Players and staff rally for the journey

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WELCOME TO THURSDAY.

Let’s jump right into some more stories about our wonderful club.

The Sun wrote a piece about players that could be exited this summer. A real non-story likely not fueled by any intel… more likely someone just looked at when players deals are being signed off and mashed that with things Raul has said in the past.

LACAZETTE, AUBA, OZIL COULD BE SOLD

Yes, absolutely. Not really news. I suspect the fact that Auba and Lacazette have not signed deals is a pretty good indicator of that and I would imagine that Ozil wants to land a big deal with more than a year for a safety net (probably also sick of being threatened by gangsters in London).

There is no doubt the club is going to enact some aggressive surgery this summer.

Here’s how we stand for clarity:

5 players enter the final year of their deal (Mustafi, Luiz, Ozil, Auba, Sok)

3 loan players deals expire (Mari, Soares, Ceballos)

6 players are down to 2 years (Kola, Chambers, Matteo, Eddie, Martinez, Lacazette)

There’s 14 players that have their futures up in the air. Raul explicitly said players with 18 months on their deals will be sold. No chance of that in January, so we either tie the above down to new deals or move them on sharpish. There’s a good £130m to be had in that pack and a lot of money.

Arteta needs those players to have value this summer. He also needs to see who is worth keeping. What I highly doubt is that anyone in the backroom team is leaking that the manager is unhappy with his players. I just don’t buy it, that would be a suicidal leak 6 weeks into a job and it just doesn’t jibe with anything Mikel has been trying to implement.

You can piece that together from additional stories.

David Ornstein said on his podcast that the players are totally bought into the philosophy of the new manager. Mikel has been working on behavior on and off the pitch, apparently showing players when they throw their hands up in disgust at something – asking them to curb the behavior to bring more unity.

He also has the wider club behind his ideas, everyone is absolutely sure he has what it takes to succeed at Arsenal, people feeding back that this could be a special journey.

… but if that wasn’t enough, David Luiz, a player notorious for his ability to split a dressing room, went on a PR push for his new coach.

“He knows football, he knows inside the pitch,”

“He loves football, he loves to work, so this enthusiasm is contagious for everybody.

“What Mikel is trying to build is something big and I really believe in his philosophy, I really believe we can do something big this year and in the future, so I’m really, really happy because we have our way to go. This way, is it going to be a hard way? Yes. Is it going to be difficult to achieve? Yes, but it’s possible. Yes, it’s possible.

“The first thing is to believe. If you don’t dream, and you don’t believe, then your dream is impossible. To do something, I think the first thing is you have to dream, and then you believe you can do it, then after to study how to do it, and then to understand during this process you’re going to have some good moments and some difficult moments but you can never change your mind, you can never change your mentality and you will always have to come back to the beginning and understand.”

You could write this off as a puff piece, I normally would, but this feels a little more from the heart than Auba telling the cameras with a sullen face that he was happy under Emery. This is a 6 minute video that goes well beyond basic platitudes and it’s coming from a guy that has won a Champions League, 2 Europas, league titles in 3 countries, and countless cups. He doesn’t need to say the above words, but he’s out there trying to get the fans onboard with the journey.

… and that’s what it is. What we’re undergoing isn’t a quick managerial bump from a table-thumping ‘experienced’ leader. It’s something more thoughtful, something more ambitious, something more exciting.

It’s going to be a process. Results need to come. They will. We just need to trust that this is the correct direction for the club.

If Ornstein is hearing great things and David Luiz is prepared to back a ‘novice’ manager with such aggressive positivity, then we should too.

I also liked hearing that Arteta blew everyone away with an incredible speech before the United.

It was also interesting to hear that Kia, super-agent extraordinaire is also a massive Gooner. I’m sure he’s not giving us mates rates, but maybe, just maybe, he’s going to unlock something special for Arsenal this summer. I feel gross saying that, but when you’re in bed with these people, you’d best hope the rogering you are about to receive is a memorable one… amirite? Yeah, I’m right.

Key thing for me about all of these interviews is that the energy is ticking upwards. There’s a different vibe with the staff, the players and the fans. That positive energy takes you places. That comes from knowing where you’re going combined with strong leadership. It’s the sort of thing that allows you to outperform your talent and move to a higher level.

Fingers crossed it starts to translate into results.

