Nacho/Cazorla or Gibbs/Pod – Rosicky or Wilshere – Pod or Theo: Wigan preview.

Santi Cazorla celebrates after scoring against Reading

Ten days without an injection of Gunners footie, whilst having to watch the rest in action, is not easy.

We know the results this weekend did not go our way, but we should not forget that the most important result was achieved a week ago, when the Spuds failed to beat the Chavs, and as a result, our destiny was left in our own hands, or should that be, twenty-two feet and eleven heads.

Wigan have sometimes been brilliant over the last few months: one of the very few shining lights in what has been relatively a dull PL season, especially in 2013. And it all reached an almost unthinkable crescendo last Saturday, when they claimed their first ever serious title in their history, and against all odds. An unbelievable achievement, and one of which the Wigan fans will live for a long time.

Despite Wigan’s considerable gap with those above them, and just two games left to play for them now, the Latics have also still their faith in their own hands. A win against us and then against Villa at home, and they will play PL footie again next season. Benteke moments of madness could yet cost the Villans dearly and see Wigan survive.

Of all the teams who are not entirely safe at the moment, there is no doubt I would prefer Wigan to survive. But faith has it that we need to beat them in order to have the best possible chance of securing CL footie next season, and we cannot afford to indulge ourselves in sentimentality.

We need to win, and ideally with a large margin – five goals would be nice! – in order to have a better chance to finish third (a win against NU and a Chelsea draw against Everton would then see us finish above the Chavs). Before the visiting Latics fans start biting my neck off, let me state that I do not expect us to win with such a margin, and that I am more hoping for, then simply expecting, a win tomorrow.

Both teams like to play football but the Latics like to absorb pressure and pounce on the counter: something they are very good at.

Wigan’s strengths are predominantly in midfield. In the away fixture they made life very hard for us in the middle of the pitch. They kept it narrow and stopped us from passing the ball around; as a result, we often lost the ball and found it hard to get it back again. During that game it became painfully obvious we were missing a beast of a DM to help us contain and regain the ball better in midfield. We won the game after being rewarded a softish penalty – which Arteta put away with great composure – and Wigan wasting a number of good chances which were mainly created through sharp counter-attacking football.

So the script for this game is straightforward: both teams need  to win and it will simply be another cup-final tomorrow. Great for the neutral spectator, nerve-racking for Gooners and Latics!

How will we line-up:

I reckon it will be Szczesny, Sagna, BFG and Koz in defence. The only big question is: who will Arsene play at LB: Nacho or Gibbs?

This will depend on how much he wants to attack from the left wing. If he wants to attack a lot from there, I reckon he’ll combine Gibbs and Podolski: our best partnership if both are fully fit. However, if Arsene wants to remain less adventurous, and there is a very good reason for this against Wigan, he is likely to go with Nacho (and Cazorla on the left wing); and I believe that’s what he will do.

In midfield, I believe Arsene will stick with our  Welsh-Spanish double DM-pivot and the big question is once again: who will play in the hole? Will it be Rosicky, Cazorla or Wilshere. I am going to choose Rosicky, as his experience, and Jack potentially still not being fully fit/ in form, would make him the safest bet.

In our attack, I am  going to go for the usual suspects. I would love to see us play a bit of wing-football again, but I reckon that our most capable players for the wing, Ox and Gervinho, will start on the bench, and that Arsene will go for a ‘fluid-three’ of Cazorla, Podolski and Theo. All three have scored a lot of goals this season, and so it makes sense to have them start against Wigan tomorrow.

Let’s hope Podolski is fully fit, or at least fit enough for this crucial game, and that the team will have been practicing a lot over the last ten days to get the best value out of him in the central position. A lot will depend on it. Let’s also hope Theo will continue to get back to his best and Cazorla’s ambidextrous shooting boots will find the net tomorrow.

Predicted Line-Up:

Arsenal are likely to start with the same eleven as ten days ago against QPR

Arsenal are likely to start with the same eleven as ten days ago against QPR

We all know what this game means and what needs to be done. Nobody can say they are not warned about Wigan’s ability to cause a major upset. Let’s hope the boys are focussed, fully fit, start strong and never look back.

We need a passionate and yet professional performance by our boys: time to play  for the shirt and for the future once more. And let’s hope the crowd will reflect that passion with their levels of support tomorrow.

Let’s get the three points and move above the Spuds again: Let’s give them a sniff of the mighty red and white Arse!

CoYRRG!!!!!!

Written by: TotalArsenal. 

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170 Responses to Nacho/Cazorla or Gibbs/Pod – Rosicky or Wilshere – Pod or Theo: Wigan preview.

  1. Milo says:

    Impossible that Podolski will be fully fit, unfortunately. He’ll probably play, but if all the reports are to be believed, Lukas will need surgery on his ankle in the summer.

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed Milo, let’s hope he is ‘fit enough’….

  3. Bond James says:

    thanks, TA

    agreed with most of your playing 11 except Nacho, i would have Gibbs straight back in….

    Gibbs on the left with Podolski sort of playing on the left and through the middle will be absolutely lethal i reckon, simply because santi can come more towards the center and it will allow podolski and gibbs to work in tandem with poldi not having to do as much back tracking as he was accustomed to, this also means Theo/Rosicky can utilize the space behind poldi and use it to good effect.

    i just hope wenger doesn’t start with Gervinho, i have a gut feeling that he may start with Gervinho

    oh and on 2nd thought, i would slot Jack wilshere back in the starting 11 at the expense of Ramsey.

    only 2 games to go, we need to be putting our strongest 11 out and not wait till the 70th minute for them to come on and change the game, we need to be ruthless and put it to bed within the first 45 minutes (after so many finger biting moments, i would appreciate an easier evening for a change).

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    BJ, I would like us to play:

    Sz

    BS- BFG -Koz – Gibbs
    ——-Arteta—Jack—–
    ———-Rosicky———
    Cazorla —Theo —-Pod

    But Arsene will stick with what he knows has worked, I reckon…

  5. Bond James says:

    TA,

    i am hoping Arsene for once is a tad more proactive, sure, if it’s not broke we don’t fix it usually at arsenal but when was the last time we scored than a single goal ? we no longer are in the late 80’s and early 90’s, protecting a one goal lead week in week out is not only bad for the team but nerve racking for most of us.

    i much rather he go back to plan A , attack is the best form of defense and no reason why we can’t send Wigan packing at home with our strongest 11 with most of our players available (not sure when was the last time when we didn’t have many injury problems).

    Wigan will be coming right at us from the start as they are motivated and energized, if i was the manager i would fight fire with fire and then believe in our quality to outscore them but i also see why Wenger would have a defense first approach for tomorrow, he wouldn’t want to concede a goal and then after 65 minutes he would make his usual subs to kill the game.

