Friday Newsround ……. Flood at Anfield, Drought at The Emirates

Last Friday:

“You always think about the psychological impact of the last result on the morale of the team, as well as the confidence and happiness of everybody. You think the only way to deal with it is to just focus on the next one and win it, then everything will be alright”. “And, if we can win this game, what about the next one? If we play at our best, yes we can win that, so let’s do it. It is very difficult to have a global plan because as we know we are in a job that is unpredictable. The best way to make it predictable is to win the next game”. “

“Still” he concluded, “it is a good moment for us to win a big game because we have a tough predicted month. At the moment we are on a good run and the best way to continue that is to keep the confidence level high and, of course, stay in a strong position in the title race.”

That’s Arsène Wenger after being asked about his overall strategy for four massive matches in 11 massive days starting this weekend at Liverpool. So one game at a time then.

Reproduced courtesy of http://www.arsenal.com

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Arsenal announced the date for the unveiling of the next statue outside The Emirates, 11.30am Saturday February 22nd. Oh! I forgot to mention, the statue is of Dennis Bergkamp who will be in attendance and will be a guest at the match. I’d like to see Dennis make a fifteen minute cameo appearance, wouldn’t that be a treat?

Saturday:

Team news was pretty sparse, basically the same squad as against Palace, Wilshere is a “might be” and Arteta is “alright”.

Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal

Nightmare at Anfield

Sunday:

Following the fall from the top of the table, in his haste to leave the scene of his team’s humiliation, Arsene Wenger took a tumble while hurrying to catch the homeward bound train at Liverpool Lime Street station, he was helped to his feet by two of that city’s finest boys in blue. After quickly checking that he still had his wallet, watch and mobile phone, he made his way without further miss-hap to join his defeated squad in the guards van for a subdued journey home.

Monday:

Just like the flood waters on the Somerset levels the slurry from Saturday’s debacle is still washing around our club. With an important, and winnable, game coming up on Wednesday, Bob Crowe and his cronies permitting, it’s time to put The Great Liverpool Train Wreck behind us. So I will make no further mention of TGLTW.

“News” or speculation? However you look at it, it’s out there in the media, Sagna and Fabianski have both rejected new deals, so both could be moving on in the summer. Memo to AW, summer priority signing…. right-back.

Tuesday:

The Tube strike is called off so both our game and that of Fulham go ahead as planned. Why am I mentioning Fulham you ask? Well the Cottagers announced that should the strike go ahead they would postpone their game against Liverpool thus giving the Bin-dippers a rest before arriving at Emirates Stadium to get their come-uppance for inflicting a heavy defeat on our beloved club.

Wednesday:

Mesut Ozil is attracting unwanted attention from the sports hacks, Jeremy Wilson, in the Telegraph, asks if our record signing is just a mirage and cites some stats to back his claim, my well known detestation of stats prevents me from including them hear, suffice it to say that Ozil has scored less, and made fewer assists, had fewer shots, made fewer dribbles and put in fewer crosses since Christmas than before Christmas. A quick check of the top premiership suppliers of assists shows Ozil to be second to Rooney but ahead of Hazard, Silva, Coutinho, Oscar and Navas. So the mirage may well prove to a more a storm in a teacup and Mesut will soon emerge from his own personal Sahara.

In other reports, Ozil is working hard in the gym to build upper body strength in order to cope with the rigours of Premiership football,

Lukas Podolski has denied ever being close to leaving Arsenal in the last transfer window, and insists he has the complete faith of Arsene Wenger.

The German’s future was drawn into question in January, when he was mooted as being a possible makeweight in the Julian Draxler deal, however, the forward says there was no possibility of ever leaving the Gunners.

‘That was a myth. There was absolutely no truth to it,’ the 28-year-old said. ‘The coach told me as such, and I knew there was no truth in it.’

Thursday:

Oliver Giroud talking after the Man U stalemate…”I think we had a good reaction after the bad result against Liverpool,” the Frenchman told Arsenal Player. “I think it’s a good draw to be honest even if we could have scored at the end. It was maybe just about our confidence.

“We did well in the first half especially but after we looked a bit tired. It’s OK, we had a good reaction on the pitch and I think that’s the most important thing even if we wanted to win this game.”

