Return of the Pod – In-form Gerv to start – Santi in ‘the hole’?

Jack the Giant killer is almost fully fit again!

Jack the Giant killer is almost fully fit again!

Recently, it has felt a bit like our season has lost its intensity, after an interlull and games being played only once a week. Luckily, this will change in the coming week with three games in seven days: Norwich and Everton at home and Fulham away. We all know Arsenal cannot afford to drop points if we want to get in front of both the Spuds and Chavs, and we have a golden opportunity to put significant pressure on both of them by winning our next two fixtures. But it won’t be easy.

First up is Norwich and it is time for revenge. I remember our away fixture really well, as I was at the game. Arsenal were disjointed and lacked focus, and after a good run of games, it was a big disappointment that we let them beat us so easily (1-0). Luckily, we have learned and moved on from those sorts of performances as evidenced by our recent cool and professional away wins at Bayern, Swansea and WBA.

Norwich have been in free-fall recently and find themselves only four points from the dreaded bottom three; and they will be keen to start gathering much needed points again. With home games against Aston Villa, Reading and West Brom, they will have better opportunities to both gather points and give their direct opposition a bloody nose – I am sure the Norwich fans would not mind at all to beat a certain manager at Villa – and so they are likely to approach our game without too much expectations, and therefore tension.

We shall see whether this is good for Arsenal or not, but key is of course to concentrate on the way we play tomorrow: we need focus, a high tempo from the start and throughout the game, and take our chances  as soon as possible. Nothing new there!

So, how will Arsenal line-up tomorrow?


No Mertesacker, so we are likely to see Koz and TV in the middle. On the right, we probably see Sagna, and I am going for Gibbs on the left for this game, as I expect the Pod to start on the left tomorrow, and one of our strongest weapons this season has been the Gibbs-Pod combo on the left wing. More about this in a bit. I also reckon Wenger will stick with Fabianski between the sticks.

It will be interesting to see how Arsenal will cope without Mertesacker organising the defence, but hopefully we will dominate the game mostly in the Norwich half of the pitch.


I expect us to play with Arteta and Ramsey in the double-pivot, and as Rosicky is not 100% fit, I am going for Cazorla in the hole tomorrow; as this would also allow Wenger to reintroduce the Pod on the left. Jack is apparently close to being fully fit again and will probably start on the bench; maybe coming on for Cazorla or Ramsey for the last 20 minutes of the game or so.


I reckon Giroud up-front is a certainty – there is little chance Wenger will surprise us all with either the Pod or even Theo or the Gerv in that position – and on the wings he will have to start the in-form Gervinho; our only specialised, or classical, winger. Theo will probably start on the bench and, like Jack, might play 20 minutes towards the end.

Predicted Line-up:

Will we finally see the return of the Pod tomorrow?

Will we finally see the return of the Pod tomorrow?

We all know our biggest risks are complacency and thinking too much ahead to our crunch game against Everton on Tuesday. Let’s hope the boys continue their impressive recent run of games, focus hard and finish the Canaries off professionally.

Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!

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513 Responses to Return of the Pod – In-form Gerv to start – Santi in ‘the hole’?

  1. Red Arse says:

    Well done, TA, 🙂

    Back to good old footie pre-Match gee up. Excellent stuff, again. 😀

  2. Red Arse says:


    By the way, I thought 17HT was going to write a pre-match for you, he must have changed his mind.

  3. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Redders 🙂

    It is just a quick and dirty pre-match report to get us started.

    I will be travellng home tomorrow so have to suffice with listening to the radio again; the old-fashioned way of following Arsenal hahaha 🙂

  4. Lee says:

    Szsz needs to come back into the team. We’ve got away with it so far with Flappyhandski but its just a matter of time. He flapped and missed every cross last week. Enough is enough, bring back SirChez, would be a brilliant bit of Wenger management to recognise a mistake before it happens.

  5. glic says:

    Thank you Totes, back to the real stuff and glad to see you change that, “from” back to “form” from “from” !. hahaha

  6. TotalArsenal says:


    That would have been great as he knows his onions! I will get in touch with him and see whether he wants to do a PMR in future! 🙂

  7. AFC says:

    TA, very good pre-match post. You must have been trying to have us on earlier. 😀

    I really do not want to see any changes to the starting line-up unless players are really tired and need a break or there are more injuries. I see your point on Gibbs and Podolski but in my view they must not play. Same with Theo and Jack. Players coming back into the team could unsettle the team again no matter how good they are.

    Last match did we not play a 4-2-1-3 fomration with Santi ‘in the hole’, Rosicky on RW, Gervinho on LW and Giroud up front?

    If Rosicky plays I want to see exactly the same team.

    Even Vermaelen coming back into the team could unsettle the defence. Do not be surprised if we do not keep a clean sheet.

  8. TotalArsenal says:


    I reckon he will continue with Fabianski at least one more game and probably till end of the season; it’s just the way Arsene works…

  9. allezkev says:

    Interesting post Mr TA.
    Agree with you on introducing Jack and Walcott from the bench.
    Although i’d kinda expect Arsene to stick with Monreal at left-back.

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Well spotted Master Glic and that after driving a few miles today! hahaha 🙂

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC, let’s both hope you are wrong about your worry re Vermaelen. I reckon the coded language of Arsene imeans Rosicky will be rested tomorrow.

    I feel the Pod will start tomorrow, but then again, that is what I said last week… 😕

  12. Red Arse says:


    I went back to re-read the previous Post and there was a misunderstanding between 17HT and me.

    He was referring to doing a different Post. Probably a good idea to get in touch with him as you said. 😀

  13. Bond James says:

    Thank, TA

    i do feel that is a likely starting line up for tomorrow’s game, however , i won’t be surprised to see these 3 chaps start,

    Nacho for Gibbs (LB)

    Podo for Giroud (up front)

    Chambo for Ros (on the left)

    subs 2nd half : theo – Gerv /Jack- Santi /Giroud- Podo

    i reckon wenger will be trying to keep his troops as fresh as he can for everton on tuesday hence the above may well be on the cards

    4-0 Arsenal!!

  14. Red Arse says:

    While re-reading the previous Post, Glicster, (earlier this evening) I fell off my chair laughing at your comments, especially about Gerry’s poor injured pigeon, and TA’s relative, Total van Trannie! 😀

  15. Red Arse says:


    Rosicky is reportedly injured, but that is unconfirmed, as far as I know. 🙂

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi allezkev

    Good to see you back on BK 🙂

    You might well be right. My theory is that Jack will be back for the Everton game and play in the hole with Santi moving to the left and Theo on the right. If Santi plays on the left then Wenger usually combines him with his fellow Malagain (?) friend and colleague, Monreal. But it is just a theory. 🙂

  17. glic says:

    Totes, when are you going to do a similar post to the last one. About the “5 RVP dolls”, but instead of having 4 RVP dolls inside him, he has 4 little boys inside him instead !. I`m sure you can think of some metaphor, although it does sound a bit “Savilesque” !. hahaha

  18. AFC says:

    BJ, I think Wenger will try to make minimal changes. He will worry not about Everton. He will not rest any players unless he really has to.

  19. glic says:

    Glad I could be of some help Redders !. hahaha

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    Bond J

    You might well be right: it is really hard to get all eleven right. But I reckon you are mixing your own preferences a bit into the predicted line-up there! 😀

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    RA, Master GLic is at his funniest when he has been driving all day long! Can you imagine what it must be like being him….. 😆

  22. TotalArsenal says:


    Apparently he has a hamstring strain, but is not declared unfit for tomorrow’s game….

  23. TotalArsenal says:


    That is a good idea. Van J will so much come to regret that remark… 😆

  24. Bond James says:


    who knows what goes inside the world of Mr.Wenger but yes, it’s correct to call it “wishful thinking” on my part slightly but i do get the feeling that both OX /Podo will get a game tomorrow, we need an injection of pace tomorrow and if we can see that then i’m sure someone who’s been in the business for 30 years will be on the same page (or so i hope).

    my line up gives our key players a bit of a breather before everton as well as a run out to players returning to the squad.

    i do suspect there is not much wrong with Rosicky and he’s been saved for Everton.

    re- goal keepers debate – i won’t be surprised if sczny doesn’t keep goal for the rest of the season, he indeed needs bringing back down to earth and wenger knows how to do that better than most (not the same as SAF/Jose Mourinho but not far off).

  25. AFC says:

    Does anyone not find it a bit strange that our players always seem to pick up little injuries for no apparent reason?

  26. AFC says:

    BJ, did you hear of what SAF used to do when De Gea was playing poorly.

    He used to get Lindergaard to warm up on the touchline. 😀

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Bond J

    Hope you are right re Rosicky and this is not the start of a long lasting/ lingering injury!

    I dont think the players need a breather at the moment but rather the opposite: need to be kept playing to stay in form and fit…

    But I would not mind to see Ox and Pod start together tomorrow! 🙂

  28. glic says:

    Am I the only one who was a fraction disappointed that the Spuds got knocked out of the …..” Not good enough to get in the Champions League Cup ” yesterday ?……as they would have faced the Chavs in a two-legged energy zapping contest that would have not helped either team in the qualification for the CL !.

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    I disagree Glic. The Spuds going out is a big blow to their confidence and that will hurt them more. Did you see Adebarndoor’s penalty?! A total mess – what has happened to a once very promising young striker… 😕

  30. Bond James says:


    if we could do better than the spuds last season without having to rely on them playing on thursdays, then we can certainly do it again this season considering we’re a much better team as a whole who don’t rely on one man puss* as such.

    come 21st of April, with or without bale , they are getting nailed from man $hity.

    it’s like the old man keeps saying, do what is in our control (win our remaining games), the rest takes care of itself.

  31. AFC says:

    Glic, I am as well. I wanted spurs to stay in the Europa league as the matches would have had an impact on their fitness for future matches.

    However, imagine how low they must be now. I feel they will lose all of their confidence for the rest of the season. 😉

  32. AFC says:

    TA, me and my brother were watching that match. When Huddlestone and Adebayor were standing over the ball I told my brother they will miss. They did not even look confident.

  33. AFC says:

    Has anyone also noticed that African strikers have a habit of missing penalties. At times the GKs and DFs seem like better options.

  34. TotalArsenal says:


    Agreed, they looked beaten before they made the kick.

  35. Bond James says:


    De gea is playing in his first full season in England, the stick he got was unreal for a 20 year old lad – eventually he has shown everyone that he is certainly one of the top 3 keepers in england…

    sczny on the other hand doesn’t have any excuses, maybe he does have an excuse in his father – people who know a little about polish football know that his father is an arrogant , egoistic clown with little sense (played for poland a few times and so on) one of my polish friends was telling me that both the sczyn’s are more or less the same – if that’s true then i can understand a lot of players in the dressing room getting upset with his attitude, sooner rather than later or may have had already hence Arteta’s favourism towards Fabianski.


    it is a mouth watering prospect seeing Ox on the left – Podo in the center – with Theo on the right

    oh wait, i almost forgot with santi /jack playing behind them

    has that happened this season yet ?

  36. glic says:

    Listen guys, I did say ” fraction” !. Only I/1000th of me was disappointed , the other 999/1000th of me was pissing over myself in the mirror !. hahaha

  37. AFC says:

    BJ, De Gea, one of the top 3 GKs in the Prem. Really?

    Lloris, Brad, Pepe, Cech, Hart are all better.

  38. VCC says:

    I would like to see the Ox come in for Rosicky tomorrow.

  39. glic says:

    It is of course true BJ, win all our games and we are minimum 4th, but I like to take one game at a time and feel there will be a few twists and turns over the final seven games !.

