Three Positives and Negatives from an enthralling encounter with Everton

Jack in 'the hole' was a big surprise but he looked  rusty once again, unfortunately!

Jack in ‘the hole’ was a big surprise but he looked rusty once again, unfortunately!

Our game against Everton will need further analysis over the coming days, and I recommend everyone to watch the game again before jumping to big conclusions. From a tactical point of view, there is so much to analyse, and there were also a few Everton players on display who could become interesting transfer targets this summer. Fellaini really impressed, and is he perhaps the beast of a DM we have been asking for? Jagielka performed almost faultless and he could well be the extra CB many of us believe we need to buy this summer…. I was also impressed with Coleman and he could well be a good addition on the right. So, really worth watching the game again and discuss things further over the coming days.

I feel a bit deflated as there were good opportunities in the second half to clinch all three points, but I am also happy we did not concede this time round and got a valuable point. After a good run, we were bound to run out of a bit of luck to win another game, and it is now key to pick things up again against Fulham on Saturday.

Three Negatives

Let’s start with the negatives, or ‘areas in need of improvement’:

  1. The obvious one is Giroud’s lack of end product today. In his defence I say at least he is there and works hard to get in those positions, and he was up against a very well organised and confident central defence today. I like Ollie: he works hard for the team and gives his all. If he had scored a goal today, he would have been our hero, but now many will hang him out to dry. Nothing new there.
  2. Jack, Rambo and Arteta were outmuscled a lot during the first half; with a lot of help by a very lenient referee. Rambo and Arteta bit by bit got more grip on the game but Jack struggled again to boss the midfield. It was a strange decision to select Wilshere again and not play Rosicky or Cazorla in the hole. Jack is really struggling with form and I hope Wenger makes the right selection decision against Fulham on Saturday.
  3. Our passing game and individual technical control of the ball was poor for large parts of the game. Everton’s game plan was to press us everywhere and make it difficult for us to pass the ball round. If and when we had the ball, our players were often fouled by overly aggressive Everton midfielders, with which they got away far too many times. But that does not take away that we allowed them to bully us, and it is in games like these that we can really see how much we need a beast of a DM to counterbalance this. Fellaini, like Ramires did a couple of months ago for Chelsea, made the difference for the Toffees today.

Further negatives were the lack of effective wing play by our ‘wingers’ Theo and Cazorla, and the lack of link-up play between Sagna-Theo and Gibbs-Cazorla

Three Positives

  1. The obvious one is our clean sheet and our defensive performance as a team. Everton might have won many a battle in midfield, especially during the first half, but except for a scary moment or two, our defending was solid and well organised. I was happy but also surprised Arsene left his captain out again, but I reckon he made the right decision. We might all feel a bit down for not winning this game, but at least we did not lose it, and our defensive performance deserves credit.
  2. The pivot between Arteta and Ramsey started to work better the longer the game went on, and especially in the second half the Spaniard and Welshman played very well. They are becoming the motor / driving force of our team and add a lot of spirit and stamina to the team. Long may it continue.
  3. Arsene’s first two subs made a real difference, and we created enough chances to actually win the game. Both Pod and Ox were very lively and full of attacking intent. It was a real shame Ox did not take a shot on goal but decided to pass it to Giroud, as I am sure he would have scored. The directness of Ox and Pod was a really welcome addition to our play and if they, Giroud, and also Cazorla had been more clinical we would have surely won. Ooh, and please don’t ask me to explain the third and final substitution…. 😕

Further positives were the drive and energy of both Sagna, and especially, Gibbs, who both never gave up and fought for the shirt. I also thought Cazorla was excellent, especially in the second half: he drove the team forward and added the much needed quality and inventiveness.

Although most of us, me included, feel more than a bit deflated with not getting all three points, I think we need to realise that after six PL wins out of seven, we need to take this mini-setback on the chin and move onwards to the next game. The team have done very well to get 19 points out of 24 and get themselves back into the top-four, but we are clearly not there yet. Nobody set it was going to be easy: squeaky bum times ahead!

Written by: TotalArsenal.

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160 Responses to Three Positives and Negatives from an enthralling encounter with Everton

  1. Bond James says:

    that’s utter rubbish.

    the groundsman works 10 times harder on the football pitch at the emirates, surely he deserves to play as a striker for a “supposedly” big club like arsenal in the next game ?

    Giroud is best used as an impact sub and eventually a squad player – you pay peanuts you get donkey’s from france (no disrespect to Kos, the only decent player wenger got in the last 5 years from france).

    even the likes of QPR have got better strikers than us – sad yet true.

    that should have been 3 points in the bag really, i wonder if it was Theo walcott at the end of that through pass from santi …i bet he would have done what he done against liverpool instead of taking the easier option passing it to the most useless striker i have seen in big games….(ox certainly has a good shot on him, in future he should take the shot on as i feel he is one the 3 players with a cracker of a shot in this arsenal team)

    Giroud is just not a big match player or when it matters the most, he goes missing.

    Everton got exactly what they came for, a point – well done to them for playing rugby in the first half and getting away with it.

  2. AFC says:

    TA, fine post as usual. 🙂

    For me the only positive was that we got one point. This will prove extremely useful in the fight for CL places.

    The thrid substitution I really do not get. A LB for a LB. Wenger obviously wanted fresh legs but for me we needed to score goals, so a more attacking player needed to be brought on. Gervinho for Gibbs. Sagna, Mertesacker nad Koscienly play as 3 CBs giving Gervinho more freedom to attack. It is really simple.

    I cannot make excuses for Giroud. Before he came everyone described him as a clinical finisher. He is far from it. Even Gervinho as times has shown composure and finishing ability. When you have as many chances as Giroud you have got to hit the target. It is as simple as that.

  3. Bond James says:

    PS: didn’t mean your article TA, i know you were trying to be upbeat, it’s well written but Giroud justification on him being a harder worker , working his socks off for the team and firing blanks = utter rubbish of a striker.

  4. AFC says:

    TA, as you know I always stick up for players. I have stuck up for Bendtner, Santos and others. For me the way Giroud is playing he is not fit to wear the shirt. He looks like a striker who should be playing for a mid table team.

  5. allezkev says:

    Agree on Arteta and especially Ramsey, both wrestled control of the midfield from an Everton side who should have reached half-time, a man down.
    That referee was an absolute muppet.

  6. AFC says:

    TA, being a hars worker means nothing if you do not score goal. Berbatov hardly runs around and scores plenty of goal. I frankly do not care if a striker stands in one position for the whole match if he scores goals. It is not Giroud’s job to run around and help out the defence. His job is to score goals!

  7. AFC says:

    * hard

  8. Admir says:

    Damn, BJ was quicker. 😦

    I agree with TA regarding our defense. However, I think that Oxlade-Chamberlain had more space than we had while Walcott was on the pitch due to fact Moyes went for all three points by substituting Barkley with Jelavić.

