One nil to the Arsenal ……

So another great game for the neutral but another nerve jangler for all of us. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day watching the live screening of the game at the home of football, but I have also decided that being an Arsenal fan likely takes some years off your life .

So what did we get from Arsenal in this game? Firstly the players seemed to be up for it from the start, and we didn’t have to suffer with waiting till the second half before we started playing. We started to create a number of clear cut chances, but as each one went begging you started to feel it was going to be one of those days. To be fair Mignolet was in superb form, and how often do we watch an opposition keeper put in an almost man of the match performance against us? What is it about us that seems to bring out the best in these keepers? Is it the way we attack? I am sure it doesn’t happen so often with the likes of Utd and the Chavs. That is a question maybe some of you out there can shed some light on.

We continued to press and were treated to some awfully inconsistent refereeing. There was a very strong shout for a straight red on Cattermole and I counted 2 maybe 3 Sunderland fouls in the passage of play that led up to Jenkinsons first yellow card. How we didn’t get a free kick before this I do not know. Anyway the faithful at the Ems were in no doubt how they felt about it. I think this was definitely a case of the ref being a homer.

Jack picked up where he left off for England and continued to pull the strings while Walcott continued to work the keeper without finding the break-through. Finally, on 36 minutes, the goal arrived that we had deserved. A now trademark surge of pace from Jack taking 3-4 Sunderland players out of the game resulted in a lay off to Walcott who declined the chance to shoot and cushioned it off for Santi whose powerfull low shot finally broke the deadlock. It is as well that he scored otherwise I would imagine there would have been many agitated fans questioning why Walcott didn’t shoot himself.

cazorla sunderland

Refreshingly after the goal we continued to try and attack and kept a high tempo to our game, which I prefer as I don’t think we do killing a game off well. We continued in this way into the second half, but we weren’t having it all our own way and Sunderland threatened at times. Fortunately Szczesny started to replicate the form of Mignolet from the first half. Jack picked up an injury on 50 minutes and went off to be replaced by Diaby. It didn’t look too serious and we can only all hope that is the case.

Then came the pivotal moment when the tricky Sessegnon took on Jenks whose sliding tackle was a fraction from getting the ball and only suceeded in taking Sessegnon down. You knew what was coming immediately with the way the ref had been, and he showed the second yellow without even taking a moment to consider. In the cold light of day if you look at Jenkinson’s 2 yellows then independently they are both justifiable yellows. The problem again comes with the consistency and had we had a deserved free kick earlier in the game it maybe wouldn’t have led to the passage of play that saw Jenkinson get his first yellow.

Rasp and I had discussed a point after the first yellow earlier in the game, and had both agreed that there was a strong possibility that he would collect a second yellow and get sent off. I think MON exploited this and likely told Sessegnon at half time to get at Jenkinson. Should AW have forseen this and replaced him earlier? His options were limited as I believe Kos, who was on the subs bench, had a problem before the game when warming up. It would have left the only realistic option of Moving Sagna out to FB and bringing on Miquel at CB. Should AW have used this option?

We still had about half an hour to go and you knew it would be back to the walls stuff. Fortunately, for once, we did this well and ground out the result with the help of some world class saves from the big Pole. Even at this point we still showed some attacking intent and had some great opportunities on the counter-attack to get the respite of the second goal that my nerves and chewed to pieces nails deserved. Rasp had his head in his hands at times while Peaches was a picture of stoicism. I still think she was partially mesmerised from seeing Bobby Pires but at least by this time she had stopped being all giggly. It was great to see Goonermichael as well and he looked a picture of being cool calm and collected.

Rasp and I continued to fret like nervous wrecks and there was end to end chances in a frantic finale. Walcott hit the post after a great through ball from Cazorla while both Giroud and Cazorla had chances they put just over the bar.

We saw it out and as they say 3 points is 3 points and I was able to relax and reflect at an enjoyable day in the club class section of the Ems with some of the AA gang.

On to the ratings.

Szczesny 8.5 joint MOTM

Showed us the world class keeper we would all like him to consistently be. Solid throughout with some excellent reflex saves.

