Disfemisef – Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk Arsenal FC News and Lifestyle Blog Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:50:19 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://misterspruce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/authou-123x120.png Disfemisef – Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk 32 32 Where was this Arsenal all this time? https://misterspruce.co.uk/where-was-this-arsenal-all-this-time/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 10:11:59 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7501 Arsenal won a game. Yatta! I’m super excited…and we played well to boot. I missed the first half of the game because (someone) forgot that our timelines had synced again. So the game was at 3pm, not 4pm—dummy. So I got there and I was pleasantly surprised to see us 3 goals up. I was […]

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Arsenal won a game.

Yatta!

I’m super excited…and we played well to boot. I missed the first half of the game because (someone) forgot that our timelines had synced again. So the game was at 3pm, not 4pm—dummy.

So I got there and I was pleasantly surprised to see us 3 goals up. I was happy, I settled in to watch the rest of the match.

I watched us play with vim and vigour and just kept the enemy at arm’s length and when the keeper did have to make a save, he made it quite well.

And Walcott came on and scored! I was like whoa!

So where the hell was this Arsenal since?

I think the problem with this team is mental. We have a talented bunch f players, but they don’t know how to play like winners, like people on the front foot.

It’s telling that our best wins and performances come when our backs are against the wall. It’s a good quality to be fair, but it’s a limited one.

Our backs aren’t always going to be against the wall, 85%of the time we are going to be favourites to win a game and we need to start being predictable. When I say predictable I mean we look at the fixture list, we see a game against Norwich and with all due respect to Norwich, we expect to win—and we do. That kind of predictability.

I don’t want to nark on the team or anything because they were quite good on Saturday and I was pleased. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Iwobi has settled in, I’m happy Elneny is doing so well, I’m glad Mesut Ӧzil was enjoying himself, I’m glad Alexis is scoring again, I’m glad about a lot of things.

So Tottenham drew against Liverpool and with Chelsea and Manchester United on the horizon, I really do feel we could catch up. We need to win all our games though, but if we do and we’re playing without the shackles of expectation, then we could at least pip them to second and celebrate Saint Totterinham’s day.
It’s unfortunate that that’s the best we can do, but hey, here we are.
Anyhoo, let’s support the team eh? Let’s see what we can do, let’s win every game.
#COYG!

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This is it Guys! The Home Stretch! https://misterspruce.co.uk/guys-home-stretch/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:55:54 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7492 Hello! Ni hao! Konichiwa! Bonjour! E kaaro! All greetings I promise you, i’m not casting a spell or anything. So the interlull is over and that means that– ARSENAL ARE BACK! Yes I’ve been a bit (a lot) disillusioned but I think the interlull sort of put me in a frame of mind. I don’t think […]

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Hello! Ni hao! Konichiwa! Bonjour! E kaaro!

All greetings I promise you, i’m not casting a spell or anything. So the interlull is over and that means that– ARSENAL ARE BACK!

Yes I’ve been a bit (a lot) disillusioned but I think the interlull sort of put me in a frame of mind. I don’t think we’ll win the league, but I as sure as hell would love to see us try. We play Watford and this week Monreal talked about revenge against the team that knocked us out of the FA cup.

“We’re coming off the back of two really good performances, the most recent of which we won. We know it’s going to be difficult against Watford because we only played them recently and they knocked us out of the FA Cup, but we’re hungry for revenge.

“It’s a completely different competition. They’re not fighting for big things so we need to show that we are. We need to show we’re the home side and that we want to keep fighting for the league title. That’s what we’re going to do.”

We need to show that we are. He got that bang on. We need to show that we want to hunt down our opponents. It’s all about psychology now. If we play like we’re imperious, there’s a minute (i’m serious, it’s mighty small) that this could unsettle title rivals. There are only eight games left and Leicester aren’t playing like they’re going to drop an eight point lead, but you never know.

We on the other hand need to keep winning and winning and winning. We have the players back from international duty, no one is injured that we know of, we should have Petr Cech back for the game and even if it’s Ospina, he’s shown that he is capable of helping out.

We have a midfield that just might be finding some sort of rhythm and a front three that are showing some inventiveness and guile. Let’s do what we can and as fans, let’s cheer and scream and sing and support till the very end. We have a whole summer to moan and whine, we can call for the manager’s head and write all the death threats we want over the summer, but right now, we need to get behind our team and support them to the hilt.