    And, I’m afraid to say that Wilshere’s return from this short-term injury scares me – it reminds me of the one Diaby had after injury against Chelsea.

    I usually don’t point fingers at referees – after all, I believe that we were on luckier side of referees’ decisions this season – but Gibson had to be sent off in the first half. That would change everything.

    We lost two points tonight and that is not exactly good thing given that we play Fulham at Saturday. Our last victory against Fulham was hard-fought 2:1 victory with brace of Na$ri.

  9. rufus says:

    3 Massive points dropped against a Team that hasn’t won away from home since the beginning of January. And why he didn’t play Rosicky is anyone’s guess.

  10. AFC says:

    Could Capoue be like Giroud if he came. Another French player who cannot perform in the PL the way he was performing in France. I am not sure but it is a strong possibility. Remy is the only player from France this season who has performed this season.

  11. Mark says:

    Am I the only person who saw Everton completely outplay Arsenal for over an hour of this match, not just with competitive play(and both teams were putting their foot in throughout this match) but with better football. Get your red glasses off you lot, Everton are a proper team now and you were both outfought and outplayed for most of this match bar last 20 mins. Arrogant just like your manager, no class when teams dont roll over and let you play the playstation game.

  12. AFC says:

    Admir, for me officials do not come into it. If they do not award a goal that should have been or send off a player wrongly then they are but this did not happen. It is down to the team and the team only.

  13. allezkev says:

    Jack still is way off his best, but tonight was a big improvement on Saturday. He took some harsh and at times vicious treatment from Everton players intent on some form of rotational fouling. And he still came throught and gave a decent performance.

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    It is Giroud’s job whatever the manager tells him to do and Arsene wants him to be very different sort of player than you, AFC, want him to be.

    He did not convert his chances so the criticism is reasonable, but not valuing the hard work he does for the team is not on.

  15. AFC says:

    allezkev, decent is not good enough and Wilshere should never have been played.

  16. AFC says:

    TA, if he was playing on the wing, fair enough he needs to work hard but playing as the main striker you do not really have to work hard. I think he should just focus on scoring goals.

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Bond J,

    Please realise that it is the responsibility of the whole team to work hard, create chances and convert them. Giroud failed in taking his chances but so did others. This happens sometimes. We scored well above average in recent games, but today was not such a day. But if it is easier to blame it all on Giroud then you are of course free to do so; don’t count me in though.

  18. AFC says:

    TA, I know you admire hard work but what is the point if you have no end product. Tevez and Rooney work extremely hard but they have an end product. Then you get guys like Milner who run up and down the pitch with no end porduct. I mean even Milner can put a good cross in the box.

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC, what you think and the manager thinks are two very different things. Arsene would never want a Berbatov type and neither would I. It is all about dimensions, and I feel some of you are looking at it far too one-dimensional.

    We scored now as many goals as the Mancs in all competitions and second most goals in the PL – Giroud had an integral part in this, and that in his first season.

  20. allezkev says:

    OK, AFC, considering that Jack had the shit kicked out of him, I thought he was outstanding….

    You can delete ‘decent’….

  21. AFC says:

    TA, I am not blaming our loss on Giroud. If he hit the target with his shots I would have no problem but for a striker to not hit the target as often as Giroud is pretty poor. Wenger clearly needs to give Giroud attacking lessons.

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Mark

    Everton played very well and I think that is reflected in the post. I don’t think you played nasty but it will be hard to deny that Mr Gibson should have been sent off with a second yellow in the first half. I think you out-fought us but never out-played us, as for that you did not create enough chances.

    And listen, if Arsenal and Everton make it into the top-four this season, we will all be happy. 🙂

  23. Bond James says:

    TA,

    we’ve had three 0-0 draws that i can remember and what i can remember from my impaired memory is that it was every time Giroud missing chances and not only chances but decent chances that others would be burying.

    you say others should take the blame for it, well no one else had similar chances to Giroud

    ultimately it’s not G’s fault as it’s the managers fault for playing him week in week out, and if you notice, i do blame Wenger for his tactics, the give away was when i said you get donkey’s when you pay peanuts and compared a big club like arsenal with QPR.

    you could see the influence Poldi has on this team,every one hustles and bustles, he is immediately getting involved with his one two’s, even gibbs was far more in the game and shouldn’t have been taken off at the end.

    of course, G;s is trying his socks off to get the job done but sadly he is just not good enough, if only he had more heads instead of legs then perhaps he could be scoring when we really needed it.

    i’m off to the emirates on saturday if wenger starts with Giroud 😀

  24. AFC says:

    TA, I do not want a Berbatov type striker as well. The point I am trying to make is that the striker job is to score goals. Remember Giroud is not playing as a CF or AM. How can a guy who is 6’4 not be scoring from headers. You can say other people missed their chances but their best attributes are not finishing. Walcott’s speciality is pace and using his pace to make opportunities for strikers.

  25. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC,

    Rooney scores as many goals as Giroud this season, and they both have the same end-product: creating space and opportunities for themselves and others.

  26. allezkev says:

    Yes Mark, you are absolutely right, you are the ‘only’ person who saw Everton dominate for an hour…

  27. Bond James says:

    yep, the only positive for tonight was that we gave everton hope and more purpose to fight for top 4, let’s hope both chelseki and spuds lose out

    in the longer term it may not be such a bad thing 😀 agreed, TA

    you should edit your article and include this point as the only positive 😀

  28. Bond James says:

    Mark,

    i agree, Everton did outplay us in Ruby, no doubt.

    it was all us when playing football especially in the 2nd half.

    but on a slightly different tangent, Fellaini showed us what we’re missing – i hope Wenger gets us a DM pronto !

  29. Danny says:

    Hmm.. Mark sounds like a tottenham fan.

    True Everton played us into a shell at times, but it was very back and forth throughout the game and made for an entertaining match. Not sure where you get off saying their football was ever better.. aside from solo efforts from Baines and Fellaini. I’d say we definitely had the better of the chances and the more attractive style of play.

    Unfortunate result, and had our front guys been a bit more clinical we easily could (not necessarily should) have taken all three

  30. AFC says:

    TA, as you know I think Rooney is overrated but he has scored many goals for Man U in the PL when they really need them. I would rather have a striker who scores 5 important goals than 20 goals which at times do not mean anything. Hernandez has probably scored less goals from Giroud but most of his goals have been very important goals that have contributed to Man U winning the title.

  31. Danny says:

    And im glad fellaini was brought up, couldnt stop thinking how great of a DM he would be for us throughout the match.

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC, BJ,

    The only thing we are going to agree on is that Giroud should have done better with his opportunities tonight.

