Wenger Out? Arsenal Manager Guarantees Win Against Watford or Will Offer To Step Down

Why not?  Isn’t that how football works?  Somebody has to take some responsibility. You lose, you’re out.  You snooze and suddenly it’s April.  Fool.

Sorry…

Back in the real world, Arsenal have a match to play.  Against Watford.  At home. This all seems very familiar.  Didn’t we already do this?  What’s going on here?  I thought this was April Fool’s Day not Groundhog Day…

Lather, Rinse, Repeat. No matter what, it’s already gone down the drain.  Or has it?

Somehow Arsene’s Arsenal must play their matches with a measure of focus, one at a time, of course, and hope they can eke out victories while others above them stumble.  Can the players be arsed?  Will the supporters show up and get behind that task?  Will the players?  Can Arsenal ever get past our narratives of success (or, at least, high expectations) and failure and the divergent opinion about the man in charge?

Probably not, but at least there is some football on tap.

Will our opponent–Watford–knowing that they’ve already done a job in our part of North London and have a trip to Wembley as their prize–come into this one fully focused?  They sit a full 11 points above the drop zone (the same number by which Arsenal trail Leicester City at the top).  Quique Sanchez Flores’ men have all but guaranteed themselves another season in the Premier League.  How does the man with the best beard in PL management (sorry, Jurgen…) return to the site of perhaps his best win of the season and prepare for a match he doesn’t need to win?

For Arsenal and Wenger, facing the team that ended our multiyear run in the cup, the question must be asked differently:  When too much has already been lost, how do you prepare for a match that you cannot win?

By talking about revenge?  Cheers, Nacho…

Maybe by taking a break from the relentless negativity circling our club and going away on International duty.  Arsenal had eleven senior players called up, but Watford had ten.  In fact, our exciting youngster Alex Iwobi and Watford’s Odion Ighalo both played for Nigeria.  Will both play tomorrow?

Probably.

Watford have a full three weeks before their FA Cup Semi-final vs Crystal Palace in the national stadium.  For them, our match is a chance to get players back and focused ahead of that very winnable match and a chance to represent London in the final.  Who will Sanchez Flores choose?  Your guess is as good as mine, but I would expect a team at least as strong as the one that beat us three weeks ago. Igahlo and Troy Deeney up front, Former Spurs Etienne Capoue anchoring the middle and Heurelho Gomes between the sticks, a bunch of others.  If they could beat us in the quarterfinal they will fancy their chances of getting a result on a second go-round.

So, a confident opponent with nothing to lose.  A 3 o’clock match for Arsenal with nothing to win.  In fact, if you’re a Gooner and you even show up for this one aren’t you in danger of showing that you accept the level of mediocrity the club is offering?  Gooners protested the earlier Arsenal-Watford and look how that one turned out.  What’s on tap for tomorrow?

I have no idea.  Do you?

Wenger, I think, will put out a team very similar to the one which won at Everton, while looking for some of the urgency we showed very late in the first go-round with Watford.  Could he go even deeper towards new blood?  So far, rewarding younger guys and those who look well focused (Iwobi, Mohamed Eleneny, Danny Welbeck and Gabriel Paulista) seems to be working, as does playing Alexis Sanchez on the right.  The Chilean logged some extra frequent flyer miles traveling to South America for World Cup qualifiers as did David Ospina.  Petr Cech has returned to training leaving Wenger with a late decision at keeper.  Here’s the team I think will play.

Subs: Cech, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Campbell, Walcott, Giroud

That’s just my guess, of course, what do you think?  Are there other considerations including who might be tired or banged up or who might really need some success with their club (Walcott, Gibbs, Giroud, others?) if they hope to represent (or play a large role for) their country at the European Championships?

I doubt Wenger will be too worried about individual players and their issues.  It’s a team game and, as Mesut Ozil has recently said, it’s the team who has screwed up.  To be blunt, Arsenal must win this one and, ideally, win it in a convincing fashion.  Spurs play at Liverpool directly after our match while Leicester host Southampton on Sunday.  We need to put up our points to create a bit of pressure on the teams above and remain fully above the fray in what’s now a three way battle between the two Manchester clubs and West Ham for the final Champions League spot.

The only way to take these matches is one at a time while hoping for the best.  Many have already judged the season a failure and want change, some going so far as to hope for bad results to help see it in.  I think that is about as wrong-headed as a supporter can get.  Even if we cannot catch the teams above us we still need to play our best and try to build something match upon match.  The summer will be tumultuous enough as it is.

Placing blame and wanting to tear down and start over are always temptations, perhaps more-so as our culture moves toward ever more instant forms of gratification.  The future, however, is built brick by brick, player by player and match by match.

Go on then…

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67 Responses to Wenger Out? Arsenal Manager Guarantees Win Against Watford or Will Offer To Step Down

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha Seventeenho 🙂

    Clever title!

    Busy atm but will come back later.

  2. allezkev says:

    Everything worked for Watford in the FACup.

    Arsenal played poorly, Watford played well.
    Arsenal missed their chances, Watford took enough to win.

    Whilst not the same, there are similarities between how well Hull played in the previous round. The Tigers goalkeeper had a great game, but in the replay Arsenal took them apart.
    This time I doubt that there will be any complacency in the Arsenal camp, nor will Watford be so lucky…

    17tino I like your team, it looks the most likely, even if I thought that Cech would return in goal…
    Revenge is on the cards, I hope the home crowd are up for it as well…

  3. retsub1 says:

    17ht. I would be very surprised if you don’t have the team spot on, with the exception of Cech if he is fit.

    Late team news is I just got a ticket…. Happy days

    Will be travelling up to town with a black cabbie friend of mine, who is a Spurs supporter. He says that Spurs supporters aren’t even looking at their fixture list and they have us worried. I suspect he is lying about the fixtures, but he is dead right about Arsenal being worried about Spurs. Should be a weekend where a lot more questions are answered. If we are going to challenge we need both Spurs and Leicester to slip up.

    If either Giroud or Theo could start putting a few goals away, I would feel a lot more confident. If we get revenge on Watford I will at least enjoy watching the Spurs and Leicester games.

  4. Gerry says:

    I’d be happy with your team selections HT, and like allezkev, I think we can be a tad more positive this time around. As with Everton, they have got a semi-final to look forward to, and no player, no matter how much they may deny it, they will try and avoid injuries. At least, have it at the back of their minds?

    I repeat something I said about a previous game, take a leaf out of the Klopp handbook and try and save something for the last 20 minutes. Not to the extreme they did last time though!

    They cannot press, press, press, for 90 odd minutes, so they need to take spells of keeping possession, and keep moving it around. If they cut out the sloppy passing and be as sharp as they were last time, the game should pan out in their favour.

    Did Ospina play or just travel? Either way, I think Cech will be back in goal. Injury or travel is an acceptable reason for bringing back our No 1 GK. I only wish I could think of a good boost from the bench … Cazorla would be nice. Gnabry too at some point if he has his mojo back. The kids are playing the second leg of their semi-final next Wednesday(on ITV), so that rules them out …

    Therefore, it is the team above, give or take Cech, plus Chambers and Per to shuffle the defence, and Giroud and Walcott up front for the time being.

    Now where did I put that bobble hat…..

    Cheers HT for the timely cut off …. but a tad too much pondering on the negativity in the script for my liking …. let us hope 5.0pm tomorrow relieves you of some of it, eh? 😀 😀
    Gerry

  5. Pony Eye says:

    My flame is still burning very brightly. In the reverse fixture we mauled Watford by three unreplied goals. Who then have some revenging to do? The team that managed only one attempt on target, I would say. In the FA match they managed 2 and scored 2 goals. I never heard that lightening struck twice.

