Blab On: Young Guns and Some of our Best. Line-ups are in. Live Blog with

The Bergkampesque!

Here we go… Lineups:

Bate Borisov: Scherbitski; Rios, Gaiduchik, Milunovic, Polakov, Volodko, Dragun; Gordeichuk, Ivanic, Stasevich; Rodionov.

Subs: Veremko, Yablonski, Berezkin, Signevich, Tuominen. Baga, M Volodko

Arsenal: Ospina; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Holding; Nelson, Willock, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere; Walcott, Giroud.

Subs: Macey, Dasilva, Gilmour, McGuane, Dragomir, Akpom, Nketiah.

Elneny, playing 3 matches in a row is our anchor again.  Otherwise it’s 9 changes from the Monday night win vs West Brom.  (Mustafi goes again, but this time on the right side, perhaps, the BFG playing middle-middle…)  Willock is the biggest surprise.  Will he or Maitland-Niles play in the center of the pitch?  We shall see…

And, it’s another chance to see if Jack is Back…

Please join us in the comments as I try to describe the action.

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  1. 17highburyterrace says:

    From the official website… Cheers Goonereris…

    THE OPPOSITION

    BATE are a good technical side, capable of long periods of possession play while also offering a counter-attacking threat. Mikhail Gordeichuk, who starts on the right flank, tops the goalscoring charts in Belarus.

    Montenegro international Mirko Ivanic, who wears the No 10 shirt, is a creative, intelligent and two-footed playmaker who assisted Nikolai Signevich’s headed equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Red Star Belgrade with a lovely right-wing cross.

  2. 17highburyterrace says:

    Anybody around or am I lost in my own echo-chamber?…

  3. 17highburyterrace says:

    Pictures of some hard-core Gooners who made the trip… Or are they from Minsk and just love our club?…

    Nice tunnel, it appears and a pretty cool looking roof-line on the stadium…

    That guy who does the youngsters hair has a real, er, method to his madness…

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    More than decent line up. A light sandwich, with an experienced defence and attack and a fluffy light midfield. Big tasks for Melneny to keep it all ticking over. COYGs!!

  5. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK, that’s actually TA… Where are you watching from tonight?…

  6. 17highburyterrace says:

    We have kick-off… Blue kits, hmmm… Too much light blue for my taste…

  7. 17highburyterrace says:

    Off-side by Theo… The new Adebayor?…

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    I was able to work from home, Seventeenho. Watching on the Ipad and writing on my work laptop.

  9. 17highburyterrace says:

    Looks like Willock and Elneny are the MF anchors with Jack in the position that matches his shirt number…

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Not so keen on the shirt either. Prefer the dark grey and pink one..

  11. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice TA… I do kinda hate to hear about you away from family too much…

    Arsenal on the front foot… Which means Bate get to play on the break…

    Nelson, following his own heavy touch, gets called by the (so far) very whistle-y ref…

  12. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yeah, that kit isn’t bad… Clearly the club is trying out some “softer” colors (colours…) this season…

    Bate have a bit of possession but we look comfy before they hoof it out of play…

  13. 17highburyterrace says:

    Mustafi tries a longer quick pass to Nelson… Doesn’t quite come off…

    Ooooh Theo off the post after a nice tight throughball from Jack… Looked a goal there…

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    Seventeenho, I keep thinking they will let me go now but keep asking for more… and I keep thinking about the day rate 🙂

    Wow superb attack. Sex on grass.

  15. Goonereris says:

    Goooooal! We are playing well.

  16. 17highburyterrace says:

    That should count as half a goal…

    Nelson is playing some tricky touches early…his cross however is too strong…

    THERE IT IS… THEO!!! 1-NIL

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    That’ll do the confidence good. The team has momentum now… and there it is Super Jack to Top Theo and it is one nil to the Arsenal

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Love the preassist from Ollie too

  19. 17highburyterrace says:

    All Jack pushing up and making a nice lofty little cross… Keeper might’ve done better with Theo’s central tap… The 2nd on the rebound was unmissable…

  20. 17highburyterrace says:

    Indeed, TA, Giroud’s top of the box work is highly under-appreciated…

  21. Goonereris says:

    After that early miss off the post after a flowing move involving Nelson, Jack and Theo, Theo gets the first goal. I feel we need to turn on the screws now the hosts are looking shell shocked, rather than slow things down. These guys won’t be playing on Sunday, anyway, so nothing to lose going all out.

