If You know Your History Pt.1. Youth Policy?

We have talked the Youth Policy completely to death ….. or have we?

To people of my generation the Youth Policy was the only way to establish a top team. Have a look at the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1966: Peter Simpson, Jon Sammels, George Armstrong, Peter Storey, Ray Kennedy, Sammy Nelson, Pat Rice and John Radford were all in the team, and all went on to have fine careers at AFC. – 5 years later they won the Double under Bertie Mee. 8 players made the leap into the first team!

Our 1987 FA Youth Cup winning team was not so fortunate with only Kevin Campbell making a successful jump to fame, though the team did include David Hillier and Steven Morrow who went on to be first team players (in the worst AFC team I have seen).

Of our 1994 winning team only Stephen Hughes made the first team.

The 2000 & 2001 winning team had a little more luck with Alladiere,  Stephen Sidwell, Moris Volz, Jermaine Pennant and Justin Hoyte becoming PL players though none made the grade at THOF.

We won the cup again in 2009. Can this group achieve success? In the team were Frimpong, Bartley, Coquelin, Lansbury and Jack Wilshere. LJW seems assured a bright future at Arsenal but the prospects hang in the balance for the others. The influx of ready made stars severely curtailing their chances.

So what is a successful youth policy? Is it enough that Wilshere has come through the ranks? Should AFC sell him he will attract the kind of fee which makes the youth team economically worthwhile (as did the sale of Cesc). Liam Brady is not only bringing through fine players, he is also creating a handsome income stream.

Arsenal generate a huge amount of money and perhaps, like the rest of the top 6 ,we should rely entirely on mercenaries. Looking at our rivals, how many have home grown players?

MU  Cleverley, Welbeck and … erm (let’s discount the wrinkles)

Chelsea … Josh Mcreachran (and JT)

MC …. Micah Richards

Liverpool … the 32 y.o Gerrard and the 34 y.o Carragher – young players, none.

Spurs …..  none, that’s right – zip!

What does that tell us? Well, one thing is obvious – there is a huge gap in skills between the Youth and the first teams in the PL. Furthermore, clubs are unwilling to take the punt on players developing over time in the PL; we cherry pick our kids from the youth academies all around Europe and still do not let them get a run of games  – unless they come to us from Southampton. Our rivals do not have any interest in developing kids – Chelsea’s lack of kids is a terrible indictment.

Will Financial FairPlay make a difference and force teams to focus upon youth development? It would be great but I have a feeling FFP will be just another money earner for bean counters (sorry to you bean counters!)

Sadly, the days of picking up great players like Charlie George and Pat Rice from the Holloway Road are long gone, the Youth team of ’66 are a distant memory. We should be grateful to Arsène Wenger and Arsenal that they continue to pour money and time into one of Europe’s finest Youth projects.

Let us hope that the 2009 FA Youth Cup Winners take us to another Double in 5 years.

COYRRG

Written by Big Raddy

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225 Responses to If You know Your History Pt.1. Youth Policy?

  1. Gooner In Exile says:

    Nice post Raddy. Just a quick edit Liverpool have played Spearing who was in the losing team of that 2009 final and Spuds have played Livermore. But probably no other team bring players through like Arsenal.

    As you say it is difficult to break through even in a team where players are progressed like ours.

    Emerging from the youth team successfully comes down to luck unless like Rooney, Cesc or Wilshere you are clearly a player destined for the top.

    If you’re not one of those there has to be a vacancy or a player coming to the end of his useful life.

    Take Frimpong and Coquelin, they have Song in front of them (if they are considered like for like). He is 24 they are 20/21 how long will they wait in the reserves for their chance. Then they have Aneke and Ozyakup coming up behind them, who are also special looking players.

    You can get one of 15-20 places in each age group out of the restricted age group across the country, and then you reach 18 and you have fifteen years of intakes ahead of you, and you could be waiting for the same length of time.

  2. Chas

    That footage from the previous post of 125 years is much appreciated.

  3. Rob Lucci says:

    Chas thevideoking,

    thanks for the video the other day. I’m very busy right now with exam and all that. Only have time to read the article, and few comments.

    Thanks again..

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks BR for a great discussion post.

    I am not sure whether I am reading your post correctly, but I think I am in disagreement with your conclusions.

    I see our ‘youth policy’ quite wide: whether players have been with us from when they were kids, or we buy them between 17-21 as to develop them into stars, for me they all fall under this tag.

    Our youth policy has worked wonders imo – just look at our current team: Szczesny, Gibbs, The Ox, Theo, Ramsey, Jenkinson, Wilshere – all made it into our top 18-20 players, and played a considerable number of PL games this season/ last season. They will form the basis of our team for years to come. I have included The Ox as he is developing quicker than anticipated, and I am sure we are not even seeing 70% of his enormous potential.

    Miquel, Frimpong, Coquelin, Yenaris had some games as well and are knocking hard on the door. From what I saw of the reserves, more top talent is on its way.

    The fruits of our youth policy will be the basis of our success once again, and history is more than likely to repeat itself.

  5. allezkev says:

    Tom Cruise is [was] the last local lad to come thrugh the academy and play in the first team. Albeit briefly.

  6. Gooner In Exile says:

    AllezKev what do you class as local lad?

  7. goonermichael says:

    Shitty had Sturridge but he decided to go to the chavs.

    Great post Raddy

  8. Red Arse says:

    Raddy, :-)

    A well researched and cohesively written Post which asks a very apposite question regarding the current make up of many PL teams.

    I am just shooting from the hip here, but the Charlie George, Pat Rice, Liam Brady, Kevin Campbell, David Hillier and Steve Morrow eras were all pre-Premier League.

    With the influx of big sponsorship deals, following that seismic shift in splitting away from the Football League, big money became available to even fairly small clubs like West Ham and Bolton, for example, and the mad rush to snap up the best players from around the world began, at almost any cost, much to the detriment of local youth teams.

    It is to the enormous credit of AW that altho’ he did buy more skilful foreign players, they were always at the ‘frugal’ end of the transfer scale, or like Sol Campbell they were ‘Bosman’s”.

    Despite that we achieved enormous early success, and, eventually, it was only under the huge burden of building the Emirates that his sure step began to falter, but his contiguous far seeing policy of nurturing youngsters in our youth system, alongside that massive stadium project which is now about to reap dividends in another surge of golden history!

    We have lived thru’ an epoch of herculean proportions over the last eight years which has set the groundwork for a wonderful future for our club, and it is today’s young Gooners who will see great strides in the success of Arsenal over the next 50 years.

    Thank goodness for Arsene Wenger and Danny Fizman, and thank goodness too, that the tiny minds of the vilely critical footballing ignoramuses have been ignored! :-)

  9. Millz says:

    Cesc is classed as part of our youth team?! Really!? He came to arsenal as a 16 year old and pretty much went straight into the first team so you can’t class revenue gained from his sale as a success of the youth setup surely.

