Bac To The Future

Poor old Bacary Sagna.

Imagine how he must have felt 15 minutes before kick-off on Saturday.

He has been on a urine-poor run of form; he revealed in an interview earlier this week that he knows he has been below par; he’s hoping to slowly re-establish his reputation as one of the most reliable right backs in the business and then, at about 2.45pm on match day, he finds that he’s going to be dropped into the unfamiliar role of centre back because Laurent Koscielny isn’t feeling well.

I can envisage him muttering to the stricken Kozzer: “What exactement is up wiz you, you Stan Laurel lookey-likey? Get out onto zat pitch and start playing. Zat’s anuzzer fine mess you’ve gotten me into.”

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But, trooper that he is, Bacary took to the field of battle as a makeshift centre half.

I’ll admit to being a trifle worried. In some of his recent outings Sagna has been wasteful and error-prone.

If football was sex, Bacary has been the hole in the condom. We have not been practising safe footy of late and, as a result, we have been impregnated with goals far too frequently.

I’m not taking that analogy any further, because the idea of the progeny that might ensue from a carnal union between the purity of Arsenal and the venal degeneracy of, say, Chelsea, does not bear thinking about. It would be as if a unicorn was shagged by a hyena and gave birth to a strangely beautiful but irredeemably evil hynicorn. Actually, that might explain the existence of John Terry…

Anyway, I digress.

So there was Bacary, untimely thrust into the fray at the Stadium of Fight in an unfamiliar position, with only a German telegraph pole to lean on for comfort.

It could have gone horribly wrong. It didn’t. Sagna was, quite simply, wonderful at the heart of our defence.

In a game that we should have won easily (if our attackers and midfielders had bothered to put their boots on the correct feet) we ended up under siege for the last 20 minutes after Carl Jenkinson was unluckily sent off. I say unluckily because – although he should not have made the challenge that led to the red – his first booking was ridiculous. It was his first foul of the game and was slightly mistimed. It only got a yellow card because the generally poor referee felt he should even things up after booking Cattermole in the first minute.

During that final siege, all the team played well. Giroud won some great headers; Szczesny pulled off a string of remarkable saves; Ramsey filled in brilliantly at right back; Nacho showed his mettle when the chips were down; the BFG organised everything and, best of all, Sagna became the ultimate warrior. It was as if someone had stenciled  “they shall not pass” on his forehead.

He completed 11 of 15 attempted clearances, won six out of 10 aerial duels and successfully made nine headed clearances from 11 attempts. Not bad for a man who stands only 5’9” tall.

It was a real return to form for a player who, until this season, was routinely referred to as our Mr Reliable.

I have been quite hard on him in recent comments and match reports. I’m not apologising for that – he’s had some real shockers. But even before Saturday’s game I was heartened to read the interview with him in which he showed great self awareness and was very honest about his struggles this year.

They say the first step to solving a problem is to recognise that there is a problem in the first place. Well, Bacary Sagna has certainly moved past Step One.

Hopefully when he moves back into his more usual role (which should be on Tuesday week against Bayern Munich) he can take forward the form and confidence he displayed against Blood-and-Thunderland.

I like Jenkinson and I hope people are not too hard on him over his red card, but for now we need Sagna as our first choice right back.

His dip in form may have been down to the long lay off after two leg breaks; it may just have been “one of those things”; who knows – it may even have been that hot wife of his keeping him up too late at night.

But the signs are good that he is over the worst and ready to get back to his finest form for the season run-in.

It is rumoured that the club is offering him only a one-year extension on his current contract. I understand the reasoning, but I wonder whether we should sugar the offer a little more (two years, for example).

Bacary showed on Saturday that he can be a great utility defender and every squad needs at least one of those.

RockyLives

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132 Responses to Bac To The Future

  1. Manthan says:

    Nice and Intersting Post,
    Sagna is below par due to his two surgery on leg…. His speed has decreased a little but after seeing Last match I feel like Sagna should be play as Center Back and Jenks should be promoted to right back.. As a CB you dnt need to run and go for attack he can sit back and defend Any toughts?????

  2. Big Raddy says:

    Great title … well played that man!

    Form is temporary and class is permanent. Bac showed on Saturday that he is and has been class.

    Wish the man could cross though (“Me, too” said OG)

  3. Big Raddy says:

    RL. Fine post. Had me laughing rom the first and as usual you entertain.