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    all agreed BJ, yet, would i sign now in blood for two boring 1-0 victories? You Betcha! hahaha 😛

  7. Milo says:

    I haven’t read the pre-match quotes yet, so does anyone know if Wilshere is more fit than he was last match??? He SHOULD be, after 10 days without a match, but you never know!

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    Arsenal.com state that only Gibbs is a small fitness doubt (will be assessed tomorrow)

  9. Bond James says:

    oh no doubt about that, if push comes to shove, i won’t complain at us winning 1-0, TA

    but we have had our fair share of 1-0’s this season and i reckon poldi is due a hattrick tomorrow with Santi and Theo chipping in with a few as well 😀

    oh i also forgot set pieces, so let’s hope BFG and KOC score one each.

    😀

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    You forgot about a couple of Arteta penalties and a Ramsey 35 yarder!

  11. Bond James says:

    it was all believable until you had to mention Ramsey scoring a 35 yard screamer, it’s never happened on the ps3 or xbox, i doubt if that will ever happen in reality 😀 but there is always a first time in life

  12. Mike says:

    I do not know how anyone else feels but for me Wigan winning the FA cup while at the same time being in the relegation zone kind of shows that winning the FA cup tells a small part of the story of a teams quality (if anything at all)

    And for me it also reflects just how poor a EPL season this has been with ManU basically running away from the pack to win the title while let’s be honest with NOT their strongest team they have ever had.

    With the battle of North London and the other top 4 places looking to be going down to the last games games of the season. Not because the all were great but because they were equally as inconstant.

    With 4 of Arsenal’s players in the top 20 leading goal scorers list yet not one Gooner in the PFA’s team of the year. Cazorla scored more goals then Hazard or Mata yet they both got in. Really?

  13. TotalArsenal says:

    haha BJ – as the Dutch say: you never know how a cow catches a hare!

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    All good points Mike. It will be a season to forget for most of us, except for Wigan of course!

  15. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    HI TA, I think your right about the line up with the exception of Gibbs for Monreal.

    Ime going tommorow. ive invested in a high powered monocle, so should be able too see whats going on. Mind you, things are so blury that when Theo smashes it in i will probably mistake him for Jack Wilshere, and he wont even be playing. hahaha

    Of course its a must win. Both teams are under severe pressure so it could be very tense. Wigman will be bouyed by there cup win but might get knackered in the last 20, so i expect us to put them away.

    Looks lke Mancini has been sacked. i knew his number was up 5 months ago when he publicly criticsized the City owners for not giving him another £zillion for transfers. In a sense he became an oddity. City have a plan to develop the club by pouring hugh amounts of money into youth projects and play within the parameters of FFP. He on the other hand still thought it was all about spending money on crap players like Nasri.

    He was one of two things. either incredibly naive and and a bit thick. Or just a short termist who was primaraly in it for himself. i think the latter. Good riddance.

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    Terry 🙂

    Let’s hope we can finish them off tomorrow, and good point about fatigue towards the end.

    Mancini has been hoping to get the sack for quite a while. A mediocre manager who never bothered to learn to speak the language of the City he presented….. Good riddance indeed.

  17. Bond James says:

    Rafa to man city looks likely if the malaga coach isn’t a done deal already i reckon.

    he will be loved by man city fans simply because he had that thing going with man utd and SAF over the years.

  18. allezkev says:

    Good post Total.

    Seems like the team for the job.

    Wigan need to go for the win as much as Arsenal.
    Could be an interesting game.

  19. Admir says:

    TA, let’s hope Podolski will be able to score and that we will keep scoring unlike in our previous two matches when we scored within first 120 seconds and went out of ammo. Giroud will be back for Newcastle, we missed him in both previous matches.

    Perhaps Oxlade-Chamberlain could be given a start, with Walcott in the middle?

    Mancini is a complicated story. He was an extraordinary player, one of those that could easily be considered as Bergkampesque-type of player and I really liked him back then. His back-heel goal against Parma while he was wearing Lazio shirt was magical stuff. His career was a bit weird – he was one of the best players of Sampdoria when they won scudetto in 1991 and reached ECC final in 1992. However, due to his poor financial moves (apparently he lost all his life-savings investing in some mines of gold or something like that in South America) he had to search for money so he accepted a very big offer from Sergio Cragnotti and Lazio. He signed for biancocelesti and won more than a few trophies with them including scudetto in 2000 and last edition of Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999.

    As a manager, his first two serious jobs were at cash-strapped giants that were close to bankruptcy – Fiorentina and Lazio. Both clubs lost most of their best players but Mancini was actually doing a good job – both clubs played an eye-catching football and had some results. When he became a manager of Lazio, he lost two best players – Alessandro Nesta and Hernan Crespo to Milan and Inter respectively – on the last day of transfer deadline. Still, his Lazio played an attractive football that failed to produce trophies due to string of bad results but qualified for the Champions’ League. Next season, he lost one of his best players Dejan Stanković to Inter in winter-break but still managed to win Italian Cup but he missed out on Champions’ League for just a bit.

    When he joined much richer clubs where he could have had almost every player he wanted, his teams failed to produce beautiful football. Sure, results were there but in both cases – with Inter and Manchester City respectively – it was individual class of his players and superior position on his rivals on the market that helped him to reach trophies.

    In Manchester City, he tried to leave a mark by making Mario Balotelli a world-class player. Unfortunately, Super Mario has had a lot of problems with his character and living in a country with a media like Great Britain have didn’t help his case. Džeko and Tevez were lost despite their goal-scoring record because Mancini wanted to make place for Balotelli. Mancini kept crying how he didn’t get what he wanted from the transfer windows after the title and it is a miracle that he lasted this long.

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    BJ – it could also be Maureen…

  21. allezkev says:

    Clichy was given a torrid time in the Cup Final.
    It was that kid Mcmanaman wasn’t it?

    Concerning the Gibbs vs Monreal debate, I suppose with that in mind, it has to come down to who you think is the better defender?
    And if Gibbs isn’t 100% fit, would that be a risk?
    I actually prefer Gibbs as it goes, but in this match and bearing in mind the opponant, i’m not sure?

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Allezkev 🙂

    Tomorrow’s game is not for the faint-hearted, that is for sure!

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers for the Mancini background info – always very interesting, and appreciated. 🙂

    And yes, we are missing Giroud – more the type of player than his goals/assists, although the latter would be very nice too…

  24. allezkev says:

    Total, what’s your take on the rumours of Wenger’s supposed interest in Loic Remy?

