Alex McLeish: Man Or Muppet?

One of the least edifying spectacles in modern football is that of managers attempting to deflect criticism for a defeat by making spurious attacks on the opponents who beat them.

 

I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of this phenomenon, having watched our own otherwise distinguished coach, a certain Mr Arsène Wenger, pull the very same trick on numerous occasions.

But even Arsène’s excuses (which have ranged from the opposition being too tackly to having the wrong sort of leaves on the line) have seldom been as crass as those trotted out by the Ginger Whinger following our last couple of meetings with his team.

Remember when we played Villa at their place back in December? We won 2-1 and the Villans’ thuggish fullback, Alan Hutton, was sent off. According to Alex McLeish he was “conned” by van Persie.

How was he conned? Well, the first of the ex-Spud’s two yellow cards came after he squared up to our captain after fouling him. The booking was totally correct. Being fouled by an opponent does not constitute “conning” him, nor does standing your ground when he shoves his snarling, bestial face into yours.

Then, within two minutes of Benayoun scoring our winner, Hutton (who was clearly fuming and out of control) charged into a violent, dangerous tackle on Thomas Vermaelen. The ref brandished the second yellow and the rabid Glaswegian was sent on the walk of shame.

The second booking could have been a straight red. In fact a better manager than McLeish would have spotted that his pit bull had lost his head and would have pulled him off. But I guess it’s too much to expect one pit bull to find fault with the slavering aggression of another.

Now we move forward in time to last Sunday.

Of course McLeish must have been gutted at throwing away a 2-0 lead in the FA Cup – but why not take the defeat like a man?

It’s not as if Arsenal did not deserve to win. We had been the better team in the first half despite conceding two goals. And in the second half we stepped up a gear and completely dominated.

But instead of praising his own team for making a game of it and complimenting Arsenal on a hard fought win, the Taggart look-alike made not one, not two, but THREE ridiculous claims of injustice.

Claim Number One: Theo’s ingenious goal (Arsenal’s second) was handball.

According to McPitbull, the spectacular score in which Walcott played an out-of-this-world one-two off the hapless Hutton to put us level in the match should have been disallowed. Quite apart from the fact that, from every angle I have seen, the ball appeared to strike Theo on the chest or ribs, Hutton blasted the ball at him from about a yard away. Theo’s reactions would have had to be faster than Concorde to have avoided the ball.

Claim Number Two: Darren Bent’s foul for our second penalty was “harsh”.

Sorry Alex. Bent’s was a typical forward’s challenge. He almost certainly did catch Koscielny before the ball, but even if (as has been claimed) he got a tiny touch on the ball first, he had overcommitted himself and failed to move the ball any significant distance, so Kozzer would have been able to continue with the move if he hadn’t been brought down. Penalty, any day of the week.

Claim Number Three: Robin van Persie should be punished by the FA for an “elbow” on Carlos Cuellar.

The trouble is GrumpyGingerJock, the replays show that Robin was watching the ball all the way and that his arm movement was entirely for balance and body readjustment. Maybe there was a shade of trying to hold off the inevitable clattering challenge that Robin must have known was coming, but he can hardly have expected Cuellar’s head to be lunging in at waist level. Robin was on the ground and Cuellar’s head was at midriff height. It really was a case of head to elbow and not the other way round, as the FA seem to have recognised when confirming yesterday that they would not be taking any action against our Captain. Perhaps they should consider censuring McWhinger instead.

So, three spurious claims.

The last of them was a particularly vindictive one, aimed at trying to harm a great player in a way that can bring no benefit to Aston Villa.

The actions of a man?

Or the actions of a frothing latex puppet with a giant hand shoved up his jacksey?

I think we all know the answer: Alex McLeish, you are, indeed, a Muppet. And you probably use Preparation H.

The serious point in all this is that the sort of garbage that McMuppet comes out with gives fuel to the more sensational elements in the media who prefer nothing more than to focus on a “scandal” rather than on a great game of football.

And where Arsenal is concerned, they will latch onto anything negative if it means they don’t have to write about how well our team did to pull themselves round from a 0-2 deficit to force their way into the Fifth Round of the Cup.

Stirring fight backs don’t fit their preconceived agenda of Arsenal as a team in terminal decline. It’s just one more reason why we owe it to the world to win something this year.

RockyLives

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479 Responses to Alex McLeish: Man Or Muppet?

  1. Excellent stuff The Rock – I can hardly imagine a better, or more deserving, hatchet job is possible as the star of “Bacon FaceTrek – The Next Generation” has shown himself up to be no better than perma Tan man Phil Orange or the dancing fool Pardew(fancy a trip to Brighton beach you mug?).

    The Ginger Whingers rap sheet is plain for all to see and there is not even any mention if the hyopocrisy of his condsuct on Sunday contrasted to his reaction last season to Bowyers stamping on Sagna “I don;t like to see trial by TV” – so ESPN shrieking for a 3 match ban for Robin is not trial by TV you plonker ??!!

    Excellent stuff and one can only hope we are not flooded by a rabble of Birmingham Villa(copyright Tim, 7am kick off) fans.

    I love the smell of scottish muppet napalm in the morning….mmwwaahha ha !

  2. Judith Le'Strange says:

    I’m glad the FA threw out McLeish’s appeal, perhaps he should get banned for wasting the FA’s time and sent to the stands!!

  3. Hi chary – I’ve already binned a couple so the moderation is on for a while. Any sensible ones will of course be allowed on ;)

  4. I thought so Peachy – I’ll keep an eye out for any miscreants too – obviously non sweary, civilised fans of any club(including Birmigham Villa) are allowed on.

  5. Rasp says:

    Well said Rocky. What is it about ginger scots numpties? (appologies to all innocent ginger scots) but bloody Alan Brazil has not stopped whinging on about the RvP incident – he even said that if it had been Balotelli he’d have got banned insinuating that Arsenal get preferential treatment. Has he forgotten the disgraceful witch hunt of Eduardo for diving a year after he’d had his leg smashed?

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Morning,

    Back in a sunny frozen Scandi landscape

    Just finished watching the Sunday game not knowing the result. Have to admit I was not in a good place at halftime but felt we had played well and got hit with 2 sucker punches.

    2nd half – well, I guess you have already picked the bones out if it.

    What was obvious is the difference a confident GK makes to the defence. I am afraid Fabianski is a busted flush. Shame.

    n.b. thank you to all my friends who wrote such kind messages of support, especially you Peaches.

  7. chas says:

    Superb, Rocky.
    I can just imagine you laughing your head off as you wrote it.
    My personal highlight… “a frothing latex puppet with a giant hand shoved up his jacksey”

    Who did the photos? Brilliant.

  8. Big Raddy says:

    RL. Another very funny and apposite post.

    I blame Sky. The insistence that managers give interviews immediately post-match will inevitably lead to emotional responses, particularly from those who are semi-literate, frothing latex puppet-headed buffoons like “Bacon FaceTrek – The Next Generation” (v.good Chary).

  9. Wise choice of muppet for the first pic Chas I reckon, it’s Gonzo isn’t it ?

  10. chas says:

    peaches,
    can you give us any snippets of binned comments that you find amusing?

  11. Rasp says:

    Hi chary, no its the drummer ‘animal’

  12. davidbarr1980@gmail.com says:

    Rocky,

    I am an Aston Villa fan and agree with 90% of what you say on here…

    The only point I disagree with is the one you make that RVP has his eyes on the ball the whole time. The link below is to a video replay and for the first 3 seconds of this 7 second clip he is looking straight at Cuellar coming towards him.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xo5qnb_van-persie-vs-carlos-cuellar_animals

    That being said I cannot understand why McLeish should complain and moan, this is a mans game and just get on with it… would he moan if we had managed to win the game?? I doubt it…

    I am an admirer of Van Persie but sometimes feel he does let himself down with certain things he does on the pitch and if he got rid of that would be truly world class…

    I feel Arsenal deserve a lot of praise for the way they fought back and won and yes agree totally that the game was overlooked because of this complaint… it happens in most games.. lets just accept it and get on with it..

    Dave

  13. chas – might do …………………

  14. chas says:

    I bet the TV company made a special point of showing him the replay before the post-match interview, too.

    Animal, chary? The muppet, not you of course! :)

  15. slimgingergooner says:

    What a ginger tosser! (McLeish, not me!)

    Anyone see us doing any business today? I can’t.

    Apparently Ravel Morrison off to West Ham for peanuts. Supposed to be a great future prospect but got issues off the pitch. Could’ve been worth a punt.

    Good to see Wayne Bridge off to Sunderland aswell. I was mortified when he was linked with us, he was terrible at West Ham when they went down. Dodged a bullet methinks!

    Tevez on loan!?

  16. Rasp says:

    Brilliant Dave, thanks for such a mature and balanced response. You’ll forgive us for having a bit of fun at McLeish’s expense.

    Light hearted football banter is a good thing, whereas what has been going on at Liverpool and Chelski is atrocious.

  17. chas says:

    Brilliant comment from Dave Barr.

    I’ve read a few Villa blogs that thought it was a bit rich for McLeish to say some of the things he did, but they concluded he was trying to deflect some blame from the team for their collapse.

  18. Good comment there David – I get the feeling Villa fans weren’t terribly enamoured of the decision to appoint McLeish and his criticism deflecting approach is less than honourable.

    Chas/Radders – oh yes, it is animal, didn’t he usually explode after every drum roll ?

  19. frank says:

    For one Dunne should have been sent off, both penaltys were penaltys and really handed a game you probably wouldn’t have won to you on plate, McCleish is a total muppet – but there is no disguising the fact that Van Persie should have at the time been repremanded for whacking Cuellar in the face, not saying it should have been a red. Claiming it was somehow unintentional and he had no idea where the player was, or where the ball was or that he was at a football match is just utter crap.

    But at the end of the day RVP hasn’t been banned, you won through penalties and a fluke rebound, although bad defending aside you were the better team. So instead of worring about Ginger Scots i’d worry about the prospect of Spurs finishing above you, and i hate Spurs!

  20. BristolVillan says:

    Villa fan here, and I for one and embarrassed and ashamed to have to call that ginger sack of monkey sp*nk our manager. The guy is a faceless, clueless, witless fool. To even claim Walcott’s “handball” and Bent’s “harsh” penalty is the action of a deluded man. The fact is he is completely out of his depth, as if 2 relegations in 3 years didn’t already tell you this. We were outplayed and out-thought, but instead of taking the hit himself, he does what he does EVERY SINGLE TIME we lose and that is look for excuses, or single out individuals to blame. Nothing is ever his own fault.

    The man is a grade-A f*ckwit, I only wish it was him RVP elbowed in the face instead of Cuellar.

  21. Big Raddy says:

    He might have reflected upon the fact his team should have played 20+ minutes with 10 men.

  22. chas says:

    Dave, van Persie has got rid of a lot of his more aggressive, impetuous traits. He was sent off several times in his early Arsenal career. If he got rid of any more, he wouldn’t be the same player.

  23. Frank – we’re not worried about a ginger scotsman, we’re laughing at him. :)

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Villans. Why do you think McCleish was appointed?

    AV have always been a quality outfit, this bloke is not up to par.

  25. Rasp says:

    Fair comment Frank. RvP does have a bit of edge to his game as did Bergkamp before him, but the reaction from McLeish and the media in general is totally out of proportion to the incident which was one of probably dozens over the weekend that drew no attention whatsoever.

