Rabiot and Khedira deals on. Podolski off. Time to Stop the Rot!

Morning all.

Gossip:

Goal.com report that Lukas Podolski could soon be a gonner with both Galatasary and Besiktas showing an interest although a return to Germany could be favoured.

Adrien Rabiot has turned down the offer of a new contract at PSG and the 19 year old will now be sold. The Express believe for as little as £5 million as his contract expires next summer. We have been linked with the midfielder over the last few weeks so it’s no surprise that Jose Mourinho now has an interest in the player. That’s how he works, anything he can to in attempt to get one over Arsene Wenger, he will try his hardest to do so. The same newspaper believe that it’s a straight fight between us and Chelsea for his signature.

The same goes for Sami Khedira. Real Madrid don’t want their player to walk for free next summer and according to reports, he’s up for grabs for just £8 million. Mourinho wants him too strangely enough, so if he’s a player that Arsene Wenger wants, another battle with the under tall one will take place.

Per Mertesacker has called time on his International career. Good, Arsenal will benefit.

Winning the World Cup was the best possible end to 10 years in the national team. I’ve moved aside to let younger players take over.

We don’t have to fret about the future, we are better equipped than ever before. I’m happy that I’ve been able to play for so long, happy that people have trusted in me.

I’m still hungry for more titles, but I want to win them with Arsenal – to win the league, perhaps have a go at the Champions League. We’ve got a taste for silverware now, after winning the FA Cup.

I’m a world champion but you can’t let yourself go because of that. There are new challenges. I’m vice-captain at Arsenal and I know that I have more responsibilities now. I want to achieve big things with the club.

Having more time off for your legs and your head is not a bad thing in that respect – especially at my old age.

I’m still unsure why both he and Podolski aren’t back and ready to play today as neither were heavily involved in Germany’s campaign. I think Tomas Rosicky needs to do the same…..

Football is a funny old game isn’t it.

Over the last couple of years, many fans have called for Arsene Wenger to be sacked, some of us were less cruel and merely hoped he’d walk away gracefully when his contract expired, always believing that a new broom would sweep clean…

But, that situation didn’t materialise. Arsene Wenger signed a new three year contract, Ivan and his merry men have since been reasonably busy in the transfer window and we are looking in good shape. Yes we still need 2/3 more signings but fingers crossed at least two will arrive before the transfer window closes.

Meanwhile, Tony Pulis, the man who almost single handedly, not only saved Crystal Palace from relegation last season, but secured his side 11th place in the Premier League and was voted manager of the season by many, has walked out on his club. Apparently he made the decision after a breakdown over talks for a new contract.

Don’t get me wrong, Pulis is far from ever being on my Christmas card list, but I’m not stupid enough to not see just what he achieved last season and Crystal Palace may have just made a huge mistake.

Like I say, football is a funny old game, or rather football club owners are a funny old breed….

The odds are stacked against Palace today, with a roll over predicted by many. This time last season we all thought the same on the opening day of the season and none of us need reminding of what happened. We cannot start the same way again, we really can’t. The Emirates is our home and this season we have to make it our fortress. We’ve had a pretty good pre-season and last weekends victory should give the players a lot of confidence.

The fans should be up for the new campaign too and they need to make the stadium a much more hostile place to visit. Get behind the boys from the off and don’t let up all season regardless of how it unfolds. The players need us, 100% in every game.

Team news:

Our three German World Cup winners all sit this one out but Laurent Koscielny should be fit after an Achilles problem and David Opsina is still a couple of weeks away from a return so young Emiliano Martinez will be our reserve keeper. Diaby is tipped to be included in the squad too….

Calum Chambers, Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debucy should all make their Premier League debut and is there a better place for them to do so?

No, we are at home, we’re at The Emirates and we are The Arsenal!

We haven’t won our opening fixture for the last four seasons so it’s time to change that horrid record today.

Go kick this season off with a massive three points Arsenal…

COYRRG’s….

 

315 thoughts on “Rabiot and Khedira deals on. Podolski off. Time to Stop the Rot!

  1. Luznic

    August 16, 2014 at 10:42am

    welcome to the new EPL season, we are in for a good treat this time, how much I have missed the EPL

  2. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 10:43am

    Ready to rumble, watch the Palace crumble…

  3. dublingunner

    August 16, 2014 at 10:46am

    morning, great fighting talk, rico, Here,s to the season ahead and hopefully no slip ups today. AS you say the players need us a 100% every game, but of course that works both ways. some idiot sporting journalist on tv this morning, when asked for his top 4 predictions, Said chelsea, man city ,liverpool and man utd in that order. They should show the players them quotes before every game.

  4. BruisedBanana

    August 16, 2014 at 10:53am

    Morning, great post…even more wound up and excited for the big kick off!! It should be a cakewalk really but they were quite strong defensively and may prove hard to break down, still it should at least be 3-0!!
    Wins for Swansea and West-Ham would be an added cherry on top today too! With regards the transfer rumours I really like Rabiot and he’d be stupid not to come here over Chelski with their youth-development record!! Khedira seems to have a touch of greedy-bas**rd-itis to him and I’d rather we didn’t go for him if this is so!! Podolskis a massive fan-favourite and it would be such a wrench to see him go but would be fine if it was to make room in the squad for a world class player….please be Reus, please be Reus!!!
    So all prepared for a full day of footy viewing pleasure. COYG!!!!

  5. Nickie

    August 16, 2014 at 10:53am

    You made a cross breed between to keepers emiliano viviano and Damien Martinez :p lol cool though!

    Great fighting talk lets get this show on the road!

    Morning all

  6. Luznic

    August 16, 2014 at 10:54am

    Morning Rico, great post and it got me more excited for the match later on

  7. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 10:56am

    Nickie, have you got your sat-nav at the ready?

  8. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:07am

    Morning all, thanks re the post comments.

    Nickie, you win the prize for spotting today’s deliberate error, have to check you folks read… ;)

    Seriously though, check out Afc.com, I copied and pasted his name from the sqaud details and they have it wrong too… :)

  9. Vonnie

    August 16, 2014 at 11:11am

    Hi Rico and everyone, Damien Martinez has changed his name, Emiliano is his middle name and now that’s what he wants to be called. Hoping for a big win this afternoon, enjoy the match Nickie, COYG!

