A Poke in the Eye of the Tigers…..

Hull 1 Arsenal 2.. (Arsenal win on away goals).

It’s getting to the stage where we can scrap the team coach and hire a mini bus to take our fit players to away games. We are savaged with injuries, which as usual the media choose to forget.
A lot of  the pundits are knocking Bendtner, even after the infamous Porto “hat trick” and 6 goals in the last 5 starts and in his favoured position at last.
He, and watch my lips is not our main striker, he is behind RvP in the pecking order, that’s like knocking Michael Owen for Man U. or N.Gog for the Dippers, he is far, far better than them and his all round play and work rate is superb and he is improving every game.

Onto the game, we started as we usually do, passed a bit, misplaced passed a bit, then settled in and scored at the fifteen minute mark with a opportunity from our Russian secret weapon. He just runs at players and plays the percentages that a break will come his way and it did. 1-0..

Then as usual, the game starts to come easy, we create, we think we are in a training session and we piss ourselves laughing as yet another chance goes over the bar. But the reality is we are always one balls up from a equaliser. The balls up initially came from the linesman, although standing in line missed the Hesselinkson bloke beyond our back four.

So he had the head start on Sol and as Sol plays catch up he clatters into the back of the bloke with the long name, (clatters is by far too strong a word) . Should Sol see red? . No (a) because two wrongs don’t make a right (well a bit) and (b) the attacker has to be in a goal scoring position. How can you score a goal when the ball is two feet behind your head would be some feat)?

Anyway. Bullard penalty 1-1..

The game re-starts and soon becomes ill tempered and for some reason a handbags session breaks out on the half way line that involved Nikki getting tugged, poked in the face and whacked.. and he got a yellow for that along with the perpetrator. Boetang

Just before half time Boetang decides to tattoo Sagna’s knee with his studs and he walks with just two yellows, which in reality is better for us than a straight red as we don’t see any benefit from a three match ban.

HT, Hull down to ten men. We should piss this, but I still never felt good about it.

The main talking point for the 40 minutes of the second half was a tackle by Sol in which he won the ball, luckily the ref must have had regrets about his first half penalty decision and Sol just gave a free kick away, much to the disgust of the KC mob.

The crowd became boisterous, the tension started to build and we never looked like scoring. Eboue was replaced with Theo and we started to dominate as the game went on and our passing game wore Hull 10 men down, but with no real chances. but  Hull started to be forced back.

Out of the blue the fourth official stuck up a six minute of injury time on his board and that was the belief we needed to win the game, that must be an omen, we never get that sort of gift. Sure enough three minutes in Bendtner is the first to react from a ? Denilson? Shot and we score in +3 mins Phew!!..

At this point of writing I turned on MOTD and I expect a anti Arsenal reaction but, hold up,  Shearer and Hansen are backtracking and are saying similar to what I have already wrote “offside” “Not a red for Sol” “well timed tackle” I am stunned, perhaps the League is our destiny and they are giving in. The force is with us..

Almunia.. 7.. Hardly saw him, no Manuel moments whatsoever.

Sagna.. 7.. Perhaps we could have rested him yesterday and played Eboue at right back and we would have had more attacking options, he did okay..

Campbell..7.. He looked a little cumbersome and tired at times, I don’t understand why he should have been sent off, or the problem with his tackle. (apart from he is Arsenal)

Vermaelen 7.5.. Roma’s new centre half for next season had his usual good game, usual tenacity and desire to win.

Clichy. 7.. Back to normal, fast, and wants to win. He seems to have settled next to Vermaelen a lot better now.

Denilson.. 5 .. yep he was there.

(in fairness he made the  winner, after his shot was poorly saved by the Hull keeper)

Diaby 6.5.. Frustrating that he cannot show up every week, he should be running rings around this lot. But he never played badly.

Nasri.6.5.. He was trying his best, but he just ain’t Cesc..

Arshavin.. 7.25 Brilliant, Frustrating, Clinical, wasteful,  whatever the mix, bloody exciting, I love the fella.

Eboue.7. Okay performance, perhaps he was struggling after a midweek game in Europe more than most as he isn’t used to them.

Bendtner.. 8 My MOTM, never gave up, looks clumsy sometimes but manages to use the ball really well, First to react for the winner, cheers Nikki.


