Not another early season crisis ……..

……… Don’t worry! We survived it once and we can do it again, and this time, oh how we are in a better position!

Think back to this god awful time last year. Bye-bye Fabregas and Nasri. Now think about the situation we are in now. Bye-bye Van Persie and Song. Ask yourself, which two players would you prefer to have? Don’t just go ‘Rvp scored 30 goals, Song set them up, obviously them’, because think about the last seven years of Rvp’s and Song’s careers at Arsenal. Song booed off at Fulham, Rvp continually injured! Cesc, a real servant to the club and I am happy about his success at his boyhood club, played on against Barcelona with a broken leg as he knew we had no subs left so would be one man down. Rvp would be crying about it!

I would rather have Fabregas and Nasri in my team. One good season and a player we have nursed through his pathetic injuries shows his disloyalty. Nasri left, we were furious but he was only at us for three years, we hate him though.

Song has left us now and I don’t think any fans know why he left us, I personally can not see him getting a lot of first team action at Barcelona. We can’t be too angry at him, good luck to him. Some fans believe that he isn’t good enough for Arsenal and should leave, well your wish has come true. Apparently his attitude was a disgrace, oh well.

Cazorla played amazingly well against Sunderland, a mid table team. He should be able to play like this against top teams. Stoke may be a challenge as they are tall and tough. We didn’t get anyone like him last season, and he is a mix between Nasri and Fabregas, a quality player.

We also have Podolski, a player who has started slowly. He was started upfront on his own, a place that he can play although his preferred and possibly best position, is too play behind the striker. Why he and Giroud weren’t played together I don’t know.

Oh so Giroud missed that chance against Sunderland. His debut, first proper shot, on his right foot, not the easiest shot!

The position Arsenal are in now, is potentially a strong one. We have lost one injury prone player who has had one good season in eight years, who has now gone to a team that will not be based around his qualities like we were last year. He will just be another player at Man United. We have lost a defensive midfielder who is not the best defender and attacker, but can occasionally provide some assists. Personally I believe that Song, isn’t the biggest loss. We have signed three players, one who really have shown his quality, Cazorla. He has been tipped as the signing of the season by Wenger, and if he plays with the same quality against Stoke in which he did against Sunderland, people may start to notice him and agree.

We have been bombarded with different news regarding Sahin, it has taken more twists and turns than a horror, it isn’t ‘Who is the killer?’ but more like ‘Who will he sign for?!’. We brought him into the light with the proposed loan deal, but it wasn’t finalised because of the option to purchase him after the loan deal ended. Then news was announced that Liverpool hijacked the deal and he was going to be loaned to them, as Liverpool were more flexible on the option to buy him at the end of the season. Then we hijacked Liverpool’s deal to loan him, as Wenger phoned Sahin up directly and discussed the matter to him in Turkish, and the promise of Champions League football ultimately attracted him to join Arsenal instead of Liverpool. Sky Sports and BBC ‘understood’ that Sahin was due to have a medical today. A few hours ago sporting websites reported that Sahin’s deal with Arsenal had fallen through and he is now joining Liverpool, the same websites that reported that Sahin has passed his medical at us! Why is every single Arsenal transfer so painstakingly long? Until there is the headline on the Arsenal website reading ‘Nuri Sahin Join’s On Loan For 2012 / 2013 Season’, I am ignoring any reports on even Sky and BBC, unless they have a picture of him arriving at Arsenal (And not a fake one, there are already a few out there!).

We have already been linked with Tiote to replace Song, with the money acquired from the purchase of Song. We were linked with him a few months ago, as well as Chelsea and Manchester United. I would link to see Tiote join us, as he can be a real midfield general, something Song wasn’t. Walcott has also been linked with a move away from Arsenal, and we have already been linked with dozens of replacements. Jesus Navas most notably and recently. I did a quick little internet search on Jesus Navas on Google. On the right is an extract from Wikipedia, showing a picture of him, his age, place of birth, and a small paragraph about him. It told me that he played for English Premier League Club Arsenal FC. I immediately went onto our website, nothing. Today Navas has claimed he knows nothing regarding him being linked to Arsenal.

The major downside of being an Arsenal fan is that we can’t have a nice clean buy, for example Rodwell’s transfer to Manchester City. One story came out that Rodwell was being approached by City, a day and a bit later, conformation Rodwell had joined them subject to a medical. We were linked with Arteta before last years deadline day, but we made an approach for him on deadline day and even then we were told that we had dropped interest in him, then a few hours later made another offer. Another example is M’Villa. He has had about three medicals at Arsenal according to some website.

But this all proves something. Wenger may have learned his lesson. He has already bought three players, all arguably world class, but he has said on the Arsenal website that the amount of players coming in depends on those that are going out. Well Cazorla joined after that, and then Song left as well, as we already knew Van Persie was going. M’Villa, Navas, Tiote? Yes please to them all. We are in a much better position compared to last year. We signed Arteta and Chamberlain, the only ones that worked really, Mertesaker Park didn’t really, and we have split opinions over Gervinho. The same with Santos. I liked Santos a lot, although not Gervinho as much. But this year maybe different, if we sign two out of those three players, we would have a really good team, with a lot of potential, although they would have to have a few games to all gel together. We have never had that really, and it is something I am looking forward too. Last transfer deadline day, I was worried that we wouldn’t sign Arteta and / or lose someone as important as Vermaelen or even Song! All I can say, is that I am really excited for this deadline day, as that is when Wenger seems to attack the market, as no clubs can steal the transfer, the club selling the player has too say yes or no, and quickly, so the Sahin transfer situation couldn’t happen (Well it wouldn’t take so many twists and turns).

Under a week left too go before the end of this awful yet great, and possibly going to be an amazing, summer transfer window. What will happen before it closes I do not know, although if I was asked if I would like to know what will happen, I would say no, I love the drama of seeing all of the news headlines, and watching the sports news at ten o’clock, a few hours before the windows closes, and hearing about all of the possible transfers that have to be finalised for the window closes.

I have said it before, and I will say it again, it isn’t over until it is over, and anything could happen, lets just hope that we get the signings we have been linked too, and possibly need. Good luck Arsenal fans, it is going to be a bumpy, bumpy ride to deadline day…

Written by Miles

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223 Responses to Not another early season crisis ……..

  1. Slimgingergooner says:

    I’m sure LB is polishing his nib as we speak!
    I think the alternative, even though it goes against most of what I just said, is to play the Ox wide right and bring in Diaby or Rosicky in the centre. To beat teams who park the bus, you must have players who can go past people, as this is the only way to create space and it moves the defence around when they have to cover each other. You rarely see Barca struggle against parked busses because Iniesta and Messi skin 2 or 3 at will, thus causing havoc. Theo’s reluctance to attack defences slows the play and makes it easy to defend. The Ox and Diaby/Rosicky on the other hand are able to run at players and create space, IMO!

  2. Norfolk Gooner says:

    I guess that in the second paragraph you’re talking about Song not getting much game time at Barca.

