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This match report marks the public unveiling of the ‘Goonerholics Forever’ blog. As outlined in ‘About Us’, ‘Goonerholics Forever’ has been developed by a group of regulars from the ‘Drinks’ in Dave Faber’s Goonerholic blog who are keen to preserve Dave’s legacy and the community he established. In ‘Ode to the Guv’ you’ll find a fine tribute to Dave crafted for the ‘Gooner’ by TTG, one of our number.

The aim of ‘Goonerholics Forever’ is to provide a forum offering the congenial and supportive environment of the Goonerholic blog though it will inevitably lack the wit and wisdom of the Guvna. ‘Goonerholics Forever’ will provide match previews, match reports and occasional Arsenal-related articles with an opportunity for discussion in the ‘Drinks’ in the tradition of Goonerholic. You’ll find we already have an archive dating from our beta launch on 4 January reporting Mikel Arteta’s press conference after he had had just over a week to survey the wreckage left by his compatriot.

We welcome ‘Drinkers’ old and new to join discussion in the ‘Drinks’ provided you follow the etiquette outlined in ‘The Guvnor’s Rules’. Come on in and enjoy the craic.

Arsenal vs. West Ham, Saturday 7th March 3pm

Fortune favours the VARsenal against bubbling barrow-boys

3pm on a Saturday always used to feel like the normal time to watch the Arsenal but this match was only our second this season with the traditional kick off. Our visitors are hovering merely on goal difference just above the relegation places but had lifted their game in their last two outings. The Spammers are clearly now fighting for Premier League survival. After Mikel Arteta’s exhortations at his pre-match press conference, could we expect the Arsenal players to fight to bridge the gap from 10th place to the European places? This ought to be a big game for both clubs!

The selection of Sokratis in preference to Hector at right back was a surprise but many of us were pleased to see Pablo Marí start at centre back and Eddie Nketiah continue at centre forward. Despite Tierney being back in full training Saka kept his place at left back. The rest of the line-up was predictable with Pepe regaining his place from Nelson.

An encouraging opening period of pass and move by Arsenal was terminated by a deep Xhaka pass straight to Bowen whose shot from the edge of the box Leno tipped onto his left post at full stretch. That sloppiness then set the tone for the rest of the first half.

At least we showed purpose in possession and Ceballos energetically pulled the strings in midfield but the service to the forwards was erratic and unproductive. Xhaka attempted a ‘sighter’ from 30 yards that went well over then Fornals was shown an early yellow for tripping Pepe as he sprinted down the right. Saka was lively and attempted several crosses from the left throughout the first half but these were cut out without reaching the danger zone. The best opportunity fell to the visitors as Antonio sprinted behind onto a ball that evaded a desperate lunge by Marí but he squared the ball behind Haller rather than taking the shot himself.

After 15 minutes our best chance was a blocked shot by Özil from a knock down by Nketiah inside the box. Marí produced an excellent long ball to Saka leading to yet another blocked cross. We were dominating possession without creating any real chances but Antonio occasionally looked dangerous on either flank when West Ham escaped our half-hearted press. After Pepe lost possession midway in our half, Noble sent Haller clear down their inside left channel but Leno made a brave, well-timed save at Haller’s feet as he drove into the box. Despite Arsenal dominating possession, West Ham had certainly had the better chances in the first quarter.

Our best chance of the first half came from a corner on the left. When the ball ultimately reached Aubameyang on the right he lofted it to the centre of the area where Sokratis’ header struck the cross bar with Fabianski beaten. Service to our forwards was poor, largely because we lost the ball so frequently through misplaced passes or tackles as we approached the West Ham massed ranks on the edge of their box. In contrast our defenders found it difficult to stop West Ham’s occasional rapid probes and Fornals had a clear shot on goal which Leno caught it easily.

Fabianski owes us a few blunders and after confidently clutching an Özil delivery from a corner, he dropped the ball on the edge of his box as he was about to kick it upfield. He then appeared about to pick the ball up outside his box but we failed to take advantage and he kicked it clear. We’ve definitely upgraded that position.

