Arsenal – Newcastle preview & line-up:  Are you ready for some football? 

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Finally, after a very long week since Arsenal beat Hull City 3-nil at the KC stadium (in a preview of the FA Cup final) the team will play another match.  This time it will be Newcastle United coming to the Emirates for a Monday Night match.  I attended this fixture last season and it fell on another weeknight, albeit during the crowded festive period.  That one ended with was a crazy 7-3 score-line featuring a Theo Walcott hat-trick.  Olivier Giroud almost matched Theo’s display coming off the bench and netting two, with only the post denying a 3rd.  Also scoring that night were Lucas Poldolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.  It was a gaudy score-line and a total we haven’t come to close to equaling since, but it was also a particularly unconvincing night, especially at the defensive end.  Three times we took a lead only to have it equaled.  Also, the post-match salute to all corners of the stadium by Walcott, who had been allowing his contract to run down, seemed like a farewell.  Despite the 7 goals, the team seemed somewhat at sea.

It was a very long time ago and much has changed since.  Of course, much also has remained the same.

One of those elements is that both clubs, contrary to usual policy in the Premier league, are still managed by the same men.   Arsene Wenger (16 years) and Alan Pardew (3) are the League’s two longest serving managers, but both have weathered intense times at their respective clubs.  For Wenger, it was a long campaign to get his team into the Champions league places (including a nervy 1-nil at Newcastle to end the season) followed by a summer of great potential (“money to spend”), great disappointment (we didn’t spend any in picking up two French players, Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini).  Finally, at the deadline, after a devastating opening match loss to Aston Villa and worries about winning a Champions League Qualifier (vs already banned Fenerbache) and squeaking past arch-rival Tottenham in a 1-nil, Wenger (somewhat, at least) mollified critics by obliterating Arsenal’s transfer record and bringing in Mesut Ozil for 50 million Euros.  From those early season difficulties we had an upbeat Autumn but a slow unraveling as injuries (and no replacement buys in January) combined with big defeats against title contenders dumped us out of that race and have brought us to another series of nail-biters as the club tries to hold on (again) for Champions league qualification.

In this same period, Pardew, whose team was spirited but ultimately callow in the 7-3 result I witnessed, has ridden maybe even a greater tidal wave of ups and downs.  The January directly after the loss at our place featured even more recruitment in the “Neufchateau” vein, bringing in French (and French speaking) talent, including Yoan Goufran, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko.  Although these buys somewhat made up for the loss of Demba Ba (who scored two that night but was subsequently bought by Chelsea), it must be remembered that Pardew and Newcastle were coming off a 6th place finish in the league.  Despite the wave of purchases, Newcastle played poorly in the 2nd half of the season and only avoided being pulled into the relegation battle because other clubs (Reading, QPR and Wigan) played worse and went down rather easily.

This past summer Newcastle withstood transfer links (including many with Arsenal) over holding mid-fielder Yohan Cabaye and added another Frenchman (and long supposed Arsenal target), Loic Remy, on loan from QPR.  The Autumn went well and Pardew had his men playing outstanding football.  They sat well in the top half of the table with the highlights being  1-nil victories at Tottenham and Manchester United and a 2-nil home win over Chelsea.  In their final match of 2013 they played Arsenal almost even, only to lose to a long free-kick from Theo Walcott which received the slightest of touches from Olivier Giroud.

Again, however, they’ve been in a free-fall since the turn of the year, losing Cabaye to Paris-St Germain in the January window, getting pounded in the Tyne-Wear derby (a 3-nil loss to Sunderland at St. James Park) and now having lost 5 league matches on the trot.  This most recent period has been compounded by a touchline ban for Pardew following a head-butting incident against a Hull City player.

That ban finally comes to an end with our match, but Pardew, who exchanged shoves with Wenger in 2006 when he was in charge at West Ham, has promised a calmer demeanor.  Meanwhile, our own manager, despite finally getting his men winning again in their last two matches and looking better for retaining Champions league qualification (thanks to Everton losing 2 of their most recent 3 matches) and having a post-season date in the FA Cup final, seems under more pressure than ever.  Supporters demand more than merely treading water and the potential of lifting the domestic trophy seems insufficient relative to failing—with some big score-lines against—in both the title challenge and against the defending champions Bayern Munich (again) in the European tournament.  Wenger, who has mysteriously been holding off on signing a contract extension, has promised to do so, but this news seems to be greeted with more weary resignation (if not outright anger) than excitement by a majority of Gooners.

But that is ALL background.  There IS a match to be played and it’s actually an important one for Arsenal.  (In fact, all of these remaining matches are important and the fact that they haven’t been played—and won—may be the essential reason Wenger hasn’t actually signed.)  Who will we play and what should we expect from our opponents?

