Highs and Lows…

I have titled the post Highs and Lows for 2 reasons today. The first being I haven’t felt so low as i did Saturday night after an Arsenal game since the Champions League final in 2006, at that game I felt Arsene made the wrong choice short term for the game and long term for Arsenal in replacing Robert Pires for Almunia, Bobby was the man who would always keep possession.
At that game Arsene had to make a choice, there and then not have days to deliberate . I still cannot see why he picked that team on Saturday, but let’s dust ourselves down and do our best to get up for it tonight, I am sure we have sold our ticket allocation so our away supporters  will be.
Liverpool have been the team that has given me my most memorable highs and lows in football.
The Hillsborough disaster, Heysel, that cup final in Cardiff when “little” Michael Owen scored that late goal when he out paced Lee Dixon that caused Arsene to start rebuilding Georgie Grahams defence.
The highs have been Anfield 89′ and that FA cup final in the sun at Wembley in 71′ when the stadium had the best pitch in the country.
That day one man who played was affiliated to both Arsenal and Liverpool,  Ray Kennedy, tonight he will have a special ceremony before the game. It really is a great shame that a once super fit athlete can be struck down with such a terrible disease Parkinsons. He has had to sell all his medals to survive and he lives alone in his native North East.
Tonight is to raise awareness for his Ray of Hope appeal. The details are here.      http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/ray-kennedy

I don’t normally give to charity, but that goal Ray scored for us to win the League in 71′  is worth a tenner of my hard earned and more..

Onto tonight’s game, No Ade, no Gallas, no Djourou, no Clichy, no RvP, no Rosicky, no Almunia and we may see a bit of the semi fit Dudu. Not many teams could go to Anfield with an injury list that long and come away with a result. We can if we show some of the “spirit of 89” and I am going with tradition tonight and going for 2-0 to us. We need to get the momentum back up and the ball on the deck and play Wengerball. it has created a 20 match plus unbeaten League run… So why did you change it Saturday.. Oh that may have been said lol.

Team for tonight.

……………….Fabianski.

Sagna/Eboue… Toure.. Silvestre.. Gibbs.

Walcott.. Fabregas…… Song……. Nasri

………………. Arshavin.

………………………Bendtner.. (and stay in the box).

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291 Responses to Highs and Lows…

  1. Rasputin says:

    Nice on ave……. I could feel my chest swelling as I read.

    I can’t remember the exact words to the old Shankley ‘Football, Life and Death’ quote, but there is nothing like a setback to put things in perspctive.

  2. rico01 says:

    Nice read ave, how did you manage with your cold and stuff, what a hero ;)How are you feeling today by the way??

    I can also see why he picked that side on Saturday, he expected Diaby to boss the midfield and make ‘paddy like’ breaks, with a goal or two at the end – I just wish he had seen the first half as we all did and changed the team at half time – but hey ho, on to tonight..

    My head tells me we will lose, but my heart says we may sneak a 2-2 draw

  3. avenell says:

    Cheers Ras..

    I remember the ..”if Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, I would draw my curtains” one..

  4. peachesgooner says:

    Well done ave – the travelling supporters are fantastic, I love it when you can hear them singing above the home crowd and they’ll need to be belting out ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ to be heard above the Kop.

  5. avenell says:

    I agree Rico I know why he played that team, but why did he wait until 15 minutes from the end to change it when we all could see it wasn’t working.
    And left the two main problems on the field Diaby and Denilson.. 😦

    Bit better today thanks..

  6. JonJon says:

    that was an excellent read mate…

  7. peachesgooner says:

    Hi ave sweetie – how are you feeling today

  8. avenell says:

    I’m a tad better thanks Peaches, have you caught it off me with all these cyber kisses? x

    Cheers Jonjon..

    I have stuck Rasp’s … Ade has a broken lazybone in raifs terminology, I just had to classic..

  9. Rasputin says:

    rico – have you ever known Diaby to boss the midfield? I think he may make a decent No. 10 in some side, but not ours, we have enough of those. I know you are just trying to understand AW’s thinking here, but Diaby has shown time and time again that he tends to dwell on the ball and lose it in dangerous positions. I can’t remember who said yesterday that chels were happy to see EE ‘surge forward, because when he inevitably lost it, they could hoof it upfield and we’d be a defender short. Diaby helped in that master plan.

  10. JonJon says:

    diaby is a natural sriker….but wenger is trying to turn him into the next PV because of his physique and it aint going to work because diaby is a taller version of dopey from the seven dwarfs…

  11. Rasputin says:

    Agreed JonJon, somebody (I think it was peaches) said that he tends to buy players that look similar to their predecessors. I don’t know if that’s true, but when I first saw Boa Morte, I thought Ian Wright had made a comeback 😛

  12. JonJon says:

    snow chance and the seven muppets….

    dopey-diaby
    sideways-denilson
    lazy-ade
    fish head-silv
    crocked-everyone
    mouthy-rvp
    +
    crap-bendtner

  13. London says:

    Rasputin

    I know that comment was not aimed at me but to answer the question, “Have you ever seen Diaby boss the midfield;” yes, in the first leg at home to Roma; he and Denilson were awesome, Diaby drove the whole team forward to great effect, the only critisicm that day was that we never scored enough goals. You see I remember these games which I hope makes a bit more sense when I say Wenger can justify playing Diaby quite easily. That said, I do agree with the fact that he dwells on the ball too long.