    If I were a Villa supporter, I would not be happy to have McLeish as manager. Not only because he wasn’t great for your rivals and showed a distinct lack of class and loyalty in the way he swapped camps, but also because he’s not a very nice bloke or a talented manager you could be proud of.

  26. chas says:

    Personally, I think Robin would have faced a ban if the referee hadn’t seen it during the game and decided it wasn’t worthy of punishment.

  27. dave_Villian says:

    Chas – that is a good point… to be honest I wish a few more of our players would show the same fight!!

    So no chance of you lending us RVP for the rest of the season then :) lol

  28. chas says:

    I keep laughing at ‘ginger sack of monkey sp*nk’.
    That is worthy of being in the post, BristolVillan. :)

  29. Rocky,

    great piece there mate..and credit must be given for the pics..
    funny stuff..

    i dislike the idea of abolishing post match interviews..that is where a manager earns his money as well, in representing the club as a whole

  30. Big Raddy says:

    Eisfeld. Why? Even allowing for AA, TR and Bennie moving on we have enough quality MF’s in JW, AR, Song, O-C, Ro, Le Coq, Frimpong, Lansbury, Diaby etc.

    Hope it is just rumor or I will have to pay JailHouse ….

  31. Brigham says:

    One thing I could not help but notice on Sunday was the actions of the stewards when Villa scored both of their goals. They all stood up and faced the crowd as if expecting some sort of riot. Where I am sat (Block 01 Row 13 and behind the home bench) there were far more of them than usual, all looking menacingly at the crowd, almost daring us to shout abuse at Wenger. I can only assume they were told to do this following the Manchester United debarcle and abuse the week before?

    Bumped into Gerard Houllier with David Dein outside the ground pre match and it is good to see him (Gerard) looking a lot better following his heart problems. I wished him well. :-)

  32. Radders, I get the impression Eisfeld(a story I broke over here first yesterday, he said tooting his own trumpet :) ) is just a youth team prospect and not likely to be anywhere near the first team this season.

  33. Big Raddy says:

    Chary. AT 19 y.o. he is older than O-C and JW !

  34. kelsey says:

    avilla1 (Aston Villa): I can’t stand McLeish. He comes out and moans about Van Persie elbowing Cuellar. I wouldn’t mind him saying it if he stopped coming out with excuse after excuse for us losing (short on experience?! what Petrov, Bent, Dunne, Given, yeh no experience at all there). Moaning and moaning about Van Persie’s elbow annoys me because he seems to ignore the 3 goals we had condeded beforehand. Maybe talking more about how rubbish Hutton is and why you insist on playing him and stop trying to ruin my fantasy football team by getting Van Persie suspended!!

  35. villaian says:

    I’m a villa fan and agree with what you’ve said. Even us Villans are embarrassed by what he said and to be honest we just wish he would leave Villa Park for good and take half the players with him!! McLoser is an idiot!!

  36. chas says:

    I think Eisfeld and Toral are replacing players Arsenal thought might have a big impact but who’ve now been sold like JET, Randall and Deacon.

  37. True Radders, but he lost over a year to an anterior cruciate ligament injury so has less experince than those of a similar age.
    You know our manager loves buying cut price crocks..(only kidding!)

  38. kelsey,

    what’s your ranking? ;-)

  39. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Morning all,
    I dont feel that well, my throat feels like I`ve swallowed razor blades, so It`s good to get amongst my Arsenal family !.
    A fine post Rocky. I cant stand that PitBull off the Mcleish, he`s definately got one of those “face on fire put out with a shovel” face`s, cad.
    I love those ,Harry 2 year old writing`s chas put`s up, Harry sets himself up lovely everytime !.
    I know It`s late, but I would just like to give my summary on what happened on Sunday.
    It was Dunne, It was Bent, a semi looked a long way off, the tackle was late but hard after going down, he climbed up, he had It in his hand, he was (Th)Robin with excitement as he looked at the spot, It was inviting, It was going to be “Given the bitch” a hard one, he thrusted It deep In with penetrating power, the eruption of joy from coming from behind , yes, yes yes.
    Games like that , as good as sex ?, No wonder Terry couldn`t keep his telescope steady ! :)

  40. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great post Rocky.

    I have to say, that i actully admire Alex Mcleish. I used to like him as a player at Aberdeen were he formed a formidable partnership with that fella with the tash in center defence. He was a major reason why the Celtic, Rangers stranglehold was broken. The things he has come out with after the match are no big deal, all managers gripe about something or the other.

    I dont like the mans face though, apart from been an ugly git, he has the stare of a guy who is scanning your clothing in case you unexpectedly snuff it. You would be left butt stark naked within seconds with him around.

  41. chas says:

    I saw this yesterday when the rumour about Eisfeld started. It suggests he was out for 5 months if you look at the dates. Not sure how it was changed to a year.

  42. chas says:

    Wow, you cuckoos are in sync!

  43. chas says:

    glic,
    I’m not surprised you’re feeling a little poorly.
    What is a surprise is you haven’t lost any appendages to frostbite!

  44. Rasp says:

    Some great comments on here today from Villa fans – they have shown a lot more class than their manager. I hope they get their wish and replace the incumbent with a manager more deserving of their support.

  45. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I know chas, I forgot that London has a differant climate to Sub-tropical cornwall and should have dressed accordingly ! :lol:

  46. Rasp says:

    Hi glic, blame ol skinny legs and his nicotine addiction for making you stand outside the pub in the cold – but then he made up for it with his one man sonic boom :P

  47. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Agree there Terry, and you`ld also be covered in skinny leg`s avatar ! :)
    rasp,
    Is It a bird, Is It a plane, no It`s Sonicboom man! :)

  48. Adam says:

    If you spout the sort of tosh that McLeish does to try and deflect attention from the fact that you lost and everyone knows that is what you are trying to do, yet you still try to do it, then surely that makes you a complete idiot doesn’t it? Let us not also forget that he was the architect of the Eduardo maiming by sending his players out to”get in their faces” and then tried to claim the Taylor “wasn’t that sort of player” despite overwhelming evidence in the shape of poor Eduardo’s almost severed foot, that he was precisely ” that sort of player”. Villa certainly deserve better and so does English football.

  49. allezkev says:

    @YoungGunsBlogJamie Sanderson

    Thomas Eisfeld’s move to Arsenal a done deal. He passed medical and will train with the first-team this morning

  50. Chris says:

    “watching the ball all the way” you obviously didn’t see the sly look before the elbow – suffering from wengers eyesight problem!! But agree about McLeish everyone is to blame apart from him – but it’s ok he had a reference from Ferguson….

  51. Adam – that’s why I call McLeish star of “Bacon FaceTrek,the next generation” – he is nothing but an acolyte of Fergie Scum, who found the way to stop the invincibles was to kick them off the park, the prime example being Reyes and his treatment of being rotationally fouled by the Neville (Ugly) sisters.

    It’s no wonder the Govan Gouger told Mcleish to fire up his players on that fateful day Eddy was maimed for life.

    Chris – if you, as a forward, had been clattered into repeatedly by a lumpen centre back while you followed the line of a goal kick of course you’re going to look out for where the next knee in the back is going to come from, otherwise why not just let the ball go and not bother fighting for possession ?

  52. chas says:

    allezkev,
    ‘Training with the first team’ is a bit of a surprise.

  53. allezkev says:

    Well JS seems to have some inside info Chas.

    From what he was saying yesterday [JS], Eisfeld was training with them then!
    6 goals in 12 games [ Bundesliga i assume ] is a good return.

  54. Allezkev – that’s games for the BD reserves.

  55. Chris says:

    @Big Raddy – think Mcleish was appointed to deflect from the owner no investing in the team anymore. Randy and co obviously think the fans will get on Mcleish back more than theirs.

    Although i dont like him i feel a bit sorry for him, as he has been stiched up by the owner – he knew he would get stick so if they believe he is the right man then they should back him with a decent amount of money. although i woudn’t want this to happen i wouldn’t trust him with £20 let alone £10-20 mill, the thought of a zigic, jerome etc would be horrendous!

  56. allezkev says:

    From Jamie Sanderson:

    Young Gun: Eisfeld has yet to feature for Dortmund’s first team but has done enough to impress Arsenal (Photo: PA)..

    Eisfeld, who is out-of-contract at Dortmund in the summer, was in London yesterday for talks along with his agent Reza Fazeli, and even took part in the morning training session, as Arsene Wenger put the prospect through his paces.

    The 19-year-old is set to sign a long-term deal with Arsenal, after he completes a thorough medical, due to concerns over his poor injury record, and previous damage to his cruciate knee ligaments.

    However, the Gunners are hopeful of wrapping up the formalities in time for Eisfeld to be eligible to make his debut for the club on Wednesday, when Arsenal’s second string take on their Swansea City counterparts in a reserve team fixture.

    Eisfeld moves to North London after coming through the Dortmund Academy, where he is highly rated, and currently sits as the Under-19 team’s leading scorer, with six goals in 12 matches.

    He is yet to feature for the Dortmund first-team, but the club had been hoping to renew his contract this month, before Arsenal pounced and agreed a £400,000 compensation deal over the weekend.

    An agile, creative and attacking central play-maker, Eisfeld can also play as a striker or on the wings, and will look to hone his talents by starting life in Arsenal’s reserve ranks, while training full time with the first-team.

  57. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    chary,
    After what me and Terry have said about him, I think you should change It to, ” Bacon FaceTrek, the next Penetration ” ! :)

  58. allezkev says:

    Chary, still pretty good, what kinda level is the German reserve league?
    As good or better than ours?

  59. Chris says:

    chary – agreed, but take a look at the link posted by davidbarr1980@gmail.com from dailymotion, looks blatant! Balotelli wouldn’t have got away with that!

    Although none of this disguises the fact that a 2-0 the game should have been killed off but Mcleish is a joke – any chance you need Hutton as a back up RB? sorry meant useless RB.

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Chris. Makes much sense ….

    BTW. My Niece’s ex-boyfriend’s mother’-in laws friend works in the offices at Shite Hole Lane. Apparently they will announce the signings of Kaka, Hazard, and Iniesta within the hour. There are paperwork difficulties with Messi but should he pass the medical he will join by midnight.

    And Mourinho will arrive once the Wheeler Dealer is residing at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

    They have also a bid on the table for Szczesny but the Pole told them to “Eff Off”.

  61. Razza says:

    As a neutral I have to say that I believe that RVP’s elbow was a deliberate action intended to ward off the defender, there is no other reason for holding your arm in this position when jumping for the ball…..normal balance requires your arms to be in a higher position when making this manoeuver…he is a very lucky man…..again !!

  62. Big Raddy says:

    Sounds like a poor man’s Gotze …… BD statement: “you can’t have the Golden Boy but we have a decent prospect in the reserves and while you have some money available ….. “

  63. if the tofees pick up jelavic from rangers that will be the best bit of business in this window..id swap him for park any day of the year

  64. Allezkev – not sure really about the comparative standards to be honest. I’d say not much lower than ours.
    Chris – the trouble is if you go back on debatable elbows like that then what about eye gouges(Crouch on Olsson) that are not punished ? Shearer made a career out of that kind of jostling and most forwards will not survice if they are shrinking violets.

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    Nice one Rocky :) Love the name-calling – you are a very creative writer!

    Face to elbow, all day long. As a striker with your back towards the goal you need to protect your back. Having your elbows close to your back makes you stronger and less prone to injury. Why should he allow defender to barge into him?

