Arsène Has It Easy & Demands United Performance Against City

“I had many opportunities to go somewhere else but I care for this club and its future.” 
“Me too, Arsène. Me too.”

That’s how the conversations about loyalty will be going from now on in the Arsenal boardroom. The Times this morning carries the claim that Ivan is a man in demand with, (takes deep breath) a whole raft of MSL clubs keen on his services, a belief that Gazidis could replace Sunil Gulati as the US Soccer Federation president, and, heading up the 2026 Pole Vaulting World Cup in the USA! USA! USA!, the place south of the Trump Wall and the place north of the Trudeau Wall.

Should we be careful what we wish for in this case as well? Heaven forbid we might get a CEO who can manage the manager. Not that it will happen, of course. It’s a cushy number for any executive or director at Arsenal so why give it up but you’ll probably find Stan will leave the appointment of Gazidis’ successor to Wenger.

Arsène doesn’t have time for such trivialities; he’s whipping the lads into shape ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City. This time though, he’s under less pressure than in 2014, which I understand to some extent. While the pressure from the stands is greater, against Hull we were looking to right the wrongs of the previous decade. A trophyless run was surely ending and Arsenal were overwhelming favourites to lift the Cup.

Tomorrow, City are favourites by whichever method you choose as a benchmark. Wenger may have the experience of semi-finals but Guardiola’s team are in better form. They are as fragile as us at times at the back and playing Giroud makes sense if the plan is to put their hapless ‘keeper under pressure.

United We Stand, Divided We’re Lumbered

Arsène demands that the players come together now and play their way out of the poor run of form. I guess the flipside of that is a battering tomorrow could send us spiralling into the Europa League play-offs, just as a time when Manchester United seem to be there for the taking.

However, Wenger is determined that the players will not give up easily:

“When you have negative results like we had it can divide or unite.

“At some stage you have to show you can fight together. Even if people will say it’s normal you win at Middlesbrough, when you go through a bad period it is difficult in your head to win everywhere.

“The best way to win is first to show that you can fight again. People questioned our fighting spirit, rightly so. We had to show again that we can fight together.

“You know as well when the team fights and doesn’t do well it creates even more uncertainty. The fact they did fight and did win had a positive impact.”

You can’t argue with what he says; Arsène always talks a good game.

Getting the players to deliver is another matter. The usual flakiness is appearing late season and that says something about the manager’s methods. Ian Wright Wright Wright laid it out in yesterday’s Arsecast that Wenger doesn’t tolerate shouting at the players and slaps down his assistants when they step over the line.

In a team of strong characters that works; the players sort themselves out. With the current squad of pleasant young men, ‘tearing them a new one’ as the quaint colloquialism goes, is what they need. If they don’t respond to it, they don’t have the motivation.

Which Wright suggested they lack due to the mollycoddling and cash they get from a young age.

Putting The Frighteners On Flash, Little Twerps

None of this generation – or those to come for that matter – will have it as hard as previous apprentices. Cleaning boots, sweeping terraces; they all have it done for them. Nowadays, it’s more important to assess a player’s character, to understand their motivation. Any manager who doesn’t understand what makes the individual tick, renders the player impotent when the going gets tough.

And tomorrow will be tough, no two ways about it.

In the past, I’d have fancied our chances of causing an upset in this situation but the defeats against Bayern, Chelsea and Liverpool chased the belief that we will win in big matches out of me. I’d love us to win the FA Cup; I’m of the generation which still has a romantic attachment to the trophy. It’s sheen may be dulled but there’s still something special about it.

The Premier League and the Champions League killed its importance as a major trophy to players but when we remember watching the ’79 final or Andy Linighan’s header thunder past Chris Woods, you can’t help but love the trophy. And seeing us outplay City and then either of Chelsea or Spurs? It would be fantastic. I just don’t expect it to happen.

That’s it for today unless you believe Arda Turan is in talks with the club or that Juventus want Szczesny. That’s an interesting thought. The Italian champions think he’s good enough for them, a team on the cusp of the Champions League final – and beating Monaco is no easy task – but at Arsenal, he wasn’t good enough. That speaks volumes about the coaching at Arsenal.

Let’s not even get into the practising set-pieces. I mean, really Mesut. Really?

’til Tomorrow.

134 thoughts on “Arsène Has It Easy & Demands United Performance Against City

  1. Bufallo says:

    That’s a great opening YW…..made me laugh. He’s the guy who tells his wife he has many women waiting in line, dare she not meet his standards. Makes him look weak not strong.

