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Arsenal vs Rennes: Home Form Should Do It!

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A few days ago a chap calling himself  @arseblagger posted this:-

Now I have to say this fine fellow is easily the smartest and most entertaining of tweeters, so it’s no surprise that once again he has been proven right.  I recommend that we all stop following everyone but him, he’s pure genius.

Anyway, as he predicted, after Thursday night we could be looking at a sea change in our spirits and prospects for the rest of the season.

The display at the weekend and our home form in general gives us a good chance of going through despite the two goal disadvantage from the first leg.

There was great news on Tuesday when we learned that Lacazette had had is ban reduced to two games and is eligible to play. Also Mkhitaryan could be fit to play, although Papa will miss out following his red card at Rennes.

Predicting who and how Emery will line up is a pointless endeavour, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Torreira is available so whether we will see both, or even one, of Ozil and Ramsey is unsure. Personally I would find a place for both of our best players but I’m not the head coach.

It should be a great night as we will have to go for it.  I, for one, am looking forward to the game.

Being an Arsenal fan is a bit like being a surfer, one moment you are riding on the crest of a wave and the next you are flapping about struggling for breath. It’s a weird old season.

Ok, that’s it, I’m off to twitter to read the musings of the wonderful @arseblagger .

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81 comments on “Arsenal vs Rennes: Home Form Should Do It!

  1. our home form this season in the league is right up there with last season’s great home form,
    P19 W15 D2 L2 GF54 GA20 GD+34
    so far this season
    P16 W13 D2 L1 GF37 GA12 GD+25

    so over the last two seasons its
    P35 W28 D4 L3 GF91 GA32 GD+59

    this record is only bettered by reigning champions and current leaders Man City

    oh what a pity our away record was so woeful last year and is not very good this year either

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  2. From someone who can’t write or type, thanks George.

    Should be a good game. Nothing to lose, weekend off, Miki & Torreira back in contention for a start. Papa & Kozza both match fit and the starting CBs, Leno settling in. Sven’s head may be rotting on a spike but at least he is smiling. Eh?

    The new gaffer must be loving his squad right about now – certainly looks, objectively, like those people blathering on about the new coach needing two or three windows were chatting out of their Arsenals. He just needed his CBs fit and to have more then one fit CB during the Xmas crunch, as evidenced by the old form curve on the graph.

    Not sure we’ll see the same line up again for reasons we all clearly understand. Billy BIg Blagger may not want to discuss the Footy when they have a Narrative to flog but thanks to George: we can! And have been. Cheers George.

    COYG.

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  3. All 4 English teams now through to the last 8 of the CL

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  4. Actually funny that Ribery is still starting for Munchen.

    Shame the Gunners couldn’t play against this squad, but hopefully next season!!

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  5. Thank you George.
    I am hopeful for tomorrow, hoping Laccas presence may be decisive

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  6. Who is this @arseblagger bloke, I think I’ve seen his musings before. Can’t be a real gooner as he doesn’t seem to be within spunking distance of Highbury.
    Obviously we need a good start tomorrow and will need to limit their chances, with both teams going for goal, although they will go for a breaking tactic, it should be a cracker.
    Laca’s a cheat but I love him and it would be great if he’s scores a hatfull.
    Actually because of the two goal margin I do think it will be quite close and nail bitting at times. However I am looking forward to it massively especially with the international withdrawal period just after.

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  7. P.I.M.P.
    ‏ @PoznanInMyPants
    2h2 hours ago

    Since the inception of the Europa League, only 1 team has come back from a 3-1 first leg defeat.

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  8. Kelechi Nwakali called up to Nigeria u23s for the first time

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  9. George’s surfin` safari is so positive it put a massive smile on my face. Tubular man! Lets walk the nose!
    COYG!

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  10. That Arseblagger fella makes too much sense.

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  11. banned surfin` smiley!

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  12. Didn’t read that right I thought you wanted Mills hung, I was thinking what did he do

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  13. Even more strange, Hang five of Mills, or five times?

    I knew Hang ten but not Hang five,( the term for walking the nose/standing at the end of the surf board) and had to look it up.
    I only know walking the nose from the Beach Boys song “surfin Surfari” which says ” At Rincon theyre walking the nose”. It must have still been a term back in 1962, as Denny was an authentic surfer and fed Brian the surfin terms, seems to have gone out of usage now though, and as PG pointed out Hang five is the right term.

    ‘Tubular’ I knew as I worked with a guy from The Valley years ago, and he reckoned when the surfers met each other they would extend hand shakes only to curve over and say ” tubular” and the other would curve under and “say barrel over dude” and thus it was a sign of their surfin brotherhood.

    Hang Mills might be a term though? I have come across it many times( sadly), and ran for the hills. Mills Hills?That might be a term too, somewhere?

