The Fog Almost Closed In!!!!!

Wednesday evening we saw two different teams on the pitch. On one hand we saw a team that was organised, stuck to tactics, worked hard for each other and played to their strengths. One the other we saw a disjointed, unintelligent, group of individuals.

For those who saw the game then I don’t need to tell you which team was which, but for those who didn’t, the team who was organised and played to their strengths wasn’t us!!!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling for heads or anything like that, but the Arsenal side that was out there isn’t the side we’ve become used to under Wenger. Its a very, very average side we have at the minute. Wenger still likes to employ the ‘Wenger Ball’ tactics and we know they work. Its the players that don’t fit the system. We have become used to seeing our beloved club passing through sides like a hot knife through butter with great technique, working together, linking up, creating space and using intelligence. Barring RvP and Nasri, we have no players fit at the minute who has these attributes. This current side just don’t work together and are technically inept and it showed once again at Goodison.

RvP saved us with a strike that we know he is capable of. We were lucky. Everton deserved the points. They had a negative game plan from the start and they stuck to it perfectly, closing us down and exploiting our weaknesses with their strengths (Tim Cahill), but they have only one half fit striker so who can blame them??? Football is about tactics as much as it is skill and Moyes almost had Wenger. Well in fairness, he did didn’t he because we were lucky.

Now, a draw away against a very organised team like Everton is normally a good result and we keep the unbeaten run going. We have a line up of fixtures coming up that’s arguably in our favour and we could well see our unbeaten run extending to over 15 games, so I’m not slitting my wrists just yet. What disappoints me was the performance, quite honestly we were shit and we have too many average players who cant do the job when we suffer with injuries. Under the circumstances we needed to win that game to keep the pressure on the top 4, but Villa are starting to see a bit of daylight between us and themselves and if we don’t pull our socks up we could be too far behind to catch up.

What worries me the most is Wengers post match interview. Wenger said that when we get Rosicky, Eduardo, Cesc and Theo back it will be like having 4 new signings. It seemed to me to be a subconscious way of telling the fans we aren’t signing anyone and i’m sorry Mr Wenger, I’m not accepting that, we need at least 2/3 new signings AS WELL as these players back, but I will reserve my judgement until the transfer window closes.

Player ratings:

Almunia…6….Saved a shot from Cahill that was a thunderbolt, but it went straight at him and I don’t think he new much about it anyway. Not too sure about whether he could of saved Cahills header, but I’ll just point out that it wasn’t exactly in the corner and I’m willing to say a few other keepers that spring to mind would of got to it????

Sagna…5…the mans letting me down game after game. Rubbish crossing again and should of closed down Baines before the cross. What happened to the player we had last year????

Gallas…6….did ok, nothing to shout about, but he was playing against a one man Everton front line,who is in fact a midfielder and he should of been more aware of Cahill for the goal. The man was playing up top by himself and we all know he’s lethal in the air, why was he left to Clichy to deal with???

JD…6…same as Gallas.

Clichy…6…not really his fault for the goal, never had a chance against Tim ‘The Salmon’ Cahill.

Denilson…5…not a wide man so I’m not going to judge him too much.

Song…5…lost the battle with The Giant Afro Man.


Nasri…7…plenty of running, desire and tried to make things happen. Was at times a one man midfield and i just cant understand why Wenger wont play him centrally.

Ade…5…80k a week???? Don’t make me laugh… 30mil???? Not any more. Boy did we miss the train with that one. Many of us said we messed up with the ‘one season wonder’. Ade’s an impact player at best and if we receive a big offer for him again we should snap their hands off.

RvP…7…is now the number one striker at the club by a country mile, hit a wonder strike that saved our bacon and needs a better partner upfront, one who can be bothered and one who is just as technically gifted.

The fans…10…didn’t stop singing, stayed until the end and got their reward.

We are now relying on Villa to slip up, but who says they will??? We should have never of been in this position in the 1st place. We almost won the league last year but instead of strengthening we were considerably weakened and we are paying for the mistakes of the summer, like many of us said we would.

Fingers crossed though, there’s still plenty of the season left and footballs a funny old game.


226 Responses to The Fog Almost Closed In!!!!!

  1. avenell says:

    Morning everyone. Sorry the match report is late it took a day to write it.. enjoy.

  2. JonJon says:

    morning mate, how are you?

  3. rico01 says:

    Morning You two – nice post boys 😉

    How are things this cold windy day

  4. avenell says:

    Alright jonjon.. 🙂

    Rico I need to build an ark to get to Tesco. lol.

  5. rico01 says:

    give noah a call ave, i take its raining……..

  6. avenell says:

    They are running out of flood warning signs, I just went 10 miles down the road and there is water laying everywhere.

    I just read the site AA= 🙂 well getting nearer.

  7. avenell says:

    Is it my eyes getting better or has the text got larger on the comments? I don’t know how to do the right smiley. 😎

  8. rico01 says:

    blimey – we have snow forecast too for the weekend, maybe its because afc are going to spend some money 😉

  9. avenell says:

    After sunday the weather is going to be pretty bad it said on the news this morning.
    This is supposed to be the coldest winter since the ice age…. Ok slight exaggeration. 😉

  10. rico01 says:

    text is def bigger ave, i heard that about the coldest winter too 😦

  11. avenell says:

    I’m nipping out to do a little job.. 😉

    just so you don’t talk to yourselves ..

    Yes ave thanks..

    No problem.

