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Arsenal – Medium/Rare

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Good morning + people,

Well the six game winning streak came to an end yesterday evening as we all saw, the defeat more of a breathy whimper on our part than the blood soaked orgy of violence that I have come to expect at the Britannia. As recently as the 13th May we had thumped the same opponents on the same ground, so there you go. Football eh.

This morning I see the experts are out in mainstream media and on social media with 101 theories to explain Arsenal’s oh-so-obvious deficiencies; the players chosen and not chosen, the positions they played in and did not play in, players bought and sold -v- not bought and not sold, the tactics, the strategy, the team psychology, the physiology, the medical team, and don’t imagine you are off the hook for your part in this “debacle” Vic f******* Akers. Oh yes there is nothing like a 0-1 defeat at Stoke to stir the juices of discontent.

I admit I don’t think we played as well as we can. Stoke did not match our football yet when they had one half chance, caused by our defensive hesitation, they scored. Ironically against our usual bête-noire in against the Orcs – the long high ball – we coped almost perfectly all game. When we were firmly in charge of the ball, as we were for long periods before half time and for the final half hour ( when my guess is the possession percentages must have been 90/10 to us) we did not score. We created but no egg hatched. The longer the game went on it seemed to me the less likely it was that we would crack the home sides defence and earn at least what would have been a respectable point.

Of our players I thought Hector and the Ox were excellent in their wing back roles. As we all saw, though Mr Marriner did not, Hector’s bursting run could have been the key we needed to turn the Stoke lock. I thought Granit and Aaron controlled midfield all afternoon and quelled the usually lively Orc toilers, Fletcher and Allen. Alexander Lacazette I thought had his best game for us so far. Yes I know he did not “score” but he ever so nearly did, and no doubt some will say the goal should have stood. Strikers have many facets to their game, of movement, imagination and anticipation, and he demonstrated them throughout the game. On a side note unlike many French players who have joined us over the years Alexander looks very fit and well able to last 90 minutes.

Of our opponents I would have to pick out Jack Butland who looked highly competent. He has a fine future, somewhere and in the meantime will get loads of goalkeeping practice under Mark Hughes.

Where are we then – two games in ? I think in receipt of a sobering slap to wake us up to the realities of League football. Despite our excellent form and Stoke’s poor recent results nothing can be taken for granted. I have no doubt we shall be working hard in training all week on the art of converting overwhelming possession into strikes on goal.

Onwards to Anfield next week and I see a 4pm Sunday kick off which gives us a few days of reflection on yesterday, and on or recent performances, and to identify what we are doing well, and where improvement is required. I do not expect any radical alteration to our set up or our approach to the Liverpool game. I anticipate Kosc will be back on duty which will make us a little steadier at the back but I warn you – it will be goals goals goals !!

Enjoy your Sunday…

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  1. Thanks Andrew, good post, if a little ‘wearisome’, and understandably so if only in response to the now traditional start-of-season existential crisis some Arsenal fans put themselves through at the first sight of dropped points.

    Apparently our players and subs were wrong and their positions all fatally all out of kilter.

    And yet we garnered 77% possession.

    Presumably when Whegnar finally gets the team sorted we can look forward to routinely enjoying 90%+ possession and even more goals chalked off for phantom offsides and ever more stone-wall penalties denied us.

    Ah, the joy of Premier League football.

    Not at all wearisome.

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  2. There is nothing worse than people that wont accept that justice was not done. 77% possession and God knows how many opportunities, 2 100% penalties not given and a goal that was ruled out when 99 time of 100 is would have stood. People say that Arsenal dominate games and lose regularly, more so than other teams. Well yes, because we dominate play more often. I have accepted the refereeing, but that fans want to blame the team, rather than consoul it at times like this, makes me sick and question whether its actually worth putting myself through the pain.
    Losing is bad enough, I don’t need the kicking that follows it.
    Shit fans.

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  3. Yes, my point exactly George; and whilst we can accept, say, 50% of 50:50 decisions going against us it becomes harder when ALL 50:50s go to our opponents.

    But the worst part, as you rightly say, isn’t so much the ‘challenging’ officiating, but the idiots who would have otherwise been celebrating a 1-4 victory flip-flopping into the ‘Wenger-out’ position without a moment’s hesitation or reflection on the events of the day.

    Shit fans indeed.