  2. Mo says:

    I used to enjoy waking up on a Saturday, reading everything i could that the internet had to offer on everything Arsenal. Then onto the telly with Geoff and the boys. Im sorry to say its not the same anymore.

    I dont get bt sport , who seem to have had every fa cup game featuring Arsenal. Its gloomy. Hope we win tomorrow.

  3. HenryB says:

    Well done, YW, and I am hoping that we can comply with the unspoken rule in football tomorrow :- ‘Anything is possible, however unlikely’.

  4. HenryB says:

    Nicky,

    I only just read your follow up comment after my mention of Ugo and other athletes from yesterday, after I tuned in this morning.

    My condolences to you for the terrible loss of your son at such an early age, and every time something like Ugo’s shock death is mentioned it must bring back very sad memories.

  5. nicky says:

    @Henry B,
    Grateful for the sentiments you express, my friend. It doesn’t get easier to bear as the years pass….. but a little less hard.

  6. Wavey says:

    Afternoon,

    Always cracks me up when AW talks about fight given the team’s willingness to throw in the towel at the slightest hint of a set back. The players need to be coached in how to work as a unit, because that is the only thing to get them out a slump. Every player has to know their job and be convinced that they can play their way out of it if they do what is instructed of them. Unfortunately, I don’t believe any of that happens at Arsenal and the team relies on strong individuals to carry them through. When that doesn’t happen we just seem to flounder. Usually it requires someone in the midfield to step up and take control, but I don’t see any of the current players being able to do that. Elneny is probably the most efficient midfielder we have, but isn’t really the sort to lead the team forward whereas Ramsey is too random and Xhaka is just disappointing. Probably the only option we have at present who has the potential to take games by the scruff of the neck from midfield is the Ox. He is inconsistent, but with a disciplined defensive midfielder alongside him it could work. If the players actually had drilled into them exactly what their jobs are on the pitch we could pull off the win tomorrow and even put an end of season run together, but they seem rudderless and that has to be down to the coaching.

  7. C says:

    Top stuff Yogi!

    I think its even more telling that for a league that has always been dominated by and value quality GK’s, Sczcney is a man in demand with Napoli, Roma and Juve chasing him. Anybody that doesn’t think Szczney should come back and be given the #1 shirt not only given his age (just now reaching the GK peak years), his consistency maturity and coaching plus Cech and Ospina moving forward shoulb both be #2’s.

    Ivan to MLS makes a ton of sense actually. While he may be shit at the futbol side, he is a good business man and for a league that is building and continues to push for better sponsorship deals, he makes sense; bye bye Ivan.

  8. Orson Kaert says:

    Much as I hate to say it, Wenger will sign a new contract if it is offered. He constantly professes his”love” for the club and his determination to “see it through”.

    In reality Wenger is in love only with the job. Where else in the football world would he get such an amazing job? A job where there is no apparent pressure to actually win anything. A job where he has total control of his working environment. A job where he picks and chooses his employees with no noticeable input from either the Chief Executive or the Board of Directors. A job where he continues to be handsomely remunerated despite bringing nothing but opprobrium from a large section of the fan base and is in danger of turning Arsenal Football Club into a laughing stock.

    Wenger will stick around for as long as the utterly spineless ownership, board of directors and ineffectual Chief Executive remain in position.

  9. Raven says:

    “At some stage you have to show you can fight together. Even if people will say it’s normal you win at Middlesbrough, when you go through a bad period it is difficult in your head to win everywhere.”

    At some stage…Well it only took about 15 matches before they actually fought abit up in Middlesborough, but I guess thats what it has become under your reign.

    The fans dont expect to win everywhere. The fans expect a cohesent effort, a structure to fall back on and fight from, a well thought out tactical setup exploiting the opponents weaknesses and a 100% fight when things dont click and it gets hard. You have delivered none of that recently.

    If they lose tomorrow will they be back at square one? the run-in of the season looks damaging if the team arent confident. Midweek Leicester and Spuds next week-end. Hope they win all 3 matches, but wouldnt put 10 pounds on it.

  10. Bill says:

    Great post Yogi

    We have all been really upset by the way the team has played this season but we are still on pace to collect about 70 points. I have not done the math if you look at what we have been doing collecting 70 points is probably only slightly less then our average for the last 9 years. In reality this will probably be a reasonably average season for us. The only difference is that this year 70 points probably will not be enough to hold on to a top 4 spot.

