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Not just a good result, but a necessary one.
Now we have to beat Hull. Another three goals should do it. This will be game to send the message that we are not going to go lightly on them in the FA Cup final.
And I don't give a flying f*ck what the #$%$ on here have to say about it either.
Massive result! Well done by the lads. We could have scored even more. Happy to see Wenger finally put his faith in Kallstrom, who didn't to too bad, and allowed Podolski more than 70 minutes. Thought Vermaelen did a decent job as well.
Next Hull, win that game and the ship might be steadied.
Should make a few miserable buggers happy for a change on here. Otherwise they don't give a 'flying f..k' what anyone else does. Which is odd as their performances very much influence what happens to us. But that's this boards make up of dried up old pies who haven't got a clue what the word support means. Podolski and K'strom were a revelation, and didn't Giroud take that goal well? Workman like performance without OTT flare. Well worth the money and the points.
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!
I agree John. Although it would be seen as a demotion, in ideal world Wenger would become more involved with the academy.
I also think Wenger should not be allowed near player acquisition or sales. He should have a say in which players are brought in but after that he should have no say in how much we pay for them or in the negotiations. Not sure who should be in charge of tactics.
IMO Wenger deserves to go out on a high, win the FA cup, secure 4th and make him honorary chairman and bring in Klopp. That would be the best.
I would hate for us to miss 4th and lose the FA cup and for Wenger to be ran out of town. He has done a lot for the club and is a classy guy, and although he should not be allowed the to chose the time he leaves because he is not bigger than the club, he should be respected for his service to the club and get a proper send of.
" I don't give a flying #$%$ what Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea or City do."??????
Oh yes you do John, don't kid yourself....
"Arsenal have to play for the results they can effect, not those they can't."
And that's rather stating the obvious isn't it ??
I don't think Wenger can do it alone. He needs to relinquish some controls at the club. He definitely needs somebody strong to help tactically.
Whether he leaves or moves up the corporate ladder, I don't care. I only care that our club does well and wins silverware.
I don't give a flying #$%$ what Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea or City do.
I am only interested in what my team does. We cannot play in the hope that everyone else loses or draws. Arsenal have to play for the results they can effect, not those they can't.
Cup games can always throw up strange/bizarre results. That's the beauty of these types of competition.
Kallstrom is supposedly a penalty specialist. Hence the reason he took the second penalty after Arteta. (You always get your best penalty takers to go first).
West Ham have lost 5 of the last 6 games. Their only winning result came against Hull...They will also be without their skipper/top scorer Kevin Nolan.
This is a must win game. No excuses.
Everton also have to do the same. Also L'pool and Man C. and Chelsea. Which ever way it all ends up there will be tears....more than likely L'pools. They were not that convincing a C'ship side yesterday, so I have my doubts. Having said that, I would prefer they do win it.....everything is all down to huge 'ifs'........
Is there no end to your 'the glass is half full' philosophy Govinda ? Nothing that Arsene Wenger does can please you. I don't know how you were brought up as child, but everything points to even your father having been a disappointment. But it's no coincidence that every time you talk AW and Arsenal down, it has a positive effect on the result. So do by all means continue being the pessimist. Suits you.
I don't see us winning tomorrow at home against West Ham. We need different tactics and we all know Wenger does not have an ability to hone in on opponents weak spots.
It is also beyond me, why in heaven's name, he ran Ramsey into the ground in his first full game back. Why play him until his legs came of. He now is a doubt against West Ham and even if he plays against West Ham he will be more likely to re-injure himself. Wenger brought in Kallstrom for Ramsey with a few minutes to go in the 2nd half of extra time. Why not take Ramsey out after 70-75 minutes and give him a better chance to figure in the West Ham game? If he did not trust Kallstrom why did he bring him in the winter? I hope I am wrong but I don't expect a win against West Ham.
Wenger said ""The main uncertainties are Monreal who had to come off with a dead leg. Podolski has a little (muscle) problem but I think he will be alright. Then there is Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey (both muscle tightness). They are the main problems."
"I have now formed my own views but I'd let others have a go at answering those tough questions."
Good grief! Who the fluck do you think you are!
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.
...we absolutely have to win.
The last five games of this season have never been so important. None of the last five opponents pose a particularly big threat, but are all potential banana skins. With Everton meeting City and Utd in their run in, we cannot afford to let the pressure fall off. It could cost us a CL place.
Perhaps the biggest game will be the away game against Hull. Steve Bruce has started the mind games in the lead up the FA Cup final, suggesting that all the pressure is on Arsenal. Well if we go there and beat them convincingly, maybe that will put pressure back on their players.
The next few weeks are perhaps the biggest AW will ever face. His contract extension is on the table, ready to be signed. He will leave it until after the last game before deciding what he will do. I just hope he doesn't do the 'selfie' thing if we do manage fourth and the FA Cup.
Irrespective, things need to change at the club to keep near the top of the pile.
I agree with you, managers - with their tactics - have such a big impact on the game. If you look at Man U as a case in point, under SAF the same squad wins the PL under Moyes they don't. If you look at what Rogers or Martinez have managed with their insightful tactics for Pool and Everton, it us undeniable IMO that managers in the modern game have such a big impact and tactics are a big part of that. Last night we switched to 4-4-2 and it paid of, when is the last time we did that?
PS why did we leave Ramsey so long on the pitch? If we don't rate Kalltrom why did we go out and get him?
How is pointing out your mistakes about the long ball, and Mert being offside, jealousy?
Jealousy is YOUR seven years of calling every United win a fluke, intimidation, brown envelopes, etc., etc..
Now, after NINE years, you find yourself in the LUCKY position of not having a top team left in the FA Cup, because most top teams failed to take it seriously, and fielded weakened teams.
Later on today you'll learn if you're facing a bottom trawling Prem team or a lowly Div 1 team.
One thing is certain, if you play the same rubbish in the final against Hull, they'll maintain the monkey for you.
PS: Just as an interesting aside, slayer, did you know that of the top ten teams in the Prem, only Newcastle have scored LESS points this year than Arsenal?