Hello 4th – Happy New Year

Football on New Years Eve!? Do the FA not give any thought to the bloggers having to write match reports?

Anyhow, QPR were the latest visitors to the Emirates during this crazy Christmas period. With Liverpool already picking up 3 points a day earlier against Newcastle, and with United, Chelsea and Spurs all expected to win against relegation fodder (see what I done! He he), it was imperative that Arsenal return to winning ways and pick up maximum points against Neil Warnocks men.

Line ups were as expected with a fully rested Arteta and Ramsey returning in place of Rosicky and Benayoun. The only real shock being the return of Arshavin to the starting berth in place of Gervinho.

Arsenal started a little slowly and it was QPR who had the first shot in anger with Bothroyd forcing an easy save from Szscesny. It was QPR again looking threatening moments later as Wright Phillips and Taarabt combined well to produce another good stop from the Gunners keeper.

QPR, despite their bright start, were expected to park the bus, however, it soon became apparent that they had brought the minibus as Arsenal, and in particular Van Persie, started to find space. The first Gunners chance came when Van Persie twisted Connelly inside out before firing with his left straight at Cerny. Minutes later it was RvP with another chance from a beautiful Ramsey cross which the Dutchmen did well to stretch and direct just wide of the far post. Arsenal were moving up the gears.

Then came a crazy few minutes where the home side should have gone at least 1 up. Djourou dribbled from right to left before feeding RvP in the box, who in a flash turned Young into old before firing over with the keeper diving at his feet. Seconds later Arsenal were awarded a free kick when the enemy, Barton, was booked for a late lunge on Arteta. Robin fired the free kick deep towards Koscielny who managed to direct a header down to the feet of Walcott who could only volley a difficult chance back across goal when he could’ve, and maybe shouldve, done better. Arsenal were beginning to turn the screw, but the best chance of the half ended in frustration again as Vermaelen floated a beautiful ball over the top of the static QPR defence to find an onrushing Van Persie, who could only fire over from 15 yards with his right foot volley. Unlucky.

As the first half drew to a close, the referee decided to get involved in the game. First of all he decided that it was no penalty when Young handled from a Koscielny volley. 50/50 if I’m honest. Then, bizarrely, it was a question of mistaken identity as Vermaelen was booked for a challenge made by Koscielny! I think Atkinson had started the NYE drinking early!

Just before the half time whistle Arsenal had another great chance as Ramsey’s volley was cleared off the line by Barton. It was starting to feel like one of those days!

Into the second half and QPR again started strongly. Old boys Traore and Bothroyd linking well down the left before the latter fired a great ball across the 6 yard box that Szscesny did well to parry before grabbing a weak follow-up from Faurlin. The poor start to the half was then made worse when Vermaelen (still on a yellow, as apparently they couldn’t change it!) had to be replaced by Coquelin after picking up a knock. 2-3 weeks out apparently and a loanee defender needed, though with the way Coquelin played we may have enough cover.

Arsenal may have started the second half a little shaky, but it wasn’t long before QPR were being ripped apart again. This time it was the lively Ramsey with a defence splitter that found Theo sprinting through on his own. Unfortunately, Walcotts legs seemed to take him to the goal quicker than his brain wanted and by the time he had thought about where he was going to place it his right boot had already struck the ball 4 yards wide! Henry, looking on, must’ve wondered why they didnt retire the number 14 shirt. Poor effort.

Arsenal had been wasteful thus far, but, as they say, If you create enough chances then eventually you will score, and so it proved. Ironically, after so much good play from the home side, it was a QPR mistake that lead to the goal. A loose pass from SWP fell straight to the feet of the much improved Arshavin, who, for all his faults, still knows how to make a perfectly weighted through ball look simple. RvP had nothing to do except slide the ball past the onrushing keeper to make it 35 goals for 2011 and beat Henry’s record. 1-0 to the Arsenal. Easy.

Arsenal could finally relax, and the football that followed reflected the change in atmosphere. Firstly, Arshavin was denied by a fantastic, last ditch tackle from the evergreen Young. Then, moments later, Ramsey couldn’t quite find RvP in the box when maybe a shot was the better option. QPR, however, were still in the game at 1-0 and Taarabt forced a fine save from the Arsenal number one at the other end as the away side pressed for an equaliser. Arsenal had to be careful.

QPR were starting to push forward, but with Koscielny and BFG looking solid, the nearest they came to an equaliser was when Taarabt decided to audition for his Olympic diving team in the Gunners box. He would’ve qualified!

In the latter stages, Ramsey and especially Gervinho, a replacement for Walcott, were responsible for keeping the score at just one. Firstly, Gerv decided to try and dribble through a crowded box when a left foot strike would have been the better option. Then seconds later RvP shrugged off SWP in the box to cut back for Gervinho who should really have scored with his left from 3 yards, but he somehow put it wide (maybe that’s why he didn’t shoot earlier with his left!).

The last 5 minutes would usually be squeaky bum time for an Arsene Wenger side, but with Kozzer and BFG looking solid, this Arsenal team never looked like conceding.

A solid NYE performance from the Gunners but they were definitely guilty of some poor finishing. Hopefully, the return of Henry will see that rectified, but based on the build up play, it’s only a matter of time before others in addition to RvP start finding the net.

MoTM for me was RvP, I thought his control at times was outstanding and he gave the defenders a nightmare, could’ve had 3 or 4 but only because he created so many chances for himself, especially first half.

Great results elsewhere means Arsenal ended the day in 4th and on the heels of the other CL pretenders.

No ratings from me due to having to watch the game on a terrible stream! Feel free to add your own.

Written by FatGingerGooner

Belated Ratings from Harry:
Szczesny: 7.5; Oozed Confidence, positionally sound, loved the way he closed down SWP early doors. His distribution was sound and in keeping with his improvement, he looks to move it quick but is more considered, rather than rash.
Djourou: 7; Much better, not a favourite of mine at the moment, like TV he is slightly out of his comfort zone, but he is getting better. Still drifts to middle and lets wide players in behind, lacks confidence, when in tight situations with pressure been applied.
BFG: 8; Reads the game so well, made 3 or 4 telling interceptions. He mops up the loose and distributes well, with bumpy passes!!
Kozzer: 9; This guy is unreal, tackles, blocks and reads danger with his eyes closed, for me he is the French Keown! MoTM by a Kilometre, RVP rightlty gets the plaudits for been able to score the goals, but behind every genius you need the Grafters and boy does Laurent do that, at the moment, 1st name on the team sheet with Szcz and RVP. Please stay fit………..
Vermaelen: 7.5; Our Belgique Warrior, steady and determined as always, tracked players well and let no one in behind. Incorrectly booked due to mistaken identity.
Song. 7; Did his job, but not at his usual imperious best, some wayward passing at times. Was strong in the tackles and broke up play.
Arteta.7; Again did his job with minimal fuss, kept the ball well and picked out some great passes, but seemed not quite as sharp as usual and for me it slowed us down on the break, plays game in game out. Was hacked down by the 8th Archangel JoeyHades.
Ramsey. 8.5; This boy is more energetic than a duracel bunny, he must have a rolls royce engine under that rib cage. He ran, he closed, he delivered some great crosses. The occasional pass failed the odd audacious back heel came off. Unlucky with a delightful volley on the edge of the area, which deflected wide. Pushed Kozzer for MotM. By the way some of the abuse this lad gets from the fans is unreal
Arshavin. 4; Gets the 4 for the key assist for RVP, 1 or 2 tackles and a 2min spell where he seemed interested, apart from that, he was shocking, something is not right.
Van Persie: 8.5; Outstanding game and will be some peoples choice for Man of the match. Took his goal well, he bamboozled QPR defenders with his nimble footwork, unlucky not to score 2 or 3 others, the volley in the 1st half by his majestic standards was a surprising miss, did everything right, but was just slightly leaning back as he struck it.
Walcott: 7; Worked hard and got forward well, won us most of our corners, ok lets get to it, in the 2nd half he went through one on one and fluffed his lines, for that I wont defend him, he needs to to take these chances or at least let the keeper make a world class save. The abuse he gets is vile and unjust, he wont stay at our club, which will please some people, it wont me.
Subs:
Coquelin: 7: On for TV, did ok in yet another position for the young french prodigy. Although an attempted Kung Fu Clearance near the end was a tad naive.
Rosicky. 7: Added much needed urgency and gets involved everywhere, just wished he could last 90mins, he would be in the 1st 11 everyweek.
Gervinho. 6: Shocking miss, had 2 or 3 chances to help wrap the game up, one immediately after coming on, was unlucky with that, but then on he made some poor decisions.
Manager 7.5:
I thought the team had a better balance than against wolves, but some players were tired, I thought he should have brought on Ox as did everyone else!! But did subs at right time, for him!, I would have subbed AA at  Half time.
Overall:
3 points were vital, before the scores of others were known, with them scores in, the 3 points felt like 6, winning ugly hasnt been in our make up, so its good we have that again now, but I wouldnt mind a pretty win once in a while, need to play at pace………
Happy New Year, into 4th and into the Transfer Window, surely????
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237 Responses to Hello 4th – Happy New Year

  1. Who predicted 4th place for New Years Day? Someone definitely did a few weeks ago in a post ……….. just going to have a hunt about.

    chas – I can’t find any good pics from yesterday so if you find any I can add them in after.

