Wenger’s Arsenal DESTROY Chelsea + video blog

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YES

YES

He’s only gone and done it again… Arsene Wenger dropped Arsenal into ANOTHER Cup Final.

After quite a horrendous month pitted with painful change and new beginnings, Wenger brushed off his nylon zipper jacket, grabbed his players by the scruff of the neck and signalled to the rest of England that he was going to save his job and rattle a trophy into the top shelf of our silverware cupboard.

10 appearances at Wembley in 4 years, 9 wins. Pochewhothefuck?

Exactly.

Wenger set up as pragmatically as he could. Some 4 at the back comfort, he brought in superstar left-back Monreal. He had Iwobi sit in front of him with strict instructions to deal with Victor Moses. Then he basically left the rest of the game to Mesut Ozil to deal with.

Oh my what a peformance the German put in. He ran the show, not with incredible technical ability, but with supreme leadership qualities and hard work. Never before have I seen the mercurial German put in such a dogged performance. His stressed face told you he was going beyond his limits, and more importantly, he was desperate to take a pretty shite side to Wembley.

It didn’t start well, we were a mess at the back, having a close call with a Pedro disallowed goal. Shortly after, Eden Hazard made great work of the half space and crafted a quick move through the middle ending in a simple finish when he found himself one vs one with Ospina.

I’m not sure about you, but I thought we were about to recieve a spanking, but it didn’t pan out that way. We shored up our midfield, weathered the storm and made it count.

Who stepped up? Obvious really. Nacho Monreal. The hero in waiting for the second game running. Ozil found him from a corner, he perfectly headed against two players and found the net. Rudiger not showering himself in glory for sure.

The second half was a bit more Arsenal. We controlled the pace of the game and dominated possession. We dealt with the best and worst of Hazard, a few attacks where he could withstand a cruise missile he was so strong, but he lacked a finish… as well as a very dodgy dive, that could have left us one the recieving end of a red card again. Willian also dragged a good chance dreadfully wide as well.

Arsenal made it count when it mattered. Iwobi dispossessed Victor Moses and started a move from the halfway line that culminated in Lacazette duffing the ball into false #10 Granit Xhaka who toe poked home for the winner. Worth noting the Lacazette cross was deflected off Rudiger.

It’s pretty late here, so I can’t write too much more, but we defended resolutely and were hungrier than a Chelsea who looked very, well, how can I say… Arsenalish?!

Key points to take away.

Ozil is staying at Arsenal. He fought like a hero and showed us he’s one of the best players in the league when he fancies it. There was no need to dig around in weird-stats-land to prove what his game was about last night, bring me more of that please. What an incredible game.

Sometimes Arsenal fans have PTSD when it comes to players. Iwobi did miss a sitter that could have killed the game, but take that away, and he had a good game. He looked after Moses, made a vital tackle that started the move for the goal, and had a pretty decent game. Not just that, he was probably out on the lash until 4am the night before, that’s elite performance however you look at it.

Same for Elneney. He’s more unfashionable than yer da’s velcro trousers, but he did a very good job last night and he deserves credit.

Finally, come on, let’s say it…

Well

Done

Wenger

He took a confidence ravaged side and helped them turn in a pragmatic win in the semi-final of a cup all the big managers take seriously.

The League Cup shoudn’t save him, but if he pushes us onto fourth with the new players and wins it, we should give him his last season without any shit.

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  1. Chigooner

    “The League Cup shoudn’t save him, but if he pushes us onto fourth with the new players and wins it, we should give him his last season without any shit.”

    No we shouldn’t. And you’re well aware why that is.

  2. 1886not1996

    Pierre

    Wonder what you would have said about the tactical change if hazard hasn’t tripped and scored on his breakaway?

  3. UTarse

    OR, if you really want to play devils advocate, by Stan buying those shares at a staggering £28,000 per share, maybe he’s trying to increase the price to a level that he would be happy to sell to Usmanov…. its the last price traded after all…

  4. alexanderhenry

    UTarse

    In a way yes, but wouldn’t Usmanov rather be involved with a club which he can actually run, or at least have some say in?

    He goes to more games than Stan.

    Fingers crossed Usmanov doesn’t lose patience.