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    FK from Theo deep on the left is well over-hit… Too much adrenaline after the early goal?…

  23. Jnyc says:

    I was on the last post, thread.
    17, you predicted the line up 100% … Wenger jr.

  24. Goonereris says:

    Yeah. giroud was involved too. Willock is playing without fear; I like that in the young man.

  25. 17highburyterrace says:

    Looks like that’s exactly what they’re doing, ‘Eris… We’re improving at balancing attack with the 3 at the back formation, IMO…

  26. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey J… I only got 10 of 11 but that was my max… Should have known Willock would play, given his big involvement in pre-season…

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    IT is hard to push on like that, Eris. But it looks like BATE are not firing on all cylinders as yet, if ever..

  28. 17highburyterrace says:

    Bate already thinking about keeping the score-line down?… Commentators noting the nice stadium and pitch being a boon for us…

    Oooh, another nice sequence but another Theo offside…Giroud, to Jack to Theo again…

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Should nave been two for the good guys but the linesman had a bit of pigeonshite in his eye, I reckon

  30. Jnyc says:

    That wasnt offside! Brilliant work stolen away.

  31. 17highburyterrace says:

    I like the main commentator tonight… The American guy (Alexi Lawless sp?…) is nothing but poo…

  32. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hmmm. Looked to me like Theo was 2 yds off (as was Giroud, but out of the play…)

  33. Jnyc says:

    Another example of Jacks skill that should be on all highlights for days.. but wont be, because wrongly disallowed. At least we’ll remember it.

  34. Goonereris says:

    I won’t make much of that sentiment (keeping score line down). They will come out in the 2nd half stronger. There is more to this team than what we’ve seen so far. They beat Bayern here last season in CL group stage.

    And as I type that…. they rattle our goal area.

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Not so good there…Bate player gets by Mustafi and crosses well and Holding, clears with his thigh into a central area…The returned volley is good by just wide… Ospina probably would’ve saved it however…

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    Giroud dithered with the ball and it is almost 1-1. Wake Handsome!

  37. Goonereris says:

    Clinical finish from the gift of a goal from the keeper.

  38. 17highburyterrace says:

    Interesting, Eris… Another reason Ancelloti got the sack?

    There’s # 2!!!

    Theo on a hat-trick now…

  39. 17highburyterrace says:

    The keeper rightly punished for just about the worst kick-out I’ve ever seen…

  40. Jnyc says:

    Theo likes Europa

  41. TotalArsenal says:

    a bit shitsky from Shcarbitsky and it is two nil to the good guys. Theo on for a hattrick.

    Anyone can beat Bayern these days, Eris hahaha

  42. Jnyc says:

    Theos first touch is excellent, even from opponent he brought that down nicely.

  43. Goonereris says:

    Theo seems hungry tonight hence his straying offside too often. Good strike by him for his second of the night. We need to make our dominance count in number of goals scored tonight.

    That 100th goal for Giroud has to come tonight, hopefully. As I type, he misses a chance from a good tackle denying him a tap in.

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    Walking in a wonder wilshere land

  45. 17highburyterrace says:

    Now the youngsters should reign it in and prove they can play at least 60-70 mins of quality football if not the full ninety…

    OK, J… THAT was a nice one… Bate need to clue in on that left foot…

    WOW, THAT’S THREE!!!

  46. Jnyc says:

    What a slip in pass from Jack

  47. 17highburyterrace says:

    Rob Holding is the beneficiary from a well delivered corner by Theo…

  48. Goonereris says:

    Rob Holding makes it 3. Okay, I now will settle down to watch the game. Can’t type and watch as 17 can. Lol.

  49. retsub1 says:

    Great to watch and Jack is on fire. I think their defending however shows the difference between the Europa league and the champions league. Whoops another one.

    The BATE boss isn’t a happy looking bunny

  50. 17highburyterrace says:

    Between the BFG and Giroud we’ve got A LOT to cover when we win a corner…

  51. Jnyc says:

    Jack = genius. Soon fans will demand to see him in premier league matches.. even the media will. I just want him to stay fit before i start pushing for that..

