A good old fashioned Gallic challenge! / Midfielder on the cards

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ALmunia
Sagna   Gallas   Verm   Clichy
Fabregas   Denilson   Diaby
Rosicky   Eduardo   Arshavin

Before the game, a minutes silence was held for the victims of the Haitian disaster. Impeccably observed.

Diaby and Arshavin tested Jussi early on with relatively meek shots.

Clichy caused an upset when he hoofed a clearance as far as the edge of the box, Davies manager to get on the end of it, Cahill slotted it home. What a disappointing start and a disappointing return to action for Gael.

Fabregas nearly beat the keeper from a tight angle. Soon after Diaby lost the ball from a weak pass to Arshavin, he ran the length of the pitch, retrieved it, looked up and played a dream pass to Eduardo who was unlucky not to score. Way to recover Abou!

Arshavin went close again after picking up a deflected Diaby pass. Arsenal were getting closer but had to improve their finishing.

Diaby made a sloppy foul on the edge of the box. Almunia did well to get down to Taylors freekick.

Arsenal conceded a corner, Sagna clears to the 18 yard box, Chung picks up the ball and Denilson clattered him. Very poor defending. Almunia couldn’t keep the penalty out despite going the right way and getting an arm to it.

Up the other end, Fab faked a shot, laid off Eddy, but he couldn’t get it past the Finnish keeper. Arsenal continued to press for a goal, something you felt they needed in the first half if they were to nick a win and sure enough it came. Rosicky ran at the Bolton defence, cut the ball outside his marker and smashed supremely inside the near post! The vital goal we needed…

The next half was a pivotal moment in our season. Heading into the nastiest patch of games in a long time, we’d need all the confidence we could muster. Nothing but a win would do. We had to meet the challenge if we were to keep up with our top 3 enemies.

There were many nervous Grovers, I had to remind them of the inspirational Malians who with 11 minutes to spare, scored 4 to level the game. If they could do it, we could… I was hoping the below video was Arsene Wenger’s team talk…

With the half time grovetalk done, we were set to go!

Bolton had the first chance of the half when Diaby fouled and gave Matt Taylor another crack at our goal.

The next key moment came when Gallas stepped on the ankle of mark Davies, won the ball, laid it off to Arshavin who lost the ball, it bobbled to Fabregas who slotted it between the legs of the keeper! GEEEEETTTTT IN!

Did I feel for Davies? Yes. Did I feel for Bolton? Not a bloody chance. I’ve put up with 10 years of their bully boy tactics, it was great to see them lose out because of a bad challenge. Just desserts I believe they call it in the restaurant trade?

Arsenal continued to pressure Bolton, Eddy going close, Cesc still pressurising and pulling strings like a red bull induced banjo player.

Then the break through came. Bolton failed to clear a corner, Vermaelen let it run past him then power sliced it in! What a great goal, the £10million man scored the most important goal of his career! We were back in it! We did it!

Well, maybe not…

Davies was continuing to menace our defence. The white Drogba was cushioning down headers whenever a high ball flew his way. We were going to have to up our game if we wanted to keep the score the same.

Fabregas had a shout for a penalty and although by the letter of the law it was a foul, there was no way he was controlling the ball.

Diaby picked up an injury, which meant Eastmond entered the game. The injury crisis had entered code red status. If Wenger doesn’t think it’s a good idea to sign a player now, he’s lost his marbles. Heading into the nasty period with just Eastmond and Denilson in the for defensive cover would be suicidal. Get on the blower Arsene and get Behrami in.

Clichy did his best to relive his first half calamity by clearing high to 3 Bolton players in the 6 yard box. Klasnic went close with a rasping shot. Why he didn’t start is beyond me.

Arsenal finished the game off when Cesc played to Eddy, who flicked to Arshavin who took the ball away from goal and smashed it into the net. A superb goal!

Arsenal played out the remainder of the game on top. The 4th official flashed up 6 minutes of injury time, a number I wouldn’t have felt comfortable with had we only been one up!