    The rest is something I do not seem to convince you about, so let’s just agree to disagree, and move on. 🙂

  33. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes Danny, Fellaini was clearly advertising himself tonight. He reminded me a bit about Vieira…

  34. AFC says:

    TA, sure, 🙂

    For me other factors were Rosicky not playing, the third sub Wenger made and Wilshere not being at his best. The defence was solid. Martin Keown was saying that Sagna does not seems to be as much as a threat as he used to, when attacking. What do you think?

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC,

    Sagna used to be in tandem with Theo, but this has evaporated it seems. 😕

  36. AFC says:

    TA, maybe Sagna is a bit reluctant to attack as he does not want to get caught out. It seems like he thinks he is not fast enough anymore to attack and defend and does ont want to get caught on the counter. Maybe Wenger has told him to be more defensive. Who knows.

  37. allezkev says:

    Total, what do you think Wenger will do if Fabianski is fit for the weekend?

  38. Bond James says:

    Danny,

    Fellaini (20-25 mills)

    Hiquain/Jovetic/Lewandowski/Suarez ( 18-30 mills)

    Cesar/mignolet/begovic (3-10 million)

    decent CB (not more than 10 million)

    we’re already champions next season.

    we should have bought Fellaini in Jan, i was wishing wenger used the Arteta connection and the release clause.

  39. AFC says:

    * not

  40. AFC says:

    BJ, is Fellani worth 20-25 million? Sure he is what we are missing but is he really worth it. Just like, is Falcao really worth 50 million?

  41. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC,

    Sagna had a great game imo and he was up against a very fine FB.

    Need to catch some sleep, so see you all tomorrow. 🙂

  42. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    TA, I went to the match tonight so am very tired but after reading your excellent post i feel compelled to respond.

    I agree whole heartedly with the points you make, and would like to add that just like the Norwich game, our system one again, until the subs, mostly failed.

    Mark, you are correct. For near on 60 minutes Everton were the better side. Faster, powerful, more aggresive, and perhaps more alarmingly for us, better on the ball. You have a very good side there, and have every right to be proud of them

    The back four played very well, as did Arteta and in the second half Santi. However our best player was the much maligned Ramsey. The kid was absolutly fantastic and he will only get better.

    In some ways the Ramsey scenerio should make people think before critiscing Giroud. This time last year Ramsey was the biggest waste of space since pol pot, but now he is thriving. Yes, i too want another striker, at the moment Big Ollie dosnt realy cut it for a club of our stature, but he might, just might, improve.

    By the way Fellani was brilliant, but i saw him last year so it was no surprise.

    Keep the Faith

  43. AFC says:

    allezkev, I think he will come back in just like Mertesacker came back in for Vermaelen.

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    allezkev, I reckon he will play the Pole from now on. Fabianski has been in the advertising window now…

    Would do you think?

  45. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Terry and very good point made about Rambo and Ollie.

  46. AFC says:

    TA, always good to speak to you and all the other bloggers. Sad to see we did not see eye to eye on Giroud. I must have switched brains with HH. 😀

    TMHT, the difference is in the age of Ramsey and Giroud. Giroud is in the peak of his career meanwhile Ramsey has a few more years before he reaches his peak and until then he is improving.

  47. Bond James says:

    AFC,

    of course Fellaini is worth the 25 million, his last 3-4 years in the premiership prove it, he can be used anywhere on the pitch, he can even be used as man city use Yaya Toure

    i can not comment on Falcao as he plays in la liga but his release clause is 47 mills ,what i can say is though that Falcao is miles better than Cavani and certainly has merit on being one of the top 3 players in the world (not hard to guess the first 2 😉

    i have been following Fellaini for quite sometime now, he is that bully of a midfielder we have lacked for so so long, not sure about his afro though 😀

  48. Danny says:

    I like your taste, BJ

    Jovetic and Fellaini and i’d be very pleased. We might be priced out of both though (i sincerely hope that isn’t the case) so then i’d look over to Wilfried Bony and Capoue or Extebarria.. perhaps a true winger (navas would be a dream) as i think this position is overlooked and one that we are really lacking in. I really don’t see us getting more than two or three though, but who knows.

  49. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC,

    Last comment. Giroud is not at his peak – he is a late developer and is keen to learn. Next season he will have settled in a lot more and I expect him to improve further. But yeah, one day I put it all in a post hahaha 😛

  50. AFC says:

    BJ, good to hear about Fellani being very consistant in the PL for a number of years. 🙂

    I’m off now. 🙂

  51. allezkev says:

    Total I have to agree with AFC (yes really 😉 )…

    I think that Fabianski will, and should, return…

    Yep AFC I make you right…

    Also thought that BFG was mighty good, he reads the game so well…

  52. TotalArsenal says:

    allezkev,

    I am not saying he should not return, but I reckon Wenger’s mind games with Szczesny are over. Just a hunch, of course! 🙂

    Really off to bed now!

    Bon nuit AFC et mes autres amis! 😛

  53. OMGArsenal says:

    A tough game for the Arsenal against a well managed and highly motivated, but also very physical team which the referee let kick our players around the park. You whiny lot, claiming that Giroud is useless and we should have won convincingly are a disgrace to true supporters. Wilshere was continually fouled, as were most of our midfield and strikers, yet we threatened Everton continuously.
    I agree that we need a finisher like Eduardo used to be for us but, its another point, and keeps us in the race. Cheatski and the Totts have very hard games ahead and will certainly drop points….so a CL place is still ours for the taking.

  54. Jimmy says:

    A little ironic that so many of you want the ‘DM bully’ Fellaini in your team yet you complain about the supposed hard handed nature of Everton’s play. Fellaini is consistently Everton’s most cautioned and penalised player. Presumably you’d all be berating him if he played for Arsenal.

  55. henrychan says:

    I think this was the hardest everton I have ever seen.. they play very hard game.. and Gibson must given the second yellow card after do Walcott that very bad hard defence..
    It would be very different outcome if Everton play with 10 players..

    But We surely can’t rely on that.. Wenger choose wrong player.. Wilshere.. I don’t know what made wenger choosed him.. as he already knew that wilshere were not in his best performed after last game again Norwich..

    Giroud must sharpen his killing skill.. So many good ball that failed to scored.. not only lastnight game but most of the game he played..

    One point is good enough for me based on how We played lastnight.. And cheers guys.. We still on 3rd.. hehe.. at least before Chelsea games.. hahaha..
    Spurs will face City without Bale.. so We will still survive in top four..

    Wenger must do some change.. Fulham is another hard game.. We can’t lose point there.. 3 is a must..

  56. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, the positivity and constant balance in your posts is outstanding. Great work on another quality article during what could have easily been a negative match report.

    Just a small point of contention. You simply cannot compare Rooney and OG on goal tallies, Rooney has hit 30 a couple times not and has been injured a lot this season and has had trouble forming a partnership with RVP. Different class of strikers, anyone would tell you that.

