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Arsenal v Cologne: The teams, the Jack talk, the growth of penalties in Europe.

By Bulldog Drummond

And moving on to the final episode of our Cologne previews, of course there is Jack who has now been working with Mr Wenger for ten years.  Mr W said…

“Jack is very hungry and very determined, He is also not completely at his best but he is getting there every week. I think he enjoys being back and enjoys competing for his place. What I see in training is positive.

“When he began his rehab I was on tour with the club but since I came back I have observed him more. I know Jack well enough; he analyses every training session to see how he has done. He has a football brain, you don’t need to tell him much on that front, but I speak to him of course about how I see his evolution.”

But of course with endless rumours being invented by the media about Jack’s departure to this or that Turkish club it has to be not that these stories are being made up but rather that “Wilshere’s future is one of those matters on which Wenger vacillates.”  There is of course no evidence for either the transfer or the vacillation, but that is what we get day after day.

Asked if Jack will now fully realise his potential after such a succession of injuries, Mr Wenger replied, “If you have seen the video of when he played against Barcelona, you know what his game is about. He needs this little burst to get away from people because he can turn the game forward. If you can turn the game forward you need your legs to get you out of the pressure. That will come back for him, I believe. It’s coming back in training.

“We are all different. Some just come back like nothing happened to them; some are traumatised for their whole life. It is like if you have a car accident. Some don’t want to drive any more. It depends on the personality. He knows his body well, he has become very professional and learnt how much time it takes to get back to his best so he is more patient.”

Back with the issue of the Europa League overall, Mr Wenger said, “Of course the disappointment from not finishing top four was there but we were one point short,. We won 75 points last year. Now we are humble enough to be happy enough to win every single competition we are in.”

So it has been a lot of Jack Jack Jack this week, but there is also the issue of Olivier Giroud who, as I am sure you will know is aiming to become only the 19th Arsenal player to score 100 club goals. In his interviews Giroud talked about why he was staying at Arsenal when Lacazette had been brought in.

“It was a private decision but it’s true I was close to leaving the club,” he replied. “After a big reflection with everybody around me, I wanted to stay. I thought the story was not finished at Arsenal.”

Another piece that has been doing the rounds is the increase in the number of penalties given in European games.   Last season it was 53, while in 2006/7 it was just 17.   The big jump came with the introduction of the two extra linesmen behind the goals, who are miked up to the referee.  Their advantage is that with a player heading for goal and the referee behind the player the extra official has a view of the player from the other side and can see fouls more readily.

Plus the gradual introduction of video usage in league matches (it is already being used in Germany for example) referees and their assistants know that in the near future they are going to be caught out even more if they make any false moves.  So they are getting more likely to give penalties.  In 2012/13 only 29 penalties were given, only just over half the number of last season. It has been quite a rise.

Arsenal possible lineup: 

Ospina,

Holding, Mertesacker, Mustafi,

Bellerin                                          Kolasinac

Elneny Wilshere

Walcott      Giroud        Alexis

Subs: Nelson, Cech, Maitland Niles, Debuchy,  Monreal, Owobi, Akpom and Joe Willock.

Squad in full: David Ospina, Petr Cech, Deyan Iliev, Matt Macey, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Chuba Akpom, Ryan Huddart, Hugo Keto, Tolaji Bola, Chiori Johnson, Tafari Moore, Alex Iwobi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Krystian Bielik, Charlie Gilmour, Marcus McGuane, Reiss Nelson, Ben Sheaf, Pelenda Da Silva, Aaron Eyoma, Edward Nketiah, Joseph Willock.

And with that I take my leave and will shortly be heading off to the game.  (Well, via the pub first, of course).

Walter is still away so there is no post match review, but we’ll be back tomorrow morning with.. well, whatever turns up.

 

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93 comments to Arsenal v Cologne: The teams, the Jack talk, the growth of penalties in Europe.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebksin

    We of the Gooners are not expecting anything less than a mauling of the Billy Goats from Cologne by the will be rotated Gunners team this night at the Emirates Stadium. Therefore, let the Gunners do the mauling of the Billy Goats comprehensively to our admirations this night to prove to the Blues ahead of them clashing with them on Sunday at the Bridge that they are not the only ones that can do a mauling at home in a European competition but Arsenal can as well do it.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebksin

    We of the Gooners are not expecting anything less than a mauling of the Billy Goats from Cologne by the will be rotated Gunners team this night at the Emirates Stadium. Therefore, let the Gunners do the mauling of the Billy Goats comprehensively to our admirations this night to prove to the Blues ahead of them clashing with them on Sunday at the Bridge that they are not the only ones that can do a mauling at home in a European competition but Arsenal can as well do it.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebksin

    Sorry, the data connection was slow and as I clicked twice thinking it hadn’t connected, that resulted in my comment posting again.

