Did Jack give away our future line-up in attack? Could Arsene go 4-4-2?

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A few days ago I watched the Reading – Arsenal game again, and this time I listened with a bit more care to what Theo and Jack had to say when they were interviewed by Sky Sports after the game.

Arsenal had just played some fantastic football, and Theo Walcott had played up-front from the start of the match for the first time. Wilshere had battled in midfield like a true warrior, but the night really belonged to Santi Cazorla, who had scored a hat trick and produced a fine assist for Theo’s goal, our fifth on the night, as well. But I reckon Santi’s English is nowhere near good enough to be interviewed by the monolingual English media, so both Theo and Jack were asked to step forward.

When asked whether we had seen a bit of the old Arsenal again, Jack responded: “We showed the old Arsenal today. Obviously, we have to tighten defensively: we gave a few sloppy goals away. Theo up-front and Chambo on the wing – it was great and we played some of the old stuff, and we need to continue that going forward.”

That seems to be quite a  statement of what Jack sees as ‘playing like the old Arsenal’: Theo up-front and the Ox ‘Chambo’ on the right. In the same interview he also said that Theo and Santi had been ‘different class’ on the night.

I wonder whether Jack inadvertently let slip how the team is going to play more regularly from now on, during that interview.

Since then, Arsenal have indeed played with Theo in the middle and the Ox on the right, and it is starting to look like this might well be our ‘Plan-A’ from now on: Pod on the left, Theo in the middle and Ox on the right wing.

But where does this leave Giroud? Does it mean, he will become our ‘Plan-B’ and start most games on the bench, or will Wenger swap attacking systems and formations depending on the opposition?

The latter seems unlikely: it just is not Arsene’s way. He likes to have one all-encompassing system which concurs all, rather than adjust the system of football/formation depending on who we are up against.

But I can also not see Arsene demoting Giroud to his Plan-B, and leave him on the bench in most games.

So this leaves me with Herb’sArmy’s question from this afternoon, could we/ should we move to 4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1)? I reckon if we were to do a poll the vast majority of fans would really want it.

For me 4-4-1-1 needs a creative genius behind the striker who also can score a lot of goals, which would be either: Cazorla, Rosicky, Wilshere, or Ox. Ox and Wilshere still have to start scoring goals regularly, and Rosicky does also not have the best goal scoring record. So that would leave us with Cazorla as the best candidate at this stage.

But what about 4-4-2, with Giroud and Theo working very close together, and getting service from four multi-disciplined/talented midfielders: Arteta, Wilshere, Ox, and Santi? There is back up from Podolski, Rosicky, Ramsey, Coquelin, Diaby (??), and hopefully Arsene will buy a DM in January as well. It would also mean that Arsenal would need to buy another striker as back up, in case of injury/suspension to either Theo or OG, this January.

Giroud and Theo offer everything a strike force needs to have, and a force it would be. I must say, my mouth is watering all over the key board thinking about 4-4-2 with the personnel we have available, and the possible additions we could see this January.

But what do you think?

Written by: Total Arsenal.

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107 Responses to Did Jack give away our future line-up in attack? Could Arsene go 4-4-2?

  1. glic says:

    alex, Vicky said, you can have 6 selections for the first 6 weeks so to catch up !. 🙂

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Poor VCC might become a Vickytim of his own success with all these rule changes and new entrants! I imagine him sweating over a shaking zimmer frame as we speak. 😆

  3. Mehn says:

    If we want 4 at the back, then there is no way to incorporate all of Giroud, Theo, Arteta, Wilshere, Ox, Santi and Podolski. The switch to 4-4-2 would mean leaving out Podolski to incorporate Giroud, and that trade is not worth it in my opinion, especially considering how the current set up is working. If we did switch to 4-4-2 then I would want Pod on the left, Santi on the right and keep Ox as a supersub.

  4. glic says:

    What do I think Total ?