  40. RockyLives says:

    Very nice assessment as usual TA

    I agree with Lee that Fab was all at sea whenever he came for a cross in the last outing – but his shot stopping was great and the ball also stuck to his hands (no Szcz style spillages into the path of opposition forwards).

    So on balance I hope we stick with Fab, even though Norwich are a team that likes to bang in crosses to a big CF. Verm and Kozzer will need to be on their toes.

    Santi in for TR7, Pod out left, Gerv out right and more of the Ramsey-Arteta pivot sounds good for me.

    I certainly hope AW does not hold back some ‘first choice’ players for the Toffees game. If he does that, I could see an upset on the cards. So no Jenks for Sagna (even though I love Jenks); no Oxo for Gerv (sorry VCC) and no Jack for Tomas.

    Strongest possible team please Arsene!

  41. Bond James says:

    you must be having a laugh with some of the names you’ve mentioned – suffice to say you’re comparing apples with oranges – in this case grand dads with newborns 😉

    Hart – Over rated – has played in the premier league far longer than De Gea

    i won’t comment on others either but Lloris is the only one warranting a comparison as it is his first full season in england as well , however he is 26/27 – been the national keeper for france for 2 years – hence he does make it in the list of my top 3 goalies in England.

    glic, i hope the twists and turns are kept to a minimal this year considering most of us were made to suffer and had near heart attacks thanks to the roller coaster season we had – for a change we need to keep things simple and with some luck, win least our next 3 games at least – i do feel we can even beat Man utd provided we don’t lose any of the players due to injury.

  42. allezkev says:

    Always here TA…
    Just working. Typical Friday night in London…

    What do you think Arsene will do if we (hopefully) win, keeping a clean sheet, will BFG return for the Toffees?

  43. RockyLives says:

    I get where you’re coming from with Spudders’ No-hoper Cup exit… but I reckon they’ve gone far enough. If they’d got into the next round they might have started getting some belief. Whereas now they are neatly reminded that they are shit.

  44. glic says:

    Yes Totes, I did see the penalty and funny it was too !. What happened to that promising young striker !…….. he went over to the Dark Side … a unclassed N17 galaxy not too far away ( basically, the size of a turd atom from a swampdwellers rectum ) via a rich gas nebula in the north !.

  45. TotalArsenal says:

    Rocky 🙂

    Fully agreed on strongest possible team and taking every game totally serious..

  46. RockyLives says:

    I would bring the BFG straight back in for Everton even if we keep a clean sheet tomorrow and Tommy has a blinder.

    None of the press hacks have bothered to reassess our Lovely Big Per after writing him off in his first few games last season, so they still go with the lazy “too slow for the EPL’ line. For my money he’s been the best CB in the Premier League this year.

  47. AFC says:

    RockyLives, totally agreed. 🙂

    BJ, they are all GKs so can be compared. Those players I listed are all better than De Gea. Even Szec wirth his mental issues sorted out is pretty level with De Gea.

  48. RockyLives says:

    I can’t see Barndoor being still at the Spuds next season.

  49. TotalArsenal says:

    Good queston allezkev,

    I reckon the BFG will return as he has such a good influence on the back-five, and Everton will most likely pose more threat on them… What do you reckon?

    What sort of work do you do, if I may ask?

  50. AFC says:

    BJ, let’s put it to the other bloggers. 🙂

    Is De Gea one of the top 3 GKs in the PL?

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    It was a hilarious penalty; like he was trying to trample out a fire before he took his pen kick hahahaha 😛

  52. glic says:

    Hahaha Yes Rocks, shit indeed…..from the N17 galaxy !.

    Hahaha BJ, we could do without another end of season Squeaky Bum Sunday, my arse has only just recovered from the last end of season one !.

  53. allezkev says:

    Top man Rocky, totally agree mate…
    Fellaini is back for that one I believe…
    With Baines whipping in Exocet style crosses, that is gonna be a tough one.
    Not that I’m underestimating Norwich…
    I was also at Carrow Rd 😦

  54. allezkev says:

    Total, you can ask away mate…
    I drive a black cab..,
    And I do go south of the river as well… 😉

  55. glic says:

    Hahaha Either that Totes or the Basel Goalie told Adebuyor someone had put some of Bendtners used condoms in his boots !.

  56. AFC says:

    Glic, you are definitely the funniest on this wonderful site. 🙂

  57. AFC says:

    * funniest guy

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    allezkev, respect to you!

    Did you had anybody famous in your cab over the years? 🙂

  59. TotalArsenal says:

    hahaha Glic 🙂

  60. glic says:

    Your not laughing at all my serious comments are you AFC ? hahahaha

    Although serious to the mans family, I cant help but laugh at the headline on Newsnow ………” A Beaver has attacked and killed a fisherman who was trying to take it`s photo ! “. There is so much I could say on this matter, but alas I have an early morning rise ( steady ) tomorrow for work and by the time I get home It will be time to hide behind the sofa `till 5pm !.

    Night BKers.

  61. AFC says:

    TA, Is De Gea one of the top 3 GKs in the PL?

  62. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC 🙂

    I dont want to get involved in a good debate between you and Bond J hahaha 😛

  63. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, great write-up as always. Your starting line-up predictions are always a source of contention among BKers ;)! I reckon it will be a much tighter game than we are led to believe and the dead lock will not be broken until the 60-70 min of the match. Obviously, I could be wrong as it’s just a gut feeling :).

    It would make the most sense to start Gibbs together with Poldi on the left, but can we really expect AW to go with a different line-up than what has been successful in past weeks? I would not be surprised in the least if Jack started if he’s considered to be match fit. AW tends to not ease players back into the line-up and believes if they are fit that they should play. I could see Jack playing 50-60 mins before being substituted off.

    I believe Theo will come on for Jack, pushing Gerv to the left and Santi centrally, followed by Ox for Gerv shortly after that. The 3rd sub will depend on how the game is shaping up, with Coquelin or Gibbs coming on for Santi if we’re leading and Podolski coming on for Ramsey if we need a goal.

    My crazy predicted starting line-up is:


  64. TotalArsenal says:

    And I don’t like saying something positive about a Manc anyway hahaha 🙂

    If only Stoke could get a result against them tomorrow…. 🙂

  65. AFC says:

    TA, Agreed.

    HH, thinking about this DM situation I see Wenger going for Capoue.

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers HH 🙂

    You could well be right, but I don’t think Jack will start, and if the Pod is fit and ready to rock, I reckon he will start (see also for Pod article).

  67. AFC says:

    The only probem I have with Capoue is that he is good in France but the French League is inferior to the PL so he could end up as an average player in the PL. Your thoughts?

  68. Highbury Harmony says:

    Definitely meant to put Fabianski as my starting goalie!

  69. AFC says:

    Of course you did HH. 😉

  70. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, I haven’t a clue as to who starts or not, just my prediction :). He threw Jack in with the wolves at QPR, I could just see him doing the same. Also, if Pod is indeed fit, we have an interesting dilemma on our hands. Obviously, we all want to see him start at ST, but we all know he won’t be played there. You could easily be right with Santi central and Pod on the left, we’ll just have to wait and see.

  71. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, we will discuss transfers next week when the topic is more appropriate 😉

  72. AFC says:

    HH, how can Podolski play on the left. Gervinho is in form so he clearly gets the nod. On the right Gervinho can be less effective.

  73. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, while I agree that Gervinho is more effective on the left, where else do you see Pod starting if he gets the nod? Gerv is more versatile and will be moved to the other side.

  74. AFC says:

    HH, to be honest I do not think Podolski will start. I really do not want to see Wilshere, Walcott or Podolski back in the starting line -up. Changing the team is likely to unsettle the team. I have said to TA earlier not to be surprised if we do not keep a clean sheet. We need as little change a possible only rotating when we really have to. For instance if a player is injured or a player is really tired and needs a break. I want Monreal to stay at LB. He is better defensively than Gibbs despite his mistake last match.

  75. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Agreed agreed agreed. Total, thank you for your quick and dirty pre-match, and have a safe drive home with ‘easy’ listening on the radio. 🙂

    I read the article with Poldi on the and im glad we have him in the squad. True professional who seems an eager beaver to play against Naarich. I think he is chomping at the bit, and wants to make amends for a pretty poor display against the canaries last time around. I guess alot hinges on Rosa and this mysterious niggling hammi strain. Rosa in or out really decides who plays on the wings.

    Question: I am absent minded today, and seeing as you had to put up with our game against Naarich last time around, can you please tell me who started in centre of defence for us, that day? Was it Per and TV?

  76. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    No need. It was in fact Per and TV.
    I wonder if TV gets back the captains armband.

  77. VCC says:

    Safe journey home TA.


  78. henrychan says:

    Hi all..
    TA.. I like your team..
    Changing 3-4 starting XI.. will not weaken our team.. especially when We bring in our formal starting XI..

    VCC.. our UMF league is like EPL.. 12 point between 1st and 2nd.. and 3rd to 6th only 1-2 point gaps.. hehe..

    As long as We keep playing the gunners way and not overconfidence with our 4 strike winning.. We will keep our victory in hand.. hehe..
    And first thing first.. Everton is still 3 days away..

    Go gunners..

  79. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Morning Vicks,

    When you say that you want the Ox to come in for Rosa, is it because you prefer Ox, or is it the injury, or have you got one eye on Everton?

  80. VCC says:

    PPP…..the reason I want the Ox to come in is purely to swap like for like. I’m not one for major changed usually. We have to replace Merts as he is suspended.

    I saw them perform live against Reading. Yes, people may say only Reading, but you have to play what’s in front of you.

    The team performed well on that day, and have done in recent games.

    Whilst not all players are my first choice, you have to give credit to the Gerv etc as they looked like they were playing with and for each other.

    I do however like changes on lesser important games, when we are full on involved in champions league, FA cup etc.

    These next three games are vitally important to keep the pressure on Spurs and Chelsea.

  81. VCC says:

    Hi Henry….always nice to see comments on here from your good self…hehehe

    Yes, the UMF has a resemblance with EPL. This yellow jersey I am wearing is getting extremely heavy….hehehe. But its beginning to suit me.

    If we get enough members next season I will be carrying on with it. I want to implement a few changes, mostly ideas to help the lower members have a chance to catch up. This will help keep everybody on their toes and be more enjoyable for all.

    I am going to donate a prize for the winner next year (old memorabilia ). Only small, but nevertheless, some may want/like it. I’m thinking of an old Arsenal programme dating back to the sixties or seventies’ from my collection. What do you think?

    I know guys from far off places that have never visited the Arsenal love these type of things. I once sent an old programme to a guy in Peru. He tells me he framed it and it sits by his bedside, hehehe.

    Today’s game is most important, think about Everton on Tuesday.


  82. Red Arse says:

    Good Morning, Pimples, 🙂

    Super overnight chat as usual.

    I am going to devise a way that enables the whole world to have the same time zones, so we can all chat at the same time. Well not all at exactly the same time, obviously — but just watch my revolutionary solution — when I can think of one!! 😀

  83. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Well done BK. Top of the pops on newsnow.

  84. VCC says:

    Red Arse…09:08… many times have I said it? “your my hero” 😉

    When you devise a solution, I want (demand, for loyalty) 10%. 🙂

  85. VCC says:

    Sorry Total, but I have to rain on your parade……..OZ

    OZ, where are you????????

    Oz…..I need your entries. PLEASE…….

  86. dz says:

    i dont think wenger will change too much from the WBA game except for forced Mertesacker for Vermaelen changed . Monreal should start ahead of Gibbs . He’s been solid there for us and i dont think Wenger will want to tinker with the backline more than he already has. I would love to see Podolski return to the starting XI , although i have asneaky suspicion that wenger will deploy Gervinho down the left flank and Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right with Santi in the hole behind Giroud.

