Get the Plates in ……..

So the Greeks are here in the big city, but I don’t expect them to have a smashing time tonight. Tonight will be a game full of goals, our goals and a big win!

No Nik as he decided to take part in a Grand Prix on Sunday morning and came off the track on the first bend – twit!

No Theo as he is playing behind closed doors against an Olympiacos second string and no Denilson as he has a fracture in his back and is out for two months.

Theo and Nik should be ready for the weekend, so all is not so bad.

Ave will enjoy watching the opposition tonight; they play with a big Vodafone label on the front of their shirts!! 😛

So who are the opposition?

Olympiacos are one of the big three football clubs in Greece and are one of four teams that have never been relegated from the first division. They are one of the most successful Greek clubs, having won thirty-seven League titles, twenty-four Greek Cups and three Greek Super Cups, more titles than any other Greek team in European competitions; they have reached the quarter-finals twice, in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League and the 1992–93 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In 2007/08 they reached the last 16 in the CL; but were knocked out by The Chavs after losing 3-0 in London.

The only players I have heard of who play for them is Matt Derbyshire and Olof Mellburg, the rest sound something like the owner of the Launderette in Eastenders 😉 😉

They are managed by Zico – fondly known as ‘The White Pele’ so I don’t think we will see a No9 bus parked, it should be an open game, free flowing with plenty of goals.

This is the night (mind you I say that every match day) that we score a few, Eduardo, Van Persie, Arshavin will all hit the back of the net, the usual Vermaelan header, and I fancy Cesc…. to score one as well.
I reckon with Nik out we just may go back to a 4-4-2

And if I was picking the team:-

Mannone
Sagna Gallas Vermaelan Clichy/Gibbs
Arshavin Fabregas Song Rosicky
Van Persie Eduardo

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276 Responses to Get the Plates in ……..

  1. rico says:

    Morning All

    4-1 😛

  2. rico says:

    From last post –

    Comment from London

    Tonight’s game throws up the mouth watering prospect of Fabregas, Arshavin and Rosicky on the pitch at the same time. But I suspect that Wenger will persist with Diaby. The up side being that this will bring an end to this experiment sooner rather than later. Due to injuries Diaby has never had a decent run in the team so now that he has one he is either going to show that he has got it or Wenger is going to realise that he hasn’t. I hope the former happens and he sets the league alight but at the moment he seems to be more on course to confirm the latter.

    ———–Vito
    Sagna,Gallas,Vermaelen,Clichy
    —-Fabregas,Song,Diaby
    —-Arshavin,RVP,Eduardo

    We win 2-0

  3. rico says:

    Morning London

    I was kind of hoping we don’t see Diaby tonight, I would much rather see Rosicky start, but knowing Arsene 😦

  4. London says:

    Morning Rico

    Yeah, I picked that team hoping that I would be wrong.

  5. rico says:

    Good to see you back London, hope you had a good time away…

    Let’s hope AW doesn’t pick Diaby, otherwise it could all go wrong 😉 😉

    I do wonder though if Diaby would improve with a long run in the team, look what happened with Song last season. It’s ok all the time we are winning, but…..

  6. Irishgunner says:

    My Team:

    —————– Mannone ————————

    Sagna———Gallas——Vermaelen———-Clichy

    ———–Song ———— Rosicky ————

    —————- Fabregas ————————

    —– Van Persie —— Eduardo ———-Arshavin

    Arsene’s Team:

    —————– Mannone ————————

    Sagna———Gallas——Vermaelen———-Clichy

    ———–Song ———— Diaby ————

    —————- Fabregas ————————

    —– Eboue —— Van Persie ———-Arshavin

  7. rico says:

    Wenger: Everything Mannone did was right

    Dear Supporter,

    The three points were the most important thing on Saturday because we played against a very good Fulham side.

    I believe we had problems in the first half, especially to find our game. They stopped us from playing, they played a very good game – committed, aggressive, well organised. You needed to be special to come out with three points at Craven Cottage.

    In the second half we had plenty of opportunities but we took one of them very well after a very good pass from Cesc Fabregas to Robin van Persie. After that we had many opportunities to score a second goal. We were more dominant in the second half but Fulham always looked dangerous on set pieces, on the counter attack and they did try down to the last second.

    I was asked afterward about ‘winning ugly’ and it is good for us to know that we can win that way. People always want us to play well and dominate but when we do not win they are not happy too. On Saturday I was happy even though we had a difficult first half and we only found our game in the second half. But I give a lot of credit to Fulham – they played very well.

    Fulham always play a fantastic game against us from first minute to last. You could not see one player who did not tackle and fight. They tried everything. We would not have gone away with three points if we had not shown attitude and spirit. That makes me very optimistic about the team. From what I have seen there is something about the team that shows we can go from strength to strength.

    We will give Vito Mannone 10 out of 10 because everything he did was right. For a goalkeeper that is most important. He stopped everything he had to stop, didn’t make any wrong decisions and overall he has shown he has the potential to be a very good goalkeeper.

    He is goalkeeper No 3 but goalkeeper No 4 is exceptional as well. I believe Wojciech Szczesny is quality and he has shown that against West Brom in the Carling Cup. I gave Mannone the chance against Fulham because he’s three or four years older and has more experience.

    Until the next game he is No 1. In this job you have to go from game to game. He played a fantastic game on Saturday and the consistency is the first sign of quality. He kept us in the game in some unbelievable situations. You say that keepers sometimes look unbeatable. On Saturday he looked like he could make the save needed every time.

    Vito comes from Italy and that means he is a lover of the game. He is a quiet boy but he has outstanding physical qualities and fantastic reflexes. You saw that on Saturday. He deeply wants to improve every day. He is passionate about the game.

    As for the other keepers, Manuel Almunia will not be fit for Tuesday and Lukasz Fabianski will not be fit until October 17 at the earliest.

    We have been drawn to face Liverpool in the Carling Cup but it doesn’t change my approach in terms of team selection. I always try and play a team which has a good chance of winning. We are happy to be playing at home, of course, but it is very difficult to predict who we will play because next week is an international break and the Carling Cup game is between two Champions League games. We will have to see who is available.

  8. rico says:

    Morning Irish – I had forgotten Eboue 😦

  9. Bengurion says:

    Every works well 4 those who lvs the gunners

  10. Irishgunner says:

    Hoe could you forget Eboue 😯

    To be honest, I think Eboue is doing alright, a bit more end product and he’d be okay. I wouldn’t be totally adverse to see him starting tonight.

    I do hope he goes for Rosicky over Diaby though.

  11. rico says:

    Morning Bengurion – what would be your team for tonight ?

    Irish – I think the departure of ***£%*((&%$ has helped him as well – he is better but would still prefer him to be on the bench…

  12. Irishgunner says:

    I would rather he didn’t start Rico but Eboue doesn’t evoke the same sort of panic in me that he did last season.

    He is linking up pretty well.

