Report: Arsenal 5-1 West Ham

Report: Arsenal 5-1 West Ham

Arsenal got back to winning ways with a comprehensive battering of West Ham at the Emirates this evening.

Arsene Wenger made a couple of enforced of changes to his side with Aaron Ramsey replacing the injured Francis Coquelin, while Lukas Podolski took the place of the rested Abou Diaby as the Arsenal manager rejigged the shape of his team.

The Gunners suffered an early scare when Jack Wilshere required treatment, having turned his ankle in a challenge, but the England man played on. After a slow start Arsenal almost fashioned an opening when Giroud and Podolski combined in the box but West Ham defended well to prevent a tap in.

A few moments later a delicious Wilshere pass set Walcott free. He got into the box, on his right foot, but the defender got a touch to poke it out for a corner just before he could shoot. Well, it should have been a corner but a goal kick was given.

And when West Ham won a corner a few minutes later, Arsneal thought they’d defended it, only for referee Mariner to give another one. From that, Giroud’s header fell to Collison on the edge of the box and his shot flew past Wojciech Szczesny to put the hammers 1-0 up.

Just a minute or two later Arsenal were level. Lukas Podolski took on a Jack Wilshere pass, and from 25 yards unleashed an unstoppable rocket past Jaaskelainen. 1-1. A brilliant strike from the German to take his tally to the season to 11.

Ricardo vaz Te then headed over the bar from a corner before drawing the ire of Mertesacker for an unnecessary challenge as the German saw a ball out for a goal kick. The game had a bit of edge to it with tackles flying in, as you’d expect from a team managed by that fat Walrus cunt.

Arsenal weren’t helped by Marriner giving lots to West Ham and ignoring things like Wilshere being fouled on the edge of their box, but plus ça change. Lukas Podolski then failed to round off a flowing, intricate move involving Gibbs when his off-balance right footed shot in front of goal was blocked when he probably should have scored.

West Ham could have gone ahead in the 40th minute when a Guy Demel cross rebounded to Carlton Cole. He chipped the ball over the onrushing Wojciech Szczesny but before the ball could cross the line Aaron Ramsey got back to bash the ball out for a corner, great defending from the Welshman.

Santi Cazorla came close to putting Arsenal back in front when his left-footed free kick – one of the only times Marriner gave us anything – curled towards the top corner but Jaaskelainen got across to make a very good save. It’s worth pointing out that Cazorla is right-footed.

Arsenal came out flying in the second half, Theo Walcott almost forcing an own goal from Tomkins. And after more pressure Arsenal won a corner, Walcott took the it, it looked like a typically poor near post scrubber, but in came Giroud with a perfectly timed run and he toe-poked it in at the near post to make it 2-1.

Theo Walcott might have put Arsenal further ahead after a great Cazorla pass but delayed his shot, but a few moments later Arsenal were further ahead after bsolutely beautiful build up. Giroud flicked it to Podolski, he played it back to Cazorla who flicked it home from close range. 3-1.

And less than 2 minutes later Theo Walcott scored to leave the Hammers reeling. Podolski got down the left, fizzed in a great ball across goal, Walcott arrived and his finish at the near post was fantastic in its simplicity. 4-1.

Amazingly, Arsenal scored again just 90 seconds later, again Podolski was the architect, Olivier Giroud flicking home from close range to make it 5-1 to Arsenal. Incredible stuff.

The game, unsurprisingly, took a bit of a lull after the goal flurry but the Gunners could have been even further ahead when a quick break left them 3 on 1 but Theo Walcott’s final pass was poor when he had Giroud and Cazorla waiting for a tap in.

Arsene Wenger brought on Santos and Oxlade-Chamberlain for Podolski and Giroud, and there was a lengthy stoppage to West Ham sub Daniel Potts. He was taken off on a stretcher, having received oxygen on the pitch after a seemingly innoccous challenge with Bacary Sagna. Having used all their subs the Hammers played the rest of the game with 10 men.

There were 12 minutes of injury time but not much worth talking about happened, bar some Arsenal shots. In the end the second half flurry destroyed West Ham and gave us three lovely points.

