5 things Arsenal fans would love to see this weekend

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I like these Buzzfeed-style approaches to blogging, it gives me a simple framework and a punchy clickbait title to lure you fools in with.

JK, you’re not fools. You’re heroes.

5 things we want to see this weekend.

Break the bus:

I can’t imagine, based on David Moyes glorious history of management, we’ll see anything bar a back 8 of red & white shirts we have to pick our way through. Arsenal has struggled against teams that defend the centre and constrict our free-flowing brand of football.

HOWEVER, things might be a bit more interesting tomorrow because we now have Olivier Giroud waiting in the wings. I’d like to see what a 4-4-2 away from home could do… or a 4-4-1-1. It’d certainly surprise them and it’d give us the opportunity to hit them from out wide as well as play through them.

No more injuries:

We’ve not had a great week when it comes to injuries. Lucas Perez is out until Christmas because of ligament damage after being kicked in midweek. We lost Santi the week before because he was also kicked, he’s still a potential miss… which is fine for me, because missing a game out against the worst team in the league away from home would make sense anyway.

Additional frustration came with the news that Theo is a doubt, isn’t he always after a bit of form? We’ll also likely be without Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard has been out of sorts this season and it probably makes sense to give Gibbs a bit of game time through the fairly easy period we’re undergoing.

Jokes that I said injuries were not an issue yesterday, now they are… god damn you Shad, god damn you.


It’d be great to go to Sunderland and dish them out a total spanking. David Moyes said this of himself last week:

‘Put David Moyes in charge of a team and he will win.’

I mean, so far, it’s not really happened. His fall from grace has been beyond spectacular. I know people snark with hindsight, but Moyes had a very mean Everton team for years. He was a good, fresh faced manager who won awards. Now his face looks like a haggard ball sack, he’s talking like David Brent and his teams don’t want to play for him.

I’d be really upset if we didn’t take a very strong 3 points from them. Let’s go to town on them. They really are bad. The only team ever not to win in their opening 9 games two seasons running. We need a convincing win after unconvincing results against Swansea, Burnley and Boro.


The blonde Welshman is coming back into the fold this weekend after a cheeky 3-month vacation to the Isle of ‘it’s not too serious.’ Remember people, this is a player who ripped up Euro 2016 taking his side to the semi-finals. He’s a very good player, he hasn’t really shown that for 2-3 seasons with us, so for me, Wenger either makes it work this year, or he lets another manager make him a better player (maybe at Arsenal). He’s brilliant on his day, but the problem for me is he needs a lot of support to be brilliant (someone to defend for him / someone to attack with precision). Can he change that this season? Maybe… A Xhaka by his side might be the cure? Not tomorrow though.


There are a few opportunities for upsets this weekend. Spurs take on Leicester at home, the Champions are finding a bit of form now, so this might not be so simple for Poch… I’d like to have a bit if breathing space between us and the scum so they can’t go above us for our game. United play Burnley, it’d be banter if they lost there. City will likely take 3 points at West Brom. There ‘could’ be an upset if Southampton bring their recent form to Chelsea.

Either way, 3 points is a must when you’re taking on the worst side in the league.



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  1. grooveydaddy

    yup, that’s exactly what I’d like to see this weekend –

    a strong win for us, and everyone else f#*king up

  2. tom

    Chambers has been very good for Boro so far.I watched them against West Ham and Watford and Chambers was a standout in both games, not just for his defensive contribution that was steady and reliable, but for his work further up the field. Very positive and very busy.His new team mates trust him and I think his manager does too.Same for Jack at Bournemouth.His experience as been positive at Bournemouth so far.Garnering praise from Howe and good stats behind it.Also he seems to have brought out the very best from Carter and Surman, which is great for Cherries.I expect his influence to grow as season progresses.Best of all , nine straight starts and a full ninety now too.

  3. Gmol

    I will happily swap my glorious first ever 4th place trophy for 3 points tomorrow especially with a 5am start to get up there

  4. tom

    Football is like politics in the way perception can overwhelm reality.

    Moyes is a good manager as his Everton days confirm but his failure to fill Ferguson’s shoes has tarnished him.

    It takes strong character and luck to rehabilitate image and authority after being so publicly ironed out.

    His task is to first win the confidence of his players, then the fans.

    From there he can rebuild, but he doesn’t get long to pull it off and it won’t start at Arsenal’s expense.

  5. steve

    “He’s a very good player”


    No he’s not. He’s an average player who had a good run the first half of the season three years ago.

  6. jwl

    Joke Friday:

    “A panda walks into a bar. He asks the bartender how he can get a little action for the night. The bartender motions to a young woman. She talks to the panda, and they go back to her place. After having sex, the panda abruptly leaves.