  10. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:16am

    Hi Vonnie, I never knew that, thanks…

  11. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:16am

    Morning rico, morning house. Good post to remind us that we were not feeling so good last opening game, with next to no transfer dealings. And we know what happened and the gloom. Now winners, well it took us nearly 10 years as we have been reminded, but that is only to deflect from the fact that Maureen won zilch last year,

    Cant understand why Merts can’ be a sub? Say Kos goes down injured and has to come off with 15 remaining. Surely he could slot in for that time?

    Roll on 5.30, really looking forward to it.

  12. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:19am

    Karen’s Brady’s favourite joke:

    Rio played in Rio
    Valencia played in Valencia

    and Danny Shittu …… played for Spurs

  13. potter

    August 16, 2014 at 11:20am

    You won’t see the German’s until Wenger’s stats tell him that they are at optimum. As discussed on yesterday’s thread he is all consumed by them ,nothing will make him do the logical thing unless his figures tell him to do so.

  14. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:28am

    Morning Andrew, thanks. I don’t know why he can’t be either. Mind you, I don’t know why we haven’t replaced TV as AW knew he was going a long while ago…

  15. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:29am

    Ha ha re Karen Brady. Always thought she knew her football…. lol

  16. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:29am

    Potter, cheers missed that. Makes you wonder how he dealt with the not-winning stat for 8 years :-)

    Sorry, I’m sounding like Mourino!!

  17. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:30am

    We aren’t the only club though, I think LvG and Pellegrini has said a few of their WC players aren’t ready to return..

  18. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:31am

    rico, if we sold Podolski and recouped alongside TV and Vela deals, a good wedge of what we have actually outlayed this season, would not be a happy bunny

  19. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:32am

    But those clubs probably have more than one and a half CB’s available?

  20. kene

    August 16, 2014 at 11:33am

    Sanchez to open his account today. Sanogo and Wilshere will score. Something tells me that Wilshere will shine this season.

  21. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:36am

    Hope you right kene, just made a late change and put Sanchez in my Dream Team in place of Lukaku and cheapened the defence to do so!

  22. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:38am

    Jack needs to kene… Mind you, so do a few.

  23. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 11:39am

    He’s already in mine Andrew, and Sanogo…!

  24. kene

    August 16, 2014 at 11:41am

    Andrew my money on it. We have a bench that’s almost as good as our 1st eleven… oh we don’t even know our 1st eleven.

  25. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:50am

    kene, not sure we have defensively!!

    rico, that’s hedging your bets who we are going to play up front!

  26. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 11:53am

    Good Morning Muchkins and Chipmunks.

    Nice day today. How is the weather up there??? Still stormy, cloudy, darky and drippy???

    Andrew H….Karen’s joke….massive mate. you had me in stitches.

    Rico…..at the final whistle will tell you if the post is a great one or not. ;)

    Merts off the national team radar then. good. that means he will get good ample rests during the breaks.

  27. AndrewH

    August 16, 2014 at 11:57am

    Cheers HRD, she’s got great taste. Apart from being at Hammers!

    Bit young at 29 to retire? Great way to bow out though with winners medal.

  28. Joaquim Moreira

    August 16, 2014 at 11:58am

    hi everyone!
    another one…
    best wishes for Arsenal from Canada :-)

  29. Nickie

    August 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

    Haha I stand corrected!

    Bt using the good old tube, may stick around after, have a beer and wait for it to all blow over ;).

    Thanks Vonnie, on our way out now for a day in London/Arsenal.

    Enjoy the game everyone

  30. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

    not only a winners medal Andrew. But a full coaching ‘A’ Uefa coaching licence as well.

    All the players in both the German and Argentinian squads will receive a full coaching badge as well. Its been like that since 1974 world cup.

    That means that our three Germans have coaching badges….good to have on the pitch.

  31. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

    I’ll change it if we sign another striker Andrew, but just have a feeling Sanogo is going to get games…

    Wonder why no subs bench in the Telegraph FF league..

  32. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 12:02pm

    Devil, I don’t care… :P

  33. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 12:02pm

    Have fun Nickie…

  34. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 12:06pm

    aye Rico.

    but we care. ;)

    we always want you to do the best articles possible. That is why I want us to win.

    It will mean writing the match report with a smile. Different than writing it with a frown.

  35. kene

    August 16, 2014 at 12:08pm

    I don’t think we need Rabiot. Khedira will be a good buy, then a Cb and we’re done.

  36. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 12:10pm

    Rabiot will be a good addition Kene. Remember that both Arteta and Flamini are over 30 now. Getting in a 19 year old in their place would be future thinking.

  37. kene

    August 16, 2014 at 12:11pm

    Rico I agree, our defence is thin. I know Wenger will get us a quality Cb.

  38. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 12:14pm

    It’s game day.
    You bloody beauty!!
    Our Germans…..ease them back in……let’s make sure they have some legs at Xmas time.
    Morning all.
    It’s game day :) :) :)

  39. kene

    August 16, 2014 at 12:15pm

    Devil good point, but don’t you think we need someone that will keep them on the bench in most matches?

  40. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 12:15pm

    Think it all depends on the manager and players a lot more than it does my post Devil… ;)

    kene, Sami would be a great addition and would stop Ramsey being overplayed. We’d still need a DM though surely?

  41. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 12:16pm

    Guys, I have to pop off again, be back late afternoon.. It’s one of those days…

    Catch up later..

    Hi Scott…

  42. kene

    August 16, 2014 at 12:18pm

    If Flamini reduces his rash tackles he should start before Arteta.

  43. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 12:18pm

    Enjoy Lady.

    kick a couple of spuddies along the way. It will make the day more enjoyable.

  44. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 12:19pm

    Khedira is a quality player…..no way I’d knock him back.

  45. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 12:20pm

    Damien, Emiliano, Fido, Dido, Smydo, it’s all Greek to me… :-)

  46. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 12:26pm

    Afternoon All…

    Afternoon and Bon voyage Rico…

    Canada, isn’t that on the Algarve?

  47. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 12:34pm

    Have a good one Nickie, beer wins every time….lol

  48. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 12:34pm

    Afternoon Kev.

    how is life in the cab today???

    any news from the cousin of the friend of the neighbour or the uncle of the tea lady’s son???