  • Don’t worry Samuel – we know it happens.

  • On the Telegraph website this afternoon

    European qualification was secure by a fifth-placed finish in the Bundesliga, pipping Hertha Berlin on goal difference. However, they were closer to Wolfsburg in 16th than Hoffenheim in fourth, who finished 13 points clear of them to claim a spot in the Champions League play-offs.

    Does that ring any bells with anyone?

  • Gord

    OT: Corruption news

    FIFA and the infant one still at it.

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/fifa-president-gianni-infantino-faces-new-ethics-complaint-for-blocking-scrutiny-of-football-officials-claims-report-4042981.html

    Still meddling in investigations that involve executives (looks for the brown paper bags).

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Off topic but I noticed that Tottenham’s domestic immunity from red cards doesn’t extend to Europe, both they and Liverpool! Had players sent off last night.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Early reports are at there up to 30,000 Cologne supporters in London prior to our game this evening. They have 2,900 allocated seats so the atmosphere in and around the ground could be quite lively. Be aware and safe fellow gooners.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebksin

    We must have seen Le Prof’s 3-4-3 starts and bench for this Klon match as below:
    Ospina
    Holding Mertesacker Monreal
    Bellerin Maitland-Niles
    Iwobi Elneny
    Walcott Alexis
    Giroud.

    Bench:
    Ospina Mustafi Kolasinac Adelaide Nelson Wilshere Akpom.

    Both Mr Drummond and I did not get the guess Le Prof starts 100% correct. But save Adelaide who I didn’t know is now okay, the Gunners who I’ve not started like Alexis & Monreal who Le Prof has started I have them on my bench. And Kolasinac, Nelson and Wilshere who Le Prof has benched I started them. I only missed out on Adelaide in my 18 man Gunners team prediction for this match.

  • Jammy J

    Game delayed for an hour due to crowd trouble, by all accounts.

  • Nitram

    Jammy J

    BT Reporter said the problem was the amount of Cologne fans gathered outside the ground without tickets.

    Although reports of some fighting it was more about getting in to the ground due to the intimidating nature of the crowd.

    Why the police allowed them to march all the way to the ground without tickets I do not know.

  • Nitram

    I should of said it was intimidating for Arsenal fans trying to get into the ground.

  • Jammy J

    Sounds like it’s pretty hectic in there. Last I read on Sky Sports, there were fans trying to run from the home-end to the away-end.

  • Damilare

    I guess the 30,000 Cologne supporters in London for this match is partly responsible for the 1 hour delay.

    I hope everyone in and around the Ems are safe.

    6 – 0 to the Arsenal. A hatrick to one of Giroud, Alexis or Walcott.

    COYG

  • Matthew

    Didn’t Tony said the number of Cologne fans travelling was being exaggerated by the press?

  • Nitram

    Yep

    Report said cologne fans had brought tickets from touts for sections throughout the ground including the family enclosure.

    They have then been trying to make there way to there section of the Stadium.

    Personally I cant see this going ahead.

    Cant allow Cologne fans in amongst Arsenal. Trouble.

    Cant throw them out. Potentially big trouble, either inside or perhaps outside the ground.

    Cant allow them all to go to there allocated section. Overcrowding.

    As I say, I think it will be called off. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Chris

    Wanna bet who’s fault this is gonna be ?!?!

  • Sammy The Snake

    Looking forward to a new experience of Thursday night football for Arsenal

  • para

    4-1-4-1 always gives Arsenal trouble, so i hope they are aware and ready and not over confident.

    Come on Arsenal

  • al_the_gunner

    so it’s going to be a german diving show as main hope for free kick

  • al_the_gunner

    cmooon….. not again……….

  • para

    Arsenal needed that shock. Now wake up dammit!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Back to the Keystone Cops method of defending as usual. COYG!!!!

  • para

    We are not going to get much joy against this formation at the moment.

  • Gunz

    Rats! Them damn Rats!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Holding’s our best forward minded player right now!

  • Gord

    Just got in.

    LiveScore has almost nothing as far as commentary on this game. Four entries so far: start of game, the goal, and now a substitution. UEFA.com has commentary, you need javascript turned on to see any of it.

    COYG!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Business as usual, loads of possession, no shots on target and losing the game. Something’s gotta change!

  • para

    No one is lifting the team, heads are dropping, come on people this is a game to win.

