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November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?


Arteta ain't he better

By Boris Mellor
December 4 2011

This is the shortest November blip in Wenger’s history, 19 points out of last 21, the blip being Fulham at home. With the CL group won, and the Carling Cup gone, Wenger’s team can rest whilst the big three all have to play a tough CL match midweek.Followed by four goals and a clean sheet at Wigan you have to ask yourself could it be any better? Cruelly the answer is always yes, if only this team had been assembled before the season started, instead of 4 matches into season.

The Bank of Friendship Posse, those who hadn’t gone to Wigan, assembled at the home stadium to watch the match on the very big screen in Royal Oak for only £8.00, well I did get a free 250l plastic cup of diet coke included. I must be mellowing as I though the cheeseburger and chip, at £6 were ok. The chips were certainly better than the freedom fries you get at the running dogs of American Imperialism outlets on the high street. There again so are we.

Before the main feature we were treated to Newcastle v Chelsea, the score flattered them, but no doubt the old geezers have a now got second wind, and the barcodes have imploded, probably the curse of Richard Branson. Thank goodness Barton has gone, the thought of him bearing Virgin on his chest would have stretched anyone’s credulity. Newcastle hit the woodwork three times, when it must have been easier to put it in the net.

Question Time - No need to worry about lack of strikers

Then just before the main feature Sagna was introduced to us for a Q and A session, and in particular it was time for the munchkins to ask important questions, you know the sort of thing, Cat or Dog, Tea or Coffee, Shower or Bath, Shopping or Lie-in, Fischer or Spassky, Mingus or Bird, Elvis or Springsteen, actually I made those up the young- uns questions were quite good.

What position would Bac really like to play in, striker he replied, and we all cheered, knowing that’s just what we need. Just like Arshavin Bac is cruelly forced to play out of position by the wicked Wizard Wenger.

How did the team feel when Fab and lardass moved on?

Bac levelled with us, “our confidence went when Fabregas went”, wow that made a change from the usual platitudes, or plongitudes, we get at these events.

What was his greatest moment in football?

“My backpass at Tottenham a few years back”, we all cheered, not because of the backpass, but because it reminded us of the times playing at the Lane was an easy three points. Anyway enough Q and A it will probably be on Arsenal.com

The main feature

We then all got restless as we could see the main feature was starting on the side screens, Bac was unceremoniously bundled off the stage, like some Lord Mayor who had overstayed his welcome at the switching on of the Town Centre Christmas lights. The crowd then proceeded to clap the Gary Speed minute of silence, it seemed a bit weird, but the two or three thousand in the Royal Oak always behave as if they are actually at the match, but louder. No one, bar no one, leaves early, though some get up and down for drinks more often than a whores knickers on Piccadilly Station; and they seemed to think it’s ok to shoulder charge me every time they went by.

The past weighs like a nightmare on the minds of the living

I have been to several of these screenings and they have all been rubbish, we were 1 nil up at Burnley, Fab got injured – 1-1. We were at Everton 1-0 down on when  90+ minute RvP equalised, I suppose that was a plus. Winning at Villa, we drew and on it goes, anyhow I stopped going as the screenings felt cursed, so we were all feeling apprehensive, especially as the last two away games at Wigan had been thrown away in last five minutes. But I had forgotten Flapianski wasn’t playing, and the difference Sir Chesney makes.

I predicted we would gift them an open goal on 6 minutes, I was wrong it was 6 minutes 2 seconds, and they threw the chance away. After that you all know what happened, it was a procession of goals, with RvP not involved in the scoring until it was all over.

I liked Arteta’s goal as it broke the Arsenal golden rule, never shoot from outside the box, unless aiming at row Z. Vermalen took his goal tally to three, which is 300% more than Chamakh has scored this season. No wonder Wenger doesn’t want to buy a striker for Xmas, after all they are for life, he has got all these defenders queuing up for the job. Maybe Chamakh would be better at centre back, after all Mel Charles was more effective at CB than CF.

