Hull City (A) Preview: Who Has Tiger Feet?

The trip to Hull brings back many fond memories of previous encounters, Phil Brown’s jocularity always shines through when faced with Arsenal and Brian ‘Laughing Boy’ Horton; well, what a guy. That stand-up routine he and Cesc had going really recreated Harlem from the Blaxploitation movies, right down to the public shoe-shine.

This is one of those fixtures which Alex Ferguson referred to be as being ‘easier’, Hull’s league position being the driver to that comment. It is that fact which makes it one of the tougher of the run-in. Chelsea and Manchester City have both failed to take maximum points from their visits to the Humber, Machester United are one of only two sides to have achieved that this season, highlighting the paucity of the hosts form on their travels. Hull come into the match on the back of a thrashing at Everton and fighting between squad members; a club destined to be relegated in such circumstances.

Arsenal will need to show the same resilience that was displayed at Stoke recently to ensure the victory required today with United and Chelsea both having routine home fixtures. A win will elevate Arsenal to second, for a day at least, with one by two goals more than Chelsea achieve putting them top.

It would not be Arsenal if there injuries were not plaguing the squad. Fabregas joins the spine of the side on the sidelines whilst Campbell, Sagna and Rosicky are both doubtful, such is the hand that Arsene has been dealt but one he is used to juggling with. And he has the personnel to deal with this eventuality. Silvestre may not be everyone’s cup of tea but was alright in partnership with Vermaelen last week against Burnley whilst Eboue is far more than an adequate replacement for Sagna.

The Ivorian’s form and mental attitude has been rightfully praised by Arsene. Wounded by the jeering at The Emirates, his return to the side when called upon in a variety of positions has been back to the level first seen when he joined Arsenal as Lauren’s replacement. Right back is still his best spot in the starting line-up but playing in midfield seems to have raised his tactical awareness. The situation in which he found himself is unfortunately becoming all too common with Arsenal; lose form, lose support, berated continually until it is realised that ability remains. A symptom of football in this age.

Further up the pitch Arsene has options to rotate if he so chooses, no midweek fixtures allows aching muscles to heal. In midfield, Denilson will replace the suspended Alex Song, partnering Nasri and Diaby. Denilson is this season’s Song, criticism of the Brazilian pale compared to the abuse directed at Eboue. Primarily, this is cast by the shadow of Flamini’s one season in the sun at The Emirates. History will show that Flamini was no more than a bit part player, refusing to play left back in the season following shining in that position in the run to Paris; all but sold to Birmingham the summer before an injury to Diaby. He is eulogised by some, believing that he was as good as Vieira; spare me. He did well when required, no more.

Having scored 11 goals in the last 3 games, there must be some doubt as to whether or not Wenger will rotate unless change is forced upon him. The next Arsenal goal is 100 for the season in all competitions, impressive since the central striker position has not be filled by a key player consistently throughout. That is the big change around this season. Previous campaigns have seen midfielders fail to contribute to the required level in goalscoring. Now everyone wants to get in on the act; no bad thing at all.

Nicklas Bendtner has not lacked confidence, his belief in himself ahead of his actual ability at this moment in time according to his manager. Where the Dane scores highly with Wenger is his apparent desire to learn, willingness to listen to criticism – provided it is constructive so presumably he ignores that which is written about him on the majority of websites. Hopefully the three in midweek will be the start of a scoring run for Bendtner but his overall contribution to the side remains excellent. If his standards drop, he knows Eduardo and Vela are waiting for their chances.

The line-up I suspect Arsene will go with if all his injury fears materialise, is:

Almunia; Eboue, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Clichy; Diaby, Denilson, Nasri; Arshavin, Bendtner, Walcott

An afternoon where a win is crucial. In that respect, it is no different to any other but this is one where rivals are not expected to drop points. Arsenal must ensure they take their maximum to capitalise if the unexpected should happen. Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it.

’til Tomorrow.

Posted on March 13, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 296 Comments.

  1. I’m not looking forward to this game. Everything about Hull is ugly in concept, intent and deed.

    The Beauty and the Beast.

    Still, we must expect to win, we must win.

    This is a game that Champions elect would win. Therefore, we will.

  2. Agree, CB.

    Win this one and the path to the title will seem a lot clearer.

  3. YW You rightly compared it to the stoke game with their “get in their faces” attitude I just hope none of our boys get injured.

  4. Hull’s home record is pretty similar to Stoke’s as well. They’re just much worse on the road.

  5. 7 wins – this has to be one of them
    away form is critical

  6. One thing’s clear – we do not have an easy run in. Hull, Blackburn, Spuds and Birmingham is almost as tough as it gets when it comes to away games. Those are the big ones, in my opinion.

    We’ll do it of course, but the fixtures aren’t the cakewalk that people like Slur Alex have made out.

    Come on Arsenal!

  7. Hull were demolished by everton,they had a brawl in the training ground hence their confidence may not be high.if we score early,they will be rattled and floodgates will open.if they score first it will be difficult.bendtner is our best scorer away from home,i hope this continues.

  8. The again – the good thing about Brum and Blackburn is that they’ve got nothing to play for now, and they’re in no danger of going down. The bad thing is that McLeish and Allardyce are both part of Slur Alex’s LMA harem, and would love to do him a favour.

    OK, I’m going to shut up now.

  9. OOU – You are on run!

    CBob – Agreed, as always.

  10. kamannnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  11. Oh Hull, I really hope we score atleast the same amount of goals as we did midweek against them.

  12. On paper, looking at the clubs, our run-in is easier but a deeper look and a glance at the league table shows that our run-in is far from easy.

    Playing teams fighting to avoid the drop is never easy especially away from home with their crowds fully behind them. When we come to town it’s always a big draw for their fans and as suh usually their ground is packed and their fans are up for it.

    Hull’s home record is proof enough that today will not be easy. Add to that Spurs away and Birmingham away and we already have 3 potential bannana skins. I’d also include Wigan away as another tough one – Chelsea can testify to that one!