    Harry said he’d try and do some player ratings.

  2. It was Rocky but he was one place out as he predicted 3rd

    http://wp.me/pNcrc-3un

    I think we’ll forgive him though ;)

  3. chas says:

    Super summary FGG.
    How on earth did you have such an excellent recall of all of those chances while watching on a dodgy stream. Outstanding.

    I’ll have a look, peaches.

  4. Red Arse says:

    Well done FGG, :-)

    Nicely recalled and presented post-match summary!

  5. Gooner In Exile says:

    Nice report FGG. Particularly liked

    “Walcotts legs seemed to take him to the goal quicker than his brain wanted and by the time he had thought about where he was going to place it his right boot had already struck the ball 4 yards wide”

    Good result….Neil Warnock has gone down in my estimation.

  6. Well done FGG, I have to say it did feel a bit dodgy for the last 10 minutes only because with the best will (or Per or Laurent ) you know at 1-0 we’re only a small bit of back luck away from conceding.

    Great shame about Vermaelen’s injury but both Coquelin and Miquel are there as back-up. Coquelin was superb when he came on, he’s too good to be kept waiting.

  7. Neil Warnock should be ashamed about what he said in the post-match interview about Robin :(

  8. 2011 Blog Champion says:

    Great write up FGG.
    Fantastic effort particularly given that you may have had things to do. Like drinking.

  9. 2011 Blog Champion says:

    To my runner up RA, I say:
    “Get out of bed earlier you lazy bastard” :-)

  10. chas says:

    peaches,
    Not many photos about as you say (new years dayitis, I’d say).
    2 in Arsenal nuts for your perusal.

  11. 2011 Blog Champion says:

    And yes, I am going to gloat all day, whilst at the same time putting myself in a commanding lead for the 2012 Title.

  12. chas says:

    Hey Blog Champ, I’m after your crown. I’m on 24 for 2012 already.

  13. 2011 Blog Champion says:

    Chas Mate,
    Its all about two things. Stamina and ruthless efficiency. Up early, loosen up, then like the Great Arsenal side of TH14 and DB10, I’m usually three up before the opposition realize there is a match on.

  14. kelsey says:

    MOST words written in a year. 2,868235 by red arse ;)

  15. wigangooner says:

    A well written match report and a cracking way to kick off 2012. Great job.

    I thought Arshavin was on the money yesterday, at the start of most of the good things we did going forwards and his pass for RvP’s goal was sublime, a perfect example of why we should retain his mercurial, talent in our squad.

    He might split opinion, but he can split a defence in the blink of an e

  16. wigangooner says:

    …the blink of an eye….

    Great result though given the rest of the premiership results. Very happy start to 2012.
    Lots of love and happy new year wishes to you all!

    WG

  17. Rasp says:

    Morning all, just a flying visit from me to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Congatulations to Micky on winning the championship :)

    Thanks to peaches for all her fantastic work/nagging/bullying/victimisation ….. long ,may the RHWP reign in 2012 :lol:

  18. chas says:

    This goal was scored in the 4th minute and we were already 1 up thanks to Paddy in the 2nd minute.
    I bet you’ve always been good at ghosting in from behind, Micky.

  19. Great write up and Happy New Year to everyone, I know it was a great assist but I’d sell Arshavin. They’ve made him MOM on the Arsenal site.

  20. harry says:

    Great write up FGG, I have sent in my ratings that hopefully compliment your report. Had to rewrite this morning, did them on my phone in the pub last night and for some technical blip couldnt get them off my phone, this morning, so rewrote them…….

    Wigan, Blink of an eye? blink too much and you’d forget he was there……

  21. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. Excellent post to start the year, more please.

    For a man watching on a dodgy stream you encapsulated the game perfectly. As you say we were profligate in front of goal. Watching the game a second time it becomes clear that the whole team was committed to getting RvP 2 goals – he was even more the final point than usual.

    Theo got a rubbishing on the blog and deservedly so. Hs decision making and all round play was poor, I expect him to be on the bench tomorrow.

    BR is in a sorry state this morning. Old men shouldn’t mix their drinks :-(

  22. Red Arse says:

    Hi WG, :-)

    I have been wondering where you were. Welcome back and happy New Year.

    In fact — welcome to 2012 everyone — we all made it :-) — and have a happy and prosperous New Year to you all!

  23. Big Raddy says:

    It was good to see TA back at THOF.

    I understand his ideology of living in the day but life is about where we come from as well as where we are going.

  24. Red Arse says:

    Micky Delicious, 2011 Blog Champion Supreme! :-)

    Just a small query — how did you become the 2011 Blog Champion? – and how come I was the runner up? Did I enter — do I have to pay a race fee? Do tell, my old Cornwallian mucker? :-)

    (Heard that word ‘mucker’ last night. Hope it isn’t rude??) :-)

  25. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Thank you for the good wishes which are reciprocated.

  26. AS long as it was worth it Raddy :) I’ve got a hangover from drinking straight Havana Club. I didn’t leave my sofa all day yesterday except to eat.

  27. Gooner In Exile says:

    Loved watching TA coming down the tunnel shouting “Come on The Arsenal” top man.

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Referee!

    Yesterday I wrote my 129th AA post. How is Micky the Blog Champ??

  29. Big Raddy says:

    GM. You must be rock hard. I went to a party where everyone had to bring champagne, unfortunately some of the guests must have been to Primark to buy theirs!

    Onto some schnapps and beers and finally Mojito’s to totally finish me off.

    Then I cycled the 8 miles home on a chilly but beautiful night.

    When in London last week I looked for your salon but couldn’t see you there.

  30. Red Arse says:

    Oi Micky,

    I have just read the earlier posts and seen Kelsey’s stats, so I understand now. It’s a fix!!

    Kelsey, have you included all my comments under various pseudonyms — do I get a weighting for time off indisposed?

    The other measure of posts is the sheer number of words and, on that basis, it seems I am de tru Champ!!

    Move over Micky my man!! :evil: :twisted: :roll: :cry: ;)

  31. No wonder you’re worse for wear Raddy. Hopefully I’ll get a ticket next time you’re over.

  32. Red Arse says:

    Not keen on ratings – too subjective — but as it is Jan1st, here goes.

    Mine: …………………#
    Chezzer …………… 7
    Djourou …………… 6
    Mert ………………… 6
    Kozzer ……………. 8
    Verm ………………. 6
    Walcott …………… 4
    Rambo …………….. 7
    Arteta ………………. 6
    Arsh ………………… 5
    Song ………………… 6
    RVP ………………… 7

    It was a scrappy and nerve wracking win – but a win for all that! :-)

    P.S. reports have it that Theo is holding out for £85,000 per week.

    My view? He is not worth anything like that. So do not give it to him. But a player unhappy with his contract is ……. an unhappy player ….. so sell him and reinvest! We have the Ox waiting.

  33. Red Arse says:

    Raddy,

    129 blog Posts?

    OK, you are dee tru Champ, after all! :-) :-)

  34. RA
    You like Theo too then. I’d sell him I think. I read that we are going to pay Robin £150k. I’m fine with that.

  35. RA
    My Oden was fantastic last night. My wife is doing Ozoni now :)

  36. Red Arse says:

    Sorry — in the ratings the brain was saying Song – but the fingers were typing Gervinho. (Same score tho!) :-)

  37. Hey gm – I see you’ve discovered twitter!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Nobody has mentioned how Traore had Theo in his pocket …… sadly

  39. Red Arse says:

    GM,

    I have only had oden once, (not something I noticed on hotel menus) and was not sure about it.
    On the other hand I absolutely loved Ozoni soup, really first class. I have only been in Japan twice at New Years, so I suppose it is mainly a New year dish isn’t it?

    One of the many benefits of you having a beautiful Japanese wife, – great cuisine – you lucky so and so!! :-)

  40. Big Raddy says:

    I have held such high hopes for Theo and still believe he has the game to be an important player. Certainly his assist record is good and he has a fine understanding with Robin …. But …… he is no longer a kid, he has a wealth of experience and is now a senior player.

    Will he make it or be overtaken by The Ox? The latter I fear.

  41. harry says:

    85k….? is that all, I’d snap his hands off……..

  42. I’m just beginning to get the hang of it peaches :) I must find iris. Do you follow her?

  43. I found her on you follow list

  44. Ha ha, I was wondering who Iris was? ;)

  45. Oh no, I really want to go to the Fulham game tomorrow and now someone has put 2 tickets for sale on twitter ……. what to do, what to do?

  46. Iris is my mum concidently

  47. mucker lost in cornwall says:

    Good day to you all,
    Haven`t been on here since last year, so it`s great to be back, I`ve missed you !.
    Great stuff from our best ginger since “the Romford Pele” and also “H”.
    Congratulations to Micky for “Award Winning most comment`s”.
    Geography lesson for RA, Micky`s the Devonian mucker, I`m the Cornwallian Mucker , although Mr`s glic said , I`m something that rhyme`s with mucker !
    RA wrote a record 2868235 word`s, great achievement !. only 200 were understandable !
    W H Smith sold a record number of Dictionary`s in the same period !.
    I wonder what company RA has shares in ?.
    Even in just 6 month`s, surely I challenged RA`s amount of Pseudonym (another dictionary sold ) name`s !