Theo.7... Did really well, good crosses, just needs to know that the players running in are not mind readers..

Eduardo?  Difficult to give a mark to, as he wasn’t on for long, but showed well and needs a good run out next to Nikki, but can you leave the AA man out?

We will get these sort of games if we are to win the Premiership, it’s never plain sailing. But 3 points are 3 points.


107 Responses to A Poke in the Eye of the Tigers…..

  1. rico says:

    Morning all, nice one ave

    I don’t want to knock any players as we won at a tricky ground against a git of a manager and that pleases me..

    However, Diaby, Nasri and Denilson we all off key, thats the whole midfield having a shocker. To still come away with a win shows we have ‘matured’ this time last year i think we would have lost this game

    Lets pray no injuries picked up yesterday and the squad have a good rest…

    Bring the Hammers then 🙂

    Finally, come on Fulham, get a piont at OT at least 😉

  2. morning rico
    where poor but to be fair “the pitch” was more like playing on egg box

  3. rico says:

    morning rsd, i am sure they do it on purpose, didn’t the mancs once get their pitch roughed up to stop us…

  4. dars says:

    “It’s because sol’s english”

    or we are truly destined to win it this year

  5. Begeegs says:

    The foul that was blown when Sol flattened the Hull player was on Denilson. The tackle was legal and play continued after that, so why the commentators go on and on about it was odd because Mariner didn’t even blow for it.

  6. Kipmonster says:

    Sick n tired of the Skysports anti Arsenal bias, I sent this email regarding their INACCURATE & DISHONEST report of our match vs Hull to u2us@skysports.com It’s about time Arsenal fans deluged Sky with complaints about their anti Arsenal bias & dishonesty…………
    ‘Your report on the Hull vs Arsenal match which you broadcast every hour is factually DISHONEST as follows …………. With regard to Hull player Zayatte’s injury, the reporter says that a freekick was awarded but no yellow card to Sol Campbell. WRONG !! A free kick was not awarded to Hull City , play had continued until being stopped for treatment to Zayatte. Play was resumed with Arsenal having the ball back in their possession. Correctly it was therefore NOT a foul by Campbell & therefore a potential yellow card was not an issue. In any case it is clear that it was a fair tackle & therefore mischief making by Skysports who are continuing their usual negative & Arsenal bias. A copy of this email will be sent on to the Press Complaints Commission & Arsenal Football Club as this DISHONEST & INACCURATE broadcasting is unacceptable. Kindly have the decency to amend your broadcast accordingly’

  7. Alan says:

    The more I see Vermaelen the more impressed I am.
    He has an excellent footballing brain.
    How many games has he missed? Very few.

    Campbell is exactly what we needed.
    Will Gallas be automatic first choice when he recovers?

  8. dont remember but im sure they would do
    i remember the pensioners relaying after us when they had the beach there

  9. rico says:

    maybe thats the team i was thinking of..

  10. rico says:

    Morning to those who have just joined Avenell Road, welcome along

    sorry for the delay you were in moderation but comments will go straight up now

  11. rico says:

    Kip, I bet you don’t hear back, I din’t when I sent one in a few months ago complaining about Tyler and Gray

  12. rico says:

    Alan, good comment about Sol, the only thing is he struggles to play two games a week, oh to have him playing at 28 years old again..

  13. rico says:

    dars, its ours for the taking this year, we win all our games and its ours, I’m sure 🙂

    Toughest game for us will be Spuds away, which could very well be postponed due to the FA Cup, and the Citeh game, the latter is at home though so we should have the edge

  14. really kip are we remembering the game differently i’m sure bullard blasted the ball over after play was restarted dont know if was freekick or he was giving the ball back but looked like an attempt

  15. Nemesis says:

    The War of attrition continues. The battle is won but the war is far from over boys. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!

  16. rico says:

    Morning Nemesis, welcome to Avenell Road, its certainly time for a bit of grit and determination over the next few weeks..

  17. Tsokan says:

    Morning all
    @Bageeg Nasri gave away d ball dat led to Sol’s tackle,nt Denilson.
    After d incidence,another foul ws committed,i think,by Denilson.thats why a free kick ws given.

