Arsenal: We’ve Got Our Bottle Back

How are you feeling this morning?

Still glowing?

Yeah, me too.

We have kind of forgotten what it’s like to enjoy a BIG win; a meaningful win; a surprise win against the odds.

Most of our surprises in the last six months have been nasty ones – the kind Mrs Gary Neville has every morning when she wakes up and sees who’s beside her.

But Saturday was different. We went to one of the bookies’ favourites for the title and gave them a spanking in their own back yard. And just because it’s a Chav back yard full of old piss-stained mattresses and wrecked cars, that doesn’t make the win any less sweet.

Make no mistake, Chelsea were seen by many as the real dark horses (whoops, sorry JT, I meant pale horses) in the championship race. Even in defeat to QPR last week they earned plaudits for almost nicking a result with only nine men.

But in the second half of Saturday’s fine win we completely dominated them, winning the half 4-1, taking a stranglehold on midfield and defending well (we only conceded because the ref missed a blatant foul on Santos).

The first half was a different story, with both teams attacking like panthers and defending like pandas, but enough has been said about that in all the match reports.

The point is, we found ourselves in a game that, several times, could have gone away from us – at 2-1 and at 3-3 in particular. But we refused to allow it to do so.

Having hauled ourselves level at 1-1, then gone in one down at half time thanks to another soft goal conceded from a set piece, heads could easily have dropped.

If this had been last year’s Arsenal team, with the homesick Spaniard and the fat French trouble-maker, I think that’s exactly what would have happened. Our heads would have gone down faster than Dani Alves on ice.

But this is a different group of players with a much better mix of vim and experience. It’s interesting that our best performers on the day (with the exception of Prince Robin) were the younger ones: Koscielny, Ramsey, Gervinho and Walcott.

But I have no doubt that they felt enabled to play their best game by the presence of older heads like Arteta, Mertesacker and Santos (as well as Rosicky when he came on), all of whom added an air of stability to the team.

We now have players who do not panic when we’re leading with 10 minutes to go. Indeed, against a dangerous Chavski side we looked very solid in the final stages (the BFG making up for a poor first half by dominating the box in the closing minutes).

We were calm enough and confident enough to see the game out – and bold enough to take our chance to really kill it off when it arrived.

Someone has clearly been to Lost and Found and reclaimed something we mislaid about two years ago: our bottle.

No-one really knew where it had gone. Pat Rice went all up and down the Holloway Road stapling little notices to trees and lamp posts saying “Missing: Our Bottle: Answers to the name Vieira or Adams. Reward if found.”

There were no takers, but now it has turned up of its own accord, just when we needed it most after the most disastrous start to a season for 58 years.

There is still everything to play for this season. The Mancunian lottery winners may be streets ahead at the top of the table but there is a long way to go and anything can happen.

Next up for us in the league are West Brom (H), Norwich (A) and Fulham (H). With the players we have, and with the fact that we now have our bottle again after such a long time, everything is possible.

Keep believing fellow Gunners.

RockyLives

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187 Responses to Arsenal: We’ve Got Our Bottle Back

  1. Rasp says:

    Excellent as always Rocky. “Our heads would have gone down faster than Dani Alves on ice” … classic.

    The tables have turned, it’s usually us looking nervously over our shoulders at the likes of totnum and pool breathing down our necks throughout the season, this time the pressure is on them.

    Hopefully we’ve had our dip in form early, but the other pretenders to CL qualification will drop off and then we have to show our bottle and capitalise.

  2. Double98 says:

    Great post – although i would say that your dani alves on ice commnt could have been sweeter if you had said “our heads would have gone down faster than John Terry at 3 all”

    Cracking second half… santos must have read a dummies guide to defending at half time, the bfg must have overheard.

    still smiling – now 4 “easy games” on the bounce – u know what? we could be back in the hunt by christmas…

  3. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rocky-Rockster, thank you for another fine post. :)

    I am happy you focused this time on us, rather than what other teams think of us i.e. whether they are starting to fear us again. The first step, after such a difficult start to the season, is to build confidence and gain back ‘our bottle’, as you rightly call it. We are now on the right track again, but the hard work has only just begun. Marseille and West Brom at home are both potential slip-ups: Arsenal have often been underestimating their opposition after big wins under Wenger, and we need to be focused again tomorrow and at the weekend. But, I agree with you this is a different team than previous ones, and they know that only through hard work and concentration will games be won this season. We have a great mix of flair and guts now and we have gained momentum – the very ingredients of happy Goonerdom! :)

  4. Double98 says:

    The “in Arsene we rust” lot are quiet today…. Cashley Cole was Pole axed…. john terry went from a slip of the tongue to a slip of the racist… cech conceded 5… mata saw what he could have won… isn’t football great sometimes

  5. Woolish arsenal says:

    Spurs were class last night and have great players that I hate,hate the the spurs lovin.hate spurs,hate the fact that they have a better side and we won’t finish above them but most of all Scotty Parker is fucking brill and we should have got him

  6. Woolish arsenal says:

    And there subs bench last night was class,peanut left out all together and he ripped us apart not the long ago,that being said arsenal were great and Terry was made to look a dickhead so things are looking up.

  7. Rasp says:

    Woolish arsenal – are you sure you are on the right site or even which team you support?

    The season is only a quarter of the way through and we are on the up, I don’t know how or from where you draw your conclusions.

  8. kelsey says:

    TA,

    I take a slightly different angle.We now have a team playing for each other and also competition for places. That can only be a good thing.Our hopes have been raised

    frequently these past few years only for the team on several occasions to fail or not turn up, and of course there can be slip ups but players will be looking over their shoulders knowing if they don’t perform others will be itching for a chance to take their place and that’s without Sagna and Wilshere at the moment.

    The defence still needs sorting out but gradually we are getting there.
    Funny for a guy who was meant to be retiring Pat Rice appears to be more vocal than ever.
    I bet the atmosphere tomorrow night will be electric and that is worth a goal for a start.

  9. kelsey says:

    “Spurs were class last night” please don’t be fooled that first half performance by QPR was one of the worst i have seen by a PL team this season.
    Bale had a good game but how often does that happen and Adebayor looked worse than Chamakh on a good day.,I would rather concentrate on Arsenal.

  10. Double98 says:

    Possibly my favorite part was the ballsy challenge Wenger made to his team at the start –

    We’ve had a bit of form but this is the acid test…

    away to chelsea, with 3 players out of the starting 11 – he goes all-in on a hand everyone thinks they can see

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Kelsey, agreed. Our ‘angles’ can easily be added up: flair, guts and togetherness (with some healthy competition).

  12. Morning all, fantastic post Rocky, “we’ve got our bottle back” indeed. The old heads as you say gave the youngsters some stability, and with RvP in this kind of form I’m sure the midfield and defence look up and say ok we conceded, but we know someone up there can get us out of jail. That I think is a turnaround to last season, where often our defence was found wanting but only after our attack had missed a number of opportunities to put us ahead or kill games off.

  13. Rasp says:

    Hi TA, ……. and also a less tippy tappy, more direct attacking style. We’ve always had pace, but now we’re using it to better effect.

  14. There is a different attitude at The Gunners this season, previously everything was channelled through the homesick Spaniard and so we were entirely predictable, now there is much more variety in our play, Walcott is benefiting from getting balls played to him earlier, giving the defenders less time to gang up. Gervinho is much faster thinking and moving than either Arshavin or Rosicky again defenders are not having as much time to organise. Mostly though van Persie is fit and full of confidence, the fact that he can score with both feet means defenders don’t have the luxury of forcing him onto his weaker side. Watch Czech on the one to one, he tried to force RvP to go on his perceived weaker right but the brilliant Dutchman scored from that side anyway.

    Confidence, variety and harmony.

