43 responses

  1. gouresh
    31/12/2013

    Its not always about how much one spends, its about the attitude. Last yr and before that we have seen that our players were not playing together. If it was Songs or RVP’s attitude I don’t know. But one could clearly see that there was no togetherness in the team. From the middle of last year, you can see a massive difference, now players was to win, fight, cry and laugh together. This attitude wins games and hopefully the title.

  2. punintendo
    31/12/2013

    “I am touching all kinds of wood”

  3. Whgfjn
    31/12/2013

    Ok arsenal are a huge team in Europe not comparable with Montpellier in any way, and once the £42 million signing came in it lifted everyone and their spirit and attitude were lifted. Arsenal spend a lot of m

  4. Shakabula Gooner
    31/12/2013

    Walter,
    Great read. Great perspective.
    One difference for Giroud two years ago in France: The French press and blogs weren’t going on and on and on that he wasn’t enough or that he couldn’t last the entire season.

    Some help we get from the press, etc., With Arsenal, the cup is always mostly empty even when it is three-quarters full.

    I totally agree that it will be good for Arsenal to show that it is not forgone that the EPL league trophy will always to go the highest spender….and, equally important, that most British football “pundits” don’t have a clue about talking analytically and knowledgeably about the game!

  5. The font
    31/12/2013

    Giroud needs 20+ goals this season he has all the skills to be a great but he needs that bit of luck in front of goal some of the chances he has missed recently (Everton west ham city ) even by the law of averages must be just bad luck . That may have changed now (newcastle) he brings lots to the team not least a fighting spirit just start scoring Ollie. And we will win the league. COYG

  6. soglorious
    31/12/2013

    Husband: Honey, where is my food?
    Wife: Your food is where Arsenal is.
    Husband: You mean at the top of the table.
    Wife: And that’s where it will always be.
    COYG

  7. r.iris
    31/12/2013

    One more suggestions that arsene or some one at arsenal.com reads untold.

    The Gunners have conceded fewer fouls than any other Premier League team this season (184) but seven clubs have received fewer yellow cards.
    Of the seven players to have picked up a league-high six yellow cards in the Premier League this season, Mathieu Flamini has committed the fewest fouls (13).

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/features/arsenal-v-cardiff-city?

    Least fouls commited but not the least yellow cards for player or club. We all know what that means, if only the “press” catch up sooner. Is there traction on Rodger’s comments on refereeing from the game with oilers in UK press ?

  8. bjtgooner
    31/12/2013

    Unfortunately there are a number of reports that Giroud has an ankle problem (thank you Probert and bar codes) and will not be available for Cardiff, lets hope it is not too serious.

  9. Stuart
    31/12/2013

    bjt,
    Shame about Giroud, I hope it’s only a short term niggle however it again forces us to carry out some squad rotation and with Cardiff in 16th, they may be the ideal team to do this against.

  10. WalterBroeckx
    31/12/2013

    Wenger confirmed it bjtgooner. Damn, I jinxed it… 🙁

  11. Stuart
    31/12/2013

    * Although I can’t actually see any report claiming he is out.

  12. Stuart
    31/12/2013
  13. Brickfields Gunners
    31/12/2013

    Lets hope their injuries are not too bothersome and they are rendered fit after the new year .
    In the meantime its a good chance for the ‘fringe’ players to prove their mettle .
    Walter , I do hope that you are proved right and OG has a good 2nd half of the season .

  14. andy bishop
    31/12/2013

    I think Wenger would have rested Giroud and Ozil for the Cardiff game anyway. Bendtner will do a job as he did against Hull.

  15. elkieno
    31/12/2013

    yes I think Bendter and Podolski, with Pods crosses then Bendter should be able to get his funny hair-doed dome on the end of a couple. Then Pod wont want to miss out as well right?
    I heard Theo also is out.
    COYG

  16. ARSENAL 13
    31/12/2013

    ARSENAL is the last ray of hope for the ‘fair players’. Go Gunners GO lets do it…..

  17. AL
    31/12/2013

    Excellent write up Walter. It would be a massive victory for football if Arsenal win it this year. My second favourite team would be Liverpool if we can’t win it, they’re not being propped up with oil money too. But am afraid, as you already conceded, that oil money will grease a few hands and the will be or may have already been bought.

    It’s no coincidence that Arsenal and Liverpool have both been robbed in their matches against the two money clubs, who, incidentally, they played one after the other, after each other, in the same order; too many similarities for my liking. In all cases, the officials were blowing one way only, and that is for the money clubs.

  18. AL
    31/12/2013

    …the *title will be or may have already been bought.