Pepe had had a quiet half but came to life late on with a dribble into the box that was finally stopped by a last-ditch Rice tackle as he wriggled past Ogbona. In contrast, a simple long ball to Antonio pierced us but he too was smothered. Our newly-awakened Pepe then received the ball on the halfway line at speed from Özil, drew three defenders at the edge of the opposition box, beat them but delayed releasing the ball to the onrushing Nketiah who was offside when his shot was saved by Fabianski.  Close, but no cigar!

Meanwhile Antonio having switched to our right flank, was giving Sokratis problems. He then astonishingly turned the ball wide from 3 yards as he swivelled on a corner ball headed down by Diop. Arsenal looked too vulnerable again at a set-pieces as the visitors missed another big chance. We have conceded 12 goals from corners this season, only Villa conceding more.

As half time approached, Saka had another pair of threatening crosses cut out then Luiz had to reciprocate on a Cresswell cross with a shoulder prompting a check by VAR for a penalty. In stoppage time, Ngakia collided with Nketiah as he dealt with a bouncing ball in the box but Mr Atkinson rejected penalty appeals and was supported by VAR.

Despite Arsenal dominating possession, the visitors had created more and better chances to score and had looked more threatening in possession. Surely, we would be better in the second half? Could Mikel give them more zip?

Half Time: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

The second half started with more urgency from Arsenal again dominant in possession, with smooth but square passing and movement up to the massed ranks at the opposition box culminating in an odd speculative cross from wide. After 6 minutes a mazy run by Saka set Nketiah up from 8 yards but Fabianski came out quickly and blocked the shot.  We were seeing more combination between Özil and Pepe wide right but the absence of a right foot between them or an overlapping full back hampered their ability to deliver crosses or low balls into the box though a through ball from Özil almost set up Nketiah on the right. Meanwhile West Ham remained a sporadic threat and Leno made an excellent save from a point-blank Antonio header from a Haller flick on.

Mikel Arteta had finally seen enough after 60 minutes and sent on Lacazette for Nketiah to sharpen his attack. The speedy Antonio remained dangerous and Sokratis had to block him off at the cost of a yellow card. The free kick led to a series of ‘up and unders’ into our box and we rode our luck with several ineffective clearance attempts. Our lack of an effective midfield screen saw Bowen allowed to run from the West Ham half straight through our midfield and defence and fire a shot at Leno who nevertheless fumbled it initially. Immediately thereafter a cross by Aubameyang from the left ended in a blocked shot from Pepe on the right with Lacazette wrestled in the penalty area without sanction from either referee or VAR.

Arteta was clearly getting impatient and Nelson replaced Pepe after 69 minutes. Yet West Ham continued to offer an occasional threat. Noble won a free kick 30 yards out going to ground easily on an Özil challenge. Leno punched out both Noble’s resultant lofted ball as well as David Luiz. Again, Noble went to ground easily, this time inside his own half when Xhaka won the ball back in a useful position. A compliant Mr. Atkinson obliged.

Rather than a fine victory to mark the launch of ‘Goonerholics Forever’, this game looked like delivering a frustrating 0-0 draw in which we had consistently failed to craft clear chances whilst Leno and the visitors’ ineptitude had kept us in the game.

However, in the 78th minute, an Aubamayang shot from the edge of the D was deflected into the air, dropping to Özil who headed it back to Laca to slot it past Fabianski. Instantly the lineswoman’s flag came up (no hackneyed observations about females and the offside law please, as we have plenty inept linesmen). Over two minutes of VAR analysis followed. As time drifted on it was clear that ‘the powers that be’ were agonising over their decision and in the ground that felt more and more promising. The crowd began to chant “Arsenal” louder than at any previous point in the match. Sure enough, the decision that the VAR official and his assistant found so difficult to make was announced. No offside! A goal for the Arsenal! Cue delayed febrile celebrations from players and fans.

“It is a VAR, VAR better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a VAR, VAR better goal that is given than I have ever known.”