    Apart from that a really good article.

  10. Red Arse says:

    Millz,

    I think you misread the Post. BR was clear in saying, at least twice, that he was talking about our ‘youth policy’!

    Cesc was part of that youth policy. He was bought as a rough diamond at 16 and was then nurtured at Arsenal and developed by Arsene.

    This meant that AW did not buy in, at considerable expense, an experienced, established player.

    The resultant sale of Cesc, many years later, and against AW’s wishes, generated an enormous profit for the club, and rightly so.

    His ‘youth policy’ was clearly seen to work, both for the team and subsequently economically too.

  11. goonermichael says:

    If any of you are home and have sky or virgin the reserve game is live on liverpool tv and it’s free 2PM I think

  12. chas says:

    Nice one, BR.

    Millz,
    Cesc was bought as a youth and sold as an adult.
    Why is that not down to Arsenal’s youth policy?
    Anelka was very similar.

  13. Red Arse says:

    Thanks, GM, :-)

    I have put it on my ‘remind me’ tab.

    Why, oh why, can’t Arsenal have a similar no nonsense TV channel — eh Mr Kroenke?

    What’s that? you need the money? Yeah, right!

  14. goonermichael says:

    They used to on Setanta but it went when Setanta went skint. I used to enjoy it. You had to pay for the Setanta package though. Liverpool tv is free as far as I know (part of sky)

  15. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Great post Raddy,

    I think your post has raised the question “When is a player regarded as having come out of the clubs youth system”? This is of course very difficult to answer, one of them horrible grey areas.Rather than focus on individual players, i feel it best to focus on the strategy employed by clubs, with the acid test been the proportion of players under 23 within the squad and the average age of the first team compared to its rivals. i think if you do the math you will find Arsenal score highly on both these fronts.

    When it comes to ultimate success, i.e. lifting leagues or european cups, then Barca stand out as having the near on perfect balance for a modern football club. Resources to procure top players (they have raided us often enough) is great and has served them well.But i ask this, is it any coincidence that there greatest ever team has coincided with the emergence of xavi,inistia, messi etc from there youth teams? These are fantastic players, but what some people overlook is the harmony created by having this graduation. This “harmony” can be the difference between coming second and first.

    I am of the opinion that Arsene believes this harmony principle will one day give us the edge over the likes of Man City and others, and i believe he is right. The downfall of this ideology is my old chesnut, losing players to rivals. The ability to hold on to players is key, and our position to acheive this is beggining to strenghen. In a few years time Arsenal will be the premeirships answer to Barcelona, fantastic times ahead.

  16. Gooner In Exile says:

    Thanks for the heads up GM. I think Liverpool TV was part of that Setanta package too but they were quick to appoint a broadcaster.

    As people are consuming TV via the web and on demand much more I guess it makes sense not to pay whatever the broadcast licences are and instead have the Arsenal Player….would like to see them stream more live reserve and youth team games tho but as it is effectively free as I am a red member i am not too bothered.

  17. goonermichael says:

    GIE
    The funny thing is the official Arsenal website is promoting the game on lfctv.

  18. goonermichael says:

    I think Diaby is going to play.

  19. goonermichael says:

    I’m so glad Muamba is showing signs of progress. It really got to me for some reason.

  20. Good post BR thankyou,
    Morning all.
    I take pride in our youth policy, it is the only way sustainability could work and has become a major income source in its own right and is now our “identity”.
    Youths that don’t quite make it at Arsenal still make fine players and litter the premier and other major leagues, much to our annoyance when they come back and bite us in the ass.
    As for first team places for talented but impatient youths who cannot get past a still youthful Song or Walcott say. Well we are doing the next best thing by loaning them out anyway. Sell on clauses still can bring in big money (Bentley), but in addition i would add a buy back clause for most of these stars in the making at the sale price + inflation, then we don’t lose out a dime.
    Youth policy cannot fail in my opinion.
    We should also benefit from NB52, Denilson & Velez sales this summer who i would still consider as products of our youth policy.

  21. Gooner In Exile says:

    TMHT how much do you think Barca (and other Spanish teams) benefit from playing their Barca B within the domestic Spanish football pyramid?

    Actually maybe our resident in the Costas Kelsey may be better placed to answer that.

    Unfortunately I think the English game is too set units ways to allow it here but I think it would benefit our youngsters more than a loan at Wycombe or similar as they are generally asked to play a different way.

  22. Gooner In Exile says:

    GM I think we were all touched by not just the event but the reaction from us all in the football family.

    The football world has had a few rifts developing recently and unfortunately it took Muamba’s near tragedy to bring out what is best in the majority of football fans.

    As you have said previously the chance to be a father for his son will be more important than this silly game we get so emotionally attached to.

  23. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Havent got a clue to be honest GiE. Kelseys the man for the job, but i believe hes blow drying his hair so we wont see him for at least 4 hours…jammy git hahahaha

  24. robbinURpersie says:

    Thanks for the post Raddy,

    we here in Oz get both Arsenal Tv and Liverpool Tv on a free to air channel..

    Not sure this is 100% correct but Liverpool were one of the last teams in the Premier league to have their own website up and running..(information given to me by a liverpool supporter, so take it with a pinch of salt coz i certainly wouldnt trust them ;-) )

  25. Any of you guys use Twitter?
    I’d welcome your name tags so that i can add them.

  26. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh thank you Raddy, and not just for a great post, but because you have saved my bacon. I penned something very bad and as yours was selected I can come out of hiding.

  27. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I like GiE’s point about Barca B, and fully concur with Transplant’s comment about the togetherness created by coming through the system together.
    As far as our policy is concerned, I think that as long as it breaks even (and I’m sure it turns a profit) then I’m 100% behind it. We can all see the benefits of having a Mr Football Club in the ranks. Think Gerrard, Neville, Terry and Adams. On the odd occasion that one of these gems comes through, we need to remember that their influence on the club lasts a good ten years and that is a huge benefit.

  28. robbinURpersie says:

    GiE @111.23am,

    intelligent thought mate..

    i believe AVB touched on the premier league having ‘B’ teams where the players would be able to make the step into the first team week in week out and would bridge the gap in quality from the two leagues..

    i believe it to work in favour for teams such as Barcelona where we see these unknown names step into the first team with ease..pedro, thiello, jonothan etc

    i would prefer it that way rather than see and even lose players like Frimpong for a set amount of time unless its stated that we can call them back..

  29. Gooner In Exile says:

    Tommy I have added you on twitter. Of my follow list you should find a few others.

    GM, Chary and Peaches will be easy to find, Carlito is ShakinSwedens, Chas is a rude anagram ;) Harry is on there too.

