From a must win to a must not lose……

Since we clawed ourselves back into contention for a top spot finish we have looked at every game saying ‘its a must win game’ – Here we are now, last match of the season for us and this really is a ‘must not lose game’..

Should we not get at least a draw, we know what the outcome will be and that cannot happen. Not only for the fans but for Arsene Wenger too.

Much has been said by Ivan Gazidis about the club – in August 2009 he said,

‘Our responsibility is to build the Club so that it can be successful, not just this season and next season, but also ten and even twenty years from now’.

Successful – what does that word mean? My thoughts are that it means winning something, you know, like the Premier League or FA Cup, something that means you get to take a piece of silverware back to the club for the trophy cabinet!

It certainly doesn’t mean scrapping about on the last day of the season trying to ensure we get at least one point from our final game just to make sure our neighbours from hell don’t end up above us in the league!

Wenger has had this to say recently, “It is nearly impossible for any player to play the World Cup final on July 11 and be hungry to play again on August 14.

“There’s so much pressure, so much mental time and you need so much recovery time that it’s unfair on the players and, consequently, the clubs.”

Well Mr Wenger, best you get this team motivated today, get them to play with pride for their club and the shirt they wear.

If we don’t get third place our players will be starting the season a little earlier, just imagine if it’s a Spain v Holland final, surely Cesc and Robin wouldn’t play our first few league games, let alone any Champions League qualifiers… It doesn’t bear thinking about does it….

On to the news – Robert Green is one of today’s player linked to us. He has allegedly told West Ham he wants out and hopes that the stunning save he made from van Persie earlier in the season to earn his current club a draw is enough to convince Arsene Wenger to buy him.

Palermo defender Simon Kjaer is another one linked to us, he’s a 6′ 2″ 21-year-old Dane. I can’t see any truth in this one, Citeh, Real Madrid and Manure have all tried to buy him, but failed.

Goodness knows who will turn out in the red and white today to face Fulham, a team full of confidence but hopefully thinking about their next fixture rather than todays. According to some reports, Clichy could return, van Persie and Arshavin are both fit to start Tomas Rosicky, Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner are still out, as are Denilson, Vermaelen and Almunia.

That leaves us with , Fabianski, Eboue, Sagna, Clichy, Sol, Silvestre, Arshavin, RVP, Walcott, Eastmond, Lansbury, Merida, Djourou, Nasri, Diaby, Gibbs, Traore, Eduardo and Vela…

So, come on Wenger, get it right today with the players you have fit, see if you can find a motivator within yourself and share it with the team, today is day to win, end the season on a positive note and make sure the neighbours play in the Champions League qualifiers, not us…..


152 Responses to From a must win to a must not lose……

  1. rico says:

    Morning all….

  2. Erick says:

    Rico may be watching the Gladiator like the Roma player will motivate them 😉 but they lost one nil

  3. rico says:

    Morning Erick, your on form this morning 🙂

  4. Erick says:

    Howdy all

  5. Erick says:

    Rico 🙂 so you must have a prediction of our first eleven come on share it

  6. rico says:

    Its a tough one Erick

    Fabianski (or chesney if his loan has ended)

    Sagna Sol Silvestre/Djourou Clichy

    Eboue/Walcott Nasri Eastmond Diaby

    RVP Arshavin/Walcott

  7. Erick says:

    I would make two changes from the team of last week no need to risk Clichy just Diaby out for Lansubry and Walcot for Eboue

  8. rico says:

    Erick, thats who i think wenger will play, i would rather see lansbury strutt his stuff than diaby too..

  9. rico says:

    i’d also like theo to play up top with van persie

  10. rico says:

    chesney has returned from his loan, stick him in goal 🙂

  11. th14 says:

    Alaways thought Theo’s best pos was CF. Play him and tell him 2 goals or off to Barnet!

  12. rico says:

    morning th14, i think he and robin would work, theos pace to get passed hangeland, i hope we can get a few passed him after his comments last week…

  13. rico says:

    Catch you later, stuff to get done before footie 😦

  14. Erick says:

    Theo CF thats a joke Rico and th14 he can’t get a pass right to save his life

  15. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Good post rico..

    I predict a riot today if we lose and those pikey’s up the road get a win. This will be the first time that a majority of fans may rise up and vent the anger at the manager and players.
    Imagine the players doing the lap of honour and waiting to milk the applause from the green quadrant and all they will get is the boo’s of unrest.