No! the most important thing was to score a goal Olly then, we might have won. “I’m confident for the remaining games and we’ll know a bit more about our future after Liverpool and Bayern [Munich] because we want to play in every competition.” Is that the ambition? To play in every competition? What about winning every competition?

Quotes courtesy of http://www.arsenal.com

Arsene Wenger said….

‘I felt we were nervous tonight, yes. We are usually dangerous breaking through with speedy passing, but they defended very well. But it is not worrying because we care about what we are doing.

‘When you concede five goals like we did against Liverpool on Saturday, maybe that’s what you do. The team was highly focused on not conceding after Saturday.

‘We missed out on the chance to go top but a point keeps us in the race. We played with the handbrake on tonight. I hope and think the handbrake will come off.

‘We’ve had two bad results, but we are still in a strong position.’

Speculation? Maybe, A report suggests that Arsene has met with the agent of Mario Balotelli to discuss prospects of the player joining in the summer. See last week’s news round.

Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell, who joined Arsenal in 2011 but due to the lack of a work permit has never played for the club, is looking for a permanent £7 million move to Olympiakos where he is currently on loan. His agent said…‘Going back to Arsenal? He would not be happy sitting on the bench – even in a top league.’

That’s it for another week

I’m looking forward to “The Magic of the Cup”

Norfolk Gooner.

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109 Responses to Friday Newsround ……. Flood at Anfield, Drought at The Emirates

  1. Shubham says:

    Good post friend. News and applause sway like trees. ManC was the flavor till their Chelsea clash. Then Mourinho was hailed as the messiah after beating the oilers. Now Liverpool after 2 wins are the hottest team in England and can win the league. Drought at the Emirates won’t last long and very soon, I am confident, the same hacks will say, Arsenal are looking good and have been very consistent over the season. These things go around in circles.

  2. chas says:

    Cheers, NG.
    A week to forget, perhaps, after TGLTW .

    Balotelli to Arsenal. Haha.
    Transfer Market says that Balotelli’s current contract in until June 2017. Is Arsene meeting with his agent strictly legal?

  3. chas says:
  4. chas says:

    Shubham
    I like your thinking.
    Let’s hope TGLTW was the bottom of our circle. :)

  5. RC78 says:

    If Wenger is looking for a striker from Milan, he should consider El Sharaawy rather than Balotelli…

    In Italy, there are some players that could really fit our team and add to it. If you look at Insigne, Merteens, Higuain from Napoli or at El Sharaawy from AC Milan, you would think that these guys could fit our team easily and a different aspect to it.

    I think Ozil would do great if we recruited a player like El Sharaawy who has this ability to make runs behind defenders but who also has the ability to play wide and central. I like this player and at the moment, he is injured but his value has decreased since last summer so we may want to enquire in June…

  6. RC78 says:

    Who would you field vs Liverpool on Sat?

  7. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning Chas, ‘morning Shubham, Balotelli to Arsenal? Well the new kit looks good on him for sure and he would certainly bring a new dimension to the team. I should think managers and agents talk all the time, Tapping up? Who the hell cares any more. :D

  8. chas says:

    I’d go with
    ……………Fabianski
    ……Cpl…..BFG….Lolo….Gibbs
    ……Chambo…..Flambo…..Jambo
    …..Pod…….Bendy…..Gnasher

  9. Norfolk Gooner says:

    RC78, Puma, our new sponsor also sponsor Balotelli and would like to link up two major assets. They may be willing to pay as much as £15 million towards the transfer fee. Insigne, Merteens, Higuain etc. don’t come into it.

  10. chas says:

    I wonder how a sports kit manufacturer helping to buy a team players fits with FFP?

  11. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chas, I wouldn’t argue with any of your eleven except Fabianski, he’s has apparently decided to leave in the summer so he can no longer be fully committed.

    Who’s Lolo?

  12. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chas, first tapping up now FFP are you just trying to find reasons not to sign Balotelli? :D

  13. chas says:

    But Fabianski is still our second keeper and he’s a professional, therefore 100% committed until the end of the season.

  14. evonne says:

    thank you NG, great Friday column!

