Hammers!!! (That Was a Real Ball Pein).

Last year when we was going through our barren (pre Arshavin) spell if someone had said would you be happy with a 2-2 draw away against the Whammers I would have taken that all day long. But this year we have progressed as a team, a team that can pass forwards and create chances with ease. We still lack the mental capacity to finish games off.

A little niggle but I don’t like us playing in the white shirts as much as I hate us playing in the blue ones we did on Tuesday.. I cannot clearly identify us in them, it was like us playing Fulham in our Highbury farewell redcurrant ones.  I’d like to see all new kits next year,

The commentators yesterday were just dying for West Ham to get back into the game… (yes you Alan “Smudger” Smith) I was thinking haha shut up, but in the back of my mind was the AZ result. A two goal advantage for us is clearly not enough, as soon as the opposition get a goal they grow 3  inches 😳 in stature and we instead of tightening the game up we go for the jugular and try to revenge the goal. Mannone distributes the ball like we are losing by a goal with five minutes to go in the Champions League final.. Chill out man!!
We was in total control of the game, and deservedly so, West Ham although they are writhing at the bottom of League at the moment were playing like a team  far above the position they are in.

I really don’t know what is worse, playing like we did and grinding out draws like we did last January, or playing super football and just chucking it all away in the last 15 mins.
The latter is certainly more frustrating.

I don’t think it is tactics, I believe it is a mental problem. We need some anger or desire in there somewhere.

Mannone.. 5 .. Sorry mate but you should have punched that ball away that led to the goal away with two hands and your distribution was too fast when we were well in control of the game. On top of that turning into George Best when you are given a back pass isn’t too good either, you need to hoof it, there are some quick players out there who will punish you big time.

Sagna.. 7.. Played pretty well and took advantage of West Hams left back on numerous occasions, it may be me but I find him a bit predictable now and I wonder if the opposition do too.

Gallas.. 7.5.. Pretty solid performance, and a TA6 type goal he did his bit.

Vermaelen.. 8.. Probably the best Arsenal player on the pitch yesterday oozes class. Every time he passes the ball it always looked to have been well thought out, That give and go was where he ended up on the left wing was very Vieira like and I would love to see him given a chance in the midfield alongside Cesc.

Clichy 7. I have read other reports and I have to disagree with them, I thought he played quite well, very sharp. He just gets a bit lost in the final third of the pitch.

Song. 7. Played pretty well, broke up the attacks well as usual. I just wish he wasn’t as clumsy, some refs feel sorry for him I suspect but others will be more ruthless.

Diaby.. 4 He was very Diaby like.

Fabregas.. 7.. He played okay, but he was missing his partner in crime Rosicky. His confidence is high at the moment as he is trying some audacious long passes. unfortunately the receivers are little AA and Mr “don’t jump” RvP..

Eboue. 4.  This bloke is winding me up again with the theatrical diving and putting his hand in the air like Ljungberg used to do when his speed had gone.
The referee didn’t help by encouraging him, it was as if the yellow card was connected to Eboue’s arse by magicians string and every time Eboue went down out popped the card.

Arshavin.. 7 He could have been the man of the match if his chance had of gone in, but they didn’t and he wasn’t.

Van Persie.. 7 Started out very dangerously scored a easy goal when England’s No1 flapped, then just disappeared, I popped out for a bit and thought he must have been subbed.

Subs.

Bendtner. Should have been brought on earlier, he couldn’t pick the team up after the heads dropped.

Eduardo. As above, never got a sniff.

We are still up there with Man U and Chelsea though. and the Spuds lost things could be worse.

At least we have the kids in the pissy beer cup coming up on Wednesday to cheer us up. A bit of a sweetener after a taste of bad medicine.

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73 Responses to Hammers!!! (That Was a Real Ball Pein).

  1. avenell says:

    Sorry it isn’t great but it is hard to pick up the keyboard after that performance a real kick in the teeth,twice in a week..

  2. JonJon says:

    hiya mate…good one..

    pretty much how i feel…the game was bollox but the table still looks good…looking at it glass half full…because spuds and utd lost and city drew in the same fashion, at home, it can be seen as 1 point gained…

  3. rico says:

    Hi ave…

    The more I think about yesterday and AZ, the more I get frustrated –

    This crop of players keep telling us they are this, that and the other, ultimately they tell us they are good enough –

    Well, if that is the case, those same players need to get a grip of themselves – either go out and play hard for 90+ minutes or walk into the office of AW and tell him the truth ‘ I aint good enough boss – what I do in training i cant do on a match day’

    Right now I would sell Diaby, Eboue, Arshavin, Cesc and any other player who thinks he can wear an AFC shirt and ponce around for 90 minutes twice a week…

    I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired of watching us play well for 20 minutes and then lose the plot…..

