Poll: Arsenal’s Best Player of the Euros So Far

So Euro 2012 has reached the Quarter Finals stage, with England’s thrilling displays of attacking football the talk of the tournament.

Not.

My brief summary:

Spain – brilliant but increasingly annoying

Portugal – diving bar stewards

Holland – that’s what you get when you won’t pass to van Persie

France – meh

Italy – with Pirlo they might just do it

Germany – best in show.

Along the way, many Arsenal players have featured (including some of our loanees).

So, for no other reason than that this site has been overdosing on psychology and philosophy lately, it seems like a good time to discuss how our boys have done.

It was either that or metaphysics. I thought most people would prefer “that”.

The Poll below will allow you to vote for the Arsenal player you feel has been the most impressive (from a footballing perspective) during the Group Stage. You can then justify your selection in the comments, where you will be exposed to much verbal cut and thrust but, hopefully, no actual cutting or thrusting. Or name calling.

I have allocated three words to each of the players, based on the scientifically accurate approach of “they’re the first three words that popped into my head.” Indeed, you might also want to offer your own three words for some of the players (based on how they have done in Poland and Ukraine). Please keep expletives to a minimum.

Andrey Arshavin: Gifted, Short, Knackered.

Nicklas Bendtner: Goals, Miscontrol, Pants.

Tomas Rosicky: Injured, Unlucky, Injured.

Wojciech Szczesny: Impetuous, Flakey, Gutted.

Robin van Persie: Unsupported, Misfiring, Staying.

Theo Walcott: Milner? Really? Milner?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Exciting, Young, Unready

Lukas Podolski: Shoots, Heads, Runs

Over to you…

Right, must be off now. I need to work on my upcoming Post: “Is ‘Arsenal’ the Signified or the Signifier? A Linguistic Deconstruction of the 2011-12 Season.”

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275 Responses to Poll: Arsenal’s Best Player of the Euros So Far

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  2. Morning all – Friday fun is here and peaches is fed up of getting rained on so she’s here too ………………….

    Thanks Rocky for the post and the poll which Micky will be delighted with :)

    kelsey – saw you were on earlier, hope you are well.

    A big welcome to all the new guys.

  3. Scott says:

    Great post,Rocky.
    Fwiw,I went with Bendtner.
    Dead heat with Podolski,but hey,I had to choose one.

  4. My vote has gone to Nikki pink boots (or Paddy pants as he will now be referred to). I think he worked very hard for his team, scored a couple of goals, got into great positions, should have had a penalty and that Denmark were unlucky to be that group. They looked good against the Germans and were unlucky to lose to Portugal.

    I’m sure we’ll get a good price for him now and I’ll be sad to see him go. He needed pulling down a peg or two and if Ade wasn’t the man to do it then I’m not sure who is :) Well done Nik

  5. Should we be counting Podolski????????

  6. Timmy says:

    Podolski looks to be a huge prospect. The team is only some shades from balance, hopefully before the season begins, it should be balanced.

    Overall, next season should be a success for the club in terms of trophy.

  7. TotalArsenal says:

    Excellent stuff Rocky :)

    Has to be Theo for me. Single-handedly, he turned around a losing position into a winning one for England, coming on as a sub.

    What was his reward? On the bench again for the next match, cause taking a bit of risk and having a desire – some might say responsibility – to play attractive football occasionally have quickly become foreign to Roy Hodgson. Although I understand Hodgson’s cautiousness at this stage, I thought the game against Ukraine was almost unwatchable at times. Against Italy he will not get away with it anymore, and hopefully Theo will get a start this time.

  8. VCC says:

    Nice start to friday Rocky.

    The Grays, Essex vote goes to ……………………………THEO.

  9. Hi TA – I wasn’t surprised that Theo didn’t start against Ukraine, I assumed that Woy was protecting Theo’s hamstring. There hasn’t been any mention of the injury since the game so hopefully he’ll be good to go on Sunday.

    Where does your support go now that your Oranges have gone home. Are you looking forward to Stevie Me running rings around Pirlo :lol:

  10. oz gunner says:

    good idea Rocky.

    My vote went for Podolski, with Bendtner and AA tied for second. I think Podolski wins it because he is playing out of position and is still being effective and doing the team thing.

    @ Scott

    Sorry but the M’Vila ship has sailed, everyone is on the Flamini boat now..well I am…maybe BR too…probably more of a canoe! Free player, knows the system, save 20 million for an AM

    @ Kelsey

    Glad to see you back, hope all is well. Sorry I’m disagree with the whole ‘three left footed strikers creates problems’ theory. It’s just a thing everyone has jumped on to criticise. People should be jumping for joy that we have signed two new quality players, not already picking it to pieces. Did people criticise when we had Henry, Wiltord and Kanu (3 right footed players)…no they didn’t. Look what RVP did the other day, he scored a beauty with his right foot. At this level of competition players aren’t that one dimensional, and if they are they have ways of getting around it (speed, skill, ect). You don’t score 30+ goals in a season by being reliant on only one leg. In RVP and Podolski we have two of the best left footers in the game, they both possess cannons, and I for one can’t wait to see them in action together. As for Giroud, he gives us an aerial threat again, and power that will bring others into play. Chuck in the pace of Walcott and the Ox and we have the makings of a very dangerous attack.

  11. oz gunner says:

    Podoski: Strong, left cannon
    Ox: future star, amazing
    Walcott: speed, super sub
    Bendy: Ego, wasted talent
    RVP: please sign now!
    AA: lifting his price
    Rosicky: rejuvenated, injured, fighter
    Szcz: gutted, unlucky, #1

  12. goonermichael says:

    I love voting posts
    My vote went to Nikki.

    I’ve been reading stuff on twitter about the Dutch players saying they were sick of RVP and Afalley’s “love in” and that they looked down on most of the other players because they play for Arsenal and Barca.

  13. Scott says:

    We shall see Oz,but I reckon we will get him.
    Time will tell.

  14. Morning all and in answer to The Rock my vote went to the Pod, more so for his first game in the Euros where he looked fiendishly talented. I was wondering Peachy, why could we not include the Pod in our list of choices ?

    VCC – you are in Grays ? It’s a small world, my formative years were spent there, it’s where I got my love for this club of ours going to a schoool there where the only two allowable choices were AFC or the Hammers.

  15. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Peaches,

    Really nice to see you on the blog for once :) This must be a very busy period for your business, so I am glad you are using the opportunity to blog with us for a while.

    Good point re Theo’s hamstring.

    I sincerely hope England will win the Euros, but not ala Greece (2004 – sorry Terry) or the bus-parking Chavs concept. Other than that, I am really looking fwd to England – Italy from a tactical point of view, and Spain – France from a spectacle point of view.

    Pirlo and Di Rossi are a fantastic central midfield pairing, and I think they will expose Gerrard’s now severely reduced agility/mobility.

    Spain is just so good that I really cannot see anybody beating them this summer. But football never stops to surprise us: Greece could do it again! :lol:

    Some very good blogging last night by a couple of new bloggers. :)

  16. Omodara tolani says:

    He put some kind of different style of play with some unsual passes during he’s team matches but it’s just unfortunate that they’re out of d race

  17. kelsey says:

    Hello oz,

    I didn’t say it creates a problem,but watching podolski he could be a clone for RVP.Make of that what you will.

    As to the post:

    If games were every 10 days and lasted 60 minutes Arshavin would be mighty impressive. )1st game of the tornament)

    Rosicky really was missed last night as he had two very good opening games, really running the midfield.

    Nic did play well but his own ego stops him being the player he could be, and he does have a habit of dropping his trousers/shorts
    .
    Podolski, mighty impressive and I would wager will have the most powerful shot in the team next season.