    Their is talk of a walkout at 80 mins.. well that’s stupid not today, the anger needs to be vented on the pitch and a regroup and a walk around the Emirates or a march to Highbury if the police don’t allow it.
    tbh I don’t think we did too bad this season, we exceeded expectation and what with all the injury problems 3rd or 4th was and acheivement, but what I won’t accept is the lack of effort.
    So a little protest may just give the board, the manager and the players a little kick up the arse that they need.. even though we love them… well some of them..

  16. Erick says:

    If we lose or draw Ave they will get the boo’s thats for sure their is also talk of flashing printed currency to Aw 🙂 🙂 lets see how it goes

  17. avenell says:

    Hi Erick.. yep it will be interesting that’s for sure…

    A bit of a traffic report…

    If you are driving to the Emirates today, the Seven Sisters road is going to be shut all day at Finsbury Park…. It’s going to be chaos..

  18. Q8Gooner says:

    Morning y’all .. Good post Rico.
    Any news about boycotting the game? It is really frustrating, no wins for 5 games and we now fear that our lazy kids cant secure a single fuc*ing point ..
    How am I going to sleep if tiny totts make the 3rd today?

  19. Erick says:

    Q8g I feel you thats would be the tragic but Aw must know how the bench is full of crap and get some quality there

  20. Erick says:

    SAF says we are crap and the title was always between them and the Pensioners and Aw said Amen to that 😦 😦

  21. K-TR7 says:

    I am truly sad!i have just watched a review of the invincibles and my…what a team!…

  22. Erick says:

    K-tr7 and unless Aw makes those changes we will die old and sad folks

  23. rico says:

    Afternoon peoples

  24. rico says:

    More rumours about Yaya ‘open to a move to Arsenal’…

  25. K-TR7 says:

    Now arsenal on the counter…pires…henry…VIERA!!!…arsenal take an early lead at the lane…man henry-pires-bergkamp-viera-ljunberg=class!…how the hell did henry never win the world player of the year?

  26. Erick says:

    Yap Rico with a Cesc switch Crap Afternoon Rico 🙂

  27. Erick says:

    You wonder K-tr7 he was red hot

  28. rico says:

    😆 Erick, Jose wants Cesc – but Cesc is staying put for one more season at least… 🙂

    ktr7, its all a fix, thats why he didnt win it …

  29. K-TR7 says:

    @rico cesc is not a mourinho type of player…6 feet,defensive,dirty…you know what i mean plus they have sneijder.IF,and its a big if, rvp stays fit do you think he has the potential to be our talismanic ‘henry’?NOBODY in modern footy has won more team and personal awards than henry.LEGEND!

  30. rico says:

    Erick, just been reading an article about Cesc and Barca, it seems you could be right re a possible switch 😦 😦

  31. rico says:

    i dont think jose will be at inter next season ktr7, he has openly said in an i/v i watched, he hates it in italy…

    he will be at either citeh or dippers… imho

  32. Erick says:

    Rico when Xavi can play two games in a row Cesc will move to Barca

  33. K-TR7 says:

    @rico mou will only come to england for SAF’s job.i don’t think he’ll join pool since they are never know about city…re rvp i think he is a mix of henry(acceleration,guile and finishing) and bergkamp(intelligence,linkup and skills).i think if he stays fit and have a delayed peak like drogba he’s gonna come close to henry…

  34. Erick says:


  35. Erick says:

    I will believe it when I see it K-tr7 Rvp playing a whole season injury free

  36. K-TR7 says:

    @erick he played the whole of last season apart from a few games.he had 20 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

  37. rico says:

    But the new owners to be at pool will give jose money, also Hodgson has said he would go and manage the dippers…. he must be barmy!

  38. Erick says:

    Rico Jose will go to Madrid if he wins the Champions league and Hodgson to the dippers if Benitez goes to Juve I would like to see Jose at Madrid who would he show the door

  39. Erick says:

    K-TR7 he missed some games but we had Ademoney

  40. Q8Gooner says:

    Erick im sure if he goes to RM he will be shown the door @ the end of the season

  41. K-TR7 says:

    @erick ademoney was injured for most parts last season.rvp had those stats in 37 starts so he is quite good.look at robben,he has ceased having niggly injuries and now looks like one of the best players in the world.if rvp can stop having those injuries(most are contact though) he will become one of the best.AW has said it,even mou and saf have praised him before,van basten said he’s the best dutch player;they can’t be all wrong.chamack’ s imminent arrival will free rvp more of tussles with cbs resulting to his contact injuries.@rico mou’s next destination is definately madrid to break their cl hoodoo and barca’s dominance.cr9 was called ‘uneducated’ by mou!the egos in that dressing room will erupt a volcano!

