BORING, BORING, ARSENAL

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Sometimes, the narrative isn’t about you… it’s about your noisy neighbors.

Arsenal beat AFC Bournemouth. It was so professional and cutting. I’d call it pleasant/boring. You know the afternoons I’m talking about. Invincibles era vs Derby. A surefire three points. Second gear into town to pick up a paper on a Sunday.

… you know who wanted a day like that? Manchester City. They lost 2-1 to Wolves. Their xG was less than 1. Wolves scored two off of 0.5 xG. It was DELICIOUS.

… you know who else wanted a day like ours? Erik Ten Having-a-mare. A manager who definitely took the ketchup out of the player canteen has slumped from crisis to crisis since finishing the season in the top 4 through sheer luck. Now his brand of football is on the struggle bus. His tenure there has entered a death spiral. Players are leaking, journalists are ganging up, his tenure looks dead… and losing his 4th game of the season to Palace really did not help this vibe.

Arsenal didn’t care for drama – they just did the job.

Eddie won a penalty – Odegaard finished with a sputtery Jorginho-style run.

Saka scored the second when he was first to the Jesus header that hit the post.

Odegaard won the next penalty in the second half, but instead of taking it himself, he gave it to Kai Havertz who scored his first goal in something silly like 17 Premier League games.

The fourth came so late in the game I’d already switched over to the City game to see what was going down. Martin Odegaard flew a lovely freekick into the Bournemouth box, the only player who challenged was Ben White who saw his looping header slip into the top corner.

4-0.

Easy.

There were some really nice bits.

I loved that the team rallied around Kai Havertz. You saw firsthand how the players feel about him. They know he’s a top pro, they rate him, and they can see he’s in a confidence rut. If you’ve slandered him recently, I hope you felt a pang of guilt. These guys on the pitch are human like you and me… sometimes you just need a bit of support. I loved how good the away fans were to him. All love out there.

David Raya got the nod despite Ramsdale having a sound game in the week. The Spaniard was excellent. His passing went from 66% against Spurs to 87%. Joe Willock doesn’t hit those numbers. He made one really excellent save down low where he held the ball. It just felt like the sort of strike Aaron might have palmed into danger. It was a basic game, but he did well. We need to see him on a run before we can truly judge… perhaps City will tell us more.

Declan Rice had another really good performance. I told you last week Arteta was making pointed comments to the player about flaking out after his back injury that wasn’t a back injury. Arteta expects his players to be beasts. Declan wasn’t last week when he flounced out of the Spurs game. This week, he dominated on every level. He’s just a brilliant player. He controlled the midfield, he was aggressive, he was ballerina-like, he opened the game up, and he didn’t let anything get past him. It was a MONSTER performance.

… now imagine Partey next to him for City?

The star of the day was our defense. We look so solid with our key men fit. Saliba and Gabriel are frightening. They looked scary. They play scary. They are forming such a monster partnership. The big test is Haaland next week – but for me, these two are a Hollywood pairing.

There was only one sour note to speak of – Bukayo Saka hobbling off with an injury

>>>>>>>>>>> COULD IT BE A CONSPIRACY BETWEEN ARTETA AND BUKAYOR TO THROW SENOR PEP INTO BELIEVING THE STARBOY IS OUT NEXT WEEK?

Maybe.

But most likely not.

Arteta should have prioritized resting Saka. He took Eddie off. A player who won’t play much over the next few weeks. Saka’s injury, if it’s serious, is on Mikel. You could say hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I think most Arsenal fans have been calling this injury for weeks. Our best player doesn’t have a legit back-up. That is so problematic for our season.

But let’s lean on hope. Saka is good at taking himself off. We’ve seen this move before. It’s not a bad injury until the .com tells us so.

Still, let’s be positive. We have City next week after they lost to Newcastle and Wolves. Martinelli and Partey COULD be back for that game. Finally, we have a fit squad to choose from against our biggest enemy. We’re also 1 point off City. It is wild to think that just a few weeks ago I was defending Arteta’s right to rotate players – now we could go top if we beat City. Remember the catastrophists who get it wrong over and over again about Arsenal.