    Theo, no doubt turned the game for England with an excellent contribution but there are a number of England players who just won’t feed him the ball.

    RVP looks totally knackered as he did as the season drew to a close.

    Our pole in goal will recover and will have learnt from his sending off. A total different character to Fabianski.

    Hodgson must rate the OX highly, and he seems level headed and is one for the future,yet still might feature against the Germans late on in the game,depending on the score.

  18. oz gunner says:

    @ Scott

    nah i agree with you, flamini is unrealistic, but we can dream

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Oz you are in good form ‘this late afternoon’! :)

    When is the court case and are you nervous about it?

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    Kelsey wrote:

    “Hodgson must rate the OX highly, and he seems level headed and is one for the future,yet still might feature against the Germans late on in the game,depending on the score.”

    I love the confidence Kelsey! You are already thinking about Germany, you must think Italy will be so easy! :lol:

  21. chary – Perachy???? That’ll be me then :) I know the Pod is ours but he just doesn’t feel like ours yet – eek i hope he’s not reading …..

    Also, that nice Mr Gazidis wrote and told me about a pre-season friendly at Borehamwood against an Arsenal XI on Sat 21st July at 3pm that might be fun. It’s before the World Tour so probably won’t feature any 1st team players but if you fancy a meet up then I’m game. Let me know what you think :)

  22. TA – I’ve been planting in a pond this week and quite frankly the thought of being wet and muddy again was too depressing so thankfully the weather forecast made the decision easy to stay at home and blog ;)

  23. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I will have to abstain from this poll. I haven’t watched a single game.

  24. TotalArsenal says:

    Good choice Peaches: you would simply have become ponderous or even despondent if had continued. :)

  25. Typo corrected Peachy/Perachy :) Once a player has had his mugshot taken with our shirt on he’s one of us.

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Chary, Perachy sounds like a peroni with a hint of peach in it! :)

  27. oz gunner says:

    @ Kelsey

    a clone of RVP…sounds bloody fantastic to me!

    @ TA

    I am good TA, exams are over thus ending three weeks of being locked away in a room full of books! How about yourself?

    Mid-July. Don’t really get nervous, but this time around I think it’s because i don’t think I’ve grasped the magnitude of it all to be honest. Once it comes closer I’ll be sweating bullets though. I got to see the re-enactment that I was in the other day. I struggled to lift a dead weight woman into a car who weighs 10kgs more than me, so it does seem unreasonable that an older male who weighs 20kgs less and doesn’t frequent the gym could do it. But then again who knows what a person is capable of when adrenaline and testosterone kicks in.

  28. In that case TA, mine’s a treble !

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Oz, it all sounds both exciting and mysterious to me (in a dark sort of way). Maybe those expensive boots gave him extra lifting power?! :)

    Is this the first time you are dealing with a real case?

    hi Chary, I seem to remember you do like your peronis! You would probably drink them even if they were flavoured with a hint of sprout! :)

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    350 votes in less than two hours. Oihhh Van Persie, Szczesny: you are not supposed to vote for yourself!!

  31. Well TA, I’d drikn one in honour of our RHWP, but the pre match drink is always Peroni.

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    Grolsch or San Miguel for me Chary :)

  33. Tolulope says:

    Lukas Podolski show so much talent at Euro 2012.He is great.Very good player for Arsenal.

  34. Beekeeper Bill says:

    Excellent post, Rocky. My vote goes to Theo though he has played limited minutes so far in the tourament. But oh what efficient minutes! Second choice goes to Arsenal’s best striker in the world…no not HIM…wait for it…Nikki ” a legend in his own mind” Bendtner. Now that he’s scored a few goals on a big stage, hopefully we can finally unload his selfish ass to another team.

  35. goonermichael says:

    We’ve got Giroud now. If Wenger says 90% it must be 100%

  36. Heineken for me thanks Total, nice import beer with an aquired taste (discreetly bottled in nelson bay.sydney ;-) ) LOL

    Oz, wat are you havin’ (total n Chary are buying) Swan Draught??

    HOW ARE WE KIDS? I Been very busy n missed a shitload havnt i ?

    whats new? ive taken a vow of silence just like my name sake RVP10 ;-)

  37. VCC says:

    Chary 10:22. Lived here for 29 years. What school?

    gnarleygeorge……..do you post on Arsenal online?

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    VCC,

    Re. Barnet.

    Maybe your cousin is also my cousin – I have over 50 with the majority in Essex.

  39. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Good afternoon.

    Thanks for the post Rocky. Ive voted for Theo, hes a good boy and loves his mum.

  40. rURp – where have you been???? In case you missed it Theo had possession of the ball for 17 seconds ( I think ) in our game against Sweden last week in which time he scored a screamer from 25 yards and then beat two defenders to set up Welbeck for the winner :)

  41. Lupango says:

    Gooner 4 lyf y lie

  42. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Hi VCC,

    Any good over 30’s clubs in Grays that i can ply my trade in?

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi RurP, nice to see you back here! :)

    You have indeed been very quiet lately. Hope life is treating you well my friend. Have you been watching the Croatia games at all?

  44. VCC – Little Thurrock Primary then William Edwards…how about you ?

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    From Skysports.

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Giroud deal ’90 per cent’ complete

    Wenger confident striker will integrate into the Arsenal system

    Last Updated: June 21, 2012 9:16pm
    Olivier Giroud: Expected to arrive at Emirates Stadium in a £13million deal
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is excited about the potential of Olivier Giroud after confirming a deal for the French striker is ’90 per cent’ complete.

    The Montpellier star, who is part of Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 squad, is thought to command a transfer fee in the region of £13million.

    The 25-year-old scored 25 goals for his club last season to help them win the Ligue 1 title, igniting the interest of several top clubs.

    However, it appears Arsenal are set to add the promising Frenchman to their squad, which has already been bolstered by the arrival of Germany marksman Lukas Podolski.

    “Podolski did a great job for the German team, he has superb team work”

    Wenger said on French TV station TF1: “Giroud didn’t play much (at the Euros so far), but he’s going to be an Arsenal player 90 per cent next season.

    “I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing.

    “He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I’m sure he will do well with us.”

    Wenger is working at the European Championship as a media pundit, and has been impressed by Podolski’s displays so far.

    Great job

    “Podolski did a great job for the German team, he has superb team work,” said the Arsenal boss.

    “He plays in a cautious way sometimes, but he’s still scored a very important goal against Denmark for his 100th cap. I am very happy with what I’ve seen from him.”

    Once the deal for Giroud is complete, Arsenal could then look to offload some of their fringe players, including Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner and Morocco international Marouane Chamakh as well as Mexico forward Carlos Vela and Brazilian midfielder Denilson.

    Arsenal could also now resurrect interest in Yann M’Vila after UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern Munich cooled their interest in the Rennes midfielder.

  46. Ah Mr Syrup, there was a club there where we went to for a Class reunion in 2002 – some place with a aquatic themed name..Waterworld maybe ?

  47. kelsey says:

    I just looked giroud up.He is 6″3 1/2 tall so goodbye Chamakh. Forget what you read. We are paying 6 million plus various add ons as per usual.

  48. VCC says:

    Mr Syrup. There was a club called PZAZ. but it got shut down as there was some naughty things happening there.

    The only clubs I go to now are grab a grand dad ones, probably too old for your telescope.

    chery…. My children went to Thameside junior and Torells. What local football team did you play for.?

  49. VCC says:

    GunnerN5……His name was Scott (surname). He previously played for Fulham.

