Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview: Time to Take a Stand



Arsenal will face Palace at home at a perfect time. We are in need of points as we have just dropped to second place and this fixture lines up with ManchesterCity vs Chelsea (the two teams close to us in the table). Ideally, they will draw and both drop points, giving us the task of just picking up the win to take back first spot.

We face a fairly weak Palace side at home. We are unbeaten in our last ten home games, seven of those in the Premier League. Arsenal should theoretically be able to pick up the points and hopefully go back to the top of the league.

This fixture last time:

Last time this fixture was played, we had a very shaky game before Giroud sealed it in the dying minutes (1-0). We didn’t outplay them, and we should be wary of any team managed by Tony Pulis, as we always seem to struggle against them.



I expect Wenger to use this DM injury crisis to give Ox his chance to prove himself in the middle.

Other than that, I see very few changes occurring. Wenger doesn’t like many changes in between games. He’d rather rotate one, maybe two players. So I expect Gibbs and Ox to come in and not much else to change. This is a team that definitely should beat Palace by two or three goals.

Key Battles:

Giroud vs Crystal Palace:

CrystalPalace is managed by Tony Pulis. That means they are a very defensive team and will not concede much. Giroud will have to take on all 11 of Palace’s defenders to put a goal by them.

Ozil vs himself:

Ozil has struggled to replicate some of his incredible Real Madrid performances this season. However, last game he really began looking like his old self. I think he’s finally settling into the league and will soon be at his best. The game against Palace would be an excellent place to start.

Podolski vs Wenger:

Ever since arriving, Wenger seems reluctant to start Poldi and/or play him for a full game. However, he has looked hungrier than ever lately and this would be the game to show Wenger he can take Gnabry or Santiโ€™s spot in the starting line-up.

Casualties of War:

WengerWincing (2)


Ramsey continues to be out with mysterious issues. Walcott is still out for the season with his ACL issue. Wilshere will miss the game with a knock and Flamini is suspended from a fairly boneheaded tackle last game.

Crystal Palace:

Parr is expected to be out with a concussion. Dikgacoi is out with a calf injury. Jerome Thomas is out with a groin injury.


I predict a 3-0 to the Arsenal. A big response to a poor performance in the Villa game. Giroud will get a tap in, Gnabry will finally grab that screamer from range he’s been looking for with his long shots lately, and Ozil will score a very Bergkampesque goal to round off the game.

A Special Q and A!

My mother is a die-hard Gooner who has had passion for the club as long as I have. TA has been asking my mom to write a post for a short time and until now she has respectfully declined, saying she may one day. But for now, I’ve decided another Gooner’s perspective would be refreshing, especially a woman’s perspective.

Q: What did you think of Arsenal’s performance in the January torture window?

A: Lame. Unacceptable for a big club. We knew we had injury problems; targets should’ve been established ahead of time and signed swiftly. We failed to address these issues and that’s wrong.

Q: What is this squad still lacking?

A: I agree with Totes. A beast of a DM and a SQ striker would really fill out the squad. But I love Giroud and don’t want him replaced.

Q: What are your predictions for the Palace game?

A: We certainly should be able to win, but we have to focus from the starting whistle and can’t have a poor first half as we have had of late. The team can’t take this game lightly. Don’t underestimate Palace and we have to make sure to boost our goal differential and make a statement.

Q: What is your predicted top 6 for the end of the season?

A: ManchesterCity, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United in that order. It is a tough call between Everton and Liverpool. Suarez and Sturridge, and the Everton injuries, are what pushes Liverpool above, despite me wanting to see Everton there more.

Q: What is your opinion of Wenger?

A: I love him. I admire him greatly. I do have to question his decisions once and a while especially with substitutions. He seems to wait to long at times and doesn’t do enough to change games. Overall I love him and trust him greatly, but there are times where he is questionable and needs to act faster. Wenger time at the 70th minute is sometimes too late to make game changing tactics adjustments.

Q: Who is your favorite Arsenal player?

A: At this moment in time, it’s just, and this is a weird answer, team spirit. The way all the players have connected and been together has been amazing. Fighting for each other every minute of every game. I’ve never seen such spirit in this team, granted I haven’t watched for more than a few seasons, but still it’s incredible. I absolutely love it. That is what has made the difference this season.

Q: What do you hope for by the end of the season?

A: I would like to keep the same spirit. I’d love a trophy, but we won’t win the league. With all the injuries I’m not sure we will win the FA Cup. It is entirely possible though. Bayern will likely knock us out in the Champion’s League as sad as it is. Ideally I’d love a second place finish and some smart signings in the summer to really strengthen our team.


1. What are your predictions for the game?

2. What is your preferred line-up?

3. How do you think Chamakh will be received at the Emirates?

COYG! Let’s capture TOTL once more!

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

Written by: Dylan.

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120 Responses to Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview: Time to Take a Stand

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Dylan, great preview that gets us all in the right mood. Love the line up, but hope to see either Vermaelen or Rosicky to play in the double DM at some point as well.

