Flamini or Jack, Koz to shackle Fletcher, Ozil’s debute? Sunderland pre-view

Intro:

Welcome back BK’ers. Arsenal returns after another typically boring interlull. Just to recap:

Our players departed to various corners of the globe two weeks ago. Unfortunately for us the Earth is not flat so Arsene’s attempt to send Bendtner off the edge of it failed. The Great Dane did however inform Arsene that not only is he the world’s greatest striker, but after conquering England, he and his fellow Vikings have overtaken Europe after storming the shores on massive flotillas; and now he’s asked the kit designers to change his name to ‘Bendtner-the-Great’!

We beat our knuckle dragging rivals 1-0 thanks to this goal by GIROUD!!!!

Giroud goal vs totts

Today we lock horns with Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland. Although they’ve lost their past seven league games, Sunderland have had a decent record against us in recent seasons. They knocked us out of the FA Cup two seasons ago, we drew 0-0 on opening day last season, and we scrapped over the line with a 0-1 win in our last meeting. They are a different team this season, though. They’ve lost Mignolet and Sessegnon, but gained Mannone (best of luck, just not against us), Liverpool striker Borini, and Napoli defender Dossena.

Let’s get in to it shall we?

Missing in Action:

Diaby sick bay

Arsenal: Podolski (Hamstring), Vermaelen (Back), Ox (Knee), Arteta (Thigh), Diaby (Knee), Rosicky (Hip), Zelalem (shame really, I would have liked to see him make a cameo against West Brom). Thankfully, Walcott is okay to play after he escaped injury following a tackle from Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Kucher. Sanogo will also miss the game (heaven forbid we need to chase victory in this one).

Sunderland: Lee Cattermole, Craig Gardner, Phillip Bardsley, Connor Wickham will all miss this fixture through injury. Wes Brown will most likely miss this one but with O’Shea missing due to suspension he may need to suit up.

Predicted Line-up:

starting line-up v Sunderland

Once again this should be best the available one. Ozil will make his debut in place of Rosicky. Santi will start out wide but drift in every now and then like he usually does with great success. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Flamini started in place of Jack, in fact I’d probably prefer if given Jack’s midweek involvement. The Gibbs/Nacho LB mystery still remains. I prefer Nacho in away games but I think Gibbs will start. If Ozil was settled in I’d be adventurous and go with Gnabry out wide instead of Santi, however, we need to assert ourselves early this season so a safety first approach should be in play.

Previous Encounters:

Sunderland v Arsenal 0-1

Arsenal took the lead at the 36’ mark thanks to a beautiful strike from our mighty Spaniard Santi Cazorla. Late replacement Jenkinson was sent off after 62’ thanks to a second yellow. After that we had to dig our heels in and fight to keep the Black Cats at bay. This was the game we first saw the partnership of Mertz and Sagna. Boy did Sagna do well on short notice.

See Santi’s goal here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfIE6tPykhU

Arsenal v Sunderland 0-0

A stubborn Sunderland could not be broken down in this one. Resolute defending and a shocking miss from new boy Giroud saw the game finish goalless. It’s fair to say we’ve seen better football matches than that one.

Form Guide:               Arsenal:  : WWWWL          Sunderland: LWDLL

Four wins in a row and we are travelling nicely at the minute. A win against Tottenham should see spirits high in the Arsenal camp, not to mention the buzz created by Ozil.

Sunderland is yet to pick up a league win this season (2 losses and a draw). They did progress in the capital one cup after trailing by 2 goals against League One outfit MK Dons.

Arsenal Archive (1)

This week I’ve dipped into the Arsenal Archive and pulled out this video clip. It’s a collection of Tony Adams’ favourite FA Cup moments. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvczIuCn5YM

One to Watch:

Ex-ManCity footballer Adam Johnson will need to be shackled in this one. Despite the fact that I don’t rate him highly, he is still an incredibly gifted footballer. If Gibbs or Nacho give him space he could fire in some bullet crosses, and with Fletcher hovering in and around the area he should not be given an inch.

Club record signing Mesut Ozil will have all eyes on him today. Arsenal fans will be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes popping out every time he goes near the ball. On the other hand, journalists will be sharpening their pencils as they prepare to label him a flop if he doesn’t break the game apart. All I know is I’m bloody excited. If he scores, Arsenal fans the world over could develop a repetitive strain injury in the wrist…fear not though we have two!

Key-Match up:

Steven Fletcher vs Laurent Koscielny

Last season Fletcher was Sunderland’s key signing in the transfer window. After a reasonably large sum of money was exchanged for the former Wolves striker, Fletcher shot down his critics by scoring 5 goals in 4 games. This won him the Barclay’s player of the month for September. Last week marked his first match back from injury and he did it in style scoring against CrystalPalace after coming off the bench (albeit in a loss). I don’t know what it is about Fletcher but he just seems to be one of those strikers that can make you pay if given the smallest sniff (almost Bent-esque). Koscielny along with his partner in crime big Mertz will have to be on guard for this one. I have no doubt ‘Bosscielny’ is up for the challenge though, he’s fast becoming a world class defender. If he played for Bayern or Barca he’d probably already be labelled one.

Key Stat: Last season: Koscielny finished second in the league for aerial duels won (only 2% behind the monster Samba, 6% more than Cahill, and 14% more than Vermaelen). Have a look at his tackle and interception stats:

Kozzer tackle success

Pre-Match Finger:

kid finger

This week’s finger goes out to…International breaks! I’m sick of them! Yes I know Australia is useless at football (6-0 to Brazil…way to go guys) but there are just too many negatives. We at Arsenal know better than most that when our players jet-set across the globe not everyone will come back in one piece. If I decide to watch an International match I’ll do it to keep an eye out for our players. I don’t care if they score 6 goals! I’d rather them sit on the sideline or hover near the corner flag staying away from the action. With our thin squad the last thing I want to hear is Ozil/Santi/Kozzer has come back injured so we’re going to have to rub horse placenta on him. Arsene must lose plenty of sleep when his players fly the coop.

jack international duty

My next bone to pick with International games is their timing! We build up a head of steam, we’re choc full of confidence, 4 wins on the trot then it’s “I’ll see you in two weeks, Arsene.” Worst of all the injuries and roadblocks seem to happen during friendlies, cheers FIFA we didn’t need Ozil for 6 months anyway. Lastly the controversy; every time there’s an international round something happens that takes away from the game itself. We might care a bit more if we didn’t have to witness unreliable refs, diving, handball decisions not called, and worst of all…racism.

Then once in a lifetime a miracle happens…Australia make it past the group stages of the World Cup. A nation unites and everyone screams “Lucas Neill is the best defender in the WORLD!!!!” (funny thing is, Liverpool actually fell for it!). It’s a change from the usual “Soccer is a game for girls: they’re weak, they dive etc.” Then Australia gets knocked out by Italy thanks to a dive. It’s okay though, because it’s an excuse for the whole country to get drunk and cheer for a game no one normally cares about. The next day it’s “who cares, soccer is shit anyway.” To be continued…if Australia become half decent again.

As for Zidane, you can have a finger too! Suggesting Ozil left Real Madrid because he “lacked the will to fight”…buzz off you imbecile, perhaps he should go around head butting players then?! Although, I would have been a lot happier if he head-butted Bale and Ronaldo before he departed the club.

Pre-Match pat on the back:

This week’s pat on the back is going to Jack Wilshere for copping the criticism he received after his display against Ukraine. He was subjected to some rough tackling during the game (when isn’t he?) but the backlash from the game has been completely ridiculous. It’s the English media’s fault not Jacks. They’ve built him up to be Jesus Mk II.

Trial by English media

But when he has a bad game he’s no longer the ‘Super-kid’ he was once heralded as; instead, they start questioning his ability or wonder if his injuries have left him as a shadow of his former self. The good thing about Jack, though, is we know he can shake it off and come back fighting. He’ll dust off those injury cobwebs and make those who doubted him look very senseless.

Ask the opposition (4)

‘Ask the opposition’ returns again this week. It is designed to get some friendly banter from our opposition fans and get their insight for the match ahead.  This week the answers were kindly provided by Adam from www.a-love-surpreme.com and Paolo’s Pecs (a Sunderland moderator for www.not606.com . Let’s see what they’ve written for us this week:

1) How do you rate your transfer window (ins and outs)?

ADAM: There’s been a massive turnaround over the summer, with 14 new signings and 7 first-team departures. Yet the transfer window overall has been greeted with a mixed reception as some of the deals feel like they are desperate and only short term solutions to the problems. In saying that, Jozy Altidore looks promising as does Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini and Czech right-back Ondřej Čelůstka. On the other hand, it was sad to see Danny Rose return to Tottenham and Simon Mignolet’s departure is like watching your girlfriend leave you and yet still be on good terms.

