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Manchester Accountants v Arsenal: a tale of two systems

By Bulldog Drummond

Manchester Accountants is part of a financial organisation which aims to spread its cultural and economic influence worldwide.

It already has bases in Australia, New York and Manchester, and is now looking to move into phase two, which involves taking over disused and abandoned venues built for the world cup, and placing teams there.  Brazil and South Africa are currently top targets, and it is believed that negotiations are continuing.

Part of the group’s aims are classic accountancy ploys – pushing regulations to the limit to see what will happen vis a vis the authorities.  But there are predictions of an easy ride in both South Africa and Brazil.

Arsenal work on a different model.  While financing based on oil and gas consumption will come to an end either due to rising sea levels or the end of production, Arsenal’s model is one of self-financing and self-sustainability.  It is also interesting to note that the Stadium Wenger is built on one of the higher parts of London, although ultimately as the gas and oil continues to be used, it could end up on the shores of the Thames.  The stadium has been designed so that windmills can be built around it, in the eventuality of the oil running out.

So to the match of two totally different economic systems.

Proving that we are not the only people who lose players to injury Manchester Accountants player, a Mr Nasri injured himself carrying his wallet, while Edin Dzeko is doubtful as he is still looking for his.  “I gave it to my banker,” he said plaintively, “and now I can’t find him”.

Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany will start presumably, having had last weak on the beach.  (Funny thing this letter “a”).

Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta are obviously out, and Kieran Gibbs remains a doubt, but Calum Chambers is back off sick leave.

According to the press (when they take their very rare breaks from rampant anti-Arsenal hysteria) this is David Silva vs Alexis Sanchez.  Actually the BBC point out that they are “on the same pitch” which is by and large going to be helpful.   Alexis has 12 goals and seven assists in the league this season, more than any other player.

So now of course we have problems.  Huge problems.  Mega problems.  I mean where are we going to put Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott along with the Ox, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky.

We drew 2-2 with the accountants on the banks of the river earlier in the season,  Last time we played them we were top of the league and lost 6-3.  What completely stunned and shattered the anti-Arsenal mob however was to find out that it only cost us three points.  Strange that.

So, looking at the ups and down, Manchester Accountants are unbeaten in their last five games against us (we’ve lost two and drawn three) and we have won only one game in the last six at the stadium conveniently built for them by the UK tax payer.

But there have been six sendings off in the last nine between the two.  Unfortunately, noting the Untold ref preview, it looks as if there could be six more today, and all of them Arsenal players, which would result in the match being abandoned.

However Manchester Accountants last three games have been a win and two draws and they lost at home to Stoke.  (Funny that isn’t a headline like Arsenal losing 3-2 away to Stoke is).

As for us, our run of the last six in the league is, drawn one, lost one and won four.  You’d never know it.

Although Arsène Wenger has said Krystian Bielik goes into the first-team squad and so becomes part of the 25 he won’t play today.   (Interestingly he said, “It’s an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn’t succeed. If he does succeed, then it’s cheap.”)

Incidentally, on money, Our Thierry said Sánchez was our best buy in recent years.  Mr Wenger said that on a cost base valuation Laurent Koscielny (who wants his own song) is the best, saying,  “It is difficult to compare Koscielny with Sánchez,  all the signings we made last summer were good. Sánchez is one of the better ones but you have to consider the price you pay, as well, to decide that because we paid good money for Sánchez.”

Quite honestly I don’t know who Mr W will pick (so no change there).  Here’s a selection…

Ospina

Bellerin Mert Kos Monreal

Coquelin Cazorla or Ozil

Theo Ramsey Sanchez

Giroud

On the beach: Szczesny, Özil or Cazorla, Chambers, Hayden, Flamini, Rosicky, Campbell, the Ox, Akpom, Gibbs – although it is possible Gibbs could be fit and could start…

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123 comments to Manchester Accountants v Arsenal: a tale of two systems

  • Jayramfootball

    I enjoyed the humour in this article. Thanks.
    In terms of the sentiment I fully agree. I despise the way Manchester City and Chelsea have just bought success and are allowed to operate on an un-level playing field. However , it’s not going to change until the locusts have moved on to another area of society to drain more money from people.
    Once football goes back to being a sport instead of show business, it will become interesting again. As it is it’s just a bit of a joke, like WWF Wrestling. Fixed for entertainment, TV drama and of course money. Did anyone see the ridiculous player of the year awards. Saw it while channel surfing and thought it was the oscars or something. Utterly ridiculous.