    The Laurel conversation was top as was the condom analogy

  4. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you all,

    Nice post Rocky, slight alteration needed though, It’s Tuesday week when we play Bayern, the lads have a few days to rest and recuperate from Saturday’s exertions before the “Magic of the Cup” sees us welcome Blackburn Rovers.

  5. Rasp says:

    Brilliant Rocky …… ‘with only a German telegraph pole to lean on for comfort’ :P

    The thing is that the partnership between Per and Bac (henceforth known as MerteSagna) was excellent from the start – they complimented each other’s play perfectly and had an instant understanding. I’d go so far as to say that it was probably the best CB pairing performance of the season – and one of them was a 5′ 9″ RB.

    As you say a utility defender who can fill in anywhere across the back is a huge asset to the squad, particularly if we’re reduced to 10 men and have to reshuffle the defence. Whether he regains his form as a RB or not, I’d like to see us offer him a new contract …. as you say, the man is class

  6. kelsey says:

    He has been on a urine-poor run of form

    I’ll admit to being a trifle worried.

    If football was sex, Bacary has been the hole in the condom.

    untimely thrust into the fray

    was routinely referred to as our Mr Reliable.

    His dip in form may have been down to the long lay off

    extracts from above :)

  7. Morning all, well Mr Rock, who is being a tad licentious today, eh ?

    I feel that to be a fullback for Arsenal you have significantly more demands made on you as regards to our forward, attacking play – more so than you would get for most teams.

    A dip in form is understandable the season after one in which you had a double leg break, however I hold my hand up as someone who has been harsh on Sagna and suggesting, without foundation, his head i elsewhere, yup, my bad…

    So a match in the centre back position may well have given him a chance to regain his form and confidence so he can retain his place as first choice right back, with Jenks a very capable understudy, albeit one chastened by Saturday’s learning experience.

  8. VCC says:

    Excellent Rocky……Had me laughing from start to finish (as you usually do).

    Cannot disagree with anything in the article. Yes, Bacary has been below his usual brilliance of late but he sure showed us he still has Arsenal running through his veins, on Saturday. Superb aerial display from a guy standing less than 6′.

    Rasp, how right you are in your statement “probably the best CB performance of the season”

    Arsene Wenger needs to give him at least a two year contract, and soon. “Sign da ting”.

  9. Rasp says:

    Thanks Norfolk @ 9:46, I’ve inserted ‘week’

  10. Manthan says:

    Santos makes Arsenal trophy jibe as return home moves closer–London 24
    I came to be a champion! Arsenal reject Santos positive about Gremio switch-Daily Mail
    Dis guys cannot give any positive headlines for arsenal Pathetic…

  11. 26may1989 says:

    Thanks Rock, tres bien.

    There is real value in keeping the older heads, even as their pace begins to go, their experience and level-headedness is incredibly valuable. I must admit to being disappointed that Sagna was put as CB ahead of Miquel on Saturday, because I think Miquel is the specialist CB, has real ability and needs to be brought through. But fair play to Le Prof, the selection was on the button, Sagna was excellent (though I’m not sure I’d go quite as far as Rasp – Mertesacker has put in some CB performances of the highest standard this season).

    I can see a lot of sense in the theory that Sagna could be evolving into a utility defender, basing his game more on reading and positioning than blistering pace and overlapping runs. He can also play a very valuable role in helping Jenkinson realise his potential and mature fully.

    So, yes, decent new contract for Mr Sagna please.

  12. MickyDidIt89 says:

    A master class in post writing.
    Thank you Rocky. Superb aricle on so many levels.

  13. Manthan says:

    I had quoted other day that Jenks need run of game else he will loose his confidence… He was playing after 3-4 months and he lost his head at crucial moment… Now atleast AW should give him some games he is our future RB…….

  14. Rasp says:

    Hi 26m, I meant to say best CB pairing partnership, not best individual CB performance which would have been incorrect.

  15. Manthan says:

    Rasp,
    Even i agree with you They both showed best CB partnership emulating Kozz and TV Last years… We were down to 10 man for last half n hour but still we won the match…….

  16. 26may1989 says:

    Ah, sorry Rasp, I misunderstood. You’re probably right, so we’re in agreement!

  17. MickyDidIt89 says:

    How about this.
    Does a RB with good mobility and spacial awareness, who also plays well at CB, naturally make a good DM? :-)

  18. Red Arse says:

    Micky,

    Are you talking about Senderos, again?

