Report: Football 1-0 Rugby


Arsenal needed a quick response from the droll first half performance against Liverpool in midweek and against a stalwart and dirty Stoke side the Gunners came out hard and got a deserved win from second-half substitute Lukas Podolski’s powerful free kick.

Arsene Wenger made several changes from the 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Wednesday. New guy Nacho Monreal started, Arteta returned from injury, Koscielny came in for Vermaelen who has an ankle injury, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started up front letting Wenger keep Podolski’s powder dry. Wenger also picked Diaby over Cazorla, pushing Wilshere into the most advanced midfield role and letting Cazorla get a much needed rest.

Arteta took the captain’s armband and showed the way for Arsenal early when he released Walcott with a great ball down the wings.  The Englishman blazed past Wilkinson, as he would do time and again all night, but his cross went dangerously across the box without finding an Arsenal player. It would be the story of the first half, Arsenal abusing both of Stoke’s fullbacks with speedy wing play from Ox and Theo.

If fans were looking for a quick start by Arsenal, Ox obliged with a 2nd minute effort that was just pulled wide. The Gunners took a while after that shot to get warmed up but soon the brilliant wing play of Theo and Chambo would result in 14 Arsenal shots in the first half with Oxlade-Chamberlain taking the lion’s share of those shots with 6.

Stoke’s first shot came from a predictable big diagonal in to Crouch who flicked on and Walters’ attempted volley was straight at Szczesny. The Stoke game plan was simple, bomb the ball to Crouch who is second in the top 5 leagues in aerial duels won per game with 7.5. Crouch won 10 aerial duels in the first half alone.

Referee Chris Foy showed his intent early on as well, giving a foul on Arteta for a slide tackle that didn’t come close to the player. Later, Whelan would clearly foul Jack Wilshere in the Stoke final third but Foy swallowed his whistle. Foy was giving Stoke calls for Arsenal “intent” fouls but not giving Arsenal calls for Stoke’s constant “actual” fouls.

Arsenal’s best chance in the first half came in the 32nd minute from a corner. Mertesacker flicked on, Ox chested down, and struck the ball hard but Begovich got down quickly to make the save.

From that point, Arsenal sparked to life. Ox earned a corner and Giroud was left wide open but inexplicably headed back across the box instead of going for goal. Stoke half-cleared and Wilshere’s cross back into the box found Koscielny who headed hard and low forcing another fine save from Begovic.

Minutes later Chamberlain would force another save from Begovic when his blazing run was picked out by Wilshere and he curled a nice shot toward the far post. Begovic reacted perfectly to palm the ball around the far post.

Monreal had a good contribution at the end of the half when he opened a huge wound in Johnathan Walters’ head. Now Stoke played with two men with bandages on their heads since Huth started the game with a bandage. Despite the hard work and effort, Arsenal couldn’t get a breakthrough and the first half ended 0-0.

The second half started with Foy deciding to call a few Stoke fouls, though clearly missing a rugby tackle on Walcott in the 50th minute and missing Wilkinson slapping Walcott in the face, twice. It’s no surprise that the linesman “missed” both fouls, he was shucking and jiving with Wilkinson on the sidelines when the Stoke player took a throw in. Still Arsenal got on with the game and Monreal created a great chance for Giroud when Wilshere played a 1-2 with the Spaniard and the fullback floated a lovely cross into the middle. Huth got lucky on the clearance.

Seeking the winner, Arsene made changes at the 67th minute, bringing on Cazorla for Diaby and Podolski for Chamberlain. Almost immediately, Glenn Whelan got the first yellow card of the game for a cynical foul on Cazorla which ended a promising Arsenal counter attack. Cazorla looked like he was struggling to catch up to the pace of the game but even a slow Cazorla is better than no Cazorla as he amply demonstrated seconds later with a great cross to Giroud. Giroud put in a looping header that nearly bothered the keeper.

The moment that changed the match came in the 78th minute. Wilkinson picked up the second yellow of the game when he fouled Walcott on the edge of the box. Podolski took the ensuing free kick and powered in a left footer that took a deflection off a Stoke defender.