    I think your mouth is watering from the tears running down your face whilst Henry`s teeth are clamped around your Clog !. A classical Henryesque move !. hahaha

    Do I look or sound like I know anything about Tactics !. I leave the technical stuff to you . ! hahaha

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Mehn, I could live with that too, but I have a slight preference for Ox and Santi on the wings, as Pod relies heavily on Gibbs for his contributions on the wing. Pod could also be a stand-in for Theo. But your line-up would work for me too!

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Nonsense Glic, you are the man! 🙂

    BTW, the VET said yesterday that Henry is rather bity, whilst giving me a wink… 🙄

  7. glic says:

    Where`s does my Isco fit in ?. hahaha

  8. glic says:

    Bity ?. The only Bitty I know is the sucking of Titty, as in Little Britain !. Explain Clogmeister !. hahaha

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    Your tattoo will have to change to Alex Oxlade- Chamberlaine, and for the rest of your life you will have to carry a magnifying glass next to your todger. 😛

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Very clever Glicxster!! 😀

  11. glic says:

    I think AOC will do, the last thing I want to do is have a magnifying glass out in the hot sun !. hahaha

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    It could stand for Always Orgasmic Creature

  13. Lee says:

    Huge Gunners fan and never before posted a comment on any site….but after reading your article and our formation troubling me for a while now, this is my brainwave…..3-5-2

    Koscienly…………………Mertesacker………………..Vermaelaen

    Arteta

    Oxlade Chamberlain Wilshere Cazorla Podolski

    Giroud Walcott

  14. glic says:

    Hi and welcome Lee 🙂

    If your a huge Arsenal fan, then you probably want to talk about Arsenal a lot, so this is the place to do it !. Gooners in arms from all around the world !. 🙂

  15. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi and welcome Lee 🙂

    You are very welcome here at Bergkampesque. 3-5-2 is getting more and more popular among the fans, and I like your line-up a lot. Mertesacker and Arteta could be the brains of the team. The midfield looks very strong too. Maybe Arsenal should play this formation against Bayern…

    Where are you based, Lee?

  16. quartz says:

    @Lee Wot no Sagna?

  17. Gooner4eva49 says:

    I agree totally. 442 with cazorla on the left and ox on the right with giroud n theo up top. It also is very flexible with regards to personnel I.e santi play left or right , santi right pod left and theo giroud up top or even theo on the right with giroud n pod up front (don’t laugh) gervinho on left or right the middle two will always have to b arteta and wilshere preferably with what we have but it is a very versatile system with regards to rotating players

  18. glic says:

    Actually, some of us are from different planets aswell !. I`m in an intergallatic relationship, my wife`s half Klingon Warrior and half Cockney, the East End girl in her scares the s**t out of me !. hahaha

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Gooner4eva49

    All agreed, and there is definitely a place for Gervinho in the squad on one of the ‘mid-wings’. Did you enjoy yesterday’s game then? 🙂

  20. glic says:

    Nite BKers 🙂

  21. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Now considered the other day now it’s gone midnight! Where r u from total if u dont mind me asking? Yes I did enjoy the game overall, a little concerned with the goals we conceaded credit to Newcastle though

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Nite Glicster! 🙂

    Gooner4,

    I am Dutch and based in the UK since ’99. What about you?

    Agreed on that nagging feeling of the conceded goals; just like against Reading, it takes away the shine of the attacking performance yesterday.

  23. Gooner4eva49 says:

    I’m from and living in England a couple of hours away from arsenal. Your name total and being Dutch I get it. In the past I have supported holland more so than England I even preferred holland.

    What would you like to see happen in January, any business a few comings and goings?

  24. TotalArsenal says:

    Gooner4eva49,

    I am based in Norwich at the moment; also a couple of hours away from Ashburton Grove.

    Yes, that’s where the ‘total’ comes from 🙂

    In an ideal world, yet remaining a little bit realistic, I would like:
    1) Theo to sign and commit
    2) Arsenal to buy a beast of a DM who can play the Arsenal way
    3) Arsenal to buy a proper quality winger
    4) Arsenal to buy back-up at LB

    But if only 1 and 2 happen I would be a very happy bunny already! 🙂

    What about you?