Ok, I’ll see you in the comments. x

 

 

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  1. Luisjo

    This used to be the best blog around. Read this blog for 12 years. Now it’s worse than that of Blackburn George. The most important thing in coaching or to English people football ‘management’ is team selection. If you look at any top coach in world football since 1890 they all pick the best team. In this aspect Arteta is a failure. Plays Lacazette every game, plays Auba on the wing and Martinelli in the wrong place. Are you fucking stupid not to see this?

  2. Graham62

    Luisjo

    I know, it’s so obvious. The thing is in today’s society(especially in this country) you have to balance out the politics of the game/players feelings/agents/the PC brigade etc etc.

    Managers of today are not allowed to be managers.

    Imagine what Ferguson would have done.

    “Mesut, I need to see you in my office…………NOW!!”

  3. Pierre

    Graham
    ““Unite the fan base” ………..are they frigging crazy?It would divide us even further.”

    Would it, I’m not so sure, anyway I don’t believe the majority of the fan base is fractured.

    You are always going to get one or 2 who have a limited understanding of the game like Ruth, Receding ,Azed , Fred, Gentlebris etc who will argue black is white, but by and large the fans are with Arteta and will remain patient and supportive as they can see that he is addressing the right areas of the team and improving players in his short period at the club.

    Graham, since Wenger left 20 months ago I would say his credibility has gone up with Arsenal supporters due to the decline in the quality of the football they have been watching and our poor showing in the League.

    What it has shown is that the job he was doing under very trying circumstances in his last 5 years , in which he won trophies and took us to 4 cup finals , was exceptional.

    It must be difficult for you , the archetypal Wenger obsessive, who believed wenger leaving would transform our club.

    I suppose you were right , we have been transformed into a mid table club after spending over 200+ million on the team .

  4. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre doing the only thing he knows how, trolling.

    Arguing that black is white? Like saying Ozil is still a top player in 2019/20 despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary?

    I’m fully behind Arteta, same as every Arsenal supporter should be behind a new manager, there’s a lesson in there for you mister super fan.
    Dry your tears.

  5. Marc

    Pierre is right on the fan base being mostly united. People need to remember that “on line” is not the real world and people don’t behave the same way. Fan’s will disagree on things over a beer or in the stadium but everyone pulls the same way – you will never find someone in the stadium wishing the team lose matches to make a point – something that has happened on here more than once.

  6. Pierre

    I keep reading that results have been poor, and need to improve , we are not scoring goals and are lacking creativity.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see it that way …

    This year , we have played 7
    won 3
    drawn 4 .
    Lost 0
    Scored 9
    Conceded 5 .

    3 games away .
    4 games home
    2 red cards against and still remained unbeaten .

    I see nothing negative in these figures, nothing.

  7. Freddie Ljungberg

    You can also be fully behind a manager and think he makes mistakes at the same time, I know that’s hard to wrap your Wenger infested brain around but that’s how it works at most clubs, the manager doesn’t have to be either the devil or a god, just a manager.

    If you want to join a cult there’s plenty of them out there, I’m sure they have forums too.

  8. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    “I see nothing negative in these figures, nothing.”

    Thats because you are cherry picking figures to suit your argument.

  9. Pierre

    Fred
    “Arguing that black is white? Like saying Ozil is still a top player in 2019/20 despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary?”

    The very least you can do is be honest .

    I have never said anything remotely close to that …don’t bother looking for evidence, you won’t find any.

    To the contrary, you will find that I have said that Ozil has done nothing special this season, even when others were eulogising over his performance v United.

  10. Freddie Ljungberg

    Jim Lahey

    9 goals in 7 games doesn’t look very good for the guy who is paid to create goals, of course he doesn’t see anything negative in it.

    Pierre isn’t an Arsenal fan anymore, he’s just an Ozil acolyte. As long as he plays everything is great, regardless of results, and they will more often be negative with him in the team, doesn’t matter to good old Pierre though, he’ll defend him to his dying breath no matter how shite he is and no matter for how long he’s been shit.

  11. Jim Lahey

    @Danny S –

    “Also 4pts against 2 ‘top 6’ teams which is a great improvement.”

    Is that how far we have fallen… that we should look at taking points off “top 6” teams as an achievement? We are Arsenal not Crystal Palace.

  12. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pierre

    You have never said that Ozil is a top player?

    What the hell is it you base every single post on here on then? That he’s average? Why are you spending so much time defending an average player and want him to be played to the detriment of the team then? Getting addled in your dotage me thinks.

