Jack and Theo shine bright

I would never normally watch an England friendly, but would always take the opportunity to watch Brazil. Invariably, I find with England the protagonists both on the field as well as in the stands about as loathsome as each other, whereas Brazil are always accompanied by sunshine, flair, rhythm and a certain majesty both on the field and always amongst their wonderful fans.

Last night I was very pleasantly surprised for many reasons.

For me, Roy Hodgson has returned some much needed dignity to the England Manager’s role. He has also introduced some flexible thinking with his formations, and last night the team lined up with an exciting 4-1-2-3.

This is exactly how I feel Arsenal should set up. Gerrard was absolutely superb as he marshalled proceedings from deep. As a Leader, and he is that, he could organize and motivate both the players behind as well as in front of him. Because of his statuesque presence, the fluidity of the inevitable Brazilian forward surges was broken, while that same presence allowed Cleverly and Jack to ply the most effective aspects of their trade.

The same set up caused confusion and disorder amongst the Brazilian defenders, as it was so difficult to know which player to cover and from where they would appear. Technically the lone striker, Shrek would sometimes drop deeper allowing Theo to move more centrally, and the same applied with that other Utd Bloke on the other side.

Man of the Match Jack was quite simply superb. His forward surges invariably ended with a perfect defence splitting through ball, and they always ended with him being circled by two or more Brazilians, and in doing so, space was appearing everywhere for the front boys.

JackvBrazil

Now, talking of the front boys bring me nicely on to Theo. What a terrific performance from the other representative from N5.

TheoEngland

Most apparent to me was the effect he had on the home fans. Every time he received the ball, there was a very audible roar of expectation, and Theo rarely failed to live up to the crowds’ lofty expectation. The usual electric pace and dynamic acceleration found him time and again flying past the defenders, and the quality of his cut backs was invariably top notch. (Oh the advantages of not playing with a big ‘un in the middle and the temptation to hoof the thing). By the way, Giroud is more effective with ball to feet J

Invariably, the inclusion of Arsenal players in International fixtures fills me with loathing and dread for the fear of injury and fatigue. However, I cannot see anything beyond the benefits their performances last night will bring to their confidence and stature in the game. The knowledge that they can compete, shine and star amongst such lofty company can only be a good thing.

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76 Responses to Jack and Theo shine bright

  1. Gooner In Exile says:

    Well done Micky, Theo impressed me last night, the best I think I’ve seen him play in an England shirt, it wasn’t just about his pace, he was doing the things many of us have asked him to do for so long, square up a defender and then beat him to the sideline.

    As for Jack I am running out of superlatives, much more experienced players were left in the shadows as potentially the best English footballer ever rant he show from start to finish, he makes such good runs that they have no option but to give him the ball back and let him go again. We should be very proud that Jack has been raised by us.

  2. Morning all (if anyone is indeed out there) and thanks for your thoughts on last night Mdi89, which effectively summed up how most of us saw it.

    My main hope is that perhaps referees will now not just turn a blind eye to the relentless rotational fouling Jack is subjected to in the Premier League – yes, I’m looking at you Orcs FC and your Sauron, Pullis.

    It’d be a nice change of pace if the kicking of Jack from pillar to post might just be reigned in a teeny weeny bit.

  3. ClockEndRider says:

    I have over time been a consistent doubter and heavy critic of Theo since his arrival.
    Nothing has given me more pleasure over the last couple of months than having to eat my words as we have, at long last, begun to see Theo blooming into the player Mr Wenger has always believed he could be. Keep up the good work Theo….

  4. Mayor of the Woolwich says:

    You’re spot-on Mickie!

    Which other midfielder on earth can compare with the great JACK?

  5. I wonder how we’ll do with injuries due to the Nationalism break ?
    Kozzer got subbed off and I think Vermaelen maybe a doubt, so do we get to see the Seb Squil on Saturday ?

    Santi and Nachos may be jet lagged from flying to the land of the camel shaggers while Adebarndoor will be available for the Spuds.

