough English players playing in the Premier League etc etc, well perhaps if they stopped thinking about making money and thought about investing it instead, English football would be in a better place.

Allocating more tickets to ‘proper’ fans wouldn’t be a bad place to start!

Still, I guess the FA would rather give those additional 40,000 tickets to a bunch of toffs who really couldn’t give a toss who wins the Community Shield!!

English football in a bad place?

For sure it is, because those who run don’t give a damn about those who really want to be at Wembley!!

Here’s our fixtures for the coming season and for once, our last game is at home.

August: 16th Crystal Palace (h) 23rd Everton (a) 30th Leicester (a)

September:  13th Man City (h) 20th Aston Villa (a) 27th Tottenham (h)

October:  4th Chelsea (a) 18th Hull (h) 25th Sunderland (a)

November: 1st  Burnley (h) 8th Swansea (a) 22nd Man Utd (h) 29th West Brom (a)

December:  2nd Southampton (h) 6th Stoke (a) 13th Newcastle (h) 20th Liverpool (a) 26th QPR (h) 28th West Ham (a)

January:  1st Southampton (a) 10th Stoke (h) 17th Man City (a) 31st Aston Villa (h)

February:  7th Tottenham (a) 10th Leicester (h) 21st Crystal Palace (a) 28th Everton (h)

March:  3rd  QPR (a) 14th West Ham (h) 21st Newcastle (a)

April:  4th Liverpool (h) 11th Burnley (a) 18th Sunderland (h) 25th Chelsea (h)

May:  2nd Hull (a) 9th Swansea (h) 16th Man Utd (a) 24th West Brom (h)

I’d say the first half of the season is slightly more tricky than the second….

There’s the fixtures, now we just need to know who we’ll have in our squad to play them….

That’s it for Wednesday…..

 

386 thoughts on “Thomas Vermaelen has to go! FA let us down again!

  1. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 9:53am

    Can’t make plans until the Television companies have got their hands on it. Just hope we get more Sky matches than silly oclock kick offs with BT.

  2. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:55am

    Totally agree potter, but I strongly suspect we’ll get plenty on Bt, especially the ‘big ones’…

  3. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:00am

    Morning all.

    The FA bleat on about how the football in this country is declining?
    I don’t think it is.

    There aren’t enough English players playing in the Premier League?
    Put a minimum cap on imports at £10M and that they have to be internationals. That will weed out most of the shite.

    Allocating more tickets to ‘proper’ fans wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
    Totally agree.
    The big day at Wembley as never really been for the fans.
    Arsenal could fill the place on their own.
    If you look back to say 1979, I think we were only allocated 25,000 then.
    In fact – I remember a Play for Today on BBC 1 – that followed a few Man Utd fans going to Wembley to see them play Southampton in 1976, none of whom had tickets –
    “The Queen – what’s she doing there – she wouldn’t know the difference between a football and a blown-up Durex.”

  4. ogban

    June 18, 2014 at 10:07am

    Wenger please give us a team of hope, pleeeeeaaaaassssseeeee

  5. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:10am

    But the Queen is a Gooner Syg, so be nice…. :)

  6. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:16am

    Do you want that on here Syg?

  7. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:17am

    Ochoa links to us make me laugh……

  8. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 10:22am

    Morning all.

  9. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:23am

    He is decent for Ajacio but couldn’t help prevent them from relegation from Ligue 1

  10. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:27am

    Thanks Rico. I’m only half way through it. I only have time to write non-technical stuff when I’m over at the house in Cyprus. This is fiction based on fact. ‘Arsenal fact’.

    Ochoa? Had a great game and I knew we’d end up being linked.

    Almunia had a great game (a) v Man Utd in the Champs League SF 1st Leg. He doesn’t mean he was good.

    A stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.

  11. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:30am

    He’s free isn’t he?

  12. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:31am

    I meant the twitter link to your personal account Syg? ;)

  13. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:32am

    There’s FREE and there’s FREE

    FREE comes with daft wages which is generally the reason why some players try and run down their contracts.

  14. bondex

    June 18, 2014 at 10:33am

    Morning good people, good post Rico.

  15. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:33am

    No you’re okay Rico, but thanks….

    I’m trying to make ‘Ginge’ and ‘Fred Nerk’ stars… Their characters are in it…

  16. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:34am

    and ‘Bondy’ …. Forgot about him

  17. bondex

    June 18, 2014 at 10:43am

    Ochoa linked to us already…….AW please save us from all this nonsense…. someone kills a fly he becomes a sniper.

  18. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:47am

    Ok Syg, I’ll leave the links where you left them above…

    Agree re the daft wages, and we’d be daft to pay him them imo…

  19. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 10:49am

    Thanks bondex…

    Didn’t take the media buffoons long did it..

  20. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 11:02am

    Syg, is Tony Farrell making news in South Yorkshire local press?

  21. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 11:15am

    Poor Verm, where did it all go wrong.

    Quick question, What is the difference between red, silver and gold membership? Finished college about 4 years ago and have now settled into a good job so looking to get to more games, best options? easy to get tickets?

    Would buy 2 season tickets for me and the missus now but obviously there’s too much of a long wait

  22. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:18am

    Not that I know of Ginge…..

    Any reason why?

  23. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 11:18am

    nice easy morning read btw :)

  24. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:21am

    Nickie – it’s quite easy to get tickets – but to sit together, that’s a bit harder unless its for a cup game…..

  25. frednerk

    June 18, 2014 at 11:22am

    Morning All,
    My target is to make the players as rich as possible within the financial constraints of the club. My target is not to give them less money. I’m happy to make them rich.

    Arsene Wenger

  26. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 11:24am

    so red membership is the best and easiest way to get tickets for my situation? got 2 tickets for emirates cup for us through general sale, Because I don’t have a red member card I guess they’ll send those out lol

  27. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 11:28am

    Thanks Nickie, shame for TV really. Think playing left back didn’t help him…

  28. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:28am

    I need to renew my red membership …..

  29. frednerk

    June 18, 2014 at 11:31am

    Nickie,
    Give the membership office a call and ask for two season tickets and say you will sit anywhere as long as they are together.
    Othewise see if can rent a couple,go on the arsenal sites/blogs.

  30. snaparse

    June 18, 2014 at 11:32am

    nice read Rico…….crystal palace first game let’s see if pulis can work his magic again……first seven games are really tough let’s hope we have a squad capable of taking us through cus we are still going to play the cl qualifiers in between

  31. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 11:35am

    Thanks snaparse.

    fred, :) re AW..

    Popping off for a while, catch up later…

  32. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:39am

    If we couldn’t handle the first 7 games or the CL qualifiers then we don’t deserve to be The Arsenal.
    Wenger knows what holes we have in the squad. Hopefully he’ll continue rebuilding in the same vein that he has the past two seasons.

    No-one particularly jumped out at me in yesterdays games bar the players you know that we’d never ever get.

  33. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 11:46am

    Syg, I guess you know him not then; he is an old intelligence copper who is now a truther.

    Snap, what are you views on Brazil’s midfield? I think Oscar should be played in the hole instead of Neymar.