There was a moment of confusion as the linesman tried to have the goal disallowed because Theo Walcott, who had nothing to do with the play, was offside. Chris Foy showed a moment of good judgement and allowed the goal to stand.

The goal woke Arsenal up and Cazorla had two bites at the apple when he drove straight at the Stoke defense only to have both his shots blocked.

Seeking the draw, Stoke countered by bringing on three players, Cameron Jerome, Kenwyne Jones, and Michael Owen. Stoke changed formation and played a front three, leaving lots of space for Arsenal to surge into. With Stoke forced into attack, the game was suddenly open and Stoke tried their level best to get forward. When they inevitably lost the ball, the Potters resorted to ugly tackles and rugby tactics to try to get back into the game.

In the 88th minute Ryan Shawcross tried to dribble the Arsenal midfield but the ball, predictably, went away from him. Koscielny made a brilliant tackle to clear and Shawcross punished him with a studs up tackle to the nuts. Foy gave Shawcross a yellow card for what should have been a straight red and tempers threatened to boil over.

In injury time, Arteta won a hard tackle on Michael Owen and the Stoke man showed his true colors by elbowing Arteta in the head while the Spaniard was on the ground. Arteta took exception to this and there were a few minutes of handbags but Foy decided against showing any cards. Perhaps the FA wil have a look at Owen’s cowardly elbow though I’m not holding my breath.

As the clock wound down the Arsenal supporters sang “one-nil to the football team”. And at the final whistle Arsene Wenger shook Tony Pulis’ hand despite the fact that the man is an horrible goblin commanding a pack of cowardly orcs. The Arsenal win and the fact that Newcastle beat Chelsea leaves Arsenal just 5 points off the pensioners who are in third place on the table.



    • 1) good effort from everyone

      2) the linesman had it in for us. there were a number of clear fouls which he failed to give as well. nevermind the attempted kybosh of the goal.

      3) Shawcross should have been sent off for leading with both feet, straight into koscielny’s groin. no attempt to check his “tackle”

      4) monreal put in a good debut showing. had some good runs in the box too, and almost set up a goal for giroud. i wonder what he thinks of english soccer.

      5) santi and poldi livened up the game. santi looked fresh and deserved something, as did theo.

      6) i actually used to like owen as a character – something is in the water at stoke which turns everyone into Orcs. only a matter of time before he gets bandaged up starts drooling on the pitch.

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      • This wasn’t even rugby that Stoke played. In what sport do you, when going for a 50-50 tackle against anybody with any protection gear/armour, do you ram your feet into someone’s balls? Even in Muay Thai or something you kick someone’s face. Shawcross is just a violent thug and if he wasn’t a “footballer” he would probably be one of those lowlifes constantly in and out of jail for stabbing people. Joey Barton is a very cultured, civilised gentleman compared to him! Serves them fucking right that we scored a flukey goal (even though on the balance we deserved clearly to win anyway)

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      • And anyway can we stop calling Stoke a rugby team. That’s an insult to rugby. In rugby you tackle the guy pushing him as far back as possible to stop him gaining ground, but at Stoke you try and injure the other team so they run out of substitutions.

        And with regards to point 6, Alex, I used to like Owen too. In all seriousness I think it’s just the pure hatred that Pulis preaches. Its pretty difficult to get players (some of whom are recent signings and not used to the way they play) to play that way unless you foster an atmosphere of pure hatred, with pre-match rhetoric probably like “This is Santi Cazorla. Dirty, diving foreign cunt who does not belong in this country. I want you to smash him, fuck him up, send him to hospital”

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    • You gotta love Wilshere, he was there like

      “what what what? Don’t you fuck with our arteta, imma nail yo arse man, imma nail it!”

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      • My favourite moment of th match aside from the goal was Wilshere sticking up for his captain. That boy is a gunner legend in the making.

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      • Exactly. I’m never one for lowering ourselves, but we can’t let opponents think we’ll just let them batter us. There is a time and a place to get hostile and Jack was the right man for the job. Much pride.

