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. DaleDaGooner

    You could see Sunderland would score. When you’re depending on guys like Oxlade-Chamberlain. And what was Sanchez still doing on the floor?????

  2. Bishop

    Am just fed up with this team.

    Iwobi needs to get off.

    Those bigging up Oxlade can see how useless useless he can be.

    Atkinson is a joke

  3. Bamford10

    Clumsy from Cech there. He should’ve gotten out of the way and let Koscielny recover. No need to cause a penalty there.

  4. Rambo Ramsey

    Sanchez should’ve had a penalty too. Interesting that after Arsenal won a lot of penalties early season and the media started to talk about that, we’ve stopped getting them.

  5. EN1AFC

    After the easiest 60mins I’ve seen for us in years we could end up being on the losing side here. Frustrating doesn’t even come close to describing us.

  6. Samesong

    Clumsy from Cech there. He should’ve gotten out of the way and let Koscielny recover. No need to cause a penalty there.

    The Sunderland scores of Cech don’t do anything Kos was wrong side of him.

  7. Samesong

    Clumsy from Cech there. He should’ve gotten out of the way and let Koscielny recover. No need to cause a penalty there.

    The Sunderland players scores of Cech does t do anything Kos was wrong side of him.

  8. Bishop

    Ospina is better than Cech now…no doubt for me.
    Cech hardly pull anything off to save us.

    Welcome back my boy Olivier

  9. DaleDaGooner

    Moyes is doing well, no need to feel bad for him, can you see his rose gold Audemars Piguet???

    Ox again can’t convert goals

  10. EN1AFC

    Gibbs has been superb today especially going forward. Giroud can have a massive part to play this season, having someone in the box his size causes problems!

    As we can see!!! Get fucking in!!!!

  11. reality check

    Giroud has always been better from the bench. This isn’t new.

    The issue is. Once again a promising youngster who has earned.his place, gets dropped instead of the deadwood ox who looks a world beater in the EFL.

    So now Giroud will start. Sanchez cant8be dropped so he’ll go back to LW… Iwobi is sacrificed.

  12. Champagne Charlie

    “Giroud is surplus, Giroud is shit, Don’t see how a Giroud fits in anymore”

    Back in your boxes. Giroud is a quality option. Get it up you

  13. Thank you and goodnight


    Those cunts will do us I fear. Last few seasons they’ve had the measure of us….shitting it to be honest

  14. Wallace

    “If Arsenal had played at full tempo for the whole 90 minutes, what could the score have been?

    They’ve just decided to turn it on and ripped Sunderland apart. And it’s been absolutely easy.

    Sunderland have worked quite hard in this second half, but it’s had nothing to do with them, it’s been everything to do with Arsenal, and how hard they’ve tried.”

    – Pat Nevin(BBC Football)

  15. Danny

    So Maitland-Niles makes his league debut, that should keep his mother from beating up Wenger for a while…….
    The way we won today was the way we should’ve played against Middlesbrough, oh well better than losing.
    Bring on the Scum!!

  16. Cesc Appeal

    Giroud had a great impact when he came on, very direct and looking to prove a point.

    Sanchez was fantastic all afternoon, turning into our most important player.

    I though Ozil was ‘meh’ again.

    Iwobi, having struggled against Middlesbrough last weekend, I thought he was seriously poor today, particularly in the second half, people getting on Oxlade’s back is fair enough, aside from that fantastic cross for Sanchez’s first his end product was offensive today, but Iwobi was shocking I thought.

    Still what worries me is that this side has the deficiencies we’ve seen in others, prone to errors and lack a killer edge.

    Great response to Sunderland drawing level, but the fact they drew level is what worries me, they are totally garbage, I was actually offended they were even level.

    Might be time to reintroduce Giroud, maybe, perhaps drop Iwobi for a while, he’s a youngster, this kind of dip was always going to happen so I’m not having a pop at him at all.

    Problem is, experimenting against Spurs is a bit of a no-no really. Would like to see us bolster the centre for that one though, Xhaka back in, Caz back in and then Coq I’d say.

  17. Paulinho

    Blessing in disguise Sunderland scoring that goal. They were always going to get one and it came relatively early in the half, giving us time to respond without panicking.

  18. Dissenter

    This is possibly the best squad we’ve had since 2004.
    We have a deep bench to call upon and can still win even when th referee stinks up the place.
    Good for Giroud. It seems Rambo Ramsey was right after all. We’ve missed Giroud.

  19. Romford Ozil Pele

    Karim, Elneny for £7m is a steal mate.. kept everything tickling along all afternoon. Silent domination. Good CM choices, be interesting to see what ends up being wenger’s first choice pairing.

  20. EN1AFC

    Gibbs needs a mention, thought he was the best player on the pitch after Sanchez. Great to have options at the back, we haven’t had that for a long time.

    Elneny was very good, just keeps us ticking. Not overly convinced by him going forward in tighter games like Boro.
    The Coq put himself about as usual.
    Ozil was pretty anonymous again but always creates a good chance or 2.
    The ox was yet again the most frustrating player on the park, great cross for the goal then 2 terrible moments in front of goal.
    Giroud for all the shit I and many others give him when he leads the line, is still a very good player who can play a big part this season.

    Big few weeks in the League coming up!
    “Tottenham you’re next, Tottenham Tottenham you’re next!”

  21. Paulinho

    ” but Iwobi was shocking I thought.”

    Iwobi needs teams to come onto him to be impressive, and last few games the onus has been on him to make things happen in space. That’s when he struggles.

    He has an awful technique and lack of pace to go on the outside, so it’s all about how he works around that.