  4. Rasputin says:

    So you didn’t like my last comment ave 😦

    Good post by the way 😛 – who do you think will be in goal on wednesday …. Chesney?

  5. avenell says:

    Hi Rasputin/Rico /Jonjon.. how you all doing?

    I think we could see Fabianski on wednesday.. be good to give Nasri a little run out too.

  6. London says:

    So that is what you have been doing….writing the report, and very good it is too…loved the Eboue and the magicians yellow card.

    Hello Jonjon

  7. avenell says:

    Hi London thanks..

    I need to start looking forwards again now. That’s the best thing about football. 🙂

    When do we play the Spud ‘u’ likes ?

  8. JonJon says:

    in response to your last, rasp, i think the tactics yesterday were wrong in the second half…we always seem to go for goals all the time.. but at 2-0 up we dont need anymore…

    teams like chelsea and manure will sit back and take their time and get more goals in the last 10 minutes when the other team are gung ho…

    but we still go all out attack..yesterday it didnt work…our focas was too much on that ‘3rd’ goal that we forgot we were already 2-0 up…and we panicked and conceeded…

  9. rico says:

    Sorry ave, nice post, how rude of me 😦

  10. JonJon says:

    hi london/rico

  11. London says:

    Ave

    You have gone and done one of those head lines I don’t understand again…what is a “pein”?

  12. Rasputin says:

    I agree totally JonJon, when we were 4:2 up against the spuds last year and their fans were flooding out, Cesc played a very attacking speculative pass that was intercepted and the ball was in the back of our net within 30 seconds. We just need to do what we are supposed to be so brilliant at – possession football with patience and concentration.

  13. avenell says:

    Haha I thought it was quite clever.. Try this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball-peen_hammer

  14. avenell says:

    I didn’t realise their was so many different spellings..

  15. JonJon says:

    it happened against villa as well rasp….

    wenger tells them to stay patient, when its nil nil we are too patient and when we have a 2 goal cushion we go gung ho….

    we need to learn the difference between attacking for the sake of it and attacking with purpose..

  16. avenell says:

    We are missing Denilsons calm sideways passing.. 😉

  17. JonJon says:

    haha,

    no i think we were missing rosicky more…we couldnt keep the ball..

  18. avenell says:

    Eboue is becoming a piss poor experiment now.. Surely Arsene has got to give Wilshire a go.. just one..

  19. JonJon says:

    yeah eboue should be kept at RB….it wasnt just eboue, they all looked bad but if your playing eboue and diaby in the same team your asking for trouble…

    they are crap going forward and it effects the way the whole team play… jacky has to be given a go…and vela…

  20. peachesgooner says:

    They aren’t just crap going forward they’re crap at defending too – they weaken the team – its like playing with 9 men ………………

  21. peachesgooner says:

    Nice post ave – you know such clever things 🙂

  22. peachesgooner says:

    Is this all Arsenes fault? I think it is because he had choices – he didn’t have to start with them, he could have made changes when it wasn’t working. he could have made changes when Zola made his and he could have made his own substitutions to change the game…….

    I agree with rico that someone or someones should have stepped up and lead the team……..

    Too many weaknesses there – Arsenes decision making and no leader on the pitch 😦

  23. avenell says:

    Evening Peaches.. thanks..

    This is where Arsene’s attacking philosophy fails.. It’s a bit like Rasps avatar..

  24. Rasputin says:

    ‘Au contraire’ ave,

    My avatar perfectly represents our vision of ‘total football’ – everything in perfect balance with opposing elements combining in exquisite harmony ……. 😉

    …. any way, that’s what I heard Mickey Quinn say …. 😆

  25. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches,

    I have said a couple of times since the game that we lack a leasder in midfield to drive the team when things aren’t going well. He’s a few years off yet, but Ramsey I believe may have that ability.

  26. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rasp 🙂

    I’ve been spreading the word about our very own Rambo and he has a couple of new fans in the ‘Winch’

  27. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches …… I’m not posting on this site any more – it’s avatarist ……..

  28. avenell says:

    avatarist.. lol..

  29. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

  30. rico says:

    Arshavin has something to say again, this time though he is right….