  48. 2011 Blog Champion says:

    “L” stands for….Looooserrrrs :-)

  49. harry says:

    Van persie on been compared to Tony Adams:

    ‘I feel flattered but Tony Adams was by far the best captain Arsenal have had. If he could return in some capacity, I will be the first man to support this. He is the perfect example of a born winner.’

    Amen to that, bring big Tony into the coaching set up – its a no brainer……….

  50. pseudonym lost in cornwall says:

    Glad to see chas has his knockers back !

  51. I missed seeing Tony Adams on the pitch yesterday but on MOTD there was a bit of footage of him in the tunnel :) I’ll be really happy if he’s returning to the fold.

  52. fatgingergooner says:

    Cheers for the kind words everyone. Hope you all had a great New Year.

    Harry, the ratings are great, thanks.

    Having watched the game on Sky I’m going to throw in my own ratings.

    Szscesny-8 good save early on and difused a few crosses in the last 10 minutes. Solid
    Djourou-7 Did his job with minimal fuss, I think that’s what we all prefer from him!
    BFG-8 solid and dependable. Has an air of calmness and control in all he does.
    Koscielny-9 outstanding reading of the game. His pace has allowed us to deal with a lack of FB’s as he can cover 2 positions at once!
    Vermaelen-7 playing out of position. Great ball in first half for Robin. Subbed due to injury.
    Song-7 not his best but SWP and Taarabt can cause anyone problems. Did basics well.
    Arteta-7 rested for Wolves and looked like a player needing a game to get back into form.
    Ramsey-8 another who was rested but no problems getting into the game. Did some great things but made wrong decisions now again when shooting instead of passing.
    Arshavin-6 fantastic pass for the goal. Did some good things and an improvement on previous games but still not back to his best.
    Walcott-5 struggled as not used to playing against a FB with equal pace. Poor game.
    RvP-9 great movement and took the goal well. Created a few chances for himself and his ability to control long high balls built the platform for many attacks and showed he is the worlds best as the lone striker. MoTM

    Coquelin-7.5 showed great touches when came on even if out of position.
    Rosicky-7 good drive from midfield and worked well.
    Gervinho-6 looked threatening against a tiring defence but his finishing and final decision was poor.

  53. The motd footage of TA was great as someone mentioned earlier

  54. close but no cigar lost in cornwall says:

    Well done 2011 B C,
    Hope that award is for all of the West Country, normally ( or abmormally ) we only win thing`s like, your father is your brother and your sister is your mother awards down here. :shock:

  55. Red Arse says:

    PLIC,

    Don’t tell Micky about the geography, he is happy down in mucker land, and never noticed.

    I like your acronym (above) — it sounds like what Chinese waiters say when someone queries the bill. “Bill is good – You are blitish plic”.

  56. harry says:

    FGG, nice one…….

    I will find it hard sticking up for theo today after that miss, but G27′s was worst, but I will, so many times I saw him make movement and not receive the ball, or the ball was slow and behind him. He did struggle to leave Traore due to his equal pace, but still his hard work resulted in numerous corners which we wasted. He tracked back and also covered JD on more than one occasion when he had drifted in……He did more than people credit him for and as a crowd we should support him more……He was far more effective throughout than AA, although granted AA’s pass for the goal was sublime……..

  57. 2011 Blog Champion says:

    AA BLOG TITLE 2011…ACCEPTANCE SPEACH:

    It is usual on these occasions to thank family, friends, agents and everyone behind the scenes who worked so tirelessly on my behalf to make my enormous success possible. Not me. I am the Winner, you are all Losers, and it’s all down to me, me, me. The Didit Family History stretches back hundreds of years to pre-Norman England, and in all those years, not a single DidIt ever achieved anything through hard work, intelligence and honesty.
    I hereby accept this Title in the Spirit of all DidIt’s Everywhere and in the underhand manner in which we achieve anything, as well as in the hope of an even bigger Trophy, I would like to say:
    Thank you to Rasp and Peaches for all your work. As a DidIt, that hurt! As Micky, I meant it 

  58. doggy style lost in cornwall says:

    Hi Redders,
    I dont think micky noticed, I think he`s gone into ” Mad Misgieveous Micky Medal Mode” ( that was easier to write than say ).
    At least my wife has gave me an award, she said “I`m her VIP, Very Impotent Person” !
    Off for a while, to cut my Barnet with the dog`s clipper`s, there might be some dark hair under the grey stuff ! woof !

  59. fatgingergooner says:

    If Arsenal had been 1-0 up when Walcott missed then the crowd would have been more forgiving, as they were with Gervinho (who’s chance was even easier).

    If the crowd are to be the 12th man then they need to appreciate the type of player we have at the club. Players like RvP, Vermaelen, Song and Arteta can handle the crowd being negative of they do something poor. I get the feeling though that certain players like Walcott, Arshavin, Gibbs are confidence players who need to be encouraged to get the best out of them. If the crowd get on their backs then more often than not their performance will dip.

  60. Red Arse says:

    2011 Blog Champion,

    It is hard to begrudge you your accolade as ‘champion’ given the way you delivered your wonderful acceptance speech with all the brio and brashness of a true Didit; the breathtakingly graceless and ignoble sentiments were outstanding!

    Indeed your are the epitome of a Didit scion and deserve all you get — who can argue with that!

    Saluto, Micky, from all of us Loosers!! :roll: :roll:

  61. Dog’s clippers. That’s evil

  62. gunnern5 says:

    Not being in the best of shape, I was working out in the local gym
    A lovely young lady was working out close by I spoke to the trainer and asked him what machine I should use to impress her.

    He suggested the ATM in the lobby – Cheeky bugger…….

  63. gunnern5 says:

    A String walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a beer.
    Bartender says “We don’t serve strings here.” and throws him out.

    The string goes outside and asks a man on the street, “Would you please tie me into a knot and fray my ends a little?” The man assists.

    String goes back to the bar, asks the bartender for a beer. The bartender says “Hey, weren’t you just in here?”

    The String says – I’m a frayed knot”

  64. Red Arse says:

    I was thinking that too GM.

    I am not entirely sure what a barnett is, but as PLIC’s wife described him as impotent, I suppose it is slang for his tackle.

    Taking a dog’s clippers to his hairy tackle probably explains his Mrs’s complaint, and is certainly enough to make most men wince — but we are talking West Country practices here!! Ouch! :-)

  65. Wonderman says:

    Very good match report FGG

    @ Harry 12:45 spot on mate. IMO if that is the level of performance we have to look forward to from Arshavin I am really concerned. Other than the assist he didn’t do a great deal and seems allergic to tracking back.

    A good 3 points yesterday QPR played really well. For me what we are missing at the moment is the clinical finishing of players other than our strikers. A Pires or Ljungberg would have had a field day yesterday.If Walcott , Gervinho and Ox can develop this we will be ok

  66. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Class write up FGG

    Good to see the return of Big Raddy, the place isnt the same without him.

    Congratulations Micky, hahahahaha,( dont know why ime laughing, just felt like it.)

    Happy New Year to all AAers, May the new year bring lots of joy and happiness, plenty of Arsenal victories, and most importantly a prosperous abundance of healthy hair folicules.

    COYRRG

  67. gunnern5 says:

    Two old friends, each well into their eighties, were heading out for dinner on a Tuesday evening. After Blanche drove straight through a stop sign, Elizabeth became concerned, but didn’t want to embarrass Blanche so she held her tongue. After Blanche drove through a red light without stopping, Elizabeth became very concerned.
    “Blanche, you just drove through a stop sign and red light without stopping. You’re getting very careless and dangerous in your old age,” Elizabeth chided.

    A very startled Blanche replied, “Oh dear, I thought you were driving?

  68. ozgunner says:

    haha micky i’m in stitches over here. A truly deserved win, however in the 9 months i’ve been on here i did notice RA disappeared for a couple of long stretches. Should make for an interest Arsenal Arsenal Race for 2012. And there off…Chas has gotten out to a good lead, last years winner micky has moved into second, and GM has moved away from the pack into third. Peaches has already posted more comments than last year (surprisingly though nothing to do with the need for a post…yet). In a shocking turn of events RA appears to have killed off some brain cells over the holiday as both GLIC and Oz are yet to turn to the dictionary for help!

    Odds:
    Micky 1.20
    RA 2.30
    Chas 3.00
    Evonne 9.00
    GM 15.00
    The Rest 100.00

    @ FFG

    great match review, dodgy stream + New years eve that’s very impressive.

    Ramsey MOTM for me, once he starts fine tuning a couple of things he will be the best player in the league!

  69. ozgunner says:

    I agree with the disappointment in theo. I thought he had improved greatly this year, but his last few matches have been less than impressive. Yesterday reminded me that he is a sprinter first, footballer second. The way he panicked when free on goal shouldn’t happen. The Ox will impress when gerv goes so theo better get his act together other wise he will be riding the pine.

  70. VCC says:

    Good post FGG.

    May I take this opportunity to say how nice it was to meet Total, Peaches, Rasp, Harry and 26May yesterday. It’s always nice to put faces to the names.
    As I have a soft spot for Queens Park Rangers I was also pleased we only beat them by the one goal.

    Here’s to a Happy and Healthy Year to all AA’ers.

  71. ozgunner says:

    Robin hints at stay

    Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has hinted that he might remain a Gunner, amid speculation concerning where his future may lie.