    Sagna – Vermaelen – Koscielny – Monreal
    Arteta – Ramsey
    Oxlade-Chamberlain – Cazorla – Gervinho
    Thats how they should line up. Although i would rather see something different .

    Picture this …………….


    Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen

    Ramsey – Arteta – Monreal

    Cazorla – Podolski



    I know it seems farfetched , but indulge me for a sec. With a back 3 , we give more freedom to Monreal/Gibbs to get more involved in attacking sense and in them 2 and Ramsey on the opposite flank (or Jenks) we have players with good engines on them

    Arteta to provide a 1 man screen for the aforementioned back 3 and Podolski and Cazorla deployed as CAMs .This allows Podolski more freedom rather than him being stuck out on the flank , same with Cazorla .More Creativity in the middle of the park !

    With Walcott assuming the ‘false 9’ role , this allows him to start in more or less where he wants to play and also gives him freedom to go out on the wing when he wants too and obviously Giroud gets the Out and Out strikers role

    Yes , its a really attacking approach and yes Norwich are no pushovers and yes Wenger is probably more likely to spend 100 million pounds on 1 player before he decides to use this formation , but , i believe all this team needs is fresh , new ideas to kick on and push over and ahead of bale hotsupds .

    after all , the invicibles were what they were because they played in a way that no other team did. One-touch football was created by us and then mastered by Barca . Lets create something new again and this time , Master it ourselves !

  87. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:


    If Oz doesn’t show, you can take these predictions. I could have done worse but i dont want a fellow Aussie in the zero club. Im usually confident that he will show, but today he is licking his wounds. His Aussie rules team took a real hammering today and im sure he is hiding in his corner.

    the ARSENAL, Soton, Everton, Chelsea all to win at home, Bin dippers win away

    See you at kick-off Oz, sleep it off bud 😉


    Good Morning

    Fine pre match TA. I have a feeling your pre match line up is the one Wenger will plump on.

    Would love to see Jack play today but the fact hes only had a few days “normal” training probably means he will be on the bench. Same goes for Theo.

    I have a nice seat today. Row 4 of the upper tier west stand so am realy looking forward to analyzing the players and our collective performance.

    In all fairness, last year Norwich should have beaten us. They have some big boys up front and are quite direct. My main concern today is that the absence of Mertsacker could result in them winning a lot of long ball duels. if they succeed in bullying us in the center half and deep midfield areas this could turn out to be a very difficult game.

    For that reason, i think we will win 5-0. hahaha

  89. VCC says:

    Terry….how were the trannies in Brentwood last night?

  90. VCC says:

    TMHT…..if you want to rendezvous this afternoon, with one or two of those acquaintances you met last night, I know a Man who can take your Emirates ticket off you …. 😉

  91. VCC says:

    cheers Prince……Oz will be chuffed with those.


    hahaha, i was in Harlow last night Vics. Christ, the women are rough in there. Peroxide blondes, tattoos, and stiletos used for beating men over the head with.

    I spent a lot of the time talking to some bint and at the end of the night she wanted to take me round her council flat to meet her 3 kids and 4 dogs. Dont get me wrong, that didnt put me off. i would have happily obliged accept that everytime she mentioned taking me home she gave me on open palm punch to the forehead so i decided to give it a miss.

    Outside, she was looking for me, so i hid in my car for 20 minutes until a cab came and took her and even rougher looking friend away. hahaha

  93. oz gunner says:

    @ TA

    thanks for the pre-match g-up

    @ PPP

    I hate you and Sydney 🙂

    @ VCC

    I’m here I’m here

    Toon v Sunderland Draw

  94. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    hahaha, i hate Sydney too. I was hoping you were gonna be around before the game today. I was gonna ask you if a 17 point head start was enough to take em down……………………………………………………….obviously not.

    Dont worry, Arsenal will lift your spirits mate. 🙂

  95. VCC says:

    Oz….when I see you, I’m going to shoot you. I’ve had to alter all my selections now, you rascal 😉

    If your around at KO, I might need a stream or two off you. I’m going down my local but he is not sure weather the Arsenal game is on? if not I will dash home and try and catch it on line.

  96. oz gunner says:

    @ PPP

    I need it! I thought we were going to be 3-0 now we are bloody 0-3. Who wins 3 quarters of footy and loses a match?!
    Last week took the cake thought though, i nearly went into exile. I can see the headlines now…”West Australia’s favourite son vanishes” then on pg 89 “Local idiot missing…who cares?” 🙂

  97. oz gunner says:

    VCC…have i let you down yet? 🙂 Plus you’re in your twilight years, if you shot a gun you’d probably shoot and innocent bystander and the force would send you flying backwards through a shop window 🙂

    Not a problem, you can count on me!

  98. VCC says:

    UMF update

    Homes = 10
    Aways = 27
    Draws = 23

    Most popular fixture = Stoke v ManUre…..8 Away…2 Draw.
    Second most popular = Read v Pool ……..8 Away ..1 Draw.

    Three unanimous = Ars v Nor = 7 Home + Millwall v Wigan = 6 away + Soton v WHU = 4 draw.


  99. VCC says:


  100. VCC says:

    Oz…..I’m further up than that buddy………I’m almost knocking at the door… 😆

  101. VCC says:

    Now that we have ALL selections in,sorry guys, just one or two low life letting us down with late entries. 😉

    Red Arse….33-1
    Oz……………… 15-1
    TMHT………… 30-1
    Rocky………… 99-1

  102. alexgunners says:

    Good evening Guys,
    Hours away from kick off in our first of 3 must win games. We must make amends for the Norwich game earlier in the season and the game against the Toffees will be a grueling one which we must win as well.

    TA, Great pre match post but I would like to see no changes made as it has been working for us. We need to hit the ground running and attack.

  103. rufup says:

    Should win today

  104. rufus says:

    Should bag 3 points today

  105. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    WILL bag 3 points today.



  106. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:


    Three Changes

    Vermaelen, Gibbs and Wilshere come in for the suspended Mertesacker, the injured Rosicky and the rested Monreal (who drops to the bench)


    Mannone, Jenkinson, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Podolski

    Arsenal Team

    Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud

  107. VCC says:

    Is it too early to bring Jack back?

    Hope Wenger has it right…… 🙂

  108. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    One off again Total. 10/11

    This situation with Poldi is really starting to worry me, but i’ll leave that for another day.

  109. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Happy with the team Vicks?

    Im actually suprised with Jacks inclusion. He must be better than 95%, i hope the medical team has it right ……….. 🙂

  110. AFC says:

    Alexgunners, do you anything about a striker who is from Brazil called Welliton and plays in the Brazil League and I think he is 25?

    All I know is that he is very fast and a decent finsher. 🙂

  111. AFC says:

    PPP, thanks for the update. 🙂

    I do not know if I would have started with Jack though. The midfield was playing quite well without him. Him coming back in could unsettle the midfield.

  112. VCC says:

    Prince…..NO, I’m not happy…..

    I would have brought Jack back slowly and not played him today. I would have had the Ox there instead.

    I would play Pod up front instead of Giroud.

    I would play Monreal at left back instead of Gibbs.

    I hope (fingers crossed) I am totally wrong of course.

    I’m thinking Wenger might be taking this too easily. I hope he has fired the boys up as Norwich won’t role over.

    No live game at my local…….have you got a stream please Oz?

  113. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oz , Alex, your beers await.

  114. AFC says:

    PPP, this Podolski situation is also worrying me. It is said that Podolski is not happy with his playing time and being played on the LW when he has said he want to play as the main striker. Juventus and one other club are said to be interested in him. I will say no more as it is match day.

  115. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Also Vickers no Szcezny on the bench. I mentioned here at the time that his father could have potentially ruined his Arsenal career.

    VCC, checkout

  116. alexgunners says:

    Hi Guys

    Lets get ready kick off. Thanks for the beers PPP, Ill pick up the next round

  117. VCC says:

    Arsenal, please don’t start off on a stroll. Get at them straight away. High tempo, we have a good bench to come on later if certain players tire.


  118. AFC says:

    VCC, Wenger will never play Podolski as the main striker. I think he has done it once or twice before ans that has been it.

    I wanted Monreal to start so our defence is not under to much change. And then when we had a 2 nil lead throw Gibbs and Jenks.

    Wilshere probably had to start to replace the injured Rosicky. Maybe Wenger feels that the Ox is not creative enough yet.

  119. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Somebody will need to teach me how to post links 🙄

    VCC, if you go to that site, follow the link to ‘football’ and then Arsenal. There is one under flash, called nutjobtv, always good. Sorry i cant be of better service

  120. alexgunners says:


    To answer your question, Wellington is a clinical finisher but i dont know how he would fare with the pace of the PL

  121. VCC says:

    cheers Prince……I’ll have a look at that.

    There has been a problem with Szezney and Wenger, that’s for sure. AND with Pod?????

    I’m off to wiziwig. keep in touch at half time.

  122. alexgunners says:


    Open up the page and on the address bar just copy the whole address and copy it on here

  123. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Alexinho, welcome bud.

    Come on you Rip Roaring Gunners, my beautiful Arsenal, LETS DO THIS!!!!!

  124. alexgunners says:

    Hi OZ,

    Shame about the Kangas

  125. alexgunners says:


    Thanks , Let’s get on with this game and give em hell

  126. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oz, always on time 🙂

  127. Highbury Harmony says:

    Who was the handsome bugger who said AW would start Jack?!

  128. oz gunner says:

    I’m going to do a post in the off season on how to watch live streams haha. That way if I ever get caught i can take you all down with me 🙂

    @ Alex

    what kangas? I don’t follow Aussie Rules…it doesn’t exist…yep football only!

  129. alexgunners says:


    I understand as my team last won it in Black and white similar to the spuds

  130. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    HH is the bugger, doubt he is handsome before the 8th beer 😉

  131. oz gunner says:

    I’m predicting a Verm goal today. Looks like he has that fire back

  132. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Blame ‘Libba’ Alex

  133. oz gunner says:

    Dogs or Saints?

  134. alexgunners says:

    Lets hope TV really has that fire and confidence back

  135. alexgunners says:


  136. alexgunners says:

    Yep, never forget the premature celebrations in 97. Damn Libba

  137. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahaha PPP, obviously you overestimate a female’s drinking ability. It’s more like the 4th beer, by 8 they’re in a hospital blacked out hahaha!

  138. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Frantic pace. We need to settle. Seems like there is an emphasis on an early goal!

  139. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    HH, better in the hospital than your basement 😉

  140. oz gunner says:

    I hated Adelaide in the late 90’s, 97 and 98 those sods

  141. alexgunners says:

    I could not agree more with you

  142. oz gunner says:

    @ PPP

    I don’t blame them because once these park the bus teams settle into their groove they are so hard to break down. Get that one in early and it’s a whole different ball game. Gerv is perfect for an early opening. Come on gents…jugular!!!

  143. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, I could have meant I take them to the hospital after my basement though ;). But why would I bother bringing them back to my house, when an alley’s more accessible hahaha!

  144. oz gunner says:

    does jack have more ink?
    It’ll be a sleeve in now time

  145. 17highburyterrace says:

    Anybody watching the match? 15 mins in and not much happening…. AW at least has his coat properly zipped.

  146. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Agreed Oz, but we cant get carried away and lose our shape.

    Is it just me or does our support seem and sound tense?

  147. alexgunners says:

    JW does have more ink.
    He has a clock on his arm now. WTF?

  148. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    a basement has privacy, an alleyway has terry on the fire escape with his telescope

  149. alexgunners says:

    It is somewhat tense. We need this. The 3 points are just so important now

  150. Highbury Harmony says:

    Jack looks like shite out there

  151. oz gunner says:

    Afternoon 17.

    haha the poor merchandise team, he’s not a glowing endorsement for that product is he

  152. 17highburyterrace says:

    Agree about the atmosphere, though we’ve got some singing at the moment….Overall we’re moving the ball very slowly thus far….

