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Why Birmingham should be crushed inside 75 minutes & why this match matters to me so much

October 16, 2009

It is true. 7 goals this season and McLeish’s Birmingham have scored them all AFTER 75 minutes. (courtesy of optajoe). When it comes for providing entertainment for value, I’ve heard that the Blues fans are now asking for refunds on free Birmingham city tickets.

So if we click and when we do, we should put Birmingham to sleep BEFORE they wake up. Can we repeat our Blackburn performance or something as close to that? Especially after an International break? I suspect it will be a scrappy game with few chances in the first 20 minutes. I hope I’m wrong. I hope we are 3-0 up and the crowd chants “Ole, Ole”.

Defensively this is an excellent opportunity to shore things up. It has been our best ever attacking start. BUT it is our worst start defensively, to a season. (courtesy of Orbinho)

Call me a profound cynic but I really don’t want us to be ‘the Newcastle of the 90s’.

We won’t score 4+ goals per game. The law of averages state this as much. For the record I’m going for a 2-0 win.

Ever since Birmingham got promoted, I’ve kept a keen eye on this fixture. For obvious reasons. Many of us still aren’t over the pain caused the last time we played McLeish’s thugs.

It was a horrible weekend, there was also a bereavement. I lost an influential figure in my local community. And you know what, it was just 2 days before my 21st birthday.  Don’t like to use expletives but I was fuckin’ depressed that weekend. I officially don’t like to celebrate my birthday anymore. Does anyone do after 21, anyway?

Is it fair to say our Premiership title challenge went downhill from there back in 2008? Is it fair to pin it down to Eduardo’s injury, Clichy’s last minute mistake and Gallas’ infamous sit in?

Statistically yes, we hardly won a game after that. Yet just a month or so before, we drew 1-1 at home against Birmingham back in January 2008. 2 points from 2 games against a relegated side is not good enough. And tomorrow we have to nail this team down. 

By the way, just check that article out (for the home game) and see how many times, Eduardo was mentioned. Not meaning to directly accuse McLeish and Co but it doesn’t seem as co-incidental that Eduardo was taken out within 3 minutes at St Andrew’s, does it?

Ironically, Eduardo won’t get his chance to restore footballing parity. He is injured. And just as they were both getting better, Clichy and Diaby have only gone on to pick ankle injuries. If they don’t make it, I do see an opportunity for Gibbs and Ramsey which would be good for them of course.

However I wouldn’t be surprised if Traore plays.

Wenger reckons Almunia is a 50-50. Add that to Fabianski’s inclusion and wait a minute…Is he suggesting Mannone could be dropped altogether? Because that would be extremely harsh on the Don.

Whoever plays though, they have to do it for Eduardo, since he won’t be able to play himself. But most importantly they have to do it for themselves. They have a score to settle. And not just with the bookmakers.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2009 11:47

    You took it out of my mouth. I have never be the same after that day awful day. Everything went bad all around even my personal life turned upside down. So to ameliorate it would require a proper beating and that means 4-5 goals with a cleen sheet to boot. But we are probably having to worry about niggles here and there meaning that some players are not in the lineup. I could have paid lods for to see Edouardo scoring against brums this weekend.

    This is also a good time to progress as I anticipate many top teams to drop points this weekend. Even Manure and Pool are having injuries on Rooney and Gerrard and you know what that means. Chelski are heading to Villa Park without Check in goal and Cashley out- hm, cant there be some luck for us just for once?

    Have a nice weekend all gooners

  2. taffy the gutterman {goonerforlife} permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:14

    that fateful day at st andrews, it was in effect,the catalyst to our demise for the rest of the season.
    This weekend is vital for arsenal football club & eduardo,injured or not,we must exorcise the ghost !
    When we take to the field, & the whistle blows , we need to be at them for the whole 90 mins, & dont let up for a second.
    Birmingham city must be put in their place once & for all, back in the championship, where they belong !!!

  3. Manjul "Indian Gooner" permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:15

    I think it will take some time to click again as a dominant attacking force that we are boasting this season and by some time I mean may be 20-25 mins on the pitch so I am expecting of us to score somewhere around 4 goals the more we score the better it would be for our confidence as well as it would give us a major psychological edge over bigger opponents…….this is the way barca dominated last season by scoring plethora of goals against almost all of their weaker opponents and then succeeded in thrashing Real Madrid 6-2, but can’t correlate much to spanish league as it is a two horse race……….but if u r in such form other teams go back in their shell as chelski did against barca in champions league semis and by looking at the creative force (cesc, arshavin, rosicky and robin) we r havin up front I think we can penetrate any defense or rather say cut through the “parking the bus ” ideology followed by some of the cheaper opponents………………………….IN ARSENE WE TRUST

  4. taffy the gutterman {goonerforlife} permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:17

    mcleish’s thugs must be beaten into submission by the classiest side in britain,” arsenal “.

  5. gooner permalink
    October 16, 2009 13:01

    Don…Nice…
    Arsenal 4 life

  6. October 16, 2009 19:42

    Goonerbell, I hope things are looking up now for you my friend :)

    Totally agree Taffy, Birmingham aren’t the paciest side so we should run them down to submission.

    Manjul, all but two of our outfield players are genuine goal scoring threats. Can we say the same about any other team in the Prem. Perhaps not, reason to be optimistic but tomorrow will be trickier because of the yawning Intl gap.

    Gooner, thank you.

    Keep the comments coming guys!

    • Manjul "Indian Gooner" permalink
      October 16, 2009 20:22

      Totally agree with u man no other team in the league can boast such diversified goal scoring options as wenger recently commented “it seems we can score from any where” and I personally believe we have the best creative midfield in the league with first team starters such as cesc, rosicky and arshavin and on the bench we have some magnificent talents such as ramsey, willshire and marida, in defensive midfield song is doing a great job even denilson was doing quit good but we actually lack in bench strength in this particular department……hope wenger gets a decent cover for song during january window as he would be leaving for ACN.

      One more thing I was a bit concerned about, its been a long time since I have seen us scoring from a direct free kick ……..although it was great to see ramsey’s goal for wales this midweek which was an awesome free kick…….so looking forward to some improvement in this department.

      • SkipperFantastic permalink
        October 17, 2009 12:39

        yeah if we score from free kicks then teams will stop fouling us less as they’ll know they’d be screwed anyway.

  7. paddy permalink
    October 16, 2009 21:20

    happy birthday in advance mate! i believe Arsenal will give u a great gift today!

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