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Arsenal Versus Paris St Germain: Get Orf Moi Land

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I was listening to BBC Somerset on the car radio yesterday. Not proud of it, obviously, but Radio 4 had decided to lead with Nigel Farage and I didn’t want him in the Hyundai with me so had switched channels in haste. They were interviewing some poor beleaguered soul from the Environment Agency or National Rivers Authority  (an NRA I think we could all get behind) as people of my generation know and think of it. The subject was flooding. It’s a popular pastime in parts of Somerset, most notably on flood plains where rivers have expanded from time immemorial regardless of whether someone had built a house there or not.

The interview was interrupted by an enraged farmer and one could almost see the ruddy cheeked apoplectic countenance as he yelled inarticulate hatred towards the guy who had just assured him there was no danger of his land being inundated. ‘Hold fire on that ark Jethro’, I shouted. When the interviewer took aside the horny handed son of the sod and asked to see what was sufficiently bothersome that he would so berate a poor civil servant he had to admit there was actually no flood water to be seen and the moisture levels had in fact dropped.

“Don’t you think you were being a little hasty, unfair perhaps, had no grounds to yell?” these were perhaps obvious questions. “Yeah well maybe – but I got a right to an I?” came back the farmer with the kind of snappy repartee which has earned my home county a well deserved reputation for breeding great thinkers.

I can’t help feeling that farmer summed up much that is awry in our society and many of those who purport, at least, to support Arsenal. If they moan and yell abuse and complain with no obvious rhyme, reason or rationale, they almost certainly feel they are doing so because they have a right to. Now, no one wants to live in a society where one cannot complain, of course not, that system has been tried in many countries and has always been found wanting by its citizens. But the way our players and manager get treated just so these people can exercise their ‘rights’ is shocking.

As we ponder the senseless scapegoating of one of the best players the club has ever had, one of the other whipping boys of the Arsenal online family has seen his stock actually rise this week. Buoyed up by his decisive intervention at Old Trafford, Olivier Giroud was, at least at one stage, leading a poll of Arsenal Twitter followers as to who ought to open the batting against PSG this evening.

Part of me wants to rejoice that at long long last one of my favourite players is receiving the recognition he deserves. However a much bigger part of me dismisses such fair weather friendery for the fickle, false and febrile baloney it surely is. In fact suddenly liking a player for doing what he has always done just because he saved you getting a roasting from your Man United supporting pals in whichever asylum you are confined is not supporting at all. Not in my book.

Larry deserved everyone’s backing from day one and needed it most when things were not going his way. Moaning about Aaron while simultaneously clamouring for our Gallic heartthrob to lead the line again is a symptom of an unbalanced mind not of a person coming to their senses. It is the very act of scapegoating players, of leaping on bandwagons of disrespect and abuse the moment one rolls past you, that is the problem.

You can’t chop and change from game to game and expect things to always go well. Football doesn’t work like that. Are we supposed to think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a hero now because of one cross, just like he should never have played for us again after a couple of miss hit passes in his previous game?

Thank goodness we have a manager able to withstand such capricious whimsy when it comes to team selection. Of course if a player is in form he deserves a run in the team. He also, I would argue, deserves to maintain his place if that form tails off a little. Surely his morale would only be improved by such a show of faith from his manager. It wouldn’t kill us perhaps as supporters to show a similar faith in the people we claim to be supporting.

I know I’m encroaching heavily on Kelly’s piece from Sunday evening but we here at Positively Arsenal are often motivated by similar emotions and really all I’m doing is extending her defence of Aaron to all of our players. We should be disappointed for them and not in them when things don’t go well, we should have their back and not get on their backs when they are struggling and above all we should stop, as Shotta pointed out, being such cry babies and realise that we have little right to celebrate the good times if we weren’t there for the team during the bad times.

Right, that’s better, now lets have a look at tonight’s match. Paris St Germain are on a fine run  at present. Unbeaten in five they’ve won their previous four only conceding once in those five games. Like Arsenal they’ve amassed an impressive ten points in a  Champion’s League group which shows an emphatic gap between the top two teams and the also rans. Billed as a decider to see who tops the group tonight’s match won’t necessarily be all that decisive as both sides have another game to play on December 6th.

It is hard to say if finishing first will guarantee an easier fixture in the next round with this year’s competition throwing up some curious results. Overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy this season and everybody’s most cherished team, Spurs, won’t even be seeing the knockout stages. It’s a funny old game.

It’s not often Arsenal receive any help from officials but someone at the Home Office must like us as Serge Aurier has been red carded by the visa panel without a ball being kicked. Whether his absence will have as big an impact as our injury list remains to be seen. Hopefully we’ll have a good match to entertain the faithful and this time it’d be rather nice not to gift them a 1 – 0 head start.

Anyway I’ve got  to go put on my wig and false beard in the hope I’m not recognised by an angry Spurs supporting farmer. Enjoy the occasion if you’re lucky enough to be there. If not don’t forget to get on the internet and slag off our useless players at every opportunity, after all, you’ve got every right to do so haven’t you?

