FA Cup & Everyone’s A Critic…

Three of the FA Cup semifinalists are known with Chelsea likely to complete the quartet this evening. It’s a familiar feeling for us; every club wants to draw Arsenal. On current form, we’re the weakest of the four.

The nightmare is drawing Tottenham. Well, it’s a nightmare if we lose. They were unbearable in 1991 after Wembley but thankfully Tone ended that two years later. Imagine what they’d be like if we lost to them in the final; if you can, your mind is more warped than mine.

There isn’t much going on at present. The ever-reliable Bild apparently has another interview with Mesut Özil, who claims that it is “wrong” to say that he will only sign a new deal if Arsène stays. He, like everyone else, just wants to know what is happening.

Özil released an autobiography in Germany recently, and at the moment, it is planned to release the English language version in the future. Perhaps the publisher is waiting for the contract negotiations to end; it will be a different book for a renewal to a departure. Certainly a new chapter if he goes.

Talking Balls

Arsène himself questioned the impact of television punditry on the opinion of fans. Current standards continue to amaze me, dropping lower with each passing week.

Chris Sutton, having gone up in my estimation by making Robbie Savage look a complete and utter fool on BT’s poor man’s Soccer Saturday equivalent, proved to be obnoxious on Saturday. His was a voice which had to get up and milk the cows the following morning.

Arsène highlighted the Barcelona v PSG game last week,

For example, I watched the last 20 minutes of PSG v Barca again. It’s ­interesting when you see all the conclusions that come out of the game.

And the same people who spoke after the game said with 10 minutes to go that PSG was ­absolutely outstanding. Ten minutes later, they’re absolutely rubbish. People brainwash you with what they think is right.

I confess I switch off mentally from commentary. I must have done for that game; aside from the spell when PSG scored and were on top, they were castigated for being all over the shop. Still, there’s an online petition to have the game replayed. Without any hint of irony, a Real Madrid supporter believes Barcelona benefited from poor refereeing decisions.

You couldn’t make it up.

Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Wenger played the number of games card, as ever, but the interesting comments were about living in a bubble, and how players can’t ignore what was said. It applies to managers as well and it’s baffling to me that he wants to stay in a job where he so routinely feels underappreciated by supporters.

An interesting aspect of Saturday was his determination to focus on the first hour of the second leg, and take it out of context of the season. It was a decent effort, no question, but..you know the arguments.

“No matter what ­happens in the future you will always lose games. I can’t ­guarantee we will win all the games. We’re in the semi-final of the FA Cup. How many times have we been? You have to accept nothing is good enough, you have to live with that.”

Which underlines the pressure he feels. “Nothing is good enough” is a telling phrase and gives an insight into what he is thinking. Finishing with, “you have to live with that”, underlines how he compartmentalises the criticism he receives. I doubt many people would be prepared to stay in a job with the constant criticism yet he is impervious to the criticism.

It’s frightening that he thinks winning against non-league opposition shows that both himself and the squad are capable of moving up a level. 5 – 0 was the expected result, nothing more or less.

From the board’s point of view, the protests had a visual impact; Chips put his name to a statement which said nothing and added zero to the situation. Despite not losing the ticket prices, 10,000 or more empty seats probably brought a calculation from Ivan that at least £250,000 in matchday revenue had gone from the concessions, club shops and programme sales. It soon mounts up and focusses the sentiment toward the team as it stands.

Whether they do anything about it is another matter.

Dad’s Jukebox

1995 is the current playlist for Times of our Lives, with Britpop is in all pomp and glory. It was about to go downhill rather quickly…

’til Tomorrow.


73 thoughts on “FA Cup & Everyone’s A Critic…

  1. silvergunner says:

    Morning YW. To be honest winning the FA cup is Wengers only real hope of retaining any lingering support with the exception of the AKb’s.
    Most are resigned to the fate that he will sign again lets hope for his sake he does it on the back of winning the FA cup.