  18. Goonerbeall says:

    Yeap, here we got another blogger who writes games he did’nt watch. Rating Denilson to 5 means you are either blind or you did’nt see the game. Without his tenacity in the middle of the park + and a bi one at that: The speculative shot that could’nt be contained and spat out hence Bendtner’s goal and our salvation.
    Please, do try to use your head when writing.

  19. rico says:

    Morning Tsokan, do you think the whole of our midfield had an off day?

    I do, and the win was a gutsy victory, the kind that real winners dig out when needed.

    It has been a long time coming for this squad, a great win in my eyes

  20. chris says:

    I love arshavin even when he was in Russia but he’s getting wqay too high marks from lots of blogs imo –
    He’s got the talent to take the league away from Chelsea and ManU but he’s missed what could have been vital chances in all the last three games at least and though he is still giving the team things no-one else can he could be giving us so much more.

  21. rico says:

    I’m with you on that chris, I love the player, but last weekend Nik got a bashing for the chances he missed, yesterday AA had a chance to put the game to bed but missed.

    I think the difference is seen becuase he scored, the misses get forgotten by some..

  22. Tsokan says:

    I think Nasri had a really terible game & dat really affected our game.bt overall,i think our midfield battled to the end.
    The win is all we need,anyway.

  23. rico says:

    Hi Goonerbeall, welcome to Avenell Road.

    I watched the game and I dont think Denilson had his best game, nor do i think Nasri or Diaby did. Yes his shot lead to Nikki scoring, but the rest of his game, along with a few others was below par.

    But we won, with a gritty performance, isnt that more important than having a pop at the post??

  24. rico says:

    Tsokan, its the same when Cesc has a bad game too – Nasri shone against Porto and the rest followed, yesterday, well it wasn’t as good…

    But we got three points, and that is what counts

  25. Tsokan says:

    Totally agree wit u Chris.If we had drawn d match,people would hav been taking about Denilson,Bendtner.etc.,bt all the chances fell to one man(Arshavin),wen we were 1-0 up & at 1-1.bt people wont criticize him bt they would batch the players they dislike,even when they play well.

  26. JonJon says:

    did arshavin score yesterday??

  27. rico says:

    Tsokan, you should read a few of my past comments, I suggesting selling him I go so fed up with him – AA I mean 😉 Bit extreme of me maybe, but every player deserves praise and every player deserves critism.

    I love Alex Song, but if he has a bad game I will comment that, Nikki is not a favourite, but when he plays well, I will say that too…

  28. Tsokan says:

    I dont think Denilson was poor.he gav d ball away some times,but,so did Nasri,Arshavin & Diaby.
    At d end of d day,d 3points is all that matters.

  29. rico says:

    Tsokan, I don’t think it was many of the players finest 96 minutes, but we are still in the race, like you say, that’s what matters 🙂

  30. Tsokan says:

    @Rico i’m not critisizing u cus of AA.i agree wit 90% of d post.that’s an excellent score by any standards.

  31. JonJon says:

    denilson turns like a tanker, runs like an asmatic, shoulder barges like a 4 year old and has the ariel ability of a concrete balloon..

    but i told ya he’d do for hull

    and now songs back..

  32. so will cesc and rosixty

  33. rico says:

    Tsokan – i didn’t take any offence I promise, don’t worry me old mucker

  34. rico says:

    Hi JJ, on with a bang then, love it 🙂

    Song, Gallas, Cesc, Tomas – its looking good 🙂

    Got mother for lunch so best pop off for a couple of hours, see you for the manure game 🙂

  35. JonJon says:

    that was probably our hardest fixture out of the way..

    had to be confident before the game but we always struggle against hull..they always make it toughfor us and the pitch was shagged

    no cesc, rvp song, gallas..

    spine of team out and we won..