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  1. I thought it was the referee who delayed the substitution as Ospina was holding the ball for a goal kick when Granit was ready to come on. It looked to me like he said play on rather than stopping the game to allow the change. That seemed to disrupt the team and Iwobi in particular as he knew he was coming off. In the stadium I didn’t realise it was an own goal as they announced it as a Lucas goal, now that I know it was Iwobi it fits with what I thought about the loss of concentration.

    I’m glad it was Veratti who scored the own goal as he was the one who got Giroud sent off in Paris. Just a shame it wasn’t the winning goal.

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  2. Wow, I cam Hardly expect stew to out do himself midweek, but again he has out done himself.

    Oi, George this man needs a rest, otherwise he may end up writing a sort of football blog for Bayern Munich.

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  3. I hope that for the Basel game we field a back up team, no first choice players, give them the week off, with a busy christmas period coming up. PSG highly unlikely to not win at home to ludogorets, so a mostly futile exercise going all out to win our last game. And our squad should be good enough to give us a reasonable chance of beating Basel anyway, so why risk doing our bpl title challenge any damage.

    finish top and we could still get Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, or Seville is that any worse than getting any of the likely group winners

    Dortmund
    Monaco
    Barcelona
    Juventus
    Athletico Madrid
    Napoli?

    I’d say we should forget about the CL till the knockout stages, and reserve our energies for the BPL.

    Its on to Bournemouth now, and we really need a win, any kind of win will do. I wonder will Wenger consider starting ox at right back, he has now come on in last two games there and given us the sort of runs Bellerin likes to do. Jenkinson offers a different attacking approach. Maybe we will see alexis on the left, theo on the right and giroud up top. Would like to see Xhaka and Ramsey in CM, see if they can have a partnership like Arteta and Ramsey did.

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  4. did theo’s woman give birth yet to their second child, he almost missed the trip to manchester as she is due, but of course theo should not let a little thing like the birth of a child put him of his work in any way, its not like any normal person lets it affect them in even the slightest way.

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  5. BOSS ON IWOBI, CAVANI AND THE GROUP

    How is Alex Iwobi feeling? How big a deal would it be to finish second in Group A? And should Edinson Cavani have stayed on the pitch?
    Those questions were all put to Arsène Wenger after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain. Scroll down for his replies:

    on how Alex Iwobi is feeling…
    Look, it can happen. The frustrating thing I think is that Ospina was behind him. He is certainly the most disappointed by what happened to him. But that is part of the game. We have to take that on the chin and support him and go back into the next game.

    on whether finishing second in the group would be a big issue…
    At the moment we are second – but it’s not over. We have a 90 per cent chance to finish second but we wanted to finish first. But at the moment we have not lost a game in this group, you know. Overall, we have done the job well and will it be enough to finish first? I don’t know. Will that be bad or good for us? I think we have to wait for the draw. As you look at all the groups, you cannot really guess is it good or bad. The advantage if you finish first is that you play the second game at home, but for me, what is more disappointing is we wanted to win the game and we didn’t win it. It is disappointing.

    on if Arsenal deserved a draw considering Cavani’s chances…
    [They came forward] in the final part of the game when we wanted absolutely to win. You have to take that into consideration. When you’re 2-1 up and you score an own goal, you’re entitled somewhere to think you could have won the game. Overall it’s maybe a fair result because if you look at the number of chances we created, I would concede it’s maybe fair.

    on if Cavani was lucky to stay on the pitch after the Ramsey incident…
    I think it wasn’t too much. It was a bit what happens in the games.

    Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

    Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20161123/boss-on-iwobi-cavani-and-the-group?#dkoV63bs4rRrlPBt.99

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  6. have to laugh at one of the uber bloggers giving jenkinson only 0.5 out of 10, cos other players(i expect he means alexis) would not pass to him. what an odd way for anyone to do match ratings.

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  7. Ramsey led our team tonight in
    most passes 59/68
    ball recoveries 12
    take ons 3/3
    tackles 6/10

    but he is shit, or so some would have us believe

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  8. and ramsey passing in attacking third

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  9. ramsey seemed to come into the game more and more……as players do when they come back from injury. Cazorla is injured, Jack is elsewhere….Xhaka is in the process of learning the complex patterns of wengers play….We are going to need Ramsey
    The question from this eve….will it be Barca or Bayern next?

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  10. Carl Bövis ⚽ ‏@CarlBovis_AFC 2h2 hours ago
    Arsenal Twitter will be hilarious when we actually lose a game… 😂

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  11. isn’t it odd that all those clamoring for xhaka in the team over Ramsey, have not mentioned that woeful pass he way over hit, with his weaker right foot, when he had loads of time, and options on a great breakaway near the end, the one where wenger went mad on the sidelines, wanting to know why he did not take another touch, and play the simple pass to alexis. image the novels that would have been written if ramsey had done that.

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  12. New post up

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