One man team, to hell we are……

So many in the media say that we are a one man team, we are all about Cesc Fabregas and they even suggest that without him we have little threat. Didn’t they say the same when we had Thierry Henry in our side?

Utter bollox I say – we have a squad with players who can change a game. We have a manager who has got us playing wonderful football. Tonight that manager has to pick the best eleven and use the substitues at the right time if needed.

Porto are in the city for the second leg of the Champions League knock-out game, they have a slender 2-1 lead but we have a very important away goal. I’m not even going to talk about their players, let’s talk about us, The Arsenal!

So we don’t have our little Captain Marvel, Cesc Fabregas tonight and yes, that is dreadfully disappointing!

Reality is though, we are fortunate to have players that can cover his position; we have Rosicky, Nasri, Diaby and even Fran Merida.

Whoever steps into the gap left by Cesc must be thrilled and honoured, it’s a big pair of boots to fill, but I think they will be filled….
My bet is Nasri, he had a great game on Saturday, maybe one of his best, the dink over the top of the Burnley defence for Cesc to score
was just perfect.

Nikki had a dreadful game on Saturday, he couldn’t hit a barn door but we won and it mattered not in the end. I watched his face after he was substituted, he shrugged his shoulders and smiled, as if to say ‘I haven’t a F****** clue how I missed those chances either’. His smile was from a player who was seems happy, knowing full well the next game he will make amends. (That’s my take anyway)

So Nikki, tonight is the next game, tonight you need to select the right pair of boots, you know the ones – not the pink ones or the yellow ones, wear the ones that score goals, the goals they will see us through to the quarter final of the Champions League.
Add to Nikki’s goals, we have a confident looking Theo Walcott, we have a man who loves to score from nothing in Arshavin, and a tall long legged lad called Diaby who can also score from nothing. We have goals in us, we just need to take our chances.

In the defence we have Big Sol, a man eager to win another medal with us, to make amends for the school boy error in the first leg – trust me, he will be up for this game, he is a fighter and a winner!
In goal we have Captain Almunia, he has a point to prove, he will want to show Arsene Wenger why he should have played in the first leg!

All in all, we have a squad who are together, one that that wants to win silverware, wants to do something a little extra for Aaron Ramsey.
A squad who wants to win for their missing Captain Marvel – Do that, and maybe we will prove to a few doubters that we are not a one man team….

Right now my heart is fighting my head over the result – just hope my heart wins….

This is what tonight is about, this is the cup we all want us to win.

A nervy few hours to go, but we can do it…. We will beat Porto and we will prove that Arsenal have never been and will never will be a one man team!!


173 Responses to One man team, to hell we are……

  1. K-TR7 says:

    Morning,victory is in the air!we rarely lose when cesc is absent since the boys dig deeper to fill his boots.nasri must be licking his lips to show us,AW and domenech what he can do in a central role.

  2. rico says:

    Morning KTR7, its a must, a 3-1 home win 🙂

  3. nutcracker says:

    Call me a pessimist, but I feel we need to score at least 3 goals to win this tie, because I can’t see us not conceding. That being said, I’d love to be proved wrong.

  4. rico says:

    morning nutcracker, great minds…

  5. morning all
    we never lose at home when cesc isn’t playing
    that is a fact

  6. rico says:

    Morning rsd, I never knew that, strange though isn’t it..

  7. With all that he does
    the facts also say we never draw
    when he’s in the team at home

  8. morning rcio ktr7 NC

  9. rico says:

    see liverpool lost last night to wigan…

  10. didn’t watch have ‘eard lol
    do you think spurs could even make it through the qualifiers

  11. a dipper told me that 7th is the new 4th lol

  12. K-TR7 says:

    We need at least 3goals before we can relax.i hate extratime since the games are usually tense and often lead to penalties and i hate them so much!i can’t bear another shootout like roma last year or us failing to take our chances only to get punished right at the end(chelsea cl quarters04 and psv round of 16 07)

  13. rico says:

    😆 rsd

    I think Citeh will get 4th

    You and me both KTR7, I always like the away game second because of that..