    That’ll do nicely!!!

  15. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    chas @9:28, :lol:

  16. Love this article agree with you we are back beware the invincles are on the way back !!!

  17. Evonne in answer to your question you can go here to see the fixtures

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/predictor/default.stm

    You can even run the predictor, if all the top 7 (excl Newcastle) win all their games except between each other where i have guessed, we will be 6th by Christmas, but that also puts Spuds 3rd so I should probably re think my predictions. There will only be three points between us and them with Liverpool 5th only by GD and Chelski 4th ahead by 1 point. City will be 5 points clear of United at the top.

    If this comes to fruition I would expect the Russian Gangster to be spending millions to keep Chelski in top 4 competition.

    The one advantage Pool and Spuds have over us is not having meaningful European competition midweek in which their players will tire.

    Wouldn’t it be great if Spuds finished 4th and we kept them out of Europe by winning the CL? Ok maybe I’m ahead of myself :D

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rasp, agreed. I think we saw a good balance between tippy-tappy and the more direct approach on Saturday. The first two goals were a direct result of Arsenal’s possession/ball-circulation football but the last two were direct and deadly, and were made possible because of Chelsea’s need to attack us and take risks. I believe Gervinho is making the real difference this season: he attacks defenders and things start happening for us. He makes it look so easy, but on Saturday he did it against Cashley with great effect and it bodes well for the future.

  19. Red Arse says:

    Morning all you happy chappies! :-)

    Rocky, oh beloved AA maestro, I am running out of superlatives for your sublime Posts, so stop it or I will get cross!!!!! :-)

    I had a wonderful time consoling my Chav supporting friends on Saturday night. They only came out to play when I swore I would not mention the game.
    But, you know, I was so overwhelmed with sorrow and despair for them as Chavs having to support and watch a team composed of botllers, incompetents, malcontents and a racist that I could not restrain myself.

    There is an art to appearing to be soothingly solicitous, while incrementally and gently turning the knife, but it is so deliciously rewarding who could resist?

    Of course I did feel slightly guilty about my faux sympathy … for at least a micro second, then the acrimonious memories of all the crap I have had to take from them burst through like oil from a gusher ….
    AND I LET RIP!!!!!! :-)

    Such joy ……. such orgiastic bliss ………such sweet serendipity …..
    Arsenal we must do this again!! and Again!! :-)

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, the only thing that matters is our next game. I used to look ahead and started predicting scores for our games and those of our main competitors. It never turned out to be anywhere near my predictions (how can we filter out our bias??). The next game is our next cup final! :)

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    hi RA, good to see you in such a great mood – even more than usual, that is. :)

  22. evonne says:

    Rocky – formidable piece of work, going to print it and add to the Red Folder. Thank you very much.

    Love the bit about Pat Rice stickers ‘Award for lost bottle’, class!!

  23. itchyballs says:

    a special mention for song,who was everywhere.working his nuts off.we saw the player he can be.also “kozzer”absolutely fantastic,just gets better & better….a special mention for that C***t bruce buck,what a classless wanker!say who got the crap kicked out of them now hey?

  24. evonne says:

    GiE – thank you, I am calculating…
    Chas and Rasp – great chant :)

    Woolish – get a grip!! Who’s got a better team??? Spuds???? And you’d rather we had Parker, instead of whom? Ramsey

  25. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Evonne, how is life treating you at the moment?

  26. dandan says:

    Interesting post, nicely done, Rocky Let’s hope the cork is still in it and we haven’t let the genie out, we may well need him later.
    Unsurprisingly the press have decided that we are now a one man team and our front man is a powder puff just waiting to be injured.
    When will they like some of our fans, realise that our so called super star cannot play without the ball and it is this possession that the newly energised midfield is providing. This together with the movement of Gerv and Theo both on and off the ball has made the openings and opportunity’s that RVP has so brilliantly converted.
    Ramsey is benefitting from the freedom the experience of Arteta is giving him, allowing him to push on and some of Aarons chip passes are vintage Liam Brady. Undoubtedly his recovery will be complete by the time Little Jack returns and the thought of those two operating in tandem is simply mouth-watering
    For those who still doubt Theo I would suggest they have a look at how much he is getting back to help out, it is not only his pace up front that is benefitting the side.
    So a team in unison it seems, TV ready for action, Gibbs not far away and Jack and Sagna due back after Christmas, things are indeed looking up.
    My major concern, simply that idiot Psycho, bigging our young players up including the ox for England and Olympic duties and we all know how that put Theo back.

  27. evonne says:

    Hi Total – i’m still buzzingIt feels sooooo bloody good to send all those emails to doubters with a big ‘I told you!!’, I am loving it
    Where were you last week?

  28. Red Arse says:

    Hi TA, :-)

    Glad to see you back from your hols and back on AA!

  29. Red Arse says:

    Just finished reading thru yesterday’s Post (well done Harry :-) ) and also the early morning comments — good read! :-)

    Sharkey, I loved reading your match report too on your managerial cares culminating in the successful result for the Sharklets. Despite the emotional toll – I bet you loved it!! :-)

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks RA. It was a bit weird not to be blogging and only reading about our team in papers: the old fashioned way! Did you notice the Dutch won the Baseball World Cup a few weeks ago?! I only found out yesterday. Unbelievable: beating the Cubans!!

    Evonne, good to hear you are milking our result as much as you can :P We were in the Highlands for a week. The autumn in Scotland, especially when it there is no wind and the sun shines between the clouds, is the best there is :) Missed watching the Arse though (Stoke and Bolton games) :(

  31. ivy says:

    Evonne agree with you.
    The manager believe in the team
    The players believe in themselves , watch how they came out in the second half
    The press they only want a story , they dont matter .
    But the supporters , the negative ones who has been around the club all season please go away. I would much prefer the stadium half full but with suppoters making a load of noise , every pass , even the ones that go astray and every tackle.
    I have always belived that we could have a good season if only we became the 12 man at our home games . Our away supporters are FANTASTIC , the home suppoters need to take a leaf out of their book. Up the ARSENAL

  32. 26may1989 says:

    Lovely post Mr Rocky. Given the form we showed going into Saturday’s game, as well as the way our players performed at the Bridge, there’s every reason to be optimistic about kicking on from this epic result. But Total is of course right to caution the need not to underestimate “lesser” lights. Last season, we beat United but then only got one point from playing Stoke, Villa and Fulham. Saturday’s win will be wasted if we don’t nail all of our opponents between now and Christmas (with the exception of our two games against the Abu Dhabi Government).

    Re Spurs, they were good yesterday, but it is amusing to see all the pundits getting so excited about them making QPR look ordinary. Newsflash: QPR ARE ordinary. Parker is a good player, and was a worthy player of the year last season, while in a relegation team. But for my money, Song is as good, so signing Parker would have been an odd move for us. And for those banging on about Spurs (who I do think are at the same standard as us), might be a good idea to look at the video of the Spurs v Arse game: yes, Spurs won (thanks to an obvious handball from VdV that the officials managed to miss), but our three-man midfield completely outplayed their lauded four-man midfield.

    However, as I say, I do think Arse and Spurs are more or less on the same level. After Saturday, I just wonder whether both are closing on Chelsea more quickly than might have been expected. Chelsea will play better in coming games than they did in the second half against us, but I wonder what the odds are on both North London clubs finishing in the top four at the expense of the SW5 Russians.

  33. 26may1989 says:

    Total: Love this line: “Did you notice the Dutch won the Baseball World Cup a few weeks ago?” I know we’re an eclectic, well-read bunch, but you may be expecting too much of us….! :)

  34. evonne says:

    26may – liberum veto! Scum are nowhere near as good as us.