  52. TotalArsenal says:

    All going our way now…. but they got one back. Another fine goal. Game on

  53. 17highburyterrace says:

    BATE pull one back… Elneny needed a bit more hair there…Or a decent jump… Nice header and Ospina can’t get to it…

  54. Goonereris says:

    Well worked goal by the hosts. Not sure role Elneny played in putting off Ospina to fail to save the header. They will pick up steam now so we need to silence them a bit with another goal.

  55. Jnyc says:

    What a header that was…

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    J… I think Jack will get his chances in the league… Gotta rest Ozil to help negotiate his contract and keep him fresh for 2018… Indeed, staying healthy is key… There’s a lot less space near the top of the box in England, however…

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    OUR KEEPER IS BETTER THAN THEIRS…

    Offside, however, from the FK, wouldn’t have counted…

    This is fun stuff…

  58. 17highburyterrace says:

    There’s a scary tackle on Jack… 😮

    But he’s right back up and slicing through with Giroud on a 1-2… pops onto his hand however…

    Other end we’re looking a bit leaky… Ospina involved again

  59. retsub1 says:

    Our keeper is better than theirs…… spot on 17hT

  60. 17highburyterrace says:

    Giroud, beastly near their box but the defender ultimately gets it out for a throw…

    AMN earns us a corner…

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK, their keeper, still shaky with a punch but is able to hold onto a not very strong Giroud header…

  62. Jnyc says:

    True about the parked buses in England 17, many arrivals from elsewhere have seen that the hard way, but at least jack is accustomed to it…. But dont forget, Wilshere has an excellent long shot also.

  63. 17highburyterrace says:

    Could the game BE more open?…seems like the pitch is double sized… Ugh, another tough tackle on Jack… He moved away from it just a bit so maybe he’s learned from his past mistakes…

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Game a bit scrappy now. Need to refocus.

  65. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice defending by Willock as Bate push it forward…

    Keeper is (barely) getting his feet under himself with another punch…

    Nice ball over the top from Elneny…

    Jack IS loving the space…and the nice pitch tonight…

  66. TotalArsenal says:

    Looks like Theo has no powder left already; hopefully I am wrong

  67. 17highburyterrace says:

    Agreed, J… It always helps to be a left footer, esp. early in matches before the defenders remember and adjust…

    Uh Oh, Willock gets a strong fist to his face…

  68. Goonereris says:

    That free kick of the foul call on Holding’s tackle was dodgy, to say the least. He got the ball and only the opponent’s momentum caused any contact. What’s going on here?

  69. 17highburyterrace says:

    Jack did some intricate defending before the Willock incident… Where’s the card… Bate actually get the foul!!! WTF!!!

  70. Jnyc says:

    I was hoping it was mostly acting by willock

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    Referee is as a blind as a Bat(e)

  72. Goonereris says:

    Good thing, Willock is okay.. Giroud seems envious Theo is getting all the best shots at goal. Hahaha!

  73. 17highburyterrace says:

    Theo looked just fine there, TA… Nice work by Jack but a lucky bounce to Theo on the intercepted pass…

    ANOTHER POST on a scrambled corner…

  74. TotalArsenal says:

    The woodwork is busy tonight. Almost 4-1

  75. 17highburyterrace says:

    We’re scaring the poop out of them on the well delivered corners… Give Theo some props on those, please…

  76. Goonereris says:

    Lol @ Ref blind (ness).

  77. 17highburyterrace says:

    Do we have a hat-trick of posts?… Or has it been 4?…

  78. retsub1 says:

    I feel a little cheated. The first half only lasted 20 minutes

  79. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yes, Eris… Nice punning by the gaffer (TA) and Giroud MUST be due a chance or two… (That’s me trying to be the poet as the half–which flew by–is whistled… Won’t need that final espresso today…

  80. Goonereris says:

    Time flies when you’re having fun, retsub1. Bet the players left behind will be glancing at their TVs with envy, wishing they could have such a game.

  81. TotalArsenal says:

    Superb first half of the first half with Jack doing his magic and good running in and around the box by the others. You got to love these games. Would like to see a bit more from our youngsters with their final touches as Ollie, Theo, Jack and Elneny are running the show.

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    It’s fun stuff but we can tighten up between the MF and back lines… Not as much as they need to but still seems the major adjustment needed… Still learning the 3 at the back but it continues to improve, IMO…

    Our clean sheet streak ends at 3… Still only conceded 2 goals in our last 11 halves…

  83. TotalArsenal says:

    Get another one and then take off Mustafi, Jack and Elneny asap. We need them on the bench on Sunday (at least).

