St Totteringham’s Day – Report & Player Ratings

That was a very, very nervous experience made all the more intense by the fact that we were expected to win. Some how being the underdog in crucial games makes it just that little more bearable when a loss is inevitably considered before and during the game. But win we did and by doing so we secured the chance to play Champions League football next season which I believe makes it sixteen seasons on the trot, no mean feat when you consider just how desperate and disappointed those around us were at missing out again.

Does that introduction work? Nah, it was nail biting hell, ninety four minutes of torture before the release of the final whistle and the opportunity to laugh at the pained faces of those left wondering “if only” at White Hart Lane. That’s better, that’s more like the introduction that this game deserves.

kozzer scores 2 v toons

It was in fact a very professional win, every player followed the game plan, nobody panicked, all of which lead to our just desserts safely being locked away at the home of football.

As I sit hear in the afterglow, looking back at the season I think it has to be said that the single most important decision made was that to drop Vermaelen. This is not meant as a poke at the Belgian, I am convinced he remains a very popular player amongst Arsenal supporters; it’s just that everything points to him being put on the bench as the spark that galvanised the defence.

Do any of you remember the debate that divided us over which centre back paring would be the most successful? Half the people said Vermaelen and Mertesacker and the other half said Vermalen and Koscielny, I was one of those arguing that the later combination would be more mobile. But I think it is fair to say no one argued for Mertesacker and Koscielny.

kozzer celebrates v newcastle

Well there you go, those two flanked by Gibbs, Nacho and Sagna have proved to be a very solid defensive unit indeed.

Did you notice how much more controlled Sagna was in his attacking play today, no wild crosses and solid as ever in his defensive duties.

I can’t finish the defence without giving Koscielny special attention; he was the standout player of the day and the Man of the Match by some distance. Koz, you have no idea how much happier you have made all of our summers; for you, your performance and your goal we salute you.

The midfield worked well together. Ramsey was immense and will rightly pick up the AA award for the most improved player. He started the season coming on as a sub on the right wing and did very well; he then got his chance to start in the middle and was poor, poor to the point of serious abuse. From there he disappeared back to the bench, reappearing after the spud loss to progress to being undroppable which is where he is today.

Sadly for our Spanish Captain couldn’t lead us to the end of the game but the Ox came on and added fire to the midfield belly. Have you noticed how well he and Walcott work together? Theo is the senior player and is able to tell the Ox exactly what he wants to happen, the upshot is that Theo plays with a greater confidence.

If I have one minor moan it would be that Rosicky was a bit sloppy by his usual high standards. Many will not like me saying this but I think we were a bit fortunate that Wilshere got injured when he did because if we had carried on playing the same way we did against spuds I believe we would not be in this happy position today. Rosicky is an attacking midfielder who interacts well with the most talented player we have at the club and Wilshere is nowhere near that yet.

And on the subject of the most talented player at the club I am sure we are all agreed that the AA award for best player of the season goes to Cazorla, he ran his socks off again and boy what a great buy he turned out to be.

Podolski, not being so brilliant in the air, forces Sagna and Gibbs to send the ball into the box along the ground rather than hoofing it high which is one of my pet hates; his tally of assists this season is very impressive. As to whether he is the answer to our number nine issues I neither know nor care today, I am just pleased with our not quite so BFG.

It was a good day to be an Arsenal supporter, we need to push on from here with some quality summer signings but I will leave you with my favourite image of the day. Remember the end of the game when the Sky cameras went over to White  Hart Lane? Well think of despair of their faces and chuckle.

Have a great day.

Written by LB

Following on from LB’s excellent report Rocky would like to offer these player ratings:

Szczesny: little to do but exuded confidence. 7

Sagna: very solid performance. He still seems a fraction slower than before his leg breaks but he defended well against Newcastle. 7

Gibbs: got pulled out of position a bit in the first 20, but played very well thereafter. 7.5

Mertesacker: typically good showing from the BFG. He is one of the best CB’s in the EPL. 8

Koscielny: a perfect performance at the back, augmented by as coring the all-important winning goal. 9 (MOTM)

Arteta: it was clearly a risk starting him, but he played with his usual efficiency before having to retire with injury early doors. 7

Rosicky: not everything came off for TR7 but he was involved in some of our best moves and his work rate was incredible. 7.5

Ramsey: phenomenal effort as we’ve come to expect. Some of his best work is unspectacular and, therefore, is missed by many. An invaluable player on the day. 8