I believe we’ll see a line-up unchanged (or nearly so) from a week ago at Hull.  Poldolski continues (how can you drop a guy who is scoring 2 goals per match?) as will the mid-field group, buzzing again with the returns of Ramsey and Ozil.  It’s possible some game time will be given to Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Sanogo and/or Flamini, who all seem healthy or, in the case of the latter, is not suspended.   According to Wenger, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere continue out injured but Tomas Vermaelen is available, so it’s possible that he might reprise his role at left back instead of Monreal, which seemed an effective set-up vs West Ham.   Here is my best guess at the starters:

Predicted Line-up

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Newcastle, by contrast, seems to be limping into this confrontation.  Mercurial MF/Forward Hatem Ben Arfa is reported to be either injured or sent back to France.  Other injuries appear a near constant throughout the Newcastle line-up, but big man Shola Ameobi has been scoring and Loic Remy may want to try and impress Wenger.  Overall, IF Arsenal play their game and limit their mistakes, they should be able to exert enough pressure over the 90 minutes to cause Newcastle to crack.  Goalkeeper Tim Krul’s most recent clean sheet was vs Crystal Palace on 22 March; his last in a road match was at Norwich on 28 July.  If we can breach his defenses and net one, others might follow and we could be in the clear.  In other words, unlike the 7-3 free-for-all I attended on 29 December 2012, I’d expect a match much more like the one we played exactly a year later up in Newcastle where it took that Walcott free kick and Giroud glancing touch, plus a stout, unyielding defensive performance of our own, to see them off.  Everton has gifted us a bit of breathing room in the race for 4th but I’d prefer a bit more.  The sooner this CL qualification is settled, the better.

Finally, on a personal note… As much as I enjoyed all the goals in this fixture last season, the best part was meeting a fellow blogger—Arthur 3 Shedds (from another site, where I used to participate) and his wife, who acted as our guides and mentors.  We met pre-match outside the Finsbury Park station (my boy wearing my Sagna 3 kit to serve as the identifying agent) and they took us up the Seven Sisters Road (into the area of North London where Arthur—not his real name—grew up) for a meal of Turkish food before returning to the stadium and the match.  Fun as it was, they had a long train ride back that night (they live in Charlton these days) and invited us to their place later in the week.  That was a nice time as well and meeting them was a real highlight of our time in London.  My point is that personal meet-ups can be a great by-product of all this writing about our shared interest, our football club.  My hope is that I can meet some of you folks for a match or elsewhere.  (Lake Tahoe in the mountains of California, where I live, is a pretty primo place to visit….) As much as it’s a pleasure (and, at times, a pain…) to share thoughts about our club, the human element is what makes it all worthwhile.

So, some football!! (a match vs Newcastle).  What do you think?

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156 Responses to Arsenal – Newcastle preview & line-up:  Are you ready for some football? 

  1. Very nice write up 17, agree with the selection. Part of me wants Vermaelen to play LB, he was pretty impressive covering there in our match against West Ham, but Monreal was fine in our last match at the KC stadium. COYG.

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Beautiful and warm match preview seventeeno with some pertinent insights I had not thought of. :)

    This is indeed a big game and we have to be careful not to underestimate the Barcodes tomorrow. They have nothing to lose but know they can beat the big teams on the day and we will need to be focused and professional throughout the game. I am not a big fan of playing both Pod and Cazolra on the wings, so hope that Ox will get a chance instead of Cazorla…. But your line up looks certain to start.

    Really looking forward to seeing Rambo and Ozil playing together again and I am hoping that OG and Pod continue their productive form (goals and assists).

  3. P.S. gents, it is important to note that Ox has been nursing ongoing persistent issues with a groin injury over the last few weeks. Prolly means he will be protected and restricted to cameo appearances.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2611484/Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain-nursed-Arsenal-persistent-groin-injury-causes-concern-ahead-World-Cup.html

  4. Thanks Seventeenho………..tell me….by any chance, did you go to 7-3 fixture last season ?. hahaha
    I wouldn`t go for Monreal and Arteta as they`re both shit !……just kidding…..they`re both rubbish !. hahaha
    From previous post……the Song talk !. When Cesc went, I thought….gutted !. When Nasri went, I thought….gutted !. When RVP went, I thought…..gutted !. When Song went, I thought…..Song who ?. hahaha Talk about over hyping an average player !. Even talkSPORTS Durham couldn`t be bothered to have the usual dig and say ….” Arsenal selling another of their best players ! “, simply because he probably thought….” They got how much for Song !!!…fcuking good business !!! …Wengers a genius ! and we all know he wouldn`t want to say that !, so he just kept quiet !. Sorry Totes !…I know you like to have a quiet beast bashing session over Song, but he`s no “beast” !. hahaha

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    Take a sad Song and make it better!

  6. I just thought of a great headline for a post about this Summers Transfer Window !……………..” What players would you have a Wank over if bought by Arsene ? “.
    Admit it, that`s a genius headline !. hahahahahahaha

  7. No chance of making that Song any better, he`s way out of tune !. :D

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    Days like this I miss London’s/LB’s input on BK, Cockie. He knows his football and like me he could see how good Song is.

  9. Please Totes !………when putting some of your porn collection on, put a #WARNING# sign on before hand !. hahaha

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahahaha Cocker of DOOM :)

    It is hardcore, isn’t it!?

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks for the Ox update, Iceman…… That would make sense, or is it a Wengury as seventeenho would call it?

  12. I must admit Totes, he does look half decent in that “porno” !. hahaha

  13. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great post 17. Loved your little side note story. Despite my moaning on the previous post, thats what makes football special. I feel sorry for people who cant go to the games. It makes football so much more rewarding and broadens the perspective.

    Important game for sure. Two good homes win and the battle for glorious fourth is over. I can see Cornwall and Admir planning there street party already. hahaha

    Yes TA. I hear Barcalona tired of Songs tremondous ball retention. hahaha.