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      • Arteta’s Basque, i.e. fucking hard as. I love him for that. Gentleman off the pitch, swarthy tough pirate on it.

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    • Maybe not important to you, but STOKE at EX-YU languages means cattle, livestock. To, us, fans from Balkan, that is very amusing. And sadly true.

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      • Agree Mexes. Here in Australia, it is a common phrase amongst Australian Rules coaches to say when they lose, “we didn’t have the cattle on the field”. Which is bollocks, because every time I go to a match of that crazy affair, all I can see is thirty – six angry steers of various sizes rutting furiously.

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    • Truely football vs rugb.stoke could ve a football team and a rugby team all in one. Could be one way to earn money because they are certainly never going to feel stadiums playing that way.

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    • Would like to just add my analysis on why Stoke are subtly different to other clubs.

      If we were to ask any fan – “What makes you a fan of your club? What attracts you about your club?” – there would be varying answers. Lets discount the geographical (I’m from this town) factor for a second. For us, for example, we associate “Arsenal” with beautiful football, roller-coaster seasons, spuds rivalry etc.

      However, the most salient factor around which Stoke fans gather is that of “being victimised by the press” after their players injure somebody or commit an act of violence. Violence and reaction to violence is of utmost importance to Stoke City’s identity, it’s what they unite around. The moments that make a trip to the Britannia “worth their money” for Stoke fans are not their goals, but incidents of violence and injuries. This is different to that of most other clubs.

      If we’re wondering why the atmosphere is so “great” at the Britannia compared to many other stadiums, it’s because it’s a Roman colosseum – their identity invokes the caveman/Freudian (whatever you want to call it) within humans. Excuse this graphic metaphor, but it’s like watching snuff instead of porn.

      This is why Stoke are “feared”. Each football club is unique and has proud supporters in its own way, but the reasons why Stoke are unique and has proud supporters have mostly nothing to do with sports at all. Stoke cannot be called a sporting association, but a legalised gang of thugs making money off stimulating the “dark” side of human emotions.

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  1. 1. Stoke are bunch of malignant cunts (I know I’m not breaking any news here; it is still worth noting).
    2. I wish I could torture Ryan Showcross to death, hostel style, body part by body part.
    3. Well deserved 3 points.

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    • I would love to help you fulfill your wish!

      It was great to Stoke get so frustrated that they became thuggish. The best thing about that was that they looked increasingly pathetic the more they tried it.

      1.I hope they are bitter about the defeat.
      2. I hope they feel shit about the goal.
      3. I would love to see the internal punishable actions Stoke have listed on their changing room door! (not elbowing an Arsenal player during a game – £100,000)
      4. I hope Tony Pulis gets his shit caught in a zipper.
      5. Tony Pulis evokes similar negative intense emotions that Phil Brown did.
      6. I hate Stoke.

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      • Wow this is great therapy. It really helps. I feel great about everything now.

        EXCEPT STOKE and other teams of similar ilk.


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      • I don’t understand how showcross is a professional footballer. He broke man’s leg in like 5 different places, he almost ripped Koscielny’s balls right off of him… guy is a fucking joke, his manager is a joke, the whole fucking team, city and it’s fans are fucking peons, I hope they get relegated…. out of this orbit.

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    • I’d like to have Shawcross buried up to his neck and see Poldi kick his empty head out of the stadium. Nacho made Walters head crumble like his name,nice debut. Walcott was excellent again, he really is LANS.

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    • The guy had been in the pitch for almost 10min without touching the ball, and just when he thought he’d touch it, he got tackled. I bet the game ended without him kicking the ball! Poor Owen.

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      • At what point is Michael Owen going to realize he should just accept that offer to be a fucking MOTD pundit? It was a bit embarassing watching Arteta’s fightback – kind of like watching school girls arguing about shoes. But better that than get a red and out for 3 matches.

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      • Yup, if Foy had not left his balls in the changing room, Stoke could easily have finished the game with 9 Owen certainly would have seen Red for violent conduct on another day (or if he was an Arsenal player) and the Chief Orc’s assault on Koscielny could easily have been red instead of yellow

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      • He should get a three match ban just for being a stoke player then another 3 for trying to fuck with arteta. Plus maybe 2 more for being a useless twat whose glory days are behind him…..

