He is the Walrus, Is Arsene an Eggman? Plus Combined Arsenal/West Ham Team

Form is temporary, class is permanent. Think about it, it explains why AFC have been in the top league longer than any club. 94 years and counting …..

No real reason for starting with this fact except it is yet another to throw at a Spurs fan when they get uppity!

West Ham have done well under Fat Sam in terms of points and promotion but imagine having to watch SamBall every week, – difficult for us Gooners who are spoiled by Mr Wenger’s brand of free-flowing attacking football. Wenger’s tactics may not always work but he does understand that football is first and foremost entertainment.

Most people of my generation have a soft spot for the Hammers primarily because for many years they were known as the Academy. West Ham have a history of producing fine footballers and playing attractive football – no more thanks to Allardyce. People talk of MU’s golden generation of Becks, Scholes, Giggs etc but what of WHU’s – Carrick, Rio Ferdinand (and his brother), Jermaine Defoe, Frank Lampard, and Joe Cole (what a team they could have been!), since then who have West Ham brought through? …… I don’t know either :-)

What does £52 million buy?  66 games in 3 years and a pile of trouble. Who does one feel sorry for the clubs who have wasted huge sums of money or the player whose career has been blighted by controversy and injury? I am of course writing about Andy Carroll. Not my favourite player but one whom I have a grudging admiration for, he is still young and has the physique and talent to be an outstanding CF but who really believes he will  reach his potential? I wish him a speedy recovery as he would be very useful in Brazil.

Carroll’s absence has led to WHU playing much of the season without a CF though Maiga has taken that role recently.

You know what to expect from WHU today, they are a team in Allardyce’s image. Big, fat and very ugly.

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A midfield of Noble, Nolan, Diame and Taylor  and two CB’s like Collins and Tomkins. These are not men renowned for their skill and technicality, they are bruisers who look to bully opposition – thankfully it is not working very well and a loss today could see West Ham in the relegation zone.

Arsenal: A win today is important, in recent weeks we have played 3 of our top 4 rivals and lost just once but we all know that is not good enough – we should have taken at least 2 more points. A confidence boosting win at the Boleyn would set us up for a tough trip to Newcastle and a relatively easy ride through January.

Rotation. Who gets a rest? The team had a 9 day break ahead of the Chelsea game so fatigue should not be an issue but we have players who need pitch time in order to regain match sharpness, as such I would start Cazorla and rest Ozil today, the LFG (Little Fabulous German) is used to an Xmas break and Mr Wenger can give him one. Giroud, who has started all our PL games could ride the pine, but are Podolski or Bendtner strong enough to lead the line against a team of Orcs?

The only other area of contention is at full back. Monreal will be pushing for a January move unless he gets games pre-World Cup and I would play him today. Sagna or Jenks? Not so simple. What do you think?

My Team:

wham v arse

Podolski to get on the pitch midway through the second half. I would like to see more of Gnabry as well.

Combined Team. Looking at the Hammers it is difficult to find a single player who would get into a combined side – plus there are at least 6 AFC players who will not start who would walk into WHU’s first team. I looked at Jarvis who is a decent winger and can certainly cross better than Theo but, be honest, if we signed him would you be happy? Similarly with Nolan – a good player but not top,top or even top.

It is some time since we lost at the Boleyn but that means nothing at 15.00 GMT. We need to win to go top as L’pool will surely drop points today.

Over the years I have had some horrible experiences as a Gooner at The Boleyn (the only ground I have ever been to which had no washing facilities in the toilets!!), it would give me great satisfaction to see our boys give the Hammers fans a sad trudge home as they languish in the Bottom Three.

Let it be So …..

written by Big Raddy

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146 Responses to He is the Walrus, Is Arsene an Eggman? Plus Combined Arsenal/West Ham Team

  1. Harry Barracuda says:

    As any Gooner fule kno, we were promoted to the top flight in 1904 and we haven’t been relegated since

  2. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning AAers, another good one BR, thank you. You’re absolutely right, it’s sad to see a footballing team like The hammers fall into the clutches of an anti-football manager like Allardyce. The sooner they can move to the Olympic stadium and get some decent revenues streams going the better. Maybe then they can get themselves a decent manager and start playing proper West Ham football.

