Hull City-Arsenal: FA Cup 5th Round Replay. Preview/Line-ups (Predicted and Actual) and LIVE BLOG. The Thread by Which Our Season Hangs. How

Thin can it get?

As thin as the distance by which David Ospina kept out what would have been Spurs third goal?

As thin as a hair on the head of many Gooners’ preferred manager (Steve Bould)?

As thin as the man-part of the next US President…At least by judging from the size of her hands?

As thin as the patience most Arsenal supporters have for their club?

I could go on and on and on, but, alas, there’s a match to be played.  It’s an FA Cup replay, that anachronistic sort of thing that maybe only the oldest and the youngest of fans probably enjoy–those who long for the old days when the FA Cup meant something and those who still enjoy watching their team play…

Question:  Where do you come down on this one?  Do you still enjoy watching Arsenal play?  What about the importance of the FA Cup?

Judging from the press coverage, the Goonersphere and recent scenes in our stadium–including plenty of paid-for-but-empty seats–I don’t get the sense that many Gooners are getting much pleasure from their efforts at support these days.  If anything, it’s a bit more akin to watching a car crash and being unable to look away.  That’s what 1 point from 9 in the league and home shut outs in cup competitions will do to you.  On the other hand, the might be a little glimmer of hope after coming back from a goal (and a man) down at White Hart Lane.  Even if it’s not enough and even if it was torture at the time, snatching something back from that lot has to feel at least OK–if you got the least bit of red blood (with white sleeves…) running through your veins.

Could Alexis’ goal be the moment we turned this thing around?

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If it is, we must acknowledge that it’s been a steep descent down there to rock-bottom–and it all began with the nil-nil vs Hull in our stadium which has led us to this replay.

At the time it sounded like a good draw: lower league competition on our home pitch, the perfect opportunity to build upon our last-kick win over league leaders Leicester.

Alas, nil-nil that day and then losses to Barcelona, ManUnited and Swansea before shipping a lead by way of Francis Coquelin’s daft 2nd yellow.  Thank dennis that we got the point–and took two out of Spurs’ hands.

Must win tonight…but it won’t be easy.

Hull are a strong team but they’ve fallen from the top of the Championship table and currently sit in third place, three points away from the automatic promotion positions.  As much as we don’t fancy an extra match, they may want it even less, except, of course, as a springboard towards getting back on track for a top two finish.  As we know all too well, a poor effort in front of the home support creates it own toxicity.  Manager Steve Bruce might want out of this competition but advancing at the expense of a so-called big club would only enhance Hull’s belief.

Belief–Exactly what Arsenal require too.

Alexis’ goal might help the player and many are saying that we should keep playing him to get him back to the prolific form we remember.  Does the same go for Aaron Ramsey who, before Saturday’s opener, hadn’t scored since that 3-3 draw up at Anfield?  He’s been rested for these FA cup matches but the manager may want to try and keep his mojo flowing too.

What about up top?  Another whose last goal was at Anfield is Olivier Giroud.  I agreed with all elements of Total Arsenal’s line-up (see previous post–and comments) but thought that Wenger might want to make Theo Walcott his #9 tonight.  After all, Hull are playing at home and may feel alright about pushing up and living or dying with an aggressive, attacking strategy and a back line that Theo might get in behind.  Giroud, of course, is a good shout too, especially if Mesut Ozil is also rested, as he has been for the entire cup run.  That back-to-goal, hold-up stuff, he does might help ease some of the burden if Alex Iwobi goes in the #10 spot.

What do my fellow Gooners think?  Who should play and who should sit (and who should be rested or left completely out of the squad)?  I’ll post the actual line-ups as soon as they’re out.

Here’s what TA and I came up with as a predicted line-up:


(My) subs: Macey, Monreal, Ozil, Ramsey, Reine-Adelaide, Welbeck, Ollie/Theo

ACTUAL LINE-UP:

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell, Giroud. Subs: Macey, Monreal, Ramsey, Reine-Adelaide, Willock, Ozil, Sanchez.

OK, final questions:

Will we win tonight and, if so, how far will we go in the cup?  Or should we sacrifice tonight’s match and focus on the league title chase?  Is there anybody out there who believes we could turn this season around with a domestic double?  I won’t even ask about our chances on the 2nd leg down in Barcelona…

What’s the current view on the manager?  Should he be gone already?  Is this a must win night (and cup…) for him or is even that (an unprecedented 3rd consecutive FA Cup) insufficient?  Are you ready for a complete remaking of this Arsenal team, including the guy in the puffy jacket?