  2. andy1886 says:

    I’m convinced that we’ll get Chelsea, or the winner of the Chelsea United game at least (with Maureen’s record against Arsene it’s as good as drawing Chelsea anyway). City would be our best chance IMO, Pep like Arsene only knows one way top play so no tactical issues to worry about. Which leaves Spurs v City, in which case it’s a toss up who we’d get in the final if we prevail (again you’d have to take City given the choice).

    So if AW is relying on a cup win to justify an extension I think that the odds are not good. But it wouldn’t surprise me if the contract was already signed and the only delay was finding a suitable window of opportunity to announce it (which may well now be after the last game of the season to avoid any protests).

  3. Pete the Thirst says:

    Chris Sutton – a country boy with country ways.

  4. silvergunner says:

    He promised to let us know before the end of the season. But like you andy I think it will come after we know the destination of the FA Cup.

  5. andy1886 says:


    I think that he said he’d decide, which isn’t necessarily telling us what that decision is. He’ll tell the board, and as before they will mutually decide when to let us fans know (at a time that best suits them obviously). I seem to recall that last time around after the win against Hull it transpired that he had signed several weeks earlier than the official announcement.

  6. silvergunner says:

    🙁 well we just have to wait.
    On another note Petit has been weighing in saying we had a teriible summer transfer window and pint rob this as reasons for a troubles now, unfortunately he doesn’t say what was so bad about it.

  7. C says:

    Well done to Arsenal for getting into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, I honestly am not sure what to think. On current form I don’t see us beating of the others but then again, I could see us beating Citeh and Spuds. The one thing that was most evident for me was just how much difference confidence is for this team, with this team when they are confident they are capable but unlike some of the other big clubs, when they lack confidence they seem incapable of getting something from nothing.

  8. Jonny says:

    Good post, Yogi-san.

    Not to speak for others but, I get the feeling that we are all resigned to the fact that the decision has been made (he’s staying) and that it’s really more a question of ‘announcement timing’?

    Given that the board have made it clear the decision has a imminent timeframe AW is freed up from the responsibility of any end of season collapse. He can announce shortly and whatever will be, will be.

  9. Jonny says:

    For Damon’s eyes and sighs –

    “Romelu Lukaku:
    Vital contribution in the first goal, assisted the second and scored the third. The top goalscorer in the Premier League also has more assists than Eden Hazard, has created more chances than Juan Mata, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling and has completed more dribbles than Leroy Sane, Andros Townsend and Philippe Coutinho. Imagine if he wasn’t so lazy, eh?”

  10. Steve says:

    I would be 100% convinced, though absent of any obvious proof, that he has decided to stay and that he will do so.

    He appears to have become increasingly entrenched in recent weeks, belligerent almost, railing against what he sees as massive and decisive injustices against him and his team. Of course some or a lot of this has been the bulk standard managerial reaction to try and deflect attention.

    Thankfully he had to gift wrapped occasion of a home match v Lincoln at the weekend, 5 goals, none conceded, thank you. Forget the fact we were playing part-timers. Different proposition now with WBA all the same.

    Let’s be honest we are at this stage of the Cup on the back of Preston, a Southampton team with 8 changes and then two non-league sides, this is the first tough FA Cup match we have had. The only scenario I can foresee which will leave him with no option is an embarrassing defeat at Wembley which will again be portrayed as a rank inability of his team to play with the big boys.

    If he is unable to prepare his team correctly for that then his position may be untenable but then we as a club would have the period between April 22 and early June to secure a top level replacement. Is it conceivable that the directors are really allowing this situation or scenario to develop?

  11. Orson Kaert says:

    Good afternoon folks, does reaching the FA Cup semi-finals count as a trophy? The Last Four Trophy, has a certain ring about it.

  12. Damon says:

    You don’t need to convert me old bean!! 😉

    For Damon’s eyes and sighs –

    “Romelu Lukaku:
    Vital contribution in the first goal, assisted the second and scored the third. The top goalscorer in the Premier League also has more assists than Eden Hazard, has created more chances than Juan Mata, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling and has completed more dribbles than Leroy Sane, Andros Townsend and Philippe Coutinho. Imagine if he wasn’t so lazy, eh?”

