Arsenal bulldoze Basel | Is Roy Keane right about the glove issue?

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Arsenal are hitting a bit of a stride heading into a patch of games you’d hope good form should see us win. Basel aren’t a European powerhouse, but they’ve been feeding clubs with great players for many years, so yesterday was never going to be a cake walk (walking a cake is easy?).

It was though… we blitzed them. They had no answer to our crisp passing, smart movement and clinical finishing. Well, I say clinical, we were clinical in the first 30 minutes.

Theo Walcott continued his career rejuvenation with another very good performance. His opening goal started deep in midfield, Cazorla freeing Sanchez with a beautifully weighted long ball over the top, Sanchez picked up play and whipped in a looping cross that Theo nodded in.

His second was mostly made through his own force of NEW personality. He picked the ball up off Xhaka about 40 yards out, played a neat one-two with Sanchez burst through the Basel defence then rocketed home to the far post.

When he doesn’t have time to think, he’s as deadly as they come…

2-0 up after 26 minutes, and it was game over. We knocked the ball about like  it was 1998. The team made 700 odd passes. We tried to kill the game, but the finishing wasn’t quite there, but the great thing is that the game was never out of our control.

Our midfield looked very solid. Santi Cazorla really has the team ticking over at the minute. It’s such a shame he isn’t 26 years old. I really wonder who comes into replace him when he’s gone. It’s a big worry for us, we become dependent on a player we don’t really have a backup for. If Wenger is to be believed, that could be Xhaka. I’m not quite sure the two players are that similar. Maybe it’s Ramsey? Or maybe it’s a different type of midfield when he’s not there.

David Ospina kept a clean sheet with a good save right at the end. He must have been pretty bored out there. A good start to the Champions League for him this year. We have two back to back games against Ludogorets Razgrad. Win those and we put ourselves in a very good position to take 1st position in the group. First time since 1987 I hear.

Not too much to report on… well, bar Roy Kean LAMBASTING the players for wearing gloves.

“But the crunch games are coming up for them over the next few months, when the cold nights come in and we’ll see half the Arsenal players with their gloves on.”

Pick the comment apart and I get where he’s coming from. I love the play at the moment, I love that Arsenal fans are saying things like, ‘this feels different’… pause for a moment though. It’s not different. We’ve been here before. We are a great 7 month team. Have been for a while. ‘Different’ will be taking this for into February. Different will be keeping the squad fit. Different will be taking down the big guns consistently and staying focused.

… but picking on people wearing gloves? Bit embarrassing. It’s a bit of a dated view these days. ‘Tough guys don’t feel the cold’… oh do fu*k off Roy. The man reeks of insecurity, constantly referencing back to how tough he was back in the day. Get over yourself son. Maybe if he were a little less miserable, he’d have a job these days?

Anyway, it’s been a very good few weeks. I’m excited to see us play, which is new. Let’s make it a good three months. Let’s make it count.

Enjoy the result, Burnley up next!

P.S. Had a really weird dream that I was negotiating with Pep Guardiola about moving to Arsenal. He’d be sacked along with Jose Mourinho. As an FYI, he was massively into the move.

363 Responses to “Arsenal bulldoze Basel | Is Roy Keane right about the glove issue?”

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  1. Sam


    please keep in mind that in the premiership 3points are not easy to get
    Even if its Burnley we still have to fight for 90 minutes

  2. WengerEagle


    Yeah it’s interesting, suppose my reservations would lie with the opinion that Griezmann much prefers the ball at his feet than Theo does, he’s definitely a player that plays off the shoulder of the defence but he also likes receiving the ball in positions that Sanchez loves to occupy.

    Griezmann is fantastic, guy is such an elite finisher.

  3. Leedsgunner


    “It’s vital therefore we have a really good season in both PL and CL. This encourages Ozil and Alexis to stay and will attract the worldie forward we need.”

    Agree with this wholeheartedly…. by “a really good season” in the EPL, I’m supposing that you I mean as I do that we have to win the thing? 🙂

  4. Louis Almeida

    WengerEagle, Indeed, however, Theo’s touches per game have substantially increased this season. He is much more involved in team play. I could see Griezmann doing that role but to a higher level with more reliability too. Anyway I think it’s all moot as I don’t think we’ll sign him. We have a much better chance of signing Reus IMO although his injury record really worries me. It’s been like that for the last 3 seasons now.

