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Ref, It Was Me! 301 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 17, 2014 13:49 Member since: Mar 5, 2013
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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!

  • Reply to

    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.

  • Reply to

    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

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 10:39 Flag

    They only managed to beat Arsenal who were very unlucky to play for 60 minutes or so with a man down. They never beat us when the teams were 11 v 11 as you saw in the return leg.

  • Or simply the better team won, and deservedly so.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 10:03 Flag

    Come on, Rikk. Give us your expert opinion on Man U and Moyes.

    Do you still believe in Moyes? Is he the right man for the OT job?

    We are waiting for answers...........?

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 09:56 Flag

    I knew Man U will eventually crumble even when they were a goal to the good and so it turned out. Surprised? Naah!

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 09:50 Flag

    Europa League it is then........... pmsl at Rikki's bunch of mediocre players.

    Dinamo Tbllisi on Channel 5 NEXT........ hahaha!!

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 09:46 Flag

    You're either blind to the way Arsenal play, or you're wearing blinkers, Rikki.

    Ps, how did your Europa League grade, ''9 defenders at the back'' side got on last evening Rikk?

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 08:53 Flag

    "If you can't see the truth in that, Midget, then you're either blind to the way Arsenal play, or you're wearing blinkers." Your own very words, Rikki.

    Not groundbreaking work for me, this is well in the public domain Rikki, ' you're either blind to the way Arsenal play, or you're wearing blinkers' not to know that (to borrow your expression).

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 08:05 Flag

    It's a lazy journalistic job for me as there's nothing new in the article. Most people are aware already that Arsenal placed too much emphasis on our style of play and little prep job is done on the oppositions play. This is the one of the reasons why managers like Jose Mourinho has had much joy against Arsenal in recent years as they like to zoom in on our weakness rather than focusing mainly on his team's strength (Wenger's main coaching philosophy which may also be a weakness in certain situations) when we play the top sides.

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    PL or FA cup?

    by Govinda Apr 9, 2014 14:29
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 10, 2014 07:48 Flag

    I know it is an overused cliche but I think the main thing is to look at /or take the challenge one game at a time. If we manage to give a performance resembling an Arsenal performance against Wigan at Wembley and qualify for the FA Cup final, that could potentially be a shot in the arm the boys needed in our home game against a tough looking Hammers side. We have been very solid at the Emirates all season with the exception of the Villa game, and playing West Ham at home is an advantage to us. I think the main thing is to play well against Wigan and then take that into the Hammers game.

    I hope the medical team / Wenger won't allow Ramsey to be overused but used sensibly in the forthcoming fixtures bearing in mind his recent return from a long injury spell.