Right, that’s me done. I’m writing this after a 19-hour day – it’s not my best work, so I’ll be back with something better a bit later.

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Bertie

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Tr4phy

NORG

everyone still in bed?

zaco

go for it

zaco

here you go

zaco

boom

Sergei

“Saka scored the second when he was first to the Jesus header that hit the post.” – Saka scored the first goal, second was the penalty by Odegaard

zaco

the game was already won, Saka should have been the first to be substituted but no, Arteta chose to be Arteta with his poor management of players’ fitness. i hope the injury is nothing serious.

TeeCee

It will be a big blow if we’re missing Saka and Jesus against City. Arteta really does need to rest these guys ASAP in games we’re dominating. It’s a real weak link in his make-up.
Ode really turns the screw against’smaller’ teams but often goes missing in the big games..,.. I’m looking for him to be much more involved against City too…… What team plays against Lens in midweek?

Mulerise14

Na we dey run things

Pierre

TeeCee “Ode really turns the screw against’smaller’ teams but often goes missing in the big games..,.. I’m looking for him to be much more involved against City too……” It is true that Odegaard’s best games were against PSV and Bournemouth، both 4-0 victories in which the game was over before the hour mark. Now there are 2 ways of looking at this and it’s probably a matter of opinion as to who is correct 1) Did we win convincingly against PSV and Bournemouth due to Odegaard playing at his best ، or 2) Did Odegaard turn it on when we… Read more »

Matt

Good post overall Pedro. Although I’m not sure they gave Havertz the penalty because they rate him, quite the opposite.

Still, it was a great gesture and hopefully it will give him some of platform.

Pierre

City are there for the taking next week، they go to leipzeg on Wednesday، a tough game that could see them suffer their 3rd defeat on the bounce…

I can see us dominating city next week if we retain our composure، Odegaard should start v city because we will dominate the ball.

Useroz

[From previous post] Guns Strictly. ESR wasn’t on the pitch yet so kinda a moot point though can understand your concern about the risk of Havertz missing the pen under the circumstance….. 2 up is always precarious and we all have vivid and probablypainful memory of those… can think of 4 in recent months … The gesture and intent is noble howeve carries with it some risk. God forbids, Bournemouth fluked a goal and oops… Just hope it’s calculated risk taken by our Captain . At that point, tbf, it didn’t look as though Bournemouth had anything in their tank… Read more »

TR7

Odegaard always looks imperious against weak teams. We all know he won’t look half as good against City when we play them on the weekend.

Useroz


Saka scored the second when he was first to the Jesus header that hit the post.”

Seems like saka got our 1st goal … must be the bore… 🤔

zaco

October 2023 people still think Odegaard only turns up against small teams.
my question is this,
would you want to see Odegaard drop to bench against big teams? who do you think is better to take his play against the big teams?

Useroz

Havertz broke the duck after not scoring in 20 league games…

TheLegendaryDB10

Pedro: But let’s lean on hope. Saka is good at taking himself off. We’ve seen this move before. It’s not a bad injury until the .com tells us so. Saka didn’t take himself off in self preservation. Saka looked really uncomfortable and the physio was looking very adamant when talking in his microphone that Saka needed to go off. It will be interesting to see what the actual news re Saka will be. If there is one person who should be hoping, this will be Arteta hoping he didn’t fuck up too badly. Arteta has a massive blind eye on… Read more »

zaco

who in this league playing in the same position as Odegaard would anyone like to swap with him? if you can’t swap him with anyone that plays in the same position as him why then do i see people complain?

Northbanker

“Odegaard always looks imperious against weak teams. We all know he won’t look half as good against City when we play them on the weekend.”

What a ridiculous point. You are quite simply not going to get as much time on the ball against Man City as you are against Bournemouth.

Honestly I wonder if some of the clueless posters on here have ever played football?