    We just can’t catch a break can we ? :(

  6. Aziz, KL-Malaysia says:

    I’m more concerned with this bloke of Pearce wanting those two to dump into the Under-21 … absolute ridiculous idiot this fellow. Frankly, I hope Roy tells him to stick it up his arse and I hope Arsene sends him a bunch a flowers with a picture of Jack and Ox and a card which just says ‘heh’.

  7. Bryan says:

    Yeh I agree with everything you wrote Micky, I also don’t normally bother with England friendly borefests either.
    Maybe Neymar may be adding Wilshire to his list of “The only decent players England have is Rooney” haha & wasn’t it ironic that if the gifted young Brazilian had worn his finishing boots England would of lost.
    As for Theo I noticed the crowd buzzing when he recieved the ball & when he was replaced by ahem Lennon it showed the difference in class between the 2 players to me ;-)
    Bad news I’m hearing is that we may have to play Squid against Sunderland as both Verm & Kos are doubtful, hopefully thats just scare mongering, cos it certainly terrifies me haha

  8. Manthan says:

    I am big fan of england national team as we indians do not have a decent football team so i support england…. Yesterday match JW was everywhere on the pitch tackes,trough balls, Making runs I liked his attitude on the pitch no matter for which team he plays… And theo is in prime form this season and from past many season when any of our underperformer sparkle they leave arsenal next season but theo signed the contract so I am very excited about that we have very good future

    COYG….

  9. Manthan says:

    About Kozz getting injured if the news is true then i dont have wanna see squlanci… May b arsene will play Miquel with BFG or another prospect is playing jenks in middle he was CB in young age…..

  10. Manthan says:

    Micky,
    About the formation i remember arsenal playing such formation when fabregas was there in the team… I usually play Fifa 13 with same 4-1-2-3 formation and very effective it is i had won 3 PL titles so far :D :D

  11. Bryan says:

    Manthan, I would prefer you to play instead of Squid or even the fat bloke down the pub ;-)

  12. dandan says:

    Good summation of a very enjoyable game Mickey thank you. interestingly your description of the Brazillians is as many see them, which is why it is such a culture shock when one visits their country, I for instance bought ten quid watches for my wife and I to wear when we visit their and we were left alone, whilst a fellow travellor was relieved of his expensive one in a major tourist spot almost as soon as he arrived, What is the old saying “all that glistens is not gold” sunny their outlook may seem the reality is something different, which just goes to show how sad is the behaviour of some of our much more advantaged supporters.
    Anyway back to football, great to see the Arsenal boys at it, how long before they will be joined by Gibbs et al from our burgeonig crop of Emirate Englishmen,a new day dawns it seems for the Arse and England. COYG

  13. Double diamond(DD), with Oxo in there we could be supplying half the England team quite soon.

    How that will confuse the Arsenal-hating press and the myth of only foreigners playing for Arsenal.

  14. Bryan says:

    I’ve got to agree with Aziz, I find Pearce a pain in the ass & he should leave Wilshire alone , he is now a permanent fixture in the full England team, maybe Ox could play for the under 21′s & gain some more experience though

  15. Bryan says:

    Chary
    Do the press hate us, really I hadn’t noticed ;-)

  16. Lol Bryan, we get nothing but glowing praise from that lot. :)

    They very kindly generated that paedo story about Wenger when they couldn’t find anything to write about him back in ’96.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsene Wenger – The saviour of English Football.

    I thought I would write our own headline as none of the media will.

    You can add your own story line……….

  18. Maybe they will say “Arsene Wenger – he finally sees sense”, N5 ?

  19. Looking on the bright side the Spuds havew Defoe out for 3 weeks and a jetlagged Adebarndoor (Togo got knocked out on Sunday and he still hasn’t returned to the N17 Swamps yet).

    So the Spuds will be a bit toothless up front hopefully.