The season isn’t over yet. Maybe it’s too much anime and i’m used to seeing protagonists in absolutely hopeless situations and the somehow, just somehow, turn it around. It’s the same eyes i’m using to look at Arsenal, we just gotta try till the end.

Right! I’ve played cheerleader, it’s up to the team to lift the fans and make us believe, even if it all ends with us just off the top spot, lets at least give it a right old go.

I’ve said my bit, i’ll watch the game tomorrow and hope for the best and hope that if we win it worries Leicester enough to fumble against Southampton and that Liverpool absolutely destroy Spurs.

We’ll see.

Till later.

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So Arsene Isn’t Leaving this summer, now what? https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsene-isnt-leaving-summer-now/ https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsene-isnt-leaving-summer-now/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:23:41 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7489 Morning true believers and ever amazing Arsenal fans. It’s midweek and I am bothered that I haven’t seen Batman v Superman. Now I’ve heard that the critics are unhappy—screw them! What do they know anyway? Batman’s in it. On to more Arsenal things, manager Arsene Wenger stated in an interview that he was 100% certain […]

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Morning true believers and ever amazing Arsenal fans. It’s midweek and I am bothered that I haven’t seen Batman v Superman. Now I’ve heard that the critics are unhappy—screw them! What do they know anyway?

Batman’s in it.

On to more Arsenal things, manager Arsene Wenger stated in an interview that he was 100% certain that he would be staying at the club. This naturally brought with it mixed reactions.

Some people love the manager and while they’re all certainly disappointed with the way this season has panned out, the manager still retains their trust.
Others though…well let’s just say they’re tearing their hair out. I’m kinda on the fence here.

The familiarity if Arsene makes me feel secure, like I know exactly what I’m getting from him. We may not win any major honours (Ugh!) but we’ll…I dunno, dazzle a few times I guess.

On the other hand, the same security and sameness of Wenger worries the crap out of me. I want us to win things and while Arsene could win us things, it might not be the things we want to win.

You know what I mean?

Here’s what he said:

Look, you give your best. I think that the criticism during the season is not very welcome when you fight for the championship, especially after the game against Tottenham where we were a bit unlucky. You have to live with that.

“I have my conscience. What is the most important is that I give my best every day, I work for the club I love and if I can share that love with the supporters it’s even better. At the end of the day I want to make sure that I give my best and that I put my knowledge at the disposal of the team.

“I have no doubt [that I will be Arsenal manager next season] because I am committed. When I do something, I do it 100 per cent. I’m always committed to give my best as long as I am at the club.

“For the rest, I don’t worry too much about all the rest, what people say. All the rest is judgments, opinions and that is linked with the beliefs from the last result or the last disappointment or the last happiness. In my job you focus on what is important and that’s to perform.

“I believe in life you should focus on what you’re appointed for and I’m appointed to perform and do the best for my club. That’s all I focus on. My future is my future, I don’t master that more than you.”

So there you have it. He’s going to be here next season whether we like it or not. So now that we’re stuck with him what do we do? Keep shouting and fighting and abusing him? Or do we at least support the team and constructively criticize when we feel something is wrong?

I really don’t know.

An argument could be made that we shouldn’t take things lying down and fight for the club and make our displeasure known. There’s also an argument to be made that the shouting and displeasure chucking won’t get us anywhere.

So what to do?

It’s a head scratcher guys, I for one will do with some new signings in the summer and at least a respectable title chase for what’s left of the season (even if it’s impossible)

Till later.

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Should Arsenal Forget The Title and Focus on Next Season Already? https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-forget-title-focus-next-season-already/ Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:17:39 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7484 Hey Guys! Happy Easter! Welcome to a new week. One with the interlull, which means no Arsenal…or Arsenal news….or Arsenal related stuff. I am going to see Batman v Superman today, so i’m pretty stoked. I plan to enjoy every second, I don’t care what the reviewers say. On to things Arsenal, we are fast […]

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Hey Guys!

Happy Easter!

Welcome to a new week. One with the interlull, which means no Arsenal…or Arsenal news….or Arsenal related stuff.

I am going to see Batman v Superman today, so i’m pretty stoked. I plan to enjoy every second, I don’t care what the reviewers say.

On to things Arsenal, we are fast closing in on the end of the season and the odds are we’re going to be empty handed again and it’s all our fault. The voices against manager Arsene Wenger are growing louder and louder, but he’d been defended by his players including Bellerin, Koscielny and Mesut Ozil.