Arsenal 1 West Ham 0, 78 minutes

Noble was replaced by Soucek. Having dominated possession for most of the match, we now decided to concede possession for the remainder. Haller had a close-range effort on the right from a penetrating ball from Bowen that was well saved by Leno then Fornals sent a drive well over. Our defensive confidence was undermined by Sokratis shepherding a corner out for West Ham that was fortunately punted away by Xhaka. Then Fornals had a close-range effort from a long cross followed Luiz stopping Haller connecting with a cross ball directly in front of goal. Rice was then allowed to run from his own box into our box unchallenged and lay off the ball for a cross that Leno clutched on the head of an attacker. Bellerin replaced Özil on 88 minutes to change us into a back five and Snodgrass came on for Bowen on 89.

Five additional minutes gave the visitors hope but began with a well worked opportunity for Nelson that he blasted well over from the edge of the box. However, he followed that up with good defensive work on the right. Antonio picked up a yellow for a trip on Ceballos as he drove out of defence. Bellerin showed residual pace to dispossess Anderson on the break. The back five seemed to be dealing with the visitors’ threat better so Atkinson decided to spice it up with a soft free kick to West Ham 40 yards out but Arsenal cleared the ball and Aubameyang took it into the corner before the final whistle blew.

Full Time, 1-0 to the Arsenal

Mikel Arteta acknowledged the magnitude of task that West Ham had set us, observing:

“There are days when you have to find a way and that’s what big teams do. When they find opportunities and when they need individual action that is when their goalkeeper and defenders put a clean sheet on, they do it and today we found a way and we won the three points!

“(West Ham) had moments. They did really well. The game plan worked for them. They were waiting really deep for us to give the ball away and exploit the spaces. I think we lost a lot of unnecessary balls which put ourselves in trouble big time. After that we started to control a little bit better without generating a big amount of chances but they are a threat and credit to them because I think they were ‘at it’ today and they were good.”

What to make of this game? Without question we have made progress since Mikel Arteta has taken the reins. We look more purposeful and confident than we did under Emery but we still fail to make sufficient clear chances and we still give away more chances than we make. The stats that count say 1-0 to the Arsenal and our possession was 69% versus 31% but the 9 Arsenal attempts on goal versus 14 for West Ham and 2 Arsenal shots on target versus 6 for West Ham tell another story, as do the xG figures of 1.27 for Arsenal versus 1.48 for the visitors. We rode our luck today, as we did against Everton but it is difficult to see this team, playing like this, taking the points we need to reach the Champions League places, from opponents with good strikers. Some such opponents are looming.

Nonetheless there are several positives.

VAR has finally given us a decision! A win is a win and the three points were the most important thing today. We’re up to 9th, only 5 points off fourth place and we’ve gone 8 games unbeaten in the Premier League. We’ve reached 40 points and we’re now safe from relegation too!

Özil has an assist and Lacazette has another goal.

Pablo Marí looks a useful addition. He is dominant in the air, has nimble feet for a big man, is assured on the ball and can pick out and deliver penetrating long passes to both wings. A lack of pace may be an Achilles heel that might see him embarrassed by zippier forwards than Haller and Bowen but time will tell.

Ceballos, apart from a few misplaced forward passes, had his best game for us, dominated the midfield in possession and made some key challenges. If he can maintain that form, he would be a useful member of the midfield next season. His speed of thought and deft close control would be more effective with less snail like companions (no names). But for the key saves by Leno that secured the three points, Ceballos would have been my man of the match. Leno wins that accolade for being a match winner again.

Now for our match in hand. Surely, it’s a dead rubber for the opposition? Let’s surprise everyone.

102 Drinks to “Welcome to Goonerholics Forever”

  1. 1
    OsakaMatt says:

    Cracking report to get things
    rolling thanks Bath.
    VArsenal indeed 🙂

  2. 2
    OsakaMatt says:

    Poor performance, 3 points sums
    it up nicely Bath. At least West
    Ham didn’t spoil another opening.

