From the Ridiculous to the Sublime.

I don’t know what Wenger said at half time but it must have been some team talk, it certainly had the desired effect because it changed everything and we had been woeful up until then.  Well, perhaps to be a bit fairer, we were woeful except for the first ten minutes when we looked the more composed side, going through the gears with ease but the through ball to Torres giving him a one on one with Almunia and the Gerrard penalty shout against Gallas seemed to give Liverpool belief and strengthen their resolve to win this extremely important clash for both sides.

Our reassured football gave way to poor passing and nigh on panic after they scored. I still think that it was right to play both Denilson and Song in front of the back four: their job is to brake up play and give the ball to Fabregas who, in turn, is supposed to find the runs of either Arshavin, Nasri or Walcott but I do not recall any one of these three collecting the ball and moving towards the goal with any purpose or threat during the whole of the first half. Every time the ball was played to Walcott’s feet he was unable to control it the result being that Liverpool regained possession and drove forward putting additional unnecessary pressure on us. Half time couldn’t come soon enough and we were lucky to go into the break only one down.

The only snippet of information we have as to what was said at half time comes from Fabregas relaying that Wenger was so unhappy at the players first half performance that he accused them of not being worthy of wearing the Arsenal shirt. There is no doubt this had the desired affect as they took to the field with more determination and moving Walcott more centrally would also , no doubt, have pleased many but it was the stroke of luck that changed everything.

The own goal drained the belief out of Liverpool and into the Good Guys. From this point on we went from strength to strength: Fabregas started to dominate the midfield, Vermaelen was winning everything in the air, Sagna started to make Torres look ordinary and then it happened, after determined running, Arshavin scored with a piece of individual skill that I hope stays with me for the rest of my life. There were still nails to be bitten before the final whistle but we got the precious three points. Whether we deserved them I don’t really care, we are back in the title race.

Player ratings.

Almunia: at half time I was so angry with him for flapping when the ball came over that lead to the goal that I was screaming that he should never be allowed to wear the Arsenal shirt ever again………but at the end of the game I noticed in a replay that the ball deflected off of Lucas just before it got to the Spanish waiter, making it extremely difficult to deal with. Even so, he is surely just keeping the green jersey warm for Fabianski. 6

Sagna: this guy gave 100% from start to finish. The last time he did this was against Ireland; it seems that he does need the rest to maintain his optimum performance. 10

Gallas: every time he pulls up, for no matter how small the injury may have turned out to be, my heart sinks; we all know that we cannot afford to lose this much quality — and quality he is. 9

Vermaelen: Sky’s man of the match, my man of the match and I find it difficult to believe that he isn’t your man of the match. The  Belgian Rock was immense; he was the one true leader on the pitch; he looked as though he was prepared to give everything to the cause: the cause of winning and making Arsenal great again. 10

Traore: it has to be said that he is getting stronger and stronger and he needed to be because Kuyt gave him a very stern test. I became more and more worried as the game went on that if Liverpool were going to get back into the game it was going to be from Armand’s flank. But he held firm, although, I must admit that I was greatly relieved when Silvestre came on. 8

Denilson: no one in the midfield covered themselves I glory in the first half but we won and because of that the young Brazilian deserves his share of the praise. 8

Song: in the first half he was playing in such a way that you could so easily imagine his critics tearing their hair out in anger at the wasted passes but some how he seems to make amends enabling his fans like me to keep championing his cause. 8

Fabregas: for me, in games like this, it makes sense to have him playing a free role in front of Denilson and Song. This enables him to play safe in the knowledge that they have his back covered in the sense that they will do all the heavy work of recovering the ball while he can focus on being creative.  Whether you agree with that or not I don’t know but one thing I’m sure we can agree on is that he worked hard for the cause, never gave up and for that reason we love him. 9

Nasri: he owed us, his away form in general is poor and so it continued in the first half but whatever Wenger said at half time worked because he came out after the break a different player. 8

Arshavin: worked tirelessly throughout the game. His goal was one of the best pieces of individual skill I have ever seen at Arsenal. With the collective talent of Arshavin, Fabregas and Nasri it is hard to work out why we don’t beat every team every week but this combination is still not clicking as well as it should. Arshavin was making the runs but Fabregas is still not finding him although he is finding him more than Eduardo when he plays so more of the same, I suppose. 8

Walcott: his control is so poor I want to scream. 6

Wenger: the right team selection given what was available and a half time team talk worthy of winning the game 9

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128 Responses to From the Ridiculous to the Sublime.

  1. London says:

    What a great weekend that turned out to be.