  • Al

    Football sold it’s soul to the devil. For things to get back to normal again we need someone like Wenger heading Fifa; then football will go back to being a sport again. Till then, just a pipe dream. Of course there’s a much better chance of finding the lochness monster than for Wenger to be invited to the current Fifa setup.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin.

    While we are abhorring the money bags sponsored clubs. We should equally remember that the world is ever moving forward in all human endeavours. And if we don’t move with the trend of the moving forward, we could be left behind and could be languishing behind. So let us soft pedal on Man City and Chelsea in particular. If we can’t beat them, let us join them. The over praising of Sanchez is bothering me a bit. Everybody is suddenly over praising his exploits on the field of play. I know he has remarkably done well for Arsenal. But that doesn’t make him a Messi or Ronaldo yet. This over praising may put pressure on him in his games and thus caused him to become goal shy as he thinks of all eyes and all thoughts are on him when he is playing. Was Giroud not on the same score sheet with Sanchez by this time of the season last year. Giroud got to a total of 22 goals last season. And he wasn’t praised as we are now praising the 18 goals so far of Sanchez. Infact we were often condemning Giroud. Count me out. It is now that we have realised his importance and contribution to Arsenal last season. Arsenal did not win the league title last season because they were not serious with their games at some stages of the season. I am still insisting on a 4-3-3 playing formation for our today’s match with Man City in this format: Szczesny;Bellerin;Rhinosacker;Koscielny;Gibbs.Flamini;Cazorla;Coquelin. Walcott;Giroud;sanchez. Bench: Monreal;Chambers;Ospina;Ozil;Ramsey;Oxchambo;Akpom. Those on the bench will all start our away FA Cup tie to Brighton.

  • bob

    “Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta are obviously out, and Kieran Gibbs remains a doubt, but Calum Chambers is back off sick leave.”
    The humor’s grand, but (to state the unstated obvious,) this is a problem that your humor sheds, but doesn’t quite laugh away.

  • RedandDread

    Taking about money-Arsene needs to show he’s worth his 8 million per annum and that he can coach his team to a result today. I’ve never known another set of supporters to bleat on about money like the Arsenal fans.

  • jambug

    RedandDread

    Is 8 million too much or not enough?

    To be honest I can’t tell what on earth you are bleating on about, although it sounds suspiciously like money.

    And there you are bleating on about fans bleating on about money.

    Oh Joy upon joy, I’m so glad you’ve turned up to add you wonderful brand of insightful comments.

  • jambug

    I suppose now RedandDread has arrived we can expect his little mate Nick Lee to make an appearance.

    He’s supported Arsenal since the 70’s don’t you know !

  • Mandy Dodd

    I wouldn’t worry about the if we run out of oil, I am quite sure they are in advanced negotiations for a fracking scheme under the city of Manchester, especially the Salford area.

  • colario

    Not that long a go the media made a great play with mancs supporters returning tickets for their game against us at the Ems because the tickets were too expensive.

    Today I came across this quote:

    ‘A 2007 Premier League fan poll found that fans thought views at the stadium were second best in the Premier League after the Emirates Stadium.[46] But the stadium had a problem common in modern stadia; the atmosphere was rated as second lowest in the league by City fans.’

    The quote is from an article about the oil stadium. here is the link to it:

    http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Manchester_Stadium

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Some humourous facts and comments and of course my ‘take’. This was sent to me by a ‘fan’ from Belgium !

    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
    (Hardly seems worth it.) My wife has heated an entire Starbucks!
    { Some of ‘them’ have been going on and on for close to ten years !}

    If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
    (Now that’s more like it!) I’ve dropped a few hydrogen bombs in my time!
    { Ditto !’ They’ are stinking up the place !}

    The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
    (O.M.G.!) Don’t try this at home!
    { ‘They’ have hearts ? Damn , you learn something everyday !}

    A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

    (O.M.G.!!!) Maybe terrorists should be reincarnated as pigs!
    { Or ‘ they’ should be .Do yuo think that ‘they”d be happy ? Not a chance ? Guess you are right !}

    A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.(Creepy)
    (I’m still not over the pig.) I know people who go 9 days without using their head and they don’t even notice!
    {I’ve seem ‘them’ go on longer here with no stop for air ! Oh !}

    Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
    (Don’t try this at home; maybe at work.)
    I must lose 2000000 calories each day at home!
    { ‘They ‘ should try it , some knowledge may change place by osmosis !}

    The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.