  13. Graham62

    Pierre

    We could argue all day on this, we both know that.

    Your perceptions on Wenger make my heart bleed.

    “very trying circumstances in his last 5 years”.

    What a load of poppycock.

    Wenger left far too late. Should have been years before. You know that, I know that, the entire footballing world knows that.

    Wenger leaving was essential because, under him, we were not only regressing, we were becoming a non-viable product.

    Wengers true credibility only existed between 1996-2006, after that it deteriorated as he sucked us all in with his embarrassing rhetoric and excuses.

    When we left Highbury we were promised expansion and growth. We were told we would be able to compete. That never materialised.

    Winning a few FA Cup Finals was a poor return over a 12 year period. He failed on so many levels.

    Ask any neutral supporter of the game and they will tell you that Wenger leaving was the only option, even if it meant we suffered the consequences on a short term basis. Clearly we have.

    One thing I do know is that, if he had stayed, the club would have suffered far far more.

  14. Jim Lahey

    I think we can all agree that since we left Highbury things have not gone to plan. We were told we would be able to compete with the best in Europe, but since the move we have all been told that we are perpetually broke.

    I spoke with Gambon about this like a year or two ago, but early to mid 2000s we were competing with United not just on the field but off it also. Then they kicked on, we didn’t. We missed opportunity after opportunity to expand the club. Our deals were always years behind the others, getting £35m a year when teams around us were getting £60m+. The club was so poorly run during those years that we missed our opportunity to become one of Europes elite. And now here we are 13 games left and 7 point clear of relegation. Stadium nowhere near full on match day and a fan base with little to no hope for the future.

  15. Jim Lahey

    If Wenger had left for Madrid in 2009 he would have been a god like figure to every Arsenal fan.

    We look at post 2006 Arsenal as the major downturn. But we played beautiful football well into the 2010s. We reached a CL semi final in 09 and should have won the league 2 more time before Wenger left. What could have been I guess.

  16. Marc

    “Also 4pts against 2 ‘top 6’ teams which is a great improvement.”

    On what precisely – Emery took 4 points off the Spud’s last season, 4 points off of ManU and 3 off of Chelsea.

    If that is the measure then you need to reassess how you judge the team.

  17. Pierre

    Graham
    “When we left Highbury we were promised expansion and growth. We were told we would be able to compete. That never materialised.”

    And that would have happened if Chelsea and City hadn’t come along with their billions and poached any decent player in the world( including ours) whilst we had to pay back the stadium debt whilst also trying to compete against 3 clubs with limitless funds.

    If you can’t understand that , then there is no hope for you.

  18. Jim Lahey

    2006 CL – Beyond hard to take, we were the better team and I fully believe we would have won that final if Jens had just allowed Eto to score. 11 vs 11, we win.

    Although… 2004 is the big let down when you look back, best team we ever had, probably the weakest final over the last 20+ years. We should have walked it that year.

    2009 – Lost in the semi final to United, that Gibbs slip and Almunia getting beat at his near post to a Ronaldo free kick that was so far out he was nearly taking it from the dressing room, shocking. But easier to take than the other two as our team was nowhere near as good and we would have been destroyed in the final by that Barca side.

  19. Pierre

    Jim
    “but early to mid 2000s we were competing with United not just on the field but off it also. Then they kicked on, we didn’t. We missed opportunity after opportunity to expand the club. Our deals were always years behind the others, getting £35m a year when teams around us were getting £60m+. The club was so poorly run during those years that we missed our opportunity to become one of Europes elite”

    Do you think , as Graham does , that the reason for this was Wenger .

  20. Thomas

    “This year , we have played 7”

    ___

    Lol nice try Pierre. How about you count the games since Arteta took over instead of just picking and choosing? So disengenious.

  21. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    To be honest, I just don’t know. I have no idea how much pull he had within the club during this time so I can’t point the figure.

    For me, personally. I never blamed him for our financial situation. He was responsible however for everything that went on on the pitch, the constant bottling the horrendous defence, the odd substitute policy, the continuous playing of players that would cost us game after game, playing players out of position and so on. That was on him.

  22. raptora

    People are right to ask Arteta questions.

    Why do you pick your starting CF to be a player that hasn’t scored in over 700-800 minutes?

    Why do you move your superstar goal machine CF on the wings?

    Why do you keep insisting in playing a once-upon-a-time footballer while you bench and disappoint a real class CAM desperate to prove himself?