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  4. Very restraint Andrew, very restraint. But I didn’t expect anything more, or less. You always has a way to restore calm in the midst of the hysteria.

    I saw the post match comments on PA earlier this morning, read through them and things was pretty heated. Frustration at players – whom I always feel ONLY need our support, yes they dont dont always do what we like but to coin A5’s phrase: “Football eh”, and frustration at the Stokey motm, again: “Football eh”.

    Sticking with the tone, hopefully everybody got it out of their systems, fans, players and the Boss alike. And we have a collective woo-saah as we prepare for Liverpool.

    Fingers cross we do all we can getting over that hurdle.

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  5. The post-match-with-the-benefit-of-hindsight merchants are in tsunami mode this morning. The back three/four/five endlessly identified as being in the wrong position at the wrong time et cetera.

    Before the kick off though ?

    Not a word

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  6. Sadly, with wengers renewal, this year, the media will really up the anti, much of the fanbase will fall for it, some of the PGMOL might as well, who knows.
    They have already started on Ozil, Gerrard getting his views in before the visit to Anfield next weekend. I am not excusing some extremely sloppy defending , but it is the second game, there is time to put things right. Believe me, this team are on the verge of handing out an absolute anhilation to some unfortunate team very soon, it could easily have happened yesterday with a fairer wind.
    This team certainly have the potential to challenge, but I fear a very trying year for those who hold the club dear. Every perceived flaw in the manager and some of the players could be highlighted as never before ,by the bitter, those with an agenda, the weak minded, those paid to run the club down, including ex players who seem to feel they have to try a bit too hard in towing the media line, pundits who cannot string a sentence together -except Wenger out, pundits aligned to other teams, those who may fear what Wenger is capable of with a level playing field.

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  7. Stoke are a strange side(whose fans still dont seem to be able to grasp much of the contemporary rules), the first half was oddly sterile like a pre-season Tea cup game,with Stoke playing at least 6 at the back and in fairness to them, they took their goal well after Xhakas “blunder”. Im sure the Groaners who Bunyonise the Invincibles have forgotten how often Paddy would also give the ball away? All players blunder in every game, sometimes it leads to a goal.Its been like that since the beginning of football time. But those people thinking that ranting over spilt milk will make it better are mistaken. It wont. Its spilt, fork it, forget it, lets cook up something new, not stew in the Stoke cauldron of sweat.

    After the 58th min the Stoke were playing 10 at the back, which shows how little confidence they have in themselves and how much fear they have of us.
    The linesman on the near side was able to spot Laccas toe-nail being offside (nice goal Lacca) yet couldnt see that the ball had gone out when it was under his nose. He made many faulty calls. Time for video-playback, too much at stake in each game for there not to be. It will only break up the game as much as players writhing in the grass only to get up later suddenly feeling chipper twenty secs later.
    Trouble is that we will always get one or two games like this a season. To me Stoke should play in the Championship. Hopefully thats their last win.
    A lot to improve on, but its not the end of the world or deserving of the endless suffering thats being played around outside the walls of PA. Trouble is the endless poop of the Groans mean to much pressure on the Liverpool game? Plus Anfield is not like it was in 1980, they are very beatable up there, these days.
    I thought the Ox had some good moments, I like it when he get angry. Also Danny W is a tad too conscious of himself just before he could score, it horrible when this happens to a player, its like you pop outside of the unconscious/instinctive and it makes things difficult, I think Theo also suffers with this. Thats why supporting and nurturing creates, and groaning and turding destroys.
    Big shout out to Andy Nic for his report on the game and thoughts, not a pleasant job when we lose.

    COYG!!!!

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  8. Have to be honest, I nearly threw the towel in yesterday. Still might.

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  9. No way George, your club needs you and your website needs you. We are the Arsenal too. And we are Positively Arsenal.

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  10. Well I don’t like to be thought of as a “shit fan” but….
    Yes we should had at least a draw and Laca’s strike should have stood but I’m not blaming Marriner for that. Nor will I blame him for either of the non-penalties. What I will blame is our ability to have all that possession in the middle of the park whilst allowing Stoke to get often 9 men back into defence. Also the sight of Olly on the bench whilst Danny (who was let go by MU because he wasn’t a natural striker) wastes half chances.and proves MU were right.
    Sorry and all that but that’s how I saw it.