  14. is a double edged sword the away goal rule
    but think we have enough to beat them at home
    they didn’t really look like they troubled us that much in porto
    we gifted them 2 goals
    with clichy being at full force he will contain verela
    and with song back he will stop “david banner”
    i think niki will bang few in and andrey
    theo’s gona rip bruno a new hole

  15. teamouse says:

    we need be careful Hulk tonight!!!

  16. rico says:

    morning teamouse, welcome to Avenell Road, The Hulk is strong but their other striker is good too.

    I agree rsd, we gifted them their goals, without which we would have a nice 1-0 lead going into tonight..

  17. Erick says:

    Come on you Goons we can do it i have to agree we have to hit 3 b4 we relax

  18. rico says:

    Thats the spirit Erick 😉

  19. Erick says:

    Hallo all

  20. we never do it that way tho
    can see a 1-0

    “right at the end”

  21. Sid says:

    allo chaps.. haha rico i said 3-1on the last post.. i agree great minds 😛

    definitely agree with the article on nikki.. he had an off day.. it was great to see the fans clap him off though.. im sure it would have been otherwise if the result hadn’t gone our way..

    the great thing about the last game was the character theo showed after the twat called him brainless.. determination and spirit.. two very important parts of a footballers game..

    either way a great man once said form is temporary but class is permanent.. so come on ye gooners.. lets show em our class..

  22. rico says:

    Good comment Sid, hasn’t that ex spud idiot repeated his comment, he obviously didn’t watch our game on Saturday!

    I’m really hoping that was the turning point for Theo, tonight will be very interesting..

  23. JonJon says:

    bendtners gonna make up for saturday tonight…

    walcott had a good game so deserves to start

    aa back in the lineup

    cesc is a big loss but nasri can do it

    porto will try get the away goal so we’ll have space to work the’ll be easy..we’ll get three or four

    morning all 😉

  24. K-TR7 says:

    Liverpool were dreadful!all pundits who predicted they would finish above us let alone win the league should hang their heads in shame.watching them misplace passes made me appreciate what AW has done in our club with the champagne football we are previledged to see each week.we can easily string 30 passes to score a goal.i hope that if we concede a goal we don’t throw the kitchen sink and go all attack since porto can counter easily,hope for a clean sheet and commanding performance;show porto we are in charge at the Europe we have failed to score once at home(fenerbahce?),goals will not be a problem,we need 100%concentration and commitment,with big sol in there you can bet he won’t allow the troops to lay down the guard for even a second.

  25. rico says:

    Morning JJ, I love your comments, but this morning’s has to be one of your best 🙂

  26. JonJon says:

    theos not brainless..

    he just doesnt fit wengerball..and he took his arsenal form to the national side…

    thesos not techniacally he gets left out when we play triangles and quick one twos…but his pace offers a different dimension and as long as he uses it to good effect it dont matter if he can play wengerball…but saying that we need him to play like he did against burnley every game for him to be any benefit to us..

    waddle was a good winger..very tricky but theo wasnt the one who ended up in a pizza hut advert with the ball from the pen kick still orbiting the earth…

  27. JonJon says:

    i watched the liverpool game

    both teams were crap but wigan took the only chance they had..

    torres had 5 or 6 least two were bendtner like chances from the weekend and he missed them both..

    torres lost that game..

    but liverpool are the medias lovechild so he wont get a pasting for it like bendtner did at the weekend

    just goes to show tht top strikers even have off days..

    nikki will get a couple tonight

  28. rico says:

    If Burnley was Nikki’s off night then good, tonight I hope he shuts a few folk up big time… That includes me 😉

  29. remeber you saying this last time gainst porto jj

  30. i hope so
    more intresting facts
    that win 88% of the time
    with nikki in team

  31. rico says:

    rsd, JJ has got to be right one day then 😉

  32. JonJon says:

    yeah rsd but i didnt expect fabianski to apply to be on the next episode of a question of sports’ what happened next slot…

    those goals messed us up..

    porto need to score…as long as we score first porto will gety more desperate and throw more ppl forward as game goes on..

    no cock ups at the back tonight and the games ours..

    porto are shit..