  13. andy1886 says:

    Orson Kaert,


    As we’re no longer in the running for ‘Calendar Year Trophy’ winners we need a new one to pacify the lunatic fringe. That sounds like it will do nicely.

    As an aside I did just check the calendar year 2016 (transfer market.com actually have one) and surprisingly (for me at least) we are in exactly the same position – 5th behind Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd (surprisingly) and Spurs. We were level on points with City with a slightly better goal difference.

    If you want to know about 2017 we are currently 9th just behind United (who have played a game less) and ahead of Liverpool (who have played a game more). Top of the ‘table’? Everton and Spurs.

    Premier league results only (thank God!).

  14. alanG says:

    I think we need to remember how Arsenal lucked out in their last two FA triumphs – beating Wigan and Reading (!) barely just in the semis and then two bang average sides – Aston Villa and Hull in the finals.

    This time the big guns are paying more attention to the competition – to win this time we will have to win two matches against two of MAN U, MAN CITY, CHELSEA and TOTTENHAM – which considering we have won nil of the last twenty one games away v these teams, seems unlikely. If Arsenal do win the cup they will have to display the much talked about mental strength, grit, defensive nous and clinical finishing that seem threadbare in this team.

    If they manage it, it would be a statement of sorts, at least about the players. They should meet up in Koscielnys house themselves and try to work out a coherent plan and tactics for how to win the two matches. No point waiting for Wenger to enlighten them. The best case scenario is an FA cup as a parting present. Everything else will just continue the death by a thousand cuts…

  15. alanG says:

    With reference to earlier comments about Xhaka I’d love to know who scouted him the supposed 50 times we watch a player before we sign him (planting spy cameras to see what he has for breakfast / does he overexert himself with sexual activity etc.)

    “Yes Boss we have identified the midfield anchor you have looked for – he’s not cheap but has a lovely left foot. He could do with some work on his tackling technique and he can’t run very fast but I’m sure that you can improve him as you have all the players like Coquelin, Walcott, Ramsey, Wiltshire, Oxlade, Gabriel, Gibbs.

  16. consolsbob says:

    I’ve just tripped over the bar.

    Bloody dangerous having it so low, someone should do something about it.

  17. Wavey says:

    Still looking good for highest ranking by a PL team beginning with the letter A. AFC Bournemouth are really going to have to play out of their skins for the rest of the season if they hope to pip us for that trophy.

  18. Wavey says:

    Wenger is also up for the award for ‘Best manager who’s first name sounds a bit like the club he manages’.

  19. Jonny says:

    Oh I know that, it’s just I saw the jerry can there brimming with petrol and…

    You don’t need to convert me old bean!!

  20. Dukey says:

    Well done arsene for getting into the semi finals. And well done to those that managed to brush their teeth and leave the house this morning.

  21. Orson Kaert says:


    I thought for a moment that you had tripped over IN the bar, it’s happened to the best of us I’m sure.

  22. C says:

    I’m not sure whether or not he is leaving and at this point I wouldn’t be surprised either way but the one thing that I think the one thing for sure would see him sign is if we won the FA Cup this year because Arsenal would have to beat two of the Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Spuds. He would be signing his contract as the players are walking up the steps to get the trophy and by the time Kos is hoisting it the ink would have dried.

  23. Bufallo says:

    “And the same people who spoke after the game said with 10 minutes to go that PSG was ­absolutely outstanding. Ten minutes later, they’re absolutely rubbish. People brainwash you with what they think is right.”