PAOLO: I think we have found some good talent, but I do worry that some of the lads are only a slight improvement, when with the financial backing we have we should be going forward in leaps. We’ve lost a little of our pre-season optimism already, Cabral looked superb v Fulham then hasn’t figured, Altidore looks a handful but not a natural finisher, funnily, the last minute unknown Celutska looks a real gem, as does Diakite when used.

2) Can Vito Mannone fills Mignolet’s shoes between the sticks?

Vito Mannone

ADAM: It looks like Mannone will be providing competition for Keiren Westwood this season who’s waited patiently for a run in the first team. Mannone looked decent in pre-season however neither him nor Westwood will be as good as Mignolet in my opinion.

PAOLO: Not on any level. I had a chat with Vito in Tesco (bit surreal) and he seems a decent lad, I reserve judgement on him, but I think replacing Mig will take years, we are all seeing his impact at Anfield already.

Mignolet should be an Arsenal player, simple as that, even we said it ‘he should go to Arsenal, Liverpool are not good enough for him’. We’re not a bitter bunch at all…

3) You’ve had a slow start to the season, how do you think Paolo Di Canio he travelling? Will he take you places?

ADAM: I think Paolo will be either be a huge success (Europe) or we’ll be in a relegation dogfight, there’s no in between with him. Hopefully it will be a success but at the moment it’s not looking good.

PAOLO: Jesus, how long is your column… There are minor divides already, I’m still all for, love the natural enthusiasm and agree that discipline is needed. Some say he’s OTT, and there points are justified, some say he is short tactically, and we have failed to impact 2 of 3 games.

I do think he’s learning, and I do think, given patience, he will get us moving. How far? Top 10 regulars maybe, not this season though.

4) What player/position is your weakest?

ADAM: We lack creativity in central midfield although hopefully the signing of Ki Sung-Yueng will change that. We also look very light defending set-pieces as there’s not much physical presence in the team.

PAOLO: Centre mid, we can’t get a balance and lack creativity. Seb, who I like, is not worth his shirt at the minute, he is not strong enough or quick enough in the head to play CM.

5) Which Arsenal player would you like and why?

ADAM: Laurent Koscielny or Mesut Özil would be nice but realistically I’m a big fan of Rosicky and he’d be perfect for us, given our need for an attacking centre-midfielder. Despite smashing a penalty over against us a few years ago, his composure, long shots and determination to come back from a long injury have always impressed me.

PAOLO: Cazorla, driving force, creativity. We are desperate for that. I lived in Marbella for 3 years, watched Santi many times, and the man is a magician at times. Top lad too, used to just turn up at local schools and kick ball about with kids. His son, supposedly, is ridiculously talented, aged 5 or 6 or whatever. Sign him up!

6) Which player/position do you feel is our weakest?

ADAM: Arsenal had arguably one of the tightest defences ever under George Graham but Arsene Wenger’s era has been plagued with defensive frailties. Plus, there’s very little cover at the back as Sagna while playing well there so far isn’t a natural CB and Thomas Vermaelen is struggling for form. Arsenal don’t seem to like it when teams are rough and physical against them either although that is slowly changing now.

PAOLO: I think you lack a genuine holding midfielder, and think both of your wing backs can be got at. CB I think you have good players, but none of them perfectly complement each other.

7) Özil, will he live up to the hype?

ADAM: He made a very successful transition from the Bundesliga to La Liga and plays well at International level so he should be a huge success; I just hope he struggles on his debut!

PAOLO: Yes, and then some. Phenomenal natural talent, if he is half a Bale, I’m a fit blonde. He, Santi, Jack one midfield? I will be covering my eyes a lot on Saturday.

8) What is your prediction for the match?

ADAM: We have to put on a good performance eventually and that may be due against Arsenal. We have a decent record against you at home as well so (as long as Özil isn’t at his best) I’m going for 1-1.

PAOLO: I’m an eternal optimist, you have to be following Sunderland. 3-0 Arsenal…

Prediction:

I think we’ll account for Sunderland pretty easy. They have a very unsettled squad at the moment, and while we also have a plethora of injuries our squad seems pretty settled. I think Ozil will be a handful and I look forward to seeing both he and Santi working in tandem. I’m going to go with a very solid 0-3 victory, with Giroud scoring a brace early and Santi getting on the score sheet late.

For this week’s psychic prediction I contacted ‘Eagle Star’ again (he thinks I write for le-grove so if things go sour BK will not suffer his magical wrath. Terry may suffer from more warts on his pecker. But it’s uncertain whether that can be attributed to magic, or just the ‘dark arts’ strip club he works at on weekends). Here are his responses:

Oz: Will Arsenal dispatch Sunderland this week?

Eagle Star: Thank you for coming back. Here for some more free predictions huh?! After our last discussion I watched the Tottenham game and I must say Arsenal played well. I’m seeing a 0-2 victory.

Oz: sounds good. Our new signing Ozil is going to debut in this one, how will go?

Eagle Star: I think he’ll come close to scoring.

Oz: Now you predicted we’d sign 4 players after the Tottenham game, what happened to the other two?

Eagle Star: As I keep telling that pest James Bond Arsenal tried to but couldn’t close.

Oz: So you’re JB’s insider?

Eagle Star: ….I’ve said too much, see you next week Oz.

What is your prediction?

Will Ozil make a dream debut?

Can Mertesacker and Kozzer keep Fletcher at bay?

Written by: Oz Gunner

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242 Responses to Flamini or Jack, Koz to shackle Fletcher, Ozil’s debute? Sunderland pre-view

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Oz, thanks for a truly fantastic top-class pre-match. I can read between the lines how much fun you had putting it together, and the pictures are simply sublime – especially the Wenger- Jack one had me in stitches hahaha 🙂

    I will read it properly tomorrow morning and get back to you.

  2. geoffchase says:

    Great stuff

    Night time for me, but quickly:

    Arsenal 3-0 or 3-1 if Per is out…

    Ozil to assist one in average performance from him with 3 sublime passes. Queen will then abdicate naming him her personal successor to the throne, after which Kate will kill him and well me et know the rest. Ie he will go well, better to come later…

    Us, of Per is there, maybe yes if it’s Sagna and Per. Definitely if Flamini is in…

    Cheers — jgc

  3. geoffchase says:

    And we will never know the rest… Damn ipad, what IS it thinking??!!?

    — jgc

  4. Arsenal_vcc says:

    Good read Oz 🙂 Thanks!

    Was just seeing a few injury rumors flying about so am not sure if your lineup, which would have been most reasonable if all had been fit, will hold. Just hope that the focus and drive that the team exhibited before the break is not destroyed…Having said that, I am backing Theo to score his first goal for the season and Arsenal to win 2-1.

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    Guys, I am just hoping for a win, but it will only be a narrow one, if at all tomorrow.

    Going away after international duty is really tough and Sunderland will be really up for this. The brain says 1-1 the heart is hoping for more. But Flamini is a must tomorrow.

    Night Night 🙂

  6. AB says:

    Great appetiser Oz. I hope you are right about ease and outcome – I’m still in early season caution mode. I think Flam must be a starter tomorrow, and I would have thought Arsene would want to bring Ozil on from the bench rather than make him the centre of expectation from the off. Depending on his sense around Jack, this either means putting FlamRam as our pivot with Jack advanced, or (I think) FlamRam still, with Santi central and perhaps Gnabry on the wing. Not sure what the latest is on Mert also, which might mean some shuffling needed at the back.

    Overall, we must expect them to be really at us, given their poor start and being at home. There is always hope that Di Canio has wound his players up so much they cant be bothered, but its perhaps too soon for that. I think we should let Ozil come into the team gradually, rather than be expected to make everything tick from day 1, so my vote is to trust the squad, let us get in front, and bring on the man for 20 min at the end. An early goal from Giroud, a Walcott good day and Santi pulling the strings for 70 min is my basic ask; as a minimum I don’t want us to lose all the positive sense we have built up since the Ozil signing

  7. Glic says:

    In a BK squad brimming with SQ, you have to be Totals best signing,. The best Pre-matcher in Goonerdom…..The Wizard of Oz !.

    Lets hope Arsene`s SQ signing can match your brilliance……The Wizard of Ozil !.

  8. Alcide says:

    Wow, great pre-match post, Oz!