  12. peachesgooner says:

    Hi roadsters all

    I’m feeling optimistic about Arshavin today – I’m not quite sure why but I kinda think it might happen.

    Text definitely bigger – thank goodness I say 😉

    I just watched Arsenes interview from yesterday (thurs) on arsenal tv online. He has that twinkle in his eye when questioned about other transfers – no bids but made enquiries – what does that mean?

    He did say again about how pleased he is that Robin has matured into The Boy Wonder – not exactly in those words you understand – but he said considering what he was like when he arrived at the club. I hope he gets the chance to be captain again – he deserves it IMO.

    Great post JonJon – worth waiting for. I thought the fog was on my stream the other night until I watched the goal again on MOTD.

  13. Big Raddy says:

    I have lost the will to read anymore about ‘will he, won’t he’ Right now, I couldn’t give a flying one.

    WHU is always a special game for me…. I feel a story coming on …..

    In my very early Highbury days, I used to stand at the front of the North Bank. All the ‘little people’ did. There was a lovely old large lady called ‘Auntie’ who looked after us all. She had a bag of sweets for all the kids.

    Up above me the North Bank crew stood, hard men, (tho probably just teenagers). WHU ,Leeds, The Chavs, and the Spuds were the big games, when opposing ‘crews’ would come in and try to ‘take’ the North Bank. This particular day, I was stood next to a Hammers lad , no more than 10 y.o – a similar age to me. He was pushing all the Gooner kids around him, swearing, and being aggressive. I told him to go and stand somewhere else, and he said -I’ll never forget it – ‘Right, I am going up to get my big brother, you are in shit street’. and ran up the stairs to where top on the North Bank.

    Beong a born coward, I told Auntie, who said ‘don’t worry’ and called a Policeman to watch over us. 3 minutes later this gorilla comes down, dressed from head to toe in Claret and blue, foaming at the mouth and looking for trouble. The policeman jumped down and arrested him, called for back-up as this thug fought back, and then pinned this kid to the ground. When the other cops came to help, they found an axe on this guy. An Axe FFS !! When they dragged him off around the pitch, he was spitting at the fans.

    We talk about the ‘old days’, but there are definite advantages with all-seaters. The kids today know nothing of the violence of the old stadia. The North Bank, and particularly the Clock End witnessed pitched battles most weeks. There was a cage behind the Clock End where they placed the arrested hooligans. It was invariably full.

    In those early days, it was possible to change ends with the team. Us kids used to run around under the (then ) fanily enclosure at half-time !! Unthinkable today.

    True , we have lost some of the atmosphere of those steamy , light filled days, but overall matchday is a much more comfortable experience

    Don’t know where that came from. Excuse the ramblings of an Old Man !!

  14. avenell says:

    haha I remember most of that Raddy. (not the axe bit) 😦
    I used to go to the home arsenal games with my mate (who died 18 months ago) 😦 who supported west ham.
    Then the next week I would go to the west ham home game.
    Anyway he was a 16 stone skin head so he stood out during the “troubles” so he visited ths cage, where he had a great time.. 😉

    2 grumpy old men….

  15. JonJon says:

    Just read the article regarding PHW and the CL. What a total lack of ambition. Ive also read the report on RvP saying he wants the club to show ambition. Is he yet to sign a contract?? Is Ade still on more money??? if we are not careful we could face an exodus of our top players in the summer.

    I thought the new CEO was in place?? Weve got no money guys. Otherwise we wouldnt be messing about with zenit over the sake of three mil and we would of rewarded RvP.

    The failure to sell Ade was a huge mistake. We are wasting wages and the money would of come in handy.

  16. avenell says:

    Don’t worry jonjon.. no ones got any money apart from Shitty.
    chavs and the dippers ain’t exactly splashing the cash are they?
    If he dosn’t sign a contract or indeed other players don’t. They may all find themselves on lower wages in a years time.

  17. JonJon says:

    do you mean at other clubs mate??

    or do you mean here when they are playing uefa cup? 😉

  18. rico01 says:

    Ah – here you old geezers are then 😉

  19. rico01 says:

    Big few days for us, we need a convincing win tomorrow, 1-0 will do 😉 and then the cup game on Tues which is a must win to – the latter is live on Setanta

  20. avenell says:

    All the other clubs jonjon. chavs are skint and the dippers and man U need to re finance.
    There assets are going down, so re financing will be harder.
    sorry to talk money rasp 😉

    Old lemon squeezers? how dare you rico.. 🙂

  21. rico01 says:

    Off now you have all dissapeared, catch you later

  22. avenell says:

    back in 30min chow 😉

  23. JonJon says:

    hi rico.

    if you look at our fixtures for the next few games, they are all winable, i know we said that at the start of the season but we werent on an unbeaten run then.

    i know weds wasnt the best performance, but the fact we havent lost for a while must give our lads some confidence, we just need to keep the run going starting with tomorrow, and i have a feeling liverpool are on the slippy slide. it could be them we catch 1st. villa too. with any luck we could get 2nd ahead of chelsea or am i being too optimistic?? 😉

  24. peachesgooner says:


    I came on earlier but no-one was home 😦

    Raddy – thats a bit of a story, must be why my mum always thinks I’m nuts to go to football. The first game I went to after I became a mummy I did take my driving licence with me for id in case something happened to me!!!!!

    When you coming to visit? Hope you pick a good game – I’ve got a friend in the states who always seems to come either side of a good game – not very clever.