  25. TotalArsenal says:

    High praise by Johan Cruijff for Wigan in Dutch media today. He has used them as an example of how football should work for Ajax: stick to your vision and play good football and you can beat the rich clubs in Europe, and you’ll win things again. (Martinez is apparently a close friend of his son)

    Anyway, time to hit the pillow. Catch you tomorrow guys. 🙂

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Allezkev

    A decent player for squad depth, assuming that the Dane and Moroccan are on their way out. But not the biggest fan. What do you think?

  27. allezkev says:

    Not really seen a lot of him, except for one outstanding goal he got a few weeks back.
    Quite fast, might give us something different thru the middle?
    Get him and Jovetic and that’s not a bad 4 strikers to take into next season.
    Night Total.
    I’m off as well.

  28. alan says:

    just found out Mike Dean will be the ref. FFS this pressure is worst than my anatomy exam

  29. henrychan says:

    Morning all..
    TA.. I love the starting eleven.. but I think Podolski had failed to satisfied Wenger.. and Theo will play as a CF.. Gervinho at RW..
    Altough I prefer Gervinho at CF.. Walcott stay in his best position.. hehe..

    I think Santi somehow is better in AM position.. maybe if Rosicky bench first.. and come in second half.. Podolski can play at LW.. I still believe in my theory for our 3 strikers.. Walcott – Gervinho – Podolski play together.. they can switch one to another easily.. and make the defenders confuse and suffer.. hahaha..

    The big mouth Ade.. saying that Wigan can beat us.. hahaha..
    I think it just the way he must do to keep him save.. hehe..
    But I still believe.. there be no Adebayor next season in EPL.. hahaha..

    Next season will be very interesting.. with no Ferguson.. no Mancini.. no Benitez.. (will it be also no AVB.. hehe..) EPL will be very different..

    Oue players will stand for their dignity.. and make us proud..
    Go Gunners..

  30. Coleon says:

    Bear in mind that Monreal was made to look like a mid=table defender by townsend too..that boy(monreal) lack pace,he doesn’t join his mate in attack,he only attack with the ball at his feet.

  31. jgc says:

    TA et al

    My 2p, defence wins championships. Wigan beat Man City in major part because the “mercenary machine” couldnt get a goal in.

    Thus, I would start with Monreal and Ramsey, as you did, to echo the recent debate above. I would bring on Jack, if healthy enough, and Ox if we go behind or are tied later (say 60mins or so).

    That said, I do have some sentiment for Theo down the middle and the Ox wide. Doesnt violoate my earlier “guideline” (ahem) but if Poldi just isnt all there, that would be a good lineup with Poldi in reserve.

    cheers — jgc

  32. JM says:

    Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 vs Wigan’s 3-4-3

    My line-up:

    Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski

    Subs: Mannone/Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, The Ox, Coquelin, Gervinho, Wilshere/Gibbs

  33. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hi TA, don’t have much time but great preview as always :). I agree with all your line-up choices with Monreal/Gibbs 50/50 and if Poldi is not fit, Theo up front and Ox on the wing.

    BJ, I heard Jack is out for the year and will go under the knife to remove a pin from his ankle. Can anyone confirm?

    Admir, lovely look at the history of Mancini’s career as a player and manager! I really enjoyed reading that and I’m sure he’ll find another managing job fairly soon. It appears that he may be more efficient at managing a club with less, but will he be able to adjust after working at a club with so much excess?

  34. Admir says:

    @HH – thank you. Who knows, perhaps Inter would give him another chance given that they are going through some rough times but even if they do that, it is questionable whether Mancini would accept it. His titles in Italy were mostly result of Calciopoli – direct and indirect consequences of it helped Mancini and Inter a lot – and he would have to prove that he can win trophies when he doesn’t hold pole position. He could follow the path of Sven Goran Eriksson who was his mentor and manager – he might just wait to see which rich sugar-daddy will fork out millions and millions for his signature.

    I’m feeling nervous for tonight’s game. I would like to see a spectacular performance from us but it is more likely that either or both remaining games are going to be nail-bitting competition between Gooners and Spuds all over the world. I guess English Premier League is the most exciting league in the world because of that suspense – no easy games, every team giving 100 percent in order to stop you from winning.

    Prediction: 2:1, Walcott and Cazorla to score after we fall one behind due to Kone’s goal.

  35. mA says:

    hello fellow Gooners…

    Gibbs on the left for me especially considering that Clichy was skinned by that McManaman guy. the rest are usual suspects but if we struggle in the 1st half why not introduce the Ox early in the second half. He is the only Arsenal player who can easily win a penalty.
    quite confident the gunners will win this one but would like quite a few goals. watch out for Cazorla and or Rosicky to deliver a masterclass.

    my Prediction: 3:1, Walcott and Cazorla then from an unlikely source.

  36. PC 69 says:

    Brilliant article, TA, has got my nerves jangling!! 🙂

  37. VCC says:

    Our nerves and bottle will be the only thing to beat us tonight. We have the superior players. Having had a long break and after Wigan played on Saturday the fitness fact should help us too.

    I would use Walcott as a 60 minute substitute. Bring him on if needed at 60 with fresh legs, but he must play wide right and not through the middle.

    Nerves are starting to kick in already. And this is only for fourth place.

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning very fine fellow Gooners! 🙂

    No need to be nervous – the boys will do us proud tonight!

  39. alexgunners says:

    TA,

    Evening Lads.

    Great post once again.
    I believe that the lineup is pretty much spot on for me. Regardless of the lineup we need to be able to play right from the start and make every opportunity count.
    The players need to give it all. Our destiny is in our hands and i personally do not care if we win 1-0 or 5-0. I am nervous just thinking about it.

    Lets go out and play with pride for the shirt and lets go after this. This is our first real step in preparing for next season.

    Admir,

    Great insight buddy on Mancini and thanks for the well wishes.

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Henry 🙂

    I could live with the front three of Gervinho – Theo – Pod and Santi in the hole. I would love to see Ox and Gervinho start on the wings and Theo in the middle with Santi and Rosicky as combined AM’s and Arteta holding behind them…. but that is next season’s stuff. Tonight will be about defending solidly and score hopefully more than one goal.

  41. TotalArsenal says:

    Hello Alex 🙂

    When is the baby due, if I may ask?

    And are Brasil ready for the WC?

  42. TotalArsenal says:

    jgc – all agreed. Solid in defence and taking our chances when they come. I guess that is the main reason we should expect Poldi to start, as he knows how to take a chance better than anybody else in the team.

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    mA and Admir, I have either of your predictions 😛

    mA – let’s hope we’ll see the Cazorla-Rosicky show tonight, although it must be stressed we need a good performance by the whole team.

  44. henrychan says:

    TA..Wigan need to win more than us.. but they lost a lot of their main players and they are tired.. FA Cup is their top peak performance.. and they will go down..

