No Theo but start for Rosicky, Coq-Flam in pivot? Line-Up and Preview

Very short match preview, as I am busy and the game starts in just two hours.

We will need lots of New Year's magic to beat the solid wall of the Saints defence: Can Alexis do it one more time?

We will need lots of New Year’s magic to beat the solid wall of the Saints defence: Can Alexis do it one more time?

It is the third time we will meet the team surprise of the season, and no doubt this will be a tight one. The Saints really know how to defend and it will be hard to get into their box today. No team, other than the horrible Chavs perhaps, operate the double-DM pivot system better than Southampton, but they will miss the constantly very impressive, Wengeresque, Schneiderlin today. One of the disadvantages of having two DMs in the pivot is the potential lack of connection between defence and attack, and Schneiderlin plays a very important role in this.

Against the Chavs the Saints managed to keep their opponents out of their box, allowing only one shot on goal in the whole match. At the end they tired though, and had their opponents been sharper when they finally penetrated the Saints’ box, they could have taken all three points. They always have a threat going forward from both full backs and wingers, and we have to play disciplined today if we want to go home with a result.

A win will be hard, very hard, given the quality of the opposition and the tired legs of those who will have to create the magic (Santi, Alexis, Welbeck, OX, the full backs?).

It looks like Wenger will not battle against the Saints with his very own god of speed, Theo. It has all become very precarious with regards to Theo’s return to the team, but this is just the sort of game we need him in. Our senior players need a lift: some fresh and dynamic support and that is just what Theo would offer. Let’s hope we will see him at least come off the bench: time to jump in the deep end TW14!

Luckily, we can field a reasonably fresh and complete back-five today. It is key though that we give them the right support and another stint of junior and senior French duo of CoqMini in front of the back-four is highly likely, and preferable imo. Can Cazorla do another battling performance in the hole and are Danny, Alexis and Alex still capable of squeezing another ninety minutes out of their tired legs? Will Rosicky add freshness? We will see. I reckon Wenger will go for his strongest available (and fittest) team and not worry about the FA cup game yet, as this is a very important game to not lose, or, of course ideally, to win.

The mind says a hard fought draw with none or two goals, but the heart is hoping for more. Both teams have had a few good games in a row and confidence is starting to return…. It is not just three – or indeed six – points up for grabs today; the even bigger reward of further/increasing momentum is at stake as well. Can we do it?

This is the predicted team (am pretty sure though I wont get them all correct today):

Ars v Saints Jan 15

Ox might well play instead of Rosicky or Le Coq, and Welbeck might not start due to fitness, in which case Alexis could play up top…. Let’s wait and see.

Come You Rip Roaring Gunners – Let the Cannon Roar!

Arsenal players celebrate with the FA Cu

Written by: TotalArsenal

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous Gunners 2015!

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218 Responses to No Theo but start for Rosicky, Coq-Flam in pivot? Line-Up and Preview

  1. The Cockie Monster says:

    Happy New Year all !………………….yes !…… even Total and Gerry, but I draw the line at some Bastard called Watson !. hahaha

    Had fun with this game last night ( obviously you need to be under the spell of alcohol )….do splits and pick up cardboard box with teeth without hands touching the floor !…..then the box gets cut down each time to lower it and make it harder !. It is hilarious to see drunken family fall over and some stagger into TV`s, windows, doors etc`, but I thought I took the biscuit last night, when I lowered myself and was just about to grip the box with my teeth when my daughters kitten walked past the box and I stood up triumphantly with a mouth full of pussy !. hahaha
    Then to be out done by my Son-in-Laws gran !……86 years old and still getting down to it !……she lowered herself and rose to what she thought was a triumphant position, but minus the cardboard box !…….it was still on the floor with her false teeth still attached !. hahaha

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha 😛

    Happy New Year to you GLIC.

  3. VCC says:

    Happy & Healthy New Year everyone.

    On a personal note, I’m glad that Fcekru is out of the way. Onwards and Upwards into 2015.

    Hi Cockie……have played that game many times with family, friends and neighbours. Prefer it when it gets to Girls versus the boys because we always win when my Son joins in. Due to his Karate background he can pick a matchbox up with his teeth. 🙂

  4. James Bond says:

    Wojciech Szczęsny; Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Tomáš Rosický; Alexis Sanchez

    Substitutes: Martinez, Monreal, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Campbell, Walcott, Akpom

    I likes !

  5. James Bond says:

    oh hello me old china’s 🙂

    how are both of you doing @ Glics and VCC – lovely to see you both back !

    Flamini injured am assuming ? chambers in the DM role ? is that Steve’s wishing come true, already ? 😉

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Okay, not too bad my predicted line up. Flam a rest, which makes sense. Welbeck also?….. Not even on bench. Bench looks weak.

  7. oz gunner says:

    Happy new year gents. Good to see one of the fuzzes is back in action. Place is getting to serious around here with BJ whinging about the worlds best keeper 🙂

    Cheers for the pre-match TA. Without Clyne and schneiderlin it really is a good time to be playing them. Just a shame we are without Giroud. I think Welbeck with miss too. Ox to play out wide with Sanchez moving in. Hopefully we have the game under wraps so we can have a glimpse of theo too.

    @ Gerry

    Cheers but I’ll give it a miss. I can’t let cockie miss out on his wooden spoon award. Sorry for being a pain and dropping out so late.

    In regards to jenks. It’s a tough one. Is it a sanogo like loan in which Arsene has the faith but wants him to gain premier league experience? Or are his papers stamped? I hope it’s the former because I’d love for him to succeed at his boyhood club…we all love a feel good story. I actually really rate him. He runs all day, has passion to burn, is deceptively quick (did well in handling sterling early last season) and he’s arsenal through and through. Hang in there jenks…debuchy will drop off…he’s old ha

  8. James Bond says:

    we are playing with a false no.9 – Alexis

    loving it if it’s really a 4-6 with Alexis furtherest forward

  9. oz gunner says:

    Shit the team is already out. Agree with TA…bench looks very weak. Excited to see this team play though. Happy for Le coq. Excited to see chambers play in his preferred spot. And always happy to see Rosicky start. Ox and Sanchez to run straight at them.

  10. oz gunner says:

    I see it as a 4-2-3-1

    Alexis up top. Santi, Rosicky and ox running all over the show

  11. oz gunner says:

    Come on Stoke you bastards…hold!!!

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    I hope we play really compact and flood midfield, pass them to bits and strike early. COYG.:)

  13. oz gunner says:

    No sir Alex no 30 minutes of extra time

  14. oz gunner says:

    Yes!!! I thought our bench was weak…look at Uniteds…
    Van judas, Rooney, mata and Falcao

  15. oz gunner says:

    *not enough firepower

  16. James Bond says:

    oh no, wigizig is down and out for good ?

    any other websites of that ilk for streams and so on ?

  17. oz gunner says:

    WHAT!!!!!! That is devastating BJ no more arsenal or ufc for oz. sods need to pack up their shit and move to Costa Rica. If torrents sites can do it so can they

  18. James Bond says:

    I know, it’s due to the laws in spain .

    I will miss them geezers, was a really quality site for everything under one brolly .

    gutted !

  19. Retsub says:

    Agghhhhh wiziwig has shut down. Anyone know any good streams?

  20. oz gunner says:

    http://firstrowau.eu/watch/309541/2/watch-southampton-fc-vs-arsenal.html

    this is working well for me. if not there are 7 other links on the page so give them a go (it’s link 2). Link 1 is putrid

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Live radio commentary on Arsenal.com (for subscribers, which is free btw).

  22. Gino92 says:

    Happy New Year, everyone. If you are watching the game on a live stream, can you please share the link?
    Thanks.

  23. VCC says:

    cheers oz, but not working for me

  24. oz gunner says:

    none of the 7 links VCC?? sorry too scared to click off this one? Do you have an ad blocker? because these sites are a massive pain without them

  25. oz gunner says:

    great tackle le coq, brilliant pullback rosicky…should have done better santi

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Where are the Americans with their live coverage comments?! 😕

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes radio commentators say it was a good chance for Santi. Shame.

  28. James Bond says:

    wanyama booked within the first 25 minutes, bloody brilliant – now we can score 3 goals !

    a nice early booking was a must for this serial fouler

  29. oz gunner says:

    that is why rosicky should start every game…look at that effort!

    good, wanyama deserves that. will keep his repeated fouling in check

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    The man with the most fouls in the PL, Wanyama, gets a yellow… Nice one.

  31. James Bond says:

    OX is looking so sharp , nearly scores as well, you OX gooooooooooooooooooo

  32. James Bond says:

    thank you @ Sczny

    and then BFG

  33. James Bond says:

    best keeper in the world, goes for something that I am unable to put into words .