    I like this best:
    “We did well in the first half especially but after we looked a bit tired. It’s OK, we had a good reaction on the pitch and I think that’s the most important thing even if we wanted to win this game.” [OG]

    No! the most important thing was to score a goal Olly then, we might have won. “I’m confident for the remaining games and we’ll know a bit more about our future after Liverpool and Bayern [Munich] because we want to play in every competition.” Is that the ambition? To play in every competition? What about winning every competition? [NG]

    Did Giroud really say it was OK not to win? If he did, he is wrong. We needed to win that game

  15. kelsey says:

    Not an easy week to do a write up Mr.Norfolk but I disagree about Fabianski who I believe is out of contract and seemed to be playing with regained confidence in the last round andd will want to put on a good show for potential suitors.
    If it was me I would have kep him and not the Italian who was rather a strange buy/loan.

  16. kelsey says:

    sorry didn’t see chas’s comment as I was single finger typing :)

  17. chas says:

    Suppose we win the League by one point?

  18. RC78 says:

    Fabianski – Jenks, Kos, Verminator, Monreal – Ox, Zelalem, Arteta – Gnabry, Bendtner, Ozil

  19. kelsey says:

    Vermaelen is injured isn’t he.Is the flamster banned ?

  20. chas says:

    Flambo is back.
    3 game ban in the end.
    Palace, dippers, mancs.

  21. RC78 says:

    Puma wants Balotelli with us but do we need him? He surely is better than Giroud when he is 100% fit and committed but he is also a drama queen on and off the pitch and he does not add something diffrent to the team. I like him but I would not want him in an Arsenal shirt. We need a player like “Suarez or Sturridge” that can really make runs behind and past defenders.

    Giroud and Bendi can’t do that for sure. Podi and Sanogo are questionnable. So we do have up front that can do it…Walcott when fit and to some extent Ox as well. Now, we clearly miss this threat up front so let us address this issue instead of adding the same type of skills. I mean, if we get rid of Giroud, let us get Balotelli but let us also get the “Suarez” type pf player as well

  22. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Hi Kelsey, with Mannone gone, we had to sign another ‘keeper and from what I’ve read, I’ve never seen him play, Viviano looks pretty good. At 6ft 5ins he’s a commanding figure in the box, he’s played for Italy and has good experience.

    I suspect that Fabianski was never going to make it at Arsenal after his first traumatic season.

  23. chas says:

    Santi has manflu.
    Arteta could do with a sit in his rocking chair this weekend.

  24. RC78 says:

    Verminator injured? Then we have to play BFG…or play Sagna at CB…

  25. kelsey says:

    ‘I have a short but very level squad’

    Arsène Wenger insists he has total confidence in every member of his squad as he considers which team to pick to face Liverpool.

    The Gunners resume their FA Cup campaign on Sunday, and there is speculation that the manager will rest players ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

    “I will play a team [against Liverpool] with a good opportunity, a good chance to qualify,” he said. “Will I rest one player, or two or three, I don’t know yet. Certainly we will have just have one focus, which is to win the game.

    I have the same level of confidence in every player in my squad. I have a short squad but a very level squad
    Arsène Wenger

    “We have rotated quite well, if you look at the number of players we have used. I have the same level of confidence in every player.

    “For example, I rate Jenkinson but Sagna has a bit more experience so when we go in a game with more pressure I give the advantage sometimes to the experienced [player].

    “But I have the same level of confidence in every player in my squad. I have a short squad but a very level squad.”

    With Santi Cazorla set to miss Sunday’s game due to illness, Wenger is pleased to have Mathieu Flamini back after suspension.

    “We have at the moment no Ramsey, and if Cazorla is not available then we are a bit short in midfield so he is welcome back,” he said.
    Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

    Love the headline quote :)

  26. chas says:

    Doesn’t look very level to me…….

  27. evonne says:

    if we win the league by one point I will buy a small, yappy, white fluffy dog and call him evra

  28. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning Evonne, I took the Giroud quote straight from http://www.arsenal.com so I have to assume it’s accurate. I have, of course, added a comment or two of my own. :D

    No cosying up together at bedtime tonight? :(

  29. Red92 says:

    As a scouser, I like reading these blogs because, having lived with a gooner for a while at uni, I quite like Arsenal. I was hoping you would beat the mancs but still a draw wasn’t bad. How do you think you’ll line up this weekend? Cazorla (reportedly) out isn’t good but with a big game next week I wanted some Gooners’ opinions.