  36. need gallas back soon tho jj
    sol is good but he does lie deep

  37. JonJon says:

    hi rico…

    sorry havent been about..mothers day today…mothers birthday yesterday..double whammmy eh.. lol

    so we went out for family time yesterday..took my mum for a meal and i missed the game..

    had to record it and watch it when i woke up this morning…so i stayed off the blogs..didnt want to know the score… lol

  38. JonJon says:

    has to rsd..he has lost a few yards of pace..

    still quicker than denilson though

    sol was massive yesterday…fucking ace tackle on zayette..

    if you watch the replay zayette went in to do sol..but sol made of iron…

  39. JonJon says:

    wasnt a red card either for the pen..

    pen was 50-50 but vinegar of cufflink wasnt going to score..

    not unless he was gonna do a scorpion kick

    wasnt a goal scoring opportunity…

    brown can moan all he wants but boateng should have seen two reds..one for poking nikki in eye and one from almost kneecapping sagna and zayettas challange on sol was red…was never winning the ball..didnt pull out put studs up into sol…

    got injured cos sols built like a silverback..his own fault…

  40. i know he has to but is kind of ruining the pressing

  41. what time is udt playing

  42. JonJon says:

    i think its a good thing…

    we press too much…the high line is a weakness..we dont need 10 players all in the opposition box…

    its the reason why we dont score as many as we should cos we get in eachtothers way..theres always 300 players in the opposition box and its also the reason why we weak against counters..

  43. JonJon says:

    one man utd play at one..ish

  44. that really eats in to my f1 time

  45. zigzagengineer says:

    Bashing AA for missing a sitter is almost as stupid as calling Fabianski a bad keeper for two unfortunate goals with Porto. These things do happen to the best of players. Nobody’s perfect (remember “Some like it hot”)? Do you think Messi never misses? Watch Ibrahimovic, who is a complete player miss chance after chance. For God’s sake why do Arsenal fans are so hard on our players? Give them a break and support them! After Ebue, Bendtner and Almunia booing and slagging off now it’s always Denilson. He is not a bad player and just like Bendtner he occasionally scores an important goal for us. Wew should empower him rather than other way round.

  46. W.A.T.H says:

    Greetings all………. Good win yesterday although we were pretty crap but a win is a win.

    Don’t agree with you that’s our hardest game out the way JJ…. Brum away will be no walk in the park nor the yids nor Citeh at home…. All games that if we aint up 2 it we will lose points.
    As 4 the midfield Nasri can’t really play with the two donkeys that were with him yesterday, no idea what goonerbeall was watching but denilson is total crap, slow’s the game down always wrong side of the ball gives the ball away and generally just isn’t good enough full stop. Diaby is Mr Frustrating but against teams he should dominate he goes missing dribbles round in circles holds onto the ball 2 long and and and……………

    Despite that we won… and Arshavin doing a Bendy impression from last week….!. Lets hope Cesc and Rosicky back for next week along with a well rested Song…!.

  47. W.A.T.H says:

    Also doesnt help to have blinkers on zigzag just cos players have an Arsenal shirt on, huge difference slagging someone off 4 the sake of it and purely pointing out when someone isnt good enough…!

  48. zigzagengineer
    we all support them but dont come on to blogs to go
    “oh they are all amazing cant fault one thing”

    yes come saturday wwe all support them

    we pay the money to watch them
    so we can have a go if we like
    if it constructive or just fucking funny
    and who’s who’s bashing AA

  49. avenell says:

    Afternoon all..
    All our players played perfect yesterday, that’s why we scraped a 2-1 against a 10 man relegation fodder team..

    Get the rose tints off..

  50. fulham look at full strength

  51. JonJon says:

    we had an off day..

    i think nasri was poor because the pitch was shit
    diaby was poor cos he has the capability to be shit
    denilson was poor cos he is shit

  52. jj fantastic analysis

  53. denilson has been in and out tho jj
    so doesn’t help with his shitness gets magnified
    tho think he will only get better

    shows what an effect rosixty has on the team
    when he come off at porto we went flat an’all

  54. avenell says:

    Nasri was never going to play well with Denilson, Diaby and even Eboue next to him..

    Replace that trio with Song, Cesc and Rosicky and we would have seen a different Samir.

  55. really lacked width yesterday

  56. anyone watching utd game?

  57. ref isn’t a homer at trafford two pens not given

  58. avenell says:

    Tight game at OT..

  59. avenell says:

    Sorry I never refreshed.. Yes RSD..