I’m just curious, of course, and my tendencies lean toward a bit of generosity for the manager and his players.  Moreover, I believe we should take ALL matches one at a time; you know, try and enjoy the ride, rather than worrying so much about the destination, so I’m actually relatively pleased for some Arsenal football tonight.  Your mileage may vary–and it probably does. So, tell us how you see things.  Please join us in the comments section with your answers (and other ideas).  I’ll be there as the line-ups are announced and the balls are kicked…

Go on then…

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98 Responses to Hull City-Arsenal: FA Cup 5th Round Replay. Preview/Line-ups (Predicted and Actual) and LIVE BLOG. The Thread by Which Our Season Hangs. How

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Lots of questions, Seventeenho, and all relevant (but no time to answer right now). I am hoping we will be really up for this one and all players reaching their level tonight… the rest will then come by itself..

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Love that Alexis picture… There were dark clouds, then came the rain, and then Alexis scored to regain our pride…

  3. TotalArsenal says:

    Giroud and Theo both starting, Iwobi in the hole and Campbell completes the attack! FlamNeny in the double DM pivot!

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Hull City starting XI: Jakupovic, Bruce, Maguire, Davies, Odubajo, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Diame, Powell, Diomande.
    Substitutes: Kuciak, Tymon, Robertson, Livermore, Taylor, Aluko, Hernandez.

    Arsenal starting XI: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell, Giroud.
    Substitutes: Macey, Monreal, Ramsey, Reine-Adelaide, Willock, Ozil, Alexis.

  5. 17highburyterrace says:

    Teams:

    Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell, Giroud. Subs: Macey, Monreal, Ramsey, Reine-Adelaide, Willock, Ozil, Sanchez.

    Hull: Jakupovic, Bruce, Maguire, Davies, Odubajo, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Diame, Powell, Diomande. Subs: Kuciak, Tymon, Robertson, Livermore, Taylor, Aluko, Hernandez.

    So… Alexis only gets a bench spot but both Theo and Giroud start… Close, but no cigar… 😀

    Seems a strong line-up to me even if those two have only 3 goals between them on the New Year (is that right?)… Very strong bench…

  6. allezkev says:

    Subs: an interesting mix of youth and experience…

    Let’s hope things go well and we see Jeff and Willock getting a run out.

  7. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey TA…

    10:30 here, i.e., half an hour before kickoff and our satellite service seems out… So perhaps no live-blog–at least from here…

    Hopefully they get it straightened out…

  8. Gerry says:

    Naughty, naughty HT. Asking questions about our manager before a ball is kicked. Tut! Tut!

    To my way of thinking, AW is still hoping for one more season after this. Potential signings are very much his to get the team of real quality next season …
    but let us see this season out first.
    If we get over this hurdle, and get a decent run going, who knows what the season end may bring.
    Frustrating as it is, I am still of the view that Arsene’s record should he go, it should be a time of his choosing. There is also the timing of that coinciding with any of the 3 ‘in house’ contenders not being ready … Dennis possibly, but he will not put his hat in the ring until AW has said he is leaving. Patrick will probably need another season in the MLS. Meanwhile Thierry needs to get shot of his Sky commitments and get serious about being a Coach/Manager.
    Mind, if AW does call it a day this time around, Remi Garde may be the surprise choice?

    For the match tonight, I think if we apply similar tactics as we did against Spurs. Keep a good defensive discipline, counter with speed, and trust one of the front 4 will score in the first half.
    My changes to the team above are; Flamini at RB, with instructions not to get drawn into the attack. Chambers at DM, with similar instructions. El Neeny to play a similar game to his last one.
    Ozil(preferred) or Ramsey as the No10. Alexis, Campbell, and Iwobi to provide the pace, power, and interchangeability upfront – not to mention goals, but Alexis to be the more central at times, as I think he is the most likely to score.
    Bench? I doubt ‘The Jeff’ will make the bench, so two from three Theo, Welbs, or Olly to complete the numbers.

    The historic 3 wins on the trot make this Cup run more special for us … if they have the confidence to take the game by the scuff of the neck. Do it! 😀
    Gerry

  9. Gerry says:

    Nice pup, HT btw. He/She will keep a lot of Luna memories alive for you. Treasure them!