    With Wilshere banned the midfield options are a bit reduced so I don’t expect to see Ozil rested today, that’s more likely to happen at Newcastle. Bendtner to start in place of Giroud would make sense, perhaps with Podolski getting twenty minutes in the second half.

    Much as I like Monreal, Gibbs was our best attacking player against Chelsea and is too good to rest at the moment and it may be a bit too soon for Koscielny.

  3. Norfolk Gooner says:

    As any fool knows Arsenal were relegated in 1913, and were elected to the first division after WW1 for the 1919/1920 season.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Hi Harry. Thank you for being the first today to call me a fool!

    By the way – you are wrong.We have been continuously in the top division from 1919.

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Norfolk. Allardyce is a very expensive manager – it cannot be the money that stops them signing a decent bloke. It is pragmatism which arises from owners who are more concerned with business than tradition.

    It will be dispiriting to play in a half empty Olympic stadium which will happen if WHU continue to play such sterile football

  6. chas says:

    Cheers, BR.
    Must win game, 3 points essential, turning point of the season.

    Btw, BR, I don’t think Mr Barracuda was calling you a fule, but pointing out a fule would be someone who thought we hadn’t been relegated since 1904.

  7. chas says:

    I couldn’t believe it when FatSam was in the twenty top-earning managers in the world.
    Mind you he would win the Champions League every year if he managed Madrid.

  8. Manthan says:

    BR,

    Great match report as always… How about Bendy/Poldi starting upfront today?

  9. LB says:

    LFG………lol

    Nice one BR.

    I think today’s three points are more important than the previous nine that have been on offer.

  10. dhakka09 says:

    BR; nice pre-match. I’d like Arsene to give Ozil his much talked-about rest and start Cazorla in middle. Rest of the team, he shouldn’t tinker too much.
    A toast to a good game with Wally scoring a brace :)

  11. LB says:

    That’s not a bad punt at the likely team selection. I don’t think I could improve on it.

  12. Danny says:

    Giroud didn’t start against Hull on 4th December…..

  13. LB says:

    What planet have I been on, I have only just noticed that we have spuds in the FA Cup, when did that happen?

  14. chas says:

    I think it was drawn while we were playing Everton at home, LB.

    I still can’t believe the police have allowed it to be a tea-time kick-off.

  15. chas says:

    I’d like to see Gnabry play today.
    A winger would help and he seems disciplined at sticking to his job.

  16. LB says:

    During the Everton game wow, I must have been focusing harder than normal on that.

    Tea time kick off? That is just asking for trouble.

  17. Gt says:

    How can someone that knows so little about football write a blog?

  18. share your knowledge with us then Gt

  19. LB says:

    Gt

    If you look above you will see a box that says “Be Our Guest” why don’t you try writing something, I, for one, would like to know your views on Arsenal.

  20. Gt says:

    Fair play. I probably owe you an apology for my comment,but as a United fan I get sick to death of people writing ill informed comment on us. How you can refer to Tomkins as a bruiser and a bully. He is one of the most “footballing” centre halves in the country. I am not saying he is brilliant, but he is a proper footballer. And you say the same thing about Noble. I can only think that you have never seen him play? You say that you can’t think of a player we have brought through since the days of Rio etc and then reference a few in your probable starting line up. Lastly Allardyce will always sit uncomfortably with United fans, but you really can’t deny he has done a fantastic job continually throughout his career. It always amazes me that people reference his football, but it no difference to Pardew and much better to watch than under Grant and Zola. It would seem the biggest problem people have with Alladyce is that he manages teams that have the audacity to beat perceived “bigger” teams, when he is simply supposed to lie down and die for them. For what it is worth I think that you gave a fantastic team and I really enjoy watching you play. Good luck for the rest of the season.

  21. LB says:

    A very interesting read Gt. Thank you.

    May the best team win.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Gt. Fairplay. We are all entitled to our opinions. I don’t agree with you and think Noble is nothing but a battler but as you quite rightly say I don’t watch WHU week after week.

    Tomkins? I bow to your better knowledge but remain to be convinced.