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  11. Completely agree. With a display like yesterday we are quite capable to mount for a title challenge.

    Lacazette goal should have stood and we had very decent penalty shouts.

    I can see Pgmo will keep on treating us like this until Wenger is here.Sadly

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  12. Is kos availabke for liverpool match?

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  13. I think he is and I’d guess he will play if fit. Although it is not what we would have chosen the Frenchman has had a good break since the end of the Confed Cup.

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  14. I too am absolutely sick to the teeth of our so-called supporterters. Are we suffering from Stockholm Syndrome? Are our fans so brainwashed by our opponents in the media that we now accept and praise those who hold us hostage. The refereeing yesterday was absolutely shocking. They robbed us blind in plain sight. We made one mistake and were punished. Otherwise we outplayed them creating chances which led to penalties which the officials refuse to award and they then chalk off a perfectly good goal. But, as happened in Stockholm, the victims turn around and praise their oppressors. Certifiable insanity.

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  15. I see many suggest that two things will change how refs do their job in Arsenal games

    1. when Wenger goes

    2. Video replays

    well for me that is just wishful thinking.

    1, when wenger goes – well I don’t remember refs handing out favors to us when Rioch, Graham, Howe, Neill or Mee was our manager, and I don’t expect them to start with whoever replaces Wenger.
    I admit it might change if we become the play thing of a billionaire or a rich country. Other wise we will remain target number one for the officials, we will see decisions go against us, we remain the only top flight club to have 2pts deducted for player bad behavior, we will remain to have the TV channels highlight any and all slight wrong doing by our players, demanding the FA charge them, etc etc etc.

    2. video replays – well we are only 2 games into the season and both games have been on TV and we got an insight into how VAR will work, well at least where Arsenal are concerned, as both times their was the added bonus of there being one of the former best refs of the PGMOL doing VAR for the TV channel. And all I can gleam from what we have heard from them is that nothing will change at all for Arsenal, except maybe even more decisions will go against us.
    LCFC – the handball penalty call for us, VAR admits it was handball, but then says no penalty as it was close, totally ignoring that “hands in unnatural position, up at head height.
    Ozil handball in lead up to one of our goals. VAR says certain handball, ignoring that Ozil it was ball to hand and not hand to ball and also that Ozil’s arm was in the natural position of being right down along his side.

    Stoke – Bellerin Penalty – VAR actually says he was fouled but he “would not give a penalty” for it. – Similar said on our other penalty calls, on the Welbeck one, he said “impeded” but no penalty
    Lacazette offside goal – VAR, says correct call, despite saying it was debatable if he was on or off, so what ever happened to “giving benefit of the doubt to the attacking player”, has this been removed or just for Arsenal calls.

    So my view of bringing in VAR is that it will change the game of football in England for the better, but it will not change it for Arsenal. Why would any Arsenal fan expect the PGMOL official sitting in his booth to make his decisions any differently than the PGMOL men on the pitch. Our problem is not the lack of VAR, its a major lack of even handed reffing. And going on how the studio panel agreed with every word from the VAR in our first two games, despite the evidence shown, we are not going to see any outrage when VAR comes in and AFC are still on the wrong end of it. We will actually be told, “look the ref was right not to give it, the VAR has agreed with it, so stop complaining, your view is wrong”.

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  16. So Nasri is leaving City. I wonder if he had stayed with us. if he might not have become a truly great player?
    How many that leave us, actually end up going higher/becoming greater?
    If you like suffering and fancy a head fry, then listen to Steve Coppells punditry on YT and his thought on yesterdays game.I wouldnt, I did, and I can never reclaim that time wasted.
    Its so utterly boring, the only going gaslighting thats everywhere.