    Begging Xhaka and Mustafi to stay could be another alarm ringing.

    3 managers have watched this movie. Wenger, Emery, Ljungberg.

    How hard is it to learn from other people’s mistakes?!

  23. Marc

    “You being an Arsenal supporter , should alway focus on the positives .”

    No – as an Arsenal supporter he should want the team to do well but he should also be able to see where the club has issues or should be doing better.

    Blind support with problems being overlooked is just being part of a cult.

  24. Marc

    raptora

    The problem is certain people most notably Pedro can’t distinguish between asking questions as you have and forming a lynch mob.

  25. Emiratesstroller

    Pierre

    Our results this season including since Arteta arrived are not particularly impressive. We are still struggling to win games primarily because even when
    we are leading in games by one or two goal margin there is no certainty that we will be able to hold onto to the end of games.

    Nevertheless I do think that with exception of Burnley game there has been an
    improvement in performance level, the balance in the team and improving
    levels of communication and fitness level of a number of players.

    As I posted several times the level of expectation this season is lower not least
    because of the large number of departures and arrivals. We have a fairly immature and inexperience squad.

    My view is that with Arsenal you need at moment to take a medium term view
    of our ambition and expectations. Arsenal under current ownership are not
    going to throw huge amounts of money into buying new players.

  26. Davey

    Pierre

    I mostly read the post on here and occasionally post but sure to correct if I’m wrong (sure you will) most of your time and posts on here seem to be centered on bumming Ozil up do they not?

  27. Graham62

    Oops!! There you go again Pierre, making excuses for the guy.

    Roman Abramovich took over at Chelski in 2003. Three years before we moved to the Emirates.

    We didn’t need to go out and purchase the best players. We just needed to purchase the right players and implement simple and achievable methods.

    I’ll never understand one thing though, it’s all those supporters who bought into all the excuses.

    You know, folk like you.

  28. raptora

    Marc,

    I’m behind Arteta 100%.

    But if we want to progress, he has to learn quicker.
    Doing great work in the training ground is obviously great and the base of doing well in games basically.
    But he has start picking the correct starting lineups, and to manage the game FAR better than he has.
    Literally in every game we’ve played, we’ve mostly played really well in the first halves and then allowed the opposition to dictate the second halves. And Mikel so far has shown some really bad ingame management. 0 idea of how to help his team from the bench.

    I’m desperate to see his progress. If he shows that he is a quick learner and becomes a better manager, then we will undoubtedly become a more successful team.

    Sadly, he’s relied on the same garbage players again and again. I’m worried.

  29. Emiratesstroller

    Reverting back to original post of Pedro I think that most people like myself who are season ticket holders and watch games on go to games on regular basis are more “tolerant” than those who are posting on Le Grove.

    When both Emery and Arteta were appointed Head Coach there was a very short time frame before many posters started criticising and/or slagging these guys.

    When Emery arrived I had personal misgivings about this appointment primarily because of his poor communication skills. Nevertheless I said on many occasions that I would give him the benefit of the doubt for at least a
    full season to 18 months.

    It was only when it became blindingly obvious this season that the football was
    awful to watch and the results were dreadful that I came to the view at beginning of October that he must go.

    Arteta has never been a Manager or Head Coach and must be given mileage
    to prove himself particularly since we know that he has inherited the squad that we have got.

  30. Jim Lahey

    @Graham –

    “We just needed to purchase the right players and implement simple and achievable methods.”

    I agree that you don’t need to drop crazy money to be successful. But its never as easy as that. Every new player in is a gamble, some more of a gamble than others but none are ever guaranteed success stories. When you are Chelsea, United or City you’re less worried about getting it right each time as you can take the hit (United have done this for years..). We can’t really take that hit over and over. Its never as simple as just buying the right players as they may be the right player at their current club but when they join Arsenal the situation could change.

  31. Pierre

    Jim
    “. He was responsible however for everything that went on on the pitch, the constant bottling the horrendous defence, the odd substitute policy, the continuous playing of players that would cost us game after game, playing players out of position and so on. That was on him.”

    If you believe it has been ” horrendous ” in his last 10 years , what would you regard the last 18 months .

    During this 18 months we have competed financially with the other top clubs but failed abysmally.
    Whilst during the relocation to the emirates we literally spent nothing for a number of years and competed whilst still playing quality football.

    All we hear now is how Wenger wasted money on xhaka , mustafi and Perez but that is a drop in the ocean to what United, Chelsea and city have spent over the years.

