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By Boris Mellor
December 30 2012

The Bank’s Posse Christmas lunch was late this year and there were a few poignant gaps in the seating, one of the gang had died, another seriously ill, and one working, but we put a brave face on it and got stuck in. Tim had cried off, allegedly due to poverty, but I reckon he was down at the Tollington with the blogerati, anyway he missed out as the steaks were better than ever, as were the Pomme Frites Provençale.

After so much good food and wine we agreed it almost seemed a shame to brave the teeming rain to go and see well who knows what you will see these days. It increasingly feels like the mid-60s,* fortunately we decided to press on, a decision we would not regret, unlike a considerable number who had left their seats empty for more pressing matters.

 

I was expecting a goal fest

How does Mark Lawrenson get paid, or rather why does he get paid? He predicted 2-0 to Arsenal, now I couldn’t see Arsenal keeping a clean sheet against the bar codes, and in particular Demba Ba, and I couldn’t see Arsenal being restricted to two. So I predicted 3-2, well five is quite a lot, the bloke next to me predicted 3-1, so I was quite smug at 2-2, but I race ahead. I don’t suppose anyone predicted 7-3, if they did they must be very rich.

 

A game of one half

The first half was only notable for two reasons, the first that Walcott scored an excellent goal, and secondly that Demba Ba nearly killed Jack with his free kick. Apparently Wenger is filing his complaint right now. The “nearly killed him” joke was cracked by neighbor as soon as it happened, and it had me in stitches. Of course we were all annoyed about Wilshere’s positioning and I was convinced it would not have happened if the BFG had played.

 

However the half time result of  1-1 meant that nothing had changed since the kick off, true Newcastle probably had more chances than Arsenal, and Theo fluffed a couple of chances, which had one fan yelling “Theo you are useless”, which we thought was a bit harsh. I wonder if he feels a bit daft in the light of the result?

 

Anyhow there was a feeling of discontent at half time that Arsenal had needlessly chucked away a lead. Nobody was expecting what would occur in the second half when the game really got going.

 

How to lose a lead three times and win 7-3

 

Only five minutes into the second half the Ox put Arsenal ahead again, but only 9 minutes after that the Tynesiders equalized.  Five minutes after that Podolski put Arsenal 3-2 up from a Wilshere cross. Only five minutes later Ba scored the third equalizer for Newcastle, three-three, but the momentum was with Arsenal. The next four goals were all the Gunners without reply, maybe Newcastle were tiring, or Arsenal taking the handbrake off, but now it was wave of attack after attack.

 

It was glorious too many goals to detail, but my favourite was Theo’s third goal and the teams 7th. The is was like the days of Alex  James, or Stanley Matthews. No I never saw James play, but I did see Matthews. It was a mazy dribble though a crowded defence, yes they did try and stop him, he even fell over, possibly tripped, but nothing could stop him and he finally poked it into the back of the net.

 

I bet the bloke who left after 70 minutes, with his son, who I churlishly shouted after, “you will miss the next three!”, wishes he had not ignored my powers of prophecy. Though to be honest I wasn’t sure they would all be ours at the time.

 

Sign him up, sign him up sang the crowd en masse, Theo then took the ball round the ground like a trophy, one or two people wondered if it was a farewell lap. Apparently Henry has been coaching him as a centre forward. For those who have been wondering why the delay the answer is simple, you can vote at 18, join the Army at 17, and become a centre forward at 23. You might think its daft, but it’s the law, and let’s face it Carroll may have benefited if he hadn’t of broken it.

 

Gazidis has got to get the Theo contract signed, or things could get very ugly, Arsenal fans have lost far too many talented players to tolerate losing one more.

 

*The mid-60s a time when Arsenal could just as easily end up losing 4-3 as winning 4-3, or drawing 4-4 against big teams, before going out of the FA cup to Third Division Peterborough and the manager was sacked after too many empty seats and marches.

 

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Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
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30/12/2012 00:19
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2013:01:01:20:58:16 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Gunners R Us (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:24
Does this mean 'The Bank Posse' are recruiting new members?

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:27
Its a select group, like M15 we invite possible members, there is no open application



- 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: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
eduardo (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:31
It seems henry has not been coaching theo, as he only started training with afc on friday and took no part in first team training



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

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:33
killjoy. You will spoil a good story with facts but its not completely wrong:

Wengeron the influence of Thierry Henry…
I believe Theo takes advice from Thierry, of course, because Thierry has played in that position. But Thierry arrived yesterday in training, he didn't practise with us, but it's good when you need to talk to someone who has played in there. [Theo's first goal] was a Thierry-type goal.