    (Honey, I’m home . What the…?) My wife does that at least once a day!
    { ‘They ‘ begin their foreplay here by trying to piss off the AKBs with their stupidity .Result no ‘luck’ either way !}

    The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

    (30 minutes. Lucky pig! Can you imagine?) I jump farther than that when my wife shouts at me!
    {‘They’ can take a flying fuck off to where ever and I really wouldn’t care !}

    The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

    (What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?) Apparently the English don’t have any taste buds at all!
    { Ditto , same question !}

    Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

    (I still can’t believe that pig …quality over quantity.) I think about mating more often than that…but I’m more like a kitty!
    { Thank god that ‘they’ don’t replicate too often !}

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    (Something I always wanted to know.) I’ve eaten in restaurants where they may have probably made the food with their feet!
    { Oh , so that’s why ‘their’ feet are always in their mouths !}

    The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

    (Hmmmmmm…….) My wife can lift an 18 wheeler with hers and its sharp as well!
    {And ‘their’ texting fingers – if only it was their brains ! Sigh !}

    Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

    (If you’re ambidextrous, do you split the difference?) Sinister isn’t it?
    { Left foot in , right foot out , and repeat – yum ,yum !}

    Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

    (Okay, so that would be a good thing.) I’m not sure, I’ve seen my sister jump at least an inch!
    { What ? Its all good here as I tend to love elephants!}

    A cat’s urine glows under a black light.

    (I wonder how much the government paid to figure that out.) Now I know how to tell if the beer I’m served is really beer!
    { We ought to get one of them detectors so that this site doesn’t turn into kitty litter !}

    An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

    (I know some people like that.) I had a boss like that once!
    { Non sequitur ! Nuff said !}

    Starfish have no brains.

    (I know some people like that, too.) Do you mean they’re all Republicans?
    { Double dittos , and muchos etcs !]

    Polar bears are left-handed.

    (If they switch, they’ll live a lot longer.) That’s not so sinister!

    Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

    (What about that pig? Do the dolphins know about the pig?) You mean sex can be pleasant?
    { And we know that ‘they ‘ come here get fucked !}

  • Menace

    RedandDread – the bleating commenter. Has no sheep so bleats on behalf of imaginary ones.

    I’m hoping Wenger’s decision to play Ospina comes off. The attack seems good but there are a few not ‘match fit’. It is critical we keep a clean sheet so that Chezney gets smoke in his eyes. I would love the DJ at Wenger Stadium to play ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ for those who can’t see the effect smoking has on sportsmen.

    Come on you Gunners!

  • Gord

    @Brickfields

    2 points. Is there a reason why the heart could squirt blood 30 feet? (What is barometric pressure measured with water.)

    Colorado celebrates a day, which has a name of Mike the Headless Chicken day. That chicken lived for 18 months after having its head cut off. It’s in Wikipedia and elsewhere.

    I am not sure how it compares, but I believe gastrocgnemus tends to have the highest fraction of fast-twitch muscle cells. Or, I remember wrong.

    COYG!

  • Gord

    Courtesy The Independent. Bulldog comes close again.

    Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanchez, Giroud

    Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott

    COYG!

  • Pete

    Nailing my colours to the mast and, for what its worth, that is the team I would have picked – although the entire bench can consider themselves a little unfortunate one way or another. Feel free to berate me at 5.50pm – but at least no one will be able to accuse me of being a Hindsight Herbert.

    C’mon!

  • Quincy

    Manch€$t€r Accountant$, I like it, I’m stealing that 😀

    People forget that we out-played the Accountant$ at home this season, and they were lucky to get a draw. Apparently the Accountant$ are at a big disadvantage because they don’t have Toure. Cry me a river 😀

  • ARSENAL 13

    Go gunners
    Go gunners
    Go gunners

  • Will

    Will the commentators dare mention the money of City or where it has actually come from?

