Bob Singleton

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  1. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    However much re-building we need, you are out of your mind if you think 19 players will be replaced whoever the manager is.
  2. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Is Emerson Palmieri so poor that he can't occasionaly be rotated with Alonso? Is Callum Hudson-Odoi so poor that he can't start ahead of Willian? Why can't he try 4-2-3-1 with Kante protecting Jorginho and the back four, allowing maybe (just for a change) Zapacosta and Emerson to bomb forward with Hazard and Pedro drifting in and crosses to Morata/Giroud with Barkley and/or Loftus-Cheek making runs into the box from deep? Or switch to a 3-4-3 mid game? You know... a 'Plan B'? I wanted Sari to work out, but he may need to change his ways if he is to survive.
  3. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    If you're regularly playing two of the best players in the world in the wrong position, I dare say it's difficult to motivate the remaining players... "trust me, I know what I'm doing!'
  4. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    That was poor. No intensity... Arsenal closed us down, yet we continued playing out from the back. Why? Hazard only really came alive after Giroud came on... sort of shows how we ought to be lining up from the start. Jorginho offers nothing in this sort of game. Kovacic offers nothing in this sort of game. In his current role, Kante offers nothing in this sort of game. Bar the very occasional wonder strike, Willian has offered nothing for quite some time. Sarri needs a better 'Plan B' than the same old substitutions week-in, week-out.
  5. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Like TM the PM, Sarri is need of a 'Plan B'
  6. Petr Cech retires

  7. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Tammy has scored his 17th goal of the season.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Unless Higuain signs in the next 5 minutes, he won't be starting for us against Arsenal.
  9. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    ^ Blackman won't come back to sit on the bench. I imagine we'll give Caballero another year.
  10. Media / Press

    It was ALWAYS the case that the police made mistakes, that the FA made mistakes, that Sheffield Wednesday FC made mistakes... and that some, if not many, Liverpool fans also contributed to the events that day. To try and pin the blame on one man like this is absolutely disgusting. Things like Hillsborough don't happen because of just one thing, but a convergence of many things happening together. Football hooliganism (of which Liverpool fans cannot be absolved) led to fans being penned in at most grounds. Crumbling stadia and lack of H&S legislation at the time contributed. Fans getting drunk and staying in the pub until the last minute, rather than getting there sober and ahead of time contributed. Confused communication between stewards, police outside the ground and police inside contributed... and so on, and so on.
  11. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    ^ Those whose contracts end in June 2019 are: Robert Green Willy Caballero Gary Cahill David Luiz Olivier Giroud Lucas Piazon 2020 is far worse... forget Marco van Ginkel; ALL four of our current attacking midfielders (Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Hudson-Odoi) will be out of contract if nothing changes between now and then.
  12. Petr Cech retires

    As has been said before, better to get rid of a player a year early than a year too late. Great though he undoubtedly was, Petr was just about to reach the point where he declined. His best years were with us. The club had to go with the younger man as in theory he was the long-term future, and did the decent thing by not stopping Petr from joining a direct rival in order not to disrupt his family.
  13. Media / Press

    I'm in absolute agreement with you on this. I recall that documentary and was absolutely stunned when official enquiries came to the conclusion that not one (Liverpool) fan was even partly culpable. Having seen that CCTV footage in the documentary of fans pushing the gates, fans climbing walls, and the grainy images of Duckenfield in that corrugated iron 'control office' with various other officers radioing in to say there were problems OUTSIDE the ground that could lead to injuries... not sure what else he was meant to do!
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Somewhat out of context. If either of those two were a lone striker, perhaps their individual goal tallies would be higher? As it is, they, along with Mbappe, have scored loads of goals as a multi-attacker strike force!
  15. Media / Press

    Paul Whitehouse is a friend of mine (we were at uni together briefly... I lasted longer than he did!) Charlie Higson is also a friend of mine (again, same uni... I gave his band The Higsons their first ever paid gig). I recall one or other of them (can't remember which) many years ago saying Harry Enfield had got the idea of waving money (In Loadsamoney's case large wads of fifties!) from Arsenal fans at Highbury doing similar towards fans of northern clubs. As I said, I witnessed Chelsea fans in the Shed doing so while chanting "you'll never get a job" toward Newcastle fans. Thinking back, it was actually in the mid 70s not early 80s as I was with a couple of mates from school who I rarely saw once I went to uni. That pre-dates Harry Enfield by quite some time.
  16. Media / Press

    I remember a Chelsea v Newcastle game in the old 2nd Division in the 80s when many in the Shed were waving fivers at the Newcastle supporters taunting them regarding jobs... given the mentality of the average Met 'bobby' back then, I really can't imagine such a scenario NOT happening. The Met boys were seemingly itching for a fight, and if provoking the locals was the means to that end...
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    I sometimes wonder if our negotiating team isn't just Marina but Liam Fox and David Davies too!
  18. Petr Cech retires

    Agreed... especially with the second bit.
  19. Media / Press

    Actually more fact than myth... someone from the year above me at school was by then a member of the SPG (the Met's "Special Patrol Group" that dealt with public disorder) and was sent north on a "tour of duty" that lasted 3 months. He said that as a Met officer he was already being paid more than the local force (no doubt to do with London weighting), but that he and the other Met officers were being paid overtime to make up for being away from home... 'a nice little earner whilst cracking a few commie heads' was one description he gave of it. Another friend from school was married to a Sgt in the Met (he was stationed at Imber Court in Thames Ditton which was one of the training schools for the mounted divisions). He too did a "tour" and was paid double (according to her).
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Summer 2020... so roughly 18 months left.
  21. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    Blue Passports, PeteRobbo... Blue Passports!
  22. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Only if Giroud is fully fit! 😉
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    I wasn't questioning the deal itself but the wording used. I suggest you take your own advice and actually read what I wrote, and then desist commenting further until you have something worthwhile to say. Easy to see how you've racked up over 25,000 posts!
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    "An obligatory purchase option" How can an option be obligatory? Sounds like so many other things I've heard/read recently of the 'cake and eat it' variety.