  84. 17highburyterrace says:

    The presence of the younger guys probably lead to a bit more of a break-neck pace… It’ll be interesting to see if we try to slow it down or if the teenagers look as fresh after the break…

  85. Jnyc says:

    17, it doesn’t come up much, but Theo really doesnt get enough credit in general. Not a superstar, but very productive in terms of goals and assists for minutes played, and a great option to have on the bench.

  86. 17highburyterrace says:

    Mustafi can sure play a forward pass… Always helpful to maintain defensive positioning… Still has a lot to learn about when to stay up vs going down in the tackle but I’m sure glad we kept him… Better long term prospect, I think, than Vermaelen, for example…

  87. 17highburyterrace says:

    Agreed J… Theo’s “threat” (something most observers can’t see) is not appreciated, IMO… Lacazette is surely better with the ball–but they’re not that far apart as finishers with the right foot. Of course, I hope to see a lot more Laca, but that’s my assessment so far…

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    Selling Vermaelen to Barca was a brilliant piece of business by Arsene. He could sell sand to the Arabs so to speak..

  89. 17highburyterrace says:

    Elneny’s game makes playing the full 90 simple as pie, IMO, TA… Getting Jack off after 60-70 makes sense however, and, ideally, Willock and the wingbacks can slow down Bate’s counters so that Mustafi isn’t too stressed if he has to play the full 90… Sorry, but I don’t know too much about many of the bench players…

  90. TotalArsenal says:

    I know you think I am being a bit harsh on Theo, and I admit I was a bit earlier. The thing is that he seldom seems to live the game, as in being in the game when it matters. This is hard to explain but I don’t like it in a player. Had the same feeling with Bendtner and that small Russian fellow..

  91. 17highburyterrace says:

    Selling sand to the Arabs is probably not politically correct but it’s exactly what he did with the early sales to Man City…

    Speaking of good sales… Has the Ox played at Pool–beyond easing them out of the league cup?… (Sorry Ox fans… Seems like pretty good business thus far… The guy we got in–nobody–has done pretty much the better job, IMO…)

  92. TotalArsenal says:

    Just worried about injuries, Seventeenho, and the referee is not giving enough protection to the players..

  93. 17highburyterrace says:

    Jack is back…Or at least a back-heeler…

    2nd half on…

  94. TotalArsenal says:

    Is it not, Seventeenho? Maybe I should have opted for selling water to the Scots, or snow to the Eskimos? 🙂

  95. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good point re: the ref and subs, TA… re: Theo, his game makes him a bit of flat-track bully…which seems pretty ideal for his role this season… Should be a good competition between him and Giroud this season…

    REF STEPS UP… Gives yellow and a pen…

    Giroud converts nicely… 4-1

  96. Goonereris says:

    Frankly, not sure what happened there but happy for Giroud to get his 100th goal for the club. About time.

  97. TotalArsenal says:

    Giroud does the hundred, only 18 other Gunners have achieved this..

  98. 17highburyterrace says:

    Indeed, TA… The only group you can make fun of are the white people… Which explains why they turn into Nazis or something…

  99. retsub1 says:

    Crikey even the refs on our side

  100. henrychan says:

    Great game.. Walcott is back.. And he will score more.. one more at least..
    If we keep playing the high tempo as first half.. I think it will end 5-1 or more..

    Happy for the kid.. and I like to watch Dragomir and Nketiah..

    TA, don’t worry about Wilshere and Elneny.. with Ozil back.. They will rest a lot.. hehehe..

  101. 17highburyterrace says:

    Very soft foul on a very poor Theo FK…

    Through again, Theo can’t chip it in with his chocolate (left) foot…

    No fair in the super-sub competition if Ollie gets to take all the pens… 100 is a nice round number isn’t it…

  102. 17highburyterrace says:

    No FK for Jack there?… Might have been a nice lefty chance from 20 yards…

  103. Jnyc says:

    Now Araene listen to TA, think about subs early to protect, especially mustafi.

  104. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hi Henry… Nice to have a little crowd watching tonight… Thursday is the new Friday?… 😀

  105. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good recovery by Mustafi but out for a Bate corner…

  106. TotalArsenal says:

    The ref is consistently poor, you have to give him that.
    Seventeenho, the joke is to do with geography and geology but I will check whether I was politically incorrect my friend.

  107. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nelson called for a handball or is it Willock or AMN?… Damn haircuts…

  108. 17highburyterrace says:

    Whoa… Nice FK and Ospina is unsighted but gets his arms to it… I think it did glance off a Bate player…

  109. TotalArsenal says:

    Lucky escape there.

  110. 17highburyterrace says:

    No no, TA… I wouldn’t worry about it… And my riposte about Nazis is probably a good deal worse…

  111. 17highburyterrace says:

    I always worry about Giroud when he goes down and doesn’t do the finger waving thing… 😮

  112. Jnyc says:

    When in doubt, just assume someone is offended.

  113. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good position by the BFG so the looped header–on target–is super easy for Ospina… As is the next one… We’re a bit confused defensively… Which is less of a problem when you’ve already scored 4…

  114. TotalArsenal says:

    Cannot wait to see Ozil back, heheheheHenry, but having Jack fit and available would be bliss too.

  115. 17highburyterrace says:

    Very nice attack from Bate, but we’ve got too many bodies in the way of the open shot…

  116. TotalArsenal says:

    Wise words Big Apple Johnnie. 🙂

  117. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice turn by Theo wins a FK and a yellow for the grabby guy… Jack to take it…

  118. 17highburyterrace says:

    J and his NYC values, as they say…

  119. Goonereris says:

    The hosts get another back. 2-4!

  120. 17highburyterrace says:

    I meant to add a smiley there, just not sure which one…

    Time for some subs and trying to work in some more defensively minded youngsters… Who that might be exactly is anybody’s guess…

    Bate get a 2nd… Some tired guys out there…and some slow ones…

  121. Jnyc says:

    Fuuuuudge

  122. Jnyc says:

    Lol @17

  123. Goonereris says:

    I think we need to bring on some fresh legs so we can resume our intensity. Ospina couldn’t hold onto a header and the rebound was rifled into the roof of the net.

  124. 17highburyterrace says:

    “It’s not been a defensive clinic, has it.” Nice line from the commentator…

    Damn, Ospina makes a nice diving punch as Bate keep coming…

  125. 17highburyterrace says:

    Anybody know if we’ve got any young defenders on the bench… I’d like to see AMN move central and get somebody new in at wingback…

    Ooohh… Bate miss a (bit of a) sitter…

  126. TotalArsenal says:

    Like a Bat(e) out of hell Ospina came flying out to save us. We need to focus now and set up the team properly. We lacking focus and shape right now. We cannot sub now as the bench is too inexperienced to make a guaranteed change. Game not over yet.

  127. Goonereris says:

    Da Silva and McGuane for Willock and Jack, to move Maitland-Niles into the middle and Nelson forward. Theo to come off for Akpom.

  128. 17highburyterrace says:

    Young boys are too tired for such an open game… Fresh (young) legs, I think, might settle things… The relative maturity of AMN central would be nice…

    Giroud wins a corner…

  129. 17highburyterrace says:

    Bate break from our punched corner, Nelson turned a bit easily there…

  130. Goonereris says:

    We need some quick footed player (s) to keep them back a bit. Akpom and Nelson can do so. But, I know that won’t happen. Not Wenger’s style.

  131. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ospina yelling “Es Mio” claims another Bate FK…

  132. henrychan says:

    It’s time for some fresh blood to come..
    I think dasilva will come first..

  133. 17highburyterrace says:

    Another Bate throughball but the tough angled shot is well covered by Ospina… Totally end to end stuff means a lot of meters being covered by guys who were maybe too eager early on…

  134. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK, the sub has a different haircut… That I can manage…

    Giroud screws out his attempt at #101…

  135. TotalArsenal says:

    Would be great to bring Coq on now but he is out

  136. Goonereris says:

    Giroud looks tired. Should come off for a breather so we can just focus on holding what we have.

  137. 17highburyterrace says:

    The sub, if he comes on, I should have said… Has a different haircut… Who exactly will it be?…

    Elneny stands tall to make Bate start again…

    Nelson off for Marcus McGuane?…

  138. 17highburyterrace says:

    New guy nips in.. Can’t really see the hair cuts and (absolutely) don’t know the shirt numbers…

  139. 17highburyterrace says:

    Theo thought he was offside (and probably was) but you gotta play to the whistle… Ended up with a shot-cross…

  140. 17highburyterrace says:

    Bate want a handball but from 2 yards away that would have been very harsh…

  141. TotalArsenal says:

    The wonderful start got us into an unbearable lightness of being…

  142. 17highburyterrace says:

    Young guys playing some heavy touches but the old guys know how to block them off with their bodies… Willock however gets through to take a (blocked) shot…Bate work it down for a good chance on the cross and win a corner…

    Gotta give them credit for continuing to play.