  35. Illybongani says:

    the Loan system seems to be working well…

    Carlos Vela
    Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid
    Saturday, October 29
    Carlos Vela played the full 90 minutes for Real Sociedad as they lost 1-0 at home to league leaders Real Madrid on Saturday.

    Nicklas Bendtner
    Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa
    Saturday, October 29
    Nicklas Bendtner played 90 minutes of Sunderland’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

    Joel Campbell
    Brest 3-1 Lorient
    Saturday, October 29
    Joel Campbell played 45 minutes of Lorient’s 3-1 away defeat at Brest on Saturday, before being substituted at half time.

    Denilson
    Vasco da Gama 0-0 Sao Paulo
    Sunday, October 30
    Denilson was an unused substitute for the Sao Paulo side that battled to a goalless draw at Vasco da Gama on Sunday.

    Henri Lansbury
    West Ham 3-2 Leicester
    Saturday, October 29
    Henri Lansbury did not feature in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Leicester at Upton Park on Saturday, missing out through injury.

    Pedro Botelho
    Villarreal 2-0 Rayo Vallecano
    Saturday, October 29
    Pedro Botelho did not feature in Rayo Vallecano’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Villarreal on Saturday.

    Kyle Bartley
    Aberdeen 1-2 Ragers
    Saturday, October 29
    Kyle Bartley did not feature in Rangers’ victory over Aberdeen at the weekend, missing out through his groin injury once more.

    James Shea
    Bristol Rovers 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
    Saturday, October 29
    James Shea did not feature in Dagenham and Redbridge’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

    Samuel Galindo
    Barcelona B 1-0 Gimnastic Tarragona
    Saturday, October 29
    Samuel Galindo did not feature in Gimnastic Tarragona’s 1-0 away defeat to Barcelona’s second string.

    Wellington
    Osasuna 2-0 Levante
    Sunday, October 30
    Wellington did not feature in Levante’s 2-0 defeat against Osasuna on Sunday.

  36. 26may1989 says:

    Hi evonne: I wasn’t sure what you meant by “liberum veto”, so did what I often do and ran it through Wiki. A very interesting little piece on Polish constitutionalism followed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberum_veto.

    I work with loads of Poles (the managing partner of my firm being of that persuasion) and recognise the fondness for “Nie pozwalam”!

  37. TotalArsenal says:

    26 :) My expectations of RA are without limit :P

    I am with Evonne on your Spurs – Arsenal comparison. Spurs, under HR, always seem to have a few periods of promise, usually followed by relatively long periods of failure. I think we have more quality throughout the team and a better manager, but only time will tell (again).

  38. evonne says:

    26may – “nie pozwalam” or rather “i don’t agree” :)

  39. 26may1989 says:

    Total: I do agree about Redknapp; e.g., he publicly undermined Bale when he was establishing himself, and when a more intelligent view of Bale suggested he had real quality. And Redknapp had nothing to do with vdV’s signing, it being a flukey after-thought when Levy was in Madrid trying to sign someone else. The fact that Redknapp’s probably the best English manager around only underlines how poor this generation of English managers is. Our humiliation at OT covered up the equally humiliating 5-1 home defeat for Spurs by Abu Dhabi the same day, and as I say, I think we were the better team in the NLD.

    But all that said, I do still think a team with vdV, Bale, Adebayor and Modric, as well as Gallas, Sandro, Parker, Lennon and Assou-Ekotto is a decent outfit. It’s going to be close between us and them this season. But I remain optimsitic that we’ll finish above them!

  40. goonermichael says:

    Fantastic post again. I’m still on a high. I watched the first half of the spuds game and I didn’t think they were all that. I thought tim sherwood looked extremely camp sitting with redknapp and another spud I can’t remember. I agree that we seem to have a togetherness under our new captain. We have more fighters than before and I think we can push on. I was convinced we had no chance of top 4. I think we have every chance now.

  41. Irishgunner says:

    I’m still smiling after Saturday.

    Every now and again I liuke to look at a picture of Terry’s dive … I mean “slip” … point and laugh.

    What a game, what a game.

    Hopefully RvP gets a rest tomorrow night and Park starts, we should beat Marseille, they’ll come for a draw and leave in defeat.

  42. RockyLives says:

    Good Day everyone.

    I see Van der Fart has proclaimed that we have ‘no chance’ of finishing above the Spuds this season.

    Excellent! I love it when the arrogant predictions of their glory and our demise start coming out of WHL. It usually presages an immediate slump in form for the Lily Livereds.

  43. Red Arse says:

    TA,

    I have the hump somewhat over the MLB as my team the NY Yankees blew their chances this year, then the Texas Rangers (sort of a second interest team) got done in the 7 match World finals. :-(

    Actually, I did notice that your boys won the World Baseball Classic.
    — Sorry, I forgot to say well done to you and your guys! :-)

    I have never been to any WBC tournaments myself, (it is a relatively knew deal) but it is heavily promoted by MLB and gets pretty good coverage in America, and I think that ESPN cover it over here too.

    I seem to recall Japan won it recently — not sure tho; — but baseball is big business in Japan, and I used to watch the occasional game over there with some hysterically excited fans! :-)

  44. goonermichael says:

    I’ve noticed on newsnow a lot of site reporting Robin used a Nazi celebration. Talk about clutching at straws.

  45. RockyLives says:

    GiE
    Great chalkboards.

    Arteta doesn’t attract a lot of plaudits because his work is relatively unspectacular. He just quietly goes about his business, keeping us moving with good accurate passing. Right now, he’s the oil in our machine.

  46. goonermichael says:

    Did you follow a team in Japan RA. My Father in law is a Tokyo Giants fan.

  47. RockyLives says:

    On the subject of other sports, I went to a NFL game yesterday – the Buffalo Bills vs the Washington Redskins.

    Buffalo play a couple of games a year in Toronto (much like the way some cricket counties play a few matches in grounds that are not their main home base).

    The Bills won 23-0.

    It was quite entertaining – and the beer vendors carrying trays of lager up and down the aisles so you don’t even have to leave your seat to get a drink are quite a departure from the English footy experience.

    But the problem with all pro American sport is the lack of spontaneity among the supporters. They all shout when a big screen says “let’s make noise” and that’s about it.

    I was yearning to hear a chorus of “the wanky Washington `Redskins went to Rome to see the Pope…” but I suspect if anyone tried anything remotely like that they would be promptly escorted from the stadium.

  48. 26may1989 says:

    RA: World Baseball Classic and Baseball World Cup are different, the WBC being I think for pros, the BWC for amateurs. You’re right re Japan, they won both WBC tournies to date, but the BWC has been going since 1938 (first champs: GB!).

  49. 26may1989 says:

    Rocky: “I was yearning to hear a chorus of “the wanky Washington `Redskins went to Rome to see the Pope…” but I suspect if anyone tried anything remotely like that they would be promptly escorted from the stadium.” There are days when it’s like that at Ashburton – if any of our already passive fans dare show some traditional feelings for the game, stewards are often on their case.

  50. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey,

    I almost missed your comment that Dandan makes me look like a dwarf! :-)

    I have a mental image (probably wrong) of all the regular AAers, and have had to drastically revise my image of DD.

    Let’s see. Without wishing to offend anyone, for the sake of discussion, I would suppose a dwarf (is that politically correct?) would be 5′ or less with an average weight of 9 stone?

    Height: Me: 6′ 5″; Dwarf 5′; Difference = 17″

    Weight: Me: 18 stone 4lbs; Dwarf: 9 stone; Difference (say) 9 stone.

    Not factoring in any weighting allowance for scaling up; that would make Dandan’s comparison to me:

    Height: Me: 6′ 5″; plus 17″ would make DD approx = 7′ 10″.

    Weight: Me 18 stone; plus 9 stone would make DD approx = 27 stone.