  3. Slimgingergooner says:

    Good stuff Miles.

    You make a very valid point about the difference in making a bid on the final day of the window. The teams can’t hang around for counter offers and must make rushed decisions regarding players, it’s inevitable that some of the decisions are wrong and players can be got on the cheap. I think this is something Wenger likes to exploit.

  4. Rasp says:

    Morning NG, we had to do a bit of last minute editing to that paragraph – it should be clearer now

  5. Dick Swiveller says:

    Nice post, agree with much of that and am looking forward to deadline day, even if I don’t *expect* anything I’m hopeful that we get someone in but will be fairly sanguine over not doing so when I calm down the following month. Also, I’d say Mertesacker was a raging success, aside from a few dodgy moments in the first 2/;3 matches he was solid and his positional play really ties the defensive part of the team together.

  6. Slimgingergooner says:

    Rumours the Sahin loan has cost Liverpool £12m including wages! Now I understand why we pulled out!

  7. Rasp says:

    In a perfect world we would sign a first team quality DM specifically for those games where such a player would be required and as a sub to shore up the defense if we need to protect a lead (this tactic often fails with AW teams).

    Cazorla is not a Song replacement – more of a Cesc replacement. I can’t see Diaby filling the DM role although a fit Jack next to Arteta would be sufficient cover – so it all comes down to how quickly and how effectively Jack gets back into the side. We need Arteta to stay fit and that is a risky premise on which to plan our midfield.

    The simple reason why we will not buy a player at the moment is that the unwritten law of Arsenal finances dictates that we have to make a healthy profit in the sales/purchases ledger and to do that we will need to get decent money for Arsh and Bendy ….. in which case a last minute swoop for a DM is not out of the question … but I seriously doubt it

  8. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great work yet again Miles. Thank you very much.
    Much as I titter on about defensive midfielders, Theo and whatnot, underneath it I have to admit that I really am very happy.
    The real reason is that I will be watching Cazorla and Oxlaide-Chamberlain in Arsenal shirts, and they alone are worth a nine hour round trip and any price the box office choose to lob my way.

  9. Jeff Wright says:

    Personally i don’t think that Kroneke is that bothered about players being constantly sold for a profit. 3rd or 4th in the league and the 25m – 30 Euro Cup money is all he requires from Wenger.

    Usmanov’s recent letter to the board ( Stan) exposed the fact that the American businessman – and multi-sports clubs owner – borrowed the money to buy the shares in AFC – he’s saddled the club with this debt – even if indirectly – eventually when he can show a profit on his wheeling and dealing he will sell his shares and depart – that’s what he does. J.R.Ewing has nothing on this guy!

    In the meantime supporters like yourself can graft away doing PR jobs for him by talking up the inferior replacements that he buys after selling the real deals . Now this maybe a success in the boardroom game but its a failure in the football one.

    On another note our players again at the start of the season don’t look match-fit . Also due to losing top players they will need time to gell – and by the time they do – if they do that is – our hopes of putting in a title challenge will be over.

  10. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Jeff,
    That is utter nonsense. Pure specuation.
    You have absolutely no idea what SK thinks.

  11. Dick Swiveller says:

    Not to mention the ridiculous notion of apparently equating Kroenke borrowing money to the club borrowing money, despite the fact that his and the clubs finances really don’t merge at all. A bitter Manc trying to share the pain of having no money?

  12. bollinger says:

    regardless.. the fact is you goons still need a striker to post 30+ goals a season to stand a chance of getting back into the top four.. Apart from possibly the mis-firing Mr G-spot no-one else in your team gets more than 8 goals a season.. good luck!!!

  13. dandan says:

    Well done miles good stuff young man.

    Rasp. I will stick my head above the parapet and speculate with you for once and say even though I expect AA and Bendy to leave us, should they not, we will still see one maybe two incomers.

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Jeepers,
    Where are cretins like Bollinger and Jeff coming from?
    Are we linked to Twitter?
    “Getting back into the top four”…oh dear.

  15. evonne says:

    bollinger – I assume you can only count up to 8. Check your stats mate

  16. evonne says:

    Micky – I had to re-read the title to see what attracted the morons here today and it is the magic word ‘crisis’, they love it

  17. Slimgingergooner says:

    Yes Jeff, inferior replacements like Cazorla for Song and Podolski for Vela? I know who I would rather have!

    These players that are being replaced (RvP, Song) were actually ‘inferior’ replacements themselves weren’t they? For Vieira and Bergkamp, no less! And all before Kroenke came near the club! Weird!

  18. Slimgingergooner says:

    If anything, since Kroenke has joined, we have started signing much more experienced and well known players. Before, we were often accused of being a team of kids, relying on unknowns like Flamini, Clichy, Fabregas, Adebayor, Denilson, Song, RvP etc now, however, we have seen a significant shift with players like Arshavin, Chamakh, Arteta, Mertersacker, Podolski, Cazorla etc being brought in at a peak age with bucket loads of international experience.

  19. Slimgingergooner says:

    If Kroenke was only interested in money, then surely he would want us to keep using Wengers eye for a young player so that they can be shipped out for profits later. The new additions don’t really have much sell on value due to age so the money spent is obviously aimed at improving the team here and now.

  20. Red Arse says:

    Well written Post, Miles! :-)

  21. sleepinggiant says:

    Oh my God have you missed the point.

    When Cesc and NAsri left, we still had RVP and Song.

    Now that RVP and Song are gone, we don’t have Cesc and Nasri to rely on. Year after year after year, player goes, lesser player comes in (by the way, did somebody ever tell the clowns at Arsenal that is allowed to try and bulk up and improve a team, never mind constant firefighting. How did any of these brainless fuckwits ever live beyond their 10th birthday)

    This year is worse than last to a quite unprecedented degree. Quite simply, last year we thought was a once off; a breakdown in communications, a plan that didn’t work that left us in a lurch.

    This year has proved that the incompetent impotence of Wenger and the Board is endemic. It is not an accident. These people have no clue and no plan. They are quite simply small minded clueless people. They hide behind ‘self sustainability’ as a model. Bad and all as that would be, Im beginning to think that even that slow road to nowhere is beyond this rabble. They are short term thinkers and asset strippers. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Our club will never even get close to the glory of yesteryear until they are gone from our club.

  22. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sleepinggiant,
    You live off other people’s money don’t you.
    Jees, what is hiding behind “self sustainability”?

  23. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Something has gone wrong on here today.

  24. Norfolk Gooner says:

    You’re wrong Mr. Wright, Kroenke has never yet sold a sports club or franchise, that’s not what he does.

    If Silent Stan really did want to make a profit, he could sell his shares to Red and White Holdings I’m pretty sure that Alisher Usmanov would be more than happy to buy him out.

    Bollinger, If your lot are relying on Chocolate Legs and the Fat Granny Shagger for anything like thirty goals apiece you really are living in Cloud Cuckoo Land. But let’s wait until the end of the season shall we.

  25. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Sleepinggiant,

    I take it that you are at least lived to celebrate your eleventh birthday then.