    COYG !!! wake up, and let’s get this back to 1-1

  34. oz gunner says:

    cheers Kozzer -> Szcz -> BFG

    team effort of shit that one. Kozzer should never have allowed that

  35. James Bond says:

    is the goal scorer Mane , injured ?

  36. retsub1 says:

    Thanks J B. Got the stream going just in time to see Szs screw up. You couldn’t have timed it better. Grrrrrrr

  37. James Bond says:

    no, not team effort – what was Sczny doing all the way out of his goal when Koc is already there .

    brain fart after brain fart – you can spin it whatever way you want @ OZ but sadly it’s another soft goal gifted by our Sczy’s poor decision making – he stays in goal then it’s all to do for them .

    comedy of errors non the less .

  38. James Bond says:

    are we playing without someone in the hole as in a no.10 ? I think so .

  39. oz gunner says:

    i’m afraid it’s another carling cup like stuff up. Kozzer should have dealt with it but szcz came out (no trust in kozzer?). Kozzer drops off. Szcz in no mans land. Marne scores a bullshit goal

  40. Admir says:

    Great save by Chez!

  41. James Bond says:

    Sczny has redeemed himself – well done Sczny !!!

    I forgive you for the earlier howler !!!

  42. oz gunner says:

    @ BJ

    yep a big problem with le coq and chambers = no drive.

    Okay if we scored early but we lack creativity

  43. James Bond says:

    it’s not working, we need to bring on Theo or Campbell and move OX through the B2B or middle @ OZ

  44. oz gunner says:

    I’d prefer rosicky next to le coq and theo on for chambers

  45. James Bond says:

    am not fussed about the goal too much as I know the BFG will end up scoring from a set piece 🙂

    we need to try and get wanyama sent off

  46. James Bond says:

    yeah, rosicky will also work next to le coq – agreed

    but we need theo !!!

    chambers is not ready yet nor does he have the drive or passing range as of yet, am afraid.

  47. oz gunner says:

    good finish to the first half. needed another 5 minutes

  48. Admir says:

    Bellerin on the wing? I have a feeling he’d make a bigger impact than Theo right now.

    It was a regular crappy first half. I’d like to see these changes that Oz suggested but it’s not going to happen.

  49. James Bond says:

    would have preferred to not have conceded that goal but with Sczny in goal , am always starting with 0-1 down anyway .

    Santiago had a great chance and should have done better .

    we need a change with chambers coming off for anyone, really . don’t mind young Chuba coming in also with Rosicky or ox playing through the middle .

  50. James Bond says:

    you’re right @ Admir

    it won’t happen but if he does ring in a couple of changes at 60 minutes, then that’s an intent show right there .

    we are not playing well through the lines or playing in little triangles, there is way too much space in the center with no one able to plug in the gaps – this is where we are missing Flamini but Le COQ has been immense for us – it’s only chambers holding us back for now .

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    What a poor goal to concede…. All three to blame but Sz most of course. If you come out deal with it. And why did the BFG not cover the goal mouth so he would face the ball in forwards? 😦

    Second half hopefully better. Hope you are feeling the guilt Giroud! 😈

  52. James Bond says:

    he didn’t have the pace to do that and the ball was always curling into the net @ skipper

    if we swapped the BFG for KOC for that goal, then KOC would have been able to keep it out of the net – but the point remains, there was no need for Sczny to be coming out for that one at all with no other saints player in our box.

  53. James Bond says:

    5:58
    Arsenal have been behind 11 times this season and are yet to come back to win, while the Saints are yet to lose after going ahead. Home banker then?

  54. James Bond says:

    first time for everything in life, and what better way to start 2015 ehhhh

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    We played some good football too, just need to become more deadly. Unfortunately, only Alexis is a regular quality finisher, the rest…… is hit and miss. Need to step up boys. 🙂

    COYG

  56. Admir says:

    “Arsenal have been behind 11 times this season and are yet to come back to win”

    Crystal Palace, Anderlecht?

  57. Gerry says:

    Yes, I’m on Arsenal’s Player audio. I am most amused at them trying to pass the buck when explaining the absence of Pod …. ‘Errr, what was it’ …(over to the other half) … ‘Mmmnn, yes a slight groin strain .. we are told’
    Hilarious.

    I like the balance of the bench. Stick Walcott and Akpom on and crack ’em open in the last 15.

  58. Admir says:

    Alexis’ miss might spell “defeat” for us. This was the chance.

  59. James Bond says:

    take of SCZNY ALREADY

    disgrace .

  60. James Bond says:

    and this is why I haven’t found any love for Sczny @ Neeraj

    mid table keeper playing for a champions league club .

    keep chambers and sub off sczny for opsina – PRONTO

  61. Admir says:

    In a way, it’s a fair outcome. Last season Boruc helped us at the Emirates with a spectacular blunder. Now his compatriot returns the favour.

  62. James Bond says:

    wrong substitution, that should be Theo coming on For Sczny – anyone can play in goal for Arsenal if Sczny can .

    Sczny never ceases to disappoint me , and look at his reaction – straight after gifting another goal, he sips the water – just dig a hole in the ground mate .

    I’ll take a draw from here 😀

  63. Admir says:

    Why to substitute Chez when he is on a hat-trick? (A bit dark humour can’t harm us, right?)

  64. James Bond says:

    is theo on yet ?

  65. James Bond says:

    CLOSE!

    Southampton 2-0 Arsenal
    Posted at 16:26
    Mathieu Debuchy to the rescue this time! Again goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is at fault to flap at ball through and Debuchy scrambles back to head clear.

    nearly the hat-trick you so crave @ Admir 😀

  66. Admir says:

    Put Campbell and Akpom in, pull Alexis and Cazorla out. What’s the worst that can happen? We have lost this game already, let’s keep two of our best players from the injuries.

  67. James Bond says:

    bitch twitchy time

  68. James Bond says:

    start the engine time .

    not a bad result in the grand mix of things, if this result means that we won’t be seeing Sczny in goal for Arsenal anytime soon – am happy with that .

    roll on the weekend .

  69. James Bond says:

    *scheme

    theo had gone missing in southampton .

  70. Gerry says:

    Not quite the hattrick. Time to regroup and see what the TW brings.

    I’ll watch it when it becomes available.

  71. James Bond says:

    for you Gerry,

  72. TotalArsenal says:

    That was a tired performance by the team. The sort of game where you have to score first early on, or stay calm and defend with discipline…. Big sigh on both accounts. A fresh Giroud would have made a real difference, as we looked shapeless in attack, even though there was a lot of desire. Too many players just lacked energy: Debuchy looked very heavy, and Ox and Santi just lacked that bit of concentration/final bit of quality. Disappointed in our CBs and keeper and especially Gibbs, who just is not adding enough going forward (and he was rested against WH).

    Luckily, many other teams around us have dropped points and we did well in the other Christmas games. Bring on Hull.

  73. James Bond says:

    that’s a fair comment .

    now we need Chelsea to do us a favour or else spuds will leapfrog us – how the mighty have fallen ehhh

  74. macko says:

    Happy New Year to all gooner !!!!!!
    sad service, strange coaching, some players do not deserve their place in the team
    I think that fatigue played against us but it is the same for all teams;)

  75. Admir says:

    Ronald Koeman lost a lot of his players this summer, had to sign a lot of new players and integrate them. He did it and that’s why they are not just three points above us but also have a better goal-difference. Maybe the key point is that he was a serious player on a serious level.

  76. steve says:

    No spine!!! simple as that, this team has no spine its so depressing watching them trying to handle the simplest of threats and turning them into goal scoring opportunities nearly every fucking time.
    On the plus side there was a significant lack of old school tv on over this break and i never got my fix of the Benny hill, key stone cops, three stooges type sketches – luckily my boys at the back didn’t disappoint and put in a great comedic performance to round off the holidays, well done lads!!

    A new goal keeper
    Two new CB’s
    BFG to the glue factory
    Kos on light duties until fully 100%
    and a monster DM

    Four or five players short of a proper team atm, Southampton are not which is why they are the better side simple as that really. Would love to see these additions in the January TW but its not going to happen so 2014 / 15 can fuck off, bring on the next season quickly as possible.

  77. TotalArsenal says:

    Yeah Macko, but not many play three out of four away in the festive period. Pool, WH, Saints all heavy away games, whilst injuries in midfield and up-front continue…. They gave it all but was not enough today.