    Squawka’s performance index rates Leicester as the No. 9 team. I believe that’s about where they belong, and that it is high time that a regression towards their mean starts. This is a sound statistical logic that gives me plenty of hope. We prepare for matches we can win, HT.

    Potentially we are only 3pts behind Spurs with obviously easier fixtures to go ( 5 very winnable home games out of 8 outstanding). Added to this fact is that we have also stumbled on a winning formular. Very much why l feel HT’s line up is spot on. However, the long flight from Chile and the time difference from London might decide the starting position WR goes to Campbell instead of Alexis.

  6. FMJ14 says:

    Haha funny title HT will get em clickin.. Friday night prep for early morning client tomorrow but wish the boys good luck. This new line up seems to enjoy playing with each other those flicks and quick one touch passing we saw against Everton is testament to that. Will follow and come back later.

  7. TotalArsenal says:

    The good thing of the cup loss against the Hornets is that they may well be uninterested in this game, ala Everton. I like the line up but reckon we will see one or two of Ollie, Petr and Per back tomorrow. Looking fwd to the game even though it will not be a televised game here.

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    Enjoy the game Retsub. If you are interested in writing a few lines about the match and atmosphere in and outside the ground, then you are very welcome. 😍

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    FMJ, what is it that you do, if I may ask? 😄

  10. retsub1 says:

    Will do T A . Will only be the second time this season (Sunderland). The guy who owns the ticket doesn’t attend when results aren’t good, so it’s catch 22. If we lose I will probably get the ticket for the rest of the season!!!

    I have a good feeling about tomorrow and hopefully will get back in time to see the second half of a Spurs defea

  11. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hi fellas…Actually not that many views due to the title (which actually pleases me…) but more surely than I would have gotten with a normal title…

    It could be that, like retsub’s friend, those with enough money to buy the season ticket have other, better things to do, Cocktail parties, Fox Hunts, etc., etc. :D… We thus might get a better brand of supporter, like our very own retsub fellow… Indeed a man at the match report would be much appreciated.

    Back in the day I used to get the unwanted games for the Golden State Warriors who, at the moment, are probably the hottest ticket in sports… I think I paid $10.25 each, and, for many of the games, it was easy to move closer to the action after the first quarter when you knew the season-ticket holders weren’t going to show up… Good stuff…

    Ospina played and, I have to say, I rate him. You should see him kick a ball at 12,000 feet altitude (La Paz, Bolivia)… If Cech is fit to suit up, however, he probably should start, just to avoid the narratives, if things go funky (see the Olympiakos home match back in the autumn). After all, why would you sit your ONLY signing, etc., etc. I don’t think Gabriel traveled, while Campbell traveled approx the same miles as Alexis and, it turns out, played the same minutes according to this info graphic http://dailycannon.com/2016/03/infograph-how-arsenals-players-fared-during-the-international-break/

    Anyhow, fingers crossed all goes well and we can build a little momentum here… Depending on energy and caffeine levels I may put up a live-blog sort of thing…

  12. TotalArsenal says:

    That’s great Retsub. Always love the personal game reviews. 🙂

  13. Gerry says:

    Pony Eye, I think you err from your more compassionate soul with your comments on Leicester?

    This ‘mean’ you speak of, is it compiled by figures previous to this season?

    This season has been a cliche ‘game changer’ … On the BBC Football website(alas, only available to UK viewers) a short video on why the ‘big four’ monopoly has been broken this season, and why it is likely to be the new norm. It is Pat Nevin’s view, but one that carries plenty of logic in his thought process.
    Briefly; he sees TV money as a leveller for the ‘below top grade’ players, where the market is open to all. The lower clubs are just as capable to turn those players into better players as the big four, and without the ‘prima donna’ problems that come with buying at the top level. He goes on to say that the same big four will have to turn to this level of player because there will be a shortage of top class players, particularly in the EPL, as the success of lower clubs means they don’t have sell their best players. Although big money usually gets there in the end.
    Also, the weight of extra games in Europe counts against the top clubs in their league games, as Leicester may well find out next season. He adds, that paying a player £250,000 per week can take away a players hunger, whilst those below remain keen to show what they can do?

    I would say Leicester and West Ham are teams have gone a long way to make his case this season. Now they too, might find that the extra games next season, they may lose some of their advantage in the league, but others, like Bournmouth, Southampton, West Brom, or even newly promoted Burnley, who is to say they will not take their place?

    That said, if Leicester hold on and win the League title, very few would say they don’t deserve it?
    Churlish then, to bolster your own faint hopes by disparaging a fine team .. with the emphasis on ‘TEAM’. True, next season they may slip to 6th place, and their new norm will be 3rd. Not bad for a team who were favourites for relegation at the start of this season? Accept them for what they are, a team worthy of a top four spot, which is where they undoubtedly will finish … and jus may be at the very top?

    In the mean time, all Arsenal can do is concentrate on our own results. What happens around us is beyond our control. A win against Watford will take a team effort, and sniping by Ozil may not help matters? That said, our desire and recent results should be the stronger driving force. I am hoping for a win today, but nothing is certain in football …

    Cheers,
    Gerry

  14. Ab says:

    Morning HT. I think you have the team selection spot on, with the only question (barring injuries) being around whether Cech is fully fit or barely fit. I’m feeling pretty confident that we will be up for this game (not always a reliable indicator of results I confess mind), but the combination of players available, their freshness and basic talent, suggest to me we should be up for this.

    I don’t agree fully with Gerry on the Leicester question. Yes they have done superbly, and I agree I won’t begrudge them the title should they win it. But its not simply down to them being a top side – it is down to sub-standard performances across the top teams; of which ours is marginally the best, but still relatively poor. I think a total points comparison at the end of the season will tell this story pretty effectively. This will be a low points score season for the top 4 – Leicester and the Spuds have got in there through a combination of their consistent decent performance, and inconsistent ones by the main opposition. But no team has really played well this season; the nearest to that accolade sadly would be the spuds. Long enough yet for that to change though…. Hopefully starting today.

  15. 17highburyterrace says:

    Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck. Subs: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Walcott, Chambers, Campbell, Cech.

    Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Ake, Mario Suarez, Watson, Abdi, Capoue, Ighalo, Deeney. Subs: Britos, Jurado, Amrabat, Guedioura, Pantilimon, Berghuis, Anya.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor

  16. 17highburyterrace says:

    Alexis–from Iwobi… 1-nil… Good start….

  17. allezkev says:

    17tino

    I’m working and there’s no coverage of our game on the radio.
    So I’m looking to you mate, to keep me the loop…

    Great start, now let’s really take this Watford mob to the cleaners…

  18. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ah geez Kev… I’m feeling a bit groggy this morning but I can try…

    Arsenal have been completely dominant thus far…Moving the ball quickly and with more precision than usual… Alexis had his first shot blocked but put in the rebound although Gomes got a hand to it as well…

    We’re swarming again…Ozil pass from wide flicked on by Welbeck is defended but Le Coq almost gets a blast in from disatnce…

  19. 17highburyterrace says:

    23rd min: Ozil fouled and gets a whistle. Looked like Nyom just pushed him in the face…Alexis to take it from the right…

    Oooh…Tests Gomes who puts it out for another Arsenal corner…

  20. 17highburyterrace says:

    It was cleared and then a nice looking through ball is too strong and out for a GK…

    Iwobi with help from Welbeck wins another corner…

  21. 17highburyterrace says:

    Poor delivery from Ozil…

    Overall we’re showing a lot of pace and using the width of the pitch a bit more than normal. Iwobi is both quick and decisive. His ideas don’t always come off but there’s no hesitation in the effort…

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    A bit of possession for Watford but Ospina is quick off his line to the ball ahead of Igahlo who was incorrectly flagged offside anyhow…

  23. 17highburyterrace says:

    Five Arsenal attackers work some triangles on our right flank…No hesitation to overload that part of the pitch.