  153. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Almost perfect!

  154. Highbury Harmony says:

    Jack’s clock tattoo is representative of the famous clock end ;). Also, it’s all just henna.

  155. 17highburyterrace says:

    Morning here, Oz, must be midnight where you are….Jack and Aaron almost hook up….

  156. alexgunners says:

    Anyone else think that Rambo has found some of that Spark again?

  157. alexgunners says:

    Thanks HH

  158. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, it wouldn’t matter where I took the lady, Terry would follow with his telescope either way!

  159. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahahaha I was just kidding about the clock end representation Alex! But it does seem like a good theory, doesn’t it?

  160. 17highburyterrace says:

    Santi looked good running the break, dies at Gerv….

    Ramsey could really use a goal, eh?

  161. alexgunners says:

    You had me convinced. Great theory

  162. alexgunners says:

    Close by Giroud

  163. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    haha too true, although he’s just as likely to be the sheila 🙂

    Sooo close!

    @ Alex

    Sure does, he’s found his mojo back. Squad player pfft, come get me haters haha

  164. Highbury Harmony says:

    Haha sorry Alex, it’s hard to properly interpret tone over typing 😉

  165. alexgunners says:

    HH, No need to apologize. It is hard at times but it is all good

  166. Highbury Harmony says:

    How many more turnovers will we commit interest final 1/3

  167. oz gunner says:

    * to

  168. alexgunners says:

    Gervinho, What a waste of a wonderful opportunity

  169. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gerv’s gotta pass that!!!

  170. Highbury Harmony says:

    In the*

  171. oz gunner says:

    shit he had 3 ppl available, GERV!!!!!!

  172. Highbury Harmony says:

    27 has been awful today

  173. oz gunner says:

    wow that touch rivaled bendy’s against Barca

  174. 17highburyterrace says:

    Everything is very strange this morning…My TV feed went to a Spanish match for a minute there but then came back so I could see Gerv round the keeper then bungle it….

  175. alexgunners says:

    30 minutes gone so far in all 5 games tonight and still not one goal

  176. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ramsey is playing some D today….Sagna to Giroud seems promising again

  177. Highbury Harmony says:

    OG is so slow in pace and decision making, he has to speed it up. 4 turnovers by him already, 5 by Gerv, 3 by Rambo and 4 by Jack…

  178. 17highburyterrace says:

    Jack down again and Norwich growing in confidence….In truth we’re having a lot of trouble getting any good combos working. Santi shoots from the center line in frustration?….

  179. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Lets take some shots low to the ground. Its pissing down, im sure it will trouble the keeper.
    75% posession to the Arse. COYG, make it count!

    Groans are not helping, no suprise we play better away

  180. oz gunner says:

    The need to stop with the flicks and tricks everytime, it’s getting very predictable, especially be giroud

  181. AFC says:

    Everton are up 1 nil. QPR look certain to get relegated.

    HH, seems like your wish of getting Cesar could be getting closer. 😀

  182. oz gunner says:

    get up you sook! that was soft as mud!

  183. alexgunners says:

    Agreed OZ,
    OG tries too many fancy flicks instead of sure passes and so far bad decision making

  184. oz gunner says:

    “argh i’m so hurt but in 10 seconds i’ll be 100%”

  185. Highbury Harmony says:

    First hand example of what I mean by OG being too slow

  186. 17highburyterrace says:

    The half is winding down….Is the pitch slow today or something? Jack down again but no Poldi to send the kick in….

  187. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    too true Oz, he needs to hold up play……not be scared of the ball, and use that big frame to shield

  188. AFC says:

    HH, it is not the fact that Giroud is slow. Giroud does not have the abilty to beat defenders using his brain.

  189. Highbury Harmony says:

    Very, very poor first half. Looks like the inconsistent Arsenal of the first half of this season.

  190. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    17, its raining heavily.

    Unless its been raining for a few hours prior i see no reason for a heavy pitch. Either way that doesnt explain why some have not turned up to the races.

  191. alexgunners says:

    I know the squad changes could not be helped but this is what I was afraid of. Us losing our shape and out style of play

  192. oz gunner says:

    very true, he’s got the size use it. I think he needs to realise what league he’s in. He isn’t playing in Spain or Italy. Get angry and start throwing the body in. Get a busted nose who cares? 20mins of play will earn you enough to fix it! Get some bruises who cares we have ice baths etc

  193. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Jack and Santi in the middle is similar to that of Gerrard and Lampard in their international set up………..It just doesn’t work.

  194. AFC says:

    PPP, I do not really think it is in Giroud’s game to hold the ball up. We see a brute of a striker and assume that he will be able bully defenders and hold up the ball when in reality he is the complete opposite. Back in France he played off the shoulder of another striker and was really more of a poacher.

  195. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oz, do you find the Poldi situation a little worrying?

  196. oz gunner says:

    Agreed, they are just too similar

  197. Danny says:

    Its absolutely beyond me why podolski is glued to the bench. im usually an advocate of Giroud but in games like this AW needs to do the right thing. it kills me, he is a professional in every aspect of the word but his absence is really starting to make me think he’ll be gone in the summer

  198. AFC says:

    PPP, Santi and Wilshere is not working because the team is unbalanced. Arteta, Santi, Wishere and Ramsey are all attacking players. No true DM is showing.

  199. Highbury Harmony says:

    Haha AFC, it’s no surprise that QPR are not going to survive the drop…

  200. AFC says:

    Danny, Juve are said to be interested in Podolski. Walcott was too left on the bench during his transfer saga.

  201. Highbury Harmony says:

    Alex, the absence of Rosicky is what is hurting us the most. He gives purpose to our play and opens up space for Santi. Santi is a better distributor when Jack is out of the line-up.

  202. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    AFC, you dont need to bully players to hold up the ball. He must forget Montpelliers style of play, he has been training and playing in the same system for ages now. We are in game 32 of the season and if he hasnt got that by now, than he is not meant for our style of play.

    Holding up the ball is a basic requirement in football. He needs to up his tempo both speed of touch and speed of thought. These are things that must be practised and perfected in training.

  203. Highbury Harmony says:

    17ht, just saw your comment @ 15:31, my feed randomly went to a Malaysian football game before Gerv’s missed sitter hahaha!

  204. rufus says:

    We’re playing at home, why play with one Striker against Norwich. They’re rubbish, Wenger’s sent them out like it’s a testimonial.

  205. oz gunner says:

    @ PPP

    yes and no. I think he comes across as the type of player who just wants to play! Who knows though, maybe he cracked it and is being punished?!

    I bloody hope it stays though, I’ve wanted to see him in an Arsenal kit for so long, 1 season would be a massive tease! Plus the Mrs loves his song = I’m allowed to talk about Arsenal more often!

  206. VCC says:

    That was DIRE.

    Too slow….no conviction……poor lay offs…….no effort…I could carry on.

    Jack is way off the pace. He should not have started.

    Gervinho last decision makng poor.

    Ramsey keeps going backwards

    Podolski on for Giroud

    Walcott on to inject some pace.

    Ox to come on late.

    Poor team selection today from Wenger….imo

  207. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, it’s quite clear OG just does not fit our style of play. I’ve been saying all season that he should be a sub! Teams line up too well against him when he starts. Everything’s too predictable, delivery from the corners to get him headers. If the ball is played along the ground, just pressure him and he turns it over.

  208. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Our pressing game is missing. Actually, Rosa is missing. Hope Arsene gives them some weet-bix.

    Off for a cig or 2 or 3. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, frustrations frustrations frustrations.

  209. AFC says:

    PPP, agreed.

    I do not think Giroud will change. You cannot teach an old dog new tricks. It will be very hard to get Giroud to change his game at this part of the season.

  210. alexgunners says:

    You are spot on about that. Santi seemed to have more freedom and space when Jack was not in the side

  211. alexgunners says:


    Ill join you for that ciggie

  212. Highbury Harmony says:

    5 turnovers or more each from Gervinho, Giroud and Jack. 3-4 turnovers each by Ramsey and Santi. Is it any wonder why we haven’t created much yet?

  213. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    agreed, it’s as though everything is pushed aside when Jack’s back. I question the Rosicky injury also. Appears far to convenient to me, one of those:

    If i say rosicky is injured then I can’t get in trouble for dropping Rosicky or bringing jack in too quickly. Rosicky is probably having a siesta in the sun somewhere. Reward for a good run of games and filling the void

  214. VCC says:

    Highbury Harmony….we would be lucky to get half our money back for Giroud, if you were lucky to find some mug

  215. AFC says:

    HH, you are right. We are two predictable with Giroud.

    There are two things that make it worse. At times our crossing is poor and then when we do manage to put iin a good chance Giroud cannot convert.

  216. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    HH, just like you, i expected and believed in more. I still carry a little faith, but def not in every game.

  217. AFC says:

    * too
    * in

  218. AFC says:

    17HT, how many goals has Ramsey scored this season? And then remember he is an AM. He clearly needs to be played deeper. At times I have seen DFs with better finishing than Giroud.

  219. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oz @15.59 😀

  220. alexgunners says:

    We have not had a good start to this half either, we are just looking lost

  221. oz gunner says:

    There’s a few in that category…Alumina’s elbow injury takes the cake though.

    He’s not dropped…just injured… indefinitely

  222. AFC says:

    Rufus, are we not playing 3 strikers? I thought we playing 4-2-1-3.

  223. oz gunner says:

    oh dear, that was very very poor

  224. Highbury Harmony says:

    So reminiscent of the first half of this season, 1-0 Norwich

  225. alexgunners says:

    NOW will we show a sense of URGENCY????
    Very Poor

  226. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Lets NOT wait for a miracle, Fucking bring on the armoury and make the subs now. Gerv, Jack and Giroud are stale so far in this game.

  227. Highbury Harmony says:

    Was the challenge by Gibbs unnecessary? I missed it

  228. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    i just broke my plasma screen 😦 and woke up my family. FARRRRRRRRK!!!!

  229. alexgunners says:

    It has taken us 60 mins so far to realize that we are simply not playing well with the guys on the pitch. Bring Poldi In, and Theo, perhaps the OX.
    The Bus will be well and truly parked

  230. Highbury Harmony says:

    Just saw the replay, poor foul by Gibbs

  231. Highbury Harmony says:

    Podolski said he may be leaving the club this summer according to an interview this summer

  232. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    a weeks wages and one t.v…………..GONE

  233. oz gunner says:

    @ PPP

    get too excited seeing podolski did ya? 🙂

  234. Highbury Harmony says:

    SO much more purpose with Theo on

  235. oz gunner says:

    shit legit broken, spewing!!!

    @ HH

    I thought it was only alleged? As in typical quote twisting junk

  236. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    not funny Oz, i got my old man yelling at me from downstairs, my mum thinks we are being broken into, and i have no anger management

  237. Highbury Harmony says:

    @ Oz, what do you mean? You think the Norwich player dove?

  238. AFC says:

    HH, remeber when I told you a TA weeks ago that Podolski might be leaving in the summer. 😉

  239. AFC says:

    HH, remeber when I told you and TA, weeks ago that Podolski might be leaving in the summer. 😉

  240. oz gunner says:

    Shit sorry to hear, I could only imagine. I’ve mine broke i think i’d curse for a week straight

  241. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    as in the Podolski transfer thingo. If he said it we’d all know about it that’s for sure. Seems like typical boring journalism (he’s not playing, he’s unhappy, he’s going to leave)

  242. AFC says:

    * remember

    HH, I also told you and TA not to be surprised if we do not keep a clean sheet. 😉

    Gibbs and Vermaeien coming in having unsettled our defence. Starting with Monreal would have taken a fraction of this away.

