Arsenal vs Spurs: Ade, Gooner Sherwood, injuries | Striking mixed messages from confusing Arsene

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Oh here we are… North London Derby day dressed up as an FA Cup encounter.

Excellent.

9000 Spurs fans coming over to hang out in a fancy stadium. Could be carnage. Let’s hope it’s all about the game this evening. I’m excited about what’s on the cards.

So how are we looking squad wise? Well, Giroud might be about, though the illness bug has struck us again, for the 48th time this year (not to mention the ankle injury he’s probably telling staff isn’t as bad as it looks). Part of me wonders if illness is the new ‘Almunia finger injury’. Ozil might feature if he’s fit enough, again though, a massive doubt. If I were to take off my ‘we must win’ glasses… I’d rather risk this match and have two of our best players fit for the run in… than take any sort of a risk on their long term health.

Spurs, as predicted yesterday, announced Adebayor was fit. One of my girl pals told me a story about an exBoyf who used to start a massive row with her before her birthday… tell her he wasn’t going to see her… then after all the tears, he’d show up in the evening as a ‘surprise’… anyone think Ade had the same idea. Except no one really cared?

Anyway, he’ll be bang up for getting a red card nice and early on. So I hope our players are on the wind up.

‘Ade, you don’t need to steal the boys boots this time, the lads always leave your mum a pair when they pop round. Know what I’m saying? Yeah? Yeah?’

Would be the Sunday league angle my pals would be taking…

They’ve loads of injury issues as well. Their backline has been woeful at times this season, so hopefully we can capitalise on a bad day from them. Their midfield will boast the very talented Eriksen, a player many deluded Spurs fans have compared to Ozil. He’s good though and he’s more than capable of a killer pass / strike. But he’s not on the same planet as our German. No Paulinho, Sig or Hotlby. However, they have Capoue and Dembele available. Two solid players, if not slightly inconsistent players.

Their manager, self confessed Gooner, reminds me of a building site labourer who has just been handed the Spurs job. I half expect to see him covered in plaster board when he comes out. Amazing decision to employ him. I’m looking forward to seeing how long the form that was probably due under AVB continues. Not many totally inexperienced people come in an own an important job.

Our line up will be interesting. I’d imagine we’ll opt for Flamini, Jack and Rosicky with a front three of Podolski, Theo and Cazorla. I’d be tempted to go with Theo through the middle today… especially if Dawson, the slowest man to walk the Arsenal pitch since PHW, smashed out of brains, tried to race race Theo Xmas 2011 on the pitch in his pants, is fielded. He honestly can’t be any worse than Lukas was during the week.

The back four pick themselves. Rest Gibbs again, as Monreal was excellent. Mertesacker and Koscielny in the middle. The only major health risk we have at the back is Sagna. I don’t know if he’s redzoning, but he’s the wrong side of 30 to keep playing the games we’re playing him in. We can’t put Jenkinson in at the moment because he’s well below the required level at the moment.

Whatever happens, as long as we go all out for the win, I’ll be happy. No draws please. We don’t need any extra games for sure.

Transfer News

Arsene ruled himself out of a move for Berbatov. As I said yesterday, I think the £2m for a player who can leave for a free in June is too much for Arsenal. The thing that grinds my gears about this window, as happens in many windows of the past, is that now every single player is relevant to Arsene.

All this Nik B b*llshit is just that. Look, if he wasn’t good enough for the past 4 months. Why is he now a man whose ability is strong enough to block a move for a striker. He’s been perfectly fit the whole time and even last week, the manager prefered to play the obviously out of shape Lukas who doesn’t fit the lone striker role anyway.

Then he starts banging on about Sanogo being back in the squad. A player who 1) Looked totally garbage in preseason 2) Picks up more injuries than a hypochondriac on an ice skating rink 3) Has only just returned to the fold.

Now I’m not against Nik. I think if you gave him a run, motivated him correctly and trusted him… he could deliver. However, it’s still pretty clear we lack pace and a clinical edge.

We’re going to struggle to bring in Diego Costa. Mainly because if he does move, every club in Europe is going to be looking at him. The stories about Manzukic of Bayern seem fanciful. Buying in another Giroud who has been sidelined by Bayern because they’ve done what we want to do… purchased a world class striker,

For me, we need to stop messing around. We need a right back. We need an energetic centre mid like Cabaye. We need a striker with power and pace. If we do that, we can win the league. If we arse around until the close of the window, like we normally do, it’s questionable.

Give the squad a morale boost and kick them onto the league Arsene… this reluctance to do what is right is painful to watch sometimes. It took 8 years to make a splash on a world class player… and look what happened when you did? It took 6 years to bin project youth, and look what happened? It took 17 years to bring in a defensive coach to look after the back 5. Look what happened.