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  2. If they had disallowed that goal I would have flown to Stoke—can you even fly to Stoke?—and stabbed Ryan Shawcross in the face because fuck that guy.

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  3. Get in! Just need to keep taking one game at a time and getting results under our belt

    Loved Wilshere showing Owen what a pussy he is. What a lame punch on Arteta…think that was what Mikel was telling him when he had his arm around him

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    • So glad we’ve got someone like Jack who will stick up for our players and won’t have them take any shit, as Lauren once did for our Freddie. And what a fucking great player to boot, he’s just fantastic in that advanced role.

      I also thought the whole team played really well today, from the back right up to the front. Stoke were stubborn bastards in defence, but we showed real class on the pitch.

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    • When we are beating them and making a fool of them by passing the ball around them, im always worried will one of them lash out in their neanderthalistic way and break someones leg. Such an awful awful team.

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    • That was the ugliest anti-football display I can remember – even on the few occasions when they did actually PASS it into our half they ended up quickly knocking it backwards then lumping it forward. Stoke are a disgrace to the ‘Premier’ League. And two rows of Orcs lined up to try and stifle our attacks… 1-0 to the Football Team indeed! Stoked with that.

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  4. Its a shame Stoke dont put up that much of an effort when they travel to United, City, Chelsea etc. Deserved 3 points. End of.

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  5. That Nacho guy is Real! He passed the test! You just gotta love Wilshire! He showed Owen who the Boss was! Best professional performance of the season by a mile though we should be clinical at times!

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  6. 1-0 to the football team.

    Good play by Theo today up against Wilkinson. And good debut by Nacho. Nice and solid.

    And a word for the Stoke RFC fans – mongs.

    The inside windows on their away supporter coaches must be fuckin spotless.

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    • “The inside windows on their away supporter coaches must be fuckin spotless.”

      Class line. I had that Aphex Twin tune in my head every time the camera turned to their fans and now I know why.

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      • I had an encounter with one of em at the tube station afterwards. Horrible it was.

        Minding me own business and heard this shuffling behind me on the platform.

        Turned round and there’s this creature, big bald head, shuffling towards us dragging a gimpy leg behind it.

        It got a bit too close for my liking, looked up with its football eyes (one at home, one away) and lisped at me – ‘Kiiingsstthh Crossssth?’ Took me a second but I worked it out and nodded (didn’t want to rely on it understanding me) and off it shuffled again, drooling.

        The kids will be up with the screaming abdabs tonight now I bet.

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  7. Really good three points today and as a bonus tony pubis and his band of sperm drinking, leg breaking cunts go home very unhappy. Ahh good times.

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  8. I fucking love Jack. All that passion on top of brilliant technique. He makes me proud to be a gooner every time he steps on the pitch.

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  9. Much needed clean sheet, it’s been a while. Good possession play by Arsenal, the finishing (again) left something to be desired. Stellar game by Wilshere, some of his through balls, especially the one to Ox in the first half, were amazing. Solid debut for the Nacho man…remember he had only one training session with his teammates before being thrown off into the deep end against the Orcs. His positioning is very good, is good on the ball, and his tactical awareness is quality. Very happy with Wenger for signing him, let us make the second half of the season ours.

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    • I loved the moment when the ball seemed certain to go out for a throw, but Nacho man bombed towards it, caught it and played a nice pass forward a second later. Not all that special, but something I don’t think Santos would (be able to) do

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  10. Fucking linesman must’ve been an arsenal supporter, with his huge agenda against theo.

    Fuck shawcross and fuck the orcs from mordor. Loved it when we sang “1-0 to the football team”

    Will pray for Koscielny’s life.

    Only praise orcs deserve is their great goal keeper. I reckon he’ll be gone this summer.

    Most importantly, 3 points! Up the arse! And HAHAHA chavs lost. This is what happens when you shoot people and kick children. I bet they light kittens on fire too, the cunts.