  25. taipan0072012 says:

    Arsenal now litterally have the English WOW factor in midfield W allcot O xlade W hiltshire
    Long may it continue

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi and welcome taipan,

    It could well happen that Theo will be in the centre of attack, with Ox behind him and Jack behind Ox in midfield. WOW indeed. 🙂

  27. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Norwich isn’t quite that far from me, what do you make of it? Do you go to the arsenal often?

    I agree with you completely. If theo signs and is commited upfront then yes we will need a winger (recall miyachi?) I think we should take advantage of the Ba situation and an experienced GK with a few years left in him who can push sczc. I’m very happy with sczc but feel we need that extra push and quality n experience in reserve

  28. Gooner4eva49 says:

    What’s your reasonings on a DM? If we went with a 442 what would happen to wilshere and arteta also diaby. I know he is considered frail but he is a top top player and I’m undecided who I’d have in the middle two if all 3 are fit

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    I go and see Arsenal as much as time and money allow: about five times per season. What about yourself?

    Fully agreed on the experienced Goalkeeper as nr.2, I had forgotten about that one.

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    I would say that Arteta and Diaby can play anywhere, but I feel we miss a physical presence iin midfield; a ball winner in one-to-ones who can also keep a good overview and allow Wilshere and Cazorla to play higher up the pitch (in the current formation). In 4-4-2 I also feel we need a midfield destroyer.

    See also post two days ago about Arteta.

  31. The Gooner says:

    I guess my earlier comment never posted but great analysis TA. The evidence is certainly there to suggest we have the right players to play a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. I prefer the latter because we could take advantage of OG’s ability to hold up the ball and lay it off to TW. It would also allow our attack to have an abundance of versatility!

    VCC my UMF picks are:

    Norwich away win
    Manure away win
    Arsenal away win
    Chelsea home win
    Newcastle/Everton draw
    WBA/Fulham draw

    Thanks for running a fantastic league and always keeping us up to date 🙂

  32. shaggy says:

    I prefer 4-4-2 best formation with the players we have !! But we need a defensive midfielder and where would that leave Wislhere /santi/arteta/couquelin/the Ox/Ramsey/ podolski/Gervinho/Diaby when fit …. Seriously this a problem until we have a defensive midfielder ie Yann Villa we are weak in midfield strength and three are needed over the two 4-4-2 would need !!!
    So i would say 4-2-3-1 would be a good formation in attack and revert to 4-5-1 in defence easily !! but who plays where is always going to be the question !!
    So 4-3-3 will i think remain !! as it gives midfield the numbers needed to keep the ball as we do and to win it back as fast as we do !! One striker is enough !! just need a quality replacement for games that need speed or height !! or in games mix it up abit good to have options !! we have not been blessed with that for a few years !! upfront that is as Van has always been out !!! and the responsibilty feel on players that werent up for it !!
    A defensive mid like Yann Villa is needed a right back for Cover for Jenkinson..Need competition for Gibbs and luke shaw is tht man !! and cover for Chambo and competition that has to be Holtby !! and man to marking on set pieces and corners then its finished team is ready for anything !!! i mean anything !! We need to play more counter attacked and faster movement with the ball out from corners when opposition loses the corner with theos pace and chambos pace and the brain of wilshere and santi we could kill teams !!

  33. alexgunners says:

    Thanks Glic,

    Here are my predictions once again.

    Ginners Away
    ManUre Away
    ManShitty Home
    Norwich Away
    Spuds Home
    Swansea Home

  34. oz gunner says:

    umf league winners:

    City v Stoke Draw
    Totts
    West Ham v Norwich draw
    Man U
    Arsenal

  35. henrychan says:

    Hi guys..
    TG and AG.. just choose 5 man..

    VCC.. My prediction :
    Arsenal and MU away win..
    Spurs and Chelsea home win..
    Newc – Everton Draw..

    I wish Astonvilla will get his spirit again.. so they can handle Swansea..
    It’s important for us.. cause we will face Swansea in the FA cup.. hehehe..

    For 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formation..
    I just can say.. It will never happen soon.. Especially after lastnight game again Newc..
    Wenger will keep 4-3-3 scheme.. Beleive me.. hahahaha..