Cazorla: drifted out at times but was a persistent threat to Newcastle and fought very hard for the cause. 8

Walcott: plenty of effort and skill from Theo, who was double- or triple-teamed throughout. It was a relief that his late effort that hit the post after great solo play did not turn out costly. 8

Podolski: Lukas was up for this one and fought hard in both attack and defence. Got a head on the ball to set up Koscielny’s winner. 7.5

Subs

Oxlade- Chamberlain: it was a surprise when Oxo slotted in to the holding midfield role vacated boyar teat, but hE did well. 7.5

Giroud: his hold-up play was good and his presence helped see us through to kids debating. 7

Wilshere: not time enough to do anything special. 7

 

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136 Responses to St Totteringham’s Day – Report & Player Ratings

  1. LB says:

    Tra-la-la

    Happy, happy, happy.

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy St Totteringham’s Day AA’ers. Better late than never! :P

    I am so proud of the boys for their grit and spirit and getting us back in the top-four.

    Here is to a summer of little upheaval, early TW business completion, successful operations to Jack and Pod (?), and gelling the team together into another version of Wengerball (with Jack in the hole, LB :D ).

    Have a great summer. :)

  3. LB says:

    If we had lost there would have been fifty comments by now. It’s odd how that works.

  4. LB says:

    Hi TA

    Good to hear from you.

    Have a great summer as well.

  5. im pleased Ramsey is starting to get the recognition his performances of late deserve. He will be a massive player for us I am convinced of that. Unfortunately we like to have a boo boy at the club and its gone from Gilberto Silva, Eboue, Arshavin and Ramsey. Hopefully a few people will be eating some humble pie over rambo. Oh and maybe learn that giving our players grief does not help.

  6. Morning all and Happy St Totteringhma’s day to one and all.

    On this august occasion it’s worth remembering what a certain Adebarndoor gleefully said last week about us:

    “If I can kill them, I will ­definitely kill them because we are in a game where you have to do your best for your team. And now I’m in ­Tottenham, I have to give ­everything to Tottenham. Of course, Arsenal can drop points. Why not?”

    So how does that nice warm cup of STFU taste now Adebarndoor ?

    A fine report there London and it sums up the feelings of many here and some clear ratings from Mr Rock.

  7. LB says:

    Hi DM

    Not many people actually remember Gilberto being booed, most look back with misty eyes thinking he was the perfect DM.

    He wasn’t called the invisible Wall for nothing but as you rightly point out, he was booed.

  8. Big Raddy says:

    LB. You were right, the second para is better and right on the money. I spent almost all the game wandering around the living room. It was a very very long 2nd half – almost Fergie Long.

    Really enjoyable read with the standout (for me) being the CB paragraph. We have 3 superb CB’s.

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Do we have a boo-boy today?

  10. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you all,

    Despite the grey, gloomy overcast sky the sun is shining brightly on my side of the household, sadly it’s all a bit dull and dreary over on my wife’s side, she being of the Spurs persuasion. (Secret chuckle).

    Pretty fair summation LB, thank you. on another day I might have had a quibble or two about Rocky’s player ratings, some of them being a tad on the generous side, but with the warm glow of Champions League qualification to sustain me me I’ll forgo any criticism of the team.

    Well done Arsene, time to sign up for another five years!

  11. LB says:

    Morning Chary

    Many people seem to be mystified as to why Barndoor had such lack lustre season only coming good towards the end.

    I have this image in my head of AVB pulling him to one side after yet another lazy training session and showing him his contract, pointing specifically to the section that says: if spuds get into the CL then Greedybayor gets more money.

    Greedy replies by saying: Ah, if I had known that I would have got off my arse earlier.

  12. Big Daddy, I’d say Santos would be a boo boy if he returns and Rambo still is by a few doomers at the stadium.

    I even heard some groans at Theo at the Wigan game, bizarrely enough.

    Ha Ha London, Greedy probably doesn’t have a long memory so AvB woulds have to told him this every other week, while Greedy drifts off dreaming about the “Beyonce level club” he should be playing for.

  13. Norfolk Gooner says:

    No boo-boys today BR, but there are plenty of Boo Hoo boys sobbing quietly down the road a bit. :D

  14. LB says:

    “Do we have a boo boy today”?

    Goodness, is it possible to function as a collective Arsenal support without one?

    Wont we all internally combust or something if we don’t find one soon.

