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  • The price we pay for not having a dominant quick DM. Flamini let Aguero have a free run and could have easily prevented the goal.


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    by Govinda Sep 16, 2014 20:09

    I was joking but on the other hand Wenger must have thought it and made the wrong choice for the umpteenth time.

    I think Giroud would not have done any better but that is little solace.

    As soon as Wenger wanted to bet the season on Arteta, Mertesacker I knew (and wrote) that we would not beat many quality teams. Yesterday the game passed these to slow players by and we got ever run. There is a reason Mertesacker didn't play any important games for Germany in the WC and there is a reason Arteta is not in the Spanish squad and Flamini is not in the French squad.

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    No proper DM not top 4 and no trophy.

    by Govinda Sep 18, 2014 10:57

    No one has really been on this board for a while, other than you and me.

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    No proper DM not top 4 and no trophy.

    by Govinda Sep 18, 2014 10:57

    I am tougher on my own team than on competitors, I am aware of that but...

    It was not down to Arsenal that the score was not 5-0 and other night and it might have been 5-0 in Dortmund.

    What worries me is that Wenger has not learned what even Lowe learned. Don't play Mertesacker against good and fast teams. Mertesacker didn't feature for Germany in their last 3 games during the WC. Wenger doesn't only play Mertesacker but adds an even slower player to the mix in the person of Arteta.

    Last season we got ripped apart by Liverpool, City and Chelsea as a result of our lack of pace. IMO our lack of pace cause us to play a lower defensive line (closer to our goal) to compensate for Mertesacker, this tends to leave a much bigger space between our midfield and defense when we have the ball which means acres of space between our midfield and defenders to take advantage of when we lose the ball making playing on the counter against Arsenal very easy. Dortmund did nothing Liverpool, City and Chelsea didn't do last season. Wenger just has not corrected it by either bringing in a much quicker and better DM or by benching Mertesacker against better teams. To me that is a worry. It seems good managers in the modern game adjust and fix these type of recurring problems, same goes for set pieces.

    If you want to be an attacking team you can not have slow defenders since they will be asked to play one-on-one when possession is lost. The duo of Arteta and Mertesacker does not fit our type of play. Perhaps a Kos and Schneiderlin, Blind, Bender can comensate for Mertesacker's lack of speed but Kos can not compensate for both Arteta and Mertesacker's defensive liability on counter attacks.

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    Back from Portugal

    by John Sep 23, 2014 11:11

    ".... I wonder why?"

    Well he's obviously so sloshed all the time that he can't remember which lie he told and when.

    According to the website "alcoholism.about" .....

    "Research has shown that heavy alcohol use clearly damages retrospective memory, that is, the learning, retention and retrieval of previously presented materials."

    Mr Brown needs our understanding and sympathy, don't forget, it's dementia next, then he won't be here for us to take the p*ss out of, because he would have forgotten how to log-on!

    OINK OINK!!!

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    Spurs game

    by Govinda Sep 27, 2014 19:27

    *We need to go into next weeks game with the idea of taking a point off them. (Chelsea)*

    Reading that back, looked like it didn't make sense. Apologies.

  • I'll hazard one guess as to who is reporting message threads so that they get deleted!!!

    Fill your boots Butch or your pants, which ever is the easiest for an irritated old granny like you?


  • I said it was harsh to judge his scoring ability based on the fact he was played out wide mostly at Man United, but it is way too early to judge him either way yet. We will have a clearer idea of what sort of striker he is for Arsenal at the end of the season, and I will reserve judgment until after maybe his second season, as the prem is filled with one season wonders and flops.

    Once England started playing him upfront we saw what he was capable of, but the reality is Man United have been alot better than England for some time, and competition upfront meant he had to go. Fact is he has immense power, pace, technique and works hard for the team. I said if he gets a run upfront (which he has never had) and gets his confidence up he will develop into a real force of nature.

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    Question to ask yourself...

    by TheButchNemesis Oct 2, 2014 20:03

    "Welbeck hits a hat-trick, the people who were knocking him on here fall silent!"

    Except for the THREAD and POSTS they made!

    Geordies, if god hadn't invented them we'd have had to make them up!


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    How Funny...

    by Roy Jul 26, 2014 21:17

    Was it 6 weeks......I have not been keeping count as it's not important to me, as it seems to be to you!