    The 28-year-old has 18 months left on his existing contract and is yet to come to an agreement over an extension to his stay at the Emirates Stadium, with some reports pointing towards interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.

    Now the Dutchman has claimed that his family has settled down well in London, with the former Feyenoord man having been at the club since 2004.

    “We love the life in London and I enjoy watching my kids grow up here,” Van Persie told reporters. “They grow up like the English kids with good manners and values of England.

    “The place where we live, just outside the city, is fantastic. We have everything we want.

    “The English people are so incredibly polite where I live. People are nice here. That makes life a real pleasure.

    “My children have become more English than Dutch. They have taken up the culture and values of England.

    “It makes me melt at times when I see how well my children are doing here. When Shaqueel has half-term with school, he does not want to go back to the Netherlands any more.”

    Van Persie had a stellar 2011. He scored 35 Premier League goals during the course of the calendar year, beating Thierry Henry’s Arsenal record but falling one goal short of equalling the Premier League record held by Alan Shearer.

    His final goal of 2011 was against Queens Park Rangers on New Year’s Eve. As the only goal of the match it ensured the Gunners took the three points and moved into the top four of the Premier League for the first time this season.

    The Arsenal captain attributed his outstanding performances during the year to his desire to repay the fans for their support.

    “It is the biggest compliment I could wish for,” Van Persie added. “Arsenal fans are real lovers of the game.

    “They don’t miss anything in the stadium and are there for the team and the individual players.

    “I have to admit I love banners like ‘We don’t need Batman, we’ve got Robin’ and stuff like that.

    “I also love it when I run on to the pitch and I hear the entire crowd roar. What bigger compliment could I wish for as a player?

    “At Arsenal, the fans so want me to do well. And that gives me a kick. That’s what I do it for. As a thank you, I want to give them so much in return on the pitch.”

  72. harry says:

    @1.12 FGG…….

    Agreed in part, but I really feel Walcott gets too much abuse that is unwarranted………..The crowd as you say can ruin players that cannot cope with this type of pressure.

    For me theo has improved this year and has played better in far more games than he hasnt.

    @OZ, I nearly gave it to Ramsey, he impresses me every game, just needs a goal to get himself really going, he will be the lynchpin of our team for years to come, him jack and Frimpers…..

  73. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oz, :-)

    “Hustle doesn’t ride the pine” is an expression I haven’t heard in a while. :-) Seems common in both Oz and the US.

    You are right tho’ Theo will be riding the pine if he does not improve soon, once the Ox gets his chance I think he will rapidly become a firm favorite and will never get posted!!

  74. ozgunner says:

    Afternoon RA.

    Not sure if it’s common here or if i’ve seen one to many American football movies haha

    It’s just very frustrating, a few games ago we were signing his praises (most thought he had turned the corner), so much so that we put him down as the key to victory against man city. Yet last night he got thoroughly beaten by our old third string LB.

    The gap between Walcott vs Chelsea, and Walcott vs QPR needs to be bridged. Consistency needs to come into his game, no more excuses due to his age. As someone said if he can’t do that it might be time for us to cash in on theo for the betterment of our game and his.

  75. Beekeeper says:

    We are fourth! And this after much of the press had Arsenal headed for relegation in the dark days of September. Okay, all of you negative nannies can jump on the bandwagon now. There’s plenty of room. In Arsene we trust! Happy New Year everybody!

  76. ozgunner says:

    Positives from last night:

    *Coq is going to be a great player! He lifted our game immensely yesterday even though he was being played out of position. How on earth did we get so lucky to have song, frimpong, and Coq all on the same team?! The thing that upsets me though is something will eventually have to give, we can’t keep all three (i wish we could but they will all want starting time).
    * BFG is becoming more and more like that panza tank we all knew he could become. As each game passes he develops into more of a rock in our defense. You think you’re going to get passed him then all of a sudden “go go gadget german leg!” and you’ve lost the ball
    * Ramsey’s continual development also. Physically he is a rolls royce, he doesn’t stop! But mentally to never give up in games, and to move past the shawcross incident shows great character. Thank you sir red nose for not making time for him because he is going to be world class…and then some!
    * Kozza…faultless once again, what a buy!
    * HENRY IS BACK!!!!!

  77. Red Arse says:

    Hi harry, :-)

    I have often thought you would be a great guy to have as a buddy. Your support of Theo is evidence of that.

    I am a baseball and NFL fan, (Yankees and NY Giants) where you either cut the mustard for the team or you are gone.

    The ethic is that you are expected to be a professional and there is no room for sentiment. Perhaps I am not now quite so black and white from my time in the UK, but it might explain why I do not buy the argument about Theo’s confidence.

    I have no doubt that confidence plays a big part in top rank professional sports, but if Theo is so easily put off his game by some supporters being disappointed with him then maybe he should reconsider his options.

    I have previously said how much I loved his play as a kid for Southampton, and I want him to shine for us, but year after year he promises so much and produces so little.

    This is not a good time for him to be demanding a huge pay rise.
    I agree he has improved this season, as you said, but he needs to show us more first, because at the moment it is not enough.

    [Said with respect for your opinion - and not just because it is New Year's Day!!] :-)

  78. chasing cars in cornwall says:

    GM,
    Is there much or any difference between electric doggy clippers and the human one`s ?
    I think I`ve done a fine job, although I just chased a passing car 100 yards up the road !.
    TMHT,
    This Folicules, is he related to the Greek Demi-God Haircules ?

  79. Red Arse says:

    Thanks for that Beekeeper.

    Your pride in Arsenal is well said.

    Not seen you on here before so don’t understand your ‘negative nanny’ comment.

    Don’t be a one shot Johnny. Come and join us and give us your views and opinions, you will be welcome — unless you are a – negative nanny – yourself, in which case you will be toast! :-)

  80. gunnern5 says:

    As in many homes on New Year’s Day, Janet and Jim, a happily married couple, faced the annual conflict of which was more important: the football match on television, or the lunch itself.

    Hoping to keep the peace Jim ate lunch with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-lunch chat before retiring to the lounge to turn on the television.

    Some minutes later, Janet looked in to see how he was and graciously even bought a cold beer for Jim. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Jim told her it was half time and that the score was still 0-0.

    That’s nice said Janet happily, ‘You didn’t miss a thing!

  81. gunnern5 says:

    It takes a lot to make Traore look good but yesterday Theo mastered the art!!!

  82. VIP lost in cornwall says:

    RA,
    You probably know, but here goes, Barnet is Cookney rhyme for Hair, as in Barnet Fair, Hair, not my tackle , which is my Hampton, as in Hampton Wick, Dick ! or as you say Plic ! :)

  83. VIP lost in cornwall says:

    Cookney, hahaha , cockney

  84. gunnern5 says:

    3 minutes into the game Bebdtner gets a breakaway with only Hart to beat – very predictable result – still 0-0

  85. gunnern5 says:

    Here’s a few more for you “Fridge and freezers”

    Dennis Law
    Ginger beer
    Gypsy’s kiss
    Lady Godiva.

    Gotta go it’s lunch time and I’m —- ——?

  86. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Hank Marvin !

  87. evonne says:

    Ginga – great post, very accurate report. Thank you! Not much to add, other than agree about mysterious absence of Ox, why did he not play him??

    What did Warnock do?

    Wigan – welcome back

    LB – Happy New Year

    I am going to squeeze it all to one comment, so I won’t appear on the Mouthy list alongside RA and Micky next year. They might be proud, I am dead embarassed

  88. evonne says:

    Cannot stop myself, sorry – have heard that Rooney and Red Nose had a HUGE fall out, hence the absence of Shrek yesterday. Let’s hope this state of afair continues. Perhaps we could buy Wayne?

  89. kelsey says:

    peaches just for you.

    kelsey says:
    December 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm (Edit)

    if he(theo) can’t run rings round traore it shows you a lot.

    I think all the hype about him going to the WC at 16 has had an effect.

  90. Herb'sArmy says:

    Happy New Year everybody on AA, what a brilliant end to 2011!
    Congratulations to you Mickey, you’ll all be relieved to know I won’t be challenging for the ‘title’ anytime soon, (unlike The Arsenal!).
    Top four and loving it! Well done Blackburn, Villa and Swansea, but more significantly, well done Arsenal!

  91. evonne says:

    Happy New Year Herb, all the very best in 2012 xx

  92. evonne says:

    OMG, Shitty lost in 92:57 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. allezkev says:

    What a great way to start off 2012. :P:

    North Invincibles? In ya dreams…..

    That belongs to Preston…

  94. Gooner In Exile says:

    Now that’s why they call it squeaky bum time.

    As I said yesterday, title charge time ….. Tally Ho……

    But more seriously it does put the hand wringing and soul searching after the Wolves result into context.

    We have so far taken 7 points from the 3 games over Christmas, make it 10 tomorrow and I’ll be a very happy Gooner.

    Our rivals so far:
    ManUre 6
    Spuds 5
    Dippers 5
    Shitty 4
    Chavs 2

  95. chas says:

    Hahahahahahahahah

  96. Rob Lucci says:

    shitty lost!! kekekekeke

    Invincible? PFFFFTTT!!