  5. UTarse

    Alex,
    That goes without saying, but with usmanov doing fuck all, Stan the twat has tripled his investment valuation…. so Us will take it all day long and when the time is right hopefully Stan blinks first and Us has his club to try and cultivate his influence on….

    EVERYTHING has a price and I have a hunch that the American is more seduceable by the silly money on offer than the Uzbek….

  6. WengerEagle

    ‘The League Cup shoudn’t save him, but if he pushes us onto fourth with the new players and wins it, we should give him his last season without any shit.’

    That’s some 180 Pedro, drinking too much of that Wenga Kool-Aid.

    A cup competition that the vast majority of sides have little to no respect for doesn’t change what a farcical league campaign it’s been once again. We’ve regressed once again despite losing nobody and adding a £50 million CF.

    And the man has spent ample money over the last few years, he’s just spent it horribly.

    Xhaka, Mustafi, Lacazette, Alexis, Ozil were all big money acquisitions (over £30 million), then you have a raft of players in the £15-20 million ball-park in Welbeck, Chambers, Perez, Debuchy, Gabriel Paulista, none of which have really delivered besides Alexis and Ozil on/off.

  7. 1886not1996

    People saying “look at pep, he played a full team in the league cup too”

    Yeah well Wenger and pep are trying to win for two completet different reasons

    Pep has already won the league and this
    Will make it a double and he is going for
    A treble/quad and history

    Wenger is trying to win because he’s failed miserablely(league/fa cup) at everything else and knows he won’t win Europa and is trying save his job. No way should it. It’s a joke Cup.

    Winning the league cup does not change a thing.

    “Destroyed” Chelsea. Hahaha please. We were one slip by hazard from losing that game

    How fucking far we have fallen

  8. WengerEagle

    Pierre

    Correct, he’s had virtually unlimited access to funds which is obviously a huge help but he’s still recruited very well, big money signings are never guranteed to pay off and the vast majority of his have paid off, I’m struggling to even think of one bust tbh.

  9. 1886not1996

    Pierre

    Funny how you avoid answering questions. You resort to name calling when you don’t want to answer a question that will blow your agenda out of the water.

    You’re a joke of a poster.

  10. 1886not1996

    “The League Cup shoudn’t save him, but if he pushes us onto fourth with the new players and wins it, we should give him his last season without any shit.’

    Wow. Just wow

    23 points behind in the league

    Out of fa Cup.

    But in the league cup final…..

  11. WengerEagle

    It’s worth pointing out in fact that Wenger himself has never even taken the League Cup seriously, a further indication that he really is clutching at straws in search of some kind of way to put a positive spin on the season.

    He’s never won the League Cup despite a record amount of FA Cup wins and has largely played kids in the LC season after season, back when we actually had some ballers in the youth ranks.

  12. Redtruth

    Pierre

    Man City

    2014-Premier League Champions
    2014-League Cup Winners
    2016-League Cup Winners

    Man Utd

    2016-FA Cup Winners
    2017-Europa League Winners
    2017-League Cup Winners

    Chelsea

    2015-Premier League Champions
    2015-League Cup Winners
    2017-Premier League Champions

    3 Trophies in 3-4 years.

  13. Leftsidesanch

    In regards to Aubameyang, remember that we are dealing with Arsenal who had a couple of offers rejected for Lemar before submitting more than double on the final day of the window in the summer. These guys don’t have the slightest clue.

    Plus all the stories of Auba having a court case to attend etc, now being selected for the weekend, Giroud’s wife holding up the deal among all rubbish probably tells you that it won’t happen. Gazidis shamefully stated that we were over performing so why would he care about being pictured in Germany but coming back empty handed. It’s a bit late to have shame now.

  14. 1886not1996

    Pierre

    How have we done in the competitors that real top teams care about

    League

    CL

    Sorry but Fa Cup is an accessory for big clubs after they’ve challenged /won the league/Cl

    Did we leave highbury to comepete for fa cups? League cups?

    Do we pay our loser manager one of the highest salaries in the world to compete for league cups and fa cups?

    Do we pay highest ticket prices for fa cups and league cups?

    Does puma pay us to compete in fa cups and league cups?

    Why do all our top players wants to leave. They should chomping at the bit to sign on after 3 cups in 14 years

    Don’t you think Pierre??

