AFC banish November hoodoo with HTAFC spanking | Spurs go 7th

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Sing when we’re winning, we shall!

Arsenal capped off a very good November with an emphatic win against another plucky Northern team with a soft underbelly that we brutally exposed with butcher like precision. We’ve won 12 on the bounce at home, if we beat United at the weekend, that’ll equal our longest stretch of home wins since 2005 at Highbury.

I happen to think David Wagner is a very good manager, but to expect him to come to The Emirates and cause us problems after doing so well against City this weekend was fanciful at best. They had a game plan, but it was decimated within minutes. Lacazette found Xhaka in the middle, the Swiss passed forward to Ramsey, he dropped dirty little flick into Lacazette who had timed his run to perfection, the Frenchman cooly placed his shot inside the post and put us into the lead.

Huddersfield made a pretty good go of it and didn’t retreat. We were a little bit sluggish at the back and let them in a few times. A couple of smart saves kept our lead safe. Cech pushed a loose ball safely over the bar from a Steve Mounie shot. He also did well from a Quaner one on one with a solid block. Our passing was really off, Ramsey dropping a horror show 65% first half pass completion rate.

We made it count in the second half, scoring 3 goals in 4 minutes.

Ozil dropped a cheeky one-two with Sanchez before teeing up Olivier Giroud to slip home from 6 yards.

Shortly after, the Chilean bagged his first with a hammer strike of a volley from a floated Ozil pass.

The German capped off a superb display with a goal of his own, latching onto the excellent Ramey’s neat defence-splitting pass, slotting past Lossl closing out a pretty humiliating passage of time for the northerners.

The final goal was pretty amusing, Kolasniac created a chance for himself, he bore down on the loose ball ready to fire home, but just as he was about to pull the trigger, Giroud roofed the ball instead.

Dirty work Olivier, but hey, if your control isn’t tight enough, what’s a good looking guy supposed to do?

A fine evening, well worth the cold trek I’d imagine.

All the talk post game was around Ozil. Wenger waxed lyrical.

“Nobody has to convince us he’s a great football player,”

“Everybody knows in the stadium he’s a great football player, but at the moment as well he shows he can fight.

“When you look at the percentage of possession during a game, no matter what the game is, he always wants the ball. He never hides, he’s always available.”

It was a great performance. The first time he’s been part of three goals in a single game in his Premier League career. As fans, we all gasp as he glides around the pitch and opens up space with his 360 vision. I’m enjoying it. Wenger is right and wrong about the fight element. We saw it against Spurs, which was unreal. But then he bottled Burnley on Sunday. It’s not surprising he’s ripping Huddersfield apart at home, he had an 11 day rest. He’s a world-class player bossing a team with a wage bill £3m more than his personal yearly salary.

Which Ozil will we see against United on Sunday? My guess is we’ll see the one who wants to impress. He won’t pull a sicky for a shop window opportunity. We’re unlikely to see a Chamberlain/Liverpool abomination. So at least he’ll try.

Anyway, not sure where I’m going here. I guess my point is outside the Spurs game, this season is typical Ozil. He’ll dazzle front half, then disappear after Christmas, like he always does, difference this season is he’ll leave.

Aaron Ramsey was excellent again. In the first half he made 41 sprints. His engine and intensity is outrageous. He had two assists. He grew with the game. I’m so pleased he’s managed to maintain his fitness for a whole half a season. Not surprising he’s pulling it together this  year. He’s going to be in a very good position this summer, Arsenal will throw money at him, and if he keeps up his form, I’ve no doubt a Spanish club like Atleti will come knocking. Get whispering into that ear Wenger!

Final talking point. Really sad to see Lacazette pick up an injury. He was playing so well. He’s been a really good signing, I’m sad we don’t get to see him this weekend. That poses three options. Giroud, Sanchez or Welbz. To be honest, I think Danny Welbeck is the best option even with a fit Lacazette. United are a big side and Mourinho will come to bully. You can’t bully Danny. What you lose in finishing ability, you make up for in work rate and intensity. Giroud can super sub it for us.

DOUBLE FINALLY: Spurs are in 7th. Life comes at you fast. The gap is back.

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182 Responses to “AFC banish November hoodoo with HTAFC spanking | Spurs go 7th”

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  1. Chika

    @Mark suggesting Iwobi as one of your options to displace Bellerin was a shocker and I suggested AMN in my response but you somehow chose not to see it.

