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Albion 2-3 Arsenal: bench quality enough to get through

Arsenal made six changes to the team that whipped West Ham 5-1 in midweek and as is to be expected if you change two midfielders, three defenders and a forward, Arsenal sputtered and stuttered to a 3-2 win. Ultimately only getting the win after the first team was subbed on.

The Arsenal back line was almost entirely changed, Vermaelen, Gibbs, and Sagna were all rested and Koscielny, Santos and Jenkinson were given the start. The fact that these players haven’t played together much really showed as Albion seemed to pick them apart with ease.

Similarly in midfield where Diaby and Rosicky were started in place of Wilshere and Cazorla. Both midfielders showed signs of rust as they hit misplaced passes and (at least Diaby) showed some defensive indiscipline at times. The one player who did look fantastic in midfield was Aaron Ramsey. Working from the deep-lying midfielder role, he was given time and space to operate and pulled the strings fantastically. One particularly Pirloesque ball from deep left me collecting my jaw off the floor.

And Ramsey was tenacious in shielding the back four. He picked up a yellow card in the 66th minute but that never stopped him from tackling and trying to win the ball back. Ramsey seems to be growing into a replacement for Arteta in that holding role which is nice to see. My only hesitation in simply handing him that position would be to see the other team apply pressure to him deep like they did against Arteta a few weeks back.

Up front, the Ox really had an anonymous game though that could be a tad unfair as Jenkinson didn’t offer much all day and Arsenal seemed to be getting a lot of joy straight through the middle to  Giroud and Podolski. Giroud in particular seems to have settled nicely into the physical side of the English game. At the start of the game against Albion he was constantly being pushed and pulled but he gave back as much as he got. His first goal was all guile, shaping the shot around the defender. But the second was really just a wonderful strike and showed what Giroud is all about: the touch to take down Diaby’s chip, the strength to create the yard of space needed to get the shot off and the desire to get the shot as he had to really reach for it. All just magnificent.

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Meanwhile, at the back, Andre Santos is 29 years old, with over 270 appearances in his career, and he still tries to dribble out of defense and into the heart of the midfield. Not only that, but the first time a player is dispossessed doing something that basically stupid they tend to remember “oh yeah, don’t do that.” Andre Santos tried that dribble no less than three times, each time he was dispossessed. Once led to a goal which was flagged for offside. It was a lucky break, but did Santos stop dribbling? Nope.

Ultimately, I would still forgive him being out of position, doing stupid things, making basic defensive errors, if I felt he gave everything for the cause. I didn’t see that same effort from Santos as from Giroud.

Rosicky is a good example of what I’m talking about. It was his first appearance in over a month and his first start since scoring against Olympiakos on December 4th. His passes were rusty, his tackles were all slightly late, and overall he looked like a Mozart being forced to conduct with one arm tied behind his back. But Rosicky gave everything on the pitch and it was his quick turn of pace on the throw in from Szczesny which got Arsenal the first goal.

Roskicy picked up the throw, ran at the Albion defense and crossed to Podolski who dropped for Giroud. And the big Frenchman used the body of the defender to block the shape of his shot, making it unsavable. All of that was started though by Rosicky’s run and he did that for the full 67 minutes. He never stopped trying make a tackle or a run forward. Rusty, yes, but given a run of games will be back to form.

For those wondering “what happened to Santos?” the answer is simple: teams have found him out. He had a honeymoon period with Arsenal at the start of his career but right before he picked up that injury teams had already worked out that if they target the fullback they will get joy. Since making his return, the opposition have picked up right where they left off. Doesn’t matter who we play against, they all know, if Santos is on the pitch, attack that side. Don’t forget, Arsene hooked Santos and played Vermaelen on the left after his dreadful match against Man U.

So credit to Gus Poyet. He did his homework and attacked Arsenal down the right (our left) getting both goals as a result and possibly unlucky not to get more. Credit also to Poyet for building a nice looking team who play some proper football. They started out route one and put in some spicy challenges, but quickly settled and started passing from the back. So much so that they looked quite like Swansea. That’s a compliment, in case you’re confused.