  2. JonJon says:

    welldone london…

    that AA goal was amazing technique and a masterclass of how to shoot..andy gray said three reinas wouldnt save that shot and i dissagree…liverpool couldnt have played with 11 GKs’ and that would have still gone in…

    almunia concerns me…his overall dealing with the high ball was rubbish and once again he backed off afer a while leaving the defence to clear from the 6 yard line…they shouldnt have to..that almunias job…there was also a moment of madness where he threw the ball out straight to a red shirt..his performance was disturbing and deflection or not that free kick was his..he bottled it and fell over mid air without being touched…more determination and he would have cleared the ball, lucas and half of his defence instead of acting like he was about to ruin his hair…fabianski needs a run now…we cant go on like this manny installs no confidence whatsoever…

    and i like what wenger said at half time…we all were saying the same..the players needed to realise how important today was and they responded so well done…

  3. London says:

    Three Reinas couldn’t have saved it….I like that. I’m off, talk tomorrow.

  4. ganesh says:

    Yes yes .. Wat a win .. London i guess u’ve been a lil bit generous wit u r ratings .. Don think Gallas did enuf to earn a 9 .. He was nervous n shud hae conceded a pen .. I still feel he’s the one to be replacd nxt season wit a tall right footed CB to give us a new CB pairing for years to come .. N Almunia was ok till tat goal .. Maybe Fabianski deserves a run in the side ..N Walcott told he’ll play his heart out at Anfield but didnt play anywer close to tat .. Wonder if he’ll ever improve at all .. Anyway enuf of the critics .. Liverpool didnt play well either n so a win is a win .. How many times have we been robbed of results … So we deserved this one .. We r back in the race .. Need to win against Burnley to consolidate our title chances .. Hope we do .. Gunners rock 🙂

  5. ganesh says:

    I think this game was so so similar to Arsenal vs Manure at Old trafford .. An own goal in both games n same scoreline n also penalties tat shud ve been given .. We deserved a draw ther n so did Liverpool here .. Lots of Coincidences 🙂

  6. ganesh says:

    Any update on AA .. He needs to play against Burnley ?
    Also abt Traore ?

  7. rico says:

    Morning all

    Twenty years ago, give or take a few months, we all celebrated a win at Anfield to secure the title, just maybe this win at Anfield will be the game too, when we look back in May…..

    What a weekend, It is so lovely to wake on a Monday morning with Sky raving about us and our boss…..

  8. London says:

    Morning Rico

    It could have so easily have been the other way around with Sky laying into us. Still, small mercys, and all that.

  9. rico says:

    How rude of me, I enjoyed your match report London, I would give them all 10, just for the result 😉

  10. rico says:

    Agree London, but they dug in and I think that must be the most perfect time for Arsene to have his out of the blue rant, I guess they knew then just how poor they were…

    If he ranted every game, yesterdays would not have been so effective..

  11. rico says:

    Reports are that,

    Alisher Usmanov have increased his stake in English Arsenal to 26.07 percent, the club announced to London’s Plus Market.

  12. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Very good post London. Although I don’t think the Song/Denilson partnership worked (once again!) it is clear that Diaby wasn’t a better alternative – its time he went, we can’t afford to invest the time we have in Song in Diaby. It may be worth giving Ramsey an extended run but it could be like the Gerrard/Lumplard combo for England in that he and Cesc would be occupying the same space. I think the midfield 3 is a problem we have not yet solved.

    Almunia’s got to go – end of. he cost us the game against manure nad could have lost us the game yesterday if luck hadn’t been on our side.

    My little man did what probably no other player in the prem could have done yesterday. Don’t forget that the 4 goals he got against the dippers last year were ALL quality finishes. His ability is breathtaking. It doesn’t matter if he is anonymous during games because he is a match winner. I reckon he has sold more shirts in his first year than any player ever to join Arsenal …. we were desperate for a world class player and we’ve found a little gem…

  13. Edmond Dantes says:

    Morning guys

    We’ve been losing all the big Sunday games recently. So it’s a feel-good Monday morning for once. Anyway, it was about time our luck turned.
    But I must admit, after watching the first half, I was not at all expecting that rousing fight back. Thankfully, Wenger gave the players a piece of his mind at half time.

  14. rico says:

    Morning Rasp

    How many times did Henry appear to be out of the game, only to turn it on and win us a game 😉

    Almunia is dreadful, what on earth was he doing yesterday, padding the ball in to the path of Kite 😉

    I love this, Liverpool are 13 points from the top of the league, but they are also 13 points from the bottom of the league 🙂

  15. Edmond Dantes says:

    AA is a big match player. Even when he’s not too involved in the general play, he can come up with one moment of magic to turn the game. It was astounding skill on the 2nd goal – simply breath-taking. Now he’s scored against Manure and Pool this season.

