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According to Jermaine Jenas Portsmouth didn’t get the reward that they deserved in the first half hour.

I would disagree. Given that they had zero shots on target they got exactly what they deserved.

In fact they’ve still not had a shot on target.

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According to Jermaine Jenas Portsmouth didn’t get the reward that they deserved in the first half hour


He can jog on.


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According to Jermaine Jenas Portsmouth didn’t get the reward that they deserved in the first half hour.

I would disagree. Given that they had zero shots on target they got exactly what they deserved.

Jermaine Penus is such a wally. You’d have thought Pompey were bombarding us the way he was carrying on


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That was great from Saka

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Thoughts on Mari? Looks composed and comfortable but it is Portsmouth.

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Thoughts on Mari? Looks composed and comfortable but it is Portsmouth.

A good start, as you say though not very demanding opposition.


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Was there no other player available than Xhaka to come on. Maybe a young player for a few minutes. I shake my head

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Was there no other player available than Xhaka to come on. Maybe a young player for a few minutes. I shake my head

Pépé ?


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Thoughts on Mari? Looks composed and comfortable but it is Portsmouth.

We’re all desperately hoping that there’s a quality centre back there. We sure need one.

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We just to miss that bit of guile to open up teams. That final ball


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Was there no other player available than Xhaka to come on. Maybe a young player for a few minutes. I shake my head

Pépé ?

AMN either would do. But instead Xhaka gets another appearance bonus.

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We just to miss that bit of guile to open up teams. That final ball

Well we do have official sponsors of Ovaltine and Mogodon.

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We just to miss that bit of guile to open up teams. That final ball

Another goal or two would have been nice. We've passed them to death second half.


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AMN on in the 90th minute. We are 2-0 up. What is the point?

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We just to miss that bit of guile to open up teams. That final ball

Another goal or two would have been nice. We've passed them to death second half.

74% possession.

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Gaz from Oz wrote:
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AMN either would do. But instead Xhaka gets another appearance bonus.

Arteta doesn't fancy Ainsley much, does he.


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Decent result. We need to try and be more direct from central positions though


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Ha ha. Nice one Martin Keown. Just slipped in the fact that Arsenal went a whole league season unbeaten. What a star.

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After a slow start some good performances from the younger or newer players. Some will say it was only Portsmouth but then again some well paid players at the club only had to play Olympiocas the other night and we were already leading 1-0 before we started. So not brilliant but a functional win and we repelled them pretty well.

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AMN either would do. But instead Xhaka gets another appearance bonus.

Arteta doesn't fancy Ainsley much, does he.

I'm 63 and probably ahead of him in the pecking order at the club

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According to Jermaine Jenas Portsmouth didn’t get the reward that they deserved in the first half hour.

I would disagree. Given that they had zero shots on target they got exactly what they deserved.

In fact they’ve still not had a shot on target.

Such biased commentary in potential giant killing cup sides is so annoying. I get that a lot of people will tune in hoping for the upset but commentate properly. Amongst other things it is patronising to the smaller team.

I see big teams dominate games and lose 1-0 and it is a totally deserved victory for the small team. If the roles were reversed and the same game played out it would be incredibly harsh on the minnow who deserved much more having dominated the game.


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Job done. Relatively straightforward in the end. They never really laid a glove on us.

We still cry out for craft in mf - someone who can thread a pass to our young, fast and willing runners up front.


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Gaz from Oz wrote:
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Arteta doesn't fancy Ainsley much, does he.

I'm 63 and probably ahead of him in the pecking order at the club

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Such biased commentary in potential giant killing cup sides is so annoying. I get that a lot of people will tune in hoping for the upset but commentate properly. Amongst other things it is patronising to the smaller team.


I always want the underdog to win so I'm okay in principle if the commentary hopes for an upset, but I do object when it goes from light support to blatantly skewing the description of the game being played. Portsmouth did okay in the first half hour, but lets not pretend they were dominating the match.


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Good to see the future of Arsenal FC on display against Portsmouth. Eddie should start ahead of Lacazette from hereon. I prefer the directness of Reiss to Pépé's useless trickery.

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We are going to win the FA cup and upset Liverpool's treble in the final with Aubameyang doing his impression of Thomas in '89 (I know that was a league match, beating pedants to the punch) and Man Utd fans will thank us on twitter. The Oracle of Arsenal has spoken.

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Actually Qarabag FK have dominated their league since 2013



You’ve clearly googled that, you old faker. No human would know that.

Actually I did know that lesser-known teams participating the UEFA are not necessarily 'also-rans' in their leagues. But, yes, I did google Qarabag FK to check. I'm glad I did because theirs is a rather an interesting story actually.

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Gunfire wrote:
Thoughts on Mari? Looks composed and comfortable but it is Portsmouth.

Arteta’s thoughts: he was comfortable, very vocal and he commands the back four. He looks like he’s played here for months.

One stat I saw was that Mari completed 13 of 17 long balls, no one else in the team even attempted more than 9.