Speaking of Ozil, the German playmaker said in an interview:

“We know that it will not be easy and that we need reinforcements if we want next season to be on top here again.

“It is again interesting to see who invests in who and how much the clubs do during the summer break.

“In addition, great coaches are coming into the league. I am thinking primarily of Pep Guardiola. Wherever he has been, he had success. He is a coach, keen on playing and his teams are feared.”

Many are scared of the coming of Guardiola too, but it seems the players already have their eye on next season with this season looking more and more like a bust. The German did say it wasn’t over yet, stating that we couldn’t afford any ore slip ups and blah, blah, blah, but you do wonder if he believes we can indeed do anything this season.

It’s not uncommon to have the players ask for reinforcements. A couple of seasons ago, we had Giroud, Aterta, Mertesacker, Monreal and loads others asking for reinforcements, whether the coach goes for it or not is another kettle of fish, though it looks like he may not have a choice this summer with so many players being touted to leave.

I do think we should have an eye out on next season while doing our possible best to win this season. It’s such a slim chance, but it’s not impossible. We’ll see as things unfold.

There’s no real news, apart from the fact that Elneny and Iwobi will meet again in a game of football. Nigeria play Egypt in Alexandria tomorrow and it’ll be nice to see both boys get a run out. Fingers crossed we have no injuries and then we’ll see what we can do with our shambles of a season.

Till later.

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Arsene Wenger: Any Redemption for The Arsenal Manager? https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsene-wenger-redemption-arsenal-manager/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:19 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7476 Hey guys! It’s another midweek and we find ourselves at the beginning of an interlull. I don’t know how to feel about this interlull, on the one hand i’m absolutely fine with it seeing as we haven’t been great recently and we can go into the interlull on a high seeing as we won our […]

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Hey guys! It’s another midweek and we find ourselves at the beginning of an interlull. I don’t know how to feel about this interlull, on the one hand i’m absolutely fine with it seeing as we haven’t been great recently and we can go into the interlull on a high seeing as we won our last game. On the other hand, i’m scared for injuries and such.

At the end of the day though, I think i’m happy with this interlull though, it’s a chance to reflect, a chance for players to recuperate. We have hopes that Ramsey and Cech could be back after the interlull, it remains to be seen though.

It also allows us to think about the manger, who said earlier in the week

“What hurts me is that at the important moment of the season we played in a sceptical environment,”

“I think after the Tottenham game where we played a very good game with 10 men against 11 and came back to 2-2, I couldn’t understand why – at the moment when you need everyone behind the team – we had to hit that storm.

“From the media, OK. From our fans? It is a bit more difficult to take.”

He did, however, acknowledge his and the players part in helping to turn that around.

“I never complain about critics, especially when they are turned against me,” he continued. “But we have to get the fans behind us with our attitude, and make sure that they stand behind the team until the end of the season.”

Are the fans wrong? I don’t think so. We’ve seen this movie too many times. I do remember a lot of times when we’ve been against the manager and a run of wins or an FA cup win makes us forgive and move on, it does feel different this season doesn’t it? It feels like there’s no redemption whatever he does.

So what can Arsene do to gain back the trust of the Arsenal fanbase?

I don’t know. Does he win the league? Will that be enough? I mean, let’s say (and believe me I know that the odds are in the 1% range) we were able to witness a collapse of both Leicester and Tottenham and we somehow inexplicably win the league. We’ll be happy no? But will it be enough to trust the manager again? Will he deserve our trust again.

I can only answer for myself. He deserves our respect. He’s been here too long and done too much for us to not respect his achievements, but respect doesn’t equate to trust does it? Nah.

Him winning the league will be inexplicable, but will it change that we still aren’t able to consistently perform against the big teams? Will it change that we have gaping deficiencies in our team that haven’t been fixed? I don’t think so. On the other hand will the change be worth it? Say we let go of him who do we bring in? We could very well regress and I think we should be prepared for that. We should be prepared for a Manchester United, a frustrating period that will have us missing Wenger like crazy.

Sometimes I don’t know. We will likely have Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Kloop, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte as rivals next season and that’s a scary proposition with a new manager that’s unlikely to have their pedigree.

The point of this post is that it doesn’t have a point, I don’t know what’s best, I don’t know what will happen. I do know i’d always support the team, because I love them. And for now, that has to be enough.