  16. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico,

    Ha ha .. mid-table mediocrity for pool 😆

    Some outrageous diving by seasoned England internationals again this weekend – we should be proud that Dudu has taught them a new technique :evi:

  17. Rasputin says:

    evi = 👿 😳

  18. Rasputin says:

    Spot on Edmond. There were games when DB didn’t appear to be that involved, but he was always likely to produce some magic and leave the opposition shaking their heads. The reaction from fans when they concede a goal like that is usually honest – you can’t help but admire the brilliance even though it is against your team.

  19. Edmond Dantes says:

    The title race is back on. It would have been hugely disappointing to be out of the race before the New Year. Thankfully, thats not the case.

    I agree with the criticism of Almunia. He may be good enough for England, but certainly not for the Arsenal. Fabianski should be given a run out.

  20. Edmond Dantes says:

    Rasp. Also RvP has that ability to create something special from absolutely nothing. Its a pity he’s out for a while. Remember that volley at Charlton. I thought that was the best goal of that season.

  21. Rasputin says:

    I agree that RVP is quality. He is a totally different type of player to AA. He does frustrate me when he blasts the ball into row ZZ. I just wish he’d be more composed and sidefoot produce a delicate chip, or sidefoot the ball into the corner of the net instead of trying to break the sound barrier. When it works, its fantastic. I would bet that AA gets more shots on target than any other player in the prem.

  22. rico says:

    Morning Edmond

    Rasp, even old Andy Gray mentioned Gerrard has a tendancy to go down to easy, yesterday though I thought was a penalty – well, that will teach him for being known as a diver.

    Edmond, that goal you mention from RvP, I still don’t know how he managed that, it was just out of this world..

  23. Edmond Dantes says:

    Yes. I also think that AA’s shooting is world class. Most of the Arsenal players can’t really shoot from range very accurately. Going forward, the team needs to be more threatening in terms of taking shots from outside the box. It will add another dimension to our play.

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Morning….

    What is so disappointing about Almunia is his lack of power. When a keeper goes for a cross, he has to bully the forwards out of the way. All good keepers do it, but Coco just gets knocked off the ball. Time and time again.

    Time for a change.

    To beat the Dippers at Anfield is no mean feat, no matter how we did it. The return of Nik in the NY will add impetus and a much needed Plan B. particularly as we have such a difficult end of Jan beginning of Feb. By then, we should have a top two position and be ready to kick on (injuries permitting)

    & thank goodness we have a surplus number of fine LB’s.

  25. rico says:

    Another player is Tomas Rosicky, he put a couple of corkers past the dippers a few seasons ago, if only he could suddenly find some form again 😦

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Ramsey has a fine and accurate shot

  27. Edmond Dantes says:

    Rico. I’m happy that the penalty was not given. For me, a penalty should be awarded if a goal-scoring opportunity was stopped. In yesterday’s incident, the ball was running out of play so there was no advantage for Pool. Gerrard’s touch was bad and I dont think he should be rewarded for that.

    But if the rules are followed strictly then it should have been a penalty. The tackle from Gallas was clumsy.

  28. rico says:

    Morning Raddy

    Why is it that AW can’t see that Almunia is a weak keeper?

    Is Fabianski any better?

  29. rico says:

    Edmond,

    I think we are all glad that the penalty was not given 😉

    But I bet Almunia would have saved it 😳

  30. Edmond Dantes says:

    Big raddy. I read that this was the first time in the league that Liverpool lost a game after going one up, since we won there when Pires scored the winner in ’03. So, I agree with you, not many teams will go there and take 3 points. Even fewer, if they go 1 nil down.

  31. rico says:

    AW says AA hasn’t been able to use his foot all week through pain, but at the time of scoring he was fine….. 😆

  32. Big Raddy says:

    Right E.D.

    The Dippers will return. They have too many quality players to stay below the Spuds (!) and AV. A few wins will restore their cinfidence.

    Could we win the title if one of our strikers finds form? I believe so….

  33. Rasputin says:

    Morning Raddy,

    rico – yes, Fabianski is a lot stronger, braver and more aggressive than Almunia. He came for everything in the CL. One shot got under his body but he made good blocks against 3 or 4 others and claimed high balls without fumbling.

    Maybe Arsene should give shouting lessons to his keepers so that the defenders know when they are coming for the ball 😛

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Rico. AA with one foot is better than most with two

  35. Edmond Dantes says:

    rico

    Almunia has already established himself as “panty-waste.”
    But at least he saved Keane’s penalty that one time against Spurs.
    For the CL final, he was beaten by E’too on his near post. I still have not forgotten that. As a keeper, he should have covered the near post, and if the striker beats him on the far post – then well played to the striker. I do know that some shots to the near post are unstoppable, but that was not the case in that final.