    Allardyce. My many WHU mates – most of whom are season ticket holders – are hugely frustrated with SamBall

  23. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Sod that. May Arsenal win …..

  24. Gt says:

    Well Nobes was schooled my United legend Liam Brady in your youth academy! So if you think he can’t play! It is down to him. ;)

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Gt :-D

    I will never forget the sadness of seeing Liam in the WHU shirt. Didn’t seem right.

    And then when Wrighty signed ….!!

  26. LB says:

    Lol BR

    Best team?

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Hull two up after 15 mins.!

    Knowing MU’s luck and their ability to but officials it won’t last.

  28. Gt says:

    Big ready, they wasted so much of their career, much like Winterburn, Ljungburg and May others. It all came good in the end though. You will kill us today.

  29. arnie says:

    Back to business, AA ers. Great stuff as ever, Raddy. We need a win, preferably a big win, against a bus full of clumsy-feet mercenaries. Most importantly, we need to get off Boleyn without major injuries. With that in mind, plenty of changes is what I will prefer.

    This seems to be a good game to play Jenks for Sagna, Monreal for Gibbs, continue with Verms for Kos, even Bendy for Ollie, play Flamster rather than Arteta.

    About the attacking midfield, not so sure. Walcott, Ozil and Rosicky for me, but if we are 2-0 ahead, bring on Gnabry and Poldi.

    On with the show!!!!! :D :D

  30. RA says:

    A very good Post Radders.

    With your writing skills, a lifetime of Arsenal experience and an encyclopedic knowledge base, I have no idea how you produce such gems. :-)

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    TEAM NEWS: Wenger makes one change

    Arsène Wenger has made just one change for the Boxing Day clash against West Ham United.

    Santi Cazorla comes in for Tomas Rosicky who picked up a minor knock in the goalless draw against Chelsea.

    Thomas Vermaelen retains his place in central defence and captains the side.

    Team in full: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Flamini, Gnabry, Walcott, Bendtner

  32. RockyLives says:

    Nice one BR

    LB and Chas have got it right: three points today is more important than in the three previous games.

    If we turn up we’ll win.

  33. RockyLives says:

    Interesting team. I;m glad we didn’t make wholesale changes – that would be a case of underestimating WHU and we would probably pay.

    Never mind the up-coming games. As we sit here today, this game is the biggest game of all.

  34. Big Raddy says:

    MU a shadow of the team who won the title.

    Very fortunate to take the points today

  35. Gööner In Exile says:

    Top top pre match B Rad.

    Like you I like Hammers but I don’t like Allardyce.

    I am pretty shocked that Arsene has only made one change.

  36. jnyc says:

    Great job as always Raddy.
    I dont see why not rest arteta for flam and gibbs for nacho. Why play so many players on short rest when not necessary . It’s not like there is such a drop in talent between the players . It wouldn’t be taking the match lightly . Especially artetas legs I worry about.

  37. evonne says:

    BR – great prematch, thanks. Combined team my foot :)

  38. evonne says:

    who is WHer playing top left?

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Chances coming but we have to be more clinical and at least work the keeper

  40. fatgingergooner says:

    How are we not 2 or 3 up?

    Giroud is p*ssing me off today. Not necessarily his finishing (Suarez would’ve had 3 by now) but the fact he wants to do everything 1st time. Not every pass has to be 1st time to have quick build up play. He needs to think about what he’s doing a bit more and execute better.

  41. Big Raddy says:

    What can you say about a half like that? Total dominance and yet we haven’t troubled the keeper at all. The Giroud of 2 months ago would have got at least two goals from all those chances.

    Positives? The Ozil/Ramsey/Cazorla midfield is creating chance after chance.

  42. evonne says:

    ginger – me and all. What’s worse that Ozil and Gibbs looked crestfallen after Giroud wasted yet again excellent passes

  43. Räsp says:

    If Giroud were half a yard quicker he’d have got to the ball and buried at least 2 of those tap ins. He’s a specialty player who brings a lot to the team but he is not a top striker.

  44. Räsp says:

    I can’t think of anyone of quality that would be available in January, but these missed chances could be costly in the final points tally. Gibbs and Ozil must be wondering what more they can to do assist him to hit the net.