    I really want to see the rip-roaring gunners tomoro not the fare we’ve been served up lately. Hope vela is better and plays for 20-30mins.

    JonJon – we have to be optimistic. Last season I still reckoned we could win it right up to the 2nd to last game – if man u/chelsea had dropped points we were still in with a shout. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings 😉 😉 😉

  25. raif says:

    hello Lads and Ladettes,

  26. avenell says:

    Hi raif…. Where you been mate??

  27. peachesgooner says:

    This blog site is like open house – must be chilly with the door open all the time waiting for visitors 🙂

    Hi raif – hows the little’un, must be doing some cute things now

  28. raif says:

    Hi Avenell mate,

    well its been a Combination of several things really,

    most of all ive given the missus some much needed rest by looking after the little one.
    also free up some time for her to sort out some other things,

    how have you been mate

  29. raif says:

    peaches. yeah he good thanks. and every thing he does is becoming more and more cute each time he does somthing. his smiling/laughing and making a load of sounds to boot.

    when i speak to him its like his trying to speak back to me. its so adorable

  30. avenell says:

    Haha raif top bloke.. I hope it’s your new you tube feature.

    I’ve been busy today.. not like me. 🙂

  31. raif says:

    yeah i got 2 other vids i need to upload on youtube,

    not really sure how much i want to do with the little on and all. as i need to restrict how much info i actully give people. Plus i dont want the evil eye so to speak. im abit Funny like that lol…

  32. raif says:

    Little One… i mean

  33. avenell says:

    Are you going to the game tomorrow?
    Get the jacket out of it’s air tight safe. 🙂

  34. raif says:

    haha i am going to the Game Ave.

    im also Preping the Cellians (Followers of the Cell)
    at the Air Tight Vault when to release the Hatch Door so i can Make Contact with the Jacket Tomorrow 😀

  35. avenell says:

    I hope they don’t forget there 😎

    Don’t want to give them arc eye..

  36. raif says:

    they better not forget there Glasses.
    i wouldnt want them to burn a hole in my Jacket by looking at it to much

  37. avenell says:

    I thought I may as well say “hark at the birdiies at twilight tonight”

    Thats 3 different Hark, arc, ark’s on one post.. lol..

  38. avenell says:

    Let’s hope this is correct..

    I think it’s from the man who wrighty7 trusts.

  39. raif says:

    we can only hope Ave. the deal should have been done ages ago. but like always either us or the other club likes to arse about and play tit for tat bull crap.

    while this Arshavin deal has been going on. other signings could have been made or at least be in the midle of negotions

  40. avenell says:

    You never know raif… mr wenger obe has been smiling a lot recently, and it cannot be because of our performnces.
    He could be up to something. 😉

  41. raif says:

    yeah i noticed that aswell. lets hope his got another Ace up his Tight Sleeves.

    or more like his signd some more Teenagers

  42. JonJon says:


    Yes my friend. long time no blog. 😉

    Peaches, you are so right, it aint over until its over. we can still do it. 😉 😉

  43. avenell says:

    This sounds like good news too.. we forget this is a £20 million pound player.

  44. JonJon says:

    i’ll beleive that when i see him play ave, hope its true though, we need him more than ever.

  45. raif says:

    yes yes jonj. yeah mate no blog indeed.

    who is rosicky?

  46. JonJon says:

    everything ok raif mate???

    rosickys that dude who works with elvis in tescos. 😉

  47. avenell says:

    He’s that copper geezer on the dukes of hazard!!
    kn kn kn.

  48. avenell says:

    Rosicky .P. Coltrain. 🙂

  49. avenell says:

    Haha that boss hog looks like usmanov..

    Daisy is a fine figure in those shorts too. 😉

  50. JonJon says:

    mmm, are you watching fans forum???

  51. avenell says:

    No mate .. I’m working who’s on..
    Has Lofty got a Fred Perry on? lol..

  52. JonJon says:

    lol no mate hes got a lovely shitty brown number on, one of the sleeveless golf jumper

    nigel winterburns on tonight

  53. avenell says:

    Jonjon we need to do a sidebar with tom watts freds of the week in it…

    Must be winterburn week, he was the pundit on the everton game last night.

  54. JonJon says:

    lol, good idea.the tom watt corner, the spring summer collection

  55. avenell says:

    Get on to it jonjon I like it..

  56. raif says:

    yeah JonJ mate. every things been cool.

    how u been Dude? has the throat been? i think that was the thing that was giving you a spot of bother?

  57. raif says:

    Ave, JonJ.

    i think you need to Add to the Blog a Little more..

    some more stuff on the side. and maybe the Extra Tabs along the HOME & ABOUT options

  58. avenell says:

    I’ve emailed you some idea’s raif.. have a peep.. lol..

  59. raif says:

    checking Mission Log Now

  60. raif says:

    Ave check ur mail mate

  61. JonJon says:

    the throats getting better mate, problem almost solved.

    hows the lil un?

  62. avenell says:

    mission log part 2.. I’ve had another idea lol….
    Tom Watts spring/summer collection..:)

  63. raif says:

    sorry to take long i was bathing the baby.. and his doing great JonJon thanks for asking 😀

    Ave, im replying to ur E.A.M Now

  64. raif says:

    anyone there?

    Ave Inbox mate 🙂

  65. raif says:

    ahhhhh!!! i can hear the Vents from the Air Tight Vaults releasing..