Jenkinson 5.5

I don’t want to be too harsh as I like Jenks and he always gives his all but some inexperience showed through today. He hasn’t had much game time and you wonder if this is affecting him because when he was playing regularly earlier in the season you didn’t feel he would make the mistakes we saw today. He will still become a good player for us.

Sagna 8

Deputised well at CB and the old Mr reliable was more on show today.

Mertesacker 7.5

Didn’t do too much wrong all game and it was a solid performance.

Nacho 7.5

Solid and unfussy game from our newest signing today

Arteta 7.5

Nothing spectacular but kept us ticking and I can’t remember any mistakes from him.

Ramsey 7

Was having a solid game and could have had a couple of goals, but he seems to have an error in him, and we were lucky not to be punished when he needlessly surrendered possession in a dangerous area.

Wilshere 8

Those trademark runs driving at the opposition defence are a joy to see and get me on the edge of my seat. It was from one of these that the break-through came. Fingers crossed the injury is not so bad but Jack probably needs a game off anyway. I almost had him as joint MOTM again and some may feel that to be the case.

Cazorla 8.5 and joint MOTM

There wasn’t much to choose between him and Jack but the goal and that he continued to be the creative force once Wilshere was off just saw him pip it for me.

Giroud 7

Could have had a couple. He wasn’t too bad but it didn’t really come off for him today.

Walcott 7.5

Also could have had a couple and was unlucky when hitting the post. He always made the keeper work and his instinctive link up play with his team-mates is getting better and better.

Diaby (for Wilshere 50 mins) 6.5

Nothing great but nothing bad either.

Miquel (for Walcott 87 mins)

Not enough time to really form an opinion.

Written by GoonerB

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114 Responses to One nil to the Arsenal ……

  1. Great write up GoonerB
    I agree with practically every word. the ref could have given them 3 cards before Jenkinson got his but didn’t even give free kicks. Right up til the end I was convinced we would concede as on another day it would have been a big scoreline that we’ve seen so often this season, so I thought we’d be punished for not taking our chances.

    It was great to meet you and see peaches and Rasp yesterday. I thought the atmosphere was superb and it was great to see Bobby Pires.

  2. Big Raddy says:

    GB. Thank you. I am deeply envious of your afternoon. The AA’ers are great company.

    I have some concerns about Monreal. Following yesterdays performance where he was twice beaten on his inside by the winger, I expect other teams to target him. Furthermore, he could easily have given away a penalty following some poor positioning.

    Early days for Nacho and I accept this was just his second game

  3. Rasp says:

    Great match report GB, and thanks for your company during the game. You out drunk me (5 pints to 2) but I definitely outswore you :oops: apologies for that but the ref was exactly as irish described him during the game.

    I think there were a few very positive aspects to the performance:

    We started at a high tempo
    We matched them physically despite their rotational fouling policy
    We kept going and didn’t panic when down to 10 men.
    Sz was back to his very best
    Jack’s influence is making Arsenal a team that other sides don’t fancy playing again.

    Other observations:

    We missed a hatfull of chances and poor Olly won’t be happy at a couple of his misses.
    Ramsey was good for 80 minutes but seemed to lose focus as he tired (he had played 90 for Wales midweek)
    Diaby is still not match fit in body or mind.

    Talking point:

    I thought Sagna was excellent as CB with Mert. He may have lost a bit of pace from the double leg break that has seen him get beaten too easily at fullback but he was very solid in the centre of defence.

    GoonerB asked me if I thought he’d stay, my answer was that I think he wants to stay and it may be down to whether AW thinks he can return to his previous form at RB. We may have seen the emergence of a utility defender yesterday – I say lets keep him and give him a 3 year contract.

  4. GoonerB says:

    Nervous energy Rasp with the pints tally. The tighter the game the quicker I seem to put them away. In games when we are 4-0 up I tend to sit back and relax more and take it easy. I didn’t even notice your swearing anyway. I probably just thought it was me saying it in my head.