    The next night, the woman goes to the panda’s house. “You owe me money,” she says. “For what?” The woman rolls her eyes and explains, “I’m a prostitute.” The panda pulls out a dictionary and looks it up: “Prostitute: Has sex for money.”

    The panda says, “I don’t have to pay you. I’m a panda. Look it up.” She is about to protest when the panda hands her the dictionary. The woman looks up “panda” in the dictionary, and it reads, “Panda: Eats bush and leaves.”

  7. jwl

    Moyes was over-promoted at Everton and was found out at Manure.

    I remember a stat about Moyes I read when he first started at manure – not once did Moyes beat a top four team away in his ten years at Everton. No trophies, no away wins against top four team, Everton was plenty to handle for Moyes. Now he’s not looking too good at all, there are plenty of other managers who I think of winning matches before Moyes enters my mind.

  8. Mark S

    I’d love to see Ramsey play the Santi role from time to time this season, but which Ramsey is going to show up? If we’re tied at nil-nil in the 60th minute, I’d like to see if he could unlock the defense. We can be top of the league by 3 points before anyone kicks off…let’s not pull an “Arsenal” and give Sunderland a chance.

  9. Joe

    The FBI is apparently also pushing back on the characterisation that this is a “re-opening” of its Clinton investigation, telling CBS that such conclusions are “premature”.

    It’s a fucking circus in the USa

  10. Pierre

    Should have been called “5 things that Joe would like to see this weekend”

    1) that’s easy , the Arsenal to lose (then Joe can moan about Wenger)

    2) Arsenal to get a couple of injuries (then Joe can moan about Wenger)

    3) all arsenals competitors to win , especially Jose (then Joe can moan about wenger)

    4) wenger to quit (ain’t gonna happen)

    5) Sanchez and ozil to leave (then Joe can moan about wenger)

  11. Joe

    Pierre is one of the most stupid of all
    Akbs. And that’s saying a lot.

    Why would I want Sanchez and Ozil to leave. They will actually win major trophies with arSenal once wenger leaves.

    I want wenger to fuck off

    Don’t worry Pierre. Keep beaking off in October. Because that’s never come back to bite you in the ass

  12. Pierre

    “Why would I want Sanchez and Ozil to leave.”

    Then you can do your favourite pastime …… Moan about Wenger

    Why didn’t you say ” why would I want Arsenal to lose”……… Because that is exactly what you want….

  13. Joe


    With all your beaking off have you noticed that we are only 1 point better off than last season?? And actually performed worse in big matches that last season (-2 in points, Liverpool -3, Leicester -2, chelsea +3).

    So before you get your big wenger Bonar in your mouth and try to call me out , why don’t you wait and see how we are doing in jan?

  14. Pierre

    And Joe , I support Arsenal not Wenger …. You can pick holes in the current team/squad as much as you like. You are like a desperate man waiting for Arsenal to drop points but week after week we continue to win , we continue to look dangerous going forward and we continue to get clean sheets. ….. And long may it continue …..

  15. Joe

    I’m weak?

    You’re celebrating in October.

    Look dangerous going forward?

    0-0 v boro.

    Jog on muppet. You support Arsene FCC. Not arsenal fc. Be happy to see the back of you when wenger leaves

  16. Joe

    Why didn’t you say ” why would I want Arsenal to lose”……… Because that is exactly what you want….

    Because Pierre. You simpleton

    Wenger does that all on his own and has for 12 seasons.

    Nothing I say or do on here change that

  17. Joe

    Let’s not forget our dangerously going forward vs Burnley

    Yeah we look great going forward when we play championship level teams Pierre.

  18. steve

    “but week after week we continue to win”


    Are you sure about that? I’m pretty sure they dropped points at home against the mighty Middlesbrough.

  19. tom

    ***Let’s not forget our dangerously going forward vs Burnley***

    Wenger has described our game as ‘risky’.

    Qui Audit Adipiscitur.

  20. Pierre

    Steve…. We did draw with middlesboro…. And that’s all that the wobs have to cling to at the moment….. Why not just enjoy the fact that we have only lost one game in 7 months ( no trophies) and hope the run continues instead of all desperately hoping for Arsenal to drop points and jump on the Wenger out bandwagon….. Yes, he will probably fuck up again by putting giroud up front and shoe horning Ramsey into the side and in doing so ruin our title chances but that dosnt mean that 95% of us are going to continually criticise … We will leave that to the 5% of sad, miserable, desperate wobs who actually think they are the majority…

  21. Joe

    Yes, he will probably fuck up again by putting giroud up front and shoe horning Ramsey into the side and in doing so ruin our title chances

    But yes let’s keep supporting wenger

    What a moron

  22. Joe

    Yes let’s keep supporting our manager that as you say Pierre

    “Ruins our title chances ” every year for the last 12 by HIS decisions.