    Willock picks a ball of a Bate defender in the box…still a little in those young legs… Giroud, whattadive…slows it down a bit, however…

  143. Jnyc says:

    Holding gave a way possession instead of simple pass to ospina…

  144. Jnyc says:

    Made a nice pass just before that… gets too full of himself sometimes., over confident

  145. 17highburyterrace says:

    Willock out and and Nketiah takes his spot… Not as hard to gas Szczesny but not too easy either…

    We could use the whistle, sooner than later…

  146. 17highburyterrace says:

    to spell as, not gas above, I meant…

  147. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nketiah through, but can’t control it and offsides…

  148. TotalArsenal says:

    Jack hit the sack about half an hour ago. Good to see him looking after himself or just knackered??

  149. 17highburyterrace says:

    Final Bate corner cleared by Holding and finally the whistle blows…

  150. TotalArsenal says:

    Good first 30 minutes and great result. By the looks of it no new injuries. Have a good night fellow Gs.

  151. 17highburyterrace says:

    It seemed like Jack chose to stay forward and the lines between attack and MF just got bigger and bigger… People complain (too much, IMO) about attackers failing to defend but, with a lead–and a game Sunday at noon–I think it’s the right choice…

  152. 17highburyterrace says:

    Indeed, TA… Thanks for the chat… Likewise to everybody else… Pretty fun stuff even if we got leggy as the match went on. Some teenagers will have fun on the plane then sleep very, very well…

  153. Goonereris says:

    Nice work-out for the boys who don’t get to play too often; and that fact showed as we held on towards the end. Mainland-Niles and Nelson didn’t do too badly despite the apprehension you perceived from the fan base, when the team sheet was out.

    Jack will get some game time in the league, with the quality of the next 5 fixtures we have coming we have coming. Elneny is proving to be a useful man to have around. To think there were rumours of a bid from Leicester and another foreign clubside. Theo just needs to play a few more games to get back to some level of sharpness.

  154. 17highburyterrace says:

    Time for some lunch then I (probably) need to accomplish something this afternoon… 😦

    Have fun fellas…and thanks again…

  155. TotalArsenal says:

    That doesn’t sound too nice, Seventeenho. Hope it goes well. Keep truckin’

  156. Jnyc says:

    Eris, I was and am sure, that if El Neny was going to be sold, we were buying another midfielder. Not sure who it would’ve been. Almost selling Jack (maybe witha buyback? ) is another question. If Wenger was considering it, I was sure there was something that he knew regarding his fitness. But I myself am ride or die with Wilshere.

  157. TotalArsenal says:

    And thanks for the Blab, lol! 😛

  158. jw1 says:

    “Speaking of good sales… Has the Ox played at Pool–beyond easing them out of the league cup?… (Sorry Ox fans… Seems like pretty good business thus far… The guy we got in–nobody–has done pretty much the better job, IMO…)”

    I was sparring elsewhere with some ‘Pool fans about a week ago– and paraphrased Douglas Adams/Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy– regarding Ox:

    “So long and thanks for all the cash…”

    jw1

  159. Jnyc says:

    Good line jw.
    I don’t understand what ox was thinking regarding playing opportunities. He would have had to go to a weaker squad to get a chance in mf … or definite time as a wing back. But probably to big an ego for a smaller club.., as it is, his celeb girlfriend isnt happy about the relocation. Ouch.
    I’m just relieved that he didnt leave for free.

  160. njk84sg says:

    Great fighting win. Wasn’t pretty at all but it is a win nonetheless.

    Have to watch the repeat of the full match to do any form of conclusion. But one thing to take away from the live blog: Jack is back, and bigger than before.

    Onward to Sunday.

  161. retsub1 says:

    I think there is a good chance the Ox has shot himself in the foot. He spent years trying to establish himself at Arsenal and was finally beginning to deliver. Liverpool have a glut of good midfielders but are seriously lacking a goal scoring forward. If he had stuck around he would have had the chance to prove himself on s much higher salary. Pretty dumb if you ask me

  162. njk84sg says:

    Retsub1, the thing is if he stayed he would have been a burden to the club, and Wenger does not know where to play him.