  78. proudgooner says:

    Happy new year all 2015
    Til 3pm today at least ha ha ha ha
    Jokes aside a poor and a bit of a worrying result,
    A result that had Wenger gritting his teeth on the sideline , the worry is Southampton will believe that 4th place is in there hands now. We missed a chance today with other results.
    Now I am not against Szsc like 007 but I agree with him on his points about him.
    After today’s mistakes again I if I was the manager would drop him and give Ospina a few games and a chance to show us what he has to offer.

  79. proudgooner says:

    Spurs lol

  80. proudgooner says:

    I hate spurs but you know what I am enjoying watching them wipe the smiles off Chelsea faces

  81. Admir says:

    Is Mickael Silvestre retired?

  82. James Bond says:

    no brainer that @ PG – if AW wants to keep his job then sanity must prevail, won’t be long before the Wenger out banners are out with an added line of “AW OUT & Take SCZNY with you” .

    5-2 spuds, remarkable

    but it’s the spuds keeper keeping chelsea at bay, just goes to show what a difference a decent keeper makes .

    with a decent keeper even your shaky defence is instilled with confidence, with a mediocre keeper, your entire defence is shaky and woeful .

  83. James Bond says:

    am glad you are enjoying this mate as I’m getting more and more worried .

    spuds have a really favoaurable fixture list in january .

    if we don’t get our act together soon, then this could be too close for comfort – we need Ospina in goal, as well as Ozil returning – we need our no.10 back as well as Ramsey = sorted .

  84. James Bond says:

    the best player in england at the moment = Hazard

    we will see how Chelsea cope if he gets injured or suspended .

  85. James Bond says:

    5-3

    entertaining game – after chelsea were 0-1 up before the spuds stuck no less than 5 times .

    all these teams were also jaded , yet , we had a couple playing like that and giving it their all !

    I don’t buy this jaded excuse anymore @ Skipper – this is the same schedule for us year in year out – AW has been in the job long enough to know this and it’s same for the players – I would understand if it was players in their first season moaning about it but Alexis was immense once more .

    we play QPR in london, we played the Hammers in London and Southampton isn’t too far from London either .

    before the liverpool game, we had the whole week off when liverpool had a midweek game on the wednesday against Bournemouth .

    it’s not the schedule, it’s our injuries .

    he refused to sign Cesc because according to him, we have many many players in the midfield – bet he didn’t see this coming at the end of the season, having to play LE COQ a player he wanted to get rid off , sent to loans everywhere even to a championship team or league 1 team to recall back along with Chambers in midfield .

    Arteta is mostly injured now, Flamini needed a breather, Ramsey is injury prone, Jack wilshere is injury prone – Diaby, we don’t even know where he is these days – Rosicky he doesn’t even make the bench mostly –

    he’s had the money and resources – just get us a bloody DM –

    Steve – we don’t need a new goal keeper, we already bought ourselves Ospina – he is good and I believe, if given the chance, he will take his opportunity with both hands to cement his place and show us all what we were lacking , provided he is given 3 games in a row and then doesn’t get injured to let Sczny back in .

    as for Sczny, as a gooner – I would like AW to take him out of the firing line for his own good – not sure why we are paying him £100 k per week , it’s excessive maybe it’s one of the reason why he keeps getting the nod ? (then Poldi can feel a bit hard done by)

    on slightly more positive news, Poldi has come out and rubbished all the news and also posted a picture with JW, Flamini with a cake in their rehab work which means that he was injured ? had his Arsenal gear on as well .

  86. James Bond says:

    on Szczesny…
    I don’t want to talk about [him].
    on Ospina…
    He will play on Sunday.

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20150101/wenger-on-the-defeat-and-defence

    interesting .

  87. James Bond says:

    on Podolski…
    Podolski was injured today. He had a tight groin.
    on the reported transfer to Inter Milan…
    The first proposal was farcical. After, when they come back a bit more seriously, then you will see what happens now.
    on whether it is inevitable…
    Inevitable? In the transfer window that’s very difficult to say but we’ll see what happens.
    on whether Podolski would have started against Southampton…
    He was not available but he had a big chance to start.
    on the fan who confronted him…
    He was a young boy and I think he was a Southampton fan. He was not arrested at all. I don’t think he said anything. It was not aggressive at all.
    on Podolski playing against Hull City…
    I will make a few changes, that’s for sure, but he has not practiced for a few days – since our game at West Ham because of a tight groin so I don’t think he will be available for Sunday.

    GOODBYE POLDI – Will miss you !

    reading between the lines, he is not going to be played as we are offloading him to Inter and he will be shipped out soon as the numbers are more to our liking .

    Gnabry comes in for sunday .

  88. proudgooner says:

    I hadjust been reading about Pod too 007, it does seem he is defo off.
    Shame he has a lot of goals in him.

  89. James Bond says:

    is it AW’s inability to work with decent players ?

    Arshavin / Gervinho and now Poldi – those are 3 decent players to be playing for you at LW .

    unless he gets Reus or Draxler, I don’t think it is a correct decision , however, saying that, he has got Welbeck in which you can argue was Poldi’s replacement at LW all along ?

    this could mean that he plays Danny at LW all the time, and is developing Alexis as the striker as he continues to play alongside Giroud – with Theo returning and the Ox here, we have our RW sorted – Gnabry is also returning to give us more options at LW .

    but I don’t know, this is all hypothetical for now and more of a let’s cut our losses short (player wages)

    disappointed and sad to see the Pod leave .

  90. proudgooner says:

    007,
    Very interesting, Ospina in on Sunday.
    Well we saw this coming mate.

  91. proudgooner says:

    Yep, you are right 007, that is the hard business sense in the matter.
    We dont see or know what goes on behind the scene either.
    Wenger must have his reasons, i trust his judgement but like you il be sad to see him and his hammer left foot leave

  92. proudgooner says:

    1 to many rash desisions for Wenger to take , i think Ospina will be a far more reasuring keeper for our defenders

  93. James Bond says:

    yes, we did and well done to AW for doing what’s best for the team and the club .

    am already feeling loads better knowing that we can actually start a game 0-0 🙂

    he has been making mistakes in every single game before, just because we hadn’t got punished for it before doesn’t mean that the problems have disappeared and this has been my point all along, then when we begin getting punished for it then everyone will see my point more clearly .

    I don’t hate him, I just don’t feel that he has matured into what we had all expected him to had become .

    if Ospina does the same then he will be under the firing line as well – no one is immune to constructive criticism . the other day, I Was told that some of the Arsenal players visit BK – so I better be careful of what I write here as I don’t want him hunting me down 😀

  94. proudgooner says:

    Compare Szsc to Forrester in Southamptons goal. That is the kind of keeper we need.

  95. proudgooner says:

    I would say the problem is if the Arsenal players had been reading the comments, then the problem would have been that they probably agreed with you

  96. James Bond says:

    Jose. Moron after the game (not how he tackles the fatigue factor ) .

    Here’s more from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: “I think at 2-0 [to Chelsea, if they had been awarded and scored a penalty] it would have killed the game. We had the biggest opportunity in the game to score the second goal which is a shot from the penalty spot.
    “At 2-0 I don’t think they have a chance to change the game against a side like Chelsea. We trust a lot in our game. Maybe it is not enough. We had some individual problems against a fast and powerful Chadli and the movement of Kane.
    “Fatigue plays a part for everybody. That is the Premier League, it is not easy for any club, we are no exception.”

    but it’s still funny how they lose though ahahhahahahahahahahaha everyone thought they be running with the title – I will have a lot of fun with that french lad at work, who calls us beautiful losers 😀

  97. proudgooner says:

    Szsc has all the skills required, i think he may well learn a great deal from being a number 2 and watching Ospina desision making.
    Hell if Cezh can be made a number 2 then Szsc sure as hell can

  98. James Bond says:

    mate, every keeper that we play always makes us wish that our keeper was just as good – I don’t know if the majority will own up to it, but deep down inside, we are always like ” oh why do bloody keepers always play so well against Arsenal and raise their games e.t.c e.t.c”

    it’s not that, their keepers are always or mostly doing this against other teams – it’s called maintaining a certain professional level and being at a certain level at all times unlike our keeper who makes other keepers at the opposite end look like worldies .

    I will tell you what though, he AW drops him for 3 -5 games in a row and Ospina cements his place then expect another rant from Sczny’s father directed at AW and Arsenal , it’s only a matter of time, you wait and watch !

