126 Comments

Big (Insert Cliché) For Arsenal.

Partly cloudy, 13°C, light showers, expected around kick off time. That is the extent of the useful factual information I can impart – and so to the pre match review.  
 
Formidable hoopla in the media and Twitterworld this morning preceding our trip to Goodison. Barely a mention of the return of Ramsey. Ah well – you know how it is.
 
An important game certainly, and a game that both clubs will be looked forward to with a keen appetite.
 
A “season defining”, prove “a corner has been turned”,  or “it will decide 4th place” kind of game  ? I am assured by those much wiser than me, and who get up earlier on a grey Sunday morning to commit themselves digitally, it is in that rank. I think not.
 
Three points for us will provide a more comfortable margin for a CL place and keep us in touching distance of a higher PL finish than fourth. Three points for the home side and they will be right up on our shoulder, with their own bit of glory achievable and a chance to put right the shambles of 2005 when they crashed out in the qualifiers.
 
But this is just one game in six in the final phase of the season. Win five of the six and I would be very surprised if we were not in the CL draw in August irrespective of the outcome today. Win today but drop points in one or more of the other contests and we shall be in the soup. 
 
Beyond a hoped for run out for Ramsey I have always reckoned Goodison a ground where Tommy V has enjoyed his football. Scored a couple on his debut and never had a poor game. I can see Tommy as an important player again today at both front and back. Bizarrely Sunderland the only club to win at Goodison this season so I predict a goal from an unexpected source.
 
Everton have enjoyed a good season, and some of that success has relied upon their borrowed players Lukaku, Barry and Deulofeu. To be fair to Everton their stand out player when I have watched them this season has been Barkley.  What intrigues me is how Distin, 36 years old still manages to turn in decent performances week after week. Does the player not realise at that age he is past it ?
 
It will be for Everton to come out and take the win from us and I do not think my crystal ball will be required to predict a vigorous opening and test of our midfield and defensive credentials. In the two previous meetings this season they have not managed to overcome us despite creditable performances. The storms we have weathered and I have no doubt shall sail through today with no hint of panic.
 
Off to breakfast now and enjoy the game. 
 
 
So at 3.25 today join with me;
 
“Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music:— do I wake or sleep?”
Today’s post is brought to you by @anicoll5

Comment navigation

Newer Comments →

126 comments on “Big (Insert Cliché) For Arsenal.

  1. I spend the early hours of this morning reviewing the 2nd half of yesterday’s game and frankly I find the crucifixion of the older players overdone. We started very well pressing the ball and putting Everton under pressure forcing them into significant mistakes on 2 separate occasions; first with Giroud and then Santi whose cross into the box left Flamini short. On another day these could easily led to goals. But the 3rd goal killed our momentum. In fact I would argue it was not only against the run of play but that Sagna was fouled as he turned towards our goal. Atkinson was behind the play but, not surprisingly, he was generally lenient towards the home team so the non-call was not surprising. After the 3rd goal it was game over and basically damage limitation.

    My point is seeking to make our experienced players scapegoats is simply going from one extreme to the next and is potentially dangerous. Throwing young players into the cauldron is not a solution.

    Like

  2. well these experienced players need to go find their bollocks …wherever they left them….wenger does not deserve this.

    the amount of idiots out calling for wenger;s head instead of artetas for instance makes me sick

    i dont want us to lose our best manager ever just because arteta and tommy are pussies who allow everton to own them……

    Like

  3. The mob want a lynching Shotta – and a lynching they shall have. Identify the guilty men, name them, shame them, drive them out of the team or the club. Job done, all sorted. Never fails.

    They feel better – for a little while.

    And when the first slaughter does does not have the desired effect they will have another lynching.

    And another.

    And one more after that ……………………………………….

    Like

  4. Mobs and Dim demagogues who are unable or unwilling to disassociate themselves from R&W Holdings:

    Meh.

    Like

  5. Morning/afternoon folks!

    Well, I think Arsene got it right saying the big losses have crushed the players confidence. I feared that. 3 points is not all there is to worry about.

    That being said, I still find myself confused as to some of the basics that we are struggling with in defending. Two plays in the last two matches have me struggling to come to grips with. The first is Arteta weak attempt to close down the guy who crossed the ball against Swansea and TV allowing the ball to waltz by him for yesterday’s first goal.