  36. Big Raddy says:

    What is disturbing is that Almunia is at the peak of his powers. He has bags of experience (including a CL Final). As such there is no possibility that he will improve. None.

    Fabianski is the man for the job (should AW not buy an established, mature GK in Jan). He needs experience and CAN improve. Now is the time to use him on a regular basis.

  37. Edmond Dantes says:

    rasp

    I was also impressed with Fabianski’s showing in the CL last week. He made some good saves and looked quite assured between the posts. I thought AW should have started him yesterday. But we won, so its water under a bridge. But going forward, I think Almunia is a liability.

  38. rico says:

    I hold the same view on Fabianski, he looks more confident as well, Almunia always looks so nervous.

    Raddy, spot on, Almunia should be playing in the best form of his career at his age, but he is going backwards and at a fair pace too 😦

    Burnley away on Wednesday is now another massive game, I hope AW doesn’t decide to rest anyone, apart from Almunia and Diaby 😉

  39. Edmond Dantes says:

    Goalies are one of the more important players in the team. I know all players are important but…you know what I mean. When we had Seaman and Lehmann we were successful.

    I hope we swoop sensationally for Gigi Buffon. That will end all goal-keeping issues for sure. He’s the best keeper in world football. Casillas is a great shot-stopper, but I think he gets lucky at times.

    But as far as Arsenal goes, transfers like that are unrealistic.

  40. rico says:

    Maybe Almunia is the real problem with our defence, other than his own mistakes, maybe our defence have little faith in him and thats why it is all at sea sometimes when the crosses come in..

  41. Big Raddy says:

    Probably Rico

  42. Edmond Dantes says:

    All the top teams have reliable keepers except for us. Just imagine what we can do with a top keeper. Even some of the teams that are chasing the top 4 have good keepers. Besides Spurs of course. But to be fair, Gomes has seemed to settle down now.

  43. Edmond Dantes says:

    Bye-bye Roadsters. Till next time.

    Ps. What would Arsene do?

  44. Irishgunner says:

    I think I’ve just watched AA23’s goal for the 100th time, …. just one more

  45. kelsey says:

    Raddy and rico have said it all.

    Nice day for me. Dentist,Bank manager and doctor 🙂 see you later folks

  46. rico says:

    Morning kelsey, Irish

    Its a wonder goal thats for sure 😛

    Now we need to go thrash Burnely, a game that will be equally as difficult as yesterday, if not harder. Burnley are a club with grit and desire, not a team full of over paid, over ego’d bunch of players

  47. rico says:

    Ajax’s highly-rated right back Gregory van der Wiel has voiced his intention to play in a higher-profile league than the Eredivisie and would welcome a move to Premier League giants Arsenal.

    In an interview in Dutch paper De Telegraaf today, van der Wiel said: “To develop I need to play well at the World Cup. That’s really all that counts now. Of course I want to play for a big club in Europe.”

    The 21-year-old defender added: “Of course it’s nice to read that Arsenal are interested. I consider myself a good fit for the Premier League. Robin van Persie has told me many good stories about the Premier League, Arsenal and Mr Wenger, maybe he can put in a good word for me.”

    Gregory van der Wiel is one of the hottest prospects in European football and has also been linked to Italian giants Juventus. He has played 24 games for Ajax this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist

  48. rico says:

    I keep popping back when I can, but there is still no-one around 😦

  49. rico says:

    😦 😦

  50. Big Raddy says:

    If Eboue is happy to be a bench player, we have no need for another RB. Hoyte and Gilbert do not appear to be up to challenging Sagna for the shirt, but two is enough.

    Plenty of players would like to come to THOF, few are good enough

  51. JonJon says:

    well raddy,edmond and rico seem to have put the world to rights today….

    raddys point stands out though…manny is not going to get any better…he should be peaking now and hes had enough games to do that…hes yet to prove hes a top quality keeper…hes a good number 2 but hes not top quality…

    time to give the jersey to someone who will develop and get better…

    i wouldnt say there is much difference between fabianski and manny…they both are capable of howlers but fab does command his area better and although manny has the experience it doesnt show, he still makes naive mistakes that a rookie would..so lets give the shirt to fab and let him get the experience he needs to become a top keeper…

  52. JonJon says:

    and another thing that i find interesting and also highly amusing is that in certain sections of the arsenal support, (you know the ones, the ones that like the smell of their own farts) ppl are critisised for having a go and losing their rag when the players dont pull their weight…and these fans are classed as bad fans and they should support and love all things arsenal and cuddle them and kiss in between their bum cheeks…no matter how badly they play because they are human beings and they are sensitive and we dont want to make them cry….

    yet the captain of the club openly admitted that the manager of the club, the great man himself, the grand master of all things arsenal, laid into them and told them they werent worthy of wearing the shirt….

    i wonder why sir wenger obe hasnt been told to f@ck off and support chelsea yet by these certain sections…we really dont need managers like that!!!!!!