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Fingers crossed Seventeenho

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Gerry, let’s see how much defending Theo is required to do; we might play 4-4-2, with Theo in a free role around the hub Giroud..

  12. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gerry, thanks for answering some of the questions… Line-ups are out, so you’re suffering from a bit of delay…

    Not as bad as a FREAKING blackout…which is what I seem to have… 😦

    Cheers also for the well wishes re: the puppy… From the Guardian, which is where I guess I’ll follow things, Giroud’s wife (or maybe girlfriend…) just gave birth to a son… (edited to say that a puppy and a baby are quite different–diapers can be used on the baby…)

    Seeing as I might not be able to watch the game I will answer some of my own questions:

    If Arsenal do not win this match–or go out to Watford (at home), I think it’s all over for AW and this group. (We could easily be double digit points out of the title chase by the end of the weekend if Leicester win…) If the only English player making reasonable contributions is Danny Welbeck, that whole business about a British core, is oh so much marketing hype. The foreign legion approach did not work in the second half of the last decade and now this idea (always a poor one–and very crass, IMO) goes on the scrapheap as well. AW out, followed by everybody who can get off the ship, I’m guessing… Theo, on not quite as much money as say Raheem Sterling might still get a chance somewhere…

    Yes, it’s true, the cynicism of Kroenke is no joke. If he was really thinking he might be talking about moving the team to Germany, much as he’s moving the Rams (from St. Louis) back to Los Angeles… As such, Wenger is not a manager, he’s a CEO…and the bottom line is good…the only result that matters… My hunch, however, is that if he (Kroenke) gets the nod from the rest of the board, AW will be asked to step down…

    Of course, If we win the double (I’m really not banking on us winning by 3 in Barca…) everything will be fine…

    😀

  13. Rocastle 07 says:

    I’m loving the team tonight, what a strong bench, me is hoping Ozil & Alexis get to enjoy 90 minutes of great football, Iwobi & Campbell pulling the strings and an assist a piece, enjoy!

  14. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK, just about kickoff–who’s gonna give me the play-by-play?…

  15. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nobody, I guess…

    Luckily, I’ve found a pretty good stream…No idea what language they’re talking but the picture is good…And only the bottom (our right) is cut off…

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    Listening to radio and it sounds we have started well.

  17. 17highburyterrace says:

    BFG is down after a clash of heads… Giroud looks lively enough but the best chance was Campbell’s…shame he’s got no right foot to pull back to Iwobi and chose a low % shot instead…

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Hull playing three CBs …

  19. 17highburyterrace says:

    More delay due to injury…Hull player holding his shoulder after Giroud fouled him…

    I dunno, this seems very reminiscent of the Sheffield Wednesday match, although I guess we have more bench power if they score first…

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    Terrific safe by Ospina from a set piece scramble…. CoyGs

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Shit, BFG to go off

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Two rubbish corners by Theo. Wtf Walcott, bloody wake up!

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    A gift from Hull. Merci beaucoup 💪

  24. TotalArsenal says:

    English Gibbs hits the cross bar – still hope for Britcore 😉

  25. Rocastle 07 says:

    Um… Interesting 1st half, hope Mert is ok, really enjoyed the way we buzzed the ball around, Elneny looks sharp, Iwobi, if you love football how can you not get excited by his thrusts forward. Lets power the 2nd half….

  26. 17highburyterrace says:

    Had to make a call there at half-time…

    But the telly is back 😀 On the downside, Stewart Robson is doing commentary… 😀

    Yeah, quite the gift from Hull for the goal and our best corner was the one taken short that Gibbs put on the bar…

    1st goal was huge…but Hull look like they wouldn’t mind leveling…

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Sounds good Rocastle. A big talent he surely is.

  28. 17highburyterrace says:

    Better FK there from Theo and lovely volley by Elneny on the clearance…

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Gabriel off as well ffs

  30. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gabby’s hurt now… Out of CBs now…

    Can we buy Elmohamady, a player I’ve always rated?…

    Chambers to CB, Flams to RB and Rambo next to our Egyptian…

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    We need the attackers to take the game away from the defence now. 👽

  32. 17highburyterrace says:

    Divey action by big Ollie but he did receive a 2nd kick on the way down even if the first one missed him….