Northbanker

I’m delighted Havertz scored even if not from open play

I can see some of the work he does in midfield although still
concerned about how slow he appears to be. It’s such a pivotal position we really all need this to work. ESR offers a very different type of game and tactically we need both options against different teams as the season progresses

Vieira remains an option for Saka btw as well as the Havertz role

Guns of Hackney

City will go 4 clear next week so no real damage done in their shock loss.

We however are picking up injuries like a bastard.

Guns of Hackney

Odegarde is a flat tracker. We do all know this from previous big games where he hides in the shadows flicking legs out at imaginary balls. Against relegation fodder, he’s a Viking.

Samesong

I love Odegaard. Maybe he’s slightly off form. Alot of pressure on his shoulders captain of Arsenal.
City and United fans love Odegaard by the way. I see him having a big game against City.

Pierre

Zaco “who in this league playing in the same position as Odegaard would anyone like to swap with him? if you can’t swap him with anyone that plays in the same position as him why then do i see people complain?” Horses for courses ، it should be all about the team not about any one player. If it would suit the team to have a player or players in midfield who are physically stronger so we dominate games against tougher opposition then I see no reason why the manager can’t mix it about a little ، especially as he… Read more »

kjelli

Saka and Jesus rested for Lens, Kai and ESR with Eddie and Reiss..the game was controlled and
professional from AFc.

Bob N16

Guns, are you a Viking on line and a damp squib in real life?

Bob N16

What is great at the moment is our defence and I include Rice in that group. Looking forward to seeing Partey and Rice together in midfield.

Pierre

Bob
Let’s hope Arteta keeps the triangle of Saliba، Gabriel and Rice and doesn’t feel the urge to mess around with what for me is the strongest we have had in that area for 18 years.

TheLegendaryDB10

Zaco/ Northbank

I think ESR is meant to be Øde’s replacement for tougher games where teams will be more compact and attempt to suffocate the midfield.

ESR’s ability to be more direct and to commit players through dribbles and get past the deep block is Arteta’s ace in his sleeve for this.

It is now just a case of getting ESR match fit and ready for these games as he will be excellent for breaking these deadlocks and getting behind the players for that killer pass to Saka / Martinelli.

G

Ode can’t decide who t the n boy g games bla bla bla.. they said the same about Henry at one point…

As for not resting Saka.. wonder how often Salah got rested in the season they won it

Bob N16

Agreed Pierre, wouldn’t swap those three for any other PL combination( City obviously well stocked!)

Bob N16

Hope Trossard and Vieira get decent minutes against Lens. I’d stick Saka on the bench ( if fit!). Have no idea why Arteta chose not to sub him at 3-0.

Raulishuss

Pierre and tr7 absolute clueless cunts. Ode scored home and away against Chelsea, scored against spurs, assist against Liverpool, scored against United this season. Question is, what is a big team these days? I wonder if these two no nothing’s were counting the amount of chances ode created yesterday as they are so willing to write him off at every turn

Josip Skoblar

Pool were horribly robbed by VAR yesterday. It is so shocking that I feel for them.

Chrispy

GOH just fuck off will ya.

Useroz

While an okay backup striker , Eddie isn’t a part of our spine surely ? Hope not anyway…

psuedo warrior

What a performance from the Arsenal. Love watching us play away from home and this has been a strong point for almost 14 months now. Which isn’t easy to do in this League.

Hopefully we give a good account of ourselves at the Etihad, the one place we look we look mentally beat before a ball is kicked

Useroz

Media reports Saka suffers a “pretty bad knock”…

Saka off at 76″ where he could have been rested from 55″” after we went 3 ahead.

A full 21 minute delay in critical decision making in game…

Useroz

*limped* off

Samesong

It is so shocking that I feel for them.

No, No, No Pool would be laughing at arse if the same happened to them. Remember their fans are already thinking that they will finish above us.

Samesong

*would be laughing at us if the same happened.

