Arsenal go to Wales! | Arteta possibly injured | 1 Million comments this week

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Bore da gyfeillion Le Grove.

That’s a big fat welcome in the good language of Welsh. Why? Because Swansea is in Wales and I want to celebrate diversity.

I’m looking forward to this afternoons game because we know Swansea will play an open game. They’ll try and hit us on the wings with their pace and they’ll certainly leave gaps. According to the stats, Swansea are more efficient at the passing game than United, Liverpool and Spurs. They might not be as adventurous, but a super stat all the same, top 4 stuff from a newly promoted team is testament to the excellent vision of career manager Brendan Rodgers. Another interesting stat for all the muppets that slag of the Premier League and its technical ability is that the Premier League is more effiecient than La Liga with accurate passing in the final third according to Rafa Benitez and his data analysts.

Today is a prime game for Theo to showcase why he’s the best player in the universe and it might even be a good game to unleash the raw talents of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

My gut feeling says that Wenger will go for experience over the folly of youth. So I’m expecting him to start Theo and Arshavin out wide… and possibly Thierry through the middle. It feels like the sort of game we should be resting Robin, trouble is, outside Thierry, all we have is risk. That said, he did take Park Chu Young off in midweek, so maybe we’ll get to see the explosive marketing talents of the Asian dream. We know he can finish because we’ve seen him score before. Question is, will he be able to handle the rough and tumble of the Welsh?

In defence, things are still looking about as promising as the French credit rating, so the midfield will have to muck in at the back. The wingers will also have to offer as much cover as they can. JD returns to the side, he certainly doesn’t need an invitation to play like a rusty nail. At left back, I’m guessing we’ll opt for Miquel, who looks like Pires, Benny and Rosicky all rolled into one. Let’s be honest… he’d make a marvellous Gooner paternity special on the Jeremy Kyle Show… my money would be on Bobby, the man oozes reproduction.

The centre backs will be Koscielny and Mertesacker. I’m pretty sure those two will deal with Swansea. In midfield, Ramsey, Song and Arteta will probably start again. I’m not sure when Arteta is going to land a rest… maybe when Diaby comes back? Which will be next season. Let’s hope he powers his way through another game… his experience in the middle is hugely underplayed at the moment.

Word has it that Arteta may have picked up an injury, so he’s rumoured to be out the line up. Who we slip into the middle now is a mystery. Kind of an ideal game for Frimpong. As he’s not there, things really do look precarious. Do we move JD from right back into the holding role and move Song forward. Do we move JD into the centre of defence, bring Yennaris in and play Koscielny in the middle of the park. Or do we slip Rosicky or Benyaoun into the middle and hope they give us the same stability Arteta does. I know our injuries are bad at the moment, but it’s not like we don’t have these same issues every year… we should have more players to call upon to deal with it. Instead, we’ll have to patch up the midfield with a damp, soggy plaster.

Wenger always tries to work through with the bare minimum and invariably, it always bites him on the arse. I’m reading the Alex Fynn book on making Arsenal a superclub. Great book, but reading the last 5 season back you end up bashing your head against whatever is nearest.  It’s ground hog day over and over again with the same pitiful excuses. It kind of worked at the start, apparently Wenger couldn’t play Theo for the first year we signed him because we couldn’t afford the initial first appearance fee. We also had to defer Robin Van Persie’s transfer when we first went in for him because we were skint. However, from January 2008, we’ve been caked in cash for him to spend. We had £18million to go into market with in 2008… and it’s roughly been the same or higher since.

The manager is complaining about the transfer window again and the pressure it brings…

“Everybody becomes nervous in November until January. Then players maybe think, ‘If I don’t play then I will leave in January’. They are already less committed to the cause, it gives them an opening.

“We have gone from a period where we knew if we didn’t play we had to be committed to the club, had no other option but to fight for the place.

This is true, but it’s not something we haven’t been aware of since 2002. Moaning on about how hard it is just feels like deflection tactics again, because interestingly enough, we can’t find players in the summer either. Now, we’ve either got a manager who has totally lost the ability to identify players or we have a broken scouting network. We could blame the board, but they seemed to pull it together quite nicely when Wenger was under pressure. Remember as well, the board when it comes to transfers is Gazidis. The rest are obsolete or figure heads.

Either way, it’s looking bleak for January action. As for Saad Al Mukhaini… what the hell is that all about? Wenger now seems to be going to comical lengths to be seen as the wizard of value… You’d have better chance of finding a good left back over Hackney Marshes.

I think the key today is our finishing. The team isn’t performing in front of goal at the moment and confidence is shot to pieces. The longer missed chance go begging, the less likely we are to break the deadlock… especially with players like Gervinho and Chamakh (oh I jest) missing. I’m confident it won’t come to that, I’m hoping that the Leeds game will spark a bit of inspiration in the rest of the side and I’d like to think we’ve been working on finishing over the last week.

We have a chance to push further ahead of Liverpool after another draw from them and we have the chance to catch two points on Spurs (well played Frimpong). Tomorrow isn’t about excuses and bitching about the conspiracy of referees, complimenting Swansea on being a major force in the Premiership or blaming injuries for our woes. It’s time to take the season by the scruff of the neck and kick it up the Arsenal. At the end of the season, only one thing matters… that’s points. How you get them or lose them is totally irrelevant. So let’s push on and make sure we seize the day.

Just to keep you up to date… we’re on schedule to have a new site up and running by the end of the month. I think it’s looking smart, and hopefully you will too when I let you loose on the BETA version in a couple of weeks time. A nice touch is that next week, it looks like we’ll break a million approved comments before we leave this home. We’re 2400 away from the magic number! If the millionth comment is from a London based Grover who goes to the game, I’ll buy you a Peroni before a pre match. If you’re based abroad, I’ll give you a lovely cyber high five! A million in a little over 4 years… very exciting, so a big thanks to everyone who has contributed to that number!

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Right, enjoy your day, let’s be having those three points lads!

P.S. Take a look at Rambo’s appeal in the press for a missing man.

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  1. Adam A. Carbarundum

    Here it comes…That awful feeling again.

    We have been here before, a year ago. Nothing has changed, we have a manager that remains completely delusional that nothing is wrong that a few guys coming back from injury can’t fix. Really Arsene? Really?? Really??? What you have coming back is not going to fix what is wrong with this team, not even close. Top 3 has never been in the cards and now Top 4? Less than doubtful, not even realistic any longer. This is Wenger’s team, make no doubt about it. He lives and dies with it…its all his.

    Here it comes…That awful feeling again.

  2. gats

    wACOTT IS SHITE, ARSHAVIN IS SHITE, JD IS SHITE MERTSACKER IS A 6FOOT7 PIECE OF SHITE, song is shite, chamakh is shite, rosicky is shite, Diaby is shitE, park dont even play thats how shite wenger thinks he is, benayoun is shite, gervinho is shite, RAMSEY IS SHITE, GIBBS IS SHITE etc etc.

    Peter hillwood can fuck of, wenger cna fuck of, gazidias can fuck of, kroenke can fuck of as well. BRING IN USMANOV AND DEIN NOW!!!!!

  3. ml

    that was awful back to the arsenal of last season. without vermalen its not surprise the defence looks awful.

    whos bothered about scrapping for fourth anymore, van persie will go anyway. nice little addition to the bank account.

    how depressing wolves, fulham (home and away) and now this dross. 10 easy points there.

  4. Socrates

    Stopped watching in the 90th minute, what makes it even more sad is that was probably our best team playing and even if we were given another 90 mins we would still lose that game.

  5. raisonar

    In all these years of trophy drought, we have just the Beautiful football to boast about..wenger has now taken that away from us…hate to say but spurs plays way better than us.
    Another 8-2 on cards next week?

  6. Lordbergkamp

    For years we’ve played with a french mentality – when you’re winning you bully the fuck out of everybody.

    When things go against you – run away and protect your wine collection until the war is over.

    The team needs a tough, english spine. Scott Parker would have been that. Look at the spuds.

    If arsene really believes that parker isn’t good enough for arsenal then… well… that says all you need to know about his ability to pick a player.

    Oh and he could have signed Cahill and now he’s at Chelski – hope that doesn’t come back to haunt us… course it will!!!!!

  7. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    sean, with your creative language there is only one person looking like a penis…. you carry on getting upset over this result, whilst the players you idolise carry on making millions a year without a care fornthe club like you and i, so what if i wanted a spanking from swans, its my way of showing disgust to a vlubs i once loved.

    but you carry on crying fella its alright.

  8. paul mc daid

    Wenger has destroyed the team,he and this board have to go as they are clueless,they will destroy the club next if they are not stopped.

  9. SpanishDave

    Predictable, Wenger please go do us a favour. Ramsey is average so is Walcott. Until we have a major shake up in our club we had better get used to this crap.
    Average mid table thanks Wenger your youth set up is poor your attitude is 10 years out of date. Ego Ego

  10. ml

    fourths gone now , im not bothered about most of that team anymore. than can all say i need to be playing champions leagure football at the end of the season and f off !

    no heart, no passion. sure wenger will say the came tunred on the penalty

    well get battered next week by unit

  11. gats

    WTF does mertasacker give to the team? This fucker has no pace, cant pass for shite, misses from 4 yards out, and is the only 6 foot 7defender on the planet that cant outjump 5ft midgets. mertascaker is a bloody joke.

  12. arsenal1886-2006

    RCB says:
    January 15, 2012 at 18:16
    “Dont worry guys. Saad Al Mukhaini will save us.”

    That whole deal reeks of sponsorship deals and making wonga, same as Park.

  13. kwik fit

    I don’t think it matter’s who Wenger sign’s anymore. Even if he bought the entire Barca team he would succeed in making them also rans.

  14. HK Gooner

    I think it’s too late now the fucking old cunt can’t do anything about this situation. Before this one, I would say 70% out of top 4 but now more than 90%. It’s good to my health as a hkgooner no need to get up at 3:45am again midweek. Let’s boycott the season tickets, all merchanise, until this fucking director board out. This board is betraying the hearts of all fans, they are a group of liars. We support the team we love but hate this fucking money grabbing board.

  15. Joppa Road

    So when I bang on about an English spine and you lot all mock me, tell me, who is right you or me?

    Because from where I sit Baines, Young, Cahill and Parker would of made us twice the side we are now. But then again you guys know best.


  16. Ian Selley


    The frustration, the heart rate, the sweat! You would think I would be talking about a tight game between us and Barca.

    But no, its the newly promoted Swans.

    What The Fuck????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why is it that only Arsenal can concede so quick after scoring, always us, always the subject of ridicule from my spud mates. Team of fucking bottlers. JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so rage!!

  17. Robert G

    Undone by a battling yet technical Swansea, we could and should of at least got a draw but no more.

    Alex Song casually walking around all game as if he’s fucking world class, cunt needs a kick up the arse. Arshavin is dreadful and Walcott aint much better despite a good finish for the 2nd. Who the fuck is supposed to be feeding RVP nowadays, cos he again was fed scraps today.

    All fucking summer to replace Fab4 & Nasri, then they go fuck up the Mata deal, God how we need a player like him. Then he’s forced into panic buying once Manure wipe the floor with us, what an embarrassment.

    And what of Stagnant Stan? Well, fuck all as usual, he’s just after the TV deals next season isn’t he.

    10 points behind fucking Sp#ds, disgusting!!

  18. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    RAMBO was not te worst player on the pitch, but at least RAMBO was trying to spark things up, theo was more worried about getting his kit dirty, RAMBO covered every blade of grass and must be appuladed, ok he made a few errors, who did not?

  19. RCB

    “We have to be realistic. No one gave us a chance after our poor start to the season. But we are still fighting for 4th spot.”

  20. Stu2323

    afraid that is unacceptable for The arsenal,no disrespect to Swansea for playing well-but we should be rolling them over.we have to get rid of the deadwood and leeches now and rebuild,not sure i would be behind Wenger having no accountability either.
    Got to be brutal,Gibbs has never played more than 5 games in a row,Diaby as well-get rid.

  21. Samir

    Agreed Joppa Road;

    We all have said that time and time again!
    Wenger is the fucking problem!
    Imagine a:


  22. Adam A. Carbarundum

    In all honesty, I cannot recall a match where a far lesser side has dominated us the way Swansea did today. Injuries aside, that says an awful lot about what you have…inside. We ask, as fans and supporters, that those putting on the jersey put an honest effort in game in and game out. What I saw today was a team that no longer appears fatigued, they just plain look disinterested.

    Here it comes…That awful feeling again.

  23. Joppa Road

    Wenger, who fkin fault was it we started the season so badly?? Fkin twat.

    He should of at least offered his resignation after the 8-2 result. Yet he came out with excuses.

    This manager is one dimensional now. He needs to do the decent thing and step down – as do the board.

  24. Paulinho

    Keyser – Don’t worry, United are only 12 points ahead of us, and they lost to Blackburn and Newcastle last week. Let’s not lose perspective here.

  25. charles

    What is fucking tragic is the team isn’t actually that bad in terms of personnel. Our first 11 is good the problem is you are going to get injuries and we waste spots on in our 25 man squad on perma crocked players like diaby, gibbs and rosicky and then just shit players like squillaci, mertersacker, walcott and chamakh. FFS ship them out and sign some players which aren’t fucking injured all the time or just shite 80% of the time.

    We have dropped vital points over the christmas period becuase we don’t have any specialist fullbacks so we have played players out of position which has caused injuries to them which means we have no cover in defence or midfield so then we run our first choice into the ground so they like look shite.

    Wenger said at the start of the Xmas period he would sign a specialist fullback so this wouldn’t happen … LYING CUNT.

    He has made a team which is 80% there to being title contenders. We all know all he has to do is give up on the perma crocked players (gibbs and diaby might be good but they are no good on the treatment bench) sell the fucking dross replace them with a mix of utility/squad players (e.g. vertoghen and scott parker before he signed for spurs) and just 1 or 2 world class players (hazard or goetze or hamsik) and we are fucking there. It’s not hard you can do it in one transfer window and you probably wouldn’t even make a loss and the wage bill would be decreased … easy fucking peasy.

  26. Arsene's Nurse

    Our motto used to be “Victoria Concordia Crescit” – I think we should change to “Costa Concordia” because we are just like the Italian cruise ship – driven onto the rocks and holed below the water line.

  27. sustainable model - my arse!

    Swansea City AFC -Total Football

    Arsenal FC -Total shit

    Do we have to suffer another fucking great thumping Sunday before the senile gallic twat goes on another panic buying spree

  28. A.F.C Lambo

    AKB s.Wank over Wenker to get to sleep. Thats why this ONCE great club is going down hill . The real old boys have no say just new wave wenger boys. I love Arsenal with all my soul so do my four kids . WENGER FUCKOFF YOUR NOT WANTED ANYMORE

  29. kapslock

    Couldn’t have asked for a much worse start to the year. 2 defeats to Fulham and Swansea. United up next. Ouch.

    Where’s gambon?

  30. zeus

    frenchie on January 15, 2012 at 17:58 said:

    the gods were against us. go talk to saturn, mars, venus, et al…


    Has Wenger has his say yet? Can hear the excuses already. And still Park can’t get a minute!!!!!!

    Spurs could go 13 ahead if results go for them next week. No st totteringham day this year.

    We better get used to keeping our Thursday clear, cuz it’s Europa league for us next year, IF we can qualify.

  31. Joppa Road

    Listen, the players Wenger put out today should be able to beat most EPL teams but it seems to me Wenger can no longer motivate them. They are obviously not happy with what they are being told – whether it be the completely one dimensional formation or whatever it is, they just don’t believe in Wenger any longer.

  32. raisonar

    Brace yourself for thursdays from next season fellow gooners….

    Still baffled by wenger’s decision to not sign Mata, name me one player apart from RVP who u think is better than Mata..

  33. incesc

    thought he was awful gambon, i did also say there is a huge cesc shaped hole in the midfield.

    but year ramsey was easily the worst player on the pitch and we had about 10 good contenders for that

  34. Lordbergkamp

    charles – we’re 0% there to being a title contender. depressingly. we could have played swansea 10 times and still not won.

    The dude who is defending Ramsey. Glasses. For. You.

    He cost 2 goals. By being sloppy. Or typical wenger player!

  35. Adam A. Carbarundum

    An interesting opportunity presents itself yet again…deja vu all over again? Was it not ManU humiliating the Gunners back in August to wake up Wenger into spending (and he did so poorly at that)? And here we are in January with the same team facing us next weekend. I’d like to say and believe that history won’t repeat itself, but it seems like deja vu all over again.

    Here it comes…That awful feeling again.

  36. Joppa Road

    I still think Ramsey and Walcott and top players, I just don’t think Wenger has brought in the quality to go around them. Makes you appreciate just what Arteta does for this team. They are fcked with out him.

  37. sustainable model - my arse!

    Its zee financial doping, these teams come up from the Championship, outspending us in the market, we cannot compete, zee market is not real.

  38. SpanishDave

    Whats the point in trying for 4th spot we wont ever win the CPL we didn’t do it with our invincible’s.Challenging to win the league has to be the goal each year. Wenger cant do it anymore so he tries to lower our expectations to a level he might achieve.
    He must go for the good of our club, he doesn’t have the fans anymore.

  39. on-the-edge

    Lost case! Lets all stop watching and following the rest of the matches. Have been hanging by the thread tantalizingly since 2007. Lets fall off complete this time and get over with it.

    Only a massive slide can shake up and get the whole setup rebuilt and redesigned.

    I hope we finish as close to relegation zone as possible. Lets get over with it. Good bye!

  40. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    look when we dont make CL, the sales of the new flats will compensate the losss of those earnings next term, so dont fret the fianances are in safe hands….

    bring back bartley, swap mertsacker plus cash for gometz…in germany…

    team for feb

    szcz/ alonania

    sagna jos/jd tv5/ bartley santos

    jack arteta/ramsay song/coquelin

    ox rvp gervino/henry..

    injured or lost in post


  41. Joppa Road

    You are going to have to explain Socrates. There is no question we would have been much much stronger with Cahill, Baines, Parker and Young? But if you know better feel free to tell me.

  42. kapslock

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his side’s defeat by Swansea: “I still don’t understand where the referee found the penalty [for Swansea’s equaliser], then we defensively made some mistakes that we should not have done. When it was back at 2-2 we knew we could score a third but it was important not to make a mistake. But in the last games we have made mistakes that are difficult to explain. It is unbelievable, it happened at Fulham the same and again today.”

  43. Geoff

    Fuck Wenger he is a prize cunt, I had to watch that surrounded by Welsh prick fucks. He has ruined this club, I fucking hate him.

  44. GoonerGaz

    Wenger is so ashamed he can’t even face the Sky Sports interview. If I were him I would be deverstated that little Swansea beat him at his own game.

    I reckon this has hurt Wenger as much as the 8-2 hammering at United.

    Surely he must ask himself what the fuck am I doing?

    There is a lot of shit said about our defense, ok we still shit in defence, but not as bad as the previous two years with the likes of Almunia. I’m happy with Koz, Verm and Chesney. The facts are the midfield is fucking shit, this includes Walcott and Arshavin.

    And why the fuck does Wenger say things like, we can’t sign a full back unless they can’t get a game at their current team – what a load of Bollocks that is. Just buy a new left back for 10 million.

  45. yohan Palia

    well played swansea….

    This is just really really sad that a club that used to fight for top honours is now only looking for top 4 finishes…. The board is jus plain looking to make money and nothing else .. we have been fed lies after lies and its time the fans start voicing their frustration coz it cant carry on this way or we gonna be worse than how liverpool are at the moment.
    Wenger needs to feel some pressure coz hes loosing the respect of the fans even more with his stubbornness….
    Sadly hes bought sooo many players that are jus not good enuf and its sad that we cant get rid of any of them … think of how many players are out on loan and on our books…
    The only way now is to not qualify for CL and ask the board and every1 to leave the club and get players in that play for the club and not money !!!!
    even if some1 came in and wanted to buy Arsenal and give money like City got .. wenger would say noo and even if he did say yes he would not spend the money and save it …

  46. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    i think it will be in arsenals intrest NOT to qualify for any europe cups next year, so 9th please.and no fa cup win.

  47. Joppa Road

    Keyser, because they have EPL experience and would bond the team. This set of players look lost out there.

    I don’t mind foreign players but only those who are going to improve Arsenal.

  48. zeus


    Way ahead of you. No radio, tv or newspapers.

    At least I have an Alan Davies rant to look forward to. Those are fun. In truth, for the past 2 years the “it’s up for grabs now/ the Tuesday club club” podcasts have been the best thing about supporting arsenal.

    Sad really.

  49. Joppa Road

    Geoff cant you do the post tomorrow not that Pedro has gone mainstream?

    Why don’t you post as much any more?

  50. GoonerGaz

    Those hoping we don’t finish 4th, surely it’s going to be more difficult to bring players in over the summer if we can’t tempt new players with the Champions League & Keep RVP.

  51. patthegooner

    ‘We lost Vermaelen for two or three weeks, so I have to look if I can find somebody, but only a loan. It would be stupid for us to drop points because we don’t have a left-back,’

    Since then, we lost both PL games.

    stupid indeed.

    although even with a LB we would probably still have lost those two games. We need world class quality additions.

  52. Socrates

    Joppa Road, which spine do you think constitutes relegated teams every season? Why doesnt the English grit come to their rescue?

  53. kwik fit

    The season tickets will still sell because of the potential to sell on the black market. It’s a disgrace really…a bit like Arsene’s team..

  54. BENJI

    how many off you knew 55 mins into the game we were going to lose. how many of you were all shouting for chamberlain to come on.

    right rvp has pulled us out of a mess but he cannot do it it on his own time after time.

    WE lack fire POWER and CREATION. we seriously need to get rid of all the dross. BENAYOUN, ROSICKY, DJOUROU. CHAMAKH. PARK SQUALACCI and maybe walcott


    the fucking board sold NASRI and FABREGAS time to strengthen the squad like we DESERVE we pay for tickets that cost an arm n leg.


    wenger tatically outwitted again. he know 4 centre backs is useless surely. that right back yenariss played awesome right back against leeds and he resorts to using djorourou again. chamberlain was awesome against leeds he uses walcott.



  55. Joppa Road

    Keyser are you thick? Are you telling me Cahill, Baines, Parker and Young are shit players? Don’t bother replying, you obviously don’t have a clue about football.

  56. Paulinho

    Geoff – Mate Song is brilliant. He’s bestest defensive midfielder of all time mixed in with the bestest attacking midfielder. He’s just got everything.

  57. Adam A. Carbarundum

    I will not go after any given player any longer. They are what they are and they either have it or they do not, and its more than obvious to anyone that follows this team. This one, in my eyes, sits entirely with the architect of what is out there…Arsene Wenger. He took credit for the good years and now he has to accept what follows in the poor years. Like a jackass in a hailstorm, Arsene Wenger is just going to have to sit there and take it.

    Here it comes…That awful feeling again.

  58. RCB

    Reporter: Arsene can u explain the poor performance today.
    Arsene: We fight against teams with unlimited resources.
    Reporter:But u were playing swansea today.
    Arsene: We had so many injuries.
    Reporter:Then y dont u buy. The window is open.
    Arsene: I dont like the January window.

  59. Joppa Road

    Socrates, I would rather say the same ENGLISH back 5 that were our greatest ever. Remember them?



    Fck me I think Arsenal fans are thick.

  60. Wenger out NOW

    Joppa Road says:
    January 15, 2012 at 18:32
    Listen, the players Wenger put out today should be able to beat most EPL teams but it seems to me Wenger can no longer motivate them. They are obviously not happy with what they are being told – whether it be the completely one dimensional formation or whatever it is, they just don’t believe in Wenger any longer.

    Really?? Do you really think using 4 centre halves. two out of position, 2 that are utter shite and 1 thats just not ready.
    A midfield of song who ive always said is shite, Ramsey, not good enough, walcott, FUCK OFF!! Arshavin, lol and benny, past it, should be able to beat anyone??

  61. Keyser

    Joppa Road – Have you watched England play lately ? Complete bunch of cunts.

    Soo fuck-em, I’m happy we’ve got Wilshere, Walcott and Gibbs, we need better players than the ones you mentioned.

  62. Joppa Road

    But Keyser the ones I mentioned were all available and wanted to come!….what more can you ask for? Not that expensive either.

  63. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    it should not be wengers choice as to wether we buy on not, we need proper management structure, wenger should just carry on his outdated tatics elsewhere.

  64. patthegooner

    Geoff, I hope you are doing the post tomorrow.

    You are right, Song was fucking awful today. He looked completely disinterested…..mind you so did most of them.

    I have never known our squad to be so full of disinterested unmotivated sacks of shit.

    at least when we had the likes of Perry Groves, they actually gave a shit.

    And I still cant believe Wenger is allowed to live off past glories. No other top flight club with supposed ambition would allow this. He would have been sacked long ago. He is like an Anchor weighing us down and holding us back.

    I hope that transfer kitty is protected otherwise it will dissapear to cover the lack of CL football next season.

  65. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    our management team should give wenger the dreaded vote of confidence… get the philandering french twat something to worry, his sweets are all passed the sell by date like his tatics.

  66. Keyser

    Joppa Road – Wanted to come ? fuck them seriously, we need someone to replace Fabregas or Vermaelen, or 7 full-backs not Scotty too hotty and Gary Cunt Cahill

  67. observer

    Whatever quality these 3rd rated players of Arsenal had, was lost by early Jan when they found no effort to buy good players to challenge for wins.

    All the players must be plotting how to get out of this rut.

    Imagine, a Vermalen…who is a fighter and a quality fighter to the core, having to lose up all the good work coz of his scumbag mates like JD and Mertesacker. Can ther be any team spirit.? At this level, it is just impossible to win matches without brimming team spirits

  68. Adam A. Carbarundum

    @Dream10…Not so much any given player that cost us, but rather the game plan failed us. Mistakes were made because we had to compensate for them and could not. Players out of position often and Swansea pressed us close in, forcing many mistakes. Bottom line, we were outplayed completely and that sits with those who came out with the game plan. The team lost this match, they spent the majority of the match playing disinterested.

  69. IvoryGoonz

    Geoff: if you join that shit, might as well call him a greedy Jew while you’re at it.

    It’s easy to pick on the nationality when you’re not happy and ignore Henry is French when he scores. This is at the same level as racism.
    Is Gibbs French?

    And the traits Wenger displays are not specifically French.
    If there’s one thing I hate more than anything else it’s nationalism and bullshit prejuges.
    I’m out if here if its to read this kind of crap, cause it’s really not better than racism.

  70. Paulinho

    Every player gets ‘Wengerized’ eventually. Basically turn into self-entitled delusional twats who shift responsibility. Just look at Ramsey for further evidence. Thinks he’s some sort of important figure in football, all due to Wenger elevating his young players to a status beyond their capabilities.

  71. Joppa Road

    Keyser, wasn’t Parker football writers player of the year?

    This club lost it’s soul when it left Highbury. Even the best players cannot replace that.

    I don’t know what they can do to get back what they once had.

  72. Joppa Road

    No Socrates I just have a clue about football and what it should mean to put on the the Arsenal shirt – you obviously don’t.

  73. gambon

    I actually think arsene WANTS us to fall out of the top 4.

    I think he is severely mentally ill and just isn’t up to the stress of it anymore. Much easier to settle for mid table.

    Does ANYTHING he’s done in the last 5 years strike you as a guy who wants to win? Evert decision he’s. Made looks like a guy trying to intentionally take us down the league.

    Why doesn’t he just leave?? Well there’s about 7 million reasons.

  74. arsenal1886-2006

    Last game at Highbury (our real home)

    1 Lehmann
    3 Cole
    23 Campbell
    27 Eboue
    28 Toure
    15 Fabregas
    7 Pires
    19 Silva
    13 Hleb
    9 Reyes
    14 Henry
    24 Almunia
    36 Djourou
    11 van Persie
    8 Ljungberg
    10 Bergkamp

    Arsenal Today:

    Wojciech Szczesny
    Johan Djourou
    Per Mertesacker
    Laurent Koscielny
    Ignasi Miquel
    Alex Song
    Aaron Ramsey
    Yossi Benayoun
    Theo Walcott
    Andrey Arshavin
    Robin van Persie (c)

    Manuel Almunia
    Nico Yennaris
    Sebastien Squillaci
    Tomas Rosicky
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    Thierry Henry
    Ju Young Park

    “We are moving to the emirates to be able to better compete”

  75. Keyser

    Joppa Road – You mean the bunch of retards that sit around the table for Sunday Supplement ? Brian Woolnough ffs ?!

    Too much money in this league for too many overrated players.

  76. charles

    I am so dissappointed. My gf has been watching arsenal games with me since we got together 3-4 years ago. After watching that game she was like “I don’t want to watch arsenal anymore … it was bad enough when they played well and lost but now they are just shit and lose anyway”. Valid fucking point.

    Le senile is a good coach so I reckon if he goes we’ll probably start doing even worse before we can replace the dross. Really gotten us over a barrell.

  77. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    a game when he was chasing goals, and still no sign of park, why dont he come out and say…
    look arteta,park, santosn were not my 1st choice signings,, with a fit jack, abou, tv5,bacray, kieron, we would have won this game

  78. Joppa Road

    I ain’t arguing with people on here no more. If you ask me Le Grove has slightly sold out this season anyhow.

    The club has lost it’s soul. You can’t replace that sort of thing.

    Never going to be what it once was again in my lifetime.

  79. Socrates

    Yea Joppa I’m Armchiar, Plastic, Jonny Come Lately, but you still havent anwered why the English spine would be better than just foreign quality players. The spine is doing the business at Mercyside, right?

  80. Goon from BD

    Paulinho- “Thinks he’s some sort of important figure in football”

    That comment about Welsh FA should consult him and other imp players about the next coach made me seriously angry at him.

  81. Joppa Road

    Cheers Geoff, I’m just so down with it all. I honestly don’t know what has happened behind the scenes for it to come to this.

    Socrates I’m all for top quality foreign players. I could say give me Vidic, Yaya, Silva and Tevez but thats not realistic for Arsenal.

    To me Arsenal are missing a bond in the team. I think an English spine may well give us that. It’s not just all about ability – heart and passion can get you a long way too.

  82. BENJI

    just a money spinner. there taking the piss now. the fuckin dross we have is unbelievable.

    nathan dyer and sinclair .graham they all want to win the fuckin trouble with our lot they think its handed to them on the plate wenger needs to get harder and i mean harder. fuckin waclott need to be dropped the fuckin formation is all wrong

    we dont create as much as we use to. fuckin van persie must think if he doesnt sign some quality material he is offf.

    do u actually see the arsenal plAYERS TALK ON THE PITCH we need fucking leaders fuckin bollexing walcott every
    fuckin mistake.

    we are turning into a joke… time to forget wage structure and bullshit economics we need to get top four. 3 losses in last 6 prem games is not good enough.

  83. arsenal1886-2006

    Joppa Road says:
    January 15, 2012 at 19:00

    We died as Arsenal football club that year, we are now just a brand who trades off a name that we all adored.

  84. gambon

    I’ve just shelled out 500 on tickets etc for milan away. Worst decision I’ve ever made.

    Until wenger leaves I won’t be putting another penny in the direction of the club.

    Bunch of cunts.

  85. Joppa Road

    Anyway I’m off. Geoff if you could write the post tomorrow it would be great. Like to read what I am feeling sometimes.

    Have a good one all.