  30. Gooner In Exile says:

    This country has always opposed Nursery teams which is the easiest route. But I believe we just need a much stronger Reserve league. Perhaps if UEFA introduced a Reserve/Youth (under 25?) interclub competition it could help development and competitiveness.

  31. Thanks GIE
    I have charey peaches charey & carlito already, but i will certainly add yourself michael and harry.
    Cheers

  32. LOL GIE
    i think i was already following chas…….

  33. Arsedave says:

    Big Raddy

    Great post, food for thought. I think the 5 from 2009 all have a future at Arsenal and may all get 8-10 years playing together. Interesting enough, the Bin Dippers will have you know that their youth team is amazing at the moment but they were well beaten 6-0 last week by Ajax in the NextGen competition. It will also be interesting to see how many come from ManUre’s youth as they believe they also have a golden age at the moment.

    A last thought, every player whatever team they might play for were young once, it’s the abilty to spot the talent, first scout to do that will win that talent.

  34. allezkev says:

    GiE; 10.37;

    I suppose a kid who went to school in Islington and Camden.

    You know, Highbury Grove School [as it was],
    Holloway School, St Aloyisus [spelling].
    Not sure of the others. I used to follow the Camden & Islington Schools exploits in the English Schools trophy, or whatever it was called, in the Islington Gazette. Just to see how many, if any, of the lads involved were linked to Arsenal.
    These were days long before the InterNet mate.
    And newspapers coverage of footie was tiny in comparison to what we have today….

    Sorry about the delay in responding…. ;)

  35. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kev I guess it makes sense, the likes of Pat Rice and Charlie George grown up in and around the club. But I guess as with the fan base it has kind of migrated now, plenty of Gooners living in Barnet and beyond so players from Greater London could be considered local perhaps.

    Having a look there are a couple of the current youth/reserves who may fit your bill although may not make it….

    Sanchez Watt – Hackney
    James Shea – Islington

    Two of our more recent Youth Team successes came from West Hams territory, Parlour and Adams.

    In that mould we have a number of youngsters continuing that tradition :D Gibbs (Lambeth), Afobe (Leyton), Aneke (Newham).

  36. chas says:

    This seems to be working.
    Flash so no software download required.
    Not the best qualidee, though.

    http://coolsportz.de/stream1.php

  37. RockyLives says:

    Excellent Post BR
    I would say that the Holy Grail of our youth policy is to bring through a team in which the majority of players have grown up together, playing the same style of football (Wengerball).

    It’s basically what Barca have done.

    In my lifetime I would say Arsenal have had three successful teams in which the “young players who came through together” played a big part:

    1) The ’71 side, with all the players BR listed above.

    2) The late 70s/early 80s three-consecutive-Cup-Final side based round three young Dubliners (Brady, O’Leary and Stapleton).

    3) George Graham’s first championship side, with the likes of Adams, Merson, Rocastle, Thomas and Davis.

    Of course they all preceded Wengerball, but each in their own way achieved great success.

    I suspect that AW wants to take it to the next level. It’s a difficult alchemy to pull off – but if he gets it right (and I feel that with the current crop of young players we have our best chance yet) then we will reap the rewards for years to come.

    And if it doesn’t quite happen, the system pays for itself until the next crop comes along and gets their chance to be the Holy Grail.

  38. allezkev says:

    GiE.

    In essence mate, London is Ours, as the song goes… :D

    Yes i would agree with you on Watt and Shea.
    We also have a wonderfull recent record with hoovering up top talent from South London Schools…
    And as you rightly mention, East London & Essex is a rich breeding ground for talented kids.

    I do recall Joe Cole being touted in the Islington Gazette as a schoolboy.
    Never quite sure how West Ham whisked him away?

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    BR:

    A well thought out post – as usual.

    I’ve been involved in football a long, long time from kicking a rag ball against the main gate on Avenell Road in the 40’s to the present time of being simply a passionate 75 year old supporter of the Gunners.

    Along the way I played, coached, managed, help to start up and run a junior football league and did a little bit of refereeing.

    The one constant formula for a successful team, in my experience, has always been camaraderie, the longer teams stuck together the more successful they became – they weren’t always “winners” but they typically achieved their full potential.

    Now, it should be said that I was not coaching or managing to “win” but to achieve maximum potential.

    I say all of this as I truly believe that keeping players together through as many stages of their career as possible is a winning formula. The longer they are together the more telepathic their knowledge of each other becomes, they begin to play by instinct and for each other, once they have won it becomes a mentality that they fight to maintain.

    We had all of that in the early Wenger teams but they were broken up,(way to early in my opinion) by events and circumstance that, maybe, were beyond AW’s control.

    Fast forward to today and we have the nucleus of success on our doorstep, great young players who have been together for a few years and a hard core of older players who can mentor them.

    My earnest hope is that AW creates another “winning” team so that his legacy is not tarnished by the lack of trophies in his final years,
    I

  40. Gooner In Exile says:

    GN5 your 2:33 is exactly why I want Frimpong to stay, he and Jack played together from the age of 11….if they don’t have telepathic senses no one will.

  41. RockyLives says:

    Great comment Gn5

    If you had asked me six months ago whether we’ll ever win the league again under Arsene, although my heart would have wanted to say ‘yes’, my head would have said ‘no’.

    Now both my head and heart can give an emphatic ‘yes’.

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    From The Islington Gazette.

    ……………………………………………………………………………

    The Little Mozart has been making the sweetest music at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield during their sizzling hot streak of late.

    Tomas Rosickys transformation from injury prone nearly man to the Premier League’s most exciting, motivated midfielder is quite possibly the most extraordinary and unlikely story of Arsenal’s increasingly bizarre season.

    Orchestrating attack after attack from his central midfield birth a welcome move after he floundered out wide far too often Rosicky has married his unquestioned technique with a defensive instinct which is, at times, bordering on the fanatical.

    Over the past five games, his box-to-box play has been a joy to behold.

    Who needs Cesc Fbregas?

    Forget the shirt number on his back, Arsenal’s No7 is playing the No10 role to absolute perfection.

    Arsene Wenger quickly moved to tie the Czech Republic star out of contract in the summer to the club prior to Monday nights 2-1 win over Newcastle United, as Rosicky signed a reported two-year extension to his current deal.

    “I am very happy,” said the 31-year-old after the game. “I wanted to continue here and I am enjoying it very much so I am glad that I am staying.

    “I am trying my best and enjoying the run of games that I am playing. Sometimes in the past it has been difficult when you play once in two weeks, sometimes it is not easy.

    “You can see now that I have the rhythm of the games and that is what I needed. As you can see I think I am contributing well and I want to continue like that.

    “My fitness is obviously a big thing too; the first step is obviously to play football. I have got that right now, I had the chance and I took it. Obviously I would like to stay in the team and playing like I am right now.”