The whistle blew, we were top of the league!

Arsenal didn’t just beat Bolton, we battered them. Our team of missing spine has turned into a team of tough tackling beasts who are prepared to rough it. We showed superb character to come back from two down, a Grove first. We never gave up and proved to the world we are in this for the long run. The first half wasn’t the best, but we still created. The second half was the most jealous I’ve been in a while as I wasn’t in attendance!

Make no bones about it, that was the most important result of the season. We head into the nasty period high brimming with confidence, in form and in contention.

Life couldn’t be better, actually it could, Spurs lost as well!

Ratings

Almunia: Claimed his crosses quite well, had no chance for the goals. Reasonably quiet game considering the score line. Made a superb save from Matt Taylors freekick. No chance with the goals despite what some will tell you. Penalties are luck of the draw, the second one, well, if he’d dived, it’d have been a guess, stand tall was his only option. 7

Clichy: A very shaky return to the game. I know Traore had a shocker in the last match, but nothing compared to the mare Gael had. He was responsible for the first goal and he nearly replicated the mistake later. I’ll put it down to rust… not a seasons worth of poor form continued. 5

Sagna: A solid game, poor and unnecessary crossing. Especially against the height of Bolton. 7

Gallas: Had a torrid time dealing with Kevin Davies aerial threat. Hardly won a header. Good solid tackle from him on the Bolton player… when you both go in 100%, injuries can happen. Bolton need to stop being girls about it and man up. British fairies, we need more French players in the Premiership. Jokes aside, it was an accident, no one died. Like Wenger said, lets put a video together of the tackles from both games and see whose were worse. Actually, how about a video montage of the last ten years? It’s amazing the disgust evident amongst commentators when an Arsenal player makes a poor challenge. 7

Vermaelen: Scored the most important goal of his Arsenal career with a super strike. Struggled in the air today, but I guess if Bolton do anything well, it’s winning high balls. 7

Cesc: The best centre midfielder in the world at the moment, without doubt. Ran the show today, picked us up when were down and lead by example. Superb. 9

Denilson: Sloppy, sloppy penalty to concede. His game did pick up after that but it was still littered with basic errors. He is fresh back in the team and it will take a while to get back, I just worry how badly he’ll get punished by the top teams if he continues to stutter in the coming weeks. I’m yet to be convinced by this man, but there’s always time for a flump. 5.5

Diaby: I thought he was having a superb game. He’s beginning to add defensive responsibility to his game and he is continuing to use his giant frame to his advantage. I’m gutted he’s picked up an injury, especially as we know that’ll be him out for at least a month if his track record is anything to go by. Also had an assist. 8

Arshavin: As we don’t have a target man, we have to make sure the passing is intricate and difficult to deal with up top. Tonight, he helped that process along and finally got himself on the score sheet (plus an assist). A good game, though I feel we should possibly be seeing more of his brilliance on a regular basis. 7.5

Eduardo: Again, he’s never going to win the physical battles but he has a faster brain than most. His passing was good tonight and he carved himself out a number of chances which I can assure you will begin to drop in during the coming weeks. Another assist for the Crozillian. 7.5

Rosicky: I’m falling back in love with this mans skills. He opens up teams with his vision, superior movement and quick turn of pace. He scored a lovely goal today and helped keep things ticking over up front. He’s a trier as well, which makes him doubly important for us. 8

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  1. stonroy

    Morning ll so good old Myles Palmer has a mate that says he saw Dzeko at the ground last night. As much as this would make my year i just can’t believe it to be true.

  2. ArseShaven

    Ok lets end the season now, well played everyone we win c ya next year. Almunia could have done better for the first goal? Might have dived at least. Who cares! We’re champions

  3. SUGA3

    morning y’all…

    just to continue the remarkable love-in we observed at LG last night:

    I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

    and oh, great post, Mr Optimist 😉

  4. LadyGooner

    Anyone else hear the rumours that Dzeko was at the Grove last night? And coupled that with Wenger apparently missing training yesterday…If its a joke, its a very mean because its getting my hopes up, 🙁 lol

  5. rob green

    Great great great result but i dont want to get to carried away. Wenger must buy now. We can really go fir it if he does!!