  • para

    We really need to learn how to play against a 4-1-4-1 and learn to play it ourselves. How many times have i said this i do not know.

  • al_the_gunner

    everybody knows how to play THIS arsenal.
    what was the plan? “Maitland-Niles against worst german team”?

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    We’re so predictable. Someone needs to challenge Arsene – Gameplan sucks!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Nelson is on fire right now. Give the boy a game! Couldn’t be worse than what we’ve been witnessing!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Strangely quiet on here tonight? Are we such fair-weather supporters or just prefer to keep our heads down when the inexcusable stuff hits the fan?

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    When things are not going to plan Untold always lifts my spirits but it seems tonight we’ve thrown the towel in? COYG! Get behind our team FFS!

  • al_the_gunner

    There is no need to say anything

  • para

    5th Gen Gooner
    When the team lacks direction and show as much lack of interest as they are doing, no wonder.

    As i said we always have problems against 4-1-4-1, every time.

    Need some changes in mentality 2nd half for sure.

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    C’mon guys we can still turn this game around!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    @Para I hear you bro.

  • para

    About time

  • Gord

    LiveScore has some statistics.
    Shots on target 2:1
    _off target 3:2
    possession 62%
    Corners 2:2
    Offsides 3:1
    fouls 5:3

    In terms of shots, some would say that Arsenal has a slight lead. However, that lead is not statistically valid. One could look at offsides as an indicator of attacking, and in that situation Arsenal shows a slight edge in attacking over Koln.

    So, one would hope that Arsenal would start attacking more.

    In terms of fouls, this looks like the same situation of Arsenal getting called for fouls more easily than the opposition. Or, Arsenal really could be fouling more often. I don’t see enough comments here on Untold to make a guess as to which might be correct.

    And just finishing up this blurb, I see that Kolasinac has event he score!

    COYG!

  • para

    Kollllllll

  • Damilare

    Yes the tank with that wicked left.

  • para

    1-1 people

  • Chris

    A german Tank in your attack line is a good thing to have….

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    And that’s what happens when you play your best players. 1-1!

  • Damilare

    …and they say Wenger doesn’t do tactics

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    I can understand resting players midway + through a season but after 4 games?

  • Gord

    I don’t think much of this Daniel Thacker at UEFA.com who is supposedly acting as an Arsenal reporter. Looks like the same media crap as BBC, Sky, ESPN, ….

    COYG!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    If Wenger did tactics then Sead would have started and not come on when we’re losing!

  • Gord

    5thGG, isn’t Crystal Palace looking for a manager? Maybe you should apply.

    COYG!

  • para

    Something i notice is, our players stand still, and it takes them time to get moving when the ball is coming to them.
    Koln are constantly moving, even jogging on the spot and take of when needed.

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    @Gord – If common sense is all that is needed to manage then what the F@c# is Arsene’s excuse? Get real mate! COYG!!!!!

  • para

    They must have heard me.

  • al_the_gunner

    5th Gen Gooner
    If common sense is “bad is bad & good is good” then yeah, your are a genius

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    @al_the_gunner
    You know what I’m saying dude. Not rocket science right?! 😉

  • para

    Happy now

  • Damilare

    Alexisssssssssss!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Now that’s a goal!!!!

  • para

    Beautiful goal, as good as Kols

  • al_the_gunner

    great goal, hope alexis smells blood

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    C’mon Jack, let’s get this party started!

  • Gord

    How to go Alexis!

    Come on Jack, can we get a goal from you today?

    COYG!

  • Gord

    Koln have now used all their subs, Arsenal have 1 left.

    COYG!

  • para

    Take Theo off and put Nelson on now.

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    @Para Totally agree dude!

  • Gord

    How to go Bellerin. That extra goal could be important later on.

    COYG!

  • para

    Yes the bel

  • Damilare

    Hector!

  • 5th Gen Gooner

    Bellerin!!!!

  • Gord

    Gunners, another goal would be nice. Icing on the cake.

    COYG!

  • Gord

    Only 2 minutes of extra time?

    COYG!

  • para

    Like the way the cameras showed Kolns supporters then Arsenal’s then Kolns again, big difference.

  • para

    Good win lads, was a little worried after the fluke 🙂 goal for Koln but you did us proud.

  • Gord

    Final statistics, as it were.
    Shots on target 7:4
    _off target 4:3
    Possession 65%
    Corners 4:3
    Offsides 6:4
    Fouls 7:11

    I would say the extrapolation of half time statistics to full time is about what one might expect, except the foul situation seems reversed.

    How to go Gunners!