    Anyway. I said it's closer to 10 weeks than 10 days. ...... and I think 6 weeks is in fact nearer to 10 weeks than 10 days!

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    Early predictions

    by Govinda Aug 4, 2014 08:31

    All very well and good Vindalo, but you were wrong on too many occasions to add any creditable substance to your predictions. In my opinion, an 'honest beggars' assumption at best. As for the Dutchman playing 3-5-2 being 'hard to beat'. you credit no other managers with the guile or wit to be able to unpick such a system, which may I add was the downfall of one or two PL sides when first tried, and happily abandoned. AW thought he had the perfect system with 'The Invincibles', but it wasn't long after, that it too came to grief having been 'systematically' worked out by other managers. So......' Que Sera, Sera............' is what we would sing on The North Bank

  • "You'd better get your poo umbrella out."

    Everybody needs one of them handy when 'Bend Over Butch' is around and she opens her mouth and the shyte comes flooding out! Yes, that's right, you've gotta larf!

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    The Welbeck report.

    by The Alcoholic Brown Family Oct 6, 2014 12:23

    How typical is this ... when Welbeck was contributing nothing, the Brown idiots were nowhere to be seen.

    Then he scores against a bad team and they're on here calling him the new Henry, and claiming it was Wenger's best ever buy.

    Now he's had his typical anonymous game, and where are they?

    Nowhere to be seen!


  • Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the club still need another striker if they want to mount a serious a title challenge this season.

    Arsene Wenger signed £35 million Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez this summer to help out on the goalscoring front, while bringing Costa Rican front man Joel Campbell back to the club after three consecutive campaigns spent out on loan.

    The injured Theo Walcott is also on schedule to return to action sometime next month but, with polarising pair Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo the only other options who fit the traditional mould up top, Parlour thinks more firepower is needed before the close of the transfer window.

    ‘It would be a great signing if they can get the right man up front, because it would just give them that little bit extra competition,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.

    ‘Sanogo obviously played at the start of the season, and against Palace as well, but he’s got a knock at the moment, so certainly right down the spine of the team is where they should be looking at.

    ‘With Giroud, even against Besiktas you could see he’s not really match fit at the moment. There were a couple of opportunities he had and at times he didn’t really hold the ball up.

    ‘He’s just struggling a little bit and that’s why he’s not playing at the start of the season. Obviously Arsene Wenger’s working with this guy every day in training and saying, “I don’t think he’s fit enough”, so that’s why Sanogo’s got in front of him.

    ‘Obviously Joel Campbell’s back as well but whether he’ll get his chance, we’ll see. He did have a great World Cup for Costa Rica as a front man.

    ‘Certainly the Arsenal fans will be hoping in this last bit of the transfer window that they can go out and buy that centre-half they probably need, but good strikers are very hard to find these days.

    ‘Diego Costa obviously went to Chelsea, and they need that type of quality to really push themselves up to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.’

  • @ Piglet

    ...".just goes to show how much of an impression he made on me!"

    ...don't ever let anyone accuse you of following football piglet...:)

    ...but your missus takes great pics in France...hehehe ... :D

    ...remind me which team you support...?

    ..on the other trotter....don't bother...

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    Last Breath Then.

    by Alan H May 23, 2014 23:53

    Lawrence, what do you mean Lotto. I've heard nowt

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    24 hours and counting

    by TheButchNemesis Aug 24, 2014 14:34

    ......that's 48hrs.....he must be a #$%$.......Oh I see! He is a #$%$....sorry... gilly....ARRRHHHH! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!......

  • No attempt of a reply now in over 10 minutes? I bet she's off for a little lie down now, feeling all defeated and muttering "geordies, geordies, geordies, geordies" under her breath!...you gotta larf!...AAAARRRRHHHH!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha HIC!!...and more ..AAAARRRRHHHH!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

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    Welbeck Medical - Arsenal Loan

    by Aaron Sep 1, 2014 19:11

    The question is with Wenger. will he give Welbeck a run up front or will he stubbornly stick with Sanogoal?

  • Dare I hope that all is well in the world of Arsenal. I assume that it is, not having had a word on here. Unless of course you are waiting for tonight result before launching a withering summary of our chances hence forth, should there be a negative results.
    All the best from a 'Stonewall Jackson' kind of Arsenal supporter.........AAARRRHH ! ha aha....ooops sorry I thought I was posting to mother HRH there for a moment.......