  99. James Bond says:

    that’s the problem matey, if you remember that he had an absolute nightmere in 2013/13 season, cost us in the CL game by letting 3 soft goals in by BM at home – then everyone wrote us off, AW took the bold decision and dropped him to play Fabianski – we nearly kicked out the champions for that year by winning 2-0 and keeping a clean sheet – Fabianski played the next 10 games, we went on an unbeaten run and then I think , his father came out with all sorts of nonsense .

    he won’t accept being a no.2 for long , his father was also a goalie and people from Poland will tell you that he also lacked something in the head . (they have already told me this hence am sharing it with you 😯

  100. proudgooner says:

    If his dad does 007 he will just look like a dick. he was a keeper and he should know better then most just how many mistakes he is making

  101. proudgooner says:

    It would be nice if we could get another club abroud to buy Cech for us on the agreement that we will give them 3-5m on top. lol

  102. proudgooner says:

    so they buy him and sell him next day lol
    Why not Chelsea are always using crafty tactics.

  103. James Bond says:

    Moron won’t sell anyone to us and not of Cech is ilk for sure .

    we missed a trick by not getting Sczhwzer from Fulham, he would have been perfect for Sczny to learn from .

  104. proudgooner says:

    Hopefully Ospina will be the man 007.
    Columbia #1 and he was highly highly rated at Nice , i have big hopes for him.

  105. TotalArsenal says:

    So JB, the Chavs’ loss just underlines my point re Arsenal. Fatigue and many hard away games cost us today. It is what happens especially with the many injuries we have to deal with. Tiang yang! 🙂

  106. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy new year PG tips 🙂

  107. AB says:

    I would have taken a point this morning – barely half a team and playing away against strong opposition. Sadly we have had one of those days. I hope Giroud is reflecting on the part he has played in this. We need our injured players back fast and some stability for the second half of the season. A DM would make my January, but I won’t be getting my hopes up just yet. Worrying to see the Spuds start to show signs of form, but good to see manure and pool dropping points too.

  108. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy New Year, AB. 🙂

  109. Admir says:

    “I would say the problem is if the Arsenal players had been reading the comments, then the problem would have been that they probably agreed with you”

    If the Arsenal players had been reading the comments, then the problem is that they should have been thinking how come the most expensive Arsenal team in history has collected just 33 points out of 60 available. Or how the most expensive Arsenal team in history hasn’t beaten anyone from Manchester, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Spuds this season. Or how the most expensive Arsenal team in history has spilled the lead in five occasions (four out of fifteen points) and can’t keep a clean sheet in a laundry. Or why the hell they don’t spend time scouting our next opponents so they don’t have to do that during the game (hence the poor record in the first halves of the games) instead of bloody Instagram/Facebook/Twitter-posts.

  110. Admir says:

    “Fabianski played the next 10 games, we went on an unbeaten run and then I think , his father came out with all sorts of nonsense.”

    Actually, Fabianski played just five games during the run-in (including the one against Bayern). Szczesny was back on the goal for the last six games due to Fabianski’s injury. He conceded goals against Manure (penalty, Rusty Van Prick) and Wigan (direct free-kick, McManaman). Wenger’s decision to drop Szczesny wasn’t an isolated incident – Thomas Vermaelen was dropped to bench in favour of Per-Kos axis while the RamTeta-double pivot was installed in the middle. That’s what made our games during the run-in ugly to watch but our defence was almost bullet-proof.

  111. James Bond says:

    thanks for further strengthening my point , Fabianski did start our run .

    and then as usual, he got lucky to regain his place after Fabianski’s injury, the same thing happened here this season – after Gala – Ospina got a couple of games and then got injured which allowed Sczny back in .

    TV5 was always half injured or pulling up injured anyway – it was a good decision to sell him or have him on the bench .

    which reminds me, Suarez hasn’t been effective in spain as he was in England , no ?

  112. James Bond says:

    I know a day ago you were fighting Sczny’ case when we were having this debate @ Admir

    what are your thoughts today then ? still going to back your man or do you think enough is enough and let’s see how Ospina does for a bit ?

  113. oz gunner says:

    BJ…

  114. James Bond says:

    yeah, Ospina is from Columbia – I was wondering where you had disappeared @ Aussie – so good of you to return and answer the question in Admir’s absence 👿

  115. oz gunner says:

    Sorry BJ I refuse to bite. Your obsession is a bit much but you keep saying it’s “constructive criticism” so in your mind it’s okay. As I’ve said before I’ve said my piece and I won’t discuss Szcz with you again…

    “Look look everyone Szcz had a bad game. Look I told you all, I really did. Where’s my cheers?”

    Just a quick summary for everyone in case you wanted to save time on BJ’s comments today 🙂

  116. TotalArsenal says:

    Admir, really? 😕 Where does this most expensive team tag come from? If you add up the value of the starting team today, it is not worth that much at all. Let’s not forget that the real high value players have not played for a long periods this season. We can only judge this team once most, or ideally all, are back. Let me remind you again: NO Jack, NO Ozil, No Ramsey, NO Theo, NO Giroud, and a clearly knackered Debuchy and unfit Koz… What surprises me every time is how so many on here have such high expectations when the hard facts are there for all to see. The defence made a mess of it today and our attack were worn out…. shit happens, lets move on.

  117. James Bond says:

    yes, Oz – Told you so 😉

    and no, it should be ” look look everyone, Sczny had yet another bad game or another one this season 👿

    am having a field day today – and as they say, make hay while the sunshines and our pod is on his way out m yikes .

  118. James Bond says:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/lukas-podolskis-transfer-arsenal-inter-4906075?

    5 million ? well, if it’s true then I guess we have managed to recoup half the money spent on him .

    increases our transfer kitty to £25 million for january and every little helps .

    Schnerderlin be worth £20-25 million in the january window, I wouldn’t mind spending it all on him.

    I would also drop BFG for the Hull match and play chambers next to Koc .

  119. James Bond says:

    we lost to a top 4 team, could have been worse if we were liverpool supporters (God forbid)

    they drew 2-2 with the bottom of the table team and needed 2 penalties to score 2 goals at Anfield .

  120. oz gunner says:

    Well said TA

  121. Gino92 says:

    Very bad day at the office today. That first goal pretty much summarized our first half of the season. It was nothing but a pure comedy of errors. Most other teams seem assured when defending inside their box but it appears that we always tend to panic. Why is that? A new no nonsense CB is a must this transfer window. Having watched and re watched that goal about a dozen times now, this is what I came away with:
    1. Mane was too quick for Koscielny (who missed the ball).
    2. WS1 had no business coming out at all.
    3. But once he made the choice to come out, he should have stayed with Mane and not retreat back, which opened up an angle for Mane to curl in his shot.
    4. Koscielny should also have followed Mane and “crowd him out” along with WS1.
    5. Our last line of defense, Mertesacker, should have positioned himself much much better to whack the ball away (sort of like Debuchy did for that goal line clearance in the second half)
    . So much for being experienced…

    All these errors for just one play! When we play like this, I am always left wondering how we do defensive drills at training. Why do we tend to panic so much and shoot ourselves in the foot? I am just dumbfounded sometimes… Wenger looked really really pissed off at WS1, and I don’t blame him. But Per, as an experienced CB and Arsenal’s Captain on the pitch, should and must share some of the blame, not just WS1, in my opinion. Per has been a weak link in defense for us in a lot of games so far this season. I just think he has played way too many games in 2014 and needs a much-deserved breather but can’t.

    As for the second goal, that was ENTIRELY WS1’s fault. He must have had a strong brain fart because I just don’t know what the hell he was thinking…! That was a very generous New Year’s Day gift to Dusan Tadic, with no pressure whatsoever.

    This is a new year, we need to eradicate these silly mistakes in defense that are holding us back and get our act together very quickly. There are just too many good teams competing for that coveted 4th place finish, and our team is too talented not to make the top 4.

    Let’s hope we start the defense of our FA Cup title in a much better fashion, because Hull City will definitely be up for it. They will want revenge for sure!

  122. TotalArsenal says:

    Gino 🙂

    Some good observations. Now that the defence is together again, let’s give it some time. I have no doubt that the back four of Debuchy, BFG, Koz and Gibbs will improve IF they are all fully fit and get time to play together. Of course, I would love us to buy a quality CB in January, but I also would like us to put some trust in the back four. Actually, I still prefer a good DM to anything else.

    I would not worry too much about the top-four… there is so much more in this team still to come.

  123. Gerry says:

    Well as I haven’t seen the match yet, I can only comment on the audio version.

    Their view of the first was that once Kos let Mane past him, WS1 was obliged to come out, but got beaten by a well taken goal.
    On the second goal, Debuchy, messed up his chance to clear it and the ball ran to WS1. Either he panicked, or he thought it might have been given as a ‘back pass’, and chose to kick it. Badly!
    As TA says, sh*t happens.