  243. Highbury Harmony says:

    Nvm OZ, see that response was towards the Poldi comment

  244. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    OK, im back. Took the t.v from the lounge room. Are we playing any better with the subs???

  245. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, slightly

  246. oz gunner says:

    pretty much the same PPP, Pod had a couple of half chances. not much else

  247. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oz, i will be cursing for a week and more if we dont pull off a comeback. Shame on the tv, but its spilt milk now.

    Come on Arsenal!!!!

  248. oz gunner says:

    didn’t sagna get a yellow for the exact same thing?

  249. Highbury Harmony says:

    You know it’s an issue when AW starts complaining to the 4th referee

  250. alexgunners says:

    I just cant believe how poorly we have played. They still look like the team most likely to score again

  251. oz gunner says:

    this time wasting thing is a joke. We all want to see football not slowed down shit!!!

    Change the rules you old so and so’s

  252. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Gervs miss seems much more costly now 😦

  253. Highbury Harmony says:

    POLDI….the bar

  254. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Farken Hell

  255. oz gunner says:

    ox should have come on instead of theo. it’s pointless having theo on in this situation with a team sitting deep.

    bugger so close!!

  256. Admir says:

    Referee is a manure but so is our game.

    Giroud is playing the worst game of his life.

    Now Podolski rattled the crossbar.

  257. Highbury Harmony says:

    That was so close…

  258. Red Arse says:

    I am absolutely gutted by this performance.

    Against a poor Norwich team — we look worse than them in all departments. Shameful!

  259. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    agreed on Theo, but Gerv was having a shocker

  260. Highbury Harmony says:

    Let’s goooo Ox, we need something

  261. alexgunners says:

    I cant believe we are blowing a chance to go above the spuds, this will just give those bastards confidence they do not need

  262. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    What is shameful Redders is that this is our backyard and we are being bullied

  263. Highbury Harmony says:


  264. oz gunner says:


  265. Admir says:

    I have a bad feeling regarding this penalty…

  266. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    If we bury the spot kick i believe we can get the 3 points.

    Come on Arsenal!

  267. oz gunner says:

    admir…red card for you!!!!!!!!

  268. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:


  269. alexgunners says:


  270. Highbury Harmony says:


  271. Admir says:

    Huh, that one went close. 😀 A little bit of jinx helps from time to time. 😉

  272. oz gunner says:

    F*ck yes! You time wasting sh*thead!
    get in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  273. Rohan says:

    The fear in my heart when my stream pauses as mark bunn gets a hand to it.

  274. oz gunner says:

    why are they whinging, the linesman is just paying what the idiot ref couldn’t

  275. Highbury Harmony says:

    The worst part about this game, will be that we had to rely on a penalty to bring us even

  276. alexgunners says:


  277. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oxxx what a run!!!

  278. oz gunner says:

    @ Rohan

    longest second of your life i bet!!!


  279. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:


  280. Rohan says:

    yes lads!!!

  281. Highbury Harmony says:

    Bassong own goal hahaha!

  282. Admir says:

    So, Giroud is having the worst game of his life and he managed to grab himself an assist and a goal.

    That is something even Johan Cruijff couldn’t pull! 😀

    Great play by Ox!

  283. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:


  284. Admir says:

    Bravo, Lukasz!

  285. Highbury Harmony says:

    Bassong OG, Ox assist

  286. oz gunner says:

    well done fabs! what a lucky drop down though.

    This is what time wasters deserve!!!

  287. oz gunner says:

    Giroud all the hard stuff then that bloody flick again

  288. alexgunners says:


  289. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    MY MAN, FUCK YESSSS I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  290. Highbury Harmony says:


  291. Admir says:


  292. alexgunners says:


  293. oz gunner says:

    Lu-lu!!!!!! don’t ever leave!!!!

    HAMMER!!!! how he doesn’t play striker is beyond me, the composure, so clinical, brilliant!!!

  294. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Sorry on the french Totes. THIS IS ORGASMIC NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  295. Rohan says:

    What a Hero!! after all the bs in the news.

  296. oz gunner says:

  297. alexgunners says:

    It’s hard to understand why Poldi has not played more

  298. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Exactly Rohan, he promised to help us get in to Europe and that should hush the doubters

  299. Highbury Harmony says:

    It was a Basson own goal for anyone who’s wondering

  300. oz gunner says:

    doesn’t he still have 3 years on his contract?not that it means much these days.

  301. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    you just couldn’t let Giroud have it could you. if it was awarded to him i bet you’d petition it to FIFA haha

  302. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, VCC should apologize for nothing. Giroud didn’t score today, though the flick on to Theo offside was still nice

  303. alexgunners says:

    It will be interesting to see the stats between OG and Poldi, Goals scored oer minutes played

  304. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, it wasn’t his goal though…clearly came off Bassong

  305. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    That linesman on the far side had a huge part to play in that game, BUT, just try to take this smile off my face!!

    I dare ya 😀

  306. Highbury Harmony says:

    OG gets an assist on the Arteta goal though

  307. AFC says:

    HH, Giroud has scored to goals. Maybe he heard me and you saying how shit he was. 😉

  308. alexgunners says:

    A little luck turn the game our way

  309. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    I know it wasn’t his but i just love after a brilliant win you are still trying to dispute him not scoring. Does your hatred know no limits haha. You’re a spiteful sod 🙂

  310. VCC says:

    Oz…just read your comments buddy……No way will I apologise for that performance from a so called Centre forward.

    Why should I? He didnt even score, it was an OG from Bassong.

    Read my comments at half time…?????? What happened ????? Walcott with pace came on ..Podolski, a proper centre forward came on. ..Then the OX came on I don’t think I could have got it better if I read the future. ??????????????

  311. Red Arse says:

    Well how did we do that?

    I don’t care in one way, 3 points is 3 points, but I fear for us next season unless we do get the top, top players we gave been promised.

    90% of that performance was crap!

  312. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, I’m simply standing up for mate VCC, when you emotionally called him out to apologize to you 😉

  313. Red Arse says:

    I thought you did read the future, VCC. 😀

  314. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    The rest of you can come out from behind the sofa. Beers are on me.

    Job done!!!


  315. oz gunner says:

    @ VCC

    Only messing with you. I agree, he needs to step it up. Towards the end there he did some good things when he actually held on to the ball. Forget the silly stuff Giroud

  316. Highbury Harmony says:

    Everyone was pretty awful today until Ox came onto the pitch. The Poldi shot off the bar was probably our only real chance until that.

  317. AFC says:

    * Giroud scored 1 goal and got 1 assist.

  318. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, Giroud only got 1 assist

  319. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    No apoligise to Giroud. and I can because VCC is old so I’m in with a chance of acting like sort kind of tough guy haha

  320. alexgunners says:


    Poldi and the Ox had more of an impact that Theo. Theo still does not have that presence where he can change a game. He has pace but his passing and other attributes are just not that great

  321. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahaha RA, 90% of that performance was indeed utter crap. One fortunate penalty call and Ox coming onto the pitch livened us right up.

  322. oz gunner says:

    Theo did nothing, it was all pod and ox for me. The team went up a notch when they came on.

  323. alexgunners says:

    OZ, glad you agree about Ox and Poldi

  324. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, either way why would he ever apologize to Giroud?! He had two nice plays all game and 7 turnovers!! In fact, his only assist was slightly questionable and was a fortunate penalty call in our favour.

  325. AFC says:

    HH, I already corrected myself. Thanks for trying to beat me to it though. 😀

  326. Highbury Harmony says:

    Haha AFC, your correction was still wrong!

  327. Highbury Harmony says:

    Agreed Alex and Oz, Poldi and Ox were the difference today. Ox even more so.

  328. VCC says:

    AFC..Giroud did NOT score today…it was an OG.

  329. Highbury Harmony says:

    What do you guys think about Ox’s future in the center of the pitch. I thought he was pretty outstanding!

  330. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Our first real chance is the one that Gerv should have buried. How can a first touch be soooo heavy, even on a wet soggy pitch.

    I want to give a special mention to Arteta. A true leader! He gathered the troops after we went 1 down and started yelling to all around him. Then when we needed him the most, he stepped up and held his nerve. Its not always easy under the circumstances.

    I still believe that Jack and Santi cannot play together in the middle, and Santi is better out wide where he can lift his head and find more space.

    Agree with Redders. I worry for next season. We are missing a couple of pieces to the puzzle, and those pieces are top quality.

  331. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahaha PPP, I chose to ignore that chance. Gerv was just poor all game unfortunately…

  332. Highbury Harmony says:

    Gerv suffers from what I like to call tunnel vision

  333. AFC says:

    HH, in my eyes Giroud scored 1 goal and got 1 assist even though people say his goal was an OG. 🙂

  334. VCC says:

    cheers Red Arse……still some coaching skills left in the old blighter 😉

    These young whipper snappers, tut tut I don’t know…. 🙂

  335. alexgunners says:


    I believe that the Ox has the skill and speed to play there. He is strong and can definitely make a difference. It seems like we have a lot of midfielders who can make a difference and not enough quality forwards. We have scored more goals from our midfielders than our forwards

  336. JM says:

    Noticed that when we scored the 2nd goal, every player converged at The Ox for providing the run (after a 1-2 with Podolski), penetration and assist. The Ox is coming good as an impact sub (getting our penalty against Reading; the assist to our 2nd decisive goal in this match against Norwich).

    Likewise, for Podolski for the clinical finish for the 3rd goal and pre-assist for The Ox towards our 2nd goal, in sealing our win.

    And it is crucial that we won today, Everton also beat QPR (2-0). Getting mathematical currently in the battle for 3rd and 4th place (among us, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton).

    We must be ready to end Everton’s credentials for a Top 4 spot next Tuesday.

  337. AFC says:

    I do not see Giroud being a starter next season though. He does not fit into our formation as we do not play with traditional wingers.

  338. Admir says:

    @VCC 17:10 – so, you are saying that OG didn’t score goal but it was OG? 😀

  339. alexgunners says:


    Here’s to 3 very much needed points but it is now 2.20am and i must sleep.
    Until tomorrow


  340. Rohan says:

    PPP – In fairness to gervinho part of the heaviness of the touch was intended to try to beat the keeper – so he meant to go some way towards that direction but he still very poorly overhit it.
    I was thoroughly impressed by Arteta – I can’t have been the only person who thought that the armband on Vermaelen was just for show. On a side note did anybody else think that sagna looked a lot sharper going forward today.

  341. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahaha Admir, every time I write OG, I have to think about what I just wrote!

  342. Highbury Harmony says:

    Rohan, he had heavy touches all game, wasn;t just tht one play

  343. Highbury Harmony says:

    wasn’t* that*

  344. Highbury Harmony says:

    Alex, agreed. I think Ox needs more playing time to properly hit form and we’ll really be able to see his true potential. What’s interesting is that he worked really well with Santi in the middle, which led to his 1-2 with Poldi for the 2nd goal.

  345. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, watch the replay again mate. It’s very clear 12 never touched the ball.

  346. Highbury Harmony says:

    Well, apparently I and the replay may be wrong. ESPN has given the goal to Giroud!

  347. Highbury Harmony says:

    We’ll see what happens with that, not that it matters since we’re now in 3rd, one spot ahead of some piece of crap team!

  348. AFC says:

    HH, I’ll watch it on match of the day again tonight. 🙂

    As for next season I think we could see us start matches with a 4-2-1-3 formation with our new DM holding with Arteta next to him as our deep lying playmakers with Wilshere in front of them and Santi on one of the flanks in a free role. Then we need to go more attacking we could switch to a 4-1-2-3 formation with Arteta/DM holding and one of Arteta/DM making way for the Ox so now we would have Arteta/DM holding with the Ox and Santi/Wilshere in front.