  5. WengerEagle

    Aguero really has crushed it over here since his arrival in 2011, just had a look at his goalscoring stats and they are scary.

    147 goals in just 214 apps in all comps.

    It’s intriguing that despite him scoring 11 goals already this season in just 7 apps that Pep believes there is more to come from him, I’ve felt the same his whole time at Man City.

    As good as he’s been, I’m convinced that the guy has another level he’s never really kicked into on a regular basis, he should be scoring 40 goals minimum every season with his ability.

    Injuries have played a part in preventing that of course.

  6. WengerEagle


    Yeah Theo has really found a new lease of life so far this season, he’s already virtually matched his productivity from all of 2015/16 when he really was dire. It’s not just his goals that are welcome, he looks fitter, a little bit stronger and like you say better on the ball in general play.

    Long may it continue because I’m sick of bagging on the chap. 😀

    Poor old Reus will probably always be injury-prone, he’s 27 now which is coming into his prime. I think that it’ll be a large part of the reason that he’ll still be a Borussia Dortmund player into his 30’s, I don’t see him making the big move abroad at this stage.

  7. Leedsgunner

    If we are going to win the EPL, each game is as important as the next. Completely pointless winning three hard fought points from Chelsea if we give points away to Burnley.

    Blitz them in the first half… go three or four up… take Walcott, Alexis and Iwobi off and bring on Oxlade, Perez and Elneny on… after half time and shut the game down.

    As I said earlier — on paper all thises games are winnable if we rotate

  8. Rambo Ramsey

    “It’s intriguing that despite him scoring 11 goals already this season in just 7 apps that Pep believes there is more to come from him, I’ve felt the same his whole time at Man City.’

    Nothing intriguing there, those are Guardiola’s favorite go-to words, a bit like Wenger with his ‘ze mental strength’.

  9. Leedsgunner

    Heung-min Son is sure picking up the slack left by Harry Kane’s injury… ugggh! We signed the wrong Korean… although not all is lost — he’ll have to serve military service soon…

    Park Chu Young tried to avoid it, and he got absolutely hammered in his own country… Son won’t want to make the same mistake.

  10. Louis Almeida

    WengerEagle, yes the key for Theo is to stay fit because he has periods where he’s looked good then drifted into nothingness.

    It’s a shame with Reus. There have been rumours that he always wanted to join Arsenal because his idol played here. I feel like he hasn’t harnessed his potential as much as he should have. Shame.

    RE Aguero, yes I also think he’s underachieved relative to his ability. It sounds a bit ridiculous considering his goalscoring record is already insane but I agree that Pep can get more out of him. 40 goals minimum is what he should be aiming for. I’m probably one of those in a minority that don’t think he’s inferior to Suarez.

  11. Rambo Ramsey

    Eagle, that’s just his way of encouraging the team/players. You can often hear him say ‘We can play better’ after great wins and ‘Player X can do even better’ after he’s given a MotM performance.

  12. tunnygriffboy


    Fair shout about Alexis and Greizmann playing together. What a lovely option to have though. I could see Wenger paying big money for an elite forward though


    By good season I don’t necessarily mean winning the league. I would see it as keeping players fit, continuing to play great football and being in with a shout of winning the title until nearly the end. Maybe a good run in one of the domestic cups

    As for the CL, getting beyond the round of 16 and who knows with a good draw or turning over a top side sneaking into a semi.

    The squad is as good as it has been for years. We need to have a winning mentality and really focus on EVERY match and not let our standards drop. If players are fatigued we have options to rotate them. The players that come in must play with the same skill, attitude and intensity.

    Amazing what a strong squad and competition does for performance.

    If we continue to play like we have been we’ll be a handful for any team in the PL.

  13. Leedsgunner

    “Poor old Reus will probably always be injury-prone, he’s 27 now which is coming into his prime. I think that it’ll be a large part of the reason that he’ll still be a Borussia Dortmund player into his 30’s, I don’t see him making the big move abroad at this stage.”

    Hindsight is perfect and all that, but I never understood why we didn’t try to get Reus when he was younger say when he was 20 or 21 and before injuries kicked in. TR7 was known to be his childhood idol and I bet he would have jumped at the chance at playing with him.