  49. Kc

    August 16, 2014 at 1:17pm

    Van united one goal down

  50. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 1:26pm

    Fabianski is the Swans’ keeper today.

  51. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 1:34pm

    Keep it up,Swansea.

  52. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 1:53pm

    It just so happens Coach, that there is bugger all news.

    But as soon as I’ve heard, I will let you know… ;-)

    Afternoon to you mate, busy as usual…

  53. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 2:17pm

    Swans 2-1 up.

    Rooney levelled.

    now Swans have got their 2nd

  54. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 2:18pm

    does the weather play havoc with the cab business habib? Or bad weather is good for you?

  55. Nashua gunner

    August 16, 2014 at 2:20pm

    Swansea has there lead back just after Wooney equalised.

    Good Afternoon Rico and fellow gunners.

  56. Kc

    August 16, 2014 at 2:33pm

    Van moyes

  57. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 2:40pm

    Welcome to the Premier League, LVG.

  58. Luznic

    August 16, 2014 at 2:44pm

    I thought scholes said Lvg is a mad genius……… now what is this? the genius or the madness my day is made anytime man utd looses…….their fans taunted me the most

  59. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 2:46pm

    3-5-2 will not keep him long in the EPL. It can be used against certain teams. but only between the months of December and March imo…….not today on the first day. The difference between the teams can be minimal, especially if many of your team have been on WC duty while the opponents have only a couple.

  60. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 2:48pm

    As it stands …..Swans are first while Yanited of Manure are 20th.

  61. Gonerjoe

    August 16, 2014 at 2:56pm

    I see Dean tried he’s best 4mins stoppage time shown played almost 6 played.

  62. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 3:00pm

    so Van Moyes is alive and well

  63. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 3:01pm

    Hammers mash the spuds we roll Palace and a good day was had by all

  64. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 3:31pm

    Noble misses a penalty as spuds go down to 10 men

  65. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 3:31pm

    Nolan sorry

  66. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 3:36pm

    Spuddies will be playing the new formation then. 3-4-2. An adaptation from LVG’s 3-5-2.

    Pocchettino will want to be avant garde according to Levy

  67. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 3:54pm

    half time and the spuddies 0-0. Good or bad?

    imo the hammers should have been leading. as it stands now the spuddies will go 4-4-1 and it would be difficult to break down. If they had been 0-1 down they would have had to come out. as it is a point for them is better than risking it.

    Pocchettino knows.

    Or does he???

    the 2nd half will tell us where he stands

  68. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 4:00pm

    really expect the hammers to fighting relegation this year but be nice to see them nick this and as you say three good chances gone

  69. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:06pm

    Afternoon folks…

    Man Utd result was a bit of a shock.

    Hope Wenger and the boys are focussed for today and don’t think a manager-less side are just going to turn up to be rolled over…..

  70. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 4:08pm

    Wonder if Wenger might pull a suprise and start with Joel Campbell?

  71. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:09pm

    Good Afternoon mother hen.

    we enjoyed that result.

    we really did.

    now we hope that the the spuddies will be hammered up.

    and we crystallize our opponents today.

  72. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 4:09pm

    Afternoon Rico…

    Sanogo and Campbell???

    A blunt instrument against the parked bus???

  73. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 4:10pm

    think last years opener will make sure that doesn’t happen Rico

  74. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:10pm

    tbh I would like to see that Kev

    Him, Sanogo and Sanchez up front for the first half at least

    then bring on the OX and Giroud

  75. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 4:11pm

    Hi Coach, yep the weather does affect business.

    Finished early today, out soon…

  76. BrainwashedKev

    August 16, 2014 at 4:12pm

    Sounds a plan Coach, and Palace won’t expect it.

  77. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:20pm

    Afternoon Kev/Devil..

    Oz, I sure hope so….

  78. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 4:21pm

    hammers now down to 10 they are going to blow this ha

  79. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:22pm

    I like the idea of Sanogo and Campbell, a bit of pace would be quite refreshing up front.

    Alexis on the left and maybe OC on the right….

    Pace, directness and perhaps a few goals…

  80. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:22pm

    Ramsey and Flamini/Arteta in the middle…

  81. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

    This is really cheeky of me, but, has anyone here purchased Microsoft Office and still have a spare download going begging?

    We can negotiate a fee of course… ;)

  82. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:34pm

    I have one Lady

  83. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Seriously Devil?? Let me mail you… :)

  84. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Payment=3 nice fat chicks will do :P

  85. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:40pm

    Just pulling your leg Rico. I dont have one. Just wanted to see your reaction for the payment. lol

  86. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:40pm

    Katy Brand, Dawn French and we have a chunky friend who lives around the corner, will they do? ;)

  87. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:41pm

    Ah, ok, I thought you were being serious Devil….

  88. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 4:43pm

    Afternoon all,

    Arsenal XI to play Crystal Palace: Szczesny – Debuchy, Chambers Koscielny, Gibbs – Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere – Alexis, Sanogo Cazorla

    3-1 to the good guys…

  89. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 4:43pm

    Crystal Palace team v Arsenal: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell.

    Dev- fat chicks… now you are talking

  90. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:47pm

    lol

  91. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 4:48pm

    Manu lose, Everton and spuds drawing. An Arsenal win and that will be a great opening day.

  92. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 4:48pm

    David Moyes was on Bein sport earlier telling Van Gaal what he needs to do for the 2nd half. Damn!!”! :D

  93. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 4:50pm

    The scums have scored…

  94. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:50pm

    lucky wankers

  95. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 4:50pm

    Did you catch the Super German Cup? Dev

  96. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 4:51pm

    A Burnley and Southampton win would make it a good weekend Andrew… lol

    But only if we win….

  97. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 4:51pm

    Blast, spuds score and I took scorer out my DT for an even cheaper defender.

  98. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 4:53pm

    indeed Rico…

    Le Coq is on the bench???

  99. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 4:54pm

    no mate.

    If we win I dont care what the others do…..unless they loose.

  100. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 4:57pm

    Six prem games ended. Not one home win. So far…….

  101. Gunnerdna

    August 16, 2014 at 4:58pm

    Morning all, good post Rico. Can’t believe Sanogo starting for Arsenal in the opening game of a EPL season.