  45. Big Raddy says:

    Come on Arsenal. More of the same and a lot more clinical.

  46. Big Raddy says:

    Entirely down to a really awful pass from Theo.

    Terrible, terrible terrible. And TPIG first mistake of the season

    Now we have to show some courage

  47. fatgingergooner says:

    Oh what joy!

  48. Räsp says:

    FFS get Podolski on, if not give Gnabry a try – at least he will take on defenders and try to get into the box

  49. evonne says:

    yes Rasp, put all strikers on the pitch or we will lose this game

  50. fatgingergooner says:

    One of those days

  51. Räsp says:

    Allardyce subs O’Brien who shouldn’t be on the pitch!

  52. Big Raddy says:

    Another open goal missed.

    Come on you Gunners

  53. Räsp says:

    It takes an injury to get Podoilski on the pitch?????

  54. dhakka09 says:

    FINALLY Now let’s get that second goal and learn 20 lessons from this game, grrr

  55. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely finish from Theo.

    Come on ……

  56. Räsp says:

    Theeeooooo, now get Flamini on for Arteta because we need some pace as cover when we commit forward.

  57. fatgingergooner says:

    This is why you pay £40m. To win these games

  58. Räsp says:

    The Pod has injected some ‘directness’ and energy into our attack

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Come on …. One more and it’s over.

    No stupid mistakes

  60. Räsp says:

    Giroud does what he does best – and then Podolski does what he does best :P

  61. fatgingergooner says:

    Thank god for that!

  62. fatgingergooner says:

    Must say Cazorla has been outstanding since we went 1 down. Top class.

  63. dhakka09 says:

    Everything is alright with the Universe again; pheww. crisis averted

  64. fatgingergooner says:

    Some of the passes Cazorla has made with his left foot are better than most can make with their right! He’s a freak. He’s our freak!

  65. evonne says:

    I’d love swans to score

    And, if Pool v Shitty ends in a draw, this one is going to be a very satisfied Gunner. If not a draw, then i’d rather pool win and shitty drop points. pool’s wheels will come off sooner or later

  66. evonne says:

    careful ginger, I slapped a guy that called our Cesc a freak

  67. evonne says:

    away boyz are singing ‘super, super Nick’ :) :)

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Theo given MoM by some Scottish numpty

    My MoM has to be either Ozil or Cazorla. Both excellent

  69. Räsp says:

    Ok, help me out with the assists, I have Podolski for ther 2nd and Giroud for the 3rd – can anyone tell me who provided the assist for Theo’s first?

  70. Manthan says:

    Yeah Yeah Yeah now I can have my dinner :D

  71. Manthan says:

    With Poldi and Walcott on wings we look more dangerous.. Any idea about Rambo injury?? How many days he will be out..

  72. Feng says:

    I always quarrel with Theo through telepathy: everytime I think “you’re playing shit” he goes and scores

  73. Manthan says:

    Stats time : 66% possession and 29 shots for #afc.

  74. Feng says:

    and anyway let’s get behind Giroud…he’s already won more than van persie did with Arsenal

    bucktooth never won headers!

  75. fatgingergooner says:

    BR,

    Cazorla looked like a £40m signing once we went 1-0 down. That’s what you want from your top players.

    Must say apart from 5 minutes when they could’ve gone 2 up, we never panicked and kept creating chances. I panicked though!

    Great to see the team having a blast from distance today.

    Going to enjoy Liverpool getting turned over now.

  76. Manthan says:

    Giourd paid off his misses by great control play… If he would have not contol that ball and passed it to Poldi he woundt have scored..

  77. RA says:

    I never had any doubt about the result — after we were 1:3 up. :-)

    Raddy, Theo is a difficult guy to quantify. He hardly made any impact on the game and them scored two priceless goals. :-)

    Taking Rambo off for injury was probably fortuitous, he is trying so hard but just looks out of sorts. A rest will do him good and he will be brilliant again.

    My MoM was Cazzer!