    However, it is worth noting in a match I did see, the best GK in the league let in 5 goals …

    p.s. We ended up all 7 points from 12 from our Christmas games, which is better than some others. When I wrote ‘not quite the hattrick’ I meant missing out on our third win, as the ‘in game’ commentary was not available to me at the time – i.e. during the HT break.

    JB – No need to ‘shout’ the Poldi response to me, I read it a couple of hours after posting my comment, where I am sure I used the words ‘if it is as reported’. However, if you believe there was no connection between his absence yesterday and the kernel of truth that set the ‘Mirror story off, even if wildly exaggerated, then you are more naive than I took you for?

  124. oz gunner says:

    @ Gerry

    It definitely has all the makings of a Arsene departure doesn’t it. When players are leaving they are mysteriously injured (as are players that are dropped). It happens every time. It’s a shame really. I wanted to see Podolski at Arsenal for such a long time. Unfortunately he just never fit into our formation / style of play. Arsene expects his wingers to track back, yet we haven’t had much luck with Arshavin, Gerv and Podolski. Just buy Cavani and push Alexis wide 🙂 ….seems like an easy fix to me

  125. TotalArsenal says:

    We could have used the Pod yesterday, real shame it has not worked out. A case of bad scouting or maybe not a Wenger buy back then?

  126. oz gunner says:

    @ TA

    I’m just not sure why he brought him in. Was it to please the masses when Van Judas left? or it just didn’t work out as he had hoped? Everyone knows Podolski and knows what he brings to the table but we never played him to his strengths. He was ridiculously clinical when on the pitch. Maybe didn’t work as hard off the pitch for Arsene’s liking. I just have no idea.

  127. steve says:

    i just watched the match properly and completely in contrast to what nearly every other gooner is saying i actually feel Coquelin and Chambers did a great job in the middle of the park yesterday – am i missing something??
    In the first half Southampton weren’t allowed to create much by the pair and only a comedy of errors at the back let them gain a lead. Coquelin was MOTM and Chambers was doing exactly what i always wish Flamini would do, just sit there and cut stuff out, not venture forward and just make a simple pass on to someone who can affect the attack. They both played their parts very well but are getting a huge amount of stick on social media – not for me (after i watched the game back properly)

    I think the problem was there was nothing happening ahead of them, hit and miss by their sides (full backs) and absolute nonsense going on behind them.

    I would liked to have seen that double pivot remain and Walcott come on for Rosicky instead of Chambers but hey it was not to be.

    so there’s at least a small positive – well for me anyway lol

  128. oz gunner says:

    Coquelin yes…Chambers not so much (fair enough too as it was his first go there against a well organised outfit). I’d rather Rosicky take his spot against hull.

    Interesting stat I came across:

    The Frenchman (le coq) has been successful with 61 percent of his attempted tackles. Mathieu Flamini can only boast a success rate of 45 percent, with Mikel Arteta coming in at just 38 percent.

    Le Coq had 7 successful tackles against South (more than any other Arsenal player by a fair way). Chambers on the other hand didn’t even make 1 attempt to tackle.

    2 good games in a row for Le Coq now. Hopefully he doesn’t get the shaft when Flamini comes back in.

  129. steve says:

    OZ i don’t know where you get your stats mate but this one;
    “Chambers on the other hand didn’t even make 1 attempt to tackle.”
    Is complete bullshit mate, literally just finished watching the whole match back and he was definitely putting tackles in.
    I may do you some screen grabs if i have time bud

    But don’t think im over hyping Chambers by any means, Coquelin was by far the better player in that area but Chambers did do the simple things well which is all i really wish Flamini would do sometimes lol

  130. oz gunner says:

    Gerrard leaving pool

  131. oz gunner says:

    Feel free to test it yourself Steve

    http://epl.squawka.com/southampton-vs-arsenal/01-01-2015/english-barclays-premier-league/matches

    Climb tackle for chambers and you get 0%
    Coquelin 78%

    Also reported on bleacher report

  132. Gerry says:

    It is good to see you arguing over the positives guys 😀

    I’ll get around to watching it later, but the UMF new Table is out, and a new Leader?

  133. oz gunner says:

    Given the amount of games debuchy has played since coming back I think he’ll be rested against hull with chambers playing RB. I wouldn’t mind seeing bellerin again though

  134. steve says:

    Im not saying you didn’t find them somewhere OZ, i’m saying they are bullshit, i just watched the guy make a tackle lol
    Ive just started guardians of the galaxy but later i will find a screen grab or at least make a note of the times he tackled.

    Have you watched the match yet? properly i mean, not on some shit flash link that we all had to watch because wiziwig is down and all the descent HD acestream links have disappeared.

  135. steve says:

    Gerry WTF has happened to Hayden btw??
    where is he??

  136. oz gunner says:

    Giovinco to Arsenal? Would add much needed height up front!

  137. oz gunner says:

    Nah haven’t watched it again. I did have a good flash job though.

    The website must have stuffed up his stats then haha…poor chambers.

    My main point was coquelin though and how I’d like him to continue. I have no issue with chambers, I think he’ll be a ripper in time

  138. steve says:

    no argument here mate Coquelin was MOTM for sure, excellent performance.

  139. James Bond says:

    not sure what game you watched @ Steve but Chambers was as bad as a DM as our entire defense minus Debuchy – the lad can be a decent CB though – he needs to play as a CB alongside KOC and not the BFG tomorrow and Bellerin can play RB = sorted .

    Le Coq played really well though .

    Gerry – not sure what “naivety” has got to do with what was posted by the player himself and then me sharing it ?

  140. steve says:

    JB, the Southampton v Arsenal match mate 😉

    Actually watch the match back mate i think you will see a different picture, maybe you were a little distracted first time out cumming all over the screen over Szczesny’s woeful performance.

  141. James Bond says:

    no, not really @ steve – if you read my MDC then you will see that I picked up on how bad Chambers was and it wasn’t working for him, sure , it was his first match but really, he is not yet ready to be used as a utility player .

    the Sczny bug is contagious and Koc also had a shocker .

    am not gonna be too hard on Chambers as it’s no fault of his own to be playing out of position, however, I am a little bit concerned as to why Joel Campbell doesn’t get game time .

  142. Admir says:

    “Admir, really? 😕 Where does this most expensive team tag come from? If you add up the value of the starting team today, it is not worth that much at all. Let’s not forget that the real high value players have not played for a long periods this season. We can only judge this team once most, or ideally all, are back. Let me remind you again: NO Jack, NO Ozil, No Ramsey, NO Theo, NO Giroud, and a clearly knackered Debuchy and unfit Koz… What surprises me every time is how so many on here have such high expectations when the hard facts are there for all to see. The defence made a mess of it today and our attack were worn out…. shit happens, lets move on.”

    I did not refer only to our yesterday’s game but to the whole season. Yes, it’s true that we have been depleted by the injuries but I’m not so sure what injuries have to do with our players hitting the opponents’ goalkeepers, giving away goals from the set-pieces since the preseason (New York, Benfica, Monaco; Crystal Palace, Everton, Manchester City, Liverpool…) or from an open play (Spuds).

    Oh, you’ve mentioned Gibbs in one of your earlier comments. Our LB position was the most vulnerable one last season due to lack of a natural winger and/or due to asymmetric formation where we had Santi on the left wing as an inside forward. Since Alexis and Welbeck have been with us, that position is no longer an issue. Yesterday, Gibbs didn’t have either of those in front of himself.

    Speaking of Podolski, on the other hand… He was signed before Van Prick left. He was even welcomed by Van Prick on his Twitter-account. The thing is, despite a decent number of his goals (some of them extremely important like those two against Wigan in 2012-13 or against Liverpool in FA Cup this February) Poldi has always looked a bit like a square peg in a round hole – he doesn’t have enough pace to be a left winger nor strength and link-up play to be a striker. Options for Arsene were to play him either as a left central forward in 4-4-2 or as a left-central attacking midfielder in a narrow 4-2-3-1 formation but I suppose Wenger thought it wasn’t worth of it.

  143. jnyc says:

    As soon as I saw szcezsnys mistake, I knew the moaning would start.
    He’s not the best keeper in the world, but he is very very good.

    How many matches can you recall since the beginning of last year, that we lost because of him, really because of him?
    Last week vs West ham, they put 34 crosses into our box, plus 7 corners, our defense was weak, but he handled almost everything.

    You all complain that we have had a constantly changing back 4, fbs starting at cb with no experience, young players starting.
    Universally agreed by everyone that we desperately need a real dm.
    But nobody ever says he’s done pretty well considering all this, one bad match, and you all want to dump one of the best young keepers around, a guy that we brought through our system.

    I hope none of you ever make a mistake in your jobs, imagine the criticism, and nobody remembering all that you normally get right.