    Clubs like united and Chelsea have let go talent like de bruyne, salah and lukaku and bought a number of duds but due to their limitless funds , they can afford to makes mistakes.

    Arsenal have never had that luxury , and still haven’t and people should realise that the only reason we competed for 20 years at the top ( or near ) was down to the expertise of the manager .

    This has been proven since his departure.

  32. Jim Lahey

    @Pierre –

    “If you believe it has been ” horrendous ” in his last 10 years , what would you regard the last 18 months .”

    It has been every bit as bad.

    Pierre, Wenger did waste a lot of money on poor players, but so do most managers, we just didn’t have the financial power to cover it, when we make a mistake we seem to be stuck with it for a long time. United, City and Chelsea can write it off as bad debt and move on.

  33. Freddie Ljungberg

    “During this 18 months we have competed financially with the other top clubs but failed abysmally.”

    We spent 7th most in the league the summer after Wenger left, mostly because of low resale value of existing player and our inability to move players on vastly inflated wages on. There’s only so far you can stretch a band aid on a festering sore and we needed it to stretch much farther than it did.

    Anyway, most reasonable fans agreed that it would take 3-4 years to clean up Wengers and Gazidis mess, we’re halfway through and if we have another window like last we’re almost there squad wise. Going to take a bit longer to integrate everyone and for some potential to actually realise itself into consistent performances but it’s looking like we’re actually addressing things we haven’t in a very long time now.

  34. GunnerDNA

    Pierre,

    “If you believe it has been ” horrendous ” in his last 10 years , what would you regard the last 18 months .

    During this 18 months we have competed financially with the other top clubs but failed abysmally.
    Whilst during the relocation to the emirates we literally spent nothing for a number of years and competed whilst still playing quality football.”

    It wasn’t just about spending big money. Some of the decisions AW made in his last 10 yrs was borderline insanity. Virgil van Dijk, Antoine Griezmann, and Serge Gnabry (just to name a few) should all be at Arsenal but AW thought they would kill another player. His biggest f up was was sanctioning Ozil contract. So all you’re trying to make UE looks bad he was only at Arsenal for 18 months and all the nice talk about MA doing this, that and the third is just capping. Arsenal is still struggling on the field and all the glowing assessment of MA is just to keep fans onside because we are still trash on the playing filed and there’s noise in the background from Fans who thought things would have been better. JK is 30+ and reads social media, unlike his dad he knows whats going on. Without significant investment in midfield, MA is going to struggle big time because he relies on players (that Arsenal don’t have) to get him out of trouble just like Pep and we need a new starting 11. So continue lying to yourself. We are still paying for all the mistakes AW made, and its not over yet.

  35. Aussie Gooner

    “Also 4pts against 2 ‘top 6’ teams which is a great improvement.”

    OK so what about losing a shit load of points at home to teams in the bottom half of the table then? What does that constitute? Gross negligence?

  36. GunnerDNA

    S Asoa,

    “This is a sack able deriliction by Raul allowing this state of affairs to fester. Not forgetting that Raul is solely responsible of parachuting The Fraud into the Club”

    It was obvious that the squad wasn’t united under UE. Their behavior is affecting them now. Ozil’s group who was unhappy he wasn’t playing is now realizing he’s trash. Lacazette group now witnessing that he’s a average player and Mustafi group witness his assist to TA at SB and realize why UE didn’t fancy him. Mr. Leno himself was also a master of basic goalkeeping errors, so he probably needs to work on his game and avoid making certain statements. What was also evident under UE reign was how things change when Freddie was promoted to the first team. Emery was sacked and he took over and he was a disaster. Its probably a reason why MA hides him in the upper tier during games. Emery fail and is now out the door and the problems with the squad is still evident. So all these players running their mouth, the spotlight is still on them.

  37. China1

    Pierre what was so especially trying about wingers last 5 years?

    He had more money to spend than ever in his career before (and did so). And unlike in his early years where the fans saw us competing and had high expectations, half the fan base thought top 4 was now a trophy and we didn’t need to do better.

    It wasn’t until he lost the fans and the dressing room in his last 18 months that the hole he had dug himself became increasingly hard to get out of

    Even if you look at the trophies we won. Hey I like the FA cup but klopp just got through with a team average age of 19 and the youth coach in charge. It is no longer a serious competition even if we would all ideally like to win it.

