Weak British pundits let Sam Allardyce get away with embarrassing whinging

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I had the fear about yesterday’s game. We had a tough old tie against QPR because we didn’t really rotate any players and we fought the game out until the last 20 minutes. We also didn’t make any early subs and we unfortunately dropped down to ten men.

West Ham on the other hand bent over to Chelsea and wound down on easy street against us. You almost felt that game was so causal Jose and Sam were in on a deal… like the good old days when Sam used to bend over to United. He loves to align himself to managers who have influence.

Anyway, the starting line up was an interesting one. We had our best back 5 out. Kos returned to the lineupist, Monreal floated out to the left and Debuchy moved out to the right. In midfield we saw a first start of the season for Coquelin. He lined up with Flamini and Cazorla. Up top we had Chambo, WELBZ and Sanchez.

We were under the kosh from the off, West Ham were slightly fresher than us and they have a pretty exceptional home record this season. Alex Song was playing for himself as per usual and it was to the detriment of this team mates at times.

The first bit of controversy came early on. From a cleared corner, Alex Song smashed home a volley from the edge of the box, it whistled low through a sea of players with one of the claret shirts jumping the ball to avoid it hitting him. Song turned away (clearly hoping a show of respect like that will earn him a move back) only to realise his goal had been chalked off for offside.

Fat Sam kicked off like a lunatic after the game claiming he couldn’t understand this. Sam, when one of your players is in an offside position and they have to jump the ball, it’s pretty clear they’re interfering. Tony Gale on commentary was also beside himself…

‘I know he was interfering, but you’ve seen them given’

Tony, my dear, that’s not a cogent argument. That’s bemoaning a prosecuted looter because you’ve seen people steal trainers and get away with it in the past.

Anyway, I smiled. Alex Song went into Hollywood overdrive after that… like the kid who gets booted off X Factor then has to be dragged off singing for one more chance… ‘I BELIEVE I CAN FLY, SIMON, I BELIEVE I CAN TOUCH THE… SIMON, PLEASE, IT’S MY DREAM’.

The game was a thriller, it was mostly controlled by West Ham, but I couldn’t help think that was maybe some form of tactic. We weren’t going to be able to go toe-to-toe with a more rested team, so we attempted to absorb pressure. Risky, because West Ham came close on numerous occasions. It was reassuring to see that the keeper had obviously been practicing crosses into the box because he totally nullified the looping ball with some assured keeping.

I felt that we looked the more threatening in front of goal. Oxlade-Chamberlain was driving through their defence whenever he landed the chance. Sanchez was having a field day everytime he picked the ball up. The power and speed that guy has is incredible, it’s even more exciting because he’s sublimely technical as well.

We opened the scoring from a penalty. Reid had chunked over Santi and it was the second clear cut penalty of the week. Sanchez didn’t take the shot this time, Santi did and he buried it sending the keeper the wrong way. Minutes later we killed (LOL) the game when the Ox slipped in a perfect ball for WELBZ to tap home.

The second half opened with something that made the game not so over. Tomkins took the ball past Santi, his cross beat Monreal,Cheikhou Kouyaté beat Debuchy to the header and it looped over the keeper.

The fight was on. In typical Arsenal fashion, we were incapable of closing out a game with calm controlled football. The game turned into an end to end thrilling scrap. Wenger didn’t make his subs until really late on, as per usual, frozen by fear. He once again opted to bring on defenders to protect the lead in the 82nd. We invited on more pressure but luckily we managed to keep pace with the game and hold onto the lead. That over exertion though… it might well catch up with us. We’re not being smart with energy conservation. West Ham was never going to be easy, but we could have done more to make it easier.

Conclusion

Big Sam…

Guys needs to take a look at the goal again and reassess his stupid comments post game. Truly pathetic. That goal shouldn’t have stood, it’s not a debate and it shouldn’t be raised as one. In Italy, they get 20 minutes with the manager to discuss the game. Would be nice if we had that over here.

‘Sam, you f*cking idiot, take a look at that video. Which part confuses you?’

Would be even nicer if the pundits could challenge the managers and their stupid attention deflecting comments with video. The punditry club in England is an old boys club. No real challenging questions, no real post match drama.  For me, the press conference after should be like Question Time with Paxman. A smart, well researched presenter (or presenters) challenging the manager on what they saw. Too much of a our TV is led by the clubs. The Premier League are an outrageously well paid supplier of TV. Give us something worth watch. TV execs, give us commentators who know their football, Tony Gale said, ‘Song didn’t celebrate, I don’t like that, what was he with the club, about 2 seasons?’… no Tony, he’d been with us since he was 17. It’s just plan ignorance and it’s rude. The paying customer deserves better. The public are smarter than the panels these days, so give us people who will educate us… like they do in the rest of Europe.

Keeper…

Gotta say, I thought he was excellent yesterday. The backroom team look like they’d identified the long ball as an issue and they’d addressed it by bringing Chezzer into the game. He was strong in the air, confident and he bailed the back four out all day long. Super player from the Polish keeper.

In game…

Wenger still needs to work on our in game management. I know his subs worked in the sense that we won the game, but ultimately, that was a mess in the last twenty, same as it was against Liverpool and QPR. You’d hope we work on contingency systems in training. How to change shape to kill a game. We have all the attributes to be able to do it seamlessly, great player, good technical ability… experience. We just flounder when called upon to protect a lead. One can only assume that’s because it’s not part of our plan.

Coq…

I thought he did well. He started off quite shakily but he grew with the game. I’ve heard good things about him behind the scenes as well. He’s not an ego. Quite smart, big student of the game and hungry to make a name for himself.

Rotation…

We’ve continued to use the same group of players. Short term, that’s massively beneficial because we’re winning points. Long term, I fear that just like last season, it’ll bite us when we’re lacking freshness in the key months of the year. Sanchez, WELBZ, Per and Santi have all been ragged like boy racer cars. That’ll cost us at some point, which is a shame.

Song…

Interesting that Song had come out and admitted that both he AND Cesc wanted to join in the summer (article), but the manager passed.

“I would like to have gone back (to Arsenal) but they didn’t want it. That’s life.

“I don’t hold any grudges against them. Cesc Fabregas equally wanted to go back back to Arsenal but they did not want to take up the option to buy him.

“It is surprising. When you see what he has done at Chelsea, he is even better than before!”

It’s interesting, because there was a rumour going around that Cesc never wanted Arsenal and it was some weird PR cover up (Rumour came from an exQPR player). You have to say, when you’re starving, you take a sirloin steak when it’s offered to you. I’m not fan of Song, you know this, but jeez, if the option was nothing and he was available, I’d have taken him. Same with Cesc, if I’d know we weren’t going to play Ozil through the middle, I’d have had him all day long.

Top four…

A pretty good day for us. Spurs and United could only muster a draw. City dropped points and so did Chelsea and Southampton. A good day to be an Arsenal fan! Next up is Southampton, so the perfect chance for us to make up some ground on our top four assault. A few people said they don’t think we’ll hit those heights… I’d be very surprised. We have Theo, Ozil, Ramsey and Jack all coming back into contention. That’s just too much goodness for the rest of the pretenders. Even Geoff was agreeing on the Song thing… and he hates him!

Onwards and upwards… see you in the comments.

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149 Responses to “Weak British pundits let Sam Allardyce get away with embarrassing whinging”

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  1. gambon

    Hope youre not suggesting we keep Coquelin, hes a championship player.

    Good festive period on paper. Draw against Liverpool and 2 wins, but the reality is we are just very weak compared to the best teams in the PL.

    We will probaby finish 4th, fair enough, but Im pretty sure most fans have had enough of that.

    As with the last few seasons we are scraping through easy games and absolutely appalling in big games.

  2. TitsMcgee

    We’ve continued to use the same group of players. Short term, that’s massively beneficial because we’re winning points. Long term, I fear that just like last season, it’ll bite us when we’re lacking freshness in the key months of the year”

    When the goal is 4th it doesn’t matter.

  3. Gregg

    Should have killed that game off with all the chances we had yesterday We need to be far more clinical.

    Not sure on 4th, long way to go. We need at least 40 points from the last 19 games to secure that spot.

  4. GoonerGaunty73

    Amazing how much better we looked defensively with a proper CDM, even if some think he is only championship quality.

    Good performance all round yesterday, I just wish we could close the games out more convincingly. Bringing on a forward to give the opposition something to think about has to be a better tactic than sitting back and inviting pressure on?

    I anyway 6 out of 6 is a good return!!!

  5. leon

    In my view cesc is a far better option than ozil who clearly doesn’t have the work rate bottom line he can do everything ozil can do only better and is allot tougher this guy played with broken leg for use man ozil would never do that. Once again the more athletic players are having most success playing more direct and running at teams Sanchez and chamberlain player’s like ozil I don’t think we need

  6. bishop

    At the moment we can’t afford not to play Santi and Sanchez.We simply will lose cos they are singlehandedly winning the games for us.
    Let’s hope they make it alive till wenger starts playing Walcott and ozil comes back.
    He says Walcott needs game time to be back to fitness but never even gives.him 10mins here and there.
    He would rather have 6 defenders in the last 10 minutes confusion each other jumping and running like fools.

  7. Micheal

    With respect, Pedro, you are slightly missing the point about TV commentators and post-match analysis, etc. The missing point is that the TV companies employ ex-players to act as analysts, judge and jury.
    This has many flaws. First, they are talking about their mates which means no objectivity and or asking that cunt Cameron to assess how well Obsorne has fucked the economy. Second, they are not journalists. Being good at football does not make someone good at reporting, commenting, etc. Look at Tony Gale, quite probably the worst,most biased and fucking stupid commentaor in a field where there is no shortage of biased, fucking stupid ex-players hacking a living talking bollocks.
    If you want proper, authoritiave and independent post-match scrutiny of games it would be essential to employ journalists for the job.
    Instead, all the money goes on employing ex-pros and we the fans, viewers, etc get what we pay for.

  8. West Ham Fan No32

    Hi mate,

    Well done on the result, as for the goal being offside, that hasn’t been the case since 2006 and even Wenger said he didn’t understand why it was not given. The referee said that the player was standing in front of the goalkeeper but you can watch the replays again and you will see that he was not, he was moving away from goal with his back to the goal and was actually to the right of Szezny’s view. There were also two clear penalties for us the first on Sakho and the second on Amalfitano which noboby made much reference too but the referee stood watching his shirt being pulled and stretched. Reid and Song looked like they were playing for you, Reid gave you two Christmas presents for the goals and Song kept passing it to you lot. Reid probably should have been booked for the tackle that led to the penalty and then later sent off, I would say that based on yesterdays performance other than Ox, Cazorla, Sanchez, Wellbeck and your usually hopeless keeper the rest of your team should be binned as they are hopeless and would struggle to win a game in League 2 as for our team they need to get some glasses and figure out the the area to hit is between the two posts and the cross bar and not somewhere between either post and corner flag. If we can do that and yu play as you did yesterday we will probably overtake you with our cheaply assembled squad before to finish somewhere between 5th and 7th. Happy New Year to you and all on your site, all the best between now and the end of the season !!!

  9. a hammer

    interesting points you make and (mostly) fair enough… Sam and Jose must have had a pact going on for the embarrassing Chelsea game. Song obviously can’t play 2 games in a row and lost himself in playing his old mates. I think FS is still smarting from being bought and told to play players, so still insists on Nolan and Carroll.
    Good grafting with a touch of quality from the Arse? Wenger turned it round all of a sudden? My Mrs (season ticket Arsenal for my sins) still wants him out…

  10. Olumide

    Southampton will test us more than these two. The surprise is how they’ve managed to be where they are despite all the players they sold. That’s the type of genius I’ll prefer, outperforming our resources.

  11. Micheal

    With respect, Pedro, you are slightly missing the point about TV commentators and post-match analysis, etc. The missing point is that the TV companies employ ex-players to act as analysts, judge and jury.
    This has many flaws. First, they are talking about their mates which means no objectivity and or asking that cunt Cameron to assess how well Obsorne has fucked the economy. Second, they are not journalists. Being good at football does not make someone good at reporting, commenting, etc. Look at Tony Gale, quite probably the worst,most biased and fucking stupid commentaor in a field where there is no shortage of biased, fucking stupid ex-players hacking a living talking bollocks.
    If you want proper, authoritiave and independent post-match scrutiny of games it would be essential to employ journalists for the job.
    Instead, all the money goes on employing ex-pros and we the fans, viewers, etc get what we pay for.

  12. Me

    When the goal is 4th it doesn’t matter.

    Quite amazed Pedro doesn’t know this.Rotatio or no rotation,4th is Wenger’s birthright.

  13. Thomas

    “I anyway 6 out of 6 is a good return!!!”

    How convenient to pick the last two games. 33 out of 57 is a bad return.

  14. Rosicky@Arsenal

    Cesc and Song admittance of rejoining Arsenal ahead of other clubs is a proof that they have no problem working under Wenger.
    As portrayed by Pedro and most of the bloggers.
    Another master class MIRAGE from Pedro,

  15. Jonjo

    Hope West Ham go on a run again, and take the Arsene Wenger trophy from Arsenal this year. Should not be too hard given Arsenal are specialists at failure.

  16. TitsMcgee

    How convenient to pick the last two games. 33 out of 57 is a bad return.”

    Arsenal fans are the most reactive in the Prem or certainly seems that way.

    We beat the bad teams, get beat by the good teams. Beating on the bad the majority of the time outweighs the year in year out failures to do anything it seems.

  17. goonpharm

    Good win yesterday. Hate that smug fat bastard. Remember him crowing after they did a number on City. He was shooting his mouth off saying how easy it is to playWenger and Pellegrini teams.

    The twat reckons he’s in the same league as Mourinho because he can adapt to any style of play. What a cunt. Egg and face fatty. Egg and face.

    Anyone remember when he said he could manage Real Madrid?

  18. ibro Audu

    I agree with you, the pundits are an absolute fail, always taking the easy road on contentious issues. Tony Gale was an embarrassment yesterday

  19. ArseneBgone

    Good post, but you’ll always be the “Queen” of Le Grove, now don’t get your panties in a wad Pedro my dear dear Queen

  20. Zementalstrength

    Amazing, still almost NO rotation from wenger.
    Absolutely NO rest for Sanchez, subs that come in the last 5 minutes of the games…

    Biggest injury list in europe every season == >> bad luck, of course.

  21. N5

    Song looked good up until the disallowed goal, but after that he looked a second off of everything. His touch was to heavy, his tackles were mistimed and he wasn’t finding himself in the right positions. I honestly think he was playing with too much emotion (as many ex-players do) and it prevented him playing his form.

    WS1 was in fine form yesterday. This is the keeper I want to see week in and week out. Debuchy looked like he’d been taking hints off of Mert when it came to ducking or not being interested. I’m not sure what that was all about. Santi was, for me at least, the best player on the pitch. Alexis looked knackered in the last 20 and so happy to see Dat Guy get a goal.

    Most enjoyable game this season.

  22. silentstan

    something of a decent write up the came;
    “Wenger didn’t make his subs until really late on, as per usual, frozen by fear”
    you lame idiot.
    “There’s a problem with the server,”
    more like a problem with credibility
    “Weak British pundits let Sam Allardyce get away with embarrassing whinging”
    fuck me pot kettle and black. you mean like 90% of your readers

  23. Danny

    We also didn’t make any early subs and we unfortunately dropped down to ten men.
    ——————————
    Sorry Pedro, I don’t get that comment, 10 men?

    The last 10 minutes were screaming for Theo to come on and kill off the game but of course with Wenger etc

  24. silentstan

    something of a decent write up then came;
    “Wenger didn’t make his subs until really late on, as per usual, frozen by fear”
    you lame idiot.
    “There’s a problem with the server,”
    more like a problem with credibility
    “Weak British pundits let Sam Allardyce get away with embarrassing whinging”
    fuck me pot kettle and black. you mean like 90% of your readers

  25. gambon

    “Good win yesterday. Hate that smug fat bastard. Remember him crowing after they did a number on City. He was shooting his mouth off saying how easy it is to playWenger and Pellegrini teams.”

    halfway through the season and Fat Sam is 2 points off of Wenger, with vastly, vastly inferior resources.

    I think he has a right to consider himself a better manager.

  26. Carts

    Funny one because, If you find yourself in a situation where the West Ham player found himself, you don’t really have much room to manouvre. He’s ajudged to have interferred with play by attempting not to, by jumping out the way of an on-coming ball. If you ask me, you do see them ones given…and quite often. If you made an attempt to not interfere then why should it not stand. Moreover, if moving whatsoever is deemed as interfeering, then we may as well say EVERYONE is off-side in that instance.

    Mildly surprised Coq got a start yesterday. Kind of highlights our desperation as Wenger doesn’t feel Flamini has much left in his locker. I like Francis, but I too believe his level is beneath us.

  27. N5

    silentstan, you here again? considering how much you hate the Grove I have to question your sanity to keep putting yourself through it.

  28. Justice4 Sonogo

    Good win no doubt and even sweeter when we knew the other results.
    I thought the rotation was ok to some extent a part from Alexis, cazola, Welbeck and per, but can we really afford to rotate them??
    I think Coqulin is a good player not the finished article yes BUT surly not a champinchip player he is far better than that…

  29. Carts

    Funny one because, If you find yourself in a situation where the West Ham player found himself, you don’t really have much room to manouvre. He’s ajudged to have interferred with play by attempting not to, by jumping out the way of an on-coming ball. If you ask me, you do see them ones given…and quite often. If you made an attempt to not interfere then why should it not stand. Moreover, if moving whatsoever is deemed as interfeering, then we may as well say EVERYONE is off-side in that instance.

    Mildly surprised Coq got a start yesterday. Kind of highlights our desperation as Wenger doesn’t feel Flamini has much left in his locker. I like Francis, but I too believe his level is beneath us.

    I think top 4 is very achievable; top 3, to me, look pretty much set. CAn’t really see anyone, outside of us, stringing together enough wins to really make a push for 4th.

  30. TitsMcgee

    halfway through the season and Fat Sam is 2 points off of Wenger, with vastly, vastly inferior resources.”

    This is what gets me.

    People are quicker than the speed of light to excuse Wenger for his decade long failures because of “financial inferiority” but then quick to point out how much of a good manager he is when he beats teams that we grossly outclass financially(West Ham, QPR, anyone not named Chelsea, City, UTD really).

    Would Wenger have won an FA Cup at Wigan?

    Put Wenger at West Ham and he’d be relegated.

  31. GoonerInNY

    @silentstan

    You would defend Wenger if he walked into the center circle and took a dump during the game. “pathetic pedro the man gave us titles abd had to go where else shouldvhevgo your biased pathetic” (because you are so articulate and write and spell so well).

    Find some self-respect and support the club rather than the incompetent man.

  32. G

    Every member of the media, plus Graham Poll, plus Arsene said the goal should have stood.
    Just be thankful one fell our way. On this occasion you owe Sam an apology.
    United had more possession,more shots, passes, less missplaced passes. Weird day.

  33. Bamford10

    Coquelin made one or two useful tackles and passes, but let’s not get carried away: he isn’t even close to good enough for a title-contending side. Not even close.

    Aside from the goal, Welbeck was largely ineffectual yet again. Monreal looked vulnerable as a RB. Ox looked rusty (?), embarrassingly so on a couple of plays.

    But it was good to have Kos back, and Sanchez and Santi continue to carry this very average team.

    Sadly, looks like Krychowiak rumors were groundless. He was playing some kind of AprilFool’s joke on Twitter.

    Reid clearly isn’t good enough, btw, nor is Carvalho.

    Fingers crossed for a positive addition of some kind in the window. Otherwise a boring battle for fourth yet again.

  34. G

    Every member of the media, plus Graham Poll, plus Arsene said the goal should have stood.
    Just be thankful one fell our way. On this occasion you owe Sam an apology.
    United had more possession,more shots, passes, less missplaced passes. Weird day.

  35. G

    Every member of the media, plus Graham Poll, plus Arsene said the goal should have stood.
    Just be thankful one fell our way. On this occasion you owe Sam an apology.
    United had more possession,more shots, passes, less missplaced passes. Weird day.

  36. Jeff

    Finishing in the top four is the end game. If we do it, the season is deemed to be a success. This is the first law of Wengerims and AKB’ism.

  37. Highbury Daze

    Now everyone has had an opinion on why Cesc and Song were rejected, it is simple if you look at history of this club since 1996

    Between Song and Cesc they cost AFC a total of 1.5 million pounds, I million for Song and Cesc on a free, the club paying compensation to Barcelona for poaching the player, after spend around 6-8 years at the club they were both sold to Barca, not at the same time, Song for 15 million and Cesc for around 34 million, take away the original purchase price, that leaves a profit on purchases of 47.5 million profit, thank you very much

    Do not listen to the tosh from Wenger about having too many attackers, ie Ozil, that is a ruse, you can see clearly why he didn’t want those two back, it took 8 years to generate that profit, and nothing was going to get Wenger to return his driving force, money back to Barca

    He did the deal bought sold margin realised end of story, NEXT

    You telling me Wenger is going to piss 47.5 million quid down the toilet NEVER

  38. Keyser

    gambon – Bit too desperate for a reaction, disguise it better.

    Carts – Saw your post on Bayern, sorry didn’t reply, was off getting fatter.

    Confused by how you want to compare Bayern ? To all the Premiership teams ? Just to us ? Or just in general ?

    I think it comes down to you talking about teams Bayern compete against, they have no-one in their league right now, we’ve got 5-6 teams around us, and then 2-3 teams who can outspend us.

    Bayern are an extremely well run club, but they benefit heavily from the good and bad points of FFP, and when you’ve got a good group of youth players to build from then it’s easier to pick off the key big money buys from other leagues.

    They’ll still have to start thinking about replacing Ribery and Robben soon.

  39. Keyser

    Exciting game, not sure whether West Ham are that good or they had simply looked at our form all year and decided they had a good shot.

    They seemed to have a lot of energy, but little real incisive attacking play bar the usual Allardiche send it wide and cross, I keep thinking I’m being unfair, but they pressed well and made sure that we were either constantly trying to win headers or play it out from deep.

    That it was soo close is down to what we’ve seen all season, we don’t have a real midfield, not surprising without Ramsey, Ozil and Wilshere, but also we’re very wasteful, have no real attacking patterns in the final third.

    If they spent as much time thinking about the easier pass, the better shooting oppurtunity for another Arsenal player as they do apologising after they’ve hit a shot high and wide, we’d be comfortably clear.

  40. Danny

    Otherwise a boring battle for fourth yet again
    ———————————–
    Emphasis on 4th not the “top 4” coz those 2 qualifying matches means a few millions more. We’re 3 points behind 3rd place Man U but that’s not Wenger’s target.

  41. gazzap

    I think all players in an offside position are interfering with play. If a defender has to adjust his position ie moves up the field to make a player offside then that opposition player is most definitely interfering with play because he has caused a defender to move to a different space to what he might otherwise be, and where he could clear the ball for example.
    It should be your team mate’s responsibility to stay onside. That’s how it used to be and that was a much better rule than the current one.
    And in this case I just think jumping over a ball that is about to hit you is also clearly interfering.

    I think the rule was made for those players who are walking back towards their own defence and have literally not taken any part of the play, so that when one of their team mates is played through on goal, the offside flag doesn’t go up. I agree in this case with the current rule but I think any crowded penalty box where the shot comes through the crowd, if a player is offside then it should be offside every time.

  42. gazzap

    Wenger letting Podolski go on loan. Another case of Wenger not getting the best out of a brilliant player. In the right system with the right players around him Pod could score 30+ goals a season.
    But if he refuses to play him, may as well let him go and play football.
    #wengerout

  43. Keyser

    Didn’t watch the Southampton game, anyone ? How long were they down to 10 men ? Considering how good they’ve looked at least as a team, if not in terms of results, and how on edge we were against West Ham, this is going to be another tough one, especially because this is massive in keeping in touch with Manchester United, let alone trying to seperate us from the group below.

    We’re really not playing well, so it’s key we build momentum with results until we do start to show some cohesion.

  44. Zementalstrength

    “If they spent as much time thinking about the easier pass, the better shooting oppurtunity for another Arsenal player as they do apologising after they’ve hit a shot high and wide, we’d be comfortably clear.”

    Holy shit, I would never have thought that I could agree with Lord Keyser Wenger Sucker one day!! lol

  45. Goonerhampton

    i wonder if comments would be neutral if we draw – coz they’re negative for wins and losses.

    what about if we don’t play at all. maybe some mugs might at last be happy

  46. Goonerhampton

    i wonder if comments would be neutral if we draw – coz they’re negative for wins and losses.

    what about if we don’t play at all. maybe some mugs might at last be happy

  47. the_real_andy

    sam’s post match interview was less embarrassing than mourinho’s. a campaign against chelsea? what the ***? I love english refs for being consequent and after diving over and over again I love them being penalized for it by not getting a stonewall penalty. that’s the only possibility to get this diving out of football -> by showing a yellow card and not giving those which are penalties. I think the ref was Anthony Taylor and he is a very very bad ref in all honesty but I must admit I love it 😛

  48. Goonerhampton

    i wonder if comments would be neutral if we draw – coz they’re negative for wins and losses.

    what about if we don’t play at all. maybe some mugs might at last be happy

  49. WengerEagle

    ‘Wenger letting Podolski go on loan. Another case of Wenger not getting the best out of a brilliant player. In the right system with the right players around him Pod could score 30+ goals a season.
    But if he refuses to play him, may as well let him go and play football.’

    When has he ever scored 30+ goals a season in his entire career?

    He’s never even hit 20 in a season.

    We should of sold him in the summer, he offers next to nothing as a lone CF and he’s not much better on the wing. Sure he’s good for a goal when presented chances but in truth he’s a very average footballer with limited ability and he wouldn’t get near the starting XI of any top side in Europe.

    We already have 2 excellent finishers in Sanchez and Walcott, I see no problem with selling Podolski.

    Loaning him out would make little sense though.

  50. Tim

    Just wanted to say I thought Le Coq looked good yesterday. He, like the whole team, looked shaky early on but he stamped his authority onto the game as the game went on.

    I remember Coq doing well when we needed a right back in the 12/13 season. He seems to have the character for it, he’s a little short but he shows a lot more strength and combustibility than Flamini does.

    I say Le Coq > Flamini right now – start him more often. People who say that he is championship quality forget it took Wilshere a loan move to get his mentality right for the first team. Coquelin earned rave reviews at Charlton – especially from the Capt.

    We should back the lad, at least as a good, young, squad player to back up the beastly CDM we buy to replace Flamini and Arteta.

  51. pedro

    Michael, fair points… but Gary Neville shows if you bring in modern footballers who played in analytical set ups you can get great insight.

    Hoping Thierry can offer something special. Would also be great to get some
    Top international journo’s involved. Honigstein and Lauren’s are always excellent

  52. Keyser

    Podolski like Arshavin has very specific attributes, I’d keep him because we’ve still got the FA Cup and if we had any sort of cohesive midfield Podolski is exactly the sort of bench player we could use to finish games off.

    Podolski’s either a victim of circumstance in that because of our erratic start we can’t risk him not tracking back in results we absolutely need or Wengers genuinely seen a drop off in his physicality.

  53. Carts

    Keyser – how exactly is you now confused? When I first made the Bayern/Arsenal comparison…I did just that – made a Bayern/Arsenal comparison. Nothing has since changed from our initial debate. I even kindly asked that you do not mention Chelsea and City.

    I used Bayern, essentially, as a gauge on how we failed to really get value for money. Bayern’s competition has nothing to do with why their wage bill is £145-£150m; nor does it have anything to do with them shelling out e38m Gotze, e10m Xabi, e20m Thiago etc etc. Their net spend in this summer was e20m!

    Just because no one in the Bundesliga will outspend Bayern, that doesn’t automatically mean they’re guaranteed to get whomever they want. They still have to contest with the Euro heavies. In the past, we would’ve been out bidded by Chelsea,City and Utd; but let’s not pretend that we couldn’t have put up a fight. After all, Wenger sets the price limit on any potential player. He set one for Cahill and Mata and look how that turned out…

    I don’t have the exact figures, but Bayern, out of many top teams in Europe, actually spend sensibly. They tend to net-out at around £40m-£50m:

    “Where the major differences between Germany’s elite soccer clubs is most noticeable is in their transfer spend. Bayern’s deep pockets have allowed the club to spend more than €200 million ($258 million) over the past four seasons to sign global superstars. ” – http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2013/05/24/champions-league-final-bayern-munich-outspent-borussia-dortmund-4-to-1-over-past-four-seaons/

    Now that’s their spend. When you factor in the fact that from Kroos and Mandzukic alone they made e40m , their net spend looks even more impressive. Again, Wenger hasn’t spent well with what he’s decided to spend on players and at the same time, Wenger has held back from spending, as highlighted by our cash reserve and Swis Ramble.

  54. gary

    No rotation from Manu and none from Chelsea.. right or wrong best players not rested.. eg Suarez last year ..Aguero , hazard

  55. gary

    No rotation from Manu and none from Chelsea.. right or wrong best players not rested.. eg Suarez last year ..Aguero , hazard

  56. gary

    No rotation from Manu and none from Chelsea.. right or wrong best players not rested.. eg Suarez last year ..Aguero , hazard

  57. rrobbins

    its do stupid not using podolski or Campbell to spell well or Sanchez. Desperation a recipe for disaster, especially after giroud is sitting. Don’t get it. Exciting match though……..great fun to watch

  58. rrobbins

    its do stupid not using podolski or Campbell to spell well or Sanchez. Desperation a recipe for disaster, especially after giroud is sitting. Don’t get it. Exciting match though……..great fun to watch

  59. rrobbins

    its do stupid not using podolski or Campbell to spell well or Sanchez. Desperation a recipe for disaster, especially after giroud is sitting. Don’t get it. Exciting match though……..great fun to watch

  60. gary

    No rotation from Manu and none from Chelsea.. right or wrong best players not rested.. eg Suarez last year ..Aguero , hazard

  61. DUIFG

    Carried a good threat in the second half. Shows what pace and power can cause problems, chambo Sanchez welbeck causing havoc when running at players.

    Welbeck got himself in to great positions but wasteful. Still very much prefer what he brings to giroud though.

  62. gazzap

    Podolski has the best goals to minutes ratio of any striker in the league. Maybe at his previous clubs he didn’t get the chances but at Arsenal I think he’d score near on 30 if he played every week. Not saying he should play every week, but just making a point that he’d get a lot of goals for us.

    Zero point loaning him. If wenger is doing it to save money on wages then it shows he made a massive mistake and shows what a shit manager he is.

  63. Wallace

    Big Sam’s teams have been excellent in the Champions League. that’s where his tactical expertise really comes to the fore. i think he’d have been an English Sacchi at a bigger club. real shame he’s never had the chance.

  64. Keyser

    Carts – Lol, it’s confusing because I’ve already given you almost everything you need to know and yet you keep saying the same things which are patently wrong.

    “I used Bayern, essentially, as a gauge on how we failed to really get value for money.”

    It’s a poor gauge. I’ve given you plenty of reasons for this.

    “Bayern’s competition has nothing to do with why their wage bill is £145-£150m;”

    It has a lot to do with it, there is no financial competition within the league, therefore no wage inflation.

    Bayern lost Kroos, one of the top rated midfilders in World football, in return they got Alonso, an ageing experienced fill-in for Martinez. Thiago wasn’t guaranteed gametime at Barcelona and is at Bayern.

    Bayern are very well run, but like I’ve said, they benefit from circumstances we simply can’t replicate. They might pick off the odd high profile player other teams have passed on, but mostly they buy smart, they pick off players who haven’t quite worked out or are being moved on.

    They prey on the inefficiency of other teams on their level and other more competitive leagues.

  65. DUIFG

    Gazzap no way in hell is poldi a 30 goal a season man. I really like him in the dressing room but he is a very limited guy, decent bench option but for 100k , not sure.

  66. tenerife gooner

    A few weeks ago Fat Sam was complaining about a goal which was given against West Ham,it was very similar to Songs effort yesterday.He said the Goal should not have stood,i was in agreement with him.

  67. Keyser

    “It has a lot to do with it, there is no financial competition within the league, therefore no wage inflation”

    Maybe something like this is where you’re confusing the issue, while Bayern still pay their top players high wages, lesser players aren’t asking for parity because their still earning more then others in their own league.

    If they did want to earn more probably the only league where they could is the Premiership, bar select teams in other leagues, and even then Bayern have an advantage because they offer titles and a genuine shot at the Champions League.

    http://www.espnfc.com/bayern-munich/story/2021426/bayern-munich-salary-budget-180-million-euros

    “Pep now has the most expensive Bayern team in history. With this super sum the longing for three titles is automatically high,” Bild commented.

    Bayern is just a pretty unfair example.

  68. blsany

    I know we are over the moon with 6 points we got over christmas.Nothing has really changed as we are still stuck with lord wenger.Till he goes we are fucked and counting how many wins we need to secure the yearly 4th placed finish.Bring it on.I think we should do a deal with Spurs for Kane.Sanogo for Kane.

  69. Cesc Appeal

    So Lisbon now own all of Carvalho I read?

    Can see this one coming off IF we’re serious about him. The much reported £20 Million would be a decent price as well I feel.

    Would need time to adapt, but he’s quite a physical player and so will do well I think.

  70. WengerEagle

    gazzap

    I’m with you on the loaning him out part.

    But in all seriousness how can you honestly say that he has the best goals/minute ratio in the league and he’d be a 30+ goal a season CF if he started? Both these statements are utter nonsense.

    Last season he scored 8 BPL goals at a minute/goals ratio of a goal every 136 mins. He came in 12th on the list of goals/minute ratio miles off of Sergio Aguero who was way out in front with a goal every 75 mins.

    This list was produced in late April of the top minutes/goals ratios in all comps for English clubs last season:

    1) Sergio Aguero (26)- goal every 75.8 mins
    2) Demba Ba (7)- goal every 95.6 mins
    3) Stevan Jovetic (5)- goal every 95.6 mins
    4) Hugo Rodallega (6)- goal every 97.3 mins
    5) Luis Suarez (29)- goal every 99.6 mins
    6) Daniel Sturridge (23)- goal every 107.3 mins
    7) Alvaro Negredo (23)- goal every 107.5 mins
    8) Robin Van Persie (17)- goal every 115.5 mins
    9) Jermain Defoe (10)- goal every 117.3 mins
    10) Matty Fryatt (5)- goal every 124 mins
    11) Edin Dzeko (21)- goal every 133.3 mins
    12) Lukas Podolski (8)- goal every 136.4 mins
    13) Emmanuel Adebayor (13)- goal every 138.2 mins
    14) Javier Hernandez (9)- goal every 139.8 mins
    15) Loic Remy (13)- goal every 144.5 mins

    So there are a few things we can conclude from this list. One is that it of course doesn’t tell the whole story as the likes of Rodallega, Ba, Fryatt and Defoe were all nowhere near being the top strikers in the league last season. It’s hard to take anyone on that list with under 10 goals seriously and that includes Podolski. Having said that, the fact that he is way behind all of these strikers even though he scored a similar amount of goals to them proves that it’s a complete and utter myth that he is the most efficient finisher in the BPL. That would be Aguero by a country mile.

    It’s also no coincidence that none of these players are starters for their clubs this season with the exceptions of Aguero, Suarez, Sturridge and RVP who all scored at least 17 goals in the list. Negredo was a starter for City when he was free-scoring and scored over 20 of his 23 goals at this stage but as soon as he hit his cold streak he was dropped.

    The likes of Hernandez, Podolski, Dzeko, Jovetic, Adebayor and Remy are all impact subs, good for a goal off the bench when defences are tired and stretched hence why they have such ‘impressive’ goals/minutes ratios. In truth none of these players start because they aren’t good enough to start for Real Madrid, Arsenal, Man City, The Spuds! and Chelsea respectively. The others on the list such as Defoe, Ba, Rodallega and Fryatt are now playing at a lower level for a reason.

    If they really were among the best strikers in the league would they not be at least starting for these teams?

    As for the 30+ goals a season argument, what are you basing that on? He has never even gotten remotely close to that tally in his entire career for a top team in Bayern where he was a starter and a team in Koln who were completely built around him to get the best out of him. His goalscoring record for Germany was very impressive up until 2009/10 but since then has taken a staggering nosedive with him scoring only 5 goals in his last 40 matches for Germany.

    He has a decent strike rate for us but there is nothing to suggest that he is capable of scoring 30 goals a season otherwise he’d be the first name on the teamsheet. We’ve watched him been handed numerous chances to impress in the CF role since he’s joined and if we’re being honest he has never once really impressed. His best performances (Newcastle at home in the 7-3 for example) have come with him on the left.

  71. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Has to be said wenger is a cunt of a manager, seldom uses his full squad, freezes players out .
    Pits money over trophies ….

    Eh have a gutless board who rub the money over their dicks with glee with what he is achieving …

    Yet the fan on the seat or outside moans , do they care ?

    WTF …..

  72. Dissenter

    Alan Pardew has left Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
    Mike Ashley made over 5 million in compensation, smart business man he is.

    Newcastle fans will get what they’ve always wished for, mid-table mediocrity and Crystal Place will probably be relegated anyways.

  73. Cesc Appeal

    That whole Krychowiak thing was weird…have to watch that one.

    I know he said it was a joke…but bit of a weird joke to be honest and sort of one in the eye for your own fans, sort of hinting you want a move away having only a few weeks ago described Sevilla as the “perfect platform for a bigger move.”

    Not sure if there isn’t something going on there. Not saying with us, but something.

  74. Nasri's Mouth

    Remember that Podolski has played as left midfielder rather than a striker for the majority of games for us, so that’ll knock his numbers down.

    Numbers wise, (goals and assists) he’s been very effective when he’s had a run in the side, but realistically

    a) we just can’t fit him in as a striker
    b) he doesn’t do enough of the dull stuff for the side when played wide

    So IMO his time is up

  75. london gunner

    Why would Alan leave Newcastle?

    His magnificently completely single handedly turned around their fortunes.

    The board/Sports director signed a load of French mercenaries while they lost there best players in Remy and that other bloke, so Alan had to pick up the pieces.

    His tactics and player selection this season has been pretty impressive and his obviously found a way to motivate a bunch of players described as selfish mercenaries.

    Props to the guy for being brave enough to go to Crystal Palace, but its surely a down grade from Newcastle.

  76. Keyser

    Not sure Nastasic would’ve been available to us, think Citeh just want him off their books in case they want to bring a player in during January, Milan are just weird, any reject, any possible half decent loan player and they’ll take him or be the middle man.

    Torres 2 year loan deal, sign him on a permanent and then loaned straight to Atletico for a season and a half, either Torres can simply still command such influence or Milan had a deal with Chelsea to help them out.

  77. nasri's mouth

    I’ve kicked a ball at the top of mount Snowdon, that’s a pretty high level.

    Never saw the ball again though, probably shouldn’t have kicked it quite so hard

  78. WengerEagle

    The Cerci-Torres swap deal is a bit bizarre on Atletico’s part I have to say.

    Atletico are loaning out a 27 year old player they just spent €18 million on in a swap deal for a 30 year old CF that Milan got for free. Seems like they are hoping for a fairytale with El Nino even if it is next to hopeless.

    Great bit of business from Milan though, Cerci was very good for Torino in Serie A last season so they are essentially tading a CF flop for a player that performs well in Serie A.

  79. Rhys Jaggar


    gambon December 29, 2014 13:07:07

    “Good win yesterday. Hate that smug fat bastard. Remember him crowing after they did a number on City. He was shooting his mouth off saying how easy it is to playWenger and Pellegrini teams.”

    halfway through the season and Fat Sam is 2 points off of Wenger, with vastly, vastly inferior resources.

    I think he has a right to consider himself a better manager.’

    You may well be right, but the Press over the w/e suggests that Gold and Sullivan may be scheming to get Allardyce out at the end of his contract this summer. Two stories ran: firstly, that they’d like to sell 20% of the club for £80m to clear the debt. Secondly they suggested that Sam ‘might like to go out a winner’ if he finished in a high position this season.

    You can interpret that in many ways: firstly that they are starting a hard-ball negotiation to renew Allardyce’s contract; secondly, that they think that, to go to the next level, they want a more sophisticated coach; thirdly, that they have a potential investor lined up who will only pay that much for 20% if they get to choose a new manager (who isn’t Allardyce).

    You may also have noticed a story that ‘Allardyce didn’t want Sakho’ and that Sakho was spotted by Karren Brady’s brother or brother-in-law or the like. Again, it might be true, but to run stories like that doesn’t exactly say that you are begging Allardyce to renew, rather that you hope he slips up 2nd half of the season so you can hire someone new in the summer without hassle.

    All in all, it can be posited that Allardyce will have to shoot the lights out until season’s end if he wants a new contract……..

  80. Carts

    Keyser – I disagree not surprisingly.

    Though I agree that wage inflation in the Bundesliga may contribute, a bit, to the reason Bayerns wage bill isn’t as high as we’d imagined, you’re suggestion that it’s a larger contributing factor is wrong. What they apparently benefit from isn’t the reason why their wage bill is lesser than ours.

    Like I said, the players Bayerns acquire could still well have had offers elsewhere a la Lewandowski. Bayerns do not adopt a socialist model like Wenger. They have a tier pay system in place; it may well be a 2/3-tier. I recall reading this last year.

    Wenger choose to adopt a pay system that currently has the likes of Walcott and Ramsey on £110k>. There are rumour that our keeper is on £100k as well as Podolski, who never plays. This is the reason why we have a higher wage bill than Bayerns (and Chelsea). We reward average/good player too highly. Wenger model is flawed and it’s showing. Sanchez is the only one earning his alleged £140k p/w.

  81. Keyser

    Carts – You’re simply wrong now, it’s a massive factor, QPR had a higher wagebill than Dortmund or Atletico at one point.

    The Premiership as a whole earns 4 times what the Bundesliga does in tv money, that’s the whole league not just us, so what do you think that does to the wages of any player we go for ? I tried to point it out earlier.

    It’s not about the top players, what do you think Ozil and Sanchez earn now ? It’s about trying to keep the squad together, why do you think Wilshere gets paid what he does ? Because he can get similar at almost any club in the premiership.

    The tier system doesn’t really matter, and it’s more of a myth than anything, the Chelsea rubbish is bad enough.

  82. nigel tufnel

    Must agree with gambon. Disappointed, even with all the injuries, I just feel we could have done better in dropping less points.

    Should be ahead of United , comfortably in third.
    We have enough depth in attack and midfield. Team not properly organized.
    Credit to monreal and debuchy for cb fill ins. Not sold on Chambers. Not ready for a team that’s challenging for top.

  83. Leedsgunner

    Apparently Pardew is off talking to Crystal Palace (?!?) anyone from Newcastle who would be able to do a job for us? Although Tiote and Sissoko will have name recognition — according to my Toon supporting mate, Meidhi Abedi has been their outstanding player so far. He is a DMC, 22 and a good tackler. Along with him Paul Dummett has also had a great year… a left sided defender, 23. Worth a go? What do people think?

    Anyone know what’s going on Schrar? I would love him at Arsenal.

  84. Highbury Daze

    Nigel, Arsenal are not challenging for the top, so everything is going to the Wenger plan, they are short at the back playing shit football, and still within striking distance of top 4, business as usual, this tells you how weak the rest of the EPL is top 4 is just about know before the season starts, hardly and surprises, ask Mr judge me in May

  85. peanuts&monkeys

    Pedro’s unwarranted dislike for Song is atrocious. The chap is playing weel. Much of West Ham’s success can be attributed to Song’s solid holding at the middle of the park and also to his attacking instincts. Lets admit it: he was better than Flamini. he would have been far better than Arteta too. So, who’s whinging now?

  86. Emiratesstroller

    I want to cover some of the points raised by Pedro.

    ROTATION

    At the moment our options particularly in defence and midfield are rather limited.

    The only options in defence are Chambers and Monreal and Wenger has used
    both. In case of former far too much this season.

    Our midfield options have been also fairly limited in view of our excessive injury crisis in this department. Messrs Ozil, Arteta,Diaby,Ramsey,Wilshire are all out and we know that Rosicky and Ox are also fairly fragile as well.

    SQUAD

    This raises questions about current balance and size of squad.

    On paper we are not short of numbers. However, the reality is that we lack depth in defence, have too many injury prone players in midfield and an oversupply of players in certain positions up front.

    TRANSFER POLICY IN JANUARY AND SUMMER

    I have always maintained that we do not need more than 23 or 24 players in our squad i.e. three goalkeepers plus two players per outfield position on basis
    that some are versatile and can play more than one position and we are able to
    reduce our injury situation.

    The positions, which need to be covered in next two windows in order of priority are:
    1. Centre Back
    2.Defensive Midfield
    3.Striker [World Class]

    INJURY MANAGEMENT

    This is something which needs to be resolved once and for all whether it be
    down to frailty of players, training methods, style of play, poor recruitment
    or inadequate medical treatment.

    There needs to be a very clinical review of all players in our squad who are
    injury prone or reaching end of contracts. Decisions should not be made by
    the Manager in case of those with injury record.

    My view is that Arteta and Diaby should be offloaded when their contracts end in summer.

    Similarly Gibbs,Wilshire,Ramsey and Walcott should be properly assessed,
    because they have constant injury problems.

    Walcott is of particular concern when you see that he has played fewer than 20 games in last 2 seasons. His contract ends in 2016. Perhaps it might be best
    to sell him in the summer whilst we are still in control of situation. He is a
    decent player, but replaceable.

    RECENT FORM

    We seem to be winning most of our games, but I don’t feel that we have been
    playing particularly well or in control of most of these matches.

    Most of our problems are related to defence. The acquisition of CB and DMF
    will go some way to replenish our meagre resources in that department.

    However, I do feel that there needs also to be technical and tactical improvements in our game as well specifically at set pieces. You cannot afford to keep
    leaking goals as we do.

    Every opposing team in EPL knows how to play against us as we saw in recent
    games against QPR and West Ham. Playing well offensively is great, but does
    not solve the defensive problems.

  87. peanuts&monkeys

    If the tactless failure does not buy any attacking option this january, the services of a DM with an attacking instinct is imperative. Given the appalling attacking weaknesses Wenger’s team has, they can win matches with only attacking as an option; the defence will remain in shambles. To make this number of shots on goal has to go up a few folds. More chances need to be created. Cant think of anyone except Khedira and Tiote in that role.. Mr Judge-me-in-Mays, all the fans want from your bag of zilch that you carry is to see Arsenal fight for top-2.. Can you do it? If so, we can wait till May.

  88. Wallace

    ES

    “We seem to be winning most of our games, but I don’t feel that we have been
    playing particularly well or in control of most of these matches.”

    Utd are on a great run despite being completely outplayed in most of those games. we’re never going to dominate games while we’re playing our second string midfield.

  89. Wallace

    ES

    re recent form – Utd are on a great run despite being outplayed in most of those games. we’re never going to dominate teams while our first string midfield’s out injured.

  90. Dream10

    Emiratesstroller

    I agree with many of your points. Mikel Arteta has signed a one year contract year extension. I don’t have a problem with him being part of the squad. Many teams keep a senior member or two in the squad. Also, I would sell/release Wilshere, Walcott, Flamini, Campbell, Diaby, Podolski, Sanogo and Coquelin.
    We are more secure in midfield when are Arteta and Ramsey play in tandem. Santi, Mesut and Alexis are better than Wilshere behing a #9. He is worth
    20m in the market. Theo is an effective player, but he is injury prone. He will be looking for weekly wage packet at least equal to the current one, if not more.

    For me, the jury is out on Calum Chambers. He struggles at right back, especially against a decent dribbler. Currently, he is at best a 4th CB on a team that has aspirations for a league title. Let see how the second half of the season. Despite being a young player, if he continues on current form, I am not opposed to us loaning/selling him in the summer

  91. Gregg

    Ah so the press continue with the Cavani rumours. Now he’s been left out of PSG’s warm weather training squad, paving a way for a move.

    Expect him to turn up at Man City !

  92. Zementalstrength

    It’s hard to understand, why so many Grovers criticize Chambers, specially considering his young age… I think he’s not that bad.

    I just hope we will loan sanogoal instead!! lol

  93. Zementalstrength

    “Breaking News: Crystal Palace sack Warnock. WBA sack Irvine. Arsenal FC ….”
    lol

    That reminds me of what Brenda recently said : “…a few months ago, I was the manager of the year, now I’m next on the list to be fired.”
    YOU SHOULD HAVE CHOSE TO MANAGE ARSENAL YOU STUPID DICK!! lol

    Agree with Gregg, Cavani will probably sign at city.

  94. ADKB

    I have no reservations about Chambers. He isn’t doing too badly for a 19-yr old with the kind of experience he’s got. I’m hoping he turns out to be a really good signing. I doubt he can be a good right back but with some coaching I dare suggest he can be a defensive midfielder.

  95. Zementalstrength

    The more I see Dat Guy Welbz playing, the more I understand why he was sold…
    To no other club than Arsenal of course lol

  96. Nasri's Mouth

    @zementalstrength

    Been on the bench for the last 2 games.

    Can’t imagine he’d last 90 mins and being out for a year his ‘match fitness’ isn’t going to be great but he’s been in training for a while now, (even before his latest groin strain) so maybe he’ll be ok.

    Of course, Welbeck might get better. He’s about the least injury prone player we have.

    (Welbeck out for 6 months after I’ve said that)

  97. Zementalstrength

    “(Welbeck out for 6 months after I’ve said that)”

    Sooner or later that could be Sanchez, unless Wenger realize that he’s not the fucking terminator.

  98. Nasri's Mouth

    Hard to know with Sanchez

    The guy is clearly determined to play every minute, train every minute and never wants a rest.

    Maybe it’ll cause an injury, maybe he’s just massively fit. He certainly looks it.

    Until we have Theo and Ozil back properly, we don’t have too many options though. We have to rely on him.

    Liverpool have the same issue with Sterling, who has played almost 90 mins more than Sanchez this season.

    For context, Chelsea (with their huge and fit squad) have played Hazard an almost identical amount to Sanchez

    2201 mins compared to 2213