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  • Reply to

    The silence is deafening..

    by Jacks Oct 26, 2014 19:46

    It was a boring game. I still would prefer Mertesacker-Chambers as a CD pairing with Bellerin and Monreal on the outsides than asking Monreal to be a CD. I think playing Flamini and Arteta in front of defense helped a little but going forward we are still not scary enough.

    I think we should learn to play more on the counter than slowly boxing our opponents into to their own final 3rd. We don't have the speed of ball movement to pass our way through a clogged up final 3rd. The days of Tiki Taka football are over. Not even Barca can dominate anymore like they used to. I think when Dimateo's Chelsea got the best of Barca at the Nou Camp a new blue print was developed to stop the pass happy teams. SAF had done it for years against Arsenal. He was happy to give us the ball because he knew we would not do a lot with it and he knew once we lost it they were much quicker than we were in transition. The same happened in our big losses last year.

    We now have enough speed in our team with Sanchez and Welbeck and soon Theo to kill teams of on the break. This is a skill we need to harbor IMO.

  • Reply to

    Van Gaal seems to learn, why does Wenger not?

    by Govinda Oct 28, 2014 09:35

    Jack.........Both Managers like to play football. As for Fellani, the reason he was a massive flop last year was because Man U did not play him where he is most effective. At Everton he was a pest throwing his weight around in the box and on the end of crosses etc................At Man U he was played as a proper midfielder, and a proper midfielder he will NEVER be. LVG has played in in his old Everton role with some success. The man who played him in the wrong role at Man U was Moyes.......who ironically was his Everton boss!!

  • Reply to

    Running out of things to say

    by Govinda Nov 5, 2014 08:06

    Well you've gotta laugh being an Arsenal supporter. I've been laughing for years. To put the game I assume your talking of, the referee needs spec savers. One of their goals was miles offside, and their penalty only because Monreal slipped at a critical moment. Some teams just get lucky. And whats to moan at ( as usual with you) the result makes absolutely no difference to our qualifying, now does it? Do try to look on the bright side of life, we could have lost it as well. No?

  • Reply to

    the poor beggar of the boards....

    by TheButchNemesis Dec 5, 2014 23:16

    Hahahahaha!! MUNCH, MUNCH, CHOMP CHOMP!!

    Only a Geordie would think his BITE didn't count because he posted it in another thread!

    OINK OINK!!

    Hit a nerve, did I??

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    LMFAOATTG!!
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  • Reply to

    Why no Ronnie...????

    by Jacks Dec 14, 2014 09:10

    Quite right Butch, snooker is a game played by fat, beer swilling bogans, as described by Wikipedia .....

    "One version of events states that Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain of the Devonshire regiment (not the later Prime Minister of the same name) was playing this new GAME when his opponent failed to pot a ball and Chamberlain called him a snooker. It thus became attached to the billiards GAME now bearing its name as inexperienced players were labelled as snookers.

    Snooker grew in popularity in England but generally it was still a GAME for the gentry, and many well established gentleman clubs which had a billiards table would not allow nonmembers inside to play. To accommodate the popularity of the GAME , smaller and more open snooker-specific clubs started to be formed.

    The GAME of snooker grew in the later half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, and by 1927 the first World Snooker Championship had been organised by Joe Davis who, as a professional English billiards and snooker player, moved the GAME from a pastime activity into a more professional sphere. Joe Davis won every world championship until 1946 when he retired. The GAME went into a decline through the 1950s and 1960s with little interest generated outside of those who played. In 1959, Davis introduced a variation of the GAME , known as snooker plus, to try to improve the GAME 's popularity by adding two extra colours. However, it never caught on."

    Don't you just love Geordies, they're so easy to take the pith out of!

    LMFAOATTG!
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  • Reply to

    West Ham favorite on current form

    by Govinda Dec 27, 2014 19:01

    Great result!! Poor performance. Why does Wenger insist on bringing on 2 additional defenders when we lead a game in the 85 minute? It always means we start to play panic football. Defenders tend to drop back inviting all of the play to be in our half and reducing the players that can keep a ball or that can be an outlet for a pass.

    Joint 4th on points!!! Beat Southampton, and Stoke next in the PL, buy Schneiderlin or an other top DM and a CD and we can begin to have some hope and ambition.

  • Reply to

    How is Welbeck doing?

    by HRH Gillian Brown BO Dec 23, 2014 10:26

    I think he is not much better than Giroud but I still prefer him to Giroud. Out on the wing he is not very good.

    Arsenal need a quality striker. Costa would have been great. Bony would have been good but Giroud is not good enough and Welbeck doesn't get the chance. He doesn't look like he could develop into a world class striker but he still could benefit from more games in the middle.

  • Reply to

    Van Gaal seems to learn, why does Wenger not?

    by Govinda Oct 28, 2014 09:35

    Well I suppose I should concede you the few points you make. However, I have never seen Fellani as a Man Utd type of player, and never will. It was only the fact that Moyes did(why I shall never know) that got him to United in the first place. I could hardly have seen LVG bidding for his services had it been different. Could you??

  • Same old Arsenal. As predicted. No leaders, no tactical ability or instinct, no ability to defend. This could have been posted 5,6,7,8,9 years ago or last year. It remains true.