  19. Redders, I think he means Igor Stepanovs.

  20. or maybe Stathis Tavlaridis ?

  21. Mayor of the Woolwich says:

    Great stuffs up here Rocky

    And, I have missed Mickydidit’s stuffs here.. Wouldn’t mind if he does a stuff tomorrow!

  22. LB says:

    Although I haven’t read any other site today I am confident that there is no better Arsenal centric read to be had.

  23. LB says:

    Is it my imagination or are things looking up?

  24. Encouraging signs London for sure, digging in and winning 2 wars of attrition is something to build on.

    Winning ugly never looked so good.

  25. jnyc says:

    Good one Rocky. Two years sounds perfectly reasonable to me. But to most players his age, its not much better than one. Id like to see a little more playing time for jenkinson and rest for sagna. Now we know Bacary can back up at cb also.

  26. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Excellent Rocky

    Sagna is a fine player and a great pro. Hope he stays and wins something at the club, he deserves it. The highest compliment i can give him is that he would fitted in nicely into that 2004 team

    LB, chary, course things are looking up, theyve always looked up. We are past the stage of major upheavals and now Arsene has an opportunity to create a great team again. And he will.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stiring

  27. Gooner In Exile says:

    LB if TMHT is back bothering Ghost of the Thirties I’d say yes things are looking up.

    Rocky that was a very witty post, thanks. The “hole in the condom” may be one of your best ever lines. :D

    Kelsey back to this morning I didn’t get a chance to reply what I meant to say us that if TV5 is off as twitter would have us believe (and a comment by you earlier in the day) then I don’t see Miquel asking to leave.

    However if the rumour has no basis then I can see Miquel asking to leave, like Bartley he will want game time, at present he needs 2 injuries at least to get into the side, and that may mean for his ambition that it is a little too far away.

    Which would be a shame as I think Miquel would be a good player for us.

  28. Sav from Australia says:

    Very good article and good points about Sagna. He is a top man for Arsenal. I would not want him to leave, given his gallant service in the red and white.

  29. 26may1989 says:

    Blimey, Bayern beat Schalke 4-0 at the weekend.

  30. evonne says:

    “If football was sex” we would be in the relegation zone as in most games we start playing properly in the 46th minute. Where do you get your ideas from Rocky??!! Honestly!!

    Sagna was immense, I always rated him highly and was worried that the broken leg finished his career prematurely. I was glad to see I was completely wrong and he is still a great, great player.

    BTW, if EPL consisted of just second halves we would be top of the league; wouldn’t that be nice?

  31. Dgob says:

    I agree, Bacs deserves more than a year extension and I hope we give him it. I was surprised by the extent of some of the criticisms he received from within our ranks, even though he admitted that he was still seeking form following his returns from injury. Well, I think Saturday’s performance more than answered his critics. Fingers crossed, it’s the beginning of the (long and fruitful) future – as you suggest.

    Next up, Blackburn rugby club then the little matter of some small German outfit.

    COYG

  32. Shard says:

    Brilliant post Rocky. Some really witty and humorous lines in there. The Sagna monologue with ‘lookey-likey’ and ‘with only a German telegraph pole to lean on’ were my favourite. Such an entertaining and insightful read. Agree on offering Sagna a 2 year extension on his existing contract. His effort has always been among the best, he’s been consistent, and he seems to understand what it means to wear the shirt. I’ll never forget the fightback he started against Spurs with his thumping header, nor the less than enthusiastic reception he gave RVP in the tunnel when we played them earlier this season. I love the guy, and I hope we can find a way for him to stay, maybe even to see out his career with us.

  33. LB says:

    Evonne

    Re your comment if football were sexy.

    The first 45 minutes are foreplay.

  34. RockyLives says:

    Morning AA-ers (well, it is in Canada anyway :) )

    Thanks for the kind comments. Always appreciated.

    It seems like we have a bit of a concensus about Bacary, in that most of us want him to stay around for a while yet, rather than take off in the summer.

    In a team that has had so many changes of personnel over the past couple of years it would be nice to think we could persuade Bac to stay.

    There have been suggestions that he’s lost a yard after his injuries, but he himself thinks he’s just had a bad run of form. Let’s hope he’s right and that he’s on the way back.

  35. RockyLives says:

    Interesting about Tommy V.

    A year ago a rumour about him wanting to leave would have caused great wailing and gnashing of teeth among the faithful.