    Any sorts of win in these away matches will do. We are more than capable of getting the results needed and the nature of The Premiership means the otehr teams are capable of taking the points from Chelsea and ManYoo to enable us to get to the top and stay there. The same applies to us where there are chances where we could drop points.

    One game at a time, one win at a time. Focus, stay strong, work hard and lets do this!

    C’mon you Gunners

  13. Can’t wait to see Stephen Hunt and Co.

    What a treat.

  14. Hull will play 5 across midfield,diaby and nasri need to command the mf so as to isolate their forward.pace on the wings will be essential hence theo/eboue will play.if they play 4 men in mf we will slaughter them.

  15. Paulie Walnuts

    Excellent preview as always Yogi,

    I`ve a feeling both Sagna & Campbell will make it & start the game although I`d like Eboue to fit in somewhere.

    The Denilson critics are just ingnorant in my opinion. Despite a stop start season he continues to make steady progress & the scrutiny is over the top.

    `ull will be a tough one alright but we have the players, the attitude & the talent to take three points & hopefully play a big part in sending them down & Salon Brown to a mental institution.

  16. We need to buy Rooney, he is the best player on our planet by a mile and would fit in perfectly

  17. We need to buy Rooney, he is the best player in the world

  18. i expect to see eboue playing instead of theo.

    the rest of the starting XI is a given

  19. Sagna and Campbell could very well make it. Rosicky too. If he’s fit, I think Rosicky starts – he’s playing exceptionally well at the moment, perhaps better than ever. If not, then Theo is a very dangerous 2nd choice.

    The Guardian has Theo to start on the right, The Times has Rosicky, and The Telegraph Eboue. So we’ll see.

    I think we’ll create lot’s of chances. Hope Nikky B has had his weetabix.

  20. Anyone but Walcot please Arsene, the boy is shite and we all know it, even his mother knows it

  21. “Give it a few weeks and the press will put a camera in a footballer’s pants just to get a story”-Arshavin.it is a very good quote since the british press will do anything to sell the tabloids.

  22. Kamaaaaannnnnnnn

    The early steps to the country mile start today…. Kaammmaaaaaaannnnnnn

    There is so much talent i wonder who wenger will start with. Ad go for Eboue and Theo on the Right… but who am i to know anything…

    Kamaaaaannnnn

  23. Angel are you being funny?

  24. people who say our run-in is going to be easier are saying it to save face.

    they are just trying to justify.

    and when you try to justify, like what we see after the ryan shawcross scythe, it just shows that people wouldn’t have believed you if you hadnt try to justify…

  25. Sorry to go off topic, but there is an three-page interview with Wenger in today’s (Saturday) Independent magazine! That has to be a first, surely?

  26. I agree with P walnuts re Denilson – let the guy play he is too good!!

  27. It will be interesting to see whom Wenger will use as substitutes… Time for Vela to star, perchance?

  28. It’s interesting too see the anxiety here about this game. Dont get me wrong I feel it sometimes about the smaller teams, this fixture last year scared me alot more than it should.

    But today I just feel supremley confident that we will run away with it today.

    Eboue Bentner and Arshavin, in the form their in….cannot be dealt with.

  29. On an ENTIRLEY unrelated topic was just looking at the real Ronaldo’s scoring records. Staggering.

  30. its only hull for f*%ks sake
    c’moooon.
    play our own game.
    keep the faith.
    we’ll win.

  31. bloody spuds.

  32. My only concern is that hull try to release all this negitive energy against their old common enemy the arsenal. I’m sure the genuis that is the orange one will use this unoriginal rallying concept to ensure that hunt plays with some level 9000 cuntage.

    All the more the need for us to keep our heads and use the morale and technical highground to put down this wounded animal of a team. We need to use their agression against them.

    3-0

  33. I don’t think there is any particular nervousness being shown about this fixture. It is just, as Big Al said, that we will know an awful lot more about our challenge after this game.

    Win this one and we can win the lot.

  34. what a cracker fro parker,come on you hammers

  35. come on west ham

  36. common west ham… 3 more goals….

    very ambitious eh? But faith moves mountains!

  37. goal diff may yet have something to say the way the table is shaping up.

    we meed 6 today to match man u on goal diff and hence go top on goals scored, which i think we currently lead even now

  38. thats correct team spirit….we do still lead goals scored

    West Ham…..I believe!

  39. west ham still got cole and diamanti on the bench…..

  40. I see YW is trying to match the quality of his grammar to the quality of the opposition.

  41. In a hurry today, were you?

  42. just watched the highlights from last year’s game at hull and i almost forgot how good rvp is. set up 2 goals and hit the crossbar from a freekick. with him we would be top of the league now. by a kilometer – if not a country mile.

  43. see why i said 2 more from west ham? so common west ham!

  44. Pz

    Pray tell, sire.

    YW

  45. almunia
    eboue
    tv5
    sol
    gael
    deni
    diaby
    nasri
    theo
    arsh
    bendy

  46. http://www.arsenal.com/match-menu/3151268/first-team/hull-city-v-arsenal?tab=preview

    the last few sentences, i found very funny…

    has it never happened before? i thought man u lost home and away ti Liverpool last season?

  47. unlucky hammers

  48. @ team spirit

    I know. Its quite unbelievable how many ‘journalists’ would sooner discredit the entire league than admit they were wrong.

    They dont know anything about football.

  49. How many of these would you count among your finest creations?

    “This is one of those fixtures which Alex Ferguson referred to be as being ‘easier’, Hull’s league position being the driver to that comment.”

    “It is that fact which makes it one of the tougher of the run-in. Chelsea and Manchester City have both failed to take maximum points from their visits to the Humber, Machester United are one of only two sides to have achieved that this season, highlighting the paucity of the hosts form on their travels.”

    “Hull come into the match on the back of a thrashing at Everton and fighting between squad members; a club destined to be relegated in such circumstances.”

    “It would not be Arsenal if there injuries were not plaguing the squad.”

    “Fabregas joins the spine of the side on the sidelines whilst Campbell, Sagna and Rosicky are both doubtful, such is the hand that Arsene has been dealt but one he is used to juggling with.”

