Bring on the Rent Boys!!

Whoop, Whoop “Que sera sera”  “Wemberleee” “Wemberleee” and all that…. it’s FA Cup semi final day……The mighty Red and White army against the obscene Chequebook scum.

Chelsea….a club that rents its name…..and its ground…..class act that….

In the seventies Chelsea were a club with a bit of style, a bit of panache….They had a swagger about them: the Kings Road, Peter Osgood, “Blue is the colour”.

Then it all came tumbling down with a mighty crash; they financially overstretched themselves to the point where they nearly went broke: they built a massive stand with heating under the seats that never ever worked because they ran out of money before it was finished.

In those days Stamford Bridge attracted a particularly nasty brand of football hooligan who congregated in “The Shed” a cold, stark construction, separated from Away Supporters with rolls of barbed wire; it would have looked more at home in a Colditz film.

“Combat 18”, and all these so called firms and their leaders have all since sold out to film companies, so anyone who was at one game at Stamford Bridge back then can pretend he was a right hand man, a lieutenant, wearing his Burberry cap and Diadora Borg’s.

What many people don’t realise is that they caused the fences to go up….they caused the Hillsborough disaster…..there was never a fence at Highbury.

In 1979, thank god the chav scum got relegated. I was there on Easter Monday when we beat them 5-1. I nearly got a good kicking as they chased us up St Thomas’s Road….Now I am told…we should “la de dar” support all English clubs in Europe; how do you support a club whose fans wanted to kick the crap out of me?

They reared their ugly head a few times in the eighties but nothing worth remembering. In the mid nineties, they started to borrow money to buy players, mainly has-beens from around Europe like Gullet and Vialli whose only reason for being there was to get one more big pay-packet.

There was one of their players who I had some time for though: Gianfranco Zola; he always played the game the right way, with a smile. He is doing a pretty good job in management as well; but unfortunately, I can see him heading back to Fulham one day.

The loans Chelsea took out to buy players almost financially ruined them a second time….until, that is, the dirty Russian bailed them out. Since then they have acquired all the morals of a cuckoo in the way they run that club: from Peter Kenyon to the badge kissing mercenary Fat Lamps.

They reached an amoral “high” in 2005 when they met our Ashley in a hotel just around the corner from the Football Association HQ at Lancaster Gate.

Any class they had has long since gone; when I watched the Champions League quarter final the other day; I thought I must have missed the bit where they said  the Queen would be going past in the Coronation Coach: all the silly 99p flags waving in the crowd….dear oh dear!

How can anyone want our club to follow their example and sell out to a Russian gangster is beyond me. We have had a few hiccups in the past but on the whole we are one of the best run and proudest clubs in the world.

More importantly, onto today’s game; have we got any defenders left?  Hindsight is a marvellous thing and if Mr Wenger had known we would find ourselves in this situation I’m sure he would have kept Armand Traoure, Kerrea Gilbert or even The Sendersaurus. Thank god for Silvestre and that Toure never went to Middle Eastlands in the winter transfer window.

Our best policy is to keep possession, if we have the ball they cannot score. Questions, questions, questions, will we play with a lone striker and Arshavin or Diaby sitting just behind? We can then play with Alex “Jinky Jink” Song protecting our fragile defence.

I used to love the Invincibles: the team would just pick itself, now there are only two men in the world who can predict our team today Arsene and Yahoodi Jonjon the Avenell Road clairvoyant.. lol..

I am going to go with…

…………..Fabianski….

Eboue… Toure…. Silvestre… Gibbs.

Walcott.. Fabregas.. Song..  Nasri..

…….. Arshavin..

……………………..Ade…

That’s what I think of the Chelscum.. !!    3-1 To the Rip Roarers!!!!

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288 Responses to Bring on the Rent Boys!!

  1. London says:

    Good Post Ave and up so early 😉

  2. Rasputin says:

    Great post ave – well worth the wait 😉

    It is on days like this we can make a little bit more history for our glorious club. We’ll all be there in spirit if we’re not sitting in the stands.

    I like to think I’m a fair supporter and I can bring myself to admire and compliment great players in rival clubs. I don’t know a single chav fan who would say anything good about our players – its something really bitter and twisted in their make-up. I invited a chav fan and his missus round to dinner in 2005 and he started comparing our teams. He said that Henry was nothing special and the chavs had been more successful than Arsenal in the preceding 5 years. We had a row and he left early. They’re all deluded..

  3. Rasputin says:

    OK, I’ll talk to myself…..

    What are the odds of a surprise….. could JD possibly be fit for this game…..curiously we’ve heard nothing a week after he was stretchered off; seemingly in agony?

  4. London says:

    Morning Rasputin

    I think you are right, if there is going to be a surprise it will be the appearence of JD, although I would prefer a miracle rather than a surprise and have Gallas fit and ready.

  5. rico01 says:

    I was still F5 ing the old one – and here you all are 😦

  6. avenell says:

    You pillock…

  7. Rasputin says:

    Morning London, you never know, these injuries could be a blessing in disguise as we know we have to play attacking football.

    I’m sensing that strange re-match atmosphere – a mixture of expectancy and trepidation. Its like when you’re 5 years old on christmas eve. You can’t wait to open your presents but you know when it arrives it will be over too quickly. There is something in the air today. I know that the chav fans don’t feel that confident and us gooners all sense that this season could, incredibly, end in an amazing crescendo of trophies and recognition.

  8. rico01 says:

    Me ave, you b*****d 😉

    I am going for 3-1 too please ave, albeit my heart tells me different 😦

    Oh and I was going say I enjoyed reading your post, but after your insult, I think it was pants !! 😉

  9. avenell says:

    Hehe.. Morning Rico.. 😉

    Morning Roadsters.. .. we always win at Wembley when the sun is shining, it’s a amen..

  10. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico,

    Thanks for the Ho-de-Ho – you’ve got better manners than that blogaholic Kelsey 😉

    Don’t be nervous – I’m doing that for everyone 🙂

    Lucky peaches and London are going, whereas us mere mortals have to take refuge on our compost heaps and other areas of superstitious significance…..

  11. avenell says:

    Do you have a prediction from “compost corner”?

  12. Rasputin says:

    2:1 ave

  13. kelsey says:

    Having been called a poof by the lefties i read this headline.

    Bring on the Rent Boys!!

    Well what can I say, am I flattered or what 🙂

    nice post Ave,and the hours are going so slowly to kick off.Being a blogaholic,i feel you may have the team selection a tad wrong.I think Nasri will be on the bench,and i hope Gibbs only plays if 110% fit. our team reminds me of “Zulu”.Diaby will play somewhere as he gets stuck in.

    Prediction,a feisty game,plenty of cards and a heart in the mouth 90 minutes with Arshavin scoring the only goal of the game.