  • Will

    First mistimed tackle, booked.

  • porter

    Probably was a yellow , but , how many times after 1 1/2 minutes has there been a warning.

  • Quincy

    Get a message to the away fans, they need to sing “Where were you when you were sh*t”. That will shut up the “Champions of England” crap.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Oooooooooo

  • ARSENAL 13

    No foul on Ramsey!!!

  • Will

    Gary Neville is a twat.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Hahahahahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahaha

  • Gord

    Neither the Guardian or Independent have anything remotely like a tackle on Ramsey in their commentary.

    Mind you, neither has mentioned a card either.

    The Independent has predicted that Wenger will have his coat brought out, so that they can all have a giggle about him putting it on.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Yyyeeeeaaahhhhh

  • andy bishop

    collectors item

  • ARSENAL 13

    What’s the difference between koscielny foul and kompany foul???

    Why no yellow for kompany???

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Well I’m surprised a penalty from Dean!

    COYG

  • Gooneress No1

    Carzola…

  • Graham

    Amazing. Did Dean get replaced last minute.

  • Gord

    I finally did find out it was Koscielny booked at 2 minutes or so, for what I still have no clue.

    COYG!

  • Gord

    The Independent skipped 7 minutes of game after the goal, and when they did come back, they mentioned Wenger has his coat, but no story. Dorks!

    COYG!

  • para

    How come Company did not get a yellow?

    Com on lads, don’t relax, keep playing like you started. Good defending and wait for break.
    Worries, we go two yellows already.
    Yes, Company got one now.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Kompany should’ve had his second yellow now….

  • Will

    Go on Vinnie, keep chatting.

  • ARSENAL 13

    So milner can barge anyone out of the way now!!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Awesome Bellerin

    Stupendously awesome Coquelin

  • para

    Heart in hand for that last mistake. Phew.
    Bellerin is an upcoming BEAST.

  • Gord

    Can someone describe Ramsey’s yellow? As near as I can tell, that was his first foul of the game.

    COYG!

  • ARSENAL 13

    @gord…

    Ramsey plays for ARSENAL. Thats a bookable offense in the first place….

  • ARSENAL 13

    So the worlds best team has 0 shots on the target…..

  • AL

    Kompany should have been off, that penalty was not not even an attempt to play the ball and should have been a yellow. But instead we have two players on yellows for their first fouls. I think Dean had no choice but to give that penalty as the ball was miles away from the foul. Had the ball been closer we might have heard the usual kompany got some of the ball crap.

    Gary neville has well and truly reverted to type, complete tw*t.

  • Can somebody please tell Kompany that badging into your opponent is a foul. I can’t understand his complaint from being booked for his knocking Giroud over just as he did to cost his team a penalty and a goal.

    Great game so far. Dean still doing okay so far, in my opinion.

    Come Gunners, let’s see the remaining 45 through with 3 points!

  • Gord

    Oops. 🙂

    The Guardian was whinging that Kompany shouldn’t have been carded, as shoving a player is allowed in the laws of the game. The Independent is still skipping 5 or so minutes between updates, that don’t cover what is happening. The BBC coverage (for me) is limited to their brief (no muppet) commentary, which also had the pre-game and has the in-game stats. Every once in a while, the BBC turns on some kind of javascript crap, that means I get nothing from their muppet stream.

    But, Looking at the stats, ManCity is running the game and Arsenal are leading because of tactics.

    COYG!

  • jambug

    Deans been okay EXCEPT the two bookings.

    I concede that Kos’s foul was a booking but as said above, how many times is that just a talking to?

    Scholes would NEVER of finished a match had he been judged so.

    Stoke would finish wit 8 men half the time.

    Ramsey booked for his first foul.

    As I said on another thread, it’s not that by ‘the letter of the Law’ the decisions are wrong, it’s just that ‘the letter of the Law’ is not applied equally, across the board.

    Those bookings will come back and bite us on the bum, you mark my words.

    But apart from that Deans been okay, but they are 2 important bookings.

  • Mahdain

    Still trying to comprehend what i saw. Did Mike Dean really give us a penalty? Im certain pigs will fly.Are we sure this is Mike Dean and not his clone?