    Now it doesn’t seem like the calamity it might once have been.

    However, I really feel he’s a better defender than he’s been showing this season and I would prefer the rumours to be false.

  36. evonne says:

    I couldn’t think of England for that long LB :)

  37. Red Arse says:

    I am amused, Rocky, which is no mean feat when I am working hard to figure out the answer to the meaning of life and all that jazz.

    I have an unfair advantage in that someone has already calculated the quotient as “42″, but I am not so sure!

    Anyway, I am intrigued by Evonne’s assertion, based on your Post, that — if football was sex, we would be relegated as we do not start to play until the 46th minute.

    I say I am intrigued by that observation, but perhaps I should have said ‘mortified’, as that time scale is probably 44 minutes beyond my very best efforts. :-(

    Incidentally, you know I charge for plagiarism, especially ‘telegraph pole’ attributions, altho’ you probably felt that you could get away without me noticing, as it was contained in my comment, a couple of weeks ago, where I tore Mert another orifice for not being able to run, jump or turn — and which was received with a deafening silence — except from you! You shameful ex-pat!! :-)

  38. RockyLives says:

    Good day Redders :”

    I too was intrigued by evonne’s comment. I think it may tell us more about our Polish Princess than she intended :)

    And yes, I plead guilty to the charge of plagiarism. I knew I had read that somewhere recently and it stuck in my head. Although you will have noticed, of course, that you used the telegraph pole analogy to highlight the BFG’s failings (immobility, for one thing). I, on the other had, used it to highlight his strengths (someone to lean on). The joy of language :)

  39. Rasp says:

    Bacary definitely has an eye for gal

  40. So it’s official, Santos out on loan till the end of the season, as confirmed by Arse.com now.

    Looks like that’s the last we’ll see of him.

  41. Red Arse says:

    Rasper, did you leave the letter ‘o’ out? :-)

    Silly me — as you are a Times cryptic crossword aficionado it was a superfluous question – but as a footballing analogy?

  42. Red Arse says:

    Rocky,

    Quick – change the last 4 words of your 3:45, or Evonne will be back with a question about “the joys of sex”! :-)

  43. Red Arse says:

    Rocky,

    You are right when you alluded to the wonders of language. (poetic licence – Evonne might be around!)

    Your justification for the use of ‘telephone pole’ — [(I) used it to highlight his strengths (someone to lean on) — just shows the type of poles you hang out with, the ones I had in mind were those who are tied to the ground by the dead weight of useless cables.

    Wait! Perhaps THAT is what you meant viz a vis Sagna!!

    Just kidding! :D

  44. kelsey says:

    Just to clear up any misunderstandings about Vermaelen i said he was weighing up his options. My thoughts are i wonder why ?

    Bacary has a beautiful wife, they can be seen every week at Trader Vic’s under The Hilton hotel in Park Lane having nibbles and a rum cocktail.

  45. Rasp says:

    Redders, that gal is Mrs Sagna and she is a mad keen Arsenal fan

  46. Rasp says:

    I wouldn’t mind a nibble

  47. WiganGooner says:

    Sagna is an excellent pro. He has been very aware that his performances this season have been below his high standards and said before these last two games that he had to improve.

    Well…it’s a start I guess!

    What a great player. Never satisfied with the mundane but striving for the best. We are blessed to have him.

    WG

  48. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Afternoon all.
    Very good article today RL I like your sense of humour and very honest,I did not see the game as I was unable to find a stream for it.

    I see Santos or as I call him PANTOS has gone out on loan what a waste of 6.8 million we paid for him.

  49. Rasp says:

    Hi Wiggy, good to have your company again. There’s a rumour that your local team’s manager could be heading for the chavs in the summer – any truth to it do you think?

  50. goonerjake says:

    Anyone else think our squad is starting to look a little thin? Take out the Squid and Andre (they don’t seem to ever get games anyway) then take into account Tom’s and Abou’s injury problems and we have about 18 outfield players. Don’t wish to complain and without casting blame as I know we tried, we definitely could of done with a few more players in during January. Unless we plan to utilise the reserves like Eisfeld more.

  51. RockyLives says:

    I see the Pope is stepping down.

    Apparently Mourinho has put himself forward…

  52. WiganGooner says:

    @ Rasp

    Martinez is a good manager. Much of Swansea’s success can be attributed to the values he embued in the club. He’s not ready for Chelsea, Abramovich would chew him up. I hope Wigan can hold onto him, but I suspect clubs might come in for him.