  • Jammy J

    5th Gen Gooner – Arsenal score a great goal and the very first thing you do, is come on here and complain about Wenger. Absolutely pathetic.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Poor first half. Much better in the second with the change in formation. Good win in the end. Difficult getting around the ground at first but ok after they started letting people in. Köln supporters in most parts of the ground, mostly loud but not causing any problems. Had some behind me, shook hands at the end of the game and wished them all the best for the rest of the season.

  • Gord

    In the midst of the post game writeups, I see that Merson has published again. The snippet I seen (not the entire article) seems to be a prediction of more bad to come.

    Just wonderful.

  • Pat

    Whatever may or may not have happened before the match, waiting for the doors to open, in the food area, and in the ground itself the Cologne fans were peaceful, friendly and very noisy which actually added to the atmosphere. There were Cologne fans all over the area where I was sitting and there was no trouble at all. I wish every match could be like that!

  • Gord

    5thGG

    I have no doubt that you are the only person on Earth, who has common sense. And hence every observation of any kind of phenomenon on Earth you make is instantly recognized for the totality of it meaning.

  • Gord

    OT: Fake News

    Merson took time out to watch the Everton-Atalanta game. He was supremely impressed with Everton’s play (in the 3-0 loss) and said afterwards that he has no doubt that Everton will win the EPL League title by at least 15 points (on second place Leicester). And he suggested that Arsenal would struggle to avoid relegation.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    WOO HOO , HOO ! Yet to watch the game or the highlights , so no comments from me . Did read all the comments in order , and do feel that maybe some need to take a chill pill or two !
    The game is played over 90 minutes (or maybe less !), the trick is to enjoy it.
    And not to be too preoccupied with tactical nous and system changes . I think that AW is being paid 8 Million Pounds to take care of that aspect !

    Up the Gunners !

  • para

    Brickfields Gunners
    It’s fun to use our brain to analyse and talk about the things we enjoy, even when we are not enjoying it and especially when we are enjoying it.

    We would all be no more than robots otherwise, showing no emotion and clapping when the officials put up the sign to “clap now”, “do not think”, “show no emotion”.

    Its all part of being alive, the winning the losing the enjoyment the complaining. 🙂

  • leany

    It sucks to be an Arsenal supporter right now. Well, at least partly. Everywhere negative opinions.
    I did successfully give up on the French national team – one of my three favourite football teams at that time – many years ago, when I felt that they had let me down. I found peace and since then have been concentrating on supporting the other two ones wholeheartedly. No matter how long you’ve loved them, when the hearts doesn’t connect anymore, it’s time to stop and you should stop. You can do it, totally. Please.

    It was interesting and fun when two clubs exchanged lively, friendly words with each other before one game thanks to one former player. It was even better when they kept that attitude until the end. So, the game for me was a success. Enjoy it and look forward to the next one.

  • Pat

    Leany – Lukas Podolski! Sung many times before the match by both sets of fans together! It was great.

  • Pat

    Worth looking up if you are interested in mascots – Cologne’s is a live goat called Hennes. Sadly he doesn’t travel!

  • John L

    British media message:-

    “The match was completely overshadowed by the events which led to the delay in kick-off”

    That must be because Arsenal won. At half-time the message was that this game was yet another chapter in Arsenal’s continuing disintegration.

    Great insight by the respected commentator and judge, Mr. Merson. His best combined Arsenal-Chelsea team consists of Alexis and 10 Chelsea players. What a total gob-shite!

  • leany

    @Pat: Yes, it was beautiful. Partly because of this match, I had the opportunity to read words about Arsenal that came straight from the heart of Podolski. I know he loves our club but the feeling when he left was too much, that’s why hearing those things from him helped greatly.

  • Josif

    @Pat

    *politic-incorrect joke on* Maybe Hennes was afraid he would get lost among Chelsea fans on his way to Emirates and forced into a relationship with one of them? *politic-incorrect joke off*

  • Jammy J

    John L – Literally every word about Arsenal out of that fat alcoholic morons mouth is always so negative. I’m being serious, I genuinely cannot remember the last time he said anything positive about Arsenal (or even just not negative). It’s hilarious, because he so clearly has nothing but disdain for Wenger, after he saw Merson for the beer-bellied fool that he was and dropped him out of the squad. His comments just stink of bitterness and after he admitted to being a Chelsea fan, the words “Arsenal” and “legend” shouldn’t be anywhere near his name.

    I wish I could say that I have no idea how someone like that gets hired as an “expert” pundit, but it’s fairly obvious. He is probably one of the most biased and stupid pundits on modern television.

  • Pat

    Nice one Josif!

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