  144. James Bond says:

    one bad match @ Jnyc

    either you’re being sarcastic or you will be kind enough to find us a match this season where he was immense and without a brain fart ?

    none of us here get £100 k per week , I wouldn’t imagine us getting that much for a job, so yes, if it was a a high profile job we love doing and was open to the public eye, then I don’t mind the criticism as it comes with the territory .

    you surely are having a laugh when you say that he’s only had one bad game – just because we didn’t get punished for his mistakes or brain farts before, doesn’t mean he’s been spotless .

    he is the most error prone keeper for someone who’s played nearly or over 200 games at the top top top level – woeful decision making to go with it .

    maybe my definition of “mistake” differs greatly to yours, as you only count is as a mistake if it ends up costing us a goal – in that case, sure , I Can see your point .

  145. James Bond says:

    also, you are in correct in saying that nobody ever says that he’s done pretty well – the majority on here are BIG sczny fans and do point it out on a regular basis .

    in fact, even the WHU game, everyone thought he had done a good job and gave him the credit (including me, believe it or not ) .

    so you are a bit harsh in saying that ALL of us complain and so on – had you said that only I complain, then it would have been more accurate 🙂

  146. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Admir,

    I reckon we have a high value, quality team but until now we have had 4-6 quality players out injured every game. The rest have had to work very hard and the lack of consistency of a fully fit squad is leading to us making so many mistakes at the back. We need to add one or two super qual players and hope for a fit squad, only then we can judge properly.

  147. TotalArsenal says:

    Good point about Gibbs missing Alexis or DAnny yesterday.

  148. jnyc says:

    JB, I am an admitted fan of yours, but dont think I didnt expect that response. Saw it coming from a mile away. Your mind is already made up about the guy who won the golden glove last season, with no dm and on a team not known for its defense.
    I’ve seen alot of really good keepers have matches as bad as that, and you know, sometimes their team respond with goals and bail them out, sometimes not. And how many times have we come back from losing positions this season? But im sure you’ll say we were down because of our keeper.

    I’ll continue to support our guy, whether you think its a joke or not. Especially when times are tough for him.

  149. James Bond says:

    Nice one @ Jnyc

    I’ll also be supporting him as he sits out the next one . Let’s see what Ospina has to offer and perhaps show us all what we have been missing .

    Either way – him being taken out of the firing line by AW is the correct decision for now .

  150. jnyc says:

    Not to get in a bitch fight, lol but you didnt think if Ospina was healthy, he would play in fa cup ?

    And i may be wrong about this, but probably not, and that is, szczesny will be our keeper for a long, time to come.

  151. Gerry says:

    I see I haven’t missed much …. can we have the Broken Record picture back?

    You know that the say, a picture can say a 1000 words 😀

    Instead of watching the match I spent two hours trying to do the ‘difficult’ sudoku puzzle on the BT site. Did last weeks one at the second attempt, but this one has got me. I’ll have another go later perhaps.

    Perhaps our attention should get more focussed on the Cup game? With Hull winning it might be more difficult with our worn out squad, than if it happened last weekend.

    Think about it. No Alexis. No Debuchy. No Kos. No Santi. And possibly no Ox or Gibbs.
    Oooh, and No WS1 😀
    I think that merits a bit of thought?

  152. steve says:

    Gerry, Hayden?? any news mate?

  153. steve says:

    There you go Gerry, this is the best i could come up with considering all those absences you named;

    Campbell———-Akpom———-Gnabry
    ———————-A-M-N——————–
    ———Coquelin———–Hayden———
    Monreal——CC21—–BFG—–Bellerin
    ———————-Ospina——————-

  154. James Bond says:

    He is playing in the FA cup @ Jnyc

    Wenger confirmed it last night that he is fit and raring to be our no.1 : ) he is the first name in the starting 11 for tomorrow .

    What fight ? I thought we were friends and all amongst friends here .

    yeah , I also share the same opinion that he’ll be our goalie for a very long time and I hope so as well but for now he’s not ready .

  155. TotalArsenal says:

    So let’s say there are three categories of Szczesny views:
    1. He is the bees knees, our number one now and for years to come;
    2. He is utter shite and not worthy of Arsenal: out with the smelly sprout;
    3. He needs further developing and needs competition/regular benching in the club’s and his interest.

    Let’s all declare where we stand and if nobody opts for two, let’s all support Wojciech as he is one of us. 🙂

  156. James Bond says:

    3 is fine with me but the trouble with that is that both him and his father won’t accept him being on the bench for long and then you get some supporters lean the no.2 way , due to that – it’s happened before and in life, there are 3 things which are certain .

    Taxes,

    Death

    and Sczny letting Arsenal down 🙂

    3 is hot for me to keep it simple, ha

    no team news for tomorrow nor any pictures – that’s rather weird .

    the return of Ozil and Diaby tomorrow ? 😀

  157. James Bond says:

    there is also option no.4 @ Skipper

    we can always play him in midfield !!! better than playing Chambers in midfield for now .

    Poldi arrives in Inter for his medical tomorrow , apparently .

  158. steve says:

    Szczesny’s a legend, option 1 for me TA

  159. TotalArsenal says:

    How Szczesny responds is Wenger’s problem, JB. So if its three for you you gotta let the ‘he will let us down’ stuff go. That sounds like option two to me, and this has been shining through in your comments mostly.

  160. TotalArsenal says:

    Surprised by your choice, Steve, but that’s very clear. 🙂

  161. oz gunner says:

    Save your energy jnyc.

    I do enjoy BJ’s backtracking every now and then though. Bash him 99.9% of the time then “number 3, I hope he succeeds”…load of rubbish. It’s a fake attempt so that you can still say your opinion is constructive.The worst thing of is you want him to fail so you can be proven correct. In my opinion they’re the worst kind of posters. Those that forego team success for keyboard warrior status.

    Put me 75% in #1 and 25% in #3

    As Jync said he compliments our set piece weakness very well. The better keepers in the league either don’t come out to grab them or they flap. They rely on dominate CB’s to keep them out of trouble in the air.

    I think he has what it takes to be our #1 for the next 14 years…and I hope he does. Obviously he’s still got things to work on and cut out of his game (rash decision making), and he’ll have rough patches in his career (EVERY KEEPER DOES). As I’ve said before tottenham fans wanted lloris gone last season, he was making a lot of errors (including two massive ones against Chelsea) but now people use him as the example for what we need.

  162. steve says:

    you know me TA when it comes to goalkeepers i don’t really have a keen interest so i had to go with number 1 just to piss off JB tbh.

    If i personally had the choice between a moron (Szczer) and an injured midget (Ospina) i think i would dump them both and start again, trade them both in for one top class keeper.
    But like i said not overly interested really

  163. James Bond says:

    Sczny is a legend @ steve – then why are you wanting us to sign a new goal keeper ? ? ? sometimes what you write and mean can be rather confusing, am sure you had expressed a similar wish in this post as well, wanting a new goalie ?

    he will let us down stuff is more down to my expectations and him proving me wrong , but if it comes across as option 2 – then so be it , to put it bluntly, the loss of Poldi saddens me more than if there ever was a day when Sczny was to leave Arsenal @ Skipper

    17HT – where art thou ? it’s ok, you can come out and play, I am done with Sczer bashing and won’t be doing it anymore, me and skipper have got ourselves a deal in which he has promised me that Sczny will be firmly rooted to the bench for tomorrow in exchange for me not going overboard with my comments on him 👿

  164. James Bond says:

    aahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahha @ Stevie wonder – well played .

    ah , I thought we were no longer doing this @ Aussie – make you up mind, will you indulge or will you not , am happy to continue provided you don’t start jumping up and down and calling it quits when presented with “facts” .
    🙂

  165. TotalArsenal says:

    Very balanced position, Oz, and agreed mostly. 🙂

  166. steve says:

    Someone actually said to me the other day; i bet you wish you had De Gea in your goal lol
    I said no but i fucking definitely wish all the opposition teams shots were straight down the mouth of our own keeper just like Man U’s had ever since we bloody played them. Not hard to stop shots when they are right at you lol.

    Goalkeepers are a weird bunch (to me at least) i am sure he will have his ups and downs just like every other keeper just hope he continues to improve in the process i suppose.

  167. steve says:

    yeah where the hell is 17HT???

  168. oz gunner says:

    “I spoke to Mancini and think he’s a great Coach. He wanted me and I’m happy to be here. I know Serie A, it’s a very competitive League.

    “I want to help the team get into the Champions League. Do I have a message for the fans? I am happy, Forza Inter and we hope to have a great season.”

    It’s reported Podolski agreed to take a pay cut in order to help push the initial loan deal through.