  42. rico says:

    Q8, i think you could be right, too much pressure at RM, if you don’t win everything in the first year, your out!!

  43. Erick says:

    Rico 🙂 🙂 thats funny but thats definetly Mou destination Q8 they will show him the door and he will go to another club and eliminate then out of the champions league

  44. K-TR7 says:

    AA-RVP-walcott;diaby-eboue-nasri;sagna-sol-silvestre-clichy;fabianski.last chance to see silvestre in an arsenal shirt!

  45. rico says:

    Good ktr7, i’ve seen him too many times already!!

    Erick 🙂

  46. Erick says:

    Silvester bye bye 🙂

  47. avenell says:

    spurs 1-0 up 😦

  48. flapianski almost lets them score

  49. Erick says:

    Gareth bale bollox

  50. Erick says:

    Pensioners 1 Wigan 0

  51. Erick says:

    Eat that spuds 🙂

  52. he’s greed fuck

  53. Erick says:

    Spuds that too

  54. Erick says:

    Mancs 1 stoke 0

  55. Erick says:

    Spuds are trying to match us goal for goal 2 up

  56. nice build up deserved a goal

  57. Erick says:

    Spuds can’t match us we are the Arsenal.

  58. rico says:

    surely we wont surrender 3-0 😉

    afternoon rsd

  59. well not at home you hope

  60. Erick says:

    Spuds 2 Burnely 1 ha ha ha

  61. Tuesday’s Premier Academy League Final between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest is live on Arsenal TV.

  62. avenell says:

    Anyone got a stream.. I am struggling here.. too many games on today.

  63. Avashnee says:

    Keep the faith gunnerz! 3 nil to the Arsenal.

  64. Erick says:

    Rico we won’t not with the spuds getting got 🙂 if thats English

  65. rico says:

    rsd, thats good re the kids game, i’m going to make sure i watch that one …

    nah ave, sorry and i think the one i went onto has just hacked into my laptop 😦 😦

  66. rico says:

    Erick, i dont care if its english, its footie and i know what you mean my friend 🙂

  67. avenell says:

    I hope not.. I have tried just about all of them today.. 😦

  68. rico says:

    as soon as i clicked onto it ave, it came up saying my files needing scanning, before i could close the window via the task bar, it started scanning 😦 just hope its ok, i have mcafee and all says its secure so fingers crossed…

  69. Erick says:

    Sorry Ave non

  70. Erick says:

    RSD 🙂

  71. get avg rico mcafee is rubbish avg is free

  72. rico says:

    I have a feeling Traore is off this summer…

  73. im surprised he stayed last

  74. rico says:

    everyone raves about mcafee around here rsd

    robins just missed an absolute sitter 😦

  75. big jack playing well again

  76. Erick says:

    Rico hope you have back up for your stuff External disk is vital

  77. rico says:

    so little jack has grown then 😉

  78. Erick says:

    True hope he goes with Denilson Dudu too I fear we owe him another season

  79. rico says:

    Thanks Erick, i really only use this laptop for blogging and a few other silly bits and bobs, hopefully there is nothing much to be gained if anyone hacks into it….. would just be a pain to have no internet and i wouldn’t be able to chit chat to you all 😦 😦

  80. according to arshavin he little jack is a big boy in the showers 😎

  81. rico says:

    Denilson, Randall, Diaby, Almunia – but Traore is our only real winger at the moment, unless of course we are in for SWP…

  82. is atvo doing the live lap of honour today

  83. rico says:

    ah, thats why you call him big jack….. 😳

  84. rico says:

    it is rsd…. lap for bloody what though…..

  85. rico says:

    burnley 2 – Swamp Dwellers 2 🙂

  86. lansbury warming up

  87. avenell says:

    Get in Burnley.. 2-2

  88. avenell says:

    It’s Chavs year… Play up pompey.. 😉

  89. the need one more for the tonne of goals now

  90. and there it is 100 a drogba gets golden boot

  91. Erick says:

    Thats how Silvester finished his career Chavs 5 woo

  92. avenell says:

    Eboue needs to piss off.. A embarresment to the club..

  93. avenell says:

    Lucky Chavs.. just scraping through..

  94. Erick says:

    Spuds finishing third thats the closest they will get to the title

  95. rico says:

    Swampies 3-2 down 😆 😆

  96. lol 3-2 burnley

  97. rico says:

    😆 ave, close game…

  98. Erick says:

    Spuds are getting spanked 3-2 Burnely play up

  99. rico says:

    Match report is all yours ave 🙂

  100. avenell says:

    AA’s last game in an Arsenal shirt??

