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Battered By Barcodes.

Hello all.

Hard day for positivity?

Here it is then, the podcast looking at our epic fail in Newcastle. It was grim stuff, and I don’t mean the podcast.

Pedantic George

38 comments on “Battered By Barcodes.

  1. Not sure if its only at my end, and Ive tried switch my computer off and coming back on again-but the pod is hanging loads…is anyone else having the same prob?

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  2. I’m getting loads of wrinkles across George and Shotta’s faces I don’t know whether it’s a computer glitch or maybe ARSENAL is getting to them.

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  3. I suppose hanging pod comes with old age? Or not at all? LOL!

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  4. Not surprised at the result. No forwards struggle to score goals. Long summer to look forward to.

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  5. I couldn’t watch on it because of the buffering every two seconds. I liked it but didn’t share it because it will do more harm than good. Unfortunately I think I had already retweeted it yesterday.
    Anyway it was a bad performance but I think it was bit harsh saying Xhaka was the only one who could be absolved blame. I think Elneney was reasonable and under the circumstances of a bad team performance that Eddie done ok and Aaron done more good than bad.
    Oddegarrd only seems to play well when the team is playing well and I don’t think his been on form in any game in the run in. I still think he is poor with a touch of class and as for giving him

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  6. Captain’s armband well that’s ridiculous.
    I’m not sure what Mikel’s game plan was but for both away games when we knew the other team would attack us we had to sit deep and let our fast front three latch on to balls from our creative players but we started both games far to high up the pitch and Mikel never changed that even when he had three of the back four carrying knocks.
    With 12 games to go, when everyone was singing the champions League music, I said we had a very hard run in and a very small squad and I didn’t think we would get top four but having come so close I’m gutted especially as I think we will struggle to get fifth next season.
    The spuds have shown us that changing a manager every couple of seasons is no good so I don’t want to say we change Mikel especially not at the end of this season but I have no faith in him, EdU, Josh or the fucking process.

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  7. i got about five mins in before I gave up, but I was enjoying the analysis of the game and our club. It would be nice if the pod can get 100 subs by the end of the season. Its going to be a long summer without the pod, although I think we start mucking about again around the 23rd of July?

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  8. Although I did my best to give him the benefit of the doubt, I was never that keen on Partey. However, when I was lucky to go to the Emirates to see us beat Brentford I began to change my mind. It seemed he was pretty central to the way we were trying to play: his ability to go past a player and carry the ball forward created different types of space for our front 4. His physical presence was clearly important too. Since his injury we have lacked that, and it’s been no great surprise to see us struggle against teams we would normally be expected to beat, teams which have cost us so dear in the final run in. That must have been frustrating for Arteta, just as I imagine it was frustrating for Arsene when Diaby saw his career cut short. It must be hard to know whether to stick or twist with injury prone players who when fit are good enough to make all the difference.

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  9. Note to George and all Positivas. There were technical problems with the 1st published version of this podcast and I had to delete and republish. Check this link. https://youtu.be/kLSWC3rKpek
    George will have to change what he published.

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  10. thanks Shotts.

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  11. cheers George.

    I think we might play better against Everton, but it will be too late, unless St. Totts sends us a miracle( see how tyrannical hope is!)…

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  12. Well done, and thanks- it was a tough pod to do considering how we all feel. At least it makes you not feel so isolated in unhappiness when other people feel the same way–ha! misery likes company! I’ll be glad come Sunday evening and the seasons over, as this one feels quite tainted. Anyway, till Sunday.
    COYG!

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  13. To be fair to Terry in my opinion his one single and only admirable attribute was his passing even after his legs went early following his 665th cortisone injection. Was always interesting comparing him to the BFG or LK.

    Thought it was a shame MA didn’t drop MO back in place of Mo when Martinelli (not fit to start?) came on, he’d tried this earlier in the season.
    A shame Xhaka wasn’t the Captain following a tough trial by pgmob last week. Partey and Tommy rushed back and overplayed, not injury prone IMO.
    Saliba has flown but you have to ask considering White’s form.
    We’ve seen all time great coaches play with egos. But if didn’t work out for Sacchi then how does it look for a relative rookie? Will Arteta ever have a better chance of finishing in the CL? If he’s the coach next year have to hope so.

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  14. Arsenal’s Omari Hutchinson called up to Jamaica senior squad
    by jeorge bird

    Arsenal youngster Omari Hutchinson has been called up by Jamaica at senior level for the first time.

    The prospect, who was born in England, has represented the Three Lions at U19 and U17 levels.

    However, he is eligible to play for Jamaica due to his heritage and has been named in the squad for a friendly against Catalonia on May 25th.

    Hutchinson has yet to make his competitive senior debut for Arsenal but he did feature in pre-season last year and has been an unused substitute on many occasions.