    Arsene has been very consistent and we know that going forward he will probably continue to collect around 70-73 points a season. The title winning team has never had less then 80 points in any season in this century so we know that we will not be challenging for any titles. Whether or not we are able to hang on to a top 4 spot will depend on how many other teams are able to collect 75 or more points. There is a real risk that Europa league will become a big part of our seasons in the next few years.

  11. Bill says:

    I agree with Orson’s comment at 1:44PM. There is no reason for Arsene to leave this job. Who can blame him. Which of us would give up the perfect situation

  12. C says:

    The other thing is the ever growing and public split between Arsene and Ivan. Now, it may be just paper talk or Ivan trying to save face, but with his recent comments about change and reports saying he wants to push forward but hasn’t necessarily backed Arsene like in recent seasons the tension is mounting. I think it could be an ugly split especially with papers and reports that Arsene is pissed by the lack of support from Ivan given all he has done for the club. Would be quite interesting to see who wins the power struggle that is clearly taking place.

  13. C says:

    I know I may be in the minority but I would put Schneiderlin and Gueye as a midfield pairing up against anybody in the PL especially with Schneiderlin regaining form now that he is playing mat in and match out.

  14. buckagh says:

    C,

    C if Ivan does go and if we get a CEO who then sends the permanent civil service at the club out the door after him and if he then puts, fit for purpose structures in place, even with Wenger as coach it would be something, lots of iffs of course, and as Wenger will ordain the new CEO it won’t matter,

  15. Bill says:

    C

    If there is a real power struggle between Arsene and Ivan there is only 1 possible outcome. Ivan would be much easier to replace. Replacing Arsene would require several new people including a manager and director of football and probably a couple of other football people on the board.

  16. C says:

    buckagh,

    Those are a lot of what ifs but at this point they are all needed, well outside of the Arsene ordaining the new CEO. Hopefully it will be a fut ol man but then again who the hell knows what is really going on there including the people involved.

  17. buckagh says:

    Bill:

    If there is a real power struggle between Arsene and Ivan there is only 1 possible outcome. Ivan would be much easier to replace. Replacing Arsene would require several new people including a manager and director of football and probably a couple of other football people on the board.

    That would be a start Bill,

  18. C says:

    Bill,

    There is only one possible outcome for them but in reality it would actually be easier to replace Arsene as a new staff would be brought in with the new manager as most stick with people they know. When it comes to the DoF, well that would largely depend on who came in but since it has already been discussed, it wouldn’t be too difficult to add one.

  19. drazy says:

    A lot of uncertainties flying around in goonerverse! semi-truths, demi-truths, pseudo-truths you name it. Nobody really knows the truth these days. Only Ivan and AW know the game they are actually at. What if the two of them are simply acting up and laughing at us fans behind our backs? You wouldn’t bet against that now would you? What if nothing strange is actually going on and we are just seeing what we hope and want to see? These lot I don’t trust to be real anymore…so that’s some more “ifs” to add to the “ifsosphere”. That said, hope we win tomorrow….COYG!!!

  20. Bill says:

    I agree with Drazy. It’s a very cozy situation for Arsene and Ivan right now and I am not sure why either would want to make a change. The only real motivation for change would be if someone offered Ivan a signficant wage increase which might tempt him to leave.

  21. C says:

    Bill,

    Agree about Ivan but you also know like I that if he was offered say, the chance to run an MLS franchise and then possibly the US federation would most certainly sway him.

  22. buckagh says:

    Bill,

    That is a possibility Bill, but unlikely, without CL football, Arsenal are a loss making club, we will slide further down the mediocrity slope without investment if they chose that path..

  23. Bill says:

    C

    More money and more power would tempt anyone even Arsene. He might be able to get another job with a little more money but he could never match the control he has now which is why he would never leave voluntarily as long as he is healthy.

  24. Bill says:

    I doubt that the Kronke’s are really influenced by the Wengerian charisma. They are business people. As long as Arsene is still good business for the club there is not reason for them to want a change. There is no doubt that Arsene will get another 2-3 year contract and things might become much less cozy for Arsene if he misses the top 4 for the duration of this next contract.

  25. C says:

    Bill,

    That’s true especially with PSG recently coming out and saying they don’t want Arsene which I think would be the only club that would give him the comfortable atmosphere given his relationship with them.

  26. Wavey says:

    Bournemouth appear to be battering a team that we struggled to beat on Monday. We did the job that was needed at the time, but we struggled to get over the line. I think we are still potentially fair game for anyone in the league and could well be cannon fodder for City tomorrow.

