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Arsenal take Liberty, Swans scattered

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Good Morning Positive People from a misty brown and gold Norfolk this Sunday,

I think we all approached yesterday’s game with a healthy respect for Swansea, a wariness earned on the back of some good games between the clubs and the six points they removed from our locker last season.

I expected a stiff challenge. In spite of some fairly dire recent results for Swansea the Liberty is no easy place to win points, as Stew explained yesterday.

I had the benefit of radio coverage and for the first half, with the roar of the Jacks each time the ball crossed the halfway line it seemed that Cech was the busiest man on the pitch, a virtual one man display.

Having now had the opportunity to watch the game on TV that impression was wrong, but the home side did put up a good display, a combination of good passing, solid defence and disrupting the possession when we broke with niggling fouls and barges. Fair to say though while he might have the perfect profile for radio Shelvey was actually good in that first 45. Had Gomis shown a more confidence in his own ability, and/or Hector dawdled a millisecond longer, the half time banter might have been sheer anguish. What a difference confidence makes to a striker !

Watching the rerun on the box also illuminated that Per should keep his hands/elbows lower at free kicks, an incident totally missed on the radio, not to mention by Mr Friend.

A little flutter as Giroud went to ground writhing just before half time. It was nothing, he is French after all.

Thereafter with the half time break behind us, and as has happened often in recent weeks, we set about the opposition with much greater purpose. An excellent header from Giroud rocked the locals back before the Bovril had be drunk, and we took control of the ball and the game. The 2,000th goal under Arsene, remarkable record. We shall not see that longevity again, or at least I won’t. Incidentally since making his Premier League debut on 18th August 2012, Olivier has scored more headed goals than any other player in the division, 15.

Gradually we pushed Swansea and the threat they offered steadily withered away, Montero ineffective and well policed, Gomis faded, with both eventually replaced. Ki was lucky not to receive two yellows, and Naughten was lucky to get away with a telling off.

Bit of controversy about the second goal. Not sure what Fab was doing, or thought he was doing ? Goalkeeping error though. No hiding behind the referee for Lukas. After the second any hopes the locals had of a return from the game evaporated. The third came within five minutes, Swansea cut open, well finished by Joel through a crowd of Swansea players in the six yards box. Both sides went through the motions for the final 15, each with eyes on the ‘next’ fixture.

Our outstanding players ? The usual suspects, Cech (for what was a good first half display), Nacho, Hector and Kosc, Mesut with an almost perfect second half display, Giroud for hitting the decisive opener, and Joel. A special word for Joel in fact as he has the full scrutiny of the Arsesphere as well as the media on him yesterday, and stood up admirably. Push on from yesterday’s performance son, in Munich and against the neighbours, and who knows when or even if you will be lose your place as our injured limp back into action.

Right that is it. A decent break over the next three days before the small matter of taking on the current best football team in Europe. Toodle-pip ‘til Wednesday.

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  1. I should like to emphasise no Swans were injured in the writing of this blog

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  2. Fantastic Andrew, Especially the headline.

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  3. Excellent summary, and title! We were ultimately impressive against a good team with a plan to disrupt, such tactics have worked before on us but it was not to be for the Swans. Would add Bellerin to your list of outstanding, not sure how he caught Gomis, his pace and reading of angles is incredible, also, an impressive off the line clearance, offside or not.
    And in reality, five wins ahead of some of our critics team and manager of choice

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  4. Nice summary of a good, solid, professional performance all round. No weak links. When some are not quite on their game, others step up. Cohesion.
    Note for Mandy: Hector = Bellerin

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  5. The old fart’s thoughts
    Is there yet another plan emerging from AW’s fertile mind? “Play as badly as you can without conceding so that they think all they have to do in the second half is turn up!”

    Based on events that could be close to the truth. Petr, Hector and Joel (who was one of the triers against Wednesday) were the only ones that could really look back on the half with any pride. Though Hector was turned a few times, he should be forgiven everything for that wonderful sprint that took the ball from Gomis when he was about to tap home. That he did the same in the second half and hurt himself on the post, was just as good. He wasn’t to know that an offside flag had been raised. This kid is really something.

    The one real first half worry (other than our performance that is) was Olly. These days when someone goes down in agony clutching their knee, “Cruciate” comes to mind. Rather similar to 10 years or so when ‘ metetarsal’ was all the rage. Thanks be that it was just a knock and he could continue. Our injury list is not looking pretty. Nor were Swansea looking to make it better. Far too many fouls and the yellow card should have been brought out long before they saw the first.

    When Hector wasn’t around, Petr was doing a great job and eventually the rest of the team came to life and turned the second half into a one horse race. Who else but Olly should open the scoring shortly before Kos doubled our lead with a somewhat bizarre goal when Fabianski , unlike his match winning performance against us last season, flapped.