    You are a wise one Pierre

  23. tom

    Most of us seem to agree that both Giroud and Ramsey can be useful members of our squad.

    Shoe-horning isn’t part of it.

    It’s plain old application of resources.

    Hope to see OG start tomorrow and do well.

    Maybe see Ramsey on the bench or in CL.

  24. Joe

    All the akbs have to cling on to is 1/4 season snippets where wenger get a few wins under his belt but the end result is always the same

    So who are the ones clinging on?

    I’d say the WOBs have ALOT more ammo than the akbs.

    But hey , You have a few of the first 9
    Matches to cling on to(chelsea, 10 man hull, 1st half reading, Swansea?)

    Liverpool. No
    Leicester. No. lucky to draw.
    Soton. No. lucky to win
    Burnley. No. lucky to win
    Boro. No. lucky to draw.

    Good for you.

    In wenger we trust!

    One arsene wenger.

  25. Joe


    Sounds like
    OG may start tomorrow.

    Walcott to miss through injury. Ramsey out wide? Or more likely ox.

    Sanchez out wide?

  26. Dream10

    Tom, Joe

    AW has said he’ll be cautious with Ramsey. Don’t see him starting a match till Man Utd away after the int’l break. So three 20-30min sub appearances against Sunderland, Ludogorets and Spurs

    Expecting Giroud to be in the XI today. Happy he’s back. He has his weaknesses, but he’s robust and a quick healer. Hope he knocks in a couple past young Pickford

  27. tom


    I suspect you are right.

    Both players will probably take a couple of run outs to get to speed.

    Smart to start giving them minutes asap.

    Coming month is challenging and we may well pick up a few more knocks.

    Hopefully squad can cope.

  28. Joe

    Ramsey will probably play 90 in both welsh matches.

    Wenger really likes OG. He will do whatever he can to give him chances

  29. tom

    Hoping for a convincing and moral-maintaining win tomorrow.

    Won’t count our chickens but have to be confident.

    Mackems are in a mess.

    Let them start their turn around next weekend.

  30. GuNZ

    OMG! OMG! OG may start. I am so fucking excited I have wet my pants and shit myself. Nougat boy is fucking back. YEESSSS . . . . . finally, something to have a good solid fucking moan about this season. Break out the nougat brothers and sisters and welcome back the handsome one.

  31. Wallace

    don’t see Giroud starting. once Wenger makes up his mind about something he usually sticks with it. we’re scoring more and looking far more dangerous with Alexis up top.

  32. Wallace


    “Arguably Sánchez has become an even more pivotal presence this season as he has evolved in the central striker role. His dynamism and movement encourage Arsenal to play a pacier attacking game on their day. It was a role Wenger always had in his mind when he signed Sánchez in the summer of 2014 but it has taken more than two years to give the player a prolonged run in the middle. Wenger now sees that as Sánchez’s primary role.

    “I see him there because of the kind of gut he has – provocative,” Wenger explains. “He has a short technique and can always create something. He has a good mixture between scoring and giving the final ball. In my taste, he still comes too much to the ball because Alexis Sánchez likes to have the ball. And we have enough playmakers in our team. We do not want to forbid him to come to the ball but to get in a bit more off-the-ball runs. That’s why when we have Walcott it balances well because when Sánchez comes, Walcott goes. This is a good mixture, a good working unit.”

  33. Wallace

    apologies for the link being from the toxic mail, but this is good…


    “So what of the future? Will he stay here on the south coast, enjoying the view he calls ‘a joke’ from the apartment he shares with his fiancee, or does he hope to return to Arsenal?

    ‘I haven’t really thought about my future beyond getting a season under my belt and just trying to improve as a player,’ he says.

    ‘To be honest your question is a hard question to answer because I don’t know what to say. I genuinely don’t know if I am going to end up at Arsenal or somewhere else.

    ‘If you’d ask me two months ago if I was going to finish my career at Arsenal then I would have said, “Yeah, of course”.

    ‘The fans have been great to me, the boss has been great to me. I have a lot of friends there. But sometimes that’s the way football is. Two months ago I wouldn’t have seen myself being here, but here I am. And I’m enjoying it.'”

  34. Wallace

    Bellerin – Mustafi – Koscielny – Gibbs
    Coquelin – Elneny
    Walcott/(Ox) – Ozil – Iwobi

    maybe start Giroud on Tuesday bearing in mind Spurs next Sunday.