  101. dont believe the hype

  102. Erick says:

    Ave I wont have sleepless nights

  103. avenell says:

    No stopping wigan when they get going..

  104. rico says:

    7-0 chavs

    AA is going nowhere ave, on his few performances recently who would want him????

  105. rico says:

    and we lost to them 😳

  106. avenell says:

    I’ll need to see it first.. I’ll try to watch it later..

  107. rico says:

    Erick, neither would I, but we are stuck with him 😦

  108. rico says:

    4-0 Gooners 🙂

  109. avenell says:

    Why can’t Vela do that when he gets a start?

  110. rico says:

    Vela, Vela, Vela 🙂 🙂

  111. why cant he do it in games that matter

  112. rico says:

    He is like Theo, both lack confidence, the only way to get that is to play, thats what pees me off, AW will play and play Diaby and Denilson, but doesn’t give Vela the same chance….

  113. Erick says:

    Vela needs a Bolton loan to get his physical game going

  114. rico says:

    Swampies 4-2 down….. 😆

  115. rico says:

    chavs 8-0

  116. avenell says:

    Chavs eight… We won’t hear the last of it..

  117. rico says:

    its a shame that Vela had to stay on loan abroad, he would have benefited more from a loan here… Bolton would have been perfect Erick

  118. Erick says:

    Spuds impressive form continues they are 4-2 down to Burnely 🙂

  119. Erick says:

    Chavs fans wont sleep

  120. rico says:

    I don’t give a flying one about the chavs ave, flippin heck, look at how much money they have spent over the last few years…. It still took them four seasons to win a second EPL title…

  121. rico says:

    All I care about today is us winning 4-0, us making sure our season doesn’t begin with CL qualifiers, us fans dont have a summer of listening to bleeting spud fans….

    but now is the beginning of a new dawn at arsenal, wenger has to reinforce, the club need to give him money and tell him that 3rd/4th in the league is no longer good enough….

    This is either a new beginning for arsene, or the beginning of the end for arsene!!!

  122. Erick says:

    Third EPL title Rico 🙂 hope next year we can bring it where it belongs

  123. rico says:

    oops, that shows how much i care about who wins it Erick unless its us 😉 😉

  124. rico says:

    Oh, and my day is made sweeter by the fact that the Swamp Dwellers down the road got beat by Burnley! 🙂

  125. Erick says:

    Funnly city and pool got a draws against Westham and Hull respectively

  126. JonJon says:

    im not even bothering to get giddy..this dont make up for the last few weeks of them not giving a shit and the only thing this result achieves is wenger and all the bright and roseys saying the squad is good enough..

  127. Erick says:

    JJ sadly we can’t forget Crap we have been playing Let the speculation begin Evening JJ

  128. rico says:

    Hi JJ, nor am i, but im just bloody glad the scum didn’t get third, like i said earlier, its a new beginning…..

  129. rico says:

    when does the french league finish, no doubt chamakh will soon be announced, probably tomorrow to try and please us all……

  130. Erick says:

    Aw must buy Lads thats it if he fails he should just walk away

  131. JonJon says:

    i watching ghostbusters 2..

    i havent watched any football today..i dont want to see those tossers lift the trophy

  132. rico says:

    he won’t walk Erick, he will see his contract out, and the gutless board would never sack him after what he has done financially – but now we have money, now we need to spend…

    If he does that then the old arsene may just come back to haunt the league….

  133. JonJon says:

    im glad we finished third though..saves us on a whole load of hassle next season..

    it will be interesting to see what gazidis says tomorrow..

  134. rico says:

    jj, i’m watching WI v India in the 20/20 cricket 😉

    Oh and I wont be watching SSN’s until calm has been restored and the focus is on the WC….

  135. rico says:

    very jj, cant wait to hear how much money we have to spend…. 😉

  136. Erick says:

    JJ you sound very sad hope AW will come to his senses and soon but thats it season finale

  137. JonJon says:

    did anyone watch the game??

    did anyone see scarf vader???

  138. What’s the odds on Terry getting busted or cheating on is wife tonight at the post party?

    and got watch pompey beat them next sat.

    20/20 yuk

  139. there was a meet in the tavern before the game jj for the black scarf next\season

  140. rico says:

    I didn’t see it jj, but going to watch later –

    I’m off for the day folks, catch up tomorrow

    stay safe all

    nighty night..

  141. Erick says:

    Nyt all 🙂

  142. rico says:

    Morning all

  143. rico says:

    News is about that Gallas wants two year deal and a pay increase….

    Think it’s safe to say he’s off….

  144. rico says:


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