    We need candidates.

  15. Can I be the first to say, have we signed anyone yet ?

  16. Rasp says:

    Terrific match report LB. You’re quite right, there would have been plenty more comments if we’d lost – today should be a day of celebration.

    I’m 100% with you, Ramsey most improved player and Santi has been our best player … but maybe we’ll publish a post with polls to determine what the consensus is on that.

    It was a professional performance, let’s hope we can carry on next season from where we finished this one … the in form team in the EPL :)

  17. Sani Turaki says:

    Great game, great win.

  18. Rasp says:

    …. Oh but maybe Kozzer should feature in the best player category?

  19. Ha ha LB, definitely for some people it’s all about the moaning :lol:

  20. Nizam says:

    Hope you gunner fans have played the you tube on NU’s scoring against Arsenal.The Spurs fans cheered like mad only to be brought down to earth in seconds. Ha Ha Ha
    In retrospect,Spurs shd have at least two penalties. Bale was again the dm(danger man). Our dm ,Walcott , was shackled by two defenders untile our French striker came on to his rescue.
    This shows any dm/dp can be stifled at least 50 to 70% . Evem Messi is not unplayable if you kick lumps out of him or detail two to three guys on his tail.
    Now Wenger has to bring in the quality players who can have an instant impact compared to some rookie wc kid.Then we shall see whethers Moyes can complete ahattrick of epl trophies.

  21. I hate those ITYS kind of people but I definitely proposed Mert and Koz as our best CB pairing at the end of last season that’s why I was incensed that TV5 should be captain …….. creeps away quietly :D

  22. Nizam – the biggest ha ha of the day was the yellow card for Bale for diving – serves him right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Taloinkg of laughs provided by the spuds did anyone see AvB and Freund go into paroxyms of rage after their penalty appeal for the “handball” got turned down in the second half ?

    It was like the funniest of Benny Hill splapstick comedy the 3way they gyrated and gurned/grimaced about.

    The extra rolls and flaps after he didn’t get the pk were comedy gold, like a 3 year old having a tantrum in the toys aisles of a department store.

  24. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Very restrained report LB :-)

    Thank you.

    Spot on about Santi, Rambo and the defence.

  25. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches/Rasp,
    When do you want me to put up Quiz Winner?

  26. Gooner In Exile says:

    Add me to the list with Peaches holding a bowl of ITYS about BFG and Koz, I would have said there were some games where TV/Kos maybe better (Liverpool for example). But the calmness of BFG coupled with Koscielnys speed (or as Redknapp or Neville said yesterday…..”he catches pigeons”) and unfussiness makes them a perfect pairing.

    Other than that quibble LBa very fair report….although I disagree on Wilshere and only time will tell.

    I will never understand the crowds need to have a boo boy, Gervinho has also been targeted of late.

    As for those calling for the big name/experienced players it is always worth remembering where this current group came from, would you want to replace Ramsey and Oxnow with someone who costs three times as much and hasn’t played in the PL?

    I think we need one top player (preferably one experienced of league winning) to give the current group a different view on what’s necessary.

    Listening to the radio this morning was quite funny Alan Brazil suggested Arsenal should spend big and then suggested taking a chance on someone like Benteke!

  27. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chary there were quite a few cuts to the bench at SHL which brought much laughter from this corner of Norfolk…..especially as Freund seems to favour the slightly too small track bottoms….half mincing half dancing pratt of the highest order.

  28. Gooner In Exile says:

    Manthan that is many ROLF worthy.

  29. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chary

    If I were a ref conspiracy theorist, I’d say both refs (at Toon and The Lane) were Gooners :-)

    Let’s face it, if Webb had really really wanted to, he could have given our goal offside.

  30. Rasp says:

    Aherm … I also picked Kozzer and Mert as our best CB pairing :lol:

  31. evonne. says:

    Magnificent post!! Are you happy LB ? :)

    The difference in our defence is astounding, huge improvement from last year. We were optimistic that Bould would do well and boy he did. No more talk about Arsenal’s weak defence, less of you Hansen!

    And Cazorla, and Theo, and Ramsey – star studded team! Oh to, oh to be, oh to be a Gunner!!!

  32. Big Raddy says:

    I am Spartacus

  33. evonne. says:

    has Webb lost his part time job at OT? Is he looking for a transfer to THOF?

  34. Rasp says:

    What’s the betting that Rooney goes to the chavs and Bale goes to manure?