In the end, the difference was that Arsene had Gibbs, Wilshere, and Theo Walcott on the bench. Gibbbs came on and immediately the defense looked more assured and the forwards had width down the left. Wilshere also helped keep the midfield composed and I really like the pairing of Wilshere and Ramsey. And of course, Theo Walcott scored the winning goal. Deflected, sure, but talk about game-changing substitutions!

When people complain about the team lacking depth and needing to spend in this transfer window, this substitution is exactly what they are complaining about. Against Albion, Arsenal had Walcott and Wilshere in reserve. That’s a great bench and they can (and did) come on and win the game for you. Against Liverpool in midweek there will be no such luxury. Wilshere and Walcott will surely start leaving little powder dry on the bench.

But it’s all academic and I’ll probably be accused of a number of crimes against humanity for pointing out that depth in reserve won the game and is exactly the kind of thing Arsenal should be spending the £153m in cash reserves on. No matter what I say I draw criticism, maybe I didn’t give enough credit to a player, maybe I ripped Santos too much, but in the end, for me, it was the bench that made all the difference. And it’s the bench that will continue to make the difference between now and the end of the season as to where Arsenal finish in the two Leagues and how far we go in the FA Cup.

Qq

56 thoughts on “Albion 2-3 Arsenal: bench quality enough to get through

  1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    You’re spot on about the bench, and the fact is, Arsenal don’t have much of one in regular Prem fixtures. Not one that can change games, anyway. It’s incredible to me that Wenger sees it differently and will refuse to strengthen this January, but…ah…I grow tired of complaining about this. In May, if we finish out of the top four–as I expect we will–I’ll re-brandish the knives that Wenger will deserve.

    The thing is, as I’ve said on other threads, there’s no guarantee we’ll finish in the top four even if we do buy 2 or 3 players this transfer window…but if we buy and don’t manage it, at least we’ll know Wenger did all he could. Now, however…he’s put himself in a very dangerous position.

    As for the BHA game, yes, it was difficult, but I think some make too much of the difficulty. Have a look at the results today, and you’ll see that other teams above or near us in the Prem struggled against lower league opposition!

    1. +13 Vote -1 Vote +1craig

      The lower leauges have improved. The PL has become more focused on offensive fluidity and less on defensive stability. The result is that it seems like its a lot easier for the PL teams to get knocked out if they aren’t on their game. We got through and that’s better than a couple others can say.

      As for signings… meh. Who knows. Everyone knows Arsene isn’t going to tell the whole story, or even any of the good parts, in his press conferences. We’ll see at the end of the window. Many thought Theo would walk and he signed up. I’m not optimistic, but I’m not pessimistic either. Just trying to be patient. There have been Eisfeld windows and Arshavin windows, it could go either way.

      1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        Walcott, money well spent.

        Great goal.

        Why are we complaining? Every transfer window its the same.

        We spent 55m two summers ago and 39m last summer. We brought in a dozen new players. We still have 8 unwanted players on our books. It isn’t as simple as putting them on the market and slashing prices.

        Where we have an issue with is the loss of players who are top performers and also holding critical knowledge/experience of our system of play.

        It won’t be as easy as just adding in players as we need vital tactics and rotational policies to tune things better.

        Much of the squad are going through teething problems because we have cut and change so much.

        That said, the players are starting to gel and one or two additions will help.

        At the moment I see a striker likely even with Giroud firing.

        I am less optimistic about the DM/mid which I still think we should get.

        Fullback and keeper solutions can wait till the summer. I would still like to see one more wide man come in then too. Preferably someone with a bit of invention and creativity to add to our more direct and youthful options, and Gervinho of course.;)

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1ctpa

    You can never give too much criticism if your talking about Santos. My problem with Santos (besides the mistakes) is he seems to have no regret over his errors because he repeats them. I once had a driving instructor tell me that a good driver doesn’t make his passengers nervous and Santos makes me very nervous.

    So pleasing that Ramsey played centrally is getting his game back together. I would be sorely tempted to leave him in there even when Arteta comes back in “3 weeks” (‘Wenger injury time’) just to see how far he can grow. This could be the grove that shows he’s truly back from that GBH event. I do suggest he bulk up a little for next season.