    Now he has shown to the Liv fans that their management did something dumb by buying him. I am not mincing my words here. He can be good at times, but his play is even more selfish than Alexis, and he certainly showed that in their League Cup defeat.

    Yesterday Willock showed that he can be up for the challenge, and AMN played better. But, what was the defense doing yesterday? We were caught napping at times and it is quite scary to see that. We need to be better than that and although espn wrote that we were overconfident in the end, I do not see it as that. We just wanted to save some energy, and we did not expect the opponents to be playing quite well for the full 90 minutes, which they clearly did.

    3000 miles is like travelling from Singapore to Thailand and back. Not a short flight, but not too long too, and good thing that we won the game yesterday.

  163. retsub1 says:

    T A, 17HT you have mail

  164. jw1 says:

    OK guys.
    Don’t know what the policy here is for posting a link to another footie site?
    But this was an almost dead-on and extended bit of humor– that should offer everyone a few chuckles.

    Revealed! If Every Premier League Club Was A Simpsons Character:
    https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/revealed-if-every-premier-league-club-was-a-simpsons-character

    Worth a browse.

    jw1

  165. henrychan says:

    Hi all..
    Yes, we win against the Bate-man..
    They playing like a batch of bats.. flying all over the field.. here and there.. hehehe..
    But we kill the bats with our young guns.. hehehehehe..
    Our youngsters keep us proud.. Strong and Speedy.. with Walcott in front.. they almost make Giroud unseen.. hehehehe..
    That’s 100 goals.. seem a charity or a sacrifice from Walcott.. Great attitude.. hehehehe..

  166. Admir says:

    “The only group you can make fun of are the white people… Which explains why they turn into Nazis or something…”

    Hopefully it’s just a tongue-in-cheek thing, 17. The real Nazis were white people, most opression was commited by white people and most neo-Nazis today use the argument of “opressed” white people to promote their ideas. “They don’t attack Jews/black people/homosexuals, they just defend white people from them.” Kroenke might agree with that crap (after all, he did donate a million to his buddy Trump) but I will never accept it.

    Anyway…

    Arsenal look well right now. Youngsters play and participate in winning games, fringe players use their minutes wisely and things go just fine. If only Debuchy was found alive to give more options to Wenger for our RWB position/Sagna got a short-term contract, it would be excellent.

  167. Hi Admir… Trust me, the Neo-Nazi movement scares the crap out of me, partly because my mother and her family had to leave Germany in the 1930s due to it, so I’m in complete agreement with what you put so well. As you say, this is the excuse that is used: that whites are under attack. (Also, I didn’t know that Kroenke donated to Trump but it doesn’t surprise me.) I shouldn’t have written what I did (even if it was tongue-in-cheek)… It’s hard for me not to let it slip in (disgusted as I am by it all), but I need to avoid the politics. Sorry…

    Otherwise, I agree with your take on the team and think we’ve got a nice chance for a good balance between rotation, rest and results due to playing in the Europa League vs the CL (see previous post). Finally, I love the idea of getting Sagna bac(k) and have suggested it myself. Playing Reiss Nelson over there is fun, but I’m not sure he’s ready for steady work (in that position) in the PL. Once again, it begs the question about why the Ox needed out as badly as he did…

    Sorry Retsub, but I haven’t seen your e-mail… My laptop finally gave up the ghost so I’m trying to switch over to an underused unit we have here at the house, which could be part of the problem.

  168. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey Retsub, thanks for your email. Will try to incorporate in preview tomorrow or Sunday.

  169. Jnyc says:

    What is the story with Debuchy ? I like the Sagna idea but only if its short term, he can play cb, (not wingback) give a bit of cover there. I like that Reiss Nelson is getting some defensive work in at wb. Could turn into more playing opportunities for him.