    I will say that we don’t appear to be playing as if we have a lead but more like we really want to run up a tally.

    Welbeck puts himself through but can’t get the pull-back to anybody…Out for a throw…

  24. 17highburyterrace says:

    It might be a dangerous game…going for more goals so aggressively…

    Igahlo has now gotten a few touches in our box but, so far, we’ve been quick enough defending them.

    Ooh Deeney almost gets a ball through to Igahlo…

    Gabby down, looked like somebody kicked his ankle. He’s up and walking it off…

  25. allezkev says:

    The Iwobi/Welbeck combo is sounding very positive 17tino.

  26. allezkev says:

    The Iwobi/Welbeck combo is sounding very positive 17tino.

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    35th min: Watford now with the ball but give it away cheaply… We give it right back however and Taylor blows up when Abdi fouls Kos just outside of our box…

    Nacho and Welbs work it up our left side but lose it…

    Very good and committed play so far but a struggle to get the ball from wide into better scoring positions…

  28. 17highburyterrace says:

    2 Nil Iwobi

  29. 17highburyterrace says:

    What a pass from Coquelin to Alexis on the right behind the line. Alexis took on perfect touch then pulled it back onto a platter for Iwobi to put it home…

  30. 17highburyterrace says:

    Linesmen seem to be favoring us… Deeney level this time but flagged off…

  31. 17highburyterrace says:

    “one perfect touch” I meant in trying to describe the goal…

    Capoue out, Anya on… Not sure if it’s a knock or if Sanchez-Flores is trying to get his boys going…

    Bellerin does some very fancy dribbling to get out of a jam on our right…the crowd likes it…

  32. allezkev says:

    We need to do something about our goal difference if we want to overhaul the Spuds.

    I thought 3-0 before the game, now I’d like to see us really take this mob apart…
    What’s the atmosphere like at the stadium 17tino?

  33. 17highburyterrace says:

    Deeney flagged off again…Gabby and Kos played the push up to perfection…

    The half is winding down but we break again after nice defensive play from Alexis… Iwobi and Welbeck too fast and strong on a 1-2 that goes out for a goal kick…

    Oooh Ozil throughball gets a touch from Iwobi to Nacho who gets pushed at the edge of the box. No whistle from Taylor…

  34. 17highburyterrace says:

    Half time with still more Arsenal possession to end things… The crowd seems appreciative and there are only a few empty seats here and there except, of course, in the fancy terrace…

    We started the match very well and have kept it going. Moving the ball smartly with Gabby looking just as confident on it as Elneny and Coquelin. Watford, it must be said, never pressed the ball with any conviction but still allowed the very fluid front 4 to get into lots of spaces they’ve been allowing.

    Alexis on the right, IMO, is a key element as he is much more willing to take the ball toward the end-line so his game–which instructs everybody elses–is much less predictable.

  35. allezkev says:

    Thanks for all that 17tino…

  36. Admir says:

    So far we have been doing a great job. Iwobi looks like a real gem, his final touch makes him too good for any English selection.

    Elneny looks pretty good and Coquelin is starting our attacks.

  37. 17highburyterrace says:

    My pleasure, Kev, esp. now that I’ve pulled myself an extra halftime espresso… 😀

    Watford make another change to start the 2nd and immediately win a corner, their first, I think…Terrible delivery from the ginger, Ben Watson…

  38. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey Admir…

    3-Nil Bellerin, on a deflection

    Alexis all action on the right was at the heart of it… his cross was cleared right to Hector’s feet…

  39. allezkev says:

    17tino, I would have suggested a refreshing cup of tea mate, but you might have chucked it overboard… 😉

  40. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ooooh, almost 4-nil but Iwobi’s left footer hits bar… Watford just backed off him to cover runners so he took the shot

  41. 17highburyterrace says:

    I drink tea in the afternoon but it’s only 8 in the morning here, kev…

    More streaming forward down our right side then some possesion play around the top of their box before Ozil is put in with just Gomes to beat. The keeper stops his toe poke…

    Alexis takes a nice one from distance but Gomes is able to block… Even more with a ball over the top but Welbs is flat-footed and only glances it with his head…

    One way traffic today = a very nice change…

  42. 17highburyterrace says:

    Set piece for Watford almost gets them a goal…

    Lofted across by Watson and open header back into the box is shot but Nacho was perfectly placed to head off the line. All luck too keep the clean sheet…

  43. 17highburyterrace says:

    That would’ve put a hole in the mood, but, since it didn’t go in, we’re back to the training ground fun… Ozil and Alexis just seem to have an extra quickness in their work while all others look inspired too…

    Elneny, working from center to the left fizzes a cross that just misses a pair of our heads only to find a Watford skull to be cleared.

    Ooh Ozil fouled hard by Nyom who gets yellow…

  44. 17highburyterrace says:

    65 minutes in and Arsenal continue enjoying the football. There’s maybe a bit less urgency but the spacing and movement keeps happening…

    For me, It’s all about Alexis willing to be an assist man on the right plus the always open, always moving, always offering an easy outlet play of the Egyptian…

    It helps that Iwobi never hesitates…

    Welbeck off, Giroud on…

  45. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ospina forced into a full length save after Deeney makes a nice turn and shoots… A bit of a switch off defensively as the ball bounced in from our right…

  46. 17highburyterrace says:

    Another Arsenal corner but Giroud can only loop a header right to Gomes…

    Iwobi, who gave a lot, is taken off for Theo… Those low socks, I think, are looking a trademark…

  47. 17highburyterrace says:

    More fun play with Alexis and Giroud on the right almost breaking through. We look a good deal more static with Theo now wide right and Alexis on the other side… This one is over but we still have 15 mins to go… Alexis grabbed his hamstring earlier so maybe he could be taken off…

    Corner for Watford but it misses everybody.. Bellerin takes it off over-elaborating Anya…

    Campbell in for Alexis…

  48. 17highburyterrace says:

    Watford get into some nice attacking spots but their execution has been poor all day… Nacho gets a whistle on Amrabaat (?) when it looked like our guy did the fouling…

    Speaking of Nacho, his cross is about 10 yards too heavy with our attack swarming again…

  49. 17highburyterrace says:

    Elneny fouls on the Watford break and they get a corner on the deflected shot… Well headed out by Ollie… Gueidiora shot hard but very wide…

  50. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice stuff from Ozil and Campbell down our left… In the end, Campbell outside of the left boot can’t find the same of Ollie’s and Gomes gathers…

    Poor play at the back and Watford should probably have scored (again)… Anya too unselfish heading back to the center instead of into the net…

  51. allezkev says:

    Well Coquelin did claim that it’s not over yet, at Goodison Park…

  52. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nacho gives a FK on their right…Doesn’t clear the first man, Ozil. Out for an Arsenal throw and we move it forward quickly…

    for our 4th…

    Joel to Theo for the easiest of tap ins… the long ball from Ozil to Campbell set the play in motion…

  53. 17highburyterrace says:

    2 of the 3 extra mins have been played…

  54. allezkev says:

    Tap ins do it for me… 😊

  55. allezkev says:

    Man City won 4-0 at Bournmouth

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    Full time and a lovely exercise today in movement and passing and fun football… Watford were never on the ball but they also failed to punish us when we weren’t quite attuned at the back–and that would have been only for a consolation.