    What is your prediction?
    I’m going all out, 3-0 to Arsenal

    Will Ozil make a dream debut?
    If he does play (please, please oh please) he will show a nice sample of his qualities, with a few key passes… Its up to Theo and OG to make the debut a dream. If he starts, I’d bet for a Flam/Ram pivot combo behind him. Speaking of dream debut, I’d love a Gnabry late goal…

    Can Mertesacker and Kozzer keep Fletcher at bay?
    They sure can, and will… But I hope Per will be able to play – I’m extremely happy Verm is back but let’s get him to match fitness please, he needs to rebuild confidence and playing at 80% is not the way to go about it.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow 🙂

  9. turnipnipple says:

    Super blog, says it all keep up the good work!

  10. James Bond says:

    wo00000t woooo000000t – nice one OZ

    loved it !

    Per is definitely out lads, so that means Sagna slots in at CB

    OooooOzil might not start either, as he’s feeling under the weather, in that case, i will bring in Flam’s and let Rambo or JW play in the hole – take turns, hell yeah and interchange with Santi on the left ? why the hell not

    alternatively, in case OooooOOOOoooZil doesn’t start, play Santi in the Hole and unleash the next big thing in a few years time aka Gnabry on the left – sorted

    my prediction ? 0-40 Arsenal (take away the 0).

  11. oz gunner says:

    Thanks for the kind words as always gents (1 year in and we still haven’t found a ladette for BK?!), much appreciated as always.

    So the Germans have the shits. Well Sagna covered there last time and he’s showed recently just how capable he is so not to worry. The Ozil thing (hopefully bluffing and they were just given the morning off. As JGC’s great article said it’s all about managing players during the season) is annoying, WE WANT TO SEE HIM PLAY ARSENE!!!!

    I’d prefer we didn’t play Jack because I feel less is more with him at the moment. We can’t have him over doing it and risking injury again.

    @ BJ

    what’s this crochet you speak of? Certainly not a sport I once followed when Australia was number 1 in the world. The crochet talk can be left to VCC and his retired buddies 🙂

    You are definitely right, if I wrote more the site wouldn’t make a second year. My writing is best in small doses.

    Agree with your comments on Gnabry, I’m excited by what he could develop into. A future of Ox, Gnabry, Ozil, Jack, Ramsey…phew I need a ciggie!

  12. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Magnifique Mr Oz

    Such an enjoyable read, apart from the fear that now Eagle Star is after my Cock. I have enough problems in this department

    I am currently suffering such horrendous erectile dysfunction that not even Edson Orantes Donasamento can assist me. I have tried everything but no action. The other day, in frustration i beat him with a fly swatter and cursed his name, not a good thing to do in Sainsburys

    It will be a tough game tommorow. Subderland will give everything and squeeze us all over the pitch. A few years back i went up there and the game ended in a draw. There crowd has to be the loudest in the league, the Roker Roar is still there.

    Saying that i think we will edge it

    5-0 Arsenal

  13. Gerry says:

    ‘Triffic pre-view’ OZ. Shame about the late doubts mucking about with your lineup too.

    So it’s Kos and Sagna …. the untested partnership? It should work, and Sagna is more experienced at CB now, so clear communications between the two should be key.
    I would prefer that, rather than risk TV5 so soon.

    If we want to be cautious, we could do the Nacho LB/Gibbs LM trick again, which has the that pyramid look about the formation :-4-3-2-1. But if the middle of the three is Rambo, with Flam to his right, the pair could be Santi and Ozil, or start with Walcott, and may be bring on Ozil and Gnabry to wrap things up late on? At least Flam would give Jenks some cover on the right, and ditto with Gibbs down the left. Key there will be Gibbs creating a good attacking triangle down that side with Santi and Ozil?

    Regards Sunderland, it is a bit like the repeat with Spurs, in that if their players click, our stretched resources might be fully tested. But, if we are going to even be remotely thinking of a title challenge, these are the games we should be winning, and winning easily to boot..

    Who makes the bench will be interesting, but my guess it will be:
    Viviano; TV5; Nacho; Gnabry; Ozil; Wllshere; and Frimpong – Arteta may be close too. Should Ozil miss out completely, Then Eisfeld should be the logical one if Arteta does not make it.

    I shall most likely follow it in audio on the ‘player, then watch the full match later.

    In Ozil we trust ….

  14. oz gunner says:

    @ Terry

    cheers. Fear not though, I think I led him to the dark side of Arsenal blogging. You’re in a safe place here!
    I love the edge it…5-0 hahaha.

    You’re right though, Sunderland will test us and Paolo will have his troops fired up. I just don’t think they will trouble us in the midfield, and with O’Shea out they lose a lot of their organisation down back.

    @ Gerry

    I agree it’s too early for Tommy V. If anything Kozzer would have a better understanding with Sagna than he would with TV5 given his injuries over the last few seasons.

    Personally I’m not a fan of the double LB system (hated it when Eboue and Sagna played one in front of the other). It’s good when we want to close the game down late, but I think the best way to peg an opposition defender back is play a really attacking winger. It works with against Cole when Theo attacks him early. Give me Gnabry on the wing over Gibbs or Nacho any day of the week.

    I know we have a stretched squad with injuries and what not but god your bench looks good.

    If Ozil and Per don’t line up I’d definitely play Flamini next to Ramsey. Move Santi in front of them. Play Sagna at CB with Jenks at RB. And play Gnabry down the left. If he’s tired from the previous game then I’d go with Jack down the middle and Santi out wide.

  15. VCC says:

    Stupendous pre match Sir Oz. simply the best out there by far.

    I’m with Gerry. These are the games we should win if we want to be taken seriously. It’s unfortunate we have so many injuries but this is Arsenal. We need to roll our sleeves up and get on with it.

    Three points today is a must.

    COYG

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    I have been once to Sunderland to watch the mighty Arsenal in 2009, and it was a big disappointment. We did not play very well but deserved at least a draw, but we lost to a Darren Bent goal: 1-0 NOT to the Arsenal. Great stadium – the magpies call it ‘the Stadium of Shite’ though 🙂 – and like others have said, with a good atmosphere.

    I also went to Norwich – Arsenal last season. We had been playing well before another interlull but were woeful against the Canaries. Therefore predicting a 3-0 win is imo simply wishful thinking. I would not be too upset if we come away with a draw today, but hoping for more.

    Lovely pre-match Ozzeril! 🙂

    Loved the Lucas Neill bit and Koz’s stats look fantastic. Flamini is a must-start imo, as he (and Gibbs, Jenkinson) have had a rest for two weeks, where the others could be tired from International games/travelling. As Ozil has been unwell, I expect Jack to start in the hole with FlamRam behind him, Santi and Theo on the wings and Giroud, Giroud, Giroud is on fire up-front. Back-four should see Sagna go into BFG’s position, but I am saying nothing new here. 🙂

    PAOLO, if you are reading, nice little insight into Cazorla! He is some player and once Santi, Ozil and Jack start rocking together the football on display will be v good indeed. Would be nice to see Man1 start today.

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Di Canio was some player though. Remember this one:

  18. Fozzie B says:

    Good morning Taliban tallywackers!!
    Fantastic ore match Ozzie baby!! I power splurted 2 mouthfuls of coffee this morning!! 😆 the first was when I saw Jacky boy going to school with Arsene in drag and the second keyboard doser was stretch beating his flesh flute in sainsburies!!!
    😆
    The mrs gave me the filthiest looks!!! . . . . Haha. Stretch I love the way you spread your kinkiness evenly between the high street brands!! That fine article by JM has inspired you to the next level and is bound to reap you a bumper sponsorship deal at some point …. Even if you have to do a stretch before being able to enjoy the proceeds!
    😆
    Shame our German lads got the browning machine gun!! I’m sensing a nervous day as well and emperor Nero getting the team pumped today!! Great feedback from the Sunderland lads ……. Thanks guys!!!!
    My heart is saying 3-0 but my head is saying 1-1 COYRRG’s!!!!!!!
    😀

  19. Fozzie B says:

    *ore match should be ore match we don’t face stoke to later :lol damn coffee is still all over the friggin place :lol

  20. Fozzie B says:

    Damn you predictive text :lol …… Ok slowly pre match …. 😀

  21. Prince says:

    Gday BK. Hope your all well 🙂

    Just got in from one of the worst days ive ever worked (and NO i did not nail my cock to the floor) Im really looking forward to the game (aren’t we all?) and reading Oz’s pre-match and Redders anniversary addition should also be a treat, im sure 🙂

    Right, off to have a triple S (shizen, shower, shave) and in the famous words of big Arnie
    “I’LL BE BAK”

    Congratulations to Bergampesque on a wonderful journey so far. It seems as though this site keeps going from strength to strength. Total, you should be so proud of the work and effort you have put in, to give us this platform where we can vent our frustrations, and share in the ecstacy of any Arsenal win. This is a magic site and i luurve it.