Till later

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Through Hell and High Water https://misterspruce.co.uk/hell-high-water/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:03:29 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7444 Hello folks and Welcome to the weekend. It’s been a hell of a week, I picked up another job so I find myself with even less time than usual, which is a bummer, but hey, i’m learning so it’s all good right? From an Arsenal perspective, well…I’m glad for more things to do really as […]

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Hello folks and Welcome to the weekend.

It’s been a hell of a week, I picked up another job so I find myself with even less time than usual, which is a bummer, but hey, i’m learning so it’s all good right?

From an Arsenal perspective, well…I’m glad for more things to do really as I can use work as a distraction fro our predicament. But Arsenal is like a wife I could never leave. Ypu could have a fight with said wife, go out for air, take a long drive, maybe even sleep on the couch or just go somewhere to hideout, but you’ll go back to her, that one is sure.

That’s Arsenal for me. I sat out the Barcelona game because I knew exactly what was going to happen. Okay so maybe I use the word exactly rather loosely, but I didn’t think we’d win– or even draw, so I saved myself the grief and watched on twitter. Even then I wanted to stream the game pretty badly.

Sigh

We lost and tomorrow we Play Everton. The last time we played Everton away at 12:45, we got walloped 3-0, it was a humbling defeat. That it came after ridiculous defeats to Chelsea, City and Liverpool didn’t help matters. We’re not even in great form. We can only hope for a win this time. The team selection against Barcelona tells me that the manager was also keeping an eye on Everton with neither Campbell nor Giroud starting.

On the bright side, without the distraction of any other competition we can really and truly focus on the Premier League. Winning it would be nothing short of a miracle, but we’ve seen teams collapse before at the home stretch, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. The real problem is that there’s little confidence of the team performing at all.

This could all change tomorrow…or continue.

Mesut Ozil has been speaking on fighting. He says

“We have to concentrate now and give everything on the pitch. We have to fight.

“I know the teams playing us will fight to take the points against us, so the games will be tough. We have to fight on the pitch and we have to think from game to game, not that we can win eight games in a row and take the points.

“Now it’s not possible to win just our games, so other teams need to lose points as well. The first step is to believe in us.

“We have to work harder than before. We have tough games coming but we have to take the points. If we win the title, we will be very happy because we believe in us.

“If you see the whole season, we’ve played very well. We’ve lost some points because we weren’t concentrated or we didn’t score. Now we have to fight for each game to take the points.”

Now I hope to God that somehow they take that to heart and we start some sort of resurgence against Everton. We’ll wait and see. Fingers crossed.

Till then

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The Shambles that is Arsenal https://misterspruce.co.uk/the-shambles-that-is-arsenal/ Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:52:33 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7418 Well that was shit. Like I don’t even know where to start. I watched the game yesterday with a certain anxiety at the beginning that slowly grew into fear, then by the end I was just numb. I laughed at the goals we conceded, actually clapped for the second, it was a fine strike indeed. […]

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Well that was shit.

Like I don’t even know where to start. I watched the game yesterday with a certain anxiety at the beginning that slowly grew into fear, then by the end I was just numb. I laughed at the goals we conceded, actually clapped for the second, it was a fine strike indeed.

People around me wondered why I acted this way, I dunno. Maybe it’s my coping mechanism because on the inside I was truly unhappy. When was the last time I enjoyed an Arsenal game? I can’t even remember anymore. I have no confidence in this team, no confidence in the manger, no confidence in the board… just nothingness.

This was a chance to maybe, maybe, do something and get something from this season, but that’s gone now. I wasn’t planning to watch the Barcelona game to begin with but now i’m definitely sure I don’t want to see it. Theo Walcott intimated that there had been a team meeting before the match against Hull city which culminated in a 4-0 win. I guess that meeting was about that match alone, definitely not the rest of the season.

Most Arsenal fans have given up on this season. Yesterday I had some hope, it’s the hope that kills you they say and I think their right. Maybe I was naïve, maybe I was doe eyed, but I can’t watch my and not hope or even will them to win, so to get crushed again and again, that’s a hard one to take.

The players don’t look happy, Wenger doesn’t seem to have a handle on them. Players like Gabriel show that surely Squilacci has been reborn as a poltergeist and I haunting the clubs dressing room and has probably possessed Gabriel. I’m trying hard not to talk about individual performances because they were all bad in my opinion. Maybe it’s my tunnel vision, but that’s all I can see.