  36. for now the 4-4-2 formation suits us

  37. Jerá says:

    In our current 4-2-3-1 which is supposed to be tight in midfield, we have often left holes in the centre and have been punished on counter attacks. Those holes would be even worse, if we played 4-4-2. Unless you have a proper midfield enforcer, you can’t risk leaving your defence open and vulnerable. With current personnel, I doubt 4-4-2 is ever going to happen, unless we’re 2-0 down and going all out to save the game. Or against very weak opposition. But weak opposition tends to play a physical game for which you need an extra man in midfield.

  38. VCC says:

    Fine post Total.

    4-4-1-1- ….is the formation I would go with. I would like to see Theo and OG occupy the 1-1. This could see Theo alternating right/left/centre, in a roaming position pulling defenders all around the place. Not sure what personnel would be needed to back them up.

    Our defence needs sharpening up. We have a huge test coming up with the next 4 games.

  39. VCC says:

    Henry…odds = 15-1
    The Gooner odds = 131-1
    OZ……. odds = 75-1
    Alex….. odds = 22-1

    The Gooner…I did check your predictions and can confirm you scored 3 points this week and your running total still remains 18.

    Your predictions were
    QPR v LPool……away
    MU v WBA …….home
    Eve v Chavs……away
    Stoke v Soton….home
    Sund v Spurs….draw
    Thats just 3 correct and not 4.

    And thank you for the thank you, much appreciated. 🙂

  40. Gooner4eva49 says:

    I am fortunate to have a season ticket so I go most of the time. I read your post on arteta and think it us a good read but don’t you think the game has changed/evolved (look at the formations and system too) and it is a collective responsibility in defence and mopping up? Don’t get me wrong I would love to see that player you describe I really would.

    These quotes from wenger:

    “Yes, but you can now say that this player has had to become more technical – you saw it during Euro 2012, with guys like Andrea Pirlo playing in this position,”

    “They are not destroyers anymore, they are players that the game starts from and the quality of their passing has become very important. That’s why you don’t really see purely destructive players in these positions anymore.”

    Plus looking at artea’s statistics and what he brings I couldn’t have him outside the first 11

  41. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Total, would you consider moving vermaelen or koscielny in that role you speak of?

  42. Red Arse says:

    Good morning, all you merry BKers, 🙂

    Once again a first rate Post has engendered some excellent overnight comments.

    We clearly have a good bunch of knowledgeable posters with some clever tactical suggestions!

    (Victorious, watch out for that wicked TG trying to pinch an extra point for the UMF!!) 🙂

  43. Red Arse says:

    G4Eva,

    I think Vermaelen is possibly more suitable for a midfield enforcing role, with Kos being the CB partner for Per.

  44. VCC says:

    Red Arse 09:31…..Thanks for the heads up O top tipster. I’m on his case 🙂

    I’m not infallible, but I checked my spreadsheet and he only scored 3.

  45. VCC says:

    UMF league, awaits entries from the following

    TMHT…..Herb….PPP

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning RA, VCC, and other fine Gooners! 🙂

  47. alexgunners says:

    Hi Guys,
    Just want to wish you all a happy new year and may 2013 bring us lots
    of gunners glory. Enjoy your night.
    Just wanted to say that its a great forum here to engage in discussions and each others opinions. Keep up the good work guys!

  48. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey Alex,

    A very happy New Year to you amigo. Looking forward to sharing many good Arsenal experiences and memories with you in 2013! Thanks for all your contributions to Bergkampesque.

  49. VCC says:

    Cheers Alex….Happy and healthy new year to you too. Enjoy the spectacular event being planned around the Sydney harbour later.

    Welcome onboard BK. hopefully we will enjoy some success in 2013 together. 🙂

  50. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Shaggy, fine comment. You are right about the number of midfielders in our team, but does that mean that we carry on without filling an obvious gap at the moment? If and when opponents fill the midield against us and don’t allow us time to pass the ball round, a stronger physical pressence/ good ability to win the ball back is a must. I saw it live with my own eyes against Wigan.