  50. goonerjake says:

    Hi, goonerjake says it has to be theo. Podolski does not yet count, rvp was not at his best but then again nor were his non passing enemies did I say enemies I meant to say team mates. Andre ran out of steam rosicky unlucky aoc not seen enough football shezza o my dear and nick ok a few goals but I hate denmark. They remind me of an international version of middlesboro, by that I mean when you as a neutral see middlesboro game advertised you think wow that’s going to be really interesting.. Did I say interesting I meant DULL. But theo… One goal one assist and some truly great wing play.

    I don’t care if no one agrees because I am right :) no seriously theo in my humble opinion is top gooner so far.

  51. VCC says:

    goonerjake……I agree with you. :-)

  52. GunnerN5 says:

    VCC,

    My cousins surname was Giles. I have no Scott’s in my family.

  53. Hey Peachy, i really love your gravatar…it shows whos really the boss! (sorry Rasp ;-) )

    ahh, yes i did see theos cameo and just like Total i agree its got to take the cake..its world class and the difference between Englands progression to Italys bus stop..he is definately deserving of a start in both Arsenal and England although Woy is using him sparingly as he defends as good or bad as AA23 imo..he made me proud..

    Hey Total, how are ya mate? yeah ive been watching and ive been licking my wounds and eating oranges..damn, Croatia came very close to knocking off those cocky spainditos off their perch..had Rakitic’s header gone in from modrics sublime cross late in the game, it would have been game set match 1-0 Cro..(checkered tinted glasses ;-) )..still i was proud, a population of 5mill, 2 world cup winners in our group and we go home with four points..thanks to a happy but naive Ireland..

    The tournament has been so close and the results between favourites and the lower seeded teams has been marginal..alot of our players have performed and i think Wenger was involved in 17% of all goals and assists after 2 group games were or still managed by wengers genius..mind you, that percentage dropped rapidly after the last game with so many upsets..

    i also agree with the Pirlo being the in form player of the tournament..hes running rings with Motta next to him.. Walcotts pace could be the key to unlocking the Gino’s..if the England midfield use theo, than Rooney will be on the front pages of every paper taking all plaudits…mark my words..lol

    AA23 has been inconsistently good, which is very cosistent of him, NB has got it and can do it but so can so many others, not fussed..the prince will get even more dangerous as the tornament heats up and his motor starts purring, Rosicky is still hungry but the body doesnt want to listen to the mind…i expect more of that next season :-( the OX should be soaking every minute in, this experience is priceless, even football knowledge from dik head Terry or Rooney will benefit him and us (dont stone me).. have i missed anyone? ahh, WS#1…i couldnt have asked for a better thing to happen to him!! no seriously (sorry Evonne at the expense of Poljska) this learning curve is invaluable, will cut him down a slight knotch and it happened at the best time, just before pre season!! (the sending off)

    i hope thats all readable, ive had a few heini’s :-)

  54. oz gunner says:

    @ TA

    yeah first time, and one of the biggest for the state too so hopefully when I’m walking out of court I’ll be on TV haha. I’m going to get as close to the accused as possible.

    haha possibly, he needed a lot more than good boots though.

    @ RuVP

    about time your back on here, we have another one in Scott floating around now. How have you been?
    No beers here i’ll grab a bourbon thanks TA

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi RurP, in Holland we like to say: I’ve had a few Freddies (from Fred Heiniken, the originator of the brand of beer) :)

    Good to see you have been watching the games, and yes, Croatia could have kicked the Spanish out with a bit more luck. Croatia always seems to be able to produce strong football teams, and you should indeed be proud of that.

    It is a shame AA23 could not continue his great start to the tournament. I wonder what will happen with him this summer: super-sub or will he play Gervinho out of the team, or another loan maybe. I cannot see anybody buying him though.

  56. Thanks for the post Rocky…rumour has it you came up with a masterclass piece the other day….. people were talking about it in all GroveS of life ;-)

    ive got alot off catching up-a-to-doo (iznt dett how italianos spik a da langvige).. :-)

    happy dayz

  57. My vote go to nikki bendtner

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    ‘Bourbon’ Oz, you just have more class than me! :D

  59. Scott says:

    I’m here Oz,just watching another Swans game where umpiring is a major bloody factor.
    Arsenal aren’t the only club that cop it up the Khyber!!

  60. Oz, black label for you it is…double? – off course :-)
    I heard about this Scott dude, i can see him an me goin far..heard hes a swan and they dont like our eagle skills too much :-)

    Scott, good to have you on board, but beware you get addicted to this place and forget to sleep, i swear!

    Total, i really dont know whats gonna happen in this transfer window and trying to speculate and second guess our man Arsene or the players or the board really did my head in the last few seasons and i really do try take a back seat ( i even delete ‘news now’ from my fav’s)

    As mine and Terrys beautiful Doris Day would sing- Que sera sera, what ever will be will be…hahahhaha..

    can someone paste that song up from her please..i would if i could, if i knew how, but maybe im lazy like arshavin.. :-)

  61. on my 7th Freddie :-)

    7th heaven with bergkamps best on dvd, the heater on, bit of dutch chocolate later..what can i say…its dutch delight

  62. dont be like that scott.. awwww

    CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE

  63. Scott says:

    Rurp…..thanks mate.
    I’m used to no sleep….bloody time difference lol.

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Here is what she said to me…. such simple wisdom! :)

    Out for a while.

  65. Cheers Total, catch ya later

    Scott, your lot just got up eh? the cats arn’t what they were but still a tough lot..4 points in the bag, job done..We got pies tommorow, i hate mcguires lot!!

    Oz, who you got this wkend?

  66. Damn, i broke Doris ;-)

    shes not working for me..hahaha GLIC i need you help..

    Redders, where are you mate, no need to hide just cos ive come out to play :-)

  67. i predict that a little magic will be made in regards to our boy Ox..i feel it in my bones…super super sub…

    I remember reading that Wenger said he might be a little too raw for internationals…. pffFF, what would that man know?

  68. Scott says:

    I reckon Wenger doesn’t want Ox to suffer the same fate as Jack,so will do what he can to hold him back.
    I follow the Swans first,and whoever plays Eddies mob second,Rurp.

  69. the simple fact that the Ox is already on the right spot at the right time shows that hes constantly ticking. (even if stevie meeee tries to steal a 10 sec encore in true scouse fashion)..the runs hes making and space he steals makes it so easy for others to play with him..i do side with him still not ready but thats because hes not the finished article and can develop into and position and master it..

    with the comparison to Jacks path, i think they are different..Jacks mind is ready to play wenger ball but the body hasnt hardened..the ox is more a rooney build and rooney was ready at 18..its just the technique and intelligence on field thats being polished up that will delay the Ox a bit

  70. *any position and …

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Rocky. Good post which made me realise that no Arsenal player has performed well. Theo’s 17 seconds were game changing but I voted for Nik (predictably).

    Kelsey. Don’t move to London – the weather is dreadful!

  72. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    robbin, after your 24/7 benders on here i knew you would end up going into hibernation. i wouldnt be surprised if, just like the American Bear, you possess the ability to slow down your pulse and control body tempreture during the seasons. hahaha

    Scott, are you boys talking about aussie rules football? In the late eighties they used to telivise that over hear and every game turned into a mass brawl. Grown men, wearing vests and very tight shorts indulging in obscene acts of violence. I used to love watching that. hahahaha

  73. Scott says:

    I agree Ox is a different physical specimen,but I just think Wengers a little gunshy.
    TMHT…yes,Aussie Rules….the second best football code.

  74. GunnerN5 says:

    Not all news is good news!!!!

    ……………………………………………………………………..

    Denilson poised for Arsenal return

    22 June 2012

    Denilson is set to return to Arsenal after his season-long loan with Sao Paulo as the Brazilian club are reportedly unwilling to pay an asking price of £4.9million.

    The midfielder signed for the Gunners in 2006 but spent all of the last campaign back in his homeland.