    Also special mention and thanks to Redders and Oz who have been great support to Total from day uno to get BK where it is today.

    Id also like to thank all the great writers for sharing their views and giving up their time to write for us.

    Id also like to thank all you bandildos for all the great comments thus far. Always a joy to read.

    Also like to thank the academy, my mum…………

    Id also like to thank God, and ask him to come home and sprinkle some magic on our youth set up (please Dennis, come home!)……….

    And id also like to thank…………………………………………..

  22. oz gunner says:

    @ TA

    Paolo reminds me of Suarez. Such talent on the field but god he did some stupid things. The racist thing at Lazio was pathetic.

    I hope Giroud can continue his fine form. He has looked unstoppable in patches, just hope he can bring it all together.

    @ VCC

    cheers and agreed. Can’t afford slip ups to the lower opposition teams (like we did against Villa).

    @ Fozzie

    hahahaha browning machine gun, that’s great.

    @ PPP

    Don’t lump me with the other two, I did nothing at all. I’m just glad TA has his own site because we were waiting too long for his masterpieces elsewhere.

    Nailed your cock to the floor, jesus, I’d be questioning your sanity going to work in the nuttie.

    Come on Sydney ay

    See you at kick off gents.

  23. VCC says:

    Hi Fozzie Baby…….I hope your heart is right 😉

  24. VCC says:

    Total….you have mail.

  25. Red Arse says:

    Hi Oz & All you other BKers,

    The anticipation of reading your pre-match has forced my eyes open at an ungodly hour this morning- and boy is it worth it!!!
    You my little antipodean are a genius with the most fantastic Post writing ability.
    Loved it – and you (in a manly way).

    Come on you Gunners.

  26. VCC says:

    Hi Redders. Nice to hear from you….Hope your well and happy now you are back in your homeland.

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks Prince – glad you have found the site and enrich it with your views and passion for Arsenal. I have a feeling your current gravatar is a close reflection of how you are/look in real life; am I far from the truth? 🙂

  28. TotalArsenal says:

    Oz 🙂

    The song I keep singing at the moment is (bloodhound gang the roof is on fire):

    Giroud, Giroud, Giroud is on FIRE
    Giroud, Giroud, Giroud is on FIRE
    We don’t need Van Judas
    Let the Mother F*cker Burn
    Burn MF Burn
    Giroud, Giroud, Giroud is on FIRE
    Giroud, Giroud, Giroud is on FIRE!

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    VCC – NOW you have mail! 🙂

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    Come on you Gunners indeed, Redders 🙂

    This one is for you Redders:

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.
    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.
    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.
    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    Come back home soon, buddy! 🙂

  31. Gerry says:

    I hope this is the 3rd bus – Cazorla out with injury?

    Come on Eisfeld, get your skates on, you might just make kickoff time?

  32. jnyc says:

    Very entertaining pre match Oz. Good job. COYG! !

  33. Red Arse says:

    Love that poem, TA.

    It is a beautiful piece and redolent with meaning not explained.

    Frost is a great American poet.
    Have you read The Road Not Taken?
    Well worth reading, and again with a deep meaning.

    So much to do in the next few days, and these poems are very apt. Thank you for reminding me.

    [That Oz is such a star!]

    Where is HH lately? I miss his vim and brimstone. 😃

    Speak to you next week.

  34. Prince says:

    SUBLIME!

    Oz, your last pre-match was probably your best and i said to myself, “there is no friggin way that bugger is gonna produce anything better this season…no way” and now you’ve made me eat my words. Fuck dude, you’ve outdone yourself. Glic says “best signing”, Vickers says “best out there”, youv’ve also managed to awaken the big American beast (gentle beast 😉 ) from his slumber, even he is lost for words and quite simply says “genius”.

    Now Oz-au.L 😀 , these bloggers are no bullshit artists. They speak the truth, and you must be humble and accept that your pre-match is UNPLAYABLE. Nothing comes close!! Unfortunately….err, for you (and just like Wenger) once you produce super quality and display genius, your faithfull will now expect it ALWAYS. Lock him up Total, he ain’t going anywhere! Also, give him an extension (have fun Glic? ), and get Oz to ‘sign- da- ting’. 🙂

    Mature performance from our boys is what i expect. With an un-biased/ corrupt ref and a strangle hold on conceding any more injuries i reckon we will come away with an ‘honest’ 3 points earnt and maybe a 2-0 ummmmmm 2-1 win for our young soldiers.

    F**king oath Ozil will make a dream debut. You dont buy a ferrari and then leave it in the garage for show.. maybe driving it for 20min on a Sunday. Its ‘Vroom Vroom mofo’s’ from our 😯 ZIL and i predict a debut goal from him. I have him as my Fantasy teams captain after already wasting my ‘wildcard’ to get the “Ger-kish chamelion” 😯

    Fletcher might be kept at bay, but i always worry for Larssons free kicks (top 5 in the EPL imo). So in that regard i agree with the few who believe that Flamini will have a greater impact on the game as a starter. I hate playing on their pitch, its like a cow paddock. Didnt BFG stuff his leg up at the stadium of shite 😆

    I guess because of the pitch and the current form of referees in the EPL (yes im blaming the pitch 😉 ) i reckon we will concede one and only one but we will be too strong and have more goals in us.

    Oooh penalty at the theatre of screams, fuck no suprise there. Hope he misses!!!!……arrrrrrrgh i hate HIM

    Anyway, thanks dude, again for the pre-match. Cant wait to meet you in person. In fact, when i was reading through comments, i was thinking how mad a get together of all BKers would be………HECTIC!!!! ooh to ooh to be ooh to BE A GOONER!!

    Still NO lady in the house?????
    Five points goes to the first muppet who lures a regular commenter of the female sort to BK! and i want visual proof/ photos, so dont go asking your grandmothers to be posting on here Ok, its only 5 points 😆

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    I thought you might like that one, and I was pretty sure you knew it anyway, Redders. BK is that house in the village and the kettle is boiling (and Glic is Boinging!) 😉

    The Road Not Taken is also beautiful and the final couplet could be in Arsene’s future farewell speach:

    ‘I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less travelled by,
    And that has made all the difference.’

    Till next week Redders! 🙂

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    And Young dived and got a player sent off…. same old Old Toilet! 😈

  37. Prince says:

    Total, Very close. I love showing my pearly whites 😀 😀 😀 but Poldi is of the stocky breed. Me is very TaLL. Richard Krajicek height 🙂

    Ive been very good on the freddies today, but in the name of Paulo and his mate ‘im gunner have another one’ 😆 I enjoy talking to the oppo although i reckon we were too nice to that spud Drongo. Still though, a 1-0 injection is the killer. These Sunderland boys have represented their supporters (to us international gooners who dont go to games) in a good light. Respect, although i must admit i have always found Sunderland to be a boring club.

  38. Fozzie B says:

    Ozil starts!!! Yippee!! 😀

  39. TotalArsenal says:

    Prince – Krajicek with a Poldi smile is a good image! 🙂

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Is it a fact, Fozzer?

  41. Fozzie B says:

    Yes it’s fact Totes, Wenger interviewed on sky…. OooooOooozilllllll baby!! 😀

  42. TotalArsenal says:

    Nice, very nice – I cannot wait!

  43. alexgunners says:

    OZ,

    Great Pre-match post.
    Very enjoyable read as usual and the depths which you go to get these ready for us is absolutely amazing. Many Thanks

    Evening to all you BK’ers out there.

    Let’s hope for a refreshing performance and most of all 3 valuable points

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Alex, yes three points would be fab – we will have to treat the game as a cup final though!

  45. alexgunners says:

    TA,

    Every game has to be treated just as you described. There is no room for complacency in the PL or any of the cups.

    COYG

    It will be great to see Ozil start his first game for The Arsenal – Can’t Wait

  46. Dylan says:

    Great prematch Oz! 🙂
    I don’t understand our line up. Is it a 4-4-2? Or a 4-3-3? Either way, who is on the wings? In a 4-4-2 it appears it’d be Jack and Rambo. In a 4-3-3 it appears it’d be Theo and Ozil or Wilshere. Anyone know what formation we’re in?

  47. Prince says:

    Sunderland
    Westwood, Celustka, Colback, Roberge, Diakite, Vaughan, Mavrias, Ki, Johnson, Fletcher, Altidore.

    Subs: Mannone, Brown, Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Cuellar, Borini

    Arsenal
    Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Frimpong, Ryo, Gnabry, Akpom.

  48. Prince says:

    Santi??

  49. Fozzie B says:

    Jovetic starts for man city oilers

  50. Fozzie B says:

    Hey Princey boy …. Cazorla has the browning machine gun 😦

  51. Fozzie B says:

    Erikkson starts for spuds

  52. Prince says:

    Hi Fozzie. Browning machine gun? squeeze me, i baking powder??
    By the way I miss your old gravatar. the fluffy one

  53. Prince says:

    Hi Alexinho. 🙂

    How is you, buddy?

  54. Prince says:

    Pumped up now!!

    COYRRG!!

  55. AB says:

    Really unhappy that we seem forced to start Ozil, when he may not even be fit. What the hell is going on at Arsenal – half our team are already out injured with the season barely started. Our bench is a mixture of schoolboys and crocks – and looks less strong than Sunderland’s! Welcome to the Arsenal Mesut – we are depending on you from the off; let’s hope all the build up hasn’t affected him, and whatever illness he had yesterday has been properly shifted. Not happy. This isn’t the way we should be introducing him to our team.

  56. Fozzie B says:

    Hi Dylan I think it’s a 4-3-3 with jack taking Santis place 😀

  57. TotalArsenal says:

    AB – you are projecting your thoughts my friend! 🙂

    I am pretty sure Ozil will be delighted to finally kick a ball with us and there is no point not starting him when both Santi and Rosicky are out.

    Dylan,

    I am guessing here but feel Ozil might start on the left wing with Jack in the hole.

    I actually feel better re our chances in this game now.

    COYRRG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Alcide says:

    I agree with TA, It’s going to be jack in the hole and Igor on left wing. Damn I was looking forward to see him with Santi… COYG

  59. AB says:

    TA. I’m in an anxious space for sure. Hope Oz can take the game by storm and put me at ease. Its asking a hell of a lot though – but maybe I should be more confident after £43m spent. Nearly time to find out. Come on boys get into them from the off!!!!

  60. Fozzie B says:

    Any of you guys got a link for the game? 😀

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    Boys…

    Sagna leading us out of the tunnel…No Santi makes me sad but I feel good about our squad, even if only Akpom and Gnabry are on the bench if we need a goal…

    I can’t add to the superlatives for the match pre-view. Just too much fun, Oz…The photos plus the opposition talk puts it over the top. The latter also helps to settle the nerves. We’re lucky to be Gooners…

    Kick off!

  62. 17highburyterrace says:

    Early FK but no Seb Larsson to take it…so it goes straight into our one man wall…

    Plenty loud up there…

    Ozil knocked to the turf with his first touches…Jack needs to pass there…

  63. oz gunner says:

    Ozil on the benayoun wing!

    Nice dive to get the game under way!

    PPP, RA, and others many thanks for your kind words but they are definitely not needed, it’s a real pleasure writing for such great Arsenal supporters.

    @ TA

    A very apt song. The thought of BSR burning sends a joyful shiver down my spine. I’d need a deck chair and some popcorn to enjoy the show!

    @ PPP

    A BK meeting would be very enjoyable

  64. oz gunner says:

    god i love Flamini’s energy

  65. oz gunner says:

    Hope you’re enjoying Kansas RA, all the best mate

  66. 17highburyterrace says:

    OLLIE from Ozil!!!!!

  67. oz gunner says:

    I think i just orgasmed. What a first touch and pass, great finish by Giroud!!!!!

  68. Alcide says:

    Özil! OG! Omg what a debut!

  69. alexgunners says:

    1st Assist – OZIL

    COYG

    Giroud is on Fire

  70. Prince says:

    i love our new look team. Its Total football. and when the players purrfect Arsenes vision, then the goats and all that will be stirring.

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Gooooooooooooooooooooooalllllllllll Arsenal Arsenal.

    Sexy football baby!!!!!!!!!!1

  71. Alcide says:

    Superb first touch, perfect pass… Oz you’re right! He’s it!

  72. ProudGooner says:

    Yeeeeaaahhhhszzz lol asist number 1 for Ozil , well finished OG lovely goal

  73. Dylan says:

    I went to answer the door and missed the goal! Dang it!! 😉

  74. Prince says:

    sczezny 🙄

  75. AB says:

    me too – away for the key moment. But I DONT CARE!!!!!! COYGs

  76. Prince says:

    Gotta bury those!

  77. oz gunner says:

    @ Dylan

    Arsenal rules state if someone knocks they can wait til half time…you’re young you’ll learn 🙂

  78. 17highburyterrace says:

    Not so solid from the corner…Crossbar our friend…

    Theo in clear…might’ve chipped the onrushing keeper?

  79. Alcide says:

    He made it look so simple: control the high ball while running, take a little look who’s running towards the box, pass… Good finish from OG. And damn, Theo almost open his counter…

  80. TotalArsenal says:

    Giroud, Giroud, Giroud is on fire 🙂

  81. oz gunner says:

    agreed Alcide, it was a perfectly weighted ball.As the commentator said…he hasn’t even hit his prime yet!!!

  82. oz gunner says:

    @ PPP

    I’m going to try and con one of the Arsenal ladies to ask some questions so we can get a woman in here momentarily. I need those 5 points to topple the elderly one!

  83. 17highburyterrace says:

    A goal like that means that we can take the sting out of the game (and crowd) with possession AND fear of the quick counter…

    I like it!

  84. Prince says:

    I want Suarez sooooo bad in January

  85. 17highburyterrace says:

    Another great ball from Ozil to Theo…Again the finish is lacking…

  86. Alcide says:

    Come on Theo, next key pass from Ö should be in!

  87. Prince says:

    Oz, Shes gotta become a regular and the judges of UMF must agree. I cant wait, i hope she is a real feminist, the chemistry and fireworks in this place…..priceless.

  88. oz gunner says:

    I’ll write to the queen then. She’s a gooner and I hear if you write to her in proper English (I’d struggle 🙂 ) she has to respond.

  89. Prince says:

    Walnut could of had a had trick today and Prince could of had an extra 15 pts in his fantasy team

  90. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wilshere divey and frustrated today…

    Prince, I hate to tell you but the chance of Suarez to anybody in England in January seems less than zero…

    I’m excited by the INSTANT class–calm and quality–which Ozil brings us…

    Flams is a rock in MF too…

  91. Alcide says:

    Sagna and Kos ruling airspace…

  92. oz gunner says:

    @ 17

    i’m excited to see both he and Santi in tandem, it’ll be very tasty football indeed.

  93. Alcide says:

    Agreed 17ht. And calmness breaks when his razor sharp passes suddenly speed the game up.

  94. Prince says:

    haha the Queen. Id struggle too. I wouldnt even attempt it, but a response to BK?..doubt any other site could compete.

  95. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yeah, sad that Santi’s not in the team today…ill?

    The weight on that 2nd ball to Theo was inch perfect, no?…

  96. Alcide says:

    Don’t put salt on the wounds Oz!

  97. Alcide says:

    Oh Ramsey please not an injury

  98. geoffchase says:

    Umm

    So how does this stream work? Here in Belgium it ain’t on TV but the last link wants to charge my card $0.00, good price but legit?

    Help — jgc

  99. Alcide says:

    Oooooh Theo…

  100. Prince says:

    Place your bets here!!!

    Will Theo score today?

  101. 17highburyterrace says:

    Looking for females here on BK?…

    Some comments from the missus here on my left…

    She’s liking Ozil…A lot… (He showed some nice acceleration there before getting fouled…)

    Also, she’s questioning the hair choices on Jack and the wall of Giroud hair…

    Nice from Jack to Theo, but wide with the header…Needs to break his duck for the season, I think…

  102. oz gunner says:

    I’ll give it a shot PPP and I’ll scan the response on here.

    Dear Queen,

    Match prediction?

    Transfer targets?

    Ozil…worth the money?

    Our weakest link?

  103. oz gunner says:

    THEO FRICK!!! best finisher in the squad i think not!

  104. Prince says:

    Arrrrrrrrrgh this is so frustrating. Lets kill em off already!

    Oz 😀

  105. 17highburyterrace says:

    More gold for Theo spurned!!!

    Ozil rightfooter blocked…

  106. Alcide says:

    Good play from OG! Theo is getting many chances, he’ll get one in!