    ANDREY ARSHAVIN says:

    Arsenal’s stars let down Arsene Wenger by blowing it at Upton Park.

    Boss Wenger watched his Gunners chuck away a two-goal lead against West Ham on Sunday – and the chance to move within three points of table-topping Chelsea.

    Midfield schemer Arshavin said: “Not only me, all the team are unhappy about it.

    “We got what we deserved with our performance.

    “We are very upset indeed. Such results do not add positive emotions to the players, the manager or our fans.”

    Arsenal are five points behind Chelsea after conceding two goals in six minutes against the Hammers.

    Five days earlier, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with AZ Alkmaar in the Champions League after leaking an injury-time goal in Holland.

    Arshavin said: “The West Ham game turned out to be almost a copy of what happened against Alkmaar.

    “Initially we easily got an advantage – this time we were 2-0 up and then we allowed West Ham to equalise from set-pieces.

    “If we had won on Sunday, we would now be very close to Chelsea in the table.”

    Gunners boss Wenger is set to field a young side against Liverpool in the Carling Cup tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s derby with Spurs.

    Arshavin added: “For us this is the most important derby and we know it.

    “I found out about the importance of these matches almost immediately after I signed for Arsenal.

    “People who work for the club told me about it and about the most memorable clashes with Spurs.

    “They told me that after some defeats they couldn’t even speak to each other for a long time.”

    Arshavin’s team-mate Gael Clichy was also fuming with the Upton Park slip-up.

    The left-back said: “We don’t care about what the other teams do – we just want to play our game and win as many as possible. So the big disappointment was that we were 2-0 up and we did not win.

    “Manchester United losing was not good for them but we don’t care.

    “The Premier League is such a difficult league.

    “Even when you are 3-0 up you can end up with a draw. That shows you the level of the competition.”

    Clichy’s fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen was angry ref Chris Foy awarded the Hammers a penalty for Alex Song’s challenge on Carlton Cole.

    Sub Alessandro Diamanti converted the spot-kick to make it 2-2.

    Vermaelen rapped: “The referee made a big decision and it was not a penalty, so I am very disappointed.

    “We were 2-0 up and confident in the second half as well.

    “We didn’t give any chances away and they scored two goals out of nothing which makes it really bad.

    “Like Tuesday we didn’t give too much away but they scored twice and it is not good.

    “Manchester United lost which is good for us and is a positive thing. After seeing the league table maybe I will not feel so negative.”

  31. rico says:

    I couldn’t agree more, the players did let themsleves down, the boss and fans – well then, now you have all come out and admitted I hope you all group together and do something about it!

    We are third in the league, a game in hand and only five points off the top, three away from the Mancs at third place.

    Win our game in hand and we go second..

    We don’t want to be top at this stage of the season, do we? Up there, there is only one place to go and every team trys just that little be harder to beat the leaders. We are in a really good position, better than many thought we would be before the season started so all is not doom and gloom… Well, not all 😉

    On a positive side to Sunday, if there is one, the players are down hearted from the result, maybe just maybe they will finally get together as a team and rectify the concentration problem. yes I know you will all say they shouldnt need to, but I would rather that happened on Sunday and we learn, than it happen in February and we crumble…. I remember how that felt two seasons ago…

    For me Sunday has gone, tomorrow we play The Dippers and then Saturday it’s the big derby. Early ko so maybe the boys will be a bit more awake and have the ability to stay awake for the WHOLE game…. 🙂

  32. rico says:

    De Dum De Dum 😉

  33. 4pigs says:

    Hello Rico
    Ditto your comments – must keep looking forward and hopefully lessons will be learnt.

  34. rico says:

    Morning 4pigs, Welcome to Avenell Road 😛

  35. 4pigs says:

    Thanks Rico. I read each day but have not posted before.