    However, Sao Paulo’s president Juvenal Juvenico appears to have ruled out signing him on a permanent deal.

    “Denilson won’t stay. Arsenal want €6million (£4.9m) for him, but we won’t pay that so we expect him to leave soon”, he told Brazil’s UOL.

  75. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Cheers Corky…its SuperNik for me. Goals and assists…thats his job, and he’s performed it well.

    If I had to pick a player of the tournament overall….

    …it has to be Mellberg. What a series of performances from the old warrior. To be as important to the team as Ibra takes somne doing when you’re 46years old and playing at CB.

    Oh and he’s a dead ringer for Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes

  76. VCC – my dad was a teacher at Torrells in the 70’s – didn’t approve of sports so I didn’t let me play in any football teams. :(

  77. goonermichael says:

    Raddy
    The weather in London is the last thing I’d worry about. It’s become an absolute shithole.

  78. Rhyle says:

    My vote went to Theo, purely for the Sweden game – the only Gooner to win a game single-handedly so far imo…Podolski a close second as he’s been good and consistent.

    That performance from Theo, though…shows what he’s capable of…I’d like to see 20 of those games next season rather than 10!

  79. Rhyle says:

    Sharkey – was always a big fan of Mellberg…apart from his run-ins with Freddie o’course…Old fashioned CB. A bull!

  80. terry, you caught me out..but dont tell anyone..haha
    i love aussie rules..its the only sport that still gives you a point if you miss a goal.. :-)

  81. johnnie nyc says:

    watching mvila the other day, i read here and elsewhere that people said he didnt look special– but i was watching him closely… the boy is dynamic, and he really can pass the ball… there must be something Wenger sees in him, hes not a scorer or assist guy, obviously, but his stats are great on tackles, fouls and passes.

  82. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    johnnie, i have seen him plenty of times and he looks a great player and would be suited to english football.

    At the moment we are 80% certain to win the league next year, but if we get Mvila that goes up to 95%.

  83. oz gunner says:

    @ TA and RuVP

    I don’t know about classy, as a student I tend to take whatever I can get my mitts on drinks wise, i’m not fussy. Definitely make it a double though haha. Got the crows this week RuVP, not good at all.

    God I miss seeing Arsenal play

    @ Scott

    I don’t know about 2nd best code, I’d still give Aussie Rules the edge, nothing beats a 50/50 ball with two blokes going for the ball. Good win by the swans tonight.

    @ G5

    damn it, my nightmares have come true, if i see him on the pitch playing for Arsenal again I think I might cry and curl up into a ball.

  84. glic says:

    At the moment, I`m only 80% certain to knock one out, but If we buy M`Vila that goes upto 95 %.

  85. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cornwall, Mvila or no Mvila, ime sure thats 100% hahahaha

  86. glic says:

    Nice one Rocky, I voted for RVP, because I know he reads this site and wanted to make him feel better whilst I entertain his wife, just keep him busy for two minutes. Back in two.

  87. glic says:

    Shit, I forgot, he reads this site !.
    My name Is really TMHT, not glic !
    Love you Robin.

  88. glic says:

    I noticed I was 3 minutes, improving with age !.
    Terry, Your telescope sees to far for my liking. :lol:

  89. Total, check this out :-)

    ST. PETERSBURG, June 22 – RAPSI. The St. Petersburg Commercial Court will begin hearing on July 30 the consideration of the Heineken Joint Breweries’ lawsuit to invalidate the antimonopoly service’s decision to find the Three Bears (Tri Medvedya) beer advertising inappropriate, the Supreme Commercial Court’s website reports. The advertising includes football player Andrei Arshavin’s image.

    Heineken has submitted to the commercial court an application on disputing the St. Petersburg Antimonopoly Service’s decision and order dated May 18.

    According to the service’s website, the company violated advertising law when it placed in St. Petersburg metro the advertising of its beer. It had a cartoon depicting Arshavin and a motto “Possible to play with Arshavin?”

    The service found the ad inappropriate, since it contained images of people and animals.

    Heineken has been operating since 1863. The company operates in Russia as Heineken Joint Breweries since February 2002.

  90. glic says:

    Come on lads and ladettes , lets get behind the Bubbles tonight !.
    Greece is the word. I shall watch with stick on moustache, kebab, ouzo , plenty of plates and my favourite picture of Anthony Quinn ( I dont care If he was born in Mexico) .

  91. Glic, have you been watching the Euro’s? do you think your mob has a chance against the Italians…that game might be like watching paint dry

  92. glic says:

    Hi robbin,
    Quinn played Zorba. He might be Mexican by birth , but he looks Greek. Actually he looks more Greek than our Terry ! . :)

  93. evonne says:

    Kelsey – move to North London, it’s lovely :)

    I voted for Theo because Cesc was not on the list

    Mr Glic – prepare yourself for a blood bath tonight, ze Krautz will slaughter poor bubbles

  94. Anotherswissgooner says:

    Is there anything nicer than taking the wrapper off a shiny new player and contemplating how he’ll do for us? Ahhh! That new player smell!
    Seriously, I chose Bendter for his effect on the game for his team. Podolski is exciting mainly for his potential for us, but has yet to play that first game.
    I probably should have chosen Walcott, as he’s had the best tournament of those players who actually currently play for Arsenal.
    Anybody getting the European press take on the German – Greek game? All those political undertones, it’s hilarious.

    I can see the pre-game pep talk in the locker rooms:

    Deutschland; alright gentlemen, time to teach these these frivolous greeks a thing about football…. and fiscal discipline!

    Hellas: Are we going to take that from the gerrys boys? They can take their fiscal whatever and stuff it!

  95. glic says:

    robbin
    Your right, death by emulsion, but anything can happen at this stage. I`m looking more forward to the France / Spain game, should be a cracker.

  96. its NOT how you look, or how long your telescope is that counts…its how many plates you can break :-)

  97. evonne says:

    swiss – greeks seriously think that if Germans paid the ww2 compensationm, their crisis would be over. Big Frau disagrees

  98. glic says:

    No way e va va vonne, It will be like the footballing equivilent of the ” Gun of Navarone “. Me and Terry have come up with a cunning plan . Messi, Neymar,Zavi and Iniesta will be disquised as Greek fisherman. Both me and Terry are now expecting Semi`s. :lol:

  99. Anotherswissgooner says:

    Evonne
    Funny, Germany (at least as part of the EU)seems to be doing just that already! The money needed to bail out Greece is staggering, and the country has no real intention of changing their ways.
    I’m very grateful that Switzerland is not part of this madness, although they do pay substantial amounts to the IMF, which is being used partly to defray these costs.

  100. evonne says:

    Mr Glic -Greeks have tried the Trojan horse before. See, they are very predictable, no match for ze Krautz

  101. glic says:

    I`m off to take my puppy peeps for a walkies ( I`m glad he cant read this, as he will go hysterical with excitement ), It`s a lovely sunny day and I`ve just finished the Great Wall of Cornwall, It looks pucka peeps.

  102. evonne says:

    Swiss – don’t be fooled by the German generosity, they have an agenda. They are doing extremely well out of the crisis – soaring exports from their manufacturing industry and fantastic deals on government bonds which have grown substantially in the last year

  103. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cornwall, that Guns of Naverone thing might just work. hahaha

    Ive got nothing against Germans. In fact, ive got nothing against any one. Like most Greeks i just like having a good time so win lose or draw, tonight i will still be smashing some plates. hahaha

  104. assuming we sign the other 10% of the most famous rumour going around and RVP sticks around to make the bergkamp role his own, we can start singing this song:

    “podolski to the left of me, walcott to the right, here i am stuck in the middle GIROUD, yes i am stuck in the middle GIROUD”

    i’ll get my coat :-)

    Good night all, evening…be good

  105. Rhyle says:

    Rurp…there’s been a few songs thrown around over the last week…this for me wins hands down…that’s some fine Gerry Rafferty inspired tunage…

  106. TotalArsenal says:

    RurP :) What a coincidence! It tells us a lot of how much progress the Russians have made, if images of people or animals are still not allowed in advertisements!

