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Pre Xmas Turkey.

A guest post from Seebs.

 

While lofty butt cheeks is getting all the press for making the squad for chelski in a game of no consequence our plethora of youngsters was taking on the turkish champions and giving them a good thanksgiving to be honest.

Bulat the turkish keeper started with a full head of hair and was clean shaven however after several Poldolski rockets, including one that broke the back of the net in the opening minutes, he was bald with the hair ending up round his chin giving him the appearance of a beard. Of course the ever increasing lunacy of Paul merson suggesting the keeper should of saved it even though it was measured at 473 MPH.

The youthful team had Bellerin starting at left back and Chambers in the middle and further infused with the young Sanogo, Campbell and the Ox. With the more experienced heads helping them along the gunners went further ahead through Aarons left foot after a clumsy Poldolski challenge wasn’t punished and the Ox carried the ball from the centre circle to the edge of the box before feeding Aaron. Although we didn’t know Aaron was only warming his weak foot up as from a Campbell corner after the ball was headed away from the area he scored a world class goal that even our biggest critics are creaming over.

We had other chances but at half time it was 3-0 and after the break both teams reappeared having made two changes. Aaron and Flamini both being taken off as a precaution after both complaining of minor knocks. Maitland -Niles and Zelalem coming on and performing well although galatasaray started to come back in it and in the end had about 30 attempts although I can’t remember Sczceney  having much to do and he was only beaten after an excellent Sneider free kick that sailed past him. Not to be outdone the ever youthful Lukas P. decided to dance around a few defenders play a one two with Yaya and finish with his weak foot just to match Aaron. The second half also saw the introduction of Stephan O’Conner for his debut after the returning Debuchy ran out of puff in an impressive display.

So 4-1 away from home in the ultra-competition qualifying for the knock out stages for the 103rd straight year that’s not bad thanks for the new memories Arsene because according to Bredon and Mancheni (and the wob brigades GG who failed against benfica) it’s not that easy. Yeah there were better results we could of hoped for to put us top but once again all the teams finishing top of their respective groups will not want to play us.

P.S. There may have been a few exaggerations in this post however I tend to do that when, in the words of the great JB, I feel good !!!

 

115 comments on “Pre Xmas Turkey.

  1. ‘shard’ = so hard.

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  2. here is the actual question and answer from Wenger that has so many of the cult of wenger out in such a rage. Shows the level of numpthy we are dealing with, any excuse to be negative.

    Q: “With regard the defensive problems, are you confident you can solve them on the training pitch or do you have to dip into the transfer market and give them some help?”

    A: “Look if everybody is fit and available we don’t need to go on the transfer market. But we have to consider that Koscielny could be a question mark with his fitness and we have to go out on the transfer market, yes.”

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  3. The technique of selectively editing quotes in order to troll AFC fans has been going on for ages. Easy money / clicks.
    I get the strong impression here that many don’t pay any attention to the funny papers as most of them simply copy and paste whatever they want from the press conferences, or worse from twitter. With Mean Lean filling up the audio space with some decent and coherent content I don’t feel any need to rely on any ‘news’ sites for anything.

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  4. That Monsieur Wenger is a mischievous man at times, knowing as he surely does how things he says will be received. If I didn’t know better I’d think he was having a little fun at some of the fans expense. Nevertheless, he seemed pretty definite as to his intention.
    The defensive situation is shocking at the moment, but the question remains as to who is available (and willing) to join in January who is certainly better than those we already have as back ups – such as Hayden, Coquelin. There are certainly players out there, but whether they are good enough remains to be seen. January is not ideal, but the odd truffle can be unearthed.

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  5. 13 players unavailable tomorrow, no other club or manager would be able to cope as well as we do. most teams would be botton three trying to deal all the problems. If we can pull off a win tomorrfow it will be a fantastic result.

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  6. The bizarre thing about tomorrow is that we are still likely to have two World Cup international (and an U21 International) strikers on the bench. And a midfield of Cazorla, Oxldade and Flamini isn’t the worst in the world with Alexis, Giroud and Welbeck in front of them. I think we will have far too much for Newcastle tomorrow, despite it all.

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  7. I think we shall have too much for Toon as well, and just to cement our prospects Pardew has picked up the toxic chalice of the Manager of the Month award for November, a nailed on certainty therefore it will be a grim December for Newcastle United

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  8. I see also after multiple complaints about the timing of football matches PL clubs have agreed to live games on a Friday night – 14 a season- as part of the next screwing negotiations with the TV corporations under the next contract

    Spurs will be busy

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  9. maybe friday night football will see the FAPL follow the German example and move games for CL clubs to a Friday night so as to give them an extra day’s rest before CL games.