  35. Ah Mdi89 – Kozzer was well onside for our goal although perhaps the chimp should really have got that PK.

    GiE – I forgot about Geronimo, he really is the boo boy of the moment, and did youy see that odd pose Freund made whilst on one knee after the so called handball ? He was like Marcel Marceau on prozac.

  36. Rasp says:

    Rooney to replace Lampard and Bale to replace Rooney?

  37. kelsey says:

    He won’t admit it but LB would be the first to offer to put up a post especially if it stuck one in the eye on Spurs :)

    I have to say that on the whole Webb had a pretty good game and generally was fair to both sides.Haven’t said that about many refs involved in our games this season.

    I think Arsenal and other clubs will be plundering into La Liga this Summer as there are so many clubs in huge debt.

  38. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rasp I dont think Rooney wants to play midfield, and that may be one of the reasons he wants out of OT, funny that last time he asked to leave he was concerned about the lack of world class signings, then Utd signed ones that replaced him :D

    Fergie played him good an proper

  39. Red Arse says:

    I have a nomination for ‘boo boy’.

    Step forward Koscielny.

    I think it was a disgrace that when scoring his goal, he did not complete it neatly with a double somersault aerial roll in the Pike position.

    Clearly standards are slipping!! :D

    No, wait, I was thinking of Bale going for his penalty dive. :-)

  40. Rasp says:

    Hi GiE, maybe he doesn’t want to play in midfield, but he won’t go to city so that only leaves the chavs who can afford him if he wants to play in the EPL. Somehow I can’t see any of the big European clubs going for him so he may have backed himself into a corner.

    He had an open falling out with Moyes so it seems unlikely he’ll stay at manure.

  41. On the Shrek debate apparently Mrs Shrek lives in London 8 months of the year and would rather he was in her sight, given his proclivity for putting it about a bit near assisted living facilities.

    Given that his position at ManUre is untenable a London club would sem to be his best hope, altohugh I think the Chavs look likelier even though he’s supposed to have said nice things about us (admires our playing style) in the past.

  42. Rasp says:

    I’d bet he’d love to play for us for footballing reasons chary – but would he take a 50% cut in salary? (he’s rumoured to be on £250k a week)

  43. Of course, the sticky problem of wages Raspers; crikey the season’s just finished and the transfer speculation starts.

    Who’s already asked if we’ve signed anyone yet ?

  44. Rasp says:

    We’re signing Yaya (not Toure) and he looks like a fantastic prospect :P

  45. Janman says:

    Reference transfer gossip. Still some noise in Spain that we want Villa from Barcelona? I don’t think he would be our best option. Personally I would be prepared to take a gamble on Torres from Chelsea as I believe under Mr. Wenger he could find his old form? Any opinions?

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry, really tied up today, hope to join the chat later.

    I am very proud to announce The Winner of the 2012-3 DidIt Quiz.

    Quick reminder of the rules. There was no outright winner, therefore I totalled the amount of points each entrant was out by. Then, as stated, in the case of a draw, this magnificent picture would go to the person who posted the winning entry first.

    So, here we go:

    1st (3 points out) Goonerjake.
    2nd (3 points out) Weedonald
    3rd (4 points out) Terry Transplant
    4th (4 points out) Gooner in Exile

    Congratulations Goonerjake. If you email your address to the address above, then Rasp or Peaches will forward it to me, and away the trophy shall go.

    Thank you all for taking part.

  47. What a crawler Mo(yes) is – he goes to his new place of work before he’s due to start. I bet he was milk monitor at school as well – and therefore number 1 bog-wash candidate also. :)

  48. Big Raddy says:

    “proclivity for putting it about a bit near assisted living facilities.”.

    Great stuff

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    Taking our results from our last 10 games and assuming we had shown that form throughout the season our results would have been,

    W30, D8, L0, GF72, GA23, GD49, Pts98.

    That would be most wins and points ever in PL history.

    It just goes to show the calibre of this team and the exceptional performance’s that it took, in the run down, to gain us our spot in next seasons CL.

    Hats off to Arsene, his staff and the whole team.

  50. LB says:

    “I bet he was milk monitor at school as well”

    That’s funny. I haven’t thought about milk monitors in years.

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I didn’t even get a podium position – not a sniff of one. Disappointed of CPH.