  14. London says:

    Ave good post

    Can you put me down for a 2-2 please.

  15. avenell says:

    Sorted London.. your in..

  16. Rasputin says:

    I agree London, I think his game is suited to european football where the ball is not pressured as it is in the prem. We knew chels have a very strong midfield. Essien was never going to give him ‘thinking time’ so I still think that his selection was a mistake in tactical terms rather than with the gift of hindsight.

  17. JonJon says:

    3-0 to us… 😉

  18. JonJon says:

    ive only ever known diaby to have two good games this season… fenerbache and roma…. CL….

    the rest of the time hes been pretty poor…

  19. avenell says:

    Has anyone seen diaby play for france?

  20. Rasputin says:

    Those are all european games JonJon, he’s not suited to the prem. If I was managing a side playing against him, I’d tell my midfieders to close him down quickly every time he receives the ball – which is pretty much what the chavs did….

  21. rico01 says:

    You all ganging up on me 😦

    I agree Diaby is poo poo, and a frustrated striker 😉

  22. rico01 says:

    All quiet so I am offski, take care and be safe

  23. kelsey says:

    You lot are all getting too clever for me,ave put me down for 2-1 to them.

  24. avenell says:

    I have put you down Kelsey. 😦

  25. kelsey says:

    Rosicky has travelled with the squad,can’t believe it.Is this our secret weapon.

  26. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – is that true? Did Eduardo travel?

  27. kelsey says:

    yes,he drove the bus to get a change of scenery 🙂 No news on Eduardo yet,peaches.

  28. Wrighty7 says:

    Oy oy oy oy oy oy!

    Avenell, whack me down for Arsenal to win 10-0 mate.

  29. Wrighty7 says:

    Actually make that 2-2 me old mucker!

  30. avenell says:

    Hehe not so confident tonight Mr Wright.

  31. Wrighty7 says:

    Ave,

    I’m confident we’ll piss all over Liverpool tonight, be 2-1 up and with ten minutes to go, they score, I cry, maybe crumple into a heap on the floor, and then Arsenal hang on for dear life!

  32. avenell says:

    Have you put a bet on for that to happen?.. knowing your good luck Wrighty.

    For your winnings.. 🙂
    For Arsenal.. 😦
    I mean.

  33. Wrighty7 says:

    Nah mate.

    I just tried but for some reason my Betfair account is down. Bastards.

  34. JonJon says:

    wrighty me old mucker… how are ya fella….

    your right about alonso tonight…. but if song plays and he plays like he has done before wenger dropped him…we’ll be ok….

    were gonna win tonight fella…….id agree with your 10 nil…but bendtners probably playing so il go for 3 😉

  35. JonJon says:

    iv got a nugget on AA to score and a 3 nil walloping….

  36. kelsey says:

    walcott dropped,no joke. team news coming through.

  37. avenell says:

    No willcat tonight.

    Fab,
    Sagna,
    Toure,
    Silvestre,
    Gibbs,
    Fab,
    Crab,
    Jinky,
    Nasri,
    Arshavin,
    Brikki..

  38. Wrighty7 says:

    Hello Jonjon, I’m good thanks matey.

    I’m putting a nicker on Arshavin first goalscorer and Arsenal to win 12-5 LOL

  39. Wrighty7 says:

    How are you Jonjon?

  40. London says:

    Lets play Wengerball, that midfield is very tasty.

    I can’t believe it, I actually fell for Kelsey’s joke, fortunately so did Peaches, so at least I don’t feel alone and daft.

  41. JonJon says:

    they’ll be some odds on that mate….

    impossible to 1… 😉

    im good wrighty.. still trying to get over what happened at the weekend but it will make it better if we win tonight and close that gap…

    moyes has just been on telly saying he may rest players for tomorrow… we need everton to get something tomorow really….

  42. kelsey says:

    No Eduardo anywhere,is he really badly crocked.

  43. JonJon says:

    hey london…

    if cesc is stuck in the hole again it will be difficult…

    but i have faith …

  44. London says:

    Ok it’s football time

  45. JonJon says:

    i beginning to think wenger has told dudu he wont play again until next season…..when weve sold ade 😉

  46. avenell says:

    That’s one and a half years of Eduardo’s career that prick Taylor has wiped out..

  47. JonJon says:

    that was one of the dirtiest tackles ever and i wouldnt mind but the pundits such as hansen and that tosser shearer and muppet lawro tell teams to do that do beat us and its ok…. fuckers…

  48. kelsey says:

    my mistake,eduardo on the bench.