    Remind me, the next time I disagree with 7′ 10″, 27 stone DD to preface any such comment with “Excuse me, Sir”! :-)

  51. Red Arse says:

    Thank you 26, my mistake! :-)

    Getting my BWC and my WBC mixed up is pretty heinous, and deserves the maximum penalty. :-)

    My memory is usually pretty good, but not in this case it seems. :-(

    Without wanting to upset my friend TA, I was sort of admitting I had not seen any of the tournaments anyway, and the WBC/BWC fall into the ‘Europa League’ category for me.
    It’s – Arsenal = EPL; Yankees = ALE div of the MLB. That’s it!! :-)

  52. kelsey says:

    RA,

    in a loose term you are a dwarf.our dandan is 6 foot 8, weighs in around 21/22 stone and has hair down to his shoulders.

    get out of that ;)

    He used to perform under the name Giant Haystack :)

  53. kelsey says:

    RA,

    you also missed my comment that most accountants on AA only blog on weekdays when they are at work :) (whatever that word means)

  54. Red Arse says:

    Rocky,

    Sadly I have not been to any NFL games for a long time, but ESPN give some great coverage over here, and watching (sometimes into the early hours) with buddies can still be great. ;-)

    My team, Big Blue ( the New York Giants or Jints as my dad always referred to them) are pretty much a way of life and not just a football team — but that’s another story! :-)

  55. Camberwell Gooner says:

    Afternoon all,

    If you’re not still buzzing after Saturday, pop into your local A & E and get them to check if you have a pulse or a heart.

    Simply could not have asked for more out of that game, but the racist’s slip and mouthful of turf could well turn out to be the most delicious moment of this whole season.

    I guess it could be topped if something similar happened, like if the banana-munching FA-cup lookalike Bale steps on the ball in the NLD and puts himself out with a tweak for 3 games.

    And speaking of the unspeakable, what’s this I see? A gooner praising the paupers down the Seven Sisters Road? They might be alright but Ole Twitchy can’t keep this run going for long. Sooner or later their total lack of class will show through and we’ll be once more looking down on them – as we always are, every single season.

    Toodle-pip Arse lovers!

  56. goonermichael says:

    Rocky
    I’ve been to a couple of J-League games in Japan and the have beer vendors there too. Loads of fit women fans as well.

  57. RockyLives says:

    Hello CG
    I think Woolish is a Spudder troll, so I wouldn’t worry about his comments.

  58. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey,

    So DD has shrunk from 7′ 10″ and 27 stone, but from your description still deserves an “Excuse me, Sir”, from me. :-)

    I am probably not a typical AA accountant as I work for myself in specialist fields for both UK and US clients. (My hours of work tend to be weird, and what I want them to be). :-)

    How strange is that? A non-conformist accountant! :-)

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Rocky. Super read as always. The bottle started to become evident v Sunderland and was cemented v Stoke. This team is not going to be bossed, as proven by Theo’s goal when he refused to sit down and moan but instead got up and scored. A great goal and one symptomatic of the new team ethos.

    GM. I just have to go to Japan!

  60. TotalArsenal says:

    RA & 26, thanks for clarifications re baseball WC. You knew all along, didn’t you 26? :)

    GiE, great stats re A Treat. I love the guy and he is developing a great partnership with Song and Ramsey. What a great buy by Wenger!!!

  61. Red Arse says:

    GM,

    I did not follow a team while I was in Japan. I was mostly based in Osaka and my very hospitable friends took me to different sporting events, on free days/evenings, such as baseball and sumo.

    Loved it all, and tho’ it is now a long time ago, I still remember it as one of the best times of my life. And you are right about the women – shy and yet cheeky — got asked a couple of times in entrancing English with fits of giggles– “is all in proportion tomo san?” :-) :-)

  62. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I`m still on a high from saturday, mostly from the result not on all of the performance. As for the Spuds, they are in the driving seat,they have won 2 and lost 2 against their main rivals, we have to keep it going and hope they and others drop points( none of our rivals, apart from chavs dropped any). The best thing from our recent run will be the confidence factor, it is so important, that with great fitness are the two most beneficial factors for footballers IMO, having them both gives you the glow, just like we had on the weekend. Them celebrations, worth their weight in gold , bonding at it`s best !

  63. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Sorry Rocky, fine writing.
    I`ve heard of Carpet Munchers, so JT must be a Turf Muncher !
    ” I`ve had my team mates wife`s carpet`s, what else can I have ?,mmm Turf looks moist “

  64. chas says:

    Thanks Rocky, lovely post.
    Great pics, too. Andre Santos is growing on me game by game. He loves to celebrate.

    Woolish is a spud. Two comments and his whole vocabulary was exhausted.

    Gary Neville’s new hat

    Vying for buttock space…

    http://bit.ly/sFARSN

  65. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Your pics are always great. Loved the vids this morning.

  66. RockyLives says:

    The Spuds have a pretty friendly run of games through to Christmas so you’d expect them to be well in touch with top four by then.

    But as others have said, we just need to worry about our own games and keep the run going by not underestimating opponents like WBA and Fulham.

  67. RockyLives says:

    Kesley
    Is dandan really a man mountain, or are you making mirth?

  68. dandan says:

    Kelsey much as i enjoy your writing my Biography, would you please get your facts right, It was not as Giant Haystacks but Rather Big Daddy that I earned my living,

    It is not generally known that Kent Walton the wrestling impresario, who was also my manager, had a pathological dislike of accountants. not surprising really given that his father was minister of finance in Cairo, He found having to deal with Ahab over his PAYE rather irksome and was oft times heard to exclaim bloody accountants they are a pain in the Arse and make me see Red, they rip you off as soon as look at you and hide under a cloak of buzz words and techno speak. No doubt this has something to do with the strange name you blog under.

    Having cleared the air somewhat let me point out gentleman, that should the occasion ever arise that we three join the pre-game drinks session with our fellow AA’ers, I will take great delight in proving to the gallery, I have not lost all my skills and two into one will go

    A Red Arse then you better believe it Kelsey.

  69. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I see the rumours are that were after Goetze on Newsnow, some saying £17.5M !, thats weird, there were rumours a while back that we had a £30M offer turned down in the TW !. Rumours ,dont you just love them !.

  70. dandan says:

    Ah Rasp those were the days.

  71. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great stuff as always Rocky, i must remember to nominate you for some sort of littreture pize.

    Just returned from my local bookie to collect my £400 (£80 on us to win at 5 to 1), very satisfying. Now we all need is for the Mighty Arsenal to win the title and for ex prime minister Gordon Brown to admit that he is realy an alien from Alpha Centuri, then i will make Kronke an offer he cant refuse and take over.

    Once i take over, i promise to select 12 of you as Directors to run our majestic club.

  72. SharkeySure says:

    Amen to that Rocky.

    I’ve said for quite a while we needed to trade in some technique for a big lump of grit. Looks like we’re down 10% on technique and up 30% fight and spirit. Hallelujah

    Not really sure why I’m using my religious terms today and not yesterday…oh well

  73. RockyLives says:

    dandan
    so you’re Big Daddy? Got it!

    How have you been feeling since your demise in 1997?

  74. dandan says:

    With my hands Rocky :-)

  75. RockyLives says:

    dandan :)

  76. 26may1989 says:

    @ Total 1.14pm: I thought everyone knew about the Baseball World Cup and such like. I didn’t have to get that info from Wikipedia, no sireee, it was all there, in the grey matter…… :)

    But at least RA admitted his culpability – by way of punishment, I’ll headbut his shins when I get to meet him.

    @ TMHT 2.05pm: Great to see you skinned the bookies on Saturday, fully deserved!