    He could do with a club like Newcastle, a bit of money to spend and really good players to work with and he could really make a name for himself.

    WG

  53. Rasp says:

    I agree Wiggy, Laudrup looks destined to get a top job next if he can maintain the level he has achieved at Swansea

  54. Red Arse says:

    Hi WG, :-)

    How is it going, oop North?

    I had some ‘connectivity’ problems a while back and haven’t read your excellent Posts lately. I will have a look again soon!! :D

  55. WiganGooner says:

    Hiya RA :)

    It’s grand ta :)

    Life is Wigan is peachy and snowless :) The site is going well and work is absolutely mega busy, but I’m trying to write a few posts everytime I sit down, so I always have one or two to go up to ease the pressure :)

    Hows things your end? Pop me a mail if you’d like, I miss you loads – you’re my favourite reader :)

    WG

  56. WiganGooner says:

    @ Rasp

    Laudrup has done very well. Swansea didn’t really get any better under Rodgers, they carried on playing the way Martinez taught them to. Under Laudrup he’s tweaked that identity and bought extremely well. He’s kept the formula, but improved the ingredients and achieved far better results.

    Could he be as successful starting from the ground up at a new club? I don’t know, but I think he’ll have earned a shot at it in the summer.

    WG

  57. Rasp says:

    I have to be honest and say that if AW decided to call it a day, Laudrup would be high on my list to take over. I appreciate its a risk but he played for Barca and seems to want his teams to play like Barca – remind you of anybody? :?

  58. WiganGooner says:

    I think Laudrup’s greatest qualities are his quiet dignity, honesty and accountability. Couple those with a decent tactical nous and you have the makings of a great manager.

    WG

  59. 26may1989 says:

    @goonerjake: I can see your point, but there are numerous youngsters who can easily provide cover: e.g., Eisfeld, Yennaris, Miquel, Gnabry, Angha, Meade, Henderson, Ebecilio, and Akpom, plus potentially to return from loan at the end of the season Ryo, Campbell and Frimpong.

    I still think we should try to sign another experienced and top-quality striker and should assume we’ll need to replace Fabianski as back up GK. There must also be a strong chance of Arshavin having to be replaced. But the club always needs to find a balance between having cover and giving enough chances for players to develop.

  60. evonne says:

    Rocky and RA – you know very well that you cannot believe anything I say!! Remember my tip about Dembele? Rubbish, utter rubbish :)

    Arsenal Football Club has officially announced they bought one way ticket for Santos!! Hooray!!

  61. 26may1989 says:

    I’d be happy if either Laudrup or Martinez were seriously considered as successors to Wenger, whenever the moment arises.

  62. WiganGooner says:

    @26

    Oddly the same qualities that I admire in Laudrup are also in Martinez, perhaps they are more alike than I coansidered previously.

    WG

  63. 26may1989 says:

    Agreed WG. One thing I really liked about Martinez was that, even when WAFC were tanking every game and seemed destined for the drop, he didn’t panic and succumb to an Alex McLeish philosophy, which wouldn’t have worked with the players he had anyway. He remained patient and waited for his players to find their form. Which they did.

    I think what we all like about all of these managers is that they are intelligent, calm, believe in their players and have a vision.

  64. Red Arse says:

    WG,

    You make me blush!! :D

    I too admire both Laudrup and Martinez, and not just for their managerial skills (I know some are critical of Martinez’s handling of Wigan, but he is on a bit of a bummer) but I love the understated persona both seem to have.

    I have never heard/seen either being gratuitously offensive or coarse to other coaches or teams, unlike so many other repulsive managers.

  65. Red Arse says:

    Just a propos of nothing, it has not stopped snowing here in the Chilterns, today.

    Luckily it has not settled, until now, as the temperature is dropping. Stupid weather forecast!!

  66. goonerjake says:

    26th

    Your right of course, you never want to have too many players that some don’t get a chance. Plus I almost had forgotten about ryo

  67. weedonald says:

    Goonerjake…..you answered your own question. Wenger rarely goes for much in the January window and this was another repeat performance BUT we do have tremendous talent out on temporary loan, great potential still in the youth and reserve teams and now we see how versatile Sagna, Vermaelen and Koscielny can be, as well as our DM options like Arteta, Ramsey, Coquelin and even Diaby in a press, Wenger rightly feels we have strength in depth. Monreal can also play DM apparently as well as a winger and Cazorla, Podolski and now Walcott can play behind the striker as can the OX. That isn’t too a lineup. Perhaps that is why we have been able to grind out three tough wins against brutal opponents like Stoke and Sunderland ?