  14. peachesgooner says:

    Morning

    ave – no van Persie!!!!!! He scored in my early morning day-dream 😉

  15. Rasputin says:

    Anyone watching Gazza on Soccer AM – classic!

  16. peachesgooner says:

    What to wear, what to wear – I feel like the white rabbit hurrying and scurrying around – you’d think we were kicking off at midday, I’m all of a dither – don’t expect any sense out of me today………

    no rude comments please

    kelsey – they called you a puff, not the same thing at all 😆

  17. avenell says:

    Morning Peaches, Morning Sweetie.. 😉

    I don’t think Mr Wenger will drop Nasri, he will offer more protection to the left back than Arshavin. So it may be a chouce between RvP, Arshavin and Diaby behind Ade..

  18. Rasputin says:

    Morning peaches – where did you hear that RVP was out, or am I misunderstanding your comment.

  19. Rasputin says:

    That’s weird – is it possible that comments are coming up in a different order on other peoples pcs/laptops. Peaches appears to have answered ave’s post before it came up ??

  20. rico01 says:

    Peaches – you are so lucky going today, take an Brolly with you 😉

  21. avenell says:

    Rasp.. no Rvp in my team selection in the post..
    What comment was before the post?

    Rico .. is today the big day??

  22. rico01 says:

    ave – it might be 😉

  23. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – calm down, just read the black and white you’ll be fine……….

    ave – maybe rasp had turned clairvoyant too 🙂

    hi rico – is it gonna rain on my parade 😦

  24. rico01 says:

    My team would be….

    Seaman

    Dixon Adams Campbell Winterburn

    Theo Paddy Petit Pires

    Dennis Henry

    Subs – Arshavin Freddie Wrighty Bould Jennings Eduardo Overmars

    😛

  25. chaf says:

    Good morning everyone.

    What to wear? Surely a yellow ribbon in the merry month of April. I’m wearing my lucky Levi’s. I think it will be a tight game and 1-0 to us, although I think Kelsey has that score, is it taken? Watch your pockets if you are going, I hear John Terry’s family will be there…

  26. rico01 says:

    peaches – not yours, on the russians 😉

    I do like Duffy, cracking voice

  27. peachesgooner says:

    ave – rico ??????

    How many predictions can I make 😆

  28. rico01 says:

    Hi chaf, tight game or tight lucky levi’s ?? 😉

  29. rico01 says:

    Why the ??????? peaches

  30. chaf says:

    Tighter than anyone thinks. (The game) The Levi’s are over twenty years old, and come out for special occasions!

  31. peachesgooner says:

    rico – love your team with theo and arshavin slipped in there – what a dream team 🙂

  32. rico01 says:

    chaf – well today will be very very special in that case 😆

  33. rico01 says:

    peaches – thanks, and Campbell would always be in there – one of the best CH’s we have had, especially for a stray looking to settle 😉

  34. chaf says:

    It’s in the hands ( and feet) of the gods (The team).

    Lehmann
    Dixon Bould Adams Winterburn
    Rocastle Paddy Petit French Bob
    Dennis
    TH14

    Subs Brady Radford Wrighty Freddie AA.Fab4

  35. chaf says:

    Sorry I’m rambling… I’m excited. Sol walked out at half time, so he didn’t make the team

  36. peachesgooner says:

    I may have to go to the away game at Portsmouth to catch another glimpse of him………swoon

    I’ve still got the cuttings of his first pics in an Arsenal shirt – I was on a job and all my team were scummers, I just had to buy all the papers…….how mean 🙂

  37. rico01 says:

    Chaf – I forgot Cescy Boy, how bad am I…. 😦

  38. peachesgooner says:

    chaf – lehmann not seaman thats interesting – maybe for another day, I’m too excited to be sensible

  39. peachesgooner says:

    Sol was temporarly damaged………he came back though

  40. peachesgooner says:

    rico – have you got a busy day ahead – I’m sure I have hundreds of things I should be doing but I’m being dippy………

  41. chaf says:

    Lehmann,

    Always entertaining.

    I never rated Seaman as the best, he played behind the ultimate back four. He lost concentration a lot. Unlike Jens who could kill with a look. I bet you couldn’t get a cigarette paper between the cheeks of his arse when he was concentrating ( Thats if you ever needed to)

  42. rico01 says:

    peaches – i have, but i cant seem to get my mind focused on doing anything really – got to make a hospital visit later, and i wont be able to see the game which is really dissapointing, but i cant get out of it, as hard as i have tried 😦

    Jens drove me mad – he did so many stupid things, the penalty against the spuds, the CL Final, he was such a wuss aswell 😉

  43. kelsey says:

    ave,
    put me down for 1-0 to us,though not confident.do we get wild cards for double the points. 😉

    peaches what’s the difference between a puff and a poof. 🙂

    I am under strict instructions from Rasputin not to overblog.

  44. kelsey says:

    right see you later,have a match to be won,but back for the kick off.

  45. London says:

    Morning Chaf

    Dont forget to phone me when you lot get to a watering hole that lets us in; or, I am going to be on my jack without a ticket…a bad combo.

  46. chaf says:

    Rico

    I know he drove everyone mad, but he was unbeaten in his first season. Think of all the stupid things Seaman did! Not to mention the pony tail.

    Take your point though. I’m off to the pub soon to meet up. Hope everyone has a good time…

  47. chaf says:

    London

    I’m following orders from captain Bob. Will call

  48. peachesgooner says:

    Have a good one chaf and London – London I know you’ll be looking for me – I’ll be wearing pink xx

  49. rico01 says:

    Fair comment chaf, the ponytail was rather silly of him 😉

    Enjoy the day and may you return home very very happy later 😛

  50. peachesgooner says:

    rico – I’ve been flying around this morning and I noticed the bear suggested we could meet up if you were going – hes very sweet 😉

    I love ave 😉

  51. London says:

    WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW…

    This day is called the feast of Crispian:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
    And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remember’d;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day

  52. rico01 says:

    i thought that was nice of him peaches, one day i will go to a game, one day…. it just takes so long for me to get home 😦

  53. peachesgooner says:

    Blimey London – very poetic 🙂

    The Times have a great picture of Cesc snarling……

  54. chaf says:

    London is that Shakespeare or Blackadder.

  55. peachesgooner says:

    Ave – can you put my prediction in please 3-1 to us

  56. peachesgooner says:

    chaf/London – where are you sitting, I’m in block 506

  57. chaf says:

    Peaches, we’re in block 518 row 16, entrance D, I’ve just been told!

  58. Rasputin says:

    Can you people who are going, stop ramming it down the throats of those of us who aren’t 😦 ………I’m feeling seriously deprived (or should that be depraved)

  59. Rasputin says:

    Chaf 😉

  60. rico01 says:

    Here here Rasp 😉

  61. Rasputin says:

    I haven’t even got Setanta 😦

    How are you going to keep tabs on the game rico – secret text messages?