    I think Le Samourai will yet have a signature goal scoring moment this season.

    Where’s the media out cry over a British manager turning Newcastle into a Ligue Un side? Hypocrites.

    Juventus bringing in Anelka on “emergency loan” means that Bendtner’s thigh injury finishes him for the season.

    Good points about Rosicky whose key asset is that along with Wilshere, they turn and run at the defenses with the ball and that wins FKs.

    Second goal that Walcott has scored from his position at the top of the box on CKs.

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      Good points about Wilshere and Rosicky sharing that same ability / tenacity to drive forward despite the odds. Ramsey does not share that attribute, which made us frustrated when he slowed down the game in the more advanced role (and, let’s face it, he was never a right winger, Wenger!), but in the holding / Arteta role, he’s really proving his worth. I’ve been critical of Ramsey over the past year, but he’s improving, and it’s great to see. An able central midfielder in the making!

      1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        He is improving but where he has strengths, so does Coquelin in the same position.

        To me,:

        1) Coquelin, technically way more comfortable with ball and able to work himself out of tricky spots. Also better with interceptions and quicker recovering to tackle if passed.

        2) Ramsey : better passer and marginally better positioning. Also excellent vision which helps from a deeper position.

        Both have strengths and weaknesses that neither possess.

        That said, you do realise we do not just play Ramsey holding.

        We play a 4-1-2-3 when attacking whereby Diaby and Rosicky offer us better dynamics and strength going forward thereby Ramsey holds back and recycles.

        When we defend, one (Ussualy Diaby) drops back and we are 4-2-3-1.

        Watch the game again. It also helps when you cut out the sound.

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Santos, clearly not one of our best buys but not half as bad as made out.

      Watch the game again. Yes he should close down quicker but he made some vital intercepts and was only as much culpable as Jenkinson was on the right.

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ickenham Gooner

    Ramsay getting game time and proving that he is a realistic option is great for me. He can play any of the 3 central midfield positions and give some rotational depth to the Arteta/ Wilshere/ Carzola threesome, which is probably our starting option.

    If Rosicky is back for a while that would be superb, one of my favourite players when on form and proved last season he has a few games in him.

    I hold no hope for a fit Diaby, sadly.

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      With you completely on Rosicky. He’s just great to have around as an option, and will allow us to reliably rotate the midfield a bit (giving folks a rest that need a rest).

      1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        Diaby put in a great assist (over the top Song style) sadly unmentioned for inexplicable reasons.

        Rosicky’s wayward passes were all at start of the game. Thereafter, he did a great job pushing us forward. Clearly you will be expecting too much if you want him to be on Jack’s level at the moment. Remember not several weeks ago someone slating him as being poorer than Ramsey.;)

    1. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      Take that, santori! I’ve now replied to every single comment so far!

      Sheesh. This is exhausting. And I haven’t even broken the 1500-word requirement…

      How do you do it, santori? Where do you find the emotional reserves?

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Gunman

        Ahh so it is actually you , the real Bunburyist . With you replying to every comment I was wondering whether Santori had started posting in your name lately .

      2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        You don;t need mental strength FYI. Just finger strength.;)

        You’re going to have to try waaay harder to keep Tim’s post counts up. Still waiting for my medal.;)

      3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        That’s the problem, you are too emotional (as is Tim) where you should be more calculative and thoughtful. You’d get up to 1500 in no time.;)

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1ignatzuk

      This. The Liverpool game is a big one for me, for several reasons. We need the result obviously to make top four, but we also need to stay above ‘pool in the general pecking order, while they’re looking more competent and stable now that Lucas is back alongside Gerrard, we have a recent history of stumbling against Rogers’ sides, we scraped through against them this time last season thanks to a RVP wondergoal (remember that one, Tim?)… and we seem to be at a crucial stage in our development when things seem to be coming together, and we really need to keep up the momentum. A good win against them would do us a world of good, but I sense a disturbance in the force.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        We also beat them at Anfield earlier this season.

        Taking nothing away from them, it is a huge game for us.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerMD

    Santos is way too much of a liability…provides no width to the attack, walks into position when everyone else is at least jogging, poor defensive skills…Please tell me we’ve got someone in the youth ranks we can call up to replace him!