  33. 17highburyterrace says:

    Abject…Into the hands of the wall as they protected their man-parts…

  34. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey, sorry if I’m not overly upbeat about the Arsenal at the moment…

    We could use a few more goals here (and vs Watford, if we get through)…

  35. allezkev says:

    Need to dig in now…

    Certainly won’t be seeing Jeff or Willock this evening…

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    We should remember this would be a hard away game for all PL teams, especially with three CBs and Cech out now

  37. allezkev says:

    What happened to BFG, a clash of heads?

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Bring on Alexis for Theo to add defensive support or bring on Mesut for more control and creativity?

  39. allezkev says:

    Not sure we can afford to carry Walcott….?

    I’d have Alexis on in the next few minutes

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes clash of heads. He stayed on for a while but then had to come off

  41. allezkev says:

    Cheers Total, he should be ok for the weekend then….

  42. 17highburyterrace says:

    Whoa… Good block from Chambers but then Rambo almost scores an OG… I think a 2nd might be needed tonight…

    This is definitely not a gimme with the re-jigged rearguard…I hope we don’t concede… A clean sheet would give everybody a boost…

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Flamini hobbling as well apparently… Shit on a stick

  44. allezkev says:

    Goodnight

  45. 17highburyterrace says:

    I’d bring on Welbeck (for Campbell)… but that’s just me…

    GIROUD!!!!!

  46. allezkev says:

    Goodnight Hull

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Fingers crossed Kev and Seventeenho. It wounds like Hull will score so we need that second …. And there it is… Nr20 for Ollie

  48. allezkev says:

    Koscielny should be fit for the weekend

  49. 17highburyterrace says:

    Found by Theo with a small deflection on the cross… Chocolate foot (for Ollie)…

    Oh shit… Ramsey hurt…

  50. allezkev says:

    ffs Ramsey off…

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    Six FAcup goals in eight cup games for Giroud. Ramsey off with a shoulder injury For Fuck Sake! 😡

  52. allezkev says:

    Reine Adelaide, I didn’t see that coming….

    Could be Wenger doesn’t wanna risk losing anymore seniors….

  53. TotalArsenal says:

    Won’t play till Sunday so an extra day for recovery

  54. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hopefully Hull take their foot off the gas… I wish I had more faith in this group…They’ll have to play again on Sunday as it is, so a bit of confidence would be very, very nice…

  55. 17highburyterrace says:

    They’ll probably also have to play at Barca…

    THEO!!!

  56. TotalArsenal says:

    Bloody hell Seventeenho, we are two nil up baby …

  57. allezkev says:

    Total, it must remind you of Sheffield Weds when we lost Walcott – just scored 😊 – and AOC…

    What a rotten game for you guys, at least the result today is different….

  58. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice pass from JC and Theo did exactly as he was supposed to…

  59. allezkev says:

    Negatives : injuries

    Positives : result and goalscorers

  60. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey Kev, I had fun up there even if I didn’t get to see the likes of Alexis and Ozil jog around…

    Iwobi and Campbell have come a long way since that night… Chambers too…

  61. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes Kev, they were dropping like flies in a sun drowned conservatory then as well… 🙄

  62. allezkev says:

    Giroud and Walcott should be able to take some confidence from this game….

    Watford this Sunday then, 1.30 ko…

  63. 17highburyterrace says:

    Like I say, TA, sorry for my negativity… I haven’t been sleeping so well… 😀 (Bad timing with the puppy as wife is out of town all week…)

    I actually have an even deeper criticism of what I’m seeing tonight but I’ll hold off until folks need to be brought down… More smileys…

  64. allezkev says:

    17tino, I had a mate come over from Austrailia awhile ago, his first time to an Arsenal game.
    And he saw Arsenal lose 6-0 at Chelsea…

    But he still enjoyed the visit.

    We did share a few beers that evening…. 🙂

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    Kev, I also was at that Blackburn game, the last FA cup game lost…

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    Seventeenho, positivity is a choice 😜

  67. 17highburyterrace says:

    Boys are looking a bit divey in this one…Iwobi winning the most recent FK…Good practice ahead of the Barca trip…

    Campbell strong but always rising with the FK…

  68. allezkev says:

    Total 😟

    Fortunately I missed that game…

  69. 17highburyterrace says:

    That was nicely hit by Iwobi…

    Agreed, TA re: positivity… 😀

  70. TotalArsenal says:

    Sorry to hear you have to sole parent a wild puppy for the first week. That will deprive you from sleep and therefore positivity… 🤑

  71. allezkev says:

    Blimey it’s party time tonight….