  97. chas says:

    I salute you Ji Dong-won

  98. PERFECTO!
    Citeh lost by an offside goal, they deserve it. :)
    I have a strong feeling that 2012 will be Arsenal year. ;)

  99. harry says:

    Its all going WONG for City and Na$ri……Blue Moon Eclipsed by Stadium of Light…….

  100. Big Raddy says:

    How did MC lose that? They were all over Sunderland.

    I had the good fortune to fall asleep watching the WBA game. What I saw was appalling – we are so lucky to have AW as our leader who insists upon playing proper football. Even when we are poor we are more entertaining than most.

  101. chas says:

    TA,
    Your post-Wolves post was so bang on the money.

    ” There are just too many games in succession for any team to make a bigger leap forward than its direct competitors. At the moment, our direct competitors are Liverpool, Newcastle United, The Spuds and the Chavs. Don’t be totally surprised if by the 4th of January all these teams, as well as Arsenal, will have gathered a similar number of points over the five PL games during the Christmas/New Year period.”

    I still hope you’re very slightly wrong and we buck the trend. :)

  102. allezkev says:

    Manchester FACup tie next week….

    Hope they kick each other to bits.

    And it’s a draw… :)

  103. evonne. Go and wash your mouth out. I wouldn’t have that granny shagger in my team.

    I read on twitter that we have had our worst start for 58 years and the spuds their best for 50 and they are still only 3 points ahead.

    Shearer had 6 more games for his record. RVP has a better goals to games ratio than that moron (why is he on tv?)

  104. chas says:

    GM,
    I noticed MOTD didn’t have games played on their caption. :)

  105. I noticed too. I bit obvious though. Shearer is a nasty c**t

  106. I just swore at henry winter on twitter is that allowed? I’m a bit of a novice.

  107. evonne says:

    GM – I am the granny :) maybe he could be tempted, great player :)

    Raddy – yes, Shitty were by far the better team, but they were not very good. Also, Suderland goalie was good, the whole team defending and a few extremely unlucky moments. Good, there is justice in this world.

    What did I say about the unpredictibility of football?

  108. chas says:

    GM,
    twitter is a free for all, no rules.
    Henry Winter is a pretentious pr*ck so I think it’s justified. :)

  109. Gooner In Exile says:

    GM you can swear all you like, just don’t expect reply back from them :)

  110. gunnern5 says:

    GM:

    In reality we have only had more points at the half way point of the Premiership in 5 of the 20 seasons.

  111. grab a bargain in cornwall says:

    My new year`s wish.
    Arsene to be a bit like Micky.
    I think Micky SPENDS to much TIME on here, and I think It`s TIME for Arsene to SPEND !
    Come on Arsene Wonga, It`s Sale Time !

  112. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    e va va vonne, are you still being harrassed by your mum , or are you showing her whose the Boss ? :)

  113. Piers Morgan is a bit of a comedean on twitter.

    piersmorgan Piers Morgan
    Just making lunch @Joey7Barton – got any Gervinho-seasoned nutmeg I can borrow? http://pic.twitter.com/v0UCCFZ3

    piersmorgan Piers Morgan
    Happy New Year @WayneRooney – go celebrate over another drunken dinner with your teammates, there’s a good Shrek.

  114. Wonderman says:

    Please lay off of Walcott! Unfortunately our players have still not figured out that Theo is most lethal when running onto balls as opposed to played to feet. Traore was always exposed for his bad positioning when with us and unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of that yesterday , more passes should have been in-between hi. And the CB.

  115. evonne says:

    GLiC – thank you for asking :) she had heart problems today, I had to call an ambulance, so it is all on her terms, as usual. But she watched Shitty game with me and felt better when they lost, after my elaborate explanations why they are to be hated

  116. Gooner In Exile says:

    GM wait until we lose Piers Morgan reveals himself to be the Twunt he is.

  117. chas says:

    Evonne,
    you shouldn’t be subjecting your mum to football if she has heart problems.

    Wonderman,
    Don’t you think Theo sits on the shoulder of the full back giving no target for the midfielders. He needs to drop off and bend his runs forward. He’s too static and gives up making runs when he’s not seen.

  118. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    e va va vonne,
    A few more shitty losses and her heart will be well on the way to be mended , hope she`s ok. :)

  119. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. Piers may well be a “twunt” but he is one of ours !

  120. serious comment in cornwall says:

    chas,
    I`ve frequently wondered why most other winger`s seem to have acres of space to run with the ball ( inc Gerv ), maybe your right ,Theo always seems to be to close to his marker and needs to look for more space, ay worst it will pull defenders all over the place !

  121. kelsey says:

    Wonderman,

    I bet you dandan’s house that Theo goes to another club in the next eighteen months.

  122. GiE I know all about piers morgan, He was calling for Wenger to be sacked saying we needed MON.

  123. TotalArsenal says:

    Great Match Report FGG – I like your style and you read the game really well. Top stuff!

    Well done Micky the Champ! :)

    Chas, thanks for reference back to the Wolves match review post. Like you, I hope we will buck the trend tomorrow against the Michael Jacksons! :) Shame we did not meet up yesterday, but I also had a couple of friends with me in the Tavern. So next time, we’ll catch up properly. Oh and thank you Sir for that voluptuous – mountains of mozerella – Avatar again!

    Re Theo: he did not have the greatest of games, but stuck to his roles well. I challenge anyone to name me a better winger in the PL in terms of goals and assists, and willingness to work hard defensively. If there is one player who is missing Fabregas this season, it is Theo; he is not being fed the ball enough. The lot of a winger is never to be totally liked. Full stop.

    On the game:

    I thought QPR’s midfield did well yesterday, especially early in the second half. I thought SWP did really well for them and togehter with Barton they caused us some trouble. They never let us dominate the game in long spells which is a credit to them.

    With the current 5-3-3 system, as Rocky pointed out recently as well, we really need our FB’s to overlap and support our attack. The wall of ARS struggled to dominate the midfield area, especially the area in front of the ‘D’: there was often too much space between our three midfielders and RvP, with none of the midfielders postioning themself in the ‘hole’. RvP is such a great player that he can more or less play both roles: the one of forward and ‘shadow-striker’ at the same time. But without a natural ‘in the hole’ midfielder and no proper FB’s we struggled to dominate and play ‘our game’. If and when our Wingers moved centrally to support RvP there often was no wing-support from the FB’s. My preference would be for Rosicky to play in the hole against Fulham with two out of Arteta/Ramsey/Song a bit behind him.

  124. Walcott seriously isn’t very good.

  125. harry says:

    GM, he maybe not where we want him to be, but he is better than most give him credit for………and I certainly dont want him to go….

  126. harry says:

    Just thinking its only 9 points from the summit, all them above have to come to ours, Wilshere due back soon, Henry in for 8weeks as a boost…………

    Just dont want us to fall a few points short with Wenger keeping his wallet shut……….

    Henry, a defender and a goalscorer and we can really kick on in 2012……

  127. I’m not really bothered harry. I don’t think he’s rubbish but I don’t think he’s on the level of RVP, Kozzer, Chesney, TV or Song.

  128. Sagna will be back very soon Harry

  129. harry says:

    GM, I would agree with that, as they all have what he doesnt “confidence and consistency”……….

    But my issue and why I defend him so staunchly is the vile abuse he gets at times, (not on here) but at the ground……..

    Some of our fans need to understand the role of the supporters…

    Anyway…………Decisions…….

    Nani or Walcott? Walcott everyday…….
    Bale or Walcott? Walcott everyday…….
    Messi or Walcott………..ummmmmm ok then,….Messi lol……..

  130. harry says:

    I hope so, Sagna is immense and really is the best RB in Europe ~#imho……..

  131. fatgingergooner says:

    We have Ox coming through do I’m not overlly worried about Theo.

    If Theo doesn’t improve then Ox will come through and be the world class winger we need. Arsenal win.

    If Theo starts playing amazingly and Ox can’t get in then we will have 2 great wingers. Arsenal win.

    If Theo moves on then we have Ox waiting in the wings who looks a player. Arsenal win.

    Personally, I think Theo is still only young and his consistency will improve with age. Give the kid a break, he’s been ok this season and shown glimpses of quality. If he’s still playing poorly when he’s Arshavins age then fair enough, he deserves grief, but for me, he is still developing as a footballer and should be treated as such.

  132. Gooner In Exile says:

    Whilst we have centre backs playing as full backs I think the system has been slightly skewed. But we should be using it to our advantage. Most teams play one/two up, so centre backs can deal with them. Our wider centre backs (as they are now) should then be able to deal with any wingers.

    Which then begs the question of why our central midfielders especially Arteta and Ramsey are not pushing forward more and we are still relying on full backs to overlap.

    By the way I think the overlapping full backs have been the main reasons for our downfall defensively in the past so would like a return to defending first which is what our makeshift ones do and is why we can take games 1-0 again.

    Still like to see a little more ruthlessness in killing off the opposition when we have a chance.

    Season defining match in 21 days.

  133. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Theo will be a great player. When he reaches his peak he could become a nightmare for oppostion defences. My point is that the aim is to keep all these boys together, if we can do that then we just may have the best team in Europe.