    Fa Cup is a 3rd tier trophy. No top team would consider it a success if won by itself.

    It’s a nice add on.

    Ask van gaal.

  15. Redtruth

    Champions League Winners 2018: Bayern Munich

    Europa League Winners 2018: Who cares

    Premier League Winners 2018: Man City

    FA Cup Winners 2018: Who cares

    League Cup Winners 2018: Who cares

  16. DivineSherlock

    Nice post Pedro .
    Some positivity around the club and the moaners come out in droves. Nice to see we are becoming a bogey club to Chelsea. After years of drogba torment. League cup final with Man City , that’ll be for the neutrals . Attacking football . Wenger sign Aubameyang soon !!

  17. 1886not1996

    Pierre.

    You should include the Emirates in the tally too.

    That’s the level of your ambition.

    Wonder if your wife is happy with your ambition in bed.

    “ Sorry I couldn’t make you orangsm baby. But hey at least I got the tip in this time”

    You better hope she’s a PKB and she accepts you no matter how bad you are in bed

  18. 1886not1996

    Pierre

    You hate the truth thrown at you

    Hate the facts.

    You never answer when it doesn’t suit your agenda

    Haha. So predictable.

  19. Emiratesstroller

    The thread is once again deteriorating once the usual malcontents start posting.

    It shows just how immature they are when someone starts making derogatory remarks about another poster’s performance in bed.

    1886not1996 you do need to grow up.

  20. TR7

    Jan aage fjortoft – Re Aubameyang Dortmund are frustrated of the way Arsenal negotiate. They suspect Arsenal thinking that the player will “leave anyway”.

  21. 1886not1996

    ES

    When is the last time you’ve had a laugh

    You are a miserable old git aint ya

    When is the last time you went for a beer with friends and had a good old laugh ?

  22. 1886not1996

    Hahahahaha oh ES

    Get outside mate. You’re losing it

    Anyway., I have to go drop off the kids and go snow boarding for the day

    Pierre.

    I’ll wait for your answers to the questions I posed.

  23. Emiratesstroller

    Pierre

    The trouble is that there are two or three malcontents in particular who are
    progressively clogging up Le Grove with their personalised abuse.

    It is really boring and most of course hide behind a cloak of anonymity. If they
    repeated it in public on a one to one basis they would probably find themselves floored.

  24. DivineSherlock

    Is it just me or does Wilshere , Ozil & Mkhitaryan will turn out just like Cesc , Hleb & Rosicky ? Footballing ability wise .

  25. Redtruth

    Why all the excitement over Aubameyang.

    Did the arrival of Giroud, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Cech, Elneny, Mustafi, Perez, Welbeck, Xhaka and Lacazette make a jot of difference to our season…

  26. Pierre

    Boomslang
    ” He’s dished out his fair share of abuse as well.”

    You’re welcome to go back and look..

    Unless you call celebrating arsenal victories as abuse…

  27. Marko

    Is it just me or does Wilshere , Ozil & Mkhitaryan will turn out just like Cesc , Hleb & Rosicky ? Footballing ability wise .

    Em I think not. Wilshere absolutely shouldn’t be mentioned alongside them and Cesc in his pomp was imo better than Ozil. And Hleb was deceptively brilliant

  28. Pierre

    Divonesherlock
    “Is it just me or does Wilshere , Ozil & Mkhitaryan will turn out just like Cesc , Hleb & Rosicky ? Footballing ability wise .”

    Let’s hope so… We need to return to one and 2 touch football.

  29. Buckhurst Gun

    Did I just read someone slating someone else’s bedroom performance hahahahahaha what the fuck is going on in this comments section !!?? Jesus !! Wenger got you all in a spin

  30. Wallace

    “Wonder if your wife is happy with your ambition in bed.”

