Bring On The Chavs

Arsenal emphatically crushed Wolves and cruised into second place, a position I expect us to easily maintain. I don’t see the mancs as a threat; there are only small pockets of the manc loving media who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the fact that not only do Arsenal have a better first team but they have a better squad. This leaves only one remaining question: do we have what it takes to pip the chavs to the top spot at the end of the season?

Back to the Wolves game, what a refreshing change it made, for what must have been a knowingly inferior team before the start of the game, to resist the tactical temptation of parking the proverbial bus and playing as negatively as they could but rather try to beat us by playing open flowing football………The crazy fools.

But it did make for a very interesting first twenty minutes. There were a few hairy moments when the seemingly never ending supply of free kicks and corners (Arsenal Kryptonite) were sent in and Wolves seemed to be getting closer and closer to taking the lead but free kicks aside it has to be said that for these first twenty minutes Wolves were our equal if not the better footballing side – and then disaster struck for them — you are thinking the own goal aren’t you? Wrong. The worst thing that could happen to any opposing side – Diaby got injured and had to go off. Arsenal went from playing with ten men to playing with eleven; Song steadied the defence enabling Ramsey to move forward and the goals started coming.

Wolves knew that with the loss of Diaby the writing was on the wall: their heads dropped and they started scoring own goals. Eduardo may try and claim the second but it was going wide so you make your own mind up.

I am developing concerns about Eduardo and his body language. Prior to his injury he had the facial expression of an attacker who would sell his grand mother to score a goal but it all seems a bit to laissez faire now. I don’t know, perhaps I am still dreaming about his missed hat trick of chances last week which would have meant that we beat spuds six nil rather than only three. I always say you can’t beat spuds by too many.

Back to Wolves, the third goal was obviously the best, Sagna did really well on the wing and sent in yet another good cross, perhaps alternating him with Eboue is keeping him on his toes, anyway it was a good cross and an extremely calm, skilful finish by Fabregas but the best part of the whole match for me was one single solitary touch from the Boy Wonder, that is when Sagna sent the ball across and Van Persie, with the deftest of touches, rolled the ball to our Captain who finished it in some style and with it finished the game as a competition.

The second half was a bit of a stroll, Arshavin scored and that was that really.

I was trying to imagine what was going through Wenger’s mind when he first went out to inspect the pitch and noticed that Wolves trying to get an advantage had tried to reduce it to the size of a five aside pitch; what do you think he must have thought? It had to be something like “Are they mad?”

Wenger, no doubt, was pre warned about the size of the pitch and responded by having Fabregas, Arshavin, Ramsey, Rosicky and Nasri the short range passing equivalent of a very powerful weapon.

The image that now springs to mind is the football equivalent of the famous scene in the Dirty Harry film with Mick McCarthy laying on the floor and Wenger standing over him holding the equivalent of a Magnum gun and saying: Do you feel lucky punk, Well do ya?

21 Responses to Bring On The Chavs

  1. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Arsene Wenger as Dirty Harry Lol

  2. Rasputin says:

    Morning London,

    Very good post.

    I can’t cut and paste my comment but the gist was that Ramsey is better than Diaby and the side looked unbalanced until Song came on – but then everything clicked.

    I’d like to add that I hope when Song goes to the ACN, Denilson will be available and back to his best because Diaby cannot play the holding midfield role.

  3. rico says:

    Morning London – I liked that one 🙂

    Sideways for a second, bit like Denilson…

    The big news coming out from the club, from an ‘inside’ source is that Stan is buying his shares for one reason, that is to keep The Big Fella from Russia from taking us over. It is for the good of the club as AW has made it clear he will leave if he takes over!!

    Stan backs AW’s way of developing our club but will not force him to spend silly money, but will support spending. Stan has said he won’t interfere where as The Big Fella has made it clear he will want AW to spend BIG!!

    That news makes me feel so much better about Stan the Man…

  4. rico says:

    Morning Rasp 😛

  5. rico says:

    Rasputin Says:

    November 8, 2009 at 10:28 am edit

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters

    I agree with rico, after yesterday’s excellent performance, Ramsey should be first choice over Diaby. AW played a risky game by resting Song. The side looked unbalanced with Diaby in front of the back four. The injury to Diaby and introduction of Song made us look a lot better instantly. There is an international break ahead so why did we need to rest players?

  6. rico says:


    I agree with you, especially as you agree with me 🙂 😉

    Any news on how bad the injury is to Diaby, fingers crossed its………. Answers on a postcard 😉

  7. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico 😉

    I think that with all the fluid attacking flair we have at our disposal, a sideways passing Denilson picking the ball up at the back and allowing Cesc to play further up the pitch is no bad thing.

  8. Freire says:

    Morning everyone, rico, London, rasputin.