    Luckily, we had a good ref for once.

  66. avfcgoodie says:

    Another Villa fan, McLesih comments are rich and laughable, the man speaks for no Villa fan I know. Were a good bunch he is a scummer. Never be accepted down the Villa. ECK OUT!

  67. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Rocky,
    Some absolute gems in a cracking read. Brilliant.

  68. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Raddy,
    What the hell is an Eisfeld? Sounds like a Bavarian Mountain to me.
    Anyhow, the way things are looking, I’ll be down the docks first thing tomorrow with me clotted cream as the first ship sails at 5am :-(

  69. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    I do not like the sound of Tevez Carroll swap.

  70. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Sorry Raddy,
    Hope everything was ok in Brighton.

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    Micky, Eisfeld is German for ice-field – an early sign he could be the new Iceman? :lol:

  72. hey Total,

    that would be a dream..but the day Van Persie re-signs with us would be like winning the lottery..alot of bulshit starting to arise in the gossip collums of him being linked with Farca.

  73. ayoola ismail says:

    Let him go to hell

  74. goonermichael says:

    Great post. I can’t stand him. The comments from bristol valla fan and Terry both almost made me urinate in my pants. Raddy I hope it went as well as it could at the weekend. Good to have you back.
    Personally I thought Robin was going to get banned. alan brazil is a patheitic excuse for a radio presenter. Even collymoron is better than him.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Jailhouse- things went very well thank you.

    I would prefer to be in the P.O tomorrow…

  76. Chris says:

    chary – the worst thing for me is the fact that the referee says that he saw it and did nothing which is why the fa can’t do anything retrospectively. I think referees have proved that they are pretty useless, nearly as useless as “assistant” referees! The time for trechnology in football has definately arrived.

    If i was an arsenal fan i would be defending RVP but surely you can’t deny that if this was the other way round you wouldn’t have a problem.

    Shearer was a brute and shouldn’t have been allowed to get away with half the things he did. i remember him booting Ehiogu in the face and got nothing for it and Ehiogu got a fractured eye socket or cheek.

    Anyway McLeish is a MUPPET and should take responsiblity for results which so far this season he is unwilling to do, blaming everyone but himelf – i could do that for less than half the money he is on – but i’d probably get better results!

  77. TotalArsenal says:

    RurP, if we win the FA/CL cup this season, I think he will sign a new contract. If not, it all comes down to Robin’s believe whether we can win something soon or not. I don’t think money will be the biggest issue for him, but he is likely to be worried about finishing his career without any trophies to show for it. Like you, I would love him to sign asafp!

  78. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Sorry lads, off piste that one. Purely selfish reasons.

  79. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Bugger me. Quick, someone at mission control, can you take down my clip. Didn’t realise its a collection and goes on for three days. Oooops.

  80. TotalArsenal says:

    Chris, fair enough re the RvP incident. I went to Villa-Arsenal a couple of years ago and was very impressed with your stadium – a proper football ground with a feeling of history about it. Who would you like to be your manager, realistically?

  81. Gooner in Exile says:

    I don’t get how looking over your shoulder to see where the opponent is is a sly look before delivering an elbow. He would have to be looking a split second before to judge it right or predict the future perfectly. Cuellar went down but neither he or any other Villa players were raging at the ref for action.

    For me you can tell by fellow professionals reactions just how bad a challenge was, they are the ones when players can’t keep the disgust from their face (Sol Campbell reaction to Shawcross amputating Rambos shin), and the ones where the players are trying to get a favourable decision (Rooney after Kompanys ill judged lunge).

    Lovely piece Rocky, if Villainswere giving this abuse to anyone but McLeish I would probably have some sympathy for the manager, but as its him I’ll just sit and enjoy it.

  82. Arsedave says:

    Bristol Villan, A bit harsh on your manager, after all the Villa board knew exactly what they were getting. The Glasgow Rangers fans up here in Glasgow love Alex McLeish and thought he did a wonderful job with Rangers and Scotland, they do agree though that he is a cautious manager.

    Brigham, you are a true gentleman.

  83. Jail House Rock says:

    Jest so’n you all know. I am kissin cousins with Rock E Lives, and he sure do write some good shit!

    In my case, I’m sure nuff the baaad ass hombre of the Rock family, an let me tell yew, I don’t take kindly to Skinny Legs Malone passin hisself off as one of my kin.

    He ain’t no Jail House Legs — that right there be my ol grandaddy’s brother. So shake it up pronto man or I will git Hairy TerryMankini to wring your skinny pink panther neck – or give you a seein to with that there teleescope offen his!!

    BTW, how’s ma boy Razor Throat Glic? Are yer wobbly bits still shakin?

  84. talk of Ryo going to bolton this afternoon..expected to be announced by late afternoon..

    also the russian transfer deadline closes feb24th, still plenty of time for someone to come in with a sneaky bid for AA23

  85. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    How you doing Redders hahaha.

    Has any one else noticed how Mcleish always bites his lip when talking, in anticipation of someone snuffing it? I swear he spends his life eyeing every one up for potential collapse so he can move in.

  86. Jail House Rock says:

    TerryM, :-)

    What is this morbid fascination you have with dead men’s clothes?

    I blame Glic for this Cornwall fashion calamity – if I were you I would draw the line at wearing pigs tail ear warmers, but it’s up to you!! :-)

  87. LB says:

    Hi Folks

    I haven’t seen the supposed elbow but can someone tell me what the score was when the incident happened?

  88. Rasp says:

    Hi LB, it was already 3:2. The link posted @ 9:54 slows the time

  89. Sticky Dog Bradley says:

    Hi Jail House Rock ,are you Jailhouse Legs Malone and RockyLives illegitimate son ?. I did notice that the Lives part of RockyLives is an anagram of Elvis, Elvis Lives, where have I heard that before ?.
    “I`m all shook up” , so I`m still ashakin !. :)

  90. Rasp says:

    ….. and Dunne should already have been off the pitch with a red (2 yellows) at that time

  91. kelsey says:

    robbin,

    What do you mean “what’s your ranking”

  92. Jail House Rock says:

    Sticky Dog, ain’t you on a Wanted Poster in Deadwood?

    I already told yuh, he ain’t Jail House Legs – he is a no account varmint called Skinny Legs Malone.

    Iffen you keep buggin me the next hoss you try to ride might be Lonely Boy Terrykins, aka the Telescope Kid, and he will plug you right there and then with one of them there world famous rancid Cornish pasties!

  93. kelsey,

    in regards to your comment earlier..had RVP been suspended it would have seriously damaged my fantasy team as well..

    i was laughing at that, n id thought id ask what your ranking was in fantasy?

  94. chrisb says:

    AS a Villa fan I am no fan of Mccleish, but excuses are part of the game. Dont take it so personally. I am sure had RVP been on the receiving end and Cuellar had remained on the pitch and Villa had won you gooners would be screaming blue murder. Lets face it you have form. On the subject of making noise how about practicing cheering for your team at football matches? Hopefully you over sensitive Mods will leave this on

  95. kelsey says:

    robbin,

    sorry still don’t get it.I haven’t made an earlier comment.

  96. kelsey says:

    chrisb,

    not many mods on here. it just amounts to sour grapes by your manager. All managers hate losing, yours just made a pillick of himself.most of your own fans agree .

  97. kelsey,

    @ 10.17am…yes you did…forget about it mate…

  98. Rasp says:

    rURp, kelsey cut and pasted a comment form a Villa fan @ 10:17 – I think that’s where the confusion lies

  99. Chris – fair enough, perhaps we(Gooners) would see it differently had things been reversed, although we tend to expect not to get retrospective action taken against opposition players who attack our players, e.g. Bowyers stamp on Sagna last season.

    BTW, what’s all this legs based nick name stuff – is this to compete with Peachy’s legs ?

  100. Chris says:

    TotalArsenal – I can’t think of anyone that would want the job or anyone i would want that would be realistic unless there is a takeover or Randy falls back in love with us.

    Maybe its the time for us to get a younger manager who can try to build something, Adkins, Poyet??.

    From the outside it looks as though Lerner might be gearing up to sell and I think that would be our only opportunity to bring in a big time manager as they would want big time money to spend!

  101. thanks Raspers.. my bad…its getting late in oz n the deadline has done my head in..

    Kelsey,
    Sorry mate, wasnt following..Rasp has explained to my dumb ass the confusion!!

  102. Sticky Dog Bradley says:

    chary,
    The “legs stuff” is @chas jan`28th,8:31am. Have a look, then give us your new name ! :)

  103. chas says:

    chrisb,
    Your own fans were really poor at home against us in the league.
    Fair enough they did warm up in the second half after you came out in the second half and equalised.
    I’m sensing a pattern here. :)

  104. Eeek, anyone else having trouble viewing the comments section of the blog? Mine is all out of alignment……. weird

  105. Sticky dog – cheers, I’ll check that out later

    Peachy – yes, after Raspers comment of 1.27 everything is in a smaller font and no longer lined up. I think WordPress must be going wobbly.

  106. Sticky Dog Bradley says:

    Chas, Brilliant, how do you do It ?. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaha!

    Yeah, mines gone funny aswell, comments are in alternative red and white !

  107. chas says:

    Mine’s weird too, Peaches. It’s alternate red and white and you can’t read the comments on the red bits.

    glic,
    copy the link and then type over the name.

  108. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Terry,
    I thought you were better than that ! :lol:

  109. arrrghhhh,
    wots going on??
    anyone else need glasses??

  110. Sticky dog – I’ve tried it and I come out as Blind Davis – doesn’t work so well for me as I don’t have a middle name. :(

    Funny to see the N17 Looters got their bid for Loic Remy rejected. :)

  111. goonermichael says:

    Mark Grant @markshark10
    Reply RetweetedRetweet
    Delete
    FavoritedFavorite · Close Open Details Good stuff“@YoungGunsBlog: Ryo Miyaichi’s loan move to #BWFC all but done. Just formalities left to complete. Good move for all parties.

    It’s all gone red and white

  112. anzhi in talks for AA23

  113. TotalArsenal says:

    Chris@1.34, I understand your dilemma. Feels like, I am sorry to say, you are going to be stuck with McLeish for a while. Hope he does not do a ‘Birmingham’ with your team!

  114. oz gunner says:

    afternoon all,

    fulham apparently inquired about taking park on loan for 6-months.
    Quickly turned down as you’d expect

  115. Gooner in Exile says:

    All fonts smaller, but are a bit nicer to read.

  116. Apologies to all those of you who are experiencing a red and white screen. I am trying to solve the problem but with no success so far. If anyone has a suggestion, please speak up!

  117. oz gunner says:

    thanks for the post Rocky, love your style of writing and humour

  118. chas says:

    peaches,
    Rasp didn’t put any html code in his 1.27pm comment, did he?

  119. oz gunner says:

    thank goodness peaches,i thought it was just my computer. The red is hard to read for my eyes let alone the ‘experienced’ individuals, like dandanite and G5 haha

  120. chas says:

    Testing BOLD!

  121. Big Raddy says:

    Just removed Rasp’s 1.27 and it looks as if the site is back to normal.

    Can anyone confirm?

  122. chas says:

    Home at last. :)

  123. You’re a genius chas, I’ve edited Rasp’s comment and as if by magic, we’re back to normal.

    Unfortunately I also went through and removed most of the links from comments so it may not make much sense to anyone reading back.