    Though I agree, a very good player with more to his game than given credit for.

  14. Cockie, you would be fun on a golf round, would probably improve my numbers too :-D

  15. TotalArsenal says:

    Love the title btw, seventeenho. After another shameless park the bus Chavs win over a footballing team, it is just what we need. I so hope AM manage to go through – ideally on one away goal!

  16. Right, I`m off to bedibyes !……….It would help me get to sleep a lot easier if 17 came on and told me about how he went to last seasons Newcastle home game !. hahahahahahazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    I think we must realise that Barcelona often buy players to keep the fans satisfied. Players like Affelay, Hleb and Song are bought by the club’s chairman to appease the fans and to win votes (or keep popular), only to see them rot on the bench.

    Dont be surprised if he plays for Liverpool next season.

  18. Talking of Ox…..I cant see him in any of the training pictures !.

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20140427/training-gallery

    Thanks to our glorious club for supplying certain wank potential images of our players !. Although, Stretch and 17 only uses the Wenger ones !. hahaha

    Night Beastly Bishop Bashers !.

  19. 17highburyterrace says:

    Night night, Cockie, keep your hands to yourself, eh…(and enjoy…)

    Re, the last thread, I would rather have Ade back than Alex Song (but that’s just me, of course…) :D, both seem to maybe have had their heads turned just a bit by the big money…

    Yes, Cockster I was at the match…And it was a weird one…I was expecting something with a little subtlety not the American football score and everything (hence the Hank Williams Jr. reference in the title)…

    Questions for Total re: tomorrow’s match… Is Krul the #1 for the Dutch National team going into Brazil. Certainly he’s having a better season than Steklenburg at Fulham. I rate him pretty highly as PL keepers go…but maybe there are others out there of whom I’m not aware…

    2nd question. Why no love for Santi? IMO he’s the big beneficiary when you add Ozil and Ramsey to the mix–and I love to see him smile. In truth, I love it when he drops deep and helps out (poor, helpless, woeful…) Arteta. All three are at the heart of what I think of as our buzzing MF. Rosicky can do it as well but takes up more space with his running and extreme one-footedness. For me, any time I see Poldolski somewhere besides the final 3rd I start thinking, “get forward.” I started to look at who Newcastle play in MF but w/o Cabaye it seems like it’s all Tiote and Vernon Anita which would suggest long and wide balls and a lot of hit and hope.

    Touch wood, as the cockster might say, that all goes smoothly and the better team wins… I know I got a little caught up in Newcastle’s struggles in the write up. Sometimes I feel like many who support Arsenal from afar (i.e., they somehow came to support Arsenal) might do well to imagine if they had chosen the lovable underdogs from the NE–Newcastle. That’s some little scene up there with Mike Ashley. (IMO there’s no reason all the contenders in English football have to come from either London, Liverpool or Manchester. Why shouldn’t the Northeast or the Birmingham area have one? Maybe my geography is weak and I don’t understand the demographics…Natives, please explain…)

    Ashley certainly could’ve taken this head butting incident and the big ban and losing streak as an excuse to fire Pardew. Is sticking by your guy just plain outmoded these days or is Ashley even cheaper than Stan the Wal-mart wife? Will Alain Pardieu be off to Paree or (one of the provinces) at the end of the season? I don’t know and I didn’t do (the Oz thing of REALLY doing) the research. Anybody? Personally, I think things might swing back to more stability in the managerial positions (United *almost* stuck with their guy…) but, again, WTF DIK? Pardew certainly brings the passion and maybe his players will want to show their affection for him with a bit of their own now that he’s allowed back on the touchline. Fisticuffs for him and AW? Should our manager cut off the sleeves of the puffy jacket for a (slightly) tougher look?

    So many questions, but at least there’s a match, so another chance to demand some answers…

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    There is also Vorm, 17, and there are one or two domestic goallies who have been used by Van Gaal. I dont think it is set in stone as yet, but then little is with Van Gaal and the Dutch National Team.

    I like Santi but feel that playing both Santi and Pod usually does not work. Either of them seem to function better with Theo on the other wing. As he is injured, I reckon Ox is the best alternative, although I also like Rosicky on the wing with either Pod or Santi on the other one.

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    The good thing with Ozil is, he goes out to the wing as well to make space in the middle for the likes of Ramsey and Santi. So maybe it will work again tomorrow, as it did against Hull.

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Once again no Gunner to be seen:

    Premier League Team of the Year: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Man City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

    A few will have been close… Koscielny, Ozil, Ramsey, Sagna…. maybe….?

    Anyway, off to bedski – catch you all tomorrow. COYG>

  23. Ramsey and Walcott would have likely been in there if it wasn’t for injuries.

    Personally I would put Kos ahead of Kompany. Kompany has not exactly been free from errors this season, looks like it is a reputation thing based on previous seasons.

    Next season if players stay fit we may have quite a few, inc. Ozil in his second season.

  24. davydavy says:

    17ht, that’s a classy preview and I really like the personal touch you have added at the end.

    I remember going to Highbury to see us play Newcastle United back in ’94, when Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley played for them up front and we had Alan Smith and Ian Wright plus the legendary back four. We lost that game 3-2 but it was end-to-end stuff and we created enough chances to win and win well. Back then the famous Newcastle away support, the Toon Army, had a friendly family vibe to it which I think is missed a bit today.