  36. rico says:

    4pigs, you would have thought that lessons like Sunday would have been learnt a long time ago!! Especially after the farce midweek against AZ

  37. gunnersgun says:

    hi Peachesgooner, AW should take a large portion of the blame.
    Arshavin was the worst, if he is thinking of barca, like to remind him is not any better than A.Hleb who is only out on loan. Cesc was not his usual self may be of family problem.
    may be Arsenal SHOULD ENGAGE GEORGE GRAHAM AS SPECIAL ADVISER FOR THE DEFENCE. He is the best DEFENDER.
    already leak 13 goals in EPL; 4 goals in CPL.
    Always the same excuses: didn’t get final ball to kill the game. (how often does MU & Chelsea let 2-0 lead turn into draw??) Where & when is the ruthlessness coming ? (always like to buy midfielder who can play wide & not deadly striker e.g Torres from LFC)
    If the team can grind out, the game is already won. Don’t understand y other teams can grind out a dodgy 1-0 win. At the end of season they have trophies.
    AW likes to play players (Arshavin, Eboue..) out of position, y he didn’t do to diaby as a lone striker baffles me ???
    If continue to let Diaby involve in defence, we will definitely get more similar result & forget about winning trophies or top 4.
    Pls Mr AW don’t be TOO stubborn in substitution, learn from J. Mourinho
    Arsenal have many wide players who should supply good crosses & also drift in but rely on Sagna & Clichy for crosses. They are defenders.
    In fact all the 4 defenders, Song & RvP played very well. Cesc is ok but can be better
    Pls balance beautiful with miser defence

  38. rico says:

    Hi gunner – I think most of us fans cant understand why AW plays players out of their correct position – Eboue is a good RB, and thats it, he shouldnt be played anywhere else imho – unless of course half the team go down with Flu!

    And Diaby – all I hope is now that Nasri is back, and Tomas, Diaby will be back to playing sweeper up er the changing rooms 😉

  39. rico says:

    Coquelin – I can’t wait for Liverpool game

    Francis Coquelin is “really excited” ahead of the Carling Cup tie with Liverpool and hopes manager Arsène Wenger will continue to keep faith with some of Arsenal’s younger players.

    The Frenchman started his first match for the Gunners in the 2-0 third round victory over West Brom and is confident Arsenal can win again on Wednesday night.

    “I’m really excited, I’m waiting for it,” said the 18-year-old.

    “We’ve got a chance. It’s one game, anything can happen.”

    “I felt a little bit nervous but I really enjoyed the [West Brom] game and I hope to play against Liverpool.

    “I think everyone will give 100 per cent in training and after that it’s the choice of the manager.

    Coquelin hopes Wenger will continue with his policy of giving youngsters a chance in the Carling Cup but understands that this game may require the presence of some more senior players too.

    “I think Wenger will keep the young team; I hope so.

    “But I think it’s better if we go with a bit more experience in the team as well.”

    Either way, Coquelin should fit in well.

  40. rico says:

    😦 😦

  41. 4pigs says:

    I think Coquelin wants the best of both worlds – dont we all?

  42. rico says:

    Ah – you saying he wants some oldies in, but not at his expense 😉 Dont blame him either…

  43. 4pigs says:

    Yes, that is what i’m saying. It’s great having “ideals” but they are not always best practice.

  44. rico says:

    Like playing all youth in the CC – I want us to win a trophy, and starting with this one – a good mix tomorrow will get us through to the next round..

  45. avenell says:

    Afternoon Roadsters. Welcome 4pigs..

    It is a bit of a catch 22.. Players like Ramsey and Coqulin are attracted to Arsenal because we give them a good football education and Arsene trusts them in the carling..
    If we don’t give them an opportunity will we be able to attract the best youngsters from around europe?

  46. rico says:

    Afternoon ave

    Just need to keep a bit of experience in there though me thinks, 3-5 old heads, the rest being the youth.

    I thought Hoyte at RB but he is on loan, so maybe Eboue in there..

    Eboue, Senderos, Silvestre, Nasri – and I think Almunia in goal 😉

  47. avenell says:

    Not silvestre.. he ruins the average age.. so does Almunia.. play Fab or Chesney even..

    I love it when they are 3-0 up against the dippers and the commentator “says “the average of the Arsenal team is just under 19.. lol..

  48. rico says:

    I know what you mean ave, it makes me smile too…

    I think Almunia will make his ‘come back’ though, is Fab 100% fit now then??

  49. rico says:

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/379591898?-19387

    The Dippers new crock is playing tomorrow night, not sure if that is so good 😦

  50. avenell says:

    I did read somewhere that Nasri and Fab maybe playing.. Nasri is only 22 so that doesn’t damage the age stat.. 🙂

  51. avenell says:

    It is if Senderos re crocks him.. 🙂

  52. rico says:

    From Young Guns

    Barcelona look to be attempting to get their own back on Arsenal’s ‘poaching’ of their young players in a copycat move which has seen them step up their pursuit of striker Benik Afobe.