  19. Mandy Dodd
    31/12/2013

    seems Giroud and quite a few others doubtful for Cardiff…after Probert purposely let them take a kicking, with the clear aim of depriving Arsenal of players through injuries, or cards if they retaliated.
    As for OG, he has been very good for us this season despite no protection from said refs. Still think he needs help though, especially in this league, dont care if it is help from within the current squad or players bought in. Maybe Super Nic should get a chance or as others have suggested, move The Pod into the centre
    OG may have lasted 36 games in france, but it is different here especially they way our players get treated week in week out from **weak/biased/bent/incompetent officials
    ** – delete as appropriate

  20. WalterBroeckx
    31/12/2013

    By the way it is Jonathon Moss for the match tomorrow.
    Voted best ref of the year last season by the Untold reviewers… Let us hope he keeps it up tomorrow.

  21. AL
    31/12/2013

    How is this for a conspiracy ; Arsenal and Liverpool are the clubs challenging the money clubs in England for the title. They both played them in succession, first Arsenal played City, then Chelsea, and Liverpool were up next to play the same teams in exactly the same order. Arsenal lost at City after having goals disallowed and denied a penalty. Liverpool also lost at City after a disallowed goal and also denied a penalty. Arsenal were denied a penalty against Chelsea and Chelsea should have had two players sent off for studs up challenges; Mikel And Ramires. Liverpool were also denied a penalty and Chelsea should have had two players sent off for studs up challenges; Eto and Oscar. I think I’m reading too much FIF 🙂

  22. bob
    31/12/2013

    “Shame about Giroud, I hope it’s only a short term niggle however it again forces us to carry out some squad rotation and with Cardiff in 16th, they may be the ideal team to do this against.”
    Stuart, Walter, et. al.,
    Full disclosure: I value Giroud and want him on my side for his skills and potential. While some may want him out (or attack AW for bringing him on), that would be stupid and destructive to this squad, in the light of his still-developing talents. But to pretend that those talents and potentials are not being overstretched or risked is now proven to be misguided (if not reckless). You go on about “hope” and “niggle” and “some squad rotation”; but these are the euphemisms trotted out while we all (repeat, all) are holding our breaths. We’ve often seen how “out a few days” can become months in this game.

    The stand-pat/don’t spend position is unnecessarily gambling with a potential championship season by advocating we don’t bring in (that is, spend on) a quality complement/backup/rotational forward striker to serve with Giroud in various capacities. Not to replace him. (Repeat, not to replace him.) And not to insult him, nor to do evil. Purchasing Quality backup ensurance to you seems to be a sin against all that is Arsenal. As if the only two choices are spend and violate Arsenal, or don’t spend and be true gooners. (At least Walter, you have thankfully now provided an analysis to go with your/UA’s anti-spending view. And, from yesterday’s posting – in a “major breech” (joke) with Tony, that you’ll now allow for only top-top-top-top talent. Of course that means don’t spend a centime; and, it wasn’t you, several here would wield their ready pitchforks and torches to drive that heresy from the land.) We have already spent big on Ozil, so, sorry, but we’re not virgins anymore. And all know that other quality players will want to come here to play with a world-class talent like him. (Oh, and this is not deification; but market nous to recognize this.)

    Since it is affordable, parlaying this into another buy – not for it’s own sake, but at this very time – for needed quality ensurance AND as a last piece to defend and advance our position atop the table, straight on through the business end to at least one significant cup. Why reject (or smear) this actual hard-won opportunity as something tainted? Or do we only hold out for another home-grown saviour from the ranks and on the cheap (in order to redeem an illusion of purity?); and risk, yet again, losing him to lures of the marketplace?

    Like Tony said yesterday, we have the money because yes, we’re good at money. So, no, affordability is not the issue. Being in this position was clearly very hard-won. And our getting here has been rightly celebrated. Why pretend we’re not in this position. We don’t need a world-class bench like the petro-boyz to prevail; not when another piece could be our tipping point? Did Mert not just say, but two days ago right after Newcastle, that adding (his word) the right pieces is now the big consideration? Our BFG knows. And he wants a championship. To continually rehearse the mantra that Poldi-Theo are willing, able and enough is a big roll of the dice: one that ignores that neither has a history of success in the forward spot. Yes, Theo the quick, has wanted it; but AW, it seems, knows better. And Poldi, by most accounts, is lethal playing off the striker, but not in that position.

    In any case, we do have options and that is a good thing. And, regardless of where we each stand on this, I’m wishing a Happy New Year to all.

  23. bob
    31/12/2013

    Mandy Dodd,
    Echoes to your 1:30. Sane and sober. But now on to the bubbly and a clink of the glass to you and to our 2014 prospect!

  24. Mandy Dodd
    31/12/2013

    Interesting Al! But the oilers certainly seem to be the PGMOLs clubs of choice. Wonder if Mr Suarez will have an unpleasant surprise on the horizon if Liverpool become too much of a threat!
    Also interested to see the treatment Stoke are getting, some would say not before time, and a bit of karma coming into play, but could not imagine them getting such treatment under Pulis, especially as Hughes seems to be trying to change their style …to a degree…but..Stoke ..hey..ho..
    Good to see Mr Moss up next, comes across as a good ref on this site, though FIF seems to have it in for him a bit

  25. Mandy Dodd
    31/12/2013

    Thanks Bob, and a very happy 2014 to you!