    And because they need to win badly.. they will play an open game.. and that’s what we are love at.. And we are more solid in defence than before.. because Ramsey and Arteta have find their cemistry together.. as well as Koscielny and Mertesacker..
    So.. We will win more than one goal.. 3-1 I predict.. hehehe.. Walcott and Santi will score..

    We did it before.. and we will do it again..
    Champion Leauge is our place.. We belong there.. hahaha..
    Go Gunners..

  45. TotalArsenal says:

    Let’s hope so Henry!

    How is Yoona da Goona?

  46. alexgunners says:

    TA,

    The baby is due in October, which means that hopefully i can take the month off and i can get him/her tuned into UK time to watch the games with me. Might as well trained them right from the start.

    Brasil are not looking to good for the World Cup to be honest. No wins in nearly 12 months despite playing a lot of friendlies at home. I just hope that Scolari can weave his magic once again and bring us some sort of joy. I am not holding my breath tho’

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Aah a Spring baby, Alex! 🙂

    You must indeed take the time off as it so special.

    Sorry to hear about Brasil’s lack of form – quite a while to go though. I am really looking forward to the tournament being held in your ‘other home’ country and I reckon the contest will be a lot more open than in recent years: nobody will be absolute favourite. Are all the stadiums and infrastructure etc ready?

  48. henrychan says:

    So far so good.. TA..
    18 May is her one month young.. And 19 May is my 42 birthday..
    So win tonight and win again on Sunday 19.. will be a very great gift for me.. hahaha..

  49. alexgunners says:

    TA,

    Most stadiums are ready and the main stadiums will be used for the confederations cup in June. I cant wait to see it all ready. Unfortunately I wont be there but I just want it to be a successful WC. I have family all around Brasil and they tell me that the infrastructure is definitely better and a lot of jobs have been created.

    I just look forward to having another Gooner in the house.
    If i sing 1-0 to the Arsenal, my dog runs from the other side of the house to where I am, now that is a good well trained dog

  50. TotalArsenal says:

    Henry, Yoona shares her birthday with Łukasz Fabiański – now what will be the chance of him playing tonight?! 🙂

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    Good to hear that Alex.

    A real shame you cannot be there, as it is such a one-off opportunity.

    But a young family needs a daddy at home.

    I hope your dog will be returning again and again tonight! 😛

  52. alexgunners says:

    It is a shame but I would give up a WC for our first child anyway.

    Lets hope that Theo does return again and again tonight.

    To me this match feels like a cup final and I am getting more nervous as each hour goes by.

    COYG

  53. VCC says:

    slightly off subject guys but is it just paper talk or is there something in it?

    Evening Standard Monday 13th May, 2013. back page =

    “United launch raid for Fabregas”

    Would you have him back?

  54. alexgunners says:

    VCC,

    Ive seen a few articles around mentioning the same thing.
    Could it be that Van Judas or ReallyVilePrick (which ever you prefer) is trying to bring his old mate to ManUre?

    I would like to think that Cesc would return to The Gunners and if he really is available, I would never forgive the Board for not trying to sign him up. I would accept him returning even if it meant that we could not buy anyone else.

    The one that got away, returning to The Home Of Football would be a blessing. Lifting team morale, showing intent and appeasing fans as well. His true DNA is Arsenal and not Barcelona as so many previously claimed.

  55. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Must say, ime realy excited about going to the game tonight, so much rests on the result. wigan were fantastic at wembley and if they produce the same against us should keep the score down, but i reckon it will be 4-1 to us.

    i went on a gambling website last night and done a double. Arsenal to win 4-1 and Alex Ferguson the next celebrety pervet to be nicked by the old bill. I got 25-1 on him

    I thought about lobbing some on a “Cliff not gay Richard” and “Bruce nice to see arse nice Forsyth” double but the odds were only 14-1. hahaha

  56. JM says:

    From whoscored.com:

    Key players (Arsenal vs Wigan): Walcott (who scored our last 2 league goals) and Maloney(main creative winger/forward)

  57. VCC says:

    Alex.

    I would have Cesc back in a heart beat. The article said Barca were looking to off load him for around £20mil. and Arsenal had first refusal. Barca still owe us £5mil from the deal so that would only be a net outgoing of £15mil. should still leave plenty in the kitty for at least two others.

    With Pelegrini going to ManShitty Arsene should fly over to Malaga and grab Isco tomorrow. I have checked the flights with Ryanair from Stansted and they are only £100 return. I would pay the ticket price and go with him for a few days away, and have a few of my favourites pints of beer, San Miguel.

    Terry, a couple of days back my Son asked me to get the odds on Arsenal winning the Champions league next years……I rang William Hills and they quoted…….33-1. ..I said can you check that as it seems a tad low, I was expecting at least 150-1 as they have not even qualified yet….the reply was …yes that’s right 33-1. URGH.

    I bet GLiC is already behind the sofa.. The way its going I might have to join him tonight. Im really nervous.

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    No need to be nervous about this one VCC:

    1. We are playing at home
    2. There is no risk of underestimating Wigan tonight
    3. Our team is rested and there is a good squad to pick from
    4. We have a good record against Wigan at home
    5. We are on a good run
    6. We are The Arsenal
    7. 🙂
    8. 😛
    9. 😆
    10. 😀
    11. 😉

    CoYG!

  59. alexgunners says:

    Guys,

    Time to get a short sleep before the game as the game is 4.45am here.
    I’ll be back later

    Take care

  60. TotalArsenal says:

    Catch you later, Alex! 🙂

  61. VCC says:

    have a nice sleep Alex, catch you L8R

  62. VCC says:

    Total.
    I like your confidence. Sincerely hope your right. I fear for our complacency tonight. Have we got the bottle, that’s what it will come down to tonight. We must grow a pair tonight and act like men. Have we got enough back bone and can we stand up and fight, I’m not sure we have the character.

    Fingers and everything crossed. Even after tonight there is still another huge game for us this week end. It will show weather we have the Spunk, that’s for sure.

  63. VCC says:

    *whether

  64. VCC says:

    I’m hoping Santi turns it on tonight. And Theo comes on after 60 minutes and roasts them.

  65. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Vics, look at it this way. The bookies think theres less chance of us winning the Champions League than there is back in 1989 Ferguson getting blind pissed, molesting his big knockered secretary and then forceing himself on Ryan Giggs. hahaha

  66. 17highburyterrace says:

    Morning (for me) fellas….Big match, eh….

    First off, I’m jealous of Terry (others?) who get to go to the match tonight. I think we (the supporters) can create a memorable atmosphere tonight that really helps us going forward. The early days of the new (sterile?) stadium and strolling in knowing (or hoping or demanding….) that the lower teams will roll over must be replaced by a spirit of pride and enthusiasm. It may “only” be Wigan but they have shown what they can do and we (supporters included) must take the game to them. Is it true that they’ve been staying in London since their cup victory?….