    Terry, really hope you make gyros, souvlaki and tzatziki of the Germans tonight, so I can sing with all my strength: “Deutschland, Deutschland Alles ist vorbei, Alles ist vorbei, Alles ist vorbei”.

  107. jnyc says:

    Terry, u have a great eye for talent, u shoukd be a scout – since we agree :-) also, i hope arshavin hasnt messed up our chance to sell him by behaving badly!

  108. Cheers Rhyle, i first heard it for Djourou but i think the song deserves better than 4th choice ;-)

  109. TotalArsenal says:

    RurP, you have to be quite pissed to here ‘with you’ in Giroud, but I guess that’s what eight Freddies will do to you! :)

  110. Eight? …a gentleman never tells… ;-)
    seriously club bed, starring d.j pillow listen to sum zzzZ’Z

  111. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    “Germany its all over” You dont seem to like them very much TA. hahahaha

    Johnnie, yes, ive found “having a great eye for talent” to be very usefull.

  112. Anotherswissgooner says:

    Evonne
    No argument from me re German generosity, but where is all the money coming from? I think Europe walks a tightrope right now.

  113. Anotherswissgooner says:

    Perhaps we should ask Wenger his thoughts on the matter?

  114. RockyLives says:

    Good day friends.

    I voted for Theo. He may not have seen much game time but when England needed him he exploded into action and showed real quality.

    Podolski would be a close second, although I’d have voted for Arshavin if the Poll had taken place after the first game!

  115. RockyLives says:

    Strictly for those interested in the world economic situation, this is a good article:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9338997/Reith-Lecture-Were-mortgaging-the-future-of-the-younger-generation.html

    Ferguson (Niall, not Siralex) is a right wing historian but his essential point that, as a world economy, we are spending the kids’ inheritance, is very true, even if you don’t agree with his solutions.

  116. RockyLives says:

    (I said in the Post that there would be no psychology, philosophy or metaphysics. Didn’t say anything about there being no economics :) )

    We need Redders to explain it all to us.

    Hope you’re feeling OK Big Guy.

  117. TotalArsenal says:

    So true Terry, there are many YouTube videos made by Dutchmen around that song, but I won’t spoil the friendly, international atmosphere on the blog. :)

  118. Rhyle says:

    Cheers RL, good read. I met Niall (it’s pronounced the same as Neil…which I didn’t know…who did? Cost me an autograph, probably…) Ferguson in December at our company conference in Paris. And Neil Armstrong. Which was awesome. That’s enough name dropping…shameful…sorry ;-)

    He predicted that the RoIreland would rejoin the UK by 2020…which went down well bearing in mind that I work for a Scottish company…and the Germans basically won WWII…just not in the way they thought they would…funny, very smart man.

  119. RockyLives says:

    Just checked the Poll.

    Podolski in front, followed by Theo, then Bendy.

    The Pole in Goal in the Poll is losing but, curiously, has acquired two votes (him and his Mum?)…

  120. RockyLives says:

    Ireland to rejoin the UK?

    Wow. I hadn’t heard that one before Rhyle. As someone who grew up in England with two Irish parents and spent a lot of time in Ireland I find it impossible to conceive of.

    The shaking off of the English yoke is so central to the creation myths of modern Ireland that I just can’t see it happening. Mind you, Niall-pronounced-Neil is 300 times cleverer than me, so who knows?

  121. Rhyle says:

    It was a bit of a gag – he didn’t mean sovereignty over Ireland by any means, more of an economic union! He was discussing the current restructuring of the Eurozone within the context of disparate economic drivers within the various states…and that Ireland might want to retain more control versus joining the German – sorry – European Federalised Euro Denominated Economic Union…lol…

  122. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rocky :)

    Haven’t we always been spending the kid’s inheritance? Huge national debts are nothing new.

    I am no expert at all, but I strongly feel we are only in this mess as a result of mass, unregulated and totally immoral gambling by the world’s financial institutions. We the tax payers had to pay for this mess and they got away with it. But mr Ferguson does not seem to think so: ‘But we also like to blame bankers and financial markets, as if their reckless lending was to blame for our reckless borrowing.’ I say BAH to that! Those who are paid senior citizen salaries should act with senior citizen common sense and morals. :(

  123. Rhyle says:

    TA – predominantly western governments provided these banks and financial institutions with the regulatory framework (in fact the lack of one) that enabled them to sell the same piece of paper 7 ways to Sunday…enough rope to hang themselves?…and are quick enough to woo investment / banking $$$ in order to secure the tax $$$ on offer…

    And then…when things go wrong…as they always do…the government get to say it was anyone but them? There will always be the few (Bear Stearns, Lehmann’s, Greedy Sods, et al) who want to ruin it for the more ethical (never totally…it’s money, after all…) many.

    It’s like arming Iraq and expecting them to not shoot…oh…wait…

  124. Rhyle says:

    There are two certainties outside of the usual two: when someone’s losing money, another is making money and, if you’re fans of The Wire and “follow the money” you’ll find out who that is…but then they’ll kill ya…lol…

  125. Rhyle says:

    If you want a cold and simple truth…if it wasn’t for the banking / investment industry we’d be bang in trouble. It’s the only industry the UK has these days…what else are we known for?

  126. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rhyle, I respect your point of view and you are absolutely right that this country relies a lot on the banking / investment industries. There is plenty I would like to say, but as this is a football blog, it is for the best if I keep stum now.

  127. Rhyle says:

    Nay bother TA…I’ll follow your lead on that one…

    Have you seen that Arsenal have just made another £25m from selling the Queensland Road development?

  128. TotalArsenal says:

    Are you Scottish Rhyle (Nay bother)? Do you have a link to the article?

  129. GunnerN5 says:

    Just for a change of pace………

    Q. How many different teams have finished 2nd in the EPL?

  130. chas says:

    Great poll, Rocky.

    I went for Lukas. He’s always been a Gunner deep down in his soul. :)

    This vid nearly made me vote for fivefootfour.

  131. chas says:

    Seven?

  132. TotalArsenal says:

    My answer is in your name Gn5.

  133. chas says:

    Snaperooni

  134. Red Arse says:

    Hi Guys, :-)

    Just a brief appearance today, but I have enjoyed the Post and the comments. Well except one of them!

    How Rockadoodle has the nerve to call me Chezzer’s mum, because I voted for him, I do not know. Neither did I know Chezzer was the other one!! :-(

    My reason for voting for our flopadiddly goalie was that I did not want him to feel isolated with ‘null points’. If I had known he was going to vote for himself……………………

    Hi TA,

    I always used to think, like many people, that we needed senior citizens to have a calming and sage influence on our societies in general and politics in particular.

    In other words, I used to agree with you regarding the beneficial effects of having sage senior citizens to advise and guide younger people, but then, when giving some thought to the economic situation recently, I came to the inescapable conclusion that stupid young men simply grow up to be stupid old men.

    That is not to say that there are no wise old heads around, but the ageing process has nothing to do with that state of affairs. :-)

  135. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC & Chas are both correct at 7 teams.

    Man U = 5 times
    Arsenal = 5
    Chelsea = 4
    Liverpool = 2
    Newcastle = 2
    Man C = 1
    Blackburn = 1

  136. chas says:

    GN5,
    Villa 1992/3?