  26. evonne says:

    go to sleep giant, you’ve got up on the wrong side of the bed :)

    “This year is worse than last to a quite unprecedented degree” – can you elaborate please, because I thought that this year is so much better because we bought experienced, proven quality players before the Per$ie and Song saga begun. The squad is stronger, more mature than it has been for the last few years, with players who want to wear the shirt. I guarantee you that Per$ie won’t last this season without some injury; had he stayed many would say ‘why did we not sell an old, injury prone player’?

    And don’t you remember the years when RvP and Song came to the Club complaints – we never buy big names, always bying kids and usless nobodys? Don’t you think it is great, absolutely amazing that Wenger can turn those nobodys into world class players, get the best of them and sell on for a profit?

  27. sleepinggiant says:

    MickyDidit89

    I believe that Arsenal’s ‘self sustainability’ policy is a pervesion of an ideal and is simply used by the Kroenke board to justify their not putting a cent of their own money into the club.

    The result?

    Result 1. WE, the fans pay more and more and more for less and less and less.

    Result 2. Not only do we not compete for the top players, we can’t even keep our own players.

    There is nothing noble in this. It is a disgusting rip off.

    Arsenal is so wealthy that it wouldn’t take a massive investment from Kroenke WHO IS A BILLIONAIRE to make it competitive. But this shyster refuses to do so, at the same time using a slick
    PR machine t make it look like investment is bad.

    On the Kroenke Board’s watch, Arsenal have not just stood by but actively given a handout to another London club to pass us out and even claim the Champions League prize.

    Short of this asshole inventing a cure for cancer, that is something that he can never be forgiven for by any true Arsenal fan. Yet he will have his mouthpieces jump up and down saying ‘but hey at least we havent allowed Arsenal to go out of existence’. Well that bullshit just isn’t going to fool anyone any more.

    .

  28. sleepinggiant says:

    Evonne, the squad is not stronger. The only progress we have made is Cazorla – he is a positive.

    I would rather have RVP than Poldi and Giroud. And for me Song is a player that it will take a hell of a lot of money to replace. Oh and don’t forget we have also lost Yossi. So for me we are way down on last year.

    But instead of being critical, please please please ask yourself – why should we even be having this chat? What would be wrong in just improving the squad – why not buy Cazorla and Sahin, and keep RVP and Song. Why is it every year we turn ourselves into a smaller and smaller club? Wake up – there is no need for it other than Kroenke';s callous needless asset stripping of the club – otherwise known as the self-sustainability policy

    And I explained why it is worse than last yerar – simply by the fact that we have repeated the blunders. Once is an accident, but twice? Clueless, absolutely clueless. And no chance of it getting any better while these creatures run our club.

    BTW on a positive note, doesn’t Poldi seem like a great guy?

  29. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Sleeping, you know nothing about Arsenal, football, finances, and life in general. You talk like a bitter resentful wanker who thinks you are owed something. Your the worst kind of idiot, a joke without the humour

  30. sleepinggiant says:

    Evonne – missed you last line. Are you serious? Do you think it is amazing that we are selling these players for a profit?????????

    WHAT? I cannot believe that anyone thinks like that except accountants and bean counters

    If these players are good enough to be sold for a huge sum, they should be wearing the Arsenal shirt into their early 30’s. If there is an emergency perhaps you may need to see one, but to see this as plus….I dont have the words!

    Dont you see that by this sentence you are actively encouraging our club to be a selling club!!!! Good God! Do you think any single BArcelona REal Madrid, Maure or God forbid Chavski fan would say such a thing!

    I think the idea of being happy that we are making a profit on our players betrays everything that every kid gets into football for in the first place.

  31. sleepinggiant says:

    And you mister hair transplant – I dont know what you are.

    But you are not an Arsenal fan,

  32. evonne says:

    Giant – well yes. If they want to go, the least we can do is to cash in on them. What would you do to keep them??

  33. Norfolk Gooner says:

    sleepygiant,

    Careful, a number of accountants are regulars on here, if you include his transfer fee, his wages, bonuses etc and his medical expenses over eight years, there wont be much change out of £22/£24 million.

    You really do need to get into the real world. The Dutchman WANTED to leave, Arsenal sold him, just as Manure sold Ronaldo. Song was proving to be a disruptive figure in the dressing room, agitating for an enhanced contract. He wasn’t worth the hassle, Arsenal got good money for him.

    You appear to be writing off players before they’ve played a full game.

    Take a moment or two to realise that it’s not Football Manager, it is the real world.

  34. barumgooner says:

    Nice post Miles. I personally am very optimistic for this year. As for the “star” players continually leaving exactly what made them “star”. Not a single one of them helped Arsenal to achieve success. As much as it pains me to say it we have been a very average side for the last 5-6 yrs and RVP, Song, Clichy,Cesc and Nasri were all very pivotal to that success or lack there of. Cesc is a class player who sadly came to the club without a mentor to help him along and eventually just wanted to go home but the others… who cares ? They have been replaced by winners, quality players who have tasted success and want to earn it again , not just play a dozen or so games as a sub and pick up a medal but give their all and fight.
    Imo even if we do not add more players we are already stronger than last year. Merts, Ox, and Gerv have bedded in and Rambo is back to where he was before the assault on him. I think we will still get MVila and this is the start of the good times…. I think.

  35. sleepinggiant says:

    Evonne, players do not want to leave a club with ambitions to be a big club in the numbers that they are leaving Arsenal. Arsenal needs to decide if it wants to be a big club (which is its heritage and history) or wants to go down some other route (the one I believe that Kroenke, the top 4 is a trophy’ and Co are aimlesslly shambling).

    If it is wages, increase the wages (and by the way, I think it is hilarious the way that some of our fans baulk at for example paying 130k a week, pointing to the ‘right and proper’ 80k a week that we pay. Both are completely obscene, but equally so. An institution paying an athlete 130k a week is no more immoral than one paying 80k.). If it is ambition, show some ambition.

    But we need to keep our players; not just keep them but completely destroy the humiliating expectancy around the club (and lets be honest, every club) that Arsenal is not a place for big players to stay.

    If we accomplish that and nothing more this year, there would be hope.

  36. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Sleepy, i apologise for my rant against you. I got personal and i shouldnt have done that. Wether you accept it or not is up to you. But that dosnt take away from the fact that you talk total bolloxs.

  37. sleepinggiant says:

    Norfolk Gooner.

    Then tell me why this happens to Arsenal every year, and only occasionally to other so-called clubs. It is quite simply that Arsenal do not create the conditions to keep big players happy .

    You don’t need to be an accountant to know that the same financial rules apply to every club. Some owners put their money into a club, some don’t. Don’t let any accountant or anyone else tell you otherwise. This has nothing to do with the genuine skills that accountants do have (and I would never claim to have their eye for the intricacies of detail). But the rules are a simple, undeniable fact of life. There is nothing whatsoever stopping Kroenke funding his club, to whatever degree he feels able (the same way that there is nothing stopping Abramovich or whoever). The rules are the same. But some owners care about their club. some owners care about their profit.