    This time round I think that the Arsenal will win well, and I expect to see both Podolski and Ramsey finding the back of the net. It’s so much more fun watching Arsenal now that Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are back in the team and there’s more pace and potency about the team. Your predicted line-up looks good, which is the one I would go for, should have the firepower to do a job on Newcastle, who are safe and don’t really need to turn up at this stage of the season.

    You’re lucky living by Lake Tahoe; I’ve been there a couple of times and it’s a wonderful place both in summer and in winter. If I’m ever lucky enough to get back there I’ll let you know, especially if there’s some Arsenal-watching to be had!

  25. 17highburyterrace says:

    Cheers davydavy…Come for a visit anytime…

    The Toon army that I saw didn’t look very family friendly, but they did enjoy each and every goal until we scored the 4 unanswered…

    Anyhow, looking forward to this one, but it comes right in the middle of a very sunny day. I guess I’ll just have to get out on either side of the match… :)

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    That’s the attitude, 17: arrange your life around the footie!

    Looking fwd to watching this one in the pub with a couple of 1664s down my throat. CoYG! :)

  27. Evening Wetarded Rankers !. :lol:
    Just had a look on Google maps for our resident Tahoe Gooner when he was in London !. So I might now call him by his full name of ….17 Highbury Terrace, London N5 1UP …………I`d like a 5-1 up tonight !.
    Lovely looking Wisteria clad building opposite Highbury Fields !………….bucking fich rastard !. hahaha
    Anyone else on here who has lived at one time closer to THOF than 17 ?……nearest I got was 3 miles as the crow flies !.

  28. Gerry says:

    Evening all, Nice preview HT, I hope you have been able to keep the spirits up in my absence?

    I guess we all think this another round of ‘flat track’ bullying?

    My only reservation is if the players themselves have got one eye on not missing a chance at playing in the Cup Final?

    That said, if they keep doing what they have been doing,i.e. get control of their game before trying to impose it on Newcastle. That does not equate to slow starting, more passing and moving the ball quickly and keeping possession.

    One of the very good things that came out of the last game, and what is needed here, was the way players ‘offered’ themselves as an outlet, in particular, Ramsey. This evening he should strip fitter which is another plus.

    I’ll be listening on the ‘Player, so I hope it comes across as a comfortable win, rather than the all action repeat, or worse, a real struggle.

    End of season is shaping up quite nicely, even if keeping players we should keep is a big disappointment?

    Cheers, enjoy.

  29. James Bond says:

    thoroughly enjoyable and well done @ 17HT !

    very nice to hear about your experience and that you made a friend for life as a result of this as well !

    you got 11 out of 11, this has to be a first for any of our previews ? :)

    so what’s the score line then ?

    am gonna go for a 4-0 to the good guys (2-0).
    :D

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    11/11 17, well done super Tahoe Gooner! :)

  31. AB says:

    Evening BKers. These are the games that get me anxious like Glic – i fear the complacency that has dogged us over recent years whenever we have started to show some form. I know we have been more consistent over the last 18 months, but even so, its so engrained now it will take a few cups to shift from my system. Hoping to be proved wrong with the boys flying out of the blocks! COYG!!!!!

  32. James Bond says:

    Oz Ozzie Ozzies

    oi oi oi !!!!

    come out and play !

  33. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yes, well, the team seemed to select itself… :D

    Indeed Cockie, 17 Highbury Terrace is very close to the stadium. There’s even a back route with a path between streets that gets you there in about 3 minutes–right to the giant concrete letters and the Fizman Bridge…

    Yes, Gerry, I have been missing you–another fellow who actually rates the players we’ve got (plus the manager, plus the ones coming up)… We need you back, eh…

    They’re coming out of the tunnel now, Santi goofing around with Colocinni.. Plenty of daylight in London at 8 pm…

    Pardew and Wenger share a laugh and a handshake/back-slap…

  34. AB says:

    we are looking a bit ‘relaxed’ – too much so for my liking really…

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Agreed AB…

    That was better, Santi to Ozil but the cross was poor…

  36. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ramsey final ball lacking thus far… But he’s not the only one… C’mon boys…

  37. James Bond says:

    relax, we are a 2nd half team anyway.

    we are doing well, Poldi needs to be more involved though as most of our stuff is coming from the right !

  38. 17highburyterrace says:

    KOS!!!!

  39. 17highburyterrace says:

    Very similar to the goal up in Newcastle…Nice ball in from Santi…

  40. James Bond says:

    here we go here we go !!!

    start the engine time – world class KOC !!!

    1-0

  41. James Bond says:

    foolish yellow though.

  42. James Bond says:

    poldiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii oh so so close…..

    great through ball and a lovely run by poldi, lucky newcastle

    corner non the less

  43. 17highburyterrace says:

    Krul just knocks it wide with his knee. Pod was offside, I think, but no flag…Nice ball from Rambo…

  44. James Bond says:

    flurry of corners, no rest for the wicked , ehhhh

    goal oh nooooo krul to the rescue, i thought it was in, bugger

  45. 17highburyterrace says:

    Pod header saved!…

    Nice tackle from Rambo as Toon tried to break…

  46. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sir Chez dainty with the iffy back-pass from Nacho… Are we now happy to defend?