    17tino, your new addition is bringing us luck… 🙂

  72. 17highburyterrace says:

    4-nil and Theo gets another friendly deflection…

    Hey, they all count… 😀

  73. TotalArsenal says:

    Theo, well done Wenger for keeping him on… 🤓

  74. TotalArsenal says:

    Do you have a name yet for the pup?

  75. 17highburyterrace says:

    I’m not all alone re: the parenting… I’ve got the boy, who turns 14 next month, who knows (literally…) everything about puppy raising, parenting and everything else in the whole wide world… 😀

  76. TotalArsenal says:

    Well done boys. 👏🏽

  77. 17highburyterrace says:

    TA, We have a name but folks don’t seem thrilled by it…

    ‘Miga as in amiga (girl-friend) but also “crumb” or essence/core (i.e., not the crust) in Spanish…It evolved from Mia as in Perrita Mia (“my dog”)… At the shelter the name was “Cameo.”

    Remember, positivity is a choice… Cheers (in advance)…

    FT, 4-nil… More goals than injuries…

  78. TotalArsenal says:

    Why not Mesut? 😌

  79. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice video of the two Egyptians leaving the pitch together… Less nice with the “Thanks for the memories” banner…

  80. TotalArsenal says:

    Re banner… Stupidity is not a choice.. 😜

  81. 17highburyterrace says:

    Admir told me that Mesut was no longer an Arsenal player… 😀 😦

    I’m a fan of “morphing” names over time… “Miga” could go that direction without too much trouble…

    I was pushing for “Santi,” but she just does her business w/o the dance…

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    Roma and Real Madrid with a half hour to go… That’s not Sir Chez in goal…

  83. TotalArsenal says:

    I like Miga… It is a name you would dare to shout at the top of your voice when in a public place. 😍

    Back later.

  84. 17highburyterrace says:

    Whoa…looks like Sir Chez was playing but took a major blow to the face…

    The greasy one scores… Roma need three… Oops 4, The Colombian (Jam-ez) scores…

  85. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wolfsburg score as well… Totti gets a nice reception as a late sub…

    Sorry for the bait and switch re: live-blogging, but it all worked out… On the plus side we’ve got a full 10 days (maybe 11?…) until our next league match… On the minus, there are a couple of cup matches in between…

    So long…

  86. TotalArsenal says:

    I am really looking forward to the next two cup games. One is important and in the other one we can play the Arsenal way…nothing to lose, unless we score a quick couple of goals of course…😳

  87. allezkev says:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BT Sport: “It was a shock as we lost our two centre-backs in the game and then we lost Aaron Ramsey.

    “Mertesacker is not serious, just a little concussion, and I think Gabriel looks all right but for Ramsey I am little bit more concerned.

    “It’s a thigh injury, but apart from that we have played well.”

  88. njk84sg says:

    TA,

    Missed your reply to the comment in the previous blog post.
    Its hot (33? degrees C) with occasional rain not helping to disperse the heat much.

    If Chambers and Merte are fit enough to play the coming match I am ok. Campbell for Rambo is fine enough for me, as he put in a hell of a performance and involved in all 4 goals to some extent.

    Cheers on a good win,
    JK

  89. Gerry says:

    Before the follow up post arrives, I have a suggestion about your pup’s name, HT.

    To save confusion in your pup’s head, along with the big one of being re-homed …
    If she responded to Cameo, then if your are changing her name, then think about changing it for a name beginning with ‘C’ – Cleo being an obvious choice, but I am sure you could come up with others? There are plenty Spanish names without having the ‘crumb’ attachment you could create. Casa? from the currently redundant goal keeper. Just a thought.
    The 6 month old Jack Russel I took in was called ‘A J’, which I modified to Archie. Dogs will listen out for familiar sounds, and tend to switch off after the first word if it does not apply to them. Of course you will get there eventually with a new name ….

    Tip two. Do any training after big exercise run. She will be less stubborn then … or may be less high spirited would be a better phrase?
    Best of luck,
    Gerry.