Josip Skoblar

After a disastrous start, RC Lens won its last two Ligue 1 games and drew in Sevilla. They are playing well again. They are no mugs and Artera should play a strong team. What is more, RC Lens has the best supporters in France (55,000 for a town of 30,000 inhabitants). . It is a very noisy crowd.

Pierre

P.warrior
“Hopefully we give a good account of ourselves at the Etihad, ”
.
It will make little difference as we are playing at home

AFC Forever

Raulishuss Everyone has the right to be wrong, TR7 & Pierre clearly don’t see what everybody else does. But that’s not the issue for. What I find weird about this blog is the need to ignore great results & performance and just attack players. Happened after the Everton & PSV wins, it’s a recurring theme on this blog. I’m not sure it’s about winning, it seems to be more about peddling grudges or agendas. So much good to talk about but some choose instead to come on here and spend the day digging out players, it is truly bizarre. Only… Read more »

Pierre

AFC
“But that’s not the issue for. What I find weird about this blog is the need to ignore great results & performance and just attack players. ”

Probably a good idea to read my comments before agreeing with with the juvenile، abusive Raulishuss.
The only attack I’ve seen on players the last 24 hours is constant attack on Eddie with Havertz coming a close 2nd.

AFC Forever

Pierre

None of our players deserve that. We’re producing good results and that’s a team effort. I don’t understand these silly agendas against players. Eddie had a really strong game yesterday & Havertz is starting to look more confident.

Next week is a big test. They’re weaker without Rodri, how ironic the shoe is on the other foot in that respect. Key for me is what we do for the Lens game because City need to be put to the sword like the weakened animal they are.
We

Markymark

Bob – I suspect GOH is all talk little action. Simply from his protestations that he lives some rock and roll wild existence. More a wish fulfillment . The negative vibe over Arsenal wins and the consistent predictions of disaster are almost Lord Haw Haw like. He can’t be happy

Gommit

I was really impressed with ESR cameo yesterday. He was unlucky not to score, I think he will be starting games soon based on the trajectory of his and Kai’s form. I have nothing against Kai apart from his transfer fee and salaries which puts him higher in the food chain than his performances justify. He should be playing from the bench and get fight for his place. It is great to be in the place we are in.. Arguing who should start and who needs to be subbed earlier.. Much better than discussion about how to replace 70% of… Read more »

Bob N16

Who knows MarkyMark, but I guess we should all try and keep a perspective and recognise that this is a stream and it’s not all that important. Guns recognises this and plays on people who possibly take things too seriously.

Nigel Tufnel

TR7: “Arsenal signed Harvertz for 65M so that he could help us. .Right now it looks like Arsenal have paid 65M to help Harvertz.”. -Actually a clever comment. I don’t agree of course,, but still respect the thought well expressed. . I don’t care much about Havertz lack of goals so far.., and as a midfielder I think he’s doing a fine job, and I’m sure goals and assists are coming soon too. I defend him every day. — but I am disappointed that after 6 or so starts, Kai still seems a bit shy to impose himself in the… Read more »

Karsa

I seem to remember Ode having a great game away at Newcastle last season, one among many.

Not sure what some people watch at times.

Bob N16

Gommit, I’m no Havertz expert but clearly Arteta, Edu and the rest saw something in his skillset that would, if rehabilitated, serve the team well. I must admit I would have spent the chunk of change elsewhere but I am beginning to see the player that hopefully will become a significant upgrade on Xhaka. The way he was both given the penalty and the obvious shared joy he and his teammates exhibited when he scored, makes me start to hope that there is a lot more improvement to come and a player who had been stuttering elsewhere can come to… Read more »

AFC Forever

Nigel “Besides the incredible pressing and ball recovery stats for Ødegaard that AFCforever listed on Friday, and some other stats and observations…..What a class act our Captain is.” He epitomizes class. His leadership skills are natural because he’s one of those decent humans. The way he presents himself is so impressive. Like Saka, he’s grounded and humble. The way he helped Sagoe was impressive & yesterday the Havertz thing was pure selflessness and doing what he thought was best for the team. We are very lucky to have a young team of players we can feel so attached to, they’re… Read more »

Bob N16

It’s a small thing but I know myself and others appreciate it- Odegaard is always the last player out on the pitch, whatever the result, making a point of clapping the fans the whole way around the stadium. Respect!