  5. kelsey says:

    Thanks GB

    really a game of two halves.we should have had at least a 2 goal cushion at half time and i feel for jenkinson,he was ring rusty.yet again a completely different back four and the new signing sagna. I said it was a bit like the alamo yesterday,and another site pinched that as their headline.
    OPIG was back to his best and jack must have been close to the red zone beforehand,yet he is such a committed player.
    Maybe a better team would have equalised but all the lads must take praise especially for the last 32 minutes.ramsey adjusted well when jenkinson went off and he needs that elusive first goal which nearly got with his curler.
    Bale hotspur are the team to beat and possibly even chelsea and city so we must have gained confidence with this result

  6. kelsey says:

    Oh diaby, not the player he was.seems over cautious and slower as if he was in a trial match.hope he comes back as the guy we knew

  7. kelsey says:

    Rasp
    when you have a minute can you update the widgets and remove some. You may not know that many sites in Thje Blogroll have ceased to exist or are hardly ever updated.We need to keep AA pristene :)

  8. GoonerB says:

    Agreed kelsey re Diaby. He seems more subdued now with his performances, and we are not seeing the all action driving performances we saw at Liverpool. I wonder if this is because Wilshere has picked up the mantle on this and Diaby’s job now is more to sit as a deeper DM without too many surges forward.

  9. Rasp says:

    Haha GB, I fear for your liver this season if that’s the case :?

    I don’t know why the club don’t show all the away games at the Ems, its a great place to watch matches and you get to see the replay of contentious incidents they don’t show on the telly. Mind you, I always fid the Arsenal comentary quite insipid and it was totally unnecessary yesterday, I think we supporters can make our own minds up about the play – we don’t have to be spoonfed an analysis during the game.

  10. Rasp says:

    Thanks kelsey, I’ll have a look this evening. I seldom visit other sites so if you could let me know which ones are no more that would be helpful :

  11. Rasp says:

    GB, I think you have a point in that Jack is providing the forward momentum from midfield although Diaby came on in place of him so presumably he could have taken on the same roll. The thing I often hear myself shouting at Diaby is ‘keep going’ because he’s a formidable sight when running at defenders at pace and he’s definitely got the tricks – its knowing when to use them that is the problem.

  12. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GoonerB
    Really nice write up. Thank you.
    I agree with the way you saw the game, although I’d ease both Sagna and Jack up .5 into joint Men of the Match.
    I also believe that your hidden message that Rasp needs to Up The Doseage is very valid :-)

  13. kelsey says:

    Wenger has always produced attacking sides as the best form of defence is to attack (not something I entirely agree with ) and we all know the old and fit Diaby who bombed forward and shot. It doesn’t come naturally to many players to hardly ever venture beyond the half way line.

  14. Twig says:

    Should we sub a player immediately he gets a yellow card? No.

  15. kelsey says:

    e mailed you both,you can delete 15 sites on the Blog Roll

  16. Rasp says:

    Hi twig, you are correct, the answer in most cases is No, but there is an argument that an inexperienced player who is going to be targetted following a yellow should be subbed. GoonerB and I both said it would have been a good idea to remove Jenks from the firing line before he was sent off. Miquel could have played RB.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Twig. No.

    How many red cards follow a yellow? Perhaps one in 10.

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. True but AW has to trust his players. It’s not like MoN who with Cattermole is dealing with a thug; the Corporal has to learn and yesterday may be of great benefit in the long term.

  19. Red Arse says:

    Enjoyable read, GB, :-)

    I would score them all 1 except for Cazza who would get 10 for the goal!

    Why? Well for the first time in 3 years I was unable to be at the game, watch on TV or online, or on the radio. (Damned Security system played up!)

    Anyway, for the little info I got from here on AA or Sky Sports, those Arsenal lads had me on edge for most of the 2nd half, with the heart pitter pattering away — so “1″s are the order of the day! :-)

    Wonderful win tho, and what I saw on the Football First programme it was the most fantastic ‘old fashioned’ end to end game — well I knew the final score!!! :D

  20. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good day to you all,

    Thanks for the match report GB, the bit of “atmosphere” added a new dimension.

    I watched the highlights on Sky having avoided getting to hear the result and can say that though I was tense I didn’t really feel that we were going to concede a goal even when down to ten men.

    Maybe a bit hard on Diaby, Jack is a hard act to follow and Diaby’s still a bit ring rusty.

    I was particularly pleased with the all action start, I just hope that the boys can carry that forward into future games.