  20. Gooner In Exile says:

    Aziz I think there is no way Jack can play for the Under 21′s anymore, Theo either I doubt he wants to go anyway after the furore before then bench warming role during the tournament.

    On the other hand I would like to see Ox and Jenkinson go with the Under 21′s.

    As Chary says a little bit of protection for Jack in the PL wouldn’t go amiss, nice to see opponents who tried to stay on their feet last night.

  21. 26may1989 says:

    Well done, Micky – I only saw the last 20 mins of the game yesterday plus replays of the goals but it was lovely to see two young Arsenal players getting so much praise. I also agree that Woy Hodgson is a worthy England manager, mostly because he’s the most tactically astute English coach around (not that there’s much competition).

    Wilshere’s recovery from injury and his growing sophistocation and consistency as a player are lovely to see. Likewise, it’s great to see Theo repaying the faith so many have shown in his potential. And with Ox, Gibbs and Jenkinson also on the verges of the squad, and youngsters like Akpom, Afobe and Yennaris showing potential, a new English Arsenal age is upon us. Finally, English football is catching up with Wenger’s Arsenal!

    As for Stuart Pearce, I can only agree with Aziz. The idea that young players should routinely give up their summer recovery periods so they can compete in U21 tournaments when they have already graduated to the England senior team is ridiculous. He can point to examples in Spain, but the current Spanish generation is so deep in quality that they can afford it. Burning out our players is just ridiculous. And his suggestion that players should be rested by their clubs so that they are fresh for those under 21 games just shows how far from reality he has strayed. He was an excellent player, he’s an idiotic coach. Hopefully, Woy will refuse to have Pearce’s contract renewed in the summer.

    BTW, Manthan, always support your country’s team, no matter how crap it is!

  22. kelsey says:

    Micky,

    something I picked up on another blog

    shelfridges (Tottenham Hotspur): wilshere gives away a terrible handball penalty and people think he had a good game??? This is the reason we shouldnt have arsenal players in the England side. The words arsenal and England just dont go together. Chalk and cheese, french cheese at that. Anyway, it was such a below par performance from brazil that anyone could of beaten them. To let lumpard score a goal must of been so embarrassing for them, I guess the match fixing brigade might want to look at this one too. England will never win anything with an arsenal player involved. 1966, no arsenal players. 1990 (almost won it) no arsenal players. 1996 (almost won it), only arsenal player was adams and he liked a drink in them days so was allowed. The evidence is there, so that pranny Woy should see it. His number 2 lewington drinks in a boozer in molesey, so I’ll be having words with him when Im in there next.

    (These spurs fans do make me laugh)

  23. Manthan says:

    26May,
    I do support India in cricket not in football reason is people here dont have proper infrastructure for playing football i still know the names of the players in the indian team… Hopefully a day will come when india will play england in wembley… Fingures crossed…….

  24. GoonerB says:

    Excellent Micky and it echoed my thoughts. There are so many times with England where i could take it or leave it and haven’t been that bothered about the game but the combination of it being Brazil and seeing how Jack and Theo fared made me want to watch the game. Both were excellent, and I really believe that Hodgson can build his team around our Jack.

    He will be a fool if he caters to Pearce. Pearce has apparently stated that it will be good tournament experience for them, as if he is doing it for their benefit. Jack does not need this experience and he is already getting experience way above what the U21′s can offer. What Pearce forgets is that the U21′s is purely a training facility for the senior national side, and not just somewhere for him to big up his credentials, which is what I believe is his main agenda. There are certain players that the experience will be good for but Jack has exceeded that level now, and this would be a regression for him. Aside from the fact it would be good for his body to have a summer off to recover, I could also see a situation where Jack, as the best player in the side, busts a gut to try and single-handedly push the U21 team, and ends up getting injured.

    Hodgsons priority is to give Jack the best chance of being fit for the main tournament and playing next summer adds to the risk of that not happening.