    2nd, as good as Wigan were in resisting City they were equally poor in losing to Swansea a week ago. I watched that match (somewhat, while cleaning the house….) and it was the same 3 points on the line as tonight. They took the lead on the stroke of half time (a poor clearance from a corner led to an Espinosa belter….) but failed to hold it. They got a second and looked good at 2-1 but then conceded two and took out the Swans keeper (Vorm) to create a strange atmosphere for the final ten minutes when they could create nothing. That match, I think, sealed their relegation, though, of course, we must confirm it tonight.

    Mike Dean will be a guy to watch. Wigan live off set pieces. Maloney can deliver good balls (and direct kicks too….) and a lot of their guys go down very easily. Dean is unafraid to make big calls early in matches against us in our stadium (Bale dive in our first 5-2, Kos tackle on Dzeko this season when we lost to City….) Our defending needs to be solid but also clean. Arteta and Ramsey must stop Maloney and Gomez (if he plays) from getting balls up to Kone who Sagna and Mert must shackle. On the other side, Nacho and Kos will have to keep McManaman honest. The latter is very quick and can get by guys 1 v 1 but his final ball is (very) inconsistent. We cannot get suckered into letting him play for the whistle….

    Which brings me to my line-up….I agree that we’ll probably see the 11 TA has suggested. Still, I think AW has wanted to play two left backs all season long and I recall him getting Santos in ahead of Gibbs a couple of times late in matches in the early season. If he were to do it now (if we could get a lead….) it would be with Gibbs ahead of Nacho. This, of course, shows that although Santi “lines up” as our left winger, he is not playing as such and we really are playing 4-4-1-1. It (almost) looked serviceable when it was Giroud trying to find Theo on knockdowns (from Route 1 kicks from SCSZ). It looks a whole lot more questionable when it’s (immobile) Poldi trying to do likewise. As such, possession is our friend and it’s key that Santi and Rosicky and Poldolski can move the ball quickly across the top of the box (solo or with 1-2s) while Theo stays onside before ghosting in behind. City were flaccid in this area (fat Nasri sapping the creativity of Kun, Tevez and Silva….) and Joel had the match of his career. I expect us to do better and for the keeper to pick balls out of his net….

    So, very nervous, but also optimistic. It’s a shame that we have to send Wigan down and I hope that our supporters can join theirs at the end of the match in saluting what they (and their incredible manager–and not just this season….) have achieved by clapping them off the pitch in that bittersweet moment…..

  67. VCC says:

    Terry, always said Fergie was a perv. 😉

  68. PC 69 says:

    17ht, : 2:34 p.m. (UK)

    Well said,sir, and I agree with your sentiment. 🙂

  69. Red Arse says:

    Sorry, I normally only wear my PC 69, or old soixante neuf uniform, when arresting the Glicster!

    [A ‘PC’ in the UK is a police constable, i.e. a cop!]

  70. Bond James says:

    i’m not sure why some of us are relying on wigan not to turn up, surely whatever Wigan do is irrelevant to what we can do on the pitch, we’re a big club and we should be putting teams like Wigan away who come and play football, i would be more nervous if we were playing stoke/sunderland/west ham but surely we got to deliver the goods against a very spirited Wigan side, they might be spirited but have to show more hunger and desire tonight, not just win but win good and show everyone how good and lethal we can be.

    this season has been a massive disappointment for me and a failure but us finishing in top 4 is the only tiny glimmer of hope that keeps me going.

  71. VCC says:

    Hi BJ.

    Wigan have some fine players with a good Manager. It baffles me how they are in the position they are. If they turn up they are a match for any team, so Arsenal beware tonight.

    Macmanaman
    Kone
    Maloney
    Gomez
    Alcaraz
    Al Habsi ( and he has lost his place to a Spanish keeper)

    They are no mugs on their day.

  72. Bond James says:

    Hi VCC,

    there is no denying that Wigan are a decent team but a team that has been in the bottom half of the table and one that seems to be fighting for survival week in week out.

    although, i do agree with you that they shouldn’t be in that position but i am also baffled as to why we should be afraid of Wigan turning up at our turf and terrifying us when we have our strongest possible 11 all available.

    they may have all them players you mention but we also have the likes of Ramsey in our midfield, he alone should be enough for wigan tonight i reckon 😀

    no, you’re right, it’s indeed a mystery how year in year out they are where they are and sadly i can see them get relegated tonight, which will be a shame for football but also reflects yet again that you can’t afford not to improve, sell your best players year in year out and expect to do well the next year .

    in an ideal world i would have wanted wigan to stay up and stoke to go down but since this world isn’t perfect, i’ll settle for us finishing inside the top 4 😉

  73. Bond James says:

    *year in year out and not week in week out

  74. Hello fellow gonners

    Nice post TA, agree with your 11 though i’d pick Gibbo 4 this game due 2 that guy who tore Clichy to shreds at the FA final…i personally think Gibbo is better 1v1

    tonight’s game is a no brainer…MUST WIN!!!..

    seeing Ade is hell bent to relegating us to Thursday night football, i fully expect the lads in red and white to deliver the goods tonight…then come Sunday we may laugh it up his arse!!!

    Would also pick OX 4 this game and push Thierry Henry(TW14…i’m kidding!!!!) out to his FAVORED central striking position, then have the Ipod come in to score a screamer to make it 3-0!!!We need our little magician at his MAGICAL BEST!!!..he can really win us this one, and we SO NEED IT!!!

    Here’s to hoping to 3 precious points and some Wenger-football

    What do you guys make of the HIGUAIN rumors?anything concrete there??????????

  75. VCC says:

    BJ,
    Nice sentiments about a footballing side. I too would normally want Wigan to stay up, and yes its a mystery why they struggle so much considering the delightful football they play at times.

    While your undoubtedly right about us having superior players on paper, I have serious reservations about our character, desire and leadership.

    If we take this lightly and not turn up from the off we could be in big trouble. Give them a sniff and they will go for it.

    Normally a side playing three days after a winning performance in a FA Cup final would be knackered, together with playing against a team that has had ten days rest should be a formula for us to steam roller them. My fear as stated is our all round persona.

    This Summer Wenger has some serious thinking to do. If the reports in the press today saying Barca want to offload Cesc is true??????? then he should NO~T hesitate in getting him back, this would fit at least one piece of the jigsaw. Then together with two more top class players then I really really think we could challenge for the prem.

  76. VCC says:

    Kenyan Gooner,

    I would prefer Higuin to Benzema or Giroud.