    P.S. Why do you call us mugsmashers? I keep seeing the term in Arsenal blogs and comments and I’ve no idea where it came from.

  30. RC78 says:

    Short squad yet but level, not so sure…

  31. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chas. Arteta, Cazorla and Vermaelen look like they’re setting into the front row of a Rugby scrum, I wouldn’t fancy their chances against the present England front row. :D

  32. Danny says:

    Arteta can’t play against Bayern, so should he play against Liverpool and let Flamini rest? Or maybe rest them both?

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Norfolk,
    Flying about a bit, but stppoed to read. As always, a great please. Thank you.

    Rad92
    There’s a longstanding AFC Blog site called Arseblog. The guy who runs it has a Pool supporting brother who he nicknamed Mugsmasher. It does not refer to LFC or their Fans.

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Lordy. A great “pleasure” :-(

  35. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Hi Red92, and welcome, it’s a pity the Gooner you lived with at Uni didn’t convert you to the Arsenal Faith but there’s still time to recant. :D

    You’re not the only one wishing we had beaten the Mancs, believe me!

    There will be plenty of opinions about who should play on Saturday, check in tomorrow and give us your team selection.

    Not sure that I’ve heard the term “mugsmashers” so I can’t help there I’m afraid.

    Lightning never strikes the same place twice! Oh! I just ralised the first time was at Anfield, oops’

  36. RA says:

    Norfolk G,

    A very nice pastiche of the news stories of the week, and thankfully a neatly truncated Saturday diary. :-)

  37. RA says:

    I heard an edited version of AW’s interview, in which he repudiated Maureenio’s version of the ambitions of the title chasers.

    Rather than all the usual Odious Ones complete slimy bullshit about little horses and ‘Pool chihuahua, AW said that his team were going to go for it (the title) and if we failed that he would take responsibility.

    What made my ear twitch was the word ‘responsibility’ and I wondered what he meant by it. Will he retire, or leave?

    I do not think any further announcement has been made regarding his new contract and certainly nothing to say he has signed it — or have I missed that while messing about shovelling horse doodoo?

  38. chas says:

    RA,
    I imagine announcing it while the crowd at the Coliseum are baying for his head might be bad PR.

  39. RA says:

    Fcuk ‘em, Chas! :-)

  40. evonne says:

    No NG, I have a headache

  41. kelsey says:

    This is a huge 4 days coming up for AW.Will he prioritise the FA Cup for the CL regardless what he is saying in public.

    I haven’t got a clue who he will rest on Sunday but if I was him I would play the strongest team available as the odds at this moment of time favour the FA Cup.

  42. RC78 says:

    AW always said that the priority was the EPL and the only trophy that really matters. Then, he put the CL and then the FA Cup…So I would expect him to put his best team for the EPL and then a strong team for the CL and not the strongest team for the FA Cup and I can only be a 100% with him if he does that. However, if we had a deeper and stronger squad, I would like him to fight for every trophy…

  43. RA says:

    A very interesting article in theTelegraph today;

    Arsenal supporters need to cheer up, they are not doing enough to help their team in title race.

    They might be nine years and counting without a trophy, but Arsenal’s season is very much alive and kicking even if the supporters fear the worst, says Paul Hayward.

    Arsenal supporters are too fearful their side will implode again, all they need to do is have some faith for a change.

    While we were digesting the result (of the game) a television camera stayed on an Arsenal fan who looked like a roadie for Motorhead. The long grey hair and nose ring above the replica shirt were not what caught my eye. It was his anger, his despair, at a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

    Against another backdrop, in sub-aqua Britain, this man might have been a homeowner raging from his lawn at an approaching flood. He spoke in the direction of the Emirates Stadium pitch with indignation, pain, hostility.
    He rubbed his fingers together as if to say: “All they care about is money.” Finally a friend came over to console him and the camera lost interest.

    If a 0-0 draw with Manchester United in February can do this to him, imagine how he will feel in May if there is no trophy for Arsenal to fondle. Already many travelling United fans have settled into a kind of resignation.
    They have given up on this team and just want to know how the next one will look.