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        We’ll need to dip into market or shift Vermaelen as a surrogate cover. I don’t think Santos will go anywhere till end of contract.

        Maybe he can attempt to change shirts with say Hazard mid-game thereby receiving a kick in the gut in exchange for a red for the ball boy basher.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerMD

    I also agree that Ramsey is starting to look good (again) at the holding mid position…may be a problem solved there for the long term in terms of depth.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Nah.

      This is Brighton and Hove Albion.

      He is still very slow covering and not strong enough with challenges where Coquelin is better and more technical

      Where he excels is passing range and vision. his positioning is also decent.

      But both Coquelin and Ramsey are auditioning for this spot as Arteta’s understudy.

      I still think we need someone no nonsense and big (height) as an alternate for Diaby. Preferably someone who can hold /play CB

      Ramsey’s problem is he is decent in the middle of midfield but he does not add the dynamics that Diaby, Rosicky or Jack can give further up.

      That said, he is improving greatly and hopefully he can make the transition to the Arteta role. After all he is only 22.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1quake

    The big problem is Arsenal do not have a squad that can be rotated once you get beyond the first team players there is not much left no game changers that for sure.Ramsay looks a better player in the deep lying role hope he can get a run of games in that position the biggest weakness is defense have not fixed this in 5years so i am not expecting any change there what happen to the Bould effect?

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Familiarity is key.

      Many of the players have not played much games together.

      Santos, Rosicky, Diaby, Jenkinson, Chamberlain have all been out of the first team for considerable spells.

      Wenger has got to find a better way to roatate them through the first team.

      The League cup would have been ideal (considering the priority we have to give the FA cup) but we placed too great an emphasis on it alas and are now out of it.

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Zeddington

        I’m happy about the draw. A really good friend of mine is a Blackburn fan and he’s been miserable for ages. That team is a mess. It’ll be a fun game, and we should be able to win while resting a few (I hope?)

  7. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1sim

    I’m really happy that we won the game, but I have to point out our poor defence (like many of you have already). Santos, as usual, was extremely bad, but I’m mostly disappointed with Mert. His marking from the cross for their second goal was poor and he didn’t boss our defence for their goal from the corner (although Szczesny is also at fault). One would expect more from a player whom Wenger signed to bolster our defence from crosses and set pieces. On the plus side, Giroud was outstanding again, Ramsey seems to be better in his new deeper role and Diaby got some good game-time under his belt again before Liverpool. I’m super angry at Theo for not passing to Giroud for his hatrick, but I guess it’s okay considering that he scored the winner (albeit through a deflection). COYG!

  8. +1 Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

    Giroud = praiseworthy
    Rosicky = trustworthy
    Santos = cringeworthy

    And now for something completely different (Remember Monty Python?):
    I’m sure to corrected if I’m wrong, but I believe we have not lost a game when we have led at any point during the match. We may not be able to hold a lead, but we’ve not dropped points because of it so far in this campaign.

      1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

        Aye for the first one..

        We have not lost…when we scored first…in the league
        We led at some places…before we settled for a draw…can count that as dropped points…

        I remember one particular CL match….Mitrogluuuuuuu…..lost 2-1 to Olympiakos despite Rosicky opening the scoring…

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1davi

    “Ox really had an anonymous game though that could be a tad unfair as Jenkinson didn’t offer much all day and Arsenal seemed to be getting a lot of joy straight through the middle to Giroud and Podolski. ”
    Don’t know what you were watching. Jenks had a good game and we didn’t get much out of Podolski aside from his fortunate assist and the FK that hit the bar.

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

        Too narrow. We needed a bit more width.

        Rosicky and Diaby in tandem through the middle made a difference but still with Chamberlain drifting in field, we were too congested

        Jenkinson never seems terribly comfortable on the ball when 1 on 1 but he works hard.