  13. rico says:

    Fair point, I don’t have such a cringe either to see him playing, a bit like Grimandi when he first arrived, but he got better too with time.. 😉

    Nik was a lucky lad, many don’t walk away from accidents like that, he must have had his toe down..

  14. Irishgunner says:

    Yep, I don’t think you could do that much damage abiding by the speed limit.

    Eboue’s not a bad guy really, if he would just cut out the diving and fake injuries he’d be fine. Least when he got the stick last season he got his head down and worked hard not like that other muppet who you call ***£%*((&%$ 😉

  15. rico says:

    Spot on Irish, I have seen too many of them 😦 Good job he didnt hit another motorist..

  16. rico says:

    I suppose we should just call him £££££$$$$$$££££££$$$$$ 😉

  17. Rasputin says:

    Hi Roadsters,

    Good post rico, I think Manone is Arsenal’s No.1 judged on current form. It was not good to put Fabianski in goal away at the spuds in the CC with a severely weakened side against their 1st 11 (the 5:1 I’m referring to) . To be honest, I’d prefer any of the other 3 above Almunia on current form and also because they are young enough to improve greatly whilst at his age, Almunia should be the finished article…

  18. rico says:

    Hi Rasp, thanks 😛

    I am with you, his display at the weekend was awesome, and I am glad AW had said the same publicly. He deserves every bit of credit he is getting, another display like that tonight and Almunia will may just get the kick in tha pants he needs, life has been too easy for him whil Fabianski has been injured, now he has a real battle on his hands to keep his No1 status..

    Are you going tonight Rasp ?

  19. Irishgunner says:

    Lets not get carried away with Mannone – Wenger is right, it was ONE game. Remember how we all thought Almunia was great after the semi final first leg away to the Mancs.

    You see the most average of goalkeepers having great games like that.

  20. Rasputin says:

    Yes I am rico, selfishly, I never want to ruin my enjoyment of the game by taking notes etc. so I won’t offer a match report but will be happy to share my view of the game with you all in the morning…..

    While I’m at it…. Eboue is the footballing equivalent of Norman Wisdom … he is growing on me though – but as Irish says, we need to see more end product. Certainly he is great to bring on with 20 mins to go and let him run at the opposition … they won’t know what he is going to do because he doesn’t know either 😛

  21. Rasputin says:

    Hi Irish,

    How many mistakes (in consecutive matches) will Almunia have to make before it is appropriate to give someone else a chance do you think?

  22. Irishgunner says:

    How many did Lehmann make Rasp?

    I’m not saying at all that Almunia should be number one, all I’m saying is we shouldn’t get carried away with Mannone’s performance. I’m delighted for the kid and would love if he kept it up and made it difficult for Wenger to hand Almunia back his spot.

    We missed a major trick by not signing Given.

  23. Rasputin says:

    I agree that we shouldn’t get carried away with Manone after just one good performance. However we should have a ‘top four’ quality keeper and I don’t think Almunia will ever reach that standard whereas the other three definitely have the potential. Casillas played for RM first when he was only 16, so I say that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough…..

  24. Rasputin says:

    Agree totally about Given, I’ve been calling for us to sign him for a couple of years, but we missed our chance ….. also Brad Friedel or Jaaskelainen about 5 years ago could have given us a couple of years of good service….

  25. Irishgunner says:

    Agree with you Rasputin but Fabianski is still a bit mad, he’s like a terrier running off the line at any ball that is withing a half mile radius of him.

    Mannone and Chesney are largely untested.

    Goalkeeper is really a position that you can’t take chances with but if Mannone has another good game tonight then it should compel Wenger to keep him in goal for Saturday.

    Besides – has Almunia got the longest chest infection going or has he been dropped? Apparently he has been training but isn’t playing 😕

  26. rico says:

    Sadly, because of the way Almunia has played the last few games, its only natural to get carried away after a display like Mannone’s – Its been a long time since we have been able to boast that our keeper won the game for us….

  27. Irishgunner says:

    Even Brad Friedel now would be fine – someone reliable for two years would go a long way.

  28. Rasputin says:

    True rico/Irish,

    I think the truth is that Almunia has lost us a couple of games this season. If he’d have called decisively and come for the ball, that plank Diaby wouldn’t have forgotten what planet he was on and headed into his own net….

  29. rico says:

    I think he has been dropped Irish, but I am not sure whether that its because he has been poor or following the death in the family, which of course could be why he has been so poor if the rumour about the death is true

  30. Rasputin says:

    Against citeh, the difference between Almunia and Given was what dictated the result (apart from the battering from $$$£££££)

  31. rico says:

    I don’t think we have had a steady keeper since Spunky, Jens was mad!

    But AW doesn’t hasn’t ever seemed to focus on our defence, not until TV anyway, maybe he has finally learned 😉

  32. Irishgunner says:

    The red Mancs would have trashed Shitty was it not for Given.

    Swapped Foster and Given and it would have been a very different story. 4/5-0

  33. Rasputin says:

    Even spunky wasn’t at his best for the last couple of seasons. Mad Jens was fantastic leading up to the CL final. I don’t mind keepers being a bit mad if it scares the opposition…..

  34. rico says:

    Jens used to annoy me though Rasp, moan moan moan, for a big chap he was a bit of a wuss! 😉

  35. Rasputin says:

    True rico, and he used to shout at poor old Toure – reminded me of the ear bashing Arsene gives PR……

  36. rico says:

    😆 Rasp

  37. Irishgunner says:

    I’m just changing some yo-yos to sterling – man the Sterling is weak ….. good for me :mrgreen:

  38. Big Raddy says:

    True Irish, but totally crap for me 😦

    I think tonight could be a fine game for us. I love the late summer nEuropean night games. When I lived in London they were always the highlight of the season for me. A few jars outside The Gunners an then a warm stroll to the Clock End. Great.

    I go for a 3-1 tonight

  39. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon Big Raddy,

    I got a pleasant surprise, I heard the pound was weak but didn’t think it was that weak – its nearly level with the yo-yo, so I’ve my money ordered to collect it tomorrow in case there is any change.

    I’d love to go to a European game – sometime soon I hope. Could really have gone tonight agh well.

  40. Rasputin says:

    Hi Irish, Raddy,

    ave …. my prediction for tonight is 4:1

    Diaby seems to perform better in European game (less pressure on the ball) so he may get a couple particularly if he plays furhtere forward … I’d still rather we’d sold him in the summer and tried for Chamakh ….

  41. Irishgunner says:

    Okey I’m offski – 3:0 to the mighty Arsenal tonight, Mannone to keep his third clean sheet.

    Frontline of RvP, Eddie and Arshavin with Cesc and TR7 behind them please please Arsene 🙂

  42. rico says:

    Hi Raddy

    Rasp, I have gone for that score line too, great minds and all that 😛

    Catch you later Irish

  43. rico says:

    Its very quiet again today, especially for a match day

  44. rico says:

    No Theo or LJ tonight then, both have played this afternoon, beating Olympiacos reserves 3-1

  45. rico says:

    I’m offski for a bit

  46. rico says:

    Rasp, Raddy – you seen how poor we have been so far in the cricket 😦

  47. Wrighty7 says:

    Afternoon all!

    Put me down for 4-0 to Arsenal pleeeeeeeeease!

  48. choy says:

    Afternoon all..

    Hope everyone is doing well!

  49. rico says:

    Hi Wrighty and choy, where you little tinkers been, I have missed you 😉

    How you both doing ??

  50. coadsi says:

    Afternoon all! 3-0 to the arsenal;Eduardo, Arshavin and RVP the scorers

  51. choy says:

    Hello Rico,

    Hope you doing well, am great! thank you!

  52. rico says:

    Great to see you here again choy, am good too thanks 😛

    Hi coadsi, that result would do me just fine 🙂

  53. avenell says:

    Afternoon Roadsters..

    Rico.. a mighty fine post and a mighty fine job of running the site thanks..

    I have put the score predictions in let me know if I have missed anyone out.. I have gone for 3-1.. I feel it may be a chess type match tonight..

  54. choy says:

    so what’s cooking rico?

  55. Wrighty7 says:

    Hello Rico, I’m good thanks. How are you and everyone else for that matter?

    I’ve been so busy over the last few months! I hardly find time to fart let alone blog! Ha ha

  56. rico says:

    Sorry choy and Wrighty, popped off for dinner, can’t wait for the match to start 🙂

  57. avenell says:

    Mannone
    Eboue
    Gallas
    TV
    Clichy
    Song
    Fabregas
    Rosicky
    Diaby
    AK47
    Rvp

    Nearly got it right Arsene.. 😉

  58. coadsi says:

    This is AA23 first ECL game for Arsenal (ignoring the qualification round). I hope he has a great game. Avenell, nearly implying Diaby starting?

  59. coadsi says:

    Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Senderos, Gibbs, Ramsey, Eduardo, Vela

    Good to see Vela there. i hope Vela, Ramsey and Eduardo also gets to play

  60. avenell says:

    Hi Coadsi.. I would have liked to have seen Dudu (RvP) and Sagna (Eboue)start too. but I guess Diaby in the middle with Song mopping up his mistakes is okay..

  61. coadsi says:

    Avenell i believe that everyone deserves a chance. so even with the mistakes from diaby he deserves his chance to redeem himself. however i feel that he has received more than his fair share and ramsey deserves his now.
    i have no problem with eboue at RB, infact i would i have loved to see Gibbs starting as well. but its also interesting to see sendy on the bench and not sillyvestre

  62. avenell says:

    I just want to see us play our best team.. then we click and Arsene will realise that he needs to play that side in the big games..

  63. rico says:

    Great start, unlucky Cesc and Thomas – and ave, I am sorry, they don’t have Vodafone on their shirts anymore… 😉 Evening by the way 🙂

  64. rico says:

    Ding Dong the captain’s back 🙂

  65. rico says:

    And I really don’t like David Platt anymore – I am sure he is still bitter because AW thought he was poop 😉

    Even that winning header against Manure doesnt make me want to forgive him for slating us!!

  66. rico says:

    Their keeper is doing a ‘Mannone’ 😉

  67. rico says:

    Even Diaby doesn’t look too bad tonight 😉

  68. rico says:

    I take that last comment back 😉

  69. rico says:

    I think Diaby now looks a bit like Huggy Bear 😛 😛

    Blimey that takes me back 😛

  70. rico says:

    Its hard to get a word in on here tonight 😦 😦

  71. rico says:

    Ding Dong Clichy is back too 🙂

  72. rico says:

    Dippers are 1-0 down, hope is was Chamakh who scored 😛

  73. rico says:

    Every bloomin player wants to score, why did Robin not pass that to AA – unmarked, a little chip and 1-0 up… Grrrrrrr

  74. rico says:

    Dippers 2-0 down 🙂 🙂 🙂

  75. rico says:

    Are they going to poop our party and score 😦 😦

  76. avenell says:

    Dudu would have scored.. :(.. we need to get diaby off and play 4-4-2 get dudu on..

  77. PDT says:

    Get Dudu in! The way Oly are playing. even 4-2-4 will work! Or 4-1-3-2…..

  78. Freire says:

    Can I still bet, guys? I forgot :\

  79. avenell says:

    Hi PDT..

    Go on Freire as long as you don’t get it right.. 😉

  80. rico says:

    My thoughts too, Dudu would be filling his boots the way we are playing…

    And there was me thinking I was all alone 😉

  81. PDT says:

    I keep waking up every time the commentator says “Dudu” till I realize he’s referring to the Oly player…

  82. rico says:

    S**T that was close 😦

    Hi PDT, Freire and ave again 😉

  83. avenell says:

    Vito “Gatto” Mannone.. 🙂

  84. Freire says:

    lol … let it go.
    Just hope we win tonight 😛

  85. rico says:

    One goal and we will romp this

  86. PDT says:

    Hi Ave, Rico, Freire!

    We are still terrible at defending corners…

  87. rico says:

    Get Robin off now, Eduardo on

  88. rico says:

    PDT – We are poop with corners 😦 We lack height in there – but keep Diaby out! 😉

  89. avenell says:

    You just know that he won’t take Diaby off .. for love or money..

  90. rico says:

    I have a horrible feeling about this game…..

  91. rico says:

    HI AVE !!! 😉

  92. Freire says:

    That love for Diaby is getting boring. We don’t like him and Wenger loves him more than his kid … it’s impossible.

  93. avenell says:

    Oh yeah hello.. in small writing. 😉

  94. rico says:

    Best game so far this season for Clichy imho 🙂

  95. PDT says:

    At least we can expect some changes at the 60 minute mark…or the 75th. Arsene’s substitutions are getting predictable…

  96. rico says:

    Song has been good again too

  97. Freire says:

    Predictable and wrong, imo.

  98. PDT says:

    He can’t get it wrong today…he will definitely put Eduardo on…

  99. rico says:

    Freire. we won’t know until the end 😉

  100. PDT says:

    We are missing Theo’s speed…

  101. Freire says:

    Rico, i said it based on the last games, u know?

  102. PDT says:

    LOL! EBoue is playing very well!

  103. avenell says:

    here comes dudu.. 🙂

  104. avenell says:

    Hold up the no2..

  105. PDT says:

    RvP is not thinking today

  106. PDT says:

    Is it VerMAHlen or VerMAYlen?

  107. avenell says:

    VerMAElen so who knows..

  108. rico says:

    I would take AA off and bring on Vela…

  109. PDT says:

    Arshavin is also slowing down..

  110. avenell says:

    AA’s going to score.. 79″ min.. 🙂

  111. rico says:

    It is pronounced

    Ver – mar- len

  112. PDT says:

    OK, ten more minutes and I’m going back to sleep! I cn’t bear to watch this end in a goalless draw.

  113. avenell says:

    Veer ‘a’ lynn..

  114. rico says:

    He is shocking ave 😦

    Freire – I know, hence my 😉 😉 🙂 I am agreeing, but hoping tonight will be better 🙂

  115. PDT says:

    Thanks, Rico!

  116. PDT says:

    Gallas was offside…

  117. avenell says:

    RNLI were on.. 😉

  118. rico says:

    We need a Chamakh, a goal scorer !!

    This will end now 0-0, if we are lucky. I am heading the same way as PDT, oops, maybe not Carlos is coming on 😛

  119. Freire says:

    Do you have streams, ave?

  120. rico says:

    Pleasure PDT, that was from TV himself 🙂 He wanted it known how his name was pronounced

  121. rico says:

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAH 😛 😛

  122. avenell says:

    It’s on tv Freire.. your a bit late mate..
    RvP.. 🙂 goal!!

  123. PDT says:

    Finally!

  124. avenell says:

    Wrong goalscorer ;)..

  125. Freire says:

    I know the game started at 19h45, mate. That’s because I was watching Lost 🙂

    Well done, RVP

  126. rico says:

    I never knew our Belgium defender had his own channel ave 😉 😉 😉

  127. PDT says:

    Don’t want to sound negative, but here’s a game we should have won by four or five…instead, we’ll becelebrating a 1-0 result. Hope it doesn’t come down to goal difference in December…

  128. rico says:

    Lost is awesome Freire, frustrating, but once you are into it its addictive – me and the better one watched them all 🙂

  129. PDT says:

    Vela’s a strong boy…wonder if he’ll mature into a shearer type bruiser?

  130. Freire says:

    Its not working, ave :\ But thanks.

  131. Freire says:

    OH! Do you like it, Rico? I really love it. I bought the season 3, 4 and 5 to watch. I’m waiting for the Final Season 🙂 Why frustrating??

  132. rico says:

    PDT – being honest, I dont care if it stays and 1-0 but it wont because AA has has just scored a cheeky goal 😉

  133. avenell says:

    Haha Arshavin.. 🙂

  134. avenell says:

    The press are knackered the golden boys are still losing 2-0..

  135. rico says:

    Frustrating Freide because I just wanted to get to the end and it drags on for so long, but in the end its worth it 🙂

    PDT – going on from what I started to type but rudely interupted by Arshavin 😉 If we keep winning by one goal when we have so much of the ball and so many chances, just maybe AW will buy Chamakh

  136. PDT says:

    One more, please!

  137. Freire says:

    Yeah, you’re right Rico. But Lost is life! LOL.

    What is ‘knackered’?

  138. rico says:

    Platt reckons Arshavin has been the MOM, that just about sums him up – Cesc for me and then Song

    I am off to bed shortly all, with 3 points for my teddy bear 🙂

    Stay safe

  139. rico says:

    Freire – knackered = exhausted, very very tired

  140. avenell says:

    Tired in a bollocksed sort of way..

  141. PDT says:

    Good night, all! If I am lucky, I can get another hour of sleep!

  142. avenell says:

    Nice way of putting it rico,,

  143. rico says:

    Freire – ave means, the press are stuck for good footie news as their favourites Liverpool have lost 🙂

  144. Freire says:

    Thanks! It’s a difficult vocabulary for me, a poor english student still 😛

  145. avenell says:

    Nite PDT.. Rico..

  146. rico says:

    Night PDT, and its good night from me too 🙂

  147. Freire says:

    Good night all.
    I’m going to watch some Lost here till the night comes over here. It’s 17h37 right now.

    Great victory!
    AFC forever.

  148. rico says:

    Night ave 😉

  149. coadsi says:

    i got 2 out of 3 as it relates to the score and the scorers. tbh we shud have score many more but their keeper did well enough.

  150. rico says:

    Morning all,

    I am still smiling, we win and the dippers lose 😛

  151. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters 😉

    My view from the stands was as follows:-

    Manone – didn’t put a foot wrong, managed to concentrate when he had nothing to do for long periods. Made one good save and his kicking was much improved 8/10

    Gallas & TV – quite simply brilliant, the best CB pairing in the prem 9/10

    EE – bloody good. Excellent defensive headers and looked dangerous coming forward 8/10

    Clichy – played OK, still tried to be too clever in close defensive positions but got away with it 6/10

    Cesc – carried on in the same vein as previously, too many passes went astray, worked hard and one or two almost brilliant passes that didn’t find their mark. Probably should have scored but his shot was weak 7/10

    Song – still nowhere as good as he was at the end of last season. Some good link up play but gave the ball away carelessly 3 times in the last 5 minutes and we nearly conceded as a result. Is too slow getting back 6/10

    Diaby … henceforth known as MR. Stoopid ….. he is a liability, if he is not kicking our players he is risking injuring them by misdirected passes. He played more ‘hospital passes’ yesterday than I’ve ever seen. He’s fine when he plays instintively and a dander bwhen he has to think. He had 2 free headers and wasted borth of them…. I cheered wghen he came off 4/10

    AA …. the best player on the pitch. Worked relentlessly hard, came back and defended, fought back and won the ball if a pass went astray and gave their RB a torrid time all evening. Deserved his goal 9/10

    RVP – finally got the goal he should have sccored after 20 mins. He was through on goal twive and blasted it straight at the keeper instead pf lookinfg up and slotting it away. I’d have expected AA, Vela and Dudu tio have clinically buried those chances. Worked hard and deserved the goal he did score 7.5/10

    Vela and Dudu …. once we’d got shot of Mr. Stoopid, the whole team metamorphosed into a slick attacking, wengerball machine and surprise surprise we scored …. 8/10 for them both

    Oh and Panath etc etc were pants, no ambition, no attacking flair, came to defend and got what they derserved

  152. Rasputin says:

    Apologies for all the typos above … I got carried away reliving the game 😳

  153. rico says:

    Morning Rasp –

    Its funny how sometimes fans see things so differently, the television made Cesc and Song look really good and AA not so good 😉 😉

    I am beginning to think I can’t see properly anymore and maybe that is why I am the only one who doesn’t rate Nikki B 😉

  154. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico … yes, I sensed that my view differed from those who were commenting on the blog during the game. All of the fans sitting around me seemed to see it the way I did. We were very ceative in the first half until it came to getting into a shooting position. It seems we agree about Mr. Stoopid…..

  155. rico says:

    Mr Stoopid 😛 He reminds me of Huggy Bear Rasp 😉

  156. Freire says:

    Hello all, good morning. I’m at school right now, lol

  157. rico says:

    Hi Freire – at school and blogging, you will get expelled 😉 😉

  158. rico says:

    No-one about so I am offski

  159. London says:

    Afternoon all

    “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again”. This was the thought that was going through my mind as I left the ground last night. The boys did well.

    Arshavin was man of the match by a country mile; it must have been one of those situations in which you had to be there because it was that obvious. Overall I agree with Rasp’s player ratings.

    Song was really tired in the last five minutes, so much so that he was dangerous and as a consequence he lost all chance of winning man of the match; although, that said, it is understandable why some people thought he warranted it because for the previous eighty five minutes he had been the consummate professional.

