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  1. Gord
    29/11/2018

    How to go Smith Rowe! Good work Ramsay!

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  2. Gord
    29/11/2018

    Eight minutes of nothing on UEFA.com, and then Ramsey gets taken down in the box? For sure Mike Dean will not give us a penalty on the weekend now. Nice conversion Aaron!

    Eddie, your turn. 🙂

    COYG!

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  3. Menace
    29/11/2018

    The Vorks are playing a good passing game but are rather aggressive for their own good without the ball. The ref has been very soft with them but has booked a couple to slow the aggression a bit.

    Arsenal passing a little poor but on occassion a few well strung passes break the Vorks down.

    Ramsey getting involved when he should let the kids play their game. I suppose it’s his opportunity to showcase his talents.

    A lovely 3rd goal for Arsenal by Willock.

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  4. Gord
    29/11/2018

    Arsenal would never send a bunch of kids to play Vorskla, would they? I don’t think Vorskla has studied all the youngsters Arsenal has.

    Now Willock scores! Assist to Elneny I believe. (Smith Rowe was assisted by Nketiah?)

    Lots of empty seats.

    COYG!

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  5. Gord
    29/11/2018

    Half time stats from UEFA

    Shots on target 1:5
    _off target 4:3
    Corners 2:4
    Offsides 1:1
    Possession 41:59
    Passes 186:281
    _Completed 150:253
    Balls recovered 15:15
    Blocks 0:1
    Fouls 8:6
    Yellow 2:0

    COYG!

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  6. Gord
    29/11/2018

    UEFA has a quote up from former women’s Gunner Karen Carney on Willock’s goal. And she doesn’t bash Arsenal, she credits Willock with good skill.

    COYG!

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  7. Steve Vallins
    29/11/2018

    You can see why Arsenal are prepared to let Aaron Ramsey go ERS , I said this a few months ago .

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  8. Nitram
    29/11/2018

    Gord

    That’s true enough but she still reckons it wasn’t a foul on Ramsey for the penalty. Apparently he was ‘already going down’.

    Utter crap. I concede once he was fouled he made sure he went down, which never looks great, but it was a foul without a doubt.

    If you want to see someone who was ‘already going down’ take a look at Liverpools penalty last night.

    I didn’t hear a single question over that one (if there was my apologies).

    At the end of the day neither really affected there respective games but it’s just typical of how ex Arsenal pundit and ex Liverpool pundits comment on their own respective teams.

    Anyway now I’ve got that off my chest, what a great display from the lads.

    Really good from back to front. Smith Rowe and Willock deserved their goals. Shame Nketiah didn’t score as he deserved a goal.

    And I must mention the young centre half Medley who came on near the end, what a cool classy looking playing.

    What could of been a tricky game made to look easy.

    Well done BOYS.

    COYG

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  9. Andrew Crawshaw
    29/11/2018

    A thoroughly professional performance tonight from the whole team. I thought it helped that there were enough youngsters who have been used to playing with each other for several years as they have come through the academy teams.

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  10. Andrew Crawshaw
    29/11/2018

    Zech Medley came to us two years ago as a reject from Chelsea – their loss our gain! He struggled a bit at first but has really blossomed this last year becoming a mainstay at U23 level this year. He is 6ft 4in tall so would be the tallest we have.

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  11. Gord
    29/11/2018

    I gather Jenkinson was the other centreback. How did he look playing there?

    As near as I could find, Zech Medley is 1.95m tall. Cech is 1.96m (according to Wikipedia. For someone young, that data could easily be wrong (out of date).

    UEFA said briefly that Smith Rowe had scored a second goal, so thanks for clearing that up Walter.

    Nitram, UEFA only presented part of Carney’s quote then.

    6 teenagers on the pitch to end the game. 18 games unbeaten. How to go Gunners!

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  12. Nitram
    29/11/2018

    Andrew

    He just looked so calm. Is that his normal demeanour ?