We need a change and the only change that makes sense is the coach. Wenger has to leave. Again I repeat, I don’t hate the manager and I really do respect everything he’s done and I do believe he loves the club, but sometimes, hard as it is to swallow, love just isn’t enough. That seems to be the clear case here. I wonder if some of our star players aren’t questioning their decisions to come here in the first place.

Sigh

I can’t type anymore. I’m emotionally spent. Weirdly enough we could still win the league, we need our rivals to falter seriously for that to happen but that is still possible. The problem is that even if our rivals falter I don’t think any Arsenal fan has any trust in the team to capitalize on those mistakes. Well we’ll see how things pan out. We play Barcelona on Wednesday (Can’t even watch) and then Everton on Saturday morning, we’ll see if the spiral continues then.

Till later

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FA cup Run Important for Arsenal at this Stage https://misterspruce.co.uk/fa-cup-palooza/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:00:05 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7407 Hey everyone and welcome to the weekend. It’s been an interesting week in terms of Arsenal with a heart warming win against Hull City and the club announcing £26 prices for away fans which is pretty cool. So what we have to do next is host Watford and hopefully win. At the end of the […]

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Hey everyone and welcome to the weekend. It’s been an interesting week in terms of Arsenal with a heart warming win against Hull City and the club announcing £26 prices for away fans which is pretty cool. So what we have to do next is host Watford and hopefully win.

At the end of the Tottenham game, while the overwhelming feeling wasn’t joy, but there was a tiny spark there, a hope that maybe the team was slowly finding its feet. We can bemoan the fact that such a thing is coming so late, but at the end of the day it is better late than never.

According to Theo Walcott, it seems there was a team meeting before the game against Hull. A round table discussion by the barons of the club if you will. He said

“We are not going to lie – we know as a unit it has been tough and we all had a good chat among us behind closed doors, without even any of coaches or the manager knowing about anything. It is important that as a team we have got it in us.

“We just have to produce it more often. You had a sense of the Tottenham game especially, when you go down to 10 men in a big game like that, the belief and the character was there. The never-give-up spirit was there as well. In the derby matches, they could be the matches that turn your season and we may have turned the corner.

“We have quite a lot of experienced players in the dressing room. It came from Petr, Mikel, Per and Tomas. We have four good old heads there. I’d like to keep what was said among ourselves but it was very important. We have had a reaction from it.

“He [the manager] probably knows about it anyway – he’s got ears everywhere at the club. The manager respects the players’ privacy and what’s happening personally among us all. It was a meeting to express how everyone was feeling basically and it worked.”

Let’s hope the team meeting sparks something in the players and perhaps we can hope for a late surge, it may be all for nothing, it may end up being too little too late, but it’d be better than where we are now (only one win in six games)

Watford are not an easy team, but we certainly have the personnel to win against them. With the team bogged down by injuries we can look forward to starts for Elneny (A player i’m really digging right now) and Alex Iwobi (who’s Nigerian so yay). Our cup form may just do wonders for our league campaign, every win will add to the confidence of the team. It also helped that Giroud and Walcott scored along with Alexis on Saturday, just maybe they will really begin to find their range now.

Fingers crossed for the game and for the rest of the campaign , it’d definitely be fun to see–or not.

Till later.

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Arsenal v Hull: A Win And A Loss https://misterspruce.co.uk/a-win-and-a-loss/ Wed, 09 Mar 2016 10:46:20 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7383 When I was in secondary school we were taught about drama and that there were basically three types; The Comedy The Tragedy and The Tragicomedy Basically the Comedy always had a happy ending like Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. The tragedy was…you know…Tragic. So there you have your ‘King Lear’, […]

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When I was in secondary school we were taught about drama and that there were basically three types;

The Comedy

The Tragedy and

The Tragicomedy

Basically the Comedy always had a happy ending like Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. The tragedy was…you know…Tragic. So there you have your ‘King Lear’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Macbeth’ (That was one dark story).

The Tragicomedy was and is basically a mix of the first two, intertwining tragic incidents with happier periods and usually the ending is happy. The Merchant of Venice is a good example of this.

Well, so it feels for Arsenal right now, a tragicomedy; Olivier Giroud scores his first goal in a century/Per Mertesacker gets injured. Theo Walcott actually plays a game in which he’s effective/Gabriel gets injured. We win by a thumping scoreline with great games for Elneny, Iwobi and Ospina/Ramsey gets injured.