  34. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 11:51am

    Yeah i’ll give that a go Fred, that’s an issue where I really need to be speaking to a human being lol. I’ve had to contact Arsenal box office because I still haven’t received my Emirates cup tickets. Had a read of the email, doesn’t state whether it’s fast eticketing(pdf format) or via post. Guess ole Steve Lamb will sort me out haha.

    Spell at left back shook his confidence. Since then whenever he has played at CB he looks like a lost lamb, against City away where he came on seemed to be playing RB most of the game! positional discipline is atrocious

  35. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 11:53am

    Syg, you got to come up with a tangible reason why Song has outlasted Cesc at Barca. lol

  36. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 12:11pm

    Song LOL. They can’t get rid of him. He’s glued himself to the bench.

  37. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 12:20pm

    I keep on trying to reply to your ‘truther’ thing Ginge but I keep on getting bounced back….. No idea what that is about…

  38. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 12:20pm

    Best business ever done by Arsene.
    Anything more than 10 million for Song was pure theft!!

  39. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 12:21pm

    I’ve kept on saying it Scott.

  40. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 12:24pm

    SYG, I still can not believe Barca wanted him.
    They truly have more money than sense.
    Well, money at their disposal.

  41. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 12:24pm

    Afternoon All

    Afternoon Rico, good post, I even read it twice. ;-)

    You know, I know somebody, who knows the bloke, who services the car of a bloke, who knows this geezer, who thinks he knows the guy in the burger van down Gillespie Road, who talks to the programme seller outside the Arsenal tube, who chats to the fella in the Arsenal Box Office, who also regularily debates with the Groundsman from the Emirates.

    Does that make me an ITK..?

  42. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 12:29pm

    Kev, I thought you were an AKB?
    It’s one or the other mate!!

  43. Hell Raising Devil

    June 18, 2014 at 12:52pm

    Song outlasted Cesc at Barca because he has a longer………. ;)

    The BArcelona ladies need one like him.

  44. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 1:04pm

    Onya Devil hahahaha

  45. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 1:05pm

    Nickie contact Rico and get my E-mail address , I may be able to help you.

  46. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 1:09pm

    Never knew Kolo Toure had caused problems at Arsenal…..

    Gallas and Adebayor, yes.

  47. Sukky

    June 18, 2014 at 1:13pm

    I love †̥ђƺ first 4 matches,tricky but winnable.I want us to start on †̥ђƺ front foot this season and grow in confidence as †̥ђƺ season goes on.I know we will again pick up some injuries and having a large squad will cover than but not injuries to special.

  48. S2S

    June 18, 2014 at 1:20pm

    Hi, How are you all?

    Yesterday, there were Santi leaving rumors, so what does Arsenal.com do? They put videos of all the Santi goals on homepage. Awesome!!!

  49. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 1:26pm

    Potter, how can you help mate?

    If it’s season tickets I think I’d probably just go onto the waiting list and do it through the club. Can you trust peoples selling season tickets?

  50. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 1:32pm

    Not selling my tickets but I can help you privately.

  51. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 1:34pm

    you missed the point Syg…

    Kolo and Gallas did not talk like yorke and Andy Cole.

    The same way Lauren and PV04 fell out because he was man enough to defend Reyes when all the french boys were against him…

    Hiya Dev.. Longer ??? :-)

  52. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 1:35pm

    you should get the my email from the lady of the House- Syg

  53. Sukky

    June 18, 2014 at 1:36pm

    For †̥ђƺ past 6 seasons,I have learnt something important in football,and that thing is LUCK.On injury cases,imagine last season man city should loss yaya toure,Silva and fenandinho for 3 months in January and chelshit should loss lizard and terry and kidneypool should loss Suarez and gerred,did you think squad depth with covers those injuries?No in ♍Ɣ opinion but †̥ђƺ question is Why is arsenal suffering from injuries problems every fucking season.?And when luck is on your side ramos scored that goal that won †̥ђƺ cup,aluko should have scored that empty net after fabby did his thing,that Giroud shot should have been in †̥ђƺ net agaisnt Everton at †̥ђƺ closing second of that emirate game.Luck is vital in football.

  54. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 1:36pm

    Our record on the first day of season has always been dodgy… even with Seaman, TA and PV04 we still lost against Peter Reids Sunderland

  55. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 1:38pm

    If you join as a red members , the club has a scheme where you can exchange tickets to other members. My son and I sit together but due to work commitments there are always 6 or so games we can’t make often midweek CL matches and we have to put them on exchange. If I have your contact number I can let you know the matches and using your memberships I can get the seats transferred to you . You pay the club and I get a reduction on my Season tickets next year . All perfectly legal and run by the club. If thats of use to you contact me as suggested.

  56. Wavy

    June 18, 2014 at 1:44pm

    Changing the subject, a little.
    I have to register my disappointment to the choice of Aaron’s wedding suit. It was Cardiff blue! You’d have thought he would have chosen a red gilet with white sleeves wouldn’t you?
    He looked, they both looked very smart absolutely fit for purpose!
    Love Venice, a fabulous place. They have excellent taste. Hope he comes back fit and ready to go when the season starts!

  57. Sukky

    June 18, 2014 at 1:53pm

    You mean Aaron Rambo got married?

  58. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 1:54pm

    Ok Potter, thanks a lot.

    Sorry to sound a bit rude earlier lol the internet can be a very untrustworthy place these days. I’ll have a word with the missus then contact accordingly :)

  59. frednerk

    June 18, 2014 at 2:03pm

    Do you reckon Tommy and Judas are bandits.

  60. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 2:03pm

    http://www.natm-mag.co.uk/contact-us.php

    and my emails are on there

    I’ve said before – if ever you and the family fancy nipping up north – give us a shout – plenty of room for an Arsenal lad and the area’s quite nice

  61. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 2:05pm

    Definitely not Fred.

    Anyway we are supposed to be tolerant to gays …..

  62. frednerk

    June 18, 2014 at 2:09pm

    I don’t believe the rumours either Syg.

  63. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 2:21pm

    cheers, Syg…

    I will hold you to it very soon…

    I will bring my africans with me… :-)

  64. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 2:21pm

    Afternoon all, according the Daily Rag, if we get past cl qualifiers, our group stages matches are followed by away fixtures. Syg, are membership renewals automatic, if paying by DD?

  65. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 2:23pm

    Scott I swing between being an AKB and a Doomer depending very much on Arsenal’s transfer activity, ambition, intent (take your pick) or lack of.

    An ITK I am not, and never will be…
    I don’t need my ego massaged tbh.

  66. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 2:24pm

    No problem Ginge – I bet they are lovely.

  67. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 2:30pm

    They are BT62 my friend. Unfortunately I am not with the HSBC now so I have to renew via my new bank

  68. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 2:31pm

    Ozil’s performance against Portugal

  69. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 2:36pm

    Afternoon all.

    You read it twice Kev, that’s brave… ;)

    Thanks for the link devil… :)

  70. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 2:39pm

    That’s interesting …

  71. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 2:40pm

    Syg, you might have a point: Franky Vander Elst revently said Origi more complete at 19 than Lukaku and Benteke.

  72. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 2:41pm

    Who wants whose email address?

  73. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 2:43pm

    He has some serious/interesting ‘truth’/submissions about hillsborough too that i thought you might like to read…

  74. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 2:44pm

    Hi Rico, I got Syg’s number now.cheers.x

  75. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 2:55pm

    No probs Ts….