    Gn5. I am going to forward those stats to all my footie friends :-D

  52. Worse still London, what about the kids who wanted to be “Librarian” as well – definite bog wash time!

  53. LB says:

    Librarians…they were odd, very odd.

  54. RockyLives says:

    Excellent report LB.

    It’s a Bank Holiday here in Canadia and, given how much red wine I sank yesterday, that’s a very good thing.

    I feel very optimistic about our prospects. We will never be able to outspend the North & South Oilers, but our spending power from now on will be on a par with Manure and better than most other people’s.

    And even with the unlimited spending power of the Oilers, it’s worth reminding ourselves that we finished only two points behind Chelsea (and last year we finished three places above them); and only five points behind Man City this time round.

    They may improve, but so will we.

    I do not expect the final weeks of next season to be about scrambling for fourth.

    As Gn5 has pointed out, our form for a very long period of the run-in was title-winning form – even though I bet every one of us feels that we can play much, much better.

  55. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky, I agree with all you say. It was mainly to do with conceding fewer goals and as LB pointed out, the decision to drop TV was pivotal. We didn’t concede more than 3 goals in any PL game (were we the only prem team not to concede 4 goals or more in a game GN5?), breakdown as follows:

    Clean sheets: 14
    Conceded 1: 13
    Conceded 2: 9
    Conceded 3: 2

  56. RockyLives says:

    Yes, the dropping of TV and Szcz was a turning point Rasp – I think both in terms of how we played and in terms of what it showed (to the players) Wenger was capable of doing.

  57. GunnerN5 says:

    Our away form over the last ten games was simply amazing.

    Played 5, Won 5, Goals for 7, Goals against 1.

    Truly outstanding………….

  58. Rasp says:

    Very true Rocky, I’m pleased to see that it had the desired effect on Sz, I wonder if we’ll look for a new No.1 if Fab2 goes or a back up for Sz.

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    Dropping both Vermaelen & Szczesny is the only time I can recollect Arsene proving that he had an iron fist.

  60. Rasp says:

    This season we’ve been better at beating the teams we should be expected to beat. To improve next season, we need to do better against the teams around and above us.

  61. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp,

    They are not the sort of stats that I keep.

  62. duncan says:

    What effect will FFP have on curbing City and Chelsea’s spending spree

  63. GunnerN5 says:

    Our form against the “top sides” was abysmal this season.

    Looking at our games against, Man U, Man C, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs – here are our results.

    P8, W1, D3, L4, GF9, GA12, Pts6. %points won 25%

    Ouch…………………

  64. GunnerN5 says:

    Sorry missed a line out,

    The results were.

    P10, W2, D3, L5, GF15, GA16, Pts9, Pts%=30%

    Still miserable.

  65. RockyLives says:

    But looking on the bright side Gn5, there’s plenty of scope for improvement :)

    And every point we take off our “title rivals” is like two points really.

  66. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rasp on TShite this morning they were talking about the fact we only got 2 points from rest of top 4 this season and therefore improving that would be our problem.

    They the said Spuds got 9 points against Top 4 and Norwich 8 which proved that it isn’t that important.

    If we look at the results table we were 5 wins behind United….or 15 points, win all the games against teams outside top 7 we would have scored 16 more points.

    I seem to remember on Sky a few years back they used to do a top 4 mini league, pre City Oil Money and there were times we were top but still 4th overall.

  67. Bryan says:

    So happy, its sooooooo good to be a goner ;-0
    What a beautiful world we live in haha

  68. Bryan says:

    actually its better to be a gooner than a goner haha

  69. The Evening Standard reckon the chimp is about to re-sign for the spuds for £130k/week.

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chary

    Was just talking about a Bale sale with my Postie. Question is: how good is AVB at scouting/buying.

    Do we prefer Spuds wadded-up, or keeping Bale who cannot possibly improve on this season?

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    My answer, I hope they keep him, and he soaks up more of their cash.

    We, on the hand, will strengthen, and it’ll be “see yer later” :-)

  72. Norfolk Gooner says:

    If Bale re-signs does that mean he lacks ambition? or does it show loyalty?

    If he goes to a bigger club does that show ambition? or lack of loyalty?

  73. Ian Ure Face says:

    I`m going to go against the grain and look at it from a more realistic point of view. Them Spud supporters were not sobbing because they had missed out on 4th, they were crying tears of joy for an over achieving 5th place ! Honestly you lot, don’t you realise what it`s like for a small club to reach such heady heights !. They have patented the word……” Spursdays ” !.