    As to the refereeing? What was so unusual? Sadly it’s exactly what we have come to expect.

  21. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy, there are always a minimum of 2 ways of looking at situations. Arsene has to trust his players/Arsene has to protect his players. I distinctly remember when we played the spuds at SHL. Frimpong picked up an early yellow and had completely lost it and continued to lunge into challenges. I thought AW has to take him off because the red was inevitable. I even wrote a comment during the game to plead for his removal before he was given his marching orders. As it is he didn’t, Frimpong got his red in no time and we dropped 2 points.

  22. FCB says:

    Barcelona playing some absolutely beautiful football in their 6-1 trashing of Getafe, what Wenger has always dreamed of achieving.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. As I recall many on AA wanted Frimps subbed! Sadly, Frimpong has a touch of the Cattermole’s about him, which will ultimately cost him dearly (like an exit from AFC).

    As you say, it is a question of perspective :-)

  24. Big Raddy says:

    FCB. I think you are on the wrong site …. The Barca Appreciation Blog is elsewhere

    Though the passes from Iniesta and Jordi Alba for the 1st & 3rd were sublime

  25. GoonerB says:

    Just back from the shops. Something I remembered from the week was Hodgson talking about looking after the Utd players and not overplaying them, and I believe he did this with Cleverly and Wellbeck. I don’t think any of the Utd players needed protection more than Jack after his long lay off, so what is that all about. Is this proof if proof be needed on how Utd receive preferential treatment. I like seeing one of ours shine for England as much as the next fan but I can understand AW’s anger in this situation. Away for a while now but I would interested to read any other thoughts on this later.

  26. dandan says:

    Fine match report as I have not yet seen the game. Rasp have taken the liberty of putting in this link as I think you will find it interesting and disturbing. http://blog.emiratesstadium.info/archives/27302?

  27. johnnie nyc says:

    goonerB, i love your summary. you basically hit on every point that i noticed in the game, and every emotion too. Rasp, i had similar thoughts on how to use sagna in the future (we’re both brilliant!)– we were unlucky not to score more…one other observation, i couldnt believe how many defense splitting passes we attempted around the box, the most ive seen in a long time..but i was dying to see a simple cross. i kept waiting, and i dont think we tried any.

  28. RockyLives says:

    Excellent stuff GoonerB

    What’s all this about watching at the Ems?

    Is that available for every away game? How many people were there? Is everyone in executive boxes? More info please!

    Your match report is spot on – you have really nailed all the important points and factors.

    But I have a little quibble.

    I went to the doctor and he prescribed ointment, but instead I am going to share it with you…

    …your ratings are in line with my thinking except for one: Olivier Giroud.

    Yes, he should have scored (as should Theo, Santi and Ramsey). Yes, his touch was off in the first half (I even had a moan about it in the comments during the game). But in the second half that man put in a phenomenal shift, particularly after we went down to 10 men.

    Sorry if I’m repeating what I said in comments after the game, but he was back winning headers in our own box as the Sunderland aerial bombardment rained down on us; he was up the other end holding up the ball and playing other Arsenal players in when we had the ball; when Sunder had the ball at the back he ran tirelessly to close them down from the back. For me he’s worth an 8.

  29. RockyLives says:

    johnnie – snap :)

  30. RockyLives says:

    *er, Santi did score… but he should have had a couple more…

  31. RockyLives says:

    Kelsey
    Which are the blogs that have died?
    And is there anything to be read into this fact?

  32. LB says:

    Thanks for the match report GB, they are gettting better and better.

  33. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky, there are about half a dozen away games a season that can be viewed on the big screen in club level (and all the smaller screens dotted around the bar areas). Yesterday there was the added bonus of a Q & A session with Bobby in advance of the game. Unfortunately they do not flag it up well in advance which games are going to be screened – maybe they’re waiting to see if there is a more profitable use for the space.

  34. GunnerN5 says:

    This is from BBC Sports.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………

    Arsenal left-back Andre Santos has travelled to Brazil to finalise details on a loan move to Gremio until end of season.

    Santos has made 13 league starts since arriving from Turkish side Fenerbahce in a £6.2m move in August 2011 .