    How about a little more of the ball and some sustained pressure for a 2nd?…

  47. AB says:

    Really scrappy stuff. I’m happy we are ahead, but not really about how we are playing

  48. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil!!!!!

  49. AB says:

    Bloody hell! Giroud – grief, you will kill me! Than god Oz there to finish

  50. James Bond says:

    what the fcuk giroud ? really he’s the worst striker in the EPL

    thank god Ozil

    honestly, get the cheque book out

  51. alcide says:

    What are we complaining about, OG got another assist didn’t he? ;)

  52. AB says:

    Now for once, please can we kick on and rub it in. Newcastle will be there for a thumping now, if we can summon the drive

  53. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil offside, they’re saying because the keeper was out even if a defender was prone on the line…

    Giroud blocked twice but he should’ve been offside but for sloppy work from the Toon back line…

  54. James Bond says:

    can we all agree on something here today, right here right now ? Giroud is the worst striker in the EPL even though he’s scored 20 goals

    my days, how do you miss a bread n butter chance not once but twice ? ? ?

    who told him to grow up and be a striker ? I would like to meet that person !

    ahahahhahahhahahahahahahhahahaha comedy of errors and an embarrassing goal of sorts but do we care ? hell no :D

  55. AB says:

    Ozil pure class

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil putting on a clinic out there… And Giroud, at least, working hard?…

  57. James Bond says:

    what a strike by santiago and what a save by krul !

    another corner

  58. alcide says:

    Brilliant pass from Mesut, Krul saves Santi’s shot.

  59. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice save by Krul from Santi… We’re moving better here at the end of the half…

  60. James Bond says:

    OZil spares Giroud’s blushes (limitations) .

    phew

  61. AB says:

    Yes, playing better at the end there. Still a sense of the boys fancying themselves. Just press hard and they will fold. Forget the showboating stuff

  62. 17highburyterrace says:

    AB, I agree about our play–so many longer, do or die passes rather than shorter ones to hold possession and build pressure. I think it comes from Santi and Ozil and Ramsey moving away from the ball rather than towards it as we maybe got used to when Cesc was in the team. Toon pushing the back line forward also helps induce the killer and over the top passes…

    Can’t really argue with the scoreline, however… :)

  63. alcide says:

    “get control of their game before trying to impose it on Newcastle” said Gerry, I think they’ve done that quite well in the first half? And it’s a pleasure to have Özil and his class back (and Gerry’s!).

  64. alcide says:

    Those long passes (trigerred by deep runs), and unless they become systematic, does allow for stretching the game vertically and create space though?

  65. alcide says:

    *do allow*

  66. jozefos2013 says:

    Watching it on some stupid American feed, Robbie Mustoe says Ozil doesn’t have enough final product. Eejit.

  67. James Bond says:

    difficult to see JW getting much game time in the coming weeks – this the best starting 11 with OX as the super sub, along with Flamini and possibly Yaya.

  68. Admir says:

    Don’t kill me but I like this kind of “boring” games.

    No worries.

    Safe defending from our team (apart from that Sissoko’s burst).

    Some nice passing.

    Cazorla and Özil putting me on the brink of divorce with the sexiness of their football because my wife hears me moaning with nothing but LCD with Arsenal game on it in the room.

    Opponents which attack wants to keep 0:0 at best.

    In my preview for this match I wrote that St Totteringham’s Day is a bit like Easter – you know it will happen every year but not necessarily on the same day.

    Özil was offside when he scored. His gesture at Giroud was priceless. Sissoko’s foul on Giroud could have been a red card.

  69. jozefos2013 says:

    (:D)

  70. AB says:

    Yes 17, I miss that drive. Who knows, we might have it back in the summer?! I doubt it sadly. Ramsey not quite on the mark tonight. But Oz seems sharp, which more than makes up. Will we see KK on at some point for one of RamTeta?

  71. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ramsey is quite the live-wire…Bit of a dive at the end there to get the FK, however…

  72. 17highburyterrace says:

    Santi volleys over to match Ozil’s wide one early on… Good energy early here in the 2nd to keep the pressure up…

    Ox shown in street clothes…

  73. AB says:

    Oz just walked through their entire defence! effortless

  74. alcide says:

    Seriously, how good is Kos?

  75. AB says:

    Come on boys. I’m greedy – feed me goals

  76. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice volley technique by Kos across the goal mouth. Plenty of individual strong play on display but the combos aren’t coming off. We look completely in control (which is both rare and a little worrisome)…

  77. 17highburyterrace says:

    A little cavalier pushing for a 3rd and Goufran gets through…Good pressure from Kos means it’s a tough angled shot straight to Szcz…

  78. AB says:

    Don’t mind total control 17 – as long as we keep converting the chances! We don’t look entirely threatening, even though we have the ball around their box most of the time

  79. James Bond says:

    time to freshen things up

    take off Ramsey, Ozil and Giroud/Santiago

    bring on Yaya, Flamini and Rosicky

  80. AB says:

    Would like to see Ros on for sure. I would like a 3rd goal before we bring on Sangogogo

  81. James Bond says:

    I still don’t hear anyone echoing the same sentiments re- Giroud ?

    no need to be on the fence , ha

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    Looks like we’re trying for the perfect goal…and we’re not so far off…

    I say let “my” 11 stay on a bit longer to get it… Ooh, Giroud toe too short from Bac…

  83. AB says:

    I don’t share them JB. He is not a pedigree finisher I agree, but he holds up and brings in, and helps the team performance. I don’t think this has been one of his better nights, but he is still pulling their defence around. I just wish he wouldn’t flounce around on the floor so much- looks daft given his size and build

  84. alcide says:

    Newcastle is not pressing forward much and look like they still want to defend and catch us on the break, no reason for us to take risks being 2-up.