If only we could play like this more often.

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  1. Cue the people who will complain that this massive win makes Arsene and Arsenal less likely to dip into the transfer market…

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    • Did we see a vintage Arsenal display for 11 minutes or was I teleported back to 2004?

      If we play West Ham and Newcastle every week we would win the League.

      Thats 4 points from a possible 12 in January – at this rate we’ll finish 4th and win the 4th place Trophy…..oh wait

      I did however enjoy seeing fat Sam’s depressed walrus face though.

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      • Damn! what happened in first 10 minutes in second half, I thought the ghost of ljunberg, pires, bergkamp and Henry possessed them. At that rate I thought we were going to score in double figure. The fluidity, the movement, the passes…FUCK! these players can play those game then what the fuck is stopping them….more of it pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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      • If Arsenal were to play second half only…they will win everything in sight…PL, CL, FA and COC trophies. But if they play first half also…ummmm….ahem! cough! cough!

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    • Giroud changed wings with a super over the top ball there. The cameras picked out Wenger and Giroud having a nice little laugh about that.

      Great gunner moment right there.

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    • Phew! thank F..k for that. Well done lads. Now lets keep it up till the end of the season and especialy against the teams above us.

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    • Its the third time this season he’s done that chip over the opposition defence leading to a goal (the other two times being the volleys by Podolski vs Montpellier and Gibbs vs Swansea). A move befitting of his swagger.

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      • It makes me wonder what he could achieve playing off the shoulder of a clinical striker, dropping back to play them in. I don’t see it happening somehow but he had a hell of a game tonight- the boy has some exceptional playmaking skills, that’s for sure!

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  2. Hope Potts is alright.

    Following our lot this season is like having blokes PMT.

    One minute I wanna kick the cat into fuckin orbit. The next I could kiss the mother in law.

    Fuckin madness.

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    • Called for it since wilshere came back.. Ramsey to partner wilshere.. They know how to marshall a midfield together

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      • Wenger said the whole reason he was able to sell Nasri was because of the partnership Jack and Ramsey were forming, and every time I’ve seen them play in tandem in the midfield they’ve been really good

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    • People might say what they want about Giroud, but I thoroughly enjoy his little flicks. He needs more time to adapt to the league, as far as being a consistent scorer, but I think he’ll be alright.

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    • P.S.
      Andre marriner is not howard webb of Arsenal but can we have him officiating more matches we score a hell lot while he is around except for one game in the past.

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    • Why is this necessary? Every damn game we win ” this is what happens when insert name here doesn’t play!” and when we loose ” this is what happens when x does play”. It’s getting old.

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      • Ernest, there’s a time and place for everything, and this is the time for enjoying the win, not criticising players who weren’t on the pitch. You’re like a wet blanket on a barbecue.

        Try to enjoy the win without rancour. It’s more fun.

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    • Explanation?
      Diaby is a talented player and he actually isn’t playing most of the time which, according to your reasoning would make us champions with a margin.

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      • Why resort to that sort of shit to a fellow Gooner on this night of jubilation. he’s entitled to his opinion without being insulted, wrong or not

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  3. cant wait to see the ramsey haters crawl back into his shell. Him along with all the other lads had a good game.
    Onwards and upwards COYG

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  4. Podolski has a hand in four goals.. That’s what happens you rest key players arsene….

    We can only rest them with quality replacements.. Get your cheque book out.

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    • Exactly. Arsenal’s starting eleven is decent with rotation. With last summer signings having adapted this season as a whole, you know trophies are fucking just round the corner if we can give Cazorla, Arteta a breather and our final third another option. Tired of using the word “if”.

      Anyway, good performance and beautiful football tonight. Let’s get a run of winning matches.

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    • Agreed. Proper team-rotation is why Man$ity and ManUre are hands down top-2 in EPL. When Rosicky and Diaby are back to full-fitness, hope Wenger realize this and gives Cazorla/Wilshere a much-needed rest.