  124. chas says:

    Pleasure to be of any service, though looked at though BR had it under control. :)

  125. TotalArsenal says:

    Rasp the rascal – well done Peachy! :)

  126. Rasp says:

    Hi Raddy, thanks for your help, my bad :oops:

    Hope everything went well for you on Friday, my best wishes to all the family.

  127. oz gunner says:

    fulham are firing on all cylinders at the moment. Advanced talks with BD for their striker Barrios, and stuttgart striker Pogrebnyak. While zamora is likely to be heading off to QPR for 5mill.

    Damn skinny legs i wish we were that active!

  128. oz gunner says:

    official ryo is 100% out on loan. I hope he develops like jack did

  129. Back to normal for me too Peachy, strange the Rasper putting a bug in the system – what a hooligan !

  130. allezkev says:

    @YoungGunsBlogJamie Sanderson

    Arsenal confirm Ryo Miyaichi has joined #BWFC on loan until the end of the season. Ryo not eligible to face #AFC on Wednesday.

  131. Big Raddy says:

    Could Kelsey be right about Dempsey? I hope so.

  132. oz gunner says:

    From goal:

    “Following in the footsteps of Manchester United’s Paul Scholes, Fernando Torres announces that he is coming out of retirement to play for Chelsea”

    haha

  133. oz gunner says:

    i hope thomas eisfeld isn’t another bischoff

  134. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Let’s nip in with a sneaky bid to pinch Remy off the Spuds. Woha

  135. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Please don’t tell me we are still signing the wrong 19 yr old from Dortmund :-(

  136. Rasp says:

    I don’t want you all counting and posting silly comments :lol: but the 36th comment after this one will be our 100,000th

  137. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    38

  138. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Oz :-)
    41

  139. oz gunner says:

    we did malone, the wrong rising star at BR (and there is a few of them), here is hoping he turns into the next cesc (massive profit/star player)

  140. oz gunner says:

    i’ll run that buy the accounts TA to double check that, it looks fishy!

  141. Rasp says:

    25 to go now – you lot are so juvenile :lol:

  142. TotalArsenal says:

    TH + DB + LD + RvP = 36

  143. oz gunner says:

    Malone that trophy is mine haha

    Bugger the scum remy is ours!

  144. oz gunner says:

    multiple pages…

  145. TotalArsenal says:

    Rasp, what is the price for being the owner of the 100000th comment on AA?

  146. oz gunner says:

    make it easier…

  147. You know what’ll happen don’t you? That 26may who’s been in hiding for I don’t know how long will probably pop in and he’ll be the one ;)

  148. oz gunner says:

    from wordpress:

    “you are writing comments to fast.slow down’ haha

  149. Big Raddy says:

    Very interesting Graham Rix interview with Graham Rix on Talksport (for those oldun’s).

    Talks at length about the MU Cup Final

  150. oz gunner says:

    to comment faster

  151. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    We know Rasp. We work damn hard at it as well.

  152. oz gunner says:

    peaches im expecting GLIC or RA to come out of hiding and win it also

  153. TotalArsenal says:

    Yeah where is 26? Time to resurface!

  154. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Raddy,
    Stop being so bloody mature and posting sensible things. We know your game. Rumbled.

  155. Rasp says:

    The lucky poster who records the 100,000th comment get the honour of buying peaches and I Peronis up until the next time Arsenal win the EPL

  156. oz gunner says:

    Dear Rasp and Peaches

  157. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    And you lot, stop counting!

  158. Rasp says:

    9 to go ……

  159. oz gunner says:

    its with great pleasure that i accept this great honour (1,000,000th comment)

  160. oz gunner says:

    it’s a hell of a blog

  161. TotalArsenal says:

    No time for losers..

  162. oz gunner says:

    the best in fact

  163. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Pause..pause…pause…
    100,000!!!!

  164. TotalArsenal says:

    Cause I am the champion of…..

  165. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    bugger

  166. oz gunner says:

    damn you word press i wont slow down

  167. What, I’ve missed the 100,000th ? I demand a recount !

  168. oz gunner says:

    is this the 1,000,000?

  169. Rasp says:

    And the winner is………….

  170. oz gunner says:

    who was it rasp?

  171. Crikey, you lot are so peurile.

  172. Rasp says:

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. chary :P

  173. oz gunner says:

    damn you chary!!!!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  174. Rasp says:

    Congratulations chary,

    Can we have your acceptance speech now

  175. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Its a fix!
    Chary, how many Peroni’s did that set you back, you absolute toad!

  176. Yay, I win….I’d like to thank my parents, my friends and anyone and everyone who knows me(or doesn’t know me)…starts crying in Kate Winslett style Oscar acceptance speech fashion. :)

  177. chas says:

    This is for you, chary

  178. chas says:

    whoops wrong one,

  179. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Oh God, he’s gone off to pen one :-)
    Chary Who, I say.

  180. oz gunner says:

    hold the celebrations. 26 i’m suing wordpress for slowing me down and stopping me from receiving such a prestigious honour! I need your held! Trophy will be delivered upon completion of the impending trial!

    Oz gunner vs WordPress

  181. TotalArsenal says:

    Well done Chary. You are the champ!!

  182. chas says:

    You’ve got them most comments though, Jailhouse.

  183. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Whats going on? The screen seems normal to me.

    Cornwall, what is it ive supposed to have done?. Anway my defence is:

    1) My Accountant handles all my financial affairs.
    2) I read and write like a 2 year old, so ime inocent me Lord.
    3) Ime just a poor cockney, so all the knobs are after me
    4) My dogs name is “Clive Mutley Allen”, so ime innocent Guv….honest
    5) ive never heard of Swissland, never mind placing dosh there. Go on me lud, let me off, i never dun it Guv honest, go on your worship let me off and i will sort you ou…..err, i mean ime innocent your lordshipness.

  184. More likely how many peronis WILL it set me back on Saturday Mdi89 !

    I think the winning comment was this masterly one: “6 ?”

    It’s the way I tell ‘em. ;)

  185. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Its the Landlord at The Tavern you ought to be thanking I reckon.

  186. Thanks TotalA and Chas for the 2nd video – the first one doesn’t quite look my style.

    I’ll tip the landlord on Saturday MDi89 – will we be seeing your good self there ?

  187. Wow, 100,000 comments, well done everybody and thank you for popping in every day, we couldn’t have done it without all of you xx

  188. goonermichael says:

    I’ve just finished my NVQ. She’s giving me a distinction.

  189. Rasp says:

    You’re al going to cry ‘cheat’ but the funny thing is that when the screen went all red, I took out some comments so changing the sequence…… I’m not going to tell who would nhave won :roll:

    The official adjudicators have reviewed the result, there has been a steward’s enquiry and I can now confirm that charybdis1966 is indeed the winner… (pay me later chary, used notes if you don’t mind)

  190. oz gunner says:

    Peaches it is you and Rasp that deserve the thank you. Thank you both for making this great arsenal blog. Without you we would be resigned to a world of blogging that involves stupid, whinging, and petulant fans. Instead we all have a site with not only great arsenal fans, but great people

  191. Rasp says:

    chas…. how do you do that?

  192. oz gunner says:

    Rasp are you sure your not ‘Arry in disguise? Or are you going to shift the blame to Peaches haha.

    @ GM

    congratulations on the distinction!

  193. oz gunner says:

    on the right hand side of the page Rasp.

    that is hilarious chas, not nearly as lame as making yourself as a striker for arsenal in Fifa12!

  194. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Chary,
    You come mincing on here at 9:38am. Oh you had to be first didn’t you. Then you hang around all day like a trophy hunting plastic. Its all me, me, me with your sort isn’t it?

  195. chas says:

    Rasp, either type over the link or use the update box on the right hand side of the screen.

    http://www.skybet.com/cms/breaking-transfer-news.shtm?name=Gareth+Bale

  196. I’ll have some John Terry style brown paper envelopes(as used for paying training ground tour “fees” with) for you Raspers on Saturday.

    Just out of interest which comment was it ?

  197. oz gunner says:

    chary wasn’t it:

    “jeff bin in?”

  198. oz gunner says:

    @ Malone 4.10

    hahaha

  199. Rasp says:

    chary, it was @ 3:47

    You could have come up with something more inspired like…

    …..”One small step for chary, one giant leap for AA” :?

  200. Jail House Rock says:

    Well, Rasp told me I was the 50,000th, and he did not even send me a card!! So whoever was 100,000th won’t get two cards!! :roll:

  201. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Chas,
    That’s brilliant :-)

  202. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Chas, hahahahahahahaha. Your internet and video skills know no bounds. My first task is to nobble Messi so when we play them in this years final it will be a touch easier.

    GM, congrats on the NVQ mate.

  203. oz gunner says:

    @ Rasp

    The comments around charys were far from inspiring. Malones ‘Pause..pause…pause…100,000!!!!’ was probably the best.

    Jailhouse Legs Malone says:
    January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    Pause..pause…pause…
    100,000!!!!

    TotalArsenal says:
    January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    Cause I am the champion of…..

    charybdis1966 says:
    January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    Jeff bin in ?

    oz gunner says:
    January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    i win!

    Jailhouse Legs Malone says:
    January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    bugger

    TotalArsenal says:
    January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    AA

  204. Mdi89 – yes, I’m a blog whore in that way, lol.

    OzG – actually that is a classic quote from Private Eye – it used to be in their comic strip “Street of shame” which takes the piss out of fleet street hacks.
    A fortunate choice of catch phrase for the 100,000th AA comment given my hatred of hacks.

  205. chas says:

    Terry,
    here’s Clive Mutley Allen and Rosie Bond. :)
    http://twitpic.com/8e0l44/full

  206. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    GM,
    Sounds like you’ve been trophy hunting as well. However, Mr Distinction, at least you had to work for yours, so congratulations.
    Unlike that cheating, bribing low life :-)

  207. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahhahahahaha, brilliant Chas.

  208. oz gunner says:

    @ Chary

    i stand corrected, very fitting comment from you then.

    @ TMHT

    not good enough, you’ve sold out the AA’ers for trophies at Barcelona. Our most optimistic fan has joined Cesc and sold his soul!

  209. Jail House Rock says:

    Well done, GM. :-)

    What was your NVQ in? Cussin and cant-ing by any chance? :-)

  210. Nick says:

    Typical.

    When was the last time Arsenal benefited from so many correct calls? It’s hard for me to remember because we are always on the shit end of penalty calls. Swansea sure benefited from a bogus penalty.

    The “elbow” if you could even call it that is the most laughable post-incident whining I’ve heard in a long time. At no time (in real-time or slowed on replay) does it look like RVP moves his arm in an unnatural motion with intent to elbow anyone. Sour grapes buddy.

    Things tend to balance out by the end of the season for most teams through “make-up calls” that upon review the refs realize the totally bottled it. But there are a few teams who always benefit more than they are penalized, Man U can usually expect to win at least 5 games just on their berating the ref to call things their way. Arsenal I don’t think ever win because of a refs decision.

  211. oz gunner says:

    @ Chas

    http://twitpic.com/8dw6k7

    did you do that? because that is brilliant!

  212. Jail House Rock says:

    Before you go to Barca, TerryM, don’t forget I want you to pay a visit to Jailhouse Skinny Broken Legs Malone!! You know what to do! :-)

  213. chas says:

    Nah, oz. Not me.
    I just passed it on from elsewhere.

  214. chas says:

    Congrats, GM.
    I missed your comment amidst all the 100,000th hullabaloo.