Gervinho doesn’t have to think

Gervinho wasted several nailed on chances, but RvP provided him with a pass that only required an upgraded tap in, five heads didn’t have to think too much about it so in it went. Three goals up and RvP hadn’t even scored. I almost began to hope he wouldn’t score so that the press couldn’t say Arsenal were a one man team, true we only have one striker, but Walcott was determined to put his mate on the score sheet. It was a great run and screw back by Theo, and a great finish by the ever reliant Robin (see what I did there?). RvP threw Walcott over his shoulder like a sack of nutty slack, great celebration. RvP will always be able to get a job as coal merchant when he retires. Amazingly many reports led with the fact that RvP scored, well you don’t want to spoil a good story with the fact that three players scored who were not RvP, three man team doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as one man team.

So it was game set and match, even Arsenal couldn’t throw away a 4 goal margin with 11 men on the pitch. Clattenburg was awful, refusing Ramsey a nailed on penalty, but it shows that if you take your chances and defend well the man in black is irrelevant. Nobody would join me in a chorus of Fergy’s rent boy, that’s club level for you, but at least I wasn’t thrown out.

Immense and important announcement

As we all stood up and cheered to the echo, a solemn announcement was made, one of the Gods had stayed amongst us, us the great unwashed, to watch the game. Yes Bac hadn’t scarpered after his light grilling at the beginning. We were told he had been very interested in how we all celebrated the goals. I must say I didn’t find the celebrations that unusual, people stood up, raised pint glasses, sang name of scorer or the assister, and sometimes even both, cheered and sat down. But then if you haven’t seen that sort of thing before it probably is very interesting.

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November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
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04/12/2011 12:35
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2011:12:06:22:50:51 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
04/12/2011 12:57
Stats are wrong - at least 150 hits at this stage.



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
04/12/2011 14:02
Blip not started yet.
Wait for wintry months.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
04/12/2011 14:05
Not wintry enough for you at Wigan yesterday, cold and pi$$ing down in Wigan



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
05/12/2011 14:09
Where is the mud?
Where is the ice?

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
05/12/2011 15:28
pitch was more bumpy than a cab driver going through back streets of Hackney. Ice? Twice a year these days.
By the way Guardian made Ramsey MoM



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
05/12/2011 15:49
La Nina.
Perhaps this winter maybe the most severe in 50 years.
This team has not proven yet they cna slug it out on a muddy pitch in freezing conditions.

A poorish Wigan who did not kick nor hack is no challenge.
Wait for Evertona dn Stoke during wintry conditions and upNorth.

mOTM?
SO, amongst the Blind, the One-Eye Man is the King isn't it?

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Mad Jens (IP Logged)
05/12/2011 18:00
This side is built of stronger stuff than most of our previous squads, we'll be fine.

Santos is a worry perhaps but he's been busy building a cocoon of blubber to fend off the cold.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
eduardo (IP Logged)
05/12/2011 19:22
merl get out of the 70's, who other than wigan have anything other than a very good pitch these days in the FAPL, even old trafford is not the kip it used to be



*Signing Ozil is a signing Bergkamp type moment for Arsenal. It changes things utterly.*

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
06/12/2011 14:25
Problem is Ed that this winter maybe a killer, fixture congestion, postponement galore and really back to the 90s and 2000s of muddy pitches in icy conditions and frozwn pitches that The French Spine ahd their perennial November Blip.

Mad Jens talked of this side is amde of "sterner stuff".

Well, didn't Vieira, Petit, Gilberto, Edu, Bergy, Freddy, WIltord, et al are made of "sterner dtuff" than present side?

We better remain unbeaten throughout 2011 as Jan/Feb 2012 will be a killer with this thin squad of ours.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Mad Jens (IP Logged)
06/12/2011 15:32
Well, I'm not exactly comparing this squad to the Invincibles, not sure where you get that idea from. I'd have to be a bit touched in the head to be doing that.

I'm more thinking that players like Arteta, Mertesacker, etc. have been around the block once or twice. More so than Denilson, Bendtner, Vela, or any number of players in our squad this time last season.

Not to mention we don't have the bleached Spaniard or Flappyhandski in between the sticks anymore.

 
Re: November Blip Over Cavalry Join Team RvP Striker Problem?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
06/12/2011 16:33
Keep your knickers on merlion. I agree with jens, this squad is better than last year's laughably named best squad ever

Will it win league or CL I dont think so, wil it do it next year? Not unless Wenger buys 2 or 3 top quality players.
Do I prefer them to last years squad? yes I do at least they try.



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

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