  33. K-TR7 says:

    Torres missed absolute seaters!consider that:torres-20m,johnson-17m and a fully fit arsenal squad:rvp-2m,AA-15m,TR7-8M,Fab-0.5m,diaby-5m,song-0.5m,sagna-7m,verm-7m,gallas-10m,clichy-0.25m and coco-peanuts=56m,and we lead them by 15 points!AW is a genius but the sitiuation at scouseland is sad but hilarious considering funds wasted by benitez with only an fa cup and flukey cl victory to show for it.the funds benitez has used,AW would ha ve built them a new stadium and a competitive team to go along with it.they rejected the play-offs idea and they may regret it soon.

  34. JonJon says:

    im always right rico…its other ppl that dont stck to the script.. 😉

  35. you probably forget to send to them jj

  36. ktr7 the way their playing they will be lucky to get 7th
    but lets hope they can turn it round they play utd next week

  37. Sid says:

    lol.. you guys should listen to steve mcmahon going on and on about liverpool.. he’s got his head halfway up benitez A*%.. unfortunately for me he’s a pundit on one of the best shows here..

    we definitely need to score first. that will open the game up and wenger-ball-istic that will be..

    hopefully nasri takes a couple of shots this game instead of pirouetting away.. i wouldnt mind a chip either to the milk dud up front..

  38. K-TR7 says:

    We lead them by 13 not 15 points.liverpool are very strange;they may turnover utd and chavs but lose to wigan.enough of them,at the dragao i was surprised by how poor porto were;we and the ref gifted them a goal each.during the days of quaresma i remember eboue being taken for a spin by quaresma and we’d be totally outplayed.all the fans that will be in the ground should give porto a hostile atmosphere and let them know we are heading to madrid! to play the first ever final to be held on a saturday.

  39. hmmm
    gallas has been offered 2 years at half price

  40. JonJon says:

    really..he wont stay..

  41. rico says:

    Guys, I have visitors for lunch so off to get some cooking and cleaning done 😦

    Catch up this afternoon, have a great day

  42. depends on how we do i guess

  43. JonJon says:

    bye rico

    rsd its rather worrying though..i dont see how its saves money..

    gallas still got another couple of seasons left in him..

    to offer half price is a risk cos it will take 10-15mil just to replace him…

  44. Ferreira says “We will try to do the same what we did at Dragao”
    thats good that means it we’ll thrash them

  45. JonJon says:


  46. he get half a mil bonus if stays for the second year
    ie we just want to give him ~60k for 2year instead of 80k

  47. still dont understand what there game plan is
    press us up high
    and invite us to play football
    even i know thats dumb

  48. JonJon says:

    if they push up and play high line we’ll rip them to bits

    what they hoping for is if fabianski plays

  49. Edmond Dantes says:

    Morning guys

    Many people have been wondering what Theo’s goal celebration was about. I happen to think it was a “cometh the hour, cometh the man” sort of statement. He did score just before the hour mark I think.

  50. lol
    right have to take a two year old to the dentist this will be interesting
    see you guys pre game

  51. JonJon says:

    laters guys

  52. Sid says:

    Dantes.. me and a couple of friends were wondering about that actually, thanks for the clarification.. hmm we definitely need another centreback if not gallas.. unless wenger thinks nordveit and djourou will be sufficient with an ageing gallas.. who knows what willy wonka has up his sleeve or in the chocolate factory..

  53. JonJon says:

    theos goal celebration was because he was late for the team bus and he had to get taken to the hotel by car by somebody on the bench…

  54. the equipment manager Paul Johnson.

    anyone about?

  55. have you seen chesney says
    he planning for the #1 shirt next season

  56. Erick says:

    Come on you Gunners attack from the word go

  57. Erick says:

    3 hours before kick off come on Arsenal 3nil I predict

  58. rico says:

    Evening peoples, whats happening then…

  59. Erick says:

    Its only me Rico feeling confident ahead of the big one

  60. not alot just rewatching the porto game

  61. Erick says:

    RSD so you reckon from what you see we can hit 3 past them

  62. rico says:

    I’m not Erick 😦

    rsd, thats not so good then…

  63. stand by my statement
    theo gona rip them a new port’ole

    this has been a slow day

  64. how was the luncheon?