    The 16-year-old is currently in Azerbaijan with the England Under 17 squad where representatives from Barcelona are present to check on the forward. They saw him score two and make two for England as they romped past Kazakhstan, winning 6-2. Benik scooped the Man of the Match award and looked superb as the Three Lions began their qualifying round in rampant form.

    A continuation of that form will only see the Catalan based outfit maintain their stance. They are keen to snap up Afobe who has been offered a professional contract ahead of his 17th birthday. Barça are ready to dramatically boost his wages to £5500 a week and offer him an instant chance to play for Barcelona Atlètic, the clubs ‘B’ team which plays in the Segunda División B, the third tier of Spanish football.

    Atlètic coach Luis Enrique already has some exciting forwards at his disposal with the likes of Elvis Onyema and Jonathan dos Santos but with the squads roster constantly changing, Afobe represents a player for the future. More news is expected when Benik completes his duty with England where the once in a lifetime opportunity to join the European Champions could be on a plate for the Dagenham-based starlet.

  53. rico says:

    It was on AFC.com last week ave, before their reserve game, i forgot that bit 😳

  54. Rasputin says:

    Afternoon Roadsters,

    It’s a complex puzzle. We attract gifted youngsters, protect and nurture them, reward them with appearances in the CC and then put them on the bench for important games and don’t use them when they must all know who the weak links are in the first team. Its a typical Arsene conundrum, 50% brilliant / 50% unfathomable. What’s the difference bewtween a 17 year old Cesc Who made regular appearances and a 17 year old LJ or Ramsey at 18?

  55. rico says:

    Hi Rasp – Ramsey is one year older 😆

    Ramsey, Jack, Merida, Coquelin, Barazite (injured until 2010), Lansbury (loan) – I would rather see any one of those players in our midfield against the Spuds than Diaby or Eboue!

  56. Rasputin says:

    Agreed rico,

    Like you, I am particularly ken on Merida and Coquelin. Barazite looked really good comparatively speaking when he was younger because he was so much bigger and more composed on the ball than the other players – I haven’t seen enough of him recently to make a judgement, but wouldn’t be surprised if he is one that may be let go.

  57. rico says:

    He is out now aswell Rasp until next year, I always thought he would do very well – Coq and Merida, I just cant wait to see them tomorrow.

    I brought the subject up of Merida somewhere else yesterday, in 2008 he signed a new long term contract, believed to be four years, which even with my bad maths makes it 2012 that his contact would expire. Yet there a lots of rumours that his contact expires in 2010 and I cant seem to find the truth out anywhere?? Any ideas please

  58. rico says:

    Is this old news, or has he bought more shares this week…. BBC Website today

    Arsenal director Stan Kroenke has moved a step closer to the threshold where he would have to make an offer for the entire stockholding of the club.

    The US billionaire has bought a further 10 shares at £8,500 each, with his shareholding standing at 28.9%.

    Mr Kroenke is the club’s largest shareholder, ahead of Uzbeki tycoon Alisher Usmanov, who holds a 24% stake.

    Mr Kroenke is nearing the 29.99% threshold that would force him to make an offer for the remaining shares.

  59. rico says:

    The Stan story is new news, he is creeping in the back door …..

  60. rico says:

    Well play him then and leave Eboue and Diaby out!!!

    Wenger excited by young Gunner Ramsey

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Aaron Ramsey can rise to the challenge and stake his claim for a regular first-team place by leading the young Gunners to victory over Liverpool in tomorrow’s Carling Cup clash at Emirates Stadium.

    With Wenger set to again mix things up in terms of team selection, Wales international Ramsey is in line for what would be his second start, but an 11th appearance of an important season.

    Ramsey will turn 19 on Boxing Day, and Wenger believes the former Cardiff trainee has come a long way since his £5million move during the summer of 2008, scoring in the 4-1 Barclays Premier League win over Portsmouth as well as playing in Europe.

    “If you consider he is only 18, Ramsey has developed exceptionally well,” said the Arsenal manager.

    “He has made a big improvement compared to last year, when he still looked a little bit like a youth player, but now he looks like a [first-team] player.

    “He is really pushing hard – and the other midfielders have a lot of work to keep him out of the side because he is getting very close.

    “The target I set him at the start of the season was to get between 15 and 20 games this year, and I think he will get that.”

    Winger Samir Nasri was named on the bench for Sunday’s 2-2 draw at West Ham, in a welcome return following a broken leg suffered on the pre-season trip to Austria.

    Wenger hinted the French international was likely to feature against Liverpool, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski another looking to sharpen up his fitness after coming back from knee surgery with the reserves last week.

    Philippe Senderos and veteran Mikael Silvestre should provide some experience in defence.

    “I will put out a team that has a good chance to win the game. It will be a mixed team, but we want to win every game, no matter who plays,” said Wenger, who was less than impressed by the way Arsenal let a 2-0 lead slip during the final 15 minutes at Upton Park.

    “Liverpool always have a big squad and therefore you face strong opposition.

    “I believe they will have to rotate as well as they played Manchester United on Sunday, play again in the league again on Saturday and then go to Lyon.”

    Young forward Sanchez Watt will be hoping to get another chance to impress, having scored the opening goal in the 2-0 win over West Brom in the last round.

    The 18-year-old was part of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup winning side last season, and has enjoyed his step up to the first-team squad, being on the bench for the Champions League opener at Standard Liege.

    “I am learning so much all the time,” he said.

    “Arsene Wenger has taught me a lot when I have trained with the first team, and obviously I get to learn from people like Robin van Persie as well.

    “I am playing as a front man so I am watching everything he does on the ball, off it, his movement, everything.

    “I ask him a lot of questions and he helps me out giving me plenty of advice, and I take it all in.

    “Robin is a big team player, he doesn’t just work for himself – all the players love him.”

    Although raised in Hackney, Watt was a Liverpool fan as a boy, following his father’s favourite team, before being scouted by the Gunners while playing at the Senrab club in east London, which boasts the likes of England duo John Terry and Jermain Defoe among its former players.

    Now, though, the teenager is fully focused on making a successful career at Emirates Stadium.

    “I am just looking to train hard here and take my chances when they come, doing as well as I can and helping the team win games,” Watt told the November edition of the official Arsenal magazine.

    “After my recent experiences, I definitely want it even more now.”

  61. rico says:

    “He is really pushing hard – and the other midfielders have a lot of work to keep him out of the side because he is getting very close.

    Arsene, the other midfielders – Diaby and Eboue are shocking – Get Ramsey in now please…. You may just like him and play him for more than 15 – 20 games 😉

    “The target I set him at the start of the season was to get between 15 and 20 games this year, and I think he will get that.”

  62. PDT says:

    Two draws in a row!

    I have said many times that this team is a momentum team. We are a team which looks to individual brilliance to inspire the team, we are not a team which battles for each other.

    We are losing momentum. And we are playing a Liverpool team, fresh from the success at Anfield. I sincerely hope Le Boss will play a good combination of youth and experience. I especially hope to see Vela, Wilshere, Nasri, Merida, Fabianski and Ramsey start. All of them are good enough to start for the first team (well, Nasri does, when he is fit).

    Another 6-3 will get our tails up again.

  63. rico says:

    Hi PDT, wasnt ignoring you, had a few chickens to round up and get to bed… Oh, and clear the garden up after them.. 😦

    Last two have been not so good, I hope tomorrow things go really well and we put the game to bed early and come away with a clean sheet.

    Very much looking forward to seeing who plays tomorrow..

  64. PDT says:

    Hi Rico!

    Our keeper situation is getting out of hand. Mannone is too young for us to expect him to step up. Hope Fabianski demonstrates tomorrow that he is good enough. But Arsene has to go and buy a keeper at some time. Jusskaleinen comes to mind.

  65. PDT says:

    And I know you are not ignoring me. It’s just that traffic is sometimes slow….

  66. rico says:

    Real slow PDT 😦

    I hope Fabianski has a blinder – Jusskalienen, Given, Sorensson, just to name a few…. Even the Spuds keeper Gomes is doing a lot better now, but that will change by Saturday 😉

  67. rico says:

    I was talking today about Kasper Schmichel (spelling) he is at Notts County and was once highly rated. If he gets any where near as good as his dad he would be a thought, he is 23 next month, still a long way to go before he peaks … Haven’t seen him play recently though…

  68. London says:

    I think that’s a clever observation: we are a momentum team; and, as you say PDT, our momentum is waning; but I don’t think that tomorrow’s result will change anything as neither manager really takes the CC seriously; the result being, that both managers, in their team selection, will throw caution to the wind and that is what will make tomorrow night’s game so interesting for us.

  69. rico says:

    I may not change anything London, but it would sure as heck make me feel better if we win well 😉

    I’m off for the day, catch you soon

  70. London says:

    Very true Rico

  71. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Woop Woop Footie tonight 😉

  72. rico says:

    NEW POST 🙂

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