  62. JonJon says:

    afternoon guys…

    im so excited…. 3-1 to the arsenal…..

    theos going to have a field day against cole….

  63. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – someone has to hold the fort 🙂

  64. peachesgooner says:

    Its definitely on the stream this week rasp – you can have a field day and watch it on 2 computers using both sets of codes – I’ll text them to you

  65. peachesgooner says:

    I’m entrance E row 26 – last time rasp xx

  66. London says:

    Rasputin

    There has got to be a pub nearby that has it.

    And I’m going for 2-1

  67. rico01 says:

    Rasp – I havent got a clue at the moment, I am recording the game so I dont know whether to try and avoid finding out the result and watching it when i get home – something inside says I wont be able to resist finding out somehow though 😉

    3-1

    IPL starts today – yahoo 😛

  68. Rasputin says:

    Its all gone crazy in my house. Everyone is shouting and rowing, doors have been slammed and the language has been ‘agricultural’ – do you think it as anything to do with the impending game? 😦

  69. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – who’s shouting, tell them you need calm to enjoy the nerves before a match 🙂

  70. rico01 says:

    Rasp, I know how you feel, the chickens are clucking louder than normal, the piggies are squeaking and the hamster is going round on little wheel at 100mph… It’s frantic here 😉

  71. peachesgooner says:

    Must be something in the air – my no1 have decided to barrack me about the colour of the walls in her bed-room -she wants to paint her room……..NOW

  72. rico01 says:

    Go to it peaches – Red and White on no1’s walls or nothing, put your foot down 😉

  73. avenell says:

    Hi .. i’m back.. don’t leave it to late to go to the ground Peaches.. there is a strike on today.. in case you didn’t know.

  74. peachesgooner says:

    Good try rico – shes 24 so I’m not sure that’ll work 🙂

  75. peachesgooner says:

    Thanks ave – yes I had heard – sods law, I’ve found someone to travel with but they don’t want to leave till 4 aaarrrrrggggghhhhhh. Only from Stanmore though so its literally down the road…….

    Either I go it alone or have some company……..:(

  76. peachesgooner says:

    I’m goooooooooooooooooooone

    see ya laters all

    enjoy

    rasp – be calm xx

  77. JonJon says:

    anyone about???

  78. JonJon says:

    ave!!!!!!

  79. avenell says:

    Yes mate!

    Any news on Gibbs?

  80. JonJon says:

    he’s playing ……..

    id go with the same side and formation as villareal except id put AA in for nasri and dudu in for ade…

  81. avenell says:

    Who would you have in front of gibbs.. Nasri or AK47?

    I would have Nasri and push Arshavin up behind Ade..
    I get the feeling he may drop AA.. 😦

  82. JonJon says:

    id go for the all out attack approach…. i wouldnt worry about the wings…. chelsea are shit out wide….

    its essien and lumplard we have to watch…. chelsea go through the middle and are hoofers..

    the wide areas are not a problem….

  83. avenell says:

    Fabregas v Lump and Ballack should be good they don’t seem to get on too well..

  84. JonJon says:

    thats why i hoping song will be in the midfield…. song will provide cesc with added muscle as back up…if it gets tasty we all know that fab can handle himself….denilson is too lightweight and will get bullied…. the cesc/song combo is our best option…

  85. avenell says:

    Just watching the coverage on Setanta.. apart from the sweaty it’s good for a semi..

  86. JonJon says:

    just spoke to my cousin hes going to the game…. he said the atmosphere in the pub is electric and the gooner lot are confident….

  87. avenell says:

    Even the pundits are saying nice things about us.. worrying..

    At least Ooh arh Ray Parlour has the gig on the panel..

  88. Rasputin says:

    We must out-sing the chavs, they’re the worst fans in the prem. He can’t leave out AA – he’s gonna score today and outcraft their lumbering defence.

  89. Rasputin says:

    Good news – Hull are losing
    Bad news – Villa are 1 up

  90. JonJon says:

    the crowd can play a huge part today rasp….

    cech and cole are already low on form and drogba and ballack are moody shites…. if we intimidate them enough we’ll take them out of the game before its even got going…. especially cole….

  91. avenell says:

    Worse than that my Setanta has gone Belly.. 😦

  92. kelsey says:

    I am back AA NOT STARTING can’t believe it.Nasri on bench as predicted.

  93. JonJon says:

    kelsey is that true????

  94. Rasputin says:

    What!!!!! – I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve shrieked that on hearing AW’s team selection. I thought it ridiculous when he played all the tall players out of position against Stoke – they still scored from 2 throw ins and our team was completely unbalanced. I can only think he believes AA will get bullied by their big defenders. Its a mistake IMHO.

  95. JonJon says:

    so whats the line up????

  96. kelsey says:

    yes it is true.

  97. kelsey says:

    just got in,diaby and gibbs play denilson is in, haven’t got the full line uo. back 4 eboue,toure,gibbs are in.

  98. rico01 says:

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop

    The patient has returned home, and I am staying at home too, Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    😛

  99. avenell says:

    Ade, RvP, Denilson, Fabregas, Diaby and Walcott.. 😦

    Hi Rico.. 😉

  100. avenell says:

    Just had to phone up Setanta and get my frequency changed.. Stress!!!!

  101. JonJon says:

    that lineup is disturbing…. i just dont get it….

    i was confident when i woke up this morning…now i dont know what to think anymore….

  102. kelsey says:

    my posts keep vanishing.i hope wenger knows what he is doing.in 2 hours we will know if he is smart or mad.

  103. avenell says:

    All the players that have got us back up to form have been dropped..

  104. Rasputin says:

    I can’t believe it – he’s not playing Song or AA – complete madness. I do hope he doesn’t think he’s resting them for the pool game. He clearly gives priority to the CL and prem over the FA cup. Good news is Wham have equalised.

  105. kelsey says:

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Eboue, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Walcott, Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Van Persie, Adebayor.
    Subs: Mannone, Nasri, Vela, Ramsey, Song Billong, Arshavin, Bendtner.

  106. JonJon says:

    i hope he hasnt got an eye on the liverpool game because i couldnt give a shit about the league at this minute in time….

    in the big games you need your big players and this game is bigger then the liverpool one…

  107. kelsey says:

    This is a huge gamble,like JJ i don’t feel very confident.

  108. Rasputin says:

    Does AW really think that Denilson can deal with Drogba – Song’s the man for that. I won’t change my mind even if we win….. this is not genius – its high risk!

  109. JonJon says:

    i cant beleive he gone for diaby and denilson over song and AA….

    denilson has been rubbish the last few games and diaby isnt consistent enough to play in a big game like this….. i cant understand the thinking behind it at all…

  110. kelsey says:

    and where is eduardo ?