        Excellent free kick from Poldy. He should take more of them (not Walcott)

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1Tee Song

    Given what happened today, I’m happy that we were able to rotate the squad and get to the next round. There’s no denying are longstanding defensive issues haven’t been corrected but at this point I’m resigned to the fact that our attack is what’s going to win us games. And to that end, Giroud is going to have to build on these recent performances. Both his goals really surprised me in a pleasant way. Being a penalty box poacher is great but both of yesterday’s goals were well taken and showed excellent touch and technique. As for our depth, Rosicky will hopefully be able to make a contribution to the run in just like last year (is it asking too much that he be available all season next year instead of only the second half like last year and this year?). Ramsey looks like he’s finding his feet and le Coq actually had a couple of decent games before his hamstring twanged. If those three can build on their performances and Diaby, touch wood, can play in ten or so games our midfield depth will be ok.

    1. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Very good assist from Diaby, not that Tim would care to notice of course since he has his eyes on Ramsey solely.

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1avery

    Jenks crosses very well and has pace and stamina, bullets as a matter of fact, and Pod is so direct and assured with that cannon of a leg.
    Ramsey fits well in holding, not a sloooow as molasses winger, and he is passing much quicker lately, than to stop look around, and dribble some more instead of just pushing the ball forward with one or two touches, but if Gibbs goes down, anyone with speed will eat Santos alive.
    Diaby will never be reliable, could eat my words, but most likely not.
    Dont ever want to see Verm and Koz paired together ever again..please….just keep rotating the two inside with the BFG…maybe buy another center back to rest him too…..
    Giroud looked fantastic as did Jack when he came on, and like him or not Theo got the job done.
    And don’t be too hard on Szcz as he has won us a hell of a lot more games than not, for those with short memories think Italy and champs league for us to get through..
    glad we went through as Pool and Snot went down!

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      I’m not sure I’d agree that Jenkinson crosses very well. He does whip them in but he isn’t looking.

      He needs to cut them back a bit to Giroud like Podolski does. Otherwise they are a waste.

      The Arteta position for Ramsey could be good for him as he is forced to keep it simple. Great improvement but I still have issue with his pace and overall tenacity.

      He lost a number of balls in that position today which against a more experienced quality team would have been costly.

  12. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1SG_Gooner

    Game changers don’t wanna be subs unless they are paid Man City or Chelsea wages. Unless, Wenger goes in the market and buys some of the best players and make the current lot sit on the bench this would be a pipe dream.

    We had such game changers when were were winning stuff and the market had not been distorted by ridiculous wages. Nowadays it is extremely hard to attract such players to Arsenal. Best would be for Wenger to find gems from the academy and young guns from other leagues. I hope he manages to keep us in top 4 this year and mounts a better challenge for title next year.

  13. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1santori

    Dear oh dear, we see what we want to see I suppose.

    1) 153m. It’s back to that again. AST out. Never mind their estimation anymore. Personally I think you’re estimating too low. Clearly we have 300m spare cash for the gaffer’s summer holiday to China.

    2) Ramsey. Taking nothing away from the young man, he’s been much improved, can’t see how he gets your vote as best player for us when clearly there were a number of players whose contributions were slightly more significant.

    For starters, Diaby contributed with an excellent assist and was equally strong in midfield. If you notice we do not play Ramsey as the sole holding player rather we go 4-1-2-3 when attacking and 4-2-3-1 when defending. It is when we are attacking that Ramsey nominally sits a little further back because of the 3 (Rosicky and Diaby), he gives the least dynamics close to the box. OTOH, he has good vision and his passing range is very good. A couple of neat balls in toward the end of the half to Walcott.

    That said, both Diaby and Rosicky (particularly the Czech) pushed us forward quicker.

    Defensively, he was suspect on a number of ocassions losing the ball and then clumsily challenging back for it (one which earned him a yellow). He’s been better positioning and I do think strangely the new role covering does suit him somewhat but I am not entirely convinced he is quite the best option for cover particularly bearing in mind this is Brighton and Hove Albion (albeit an impressive one, well done Poyet)

    Personally, I do think Coquelin has more energy and aggression defensively in winning the ball back in this position and is more comfortable in possession. Where Ramsey is better is in passing and positioning.