    He’s set to undergo a medical tomorrow morning and could well face Juventus next week.

  169. TotalArsenal says:

    There must be some very good snow in Tahoe for Seventeenho to abandon us totally!? 🙂

  170. James Bond says:

    tell me something @ Steve

    how on earth do you get away with swearing and calling our players moron and so on where as I present a very balanced and unbiased view for which people imply me being a “keyboard warrior” or a chancer 😯

    what’s the secret, tell me !

  171. James Bond says:

    All the best and good luck Poldi – we will miss you !

    who are we going to be happy with then people ?

    I wouldn’t mind Reus, Draxler or even Cavani (dream on !

  172. steve says:

    Because nobody fucking listens to me JB hahahahaha
    Its a compliment to you mate.
    I’m more of the tin foil hat, dreaming of an all English Arsenal side type person here mate lol

    I still think moron vs midget was quite accurate though 🙂

  173. TotalArsenal says:

    Not sure about Pod anymore, but a footballer wants to play football and Arsene did not give him enough opportunities, so respect to the left footed cannon.

  174. steve says:

    Draxler all day long!!

  175. oz gunner says:

    If podolski is going. Sanogo out of loan. Are we going to grab a striker?

    Pressure on Welbeck and Giroud. Wouldn’t rely on Walcott to have an extended run based on past history). Perhaps more time for Akpom and campbell

  176. TotalArsenal says:

    Steve…. That sounds like option two then. Let’s just be clear where you stand, because a moron cannot be a legend, no? 😕

  177. oz gunner says:

    Cavani cavani cavani. But I’ll accept Reus or draxler… 🙂

  178. TotalArsenal says:

    Or is it time for Akpom to step up?

  179. James Bond says:

    midget ? mate, have you tried telling that to the best keeper in the world or the previous best aka the spanish captain and the real madrid captain ? sure, he’s past his best but he defies the midget argument very well, wouldn’t you agree ?

    if not, then take a look , there’s a video at the end of the page !

    http://sports.bycampbell.com/legionarios/2674-keylor-navas-es-el-portero-con-mejor-efectividad-del-mundo.html

    He did want Draxler before, so there is a keen interest in him – we did bid for him last january 2014 . but how is he doing in germany for his team now ? hasn’t he gone off the boil ?

  180. TotalArsenal says:

    Memphis Depay of PSV would be nice too….

  181. steve says:

    i don’t really mind TA, yeah sure no. 2 is fine.
    atm i’m more interested in the two in front of the GK, and the two in front of them also.

    Akpom has to start on Sunday (i hope)

  182. James Bond says:

    Cavani would mean the end of Giroud in the summer or Giroud being a super sub then, no @ Aussie

    would love any of the 3 to be honest

    but Chuba is more of an outright Striker @ Skipper , although, I feel that he can be our next Adebayor .

    by the way, did any of you read that story on Adebayor and that Juju or black magic thingy done by his family in Africa so he fails to score 😀 that was rather hilarious !

  183. steve says:

    He’s played well JB but recently got injured, due back this month though.

  184. oz gunner says:

    Apparently Arsene bid 35million on Cavani before he went to PSG so interest there too.

    Szcz

    Debuchy – Hummels – Kozzer – Gibbs

    Wanyama – ramsey

    Ozil

    Theo – cavani – sanchez

    Bench: Ospina, merts, Jack, santi, Giroud, monreal, draxler

  185. James Bond says:

    to be fair, we can afford, Reus and since we have cleared Poldi and Rosicky is aging , we need to start thinking of a replacement my no.1 would be Reus – he is a tad injury prone though .

    Drax be a very very good signing but again, I had high hopes for the OX to be our Drax – it’s not come true yet .

    back to the real world then – how is Arshavin doing these days ? is he available for a short loan 👿

  186. oz gunner says:

    @ BJ

    Giroud to sub. I’d be happy with cavani, Giroud and Welbeck as our strike force.

  187. James Bond says:

    Yes, we did bid for Cavani @ Aussie – well remembered .

    in January we bid for Cavani £35 million and then in the summer for his team mate £40 million and 1 pound 😀

    that is a top notch team and sub bench !!!

  188. oz gunner says:

    @ BJ

    I was thinking that the other day when I made the arshavin joke. His highlights at zenit look more of the same to be honest. It’s safe to say he’s just happy going through the motions.

  189. oz gunner says:

    Are we 100% sure cavani can play matches during the day? I’m convinced he’s a vampire!!!

    “Sanchez speeding down the flank.he looks to pass in board to cavani. Oh. It appears cavani is sucking the blood out of Terry’s neck….it all makes sense now…Suarez and cavani are vampires!!!”

  190. James Bond says:

    ahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahaha @ yeah, your joke really did make me ponder on the fat midget (as Steve would call him !

    well, wouldn’t surprise me if Cavani was a vampire, it has to be the Dracula (Suarez) effect !

  191. oz gunner says:

  192. oz gunner says:

    Our form this season:

    Haven’t won 3 in a row yet. Desperately need a good run from here on

  193. James Bond says:

    agreed !

    we are good enough of winning all our games in January .

    desperately need Ozil back though – we have missed him in more ways than one as well as Ramsey .

    I wonder what sort of effect this has on Ozil and the BFG – the departure of Poldi as he was quite close with them .

  194. jnyc says:

    JB still and always a favorite poster of mine, and consistently a critic of szczez in good times and bad.
    My original defense of WS is more for the mob that has to blame someone when the results aren’t favorable. They forget it’s a game played and managed and reffed by humans, and we all have bad days.

  195. James Bond says:

    appreciate that @ Jnyc and I also look forward to your comments as well, would be nice if you posted more .

    that’s fair enough and I see where you are coming from .

    you made a valid point about our attackers also letting us down and made me re-visit my own stance and you are right .

    Ashley Williams is also a mediocre defender but because of Michu’s first wonder season, he was made to look a better defender since Michu kept scoring and all his mistakes were forgiven .

    and at the end of the day, the team who scores more goals wins – so, I will concede this one to you happily as you have persuaded me .

    so who do I pick on next ? Alexis hasn’t scored in the last 3 games 😀

  196. jnyc says:

    😉 there’s always Arsene

  197. James Bond says:

    or our medical team ; )

  198. Admir says:

    Alexis did score against QPR.

    @TA – Chez 1 & 3. He can be one of the best in the world. If I were Wenger, I would have probably used a wooden stick to motivate him not to waste his talent on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook but to become the best goalkeeper in the league. Oh, and if he ever tries Cruyff-turn on the opponents again, I’ll write an open letter to Arsene with a wooden stick made for disciplining Chez only.

  199. Gerry says:

    Thanks Steve for trying a team without the players I named. It was meant to be a ‘shock’ list to grab the attention that we may not be as strong as we need to be against a Hull team who will be highly motivated?

    However, the news coming through the blogs this morning is that we have the same 18 that faced Southampton, bar Ospina coming in for Szczezzer, and Martinez on the bench. Don’t read too much into that, it was always the plan once Ospina was fit.
    For the rest of it, apart from a hint that Ozil could make the bench and may be get some game time, the others who had an ‘off day’, either due to fatigue – Mertersacker and Alexis, or games coming too quick after an injury lay ff – Debuchy and Kos, all may have do battle again.
    Per certainly looks stuck with it, after the revelations of tweets made by Ajaya … some time ago, note? Scuppered his chances of making it with Arsenal I think?
    No news at all on Hayden. I can only assume that he had some kind of reaction after his 73 minutes with the reserves? They play on Monday, so I’ll look out to see if he starts in that, or only on the bench.
    Chuba will start on Sunday, but who partners him remains to be seen. The way Alexis has been talking about him, I would think there is a bit of mutual admiration that could work well on the pitch? Again, Walcott, also agitating for a start, with Alexis either as the ‘false 9’, or on the left side of Akpom. Akpom is no Giroud though, so will need balls to feet, not to head.
    The other alternative would be to have Campbell in as CF, and Alexis at No10 replacing Cazorla? Very unlikely, as all 4 might need subbing at some point?
    I cannot see any change in the back 4, unless Monreal comes back in place of Kos?
    Hopefully the twin pivot of Coquelin and Flamini will be the base that the above 4 attackers, plus Ox and Cazorla will be enough, once they sort out who comes from the bench. As Walcott did not have much service, or so I heard, he will be keen to start, with Alexis and Akpom rounding off the pacey front trio, and Santi continuing as playmaker?
    So probably Ox, Rosicky and Campbell lined up as the subs, and hopefully not needing anyone at the back to be replaced, because that trio of Chambers Monreal and Bellerin, make up their spares. If Ozil makes the bench, then I see Chambers as the one dropping out, which will make it a top heavy bench, and we may need it?