    Arsenal’s followers meanwhile are unsure again whether to cheer or boo. A survey of the reaction around Highbury and Islington unearthed this explanation from James McNicholas, “an actor, comedian and football writer,” who opines under the name of gunnerblog.
    The McNicholas thesis is that Arsenal fans rushed to their cathedral on Wednesday thinking that United were a wounded animal on whom revenge would be taken for the indignities of the past nine years.
    “It wasn’t to be. We blew it,” he wrote. “We weren’t dominated by United, but nor did we shed our insecurities. We had an opportunity to put them to the sword, but we looked more worried about dropping our shield.
    “We are as scared of Fergie’s ghost as David Moyes is. I’m inconsolably sad that Arsenal will go through the 2013-14 season having failed to beat the worst United team in decades.”

    There was a lot of this about. The United fans I spoke to after the game were largely phlegmatic. The Arsenal ones seethed.
    We know why. Ingrained in them is the fear that it will all go wrong again. Or that it already has, with a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool and this 0-0 draw at home.

    The (early season) eulogies for Mesut Özil (the saviour, the golden German artist) have (now) given way to grumpiness, impatience.
    To the right of the press box a fan jumped up and shouted: “Oi, Özil, run!”
    Instinct says that Wenger’s work is being jeopardised by our old friend the self-fulfilling prophecy.

    After nearly a decade without a prize – and no new striker in the January transfer window – the congregation thinks Özil may have been a fob-off by the board.
    Instead of circuses and bread, the club’s owners gave them one juggler and a dough ball and then went back to prudence.

    The need to support Giroud with a second top striker after Theo Walcott was injured was overlooked, despite Arsenal leading the Premier League almost uninterrupted since Sept 14.
    This seems a valid grievance. It stirs the worst fears of people who just want Wenger to be ruthless and spend whatever it takes to make this 2013-14 season the one of Arsenal’s return to the summit.
    Any summit – even the FA Cup, which has dished up a rematch with Liverpool on Sunday, seven days after the Anfield anxiety attack.

    Then: step this way, Bayern Munich, with your implacable self-image, your immunity to doubt.
    Arsenal fans, though, will have to decide. If there are to be recriminations let them start in May, not now, when Giroud is lining up to shoot or Özil is on one of his dribbles. The fretting and fury is almost certainly not helping the players.

    You could even go so far as to argue that tension inside the ground gives the players something to blame, or hide behind.
    Subconsciously they can tell themselves the real battle is between the supporters and the board, or the supporters and Wenger, not Arsenal’s first XI and those of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

    Am I really just saying: get behind the team? Well, yes, because logically the opposite is damaging, (and) self-defeating. Nobody is withdrawing the right to object to the way the club is run or to Wenger’s caution in the transfer market.

    The point is: why protest so forcibly now, when the team are one point off the top of the Premier League with 12 games left, are at home in the FA Cup fifth-round and are still in the Champions League?

    “I love this group of players and I love the way they want to do well,” Wenger wrote before Wednesday’s game, sending an early Valentine’s card.
    The fans are ambivalent. But surely they need to help, not hinder, and defer the reckoning until May.

  44. JWP says:

    That motor head roadie you are talking about has being going home and away watching Arsenal for years. If you did the same you would know that…

  45. evonne says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
    “Arsene Wenger is a “specialist in failure”, according to Jose Mourinho”

  46. kelsey says:

    We are second in the league, in the 5th Round of the FA cup and the knockout stages of the CL….and people moan

  47. kelsey says:

    We are second in the league, and the knockout stages of the CL….and people moan

  48. RA says:

    JWP,

    I was not ‘talking’ about anything.

    That article was written by Paul Hayward, a journalist, in today’s Telegraph, not by me.

    If you had read the beginning of the comment you would have known that …

  49. kelsey says:

    We are second in the league, ….and people moan :)

  50. TwentyTwelve says:

    Kelsey, glad to hear Wenger is prioritizing the league, then. ;)

  51. JWP says:

    Im laughing at myself you have a point there !

  52. RA says:

    Kelsey,

    I figure you should stop there or you will end up having us 2nd in the U21s. :-)

  53. arnie says:

    FIFTY FIVE.

    Oh dear, when you have to stay days away from AA, you know life is tough! :sad: As usual, great stuff Norfolk. :D :D :D My Norfolk day has gone awash, heavy snow as well, so I have to vanish off.