    @ Sharkey 2.08pm: I long resisted the idea that our side had become too much about the tippy-tappy, too little about the in and at ‘em. But the form since the defeat at Blackburn, and the way the team is gelling and the likes of Gervinho and Arteta are settling in, really does suggest that we’re heading in the right direction. Nasri could have been at the heart of that but given the strong suggestions of his divisiveness in the Arsenal and France squads, seeing him move to Abu Dhabi probably isn’t the worst thing in the world.

  77. Red Arse says:

    26,

    Have just returned from a light repast, I am concerned to see you are threatening to damage my shin bones. Painful as that might be, I am both disappointed that you are working down from Evonne’s knee, but ecstatic you did not choose to move up from said knee! :-)

    Dandan, I am not sure whether you were addressing Kelsey or me earlier, so the following may be redundant and not relevant.

    I admit that I did not altogether understand your comment, if indeed intended for me, so I confess I was uncertain whether it was simply a humorous repost about accountants, or a critical disdain for my blogname or heaven forfend a threat to my person.

    Clearly it would be foolhardy to jump to conclusions, because you have often pointed out to others, in your own inimitable way, the much acclaimed ethos of the AA blog.

    Naturally, I immediately dismissed the latter two scandalous thoughts and accept that you were being humorous, after all.

    I would be delighted to meet you at anytime for a preprandial drink before a gourmet’s delight of a home game, and you can show me how you make 2 go into 1.

  78. goonermichael says:

    So Dandan your name is really Shirly crabtree then. :)

  79. Red Arse says:

    Rocky,

    Your comment about Van the Fart in your Post reflects my own view regarding his innate ability to be in the right place at the right time to score goals. It is a skill that cannot be taught, but I still cannot stand the guy, for all that.

    Looking around at the other sites, quite a bit has been made about Kroenke sticking around to go to the Chelsea match with the other directors. He should do it more if it helps us to go on winning! :-)

  80. dandan says:

    Bugger Michael you have rumbled me :-)

    Red Arse it was an attempt to raise a smile but if you Google Kent Walton, you will see it was based on fact,

    Saturday afternoon wrestling was the fate on ITV for those poor souls who did not have a footy team to support. Hence on the days I did not follow the Arse away. It was I am ashamed to say either the Spuds or the hammers.

  81. Red Arse says:

    Dandan,

    I had never heard of Kent Walton, so I did google him earlier, and was mystified as to the reference.

    The Kent Walton I thought you meant is an amateur Oakland baseball player — we were talking about baseball earlier, and I thought you were referring to that. :-)

    I have just re-googled Kent Walton, and it popped up as Kent Walton – Beckett, and your comment immediately became clear.
    Unfortunately, I don’t always pick up on well known British names (pre- 1980) so I hope you will bear with me if I sometimes get the wrong end of the stick! :-)

    Can I ask how your wife is getting on? You will have to ask that rascal Kelsey to invite you out to see him, and get her some Spanish sun to recuperate. (he says I am too big to fit into his chalet!) :-)

  82. California Gooner says:

    Red Arse, just to be a bit pedantic — it can’t be taught, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be learned…

  83. kelsey says:

    RA
    typical accountant.get dandan to bring his wife out here and then claim it as expenses ;)

  84. Red Arse says:

    Hi CG,

    Fair enough.

    I was using “taught” in the sense of showing or teaching someone how to do something, or for them to do it better.

    As you say, I suppose “learn” could mean acquiring an ability to do something better, which might be taught to them by another or “self taught”.

    But in the context of my comment, there are somethings that cannot be “taught” or “learnt” (self acquired) because the subject matter is beyond the ken or the ability of an individual to understand or to grasp.

    But I would not want to fall out with you over it. :-)

  85. Red Arse says:

    To true, Kelsey, my good friend!! :-)

    And don’t think I haven’t noticed that you can fit DD the Goliath into your mansion, but you cannot fit a dwarf like me into your esteemed establishment!! :-)

  86. harry says:

    Afternoon fellow gooners, my voice is still croaky, and my neighbours are still not talking to me.

    Rocky, a supreme post as usual…………..

    Loved this……….

    “”Someone has clearly been to Lost and Found and reclaimed something we mislaid about two years ago: our bottle.””

    Amen, but lets still our passion for a moment and repeat against marseille………..

    I do believe now the team is settled, it does have a more tenacious mix, a technical and youthful skill base, blended with an underbelly of experience to hold the team together…………

  87. goonermichael says:

    And bottle Harry :)

  88. 26may1989 says:

    Respective Arsenal records:

    Gael Clichy: Games played 264, goals scored 2

    Andre Santos: Games played 7, goals scored 2

  89. evonne says:

    Why I do not like Szczesny
    This is from another blog:

    “So as the incident is not clear cut, why risk annoying Mariner and other referees by seeming to mock the decision? He may not have meant it to be a derogatory comment, but “I don’t know why I stayed on the pitch” could easily be interpreted as “What a terrible decision by Mariner!”

    I love you Szczesny, but some opinions don’t need to be tweeted
    No ref likes to hear someone say he got it wrong, least of all a player he’s just given the benefit of the doubt to. Szczesny’s tweet has been read by his numerous followers and picked up on by the media, including Gary Lineker reading it out on Match of the Day, so almost everybody in football has now heard his comments. My worry is that referees are a tight-knit bunch and they won’t take kindly to a fellow ref being criticised unnecessarily by a seemingly ungrateful young player. “

  90. evonne says:

    26may – Clichy had only scored 2 goals for us?? Really, hm, not many even for a defender. How many did Eboue score?

    BTW it was good to see how many opportunities were wasted yesterday by Ade, good man :)

  91. Red Arse says:

    On the other hand, Evonne, Dermot Gallagher the ex-premier League ref said, when interviewed, that Mariner had made the correct decision in not sending Chezzer off.

    He then went on to say Santos was fouled before Mata scored Chelsea’s 3rd goal. Swings and round abouts.

    However, Chezzer would be better advised to say (tweet) nothing like that. He is still young and he will learn the hard way. :-)

  92. evonne says:

    RA – he is an arrogant so-and-so. Did I already say that I don’t like him :)

  93. OK everyone, I’m home.

    Great post Rocky – I expect no less :P

    Two questions
    1. Is anyone up for meeting at the pub pre-match tomorrow
    2. Who do I have to bully to write the match report.

  94. evonne says:

    why would i want to go to the pub pre-match tomorrow :(

  95. Are you going to the game evonne?

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne,
    Goalies are like drummers in a band. So the advice to Sz is simple: “Stand at the back. Catch balls and shut the fuck up”. Simple.
    .
    Rocky,
    Thank you again for a great read. I love this line “Most of our surprises in the last six months have been nasty ones – the kind Mrs Gary Neville has every morning when she wakes up”. :-)

  97. Hi Peachy, in answer to your questions:

    1. I am, should be there about 6.30-6.45pm
    2. I would volunteer but I’m writing up a report under the terms of my long term contract(for an undisclosed non existent fee)for Tim

    and 2 questions from me:

    1. Are we all still glowing from the events at the bus stop in Fulham ?
    2. Who else is going tomorrow ?

  98. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chary,
    Sadly not me. I have brilliantly arranged my life around being at The Tavern at 6:00 for the game. On wednesday!

  99. Oh Micky, dear oh dear ! A face palm moment I’d wager.

    almost forgot, another fine contribution from R Lives, brightened up a dull grey Monday.

  100. Hi chary, long time no see. We will be at the pub at about although I’m not sure what time, I’ll text you when we’re nearby.

    I’m not sure who else is going yet – maybe I’ll get Rasp to put up the pub widget

  101. I’ve been like a mirage lately peachy. Hope we have a good turn out at the pub tomorrow, really looking forward to it, the lads deserve a rousing welcome for conquering the chavscum on their territory.