  215. Rasp says:

    Very funny pic chas, but as photoshop jobs go, a bit crude. You only have to look as far as today’s post to see a proper piece of phototrickery :roll:

  216. kelsey says:

    I had a bet that it would be an accountant, but the odds were short.

    BR,
    Clint Dempsey. I know something given to me last night on Skype, I told dandan earlier but I do not want to spread rumours.You would be quite surprised.

  217. kelsey says:

    I like our judical system.Harry in the dock making up stories and they allow him to leave early so he can go to the lane.

  218. Jail House Rock says:

    Kelsey,

    What is the point of a rumour if you don’t spread it like butter! :-)

  219. chas says:

    Definitely, Rasp. I still use microsoft Paint!
    How about this?
    http://twitpic.com/8e0s4c/full

  220. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Sorry oz, hahahahaha. Just couldnt turn down all that lovely mon…er… i mean the chance to play in such a great team.

  221. Rasp says:

    I regret to inform you that there was a miscount in the 100,000 stakes..

    We are still 20 comments short. We will therefore continue until Red Arse wins.

    Sorry, but thems the rules!!

  222. kelsey says:

    it’s not a rumour.OK, as some of you know my son is good friends with Clint.They met last night for a drink. All I know is that for the second time Arsenal have made a bid but I don’t know how much for. Dempsey is not money motivated and is on 28K a week and happy at Fulham . From what I gather he is not bothered one way or another but his wife(Dempsey) makes all the decisions.

  223. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Great ,It`s all sorted !
    Terryscope, now you know why I questioned your loyalty, you and your best buddy Pique , It`s all right you can leave me alone with Shakira whilst you train !. :)

  224. kelsey says:

    I give up give it to red arse unless he is having tea at Caprice ;)

  225. Oh well, only a champion temporarily :(

    Still it was fun while it lasted.

  226. Red Arse says:

    Rumors of my tea with Caprice at Caprice is totally capricious, Kelsey!

    But perhaps one day we can enjoy a light repast there!! :-)

  227. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Is that who Pique is seeing Cornwall? jammy sod if he is.

  228. kelsey says:

    Ah another one who has been hiding. Fine, are you paying :)

  229. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Rasp,

    That Jeff Bin bloke sounds like a right laugh.

  230. Jail House Rock says:

    CharyB,

    You are still the Champ, Chary, that other duplicitous, phoney non-Rasp is a two timing, low down, lying, slimy toad of ……. a toady thing. :-)

  231. Thanks JHR – we all know who the real winner is.

  232. Rasp says:

    Aherrrm,

    We have an imposter in our midst again :evil: be assured the original result stands :(

  233. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    chas,
    I just showed that Bale clip to glic jnr, the air turned blue, ****ing £83M for ****ing Bale and we only got ****ing £&$M for Cesc !…. Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep :)

  234. Argghh, I didn’t look at the imposter Rasp’s avatar – dohh !!!!

    Well that’s tickety boo then ! :)

  235. Jail House Rock says:

    You sort him out Rasp!

    He’s a no account, conniving CharyB usurping renegade. And while you are at it — debag that award winning pastie eater, Glic!

  236. oz gunner says:

    haha GLIC, good response from Jnr.

    cheers for the info kelsey. He sure knows how to score a goal, he’d be a welcome addition.

  237. chas says:

    glic :)

  238. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Yes Terry, apparrantly he shares her with all his new best bubbies, Shakira,Shakira. Oooh Terry put It away !

  239. Good link to the “Jeff bin in” background, I thought the comic strip was “Street of shame” but it was actually “The Regulars”.

    The tag line to “Street of shame” was a picture of a fat, drunk middle aged man lying in the gutter with the heading “New technology baffles pissed old hack” – an image that springs to mind whenever I think of journalists.

  240. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    bubbies = buddies :oops:

  241. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Well, when i get over there he will have to get used to sharing with the bubble, hahahahaha

  242. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Redders,
    Talking of Pasties, the absolute best I`ve had Is In Okehampton ( that will make It a Devon Pasty ) and It was a Beef Curry Pasty, the chap marinate`s the beef over night ,mmmmm delicious !.

  243. Gooner in Exile says:

    Fitting that 100000th comment should come on a RockyLives post day.

    “And he’s by far the greatest blogger the world has ever seen,
    It’s RockyLives, RockyLives at AA by far the greatest blogger the World has ever seen”

    Congrats to the founding members for giving us this site to play in, I know it takes a lot of work to keep it up and running and also rousing us bunch of miscreants to author posts for you.

    But it’s great that we all have a platform on which to air our views whether by blogging, commenting, or posting amusing images/videos.

  244. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Terry,
    As In “bubble and squeek” ? :lol:
    Shakira will be putty In your hands with them Greek Demi-God looks !. :)

  245. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cornwall, if not, i will bribe Pique with 200 Drachmas, 1 goat and 2 chickens. Thats got to be a fair deal init ? hahahaha

  246. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Terry,
    I expect to be invited around to taste the delights of Shakira, whilst Pigue Is out playing tippy ,tappy . I meet some of the criteria , my name Is of Greek origins and my Niece and Nephew are Half Greek and my favourite film as a boy was Jason and the Argonauts , sorted !. :)

  247. kelsey says:

    This fulham business won’t go away.They want Park on loan but we rejected, most probably because they don’t want to sell Dempsey,regardless.
    There’s a lot of politics going on.

  248. chas says:

    FA Cup 5th rd. ITV showing Sunderland/Middlesbrough v Arsenal on Feb 18 at 5.15pm

    11 Sat A Sunderland 15:00
    18/19 A Sunderland/Middlesbrough 17:15

    Sunderland away two Saturdays on the bounce?

  249. Red Arse says:

    Glic,

    What is all this ‘I am a Greek God’ stuff?
    Shakira is Colombian, I think. Told me she cannot stand Greek Gods! Otherwise it would be over to Adonis himself, Mr Terryadkins! :-)

  250. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    kelsey,
    We`ll probably end up with Clint effing Eastwood instead !.
    ” go ahead JT make my day “

  251. evonne says:

    GM – well done! A distinction….but you cheated! what’s 62% of 91, ha, what is it :)

  252. evonne says:

    Few games tonight, which shall we watch?

  253. kelsey says:

    Yossi Benayoun
    @YossiBenayoun15 Yossi Benayoun
    Last day of the transfer window always interesting..so many things happening..

  254. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Redders,
    Seeing as our Terry has been bought by Barcelona for £83m, Shakira will be getting plenty of “Bubble & Squeek” , whilst I keep Pique busy playing tippy tappy outside ! :)

  255. kelsey says:

    I have this vision of Harry doing a Noel Coward in the Italian Job and managing from inside the nick. It could well happen,.maybe even a remake.

  256. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Congrats gm ! :)

  257. Gooner in Exile says:

    Having just sold Zamora why would Fulham sell Dempsey?

    The only way we can sign is to release a non home grown from the PL squad, so if we wanted him surely we’d let them have Park? Both parties surely happy. So for me the politics are either stupid negotiators, or non existent and the rumour is just that….a rumour.

  258. Red Arse says:

    GIE,

    I thought the Zamora deal was on hold because he is playing tough on his salary demands.

    Of course the ‘news’ is hardly clear cut, I suppose, so that may have been overtaken by events.

  259. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Breaking news !, Harry`s in the Scrubs, whilst in there he tried to get a message out about team tactics, trouble is he had to rely on a “chinese chain “.
    To 1st Lag : “Tell Bale to really skid fast behind their backs”.
    What Levy got : ” Sell Bale to Real Madrid fast behind Barca`s back”

  260. Red Arse says:

    GM,

    Evonne is being very hard on you. :-)

    Tell her it is 56.42 and keep your fingers crossed!!! :-)

  261. dandan says:

    Red Arse my Dentist is called Adonis,how did you know, your breadth of vision is beginning to worry me :-)

  262. dandan says:

    Rocky if i didn’t know better I could have thought you really disliked the man, Your sense of humour and skilful pros is as always a treat, whenever you join the blog, keep it going mate. Laughs are precious in these hard times

  263. evonne says:

    GM – RA is right, I’m such a cow, especially that I have cheated most the exams I have ever taken :)

  264. dandan says:

    Just spent an hour talking to Vodaphone someone has phoned them with all the details of my wife and I. They have ordered two of the latest I phones… luckily I replied to a Vodaphone text thanking me for my order as the two phones were sitting in despatch and would have left this afternoon. leaving me with two x £40 odd quid a month 2 year accounts

  265. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    There`s a Gem on Talksport via newsnow. On the H&J show, Philippe Auclair tells them that, Hazard heard the Chavs want him but said he wants to go to a club with History, Like us or Dippers !. Jacobs reaction ” oh thanks ” !. have a listen . :lol:

  266. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all

    I’m 50/50 on the RvP elbow. He did look and had his elbow out but he didn’t swing it back or make any motion towards the player so I wouldn’t think he’d have been charged.

    Never been a fan of McLeish but ever since the Eduardo leg break he has sickened me.

    I have the magnets on my head … and I feel better O_O

  267. Jamie says:

    Thomas Eisfeld?

    No ambition at all. Seriously.

    We needed a big player in the final third and we didn’t get one…. Again.

    This team lack invention and I’m very worried about that.

    Alex Mcleish is a massive muppet. Possibly a big a muppet as Gazidis.

    Lets hope Wilshere and Gervinho get back soon.

  268. evonne says:

    Rocky – I have just read the post, very good, obviously :)
    If I may add just one point to it – what about Dunn? He should get second yellow and ‘walk the walk of shame’. How come that McMuppet didn’t comment on that? I think it is called selective bloody vision

  269. kelsey says:

    GIE,
    with all due respect it is not a rumour.We have been in twice for Dempsey,that they and he doesn’t want to leave or come to us is another matter.Has that sunk in.

  270. Red Arse says:

    Irish, :-)

    I don’t think you have quite got the hang of the magnet cure!

    Hold the magnets at shoulder height. Stick your naked foot out and carefully aim the magnets at your big toe and then …….. release!!

    The pain in your foot will soon make you forget all about the pain in your head!!

    Works every time! :-)

  271. kelsey says:

    Actually I am pissed of with you as my son wouldn’t lie to me and has known Clint for 3 years and goes around with him, therefore you are implying i and my boy are liars.

  272. Red Arse says:

    Dandan, :-)

    When I mentioned Adonis, I had a mental image of you………..obviously!! :-)

    The Vodaphone thing is weird and unpleasant. If it was meant as a joke by someone you know it is a bit mean. If it is someone you don’t know, it’s worse, how did they get your personal details?

  273. Gooner in Exile says:

    Must have missed the press announcement from Arsenal about our bids…..sorry

  274. Red Arse says:

    Kelsey, I am sure that GIE did not mean to offend you.

    He knows you do not tell fibs, and speaking for myself I love your inside tips!! :-)

  275. Irishgunner says:

    RA – :lol: I could have did it that way :lol:

    Honestly they seem to be working even if I currently look like a gobshite.

    De Gea dropped by the Mancs again – what a monumental waste of money he looks to have been.

  276. Gooner in Exile says:

    No I am not Kelsey I am calling it a rumour, I don’t know you or your son, I don’t know if Arsenal have made a bid, I don’t know if his agent has spun him a tale. I don’t know anything only what your son has told you and you have relayed. And I have questioned it, by saying if they want Park, and we want Dempsey and given the PL squad issue we have why wouldn’t we deal?

