A New Year and a New Dawn…..

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Thought I would end the year with a quicky. Just for fun I thought we could have a competition, a Fantasy Five a side game. Choose five players who will play in the Prem tomorrow,

2 x Defenders,

2 x Midfielders

1 x Forward

I will base points scored from the FPL opta stats…….. the winner gets a free ticket to the away CL game at Monaco………… ha ha only joking.

Here’s my team:

Hutton, Zabaleta

Silva, Downing

Costa

I probably won’t be fit tomorrow to do any blogging so results will be published on Friday 2nd January. Hopefully, our boys would have got the three points down on the south coast. Where ever you are, what ever you are doing, have a great New Year fellow Sore Arses. See you in 2015.

A Merry Chrimbo to all our readers.

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The GunnersoreArse Management and editorial team would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. Just over six months ago, on the 26th May 2014, the first ever post went up. Over 40 posts later and still going….. over 30,000 hits and nearly 5000 comments, although most of the comments have been pictures of naked women………. or jokes from GN5 ūüôā

I had no idea how the blog would develop or even if it would continue, but it has and so far it’s been a great journey. It’s never been too serious or pretentious, mixing football chat with other topics and along the way some extremely amusing banter. The blog has accumulated a few regular and dedicated bloggers plus readers from all over the world. When I started the blog it was pre-season and none of us knew how the season would develop, I had high hopes due to how we had dominated the top of the Premiership last season before falling away to finish fourth. With our transfer business in buying Sanchez, Debuchy, Welbeck and Chambers, the future looked very exciting.

However, things don’t always go as expected and the season has been a somewhat up and down affair so far. Injuries are still the greatest area of concern and at present, don’t seem to be improving, despite us now having a new fitness guru.

Anyway, my letter to Santa was short and sweet, Champions League Trophy for my Arsenal please Mr Claus, that’s all I ask. But if you could throw in a couple of young, sexy, gorgeous and willing women to keep me going in 2015, then I won’t complain.

As we approach the busy Christmas period, we are precariously hanging in there in 7th place, five points off 4th place and 13 points from the top. Our invincible record is safe and we are through to the last 16 in the Champions League with what many are thinking should be an easy tie against Monaco. The quarter final could well be a possibility and with out Premier League campaign looking rather bleak, perhaps Monsieur Wenger will concentrate on the European competition, the one trophy that has so far eluded the Frenchman.

So here’s a very Merry Christmas to all the Sore Arses around the world who read and comment on this blog:

I’d Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida:¬†Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda:¬†Gladelig Jul:¬†Joyeux Noel:¬† Froehliche Weihnachten:¬†Kala Christouyenna:¬†Selamat Hari Natal:¬† Nollaig Shona Dhuit:¬† God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar:¬† Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia:¬†Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom:¬†Hristos se rodi:¬†Feliz Navidad:¬†God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar:¬†sooK San wan Christmas:¬†Srozhdestvom Kristovym:¬† Sretan Bozic:¬†Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar:¬† Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun:¬†Krismasi Njema…….. and all the other languages that I’ve not been able to copy and paste ūüôā

And I raise my glass to Arsène Wenger and all the Arsenal players and staff, MERRY CHRISTMAS

There’s only one Arsene Wenger……

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What a topsy-turvy week it has been for Ars√®ne. Last weekend, booed by a group of dickheads when he was boarding the train at Stoke, then yesterday, the supporters getting behind him and singing his name. The fickle nature of the football fan, eh! But what I think happened at the Newcastle game was a response to the numpties, they must have hated to hear that song being sung. Here’s Monsieur Wenger talking to the BBC post match:

“Our job is to win football games and when we don’t do it I understand when they’re not happy,” said Wenger.

“We lost, unfortunately, at Stoke and we feel guilty for that,” Wenger added. “But 99.9% it is people with full respect even when they’re not happy.

“I can take the 0.1%. Yes, of course, I’m thankful for the fans singing my name at the end of the match. It’s very nice to get support from the crowd.

“But the most important for me is to win football games and the best way to make our fans happy is to do that.”

Wenger clearly stating there that he thinks the boo boys are just 0.1% of the fan base. Which is probably close, but even with such a minority of shitbags, they are having a divisive effect. But the chanting of Wengers name sent a clear message and I was pleased to hear the verbal support for the manager.