    Off swimming and then dog walking, so catch you guys later. COYG! Time to take the lead again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Savage says:

    1. Tight 1-0 result.
    2. Expect to see Ox in the middle, but might see Rosicky
    3. Muted response to Chamakh. Personally pleased with his recent success, and his balanced comments about Arsenal. Seems a good bloke.

  3. Xavier says:

    Nice post Dylan. Best part for me was mum calling TA ‘Totes’. Too awesome.

    I like the lineup. But I’ll tweak it a bit. ร–zil on the right. Santi through the middle and poldi on the left. Podolski has to start In my opinion. In the middle Mozart or the Ox can partner arteta. Prolly Ox. I’d also love to see the verminator start at some point though. I love that guy!

    3-0 is my prediction.
    Chamakh will be received okay at the emirates. We’re class. Unless he scores against us of course. ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Nice one Dylan.

    Arsenal to win 4-0.
    (Podolski 2, Cazorla, Giroud, Ozil)

    Podolski in for Gnabry.

    Even Herny was booed, when he returned with Barcelona,
    So I don’t think chamahk will be any different.

  5. Xavier says:

    Guys… Just curious.
    If KK wasn’t allegedly injured, will he be eligible to play today??

  6. Love the post, Dylan ! ๐Ÿ˜€
    1) Just had a look at the table and we are 29 points in front of them !. A 1-0 thrashing !
    2) I like your one….may be Rosey for Gnasher !.
    3) He will probably have to go through Arsene`s de-contamination chamber and his hair will be put in quarantine due to the unknown life forms living in his gel !.

    Now some questions of my own !.

    Does your mum read Bergkampesque ? ( if yes…`s my mirror reflection that writes all the crudity, not me ! )
    How old is your mum ?
    Is she fit ?
    Is she attracted to my avatar ?
    If answers to last two questions are yes, then will she mind becoming Mrs Monster # 365 (or to give her potential next name…. February the 2nd Monster !….the original Mrs Monster is known as February the 29th….aka Leap Year and I usually have a headache on that day ! ) ?.

  7. PS
    Sorry to hit on your mum, Dylan, but it`s best I do it before Stretch comes on here and hypnotises her with his teeth !.

  8. Gerry says:

    Well Dylan, I am now happier my post went awol. You have said it all re the team selection.

    I only have one proviso:

    If Ox plays, Arteta must be on the right. We need Ox to go down the middle more, a la Jack. If he is on the right he be falling over the Gnabs and Ozil.

    Rosicky I am happy to keep fresh for Liverpool, but a late show might not go amiss?

    I agree on Gnabry over Poldoski because we need width and trickery to get behind the bus, Pod is better when it is more open late on.

    In your Q&A session, I agree with you mum 100%

    Tell her not to hold back in her rejection of the Ego monster, he needs a fresh mirror i.e. one that tells the truth ๐Ÿ˜€

    Q1&2 – A: Yours will do fine.

    Q.3 – A: I don’t think many hold any grudge against Chamakh. He is not seen as a threat yet, but that could change things?

    You have 3 hours to get some more responses in, and HT will want some game chat, so you are in for a busy time. Enjoy

  9. I think Crystal Palaces tactics have been made very clear as they travel from South London for todays game !.

  10. oz gunner says:

    Good stuff Dylan thanks for the read. Always good to have a female perspective on matters.

    1) 2-0.

    2) Sagna-BFG-Koz-Gibbs

    3) Yes. I felt sorry for him in the end. The bloke was nearly in tears at times that’s how badly he was trying to score for us. His comments about Pulis being just as good as Arsene were a bit of a laugh though.

    @ TA

    I like the thought of Verm as a DM but i think in our position we can’t afford to tinker. I think if he really wanted to make a fist of it he could sit down with Arsene when the season ends and ask how he can get back in the team. If the position is available (currently is his best chance at a starting role) then he can work his arse off to improve his fitness base. I’d rather Coquelin, Hayden or another youngster to step in rather then move Verm this season. We’d be in deep deep shit if he picked up an injury doing it.

    Last time I saw us play the breaker role was when Flamini pocketed Kaka back in Milan. Was a mighty fine display and I’m very surprised we don’t employ the tactic more often. Especially against players like Rooney or Suarez (although Kozzer does a mighty fine job of that).

  11. Although he let us down last time out with a pathetic draw, JB is still 8 for 8 unbeaten with his battle cry !………..some say that he works in the same accounts office as TMHT and that they roll around on the floor naked at tea-break time fighting to see who`s going to receive the hob nob first and that he has just had an audition for the first James Bond porno movie titled…..Oh Oh 7 inches !……..we know him as Jaaaaaaaaaa Beeeeeeeeeeeeee !.

  12. We should be back at the top after todays game, but if not, we are still top of the Injury League Table !. More than twice as many points as Chavs and nearly double Mansour City !.
    You can look at this two ways…..1) We are doing fantastically well with so many injuries !…..or…..2) With his bed even higher off the ground than it`s ever been due the money stashed underneath it, why has Arsene not added strength in the TW`s to rectify a perennial problem ?.

  13. One for the conspiracy theorists !.

    May be our only chance to get him now is to knock The Munchies out of the CL !. Or just offer him higher wages with the added bonus of being offered parts in our own booming German Porn Industry @ London Colney !.

