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Arsenal put on a clinic on a Stoke-themed wet and windy afternoon at The Emirates. The 2-1 scoreline didn’t do justice to a punishing first-half. We hit the post twice, had some outrageous chances, and reduced the adventurism of Wolves most of the game giving them a meager 6 attempts at our goal.

Some folk will talk about the disappointment of not killing a game that was begging to be slaughtered, others might say the first half was a good indicator that the narrative of our ‘control phase’ being anti-attacking-fluidity, might need to be revisited.

The first half posession-wise was a hot butter knife on a Kerry Gold factory line. Wolves lined up to deep block us all afternoon, but we had other ideas. There was no hangover from midweek, we got back on the confidence juice and went into action with aggression, power, and precision. We were two goals up inside 12 minutes. The first showed that Bukayo Saka is serious about shifting up into 4th gear. He improvised a clever toe-poke through a crowd of players, both he and Jesus navigated between packs of 4, the Brazilian using his body weight before letting Tomi slide Saka back in for a low strike under the keeper. Sumptuous. A goal that ChatGPT would create if you asked it to show you modern Arsenal.

The second was just as delicious. Declan Rice pinged a switch to Saka. Saka beat his man and crossed to the back post finding Zinchenko. The Ukranian played a one/two with Jesus then dragged his cutback to Martin Odegaard who swept his trademark first-time shot past Jose Sa.

Arsenal has tagged itself back into the attacking fluency game with a bang. The 6-0 win in the week might have been against fumbling opposition, but the job it did for squad belief cannot be underestimated. Wolves have been taking praise all season for their resilience and some bad luck with poor calls. That wasn’t an easy afternoon and they’ve had all week to strategize against us. We battered them.

The intensity certainly dropped off in the second half, but we only let them back in on paper. It wasn’t like we were under assault. But it is worth pointing out that once again, the team was a victim of a Zinchenko late-game blackout moment. He gave the ball away in an unnecessary moment and we were killed by Cunha who hit a screamer past Raya. A man of Zini’s technical ability and experience shouldn’t be doing that. These moments tend to come late, which makes me wonder if it’s fitness-related. Whatever the cause, it does my head in, and I can’t imagine Arteta hasn’t noticed.

The only other minor complaint was seeing Eddie get one vs one and strike the post. It’s a marginal miss, but still a miss. Those moments in a Champions League quarter-final can really cost you. I want to see Eddie Gunnar Solskjaer out there and we’re not getting that regularly enough. Last season, we could blame the lack of minutes, you can’t this season.

3 points is really all that matters. We’re still top of the league, our goal difference is within 2 of Manchester City, and we look like we’ve found a new level in a month that can be crucial in the title race.

The week ahead is going to be critical – Luton Town on Tuesday followed by a monster game against title-challenging Aston Villa away from home. Unai Emery has to contend with Manchester City on Wednesday, so we’ll get a sneak peak for what he has planned for us. Our Luton away game, thankfully means the players will be back in bed nice and early so they can make that extra day count.

The Premier League worked some magic for us as well. Erik Ten Haag, who I was told was a messiah, crashed to Newcastle. The football is horrible, the signings have been attrocious, and for all the ‘look at how quickly he implemented an identity’ talk… I cannot see one. They’re in the top three for shots conceded. Their £85m summer signing Rasmus Hojland still hasn’t scored a Premier League goal. Rashford has gone from outrageously world class to uninterested. It is absolutely delicious.

Spurs plays Manchester City tomorrow… and Ange Impostercoglu is getting tetchy in the media.

Good times people. Good times.

Finally, let’s end on some transfer gossip. Word on the street is Newcastle want to move in on Aaron Ramsdale this January and after they lost Nick Pope to an injury, that might give them less time to flap around negotiating a tiny fee. I like that Newcastle want him because that means the fee will at least match what we paid for him and we’ll not see him go out on loan first. Interesting that Chelsea might also be in for Nick Pope as well, another odd move if you ask me for a club that like to play out of the back… or at least have the players to do it.

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Zinny is not the most athletic player on the team. He has defensive lapses in the second half because he is slow to react. Arteta should have subbed him. He needs to have faith in Kiwior who has shown he can play in this league. Pep subs his players and even the bench feels it will contribute. Arteta is risk averse and his players either eventually have a performance drop in the second half or they break down.


Ernest spurs weren’t resilient when they lost 3 in a row

And if Haaland hadn’t had a very poor game it would’ve probably been 4 at a canter


I stand by my comment that this spurs team is like a wenger team in the final quarter of his tenure

There are good moments but it’s a bit brainless and incapable of competing for the big trophies. They didn’t even go through in the league cup

Guns of SF

2 subs at 91 mins is risk averse for sure. Zinny needs off when we made it to 65 mins

Guns of SF

I hope there is a ban for Haaland. Anything to do to help us.


I neglected to mention than Zinny’s lack of athleticism makes him tired earlier than the rest of the team, thus the defensive lapses.