  78. Manthan says:

    Mesut Özil created 8 chances against West Ham

  79. Gööner In Exile says:

    Never in doubt :twisted:

    Lucky goal to equalise and from then on very good play.

    My guess is Upton Park must be about twenty yards shorter than the Emirates, from defence to attack in seconds there at times whether aerial or onthe deck.

    I know in becoming a bit of an Olivier apologist…..but everyone looks to him to score from a couple of those early crosses.

    On one occasion theo had gone to the penalty spot whereas if he’d been in position he could have had a tap in at the far post. Theo also could and should of put us one up when Rambo played him in. But with too much time Theo becomes a poorer player.

    Ozil also should have equalised from the Santi rebound.

    Basically I am saying that Giroud is required to play on the 18 yard and deeper to bring midfielders in to the play, if the midfielders bust a gut to get past him in the first half Giroud wouldn’t have to be as quick as we are asking him to be.

    Anyway 3 points and all I want for Christmas now is a draw between Liverpool and City.

  80. Adrian says:

    Anyone has any info on how long Ramsey will be out for? Hopefully not too long, we’ll definitely need him especially if we’re to go far in the FA cup and manage to beat Bayern.

    Cazorla my motm without a doubt today, his most complete performance since his return from injury. Still waiting for the day when both he and Ozil combine play at the top of their games respectively, Ozil went missing a little in the second half.

    Great to see Podolski back and even better to see him rip the net with that left foot of his, he just brings a different dimension to our foward play.

  81. Adrian says:

    combine and play*

  82. fatgingergooner says:

    Theo is an impact player. He does one of 2 things:

    Nothing for 90 minutes

    Or

    Nothing for 85 minutes, some goals and assists!

    His stats measure up against most wide players in the world. We would all love him to do a lot more during those 85 minutes, but if he did then he’d be up there with Suarez, Messi, Ronaldo etc and he’s just not that good.

    He’s a damn good winger though.

  83. RA says:

    GIE,

    The length of the Upton Park pitch is 105m * 68m whereas the Emirates is 114m * 74m.

    You have a good eye! :-)

  84. fatgingergooner says:

    Anyone think that Özil does things so effortlessly that fans and pundits don’t actually realise he’s done it!? :)

    8 chances created today, and still people question him, including myself. I didn’t hardly notice him today but every so often you see a replay and he’s setting up opportunities!

    Is he a ghost!?

  85. Manthan says:

    EPL Stat Man @EPLStatman
    Mesut Ozil created 8 chances against West Ham – more than any other player

    Don’t forget he’s tired and out of form apparently

  86. Manthan says:

    Wenger says Koscielny could be back for Newcastle.” Good news!

  87. Big Raddy says:

    Today was further proof of how this team is progressing.

    Dominate, lose stupid goal, then relax and take control again.

    Though if WHU had taken one of the two golden chances they had to go further ahead we would not be smiling now.

  88. Big Raddy says:

    I thought WBA were really in trouble, fortunately they had an easy game today

    Hatrick!

  89. JanMan says:

    BR. Great pre match write up. Looking back on the chances missed we could probably have scored 5 or 6 today. Podolski turned the game around with an instant impact, he sure was fired up. Hopefully the injury to Ramsey is not too serious. Interesting to see what the line up will be against Newcastle.
    I think a City-Liverpool draw will benefit us the most.

  90. fatgingergooner says:

    I’m still a believer that draws don’t hinder teams enough ie if Liverpool draw they will probably go to Chelsea in confident mood. If they lose, more chance of them losing at Chelsea, and then a loss of confidence after that.

    I would prefer a winner either way, as the losing team will suffer more.

    Does that make any sense…! :)

  91. kelsey says:

    Santi is my favorite player and add a fit Podolski we have two real clinical strikers and the bonus is Santi can create from midfield.
    Yes Giroud did lay the ball back for the third,but he is many things, strong,holds the ball up well, tireless running but never a clinical striker.
    I disagree with GIE about Ozil’s chance.The ball came to him super quick and the keeper got lucky with his outstretched feet.

    Should or could have had 4 goals in the first half and it was fortunate WH scored so early which gave us a kick up the arsenal.
    We are a class side just need a couple of reinforcements to bolster the squad..
    We really turned it on and there is no question that we didn’t deserve to win.