  137. glic says:

    What no Spuds !. ( 2nd, now that would really feel like winning a trophy for them ) :)

  138. Red Arse says:

    Rhyle,

    I think what you were describing in your earlier comment about Governments and bankers was one of a series of faustian pacts, made by powerful men (mostly) to achieve power.

    Another example of that is (in the UK – but elsewhere too) the relationship between political leaders and the media to enable the one to achieve power and the other to influence that choice.

    Nothing new there, it has been like that throughout history.
    Look at Julius Caesar, he simply did not allow Brutus and Murdoch enough influence — or so the rumours have it!! :-)

  139. chas says:

    GN5,
    Man Citeh?

  140. dandan says:

    TA I am a senior citizen and like to think I act with common sense, yet I don’t just blame bankers though they did their share, look more to the national debt of a generation who were encouraged by Blair/Brown to ape the Govt. and live up to their credit limits and not to limit their credit. Debt is debt whatever fancy name you give it.
    Some pigeons have come home to roost is all, more will follow I am afraid.

  141. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi RA, hope you are feeling a little bit more yourself today. Funnily enough, I read an article recently that the average age of the politicians who ‘manage’ the treasury (including the shadow ministers) is not more than 42.

    There is still an incredible experience/know-how in the main parties but they have both decided to cull the elderly politicians in order to fill the key political posts with fresh faced, inexperienced and rather gullible new politicians. A mix of both would probably have been best.

    Away for a while now, catch you all later. :)

  142. glic says:

    I`m changing mine to 8 ! :)

  143. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas you are right I couldn’t follow the lines on my own spreadsheet – it’s an aging thing.

    Scrub Man C and add Villa.

  144. chas says:

    Haha glic,
    in that case you’re wrong!

  145. glic says:

    Now I`ve changed it back to 7 ! :)

  146. GunnerN5 says:

    Okay guys how mant different teams have finished 3rd and 4th in the EPL?

  147. Red Arse says:

    Glicster,

    I am still aghast that you and Terry (@ 3:30) could only achieve semis. Must be something in the water! :-)

    TA,

    I glanced at your German ditty and saw “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles”, on a quick re-read I was relieved that I had introduced the ‘uber’.

    It may have been a Freudian slip, but my sister was born not far from Dusseldorf, so it cannot be that!! :-) You are obviously a bad influence on me!! :-)

  148. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    Spurs have finished 4th on two occasions, finishing 2nd would cause them a severe case of collective nose bleed.

  149. chas says:

    7 and 9

  150. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    You’re a quick googler.

  151. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas half right but which half??

  152. glic says:

    Am I using the same site as you GN5 ? :lol:

  153. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    I don’t need a site as I have my own Excel spreadsheets.

  154. chas says:

    No idea, GN5.
    Both pure guesses.

  155. GunnerN5 says:

    Okay, try this.

    Which team, that has played in the EPL, was founded first and what year were they founded?

  156. GunnerN5 says:

    Both 9 was correct.

  157. glic says:

    Redders
    Surely you dont think I meant that 3:30pm remark to be anything other than a footballing one ! , are you suggesting I was trying to get an adult remark put on by coming in the back way ?. :lol:

  158. glic says:

    May sound dumb, but whats a Excel spreadsheet ? . Sounds like porn for accountants !.

  159. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    Re your 5:58. You can’t go wrong today, your’e right again!

  160. Red Arse says:

    Glic,

    I would need to consult with our Terry before I can comment. :-)

    In the meantime I am keeping an eye on you two!! :-)

  161. glic says:

    Stoke City ( later changed name to Orc city), 1863

  162. chas says:

    This is a picture quiz I did ages ago.
    The second link is the same just bigger but slightly pixellated as a consequence

    http://twitpic.com/9z9i2z

    http://twitpic.com/9z9i2z/full

  163. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    No cigar on that one.

  164. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    Old records show that Crystal Palace were originally formed in 1861 but that is not substantiated by the club site – which does make Stoke City the oldest club.

  165. glic says:

    So where`s my cigar ? :lol:

  166. glic says:

    chas
    I think I`ve got 17, so will wait to see If anyone puts their list up, to see If they`ve got the other 3, I`m struggling with 3,4 and 11.

  167. GunnerN5 says:

    GLIC,

    It’s stuck to my spreadsheet………………..

  168. chas says:

    Flippin heck, glic, very quick and a high number of answers.
    By the way there are 21 so you must be 4 light or have 18. :)

  169. chas says:

    Do you want clues?

  170. GunnerN5 says:

    From Arsenal.com

    ……………………………………………………………..

    Club agrees sale of Queensland Road site

    Arsenal Holdings plc has announced the £26million sale of the Queensland Road development site to Barratt and London & Quadrant.

    Work has been underway on the site next to the Emirates Stadium for the past year. When completed the £128m development will comprise three residential towers offering apartments ranging from studios to 1000 square foot penthouses. The development will also include two fitness suites, a landscaped podium garden, commercial premises and a cafe. Sales are expected to launch in September.

    The sale of the development, which will be reported in the 2012/13 financial results, was completed by the Club’s property arm, Ashburton Trading Ltd, who were represented by its property development partner Antony Spencer.

    Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: “This is another important milestone for our property business which has provided a consistent flow of income over recent years. This money has been an important factor at a time when we have been building our capability to drive commercial revenues. This is the last major property deal open to us although we have some smaller projects in the pipeline.”

    Alastair Baird, Regional Managing Director Barratt London said: “We are delighted to be building this landmark development in conjunction with our partner L&Q. It will bring desperately needed high quality homes to the area and will form part of our expanding presence across London.”

  171. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas I could only get six – so I gave up.

  172. Rhyle says:

    Sorry gents – kids a’calling and all that. Not Scottish but have worked with loads of Jocks for nearly 20 years, first in the RAF and then in the City…you pick one or two things, lol…

    That article on Queensland Road:

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/club-agrees-sale-of-queensland-road-site

  173. Rhyle says:

    …and in my absence GunnerN5 moves…well played, sir…well played!

  174. glic says:

    chas , yes, Is 3 David Suchet ? coz It looks like him.

  175. chas says:

    Not David Suchet.
    You will often see those eyes on an avatar on here.

  176. chas says:

    4.
    Second in line to Beatrix.
    11.
    Rubber spondoolicks.

  177. glic says:

    Right chas, I`m off to Tesco`s to get some Kelly`s honeycomb , toffee and clotted cream ice cream for the Match.

    I will list who I think they are and come back to see how I done, still haven`t a clue on10 and 11 though.
    1) Stephen Fry
    2) John Wayne
    3) Charlie Chaplin
    4) ?
    5 ) Divina McCall
    6) George Clooney
    7) Gordon Brown ( I dont know who the alien underneath is though )
    8) Diana
    9) Neil Kinnock
    10) ?
    11) ?
    12 ) Lineker
    13) Whacko Jacko
    14) Spock
    15) George Bush jnr
    16) Tom Jones
    17) Jenifer Anniston
    18) Elvis
    19) Sinatra
    20) Einstien
    21) Rotten

  178. evonne says:

    Glic – honeycomb ? I have shitloads of the stuff, what do you do with it?

  179. TotalArsenal says:

    hi dandan :)

    I was referring to those who are in very senior positions and I did not mean senior citizens. I can understand though that this did not come through clearly. Apologies for the confusion. :)

    I agree with some of your comments, but it would be impossible to comment on what I do not agree with without it becoming very politically charged. It is the wrong blog for those sort of discussions, but I am happy to email you my views if you would like to continue the discussion off-line.

  180. evonne says:

    Rocky – good article re global debt; that is why new economies like Poland, Rumania, Bulgaria, Czech Rep and Slovakia, Slovenia, etc are doing relatively well. The concept of loans, mortgages and credit was not known in the Eastern Europe unitl recently.