    Sorry Arsene, who was saying this, nobody was saying PSG were outstanding with ten minutes to go, they were just about getting away with it. He talks nonsense constantly who needs to be influenced by tv punditry when the whole world can see the quite obviously very average and increasingly messy job you’ve doing for years….it’s all there for you to see yourself old fruit, failure after failure in the league, europe and transfer malarkey, year after year after year. And in exactly the same way.
    The only silver lining is Arsene isn’t a politician otherwise he’d be truly terrifying. Mr Confirmation Bias.
    He certainly isn’t talking like a man about to retire, he seems offended by anyone questioning him, despite his extremely questionable recent record, he acts like he has won the league and CL several times in the last five years. He’s certainly won the job jackpot.
    We lucked two recent fa cups and have had two absurdly easy ties this year. I rate our chances of actually progressing to the final very limited, let alone winning it. It’s very thin straws he’s clutching at, like chasing dandelions.

  24. andy1886 says:

    “I’m not sure whether or not he is leaving and at this point I wouldn’t be surprised either way ”

    Well, it’s going to be a dull day in the C household when the announcement comes 😉 If he wins the cup I’m sure that he’ll already have a copy safely tucked in his back pocket, maybe even longer then the two years suggested (last time we were told it was two years and it turned out to be three).

  25. andy1886 says:


    Yeah, I noticed that too. He also gave us that bullshit about expecting him to win every game, something else he trots out but no-one has actually ever suggested. CB’s right, he sets the bar so low that even a malnourished tapeworm couldn’t limbo under it.

  26. DFS- says:

    Last week Wenger revealed to the Guardian’s Amy Lawrence he had recently discovered a secret mathematical formula to managing.

    This weekend he warned players and fans alike they were susceptible to brainwashing.

    He also stated he had watched the 2nd leg of the Bayern fixture three times and claimed ‘our game (10-2 aggregate) was killed by the referees’

    Last week I posed Wenger might benefit from an intervention- I am sure some thought I was being cute – I wasn’t.

    Wenger has lost the ability to step outside of himself and see the reality of the Arsenal situation with any objectivity. It shouldn’t come as a surprise – he has displayed stubbornness and obstinacy for years.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in Wenger’s shoes at the moment. The stress and pressure to convince yourself you are worthy to stay as manager must be immense even before attending to the daily grind of running AFC with the stalled PL and CL campaigns.

    The problem being the world Wenger finds himself in is the one he created himself- and as always the default position when threatened is to blame shortfalls on external (negative) influences.

    Wenger looks like he will refuse to bow to pressure from the fans or the media so any sensible resolution could only come via the board or owner. As neither (to date) have shown the least resolve, the parties who should care the deepest are allowing Wenger to slowly disintegrate in front of everyone.

    There’s now a desperate need for us to ‘salvage’ something of this season (pick your own parameter) but if things do not improve and we fall further, I fear Wenger is going to start looking more and more detached by the day.

  27. Steve says:

    …….. .. if we won the FA Cup this year because Arsenal would have to beat two of the Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Spuds.

    We have to beat them all? Don’t tell AW or he will get on his paranoia train again.

  28. silvergunner says:

    Even if by some miracle we win the fa cup wenger will still be postponing the inevitable.
    The real question is when Ozil and Sanchez say they are off will we have the bottle to sell them abroad or do we cash in and sell them to our rivals I know which I expect from the board…

  29. C says:


    O if he signs for 3 years, it would go from dull to sad because I would have to explain to my daughter why I am shouting at either my computer, tv or phone angrily even when we just won the FA Cup. 😉

  30. C says:


    forgot to put the word ‘either’ between “of the”

  31. Aaron says:

    Man, some people on here will bleat on about anything!
    Luck in the FA Cups-yea sure.
    Arsenal won against teams who wanted to win, and had they won instead, would have been more than happy to fill their Trophy case with the FA Cup.
    They would not care if the Arsenal played poorly, great, had everyone injured-they would have had the Cup. End of story, discussion or whatever.

    Can’t wait for a team to go out today, may kane long be in the sauna, whirlpool. ice bath and physical therapist room getting ankle treatment. Son will not score that many again..

    May the Arsenal get everyone back to be ready for these next weeks.

    Oh, and all the Xhaka haters, if the crap that has been circling around out there have any truth to them, Bayern could possibly walk with him and we all know how good they are- and no their scouts do not suck either.