    His imminent exit has restricted Arsene Wenger’s left-back options as Kieran Gibbs has been ruled out for another four to six weeks.

    Recent signing Nacho Monreal, 26, is cup-tied for the Champions League.

    Andre Santos at Arsenal
    Premier League starts: 13
    Goals (all competitions): 3
    Premier League minutes this season: 415

    However, Thomas Vermaelen, who missed Saturday’s 1-0 win at Sunderland with an ankle problem, is close returning and can play at left-back.

    And another option is 20-year-old Spaniard Ignasi Miquel, who has made just one league start for Arsenal.

    Brazil international Santos has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and upset Arsenal fans when he took the bizarre decision to ask former Gunners striker Robin van Persie to swap shirts at half-time during the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on 3 November.

    Santos has fallen further down the pecking order since Monreal’s £8.5m arrival from Malaga at the end of January and is surplus to requirements, despite the absence of Gibbs and Vermaelen.

    Monreal will not be able to play in Arsenal’s Champions League round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich later this month after representing Malaga in this season’s competition.

  35. kelsey says:

    Another Arsenal Blog hardly ever updated and next to no comments
    Aregunn stopped. deleted
    ArsenalMatch report,deleted
    Arsenal news not updated for months
    Arsenal station not updated since early january
    Arseview deleted
    Carlos vela news deleted
    Come on the arsenal,hardly ever updated
    Delhi gunner deleted
    Early Bath deleted
    Gingers for Limpar deleted (now on twitter)
    jeorge birds Arsenal youth (not found may have changed location)
    nemesis football Opera deleted
    Super Arsenal Tv deleted

    The armchair gooner changed site to http://thearmchairgooner.co.uk.

  36. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m glad that Aston Villa won today and pulled themselves out of the bottom three. They are one of only seven teams who have never been relegated from the Premier League.

  37. kelsey says:

    That’s £300.00 Rocky for one and a half hours work, doubled as it’s the weekend to £600.00 :)

  38. kelsey says:

    BY the way seeing Santos off to Brazil on LOAN where is Park or is his contract up.

  39. kelsey says:

    GunnerN5

    I was thinking more what Randy will do .How much money and how many managers have they had since he bought the club.

  40. RockyLives says:

    Kelsey
    Me no unnerstan.
    Me no speaky inglish.

  41. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey,

    Park is on loan to Celta Vigo.

  42. kelsey says:

    That makes 5 players at least on loan then GN5

  43. kelsey says:

    How about Gaelic Rocky :)

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey,

    Altogether we have 15 players out on loan.

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey,

    I don’t think Randy Lerner is worried too much about the money, he has a controlling interest in the Cleveland Browns of the NFL and is worth around $1.5 billion.

  46. Gooner in Exile says:

    Well played GoonerB, nice report, i only watched the extended highlights this morning, but your report covers the main points.

    Sounds like you had a fun time with fellow members of this same site. Shame Rasp couldn’t keep up with your drinking :D

    My only guess is they didn’t do Peroni, otherwise he would have been well ahead.

  47. RockyLives says:

    Rasp
    If you do get round to editing the Blogroll, I would suggest adding Desi Gunner.

    He’s another Indian blogger but his posts are always very sensible with good tactical analysis.

  48. GoonerB says:

    Rocky @3.54. I am happy to go with you on Giroud. It is probably one of the areas I didn’t pick up on as i wasn’t following every last detail, and you can’t get that perspective from MOTD highlights. It doesn’t surprise me as he is a real Trojan and even when not scoring he is always putting in a shift.

    LB@4.06. Is it the team that are getting better or my posts, or maybe a bit of both? For now I will take it as a compliment to me, so thanks LB.

  49. GoonerB says:

    GIE, Rasp has promised to show me that he is still the master and I am still the pupil in a return match. It would be good to get more of us down there when they do it again, and I don’t want to hear any wishy washy excuses about living in Canada, the states, India e.t.c, e.t.c as reasons for not attending.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    RL. I agree, Desi Gunner is a good site. One of the few

  51. GunnerN5 says:

    Didn’t like to see Man U win , especially with RVP being the MOM but at least it solidified our position in f4th place.