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Rich wrote:
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Thoughts on Mari? Looks composed and comfortable but it is Portsmouth.

Arteta’s thoughts: he was comfortable, very vocal and he commands the back four. He looks like he’s played here for months.

One stat I saw was that Mari completed 13 of 17 long balls, no one else in the team even attempted more than 9.


Hope his good form carries through

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Decaf wrote:
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You’ve clearly googled that, you old faker. No human would know that.


But, yes, I did google Qarabag FK to check. I'm glad I did because theirs is a rather an interesting story actually.


Those long winter nights must fly by round your place.


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DHD wrote:
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But, yes, I did google Qarabag FK to check. I'm glad I did because theirs is a rather an interesting story actually.


Those long winter nights must fly by round your place.

More like mosquitos flying around my place. So a miserable night indeed, although not long by your standards.

And its going to 38C and humid tomorrow . :20hospitals:

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Decaf wrote:
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Those long winter nights must fly by round your place.

More like mosquitos flying around my place. So a miserable night indeed, although not long by your standards.

And its going to 38C and humid tomorrow . :20hospitals:


This time last year, Decaf I was in Franschhoek and Cape Town. Bugger the mossies - it was the power cuts that pissed me off. Are they still going on?


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DHD wrote:
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More like mosquitos flying around my place. So a miserable night indeed, although not long by your standards.

And its going to 38C and humid tomorrow . :20hospitals:


This time last year, Decaf I was in Franschhoek and Cape Town. Bugger the mossies - it was the power cuts that pissed me off. Are they still going on?

Yes indeed. Regular 'load shedding' plus in our town powerfailures all the time and water outages too. The country is in a sad state.

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Decaf wrote:
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This time last year, Decaf I was in Franschhoek and Cape Town. Bugger the mossies - it was the power cuts that pissed me off. Are they still going on?

Yes indeed. Regular 'load shedding' plus in our town power failures all the time and water outages too. The country is in a sad state.


I'd forgotten about running around in a shower trying to get wet - and collecting your shower water afterwards. Also having to ask at Reception for a bath plug, even in the poshest hotels - and getting frowned at for asking!

Having said that, you're very lucky to live in such a stunning country. I know you're eastern cape but Cape Town is a fantastic city while Franschhoek and its wineries are just a brilliant place to be. I'll be back.


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DHD wrote:
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Yes indeed. Regular 'load shedding' plus in our town power failures all the time and water outages too. The country is in a sad state.


I'd forgotten about running around in a shower trying to get wet - and collecting your shower water afterwards. Also having to ask at Reception for a bath plug, even in the poshest hotels - and getting frowned at for asking!

Having said that, you're very lucky to live in such a stunning country. I know you're eastern cape but Cape Town is a fantastic city while Franschhoek and its wineries are just a brilliant place to be. I'll be back.


I was at Cape Town for work 5 years ago. Can't remember the name of hotel but very near the convention centre. Had a great stay no problem whatsoever. The staff was very worried for my safety though when I wanted go out for dinner to a restaurant less than 500m away by walking. I went ahead anyway and thankfully nothing happened.


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DHD wrote:
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More like mosquitos flying around my place. So a miserable night indeed, although not long by your standards.

And its going to 38C and humid tomorrow . :20hospitals:


This time last year, Decaf I was in Franschhoek and Cape Town. Bugger the mossies - it was the power cuts that pissed me off. Are they still going on?

I was there a couple of weeks ago. Yes the load shedding is still going on.

Every time that I go there I worry that it may be the last. The whole set up there has every possibility of imploding.

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Good to see the future of Arsenal FC on display against Portsmouth. Eddie should start ahead of Lacazette from hereon. I prefer the directness of Reiss to Pépé's useless trickery.


We have quite a good bunch of players below 25 including Pépé.

Martinelli, Nketiah, Pépé, Saka, Torreira, Guendouzi, Tierney, Holding, Bellerin, Nelson, Willock, Smith-Rowe... plus Saliba next season. The next couple of seasons could be exciting.

Ceballos too - wonder if he is part of Arteta's plan next season. And AMN - but he hasn't impressed lately.


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Goonie wrote:
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Good to see the future of Arsenal FC on display against Portsmouth. Eddie should start ahead of Lacazette from hereon. I prefer the directness of Reiss to Pépé's useless trickery.


We have quite a good bunch of players below 25 including Pépé.

Martinelli, Nketiah, Pépé, Saka, Torreira, Guendouzi, Tierney, Holding, Bellerin, Nelson, Willock, Smith-Rowe... plus Saliba next season. The next couple of seasons could be exciting.

Ceballos too - wonder if he is part of Arteta's plan next season. And AMN - but he hasn't impressed lately.

A good crop of young players for sure. AMN hasn't played lately, so he's had no chance to impress. Can't help thinking he'd do a decent job instead of Bellerin though, who doesn't look to be properly over his injury yet.


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