  3. 3
    Countryman100 says:

    Thank you Bath for a fine welcome to the new blog, and an excellent match report, delivered in the dead of night. Couldn’t you sleep with excitement? 😜
    I’ve just watched MOTD and it hasn’t really changed my view of the game which I saw live. Xhaka with another dreadful ball which would be punished on another day. Mari dived in to give West Ham their two on one that they should have scored. Leno, Ceballos and Saka excellent. The offside was interesting. From behind the goal on the North Bank, I have to say, Ozil looked offside. But one look at the replay made it clear that he was definitely on. As the long wait for the decision went on (why so long) we grew more and more optimistic that this, for once, was going our way.
    In all truth West Ham deserved at least a point and our midfield looked pedestrian. Lucky Arsenal. But also one nil to The Arsenal and we are breathing down the tiny Tots neck.

  4. 4
    Esso says:

    Cheers Bath!

  5. 5
    Uplympian says:

    Excellent & full report Bath to bring the new Blog into being. Although the result was to be welcomed, the performance was somewhat lacking for a team with high aspirations. We should be looking to hammer a team at the wrong end of the table but in the end we were fortunate ( makes a change ) to come away with the win.
    I think we all agree that an area that’s needs improving is our midfield – they are yet to gel with our talented forwards and we are struggling to put opposition defences under stress. No doubt the boss is aware of the shortcomings but he has to work with what he inherited. Summer transfer business will interesting.
    On a different tack I hope the experiment with Sokratis as RB will end – a RB he isn’t.
    At least St Totts day is looming on the horizon.

  6. 6
    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:

    Nice one Baff. Cheers for the welcome and the report. 3 points was what we needed. We got it. Luvvly jubbly!

  7. 7
    bathgooner says:

    Thanks fellas. Just to emphasise Ceballos’ contribution today despite our underwhelming overall performance and good fortune being a major factor in the three points, I can share his stats posted on twitter by afcstuff:

    Most touches (121)
    Most passes completed (86)
    Most recoveries (14)
    Most interceptions (6)
    Most tackles (5)
    Most fouls won (2)

    If he can maintain that form, I would be keen to turn the loan into a permanent deal.

  8. 8
    North Bank Ned says:

    Good going, Bath. A fitting post for the formal inaugural. You caught the game well: three points from an uninspired performance. We move on.

  9. 9
    Pangloss says:

    A fine report of a less-than-fine performance, albeit one leading to a fine result. Five points off fourth place (no longer quite so despised as a “trophy”). Saintly bones are stirring in North London.

    Up the Arsenal.


  10. 10
    Countryman100 says:

    Unconfirmed news from the normally reliable @AFCFixture news that our FACup game against the Blades will be on Friday 20 March at 7pm. If true, that would mean no weekend games in 4 rounds.

  11. 11
    bt8 says:

    As Uplympian said @5, a great welcome to the new blog, and equally great match report. Cheers, Bath!

  12. 12
    Snir says:


    Doh 🙂

    Guinness for me.

  13. 13
    OsakaMatt says:

    Chavs playing Everton today,
    hopefully they can do us another
    favour after Manure last week.
    Theo and Iwobi warm the bench
    but OG starts.

  14. 14
    bt8 says:

    As Esso said @4.

  15. 15
    Countryman100 says:

    Welcome back Snir!

  16. 16
    OsakaMatt says:

    Hmmm 2-0 down and Calvert-
    Lewin just missed a sitter.
    Maybe no favours then.
    I can only advise Ancelotti
    to get Feo on.

  17. 17
    Countryman100 says:

    Cynic will be along in a minute to second that emotion. 😂

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  19. 19
    OsakaMatt says:

    Ancelotti followed my advice at
    half time 🙂
    Now 4-0 down

  20. 20
    Cynic says:

    Feo should have started, not come on at half time when the game was already lost 🙂

  21. 21
    bt8 says:

    Everton have gone only one direction since we sent them away from the Emirates with 0 points.

  22. 22
    bt8 says:

    Hey Cynic!

    Great to see you here.

    Feo’s been needing your support!

  23. 23
    Countryman100 says:

    Welcome Cynic. Right on cue!