  52. Big Raddy says:

    GB. Give us the dates and we will be there

    love

    Ex-Pats

  53. GunnerN5 says:

    BR;

    Are the flight costs on you?

  54. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey,

    Jorge Bird’s Arsenal Youth is very much up and running and their address is “http://arsenalyouth.wordpress.com/”

    A very good site.

  55. Red Arse says:

    Actually, I like Jorge’s site for the updates on all our various loanees. (Not good news for most of them!).

  56. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. I will ask Mrs. Raddy .

    Could be expensive with our Oz, Shard, Manthan, RL, Kelsey +++++

  57. kelsey says:

    Look little boy (RA) I was only doing my job) ;) if you click the link to Jorge birds site it says Not Found which means it may have moved.

    Rocky I actually wrote a post a while back about there being too many Arsenal sites and it received a mixed reaction.
    People have every intention of starting a blog but keeping it going is another matter.

    The Gunning Hawk was quite a successful site but it closed because the owners just couldn’t dedicate the time to keep it going.

    I noticed we just had our third anniversary last week and that is some going so well done Rasp and peaches.

    15 out on loan but how many are first team squad players GN5.

  58. kelsey says:

    I know some of you don’t like gossip/rumours but don’t be surprised if vermaelen leaves in the Summer. I understand he is considering his options.

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey,

    If you include Santos there are seven of the 1st team squad out on loan.

    Bendtner
    Chamakh
    Denilson
    Djourou
    Frimpong
    Park
    Santos.

  60. GoonerB says:

    Kelsey, Rasp seems to be the king of predicting who is leaving us. Hi abilities seem spooky. I think we should ask him.

    Personally, despite him having a drop in form at certain times this season, he is not one that I would like to see leave. I like his aggression and pace, and maybe I still feel we need another type of defender to balance out our CB’s, but would rather it was to compliment him rather than replace him.

  61. kelsey says:

    GB
    ask him, but i have a few connections as well

  62. GoonerB says:

    I will go with that then Kelsey. If he were to leave who wold we want as a replacement? Personally I would want an EPL ready player and couldn’t see much beyond Ashley Williams at present. What do you think Kelsey?

  63. LB says:

    GB

    My compliment was definitely aimed at you. An excellent post.

  64. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evening all,
    Great news Everton getting beaten. We remain 5th. Its going to be one heck of a game down the road in two weeks.
    Think a meet up to hold hands for that one may be a good idea

  65. LB says:

    Does anyone know what happend to Koz?

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB
    He broke down during the warm up

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Starter motor issues I believe :-)

  68. kelsey says:

    slight hamstring tightening LB

    Can never second guess GB

    Yet to se any combination of Mert,kos and Vermaelen both play really well together in a match this season,or is that unfair.

  69. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi Kelsey,
    Given we’re now on a winning streak, and therefore scoring more than them, there can be little to worry about :-)

  70. goonerjake says:

    Sorry to bother,

    But love my arsenal history, I can find out all about highbury and the different pictures plus descriptions of the developments. However I never can seem to find pictures or comments describing the redevelopment of the old clock end when the exec boxes were put onto it. All I can recall is before a match on tv George graham standing on it basically saying now its open.

    Anyone no of anywhere I can look to see the development of this stand? as I said its the only stand which seems to have no information of its 80s development only the 90s seating arrangement.

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Time to plate up.
    ‘Till the morning…bye.

  72. Rasp says:

    Ok, all widgets updated.

    Sincere apologies to GoonerB for only just adding him to the list of authors :(

    Thanks to chas, GN5 and GiE for assistance in compiling the widgets

  73. Rasp says:

    kelsey, the links widget is managed by peaches, I’ll get her to update it and add desigunner when she can get to a computer.

  74. Rasp says:

    GiE, I’m not in your (or goonerB’s) class when it comes to downing pints :lol:

    I agree with you kelsey, the task of keeping a daily blog going is really a test of staying power – I’m not surprised so many fold

  75. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Nice stuff GB

    Lets face it we should have stuffed them. if Jenks hadnt cocked up that would have been 3 nil

    Oneil gets on my wick. he claimed after that his team played well and deserved something. Fouling, long ball, negative tactics, and fouling somemore, yet he thinks they should have got something?