Hopefully this will be the January window he smells the victory… and goes for it. Shake off that cheque book and go big Arsene. This will cement your legend forever and it’ll make a great film / book / serialisation in The Guardian.

Right, that’s me done, have a wondrous day!

COME ON ARSENAL!

P.S. If you have any spares today, drop me a tweet as I have two Irish Grovers who have been let down on spares. (if you’re reading this, get down the Rocket / Tollington pregame, they often have spares going)

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  1. Dissenter

    @simon,
    I’m sorry but I don’t get what the problem is with Marble’s comments.

    Do I agree with him, NO. It’s laughable but humor is good.

    Doesn’t raise any eyebrows for me, it’s his opinion.

    I don’t disagree with your retort either. I’m sure Marble can defend himself with similar language too.

  2. Leedsgunner

    Worryingly Verminator looked a bit unsettled and hot under the collar, almost as if he was trying to hard to make a point. Anybody know about his injury situation?

    Yes, our future’s bright with a young squad. All we need to do more than anything this season is to WIN a TROPHY of NOTE. We want these lads to grow with the club, let’s make sure they WIN with the club.

  3. Dissenter

    Theo had possibly one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt today.
    He finished it off with the desert served early for Spuds fan. There are many gooners who think he has opened the first page in the makings of a legend today.
    The spuds should have saved all those pennies they threw at him, they’ll need it for another binge spending in the summer.

  4. Leedsgunner

    “The spuds should have saved all those pennies they threw at him, they’ll need it for another binge spending in the summer.”

    LOL.. Very funny, very true. Nice one Dissenter. 😉

  5. andy1886

    Dissenter – They’re better off saving their pennies for a new ground to replace that shithole down the road. Or perhaps compo for poor old Tim when he gets the boot.

  6. Musketeer

    gazzapJ

    Agree with an earlier comment that said Theo would not last long playing the CF role every week. He would get knackered and injured constantly. 20 years ago he would have played brilliantly as one of a strike pair but these days, the lone striker normally has to battle as well as be able to finish. As a one off, Theo can play there but I wouldn’t have him there all season.
    —————————-

    That would be me. I cannot remember a game where Theo does not go down. He would do no worse or better than Owen which is acceptable but Arsenal do not need a good striker as a permanent solution, we require a great one like Ian Wright or Thierry.

    He can do a cover job only short term, you cannot bank on him physically to go the distance of a league season as the main striker no matter how many games he plays, be it after 10 games upfront there will likely be some Theo injury drama.

    Do you all remember when Wrighty or Thierry was injured? Yeah, exactly.

    Credit to the whole team. Lets hope we can piece it together, in March we will play Bayern, Spud, Chelski just before City again, those lucky bastards as they are the main threat and will likely rotate, hope Barca can sort them out.

    In Feb, Bayern, Pool and United, I hope we win all 3. It will set up March nicely and likely give us a cushion to rotate the prior to next month Biguns.

  7. hackneylad

    marble hall

    The problem with that statement is that the data says walcott is one of the most clinical players in europe.

    Because we are Arsenal fans we focus on and remember keenly every miss one of our own players makes, i have seen matches where RVP has missed sitter after sitter but his still one of the most clinical players in europe. Even at the top strikers have off finishing days. I remember watching a match at the start of this season where aguero of all people could not hit a barn door with a banjo but hey it happens.

    But Let me put it like this in Walcotts past 5 matches his scored 5 goals (extremely clinical)

    His then moved to a lone striker role a role he hasn’t played practically all year it will take him a couple of games to get into striker mode in a sense because he was trying so hard to do everything right that a lone striker does such as holding up the ball making runs and being the sole outlet it affected his finishing aspect of his game which is actually pretty strong as his the most clinical player in AFC after podolski.

    I remember tonight thinking normally he would just take the shot and get it on target might not be the most beautiful pin point blazing shot but most times it would be a goal… today though he tried to be fancy and he nearly pulled it off that left footed shot which may have been curling into the top left corner if it hadn’t been deflected by the defender showed a side of Walcott I have never seen, me thinks he has hidden potential.

    I was very impressed by him today ok a goal would of been lovely but for me he didn’t miss any sitters like giroud does but he did open up the defense and was menace all night!

  8. rollen

    Contracts for Rosicky and Sagna are a must. Continuity and experience are essential when building a club, a team, a side and an ethos.

    There is no reason to bin players over 30, they just need a bit more rest, which is the whole point of rotation.

    this

  9. Dissenter

    Musketter,
    I think Theo went down because he was kicked repeatedly. Chiriches stepped on his ankle, Rose kicked him in the knee and he jarred both knees while trying to make a defensive tackle. His injury today shouldn’t count as evidence of lack of durability.
    Theo was a beast today, IMO. Can he sustain it, who knows?
    He gives us a different dimension and makes it harder for defenders due tommy his movements . Rosicky and Carzola missed a lot of through passes to him today, if not he’ll have scored.

  10. Marko

    Must say tonight showed that we need a striker with pace and if we bought one we’d be much more clinical and dangerous. I like Giroud a lot I think he’s been excellent for us but we also need a plan A striker with pace to make the runs in behind.

  11. Jake

    The thing with Soldado is that even though I think he’ll improve he’s so shit that it’ll only turn him into a below average striker.

  12. Musketeer

    Dissenter,

    Theo going down is not based on this game alone, yeah he was kicked a bit but most strikers usually get up and don’t have it, Wright, B’kamp, Henry etc, you need to be aggressive and be a killer.

    Example: Gnabry put Theo through 1 on 1 he then runs 10 yards wide of the defender to avoid a challenge killing a goalscoring opportunity by taking the defender on and beating him.

    When your blessed with pace above everyone, Owen, Henry, Messi, Ronaldo, Original Ronaldo, Pele, Eusebio, you take on the last defender, even if you tend to leave the ball behind you as Theo does when travelling, he could have just narrowed the gap between him and the last defender, slowed him down and then kicked it pass him and burned him for a 1 v 1 against Loris.

    He often tends to lose 1 v 1 confrontations when on the ball in the final 3rd, he needs to be more aggressive and forceful when running with it and better focus when dribbling it and taking touches.

  13. Musketeer

    Dissenter,Theo going down is not based on this game alone, yeah he was kicked a bit but most strikers usually get up and don’t have it, Wright, B’kamp, Henry etc, you need to be aggressive and be a killer.

    Example: Gnabry put Theo through 1 on 1 he then runs 10 yards wide of the defender to avoid a challenge killing a goalscoring opportunity by NOT taking the defender on and beating him.

    When your blessed with pace above everyone, Owen, Henry, Messi, Ronaldo, Original Ronaldo, Pele, Eusebio, you take on the last defender, even if you tend to leave the ball behind you as Theo does when travelling, he could have just narrowed the gap between him and the last defender, slowed him down and then kicked it pass him and burned him for a 1 v 1 against Loris.

    He often tends to lose 1 v 1 confrontations when on the ball in the final 3rd, he needs to be more aggressive and forceful when running with it and better focus when dribbling it and taking touches.

  14. MarsBar

    Ive read some and most comments.

    Im still detecting some negativity.
    Fuck just outplayed tje scum beat them comfortably.
    Enjoy it!

    Walcott goes down? Who cares he played his part all game.

    I had to get up and watcj a live feed pf this game on a connection at 5am here in queensland.

    Qjat would of done to been down holloway in the g with my pals on a day like that.

    Come on Arsenal!!

  15. gnarleygeorge9

    Spuds were never in the game. I reckon AW will see off another WHL manager sooner rather than later.

    And another Arsenal first, the mobile 3D scoreboard that showed 2-0 to The Arsenal. We’ll done Theo.

  16. Emiratesstroller

    This was a psychological battle well won.

    Arsenal came into this game with a lot of players out injured,rested or sitting on the bench. When you consider that at the start of this season we were told by the media and many of the so called expert football pundits that we would lose our top 4 spot in EPL to Spurs, because they had now the better squad of players I think that argument was turned on its head yesterday.

    Yesterday proved not only that we have better 1st X1, but we have also now a
    decent squad.

    This was highlighted by Gnabry an unproven 18 year old who in my opinion was outstanding and will be challenging this season for a regular place in first
    team. Interestingly Joachim Lowe the German National Team Manager said earlier this season that he thought that he might challenge for a place in World Cup.

    What he offers is pace,first class distribution, the ability to beat a man by going in different directions and working hard around the pitch. Walcott is warned that he might be challenged for his place in team, because I think that Gnabry has more to his game once he acquires experience.

    For all the rhetoric and some media articles there was only one side going to win this game. The Arsenal Team were more passionate, better organised, technically better and quicker in moving the ball.

    Overall a great performance.

  17. Jay2oh

    Loved yesterday.

    Solid at the back, midfield passed it and retained it well.

    Theo played well, loved his gesture. The filth at the FA will no doubt get involved.

    The defense was solid as well, no panic.

    Hope Vermaelen and theo are alright.

    Arsene, get that cheque book out.

  18. Al

    I actually thought the spuds looked very dangerous in the first half and the TV was getting caught out at the back because he was pushing to high or getting to tight to the strikers.

    That completely changed once big Mert came on….we proceed to not give them a sniff at the back.

    Arteta and rosicky were once again excellent. …and to think there was talk about selling them yesterday

  19. useroz

    Isn’t the FA serious about stamping out supporters throwing objects onto the pitch?? Suppose they’d or ask the spids to launch an investigation?

    Coins were thrown at Theo and the docs, stewards etc around theo when he’s laying on the pitch. Disgraceful sputs, as always.

  20. useroz

    Al
    True Verm was having lapses, so did Koz couple of times. Flappy flapped the shot out 1 on 1 fortunately. This CB pair isn’t working, and we know for awhile. But Mert may be close to red zone?

    2H was so assured at defence it’s amazing. Ade could do nothing, and he thought we’d be afraid lol.

    Tbh many final balls went stray from rosicky and santi; but the importance of these two is the forward momentum they manage to generate driving us forward. I feel comfortable when the ball is in the other half depsite out exellent degence.

  21. Al

    Useroz

    I don’t know about Big Mert being in the red zone because he still looks very fit and sharp. Also because his game is not based on sprinting and more on his reading of the game and positional sense I think it was more a case of giving TV a game.

    I don’t know what it is but to me it seems that TV just cannot adapt his game to improve it. Then again it might be down to a lack of games

  22. Nasri's Mouth

    Vermaelen and Koscielny were ok. Hardly a disaster waiting to happen.

    Remember CB pairings tend to need time to reach their best. Each player needs to get to understand the other. Part of the reason Mertesacker and Koscielny look so good together is that they’ve played an awful lot together.

  23. Nasri's Mouth

    I think Mertesacker had started to look tired in the last couple of games. Central defenders don’t work as hard as other players, but it’s still a lot of games so a rest wasn’t the worst idea. Spurs looked lively to start with and pushed us at the beginning but that’s no suprise, they’d have been really fired up for by Sherwood before the game.

  24. Nasri's Mouth

    It’ll be interesting to see how the FA react to the coin throwing / Theo’s gesture

    I can understand why there ought to be some concern over Theo’s actions, after all it could be seen as inflammatory, (and remember this is a country where players are booked for taking their shirts off….) so it shouldn’t be ignored, however there should be no more punishment than a gentle warning.

    However I wouldn’t be surprised that with all the media attention, the FA will worried they’ll be seen in a bad light, and ban him for a game or 2, while completely ignoring the coin throwing from the Spurs fans which isn’t getting the headlines.

    Then they can go back to their pipes and papers in their nice cosy armchairs

  25. Thank you and goodnight

    That Steven Howard of the sun newspaper is a number 1 cunt. Sometimes I wonder if he even goes to games. He gave Theo 6 out of 10. Joke. Even though Theo didn’t score he ran their defence ragged yesterday. I was very impressed with him. He showed a 100 plus capped German international how to play centre forward yesterday. In fact I think he surprised a few fans yesterday including myself.

  26. Nasri's Mouth

    @Thankyou and goodnight

    Bizarrely, the person that writes the review of the game doesn’t do the player ratings. They’re done by someone else.

    And then a sub editor writes the headline…

  27. Revving Kevin

    The sun is shining and we continue to roll on.

    Time for those looking for faults all the time to look at 2014 as a time to forget the axe they have to grind and support the players and the squad until the end of the season. And the manager. It is a collective however much you want to deny that or find fault in everything.

    Reading back the comments before, during and after the game highlights that we have some terrible supporters. Yet again the day was used to criticise players and the manager. We had the Suarez insult, Accusations that Wengers team selection meant he wasn’t interested in the cup, others said it was proof our squad is too weak, we had ‘fans’ claiming Wilshere is a primadonna and a cunt, (often spelt Wiltshire!), Wenger doesn’t do tactics, the team is too small, Fabianski is shit, someone said this team selection proved Wenger is mad and theo got his usual slating, even after the game.

    We won two nil.

    Since last season and the start of the season, our players are constantly subject to reactionary comments from a core of LG posters. Last week Santi was getting it and some were saying he should be sold! After spurs beat man Utd we also had a discussion about Tim Sherwood being tactically better than Wenger. But that’s the reactionary shit on here from people that do not know their football and just want to moan and bitch about someone. Others were digging Arteta for being too old and unable to play the holding role. Wilshere always gets it. But the best is saved for the Manager.

    Seriously, we just ended Spurs season. We are still sitting top of the league. All this proves these stupid comments are wrong. Who knows if we will win anything but we have a shout and we have improved.

    In the stadium it was incredible support but LG seems to attract a different kind of fan. It’s almost as if some of you want us and our players to fail.

    Come on we have a fucking god chance of winning something, isn’t that what all the whinging is about?

  28. wenker-wanger

    arsenal somehow manage to keep winning despite losing strikers every week!…..the players deserve so much credit for overcoming this shortage in striking options . Spurs were awful at the back, a bit lazy in midfield and hardly lethal upfront.
    We really do need a striker as tests a lot harder than sloppy spurs are coming up.
    Im sure even wenger knows that, but can he summon the balls to buy one ASAP.?….

  29. wenker-wanger

    gnabry will be one hell of a player,,,,very impressed with him……quick, mobile skilfull and good keeping posession in tight places.