  26. r.iris
    31/12/2013

    wenger said Rosicky is out because he got a kick in Newcastle game. – Thank you Probert, thank you very very much.

    we have monreal , verminator – doubt coz they have just recovered from illness
    Wilshire, rosicky – knocks
    gibbs – calf
    giroud – ankle
    Walcott – unknown reasons

    so half from the team that played Newcastle is out / doubtful becoz we were allowed to be kicked.

    bunch of useless fools refereeing the games.

  27. nicky
    31/12/2013

    @Bob,
    While I agree with you in all you say about Giroud, I worry whenever he receives the ball at ground level. There seems to be an immediate problem attaining co-ordination.

  28. AL
    31/12/2013

    I agree Mandy that the pgmob seem to prefer oilers. I think the chavs are being aided by those in the media mainly, not sure if it’s because of the Lampard-Terry axis, or if it’s due to the media’s general fawning to the odd one.
    Interesting views on Stoke, never thought they’d be treated that way but whatever it is it can only be a good thing for all of us 🙂

  29. WalterBroeckx
    31/12/2013

    On the pictures you could see Vermaelen so I gather he will be fit and he can fill in at left back when needed

  30. bob
    31/12/2013

    nicky,
    I also share your worry there. Be well and kickin’ for 2014!

  31. AL
    31/12/2013

    I do quite like Giroud, and think he’s massively underated. I wonder if its the English media’s portrayal of him that leads to this, but I am positive he wouldn’t be in the French line up(and starting ahead of Benzema) if he was that rubbish. COYG!!

  32. Strus
    31/12/2013

    I prefer Flamini to Vermaelen at leftback Tony, Mattieu is a seasoned pro there.

  33. Mick
    31/12/2013

    Paulinho’s injury as a result of a Charlie Adams challenge seems to be causing a lot of indignation and consternation amongst the Spurs sympathetic tilted media. Never noticed this sort of reaction to any of the (numerous) injuries to Arsenal players meted out on a weekly basis, some far worse than Paulinho’s.

  34. Wooby
    31/12/2013

    Despite the injuries, I am optismistic about the game. This feels like the kind of game where Poldi and Gnabry can come in on the wings, with Carzola in the hole behind Nic. Poldi on the wing with his crossing ability in particular, should provide some opportunities for Nic to score. Arteta and Flamini will likely start in thte heart of the midfield to control the pitch and game. Only question would be whether AW would be forced to play the BFG for a 4th game in 9 days or can start Kos + TV5 in the middle (if Monreal is fit to start at LB).

    Happy New Year to Untold and all fellow Gooners.

    COYG!!!!

  35. nicky
    31/12/2013

    @Bob,
    I raise a glass of Calvados to you my friend and wish you all you wish yourself in 2014.

  36. Pat
    31/12/2013

    @AL at 1.33.

    That is scary!

  37. goonerkam
    31/12/2013

    A very special new years to TONY AND WALTER and all others helping with this blog. CHEERS….

  38. goonerkam
    31/12/2013

    Holy moly. How tough is OG to finish playing that game against Newcastle on an injured ankle. Warriors one and all.

  39. Michael Staley
    31/12/2013

    All the best for 2014 to everyone – to Tony and Walter, to the contributors, to the posters of comments, and to the silent readers. This is such an interesting, positive, optimistic site.

  40. OMGArsenal
    01/01/2014

    From Frozen Canada Happy New Year everyone ,….Bonne heureuse anneé du Canada congelé tous les Gooners!

  41. Florian
    01/01/2014

    OMG,

    You related to Bobby by any chance?

  42. AL
    01/01/2014

    An article from the Telegraph saying almost the same as what Walter is saying here, that an Arsenal title win will be a victory for football. For those that can’t be bothered to read through, here’s a snippet from the last paragraph;
    “Against this backdrop, Wenger’s eminence feels like a barricade we can all get behind, against the new charlatans. It gives us some slim hope that ‘business’ will not destroy football, however hard it tries.” So true.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/10529206/Arsene-Wenger-is-last-true-manager-standing.html

    Happy new year and all the best for 2014 fellow gunners!

  43. Sonal Singh
    02/01/2014

    Agree on the Giroud second season playing for under-dogs thing completely. However, there are some differences:
    1. PSG did not have Manuel Pellegrini or Jose Mourinho – both of whom are present in EPL.
    2. Man City is already several seasons with their mega rich team (with some additions but the team is generally stable now) so they are much stronger now.
    3. If Arsenal do it this year, it will be a miracle – but they are unlikely to be able to continue it.

    Money will rule in the end. You are seeing it in English Football now, but just look at our societies in general – its always about it. Any sector, any institution, any industry…

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