    PMSL….

  53. London says:

    That’s a funny thought JJ, they are probably walking around bumping into things in an absolute state of confusion today. Lol

    The body language of the two keepers tells us everything: Fabinaski is bold and decisive and Almunia is timid and terrified.

  54. rico says:

    Chesney is doing pretty well at Brentford, I reckon in 2/3 seasons time he will be our No1

    Hi JJ

  55. rico says:

    Exactly my point earlier London, Almunia is so nervous, he makes the whole of the defence feel unsettled..

  56. JonJon says:

    yeah totally agree london..

    almunias body language is that of a terrified pubescent about to lose his virginity…

    or maybe a rabbit in headlights is a better phrase…

    fabs the one who seems to like those high balls…he seems to get a buzz off coming for them and diving through dozens of players…which is what we need right now…he seems abit nuts and likes pain…where as manny seems abit vain and doesnt want to get his hair messy…

    of corse he wont get them all..but its better than watching his defence clear them out of his 6 yard box….

    hi rico..i havent seen much of chesny…

    but in fab and even the don we have two young keepers who are seriously breathing down mannys neck..and to say manny has years of experience on them thats not a good thing for manny…

  57. rico says:

    JJ, me neither, but the reports about him are really high standard, especially against Leeds at the weekend 🙂

    Szczesny – I’m loving the physical battle

    Wojciech Szczesny is thriving under the pressure for results at Brentford and says he relishes the battle every time he pulls on a Bees shirt.

    The Polish goalkeeper signed a one-month loan deal with the League One club at the end of November and has played in all five of the Griffin Park outfit’s league games since.

    Szczesny has kept two clean sheets for Andy Scott’s side and says that League One’s competitive edge gives him a real buzz.

    “I’m really enjoying it here,” he told Arsenal.com. “I’ve got a chance to go and train with Arsenal twice a week so that’s good as well. I’m really loving it at the moment.

    “In the lower leagues there are 22 players coming out for a battle every week and you have to come out and fight and compete for every single ball and stay focused for 90 minutes, so that’s very good for me.

    “I’m not the smallest goalkeeper fortunately. I think I can deal with it but of course there’s some mistakes sometimes but it’s part of learning and of gaining that experience.

    “It is difficult but I was expecting it, I’m not surprised and I just deal with it. I think concentration was a weakness of mine, so hopefully I’ll improve that.”

    The 19-year-old made his Arsenal debut in the Carling Cup victory over West Brom earlier this season and says he is savouring the opportunity of playing competitive football week-in, week-out.

    “We want to win every single game,” he said. “I want to feel that pressure and hopefully take something on and come back stronger to Arsenal.

    The loan move has also given the youngster a chance to develop important skills that he might not get the chance to work on as much with the Gunners.

    “My distribution must have improved a lot because in one game I kick more long balls than I kick all season for Arsenal,” he explained.

    “You have to come for crosses a lot here and the players and managers expect you to do that.

    “But the most important thing is playing regular first-team football and that gives me the experience I need at this age.”

    And just days before signing the loan deal with Brentford, Szczesny made his full international debut for Poland as a second-half substitute in their goalless draw against Canada.

    “It was a great week,” said the keeper.

    “I was with the national team for ten days and that was my first game so it gave me a lot of confidence.

    “I came back to Arsenal hoping to get some football and I signed a deal with Brentford and played at the weekend so it was a really good week for me.”

  58. rico says:

    I am done for today

    catch you all tomorrow

    night night, stay safe

  59. JonJon says:

    if anyone has sky and fancies watching the game again its on liverpool tv right now…kick off 8pm

    ands it free.. lol

  60. GunnerGav says:

    evening all,

    Only just had the oppotunity to get online and see todays responses’s! As much as I am pleased with the result yesterday and actually feel comfortable reading the sports pages on a Monday morning, I feel your ratings are a bit generous with Almunia and Walcott!

    Overall… great… we won… superb! Its what we needed as all other results over the weekend went in our favour. Although we still didn’t look convincing, and after AA goal went in I was expecting (to be honest) an equaliser!

    AW gave the talk of his life at half time we were told! Was Walcott in the toilet for 15 mins? I don’t think he heard it over them stupid yellow vapours! He is getting worse every week out wide! He needs a good reality check from Wenger, and needs to concerntrate on what his contributing to the team… not what he looks like. He gets a 2 for me! Thats just for having the audacity to wear them boots and turn up. I see Gallas had the sense and changed his at half time. The phrase ‘all the gear, no idea’ springs to mind! Walcott needs to get his confidence back.