  49. JonJon says:

    but will he come on????

    before 85mins????

  50. avenell says:

    Have I missed anyone out of the predict a score, holiday with chickens widget?

  51. avenell says:

    Has Stevie Gerrard shrunk, he looks tiny in his court suit..lol

  52. JonJon says:

    hahaha ave….

  53. avenell says:

    And what world does theo live in.. I didn’t know Thierry was no 14.. lol.

    I suppose he only watches Liverpool DVD’s..

  54. JonJon says:

    ‘people compare him to me’….

    bless him….

  55. peachesgooner says:

    Hey ave, can I have 0-1 please

  56. John says:

    Evening all…
    I came on to say 2-2 but I see loads of people have it already and there’s no fun in that is there so I’ll go 2-3 gooners win.

  57. peachesgooner says:

    Give him a break – he only forgot that Thierry was no 14

  58. JonJon says:

    well done john…. hi…

    i dont even give the dippers 2 … 😉

  59. John says:

    Alright jonjon, let’s hope you are right – and you don’t seem to be no fool as you are leading the pack.

  60. JonJon says:

    theo will end up with the 7 shirt at anfield when he gets to 25 and leaves on a free… 😉

  61. JonJon says:

    trust in me… believe in me…. 😉

  62. John says:

    I do, of course 😉
    actually I was just trying to shoehorn in a mr t reference.

  63. JonJon says:

    i saw that mate… 😉

    good save flapiarseki…… good save…

  64. JonJon says:

    did denilson just give away the ball in a dangerous area…. no….. never…. but he has the best stats so hes great… 😉

  65. peachesgooner says:

    oh dear is torres injured

  66. John says:

    well in kolo 😀

  67. peachesgooner says:

    John are you in France?

  68. avenell says:

    I’ll do the predictions at HT.. 🙂

    Forgot TH14 was er 14..lol.. My dad was a bindipper!!

  69. JonJon says:

    fabianski…… yeah…… big saves…. well done son…

  70. JonJon says:

    that will do him the world of good…. we are keeping a clean sheet tonight gooners…. big strong and brave…

  71. kelsey says:

    stats man just gave the ball away,no never.

  72. kelsey says:

    oh you just saud that,jj.

  73. kelsey says:

    saud i mean said have to be fwank dont i.

  74. JonJon says:

    hes got the best stats for passing sideways kelsey…..theres nothing in the stats that mention giving the ball away in your own half and leaving your defenders exposed…. so it doesnt count…. leave him alone hes great… 😉

  75. Evo in Oz says:

    we’re under the pump a bit hey?

  76. Rasputin says:

    All Sylvestre does is hoof it upfield and lose us possession – how does that show experience?

  77. John says:

    fab’s been great so far… 2 good blocks at the edge of his box.
    damn it’s good to have sagna back.

    @peaches yes i am in france

  78. JonJon says:

    its experience at hoofing it rasp…

    evo… fab2 is going to have a blinder… let them come….

  79. Evo in Oz says:

    yup so far so good in his department

  80. JonJon says:

    big save…. come on son….

  81. Rasputin says:

    I was just about to say Fabianski’s been fantastic – but John got there first 🙂

  82. kelsey says:

    I am going to enjoy this,even if it kills me. !!!!!!!!!!

  83. JonJon says:

    we’ll fight them on the seas… we’ll fight them on the beaches… but we will never surrender…

  84. JonJon says:

    kelsey we are going to win tonight…. we are temporarily lulling them into a false sense of territorial security… and then we’ll hit em hard….

  85. JonJon says:

    we need to go 442 though because bendtner is no better than ade…. denilson off and dudu on and the goals will come…

  86. raif says:

    how have we been playing so far? i just sat down to watch the match

  87. Rasputin says:

    4:5:1 is a mistake, we just don’t have the bodies up front.

  88. JonJon says:

    i dont think songs reacted well to being dropped though…. he was finding good form too…. now he seems back to the old song…. he seems to have lost momentum….

  89. peachesgooner says:

    The referee’s a gooner 🙂

  90. JonJon says:

    25mins raif….

    we get caught on the hoof every time…

  91. raif says:

    Sagna looks clumsy today.. and we look a little dead upfront.

  92. Rasputin says:

    Denilson is awful at the moment. Why isn’t he being rested?

  93. JonJon says:

    bendtner should of left that to nasri and got in the box instead… whats wrong with our target men???? are they both stupid?????

  94. peachesgooner says:

    Bloody nikki aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh

  95. Rasputin says:

    I think saturday’s team selection (= result) set us back 2 months.

  96. JonJon says:

    because he has the best stats…. hes awful most games rasp…..

    you’ll never beat the fab…..

  97. JonJon says:

    cesc is shit in the hole…. he’ll get an assist tonight and everyone will be raving about him but he isnt playing well at all…

  98. John says:

    we’re living dangerously!

  99. JonJon says:

    if we dont go 442, cesc and AA wont get in the game and we’ll be under this pressure until we change it….