    Joseph, you’re hilarious. angriest poster on the world’s angriest football blog. but pretty chilled out IRL, yeah? :)

  31. Buckhurst Gun

    ‘Why all the excitement over Aubameyang’

    Why not red , prolific striker something we haven’t had for a while , might make us more competitive going forward

  32. Bay Area Gooner

    So much hostility on this site after we made a cup final.
    What gives? its true, it gets boring filtering through the personal battles that happen in the comments to read something actually productive.
    Its juvenile and adds nothing productive to Arsenal talk.
    I dont get it. Sometimes this entire comments section seems to be a battle

    There should be a forum for that ” Comments section for those who like to fight and be nasty to fellow Arsenal fans”

    I dont agree with everything that folks say on here but I appreciate the differing viewpoints. I just hate this vile shit that goes back and forth.

  33. WengerEagle

    ‘Cesc in his pomp was imo better than Ozil. ‘

    Cesc in his pomp SHITS all over Ozil, not even close. Think many forget (not saying you Marko) just how great he was for us circa 2006-2010, best CM in the league in that stretch.

    The Cesc that rejoined the league in 2014 was thereabouts with Ozil, the one that left for Barcelona in 2011 was a superior player.

  34. Carts

    LOL at BVB being frustrated at how Arsenal negotiate. This image Wenger has painted isn’t clever, if anything it’s more of a hinderance to us when it comes to negotiating for players.

    Granted, were trying to get the best deals possible, but sometime simple is the best way. They want 60m? then offer to pay it in 2 payments of 30m or 3 payments of 20m.

    Sell Welbeck and offset the proceeds and his salary. Then we’d have freed up money from Debuchy and Per. I mean, it’s not fucking hard.

    Knowing us we’ll include unrealistic add-ons like winning the champions league or the premier league. BVB aren’t stoooopid.

  35. Bay Area Gooner

    Carts

    They want 60m? then offer to pay it in 2 payments of 30m or 3 payments of 20m.

    Good idea but the only hold up I see is if BVB want the entire enchillada at once.

    Good negotiators could also sweeten the deal, with add ons- like CL qualification, etc to get more $

    We have the money, which is what is killing me, unless we are in for a third player this window and need the funds for him too.

    Lets hope that this gets sorted

  36. Bay Area Gooner

    Im hearing that BVB doesnt want Olly as part of the cash and player deal.
    They will take im on loan but want a higher pay fee for Auba in a separate deal.

    In other words, they want cold hard cash and not Olly to lower the cash deal

  37. Carts

    Bay

    I could be wrong but only in rare instances are transfer ever paid in one go. Typically speaking, no team other than us, and maybe Utd even have anything more than £50m cash at any given time.

    Hence why teams amortise, which, as you probably already know, is standard P&L practice.

  38. Carts

    Btw, isn’t Phil Gartside, Bolton’s ex owner, on record for saying we’re fuckers when it comes to negotiating?

  39. Redtruth

    Buckhurst Gun
    “Why not red , prolific striker something we haven’t had for a while , might make us more competitive going forward.”

    What has this prolific striker actually won with Dortmund ?

  40. Rambo Ramsey

    Lets hope everyone’s bedroom frolics is better than Jo.e’s staying power on Le grove.

    Kicked out thrice, another premature ejaculation en route.

  41. Buckhurst Gun

    Red – What has this prolific striker actually won with Dortmund

    Nothing , that I know of

    Gareth bale had won nothing with spurs but Madrid bought him , same as modric – don’t have to have already won something to help your next team win something , wouldn’t you agree ?

  42. Bay Area Gooner

    Carts

    Thanks. I would think this deal gets done then. We could offer up hard cash 40M and then do payments after that. The issue is that we have the ability to go up in our offer. The haggling is just a killer.
    Teams cringe when we come asking for their players. Nickel and dime time

  43. Buckhurst Gun

    Red – Ian Wright was supposedly a prolific striker yet we didn’t win a league title with him..

    Didn’t we ? You may have made a mistake there …

  44. Bay Area Gooner

    Id like to think we are in for a third player this window as a reason why Auba deal is taking this long.

    If Auba falls thru which would royally suck, then is it Benzema?
    Half the price and only one year older than Auba

    Hmmmmmm

  45. Rambo Ramsey

    Internet is awash with reports of Arsenal embarrassing themselves yet again in the transfer market. This is what happens when an extremely rich man pushes the haggling too far.

  46. Redtruth

    Buckhurst Gun

    With respect, Real Madrid are a different beast compared to an Arsenal..lol

    No mistake, unless you’re counting Ian Wright’s negligible geriatric contribution in Wenger’s second season in charge.