  32. DFS- says:

    If Ozil and Sanchez do decide to exit stage left (apparently the likeliest scenario) I don’t think Arsenal will be in any position to dictate where the two will end up playing.

    With only one other full season left on their contracts we will potentially need to cash out this summer, and beggars can’t be choosers.

    If we hold either player and his contract expires it would be utter financial incompetence – but what many fail to grasp is with short contracts left, we might not achieve the return some think.

    I have been thinking about Ozil for example. What would a club pay to compensate Arsenal for one year of his services?

    You then throw the likes of Oxlade Chamberlain and Gibbs etc into the mix and realize we could face a high turnover of players without any significant ROI.

    My guess would be if the situation forces, we’ll sell the the highest bidder, direct rival or not.

  33. Damon says:


    Agree with everything you say there. Especially about the need for an intervention and looking increasing detached from reality as it heads southwards.

    On the fee’s for the two stars, I think you might be half right. I think it’s easier to draw up a list of who wouldn’t get involved to try and sign Sanchez, the list is extensive. Not sure about Ozil. I’ve always seen as a bit of a niche luxury and don’t think he’d be necessary at many UK clubs? Maybe City would have a go? I could see Mesut going for a fair bit less than we paid for him this summer. Not so with Alexis

  34. C says:

    I see Zola is under quite a bit of pressure from the supporter to start Bielik who has been impressive when given the opportunity. Will Zola persist on with his more senior defenders who enjoy letting the other team score on them or will he finally set free Bielik who, when played has done well and helped make their defense much more solid?

  35. Steve says:

    I see Zola is under quite a bit of pressure from the supporter to start Bielik who has been impressive when given the opportunity. Will Zola persist on with his more senior defenders who enjoy letting the other team score on them or will he finally set free Bielik who, when played has done well and helped make their defense much more solid?

    When any football team manager is seen to bow to crowd pressure with respect to first team selection he should walk away from the job with immediate effect.

  36. C says:


    True but if said player helps your team then then letting your pride get in the way is doing more harm then good, no?

    but then again, we see that first hand with Perez so guess it does happen….

  37. Pete the Thirst says:

    Which supporter? It’s not One Eye Baz is it?

    I see Zola is under quite a bit of pressure from the supporter to start Bielik who has been impressive when given the opportunity. Will Zola persist on with his more senior defenders who enjoy letting the other team score on them or will he finally set free Bielik who, when played has done well and helped make their defense much more solid?

  38. Orson Kaert says:

    The idea of holding Sanchez and Ozil to their contracts doesn’t make “Kroenke” sense. To continue paying their wages for a season and giving up a decent pair of transfer fees won’t appeal to our owner.

    Whilst Wenger has stated that the the club will decide who leaves, who stays and when, I expect both will be flogged off in the summer. The excuse will be something along the lines of “for the good of the squad and to retain the amazing team spirit created by the manager”.

  39. Pete the Thirst says:

    Maybe M Wenger will get a year extension for the position that we finish in? 4th place 4 years?

    Barcelona may have done us a favour by knocking PSG out of the CL. Unai Emery’s Board are threatening to sack the Basque creating a vacancy that Wenger could walk into. I’m crossing my fingers and toes, while waiting for the planets to align.

  40. silvergunner says:


    With Sanchez I think it’s safe to assume even if we sold him abroad we will get closer to the sum we paid for him than the £42m we paid for ozil. Selling to our rivals will do nothing but further sour things.
    Ox is also looking likely to leave at present we might have Sanchez, Ozil, Ox, Wilshere, Gibbs, Schezny, Perez, Ospina all leaving which is astonishing. Then there’s the likes of debuchy & Jenks.
    This could be a very difficult summer for us.

  41. andy1886 says:


    Dare I suggest, not having made a single let alone a thousand substitutions, that the players do not value Wenger’s fourth place trophy??!! What the deuce! Have we been misled?