    But quite why it has taken Rosicky nearly six years to show his true potential remains a mystery. Granted, injuries have seriously curtailed his progress since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006, but that appears to tell only half the story.

    Lacklustre and shorn of confidence, the sight of Rosicky walking away from Wayne Rooneys free kick, without so much as a backward glance, during that 8-2 humiliation last August epitomised to many fans all that was wrong with the club.

    Rosicky, apparently, was just another overpaid foreign mercenary being overindulged by a trusting Wenger.

    But just four days previously we had seen a glimpse of the player his manager alwaysbelieved was waiting to surface.

    His barnstorming second-half performance after replacing the hot-headed Emmanuel Frimpong was the springboard for a 2-1 win at Udinese in the Champions League qualifiers.

    It showed fans what he was capable of when handed responsibility. But his remarkable form and influence since last month has taken everybody by surprise.

    Rosicky who has captained his country for the past six years has been a tour de force since Emmanuel Adebayors penalty put Spurs 2-0 up at Emirates Stadium on February 22.

    With complete mastery of the midfield, he took control to haul the Gunners back into the game. Spurs had no answer. Rosicky’s goal his first in two years capped a remarkable comeback to put the Gunners 3-2 up, and his form hasnt dipped since.

    Arsenal.com users voted him the man of the match, as he was again in a 3-0 demolition of Serie A leaders AC Milan nine days ago.

    But those goals are only two of 19 he has scored since 2006 a lamentable record for a player of his undoubted ability. There is still much to improve on.

    Terry Neill, the former Arsenal manager, has described him as “the thinking man’s footballer” while Paul Merson has consistently backed the player on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday.

    “He is a proper footballer no exaggeration, I could watch him play the game all day long,” Merson said long before Rosickys rebirth as Arsenal’s all-action midfield dynamo.

    Wenger concurs: “I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top-class.

    “He plays the style of football we champion here and shares completely our philosophy. He is always ready to work for the sake of the club, always willing to put the team first. I have huge respect for him.”

    One ambitious pass which just failed to reach its target on Tuesday night was met with a gasp and a round of sympathetic applause. Three months ago it would have been greeted with boos and derision.

    As his energy levels dropped after another whole-hearted display against Newcastle, there was a standing ovation when he was finally withdrawn by Wenger. How times change.

    Rosicky, as he said himself, is the musician who has finally found his rhythm…

  43. Gooner In Exile says:

    F*** Me!

    Diaby busts a gut to get to the box, Ozyakup squares for him, Diaby finishes and Brad Jones outstretched studs up leg makes contact and Diaby is writhing in the back of the net in agony!

    Thankfully he has come back on.

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    Diaby taken off after 61 minutes, let’s hope it’s precautionary.

  45. …and now he’s off GiE.

    That’s probably it for the season now for Diaby. In August hopefully he’ll be “Like a new signing” LOL.

    Nice insight on the post Big (&) Randy; I doff my sombrero.

  46. evonne says:

    GM at 11:22 – me too. It is down to so called ‘footballing world’. Muamba and the ManU fan executed in Nigeria got me crying, we have the love for footy in common and it is sad to lose one of us. I hope we’ll see Muamba playing again!

    Good post Raddy, thank you. How our youth policy differs from other clubs, are we really the leaders? I think Chavs various glory hunting managers didn’t think far ahead (for obvious reasons) and hence the present disappointing squad. West Ham always had plenty hot youngesters, not sure if they continue with the tradfition now, probably cannot afford it. Or shall I say, can any club afford not to invest in youth?

  47. Gooner In Exile says:

    Banfield said before game that the plan was an hour, so I guess thats just to plan. Ansah took a nasty one in the first half.

    Afobe is a bit of a beast isn’t he!

  48. Gooner In Exile says:

    Lets be clear Evonne are you talking hot in the Rory Delap sense? ;)

  49. allezkev says:

    Great to see Diaby back, and scoring.

    You seeing game GiE..?

    How are Aneke and Ozyakup doing/
    Both those lads have a lot of potential imho.

  50. evonne says:

    GiE – RoryD’s history :) How come you are watching in the middle of the day??

  51. 26may1989 says:

    Good post Raddy.

    @Allezkev: I was at William Ellis and played against St Aloyisus several times (mid 1980s) – I think we had the better record then. But the Aloyisus boys often used to come down the hill and give us a bit of a kicking outside our school gates, so I guess it was even overall…! I only played basketball against Highbury Grove – we were rubbish, got caned.

    Re the Arse youths, I always feel very optimistic about them, but that optimism is only sometimes borne out. So many of those I’ve rated and awaited (like JET, Sidwell, Muamba, Pennant, Bentley, Bothroyd, Volz) have ended up going elsewhere and/or never really making it to the top, top level. But when I look at today’s ranks, including young players in or on the verge of the first team squad, I see so many superb talents, both those who’ve been recruited young and those who’ve had all their formative years with us: LJ, Ryo, Campbell, Gibbs, Ramsey, Coquelin, Miquel, Bartley, AOC, Szczesny, Lansbury, Henderson, Ozyakup, Yennaris, Afobe, Martinez, Shea, Torel – and there are more. Absolutely ridiculous. If Pool or United think they can match our ranks of talent, they must have some bloody impressive young players.

    As Raddy says, FFP means well run youth set-ups are becoming even more important than ever for any club with pretensions to success. And thank god we’re in the vanguard on that front, long may it continue.

  52. Gooner In Exile says:

    “Working” from home today :D

    Ozyakup is looking good, Aneke not in the game as much. Afobe holding up the ball well.

    We are just a little bit disjointed today.

    Boateng on for Aneke now.

  53. Gooner In Exile says:

    I’m surprised Angha is playing right back whilst Hoyte playing centre back, i thought Miquel and Angha looked good together when I saw them at Norwich

  54. allezkev says:

    Boateng, just back from a spell on loan, Swindon i think.
    Big strong centre-back.

  55. 26may1989 says:

    So what’s the score? 1-0?

  56. Finished 1-1 Mr 26/M’Lud.

  57. 26may1989 says:

    Why, thank you Sir Chary.

  58. allezkev says:

    26 May;
    Re; Youths, apparantly we have an outstanding group at u16.

    Think we could be in a very encouraging spell of seeing some top talents emerging from the academy.

  59. evonne says:

    GiE – changed your occupation :)

  60. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I discounted Spearing and Liverrmore. Spearing is 23 oand has made just a handful of appearances. plus L’pool signed Hendersona dn Adams in summer which gives a clear picture of L’pool’s opinion of his future.

    Livermore is not going to make it, plus it would ruin my anti.Spurs jibe!

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Further ….