  111. JonJon says:

    im worried now….

    wenger this better pay off…..

  112. raif says:

    COME ON YOU ARSENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  113. JonJon says:

    wheres diaby going to play LW??????

  114. Rasputin says:

    WTF – its like the AW of earlier in the season when his team selection defied logic.

  115. avenell says:

    Looks like it..

    RAIFY!!!!!! How are ya?

  116. raif says:

    im ok thanks Ave.. how have you been? and all the other roadsters

  117. JonJon says:

    wenger just said he wants to play with wingers today????? so he drops AA and puts in diaby???

    then he says he wants strength in the midfield so he plays denilson and drops song?????

    aaaarrrrrrgggggggggggggggg…….

  118. rico01 says:

    Hi ave 😉

    I am stunned by this line up, Arsene must be thinking they will tire and hit them in the last 20 mins, how foolish, this could be awful 😦

  119. JonJon says:

    easy raif… not at the game?????

    i hope the jacket is still on though 😉

  120. kelsey says:

    Hi raif.

    Rasputin get on the phone quick to peaches and get her to get hold of Arsene and threaten him with a groin strain if he doesn’t change the team 🙂

  121. raif says:

    my dads at the game today.. im going to the final if we get there..

  122. kelsey says:

    rico,
    awful is an understatement,we could get steam rollerd,all bets off.

  123. raif says:

    hello Kelsey, 😉

  124. rico01 says:

    Maybe he thinks Song is a little bit slow for Drogba….

  125. avenell says:

    We are defending there strengths rather than using ours..:(

  126. raif says:

    im worried about our full backs. and our defence in general but i have faith in them.

  127. Rasputin says:

    This is just like the Stoke line-up. Instead of playing to our strenghts, he is trying to nullify theirs – its bad strategy!

  128. JonJon says:

    raif thats a big if now mate….

    i hope chelsea arent at the races today because i have no confidence in that side we have put out…. diaby and denilson…. mr lightweight and mr inconsistent…. WTF

  129. avenell says:

    Got a score prediction Raif?

  130. John says:

    Afternoon all….
    I reckon 3-2 Arsenal win today…anyone got the lineup?

  131. Rasputin says:

    Can I change mine to 3 nil to them 😦

  132. raif says:

    i dont do score predictionAve.. i see it as a bad Omen

  133. JonJon says:

    the only thing i can think of is that wenger wants to play eboue and gibbs as wingers and push chelsea back… kolo and silv will man mark drogba and diaby theo and rvp will play 2 strikers behind ade…..

    wengers pinpoitnted cech as the weak link and we’ll bombard them with high balls fom gibbs and eboue and we’ll pack the box…..

  134. Rasputin says:

    ‘Joking ave’ – but choking at the same time….aaaaarrrrgghhhhh

  135. Rasputin says:

    You may be right JonJon, but that isn’t our game and I think their centre halves are better equipped to deal with high balls into the box than ours.

  136. rico01 says:

    Raif – hello my friend, hope you are in fine health….

  137. JonJon says:

    i just hope it works rasp….

    ade better have the game of his life…. we need to take terry and carvalho out of the game and if ade just wonders about with his hands on his hips they’ll have it easy….

  138. raif says:

    hello Rico.. im doing good thanks 😀

    i hope u have been good aswell

  139. JonJon says:

    rvp wide left???? oh no…

  140. raif says:

    hmmm im a little worried about our starting 11 and the formation..

  141. JonJon says:

    and i thought cech was going to be nervous…

  142. raif says:

    my link on sopcast has gone dead.. now im forced to watch it else were with chinese comenterry

  143. JonJon says:

    adebayors soo fucking lazy…

  144. rico01 says:

    I am good thanks raif…

    Apart from this game of course 😦

  145. Rasputin says:

    Diaby’s been a nightmare so far – Song can do that job so much better. If I slag him off enough, Diaby is bound to scoer 😉

  146. raif says:

    when was the last time diaby plaid???

  147. rico01 says:

    i was just about to say, diaby and denilson are letting this team down so far….

  148. rico01 says:

    Theeeeeeeeeooooooooooooooooooooo

  149. JonJon says:

    theeeeoooo the boy is becoming a man…. came of coles hand too…. 😉

  150. raif says:

    goalllllllllllllllllll

  151. John says:

    Theeeeeeooooooooooooooo
    + hand of god 😉

  152. raif says:

    John

    dont u mean Theo + Hand of PRICK

  153. JonJon says:

    fabianski looks like almunia of old and why did eboue stop??? play to the whistle…

  154. raif says:

    Maluda..

    that was toooo close.

  155. JonJon says:

    the crowds too quiet…..

  156. Rasputin says:

    Theo’s so fast the lino’s giving him offside when he’s a yard on….

  157. Rasputin says:

    Theo and Gibbs are our best 2 players so far.

  158. JonJon says:

    for fuck sake….. offside….

  159. JonJon says:

    diabys pissing me off too

  160. JonJon says:

    diabys a fucking joker…..

  161. Rasputin says:

    Why does Sylvestre keep playing long balls to no-one. Has he learnt nothing when training with the squad?

  162. Rasputin says:

    Get Song on ASAP to shore up the midfield – could take off Denilson, Diaby or even RVP – he doesn’t look fi still to me

  163. Rasputin says:

    fi = fit

  164. JonJon says:

    diaby is offering the side nothing…he’s losing the ball constantly and chelsea are beginning to dominate….

  165. raif says:

    diaby is playing rubbish..

  166. Rasputin says:

    Ade started well, but hasn’t won a header recently and is looking lazy now.

  167. JonJon says:

    fabianski needs to cool down….hes throwing the ball out to nobody…. we have 9 players in our own third and hes throwing it to the half way line….

  168. Rasputin says:

    Van Persie isn’t fit. Diaby off for Song and AA for RVP in the second half..

  169. raif says:

    we need AA on the pitch

  170. avenell says:

    We need players who can keep the ball NASRI!! please Mr Wenger..

    Why did he do this??

  171. avenell says:

    Gibbs is running the left wing on his own..

  172. JonJon says:

    we were lucky with the 1st goal…. if we had the right team on the pitch we’d of probably held on until half time….. AA nasri and song need to come on and eboue isnt having the greatest of games either…..

    ive gone off diaby… he’ll never be good enough…. never….

  173. avenell says:

    But he hasn’t played for a month, why take a chance now?

  174. kelsey says:

    Chelsea started off very weary of us,especially terry on Theo,we got a lucky break,and then after 2 shaky moments we have literally let them back into a game that we should have buried by now.trouble is we have had only one shot,and changes need to be made in the second half and attack,if we sit back we will lose.