  65. Erick says:

    Come on Rico keep the Faith RSD am so convinced Theo will hit them where it hurts Come on you Red and white

  66. i’m pretty confident
    i might even flick over to the utd game

  67. K-TR7 says:

    Handicap porto’s right(diaby,clichy&AA),be cautious of counter attacks and there could be a goal fest in our favour so long as nikki and our forwards have shooting boots.i’m cautious on predictions since you never know which arsenal side will turn up and team selection too.Early goal please…

  68. Erick says:

    Thats the spirit am sure we can go through any chance we get we need to use it somebody should give Almunia a magazine he wont have much to do

  69. Coadsi says:

    I am confident rico:
    we are at home
    we have almunia in goal now 😉
    we have for the game aa23
    we have song for the game
    we have a confident theo for the game
    ………..its all good rico

  70. Coadsi says:

    Evening all

  71. you see helb avaliable for 8 mil this summer?

  72. rico says:

    Soory peeps, the phone rang 😦

    rsd, lunch was fab thanks, a springer spaniel was here too 🙂

    I just have this horrid feeling…..

  73. Erick says:

    Rico get Almunia one of those Ladies Magazine that how idle he will Its normal to feel that way its a big one and Its THE ARSENAL

  74. glad to hear you had a nice tea

    cocks and cockers in your house no wonder you have a ‘orrid feeling

  75. Paddy pulls along side a lorry-oi driver yer losing your load,driver shouts fuck off,5 miles further -oi yer losing yer load,will u fuck off says the driver,5 miles further paddy yells -im not joking ur losing ur load,driver says-will you go away you thick irish fucker i’m gritting!!!

  76. anyone got any team news?

  77. I bought a deodorant stick today,having never used one i read the instructions,it said remove top and slowley push up bottom!!!!i’m in casualty at the moment but my farts smell lovely…

  78. Coadsi says:

    nothing as yet rsd. i am checking but still no news

  79. * 01 Almunia
    * 03 Sagna
    * 05 Vermaelen
    * 22 Clichy
    * 31 Campbell
    * 02 Diaby
    * 07 Rosicky
    * 08 Nasri
    * 17 Song Billong
    * 23 Arshavin
    * 52 Bendtner

  80. Coadsi says:

    ok so no starting role for theo or eboue then rsd

  81. JonJon says:


  82. didn’t expect eboue to start
    nice to see rosixty start
    but did want theo to start tho

  83. JonJon says:

    two men stood in an airport..
    1st man says i cant find my wife
    2nd man says i cant find mine either, whats does yours look like
    1st man says 6 foot blonde, big tits, nice arse, long legs mini skirt, high heels boob tube. what does yours look like?
    2nd man replies fuck her!!lets look for yours…

  84. A bloke rings work up & says to his boss
    “ican’t come into day i’m sick”
    his boss says
    “how sick?”
    he replies well

    i’m in bed with my disabled sister…….

  85. Coadsi says:

    i guess in the second half general wengermus will say “on my signal unleash hell” and bring on theo to run at those tired legs.

  86. K-TR7 says:

    I’m surprised AW is starting tomas,he must be really fit and impressive in training.fingers crossed he is over his injury woes.maybe this was the reason for his early substitution despite playing well vs burnley.

  87. and eboue i guess but might not need him

  88. is amazing sixty is playing his 3rd game in a week

  89. West belfast gypsy takes his 16yr old daughter to the docs after she complains of morning sickness.
    The doc examines her and say’s,to the gypsy is your daughter sexually active?
    he say’s is she fuck,
    she just lies there like her fucking ma!!!!!!

  90. wtaching porto from weekend they were really bad

  91. Coadsi says:

    I know its the furthest thing from our minds now but is jack starting tonight for bolton?

  92. Coadsi says:

    thanx rsd

  93. got to love AA new hair

  94. just a matter of when not if in it

  95. Erick says:

    B52 scores

  96. K-TR7 says:


  97. rico says:

    great start then… 😉

  98. rico says:

    thats why we dont want AA defending…

  99. nikiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  100. rico says:

    f-in brilliant

  101. whats wrong with aa i missed that

  102. rico says:

    he defended rsd, hoofed the ball in the air straight to porto, i was just being ironic though, love him…

  103. no smiley so ironey was lost

  104. rico says:

    thats why i use them 😉 But i do use too many ….

  105. men against boys spring to mind

  106. rico says:


    Song is on fire, he is playing so so well….

  107. rico says:

    not yet rsd, wait until one minute left 😉

  108. think we look better without cesc just seems more fluid
    like ktr7 was saying earlier

  109. rico says:

    andy gray is such a git!!!