  102. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Only a brief visit today sadly. Enjoyed reading through the banter earlier between Shirly and his mates.
    RA,
    If you are still around, I’m still giggling over “Batman’s Friend”.
    Bye bye my lovelies.

  103. evonne says:

    Micky – I will translate your advice and send it to Szczesny at the Ems, dickhead

    Hiya Chary!

    Peaches – no :(

  104. Hi Evonne, so I guess I won’t be seeing you tomorrow ? :(

    Well I’ll just have to wait for that hug till the Everton game, my next planned match. x

  105. Pub widget in place, now I need everyone who wants to buy me a drink to declare their willingness so they can be added to the list!

  106. Put me down for that Peachy !

  107. Jamie says:

    Anyone got a spare for tomorrow night?

    I have dome every home game this season and sacked this one because it was on TV but 24 hours before I can’t bar it. Anyone got a spare?

  108. Jamie, look on twitter @arsenal_tickets – one condition, if you get one, you have to meet us at the Tavern :)

  109. You’re already there chary, although the amount you consume I doubt you’ll recognise me :lol:

  110. As it should be a less tense affair Peachy I don’t think I’ll need as much to calm me down as i usually do.

    You may even get a coherent sentence out of me !

  111. Carlito11 says:

    Evening all- haven’t the last 48 hours been fun?! Good times are back!
    Lovely article and loved reading through Harry’s mammoth report yesterday too.
    Rasp- feel free to take the question mark off my name for tomorrow’s meet up- I will be there!

  112. kelsey says:

    Chamakh is out of the squad for tomorrow,no reason given.

    RL yet again a wonderful post.I seem to read the comments first and then the post.

  113. Rasp says:

    Great stuff Carlito, look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

  114. Hi Kelsey, it’s a knee injury of some sort that’s keeping Chamakh out..

  115. Rasp says:

    kelsey,

    Its being reported that Chamakh is injured – do you suspect its a ‘convenience’ injury?

  116. evonne says:

    Kelsey – that’s terrible news about MC :( They could hardly say ‘because he is useless’, could they :)

  117. goonermichael says:

    Does anyone think the FA will do anything to john terry. I’ve seen the video and it looks conclusive.

  118. VCC says:

    Rocky… Fantastic post. Really enjoyable reading.

  119. kelsey says:

    Sounds a bit fishy to me,it’s not like he’s played much lately(chamakh)

  120. Jamie says:

    Cheers Peaches.

    As long as getting the ticket doesn’t involve going to the other side of the ground to pick it up first then I’ll show my face in the Tavern.

    Was in there last home game for a beer but couldn’t get the messageboard to work on my phone to say I was in the tavern.

  121. Hi Jamie,

    Sorry we didn’t realise you were there. If you want to email arsenalnuts@live.co.uk we can exchange mobile numbers.

  122. GM they’ll have to believe Terry’s excuse of but before that bit of the vid i said:

    “Anton did you think I called you a ……..”

    Which is apparently his defence.

    The worst defence I have heard was by Andy Gray (why am I surprised) when he said on TalkShite that sometimes things are said in the heat of the battle that you don’t really mean. What he doesn’t seem to realise is that a non racist would not have that come in to his head even in the heat of the battle.

    If I was playing against a good friend of a different race/religion and I call him a “w***ker” that is just something said in the heat of the moment. If I then use race with that insult or he does to me then it is evidence of something deeper ingrained.

    Unfortunately the defence used by Andy Gray that it was said in the heat of the moment is a bit like people who defended Ron Atkinson by saying but he bought x amount of black players. Doesn’t mean he isn’t racist just that he suppresses it for his own good.

    Problem for me is I just don’t understand racism full stop, but I grew up in a different age to Ron Atkinson and Andy Gray, I did not however grow up in a different age to Terry, and that worries me, not just in football but unfortunately society in general seems to be taking backward steps.

    If the FA do nothing in their “Kick Racism Out of Football” week they are as weak as FIFA and UEFA for not doing more to stop racist chanting at football grounds across Europe.

  123. Carlito11 says:

    Top comment that GiE- gets to the nub of the issue. Hope someone argues the point that clearly to the FA and Terry- the man needs to hang his head and beg forgiveness… Hang on! Maybe that’s what he was doing when he saw Robin bearing down on him! Hahahahahahaha!

  124. goonermichael says:

    I know someone who knows John Galliano very well. They tell me he says terrible things he doesn’t mean when he drinks. That’s not realy the point though. The point is he has ruined his career (as has Atkinson) so I don’t think Terry should gat away with it (if he is guilty)because he is England captain. If I wanted to really insult someone I’d use the worst thing I could think of. I take people as they come regardless of race or religion.

  125. goonermichael says:

    I’m off home see you all later

  126. evonne says:

    What about our Cesc? Did he racially insult Freddie Kanoute?

  127. harry says:

    Evening all and RHWP, I’ll be in the pub, you owe me a beer Peaches for my weekend short passage on the that game at the weekend that had no incidents of note………..

    I might do tomorrows, ummmmmmmm, not sure i have time……I heard that GIE wanted to do one……..?

    @GIE………

    ***If the FA do nothing in their “Kick Racism Out of Football” week they are as weak as FIFA and UEFA for not doing more to stop racist chanting at football grounds across Europe***

    They will come across as weak pompous victorian oafs………oh well they’re not bothered then…………..

    Hey Carlito……….good to see your still around buddy, you there tomorrow?

  128. Raddy – are you around in the morning to publish the pre-match yourself? I’ll be gone very early and Rasp has a dentist appointment so he’s not around either. Can you let me know so that I can set someone else up to do it if you’re not.

    If any other admin peeps will definitely be around to publish at 9.30 can they let me know please.

  129. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. Very well put. I think the way kelsey described things yesterday was also good,

  130. Big Raddy says:

    peaches. I leave for Uni at 6.30 gmt!! I will get the post in this evening and perhaps you can set it to publish automatically-

  131. LB says:

    Funniest story I heard about yesterday was from Mrs London, now when it comes to football she is not Peaches but on the other hand she will watch an important game with me………anyway, you know how much you were screaming in front of the telly yesterday, well, of course, so was I, so much so, that the whole family came in wondering what on earth was going on and ended up watching the remainder of the game with me with great interest.
    At the end my better half says to me, I can’t wait until I see those two girls in the office on Monday…………this comes as a complete surprise, I had never heard about this before, so I say, oh yeah why? And she says because one of the girls supports Tottenham and the other supports Chelsea an they are always going on about how they hate Arsenal. I say no more and forget all about it.
    Tonight when I am making dinner for the family, did you notice which pronoun I used, she says to me, I went into work this morning and say to the Chelsea girl: Arsenal, Arsenal and to Mrs London’s complete surprise the chavette bursts into tears, blabbing and blabbing about how all referees are against them, blah, blah, blah, Mrs London is a bit shocked but finally says oh get a grip, meanwhile as this story is being told I am in hysterics thinking — that’s my girl.

    Best I can do folks, great post as ever Rocky.

  132. LB says:

    I am not definitely around or I would volunteer.

  133. evonne says:

    LB – typical Chav girl, starts crying, pssshhhhh, pathetic! Good on Mrs London!!

  134. RockyLives says:

    LB
    Haha – great story. Poor liddle Chavski… everyone is against them… diddums.

    And thanks for the compliment (also thanks to Carlito, VCC, kelsey, Chary and anyone I’ve missed).

    I am (almost certainly) going to be in London the week of the home game against Dortmund (and maybe the Fulham game the following Saturday). I hope to be able to meet up with the AA crowd when I’m in town. I’ve only seen Rasp and RHWP in the flesh (oo-er) so it will be nice to put some other faces to avatars :)

  135. Big Raddy says:

    Great story LB. My wife thinks you play football with a cue.