  • rantetta

    Can’t believe Dean awarded Ars a penalty, even though it was obvious.

    Ramsey’s booking and other decisions shows that our players can’t be too careful – in that Dean will do all he can to turn it around.

    Stay strong Arsenal.

  • ARSENAL 13

    I understand Koscielny yellow. But can’t understand Ramsey yellow and Kompany non yellow!!!

  • ARSENAL 13

    And how come Milner is allowed to bring down Bellerin and get the ball back!!!….

  • jayramfootball

    Excellent team performance so far . No outstanding players but just a solid away performance against a big team. Still trying to figure out how Kompany is still on the pitch – he wasn’t booked for the penalty???? Swearing and shouting at the ref constantly? He should have been sent off by now.

  • Menace

    Kos was booked because the City cheat pushed the ball past & went over his outstretched leg. Foul but not a card – particularly after allowing advantage.

    Kompany should have been carded same as Kos for the penalty but wasn’t. His card would have been red but Dean is a cheat. We know that. Rambo was booked for fuck all!!

    There have been so many fouls by City that have not been called. Every time they tackle to take the ball they kick player first.

  • jambug,

    It is DEAN that we are talking about here. Giving 2 yellows to our players and giving us a deserved penalty is more than I expected from him. Let’s be grateful for little miracles like this. If he doesn’t get worse in the second half, a big IF, we might just take the 3 points today.

    On to the 2nd half.

    Come on Arsenal!!!

  • ARSENAL 13

    And the usual commentary bollocks…

    Arsenal are defending deep, definitely it has to be Steve Bould.

    Hahahahahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahaha

    Yeah….blame Mr Wenger for all thats gone wrong and praise Bould when all goes well..

  • TommieGun

    Guys, relax – all it means it that allegedly, if there was such thing as refs being paid, Roman paid MORE this year.

    Obviously this is all us making assumptions (rolleys).

  • ARSENAL 13

    Go gunners

  • porter

    Wasn’t that how Kos got booked ?

  • para

    Ox would have got his goal if he had kept running as he saw Alexis preparing to shoot.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Oooooooooo

    Aaenh…

    No card for kompany.
    But for Bellerin!

  • porter

    Kompany late on Sanchez , Is that 3 yellow caRDS>?

  • para

    Is Coquelin our next Captain?

  • Will

    watching an NBC stream and the twat keeps saying an “Arsenal player” draws the foul like we are cheating. No, Man City are doing the rough stuff. Komapany should be off and showered now and so should Ferdaniho.

    Guess you can’t expect too much against a team who are allowed to openly break the rules.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Come on gunners
    Come on gunners

  • para

    Glad Aguerro stopped as well, else he would have got his too.

  • jambug

    How is Kompany still on the park.

    Fucking joke.

  • Will

    That passage of play is what pisses me off. Alexis has the ball near their corner flag and because of fannying around we end up passing it back to our keeper and losing the ball.

  • ARSENAL 13

    Superb game OX

  • para

    Rosicksy yea.
    We are getting a little sloppy.

    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • ARSENAL 13

    Hahahahahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahaha
    Hahahahahahahaha

    Yyyeeeeaaahhhhh
    Yyyeeeeaaahhhhh

  • ARSENAL 13

    Nanana
    Nanana
    Nanana
    Nananaaaa
    Geerooo

  • Will

    Nice goal but let’s keep the shape and concentration boys.

  • para

    Coquelin impresses again, clears it out of touch, instead of up the mid of field.

  • Gord

    I sure hope those away gooners are singing!

    Girooooooooooooooooo

    COYG!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Why is that a free kick

  • Gooneress No1

    Giroud…

  • para

    Leave AW’s coat alone, if it’s warm, it’s worth it.

  • para

    Carzolaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • para

    Carzola Carzola

  • Gord

    According to the BBC stats at this point. ManCity have committed 10 fouls and have 2 cards. Arsenal have committed 4 fouls, and have 3 cards.

    It all evens out in the end.

    COYG!

  • wish we could keep on playing like that it even makes mike dean shit proud.

  • Will

    Rambo to be subed?