    You have bought into the myth that ‘this is the way that it is, so it can’t be any other way’. That’s absolute nonsense, Do you think in the Ken Bates era Chelsea ever thouht they would win another trophy of any kind, let alone the Champions League.

    Arsenal do not have to settle for this subservient role that Kroenke has imposed on us. And it is a slur on our proud history if we do so.

  38. Slimgingergooner says:

    Not interested in talking to moaning haters of not only Arsrnal but life in general!

    On a brighter note, this Michu kid is the buy of the season, never mind Cazorla! £2m for a midfielder who scored 15+ goals for a relegated La Liga side is inspired. Hats off Laudrup, Rodgers who!?

  39. Slimgingergooner says:

    Sleeping giant,

    This happens to Arsenal more often than other clubs because you pay more attention to what happens at Arsenal!

    The same way that 3 is my favourite number, and I believe it has more meaning than any other! It’s because I’m listening out for it!

  40. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Sleepygiant,

    FFP!

  41. sleepinggiant says:

    Terry. Fair enough and apology accepted.

    And I probably do talk Bollocks sometimes (we all do when we chat about football). But the truth is that I am an Arsenal fan who has his own opinion. I will not let the current regime form my opinions for me.I care about the club and it is obvious to me that they don’t.

    Because I will be here long after they are gone.

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Miles. Fine post. I agree that there is no crisis at Arsenal, the future is bright.

  43. sleepinggiant says:

    Norfilk

    FFP applies to Chelsea and Man City as much as us. They just ignore it. There is no bigger pressure on Kroenke to bow to it than Abramovicj. But one does and one doesnt.

    And I believe is does allow clubs to run at a 40m loss or something, so this is not what is constraining us.

  44. RockyLives says:

    Miles
    What Big Raddy said @1.40pm

    Only one quibble – you are wrong about Mertesacker. He took two or three games to settle in but, since then, has been an absolute top class asset. The best footballing, game-reading CB I have seen in a very long time.

  45. evonne says:

    Giant – I don’t believe that players are leaving for trophies, they are leaving for money. Trophies are not guaranteed anywhere, money is.

    In about 3-4 years time, when Giroud and others want to double their salaries, some will scream about greartness, something that is not even mentioned when we buy them.

    The fact that so many Arsenal players are wanted by the richest clubs in the world goes to show what quality we have.

    Had we agreed to van Per$ie’s pay demands and signed a 4 year contract, we would end up with a croked 30+ bench warmer on £200k a week, is it what you want? He will NOT have another season like the last one, I can bet my redcurrant shirt on that

  46. barumgooner says:

    With Freddie retiring from football this week I wonder just how many of these “great” players who have left us in the last few years will be remembered / missed in a decades time ? Not many I think.

  47. barumgooner says:

    If you had to pick a dream side from the premiership years would Song, Rvp, Clichy or Nasri feature ? Probably even Cesc would only make it as a sub…maybe ?

  48. evonne says:

    Barum – true. I think that some people find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that the arrival of the oily money in football, changed the game forever. Players will chase the money as much as they chase the ball. The good old loyalty existed mainly becuase the competitors didn’t pay much more; so if any player wanted to move was genuinly because of the trophies and/or prospects of progressing their careers.

  49. evonne says:

    Barum – now you went too far :) Cesc will feature in any great team on either side of the globe

  50. Rocky – are you still there? That nice Mr Arseblog has linked to your Stoke post from the other day on his main blog for today. We’ve had over 9000 hits :lol:

  51. barumgooner says:

    I dont totally believe players have left only for the money, It is also glory and you have to look at the players that City have assembled and be just a little envious. As an average player to have the opportunity to get paid vast sums of money and work with those sort of stars must be tempting. In truth no team can compete with the money at City and Chelsea and arguably Manutd without a rich sugar-daddy. We have maintained a position of being among the best of the rest which is an achievement in itself. Add to that the fact that we have had to be particularly stingy whilst paying for the stadium and its a bit of a miracle. Arsene has had a makeshift squad for the past 5-6yrs and it is finally gradually being replaced by a better team of players imo whist generating large sums of cash from teams rich enough to waste millions on bit-part players. Winning is not far away, of that i’m sure.

  52. barumgooner says:

    Evonne, Haha. great player but better than Vieira ?

  53. Total says:

    Hi Barum, loving your comments today – top stuff! :)

  54. Red Arse says:

    SleepingG,

    I think your ‘facts’ are wrong on so many levels…………..I just cannot be arsed to discuss them, because you either would not understand or you would choose not to understand.

    If you prefixed your comments with “In my opinion…” that would be acceptable, even tho you are wrong.

    Instead you have morphed your opinion into spurious fact which makes you sound ridiculous.
    Let me explain, as I have done to many of your ilk; —-
    “A “fact” is something that has actually happened or that is empirically true and can be supported by evidence.
    An “opinion” is a belief which is normally subjective, meaning that it can vary based on a person’s perspective, emotions, or individual understanding of something.” Can you comprehend the difference?

    But what really bugs me about your rants is how you label everyone, especially TMHT, who disagrees with you, as not being ‘fans’ because they disagree with your twisted view of the club.

    Tsk, tsk! A famous quote springs to mind;
    “A patriot wraps himself around the (national) flag to defend it; a scoundrel wraps it around himself to defend himself”.

    To paraphrase; “A true fan (Gooner) wraps himself in his love of Arsenal to protect the club, a scoundrel wraps himself in fandom to justify his disgraceful rants”.

    I am sure there is another site – you know where – more suited to bile!

    Leave our Terry alone.

  55. Jeff Wright says:

    My comments appear to have rattled the bars of a few deluded AKB’s! The ‘must be a bitter Manc ‘one is rather funny though -what have they got to be bitter about?
    I will stick with my view that Kroneke is just using AFC to try and make some money and that another blank season on the trophy front awaits us following the sale of last seasons best two players by him .
    We know what they achieved – what their replacements – or whatever – do is just a matter for speculation – and a chance for the AKB to spout the usual OTT never fulfilled optimism that we always get from these people who are the laughing-stock of modern football – at the start of every season before reality kicks-in.

  56. barumgooner says:

    thanks Total.

  57. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Thanks Redders. Your a top man and a blogging hero. Think ive made my peace with sleepy. dont agree with his views but i shouldnt have insulted him the way i did. That was wrong.

    Jeff, we are going to win the league this year. hahaha

  58. RockyLives says:

    Peaches
    Thanks – I did see that. Although referring to my carefully crafted prose as a “snippet” is a bit cheeky :)

  59. I thought so too, we always give a lot of credit if we use something from somewhere else …… He should have said ‘have a look at this great article on Arsenal Arsenal for more information about the change in the rule’ :lol:

  60. Big Raddy says:

    THMT. When we do so, what do you think Jeff Wright will be saying?

    The moment I see the letters AKB in a comment, it is immediately dismissed as not worth reading.