    Even the positions we came in before the wheels came off. Second looks good until you see the points tally was pants and every other big team was dismal that season.

    You can try and rewrite history but nobody has forgotten

  38. Nelson

    As an Arsenal fan, I like Wenger Arsenal although Ivan and Wenger have screwed up the finance. The Arsenal DNA was still there. Emery destroyed the Arsenal DNA. Lots of fans were blinded by the dream that Emery could win the EL. Thank god that he is gone. We may have our Arsenal back.

  39. Ernest Reed

    Anyone that thinks, even for one millisecond, that todays state of affairs on the pitch and off are not a direct result of both Wenger and Gazidis systemic poor management, is full-on delusional. Hard Stop!

  40. Globalgunner

    Pierre needs help. Wenger turned Arsenal into a laughing stock in Europe and a basket case at home. Yet he still yearns for him. Sad if not so pathetic.

    Wenger was always trying to hard to make himself all knowing and indispensable. Buy Van Dyke, even when he was cheap as chips at Celtic……No I already have better players and all kinds of crap like that.

  41. Ernest Reed

    “Pierre needs help.”

    Its taken you this long to come to that conclusion, Global? Pierre has been in full melt mode the moment Wenger was deservedly booted out the door, and now the mere mention of his latest hero Mesut Ozil, in any negative portrayal , sends him off the deep end.

    If Pierre is an example of what one can look forward to in retirement…fuck me and all! Facepalm.

  42. Globalgunner

    Ernest. i learnt to skip by his posts and that of a few others, but I was really bored today. Serves me right.

  43. rollen

    lol P. Wenger and Gazidis brought Arsenal to where we are now. Both sold clubs soul for big $$$$. Why u looking at me?

  44. Graham62

    Global gunner

    Bloody hell, it’s turned into a Wenger fest today.

    Of course I’ll thrive on it. Of course I’ll give my pennies worth. Of course I’ll highlight things that some in here don’t like to hear and will never agree with.

    Yes, we became “a laughing stock” (became being the operative word). Ten years of success, followed by 12 years of steady and predictable decline. Those supporters in denial of this, are only kidding themselves.

    That’s my lot for today.

  45. Jim Lahey

    Worst individual mistake an Arsenal player has made that you can remember?!

    Bergkamp penalty miss in the 1999 FA CUp semi final.
    Gibb’s slip in CL semi final in 2009.
    Jen’s taking down Eto in the CL final 2006.
    Seaman being Lobbed in CWC final 95.

  46. Pierre

    Davey
    “I mostly read the post on here and occasionally post but sure to correct if I’m wrong (sure you will) most of your time and posts on here seem to be centered on bumming Ozil up do they not?”

    I would stick to just reading if I were you if that is the best you can come up with .

    Can guarantee you that posters like Receding, graham ,.cesc.appeal.,marko etc comment on Ozil more than I do .

    I just like to correct the know nothings occasionally…

  47. Jim Lahey

    Its odd.. I have totally forgotten that we got to a European Final last year. have completely wiped it from my memory ha!

  48. Jim Lahey

    I can add another to the list..

    Cesc trying to backheel a ball in front of our box which lead to Barca scoring againsts us in the last 16 of the CL.

  49. Jim Lahey

    @Marc –

    Apologies!!

    I can remember watching it on TV as a kid with my dad! Being an Arsenal fan has aways been tough!

  50. Marc

    Jim

    Flew out that morning, in a bar in Paris by 9.30, a strip club by 12.30 I then managed to sober up a bit for the match – wished I hadn’t!

  51. Uwot?

    Too many to mention Jim.sepecially with coco Almunia.in a league of his own with f** k ups.makes hacker & musthaveafuckup positively Clean.you left out kozzer against the brummies another howler.oh so many over wingers last decade.i could weep….

  52. Ernest Reed

    “I just like to correct the know nothings occasionally…”

    With your version of revisionist history. You are as predictable as you are depressing, Pierre.

  53. Jim Lahey

    Uwot –

    I also compelety forgot that happened and it reminded me of another Koscielny classic moment, kicking the ball into his own face to allow Antoine Griezmann to go on and score against us in the EL semi final two seasons ago!

  54. raptora

    Clichy penalty vs Birmingham in 2008. The year we could have realistically became champions. It all ended on that day. Saddest thing is that it wasn’t even a penalty. But Clichy running away of the ball when the ball is literally in his possession… Man, it hurt like shiet. We had to do better in Eduardo’s sake.