  85. 17highburyterrace says:

    OLLIE!!!!

  86. AB says:

    Giroud anyone?!

  87. alcide says:

    What a service from Mesut, adn superb header from OG!

  88. James Bond says:

    agreed – looks an absolute clown when he does that – more suited to LA LIGA them theatricals.

    but we still love himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    even though he is the worst to have scored 21 ahahahhahahahahahaha

  89. 17highburyterrace says:

    Awesome from Ozil, and before him Ramsey…All started with Arteta picking the ball away at the other end…

  90. James Bond says:

    he still knows how to score using his head ? unbelievable : ) : ) : )

    3-0

    one more and my prediction comes true.

  91. alcide says:

    Another should-have-been-an-assist from Mesut, Podolski misses the shot (for once).

  92. 17highburyterrace says:

    That looked like a 4th, Ozil in full flow but Pod finish just ticked wide…Corner not give…

  93. James Bond says:

    goodness gracias,

    Poldi misses – you could have put your house on Poldi scoring from there (ok, not quite

    but me likey likey !!!

    no bitch twitches times since a very long time – what’s not to like (winks @ 17HT

    Ozil and Ramsey are class – agreed

  94. AB says:

    Yes JB, but better than getting your prediction right – wouldn’t we rather we got 3 more!!???

  95. James Bond says:

    on closer inspection, Poldi doesn’t miss it was a corner !!!

  96. AB says:

    An air shot from Ramsey – almost unheard of this season!

  97. James Bond says:

    hell yeah, AB – let’s get 7

    wo000000000000t wo0000000000000000000t

    pardon me, I’m not drunk – honest, ha

    we owe to the fans, bring on the little mozart !

  98. alcide says:

    Hehe looks like Ö is setting up a volley-shot training session

  99. AB says:

    The team look happy – I’m liking this generally. All we need now is Bender and Draxler…….

  100. AB says:

    Now time for Ros, KK and Yaya

  101. AB says:

    Ooops – well, got one of them right

  102. alcide says:

    Wow, just the subs we wanted ;)

  103. AB says:

    How long nbefore Flam gets a yellow? I give him 5 min tops

  104. James Bond says:

    even my substitutions are spot on thus far

    let me play the lottery, be back later

    congrats everyone , happy st.spuds day to everyone

    I can imagine AB texting the in laws as we speak, ha

  105. 17highburyterrace says:

    007, I definitely enjoy not having to get bitch-twitchy… Szcz’s been solid in goal tonight, which never hurts… (Sorry…) Commentators say it will be his 60th clean sheets for Arsenal in all comps…

    Good energy tonight, I thought, esp. from Santi and the touches got better as the match went on. Ozil’s technique lifts everybody…

    Sagna yellow and we’re giving them some dangerous FKs…Woeful delivery that time…

  106. alcide says:

    Every time they have a freekick Newcastle supporters must have an awful reminder about having sold Cabaye…

  107. 17highburyterrace says:

    Beating the Toon to celebrate St. Tott’s day…Just like last year… :)

  108. James Bond says:

    oh and 17HT – if man city win against Everton then we are home and dry for 4th, as early as this saturday.

    and can take it easy peasy lemon squeeze with the remaining 2 games and focus on the final.

  109. AB says:

    City have everything to play for now. Wilst Everton must be feeling like they’ve bottled it.

  110. alcide says:

    Podolski kind of disappeared did he?

  111. 17highburyterrace says:

    Look at that header won by Sagna…We’re gonna miss that as an outlet…

    Newcastle don’t seem to have their hearts in it…

  112. AB says:

    I still want us to score another – at least

  113. alcide says:

    Yep, I don’t know the stats 17ht, but Sagna must be way up there on headers.

  114. 17highburyterrace says:

    Rosicky fouled or just trying to use his left?…

    Sagna is what? 5’8″? Yet he wins soooo many 50-50s…

  115. AB says:

    Time for Yaya’s first goal – to mark St Totts day!

  116. AB says:

    Happy St. Totts boys! Night all

  117. 17highburyterrace says:

    Full time… Nice and easy tonight…And a few good moments of play if not a truly dominating display…

  118. alcide says:

    It was pretty comfortable, still. Happy St Totteringham’s Day all!

  119. davydavy says:

    Very easy win for the team, and no injuries. Ozil, Sagna both outstanding, and Monreal and Rosicky looked lively as well. Newcastle just aren’t the same without Joey Barton, LOL!

    Happy St. Tott’s Day everyone!

  120. I love my Birthday !…..I love my wedding anniversary day !……I love Fathers Day !……I love Valentines Day !……..I love Christmas Day !…….I love Lesbanian Free Love Day !……I love pay day !……but most of all…….I love St Totteringhams Day !.
    Happy St Totteringhams Day, BKers !. :lol:

  121. allezkev says:

    Job well done….

    Same again vs West Brom and put 4th to bed.