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  17. I believe those who say don’t deviate from the middle line and get to excited in victory or to negative defeat. I also believe the lino couldn’t possibly of seen part of laca’s foot and so he made a mistake, if you also consider the rule was changed to make a forward who was level onside to encourage attacking football the decision was quite simply wrong. I think the ref might have been unsighted for Hector’s pen but the lino wasn’t and as soon as Hector controls the ball on his chest then it’s a pen.
    These decisions however are not at the base of my frustration, this wasn’t a close game verses chelski that totally hung on one or two decisions the reason we lost this game was all about us.
    Playing a right footer on the left once again meant on most occasions he would have to come inside unless he could give and go to get in behind and cross from shirt distances to be dangerous. Early on this was exactly what we did and throughout when we did this we looked good. The problem was after a great start without reward we did this less and less and after Stoke reorganized after a forced sub we looked less effective.
    In these games there will be lulls in tempo but it is absolutely essential to keep a clean sheet and the way we concerned was criminal. Straight after half time just like Leicester, losing the ball carelessly in midfield just like Leicester,
    not coming back quickly enough just like Leicester and letting just two forwards link and score just like Leicester.
    I have never criticized Xhaka before but it was cleared his worst game in an ARSENAL shirt and just about everything he tried didn’t come off.
    I thought the Ox decision making was worse than the Lino’s and on several occasions when we broke and he had players left and right he tried the Hollywood option.
    In the end the biggest frustration was how we didn’t use the width and our possession was in front of Stoke sidewards or backwards.
    There were points in this game where we were a delight to watch but even as positivtas we must accept there were areas in this game where some players are simply not learning and not believing that if they continue to play football they will beat these teams teams who are so much worse than us. This wasn’t a Stoke side who kicked us off the park this was an ARSENAL side who made simple mistakes then lost belief in itself. That is very worrying.

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  18. Arsene Wenger was left to rue a costly defensive mistake against Stoke City, which resulted in the only goal of the game.

    We enjoyed nearly 80 per cent possession at Bet365 Stadium on Saturday, but were undone by Jese’s strike shortly after the restart.

    Speaking after the game, the manager was critical of the team’s defensive lapse, bemoaned our lack of sharpness in front of goal, and gave his thoughts on Hector Bellerin playing at left wing back.

    on missing an end product…
    We are very frustrated because we lost a game that we should have won and that’s terrible to swallow. We had plenty of chances and on top of that, not only did we not finish, but we gave them an easy goal to score, just after half time. We knew at half-time it was very important to keep our defensive focus in this kind of game, (then) we came out and didn’t defend properly. That’s where we are not forgivable today. At the end of the day I believe when you are not concentrating on the way you want to play, you pay for it at that level. At the end of the day we had 80 per cent possession and we lost the game, away from home.

    on a lack of cohesion up front…
    Yes, I think sometimes our final ball was not good. Our focus to give the ball was not right and overall we should have done much better in our finishing.

    on Alexandre Lacazette’s disallowed goal…
    It was a goal, it’s as simple as that.

    on maintaining positivity…
    It is vital to not only see the negative side of it and to respond very quickly in the next game. But in the Premier League you do not get away with defending like we did on the goal. We have to realise as well, that if we want to transform the energy we put into the game as well like that, you have to defend properly, every single minute.

    on playing Hector Bellerin on the left…
    He can play there, I play him or Chamberlain there, and Chamberlin on the right looks good as well. Both of them are more right-sided players, I agree, and depending on the game I choose sometimes right and sometimes left.

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  19. Ed- you’re probably right about VAR.

    I follow a couple of accounts on twitter from former prem officials- Halsey, some ex linesman, You are the Ref (led by former pgmol capo Hackett,think Halsey works for them too) and one linked to a Sky Sports presenter podcast which has ref input- all were very put out by that Ozil handball.

    You are the Ref fumed about how lucky we were VAR wasn’t in place already, and that we got away with it because it isn’t.

    The incredibly weird thing about that…there have been no VAR trials yet, nor proposals for, using the technology to deal with an incident like that. So far it is only for pens, reds, and mistaken identity.

    So…how the fuck can they make that mistake and that claim? Are they clueless clowns? Or is the antipathy that strong that they don’t care about adhering to known facts, safe in the knowledge they won’t get called on it (apart from by a couple of mad souls on twitter who they will ignore while responding to those who agree with them) ?

    That level of antipathy, bias or stupidity, whatever it may be, seems to me the norm against us, and, as you say, that is unlikely to change when they have the controls and the ability to highlight this or that incident.

    But maybe overall we will be fractionally better off, eventually, with it, which is reason enough for me to look forward to its introduction.