  77. Bond James says:

    KG,

    Higuain will be leaving RM most likely this summer whether he comes to us or not is a different matter, it’s usually player agents linking their players to top clubs all around europe to get the best deal for their asset , he was also linked and apparently had agreed his terms with juventus at the same time signing a pre contact with us , although he may well leave but his destination will only be confirmed once any official news comes out, mind you before he was linked to us, he was very strongly linked to Tottenham hot spuds.

    VCC,

    all agreed, and yes if man utd are offering 20 million for cesc that means barca only make 10 million out of the deal since we will be getting 50% of the proceeds ? so in theory, if we offered 15 million, we could have our world class player back (mind you, 15 million also means another minus 5 million that barca owe, so effectively a net spend of 10 million on getting cesc back is not bad…of course it goes up when we add salaries , sign on fee e.t.c. but that shouldn’t be a problem.

    my only concern is that twa* who used to play for us and we sold to man utd trying to persuade cesc in joining him or trying to do the same with our current contingent, if he does that then he will lose all forms of respect from any remaining fans at arsenal (myself) included.

    coming back to ARsenal vs Wigan, it doesn’t get any bigger than this, we win, we’re in the driving seat for the CL, they win, they prolong their misery 😀 a draw does neither any good, so it’s all guns blazing…

    i have one concern though, i hope we don’t do anything stupid and get a red card, as long as we keep all 11 on the field, we will be kings of north london once more and possibly london again (when everton do us a favour).

  78. Hello VCC..

    I no longer question the teams ‘character, desire and leadership’…of late, i’ve seen PLENTY of it…this is typified by RAMBO picking up last month’s Player of the Month award…he typifies this current Arsenal side…Hardwork + Desire + Drive…fully deserved our recognition!!!

    Don’t know much about Higuian but we do need another Top Class Striker…but don’t what to make of the story IF TRUE, in regards to the Jovetic story….

  79. 17highburyterrace says:

    VCC (and BJ)….I very much understand your doubts and worries about the team showing up and the point I was making about the emotion in the home stadium (I think–obviously…) is a big one. BJ, is right that we should (italics) be able to take down a side that wants and needs to play football. Hell, we should be able to beat all these lower teams by giving a normal, professional performance….

    This goes to the debate about the quality of the EPL. The top teams (except United) seem to have real difficulty asserting their superiority (witness Man City in the FA cup final, as the latest example). We’ve actually done well on this account over the course of the season but we’ve had to because of our abysmal record against the teams nearer to us…. And, we’ve done particularly well, in terms of results, since being dumped from the cup competitions. The performances have been ugly, however, and we’re all itching for a definitive combination of a resounding result on the back of a commanding performance.

    We need this tonight. Not just to qualify for next season’s marquee tournament, but because there seems to be sooooo much opportunity to catch the Manchester clubs (both with transitions in management) and the wobbly oligarch project in Fulham….We need to start making real statements about OUR quality and the threat that WE pose….

    Anyhow, it’s nothing but a hopeful statement from a supporter as the (too) big match approaches….

    Kenyan Gooner—That’s the first time I’ve heard Lu-Lu (Lu, Lucas Poldolski) called the I-Pod. I like it–it captures the essential selfishness a scoring striker needs to carry….Sorry, but I think the Higuain links are all smoke….(as we negotiate for Jovetic and Higuain and his agent try to get his price/salary up elsewhere….) He’s a guy I’d love at the club but I cannot see it happening….

    Go on you Reds….

  80. Hello BJ…

    CAN’T believe i forgot that mike DICK is in charge tonight…curse the spuds 4 this!!!!…it doesn’t get any easier 4 us but we need to put in a great performance…

    RE the cesc story…the one whose name shall never be mentioned can actually coax our former brilliant captain to join him…hope cesc stands by his word that he can ONLY play 4 us or barca…hope he doesn’t have a ‘little gay boy inside him’…plus his LOVE for Arsene can only be rivaled by THE KING!!!

    CURSE the end of the season…its filled with TOO much suspense!!!!!

  81. TotalArsenal says:

    VCC,

    This team has plenty of backbone, hairy balls, never-say-die attitude etc in my opinion; the only thing I am slightly concerned about is whether we have the quality up-front and in midfield to finish the Latics off when we can. So, yes let’s hope that Santi and Theo bring home the bacon (or the quorn, for those who describe themselves as vegetarians).

  82. Red Arse says:

    KG,

    The Higuain rumour is just that. But, there are a couple of ‘possible’ theories.

    1. Higuain’s wife has got a media job in London, and it would suit him to play there. The choices are between Arsenal and Spurs, as Chelsea do not want him, having thier greedy eyes on other targets.

    depending on who gets the fourth place and CL qualification would probably decide which of the North London clubs get him.

    2. Juventus have allegedly made a bid for him. Now this is either RM trying to push his price up, or Higuain’s agent is trying to drum up more interest, or he might really want to go to Italy, because of the Britain v Argentinian business over the Falkland Islands.

    So, two apparent choices, but full of “ifs, ands, maybes”.

    Which do you think is right? 1 or 2 or none of them? 😀

  83. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    Did I mention, previously, that the whole Wigan team cost £9.5m?

    That gives great credit to Martinez and his coaching — well except for being on the verge of relegation, but the FA Cup win against £200m Citeh seems even more unbelievable.

  84. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi RA,

    That is indeed remarkable. Did you read my comment yesterday that Wigan earned praise from Johan Cruijff?

  85. TotalArsenal says:

    Looks like Gibbs is not fully fit and Nacho should start.

  86. Glic says:

    Evening Broke Back Bergkampesquers !. 😆

    Listen girl blouse`s, historically anyone can win the FA Cup with a bit of luck !. The league is a different kettle of fish, if you`re in the bottom 3, it`s because you`ve been consistently shit !. Wigan are shit and if we don’t beat them, Dr Glic will not be about tomorrow as he would have drowned in his own tears !. We need eleven heroes tonight. So lets listen to some Robbie Savage ( don’t you think he has let himself go a bit in the video )

  87. TotalArsenal says:

    Right guys,

    Will be watching the game in our local pub with a fellow Norwich based Gooner, and will be back on the blog after the game.

    Enjoy the game! 😛

  88. Glic says:

    I bet tomorrow on BK will be like a ghost town with tumbleweed rolling through Totals cyber Y-Fronts after a mass suicide pact if we don’t win !. It wont be no different for Vics as the senile old git doesn`t realise he`s alive anyway !. hahaha

  89. VCC says:

    Am I alive……..Oh shit I thought this was heaven…….You see I’ve been an extremely good boy and I will definitely be knocking on the pearly gates….Not sure about all BKers though, theres a few iffy characters on here.

  90. VCC says:

    Glic, is there room for me with you behind the sofa?