  6. Odub

    Top post.

    Only gripes with yesterday were Clichy’s performance, and how the fuck did Denilson get 90 minutes?!!! Eastmond should have started end of, if he tired again then bring on Denilson, he was woeful yesterday.

    Even Rosicky (!!) and Diaby made more tackles than our alleged holding midfielder.

    Last gripe is with the mrons who started singing ”we’re gonna win the league” after the 4th went in!! It’s January ffs!

    Anyway, good come back, let’s just not make a habit of giving teams a 2 goal start! On a day we proved we’ve grown up, Let’s concentrate on the positives.

    On another note, was nice to meet goonermichael yesterday as well as the regulars, Geoff, Franchise and Bud.

  7. SUGA3

    Diaby’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time – come on you rip roaring Eagles of Carthage!!!

    that is a nickname for Tunisia national team before someone asks 😆

  8. Doublegooner

    Hey Pedro:

    Am I the only one who thinks Diaby is at best – no more than average.

    Neither one thing or another.

    Denilson was utter pap.

    We did fantastic to win that – but hand on heart does anyone think Diaby & Denilson are the best we can do ??

  9. RockyPires

    Morning fellow top of the league supporters.
    BALLS thats what we showed.
    Gallas,Verm,Cesc and Rosicky all showed necessary ball as you would expect but Diaby,Arshavin,EDS and Sagna put in hard grafts too and will need that from them throughout the season if we intend to stay top of the league.

    Almunia is a major liability he has our centrehalves trying to cover him, the whole team shudders when we conceed a corner.
    WE need him out. Fabianski will get his go the weekend but what about David James, Pompey owe us money maybe a deal could be struck there.

    Steve Coppell didnt hold back any punches as regards Almunia so hopefully that doesnt make Wenger more stubborn and play him regardless.

    Anyways well done gunners

  10. JohnA

    According to Myles Palmer, Ajay’s mate saw Dzeko at the Emirates last night. Surely someone else from the 59,000 other people there would have also seen him don’t you think?

    I’d love to believe it, but I doubt very much there’s any truth in it.

  11. gnarleygeorge9

    Cheers Suga.

    Every where else is boning up about the Poo & how Tevez didn’t get respect from some has been club. No one is showing us the respect we deserve. & it pisses me off.

    We must move on from now, us against the rest, a seige mentality & take it one game @ a time. Lets stick up those other fuckers where the sun don’t shine, big time 😈

  12. Clacko the gooner

    Morning all,

    What a great feeling it is to be looking down on everyone else.

    Love the Dzeko rumors but i just don’t believe it at the moment.

    i was gutted that Eastmond wasn’t given another go last night, we kept a clean sheet with him and let two in wothout him.

  13. frichie79

    Great result last night… A come back of Champions. pity Chelsea have a game in hand on us now, but at least they will be feeling the added pressure.

    I dont want to hear any moaning about Denilson or Diaby today, yes Den’s penalty was a rash challenge and stupid which could have cost us the game, but those two were also part of the team that hauled back 4 goals and took us to the top. Lets just enjoy it, and hope Diaby isnt badly injured.

  14. izham

    morning fellas…feels great to be top again ain’t it?? the way we regroup,and muster the courage to get in Bolton’s face..

    rosicky is like a new signing..he’s important for us in the run in..

  15. gnarleygeorge9

    ……….& when we win, I want to see all the rest hurting. But first things first, get the wins, then drive a stake deep into the oppositions heart. They must suffer to the max.

    The Arsenal has the PL by the throat, now its time to go for the kill 👿

  16. RockyPires

    Xavi for me the pure foresight he had.

    Diaby is proving to be what we hoped and can improve even moreso, Denilson I do worry about, he tries to be too smart for his own good. Hopefully Song will be on his way back ASAP, I think we will manage without him against Villa but Man U is a different kettle of rotten shrek like fish.