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Norfolk

    If you were him, you’d be out of there pretty sharpish I suspect :-)

    Mitigating circs and all that

  75. Ian Ure Face says:

    Have you ever wondered why there are no solar panels in N17 and inhabitants there consume the most Vitamin D tablets in the world ?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BKpMdk_CEAAvQMT.jpg:large

  76. Tough one to answer MDi89 – can the hapless Spuds really afford to have one player being paid far and away a lot more than the rest ? Bit like when TH14 signed on for his last 2 seasons.

    I doubt if the chimp will have a season like this one ever again, yet we said that about the Cutch Dunt did we not ?

  77. weedonald says:

    Squakwa.com offers regular post game analysis about Arsenal and after every game since March, I have noticed that AFC are often neck and neck for the first 20 minutes when it comes to possession, shots on and off goal etc. Then they begin to pull away and yesterday, despite having less possession than Newcastle, they controlled the game and ended on a high. This is a mini-reflection of our season. What a manager we have and what a cohesive, brave , dedicated, consistently determined group of players. We now have bench strength, solid defensive nous and brillance from back to front. This seems to indicate we had confidence and maturity problems at the start but now have sorted that out more or less.
    I am going to have the image of the Totts celebrating when they thought Newcastle had tied the game and then, their ubiquitous grim and dower faces when they found themselves under the Arse once again, made into a poster I can pin up on the wall!
    Bale will likely weigh up his options and join Arsenal, since he needs a Club that actually has more than one player achieving something and one that has class! It is going to be a long summer!!

  78. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Mickey, I would never have gone there in the first place. :-)

    Seriously though, money talks and cash allied to the better chance of winning a big trophy with a bigger club would prove an irresistible draw.

    Just at it did for The Homesick Spaniard, Na$ri, Adebayor and The Little Dutch Boy. Though in all but the first case they didn’t go to a bigger club, just a more profligate one. :D

  79. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Michelle,

    Didn’t Wigan have their premiership life to play for? Newcastle could have finished tenth and won a lot more prize money. Surely all teams had their own pride to play for as well as what they owe to their fans.

  80. Gooner In Exile says:

    NG I think that may be our PT. if it isn’t I apologise.

    But if we had the easy run in its because we got the difficult games out of the way first. Every time I look at League Tables everyone always plays the same amount of games come the end, and when I look at the results I see that each team played each opponent twice home and away. I guess what I’m saying is, if we had an easier run in and came above Spuds it must be because they did poorly against the same teams or we did better against the ones they played in the run in.

    Either way the table never ever lies come the conclusion of the last game.

    2012/13 says we were 4th best team in the country after another disastrous season, and Tiny Totts were the 5th best after their best PL season ever.

  81. evonne. says:

    WeeDonald – is that your picture on your gravatar?

  82. GoonerB says:

    Lovely write up LB. Just had a peak through some of the comments and Chary’s comment regarding Rooney and places of assisted living at12.12 had me chuckling.

    My winner of the day though has to go to evonne for her 11.17 poshed up version of “ooh to ooh to be ooh to be a Gooner”. I loved your upmarket “oh to oh to be oh to be a Gunner” version evonne. I would expect nothing less when ones halls of residence is Cockfosters.

  83. Ian Ure Face says:

    It is e va va vonne, but f**k knows who is sitting on me !.

  84. Ian Ure Face says:

    Sorry, sitting on him ! hahaha

  85. Ian Ure Face says:

    Why is it that my comments are always coming up…”awaiting moderation”, anyone would think I had some sort of history !. hahaha

  86. GoonerB – Evonne is as classy as she is gorgeous. :)

  87. evonne. says:

    GoonerB :) I used to think it was ‘Good to, good to be, good to be a Gunner’
    My favourite theme for the day was the ‘forever in our shadow’ from VCC, did you see it? classic

  88. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne
    Oh God, does he have a side parting? :-)

  89. evonne. says:

    less of you Chary!!

    On the subject of Bale – why would he want to stay with Spurs? He is very good and can play wherever he chooses, here or abroad (England is abroad for him already). Surely he’d want to play in CL, win trophies and earn even more than £130k a week. It’s a no brainer for me, he is a goner. Please Dennis let it not be Manyoo

  90. evonne. says:

    who? WeeDonald? No, but he looks like a film star. Nowhere near as gorgeous as Gary Neville of course

  91. evonne. says:

    that’s from VCC’s morning blog, if any of you overslept today

  92. Big Raddy says:

    “Newcastle’s players can at least boast that they were so rubbish they ended the season by simultaneously disappointing two different crowds of more than 30,000 people located 284 miles apart. Hey, it’s something.”