  92. Manthan says:

    This is the first time Arsenal has managed to win from a losing position this season.

  93. fatgingergooner says:

    I hope Michael Owen got some boxer shorts for Xmas because I think he just ruined a pair creaming over a Suarez first touch!

    Tit.

  94. Big Raddy says:

    Why have him co-commentating on this game? As FGG says so succinctly ….. Tit

    though that was a dreadful offside decision – second game at MC where the officiating is suspect

  95. Big Raddy says:

    BTW. We are TOTL ——– Oh NO we’re not :-(

  96. LB says:

    I hope Gerrard returns soon.

  97. arnie says:

    Travelling, and just checked the scores. Well done to the good guys. :D :D

    Pool leading Shitty at the Etihad. If they win, have to grudgingly agree they should be worthy leaders at year end!!!!! :sad:

    Good discussion, all. Keep em coming. :D :D :D

  98. arnie says:

    As far as I am concerned, happily take a Pool lead half way, rather than Shitty marching on!!!! Scary thought!!!! Pool will come down to earth at some point. :D

  99. Big Raddy says:

    Oh Yes we are …..

  100. mickydidit89 says:

    Quick visit.

    Raddy. Thank you.

    Lunch in Chelsea Restaurant ruined by Russians eating before the game :-(

    Game: Fantastic. We’ve got our three match winners from last season back. Santi to his best again, and we’ve got our goalscorers back. Throw in this seasons defensive stiffness, the magic of Ozil, and we have a great second half of the season ahead of us.

  101. LB says:

    Liverpool are more likely out of the two to implode so a win for them is more preferable to me.

  102. mickydidit89 says:

    Very true LB.
    Draw best, but Pool win preferable to City win.

  103. Big Raddy says:

    Can’t see L’pool coming back. Really good game though.

  104. Big Raddy says:

    “Lunch in Chelsea Restaurant ruined by Russians eating before the game”

    How the other half live …

  105. Thanks for the usual top notch pre-match Post BR.
    I’m not religious, but thank heavens for Podolski. Well done Theo Walcott too, although it has to be said without Carroll up top, West Ham are relegation fodder.
    Almost at the half-way point and we’re still there, though we’ll need to show up on Sunday at Newcastle.

  106. arnie says:

    Agreed, Micky and LB, but Shitty ahead just before lunch. :sad:

  107. Räsp says:

    Can anyone help me with the assist for the first goal please?

    LB, if you’re implying that Liverpool play better without Gerrard, I agree. Luckily he is such a ‘legend’ that they will bring him back into the side to their dterement. I don’t think either Gerrard or Lampard should go to Brazil.

  108. evonne says:

    Wata – I direct my thanks to Dennis :)

    LB – thanks for translating my 4:42 to English :)

  109. fatgingergooner says:

    Etihad season tickets must be priceless at the moment! Great game.

    Just a shame I have to listen to Owen as the soundtrack.

  110. mickydidit89 says:

    Raddy,
    And you are off where in a few weeks? :-)

  111. Whoever it is Evonne, someone’s smiling on us, but I’m not complaining, we’re overdue some good fortune.

  112. evonne says:

    ginger – Raddy called Owen a lovable Scouser the other day. I call him (MO)an odious d**k

  113. evonne says:

    Wata – indeedy :)

  114. Michael Owen is lucky he was a half-decent footballer because he really is as thick as two short planks. I have no particular affinity for Newcastle, but Owen royally ripped them off, and I took a strong dislike for him after that.

  115. Big Raddy says:

    Evonne. I find it hard to believe I called Owen anything other than a ****. .

  116. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Peaches/Rasp, post e-mailed, if you need it.

  117. fatgingergooner says:

    Not seen much of Suarez today, must still be in Koscielny’s pocket.

  118. fatgingergooner says:

    That explains why Suarez shoots from all angles! His team mates are awful

  119. evonne says:

    sorry Raddy, I was sure it was in your post. Oh, maybe it was Benjamin, ooops! Anyway, it was a good post spoiled by the lovable Scouser phrase

  120. Big Raddy says:

    Good game at the Ethihad.