  134. Wonderman says:

    Chas, I agree his initial positioning sometimes leaves a lot to be desired, as one of pet hates is when he stands there watching the full back get closer and closer to him in possession, but I don’t think that is sufficient to kill him for

    Kelsey why dont you bet your house :)….. There is no way he will be at another club unless he chooses not to resign

  135. Big Raddy says:

    TMHT. I agree. The squad could use another striker but apart from that we are good (subject to a return to fitness of JW)

    GIE. Good observation

  136. kelsey says:

    “Our objective is to keep Arsenal English, albeit with a lot of foreign players.” -Arsenal Chairman HILL-WOOD

    i keep finding these quotes.

  137. kelsey says:

    Wonderman, I have just sold it ;) honest.Most probably will go to liverpool.

  138. kelsey – when did he say that one :lol:

  139. We may not be prepared to pay him £85k wonderman

  140. kelsey says:

    peaches I am not making it up.The year he told kroenke “we don’t want your kind here”.

  141. TotalArsenal says:

    GM, I looked into this about 2 months ago:

    Theo: Games 211 Goals 40 (0.19 per game) Assists 30
    Bale: Games 170 Goals 24 (0.14 per game) Assists 26
    Nani: Games 246 Goals 43 (0.17 per game) Assists ?
    Arshavin: Games 427 Goals 106 (0.25 goals per game) Assists 143

    Ljunberg: Games 494 Goals 86 (0.17 per game)
    Pires: Games 708 Goals 164 (0.23 per game)
    Overmars: Games 398 Goals 78 (0.2 per game)

  142. kelsey – what does this mean una yeguada?

  143. I’m being very lazy clearly because I could ask google to translate for me :oops:

  144. kelsey says:

    a spanish horse stud, peaches. why ?

  145. kelsey says:

    6 goals in 39 games is not a great return for a guy who wants to play centrally. you wont change my mind :)

  146. I’m hoping Thierry can help Theo to make a huge improvement in not only his positional play but also how he deals with defenders. He has a great shot on him but he lacks confidence when he’s in great positions to do something magical.

    The commentator in yesterdays game had it right when he said that Thierry would have buried that chance.

    As FGG said in the post, Theos legs carried him before his brain had decided what to do.

  147. Its in an article about Almunia and also it appeared in a tweet last night.

    Robin must have had a small NYE party attended by Arteta and Almunia, there was a pic on twitter. One of the twitter accounts is
    Yeguada Almunia R ……. just being a nosey parker ;)

  148. kelsey – no one else is scoring bucket loads of goals …… only Robin. I think it’s weird no ?

  149. Too many legs :lol:

  150. fatgingergooner says:

    It’s a good point about the full backs effecting our goals tally.

    If our FB’s get forward then that allows the wide players to be more central and get in goalscoring positions. It also pushes the CB’s further forward which in turn puts our midfield 5-10 yards further forward meaning they can also get into scoring positions easier.

    At the moment we are seeing Theo and Gerv much wider and therefore RvP is the only player getting in the box, sometimes joined by Ramsey.

    Obviously our finishing hasn’t been upto scratch, but apart from the Theo and Gerv chances, everything else fell to RvP. When the full backs return I think our midfielders will start to grab more goals.

    As for the Arshavin and Walcott stats, very suprising. But what those stats dont show you is the overall contribution of a player, just the end product.

  151. kelsey – Ok, I’ve worked it out, there was another guy at the party, he must be involved in the horse thing and maybe related to Manuel.

    http://www.yeguadaalmuniaromero.blogspot.com/

    Sorry everyone, nothing to do with Arsenal or football

  152. That all sounded rather wierd peaches :) Until you cleared it up

  153. fgg – that is a very good explanation. It’s a shame our finishing has been poor as our goal difference is rubbish!!!!!!! Must do better. I’d love us to trounce someone, selfishly I always wanted it to be at home but now I don’t care, I just want more goals :P

  154. gm – do you follow Robin? Have a look at the pic that was tweeted earlier with a thank you and the other accounts that are associated with it.

  155. fatgingergooner says:

    Peaches, do you know we have scored the same amount as the Spuds so far? We are about 4th or 5th in the scoring charts do its not all bad.

    1-0 to the Arsenal still has a pleasant ring to it!

  156. I’ll try peaches. I’m just getting used to twitter

  157. Interestingly, I looked for a Sunderland blog to comment on after they beat the mancs – not that I usually go around leaving comments on other teams blogs but hey ho – and I couldn’t find a single one!!!! Just wanted to say well done but I now hear they want to give Nik back :lol:

  158. fgg – that’s interesting, as our GD is so poor I assumed that the others around us must have scored loads more goals.

    It’s fair to say though that we should score more goals than those scummers :lol:

  159. ……. and I love 1 nil to the Arsenal, sang it with gusto yesterday :)

    I have a story about 1 nil to the Arsenal – a bit sad – when Sol Campbell played his first game for us at WHL my daughter and I went to watch it at Highbury on the big screens. There were ‘Judas’ balloons at WHL and everyone felt so bad for Sol until we scored and the 1 nil to the Arsenal rang around Highbury, you would have thought they could hear it at WHL. My daughter turned to me and said ‘Mummy, can we sing 1 nil to the Arsenal all the way home?’ yes I said, until the scum equalised :(

  160. He own a horse stud.

  161. Who does? Almunia?

  162. Robin looks like he definitely does his own twitter

  163. No peaches @Yeguada Almunia R. is (or works at one)

  164. chas says:

    Wonderman,
    I wasn’t suggesting Theo should be ‘killed’.

    I was just countering your point about our midfielders not sussing out that he needs the ball in front of him by saying that he often doesn’t give them the chance to deliver a pass to his strengths.

    I think Theo is a good player, but could be twice as good which is what I find so frustrating.

  165. chas says:

    http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2011/05/26/castillayleon/1306431734.html

    Her’s a translation….”doorman” haha

    Manuel Almunia, doorman of the English team(equipment) Arsenal FC, has traveled to the province of Salamanca, where it is creating its own herd of horses, in order to open market in England. Manuel Almunia has established contact with one of the breeders salmantinos more excellent than horses of Pure Spanish Race (PRE), Julio Rossel, to whom he(she) has acquired several mares lots. The doorman of the Arsenal has made sure that the contact did it last year, when he(she) acquired four dapple-gray mares PRE and that today he(she) has acquired other two. ‘The horse of Pure Spanish Race pleases(tastes) very much in London – where he(she) lives – since he is a very noble animal’, has made sure the soccer player. Manuel Almunia also has advanced that will take part with its herd of horses in the next edition of the Fair of the Horse, which will be celebrated(held) on the Regional Market of Cattle of the capital salmantina from June 3 until June 5. At the moment López Monís has acquired six pure mares, all proceeding ones from Salamanca, from the line(figure), and the following step will be the acquisition of ‘confirmed(resisted) males’ of Pure Race(Puerblood) Spanish. All its herd of horses will remain in one of the farms that the breeder Julio Rossel has in the people(village) of Picones, located in the region of Vitigudino (Salamanca). Kitchen garden has made sure that in London it has a horse of Pure Spanish Race, with which it salts to go for a walk when he(she) has time and that ‘has paid very much the attention’ to the Englishmen. The doorman has visited some places of The Arribes of the Duero, between them the ancient(former) town of Iberdrola, Aldeaduero, today turned into a tourist complex, and the locality of Hinojosa of Duero.

  166. Gooner In Exile says:

    I agree with that Chas, I was saying similar yesterday about his runs needing to dictate the pass whereas presently it feels the opposite. I just think the modern game isso fast for a midfielder to look up see Theo, see defender and then find the space is asking a lot.

    If the midfielder looks up to see a moving Theo that’s all he really needs to see as he can predict where the space is (assuming Theo is running into some) and play the pass.

    For an example look at the pass Yossi makes for Gerv in the Wolves game, Gerv is already motoring into the space. Same for Arshavin RvP yesterday, RvPs run means all Arshavin had to get right was direction and weight of pass.

    It’s a small thing that I think could revolutionise his goal scoring performance.

  167. gunnern5 says:

    I think that to many excuses are made for TW’s abjectly poor performances. We keep waiting for him to grow up and become a great footballer – but the evidence is before our eyes every single game – all we have to do is accept the evidence..

  168. ozgunner says:

    good win by sunderland. Bendtner needs to pull his finger out though. With that miss he drops down in price, he scores and he becomes a hero and shoots up in price! Come on bendtner we want 15 million for you, not 7!

    How far away is diaby? will he ever play 3 games in a row again? if not we have direct funding for a new striker. Diaby + Bendtner + MC + Arshavin = A new striker. My maths is a bit rusty though, does it check out RA?

  169. fatgingergooner says:

    G5,

    Theo doesn’t play poorly every single game as you suggest. If he did then no one would be questioning wether he should be kept at the club.

    He frustrates with his inconstancy, but the way he gave Ashley Cole (seen as many as one of the best LB’s in the world) the runaround against Chelsea just goes to show that he does have the quality.

    What is lacking at the moment is consistency, both in his own performance, but also with his RB colleague. When Sagna returns It wouldn’t suprise me at all if Theo’s level improved 15%.

  170. Gooner In Exile says:

    http://photoshopdaryl.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/arsebandits/

    Why no Gooner should follow Piers Morgan or listen to him or watch him on TV or even mention him. :D

  171. 26may1989 says:

    Well, well, well, who would’ve thought Santa would turn up with Arsenal’s presents a few days late? Villa, Sunderland and Blackburn all besting our rivals, and Swansea holding Spurs. That’s what I call a bookie’s weekend.