  349. glic says:

    Evening Vulvatarians 😆

    What the f**k !!!…….back in a sec`.

  350. glic says:

    F**k !….that made me f**king jump !…….Adebayor`s penalty just landed and hit my f**king window !.

  351. VCC says:

    Admir 17:19…….Olivier Giroud is not my kind of Centre Forward. I never liked him when he first came and I have seen nothing to alter my opinion.

    Within our current squad I would always play Podolski over him at centre forward..

  352. VCC says:

    Evening Glictorious…….that was a close shave.

  353. AFC says:

    Has anyone thought of where Walcott will fit in out team when we get our new striker? I am only saying this because with Giroud playing Giroud drops deep which allows Walcott to drive into the ST position.

  354. glic says:

    I love reading the comments in the game. It goes from a confident high expectation at the beginning, then the comments become those of the annoyed, then to the pissed off, then to absolute orgasms !. hahaha

    Did you know we play two more league games before the Spuds play their next league game !.

  355. glic says:

    Evening ZZ

    Off to baby sit grand children tonight, great oppurtunity to brain wash them with ZZ`s ” Away-Boyz ” CD !.

  356. VCC says:

    glic 17:46……where have you been all week? I’m supposed to be the silly old sod here not you.

    AFC…..would you have purchased Giroud?

  357. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Night Alex. Its your shout against Everton 😉

    On the Ox. He has it all but it is yet to be developed. Its too hard to label him as good or not good enough for the middle when currently he comes on as a sub and by this time the game has already opened up. He has all the tools in the locker and Arsene knows he has a gem on his hands. Its a matter of him learning and playing in a couple of positions, to understand total football, and when to be direct and when to hold for support. He will be a superstar, if anything i would be keeping tabs on his weight and physique, dont want him blowing out or growing too stiff, where he would lose agility and a touch of pace. I hope that sort of makes sense. Its early hours here 😉

  358. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    HH, its an own goal. On the official EPL site they have given it as Bassong own goal.

  359. glic says:

    What you on about Vic`s ?. Do you somehow miss my comments ?. Are the glasses misted up again ?. hahaha

  360. Gerry says:

    I knew I should have played Ok Rock before the game… I tried the feed, that crash before the kick off, and twice during the first half. I switch to ‘Player sound commentary until half time. I thought I would try another feed, but because I would let them fill my computer with rubbish, that didn’t work either. By the time I got back to the ‘Player they were 0-1 down …grrr.

    But I kept my resolve to hear it through to the finish, despite the irritating buggars constantly reminding everyone how the clock was running down ..
    Then finally AW sends on the OX and …. well you know the score?

    Commentator then has temerity to say ‘fair play to Arsene for taking off Wilshere’ ?
    Oh yes, congrats are in order when you made the mistake of putting him in the team from the start?? If you are replacing Rosicky, please play someone with similar pace and energy!

    Right that’s my little rant.

    Great result, and only 6 points behind Man City. Now THAT does look good with another 6 games to go?

  361. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Gday Glic. 🙂

    Adebayors penalty miss broke my plasma screen. He hit it up in space and it landed down under. haha

    I have also gone back and re-read the comments during the game ( i always do) and i find it hillarious. I may come across like a tosser with some comments, but when your in the moment, you just cant hold back the emotion. Im usually aware of this after its too late, but im not gonna change. Half the fun is riding the emotional wave with fellow gooners. Did you get to watch the game?

  362. AFC says:

    VCC, I would never have brought Giroud.

    I would have brought Remy anyday and M’Vila.
    If Wenger had done this we would only be lokking for another ST/CF this summer. And maybe an experienced GK and DF.

  363. VCC says:

    AFC 18:12……..The drum I was trying to bang light years ago……At last someone on here with some sense. 😀

  364. AFC says:

    * looking

    Was the Ox not a CM before we borught him? I think Wenger is just playing the Ox on the wing to develop him further before deploying him in the middle.

  365. glic says:

    Hi Princey 🙂

    Sorry mate, I cant stand the tension of watching games, it stresses me out, so I hide behind the sofa as usual !. Because I dont look at the scores for the whole game and my family are under strict instructions not to tell me anything and are not even allowed to look at me incase I try and read their expressions, you would not believe the anxiety it causes me to just turn on the BBC tv text to look up the final score !. Yes, I`ve got it bad !. hahaha

    Laterz !.

  366. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, they actually switched it to Giroud’s goal, check again! It was originally a Bassong OG, but it seems to have changed.

  367. AFC says:

    VCC, maybe Wenger did not buy Remy because he thought he was to similar to our other speedy forwards. However he really should have brought M’Vila. He might buy Capoue but there is a problem with this. The French League is inferior to the Prem so he may struggle just like Gervinho and Giroud have struggled in the Prem. I can guarantee that Wenger will not sign ayone we have been talking about. The more people talk about a player the less likely he is to come. I do not see us getting Jovetic. I see Wenger signing 3/4 players.

  368. rufus says:

    Giroud predictable, i make that 6 wins out of 7.

  369. Highbury Harmony says:

    Also VCC, I concur with your OG assessment. I think he’s a piece of shite and I wish we never bought him. I really don’t care if he “comes good”, still hate his guts and think he’s just awful.

  370. AFC says:

    I am sick of all of this rubbish about us signing Giroud so we have a Plan B. I do not see English teams who lump the ball forward/ play the long ball saying I know what. Let’s go and buy a striker from Brazil and Spain who is 5’5. He sure as hell cannot head the ball to save his life but he gives us a plan b.

  371. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    M’vila came from the french league! What you on about in your last comment?

  372. Highbury Harmony says:

    The writing’s already on the wall for OG from my standpoint. Even if he becomes the next Drogba, I will always hate him for the slack I now get from my friends for originally backing him hahaha!

  373. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Just checked again, and your right. Weird! Im sure they will change it back though.
    I went onto ‘’ and its a Bassong own goal. Either way, im sure it will be sorted tomorrow

  374. AFC says:

    PPP, M’ Vila wanted to leave so we would have got him on the cheap. So we would have been taking less of a chance. Capoue’s price will now be heavily inflated as his club know we are now interested. So Capoue will probably end up costing 3 times more than M’ Vila. Do you get my point?

  375. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    What happened to Oz? Unike him to just take off after a game. Unless he has crashed and fallen asleep on the keyboard.

  376. VCC says:

    Guys….if Wenger had made the right call and bought Remy, instead of that carthorse Giroud in the first place, we would be in a position to spend more on a DM/GK/ Wide player…….

  377. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    No AFC, explain your 18.26 please. I am constantly struggling with your comments. i love your enthusiasm but you keep on contradicting yourself.

  378. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, the replays all show to me that it was a Bassong own goal. Giroud’s foot is blocked by Bassong’s.

  379. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    i have 20/20 vision and you are correct

  380. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    ………and Wigan give me 2 precious points in the UMF league. woooooohoooooooo 🙂

  381. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    I hope they (Wiganez) go all the way and win the FA Cup

  382. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, I don’t think that game’s over yet mate. Or is it?

  383. Highbury Harmony says:

    It’s 1-0, 77th minute hahaha I hope you didn’t jinx it!

  384. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    2-0 81st minute. You lagging again matey 😉

  385. AFC says:

    PPP, what I am trying to say is that you have to be wary when buying players from the French League. This is because the French League is inferior to the Prem so a lot of French players will struggle to settle in. Not all though. So when Wenger buys French players as he will he should not look to spend huge amounts of money on them. So when he had the choice of M’Vila or Capoue he should have got M’Vila as his price was really low. Now in the summer he will hope to get Capoue but will now have to pay over the odds to get him which in my view he should not do. He may find it hard to adapt to the Prem. Do you get me now?

  386. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, either way, that gives me 7 points already in the UMF league this week, with 1 game to come 😉

  387. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    game is over by the way i see this game. Millwall are no AFC. haha which reminds me, i did predict that if Arteta scored the spot kick we would go on to win…………too bad i suck at predicting the lotto results

  388. rufus says:

    Come on French League inferior who in the Premier League would beat PSG.

  389. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    i think i have pegged you this week and gain my CL spot back from you. hahaha

  390. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Where did AFC go to?

  391. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, you are in 4th as it is…how would you be regaining another CL spot when you’re already in it? How many points are you on this week?

  392. AFC says:

    PPP, this is what I said

    PPP, what I am trying to say is that you have to be wary when buying players from the French League. This is because the French League is inferior to the Prem so a lot of French players will struggle to settle in. Not all though. So when Wenger buys French players as he will he should not look to spend huge amounts of money on them. So when he had the choice of M’Vila or Capoue he should have got M’Vila as his price was really low. Now in the summer he will hope to get Capoue but will now have to pay over the odds to get him which in my view he should not do. He may find it hard to adapt to the Prem. Do you get me now?

  393. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    A fight has broken out in the stands at the Wigan game. Interesting.

    AFC, You said Wenger ‘should’ have bought M’vila. Then in your next sentence you say that the French league is inferior and you imply that Wenger should be cautious. That my friend is a contradiction, but somehow your comment at 18.55 you manage to twist it all around to suit your arguement. It doesnt matter now, im over it.

    Great win for the Arse, and on that note i bid you all a good night/day.
    It has been a pleasure with high blood pressure. Until next time………

  394. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    HH, i stand corrected. I did say it was late here. Somehow, in my mind i thought i was in fourth until your impressive score -last round- knocked me down one place. I think im on 8 points so far….not sure.

    Night all

  395. AFC says:

    PPP, the last comment is what I was trying to say but you must forgive me. At times I do not explain myself as clearly as I could. When writing comments to you I wiil try to be clear from the beginning. 🙂

  396. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oh before i go.

    Total was saying that he was not gonna watch our game because he would be driving back from Scotland and would be listening to the game on the radio. Can you imagine listening to that game with minutes to go.

    #old school

  397. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    All good AFC.

  398. VCC says:


    Quick up date guys…..

    HH…………6 points
    Total………6 points
    PPP ……..5
    Red Arse .4

  399. AFC says:

    VCC, who do you see Wenger buying in the summer?

  400. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    haha. how embarassment! 🙂

    I thought i picked Villains v Fulham draw, obviously i didnt, i went the draw with Newcastle. Oh well. Lets all laugh at Liverpool. Rodgers and Suarez next to go

  401. VCC says:

    Red Arse..79

  402. Bond James says:

    that was a pathetic starting 11 put out by wenger – if someone is offering us 12 mills for gerv, i am willing to pay his taxi fare.

    we always seem to make it more difficult for ourselves, don’t we ?

    i called it last night suggesting we needed to inject pace in the playing 11 and i hoped someone as experienced as wenger (30 years of coaching) would deliver – what does he do ? yep, goes the opposite way

    who rescues us in the end ? you betchya – 3 fellas with pace running behind one of the worst defences in the PL … (wenger plays it safe almost all the time as opposed to being more ruthless with his team selections and then has the gall of saying we play with a handbrake on at home) pathetic.

    anyway that’s my rant over, 3 points in the bag , everton is going down next

    while we’re at it, i do hope wenger puts TV back on the bench for Per.

  403. AFC says:

    BJ, I think it was a combination of Wishere, Vemaelen and Gibbs coming back in who unsettled the team as I said yesterday.

  404. Highbury Harmony says:

    VCC, thanks for the UMF update! I should be on 7 points though mate 🙂 (2 away wins and a draw predicted correctly!)

  405. Bond James says:


    TV was enforced so i don’t blame wenger for that, however the refusal to play podo/the OX from the outset is a baffling one to say the least.

    fair enough, Wenger had an eye on the everton match and one could argue that he will have a fully fresh Nacho (no pun intended;) and Rosicky i hope…the starting 11 he put out today was more suited for Everton not Norwich.

    bless the linesman for that clear citing of a penalty, what a bunch of sore losers and pansies these folks from norwich are.