    LB. What did you cook? We have the boy over who hoovered up an enormous mushroom risotto which is an easy recipe but requires some diligence to get a good result. Washed down with a decent Chablis and BR gets loads of brownie points ….

  136. I made a mushroom risotto last night for the number 2 daughter :)

    Thanks for the offer LB – great story about Mrs London.

    Raddy – I’ll need to schedule the post tonight as i’m out the door at 7am. Can you give me a heads up when its finished please and I’ll ask Rasp to add the pitch layout. Thanks xx

  137. kelsey says:

    I will publish the new post if you wish.

  138. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Just watched Arsenal U18`s beat Charlton 2-1, I love watching these future young guns. Kristoffer Olsson looked impressive!.

  139. Big Raddy says:

    Peaches. Post is in the Loading Bay xx

  140. Big Raddy says:

    GLIC. Can you flesh that out a bit

  141. Right well that decides it…was planning my next trip to THOF and as the missus is away on the weekend of Fulham seemed like a good choice. Late kick off means I can get the dog walked and get down there leaving a contented dog asleep for the afternoon/evening.

    Now if Rocky you are going to be there the decisions made.

    Now TA if you’re around do you fancy making the trip with me? You’ll have to come as my wife! Tickets are £50 for front of Upper behind goal or £53 Upper Next to Centre.

    Let me know if you want to go, through Peaches or on here.

  142. Big Raddy says:

    Looks like our draw at Newcastle was a decent result.

  143. Red Arse says:

    GLIC,

    Where/how did you manage to see the U18s game?

  144. Red Arse says:

    Don’t worry GLIC, I have just realized you were talking about last Saturday’s game. Blush, blush! :-)

  145. 26may1989 says:

    Bloody brilliant story about weeping Chavette, wish I’d been there.

    Moral dilemma re tonight’s game: we should want the Geordies to drop points but seeing them lording it over the neanderthals of Stoke is too much fun. As Stoke’s form plummets, I wonder if the Stoke board are beginning to wonder about how Pulis spent their money this summer.

  146. 26may1989 says:

    RA, I think the U18s game is on Arse Player, in the Matches/Youth tab.

  147. harry says:

    GIE, is the masterwriter defo there? Booked my tickets, I am there….

    Gotta to meet the legend that is Rocky…………..

  148. harry says:

    GIE, one thing mate, there is no way that TA makes a decent subsitute for your wife………No Offence TA…….

  149. evonne says:

    Didier Drogba is to undergo surgery to remove screws inserted in a previous operation from his arm – 6 weeks off?

  150. harry says:

    26 Let Newcastle spank the Orcs, they will drop points eventually…

  151. 26may1989 says:

    You must be right Harry. And I would bloody love it if Pulis led Stoke into decline, unable to adapt as more and more teams worked out how to deal with their anti-football tactics.

  152. harry says:

    Relegation would be so funny……Stoke deserve it so much……

  153. Just watching Stoke v Toon. Can’t believe Stoke fans are getting arsey about Toon taking so long over throw ins.

    Crouch went over easy as for the pen.

    Oh good one for Toon now.

  154. Harry the master writer says he may be there 8:03pm above.

  155. harry says:

    Seen, missed that line……..Good stuff, got my dortmund tickets already and now my fulham ones……..

    Just noticed though, I away in Scotland for Man City match, gutted…

  156. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Correct 26, It`s on Arsenal player, Anthony Jeffrey scored a cracker, with some great build up play from Bunjaku and Olsson. Olsson looked like another small, skillfull player with great technique and touch.

  157. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    evonne,
    I thought they said, they were going to remove the bolts from Drogbasteins neck ! :)

  158. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    RA,
    Haven`t you got Arsenalplayer ?

  159. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, I’ll happily be your wife, if it means we can go to the Fulham game together and we’ll meet up with the Rockster, Harry and many other great AA-ers as well!! :)

    I will email Peaches to ask her for your email address and then get in touch with you to sort out the practicalities.

  160. Fantastic news TA.

    We can discuss later but basic options, drive one of us drink, or train and both drink :)

  161. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, I am very happy to drive: saves time and money and you can have as many drinks as you like! :)

  162. 26may1989 says:

    Relishing Stoke’s latest failure prompted me to wonder who in the PL is doing well in terms of financial efficiency so far. Using the reported transfer fee expenditure/income for the last transfer window at transferleague.co.uk, I put together some figures. For the 13 teams that made a net spend in the summer transfer window, the sum was just price paid in the window per point. For the seven clubs that made a profit in the summer (Villa, Spurs, us, Blackburn, Everton, Wigan and Bolton), the sum was how much money has been made for every point lost.

    Of course, this doesn’t include expenditure in previous windows or wage costs, and anyway the figures are just what is reported, so there are several reasons that the figures can’t reflect reality precisely. But they still give some indication of whose money is being spent to greatest effect.

    1. Spurs: 19 pts, profit £19,000,000 = £2,375,000 per point lost
    2. Arsenal 16 pts, profit £17,950,000 = £1,282,143 per point lost
    3. Villa 12 pts, profit £20,750,000 = £1,152,778 per point lost
    4. Everton: 10 pts, profit £15,500,000 = £911,765 per point lost
    5. Blackburn: 6 pts, profit £16,700,000 = £695,833 per point lost
    6. Wigan: 5 pts, profit £4,800,000 = £192,000 per point lost
    7. Bolton: 6 pts, profit £400,000 = £16,667 per point lost

    8. WBA: 11 pts, loss £200,000 = £18,182 spent per point
    9. Newcastle: 22 pts , loss £3,600,000 = £163,637 spent per point
    10. Norwich: 13 pts, loss £3,550,000 = £273,077 spent per point
    11. Sunderland: 10 pts, loss £5,550,000 = £555,000 spent per point
    12. Swansea: 12 pts, loss £8,850,000 = £737,500 spent per point
    13. QPR: 12 pts, loss £9,800,000 = £816,667 spent per point
    14. Fulham: 10 pts, loss £12,100,000 = £1,210,000 spent per point
    15. Wolves: 8 pts, loss £11,000,000 = £1,375,000 spent per point
    16. Stoke: 12 pts, loss £17,400,000 = £1,450,000 spent per point
    17. Man Utd: 23 pts, loss £43,400,000 = £1,886,957 spent per point
    18. Liverpool: 18 pts, loss £36,050,000 = £2,002,778 spent per point
    19. Man City: 28 pts, loss £57,000,000 = £2,035,714 spent per point
    20. Chelsea: 19 pts, loss £47,200,000 = £2,484,211 spent per point

    So, in terms of the financial efficiency of clubs’ summer activity, Spurs are way out ahead of the field but amongst the current contenders, we are very efficient as well. And of those that made a net spend, Newcastle are (surprise, surprise) doing very well. No shock either to see that the least efficient four are Chelsea, City, United and Liverpool, though it’s mildly interesting (to me anyway) to see that Chelsea, not City, are bottom of the pile.

    And it makes me feel warm inside to see that the least efficient outside of the big four spenders are Stoke. C’mon the board of Stoke, you know you want to sack Pulis for wasting your money, save us all the time and hand the baseball-capped dickhead his P45.

  163. 26may1989 says:

    GLIC, have just watched those U18s highlights. You’re right about Olsson, he looks great – any player who, when in possession, runs with his head up is always going to be worth watching. Gnabry and Toral looked more than decent too. Good to see that the kids follow their elders and can’t cope with set-piece crosses into the box….!

  164. gunnern5 says:

    From ESPN.com

    ………………………………………………………………………………………

    Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has told Manchester
    United fans to lay off the Glazers and start thanking them for the success they have delivered since their takeover.

    Malcom Glazer and his family have come under intense criticism from United supporters since they completed their leveraged takeover of the Old Trafford club in 2005.