    According to interviews Dempsey has said he wants to play in the Champions League if so and I hear of no other interest from CL clubs so why isn’t he jumping at the chance…but instead he’s not bothered either way.

    Sorry for questioning your statement I should obviously take it all as gospel.

  277. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Just been on Arsenal player and watched the highlights again, Does anyone remember that litttle problem of missing a quarter of the pitch !. Well It was ok on the highlights, I could see the whole pitch .
    Just to make me feel like I was there again I stuck my bare feet In some cold water with ice cubes . It`s fffffffreezing brrrr !

  278. dandan says:

    Red Arse Vodaphone have passed all details to their fraud dept, they seem to think one of our computers might have been compromised but I doubt that with the amount of security we have on board.

  279. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    dandan,
    Your laptop is packing heat?

  280. Irishgunner says:

    ” Meanwhile, in Spain, Barcelona have announced that former Arsenal forward Alexander Hleb has been released from his contract.”

    How the mighty have fallen.

  281. Red Arse says:

    Dandan,

    I was pestered by a very plausible well spoken guy, who asked me if I was…. blah, blah — (name, date of birth, address etc).
    I did not confirm the details which were all accurate, and asked who he was and what was his business?

    He told me that he was from Microsoft and that I had Win7 software, and that it had been hacked into and was being used to push out phishing emails etc, unknown to me.

    Altho’ I am very cautious (indeed cynical) he had me intrigued by his sympathetic explanations. But commonsense prevailed when I said I would refer his info to my Internet Security provider, and he said that would not be necessary as he could correct the problem for me, courtesy of Microsoft.

    I told him to take a hike and I would report him to the police – which I did, altho they were not interested frankly, other than tutting.
    I checked with my security software provider who told me it was a widespread scam and a lot of people were taken in.

    Blow me down, some other b*stard tried it on again earlier this month (a cheerful, friendly woman this time).

    What concerned me, and was a bit worrying is how did these scumbags get my personal details? I bought my laptop and software from John Lewis, and I never discuss details like that with anyone. So how?

  282. Irishgunner says:

    Someone keeps ringing my parents house as well telling them they need to update their Windows package on the internet. I always tell them to hang up when they start but I’ve spoken to a few of them.

    On man got a right bollixing

    Me “I know this is a scam!”

    Him ” No, m’am this is no scam”

    Me ” Don’t you m’am me Mister” and I hung up.

    Then another time I let this woman wither on for ages about our computer and how she could see we needed to upload new Microsoft. I told her we had a laptop not a home PC and she was like I know, I know, I have all the information here. Me “Well does your information tell you we have a Mac and you can’t run Microsoft off a Mac” – she hung up :lol:

    Police in Ireland reckon they can’t do anything about it because its coming from outside the country.

  283. kelsey says:

    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit since its aim is to belittle someone GIE.

    Nothing more from me on the subject you just don’t want to believe that i am telling you the truth.nothing to do with agents.Look through the archives, i have mentioned dempsey several times, so stop questioning me. GET IT

  284. Red Arse says:

    That’s pretty much the same thing with me Irish.

    The UK police are simply not able to do anything either, the call on my ‘phone screen said “International” call, so obviously from abroad, it seems, altho neither of the callers were American.

    It’s horrible to think of the damage these b*stards can do to innocent but gullible people. Oh well!

  285. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Kelsey,
    Noooooo, please don’t stop. Your son is a friend of Dempsey, therefore it is not a rumour, and it is very generous that you share these things with us.

  286. Irishgunner says:

    Yeah RA some people get suckered into it. My parents might have, had we told them not to talk to them and just hang up.

  287. Irishgunner says:

    *had we not told them

  288. Red Arse says:

    Micky, :-)

    Kelsey is our only source of info and is a protected species! :-)

    Not sure what happened between two very nice people. Last day nerves mayhap?

    Just as well you were on the case Irish. But having experienced it I can see where less cynical people than me might get taken in.

    Hopefully others reading this exchange will be on their guard in similar circumstances!!

  289. Gooner in Exile says:

    Kelsey sorry that you are taking so much offence to being questioning the story. I am giving your story as much credence as I give a newspaper story (which are also from sources close to players), that is I believe it when it happens.

    Isn’t the purpose of the blog to offer different opinions, something you normally want to uphold the most.

  290. SharkeySure says:

    Hilarious Rocky…top top quality.

    Oz 3.07..Lol. Experienced….tee hee – brilliant

  291. Irishgunner says:

    :lol: @ the Everton fan

  292. Big Raddy says:

    Never seen that before ;-)

  293. That was hilarious if a little stupid, do you think he thought that no-one would notice he was there :)

  294. Irishgunner says:

    People are saying its Jimmy Jump – if so its not really funny, rather it was an angry Scouse protesting the imminent departure of Louis Saha

  295. Irishgunner says:

    Apparently its not Jimmy Jump and now I’m interested again :lol:

    And Carroll has just scored for the Bindippers – football is all fooked up tonight :lol: What next, a Torres goal?

  296. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    Thank god for Swansea.

  297. Well done on your NVQ (Distinction) Sir goonermichael ;)

  298. Big Raddy says:

    FFS Distinction!! Well played that man.

    Peroni’s on you when we eventually meet – smart arse

  299. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    Thanks everyone. She said I was her best student.

  300. evonne says:

    Sir Gooner :) You cannot use the c word anymore, you know that, don’t you?

  301. Irishgunner says:

    Congrats GM

  302. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    2 pens for the mancs. Anyone see them?

  303. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    I don’t use foul language evonne. How very dare you? :)

  304. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    gibson is usually shit.

  305. :) He’s a cad isn’t he?

  306. Rasp says:

    Pool ahead of us on points and goal difference now :(

  307. Irishgunner says:

    Only until we beat Bolton tomorrow night Rasp

  308. Irishgunner says:

    :lol: @ Cashley

  309. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Sir GM, did the teacher fancy you? Thats the only way i ever passed exams…that and been the teachers pet of course. hahahaha

  310. Rasp says:

    Hi Irish, we’re counting down now and relying on the mistakes of others. I said 2 months ago that we need to target chelski and hope that pool don’t find their form.

  311. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Rasp, its hard to disagree with your logic, but i still think we will come 3rd, totnumb will crack.

  312. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    chavs 93rd minut own goal pooh

  313. Rasp says:

    Bloody chavs have scored, their failure is our only chance of CL next season

  314. Irishgunner says:

    Chavs just equalizing doesn’t help does it Rasp? Feck it anyway

    Liverpool are still shit we’ll finish ahead of them

  315. Rasp says:

    I love your optimism TMHT, but sadly, we’ve no chance of 3rd now.

  316. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    Sky Sporks News @SkySporksNews
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  317. Big Raddy says:

    All there is left is the Podolski signing at midnight

  318. Gooner in Exile says:

    Well that’s the first result to go against my predictor. Shame it wasn’t actually a win for the Swans.

    And I also didn’t have Everton….funny old game football. Will they hang on? No surprise Pulis rolls over for Fergie again.

  319. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I think he does more than roll over GiE. Hes very fond of shower time apparently.

  320. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    It’s funny how everton always lay down for fergie but fight to the death if it’s one of his close rivals.

  321. slimgingergooner says:

    Haven’t Chelsea got United next?

    Win our next 2 and we could be joint 4th.

  322. Gooner in Exile says:

    TMHT :D except with Janes Beattie.

    GM (with all number of qualifications) Gibson scoring for Everton, script written in football so often.

  323. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    win our next 2 ginger? that’s so surreal.

  324. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    I think the mancs will win the league again. they are so mediocre it’s mental. they can’t even get past basle in the CL

  325. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    In all honesty, the more i watch utd and ciy, the more conviced i become that next season we will win the league, even totnumb are close to them for christs sake. Next year we will smash everybody.

  326. slimgingergooner says:

    I know it’s asking a lot GM but youve got to have hope!

    Congrats on the NVQ by the way.

  327. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

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  328. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    Terry
    Would you feel confident if Robin left? If he doesn’t sign I’d sell him double quick. We need to offer him real money as it’s his last big contract.

  329. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

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  330. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Want him to stay your Sirness, but i dont think hes the future. I saw Gazides interview the other day and agreed with everything he said, but its what he didnt say that worries me, i.e. getting players to stay.For me our future is the current crop of young players, the best weve had since the mid to late eighties. If we keep them, then we will smash everybody and to me that is a 100% certainty.

  331. Gooner in Exile says:

    GM interesting question that one….and it comes down to reinvestment.

    If we use proceeds to secure a talent like Robin but at the age of 24/25 then my guess is we sell.

    If we are not going to do that do we trust him to play a full season if he has not signed a deal? I know we then risk him going on a free. Also of we offer big money and injuries resurface (bearing in mind he is approaching 30) will we be able to replace.

    I think we can only enjoy him for this season, and hope he signs again.

    Shame Coles red was for a double yellow and only misses one game…..will it be United? And who is their back up left back?

  332. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    I think Campbell looks the business and it’ll be interesting to see how Miyaichi does at Bolton. I would imagine we have the best crop of youngsters in the premiere league

  333. slimgingergooner says:

    Ian Dowie and Dave Bassett on sky sports for transfer deadline!!!

    Hope the presenters are wearing waterproofs cos those guys do not know how to keep ther saliva under control!!!

  334. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    2206: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Spurs have agreed a deal with Everton for Louis Saha and “thinks it is all sorted”. Redknapp added: “He is sharp and he has got good movement”.

  335. Gooner in Exile says:

    Pav going out by the looks of things too….so does that end their pursuit of Adebayor becoming permanent

  336. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    2212: More news from Tottenham. Lots of it. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says he tried to sign Juventus winger Milos Krasic this week but he only wanted the Serbia international on loan and the Italian side were only interested in a permanent deal. Redknapp also says he could not let Steven Pienaar goes back to Everton because he has too many injuries and has revealed that Wolves want to sign Sebastien Bassong but he will need to complete a deal for an unnamed defender before he lets that one go through.

    On twitter someone quoted Krasic as saying going to spurs was a step backwards.

  337. Sir goonermichael N.V.Q (Distinction) says:

    They can’t afford his wages GiE

  338. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Spot on GiE. It might look like madness at present, but it could be the right move in the longer term. Still hope he stays though.

  339. Bugger, down to 6th now ! :(

  340. TotalArsenal says:

    Evening all,

    RvP is only 28 – 6 years of good football left in him. We need him to stay – it would be one departure too many in recent years. Let’s hope we win something this year; I am sure he’ll stay then.

    Chary, most important thing is that the Chavs dropped two points, so we can make up ground tomorrow. :)

  341. Gooner in Exile says:

    6 years Total? I guess if he was a car he effectively has low mileage, with football under the belt he is a veritable spring chicken.

  342. That was a crumb of comfort TotalA – that and watching Camel Shaggers FC get beat by the toffees.
    Pressure on for us to win tomorrow now. Gulp.

  343. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, so true. You only have to look at him when he is being interviewed after a game: never looks knackered. Robin is a true athlete who looks after himself, and knows that his best years are still ahead of him. He scored another four goals in January – absolutely amazing! :)

  344. TotalArsenal says:

    Camel Shaggers FC :lol:

    Chary, that 2nd half performance against the Villans was just what we needed. With Sagna and Arteta back we’ll be more solid, and the Ox is going to score a brace tomorrow. :)

  345. I’ll go with that TotalA, better to go oop north on the back of a 2nd half recovery than not.

    Adios muchacos….