    If the players are not playing hard for the team as has been mentioned, let’s sit them and give some of the younger players a go. I have a feeling that the bench would have worked wonders for some of these guys.

    Speaking of younger players; Gnabry was doing quite well and I have been wondering what in the world happened, the kid has not played in ages when he is one of the few players that stretch the field. Then he is also injured

    Injuries have crapped on is again. Something obviously needs to be done on that end. Arsene has said that a few players were close to the red zone, well why, when we have a deep squad, especially in the center of the park? No player should be close to the red zone in my opinion. I have always questioned our squad rotation and still do this season with a much deeper and mature squad.

    Lastly, I would start Fabianski. If the team is suffering with a lack of confidence we need a player who is has it. In my opinion this guy has been great in his few games. No second guessing when he comes for the ball and he is aggressive with it. His decision making has been off the charts.

    I hope this is not seen as negative. These are my honest feelings.

    With that, let’s win the FA Cup and get into the CL.

    Like

  6. L Fabianski Illness 12th Apr 14
    S Gnabry Knee Injury 12th Apr 14
    K Gibbs Ankle/Foot Injury 12th Apr 14
    L Koscielny Calf/Shin Injury 12th Apr 14

    Or so says the sometimes quite reliable Physio Room website. Think we are going to be alright you know.

    Like

  7. Time to strengthen our faith in the guys who got us here . They will reach in and find the strength deep down to carry us across the finish line. They will have to focus on this task and nothing else for the next few weeks. Small price to pay to ensure all their hard work does not go to waste so close to the end.
    Wojo
    BAC sacker tv monreal
    Mikel Ramsey
    Rosa
    Oxelade OG Poldi

    Bench:: viviano, jenk, santi, sanogo, kk, possibly Abu.
    Cannot place the weight of this task on the shoulders of the young. Our leaders must stay on the pitch.

    Like

  8. Whilst the Groaners groan I can’t deny that the tales of the Groaner pin-up Mourinhio losing his bottle (throwing cans or bottles of red bull against the wall, crying whilst complaining about leaks and moles) have kept me entertained. I would guess that the Madrid dressing room are ‘avin’ the last larf with this book that is being published.

    “Casillas did not wait for the outburst to finish. He pretended that nothing was happening, turned around and went to the shower; he was not the only one who ignored the commotion. But Mourinho was filled with such intense emotion that he grabbed a can of Red Bull and hurled it against the wall. It exploded and drops of the sugary energy drink ran down the faces of those nearest to him.”

    Like

  9. good set up Kam – if I was hurling my toys out of the pram it would be at the lack of another striker to spread some of the load for Giroo – Sanogo is terribly raw, apparently Poldi is not suitable in AWs eyes ( and to be fair on the occassions last season he has led the line it did not work) – so why not a worker bee to chuck on when things are not working ?

    Like

  10. Kam, some of the leaders are not leading.

    Like

  11. Fins , I read the article in the Times today from the Mourihno book “The Special One: The Dark Side Of José Mourinho” by Diego Torres. Brilliant

    To quote another short passage;

    “The 1-1 draw did not help the home team’s title chances but the crowd applauded their team off with a certain relief, Barça’s last couple of visits having ended with scores of 0–2 and 2–6, and filed out of the stadium reasonably content. Not so Mourinho.

    He waited for the team in the dressing room before issuing a torrent of accusations and insults that distorted his face until he began to sob loudly: “You’re traitors. I asked you not to speak with anyone about the team selection but you’ve betrayed me. It shows that you’re not on my side. You’re sons of bitches.

    “The only friend I have in this dressing room is Granero . . . and I’m not even sure that I can trust him any more. You’ve left me all on my own. You’re the most treacherous squad I’ve had in my life. Nothing more than sons of bitches.”

    The maniac goes on;

    “Squatting on the ground — some say he was kneeling — he rattled off a further series of insults, then, getting up, he wiped the tears from his face and announced that he was going to speak with Pérez [Real’s president] and Sánchez [a director] because they would be able to find the mole. He promised reprisals and also made an analogy between martial law and football: “If I’m in Vietnam and I see you laugh at a mate, I’d grab a gun with my own hands and kill you. Now it’s you yourselves who have to look for the one that leaked the line-up.”