  51. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    G’day BK’ers. How are we? 🙂

    Vicky, before i go on to give you my winning combination, i too, would like to thank and congratulate you on the effort and time you put into the UMF league. Its real good fun, helps me with my weekly multi that i put on and it goes hand in hand with what is already a fantabulous site. So cheers to you and to Total for allowing and encouriging it to happen.
    By the way, i should also thank Redders for letting me borrow the yellow jersey. Its shiny and seems a snug fit. 😉

    Drumroll…..

    West Brom v Fulham = draw
    Spudz = Home win
    Norwich, Manure, the Arsenal = Away win
    Chelse = Home win

    By the way VCC, when you say I have the extra picks for 6 more weeks, do you mean 6 more rounds? I just want it to be fair for every muvver.

    Total, top drawer post…as per usual 🙂
    Ahh, the 4-4-1-1. I love it, in fact if you remember a while back, you and i were talking about Theo and i was saying even then that he had proved himself to be a menace centrally even though he was untried and untested, and i would have loved his bullet speed to spearhead an Arsenal 4-4-1-1 formation with Van Judas behind him in a Dennis role. Now that could have and should have been deadly! So in the famous words of Doris Day- “que sera sera”

    I would still like to see 2 strikers up top. I think Giroo an d Theo would both benefit and at the very least ITS WORTH A TRY, but i wont hold my breath. Im still hanging to see Poldi up front central, but each week i give up on that, a little more. (hope that doesnt turn out to be another AA23 situation 😦 ) Anyway, i guess my biggest problem with the change in formation would be personell. We have almost every ingredient but we would struggle without…(wait for it, your gonna love me for this) … a BEAST of a defensive midfielder. In a 4-4-2, -1-1 it would leave us naked in the middle and Artetetta (as good as he his) needs a partner in crime, and a new formation would not help his or our cause… IMO 😉

    Anyway, i have just over 2 and a half hours to reflect on and enjoy whats left of 2012. And then Prince is “gonna party like its 1999” in my “little red corvette”. Bad joke i know 😉

    So to all you fantastic, crazy and wonderful muvverz on BK if i dont make it tommorrow, i wish you all a happy, safe and magical new year!! (though i should recover for the game tommorrow night- fingers crossed). Same goes for you OZ, stay safe, and enjoy tonight. I dont want to read about you in tommorrows national papers unless its something i would be proud of.

    Good byeeeeee 2012 🙂 🙂 🙂

  52. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    @ Alex

    Same goes big nose. Great to have you on board.Stay safe and enjoy tonight. By the way, what part of Sydney you from?

  53. glic says:

    Morning Moundsville`s 😆

    What a beautiful morning………………….to be an umbrella salesman !.

    Right muvvers, we`re hours from the Stonking Massive Big Hard-On Transfer Window, no, I want a DM…a RW..a GK…….I want names !.
    You can have up to 3 players, no silly Messi or Ronaldo, up to 3 affordable players you think we will buy or like to buy !. Put your cards on the table BK muvvers and to make it interesting for the UMF leaguers, how about ( with Vickies blessing ) and extra point in the UMF league for any you get right !. The UMFTW !. hahaha

    My signing`s,

    1) Isco ( now there`s a shock hahaha )

    2) Zaha

    3) Shaw

    Did you notice they all have a 4 letter name ! hahaha

  54. glic says:

    Have a great one Prince 🙂
    Oh and Prince………eee….eeee….eeee…..eeee…….this is what it sounds like when doves cry !.

  55. glic says:

    So Stretch…….what does it sound like when Pigeons cry ?

  56. AFC says:

    englands future is becoming aresenal; chamberlain, walcott, wilshire, jenkinson, gibbs and zaha soon. 6 players who will take up the england team. the last time we did that it was with france and france won everything not to mention afc won the double twice. Now barcelona are doing the same thing. hopefully success is not far away COYG

  57. VCC says:

    Hey GLiC, you stupid arse, I was drinking a coffee when I was reading your Prince joke, you made me spit it over my key board laughing. Your one funny f—– Muvver.