    “The situation in which he found himself is unfortunately becoming all too common with Arsenal; lose form, lose support, berated continually until it is realised that ability remains.”

    “Primarily, this is cast by the shadow of Flamini’s one season in the sun at The Emirates. History will show that Flamini was no more than a bit part player, refusing to play left back in the season following shining in that position in the run to Paris; all but sold to Birmingham the summer before an injury to Diaby. He is eulogised by some, believing that he was as good as Vieira; spare me. He did well when required, no more.”

    “The next Arsenal goal is 100 for the season in all competitions, impressive since the central striker position has not be filled by a key player consistently throughout.”

    “Where the Dane scores highly with Wenger is his apparent desire to learn, willingness to listen to criticism – provided it is constructive so presumably he ignores that which is written about him on the majority of websites.”

  50. ..

  51. Here we go, here we go, here we go! Come on boys, be strong and grind it out.

    COYG!!!!!!!!!!!

    ****

    And if Paul N is reading, CONGRATULATIONS on your little girl. Hope your wife’s OK as well.

  52. cant wait

  53. He’s got you there Yogi. Bang to rights.

  54. Is it definitely 4-3-3, or might it be 4-2-3-1 with that line-up?

  55. Arshavin's Barber

    this is a big a game for the denilson.

  56. what about those lines on the pitch? doesn’t look like a football pitch, at least not the ones americans call soccer

  57. more white lines on my screen than on tony montana’s desk

    !!

  58. AA!!!!!!!!

  59. ARSHAVIN!!!

  60. 1-0 Arshavin. Nice combination play outside the box.

  61. One more to put this to bed.

  62. get innnn

  63. That was an awesome individual play by Arshavin.

  64. Arshavin's Barber

    ou ou aa aa.

  65. we are playing wonderful football

  66. wtf was that from fagan?

  67. Fagan deserved a yellow for that wrestling move.

  68. fucking soft penalty!!!!!!!!

  69. HE WAS OFFSIDE!!!

  70. Nasir Jones-Nasri

    That was a joke.

  71. he was offside

  72. We would’ve never gotten a pen like that..

  73. ..by about a yard.

  74. Oh dear, Oh dear!
    Off side then a cheap penalty call.

  75. if that was a penalty, challenge on bendtner should have been 2 penalties

  76. Bendtner pushed, no pen.

  77. it should`ve been a pen for us

  78. Mendy – persistent fouling.

  79. Who’s the referee?

  80. hull is fouling all over the pitch, but looking at the referee’s attitude with their players, just speak to them with firm hand gestures, i am quite sure the very next foul committed by an arsenal player will result in a yellow

  81. remember last year at the kc

  82. Hull is fouling persistently and are not being punished. Not even one card.

  83. Somebody is going to get hurt.

  84. wtf, why did bendtner get a yellow

  85. What did Bendtner do?

  86. Bendtner got poked in the eye…that’s enough for a yellow for this ref…

  87. he was just slapped off the ball, it seems. not much else

  88. OMG this hull team are dirty……….

  89. Arshavin's Barber

    we will av to do a this the hard a way.

  90. He should have been off before!

  91. the thug boatang is off

  92. I warned that one of us will be hurt.

    Boateng has been dirty. Serves him right.

  93. maybe should have been a straight red i think

  94. Nervy, nervy, nervy.

    Lets hope we will make our 11 count vs their 10 in the 2nd half.

  95. a team of thugs managed by a thug

  96. Arshavin's Barber

    peoples we are the team only in league with no red a cards.

  97. Ridiculous first. Should never have been a penalty.

    Why are they talking about goalscoring opportunities for the penalty – he was offside in the first place. It’s all moot.

    As for the fouling – what else did we expect from Hull?

  98. We will overrun them in the second half I think.

    A sense of injustice, superior football and the master tacticianship of Phil Orange will see to that.

  99. arsenal 1 hull -1 mariner 1 hell of a hell of a howler

  100. we’ll give don orange a good tanning in the second half.

    They are just gonna sit on it though.

  101. It is a scandal the tolerance given by English refs to this dangerous football.

  102. Why should teams who play football be the ones at risk to leg-breaking tackles? The lunge at Denilson was scary.

  103. But shotta, there was no malice in it!*

    *For new readers, this is the default comment of any commentator, post Ramsey, for a shocking challenge on any Arsenal player.

  104. christ….the american adverts on my stream are stomach ulcer inducing….i dont need that to go with hull

  105. They call this Arsenal-Hull a “feud”. Feuds are reciprocal! It seems that all we do is take abuse off these people.

  106. Boateng sure got no bad bone in his body!

  107. Or Cbob: “Arsenal must earn the right to pay”

    WTF

  108. not pay, “play.”

  109. Disgraceful. It’s only luck there hasn’t been another serious injury. Hull’s “tactics” are hardly surprising though, nor the ref’s tolerance.

    We’ll run ’em ragged in the 2nd half.

    C’mon Arsenal!!

  110. We earn the right with 3 leg breaks in 4 years.

  111. given that hull will do fuck all attacking now, if we don’t get a goal in the next 15-20 minutes it would be an idea to get walcott on for sagna and put eboue at right back

  112. Arshavin's Barber

    dont worry comrades andreius will score or assist the goals to win this a match.

  113. This ESPN commentator is such a tosser.

  114. what is wrong with the ball?

  115. Is that some special Hull time wasting tactic??

  116. we need to calm down

  117. It’s becoming impossible to find excuses for Denilson… Either him or Sagna for Walcott now

  118. Come on Arsenal!

  119. Arshavin's Barber

    what does the denilson do?

  120. should have been 2-1

  121. It’s funny, but Arshavin never scores the easy ones. Give him the ball 12 yards away from goal in a good position and he won’t score. Let him dribble past numerous opponents and a really difficult angle and he is going to make goal scoring look easy.

  122. Maybe Arshavin shouldn’t try to shoot directly. Get a touch on the ball first and shoot then. All of his misses lately have come because his shots came too fast.

  123. we realy are not playing well at all at the moment

  124. that was not a backpass?

