Four goals, Three points, a Free scarf and a lovely afternoon in the sun-shine.

Whoever had the idea to give away a free scarf to every Arsenal supporter at the game yesterday deserves a slap on the back. To see red and white scarves being waved all around the ground was a delight and I hope others felt the same so that we can start to bring some much needed atmosphere to the Emirates. Of course being able to jump up and wave them for four goals scored made the afternoon even better.

The stadium really was almost full and who could resist coming to watch Arsenal’s first home game after such an exciting start to the campaign. Eight goals had already been scored before this fixture started so there was a certain amount of  drooling anticipation as I took my seat.

Arsene had chosen to rest some players – two games in!!!!!!! I was surprised, it was obviously the right thing to do but so often Arsene and I don’t agree about the right thing to do. I wanted us to go with the 4-3-3 that had proved so successful against Everton and Celtic but he’d mixed the midfield up so much it was hard to see if this was meant to be 4-2-1-3 or 4-5-1. The team kind of set up like this


Eboue    Gallas    Vermaelen    Gibbs

Denilson    Cesc


Eduardo    Robin    Arsh



Eboue    Gallas    Vermaelen    Gibbs

any combo of

Eduardo    Denilson    Diaby    Cesc    Arsh


See the problem – I couldn’t quite work it out but it brought rewards with Diaby latching on to a couple of great balls to score early on. It seemed that Diaby was roaming free and as long as he wasn’t dawdling on the ball I was happy to see him doing his tricks and turns. I feel hes a talented footballer but sometimes he appears to think he has more time in possesion than he actually gets. Arsene obviously rates him highly so I expect if he can stay fit he’ll have a big part to play this season.

Just before half-time Almunia decided that keeping a clean sheet was not going to happen today and allowed Kaboul to leap above him to score. The bell-ringing started again as the Pompey fans were ecstatic to have something to celebrate.

The second half started with Ramsey replacing Cesc who had picked up an injury. Ramsey was everywhere I really like watching him and he was able to round off a good performance with a well-taken goal. Before Ramseys goal Gallas had scored again – this time in off his ankle. Well done Billy any part of your body will do.

So, we sit top of a two week old table – well at least until this afternoon – with a game in hand. Something to smile about eh………………


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24 Responses to Four goals, Three points, a Free scarf and a lovely afternoon in the sun-shine.

  1. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Sorry, it took so long to get a new post out.

    Talk to you later 🙂

  2. Big Raddy says:


    Seen the Top 5 ? The Spuds have taken the Dippers place. Could this be a sign of things to come?

  3. peachesgooner says:


    Now seriously, how long do you think the spuds are gonna stay there?

    ‘Road beer’ updtate – I know you were worried but just to put your mind at ease Franchise and I carried our ‘road beers’ almost to the steps of the Emirates in Drayton pk. Of course I am an old lady so I probably don’t pose too much of a threat 🙂

  4. Irishgunner says:

    Morning everyone,

    It seemed on the tele as well that most stayed till the end – thumbs up.

    Top marks for AW playing Eboue ahead of Sagna, he nearly ran Sagna into the ground last season which affected his play imo.

  5. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Irish

    Its football all the way now as England reclaimed the Ashes yesterday……..

    How do you feel about the trip to Old Trafford 😕

  6. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya Peaches,

    I would be very happy with a draw and I think we can get it. I think Cesc will be fit for Saturday too.

  7. London says:

    Good title

  8. peachesgooner says:

    Thanks Irish – I’ve always rated Martin Samuels when he wrote for The Times.

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Good to hear of you keeping up traditions Peaches. How I wish I had been with you.

    Where is GG9 ? 😉

  10. peachesgooner says:

    How do you respond, though, to the criticism of many, including some Arsenal fans, that you have such a strong belief in this philosophy that you are now entrenched? You wouldn’t change it even if you could. You could be two players away and you still wouldn’t buy them.

    Yes, but once you get into that position you are in a trap. When Cesc Fabregas was 18, 19, I would play him in a 4-4-2 with Patrick Vieira and I saw it did not work. Then I had the decision to make about letting Patrick go, because Gilberto Silva and Vieira worked, Fabregas and Silva worked, but I could not play Fabregas and Vieira. But Fabregas was 19 and if he did not play I knew he would want to go, so we risked destroying everything, all the work we had put into this player. Now we have that same situation with Jack Wilshere.

    He is 17 and we cannot ask him to play every game to win the championship, he will play a few games maybe. But next year he will be ready to play all the time, he will want to play all the time and if we have bought a player in his position he will want to go. That is why you either have a policy of buying confirmed players, top, top players of 23 or over, or doing it as we are. (Animatedly.) The team we have now gets there. At 22 or 23 I think a team is mature enough to deliver and it is a massively important year for our club. I am conscious of that. I know people have no patience anymore

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  11. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Raddy – I think gnarley popped onto le grove this morning. Apparently the team are still celebrating 😉

  12. Irishgunner says:

    One of his best replies was when Samuel (or the other author) said he should show his feelings more and he replied that he is probably a bit crazy in the head now.

    At the start he sounded like my sister on about Socialism, Capitalism and Communism – they’d have a good conversation!

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Where is everyone?

    Is it holiday time? Do our friends who live the life if Riley in Spain need holidays ??

  14. kelsey says:

    Not surprisingly,the usual suspects have come out chucking vitriol at Arsenal.firstly,Eduardo did dive and Boruc didn’t help himself with his positioning.Wenger was quoted after the game as saying” , : “I do not go as far to say Eduardo dived. “He went down, for what reason I do not know. Having seen it again on television, it doesn’t look a penalty.”Is that clear enough.The fact is penalty or not,Celtic still required three goals to win the game,at that time.We have comprehensively beaten them over the two legs,yet not for the first the media put the emphasis on Celtic not playing well over the two legs,rather than giving Arsenal credit showing particularly the difference in class between the two teams.yes the goals at Parkhead were fortuitous,but with several first team players missing last night we did all that was required.With reference to the french team yet again,may I point out again that Wenger is payed to manage Arsenal on a fairly restricted budget,and is not responsible for providing players for the English National team.On a really positive note,Vermaelen appears to be another comparatively unknown player in England,who has been mightily impressive so far this season.There is a new bonding in the team,since the disruptive influence of Adebayor left,which is very clear to see,and we may just surprise those willing for us to fail this season.

  15. kelsey says:

    i love this.

  16. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I’m here BR

  17. peachesgooner says:


  18. peachesgooner says:

    😀 😛 🙂

  19. Rasputin says:

    Just checking if my new gravatar works on this site …..

  20. peachesgooner says:

    Must be cos your an author that it comes up straight away

  21. rico says:

    Hello 😛

  22. rico says:

    White Rabbits 😉

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