  27. Wavey says:

    Now 4-0 and Charlie Daniels is doing my fantasy league team a world of good with a clean sheet and a goal.

  28. DFS- says:

    The idea Wenger and Gazidis have cooked this up is far fetched.

    Wenger made declarations he would announce his decision’soon’ many weeks ago, but then stalled and kept stalling. Finally, the club announced the decision would come at the end of the season.

    Something clearly changed – that’s not revisionist history, nor conspiracy theory.

    There are only two conclusions. The first would be the decision has been made and the club does not want to face an adverse reaction from the fans, so is delaying the announcement.

    The second would be the offer is now contingent on results.

  29. Wavey says:

    They were down to 10 men after 20 minutes, but were already 2-0 down. Gaston Ramirez with 2 yellows in 20 minutes is a disgrace. Clearly didn’t want to be there.

  30. HenryB says:

    I know some guys on here like Rugby Union as do I — 76 mins and Sarries are winning 8 : 26 – fantastic.

    I am not often jealous of another male, but Maro Itoje — what a fantastic athlete, with a tremendous world class skill — and worst of all he is fantastically good looking as well!!! Where is the justice for ugly bugs like me? 😀

  31. Jonny says:

    SAAAARRRRRIIIIIES. SAAAARRRRRIIIIIES. SAAAARRRRRIIIIIES.

    And it’s hello from Wroclaw in South West Poland.

    Exhausted after a 15 hour bus journey and only a few hours sleep in the last 24.

    Man Utd had bad news 😀
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39677389

  32. Orson Kaert says:

    Strange choices by Chelsea, with Cahill injured they have left Hazard, Costa and Fabregas on the bench.

  33. Orson Kaert says:

    Chavs 1 – 0 Spuds. Six minutes.

  34. andy1886 says:

    This is odd. I’m watching a game that I want both sides to lose and feel like booing if either side scores (I did when Will-I-am scored and I don’t want Spurs to win either). Funny old game.

  35. C says:

    What a free kick by Willian though.

    Ake is going to be a suprrb defender though, capable of playing both LB and CB.

  36. Wavey says:

    Spurs really don’t like playing at Wembley. For no other reason than that, they surely can’t be considering playing home games there next season? I really hope they do though.

  37. Wavey says:

    I’d rather see Spurs win nothing this season.

    And just then they equalise. Good header.

  38. Bill says:

    DFS

    I don’t understand the hold up on announcing Arsene’s new contract either. I suspect they are waiting for a better time. Replacing Arsene will be a complex process and no one on the board has ever had to find a new manager since Arsene has been around so long. The longer we wait to start looking the harder it will be. Irregardless of results for the rest of the year the path of least resistance will always be to give Arsene another 2 year contract and aim for finding a new manager in 2019 if needed. The bottom line is that the chance of someone not named Arsene being our manager next season is almost nil.

  39. C says:

    Its strange to think given form we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup where literally anything can happen, like we mess around and win it and still be shit in the PL.

  40. andy1886 says:

    I’d rather Spurs never win anything again BUT when it’s Chelsea the Wengerites moan (without justification) that it’s because they have more money, when Spurs win they really have nothing to say.

  41. HenryB says:

    I hate to admit that the Spuds have any decent players – but they do.
    The one that galls me is Harry Kane — who was the plonker who decided he was not going to be any good – and let him go to the Spuds. Bollocks.

    Arsenal were heavily linked with both Dele and Dier – about 50p each, but we did not bother and the Spuds said ‘thank you’. Bloody hell.

  42. andy1886 says:

    Why did the ref stop that? It’s not a head injury, the game should go on. Poor refereeing.

  43. C says:

    I don’t want to praise Chelsea but moving forward if Luiz can continue to defend like he is this season, Chelsea have quite a set of defenders when you think about Zouma, Ake, Alonso (he is a LB who can easily slide into that back 3).

  44. Pistol Fish says:

    Spurs are everything I wish Arsenal were. I hope they do the double this season.

  45. C says:

    andy1886,

    It should go on. Alli is a dirty lad, he knew what he was doing there. I know people will disagree but he knew exactly where Luiz was.

  46. Wavey says:

    C,

    We’ve had unbelievable luck with the draw through to the semis. We would have probably bowed out already if we had come up against PL opposition. We did our job by beating what was in front of us, but we were always coming up against a big team at some point. We may get lucky tomorrow as City are erratic, but I can’t see us beating either of the teams playing now in the final.