  102. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 5:01pm

    interesting AH.. especially with AV beating Stoke who had the 7th best home record last season

  103. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 5:01pm

    Which bit Ts… ;)

    Thanks Gdna. I can because I have a sneaky feeling Campbell is going on loan…

  104. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 5:03pm

    lol only if we win…

    Yaya and Sanchez plus Ar16 for me…

    hmm, Arteta coming off later???

  105. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 5:04pm

    COYFGS…let’s smash em. Afternoon good people.

  106. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 5:06pm

    Scott- keep an eye on your country man later..

    I still think he will be a cheap bet for us…

  107. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 5:07pm

    Nearly there.
    2.06 am……who needs sleep hahahahaha

  108. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 5:09pm

    And waking up to news Yanited got whooped is music to my ears.
    Ginge, I hope he has an off day.

  109. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 5:13pm

    who needs sleep indeed… lol

    I feel jealous when folks can get 7 or 8 hours sleep a night.

    I did the German supercup mid-week.. got home about 3 in the morning; woke up for work at half 6… still not had a proper sleep since…

    ditto- Jedinak comment btw

  110. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 5:13pm

    Oyyy Scott.

    Good morning

    Tasted some Aussie wine today.

    Good but not enough near our wine or the Italian one mate.

  111. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 5:16pm

    Ginge, that is my life for app. 8-9 months a year :)
    Devil, hiya mate.
    What sort of wine was it?

  112. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 5:17pm

    Goonie/Scott – calm down… lol

  113. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 5:21pm

    Dry red wine mate. On the label there was Wine from Australia.

  114. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 5:21pm

    Sofa, chanting….

  115. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 5:23pm

    According to our colleagues at RMC, PSG have allowed central midfielder Adrien Rabiot to enter discussions with Arsenal.

    Arsenal are long term admirers of the player and Arsene Wenger has held talks with Adrien Rabiot personally to inform the French youth international that the North London club is absolutely interested in acquiring the player.

    PSG have an asking price of €7m, but Juventus and AS Roma are also very interested and have both been informed by the capital club that they may negotiate with the player’s agent and mother Veronique Rabiot.

    The player has historically declared his appreciation for Juventus as a club.

    PSG have no interest in letting Adrien Rabiot go, but they have already held three rounds of unsuccessful contract extension negotiations with the player, whose current deal runs out in 2015.

    More undoubtedly to follow.

  116. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 5:24pm

    Devil, there is wine, and then there’s wine, as you know, and not all Aussie wine is good :)

  117. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 5:24pm

    Almost as excited as for cup final.

  118. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 5:26pm

    COYRRG’S!!!!

  119. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 5:27pm

    SANCHEZZZ!!!!

  120. Wavy

    August 16, 2014 at 5:28pm

    Yeh!
    COYRRGS

  121. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 5:29pm

    Let’s go lads!

  122. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 5:29pm

    O2,O2B,O2B A GOOONER!!!

  123. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 5:32pm

    Alexis, you diamond. How cheeky was that…

  124. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 5:37pm

    Geezer!

  125. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 5:42pm

    Possession is a mammoth 82% for AFC

    we need to score though

    and not concede

  126. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 5:57pm

    We need another striker if JC is not going to get chances imho…

  127. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 5:58pm

    I think the midfield is getting static as game goes on…

    we need another runner…

  128. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 5:59pm

    that was a wicked shot by Jack

  129. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 5:59pm

    Not a lot has changed then……

  130. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:01pm

    Ts, up the tempo.

  131. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:03pm

    A match report for today would be most welcome :)

  132. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:04pm

    FOOK!!

  133. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:04pm

    their first real attack and they score

    bollox

  134. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:05pm

    Hope that wakes us up!

  135. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:06pm

    we have an overall 75% possession and they score.

    now they will park the bus

    yes Rico…..nothing has changed

  136. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 6:07pm

    Wouldn’t hangeland have been useful reserve CB? We were after him years ago, surely now would have been a useful buy?

  137. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:10pm

    We can do better than Hangeland Andrew and we need to….

    I hope we don’t have to wait until 70 mins for changes.

    Sanogo is really struggling to get into this game…

  138. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:10pm

    Ches is faffing about. He should wake up

  139. Gunnerdna

    August 16, 2014 at 6:13pm

    Unbelievable??

  140. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:15pm

    Kos delivers

  141. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:15pm

    Koozzer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  142. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:16pm

    Hoo-bloody-ra….

    Good stuff Kos…

    Hangerland Andrew?? ;)

  143. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:17pm

    Phew!

  144. Scott From Oz

    August 16, 2014 at 6:18pm

    Bloody disjointed first half.
    I can’t remember a half of football where we passed it so often directly to an opponent.

  145. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 6:19pm

    Rico he knows where net is! And he’s tall. And a free!
    Kos would have mesmerised anyone with that mazy run.

  146. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 6:20pm

    Three efforts on target, poor. Must do better.

  147. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 6:20pm

    Sanogo seems more arms and legs than Diaby!

  148. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:24pm

    Hiya Bt

  149. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 6:24pm

    Oh well at least we leveled it before the break. OG and Aoc to come in for sir4goals and santi. We need to move the ball faster. I see us nicking this one 2.1.

  150. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:26pm

    2 or 3 more signings…

    1 won’t do in my opinion…

    still time to score 2 more but… was AS17 signed to play midfield or as an attacker?

  151. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:26pm

    Wat about you, Ts?

  152. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 6:28pm

    Yeah right rico…2 or 3 is just pushing it. We ll probably get one and that’s it. Sorry lol.

  153. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

    lol goonster. my crystal ball thinks 2nd half will be different.

    Bt-same old as you well know ;)

  154. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

    tsgh – we do have some to come back but again we sooo need a world class striker STILL

  155. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

    think we’ll get it done but as Scott said really poor first half

  156. Gunnerdna

    August 16, 2014 at 6:31pm

    Quality was always the problem, not quantity. The arrogance of AFC training staff is at maximum levels.

  157. ozgunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:32pm

    like to see Rosicky personally

  158. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:33pm

    Yeah mate, need to up this big time.

  159. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:33pm

    Bt- a few clubs are looking for CB’s. You don’t happen to be a CB. I could be your agent. lol

    Pep iwas this afternon moaning about lack of Cb’s… 2 has lost 2…l Van Buyten and Martinez…

  160. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 6:33pm

    Who took the free kick that led to kozzer’s goal? What a ball?