    Citeh now want Gago aswell as Flamini, seriously where will they play them all, Gago as I have said before is a good player but doubt we will go for him now but would be a definite improvment on Deni.

    Eastmond settled in well last night also and looked tha part so we should see him start the weekend.

    Speaking of which I would now go for
    __________________Fabi
    Sagna____Campbell____Vermie___Sly
    ___________Eastmond
    ______Merida_______Denilson
    ___Vela______Theo___JET

  17. Oskar

    The Dzeko rumours have popped up everywhere and apparently there has been alot of sightings. So yeah he was most likely there last night. The big question is if he was there to sign for Arsenal? I definately hope so because it is the signing Wenger should have made in the summer after selling Adebayor.

    After watching Wenger’s post match interview I think there might be some truth in the rumours about Chris Smalling. He usually quashes rumours instantly!

  18. vinnyjones

    if terry or carra make that tackle it gets played down. but a french player . how dare he. this media bullying will only make us stronger. yesterday`s performance is one worthy of a champion team which i believe is becoming more of a reality.

  19. JoeBaker64

    Sorry Frich. I was at the game last night and I have to confess, it took me 50!! minutes to realise Denilson was on the pitch. Most of the time I was only aware of a smudge running around in green boots. It didn’t even register it was the smudge that gave away the penalty. After 0-2 it was a bit like the charge of the light brigade – into the valley of death rode the valiant 600 (or 60,034 if want the Arsenal FC version).

  20. Franchise

    Barac and the slide rule pass????? That is why they can afford to play midgets so high up the pitch

    some perspective guys

    Great comeback win but Bolton are 19th for a reason after 22 games

    also the team flaws rears its ugly head once again

    better sides would have made us suffer

    We are top of the league so lets enjoy it while it lasts

    4 biggies coming up…… those games will probably be the difference between being 1st 2nd or 3rd

    we have the chance to rob our contenders of points. I have already filled my pants with poo and none of those games especially Mancs at home and Chavs away have not kicked off yet 😀

  21. Rich from the North Bank

    We are top of the league say we are top of the league!!!!!!

    Well done Arsenal, you’ve just made my year!! What a game, fuck all of you doubters – you know nothing!

    We’re going to win the league, and going to show the world what a team we are!
    Come on you fucking Reds!!!!!

    Gooooooooooooooooners!

  22. izham

    no probs gnarley..just doing my part for all Gooners to enjoy the football and the day we’re top and remain there for the rest of the season..

    anyway i didn’t catch the first half as my link frozed..the 2nd half was a treat,not a glitch

  23. JoeBaker64

    Got home to watch the highlights on Sky. Anyone see that nob, Richard Keys trying to goad his co presenters into agreeing the FA should take a look at the Gallas tackle?

  24. Franchise

    Gunner UNIT Says:

    January 21, 2010 at 09:47
    As awfull as it sounds, What do you guys think K Davies could do in an Arsenal Shirt?

    He could do anything he likes in an Arsenal Shirt as long as he doesnt come out of the tunnel for us 😀

  25. Rhyle

    Spot on with your call of the game and scores for the team – with one exception (there’s always one!) – Diaby. thought his distribution in the first half was almost as poor as Denilsons bar a couple of positive instances and his tackling was atrocious, bar one great (and I mean GREAT) challenge in the second half. Worked hard, like a carthorse but a serious lack of quality – a just about above average score of 6 out of 10.

  26. Mr B

    Morning Everyone!

    I dont know what Bolton are complaining about we kicked the ball out of play……..into the back of the net!!!

    MHWAHAHWAHWAHAWHA!

  27. Rhyle

    I heard someone mention it on the radio last night and it’s been reported on ANR this morning…

    Anyone get a picture? No? Hmmmm….

  28. Clacko the gooner

    joe, yeah i was watching that too mate. Sorry but if they aren’t going to review the ABH that taylor did on cesc then how the fuck can they justify looking again at the Gallas tackle?