    Then rest half-a-dozen for the trip to Carrow Road.

  122. allezkev says:

    Lesbian Free Love Day must come a close second…

  123. Question to you BKers on this fine day of St Totteringham .
    If Mansour City beat Everton this Saturday, thus securing 4th place trophy for us !, do you think Sith Lord Wenger will rest all his 1st choice players for the final two league games ?.
    I am of the opinion that only an idiot would……(bearing in mind our despicable injury record)…..chance our 1st choice players getting injured and missing the FAC Final !…………..however, we are not talking about a person of historical common sense are we !.
    Over to you……….and lets see who is the first person to try and defend the uncommon sense reason of playing any 1st choice players in this scenario !.
    Actually, there`s only two players I would play……..Diaby and Wilshere and that’s to try and get them some match fitness if possible !.
    Any others ?.
    Off to bed and will check back tomorrow to see if any of you are as delusional as I suspect !. hahahaha

  124. Admir says:

    Cockers, although you have a very strong point, here is another thing: it seems that at least three players can play their last game for Arsenal at the Emirates including current captain so our game against West Brom – at the end of which curtains will fall on our season at home – might serve as their testimonial. Furthermore, resting players while our form is on the rise might have a boomerang-effect on us in the cup final.

    Anyway:

    HAPPY ST TOTTERINGHAM’S DAY BKERS!!!

    P.S. I got my prediction right except I expected The Nose to score twice.

    P.P.S. I’ve just read that Louis Van Gaal once showed balls to Bayern players just to inform them that he had balls to make unpopular decisions. Imagine him doing the same routine at Old Trafford: “Here are my balls”, Van Gall will say before pointing to Van Judas: “and here is the dick.”

  125. Gino92 says:

    Good “professional” performance, and another clean sheet for Szczesny (20 this season, I think). With Manchester City now in the driving seat again, they will turn up at Everton and win, which will mean that 4th Place is secured even if we lose our remaining 2 games. Too bad we faltered in March-early April. There is always next season. Speaking of which, I am very concerned about the number of Arsenal players that will be going to Brazil in the Summer instead of resting and then having a good, proper pre-season. Hopefully, nobody will come back injured (fingers will definitely be crossed). We need to get our transfer business done early. Please Arsene, make it a good one because Manchester United will return stronger than ever next season, City and Chelsea will buy all the top tier players for their respective bench, Liverpool will strengthen to stay in the top four. We need to be ready to fight from the get-go.

    I would most definitely welcome a “fine tuned”, well “rested” passing machine Alex Song Bilong back to the Emirates with open arms to replace Arteta. I missed Song’s tenacity, vision, and those ooohh so wonderfully chipped lobs over the top of the opposition’s defense… With a vastly improved Ramsey (and his engine) by his side and the Flamster as his backup, I think our midfield would be strong, dynamic, and truly amazing. But that is just my opinion. What does Wenger think? Would he take Song back and instead spend the extra cash on an SQ Striker, a proper and pacy LW, a new RB, and a decent Goalkeeper to replace Fabianski? We shall see…

  126. alcide says:

    Admir, that was a nice P.P.S. to start the day :)

  127. jgc says:

    Happy St T’s day all…

    I’m more for a win out just in case Everton take advantage of City’s away form… And cuz we are redeveloping form to take into a cup final. So, for me WBA is still must win from here even past and including the City win I expect Saturday…

    BTW closest prem race in many years … Two years ago we were third but 19 off… Last year fourth and 14 off the pace… This year 4th but maybe 7 or less off the pace? Not a bad improvement despite the placing. For what it’s worth despite injuries we are, over a season, playing far closer to up top

    As VCC would say, the ghosts are stirring…

    Cheers — jgc

  128. Professorio !……..I think your getting your ghosts mixed up !…..”The Ghosts of the Thirties are stirring !”…. is Terry Transplants saying !. Easily confusing, as you`re probably mixing it up with my breaking news a few months ago about VCC`s missus complaining about the lack of action from VCC and to quote his missus….” His cock is as dead as a Dodo, bring me the Dildo ! “.
    After exploring all avenues, including a visit to the taxidermist, it was agreed that the best thing for all was…Euthanasia of the Hampton !, however it didn`t get to that point as VCC`s knob suffered a cardiac arrest in the butternut squash aisle at his local Tesco`s !. Whilst Mr`s VCC was drooling over the butternut squashes, Tesco paramedics tried CPR on said knob, but even the introduction of a 10,000 volt defibrillator could not bring it back to life !.
    However, there has been some spooky goings on in the VCC household !. The dead knob has possessed VCC`s body and VCC now wears a polo neck jumper, an eye patch, shaved his head and has spontaneous moments of sitting upright in his bed !. His missus awoke one night to find VCC trying to shove his head up her Jack & Danny !.
    They have tried séances, mystic`s and even tried a Ouija Board, but the possessed VCC put French Letters around the board instead of English !.
    He has fled to Spain to visit a catholic priest to perform an exorcism, we await for the news, but a priest called Juan is probably giving him Juan as we speak !.
    Juan kneels to Vics Arse Anal !.