  47. DivineSherlock

    Marko

    Wilshere < Cesc . I know that too . I was merely referencing the style of play back then , should've made it clear , my bad.
    Just the quality of the midfield was so high . Shame we didn't have a fit van Persie and Rosicky. Is it what wenger is trying to replicate with wilshere , ozil and Mkhitaryan is what I'm asking.

  48. Bob

    And Aubameyang Joins the List of Arsene’s almost Signed Players ..!!!!

    Wenger will say it’s hard to find better then What we already got Jack and Ramsay

  49. Marko

    I get what you’re saying divine. But I don’t think he knows what he’s doing half the time if I’m being honest. It’s not by design that we have Mikki joining us and well Jack wouldn’t be starting so much if Ramsey didn’t get injured so again not by design. He’s half assing it if we’re being honest

  50. Leftsidesanch

    Bacary Sagna

    ‘Arsenal don’t keep players because the negotiations take so long, there is only so long a player can wait.’

    This can be applied to incomings also.

  51. Dissenter

    I’ve never seen a more public negotiation in my adult life of watching professional football.
    We have the money to afford Aubameyang.
    PAY UP OR COME BACK HOME AND STOP EMBARRASSING THE CLUB.

  52. Buckhurst Gun

    Red – With respect, Real Madrid are a different beast compared to an Arsenal..lolNo mistake, unless you’re counting Ian Wright’s negligible geriatric contribution in Wenger’s second season in charge.

    Yes , that they are but them being a different beast doesn’t take away from the fact that they bought players that had previously won zilch between them , who’s to say if we got auba he could help us win europa ? If teams transfer activity followed your logic Liverpool wouldn’t have bought VVD , Man U wouldn’t have bought lukaku and Barca wouldn’t have bought coutinho

    Ian Wright’s geriatric contribution!? Hardly – he broke the goal record that year and was as important as ever , come on now

  53. Buckhurst Gun

    Red – you can’t say Wright didn’t win a league title just because you didn’t like him or how he played when he actually won a league title lol !!! He can dangled is pretty prem winners medal in your face 7 days a week if he wanted

  54. Bob N16

    Keep posting ES….let decency prevail.

    Redruth….who cares!

    Great atmosphere last night. EFL Cup obviously least important trophy but fantastic to see so many fans attend Arsenal matches who can’t normally get/ afford tickets. AFC can be criticised for many things but the pricing for these games is allowing a future generation the taste for supporting Arsenal live. People can choose to be negative but I’d rather consider the smiling faces leaving the ground who will be keen to experience more of the same WHOEVER owns or manages the club.
    COYR

  55. UTarse

    ES,
    I couldn’t agree more that it doesn’t need to degenerate into a personal slanging match, some on here do make it very personal and I’m sure you have your own opinion of who they are. Simply put, when it comes to trolls like Pierre and Number9, they reap what they sow.

    Little p, I , unlike you, believe that every little helps and if my protesting irks you so then one might ask why that is ? Many on here including myself would conclude that you are happy to have your leader wenger stay as long as he sees fit, something I for one am strongly opposed to.

    You repeatedly call me a liar about the protest I make so I have offered to meet you and we can clarify if that’s a worthy opinion or you trolling, you appear not to want to do that , preferring to keep hiding behind the anonymity of this website.

    And btw, I follow the New England Patriots in American football, a very successful franchise it is too, seeing as you are so clearly interested in me, my race, where I live, the American football team I follow….

    Troll.

  56. Bay Area Gooner

    PEA deals falls thru, I cringe to think what Ozil is thinking at this point.
    I think that getting him and showing ambition is something he is looking at.
    Mikki is good but we need a fucking warrior of a striker. We need this speed demon.

    This window is also about impressing Ozil. We fail here and he is closer to leaving

  57. graham62

    UTarse

    You’ve hit the nail on the head.

    The equivalent of a “cult”.

    Brainwashed into seeing and thinking that all is fine, no matter how many mistakes are being made.

    Look at those fans at the Emirates and on here. It’s if they are in a trance, unable and unwilling to accept the consequences of Wenger’s madness.

    As for last night, well done Arsenal. Sort of on the cards once Willian went off.

