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Ref, It Was Me! 197 posts  |  Last Activity: 12 hours ago Member since: Mar 5, 2013
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    Keown

    by Govinda 14 hours ago
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! 12 hours ago Flag

    Blaise Matuidi, 27, fits the bill and tick all the criteria mentioned in your post, Govinda (imo). Speedy, good tackler, has great engine and dominant in the centre of the park in the games I've seen him played this season. He's also a good passer of the ball and won't have too much difficult adapting to our style of play. PSG nearly let him go for free last summer but he has become an important player for them this season hence recently rewarded with a 4 year contract extension. I think the lure of Premier League football at a club like Arsenal will be tempting for him but I'm not sure if PSG would allow him to leave without a fight and Arsenal don't have the financial muscle to pull it off.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! 17 hours ago Flag

    " the season isn't over"

    Way to point out the obvious, Rikki. Well done!

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! 17 hours ago Flag

    Judging by the calibre of players being linked to us presently, I think you may be right to be fearful of a re-run of previous transfer window failings. I hope Wenger has learned his lessons from previous transfer window headaches and would be more proactive this summer. We can keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. I'm sure even a smart guy like Wenger would've known by now that leaving things until the very last minutes aren't in the best interest of AFC. As things stand, Arsenal have two CL qualifying games to play at the start of the new season, 2 more games than the rest. Hopefully Wenger would have done majority of his business in pre-season.

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! 18 hours ago Flag

    Apparently, we are looking to spend our £70m warchest this summer on Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling, Chambers (the Southampton RB to replace contract rebel Sagna), Drmic (Leverkusen's young striker as a backup for Giroud), and if we are lucky and still have money left, we could go for Mario Manzuckic as our leading striker if Bayern are interested in selling.

    Cleverley, Smalling, Chambers, et al? Exciting times ahead, eh Gooners!

    I pray to God that none of the above is true with the exception of Manzuckic's link and the journos are just taking the pizza out of Arsenal fans in order to increase their circulation.

  • In their attempt to break their Premier League title duck. Whilst teams like Arsenal, Man City, and Chelsea have had nothing but rotten luck with injuries to key personnel

    Petr Cech was substituted with a suspected dislocated shoulder against Atletico Madrid, John Terry rolled his ankle, both players along with Edin Hazard are almost certain to miss the crucial league tie at Anfield on Sunday. Meanwhile, Liverpool would be well rested before Sunday thanks to their customary 7-8 days rest time between games all season long. City's David Silva picked up an injury on Monday night having played too many games in a short period.

    All the league leaders in other top 5 European leagues have had to joggle European football with their domestic campaigns, meaning they are on top of their leagues on merit, don't get me started on the dubious peno awarded to Liverpool this season when the going gets tough for them in games, while teams like Arsenal are consistently denied stonewallers as we saw against Hull on Sunday. Would Liverpool have been as high up the table as they are currently if they have the same difficult schedules as their opponents?

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    Moyes out!

    by Govinda Apr 22, 2014 09:45
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 22, 2014 14:22 Flag

    Couldn't have put it better myself, Gov.

    Classless!

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    Well done Everton.

    by Old Mother Oink! Apr 21, 2014 09:08
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 21, 2014 12:39 Flag

    " we'll be back"

    What a fanciful comment!

    Talk about being delusional, Rikk.

    The TOP 4 (Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea) will all strengthen their squad in the summer with CL quality signings.

    There's NO WAY BACK from your side's MEDIOCRITY.

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    To HULL and back.........

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 20, 2014 16:02
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 20, 2014 18:19 Flag

    After their 12 days rest I honestly thought this fixture would be a bit of banana skin for Everton, but the toffees won at a canter, well done to them.

    Rikki's midtable fodder side lacked desire to win a football match today, were very disappointing in the end and I didn't get the sort of performance I was hoping for from Rikki's decidedly average side who were second best all over the park. It was like watching boys v men as Patricia Evra likes to say, hahaha!!!

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 20, 2014 16:02 Flag

    with a 3 goal win, looking up to Rikki's mid-table fodder to complete a great Easter Premier League football for us.

    4 points cushion......... come on Man U!

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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 17, 2014 13:49 Flag

    I think City, Everton have let the pressure of title and fourth place finish respectively got to them and have now bottled it. Realistically, there's no way back for them. Either Chelsea or Liverpool will win the league, Chelsea are looking the most likely title winners imo. Everton were very lucky to beat Sunderland at the weekend and have a far more tougher run-in. I can't see them taking any points off the two Manchester sides who will both want to end the season as high as possible. Southampton away isn't an easy fixture to have at this time of the season, which is all good news for Arsenal.