    Almunia… I’m lost for words. I cannot think of anything positive to say. At his age now, he still cannot command the 6 yard box let alone his entire area, has no physical presence and cannot give an easy ball. When he throws the ball to a player not only has it got a blue light following it, they have to deal with it before thinking of playing it. Fabianski deserves a chance. 2 for me again. He would have got a three but his roots needs doing.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing these two replaced against Burnley. This game is just as important to win as Sundays.

    Sorry to be a bit of a downer after a great wkend of results but I feel this at some stage in the season will cost us!

  61. avenell says:

    Hi GunnerGav.. your right.. we played far better against Man U and lost and that was the end of the world. slashed wrists time.

    We play shit against the dippers and we are world beaters..

    I think London may have been a bit emotive when he gave out the ratings.. 😉

    Good post though London cheers mate..

  62. avenell says:

    And as for walcott ..

    What did he say to the press today?.. please shut up..

  63. ganesh says:

    Sadly no one noticed my posts 😦 😐

  64. ganesh says:

    Wat a win .. London i guess u’ve been a lil bit generous wit u r ratings .. Don think Gallas did enuf to earn a 9 .. He was nervous n shud hae conceded a pen .. I still feel he’s the one to be replacd nxt season wit a tall right footed CB to give us a new CB pairing for years to come .. N Almunia was ok till tat goal .. Maybe Fabianski deserves a run in the side ..N Walcott told he’ll play his heart out at Anfield but didnt play anywer close to tat .. Wonder if he’ll ever improve at all .. Anyway enuf of the critics .. Liverpool didnt play well either n so a win is a win .. How many times have we been robbed of results … So we deserved this one .. We r back in the race .. Need to win against Burnley to consolidate our title chances .. Hope we do .. Gunners rock 🙂

  65. ganesh says:

    I think this game was so so similar to Arsenal vs Manure at Old traford .. An own goal in both games n same scoreline n also penalties tat shud ve been given .. We deserved a draw ther n so did Liverpool here .. Lots of Coincidences 🙂

  66. ganesh says:

    Any update on AA .. He needs to play against Burnley ?
    Also abt Traore ??

  67. ganesh says:

    Reposted them all again 😛 😀

  68. Irishgunner says:

    Ganesh – AA has a foot problem for some time but hopes to be fit for Wednesday, its really up to Wenger whether he decides to rest him or not. He can’t risk making it any worse.

    Not sure on Traore but Silvestre can play there – just as well, if this keeps going he’ll have to put Vermaelen there.

  69. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Tweetie for me Irish

  70. Irishgunner says:

    Yep, Cruise isn’t ready to play EPL.

    How long more for Gibbs/Clichy?

  71. rico says:

    Clichy is due back this week, maybe the weekend we will see him – Gibbs will be a while, maybe the end of Jan 😦

  72. Irishgunner says:

    Good news on Clichy at least, one of our many LBs back

  73. rico says:

    Arsene is doing a news conference later, hopefully we will know more then Irish, but I bet tomorrow we see Diaby, Eboue and Denilson in the team 😦

  74. rico says:

    Gael Clichy
    November 23
    Gael is expected to return to fitness within the next three weeks according to Arsène Wenger. “Clichy is not too far, I think two to three weeks,” said the manager. The defender has a back injury.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    Be great to see Gael back. He is a special player. That said both Gibbs and Traore have been magnificent.

    I have bad feelings about the Burnley game. Burnley will be full of confidence, having a fine home record. But we should have enough to do well up there.

    Rico. 9.05……. does not make happy reading !

  76. Irishgunner says:

    Nah wouldn’t think so:

    ———– Flappy ——————–

    Sagna — Gallas —- Vermaelen —– Silvestre

    ———- Song —— Denilson —–

    ———— Fabregas —————–

    Walcott —— Arshavin ——- Nasri

  77. rico says:

    Morning Raddy

    I hope I am very wrong, but you our boss 😦

    I would like to see Walcott play through the middle, he was definately a little better on Sunday when he swapped with AA

  78. rico says:

    Flappy :lol 😆 Irish, time for Fabianski to have a run…

  79. Irishgunner says:

    Or give Mannone another go??

  80. rico says:

    Personally Fabianski for me, and then lets see how Chesney continues while at Brentford – suggested last night that he could possibly be our No1 in a few seasons? 🙂

  81. Irishgunner says:

    McDermott wants to be our No1 in 4 years 😆 agh great two under-23s battling it out for the Number One spot.