    Secondly, one must also look at our goal record against the top sides. 1 vs Everton, 1 vs $hitty, 1 vs Manure, 1 vs Chavs, 4 vs Pool (are they even considered top hahaha!). Suddenly pointing out scoring totals is not nearly as impressive…however that’s not to say that our goals scored against lesser clubs is not impressive, just that it would be nice to perform against the bigger sides and distribute the goals evenly against all clubs!

    It’s easy to point out the flaws of OG, but it takes even more to find his strengths on days he does not convert when he should. We all know he isn’t a top quality striker but he works hard for our cause and does his best under all the pressure to lead our line. We will be starting him for the rest of the season, so we might as well get behind him and hope he can produce a top 4 place for us!

    Think of it this way, if we don’t back him and the others in the squad, we won’t even be able to attract the quality of talent we all want this summer :).

  57. Bobby Sure says:

    All the criticism of giroud is completely unwarranted. The guy hardly got a sniff. He was one of only a few of our front players that was trying to combine. Walcott and wilshere were god awful. Compared to them giroud was man of the match. He put himself into dangerous positions, he constantly looked to combine and regain fluidity. Everton are a good side folks. Fellani was deployed deep to stifle us around the box and he did that really well. Giroud has mountains of untapped potential, some of the moments this guy has produced this season have been sensational. Stuff that very if any big guys in europe can do. I agree he can sharpen his finishing but the better we play the more it will benefit him.

    Wilshere was one of the reasons we lost today. We played with 10 men for 70 minutes. He was like a headless chicken today. Wenger should of gone with poldi wide and santi through the middle. When he did towards the end we looked like such a better side.

  58. Highbury Harmony says:

    Couple times now*

  59. Highbury Harmony says:

    Bobby, I believe the negativity stems from agony over his constant starts week after week despite generally not producing results on a constant basis (not just one game).

    I would know since I’ve been critical of him until taking a more relaxed approach a complete 180. Every mistake an performance gets more heavily scrutinized, and unfortunately it will continue until he silences he critics against the top clubs or at opportune moments when we need goals.

    Anyway, not saying I agree with all the criticism on OG, but that I can understand where it comes from.

  60. Highbury Harmony says:

    Sorry 2 vs Chavs!

  61. Highbury Harmony says:

    OMGarsenal, no need to call others a disgrace or question their loyalty to the club. That is just unnecessary and uncalled for.

    We are all Gooners and want the best for our club. Last I checked, having a difference in opinion was a good thing. Not everyone can be a blind sheep that mindlessly follows the status quo.

  62. Highbury Harmony says:

    By the way, for all of you claiming that Jack did nothing – Mirallas made fun of Jack and squirted water at him at half time. Jack then responded by taking his hand and wrapping it around his neck, saying if he said another word, he’d kick his ass!

    Mirallas immediately backed down and while Jack may have gone a little far, you gotta love his passion!

  63. Highbury Harmony says:

    Also, it took Seamus Cole AND Phil Jagielka to separate Jack from Mirallas hahaha!

  64. Bobby Sure says:

    @HH the guy performs the same in nearly every game ! I dont get what everyones gripe is. What did he do today that was so bad ? He gives 100% effort always. His quality is there to be seen also if you look beyond the obvious. His flicks and touches around the area are delightful. Today he couldnt pull that off. Largely because the guys around him were so out of sync. He had one clear cut chance which really wasnt all that easy, sliding onto the ball at full pace. I think arsenal fans should be far more forgiving. The guys not going to be perfect in every moment. But he has all the materials to be both a finisher and a vocal point. Something we’ve lacked since henry.

    He’s a very confusing player. At times he looks awkward and as if hes about to fall over the ball. At other times hes delicately flicking balls around the corner incisively. You’ve got to look at both sides of the coin. Difference is I believe his upside far outshines what he lacks. Its the often persistent wenger player conundrum between fleeting brilliance and simple mistakes that plagues a lot of wengers signings.

  65. Bobby Sure says:

    Is giroud another eduardo ?

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi HH,

    We scored two against the Chavs, not one, and if you include Everton, you should also include the Spuds and we scored six against them. We still have to play the Mancs at home this season. Agreed we need to score more against our real competitors: the chavs, and Manc clubs.

    This season, there is a strong similarity between Rooney and Giroud, in terms of goal tally, role/tasks and contributions to the team. If Giroud would have had the wing service the Granny Shagger had during previous seasons, he would have netted a lot more goals.

    Yes we need to back Giroud a lot more, and prepare ourselves that he will be leading the line again next season: stronger, more acclematised and more a central part of the team; with hopefully a bit more quality around him.

  67. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi BobbyS, all agreed. 🙂

  68. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning all 🙂

  69. jgc says:

    TA,

    Great summary, as usual. My main thoughts:

    a. I am now more convinced about the need for a beast DM than previously.

    b. I would reiterate my thoughts about OG and stats posted previously, that for shots and shots on goal he doesnt convert very well comparatively. So, I too like hard workers, but we may need that “expensive striker” this year, or per other thoughts raid QPRs.

    c. I am positive about the fact that we create the chances necessary to win and that our defense seems to be going better and.or more consistently.

    cheers — jgc

  70. jgc says:

    TA,

    Finally, quite bummed, had to find highlights online, as Standard de Liege were on for the championship rounds (beat Genk 3-0) so there wasnt a tv with Arsenal to be found in the city.

    That said, if we want a solid young keeper with presennce and some great ahtleticism, then based on one night (yes, I know! ;^) there is a great young japanese keeper with Standard

    cheers — jgc

  71. VCC says:

    Mark…….Everton made it hard for Arsenal to play their expansive free flowing football, you have to commend them on that, and yes Everton are a proper team with a good manager.

    But, to say you completely outplayed Arsenal is way off the mark. IMO, a draw was a fair result, but, if Wenger had bought a proper CF we would have taken all three points.

    Take your blue glasses off a moment, and reflect how your manager would have felt had his striker performed as the opposing managers one did. Not happy I guess would be the answer.

  72. Bobby Sure says:

    The worrying thing about this game is how easy we flake when we are pressed high up the pitch. Now i’m not about to say any less than arteta is a solid professional who performs well but he’s the piece of the puzzle that needs replacing. Hes just too slow to make decisions and hes always playing safe, rather than accessing how to put players in dangerous positions high up the pitch. Its not all his fault but he just doesnt have the legs. We need somebody who can pick the ball up infront of the back 4 and either drive forward and begin our attacking play better. Seriously the first phase of attack is a major concern moving forward. We need to replace arteta. I dont think we need a cardboard box like most people are saying. We need a more offensively astute DM. Or maybe wilshere and ramsey.