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  20. Wenger said again yesterday that on transfers we have to sell before we can even consider buying as our squad is just too big at the moment. He said 33 or 34, but from my reckoning we have 32 players over the age of 21, that includes 3 players who have never played a first team game for us – goalies, Macey and Iliev, and midfielder Toral. none of the 3 are officially in our first team squad as of yet, and probably only Macey has a chance of being listed in our 25 man squad.
    that still leaves at least four players who are listed in our first team squad who can not be included in our 25 man squad for the first half of the season. With Cazorla and Campbell on the injured list, that means at this moment at least 2 more of our players are looking at the prospect of not being in the squad if they stay. Akpom the most likely to be left out, with Jenkinson, Debuchy, Gibbs and Perez also now seemingly unwanted by us.

    It seems likely that Perez will be off this week, back to Spain. Jenkinson, Debuchy and Gibbs are all now way down the pecking order. there is reported to be lots of interest in all 3, but its also reported that their wages is the stumbling block to any move. it remains to be seen if clubs will meet their demands or if they will lower theirs as the prospect of no game time looms at AFC, or if AFC will reduce asking price so aid their transfer.

    It seems very likely that we will not see Debuchy, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Campbell, Perez or Akpom play a BPL game for us this coming season even if they stay with us. So its no wonder Wenger says he will be busy trying to sell players in the next 11 or 12 days.

    the only question is will a failure to sell most if not all of them stop us buying any more players this window.

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  21. Rich thats my point, as you point out, the Ozil handball will not even be something that VAR will be used for yet the whole meme was that “ozil/arsenal lucky VAR” not brought in yet.
    As I stated, bringing in VAR is not going to change a thing for Arsenal as VAR can not change the bias and mindset of the PGMOL crew. “it was a foul, but I would not give it”, and “he was impeded but I would not give it”, will keep happening, VAR or no VAR. PGMOL is at best bias to the core and at worst corrupt to the core, either way nothing will change as long as PGMOL remains in its current form.

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  22. Don’t give up George and my fellow Positives. We are the 10% that will never steal from the club. My blog tomorrow will explain how a minority like us, i.e. those who hold a contrarian point of view, are almost always right in the long run.

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  23. I absolutely disagree with the view that VAR won’t change anything. It won’t be perfect but it will remove from the PGMO their 100% monopoly on key decisions such as offsides and penalty. The pressure from fans on the PL, UEFA and FIFA to make the game and officiating more transparent is rising. Same pressures came to cricket, athletics, lawn tennis and rugby. No way can the PGMO ignore the public pressure. They would simply screw themselves out of a job.

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  24. the VAR will be a PGMOL ref, its will be PGMOL making the decisions, as I stated we have seen in our first two games, ex top men of PGMOL back the wrong decisions v Arsenal by current PGMOL top men. why should we expect VAR with PGMOL men to change anything. And as also stated, the TV panels and commentators etc all agreed with the ex PGMOL men despite the evidence. The VAR might change things for the overall betterment of the game, but I remain to be convinced that it will change anything for Arsenal, the PGMOL are not going to change their spots, in fact they are more likely to just deepen their spots.

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  25. would also add “public pressure”, what public pressure, we might see it form other clubs supporters who have a united front, but here at AFC we have a whole section of fans who deny we are hard done by, take yesterdays game, how many arsenal blogs went on the offensive against the REF’s performance,(I have not seen any) compare that to all the blogs that blames the manager, the players, the tactics, the lack of signings etc etc etc.

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  26. Criticism of team selection and tactics yesterday imo misses the most impt point. Goals change matches. It certainly forces a change of tactic by the defending team. When officials deny goals it not only fortifies the defending team but it artificially invalidates the tactic of the attacking team. For example as long as our penalties and goal were denied Stoke felt justified packing more men behind the ball and taking their chances with fouls. Conversely Arsenal methodically and patiently picking their way round a packed defence appears to be a futile tactic. No wonder at the end of the game the media and like-minded fans use the results to wrongfully blame the manager and the team for being failures when in truth Arsenal could easily have been 3-1 winners and celebrated as tactical geniuses and championship contenders. The unbiased data shows who had the superior stats except for a single goal scored.

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  27. Shotts we @PA are not 10% surely.
    I think the malcontents must be closer to that number.

    Ed agree that it is completely nonsense to criticize the manager and the team for such a spiritted performance.

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  28. Seeing the Spud score, takes that tiny edge off things! Will there be a pundit/media meltdown over their performance? No such chance!
    Well if its such a terrible start for us, then its the same for the Spuds and Chelsea. As we know, after two games you can always tell whats going to happen for the rest of the season (shakes head).