  406. AFC says:

    BJ, I feel that there is something going no behind closed doors with Podolski. Wenger probably feels that the Ox is better as an impact sub.

  407. AFC says:

    * on

  408. Bond James says:


    there very well might be but it’s hard to gauge from poldi’s attitude, commitment both on and off the pitch, doesn’t come across as someone who’s in a bit of a pickle behind closed doors with the management – actually Gervinho’s body language seems to suggest that he may well be the one in the pickle but that’s professional sports for you.

    Poldi can be a great servant to Arsenal for years to come, i do hope it’s all mere speculation on our part thanks to the media and it’s nothing more than Wenger easing him back and saving him for the big games, Everton / Man utd –

    i just hope in tonights MOTD, the experts and one spuds linekar are objection in their assessments and comment , although i am expecting them to say lucky arsenal and hard done norwich

  409. rufus says:

    Walcott and The Ox are not exactly world beaters. It’s no good having pace if you can’t balance that with at least a modicum of technical ability.

  410. Bond James says:


    does it appear from the tweet below that something might be going on behind the scenes with this player ? 😉

    Arsenal goalscorer Lukas Podolski: “Hi fans, what a team. Turning the result, making the Emirates crazy! Amazing.

  411. Bond James says:


    you don’t need world beaters to defeat a team who has one of the worst defensive records in the PL, no disrespect to Norwich but they are no Madrid/Munich.

    we needed one of Ox/podo/ starting the match today to make it a tad more easy for ourselves, technical ability is all wasted without pace/movement and penetration which was display for the best part of 60 minutes today.

  412. AFC says:

    Rufus, you do have a point. I think this is why Wenger does not start with the Ox.

    BJ, I hope this speculation surrounding Podolski is wrong. With a team against Norwhich you do not really need technical players to beat them.

  413. Bond James says:

    this picture speaks volumes on it’s own 😉

  414. AFC says:

    BJ, have you noticed something in that tweet. Podolski has not inlcuded himself in the team. He has said “what a team”. He has distanced himself from the Arsenal team. Weird considering even guys like Santos still consider themselves part of Arsenal.

  415. Rohan says:

    Hey BJ, I think part of the reason for not starting Walcott was the fitness issue. That aside, pacey players can at times be far more effective when brought on at 60-70 mins than if they had played the whole games i.e. as impact subs.

  416. Rohan says:

    AFC, i think you might be reading into it a little too much mate.

  417. Bond James says:


    you’re looking into something that doesn’t exist, we all love Poldi and he will be here for years to come (another 3 to be precise), ha


    i never wanted Walcott to start, not sure why everyone feels i was rooting for Walcott to start, i actually prefer Theo as a sub – not starting OX/Poldi was what has been irking me really.

    Wenger has been playing same tactics against all teams lately, sooner or later it gets one dimensional with teams working it all out like today, it nearly worked to perfection for Norwich until the linesman came to the rescue.

    more ruthless than playing it safe against teams fighting for survival should be the way to go…imagine if it was Mourinho/SAF not utilizing his attacking threats to their full potential against vulnerable defenses.

  418. AFC says:

    Rohan, I probably am. 🙂

    But I am used to seeing our players leave. And Wenger has a habit of not starting players who are not certain where their loyalty lies.

  419. Bond James says:


    going by that argument, then he should be starting Jenko ahead of Sagna, since he has been stalling on the contract wanting more than £60 k a week and publicly criticizing his transfer policies.

    there are people out there who run these stories on purpose to unsettle the team, may i remind you the amount of garbage written already about us , especially before big games – there definitely seems to be an agenda against Arsene wenger and Arsenal , most of it stems from rubbish papers oh the sun was shining today – hint.

  420. AFC says:

    BJ, you are probably right. 🙂

    Our tactics have been clocked by every team years ago. Same with Barca but they have the quality players which makes it very hard to counter their style of football.

  421. AFC says:

    BJ, we are becoming to predictable and that is why I was thinking a drastic change of formation for next season could make us less predictable. Maybe a 3-1-4-2 or a 3-4-1-2.

  422. Bond James says:

    that’s a good one, AFC

    but why not do a Spain and play with no particular striker up front in some games ? 😉 we certainly have the midfield for it

    imagine something like this


    decent goalie

    back 4

    Arteta – Ramsey (or new DM) – Wilshere – Cazorla – Rosicky – Poldi

    i know, i’m adventerous but hey why not when you have the best midfield in England ? and players technically good as ours in the midfield.

  423. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening guys!

    Did we win then?! 🙂

    And are you happy?!

  424. AFC says:

    BJ, that’s better than my idea. 🙂

    A 4-6-0 formation. Back four. New DM holding with Arteta next to him as our deep lying playmaker. Front 4 of RAM Santi/Wilshere, LAM Wilshere/Santi, CAM Rosicky and at the top the Ox/Podolski.

  425. AFC says:

    TA, just happy we got the 3 points. 🙂

  426. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening AFC

    Still have to watch the game, but bloody hell, winning 3-1 when still 1-0 down after 80 minutes, is pretty impressive. Third in the league and now a better goal difference than the Chavs as well. Happy days! 🙂

  427. rufus says:

    I’d swap The Ox or Walcott at a stroke for Draxler, who unlike Walcott and The Ox who are both overly reliant on pace, can leave opponents trailing with his speed of thought and trickery.

  428. AFC says:

    Good evening, TA. 🙂

    I thought we were only going to draw that match. To win it made my day. We are getting into the CL again. There is no doubt. I will be watching match of the day to see if Giroud’s goal was an OG even though I believe it was not. If we beat Everton I believe Everton do not have a chance of getting into the CL and we pretty much have sealed our CL qualification.

    We must keep all of our players (excluding deadwood obviously) and build in preparation to hopefully win something next season.

  429. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, writing the post match report right now. Will need confirmation on the goal though, just waiting to see if it changed to an own goal (I’m guessing it will?).

  430. AFC says:

    HH, writing another post to ensure I do not catch up with you. Smart move. 😉 😀

  431. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi HH, Dutch media report it also as an own goal: I guess the key thing is to look at Giroud’s contribution to the goal i.e. did he force the own goal to a large extent (if it was one)…

  432. TotalArsenal says:


    I wish I was as certain as you are re CL qualification. I believe it will go all the way and the biggest risk is complacency. Everton at home and Fulham away are tough fixtures for us!

  433. AFC says:

    TA, all we can do is hope. 🙂

  434. VCC says:

    Highbury Harmony ….

    I have you down for =

    Reading v Liverpool………away win……… points

    Millwall v Wigan……………away win………..2 points

    Southampton v WHU…….draw………………3 points

    Arsenal v Norwich………..home win…………1 point

    Stoke v MU…………………away win………….playing tomorrow.

    Total 6 points………………????????

  435. TotalArsenal says:

    Hope and blood, sweat and tears, AFC

  436. Highbury Harmony says:

    Sorry VCC, for some reason I thought Arsenal was the away side today hahaha! Should have known that we’d only play so poorly at home 😉

  437. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, as you now know my background to OG, whether he scored or not is the difference between a 0.5 in the ranking. What’s important is that I’m not a big fan and never will be no matter what he does for us ;). I guess I’ll always have a preference for ST with pace and technical ability.

  438. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, haha I do not write posts for sheer quantity my friend. Post-match reports are somewhat of a specialty of mine I guess.

  439. AFC says:

    HH, of course you do not write posts for sheer quantity. Every post you write is quality. In my eyes you do not have a speciality. 🙂

  440. TotalArsenal says:

    One day you will love him as much as Glic does, HH 😆

  441. TotalArsenal says:

    HH forgot to say: great that you are doing the MR for today’s game. I am watching it right now on Sky Sports.

  442. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, I do not think that day will ever come. He could score 40 for us in one year and I would still not like him, unfortunately it has come to that! Every time I try to sway myself in a more positive direction, I find myself asking why I even bothered hahaha

  443. Highbury Harmony says:

    Just saw the replay on MOTD, everyone has confirmed it was an OG. Ball never touched OG’s foot, they slowed it down to confirm.

  444. AFC says:

    HH, MOTD have given to Giroud. Not sure if the pundits will change it.

  445. Highbury Harmony says:

    It’s very clear on the replay, he never got a foot in. I will continue my player ratings as if it was an own goal.

  446. AFC says:

    My brother and a few of my friends has said that Falcao is going to Man U. Can anyone shed any light on this?

  447. AFC says:

    I just looked online for any information. All it says is that United are in talks with Madrid and hernandez might be going the opposite way. Not enough info yet. Will have to wait a few more weeks.

  448. Highbury Harmony says:

    Also, AFC @ 22:00 thank you very much for the compliment 🙂 !

  449. glic says:

    Own Goal……Olivier Giroud……both OG`s…….so I give it to OG !. Anyway HH, that vid you put up earlier was too blurrie to see whether it was an OG or OG who put it in !. So I will compromise and suggest OG probably used his Hampton to put it in, OMG !.

    I like this rumour, it satisfy`s me and satisfy`s Total… in the “Hole” and one DM Beast !.

  450. Highbury Harmony says:

    Unfortunately, I can not shed light on that Utd rumour since it’s just that – a rumour. No concrete evidence from what I researched the other day.

    However, this from 2011 is very encouraging:

    I dare say, we should not allow another professed Gooner slip between the cracks to a rival. Go all in and bring Reus to Arsenal AW! He would be a “GIANT” signing 😉

  451. glic says:

    I think Adebayor`s penalty kick has hit Totals computer link to Cornwall as I`m in moderation again !.

  452. glic says:

    Sorry Rufus, If your saying The Ox has no skill or technical ability then your in need of a visit to Spec Savers !.

  453. glic says:

    Right off to watch my MoTD recording and see if Arsenal were saved by the ” Bell….ender ” !.

  454. AFC says:

    HH, I know you be pissed off with this.

    Giroud was in MOTD’s best eleven. 😀

  455. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, that is because they still have credited him with the goal. It has nothing to do with performance, purely from a statistic stand point.

  456. AFC says:

    HH, I did not see him touch it either. I looked really hard but I just could not see it. Maybe they werer trying to say he forced it in by pushing the defender. I do not know. Also Walcott was offside for Podolski’s goal. I am just glad we won. 🙂

  457. glic says:

    Just watched MotD, obviously it`s only highlights, but Giroud hit the bar, laid off an exquisite chest down for Pod to hit the bar, won a penalty, won the header for Theo to set up Pod`s goal and whether you think it was an OG or a OG goal, it wouldn`t have happened without his impact for that winner !. Fair enough I would prefer an Aguero, but Giroud unsettles defences and was involved in all 3 goals which sent us upto 3rd !.

  458. Highbury Harmony says:

    Glic, that flick on was played offside by Theo. The 3rd goal should have never counted.

  459. Highbury Harmony says:

    Giroud played for 10 mins of that match and was bloody useless as usual, before then.

  460. glic says:

    I think on that summary, Olly deserves some of you Bkers gums around his plums as a thank you !. hahahaha

  461. glic says:

    Dont type with your mouth full HH !. hahahaha

  462. glic says:

    True HH, it was a foul, off side and it wasn`t even a penalty and I`m writing a petition now so that we can have it over turned and have 2 points deducted so we are one point behind the Spuds and I`m also calling for Giroud to be extradited back to France !.

  463. glic says:

    Night Plumesquers !. 😀

  464. Highbury Harmony says:

    F*ck that there should be a petition for OG to get his arse out of football and into making baguettes!

  465. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahahaha oz that gave me a good laugh!