  25. 26may1989 says:

    Love that comment from the Spud, Kelsey. 1966 World Cup winning side? Number of Spurs players: 0. Jimmy Greaves played the group games, got no goals and was dropped for the rest of the tournament. Excellent performance from the N17 crowd.

  26. Shard says:

    Manthan,

    Infrastructure is being (slowly) built up, and as interest grows in the sport, the money will follow. India is supposed to host the U-17 World Cup in 2017. For that, the AIFF has to upgrade its stadia and facilities, failing which, the tournament will be taken away from them. That would result in a loss of face (which might not bother the bosses) and a loss of revenue and funding (which will).The real problem however, isn’t in building the infrastructure, it is utilising it later.

    At the moment, the talent spotting and nurturing is done by a few corporates, prime among them being the Tata Football Academy. Clubs too are run as less of a business and more with an element of Corporate Social Responsibility behind it (A few have wound up after corporate backing stopped). The I-League, despite putting pressure on the clubs, has failed to get all of them to comply with norms whereby they have to become fully professional. That failure means Indian clubs don’t get to compete in Asian Championships, itself leading to less exposure for the game, as well as less experience for the players.

    However, all those problems notwithstanding, there is growing interest in the game. You have some European clubs coming in to find some young talent, in the hope of unearthing a star that will help them access the wallets of the burgeoning Indian middle class, and eventually, you will have increased interest from Indian corporates to run Indian football in a professional, business-like manner. It’ll probably take some time, but I think with growth of the Indian economy, and growth of interest in football within India, Indian football will develop.

  27. Shard says:

    Micky,

    The only thing I disagree with is your view on Gerrard. I don’t really think he’s a great leader anyway, and I don’t think he or England, were very organised defensively. Brazil just didn’t take their chances, and sometimes just didn’t click, otherwise England won’t have won the game.

    That said, offensively, England were very good, and everything seemed to be going through Wilshere. You could actually see the English players looking for Wilshere on a consistent basis. He ran the show, and was rightfully awarded the man of the match. Walcott played well too, and he really has improved in terms of knowing how to use his qualities to his advantage. He might have done ever so slightly better on a few occasions, including on Rooney’s goal, which should have been Walcott’s, but that is nit picking. A good day for the Arsenal two, and finally some positive press coverage for the club. Hopefully, now Wilshere gets the protection he deserves, rather than the special treatment meted out to him, which is allowed by refs.

    For England, they seem to be getting a team willing to work together, rather than a conglomeration of egos, and I think credit for that should go to Hogdson. His tactics, as well as his squad selections reflect a manager who knows his stuff. This is no surprise since he’s among the most well travelled English managers.

  28. Manthan says:

    Shard,
    I really hope india grows in football… You know better then me :)… Barca has already in the verge of setting up the youth academy here in Bangalore… Hope so a day will come when you,me and other indian supporters will sing and chant for india :) :)

  29. Train Driver Gooner says:

    Kelsey.
    You have to remember that the spuds are delusional !.
    Just before I drive my chu chu into Shite Hart Lane, I announce over the tannoy system…..”This train will shortly be arriving at Shite Hart Lane, passengers ( deluded pre-neanderthal clunges ) are reminded to set their watches back 52 years ! “.

  30. 26may1989 says:

    I want to be on your train!

  31. 26may1989 says:

    Shard, thanks for the info re the development of the game in India. The fact that there is a real passion for the game in Bengal and (I think) the north-eastern states gives Indian football a base, even if it has a way to go in other parts of the country. Of course, football is a long way from being of major interest in India, but with a population of +1.2 billion, there must be a chance of a significant Indian player or two. The best player of Indian descent I can think of is Vikash Dhorasoo, the son of Mauritian immigrants to France, who played for Lyon and France.