    I worked purely on the FA Youth Cup winning squads. Cesc wasn’t in a winning team. Nor were Ox, Ryo, Ramsey, Campbell etc

  62. See the Chavs have let a player go after he admitted letting off a smoke grenade at their training ground.

    Typical Chelsea, they sure know how to pick the scum of the Earth as their players, e.g. Cashley(who I’m sure was firing a starters pistol at the training ground also) and the excrescence of a human being that is their Captain, John Terry.

  63. goonermichael says:

    Muamba seems to be getting better by the hour. Owen Coyle says he’s had a converastion with him.

  64. goonermichael says:

    chary
    chelsea are scum

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne,
    Now when you say Rory D is history (how do I put this sensitively), we have noted your silence over the past week, and err umm, have you been eating rather heartily?

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Top News,
    Terry out of game at City tomorrow :-)

  67. Big Raddy says:

    Are you suggesting evonne is “eating for two?”

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    How dare you Raddy!
    Actually I was hypothesising on the back of allegations following the disappearing of 26 a while back that Delap could currently be making his way through the Evonne digestive system.

  69. Testing, testing, one , two, BITCH, three, four………..

  70. Big Raddy says:

    You scoundrel.

    Does your cheek know no bounds?

  71. evonne says:

    Micky – I am the same age as Rocky and a bit older than Chas and no longer capable of conceiving, hurray !! Plus, no sex for a VERY long time keep me absolutely safe :) I just got bored of RoryD, that’s all

    Why is TJ out of tomorrow’s game? Tevez playing on Sat

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I did never suggest such a dreadful thing, dear Evonne. It was Raddy :-)
    JT out? Read it on Skynews.
    Off out for the evening.
    Nite all.

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Wasn’t me. Blame Tourettes

  74. evonne says:

    Raddy – i mailed you, thanks for recommendations

  75. I love people with tourettes :)

  76. SharkeySure says:

    Look away Gus.

    Many thanks Mr Radders.

    I think there’s Kelly and Spearing at the Pool…but that’s about it. And you simply cannot mention the pool without calling the names Henderson, Carroll and Downing. £75m !!!

    So you compare the averageness of a Spearing, the awfulness of Henderson and the lack of goals and assists from Downing and Carroll..and you kind of think Liverpool as having lit neither end of the candle.

    Meanwhile at Arsenal we have the youths you mention, plus stellar signings like BFG, Arteta, Kozzer, Ox…etc etc and you can see that we have a 200 watt bulb burning brightly at both ends of our candle…

    No wonder our futures so bright ;-)

  77. SharkeySure says:

    Evonne 6.04. Thanks for sharing that with us all..

    Whilst you were away, Peaches Mum became our new blog moderator. Are you happy for her to be reading that..??

  78. Calling Micky ….. I’m home from work now, do you want me to sort the Villa tickets for you?

  79. SharkeySure says:

    Just saw the Flaxen Haired Warrior Princess thank Randy(!!) for his recommendations…..

    Thankfully its something he’d volunteered prior to FHWP’s 6.04.

    I thought this was a family site…???

  80. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Used to know a bloke with that tourettes.He was a twitcher, like Harry, and had a terrible stammer, felt realy sorry fo him. For some reason he would only let fly with obscenities when there was good looking women around.

  81. evonne says:

    Rasp and Peaches – I apologise for the inappropriate comment. I do not like being censored and therefore I think it would be best for all if I blog somewhere else. Cheerio.

  82. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    No, thats me Evonne. hahaha

  83. Nobody has been or will be censored, we did not object to evonne’s comment, Sharkey referred to it in jest.

  84. Red Arse says:

    Terry,

    I bet the ugly women were outraged. “How dare he not twitch or hurl obscenities at me?”, said ugly Betty. :-) “I’m good looking!” :-)

  85. Red Arse says:

    Terry said:

    “No, thats me Evonne.” Are you pregnant, Merry One? :-)

  86. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all,

    So delighted by the progress made by Muamba, its looking well for him considering where he was at Saturday afternoon, as long as his mind and body are okay, he can take it from there :)

    Everton tomorrow night will be tricky, although I think Moyes called it all wrong with the team he put out against Liverpool last week, they lost momentum and I reckon he has one eye on the FA Cup replay with Sunderland already.

  87. I should explain myself Mr Mancini. I use the name Tourettes because It sounds better than Coprographia and Coprolalia, which are forms of tourettes, a medical condition I have. When I feel the urge, I try to disguise the profanity within humour. I take no offence as not only am I an Arsenalolic, I am a Laughoholic.

  88. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Redders, hahahaha, he was definitly a good barometer. At first, everyone said that he let fly randomly when women were about, but after an analysis of his behaviour i concluded that it was only to girls that were generaly considered to be attractive. The realy horrible thing for me was that once i pointed this fact out, it was i that became the Villian, not him. You just cant win hahahahaa

  89. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Tourettesgooner, hahahaha. I like you already.

  90. Red Arse says:

    Hi Evonne, :-)

    The wanderer returns. We have missed your morning chats! :-)

    Sharkey is your friend and he was only teasing you, certainly no censorship.

  91. Mr Mancini thank you for the Ha ha`s, awfully polite of you TOSSER…….sorry, It sometimes pops up without warning, same as my erectile dysfunction. Over the years I have found that the best way to try to control It, Is with coldness, I currently have my heating turned off and I`m soaking my feet In ice cold water !.

  92. goonermichael says:

    Peaches
    Can I use tourettes as an excuse if I forget myself?

  93. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahahahahha. sorry to hear that tourettes. I dont think the freezing cold is gona help with the erectile dysfunction, We might have to call Pele or John Terry for some advice

  94. goonermichael says:

    Has it all gone quiet on Podolski?

  95. goonermichael says:

    Should I only post comments that end in question marks?

  96. Red Arse says:

    Terry,

    Our mate the Glicster is resisting my attempts to get him back so we need you to entice him! :-)

  97. Mr Mancini, the main problem I have with the cold BITTY`S… bit, Is that it slow`s my typing down, I`m sure you understand ,but you try typing with your COCK…..cold fingers when shivering.

  98. kelsey says:

    Enrique Iglesias has a form of tourettes, and there are three known forms of the illness. I have studied the subject for many years due to my own problems and have had several meetings with various psychiatrists as it has intrigued me. I will be very interested to read what tourettesgooner posts .

  99. kelsey says:

    Well I didn’t have to wait long.

    I suggest you take a few deep breaths and come back in a few months time. We are trying to run a friendly Arsenal blog and some of your humour is disgusting.

  100. Irishgunner says:

    Fu€k biscuits ……

    ……
    ….

    ………..

    ……………

    ………………

    Its the tourettes

  101. Red Arse says:

    On second thoughts, MerryT, I think we can induct Glicsters twin “Tourettes” into the Cuckoo Club. :-)

    Gadzooks, now even Evonne has done a runner from the club!