  35. Vote leave

    I think we should give mainland-niles or zelalem a go in mf
    Saying by that
    shnderland aren’t going to come at us. They are clearly playing for the draw

    Leave one mid fielder sat in front of defence and let the other 5 go at them

    We don’t need coq and elneny today even ozil could play the their cm role

  36. Cesc Appeal

    Might be a game to try out a 4-3-3, which I would really like to see us line up in at some point, especially when Xhaka and Caz are back.

    Sunderland really are pants, and it would give us a chance to see if Ozil can still be effective in it, which might be the case now he’s trying to play a much more advanced, floating, goal threat kind of role.

    Maybe Oxlade, Coq, Elneny as a middle three, not sure on what is happening with Ramsey but would be too early to throw him in the mix anyway. Then try a Iwobi, Sanchez, Ozil front line.

    If we could, or rather Ozil could, make that work, I really feel we’d be such a stronger side in terms of being able to employ different formations as opposed to currently where we know Ozil has to be in the middle, meaning if we want more middle solidity we reduce width, if we want more width we reduce middle solidity.

  37. Ethan-gunner

    agreed grove dad
    El niny and El coc
    Are pretty average ,I think Rambo is coming back so maybe one might make way for him . But having said that we are looking far more exciting than the past 11 seasons
    I’m finally satisfied with the team and the ts depth…
    About fooking time

  38. Tippitappi

    Interesting that today will be played out like an Arsenal home game and
    to be honest here for Sunderland with a fair chunk of justification for
    although you can’t get it right every time after a decade of trying we
    still haven’t worked out an effective system to successfully deal with negative tactics
    Had they done so that alone could have gone a long way to justify his
    massive salary

  39. Danny

    Arsenal should be anialating a team managed by David Moyes
    “should be” just like we should’ve against Middlesbrough……..

  40. Arsene's Nurse


    33 Cech
    24 Bellerín
    20 Mustafi
    6 Koscielny
    3 Gibbs
    35 Elneny
    34 Coquelin
    15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
    11 Özil
    17 Iwobi
    7 Sánchez


    5 Gabriel
    8 Ramsey
    12 Giroud
    13 Ospina
    16 Holding
    25 Jenkinson
    55 Maitland-Niles

    Same shit different day. Ramsey makes the bench. Monreal has muscle fatigue hence Gibbs starts.

  41. Alexanderhenry

    It’ll be interesting to see how we cope with injuries today. It’s a test of how strong this squad really is.

    Anyone got a link to the match if it’s being broadcast?


  42. grooveydaddy


    yeah, you can’t hold your breath with theo

    apparently he had a late fitness test along with Santi and nacho

    I suspect they’re being rested because we shouldn’t need to risk them in this game

  43. EN1AFC

    We should be out of sight already here, easiest 45mins of the season so far by a long way. Need to be ruthless in the second half and really put them to the sword.

  44. karim

    Sunderland still in the game but they have run an awful lot, think it will be more and more difficult for them as the game unfolds.
    Good half by Alexis, Elneny, the rest have been alright imo.

    Khazri has really adapted well to the PL, he’s still a bit wasteful but remains Sunderland’s best player.
    They haven’t been bad to be fair.

  45. Cesc Appeal

    Sanchez has had a great first half, his passing for the most part was better than Ozil’s in terms of switch balls and sliders.

    Ozil and Iwobi sort of floated through that half I feel, popping up every now and then, but these are the games where Ozil frustrates me no end, the ‘best No.10 in the world,’ playing against a Sunderland side whose own fans, as the commentators noticed, seem resigned to relegation already, whose players look as if they cannot be bothered, he really should be controlling the attacking side of things, setting up the front three, driving the team forward.

    Sanchez, Bellerin, Kozz have had very good first halfs, the middle pairing of Coq and Elneny has been decent as well.

    Ozil and Iwobi need to wake up, or bring Giroud on for one of them because there are goals in this game, at 1-0 you know Arsenal are always vulnerable as well.

  46. jwl

    Didnt realize it was early match today, i was enjoying a nice lie in this morning. It appears that Arsenal had a decent first half, one difference this year is that when players are injured, we have decent back up from bench. Hopefully injuries wont bite us in ass like they have done in previous years.

    And its Arsenal …. Arsenal FC!

  47. jwl

    That’s funny, Karim. I think ive become superstitious about posting “And its Arsenal” just before match because when I learned there was early kick off this morning and I missed it, my first thought was that we were going to be losing 3-0 because I didn’t post my usual message in time.

  48. EN1AFC

    Again, dreadful from the Ox.. Great cross in the first half but sorry the rest of his game isn’t good enough.
    We’ve been poor in the final third again and it will cost us here….