  61. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Hi Raddy, i think he will disapear and return as Jeff Wrong.

  62. RockyLives says:

    I don’t feel too inclined to join the debate with Jeff, Sleeping et al, but one of them referred to the fact that Arsenal’s ownership invests nothing in the club.

    I thought £390m for the best stadium in the country was a pretty tidy investment.

    And one extra point: there is a monumental logic flaw in the anti-Kroenke argument about him not wanting the club to win trophies and being happy with mediocrity. This is a classic example of unsophisticated thinking, because if you accept the premise that Stan is money-motivated, it is obvious that his investment will increase exponentially if the club wins major trophies.

    And when people starting using terms like “AKB” you know they don’t want an argument, they want a fight. Frankly there are better fight ground elsewhere chaps. The tone of debate on Arsenal Arsenal is generally pitched at a higher level.

    But thanks for popping by.

  63. RockyLives says:

    Peaches
    He’s worried about the competition :D
    Actually it’s great that he linked here, because the more people who find this site the better. The better ones will stick around, once they get used to the generalised nuttiness.

    Hoping to be over mid Sept – it will be really nice to see the gang.

  64. Hope you do too then, it will be lovely to see you :)

  65. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Just seen Van Persie coming on to the pitch for Utd. Shook me up a bit.

  66. You’re very brave TMHT, I may have to watch spuds

  67. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Peaches, Fulham 1 up. hahaha

  68. Have to love Santos ………….

    André Santos!!! ‏@Andre_Santos27

    Tomorrow another battle,another fight, we are more than ready this season is ours,time for the Glory http://yfrog.com/oevsrqlj

  69. Come on Fulham, keep it up :)

  70. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Got to admit, that hurt. Cant take it, switching off.

  71. GunnerN5 says:

    And RVP does his thing 1-1.

  72. 123 says:

    An injury prone player who just gave us a bitter reminder of what we lost out on. What a goal by rvp. Sigh.

  73. Not worth upsetting yourself TMHT :(

  74. 123 says:

    For all those above insisting that Poldi/Giroud is an improvement over RVP, ask yourself this. If RVP hadn’t published his childish little statement and decided to leave, who would you pick, Poldi/Giroud or RVP? Football wise my choice would be very obvious.

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Think Fulham are going to get hammered. Thinking of which….FatSam must be reeling. Swansea were excellent.

  76. RockyLives says:

    Swansea to finish above ‘Pool?

  77. Big Raddy says:

    Nik B in the papers over here. Some crook has been blackmailing him over naughty pics with ladies. The police are now involved.

  78. Big Raddy says:

    RL. Would be great and why not?

  79. Songie says:

    If Roman abramovic managed to get hold of the Battersea power station project as Chelsea’s new stadium, I very much doubt that his spending spree will be curbed like us. I just wonder why so many people on thia site are so against Usmanov, I doubt some financial aid would hurt us badly. Just take a look at where Chelsea is now after Abramovic took over.

  80. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Raddy,
    I’m only surprised Nic B didn’t publish them himself :-)

  81. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just watched Utd. They do look good.
    Unlike Fat Sam who I saw earlier looking absolutely revolting.

  82. Hi Raddy, did you find your lost post? If you scroll down the page when you’re writing it, all your saved drafts are listed and you can go back to an old one if you want to.

  83. Jeff Wright says:

    Never mind we have Giroud to replace RVP – and Song won’t be missed, or so some claim. If Wenger publicly had a pip at Stan the AKB would join in – there has never been a more sycophantic set of followers since Stalin ‘s politburo.

  84. evonne says:

    123 – but that p***k didn’t want to play for Arsenal. Stuck 2 fingers at us, so what is the point to saying that you’d rather him in our team?? He didn’t chose us

  85. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Songie,
    Look at Malaga. That’s what can happen.

  86. LB says:

    Songie

    Do you remember the name Mathew Harding? He was a wealthy man who invested a lot of money into Chelsea, “sadly” he died in a tragic helicopter accident.

    If some such thing happened to Abramovich, Chelsea would be in such dire financial straights that the consequences would be that they plummeted down to the third division in the space of as many seasons.

    The point is that many of us on this site believe that the financially stable system that Arsenal employs gives use stability and shelters us from the potential catastrophe that awaits any club that has one solitary owner who uses it as a play thing.

    If you think I am exaggerating or you think that that will never happen to Arsenal, I would bet you I could find a thousand Glasgow Rangers supporters who said exactly that — we are too big to be in the third division.

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches,
    Did you watch Spuds? Marks out of 10 please.

  88. LB says:

    “Sycophantic set of followers”

    At most clubs these people you refer to are called supporters.

    Jeff Wright

    How many game did you go and watch last season?

  89. Nought of course :)

  90. LB says:

    Hi Micky

    I wish I had thought of that sentence it would have saved me a lot of time.

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not very helpful half time report was is it Peaches.
    Still, it does deserve a ROLF

  92. Micky – they’ve been working hard but nothings coming off :) Ade on the bench, Bale is causing the most problems – same old same old.

  93. LB says:

    123

    Which part of BSR’s statement is confusing you?

    “I do not want to sign a new contract with Arsenal”

  94. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB,
    Sod Off is even shorter

  95. Jeff Wright says:

    One last comment – if – as some claim – Stan is not in it to make a few bucks – then why did he sell RVP to United and not to a club abroad? This selling players to rivals is costing us season after season – Chelsea got Cashley Cole – City Nasri – Clichy – Adebayor now at spuds down to this – and United got the cream to go with the peaches .
    Selling RVP to United was all about the money apart from being stupid . Stan would not get 24m selling him abroad and was not prepared to lose some moneyby making him see out his contract. Anyone who claims otherwise is a mug who knows nothing about football.

  96. Would be good if the chavs gets called off as they’ve already played two games.

  97. evonne says:

    Jeff – that’d be me, coz I strongly believe that AFC tried everything to keep the w****r. He forced the sale by publishing on the twitter; he knew all season long he’ll be going.

    I am sorry I am rude, but seeing whats-his-face in ManU shirt makes me sick

  98. oz gunner says:

    cheers for the article Miles, well put together once again. Crisis shmisis I say, we’ll win the league!

    I could handle cesc going because it’s more of ‘out of mind out of sight’. Nasri was a bench warmer and didn’t do much so it’s okay. But seeing RVP score for United and celebrate with those pieces of so and so…very hard to stomach!

    @ Rocky

    your famous! I did notice a few people comment at the bottom not realising it was a few days ago haha.

  99. RockyLives says:

    Jeff
    I’m sorry, but the spasticated reasoning in your 4.11 reveals you to be a dimwit.

    I’m sure you are a good Arsenal supporter and want good things to happen to the club, but matters of financing and sports club management are a bit out of your league.

    There are other blogs where you can fulminate with other like-minded individuals.

  100. Red Arse says:

    Fancy an empty bucket calling us mugs?

    Jeff, I really think you need to go and have a lie down with your dummy, you are being a very silly, cranky little boy or a sad, grumpy old man.