  346. Gooner in Exile says:

    Saha is a loan deal?

  347. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, am happy we’re not siging him. Appears to be a loan deal indeed.

  348. oz gunner says:

    damn damn damn, a very lackluster transfer window is closed. With only the loaning out of ryo and the purchase of a 19 yr old with potential.

    @ Malone

    it’s a sad state of affairs, no international footballer has been welcomed in! Was all our scouting efforts for nothing?

  349. slimgingergooner says:

    I think they should let ‘Arry off the hook for this tax evasion business because he is obviously too stupid to pull something like that off.

    He has just signed Saha based on Rio Ferdinand once telling him that Saha was the best striker he’s played against! This is from a defender who has played against people like Rooney, both Ronaldo’s, Messi, Henry, Shearer, Bergkamp, Inzaghi, Villa, Drogba etc etc.

    Rio must be say at home pissing himself!!!

    Oh, and he’s also gone and signed Ryan Nelsen, whilst loaning out Bassong!

    I think ‘Arry’s drug of choice is football transfers! That’s why he is so twitchy inbetween windows. He can’t wait to get his next fix!!!!

  350. Gooner in Exile says:

    SGG you may be right, don’t understand either deal, a 33 year old striker, a 34 year old defender (not a great one) both on loan, whilst loaning out a 29 year old winger (Pienaar) and two defenders both 26 and maybe sold Pavlyuchenko.

    My guess is getting rid of bad eggs and replacing with players who aren’t guaranteed regular football anyway. And realising without Adebayor they become lightweight up top.

    Altho as you say maybe he just needed his fix.

  351. Gooner in Exile says:

    As the Russian transfer deadline is Feb 24th is it still possible for English clubs to sell? Would make sense to keep AA23 til Gerv returns.

    Not that we gain anything from a deal like that.

  352. Gooner in Exile says:

    Anyone notice this Rangers thing where they have borrowed against future Season Ticket sales. Jelavic to Everton for £2m less than West Ham offered suggests all is not rosy in the blue half of Glasgow…..first big club to fail?

  353. Jamie says:

    Anybody watching the match on foreign tv near the ground tomorrow?

  354. kelsey says:

    I apologise to everyone on here about last night I just don’t come on here for attention seeking and only ever state facts that I know to be true.Cyber handshake to GIE.

  355. Herb'sArmy says:

    From what Gazidis said yesterday, it seems like we’re the modern-day Ajax, but without their level of success.
    We buy cheap kids no-one else has heard of, or wants, turn them into stars, and before they have any chance of helping us win anything, we sell them for a tidy profit.
    We might not be in the business of winning silver-ware anymore, but let’s all embrace the heart-warming fact that at least we’re top of the money-league.

  356. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Morning Kelsey and Herb,
    I think we can still have a good season, but my God, how we are going to rely on Robin.
    I think it is utter madness not to find back up. He cannot possibly play every game, so where and when the hell are we going to rest him. FA Cup? Tonight?

  357. Herb'sArmy says:

    Morning Micky ‘Jailhouse Legs Malone’,
    I think we’ve been sold down the river. We were fortunate in the extreme on Sunday, a better side going in 2-0 up at half-time would have either closed the game down, or just finished us off. The fact that we got two penalties and a fluke from Walcott says it all, and merely papered over our many cracks.

  358. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Herb,
    I don’t agree about Sunday as I think we were easily the better team over the 90, and with the likes of Sagna and Arteta back, the defensive side to our game will be ok, but my question remains, when to rest Robin?
    I don’t think we should play him in any FAC or CL games and we should go all out for 4th.

  359. Herb'sArmy says:

    Once Sagna and Gibbs are back we should be more settled defensively, if Gibbs can step up and stay fit, and as you say, Arteta will solidify the midfield, but I don’t think we’re good enough for top 4. The only way we’ll have CL football next season is if we win it this year. The right signing in January would have given us a half-decent chance. Judging by Chamakh’s showing in ACoN, we won’t be getting much out of him. Maybe Gervinho will come to our rescue.

  360. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Herb,
    Good news: MC is coming home. Bad news: he did not score one goal!

  361. Herb'sArmy says:

    Is that what you call good news, Micky? Wow, you’re easily pleased mate.

  362. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    I really must not attempt sarcasm. Its not clever and I’m not good at it!

  363. Herb'sArmy says:

    Do you think we were lied to Micky, regarding the move to the Emirates?

  364. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    I really do want some help today with my question.
    Do we play Robin in every game, and if not, in which competition(s) do we rest him?

  365. Herb'sArmy says:

    He’ll have to play in our remaining League games, Micky, and however many games we have left in CL. Rest him in the FA Cup.

  366. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Herb,
    I don’t no, as I do believe everyone at the Club wants to win things. However, I don’t think they are gong about it the right way. Simple example: on existing funds, we have dead wood with asset value and soaking up massive wages who contribute nothing to the first team effort, and yet we are absolutely desperate for another goal source.
    I have said before, if Robin gets injured, our season is over. That is professional negligence.

  367. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Herb,
    If you really believe our only way into the CL next season is by winning it, then why not play Robin in all Cup Comps and rest him in the League?

  368. Herb'sArmy says:

    So is it a management issue, or is it down to Kroenke and Gazidis?

  369. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Herb,
    To answer your question specifically, I don’t have a clue, but as a rule, I always blame the bloke at the top. That’s where the buck stops.

  370. Herb'sArmy says:

    I would agree with you on that point, Micky, but Wenger is adamant that the top four remains our priority, so RvP will have to play for us to have any chance of achieving it. The problem with that is we’re relying on either Chelsea or Tottenham to slip up. As we are all too aware, when those around us have slipped up, we are unable to capitalise.
    And they have more depth to their squads than we do.

  371. Herb'sArmy says:

    A win tonight leaves us three points behind Chelsea, and ten behind Tottenham. The games against those two at the Emirates are huge in respect to whether or not we can consider this a successful season.

  372. oz gunner says:

    morning all.

    quite a bit of banter this morning. I do think it is negligence to leave it all on RVP. It’s all well and good supporters saying we have MC (doesn’t score, already eyes out the door), Walcott (doesn’t score, and never been played centrally. Why risk in with our important run in), Park (an unknown element), and Gerv (who is misfiring. i have no doubt it’ll click but probably not this season).

    I’m sorry but without Jack for the run home (i’m under no illusion he will come back this season, we never have good luck on the injury front) and the weight of a team on RVP we better start crossing our fingers.

    Yes i know not much activity went on through out the leagues but we needed an extra push for the all important run home. This happens too often, it feels like the window where we purchased AA, except this time we don’t have the help to finish fourth!

  373. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Herb,
    If, if we win tonight, yes we’re three behind Chavs, but it is effectively four at the moment due to massive goal difference. I think Arsene is spot on about importance of CL, and therefore there is no way I would start Robin in the FAC or against Milan.

  374. chas says:

    Ey up dudes,

    I think it’s Robin’s massive goal haul over the last 13 months that’s been holding the team back. Nobody else has had to step up to the plate and deliver the bacon because they know the Rotterdam rattlesnake will inject his venom where the sun don’t shine.

    Once we have a proper full back on each flank, TV5 and LK6 will form an attacking pillar at the heart of our defence, leaving the obvious answer, stick the BFG in the Crouch position and start lumping balls up to the big man.

    The doom and gloom brigade have been predicting we’ll finish 5th, 6th, 7th for the past 5 years, they’re bound to be right at some point by the law of averages; even a blind squirrel………… :)

  375. oz gunner says:

    it’s a tough situation because this far into the tournament arsene would never rest RVP (and rightly so, the fans would hang him). We just have to hope he hangs in there, or hope other players pull their fingers out so he can either be subbed off early or rested against lower competition

  376. oz gunner says:

    haha chas why not huh, if samba can do it so can BFG. Except BFG is as aerially dominant as AA, and for that reason i’d lumber balls up to Verm

  377. chas says:

    snap oz :)

  378. kelsey says:

    Via the BBC :

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    Arsenal have won eight of their last nine league matches against Bolton.
    The Gunners have already beaten Bolton twice this season: a 3-0 Premier League success and a 2-1 Carling Cup win, both at the Emirates Stadium.
    The Trotters ended a three-match losing streak against Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium last season with a 2-1 win. Tamir Cohen scored a last-minute winner.

    Bolton

    It is two wins in three league matches for Owen Coyle’s side, their best form of the season.
    The Trotters are unbeaten when scoring first this season in the division (W5, D1).
    Bolton are without a clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League matches since their 5-0 home win over Stoke, one of only two clean sheets this term.
    If selected, David Wheater would make his 200th club career start and Tyrone Mears his 200th career league appearance, while Zat Knight is in line for his 100th Bolton start.

    Arsenal

    Arsenal have lost each of their last two away games, and three of their last four on their travels.
    The club have lost four of their last five league visits to the north-west, the exception being December’s 4-0 victory at Wigan.
    Robin van Persie has scored in all of Arsenal’s last 10 Premier League victories. He is one goal short of 20 in the league this season. Only Alan Shearer (also 20) in 1994-95 has scored more in the opening 22 matches of a Premier League season.
    Arsene Wenger’s men have conceded 25 away league goals. They are only three short of their most ever away goals conceded in the whole of a Premier League season – 28 goals in both 1994-95 and 2010-11.

    So it’s the Trotters v Robin Reliant :)

  379. Red Arse says:

    Good morning Peeps, :-)

    I detect an element of post-transfer window blues this morning.

    Remember it takes two to tango.
    Someone has to want to sell as well as Arsenal wanting to buy. The best teams with the best players will not want to disrupt their teams by selling to us. Why should they?

    The crap teams will be happy to sell their crap players but why would we want to buy those sort of players? Just for the sake of it?

    Let’s not drop straight back into the manager, management bashing.

    That said, I am disappointed that we have not managed to buy a good quality cover for Robin, (but see above re willing sellers).
    If there is a fault it happened back in the Summer when we perhaps should have done better than buying the non-playing Park.

    Seemingly Park was symptomatic of the ‘crap’ player from a ‘crap’ team syndrome (see above) and maybe proves the point?
    On the other hand, he may prove us all wrong and set the EPL alight in the remainder of the season ……………….. well you never know! :-)

  380. chas says:

    haha kelsey,

    No income tax, no VAT…..

  381. chas says:

    Nice one, RA.
    So it wasn’t this window we fucked up, it was the last one. :)

  382. Red Arse says:

    Hi Chas,

    Blind squirrels are good at predictions then? I’ll get one for my lottery ticket! :-)

  383. kelsey says:

    Interesting point that though our window has closed the Russians have until Feb 24th to buy, so it is feasable that AA maybe on his way, which releases a big wage earner + a transfer fee and IMO most ofthat should all go to RVP

    I am not entirely with Herb but do see where he is coming from.

    The only way to get a top 4 is to find consistency over a period of consecutive games, whilst the others above take points off each other.
    I wonder how much we will see Henry on the playing field.my gut feeling is very little.

  384. chas says:

    Morning RA,
    They all find a nut eventually…
    http://bit.ly/AuxgPd

  385. kelsey says:

    In a way you are right RA.One can’t replace a Fabregas or an in form motivated Nasri overnight,but though we don’t know what went on behind closed doors we should have been active in the market earlier.
    This FPR will really be tested and I believe our club are resting far too heavily that it will benefit us. As i have said before there is being frugal and being too frugal.