  100. Rasputin says:

    The away fans are very forgiving – they’ve been singing ‘one Arsene Wenger’

  101. JonJon says:

    they should be signing one fabianski because hes the only reason we are still nil nil…

  102. peachesgooner says:

    I hope Cesc skins Carragher very soon

  103. peachesgooner says:

    I hope Cesc skins Carragher very soon or we score

  104. avenell says:

    Thanks Arsene!!

  105. JonJon says:

    thats my dog…. thats my dog…..

    3 nil now boys….

  106. peachesgooner says:

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

  107. JonJon says:

    why didnt AA play saturday again?????

  108. JonJon says:

    the fab monster again….

  109. Rasputin says:

    Fabianski’s been MOTM so far

  110. JonJon says:

    he aint getting beat tonight… he owes us one and he knows it….

    at least song shoots…

  111. peachesgooner says:

    Alexandre Song shoots,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  112. JonJon says:

    1 nil to the arsenal…

  113. Evo in Oz says:

    great result lads and lady, im pumped beyond belief!

  114. peachesgooner says:

    I told you the away supporters would get to sing 1-0 to the arsenal xx

  115. Rasputin says:

    We’ve been a bit lucky. They’ll bring on Babel when they think we are tiring. We should bring on Theo for Nasri first and take the initiative..

  116. Wrighty7 says:

    Get in!

    Had Arshavin as first goal scorer, £5 at 12/1 with Betfair. Lovely!!!!!

    Also did 2-2, will get £95 back from a £5!

  117. Wrighty7 says:

    I must say that Fabianski has had a near-faultless game so far.

    Well played that kid.

  118. avenell says:

    Bendtner has done 10 times the work Ade done saturday already…

  119. Evo in Oz says:

    they should tire before us, they would have used a lot of energy in that first half!

  120. Wrighty7 says:

    OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TO BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TOOOOOOO BBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA……………………………….

  121. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    0-2 Its up for grabs nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

  122. Rasputin says:

    Nice to see an unbiased panel of experts in the studio….NOT!!

  123. Rasputin says:

    Our prediction is on the cards ave 😉

  124. kelsey says:

    That’s what I like about AA. Total anonymous then in the right place at the right time.You could say we took a hammering,pool really up for it,fab back to his best in goal,though silvestre is a liability.only half time,we need another goal.i make that 2 shots=2 goals in one and a half games.theo must come on at least for 30 minutes.

  125. avenell says:

    Rasp we are up against Yahoodi jonjon and Wrighty.. 😦

  126. kelsey says:

    andy gray is willing to make it that AA was offside.

  127. JonJon says:

    well done wrighty… do i get a cyber pint for throwing a tip your way???? 😉

  128. avenell says:

    Wenger will say.. thats why he rested Arshavin.. you just know..

  129. raif says:

    have we kickd off yet?

    the link i was watching has changed to another match ?????

  130. avenell says:

    Kelsey he gave him the benefit as he was a yard onside.. good of him like.

  131. JonJon says:

    just about to raif…

  132. Big Raddy says:

    This game is being played a such a high tempo. Hope we last the pace.

    Song is playing really well, but Fabianski has been outstanding.

    AA’s goal is just about the only thing he has done all game.

    Playing average against a team that h=is killing us with possession and shot ….. Lovely

  133. avenell says:

    It’s SH now Raif .. How you doing mate?

  134. raif says:

    if we can hold on to the lead im gussing and hoping we chatch liverpool out while they try to get a goal back..

    this is were Theo’s Pace will prove vital.

    is he on the Bench???

  135. JonJon says:

    yes raif.. he sat on the bench mate..

  136. kelsey says:

    fwankly denilson is playing shite,stats or no stats.bring on wilcatt i say.

  137. raif says:

    im good thanks Ave.. just suffering from Hay fever lol

  138. Rasputin says:

    Oh dear – doesn’t look like Sagna was ready to come back yet 😦

  139. raif says:

    FUCKING DICK HEAD SAGNA

  140. Big Raddy says:

    Piss poor from Sagna.

    And who was marking Torres?

  141. Rasputin says:

    I don’t think Sylvestre’s so called experience has given the team much.

  142. JonJon says:

    we cant defend for toffee really we cant… the big teams always come back…

    game over…

  143. JonJon says:

    sagnas gone from the best to the worst…. we are getting raped…

  144. JonJon says:

    fwankly…im really enjoying the game….

  145. Big Raddy says:

    Why can’t we hold a lead anymore ?

    We are getting hammered, and this could get embarassing

  146. Rasputin says:

    Now we’ll see what our ‘boys’ are made of? If the manager had any cojones he’d make subs now. We may as well attack – our defence is in tatters.