  32. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Hi
    Best point of the day
    BTW, Manthan, always support your country’s team, no matter how crap it is
    I’m a fine example I support Wales and we are crap.
    Because I’m WELSH ,
    case closed.
    Much love

  33. kelsey says:

    Shard

    though it is obviously apparent that the Venky’s no absolutely nothing about football (quote: we didn’t know there was relegation in the PL ) their main intention was to get a bigger following of football in the second most populated country in the world. Is that correct ?

  34. Shard says:

    kelsey,

    If that was their intention, they seriously miscalculated. Absolutely no one in India ever cared for Blackburn. English football is very popular here, but the people that watch already have their teams. Even if there will be a few casual spectators, they would hardly be likely to pick Blackburn as the team to follow simply because some Indian company happens to be the owners. Venky’s did get Blackburn to Pune for one match, but if they really want interest from India in their football club, they will have to do much much more. Holding coaching camps, starting some exchange program for young players, negotiating deals with TV stations for Blackburn TV with some creative programming etc would be a start. I don’t think they’ve done any of that, although I think the brand itself is more popular in the south of the country, so they might have had more promotion campaigns there that I am unaware of. I have absolutely no idea why they bought Blackburn. It seemed bizarre at the time, and it still does.

  35. Shard says:

    26may,

    Bengal and the north east are definitely football hotspots. As is Goa, and to some extent Kerala (one of the best Indian players I have seen, was from the state). Recently however, these traditional bases have been expanding into some urban centres, where i suppose lack of space and time, leads to cricket being less attractive.(Basketball is an increasingly popular sport too. The NBA is investing time and money developing it) Mumbai has its representatives in the I-league. Delhi’s problem is that this, so far, has not happened. But I’ve been to matches in Delhi, mostly of the national team (including an exhibition against Bayern Munich), and there is generally, a very decent turnout. In the final of the Nehru Cup (AIFF hosted event, where other nations, usually Asian or African are invited) there has been overcrowding where the stands are packed, and even locked out while trying to get in. So there is definite interest in the game. It just hasn’t been channeled properly yet.

  36. Shard says:

    Manthan,

    I don’t ‘know’ anything, but I am hopeful that Indian football will expand. There is definite interest in the game, and interest in India from FIFA, and clubs themselves. They smell the money, and I’m sure they’d like to be able to pocket it, so they’ll invest in Indian football. :)

    Arsenal have a tie-up with Tata as well. But its mostly low key, which is more our style. ManU proposed setting up a ManU branded centre of excellence for Indian football in Goa, but eventually, this was turned down, with Bhaichung Bhutia (a name probably familiar to some others on AA) saying we need to be cautious about the motives of any club making such offers, and to make sure that the deal suits us (ManU were simply trying to brand the centre, with very little commitment towards sending in coaches, training players etc.) Chelsea came in, did some research and decided that the market wasn’t ready to yield them any profits so they went away, saying they’ll look into it again in a decade. Barca have recently started being active, holding training camps etc. They might also play in Bangladesh soon. A few years ago, Valencia took 5 youngsters from India to train them in their academy. Not sure what became of them. Clubs like Sheffield Utd were quite enthusiastic about their foray into India. Not quite sure where all these specific initiatives are headed, but it seems reasonable to assume that at some point, Indian football will make a breakthrough. Probably when they find a player good enough to give Indian football a ‘face’. Which reminds me, Chhetri’s actually playing in Sporting Lisbon’s B team right now, and missed out on signing for QPR (and maybe Celtic) 2 years ago because of work permit issues. So it’s coming.

    Anyway, guess that’s enough about the state of football in India. Let’s all gush over Woy’s use of Wilshere and Walcott in England’s exploits against Brazil :)

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evening all.
    Fantastic comments about the game in India. Very interesting and informative. Thanks Manthan and Shard.