    I guess it’s fine when you called me an AKB mug but you turn to a cry baby when I rightly labelled you a moaner.

    Like you said it’s lingered for too long.

  2. azed

    “Look at Messi, for half the game he is walking round the pitch with his shoulders hunched looking at the floor as though he can’t be bothered”

    Messi could bring a bed to the field and sleep the first 70mins, dude is the GOAT so he has earned the right to not give a fcuk sometimes.

    Ozil’s issue is more than body language. Aside from the Spurs game, can you name a top 6 match were anyone was impressed by Ozil?

    Anyone who has played sports to a decent level knows that there would be bad days, but true greats don’t go hiding during those days.

  3. Mark

    @ Samesong
    Thanks.
    I said the same about Ozil, he should have been dropped or sub when he was putting in his invisible man performances.
    Not sure if his renewed form is cos he’s in the shop window and wants to generate interest in moving.
    I Still feel he’d rather go than stay, so whilst it’s great in the short term. I’d rather have players who want to be here and will fight for the jersey and consistently give all they have.
    Others can disagree , it’s just my opinion. That is how I would have handled him tho.

  4. Mark

    Chika no tears mate l’ve been called a lot worse. I think you called me a perpetual moaner before I called you out.

    For the last time for you so it’s clear,
    Wenger likes to play Iwobi. He also likes to sub Laca. I said on current form I’d prefer he left Laca on and took off Bellerin.
    You may not agree on the choice of all of my alternatives, that’s your choice. Personally I don’t think he would do any worse than Bellerin.

    So Let’s just agree to disagree.

  5. Mark

    @azed
    Good example ,and a good reminder that question cos I can’t think of a top six game he impressed in.
    You look at De Bruyne, Never hides and is usually involved in big moments even if having a poor ( for him) game.
    Who was the match against when the Police tweeted Ozil as a missing person?

  6. TonyD

    Lacazette on current form and the way he he had gelled up front with Sanchez & Ozil is a big loss for us tomorrow. Lacazette also give Ozil and Ramsey an extra target with his movement.

    However if Matic is out then that’s a bigger loss for Manure. Pogba struggles without Matic and we should target/ pressure him all the time.

    Balley is also a big loss from United’s suspect defense. My guess is Jose will park the bus and our pressing game up front and midfield should keep Manure to going longer than they would like.

    As in the NLD our midfield and back 3 zonal positioning needs to be fully focused with no sloppy passing from the back.

    Get all that together and we could get a result.

    Being really cynical a loss is a win to dent Wenger’s longevity.

    Pace and urgency up front is key for us. The more we play one touch football up front at pace the easier it will be to bypass the bus.

  7. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    If as predicted Maureen goes defence
    We know he would have done his home work on our players so we should have a wild card on the bench for the last 20 if drawing or losing

    Eddie

    Throw hi. In the mix

  8. Pierre

    I see the Everton fans not to Happy with Sam Allardyce as their new manager..

    Maybe they should have appreciated Roberto Martinez a little more. Ok his last season finishing 11th wasn’t brilliant but his team played good football and entertained and he built a good squad of players.

    18 months on and the Everton crowd have got what they deserve, a shit team, with a shit manager who plays shit football .

    Who was it who said “be careful what you wish for “

  9. TonyD

    “18 months on and the Everton crowd have got what they deserve, a shit team, with a shit manager who plays shit football .”

    Hmmmmmmm.

    !3 years on and we have a shit squad with an even shittier manager who gets the team to play shit football most of the time.

    Shit Squad:
    We have what? a 34 player squad and we’d only want to keep about 12 players if we really want to seriously challenge for the EPL and CL.

    Shittier Manager:
    He past his sell by date 13 years ago and employs a megalomaniac regime going nowhere making us a laughing stock of the elite clubs. I really don’t need to elaborate further.

    Shit Football:
    We always manage to string a few results together playing decent football at the right time to win matches to keep the shittier manager in his job.

    We never wished for that. EVER!

  10. Leedsgunner

    Pogba is the lynchpin that makes the whole machinery at United work. Neutralise him out of the game and you stop United. If Matic is out, this is indeed good because it means that Pogba won’t be operate with the same freedom.