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      • How many on the bench today? Lots of them injured. We need him. One game against WestHam doesn’t prove anything. We can not play against stronger teams and score, yet.
        @Nigerian wrote:
        This match doesn’t show how good Arsenal is, it shows how good they could be…with few more signings…

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      • meh. I was really excited when we were linked heavily to cavani and even zaha, but then wenger said no but i like diame… it just gave me the thought that diame is not good enough for man u and man c but cavani and zaha are. but who are we getting… we have the funds and when is going to be the time to spend ? but we did good today but maybe need at least one quality signing.

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    • haha i was watching like 11 mins of West Ham and Arse players chilling out and catching up with one another.

      from the tv view couldnt see theo when the poldi pass was made. thought he fucked it up. POLDI !! pure class.

      OX although 5-1 , should put more effort for the team! hope he doesnt expect to just start matches.

      Ramsey and Young Jack had a marvelous game..

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  5. when giroud was subbed, immediately arsenal were clueless in their attack.
    We need another target man. And arsenal is “the second half team” dont know what they smoke in second half, they need to smoke it before first half. Good game and second half first 10 minute was blistering.
    BTW VazTe is a complete cunt, he deliberatly wanted to hurt Mert and Manone before.

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    • Obviously they have found chamakhs sheesha stash. He forgot it when he made the switch.
      I agree with the sentiment that a rested podolski was the reason he had such an impact. If we could find someone to rotate with giroud and cazorla ( I still pray it’s rosicky) we should see more output.
      Little concerned that cazorla played the entire game again, I was calling for his rest at 65 mins.

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    • I agree one hundred percent with the Vaz Te comment. He was lucky not to receive a red when he kicked Mert’s achilles. Players who do things like that when the ball is out of play should fuck off like Joey Barton.

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  6. Elated at the result, everyone played simply amazing today. Fall deeper in love with this club every game. Just amazing.

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  7. Great result, and one we really needed. Lets hope we can kick on from here and get a few new faces in as well. Plus I hope the lad Potts is ok.

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  8. Great performance =) Lovely to watch.

    Its a pitty we didnt score 2-3 more but hey, who can complain =).

    The only thing that worried me just slightly was another confirmation that Walcott is playing a bit too much for his own statistics but lets hope he wont do that when its 1-1 =).

    Good game.

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    • Great evening. Great atmosphere…. I had a great seat too, right near where the Hammer kid got hurt… shame. Still, ace game!!

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  9. This match doesn’t show how good Arsenal is, it shows how good they could be, with a combination of a few signings and the correct attitude on the pitch. Good win though, I can finally post something positive about Arsenal this year. Lets hope we see a simila peformance against Liverpoo.

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  10. Good! One done, two more to go this month!
    And two signings please. We need them still.
    Loved to see Giroud wraped up in the flag.

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  11. First my country wins in my city, then my beloved Arsenal destroy Walrus FC. I’m probably the happiest Gooner alive. The only way I could be happier is if Megan Good were to divorce her husband, fly over here and beg me to be her Master…

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      • Peter is a common name. You should be careful not to be aggressive towards the wrong person. This Peter may be Peter the defenceless ball boy, not Peter the fucking cretin.

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  12. Am I the only one who had a déja-vú feeling at that split second the ball was in the air from that Giroud pass to Podolski for Santi’s goal?

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  13. Great game for us, but still need some reinforcements. Diame was a beast when he came on, nobody could get the ball from him. A back up striker would be excellent. Ramsey still has a place in Arsenal great game by him and I’m sure he’ll improve playing in the centre. (Arsense I’m directing that at you). Vaz Te can suck my dick, cunt. That is all.

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  14. Podolski earned me 15 points today. Glad to see my risk of keeping him as my starting 11 when I knew he wasn’t playing on Sunday.

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  15. Terrific from Arsenal today, that “British contingent” looking very exciting. Podolski looks like he has a hammer instead of a left foot. Interesting dynamic in the centre, Ramsey~Wilshere a potentially very sharp pairing. Almost forgot about Arteta being injured.

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  16. Was a really Arsenal-like response to our recent form, stellar performance all around, particularly the 2nd half

    Meanwhile a certain cunt got sent off for kicking out at a ball boy when his clubs 2-0 down. Cynically glad that the chavs aren’t in the final, or no CL team for that matter

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    • I liked seeing us score 7, but we let in too many.