  14. AFC says:

    Dylan, great pre-match. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think Wenger will go for a 4-1-4-1 formation with Arteta holding with Ox and Ozil in front. The rest of team will most likely be as you have selected it.

  15. AFC says:

    2 nil win and Chamakh will get a reception.

  16. Dylan says:

    Thanks TA! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Savage, I agree I don’t expect Chamakh to be bullied too bad.
    Xavier, interesting that you want Ozil on the right. I don’t keno that he would be that good as a winger. He does seem to like to drift out wide, but does often make runs through the middle.
    Thanks Fatboy Gooney. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    TCM, I hope it’s not Rosicky in for Gnabry. I just don’t like Rosicky playing on the wings. I’d rather see him through the middle and Ozil on the wing if it comes to that.

  17. Dylan says:

    Oz gunner, I don’t know how Verm would be as a DM. I just can’t see him being a shield. I think he’d feel more freedom and either go forward too much or give away too many free kicks.
    Thanks AFC. I think we may start with the 4-2-3-1 as I said and then slowly play more like the 4-1-4-1 you suggest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. AFC says:

    good reception*

  19. AFC says:

    Back at kick off Dylan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 17highburyterrace says:

    Up early to have a look at Liverpool and hoping they struggle (as we did) at WBA…

    The end of the window and the fact that we bought an injured guy made the snow seem deeper than it actually is. In fact, I may even have to catch the end of our match on tape if my ski partners get motivated early. As such, I’m discouraging them (the ski partners) but hoping our guys can score early (and often…) so the result feels secure sooner than later. I dunno, Palace are a decent team and their keeper, Speroni, can make saves. I think both City and Chelsea had quite a bit of trouble breaking them down and left it late to get their results in their home matches. Given our “activity” in the TW and the recent ticket price rise, anything we can do to keep the natives from getting restless would ease the “pressure” of playing an “easy” match at home…

    As always, I’m relatively shocked by the neediness (and greediness…) of (what feels like) the majority of Arsenal supporters. With this mood in the air, this –like all of them, I fear ๐Ÿ™„ –becomes a critical match. We need to show some stability (and verve) leading into this stretch of tough(er) fixtures. Because we didn’t “splash,” we’re again just a bad result (or performance) away from full blown crisis… (37 Million pound Mata didn’t win it for United yesterday and Draxler at the same price probably wouldn’t have either…) I believe the team has evolved A LOT from opening day and I also don’t think Pulis will send Palace out to really put us under pressure, but the (high-minded) choice to allow our loanee (Chamakh) to play could bite us. Puncheon, now purchased outright, will be eager to show that he can take his chances rather than put his pens into Row Z as he did when he played up the road at Spurs…

    So, I think Dylan has got it right, esp. with the headline. Given our injuries the team more or less picks itself. In other words, I’d agree about Ox next to Arteta. As most everyone also concurs, the choice between the two generations of Germans (Gnabry or Poldolski) is the other major question…

    Nice also to get Dylan’s mom adding her thoughts…I fear for the Cockster, however, as a woman who can appreciate team spirit probably prefers a man who can watch his team from the front side of the sofa–no matter the animal magnetism from behind it… ๐Ÿ˜†

    Shoot, Suarez finds Sturridge, nil-1 at the Hawthornes…

  21. Fozzie B says:

    Awesome stuff Dylan … Your mum rocks … Thinks exactly like me!! On a gag at the mo Brethren do catch up on the other side of the eagle!!
    COYRRG’s!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    Not sure if TA is gonna pop in here but, since I missed the TV for DM discussion, I thought I might chime in. Put me with Terry (and others) who think it’s a huge long-shot to ever see Vermaelen in that spot. Our double pivot guys are, obviously Flamini and Arteta and then JW and Rambo. I get nervous with Ramsey back there as his (over?…) confidence on the ball, I think, can lead to trouble…on occasion…

    All that is moot, of course, given that he (along with JW) is hurt. I think we’ll see Ox today but if he wasn’t available I think the “emergency” (out of standard positions…) solution would be Gibbs. He’s extremely one footed but also pacy enough to create the space to keep taking those left footed touches. If we want Verm in the line-up I’d actually put Kos at the DM spot but let the two switch and fill for one another and follow the play upfield as the opportunities present themselves…

    The real thing to remember is that Ozil is increasingly aware of the need to help out deeper so we can actually “fill” the position from the front, slotting in Rosicky as a #10 while Messy (and Santi) drop quite a bit deeper to help play out of our half. (I guess this would be a 4-1-4-1…) Of course, this is where we really miss Theo as both our (nominally) wide MF guys can spring the break–Santi with his long passes, Ozil with runs+passes…. Unfortunately, Giroud on his own as a target presents a whole lot less threat than Ollie plus Theo…Ah well…The engine that is Ramsey is also sorely missed in a similar manner…

    “Nuf said about that… Just a goal down going to the half and WBA are staying compact and have had a couple of moves forward themselves…Fingers crossed they can get a goal or two before ‘Pool can get another…

  23. Francis uwan says:

    Arsenal will win 2 zero

  24. geoffchase says:

    Dylan, 17 and all the et als

    Great report. By this point, accidentally spell checked by Apple to pint (hmmmm), I’ve forgotten the questions mostly but..