    Gord

    She was ok over all, it’s just it gets on my goat when ‘our own’ are always so willing to see it against us.

    Funny how Liverpool’s mob didn’t see there player ‘go down early’ last night, that’s all.

    On a night like this shouldn’t bother me but it does, sorry.

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  13. Gord
    29/11/2018

    I have not been able to find attendance figures.

    The average age of the starting line-up was 24 years and 322 days, what was the finishing average age?
    Zech Medley for Rob Holding
    1995/09/20 – 2000/07/09
    Bukayo Saka for Aaron Ramsey
    1990/09/26 – 2001/09/05
    Charlie Gilmour for Matteo Guendouzi
    1999/04/14 – 1999/02/11

    I get average age at end is about 23 years, 189 days. I just did this sloppy, so I could be wrong by a month or so.

    There doesn’t seem to be any record close to this, in 2017 there were teams significantly younger in Champions League (but that is average of 22 players).

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  14. Pat
    29/11/2018

    Lovely victory for our young players. Top of the group is good too.

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  15. GoingGoingGooner
    30/11/2018

    Be interesting to meet the spuds in that competition.

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  16. Gord
    30/11/2018

    I have not been able to find attendance figures.

    Arsenal.com in their # things we noticed, mentioned the attendance was about 5000.

    Supposedly, there were 800 Arsenal supporters.

    Vorskla is pissed. They seldom get the opportunity for a big team like Arsenal to visit, and to have the game moved was a big disappointment.

    Apparently should the game have been played in Vorskla, it would have been an unofficial holiday, and the stands would have been packed with home supporters.

    Under the circumstances, to play a game with 5000 spectators in a 70,000 stadium is very much like playing behind closed doors. And Vorskla didn’t deserve that. Not the fault of anyone in football (to me), but the fault of some trigger happy Russian sailors who generated an International Incident at an inconvenient time.

    I don’t think Vorskla was expecting the starting lineup/bench that Arsenal came with. Does a better home crowd make up for not having the right game plan for playing Arsenal?

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  17. Gord
    30/11/2018

    The Sun has a wonderful article about how Tony Penis orchestrated the breaking of Aaron Ramsey’s leg.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/7862037/arsenal-ramsey-leg-break-stoke-wenger-pulis-dave-kitson/

    Tony Penis and Ryan Shawcross should be banned from football for life, just like Hackett wants for the 3 players who recently beat a referee.

    For me, Tony Penis and Ryan Shawcross need to spend time in jail.

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  18. Preetam
    30/11/2018
  19. Brickfields Gunners
    30/11/2018

    WOO HOO , HOO ! Well the lads . And to keep the unbeaten streak going. Hope this continues on till the end of the season !
    Up the Gunners !

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  20. ron
    30/11/2018

    i do think that pulis was ultimately responsible for the way he decide he would play the game. shawcross was just a victim of his mentality

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  21. Pat
    30/11/2018

    I would put the blame on the billionaire president of the Ukraine. He is facing serious unrest at home because living conditions have become so bad. Imposing martial law stops all demonstrations and other forms of protest. He is coming up for re-election and this will give him a better chance of winning. He is allowing his country to be used as a tool by the EU and NATO in their aggressive policy towards Russia – a policy which is a serious danger to world peace. It is important to remember also the role of the USA in ousting the previous elected president of the Ukraine and installing a regime which includes outright fascists.

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  22. Pat
    30/11/2018

    Thanks for the Dave Kitson article Gord. I’m so glad Kitson has come out and said that.

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  23. Nitram
    30/11/2018

    Gord

    “For me, Tony Penis and Ryan Shawcross need to spend time in jail.”

    I agree.

    And even if it’s not jail time at least severe punishment within the football World, but I tend to agree with you as this is surely ‘criminal’.

    It’s at least a pre meditated plan to injure a fellow professional.

    Absolutely disgraceful.

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