  147. JonJon says:

    wenger wont sub or attack… he’ll stick with this and think we can snatch it 3-2…. see benitez swapped it round at half time….

    now were behind wenger will stick with this until the 88th minute… he doesnt do tactics…. he never has…

  148. Big Raddy says:

    We need to slow the game down. Heads have gone, and it is time for Cesc to show he is Captain material

  149. JonJon says:

    denilson is fucking terrible…. when is arsene going to see he cant cut it in the big league…

  150. peachesgooner says:

    We need to keep the ball………

  151. raif says:

    WE ARE SOOOO SHIT

  152. JonJon says:

    cesc cant even play his game when hes in the hole never mind act as captain….

  153. JonJon says:

    other than the goal have we had a shot???

  154. Rasputin says:

    Good substitution – Denilson’s been poor…

    Theo, Theo, Theo

  155. JonJon says:

    yyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    thats what you get when you spen 16 mil…

  156. peachesgooner says:

    oooh oooh oooooh to be oooooh to be a goooner

  157. Rasputin says:

    I will love AA forever………………………

  158. JonJon says:

    442 now wenger… lets go for it…

  159. peachesgooner says:

    Could Arshavin have changed the game on Saturday?????

  160. JonJon says:

    see if we had two strikers in there the other would of got to theos cross…

  161. JonJon says:

    whooooooo oooooooooo yes peaches he could…..

  162. Rasputin says:

    AA for god………………………..

  163. peachesgooner says:

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

    whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  164. raif says:

    YESSSSSSSSSS
    HAHAHAHA

    HAHAHAHA

  165. JonJon says:

    theos changed the game… 😉

  166. JonJon says:

    and cesc is supposed to have been our best attacking player this season…

    my mans been here 2 months and hes player of the season already…

  167. JonJon says:

    bollox… our defenders are whack…. torres is awesome….

  168. Rasputin says:

    I blame Sylvestre more than Fabianski

  169. Big Raddy says:

    What a mad game.

    Come on you rip roaring Gunners

  170. JonJon says:

    this is going back to what we were saying the other day ave…. why does silvestre always mark the best strikers when hes over the hill and cant keep up..

  171. Big Raddy says:

    Nik was Onside …. you fool of a linesman

  172. JonJon says:

    AA for another…

  173. kelsey says:

    I have died, bye

  174. peachesgooner says:

    I thought this ref was a gooner – that was never a free kick – I’m not watching

  175. JonJon says:

    how many time does gibbs have to clear off the line????

  176. Rasputin says:

    OK, so they’ve shown they’ve got spirit, now they have to show grit and hold on………..

  177. peachesgooner says:

    Maybe hes on a clearances off the line bonus 🙂

  178. JonJon says:

    liverpool… 21 attempts on goal…

  179. JonJon says:

    they have to show ambition and win..

  180. raif says:

    I PRAY WE NICK THIS

  181. JonJon says:

    me too raif…

  182. Evo in Oz says:

    arsewaxin doesnt deserve a draw!

  183. Evo in Oz says:

    he deserves a win!

  184. JonJon says:

    and he deserves the winner…

  185. peachesgooner says:

    This liverpool have scored more late goals than us – not Diaby no no no …………………

  186. raif says:

    OH NO ITS DIABY

  187. Big Raddy says:

    Time to take Nik off.

    This is killing me.

  188. JonJon says:

    niks been dreadful

  189. Evo in Oz says:

    no eduardo or vela again

  190. JonJon says:

    thats my doggggggg……

  191. Rasputin says:

    AAAAAAaaaaaaaaarrrrsssssshhhhaaaavvvviiiinnnnnn

  192. peachesgooner says:

    OMG – yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

  193. Big Raddy says:

    AA ….. I love you. You little Russian Beauty

  194. JonJon says:

    can somebody please tell me wht wenger dropped him in the semi final????

  195. John says:

    YES! Arshavin – instant hero!

  196. JonJon says:

    5 added minutes???

  197. raif says:

    YESSSSS OMG

  198. Big Raddy says:

    FFS……………………………….

  199. JonJon says:

    wankers… we cant fucking defend…. for shit…. i pissed off now…

  200. JonJon says:

    sagna and silvestre are pony….

  201. JonJon says:

    why cant we hold leads… why???? no matter what defence we have its the sme fucking story…

  202. JonJon says:

    we are nothing without AA… nothing…

  203. avenell says:

    Howard Webb must have got a bung.. 6 kin minutes…

  204. peachesgooner says:

    Our defending is such rubbish – how are we 19 unbeaten?

  205. JonJon says:

    wheres 6 mins come from???

    bastards…..

    that russian plays every game wenger… did you watch…. he plays…. sort that fucking defence out in the summer and we have a team…

  206. raif says:

    FUCKING WANKERS. the match was ours and they give them 6 mins

  207. Big Raddy says:

    What a match. It will take at least a couple of beers and a grappa to get my heartrate down.

    Awful defending. The loss of Gallas is hurting us

  208. JonJon says:

    i want to talk about the russian…. fuck the ref and fuck liverpool… the russian is what we should be talking about…

  209. JonJon says:

    too right raddy.. too right…

  210. squallviii says:

    yep shit defending cost us the game! I mean arshavin scored 4 goals but we stil can’t win!!!!