It was a very satisfying win yesterday, Giroud and Santi back to goalscoring ways, the Ox having a great game in central midfield. Welbeck getting close on a couple of occasions and a disallowed goal which seemed legitimate to me and some of his movement off the ball was excellent. A makeshift defence which showed Debuchy as a very competent centre-back. Wenger has stated this week that if the whole team were fit, then there is no need to delve into the January transfer window. However, he balanced that by saying the Koscielny situation may mean he has to get someone in to cover. We can only wait to see what happens.

Two results this week which have gone some way to counter the negativity which arose after the Stoke game. Two games which have also shown how the team are starting to combine together and become the force which has been promised but as yet, not been achieved. Injuries have been our achilles heel but somehow, the manager has been able to juggle things around to keep us ticking over. I foresee a big shift over the next few games, moving up a gear and proving the detractors wrong. Liverpool away next week will be tough but a win at Anfield is not impossible if the boys can avoid the inconsistency shown against Stoke. Then QPR at home and a trip to Upton Park over the Christmas period, all are winnable.

So there we have it, my positive take on the current situation and recent results. All we can do is support the team and manager. And as Wenger states, he will make every effort to win games to keep us happy. What more should we expect?

Right, time for a glass of wine and some cheese, chorizo and baguette. Hope you enjoyed your visit…. till the next time.

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Animals versus Angels: Match Report

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What did we expect? It’s always the same at the home of the Orcs, intimidation, rotational fouling and rugby tackles. Ryan Shawcross had already set the scene when the Sun published his comments about “You are Gunner Get it”, so there we are then, we got it. Did the Stoke horror tactics influence the result? I don’t think so, not in the first half anyway, we were very poor, not just in defence but all over the field. In the second half we came back, but some poor referee decisions did influence the match. I’m not normally one to blame the refs, I generally take the stand that they even themselves out. But yesterday, some of the officials decisions were baffling. At this point I’ll just let some photos do the talking…………………

 

Charlie Adam grapples Sanchez to the ground

Former England striker Alan Shearer on MOTD: “If you go to Stoke you are going to have to roll your sleeves up, fight, scrap and battle. Arsenal did not do that. It was a shambles, embarrassing… whatever words you want to use. It was laughable. They’re are 3-0 down, it really was shambolic. Until Arsene improves Arsenal defensively they have no chance of winning the league. Having said that, I still think they will finish in the top four because that is what they do.

Peter Crouch did this on several occasions and went unpunished

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole on Final Score: “To get 3-0 up at home against any team is good, but to do it against a top team like Arsenal? Stoke harassed them, they got stuck in. It should take more than that to knock a team off their stride at this level, but for some reason Arsenal cannot get over the problems they have at Stoke.”

Shearer and Cole are fucking idiots to think that how Stoke played was just ‘harassment’ or that a team has to, “fight, scrap and battle” against them and that is acceptable. I’m sure that if either Cole or Shearer were fouled and rugby tackled like that they would be the first complaining to the referee.

This next video really makes me fucking angry, is this an attempt to get the ball? Is it even what we class as football? No it isn’t, and how the officials didn’t punish Adam with a red card just beggars belief. If the FA don’t investigate the officials from yesterdays match then our beloved game is in a poor state.

In the end, I actually thoroughly¬†enjoyed the game, but only the second half. It was thrilling and I really started to think that we could come back and win 4-3. But it wasn’t to be. Stoke broke up our play with there rotational fouling and time wasting, Chambers was unfairly punished with two very soft yellows and Crouch, Adam and Shawcross were not punished for a lot worse. Yesterday when the game finished I was on a high, excited by the ‘nearly’ comeback. We actually finished the last 4 or 5 minutes with just Mertesacker as our only defender on the pitch. However, today I am angry, angry at the officials, angry at the Stoke players for their bully tactics and angry at the FA for not doing more to stamp out the type of play we saw from Stoke yesterday.

Right, time for a glass of wine and some spicy chorizo. I need the hair of the dog because I went out after the game and got totally rat arsed. Suffering a bit this morning so apologise for a short post and probably some spelling and grammatical  errors. Until the next time

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