    Whole economies are collapsing, why some of the football clubs think they will survive on borrowed money? You’d think that someone has learned the lesson from Pompey and Rangers

  181. evonne says:

    Dandan and TA – sorry guys, didn’t see your comments on the subject

  182. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    You’re beginning to like it here Rhyle…don’t deny it !!

    This really is the maddest/best blog ever. I’ve barely read a comment properly, but i can see there’s some good stuff to cach up on re the Euro and its woes.

    I actually caught up with a comment of TA’s earlier..the one re watering our memories. I pasted it into an email and forwarded it to a few friends – saying I’d pulled it from an Arsenal blog.

    Only on AA

    Back later….

  183. glic says:

    e va va vonne
    Use it to make ice cream and bring me some to the Tavern for the first game !. :)

  184. evonne says:

    Glic – ice cream? with all that wax? Ok, I will bring you lots

  185. Rhyle says:

    Sharkey…yes I am…but don’t tell anyone…

    Can honestly say that there’s a nice feel to the community – like when I’ve overstepped the mark (a couple o’ spats early doors…history and all that…) it’s been a slapped wrist from one of the established crew rather than the whole blog grabbing their chance for a pound of flesh…no ban hammers, no silly awards or labels…and you’re allowed to have an opinion regardless of what it is. Magic.

    I’ve not blogged much for about 18 months (tended to be transfer deadline days…I should take them as holiday really as I get feck all done at work) until the last few weeks (paternity leave and a couple of “family issues” leading to a bit of time off), the main reason being that I didn’t have the time and it was less fun that it used to be at the old gaff…though there’s still some decent folk there and it gets a bad press…but this place has a cool, inclusive feel.

    It’s been nice to see some familiar names from the old days on LG, too – Raddy, Chary, GG9 and the rest…

    May even get motivated enough to write something if you don’t mind incoherent ramblings / rants which go off on weird tangents…lol…

  186. chas says:

    For those that haven’t met Sir Terence of Syrupsville, he looks remarkably like Giorgios Samaras in the flesh.

  187. chas says:

    Rhyle,
    Go on write something. Peaches’ll be thrilled.
    ‘Weird tangents’ could well be the strap line for the site. :)

  188. glic says:

    4 ) Willem Alexander, prince of orange
    10 ) ?
    11) rubbber spondoolics ?

    Yes chas an uncanny resemblance :)

  189. Rhyle says:

    C’mon Greece…it’s like they’ve never the saying “the best form of defence is attack”…it’s painful…most one sided game of the tournament so far? I know it’s only 25 mins in but…sweet Mary…they need to step it up…

  190. chas says:

    10,
    Gone for a dick

  191. chas says:

    The jarmans are missing the Pod

  192. chas says:

    …..and the Sack.

  193. Rhyle says:

    10 looks like one of James Dean, The Duke of Windsor (Edward the whatever…lol…) or a black and white photo of Brad Pitt…

  194. Rhyle says:

    Is 4 Tim Roth?

  195. glic says:

    bollicks……………..The cameras on Angela Merkel jumping up, looks like a fat Anne Robinson having a stroke !.

  196. chas says:

    Rhyle, nope for 10 and nah for 4.

  197. chas says:

    I bet Rasp’ll get my clues in less than 30 seconds.

  198. chas says:

    I’ll post the answers tomorrow morning in case anyone else wants a go.

  199. Rhyle says:

    Chas…you don’t understand…I’m an insomniac and this is just the sort of shit that keeps me awake…lol…

  200. glic says:

    I hate cryptic clues, I demand something easier !. :)

  201. glic says:

    10 ) Richard Burton

  202. chas says:

    How about rubber spondoolicks?

  203. Rhyle says:

    4. Prince Friso? Google’d it…
    11. hahaha…just got it from the clue – it’s Johnny Cash…

  204. evonne says:

    bloody greeks!!

  205. chas says:

    hahahahahahaahhaaha, terence scored

  206. Rhyle says:

    I did not see that coming…and you’ve gotta love the commentary…

    “The Greeks have wiped the debt out…” MAGIC.

  207. RockyLives says:

    Oh for goodness sake.
    Please don’t let Greece fluke their way through again.
    I want to watch good football!

  208. chas says:

    I can just imagine Terry now bouncing round the kebab shop.

  209. Rhyle says:

    RL – I’m fine with the Greeks going through – more chance of England fluking their way to a Euro win (I kid, I kid…) and less chance of Podolski getting injured…

  210. glic says:

    Well done ,Rhyle
    11) johnny cash
    Friso is not in line for the Dutch Throne because of his marriage in 2004
    4) Princess Catharina-Amalia is second in line

  211. chas says:

    Oooops, plate smashing didn’t last long.

  212. glic says:

    Whoosh, That was a bit like RVP`s against Charlton, not as good though.

  213. chas says:

    Who said anything about Dutch?

  214. chas says:

    Haha, I got it completely wrong, my bad, it’s 3rd in line!

  215. Rhyle says:

    4. Daniel Radcliffe. Beatrix…Potter…weak, I know…

  216. chas says:

    Crect

  217. Rhyle says:

    Chas…was glic right with Richard Burton? Sounds good to me from the clue…

  218. chas says:

    Ja wohl, mein Herr

  219. RockyLives says:

    Germany: Best in Show (so far).

    That was a pretty brutal response to Greece’s equalizer. Talk about stepping up a gear!

  220. glic says:

    I`d like a studio appartment overlooking the em`s at the new development, how much Rhyle ?, will I have to sell the missus ?. :)

  221. VCC says:

    Good job your miss us don,t read this site GLiC

  222. Mrs glic says:

    Get your sorry gooner arse down here right now. :-{{

  223. VCC says:

    Your in big trouble now old GLiCKY

  224. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    VCC, no hot dinners for Cornwall. hahaha

    My Mrs still thinks ime Rasp on this site so ime safe.

  225. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Chas, it was very nice scoring against the Germans. In fact ive scored with quite a few germans. hehehe

  226. VCC says:

    She,s a good friend of Peaches then TMHT.

  227. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Germany: Organisation, plus technical strength and ability.

    They’re also the most enjoyable team to watch. Other teams have purple patches in games (or even whole matches), but this German side is something else. They just keep on performing at a high level, game after game after game…no matter how the opposition is set up.

    Against Holland they had much less of the ball but still seemed to be in complete control.Tonight, against a parked bus supported by two old caravans and 10 sentrymen, they could have scored 7 or 8.

    Also, tonight they showed us a glimpse of the talent that lies behind their first 11.

    From the BBC: “there is also the knowledge that the trio of Podolski, Gomez and Mueller – with 79 international goals between them – will now be desperate to earn back their places in the starting XI.”

    And one of the incoming attackers scored his 64th international goal tonight !!!

    Frightening

  228. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Chas, hahahahahaha

    Sharkey, very frighening, Greece were totaly outclasssed, which in truth was no surprise. Near the end i thought the buggers would add insult to injury by bringing on a panzer tank and mow all the Greek players down.

  229. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Rhyle…good to see you and a few others bringing some new voices and opinions to the blog.

    You’ll never get abused here. At worst you’ll have a stream of people telling you the same thing if there’s been an ‘event of a certain kind’*. Even thats only cos most of them want to help put a lid on it. Funny thing is that it can at times look a bit like its a bit of a baying mob, but it really isn’t.

    * Yeah I was struggling there (no shit Sherlock?)

  230. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Chas has opened the door on war references so I’ll throw in Wermacht. My 10.22 was supposed to start with it…but on balance I held back.