  58. VCC says:

    Prince….again to you, i really appreciate the thanks you guys send. I do enjoy the banter on here, it makes my day. As an Essex boy, we take the rise out of ourselves as well as others, it makes the day go round.Laughter is a great tool. Your odds are 49-1

    The 4-4-1-1- system can work really well for Arsenal. Having Walcott, it turns into a 4-4-2 immediately we have the ball (if you know what I mean) With OG up front in the 1 position.

    Regarding the UMF league….yes for the next 6 weeks you, TG and Alex get 6 selections to the others getting 5. This gives it a more level playing field over the duration it has been going. Although I must say with your early form we may have to get you fitted out with a permanent Yellow Jersey.

    GLiC….what an inspirational idea. Everyone gets an extra UMF point for each realistically chosen purchase Mr.Wenger does in the January window. Hope everybody reads this though, or I will get shot at dawn.

  59. VCC says:

    My three possibilities …=

    Turan Durson
    Etienne Capoue
    Luke Shaw

  60. VCC says:

    GLiC 10:33…since when have you been able to count?

  61. Fred says:

    Hi this is the first time I’ve posted on this website, and I have to say I totally agree with the 3-5-2 suggestion. However, I feel we would be better suited with 2 DM’s and 3 attacking midfielders. I have thought about this for a while now, but I feel we actually have the perfect destroyer at arsenal already – Vermaelen. He has a great engine and isn’t scared of getting stuck into a challenge, and is fairly good at passing the ball and a great header of the ball. I realise we would then need another left footed cb who could cover at lb and my answer to that is sakho. Then providing we get him the arsenal line up I would like to see is….

    Scz
    Kosch…………………………….Mertasacker…………………sakho
    Arteta……………………………………….Vermaelen
    Chamberlain………………………..Wilshere………………………………Cazorla
    Giroud…………………………..Walcott

    I feel that this would be a good line up as it would give us a lot of attacking potancy and also a good defence, and in tight positions at the back we could even revert to a 4-4-2 structure with vermaelen playing at cb and arteta and wilshere defending. I believe it allows for a fluid attack but also a strong defence. I know some of you will question vermaelen at DM, but remember viera and petit?

  62. TotalArsenal says:

    Fred, hi and welcome! 🙂

    Great comment, and I like your line-up a lot. Vermaelen as DM is something I have been hoping for for a while, and I also feel Koscielny would be a very good DM for us.

    Tell us a bit more about sakho, if you want. 🙂

  63. TotalArsenal says:

    Jera at 7.50 that is a fine comment. 🙂

    We need a midfield enforcer indeed – whatever the formation. In a 4-4-2 we could have Giroud helping out the midfield, whilst Theo is hunting down as well. Giroud has all the attributes to support the two central midfielders in terms of regaining the ball and keeping hold of it.

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Gooner4eva49, always good to speak to a STH. We learn so much more from watching live games regularly.

    You are right to bring up those Arsene quotes, and things are changing. We both agree that if we can find an Arteta type with added physicality, Arsenal would be better off. Arsene was also quoted towards the end of the summer’s TW to be looking for a defensive minded midfielder (quality of course! 😛 ), and I really hope he will find him in January.

    Arteta is a great player and one we need in the squad, no doubt about that.

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    PPP, at 10.24 fine comment my friend and I wish you a fine 2013, in which you find a fine, sexy Goonerette, your business is booming as your bedroom, and silverware for our mighty Arsenal will be won again! Have a good one! 🙂

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC – hope we can keep Theo and sign Voulez Vous Zaha! 🙂

  67. Red Arse says:

    CAN I WISH ALL OUR WONDERFUL AUSSIE BKers A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 😛

    And as that witching hour moves across the globe;

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU OTHER GREAT GOONERS THrOUGHOUT THE WORLD!!!!! 😛

  68. glic says:

    I see there`s lots of abuse on AA today, but one made me laugh before it was binned, someone called, Banana Shaped Knob posted.

    ” Bale dives as he gets plenty of practice. I was minding my own business in the toilets at Tesco`s, when the doppelganger chimp walked in with a bag of `nanas, he took one look at my jaundiced banana shaped knob and dived on it trying to suck me off, I pissed in his mouth and legged it !. Unfortunately, I`m still in therapy ! ”

    It could have almost been written by me !. hahaha

  69. henrychan says:

    Happy New Year all..
    Wish you all the best..

    Wish Wenger find his way to keep Walcott stay and bring some quality player as he wants..

    Wish Arsenal win the FA.. UCL.. and still on EPL top three..

    And I wish winning the UMF league.. hahaha..
    Go Gunner..

  70. Fred says:

    Hi total, sakho is primarily a CB currently at PSG, although he can also cover at lb, he appears to be fast and strong, also he is young(ish) and French. With the arrival of people like Thiago Silva at PSG we could probably get him fairly cheaply so would be a good wenger signing. Only problem with him is that he isn’t proven in the premier league, if people are looking for a safer option then I think baines could also fit in well with that system and has epl experience. Sakho would be a gamble I’m not going to lie but it could pay off.

  71. glic says:

    He he henry, have a happy new year ! 🙂

    Have a stab at naming the 3 players you would like in the TW.

  72. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Fred, I don’t get to see much international football since I started the blog, but will look out for him if and when I get a chance. Baines is a great player and would be great at Arsenal. 🙂

    Happy New Year, heheheheHenry. Hope all your wishes come through! 🙂

    Glic – it was you, wasn’t?! 😈

  73. thegooner19 says:

    VCC check again mate, I changed the spurs draw to an Arsenal win 🙂

  74. glic says:

    I shall plead the Fifth Ammendment !. hahaha

  75. VCC says:

    thegooner19…….If you did I missed it. Can you tell me the date and time.

    Sorry in advance if I got that wrong, but my spreadsheet says
    QPR v LPool away
    MU v WBA home
    Eve v Chavs away
    Stoke v Soton home
    Sund v Spurs draw

    cheers VCC

  76. VCC says:

    whats all this counting today GLiC. You are impressing me. ..You’ve now got up to five

  77. VCC says:

    thegooner……My sincere apologies, i’ve found it. I even acknowledged it as well. This dementia is awful. Keep on like this I’ll be joining GLiC in the funny farm.

    Overall total = 19 😉

  78. VCC says:

    Run Total 30th Dec

    RedArse…… 24
    OZ………… 21
    VCC …………….21
    Rocky…….. 20
    Henry……. 19
    The Gooner 19
    TMHT……. 18
    Herb …………….17
    PPP …………….14
    Total………. 13
    GLiC……… 11

    Wks winner
    PPP ……………………5
    RedArse……….. 4
    The Gooner….. 4
    OZ………………. 3
    Herb ……………………3
    Rocky……………. 3
    TMHT………….. 3
    GLiC/VCC……… 2
    Henry ……………..1
    Total ……………..0

  79. TotalArsenal says:

    Sorry VCC, but you still have add a point to my weekly score and total. 😛

  80. glic says:

    Bloody hell, someone have a word with his carers !. hahaha

  81. thegooner19 says:

    No worries at all VCC my indecision was hard to follow! Mistakes happen when you have to monitor so many entries so thanks again for running the league :).

    Apparently we’re set to sign zaha, waiting for official confirmation as always though…

  82. VCC says:

    The Gooner Bo–ocks…….That will mean GLiC gets another point 😉

  83. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Ok I will be happy (ecstatic) with Fellaini, Shwarzer (along those lines) and Sakho is a good shout

  84. VCC says:

    Run Total 30th Dec
    RedArse 24
    OZ 21
    VCC 21
    Rocky 20
    Henry 19
    The Gooner 19
    TMHT 18
    Herb 17
    PPP 14
    Total 14
    GLiC 11
    Wks winner
    PPP 5
    RedArse 4
    The Gooner 4
    OZ 3
    Herb 3
    Rocky 3
    TMHT 3
    GLiC/VCC 2
    Henry 1
    Total 1

    JUST TESTING TO SEE IF YOU GUYS ARE AWAKE 😉

  85. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Yea a palace team mate has confirmed so providing the account is legit

  86. henrychan says:

    @Glic : A lot players crossed my mind.. someone like Isco.. Strootman.. Dzeko.. Thiago Silva.. and so on..
    But if I have to choose 3.. I love to see.. Jetro Willems.. Mvilla.. and Holtby.. hahaha..
    Very realistic choice.. isn’t it..?? Hehe..
    Cause I’m already fall in love with the squad We had.. We need only find good subs.. and We also have some younggun who are ready to boom.. hehe..