  68. weedonald says:

    We also have Eisfeld, Miguel, Gervinho (who I feel will be a different player when he returns to the first team), Rosicky, Gibbs and Arshavin (if he ever comes out of hibernation).

  69. Shard says:

    I’m watching the U21 game between ManU and Arsenal, and Chuba Akpom has just scored a quite wonderful goal.

  70. Shard says:

    This is not so good. We’re losing 2-1 now.

  71. Shard says:

    Akpom on fire. Scores off a rebound from a Henderson shot. 2-2

  72. GoonerB says:

    Excellent post Rocky and very funny. Can I just say that in my experience a Hynicorn is a very misunderstood creature. It is their close relative the Uniena that you need to be careful of. They are prone to poking you in places that are best not to think about with their horns, and laughing manically while doing it.

    I would hope we keep Sagna. We still need the experienced pros in the squad, and it would be nice for once to enter a season with a settled team and no high profile departures. We must surely be able to extend to a 2 year deal if that is the stumbling block. I just wonder though whether it will come down to PSG offering him a final pay deal that we will not match for a player of his age.

  73. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Shard
    What channel is the under 21 game on I’m watching liverpoo v Web

  74. Shard says:

    Sheep,

    I’m watching on a stream. It’s an MUTV stream and one of the commentators is annoying. The other is decent enough. I’m not in the UK, so asking me for channels would be pointless :)

  75. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Ok cheers shard I thought I’d stream it but can’t find it.
    We’re are u Shard

  76. Shard says:

    Half Time 2-2

    Our set piece defending is like the 1st team of 2 years ago. Terrible. The pitch is in bad shape which might go some way to explaining why we’ve struggled at times. Angha’s been involved in both a good way and a bad way, but he seems good. Miquel has been slightly disappointing. Akpom has done well, Eisfeld has been decent, and although he’s inconsistent and been giving the ball away, you can see that Gnabry has some quality.

  77. Shard says:

    Sheep I am in India. I can give you the link to the stream if you’d like.

    find the link here
    http://www.firstrow1.eu/sport/football.html

  78. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Cheers shard
    ill try it now I’m on an I pad not a lap top brb give it a go

  79. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    No it won’t work on my I pad it will work on my lap top but is so slow it takes 10 minutes to get into windows.
    I’m stuck watching Liverpool v Tba

  80. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    The Lords Prayer

    Our Dennis,
    Who art in Winter Wonderland
    Hallowed be thy name
    Thy kingdom [penalty area] come
    A goal will be done
    On Earth as it was in seasons ’95 to ’06
    Give us this day our daily chiselled Gunner Features
    And forgive us our trespasses offside
    As we forgive those Spuds who think they’ll finish above us
    Lead us not into Stoke
    But deliver us from Piers Morgan
    ‘Arry, Pubis and other scab ridden fools
    For thine is the Highbury, the clock end & marble halls
    For ever and ever
    Amen.

    Much love Dennis
    Sheep Hagger ™

  81. Shard says:

    So strange not seeing a free kick or penalty given any time a ManU player goes down :)

  82. LB says:

    Shard

    How are you watching it?

  83. Shard says:

    Akpom gets elbowed in the head by the ManU keeper just outside the 18yard box. Terrible challenge.

  84. Shard says:

    LB.. I put a link above..

  85. Shard says:

    Why is there an ad for bargain booze in an U21 game?

  86. LB says:

    Thanks Shard

    I down loaded that I got the game but there was a big blck box in the middle of the screen that I couldn’t get rid of. I closed the window and when I reopened it I had a new tool bar and a new search engine, still no game though.

  87. Shard says:

    Was there no game playing in the background either? That’s strange. I’m watching it and have no problems. The black advertisment box does pop up initially but not once you get rid of it and go to full screen

  88. LB says:

    I now have 5 new tool bars and still cannot see the game

  89. Shard says:

    Oh LB,
    I wonder if you downloaded their app? I don’t use that. Never have. There’s no need to download anything..Just click on the numbered links below the orange HD streaming link

  90. LB says:

    Which one Shard there is a choice of 4?