    I think of the term as describing a fearsome unit (and rightly so) but in no way mean to glorify it any way. Can I use it that way in polite company..??

  231. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    War ref no.2

    Joachim Loew’s little fit of pique at a missed chance in the first half, instantly reminded me of Bruno Ganz’s Hitler in the film Downfall.

    If you don’t know the film itself, most of you have seen a parody clip. Its usually a dubbed Hitler complaining about a lack of free parking in Asda or the loss of a favourite pair of socks.

    Right I’m offski, before I run the risk of causing any offfence. Whaddya mean its too late already…

  232. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Quick ‘Many thanks’ to all who keep this site up and running, especially to you Rasp, you’ve had to be good with both bat and ball this week.

    Two SharkeySureGoldStars are winging the way to you.

  233. SharkeySure'sGhost says:

    Clip of Legend !!!!!

  234. Scott says:

    Oz,when I said Aussie Rules is the second best code,I did mean behind the code our Arsenal play.
    Forget them other codes.

  235. oz gunner says:

    I agree Scott forget the others, but I think its:

    1. Aussie Rules
    2. Arsenal

    @ TMHT

    haha thinks your rasp, didn’t GLIC pull that one too?

  236. oz gunner says:

    hahaha chas brilliant clip, such a good show!

  237. evonne says:

    Judging by last night comments, I’d say there are a few sore heads out there. Chas, how are you feeling pet?

    No surprise in Euros, Germans are good. They will probably win it

  238. chas says:

    Here’s the answers. You got 17 straight off, glic, which is superb.
    Neil Kinnock would love being mistaken for Adolf Hitler!

    1) Stephen Fry
    2) John Wayne
    3) Charlie Chaplin
    4) Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)
    5) Davina McCall
    6) George Clooney
    7) Gordon Brown
    8) Lady Diana
    9) Adolf Hitler
    10) Richard Burton
    11) Johnny Cash
    12) Gary Lineker
    13) Michael Jackson
    14) Mr Spock
    15) George Bush jnr
    16) Tom Jones
    17) Jennifer Anniston
    18) Elvis Presley
    19) Frank Sinatra
    20) Albert Einstien
    21) John Lydon

  239. evonne says:

    Penalty shoot-outs were introduced less than 50 years ago?? Really?

    Shearer said that he would not wish taking penalty for England on his worst enemy. Really? Again, i didn’t realise it is such a huge deal. But it probably is, Southgate went to bits when he missed all those years ago

  240. chas says:

    I’m feeling on top of the world this morning, Evonne.
    I’m just having some breakfast before going to the gym.
    Did my comments suggest I was drunk?

  241. evonne says:

    Hiya Chas :) Yeah, you were more frivolous than usual and I assumed (soz) that a few bevvies were consumed :)

  242. chas says:

    More frivolous than usual……that’s not possible, is it? :)

  243. evonne says:

    Cannot believe he has only been with us for a season

  244. oz gunner says:

    Morning chas an Evonne

    I agree Evonne, the way he slotted in so seamlessly was as though he’d been with us for years. It’s a shame we didn’t get him years ago, however Everton would have asked a hell of a lot more years ago.

  245. evonne says:

    Oz – that’s what I was thinking – why didn’t we get him before? Hm, because we had Cesc. Mikel is 30 now, so he has another 2-3 years, not bad. And by then Jack will rule the midfield

  246. oz gunner says:

    Yeah that’s what everyone used to say Evonne, he was always thought of as a poor man’s Cesc because that’s the position he played at Everton (he was their creator). But he’s a different player as we’ve all seen. I thought he was injury prone, light weight, good distance shooter, and an attacking midfielder. I was way off the mark, he’s a leader, a fighter, does the dirty work, and the calmness in our midfielder. Him alongside cesc would have been great to see. I agree though Jack with rule the midfield once again, and do it against every team we play

    After watching that clip it’s making me realise how long this break is lasting. Come on i want to see Arsenal again!

  247. Scott says:

    It’s amazing what a true professional can bring to a club.
    Arteta is a real footballer,not a money grabbing grub.
    It’s a crying shame we didn’t get him five years ago,but I guess we should all be grateful we’ve got him now.
    One year,and a true a gunner already.
    Evening all.

  248. Scott says:

    It’s a bloody long offseason,that’s for sure Oz!!

  249. evonne says:

    next year it is going to be even longer – no Euros, no World Cup.

  250. oz gunner says:

    Here is the man that will hold down the defensive midfielder spot next season. Some of his tackling and pressure is great to see. Hopefully he gets his chance. I feel if he has a pre-season in the gym like kozza had he will be hard to displace in the midfield. Save your money Arsene we don’t need M’Vila!

  251. oz gunner says:

    what else can you say really?

  252. oz gunner says:

    one for you Irish, great to see this bloke back on track, been so unlucky!

  253. glic says:

    Ozzy
    I have great hopes for Le Coq. I love the vid, especially at 2:02 when he tracked back against Shrewsbury, but I`m gready and want M`Vila aswell, strength in depth, lots of games to be played, cant wait for the friendlies let alone the first league game !.

  254. glic says:

    chas
    Kinnock for Hitler :lol:

  255. Scott says:

    That package shows just how good Coquelin is already,and keep in mind he didn’t exactly play a lot of minutes this season.
    Yennaris is another I like the look of.

  256. Rhyle says:

    Morning folks…grateful for the transfer news slowing down. Difficult to keep up with which of the 40 / 50 players we’re linked with we’re actually interested in…but I’ve not seen a new name on the BBC gossip page for about a week….which is nice…

    In other important news…my New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Finals jersey finally arrived this morning…hubris on my part ‘cos I thought they’d beat the Kings and take the Cup, but there we go…still an awesome shirt.

    Went for Ilya Kovalchuk’s jersey – no.17 has been my lucky number since Petit wore it. Won the double, the world cup and then cleaned out a slot machine in Monte Carlo for £17,000 with a single coin. Sounds pretty lucky to me. :-D

  257. glic says:

    Oz
    Are you saying that you prefer Aussie Rules to The Arsenal ?.
    Yes !. You are now in big trouble, when you visit the Tavern, you will be greeted by some Bourbon boarding !,…..whats that Terry ?………..noooo, not the Kebab boarding with XXXX chilli sauce !.

  258. glic says:

    PS Oz
    And you wont get it easy with a towel over your face,……….it will be Terry`s SYRUP ! Mhwahahahahahaha

  259. Rhyle says:

    Kebab boarding?? Think the yanks’d love that…sure the poor sods at Gitmo are getting a little bored of water boarding…lol…a change is as good as a rest and all that…maybe the inmates would like the injection of a little flavour to their torture, too…

  260. glic says:

    Rhyle
    I may bring a Pastie aswell !.
    I`m being pampered here, two days of Cornish sunshine on the trott. Off to Plymouth soon for some New sofa brousing, I want a bigger one this time with drinks cabinet on the rear ready for some of them scary games !.

  261. Morning all

    New Post ……………….

  262. kelsey says:

    Rosicky states this morning that he is retiring from International football and to add to his woes he has a reaccurence of his achilles heel problem and Wenger states he might not make the start of the season. This is really sad as many thought he was finished a year ago and he played really well this season and the two games in the Euros.

  263. Rhyle says:

    Glic…Kernow in the summer time…magic…don’t know why anyone would cross the bridge to Plymouth, though – even for shopping.

    I used to see a girl from Plympton. The Barbican wasn’t a bad drink but Union Street…I still have nightmares. Although did get to know Rhys Wilmot quite well as her cousin played for Argyle (and later Exeter…).

  264. Chinaboy says:

    I am so happ for u peolpe

  265. Chinaboy says:

    I am so happ for u people

  266. Dimeji says:

    Am just here 2 chat

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