    Still think he is miles better than Chamberlain. Still moves and takes up intelligent positions which facilitates fluidity and micro-outnumbering of the opposition.

  22. Romford Ozil Pele

    Nah still need to go with Alexis up top but Theo being next to him makes the world of difference. L’Oréal is a great supersub though. It’s what his role should’ve always been during his time here.

  23. ArseneisaFraud

    Very glad to see that we managed to hold on after the penalty. Giroud really works well when he comes off the bench. I hope Wenger sees that this is his strength. He is the Ace up our sleave!

  24. Dissenter

    Wenger really needs to rotate his squad. There’s no real reason why Iwobi and Oxlade should be starting game after game.
    Just my two pence.

    Players have to fight to earn their place but have to get a fair opportunity

  25. Samesong


    I agre with that assessment on Iwobi today. I felt this sense of ‘I’ve made it’ from him didn’t work hard enough today too much tippy tappy apart from his shot he was poor. Youngsters are not free from criticism.

  26. Bamford10

    I like what Giroud brought to the game, but I still don’t think he should start — except maybe against teams that are going to park the bus. I still think Alexis through the center gives us more movement and better all-around play. Giroud should come in in the 70th or in the games above.

  27. Romford Ozil Pele

    Iwobi is 20. Ups and downs are normal with him but even when he’s bad, the fluidity he brings is vital to us playing better football. Ox while more direct just doesn’t bring that though he’s working a bit better now and you can see he’s more confident.

    Iwobi has stuff to work on but at 20, the level he’s shown is great. Naturally he’ll improve but there’s time. Needs to work on his shooting but he’s a great talent who definitely starts for me.

  28. raptora

    This is what Giroud can give. Awesome display from our team after Sunderland equalizer! Nice goals and we’re first!

    Very good game for Gibbo – solid at the back and provided the crucial assist for our 2-nd goal. I’m very happy for our left back cause fans have been bashing him for some weird reason which for me was unreasoned. Monreal has bit a bit sloppy defensively so it would be great if Gibbo can give the spaniard a run for his money.

    Alexis has been great since the start of the season and he will always be useful for us on any position.

  29. Dissenter

    Alexis can do just as well coming from the flanks to operate.
    He doesn’t need to play the number nine to be effective.
    We still have to pose some aerial threat to be be worthy of premier league title. The problem is Giroud’s lack of mobility negates whatevdr aerial threat he brings.
    Wenger has a conundrum to solvency it’s not going to be pretty.

  30. Alexanderhenry

    It’s great to have options for a change.
    We had a few injuries today but managed to cope well. Gibbs, Giroud and Elneny all performed well.
    It makes all the difference having strength in depth.

  31. Dissenter

    Monreal needed a kick up his butt. Thankfully Gibbs let him.know he’ll have to show up for every game to keep his place.
    Let the games begin all.over the pitch.
    At this point only Sanchez deserves a guaranteed starting spot contingent on fitness.
    Ozil? I guess he will get preferential treatment because of contract negotiations.

  32. DaleDaGooner

    Joe is gonna come tell you lot how you’re all idiots for celebrating a win over Sunderland. It’s just Sunderland ffs! Get a grip guys! Wait till to see if we can even run with spurs and utd.

  33. Paulinho

    “Wenger has a conundrum to solvency it’s not going to be pretty”

    Yeah, we have a lot of options but still too many half players, and we need to keep alternating and subbing to bring different qualities whilst losing ones that we had previously.

    When it comes to business end of the season I still prefer less players but more well rounded ones. Hazard, Costa, Kante being three examples. Class with that cool temperament in important moments.

  34. DaleDaGooner

    For all the stick we give Giroud, we will miss him when he leaves. I don’t think there’s a more effective big man in the league, bar Zlatan and that spuds number 10, We need that kind of option Giroud brings. But there lays the trick, he should be an option, not the only answer.

  35. Paulinho

    Karim – He stays cool when it comes to scoring in big game. Stays central and just stalks the centre backs waiting for them to mess up. Sly and crafty.

  36. DaleDaGooner

    Rambo would you prefer they said Ramsey was “master class”? Even Ozil wasn’t master class today….Elneny is a welcomed cm for us. He’s kept us ticking. Sometimes simple is key

  37. Cesc Appeal


    I think Iwobi could be a real talent, but really feel he’s in that classic youngster rut of sporadic form, poor last week, good against Reading, really poor today.

    Break from the first team for him I think. We’re going to need everyone absolutely on it against Spurs.

  38. Romford Ozil Pele

    Yeah nobody is saying Elneny is the best CM in the league but his passing was very good today, both short and long, finding players through the lines. Simplicity is the most effective form of playing

  39. Bamford10

    Agree, Paulinho, that we still have too many half-players and not enough complete players. At moment, though, our defense is solid enough and we’re getting enough from our mix of half players to say we can compete for the title. We’re not favorites, but I’d give us a 1 in 5 or 1 in 6 chance, which is worlds better than anything we’ve seen in some time.

  40. Samesong

    Iwobi is definitely talented. Paulinho mentioned his outside runs could improve. One positive today he looks to be getting stronger and not getting outmuscled so easy.

    Shout to Giroud looked hungry today.

  41. mysticleaves

    “I swear Elneny gets overrated to ridiculous extremes in this space. Masterclass? Give me an effing break”

    lmao. i thought the same too. but didn’t want to stir up any controversy with ROP. El Neny goes to the bench once another option shows up in CM but good option to have though.

    Really thought Gibbs was superb for all the blind stick people give him. we seem to have very short memories in football