    Now if they both turn into Casillas and Akinfeev I’ll ot argue 😀

  82. rico says:

    I forgot about him Irish, he is meant to be pretty good for his agie isn’t he?

    Another Pat Jennings ? 😉

  83. Irishgunner says:

    He’s an Irish keeper, coarse he is good 😉

  84. rico says:

    😉 Irish, I haven’t seen the kid, how old is he now?

  85. London says:

    Note to self: must pay more attention to fixture list.

    I didn’t know the Burnley game was tomorrow, I thought it was on Saturday; still, I have also just noticed that Sky Italia are showing it, so it’s down to the 12 Pins for me. The fun part of this is that there is more singing in my section of the pub than there is in my section of the Emirates…..go figure.

    Morning Roadsters.

  86. rico says:

    Morning London

  87. Big Raddy says:

    Quiet here today.

    London. I was a 12 Pins regular. Fine hostelry and as you say a great place for a song or two.

    Wouldn’t it be great to have another Pat Jennings, and an Irish presence in the team. (no disrepect to Poles, Spaniards, Africans, French, Belgians etc etc etc)

  88. avenell says:

    Hi Roadsters..

    Mr Angry here..

    Wolves have changed all 10 outfield players from the team that beat the Spuds..

    Have they thrown the game???????

  89. London says:

    (no disrepect to Poles, Spaniards, Africans, French, Belgians etc etc etc)

    You have a great sense of humour BR 😉

  90. JonJon says:

    hi guys..lol raddy..

    hi ganesh your point about the coincidences is a good one…everyteam needs abit of luck and in certain games we havent had any like the manure one…but i firmly beleive that in football you make your own luck..

    we did nothing in the 1st half and we deserved to be behind against pool but we attacked better in the 2nd half and got a break..but you dont get those breaks if you dont attack…

    its like fatty mr deflection lumplard…he scores alot of lucky goals…buts he shoots from everywhere so hes bound to get a break every now and then….

    as for AA he supposed to have been injured for a while but hes kept on playing..he’ll play against burnley…

    hi ave..so wolves have thrown that game then???anyone know what rooneys pen was for?? id like to know if anyone dived….

  91. avenell says:

    Handball.. and it was.. 😦

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone still think that Green is the GK for us?

    Sad to see WHU play like this, they are relegation fodder at the moment. How we didn’t get 3 points at Upton is astonishing. Their defence is dire.

  93. Big Raddy says:

    I think we already have the 3 for the drop. Wolves, Pompey and WHU.

    Unless the Spuds go into freefall 🙂

  94. JonJon says:

    i was just about to say that raddy, about green..

    hes garbage..hes no better than manny

    what about carlton cole though?? id take him..he’d be happy to sit on the bench and hes a plan B kind of striker…he wont want to stay at wham…

    and scotty parker?? for when song goes on his jollies?

  95. Big Raddy says:

    I haven’t seen enough of Cole. He looks a bit Heskey’ish to me but others say he is quality.

    Parker? He is WHU’s only real hope of survival. If they let him go they are doomed.

    What about Cana at Sunderland? All that clamour for us to sign him and he is sent off for the second time this season. Hard worker though, and could have been a good signing.

    What has really irked me this evening is Wolves playing their reserve team. Their fans must be fuming. If they can get a result at Shite HL why not at OT? But they gave in before kick off. I hope McCarthy gets a massive fine and apologises to the travelling support.

  96. JonJon says:

    i dont think your the only one who feels that way raddy..

    although mcarthey will probably argue that footys a squad game now and the big clubs do it in europe all the time…we did it against olymiacos but of course thats a total different situation.. your right i hope the authorities come down hard on him…he just gifted manure three points when his team were on the back of an away win and manure were on the back of a home loss…terrible..

    cole has been doing well for wham this season until his injury..not a classy player but hes fast strong, can hold the ball up and good in the air..

    i cant see wham letting parker leave but why would he want to stay if they are in the shit and a big club like us went in for him…i’ll be dissapointed if he goes to liverpool or somewhere like that in jan and we dont enquire about him also…

    good point about cana..there was all this hulabaloo about him never getting a red in his life and then first 6 months in PL hes got 2…and to be honest i think cattermoles a better player than cana…

  97. Irishgunner says:

    ” and an Irish presence in the team.” – BIG YES Raddy, we missed Given 😦

    Other than that not too many you’d pick though…

    Disgusted with McCarthy, so are the Wolves fans by all accounts.

  98. Irishgunner says:

    Watch for the bit with Rafa and Benyaoun 😆 😆

  99. rico says:

    Morning all

    This makes me wonder if we are after Pavelynenchenko, how ever you spell it!!

    “Obviously Pav wants to move but we are not mad to sell them. They are not going cheap and are both good players.