  29. Big Dave

    Great game last night, you need to have a good heart if you are watching the mighty gunners

    Still have concerns over the defence, well clichy mainly, that clearence was awfull, more sunday league footy. And Denilson still doesn’t do it for me, I wish we had a better midfielder with Cesc.

    Anyway great strength in coming back, the 1st goal just before half time was so important

  30. Gunner UNIT

    @ Franchise i feel the same but realisticly imagine him winning all the arial balls and knocking them down for AA23 Fab and Rosicky? . We could just feed of him all the time

  31. jules

    WELL DONE ARSENAL FOR PLAYING ON .

    FOR SHOWING A BIT OF BOLLOCKS , IT CHANGED THE GAME

    TO WENGER FOR FUCKING OFF THE INTERVIEWER

    TO THE BOYS , FUCKING BRILLIANT NIGHT LAST NIGHT

    DO YOU THINK BOLTON WOULD HAVE KICKED THE BALL OUT FOR US !!!???

    FUNNY HOW SKY AND TALKSPORT ARE ALL OVER GALLAS BUT NOTHING ABOUT TAYLOR ON CESC , ROBINSON , MC CANN SHOCKING TACKLE ON AA ETC

    FUCK OFF BOLTON YOU DIRTY FUCKERS , FUCK OFF SKY AND TALK SPORT

    BEST NIGHT IVE HAD AT THE EMERITES FOR YEARS .

    GOONERS

  32. Gunners The Stunners

    Morning all,

    What a great performance and fantastic result last night. Feels awesome to be top of the league. Let’s stay there until the end of the season… 😀

    Also, what a comeback. It felt like the script was already written. Anyone remember 2003-04, against Liverpool we were 1-2 down at half time and came back to win 4-2. Stuff of the Champions, we can proudly say that now…

  33. Big Johan

    Spot on with the ratings – and a fair comment on Almunia too – also a mention for Theo’s fiery 5 minute cameo….

  34. izham

    stop listening to all the so called pundits..they’re a bunch of wankers and they have an agenda against arsenal and arsene for fielding foreign or non-british players..they’re racist if i must say..

    we don’t have this problem when we had the famous back 5..but now we do,so think about it..

    sorry if u don’t agree with me,but it’s the truth..

  35. Gunners The Stunners

    Jules,

    Absolutely right about Richard Keys. The wanker saw the table and said, ‘Arsenal are on top of the Premier League table but let’s talk about who will finish 4th?’ WTF…

  36. B.B.K

    Ajay’s m8 must of been seeing things lol.ON a finer note,it gives me no greater pleasure then bolton feeling aggreaved over one of there players on the deck while we go on to score,they are the scum of the scum and i love it,there 84 fans they brought are complete cunts as well and so is owen coyle.Great win last night,bollocks about diaby getting injured again,if we manage to pull this off and win the league it will be a miracle……..

  37. B.B.K

    And another thiong that bolton cunt managed to flick the ball away from gallas the way these cunts are going on it’s as if gallas tried to break his leg,as usual it will be a 2 week witch hunt against us,and i say fuck them.

  38. Big Dave

    Spoke to my mate who has connections with Fulham, and he tells me that we are defo intrested in that defender and a deal could be done by the end of the month possiblly with him staying @ Fulham until end of the season

  39. jules

    He is such a twat Stunners .

    They did,nt even reply Taylor on Csec ,

    I was there last night , McCann put in a shocker on aa

    no mention or replay of that one !! strange .

  40. zorr0

    They had a player go down when they were losing and they played on, perhaps because they had the ball and were attacking! Hypocrites!

    Some twat on a Bolton blog slagged us off yesterday. Seems the karma police came a knocking for him last night!

    WTF was wrong with Sagna’s arm????

  41. izham

    ok i’ll rephrase it..don’t listen to the so called pundits,they’re wankers..they have an agenda against arsenal and arsene for fielding non-british players..

    we had none of this back in the days when we had the famous back 5..think about it guys

    i hope this is the better version pedro..

  42. Kunle Adebisi

    My yesterday was good; better; and best

    Good because Nigeria qualifies for quarter final of African Nation cup.

    Better because Arsenalcame from 0-2 down to beat bully Bolton, 4-2.

    Best because: SPURS LOST

  43. Kunle4Fabregas

    My yesterday was good; better and best.

    Good because Nigeria qualifies for quarter final of African nations cup.

    Better because Arsenal came from 0-2 to beat bully Boltons 4-2

    Best because: SPURS LOST

  44. Arsenal Tom

    morning all, good post even better result!!

    rosicky is really showing his worth now, hope anyone who doubted him getting that new deal can see that cos without him we’d be in even more trouble!

    hope the dzeko talk is true!!

    sol, smalling & dzeko would be a great jan window, just need a midfielder 😉

  45. Telarse

    Sorry but I’m still not impressed by Diaby. He’s a hell of a lot better than a few months ago but still not good enough defensively or offensively. I don’t believe we need a defensive midfielder with one ounce of attacking, dribbling, shooting or passing ability. Ability to tackle is all I want to see in the player in this position. Just win the ball on the ground and, as a bonus, in the air and pass it 5 or 10 yards to one of our many creative players. A bit of speed would help to – Song is ok, greatly improved, but seems to me to lumber about and get in the way of the opposition rather than tackle. These players should be learning in the reserves or on loan not risking our success in the first team. I never agreed with Wenker’s policy of not signing experienced players as they block the development of young players. This policy allows inedequate players to wear the shirt of our beloved Arsenal! If they were being blocked then they were not good enough and should be blocked until they are. There are and always have been players out ther to buy at reasonable prices – to win the Premiership in the last few years one of the Bolton thugs would have made a difference Kevin Nolan would’ve done us more good than Denilson, Diaby, Song or Eboue (I’ve missed Eboue’s fight and strength lately!) Kevin Davies up front for us right now would vastly improve our options, he might even get to one of Sagna’s crosses (well…maybe not…at least not without scaffolding!) He would certainly give a lot of joy to whoever played around him. I know he’s acunt but we couln’t have do with a cunt aongst our pussies! (there’s a joke there somewhere!) Still hopeful rather than expectant – we should be expectant! Scared last night’s comeback and being top will satisfy Wenker that we’re ok for players.

  46. signori

    we are top of the league!!!any news on Diaby’s injury? these injuries are becoming too much, how i pray that cameroon gets knocked out today and Wenger charters a jet to fly Song home, tonight!!!

  47. ethangunner

    oh shit diaby is out , just when i started liking the lad for putting half the bolton regulars into there sickbay !

  48. Gunners The Stunners

    Yeah Jules,

    As Pedro mentioned is the post that it was an accident, no one died so get over it, you all Bolton wankers. We won it, No, we hammered them last night.

    Also, not a mention on Sky about our grit & determination to come back from 1-2 down and winning it 4-2. I screamed my lungs out when Arsh scored the 4th.

  49. ArseShaven

    Izham when we had the famous back five we got loads more shit than we do now! Boring boring arsenal n all that bollocks. Racism’s got nowt to do with it. Who gives a toss what they say anyway, look at the league

  50. ethangunner

    BBK

    look at almunia’s reaction after the goal .
    he knew he could of done better ..

    he’s not paid the big bucks in a big team to not pull off the occasional miracle .

    the only miracle i can see is he is still our number 1 currently !

  51. Goonerman

    Back page of The Sun states ‘ASSAULT’ re the Gallas tackle. Wankers.

    I get really annoyed as they still maintain that the Martin Taylor tackle was just a simple easily made mistake by an honest English guy.

  52. Jerseygooner

    Morning All,

    I watched the highlights on sky as well and agree with the earlier comments about Keys bias. I also second the congrats to Wenger for a quick comeback with the “comparison of fouls” good on ya

    Arsenalised – I agree he should have passed

    BTW did anyone notice on Tuesday when citeh were in the tunnel pre-match about to walk out to the tune of “Right here, Right now” They even steal our (old) songs!

  53. Gunners The Stunners

    BBK,

    Are you talking about Rosicky’s goal. What a beautiful shot that was! No mention on SSN last night, the reporter said Fab4 passed the ball to Rosicky for Arsenal’s 1st goal.

    What a bunch of jealous fuckers are there Sky Sports pundits and commentators!

    TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. ethangunner

    when he can keep a back to back clean sheets and stop hemorrhaging goals then i will lay off him 🙂

    but the defense look shaky because of him ..
    he affects other aspects of the game like ade did .

    it has to catch up with you in the end .
    the only way to change his fate is to start getting water tight ..

    stop letting them in , for a while ..

    a run of form if you will ..
    only that will save his bacon ! .

  55. izham

    i read a report and it says us,”the current premier league leaders”…wow it’s been a while since i heard that..now it’s time to see if they’ll mention us as “the premier league champions” and “defending champions”

    that’ll surely send chills down my spine..

  56. Brighty

    Anyone else see Theo Walcott’s little hissy fit, strop last night cos Arshavin didnt square the ball for him to have an easy tap in at the end of the game. He’s a pathetic child who has not progressed at all in 3 years at the club and it was disgraceful.
    We were 2 goals up with 3 minutes to go and Arshavin had created the chance himself and had every right to not put it on a plate for Theo.
    Don’t get me wrong if would have affected the result ie we were a goal down or if would have given us the win then of course Arshavin should have squared it but that wasnt case.
    Walcott seems to have this hero like status with many gooners even though he hasn’t achieved anything at the club whatsoever. 60k a week!!!!
    At least with Gibbs, Ramsey, Merida etc you can see the progression – with Theo – Zero.
    Yeh he’s been unlucky with injuries but with 71 appearances for the club you would expect to see a hell of a lot more from a kid who from what I have seen would be better off at a school sport’s day running race.

  57. izham

    arseshaven what i meant was ever since AW took over not before..we had loads of English players and were playing beautiful football then,we didn’t get any of this shit..

    and recently eddie’s penalty against celtic,henry’s handball for france against ireland(they mention ex-arsenal player,not current barca player)..

    what’s up with that??

  58. Del 2

    Amazing all the commentators changed their tune when we were winning and watching the news this morning they didnt even show our goals but showed the rest

  59. zorr0

    Although I think Theo had the right to be p&ssed off with AA for not passing, if Theo had dropped a yard or two back, it would have made it possible, but as usual he steamed off and when he did not get the ball early, he was a little too square on for AA to be sure the defender would not nick the ball. Bad play from TW imo and symptomatic of his “progress”!

  60. Brighty

    Goonerman – Agree but as I said in that situation 2 goals up 3 mins to go plus the fact that Arshavin created it himself out of nothing – Theo looked like a pathetic child having a tantrum.

  61. frichie79

    Arshavin couldnt have squared the ball for Theo, the defender came across blocking that pass, if he had played it a lot earlier then maybe THeo could have scored, but if he had played it forward to go behind the defender , the keeper would have got it.

    Right choice in my opinion.

    Its also easy to to say OUR players (den and diaby) were making sloppy passes and passengers etc, but in the context of Bolton who were closing down players very quickly, and getting away with numerous fouls, cut them some freakin slack!

  62. Johan

    Doublegooner & Telarse

    Diaby has the all around ability for our midfield. Nuff said.

    What makes him great though is his pace and the fact that he is really tough physically. We need height and power in the midget factory to win the league!

    Btw, it might be happenstance, but look at the spell where Diaby was injured. That’s when we lost those 11pts to Chelsea, and when he came back we took them back aswell.

    Him being the all around CM he is allows Cesc a much more free role, and that makes a lot of a difference.

    I got a bad feeling now that he’s injured.

  63. Brighty

    I just dont understand this hero status Theo has with Gooners when he hasnt achieved anything – if anything he has gone backwards!