  47. C says:

    Wavey,

    We have had luck in the draw and we are were we are because of it but its still crazy to think. I could see us beating Citeh especially given their leaky defense (sorry Giroud doesn’t start for me even if we want to whip ij crosses because he doesn’t play to his size) but against either of these sides I could see us losing but then it would be the final and I could also see our boys rising to the occassion and then us getting 7th in the PL.

  48. Pistol Fish says:

    C
    Honestly mate, not being from England, I don’t have that cultural hatred for the spuds.
    I’m done with Arsenal until Wenger fucks off. Can’t find anything that I admire about him or Arsenal at this stage. I can’t believe how rotten it all is. What gets me more than anything is the shameless lying and constant deceptions.
    Spurs are playing well with a group of fantastic players and a young hungry manager at the cutting edge of his game. Spent shit loads less money than us. What’s not to admire?
    Out of curiosity who earns more? Kane or Lucas Perez?

  49. C says:

    If Belgium don’t win the World Cup or Euro’s given how much talent they have literally at every position on the pitch, it would be laughable it really would be.

  50. Orson Kaert says:

    It’s been almost all Spuds since Kane’s equaliser. They’re quicker to the ball and look as though they want it more.

    luiz already stamped on by Doolally Alli, cops one from Erricson.

    Penalty to Chavs.

  51. C says:

    Pistol Fish,

    I get where your coming from and I’m not from England but I can’t wish anything good on Spuds to be honest. Arsene is past it there is no doubt and Spuds do have some good players but so do we, we are just missing a manager. Still think Kane earns more but I do think Perez is being vastly underused.

  52. andy1886 says:

    I can see why that’s a pen but when you look at the replay there was no contact and Moses dived. It’s one of the things that I hate about the modern game, and the commentators think that it’s fine to do that. Any contact and fair play, if not you have to stay on your feet.

  53. Orson Kaert says:

    andy1886,

    It was a wild two footed lunge by Son, the player was entitled to go down trying to avoid a serious injury. For the commentator to say the player made the most of it is total bollocks.

  54. andy1886 says:

    Orson Kaert,

    I think that we’re going to disagree there, Song missed him completely, Moses could have easily stepped over his legs but decided to throw himself on the floor to get the penalty. Check out the way he collapsed his knees like he’d been shot by a sniper. Like I said I can see why a pen might be given but the player dived to get it, he didn’t take evasive action to avoid injury.

  55. Orson Kaert says:

    Just watched it again in slow motion, Son had both feet off the ground, was out of control and lucky not to get a red card. Xhaka would have been off.

  56. andy1886 says:

    C,

    In my day you had to lose a leg to get a penalty. And Orsey is even older than me!! ☠☠☠

  57. HenryB says:

    Totally agree with you, Andy.

    Give a pen because ‘he might have’ or ‘send him off because he might have’ is bollocks.

    There was no contact – no danger to Moses who simply cheated by diving – and I am delighted Spuds ‘gave away’ the penalty!! 😀

  58. Orson Kaert says:

    Henry, I’ve been following Rugby Union for about ten years now, at the beginning I chose to follow my nearest first division club, Northampton Saints, but watching Saracens today I could almost change my allegiance….but not quite.

    Because I don’t have the long term, family tradition of supporting them that I do for Arsenal, I can enjoy good games involving good teams whoever they are.

    A lot goes on in scrums, rucks and mauls, that may or not be legal, but it is a game for strong men (and women) who give and take knocks without complaint. The respect for referees, while not as total as it used to be, is far and away better than in football.

    If I wasn’t such a long term Arsenal fan, I think I would abandon football entirely.

  59. Orson Kaert says:

    Doolally Alli equalise. 2 – 2.

  60. Aaron says:

    cOnte can f off, whinging ba$tard…Playing D w 35 min to go.
    Erikson with a great pass…

  61. North Corner says:

    I grew up near Highbury. Reared on the stands in a culture of hope. And occasional wild exhiliration. Now we have a culture of expectation. And prawn sandwiches. ‘We’re the Arsenal’ they say. We were The Arsenal. Can we be again? The culture must change, before more damage is done. That starts with vision and leadrship.

    Thank you Yogi & all – for lights of insight in the shade.

  62. Wavey says:

    Spuds have come out swinging on the second half and have scored a good goal to equalise again. They are pushing Chelsea back now, but probably need to make the pressure count quickly as Chelsea will rally again.

    Looks really empty at Wembley. Will be interesting to see how many turn up tomorrow.