  60. there making fulham look good
    lucky we dont have to play fulham till last day

  61. when your sitting in row z
    and the ball hits yoour head
    thats zamora

  62. W.A.T.H says:

    As said Ave, Nasri with decent players next to him and not on a rugby pitch he can make things happen but JJ’s analogy of diaby n denilson is spot on… and piss funny 🙂

  63. avenell says:

    He does have a way with words.. lol.

  64. it get funnyier ever time you read it

  65. so i’m trying to live stream the genoa game and i got thomas the tank engine in spanish?

  66. avenell says:

    Thomas el Tanque Motor.. 😉

    Bollox Rooney.

  67. crap
    come on fulham least duff came on you never know
    the only other stream i can get is a web cam in front tv with dials on the side

  68. does anyone know will be using the red and white ball for the rest of the season?

  69. W.A.T.H says:

    Is’nt that Thomas el Tankus de motordor….?

    I just want someone to kick rooney up in the air so he injured for a month and then thats the mancs finished…!

  70. W.A.T.H says:

    Think the red ball was just yesterday RSD….!

  71. avenell says:

    The ball was some charity thingy.. like AA’s red laces.

    WATH.. you probably know best..

  72. i know about the
    lace up saves lives
    Designed to fight Aids in Africa.
    i have a pair
    just thought was nice that they put our colours on the ball.

  73. W.A.T.H says:

    I’m fluent is spanishos Ave 🙂

  74. zamora is useless vidic is injured?

  75. shit well least i can turn off early

  76. avenell says:

    Back down to third we go.. 😦

  77. W.A.T.H says:

    One man team it seems…………..

  78. avenell says:

    We could do with him getting sent off against the Chavs and a three match ban..

  79. its only 2 points right catch you guys later looks like i missed a good game 5-3 genoa- Cagliari

  80. avenell says:

    Nothing gained nothing lost.. just a bit of goal difference.. later RSD.

  81. JonJon says:

    this is no good for goal difference..

  82. W.A.T.H says:

    Three games aint enough 4/6 weeks out would do me……! Goal difference won’t make no odds when we win it bye 4 points…………… 😛

  83. rico says:

    Afternoon peoples…

    JonJon, sounds like you had a lovely day yesterday, it’s so lovely to hear that 🙂

  84. W.A.T.H says:

    Mornin Rico…………. how’s those puppies of ur’s…. 🙂

  85. JonJon says:

    yeah it was nice rico..my sister came back from university for the weekend as a suprise..

    i was expecting to see the game in the pub we went to but they were playing the bloody rugby instead..

    good job i pre planned and recorded the game..

  86. rico says:

    Afternoon wath – if you are referring to my lovely cute cocker spaniels then they are just wonderful thank you –

    however if you are referring to anything else, then they are just fine too thanks 😉

  87. rico says:

    that must have a been a lovely surprise, not the rugby being on, your sister coming back 😉

    i have tried to hang on and watch a recorded game without peeping at the score first, don’t think i have ever suceeded

  88. JonJon says:

    it wasnt too hard rico..i didnt get home til midnight and i was rather tipsy so straight to sleep…

  89. rico says:

    😆 JJ, crap game but good result is my thought 🙂

  90. JonJon says:

    not one of our best….

    3 points though

  91. rico says:

    whats going on in the Sunderland game, i’m watching ‘Escape to the Country’…

  92. looks like city grabbed a point rico

  93. rico says:

    jammy devils aren’t they…

  94. rico says:

    all quiet so im off for a bit..

  95. W.A.T.H says:

    Had a pc prob but back again….. So pleased the puppies r fine Rico 😉 you pissed last night JJ…? shame on you 🙂

  96. so im only scaring myself

  97. avenell says:

    Theo has just booked his ticket to the world cup.. now that Beckham is out no doubt..

  98. so you want to double that bet then ave

  99. just for jj


    Denilson in espn team of week

    In the absence of captain fantastic Cesc Fabregas, Denilson picked up the slack against Hull City. The young Brazilian mopped up any Hull breaks forward, which were limited once George Boateng had been dismissed, and was a lurking presence outside the box as the Gunners pressed for a winner. In stoppage time he had a pop from 30 yards that dipped and swerved, forcing Boaz Myhill to punch the ball into the path of Nicklas Bendtner, who duly scored the winner.

  100. rico says:

    New Post

    Morning rsd

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