  • just when things were back to normal, without the tiresome moron Ricki 'the cabbage head' Altree, we now have to wipe the forum floor with this poor excuse for a £10 pom. trying to convince nobody on here that he has been away travelling. If he hadn't been such a boring liar most of his existence, we may have believed him. As it is you will have to forgive us Rikki but nobody even remembers who you are let alone asking anyone to accept your nonsense. Was there no way they would let you stay in the bali bush with your tin cup loin cloth and sandals ? You are and about as welcome and worn as a beggars purse on here, and just as empty of any credibility.

  • Reply to

    the poor beggar of the boards....

    by TheButchNemesis Dec 5, 2014 23:16

    CHOMP, CHOMP!! Another BITE!

    Here fishy fishy fishy!

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    LMFAOATTG!
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  • ...and in they marched into Old Trafford and collected a 0-1 win!

    Lovely start to 2015 I think...you gotta larf, really, you do!

  • There was an article about Fellaini at first being deemed surplus to requirements and now seemingly back into the grace of Van Gaal. Van Gaal seems to have learned that you can not only have technically gifted players in the PL but that you also need physically imposing players. Matic has been huge for Chelsea.

    Since the departure of Vieira and Gilberto we have never really had an impsing midfield presence let alone an intimidating DM. Arteta is neither a natural DM nor physically imposing and Flamini is running out of runway and not an imposing player. How come Wenger fails to see in 10 years what Van Gaal appears to realize inside of 10 games.

    BEGIN:
    After the draw at West Brom, Van Gaal conceded that he may have to adapt his own philosophy a little as he continues to learn about English football.

    'We have to look also for physical talents and maybe that's our problem,' said Van Gaal in explaining his decision to leave out Ander Herrera.

    'I'm a coach who is always thinking about creative players but in England you also need physical bodies in your team and Fellaini is one of these.'
    END

  • Its 4th place that Wenger will cling onto. He hopes. His real agenda is the CL. title. One he came close to or was robbed of which ever way you want to look at it. I think he is intent on pulling another rabbit out of his magic hat and hopefully nicking a win as L'pool did and Chelsea a while back when no one expected them to. Its the only title Wenger wants to finish his career with. Don't hold your breath, but stranger things have happened in football. As Manure can attest to when they pinched two goals in the last minute against Bayern, to win it.

  • And up they pop!

    They've waited all this time, then, like London buses, two come at once .... coincidence?

    Methinks not!

    LMFAOATTG!!!
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  • Reply to

    Moving to Bali

    by You Gotta Larf! Dec 17, 2014 18:55

    Whole new ball game now fella the old Bill have got time and money for such posts..... as you will be finding out.

  • Reply to

    Moving to Bali

    by You Gotta Larf! Dec 17, 2014 18:55

    So libel, wasting police time as well as the offence you have been reported for. Do you have screenshots never mind now that Police are involved they will request all my yahoo posts , as they will yours.
    We had better not post to each other again. Keep larfin

  • Wilshere has been injured since, what, October? Until he has a good stretch of games but no improvement I maintain he has bags of potential. Until his latest injury, his form had been decent, though inconsistent. He looked like he had improved on last year. He's also only just turned 23, so he's got plenty of time to sort himself out. I don't think you can really write off a footballer's career until at least late 20s and even then some players make extraordinary leaps in the space of just a few months. But with his profile from an early age, I accept Wilshere really is running out of time to keep himself fit, show some form and actually develop as a player.

    I will agree several things with anyone:
    1) he's clearly a stupid little khunt, though that's basically par for a PL footballer
    2) if he keeps getting injured potential, etc is entirely meaningless. RVP managed multiple seasons with injury after injury, but I don't think we have the patience for that with Wilshere.
    3) he shouldn't be walking into the England team just because he's Wilshere, a press darling and has "potential". He does actually have to do something.

    But I've seen nothing to discourage my belief that (a) he is highly talented and has all the right attributes to be the best English midfielder over the next decade (I actually think Wilshere and Henderson could be a formidable partnership and (b) his skills are almost unique amongst English footballers where we have an overflow of physical grafters, which makes him a footballer of the future rather than of the past.

    All that being said, his attitude stinks and his rate of development over the last few years is extremely disappointing.

  • I guess the reason this board is so empty is partly because there is nothing new to say about Arsenal that has not been said for the last 7 or 8 years.

    It can happen you have a poor game, although it happens far too often to a team with out talent, but with a few leaders on the pitch last night does not happen. To me we lacked leaders more than anything, Leaders would have stopped this running around like a headless chicken and taken a 2-0 or 2-1 defeat.

    We have too many players who go missing in the big games and to me Giroud has always been one of them. He is ok against smaller teams but he has very little technique and control.

    I thought Ozil was not as bad as the press made him out and many of his passes got wasted by his team mates, but he will never be defensively what Sanchez is. He is a liability for a team with weak defending.

  • ...and I know how hard it is to keep all the joy and excitement of an Arsenal win under control on here, but please, this is ridiculous . Once upon a time there were people who actually supported one football team or another, or gave vent to the smug joy of Newcastle knocking over Totters on their own ground. Or how lucky Manure were today to have an old Arsenal discard grab a point for them. Instead I'm greeted by stony silence, as though The Emirates had just burned down, or Wenger had just sold Ramsey and Sanchez to Manure. What does it take to get you lot motivated, another team of invincibles ? But even that I think wouldn't do it. Tickets for the Burnley game ? Anyone. Anyone!