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  10. FA Cup on Sunday evening makes life hard for Hull fans: fixtures on Monday and Tuesday too confirm the changing face of the game. Ticket prices will soon become academic, as game times that are attractive to the TV audience are not so for travelling fans – and these days not many supporters live that close to their team’s ground in all likelihood, so both home and away support have journeys to consider. Why bother to go to the game on a Monday night if you are not going to get home until Midnight or later and have work the next day? With increasingly brilliant large-screen TVs its easier to stay at home for many. And before you know it even the top stadiums will be half-full much of the time. If it carries on the way I fear, then The Arsenal might as well have stayed at Highbury. Friday night EPL football was inevitable, although I think the appeal is more world-wide than UK based, such is the dynamic of Friday night in England. We’ll see.

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  11. in a few years time all FAPL games will be available on the likes of SKY, you will be able to buy a season ticket from them for all your clubs games. Its the next logical step and another way the bigger clubs will get more of the TV revenue.

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  12. Gains mentioned Colback earlier in the season and he had a good game for the toon last week. Should be an interesting game of football. Sissoko if staring might not be fully fit. I’m looking forward to the match.

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  13. Sissoko is, I think, suspended Fins, as is Taylor, Coloccini is apparently also carrying a knock so is having a late fitness test so both defences may be a bit patched up today. Reports in the Northern Echo that Cisse will also start on the bench.
    At least with Sissoko out that allows Tiote to come in with his bull in a china shop approach and earn himself an early red card.

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  14. Thanks. Isaac Hayden and even Ainsley Maitland-Niles (great names for budding DMs that’s up there with Jeffers for me, though Hayden seems fairly sure he wants to be a CB) could both be on the bench, and I wouldn’t cry if they came on to play opposite Tiote with fifteen to go when The Arsenal are winning 5-0. Or earlier in the game.

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  15. It’s a beautiful day.
    Shame the broadcasters moved the game and almost ruined my Saturday/weekend. Can’t imagine how annoying it must be for those who don’t have to walk to the ground.
    I blame VenGrrrrrr…

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  16. “What is in the word ‘supporter’? Support. It says what it says,” he added. “I don’t expect anything. What I expect is to give my best, and if you will look at the history of Arsenal and what we have achieved in the last 18 years, we have moved forward and that is what we want to continue to do.”

    http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/english-soccer/arsene-wenger-not-concerned-by-dwindling-support-1.2037172

    I intend to do my bit later, come what may!

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  17. The ceremonial kebab has been eaten – the game beckons – gorgeous sunny day – v crisp

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  18. Chris Foy just gave the Chavs the three points. Didn’t book Cahill for a blatant dive and now Hull is down to ten men against eleven when it should be ten against ten.

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  19. Arsenal team v Newcastle: Szczesny, Bellerin, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Welbeck, Giroud
    subs: Martinez, Ajayi, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles, Campbell, Podolski, Sanogo

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  20. Clearly Ajayi has no future at Arsenal, a massive defensive injury crisis and the 21 year old still can’t get in the team, Wenger prefers a RB who has never played CB before over the reserve player.

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  21. I was hoping Arsene would keep the same front three that played against Galtasaray. I was especially hoping Poldi would get the start.

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  22. what a God awful ref Mason is

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  23. All going well here – 2nd required early in 2nd half and I fancy the dam will burst

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  24. lee mason trying to rival anthony taylor for inept ref of the year.

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  25. My Man of the Match is twinkle-toed Santi. He has enjoyed being the undisputed #10 in the absence of Ozil and Jack. Now he is scoring goals he is a double threat with his assists.

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  26. MoTM for me was Mat Debuchy – he had an excellent game in an unfamiliar position, and what a good call by Arsene. It was also heartwarming to hear 2 rounds of “one Arsene Wenger”, just to remind the banner wankers and booers that they are very much in the minority

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  27. I agree, Shotta. My MOM was between him, the Ox and Bellerin.

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  28. Gains and Pass: We can’t overlook “Larry” Giroud, not just his 2 goals but the great assistance he gives us with set pieces where we continue to struggle.
    Na, Na, Na, Na, Na!

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  29. Eduardo – That was a great link to Arsenal Vision:
    http://www.arsenalvision.co.uk/your-vision/4850-your-vision-what-on-earth-have-we-become.html
    Required reading.

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  30. we are getting there… a strong December like we usually have and we will right up there and thereabouts!

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  31. TeamSpirit@7:53pm – The pretenders who fluke a number of wins will get weeded out by January. 1st Southampton losing 4 on the bounce, soon West Ham will fall to earth. It is a long season and eventually the cream rises to the top.