  107. oz gunner says:

    My misses has questioned those choices too 17. She still has a thing for Giroud but she thinks a few are looking a little “one direction-esque”

    I think we need a good beard in the squad to keep the manly balance just right

  108. Alcide says:

    Well I like what I’m seeing. We’re playing safe and control the game without exposing ourselves and were getting chances (dammit Theo). And I like how Ö is plying his first game as a gunner – not trying to show off, just calmly blending in and accelerating the game with his passes. Classy.

  109. ProudGooner says:

    Great football by the gunners, i want them to keep there sense of urgentsy and not take they foot of the gas, there could be 3 or 4 goals in this for us. I want Theo to get his goals up and running this season. Ozil Gummigde has been total class, he lloks happy and settled already 🙂 good to see the lad smile.
    Score pedictions ??????
    I will have 3- o Arsenal , Theo to score next.

  110. Prince says:

    They should be in our dust. Even Wenger got up off the bench at that pityfull back pass when we compacted the top third of the pitch. Complacency can be our biggest enemy, and this is where Flamini complements our young team. Bit worried about Jenks, ive always been a big fan of the corporal but he looks static at times and even robotic in this game. Hes gotta release that fear, once that goes and his confidence soars he might just turn out to be a star. Credit also to Sunderland…. they’ve been horrible, boring even.

  111. oz gunner says:

    I think it’ll be 0-3 also PG.

    I just love seeing Flamini sitting in front of the defense. He’s disciplined, barks orders, tackles well, and has endless energy…nearly brings a tear to my eyes!!!

  112. Prince says:

    our lil ‘Harvey’ Oz? 😉

  113. Alcide says:

    Yep, every time I see a pass into the hole, Flam comes on screen to sweep. Makes the back four much secure.

  114. TotalArsenal says:

    Ozil absolutely brilliant, it is like having Cesc back in the team. And Flamini getting under the skin of Fletcher is priceless. Ramsey and Jack really enjoying themselves. Shame Theo is not hitting the net yet, but that will come within the next 15 minutes. Giroud is the pivot around whom everybody else dance. Very good football all round and a million times better than Manure’s ‘performance’ earlier on. COYG – get the second one and then there is more to get! 🙂

  115. Alcide says:

    It would be nice to score a second, and allow Ö to rest, and see Gnabry maybe?

  116. Alcide says:

    Hehehe watching replays, Ō could already have 3 assists if Theo had been a bit more in luck.

  117. 17highburyterrace says:

    Oz, you got an LOL from my wife on the hair/beard issues…

    Agreed with everybody that we look good and under control but need to finish those chances. Theo bagel is becoming a bit of an albatross…

    They will likely come out with a little more fire so we need to stay calm and get a 2nd on the break or turning them in MF (jack has looked quick on that account a couple of times…)

    Flams, Kos and Sagna look super steady in central defense….Agree Princey re: Jenks…

  118. oz gunner says:

    indeed Princey 🙂 Good win tonight by your boys.

    Agreed Alcide. A nice settler so we can wrap him up in cotton wool. We need our shiny new toy sharp and fit

  119. geoffchase says:

    Any stream that doesn’t want my card for a dodgy free membership?

  120. Alcide says:

    I don’t know if he’s following instructions, but Ō is roaming left to right with natural confidence without unbalancing the team. I like that.

  121. Alcide says:

    Stupid tackle…

  122. oz gunner says:

    of course, nice dive! silly by kozzer though

  123. 17highburyterrace says:

    Very poor tackle from Kos…Missed the ball completely…

    1-1

  124. Alcide says:

    Yep, the dive was the #1 play here, Kos should know better

  125. oz gunner says:

    only have ourselves to blame though, too many wasted opportunities in the first half

  126. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kos needed to lay off on the challenge…baited well by Johnson

    Ozil draws a yellow with his acceleration…Love how he anticipates the foul.

    Need goal(s) now…

  127. Prince says:

    Total, Cesc with a side serve of pace. Its butterflies in the stomache all over again.

  128. Prince says:

    i miss Poldi 😦

  129. oz gunner says:

    I know what you mean Princey, he had me at hello!

  130. oz gunner says:

    thank frick

  131. Prince says:

    what the frick is going on?????? 👿

  132. Prince says:

    jinx

  133. oz gunner says:

    I love how these big blokes throw their weight around when they have the ball but if they are about to lose it they fall over like a sack of spuds. It’s ‘drogba syndrome’

    Jesus again!

  134. 17highburyterrace says:

    Offside + the post save us….Geez….

    Need to get this match going back our way….

    Another Sunderland corner coming…

  135. 17highburyterrace says:

    Time to push on now…Too bad no subs on the bench…First 11 need to do the job

  136. Prince says:

    Theo has gone all stationary, almost curled into his shell since the earlier misses.

  137. oz gunner says:

    come on guys pull your finger out. Don’t even look like scoring at the moment

  138. oz gunner says:

    BANG!!!!! jenks and ramsey well played

  139. 17highburyterrace says:

    BRITPACK!!!!

  140. Alcide says:

    Woooohooooo Rambo what a shot!

  141. Prince says:

    Fuck Pirlo, we got Ram Sayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy YESSSSSSSSSS!!!

    What a clean crisp venemous volley. 😀

  142. 17highburyterrace says:

    The noise of the volley cut through the crowd nicely…

    WOW

  143. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sagna fouls outside the box…no advantage played saves a goal!!!

  144. Alcide says:

    …wtf was that…

  145. oz gunner says:

    PHEW!!!

  146. Prince says:

    Larsson in the trenches is a blessing in disguise

  147. geoffchase says:

    Thanks Oz

    Got their just in time for Ramsey! That said, was half Altidore pushing Sagna,… jgc

  148. oz gunner says:

    jesus where’s Steven Segal? It’s Under Siege 3

  149. Prince says:

    We so desperatly need a third to get a stranglehold

  150. 17highburyterrace says:

    RAMBO from Ollie

  151. oz gunner says:

    Right on cue Princey.

    Ramsey is a gun!!! simple as that

  152. Prince says:

    I Love Him. Its official. YOU BEAUTY!

  153. Alcide says:

    Beautiful move! Classy pass from OG!

  154. geoffchase says:

    F***ing fabulous starts with ozil and OG with BEAUTY touch through.. AR #2.. Holding my 3-1 call of earlier! 😀

  155. Prince says:

    Special mention- Giroooos first goal outside of London today. Guess he got Gareth off his back.

  156. geoffchase says:

    Credit to Sunderland, they look the real team this half!

  157. oz gunner says:

    Where are all those saying he was ‘deadwood’ or ‘just a squad player’…?

    I’d bring off Jack and Ozil and put on Ryo/Gnabry (break speed) and Verm

  158. 17highburyterrace says:

    That was nice play from Jack to win the FK…

    Ozil with the pre-assist on Rambo’s 2nd…

  159. ProudGooner says:

    Aaron Rambo wooow words dont do him justice at the moment, last season he could not score for love nor money, this season he is back to his very very best. He was always the better of the 2 him and JW , last season Jack was better . Now Aaron has started scoring the sky i the limit.
    COYG Super Aaron Rambo!

  160. Prince says:

    Good to see an old face. Tommi gun!

  161. oz gunner says:

    there we go, bit of facial hair on the pitch now to even out those hair do’s

    Welcome back Verm!!!

  162. Alcide says:

    Hahaha wasn’t expecting the Verm!

  163. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice debut from Ozil…

    I’ll give it up for Rambo…finishing today to match his running…And a good thing with Theo unable to sync those two assets…

  164. Prince says:

    Oz 16.35 im here, i know already, i said im sorry

  165. Alcide says:

    Good to see him on the pitch though, indeed!

  166. oz gunner says:

    @ PG

    it’s amazing how it just clicks huh. Whether it’s confidence, less pressure, I’m not sure but the same happened with Cesc too

  167. 17highburyterrace says:

    Flams yelling at the squad to stay focused at the corner…Altidore close!

  168. oz gunner says:

    @ Princey

    Not you, I’m talking about those who hounded him silly. Some supporters on the blogosphere went a bit crazy with young Aaron

  169. Alcide says:

    The best news is… Igör looks like he’s been playing with us for a while, he won’t need much adaptation time!

  170. ProudGooner says:

    It sure is OZ gunner, i think it is the confidence , plus he is a bit older, now a man and is not so worried about getting clattered in tackles after the injury.
    So pleased for him , he deserves this more then anyone out there the crap he has been though.

  171. 17highburyterrace says:

    Indeed Alcide…Ozil upped everybody’s game today and didn’t seem to mind the fight Sunderland showed…

  172. oz gunner says:

    @ PG

    agreed, couldn’t of happened to a nicer bloke, it’s great to see. Proving that hard work pays off.