  161. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:34pm

    indeed oz.

    A striker to me was a must in addition to AS17 to give us alternative to theo…

  162. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:35pm

    Love the work rate of Alexis…

  163. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:37pm

    we are overplaying moves with too many touches

  164. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:38pm

    Gibbs out for a while then….

  165. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:39pm

    Sun Cheese took the freekick which led to the goal

  166. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:39pm

    Get Gibbs off surely..

  167. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 6:42pm

    This is boring.

    Team parks the bus….another team passes the ball ad nauseam

  168. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:43pm

    it doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence when our team struggles v. the likes of Crystal Palace. :?

    But yay, for Koz. :)

    Hello, all!!

  169. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:43pm

    Totally agree Devil..

  170. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:43pm

    Hi Agag- ditto

  171. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:44pm

    For a curtain-opener to the season, this has been zzzz.

  172. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:44pm

    Boo,Agag..

  173. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:45pm

    Passpasspointlesspass. Pfff.

  174. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 6:45pm

    What were you expecting DG. That palace ll go gung ho on us? Yeah right. They didn’t last season with us acquiring sanchez I doubt they ll ever come out of their 18 yard box. Most teams wont. Get used to this. Lol

  175. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:45pm

    Hi agag.

    Same old eh, we can keep the ball against Palace but in the final third, we seriously lack something…

    Giroud and OC have to come on soon surely…

  176. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:46pm

    Hi, ginge! Hello, Bt. Are you bored? :D I am a bit. :P

  177. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:47pm

    Santi is having a mare today…

  178. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:48pm

    rico, I sound like a such a grouch, but this is all really quite flat, isn’t it? Haha.

  179. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 6:48pm

    Nothing new.. our opening day record is appalling..

    AV last year comes to mind…

  180. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:49pm

    Trying cider, to ease the…

  181. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 6:54pm

    Agag, it’s so typically Arsenal…. :(

  182. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 6:55pm

    Pull Santi, he’s been awful…

  183. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 7:11pm

    It is irritating that Palace are not winning the ball…..we are loosing it or giving it to them through negligence and arrogance

  184. arsewhale

    August 16, 2014 at 7:12pm

    I’m not happy with the way we’ve played so far. Even if we nick this one, we’ve not shown attacking prowess or instinct and that’s worrisome. Good evening HH…

  185. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:14pm

    This is sooo uninspired.

  186. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:15pm

    Ramsey is another who has had an off day….

  187. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:16pm

    Our passing has been suicidal….

  188. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:17pm

    Monreal has been quite good though.

  189. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:18pm

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  190. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:18pm

    RAMSEYYYYYYYYY

  191. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:19pm

    5 mins of added on time, at least. :)

  192. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:19pm

    Monreal has been very very good imo agag…

  193. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:19pm

    boy wonder

  194. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:20pm

    Woooooooot. Kos MotM. :D :D

  195. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:20pm

    what sheer determination from OG12 and Kosser

  196. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:21pm

    Bt, the only thing he’s done today. ;) But Henry played like that all so often…

  197. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:22pm

    Ospina must be loving this….

  198. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:24pm

    ginge, I don’t think we’ll be missing Sagna if Debuchy’s form continues. ;)

  199. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 7:24pm

    Phew.

  200. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:25pm

    Phew. That was awful in the final third, but just how assured was Chambers…

    Great result when we were below par….

    Wait until the Germans return and Theo….

    :P

  201. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:25pm

    Get f**kin’ in!!!!!!!!

  202. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:25pm

    agag, totally agree re Debuchy, he was born to play for Arsenal….

  203. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:26pm

    Gotta say, rico, Rambo really is getting quite extraordinary. So-so for nearly all of the match, then boooom! Gooaaaallll!

  204. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 7:26pm

    Hehehehe agag you crack me up :grin:

  205. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:27pm

    very true Agag- he looks good…

    I just think during his NUFC days he went forward too early and did not offer as much aerial presence defensively but he is very good technically and is younger so has good engine…

  206. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:28pm

    Oh, and may I also just say– and you will like this, rico— that match was begging, just begging for….

    Theooooo.

  207. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 7:28pm

    Kos looked limping. Gibbs out. So back four, Chambers, Chambers, Chambers, Montreal!

  208. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:28pm

    good win…

    At least we are no playing catch up unlike the previous 45 seasons…

  209. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:29pm

    jamie carragher looks depressed. lol

  210. Nashua gunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:29pm

    Good Day All. What the score? I’m at a wedding, can’t see the game.

  211. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 7:29pm

    Now we frantically wait for Gibbs prognosis. God help us that boy is made up of glass. We keep talking about diaby but Gibbs too have suffered his own fair share of niggling injuries. Poor fella.

  212. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:30pm

    Boo, goonie. :) :)

    I’m sooo much happier now that we actually won. :D

  213. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:30pm

    motta fighting with opposition again?

  214. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:30pm

    agag, all joking aside, I think you are right. We lacked an injection of pace and someone to get at their defence. Alexis will do that but he’s raw to this league….

  215. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:31pm

    2-1 Ng

  216. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:33pm

    Fcuk it, 3pts,

  217. Nashua gunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:33pm

    Thanks Ts. You’re always pal.

  218. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:33pm

    ginge, the thing about Debuchy is that he looks like he means it when he said it was his dream to play for Arsenal. Always ready to take the ball forward, but he flies into his tackles, too.

    Or maybe, I’m just partial to the Frenchies in our team. I reckon I always have been. Hee.

  219. rico

    August 16, 2014 at 7:34pm

    I will just mention again that if anyone wants to write the game up, feel free to mail me… ;)

    I’m off guys and gals, been a long old day…

    Night all, great 3 points but things have to improve.

    Ivan, go get us a DM, CDM and Reus…..

    :P

  220. Nashua gunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:37pm

    Ts. Ramsey and who else score?

  221. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:40pm

    Night, Rico, phew!!!

  222. goonster

    August 16, 2014 at 7:41pm

    I ll rather tr7 than Wilshire in games like this. We need to release the ball quicker. Why wenger persists with the same team and formation for 80 something minutes kills me. Hey arsene be pragmatic you french turd. Lol. Chuffed we won though.