    Just about in every game that we’ve struggled, arteta has been pressed at DM and we’ve ended up hoofing the ball forward. Really, wenger recognizes this problem too. Its why he’s played santi wide left as a half winger. So we can have another player to drop back and move the ball forward. Its also why he’s played ramsey alongside arteta. Thats a lot of training wheels for arteta to do his job. I say if we brought somebody (probably from spain) that could distribute the ball better from the back then we can win the premier league or at least challenge. Once we get the ball in the final third we are as good if not better than united or city.

  73. Red Arse says:

    Splendiferous post, TA, 🙂 and I agree with every word of it :D.

    [I see that Rufus has outed himself as a Spuds fan. He said, “3 massive points dropped against a team that has not won away from home since blah, blah”]

    Well Rufus, you obviously did not watch the game. It was not 3 points dropped — and Everton still haven’t won away from home since blah, blah!!

  74. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Good to see you back Redders

    As for Rufus. Hes just another one of those whinging moaning types who takes every opportunity to have a pop at Arsene Wenger.

    It was a very tough game last night, but those who remained clapped the boys off the pitch. We may have lacked that extra bit of quality to secure the points, but the effort was immense.

  75. jgc says:

    All,

    FWIW, we all knew some games ago, on paper and by the numbers at least, that this game and ManU would likely be the toughest. Many on various places have noted that by the time we play ManU they may already be letting down some from winning the league.

    thus, at least on pape we got 1 point (perhaps deserrved 3) from what is theoretically the most difficult game left.

    I know, all games are difficult, but we have had, and are still having, a good run of form, so IMO, our challengers still have tougher roadds.

    Raise the interesting question. Chavs vs Spuds, who do you want to win now?? 🙂

    cheers — jgc

  76. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Redders 🙂

    You calling my post Splifferous?! hahaha. Wayyyy-out man..

  77. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey BobbyS – some sharp and original observations by you in the last twelve hours or so. If you ever fancy writing a post for BK then let me know.

  78. glic says:

    Afternoon Skeetaphobic`s 😆

    It`s back in the lap of the Spuds !. Never imagined we would get CL spot this season, so we`ve done well above my expectations so far !. On my home bubble wrap hampton predictor, I had it down as a draw, as I have the next two games against Fulham and Manure, followed by two wins against QPR and Wigan and finally a draw at the Barcodes !.
    It`s not usually wrong , it moves about over the fixtures like a water divining rod !, it`s why I`m barred from the William Hill`s !. hahaha
    Still need the Spuds to f**k up big time imo. So to answer jgc`s question….come on the Chavs, City and any other Spud opponent !,

  79. TotalArsenal says:

    jgc

    It is always the case that when Arsenal ‘finish’ a good run the reactions tend to be disproportionate. Losing to Everton would have been a small disaster as it would have brought them right back in it with us. A draw is not great but with the Chavs and Spuds playing each other still, we can make further progress on one or even both of them.

    A draw in that game would be my preference.

    Hope you are still able to ‘feast your eye’ without feeling the need to break the promise with Mrs jgc! 😛

  80. glic says:

    Sorry, thanks Totes. As I didn`t see the game, I`m sure you are as truthfull as ever in your appraisal . 🙂

  81. AFC says:

    TA, I actually like Giroud and stick up for him when my brother who is a United fan calls him ‘the nearly man’. But he is making it hard on himself. Trying too many fancy flicks, trying to bicycle kicks etc. What he needs to do is make sure he scores goals first then when he is scoring he can do all the fancy flicks. It seems to me at times Giroud is trying his hardest to prove critics wrong instead of focusing on his own game.

    As a lot of ex players have said. Once you are on that field it is everyman for himself. Giroud needs to stop making others look good and make himself look good.

  82. TotalArsenal says:

    Don’t agree AFC, OG needs to do what the manager tells him to do and not worry about what the fans and some pundits have to say.

    It won’t be long before the term holding striker will be introduced in football. Chamakh was one and Giroud is played the same, and the simple truth is that with a holding striker, the team as a whole, score more goals and become less predictable.

    It is not about the individual and his stats, but ultimately about the team scoring more goals than we concede, and as I said previously, Giroud is making a massive first season contribution to the former.

    That for me is far more important than how well an individual is doing. Last season we had the topscorer of the PL in our midst but were only able to finish third. By all means, let’s get a top, top striker who will embarrass Giroud with his individual stats, but don’t count on the team as a whole making much if any progress. It just isn’t that simple. 🙂

  83. Bobby Sure says:

    @TA would love to go into more depth about arteta. In most arsenal forums, the perception of arteta is almost cult like. As in, if you rate arteta your clearly in the know. He’s our carrick if you like. It would be interesting to explore why this is and if he really is the player we need as our DM. The same people who profess love for arteta are the same ones who say we need a beast DM. For me both answers are misguided. Great work as always TA, my favourite poster for what its worth, keep it up.

  84. AFC says:

    TA, I am saying this for his sake. Remeber Heskey.

    The most unselfish ST in my opinion. He was the king at doing what Giroud is doing now. The amount of assists that guy got. And he has scored around 100 goals I believe. But 70 percent of football fans say Heskey is shit and is a joke. He got no respect after all he done for his team. Do you get my point.?

  85. AFC says:

    * remember

    Also do not forget Welbeck, he is also doig what Giroud does and gets no respect.

  86. AFC says:

    * doing

  87. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Bobby! 🙂

    I am not trying to be pushy, but you could write a post about the different perspectives re Arteta and why you believe he is both of value to us and yet holding us back… But then somebody could write the same sort of article about almost every player we have hahaha! 😛

  88. AFC says:

    For me Arteta is quality. Primarily an AM playing as a DM, helping to balance out the team. In my opinion there is no one like him in the Prem. Imagine Everton still had him. They would surely be in one of the CL places.

  89. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    I think your version splififerous for your Post is better than mine, but ‘splendiferous’ means something that is a bit more than splendid, e.g. “it was a splendiferous Sunday dinner”. 😀

    The team battled and worked their socks off last night. On another day Ollie would have scored a brace of goals — that’s football! 🙂

    It cannot be forgotten, as some have said, that Everton have had a good season and are no mugs.

    We can and will still do it. [When AW is out and about looking for new guys — it would be nice to get one or two who are on the ‘larger’ side – like me – some of the tackling from Everton made our little guys wince.

    Jack and Santi spent more time on the ground after some ‘robust’ tackles from Gibson, Fellaini and others. Football is a physical game and we need to have players who can respond in kind.

  90. jgc says:

    Thanks TA,

    I’d argue that the run isnt “finished” and that a draw, even at home, to a near opponent who played a very physical, in your face, and well strategised game is no crime.

    IMO, yes, we have to hope someone mucks up, per Glic’s comment, but at the same time, they have far more opportunities to do so, in theory, than we have

    Glic, I think the new “test of the season” is that we beat Fulham, draw ManU, which might just “re-driver seat” us by then..