  38. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shard,
    I’m whispering here. My points about Gerrard were nothing other than my own tiresome and laboured points as to the type of player (and formation) that I’d like for The Arsenal.
    I am incredibly blinkered and only see Arsenal through my enormous red and white goggles :-)

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    dandan,
    I do understand your point about grass being greener regarding my views on Brazil. However, if I lived an unbelievably poor and hard life in the suburbs of Rio, I may make my way down dockside on the day a huge Liner appeared over the horizon, with massive painted letters on the side saying: “Cash Machine, no PIN required”.
    Maybe it is because of their tough existence, that for a few hours when the National Team play, they can put their troubles behind them and celebrate.
    I took my son to watch Brazil in Cardiff during the Olympics simply to show him what football fans can be like, and if our resident Duck was around, I’d get him to put up clips of the after match celebrations which are buried deep inside my telephone.
    Naturally, I’m sorry for your friends getting robbed.

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Nice work Didit.

    I thought JW played better when partnered by the Manc than the Chav.

    The future of England’s midfield is JW, Ox and Cleverly plus a DM, and is very exciting.

    How Milner gets a game ahead of Ox is a mystery.

    Theo was superb and it was obvious that England looked far worse when Lemon came on.

  41. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi Raddy,
    I’d love to see Ox develop into that more central role where he could play alongside Jack in the “two” ahead of a DM.

  42. Red Arse says:

    Micky,

    Nothing wrong with you being Gunner eyed! :-)

  43. Shard says:

    Micky,
    Don’t you think Arteta is exactly that sort of player as you say Gerrard was? Tim at 7amkickoff makes the same comparison, and compares both to Pirlo in terms of the role the ‘DM’ has in the team. Gerrard is hardly the most mobile, but he can pick the long passes.

    Personally, I think it is a system more suited to an international or European game, rather than in England. At least over a length of time. The 1, in the 4-1-2-3, needs to be more mobile and perhaps stronger and taller for that to work. In the absence of such a player, the way Arsenal currently play seems like a better option, unless it’s in the CL I guess.

  44. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA
    Certainly the least of my problems :-)

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shard,
    Arteta? Mmm, ummm, yes and no. I think he is certainly the best option we have, although Coquelin is fast developing.
    I like the Pirlo analogy, and to my mind his role was the tactical highlight of the last World Cup.
    As you say, regarding the PL, I still think a taller more physical player would be better suited.

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m off, but if anyone rocks up and is bored rigid and enjoys a little global financial doomery, then watch The Kaiser Report.
    I’m a regular:

  47. RockyLives says:

    Thankyou for the report Micky
    I didn’t see the game (or even the goals) but I’m glad to hear our chaps acquitted themselves well.

    Some people have made good points about the possibility of Jack getting more protection if he becomes an Ingerlund superstar. The refs have generally seemed much more protective of the likes of Rooney, Shearer, Gerrard etc over the years.

  48. dandan says:

    Mickey would enjoy seeing your Pics re Cardiff. Also the point I was trying to make like you, is they have a reason to be as they are, many of our fans dont.

  49. LB says:

    Thanks a good read Micky.

  50. Fantastic post Micky. I too am only really interested in an England team that has a collection of Gunners in it and we’re going to be well represented for many years to come.

    Love the fact that the crowd were excited to see what Theo was going to do every time he had the ball and how Lennon just didn’t cut the mustard in the same way when he came on :)

    It’s a good point that Jack should be afforded a bit of protection from referees, but he plays for Arsenal, so I don’t expect it to happen. You only have to look at how Stevie M got away with a rash challenge against on Jack when they played against us to know that it’s not going to happen.

  51. Now all you wonderful author chaps are going to have to get your thinking caps on because we still need a post for tomorrow and next week we’re going to need posts for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    We have been lulled into a bit of laziness having two games in a week but that has to stop

  52. thanks for the write up micky. I didn’t see it and not that interested in England tbh.

    Peaches
    What time will you be at the emirates?

  53. Manthan says:

    Good Morning all,
    There are rumours for jovetic to arsenal… Looks very talented player….

  54. Gooner In Exile says:

    Peaches….lulled into laziness :D

    I think some of the posts this week have been great, good to step away from the constant navel gazing and fretting for a while.