  223. AndrewH13

    August 16, 2014 at 7:42pm

    Night all, hard work that. I mean for us watching!

  224. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:42pm

    Nash, Koz did, he’s my MotM. :) Hope he isn’t injured. :(

    Night, rico. :) :)

  225. dublingunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:44pm

    got there in the end, sanogo is shit. giroud and sanogo for the next 50 games. god help us,

  226. agirlagunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:44pm

    Bt, and Andrew, such a relief, eh?

  227. rogerbij

    August 16, 2014 at 7:44pm

    Geez couldnt find a channel here at the end of the world. Slowly streaming highlights on a dialup connection, what the hell on the first goal? At least put a man standing on the inside of each post to shrink the goal. Even if you are beaten to the header that shouldve been easy off the line!

  228. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 7:47pm

    Wilshere was ok today Goon. It should have been Cazorla for Rosicky imo

  229. Bt62 Gooner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:47pm

    God, hard work though, Agag, 3pts and a bit average. imo…

  230. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:50pm

    night Rico…

    true Dev re JW… I still think he and Sc19 amd capito should not be starting together imo…

  231. arsewhale

    August 16, 2014 at 7:50pm

    Chambers was just absolutely brilliant for me. My o My, I fear for BFG. I hope he can wrestle his place back from this boy…MOTM

  232. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:51pm

    lol DublinG…

    balo’ last minute or Akpom on the wings..

    Our CB situation scares me.. another Le Squid to be unearthed? ;)

  233. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 7:52pm

    TR07 needs to start in europe next…

    It looks like the boy wonder will be run into the ground again…

  234. Nashua gunner

    August 16, 2014 at 7:56pm

    Thanks agag.

  235. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 7:56pm

    Mates……in a way thank God we laboured and huffed and puffed.

    why???

    Had we won 4-0/5-0……..

    ……would AW have bought new players???

    so in a way……we should thank God that it turned out this way.

    At least we won without being at our level

  236. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 8:25pm

    Evening all. Boring game. Chambers looked fantastic. Well impressed

  237. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 8:29pm

    Evening Rock

    yes boring game

    but I would prefer to win in a boring way at the moment

    it would give AW food for thought

    players keep their feet on the ground

    it will keep other teams interested as well

    if we had won 5-0 we would have been playing teams with a 6-4-0 formations

  238. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 8:30pm

    Ng, hope you enjoying the wedding? ;)

    Hi Rocky… CC21 looks impressive.

  239. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 8:31pm

    Absolutely right mate. A stroll wouldn’t have benefitted us. At least an early graft may put us in good stead

  240. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 8:31pm

    lol… dev… the 6-4-0 goes without mentioning as we all know.

  241. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 8:32pm

    I liked his calmness Ginge

    AW should buy two CB’s and let him play/alternate with MF and MA in the CDM pposition

  242. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 8:33pm

    Palace got what they deserved….nothing.

    they came to defend and it was undone at the end

  243. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 8:34pm

    I do like it when a keepers ridiculous time wasting tactics backfire! Happened against Newcastle a couple of years back too!

  244. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 8:34pm

    Arsenal have seen their bid for PSG teenager Adrien Rabiot accepted according to the Daily Star.

    Emirates Stadium boss Arsene Wenger has apparently been pursuing the 19 year old midfielder for some time and the north London club’s opening bid of £5.5m has been accepted according to this source.

    The French Under 21 international has turned down advances from PSG, with the Ligue 1 side having been keen to tie the youngster down to a new contract, but with a year to run on his current deal the Parc des Princes side may look to cash-in on his services.

    Rabiot made 27 appearances in all competitions last term and is rangy midfielder who is tough in the tackle and could be a very wise addition to the Gunners squad.

    With Mikel Arteta clearly in the latter stages of his career and Mathieu Flamini not seen as much more than able support Wenger would do well to bring in Rabiot, who is rightly considered one of the hottest prospects in European football.

    Though PSG have supposedly accepted Arsenal’s bid there is also said to be interest in Rabiot from Serie A sides AS Roma and Juventus.

  245. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 8:39pm

    I am at a loss about one incident during the match though…..when the ref sprayed vanishing spray on Santi’s face how come his face did not dissapear????

    answers on a post card

  246. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 8:55pm

    Not sure Dev…. His cheeks could do with vanishing a little bit! Do we really need Rabiot?

  247. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 8:56pm

    Agag still on here or has she gone to bed?!

  248. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 8:57pm

    Jesus, has it really been 5 years since our last opening day win??

  249. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 8:58pm

    Rabiot is good imo. And he will compliment AR and JW till he takes over from MA/MF

    That is why I said AW should buy two CB’s so that CC will go to CDM

  250. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:00pm

    Is he a DM? I thought he was more attacking? Or did you mean til JW takes over from MA/MF?

  251. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 9:00pm

    he is a more defensive minded midfielder although he also plays B2B as well

  252. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 9:02pm

    today we cannot criticize JW except for three occasions when he held the ball in positions which he should not have done

    He had a good game as well

  253. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:03pm

    Sweet. Well it can’t hurt to bring him in then I guess!

  254. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:04pm

    Can’t criticise anyone today at all. Sanogo still worries me though!

  255. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 9:07pm

    I was impressed by Chamack today as well. He dropped many times in midfield to help especially when AFC had the ball. he was by far their best player.

    Happy for him. Because I always resented the fact that he was shunned aside to accomodate Judas…..who nevertheless left. MC was an honest bloke. And he never opened his mouth against Arsenal.

  256. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 9:09pm

    Chamack and Almunia are two top gentlemen.

    I am not saying anything about them as players but as real Men they are up there with the best.

  257. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:13pm

    Chamack was my MoM today. The guy was immense

  258. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:14pm

    He always has an expression of someone about to cry…. And that hair!!! But you’re right, he never has slagged us off at any piont

  259. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 9:15pm

    bdw…..who got MoM today???

  260. Adam

    August 16, 2014 at 9:19pm

    Went to the game. Ground looked great. Crystal Palace were an insult to football. We were all over the place through midfield. If Wenger thinks Sanogo is the answer then what is the question? Chambers was motm. Sanchez was ok but probably tried too hard in many ways. The stench of Pulis lingers. Three points. That’s it. Off to get groggy. Night Rico and mates.