    Now, churlish as it might be (rolling my eyes…) we have to hope the teams above stumble…

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    West Ham only draw at home in another London derby…

    Three 4-nil scorelines today must mean it’s officially the end of the season…

    Big late goal at Norwich to take full points from Toonies…

  58. allezkev says:

    Thanks for that 17tino, very enjoyable and informative.

    So, 2 played, 2 wins, 6 points, 6 goals, 2 clean sheets…
    7 more wins and who knows, Francis Coquelin might be proved right…

    Ok, for the next 2 hours I am gonna be a temporary Liverpool fan…

  59. Admir says:

    Excellent victory! 🙂 Four goals, four different scorers, big goals for Alexis and, maybe, Walcott. Youngsters Bellerin and Iwobi were sharp and efficient. In the reverse fixture we won 3:0 and it was part of our best league streak this season.

    Scoring as many goals as possible remains vital. We are now just one goal behind Leicester in terms of a goal-difference (+22 v +23). If Koeman does his “tight-at-the-back-and-score-one-from-the-counter-attack” sh!t at King Power Stadium tomorrow, it would be great. But first, let’s see if Klopp is ready to help us a bit with Spuds like he has been helping us with City.

    Oh, important piece of information: Kouyate got sent off against Palace which means he won’t play against us. He has scored in that 2:1 victory of ours at Boleyn Ground last season and, more importantly, the opener in their 2:0 victory at the Emirates this term. Payet is fantastic free-kick taker. I see that match as the most difficult one until the end of the season so…no fouls in the danger-zone, please!

  60. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good info there, Admir, about the upcoming match in East London… We might have a bit of a revenge factor for that one too given the disappointment from opening day…

    Cheers kev and I enjoyed trying to do the play by play…Of course, it might also have been the extra coffee… 😀 Indeed, it’s very hard to want anything good for the Liverpool people but the enemy of my enemy is my friend, or something…

    Watching the goals again here and they show that we really had Watford on the back foot and giving us a lot of space on the ball. Lack of motivation (from them) or maybe a few subtle changes in our play? Alexis on the right, I think, turns him into a provider as well as a finisher and both Elneny and Iwobi appear unafraid to move towards the ball and then move it on very, very quickly. The two elements, in combination today,IMO, made for very one way traffic… That 2nd goal, in particular, was really sharp. Elneny pass and move to Le Coq who puts Alexis in for the touch and pull back. Give some credit also to Welbeck’s run to the near post which took defenders with him allowing all the space for Iwobi’s easy finish…

  61. allezkev says:

    Just seen Payet scoring a beautiful goal from a free-kick today vs Palace.
    That boy is bloody good…

  62. Admir says:

    A draw at Anfield.

    Liverpool could have scored a winner but so could have Spuds.

    Now, let’s see if Koeman can do a job for us.

  63. Admir says:

    Spuds play their next match against Manure at home.

    They haven’t beaten United at WHL since the last day of 2000-01, when United had already secured the title and played without Gary Neville, Stam, Keane, Beckham and Yorke. 😀

  64. njk84sg says:

    Good defensive and attacking display by us. We learnt our lesson and injected pace in Welbeck and flair on both wings in Alexis and Iwobi.

    They have half chances too, which we have to get it right if we are to grab 3 points at the Hamsters.

    Cheers on a good 3 points and spuds dropping 2 is good for us.

    JK

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey FFGs

    Am travelling at the moment so little time to blog. Saw the highlights on MOTD and we looked at ease, strutting our stuff with poise and purpose. Loved the combinations between Iwobi and Alexis for the first two goals and the other two were also team goals (even with the big deflection).

    Retsub has produced a match review but I am unable to publish it whilst travelling. I have asked 17HT to publish it but am not sure whether he has read his email yet (and is now fast asleep 🙂 )

  66. njk84sg says:

    TA,

    Can’t wait to see the review by retsub.

    Anyone rooting for Soton?

    Cheers,
    JK

  67. 17highburyterrace says:

    New Post

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