@Guns of SF:

The Cheaters now have 116 charges 🙂 Have you seen the memes?

Guns of SF

I will look for the memes

Guns of SF

post a link



Don’t care what the reason was why Emi left the bottom line was talent spotting. Obviously Emi was the best we had in our GKs pool and that is what Mikel blew. How has his talent spotting for a world class GK worked out since then? Rúnarsson, Ryan, Turner, Ramsdale, Raya all GKs at one time brought in by Mikel and still no world class one that could be compared to Ederson, Allison, Emi.



Let Raya complete the season before judging him. That’s the proverbial hill Arteta has chosen. He could turn out to be world class, or at least better than the three you mentioned if our team wins the title.

You chose not to respond to my direct point, and I’ll respect that and leave it there, even though I stand behind what I typed earlier.


Spuds are garbage.

Liverpool ar home in fa cup. Not the best bit we can do it.


Martinez is not that good and surely not what Tets want from the keeper, also massive twat.
We are Brazilian team not Argentinian.


I don’t think zinchenkos lapses are related to tiredness because he’s always been inclined to make those in the first half as well

That’s not me bagging on him btw as he’s an important player, but I don’t think his mistakes are related to the timing


@Kpankulu “Martinez wanted guarantees that no manager worth his or her salt can or will give. Ergo, Martinez decided to leave and got the guarantees somewhere else.” Emi wanted to be the GK for Argentina for the WC which means he needed to play, the same situation Ramsdale is in now for Euro 2024 and we will see if he leaves in Jan or summer so he will be selected for England. Wanting to play so that you are selected for your country is a reasonable request and a manager worth his or her salt should make the decision on… Read more »


“We are Brazilian team not Argentinian.”

Got it, we couldn’t give a fuck about any talent in Argentina’s world cup winning squad.


Spurs blagged that unbeaten run They benefited from pretty much everyone they faced playing poorly (ourselves included) + they played mostly easy opposition. The moment they lost Maddison and opposition teams stopped rolling over to have their belly tickled their form nose dived They got a great result yesterday but truth be told City should’ve smashed them and been out of sight in the first half That is not a team that will be anywhere near the title race come May. It’s tactically gormless by putting ‘philosophy’ over intelligence. That can only work reliably if you have absolutely incredible team… Read more »


Like spurs literally could’ve conceded 4 in the first half alone

That’s poor by any definition of the word


‘ Got it, we couldn’t give a fuck about any talent in Argentina’s world cup winning squad.’

Whilst the guy was obviously joking – I don’t think aside from Messi there are many players in that Argentina team that walk into our starting 11.

It’s a collection of good players but not many players in that team I’d expect us to be losing much sleep over or offering crazy high transfer fees for

Guns of SF

I hope haaland gets a few games banning
Same with Lo Celso that cunt, grabbing the ref at the end. Like they are buddies or something? Fuck

PGMOL is on the war path, so do something about this. Otherwise City escapes again


The fact that Angie has no tactical flexibility is going to make them all the more doomed in the long run

When teams reliably know what traps to set and execute them with relative consistency, spurs are going to be living on a hope and a prayer that individual brilliance from players like Son and Maddison bails them out whilst getting unstuck with relative frequency much the way we used to in the latter wenger years


I watched the liverpool game as well and it has to be said the PL is having the most entertaining season ever I doubt any football league at the top end of Europe has come anywhere close to this level of entertainment in my lifetime (34 years old) Teams are ripping chunks out of each other every single weekend Red cards, goals left right and center, it’s fucking madness this season Son scored a hat trick of disallowed goals vs Newcastle, you can’t make that shit up City have one of the best defenses in the world but have conceded… Read more »


China1 – I know nothing about Ange and I read this yesterday. Apparently he a man of principle, there a correct way to play, and he sticks with it. —————- “In a weird way it all began with a pre-season friendly. The sort of game that tends to wipe itself from the memory as soon as it’s finished, sometimes even earlier. A sweltering July night in the Tokyo outskirts. Yokohama F Marinos v Manchester City at the Nissan Stadium for an entirely made-up trophy called the EuroJapan Cup. But in retrospect, it is the moment when a convivial Australian coach… Read more »


Some of the goals from range in the Liverpool and Fulham game were low percentage shots and don’t usually fly regularly.

Let’s see if Pool could maintain its attacking prowess in 2H of the season when other teams would have figured out (hopefully ) some counter measures, just like what they are doing to us this season with the low blocks etc.


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Spurs have been brilliant this season. They haven’t player poor teams, they made the teams poor. While their style is a bit naive, it’s enjoyable to watch and they really do bamboozle teams. No one really thinks they will fight for the league but a lot here predicted they will finish 10th and the likes. That was crazy commentary. Spurs have institutional advantage over many teams. That alone will make them finish in europa places which would have been a good season for them. Now given how they started, they will be dreaming of a top 4 finish and it’s… Read more »

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