    Oh well, another name to add to the infamous “Almost signed” list. 🙁

  14. tunnygriffboy

    Burnley are going to defend very deep. I hope Xhaka and Santi let a couple fly so at least one of their defenders has to come out to block the shot. Will keep them honest the they could slip the ball into the space they’ve left.

  15. Rambo Ramsey

    I wouldn’t put Aguero ‘underachieving’ down to the quality of the manager he’s had to work with, its more down to his struggles with fitness. Don’t see how Guardiola magically fixes that issue. Lets be honest, He would have scored 40 under Pellegrini if it weren’t for the recurring hammy problems.

    As far as comparisons with Suarez go, I think he falls short. Aguero’s a world class finisher, no doubt, but he isn’t near as good as Suarez in bringing teammates to play. One look at their assists stat should tell you this.

    I’d be willing to bet Argentina would have won the World cup by now if they had Suarez instead of Aguero.

  16. Leedsgunner

    I think the Burnley game is custom made for Xhaka. If they defend too deep and give Xhaka too much space — he will either let a screamer loose and hopefully score one from distance or his superior passing will find on our attackers on a good run… this way we can defeat those teams who play Park the Bus against us.

    It’s imperative we score first and we score early. If we do, they will have to march to our tune and come out to meet us…. 🙂 Although on paper we are better to a man, Burnley are no mugs… they will try to rough us up.

  17. Sam

    Btw, If I want fair assessment of Theo I will listen to Ian Wright
    A striker who came in late in professional football n made it to the top

    Fok Roy Keane!!!

  18. Wengaball

    What do we need to fix in this team to make it CL contenders?

    What’s the assessment here – how far or how realistic is a serious assault on CL?

  19. Wengaball

    I would say we need an Aguero/Suarez level striker, a no. 10 who is almost as good as Özil and a super winger or two.

    At least that much.

    That’s about 200-250 million worth of gap.

  20. tunnygriffboy


    We can play Wengaball againstsides who play Wengaball better than us

    We have to work on a different strategy and work on it ie like we did v Bayern last season. We are probably better suited to doing it this season. We have a better defence and a stronger more robust midfield who can play in front of our back four

    Without Giroud upfront we have much more pace to counter. Alexis and Theo with pace and Iwobi for ball retention

    We need to avoid injuries

    A massive chunk of luck.

  21. Red&White4life

    “We need to avoid injuries”

    Let’s hope that our “curse” will stop this season…
    Always scared of winters…

  22. Leedsgunner

    Injuries are a part of the game. We can’t avoid it. One of the key reasons why Leicester was able to win the league last year was because they suffered fewer injuries than most, and the injuries they did suffer were alleviated by the fact that they were able to recover quicker.

    What are they doing that we are not?

    Of course part of this difference can be explained by the fact that last year they didn’t have European competitions to deal with. However, it will be interesting to see if Leicester can keep their injury list down THIS year. If they can we need to learn from them.

    In the meantime, we can rotate and rest key players so that we stop injuries from happening or we minimise its impact by keeping alternatives fresh and primed to go. That’s why we need a big hungry squad.

    Too often, rotation has been a reactive measure in response to injuries. It should really be a proactive measure to prevent injuries…

  23. China

    Crikey wrighty is a bit dim. He said Wenger should be offered 3 more years because his team’s always let him down in the past.

    Don’t blame park chu young and marouane chamakh for being shite. Wenger didn’t need to sign them!

  24. China

    I hope theo does have a good year not just for arsenal’s sake but because he does seem a lovely guy

    I talk a lot of shit about him because he’s infuriating as fuck but you see him post game and he’s such a softy. Makes me feel bad haha

  25. Red&White4life

    “Wenger should be offered 3 more years because his team’s always let him down in the past.”
    What’s wrong with Ian ??? lol

  26. Leedsgunner

    “. He said Wenger should be offered 3 more years because his team’s always let him down in the past.”

    Who put the team together? Whose job is it to motivate the team? It’s not the tooth fairy is it?

    If we don’t come out of this season with silverware a new contract is rewarding failure… nothing more nothing less.

  27. Wengaball

    China – what he means is for the first time in a decade Arsenal have the resources to properly compete, and Wenger should be given a chance, having fought “machine guns with stones” for a decade.

    The quoted words are Arsene’s by the way – I think he’s said it in one of the recent ’20 years’ interviews that sometimes it felt like we were fighting against machine guns with stones.

  28. TitsMcGee

    “. He said Wenger should be offered 3 more years because his team’s always let him down in the past.”

    It’s amazing how HARD people try or how MUCH they want it to be somebody else’s fault.

    Good run of form and all of a sudden it’s “see, Wenger was always a good manager, he’s just been screwed by non-caring players the last 13 seasons”

    lol Jesus

  29. Wengaball

    I think it’s more that a run of form Tits.

    Maybe Wrighty and the others recognise the constraints under which he has fought the club’s cause for so long, and they feel he deserves to have a go now that we are less constrained?

    See my post above.

  30. STV

    “It’s amazing how HARD people try or how MUCH they want it to be somebody else’s fault.”

    No surprise.. It is that time of the year. Just hope they will not “reward” this performances with a contract.

  31. Dissenter

    Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein thinks Arsene Wenger has the “fire in his belly” to continue as Gunners manager (Talksport)

    Wenger’s character witnesses have started the drum beat for contract renewal.

    These statements coupled with the leverage of an England FA offer means he will definitely have a significant offer on the table by Christmas.

  32. Dissenter

    Be fair to Ian Wright.
    What do you expect from a ex-players whose very relevance depends on being the media go-to guy for being an “Arsenal legend”?
    He’s not going to rock the boat.
    He’s read the tea leaves and is pitching his support for the most likely candidate.

  33. Du Vi

    From an attacking standpoint this london bridge is going to come crashing down once either or Cazorla and Sanchez get the inevitable injury and the coach feels mandated to bring back his sub par favourites Ramsey back into the side!!!

  34. China

    Wengaball I don’t follow. Leicester didn’t have any resources but won the league last year. We had infinitely more resources infrastructure and presumably quality and still didn’t win the league when our rivals didn’t show up last year.

    As well if Wenger wanted more resources he could’ve flogged some of our valuable dead weight and invested it better.

    Or you know… Spend the resources he actually had. Don’t tell me he only had enough pocket money for Cech last year because that’s absolutely nonsense mate.

  35. China

    Pires for sporting director yes fucking please

    My only issue is he needs to come when arsene is gone. We all know anyone who joins the club in a powerful role needs to bend at the knee to arsene first. Gazidis and bould the biggest culprits

    If arsene gave him the role (let’s be honest the decision is entirely arsene’s rather than the board’s/gazidis’) then his job title would include a paragraph about having to sit down and shut up when arsene speaks

  36. N5

    I’m quite surprised by Ian’s comments because at times on his radio show he was very critical of Wenger and was saying the fans need to vocalise their anger!

    Strange flip flopping.

  37. gonsterous

    Time was never an issue with Wenger. He had 10 years to build a team, no one defending him can tell he needs more time for his team to gell a

  38. steve

    Lol Ian Wright back to being Wenger in again. Hilarious. Of all the ex players he was was probably the most critical of Wenger.

    As usual when Wenger has a contract coming to an end. The PR campaign to justify another Wenger contract has begun. *smh*

  39. jwl

    Joke Friday:

    A groom waits at the altar with a huge smile on his face. His best man asks, “Why do you look so excited?” The groom replies, “I just had the best blow job I have ever had in my entire life, and I am marrying the wonderful woman who gave it to me.”

    The bride waits at the other end of the aisle with a huge smile on her face. Her maid of honor asks, “Why do you look so excited?” The bride replies, “I just gave the last blow job of my entire life.”

  40. STV

    Ian Right is playing to the gallery. It’s the time of the year where delusion creeping in for the manager and fans instead of being grounded and staying focussed.

  41. Sam

    # Wrighty loves Arsene.#

    Because he’s not a hater
    I am sure he’ll welcome the new manager and wish him well

    Correction: Wrighty loves Arsenal

  42. goonerboy

    There is always a huge risk in trying to predict the future where Arsenal are concerned-because the club meanders along more in hope than by design- belief in a manager who has not delivered a major trophy in 12 years-and has never delivered the ECL.
    If Arsenal are relying on maintaining this form- that Theo and Sanchez will be world class all season-then success is very unlikely-much as I’d like to see it succeed.