    The American family, who also own NFL club the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have been criticised for the way that they have financed their purchase of the club with loans partly secured against the club’s assets.

    Ticket prices at Old Trafford have soared since the Americans took over – a move which has caused the birth of a widespread protest movement against the family, who they want to see out of the club.

    In Kroenke, however, the Glazers have a big fan. The American businessman, who became Arsenal’s majority shareholder in May this year, thinks there is a big difference in how sports clubs are run either side of the Atlantic.

    The 64-year-old maintains he has no plans to secure loans against Arsenal in the way that Glazer has done at United, but admits he is baffled at the way United fans have taken a severe dislike towards his compatriot given that United have lifted four league titles since they took over six years ago while also boosting revenue at the club.

    Kroenke said: “Since they took over they have won and they have increased revenues by a huge amount. If I was a fan of that club, I would go there and go ‘Wow!’ because how could you do it any better?

    “We have a whole different philosophy I think in the States, maybe, but I think it’s time maybe for everybody to think a little bit. I think they ought to think about who invests in these clubs.

    “He (Glazer) took money out of the club. So what? (LA Lakers owner) Jerry Buss takes money out of his club. A lot of owners in the US do. No-one ever says anything about it. Did the Lakers win anything? Well, yeah. They did. How big’s their revenue? Pretty darn good.”

    Kroenke has been criticised for his lack of public appearances at Arsenal since he took over the club in May.

    The American, branded in some quarters as ‘Silent Stan’ has made a point of boosting his profile in London recently, however. Kroenke addressed the club’s AGM last week, watched his first Arsenal match of the season last weekend – when the Gunners beat Chelsea 5-3 at Stamford Bridge – and he also visited the club’s training ground on Monday.

    There, Kroenke addressed the first team in the company of Arsene Wenger before re-iterating his support for the Gunners boss to the media.

    As well as being a big fan of the Frenchman, Kroenke is also an admirer of the self-sustaining financial model the north London club have chosen while the likes of Manchester City have instead chosen to throw hundreds of millions of pounds at their club.

    In what could be construed as a dig at City, Kroenke admitted making a club’s survival dependent on one person or one company is not his idea of how to run a successful business.

    He said: “I think you can have people who spend a lot, they will do it for a little while and they might have some success, but then the person everyone is relying on maybe gets tired of it or has a financial reversal.

    “What you are doing is that you are putting the focus on one person, one resource and is that really in the interests of a long-term situation for a great club that many people identify with and rely on?

    “I would be much more proud if all our leagues were developed with the idea that you are competing on the basis of intellect and work and effort instead of just simply ‘I am going to throw dollars against the wall’. I am proud of the fact that Arsenal has had this sustainable business model.”

    Kroenke, who also owns NBA side Denver Nuggets, NHL club Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Rams of the NFL, will watch the Gunners take on Marseille at the Emirates Stadium tonight before heading back to his Missouri home.

    Before leaving his media briefing yesterday, Kroenke was keen to make one more point clear – his unwavering support for Wenger – a man whose future was called in to doubt after the club’s shaky start to the season.

    “Arsene Wenger is an unbelievable manager. I think he’s a tremendous person. He is as good as there is,” Kroenke added. “You lose some games, you have some tough loses. It happens. You can’t judge a manager on one game or on one stretch of games. You judge him over time. That’s how the really good ones are judged.”

  165. RockyLives says:

    nice one Gn5
    he’s slowly becoming not-so-silent Stan

  166. Morning all

    I’ve scheduled the post to publish at 9.30 – thanks for the offer to publish kelsey can I ask you to do the ‘New Post’ honours please.

    I won’t get a chance to come on at all today – work then match – so if someone could volunteer the match report that would be fantastic.

    kelsey – can you copy and paste my request for a match report on the new post when it comes up please.

  167. MickyDidIt89 says:

    G5,
    Great read, thanks.
    Rocky,
    Excellent you are coming to a game or two. Would love to meet the master.
    Peaches,
    Can I be you today and do the nagging. Pleeeease

  168. kelsey says:

    Morning all,

    got a problem.i can see the new post in drafts and schedule but don’t know how to publish it.nothing there that says publish.

  169. evonne says:

    Morning guys

    TA and GiE – re Fulham game – see you at mine, tea or coffee?

    Micky – perv :)

  170. Rasp says:

    kelsey,

    You don’t need to do anything with the post, its already scheduled and will go up automatically at 9:30, all you need to do is to put up the “New post” comment when it is published – thanks for your help :)

  171. Rasp says:

    Micky,

    Yes on behalf of peaches, we’d be delighted if you could nag someone into submission to write the match report :evil:

  172. chas says:

    I will be at the Tavern later.
    Not sure how much time I’ll have to chat though, but will definitely say hello.

    CMON you Gunners.

  173. Rob Lucci says:

    [Marouane Chamakh] is injured. He has a knee problem. A slight effusion in the knee and therefore he is not even involved tomorrow.

    Arsene Wenger

  174. evonne says:

    Rob – how can he get a knee injury sitting on the bench? are you sure it is not his arse?

  175. Rob Lucci says:

    Maybe his knee suffered ‘over exhaustion’ by sitting too much on the bench.. :-)

  176. Rob Lucci says:

    “One of the players who departed had nothing to do with money,” said Kroenke. “You could say, ‘well, the other player departed for money’. That’s where being smart and not being smart comes in. You’ve got one year left on a player’s contract. You’ve got a large sum of money being offered.

    “Can you employ those resources better than you could had you not taken the money, taken a chance on losing the guy for nothing in a year or perhaps overpaying for him now and having less resources later?”

    Of Van Persie, he said: “I think he’s doing a great job. Arsene said the other day ‘can we succeed if we are not together? Absolutely not’.
    -Kroenke

    Can somebody help me ‘decipher’ what actually Kroenke was saying?

  177. evonne says:

    Rob – no idea, RA is a Yank, maybe he understands better

  178. kelsey says:

    IMO Chamakh will go in january to Bordeaux initially on loan, and it’s the right decision instead of waiting yet another season for him to maybe come good and i still think either an attacking midfielder or striker will be bought,but if it was me I would still look for more experience at the back as well.
    it’s the wages holding us back and we can easily offload several first teamers who are out on loan or not good enough to initially cut the wage bill, and introduce a couple of new players and still have a lower wage bill.
    Also we don’t know how long Sagna and Wilshere will be out for and then match fit.Invariably it is always longer than the official site says.

  179. kelsey says:

    I hope RVP and Walcott both play tonight.Why drop a top top player when in form and Theo might just get a bit down if he doesn’t start.he needs to build on his best game this season last Saturday.no fun only playing cameo roles.Put this to bed tonight and we have qualified.

  180. kelsey says:

    Watching Stoke is like watching paint dry.why are they alowed to make their pitch to the minimum required ?
    No other team do it.

    Newcastle played well so with a quarter of the season gone, it’s any 4 from 7 and we have every chance.

  181. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Agree evonne, who better to decipher American hieroglyphics than Prof` Red Arse. :)

  182. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    It`s a beautiful day in the Kingdom of Kernow, so I`ve got some rendering to do, followed by some “stick” building ( open bay extention to stable`s), lots of cursing coming up !.
    The feeling of “expecting to win games “, is returning, I`ve still got the glow from the weekend. It`s great to be a gooner ! :)

  183. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning Evonne, Tea please! :) Would be great to meet up at your place again, thanks!

    I liked the article in The Indepedent you posted earlier, especially the description of our maestro: ‘the Premier League’s longest-serving aesthete’ – you can just imagine Pulis’ or Allardyce’s fuming with jealousy when reading just that! It also looks like THE word of the nineties ‘quality’ is making a revival in football this season.

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