    Monreal was excellent and Lacazette worked his socks off in the second half.

    Another day out at Wembley.

    The Auba situation is a joke……………NO SURPRISE THERE THEN!!

  58. The Royal Arsehole

    Today is one day to celebrate!! Wembley is Wembley, and we made it!! I have to give credit as well to Wenger, he made the appropriate changes and was proactive. Up the Gunners and a great shift put in by all. Tomorrow back to the reality of our future and vastly approaching window closing.

  59. Carts

    Also, IF Ozil is made Arsenal’s highest earner in the history of the club, I want to see the exact same energy directed towards him from Pedro and every other poster that labelled Sanchez a mercenary.

    If for some life saving reason we made 4th or win the EL and get CL football next season that could mean Ozil signing on as the revenue will be there to cope with his ext.

    I still think he’ll leave, though.

  60. DaleDaGooner

    Sad sad, some of you come on this site everyday looking for who to abuse….
    ALL managers, including Pep and Jose wanted to win this trophy, no questions! It’s funny how “Arsenal fans” are always moaning when the team performs well regardless in what capacity or competition, The belittling of anything Arsenal by some of you is laughable…..You look like fools.

  61. DaleDaGooner

    …And as you can see, Arsenal fans aren’t crying over retaining the FA cup either…rather crying about the continued estrangement from winning the league…what’s you point Redtroll?

  62. DaleDaGooner

    Fans and Owners of both Manchester clubs would not be happy just winning the League Cup

    Fans of Arsenal aren’t happy with just participating in the League cup, mind you, we aren’t even guaranteed winning the League Cup, but as we stand, and with the fuck up of the season, minimum delivery is the League Cup, Europa Cup ….that’s just the reality of today, so no need moaning or trolling on and on knowing the facts, just facts

  63. DaleDaGooner

    Liverpool, the second most successful club, with 5 CL titles to their name have been found wanting for quite sometime, they are now rejuvenated, this all after changing ownership several times and managers several more times….

  64. Cesc Appeal

    If it costs £56 Million to get Aubameyang that is decent value considering Lacazette cost £50 Million.

    The deal will happen, I think this is Mislintat’s pick.

  65. WengerEagle

    CA

    If anyone can fuck it up, it’s us.

    Still laugh thinking back at our unprecedented £40 million +£1 offer for Luis Suarez, if we hadn’t fucked Liverpool about and publicly disrespected them he may well have been a Gooner for a year or two and brought us Premier League success.

  66. Marko

    Might be we never intended to have Giroud leave. I’m telling you now Arsene isn’t keen he doesn’t want it to happen he’s likely more than happy to keep Giroud and simply swap Sanchez for Mikki

  67. graham62

    As I sat in the comfort of my recliner last night, beer in hand, watching a game that would have, ten years ago, got me cursing, shouting and cheering at the events unfolding infront of me, I got to thinking about a few things.

    How the hell had it got to this? The team that I thought was a part of me, was no longer a concern. The name was the same. The shirt colour and the badge were unchanged and yet, here I am feeling little or no connection to a club that has been a part of my life for nearly fifty years.

    The boredom and staleness of it all has left me totally devoid of the emotion and joys of supporting MY TEAM. JHC, we were beating Chelski and on our way to wembley and yet, I felt nothing.

    My wife, who sat watching the game with me, even said “It’s not the same watching Arsenal anymore”……..I agreed. The desire, passion and anticipation had gone. Why wasn’t I swearing and gestering at the TV? Why wasn’t I getting stressed when Chelski took the lead? How had it come to this?

    Thanks Arsene!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. Arse&Nose©

    Truth

    “Cesc in his pomp was imo better than Ozil. ‘Cesc in his pomp SHITS all over Ozil, not even close. Think many forget (not saying you Marko) just how great he was for us circa 2006-2010, best CM in the league in that stretch.The Cesc that rejoined the league in 2014 was thereabouts with Ozil, the one that left for Barcelona in 2011 was a superior player.”