    TA, eye feasting is guaranteed, I have to ride the bus 25 mins to the univ everyday with a bunch of students, who are virtually all female… the only real problem is they are **so** young!!

    cheers — jgc

  91. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, if you look through all my comments, you would see I made the change on goals vs Chavs, so the hostility is unnecessary. Spuds is a fair point, I always forget about them as a top club, but bear in mind they went down to 10 men one game that they were winning (same goes for us vs $hitty but we were not leading).

    Again there’s no weight to your OG vs Rooney debate. Two different types of strikers as Rooney prefers delivery on the ground or to create on his own. Wing delivery has been kind of non-existent for Manure this season without the enigma that is Nani. Valencia and Young work hard but have been inconsistent going forward, especially in delivery. The attack has been more focused around RVP, as it rightfully should since he’s the better striker.

    In addition, Rooney’s playing further back, almost into the midfield as a SS in most games. Like 99% of the world, I’d take Rooney over OG any day of the week.

    It’s nothing against OG but there’s a considerable difference in quality. Also, it seems you are getting emotional in your debate for OG. The more people criticize him, you seem to go in the opposite direction. Just something I’ve noticed ;).

  92. Red Arse says:

    Hi Merry Terry, you always cheer me up! 🙂

    I have very little energy at the mo’ but there are people worse off than me, who don’t have you, VCC and Mad Glic McMad to make them smile. 🙂

  93. AFC says:

    HH, I think in Man U’s last match Rooney was playing as a CM next to Carrick.

  94. Red Arse says:

    Hi HH, 🙂

    TA is indeed emotional about football and Arsenal in particular — just like you!! 😀

  95. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC, the comparison with Heskey is totally irrelevant. Giroud has a club career goal per game ratio of 0.42; guess what Heskey’s and RvP’s are?

  96. Highbury Harmony says:

    Bobby S, disagree about the quality is there for everyone to see, but 100% agreed on his awkwardness.

    I like his work rate and team first attitude, but his quality disappoints me. The flicks when executed correctly are beautiful, but too often he telegraphs what he wants to do to be effective. I think the fancy stuff is not part of his skill set and he often falls down or gets stripped of the ball when he tries.

    Instead, he just needs to focus more on his strengths: movement, aerial ability, calmly bringing balls down and getting into positions that favour his left foot. Along with improving his passing and decision making, the aforementioned attributes can further be refined to get the most out of him and a true SS would certainly help!

  97. Highbury Harmony says:

    RA, absolutely nothing wrong about being emotional about Arsenal which is what I was alluding to :). Just that others are critical of me and other posters of being so, when it’s unnecessary to ;).

    We all have different opinions, it’s what makes discussion interesting!

  98. TotalArsenal says:

    Redders all agreed 🙂

  99. AFC says:

    TA, Heskey done a lot of good work for his teams and did not get any of the credit.

  100. TotalArsenal says:

    jgc, what a rotten job you have hahaha 😛

  101. AFC says:

    TA, HH is roght. Giroud is not playing to his strengths at the moment. Walcott, Podolski and our other strikers play to their strengths.

  102. AFC says:

    * right

  103. TotalArsenal says:

    HH, football is emotion! Simples. 😛

    But I don’t think I was in any way hostile to you. 😕

    I do get frustrated when I cannot get others to see what I can clearly see, and yes, I don’t like it when fellow Gooners rip into a player who wears our shirt and gives his all – you were not doing that by the way. They are my boys out there and I will support them as long as they give their all and add value to the team, and that will never change. 🙂

    However, I respect other bloggers’ views re the ‘adding value’ bit: it is all about believes and perspectives, I guess.

  104. AFC says:

    TA, in an nutshell this is what I am trying to say.

    In years to come when pundits and fans are discussing whether Giroud was a success at Arsenal or was a good striker. They will not look at all of the hard work he has done. They will look at how many goals he scored at that is it and if he has not scored a lot of goals he will be classed as a shit striker and a flop at Arsenal.

  105. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC, do you believe Wenger would allow a player to just choose himself how he would like to play? Giroud is exactly playing the way Wenger wants him too; he just has to become more clinical which he usually does in the second season at a club. In the meantime, let’s stay behind him for at least another season. He will come good.

  106. AFC says:

    TA, I am behind Giroud and I am only saying these things becuase I care about Giroud. In years to come I do not want to see a quality player like Giroud not respected. We may realise what Giroud offers to Arsenal but as my comment above a lot of fans will just judge him on how many goals he has scored.

  107. TotalArsenal says:

    But that is the thing AFC, OG has both to offer. His career average is .42 goals per game and vanJ’s is .44. It’s his first season and he has a respectable average of 0.38 goals per game. He will only get better at Arsenal, of that I have little doubt, as he is a hard worker and very very eager with plenty of talent. 🙂

  108. AFC says:

    TA, some fans might not want to wait for Giroud to improve and become a force in the PL.

  109. JM says:

    Arsenal 1st team (midfielders categorised to their closest of abilities and qualities):

    Destroyer (21st century liberio) – in a similar role as Busquets, J.Martinez, S.Bender, Khedira etc:

    Arteta (Stand-in)
    Coquelin (Deputy)

    Facilitator (Midfield General) – in a similar role as Xavi, Schweinsteiger, Gundogan, X.Alonso etc:

    Arteta (Complete package)
    Wilshere (2nd in command)
    Ramsey (Deputy)
    Diaby (Deputy)

    Creater (Maestro) – in a similar role as Iniesta, Kroos, Goetze, Oezil etc:

    Cazorla (Complete package)
    Rosicky (2nd in command)
    Wilshere (Deputy)
    The Ox (One for the future)

    Simple as the above, no DM, B2B or AM or whatsoever other names.

    We are going to hire a new Destroyer this coming summer, making Arteta and Coquelin deputies to him.

    ======================================================

    Back to the match, it was a fair result for both teams. We can only win our own remaining games and let the results elsewhere take care of themselves.

    Giroud is a good squad player, nonetheless my preference is for our starting 1st team striker/forward to be an efficient match-winner (someone who can break a stalemate with a touch of genius and intelligence). An efficient match-winner who does not need to score a hat-trick in consecutive games and named top scorer of the league at the end of a season, but one that deals the killer blow to the opposition by getting that single goal to win a game, to win the final of a cup competition.

  110. TotalArsenal says:

    Do you think Wenger cares about that, AFC?

  111. TotalArsenal says:

    JM, the Pod, Theo, Cazorla (and Arshavin, still) have this in their locker. Also remember that Giroud scored a very important goal against Spain this season (and Bayern of course).

    I agree, though, we could do with another player of that sort of quality, but he could be a winger or play in the hole.

  112. AFC says:

    TA, he did seem to get rid of Santos and Park very quickly. Normally he likes to gives players chances. You could say Santos had chances but Park didn’t.

  113. TotalArsenal says:

    He did not get rid of them, AFC. They are still on our books.