    Just saw the MOTD highlights of the City game: the way that none of the City players even tried to track back when they lost possession, especially Yaya and Aguero, is frankly shameful for any pro. I still think City will win the title, but I also think there are real attitude and ego problems in that squad, that are waiting to blow again.

    Re Arshavin, can’t see how he deserves the slating he gets from some. Like our other attacking players, he wasn’t great, but be fair, he was ok. And there wouldn’t have been a goal without his cute through ball to van Persie. I wouldn’t pick him ahead of Walcott, Gervinho, Benayoun or Rosicky, but he did alright yesterday.

    Total at 7.01pm says it all for me. And lovely to see Wigan Gooner back, you’ve been missed mate!

    Was good to see AAers at The Tav yesterday, even if they were trying to avoid me, hiding in the back bar…. VCC, many thanks for the CD, great stuff.

    Three points tomorrow and I’ll be one happy bunny.

    And finally, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AT ARSENAL ARSENAL! A great 2012 to one and all.

  172. 26may1989 says:

    I fucking hate Piers Morgan.

  173. harry says:

    GunnerN5, its not about making excuses for theo, it is about supporting him……..6 weeks ago he had got many behind him and people thought he had made the step up, ok, he slipped on the last one, and has fell off the top, I can remember how many times I had similar conversations some 15-20 years ago about Ryan Giggs with United Fans, he was nearly into his thirties before he became consistent, look at his standing now, look at his stats, look at his early stats………

    So If I am looking at the evidence in front of me, I would stick with him, without a second thought, no hesitation…………

    He does enough for me, yes as Chas says he can be frustrating and I agree partially with his comment about his movement, but I also feel its about the team finding him, he did several times indicate movement and players didnt take the option.

    Theo has more than contributed this season to our wins, with key assists, winning of penalties and ok only the odd goal, they will come……….And those who dig him out about going through the middle, remember it took TH time to settle into a role, theo gets moments to shine at a very early stage in his career. He will prevail.

    Picking up on a comment by FGG……

    ###But what those stats dont show you is the overall contribution of a player, just the end product###

    So we can use either to suit our arguement and play them either way:

    Example:

    Contribution:

    Yesterday Arshavin was shocking, lacked interest and was a periphal figure throughout……or

    End Product:

    Arshavin seemed to do little throughout the game, but his sublime key assist for Van Persie to tap in, changed the game.

    So its all about opinions, gareth bale player of the season last season, I can think of 10 or more players who had better seasons….

    Anyway onto something I just picked up on during the MotD 2, City have a very crammed and difficult January and their extensive squad will be tested fully, with our injuries, maybe the CC would have been too much for us??

    And yeah where is Diaby, when he got injured last time, wenger said ten days………………..where have we heard that before……..

  174. harry says:

    26 May, actually your right and I was probably been harsh on Arshavin, and by my own comments should support him more. Probably cut theo more slack due to age……….

  175. 26may1989 says:

    FGG, you just have to accept that some people have made up their mind about Walcott and won’t change it. Walcott’s good and great performances mean nothing, and are airbrushed from memories, while his mediocre and poor performances are savoured as evidence that he’s crap, if only everyone else would understand.

  176. harry says:

    And 26May, may I concur with your 10.59pm………

  177. I think he’s a cunt too. he is funny though when he’s goading manc wankers

  178. sorry that should have read C**T

  179. harry says:

    Ah, 26May, I am on a roll with you at the moment, your 11.08pm is so true………..

    Right I am off to bed now, I agree with all 26 May is saying, unless its about me giving you all money……..

  180. 26may1989 says:

    Harry, you may….

  181. 26may1989 says:

    Did you read that, Harry just promised to give me all his money. He did, honest….

  182. chas says:

    Harry,
    We were saying the same about two more games in January last Tuesday.
    Definitely good with six games already in Jan (providing we beat Leeds), that we haven’t got to play 8.

  183. His great performances are few and far between. The run against the bindippers and the run against milan were fantastic and no one forgets them. Arshavin’s four goals against the bindippers was class too but yesterdays assist aside he’s playing badly.

  184. harry says:

    Quick check before I go, 26May, tut tut, I didnt say that, i knew you’d sneak something in……….

    Exactly Chas, we have enough games, a win tomorrow and we have a renewed challenge on……..?

  185. Just saw this on goonerholic

    Finally props to Arseblogger for pointing out that Neil Warnock is an anagram of Colin Wanker….. most appropriate given the crap that he came out with on MOTD when interviewed.

  186. We don’t have to play any top 6 teams away except the bindippers. There may be a ST totteringhams day after all.

  187. SharkeySure says:

    Evening all

    Cheers for that FGG…very good write up with some truly wonderful prose, supported by some very good witticisms. Loved Walcotts brain and feet being out of sync…and making Young old. Classic.

    When /harry offered ratings last night I imagined a name amd a number for each player. You delivered so much more.

    Joinlty this has been like a two pronged match report – collective, and individual. What a blog this is..!!

    Night all

  188. TotalArsenal says:

    G5, here is the evidence that matters:

    Theo Walcott (wikipedia):

    2010-2011 season: played 38 games – scored 13
    2011-2012 season: played 24 games – scored 4
    Total in last two seasons: Played 62 – scored 17 = 0.27 goals per game.

    And on Giggs (Harry made a reference to him earlier):

    Ryan Giggs: played 892 games – scored 162 = 0.18 goals per game

    Ryan Giggs between 18-23:
    Played 239 and scored 51 = 0.21 goals per game.

    Theo has currently 0.18 goals per game (whole career), better than Bale, Valencia, and Nani. His stats for the last two seasons show (0.27 goals per game) why we need to keep him.

    The combination of hard to please fans and managers of other clubs who know how good he is – and are in the position to offer him a better salary – will almost certainly lead to Theo leaving the club within the next 12 months. Luckily Wenger rates Theo and does not get affected by the moans and groans of the majority of the fans.

    Sign him up on a new longterm deal Arsene, et tres vite!

  189. 26may1989 says:

    Completely agree Total – how gutting would it be to sell Walcott to one of our rivals in England, Italy or Spain, and then see them enjoy the benefits of his maturing into the consistent player he will be? And perhaps see him score beautiful goals against us?

  190. TotalArsenal says:

    Yep 26, that would horrible. I understand, to some extent, why so many fans are frustrated with Theo. For me, a lot is down to the enormous expectations which were formed from the moment he joined us, and a lack of understanding how difficult it is to be an effective winger on a constant basis.

  191. Gooner In Exile says:

    I think what most football fans forget is how we scrutinise our own to the nth degree, and see the highlight reels of others.

    The media are wetting themselves over Bale against Norwich but are they calling him shit for not effecting the game against Swansea. His 7 PL goals this season have all come against bottom half teams (Norwich, Bolton, QPR, Fulham, Wigan)

  192. gunnern5 says:

    TA;

    Using your stats on Wally he has declined over the past two seasons.

    2010/11 13 goals in 38 games = a goal every 2.9 games
    2011/12 4 goals in 24 games = a goals every 6 games.

    The only reason to add both seasons together is to make his record look better than the reality.

    He has the occasional good game for us and the occasional good game for England but overall he is a total inconsistent enigma.

    He belongs in the same grouping as Chamakh and Arshavin –
    overpaid under-performers!

  193. 26may1989 says:

    So GN5, by that logic, I assume you thought Walcott was excellent last season, you’re just disappointed he hasn’t maintained a rate of scoring 0.34 goals per game this season – correct?

  194. gunnern5 says:

    26M,

    That appears to be your conclusion, not mine.

  195. 26may1989 says:

    Well GN5, your criticism of TA’s aggregation of two seasons doesn’t make a lot of sense unless that is your opinion.

    Anyway, leaving that to one side, I think Walcott is having an excellent season. His goal-scoring rate isn’t great right now, but his game has changed significantly this season. He’s passing more often and more effectively, he’s crossing well and he’s dribbling well – none of which were features of his game before this season. He works hard, having genuine athleticism to offer. And he’s playing for the team. Perhaps his increased focus on passing, crossing and dribbling goes some way to explaining why he’s scored fewer goals so far.

    But most importantly, our first choice attacking three (van Persie, Gervinho and Walcott) combines incredibly effectively and with penetrating directness. Our season wouldn’t have recovered without that unit, including without Theo Walcott.

    None of which excuses his miss against QPR, he should have buried that one.

  196. kelsey says:

    Morning all.
    Sorry don’t agree with you 26th.Walcott has cost us up to now 15 million.The question is he a natural footballer who can enhance the side.the same question i ask myself every year about him and one or two others.
    Waddle said he ,Theo hasn’t got a football brain, and to an extent he is right. too many times he makes the wrong choice when on the ball. on Saturday he sent over 3 crosses high in the air beyond the far post without looking up.his tackling is woeful yet when he uses his main asset, his speed ,and cuts a low cross from the bye line we often get a result.If i can see that than he should.
    of course the stats will tell you he is having a better season with assists and a few goals but as when he plays for England he disappera for a long time in a game. On the positive side he is tracking back a lot more unlike Arshavin but my half term report is that he could do better.The odd goal every 6 or so games isn’t good enough for a player who thinks he should play more centrally.