    Then something of a fairy tale ending for Joel who had looked hungry all game when he controlled Oz’s cross and collected a well deserved goal.

    Now we turn back to the CL and Bayern. I’ll happily settle for a goaless draw though 1-0 to the Arsenal most certainly wouldn’t come amiss.

    Keep the faith.

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  6. Mandy needs to get with the program. We are all on first name basis with our players, no. What if Andrew was loose in his enunciation and dropped the H? That will be the day of days btw. Ha, Ha, Ha.
    Perfect and to the point A5.

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  7. anyone see the reaction to our second goal on Final Score yesterday, Sutton and the other pundit on it (sorry can’t remember who it was), both looked like they were about to cry, its laughable how sad Arsenal scoring makes them.

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  8. Great stuff A5, PA truly is a treat.

    To echo what PG said yesterday: we fuckin love the greatest team the world has ever seen. I’m feeling extremely full of myself this weekend. I’ll reboot for Wednesday’s game on Tuesday. Arsenal is taking scenic route and I’m embracing the ride.

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  9. the sort of Mourinho interview I like – he has nothing to say

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  10. Hector it is then. TBH my auto correct often puts in Ballerin……

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  11. Belated good morning to one and all.
    This Arsenal team’s onward March is a sight to behold.
    I’m happy to follow them on the journey, I don’t care too much, too soon about destinations, but I hear Milan is lovely in May.

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  12. Great write A5,
    I’ve got to day though that was a double fowl on Fab all ends up even Kos was surprised. We ask for consistency from the refs and whenever players back into a keeper or stop his forward motion its a fowl. It may not be right, it might be overprotection but that’s how it is and Lucas should have got the decision.
    I also don’t think the first half was that bad when you consider this was another home side sitting deep and trying to catch us the break and Oliver had probably just as good a chance as gomis when put through by Alexis, had he got it target we would have been one up earlier and maybe cruised a little earlier as well.
    In the end the boys done good in another difficult place to go role on Wednesday.

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  13. What I did not understand about the Fabianski mistake was why/ how the ball was punched or bounced into the ground then shot upwards at a totally unpredictable angle and behind Kosc and Lukas. Bizarre physics at work.

    I agree with Ian ( and Monk) that usually the ref blows for a foul when the keeper clashes with an attacking player – but Fab could have easily punched the ball, even caught it, so I can understand why Friend left it alone.

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  14. Do you reckon the first half was that bad gf60??
    As I said I only saw the highlights on Sky. While I would admit SC probably shaded the half, a bit sharper, a bit more likely to score, I thought we played ok. For a side with such a recent bad run, and a history of success against us, Swansea did pretty much what I expected.

    We did not panic, stayed solid and saw them off – that to me is the mark of a good 90 minute performance.

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  15. A pleasant weekend for you all I hope.
    Thanks for the match review and preview.

    I don’t usually give much weight to 5Live’s coverage but I’d thought I’d share this with you, quotes are from Garry Richardson:

    “Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player.

    “The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. (A special agent hoping for his commission from the severance package?)

    “I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.”

    “I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.”
    Richardson continued: “Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’.
    “Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.”

    The above puts A.Lawrence’s Exclusive on unrest in the the arsenal camp from a few years ago when, um, Adebayor (& RVP) were in the camp into the context it deserved to be placed in. There are spats in every dressing room (if dressing room spats are ‘exclusive’ stories would anyone mind if I claim to be as good a player as Özil?) , and then there are complete breakdowns and meltdowns. We’ve seen the latter under Mourinho at GazCorp before and at Madrid too, I mean it was only his last job, but we’ve never seen it for AW. Never will.

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  16. As for Giroud? Now the leading scorer in the PL in recent years behind only Aguero?
    That’s not too shabby is it?

    In the battle of the lumps yesterday (Gomis vs. Giroud) there was only one winner, thankfully so after Gomis’ haul against AFC last season.

    Fair to say that Giroud is the premier Lumpish style of striker doing the rounds at the moment? Big ask to start and complete all three games this week but he can do it!

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  17. So Tactic Sam just got lumped 6:2 by Martinez’s Everton (pun intended). Out-tacticed himself trying to play an attacking 5-3-2. Nearly got away with it until the Toffees figured out they were porous defensively especially on the counter-attack. Couldn’t have happened to a better example of old-style English management.

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  18. ian you are wrong that it was a foul on Fabianski, just cos some refs wrongly award a free kick for it, does not actually change the rules. Under the rules Kos done nothing wrong, he actually had stopped moving backwards by the time Fab arrived for the ball, Kos was actually standing under the high ball. Giroud contested for the ball and seemed to make more contact with Kos than with Fab. If there was any foul on Fab it was by Giroud.
    As I already stated, just cos refs usually wrongly give that as a foul, does not make it a foul. If kos and Giroud done exactly the same contesting the ball with a defender no one would bat an eyelid that no foul was called, and under the rules the same should apply when the keeper comes for the ball. If either of our players had obstructed his arms then there would have been a case, but neither did.