  261. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:20pm

    Not sure mate…. Probably Rambo. I know he gave an interview after.

  262. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:21pm

    Night Adam. Have to have a catch up soon. Will text you in the week

  263. Adam

    August 16, 2014 at 9:23pm

    Rocky. That would be excellent. Missed you mate.

  264. tsgh

    August 16, 2014 at 9:25pm

    lol Chamack getting praise on HH… get Syg back on here. :P
    I too thought Chamack did an honest job for his team…

    At this stage I rather have MC than Yaya Sir-now-goals…

    Also Le Coq was cover for midfield and FB today.. that is how our quality drops from 9/10 to 6/10 so quickly when we have injuries…

    I wonder if Miquel will e on the bench mid-week?

  265. Hell Raising Devil

    August 16, 2014 at 9:25pm

    be careful of Aussie wine Adam. Dont get groggy on it mate. ;)

    thanks for your info about the game.

    I thought that Ches was off colour today although he was not at fault during the goal…..but he faffed about on a couple of occasions.

  266. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:34pm

    Probably TS… Was Bellerin on the bench?

  267. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 9:35pm

    You too Adam. Will have to pop over with the littl’un when its born!!

  268. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 10:00pm

    Anyone about?!

  269. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 10:20pm

    Not sure if it has already been mentioned in the last week, but does anyone else think it unfair of the abuse Sagna got from some fans last weekend? He wasn’t a contract rebel, always gave his all (even if sometimes it was nowhere near good enough) and always showed passion. OK, the tweet about the city players winning the league wasn’t his finest moment, but he was a pretty loyal subject in my eyes. Fans never give Kolo stick. Why Sagna?

  270. Micko

    August 16, 2014 at 10:54pm

    Adam 9.19, a bit harsh, Custard Palace a team with a chairman who refused to spend over a million quid this summer compared with our 60 million plus, their aim survival, ours to win it, we’ve seen it all before at the Emirates, our grit shone through at the end !

    Gotta agree with you re Sanogo, is there any other premiership side that would start with him up front….. I think not.

    A lot of rustiness today, not afraid of Betiskas midweek, gotta take the battle to everton next weekend.

    Up the Gooners.

  271. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 10:59pm

    Evening micko!

  272. Micko

    August 16, 2014 at 11:05pm

    How do rocky, just in from a long day out on the lash, last time Palace beat us in the league 1994, it was never in doubt was it !

    Good to see Chamakh has finally got his confidence back after being dropped for rvp, that was a classic on here wasn’t it !

  273. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 11:12pm

    All good this end mate. Had a good day? Mine has been spent in Tescos and indoors!!

  274. Micko

    August 16, 2014 at 11:16pm

    Ok, time for my bunk.

    rocky, did Bacary leave a forwarding address, words don’t come easy, nite matey.

  275. rockyrocastle07

    August 16, 2014 at 11:17pm

    Night mate. Sweet dreams!!

  276. potter

    August 17, 2014 at 12:05am

    3 points but the frailties are still there. Poor defending of set pieces with incredible marking, how was Sanchez marking Hangeland who ran across the box whilst Sanchez was blocked off. Having fallen for it once , we did it again afterwards. I am surprised that people are saying that Wilshere had a good match . I left the ground wondering how much we could get for him. He lost possession too often and seems unable to withstand any type of physical contact and even when he gets past a player he seems to have lost the pace to get away. Perhaps we could cash in whilst his reputation is high. Giroud is a good substitute striker but we need better, against an aging back line Sanogo was less than useless and a mobile box to box is needed to supplement Ramsey. Sanchez looks a lively acquisition but his signing is not enough. Lastly Oxlade Chamberlain and Debuchy need to go out for a drink together and get to know each other.

  277. BrainwashedKev

    August 17, 2014 at 1:55am

    Kieran Gibbs with a hamstring (usually 3 weeks) and Koscielny with an Achilles injury (usually needing an operation if not rested) are just the start.

    Shand Forsythe is gonna have his work cut out…

    The arrival of Kostas Manolas cannot come quick enough.

  278. BrainwashedKev

    August 17, 2014 at 1:57am

    Great to read how well Chambers played today…

    Gotta hunch that he’s gonna be a busy lad this season, filling in at 3 or 4 different positions.

  279. BrainwashedKev

    August 17, 2014 at 2:02am

    Good to read Wilshere getting some positive feedback today…

    I ignore the cnuts in the Media, their raison d’être is to undermine Arsenal in whatever way they can.
    And Wilshere is just another stick that they use to try and beat us…
    Wankers all….

    Wenger knows this and his defence of Jack said it all…

  280. Lee

    August 17, 2014 at 6:53am

    I thought Wilshere had a poor game, Gibbs another perma crock, Chambers, Debuchy and Sanchez had good PL debuts…..sanogo shouldn’t be leading our attack for that matter nor should Giroud! Buy a proper striker Arsenal FFS! Still three points in the bag, onwards and upwards!!!!

  281. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 8:08am

    Well, well, the dust has settled on that one, 3pts in the bag, a big wake up call, almost a carbon copy of some of, last seasons’ uninspiring games. CC21 played well, Sanchez was decent enough, as was Debuchy, but the lack of vigour and drive, was all to apparent. Sanogo is a trier,but no way is he good enough to lead the line, at the moment.Shad it seems, is about to earn his ‘corn’, if reports are true about, Kosser and Gibbs. Could have been worse, Manure springs to mind.

  282. bradster

    August 17, 2014 at 8:22am

    Morning all,
    Wenger needs the attackers to train against the defenders in a 60m square space.
    need to learn how to be more clinical in a compacted space because we control all the other space on the pitch whenteams play 2 banks of 4 in their own half.

  283. bradster

    August 17, 2014 at 8:26am

    These lower end teams seem to suit Giroud. I’d play Sanogo against the bigger teams that offer space to run in behind and with pace.

  284. Scott from Oz

    August 17, 2014 at 8:30am

    Rico, check your inbox….

  285. Scott from Oz

    August 17, 2014 at 8:31am

    Morning all.