    This season Hutchinson, who can play out wide or as an attacking midfielder, was arguably Arsenal’s standout performer at U23 level. It is anticipated that the 18-year-old could go on loan next season.

    Marcelo Flores, meanwhile, has committed his international future to Mexico despite also being eligible to represent Canada or England. He has been named in their latest squad and will hope to be selected for the World Cup later this year.

    Arsenal have three other senior internationals in their U23 squad – Daniel Ballard (Northern Ireland), Karl Hein (Estonia) and Omar Rekik (Tunisia).

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  15. Is the motherboard fkd George or is it potentially rebootable?

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  16. I also agree with Shotta that Arteta may never get top 4. This season should have been our best chance considering the total number of games we played compared to others around us. More’s the pity to Smith Rowe who would’ve developed into an accomplished No.10 given his natural attributes such as dribbling, eye for goal, and affinity for the opposition 18 yard box. I say this because Arteta’s determination to exorcise the ghost of Ozil implies that his preferred captain(who is clearly not the teams natural leader) will always be first on the team sheet.
    I’m one of those who thought that Ceballos and Gendouzi were overrated. I fail to see the hype around Odegaard to be honest. Who amongst our attacking midfielders over the past 25 years does he compare with in terms of impacting games? He only seems to have good games whenever Saka plays very well. You only need to watch how Liverpool plays in every competition(they must have played more than 60 games by now) to appreciate that missing out on the Champions League is definitely a blessing in disguise.
    I’m also of the opinion that Arsenal has one of the best PR instruments on the planet. Our performances are so dire that most fans rarely talk about the games compared to the Wenger years. Many around me stopped watching the games and only discuss the results. Some prefer to watch City, Liverpool and Chelsea for the entertainment value. The pseudo-optimists may not agree with me but this does not bode well for the club’s long term prospects. Waving the young team card and poor officiating remains a lame excuse. “Project Youth” was derogatorily slammed down Wenger’s door in spite of the obvious constraints then. The wanting officiating was waved away by the influential loud mouths because it frustrated an out of favour manager.
    Have we progressed this season? No! Teams around us have all been poor. Only Liverpool and City have lived to expectation, both by performance and results. The points gap says it all.
    On the comments now. A belated thank you for the podcast. You are doing a thankless but a great job.

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  17. nice post.

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  18. Personally I think the Partey thing is a Myth. Although it may be the case that Mikel wanted him to affect the way we play actually his talent is also raised and rated higher when his injured and we lose. There have been many games when he has been ineffective, Palace for example. He rates his performances so for ARSENAL as 4/10 and I think I’d agree he has been good in the odd moment but not ever consistently.
    Oddegarrd is the same again you can glimpses of class but that’s it. Sorry Fins I usually agree with you on most things but Elneney in that position is the better performer however unfashionable that sounds.
    If we don’t get the Canary miracle then next year you would imagine chelski, spuds, Manure and Leicester will all be much improved, maybe even West Ham and Newcastle.
    I believe we will be better than this season but I can’t see that being enough for top six.

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  19. No worries I always agree with you Ian!

    Mo has been the second best midfielder since last season and his lack of minutes this year is shite management and literally can be a stand alone reason for missing out on 4th, but ignoring that singularity I just thought if Mo wasn’t having his best game and you needed to score you might as well throw that kitchen sink…

    I also agree that not rotating ESR along with MO has been weird, even if ESR will not end up a natural ten he was banging in the goals this season and the lack of minutes for him of late has been shite management.

    I know it’s controversial especially for the retards who defended themselves when attacking the best football coach they will ever see with the meme “I like defending” but to be fair to them the classic cliche …”goals win matches” can be the epitaph upon the grave that they dug for the club.

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  20. Aubameyang was captain, had Arteta enthusing about him, he was undroppable no matter the lack of goals or stand out performances, then he falls out with Arteta, never to be seen again in an Arsenal team, Lacazette then was captain, had Arteta enthusing about him, he was key and undroppable no matter the lack of goals or stand out performances, then he gives an interview in France, he mentioned about wanting to play for a CL club next season, and he barely sees the pitch again, he has not started a game since, Nketiah was made main striker, a lad that couldn’t get a start in the league for love nor money,had Arteta enthusing about him, he is undroppable, no matter the lack of goals, or stand out performances, but is out of contract next month so looks very likely to be gone and never seen in an Arsenal shirt again.

    now if you look at that you will see a common theme, 3 strikers this season, Arteta enthusing about them at one point or another this season, seen as undroppable, despite all lacking in goals or stand out performances. All set to be ex gooners.
    For me the most common theme is, THE LACK OF GOALS. And the fact that despite a lack of goals they were picked over and over and over, which suggests Arteta does not see goal scoring as important, or he hasn’t a clue how to set the tactics to get them scoring so he knew there was no point dropping any of them for their on field performances. And that is the biggest worry. It won’t matter who we sign in the striker and forward roles, Artetaball is unlikely to get us scoring freely.