  63. C says:

    andy1886,

    I know and even then it would only be a yellow! Funny enough, I actually heat so many old timers complain about Xhaka being too physical and his tackles being reckless but they look way less dangerous than in your black and white tv days 😆

  64. Wavey says:

    Bringing Hazard and Costa on now could easily swing it back in Chelsea’s favour. Could be an entertaining final half hour, or even end up going to extra time.

  65. HenryB says:

    Well said, Orse.

    Bugger! The shitty Spuds have equalised.

    I cannot stand the Chavs, I cannot bear the Spuds — what to do?? But the Spuds look the only winners now.

    I watched the Sarries but also recorded the game – in case Arsenal get stuffed tomorrow – so maybe whatever happens at Wembley today I will watch the rugby guys strut their stuff.

    Incidentally, if, as seems the case, the Arsenal team lack some mental fortitude, it would not hurt to get the Sarries coach in to give them a kick up the Jaxie.

  66. Orson Kaert says:

    Now it will get tasty, Costa on for the anonymous Batysutor or whatever his name is.

  67. C says:

    HenryB,

    The ref made up for it by allowinh Lloris to handle it outside the box 😉

  68. andy1886 says:

    Wavey,

    Let’s hope some of those wearing red and white turn up 😜

  69. HenryB says:

    Steady on, C.

    They did not even have TV in Andy’s day! 😀

  70. HenryB says:

    He is a poor ref, C, as we have found when he refereed our games.

  71. andy1886 says:

    It’s a lose- lose situation for Gooners. Hate to see Spurs win, don’t want to see a Chelsea double (new manager eh? it’ll never work 😉)

    Best result would be a Spurs win today followed by heartbreak in the final.

  72. andy1886 says:

    HenryB,

    Ha! they did, but of course us kids weren’t allowed to watch it (it was black and white too!).

  73. andy1886 says:

    HenryB,

    Yup, a poor ref IMO. My money is still on Chelsea btw.

  74. Jonny says:

    I’d prefer Spurs to win this.

    Does this go to extra time?

  75. Orson Kaert says:

    andy1886,

    Our first Tele was a twelve inch Phillips black and white, one channel only and installed two days before the Queen’s Coronation.

  76. Orson Kaert says:

    Jonny,

    Extra time and penalties, no replays, it would be too tiring for the poor dears.

  77. Orson Kaert says:

    Hazard gives the Chavs the lead 3 – 2.

  78. andy1886 says:

    Poor defending, why can’t they both lose ffs!!!

  79. Aaron says:

    f chavs, totts are a well made and managed team!

  80. Ras says:

    Good afternoon YW and All bloggers.

    Pistol Fish @5.51 I am in total agreement with all you have stated. It pain me to say it but with that lying meglomaniac at the helm I just can’t get enthused anymore.

    My dislike for AW is now up there with the Banks and the banking system.

    I hate to say it but the Spuds do have a good team. Lets call a spade a spade and be gallant.

    I want my Arsenal to be led by a dynamic Manager and a team that competes. A team has to earn the right to au. The first regle is you have to compete. Do we?

  81. Orson Kaert says:

    Aaron,

    Is Gibberish your first language? Or are you pissed?

  82. HenryB says:

    Well, well — it gets better in a funny way — Spuds playing well, and the Chavs pinch another one – oh the agony for their fans – and if it stays this way, only a top 4 trophy 😀

  83. andy1886 says:

    Spurs have been the better side but Chelsea have that habit of winning when they are not at their best. And Matic seals it for the Chavs..

  84. Orson Kaert says:

    4 – 2! Matic with a great strike from outside the box. Ten minutes to go.

  85. andy1886 says:

    Nice factoid there from the commentary team – Spurs about to lose a record seventh FA Cup semi final on the trot. 😂😂😂

  86. HenryB says:

    We will stuff the Chavies in the Final. 🙂

    What do you mean I am nuts??? The thought of Terry, the sub, dressing up and taking the trophy should goad our lads on!! 😀

  87. andy1886 says:

    Better not gloat too early though, we’re up tomorrow.

  88. HenryB says:

    I know, Orse, but I refuse to even think of anything so obscene!! 🙂

  89. HenryB says:

    I have to dream, Andy, before reality bites me on the bum, tomorrow. :-0

  90. Jonny says:

    Cant imagine us beating either of these sides even if we somehow got past City…which we won’t.

  91. Orson Kaert says:

    I can’t agree that the Spuds have been the better team, more attacking maybe but they have left themselves open at the back. Chavs have defended well and taken their chances.

    Most Spud fans have left the ground and started the long weary trek home to Wild Fart Lane.

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