  24. 24
    Potsticker says:

    What a wonderful site! I went straight to “Ode” and see that I have some serious backdrinking to do.

  25. 25
    OsakaMatt says:

    Everton were bloody useless.
    Hopefully City beat United after
    a titanic physically exhausting

  26. 26
    Pangloss says:

    Why thank you potsticker@24. It’s great to see you here again. Happy backdrinking; please don’t use the cba memorial seat in the back corner.


  27. 27
    H2H says:

    Well played, Bath, sir.

  28. 28
    Bosnian Gooner says:

    Great report Bath and great to see everyone in the bar. Hope it won’t be too long before we celebrate a trophy together.

  29. 29
    scruzgooner says:

    so happy to see snir, cynic, potsticker, and h2h! drinks on the bar for all of you.

    baff, pretty much. glad you liked the quote ;). we’ve been making mistakes like marí’s more the last few games, and really haven’t been punished for them. i guess we did v oly. those have to be sorted or we are in trouble against the al-shitehs of the league.

    and give theo a break. he’s turning 31 soon…getting old!

  30. 30
    Pangloss says:

    H2H@27 wonderful to see you again. Don’t be a stranger.

  31. 31
    TTG says:

    A very fine post to open this new blog. Bath, you’ve done a superb job as have so many others to preserve and enrich Dave’s legacy . He would love this bar and we must continue to preserve the spirit he engendered.
    Saw much the same game as you and C100.
    Side is very unbalanced by Pepe ( one foot) and Xhaka ( no pace and penetration in his passing) . Arteta has done very well. We are more solid although not at the start of the match ! Mari and Ceballos look like keepers to me. Leno also looks like a very good keeper. See what I did there !😀 Might be a good time to pay Citeh. It’s a free hit anyway especially since we reached the magic 40 points. After Citeh we have some winnable games ( in theory )

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    TTG says:

    I meant to play Citeh as it might not make much difference to Citeh to pay them. They have quite a lot of cash already . Welcome back Cynic , H2H , Potsticker and Snir.
    The idea that Feo might change a game like that nowadays is quaint . But I remember him running Barca ragged when he came on

  34. 34
    Pangloss says:

    So, help me out here. Assuming that the mass brawl followed by season-long suspensions for all 30 players involved as well as both coaches doesn’t happen, should I be hoping for an Oilers win, a Rowdies win or a draw in the Manchester derby?

  35. 35
    TTG says:

    A couple of people in football have told me interesting things about ‘ Arry who is officially a national treasure. Not my sort of person shall we say .Amazing how such an intrusive media give free passes to some people of very dubious morals . How twelve adults who could read and write found him not guilty is a bigger mystery than why Phil Neville played for England

  36. 36
    bathgooner says:

    Pangloss@34, the way Shitteh’s forwards are misfiring, I would be grateful for a draw from the current position if your first option doesn’t arise. We have seen two unhelpful scores today and may have consumed our full March aliquot luck against the Spammers yesterday.

  37. 37
    bathgooner says:

    aliquot OF luck, dammit!

  38. 38
    bathgooner says:

    Good to see y’all Snir, Cynic, Potsticker and H2H.

    Do drop in when you can and get the new place rocking like Dave’s old place used to do!

  39. 39
    Steve T says:

    Excellent stuff Bath old chap.

    We have played better and lost so grateful for the 3 points. Let’s build a run to start taking us up the table.

    Great to see some old faces back in the bar. Long may it last.

  40. 40
    Countryman100 says:

    Today was for the old holic’s . Tomorrow we’re trying to drive more traffic to the site via pluggage. Feel free to do your bit!

  41. 41
    Doctor Faustus says:

    Excellent report Bath!

    And great to see the veterans all coming back.

  42. 42
    Trev says:

    Great report to kick off with, bath !

    Lovely to see this new blog up and running.

    Hopefully we will be able to maintain the standards of the original Goonerholic blog and make our old Guvnor pleased and proud that we are still here on his behalf.

  43. 43
    North Bank Ned says:

    Good to see some old faces back in.