    Why would they want to leave such a gloriously successful club? Is not consistency the ultimate goal? I thought that it’s far better to spend a dozen seasons always in the top four rather than bouncing up and down the table and occasionally winning the thing. Do they not realise this?

    Or could it be that they are not actually taken in by the bullshit that Wenger, Ivan and Co. feed to the gullible?

  42. silvergunner says:


    That’s the rub isn’t it as much as I love to hate players like nasri, cesc, rvp, adebayor etc the fact is they all left and enjoyed trophy success elsewhere instead of staying to fight it out with us. Could it be possible they felt deep down that leaving would increase their chances of winning trophies. Of course money is important but if they truly believed they would win with arsenal would that all have gone?

  43. freddo says:

    It’s also possible that, because of all the pressure that Arsene is under he is tired and really making s… decisions. When you add the fact that he seems surrounded by “yes” men, that is not a good recipe. I’m still befuddled by his refusal to play Lucas. I remember that, early in the season, Arsene was asked about Lucas and he complained about him being very left-footed. Really, Arsene? You bought him. You didn’t know he was left-footed? But even then, I think Arsene had a problem with Lucas.

  44. andy1886 says:

    Chelsea through, draw coming up…..

  45. andy1886 says:

    Will we luck out again and draw City? City probably hoping that they luck out and draw us too.

    And the draw is……City!!!!

  46. andy1886 says:

    Could realistically be an all North London final. One that would have Wenger sweating (assuming that his contract situation wasn’t finalised before hand). Best draw that we could have got.

  47. consolsbob says:

    Best draw all round for us. Not so sure about for Arsene.

  48. YW says:

    Well, perhaps he can use the experience of those 2,000 games and win it.

  49. consolsbob says:

    You can’t expect him to win every game, YW.

    Also, of course, if we lose, I think you will find that we dominated the match and I’m pretty sure that the officials would have had a hand in our defeat.

  50. G4E says:

    It looks like A Chelsea Vs City final to me. City to win the FA Cup, Chelsea the League.

    Arsenal won getting Kicked out of the CL Round of 16. Kudos to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger on this great achievement and many many happy returns of that great day.

    Didn’t mention the 4th in the league cause that’s still up for grabs now….

  51. C says:

    Since we can’t defend, I say fuck it, lets attack and see who scores the most; I would fancy us with a front 4 of Sanchez/Theo/Ozil/ either Perez or Welbeck

  52. Orson Kaert says:

    I think Chelsea are a banker for the final, Spurs without Kane are like fish and chips without vinegar.

    I really think we can beat City, they are as inconsistent as we are.

    How nice it was to see Man. U. knocked out. They obviously targeted Hazard for rotational fouling and were rightly punished with the dismissal. Costa is such a clever player, the refs fall for his tricks every time.

  53. YW says:

    You’d only know that if you watched it three times, Bob.

  54. Orson Kaert says:

    Brexit bill passed by the Commons and the House of Lords.

    Now let’s get on with the business of quitting the EU.


  55. DFS- says:

    Damon and silvergunner –

    Agree with Alexis – if leaving, the matter needs clarifying as soon as possible to start a bidding war and hopefully we can recoup his fee.

    Ozil as you say (Damon) is a niche player – he needs a top tier team not a ‘project’ to thrive, which limits choices. I’d be a Sneaky Pete – place the rumours he would likely go right now and see what interest can be developed.

    There was an interesting discussion on players such as The Ox etc (Arsecast) possibly leaving which really struck home (re your point silvergunner). Long term players in which we have invested a lot of time and resources who might walk out for little or no return to the club.Yet another situation we should never have been in.

    If we had several parties responsible for various duties at the club (director of football for example) instead of Wenger solo-ing, the contract situations could have progressed already, one way or another, with better fees sought. This also applies in scenarios such as Szczęsny’s, who has had no contact with the club regarding his future. It’s absurd.

    Regarding Wenger himself – things have dipped into the ‘other-worldly’ in terms of epic denial. Yes, it has been an incremental process to get here for most (admitting and accepting there is a big problem) but many have had misgivings for years.