  76. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 2:58pm

    Rico I think Nickie might want mine.

  77. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 3:01pm

    You got mail ginge

  78. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 3:16pm

    Bt, re the CL fixtures, no change re us being stitched up with away fixtures…

  79. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 3:17pm

    Ok Potter, I will email it to Nickie..

  80. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:25pm

    Yes Syg… ;)

  81. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 3:35pm

    I’ll take Michelle Keegan’s if you’ve got it rico, ta.

  82. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:36pm

    Lol Can you run faster than Sinclair? Micko

  83. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 3:38pm

    Let me check Micko… lol

  84. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:38pm

    Wright from Essex I meant*

  85. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 3:38pm

    So that’s what Gazidas means when he say’s he’s in deep discussions !

  86. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 3:38pm

    That picture didn’t show just now Ts…

  87. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 3:39pm

    Was just about to say you’ve got the wrong man Ts…

    Sinclair was with that bimbo Helen Flannaghan… (spelling)

  88. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:41pm

    Our last 4 opening day fixtures results: drawn 3 lost 1.

  89. southyorkshiregunner

    June 18, 2014 at 3:46pm

    “… And who the hell is that ?”

    I saw that photo last night Ginge. I bet Diaby gave him a bollocking for making him look an idiot….. lol

  90. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:46pm

    Rico, I get Michelle and Helen mixed up sometimes.. :-P

    Micko- IG and AW are scouting for a Kim Kardashian look-alikes on the beach

  91. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 3:49pm

    Lol Syg, I just saw it…

    AW will next to spotting a tattoo and an ear-ring :)

    Sorry Rico if photo is offensive/inappropriate please remove…

  92. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 3:55pm

    Negotiations are obviously much more laid back in Brazil tsgh.

  93. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 3:58pm

    Good morning arsenal friends,

    Kike Marin** @Kike_Marin_
    Follow
    El gran objetivo del #Arsenal era Marco Reus, un fichaje muy difícil, pero la lesión de tobillo parece que cierra su salida del #Dortmund.

  94. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:01pm

    Very good read. Thanks for link Rico…

    To me TV is a fine fine player. I was amazed to see Hummels and Per being paired to such success. Maybe it was foreced on Loew but if Hummels can play with Per then TV can also do teh same as to me Hummels and TV are very similar; they just play with different foot.

    Re. TV as a DM, I know Wath, Kev and Scott have mentioned it before and I hope AW manages to convince him to stay and maybe try the DM role again.

    Folks don’t have to believe me but TV played occasionally as DM for Ajax and claimed to hate it…

    Is it not interesting that Verthogen (spelling), Alderweilder all turned down the opportunity to join us when AW said he was going to play them as the new Manu Petit?

    As I say AW from the 80’s has always liked his no.6 to be a leftie; the reason why Randall and JW all got chances and Aw boght and converted Petit from LB/CB to DM and also Van Bronchiust to no.6 from LB… Also Edu…

    So nI am certain Aw has discussed it with TV and he may have refused…

  95. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:03pm

    It’s not Ts, honest, just it didn’t show earlier, matters not now….

    Gdna, just saw that on Le Grove too, what does it say in English?

  96. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:04pm

    Reus our priority for summer but unlikely to happen now…

  97. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 4:04pm

    The major objective of Arsenal # Marco Reus was a very difficult signing, but the ankle injury appears to close your output # Dortmund.

  98. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:04pm

    hiya Dna…

  99. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:05pm

    I too read TV has said he doesn’t want to play DM, just like he doesn’t like Lb either.

  100. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:07pm

    Ah, another made up transfer story from twitter then… lol

  101. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 4:08pm

    What up the great ts?

  102. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:12pm

    Dna, Can’t wait for Chile game later…

    Vidal will truly show why he is considered the best midfielder in the world currently…

    I bought the England vs Chile ticket last November just to see him live but was disappointed he missed it

  103. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:12pm

    Ts, Arsene was probably asking the guy in photo, what he was doing between August and the end of May.

  104. Joaquim Moreira

    June 18, 2014 at 4:14pm

    Van Buyten out TV in, and Belgique will be surely, in the next stage.
    Pay attention to the right back of Belgium team and the center forward from Lille who had replaced Chelsea striker.

  105. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:15pm

    :) Bt…

  106. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 4:16pm

    Ts, Vidal is hurt, i think he should rest because he is taking a risk with his career. It should be a good game, Spain might be too much for them. lol

  107. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 4:17pm

    Such a shame. I think Verm could suit CDM, I wonder if Wenger had suggested this but Verm declined. Also taking into consideration how short we were at CB. Having all 3 CB’s on the field is a bad idea in my opinion, if we had another back up I think he should have given Verm a few games at CDM. It’s about time we saw one of his left foot crackers again

  108. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:18pm

    Ts, did the lad Michy go to the WC with Belgium?

  109. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:18pm

    Lol Dna, I foresee a repeat of WC 2002 like France being eliminated in first round…

    Ask Micko, history repeats itself. :P

    So true Jm- Origi looks a player; a young Drogba

  110. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:20pm

    Hi Bt… Batshuayi was not included I believe I will check in a mo’

  111. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:20pm

    Van Buyten played quite well though didn’t he Jm?

  112. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:23pm

    Van Buyten is class Rico, his place has always been at risk at BM but he always comes back to claim it back…

    Bt, only 2 out and out forwards wee included in Belgian squad… Origi and Lukaku unless you consider Dres Merten and Mirallas strikers…

  113. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:25pm

    I would like Spain to line up as this:

    Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Javi Martínez, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Koke; Pedro, Iniesta and Diego Costa

  114. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:27pm

    Pique to me looks like he has been doing a bit more dancing with Shakira than training recently.. lol

  115. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:29pm

    Actually, Spain to drop Costa he is shite* :P

  116. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:29pm

    Boo! How is everybody?

    rico, I think TV ought to stay; we don’t want to be like Totnum last year with too many new players, who found it impossible to gel. :D But he needs to pick himself up, he is playing with zero confidence.

  117. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:31pm

    Last night stats for you Dna:

    Bernard, Fred, Neymar all together: 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 clearances. OSCAR: 7 tackles, 1 interception, 1 clearance
    Paulinho: 2 tackles, Gustavo 3

  118. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:32pm

    Cheers Ts, was hoping to see what the hype, regarding the lad, was all about, thought Lukaku wasn’t up to much yesterday.

  119. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:33pm

    Ginge, Azpilicueta was every bit as culpable as Ramos and Pique for the goals shipped by Spain. Agree with Koke inclusion but would prefer Cesc for Xavi. Xavi and Alonso struggle together, not nearly enough speed there. No spring chickens for sure. :D

  120. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:34pm

    Shame he’s so old Ts, we could do with him….

  121. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 4:34pm

    Ts, I remember Bernard making a nippy tackle right after he lost the ball :p. That said I don’t think i’ve ever watched a game where he’s looked good. Fred and Neymar average last night

  122. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Hiya Miss Agag.

    Lol you have a valid point but Ramos is a match winner as in UCL so will be given another chance me think imo..