  175. JonJon says:

    imagine if AA was there helping gibbs ave….

    i said before chelsea are crap on the wings and we are playing their game not our own….

    diabys a liability in the midfield…and thats where chelsea are strongest…. weve weakened our own options and strengthen chelseas just by not playing song and AA…..

  176. Rasputin says:

    AW’s record on making subs is poor. He won’t make changes at half time unless forced. I hope he doesn’t wait for us to go 2:1 down before he makes subs.

  177. raif says:

    i just hope he dont throw on Nasri and AA when we are chasing the game.

  178. JonJon says:

    should of hit the target…..

  179. JonJon says:

    thats twice when denilson has been caught now and left us fucked…. he does it everygame…. why song isnt in there and we didnt go with the same team as villareal il never know

  180. JonJon says:

    adebayor doesnt challenge for anything…he just runs away from everything or just stands there…

  181. Rasputin says:

    You’re right JonJon. When we play high balls ahead of Ade, he turns and runs instead of watchiing the ball. Ofetn it hits him on the heels. Its just not very intelligent.

  182. kelsey says:

    and i got slated on ACLF about denilson being not good enough.;)

    Right you load of shite ade,get your act together,i have waved my magic wand.

  183. JonJon says:

    ive never really rated denilson simply because of the amount of cockups he does…. they are all massive ones….i couldnt give a toss about what the stats say….denilson just passes it sideways or backwards or gives the ball away in dangerous areas….

  184. Rasputin says:

    We’re asking for trouble and leaving huge gaps at the back. If we score now, it will be against the run of play. This is following the pattern of the first half.

  185. JonJon says:

    it time we made some subs…. a refreshed AA and nasri will put them to the sword….

  186. raif says:

    we need to take diaby off and get on nasri or AA

  187. JonJon says:

    denilson was lucky there wenger take him off please…..

  188. raif says:

    i got a feeling Wenger wanted Nasri and AA fresh if it went to extra time

  189. Rasputin says:

    Subs, subs, subs – before its too late………

  190. JonJon says:

    song next for diaby and nasri for denilson….

  191. Rasputin says:

    If only JonJon – that would be perfect………

  192. Rasputin says:

    But I bet he takes Theo off.

  193. JonJon says:

    chelsea are hoofers and ive got nothing else to say about wenger and his lineup today……theres only one man to blame and he stands in the dugout….

  194. raif says:

    shocking.. Fabanaski is a twat.. its to late to come back now me thinks

  195. raif says:

    bollocks.. fucking bollocks.

    wenger is a clown with his team selction..

  196. Rasputin says:

    To all those who have been waiting all season for a change in form to say ‘I told you so’ today AW got it wrong. He is brilliant at developing talent but sometimes his tactics are way off and unfortunately, today is one of those days

  197. JonJon says:

    wenger fucked up today… of all the games to fuck up he had to play around with the team today and play his fucking love children instead of the form players…..

    wengers fucked me right off and he played this team with one eye on liverpool and the mans an idiot

  198. raif says:

    why fucking play diaby. why fucking leave AA out along with Nasri.. fucking hell Wenger and that headless chicken Faba-Fucking-Naski

  199. raif says:

    this was our only real real chance to win somthing…

    as im sure man utd will play a weakend side aginst everton and maybe even in the final if they get through..

    WILL WE EVER WIN ANY THING AGAIN???

  200. JonJon says:

    fabianski flapped today….

    diaby didnt surprise anyone because hes a shit midfielder and to drop song for denilson was a tactical masterstroke too wasnt it….

    AA has been the reason weve done so well in the league and apart from the villareal game weve scrapped through europe…. and hes left on the bench….. what a wally….

  201. rico01 says:

    I have only a couple of things to say, then i am off for the night as i am real sad…

    Arsene – Please tell us why Arshavin didnt start

    Arsene – Please tell us why Song didnt play alongside Cesc, especially now that he has found form

    Any fan out there who truly believed that Fabianski was better than Almunia, do you feel the same??
    Almunia would not have let either of the goals Chelsea scored today, go in…

    Eboue – you mucked up….

    Chelsea have gone through, and now I really hope Manure beat Everton because I wan Chelsea to get hammered in the final..

    Catch you all on another day 😦

  202. JonJon says:

    ive had enough of this shit now… we either sign some quality players or we are doomed to this torment every season…..

  203. avenell says:

    Later rico..

    I lost confidence as soon as the line ups were announced. Wenger was better when he had less players to choose from..

  204. kelsey says:

    Don’t let anyone say chelsea outplayed us and beat us,we beat ourselves with a poor team selection and unfortunately fabianski made two howlers.
    did we test Cech,no, just one direct shot in 90 minutes.only gibbs and walcott had a reasonable game.Shame i would rather we would have got thrashed than put up such a lacklustre performance.

  205. Rasputin says:

    I don’t envy whoever is going to write the post match report….we don’t usually score the manager, but after this game I think he deserves to be judged.

  206. JonJon says:

    i still think fabianski could of done better…. but wenger fucked up today and the team was weak and it showed….

  207. JonJon says:

    i wanted to do it rasp but i dont want to any more because i cant control how i feel….

  208. JonJon says:

    look at wenger…. blaming the pitch….. what a wally….

    look at his body landguage…he knows hes fucked up…

  209. Rasputin says:

    We all understand JonJon…..gutted doesn’t do it justice. Don’t worry fella, we have to look forward to the CL and hope that Monsieur Stubborn learns from this game.

  210. raif says:

    cya laters guys.. i cant bear to sit down and talk about this crap result its only going to piss me off more.

  211. JonJon says:

    cya raif mate…

  212. Rasputin says:

    Cheers raif – don’t drink too much 😉

  213. kelsey says:

    “When you are so close and you are only 20 years of age, I don’t know why you should be desperate to win something straight away.”

    Quote of the year from our manager on BBC website.

  214. Rasputin says:

    I had a friendly dig at all those Roadsters going to the game this morning and now I feel really sorry for them. The trip home must be very depressing. I doubt many will want to come online and talk about it 😦

  215. avenell says:

    What was Denilsons stats like? 😉

  216. JonJon says:

    we could see that performance coming though…..we said before the game when we saw the lineup what was he doing…..i dont understand it…. i didnt then and i dont now…. why did he play that side in a semi final….. what did he think was going to happen????? that diaby and denilson were going to out muscle and out play essien and ballack????

    cesc cant play in the hole…. he isnt that type of player…. yet nasri and arshavin are………..

    im distraught….. we got so far and confidence was high and wenger threw it away before it had even kicked off….

  217. JonJon says:

    13 passed back
    14 passed sideways
    6 fall overs
    5 mispaced passes
    10 passed to oppostion to have a clear run at goal
    5 missed tackles
    1 pushing of ref
    1 massive pay hike at the end of the season….