    Wenger cannot save himself – he appears increasingly belligerent and to have little notion as how he projects. To many he is verging on a ridiculous figure. How can people let this happen?

    If Wenger could compete at the highest level once again, there would be an argument to be made for him to weather this storm. But this is where I get angry at the evangelists and pundits (such as Rioch recently) who blithely declared he should leave on his own terms and in his own time.

    I’ll wager 99% of them have no genuine belief Wenger can hit the high notes again – so hypocrisy aside, they are doing little but putting another nail in the (career) coffin.

    WTF do they think will happen if he signs for another two years- we’ll be bringing home the CL next year? Of course they don’t.

    It’s simply indulging a spent force for no end.


  56. DFS- says:


    “You’d only know that if you watched it three times, Bob”.

    Nice, I see what you did there.

  57. DFS- says:

    So, it’s City-I think we’ll struggle as they will have more belief and ambition.

    Should be gripping semis which is great for the FA Cup.

  58. Arsetralian says:

    Evening all
    Thanks for some witty comments today
    Gallows humour with a tiny ray of sunshine from C saying we can beat City with a goal avalanche
    I do hope so but as YW sadly says at the start we are weakest of 4 at the moment

    Can we turn it around? Hope springs eternal

  59. C says:

    Orson Kaert,

    Yea, no point in trying to sit back and defend, we are literally shit at doing that, see Bayern both times, Chelsea hell anytime we do it. We have the attacking players mine as well use them and for all the flack that Theo takes for not being more apart of the build up and such, he scores goals when the chance arrives and he, Ozil and Sanchez play together really well and between Welbeck and Perez you get the work rate along with the pace and wanting to not only run at players but make runs and have that movement into the box. Have Xhaka and if Elneny is fit start him and really have a go at Citeh because their defense is shit to and all are slow and are even worst at dealing with movement

  60. C says:

    Its a real shame we didn’t sign Icardi, the lad is still scoring goals and in his last match, he scored 3 goals on 4 shots with only 24 touches.

  61. Bill says:

    Thanks for the post Yogi

    It should be an interesting semi final round. Spurs have a chance to over turn Chelsea. How we fare against man City will depend on our mental state at the time we play them. If we are in a good place between the ears, we can give them a game, if we are still floundering we could get roasted.

  62. Bill says:


    One of our very few wins against any big team in the last few years happened when we parked the bus against City and hit them on the break.

    They completely dominated our midfield the last time we played them. Citeh was the game where Ozil only completed about 10 passes in the entire game. If Ozil starts we run the risk of being out numbered and completely over run in the midfield again. I am not suggesting we park the bus but if we go all hell bent attacking we will probably get torched.

  63. freddo says:

    C – Arsenal attack? Surely you joke. Arsene intends to play Giroud up front for the rest of the season (and the next two seasons he’s in charge). I’ve reached the point where I just cant watch games in which he plays. He’s as quick as Long John Silver and mobile as the Pyramid of Cheops. I would love to know what goes through Arsene’s mind when he plays him.

  64. DFS- says:


    That was when the players demanded a change to tactics….which ironically came after a period of humiliating performances against ‘big’ clubs.

    So happy we got it sorted and behind us.

  65. Bill says:


    I remember something about the players demanding we played smarter football. I am not sure what C is thinking. We are not running Messi/Suarez/Neymar out on the pitch and we will get chewed up if we approach any game against a good team with an attack all costs mentality.

  66. DFS- says:


    I agree – we go out all guns blazing and I think we would get spanked!

  67. andy1886 says:

    A quick trophy update:

    A quick look at the fun bus has informed me that Arsenal are the holders of the ‘Record Number of Semi-Final Appearances’ Trophy, mostly thanks to Arsene obviously. How they must gleam in our trophy cabinet.

    Another little nugget, apparently winning things must be bad because all the teams that won something last year (Leicester, United and City) sacked their managers. So that’s okay then, Wenger did a great job not taking home any silverware, give him a gold star and nice new contract.

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