CRISIS – but it could be a good thing

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So it’s Wenger’s happy 18th year in charge.


Errr… this is a bit like my 14th birthday after I’d just been caught shoplifting Lynx Africa from Boots. Awkward.

I don’t want to be a sycophant because I’m not one, but this doesn’t feel like a celebration. I have all the respect in the world for a man who can last 18 years at a club in this day in age, trouble is, at any other club, he wouldn’t still be in charge. He’s celebrating 18 years because he’s the main man and he decides how many anniversary celebrations he wants to have.

Anyway, I was going to preview the Chelsea tactics I expect to see on show at the weekend, but shoot me down, I totally forgot we have the return of Galatastaray. Could we see the return of Eboue? I hope so. I’d love to play against him and actually enjoy one of his performances for once.

Sadly, I won’t be going. I am ill, which NEVER happens without alcohol playing a key role.

So, I’ll be watching it with all the lesser fans on TV. Right? Just jokes people. The lesser fans are the mexican wavers or the half scarfers… you know who you are.

I’ll be watching it on TV so I can gain a better understanding of the tactical intricacies of our game. You know, so I can give the deep dive tomorrow when Wenger showcases the false 3 this evening.

I don’t think the game will be a cake walk, mainly because we’re in a bit of an injury crisis. We need to bounce back from a very disappointing result against Spurs. At home, in the Champions League, a win is a total essential if you want to ease to qualification. We need to chalk up some points, but more importantly, we need to earn some credit back with the home fans.

Trouble with this game is that there will be an eye on Chelsea at the weekend. Well, there should be. They have an extra days on us, though they did travel away and they all looked totally ruined by the end of their closely fought 0-1 victory. Our issue is squad size. We can’t really rotate any of our backline.

Midfield is totally shot to pieces, Abou Diaby has a hip problem… of course he does, right? Jack is expected to be rested, Arteta and Rambo are out. It’s really not looking too grand. How does our midfield line up? Errr…? Flamini, Ox, Chambo, Cazorla? I mean, however it looks will be not the bestest eh? No balance in there.

Up top, Welbz, Sanchez and… Rosicky?

Man, I don’t know what’s going on tonight… but it doesn’t look too handsome a situation.

Here’s the thing though, the players he’ll have to play have something to prove. So we could see a really impressive reaction. I think our best game last December was Hull (?). We rested 8 players and put on a storming performance.


I guess we’re praying for a few things.

1. 3 points

2. No injuries

3. Injured players recover

Right, that’s me done. Enjoy the game, I’ll catch you in the morning for the match report, sympathies for illness accepted in the comments with gratitude.

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  1. Alfie

    “leprofessorknowsbest October 2, 2014 09:01:24
    Wenger about Welbz : “I didn’t know he was so fast.”

    Of course wenger was OK for sign danny…
    This man become more and more pathetic.”

    Have a day off you gloomy cunt.

  2. BacaryisGone

    Thank you and Goodnight,

    When I say ‘finding its way’, I don’t think the excuses should last past the first 10 games of the season. Chelsea added a new CM and CF and have incorporated them quite nicely, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long until things click.

    We do have to give a little credit here. In a single transfer window, we’ve added three quality starters, an impressive back-up keeper and a first defender off the bench. More important, we lost no-one that really mattered. Obvious weaknesses aside, it’s quite exciting to see the camera pan across our line-up and see some of the talent we’ve added.

  3. Rocky Pires

    Great result the right players got the much needed confidence and standing ovations in Ox, Santi, Mez Ozil, Welbeck and Sanchez.

    What I think was a positive was Schz getting sent off, it made us defend as a unit and was better training for Sunday than any training session.

    On sunday I think Chelski will try choke and boss us in the middle so expect Rameries and Matic to start .

    To conteract that we should consider playing Bellerin as part of a back 5.
    In this formation we are
    – Ensuring Hazard doesn’t get space or a run on us.
    – Put Hazard on back foot with Bellerins pace and make him defend
    – Compensating for Merts lack of pace and allowing him to physically battle with Costa.
    – Giving Gibbs a licence to go forward whilst not being left open to a counterattack.
    – I think our midfield is on form and man for man will get the better of chelskis
    – Put Chelski under pressure , they have the idea and gameplan of choking us in the middle, lets stiffle them for space and see what move they make.
    – If we hold firm at the back, we have the better conterattacking team and pace.