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  11. Shawcross “not that kind of player”

    Fuck you Shawcross. Fuck you Pubis. So glad we beat those cunts. Over 70% possession, Stoke had 10 behind the ball the whole game – the most unambitious team I’ve seen this season. Then when we went 1-up they resorted to punching and studding our players. They’ve even turned Owen into a nasty little cunt.

    SCFC = Solely Complete Fucking Cunts

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    • I couldn’t help thinking that if you needed proof he is a dirty cunt, just look at that photo of him taking a shit on our pitch.

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  12. If you want to fight an arsenal player, you will have to get through wilshere first. This is some player we have here, always stands up for teammates. Also, I think Podolski is going to crush somebody’s balls with his free kicks. Carragher was lucky to escape a damaged ribcage, someday it might not be the case.
    Loved Podolski’s smile in the end.

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  13. Fuck sh*wcross!
    That linesman must’ve had some ties to those orcs too.
    Rant over.
    Don’t mind the scoreline in the end, 3 points closer to chelski and 2 points closer to everton.
    Good debut by nacho, a bit shakey at times but understandable. 1-0 to the Arsenal!

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  14. Jack, captain’s attitude. Nacho, what a relieve. I would have said that the final third needs to get consistent but like blogs said, when fucking orcs are your opponents, well fuck it, I’ll take Poldi’s left foot and a deflection. COYG

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  15. Favourite moment: Arteta gets the ball from. Owen off a sweet-crunching-sliding tackle. Owen gets so upset and takes it out on Arteta. Just when they are about to lose their heads Wilshere comes into the scene… “Hey you Rugby fella… WTF do you think you’re doing messing around with my captain? Huh?” That’s what I call character… What a performance today from the team… COYG!!!

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  16. Always good to beat the orcs, and no-one’s legs got broken.

    Not the best performance but certainly an improvement. The Ox was good today, too.

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  17. Why would you pay to watch stoke? It might be expensive at Arsenal but at least we get to watch actual football.

    Lol at Owen.

    Bodes well for us that Nacho is so solid even though he cant communicate with the rest of the team.

    Terrible lino.

    Bring on the interlull.

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  18. joey barton used to be my most hated footballer. he’s now slipped to 2nd spot with shawcross now dominating ‘first place’. what a piece of shit he is.

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    • Nothing wrong with the linesman, he saw players approach the ball from an offside position and flagged. That’s his job.
      What he couldn’t see from his angle, but the ref could from his position, was that the ball came off an Orc before going anywhere near them, rendering any offside judgement irrelevant.

      The ref then goes over to check that the linesman hasn’t seen anything else bar an irrelevant offside call and finding that he hasn’t, awards the goal.

      This is actually very simple. Unfortunately Pubis is even more simple, hence the controversy.

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  19. Bittersweet day for me, more sweet though, went out of my Last Man Standing cos I didn’t expect Everton to not win against that shite.

    Main thing though is that we haven’t just won a tight contest but for once we have actually capitalised on others around us having poor results, so often over the years, even when we’ve been fighting for 1st, (I know, I know, there’s some young uns here that won’t remember those days!!!) we have oft failed to win when those above or immediately below us have dropped points, today we’ve managed to beat those nasty fucking cunts, and our immediate neighbours above or below us have not.
    Everton (home draw)
    Chavs (away loss after leading)
    Swansea (away loss)
    Orc cunts (away loss)
    then Mugsmashers to play Citeh ( more dropped points one way or other)
    Spuds v WBA (as above)

    All in all a good weekend for us at last


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  20. Nice to be able to make subs that change a game too. And we have quite a few options in midfield that will hopefully keep other teams guessing.

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  21. You gotta love Wilshere, he was there like

    “what what what? Don’t you fuck with our arteta, imma nail yo arse man, imma nail it!”

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  22. “It would be the story of the first half, Arsenal ABUSING both of Stoke’s fullbacks with speedy wing play from Ox and Theo.”

    “In the 88th minute Ryan Shawcross TRIED to dribble the Arsenal midfield but the ball, predictably, went away from him.”
    Thanks 7am for the graphic details.