    If he had they should have caught something then i could agree with him.

  76. Rasp says:

    Looking at the widgets, it is very gratifying to see the goals and assists stats for the Theo, Giro, Pod and Santi – a question for the stato’s ….. when did Arsenal last have 4 players who all got into double figures for goals scored in the prem?

    1 more goal for Giro and Santi and 2 for Pod and we will have that impressive stat for this season.

  77. Big Raddy says:

    BTW My Brighton pre-match was my 200th post on AA.

    Did I get a gold watch or some flowers? Did I f….

  78. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp:

    Do you plan on using either of the other two widgets on my spreadsheet, if not then I won’t maintain them?

  79. GunnerN5 says:

    Wow, Raddy that’s quite an accomplishment and they are always well written, uncontroversial and very entertaining.

    Thank you 200 times.

  80. Rasp says:

    Hi GN5,I worry that the vast amount of data might be confusing to those not mathematically minded and you could end up having to explain them countless times.

    I’ll put one up and lets see what the reaction is?

  81. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Hi
    Sorry I’ve not posted for,a while busy

  82. Rasp says:

    I’ve put one of your tables up GN5 – see what you think

  83. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evening all, I meant to post earlier a thought on Giroud, but as normal at the moment time disappeared.

    So Giroud, has he been written off my the mediots (see what i did there) already?

    There seems to be the opinion that he is a bit of a cumbersome oaf.

    Take yesterday’s game and his lovely through ball for Rambo (when Mignolet saved well). The commentator on football first described it as follows:

    “Giroud running with the ball didnt really know where he was going and luckily bobbled a pass through”

  84. Rasp
    We had Henry, Wiltord, freddy, pires and I think bergkamp all on double figures once.

    this is interesting.

    http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/opinion/comment/tom-english-the-growing-crises-in-football-1-2783602

  85. Rasp says:

    Thanks gm, really, all 5 in double figures – that is fantastic, I bet you’d have to go a long way further back in our history to find that happening before (if ever)

  86. That’s from memory Rasp. I could be completely wrong :)

    I’m going to try to check it

  87. I think it was all comps when that happened Rasp. Sorry :(

  88. Gooner In Exile says:

    GM the article you linked to at 9:32 issuperb, thanks, shame the columnist doesn’t work for an English paper…..oh wait he wouldn’t have a job for long. I’ve always been suspicious of Ronaldo’s growth spurt, 7 stone weakling became ripped Adonis very quickly. Whilst getting a very wide neck and terrible acne, two things I could use down my gym to spot the roid boys.

    Hmmm Gareth Bale?

  89. I bet it’s rife GIE. A couple of people were discussing Barca and doping on twitter recently. Their levels of stamina are mental. they press in the 90th minute like it’s the first.

  90. I was actually shocked that they don’t do blood tests. I assumed it was normal. When Ben Johnson got disqualified and banned from the Olympics he was offered contracts as a wide receiver in the NFL. When the money is huge I don’t think they give a shit.

  91. RockyLives says:

    Impressive stat BR. I think I’m at around 180, give or take a few…

  92. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy and Rocky
    200 and 180 posts respectively.
    Bloody hell that’s impressive.
    I feel another widget is in order :-)

  93. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Talking of widgets,
    l really like them all (apart from GiE’s idiotic predictometer :-) ), but ultimately the only thing I’d like more than anything is a good old fashioned Fixture List.

  94. MickyDidIt89 says:

    We beat Sunderland on saturday, and now GiE’s predictometer has us finishing BELOW Sunderland in 10th.
    Any thoughts on what kind of accountant he might be?
    ROLF

  95. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE: “Morning Didit. Done your annual accounts, and its all good news”
    Didit: “Hand ‘em over Accountant, let’s have a butchers. WHAT, I’m in the top tax bracket and yet I can’t even afford a f..king bus ticket”
    GiE: “You can now that you’re earning £250k pa. Brilliant isn’t it?”
    Didit: “Get out”.