  211. JonJon says:

    i also think sagna is a one season wonder…

  212. John says:

    Dunno about 6 minutes, but 30 seconds added on automatically per goal. so that’s 3 and half mins just for the goals.
    i’m gutted we can’t hold on to a lead but that was a corker

  213. JonJon says:

    silvestre, SV… silvestre… hes a turd…

  214. Evo in Oz says:

    sagna had a blunder or 2.

  215. Wrighty7 says:

    Holy shit!

    I have no voice!

    Jonjon, have a virtual pint on me son.

  216. Big Raddy says:

    The Russian is going to be an Arsenal Legend. Fantastic.

    All their goals came through the middle (I think),Silvestre looks to have been a total waste of money. Song could have played CB

  217. JonJon says:

    really… when we think about it long term… it still keeps pool hot on manures tail… so manure cant field a weakend team in any game building up to the CL….

    it also keeps our run going and it also highlight that that was the best 16mil that wenger is going to spend….

    so he should do it again in the summer…

  218. Evo in Oz says:

    im ordering an arsewaxin strip as we speak

  219. raif says:

    silly difending cost us the match.. but the russian was amzing

  220. avenell says:

    Was that point worth throwing a FA cup semi for??

  221. Big Raddy says:

    Good point Ave. Couldn’t agree more

  222. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Rah! Rah! Arswaxin, Arsenals latest goal machine.

    Sorry rasputin, but its got to be sung.

  223. Evo in Oz says:

    song was good tonight, i do agree with others he should have played against the chavs, denilson has run out of steam at the wrong end of the season!

  224. Big Raddy says:

    I love games like that.

    8 goals. Two piss-poor defences.

    Some great goal keeping.

    Two sensational forwards. If we had Torres, we would rule the World

    And we got a point away to the Dippers, who once again won thanks to terrible refereeing/lino decisions

  225. Rasputin says:

    Good onya GG – I’ll surrender my theme tune to the little beauty… 😛

  226. JonJon says:

    fabianski was excellent….so was AA…..
    the rest of the team need to up their games…. song was good….

    denilson and bendtner are crap…. silvestre is a tosser… and cesc needs to stop being played where he cant get into games.. ie… the hole..

  227. avenell says:

    Pssssst jonjon don’t ruin your match report.. 😉

  228. Rasputin says:

    I’ve lost respect for Gerrard after hearing his post match comments. He actually said that the ref was brave not to give cesc offside for the first goal because of the cop’s influence. He was onside – so the goal is fair…that’s the rules Stevie….oh and by the way Torres wasn’t MOTM, AA was errrrrrmmmmmmmmmm

  229. raif says:

    IF HE DIES,, HE DIES!!

    Arshvin before the game

  230. Rasputin says:

    Raddy summed it up earlier….if Gallas had played we’d have beaten the chavs 1 nil and definitely won tonight. I feel so sorry for AA. To score 4 goals of that quality and not be on the winning side is a travesty. The team let him down but luckily he isn’t phased by reputation or big occassions…..

  231. avenell says:

    A legally imported weapon..

  232. raif says:

    Andry AK Arshavin stirkes again

  233. JonJon says:

    im just looking forward to seeing him next season….

    the mans not even fit… he’s got a foot injury and hes awesome… imagine him next season…

    yes raif… I MUST BREAK YOU…

  234. raif says:

    u have a link in the spam..

  235. JonJon says:

    we wanted a darling of the emirates….. boys and girls… my fellow gooners…. i give you…. Andrey AK47 Arshavin….

  236. Evo in Oz says:

    arshavin is a bloody ripper, i love that bloke!

  237. raif says:

    i know you love it 😉

  238. JonJon says:

    raif thats awesome mate… ive now got it as my screen saver… i love him…. i havent found an idol since bergkamp left… now ive found him…. ive fallen in love again….

    4 goals at anfield…. fuck you bindippers… torres who????

  239. Rasputin says:

    If Carlsberg made footballers, they’d probably make Andrei Arshavin….. 8 appearances….7 goals….priceless 😉

  240. peachesgooner says:

    ….probably the best russian in the world…… 🙂

  241. JonJon says:

    dont forget his assists…… wow.. truly wow…

    and hes been here 2 months…. weve found our new superstar… hes worth 75mil all ready and he’ll be footballer of the year next year for sure.. you watch..

  242. Rasputin says:

    Yea JonJon…assuming AW plays him 😦

  243. Evo in Oz says:

    that 4th goal was world class, left foot strike, equally as good as any stronger foot strike you will see!

  244. Big Raddy says:

    Think I have calmed down enough to stop drinking.

    Hope Kelsey is alright 😉

  245. Rasputin says:

    Andrey AK47 Arshavin – he’s our new supertsar (no missplelling) 😛

  246. Rasputin says:

    This is absolutely my last word on saturday’s team selection…I’d just like to point out to our leader that if he picked Diaby to give some height to our side against the physical approach of chelski – a little guy of only 5ft 7ins just put 4 past the dippers..possibly the most physical side in the prem…lesson learned Arsene?