    Could have done with the Manchester derby result going the other way and Chelsea drawing with Everton, but after squiggling away with three points yesterday we can’t be too greedy. As Arteta says, take it a game at a time. We still have opportunities to take points off Wolves, Leicester and the neighbours (three potential ‘six pointers’) as well as Citeh on Wednesday.

  44. 44
    OsakaMatt says:

    De Bruyne seems important to
    Shitty these days, hope his
    shoulder is still buggered on

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  46. 46
    OsakaMatt says:

    Is it the promo video for our
    new site?

  47. 47
    bt8 says:


    What are the other nominees?

  48. 48
    OsakaMatt says:

    Sadly, I don’t know how to do
    the picture thing. And Hersham
    is miles from Arsenal. But anyway
    I nominate Sham 69

  49. 49
    OsakaMatt says:

    Oh!! The picture thing does itself.
    The times we live in

  50. 50
    Potsticker says:

    Has anyone noticed that Lucas Perez is tied third top goalscorer in La Liga, and level on assists with Santi Cazorla? Arsenal are lucky he’s no longer with the Hammers!

  51. 51
    OsakaMatt says:

    Santi’s got 8 league goals this season
    too, more than Ozil, Dani, Lucas, Guen
    and Xhaka put together.

  52. 52
    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:

    Great to see some old faces in, you’ve all been missed.

    Looking forward to some new ones too!

  53. 53
    Gunnersaurus Stunt Double says:


    Lucas Perez, huh? I had not seen that news. Good for him.

  54. 54
    Mulerise14 says:

    A very welcome 3 points,all the more important in the wake of chelsea and man u results yesterday…….against man city hope the boys apply themselves well,we can surely get at them

  55. 55
    bathgooner says:

    Good to see you Mulerise 14.

  56. 56
    North Bank Ned says:

    Lucas Perez scored seven goals for us in 21 appearances at a rate of a goal every 135 minutes (as opposed to a goal every 176 minutes in La Liga this season). He also got five assists. Not a terrible return by any means despite only starting nine games. He just never got a chance to get established with us.

  57. 57
    bathgooner says:

    Ned@56, I found his paucity of chances very strange. I was in Basel for the CL game when he scored a hat trick. Looked a great signing that night!

  58. 58
    OsakaMatt says:

    There was something odd about
    the whole Lucas deal – I did read
    somewhere that AW didn’t really
    want him. Anyway, he came and
    did well in a couple of games, then
    had a couple of ineffective games
    and then was never really seen again.
    Good luck to him as Dino said.

  59. 59
    OsakaMatt says:

    Hector carrying an injury
    according to Ornstein in
    The Athletic.

  60. 60
    Solid Gooner says:

    Well done, lads. A beautiful way to always remember ‘Holic.
    Really great initiative.

    Way to set the ball rolling, Bath.
    Measured report, just as I saw it.

  61. 61
    Jackster says:

    Well done to all involved in setting this up

  62. 62
    Mulerise14 says:

    Thanks @bathgooner……it means so much.i sure was one of the silent drinkers in the bar.

  63. 63
    TTG says:

    I share Bath’s bemusement re Perez. Saw him get a cracker in that game where we came back from 3-0 against Bournemouth ( how did we get 3-0 down to Bournemouth?) . I also heard he was effectively foisted on Wenger and he didn’t really rate him . That summer we spunked about £90 million on Mustafi, Xhaka and Perez( we also signed Rob Holding for a pittance) . The point is who was driving that recruitment ? We didn’t have a director of football then and I’m led to believe that Arsène had gone into his wobbly period where we had deals set up and he pulled the plug. Griezmann was one example of a deal that was done .
    I think and nobody who might know has confirmed this , that in the last few years Gazidis tended to drive deals and after Mislintat came Arsene was cut right out . I have been told that Arsène was unsure about buying Arshavin and Ozil in the past and that the Aubameyang deal was done without his input . Dick Law’s recent comments tend to confirm Arsene’s awkwardness on big transfers . Anyway whoever signed that trio in the summer of 2016 did us no favours!