  87. Gooner4eva49 says:

    How many of you sad enough to customise and play around with arsenals set up on FIFA?

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Gooner4,

    Are you refering to some sort of on-line footie game? If so, not really my thing, but I think oz gunner at least does that sort of stuff. 🙂

  89. Gooner4eva49 says:

    Yes massive football game on all consoles which you can play online I am very surprised you don’t know this and have not played it

  90. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Congrats on your NewsNow listing !!!

  91. VCC says:

    Hi Sharkey. Where have you been? Nice to see you back.

  92. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    In hiding VCC…??

    Not really sure, been a bit busy…but also a bit tired of it all maybe. I wanna watch the matches and feel the joy and the pain,. Then get back to real life til the next game.

    Shame really cos I really do/did enjoy the laughs and camaraderie of this site and the other one.

    I’m barely even reading either one, let alone posting comments lately

  93. VCC says:

    Make it a new years resolution to participate here and AA. Your a big lose.

  94. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    I did that on AA about three days ago….haven’t been back since !!!!

    I’m telling myself that NY stars tomorrow ….

    Fanks fer yer support VCC. Cheers

  95. Dapydan says:

    This formation will really suit Arsenal 3-1-3-1-2
    sagna mert verm
    Arteta
    Ox whilshere podi
    cazorla
    walcott giroud

  96. Fred says:

    All together the signings I would like to see come in at arsenal are…. Muniain, sakho, isco and diame/mvila then maybe llorente and holtby on a free transfer if they don’t leave their teams in jan and don’t sign new contracts before the summer. I know its a little optimistic and probably fairly unrealistic to expect us to sign 4 players in jan (some of which would be quite expensive) but I feel these signings would significantly improve both our starting XI and our bench, also gives us a bit more versitility than we already have. Also we could recoup some of the money by selling players like djourou, squillaci, arshavin etc… and be safe in the knowledge that we have better and younger players. This is providing that Walcott signs his contract if he doesn’t then I feel we would need another striker, possibly in the mold of Adrian?

  97. Dentiniho says:

    If we sign Ashley Williams Etienne Coupe Recall Afobe and get a strong left back or even sign Luke Shaw. We can so end our drought. At home 4-4-1-1 away 4-3-3
    At home TW with Santi behind. Away OG with Theo and POD. Ashley Williams Alongside Vermin. GAME OVER!!!

  98. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers for the comments this afternoon/evening guys. Will get back to you at some point tonight or tomorrow (busy with NY eve stuff at the moment). 🙂

  99. Adah says:

    U have said it all and thanks goodness one person we all look up to as a true blooded gun has also let the cat out of the bag. The salient question is, will Wenger accept to go that way as advised? Yet to see.

  100. glic says:

    Happy New Year BKers 🙂

    1 minute into the new year, have we bought anyone yet ?

    Total, your letting it slip, no post since last year !. hahaha

    I`m the poor sod baby sitting !.

  101. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy New Year Glicxster! 🙂

    And a Happy New Gooner Year to all Bergkampesque readers and commenters. Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2013 and some silverware for the Mighty Arse! 🙂

  102. oz gunner says:

    Happy New Years one and all, I hope you’re having/had a great night.

    Champions League belongs to us!
    Lets start the transfer bidding. Welcome Ba, Isco, and theo resigned!

  103. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy New Year Ozzer! 🙂

  104. VCC says:

    Happy and Healthy new year all BK’ers.

    Total, im having some problems with my Internet connection. I’m staying in there , but bear with me guys..

    Latterzz you muvvers.

  105. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post – New Post! 🙂

  106. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy New Year Vicky! 🙂

    Hope your problems get solved soon!

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