    Question to you: do you think Arsene is really dissatisfied with Giroud’s performances this season?

    Buying Park is still a mystery to me: one day we’ll find out, hopefully!

  114. AFC says:

    TA, to me they are only on loan because he cannot sell them. Do you think we will see them next season. I don’t.

    I think Wenger is happy with Giroud’s performances but still feels there is room for improvement.

    Park is a mystery to me as well. Could it have been a move by the board to try and please the fans? Maybe.

  115. Today is the start of a new weekly BK feature, in which I, Dr Glic, will answer questions on anything and everything as an agony aunt !.
    Every Wednesday I will answer one question as submitted to me by email. To safe guard the BKer in question , I will give them a fictionous name when answering !.
    I have took this upon myself , being one of the regulars from the beginning, I have noticed an influx of which I call the “Tripple D” factor !, basically some Deluded Deranged Disturbed bastardos !. Some will say,…” Thats like the pot calling the kettle black ” !. Well indeed that is true !. Although , In my terms, it is like me calling my mirror reflection f**king gorgeous, which is indeed true aswell !.

    Todays Question :

    Dear Dr Glic.

    I have been meeting various women for sex, but everytime it is allways a cold and lifeless experience !. Have you any advise on this matter !.

    Yours sincerely.
    VCC

    Hello VCC and thank you for being the first patient of Dr Glic`s surgery and it`s great to start off with an easy prognosis and not some psycholigical shit, in which I would have to ask advise from my partner DR Tricholopodous Wilderscope.

    Advise:

    Get your f**king Zimmer in gear and get out of the Mortuary before the Old Bill arrives you Necrophilliac Muvver F**ker, just send flowers like the rest of us !.

    Catch you next week Tripple D`s.

    Dr Glic

  116. glic says:

    Total, could you release Dr Glic`s comment awaiting moderation if it`s OK !. 😆

  117. TotalArsenal says:

    ‘I think Wenger is happy with Giroud’s performances but still feels there is room for improvement.’ I think so too, and whether a number of fans disagree with this will make no difference whatsoever. In his second seasons at Tours(?) and Montpellier, Giroud made a significant improvement, so let’s hope he will continue this trend. 🙂

  118. Red Arse says:

    NO!! Don’t let him out, TA, disaster will strike if you do!! 😀

  119. TotalArsenal says:

    Glic you are incurable! 😆

  120. TotalArsenal says:

    Ooh no, what have I done, Redders!! 😳

  121. TotalArsenal says:

    Anyway, I am all Girouded out now. I have given you all my views and stats and one day – not this week, as I am tired about it now – I will put it all into a succinct, little post 🙂

    But for now, I am going to let it all go!

  122. TotalArsenal says:

    Catch you you later fellow Gooners and nutbum Glic! 😛

  123. Red Arse says:

    Giroud is still learning and adapting at the top level, AFC.

    He is frustrating the fans when he does all the hard work, and then blows the chance to score. But it is obvious he is cross with himself too. That is good, because he will do better in the next game. If he simply shrugged his shoulders and did not appear to care that would be another matter.

    For example, he blasted the ball high wide and handsome last night, when he effectively had an open goal. What he should have done was to deflect it into the net with the gentlest of touches. You could see by his face he knew what he had done wrong, and the next time he will score in that position!

    We will see! And by the way, TA is right — AW will not be forced to do anything he does not agree with just because some fans get on Giro’s case. 😀

  124. glic says:

    Thats Dr nutbum to you !. hahaha

  125. AFC says:

    RA and TA, you guys are probably right. 🙂

  126. Dr Glic,

    I would just like to thank you for the excellent prognosis you gave to VCC under the strictest confidentiality!

    Once I pluck up the courage, I will write to you under my nom de plume (Terry the Tart) and ask you for advice as to where I can stick my telescope. My syrup and I are shy, so again I implore you to be discrete and not reveal my real identity.

    Thank you.

    TA

  127. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, all understood and I’m glad we’re all good :). It seemed like you were being indirectly snappy at me after I was not even being critical of OG! Must have just been tired from the previous OG defenses ;).

    Again though, tone is difficult to convey over the Internet! Out to sea again, hope all you Gooners have a magnificent day :).

  128. TotalArsenal says:

    Have fun HH 🙂

    You are making us all jealous!

  129. TotalArsenal says:

    AFC, RA, Marcus, HH, any of you working on a post by any chance? 🙂

  130. AFC says:

    TA, I am not at the moment. I seem to be going through a dry patch. If I think hard enough I am sure I could have a post ready for you by the end of the week. 🙂

  131. AFC says:

    TA, I could write a post on Fabianski. Talk about how he has impresses, why Wenger is choosing to play him (Wenger wants to give him a new contract or is he just advertising him for other clubs) . Will Fab want to stay (does he just want more playing time or does he want to leave) . Then ask readers what they think.

    What do you think?

  132. AFC says:

    ‘What could Wenger’s motives be by playing Flappy’

  133. AFC says:

    ‘What could be Wenger’s motive for playing Flappy’

    TA, correct title for possible post on Fabianski.

  134. jnyc says:

    Everyone is being harsh on Giroud. Those were tough chances, not easy, he does work very hard to get there. BUT, i agree he is not good enough in general to be number one striker on a title challenging team. Not quick enough around the box in getting off a shot. But i like him as a second choice.

  135. Hi jnyc, 🙂

    TA and I were not harsh on Giro, pretty much said what you did, except I think he will keep getting better — but he needs support!

  136. TotalArsenal says:

    Sorry AFC, I had to be away for a bit.

    That sounds FAB to me! 🙂

  137. Sir Henry, you naughty old sod — give back your ill gotten gains!!

    I have to say I loved reading your mixed metaphors. perhaps you are right about Giro, but the next time I smell a rat, I will nip him in the bud!! 🙂

  138. Red Arse says:

    I agree, Sir Henry, but we have to be careful about biting the hand that rocks the cradle.

  139. Oh I think that is silly. Everyone knows that a rolling stone is worth two in the bush!

  140. glic says:

    UFB…….Mad Glic McMad !…… Pot…Kettle ? hahaha

  141. glic says:

    So Gareth Bale is not only getting bananas….he`s getting peanuts aswell !.

  142. jgc says:

    TA

    “Giroud has a club career goal per game ratio of 0.42; guess what Heskey’s and RvP’s are?”

    –> Interesting, because he is well behind, this season in IN THE PL (up to a game back or so), in goals per shot on goal and goals per shot.

    I think he has roomm for improvement and maybe it’s season 1 fitting in blues (trying too hard pe HHs comment I think?), but there is a clinical loss in form the PL games at least.

    That said, I was surprised at the stat you put up…

    Do you think the difference is the level of PL play or how they play Arsenal?

    I personally like anyone with high work rate to succeed, as they are usually far easier to deal with than the NAsri’s of the world (for example), and often last longer, if successful, in their career because they undersand how they got where they are more than a “natural”.