  • @Gord you have heard well,its girrrrrrrrooooouuuuuddd

  • para

    Were going too defensive now? Not good against City.

  • Gord

    It would seem The Guardian is listening to you Will. They have said almost nothing about Ramsey allgame, and then this:

    > 82 min: Ramsey is down with knackerdness. He drags himself off the floor eventually to defend a City corner.

    COYG!

  • Will

    Rambo looked tired on his last attack.

  • so wondering wot the sewer rats,whore are thinking plus their AAA counter parts. It will be interesting,

  • I ment to say whorelists

  • Gord

    How did that ball get away from Flamini?

    Come on ref, blow it down!

    COYG!

  • ARSENAL 13

    Swagger
    Swagger
    Swagger

  • para

    A masterful performance lads. well done. clean sheet. away.

  • ARSENAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAl

  • Will

    And done without Ozil and Theo.

  • My joy knows no bound today!

    Man City 0 – 2 Arsenal

  • Alex

    i tink arsenal still to soft…..)))
    what a game…!!!!!
    what a lesson …..!!!!!
    AAA go…find a new cave….

  • cyberian

    Mourhino should have something nice to say now about Arsenal!

  • dan

    Wicked, brilliant, hear the sky commentary so disappointed. Carzollllaaaaaa.

  • Yassin

    What the heck is going on with Cazorla? Best player of the month, for the EPL and not only Arsenal. Ozil has got a hell of a challenge there.

  • Gord

    How to go Arsenal!

    The Independent has got to be the laziest football commentator in the UK. Why even bother.

  • AL

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I think that Coquelin just sealed his place in this Arsenal team today. He was great and so was Bellerin but Santi Cazorla is the undisputed MotM. But kudos to the entire team.

    What a game!

  • bjtgooner

    Brilliant!!!

    Great win & 3 priceless away points!

    Our away fans were super – really kept the pressure on the dancer.

    Well done the team, the manager! and the away fans!!

  • Mandy Dodd

    Beautiful team performance. If Chelsea did that , the aaa/media wankfest would never end. Santi was incredible. Ospina secure. Bellerin was sensational. As for coq, he should be sat down after the game and offered a very good contract, he has made a serious statement today. He has played well in recent performances, could be what we need?
    Hope they meet some proper fans at Manchester Picadilly train station this evening.
    Even the aaa will be happy, we have given their favorite team a huge advantage in the title race
    Very very well done boys.

  • Menace

    So it comes to pass pass pass & pass again that the Arsenal despite the crow Dean & yellows that were not warranted Arsenal win against the top 4 to put paid to another media headline.

    I’m still hoping for cheat crow Dean to get hurt because I hate Riley & all his crows.

    Can Arsenal win the league? Yes we can! Yes WE can.

  • AL

    We didn’t give dean the opportunity to screw us today. It may look like he had a good game but Gord’s stats show what was going on; 3 yellow cards fro 4 fouls, while City get 2 yellow cards from 10 fouls!

  • Yassin

    And I thought we were playing in the Emirates. Credit to the away supporters, they out cheered the home fans.

    Oooooooooooooospina, i just love it!

  • jayramfootball

    please please watch the video of that game Arsenal and keep watching it all week and every week. That was brilliant.

  • Dave C

    Even the aaa will be happy, we have given their favorite team a huge advantage in the title race.

    Hahahaha

  • Jammy J

    “Mike Dean on the spot as always. Undoubtedly one of the best referees in the premiership” They kept complimenting him throughout; you can tell what the subject of the meeting before the game would have been about haha – what a joke.

    But enough of that… SO PLEASED WITH THIS WIN – COYG :D!!

  • AL

    Santi was superb. So was Coq, Bellerin and everyone!

  • There is a full and detailed review of the game in the next post

  • Sammy The Snake

    Great win. Thanks to the boys.

  • jambug

    The whole team should be proud of themselves/

    Everyone played there part.

    But Santi, oh Santi WHAT A PERFORMANCE !!

    Alas it comes to something when you’re thinking to yourself, yeah, the ref had a decent game and then you see we committed just 5 fouls for 3 bookings.

    That is simply a remarkable statistic to overcome and keep 11 on the pitch.