    “It is up to the chairman and whether he gets the money and it is the right offer. I would not let them go cheaper. Otherwise you end up giving them all away.

    “I won’t let my emotions get in the way of the fee we get for Pav

  100. London says:

    Morning Rico

    I trust twitchy as far as I can throw him….this translates to me as saying: For sale, one used Russian striker, must sell, will accept offers.

    I can’t see this one happening in a million years, Wenger will, almost certainly, rationalise that we already have Bendtner who is tall and as good if not better.

  101. London says:

    I miss your morning round ups Rico. I now have to go trudging around the blogs to find out what is happening. Life can be so hard sometimes 😉

  102. London says:

    If Wolves put out a school boy team to face United last night justifying it by saying that their game against Burnley, on Sunday, is more important, do you think that Burnley will do the same tonight…..hmmmm, I wonder?

  103. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Clever thought that London about Burnley v us tonight except they’re at home so I can’t see it happening……

    I too had a good rant at the manc that lives in my house 😳 about the Wolves team last night and he said its all fair and evens itself out in the end – well if the mancs win the title on goal difference it won’t have evened itself out…………….

  104. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    A big Noooooooo to Pavlova!!! Try for C Cole and if we can’t get him forget it and look at a CB or even better …. A GOALKEEPER….. 😕

  105. London says:

    Morning Peaches

    I can’t see Burnley fielding a weakned team either but I can see this becoming a trend for the future; that’s to say that, I wouldn’t be surprised it Macathy fields a bunch of kids when they play Chelsea away.

    By the way, my guess at what is happening in your avartar is you spooning your heart throb Sol; although, I see you have changed the sheets this morning 😉

  106. peachesgooner says:

    oooooh London what a thought 😉

  107. London says:

    Morning Rasp

    Do you know if C Cole is injured at the moment or are West Ham plummiting even with him playing?

  108. Rasputin says:

    Morning London,

    No he is ‘officially’ injured. Some reports say he’ll be back in the New Year (same as Bendtner) whilst others suggest it could be a couple of months – if that is the case there’s no point in going for him now, we may as well re-assess in the summer.

  109. peachesgooner says:

    The truth is far more innocent though – I was going to change to The Yummy One but after last weeks performance you mentioned ‘chocolate leg’and I found this very delicious pair of chocolate legs that just needed a bit of Arsenalisation with a red background.

    I am smiling at the thought of spooning Sol though, thankyou for that 😆

  110. London says:

    Your welcome Peaches 😉

    My guess at Wenger’s team tonight.

    ——–Almunia
    Sagna,Gallas,Vermaelen,Eboue
    –Nasri,Song,Fabregas
    -Walcott,Arshavin,Diaby

  111. Rasputin says:

    Can everyone see my new/old avatar?

  112. peachesgooner says:

    Old avatar in the winch ……..

  113. Rasputin says:

    ???

  114. rico says:

    The Russian is back 😉

    Hi again peeps

    London, life is hard sometimes 😉 I miss doing the posts, but first thing in the morning is now mayhem at home 😦 Couple of months and the furry ones won’t need such close attention 🙂

  115. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico,

    The dog whisperer (Cesar Milan) is on tour and at the Wembley Arena – are you going to see him?

  116. rico says:

    Hi Rasp

    I have been trying to find a dvd by Cesar for puppy training but with no luck. We would love to go and see him but the puppies would be a nightmare to leave for such a lenght of time, I wonder if Cesar would come to my home 😉

    Thats really kind of you to let me know though, thank you 🙂

    Are you able to watch any of the cricket? SA are 56-2

  117. peachesgooner says:

    I haven’t got the russian 😦

  118. Rasputin says:

    No, can’t watch the cricket rico – I’m at work 😦

    I’ll give Cesar a call and see if he can come round and train you 😉 (its always the owner – never the dogs)

    peaches, are you in Firefox? This avatar thing is weird. A couple of days ago, my avatar went back to the one before the one before last 🙄

  119. rico says:

    Hi peaches

    It may come back when you log in to wordpress after being logged off – if that makes sense 😉

  120. rico says:

    😆 😆 Rasp, but i agree, it is the owners 😉

    our pups are purrfect 😉

  121. rico says:

    They have introduced video umpiring today, I’ll let you know as and when the wickets fall, if I get to see them 😦

  122. rico says:

    Arsene reckons Tweetie could well leave on a free in January…

  123. rico says:

    I meant in the summer, not January…

  124. London says:

    The defence will need a major re-think in the summer so I can’t see that as a problem

  125. rico says:

    Morning London

    Me neither, AW is not fussed either I think as he doesn’t plan to discuss it with him until March 😉

  126. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.. NEW POST up..

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