      5-1 is much nicer. Especially when it is played with such speed and confidence.

      So good to see everybody playing their part so well. A true Team Performance.

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    • I hope he gets what a fan would get for doing that at a football match. It’s an assault if it’s against a ball boy, not a foul. The dirty bastard stepped outside of his safety net of the playing field and committed assault. Hope he gets jail time for such a blatant act of violence against a minor.

      Glad he thought he was too good for Arsenal. He is NOT the kind of player we want in our team. I imagine somebody in the crowd will report that as an assault.I certainly hope so. I’ be happy not to see him play in England again.

      The FA are going to say they can’t do anything about it because the ref dealt with it on the pitch, so they are almost guaranteed to come out of this looking like twats.

      If he were an Arsenal player would you want his contract torn up for doing that and bringing shame on the Club? I bloody would. I don’t suppose the Russian guy will be too upset at seeing one of his employees using violence though.

      I wonder if he’ll use the “In my country kicking children in the ribs is a sign of affection” defence ?

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      • Did you even see the video of the incident? I have no sympathies towards Chelsea at all but that ball boy is not a kid, he is 17 and he behaved like a fucking prick.

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    • Well, no, not LOL, but I am not surprised to see such behaviour coming from Chelsea. They have such wonderful role models amongst their senior players.

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      • Chelsea? Role models? Here’s a few…

        1) John Terry – Mr. I-Shagged-My-Teammates-Missus-Just-Cuz-She’s-Up-For-It
        2) John Obi Mikel – Mr. My-Understanding-Of-English-Language-Is-Better-Than-Any-English-Ref
        3) Ashley Cole – Mr. I-Like-Texting-Pic-Of-My-Tiny-Cock-To-Drugged-Up-Whore-Despite-Being-Married-To-Cheryl-Cole
        4) Fernando Torres – Mr. I-Cost-50-million-I-Puff-My-Cheeks-Out-To-Show-I’m-Unhappy-When-I’m-Benched
        5) Eden Hazard – Mr. We-Don’t-Have-Fat-People-In-Belgium-In-Britain-Too-Many-People-Are-Fat-That’s-Why-I-Kick-Them

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  17. Giroud quality again. Just bothers me it’s his fault if he doesn’t score a brace every game, no one does.

    Considering it’s his first season in this league, I think he’s been above average.

    All three summer signings on the score sheet today too…

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  18. Great performance, they movement and quickness of passing was exactly what we needed, lots of technically great players, they just need to move the ball quicker.

    That is the Podolski I want to see week in week out, powerhouse at times and his delivery is excellent. Very solid performance from Ramsey too, very tidy on the ball and mopped up well when needed..

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      • Bollocks. If the ball was there to be kicked it was there to pick up. He kicked the boy to get the ball. Plain and simply that is assault. Lifetime ban from British football grounds if you’re a fan. I should like to see him charged over that and treated the same way that any thug at a football match is treated.

        I don’t think he’ll be able to pull the John Terry defence “Did you just say you wanted me to kick you ?”.

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      • You really think I would be on this site if I were anything other but an Arsenal fan? Fuck football is biased, I bet if the same situation happened with one of our players, there’d be a whole other reaction.

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      • I agree with Axel, most of the “fans” on the arseblog news site seem to be the “Arsenal4Ever or Gunna4Eva” type of fans if you know what I mean. That kid who isn’t actually a kid but is 17 years old acted like a fucking prick and footage also shows that Hazard actually was kicking at the ball and not the kid.

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    • sorry, I’m with Axel on this, ‘young boy’ makes you think 11. He was 17, there are footballers that age and younger and if they’d done that to one another there wouldn’t be the same outcry.

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      • It’s bizarre, right? I mean there is no grey area here. You cannot kick the boy. You can complain to the ref if you think he’s time-wasting and get time added back on, but CFC fans are 100% in the wrong to defend anything about what Hazard did.

        It’s like they’re on crazy pills.