  102. Red Arse says:

    Uh Oh, Tourettes, that is a bit provocative — I think the Cuckoo Club has officially closed! :-(

  103. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Redders, dont worry about Cornwall, i have it on good authority that his return is imminent. i reckon that nice Tourettes fellow is paving the way for him. hahaha

    GM, yes, question marks are great. haha

  104. Irishgunner says:

    GM – Unless it makes them grammatically incorrect?

    Kelsey – I read over last night’s comments and you mentioned Malaga. Did they get a big influx of money in recent times?

  105. Red Arse says:

    GM,

    Podolski’s agent has denied everything, and he (Pod) has now said, allegedly, that he wants to go to Lazio.

    We have to wait until AFC announce or do not announce he has signed. :-(

  106. goonermichael says:

    Malaga are the mancity of Spain aren’t they?

  107. kelsey says:

    Yes irish, they are owned by the same family that own City and are looking for a top 6 finish this season and CL the folowing.They have also just built a brand new port in Malaga.

  108. Red Arse says:

    Hi Irish, :-)

    I think Malaga have a new Arab sponsor/owner??????

    GM is spreading the ??????? :-)

  109. SharkeySure says:

    Pele or John Terry !!!

    Welcome back TMHT. I’m glad you weren’t gone for too long on your self imposed suspension. I was a little naughty last night, and banned myself til this morning.

    I sometimes think I’m too hard on myself

  110. Mr Kelsey, You are the Handsome one in the Bowling picture are you not ?. A magnificent head of hair you have there sir. That Ken Barlow has such hair and has confessed to having a thousand lovers !, I`m sure you are not far behind you lucky chap.
    Spain Is doing you well, playing with Juan`s Bowls seems to work wonders !

  111. goonermichael says:

    I did Mike Leigh the film directors hair today for the first time. When I finished I asked him if he wanted some wax and he told me to f**k off.

  112. SharkeySure says:

    Thats great news about the Cornish award winner.

  113. Red Arse says:

    I think I noticed, Terry. :-)

  114. kelsey says:

    That is far more acceptable GLIC.

  115. Red Arse says:

    Glicster, you award winning person you, I have to go, it would be great to see you tomorrow, so don’t get yourself red carded??????? :-)

  116. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Sharkey, during my self imposed exile i started feeling like a voyuer, ive got enough issues as it is so had to come back hahaha.

    Got to go, something important to do…….though ime scared that nice touretts fellow will insult me and i wont be around to respond. hahaha

  117. Irishgunner says:

    Thought I heard that alright, but a new port Kelsey, A PORT? To get their big cruise ship into? :lol:

    GM – If you ever do Lady Gaga’s hair if you just tie her down till I get there :D

  118. RockyLives says:

    GM
    Was Mike Leigh being jestful or rude?

  119. RockyLives says:

    Tourettes
    Is yours, by any chance, an ‘award winning’ affliction?

  120. RockyLives says:

    Evonne was joking, wasn’t she?

  121. RockyLives says:

    GM
    Have I caught questionmarkitis from you?

  122. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky,

    Lots of people getting the wrong ends of lots of sticks at the moment I’m afraid :(

  123. RockyLives says:

    Thanks Rasp
    I’m normally a bit confused, but today I’m very confused.

    I think we’re all suffering from lack of football.

  124. Rasp says:

    Yes Rocky, that has to be it.

    There are so many possible scenarios surrounding tomorrows games – my favoutite is that by 10 o clock, we will be in 3rd, 2 points in front of the spuds and 6 in front of the chavs – who knows?

  125. RockyLives says:

    I fancy us to win, Chavs to lose… I’m just not sure about the Spuds. I could see them beating the Orcs – although if their confidence is still down it’s a game where they could very easily drop points. Maybe a draw.

    In which case I’ll settle for…
    In 3rd, ONE point ahead of the Spuds and six ahead of the Chavs :)

  126. Irishgunner says:

    Nasri :lol: what a pillock.

    Overplayed at Arsenal and he’s doing better at Citeh :lol:

  127. Irishgunner says:

    “Lots of people getting the wrong ends of lots of sticks” – tehehehehehehe I put sexual innuendo onto that sentence tehehehehehehe *giggles like a little girl*

  128. Rasp says:

    Yep that’ll do me too Rocky :P

  129. Rasp says:

    Trust you Irish :roll: . I saw your Eastenders twitter and yes, I thought the same thing :?

  130. chas says:

    Welcome back, Tourettes.
    No-one quite uses those backward-sloping apostrophes as you do.
    It’s almost like seeing handwriting.

  131. SharkeySure says:

    “he would only let fly with obscenities when there was good looking women around”

    Nerves..??

  132. lemi61 says:

    Tourettes…….did you have lovely sunshine in Cornwall today???

    Welcome back Merry Terry. Missed you both.

  133. Irishgunner says:

    No idea what you mean Rasp, I’m an angel me :)

    Yeah, ha ha, I think everyone was. That Ben Mitchell is a right little so-and-so, poor Jay, he’s such a good ‘un.

  134. Irishgunner says:

    Messi is officially Barca’s joint top scorer of all time with 232 goals at just 24 ….. WOW

  135. VCC says:

    West v middlesborough……like watching paint dry.

  136. Gooner In Exile says:

    Bloody ell half time in Blackburn v Sunderland game:

    Shots : BB 8 Sun 0
    On Target : BB 4 Sun 0
    Possession : 56% – 44%

    O’neill knows how to create boring sides doesn’t he! Still 0-0

  137. goonermichael says:

    I think I could do a good job on gaga’s hair Irish. I should try to get in touch with her management. He was half joking Rocky, he swears more than me. I tend not to swear while i’m working (or blogging)

  138. goonermichael says:

    Boro just scored a great goal out of nothing

  139. goonermichael says:

    Just hit the crossbar too

  140. goonermichael says:

    Is the title of todays post a Bob Marley reference? Do I collect £200 and got straight to go?

  141. goonermichael says:

    I’m off to look at porn if you’re not playing

  142. Big Raddy says:

    I am playing but understand if porn is more attractive!

    It is a BobM line, but I was referring to an Arsenal song. Any input for tomorrow’s headline?

  143. Irishgunner says:

    I think you’s do an A1 job of her hair GM, it’d be awesome.

    Leeds :lol: 3-7 down at home to Forest.

  144. VCC says:

    West Ham v Boro….what a boring game that was. Great strike by the Boro sub.

  145. Irishgunner says:

    Have to say, giving a lot of credit to Steve Kean. He stuck in at Blackburn when a lesser being would have walked away (Roy Keane at Sunderland) and he looks like he could keep them up. He has no money, the fans were on his back, owners look like they couldn’t give a toss, but he got the players wanting to try for him (except at the Emirates) and he could pull this off. Not saying he’s an excellent manager or anything like that, just some fair dues.