So basically, it was like for every good thing that happened in that game, something bad also happened. We find ourselves in a situation right now that isn’t very ideal. For all of Ramsey’s bad form and Gabriel’s shakiness, they were still first team players that offered something to the team, now we face a prospect of having Mertesacker (if fit) and Calum Chambers taking on  Lionel Messi and co.

Yes, it’s that dire.

We have an idea about the seriousness of their injuries so that remains to be seen. The win means we’re in the quarter finals of the FA cup again with a game against Watford coming up at the weekend and if we win that, we’re through to the semi finals which is very nice indeed.

What I enjoyed about the win mostly is the confidence that seems to be slowly seeping into these players. When players like Alexis, Giroud and Walcott score, you begin to hope it’s the spark of something for them. Alexis and Giroud have proven themselves as somewhat cyclic goalscorers. Long stretches of barrenness usually makes way for a burst of goals. It is my hope that this is one of those times.

Joel Campbell did really well, I’m liking Elneny more and more. Iwobi is just amazing and we even got to see The Jeff. So all in all a fairly good night. It is hoped that we can carry this form into the Premier League. I do fear for the Barcelona match and hope it isn’t a step backwards. The loss to them is what sort of brought about the miserable run of five games without a win and another defeat to them (let’s not kid ourselves that’s the likely outcome) I can only hope doesn’t lead to another slump from us.

The Premier League has more or less gotten away from us, but it won’t hurt to keep pushing…let’s see what happens, you just never know.

So kudos to everyone, wish the lads that got injured a speedy recovery (we’ll probably learn that all three of them can never ever touch a football again) and hope for the best this weekend.

Till later.

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A Welcome Spark https://misterspruce.co.uk/a-welcome-spark/ Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:00:45 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=7370 So it’s a new week and with it comes all the madness that a new week brings with it. The latest in the title race saga is that Leicester City are 5 points ahead of second place with nine games to go and eight points from us in second place. Last week wasn’t a very […]

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So it’s a new week and with it comes all the madness that a new week brings with it.
The latest in the title race saga is that Leicester City are 5 points ahead of second place with nine games to go and eight points from us in second place.
Last week wasn’t a very good week for Arsenal football club as we went and lost to both Manchester United and Swansea. They were ridiculous defeats, the manner in which we lost both games were infuriating and over the course of the week support for the manager had waned to almost nonexistence. Now very few people want him in place next season, but say what you will you’d at least give him credit for at least trying something different against our North London ‘rivals’.
Elneny came into the side, something I’ve been screaming about for ages, and was beside Coquelin with Ramsey on the right. Danny Welbeck started upfront in place of Olivier Giroud and he offered us so much going forward.
Tottenham looked the most likely to score in the first half, but somehow against the run of play we scored. Ramsey with a lovely finish, bar that finish in my opinion the Welshman was pretty crap, but that was a fine finish and I give kudos to him for making it happen.
Most people around me were happy but cautious with memories of Wednesday night still stuck in their heads. The second half began with us in the lead and we seemed to look better in attack…then Coquelin.
A lot of people are on his back for getting the red card and rightly so, but may I suggest that if Gabriel hadn’t backed off at that point then maybe Coquelin wouldn’t have had to make the tackle. They had broken forward and Gabriel could have come to challenge, but he hesitated and scurried back instead leaving Coquelin to do the job, which he didn’t do very well. We went a man down and they scored two goals and you were thinking dejavu.
But we scored
We came back…and it was the person I was most hoping to score that did—Alexis. He’s been in truly poor form of late and you hope to God that this goal is a spark of things to come because I can’t help but feel that if we can go on a run and give it a right old go anything could happen.
Tottenham still have some really difficult games ahead of them which we can capitalize on if we do it right and Leicester, well they could choke. They are grinding out the results, but they’re laboured, anything could happen.
So it’s up to us. I think Ospina had a good game and I hope he can deputize well for Petr and Elneny in midfield was great for me as he was simplicity itself and it was great to watch, I hope it’s a formula that Arsene Wenger sticks to as it could pay us going forward.
We play Hull on Tuesday night and depending on the result could either play Watford in the FA cup quarter finals or West Brom in the league. If we can have a good cup run it could maybe be a spur for the league which we so desperately have to do better at.
So here’s hoping for an immensely better week than last and maybe just maybe this doesn’t have to be a total disaster.
Till later.

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