357 Comments

Patience can be bitter but the fruit is always sweet

Morning everyone and I trust there is a spring in your step this Tuesday morning?

Another pleasant Start to the working week after last night’s demonstration of the football art at its best. You saw it, you coo’ed, you purred, you WOW’ed at Ozil’s back heel to Sanchez about ten minutes before the end. Even Steve Bruce probably WOW’ed at that flick and who could blame him ?

Like most Arsenal fans I suspected a difficult game, with opponents desperate to get at least a point out of the fixture and having enjoyed a couple of decent performances recently. But it was not to be. It was never a contest that would go the distance or require the counting up of points or rounds won. It was a KO. Opponent on the canvas, eyes-rolling, stars swirling, concussed, fight over at the 45. We took control of the game when Mr Mason whistled, and never, as far as I recall, looked like allowing it to slip from our steely grip.

Admittedly the evening got off to a humorous start with Dawson’s slightly unlucky re-direction of Sanchez’s free kick. Having fallen behind Hull knew they were in for a difficult evening. They did try going forward, they really did both in the second part of first half and in the opening phase of the second. But then the sky fell in. Two killer passes cut the centre of the home defence open, the finishing was as good as the passes. The game was decided.

After half time we had our usual ten or fifteen minutes dawdle, by the final 30 we had re-engaged top gear and the only question was whether we might get four or five. Some decent keeping and close misses kept the score reasonable. Harper I thought had a good game and for a 40 year old shows no sign of fading.

Turning to our lads though;

Front and centre stage last night clearly our goal scorers, our German wizard, the French spinal column of Giroud and Coq, and Santi – I must not forget Santi.

And Jack, my goodness that was a great 25 minutes !!

But less obvious was a very good evening from the defenders, all five of them. They concentrated, they marked their men at dead ball kicks, Ospina took the ball cleanly when he could, and punched hard when he was obstructed, they tackled sharply and stayed on their feet, and dealt with every Hull attack. Now very different to the pattern four or five months ago when the likes of Swansea seemed to reduce us to quivering jelly ? A little unlucky to lose a goal but these things happen, a momentary lapse with Kosc temporarily hors de combat thanks to Meyler.

On that point of the occasional overly physical challenge from Hull I must also praise both Kosc and Coq for their high quality efforts at retribution for earlier kicks received. It is not something I often see which makes it all the more welcome when it does happen. Francis’ stamp on Quinn’s ankle was almost Italian in its cynical perfection, and the ginger Irishman departed a short while after. Mason was oblivious. Kosc’s studding of the cheek of Meyler was equally high class and the Hull player did not recover, though stayed on gamely. Again Mason accepted the tangle as a misfortune. It is very difficult to prove intent. Had it been the other way round I would have been spitting. I would never condone a deliberate and violent assault on an opposition player, however the fruit is always sweet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3067954/Hull-City-midfielder-David-Meyler-plays-despite-nasty-gash-near-eye-clash-Arsenal-s-Laurent-Koscielny.html

The Daily Mail has these pictures this morning of the incident and the aftermath.

Reading the mainstream media this morning ample recognition of the dominance that brought us three points. No doubt that will last all of five minutes until the transfer window opens.

For us it must be tracking Citeh and taking the opportunity to secure second place. Onwards to the Swansea game.

And just for you to enjoy one last time, Ozil at his very best;

https://vine.co/v/eZMpQzY5e12

357 comments on “Patience can be bitter but the fruit is always sweet

  1. Lower tier and £40 for me. I know my place.

    Like

  2. Since I booked the trip to the final in Berlin anyway, after 1st leg against Monaco btw, I’m hoping to see Barca and Juve. Nice contrast in styles.
    Couldn’t stand Berlin full of Bavarians, did work out too well for the last bunch.

    Like

  3. I’ll do a match report for Sunderland.

    If no one else will do one for Swsmsea it do that too, but it will be from the vantage point of my sofa and ears filled with Jamie Carragher’s shite.

    A match goer always gives a better flavour to the events and adds a spice of authenticity to the report.