  146. Gooner In Exile says:

    A musical reference? All I’ve got is “Ye Olde Toffee Shop” by the Hollies?

    Other than that some reference about avoiding the Sticky Toffee Pudding. But that’s me not thinking outside the box and without your musical knowledge.

  147. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. As you say Fair Do’s.

    One off my friends travels from London to all the B’burn home games and he detests Kean. Bet he will change his one if they stay up

  148. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks GIE. More input needed ……

  149. Irishgunner says:

    Plus he impressed me with how he openly agreed to change the match against Bolton if they wanted. Its a massive 6 pointer and to play it now would probably suit Blackburn, but instead of saving his own neck, he’s like “Its up to you lads whether we play or not” – now its the right thing to do, but people don’t always do the right thing.

  150. Gooner In Exile says:

    Agreed Irish I didn’t warm to him because he’d said after they beat us 4-3 that they’d done their homework on us…when in reality he should have said we gave it our best and they’ve helped us today with a couple of og’s.

    But since then he has handled himself well in face of scrutiny and as you say he has kept players on his side, wasn’t he even brave enough to leave out Samba (and make him train with the reserves) when he handed transfer request in?

    I prefer him over O’Neill who I just can’t stand. It amazes me how some talk of Wenger as an egomaniac and then want to bring in the likes of O’Neill and Mourinho.

  151. Irishgunner says:

    Is it cheating if we google? :lol:

  152. Irishgunner says:

    GIE – yep, as far as I know he dropped Samba because he said his head & heart wasn’t in it to play for the club and they needed everyone at 100%. Unlike Citeh and Tevez, he didn’t back down.

  153. goonermichael says:

    Porn is really boring. chelsea are scum

  154. goonermichael says:

    Apart from gaga’s phone hair I think a lot of it’s been a bit naff.

  155. Irishgunner says:

    Some of her weaves have been nasty. I do like the teal hair she had going on during the Edge of Glory era

    And the style she had for the shoot for the cover of V Magazine and she uses it sometimes for Mugler shoots

  156. 26may1989 says:

    Two great calls from Irish tonight: Messi is a true phenomenon; tonight he scored his 6th hat-trick of the season and became Barca’s top all-time scorer at the age of 24. And the goals were very, very nice. He is simply sublime.

    And respect to Steve Kean. Not only is he steering Blackburn to safety against a very negative, confidence-sapping backdrop, but mid-season he has also lost his first choice centre back pairing (Nelsen and Samba), having lost Phil Jones last summer. Although Rovers aren’t safe yet, it’s looking good for them and fair play also to BRFC’s owners for not succumbing to pressure to sack Kean earlier in the season.

  157. goonermichael says:

    I’d do this better :)

  158. goonermichael says:

    I’m watching a digest of fans forum. Tom Watts has got an annoying habit of not finishing his sentances

  159. Irishgunner says:

    Is it a bit sad that I typed in “Lady Gaga hair” into google images and knew where & when 99% of the images were taken? :lol:

    I’mma get a silhouette tattoo of Jo Calderone done, best alter-ego of an alter-ego ever.

    Sometimes I think I’d only think about football if it wasn’t for the Gaga :lol:

  160. goonermichael says:

    I saw Lady Gaga on Japanese TV. The hostess has a thing where she gives kids sweets that she hides in her hair. Lady gaga said ” I’ve got a gift for you” and pulled a sweet out of her hair.

  161. Irishgunner says:

    26 May – I think the owners didn’t want to pay out any money to him, reckon they hoped he walked. Good for him that he didn’t. Wolves are really looking bad for the drop, Wigan look fecked as well, so that’s one spot left.
    :lol: GM she goes through stages of really liking that do. Her attempt on Rove in 09 was kinda cool

  162. Irishgunner says:

    She always threw “candy” at kids during her first interview on the Paul O’Grady show. They were there for show but she just took the bowl of them when she came on stage and starting eating them, and then throwing them at kids. Her favourite are gummy bears …. I just know these things :oops:

  163. goonermichael says:

    She’s a big fan of SMAP

  164. Irishgunner says:

    I love the way she researched that. I remember my mother saw her in an interview for the first time on the Graham Norton show and was expecting a proper weirdo – the Bride of Frankenstein outfit didn’t help – until she revealed she was wearing an Irish design cos he’s Irish and my mother was like “She knows where he’s from O_O”

    My Dad saw her first on the Jonathon Ross show recently, where she brought out Kevin the sheep. He was like “Sure why not bring out a sheep” :lol:

  165. Irishgunner says:

    :lol: I’ve seen that GM. That week in Japan she got a load of free Hello Kitty – Hello Kitty even made a one off special edition for her :( I want a one off Hello Kitty ……

  166. Irishgunner says:

    I’m going to bed now and when I come back tomorrow evening I’ll only talk about Arsenal and the match :lol:

    Night GM and everyone else :)

  167. goonermichael says:

    My favourites are AKB48. But I’m a dirty old man :)

  168. goonermichael says:

    Night Irish

  169. RockyLives says:

    BR
    Song title ideas…
    Blue Highway (Billy Idol)
    My Blue Heaven (Fats Domino)
    It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Dylan)

    The Leaving of Liverpool (with 3 points :) )

    Or, less specifically about Everton and more about keeping our away form going…
    On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)
    The Long and Winding Road (some blokes from Liverpool)
    Up, Up and Away (can’t remember)
    Not Fade Away (Stones)
    Every Time You Go Away (Paul Young)
    Take My Breath Away (Berlin)

  170. Gooner In Exile says:

    What about “Timewarp” in reference to Goodison Park. :)

    As lovely as it is to have an old fashioned ground the viewing experience is dreadful, pillars all along…..and they were charging anything between £34-£39 for away fans. Meaning for £1 less than I am paying to watch Wigan at the Emirates I could have gone to Goodison and seen 75% of the action.

    It’s the curse of being a Grade A team. We have 6 higher priced A games in the League at home but every away game we are a Grade A match for the locals so our away fans have to also pay the increased prices that’s got to be wrong hasn’t it?

  171. oz gunner says:

    thanks for the post BR, looks like we will be spoilt by having a BR double. Glad the cuckoo club is back in business, and hopefully evonne was joking around. Like GiE and co i can’t get enough of this site, you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming. Too many great post/comments to read.

    In regards to the future i agree with 26’s comment. If it were up to me i’d only ever want players coming through the youth and making it in the first team. I’ve had high hopes for others but this bunch of kids are on another level. I know we can’t have 5 players for every position but i’ll feel truly saddened if the likes of yennaris, frimpong, coquelin, miquel, afobe, lansbury and co don’t make it.

    Podolski better bloody come now, i’ve already given him a 5 year contract on FIFA!

    @ Dandanite

    sorry for the lateness but i hope your Mrs is back dragging you shopping again quick smart. All the best.