  125. its coming now…

  126. I think we are missing Rosicky today

  127. we should really create more against 10 men hull city

  128. arsh and bendtner could do than look at altidore and venigoors work rate today . Eduardo should have been on far earlier

  129. bendyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  130. BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENDDYDYDYDYDYDYDYYDYDYDYDYDYDYDYDYDYDYYYYY

  131. Thank God for that!!!

  132. Now just hold it together boys

  133. BENTDER SCORED

  134. DENIIIIILSON OH I LOVE YOU

  135. Yes! Bendtner!!! And great shot by Denilson, too!

  136. I’m cooking the pie already

  137. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK YOU ORANGE

  138. how much time left?

  139. Joe Royle and the ESPN commentator are a disgrace.

  140. Joe’s saying sides at the top get all the luck!

  141. Paulie Walnuts

    In your orange face , Brown !

  142. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  143. Got the job done. Well done Arsenal.

  144. Typical post CL performance. But who cares!!

  145. I really do think that’s it now. We will win the rest of our matches or at least enough to make it count.

    Poor Hull!

  146. yeysseeeeeeeeyyeyesyeyeseesyssyyeesssssssyseyesss!! Deni n Nik

  147. Anyone notice how Breakdown was parading Zayatte in the second half?

    I think I know what’s coming in the post match interview.

  148. You said it, OOU. But this season, once again, we’ve pulled out the win.

  149. Denilson and Bendtner!!!..and the March goes on.Its coming home Gooners.!!! Phew the tension was unbelievable..legs, fingers, arms crossed, nails gone. Great team performance. B more games to the title.

  150. Bye bye Hull.

    ARSENAL!!!!

  151. Gunner From Nigeria

    Thank You Jesus. It is something divine about this. Oh Denilson, thanks for the shot.

  152. You know, for about five minutes before we scored, I was saying to myself, take a long shot, Denilson, just take a shot.

  153. Gunner From Nigeria

    Thank You Jesus. There was something divine about this. Oh Denilson, thanks for the shot.

  154. total relief.

    Was that the moment people??? It certainly felt like it!

    So many creative injuries and we still did what many cannot. At the death.

    Walcott was fantastic when he came on.

    Denilson, Bendtner i take my proverbial cap off.

    Only top class players to come back now.

  155. Good job Denilson only passes sideways though.

  156. @FunGunner
    Exactly the same thing I was thinking. Denilson is great when it comes to long distance shooting and he proved it again tonight.

  157. And they say great strikers score important goals. Bendtner’s been doing that.

  158. Difficult game on a crappy pitch, but we still came through.

    Mariner is one of the worst referees and was going to cost us this game with sleeping linesman. I still don’t understand refereeing in England, how is the victim always gets penalized with the aggressor, especially if it’s Arsenal is beyond me?

    F*ck all that…..We’re going to win

  159. huuuuuuhhhhh!

    Team of destiny!

    @Gunner From Nigeria, Amen!!!!!

  160. relief defo describes it.

    Thank U so much Lord Jesus!

    8 more to go in the cup final series

  161. Me too, Fun!

    Also agree with Big Al re the parading of their poor victim who “could be out for the rest of the season according to Hull”.

    Yeah, right. That’s why he walked out on crutches and sat grinning with his mates.

  162. Denilson played much better in the second half than the first. He took the shot from way outside the box when every one else didn’t even try.

    Sometimes a shot like this is all it takes to create a goal with a deflection or a rebound when the opponents are defending with 10 men in the box.

    Good thinking Denilson.

  163. This was a match we wouldve lost or drawn last season.

    Brilliant win, regardless.

  164. Fungunner, same with me. I was dying for someone to take a punt and shoot.

    Big Big win today. Its coming home boys, its coming home.

  165. “what does the denilson do?”

    To answer your question, Arshavin’s Barber.

    He makes 49 successful passes – the third most in the match.
    He makes 5 interceptions – the second most in the match.
    He makes 9 successful tackles – the most in the match.
    He gets one long range shot on target, which leads directly to a goal and wins us the match.

  166. ArsenalArseneArshavin

    YESSSSSS

    Justice done

  167. Thank God! I was a nervous wreck as I dreamed that we lost 2 -1 and when I saw who the referee was I was even more worried! It’s always difficult after a midweek CL game, so the result is the most important thing today. This is not a day for criticising the team or individual performances as we are not always going to be at our fluent best.

  168. yeah gunner from naija Amen to that

  169. SomeRandomGunner

    “what does the denilson do?”

    To answer your question, Arshavin’s Barber.

    He makes 49 successful passes – the third most in the match.
    He makes 5 interceptions – the second most in the match.
    He makes 9 successful tackles – the most in the match.
    He gets one long range shot on target, which leads directly to a goal and wins us the match.

    @Poliziano,
    This is exactly what i told the folks in other site.

  170. @Poliziano

    I think Arshavin’s Barber’s question was directed at zumbi who wrote: “It’s becoming impossible to find excuses for Denilson… Either him or Sagna for Walcott now”

    But really, I think he is right. There is simply no excuse for an all around good performance, both offensively and defensively.

  171. OOU, cbob

    We should say – we’ll see your Campbell on Zayatte and raise you a Boateng on Sagna. That was another potential leg-breaker, by all accounts.

  172. @ Passenal
    “I was a nervous wreck as I dreamed that we lost 2 -1”

    It’s when you dream that we’ve won, that you should worry. My dreams are always the opposite of the eventual result.

  173. Sagna had a much better game today. His crosses were, for the most part, accurate and dangerous.

    The referee mad this game closer than it had to be. VoH’s, I’ll be damned if I spell out that long arsed name, dive was one of the ugliest ones I’ve seen for a while.

    We could’ve been better but we got the three points. That’s all that matters.

  174. @poliziano

    where did you get those stats from? not questioning them, just wanna see some others myself

  175. Guardian Chalkboard, Harsh.

  176. Boateng has over eighty bookings in the Premier League (4th in that list) and four or five red cards. So perhaps he is that kind of player.

    GREAT win for the Gunners nevertheless.