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  21. we have failed to score in 10 EPL games this season, and kept 13 clean sheets
    we have managed to score 5 goals in just the one game, Norwich away, 15 times we have conceded more than one goal in a game
    Here is an amazing stat, of the 13 defeats, only one of them has been 1-0, Southampton away.
    on the other hand we’ve had five 1-0 wins

    Arsenal under Arteta are almost totally reliant on scoring first to get anything out of a game.

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  22. that was some disgraceful scene at the end of the Nottingham Forrest play off semi final win last night, what sort of cunt headbutts an opposing teams player to celebrate the win. really hope the scum does serious time for it.

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  23. as others here have mentioned Odegaard, I will say he is a nice player, comfortable on the ball, he seems to run around a lot, I’m told by some that he has been outstanding and will be a deserved captain of our club next season. Well sorry I’ve not seen it, I really can’t recall a game where I’ve gone wow this lad is something special, I’ve not seen an ozil or bergkamp moment from him, have any of you.

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  24. No Ed but when he plays a three yard pass to an onrushing ESR to score (after Xhaka had calmly cooled a situation down in our box beating two chelski players,nutmeging one of them, and then sprayed a lovely long pass out wide perfectly in front of Saka) he is lorded by the press and our fanbase.
    I can’t see it either but hey he came from Real so must be good.
    I think lumping Eddie in with the other two is a little unfair before spurs he had scored eight goals in his previous eight starts and that was from coming in from the extreme cold.
    The biggest difference from Arsene’s sides is we used to score from all over the pitch so if forwards didn’t score we still would win.
    Our record under Mikel for failing to come back from going a goal down is disgraceful, you are right. I think that is more to do with Mikel and he’s tactics than all this young team shit.

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  25. ian you miss my point on the strikers, its not the strikers fault for the lack of goals, the finished Aubameyang has scored as much as all our forwards have since his move to Barca, its amazing how many goals can be scored if chances are created, again our great creator Odegaard creates fuck all most of the time. And yes Odegaard is no mug, he is extremely talented, but either its the system or he has not got there yet, but people keep telling me he has arrived, but then these same people tell me there is clear progress at Arsenal, but only progress I see is in the PR, and how fans have bought into it, a good number of whom only bought into it cos they know how badly they treated Wenger

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  26. also Ian I agree that all this young team soundbite is shit, its just an excuse for any shortcomings, as I say about Arteta, he should not be judge as an inexperienced manager, he should be judge as an Arsenal manager, same goes for the young players, they should be judged as Arsenal first team players, Xhaka was right on the money with his interview the other night, old or young, if you aint ready for it you should not be out there. Everything else is an excuse.

    And yes ian its Arteta’s paint by numbers tactics that mean we score fuck all, and can’t do comeback wins, jesus christ we can’t do comeback draws. A tweet I seen the other night was that “Arteta bringing on Lacazette to shore up the 1-0 loss”, its something that i’ve said throughout this and last season, Arteta accepts one or two goal defeat, he wont go for the comeback and risk getting hit for 3, 4 or 5. He can’t do that and keep the “fixed defense” or “fixed culture” soundbites intact
    A mate of mine calls Arteta air traffic control, due to his non stop waving and pointing and instructing of the players, as he said the other night, “for fucks sake Arteta they can take a throw in without you telling them what to do”.

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  27. What’s the hand signal for take a foul throw.

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  28. Dead right ED, youngsters must show a natural progression just as a young manager should or for that matter a young director of football.
    However has Edu shown progression, the idea of spending all his money in the summer non in the winter window and getting rid of players on loan or giving them away has cost the club millions and millions. Some people say it was a gamble but actually it was a policy of bad management.
    Has Mikel shown progression, well in the table he has but in actual numbers and performances there is no progress. Some of the games he has served up this season have been the same shower of shit we were watching when he first came in.
    What about the youngsters, well of those Mikel and Edu brought their has been no step up and although the academy lads have held the team together are they really where we expected them to be.

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  29. Everton taking it easy as they know they can rely of the charity of Arsenal?

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  30. Everton won so are safe from relegation, its now between Leeds and Burnley

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  31. Dinos Mavropanos is officially a Stuttgart player.

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  32. Jeorge Bird
    @jeorgebird
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    May 18
    Arsenal goalkeeper Alexei Rojas has been called up to the Colombia U20 squad at the age of 16.

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  33. Did you see Paddy having a bit with the Scousers?

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