  466. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, if you have read my comments in the last OG article, you would see I think he can increase his goal scoring output next season. I just don’t like him and if you read my long explanation of why, it might give you some insight ;). I hate being the laughing stock among my buddies and it will stand as one of my biggest mistakes in originally backing him :(. I’ve now resorted to completely despising him and his style of play doesn’t help in changing my mind.

  467. AFC says:

    HH, your comment at 12:32.

    Too funny. 😀

  468. AFC says:

    HH, when in one of his matches where he attempted that 35-40 yard lob I thought he might be the business but as I have seen him this season he is not the real deal. Did you see the flicks he was trying today. One went horribly wrong near the end of the match. This guy must think he is Henry. 😀

  469. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz probably does a good job of relieving OG of his stress after games, because he seems to be all over his nuts! Oz, how much do you charge OG for your services? I heard Kos and OG are pretty close, do you give them 2 for 1 discounts too? Hahahaha 😉

  470. Highbury Harmony says:

    AFC, I haven’t a clue as to what OG is doing out there most of the time, so I’m not the best person to ask. It looks like he believes he’s fast or an actual skilled player, which he is obviously not. He should play more to his strengths, which is an aerial threat and a potential physical beast in the middle. Instead, he tries all this fancy stuff that rarely works and he flails on the ground like a little p*ssy

  471. AFC says:

    HH, he does not have the quality to try and be flash. Even when Balotelli used to do fancy tricks they came off. That shoulder goal was too funny. 😀 He then said that he did not mean to do. Balotelli was so arrogant and flash. 🙂

  472. AFC says:

    There are so many funny strories about Balotelli and they are probably not true but are so funny. Here is another one.

    Balotelli in his flash car got stopped by police. They searched his car and found a load of money in his car. They asked him why are you in possession of so much money. He said “because I am rich”. What an arrogant dickhead. 😀 Still a player you would rather have in your team than Giroud.

  473. Highbury Harmony says:

    Balotelli is a complete idiot, I swear he does not have an IQ. There were videos of him not knowing how to put on a pinny for christ’s sake. The ultimate proof has to be from the Maureen documentary though:

    “I pulled Mario aside at half time and told him, we’re down to 10 men and we can’t have you get carded or do anything stupid.” What does he do? He gets carded on a reckless challenge in the 46th minute! I can’t remember completely, but I believe it was a crucial game for Inter too hahaha!

  474. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    hahahaha If it helps the team win…free. I’m dedicated to the cause!

  475. rufus says:

    When taken in isolation, Chamberlain has made little impact on Arsenal. His goal return is miserly and his play in the final third sloppy. If the Ox swapped shirts with Gervinho the English media would be calling him World Class. I’m afraid his level is up against teams like San Marino.

  476. oz gunner says:

    @ Rufus

    patience my friend, plenty of time for ox to develop. Not everyone can fly in and take the world by storm like cesc did. Ox has had patches of brilliance!

  477. and to think that if manure beat shitty in their derby, we would only be 3 points behind second. wow

  478. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Reading the in house commentary is soo funny. I quite enjoyed that game. Of course that is much easier to say when you collect 3 points and sit 3rd in the EPL ladder 😉

  479. oz gunner says:

    So what happened to your TV PPP, a fit of rage? purely accidental?

    Second after all that…it’d be amazing. We would have to deal with endless stories of Arsenal hand United the title by giving them BSR, if he stayed Arsenal would have won blah blah blah

  480. Highbury Harmony says:

    And to think if we had kept RVP and Song maybe we’d be in first! d’oh!

  481. oz gunner says:

    3 signatures…keep it coming guys! Get 15 and we can get HH exiled to the French Foreign Legion!

  482. oz gunner says:

    …only allowed internet access to post match reports, and UMF tips (don’t want VCC getting angry and crossing the desert with his zimmer)

  483. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Hi Oz,

    The tv is going to the tip. Yes, small fit of rage. I had an old cordless (drill) i was trying to fix. It was the first thing i found and bang right at the screen. Made some calls today and the screen on a plasma cannot be replaced.
    I might have to do some overtime for a few weeks, but i’ve now got an exscuse to buy a 3d LED ive had my eye on. No fifa for a few weeks 😦

  484. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hahaha oz have you signed the petition three times? After all, one of the comments is from “Highbury Harmony”…

  485. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    😆 that petition was funny. We have quite a crew on BK, i love it.

    Dont remind me on the Rip van Judas front. We all know we would have longer finger nails with him in our side. Song is gone too now, and i loved him in our squad. But i have to admit (me of all people 😉 ) that Ramsey is coming along swimingly and could really cement his place in the 11 next season if he keeps pushing his game. Although it is way too early to be suggesting a new ‘Romford pele’

  486. Highbury Harmony says:

    Well, I’m off to bed gentlemen, heading to Miami with the fiance tomorrow. Enjoy the post-match report tomorrow 🙂 (unfortunately, it was a little rushed!).

  487. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, I found that Ramsey really disappeared in the 2nd half but was good in the 1st half. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have Rambo in the starting 11 next season if we’re to properly contend for silverware, but to each their own I guess. The biggest disappointment would be to see AW stand idle because he’s depending on him to become a full fledge starter.

    I believe part of my hate on OG stems from this too (aside from the other reasons I’ve listed in the last OG article).

  488. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Night HH, have a good one….and thanks for the match report. Looking forward to reading a rushed report (get your exscuses in before someone gets another petition in). haha

  489. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, by the way, you’re quickly falling down the ladder on BK if you haven’t noticed ;). Though, I guess you get some personal satisfaction from climbing up OG’s!!!!! #boom

  490. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, I’m counting on you to defend me in my stead if anyone claims that my report was rushed :).

  491. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    that doesn’t sound like a thing I’d do haha, perhaps you are just turning into a softie…who knows 🙂

    Enjoy the trip with your fiance, hope you both have a good time and cheers in advance for the match report.

    @ PPP

    spewin. Yep perfect time to get one, shame it’s not the mid year sales though. I can’t watch sports, blu-rays or play fifa without mine now. Played fifa on a smaller screen the other day and it felt like i was controlling ants.

    My fifa team is:



    Sorry all aboard the Ramsey Romford Pele train…I’m driving!

  492. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    HH, if you cant recognise development and settling in a new league then im afraid that Thierry, Dennis, Pires would all have been flops in your eyes. Pires especially was shite in his first season, and Suker a golden boot winner at the world cup and a star at Real Madrid looked a better deal than Henry. Just saying mate 😉 Sometimes, we need a touch more patience (me especially) because we dont always see what Wenger, Boro and Rice and Bould see.

    Just ask Total and Oz what i thought of Ramsey last season. Total stopped blogging for that whole day while i was on, and Oz did his best to calm a situation. I said he should be sold to a slower league like serieA, but if he keeps developing at this rate, ill get fat on humble pie. I still have minor reservations though 🙂

  493. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, who said anything about not recognizing development? I just don’t like OG’s style or skill set. It has nothing to do with his scoring output, I’ll still hate him if he scores 40 goals for us in a season.

    As for Ramsey, I want a potential world beater like Lars Bender, not a player who could be good enough like Rambo. He still lacks pace, top quality and that extra something that makes a player special. He could definitely become a good player for us, but there’s a difference between good and elite.

  494. Highbury Harmony says:

    For instance, I absolutely love Ox and can see the potential in him, much like Gnabry. I don’t see that elite potential with Ramsey and Giroud. Both can be good players for us though, I don’t see that being a problem at all.

  495. oz gunner says:

    @ HH

    hahaha blasphemy. Tipping isn’t my strong point. I’m last in both my aussie rules comps in Oz thanks to my team

  496. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Oz, i had to watch the remainder of the game without HD on the loungeroom TV. Now that was weird. Fifa and ants… true! haha

  497. Highbury Harmony says:

    Also, I don’t feel like OG fits our style of play and I hate seeing our team try and force different strategies to accommodate his strengths. He’d be better at a team deploying two strikers and has natural wingers who can frequently bring good delivery.

  498. Highbury Harmony says:

    Oz, are you talking to yourself? Who said anything about tipping hahaha?

  499. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    I though that Bobby was slow in his first season, and i believed he was taking a place from somebody better. Ramsey may go on to suprise us all, and Bender may go into a decline or suffer a major injury. We just dont know, that is the beauty of football and seeing it in our own way. All i know is that Arsene has proved me wrong, not once or twice, but on too many occassions to mention. So, in my humble opinion he deserves my trust on players, although i dont believe that all the players have been his choice in the last couple of years. But that is a whole new can of worms.

    Enjoy Miami with your better half bud 🙂

  500. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:

    Your right on OG not fitting our style of play. We have never played football in the air under Wenger like we do with OG. I believed he was bought as a replacement plan B for Chamack. I believe Arsene does indeed have his eye on a world class striker, but maybe he wasn’t available at the time. And you know he will not go out and buy anyone for the sake of plaesing the fans. We are yet to get out of this transition and 2014 might be our year.

  501. Highbury Harmony says:

    PPP, Bobby was class before he ever joined Arsenal though. Just like how Jack’s elite potential was there for everyone to see immediately. For others, they’ve showed it in other leagues and just need more time to adjust to a new league and a new style of play. However, with Ramsey, it’s never been there. Even pre-injury, I thought yes Ramsey will be a good player who could be a nice starter or super sub. I never really thought he’d turn out to be anything like Jack and everyone else was simply over-hyping him because he was a young talent we bought.

    Continue with the same strategy on standing idle and not replacing good players in the starting line-up with top, top quality and you’ll continue to see us fighting for the same trophy we’ve been fighting for these past 8 seasons ;). Trust me on that.

    And thank you, we will enjoy the trip! Now I’m actually off to bed. Catch you all later 🙂

  502. Prince-Purrfect-Poldi says:


  503. Gerry says:

    Morning Gents, I watched the Sky replay last night, and just read the stats on Arseblog News – Hilarious description of one player ‘if it turns like a cart horse, looks like a cart horse, then it is probably Grant Holt’

    I bet you were thinking Giroud, HH? Interesting part of the stats were those of the Subs v Norwich, concerns said Giro. He had 4 shots in the entire game, ALL 4 came in the last 30 minutes. What that tells you is that he was crap for 6o minutes? What it tells me, is that it is a team game and Giro performs best when he has players around him who take a defender or two off him?

    Two quick points on that. The Ox drive into the box, the one-two with Giro, the cut back, and Giro being the striker who was in the right position to stab it home(whether or not he actually got th final touch), sums up what I have been saying for a while now …. Stick the Ox ‘in the hole'(or as I say, around either side of Giro) and it will bring out the best in him.

    Those calling for Poldi being the central striker should just remember this. Today he had Giro taking defenders away. How good would he be with two or three defenders around him and hasn’t got that space? Love the guy, but as a lone No 9 I am not convinced.

    Overall I though the difference between recent games and yesterday was glaringly obvious. We missed Rosicky’s drive and pace going forwards, and we missed Mertersacker’s organisation at the back? I hope both are restored against Everton.

    Lesson 1 for AW – Stop bringing players straight into the side after a long lay off, especially when you have alternatives.

    Lesson 2 – It is possible to make substitutions at half time?

  504. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning all 🙂

    New post in about 45 minutes.

    Ooh we are going to have a lot of fun with HH’s OG hatred as he is going to be our main man up-front for seasons to come hahahaha 😛

    Back in a bit.

  505. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Gerry 🙂

    Good to see you here this morning. Always good to have somebody helping balancing things out – and Glic did a great job at this as well last night. I feel like writing an article about Giroud this week…. hmmm.

  506. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post!

    Are you ready for HH’s fine Match Report and new, lean and mean player ratings system?!

    Enjoy! 🙂

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