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  23. Hahahahahhaahahah stoke! Bunch of stupid cunts hahahahahahahahahah

    P.S. Loving the photo Blogs. Shawcunt looking like a 7 year old who just got kicked in the nuts. No offence to 7 year olds.

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  24. Great effort all around, Diaby particularly bossed the middle of the park. Monreal looks quite the prospect at left back…good for him.

    I used to think Leeds were the ugliest, filthiest waste of human life pile of $hit in the history of the world, but the Orcs are by far the worst.

    3 points to The Arsenal….always a great day.

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    • Leeds were dirty,filthy bastards-but they could play a bit as well.Stoke RFC,on the other hand are dirty,filthy bastards,who could actually ‘play’ a football match without a fucking ball!
      God I hate those fuckers,almost celebrated that goal like one against the spuds!

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  25. Solid performance.. Begovic kept them in the game first half and they never threatened.

    Monreal settled well and good to see him bloody up one of their so called hardy fuckwits.

    Theo was man handled all day by that cunt Wilkinson. Does Pulis actively recruit these horrible assholes?

    Good results in other games too..

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    • No, he doesn’t recruit them. He abducts them, smuggles them into Stoke in his underpants, and won’t let them out until they promise to give up football and take leg-breaking-cunt lessons instead. He’s a serial skill-killer.

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  26. That lineman needed to be kicked in his set & suspended by the Fa after being fined and forced to donate to our youth system. of all the people for stoke while deserved a kick to the balls, kos gets studs first. I swear that bastard child shawcross sarcastically told the ref he went for the ball… both of them.

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    • I suspect Kos’ crown jewels might have something to say on that matter. It’s slightly better it happens to one of the big, hard boys like Kos, but if that lumbering hole-in-the-condom waste of oxygen Shawcross so much as sneezes on Santi or Jack, I shall beat him to death with a tea spoon( takes bloody ages, and that is the whole point).

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  27. Very impressed with senor Monreal, looking forward to seeing him play more over the next few weeks.

    Watching stoke at the Emirates is like watching a tramp doing a shit on a priceless piece of artwork, Shawcross of course, being that tramp.

    3 points gained and another positive step in the right dirrection, that’s what i care about most however. COYG

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    • Maybe thats linked to the amount of time the ball was in the air.

      The safest thing to do is ignore everything the bbc says.

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    • Ball out of play = no football happening = Stoke Possession.

      You can understand the BBC’s mistake. It’s hard to tell the difference between Stoke possession and half time.

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  28. is it just me or does the opposition keeper, no matter who we play, always has a fucking blinder…3 points gained, spurs to cock it up tomoro..nice weekend

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    • Begovic, Schwarzer, Robinson and Al Habsi are just some of the keepers i remember in recent seasons where one of their best ever performances has been against Arsenal.

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      • Agreed.

        Shay Given was the bain of my life when he was at the Toon.

        He produced one of the most incredible displays of goalkeeping I’d ever seen at Highbury and we still flattened them 5-0.

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  29. just got back from emirates, great game and from the looks of it gibbs could find it hard to retain his place in the starting 11….

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  30. What did we learn from that:
    If Nacho can play that well against the Orcs after one training session in England; he’ll do fine.
    I suppose its a backhanded (appropriate) complement, if Theo’s marker can only cope with him by smacking him in the face.
    Wilshere is Definitely someone I’d want on my side when the shit hits the fan.
    The linesman looks like he had money on the draw.
    Sooner or later Poldi is going to kill someone with that shot.

    Oh, Shawcross is still a huge Cunt.

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  31. That’s more like it, well played lads! As for Stoke you really are a bunch of basic Orcs ,I don’t know how much a season ticket is in Orcland but really they should pay people to watch that brand of shite.

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  32. 5 points of third eh, who’d of thought after the drama of last month.

    Impressed by Nacho, he dealt with Walters fine and even dropped him on the floor twice. And at last we have a full back that knows how to cross, although it be long before we beat that out of him.