    Elsewhere, Doncaster won Derby 2-1 and their second was scored by, well you’ve guessed it, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

    From the BBC:

    Emmanuel-Thomas doubled the lead when he latched on to James Chambers’s pass before netting a superb left-footed shot from the edge of the area.

  177. FG, the funny thing is that we were not beaten by Hull in my dream, it was Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn!

  178. Passenal, you are having some serious nightmares there. Everything ok in life? Have you talked to your shrink about this 😉

  179. Anaconda, that is how tense things are becoming now. I mean who wants to be dreaming of Sam Allardyce?

  180. SomeRandomGunner

    anybody has a link for arsene post match interview ?

  181. From League Two, Burton Albion – Cheltenham

    2′ [1 – 0] S. Harrad
    32′ [2 – 0] S. Harrad (pen.)
    54′ [2 – 1] J. Richards
    56′ [2 – 2] M. Elito
    58′ [3 – 2] M. Townsend (o.g.)
    72′ [4 – 2] S. Kabba
    84′ [4 – 3] M. Pook
    85′ [5 – 3] S. Kabba
    87′ [5 – 4] M. Pook
    90′ [5 – 5] J. Richards
    90′ [5 – 6] M. Pook

    Last goal in 5th minute of added time. They are drinking heavily in Burton this evening.

  182. Passenal

    FG, the funny thing is that we were not beaten by Hull in my dream, it was Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn!

    Ah… Well, one slimy, whiny, kicky time-wasting fouling clueless team is much the same as another…

  183. Passenal, not even his wife wants to dream about him I would think. Well, maybe Kevin Davies, if he misses him a lot?

  184. HOW SWEET IT IS?

    I missed the last 15 minutes. Had to go on the road.

    But my boy Denilson came to the rescue.

    HOW SWEET IT IS?

  185. Can we at ACLF gloat over this victory?

    Should we ask permission?

  186. Shotta, you have my permission to gloat, and I’m sure Yogi, or others, will not mind.

    To answer your other questions. It’s fecking sweet and it’s ridiculously sweet. Remember that Arab oil money got nothing from the KC and Russian oil money only got one point.

  187. YEAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH

    Get innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Viva arsenal

    kamannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  188. Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal…Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenaaaa-aaal Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal…..Arsenal…..ARSENALLLLLL

  189. We Are

    Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal…Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenaaaa-aaal Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal…..Arsenal…..ARSENALLLLLL

  190. Super, Super Nick
    Super, Super Nick
    Super, Super Nick
    Super Nicklas Bentdnerrrrrrrrr

  191. WOW my nerves cannot take another game like that
    but what do you expect when you play a team fighting relegation? But all in all a great but strange week… * NB misses a slew of chances and is slammed in the media only to then score a hat-trick
    * the Sun issues an apology to NB!! Never thought I would see that 🙂
    * No end to people wanting to take off Denilson during the match but then bang!. A long range shot by Denilson saved but turned in on the rebound by NB!
    * Passenal dreaming about Sam Allardyce….don’t know what to say about that
    * An 11 goal thriller in League 2…any chance of there being highlights of that one?

  192. irishgray, I’m sure they’ll have highlights on the Football League Show.

  193. Boaz Myhill is my new favorite non-Arsenal player. Earlier this season, he played a blinder against Spurs and now he gifted us a goal in injury time.

    Not a great performance, but Theo showed why he’s still got a very bright future despite what his critics might say, and it looks like our full-backs are back in top form.

  194. Excellent. Tough game. Shit pitch. Tired players. Result. That is what happens to champions.

    My MotM…Abou Diaby.

    ….Arsenal….

  195. I am happy for the boys.

    At 1-all I could see the vultures circling. One goal in the 96th minute and they all had to rewrite their headlines.

  196. true dat Shotta, I think some papers had to get thrown away actually.

  197. Poppa Paul N – congratulations.
    Many sleepless nights await you but the pleasures of fatherhood will far outweigh the little sacrifices.

  198. Don’t mean to be a bore, but what’s the general view on Campbell’s challenge on Zayatte? To me it was a tough, fair tackle – Sol had to dive in because of the situation, but he took the ball and kept his feet low.

    Reading things about follow-throughs and excessive force. One article has called the challenge as bad as the one by Boateng.

  199. Anaconda @ 8:48

    Thanks for that but as I am in New York I don’t imagine I will get a chance to see it unless its online somewhere. Maybe Fox Soccer Channel (the home of unbiased and professional punditry) will show it in their hi-lite show. Either way great day for The Arsenal, well done NB!! What an impact Theo had!! He is really improving, would be nice to give him a start in the next game or so, I think he deserves it.

  200. Shotta, thanks bro!

  201. From the Guardian:

    “A Campbell tackle on Kamil Zayatte at the start of the second half looked just as bad. Even though Campbell played the ball in a 50-50 his follow-through caught Zayatte’s ankle and ended the Hull player’s participation, which should at least give Arsène Wenger pause when he makes summary judgements about tacklers’ intentions.”

  202. OneOfUs @ 9:12

    Cambell’s challenge was spot on as far as I am concerned. Yes his standing leg slipped but he made total contact with the ball and it was Boateng who followed through and was then caught. By the way, the referee did not call a foul on Cambell’s challenge. He let play carry on but called a for a foul almost directly after for a seperate challenge.On Nasri I think? Not sure. He then stopped play for treatment, only fair but he never gave a foul for Cambell’s challenge.

  203. It was a perfectly fine challenge. Went for the ball, feet low. Got the ball. Actually if anything Zayatte tried to ‘do’ Sol, he went in with studs up. As soon as Zayatte realised he was not going to get to the ball he should have jumped out of the tackle. The injury he sustained was a knee ligament one, which was probably caused by his landing. Mariner got the decision right. On the other hand the Boateng challenge was horrible and might have earned a red card rather than a second yellow. He knew it too.

  204. The Sports Guardian is just another arsewipe. Don’t read it.

  205. Zayatte the numpty went in with high feet, dirty coward ended up getting injured for that very reason.

    Sol was a little over zealous, but watch his feet, he tried to tackle correctly.