  91. Shard says:

    any..They’ll lead to a window where you’ll get the choice of links again..to use in case the game doesn’t work in the window that opens

  92. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Shard regarding the drinking advert
    The uk law says u must be over 18 to drink in the uk that’s why.

    LB I could not work the link but I’m on an I pad .

  93. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Half time in the liverpoo game 0/0.
    Keep them scoucers away from us they are on good run.

    Brendon Rogers is doing a fine job there as he did at Swansea.
    Give him time .
    Much love ™

  94. Shard says:

    LB

    I hope you got it to work. The game’s over now.

  95. Hi all

    Rocky – wonderful post, read it very early this morning but didn’t get a chance to comment. I thought our Bac was awesome as a centre-back on Saturday and he should definitely be given a new deal for two years as a minimum.

    kelsey – how do you know he and his wife go to Trader Vics?

    We need posts for this week and as it stand we need one for tomorrow urgently ………… anyone fancy writing something for tomorrow???

  96. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    I’m streaming top gear
    I thought it was about drugs its about cars
    Much love ™

  97. GunnerN5 says:

    Peaches:

    I`ll put something together for the morning – but Rasp will need to do a little work on it.

  98. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Gerard missed penalty OLA

  99. Thank you GN5 – we’ll look forward to it :)

  100. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    WBA one up lol

  101. GunnerN5 says:

    WBA = 2 shots on goal = 2 goals.

  102. Sheep Hagger ™ says:

    Game over see u all soon
    Night

  103. Great post
    Is Trader Vic’s still there?

  104. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evening all, so our academy drew 2-2 with two more from Akpom, think he has made England U21′s squad, lets hope he gets a good loan placement next season…..one where he plays!

    And the Dippers should be out of the CL race thanks to West Brom.

    Surprised to hear Jake that you think squad is light, so many have been asking to shave wage bill and clear out the deadwood, Arsenes done that and now we are worried the other way. Personally I believe Arsene likes a fuller squad in the first half of the season because of COCup and CL Group commitments, after January it can be trimmed as FA Cup and CL knockouts put far less pressure on squad.

    Kelsey, TV5 weighing up options is probably what most players do every season and therefore not a lot to worry about, he signed a new deal last season so only way he leaves is by demanding it, and if he does he can go.

  105. Did a little predictor:

    Man Ure : 100
    Man Shitty : 79
    Chavs : 78
    Arsenal : 73
    Spuds : 72
    Dippers : 66
    Everton : 65

    Just to say that won’t agree to my Swingometer, but i think we can beat the swing….at least i hope we can!

  106. 26may1989 says:

    Exile

    In an idle Monday morning in the office I did my predictions for the remaining fixtures – I didn’t even bother doing one for United but my predictor is something like:

    2. City 77
    3. Arsenal 73
    4. Chelsea 71
    ——————
    5. Spurs 68
    6. Liverpool 65
    7. Everton 63

    But then I’ve always been a bit of an optimist…..

  107. Well at least we both agree CL football is secured for another season :D

    And more importantly another St Totteringhams Day Feast

  108. 26may1989 says:

    I know this is sacrilege to many but I would sacrifice St Tott’s Day if it meant one of the oiler teams fell out of the top four….

    But I actually think Spuds are going to do what they do so often and choke.

  109. RockyLives says:

    26
    That’s sacrilege! :)

  110. Big Raddy says:

    Whilst agreeing with 26′s sentiment I side with Rocky.

    If Spurs do get CL there is more likelihood the Simian will stay

  111. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Raddy,
    Woud I take 4th behind Spuds in order to see Chelsea 5th?
    That is a very tough question.
    However much fun it would be seeing Chavs sink, I don’t think it could surpass pipping Spuds on the last day of the season.
    Then there is the small matter of our Standards :-)

  112. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Talking of Bale, I really liked GiE’s implication yesterday that Ronaldo was a Sterroid User.
    Could it be time to use the gossip columns to our advantage with regards to Bale and performance enhancers?
    We have Kelsey who is fully connected in these circles, and back-up in the shape of people like GM and the Twisterati :-)
    I think if we dedicated a full day to fuelling the gossip columns we could have an investigation under way before we meet the Spuds in two weeks.

  113. kelsey says:

    Morning all
    peaches as my son often goes with him with his partner though having said that Trader Vic’s is a franchise and the one over here recently changed names but basically still serves exotic rum based drinks and mainly polynisian food.