    @ Sharkespeare

    loved the osmosis comment yesterday in regards to kozzer, brilliant!

  172. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Been ready for ages here.

  173. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches,
    Just read your message. Thank you, but I have tickets for saturday. No thanks to the exchange or should I say my laptops, home pc, missisisis laptop….
    Anyway, add me plus one to the meet at tavern didgit.

  174. Gooner In Exile says:

    This is a journalist who gets to shape public opinion by what he writes…..the response to him on Twitter has been damning. The best I saw was this….

    https://twitter.com/adamrconnah/status/182251113104412672

  175. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hark GiE,
    Cannot wait o see the Raddy line up. His team sheet brings kick off and the reality of a game so much closer.
    How sad is this, I actually feel close to the action the moment I see the green on Raddy’s line up diagram. The green grass and all

  176. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ox or Gerv?

  177. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE,
    As far as opportunities for Managers are concerned, I don’t believe farmers get a fair crack.

  178. Big Raddy says:

    A mixed bag in today’s pre-match. Some humor, some vitriol and some story telling ……

    Going out to the Opera (La Traviata) tonight and as the game isn’t televised will have to rely on Arsenalist to see some footage.

  179. Gooner In Exile says:

    Haha Micky, it’s been a long time coming….

    Line up will be key it’s a tight pitch need to be solid yet intricate, Ox for me because we need shooters from distance as Everton will defend deep. Moyes seems to want FA Cup this season, maybe he’ll rest players.

  180. Gooner In Exile says:

    Raddy I hate non televised games. Question will I watch on BBC web…..which is so frustrating. It is likely radio will go with Chavs v ManChavs which is annoying when it’s also being shown on Sky.

  181. Morning all

    Off to work in a minute so just popping in to say hello.

    Micky – pleased you got your tickets, I’ll always help, you only have to ask.

    Football tonight ……. fantastic ……. can’t wait. Catch you all later.

  182. Gooner In Exile says:

    Raddy are you allowed to borrow opera house wifi for watching on your laptop…surely bad form?

  183. Big Raddy says:

    From what I read young farmers get plenty of crack

  184. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “shooters” is a great word.

  185. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I would but IPad’s don’t have flash player so streaming is out.

  186. oz gunner says:

    Morning all

    @ BR

    i hate non-televised games too, but thanks to chas and co on here i have sopcast to help. How is it that setanta nearly went under yet it robs Australians of FA cup matches!

    Bring on the pre-match BR

    ox for me! I’m hoping jagielka is rested considering he just came back from injury and their run of 4 games in 10 days.

  187. Red Arse says:

    Russell Brand gets a fair share of crack!!!

  188. oz gunner says:

    why micky? is it because if you drop an ‘s’ you get a naughty word?

  189. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Time to be ruthless and clinical tonight. We always see how Utd are in the run up, and over the next three games we can pretty much secure top four, leaving plenty of space during the final sprint to grab third with something to spare.
    Something like that anyway.

  190. kelsey says:

    Morning all.

    I spoke with dandan and his wife remains in hospital for at least another week.She is having more and more tests as to why her prognosis keeps returning. I am sure we all wish her well.

  191. Red Arse says:

    Good morning, guys, and you Evonne. :-)

  192. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Please send my best wishes to DD and Mrs DD when you next speak.

  193. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    We look like space invaders. Blip blip boing!

  194. Red Arse says:

    Thanks for the info, Kelsey, and, we certainly all wish her well, and it must be very stressful for DD too.

  195. kelsey says:

    The form book is interesting for tonight.

    Everton have only won 6 at home from 14 and scored 15 yet conceded only 13 and have lost only one in 8.

    We should be full of confidence and it has to be a grat chance for us to nick it by the odd goal.Apparently Santos is in the squad

  196. Big Raddy says:

    speak for yourself. Some of us keep our classic good looks

  197. Red Arse says:

    You are right, Micky, so I have chosen a tasteful ( :roll: ) red sunset to match my eyes!!

    You are always so upbeat and cheerful in the mornings — nice to see!! :-)

  198. Big Raddy says:

    kelsey. Let’s wait for that discussion until the post goes up. My research on the stats gives a slight different result.

    Good news about Santos

  199. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    Err indoors and him decided to go to the Opera in Budapest for our 10th wedding anniversary. Neither actually like opera, but just decided to do something different somewhere different. Both loved it. We became all high brow culturally poncey for about three days. Great city by the way.

  200. Red Arse says:

    Raddy, how could anyone doubt your soulful good looks? :-)

    Unfortunately, I am completely at a loss when you guys all chat about hidden musical references in your Posts. (I guess that is what you mean) my musical tastes are more classical, and my ignorance of other music is rather limited. [tho' I likes wot I likes]

    Oh to be blissfully ignorant!!! :-)

  201. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    Beautiful red sunsets make me sick!
    I’m a miserable old git really.

  202. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I go to opera to fool my friends into think there is more to me than football and a pretty face.

  203. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry, the opera message was aimed at Raddy, but please feel free to get all inclusive RA.

  204. Red Arse says:

    Micky,

    What a brilliant idea!! I will bear that in mind should the opportunity ever arise. :-) What Opera was it?

    I said, above, “my ignorance of other music is rather limited.” of course what I meant was my musical knowledge was rather limited — my ignorance knows no bounds!! :-)

  205. MickyDidIt89 says:

    BR,
    Oh a big ditto :-)

  206. Red Arse says:

    No that’s OK, Micky, I could not possibly compete with the beguiling Raddy, please feel free to ignore me!! :-)

  207. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    Tosca, but frankly it could have been anything. Budapest is lovely and very friendly. The Opera House has to be the most beautiful anywhere. Cheap city and cheap flights. Fantastic for a long weekend.
    Off out now.

  208. Red Arse says:

    Micky,

    I love Puccini, altho Tosca is very dark – did the little Emperor get his hands on Italy’s family jewels? :-)

    See you later.

  209. chas says:

    Does Mancini like opera?

  210. kelsey says:

    BR,,
    “classic good looks” if you say so.

    Sorry about the stats I await you command

  211. chas says:

    I’m pleased it wasn’t me that broke cyber wind, kelsey. :)

  212. oz gunner says:

    what a follow up header by pires!

  213. kelsey says:

    In every single game in the above video provided by chas we start kicking left to right and even now if you look at the stats especially when at home the same applies when we win.

  214. oz gunner says:

    dear Arsene,

    can you please bring back (in their prime) Henry, God (DB), Viera and Pires.

    I miss seeing them play together

    thank you. kind regards,

    Oz

  215. chas says:

    kelsey, we could always move the camera!

  216. Rasp says:

    Morning all……

    ….. New post ……..

  217. chas says:

    …..if we lost the toss.

  218. samir naim says:

    nice info.. keep it up..

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