    Plus Martinez can’t go to WC and be a bench warmer like SC19 ;)… Syg wants AW to spent £40m him so… lol

  123. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Bt, Lukaku might as well not have played. Invisible. I though Belgium were disappointing. So much hype about being the “dark horses” of this WC.

  124. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:37pm

    Ah cheers Nickie, i believe Bernard made 3 unsuccesful tackles according to the stats feeds…

    Someone might have been asleep then. lol

  125. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:39pm

    Nickie, i think you’re being very kind to Fred.

  126. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:41pm

    He still has miles to go on the old clock me think Rico… he covered 8.1km yesterday allegedly.. very high for a CB

    But I think BM need a CB so I am more concerned with them coming to knock on our doors ;)

  127. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:42pm

    Boo to you agag…

    I think TV is done with us, his confidence appears rock bottom and although it’s sad, he possibly needs a new challenge.

    But, I totally agree re losing so many players and if he and Santi go, we need four signings to just stand still.

  128. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:42pm

    Ramos fancies himself a striker now; always looking to smash a header, when he’s better off concentrating on his defensive duties. But yeah, he does tend to score the important goals.

    Hiya, rico. :) How are you? Hello, Nickie.

  129. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 4:43pm

    Did Fred play Nickie? ;)

  130. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:44pm

    Lol Agag.. Ramos has skills.

    I think we may find Cesc included as a false 9 ahead of Torres and Costa

  131. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:46pm

    :) Rico, the commentator said Fred was just on the field warming up in preparation for substitution…

  132. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:48pm

    Spot on agag, certainly underwhelming, though Mertens looks a bit of live wire. Rico, Arsenes shopping list could get very long if that happens, i think we all know,what that means.

  133. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:48pm

    Neymar would be a great player if he cut out the simulation; although to be fair he has not channeled his inner Tom Daley too much at the WC. But when he is playing for Barcelona, it is all he seems intent on doing.

    rico, it would be disastrous to let too many players go. Unless, it’s the crocks, in which case, we should be happy to give them away. :D I mean, Diaby, of course. ;) And our forgotten man, Park Chu-Young. Waste of wages.

  134. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 4:48pm

    Oscar made the tackles but evertyhing postive went through Neymar last nite, keeper pulled off a couple of good saves to deny him, won’t win them the world cup but he’s far from average.

    Hello agag, aren’t you bored ?

    Ramos and pepe, just a couple of gobshites.

  135. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:53pm

    Micko, great word “gobshites” lol

  136. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 4:56pm

    Bt, agree on Mertens. Plus, he certainly enjoyed his interview. Spoke Dutch, French and German (?). :)

  137. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:58pm

    True Micko, Felipe is trying to bill Neymar as the new Zico but he is far from it imho…

    In the first game when Neymar and Oscar were interchanging Oscar made an assist and was a menace even though Neymar grabbed the headlines with goals…

    Personally, I am getting very concerned with the way football has become all about who scored the goal…

    In 1990, Matthias a no.10 turned CB was voted best player ahead of even Sammer and Maradona.

    I appreciate the game has always been like that but it is getting worst imho…

    If the Kaiser was still playing in this era no one would remember him imo…

  138. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 4:59pm

    Mertens was a menace against us vs Naples in the UCL

    Did anyone read about Benzema’s job when Algeria went ahead?

  139. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 5:00pm

    Bt……if the cap fits !

    Reckon scott will be having a lay in !!! They’ll be lucky to get nil.

  140. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:04pm

    36 though Ts?

  141. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 5:04pm

    The Kaiser tsgh, you talking about Steve Bould ?

  142. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:04pm

    Come on Australia :P

  143. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:05pm

    Micko, haha. I have a very high threshold for boredom, I would have you know. I watched Brazil and Mexico after all, not to mention Iran and Nigeria. I must say, Messi’s goal aside, the Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina match was the most snoozy by far considering the caliber of players.

  144. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:05pm

    Micko, it’s a while since i’ve heard it. I’m hoping for a 2-0 lol.

  145. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:05pm

    :) agag, Diaby a crock, surely not… lol

  146. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:07pm

    Bt, I’m hoping that shopping list is a good one, a very good one..

    And it was already long… ;)

  147. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:11pm

    Rico, I understand Diaby’s best mates at Arsenal are the physios although rumor has it that there has been a falling out, because his prognoses for three week layoffs have turned to three years in the sidelines. Haha.

  148. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:11pm

    Rico, i think Lidls profits will keep on rising. lol

  149. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 5:14pm

    Dunno if I just mis-heard the stat but Rvp is officially the worlds fastest footballer, quicker than walcott and bale, never would have believed that !

  150. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:17pm

    Micko, Roben 37km/ph i think.

  151. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:19pm

    Robben is also the quickest to dive. He just flopped now. Lol.

  152. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:20pm

    And he scores. Lol.

  153. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:20pm

    :) agag…

    And Aldi’s Bt..

    Micko, I heard that too, has to be wrong surely….

  154. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:21pm

    And so does Cahill :) :)

  155. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:21pm

    And Cahill scores! too. Wow.

  156. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:21pm

    Bloody hell!!

  157. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:22pm

    What a stunning stunning goal by Cahill…

  158. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 5:22pm

    What a goal from Cahill !!!

  159. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:23pm

    Wake up Scott… ;)

  160. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:24pm

    I’d love Australia to win this….

  161. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 5:27pm

    It was a real beaut rico, van basten-esque…..

  162. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:27pm

    Take a bow Tim Cahill.

  163. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:31pm

    Bad miss!

  164. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 5:32pm

    Ts, stats are like mini skirts, don’t read too much into them. Lol. Brazil always struggle against Mexico, brazil will be there at the end don’t worry. The EPL player are letting us down.

  165. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:32pm

    Sure was Micko, Bergkamp esque ;)

    I won’t mention the old badger either….lol

  166. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:32pm

    If the Aussies can keep this up, there’s a shock on the cards…

  167. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:33pm

    Di Jong hasn’t tried to maim anyone yet. :D

  168. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:40pm

    Give it time agag… ;)

  169. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:43pm

    Nasri is reported to have signed a new £180,000 a week deal at City..

    Not about the money?? Of course not…

  170. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:46pm

    I’ve heard of show boating but being carried off in a boat is a bit different….

  171. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 5:47pm

    Catch up later, off to light the bbq :)

  172. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 5:59pm

    Rico, you’re getting the Aussie vibe….

  173. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 6:12pm

    rico, haha on the showboating comment.

    Where are you, Scott??? :)

  174. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 6:15pm

    The old badger does it again. What class for a wanker. Haha.

  175. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 6:28pm

    Agag, say what you think lol.

  176. Joaquim Moreira

    June 18, 2014 at 6:29pm

    Van buyten is very slowly, no reflections, nor is agile

  177. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 7:02pm

    Bt, I just don’t like Holland for many reasons… ;)

    agag :)

  178. Sukky

    June 18, 2014 at 7:08pm

    De jong is ♍Ɣ man of †̥ђƺ match,he was outstanding ,made a lot of interception and broke so many attack.What a wonderful player,he won’t be bad for us though .

  179. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 7:10pm

    Looking forward to how Spain react tonight. Scott will be proud of that performance and rightly so. Rico.