    Look don’t take this personally, but you are about as welcome on here as a fart in a lift. Do us all a favour and stick your whinging opinions where the sun don’t shine. In the nicest possible way, of course! :-)

  101. Come on Fulham, put de Gea under pressure ;)

  102. evonne says:

    we at the AA are the strongest defence AFC has ever had :)

  103. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Fulham score

  104. evonne says:

    Peaches – you have just told me you are not watching!!!

  105. LB says:

    Jeff

    I would guess that you understand the difference between one hundred pounds, one thousand pounds and ten thousand pounds and spending power each amount would give you.

    The problem you seem to have is understanding the difference between ten million, one billion and ten billion and the spending power each amount would give to an individual football club owner in the EPL.

  106. LB says:

    Are these game on telly?

    How are you watching them. (Fox Soccer excluded)

  107. Big Raddy says:

    Jeff. Nice to be preached to by someone who is not only simplistic in his opinion but also childishly rude. Thank you

    UTG

    A mug who knows nothing about football

  108. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB
    Liveonliefootie showing every game

  109. Red Arse says:

    LB,

    I am watching on £6 for two months Liveonlinefooty.

  110. evonne says:

    LB – online footy or Polish TV, take your pick :)

  111. evonne says:

    RA – I only paid a fiver for 2 months liveonline

  112. MickyDidIt89 says:

    £6 for 2 months

  113. I read it on the BBC site :oops: If I’d have thought Micky was genuinely interested I would have owned up but why would he be???? :)

  114. Big Raddy says:

    De Gea keeping MU ahead. Shame he’s not the clown MU fans thought he was early last season

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just enjoy watching them lose Peaches. Nothing seedy. All above board. Normal behaviour from an Arsenal man.

  116. MickyDidIt89 says:

    How much is liveonlinefooty?

  117. Red Arse says:

    Erm, Peaches, Micky, are those statements or questions? :-)

    If questions — that is the price, Evonne must have the OAP discount! :-)

    If statements — confirmation of a very good deal!! :-)

  118. Oh poo, a goal at whl :( :( :(

  119. Mine was confirmation of what I’ve paid.

  120. evonne says:

    Oi RA!! I’ve just checked – £5 paid to Dhmediah using google checkout. Nice! I usually have to work very hard trying to get something for nothing or at least at a discount

  121. MickyDidIt89 says:

    RA,
    Both in my case, that way all bases are covered.
    Signed: Confused.

  122. Big Raddy says:

    I bought the liveonline season ticket. Great value.

  123. Gooner In Exile says:

    Oh dear a good piece by Miles has been derailed to a discussion about our ownership.

    How about a little timeline (let’s start in 96/97) IN = Bought, OUT = Sold

    99/00 IN £22.8m OUT £29m
    00/01 IN £35m OUT £31m
    01/02 IN £15.2m OUT £4.2m
    02/03 IN £6.6m OUT £5.7m
    03/04 IN £20.5m OUT £3.8m
    04/05 IN £4.5m OUT £2.9m
    05/06 IN £36.9m OUT £30.5m

    Moved to Emirates
    06/07 IN £13.9 OUT £30.9
    07/08 IN £31m OUT £17.6m
    08/09 IN £15.7m OUT £19.3m
    09/10 IN £10m OUT £40.1m
    10/11 IN £14.5m OUT £7.7m

    Kroenke takes majority control

    11/12 IN £53.1m OUT £70m
    12/13 IN £44m OUT £42.7m

    Now the observant amongst you will notice pre Kroenke the club was selling more than buying after the move to the Emirates.

    Also a comment was made earlier that the club could lose £40m and not be sanctioned by UEFA, that would be the case IF we were owned by one man, but as a publicly traded entity we can’t, if the beloved Usmanov had sold his shares to Kroenke the club could spend more, so Usmanov by holding onto his shares and refusing to sell is holding the club back, who knows one could imagine he is doing it on purpose, surely a real fan would let go of those shares and allow the club to move forward.

    Anyway back to the post I am far more comfortable this year and the comment earlier by SGG is spot on, we have bought experience….a significant change.

  124. Gooner In Exile says:

    Oh by the way for the fellow Norfolk Gooners and anyone travelling this way I heartily recommend The Pigs in Edgefield had my Norfolk Tapas whilst BSR was scoring and I didn’t even notice as I tucked into my dripping on toast and pigs ears.

  125. 1-1 at the shit-hole

  126. evonne says:

    GiE – FFS, you are eating pigs??? In front of DidIt?

    Rooney has a huge cut to his fat thigh, why not Per$ie? GM and I want his leg broken

  127. evonne – karma takes a while to work her magic, the more the dutchman plays the more the chance he’ll get injured.

  128. Gooner In Exile says:

    Who’s watching United?apparentky Rooney has had liposuction right there on the pitch?

  129. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evonne Micky is gonna fatten that pig, and it’ll be roasting on the open fire come Easter, the mans no vegan.

  130. RockyLives says:

    Rooney likely to be out for a couple of weeks.

    Utd were lucky to keep the three points at the end. If we win tomorrow we’re above them anyway.

    And well done West Brom!

  131. evonne says:

    GiE – we are all watching. Blood running down his leg as if he had a period

  132. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Deary me, a win tomorrow and those Spudlings want to be watching that gap :-)

  133. Rooneys injury sounds really horrible, apparently his leg has opened down to the bone :(

  134. RockyLives says:

    GiE
    Not the first time Rooney’s seen a nasty old gash.

    Sorry.

  135. Gooner In Exile says:

    See Lamberts working wonders at Villa….what a fool.

  136. RockyLives says:

    Now we want Toon to teach the Chavs a lesson.

  137. Red Arse says:

    Evonne, I humbly apologise for dissing you. It just slipped out, in a manner of speaking. :-)

    Please don’t send Chas around to duff me up!! :-(

  138. Red Arse says:

    Just a scratch — Rooney the wuss!

    GIE, a nice bit of dripping on toast — yummy!! I am hoping Micky invites us all around for a hog roast next Spring – he can’t eat two by himself surely? :-)

  139. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rocky
    Had to be said :-)
    GiE,
    Norfolk Tapas :-)

  140. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Now look here you lot!
    Just back off my girls, alright.
    Seriously, I used to do a pig roast, live band, annual party. That’s the end of that….burgers and bangers from here on :-(

  141. kelsey says:

    “A fart in a lift” Inspector Clouseau (RA)

    Well peaches actually blogging :)

    The two games most have played gives me some hope for us. I haven’t seen an outstanding defensive performance from any of the other top teams, and as i have said many times before , title winning teams have to a solid defensive unit for a start.

    Having said that not sure about tomorrow. if our Pole in Goal is injured we must be the only PL team who don’t have a quality back up, and Kos is out. Will be interesting to see who starts at RB.

    Liveonfooty is now £5.00 for 2 months,but they keep changing their account details which is a bit worrying.

    Thank you for the post Miles. I wonder what Song thought only a few years ago when loaned to Charlton, I am sure he didn’t think he would be in the Barca squad this week.