  110. alexandre dimtri song billong

  111. rico says:

    if cesc was on, we would be 4-0 up….

  112. rico says:

    billabong in my home 😉

  113. whats he saying have him on silent

  114. rico says:

    lucky nikki….

  115. rico says:

    just all negative rsd, first goal offside, clichy is poor, we are too casual etc etc….

  116. rico says:

    2 goals are not enough, we need to step up a gear again….

  117. he cant have mointor or see anything from the gantry
    cos the hurricane is at full force

  118. an i’ve seen the replay like 8 times the guy whos marking andrey plays niki on

  119. Erick says:

    Still having that bad feeling Rico Almunia has just called me he is waiting for the magazine

  120. Erick says:

    RSD you were right they are not that good but we need Theo to come up more pressure to kill off the game

  121. well the first goal was offside but lineo would have to be an owl to see that

  122. JonJon says:

    3 more this half…

    goals galore boys and girls we strolling this not even out of first gear yet

  123. JonJon says:

    nikkis been quality..

  124. rico says:

    I am Erick, I wont be happy until we score a couple more…

  125. rico says:

    JJ, even i agree with that 😉

  126. you right erick but is come up to Rosixty minutes so would expect the switch

  127. rico says:

    Erick, Big Al has no time for reading 😉

  128. i see they’ve gone back to there game plan

  129. rico says:

    bring on theo…..

  130. JonJon says:

    was that a goal or was that a goal

    new zidane????


  131. rico says:

    what a fuckin goal…………….

  132. JonJon says:

    youve only come to see eboue

  133. rico says:


  134. rico says:

    sorry for my bad language… 😉

  135. rico says:

    JJ, who has the nice job for the morning, you or ave ?????

  136. JonJon says:

    its not fucking on rico.. 😉

  137. rico says:

    ROFWL JJ 😉

    thats a new one..

  138. rico says:

    not sure about this switch unless nasri is injured….

  139. JonJon says:

    dunno rico..anyone heard from mr nell??

  140. rico says:

    here comes the boy…………….. 🙂

  141. JonJon says:

    games won rico..give the players a rest and standng ovation

  142. rico says:

    not me JJ, thought he might have been on here tonight..

  143. think he heard theo wasn’t starting so he wasn’t gona watch 😉

  144. rico says:

    thats me done folks, a great day, a great evening, a great game, a great result….

    Nikki B, Get you my boy….

    I will sleep well, no doubt you all will too….

    Night night fellow bloggers – bring on the headlines 😆

  145. Erick says:

    5-0 my oh my come on you gunners well done to the boys

  146. Erick says:

    Its already midnight here i have seen the headlines Rico ‘Magical Nasir’ 🙂 🙂 nite friends

  147. JonJon says:

    souness and gullit can suck my balls

    tonys sat there looking like he wants to chin em both

  148. charybdis1966 says:

    Rico – I had to come here on here tonight, your favourite player did ok tonight eh ? 🙂

  149. what they moaning about

  150. JonJon says:

    that nasri wouldnt have scored that goal in the pl it wasnt that good

    porto were shit and we were lucky?????????????

    it was 5 fucking nil…going on like we’d scraped through

    even keyes had to butt in over souness and say give nasri and arsenal some credit

  151. K-TR7 says:

    Speechless!i predicted goals galore and AA’s defeciences would be covered by,nasri and boys take a bow!

  152. just jealous cos the mickey mousers our playing on thursday and they wont even make europe

  153. JonJon says:

    hes still ruuning his fucking mouth

    weve just won 5-0 in cl and they saying how weak we are in midfield

    i wanna batter souness

    look at the score guys… duuuurrrrrrrr

  154. JonJon says:

    they showed a clip of song tonight and it was like one of those 3 minutes youtube montage that makes a player look 50million and they were saying he should stay back

    yeah sometimes he does get forward too much but you’d have thought by the way they going on we’d have just lost 5-0

  155. maybe you should ring up and tell him that chelsea only beat them 1-0 at home

  156. JonJon says:

    i thought we looked great..

    awesome performance…on a role now and nasris on fire

  157. JonJon says:

    so so sexual…
    right goal…goal of the competition…

  158. rico says:

    New Post up

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