  173. Alcide says:

    Well, we’re not light at the back now!

  174. ProudGooner says:

    OZ,
    Here here.
    OG to has played great today, he has really settled in now, his passing, work rate and goals. He is really starting to show his class now

  175. 17highburyterrace says:

    Uh oh, Ollie down…

  176. Alcide says:

    Noooo not OG!

  177. ProudGooner says:

    oh no , please be ok, if not then let it be minor please.

  178. Alcide says:

    A Cultured Left (foot)?

  179. Prince says:

    Fucking show pony. “Put the cameras on meeeee” he says. Entertaining player, shit comedian, rubbish manager.

  180. 17highburyterrace says:

    Akpom on…

    Since I didn’t see Ollie doing the flicking hand thing I’m concerned this one might be real…

  181. oz gunner says:

    surely just precautionary otherwise there’d be more drama. Hopefully just twisted his knee. He’d use the stretcher if it was more structural.

    Go Akpom to play midweek!!!

  182. oz gunner says:

    he’s a joke Princey, always comes with drama. At least he wont be around much longer

  183. 17highburyterrace says:

    Full time…

    Great debut from our new signing…more steps forward from Rambo and Giroud (who looks OK giving a hand and a hug to Ozil…) Kos getting baited for the pen and some ref help with balls in our net made it seemed tighter than the scoreline…

  184. Fozzie B says:

    Well done lads!! And hope giroud is ok for Wednesday!! 😀

  185. oz gunner says:

    A lazy 8 points in the UMF league also. Just need Everton to hold Chelsea and Swansea to hold pool.

    Night gents, enjoy the rest of your arvo wherever you are. Pricey get to bed 🙂

  186. Alcide says:

    Well that’s a great 3 pointer, our new player is indeed world class, Rambo and OG are on fire (I hope he’s ok), Verm is back, Arteta is getting close, Flam is confirming he’s not just a cheap signing and we have our first CL game Wednesday… 🙂

  187. TotalArsenal says:

    We are top of the league, we are top of the league!!!!! 🙂

  188. Alcide says:

    If Theo starts finding the net again, we’re gold 🙂

  189. Fozzie B says:

    I couldn’t have put it any better alcide baby!! Ozil on a feeling crook day is still better than a fit frabregas!! 😀

  190. Alcide says:

    Hehe TA, lets see if Everton and Swansea can snatch some points from Chelsea and Liverpool… Oh and look who’s 2nd in our shadow?

  191. TotalArsenal says:

    Let them sniff the Arsenal forever, Alcide hehehehe 🙂

  192. Alcide says:

    Fozzie B don’t tempt Glic, he’ll dream about a Santi Cesc Özil midfield…. 🙂

  193. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    ummm? I might have got this wrong, I am convinced we will the league next season but we might do it early and win it this year.

    I wont say i am delighted for Ramsey, i have always expected him to score goals. The boy is simply a top player.

    For his debut Mesut was Ozilicious. I would very much like to molest him.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  194. Prince says:

    Night Oz.

    Great win…in the end, but the arse cheeks were clenching in certain periods of the second half and i cant wait for a clearout of the sick bay.

    Anyway gents, and any ladies or ladettes who might be reading, enjoy the win, and have a good night. Im buggered, and off to score some zzzzzzzzzZZZ’Z with an oZil assist. Laterz

  195. Fozzie B says:

    😆 that combo nearly spells ISCO!! Come on Leighton put a screamer pass chelv$ki!!!! 😀

  196. Fozzie B says:

    Nitey nite oz and Princey!!! May you have sweet dreams filled with arsenal goals and glics lesbanians!! 😀

    Man I just saw pelegrini being interviewed. Is it just me or does that guy look like Count Dracula or what???
    😆
    Hell even his eyes were bloodshot to the dayzzzzzzz!!!! Must be that scintillating 0-0 game!! “A good point” he reckons!!!
    Count Dracula pleeeeeeaassseeee!!!!!! 😆

  197. geoffchase says:

    Hmm

    I’m beginning to scare me, from above, in lightheartedness:

    “Arsenal 3-0 or 3-1 if Per is out…
    Ozil to assist one in average performance from him with 3 sublime passes. Queen will then abdicate naming him her personal successor to the throne, after which Kate will kill him and well we know the rest. Ie he will go well, better to come later…
    Us, of Per is there, maybe yes if it’s Sagna and Per. Definitely if Flamini is in…
    Cheers — jgc”

    Per out – check
    Flamini in – check
    3-1 – check
    Ozil average *for him* but one assist – check
    Ozil 3 sublime passes, goal 1, goal 3, and I’m sure another – check?

    Anyone heard from the Queen lately???

    I’m just saying! 😀

    Jgc-damus … 🙂

  198. Fozzie B says:

    JGC aka “the professor” and now aka “the oracle”!! 😀

  199. jnyc says:

    First of many. —
    PREDICTION now– RAMSEY will be league player of the year. Not as much for scoring, but that on top of all around hard work and quality. Other players respect that.
    TA , first Garbage music reference, now Bloodhound gang! ! You have great taste in more than football.
    my fav from bloodhound gang- the ballad of Chasey Lain (porn star) -hilarious slightly dirty

  200. Funminiyi says:

    Nice one Oz, that’s a terrific preview mate!
    I missed the game but the suspense it served up was…., immense. We should learn how to finish off our moves better as we’ll have he’ll lots of them this season. I’m glad to see Rambo among the goals once again. Remember our pre-season’s prediction? He’s notched up five already, if he can get 10 more, then he’ll have had a terrific season. Good to see Akpom make his bow in the league finally.

  201. Fozzie B says:

    I agree jnyc!!! And to salute Ramsey I have changed my avatar!! He is back with a vengeance and it is so good to see the confidence oozing through him!! Long may it continue and this could be his breakout year!!!! Roll on Wednesday now!! 😀

  202. Alcide says:

    I’ve never given up on Ramsey, and always had high hopes and expectations, but I must say that this is the second volley he scores that made me think “Damn, never thought you would be capable of stuff like that”.

    I must say I was a bit tense in the second half (i actually forgot i had a beer until the third goal!), and was grumbling about Kos’ silly tackle, and I didn’t quite figure out what went on with Sagna’s challenge, but we were lucky that the ref didn’t the advantage play on…

    Sunderland was probably a great opening game for Özil, not too physical or pressing, a good introduction to the EPL. It’s also nice to think we did not have Santi, TR7 or Arteta (or Poldi, or Ox) and were looking good. I really hope Ollie’s going to be ok, he’s no Messi, but he’s becoming quite an important part of our system.

    Looking at the league, the first 6 after 4 games only is telling all the anticipated contenders are here, it’s going to be a tough season!

  203. Alcide says:

    Aaaaargh no! Santi out for a month!Why, why, why? Damn stupid interlull!

  204. ProudGooner says:

    good news OG is fine this is what he just tweted below

  205. ProudGooner says:

    _OlivierGiroud_
    Great win with a good understanding with Mezut!One more goal, wanted to keep it up and focus on Marseille now! 😉👍 http://t.co/pPeMu80GbT

  206. James Bond says:

    our left wing is cursed.

    Poldi, The Ox, Rosicky, Santi

    i hope Ramsey doesn’t play on the left anytime soon –

    all those 4 players , struggled to get into the starting 11 bar Santi, now when the position was up for grabs, what happens ? – your guess is as good as mine.

  207. ProudGooner says:

    what is wrong with santi? where is the news he is out for 4 weeks coming from?

  208. Alcide says:

    JB, that list looks like a very decent attacking combo…

  209. Alcide says:

    PG, it’s on arsenal’s site, AW interview.

  210. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey guys…Santi seems to have an ankle injury picked up on Int’l duty… The news was somehow withheld until now…

    Games coming thick and fast and our squad looking as thin as ever…Takes a little of the gloss off Ozil’s fine debut…

    Table looks good, however… 😀

    I’m off for a couple of days…Hoping for better news on the injury front (or free agent signings) upon my return…

  211. ProudGooner says:

    Alcide , Thanks i just read it, i think OG will be ok , hopefully it will be ok for the CL match if not a week or so and some precaution strapping round the knee whilst playing?? i hope so. Luckerly we can manage with out Santi for a few weeks now we have Ozil. Gnarbry or Ryo can play left wing.