    Also loved how Wilshere confronted Owen. But he may needs to curb his passion a bit

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    • I have to agree about Wilshere here. I know as fans we love watching our players defending their team mates but I hope he realizes that opposition teams will try and wind him to get him sent off if they feel that he loses his cool easily.

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  33. I hope people here realize that how good a signing Theo has been for us. In every match I see him playing for the team. Yes, it doesn’t work out at times but I feel if we can add a fast, mobile centre forward in summer the value of Walcott will be even more apparent. And he is fine playing on the right. Let’s appreciate how Wenger has managed to sort our forward line this season despite losing RVP. Yes, it is still a work in progress but today we had Cazrola and Poldy on bench and we managed to create chances. Now if only we can have players who can learn to not panic while defending. Hopefully, Monreal is a start of more defensively aware players being brought in by Wenger.

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    • hätte carzola und podolski von anfang an gespielt,wären die chancen auch genutzt worden,durch besseres zuspiel.aber so war es ein zitter spiel.
      man hätte vor der halbzeit schon mit 3 toren führen müssen

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    • Looks like just the presence we need in the back. Gibbs does fine, but Nacho looks to be healthy AND dependable all over the pitch. Great crosses. Will only get better!

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  34. Nothing like a good premiere league baptism for Monreal. It doesnt get much dirtier than stoke, and he faired well considering he’s just joined from la diva.

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  35. I think this game showed that what Giroud can do for us even without a goal. He keeps compete for every head ball in air and bullies the stoke backs in several occasions. What a threat! On the other hand, Walcott needs to figure out how to tackle these kind of strong players who defend deep.
    Nacho has the potential to be a beast full back in Premier League. Welcome to Arsenal!

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  36. If we don’t lose any first team players this summer, get rid of the dead weight and bring just one player in over summer I have a really good feeling about next season I really do.. Something about the potential of this team gets me excited.

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  37. I just got back, it was fucking god awful boring, but I did bump into blogs in the tolly and he looks as sexy as ever, possibly more so. Giroud like in fact.

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  38. There you go, I’ve even changed my name for that giroud-pires-laudrup hybrid of a man

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    • There is no need for a review, because we all know the officials are all perfect when they work on Arsenal Games.

      It must be true because that nice Mr Riley says so.

      On a more serious note, while in reality Foy and at least the far side linesman were highly shit, it could have been worse.
      Just consider the linesman gave Foy a perfect invitation to disallow the goal and he didn’t.

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  39. Excellent win. Always difficult against a defensive Stoke side but we showed true grit and nailed a hard opponent.

    Brilliant start from Monreal taking in to account his very recent signing. Really showed defensive and attacking quality and I think he will be fighting hard with Gibbs to keep his place. Wilshere, Cazorla showed some sexamplea of brilliance and everyone else is getting better. I had a good feeling about Poldi’s free kick and it paid off.

    Talking point: we didn’t not miss Vermaelen. Diaby played well. Sagna stepped back up.

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    • Agreed on all counts. Also, a solid performance from Arteta! Great to have at least four dependable midfielders again!

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  40. A clean sheet after a long time was also very welcomed. A repeat performance and result can set us up nicely for rest of season.

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    • We should have just run straight at them with the ball at feet more often. Sometimes a well taken free kick is the only way through a parked bus like they play. The danger is obvious though. Too many Shwacunts who could break our player’s legs. Takes a brave man to keep running the ball at bastards like that.

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  41. I thought Kos the Boss played really well, getting stuck in and tackling the orcs all over the field. A fine debut from Monreal too, looked safe as houses.

    For a change we played well from start to finish. Good urgency and pressing, and plenty of physicality. Great commitment boys, keep it up!

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  42. Always love beating the orc army and we didn’t seem to pick up any injuries, which was good. Koscielny and Mertesacker looked good at the back. We just didn’t take the chances well enough before the goal.
    We absolutely deserved that win.

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    • Also hard to score when the opposition sticks all 11 men in front of the box. How much time was spent in our half, I wonder?

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  43. Fucking hate Stoke. Hoping for a day there are enough of those orcs to legalize hunting them. You will find me outside Shawcross’s house (hole in ground) that day. With a blow torch.