    I’m beginning to crap myself and we are still over an hour away from KO.

    Going down the local shortly, think I should go early and half a bottle of scotch to calm myself down.

  91. VCC says:

    where’s everyone gone????? have you all cut your throats.

  92. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey, I’m here….I had to earn my keep, but now the apron is off….No room behind my sofa….

  93. 17highburyterrace says:

    LU-LU-LU——-I can head in a bouncer—–POLDOLSKI!!!!!

  94. 17highburyterrace says:

    Maloney dives and scores…. 1-1….

  95. 17highburyterrace says:

    Half time, as predicted Wigan are playing for set-pieces….and why not if you have a guy who can place them like that….

    I could use some company….

  96. Admir says:

    If we can’t win against team that is most likely going to be relegated, than we don’t deserve to play in Champions’ League. Koscielny’s miss might turn out to be a very expensive one. Mike Dean is a c…

  97. Admir says:

    17htt, with all the greatness Cazorla has shown this season, his free-kicks have been a huge disappointment for me so far.

  98. henrychan says:

    I think it time to replace Rosicky.. Either with Ox.. or Cazorla and bring Gervinho..

    We will win.. COYG.. Walcott will scores..
    Go Gunners..

  99. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey Admir…Cazola’s FKs? I can hardly even remember one or two. Theo tends to take the righties, Poldolski would take the lefties….Are you talking about his corners? Those created a goal and the chance you’re mentioning….

    I hate to say it (again)….but for all his industry if Aaron Ramsey could just get his touches right (or run with the ball at his feet, which is the same thing….) he’d be a very useful player. As it is….

    Gotta beat Wigan and not try to play Mike Dean….

  100. Admir says:

    No, I meant free-kicks during the season. Whenever he tried to take direct free-kick, it didn’t turn out well. Perhaps that one he scored for Malaga at Santiago Bernabeu last season fooled me…

    We need a strong defensive midfielder as much as Mike Dean is an Arsenal hater.

  101. 17highburyterrace says:

    Maloney is the danger man, another not-very-athletic guy with a great right foot….Of course he’s looking for the FK….Arteta challenged him poorly twice and got called twice. (The first one was wasted by Gomez.) What’s that saying about fool me once…. fool me twice?….

    By that definition, Arteta is looking like a …..

    Time to step it up and get a couple….Go on…

  102. 17highburyterrace says:

    Zero disagreement Admir…. I didn’t see every moment of every game but I really cannot remember too many Santi FK’s….I think I remember one with his left (weaker) foot and maybe one (early season) with his right….

    Theo now playing centrally, but call offsides again….

  103. alexgunners says:

    Hi guys,
    not an ideal finish to the 1st half

  104. 17highburyterrace says:

    Huge save from Sir Chez while everybody was watching the even bigger dive from McManaman….

    They’re putting it all on the ref, but, to their credit they’re trying to win the match….

    We need to do likewise….

    Geezus….Linesman saves us again and their keeper makes a double save!!!

    It’s getting wild now….

  105. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey Alex….

    End to end this period….

    Ramsey into row Z….

  106. alexgunners says:

    We seem to have fallen asleep at the start of this 2nd half

    COYG

  107. Admir says:

    If we fail to reach Champions’ League, we won’t have any right to complain about referees.

    Now Di Santo is on.

    We need some fresh blood and more composure in front of their goal.

  108. alexgunners says:

    Hi 17ht

    Some of the decisions made by Mike Dean have been shocking, not only this game but all season long against us.

  109. 17highburyterrace says:

    Get Ramsey off….

    Wigan corner, dealt with, but all the pressure is at our end….Yellow card for time-wasting in a match where a draw serves nobody?…..

    McManaman off (on a stretcher) Di Santo (good finisher) on….

    Lu-lu header tame this time….

  110. 17highburyterrace says:

    Alex, I dunno, I think Dean is a better ref than most….Arteta after the first soft foul needs to be careful in spots where Maloney wants the free kick….

    Arsenal need to do better….

    To tight an angle, Theo….

  111. Admir says:

    Erm… We were supposed to dominate this match based on fatigue?

  112. 17highburyterrace says:

    “too”, I meant, about Theo’s shot when he should’ve passed….

    Bad giveaway from AR16 there….Dean whistle gets us out of it…

  113. alexgunners says:

    We always seem to struggle whenever Mike Dean is Refereeing. Coincidence?? Maybe.

    As for Ramsey, He is trying hard but it’s just not coming off for him today. Let’s not wait til the 70th minute for a substitution

  114. 17highburyterrace says:

    THEO!!!!!!

    From Santi!!!!!!

  115. Admir says:

    I think Wigan will piss their blood in order to win this match. Their last match is against Villa without Benteke.

  116. alexgunners says:

    TTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOO

    ONE MORE GUYS

  117. 17highburyterrace says:

    (keeper should’ve done better….) BUT I’M Not Complaining….Theo was brave….

  118. alexgunners says:

    agreed 17ht

  119. Admir says:

    THEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    My stream sucks but I’m glad that we scored. 😀

  120. alexgunners says:

    GIBBS, WHAT A TACKLE.

  121. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gibbs with great pursuit after (another) Ramsey giveaway….

  122. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wigan need two right now….A 3rd goal (from us) would deflate them….

    AND THERE IT IS!!!!!

    Lu-lu from Santi

  123. alexgunners says:

    POOOOOOOOOOOOOLDI

    COYG
    COYG
    COYG

  124. Admir says:

    POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLSKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

  125. 17highburyterrace says:

    LU-LU-LU, Lucas the poacher!!!!!!

  126. alexgunners says:
  127. alexgunners says:

    RAAAAAAMMMMMBBBBBOOOOO

    Could have given Poldi a Hat trick but well done Lad.

  128. 17highburyterrace says:

    AARON RAMSEY!!!! (grabs a little low hanging fruit) Well done, lad….

    (Is it wrong that I thought he should’ve been off the pitch?)

  129. Admir says:

    BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

    Now, let’s all wait for some breaking news tomorrow after this goal. 😀

  130. alexgunners says:

    I also thought that he should have been substituted.

    What do I know???

  131. Admir says:

    Thank you, Alex, but I don’t wanna change my lucky stream. 😀

  132. alexgunners says:

    Admir,

    Stick to it buddy. If it’s a lucky stream and it seems to be leave it alone

  133. 17highburyterrace says:

    It’s actually a huge goal for him as it’s been….how long?…..

    We look good now…. (How ’bout some freaking subs, as we have a game on Sunday and Toonies are merely watching today…..)

  134. Admir says:

    Since Olympiacos?

  135. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kos has been excellent today….though that was a little tight on the clearance behind….