  170. Anybody around?… I’m up early this morning–but not as early as I’ll need to be if I want to see tomorrow’s match–but I guess I still missed all the Totts goals… They seem to be doing pretty well…at least when they don’t have to play at the big stadium…

    Anyhow, it sounds like TA might have a match preview coming–with some added insight from the Retsubster–which seems a good thing. (And, in fact, I need to figure out my new–for me–laptop before I’ll be able to post anything new.) To me, the team more or less picks itself and it’ll be another chance to see if we can find that good balance between attack and the work at the back. I know I’ll be trying to watch Xhaka a bit more closely but it should be easy, what with him playing in slo-mo and all that… 😀

    In other news… Arseblog this a.m. wrote a pretty good one about our ownership issues. Fact of the matter is that management, even if it occasionally makes a few missteps, works at the behest of the owner, which, to me at least, means it (management) has been overachieving pretty consistently for quite a long time. That said, I’m fairly concerned about what lies in store for our club. Playing in the Europa league seems an opportunity to forge a smaller (and more cohesive) squad which might offer some good competition for places. If a younger player (or someone on the fringes) can make a mark, they can reap the rewards of our strong salary ladder, the place where our (relatively) strong finances are being used the most… On the other hand, it’s only the Europa League and we need to get out of it (and back into the top 4) ASAP, ideally by competing near the top of the PL. I’m looking forward to watching the silly money clubs playing as the morning moves along. From what I’ve seen of Spurs at Huddersfield, they’re looking pretty well oiled too… In other words, top 4 seems a pretty big ask… I guess we’ve just gotta keep those results coming. For September, in all comps, we went 5 wins, 1 draw (and no losses) with 13 goals scored and 3 conceded. It’s really not that bad an output, but it’s also yesterday’s news. October starts tomorrow…

  171. 17highburyterrace says:

    Well, I guess it’s just me… Maybe some folks to join for the later match?…

    The top teams are running up some tallies here in the early season… Goal difference doesn’t seem our likely path to the championship… But… Maybe Arsenal are morphing into a defense (‘merican spelling…) first sort of team. (That would certainly be the leopard being able to change his spots…) If so, and we’re able to get single points in the games against our rivals we could be, er, OK, assuming we can win some of the home matches, and, of course, remain perfect against the bottom 14 clubs…

    Or something…

    I guess when nobody else is around with the (sometimes kinda extreme, IMO…) optimism, it falls to me…

    😀

  172. 17highburyterrace says:

    Dang… Nobody…

    I’ve got the late match on in 4K…and, I must say… Pep’s got himself a pretty good team there… With Alexis (in January?…) they ought to be even stronger for the run-in… 😦

  173. retsub1 says:

    I am here 17HT hoping Chelsea sort City out. I am seriously worried that City could go the season unbeaten. It’s not often I support Chelsea, but I will make an exception today.

    Xhaka is an interesting one. As you know I was quite critical of him last season. Towards the end of the season he really started to look the part, spraying the ball around the pitch. He is not the quickest player that’s for sure. The problem I have had with him this season is his passing has been sloppy. In each of the first three games, his poor passing cost us goals and we simply can’t afford to have that luxury.

    The insight you referred to, is in fact provided by a Brighton supporting friend of mine and it’s a pretty honest evaluation of his team.

    From what I have read Kroenke having sole ownership would not be a good thing. He would have the power to delist the shares and have total control. I think us supporters should have a whip round and buy them out. I am good for £20 lol.

  174. retsub1 says:

    Sod it

  175. retsub1 says:

    17HT I thought you were looking for company? I wonder if Alexis would get into this City team. He is a great player but he does lose the ball a lot and this City team doesnt

  176. jw1 says:

    (Hey HT! Been working till just now.)

    retsub1–
    I’d had the same thought about Alexis– going to City. His style runs counter to flowing team football. Felt it was one of the reasons Barca allowed him to go too.

    I appreciate him as a one-man-band. His stats last season were just incredible. But teammates didn’t thrive with him.
    If Giroud/Alexis were more like Giroud/Griezmann?
    With Sanchez taking held-up balls and headers and flicks for short-range chances?
    Getting the ball in dangerous spots– where he’s most lethal?
    But alas…
    So– I’d really like to see Giroud and Lacazette paired up top.

    At City– they have Kevin De Bruyne– a guy who does similar things– seemingly always opportune, in the right place, motor always running. But selfless.

    I’ve played on teams in a variety of sports– where the team was better than the star– and also where the star was better than the team. This is– IMHO, one of those odd paradoxes, where the star is keeping his team from realizing full potential.

    jw1

  177. TotalArsenal says:

    Great stuff, JW. I reckon De Bruine is a sublime player, one of the best the PL ever. And yes, he is a selfless player who works for the team from start to finish.

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