  218. rico01 says:

    Here is my heading for tomorrow’s post 😦

  219. rico01 says:

    We blame Arsene, he blames the pitch……!!!! And when did giving Chelsea a Christmas Present happen in April!!

  220. Big Raddy says:

    Straight from the airport to the pub to watch the game…..

    Where to start ? Well, there is only one place…. Wenger’s team selection. Usually I can see the logic in his teams, but to play Diaby in place of AA was pure madness. The Chavs have probably the strongest and most experienced midfield on World Football, and AW decides to drop the one player who really has experience.

    Drop an in-form Song for an out of form Denilson?

    Mind Boggling.

    We can blame Fabianski and (of course) injuries, but ultimately it was Mr Wenger OBE who lost us the game.

    Dinner …. back in 30….

  221. JonJon says:

    kelsey is that true….

    arrrggggghhhhhh

    what a total selfish wally… what about the fans….???? where are we in all this???? or dont we matter anymore???

  222. JonJon says:

    hey there raddy…. 😦

  223. avenell says:

    I hope this isn’t the start of the collapse I mentioned in the post the other day.
    We looked like we could pass a ball to start with then it was long balls straight to Ade cutting Fab out.. It could take 10 games to get over this..

  224. JonJon says:

    this will fuck us up ave…. the momentums gone…..

  225. JonJon says:

    i dont even want to think about the semis with man utd….. if wenger thinks that team can beat the chavs he’ll probably do the same against the mancs just to prove a point…..

  226. kelsey says:

    JonJon, it is true,I couldn’t believe it myself.

    Hi Raddy.

    Ratings

    Fabianski 3 (as it’s his birthday)
    Eboue 2
    Toure 6
    Silvestre 5
    Gibbs 7
    denilson 4
    diaby 4
    Fabregas 5
    RVP 5 ( has a groin strain i am sure is out for liverpool )
    Adebayor 2
    Walcott 8

  227. JonJon says:

    seasons over anyway…. manutd will tonk us over two legs because fergie plays his best team for big matches…..and without the momentum we arent the same team….

  228. Big Raddy says:

    Hi Guys,

    Fair ratings Kelsey

    My one disagreement would be Eboue, who I think deserved a 5. H kept going, and couldn’t really be faulted for Malouda’s goal. It was a brilliant pass from the cheating Ballack, and a fine run and shot from the Chav.

    Adebayor stank the place out.

    Alex was immense – what a player. My MoM

  229. Big Raddy says:

    I hope you are wrong JJ.

    I am still in shock over the decision to keep AA on the bench.

    If AA starts at Anfield the decision will be even more bizarre, as the only logical explanation is that he has a slight fitness problem

  230. JonJon says:

    adebayor is a lazy waste of space and the sooner we sell him the better….

  231. avenell says:

    Did Adebayor run at all today?

  232. avenell says:

    John Terry and Rio said he was good so he must be..

  233. avenell says:

    Hi Raddy!!!
    how was the hols?
    Was you anywhere near the earthquake?

  234. JonJon says:

    raddy….i hope im wrong too….

    also why drop song when he has been in fine form and proving all his doubters wrong in recent games and play denilson who quite frankly has been pathetic since the home leg against roma?????

    chelsea are strong in the midfield and we play to muppets and cesc in a position where he hasnt any influence…..

    im bewildered and i just dont understand it…..

  235. JonJon says:

    adebayor really pissed me off today…. there were times where chelseas defnders had all the time in the world to hoof the ball and ade didnt chase them down once…..

    but thats not anything new is it….

  236. Rasputin says:

    I think AW set us back 3 months in this game. We had the players to win. Chelsea weren’t anything special and we handed them the game on a plate. I get upset when commentators quote the ‘I didn’t see it’ thing, but AW must chose his words very wisely when assessing what went wrong in this game – blaming the pitch is just an embarrassment.

  237. avenell says:

    He didn’t blame the pitch he said it had nothing to do with the result..
    But when two teams meet in the semi final of the FA cup the fans deserve a better pitch to see a better game..

    Setanta tried to stitch him up as usual..

  238. Big Raddy says:

    Evening Ave

    My house is in the North of Italy, well away from that awful earthquake, though the tremor cracked my concrete living room floor ! Thanks for asking.

    Ras … AW has a point about the pitch which was poor, but both teams play on it. If Ade was half the player Drogba is, we could hoof it over the top, but JT & Alex were never troubled.

  239. avenell says:

    Some geezer who has been slating Kels on another blog has just said he has just got back from the game… and he enjoyed it…. wtf!!!

  240. Rasputin says:

    OK ave – someone had quoted that on here earlier, I’ll let you have that one! Tell me what he has said because I had to walk away after the final whistle.

  241. avenell says:

    It was pretty much as I said rasp.. you know he said something before the game and they baited him..

    he said.. “The pitch doesn’t determine who wins or loses, but when you want people to pay to watch a football game, you have to provide the teams with a good pitch to play on.”

  242. Rasputin says:

    I agree Raddy. If you read back to my comments before and during the game you will see that I have made most of the points being reiterated on here now. I don’t think now is the time to make excuses – better to say nothing except we are very disappointed and to leave the post mortems to behind closed doors. But I do think AW needs to learn something from today. The very players that have been principally responsible for the improvement in our fortunes were left out today – why? Surely not to keep them fresh for poll? Today’s game was far more important and Villa dropped points today anyway

  243. Rasputin says:

    poll = pool

  244. Rasputin says:

    I don’t want to squabble over irrelevant detail. Its all gone quiet. I guess because we’re all feeling equally deflated. I’ll take a rest from the site for a while…. nite nite Roadsters, hope you all feel better in the morning (barring hangovers 😉 )

  245. avenell says:

    Your right Rasp we are all deflated.. I will be interested in Peaches and Londons comments later though..

  246. JonJon says:

    sorry guys been busy…. will keep popping in and out…im on a mission… 🙂

  247. JonJon says:

    anybody still about???

  248. avenell says:

    Yeah Jonjon what’s up mate?

  249. JonJon says:

    nowt mate just checking…. im still gutted… you???

    cant beleive wenger picked that side and expected to come away with anything from it….

  250. London says:

    Just got back pissed beenin the curry house and they only thing I have to say is that they are a bub=nch offf cnets

  251. avenell says:

    You okay london? I am pissed of enough.

  252. JonJon says:

    london sounds happy… 🙂

  253. kelsey says:

    Having given thought to the match,this is my honest opinion as I saw it.
    Firstly,congratulations to Chelsea on what one could consider as a game decided by two horrendous mistakes by our keeper.By no means a spectacle,and if i was a Chelsea fan I wouldn’t be too disillusioned by the result.You might have to play a lot better to win a trophy this season.