  206. The challenge was not controversial and neither was the referees decision on the penalty yellow card. Although the Vinegar Joe of Hasslefart was clearly offside. The arsewipes are all looking for hits by creating controversy where it does not really exist. The Guardian leads the way. Fucking girls paper anyway.

  207. OneOfUs @ 9:15

    I do not think it s a coincidence that in both challenges it was the Arsenal player who made contact with the ball, not the opposition player. In Cambell’s challenge he went and got the ball, Boateng followed in late and got hurt. Ramsey (chin up kid, you will be back) also went in and got the ball, but Shawcross once again followed through and we all know the result. When you watch any truly good player going into a tackle, you will see he has the ability and skill to pull out at the very last second, to avoid injuring himself and the opponent. Mediocre players do not have this skill.

  208. I bet even the food section of the Guardian is full of secularised Christian moralising.

  209. Great. Thanks guys. Just what I thought. I’ve a feeling we’ll hear more about this one though. I think a few writers have been waiting for something like this.

  210. Don’t give them the satisfaction, Big Al.

  211. Frank @ 9:22 “Vinegar Joe of Hasselfart” lol nice one!!

    A perfect example of how to tackle is when Vermaelen chases down the rebound from Arhavin’s half-volley on the edge of the bow V. Porto. The keeper comes flying out and at the last second TV pulls out and instead leaps over the keeper, a payer of lesser talent would have followed through regardless of the damage that could be caused. Idiot pundits would say that was commitment or whatever, but noone can accuse TV of not being committed. So what is the difference? It is simply having the skill to know when to go in to a tackle and when not to go in, something our friend Ryan Shawcross has demonstrated he lacks.

  212. Campbell is a good honest pro, he meant no malice.

  213. Top equal. You can smell it can’t you. Any so-called Arsenal supporter not putting their entire weight behind the squad now should be publicly beheaded. That fucker who called FiveLive, a bloke called Valerie, dising the squad and manager, should be slowly cooked on a griddle before the West Ham game. I want to smell his burning flesh.

    ….Arsenal….

  214. Just a quick comment on the penalty. Yes he was off-side and it should never have happened but it did and I am forced to admit that if the reverse had happened I would have been screaming for a spot-kick. Not that we would get it as Arsenal are not for some reason awarded penalties, I mean NB had a definite case for one shortly after and nothing was given, but NB made it all good in the end 🙂

  215. Haha Frank,

    Can we add some seasoning? Oh dear, perhaps I am taking this a little far.

  216. Talking of men with women’s names, it always used to amuse me that the hard-as-nails no-nonsense French defender Thuram was called Lilian.

  217. Emperor Gooner

    GET IN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is our season..we showed the mentality of champions!!!

    the treatment room will only get thinner now too

    COME ON YA GUNNERS!!!

  218. Not to his face he wasn’t

  219. so what do you guys reckon is better, when Manure play the Chavs, do we want a draw or what? I know its a bit early but which do you think will drop the most points after that game, Mancs or Chavs?

  220. Not to his face he wasn’t

    heh heh irishgray

  221. Frank – “Any so-called Arsenal supporter not putting their entire weight behind the squad now should be publicly beheaded.”

    There is so much work to be done you will be tired like those Jacobins at the tumbrils.

    Since the game, the anti-Wenger, anti-Denilson twats at le groan have been dishing out their usual shit despite the need for unflinching, unquestioning support at this stage of the season.

    Thank god – we chase those crazy baldheads out of town when they came to ACLF with their anti-support.

  222. @irishgray,

    As long as they kick the shit out of each other I will be happy with a draw and a few red cards.

  223. @irishgray
    What we need is for them both to have dropped a couple of points BEFORE that game, so they fight each other to exhaustion, and draw.

  224. That cretin who called 5 live was a moron. Credit to Alan Green, who gave him short shrift. If anybody sees that fucker at the Emirates, get one of the stewards to evict him from the ground. And to all those clueless anti Denilson fuckwits, get a grip. Without Denilson’s shot, it would be 1-1.

  225. shotta_gunna I promised myself I would not read le moan today, just going to head off to the bar and have a nice cold beer and enjoy another win!! Remember all of last year they said we were a pretty team that could not win ugly which is something the champions have to do, that the games against our fellow members of the “Big-four” were not the title deciding games, but rather how well you played against all of the others? It is amazing that now we win the ugly games and drop points against the top two but the credentials needed to be champions are changed!! LMFAO!!! Go Arsenal!! Do it for Rambo!!

  226. Pz

    Ooooh. Which part didn’t you like?

    YW

  227. @ Dupsffokcuf these two tend to take the approach that a draw is ok when they play each other, can’t see them kicking the sh** out of each other either. But a draw still leaves the Chavs a point ahead, but Mancs would be level. Still means we have to win all our games, tricky.

    @FunGunner But against who do you think?

  228. 1 loose cannon

    We got nothing from the ref, that was pure hard work that got us the points. The penalty was soft the hull player was offside and I thought Hull were worst than Stoke, they fouled constantly and That Boateng tackle was a disgrace. Denilson however has done a solid job in the absence of Song and Fabregas and he should be given some credit for the goal aswell.
    I lost lot of respect for Zola his selection against Chelsea is an absolute disgrace he rested his best players (Diamanti and Carlton Cole)I assume for the game against us possibly beleiving he has more chance of beating us. Lets hope we wipe the floor with them.

  229. irishgray on March 13, 2010
    at 9:31 pm

    Great spot!!!!!!!!!!!

    I thought I was the only one who noticed that.

    I saw that Vermaelen challenge and thought same. He repeated it today when Diaby flicked on to him at far post, he went flying in but pulled out when he could have clattered the Hull defender, and it wouldn’t have been a free kick since the ball was already out for a goal kick!

    I tried vainly to point out to some non-Arsenal fans that good honest pros always pull out of tackles, and the fact that Shawcross for example didnt pull out when he had no chance is very damning!