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  44. The sooner that disgusting football club is relegated the better, what a horrible, disgraceful and downright shite football team. That challenge from Shawcross on Koz summed it all up. Fuck off Pulis you horrendous little man.
    Get the fuck in there Podolski, superb win with Chelsea and Everton dropping points. (Soon to be followed by that lot)

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  45. HAHHAHAHAHHAHA!!!! I was laughing hard just after the match ended, woke up read Arsebolg and laughing still….

    So that’s how Cavemen played rugby in this part of the world now….bandaged Orcs trolling about LOL! What a debut it was for Nacho, playing against Cavemen who seems to seems to be interested only in drawing blood. Can’t get more physical than a game against Stoke

    And I have had a feeling that it’s was Poldi turn to net the ball, he just have to catch up with Theo, Giroud and Cazorla on the goal tally. And the way he did it was nothing less of a classy shot….thumping an Orc en route to the net, what a goal hahahahaha!

    Oh, Mike Owen….what a troll he have become, Pulis the Goblin king must have fed him with rats in the dungeon…what with clawing our handsome Arteta when the ball was already off the perimeter. And Wishere…oh Wilshere!!! that Boy is down hardcore Gooner, stood up to square it with the orc like Aragorn Vs. Thrall…..classic!

    Finally….a clean sheet!! a promising outlook for our defense 🙂

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  46. No mention of that cunt Shawcross on MOTD then ?

    Plus, if someone I knew threw a weak ass punch at me, I would still think he threw a punch and therefore what happened to him would be relative of that – Hansen seemed to think that Owen’s puny self warrants leniency.

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  47. A bunch of Orcs lead by Urukhai shown way home to Mordor empty handed and the journey turned them to tiny smeagols.

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  48. Dear me…I hope Kos’s nuts are all right. Studs up right into them..I had tears in my eyes just seeing that! But he got up and played on..AMAZING!

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  49. Haha see what Shawcross is doing in that picture ahaha. This is a deserved three points, good debut by Monreal and lively performance by Walcott.

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  50. on stoke’s official website,

    Pulis was also disappointed with the manner in which several Arsenal players pressurised referee Chris Foy and his linesman, before making the decision of whether to award the controversial winning goal.

    “The way that their players were surrounding the linesman and the referee after the goal was very disappointing,” he said.

    “If you surround the referee or linesman, with three, four or five players, then that isn’t right – you are not supposed to do that.”

    yea! they’re not supposed to go studs up on the opposition player’s balls either!
    tony pubis, what a stupid fuckin’ douche bag!

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      • Unfortunately, yes they do. You see, the second-hand PC’s in the developed-world get shipped over to China, and once a PC exceeds its useful life in China it gets shipped over to Afghanistan, and after a Taliban member shoots a bullet through one, they get donated to this certain part of England thanks to the compassion of the Afghan government.

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  51. I fucking love how everyone who’s commented here fucking hates Stoke.
    Sometimes I wonder do I love Arsenal more or do I hate those Orcs more.
    Of course my love for Arsenal comes first, but my hatred for those Neanderthals comes a close second.

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  52. I fucking love how everyone who’s commented here fucking hates Stoke.
    Sometimes I wonder if I love Arsenal more or I hate those Orcs more.
    Of course my love for Arsenal comes first, but my hatred for those Neanderthals comes a close second.
    Love you Arsenal!
    Fuck you Stoke! Fuck you Shawcross! Fuck you Pubis!

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    What a delight of a result! These are the kinda 3 points u need to put a real title challenge, wore we not so far behind. We need that bit of a luck, altho i believe u make your own. And we did simply by wanting it and showing effort to win. And we got there in the end. Im so happy with this.
    FUCK STOKE. They remind me of the Metal Gears (of the game?), giant robots going ‘mooohhhh’ and trying to crush everything on there way. And somehow they actually bleed to, just like Stoke.
    Not a single ounce of football or at least some technical ability. fucking disgrace to the PL.
    Up the Arsenal !! Bring on Sunderland.

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