    Fun as it is, I say, “Subs please”…..

  136. 17highburyterrace says:

    I don’t want to be “that guy,” but I gotta say, this makes me angry. Why keep playing with the 11 who will start at Newcastle? We’re risking injury on top of the fatigue….

    Finally….

  137. alexgunners says:

    lets save some legs for the newcastle game. especially podolski

  138. alexgunners says:

    he needs the rest more than most and i feel that he should have been substituted after the 3rd goal

  139. 17highburyterrace says:

    Admir, I cannot remember the Olympiakos matches except that in the 2nd one we failed to win when it would’ve meant winning the group (I think)…..

    Do you think Santi will get an assist on the Ramsey goal? That would be 4 on the night….

  140. 17highburyterrace says:

    So then, Alex (or Arsene) why don’t we use our 3rd sub?…. (Nacho in, Santi out, Gibbs pushed up….)

  141. Admir says:

    Ox or Gervinho to finish Latics? This might be the last possibility for Gervinho to play at Emirates.

  142. alexgunners says:

    17ht,

    Definitely no AW,
    I am too much of an emotional fan. If I was AW i would push for more subs as I would take guys off all the time instead of being patient

  143. Admir says:

    Ramsey scored in home match against Olympiacos in injury time after Giroud’s flick-on. It was the one for 3:1. 🙂

    Cazorla got himself four assists on Fantasy Premier League. Of course, I didn’t have him in my team.

  144. 17highburyterrace says:

    Haha, Alex….

    It’s a small detail but I agree with Admir, get Gervinho a moment in front of the home-crowd or get another starter off…

    Santi’s my captain in FPL this week….

  145. 17highburyterrace says:

    Why not Arteta (off for a 3rd sub), who seems to be limping around?…..

    Captain Verm gets the run-out instead….

  146. alexgunners says:

    Santi’s had a great game and so has Theo.
    Theo is a whole lot better operating in the wings

  147. Admir says:

    As you asked, 17ht!

  148. 17highburyterrace says:

    Armband hand-off (from the guy who got fooled into giving the FK–and goes limping down the tunnel) to the guy whose benching has been a season changer….

    Hmmmm

  149. alexgunners says:

    Fantastic result, now lets gun for 3rd place.

    It’s unfortunate that Wigan is going down but that’s football.

    Time for me to go to work guys. Have a good night/day.

    COYG

  150. 17highburyterrace says:

    Cheers Admir and thanks Alex for the company given your crazy early morning….

    I was never worried, hahaha, and I’m glad a few others didn’t have to hide….

    Wigan are relegated 😦 And it appears our fans are giving them good treatment as they go down….

  151. oz gunner says:

    great result. I can breath a lot easier after that! God I hope Everton grind out a result against Chelsea.

    @ 17

    I thought Ramsey had a good game. Not one of Arteta’s best though.

  152. Milo says:

    Ramsey made two appalling mistakes while in possession, that could have cost us! Yes, he defended well for the most part and scored, but when Jack came on, he did fairly well, for a player who isn’t fully fit. I would start Ramsey against Newcastle, but give him a short leash. No giveaways in central areas, and he will continue to play. If he continues to give the ball up in the fashion that he did today, I would put Jack in there. I have the feeling that Jack was going to come on for him, before we scored the second goal, but once we scored Arsene had second thoughts about that. I have defended Ramsey all season, and love his effort, drive and determination!!! I thought he played one or two lovely one touch passes out to Theo today, but keeping possession should be his MO, and I thought he put us at risk in a couple of instances. I’m not talking about missed passes in the final third here, I’m talking about passes in to midfield, where he turned possession over to Wigan. It’s great that he scored though, so maybe that will give him more confidence to get in to the box and finish. I think next season, his place will be in jeopardy, with a new signing arriving, but as long as he can be responsible defensively and while in possession while continuing to sweat blood and tears for us, he will always be a valuable member of the squad!

  153. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi guys 🙂

    Great game – end to end stuff, especially in second half. 4-1 Terry will be very happy!

  154. TotalArsenal says:

    Milo, all agreed on Rambo. The Wigan midfield forced him and Arteta into mistakes today, but his and Arteta’s drive and energy were still very important for us.

  155. VCC says:

    Yoooohoooo Glic, you can come out now , wherever you are.

  156. Glic says:

    I told you earlier Wigan were not in the bottom 3 for nothing, they`re shit, the table doesn’t lie !. I knew we would win 🙂 but Neuchateau away will be more scary. Squeaky Bum Sunday again !.

  157. VCC says:

    Did you watch it GLiCster?

  158. Glic says:

    Match the Spuds result and we get minimum 4th !.
    Chavs lose and we win , we get 3rd !.
    Chavs draw and we win by 2 clear goals and we get 3rd !.
    I wont be behind the sofa on Squeaky Bum Sunday…..I will be buried in it !.

  159. Glic says:

    Don’t be silly Vic`s, I have a weak heart !.

  160. VCC says:

    Theo and Santi were immense tonight. I love those guys. How Santi was not in the all star prem team is a travesty.

    How much did Theo want it tonight. If he can keep that aggression and learn to cross a ball he will become a huge star for the Arsenal.

  161. Glic says:

    We might be nervous, but I can guarantee the Spuds will be just the same and it`s out of their hands !. Although they definitely have the easier fixture !.

  162. Glic says:

    I shall watch the whole game on ” Arse player ” tomorrow and pretend I don’t know the score !. hahaha

  163. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great stuff.

    Now listen hear you lot, are any of you sure that you havent been touched up by Ferguson?. Dont sit there sniggering, think.

    When you were younger did you get left alone with Uncle Alex, and he told you that putting his hand down your pants and stroking your cock was normal?

    If he gets nicked next i stand to win £4800. Its not the money, i just want you to get justice. I will even drive you to the Old Bill station myself. hahaha

  164. Glic says:

    That’s small fry Stretch . I stand to win £500,000 if some bastard walks into a Bounds Green nick wearing a syrup made from Uncle Alex`s pubic hair !. I will split it with you and you can keep the syrup !. hahaha

  165. Glic says:

    And If you can walk into the Bounds Green nick with DNA evidence that your Transplant is made from his pubic hair, then we can buy out Stan and Jabba !.

  166. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahaha, i dont think hes got any pubic hair. Its one of his fetishes to have it all shaved as he has his way with his victims.

  167. Glic says:

    What was the atmosphere at the Ems like tonight Stretch ?.

  168. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Yeah, it was good Cornwall. A bit tense, so that can sometimse get to the players.Quite a bit of groaning when it was 1-1. Felt sorry for Wigman but a win was vital.

    Was the free kick for there goal a foul? didnt look like it to me, but i was high up and watching with a dodgy eye. hahaha

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