  114. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey,
    As I am a friend of yours, then it goes without saying that I’m also mates with your son.
    He’s mates with Bac, therefore so am I.
    Bac has a missis, who could therefore be a part time mate of mine, and part time would fit my schedule perfectly.

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just seen that Pool lost 0-2 to WBA last night.
    What a lovely start to the day :-)

  116. Red Arse says:

    Lascivious and devious, Micky — count me in! :-)

  117. kelsey says:

    I don’t want to go over old ground but I am not the Daily Mail and through his business my son has many clients that are PL footballers or ex professionals playing for a number of London Clubs.
    In the Summer I told you that the club had oput in two offers for Dempsey and regardless of the fee Dempsey didn’t want to join us.His preferred club was Chelsea but that was never going to happen.He at the time had several options to play out his career at a higher wage than the 28K a week he was getting at Fulham and he chose Spurs ahead of Liverpool mainly as he wanted to live in or around London.He actually moved to Cobham ironically a stone’s throw from Chelsea’s traing ground and from what I can gather he improved his salary enough to satisfy him.We all know Spurs playing staff wage bill is less than others.
    The season before Schwarzer agreed to join us as we were looking for a replacement for Almunia and despite what you may have read,hughes the manager at the time,blocked the deal.
    Sagna,Demsey,Haagleland Tony Adams, van Persie (who still has a house in London) and Vermaelen shop regularly at my son’s shop and he is tactful but often gleans info which I pass on, though will all good intention.

    One or two seem to think that it’s all bolloxs, well that’s entirely up to them to think what they like.
    I know it is water under the bridge but I assure you that the fabregas transfer was not agreed by the timing or terms by some of the BoD and Wenger.Wenger took the view that the lad wanted to go home and that his heart was in Catalonia and better let him go at perhaps not the best price achievable .Fiszman was in remission and was in london and there were several heated exchanges about this transfer

    .How do i know because Fiszman employed a close friend of mine son for 16 years and he told me.
    Anyway that’s it except we all know that transfers are a very complex transaction these days with so many people involved apart from the player.

  118. evonne says:

    Micky – Bacary and wife, and many other players go daily to Cockfosters restaurants, mostly Miracles and Desere; they are very approachable and Sagna loves chatting.

    Oh yeah, another bit of gossip – I was talking to a cop last week and knowing my obssession with a certain football club he told me how he almost arrested Diaby, who was lurking in a petrol station at 4am. He ran out of petrol, silly moo. He asked the cop not to tell anyone or the Boss will be angry with him for being up so late

    It was VERY hard to pretend that I was gutted to see Pool losing to WBA last night :)

  119. Red Arse says:

    Good morning, Daily Mail, aka kelsey, :-)

    I believe you, Kelsey, but who said it was bollix?

    You have only told us what you have heard – how can anyone argue with what you have been told? :-) As you say, people are free to believe or disbelieve what they want.

  120. LB says:

    Great read Kelsey

    There are three stories up there gleaned from from your contacts: Demsey, Fabregas and Fizman.

    I am also curious to know who suggested on this site that they are bollix?

  121. kelsey says:

    4 actually LB you forgot Schwarzer :)

    I don’t gain anything from passing on genuine info which maybe of interest.
    The Dempsey situation intrigued me that he most probably could have earned more with us than Spurs but chose them.
    The counter argument is that Podolski may prove to be the better option in the long term or even Giroud.

    I remember LB that you put a different slant on the Fabreagas story, but correct me if I am wrong.

  122. kelsey says:

    We are all reasonably or well educated people and i laugh how gullable some people are when on a daily basis newsnow have completely opposite stories about a player on our books.All it doies is give a particular site a load of hits.
    i like to think we are above that on AA

  123. Rasp says:

    Morning all……

    ….. New post ……

  124. Manthan says:

    Hi all,
    What About Jack Injury is it seroius????????????

  125. Ah sorry Raspers, Peachy told me to put up the “new post” note this morning. :)

  126. LB says:

    Hi Kelsey

    My view on what happened to Fabregas was in line with what you said above. It makes sense that Wenger was the person who told the board that Cesc should be allowed to leave.

    We all know there was only one club he would have gone to, I can’t imagine any one would differ in their view from that and because of the lack of competition we were always going to have to accept a lower price than his true value, once again I can’t imagine anyone would challenge that view.

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