    Guardian.

  93. GunnerN5 says:

    With what the top players are earning today 130K a week for Bale sounds like chump money – but maybe that’s entirely appropriate!

  94. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal secured their place in the qualifiers for next season’s Champions League with a tense 1-0 victory against Newcastle United on Sunday.

    The draw for the play-off round will take place on August 9, and we only have some of the details right now. But here is what we know:
    •Arsenal will enter in the play-off round, which is split into two sections: one for champions and one for non-champions. We will be in the non-champions section

    •Ten teams play in the play-off round for non-champions: the five winners from the third qualifying round for non-champions, and five teams which enter in this round

    •The 10 ‘non-champion’ teams in the third qualifying round are: Zenit St Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven, Metalist Kharkiv, Fenerbahce, Nordsjaelland, Zulte-Waregem PLUS the third-placed team from the French first division, the winners of the Greek Superleague play-offs, the runners up of the Swiss Super League and the runners up of the Austrian Bundesliga.

    •The five teams to enter at the play-off round are Arsenal, AC Milan, Schalke, Pacos de Ferreira and the fourth-placed team in Spain
    •The five teams with the highest Uefa coefficent rating will be seeded and will face the five teams with the lowest ratings, meaning Arsenal will not face either AC Milan or Schalke

    Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc.

  95. weedonald says:

    MickyDidIt89….what did I almost win?
    I don’t see Rooney joining AFC as his attitude, salary demands and style don’t match Wenger’s philosophy all that well. However one NEVER knows with Wenger. I personally see Torres as being a better fit, he has the right attitude, is still young and under Wenger, could rediscover his form as so many others have done in the past….but I really doubt the Cheatskis would sell to another EPL Club.
    Happy St.Totteringham’s Day to gooners worldwide and hopw every Spuddy enjoys the pain…it will certainly come again!

  96. GoonerB says:

    I have never had anything against the Toon really so have no real beef with them as a football club, but I have been increasingly forming a dislike for Pardew. For me he is a horrible smug little s__t and I get the feeling that he really dislikes Arsenal.

    Yesterday the commentator on the MOTD highlights, when it was in injury time was saying, that Pardew was at the edge of his technical area screaming at his players to get forward. It could be argued that this was just professional and competitive behaviour from Pardew, but was a late equaliser really that important to them? I think it was really that he just desperately wanted to get one over on us and knock us out of the CL position.

    If the Spurs and Arsenal games and positions had been reversed yesterday and we were waiting to hear if Necastle could equalise against Spurs, do you really think that Pardew would have been that bothered, and would have been screaming at his players to try and get a desperate last minute equaliser? I don’t, and every time I see and hear him now I just think “you odious little twat”.

  97. Red Arse says:

    Agree, GoonerB Good! :-)

    [Of course Pardew hates Mr Wenger!]

  98. VCC says:

    evonne 4:51. Thank you…..I have been singing that all day.

  99. kelsey says:

    I would like to end the season by wishing Arshavin all the very best.A player who I really liked but never fulfilled his promise. Very sad really.

  100. AST meeting tonight but I couldn’t attend ………… lots of tweets coming out of the meeting from Pedro @LG and @DarrenArsenal1. John Cross and Matt Law are at the meeting too. Not sure I’d believe much that a journo has to say though :)

  101. I’d like to thank you all for having me here this season nice people who all like the same thing
    Cheers
    Sheep/Andi

  102. evonne. says:

    VCC – me too, great tune

    Real have now confirmed the obvious re Maureen leaving them in June. He may want to shift Torres

  103. kgooner says:

    Late to the party : (
    The team played well. The fact that everyone got a rating of 7 or greater proves this!

    Thanks to ALL those who run this blog. This is my second season following the blog and it has been wonderful. All the seasons’ ups and downs till Now!

    Let the summer games begin!

  104. goonerjake says:

    YYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  105. Rasp says:

    Thanks kgooner, great to have your company and to share a satisfactory outcome in yet another rollercoaster of a season. Let’s hope we make life easier for ourselves next season :P

  106. RockyLives says:

    Cheers kg – good to have your company.

    jake – congratulations!