  180. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 7:13pm

    valiant effort Scott…

    Where is oz btw?

  181. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 7:15pm

    Agree Bt, just a shame they couldn’t bury a few of the chances they had….

  182. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 7:20pm

    Need to walk the woofa before Chile beat Spain, catch up shortly….

  183. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 7:53pm

    Come on, Sanchez and Vidal. Rico, would you believe my friends are texting me and saying how ‘hot’ Muller is, and that Robben is a ‘stud’. Ewwwwwww. I just gagged. What am I missing? Some of my friends have zero taste in football allegiances.

  184. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 7:53pm

    Will the Aussies be the first to fly home ? Takes the pressure off Ingerlund.

    Working off the bbq rico.

  185. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 7:59pm

    Spain have never lost to Chile………..’history repeats itself’

  186. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 8:00pm

    You got spec-savers over there agag ?

  187. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:01pm

    Micko, Chile seem up for it though.

  188. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:02pm

    No, Micko but we have a Sunglasses Hut. Lol.

  189. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 8:05pm

    Many have written spain off already but I can’t see it myself, costa will have to up his game tonite mind ya.

  190. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:08pm

    :eek: agag, ditch them lol

    Yes Micko, and it worked I think, well, for Fido…. lol

  191. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:09pm

    History is there to be broken.. Come on Chile…

  192. goonster

    June 18, 2014 at 8:09pm

    First :grin:

  193. goonster

    June 18, 2014 at 8:10pm

    Gee do you guys really hate espana that bad? I mean santi Is a spaniard.

  194. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:13pm

    But he’s not playing goonie…

  195. goonster

    June 18, 2014 at 8:14pm

    Hahahaha rico you re something else. How ARE You Doing maam?

  196. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:17pm

    Agag, your friends mustn’t get out much.

  197. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:18pm

    Iker…what has happened to you! come on chile!

  198. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:19pm

    I’m good thanks goonie, will be better after a Chile win.. How are things with you all??

  199. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:19pm

    I am appalled, but that’s what happens when you jump on the football bandwagon, I guess. Lol. The ones to score are suddenly hot and study. Icky, I say.

    Hiya, Goonie

  200. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:19pm

    GOAAALLLLL :D

  201. Bt62 Gooner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:19pm

    Get in!!!!

  202. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:20pm

    1-0 Chile :P :P

  203. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:21pm

    Yay!!!!!

  204. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:21pm

    yes chile..
    Ramos and martinez half asleep

  205. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:22pm

    Casillas has really lost his form….

  206. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:23pm

    costa

  207. Wavy

    June 18, 2014 at 8:23pm

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO SPAIN?

  208. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:26pm

    Of course, Pedro takes a tumble. Tut.

  209. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 8:26pm

    Alonso not getting back in front of Alba , their problems defensively are at full back.

  210. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:26pm

    Costa 6’1 verse Medel 5’6.lol

  211. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:27pm

    does anyone else thing Costa is going to struggle in the premiership?

  212. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:27pm

    Potter, iniesta is playing ahead of Alba though me think

  213. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:28pm

    How was that not a foul on Sanchez?

  214. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 8:29pm

    Iniesta is further forward it’s Alonso’s job to protect his defence.

  215. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:30pm

    In 2002 france as world champions had Trezeguet, TH14 and Cisse as top scorers in Italy, EPL, and Ligue 1 with close to 75 goals between them but still failed to score a single goal in 3 games… ;)

  216. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:30pm

    True Potter

  217. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 8:31pm

    Nickie, Cesc will lump it to him, and Mourinho will hope that Costa will score.

  218. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:32pm

    I’m not sure Nickie, he looks unfit to me but I’m really unsure about him in England….. A big part of me thinks he’ll struggle somewhat..

  219. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:34pm

    I do like Sanchez…..

  220. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:35pm

    Nickie, Costa will work well in Jose’s style but I don’t rate him personally and never have…

    As I always say he is no better to Julio Baptista before he joined us and Julia struggled here…

    I noticed him in 2012 when he was on loan with Vallecano when he replaced Michu then; their formation suited him like at Ath…

  221. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:35pm

    So the Chile players get booked and the Spanish don’t? Pffff!

  222. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:37pm

    ha ha Costa just met the Pitbull. :P

  223. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:37pm

    Lo Rico.. conspiracy?

  224. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:37pm

    He does look a bit out of depth in this Tournament, maybe it is a fitness thing. I’d like Sanchez at Arsenal we need that accomplished hybrid winger/cf. Similar build to Aguero, quick, skilful and can finish. Think we’re dreaming tho

  225. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:38pm

    To be fair to Costa Ts, and considering you are a stat man, his goal ratio has got only better and better as the seasons have gone by.

    He can score goals, of that there is no doubt, but whether he’ll enjoy some of the away trips in the PL remains to be seen.

  226. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:39pm

    well for our sake I hope he bombs lol plus the cheeky bonus of seeing an unhappy Mourinho

  227. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:39pm

    Dna, I think Spain needed Arteta. :D

  228. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 8:39pm

    Nickie, costa’s had a great season, gone off the boil right at the wrong time, is he fully fit ? Pulled his hamstring just before the CL final.

  229. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:39pm

    Possibly Ts, so many crazy decisions so far would suggest something isn’t quite fair….

  230. potter

    June 18, 2014 at 8:40pm

    They are putting it about a bit though Rico.They are being a bit physical, pressing quite quickly.

  231. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:41pm

    True Rico, his figures as AW will put it is amazing considering his age too..

    But I don’t like the fact that he contributes nothing outside the box 7 out of 10 times…

  232. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:42pm

    Agreed Micko.

    I think we just all hope he fails in the PL because if he doesn’t, Jose will romp the PL…

  233. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:42pm

    So are Spain Potter…

  234. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:43pm

    GOOOAAALLLLL!!!!! haha

  235. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:43pm

    Tee Hee :P

  236. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:44pm

    Chile’s issue is lack of squad depth.. aside form that their first 11 is as good as most teams in the WC..

    Its a shame Vargas did not want to join when he was leaving Naples… I don’t think he suits the Los Che loan move…

    Vidal’s magic

  237. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:44pm

    Dreadful keeping but super finish…

  238. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 8:45pm

    Casillas? once one of the worlds best. He has made some horrendous errors in the last couple of months

  239. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:45pm

    Micko, history repeats itself as they say.. :)

  240. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:47pm

    I wish we could close sides down like Chile are doing….

  241. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:47pm

    I remember someone posting on one of the other blogs that we should pay what it takes to get Casillas..

    I don’t blame him too much he has a young baby… long nights :D

  242. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:47pm

    Casillas form is all down to Jose surely?

  243. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:49pm

    There’s a few of those Chile players I’d love to see in an Arsenal shirt… :)

  244. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:50pm

    Rico, re 8:47 that is what Wath has been saying with the type of signings sections of fans want…

    More luxury players is not the way forward especially with our 12:45 k.o

    Football has gone back to how it was in 1992 to 1996… high pressure and stamina.. less skills to a lower extent

  245. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 8:53pm

    tsgh, it’s good to know football isn’t broken ! eh rico.

  246. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 8:54pm

    Adios Espana….