    Now in his defence as a team our counter attack is far slower than in previous seasons and as good as Arteta is he often slows the game down to such an extent that the counter attack becomes invalid.gervinho is also pretty quick but seems to get his feet entangled with each other and in a way if anything he is is too quick for his own thinking but I rate him highly and he will come good.

    I am only stressing this as RVP is playing out of his skin and needs a few others to find their shooting boots and therefore release the pressure on himself to time and time again be the only one who might win us a game when it’s a tight game.
    The ox surely must be given a chance as should benyahoun especially with gervinho off to the ANC though chamakh IMO doesn’t feature in Wengr’s plans anymore and won’t be missed.

    Tough game tonight, never know with fulham or us which team will turn up, but we have only kept one clean sheet in 9 away games. Hopeful of a win but a draw seems more likely.

  197. evonne says:

    morning all

    26may – I never ceased to amuse me how others even try to argue with you :) Even if I completely disagreed with you I would know to keep my gob shut

    One of the reasons that Theo joined Arsenal was his hero TH14. The comeback of that latter might have huge effect on Theo’s game again, his master will explain to him the concept of running into spaces. Watch it, TW will shine brightly very soon.

    Spurs wanted to sell Bale 3 years ago, remember?

  198. kelsey says:

    morning evonne.

    am i not allowed to disagree with 26th. ;) okay i will keep my gob shut, thanks and happy new year to you as well.

  199. evonne says:

    Hiya Kelsey – Happy New Year to you too darling xxx
    Of course you can disagree with 26may, but he is a lawyer, he would eat us alive! In person he is even more scary!

  200. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning all.
    On Theo,
    I am in both Kelsey and 26 camps. At 22, he is way short of his peak age. At present, he has much to learn about his off the ball play as much as his skills and decision making on it, but that is normal. I do question his football brain and decision making, which is where FGG has a point about Arsenal being in a win win situation with Oxo in the wings.
    A major part of the problem, as Kelsey alluded to, is that he has been with us for an eternity and so people keep expecting a more mature performance while forgetting he is only 22. On that level, the whole money paid and wages comes into play.

  201. kelsey says:

    If 26th is a lawyer then Micky must be a politician ;)

  202. evonne says:

    Just watched that Sunderland goal again, what a beauty :) :) :) and joe hart looking for the ball or someone to blame, classic

  203. evonne says:

    Micky? Nay, a stand up fucking comedian

  204. kelsey says:

    Just read this.

    Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s astronomical contract demands could lead to him move to one of The Gunners’ Premier League rivals, according to The Daily Star.

    The England international is requesting a new four-year deal worth £85,000 a week.

    The likes of Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly being alerted with Arsenal so far stalling over completing a deal.

  205. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I also think we should have left him at Southampton for a year or two. There is no doubt that Arsenal have suffered as a result of the eternal incubation period we have had to endure.

  206. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey,
    Spoilt brat?
    Mind you, I do blame Arsene to an extent for grossly inflating expectations and in the process The Theo Ego by having him as a top earner and first team regular for too long.

  207. kelsey says:

    A 7 year pregnancy ;)

  208. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey,
    Me a Politician? Exactly what have I said to upset you? Talk about self serving egotistical power crazed arseholes.

  209. ozgunner says:

    i also agree with parts of kelsey and 26 (how can you not, its like a great debate when you two argue a point).

    I just hate how he never looks up when he has the ball. The one-on-one he didn’t look up, and he often sends in crosses without even looking to see if anyone is in the box. I think eventually he will bring his game together, i just hope it’s for us. Those wage demands are ridiculous though. Taking the club for ransom when we have oxo waiting and when you haven’t set the world on fire isn’t to wise.

    Morning all. All these games are great, not for the team but i’m not complaining!

  210. ozgunner says:

    actually yes i am, a bloody late game at 130-330

  211. chas says:

    Morning all,
    Perhaps kelsey meant diplomat?

    If we end up having to sell Theo, we should only sell abroad.

  212. chas says:

    Oz, but you are watching the game tomorrow on the 3rd.
    Can you tell us the score?

  213. ozgunner says:

    agree chas, teams have success against us on the break, i’d hate to see him lining up for chelsea or liverpool. Perhaps a MLS or brazilian team? a swap for neymar?

    haha chas, your right i can. I’ll give you a $100 to put on the score, number of corners, and the arsenal goal scorers. We’ll be millionaires!!!

  214. fatgingergooner says:

    Morning all,

    with United v Newcastle and Citeh v Liverpool, this Fulham game is a big opportunity for us.

    Its a tough one as you never quite know what your going to get with Fulham. 2 games in 3 days makes me think that a point might not be such a bad result, 3 however, would be amazing.

    As for Theo, i say keep him. I dont understand the fans obsession to look for replacements constantly. He is doing a good job for us and a few below par performances at the age of 22 in a busy period is not a reason to sell. He was being praised 6 weeks ago, now calls for his head!? Seems a bit ridiculous really. Or have people just got bored of asking for the sale of Djourou, Arshavin and Chamakh?

  215. chas says:

    Is anyone really asking for Walcott’s head?

  216. kelsey says:

    chas,
    no it’s just a discussion and micky me upset never ;)

  217. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oz,
    I believe Barca have just signed a first option on Neymar.

  218. chas says:

    Neymar is shit

  219. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    What an interesting discussion about Theo. I wavered in my opinion throughout!

    I particularly agree with 26′s point about the combination of the front 3. Theo does not work in isolation.

    Ooops, just been prodded by the RHWP. Better get working!

  220. Rasp says:

    Morning all,

    Just to add my 10 pennyworth to the Theo debate. We’ve all heard the ‘football brain’ thing trotted out many times and it is true that he sometimes makes the wrong choices and needs to look up more before he crosses. Sometimes I get the feeling that like Chamakh he is a bit shy of the ball and doesn’t position himself so that he is likely to receive a pass. When a game is going well for him he is always looking to make a run, other times he hides.

    If I could give him anything, it would be the aggression and attack that a player like Bellamy or Kuyt possess. If he had bigger balls to add to his pace and other talents he really would be a handful – he’s just a bit too nice!

  221. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp,
    Oh bloody cosmic, a player who is “shy of the ball”!

  222. Rasp says:

    Morning Micky, Happy New Year :P …. do you get what I mean by that term?

  223. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rasp,
    Yes I do, and I think you are right :-)
    Any news on your man Podolski?

  224. chas says:

    He definitely hides, Rasp.
    Bigger cojones, spot on.
    What I want is the Theo we saw at the start of the 2010 season before he got injured playing for England. The electricity was pulsing out of him for 15 games on the trot. I really thought he was becoming the player we all know he could be at that time.

  225. Red Arse says:

    Morming Peeps, :-)

    My New Year resolution is not to get drawn into pointless sterile debate about Walcott.

    I really fancy that beautiful Oz girl (no names no pack drill) but having looked at the stats for her enbonpoints they don’t support the evidence of my own eyes.

    So that’s that then. Bugger!! :-)

  226. Rasp says:

    Thanks guys, a bit of testosterone in Theo’s Ribena should do the trick then :P

    Raddy, I have a title and pitch layout for your post when you’re ready.

  227. Red Arse says:

    Sorry Oz — don’t look up ‘enbonpoints’ — that was a typo — s/be eMbonpoints!! :-)

  228. chas says:

    RA,
    ‘sterile’ as in nothing will come from it.
    Isn’t that the very definition of blogging?

  229. Gooner In Exile says:

    Bigger balls = less pace surely? And even more frightened to receive the ball as it could bounce up and be damaging.

    As for the £85k a week wage demands none of us know the origins of that story so we shouldn’t really use it to judge him with.

    Was talking to someone the other day who’s friend has just signed pro contract at Chelsea after coming through the Academy, at 18 he is on £4k per week + bonuses for making it into first team appearances etc. be interesting to know the Arsenal 18-19!year old wages, according to many it’s way higher.

  230. 26may1989 says:

    Morning all.

    Interesting points on the Theo discussion, especially from Kelsey and Micky. Completely disagree with everything they say though!

    I don’t have a lot to add, save to ask that people keep an open mind. If anything bugs me about Arsenal fans’ views of Walcott, it’s not the criticisms themselves, it’s the fact so many people have made up their minds and register nothing that doesn’t confirm their view.

    But fair’s fair, however important Walcott is to our team (and he is very important), and however much he’s improved, he has plenty of faults, so there’s plenty to criticise.

    On his contract, no one (other than those who’ve developed cures to malaria or reliance on fossil fuels) deserves to be paid millions of pounds a year, and certainly not footballers. But within the ludicrous finances of the game, given Walcott’s significance to the new structure of our team, amounts like £85k a week are in the right ballpark.

    Lastly, re Ox, I love the potential we see there but let’s not overdo the expectations yet. We’ve only seen minutes of him, some good, some really not. Maybe he’ll blossom but this unrealistic level of expectation is precisely why so many fans feel let down by Walcott, whose progress has been reasonable were it not for the fact we all thought he’d be destroying defences at the age of 16. Give Ox enough space to grow and learn from mistakes.

  231. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE,
    To say nothing of the cost of additional material in the shorts to accomodate said larger testicles.

  232. Big Raddy says:

    RAsp. Use your title ….. I can use mine on another post

  233. Rasp says:

    OK, the first post of 2012 is comes from the illustrious keyboard of Big Raddy….

    …. New post ……..

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