  230. @ Ole Gunner

    Well said lad I pointed out the same thing but thankfully my 2 friends are honest enough to agree with me, he had another great game did TV but it is that ability to read the game that sets him apart.

  231. By: anaconda on March 13, 2010
    at 8:25 pm

    Quality post. I’m drinking heavily and we only won 2-1

  232. Fox Soccer Channel are showing the Bolton V Wigan game…..hmmmm….I did say I would paint my living room this weekend….maybe I will just knock the tele off and watch the paint dry…

  233. Denilson really has to learn like Diaby and those before him, that in this league refs like that buffoon today will never give free-kicks for blatant shoves on or off the ball.

    He should just push these wrestlers parading as footballers back!!

  234. o/g – A stiff rum and coke will do for me.

    COYGs

  235. @ Maria

    no he should just turn on some of his Brazillian flair and dance past them as if it were Mardi Gras and he was doing the Samba!!!

  236. @ Ole Gunner – make mine a double would ya? Cheers man!!

  237. consolsbob on March 13, 2010
    at 10:30 am

    What an astute prediction.

    Bendtner’s goal was significant on two counts. It takes us ever closer to the title. And it takes Hull City closer to the drop.

  238. It’s home brew beer for me lads….:D

  239. I hope that Boetang guy is charged with violent conduct, what he did was unacceptable.

  240. well said Ole!! well said

  241. How appropriate and ironic that humble (umble) pie is traditionally filled with tripe. An apt description of much of what was written about us at the start of the season.

  242. You know who else pissed me off today?

    Yeah you guessed it old vampire teeth myself….uuuuh anything a Arsenal player came near him he was crying foul and demanding cards.

    A**hole.

  243. Alan Green started dishing his very own today FG.

  244. While I am over the moon with the late winner, I still feel cheated somehow. I really don’t know what it is….

  245. I know I am getting off topic but does any one else share my hope that Pompey avoid the drop? As impossible as that may seem.

  246. @ Maria

    hee hee. What did AG say?

  247. @ Maria

    Is it that we did not keep a clean sheet?

  248. While I am over the moon with the late winner, I still feel cheated somehow. I really don’t know what it is….

    The penalty award? The rubbish refereeing?

  249. BTW – Frank is absolutely right about the moron, Kevin Whitcher of Online Gooner. Published another ignorant anti-Denilson screed since the game. I am convinced that this twat and his posse are totally ignorant about top-level football.
    Polizano – with your permission I will remind Whitcher and his ignorant cohorts of Denilson’s contribution:
    He makes 49 successful passes – the third most in the match.
    He makes 5 interceptions – the second most in the match.
    He makes 9 successful tackles – the most in the match.
    He gets one long range shot on target, which leads directly to a goal and wins us the match.

  250. Nasir Jones-Nasri

    Great result for the Arsenal. We had to play against 12 men for the better part of the game, but still managed to grind out a result. Arshavin could of made it much more comfortable, but that’s life. Did anyone else notice Phil Brown jumping around his box like a ballerina during a couple 50 50 challenges. Funny stuff.

  251. Also was that not a pen against our boy Clichy?

  252. @ Maria

    normally I would have said no Maria but looking at what the ref gave as a penalty against us and I have to say yes, it was. Not great refereeing but remember this is the ref who Juast beat his cancer and his wife is still battling Leukemia I beliee so hats off to the lad. If I am right he was in charge of our 6-2 victory over Everton at the start of the season, 24 hours after he learned he had cancer. So well done to him, I think he deserves a lot of credit.

  253. The defender got none of the ball and clipped Gael.

    Irishgray I think that was another guy.

  254. @ Maria

    Sorry if i got the ref’s mixed up but that was the info I got. As regards the penalty claim, yea there was contact but it would have been a soft penalty in my opinion. NB had a much better case for a penalty when Mendy hit him in the throat with his elbow when going up for a header. In this case again there was a very good claim fr a penalty as it looked like NB was favorite to win the ball up to that challenge.

  255. MOTD !! Shearer was okay, but Lineker ( you have to feel sorry for Hull..) [No you bloody well don’t!] and Hansen – was chewing on a wasp as he finally, grudgingly admitted we’re right back in it.
    After creaming themselves over Drogba, naturally.

  256. Not wishing to jimx anything, but has any team every gone through a Premier League season without having a sending off?

    I’m afraid the nonsense about Sol deserving a sending off may lead to similar payback over the next few games in the same vein as the Eduardo incident hurt us getting penalties.

  257. “In the first 20 minutes, I was in awe of some of the football that Arsenal produced, despite the difficult pitch. It was as good a type of football as you are likely to see, not only in England or Europe but the whole world. I was astounded.”

    I never thought I would ever say this but here goes…..Well said Phillipe L”Orange!! Well said indeed!!

  258. Ole, the Sauvignon Blanc is slipping down nicely here – I am going to need a drink or two to get through ‘squeaking bum time’!

  259. Hey guys, quick question to the eagle eyed Gunners out there,

    Does anyone have a view on our shape and formation today. I couldn’t work out how we lined up, it didnt look like a 4-3-3.

  260. I was confused too ML, especially when Narsi came off for Eduardo.

  261. or even ‘squeaky bum time’! (that’s the drink talking)

    I think our formation is nominal with the amount of interchanging and movement that characterizes our game.

  262. Had the game on FSC today but we also hosted the grandson’s two-year old party at our house so only really saw the first half and not really any of the rest of the game except NB’s killer goal (the mark of a great striker to grab that chance).
    The pitch looked awful and the other lines being visible should be a fine against Hull. thought Arsh looked very, very sharp.
    Anyone got a link to the highlights please?

  263. @ MDG http://arsenalist.com/ you will normally find goals and highlights here. Goals after the game and highlights by the next morning

  264. I think it was 4-3-3 but Nasri is either given freedom to go any where he wants or he is inclined to drift out wide on the right. It seemed like he did anyway, and playing him alongside Eboue now, in my mind at least, brings up the question of wether or not this leaves the middle of the pitch wide open, I think it does. Any time we lost the ball look at how Hull( Hull for God’s sake!!) were able to launch a counter-attack straight down the middle. When Cesc is on the field with Nasri he is played on the left and this gives us better balance. As you could see today it was impossible to really tell what formation we played, Diaby played well, as did Nasri and Eboue but without Cesc there seems to be noone who takes command of midfield and keeps control of it.