  69. Marko

    It’s not happening. You know full well that it’s not going to happen. He’s already back training with Dortmund. We said that we don’t want Giroud as part of the deal even though Dortmund wanted him and we’re expecting a club to find a replacement for their 60 million pound player in less than a week? Every window we leave it too late and take the piss. We’re Mickey mouse at transfers I swear

  70. WengerEagle

    graham62

    Last time I remember being excited for a spell was in the latter stages of the 2010/11 season when we were still playing some sexy football, had the likes of Cesc, Nasri, RVP, Arshavin, Wilshere at his best in the line-up and we headed into the early spring still in contention in all 4 comps.

    Sure enough we collapsed like a deck of cards the good old fashioned AW way in the space of like 2 weeks and were out of all comps midway through Spring, then Cesc and Nasri were sold and the joy of watching us play completely disappeared.

    2011/12 was a very rough season on the eyes, if it weren’t for RVP playing at a superhuman level and Song Billong’s erection inducing Hollywood long passes it would have been unwatchable.

    Since then we’ve largely played dire football without any remote success in the UCL or Premier League.

  71. Marko

    Since then we’ve largely played dire football without any remote success in the UCL or Premier League.

    Same for me. Honestly can’t remember the last time I got angry because of a defeat because I half expect it these days. Might have actually been the Bayern 10-2. Gone are the days where a defeat would ruin my week and as a football fan that’s a sad state of affairs

  72. WengerEagle

    Marko

    I was laughing watching that mauling unfold, as you say purely because it was so predictable.

    Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat was the last match I remember really stinging considering we won the 1st leg and played very well for large spells of the match (1st leg, got absolutely man-handled in the Camp Nou, scoreline flattered us) against arguably the best club side ever to be assembled with prime explosive Messi.

  73. Bob

    This auba thing is getting very boring now.
    Once the window closes auba will go on Twitter and say he never wanted to lev dortmund

  74. Arse&Nose©

    I wouldn’t be too upset about missing out on Aubameyang , I think we’re paying over the odds considering BvB want rid and no one else is in the auction. The market dictates the value and he’s not worth £60m cash

  75. Marko

    Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat was the last match I remember really stinging considering we won the 1st leg

    Ah yes. That one felt like a good kick to the balls

  76. Marko

    Dunno about Mertens but I wouldn’t mind Insigne. But if we’re targeting Napoli players it has to be Koulibaly or Diawara or even Hysal. Did I spell that right? Wouldn’t mind decent back up at right back that way Bellerin is kept on his toes

  77. prince of nigeria

    I dont comment here at all just read comments from the so call akbs I.e Pierre Nd wob I.e redtruth. the blog is fun because of ppl wit different perspective sometimes I read at night laughing myself to sleep. but no need to use abusive words. no need peace out.

  78. WengerEagle

    Diawara is a name that keeps getting mentioned, I know that he’s Carts’ boy.

    Haven’t seen too much of the kid, he doesn’t play a lot for them. His stats look pretty poor, is he any good?

    I prefer Allan, solid all-rounder that does everything pretty well.

    Ghoulam is a monster at LB, really like him.

  79. graham62

    How is it then that so many (supporters) are able to keep going and trusting/believing in a system that is clearly failing.

    What are they on?!?

    I just don’t get it.

  80. Dissenter

    Carts
    Re: Ozils , you said “I still think he’ll leave, though.”

    Not so sure.
    It’s his last major contract and he’s won lots of stuff already. He’s been the German player of the year for the past 4 seasons. He doesn’t need to prove anything again.
    Arsenal are the comfort alley of world football. London is a nice place to live in.
    If we make a good deal, he will stay.

    I don’t think he goes to United to join Mourhino, which was the suggested destination in the summer. They are trying to tie up Jean Michael Seri this transfer window.

  81. Dissenter

    Who said Aubameyang is ‘t worth 60 million ?

    This is not the Diego Costa situation where the player runs away to another continent and refuses to sign because the manager allegedly denigrated him.

  82. Steveyg87

    “Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat was the last match I remember really stinging considering we won the 1st leg”

    The night cesc forgot which club he was playing for

  83. Ughelligunner

    Eagle and Pierre,

    Re-Pep, It’s easy to spend right when you buy two defenders for 50m and a goal Keeper for 35m and pay them whatever they ask without any deals dragging over the line. When you can’t pay the asking price, you then fall back on the cheaper pound option.