    Its odd that when Chris Samba barged Fabianski into the back of our net a few years ago, the goal stood, and journos and pundits everywhere said it was legit, but the same people are saying yesterdays was a foul. And I would say that most tellingly on yesterdays goal was that Gary Monk basically admitted that under the rules it was not a foul, but that “its just normally given”.

    In recent years we have seen, mainly through un-knowledgeable pundits, a distortion of the actual rules or at least the understanding of the actual rules. like the whole – it can’t be a foul as he got the ball – or better still – it should be a second yellow cos he is already on a yellow.

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  19. arsenal on the up and up,,, when are the ladies playing tonight?

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  20. Very interesting stuff on the Specialist in eye gouging, Finsbury. Something certainly seems to have gone wrong there, those are seriously good players, either they are, as some say, burnt out or there is some issue in their management.
    If true, adds weight to the theory that some hold that Jose is mainly an expensive quick fix manager, without the temperament, technique, patience, attitude to see something through for the long haul, unlike one or two of his current and previous rivals I can think of. Indeed, if some reports are to be believed, Jose wanted Utd, Chelsea wanted Pep, so perhaps an ultimately unfortunate compromise….yes, they won the league last season, but there may be a cost to that.
    One thing is for certain, if the senior people at Chelsea identify Jose as the problem, or believe he cannot turn things around, and fairly quickly, he will soon be gone. Nobody is indispensable at that club.
    Wonder if Agent Cesc is stirring things up behind the scenes?

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  21. ‘they won the league last season, but there may be a cost to that’

    Mandy, If you compare the squad that the specialist in signing players from special agents inherited on his “happy” return to the PL to the one he head now, they should probably have been gunning for their third straight title!

    It’s going to take GazCorp a little while to recover from the cost of having had the specialist in signing players from special agents gut the squad that thud built up.

    The F Word for Mata
    Any number of mules for de Bruyne: Salah, Cadrado, William etc. Remy for Lukaku, not being able to keep Cech happy etc. Take your pick!

    I’m looking forward to the day that a hack dwarf can muster up the footballs required to compare the squad Mourinho inherited upon arrival, his return, to one he has now.

    I think Mourinhio’s done a fantastic job. You won’t be surprised: I want him to stay!

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  22. I have no idea what is going on at Stamford Bridge. And nor, apparently, do those at the club who are employed to know what is going on.

    Roman is not a man who is indecisive – the whole club awaits his disposal of a manager who has become an embarrassment.

    Presumably Costa’s attempt to fracture Skrtl’sribs will earn him a further ban when the boys at the FA read the referee’s report tomorrow. Given it is his 2nd ban for violent conduct this season and his third in two seasons I anticipate an exemplary punishment.

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  23. Thanks to Andynic.

    Surely, the Arsenal in the first half of the game, were “swan upping” in Abertawe?

    A certain goal, was denied by Hector’s tactical ability.

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  24. are we ever going to see the likes of Wenger and Ferguson again, it seems that all the top managers now can’t and don’t want to last at one club, Mourinho only lasts 3 years, Pep would not stay at Barca and has already said he will not remain long term at Bayern, Klopp has also stated he is not for staying long term at any one club.

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  25. Mandy: Cesc has proven to be such a snake, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is not stirring the pot in the background especially since he has definitely fallen out of favor with Mou.

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  26. I think I heard it before the Everton game but if you take Arsene out the average length in post of the other 19 PL managers is 15 months Eddy

    Even with AW it could only be 27 months !

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  27. yes anicoll, but it most cases its not the managers decision to move on, but what I’m talking about is this new breed of manager who even when successful does not want to stay at a club, they talk the talk like mourinho has, about loving a club etc, but even Pep who was seen as a Barcelona lad, man and boy, yet he despite all his success wanted out, and has no long term plans to stay at Bayern. they seem to only care about themselves, and have no real love for the club, and I do not look forward to the day we start employing these modern jump ship managers.

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  28. Sorry but I’m crying foul, we want consistency we want our players and ourselves to know why and when decisions are made. If 99 times out of a 100 a ref says foul and that is what the consensus is, to make the opposite decision is wrong (even if it is right).
    To make a left field of decision creates a weighted advantage to one side. I complained about stokes treatment of our keepers in the past and until there is a consistent sea change in refs thinking I will continue to defend keepers.

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  29. I don’t know Eddy – seems fair enough to me for a football manager to say they have done as much as they can for a club and resign without being accused of being selfish.

    As for the other 99% in the normal world it never comes up

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  30. eddy… go ahead and translate… although i think even i get that JM is a disgrace but what is this about?