    Much debate pre match was why Wenger chose not to play Arshavin and the much improved Song.it was his decision and perhaps arshavin was still carrying an injury and wanted to save him for the forthcoming match at Anfield,yet to me that would be of no consequence as even if we were to lose that match,the benefit would be all Liverpool’s and i doubt it would affect our 4th place finish.the irony was that all the attention was on Cech,who looked decisively nervous and yet the game was basically decided by two horrendous mistakes by Fabianski.With 80%of our first team defence missing,we stood up to Chelsea pretty well,but surely it must be clear that quality defensive cover must be bought in if we are too really challenge.Finally a quote from Wenger on the BBC, which i found at the least bizarre.”When you are so close and you are only 20 years of age,i don’t know why you should be desperate to win something straight away”Even great managers have their moments of madness.
    I fear RVP is injured yet again,and once again Adebayor proved what a total tosser he is.Gibbs and Walcott stood out,fabregas never really got in the game and not for the first time in a big game our manager either got it wrong or got out witted by his opposite number.

  254. rico01 says:

    Morning kelsey and fellow Roadsters

    Yesterday’s match dissapointed me so very much, but I have to admit that before the game, my heart thought we would lose, but by a different margin to what we did.

    We had no Almunia, Clichy, Sagna, Gallas, all injured. That is four players who week in week out are the first to be on the team sheet. Add to that Djourou, who is an able deputy. How many other sides would be able to put a ‘half decent’ defence out with that many missing.

    To be fair, our half decent defence did ok, but Fabianski showed that he still has along way to go. I dont make that judgement on his ability, but on his mental approach. He made a dreadful decision at the beginning of the game, which I actually thought would settle him, but it didnt, it had the opposite effect, and any confidence he did have, was shattered from that moment on. But he is still only 24, and I dont think we should write him off just yet.

    I could sit here and give my view on each player, but what is the point, we lost 2-1 to a side which spends millions after millions on players, and against a ‘make shift’ team they won 2-1, and both goals were handed to them on a plate..

    I couldnt understand why Song, Nasri and Arshavin didnt start, but have since learned that Nasri was still unwell, and Song needed a rest.
    But Arshavin – I dont know why, but no doubt there is a reason unbeknown to us somewhere.

    Diaby and Cesc should have been the perfect attacking style midfield we all wanted from the start, but it failed. Diaby was awful, and Cesc wasnt much better. And Denilson for me showed he is not good enough when it matters – Diaby and Denilson are still young and the question is, will they get any better?

    Robin is now injured, another groin strain. And Ade, well is is nothing but a lazy miserable player, who clearly plays for himself and not the team. A player of his height and stature should have ‘got into the face’ of Cech, a keeper lacking confidence, but he was nowhere to be seen..

    Theo was best player on the pitch for me, and now is the time to move him into the strikers role. He has learned how to finish and against an aging Carragher he could get himself another couple. He could do to him, what TH did, he has the pace and the finish now.

    Song – He gets such a slating by many, maybe that is why he wasnt played, he will not be affected by this result mentally, and will be the key to the midfield against the dippers.

    Finally – when will the FA stop playing the semi finals at wembley, its not right. Either change it to a two legged competition like all the other cup semi’s or just use a netural ground…

  255. rico01 says:

    kelsey – you are right, Chelsea need to worry more than us imho, they will get slaughtered by Barca, they are the ones who spend spend spend, yet they got lucky today..

  256. rico01 says:

    Raddy – Alex is a fantastic player, and he proved that again today. I ranted on in the summer that we should have tested chelsea with an offer, he wasnt playing much then. We should have gone for him after he scored ‘that goal’ against us in the CL 😉

  257. rico01 says:

    Oh, and I dont think this result will be as damaging as we all thought, Fabianski may have had a restless night, but I think it might just have a positive effect, but hey, i dont always get footie things right 😉

  258. rico01 says:

    Where are you all this morning !! ??

  259. JonJon says:

    they way i see it nd i might upset a few people here but if we fail to pick up any siverware this year agian….after the managerial debarcle yesterday i want wenger sacked…..

    hes done wonders at this club but no man has the right to do what he wants with the club based on his track record…… important games call for important players and to drop your in form players for a massive game as that one was suicidal in my eyes…..

    as kelsey said…… his comments stun me….. its obvious he couldnt give a toss about the fans anymore…and ive had enough…. he did the same stupidness when he played eboue on the left and song at RB and we struggled during that period…..i could cope with that but to do it yesterday??????? thats managerial bullshit……

    he sorted that out and stopped doing it and for one of the biggest games of the season he’s done it again……its unforgiveable…..wengers an idiot and i hope the people who pay his wages tell him so…..

  260. JonJon says:

    sod this bloody youth policy…. wenger wins the CL and changes the squad in the summer or he goes….

    we get rid of diaby and denilson and we sign these two

    http://www.imscouting.com/global_news_item.aspx?id=1814

    who i wanted him to sign last summer…. thats a start…

  261. chaf says:

    I agree all before me this morning and its almost gone past the point where you can sack Wenger, he is Mr Arsenal, but it seems that he can do what he likes and we’ve got to sit back and take it, almost in a military way.
    I used to sit at the old ground with a bloke who doesn’t go now. A few years ago he was calling Wenger an eternal runner up, without the real thrust of a ruthless winner, who got it wrong every now and again and won things. What gets me over and over again is that when we look on the verge of having a great team, it gets disbanded, in some way or another, if he mixed experience with youth it would bring them on quicker and better.
    I’m confused. And we were sitting so far up we could hardly work the team out when they walked out.

  262. peachesgooner says:

    Morning – very depressed gooner here

    Chelsea were there for the taking, we gave them 2 goals which probably wouldn’t have mattered if we’d had the players on the pitch to score many more for us………………

    Diaby was a ridiculous selection and he played so badly I couldn’t believe he came out for the 2nd half.

    Why no Song – hes carried on playing him when he needed to improve and now hes improved he doesn’t get to play in a semi-final, whats that all about????

    Theo just gets better and better, shame the same can’t be said about cesc who played with a worried expression on his face.

    I’m so upset because its not like we were beaten by a stunning footballing display from Chelsea. I lost count how many times Ballack – a great hulk of a man went down after being pushed off the ball by AA when he came on……the smallest guy on the pitch!!!!!

    Aaaaarrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhh

  263. JonJon says:

    one thing ive learnt from this season is that alot of our squad players are not good enough…..

    weve had injuries for years….. but thats the point of having a squad isnt it???????

    wenger just signs a 17 year old and then says we are covered…..its just papering over the cracks…..we are not covered….

    the thing was with the defence yesterday is that we had EE at right back where alot of gooners say he can play for any PL team…. and silvestre and kolo in the CB slot…… gibbs was superb so on paper there was nothing wrong with the defence….

    im sick of the excuses every year…. the pitch the injuries the referees….

    its all aload of twaddle….