  90. Gerry says:

    As for the game, it went just as I hoped it would. Although I was less confident when I saw the the selected team. Including both our ‘out of form’ strikers was a bold move? But listening to Ian Wright commenting before the game, he was proved quite correct in saying, ‘if we kept on creating chances, then the form would return’.
    Mind that was my other worry. Who was going to create those chances? As it happened, the constant movement of Iwobi, backed up by ever present El Neeny, meant there were always options for the rest to pass and move. It was this, rather than an ‘eye of a needle’ pass from Ozil that was creating opportunities. Fantastic from that pair throughout.
    Ironically, I got my wish at seeing Flamini at RB, although not by the misfortune that brought it about. I have to say he did it pretty well? Mind these forced changes at the back did make for some jittery moments while in transition, but those that remained coped fantastically well.
    Gabriel moving from his favoured left side stayed dominant. Chambers slightly pushed him back into the middle(of three) as Monreal looked for a while like he was still engaged in CB duties and cover the LB behind the more advanced Gibbs. The latter had another game under his belt to take his level up a notch or two.

    Much has been made of the first goal, and Meyler’s part in it, but I think the real culprit, from a Hull’s perspective, was the guy who was marking Giroud. When Meyler looked across a couple of seconds earlier, Giroud was a yard or so behind his marker, with another defender 2 yards in front of them, and nearer their ‘keeper. As Meyler took the ball behind their back their was one camera shot that showed Giroud was completely obliterated from his view by the nearer defender. Giroud had already stepped beyond his marker in anticipation of a back pass at this point. Whether Meyler used his peripheral vision image before he made the pass-back, which would have been similar to the camera shot, only he can say. What is for sure, when he played the pass he did not look up, but there was a near defender who reacted slowly, as did the ‘keeper, who only reacted to the looming presence of Giroud advancing at speed. I give 90% of the credit to Giroud for the goal, and the other 10% equally divided among the 4 Hull players who were all guilty in one way or another.
    Not the view that Savage took, who basically hung Meyler out to dry?

    Men of the match for me goes to the ‘creative’ pair, El Neeny and Iwobi.
    The defence played really well, including the much maligned ‘keeper, Ospina, under difficult circumstances with the enforced changes.
    The strikers came good, particularly Giroud, but Theo late on, Campbell for his assist.
    However, I doubt very much if the same result would have been achieved but for the presence of the above pair. The reason why I would share the MOTM is because I doubt El Neeny would have been gifted the space without the non-stop running of Iwobi. From the first to the last minute, his off the ball movement was fantastic. Not far behind was his instant positive moves forwards with the ball. Still needs to disguise his passes a bit more if he is the get up to Ozil’s level. But he has promise in abundance.
    El Neeny on the other hand, is amazing. For a guy who does not tackle, he comes away with ball time and again purely by the positioning. Amazing! 😀

    The above was described as a ‘panic buy’ recently? In fact so many of this team who have been condemned by fickle fans who get their knowledge from the fantasy variety proved themselves last night. But the ones who held up ‘THAT’ banner after a 4-nil win, thus further extending the record of FA Cup semi-finals should really hang their heads in shame?

    Cheers,
    Gerry

  91. TotalArsenal says:

    84, nice to hear it’s hot even though it might be a bit much for you. Four cool finishes might have helped 😜

  92. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Gerry

    Sounds like a good game from an attacking perspective. Creators and finishers need each other in equal measures so I reckon a thumbs up for duo bracers Theo and Ollie is appropriate; and by the sounds of it Campbell was equally as creative.

  93. njk84sg says:

    Yes you are right TA,

    It helped alot, as it got quite hot around the time we lost to Barca, and get into a bad spot of games.
    Last week’s game against spuds gave me some relief, and yesterday’s (this morning local time) 4 goals made it cooler, though the heat was really getting to me.

    Gerry pretty much summed up what I had to say for the game, which is quite good given that he was missing for a while.

    Cheers,
    JK

  94. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post 🙂

  95. Gerry says:

    I thought I would tag this here, rather than carry it over to the New Post.

    HT – I am sorry my thoughts concerning your puppy created a negative impression …
    I assure you it was done with the best of intentions. 18 years is a long time between puppies.
    If it came across as telling how to ‘suck eggs’ then I am sorry. I tend to think dog first …

    If mentioning Luna somehow caused anguish, again it was not meant. I know all to well that each dog has its own individual endearments, some more than others. However, it is easy to remember the big things that gave you pleasure over the years. Remembering the little things that made you smile can fade over time …. unless you have a dog with you to go over those same trails and you spot a similarity, or a difference in its reaction. It is those that will keep more old memories alive.

    All I can think of is you must be in a pretty dark mindset to warrant removal of her avatar …
    Gerry

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