    Soak up what they have early in the game and then put on Sanchez and jack/Santi to give fresh ideas in midfield.

  4. Alfie

    “leprofessorknowsbest October 2, 2014 09:10:49
    I see the wenger lovers are in the house…”

    This response is……… awkward.

    School starts at 9am right?

  5. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    If wenger wanted to maximise profit on Joel
    Why not sell after World Cup?

    If he don’t rate him sell him it loan him ?

    Or is he unsure ?

    We have to many fringe players we are unsure about what level they are, by not playing them we will never know !

  6. tunnygriffboy

    Cesc Ap made a great point last night. We have a Fernadhino or a Matic in the midfield instead of Flamini and in some games we could play Santi alongside them. It would open so many options for us.

    On Sunday I would like to see Wilshere for Santi ( harsh after performance last night ). Wilshere should sit deep with Flamini playing two holding midfielders and let the same four that started upfront hit with pace on the counter. Will be hardest game of the season

  7. Thorough

    If I were Gazidis I’ll write this, laminate it and give it to Wenger.
    1. We are not buying any striker again unless a world class one becomes available. Suarez, Ronaldo, Messi, etc, not borderline ones like Benzema, etc.
    2. We are not buying any winger again unless a Hazard, Reus, Bale, etc becomes available.
    3. We must buy the best, most physical, world-class defender and defensive midfielder the world can offer latest January.
    4. Podolski, Campbell, Rosicky, Coquelin, Flamini and Arteta are deadweights, you are only allowed to keep two of them, and even those two must be replaced latest 2016 summer.
    5. Here’s 70million, get it done.

  8. Le Prof

    Rocky P

    You did see what we did to Gala playing a 3-5-2?

    We need four at the back, 2 holding in front, full backs not bombing on, keeping compact as a team and banging them on the counter with the speed boys up top

  9. tunnygriffboy


    Campbell and Poldi to go in January and money reinvested in a strong midfielder and another defender. If we can hang on the coat tails of the leaders those incomers will help us massively

  10. N5

    “We are not buying any striker again unless a world class one becomes available. Suarez, Ronaldo, Messi, etc, not borderline ones like Benzema, etc.”

    I and many, would have Benzema in a heart beat, unbelievable striker.

    “Here’s 70million, get it done.”

    That wouldn’t buy you any Bale or Messi and you wouldn’t fill 3 WC players in 3 positions for that.

    Other than that, I agree.

  11. Rocky Pires

    I hope for Wenger (Not an AKB) but in fairness who wouldnt love to get one over Jose Maureenwhingeo.

    Last season was Wengers 1000 EPL game and we hot hockeyed on that day at the Fridge, this year its his 18th year in charge and where does he celebrate it only the Fridge again, how sweet it would be to beat Chelski at the fridge on front of Maureenio.

  12. Leedsgunner

    With Ramsey out this will THE chance for Wilshere to stake his claim to a starting spot on merit not just because he’s the manager’s favourite. With is with Ramsey anyway? He shouldn’t be breaking down this early in the season — it’s not like he had a World Cup to deal with. As I said yesterday, he looks jaded.

    Welbeck 4
    Balotelli 1

    I admit that it looks like I might have been wrong about Balo but let’s not count our chickens just yet… the season still very early. Welbeck needs to do what Giroud has failed to do consistently… that is score in decisive matches against top top opposition.

  13. Thorough

    RSPCA. Surprised people still talk about players getting loaned, IMO its senseless. just buy or sell a player, as simple as that. If a club gets a player on loan and he doesn’t measure up then they return him and devalue him at the same time. on the contrary if Wellbeck had been on loan and he continues the way he has started, Manure would be holding out for 30million in the summer just like Chelsea did to Everton. It’s a loose loose the way I look at it.

  14. leprofessorknowsbest

    Balo in trouble, last night at the end of the game he was the only player who didn’t salute the fans… Brendan was happy.

  15. Emiratesstroller


    I would not move Giroud on because he offers something different to team and despite all the criticism he scores goals. He is a ‘decent’ squad player to have on books.

    If you get rid of Giroud then you have to replace him. Arsenal are not going to
    pay £50 million+ for a striker better than Welbeck and Giroud.

    Looking at our squad at moment the areas, which need strengthening are in
    midfield and defence. Personally I would like to see club in next two transfer windows spend money there rather than up front.

    In my view the aim should be to have 2 decent players for each position on the
    field and not as seems to be the case too many in some positions and none at
    all in others. I would much rather see us spend decent money on a couple of
    defensive midfielders.

    The last 2 games have reinforced my view that both Arteta and Flamini are major factors in why we have not played particularly well sofar this season.
    They are both cr.p.

  16. Thorough

    N5. That 70million will be for the world-class DM and central defender. Also, for me players like Benzema and Cavani are too peripheral for their teams, we need a talisman like Suarez, a player/striker who can carry the team in a cauldron like the bridge.

  17. Rocky Pires

    With is with Ramsey anyway? He shouldn’t be breaking down this early in the season — it’s not like he had a World Cup to deal with. As I said yesterday, he looks jaded.

    He’s a newly married man, will be trying crazy positions, bit of wife beating you know the drill as a newly wed

  18. leprofessorknowsbest

    You can definitely see that we are better without Arteta.

    But you can count on wenger to get him back asap, as is our captain.

  19. BacaryisGone

    That makes sense, Rocky. I bet his missus is also whispering in his ear ‘Ooh Aaron, your backheels and flicks really turn me on. If you really love me, you must do more of them in games.” Poor boy has no chance.

  20. Rocky Pires

    Haha Leeds, Ramsey has being running down cul de sac’s so far this season and loosing the ball so hopefully the cul de sac he enters on his break off will not mean he looses his balls

  21. Rocky Pires

    BacaryisGoneOctober 2, 2014 10:01:49
    That makes sense, Rocky. I bet his missus is also whispering in his ear ‘Ooh Aaron, your backheels and flicks really turn me on. If you really love me, you must do more of them in games.” Poor boy has no chance.


    All messing and joking aside we have hit the nail on the head, Ramseys downfall this season has being his wife and her insistence to turn him into a model and telling him to do fancy shit.
    Could somebody please have a word with her, not a mafia word where she is left swimming with the fishes but a kind word

  22. Al

    Liverpool are showing the difficulty and struggles a team will face by going from a striker that was a constant moving target (Suarez) to a static one in Balotelli.

    Same problems we had with Giroud. Its easier to defend against and puts so much pressure on the midfield to create the spectacular in creating for that static target rather then giving them easier passing options with a target that is constantly moving and running in behind.

  23. Leedsgunner

    Giroud, at best he’s an impact sub.

    When he reached the summit of the French League with Montpellier, in hindsight that was probably the zenith of his abilities. Honestly, with hand on heart, substitute Giroud last night for Welbeck — would we be celebrating a Giroud hat-trick? He might have scored, maybe even scored a brace but Giroud’s technique and composure in front of the net is horrible. Welbeck is miles ahead of him.

    You can see the lift in the whole team with every goal that Welbeck scores. Sanchez, Cazorla and Özil play differently with an actual striker than can finish. It’s like they are celebrating the fact that their hard work isn’t going to waste.

    If Olivier played last night, chances are we would have chances go missing again, and again and again… and we would have that infuriating grimace again, again and again.

    If I was Wenger I would sell Giroud and buy someone young, quick and with a deadly finish. Someone like Jese at Real Madrid or Son-Min Heung at Bayern Leverkeusen is definitely worth looking at. If we are looking at Seria A I would look at Destro ar Roma or Domenico Beranardi… they will just get better and better.

    Giroud may offer something different but at the age he’s at, he’s not going to get any better. If it was up to me I would cash him in now whilst we can.

  24. Leedsgunner

    “Ozil created 5 chances last night more than any other player.”

    Great point tunny. More evidence that ÖZIL SHOULD BE PLAYED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARK!

  25. Al


    Its not even the technique or poor finishing the reason Giroud most likely wouldn’t have scored….its the Lack of PACE…he would never have got ahead of those players or most likely have been caught up by the defender due to his lack of pace

  26. Al

    Ozil looked great yesterday because he played in the middle AND had 3 moving targets making forward runs in front of him

  27. Radio Raheem

    Stop it Ozil didn’t look great yesterday. Yeah he played well against Villa and Spuds but yesterday’s performance was the bottom of his last three. Nonetheless, judging by the stats, he made crucial contributions to the outcome.