    Banned Smileys and COYG! And heres to a great one tonight. Surfs up!

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  14. Hopefully the faithful won’t need to put on the wet suits when they leave the stadium this evening like they did on Sunday, but I am hoping for a similar score line!

    COYG!

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  15. An excellent summary of various surfin terms and hanging Mills scenarios.
    Just watched the breakdown of the manure game again and now cait wait for the next home instalment COYG.

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  16. Jeorge Bird@jeorgebird
    7h7 hours ago

    Reiss Nelson named in England U21 squad. A bit surprising that Maitland-Niles isn’t in it.

    Nketiah and Willock named in England U20 squad, meaning they won’t travel with the first-team to Dubai.

    Bukayo Saka named in the England U19 squad.

    John-Jules, Balogun, Amaechi and Daley-Campbell in England U18 squad

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  17. Strong line up and a strong bench tonight…hope we can keep it real tight at the back( lets face it we can if we want).They will pile it on, that know that one goal for them makes it an K2 attempt for us.
    However…

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  18. Cech
    Koscielny
    Ramsey
    Lacazette
    Ozil
    Aubameyang
    Maitland-Niles
    Monreal
    Mustafi
    Kolasinac
    Xhaka

    Subs:

    Leno, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Suarez, Guendouzi, Nketiah.

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  19. Arsenal Women
    ‏Verified account @ArsenalWFC
    45s45 seconds ago

    🇳🇱 @VIVIANNEMIEDEMA 🔥

    🔴 1-0 💜 (11) | @FAWSL

    #WeAreTheArsenal

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  20. chelsea, valencia and napoli all through to the last 8 of the EL

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  21. Aubameyanggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg 1-0, AMN cuts in on his left plays in Ramsey who crosses in for PEA to slot home form six yards

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  22. Maitland-Nilesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss heads home a PEA cross after PEA played a one two with ramsey

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  23. Arsenal Women
    ‏Verified account @ArsenalWFC
    31s32 seconds ago

    HALF-TIME: @ArsenalWFC 1-0 @BristolCityWFC

    So far, so good 😎

    #FeedTheViv #WeAreTheArsenal

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  24. if we are not careful we will have someone sent off

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  25. Ramsey down injured, seems in a lot of pain

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  26. HT: Arsenal 2-0 Rennes

    Aubameyang and Maitland-Niles with our goals,

    we have dominated for long spells, it got scrappy at times as Rennes got niggly and dived around a lot.

    Arsenal started with high energy and a great tempo to the game and it had Rennes at sixes and sevens, need to start second half the same way again.

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  27. Arsenal Women
    ‏Verified account @ArsenalWFC
    15s16 seconds ago

    🇳🇱 @VIVIANNEMIEDEMA – AGAIN! 🙌

    🔴 2-0 💜 (59) | @FAWSL

    #WeAreTheArsenal

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  28. Arsenal Women
    ‏Verified account @ArsenalWFC
    2m2 minutes ago

    🎵 WE’VE GOT MCCABE, KATIE MCCABE 🎵

    🔴 3-0 💜 (76) | @FAWSL

    #WeAreTheArsenal

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Arsenal Women
    ‏Verified account @ArsenalWFC
    1m1 minute ago

    🔥 HAT-TRICK HERO 🔥

    @VivianneMiedema doing what @VivianneMiedema does best 😎

    🔴 4-0 💜 (78) | @FAWSL

    #WeAreTheArsenal

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  30. Rennes doing everything they can to get Laccazette sent off

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  31. its git vert scrappy and its let Rennes back into the game

    Mkhitaryan and Iwobi on for Ozil and Lacazette

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  32. we have upped it since the subs and PEA’s second goals sees us in commands, but one more goal for us would kill it off

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  33. think PEA was booked for putting on a mask in his goal celebration

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  34. PEA was booked for this

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  35. an awful miss by PEA, he second great chance to get his hattrick in a couple of minutes

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  36. Torreira on for the injured Ramsey

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  37. Cech down injured after saving from an offside attacker, he was hit in the face

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  38. 5 minutes of injury time to be played

    rennes have almost got in a couple of times in last few minutes, if they score it will go to extra time

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  39. FT: Arsenal 3-0 Rennes

    Aubameyang x2 and Maitland-Niles with our goals.

    Dominated for long spells in the first half, but Rennes got into the game in the spells the game was scrappy. PEA missed a couple of great chances to get his hattrick.

    AFC in the to the QF now.

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  40. We didn’t really get into full flow, mostly because Rennes were extremely chippy. But when we did, we punished them. Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles were outstanding. Win and advance.

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  41. through so far to the quarter finals

    Arsenal,
    Chelsea
    Villarreal
    Valencia
    Napoli
    Frankfurt

    2 games in extra time

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  42. Seville now in the lead v Slavia Prague

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