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  32. Niles came on with five odd mins to go, when it was 4-1? I was close with my prediction

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  33. I thought Ox messed up a lot of good positions with poor passes. Giroud played very well, and Welbeck and Alexis were a little off their best. Bellerin if he does not make it as a full back or wing back surely will have a career as a winger.

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  34. sadly didn’t get to watch the match so glad for all the titbits coming in

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  35. Didn’t get to see the game (pre-Crumble family visit – ugh) but even the Grauniad is waxing lyrical and no real moaning on the comments under the report. Great to have two 4-1’s on the trot, especially with so many injuries to a squad that lacks depth (joke © foreverheady). Looks like Ollie has given the finger to all those who have underrated his importance to this team and so pleased to see Santi finding his range as well as his form. He’s been magnificent recently.
    I must admit, I never had any doubt at all about Debuchy doing a good job at CB. The guy is a real trooper as he showed in Istanbul. Fantastic addition to the squad, along with Chambers and Alexis. Three great new players like them and still people moan. They’re not even worth responding to, except in the way I understand the fans did today with rousing support for Arsène.
    Only One.
    Looking forward to the CL draw on Monday and Liverpool, QPR and Hammers over the Xmas period. Fill your stockings with points, lads.
    COYG

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  36. I see the Indie is also very positive in their report – using terms like “rout” and “demolition”. What’s the matter with these journos – have they gone soft in the head?

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  37. eduardo @ 4.37 regarding Ajayi. I thought Arsène was very clear about this yesterday when he said his choice was between playing an experienced player out of position or an inexperienced player.
    Looks from what people are saying he got it right – again.

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  38. Ratings

    Szczesny 6.5 – one very good save in each half. Kicking good too.

    Bellerin 8 – coped well in defense but was outstanding in attack, if he does not make it as a right back he surely will make it as a winger, shows no fear, and has great speed.
    Debuchy 7 – solid performance.
    Mertesacker 6.5 – much better than last week
    Gibbs 7 – good all round performance

    Flamini 6 – no fuss performance
    Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 – many good surging runs, but his passing and final ball was a bit off today.

    Alexis 7.5 – what a workhorse, it was a disgrace how Lee Mason allowed Newcastle to kick lumps out of him all day long.
    Cazorla 8 – his first goal was a fantastic finish and the penalty was very cheeky
    Welbeck 7 – unlucky to have that nob ref mason rob him of a great goal, won the penalty, worked very hard, took wrong decisions a few times,

    Giroud 8 – outstanding header for the opener, and a worldie finish for his second. He, Alexis and Welbeck seem to enjoy playing together

    subs
    Coquelin n/a – not on long, couple of good bits of defensive play
    Podolski n/a – not on long, one good shot
    Maitland-Niles n/a – after midweek becoming our second youngest player in the CL, he today became our 4th youngest FAPL player. Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will no doubt have made Peter Hill-Wood a happy man.

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  39. Shotta, I thought Giroud had an awesome game, but Chambox and Santi were all over Newcastle.

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  40. can anyone who was at the game confirm the rumors that the cult of Wenger out got very upset and aggressive with those singing “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” today

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  41. anyone listen to BBC 606 this evening, Robbie Savage was going on about how wrong it is that the Ox has got so little game time this season, this despite the facts being that he has played in more games than any other Arsenal player, 16 starts and 9 sub, in fact he has played in every one of our games this season. Its amazing how pundits get away with the rubbish the come out with

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  42. So what must the banner wankers be feeling now….can they be as pleased as me? They must be disappointed because things are not going to plan……

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  43. Dortmund 1 point off bottom in Germany, Arsenal 2 points off 3rd in England, the Cult of Wenger Out may have to find someone other than Klopp to cream themselves over.

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  44. Pedro @LeGrove gets a ‘hard on’ over Brenden Rogers…..

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  45. klopp, rodgers, ah the modern manager, with up to date tactics and training methods that le groan keep going on about,

    I see some making excuses for Klopp, they go on like he has had to sell half a team last summer, when in fact he lost one top player, Lewandowski. He lost Gotze the summer before, so two of his first choice players in two years, and Dortmund fall apart, yet the Cult of Wenger Out can’t see the difference in how they judge Wenger

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  46. it seems back to back 4-1 wins for Arsenal (5 wins from 6) has upset a lot of people who claim to support Arsenal, very odd behavior indeed.

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  47. I see Gervinho has hit back at claims he hates Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, saying he loves the club and that “some media really need to hire someone to do the translations properly”, he should know that the media knew exactly what they were doing.

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