    Agree Rico, Vidal, Sanchez the goalkeeper, all quality players…

  247. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:55pm

    Every dog has his day..

    Casillas and Buffon are the very few goalies to have started at the top and stayed there for 10 or so years…
    At least Buffon had a stint in Serie B… Casillas was captain at 21/22 y,o for RM and Spain… his time is up me think.

  248. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:55pm

    Tbh Ts, both Wath, myself and many others on here have said that ever since HH was set up….

  249. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:57pm

    Sure is Micko… lol

    Hi Kev, and some. They are seriously working hard….

  250. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 8:58pm

    Ts, you and your bleedin history lessons about players! ;)

  251. Joaquim Moreira

    June 18, 2014 at 8:59pm

    Bravo plays at Real Sociedad. He can be our second GK and Forget Vela

  252. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 9:02pm

    tsgh, I blame southampton, didn’t they sell alan shearer to Blackburn for 3 million in 1992, since then everything has snow balled !

  253. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:02pm

    yes JM- he bosses his defenders…

    I know Medel the pit bull is short but he plays CB at 5’6 better than most 6 feet CB..

    Its a shame he left Seville to join Cardiff.. I guess more money; I still consider him one of the best terrier type DM in the game… the Sth American Gattuso if you like…

    Re. History I am learning from Kev and Syg ;)

  254. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 9:03pm

    Rico, they work hard, but Barca and Spain in their pomp, worked hard despite the quality of the players…

    Robben is a top top quality player, but look at him work…

    Quality players put in a shift just like the water carriers.
    Wenger’s Arsenal of 1997/2004 were full of quality, but look at the way those guys worked.
    Physically strong, exceptional technique…
    They took English football to a new level…

  255. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:04pm

    No bad for a pub side, hey guys?
    Micko, we were lucky to get past nil….:)
    I said it from the start…..we can not match the better sides technically, or talent wise, but for heart, no side out there betters us, and we proved it.
    The agent of Matthew Leckie apparently had 12 phone calls within an hour or two of the Chile game finishing….more now, I’d say.
    Watch us next time, and even more so in 8 years where we will be having a real crack.

  256. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:04pm

    Jm, I think Afc have forgotten Vela..

    Micko, you are on a roll….

  257. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 9:04pm

    Joaquim

    I think i’d rather take money from sociedad for vela, use that for players we really need and sign a free agent back up keeper

  258. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:05pm

    Wavy, what happened to Spain is they were having so much success, that they forgot to regenerate their squad.

  259. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:05pm

    Totally agree Kev..

  260. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:06pm

    Ts, the problem with Spain is that they are lacking confidence, all the Madrid players should have started, Iker is a very good GK not playing regularly for his club is affecting him. All the GKs who sat on their club team bench is struggling. Ts, the football gods gave up on MA08. Lol

  261. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 9:07pm

    Scott,

    That Matthew Leckie really impressed me over the 2 games, how old is he? does he perform like that for his current club? he’d be a good addition to the premier league if he was to come

  262. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:07pm

    Scott, your boys were robbed imo.

    Had chances to win it but just couldn’t get the ball over the line.

  263. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:08pm

    Scott, I will take Leckie and Jedinak from your crew.. cheap and cheerful..

    Aussie players who have come to this league have done better than Sth Americans tbh…

  264. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:10pm

    lol Dna… what’s happening?.,.. me mentioning MA08 in the same sentence as Spain is not getting you all wound up? :D

  265. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:10pm

    Leckie is 23 years old…

  266. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:12pm

    Probably because playing for Spain and Arteta in the same sentence is laughable Ts :)

  267. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 9:12pm

    Rico, don’t agreed with me too much, or I’ll be accused of being an ITK… ;-)

  268. Micko

    June 18, 2014 at 9:14pm

    Scott, I was rooting for your lads, had a great chance to take the lead but fluffed it, the dutch went straight up the other end and scored, game over, always had a soft spot for tim cahill, great model pro, no idea where he’s playing now.

    Catch ya tomorrow guys.

  269. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:14pm

    Nickie, 22-23…. Around that age.
    Plays in Germany, but I don’t see the games,
    He’s always been talented, but until Ange Postecoglou became coach, he never really got enough chance to show his worth.
    We had some Dutch coaches then a German who spent their entire tenures trying to get results rather than improving the squad for the future.
    This guy is PL quality as a manager, believe me.
    I don’t base this on one result……we’ve been calling for him to get the Aussie coaching gig for a few years now,
    His players play for him, and his sides play beautiful football.

  270. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:15pm

    :) Kev, I agree….. lol

  271. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:15pm

    Ts, the worrying thing for AFC is only 2 players from our starting 11 start for their country, why mention MA who is not even considered for selection. Lol

  272. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:15pm

    Night Micko..

  273. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:16pm

    Micko, he is playing along side a certain Thierry Henry :)
    Yeah, we do lack quality, but a lack of experience within this group probably hurt.
    Keep them together for next time and watch us go.

  274. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:17pm

    Vidal and Medel haven’t put a foot wrong, so far. Wow. Just wow.

    And Ancelotti, rico, he was only the Cup keeper for Madrid last season; Casillas is bound to lose form.

  275. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:20pm

    Night Micko… dont give up yet.. there is always Euro’s for Spain. :-)
    Dna, was just teasing with Ma08 comment really.

    Re starters from our team true; it is because only AW can make them appear better than they do..

    As I always say a lot players of our so called better players lack work ethic pure and simple imo…

  276. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:20pm

    But Jose started the rot agag ;)

  277. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:21pm

    Agag, you know I love Medel. and Vidal simply the best and you know how I rave about Ramsey and Kroos but he is in his own league… imo

  278. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:21pm

    Jose’s best asset is knowing when to abandon a club.
    Same as Fergie die with Yanoted.
    Timing is everything.

  279. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:22pm

    Enough of that, Ginge.

  280. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:23pm

    Ts, lol

  281. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:23pm

    Has there been a better goal than Tim’s?
    What a stunner!
    Left foot, as well.
    Ginge Jedinak is definitely good enough for us, IMO.

  282. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:25pm

    Cahill is evergreen. :) Scott, fantastic showing from Australia, shame it is such a difficult group.

  283. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 9:26pm

    Rico :-D

  284. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:27pm

    Jedinak. Lol

  285. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:28pm

    What a chance to bury Spain ….

  286. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:29pm

    It’s over for Spain, their body language ain’t right.

  287. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:30pm

    Lol Scott; Aaron will take over from him next season…
    You know I rate Jedinak considering he plays for Pulis he has teh intelligence.
    As we know he is approaching 30 so maybe Aw won’t buy…
    Note only 3 of Chiles players are starters in Europe.. even Isla is a sub

  288. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:30pm

    We really would be so so good with Sanchez in our side. Wonder if Arsene thinks the same…

    I doubt it….

  289. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:32pm

    lol Dna, Jedinak is better than Gustavo…

  290. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:33pm

    Santi Cazorla!

  291. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:33pm

    AW inquire after Alexis allegedly last summer last minute

  292. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 9:33pm

    DNA,
    Are you still telling us we should sell Ramsey?
    That’s the laugh hahahaha
    You really know your players.
    Ginge, I know he won’t, but he’d definitely be a bloody good squad player.
    Anyway, back to work.

  293. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 9:34pm

    I bet Sanchez has never even crossed his mind lol

  294. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:35pm

    Santi , yay!!

  295. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:35pm

    There is s reason Jedinak plays for Palace. Lol

  296. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 9:35pm

    what’s all this nonsense we’ve enquired about Reus?

  297. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:36pm

    The thing is before Barca appointed their sacked coach; Alexis wanted out especialloy with Neymar arriving;but we were after Suarez; when the Sth American came in Alexisa said he would stay

  298. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:36pm

    would love reus for sure

  299. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:37pm

    I would sell Ransey for 10 mil if AW & IG is part of the deal.

  300. Wavy

    June 18, 2014 at 9:37pm

    This Spanish performance is a bit like Iniesta’s hair, a bit thin and very grey!
    I think they’ve done. No more tikka takka.

  301. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:39pm

    Dna, you know Pastore did not make Argentina squad whilst some other shite players have…

    The great Di Steffano did not make Argentina squad and failed to play in world cup with Spain.. loads of examples… where a player plays imo does not define his quality

  302. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:45pm

    I told you, Ginge, Ramos is more intent on netting a goal than defending. Lol.

  303. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:46pm

    Ts, so u honestly thinking Jedinak could play for Arsenal? U got to be kidding me, remember I know him so you can’t make up stats to convince me. Lol

  304. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:47pm

    Lol Agag

  305. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:48pm

    Lol Dna.. :-)

    I only make up stats to show MF is shite

  306. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:49pm

    Vidal ran close to 11 km tonight. Wow.

  307. rico

    June 18, 2014 at 9:49pm

    I’m off guys… Be nice lol

    Night all….

  308. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:50pm

    Is Fergie in charge of Spain.. 6 minutes added time?

  309. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:51pm

    Night Rico

  310. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:51pm

    Six minutes of stoppage time? seriously?

  311. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 9:54pm

    Retribution for disrespecting Arsenal, tapping up Cesc Fabregas.

  312. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:56pm

    Goonie where are you?
    Spain out of WC as my crystal ball said… :-)

  313. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 9:59pm

    Tiki taka is finally dead. Hooray!

  314. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 9:59pm

    Yep Agag re distance covered; Vidal does those figures with Lichtsteiner almost every 3 days for Juve.. exception…

    As I always say my dream midfield 3 would be Ramsey, Kroos/Morgan and Vidal for us…

    If we had those 3 Dna won’t ever moan again… lol

  315. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:01pm

    Saatchi style of play is back Boban, Alberti, Rijkaard, Donadoni running around like nut cases..

  316. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:03pm

    now England next tomorrow..

  317. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:09pm

    Ginge the info on Vidal was flashed when he was substituted. He ran 1.5 km more than the team average. What engine. And fresh from a knee injury, at that.

    Night, Rico.

  318. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:11pm

    Micko, your predictions were off again. Ha ha. something wrong with your crystal ball or turtle or armadillo or something.

  319. Nickie

    June 18, 2014 at 10:11pm

    Wavy,

    lol

  320. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:15pm

    if I am asked to continue with collecting stats I will suggest that Vidal and Ramsey’s stats are compared when Juve and us play in Supercoppa and our Community Shield.

    Juve vs Naples and us vs Man city

  321. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:16pm

    Lol Agag re Micko…

  322. Wath

    June 18, 2014 at 10:17pm

    Ts, Chile hunt in packs like we used to with Thomas Rocastle Davis and Richardson…. to a lesser degree Petit, Vieira n Parlour..!

    Chile were tenacious and gave Spain no time yet were quick and incisive…!

    Scott, well done 2 your lot as well mate they played really well.

  323. Wavy

    June 18, 2014 at 10:24pm

    Cesc hasn’t had a kick, and it’s too late now. He has either had a serious falling out within the squad or his form has deteriorated so badly that he can’t get a pick.
    Maybe Wenger knows best!!! Where Cesc his former love child is concerned. Tarred with the same brush as his Spanish compadres, they have learned how to be shite! Costa has taken his shite quality to the national side….successfully! Or rather unsuccessfully!
    Spain crap and out.

  324. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:31pm

    Boo, GG Man, why are you NOT at the WC?? :P You were the last time, right?

    I’m just happy those Barca players continue to get no joy. Hahaha. Santi was better when he came on than Martinez/Costa/Pedro was for the chunks of time they were there..

  325. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:31pm

    Night Agag

  326. tsgh

    June 18, 2014 at 10:33pm

    Hi Wath… didn’t see you pop in..,

    Catch up tomorrow gents

  327. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:36pm

    Loved the Iniesta comment by the way, Wavy.

  328. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 10:38pm

    Evening Wath, thought that Vidal had a good game this evening…

  329. Wavy

    June 18, 2014 at 10:43pm

    Chile’s approach to the game was reminiscent of liver pools and Chelsea’s against us. As WATH said, they got them surrounded and pounced like rabid dogs
    , snapping until they had control of the ball and the game. Very, very impressive. In fact a dogged display. Rico and especially her woofa would/will be proud of them.
    There have been a few impressive displays already this WC, Chile have just joined The Dutch and the Aussies, plus a couple of others ……..?
    Is the new style going to be the ‘swarm’ surround the player with ball and sting him and sting him until your team win it back, otherwise known as heavy pressing! Did plenty of that in my youth, sadly it never got me anywhere! Probably because my initial approaches were to aggressive and I got fouled out!

  330. Joaquim Moreira

    June 18, 2014 at 10:44pm

    Who saw the banner of Arsenal yesterday, amidst the fans of Korea? Was focused worldwide on the 1st plane :-)
    Sagna,Fabisnaky, TV, Cazorla… many important players… we must buy half a team for next season

  331. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 10:45pm

    You have to be careful with some of these guys who play like world beaters for their country.

    They show a passion and desire, that earns them a big move and then patently fail to replicate it.

    Take Georgi Hagi who was fantastic in a world cup some years ago. It earned him a big move, Barcelona if I recall, where he was pants and ended up getting flogged off to Galatasaray…

  332. Wavy

    June 18, 2014 at 10:50pm

    Ta Agag. I try you know. Football is supposed to entertainment and I have a lot of laughs, usually at the expense of others. Sad old git that i am!z

  333. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 10:50pm

    Wavy some of the French and Croats looked good as well.

  334. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 10:57pm

    Kev, I have a shopping update for you. Lol.

    I’m happy Santi played and that he played as well as he could. Cesc who??? I wish though that France and Germany don’t progress past the next round so our players can have a good pre season

  335. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 10:58pm

    DNA, there is a reason you can’t see quality…a lack of knowledge.
    Seriously, what an argument you make.
    Because a players plays at a shit club, he’s a shit player?
    Well, in that case, every Arsenal, by YOUR DEFINITION, is a top player.
    Next time you criticise one of our boys, remember this conversation, but if you don’t, I will remind you.
    LOL about that :)

  336. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 11:00pm

    Wath, imagine those Aussie boys with decent coaching through their youth?
    They have the heart, the athleticism and the natural talent is there, it just needs to be nurtured.
    All our best players have headed overseas at a young age, but there is no real need to now.
    We will be a much better country in 5-10 years time, without question.

  337. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 11:01pm

    Spain….they are an old side now.

  338. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 11:12pm

    Ok Agag, what’s new???

    I’ve not done any retail for awhile…

    Scott, your boys were unlucky it seems, I’m afraid that I missed it, too early for me as I was still working.

  339. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:18pm

    Shoes. :) Lol. Thirty percent and all that, Kev. :P

    That dutch boy Memphis scored neat goal though. Shame, would have been wonderful if Australia held on to their lead. van Pursey suspended for the next game though. Maybe, Chile can beat them and top their group. ;)

  340. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 11:18pm

    Hey Agag, you still have a crush on Fernando..? ;-)

    I thought he was pants tbh…

  341. Wath

    June 18, 2014 at 11:21pm

    Will be interesting to see the Aussie improvement over the next 4/8 years Scott… Could be interesting.

    Hi AGAG, couldn’t be bothered with Brazil to be honest and didn’t want to waste my money on England, SA was fun went to loads of games and drank loads of wine and GG…. Hope your well.

    Kev, Costa was shite mate lol ;-) BUT that other fella we discussed was the dogs….!

  342. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 11:26pm

    More shoes, ha ha, you and your flexable friend… :-D

    Actually I might get myself a pair (or two ;-) ) of trainers in the near future…

    I quite like the Puma trainers, actually always have, always liked their design, not bulky like so many others.

    I trust that matching handbags are in order, to go with your new shoes… :-P

  343. Wath

    June 18, 2014 at 11:27pm

    Think Chile can and will beat Holland AGAG… they were very impressive tonight… Only downfall for me is they could suffer from set pieces where they not the biggest of teams…!

  344. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:30pm

    I will always have a soft spot for Torres. I nearly bought a Torres duvet, Kev. Haha.

    Can’t say I blame you WATH, with Wooney, Johnson, Welbeck Baines, et al., England are just hopeless. :)

    Mandzukic looking sharp.

  345. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:35pm

    Quite impressed by Chile tonight, WATH; played better than in their first match. Vidal, Sanchez and Medel gave a standout performance.

    Kev, some things there’s no point resisting.

  346. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:38pm

    I am off now. Catch you guys later.

  347. allezkev

    June 18, 2014 at 11:39pm

    Yeah Wath, def-mid is certainly a position that needs attention mate, nuff said ;-)

    I didn’t see Argentina, but Chile are the best South American team i’ve seen, and they play football.

    Costa isn’t fit, but he is still shit.
    And don’t get me started on Benzema, lazy, useless bum. ;-)

  348. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:40pm

    Song red carded. Barca players are having a mare. Yay.

  349. agirlagunner

    June 18, 2014 at 11:43pm

    Argentina were painfully boring, Kev. You would think they didn’t have Messi or Aguero or Higuain.

  350. Wath

    June 18, 2014 at 11:50pm

    AGAG Argentina play like a set of individuals… Chile play like a team…! Take care AGAG.

    Yeh Kev that to mate lol ;-)

  351. Gunnerdna

    June 18, 2014 at 11:51pm

    “DNA, there is a reason you can’t see quality…a lack of knowledge.
    Seriously, what an argument you make.” Hahahaaaa, lack of knowledge. LMFAO

  352. Scott From Oz

    June 18, 2014 at 11:56pm

    That’s your response, DNA?
    It’s even more timid and baseless than I expected.
    Scott one, DNA nil hahahahahahz.
    Wath, I cringe at the lack of coaching some of these current guys would no doubt have copped as kids, yet still made good players.
    We will have no excuses in the future, but I reckon no fear of big opponents either.
    I hate the term “respectful loss”, but all things considered, that description could not be more accurate after the Dutch game.
    Now, on to Spain.
    On form, we will be favourites hahaha.
    I just wonder if our guys can get back up for that one, though.
    Very proud Aussie, as always.

  353. allezkev

    June 19, 2014 at 12:00am

    Night Agag…

    Up early tomorrow (the Lee shift), so that’s me done.
    Night All
    Night Wath…. Mums the word.

  354. Wath

    June 19, 2014 at 12:11am

    Nite Kev, Am off as well, Nite all….

    The Spain game will be very interesting Scott, have a good day fella.

  355. Scott From Oz

    June 19, 2014 at 12:38am

    Cheers mate….bloody work gets in the way of a truly good day, but gotta pay for the next trip to North London!
    Bye all.

  356. Wavy

    June 19, 2014 at 12:58am

    You’ve gotta wonder how much Song was paid to commit an unprovoked assault on .mandjukic? A bit of spot fixing perhaps? I can find no other reason for him behaving so deliberately violently, in full view of the referee!
    He has to see a therapist! Of he’s innocent!

  357. Wavy

    June 19, 2014 at 12:58am

    Of = if

  358. Scott From Oz

    June 19, 2014 at 1:58am

    Song is ill Disciplined and irresponsible, and always has been, I reckon.
    Still, at least he is someone else’s problem now lol.

  359. allezkev

    June 19, 2014 at 6:40am

    Morning Lee

  360. Lee

    June 19, 2014 at 7:34am

    Morning Kev, I thought on last night’s performance we dodged a bullet with Costa in fact all the Spain players were shite (apart from Santi)

  361. Lee

    June 19, 2014 at 7:51am

    Morning Kev, I thought on last night’s performance we dodged a bullet with Costa in fact all the Spain players were shite (apart from Santi)

  362. Lee

    June 19, 2014 at 7:52am

    He must be injured….

  363. Lee

    June 19, 2014 at 7:59am

    Or shite…

  364. Scott From Oz

    June 19, 2014 at 9:01am

    Morning guys.
    How much game time did Santi get?

  365. allezkev

    June 19, 2014 at 9:08am

    Yeah Lee, that Costa is rubbish.
    He’ll struggle this coming season I suspect. Just like Drogba used to struggle eh? ;-)

    Scott Santi had about 10/15 mins at the death…
    He should have started for them as he looked sharp when he came on.

  366. rico

    June 19, 2014 at 9:08am

    Both Lee… ;)

    Morning to you, Kev, Scott all….

  367. Scott From Oz

    June 19, 2014 at 9:13am

    Santi was in top form when the season ended, and would definitely have done better than their midfield.
    Morning all.
    Our Aussie boys really caused a stir, and I’ve never heard so many talking about the sport in this country.
    They did themselves and their country very proud indeed.

  368. potter

    June 19, 2014 at 9:29am

    Just hope Del Bosque doesn’t throw the reserves in for the last game and open them to injury. He should stick with te ones that failed and won’t play again.

  369. rico

    June 19, 2014 at 9:29am

    I feel for Wrighty’s family, what a gutless act!

  370. rico

    June 19, 2014 at 9:30am

    Agree potter….

  371. tsgh

    June 19, 2014 at 9:36am

    Morning Rico et al,

    French pundit: “Cazorla, so no Fabregas tonight” Wenger: “I feel like there’s been an attitude problem in the first game”

  372. rico

    June 19, 2014 at 9:39am

    Morning Ts..

    New Post up now…

  373. Wavy

    June 19, 2014 at 9:39am

    Spaniards eh? They’re all shite!
    Morning

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