  64. 64
    Countryman100 says:

    In a piece of outstanding news, the ref on Wednesday against City is the worst in the league, Jonathan Moss.

  65. 65
    North Bank Ned says:

    I can see why AW might not have rated Perez. He wasn’t a technical no 9, more a direct, low-centre-of-gravity, baggy shorts type of centre forward who saw his job as putting the ball in the net. I am not sure he ever got two starts in a row.

    There is a backroom story to be written about the club’s descent from the heights and it is far from being all about Wenger getting old and stubborn.

  66. 66
    North Bank Ned says:

    C100: That said, we have only lost five of our 26 games Moss has reffed.

  67. 67
    Countryman100 says:

    Thank you Ned. The Monks have cheered me up. He isn’t bent, like Dean, he’s just useless.

  68. 68
    OsakaMatt says:

    @63 TTG
    I have no proof as to whether
    you’re right or not about Ivan
    driving deals but from outside
    it does look like it – it’s amazing
    to me that a serious football club
    would let Ivan have anything to
    do with recruiting talent. That kind
    of mistake can only come from above
    – a generalists mistake in a specialist
    business. I agree entirely with Ned’s
    last paragraph @65.

  69. 69
    Countryman100 says:

    Seems the rumour about Sheffield United was wrong. BT Sport advertising as Sunday March 22 at 1.30. Much more fan friendly.

  70. 70
    bt8 says:

    Fats Waller by popular demand.

  71. 71
    bathgooner says:

    Superb, bt8. What an entertainer. His live concerts were apparently superb. When I was a student my flatmate’s father reported seeing him at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. He waddled on to the stage, sat on the dainty piano stool and patting his ample rump said, “Is you all there, Fats?” “You is?” “Then we’ll begin.” It was apparently an unforgettable experience.

    They don’t make ’em like Fats any more. One reason being the otherwise welcome decline of cigarette smoking. You don’t get that voice without a commitment to 40 untipped cigarettes a day!

  72. 72
    bt8 says:

    Bath, My parents saw him play in San Francisco in the late 1940s, I believe, and it was definitely a highlight for them.

    Then there is Louis Jordan …

  73. 73
    North Bank Ned says:

    bt8b, bath: that spinning sound you hear is cba…

  74. 74
    bathgooner says:

    A point I didn’t make in the report was the team formation. It seemed to have been changed for this game. Our seats in the front of the Clock End Upper behind the centre of the goal gave us a great view of the team set up Arteta had decided upon.

    Rather than 4-2-3-1 it semed frequently to be a homage to Herbert Chapman’s W-M formation with Eddie at the centre of the W, Pepe and Aubameyang on the flanks and Özil and Xhaka playing at ‘inside right’ and ‘inside left’ respectively. Xhaka generally played further forward of where he has been of late and frequently ahead of Ceballos.

    Ceballos sat at the centre of the M playing as a central passing hub rather than an old-fashioned ‘centre half’ with Sokratis and Saka playing as wide ‘wing halves’ the latter surging forward more often. Luiz and Marí sat behind as ‘full backs’.

    Maybe what’s gone around has come back around?

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    bathgooner says:

    Ned, another classic! You clearly have a fine pedigree, sir.

    I suspect you may be correct about cba. His tastes were eclectic but I don’t recall any jazz.

  76. 76
    bathgooner says:

    Ned, I am sure you have a fine pedigree but clearly so does bt8b to whom the remark should have been addressed following the information about his parents’ musical tastes.

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    Dorset Mick says:

    Well done, Bath, a fine report which did the game far more justice than it deserved!

    Well done also to all those involved in setting up this new site, a hell of an achievement.

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    scruzgooner says:

    that fats bt8 put up has two of my favorites for the rest of the rhythm section…slam stewart on bass, and zutty singleton on drums. but fats, man, he was IT right then.

    ‘course you know what he said: “I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house.” here’s God:

  79. 79
    scruzgooner says:

    welcome, mick! glad to “see” you here.

    ned@73, yeah, spinning in his grave. he’d’ve posted something like this: https://youtu.be/5CWIIoSf4nw?t=1

  80. 80
    scruzgooner says:

    with, as i just noticed, a very, very young charles mingus on bass in the first segment of @78.