  247. JonJon says:

    lesson should be learned rasp… that man plays and he plays every game…. you wanna rest him wenger????
    rest him at the end of the season when the jobs done….

  248. JonJon says:

    i think we should give kelsey a few days radders…. 😉
    evo… right foot and left foot…. 4 shots 4 goals….

    the result was dissapointing but that man made it all better… 😉

  249. avenell says:

    Rest him when he is ineligible like last wednesday, unbelievable. When has RvP ever won a header anyway??

  250. JonJon says:

    why rvp played lw i’ll never know the logic…

    we know wenger messed that one up…. others wont accept it but he did and he knows deep down he did…

    if ade or rvp want to leave this summer let em leave….and we build this team around AA

  251. JonJon says:

    wenger deep down will be swallowing a bitter pill… hes been adament that buying players stiffles the development of his young players but none of his young players can do that…..

    AA has what the likes of TH, DB and bobby had… that one special talent that enables you to win games by yourself…. weve had nobody like that for ages…..

    weve finally got one again and wenger will like it obviously… but in a way it proves him wrong and i hope he learns from this and keeps the best prospects in the summer and unloads the ones we are carrying and buys the players we lack….

  252. Evo in Oz says:

    6 mins added was excessive, no?

    -Allowance for Time Lost-

    Allowance is made in either period for all time lost through:

    substitution(s);

    assessment of injury to players;
    removal of injured players from the field of play for treatment;

    wasting time;

    any other cause.

    The allowance for time lost is at the discretion of the referee.

  253. Evo in Oz says:

    avenell – RVP is a strange enigma, agreed he could/should score more headers, yet when he plays for Holland he always scores different goals (headers included) that he never scores for us? very strange and annoying all rolled into one!

  254. Evo in Oz says:

    i wish fabianski had of saved that torres 2nd goal, i reckon almunia would have gotten down better to that, but he cant be too critical i suppose…just wish we had of won that game!

  255. Benwell says:

    Well we were all vindicated, AA & Song should have played on Sat, we need an organised defence and the goalie needs to know when to stick or twist.

    Hey ho what a game and if our mate Webb had clue we would have won, 6 mins never happens at home no trainer on 2nd half.

    Good job AA had a rest?!!

  256. kelsey says:

    Good Morning all,

    i would love to have done the post today,but nevertheless here are a few observations on what was a truly amazing game.I stress observations,open to debate,though firstly a stat for the stat lefties.

    When did we score 4 goals away,all by one man,with only 4 direct shots on target,and didn’t receive one corner in the whole game,and still didn’t win.

    Let’s face it the first 30 minutes was a total bombardment,one way traffic,and credit must be given to Fabianski at that point in keeping us in the game.

    The most asked question anywhere today by Arsenal fans will be why Arshavin didn’t play on saturday,and he isn’t even fully fit.

    A defence that had conceded the least number of goals this calender year,was to put it midly all at sea.gibbs,considering his inexperience played well,Sagna had an off day(maybe still the effect of the virus)Toure tried his best but with a United over age reject as his partner in Silvestre,it showed what i have always maintained that he isn’t even good enough as back up,especially against a top side.

    Fabregas interestd me,did he show any signs of leadership,was he ambling around the pitch getting caught time and time again,and at the end his body language showed frustration and annoyance,be it with himself or with the defence.

    At half time,against the run of play,i knew we were holding on,and even though Arshavin restored my belief in having a real quality player performing so well,even at 4-3 I still felt ill at ease.

    We can only play with the players available,but as pointed out last night,the biggest loss to the run in will be having no Gallas, and no Arshavin in the CL.

    If ever it showed in our last two games that we need at least two central defenders or similar to really challenge next year, as all winning teams are built on a dominate defence.

    I woud sell any two of Adebayor,Bedntner and RVP, buy one class replacement,a new defensive and central midfielder and a top class keeper.

    Lefties,give me denilson’s stats for last night ?.

    End result we dented liverpool’s title challenge and more or less secured 4th.spot.

    A great game to watch,but a blind man can see where we need reinforcements.

  257. kelsey says:

    Players out this summer:
    denilson,Eboue,two of the 3 strikers mentioned above and unfortunately Diaby.keep Gallas for another year. no worries 🙂

  258. London says:

    Morning Kelsey

    That was a good read.

  259. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Evening Kelsey/London

    I assume the lefties r a certain other blog Kelsey 🙂

    With respect to that old song that went “Goodbye Bobby Bobby Charlton, hello Bobby Moore”, I think an apt new version could be, “Goodbye Thierry Thierry Henry, hello Andrei Arsharvin” He is pure gold, I can’t wait till the boro game.

  260. kelsey says:

    Morning/evening london,gnarley.

    You assume correctly.Wasn’t Theo’s run reminiscent of the CL goal at Anfield.