    Like

  4. you going to the final????????????? fuck!!!! that is great! i went to the liverpool – milan in athens …amazing…and milan would stay in a hotel 3 km from my house and my colombian mate owned the qiosk in the hotel selling cigarretes , sun creams souvenirs ..well his mother actually ..have no idea how she got it though… gatuso jumped in the pool with the cup…carlo ..gentleman..seedorf was off his face

    Like

  5. Coughs politely

    Given that I am the bloke who has dropped out of producing the Swansea post match review

    And put up the advert for a Positivitas to step in and fill the spot I was missing from

    And then Fins, within an hour said he was going to the game and would produce the post match review….

    I am a wee bit puzzled why DC is now up to do both

    Have I missed the point ?

    Are you out of the scheme Fins ??

    Like

  6. I’m more than happy to share the load!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Hunter,
    I’m going to Berlin- I’ll more than likely watch the game one one of the big outdoor screens, I’ve been told that’s cool in Germany.
    I’d go to the match no problem, but only at face value for the ticket so that’s highly unlikely.

    Like

  8. Champions League final 2016: San Siro Milan, I’m already preparing for it.

    Just like Arsene.

    Like

  9. I missed Fins saying that. So who is doing what?
    Andrew, which one are you missing for? Is it only one?
    WTF is going on?

    Tell you what. Its only fair that Andrew delegates. I’ll take a back seat.

    Like

  10. I am missing for the Swans – Fins has his pencil sharp

    I am back for the Trafford Park game – oh yes

    And DC is on the Sunlun game – he had marked that in

    Might I politely suggest that Tim sorts out the Baggies post game – him having landed a ticket ? And if he is available ?

    Like

  11. And if Stew fancies a pre match break shout up – not Sunlun or the Baggies no probs

    Like

  12. The other general point for everyone on here – you all write some great comments day to day – one more twist and it is the post of the week

    Like

  13. Right, Thats sorted IF, Tim can do it.
    Tim!!!
    Tim. Earth to Tim

    Like

  14. If Tim can’t do it – and I would be surprised if he did not wish to his immediate and personal impressions surrounding the slaughter of Pulis’ lads I am perfectly happy to step in

    Forever does have a line though

    Like

  15. I will do the Baggies.

    Like

  16. for stew

    Like

  17. for shotta

    Like

  18. for george

    Like

  19. for fins

    Like

  20. for dc

    Like

  21. for alabama

    Like

  22. for edy

    Like

  23. for gains

    Like

  24. wasted.

    Like

  25. laurent konscielny

    Like

  26. ohhh wtf how cani forget ..for anicoll !!!!!!!

    Like

  27. and ok this for me

    Like

  28. Please dont post music. Its not ACLF.

    Like

  29. ok george……………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Like

  30. Thanks for keeping my spot open!

    I’ve realised that I’ve totally overcomitted myself with work and stuff on Monday but hopefully i can produce something legible *gulps*

    Like

  31. Back to the footy and the old right sided midfield considerations.

    As even the Arseblogger could admit, the follow through by Huddlestone on Ramsey was completely intentional and deliberate and therefore yet again Arsenal lose a key player to injury caused by a clearly obvious and OTT dangerous foul that even amatuers can spot but the official deliberatley ignored: Hull also applied the tactic of just kicking AFC players as they ran away from them – quite a contrsat to the code applied in the midweek games: PGMO Rules Football, bells and whistles attached.

    Ramsey’s out. Unsurprisingly. Logically you’d imagine the physio would’ve wanted him taken off straight after the hack, but for lots of other reasons it was probably the right call to leave him on. The Groaners, when quoting those unemplyed physios, they are being very disingenious about how things work in football. That’s why they are known as the AAAA.

    Wilshere or Walcott? Wilshere had a great run of games from the right, that early early goal against Marseille. I think he plays well there. Though he won’t be as smart when it comes to covering as Rambo is (this understanding makes Hodgson’s desire to play him at the base even more dumb), so maybe Walcott will get the nod? I have no idea.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. And that’s why I want Hull and Brucie to go down. All shitkickers must go.

    Liked by 2 people

  33. Wenger says he intends to keep Jenkinson, but may loan him out for one more year to have him ready for the Arsenal first team, he has made progress and may need one more year of BPL to be fully ready for AFC.

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20150508/wenger-my-target-is-to-keep-jenkinson

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Wenger said today that he intends to keep Walcott next season even if he does not sign a new deal, but that talks on a deal are ongoing.