  142. Big Raddy says:

    Despondent that Spurs conceded in the 90th minute :-(

  143. goonermichael says:

    So the dutch bastard scored

  144. evonne says:

    yes GM. And the wrong bastard was injured. how are you?

  145. RockyLives says:

    Typical. Chav pen from a Torres dive. Isn’t that three dives, three pens, three goals for the Chavs this season already?

  146. Big Raddy says:

    The FA have to stop this. Cheating is ruining football and Chelsea are the worst

  147. evonne says:

    hazard is good though

  148. Big Raddy says:

    He certainly is. Shame ….

  149. RockyLives says:

    You’re right BR
    Torres got some contact but only because he started to fall and hung his leg out to get it, even though the defender was pulling his leg away.

    It’s cheating, plain and simple but the authorities don’t seem to give a monkey’s (unless it’s an Arsenal player accused).

  150. goonermichael says:

    I’m good thanks evonne. How are you? I was really busy today

  151. evonne says:

    I was ok Michael until I saw what’s his face celebrating, what a tosser

  152. goonermichael says:

    So they’ve had a pen in every game so far

  153. goonermichael says:

    I hope his wife and kids leave him evonne.

  154. RockyLives says:

    All dives GM

  155. evonne says:

    you a kind man GM, I wish him far, far worse

  156. RockyLives says:

    Torres is diving more than Tom Daley

  157. goonermichael says:

    I couldn’t say what I think on here evonne

  158. goonermichael says:

    hazzard was on his way down before contact on both of his

  159. jnyc says:

    All the penalties given is annoying to me of course. But besides that, chelsea has dominated the first half. I was hoping they would have a slow start. Just another obstacle to overcone.

  160. RockyLives says:

    Can’t see the Barcodes getting anything out of this.

  161. tyv says:

    there is only one thing to say really:
    Goldi-Poldi-Halleluja! I look foarward to all the moaning loosers eating their humble pies when these words fill the emirates and poldi opens his account.

    And i expect everyone espeically people like Jeff to sing as loud as he can when our new strikers show the entire world RvP is replacable. We will win a trophy this year.
    Remember the year with all our socalled top players. Nasri, Cesc, RvP and Song. that year we lost a CC final against birmingham!!! its obvious we needed change. and now they are all gone.

  162. RockyLives says:

    Fine comment TVy

    Have you posted here before?

  163. RockyLives says:

    Sorry – Tyv

  164. evonne says:

    tyv – u is a genius :)

  165. kelsey says:

    By the way there is another link in the comments section in todays ACLF about the Stoke pitch.

  166. Gooner In Exile says:

    Micky laughing at Norfolk Tapas? It’s a real thing called Iffits (well perhaps The Pigs made it up)….see here http://www.thepigs.org.uk/eating/pigs-menu/

  167. goonermichael says:

    So gooners slate thier own players then wank over a money grabbing, belgian, chav knob. classy.

    Is anyone having problems with twitter? I’d like to take a few people to task but mine’s not working.

  168. Total says:

    Thanks GiE, that looks and sounds yummeehhhhhhhhh! :)

  169. Gooner In Exile says:

    Poor chas has to go and look at this tomorrow:

    That’s bloody hilarious from our cameraman tho.

    TA it was delicious. :)

  170. Gooner In Exile says:

    Mine is working GM

  171. Gooner In Exile says:
  172. goonermichael says:

    My twitter doesn’t work. Didn’t work on my salon pc. I’ve tried chrome and IE. MOTD has made me a bit sick. I enjoyed seeing a hole in that dirty scousers leg though. Hope it gets infected. robin is scum. I suppose he belongs there

  173. goonermichael says:

    Just tried my XP pc and it doesn’t work on there either

  174. 26may1989 says:

    Good evening all. Am just back from a holiday of music festival in Wales and a week in Cornwall – lots of fun, great music, good friends, lovely food and plenty to drink. Just a tad too much rain….

    Christ, watching van Persie score for United is a real gut wrencher. I still feel very zen about him going, but clearly I’m not reconciled to the club he’s joined.

    Kelsey’s on the button about ropey defences in the PL: United’s was a shocker today, and Spurs’ even worse. And that does give us hope.

    But I have to admit it, I’m not feeling too optimistic right now. I hope my instincts are wrong, but the fact we’ve now gone through yet another summer of enforced, unwanted personnel changes (and it may not be finished yet, thanks to the Theo situation) creates yet more instability. If the new signings get going quickly, and the likes of Gervinho, Diaby and Wilshere can make big contributions, perhaps we can equal or improve on third place, but I’m not counting on it yet.

    Now here’s something I don’t do very often: I’m going to disagree with Kelsey, Raddy and Rocky…. Craziness, I hear you say.

    Kelsey says “we must be the only PL team who don’t have a quality back up” in goal. What?? First, I honestly believe our three keepers behind Szczesny (Fabianski, Mannone and Martinez) represent a very decent group of alternatives – clearly Kelsey and I don’t see eye to eye on that one. But just looking through the back up keepers at other clubs (you know I’m that sad, I really do go and look) I would say only Man City (Pantilimon), United (Lindegaard), Stoke (Sorenson), Villa (Guzan) and Spurs (Cudicini) could say their second choice keepers might be on the same level as Fabianski. Bloody hell, Chelsea have Ross Turnball and that Hilario – now that’s poor cover.

    And Rocky and Raddy, do you really see the Chelsea penalty incident as a Torres dive? Looks an absolute cert to me. Being a dyed in the wool Chelsea hater, I’d love to say otherwise, but I think it was a clear penalty.

    Good to see some proper footballing sides doing well today: Wigan, West Brom, Everton and Swansea.

    Big game for us tomorrow: having thrown away two points last weekend, we need to make up for it tomorrow. Looking forward to it, I’d love to see Stoke’s run of games without a win get extended to eight games. Ramsey to score a hat-trick.

  175. oz gunner says:

    welcome back 26, hope you had a good holiday. Can’t argue with any of that. My only problem is Fabianski. He is a great keeper BUT he needs a run of games to get going. Pinch hitting is definitely not favourable to either his confidence or the teams. He is a top notch shot stopper though. Unfortunately whenever I think of Vito I just think of that howler he made, which is a shame because I liked thinking of him as Arsene’s muscle!

    Not liking this chelsea team at the present…but then again I suppose it’s only been reading and wigan. How on earth could luiz be quoted at 25 million? Have these teams seen him play? Bloody hell that’d mean Kozzer is worth around 70 million.

    @ GiE

    what a mouth watering menu, love the way the pie and mash is set up in the jars. What I can’t get over is the prices over there, it’s amazing. The Mrs parents just came back from Europe again and the father brought back menus from all over just to compare (an accountant and food connoisseur) and the prices are so low, especially for a pint!