    Anyway, my opinions and thanks for the interesting, perhaps counter-intuitive stat…

    cheers — jgc

  143. Dr Glic,

    I hope you respect TA’s wish @14:47 for complete confidentiality for his little problem! 😀

    And leave the Unidentified Frying Blogger alone — you beast!! 🙂

  144. That’s right UFB, you tell him! 🙂

    And don’t burn your bridges – until you build them!

  145. Dr Glic says:

    UFB
    I pride myself on my Doctor/patient confidentiality and would never reveal that Dr Glic Agony Aunt`s first ever patient under a fictitional name of VCC was indeed VCC !. So dont bother with any Dictionaryous torture on me to find out who my client VCC is !.

  146. glic says:

    Oh dear, that swine TA`s automatic moderation thingy mabob has put a reply to UFB from Dr Glic into moderation !.

  147. Red Arse says:

    Surely not, Glicstar?? You never know who you are talking to on here nowadays, do you? 😀

  148. jnyc says:

    Oops sorry, i didnt really mean everybody is hard on giroud, but alot of people are today. I still like him, but id like to see pod get some runs at cf, or a special quality player brought in. We would all love olivier as a second choice. There is also the possibility he will improve in a second season here, but not likely much more, or enough for a team like ours ( lack of quickness because of his size is the issue in my opinion )

  149. glic says:

    Hi jnyc

    I have been on the hotline to Dr Glic because of your comment about Giroud`s lack of pace due to his size !.
    He has informed me he can do a ground breaking penis transplant, where I shall be the recipient of Giroud`s WMD ( f**k Iraq, it was in Montpellier all the time ). This will make Giroud lighter and phucking phast ( you try sprinting with Telly Savalas, David Niven and Gregory Peck hanging from your guns of Navarone ! ). I will have to run it by the wife first though !.

  150. TotalArsenal says:

    jgc, good evening!

    There is no doubt room for improvement for OG. In all competitions he scored 0.38 goals per game this season, and his club-football career record is 0.42 (0.44 for vanJ). VanJ is doing well (still) this season with a 0.56 goals per game record; a lot better than Giro’s 0.38.

    His PL record is not great but then he doesn’t take penalties,which could have helped his goals per game ratio a lot.

    For me it is simply a case of settling in and dealing straightaway with the enormous pressure on him. From the French Alps to Montpellier is a relatively easy step, but from there to London is a totally different ball game. Of course, he could become a total flop, but I reckon he will become more prolific next season and yet continue to play his very important role in the team.

    Wenger might even measure OG as much on his overall play and assists as his actual goal tally, as I reckon he expects different things from him than the most of the fans do.

    Not sure whether I did, but hopefully the above answers your question. 😕 🙂

  151. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Dear Dr Glic

    Please help me. I got your details after reading the caring and sympathetic way you dealt with that VCC man.

    i am distraught with worry and frightend i might do something stupid.

    I have been having a realy hard time recently. I tried Skol Lager and Heroin to make me feel better, but they didnt work. In desperation i took up shoplifting hoping that like Richard Madley, it would help, but all i got was a police caution.

    Some of the things i stole were womens undearwear and for some strange reason i decided to try them on. They felt great and realy calmed me down. i started wearing them under my normal clothes and for a while i felt like myself again.

    The problem is Dr, that whilst at work, i like to have a crap at lunchtime and enjoy stripping of my clothes to sit there in womens underwear whilst reading old Arsenal programmes. The other day i was siiting there reading about Andy Linighan comapring his Norwich days to Arsenal, when all of a sudden i heard a massive thud on the loo door. The door was open and the work supervisor was standing there staring at me whilst wearing stockings, suspenders, and matching bra. He never laughed, just stared at me, he looked almost excited.

    Hethen got out his phone and started taking pictures and i just sat there mortified. That night he called me,and instead of saying not to worry about it, said that unless i go to his house on friday night wearing the same undearwear he will publish the photos

    I am literaly ill with worry, cant eat or sleep, or even read my Arsenal programmes. If i dont go round his house on Friday he will publish the photos and i will be finnished. But if i do go, then i am worried that, i am searching for the right phrase, its realy difficult for me, that he might, you know…Bum me off.

    I have thought anout killing him Dr, but hes a big fat hairy Bastard who would surley over power me and then i would probably be Bummed of anyway.

    Please, please, Dr Glic, what can i do? For Gods sake, help me.

    Terry

  152. VCC says:

    Dear Terry.

    I’m beside myself with sorrow listening to your plight, but you have done the right thing and gone to a true professional, and reputable dealer in medicine….Dr.GLIC.

    He helped calm me down with a recent problem I had, he is wonderful in his line of business, but f*cking ugly.

    The concoction of Skol lager and Heroine was obviously too mild, one would suggest a mixture of Special Brew and Cocaine, reaches the parts, if you know what I mean 😉

    To help your pocket I do a mean line in Pink frilly knickers and matching Bra and Ear rings. Dead kinky they are, they will send you wild, and you will be a huge hit with all the trannies in Brentwood, trust me. All my customers swear by them.

    Another tip would be to let Hethen see you reading a Tottenham Hotspur programme next time you are in the cubicle instead of an Arsenal one. He will just feel sorry for you and laugh his c*ock off, dismissing you as a silly little boy.

    I’m sure Hethen will take pity in you if you cross his palm with silver, I suggest a fiver.

    At no cost let him see the tattoo’s on each of your butt cheeks….”W….W”. This will undoubtedly send him into a frenzy.

    If the fiver doesn’t deter him, I have a shooter you can borrow….It works for me every time.

    Good Luck

    Yours

    Reggie XXX

  153. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cheers Reggie, your a good mate

    This Shooter, is it double baralled? Hes a right fat git, might be difficult to put away, bit like a giroud chance. hahaha

  154. glic says:

    Dear Terry and Reggie. This is a one off as I did say, only one per week on a Wednesday and by email, plus you have disclosed my Doctor/Patient Confidentiality and put it at risk !.

    Advise :

    F**k off and phone The Samaritans you c**ts, I`m f**king busy getting the flees out of my dogs cock !.

    Dr Glic

  155. VCC says:

    Terrance…………Yep, it’s got everything double in it. ..Triggers…barrels….cartridges.

    Slip it down your trouser leg, it will just look as if your pleased to see someone 😉

    Just don’t walk through a metal detector or you be well and truly sussed.

    Cheers

    All the best Mr. Kray

  156. VCC says:

    Dr. GLIC…I beg to differ. I have, and never will, divulge your identity. The only thing I told Terrance was that you were F*cking ugly, and lets be fair that’s no lie, just look in that mirror.

    A little tip with the flees, try using your teeth, they’re slippery suckers.

    Reggie Boy…..

  157. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post – New Post 🙂

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