  386. Red Arse says:

    Chas,

    I suspect we have done last Summer’s transfer travails to death already. :-)

    Trying to bring some perspective to this latest transfer window I was positing that buying Park (as he has hardly played for us) does in retrospect appear to have been a speculative buy, at best.

    I would not want anymore of those, personally.
    Historically, with few exceptions, the good players are just not available in the winter transfer round — and we all knew that already – didn’t we? :-) No surprises there then.

  387. Red Arse says:

    Chas, :-)

    Leave my nuts out of this!!! :-)

  388. chas says:

    RA,
    I certainly didn’t expect us to buy this TW, not while we’re betting on The Big Short.

  389. evonne says:

    Morning all
    Interesting results last night. I watched Everton v Shitty and concluded that the result reflected the game. I think shitty had one on target, maybe two, but that’s all.

    I think it is fantastic this season – every team fancy their chances. No more fear or respect of top four, very exciting season.

    There is a theory that the FFP rules might create a new super league in Europe and the likely destination is Russia. There is enough rubels to burn there, many magnificent stadia and hunger to be the greatest on the continent. Who knows, I hope not, but it sounds plausible

  390. chas says:

    Does that mean the Catalan Diving Team would play home and away in Russia, Evonne?

  391. chas says:

    Is so, I’m all for it.

  392. chas says:

    Hey everyone,
    It’s matchday which means a BR pre-match to look forward to. :)

  393. Red Arse says:

    Chas,

    The ‘Big Short’ is quite a neat phrase that catches the eye.

    At root it is the corporate decision to postpone expenditure because of the forecast increasing economic downturn, much the same way a consumer might prefer to wait until the Summer/Autumn to replace some technology or furnishing because he/she calculates the worsening economic situation will force retailers to sell at distress prices (big discounts) in “every thing must go” Sales.

    One person’s (retailer/football club) misery would be another person’s good fortune.

  394. evonne says:

    Chas – no, not quiet. I think what might happen is biggest players, starting with Tevez joining Russian clubs. Big money, pretty girls and worship for anything that is foreign could temp the Na$ri’s of this world. It time the Russian league could become stronger and bigger than EPL, Seria A or La Liga.

  395. Gooner in Exile says:

    Morning all, Kelsey cyber handshake reciprocated.

    I was always convinced the Henry signing was a move to placate fans over a signing, and am still disappointed that it is our only business, I await the new squad list with interest as I believe it has to be submitted tonight.

    Watching MotD last night I think Assou-Ekotto and Malouda were extremely lucky not to see red, and also Luiz could have gone too for a hack at Dyer.

    Also Wigan could have turned that round to 3-3 if they were more effective in front of goal. Thought Spuds showed a very weak line and judging by their bench last night I would hardly call it strength in depth.

    Chelsea were also poor with Cech looking to avoid any collision they have problems at the back, with Terry out they left Cahill on the bench which amazes me.

    As I said yesterday I believe we can finish third. Win game in hand and beat Chelsea at the Emirates we are level on points. I predict Spuds will fold as the next few weeks will set the cat amongst the pigeons, and once they are out of the title race I expect them to coast to a CL spot.

    As for an injury to RvP it could end our season or it could as Chas says allow others to step up, question is can they.

  396. chas says:

    Evonne, ah I see.
    He’s fat, he’s French,
    His big arse warms the bench………

    Won’t Russian teams be affected FFP (if it works, that is) ?

  397. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Quick!
    Someone get round to Evonne’s house pronto. I think she’s been strapped to the boiler by some massive Russki Mobster and is being made to talkski

  398. chas says:

    Haha, Jailhouse. ‘strapped to the boiler’, is that what they do?

  399. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Just for starters Chas

  400. chas says:

    Is ‘strapped to the boiler’ another way of saying you’re married?

  401. chas says:

    Only another 26 comments for the world record!

  402. chas says:

    Evonne, is your heating on?

  403. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Just thinking about Evonne’s comment that Russian girls are “pretty”. Isn’t that a bit like saying “DB10 was alright at football”.
    I would give those girls an immediate upgrade to asbestos-underwear-on-smoking-hot status.

  404. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Chas,
    Strapped to the boiler is mere foreplay in the gentle art of persuasion.

  405. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Chas,
    8:56 Brilliant :-)

  406. evonne says:

    Yes Micky, I did notice you jumping to welcome Slava to this blog, you dirty old man!
    My heating is on, but it is not going to be of any use to me in Poland tomorrow, -27 at my friends’ this morning!

  407. chas says:

    You’re right, Jailhouse.
    I just put ‘Russian women’ into a google image search expecting to see some shot-putters, but wowser, smoking-asbestos-underwear city.

  408. chas says:

    Hope you have a great trip, Evonne. Now I know why peaches has the grandson.
    -27, flippin noras, my word it’s chilly in the Tatras!

  409. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Evonne,
    Sadly, I missed a trick there. I welcomed her merely with my gentlemanly hat on, whereas what I should have done had I realised what I was dealing with, was to get out the large cheque book!

  410. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Evonne,
    Looks like I need to clear something up here. When I post first thing in the morning, and begin with “Morning Oz and Kelsey”, I am not actually saying “come here and bend over”. Mere civilities :-)

  411. evonne says:

    Oh Micky, most men fall for such traps :) I am not even convinced it was the photo of the author of the blog

    Chas – thanks, I am supposed to be skiing, but in such temperatures I doubt my friend will manage to force me

  412. chas says:

    Morning Evonne. :)

  413. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Behave Chas

  414. chas says:

    Skiing’ll be fabulous, you’ll love it.

  415. chas says:

    11 more to go

  416. Rasp says:

    With news of Wilshere’s second stress fracture putting him out for the rest of the season and the belief that Arshavin will be gone by the summer, I bloody hope we at least made an attempt to find a first team ready midfielder this transfer window. Eisfeld may be a great player in a pfew years but his signing is totally irrelevant to our current campaign.

  417. chas says:

    Whereabouts in Poland, Evonne?

  418. evonne says:

    I wonder if Raddy is ready, maybe we are expecting too much of him under the circumstances. He has spoilt us

  419. chas says:

    I wondered what you’d be seething about this morning, Rasp! :)

  420. chas says:

    Raddy’s always ready, it’s his job.

  421. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    My last thoughts on the transfer window for now.
    January is a very difficult time to do business.
    Bit like the summer really, when we’ll have the Olympics, a hosepipe ban and a dreadful year for hay fever.
    Difficult, my arse.

  422. evonne says:

    Chas – Bochnia, old salt mining town. Very pretty and near Slovakian border. My friend usually drives us to the Slovakian skiing places she knows, Spalena Dolina is her favourite for me

  423. chas says:

    Diaby’s nearly fit.

  424. evonne says:

    Rasp – there was no enthusiasm during summer of 2011 when a certain Ox joined us. Remember? Merely 6 months ago he was a big unknown

  425. Rasp says:

    Not my last thought for the transfer window …. :?

    If we Arteta was all we needed to replace Cesc, Na$ri and Jack, we must have been overflowing with midfielders last season – you know, the one where we collapsed at the end due to injuries and lack of leaders on the pitch.

  426. chas says:

    I really don’t think Wenger had any intention of buying anyone (except Dempsey, maybe :) )

  427. Rasp says:

    Of course he didn’t chas – nothing’s changed there

  428. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Here’s another last thought.
    If Robin hobbles off tonight, then…….

  429. Morning all, so what’s this other record posting Chas is on about ?

  430. Rasp says:

    I hate this ridiculous myth that everyone keeps expounding that we’re right on the edge and we’ll be world beaters in a couple of years – and then in a couple of years we’ll be saying the same thing.

    Should we already write off our chances for next season as we’re waiting for FFP to bite and our youngsters are still a couple off years off reaching their best?

    I’d like us to amass a squad next season within the confines of our resources that can compete next year not be seeen as some elusiove building blocks for a future success that never arrives.

  431. chas says:

    Spalena Dolina looks lovely. Have fun.

  432. Rasp says:

    he’s just joshing chary.

    I’m getting all my moaning out of the way at the end of this post so I don’t pollute BR’s match report :roll:

  433. Red Arse says:

    Morning to Rasp the Fiery Dragon, :-)

    Well Arsene did say it would be a miracle, if he bought some one! :roll:

  434. Rasp says:

    Just before the new post, I am now in the ridiculous position of wanting totnum to smash pool on Monday.

  435. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Oh here he comes. Trophy hunting again. Slither slither

  436. Ah Raspers, he’s on the wind up again :)

    I echo most of your comments about the last TW – the effects of which we suffered from in the first 2 months of the season and in January.

    I blame the homesick spaniard – thanks for nothing you spineless mummy’s boy.

    Ha – you’ve got my number Jailhouse !

  437. Rasp says:

    Morning RA,

    We already know that you can’t trust anything AW says (or Gazidis) relating to transfers, I believe it comes under the heading of necessary and accepted deception in the cause of giving the club the best bargaining position in the rare event that we are actually trying to buy someone.

  438. chas says:

    It’s now 461

  439. Rasp says:

    Ok,

    …… New post……….

  440. Red Arse says:

    Rasp,

    I pine for the early days of AW. Bought Viera BEFORE he even joined us, and then to my delight there was a succession of newly minted heroes popping up on a regular basis.

    distant memories now! :-(

  441. Gooner in Exile says:

    Rasp, Wilshere reports are worrying. If it’s severe as reported it perhaps explains the arrival of Eisfield, perhaps he will play more regularly than we imagine.

  442. Jailhouse Legs Malone says:

    Hey Chary Look,
    Over there behind that hedge in the smelly ditch lies a big shiny trophy!

  443. Well spotted chas, shows what a load of gas-bags we are ;)

  444. Rasp says:

    True RA, and we can’t expect that in this day and age. But we can learn from our mistakes. We will have to go throught this season without our 3 best midfielders from last season and we knew for months in advance in the summer that two were leaving.

    Quite honestly I think the signing of Eisfeld is hugely ironic. You could not have scripted it better. Signed on the last day, cheap, not particularly highly rated, young and had a serious injury

  445. I’ll use my petrodollars/green shield stamps to buy that Jailhouse :)

  446. chas says:

    peaches,
    You’re a beautifully spoken elegant young lady, I’m a gas bag.

  447. Rasp says:

    GiE, if Eisfeld was not considered good enough for the Dortmund first team, why should we even think he could replace Wilshere in any way?

  448. Rasp says:

    Frimpong is clearly a much better first team prospect than Eisfeld – but oh, that’s right, we sent him out on loan ……. shoot ourselves in the foot or what?

  449. Red Arse says:

    Rasp,

    We have to take AW at face value when he said he was looking for a striker in January. But I have the impression it was a half hearted sop to keep the fans happy.

    If so, it was a mistake. Better to just say he does not intend to buy. Otherwise we all keep looking at papers and blogs hoping to glean some news of arrivals with the inevitable anti-climactic disappointment.

  450. Red Arse says:

    Chas, your 9:41

    Creep!!!

  451. Red Arse says:

    Is it not possible to be a beautifully spoken elegant gas bag?

    Not that I am suggesting any such thing!!!!!!

  452. Rasp says:

    RA, I have absolutely no idea whether AW or the BOD are responsible for decisions that I can unequivocally call just plain stupid.

    If what kesley has heard istrue, AW is the good guy and the BoD are responsible for dragging the club down.

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