  265. @irishgray,

    the referee you were talking about was mark halsey.

  266. @ Passenal

    Our positioning being inter-changeable Passenal means that when one of our players goes out of position for whatever reason someone else either moves into that position or at the least tries to make the gap less noticeable. Just like when Clichy( who has come back brilliantly) or Sagna go forward, either Tv or Sol moved there positioning to accommodate the gap. This doesn’t happen in Midfield when Cesc or Rosicky is not playing. Song was missed badly but still there should have been some coverage for when both Nasri and Eboue were on the same side of midfield, almost always the right side.

  267. @ Dupsffokcuf

    right on my bad, still wish him well though 🙂

  268. @Dups (sorry man too many f’s)

    Thanks for the link. He makes a good point in as much as he still cares about football it does tend to put it in perspective.

  269. If Portsmouth manage to beat Hull next week they will be only 2 points behind them!! Well that is if they lose against the ‘Pool. Wouldn’t it be great if they beat Liverpool on Monday night? Arsenal for the title and Pompei for survival. Let’s get rid of Hull, Wolves(pussycats is more like it, with emphasis on pussy) and Wigan. Have to admit to liking Burnley for some reason, don’t know why though…..

  270. Anyone here also watch FSC? If so I hope you are ready for tomorrow. Myself and some friends have the beer bought and shall have the Pizza on the way even before it starts, in fevered anticipation.

  271. we are tha feckin arsenal

  272. Irishgray, I do agree with you about Nasri drifting out to the left, but that is probably because he has played there since he joined us. However, when Rosicky is on the pitch with him, they seem to have a good understanding and inter-change positions during the match. It was noticeable against Burnley and Hull, but the absence of Rosicky today probably accounted for that gap down the middle that you speak about. Arshavin has his contribution to make, but is not as tactically aware as Rosicky.

  273. @ Passenal

    I agree but just wish Arsene could find a way to solve this as it is a glaring problem, and it has cost us at times. I take nothing away from the team and there performance, so I hope noone is thinking I am moaning. Just some constructive criticism which I feel is warranted, but I suppose they were also jaded from the Porto game. Eboue has improved greatly and is deserving of a lot of praise. But lets face it, if this was a better team than Hull that gap would have been more ruthlessly exploited to our detriment.

  274. flying dutchman

    Another reward and confidence booster for Nick B. Being there in the right position and taking the chances that really matter, the rest is almost irrelevant (but can’t help wondering how many points clear of the rest we’d be if Robin hadn’t had his injury)

    Credit to the boys, and what I found most encouraging was that they just found another way to win despite the bad luck with the ref and the finishing (also with a squad pretty much stripped to the bone today, let’s not forget). The game was desperately calling for a plan B, the direct way, and Denilson understood that and Nick anticipated it brilliantly (watch again how he gets in front of the defender, and the finish wasn’t at all the easy tap in it looked).
    Cue me screaming & dancing around the room, even though I’d kept thinking we would win because we deserved it and given our stats of scoring in the last 10 minutes.
    It’s like Arsene said about possible complacency: results such as these and at Stoke pretty much guarantee the team against getting complacent. Quite the opposite: they are the perfect team- and character building experience necessary to keep winning.

    8 more finals now plus 5 in the CL – I think an unbeaten final run is definitely possible, and if that happens, come May we could well have the two biggest trophies in our hands.

  275. Deano, great vid. Denilson hit that (backward pass to the keeper) so sweet.

  276. THAT WAS A PENALTY ON CLICHY just watched the game again. Stewart agrees.

  277. Tricky game. Fabulous result. Well done!! Denilson should use that long ranger more often.

  278. I like Wigan under Martinez. Hull, Bolton and Wolves are teams I wouldn’t mind seeing in the cola league next season. Whether they get relegated or not, I wouldn’t mind if Arsene nicked Nzogbia off them. He’s twenty three, lightning quick and very experienced for a player his age.

  279. Again Denilson was quite poor in the middle, he is clearly the last name on the midfield team sheet. seems to me that the opposition are always more of a threat with him in the team.

  280. Denilson was excellent yesterday.

  281. Having watched the replay I see that Vinegar Joe of Hasslefart was denied a goal scoring opportunity by Sol Campbell. He was clearly about to balance the ball on the back of his neck intending to go on and walk the ball into the net. A tricky manoeuvre that requires time, patience and absolute silence. The linesman knowing that a great goal was about to be scored and history made deliberately ignored Vinegar’s offside position in the intereste of football generally. Sol then comes in and clatters him and fucks it up completely. Outrageous behaviour.

  282. Bergkamp Ghoulfest

    YEEESSSSSSSS!!!

    Eboue was unlucky to be subbed, but Theo made a telling, telling difference.

  283. Bergkamp Ghoulfest

    LOVED the celebration yesterday. Tears in my eyes, there were.

  284. Fact is, without Denilson, the final score would have been 1-1.

  285. frank,

    everyone is always excellent all the time in your eyes you big arsenal hippy.lol.

  286. I’ve just been looking around some of the blogs and the way so many are jumping on the anti-Denilson band wagon is pretty pathetic. We’re in with a real chance of winning something but they can’t just support the team and forget about scapegoating someone for 5 fucking minutes! As Luke points out, if it wasn’t for Denilson’s on target long range shot at the end, we would not be celebrating this victory today.

  287. i will be bloody disappointed if fulham plays a weakened team. let’s face it, there’s no chance of them getting anything off juventus.

  288. Different players bring different things to the team. Denilson’s role is not to try long range shots like that too often, otherwise we would be losing possession more with such low percentage shots at goal. However, it was great that in the quest for this win, Denilson tried something different and it paid off.

    Pls don’t slag our less flamboyant players for doing the unglamourous recover, fetch and carry job in order to support the Fabregas and the Arshavins of our team.

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