    What did we learn? That L’pool are genuine contenders.

    That Lescott ruined any chance he had of a ticket to Brazil.

    That Henderson has become a decent MF.

    That MC can win when being second best.

    That Arsenal are Top of The League!!

  121. RockyLives says:

    Rasp
    Santi played Theo in for our first.

  122. Räsp says:

    Thanks Rocky :)

  123. LB says:

    By the way a word on Cazorla.

    Why has Cazorla been ineffective recently and yet today he shone? Well, let’s be clear he only started to shine after a certain event. Some may say that the answer is the introduction of Podolski and you would be close — but no cigar.

    The reason was the for that first time in ages he got the opportunity to play in his preferred position, the one that he was so effective in last season.

    He has been shunted out to the left wing or Arshavin’s grave yard as it should be called because of the emergence of Ramsey.

    Now look what happened as soon as Rambo was forced to leave the field — old Cazorla returned to the position he plays best.

    The Spainiard probably get’s my man of the match although Theo was the one who pulled the game out of the fire.

    Podolski was a breath of fresh air. There are many ways to measure many things in football but there is one really important aspect that can’t.

    “A measurement of a team’s collective close control”.

    I mean you would expect Arsenal to have a higher measurement than a Sunday league team, for example. You would expect Arsenal to have a higher measurement that Tottenham and certainly West Ham. Ahhh, finally I get to my point, the measurement of collective control went up exponentially when Podolski came on.
    The control we had been lacking in the final third was suddenly there, I am tempted to use terms like Wenger unleashed a Blitzkrieg down the left but I think those kind of terms may not be in the best taste. lol.

    I had totally forgotten how good he was, goodness Rasp you were right why didn’t Wenger bring him on against the Chavs. I should definitely stop here.

  124. TT says:

    This was Wenger’s thinking regarding Podolski: (from a.com)

    «He has been out for four four months, he has not played one game. I try to get him slowly back to competitiveness and he has shown he can have a huge impact because he can score and make goals – he can give assists. But on the pitch we had Podolski and Walcott and Giroud and Ozil and Cazorla you know when you lose the ball you can be a bit vulnerable but we had to go for it.»

    I believe Wenger is more conservative this year.

  125. Rasp says:

    Great comment LB

    We have a Friday news round from Norfolk tomorrow – does anyone fancy writing a few lines on today’s game to tack on the end – pretty please :?

  126. Rasp says:

    Thanks chas :)

  127. arnie says:

    lovely stuff, Chas. Thanks a lot. …. :D :D

  128. arnie says:

    Rasp, a quick one. Just in case someone volunteered a few thoughts on the game, it may be useful to have a discussion on the game tomorrow. It was an important game for us, back to Top of the League, back to winning ways, return of Poldi, …. I did not get to see the game, it will be nice to read what AA ers thought about the game.

    We are playing on Sunday, so perhaps we can have the roundup on Saturday just as a one off, I hope Norfolk you would not mind!!!

    Just a thought …. :D :D :D

  129. Big Raddy says:

    arnie. Seems reasonable.

    I guess it depends upon whether anyone has written a report or whether as Micky often suggests we could have a few lines about the game and a discussion to follow.

  130. Morning all

    I haven’t seen the game yet. My recording of it didn’t work. I think we should keep the roundup for tmoro and talk game today.

    No good if no-one has written about it though :(

  131. evonne says:

    Is LB still banging on about Jack? :)

  132. Morning evonne

    Did you watch the game? Can you write a few thoughts? Even something a bit rough around the edges would work today…….. ;)

  133. Someone should have grabbed that ginger bloke, he must have loads of time on his hands atm ;)

  134. evonne says:

    sorry LB, I read your comment again – it was Ramsey’s injury rather than Jack’s 2 fingers you were referring to. The reason I thought of JW was the fact that we did not miss him yesterday. He will have to fight for his place now

  135. evonne says:

    ok Peaches, only for you, but no more than a couple of paras

  136. You’re amazing :)

  137. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Evonne, “lovable little Scouser” It was me, but I was being ironic….I thought! :D

  138. We have a New Post ………….

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