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  29. John Cross‏Verified account @johncrossmirror

    What a game. Best I’ve seen this season. Chelsea win 2-1, but Tottenham played so well.

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  30. Unlucky Spurs?
    Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea

    Chris Sutton
    Ex-Chelsea striker at Wembley for 5 live Sport
    Posted at
    18:07
    Tottenham didn’t deserve this result. This wasn’t the Wembley factor – Spurs will demonstrate this season that they will more often than not get it right. Just not today.

    FROM BBC LIVE CHAT.
    Hmmm. so who deserves to lose?

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  31. Yep, the Tinies played so well GazCorp felt compelled to score all the goals in the match!
    Against the Tinies first choice back line?

    To quote Delboy Levy:

    “He who dares Rodders, he who dares…”

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  32. Thanks Andrew!

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  33. BBC pundits from this morning will be fuming, they ran with the “spurs wins shuts up all the wembley bogey thing”, so clear they want spurs victory, and even expected it.

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  34. I wonder if the experts’ll discuss how the big pitch combined with the old “pressing game” might tire out the blood spun legs of the world class players in the Tottenham line up (who fail on the world stage?). And increase the odds of conceding late goals, even early in the season?

    As we can observe in the coverage of the Arsenal, the football often isn’t part of their story.

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  35. Dembele is very good I can admit that, injury prone, but always looks impressive even though he doesn’t always start for Belgium for some crazy reason.

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  36. Just walking past many many sad Spurs fans in Seven Sisters station.

    Heh.

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  37. Well if the Spuds didnt deserve that result tonight neither did we yesterday. Did any of the established media outlets say so?
    I secretly think the media actually loves Arsenal, and is particularly critical of us, in the hope we will listen to their advice and become dominant again. They actually want us to be the Invincibles again. (banned winky /smiley emoji)

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  38. As much as the goal annoyed me it wasn’t why we lost. We had all that possesion (although some wasn’t productive possesion) and we usually get better as the game goes on and create loads of chances, in this game however I think we got worse and even in the last 15 minutes we wern’t creating chances.
    George the time to give up this blog will be when we’ve won the quadruple without losing or drawing a game and 100% of the fanbase are supporting the club, certainly not when the crowd is baying for blood.

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  39. Im so immature, but when Spurs lose its nearly (but not quite ) as good as Arsenal winning!

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  40. Who will join me in this old favourite ?

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  41. And young people today wonder why there was violence at football in the 70s and 80s

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  42. Late childhood traumas just came back Andy from watching that vid!

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  43. PG my man. take heart… and stay strong. there are so many of us that are for u and even the silent majority u don’t know is more on our side in terms of concept rather than against u.

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  44. Arsenal have a tactical dinosaur manager , who is behind the times, surrounds himself with yes man, refuses to properly delegate, hates change, inept, involves himself in all aspects of running the club to the detriment of the first team, he cannot buy, sell, or keep players, he is unable to stop contracts running down, overpays average players, doesn’t prepare for opposition, too loyal to favorites, refuses to coach defending, square pegs, round holes, only there because of a football ignorant owner, the rest of the board wanted him out. He will leave in a box. Always terrible starts to the season.
    Have read all this and more today.
    Yet, after today’s WOB Derby, this manager and his team sit in a very similar situation to two of the teams and managers the malcontents hold in the highest esteem, despite Wengers propensity for terrible starts to the season.
    What can it mean after two games, my guess, very little

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  45. Haven’t seen the game yet, but have heard, regarding Verthongen, the “thou shalt not give red to players of Tottenham ” remains firmly in place.
    Can they go a hundred plus games without a red on the field of play in the league, would take a brave person to bet against it.

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  46. isn’t it odd mandy that so many of our fans who say we should have same type of players and same tactics as spurs, actually seem to think that if we had we would be treated just like spurs, despite our smaller, more gifted, non snide players getting booked and sent off. They seem to think that if we had large big cunts playing for us they would be allowed to get away with rough house tactics. You see to admit otherwise would be to admit AFC are hard done by, and that would mean they have been talking bollocks for years.

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  47. Let me be clear here. this blog will continue with or without me. This blog is not me, its a collective, and there are better men than me driving it on.
    Every single one of you are part of it.

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  48. PG maybe you should interact less with the ASB on twitter, he has to sap your strength and energy

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