    I missed the first half yesterday, but when I knew Diaby was off, I knew we would play better. Great victory, let’s hope the both teams draw today.

  9. rico says:

    I have to pop out – back in a little while…

  10. rico says:

    Sure is better than Diaby Rasp 😉 😉

    Hi Freire

    Back soon

  11. Freire says:

    Maybe Ramsey is a hope for us. Maybe Wenger was testing him on the pitch to see if he plays better than Diaby. The best way to see who plays better is watching both at the same time.

    I prefer to think this way. Maybe Wenger is not so crazy, LOL.

  12. rico says:

    Anyone around ??

  13. rico says:

    Guess that’s a no then ….

    Catch you later

  14. rico says:

    Essien and Anelka, that’s the only two players that would get into Arsenal 😉

  15. rico says:

    John Terry’s family favourite dance is….

    The Okie ‘Cokie’ 🙂

  16. London says:

    Hi Rico

    We are second in the league and there are still so few people around, if we go top I wouldn’t be suprised if it just me and you.

  17. rico says:

    Hi London

    When we win the league, you and me must get together for a cyber glass of the finest champagne ever 😉 😉

    At least we know no-one will steal a glass 😉 😉

    Have a good evening London, catch you tomorrow….

  18. JonJon says:

    hello guys..another good post…

    london…i totally agree especially with your view of eddie..ive noticed it the past few weeks that something isnt right about him…theres a lot of bad vibes..and the same can be said for AA…i just didnt really want to say anything cos the team is playing well with them in it…even though they have been been bringing in negative media reports they are both explosive players and they are integral to our season,especially on current form…

    and songs a beast..hes developed into a monster DM…hes having a flamini year and when he came on he changed the game… was a rain sogged november away game against a team desperate for points and we needed stability in the team and be strong at the back…win the battle first and then the gulf in class and quality will show through…..and he was immense in the midfield..he won the battle by himself and cesc is benefiting from it cos hes found the perfet parter…a strong presence of a player who can hold the midfield together allowing the rest to bomb forward….theres three key players this season and they are defensive..gallas, TV and song have formed an awesome fortress of a defensive tringle..all this talk of diaby being the new vieira is rubbish, songs the new vieira…songs up there with essien…thats one of the resons why we are up there with chealsea…..

    song for young player of the year…still 21 so he must be in the bracket…

    does anyone know what it said on dudus shirt??? i heard a story that it was something about his hometown in brazil….but ive also heard he could be in trouble for it…im dying to know what it was..

    and have we given merida that new contract yet cos if rosicky, dudu and AA leave next year were going to need some of these youngsters

  19. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Hi JJ,

    I could never understand Alex Song, each time he played for his country he shone big time, yet when he played for us he would make so many mistakes. But there was always hope in me as if you can play well for one, it wouldn’t be long until you played well full stop.

    I wondered if it had something to do with the way his country supported him, played him each game and he learned about those around him.

    Eraly with us he either came on as a sub, or was sent out on loan. Not easy really, but at his age it was best for him then.

    Now though, and as you remind us, Song is still only 21 years old and he has found his feet. I think he is a Gilberto type of player, not too fast, sometimes a pass thats goes astray ( Gilberto did that very often) but I honestly think that where Song has improved is mentally. He has learned how to read the game better, something Gilberto could do. Neither had great pace but their ability to be in the right place at the right time allowed them to stop the oppositions attack.

    I think Cesc enjoys playing alongside him too, he seems more free when Song is there, he trusts Song to keep the midfield covered when he goes off on a Gump Run….

    If Cesc trusts Song, then who are we to argue ??

    YPOTY – He would get my vote 🙂

    I dont know what was on Dudu’s shirt, I will have a hunt around today 😉

  20. London says:

    Hello Jonjon

    I have missed reading your more in depth comments. I am not sure that I have reached the point of concern with Eduardo just a bit of a suprised observation so far. Arshavin is different, if you see him play in the CL he gives his absolute all, this is definitely the competition for him, this is the one he takes seriously. There have been games in the PL in which he seems to have had trouble raising his game but he is a winner and you can’t have too many of those in the team.
    I hadn’t thought of Song being player of the season but it does make sense; he will probably vie for it with Vermaelen.
    Sadly, I still cannot see Rosicky with us next season, Wenger will sell him as sign of encouragement to Ramsey in the same way he did with Vieira as a signal to Fabregas of just how seriously they were taking his future at the club.

    Morning Rico

    They explained what was on Eduardo’s shirt on MOTD. It says “Peace in Villa Kennedy”; the area where he was brought up; apparently, there has been a lot of gun related trouble there recently.

    Song is a far superior passer of the ball than Gilberto ever was; but as you say, he has improved his positional play enough to start to be compared with Bert as well.

  21. rico says:

    Morning all…

    New Post is up…

    Morning London, please pack your comment and bring it with you 🙂

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