Tom

The Havertz Reclamation Project in full swing then, even players are in on it.
Giving him the chance to score from a pen was disgusting to see, and the celebrations afterwards even worse.
Dissenter probably threw up in his mouth watching this embarrassment and rightly so.
If Arsenal are a family, Havertz is the retarded kid everyone’s trying to make feel good.
I was shocked he didn’t fall in the run up or or put it in the row Z.

Ernest Reed

“ Pool were horribly robbed by VAR yesterday. It is so shocking that I feel for them.‘ The entire match was horribly officiating, nothing will get done, it never does. Howard Webb was supposed to clean up the gross ineptitude but in all honesty it’s hard to do, especially one one considers that Webb too is part of the overall problem. Comfortable win for Arsenal, which’s asks an obvious question – why were red zone players left on longer than was necessary? Said it before and will continue to harp on the obvious, Arteta’s man-management deficiency is going to kill… Read more »

AFC Forever

Bob N16

“Ryder cup’s going well ( if you’re not from USA!”

Yep you have to take your hat off to the Europeans……!

Ernest Reed

Nice gesture on the team’s part to try to prop up Havertz’s confidence. Sad and yet troubling that it has to take something like this to try to wake him out of his perpetual slumber. Anyone that thinks this is going to wake him up has not been watching his performances over the last three seasons. This is Kai Havertz, best get used to it, he really is this indifferent a player.

Raulishuss

attack players. ”Probably a good idea to read my comments before agreeing with with the juvenile، abusive Raulishuss.
The only attack I’ve seen on players the last 24 hours is constant attack on Eddie with Havertz coming a close 2nd.

Your defense then is to attack ode? Make sense then. Like I said you’re an obsessive no nothing. Nothing changes

Tom

The “significant human error “ from the Spurs/Pool game actually happened before the game, when someone made a very large bet Poil were going to lose there for the first time in the new stadium and refs just did their best to remedy the situation.

Muppetman

Against City if Partey is fit he has to play next to Rice, we need that strength in midfield.

Northbanker

Full twat comment from Tom “Giving him the chance to score from a pen was disgusting to see, and the celebrations afterwards even worse.”

There really are some ridiculous comments on here from Spurs fans with nothing better to do than troll Arsenal forums.

Of all the comments on Odegaard I would like to give a massive shout out for the incredible piece of captainship shown in the game, by getting Kai to take that penalty. It was a huge call at a vital moment in the match and demonstrates the sheer positive mentality that Ode brings to this team

Belfast Gooner

I too loved that the team rallied around Kai Havertz. That’s what team mates and colleagues are supposed to do. At school we had a lad called Eric. When he had to run the 800m it took him about three and a half minutes. We all cheered him on and gave him a pat on the back for his efforts because we all liked him. But it was nothing to do with ability or because we rated him. And it didn’t make any difference to his ability. I haven’t slandered Havertz. Like it or not he’s a Gooner so I… Read more »

Northbanker

Partey has been out for a few weeks . Is bringing him on from the start against City that wise? Any other time I’d agree.

Marko

Them letting Havertz take the penalty is a pretty obvious indication that they know that he’s struggling badly and are hoping it’s a confidence issue and him scoring will help alleviate it. I think it’s a he’s not an 8 issue and a pen against Bournemouth when you’re two up doesn’t really fix that.

Biggest thing about yesterday is again how bad Arteta is at managing the team during the match. Literally takes an injury to Saka before he eventually takes him off. 3-0 up and Rice plays 81 minutes as well. He’s got a real issue with subs

Northbanker

BG – I. don’t disagree and fear the same too especially given how slow he is. However if somehow his confidence can be repaired then he should have the ability to be a great link player and a real threat in the box.