  264. rico01 says:

    JJ – are you seriously saying the club should sack Arsene, or is it a reaction after yesterday ?

  265. JonJon says:

    no rico im serious…..

    if we dont win the CL he goes…. yesterday was unforgiveable…. u dont drop your big players for the big games……no other manager would be allowed to do that…. why should he???????

    fergie has done just as much for manutd if not more…..but will he drop ronaldo today and play berbatov on the LW???? no he wont because hes not arrogant and damn right stupid…..

  266. rico01 says:

    The stuff about the pitch has been taken out of context by the press. I heard Arsene say on 5live yesterday that, the pitch isnt as good as the old wembley, and when the tuff came up in the first 20 minutes you can see he is right. But I didnt get the impression he was blaming it for the result and as Raddy says its the same for both sides in any case.

    We are used to carpet, and he some may say that he thinks we didnt play well because of the quality of the tuff, but many epl clubs we play on are a lot worse..

    The REAL point in all this is the players he chose let themselves down, and the fans down. They all spout about how good they are, but many are not. I dont want Arsene to go, I want him to buy 2/3 quality players and get rid of a bit of dead wood.

  267. rico01 says:

    quality of turf, not tuff!!

  268. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters….

    Sometimes things lokk better the next morning – not today. Chelsea were poor and we had the players to beat them – we just didn’t put them on the pitch.

    Rico – you must be the most lovely, generous spirited blogger on the planet. “Song needed a rest” – I was knackered but still got up for work this morning! I bet Song wanted to play. Anyway, the argument doesn’t work. RVP was clearly not fit against VR – why would you rest a player who was ‘tired’ and play one who is carrying an injury. Capello has the right policy for England – play your in-form players. We didn’t do that yesterday and that’s why we lost. I’m not calling for AW to go, but as far as I’m concerned the blame for yesterday’sloss rests squarely on his shoulders. And if Ade goes at the end of the season I will rejoice… 😉

  269. JonJon says:

    wenger had a man on the bench who has changed our season round since january…. we also had a man on the bench who has played LW most of the season and has been a massive hit…. thats almost 30 mil worth of tlaent on the bench…. both our big signings….

    and wenger plays RvP there…..?????? WTF….. a player who cant play LW…… cesc was in the hole… where he cant play…..diaby and denilson in agianst essien and ballack?????? aaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh

    the team was destroyed before kickoff…….

  270. JonJon says:

    RvP wasnt fit but was adamant to play at wembley…. so wenger played him…. disgrace….

  271. Big Raddy says:

    No arguing with that JJ.

    However, I cannot agree about the sacking of AW.

    I can only imagine there were extenuating circumstances. We know that Nasri was still suffering from nausea. As to Arshavin – that is a real mystery.

  272. Rasputin says:

    If Song and AA had problems – why were they even on the bench? RVP wasn’t fit and Diaby was playing for chelsea….

  273. JonJon says:

    Raddy….

    ive always stood by wenger…. i might of critised him along the way but that yesterday was bang out of order……

    as fans weve been subjected to some real dodgy decisions from wenger….but weve stood by him and the team….as fans we deserve to see our best players play in a big game against a big team and wenger left them on the bench……. for no reason whatsoever other than his own arrogance….

    he said in the post match interveiw that we have two ‘bigger’ targets to aim fot….. wenger threw that game yesterday….. definately….

  274. JonJon says:

    AA and Song didnt have problems rasp…. wenger said he just wanted to rest song and he wanted more height in the side…. so he plays denilson???? eh????…..and diaby a player who has been contiually found out agianst set peices….. we played the side to suit chelseas game plan and not our own and in a FA cup semi too….. it was the mother of all fuck ups….

  275. rico01 says:

    Rasp 😉

    That is the hardest thing, if they are not fit, they should have been sat next to Eduardo.. I dont get leaving ot Song or AA, but Diaby reckons Diaby is good, but he lost us the midfield battle, and Denilson wasnt a lot better…

  276. London says:

    Morning Everyone

    Some excellent match reports, perhaps a tad harsh for me on Adebayor, I thought he was very tightly marked and the service he received was poor to nonexistent, I don’t think he was off side once throughout the game which is the usual complaint; but that said, I thought his first time control in the middle of the pitch was very poor indeed, every time he miscontrolled the ball they gained possession which created extra pressure that we could have well done without.

    As for the team selection, the only justification I could give for playing Diaby over Arshavin was an attempt to counterbalance their height advantage, our defence was makeshift at best and Chelsea are a tall team. I can understand why Wenger made that particular decision; although with hind sight, I, unsurprisingly perhaps, do not agree with it.

    The player who suffered in a way that no one has picked up on is Fabregas. Diaby is capable of flashes of individual brilliance which can create a goal but he is not a team player; he can’t play Wengerball.

    We all know Fabregas is brilliant but the man needs a bit of help from time to time; as soon as Arshavin came on the interplay between those two instantly clicked into gear and created the only piece of Wengerball of the game which in turn almost created an equaliser, two minutes before the end.

    The other problem for Cesc was having to play next to Denilson, this combination is defensively weaker, the result being that Fabregas had to do more defending than he really should be required, it’s a bit like asking an airline pilot to waste his time handing out the refreshments to the passengers on a flight when you know his time would be so much better spent concentrating on getting the plane to its destination safely. All in all Fabregas’s talents seemed wasted to me. By hindering the pilot’s ability to fly the plane properly, unsurprisingly, it crashed.

  277. Big Raddy says:

    I have made my feelings clear about Adebayor in the past., but in his defence, JT and Alex were fantastic yesterday. He didn’t get a kick.

    Hiddink out-thought AW, the Chavs were always looking for the ball over the top, isolating Silvestre against Drogba. Eventually it worked. Had Kolo been marking him, DD wouldn’t have scored.

    The positives? We would have won with our first choice defence. Even without our Russian, and AW’s transgression

  278. rico01 says:

    Raddy, good to see your safe return, hope you had a lovely break

  279. JonJon says:

    i cant agree we would of won with our first choice defence…. we offered nothing going forward… we didnt even test cech… a keeper who has let 7 goals in 2 games….. no long shots… no nothing…. because we had no attacking flair…. it was left on the bench…..

    everything that could go wrong yesterday went wrong and wenger is the man to blame…..

    chelsea are hoofers…. and they scored form two hoofs…. didnt we practice that in training?????

  280. JonJon says:

    your right about cesc london….. he was taken out of the game yesterday….. but wenger took him out with that lineup….

  281. Rasputin says:

    Ceac has been developing a very good partnership with Song. He has never really clicked with Denilson.

  282. JonJon says:

    ive never really clicked with denilson.. 😉

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