  66. avenell says:

    This isn’t normal.

    mr wenger obe has got both players ages wrong in this one.
    Sendersaraus is 23 and djourou has just turned 22 .. lol.

  67. raif says:

    just checking them now 😉

  68. raif says:

    hahahaha Thunderbirds,,, that was a well timed relief as i needed that.

  69. raif says:

    they should Shoot who ever is running that rubbish arsenal site.

  70. raif says:

    did Jonj get a Move on.?

  71. avenell says:

    jonjon is nearer you than he is me raif..

    jonjon where are you you ou ou ou ? ? ?

  72. JonJon says:

    im here guys laptop problems, thought id fixed it but its going out of the window in a minute

  73. raif says:

    whats wrong with it Jonj?

  74. JonJon says:

    dont know raif.

    first my cd driver stopped working, now its taking ages to load into everything.

    ive tried everything and i got it back working earlier but its started up again.

    a new laptop is needed me thinks.

  75. JonJon says:

    i was on wrightys site earlier defending wenger, and some guy said he loves wenger that much he would support spurs if he went to manage them, me n wrighty were in shock lol

  76. raif says:

    ahhh, it could be over heating if you have had it on for ages. as thats what happens with me when i use the laptop when im not on the main Computer,

    every thing starts to slowdown and jurking about on the screen asif it cant keep up with what im doing.

    or you are running to many Programs at once. most of witch you wont even know that they are running when you are using ur Laptop. it just uses up the processing power

  77. JonJon says:

    that my be the case mate, ive been on it alot recently, i dont even power it down anymore i normally just fall asleep and whatever i was doing is still there waiting for me when i wake up. maybe its taken its toll.

    my laptop needs to sleep, lol

  78. raif says:

    ahhh yeah that will be it. Give it a Good sleep and then Degfrag it and a Disk Clean. maybe that will smooth it out a little

  79. raif says:

    do either of you use the web browser Fire Fox?

  80. avenell says:

    I run a desk top on the net but a good anti-virus helped give this a bit of go-go.
    I used to have to keep turning it off every half hour. all is cool now.
    where is everyone else tonight? just the magnificent three… 🙂

  81. avenell says:

    I tried it raif, but it was when the computer started to slow down so I fucked it of out.
    Why is it so good? a lot of people like it.

  82. JonJon says:

    i use firefox raif, it was you who gave me the link 😉

  83. JonJon says:

    avenell, heres what i thinks going to happen,

    1, we have already signed arshavin, we will uncover him tomorow before the match and lift the spirits,

    2. toure will go to citeh on deadline day for 15 ml plus richards.


  84. raif says:

    yeah its a Really Good Browser. its more Secure and suffer from less pop-ups.

    you can have Multible Tab Browers on one Page.

    aswell as have loads of Neat add ons from the Offical Website.

    its little things like being able to click a Picture on a Website and then draging it on to the Desktop without having the need to right click on the mouse and then clicking on Save-As to save it.

  85. avenell says:

    I like it jj, but richards plus £15 big ones.. mmmm
    We need to come down a bit. how about £6 mill?
    I sound like mr wenger obe now lol.

  86. raif says:

    JonJon i think thats a Good Shout about DeadLine Day.

    also JonJon. have you ever Held down Ctrl Key and then pressd “G” ???

  87. raif says:

    the Held Down Ctrl Key while Pressing G.

    brings up a Little Search bar at the bottom.

    you can bassicly Search every word on the page you are looking at.

    for example if you Type in yours or My name it will Highlight up on the page itself. so it makes it simple and easy when searching for ur name if somone has spoken about you

  88. avenell says:

    raif I use ctl F then type the word.. am I wrong?

    ctl G does nothing.

  89. raif says:

    Opps i mean F … 😀

    Not G,,, my bad

  90. avenell says:

    haha no worries raif.

    When is the next cellblog “biggie” I cannot remember what you called them.

    I have a ripper or 2 up the old magic hat.. 😉

  91. raif says:

    the Next Big Boy Post 😉

    i have had a Few ideas and started typing up some Drafts, but i get half way or not even that and then i Decide to scrap it.

    at this moment in time i dont know when the Next Post will come but im working on it as we speak,

    so to compensate for the lake of posts i have been putting some nice touches to the Blog its self. with the adding of extra Pages and a Game Review i did the other night. also adding few things along the Side.

  92. JonJon says:

    cheers raif never knew that.

    if citeh are interested in any of our players we should rape the bastards.

    they paid 14 for bellamy

    18 or whatever for de jong (and they could of had him for 3 in summer hahahahaha)

    we should say, we no you have the dosh, cough up and hes yours!!!! 15mil plus richards and ireland and nothing less. otherwise 30mil cash lump sum, in full, right now, bitch. 😉

  93. avenell says:

    Raif.. i had a quick look. I will have a better look tomorrow.
    Thanks for putting us on your blog roll.. Would you like us to do the same for you?

    Anyway I have had to do some work today and it’s killed me lol ..
    so I am hitting uncle ned. Cheers JJ and you too raif.. night “roadsters” 😉

  94. raif says:

    Night Uncle Ave 😉

    and ofcourse ill always be happy to have my Blog on your Roll’ hahaha 😉

  95. avenell says:

    I found half a can of lager raif so i am still watching you!!
    Uncle ave 😦 I’ll take that on the chin.. no probs..

  96. JonJon says:

    night guys speak tomorrow.

  97. raif says:

    haha.. at least your Charactor is better then Mine.

    Bert bloody reynolds

    its all good fun tho 😉

  98. raif says:

    i sent you a a Link aswell to watch

  99. avenell says:

    Morning roadsters.. 🙂

    Is the northern roving reporter about yet?
    clark kent of goodison park.

  100. raif says:

    afternoon Ave 🙂

  101. avenell says:

    oi oi raif.

    Has the jacket reached the correct temperature and ready to rock.

    Undo the zip and.. here we go.

  102. rico01 says:

    helloooooooooooo 😉

  103. raif says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA you have given me a Excellent idea.

    as for the Jacket. it is at Optimal atmospheric altitude and Ready to rock indeed

  104. avenell says:

    hellooooooooo to you too.
    Are you up to anything exciting?
    I’m just waiting for the big parade of the man from the USSR.

  105. raif says:

    “”Optimal atmospheric altitude””

    HAHAHAH i make my self laugh somtimes

  106. avenell says:

    It’s funny now I have looked it up to see what your on about raif. lol 😉

  107. raif says:

    haha. i dont know how long its going to take me to do the idea i got in mind. but its going to be hell of a Funny thing if i can pull it off as i picture it in my head 😀

  108. avenell says:

    Having seen your youtube stuff, I’d like to see that picture in your head! 🙂

    Don’t forget for the royalties for the idea.

  109. peachesgooner says:

    Hi everyone

    Just checkin in before I pile on the thermals. Hope everyone is good. At least AA wil know what to wear to watch a match on the cold.

    Catch up later.

  110. peachesgooner says:

    in the cold – silly me.

  111. rico01 says:

    Watching the footie – doing the hoovering, dusting and everything else – its called multi tasking gents, something only peaches and i would know about 😉

    Peaches, enjoy the match and the first viewing of AA 🙂

    Stoke down to 10 men, stupid ref, SWP should be off as well, Beatie has just put them 1-0 up…

  112. raif says:

    Cya Laters Boys and Girls. im off to the Game. Lets Hope we Kick Arse and Sign the Arse

  113. avenell says:

    Raif catch you laters. have a nice one! 🙂

    Don’t forget to dust the telly rico. and just run the hoover down the side of the cushions on the 3 piece, oh and i’ll have a bacon butty if you have time lol.

  114. rico01 says:

    Ketchup later all, hopefully, but got to go out tonight but really dont want to…. 😦

  115. rico01 says:

    ave – thats good advice, to a non-meat eater 😦

  116. avenell says:

    whoops me bad.. 😦

  117. avenell says:

    I mean’t a linda mc cartney it looks a bit like bacon butty.. 🙂

  118. rico01 says:

    Great link ave, I loved Yazoo, great voice Alf had…

    Got to go now ave, otherwise i am in dodo….


  119. avenell says:

    No worries buddy. 😉

  120. avenell says:

    Good news on cesc..

    “My leg is getting stronger and the doctors tell me that the ligament has healed,” Fabregas wrote in his programme notes ahead of the game against West Ham.

    “Now it is about building up the muscle and on Thursday I had a very little jog for the first time, so it is good news and I am happy because I can see a big improvement.

    “I will take it step by step, but hopefully I can come back earlier than first expected. However, let’s wait and see.”

  121. kelsey says:

    Just popped in to say hello,not really surprised by the result.We have no plan B, and we haven’t got the quality of players required to improve.Ade,not for the first time wasted 2 golden don’t get many against a well organised defence,and he could have at least worked the keeper.

  122. avenell says:

    Same old, same old… It’s all a bit predictable mate.

    I suppose we are going to hanged, drawn and quarter ade.. It’s all a bit boring being an arsenal fan at the moment.

  123. JonJon says:

    been asleep all day, just found out the score, no way, were we shit???

  124. Rasputin says:

    H Roadsters, Avenell et al…..

    A good friend of mine and occassional blogger has said since the start of last season that Ade was lucky to score so many goals. Some muppet on another site quoted opta stats for missed chances which made Ade look OK, but that didn’t take into account the quality of chances he misses. He can’t shoot from outside the box, he can’t take free kicks, his technique is poor to the point that even when he scores its often with his shins and he is rubbish at one-on-ones with the goalkeeper. If we really turned down 20mil plus for him in the summer then we are crazy and as for paying him 80 grand a week…..

  125. JonJon says:

    hi rasp.

    i missed the game, but your right about ade, not selling him in the summer was always going to come back to haunt us this season, he is a one season wonder and if wenger thinks he is our best striker weve got serious problems.

    ade is woeful.

  126. avenell says:

    Hi rasp…
    Hi jonjon.. I was wide awake until about 3ish then something made me nod off.
    The armury could supply DVD’s to the NHS, better than sleeping tabs.. 😦

  127. JonJon says:

    did we rest RvP????

    whats going on??? Hes been the reason for every goal this month and we rest him?????

  128. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon,

    Yea, sorry to rant on here – I should use LG for that!

    It’s just that I knew there would be a couple of games between now and the end of the season when we would get a chance to claw back points against villa, and today was one. If Ade was a half decent striker we would have got all 3 points today and they would get fidgety, but instead they probably feel more confident that even when they draw we can’t close the gap. I reckon we’ve got as much chance of finishing above pool or chelski as villa.

  129. JonJon says:

    did bendter start today too???

  130. Rasputin says:

    I can’t imagine why we’d rest him, its not as if we should need him against Carfiff. There are two theories – one that if he picked up another yellow he’d miss the spuds game (Diaby did that) or two, that it was to put pressure on him because he has turned down the latest contract offer (unlikely I think). AW won’t explain his thinking. I’d say that unless we are safe in at least fourth, we should play our strongest possible team in the prem for the rest of the season.

  131. Rasputin says:

    Yes Bendtner started and was a little better than Ade and so he was subbed and Ade stayed on…….

  132. avenell says:

    Rasp…. rant as much as you want to mate.

    jonjon we still should be good enough to hit the back of the net once with all that possesion… Jay Simpson scored again today, wtf is going on.
    there seems to be a force field around the penalty area thet we cannot penetrate.

  133. Rasputin says:

    Thanks avenell,

    If you make a list of the games that chels, pool, villa and we have for the rest of the season and try to predict the results in an unbiased way, the picture is not encouraging for our CL qualification. Our last few games are tricky to say the least.

  134. JonJon says:

    thats a good point on RvP.

    but im with the veiw of you play your best team when you need to make up ground, if he gets a yellow, then we deal with it but we play him when ever we can.

    what if he gets injured in training and he misses the spud game anyway???

    ive mentioned before, we need better squad players and until then we need our best team out every game.

    we might as well throw dudu in now, even with 25% match fitness hes still sharper then ade and bendtner put together.

    we are 10 games unbeaten now arent we?? how many of those a draws though??? 5??? what good is it????

    we need to start winning.

  135. avenell says:

    mr wenger obe cannot be happy with the performance, it is not like him to stand up all game unless it’s a dirty one.
    What he says to the press is just bollox.

  136. JonJon says:

    mate we aint getting in the top 4 this season. i sort of accepted that at around xmas. ive fully accepted it now.

    at least this way im not going to be too gutted at the end of the season.

    this team is in trouble.

  137. avenell says:

    I guess we have all sort of accepted it now. It’s going to be close though but we should just make it.
    If eduardo had of got those chances today he would have scored I bet. we only need him to get one or two chances a game and we are winning.
    still I am not too :mrgreen: tonight.

  138. Rasputin says:

    If we aren’t going to get in the top 4 this season, it will be even harder next when citeh have a new manager and a squad worth 250 million! – particularly it cesc goes and RVP doesn’t sign his contract. Incidently someone posted that Rosicky’s contract expires this summer. That’s a nightmare scenario. We can’t sell him because no-ones seen him play and he leaves on a free!!!!!

  139. JonJon says:

    so we could be in the situation where we could finish outside the top 4, lose cesc, rosicky, rvp and theo???

    the only way out of it is to win the CL. if we do that its fixed immediately.

  140. Wrighty7 says:

    Evening all,

    The links up on Wrighty7 mateys.

  141. avenell says:

    Rosicky signed for us in 2006, on a so called long term contract.
    Would you consider a 3 year deal a “long tem contract”?
    I will have a better look. Wiki haven’t updated his page for ages they have forgot about him.

  142. avenell says:

    Oh Wrighty! your a star mate 🙂

    did you go to the game today?

  143. Wrighty7 says:

    Nah Avenell,

    I had to work! 😦

  144. JonJon says:

    how has it come to this????

    we should never be in this situation???

    a few years back we were invincible, with a strong squad and great youngsters with the chance to dominate for years.

    instead of progressing from that, weve regressed. we are now an average side with overratted youth.

    dont get me wrong i dont blame the stadium, we needed the stadium. i blame the flats. bad bad move.

    we should of just sold the land for a lump sum and ploughed the cash into the necessary areas,

    the boards greed has messed this all up.

  145. avenell says:

    That’s a “pane” in the arse.
    Mind you I think I would have been pissed of if i had have gone.
    I think big raddy flew over from denmark to see it. 😦

  146. JonJon says:

    wrighty hi geez

    im still in shock at that blogger who said if wenger went to spuds he’d support them too!!!! they must of been pulling our legs??? 😉

  147. Wrighty7 says:

    Ha ha I like that one Avenell! 😉

    Poor Raddy!!

  148. Wrighty7 says:

    Hello there Jonjon,

    What was that about???

    Must have been a wind-up although sadly I think there are actual Gooners who think like that!

  149. raif says:

    what a Load of Bull crap.

    i wish i stayed at home

  150. JonJon says:


    its one thing defending wenger but being obsessed with him is unreal.

    its something to think about though, if wenger actually left how many gooners would leave too??

    dont see it being that many really but i bet theres a few.

  151. avenell says:

    What do you think the fans will be like to mr wenger obe in the summer, if we finish outside the top 4?

    What sort of vibe do you get at the games wrighty?

  152. JonJon says:

    hi raif

    did you enjoy the game mate?? 😉

  153. avenell says:

    Hi raif .
    that question appllies to you too mate.

  154. raif says:

    Hello JonJ mate.

    Check my Last comment for the answer LOL

  155. JonJon says:


    i think, 25% will not be bothered and will accept it and say we are not guaranteed CL football anyway. wenger knows and all that, finishing 5th was the plan. 😉

    25% will want wenger out

    50% will demand immediate improvements to the squad, a major overhaul of playing personel including a firesale of the shite we have here.

  156. JonJon says:

    haha raif

    errr, we were strong, errr we showed great determination, errr we dont need any new players, errr ades the best.


    i havent even heard his post game speech but i bet im close.

  157. kelsey says:

    Evening chaps,
    it was me who said Rosicky 3 years are up in the summer,and i believe he/we have an option to extend.
    Have to agree that Ade should have come off not Nicci.Ade gets worse the more money he accumalates and though i don’t care a shite if spurs go down,i am not at all looking forward to going there next sunday.
    Rasputin,re RVP I think it’s your first point,but also someone said there is an amnesty after feb 1st on yellow cards,and they get wiped out(I am not sure)

    All in all we are becoming too predictable,carry too many players who aren’t good enough combined with a lack of form by others.AA won’t solve the problem alone,and the frightening thing is that we appear on a downward slope.

  158. kelsey says:

    If wenger left,which is highly unlikely we still have the same problem if we don’t win any trophies.If Cesc left,only as an example and wenger was still in charge and say we got 30 million he would buy a replacement for 10 million.he’s happy,the board are overjoyed and the fans pull their hair out.

    Our Grandchildren will enjoy the benefit of moving to the emirates in about 30 years 🙂

  159. JonJon says:

    hi kelsey.

    ade shouldnt even start anymore,if his wages demand he has to start then the answer is simple, we sell him.

    we need to play dudu now. he should be RvPs partner, shove ade on the bench and let him rot and sell him in the summer. ive had enough. same goes for eboue too.

  160. Wrighty7 says:

    I think the vibes are pure frustration and unless Wenger sorts it out then I can seriously see his legendary status at the club becoming undermined!

    I hope it doesn’t come to that and I really hope Wenger can turn it around!

  161. avenell says:

    I think the board will come out and tell us the truth about the finances first, so that will give mr wenger a little bit more time to put the problem right.

  162. JonJon says:

    the one thing im affraid of is everything thats special comes to an end at some point,

    fergie has lasted so long because he has the finacial power to do so.

    managers like GG, brian clough etc all outstayed their welcome and i dont want wenger to go the same way.

    it would be a great shame for the man who is obviously an arsenal legend to go out the same way.

  163. Rasputin says:

    I had an relatively small operation on my ankle on Feb 12th 2008, Dudu’s leg was shattered a few days late. He is back playing football now and I’m still hobbling! I think his recovery is remarkable and wouldn’t it be sweet if he came back and scored the vital goals to get us in the CL a year after his injury cost us the prem – even better if he keeps Ade out of the side (but that won’t happen)

  164. JonJon says:

    will they though avenell???

    they have let wenger take the flack for this long, will they defend him if it all goes to pot????

    take the summer for example, the majority of the fans were annoyed with the lack of strength in our squad after letting key players leave,and were blaming wenger

    the fizz came out and said wenger could have 30mil for a player if he wanted, so where is it??? why are we haggling with zenit over 3 mil???

    they hung wenger out to dry.

    if the board told us the truth wenger would be given some breathing space but then the board face being hung drawn and quartered by fans for letting it come to this and will they want to lose face like that???

  165. avenell says:

    The thing is if mr wenger has been financially restricted as we think he probably has, it isn’t fair on the bloke for him to take the brunt of this in silence.
    We will probably find 2 years after he was sacked and the football world collapses that he wasn’t doing such a bad job after all.
    But than again he gets like £100k a week for the hassle.
    But I fear arsenal will be the ones who suffer most if he is shown the door.

  166. Rasputin says:

    I agree JonJon, but it doesn’t really matter what the fans think of the board – there is nothing we can do about it. They wield all the power. The only way we can affect things is to stop going to games and buying merchandise and I can’t see that happening large scale. Also, if there is no money available, giving AW more time won’t really help because what he really needs is to buy established players to improve the quality of the squad.

  167. JonJon says:

    rasputin, id love dudu to score the goals to ensure us CL football next season, even more so to score the winner in the CL final, that would be sweet.

    but if RvP carries on his form, and dudu starts where he left off, wenger will have no choice but to drop ade, fingers crossed mate 😉

  168. avenell says:

    I’m not too sure that the fans were quite so pissed off in the summer jonjon, most sites were still giving out good vibes then.

  169. raif says:

    JonJ. im sure you are rather close to that.

    Ade as really Shit today. Nikki Green Boots (Todays Match Boots)

    should have stayed on. as he was trying. Ade on the other hand was playing like a Headless Chicken.

    Denilson was the Side ways Pass master with ZERO anticipation.

  170. JonJon says:

    what was the line up today????

  171. peachesgooner says:

    Hi roadsters

    I’m just about defrosted, got a nice bowl of thai soup in front of me and have read through the comments so far.

    I can report that the crowd today did not once sing ‘theres only one arsene wenger’ even when he came out to kick a ball away.

  172. peachesgooner says:

    I have to say that Gallas needs to be commended as he did an excellent job on Carlton Cole

  173. peachesgooner says:


    sagna toure gallas clichy
    eboue diaby denilson nasri
    ade nikki

    Toure was captain
    Eboue came off injured in first half and vela came on

  174. peachesgooner says:

    Anyone want to ask me any questions or shall I just ramble away to myself

  175. peachesgooner says:

    Eboue managed to win three free kicks in quick succession – Zola must have believed the stuff about him being the passmaster!!!

  176. JonJon says:

    cheers peaches.


    no song?? no wonder we didnt win 😉

  177. JonJon says:

    eboue won some free kicks??? what were the dives like??? 😉

  178. peachesgooner says:

    I can’t believe nikki was taken off for the boy wonder – at least nikki plays football, ade just gets in the way.

    Also we have seen in the last weeks van persie is reluctant to pass to ade as he usually squanders any chances

  179. peachesgooner says:

    Never fear, song did come on when diaby was injured 😦

  180. avenell says:

    Hi peaches. do you drive to the games or get on our marvellous tube network?

    I used to go on a motorbike sometimes and park it outside the plimsoll. Then stand on the clock end and then ride home. That was cold in the winter. I remember one night I came home in a blizzard and had to keep taking my crash helmet off to empty the ice out of it.. lol..

  181. JonJon says:

    its terrible when you get ice on your helmet. 😆

  182. peachesgooner says:

    Oh goodie, people to talk to at last.

    I can use both the underground or the overground. I prefer the overground as it takes much too long to get into the underground now that we are at the emirates. When we were at Highbury I’d go to Arsenal but now I walk from Finsbury Park – takes 20 mins.

    Also I have the novelty of going to Drayton Park when theres an evening game. Drayton Park is only open to 10pm and not at all at the weekends. Clever eh? Holloway Rd station gets closed too.

  183. JonJon says:

    im off out for a bit boys and girls but ill be back later.

  184. avenell says:

    peaches .. notice I put the word crash before that word so as not to encourage this crudeness.. 😉

  185. avenell says:

    TTFN and all that. jonjon.

  186. peachesgooner says:

    Do you guys know about Drayton Park?

    Drayton Park is the road that runs along the back of the stadium complex – where the big white ARSENAL letters are. Its litterally 2 minutes from the ground. Its tiny, like a little station out in the country – rasp will no doubt say thats rubbish him being a country boy and all.

  187. peachesgooner says:

    avenell – its ok I noticed that you were referring to a crash helmet and didn’t assume you were talking about any other helmet – JonJon

  188. avenell says:

    I used to live 5 miles from rasp. are you looking for a yellow card peaches? 😉
    I used to stop off at the emirates every time I came down to london to see how the construction was going.
    I never used drayton park I just walked around it as the bridge was not built then.

    I have been a couple of times to the emirates that’s all, to be honest I didn’t really like it, I don’t like sitting down at matches anyway.

  189. avenell says:

    As you say I’m just an innocent country boy peaches. 🙂

  190. Wrighty7 says:

    Ha ha,

    I’ve been told I look like a bell-end whore on my blog!

    There is a picture on my profile on the site. Click on it and you can see there is no bell-end hanging from my head! LOL

    Made me laugh though!

  191. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches,

    Do you find the Emirates colder to sit in than Highbury?. I certainly do – or is it that the fooball at Highbury used to warm the cockles of your heart whereas at the Emirates you just get piles 😉

  192. avenell says:

    Your a classic wrighty. don’t let it upset you.. lol

  193. Rasputin says:

    It’s bad enough having a bell-end but avenell’s got a clock-end….is that because he likes 2 hands on it? 😆

  194. avenell says:

    A minute hand.. I know where your going with this one rasp.. 🙂

  195. Wrighty7 says:

    Ha ha, good stuff!

  196. avenell says:

    Are you playing tomorrow mr wright?

    I think it’s one of those don’t stop for a half time break days.

    ever heard of mayfield athletic?

  197. peachesgooner says:

    I have to admit to not having a clue what you’re talking about – I just about managed the helmet but after that you’ve lost me.

    You men have a whole language to yourselves don’t you, if I don’t know now it can’t be that important.

    Might have to leave in a huff . . . .but before I go

    I did think we – the team that is – had almost turned the corner, van persie was on cracking form and could be relied on to be organised and intelligent and score goals or be provider.

    Why not start him Arsene? You were always going to bring him on so I don’t understand why you wouldn’t start with him and then rest him when we’re 5 up!!!!

  198. Wrighty7 says:

    Yeah matey,

    I’m playing tomorrow. I might have to suffer an unfortunate injury during the course of the evening if you know what I mean!!! 😉

    HI PEACHES!!!!

  199. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Wrighty

    Anything good happen in your world today?

    Arsenal 1 West Ham 0????????????????

  200. raif says:


    you look like a Cheeky Chappy to me mate 🙂

    its easy to attack people on the way they look when they are hiding behind a Computer screen.

  201. raif says:

    i get it all the time.

  202. avenell says:

    Unlike your emails raif lol.

  203. raif says:

    lol i just got back to urs

  204. raif says:

    check Sky Sports News. they will be talking about AA after the break.

  205. avenell says:

    I stuck you in the blog roll and mr wrights..

    I bet you get a constant stream of traffic now.. 😉

  206. avenell says:

    Have they got a drink problem on SSN raif?

  207. raif says:

    thanks alot Ave 😉

    every little helps lol

  208. raif says:

    SSN are on Crack. not just drink lol

  209. Wrighty7 says:

    I got paid Peaches! That was a good thing!

  210. Wrighty7 says:

    Yoooooooooooooo Raif!

    Long time no speak buddy!

    Hows things????

    Hows the little ‘un?

  211. raif says:

    Real Madrid got some block from West Ham? my question is


  212. Wrighty7 says:

    So Raif,

    I look like a cheeky chappie! Cheers mate!

    I thought I looked like a bell end whore! LOL

  213. raif says:

    hahaha. No No mate.

    this is a Bell End Whore

  214. avenell says:

    max temperature is 3 degrees in london tomorrow with winds..
    I’d start to practice that limp wrighty.

  215. avenell says:

    nice one raif.. haha.

  216. avenell says:

    haha new post raif see you there..

  217. raif says:

    its Jump on Raif over at LG lol

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