  286. Adam

    August 17, 2014 at 8:57am

    Morning Rico and all. I have to agree with Potter. Our defensive tactics just go to pot when the game is on. The look on Bould’s face after we conceded told me that.
    Yes, we weren’t great but we were playing against a team who mustered two shots in the whole game including the goal. Palace are another anti-football team who are content to foul their way through games while time-wasting on an epic scale. In John Moss, if that’s his name, they found a willing accomplice as he let them and Chamakh in particular commit foul after foul with no consequence. It got so bad that Wenger bollocked the player personally from the touch line after about his 7th scything assault and why the ref let Speroni take so much time out of the game I cannot imagine. He was fat, weak and a complete disgrace.
    Chambers and Debuchy were excellent and I think it’s tough to criticise individuals too much after one game but I would say that, unless Wenger addresses the squad with the considerable money he has with a DM, CB and most specifically a CF, it’s going to make things awkward. I really cannot ‘get’ Sanogo at all.

  287. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 8:58am

    What a pile of poop that was, but 3 points on the opening day of the season were most welcome..

    Morning all….

  288. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 9:09am

    Morning all, Adam, Sanogo is yet another ‘project’.

  289. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:10am

    Jamie Redknapp:

    How many of those Man Utd players would get into Arsenal’s squad? Not many he answered himself…

    :P

  290. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:14am

    Morning Scott, I have and replied, thank you big time..

    Morning Adam, Bt, Lee, Bradster and anyone else reading…

  291. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:16am

    I think Sanogo isn’t all that bad, just against 10 defenders, he struggled to find a way through, just like many of our players did.

    The ref was awful, the Palace tactics were sly and boring but that’s what teams like that do and all the time the man in the middle doesn’t shape up, more sides will follow the Palace way when they come to the Emirates…

  292. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 9:26am

    Rico, did you get sorted ref MS Office?

  293. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:27am

    I didn’t Bt, looks like a trip to Staples will be in order tomorrow…

  294. Adam

    August 17, 2014 at 9:28am

    Rico. The bloke cannot take a ball and control it at pace. He has a really poor first touch. His composure is zero and his positioning and reading of the game and where the ball is likely to end up seems non-existent to me. I am not being overly harsh I think but, leading the line, for Arsenal? Absolutely no way. Not his fault but this was supposed to be the season when this stuff ended once and for all. We have been here so many times haven’t we, with so many players? At this moment he is plainly nowhere near good enough.

  295. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 9:30am

    I take it you require, the latest version?

  296. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:36am

    Adam. I get what you are saying, I really do. I’m just not going to write him off yet…

    I was very surprised to see him start though and especially as a lone striker….

  297. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:37am

    Bt, any version would do.. ;)

  298. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:40am

    Also Adam, I think Tuesday’s game was very much on AW mind, wrong I know, but he was clearly keeping Giroud for the CL game.

    If I had my way, we’d have a world class striker signed and sealed by now, perhaps we will by the end of the month and Sanogo will go out on loan.

    But then if I had my way, we’d have a DM, CB and Khedira signed by now and a few shipped out…

  299. Adam

    August 17, 2014 at 9:40am

    Rico. We’ll soon see, that’s for sure.

  300. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 9:42am

    Might be able to sort you with 07, i’ll check with my nephew later.

  301. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 9:44am

    DM,CB, and Falcao, for the ladies…

  302. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:45am

    Fingers crossed Adam

    Bt, bless you, thanks….

  303. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 9:46am

    Falcao?? For the ladies?? Bt! ;)

  304. potter

    August 17, 2014 at 9:50am

    Whilst the PGMOL produce refs like yesterdays English football will remain in the dark ages.The fouls yesterday would have been punished in European and World Cup football but Moss let them go without censure . Sanchez has come from a league where fouling is an art but the type of fouls there are more cynical , the look on his face as the physical lumping went on was one of amazement. Thankfully he just picked himself up and fought back but you wonder how long before he snaps and falls foul of our neanderthal refs.. As for ( which way do I point an aerosol) Moss , a truly hopeless oaf that seemed out of his depth and 5 yards behind play. Howard Webb to be the ref’s technical advisor :- God help us.!”

  305. frednerk

    August 17, 2014 at 9:51am

    Morning All,
    The way the game was going and wengers comment beforehand of another weeks break,we have to be happy with 3pts.
    We have 3 games in a week,think it was Kev who said,Chambers will be over used,he must be the first name down for wenger each game now.
    And we all thought he would be the deputy rightback.

  306. tsgh

    August 17, 2014 at 9:52am

    Good morning Rico, Bt and all..

    the debate rages on? lol

    I ditto, Potters views above…

    Judging from the views of the gentlemen who were at thegame, it seems like we have a long season ahead of us…

    So we have Monreal to cover LB and CB unless we find another CB;
    Can Per play on the lhs of CD with CC21 playing on the rhs? Does Aw have trust in Miquel? Le Coq could not get games for a very attacking team who finished in the bottom 5 of the Bundesliga last season.. in fact he was never used as a CDM or CM but was played on the wings as per his days at Lorient…

    Has Aw addressed our striking options? Without wanting/tending to slate AS17 or be misconstrued, AS17 scored the same number of goals as JC21 in the world cup…

    In his first season with us should teh pressure be placed on him to provide the bite we need up front immediately…

    Yes AS17 had his best season in his career since arriving in Europe last summer playing from the lhs… is he really our answer to bridging the 40 goals City scored more than us?

    AW’s original intention allegedly was to get cover for Ramsey this summer but he has instead decided to throw caution to the wind and rely on his prodigal son Abou… ;) talking about forgiving 77×7 times.. ;)

  307. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 9:53am

    Mens team, for goals and eye candy for the ladies, simples….win,win all round, simples….

  308. Bt62 Gooner

    August 17, 2014 at 10:05am

    Ts, i think Abou and Gibbs, are sharing the good hamstrings, between them.

  309. tsgh

    August 17, 2014 at 10:06am

    Ah Bt… I always suspected the dark, tall, athletic look was your thing. ;)

  310. tsgh

    August 17, 2014 at 10:06am

    :D Bt- the marvels of medical/sports science…

  311. Adam

    August 17, 2014 at 10:13am

    Potter. I couldn’t agree more. New season, new financials, new anticipation and certainly a new hope. Then this little fat fucker rolls out and is so grossly incompetent that you realise that in the PL, some things never change.

  312. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 10:19am

    Morning Ts, fred, potter…

  313. rico

    August 17, 2014 at 10:21am

    New post up now…

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