- 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.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2012:12:30:00:35:38 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
eduardo (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:38
Ha ha ha



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

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
weedz (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:43
Pleased to hear you enjoyed your French-fries and tommy sauce, Padre, and of course the game.

Could what happened today for Theo, have of happened if RvP hadn`t of left? And I`m not suggesting that Robin leaving us was a good thing, but as one door closes another opens, comes to mind.

Did the Geordies play that badly? Even in that 6-2 goal 2nd half, they didn`t appear to be that poor, on TV.

Excellent reffing as well, I thought.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:48
I think watching the game as a whole, rather than on TV, it was easier to sense that the steam had gone out of the geordies. Plus the defending against Theo for his first two goals was awful.

Of course the going of RvP allowed it to happen, but firstly Pods and Giroud were the replacements, and secondly they could be preparing to let Theo go.

I hate to correct you on the sauce, Provencale is a Garlic and Parsley mix,



- 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: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Jack_is_the_truth (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 00:51
sign da ting



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The future is now!!!!!!!

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 01:11
yes the crowd sang that too



- 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: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 02:38
The one ingredient I found missing from all Arsene Wenger's TEAMS since 1996:

That RUTHLESSNESS to utterly destroyed an opponent when you are running riot.
Previously, we were showbating, fancy flips, back-heels, Hollywood passes, toying with an inferior opponent.

No more.
When we are 5-3 up, we went looking for 6-3.
6-3 up and we went looking for 7-3.
7-3 up and we went looking for 8-3.
Pity Giroud's tap-in, the easiest chance he had, from 5-year out hit the goal-post.

Let' shope this TEAM will cotninue this trend of cricket score against vastly inferior opponent in Saints and Swansea.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
weedz (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 04:01
Cheerz for that insight, Padre. I tried to watch Coloccini`s play, as I regard him as a very good CB and he didn`t seem to play as badly as the score-line suggests.

And coming from a London & City Guilds chef, which I am, I can assure you that any Sauce Provincal made without some tomato in it is not a Sauce Provincal.

But no need to apologise, old chap.smileys with beer

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 04:17
Quote:
weedz
Cheerz for that insight, Padre. I tried to watch Coloccini`s play, as I regard him as a very good CB and he didn`t seem to play as badly as the score-line suggests.
And coming from a London & City Guilds chef, which I am, I can assure you that any Sauce Provincal made without some tomato in it is not a Sauce Provincal.

But no need to apologise, old chap.smileys with beer

You running your own F&B at The Shire? grinning smiley

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 10:06
On the first Theo goal the Newcastle defence made a mistake we often make, too high a line and no one got back in time, for his second he was allowed to spin 360 degrees without challenge, for his third he was unstoppable. Interestingly two of his goals came from the wing.

You may be right about the sauce in general but I can assure you there is no tomato in it, it may be because the restaurant is an Argentinian one and they do their own variety.



- 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: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
microdire (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 22:44
Playing from the wing sometimes helps a striker ability to score the Henrysque kind of goal.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Jack_is_the_truth (IP Logged)
30/12/2012 23:41
how



http://giant.gfycat.com/DistantVastGuanaco.gif http://164.177.157.12/img/teams/13.png
The future is now!!!!!!!

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
weedz (IP Logged)
31/12/2012 08:43
Quote:
microdire
Playing from the wing sometimes helps a striker ability to score the Henrysque kind of goal.

Agreed. It also gives the winger-turned striker the vision of where the winger, with the ball, wants him to make his run.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
RadioFreeArsenal (IP Logged)
31/12/2012 16:12
The thing is while junking the wage structure woould come far too late honestly if we let Theo go can the whole english Core theory be taken seriously?

I know we're likely to replace him with Zaha which will fit with that PR but again will that be about an English Core or as cheap an English Core as possible?

I cannot see how letting Theo leave over wages cannot destroy the Club's credibility finally.

 
Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
31/12/2012 17:07
It will be English as long as they are rubbish theory



- 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: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
31/12/2012 18:18
will things really get ugly if theo leaves!!! we are arsenal fans and we are so understanding, too classy to revolt..

it felt good seeing the 7 goals lets forget we let in 3 goals. lol

good one!!!



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Re: Ridiculous to the sublime back to the sixties Sign Him Up
RadioFreeArsenal (IP Logged)
31/12/2012 23:12
Quote:
Padre Pio
It will be English as long as they are cheap and highly profitable theory

Fixed that for you

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