    A. 2-0 maybe 3-0 to Arsenal. I expect a fast start.

    B. Your line up is good. I too like TR at some point to add drive to cut open the bus, so we will see.

    C. Hopefully with class …

    As to TV and. DM, I’d note my last post on the topic and note that, as Oz? Noted also, the “” breaker “” role suits Flamini and I disagree with some to say that TV has at least the discipline of Flamini so… I’d see him there vs City, Liverpools mids who distribute to Suarez and Sturridge, and other teams, but not today…

    Back to work now, sigh…. Hoping to catch game at a pub but if not I’ll be on stream somewhere and chatting here…

    Cheers — jgc

  25. geoffchase says:

    Oh and

    Jgc-damus checks in with 2-0, on OG and one from Pod or Santi, Ozil to assist one and any others after two goals..

    Cheers — jgc

  26. geoffchase says:


    Re Ozil… By the numbers he’s doing as well as at RM, while playing in a far more competitive league top to bottom… Thus….. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers — jgc

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    Victor AHH-KNEE-CHA-BEEEEE!!!!

    Oh, Kolo, how could you… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    1-1, 20 mins to go…

  28. James Bond says:

    nice one @ Dylan – and thanks to your mum for chipping in and saying out loud what most of us thought of the TW and give her thoughts on the mighty Arsenal – It’s easy to see that you’ve taken after your mother and are a very intelligent and bright young man, she must be proud of you ! (thanks to your mother for making sure you turn out to be a gooner and not a chelsea or man utd fan, ha )

    I did my line up in the last post, I would tweak my formation and play a 4-1-4-1, if you have missed it with these players starting

    sagna—–best cb pairing in the world —- gibbs




    4-0 , sorted.

    must like my amigo 17HT, I hope we can score nice and early as I really don’t like feeling a bitch twitchy on a sunday when things are beginning to get back on track ๐Ÿ™‚

    the wheels are coming off at the hawthorns – suarez is losing it ahahahahahahhahahaha Yellow yellow shows the ref !!! Loving it

  29. James Bond says:

    good of you to drop by @ JGC-DAMUS and Gerry

    with JGC-Damus’s predictions, Gerry’s Lucky scarf and Glics famous battle cry before the game, we’re so winning this and returning back to where we belong (TOTL).

    team news out in a bit

  30. James Bond says:

    both Poldi and Ox start

    this will be mouth watering – I got my wish

  31. James Bond says:

    Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Zelalem, Gnabry, Bendtner

    Crystal Palace starting XI: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Gabbidon, Parr, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bolasie, Puncheon, Jerome, Chamakh

    Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, McCarthy, Bannan, Guedioura, Gayle, Wilbraham

  32. James Bond says:

    got 10 out of 11, surprised at the exclusion of Gibbs, tbh

    could have done with his pace on the LW bombing forward, maybe the plan is to keep Nacho back alongside Arteta for extra protection and really go for it in a 4-1-4-1 ?

    I like it!

  33. 17highburyterrace says:

    Still waiting on my “personal reply” from Dylan…or his mom ๐Ÿ˜† …

    Professor, you sound busy, but I always like the tactical ideas. My hope is that TR7 is only resting his schnozz ahead of these tougher fixtures and can put a bunch of pressure on deeper lying mids. Liverpool, I think, might be missing that little (and quite cynical…) Lucas guy… Any thoughts on the TW?

    007, All proceeds well back at home, I hope, morphine drip and all…

    In the end, very little action in the TW as players doing well (Costa and Klose, for example at the top and bottom of the market…) mostly opted to stay put–or their clubs chose to keep them producing ahead of the WC…Just something to file away for the January windows ahead of the big tournaments. Maybe?…

    I still think we missed a trick not getting Berbatov, before Falcao hurt himself down in the principality and his price went up… Damn, inflexible Wenger, unwilling to sacrifice his principles for a mercurial talent ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜†

    I like our lineup…Nacho keeps his spot… Lu-lu for two?

  34. 17highburyterrace says:

    Early match finishes a draw…So the Mata transfer means United only lose a point in this round of the battle for 4th… ๐Ÿ˜€ Everton, I guess, got all three…

    Hey 007, I actually think Nacho is the better attacker but I like Gibbs speed in recovery for teams playing on the break (against us)… I really like the two of them playing together late in matches to secure results…

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey Bond, I know you’ve been busy, but I checked out your fantasy team–I’ve got you in my sites ๐Ÿ˜† — and you seem to have Szczesny as your keeper (!?) You might want to let them know that somebody has hacked your page… Your Cappy Suarez got an assist, at least. Rooney, unfortunately didn’t have good day yesterday. Trouble playing with Mata and RvP?… He’ll do better leading the line at Chelsea next season… probably… ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. Dylan says:

    17, I agree we need to push on and ignore the TW. That being said, I wouldn’t point to Mata and say the same of Draxler. I think Mata will come good long term and Draxler would’ve given us a much needed moral boost and some confidence. That being said, nothing happened so lets just push on.
    Thanks Fozzie and JGC. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks JB. My mom appreciated your comment very much. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ozil smiling pre-match. Good to see Mesut, now show us some brilliance.

  37. Gerry says:

    Note Zelalem on the bench? He is being fast tracked???

  38. Dylan says:

    Hahahahahaha 17 did you just call Berbatov mercurial? He may be good but he sure can’t move much and shouldn’t be dubbed mercurial. Personally glad we didn’t get him. I don’t rate him and never really did even at United (never saw him at Tottenham). My number one choice for striker in the summer is someone like Suarez, Aguero, etc. Someone extremely fast who can play make and score incredible solo goals. Only a few players will be available like that in the summer. Maybe Cavani? Possibly Jovetic? Slight chance of Balotelli? And maybe Rooney could fit the bill, as much as I dislike Shrek.

  39. Dylan says:

    Gerry, I hope so!!!!

  40. 17highburyterrace says:

    Noticed that Gerry…Also, far from Vermaelen as DM, he doesn’t even make the bench… Could be a knock? Picked up on the beach training with our transfer targets?…

    Hey Dylan…I think Mata is quality but not 37 Million worth…United will get a bump, but Chelsea did good business there, IMO–esp. if it’s all a plan to take Rooney in the Summer… Like you say, bygones, but still, if all we can do is look at other club’s business, I might be tempted to indulge…

  41. James Bond says:

    yes, all is well @ 17HT ๐Ÿ™‚ – and how dare you keep an eye on me, surely this is invasion of privacy or in other words cheating, ha ha

    yeah, I have Sczny, good value for money considering he has the best CB pairing in the world playing ahead of him at the moment…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    yep, I’m also a Nacho fan but he didn’t have a good game last time…I don’t particularly think he is better than Gibbs as both are really good and offer something different to the team, it’s just that against teams with physical presence especially on the wings, I Feel Nacho can be easily out muscled ?

  42. James Bond says:

    3 wishes,

    1: no injuries

    3: 7 goals

    5: clean sheet.

  43. geoffchase says:


    You just answered the why do jam TWs mostly stink. You can’t get those guys except in summer unless someone’s wildly desperate (cough, Malaga last year)… Nothing says you’re no threat then a top team selling to a mid or bottom one (cough Mata to Utd).

    And the price for the rest in Jan is way too high… Unless you’re desperate. I’m in the we aren’t that desperate (yet?) camp and can use talent and flexibility in how it’s used to win.

    IMO, all comes down to the Chelsea and city games. Win and it’s ours, as it should be, lose and well then …. All close to top teams will drop the odd points (cough Pool) but of those top three (includes us this year!!) it will come down to the head to head methinks…

    Cheers — jgc

  44. James Bond says:

    Iain Dowie, BBC Radio 5 live
    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)
    “If Kim Kallstrom is out for six weeks I can’t understand why Arsenal would still sign him. Arsene Wenger is a very sensible manager, so maybe there’s something more to it. Maybe they signed him and then realised it was worse than expected.”

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)
    BBC Sport’s David Ornstein tells BBC Radio 5 live how midfielder Kim Kallstrom got injured, with Arsenal’s new loan signing expected to be out for six weeks because of a back injury.

    “Arsenal knew about the injury when they signed him, but they didn’t know about it when he originally came to the club on Friday,” says Ornstein.

    “On Tuesday, after Mathieu Flamini was sent off, Arsenal realised they were short of numbers in midfield with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere out. On that same day, Kallstrom’s side Spartak Moscow were at their warm-weather camp in Abu Dhabi.

    “Kallstrom was playing beach volleyball and scored a goal and then felt discomfort in his back. An MRI at Arsenal did not reveal anything, but a CT scan showed the problem. Wenger said he would still sign Kallstrom and he would do his rehabilitation at Arsenal, instead of at Spartak Moscow.”

    PS: that is it, AW is a Generous man…Spartak Moscow laugh all the way to the bank, as does the whole of Sweden as AFC keeps telling us, ha

  45. James Bond says:

    great to see Arteta talking to AOX and telling him the tricks of the trade, very nice !

    Ok, I think AOX will score one of the 7 goals today.

  46. So far, great results over the weekend !. I shall now put on my Arsene onesie ( very similar to the one I have put on the link, but a lot smaller and it`s for my one eyed-monster ! ) and hide behind the sofa !. Again, the missus has the WI meeting at our place, so I better be extra quiet as I play action games with mini Arsene fighting it out with GI Joe and Action Man toys !. hahaha
    Laterz if we win…..actually, laterz if we don’t win, so I can have a good moan !. hahaha

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Great comments, guys and good to see that not everybody believes TV5 would make a great DM. For me it is obvious but we don’t know until he gets a proper chance there.

    On to the match, good line up and let’s hope CP will be hemmed into their own half for most of the game so the DM duo will not be tested too much. TV not on the bench is a worry.