Huge gamble for 65m and I’m just hoping for the best. Each time I’m at the stadium I will be cheering him on and will learn that new song

Belfast Gooner

I hear you Northbanker. I just don’t think the issue is about confidence, it feels more like suitability and capability. I hope I’m wrong. Also I can’t believe he never had arms around his shoulder and lots of support from his managers and team mates at the Chavs. Each time I’m at the stadium I will be cheering and encouraging him.

Pierre

Nigel All I read from you is your disappointment with Havertz offensively، I would say that is a fair enough point to make ، some would call it ” shitting on a player ” ، in fact it would be you who calls it ” shitting on a player” If you don’t agree with what has been said.. If someone(me) is disappointed with Odegaard’s lack of creativity this season it is no different to you being disappointed with Havertz offensively If a creative player up until yesterday hadn’t created one big chance all season with no assists then it is… Read more »

Josip Skoblar

Leave Havertz alone. He scored (a pen). That still does not make him a good or influential player. Far from it. But let’s leave him alone. We are on a winning streak and, in the end, it is all that matters. COYG!

Bob N16

Northbanker, I’m fairly sure Tom was betraying his taste in humour with those comments. He’s more than likely smiling to himself, knowing that you ‘fell for it’. No way Partey is playing next week. He’s been out for weeks and not been reported anywhere on the training pitches, either on his own or with the squad. The hope all along was after the next international break. Marko ‘struggling badly’. – he has been ok in the last couple of games. Confidence is what he’s particularly lacking in and by been shown the confidence in him by his captain, taking a… Read more »

Tom

“Full twat comment from Tom “Giving him the chance to score from a pen was disgusting to see, and the celebrations afterwards even worse.””

Northbanker wait, no pushback on the “retarded” part ?

Un

If someone(me) is disappointed with Odegaard’s lack of creativity this season it is no different to you being disappointed with Havertz offensively
If a creative player up until yesterday hadn’t created one big chance all season with no assists then it is a fair enough point to say he should take a few more risks with the ball.

Pierre
He made 3 goals and scored one yesterday…
Twice the goals of Nketiah this season whos played every game bar one as our striker this season

Pierre

Belfast gooner
” In 7 PL games that was his(Havertz) only shot on target. He’s provided no assists, achieved no through balls and not created any big chances. For the team to succeed”

Fair point ، our no.8’s should be creating more

Un

2 goals in 9 starts for Eddie

4 goals in 9 starts for Odegaard

Bob N16

Pierre, why do so often cheapen your ‘compliment’ with a qualification? fourth goal nonsense. So often Odegaard is integral in a team goal even if he didn’t get an ‘assist’ for the final pass. Your begrudging respect comes across as a little petty and agenda driven. Consider our first goal yesterday, a beautiful floated cross which Jesus headed against the bar for Saka to finish. Or even the third goal where he got fouled for a clear penalty, just as he was about to shoot. I think you sometimes try and ‘find an angle’ that you hope will make you… Read more »

Un

Pierre
If Eddie was more aware of the balls being played to him yesterday or could actually control them then Odegaard might get more assists
His flick over the defence was a thing of beauty
Shame Eddie was running around a lot and not watching where the ball was

Pierre

Un
“He(Odegaard)made 3 goals and scored one yesterday”

Comedian

Un

Bob

He’s doing it to try to frame Ozil and Nketiah more positively
Eddie is a hard working dud
Ozil was a lazy useless wanker with a terrible attitude

Pierre

Un
“His flick over the defence was a thing of beauty”

Tried the wrong type of pass، what I would is say why try a clever flick over the defence when a simple Pass to feet would have been suffice، it lobbed meakly into the keepers hands.

Un

Pierre

If you’re claiming Eddie winning a penalty as an assist then Odegaard made 3 goals yesterday
Won the pen
His pass to far post makes the first
His cross to white creates the fourth
????
What didn’t you understand

Un

Pierre
Yeah cos Eddie ran away from it
Rvp or Adebayor would have took that flick with one touch
Eddie not arsenal level
That’s Forrest level
Running around a lot

Pierre

Odegaard was superb yesterday as he was against PSV، a joy to watch and to cap it all he had an(one) assist….Here’s to many more.