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  31. For the second goal Ian do you think there was a deliberate effort by Kosc to obstruct Fab – to stop the keeper punching or catching the ball, or impeding his jump ?

    I can’t see it myself but to decide it was a foul surely LF would have to be stopped doing his job – and nothing Kosc did stopped him doing his job.

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  32. I didn’t see the game, due to family committments, but to me the tentative first half seems explainable by the fact that Swansea bested us twice last season. I suspect the players were understandably reticent to start with. Fortunately, they did enough to keep the score level and then turned up in the second half to secure the points. I’m pleased for OG getting the landmark goal and for Joel’s efforts to be rewarded with a quality goal. I must say that Hector seems to be getting faster and faster, he is amazing! Colour me impressed.

    I’m enjoying the Jose meltdown, but I don’t want him sacked, yet while there’s still time for them to get back in the game. But it is fun to sit back and watch Karma do it’s stuff!

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  33. I’m with fins – I want moo to stay. (Or maybe it’s just me)?

    Why should he move on and be treated as though he isn’t the “person” he is. And what about the inevitable outcome of the players and staff at that club?
    There are so many interesting possibilities as to how things could progress.

    Delicious.

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  34. The L’Equipe page was in the Mirror a couple of days ago TS – one of the accusations they levelled was Jose’s failure to act decisively in the transfer market

    (Banned smiley)

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  35. Ianspace, I thought it was a foul by Giroud, not Kos, which the referee missed. But we’ve been on the receiving end of enough unfair calls to just let it go on this occasion. Despite the “same old Arsenal, always cheating” chant that we hear from opposition fans on a regualr basis, our players are generally so fair and reasonable that we suffer as a result while others are prepared to cheat themselves to a result without blinking. I hope it will not become routine for us, but I’m not going to wring my hands, wear a hairshirt, whilst self-flagelating because we got away with one for once. I’m sure once AW sees it, he will have a word in the right ears and business as usual will be resumed.

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  36. ts – the iconic coach chelsea saw a calamitous season beginning between sporting setbacks of his team and his untimely declarations

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  37. Yes passenal (to the last paragraph).

    I’ve still gotta watch a rerun of SwanArs – to check for example, if our Friend had words with the swansters more than 3 times. (Times when they absolutely should’ve been cautioned – which do not include “littler” pushes, thugs and kicks).

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  38. This is Jose as the master of ‘mind games’ Ranty

    We can’t make our minds up if we want him to stay in the job and the chaotic shambles to continue at Chelsea Football Club – or Roman to put the little bastard out of his misery.

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  39. Quite an impressive list of players there Finsbury…De Bruyne, I know some managers let gems go….but what was that all about? Even WOB fave, Matic who Jose bought back seems to be struggling. Still Jose and his agent know best, I am just amazed RA indulges him so much…..but guess the past shows us, that indulgence doesn’t last forever. But agree, would love to see Jose stay.
    As for Cesc, as much as many of us loved him when he was one of us, he seems a strong character, who maybe in certain circumstances could turn a bit toxic, certainly enough rumours to that affect out there. Not all rumours are true of course, but whatever agent Cesc is or isn’t doing for whatever reasons, hope he continues. Just hope he …and maybe Pedro are not deluded enough to think they can get Pep there, it ain’t going to happen

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  40. Pep might join them next season, but I don’t see him jumping ship mid-season Mandy. I expect it will be the usual caretaker manager interlude from Avram Grant to steady the ship until the first choice manager becomes available.

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  41. Apparently the talk online and elsewhere is Roman would prefer to have Simeone as a long term successor to Mou rather then recycling Ancelotti or Hiddinck. Time will tell. I don’t think he can afford to dither if this downward spiral continues. My view is he will have to apply the bullet. Kaching.

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  42. I’m of the view that it would be better to see CFC sack Mourinho, than to keep him, as much as he is a hateful little cunt, he is still a manager who could turn them around this season, they are only 10 points off 4th spot, and as we know that is not impossible, as we have done that with half as many games left to play. Also they are still in the CL and if they get to the knockout stages they could be very hard beaten. We know they have the players able to go on a long unbeaten run, and my dislike for jose leaves me wanting it to be any other manger who gets them in better form. Jose sacked would be fitting for the guy who said AW was a specialist in failure.

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  43. i just hope he is not deliberately misbehaving to get a big pay off?

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  44. Roman may need to cover all eventualities

    A manager with experience of a successful relegation battle may be required

    Tony Pulis you’re time has come

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  45. did the ref of the Everton v Sunderland game call that diving cheating cunt Deulofeu a “cheating cunt”

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  46. No idea what Marriner said but he booked Delofelou 100% correct for a pathetic dive

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  47. have to love who ever runs the paddy power twitter account

    Paddy Power ‏@paddypower Oct 31
    Two assists for Ozil today.

    Daily Mail: Arsenal’s record signing fails to score again

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