    Just a quick finishing note on the WS1 debate.
    The humorous side of it is that Woijech himself would pick No 3, as he declared recently. He knows he has to improve, but he feels he has made progress in the last 12 months or so.
    I would of course plump for the 1 option until such a time as he has a confidence issue that affects his whole game. At the moment, he makes errors but also makes greats saves, and I feel that his good stuff far outweighs the odd error, even if the latter gets disproportionate attention.
    If memory serves me correctly, it was many moons ago that his father made some ill advised comments, which put a lot of personal pressure on Woijech then, and his form suffered badly. Whatever was said and done within his family was clearly sorted, as the smiling face returned. To my knowledge we have not heard from Papa since, so I don’t know why it should be brought up now?
    Oh And 17HT’s absence, apart from his own domestic problems and personal health issues, he does not like player bashing, and is not that keen on transfer speculation, so between us, we have not made it easy for him. I’m sure tomorrow’s game will inspire him to write something … but WTFDIK?
    😀

  200. oz gunner says:

    Good read Gerry

    You are in fact correct. Old man szcz complained the time before last. Szcz however put him in his place and he was not heard from the next time. But hey that impacts BJ’s narrative so let’s not let our memory get in the way of a good story 🙂

    I also think Akpom could start. A few media reports could suggest inside leaks to build the hype. I think Campbell is more developed though and deserves his shot. Arsenal of a few years ago would go with Theo, Akpom and Campbell leading the line in a cup match. I think it’ll be Ox, Sanchez and Campbell with Theo coming off the bench. I’ll stop there though otherwise we’ll have nothing to talk about when the pre-match comes out.

    What did Ajaya do?

  201. oz gunner says:

    *Ajayi

  202. Gerry says:

    Good morning Oz, or later for you?
    Hey let’s not stir him into action again Peace Peace 😀
    On Ajayi:
    Somebody put a collection of his tweets that he accused Arsenal being a feeder club, as did many fans before the start of last season, and another supposedly mocking Mertersacker. None of these were shown on the blog, and I could not be bothered to follow it up.
    The timing is bad. But these were comments made long before he started training with the first team, possibly even while he was at Charlton? Also supposed to be a Chelsea fan.

    Another case of Facebook keyboard in mouth. Once out there can’t be taken back?

  203. Gerry says:

    Oh yes, the reason why Chuba will play, and I think start, is because he is out of contract at the end of this season. It is a two way thing. He wants to impress, being a local boy and fan. Arsenal want to assure him he has a big future here.
    Campbell on the other hand … the messages are mixed. Frustrated and wanted a loan early on. Settled down and has had limited opportunities to shine, but prior to Poldi leaving, looked again to be one of the first to go out on loan?

    One of them will sub the other I think?

  204. oz gunner says:

    evening for me Gerry.

    When will athletes learn. Social media is a recipe for disaster. Especially one’s that are so young.

    I really hope so. It’d be fantastic if one of our young strikers made it through the academy. We’ve had so many promise big things but they’ve never kicked on (Simpson, Afobe, JET, Watt, Freeman, Sunu, Murphy, Bendtner…). Come on Akpom!!!

    Afobe was a disappointment for me. After a strong showing early (plus links to Barca) I really thought he’d make it.

    Abu Ogogo
    Gavin Hoyte (was supposed to be the next great defender)
    Havard Nordtveit
    Armand Traore
    Kyle Bartley
    Craig Eastmond
    Justin Hoyte
    Thomas Cruise
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
    Mark Randall
    Fran Merida (supposed to be the next Cesc)
    Henri Lansbury (shame he didn’t. That carling cup goal and his england goes were great)
    Nacer Barazite
    Rui Fonte
    Henderson
    Miquel (really thought he’d make it)
    Özyakup
    Yennaris
    Miyaichi
    Wellington
    Vela

    Heartbreaking…just goes to show the conversion rate of youth. I did a post a few years ago based on the youth FA cup winning team and how much promise they had…

    Glad Szcz, Wilshere and Gibbs came through

  205. Gerry says:

    Yep, they did not make it with us, but a good few have elsewhere. However Oz, there was a story that caught my eye this morning if I can find the link, that shows how narrow the margins are between success and oblivion?
    Read this and smile:
    http://www.greenun24.co.uk/ipswich-town/latest-news/big_interview_tyrone_mings_on_being_released_by_southampton_for_being_too_small_and_how_he_s_dealing_with_the_arsenal_transfer_speculation_1_3904237?

    Sounds a really nice lad to boot.

  206. Gerry says:

    Funnily enough, there was another not on your list that played last night, in the Cup game I watched.

    Sanchez-Watt came on as a late sub and got an assist for Colchester’s only goal.
    I am assuming it was Craig Eastmond who was on the bench with him, but did not play.

    So at least they are making a living at something they enjoy, albeit, not at the glamour end.

  207. oz gunner says:

    Cheers Gerry I’ll give it a read. I didn’t mention watt because I mentioned him with the list of strikers beforehand

  208. Gerry says:

    Following the same path there. I guess Hayden’s chances in either area will depend on the TW activity?
    I’ve got to go and feed dogs now, then off for my horse racing chat.
    So I catch you later, or on Match day.
    Cheers

  209. steve says:

    OZ and Gerry, great read in the morning with a cuppa lads much appreciated!

    Arsenal to me at the moment seem like one of those import performance Japanese cars we get here in the UK which base their USP on speed and power but continue to be supplied with the limiter imposed by the Japanese motor laws. Instead of getting the damn things removed and enjoying the car for what it was built for we are left having to judge it on other areas which were obviously not a design priority (space, practicality etc).

    Arsenal were designed as a balls to the wall attacking team but we’ve put the limiter on and now we’re left being judged on and having to rely on areas we were never designed for (defense).
    Take the damn limiter off!!! Lets be a crazy goal threat again!!

    The biggest goal threats we have left (minus injuries, bans and Pod) have to be;
    Sanchez
    Walcott
    Akpom
    Campbell

    Only one out of those four played the other day (until Theo was subbed on) so is it any surprise that we spend more time analyzing how well our defense stood up to the task rather than how effective our strike force was at completely killing the game.

    If it was me i would put the whole lot on and choose one playmaker to sit in the middle and find them (and also be a threat himself), the defense would be weakened because there is no double pivot just one guy as a DM but its not like thats our main strength as a team anyway (well at least it hasn’t been for quite some time)
    Take you pick of playmaker from Cazorla, OX and Rosicky
    Take your pick of DM from Flamini, Coquelin, Hayden and Chambers
    And then trust that the strike force will get you loads of those things that actually win matches, you know….. goals 🙂

    ——–Akpom——-Campbell——-
    Sanchez——-OX———-Walcott
    —————Coquelin—————-
    Gibbs—-Kos——–BFG—-Debuchy
    —————-Ospina——————

    I just can’t see someone like Hull standing up to that type of threat, essentially four strikers and an attacking CAM. No matter what they do the other end we would destroy them up top.

    Am i crazy or is this not how we all remember Arsenal??

  210. oz gunner says:

    Kamikaze approach indeed Steve. Personally I think that’d be going a step backwards. That was post-bould arsenal. The Arsenal I remember (pre and during invincibles) smacked the opposition up for the first half and coasted all though the second half. Going 2-0 meant the opposition had to loosen up in order to chase a point or points. This meant henry was left space to but them up on the counter. End result…3-0 and we all breath easy. A strong defence is the cornerstone of any team. We have the right personnel (if fit) and I think the tactics will get us there soon enough

  211. TotalArsenal says:

    If you are looking for a good omen for 2015, here it is: a mighty, bumper match preview by OzG. 🙂

    Videos, pictures and 3000 words of match preview. Only here on BK and for free! 😉

    New Post New Post!

  212. Admir says:

    I would give a rest to Alexis and Mertesacker tomorrow and go with the following team:

    Ospina-Bellerin, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal-Coquelin, Rosicky-Walcott, Chamberlain, Campbell-Sanogo.
    Bench: Martinez, Debuchy, Gibbs, Cazorla, Flamini (?), Maitland-Niles, Akpom.

    Right-footed Walcott on the right wing and left-footed Campbell on the left. Sanogo to give our attack a shape that we miss without Giroud. Chamberlain from the higher position and Rosicky from the deep midfield to give us a drive through the middle as well. Bellerin-Walcott axis down the right should have enough pace to burn the grass.

    It’s Hull at home. We should be able to win it without fuss.

  213. TotalArsenal says:

    Admir, Steve, please repost on new match preview blog.

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