  212. TotalArsenal says:

    Enjoy your break, 17, and thanks for the fine and wise words on the anniversary blog. Keep rocking, buddy! 🙂

  213. r0blucci says:

    Özil made 58 successful passes in the opposition half today – that’s more than any player in any single PL game this season

  214. ProudGooner says:

    i think we should grab Ciprain Marica quick time on a short contract as cover

  215. James Bond says:

    have a nice break 17 ! you leave the team sitting pretty at the top, i hope we’re still sitting pretty at the top when you return , come on Swansea 😉

    no no, no free signings please, stick with Chuba, the lad is a decent finisher.

    we will have a few players coming back in 10 days time, and then there are some , who might be returning sooner than expected.

  216. James Bond says:

    whoever does the match report/ratings, please make sure to post the barclays premier league table 😀

  217. ProudGooner says:

    I am struggling to enjoy this good win because of these bloody injury concerns its a nightmare, i am going to switch of from football now for a couple of hours and relax.
    Great win and Ozil debut , good on the eye. Lots of positives and top of the league above the spuds 🙂

  218. Dylan says:

    JB, I wrote the match report but forgot to do that!
    TA, if you see this, put the BPL table somewhere at the bottom of the post, please! 😉 😀

  219. WWGooner says:

    44 years a fan. First time poster. Please be gentle 🙂

    After his last couple of performances this post might seem a little contrived. But the fact remains I have never been convinced that Walcott will ever be truly world class. Six years of tutelage by Arsene has seen him improve but never really kick-on to realise the potential many fans think he has.

    So with Walcott now getting a lot of service, and played into an increasing number of goal scoring positions, are we going to see him improve? I think we may see him get more goals, but at the same time I think he will will miss a lot of chances as well.

    Walcott found lacking?

    He negotiated hard to get the big contract he says he deserves, but on this form is he a 110K per week player? Özil is a fantastic addition, I’m just worried the rest of the team wont keep up. He will give the squad a boost, his presence on the pitch will raise the game of some players, but conversely I think other players will be found lacking that extra bit of quality in their game.

    The extra service Walcott can expect from Özil and the midfield will either make him or break him. I wouldn’t be surprised if its the later.

    I think he will continue to inthral and frustrate in equal measures. I understand his speed is a threat and the opposition teams tend to line up and play differently with him in the side. But this is his greatest strength at the moment. I am not sure he will ever be world class in his finishing or his crosses.

    To my mind he is a very good Premier League player, but not the out and out word class player we need to win the title.

    Thoughts?

  220. ProudGooner says:

    JB,
    Your probably right. I would go for Theo first though and hope NB23 sharpens up fast,, at least every player we have avalible has a lot of quality ,it would just be nice if we could get everyone fit at once for a long long period of time i am sure we will get a break from injuries soon.

  221. James Bond says:

    PG,

    i said it earlier, i will be very very surprised to see NB play for Arsenal anytime soon.

    Theo is a good call but if truth be told, then our midfielders, can deliver the goods as long as the defenders and keepers deliver the goods.

    saying that, i hope Giroud is ok as he would love to play against a French team, knowing everyone in France will be Glued to it on wednesday

    nice one @ Dylan

  222. Alcide says:

    Ollie confirmed his knee’s fine 🙂

    Marseille drew to 19th ranked Toulouse at the 87th minute. They are still (temporarily) 3rd, but apart from Monaco, to which they lost, they only played bottom of L1 teams. But let me keep my OM thoughts for Wednesday 🙂

    Shutting off the iPad… Mrs waiting for me.

  223. TotalArsenal says:

    Alcide, what would you think of doing a pre-match report on the Marseille game for BK. It does not have to be an Oz-tour-de-force but just your thoughts on Marseille and how we can beat them + a predicted line-up will go a long way…. No pressure though! 🙂

  224. James Bond says:

    i 2nd that @ Alcide

    do consider doing a pre-match for that one, who better than you to do it ?

    besides, there is no better way of spending your sunday ahahaaahahah only joking, but yeah, it would be much appreciated !

  225. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi and welcome WWGooner 🙂

    Theo is going through a bad patch but he will be back to his best sooner or later. He is that sort of player and I tend to agree he is not world class, but a pretty good player nevertheless (as his stats will tell you). Let’s stay behind him and before you know he will produce the goods again. 🙂

  226. TotalArsenal says:

    roblucci – he was fantastic and did you notice how much better Jack, but also Rambo, played with him in the team… Just what we needed! 🙂

  227. Dylan says:

    Welcome WWGooner! 🙂 I think Theo is still young and will get better, possibly even becoming a world class player, but I see what you’re saying. He’s not Ronaldo or anything like that and never will be. That being said, I agree that Ozil will either do a lot for Theo or hurt him. But based on today’s performance, I think he will improve Theo. And I think having Ozil here will improve the players we have and force any players we have that aren’t good enough to leave. I also think Ozil’s success will convince Arsene to spend big again and build a team of players similar to him over time. 🙂 Welcome to BK! 🙂

  228. Alcide says:

    WWGooner, welcome!

    I remember a post a few months back and based on %chance statistics etc which showed that Theo was actually quite clinical even compared to other highly regarded attackers, and in addition had more assists. He is indeed frustrating at times (hell, he could have given Ö his first EPL assist-hat-trick today) but he actually delivered last year… The type of chances he gets (typically running full speed towards the goal, at an angle, and 1 or 2 defenders rushing and ready to tackle) are not as easy to be composed and clinical with as they look. But dont worry, with Igör added to the mix, and once he scores the first one, he may be unstoppable.

    As for the rest of the team, I don’t have your doubts – I think actually all have that quality and style of play that allows them to get better with players like Cesc or Özil as catalysts.

  229. geoffchase says:

    WWG

    Welcome! We’re generally gentle here give or take JBs “ahahahahahahahahhaaaa!” Bits mostly at the expense of rival teams! 🙂

    Theo is a conundrum, much discussed here! The overall consensus, if there even is one, is all the talent and the next two years will tell the story as he’s not old yet, despite all his games. But, yes, can be very frustrating and a game or three later, godlike… With Ozil he will have few excuses.

    That said, for me, with 25 ish EPL goals and assists, he isn’t bad either, but, today, not really clinical, sarcasm intended, it must be agreed.

    Hope to see you back again .. Cheers — jgc

  230. geoffchase says:

    Alcide

    I posted those stats.. Very clinical ,, but not consistent… 100%, 0% and 0% still averages out to 33% but no goals in two games and a bunch in one..

    That’s our Theo!

    Cheers — jgc

  231. James Bond says:

    Barca 2-2 at home against Sevilla

    Neymar at 50 million ? ahahahhahahahaahahhaahahahhahahahaahahahhahahaha

    oh dear,

    time for Bale to show the entire world, what he’s all about (even if he starts at LB).

  232. Fozzie B says:

    Hi WWgooner ….. Welcome to BK!! You make many valid points. I have always been of the belief that Walcott will be a late bloomer. He showed great signs of improvement last year and I believe he will improve marginally this year. I have no sound basis for my view other than a 6th sense if you like. I think year 26 and 27 will see everything start to fall into place for the lad. I’ve always been a Ramsey believer as well. Not because of his technical ability but his attitude! Success is 90% attitude and 10% aptitude and I’ve always stuck by that! I might be wrong on theo but I do believe he has the attitude and when the confidence and self belief really kick in, we will see the best of him! Anyone want to hire fozzie as a career coach?? 😆 you better hurry, these tranny soap re-runs in glic’s tranny annex are becoming unmissable!!! 😆

  233. James Bond says:

    WWGooner,

    welcome to the site and about time you broke the silence , i hope , it doesn’t take you long to post further comments now ! 🙂

    re- Theo,

    i think, it will be wise of Wenger to switch him to the Left for a game or least play him at LW for one half, that should work magic i reckon

    i’m keeping it short and simple, as i’m saving the best for the next Article the site publishes (Dylan’s match report).

  234. James Bond says:

    blimey,

    Sanchez to the rescue, saves barca 3-2, in the 93rd minute – sigh

  235. TotalArsenal says:

    Bale will flop Jambon – you must just fancy him ahahahahaha! 😉

  236. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post – New Post!

    Get yourself a beer and some peanuts and read Dylan’s super-fine match report. Enjoy 🙂

  237. James Bond says:

    TA,

    Real Madrid sold us a Lion and in return bought a Monkey !

    nah, he’ll do just fine in Spain – much better than Neymar , i reckon.

    give it time, i’m not doing a runner anytime soon .

  238. TotalArsenal says:

    Over time he will be a very good player for them, JB. But I am not sure he will get the time and expectations will be high…

  239. Fozzie B says:

    Nice one Totes and Dylan!! It just so happens by a strange coincidence I have both of those ready!!

  240. James Bond says:

    agreed , TA !

    🙂

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