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      • But it sure did look like Hazard kicked the ball and the ball boy took him for a huge ride. IMHO, the ball boy dived and faked like the real footballers…lol
        But Hazard was too foolish to actually kick the ball from under ball boy’s body. EPIC FAIL!

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  19. Giroud was getting some stick lately, so it’s good to see him score two.. Of course blessings from pires really worked…

    I reckon by next season podolski, giroud and cazrola could be excellent and Walcott may improve even more..

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  20. Wooohoooo! On to Brighton now! Hope that West Ham kid is ok. We for one know what its like to suffer a leg break. Yet they wouldnt feel sorry for us. We are just ”soft”

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  21. We still need for quality signings. We don’t need super quality just quality will do. Daime in d midfield, A quality forward and 2 defenders. Pls wenger. Get ur head outta the clouds!!!

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  22. Here’s to hoping that Arsenal sticks to it’s second half philosophy and goes on an absolute tear during the second half of the season.

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  23. If you’s were to choose 4th place & no trophy or 5th place & FA cup, what would yous choose? Thumbs up for 4th and thumbs down for 5th

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  24. Great result tonight. Arsenal were playing fantasy football at times. Still need 2 more top top quality players to throw in the mix. sign now to have them fired up, fully integrated and ready for next season

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  25. Now that was superb!
    I was disappointed to see us fall behind again but boy was that a response!
    Great performance tonight and really proud of the team. Now let’s see that level of effort every game from now on.
    Hope the boy Potts is alright. It’s never good to see anyone stretchered off (unless their name is John Terry).

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  26. Just thought actually:
    It used to be the way that we’d race ahead in games and finish them poorly, now it seems to be completely the opposite. Is this happening on purpose that we start slow and perhaps take a gamble not to fall behind (or too far behind) then completely dominate the whole second half?
    Wenger does seem to like taking massive risks so I do wonder.

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  27. Great technical play, I’d thought he would of brought off Carzola to give him a rest, rather than poldoski or giroud. Giroud looked pissed he could of got his hat trick.
    Oh and Diaby didn’t start, and we won!

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  28. Cazorla is actually one of the extremely rare sportsmen who are NATURALLY ambidextrous. He’s scored plenty and its hard to criticize him, but he should improve his finishing. But that isn’t really a problem. He is a long shot taker so his shots per goal % is bound to be low. (I’m glad we have a few days before the Liverpool game, him and Jack could do with a rest)

    Also, Podolski proves once again that he is a
    “Distance Shooter” and “Clinical Finisher”
    Giroud also shows that he can make good runs and is a “Poacher”
    Haha FIFA is accurate after all. I would love to see a 4-4-2 Poldi and Giroud together.

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  29. The four goals in the 2nd half, especially the last 3, were simply vintage Arsenal!!
    Love the goals including the one – the blistering shot from the left foot of the German!! Absolutely orgasmic!!

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  30. Sagna has looked knackered latley….but have you seen his Mrs? Phwoar! I’d be knackered too.
    I’d first do her in the arse a couple of times, then in the gob…I’d then finish all over her tits,then do her up the arse again

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    • Great observation on the match tonight. Now fuck off about other people’s wives. Bacs is the man for Arsenal, form or not he gives everything in every match he is involved. If Arsenal had Szeczney, 5 Jacks and 5 Sagnas, I give you a side that competes and probably wins trophies just based on effort and determination for the squad alone.

      For fuck sake.

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  31. Apologies here in North Carolina, USA had to watch the match on DVR as during the work day here. Posting comments without having read the others above yet.

    Thoughts….