  96. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha Micky, still waiting for this weekends round of matches to complete (Dippers v Baggies tonight) but the win at Sunderland, and home to Stoke had no bearing on our swing….as we won them last year. The only positive recently is our draw with the Dippers a 1 point improvement on last season.

    That said we have shifted up the prediction table mainly due to other results.

    The more important table is my own private race for fourth with Spuds. I have us popping them by 1 point, to do that I have as drawing away at the Liberty Stadium and away at SHL, and losing at home to ManUre. I have us winning the rest…. I may add Chavs into the mix make a post and we can all play

  97. Gooner In Exile says:

    Has anyone else noticed Manuel Almunia could be back in the PL next season as he pushes for promotion with Watford….he has even skippered them on occasion. Guess he found his level.

  98. Big Raddy says:

    Still can’t forgive him for being beaten at his near post by Belletti in Paris 2006.

  99. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    Having been supplied with the list of loan players by GN5 and that Arshavin’s and Squillacci’s contract are up plus the fact that there are strong rumours that Miguel wants to go back to Spain, I am uncertain how our season will pan out .
    United must have won the league and City will only fail to come second if Mancni keeps making the wrong subs or picking the wrong team against a particular opponent.Chelsea have an interim manager and more than most against money spent they are under performing.Spurs are reliant on Bale for the moment and they aren’t a bad side. Everton are in the mix but have the weakest squad and Liverpool despite thir manager are again reliant on gerrard and Suarez to an extent though they can’t be ruled out of a top 4 finish as yet.
    I still cringe when RVP scores but we now have a wider spread of players to score the goals and with only 12 games left in the PL we can’t afford another lon or shortg term injury.
    Make no mistake we are in for a fight for CL again next season and if not the europa Cup seems to be an endless list of fixtures which I believe AW will use as a CC competition and hopefully bedding in new players, as he would if we get the CL qualification.
    What if United win the CL and we finish fourth,does that rule us out ?

  100. Red Arse says:

    Good Morning, Kelsey. :-)

    Just spotted your follow up to the Jorge Bird site.

    I was not disagreeing with you about the need to ‘clean up’ the site link to other sites (subject to Peaches or the Rasper having time etc).

    It was just an expression of my support for a very good site, (and I gave the correct link info). :-)

  101. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey, Oh Hirsute One, :-)

    I made the suggestion, a couple of years ago, that you should change your avatar name to “Cassandra” after the Cassandra metaphor.

    As she was the mythological, beautiful daughter of Priam, whose warnings and concerns were always dismissed, but perhaps “Job’s Comforter” might be more appropriate!! :D

  102. kelsey says:

    You just can’t get the right staff anymore RA :)

  103. kelsey says:

    I might be a number of things RA but a transvesite is not one of them.

  104. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey,

    You are blaming that rascal Rasp, and I could not agree with you ………………………………. more!! :D

  105. Red Arse says:

    Oh stop it, Kelsey!!

    An ex-dancer, with a mop of hair, and with a very fetching visage, who always looked cute in a tutu — how could you not be very alluring to some!! :D

  106. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey Man Utd can win the CL and we still qualify (if we get 4th)

    Spuds missed out last year because Chavs finished outside top 4 and won CL.

    Probably the funniest outcome for us Gooners is to be the ones who deliver that cruel blow to Spudders by finishing 5th but win the CL.

    I don’t doubt things are tight this season, I think the Spuds are one injury away from free fall.

    Vermaelen rumours have been flying on twitter, and fans have already turned on him. Personally I think TV stays Miquel probay asks to go, but I think TV going and Miquel more likely to stay and get promoted.

  107. Big Raddy says:

    If that were the case we would have lost 3 Captain’s in 3 seasons.

  108. Manthan says:

    Gie,
    If TV is not fit for Munich who will play as Left back… MOnreal is cup tied and and gibbo is out.. We are in trouble is miquel plays there it will be very tough for him to deal with robben…..

  109. Manthan says:

    I dont find any TV rumours but we never know he might leave us next season….

  110. kelsey says:

    Morning GIE

    you said

    “Vermaelen rumours have been flying on twitter, and fans have already turned on him. Personally I think TV stays Miquel probay asks to go, but I think TV going and Miquel more likely to stay and get promoted.”

    don’t quite understand that.

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