    3) Rosicky. Rusty but an infinitely better option to some of the options we have tried in midfield in recent games. Not quite up to scratch with jack at the moment, clearly because he is returning from injury but a viable alternative in games to come (as is Eisfeld down the line)

    4) Width. We lack width throughout the game until Gibbs and Walcott were introduced. That made a difference. Neither Chamberlain nor Santos were able to provide us with much incision out wide and the game congested through the middle.

    Chamberlain in particular needs to get more games. He is not operating in the right area and when he is wide, he needs to cut in diagonally on occasion rather than take it down the line.

    5) Santos. Not quite as bad as many made him out to be. Another tough game for the Brasilian but he won more tackles than suggest. Considering Jenkinson got fleeced on an number of occasions, he is one who is not the best buy in Wenger’s career but also one suffering from his current reputation more than form.

    That said, LW closing down of crosses was poor.

    6) Szsc. Culpable for the first goal. He isn’t the best commanding his box with crosses. OTOH, he kept us in the game with a great instinctive save earlier on in the first half. Still a very good YOUNG keeper but I do think we will benefit from someone slightly older to push him/provide competition. AlHabsi, Bergovic, Stecklenberg take your pick. After all we have 400m to spend tucked away somewhere in Switzerland.

    7) Metersecker. Easy to criticise the big German and for the most part he had to be closer with his marking but he has been good more often than not. OTOH, these are common mistakes that we should work out of our system. Yes they were well placed and very aggressive crosses by Brighton but we really ought to be better closing space before the cross and marking tighter.

    8) Just a note on Brighton’s team composition which seems to comprise several foreign players of good technicality. This is a team several leagues below us. Goes to show you how football has changed in England and how much more competitive teams are getting these days where as 10 years ago, they would have comprised mainly of Johnny English.

    Good show by Brighton, hope they creep up to the PL in a couple of seasons. But a sufficient win for us particularly considering some unfamiliar players and rotation in mind of the crucial 6 pointer this coming mid week.

    Hey, maybe we can spend some of that 505m before that on another decent striker at very least since Ramsey is now an amazing player.

  14. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1ignatzuk

    No criticism from me on this one, Tim. I hope you’re not losing your taste for the piss and vinegar of blog exchanges? Up and at ‘em, old boy, up and at ‘em.

    The BFG was a yard off the pace on both goals. I thought the corner was his all the way, I don’t know why he let two attackers wander past him onto a point-blank-range cross when it was clear they would get to it before Szcz could. And while Santos gave Brighton all the time in the world to stop and have a sandwich before delivering that cross for the second, Mert was still responsible for cutting it out at the near post, but he was badly caught on his heels.

    Ah well, we all have our off days. For example, I just put salt in my coffee.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1santori

      Piss and Vinegar.

      What he really needs is some unadulterated water (with minerals preferably)

      Clarity.

      1) Ramsey – I am more than elated that the young lad is progressing well and his improvement can only augur well for the team. But to suggest he was better than Jack several weeks back and here state that he was the best player is to me somewhat churlish at best.

      2) The money available. stick to one sum. One week he listens to AST’s estimate. Next week he’s back to the Ali Baba cave Nazi Swiss account figure of 153m. Honestly. he is beholden to the responsibility of a wide audience who engage in your otherwise excellent blog. With great power comes great responsibility.

      3) Statistics to prove what he wants to see.

      All things being equal, much of the rest of his blog is spot on. But the emotive element doesn’t help. Jack being prime example. He was a player coming in from a long lay off and he was getting slated for being worse than Ramsey. That’s a bit of a stretch.

      ;)

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Tim

        Arsenal have £153m in cash.
        Wilshere was playing worse than Ramsey.
        That’s what I said, I stand by it.
        You, however, don’t stand by anything, though you do like to yell the same things over and ove, like the claim that Arsenal are net spenders. You also like to comment on old articles because you’re a coward. You cluster-bomb everyone’s replies the day after the article comes out with misinformation disguised as comments.
        You are done commenting on the site, as I expect you are probably banned from most other sites as well. See ya.

      2. Vote -1 Vote +1alabamagooner

        Ugh. Sometimes I hate my iPad. Just voted this down, when I so meant to upvote it. Those buttons are too damn close together. :)

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