    Back to Jack I think quite possibly he is the most exciting player I have watched who we have developed (with a caveat of I’m only 36 so didn’t see Chippy). That may be a post starter….I have a bit of time….I’ll see what I can do.

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE,
    “Only 36″
    Less of the smugness my dear. You have 4 yrs left. At 40, everything goes wrong and you stop healing. Its the end I tell you. Doom. :-)

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Manthan,
    Yipee, rumours in Feb, how exciting. Mind you, we did sort of sign Pod around now, didn’t we?

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Things get worse. I spent ages this morning looking for my reading glasses. Found them in the fridge where I put them getting some milk for the early morning refreshment.

  58. Red Arse says:

    Morning, Micky Mouse, :-)

    Youth and enthusiasm on a Friday morning — whatever next?

    You tell them!! :D

  59. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. Having read your 7.04. I have abandoned the post I was writing (which is good for you guys because it was crap).

    Looking forward to some new-Dad wisdom

  60. Red Arse says:

    Micky,

    And then of course there is Raddy!! :-)

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Morning RA. Cold enough here to freeze the nuts off a brass monkey.

    Must be even colder at your altitude :-)

  62. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy,
    Reminds me of a bloke I knew for a while. Major International Financial sort (although very nice) and from one of the big scotish whisky families who was found unconcious inside a fridge.
    Drank himself to death though the poor sod.

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA
    Youth wasted on the young sort of thing?
    Off now.

  64. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    Rasp when you wake up could you get rid of that League Prediction Widget. :)

    A little bird told me, actually a blue tit that it’s 50- 50 that Sagna will sign a one year extension roll on contract.

    I still don’t understand this over 30 rule,there seems to be a different rule for each player.

    The big news is that most fans are shitting themselves if Squillaci has to play tomorrow.

  65. Big Raddy says:

    If we have to pick a game for Squillaci, it would be Sunderland. They have little pace and a poor scoring record.

    But let’s hope AW comes up with a cunning plan

  66. dandan says:

    Morning GIE IMHO you saw chippy playing for England on Wed, Jack is a carbon copy, a real chip off the old block, that acceleration over 5 yards when he has somehow extracted himself and the ball from a tangle of challenging players is vintage Chippy all he needs to do now is hit a 30 yard ball that sits up and stops like a shot from a golfers pitching wedge and We will know the cloning is complete. I suspect Jack is the reason chippy is retiring his work is done. :-)

  67. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all, post in drafts Peaches, its a bit all over the place and may need some editing.

    Raddy I’m not sure there is any New Dad wisdom, the brain has turned a bit mushy and is only capable of coherent thinking for 2 minutes at a time and has absolutely no recollection of sometheing that happened 5 minutes ago.

  68. kelsey says:

    Raddy

    are you glasses in the ice box in the fridge you are so positive :)

  69. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey is the League Prediction too gloomy?

    I’m going to add some more gloom now:

    Rasps Goals for/against widget shows us to have scored 1.96 goals per game, which seems good. However 57% of our goals scored come from 20% of our games (the five where we scored 5 or more).

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Story in the Daliy Mail about PV4 replacing Brady as Head of Youth development.

    Would love to see him return but cannot believe a word written in the DM

  71. Gooner In Exile says:

    Which means when we are not on fire we are only managing 1 a game :(

  72. kelsey says:

    GIE Morning

    I think the whole Widget Board should be condensed bar our latest little fan :)

    You have a point about our goals scored at Home. it’s like London buses, You wait half an hour for one to arrive then 5 come along toe to tail.

  73. Manthan says:

    Micky,
    Yes poldi did sign for us in same period… Hope jovetic too sign looks a decent player watched videos in tube…….

  74. goonerjosh says:

    guys..does anyone know how i can watch the archive games on arsenal player? i really wanna watch our seasons in the past few years again. whos going sunderland tomorrow.

  75. Rasp says:

    Morning all …..

    .. New post …..

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