    I might even buy a copy 🙂 you can tell George is away

    Like

  12. COLL
    very true. I had high hopes nikyB would help us some this campaign but that guy is beyond it. Head way up his a•• , pissing his last proper chance at a career away.
    PAUL
    I see the crisis of confidence as well as the next person mate but I’m dead against wholesale change towards the youth coming up. Its not fair in them and I don’t think it will help at all. MIKEL, SACKER , ROSA & TOMMY are all pros. I would keep faith in them and integrate the youth gradually and as needed. They are in the pressure cooker and its not the first time they have come across troubled waters. Bloody hell, swim yourselves to shore. If not anything, it will make the crew stronger and they will cut out the childish mistakes and play more for each other. By all means use the substitutions in the middle of the game as needed but do not drop people as starters. It will have detrimental effect.
    Our injuries ( some unfortunately self inflicted) are reducing our options. Let this be a lesson to our young ones to put ARSENAL first and foremost on their list for the future and not sideline themselves by going into any and each tackle as if their honor depends on it. And in the process handicap our campaign to win the competitions we are fighting for.

    Like

  13. anicoll5

    This book may have to go onto the birthday wish list.

    Like

  14. Once a Manc always a Manc, Gary. Leopards really don’t change their spots. You mercenary little cunt.

    Like

  15. Still not over my disappointment and also worried that our results will affected with an FA Cup Final in prospect. I remember going to Chelsea away for a league game before they played in a final and the game was like a friendly. That seems to happen a lot.
    On the subject of managerial succession maybe the Club have already employed a Dutch successor? He has a very good pedigree.

    Like

  16. Everyone is bunkers for JONKERS and for good reason but I think Steve is being groomed for the spot when the time comes. I have high hopes that he will learn everything from AW and carry on in his tradition.

    FRANK
    what did that two faced Gary the manc butcher say or do to reveal his true colors?? Please tell.

    Like

  17. Now with the win the spudniks are breathing down or necks.not to mention the bloody mancs.

    Like

  18. Where is everyone?? Hope PG had a safe trip on his way to the vacation.

    Like

  19. I’m here GK. About to watch some college basketball. And, I agree with you about the veteran players. I think they will pull it together. Aaron being back will help.

    Anicoll, you are a brave man to use the banned smiley. George will get you when he returns.

    Hey Hunter, careful there. You’re coming perilously close to saying Arteta and Rosicky play like girls. (insert banned smiley…because I’m afraid of George…like a girl)

    Like

  20. Hello BAMA
    should be good game tonight in what I have always thought was the third most exciting sport and tournament on the plant. Right behind number one EPL & number two NCAA football. Its just that the ARSENAL on my mind has sapped me of any interest for march madness this year. Who do you favor??
    Don’t worry about HUNTER. emotions are getting the best of us these days. He loves each and everyone of the crew as if they were his brothers in arms. I know I do and AARON coming back will certainly give the crew a shot in the arm emotionally and spirits will be high. We all know it’s the end of the campaign and the energy reserves are at a low but this is the time to show steel and pull that last ounce of energy from the depths of your being to complete the task. They will have to. No other options.
    Enjoy the game..

    Like

  21. GO HUSKIES!!!!!

    Like

  22. Shoot. Everyone should be fearful of master GEORGE. he is third degree black belt in kempo. I am and I’m a dude.

    Like

  23. A Huskies fan, eh, Kam? Wildcats for me. Congratulations. Did you hear Calipari’s interview after HT talking about how to settle his players down? He said (to paraphrase) he told them they just needed to calm down and stop worrying so much; lose themselves in the game and it would all work out. They didn’t win, but they looked a damn sight better in the second half. Sounds like sage advice.

    I was just teasing Hunter, BTW. More about his choice of words than his meaning. (banned smiley).

    Like

  24. Well that was the saddest Arsenal performance I have seen this season, especially from TV5 which also affected Per, although every player was way off the pace. The players are mentally worn out.

    Like

  25. Not really KELL
    I follow the bruins of UCLA and the aggies of Utah state university which is where I went to school. Since neither made it this far by default I supported the best looking team in the tourney. Uconn.
    Kentucky did very well to make it this far with a team of freshmen. Watch out next year when those boys become men…

    Like

  26. ZIMPAUL
    mentally and physically.
    We wait for a very strong and defiant reaction….

    Like

Comment navigation

Newer Comments →

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: