Mental block is biggest worry for Arsenal this weekend

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You can bloody smell it in the air… yeah, football is about to make a triumphant return!

We take on WBA as we bid to kick on our title push through a packed out Christmas period.

The injury news for tomorrow isn’t exactly positive. The only player we have back is Hector Bellerin. It sounds like there’s a few that are close, Arsene Wenger mentioned that Chamberlain and Ramsey weren’t about tomorrow, then he said that Theo was two weeks away with Rosicky, WELBZ and Wilshere longer term.

Other worries tomorrow centre around the mentality of Olivier and Laurent. They have their minds perhaps elsewhere after last Friday, so it’s questionable whether they will start… though Wenger’s response to this was pretty emphatic.

‘I would say you need to focus on other things’

Good shout. Mopping around doesn’t help anyone and it plays into the hands of the scum.

The whole press conference was dominated, in my opinion, by journalists trying to prise something salacious from the manager about the terrorist attacks. They didn’t get it, but it did take the focus away from Arsenal

‘Would you let your players discuss the attacks as a group?’

I mean, what sort of question is that? I know Wenger likes to control the details, but I don’t think he’s controlling their conversation.

There was a curve ball question about whether a gay footballer would be supported. You wonder whether that question was fired at Arsene because we have a player that might come out? I find it crazy that this still hasn’t happened. Nearly every sport has an outed player… I don’t even like saying outed, because it sounds like it’s a bad thing… like being outed as a Cliff Richard fan.

It shouldn’t be a big deal.

If fans start chanting disgusting things, remove them from the ground. If people know they’ll lose their tickets and be hung out to dry in the press… they’ll think twice. If they don’t, at least they’re out the grounds.

Wenger was also pressed on his doping views. He said away in the Champions League it sometimes adds two hours to the journey back… now we’re onto something. Wenger hates waiting for the plane to leave and blood testing is way quicker.

One thing I will say… I hope Arsenal blood test. Opening Pandora’s box is all well and good… just make sure nothing springs out that you don’t want to see. Players are stupid, they do stupid things and you hear all sorts of things in and around London about what players at top clubs get up to. I just hope that we are as clean as the manager.

West Brom are the lowest scorers in the league this season, but let’s be honest, it’s a Pulis team and we’ll be getting the additional 20% extra elbow grease at the weekend. Still, it’s always good taking on a team that have lost 4 of their last 6 games. It’s away from home though, so we’ll need to be sharp… we also run the risk of post international break handbrake football.

Still, a delightful 1500 kick off. A true rarity in this mega monied globalised game of football we know and love.

Right, have a blinding day my pretties and I’ll see you tomorrow for more of an update.


213 Responses to “Mental block is biggest worry for Arsenal this weekend”

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  1. Jeff

    I thought we could all do with a bit of light entertainment. Here is a video of referees taking it as well as giving it – on the pitch I mean.

  2. Nasri's Mouth


    Wenger tends to let the players have their own heads and let them make their own decisions. Maybe that’ll make it harder for them if they’re focused on the bombings etc.

    Generally they seem pretty focused in the league though. Fingers crossed

  3. salparadisenyc

    Such a great song (insert lighting bolt)

    Anyone worth a shit seems to of covered that Leadbelly beauty.
    I love Cash’s version, could be said for many. Apparently Keith does a take on it for his new solo record.

  4. MidwestGun

    Sal –
    I guess you could say that about a lot of classic songs. Been listening to a lot of protest songs recently from back in the day… amazing how relevant they are still today.
    Sam Cooke…. change gonna come…. my favorite at the moment… been covered by everyone.

  5. luke

    I just want to throw out some love for Nacho. He has been outstanding for us lately. I know this isn’t news but hey – let’s celebrate our Nacho.

  6. salparadisenyc

    That QOTSA vid was definitely some guys home version.
    Just Mental.

    Had to post God is in the Radio for all the muslim experts bouncing around here.
    Fuck em.

  7. MidwestGun

    Ya man Thanksgiving is like Christmas a bit. Just an excuse to eat and see your family. This year doing a bachelor Thanksgiving tho. Holidays can be stressful but not so much when you don’t have to deal with the in-laws.

  8. Leedsgunner

    We need to approach this game like we approached Watford. Be disciplineda nd take our chances when they come.

    Kos looks gone mentally. Shame that we have to play Giroud because I reckon he’s probably not in a good place either… even world events demonstrating that we should have bought a striker.

    I wonder how Debuchy is.

    Everything says he shouldn’t be chosen but I’m nervous about throwing Bellerin in there lest he picks up another injury and we are stuck with Debuchy out of lack of choice… shame Jenks is out on loan we could have used him for these games… although in the big picture the West Ham loan is I’m sure doing Jenks a load of good. With Debuchy in patchy form and temperament I’m hopeful he and Bellerin will have a genuine competition between them for the RB spot — hopefully for years to come.

    My starting XI


    Jeff Reine Adelaide

  9. salparadisenyc


    Earls Court just mental what can be found round there.
    Not my gig but ive a couple friends whom came out grinning!

  10. Nasri's Mouth

    Leedsgunner: Kos looks gone mentally. Shame that we have to play Giroud because I reckon he’s probably not in a good place either…

    Hard to know whether the emotions of Tuesday will be replicated. It was a highly charged situation. Hopefully Saturday will be a bit more focused on football.

  11. Leedsgunner


    Fair enough — but didn’t the EPL say they will play the Marseille before every EPL game this weekend, as a tribute to the Paris victims? I get emotional just listening to it, and I’m not even French! I’m sure every time they hear it, all the feelings must come flooding back…

    Best wishes to all the French fellas in our squad, Arsene, Debuchy, Kos, Coquelin, Olivier, Reine Adelaide, Flamini… words are so inadequate to describe such sadness.

  12. Leedsgunner

    Lest I be misunderstood, I’m not criticising Kos at all. If he needs time off to grieve, let him to do…. absolutely awful tragedy in every sense of the word.

    Insanity… and completely pointless.

  13. Pyles

    Only just got around to reading today’s nuggets of wisdom. Great for once to not hear that something’s turgid, phew, what a relief! I do, however, disagree on the whole ‘mopping about’ thing. Mopping about helps loads of people, especially those that don’t want to walk around ankles deep in crud. I worked in a nightclub once and man, if there were no mopping about I’d still be stuck to the floor to this day.

    Pyles x

  14. Sam

    Roma player n Belgium international Radja Nanggolan checked into Radisson hotel they immediately called the police claiming he looked like that wanted terrorist n acting suspesciously.
    Really irresponsible from the hotel, the police are on high alert n guy could have been shot

  15. Mr B

    Xhaka and Aubameyang would make us CL contenders and a shoe in for the PL.

    We will finally have the depth and quality of the Invisible era.

    Dortmund need the money as they don’t have CL and the Bundesliga is not as lucrative as PL.

  16. Mr B

    Xhaka is playing in the CL and has the following stats per 90.

    Tackles 2.4
    Interceptions 2.9
    Clearances 1.8
    Dribbles 0.8
    pass accuracy of 86% with 9 long balls per game

    Aubameyang has 23 goals and 3 assists from 15 games.

    So you are saying that a squad that is joint top of the prem with massive injury problems and beat Munich not using any dope will not be massively improved by those 2.

  17. Wallace

    Bellerin – Mertesacker – Gabriel – Monreal
    Coquelin – Cazorla
    Campbell – Ozil – Gibbs

    not looking great going forward, but 30 mins for Alexis if we’re struggling…

  18. Nasri's Mouth

    Mr B: Dortmund need the money as they don’t have CL and the Bundesliga is not as lucrative as PL.

    Not so sure it’s that desperate to be honest. Their revenue is still decent considering their costs and their transfer spending.

    They have no reason to sell in Jan. From their perspective, keeping him till the summer would allow them to use the player to their advantage, while still getting a similar fee.

  19. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal need to focus on bringing in at least one quality midfield player in January. Realistically we have just 6 players who are good enough to play in a team competing for League Title. Three of these are as we know injury prone.

    Personally I don’t feel that we have a realistic chance of buying a “quality” striker in January. Most of the top strikers are either at major clubs where they are Champions League cup tied and therefore unlikely to move in January transfer window.

    Also Wenger will not replace Giroud or Walcott this season whilst we are competing for League Title. He has also got Sanchez,Welbeck and Campbell
    as backup.

    However, Arsenal need to plan ahead to secure a World Class Striker once the
    season is over. Personally I would target Aubameyang or Griezmann for next season.

  20. Mr B


    I am thinking about the summer too. Wenger has too often given up on players when he is not able to get them at first go, Frees are an exception e.g. Chamakh.

    Apparently he went for Aubameyang in the summer but wouldn’t pay the 35 mil Dortmund were asking for though a deal could have been done for a little less around 30 mil.

    Dortmund are a well managed club but the new manager needs room to maneuver in the transfer market. 50 mil euros would give him a lot of room, esp. considering the quality of Dortmund’s scouting and recent signings.

    Fair enough, few could have predicted that Aubameyang would burst out like he has and he will take a season or half to adjust to the Prem at least.

    If we are really ambitious we should look to get Reus too but that would cost a lot of money, require a few outs from our midfield, Dortmund would be very reluctant to sell both. All in all unlikely to happen but we should get Aubameyang at the least, Xhaka in Jan.

  21. Nasri's Mouth

    Mr B: Wenger has too often given up on players when he is not able to get them at first go,

    I suspect that depends on certain factors like the will of the player etc.

    He came back in for Cazorla, despite him moving to another club, he came back in for Cech despite not getting him in summer 2014.

    It often comes down to whether the player is keen in the first place. Aubameyang sounded like he wanted to re-sign for Dortmund, he’s said he only wants to go to Spain, apparently he only wants to leave when Reus does, meh, who knows,

    But it looks like Dortmund will qualify for the CL for next season, I doubt they’ll need to sell anyone then unless the player wants to go. It wouldn’t surprise me if Reus fancies a change but they keep Aubameyang,

  22. Paulinho

    “Kos is very affected by what happened in Paris, according to wenger, I doubt he will play tomorrow”

    Wenger always come out with this sort of stuff and he plays them anyway, whether it be an event , injury or whatever.

  23. WrightIsGod

    I like the sentiment behind this article because with all of Wenger’s most modern sides we always lose ze mental strength at vital moments.

    Now it might come across as insensitive but I dislike the way Wenger is already using the Paris attack excuse to defend his French players. I personally think this is ridiculous.

    Unless you’re Diarra you need to get on with your day job just as every other person emotionally affected by the terrorist attack has. Wenger making excuses is indicative of him and his teams. I hope this doesn’t spread to the rest of the squad.