    1. I am admittedly am a Sagna apologist, and as such I believe his recent dip in form is related to TW14 drifting more centrally and leaving Sagna with immense space to cover from end to end over the last month. Sagna was better tonight I thought, but Jenks needs to be in the lineup as I think Sagna needs a rest. The ball off the line in the first half was not Sanga’s fault in my opinion. Mert drifted too close to Verm and Sagna was left to defend two when the high cross came in.
    2. Regardless of whether the “talk” happened between manager and players after Chelsea, can we please start a match on the front foot? This is getting to be fucking ridiculous.
    3. As seen in the first half chance I noted above when Ramsey and Verm had to clear the line, Verm almost was out. That means Koscielny which is may be ok, however, that means we are one step closer to Squillaci. Sign a central defender Arsene! Djourou is not there, so figure it the fuck out.
    4. West Ham are lovable a$$holes, but a$$holes nonetheless.
    5. I am starting to think (assuming we only sign one of a striker or winger and not both, if any), that we need an out and out winger. Because….
    A. Podolski can play centrally and that left foot is a finishing left foot not simply a centering left foot as shown on the break tonight.
    B. It appears that TW is now going to drift centrally regardless of where the lineup says he is, it was evident especially in the first half that Girouod drifted over to the right and left as Podolski and TW would take their turns going into the center.
    C. The interchange with Giroud, TW and Poldi and even Cazorla would suggest to me that as long as they are healthy and can drift in and cover each other, an out and out winger may not be (or have been with no Zaha) a bad move. Do you think Gervinho is that guy? I don’t.
    6. Jack…..brilliant again.
    7. Ramsey tonight was epic. He was all over the pitch, did the job he was asked to perfection, strong in the challenge, and makes it even more evident that his place is in the middle not wide….another reason for a winger in my opinion. Tracked back, did the job. Great.
    8. Does anyone find it odd that Diame did not start? Weird and possibly interesting.
    9. Giroud has quality in him. It will take a bit to cope with the bigger sides, but I believe he has it in him to score goals and bring others into play consistently.
    10. F those stupid a$$ bubbles.
    11. Hammers became shell shocked after the first couple in the second half the spaces were there and we rightly punished them.
    12. The squad still needs strengthening. 3 points well won and full credit to all the lads, but we need a defensive midfielder/stopper to punish the counters when we get in the mood.

    Well done Arsenal!

    Now keep it up. For fuck sake.

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  32. Did anyone see the ref join in with the keepy ups during the injury, sad to see a player down so long but was fun seeing the refs footy skills

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  33. I expect them to thrash West Ham by more goals after West Ham are down to ten men, but they seemingly lacking any energy after that, moreover West Ham defended quite well after down to ten men. However it is still a crazy win, 4 goals from 11 mins is just superb, I started watching it at 60 mins, arghh so frustrated didn’t watch the best part of the game. Their movement before that injuries is really quite well. But I still think Wenger should buy some quality players in the market.

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    • Sticking in a hatful when we’d already won and the poor buggers were down to 10 men due to an unfortunate injury would be like kicking a man while he’s down.
      Who do you think we are, Chelski?

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  34. I’m just gonna be a bitch and point out that the corner from which West ham scored resulted from a freekick due to tackle from Gibbo and not from another corner itself.
    Well who cares, I just looped a hole.

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  35. So what to make of Olivier Giroud at this point? He’s just impossible to figure out.

    His movement as a striker is intelligent, fantastic. His effort and work rate is unquestioned, this is the main reason it’s so damn hard to hate the man, and so easy to love him. When you play the ball to his feet when trying to build an attack he’s often ugly and wasteful and will likely concede possession. Well, unless it’s at the edge of the box, then he will play a sumptuous chipped through ball, which has led to some phenomenal goals for Arsenal this year. He will miss the easiest of headers, particularly the wide open chance against Man City, but will Hulk-smash others for goals in spectacular fashion (Fulham, France national team).

    Coming into this game I thought that his best role was the guy you bring in to chase games off the bench. I was so impressed today I don’t know what to think now. Any thoughts?

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  36. I hope Dan Potts is ok, it seems really bad that he is still not coherent, I bet his poor family are going through it, my thoughts are with them.

    Did anyone see the incident, was it a clash of heads like some are saying?

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  37. “Sam Allardyce believes Arsenal have struggled this season because they have failed to replace Robin van Persie adequately. Allardyce added. “From our point of view, we hope with the disappointment of that result against Chelsea that there might be a little lack of confidence in the players that play. If that’s the case then we might have a chance of getting a result.”

    @BIG Sam ……….What happened?

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