  261. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    As soon as he took off I immediately thought of that run. He didn’t pass as many defenders this time, but it got the same result, that being a goal.

    Does anyone have an update on Johan 20?

  262. Benwell says:

    We could cash in on Barn Door and go and buy Santa Cruz as he is obviously on his way and lets get Micah Richards a self confessed ooner, albeit a Yorkshire one!

  263. JonJon says:

    morning guys…

    good assessment kelsey….i honestly wasnt expecting to see you for a while after last night 😉

  264. JonJon says:

    by the way… cescs frustration at the end of the game was with nasri….

    for some reason they were arguing….cesc was having a pop at him and nasri was giving some back…

    watch it again is you get the chance.. you’ll see what i mean…

  265. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters… 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Great post within a post Kelsey.

    To put last night in perspective

    Four goals in one game – there isn’t even a word for that…
    Four goals against Liverpool…….
    Four goals against Liverpool at Anfield….
    Four goals againsy a Liverpool side that had to win
    Four shots, four goals
    F..F…F..FF…F*****g FANTASTIC 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Oh by the way Sylvestre is not good enough for a fourth choice CB and StevieG is a twat because he was not big enough to give credit where credit was due.

  266. kelsey says:

    just been over to the lefties put a reasoned couple of posts on,got the same abuse as before.never mind i tried.

    Why was that JJ.The old ticker just about stood up to it.I am sturdier than i thought. 😉

  267. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    It is no real surprise that Stevie G is a prat, is it?

    What a game. As Kelsey says we are short 2/3 defensive players, just as we were at the end of last season

  268. Big Raddy says:

    We were concerned Kelsey. AT your age a game like that is dangerous 🙂

  269. JonJon says:

    hey rasp….

    kelsey… sod ’em… they dont know their arse from their elbow….but i can assure you most are wolves in sheeps clothing…so false its untrue…

    last night even had my heart stopping and starting…. 😉

  270. JonJon says:

    morning radders…

    sky were bigger prats for licking his bumhole…..

  271. Big Raddy says:

    Morning JJ.

    That was one f the most exciting second halfs ever.

    To be honest, we didn’t deserve the 3 points – a very good Dippers team gave us a hammering for the whole first half and much of the second. We can point to defensive errors, but under such extreme pressure, it was inevitable we would cave in.

    Kolo and MS, are no TA and Steve B !

  272. kelsey says:

    Raddy,
    I get enough abuse from Fwank,don’t you start,in fact most people who have seen us think you are my older brother 😉

  273. Big Raddy says:

    Kelsey. I would be proud to have you as my younger brother

    Ciao4now

  274. JonJon says:

    kelsey… i wouldnt worry about people like fwank or what he thinks…..

    according to fwank… fans like you and i are trolls, who arent genuine fans because we arent PRO-ARSENAL…

    all this coming from a bloke who thinks that a certain former gooner keeper’s name is a puffs name and that he actually enjoys games where we lose… pro arsenal my arse….

    if he wants to get into a pissing contest over who he feels are better fans and what the valid ‘requirements’ should be then i dont think he’s got much right to be judge do you????

  275. London says:

    Morning Jonjon

    I read that coversation at the end between Fabregas and Nasri differently. I thought they were of a the same mind sharing their disapointment at the performance of the defence. That said, I agree with Kelsey’s observation: Where was the leadership coming from Fabregas?

  276. JonJon says:

    morning london

    you could be right about cesc and nasri… i dont lip read so i dont really know… but facial expressions suggested arguing….

    i guess it could be either really…

    cesc has been dwarfed by AA since he arrived.. 🙂

    but it doesnt help cesc being played out of position very game

  277. JonJon says:

    london was it you who said the AA was the future captain of this club????

    i think you might be right sir…

  278. rico01 says:

    Morning all – what a game, what a result, just a shame the lino cruely ruined it for us –

    But hey, that result p***d on the dippers chips, eh 😉

  279. London says:

    Jonjon

    yep, I said at the speed that Arshavin is acclimatising to the club it wouldn’t surprise me if he is made captain in the very near future, but more than that he adds so much more offensively than Fabregas. If we play 4.5.1 again Arshavin really should be played just behind the sticker with Fabregas moving back and replacing Denilson.

  280. JonJon says:

    and that london my friend would be my choice also.. looking to the future…

    morning my little ray of sunshine… 😉 how are you???

  281. London says:

    I take it the last part of your comment was aimed at Rico 😉

  282. rico01 says:

    Morning JJ, I am good thanks, and you ??

    Tad dissapointed that we didnt win, but with Silvestre in the defence, Kolo panics, hope JD is back for Saturday – Gibbs shows he is going to be very very good, and considering his age, he did well.

    Song was very good, but showed on the odd occassion he lacks a little bit of recovery speed, cant remeber who scored the goals, but he looked pretty good too 😉

  283. rico01 says:

    London – thats funny 😛

  284. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters… NEW POST.. I love the title lol..

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