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  132. Interesting behind the scenes access …….I always thought Jenkinson looked the athlete type, he looks a natural runner to me…….he has the fitness to be B2B, but just lacks the skills !…..maybe a DM ? and even cover at CB !, as he`s definitely a specimen of fitness !.

    http://talksport.com/football/arsenals-training-ground-secrets-fittest-player-wilsheres-jokes-and-fishy-goings

  133. In other news !……I see on newsnow that a porn site has promised to plant a tree for every 100 videos watched !………..first let me say, there is no link whatsoever to the fact that I have over 200 trees on my property !……..anyway, if I watched a 100 porno`s, first I wouldn`t have the energy to plant my foot outside the door, let alone plant a tree and secondly, I wouldn`t know where to plant the tree as I would most likely be blind !.
    Luckily for Stretch, he has got his own personal contract of 1 hair follicle transplanted for every 100 porn`s he watches with the same site !.
    Stretch at his local gym………………………………………………………………………
    http://theballast.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/hairiest_man.jpg

  134. geoffchase says:

    CM, you’re jn form..

    Maybe it was VCCs ghosts I was referring to?? The news cycle here in way down under is very very very… very slow..

    When I moved here many of my friends in the US had never really heard of NZ or where it was. Fortunately, just before leaving it made the US news cycle. Seems in Napier a bull elephant sea lion had taken a liking to a local mans Toyota pickup and would regularly come ashore to have relations with it while the man was at work. Later to come out and be mystified at the increasing damage. All caught on video…

    Difference between my story and yours about pour VCC is mine is true, yours only has a probability associated with it being true… :D :P

    Cheers — jgc

  135. It`s B-B-Q weather out there at the moment and just finished a lot of mowing !.
    I reckon if we were to hold a BK B-B-Q, then James Bond would be the ideal host as he has a …..License to Grill !.

    Can you name the BKers !. hahaha

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b5/Bash_street_kids.JPG

  136. Obviously the tall nucking futcase is Fozzie !. hahaha

  137. Hahaha Prof`…….is the vid on youtube ?. Iv`e heard of promiscuous women being picked up, but promiscuous Toyota pick ups !.

  138. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good stuff, Cockie on the “Up the Seven Sisters” Celebrations… Where is everybody today? Senyor Bic has an excuse, and others might be grillin’ and chillin’ (as Cockie suggests) but are others only laying low because ours was the manager less likely to get the sack after yesterday’s match?…

    Tough times to be a Gooner (as always…) but JGC’s description of the Sea Lion (Elephant Seal?) and the truck remind me of what I’m watching right now–Real Madrid starring as the animal… (Another good call for the Superspy. Well done, 007…) Is Pep (if he’s not sacked…) gonna blow that team up? Arjen Robben back to London (Arsenal) to show Jo-sey what he’s missing? If Suarez wins the PFA England must have come around on the diving question… Plus he’s bald!!! What’s not to like?…
    :D

  139. proudgooner says:

    It was good to Ozil giving Giroud a bollocking last night about his not spotting Ozil in bags of space when he scored his goal. He looked truely disgusted and clearly said to him check your vision.
    That is good to see for me, it shows Ozil is comfortable now and is not afraid to tell players when they have done something wrong.
    Ozil is a very special player, i have seen plenty from him now this season to know he is well worth his fee and more. He will be a true great for us next few seasons.
    That said i do agree with many of you when you say he needs another striker to really bring out the best in him, i think Giroud is very good and will improve further , we just need a quick , aguile goal poucher as another option.
    Or can Theo Walcott be that man.??? For me he certainly is not far away from being, if not is.

    Real are a different class to Bayern, The pace of Bale and Ronaldo is awesome

  140. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening guys

    We had the saddest of news today. My brother in law died unexpectedly.

    So no blogging by me for a while, but the blog will remain open for all you guys.

    Please look after each other.

    Love,

    Frank/TA

  141. James Bond says:

    so sorry to hear about your loss – unexpected deaths are even more difficult to take…

    don’t worry about the blog, be with your family and accept my sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

    if you need anything at all then don’t hesitate to ask and say it, we are all here for you.

    may his soul rest in peace.

  142. Sorry about the loss TA/Frank. Condolences to you and family.

  143. Sorry to hear that Frank, take care buddy. We are here for you.

  144. Dylan says:

    Sorry to hear TA. Before getting on and finding out I sent you a post, just ignore it for now and take your time. Terribly sorry for your loss. Lots of love.

  145. allezkev says:

    Just popped on to have a butchers and saw your very sad news Total.

    Very sorry mate, words can’t really help, just take care, ok…

  146. davydavy says:

    Terrible news, TA – I’m so sorry for your loss. As above, take care, be with your family, and know that we at BK are all thinking of you.

  147. geoffchase says:

    Terrible news, best wishes and condolences to all — jgc

  148. VCC says:

    So sorry to hear your sad news Frank. God bless.

  149. jgc says:

    All

    A link from a spurs blog/site that maybe, just maybe, casts a different light on the AW stay/go and season… Ie a view from a different end of St T’s day … As in I’d bet some Spurs fans would be happy with our problems

    http://hotspurhq.com/2014/04/30/arsenal-now-tottenham/?

    Cheers — jgc

  150. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks for the kind words guys. He was only 39 and a such a great guy – my wife’s only brother, leaving a little boy of seven. So sad.

    Dylan, many thanks for the post. I will issue it in a bit.

  151. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post :)

    Dylan just managed to put a smile on my face. Enjoy the read.

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