    If we exploit our set pieces and convert at least one of our chances and keep our cool and discipline we can win this. If it was my choice I would replace Xhaka with Wilshere because they will target him for sure and I would worried that he would be sent off. Jack isn’t the coolest kid in the box but he’ll be eager to impress.

  11. Pierre

    Tony
    I knew you would bite on that one..

    “going nowhere making us a laughing stock of the elite clubs. I really don’t need to elaborate further.”

    Please elaborate… Do you mean elite club City who have won one league cup in 3 years.
    Or do you mean elite club man Utd.. Who have won a league Cup, Europa cup and fa cup in 3 years.
    Or do you mean elite clubs, Liverpool and spurs who have won sweet FA in how many years.
    So, it must be elite club Chelsea you are talking about, and I presume they are laughing at every one else in the league.

  12. Redtruth

    alexanderhenryOctober 27, 2017 17:30:48
    “Self sustainability was not wenger’s idea. It’s true, he ‘s gone along with it and been an architect of arsenal’s current structure and is therefore to a large extent to blame for arsenal’s stagnation, but I don’t think the original concept was his.Also, as manager, wenger is not in a position to determine the financial model for Arsenal fc. That’s up to the owner as it is at all football clubs.
    If, for example Kroenke had decided to invest some of his own money in the club or allowed access to the sizeable pile of cash in the arsenal bank account, I’m sure wenger would have spent it.”

    History shows Wenger a very cautious spender of vast amounts of money hence the sizeable pile of cash in the Arsenal bank account.

  13. jasongms

    “Self sustainability was not wenger’s idea. It’s true, he ‘s gone along with it and been an architect of arsenal’s current structure and is therefore to a large extent to blame for arsenal’s stagnation, but I don’t think the original concept was his.Also, as manager, wenger is not in a position to determine the financial model for Arsenal fc. That’s up to the owner as it is at all football clubs.
    If, for example Kroenke had decided to invest some of his own money in the club or allowed access to the sizeable pile of cash in the arsenal bank account, I’m sure wenger would have spent it”

    What a crock of shite, you disingenuous cretin.

  14. jasongms

    “Stan is ostensibly responsible for the welfare of his asset, though as far as running the club, it’s footballing direction etc, unfortunately, it’s all Arsene (evidence of this is in his direct quotes relating to the position of a DOF, “I don’t know what director of football means” and “ I’m the manager of Arsenal football club and, as long as I’m manager of Arsenal football club, I will decide what happens on the technical front.”) making it clear he would not be prepared to work with a director of football, so arrogant in its delivery that it exposes an employee with absolute power within the club.

    Pointing to the ceremonial position that Josh Kroenke has on the board and to the few million that the Kroenke’s have withdrawn from the club as proof of a sinister plot to hinder Arsene or that the Kroenke’s are somehow running the show; Is indicative at the length some of the fanbase is prepared to go to, to reconstruct a narrative that Arsene is squeaky clean and irreproachable.

    To scotch the scheme together so that it is clearly defined and transparent, Kroenke is not the architect but a willing participant. There has never been a departure from Arsene’s footballing “financial” philosophy necessary to adopt and foster a winning mentality at the club pre-Kroenke (during the rebuilding phase) or for that matter during Kroneke’s present hegemony.”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, taken from another blog*

  15. jasongms

    from the same article

    ” we see the impending loss of millions of pounds in revenue because (for reasons only Arsene could illuminate ) he thought it prudent that his two most prized assets should run down their contracts and potentially leave on a free transfer. If Kroenke was running the club on what is termed highest and best use or maximum value, there is no way in Dixie he would sanction this. And it seems odd to me that a man thought to be the antithesis of everything fair and noble would be idle in his opprobrium.”

  16. TonyD

    Pierre
    I went back 13 years so why do you choose 3 years.

    I also said elite clubs which obviously include Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern etc.

    You getting the picture yet?

    Guess it’s because we’ve never won anything in Europe you can’t see further than the PL.

    Shame on you!

  17. UTarse

    Because Pierre is a smug pompous twat who thinks he knows it all so he chooses to take snippets and twist them.

    Let’s keep it simple for the little P shall we, how many league titles have arsenal, city, manu, Chelsea, Liverpool and spurs won in last 15 years ?…. do the league table little P.

  18. UTarse

    Let’s see if he “bites on that one” shall we…..

    Actually, no need to include spurs in that mini league table as they do not possess the pedigree to be included in the EPL elite.