  107. Micky i saw your results and have a little question…..how did you calculate the difference?

    Arsenal 74, Chavs 74, Spuds 70 was my prediction total 218

    The final table

    Chavs 75, Arsenal 73, Spuds 72 total 220

    So i was only 2 points out?!?

    I love numbers :D

    Stewards Enquiry!!

  108. RockyLives says:

    Oh oh… we have a disputed count!

  109. VCC says:

    Oh, corruption. :-)

    Demand a recount.

  110. TRoberts says:

    NOT safe to say – I’ve been saying that since LAST season, the best Center-Half pairings had been Mertesacker and Koscielny, I’ve always said those 2, when playing let in the least goals and the team garnered the most points.
    OK – enough back-patting – glad Arsenal finished 4th, and THAT should mean better signings this summer, allowing the team to actually fight for trophies next season – on we go then!

  111. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Quality day yesterday, quality write ups today, quality comments from the usual suspects and one or two new ones.

    Copied and pasted the HP and first ten comments in a text around 10.00am…never got past first two paragraphs.

    I’ll aim to do better going forwards

    Big Hi to all from me (and from FIL)

  112. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Oh yeah and for the Spertz…

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Night all

  113. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Lastly, I’ve had a full read through but I’m still looking for the source of the Newcastle equaliser info..??

    Truly priceless moment that one

  114. RockyLives says:

    Hello Sharkey
    My son told me that Alan Sugar tweeted it was 1-1 at Newcastle – and this was the source of the oh-so-hilarious Spud jubilation.

    Whether Sugar had been misinformed or whether he was just being an arse… who knows?

    Anyway, are you well?

  115. weedonald says:

    Evonne……I wish it was my picture but I look more like your dog, with a beard and glasses…no wait…that’s insulting to your dog! the photo is my nephew in Argentina (during a visit) and he is quite handsome considering what his father looks like (just like me as we are identical twins)!!

  116. chas says:

    Nice report, boys.

    GIE,
    You were
    1 out for the chavs
    1 out for Arsenal and
    2 out for the spuds
    making a grand total of 4 points out.

    You accountants can’t fool me, the total of all three points predictions is meaningless.

  117. chas says:

    Hang on, I predicted

    77 Arse
    75 chavs
    69 spuds

    Totalling 221, only 1 out.

    I demand a recount :)

  118. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooo, a fight over my little competition. How exciting :-)

    Chas
    You’re right about the rules. + or – out on each score.

    Goonerjake wins.

    Interestingly, going into final game, only two of us could have been spot on, but both ended 7 out.

  119. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crikey, how many days until the first game? :-(

    We’re never going to fill every day with a post surely

  120. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Actually if it had been calculated the GiE way, GN5 would have won :-(

  121. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all,

    Micky I was of course only pulling your leg….I wouldn’t want to rob Jake of glory.

    But as RA often says give us the numbers and the answer you want and we will get you there.

  122. Gooner In Exile says:

    Micky GN5 has completed his Arsenal Opus for our greatest ever team/squad poll.

    As of today there are 88 days to go. I think GN5 has covered at least half of that, we start week commencing 28th May.

    There will obviously be some breaks for the posts about our new signings and a few more this week reviewing the season.

  123. Red Arse says:

    And by my calculations, I won long ago!! :D

  124. Red Arse says:

    Good Morning each. :-)

  125. evonne. says:

    WeeDonald – you cannot offend my middle dog, he is as ugly as hell! And bullet proof, strange animal. Congrats on you nephew – really handsome young man.

    I am dreading Maureen’s return and all the pantomime that comes with it. Mind you, the press are going to be preoccupied with his dramatics and possibly leave us alone to get on with the job of winning a few trophies

  126. evonne. says:

    Gay marriage on the news again!!!!! Does anybody really care if gays are married or not??

  127. Big Raddy says:

    evonne. Gays do …..

    Morning All,

    88 days!!

  128. evonne. says:

    so let them get married Raddy! Surely there are more important issues for politicians to deal with

    88 days? No, they are playing in Asia in July, that’s less than 2 months away

  129. Rasp says:

    Morning all…….

    ……New post ……

  130. weedonald says:

    Thanks Evonne but there’s no getting away from it…..I tried to join the Spuds first but they said I was too erudite and wasn’t ugly enough to be a Spuds fan so I joined the Arsenal….and have never looked back since!!!

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