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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 16, 2014 10:39 Flag

    Indeed. Or being happy watching his beloved side on the receiving end of three (5-1, 6-0, and 3-0) embarrassing defeats in a short space of time in key games for the club.

    I think Jacob would find that the 'support' for the club is not in question for any true fan, but support for the 11 players on the pitch who pull on an Arsenal shirt is conditional on them giving their all. It would be very difficult to argue that the players played in the above key games as though it means as much to them as it does to the fans who pay their wages. I think the fans deserve better than what we've seen in terms of effort and commitment from the players in recent games, this is why many are disgruntled, and rightly so.

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52 Flag

    No pretty patterns or trying to work the ball into the net in a packed defence. And it worked a treat.

    The penny finally dropped for Poldoski who put in a great shift and surprise, surprise, lasted the distance tonight.

    Well done lads, well played!

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    5 Games.....

    by John Apr 14, 2014 09:33
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 14, 2014 11:36 Flag

    It's refreshing to read your take on what has now become a very disappointing season yet again, FA Cup run aside.

    How a side that were supposedly in contention for the title just a few weeks ago finds itself in this precarious position in the league is anyone's guess. Yes, we can point to our injury problems but didn't we find ourselves in similar position in the CL group stages when we were 1 goal away from swapping places with Napoli in the final group standings?

    Methinks failure to strengthen the squad sufficiently at the start of the season or replace the injured players when needed with the necessary quality is the bane of Wenger's team collapse yet again. This calls the manager's decision-making into serious question. Did Wenger underestimate the job at hand? Is Wenger still the right man for the job? I have now formed my own views but I'd let others have a go at answering those tough questions.

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    The way forward for Arsenal

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 13, 2014 10:07
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 13, 2014 12:47 Flag

    "The 'long ball' ......was player by Arsenal the whole game''

    " you only scored because the linesman failed to flag Mert offside."

    ''Wigan were unlucky to lose" ......................... BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

    You know what, Rikki, I couldn't care less about your jealousy.

    What matters most to me is on 17th May 2014, Arsenal will play the FA Cup Final and with it the chance to finally get the broken record spewed by people like you that Arsenal haven't won a trophy in X numbers of years monkey off our backs for good. I'm sure that HURTS Rikki the Arsenal hater MOST.

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 13, 2014 10:07 Flag

    After watching Arsenal knocked out the FA Cup holders last evening, I immediately tuned to the 2nd half of the La Liga match involving Barca v Granada. To my surprise, Barca were a goal down to lowly Granada and chasing the game. Barca had Messi, Fabregas, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Pedro and Mascherano out of their starting 11 on the field, whilst relegation fodder Granada had Tiago Ilori in the centre of their defence, a defender Liverpool farmed out to Granada and considered inferior to Kolo Toure. The main thing I noticed in the match was Barca stuck to their tiki taka philosophy throughout the match, had plenty of possession without ever threatening to equalise, no variation tactically in their play, and were up against an opponent who defended stoutly and were willing to camp in their penalty box. To cut the long story short, Barca suffered a damaging defeat that left their bid for a title in serious jeopardy given the form of their title challengers Ateletico and Real.

    Arsenal had the same unproductive, sterile possession against Wigan and were heading to a damaging defeat at Wembley until we wised up and decided to play the long ball, this change in tactics paid dividend immediately with Per's headed goal.

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    Everton take fourth place!

    by Old Mother Oink! Apr 12, 2014 17:01
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 12, 2014 20:11 Flag

    Not on yer nelly Gov.
    ;)

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 12, 2014 20:09 Flag

    Not pretty nor convincing but Arsenal just about got the job done.

    Getting into the finals is what Semi-final is all about, the lads did that albeit in an unconvincing way.

    Wigan deserved a lot of credit for the way they played and good luck to them in their promotion push.

    Ps, just to inform Rikki that there's a job going for a cleaner at the Emirates, no experience needed. Role involves cleaning our trophy cabinet.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 12:41 Flag

    ""Wenger’s philosophy is to concentrate on Arsenal’s strengths and to send his side out to impose their style of play on the game, rather than trying to counter the opposition.""

    Phew, you only have to watch Arsenal play for 90 minutes to suss that out. You don't need a dumb journo to do that for you.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 12:30 Flag

    As Fab said, it's ALL conjecture, Rikki. Stop jumping up and down like a monkey as if your writer pal has got a Scoop of the Year, it ain't. The fact that there's no SINGLE quote in that article should have set your alarm bell ringing, but we know that Rikki would easily feed on any anti- Arsenal scraps going, typical of you.

    It is clear that your journo friend is obviously adding 2 and 2 together and coming up with 5 as the answer. WRONG, Rikk!

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 11:42 Flag

    ^ as = and