    Enjoy the game, off to the pub to watch it. COYG>

  48. I cant wait to see later on MOTD……Our SQ signing KK being paraded around and presented to the Emirates crowd on a stretcher !. hahahaha

  49. Thanks Totes, it`s a pleasure to keep supplying you with my great comments !. hahaha

  50. James Bond says:

    yes, TV5 may make a great DM but first he needs to get injury free – he’s another RVP in disguise injury wise, maybe it might not be such a bad idea to sell him in the summer if his injuries don’t behave …

    he’s not even on the bench for today.

    ahahhahahahahahahhahahaha @TCM

  51. James Bond says:

    here we go,


  52. 17highburyterrace says:

    Bond, focused on the next TW but at least it’s on players going out, so maybe you won’t be disappointed…

    Dylan, on the other hand…

    Early goal or two and then flex the muscles and score a bundle…you know for the 007s, eh…

  53. Dylan says:

    Haha 17. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You know I love my transfers. Even if it’s young player for a few pounds and a coupon for free hugs from Wenger. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s always nice to get new faces, even for the future.

  54. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yes, well, Dylan, you know how I love my guys who already wear the shirt… ๐Ÿ˜€

    Palace playing a line of 5 in front of a line of 4…and doing OK…Santi’s gotta remember that Lu-lu is out there on the left (and in his usual space)… Ox and Lu-lu might want to keep their feet rather than play for the fouls or otherwise stay patient…

  55. Dylan says:

    Ox is fantastic this game. Looks like he’s played there his whole life.

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    AW might think about a new puffy coat (or at least a zipper…) given his new contract…Oh wait, that would come from the club’s money…can’t have that… ๐Ÿ˜€

    25 mins in and no breakthrough…

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    We’re heavily flooding the left side…Sagna very uninvolved today with Santi reflexively drifting to the other side…Lulu might want to move central a bit to keep making space for himself and others…

  58. Dylan says:

    Jedinak is headed for a red card and a fight.

  59. 17highburyterrace says:

    Poldolski yelling at his teammates but maybe needs a mirror to see WTF he’s doing out there… Poor spell these past several mins…

    Nice save on Kos’ “dummy”….

  60. AFC says:

    Sagna injured?

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sagna’s got booty-lock (hopefully not a hamstring)…

    Ox can calm down if nobody’s gonna press the ball…

    just a bit confused once we get it into the final 3rd…

    Some bother (a corner) at the other end…but cleared…

  62. Admir says:

    It’s not like we’ve been poor so far but we might use a few long shots in the final third.

  63. 17highburyterrace says:

    The half is winding down and the only saves we’ve forced are at set-pieces…Plenty of empty seats on display but somebody is in good voice…

    Kos from midfield and closer to goal than corner flag?

    Boos as the boys head to the dressing room?

  64. AFC says:

    I think we need to push more players forward from the central area, Podolski needs to stay wide more often and we need to up the pace with more one, two touch passing.

  65. James Bond says:

    it doesn’t hurt to put a few crosses in from the right as well, you know lads ?

    also , to take a few long range shots not like the one from KOC but you get the drift.

    we need to speed it up a bit, Rosicky Rosicky I am hearing – Santiago should be taken off at the 60th minute for either Rosicky or Gnabry – we need someone running behind their defenders and not have the ball played to the feet

    good to see Arteta going forward as much as he can and not being a pedestrian – Palace are wasting time and breaking up play, maybe the ref needs to do his job ?

    nothing to worry about though, we are a 2nd half team, we’ll probably score 2 or 3 in 10 minutes.

  66. alcide says:

    Playing decent football so far I thought? Especially considering the unbearable Pulis brand of the same sport on display. Agreed on a few shots… Instead of forcing the lay off, getting the ball back out for a strike could work…

  67. James Bond says:

    Ozil – wake up please.

  68. Admir says:

    @AFC – exactly. That is one way to break the resilient Pulis’ parked bus.

    Chamakh has been more dangerous than Giroud today. Now, there is a sentence that I thought I’d never say.

  69. Dylan says:

    Tony Pulis has rented a rather large bus to put in front on CP’s goal.

  70. AFC says:

    OX SCORES!!!

  71. Dylan says:


  72. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wrong. IMO Ozil is our best player by a ways…Santi and Lu-lu clogging each other…

    I would take Poldi off for the young german, then Ox for Sicky…

    Giroud lack of mobility a real liability against the PTB…


  73. alcide says:

    Beautiful pass from Santi! Nice finish by Ox! Woohoo!

  74. James Bond says:

    did The Visionary predict AOX Scoring or did he predict AOX scoring
    you lil beautyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    we love you

    wo000000000000000t wo00000000000000000t

  75. 17highburyterrace says:

    Berkampesque says the announcer re: Ox two touch goal….

  76. Dylan says:

    Ox chips the ball over the rather large bus.

  77. Admir says:


    The commentator just mentioned this site…or sort of. He said that The Ox’s first touch was Dennis-Bergkampesque. ๐Ÿ˜€

  78. 17highburyterrace says:

    Half-time talk got it sorted…Santi needed to stay out right if Lu-lu is given the left….

    C’mon floodgates…

  79. AFC says:

    Seems Ozil and the Ox have switched positions?