    Wenger also said that Walcott, Wilshere and Gibbs were not fully up to starting games recently, but all three are now at the desired level to start and so he may rotate a bit more now.

    Like

  35. not that im bitter but first chelski win the league then the country goes even more right wing then George cuts of the music and I didn’t even get a mention. Woe is me I can’t even post a unhappy face, Thank jebus for Arsene and ARSENAL

    Liked by 4 people

  36. Man Utd paying £25m for a winger because the winger they bought for £60m and don’t know how to use wasn’t enough.
    fools with too much money.

    Liked by 4 people

  37. Jenks is staying hopefully? i knew it! you heard it here first…

    Like

  38. Wally is staying hopefully? I knew it!

    If Gazprom can keep half a million kids locked up in a transit camp somehwere before they send them on loan in order to fudge their way around some tax loophole or other, or FFP, then i think the Arsenal can afford to hold onto the kid they plucked from Charlton, who had an impressive debut against Di Natale’s Udines alongside other games such as the 2-0 in Munchen for a season or two longer.

    Honestly, I never expected them to want to offload Jenkinson, without gfurther considerations and opportunities. It’s not the Arsenal way…is it?

    And the same applies to Walcott. Any appeal of going to Liverpool just plummeted further, they’ll be struggling without Sturridge and no CL means they might not be able to offer enough wages to tempt him out.

    Like

  39. It is an interesting choice for the likes of Walcott. Do you stay at a club that looks poised to do great things but for whom you may not always be an automatic first choice, or do you go to a slightly lesser club where although you are guaranteed to start you are perhaps always destined to be scrapping for Europa League places. I very much hope he stays, but would quite understand if he decided not to.

    Liked by 1 person

  40. phil wall claiming that the services KSE was paid £3M by AFC for, never happened, seemingly based on him not knowing what the said services could be.

    http://angryofislington.com/2015/05/08/kroenkes-3m-the-quest-for-a-straight-answer-part-37/

    Like

  41. so people really needed to hear JM speak to know he can never sell to AW? i marvel at peoples optimism in the wrong quarters… He even blocked a loan move and sent the player to Liverpool instead from Real talk-less of now being a local rival

    Like

  42. Eddy

    The hint is Phil’s blog site name
    He’s bitter about everything.

    Like

  43. TS and everyone else,
    Why da feck do Arsenal need Cech , or any other goalkeepers for?
    This is just a shite bullshit meme doing the rounds this summer.

    Cech is burnt out, he was dropped for Courtois after two seasons of calamitous mistakes, which cost Chelsea at least one league title. No thanks to another Gallas gift horse.

    Liked by 5 people

  44. We do not need new keepers young or old… frankly apart from one marquee signing just for the boost of it… keep this squad together with some of the loanees returning and we are all good. for all the wailing this season i think we bought about 3 or 4 players!

    Liked by 1 person

  45. Michael Oliver giving a lesson in honest refereeing. Calling it as he sees them.

    Like

  46. 1:1 What a free kick!

    Like

  47. Eddy, having a go at Phil Wall!

    He is not a bad chappie, he did a nice piece about the Highbury and The Emirates, giving details and maps. Phil Wall also keeps an eye on the shareholdings, for The Arsenal.

    He is a bit dim, though!

    “The formation of the new unit creates a business and senior management team structure designed for the future – enabling KSE Outdoor Group to maximize operating performance, deliver even better experiences for consumers and create value for business partners. The organizational architecture and management appointments follow KSE’s recent acquisition of InterMedia Outdoors, which added Sportsman Channel, a leading group of outdoor magazines and websites, and television production operations to KSE Outdoor Group. KSE also owns and operates Outdoor Channel, and owns 50% of World Fishing Network (WFN).”

    The Arsenal tried to increase the number of concerts, per year. No go!

    Obviously, screening away matches that The Arsenal play, at The Emirates, is a very nice earner? The Arsenal are now screening their matches, at The Emirates. 40,000 apparently, for the Cup Final.

    Liked by 1 person

  48. Mike Sanz @mikesanz19 · 2h 2 hours ago
    Redknapp finished 4th, replaced by AVB who finished 5th, replaced by Sherwood who finished 6th, replaced by Pochettino who will finish 7th 😂

    Like

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: