Russian heads for the exit door | Rosicky love-in | Preview: Arsenal face Norwich

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Morning sports fans. Today we have a blog post that centres around many things. Namely, the game we have this afternoon against Norwich.

Team news is positive. We might see a return to action from Jack Wilshere, he’ll be replacing the injured Rosicky. I hope we really have gone OTT on the cotton wool treatment with Jack. I also hope it isn’t a little early for him to jump into a game. Hopefully he’ll get right into  his stride, we’ll need his influence if we’re to come away with the points today. Rosicky is going to be a major miss.

The love in with Rosicky really has gone into overdrive of late. Oxlade Chamberlain has weighed into the orgy of compliments heading the Czech midfielders way.

“He can turn and drive and shoot, he is technically brilliant and his work rate is fantastic. He is a magnificent player.

“The way he plays the game so positively, he is always looking to go forward and drive at defences. He takes risks and makes things happen.

The key takeaway from that comment for me is that younger players learn from the older ones. That’s why we shouldn’t shift on Rosicky this summer. Keep him in the squad, even he’s only good for spits and spats of play over the course of a season.

Wenger isn’t taking today’s game lightly…

“We know that they are a good side and we know that they are a dangerous side. We believe that today we are stronger than we were at that moment of the season and that’s what we want to show on Saturday.’

I really do think this will be a show of whether we’ve made improvements. It’s ok listening to all the players churning out the ‘belief’ soundbite, but we’ve heard it all before. We need to drive our way to a top 4 finishing position this year. If we can take maximum points from our remaining games, I think we finish on 77 points. It’s a big ask, but it’s an improvement on what we turned in last year. I think it’ll be good for 3rd as well.

If we go into the summer after a strong finish to the season, it’ll be a great sales leverage when hunting out players around Europe. Arsenal need to be looking at Dortmund and how strong they’ve been. I was so impressed with their game the other night. Smart disciplined technical football. A joy to watch. We need to get back to that level and we’re only going to do that if we can attract the right sort of talent.

I’m not sad that an English team isn’t in the semi finals of the Champions League this year. We don’t deserve one there. It’ll be a feast of football and I can’t wait to watch it. I hope our league learns this summer and invests to get us back up the ladder for next year.

Anyway… back to football. Wenger denied he was interested in Ashley Williams because he likes denying things. Then we can a talk about him playing games. Media games. So much fun. Anyway, he doesn’t have a list and he’s not interested in transfers which makes all the stories about this summers targets confusing.

He also took time out to deny that the captain was leaving this summer. It’s like someone read my post and presented it as a question for Wenger. For that, I’m appreciative.

Continuing on Wenger, he also spoke about goal line tech… and made a very good point. It won’t stop s*ite refereeing. I honestly cannot believe there is so much fuss around putting goal line tech into big games. What they should really be doing is giving refs video assistance. There’s nothing fun about watching your team lose because of a shoddy decision. How we can expect refs to keep on top of super fast, super ruthless players who will do anything to con a ref is beyond me. Give them the assistance. Make the game fairer and take the sport into the 21st century.

It’s such a shame so many of the people in the game are so backward…

Final news item is one we all knew… Andrey is off at the end of the season. 1) because he has no contract 2) because he doesn’t play. Sad times. Sad times indeed.

Right, enjoy the game today, hopefully the sun will come out for spring beers!

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  1. Gunner4Life

    Mayank, we only get very few glimpses of Coquellin, he isn’t given any sort of game time in order to settle his nerves and build some confidence.
    However, when he has been playing he shows he can tackle better than Ramsey, he can dribble and keep the ball, Ramsey can’t, he has an eye for a killer pass, somthing Ramsey has not got, overall he has a lot more quality. The only asset Ramsey has in his high workrate.

  2. Keyser

    Josip – Not sure Gibbs made much contact for the free kick, and bit harsh on Gibbs, though I was watching on a stream, so positioning wise is there anything that stands out ? Agree on almost everything else, think Koscielny like several others needs a dominant partner, he begins to make mistakes, similarly to Vermaelen, when he pushes himself too hard to make up for the limitations of others.

  3. Josip Skoblar

    Gunner4Life
    It’s a mystery ehy Wenger doesn’t play Le Coq more often. The lad is talented but he’s given no chance to prove himself.

  4. AJ

    Mayank
    ‘Ramsey’s ahead of him at the moment. Neater passer. neater tackler and has added a bit of forward momentum to his game lately.

    Coquelin is a bit of a hothead at times. Doesn’t keep it together when things aren’t going our way.’

    Coquelin hasn’t had in excess of 70-80 appearances to better himself.
    Enough of ramsey for me today, we shouldn’t make him out an exceptional player for every reasonable performance he puts in. That’s all I want to say.
    He is a squad player. And we will soon see what he packs in really, now that we will be up against Everton and manu.

  5. Mayank

    AJ,

    He gives us energy and tackling in the centre of the park. Something we’ve missed ever since Flamini’s departure.

    Players like him allow the Cazorlas and Rosickys liberties in attack.

    He might not rack up the stats like Arteta or drive forward from deep like JW but he offers us a bit of physicality and tactical awareness that these two don’t. He’s still going to to improve imo.

  6. VIX AFFAIR

    MayankApril 13, 2013 17:28:35

    Ramsey’s ahead of him at the moment.
    ——————————————

    According to you at that moment..?

    How long has Ramsey,been with us..?
    Almost 5 years,played almost 63 games??!!

    How long has Le-Coquellin,been with us?
    Almost the same amount of time-5years & played almost 20 games..?!!

    Who has shown more progression & fight b/w the two..?

    Coq’s played less games,& shown much more promise,tenacity & understanding of his position..

    To say,Ramsey is suddenly coming into his own,over the last few games,is really overlooking his overall contribution to the team..

    Can’t cross,can’t shoot,can’t score..
    Holds up play,get’s in the way of Arteta,sometimes..
    Slows down play & makes our offensive play,rather redundant at the best of times..

    From what I’ve seen of Ramsey,looks good on the ball..Good touch,but that is it..
    His confidence needs questioning..

    So does his ability to make the next level-up!!

  7. Mayank

    Gunner4Life

    We’ve already invested time in developing Ramsey. I don’t see the sense in doing the same for Coq until either Ramsey’s progress halts or Coquelin steps up. Don’t see the latter happening unless he gets a loan deal.

  8. VIX AFFAIR

    kwik fitApril 13, 2013 17:31:36

    MayankApril 13, 2013 17:30:46

    I swear,there is an outfield first XI, in my line up..

    Maybe,my maths is wrong..?

    Or, your reading skills are skewed..?

  9. AJ

    Mayank

    If you are really looking for energy and tackling, I have no doubt Coquelin is better, and faster. Even Wilshere for that matter. One really fears Jack might get himself injured when he gets to tackling. Intense guy. A multiple of Ramsey in terms of energy.

    Ramsey looks better because we seem to have got the balance right. That’s what I think. Wenger was screwing things up all season. Now that things have clicked, everyone involved including Arteta, who was criticized often, looks better.

  10. Josip Skoblar

    Keyser
    I saw no replay for Gibbs’s fault so you are better placed than me to make an assessment here. But in general, Gibbs was often caught out of position by Norwich’s attacking players. He looks so naive and, well, not so bright… I start despairing at him. Nacho is altogether a much better player.

  11. VIX AFFAIR

    AJ
    And we will soon see what he packs in really, now that we will be up against Everton and manu.
    ————————————–
    We saw against BM,in the CL..

    He did bugger all..

  12. Keyser

    The least we deserved from the game was a draw, Norwich offered nothing, yeah we were a bit lucky but not too bothered, Norwich have their gameplan down to a tee, press hard, good work-rate, what’s surprising, well not if you’ve watched Grant Holt before, is how theatrical they are.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Snodgrass ? dived for their freekick that led to the goal, rotational fouling, then sub and rotate foulers, typical lower table visit to the Emirates. Was thinking Norwich have done it again, but this time they got their just desserts.

    Apart from maybe Cazorla, no-one really deserves a shot up front, or more gametime or whatever people are campaigning for you could cut,swap and move around several players without making much difference to the team.

    Podolski’s fine out wide, as is Walcott, Giroud’s decent up front, Ramsey’s played well in midfield, and done very well switching to rightback, as a group they’ve done ok, but we’re going to need to add the great during the summer.

  13. Harry Redknapp

    coq is competing with arteta, ramsey is far too box to box to swap with coq. coqs role is more holding, arteta is the man he should be looking at if were talking man for man

  14. VIX AFFAIR

    AJ
    and does not turn a full circle every time he receives the ball( exaggerated here a bit, but he does turn around needlessly wasting time).
    ————————————
    Like against Spurs,when we broke on the counter,with Giroud spearheading our attack/offensive..

    Ramsey receives the ball on the right,4 of us vs their 2 defenders..

    What does he do,instead of driving forward,or whipping in a cross,or a pass to Giroud unmarked,turns fill circle & play’s it backwards..

    Enough time for the Spurs defense to regroup & our counter-attack to break down..

    Yep Mayank,Ramsey is the way forward..!!

  15. Mayank

    VIX,

    Pre-injury he’s shown much more promise than Coq has up to this point. Also, Ramsey has been making first team appearances for a lot longer than Coq who only started doing it after his load spell. Ramsey’s a bit older too.

    These facts are enough to show why he’s picked ahead of Ramsey at the moment. The potential might be there but I see absolutely no reason for him to usurp Ramsey at the moment. If there’s a dip in form Coquelin should be given a chance.

  16. Keyser

    Josip – When we were linked with him, Sid Lowe described Monreal as neat, tidy, good buy, he’s a solid player, quick, works hard, better defensively than Gibbs, I just think Gibbs is ar more adventurous and it’s why he gets caught out, his link up earlier in the year with Cazorla and Podolski was excellant.

    Though I have to admit, his volley against Swansea in the FA Cup, does cloud my judgement a bit.

  17. AJ

    VIX

    We saw against BM,in the CL..

    He did bugger all..
    ——————————————
    Let’s wait look at him again anyway.
    So far we have faced Reading, West Brom, Norwich. I happened to watch ‘The Ramsey Individual Contribution Video’ against Reading, another ‘brilliant’ performance as they said. But he was never under pressure tbh, and got a lot of time on the ball.
    We need to test him against teams that press better, now that he has ‘improved’.

  18. AJ

    And please stop talking about the pre-injury Ramsey. He had around 20-25 appearances and mostly played in the carling cup or came on as a sub.
    And after injury he has had like thrice or four times as many chances which render the pre-injury numbers statistically less significant.

  19. VIX AFFAIR

    Kwik Fit/Mayank

    My error..
    —-GK——
    –Sagna—Mert–Kosc/Verm—–Monreal– ——Arteta/Le-Coq—-JW——
    —Gerv——Carzola—–Oxo/Rosicky———–
    ————-Podolski——–

  20. Bacaryisgod

    What I like about both Ramsey and Giroud is that despite their flaws, they don’t hide for a minute during the game. Ramsey popped up all over the place against Norwich today and but for an overplayed Wilshere pass would have been one vs one against the keeper.

    As for Giroud he was involved in nearly every danger moment for Arsenal.

    1. Penalty
    2. 2nd goal
    3. Looped header
    4. Lovely flick to Wilshere for the overplayed pass to Ramsey
    5. Nearly muscled in Sagna cross
    6. Chest pass to Podolski for volley that keeper deflected onto bar.

    Both are frustrating at times but today was a good day for them.

  21. Johnty79

    You all realise this is the worse thing possible wenger proved right again no signings in the summer and a struggle for 4th next year.. Wenger isn’t a great manager it’s just every other club seemsl to fuck it up.. Champs league disappointment next year no chance of winning the league. I hope your happy with your selfs. If we spent our profits each year we would have probably won 6 trophies in the last eight years.

  22. Mayank

    You guys are talking as if Arsenal are a great defensive team that need only driving midfielders to help us score.

    We already create enough chances at the moment.

    Our problems are

    1. Putting those chances away
    2. Getting caught on the counter due to over commitment by MF players
    3. Defending aerially
    4. Retaining possession high up the pitch.

    In no particular order.

    Ramsey rarely loses possession. Stays in position. Stops counters. Keeps play moving.

    Can we do better? Sure. With the players at the club at the moment? No.

    JW loses his position too much. Needs to learn when to go and when to stay.

    Coquelin doesn’t have the passing or the position awareness though he’s a better tackler.

    Diaby’s dead.

    Ramsey’s literally all we have. And he’s doing well enough.

  23. Mayank

    BacaryIsGod

    Agree with your whole post.

    Giroud created the most chances of any of our players tonight. I’d have him over Gervinho any day.

    He’s dropped physically after playing in every game this season. I don’t agree with people saying he’s lazy. He’s given a lot physically all throughout the season.

    Maybe dropping him for Poldi wouldn’t be too bad an idea but against Utd and Everton I’d have him just for his aerial defensive abilities.

  24. Paulinho

    Ramsey just plays in front of teams all the time. He basically tries to copy everything Arteta does.

    At least last year when Arteta played a bit further forward he scored goals and was pretty incisive.

  25. VIX AFFAIR

    MayankApril 13, 2013 17:55:42
    VIX,Pre-injury he’s shown much more promise than Coq has up to this point. Also, Ramsey has been making first team appearances for a lot longer than Coq who only started doing it after his load spell. Ramsey’s a bit older too.These facts are enough to show why he’s picked ahead of Ramsey at the moment. The potential might be there but I see absolutely no reason for him to usurp Ramsey at the moment. If there’s a dip in form Coquelin should be given a chance.
    ——————————————————

    Unless you are a Mata,Hazrd,Ronaldo,Messi,Ozil,etc,etc..

    I see no reason post-injury why Ramsey should be given an automatic berth..

    He’s hardly,or even been tearing up trees against top teams..

    If anything,he tends to hide..

    Team selection,should really be based on performance to date..
    Not based on sentiment,or favouritism..

    Quite clearly,Ramsey who has performed,over the past few games,clearly deserves automatic selection according to you..!!
    Not withstanding his pre-injury performance,again according to you

    In that case,maybe Michael Owen deserved an automatic start in every team he graced after Newcastle,just based on his World cup exploits in 1998…??!!

    Can you imagine Fergus:Wellbeck,Fernandez & Rooney,move aside for the great Owen is here..!!

  26. AJ

    Ramsey rarely loses possession. Stays in position. Stops counters. Keeps play moving.

    Ramsey rarely loses possession?

    He was the most dispossessed player last season, and I have seen many moments when he screwed up a chase because he doesn’t really have the pace.

    Stays in position.

    Not really, he ambles about all over the field, and I consider him to be one of the reasons why Song got all the slack for not falling back.

    Stops counters

    Correct, if you mean stops our counters.

    Keeps play moving

    The only thing I agree with.

  27. VIX AFFAIR

    AJ
    Keeps play moving
    —————————-
    You mean sideways & backwards in the grand scheme of things..

  28. Josip Skoblar

    Keyser
    Good and fair point about Gibbs and Monreale. I think we’ll soon regard Monreale as one of our best players. One quality that you didn’t mention is : consistency. I saw him play a few times with Malaga and he always gives a good performance.

  29. VIX AFFAIR

    AJ
    Stays in position. Not really, he ambles about all over the field,
    ———————————-
    Spot on..That’s my new name for him..
    Ramsey “The Ambler”

  30. Mayank

    VIx

    “I see no reason post-injury why Ramsey should be given an automatic berth..”

    He wasn’t. He got back in the team gradually and because of injuries. Even his latest stint is down to Diaby’s injury.

    Thing is, he’s done well in his latest stint and deserves to be in the team based on that.

    Coquelin was given PL starts this season and failed to impress. As a matter of fact he’s only impressed in the cup competitions.

    AJ

    “He was the most dispossessed player last season, and I have seen many moments when he screwed up a chase because he doesn’t really have the pace.”

    Well I’m talking about this season. And more specifically this current run of games he’s had.

    “Not really, he ambles about all over the field, and I consider him to be one of the reasons why Song got all the slack for not falling back.”

    We’ve had some tough games recently and not one of the goals was down to bad positioning by Rasmey.

    I think both of you are confusing me saying Ramsey’s done well recently and deserved to be in the team ahead of Jack, with me seaying h’e always been a good player who’s never made a mistake.

    I didn’t defend him when he had that horrible run of games in the middle of the season. I just think his past performances are clouding people assessment of his recent performances.

  31. kwik fit

    Mick Jones was the ref earlier in the season when we beat WBA 2/0 at the Emirates. We got 2 pens in that game. Love the guy , absolutely love the guy. At last a ref who doesn’t show his anti Arsenal bias and gives The Arsenal the benefit on occasions. Nice one Mick 😉

  32. VIX AFFAIR

    Mayank
    I just think his past performances are clouding people assessment of his recent performances.
    ———————————-
    What in the home stretch,last 1/3rd of the season,against minnow teams,suddenly he’s all that..!!

    Oh my…The brainwashing by AFC continues..

  33. VIX AFFAIR

    Mayank
    He got back in the team gradually and because of injuries.
    —————————–
    Not on form,Ramsey got in, partly because of injuries & favouritism..

  34. Mayank

    “Mick Jones was the ref earlier in the season when we beat WBA 2/0 at the Emirates. We got 2 pens in that game. Love the guy , absolutely love the guy. At last a ref who doesn’t show his anti Arsenal bias and gives The Arsenal the benefit on occasions. Nice one Mick ”

    He was pathetic today.

    Norwich players were fouling us all over the park and just got one yellow. Sagna got one for his first challenge

    Gibbs didn’t touch the guy for the freekick.

    Didn’t give penalties on at least 2 occasions.

    If there’s anyone we should thank it’s the eagle eyed linesman. Although he did miss Theo’s offside assist minutes later. Oh well nobody’s perfect.

  35. VIX AFFAIR

    Mayank

    Couple of matches to digest with Ramsey involved..

    Chelsea loss at home..

    Man Utd loss

    Bradford loss-COC

    Blackburn loss-FAC

    BM win CL

  36. Dannyboy

    Anyone got any money on the Masters? 20 quid on Tiger and Westwood and the great man should be 3 under through his first 4, but every put has lipped the fucking hole!!! I swear this only happens when I have money on him. Cursed!

  37. AJ

    Mayank

    ‘Well I’m talking about this season. And more specifically this current run of games he’s had.’
    He has screwed up this season as well. But last season the faults were more conspicuous.
    And that’s the problem, you focus only on the last 3-4 games, where we haven’t faced a team where you could ‘measure’ an improvement in his overall performance.

    ‘I think both of you are confusing me saying Ramsey’s done well recently and deserved to be in the team ahead of Jack’

    It looks as if you want to say the team does better without Jack. It is by chance as I see it that team performances have improved just when Jack was ruled out. Not what you could put up as as evidence of why Ramsey should be above Jack.

  38. zeus

    NorseYid said: ↑
    This was actually worse than watching the c*nts play Wigan final day of the 05/06 season, while a diarheea-bombed Spurs struggled away at WHU.

    Loads of smiling FA executives drinking champagne in the corporate boxes and clapping Woolwich to the victory, having beforehand dismissed Tottenhams pleas for a posthonement.

    Corruption? Nah, who would think so

    *1882 EDIT: I HAD TO REMOVE THE PICTURE OF HIGHBURY FROM MY RE-POST… IT WAS JUST MAKING ME TOO ANGRY TO SEE IT TWICE!

    Honestly, I think that day takes SOME beating… but it’s good to see the corruption department down at ArseAnal dreaming up even more ludicrous and disgustingly creative ways to better it!

    **********************************************

    LMAO. DWL. I’m sorry, but what were the circumstances surrounding us getting 4th the last season at Highbury. Were there any controversial moments? I forget.

  39. zeus

    GlosYid said: ↑
    I’m done, whats the fucking point.

    Here’s the EAGLE-EYED Cunt who ‘noticed’ the penalty…
    http://footkey.com/newsDet/709/Assistant-Referee-Richard-West

    Richard West
    Born: 25-Feb-75
    Reg/Prov/City: East Yorkshire

    Referee profile

    Games on database As Referee Atte
    13-Apr- EPL M.33 Woolwich 3:1 Norwich C 2 Jones
    08 EPL M.16 Woolwich 2:0 West Brom 2 Jones 60083
    13-May- EPL M.38 West Brom 2:3 Woolwich 2 Jones 26358
    11 EPL M.25 Sunderland 1:2 Woolwich 2 Swarbrick 40312

    This is his recent record officiating ArseAnal over the last few seasons… interesting to see he has never done a game involving us, and also ArseAnal’s mysterious 100% record with him somewhere in attendance! (incidentally, Man Utd have only won once with him on the line!)

    bent gooner cunt!

  40. Mayank

    AJ and VIX

    I have no personal stake in being right or wrong about Ramsey. I’m trying to call it as I see it.

    Everton, Fulham and Utd are all tough games we have coming up and should be a good barometer of his improvement or lack thereof. Given his early promise I’m surely hoping he does well but that’s as far as it goes.

    Kwik

    “Would a mike Dean or Phil Dowd have listened to the lino”

    Can they overrule the lino’s decision? Or ignore it.

    He’s lucky for us that’s for sure. Don’t think he means it though.

  41. zeus

    1882 said: ↑
    There IS no God!

    But the Devil is a Gooner on the other hand… That might explain some of the shit we’ve had to witness from them!
    We must’ve done some proper Jimmy savilling in a previous life to bestow this much bad luck…

    ******************

    LOL. This isa blog I can follow. Not the miserable shit stirring u bastards put on everyday. If your gonna moan, at least be funny.

  42. Josip Skoblar

    Mayank
    The ref was diabolical. He should have caautioned the whole of Norwich team for time wasting.

  43. VIX AFFAIR

    mayank
    I have no personal stake in being right or wrong about Ramsey. I’m trying to call it as I see it. Everton, Fulham and Utd are all tough games we have coming up and should be a good barometer of his improvement or lack thereof.
    ——————————————

    Yep, in the the battle for 4th place trophy..

    A stupendous barometer,with which to measure Ramsey by..!!

  44. Byo

    @Johnny- Are you a repeater station?

    There are just too many here who know much more than the manager and the board. Last season, they wanted Samba, Melo, M’Vila and Schwarzer.

    This season- Strootman, Lewandoski, Goetze, etc.

    I hope they can send a letter to Wenger expressing this opinion. I am sure he will listen.

  45. VIX AFFAIR

    Byo

    I’ve noticed you are a bit of a fence sitter..

    On song as per usual.
    Your post,bemoaning other poster’s for their views..

    Never really offering,your own concise & thought provoking views..

    Always chastising other’s,for daring to view,or share an opinion..

    Just wondering,if that prickly fence that you precariously sit on,year after year,has not managed to shatter your anal rectum & pierce your hilly-billy amish brain..??!!

    Thus rendering,your thought process,null & void..!!

    Just wondering..??!!

  46. Mayank

    “Just wondering,if that prickly fence that you precariously sit on,year after year,has not managed to shatter your anal rectum & pierce your hilly-billy amish brain..??!!”

    As if rectums weren’t bad enough on their own we now have to deal with anal rectums?

  47. VIX AFFAIR

    Harry RedknappApril 13, 2013 19:27:00

    He also forgot…

    Huntelaar
    Sahin
    Cisse
    Kalou
    Vetoghen
    Lloris
    Caesar
    Ba
    Berbatov
    Cabaye
    Cavani
    Falcao
    Sniedjer
    Higuain
    Benzema

  48. Harry Redknapp

    the cana campaign was the biggerst i ever remember. someone used to say LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA LORIK CANA first thing every morning off the back of a two minute youtube clip and a rumour lol VIX

  49. VIX AFFAIR

    Mayank

    Aaargh…Never mind…

    As long,as we were reading off the same page in the beginning,that’s all that matters..!!

    I say anal rectum,you say rectum…!!

    PS

    Ramsey will define himself over the next 3 games,according to you…??!!

    Past games:-

    Chelsea
    Man Utd
    B’Burn
    B’Ford
    BM

    vs

    Your future Ramsey games
    Everton,
    Fulham,
    Man Utd …

    HAHAHAHA

  50. sixx pac

    “It is by chance
    as I see it that team performances have
    improved just when Jack was ruled out.
    Not what you could put up as as
    evidence of why Ramsey should be
    above Jack.”

    Bollocks AJ. Can’t be coincidence that our best spells this season have come absent Jack from our lineup. He’s a fantastic player no doubt but I don’t think he knows what he is yet. Is he AM is he DM? He just doesn’t know and as such, creates a woeful imbalance to our midfield.

  51. 6th-is-a-new-trophy

    Sixx pac – agree. It’s the cesc conundrum all over again, great great player, but can’t win shit with him in the team. Wenger can’t work this one out, he needs to put a tactical plan for “star” payers, tell them what he needs them to do. He just lets them do whatever the hell they like. We don’t ever have a rigid tactical plan, so jack basically does what he feels. He isn’t experienced enough to take a game by the scruff of the neck and own it.

  52. VIX AFFAIR

    KeyserApril 13, 2013 17:56:05
    Josip – When we were linked with him, Sid Lowe described Monreal as neat, tidy, good buy, he’s a solid player, quick, works hard, better defensively than Gibbs, I just think Gibbs is ar more adventurous and it’s why he gets caught out, his link up earlier in the year with Cazorla and Podolski was excellant.Though I have to admit, his volley against Swansea in the FA Cup, does cloud my judgement a bit.
    —————————————————

    Question you have to ask,is do we want a marauding left back,bombing forward,exposing us on the flanks,hence neglecting his defensive duties& leaving us exposed,especially with Podolski failing to track back/cover?

    Or a LB,in the mould of Monreal,that is disciplined & hold’s his position..?

    It’s a trade off,b/w the two..

    & given our porous defense,I’m more inclined to go with Monreal..

    We can’t afford to have Gibbs,against top flight opposition next season,when challenging for honours..

    Either,we change our formation..

    Where we have Monreal as our LB..

    Experiment with Gibbs,down the LW,push Podolski into the CF spot & have either Oxo,Gerv occupying the other flank..

    Either way,with Verm,Gibbs in that back line,it’s highly costly for us,especially against top teams& in KO Comp’s..

    Wenger need’s to get his priorities right..

    Going by GG’s policy,you win matches by conceding less at the back..

    We don’t defend from the front,we concede needless goals from a high line & set pieces..

    So I say, set the defense first..

    & play the player’s we have in midfield & forward positions in the rightful place..

    —-GK——-
    —Sagna—Mert–Kos/Verm–Monreal

    —–Le-Coq/Arteta—-JW
    —Gerv—Carzola—–Oxo/Gibbs—–

    ————Podolski———

  53. eboue

    i thought i would chip in with the ramsey debate and basically what i think is the sooner he is out of the first 11 the sooner we will start fighting for the title again. average players like him are the reason we are in the situation we are in now.

  54. VIX AFFAIR

    I would say my line-up,is a more aggressive line up going forward,with trying to keep our defense compact..

    Mid-Up front,Le Coq destroyer,with a driver & a passer in JW..
    Forward Gerv,Ox/Gibbs with pace, & a bit of magic from Cazorla,intertwined with experience from Podolski-spearheading the attack..

    The defense holds their line deep..

  55. eboue

    oh also i never knew ramsey actually had any fans, its a bit of a shock really how a player who cant defend nor attack could have a loyal fanbase especially for a club of arsenals stature.

  56. VIX AFFAIR

    Josip SkoblarApril 13, 2013 20:33:21
    Vix Affair
    I prefer the latter. We still concede too many silly goals.
    ——————————-
    I’m a bit lost..

    When you say the latter,too which formation do you subscribe to,or which statement?

  57. sixx pac

    eboue
    April 13, 2013 20:32:30
    “i thought i would chip in with the
    ramsey debate and basically what i
    think is the sooner he is out of the first
    11 the sooner we will start fighting for
    the title again. average players like him
    are the reason we are in the situation
    we are in now”

    And yet your moniker is Eboue?

  58. VIX AFFAIR

    Another formation in mind,with the current squad…Given,I would not include Ramsey(left to me)

    —-GK——-
    —Sagna—Mert–Kos/Verm–Monreal—

    —–Le-Coq—-Ramsey(lover’s)—–

    —Carzola—– Rosicky——-Oxo/Gibbs—–

    —————–Podolski———-

  59. Byo

    Unfortunately you do not have Stan Kroenke’s money or Wenger’s acumen.
    And obviously neither did you go to med school(or at the minimum study human biology).
    Anal rectum? As if one is attached to your head!
    The use of abusive language on other people only reveals your limitations in civilized communication.
    I only intimated that every year different players are wanted by some comments here. And they are duly forgotten the next year. I am happy none of you run Arsenal!
    Sheesh.

  60. Alex James

    Idiot panel on MOTD. A clear penalty. It was not a 50:50, Giroud’s shirt was pulled..Their goal was down to the usual clownish defending,

  61. VIX AFFAIR

    ByoApril 13, 2013 21:21:48
    Unfortunately you do not have Stan Kroenke’s money or Wenger’s acumen.
    And obviously neither did you go to med school(or at the minimum study human biology).
    —————————————————
    Clearly Byo,is mentally deficient…

    Unable to read,from previous post’s,or decipher basic statements..

    I think you will find it was Nasri Mouth’s who studied Biology..

    & I Mathematics…

    You clearly demonstrate a profound deficiency in reading skills…

    Not only that,you prove my previous statement..

    Offer nothing tangible to the footballing debate,other than to cast scorn on posters,that propose viable alternatives to the current malaise..

    At least you are consistent hilly billy..

    Same ‘ole..Same ‘ole…

    Must be hell,living in the corn fields..
    Advancement,not your thing-hey..??

  62. Ichiban

    A wildcard transfer target for Arsenal this summer would be Berbatov.

    He’s around Van Persie’s age and arguably similar level of ability.

    He’s undoubtedly talented and Fulham don’t have enough good players for him to really shine like he would at Arsenal.

    He would go for around 6m or even less if we can really turn his head.

  63. Dannyboy

    Ich, he is 3 years older than van Persie, and has no pace whatsoever. Fine if you want us to challenge for top 4, but not enough if you want us to be challenging for trophies on a regular basis, we need a world class striker, not a decent ageing one.

  64. VIX AFFAIR

    IchibanApril 13, 2013 22:03:14
    A wildcard transfer target for Arsenal this summer would be Berbatov. He’s around Van Persie’s age and arguably similar level of ability.
    ————————————————
    Another lazy player in our team,that would just slow play down even more..

    Granted a talent..But will he dig deep,when times are tough..?

    Or look to berate his youngish team mates,when he does not receive service,or the accurate ball to feet..?

    Maybe,Arsene called that decision right..?!!

    PS
    He was surrounded by enough quality players at Man Utd..

    What makes you think,with these bunch of bottler’s,he will shine..?

  65. Marko

    Hummels would by all accounts go quite a way to solving those aerial problems we sometimes have. Him and Merte decent aerially while Koscielny and Vermaelen are decent on the cover.

  66. Marko

    I wouldn’t touch Berbatov at all. We must sign a striker one or of the calibre of Jovetic, Lewandowski, Benzema, Higuain, Cavani, Soldado, Jackson Martinez, Damiao, Seydou Doumbia or Mattia Destro. We need a star striker this summer

  67. VIX AFFAIR

    This is where the introduction of video technology,becomes a contentious issue..

    Was Ramsey’s tackle on the Norwich defender a corner kick?

    Which lead to Giroud,being fouled & hence a penalty kick..Dubious,or not..

    Which lead to a penalty..

    Which lead to us scoring

    At which point,do you introduce Video Technology & for what precisely..?

    For dubious goal line decisions?

    Or, for dubious corner-kicks,that leads to penalties,that leads to the opposition scoring..??!!

    That makes the difference b/w a team being relegated & another team securing top 4..?!!

    Or manager’s using it as a time-wasting tactic,to break up the momentum of play..

    The likes of Fergus,Mourinho & Redknapp springs too mind in the latter statement..

    Just saying..

  68. VIX AFFAIR

    B/w me
    It would be good to see Jopp’s back..

    I think he’s comments were entirely harmless..

    Did not warrant a ban..

    Come back Jopp’s

  69. Ichiban

    He’s 2 years older than RVP, not 3.
    He was barely played at Man U
    By no means am I saying he would be a major player for us, we still need far better quality but seeing how much work we need at the back, a large chunk of the budget could be spent on top quality CM and CB like gundogan and hummels

  70. Bacaryisgod

    Vix,

    Not a problem at all. Each team gets one appeal each half. My guess is that Norwich wouldn’t have wasted their appeal on a corner and would have used it on the ensuing penalty.

    Video Technology has helped Tennis, American Football and Cricket. A referee in a video booth communicating with the field referee would keep the game flowing. There are plenty of times a game is stopped (injuries etc.) so another 30 second delay each half won’t hurt the game.

  71. Radio Raheem

    People forget this but video technology was used in the 2006 WC final in sending Zidane of for the headbutt on Materrazzi.

  72. The Poldi Prince

    Out

    Squid 50k
    Cham 70k
    Bendy 50k
    Arsh 80k
    JD 60k
    Park 40k

    That alone is 350k pw off the wage bill. This doesnt even include the other peripheral players to leave.

    That means we could buy an entire 1st team spine and still decrease our wage bill.

    The flow on effect of increased competition and depth would literally have us challenge on all fronts.

    We have 70mill to spend, and that is a very conservative estimate. More likely we could spend 120m and be fine.

  73. The Poldi Prince

    Imagine

    Begovic

    Sagna-williams- kos-monreal
    Capoue
    Walcott- isco- cazorla
    Jovetic

    With a reserve team of

    Scz
    Jenkinson-merte-tv-gibbs
    Arteta
    Ox-jack-poldi
    Giroud

    And that still leaves rosicky and gerv as depth.

    Competition at every position.

  74. tippitappi

    just seen MOD that zonal marking that they can’t do, when will he give up on it ?wenger looked very sheepish after they scored and so he should his obsession with with it is very dangerous to this club

  75. gazzap

    Removing the minnow verses big team aspect and you could could ask 100 people about the Giroud penalty decision and 50 would give it and 50 wouldn’t. Not sure how video replays ‘clear up’ any debate. There will always still be debate in a sport like football.

    From my point of view, I’m not sure how a shirt pull that stops the striker getting to the ball isn’t a foul. OK so most of those do not end up as penalties and that’s why the pundits are saying it shouldn’t be, but it’s the refs that are generally lenient with shirt pulls, that form people’s opinion.

  76. Toli83

    It was a pen for sure, you just never see anything given for shirt pulling these days. Trouble is if you give that then you are setting yourself up as that tends to happen 3 or 4 times a game, especially at corners etc.

    Decent result in the end, Everton will be a stronger test next. Hopefully Rosicky can come back in for Jack, he wasn’t ready yesterday.

  77. Mayank

    Since Pedro’s not giving us new material to read I’ll advise those who haven’t already to check this out.

    http://www.thefightingcock.co.uk/forum/threads/the-other-matches-in-the-premier-league-thread.3156/page-68

    —————————————————

    They’ll get theirs the fucks.
    But we all know they won’t though, will they?

    Unless by ‘get theirs’ you mean a 17th consecutive season in the CL, then yes, they most probably will!

    I know hatred is such a negative, destructive emotion, but I fucking despise that cunting club and every one of their even cuntier smug, gloating fans!

    Is there NOTHING Tottenham can do to stop them?
    Or do we just have to sit back and watch it unfold, year after year after year… In ever more painfully creative ways?
    If Lasagne and Chelsea/CL win were obscene ways to miss out, then I’m sure they’re dreaming up summit even more spectacular for this season as we speak!

    Thing is, CAN ArseAnal get the memo to the F.A in time for them to help implement it?
    ————————————————————–

    Not one to gloat but this forum is pure gold. One of the few pleasure left of following Arsenal.

  78. BERMY BOY

    —————————————FAB—————————————————

    ——SAGNA——————MERT———————KOS———————-MON

    ——————-RAMSEY————————————–ARTETA——————-

    ——OX———————————CAZORLA———————————POL

    ———SIGH(HEAD SHAKE)—-GIRDICULOUS——————————-

  79. Doublegooner

    Mayank

    Havent read any threads here today but it looks like the reserve game at Barnet tomorrow could be a feisty night…between the fans.