    Wenger is in a difficult position with Diaby: this is the first time that he has been fit enough to play a string of games; because of which Wenger has to play him, if he didn’t Diaby would want to leave the club; some may say that that would be no bad thing but this would be sending the wrong message to the rest of the playing staff. The up and coming players believe that they will get their chance. This belief is one of the important pillars in the ethos of the club; it is the principle reason why Ramsey chose us over manu. Diaby is a talented player, enough for Wenger to justify his continued selection in the understandable hope that he becomes the player that he envisages; but, he is not playing well; perhaps a goal will lift his confidence; but, if that does not improve things sufficiently, I just hope that Wenger doesn’t persist to the detriment of us winning something.

  160. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon all.

    FINALLY we got to see Arshavin, Fabregas, Rosicky and Van Persie all on the pitch together.

    Thought Arshavin had a great game – I really wished he scored that goal where he flicked it from his right to left and just shot – class.

    How good was Eboue 🙂

  161. London says:

    Eboue proved last night that in a game in which the team is not required to defend, he is the man for the job. This may seem a bit of a snippish comment but if anyone recalls Maluda’s goal against us in the FA Cup semi which was the last game of importance that Eboue played for us as right back, you will see what I mean. Still, good problems to have: when we need to defend, Sagna and when we need to attack, Eboue.

  162. Irishgunner says:

    Think that is a fair comment London – if there is nobody to worry about in the opposition coming down thei left flank then let Eboue run at them.

  163. coadsi says:

    I take it that Don Vito will be in goal again for our next game.
    Le Boss will say Al has recovered from the longest chest infection in history but is not match fit.
    (not even a chest infection diagnosis the medical people can get right 😆 )

  164. Rasputin says:

    Hi London, Irish,

    London – isn’t it odd that those of us at the match thought AA was MoM and those watching on television would have given it to Cesc or Song. Maybe its because the cameras only focus on the ball and we can appreciate the bigger picture.

    If your theory about Diaby is correct, I could interpret it in the opposite way and say that it gives the message to players that it doesn’t matter if you underperform as AW will persist with you because he is stubborn and doesn’t like to admit when he is wrong!!

    I agree, Eboue had an excellent game and I would pick him for most opposition on current form.

  165. London says:

    Hello Rasp

    If that was the case your last sentence would never have had a chance to be written.

  166. rico says:

    Hi all

    Rasp, I think your theory on match day viewing and television viewing makes so much sense – Diaby apart, I thought the whole team looked really settled and played well. The score did not in any way reflect the way our team performed.

    London – re your last about Eboue, when he was shocking he has been played in midfield and I honestly think he is a dreadful player in that position, left or right. But as a RB, his ‘proper’ position, he is a good back up for Sagna, going on from that though, on last nights performance it’s difficult to say who is the better, he or Sagna?

    Diaby is very different, every where he plays he is shocking 😉 😉

  167. Rasputin says:

    Possibly London! … but the last sentence of your 1:23 may also be true……

  168. London says:

    Let me expand on my last comment. I like to think that the players who are next in line for a first team place are noticing that Diaby is being given his chance (this will be reassuring to them) but they will also be noticing that he does not seem to be taking it, which should be interpreted as making it is easier for them to break into the first team.

    Diaby should be given until Christmas, no real damage can be done by then and there is of course the possibility that he could shock us with some important goals (in the opponants goal that is). But, if this doesn’t happen I hope that Wenger switches his attention to Nasri and Ramsey.

  169. London says:

    Rasp, we are on the same page; my principal point is that Wenger is in a more difficult situation with Diaby than many people may realise and it is not just stubbornness and arrogance that are the forces behind his selection.

  170. Rasputin says:

    I would very much hope that AW already considers a fit Nasri to be in front of Diaby in the pecking order. In my opinion, Diaby has fundamental flaws in his makeup that can’t be improved significantly through training and won’t improve with age/experience…..

  171. Rasputin says:

    I’m off home now… sorry I can’t carry on the debate … hope to catch up later.. 😉

  172. London says:

    Rasp

    I think the difference between us is two and a half months: you want his head now and I want his head at Christmas if he doesn’t improve significantly.

  173. coadsi says:

    Any updates on Nasri? Does anyone knows whats wrong with Vermaelen’s hand?

  174. rico says:

    No-one is talking to me so I am offski again 😉

  175. rico says:

    Hi coadsi, thats a no on both accounts from me, something makes me think he sprained it early this season..

    Oh, I collected my nice CL shirt today signed by both Theo and Cesc yesterday at the match – and a programme from the game 😛 😛

  176. coadsi says:

    thanx for your response Rico

  177. rico says:

    My pleasure coadsi, I have been trying to find out what is wrong with TV’s arm, to no avail 😦

  178. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Any gossip around??

  179. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico, 😉

    Three things worthy of note today…..

    Arsene is officially our longest serving and most successful manager

    Kroenke may be increasing his shares to a position to make a take over

    Adebayor’s case is up in front of the FA and hopefully an extra 3 match ban will be meted out.

  180. rico says:

    Today Lardy £££$$$$ is up in front of the FA, I just wonder what will happen to him if anything, Bellamy got away with slapping a Manure fan so I can’t see the FA doing anything other than nothing!

  181. Rasputin says:

    Arsene’s 10 best buys as reported by the Telegraph….

    1. Thierry Henry
    When he arrived at Highbury from Juventus for £10 million in August 1999, some of the game’s observers blinked in horror at the price tag. Brought in as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, Wenger transformed the tall Frenchman from a meandering winger into one of the Premier League’s most feared forwards. Wenger made a tidy profit of almost £6 million when he sold him on to Barcelona in 2007.

    2. Patrick Vieira
    Wenger knew that if Arsenal were to break Manchester United’s Premier League hegemony, he would need an answer to Roy Keane. Vieira was that man. Knowing how important the combative midfielder would be in the rough and tumble of England’s top flight, Wenger urged Arsenal to purchase the Frenchman from AC Milan before his own arrival at Highbury. At £3.5 million, his transfer fee was a bargain.

    3. Nicolas Anelka
    Perhaps Wenger’s best signing from a financial perspective. Bought from Paris St-Germain for just £500,000 in 1997, the Arsenal manager sold him to
    Real Madrid for £23 million two seasons later. While he was at Highbury his galloping gait and explosive pace helped the Gunners wrest the league title from Manchester United’s grasp in 1998.

    4. Robert Pirès
    Now plying his trade for Villlarreal in the Spanish La Liga, the French winger gradually wove his way into Arsenal fans’ affections after arriving from Metz for £6 million in 2000. An indifferent start to his career in England led some pundits to suggest that he would never adapt to the rigours of Premier League competition. Pires proved his pedigree in his second season in Arsenal colours and went on to win the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year in 2002.

    5. Cesc Fàbregas
    Having arrived from Barcelona at the age of 16 in September 2003, Wenger nurtured this precocious young performer into a world-class talent. Blessed with superb technique and bird’s eye vision, he pulls the strings in Arsenal’s midfield.

    6. Emmanuel Petit
    The dashing Gallic midfielder was first signed by Wenger at Monaco. He rejoined his fellow Frenchman at Highbury in June 1997 for £2.5 million. After turning Petit from a centre-back into a defensive midfielder and pairing him alongside Vieira, he inspired Arsenal to the domestic double in his very first season. After expressing a wish to move to Barcelona he was sold to the Catalan club for around £7 million in 2000.

    7. Freddie Ljungberg
    Catapulted from obscurity when Wenger brought him in from Swedish side Halmstads for £3 million in 1998, this model professional became a big favourite of the North Bank. Ljungberg was arguably at his best during the 2001-02 season as Arsenal clinched their second domestic double. The Swede scored in the majority of games during the run-in, including a sublime strike in the 2-0 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

    8. Andrei Arshavin
    Signed from Zenit St Petersburg for £15 million following protracted transfer negotiations, this diminutive magician has already sprinkled plenty of stardust down the flanks of the Emirates pitch.

    9. Marc Overmars
    The flying Dutchman arrived at Highbury in 1997 for £6 million from Ajax and literally hit the ground running. Nicknamed ‘Roadrunner’, his fleetness of foot sent many an opposition side into a frenzy of fear as he gunned defence after defence down. Sometimes referred to – perhaps unfairly – as ‘Overbars’, his price tag shot up far higher than any of his occasionally wayward shots when he was sold to Barcelona for £25 million in 2000.

    10. Sol Campbell
    Brought in on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling from arch-rivals Tottenham in 2001 to fill the defensive vacuum left by Tony Adams, the centre-back formed the bedrock of Arsenal’s defence and won two Premier League winners’ medals and three FA Cups.

  182. rico says:

    Morning Rasp

    😛 We did it again 😉

    Congrats to The Boss

    Lady Nina’s shares are the ones that will dictate who owns us then Rasp – will it be Stan or the big fella 😉 Will she even sell ??

  183. rico says:

    Rasp

    No Jeffers on that list, I am shocked and upset 😉

  184. rico says:

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/374124696?-19387

    Interesting article, I wonder if it’s for real

  185. Irishgunner says:

    No special blog article for Arsenal’s 13th 😯

    My take on Kroenke http://bleacherreport.com/articles/264003-as-kroenke-ups-shares-will-arsenal-be-americanized-before-arsenalized

    Anti-Wenger man Myles Palmer and a whole lot more of England need to realise that the reason Wenger doesn’t play a whole lot of English players is because they are mainly shit and overrated – oh, sorry I meant England will win the World Cup 🙄

  186. rico says:

    Morning Irish – maybe Ave has one up his sleeve

  187. Irishgunner says:

    Morning Rico – What English player that has come through the Arsenal ranks would you have kept? One perhaps would be Matthew Upson.

    I think Palmer hears many voices in his head too by the way ha ha.

  188. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico, Irsh … happy 13th Arsene 😛

    rico, your link makes some very worrying allegations and paints the club as a bit of a joke when it comes to business……

    Nice article (as always) Irish ;), I can’t see DD stumping up the money, but if rico’s link has any merit, we could do with him back at the club to iron out some of the ‘inefficiencies’!!

  189. rico says:

    Just read your article Irish, its a good one – was Stan with Lady Nina in the box at Wigan ? I for one would rather it is he that gets her shares rather than the big guy.

    Upson didn’t come up through the ranks Irish 😉 , we bought him from Luton in 1997, but I do wish he had stayed with us though.

    Sadly I have to say Ashley Cole, I hated it when he left for Chelsea. But I also dislike him for treating our club the way he did.

  190. Irishgunner says:

    Morning Rasp – I wouldn’t mind having Dein back to be honest. Yeah he sold out to Usmanov but he put Wenger under pressure to succeed on the field – I don’t think Hill-Wood does.

  191. Rasputin says:

    Very good point Irish. I still think Arsene makes unwise press statements. He could have just kept quiet instead of saying that he had £30m but chose not to spend it.

  192. Irishgunner says:

    Kroenke was with Hill-Wood at the Wigan game looking very pally.

    Forgot that about Upson but it proves a point – Wenger has a 90min radius to work with and sometimes the players aren’t good enough.

    Wilshere has come all the ways up and looks the real deal. We can’t wrap the boy up in cotton wool but I think it would be wrong to play him against the Blackburns and Boltons – they’d make shit of him. Rooney was a different case because he was so much stronger physically than Wilshere.

    Cole is different again because Wenger wanted to keep him and pay him the wages he wanted but the board wouldn’t sanction it.

  193. Irishgunner says:

    Wenger doesn’t help himself Rasp – I do agree on that.

    He should have bought another defender. The striker position not so much just bloody put Bendtner in there as central striker.

  194. rico says:

    But is that link one to be trusted, history suggests not 😉

    Didn’t NikNak make it known a long time before the end of the transfer window that he was going to stay at Milan, so why would there be a ‘last minute’ thing going on..?

    The England team….. That is an absolute insult to our boss, why pay 20M for a player who is English when you can get just as good elsewhere for say 5M – All English players are over priced, and in many cases overated 😉

    I have always believed that AW doesn’t play the English players too much too early at the highest level because he protects their bodies/muscles while they are still growing. The overseas players are different because he maybe thinks that they will leave AFC before the end of their career and by that time they will be crocked!! 😉

    As for DD, where would he fit in now?

  195. rico says:

    I still think he should have bought a defender, HM and a striker – and yes, why boast about having all this money to the fans who are desperate to see him spend it…. Maybe it’s his age 😉

  196. rico says:

    Actually – I could argue my own comment, he sends some of the kids on loan to the Championship, its a lot more physical in that league so my theory is pooped! 😉

  197. Rasputin says:

    I wish Arsene would give greater insight to some of the training techniques … Do we actually work on individual players weaknesses? Is Nik beefing up to have a greater physical presence in the box? Has Theo worked on his close control and ‘trickery’ when not running at speed? Has Almunia been encouraged to be more vocal and commanding? Did anyone ever suggest to Ade that if he tracked back more quickly and looked along the line he might be offside less? Is Song doing physical training to increase his speed? Has anyone suggested to Diaby that he should only kick the oppositions players 😦

  198. Irishgunner says:

    I’m not having a pop at the English players and there is a decent international squad which could go far under a good manager like Capello BUT just because Steve Sidwell had one good season for Reading, was sold to Chelsea, played five minutes before being lost in the Villa reserves it doesn’t make Wenger wrong for selling them.

    How much more time is he going to give Walcott? That boy has got a lot of chances.

    The real class players of England are Cole, Lampard, Gerrard and Rooney. We had one of those and made him.

  199. rico says:

    What do we make of the rumours that we are going to try for Reo-Coker in January ??

  200. Irishgunner says:

    Rasp – I think a big problem is perhaps the other trainers are either too frightened or friendly with Wenger.

    Arsenal need a trainer in their who will make sure his (I would like to say her 😉 ) opinion is heard.

  201. Irishgunner says:

    Reo-Coker is going for cheap but seems to be a bit of trouble.

    He’ll have to get cover for Song, has to.

  202. rico says:

    Rasp

    Has anyone suggested to Diaby that he should only kick the oppositions players –

    That is so funny 😛 😛 😛

  203. Rasputin says:

    Reo Coker’s not a bad player and he certainly fits in the ‘Wenger mould’, but if the other midfielders are fit and he wants to encourage the Wilshere’s and Barazite’s … why would he buy him?

  204. rico says:

    Irish, I never thought we would be saying that, cover for Song – shows he has improved a bit 😉

  205. Rasputin says:

    I jest obviously rico, but there is a point that I want to make here. I said yesterday that he made so many ‘hospital passes’ on tuesday – this meant that other players were having to go into crunching 50/50 tackles because his passing is so poor and so they risk injury as a result of his incompetence. The idea that Diaby (Mr. Stoopid) is above Nasri in the pecking order is ludicrous … and particularly galling when it was MS who broke his leg in training….

  206. Irishgunner says:

    I still think we could do better than Song Rico but at the moment he is probably the best in the squad at what he does although I’ve a slight suspicion that Nasri will be moved into central midfield and ordered to tackle when he returns. Rosicky could do it too if he stays fit.

    Actually now that I’ve mentioned him, I never thought Rosicky would have played as much as he has – maybe he is over the injury properly?!

  207. Irishgunner says:

    Why do you think Diaby is ahead of Nasri in the pecking order Rasp?

  208. Rasputin says:

    I don’t Irish … London suggested it last night. Nasri is clearly a much better footballer and team player.

  209. Irishgunner says:

    Oops sorry I thought you meant Wenger has put him ahead of Nasri in the pecking order – no way. I think Wenger rates Nasri very highly indeed and I see why – looks a very good player and still has lots he can improve on.

  210. Rasputin says:

    No news on Nasri’s progress or return to the squad?

    Looks like Theo may get on at the weekend.

  211. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Oct 17th for Nasri according to the injury room.

  212. Irishgunner says:

    I reckon that will be when he is back in training.

  213. Rasputin says:

    Morning ave … can’t come soon enough for me, I’ve had enough of watching the ‘donkey Diaby’ 😦

  214. rico says:

    Rasp, I agree re Diaby, he is a nightmare for causing injuries to players, and always it is his team mates! I personally would always choose Nasri above Diaby, no competition imho

    Donkey Diaby (Donkey Derby)You are coming out with some corkers Rasp 😛

    Morning ave

  215. Rasputin says:

    Nice to be appreciated rico 😆

  216. rico says:

    Simpson is doing well at QPR, I hope this lad comes back and adds to our front line

  217. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Just found this while cruising

    rico – even Jeffers features 😛

  218. avenell says:

    I really don’t know with diaby.. perhaps he is dynamite in training and he cannot reproduce that at match level.

    RvP seemed to get some of his old tricks back the other night that he had a few years ago. he is supposed to be our most skillfull player in training and he doesn’t always produce in games.

    Diaby being chosen in the French squad sort of reflects the demise of France as a world beating team.

  219. rico says:

    Hi peaches, no please, not Jeffers 😉

  220. London says:

    Rasputin Says:
    October 1, 2009 at 10:54 am edit

    I don’t Irish … London suggested it last night. Nasri is clearly a much better footballer and team player.

    This comment is argumentative, disruptive and down right rude. I have kept my comments on this site to a minimum in recent times. I engaged in debate yesterday in the hope of adding something; and yet, again, I am insulted by the most ridiculous suggestion that I would say that Diaby is better than Nasri.

    Show me one comment in which I suggested that Diaby was better than Nasri?

  221. Rasputin says:

    Don’t start all this again London, I can’t be bothered to find the exact words, but you suggested that AW should play Diaby up until Christmas… which would probably be in place of Nasri = therefore my conclusion. I wasn’t rude … everyone can read my comments and see that. You shouldn’t feel insulted or anything else negative … chill out ….

  222. Rasputin says:

    If you want to be pedantic, I didn’t say that you said Diaby was better than Nasri, just that you implied he was ahead of him in the pecking order … subject closed as far as I’m concerned….

  223. rico says:

    London – I think Rasp is referring to the comment you made about AW continuing with Diaby until Christmas, and only then looking to Nasri..

    6.18pm yesterday evening

    I can’t see anything rude or disruptive going on..

  224. avenell says:

    London.. Rasp has just read into something differently to how you meant it to come over.. no need to fall out over it. Why not just debate it some more?

    Rasp/London No point in falling out over it we have already lost jonjon we will be running out of bloggers soon. and I know both of you like talking to each over really.

  225. avenell says:

    In my opinion we won’t see Nasri play until december anyway so Diaby has a natural window in which to prove himself. If he isn’t any better Nasri and Roosicky will just brush him aside in the end.

  226. avenell says:

    Roosicky.. 25% australian.. lol.

  227. Rasputin says:

    You’re spot on ave / rico,

    I really enjoy debating with London. We know we often look at things from a different perspective but that is what debating is all about. It wasn’t my intention to upset him …….

  228. Rasputin says:

    I agree that Rosicky (who can actually defend as well as attack) is a better option than Diaby and for me, Ramsey would be a better option too.

  229. rico says:

    Merida, thats who I can’t wait to see too, now have I mentioned that before 😉

  230. rico says:

    I have to go do a spider man impression, I’m off up the bank 😉

    Catch you later

  231. Rasputin says:

    I’d forgotten Merida…. I think he has the potential to be a great player and is a lot stronger this season compared to last. He’s not English so the anti-English allegation can’t be used to explain his lack of first team appearances.

  232. London says:

    rico Says:
    October 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm edit

    London – I think Rasp is referring to the comment you made about AW continuing with Diaby until Christmas, and only then looking to Nasri..

    6.18pm yesterday evening

    I can’t see anything rude or disruptive going on..

    Rico

    If you add the words “And only then look to Nasri” then there is nothing wrong with it; but, I did not write that, neither did I suggest it and I am offended by the implication that I did.

    My position with regard to Diaby is the same as everyone else’s and that is, as things stand, he is not good enough. My original comment at 1:23 yesterday, which was designed to add a different angle for debate, suggested that Wenger is in a more difficult position with regards to his selection than meets the eye.

  233. rico says:

    Afternoon all, all quiet on the news front then ….

    Roll on match day

  234. avenell says:

    Is it safe to come out now?.. 😉

  235. rico says:

    Hi ave – only if you have a hard hat on 😉

  236. rico says:

    Did you see ave, I have my signed shirt 🙂

  237. rico says:

    Rasp – re Merida, have you been following him for Spain, scored a scorcer in the 8-0 win 😛

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/373974826sp?-19387

  238. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico,

    No I haven’t seen that yet, but I will make it my business to …. he oozes class and seems to have that extra time on the ball that all great players exhibit.

    ave …. didn’t know you had a ‘hard hat’, is it pink? 😛

  239. rico says:

    Rasp – have you been eating ‘Humourus’ today 😉 😛

  240. rico says:

    Oh, and will ave sell his pinkie hat on ebay ??

    Did Nik ever get a buyer for his boots 😉

  241. Rasputin says:

    No, I’m deadly serious rico … I’ve just realised where I’ve seen ave before with his hard hat … he’s that one in the Village People isn’t he … 😳

  242. Rasputin says:

    YMCA…..YMCA ….. Can you do the dance?

  243. avenell says:

    Are you talking about me? 😳

    I’ve been found out.. check shirt, 501’s with a ripped knee, Cat boots.. gulp..

  244. rico says:

    Oo err Rasp, Young Man 😉

  245. Rasputin says:

    It’s OK ave – you’re in good company, I’ve got my Indian Chief’s costume locked away in the attic 😉

  246. rico says:

    ave – ‘there’s no need to feel down, I said….’

    I can Rasp, but its not so difficult, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to 🙂

  247. rico says:

    I have a huge pair of sunglasses 😛

    Who’s got the cuffs 😉 😉

  248. rico says:

    Now where have you all gone 😦

  249. Rasputin says:

    Sorry rico,

    Business calls and I’m off on my way home soon … its been like the ‘ol days … thanks….

  250. rico says:

    Rasp, thats good to hear, safe journey home 🙂

  251. rico says:

    ££££$$$$$ Gets a two match ban, suspended !!!

    £25,000 fine – FA are gutless

  252. peachesgooner says:

    You lot 😆 …..I’m much too young to know what you’re all talking about 😳

  253. peachesgooner says:

    How ridiculous rico – whats the point in it being suspended 😦

  254. avenell says:

    Sorry about going missing for a while.. I had some weird bloke trying to find me for an estimate.. I gave him directions and he got lost and I accidently leant on the phone so it was engaged .. lol..

    Rico.. was there any messages from Cesc and Theo on the shirt.. and are you going to frame it?

  255. rico says:

    Yes ave – but I can’t share them 😉 Framed it will be 🙂

    Absolutely peaches, that sets such a good example, eh – The FA are gutless!!

    Nice youtube, so thats how the dance went 😉

  256. rico says:

    Thats me done for the day all – you guys and gals have a good evening

    Stay safe

    Nighty night

  257. rico says:

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/374227749?-19387

    In the words of Peters and Lee, we would

    Welcome Home TH 14 😛

  258. rico says:

    This extract is from comments on Sky Footie page – see, some fans can truly see what really goes on in the game – and I couldn’t argue about Red Nose and Giggs either –

    L K (Manchester United fan) says…
    Two absolute legends of the game! In years to come when you look back to the Premier League era of the 1990’s/2000’s, Wenger, Henry, Fergie and Giggs will encapsulate that whole couple of decades. It’s amazing what Wenger has done at Arsenal, and he has helped create one of the most exciting eras in the history of English football. Together, Arsenal and United created an unbelievable turn around in the English game, and that’s almost certainly down to the work Wenger and Fergie put in as managers! Congratulations Arsene!

    Posted 16:49 1st October 2009

    I really am off now

  259. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

  260. rico says:

    Not much in the news this morning, all hogged by Lardy £££$$$ and Henry to come back home one day to carry the water bottles…… 😉

  261. rico says:

    I am offski, catch you all a little later

  262. Big Raddy says:

    I am pleased that A****** got a suspended sentence., but I think it sends a poor message. The inference is that it is slightly naughty to incite a potential riot.

    I know I am in the minority but I found his run acceptable, What was unacceptable was his attempt to disfigure and injure his ex-teammates, and for that he got a deserved 3 match ban.

    That he shows his excitement about his “revenge” is fine. If it is OK for the fans to bait him throughout the game, then in my mind, it is OK for him to give some back.

    We bemoan the lack of characters in the game and A****** showed that he has character, albeit deeply unpleasant. Who of our current squad can be said to have “character”. WG ?

  263. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Hi Raddy, I think Ade and citeh should both have been given a more severe penalty. Citeh were ultimatetly responsible for Ade’s state of mental hysteria that almost got 2 of ur players seriously injured and did lead to a steward getting knocked unconscious.

    They alowed the press relese of his pre-match comments calculated to incite our fans. They put his picture on the front of the programme airbrushed to make him look like a god-like figure. They chose to put him on the pitch to train separately in front of our fans knowing he would receive abuse and that would fuel his anger. You can imagine Hughe’s teamtalk before the game would be along the lines … “go out there and pay them back for the way they treated you”

    I think citeh have got off very lightly, they kknow Ade is volatile and and they played on this and by the time he took to the pitch he was out of control.

    I wonder whether they will do the same when he comes to the Emirates? I predict that after the incitement at citeh, there will be crowd trouble inside and outside the Emirates if he plays.

  264. Rasputin says:

    Apologies for the typos above ……

  265. Big Raddy says:

    We disagree on this Ras.

    I think that if we treat football as our “Colosseum Games”, then we must expect the players to react. I have no problem with it. Why shouldn’t MC hype him up? Is it any different to GG/TA’s “them & us” mentality, or the persistent fouling of our team in an attempt to disrupt our play?

    I want our team to go out and severely disappoint the fans when we go away. If RvP wants to goad a few, let him. It is an entertainment,

    Should Ade be considered responsible for some Goon throwing a bottle at a steward ? Not in my opinion. The idiot who threw it should be permanently banned from football, he is a disgrace to the Arsenal name.

    We need heroes and villains, be it Teddy Sheringham ( how I hate every syllable of his name), Ronaldo, Becks, etc etc etc. When Ade come to THOF he is not responsible for any violence, the mindless few who fight are.

    Ade will be booed mercilessly (if he plays,which I doubt), and that is what spectator sport is all about…….. Heroes and Villains

  266. Big Raddy says:

    I am away for the weekend (as a cold front comes in from the frozen North) .

    3-1 to the Arsenal.

    Come on you rip-roaring Gunners

  267. Rasputin says:

    We’ll have to disagree on that one Raddy.

    The Arsene/Arsenal way is to play pure football. The fans can react in any way they choose, but when people get hurt it stops being sport. Cesc’s career could have been ended by that tackle from Ade or RVP could have lost an eye.

    I’ve been sickened by listening to all the retired ‘old school English’ footballers commentating on the radio defending thuggish behaviuor, talking about a ‘men’s game’ or a ‘physical game … football has moved on……

  268. London says:

    Aren’t there two issues at play here: stamping on RVP’s face and Cesc’s ankle….bad. And, celebrating a goal enthusiastically…..well, we should just get over it?

  269. avenell says:

    Afternoon Roadsters..

    On the Ade celebration debate. A lot has been said about the way the Arsenal fans gave him stick. According to jonjon the “racist” ade song thet opposition fans sang to him when he played for us was only sang initially then was quickly dropped and replaced with the “We’ve got Arshavin f**k Adebayor” one. I am sure the media are twisting things to give Arsenal a bad name as usual.

  270. rico says:

    NEW POST 😛

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