  80. 17highburyterrace says:

    Superbowl Sunday here in the States and that goal looked like one that was called in the huddle…


  81. Admir says:

    What a save by Szczesny! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It wasn’t an offside.

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    LET OFF on a deflected mess and a good save from Sir Chez…

    Giroud very useful at defending corners…

    AFC, I don’t think Ozil and Ox have permanently switched spots, but then again I see our MF (ideally) as being very fluid… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Arteta should’ve let that go across his body instead of passing to Poldi…

  83. AFC says:

    17, it seems like they have, we’ll have to see over the rest of the game.

  84. 17highburyterrace says:

    Pushing for a 2nd is all fine and good but slowing it down seems wise if the ref is gonna let the violence escalate…3 pts, nobody hurt are priorities ahead of extra goals… Sorry, 007 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    AFC, Ozil is comfortable deep, Ox forward, so…as we might say in California…It’s all good…

    Ozil plenty forward at the moment…

  85. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ox, feeling it…Dennis didn’t score too many from the center circle…

  86. AFC says:

    Palace have only scored 15 goals all season so we shouldn’t have to worry that much about Palace scoring an equaliser. I say that at the risk of sounding complacent. ๐Ÿ˜€

  87. James Bond says:

    has giroud joined the team for the 2nd half or is he still enjoying the half time break from the dressing room ?

  88. AFC says:

    ahahaha JB, time for Bendtner?

  89. Admir says:

    We might avoid fooling around in our own half. I’m glad that our players are confident but more no-nonsense clearances might do the job today.

  90. 17highburyterrace says:

    Santi on defense in the box… Corner defended…

    Obviously a 2nd would be quite nice, bur yes, AFC, we should be confident at the defensive end…

    There’s Ollie, goofing around w/Santi…Damn, Arteta puts some pressure on his fellow Spaniard, Nacho…

    Ozil-elaborate there, if you will…

  91. 17highburyterrace says:

    Finally a yellow…well “won” by Santi…

    Arteta lack of pace is somewhat stunning, but glad he’s not risking injury…

  92. AFC says:

    Rosicky on for Podoldki.

  93. Admir says:

    Podolski substituted before the end of the game. Hardly a shocker, eh?

  94. AFC says:

    OX!!!! That two for him.

  95. Dylan says:


  96. Admir says:


  97. alcide says:

    And Ox for a brace!

  98. 17highburyterrace says:

    OX–out of the backfield again…(keeper will be disappointed, I think…)

    More comfy now…

  99. Dylan says:

    Just a header for his perfect hattrick. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  100. 17highburyterrace says:

    Instantly better with Sicky on?

  101. AFC says:

    Ozil and Giroud off for Gibbs and Bendtner

  102. 17highburyterrace says:

    We look comfortable but no big # for you James…Nobody hurt heading to the tougher games seems a good idea to me…

    Per with a black eye? And a deflected backpass…and now a yellow with the American Football…

    Arteta hurt, however… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  103. AFC says:

    3 added mins

  104. 17highburyterrace says:

    Now Ox looking crampy…

    And he’s down! Head-butted by Sicky…Doesn’t he fancy his new nose?

  105. AFC says:

    Full time and a good result, we are top of the league again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m off now. Dylan, 17ht, JB, Admir, Alcide nice hanging out with you guys. See everyone soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. 17highburyterrace says:

    There’s your Full time…I love the 2-nils and Ox makes a case for himself in the pivot…Well Done…

    Enjoy your super-bowl…

  107. alcide says:

    Job well done. That Ox finds goals his good news in Rambo and Theo’s absences – none of those 2 goals were easy tap-ins. A bit annoyed and scared that we showed again how uneasy we become when pressed high, but oh well. Laters!

  108. geoffchase says:

    Finally on in the pub here in Liege!

    Comfortable win. The goals had to come.. IMO, Ozil was very good, all chances we had in the first half came via him and several nearly theres… Without him, at bare minimum, Santi et al have nowhere to hide…

    Else, solid, nothing to worry about given the Pulis sized bus out there and off we go… Tho I like City to beat Chelsea tonite, by about 2-3 I suspect…

    cheers — jgc

  109. Admir says:

    Good victory today. Hopefully nobody got injured.

    Next stop: Anfield.

    Last six matches at Anfield in the Premiership:

    2007-08: 1:1 (Gerrard’s early free-kick was followed with an excellent performance from our team that was rewarded with a late equalizer by Fabregas; we should have won that one – after Gerrard’s goal we simply brushed them off the pitch),

    2008-09: 4:4 (Arshavin’s poker of goals put an end to the Reds’ hopes to win the title; we were the second best team on the pitch with Fernando Torres molesting our defence but the crazy little Russian had nearly secured all three points for us before Reds scored an injury-time equalizer),

    2009-10: 1:2 (they took the lead but Glen Johnson’s own goal and Arshavin’s another piece of magic on Anfield turf gave us a victory),

    2010-11: 1:1 (Pepe Reina’s injury-time own goal saved our bottoms, Koscielny earned a red card in his very first match in the Premiership),

    2011-12: 1:2 (we had been destroyed during the first half and Liverpool should have been at least four-goal-up but Szczesny gave an incredible performance; Sagna’s cross was converted by Van Judas and Song’s dink pass in the injury time of the second half was met by Van Judas’ volley to secure us a victory),

    2012-13: 0:2 (Podolski’s counter-attack and Cazorla’s drive helped by Reina were enough for us to see off Liverpool but it was Abou Diaby who dominated on the pitch).

  110. Evidence of where Wenger was looking for more loan signings right up to the wire on Deadline Day !.

  111. AFC says:

    GLIC, ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

  112. TotalArsenal says:

    They parked the bus and we stayed calm and kept at it. Very professional performance and well done the Ox. Brilliant assists by Santi and OG. Bring on Pool.


    Evening all

    Fine stuff young Dylan. Getting your mum involved is genius.

    A bit of advice for you young man, “Mum is always right”. Follow that mantra and you will be flying.

    Just a word of caution. Dont let your future wife know that all decisions are dictated by your mum. When asked by my first wife mundane questions like “Why dont you ever do the washing up you bald git”? My constant response of “Coz my mum said so”, doesnt go down well, especialy if the wife resembles a 1970s wrestler.

    I missed my first home league game of the season. in fact I have not seen nothing of the match

    My youngest daughter selfishly decided that today was her birthday, so I was forced to take her and her motley crew out for birthday lunch. The bloody thing cost me a fortune. Kids have no respect these days.

    Off to watch it on catch up.

  114. Milo says:

    It’s a good thing Jack Wilshere COULD be fit for the next match, as the OX looked a little hurt at the end. He was brilliant today, and I knew he would be. He is different to Wilshere in that he has a bit more pace and is a bit more forceful going forward. I’m not saying he’s better, as in tight areas Wilshere is extremely good. Ox is too though and his technical skill and tactical awareness is underrated. Maybe it won’t be anymore, after this dominant performance. There weren’t many instances where he had to get “stuck in” though or make tackles, if I recall, so that side of his game wasn’t put to task very often, but I think he really is a viable option for a central position, and have always maintained that view. There were even times when he was the deepest lying midfielder. Arteta was tremendous in this match as well. I was very hard on him in the last match, but I thought him, the OX and Giroud were our three best today. I hope we can hold out on the injury front and get through this tough period with as many points as can be reasonably expected.

  115. Gerry says:

    Good morning all. Good result, and they were made to work hard for it.

    My few observations were:

    It was the wrong game for Pod to start, if their was a free choice? Understandably, AW does not want to overplay Gnabry. However, the fact remains, Pod was not the player for a PTB team. Perhaps late on when things opened up? We lack a left side ‘Walcott’ .. an area for the summer I think?

    In the first half Ozil played more in an advanced role than he has done lately. Now whether that was because we dominated possession high up, even Ox and Arteta were frequently in the opposition half? This meant that 21 of the 22 were in and around the ‘Palace box, so it was a touch cramped. Even so, we moved the ball about well enough, but with very few openings.

    I said before the game I wanted Ox on the left side of the Chamteta pairing, and this was the side he scored both his goals. I missed the reason why Arteta came over to the left side for the second half? More worryingly, Arteta took a knock late on, and was a tad slow at reading some passes as the second half wore on. Liverpool is not the game for testing out a new DM?

    Cazorla looked surprisingly good on the right side, with some really good crosses with his right foot, and worked well with Ozil. A combination of good defending, and a tendency to wait for the ball to get to them, meant that little clear cut opportunities came our way. Even Zelalem would have struggled to get a ‘key pass’ in that crowded area?

    Ox did as asked with his goals, and showed that extra bit of composure that has been missing lately.He had a good game all round, but I still fancy him higher up the pitch. If thoughts surrounding Kallstrom’s signing are because Rambo will miss the rest of this season, near as damn it, then he may get plenty more opportunities to do just that?

    All we need for a result against ‘Pool twice, will be Gnabry to join in the private battle with Ox as to who can score the most goals, and we are halfway there? Alas, the other half of what is needed may be harder to achieve?

    Right, I have got to get serious with my racing research, so I may catch you later. A Man City win might not be a bad thing either, as it reduces the challengers down to one?

  116. The Cockie Monster says:

    Morning Fcuk Face Felching Fiends !. ๐Ÿ˜†

    I think your wrong Gezzer !. Forgetting who they are and just looking at their points, we should logically want a Chavski win, if not a draw !.

  117. oz gunner says:

    We don’t need to score as much as city with a defensive unit like ours. Controlled another game with another clean sheet in the bag. Ox…what can you say that hasn’t already been said?! Shame we were robbed of him all season because he could have (still time yet) exploded on to the scene. That second goal…just sheer pace (i wish theo had the nous to use such trickery in his game). Great hold up play from giroud too.

    TOTL. Come on city and chelsea we want the pitch to explode like it did in ‘dark knight rises’

  118. If you watch carefully you can see Stretch in the background adjusting the cannon for use in case the chap talking blasphemes against Wenger !. hahaha

  119. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post ๐Ÿ™‚

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