Grouvillegooner

I have to agree with Belfast Gooner on Havertz. When we are told “to go and watch the game again” to see his contributions this always seems to me to be dodgy territory, much as I hope he proves us wrong. But can’t agree with the “Odegaard does not turn up in the big games” observations. When you play City etc you are never going to have as much of the ball and the opposition is just more difficult to play against. Djokovic does not win grand slam finals 3-0 but he might win the first two rounds like that.… Read more »

Pierre

Un
You’re only winding yourself up and trying yourself in knots ، try winding up someone who is more gullible ..

Un

64,65,67 mins
Eddie wastes three opportunities because he can’t trap the ball
He has the touch of a r@pist
His right foot is like a pin ball machine
The ball comes and just bounces away from
Him

Bob N16

I think Eddie is close to being of sufficient standard to be a back up striker for a top 4 team. He just needs to finish off more clinically. Some of his running, dribbling, approach work is top quality but he’s not putting enough half chances away. His own frustration has been obvious at various times this season where he’s had a good sight of goal but has failed to finish.

Un

Mike Tyson’s right hand is softer than Eddie’s first touch
If Eddie directed his first touch towards goal he’d score more often

Un

Bob
His first touch is awful
Didn’t you watch yesterday
So many simple passes just bounce off him
Then when he actually used his pace and energy to good effect and beats their defence he falls
Over because his touch was too heavy and he pushed it too far from himself

AFC Forever

Bob

“….sometimes try and ‘find an angle’ that you hope will make you appear some sort of footballing sage.”

More footballing knowledge in a pack of sage and onion crisps. Honestly, some of the crap he comes out with about Odegaard you would struggle to find on a Spud blog.

His opinion will never change until he moves on from blaming Odegaard for replacing Ozil. That’s what his terrible opinions are based on, not because he’s anti-Arsenal like some of our friendly trolls.

Bob N16

Pierre, does it again, ‘compliment’ followed by qualification to leave the impression that Odegaard is not quite of a standard. Interesting how such high standards are not directed at Eddie as well. I wonder why that is?

Sorry I’m boring myself now…

Un

1)first goal v forest
2) the winner v palace( winning the penalty)
3) the 2nd goal v fulham to give us the lead.
4) the winner v Brentford (assist for nelson)
5)2nd goal v Bournemouth (winning another penalty)Who can argue with those telling contributions، he certainly isn’t a player who looks to pad his stats، not that I’m accusing anyone else of doing so before Raulishuss starts throwing childish expletives in my direction. .

Pierre
Yeah
Dirk Kuyt would be super impressed

Pierre

Un
“His first touch is awful
Didn’t you watch yesterdaySo many simple passes just bounce off him”

Last 2 games 51 passes with a 96% pass completion …pretty good for someone who can’t control the ball and has a heavy touch

Un

Eddie should be arsenal no9
He wins a penalty every 4.5 games

Un

Pierre
Even Stevie wonder could pass 5 yards in this team
But no no you’re right
Eddie should start
He makes 25 passes per game and gets the odd penalty
Baller

Bob N16

Un, I watched on a stream that was cutting out every few minutes. I wasn’t really referring specifically to yesterday, it was more of an overall picture this season.

My other issue is that with Martinelli and Trossard not fit to start, Jesus gets shifted onto the wing. Not saying he can’t play there but he’s a significant upgrade on Eddie when he plays in the middle.

Marko

Odegaard was superb yesterday as he was against PSV، a joy to watch and to cap it all he had an(one) assist….Here’s to many more.

You’re a funny guy Pierre I seem to remember back in the day when the assists dried up for Ozil you’d make arguments about his chance creation and it wasn’t his fault the strikers weren’t finishing them.

It’d be painful to watch a grown man struggle to let go of his fish eyed man crush after all these years if it wasn’t so comical.

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