  • Jammy J

    I lost track of the number of times the commentators mentioned either how we often concede from headers or how poor we do against the northern teams. According to Gary the reason is because Arsenal dont show them enough respect. Complete prick!!

  • TommieGun

    I am so thrilled about this match.

    Really, I don’t give a shit about the media, and saying that we don’t beat the big guys, etc. It’s all bullshit and 3 points are 3 points everywhere.

    It’s what we did and how we did it. It was not aestheically pleasing – it was emotionally pleasing. Everyone pitched in; putting in a shoulder or turning their backs to a kick and fighting for an aerial duel or a header or something. It was all there – we don’t give a shit it’s your home ground, we are not afraid of you, and we will fuck you up. And fuck you up we did, you filthy rich oil boys.

    Mind you – nothing was complicated. There was one incident when Rambo tried a backheel flick, which didn’t work out, but that’s pretty much it. The rest was simplicity at its best. And yes, Santi is back, and he is a genius. No less.

    Of course good word to Le Coq and to Bellerin – who epitomize in my opinion this new revival of putting in the graft and hard work. And Ospina, who sadly for Schez, looks like he might hold on to that starting berth. He made everything look so easy; so non-chalant. There is no drama with this one. I love it.

    I have to say (and I’m going on a stretch here) – it WAS DEAN. And we got quite a lot of calls which I would not have believed we would get. Really. In the second half almost every push on Alexis was called, which was the first time this season any ref paid him the respect he’s entitled to. And the yellow card for Aguero, and the card to Fernandinho (who was, like Kompany, supposed to get a 2nd yellow).

    My point is that maybe, if we actually play a bit harder, refs will treat us better. Look, if they are bent, then my theory is shit. But if they are just biased due to media influence, etc., then it might work. We are always berated for being too soft. So percievably we fall down too easily, hence not getting calls. Maybe if we just play more like bad-asses, we will get more calls because when we fall it won’t be perceived as a softy falling from a non-challenge…

    Just an (optimistic) thought.

    COYG !

    Let’s build on that now.

  • Menace

    TommieGun – They are bent!..But despite that we were awesome. Arsenal were different class.

  • Mandy Dodd

    A small number will be bent, some are biased, some are neither, just ambitious, which usually means keeping on the right side of your boss. You have to do the right things for those FIFA badges. It seems very few are none of the above sadly

  • RedandDread

    So no ref conspiracy, money lost out this time and the team produced a diligent tactical display. Wow, who would have thunk that all it would take was a great team performance and good tactical decisions by the manager.

  • Gunnerjoe

    Or an unbaised performance by the ref (as close as possible for Dean)
    But it just shows what the team can do if a ref comes close to been unbaised.

  • Jerry

    RedandDread, coming back from the dead,
    Why does Wenger make 8 million, he said,
    so Mr. Wenger puts Man City to bed,
    but RedandDread, who is not Arsenal’s friend,
    tries to take another shot at Mr. Wenger since he was listening to the voices in his head!

    Seriously though, what does it take to enjoy a great win without talking bad about his tactics or even acknowledging the bad refereeing standards in most of the big games! Just because Arsenal won does not mean Dean was great!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    A very good and satisfying win and I have no complaints with our team – only praise for them all – outstanding !
    Wonder really who put out that team – AW ? Nah ! Heard from the ‘experts’ that he is clueless and does not do tactics ! Steve Bould ? Maybe !
    I think it must have been them smart alecky types that infest this site ,that choose this team and set out the tactics ! Probably after much consultation with ‘knowledgeable’ pundits , unbiased jurnos and other garden variety experts ! And probably after a straw poll !
    Am just surprised that they aren’t on here claiming credit for the win . Or am I wrong and that have they gone into hiding with their feet in their mouths and
    choking on their own bile ? Sweet thought !
    WOO HOO, HOO !
    Up the Gunners !

  • Menace

    You guys know nothing! Piers Morgan knew all along how ARSENAL should play & tweeted instructions to Wenger.

    He who knows all about guns hence Arsenal, roses hence English cricket & motor cars hence he is an exhaust pipe, vented his spleen about ‘Wenger out’ has now found truth & shut his north & south.

    Isn’t it great to belong to the mejia!

    Learn Piers learn. Even Lord Alan Sugar bows to Wenger as being the best manager in the Premier league.