  176. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Myttin da 26,
    Where in soggy Cornwall?
    And Morning everyone else.
    MAAAAAATCH DAAAAAAY

  177. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GiE
    Great looking pub. Iffits :-)

  178. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Cazorla AND Oxlaide?
    Please please please

  179. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Pod Gir Ox
    Art Caz Abo

  180. chas says:

    Morning all,
    My internet has somehow fixed itself this morning without the need for an “engineer’s” visit tomorrow.
    This means I’m back in for doing the match report from the terraces unless someone has already stepped into the breach?

  181. chas says:

    Micky,
    Have you just picked the Ox to play on the wing? :)

  182. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas
    Thank God you’re back.
    Ox on the wing? Mmmm, I know. Its kind of my way of not playing Theo :-)

  183. evonne says:

    Hello Chas – there was some fighting on here yesterday as so many wanted to write the match report, but I am sure Peaches will give yours priorities, for obvious reasons wink wink :)

    Chelsea looked very good in the first half yesterday

  184. Big Raddy says:

    Morning

    Love that pub menu. Wish we had something similar over here but No – we get thirty different types of pickled herring at extotionate prices.

    Leonard Cohen in the rain last night – excellent.

  185. Big Raddy says:

    chas & 26. Welcome back.

  186. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Is Rosicky fit?

  187. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Raddy,
    Have you come up with a new theme?

  188. evonne says:

    and who is that Michael Laudrup??

  189. evonne says:

    Micky and Raddy – historic event away? historic event on the day of the match at THOF?

  190. evonne says:

    I meant major historic event that happened at the place we are playing away.

    Torres was like a jumping frog yesterday, what a cheat

  191. Gooner In Exile says:

    Oz prices used to be reversed (ie cheaper in Australia) I remember my first firm used to do secondments to and from our offices DownUnder they stayed on their local wages, the Ozzies would find our prices expensive and the ones who went to Oz could take a 6 month sabbatical and go travelling when their 12 months was up such was the volume of money they could save whilst out there.

    My sister in law recently emigrated and she asks us to send stuff to her as its cheaper even with postage! It’s all relative though as her partner went from a £30-40k a year job here to a $100k+ job in Oz (but it’s the same job) and they have effectively the same standard of living.

  192. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evonne…….Laudrup a very very talented footballer

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Laudrup

  193. evonne says:

    GiE – yeah, I am just reading about him. Is it a fluck or is he going to be an even better manager?

  194. chas says:

    Evonne,
    I’m happy to step aside rather than step on anyone’s toes. I’ll wait to hear it from ‘she who must be obeyed’, wink wink.

    Thanks for the welcome back, boys. Even 2 days away seems like a long time. On reflection, that probably isn’t such a good thing, but I’ll have to live with it.

  195. chas says:

    It’s fluck, Evonne.

  196. Red Arse says:

    Morning Peeps :-)

    Iffitts. Now there’s a descriptive word. Perhaps it’s the locals pragmatic way of saying – if its stationery – eat it!

    Oz, the economy over here (Europe) has been in a nose dive for years now. The Aussie economy has remained pretty much untouched, and the exchange rate has strongly moved in ‘favour’ of the Aussie dollar.
    Great sun, great country and now great money – you lucky sods!! :-)

  197. Gooner In Exile says:

    Just watching MotD….how many empty seats at the New Dell? First home game in the PL?

  198. chas says:

    I’ve just been informed that TA is doing the match report which is more than fine by me.
    Phew, that means we’ll have a proper analysis of game, rather than drunken drivel from row 10. :)

  199. Red Arse says:

    Hi Chas, :-)

    I deny everything — if you noticed — what’s to deny, if you didn’t? Anyway, it was that Evonne setting me up!! :-)

  200. chas says:

    RA,
    I was gleefully informed of the aspersions you’d cast in my direction via text message.
    But I have to say your observation was bang on, so how could I object. :)

  201. chas says:

    Anyway must prepare food, shelter and armour for my trip, so see you all after the game.

  202. Gooner In Exile says:

    2 joke decisions by Clattenburg, dubious penalty and then allowing the follow up to count with Zamora being 3 yds inside the box when penalty taken.

  203. Big Raddy says:

    Micky No theme as yet but there is a work in progress (i.e. I haven’t been able to think of anything but it is better to bullshit and pretend — a tactic which works well with Mrs BR)

  204. Gooner In Exile says:

    Enjoy the game Chas rather than full on match report perhaps you should just go for a summary on the hospitality on offer from the Orcs.

  205. evonne says:

    Chas – have lots of fun xx

  206. evonne says:

    Raddy and GiE – that’s obvious – best digs in the away place, like famous restaurant or castle with a ghost, or lasagne before a game

  207. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Quite frankly Raddy, if you spent a little less time on holiday, and a little more on your job (that’ll be writing AA pre-m’ers), then you would not be so far behind in your duties.

  208. Big Raddy says:

    evonne. That’s the problem – it’s obvious!

    Micky. You are right . I apologize and will curtail my holiday time. Just take 8 weeks next year instead of this years 12.

  209. evonne says:

    Raddy – famous crime? difficult to chose from in Pool I guess

  210. kelsey says:

    Morning all,

    awaiting Raddy’s pre match report.

    I can’t be blind and think we will defeat all before us. So many personal changes these last two seasons and Wenger always says new players (to the PL ) take a good six months to blend in, and generally I agree especially with attackers.defenders seem to settle quicker, Sagna being a good example.

    Less than a week to go and it appears Bentner will be off, but Park,chamakh and Squillacci, who knows.

    Stoke aren’t in the greatest of form but are a hard team to beat at home and we will see today how our defence stands up to real pressure.

    26th. in my opinion Fab and manonne just aren’t good enough. I would drop jenkinson today,may even see Djourou at RB (yes I know) but I would accept a draw right now.

    I am not a doomer just being realistic and will be delighted if we put on a first class display and win, and remember liverpool away are next and don’t be fooled by their lowly position.
    I always thought the first 6 games would not be easy and as long as we are there or there about we have a chance to move on and confidence will be be a key factor.

  211. kelsey says:

    I suppose if I get a response it will be NEW POST ;)

  212. Big Raddy says:

    Timing kelsey…. timing!

  213. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey,
    That is dooming :-)
    You are only looking at the negatives. How can a team with Cazorla and Ox possibly not beat Stoke. Its absolutely impossible.

  214. MickyDidIt89 says:

    12 bloody weeks holiday and the lazy sod cannot even get it up on time.

  215. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey I share your concerns, it definitely won’t be easy up in Orcs ville.

    JD at right back? Not for me too much pace on wings.

    As for sweeping all before us….unlikely as you say. But I do feel there’s a bit more in the squad in terms of getting things done.

  216. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Blimey lads,
    If you cannot get positive when playing Stoke, its going to be a very long season.

  217. Gooner In Exile says:

    I am at a christening today, can I watch on record later in total ignorance of the result?

  218. Gooner In Exile says:

    Micky i haven’t seen enough of the new Arsenal yet…..and it helps to ride out the negativity post match if I don’t get hopes too high.

  219. Rasp says:

    Morning all…….

    …….. New post ………

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