  81. 81
    Countryman100 says:

    I see your slam singleton and zutty singleton rhythm section and I raise you Tony Williams and Ron Carter.
    Four & More and Live at the Plugged Nickel my all time favourite Jazz albums

  82. 82
    bt8 says:

    Dorset Mick, It is great to see you again!

  83. 83
    bt8 says:

    And all the other regulars popping in😀

  84. 84
    Potsticker says:

    Speaking of jazz legends, we just lost McCoy Tyner.

  85. 85
    bathgooner says:

    Good to see you Dorset Mick. Pull up a chair.

  86. 86
    bathgooner says:

    Sad news about McCoy Turner.

  87. 87
    bt8 says:

    McCoy Tyner sad news. What a wonderful pianist.

  88. 88
    Countryman100 says:

    At his best with Coltrane

  89. 89
    Countryman100 says:

    Had a lot of fun dipping into the anarchic podcast from Mike Feinstein and colleagues tonight on @TheGoonerPodcast. Crazy but such committed Gooners and they loved The Guvna.

  90. 90
    scruzgooner says:

    never got to see mccoy; LOVED his block chords, and damn near everything i ever heard him play on vinyl/cd. i was fortunate to see elvin jones at the bottom line in nyc, fronted by ravi coltrane, nicholas payton, and wynton marsalis.

    c1000 ron carter and tony williams are top top players, but came late in the transfer window. zutty and slam already had legend status (probably influencing the former pair), and created the ground on which they played.

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    OsakaMatt says:

    I’m with the much missed cba
    on jazz, though I suspect he’d
    have hated this song too 🙂

  92. 92
    OsakaMatt says:

    With apologies above for
    promoting any Minnesota

  93. 93
    Brendan says:

    Is there going to be a Goonerholic book because we all have been given instructions to buy it.

  94. 94
    Brendan says:

    I’m not the person for this
    But himself did say keep checking in
    If you like it join in
    Keep it thumping
    I used to write stuff on here years ago
    under the cba flag
    not through subterfuge but it was the only open tab on the tablet remote

  95. 95
    Brendan says:

    Is there going to be a book ?

  96. 96
    Brendan says:

    And just reading back you definitely did not know my father
    He gave away all his homebrew stuff and taught people how to use it. He gave away all his records with instructions for what was to be kept or sold.But anyway talk about him like you know him. You don’t know him.Talk about who played bass or drums he’d eat you for breakfast in that regard.
    He’s dead he’s not gone

    I can’t see any of us being here. Himself said there was going to be a book obviously there isn’t .
    So god bless David Faber and good luck to you all

  97. 97
    OsakaMatt says:

    Hello Brendan,

    I am very sorry if my post @91 caused
    any offence. I liked chatting with cba
    on the old blog and to upset you or any of
    his family is the last thing I’d want to

  98. 98
    North Bank Ned says:

    Brendan, be assured that you father was much beloved and respected here, not least for his encyclopedic musical knowledge, and especially, though far from only, by those of us who tend to be around at the same sorts of hours as he was. I can only second what OM said @97 that upsetting you or any of his family is the last thing any of us here would want to do.

  99. 99
    scruzgooner says:

    i was going to say, he was a delightful nutter who couldn’t stand people being cushy to him. we loved him as he presented himself here, again and again and again. giving offense about his and himself and how he was is by far the last thing i would want to do, so if any of my posts gave you or your family offense, please accept my apologies.

    he used to post great rafts of music late at night, and i do recall his loving the dubliners. i don’t recall him loving jazz, but am glad to know if he did…

    and that’s a crossfield ball to…

  100. 100
    North Bank Ned says:

    Don’t mind if I do…

  101. 101
    OsakaMatt says:

    Well in Ned, just in time too as
    I think bt8’s preview is coming

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    scruzgooner says:

    wise words, matt. i wondered if my assist would be for naught.