    I don’t know why people love praising pep. Man city announced deals for Mendy, Benardo and Walker in a short space of time, that shows they paid the asking price.

    You can’t compare it to Arsenal who spent a month buying Lacazete and two months on Lemar because they were haggling due to insufficient investments plan.

    Pep isn’t doing any wonders with players bought. If as a manager an I say, my first choice was Neymar and second choice was Sanchez and you get me Neymar, the deal for the player acquisition will sound right because I got my first choice and not the second choice.

    It has shown that Man city always buys players and announce their deals without wasting time, except the selling clubs doesn’t want to sell of course.

    Let Pep manager a team under a budget, and let’s see if he will buy right and not second choices.

    Take Conte for instance, he is under a budget and he is struggling to get players in.

  84. Ughelligunner

    My wife, who sat watching the game with me, even said “It’s not the same watching Arsenal anymore”……..I agreed. The desire, passion and anticipation had gone. Why wasn’t I swearing and gestering at the TV? Why wasn’t I getting stressed when Chelski took the lead? How had it come to this?

    Marko, bear in hand, not shouting, maybe you were too drunk to shout. Because your colleagues were busy shouting at the players with their comments on legrove. This same people who continuously say Wenger has made all emotions about things Arsenal go, won’t stop posting and abusing the team whenever we play. I think the emotions are greatest when you hate the team.

  85. Marko

    Pep isn’t doing any wonders with players bought. If as a manager an I say, my first choice was Neymar and second choice was Sanchez and you get me Neymar, the deal for the player acquisition will sound right because I got my first choice and not the second choice.

    Eh…sure

  86. Mark

    Still catching up on the posts, but just wanted to say @Leftsidesanch
    On fire today mate !

    If Wenger manages to win the league cup he will try to hold it up as some measure of success, anything to give himself an excuse to stay on.
    Every one seems to feel that it’s time for Wenger to go now. So what’s the justification for it not to happen at the earliest possible moment?
    Has history not shown us it’s not beneficial to the team to drag this out.
    A quiet word in his ear from Josh Kroenke,

    ” Arse, we gotta let you go… We don’t want you to tarnish your legacy any more, It’s for the best.”

    Wenger out, there’s no room for sentiment now , cos he should have gone already, so just get rid at seasons end.

  87. Mark

    @1886 Classic

    ” Sorry I couldn’t make you orgasm baby. But hey at least I got the tip in this time”

    I’m still laughing.

  88. TonyD

    Auba latest.

    I wrote this yesterday and nothing today has changed my opinion:

    I’ve been waiting to see our new dream team in action or at least one of them (Sven) in getting our transfers done quickly and efficiently.

    Seems we’re still playing games and trying to nearly sign players in our typical Wengeresque manner.

    So it’s a bench warmer from United instead of £30+million to buy a player we really need and ,maybe or maybe not PEA if someone doesn’t come in and do a deal above our heads.Still PEA could always be the start of Sven’s, “The players I almost bought” list.

    We can blatantly waste Tens of Millions on player deals/contracts, such as Sanchez and Ozil, Mustafi, Gibbs the £90 million offer for Lemar etc but we can’t pay the extra few million to buy Auba or any player we supposedly say we desperately want to buy.

    Smacks of the Mbappe Gazidis & Wenger French visit and our penny pinching is never going to change.

    Hope to be proved wrong, but I’m not convinced I will be.

    “Borussia Dortmund set to walk away from Olivier Giroud talks… but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could still join Arsenal if £56m valuation is met”

    “Borussia Dortmund have been left unimpressed with initial Olivier Giroud talks
    Arsenal’s star was earmarked as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5312853/Borussia-Dortmund-Arsenal-star-Olivier-Giroud.html#ixzz55Fhy3TVz

  89. TonyD

    Yet much less financially well off Southampton have no problems getting the players they want:

    “Southampton break transfer record in £19.2m deal for new No 9 Guido Carrillo – and could break it again for Quincy Promes before window closes

    Guido Carrillo links up again with Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton
    Carrillo, 26, said: ‘I will show what I am about… we can improve things’
    Relegation threatened Southampton hope to sign Quincy Promes for £30m next”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5313857/Saints-break-transfer-record-new-No-9-Guido-Carrillo.html#ixzz55FjVGV00