    Good discussion all, I have plenty of opinions on matters as disperse as booing and Ozil, but cannot really stop. :sad:

    Just to say, my high point of the ManUre game was the passion that Ozil showed on the pitch. Onwards and upwards! :D :D :D

  54. arnie says:

    And just in passing, a correction to a previous story.

    Chas was very pleased that I spilled a bottle of Peroni on Jon’s jacket. Apologies, Jon. :razz: Evil Chas. :D :D

  55. arnie says:

    Personally, I think the Puma stuff is interesting. Balotelli is a short run programme, but in the medium run, there may be links (ALLEGEDLY) to more Germans. I like teh thought, even if it is only bollix. :D :D :D

  56. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you for the weekly round up Norfolk. It must take you ages to compile it – but it”s always worthwhile as you make it a great read.

  57. RA says:

    You have been quiet today, GN5, so I hope that is because your are working on some fireside Arsenal reminiscences from your youth, as the basis for a new Post or two? :-)

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    RA;

    Unfortunately a great majority of our fans cannot appreciate what has been done by the Arsenal management team to keep us in the upper echelons of European and English football. To be where we are today is for one reason only – the outstanding quality of the clubs management who have adopted a modern approach to the running of a successful club both on and off of the field. The fruits of their efforts will be enjoyed by us fans for many years to come.

    My head just swirls with anger whenever I think about boo boys and “after the fact “expert” bloggers”.

    Some of the more articulate AA’ers could write a well constructed article on the subject (I have a few in mind) – all I can do is rant. rave and seethe.

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve been preoccupied for the past few weeks RA. My daughter who lives in Toronto has been staying with us and the poor girl is very sick. She has a multitude of various ailments not the least of which are EDS and an in operable cavernoma.

  60. RA says:

    GN5,

    I am devastated to hear your dreadful news about your poor daughter.
    Your family, and especially your daughter, have my deepest sympathies.

    There is so little I can think of to say, other than that you and she will be in my thoughts!!

  61. RA says:

    I hope to be back to chat later, if I can, in the meantime chin up.

  62. kelsey says:

    As I said we are not all what we seem on the blog and I have known for a long time all the health issues affecting GN5’s family and to say they are going through a tough time is an understatement.

  63. evonne says:

    gold medal for Brits, lovely

  64. chas says:
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  67. evonne says:

    are you celebrating Chas? I’m just tidying up my mail box

  68. st1g2013 says:

    Tidying up the mail box sounds like a secret coded euphemism when directed at chas !. hahaha

  69. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Fulham have sacked Meulensteen, he was only appointed on December 1st. Here today gone tomorrow!!

  70. Norfolk Gooner says:

    GN5, my thoughts are with you and your family at this trying time.

  71. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5, thoughts are with you. Family friends and loved ones. Football clubs…..they are just something to do with our time whilst we are not worrying about the important things.

  72. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

  73. arnie says:

    GN5: Very very sad to hear about your daughter’s illness. Do not really know what to say. Sympathies. All our best wishes are with her and your family.

  74. VCC says:

    GN5…. Sorry to hear your Daughters unwell. My thoughts are with you and your family..God bless.

  75. kelsey says:

    Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri
    Wenger met Van Persie agent,28 January.Both deliberately want deal to happen. Mufc said they won’t stop it. Details soundcloud.com/betclic-uk/foo…
    about 13 hours ago

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GN5
    Really sad to hear about your daughter. Terrible.

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Persie or Balotelli then chaps, if you had to choose :-)

  78. evonne says:

    balottelli’s goal just a fluke

    GN5- missed your comment last night, sorry. I hope she gets better

  79. evonne says:

    neither. both trouble. Are you beginning to see that your Ollie is not enough?

  80. chas says:

    Is your mailbox tidy?

  81. evonne says:

    very tidy indeed :) Only 367 mails left. all read
    Horrendous strong winds outside in London

  82. chas says:

    Horrendous strong winds inside in Nottingham

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Turbulence in my bloody bedroom

  84. evonne says:

    awful, I’ve never known weather like this. And it seems there is more to come. God has no mercy

  85. chas says:

    Has to be Balotelli. He’s only 23.

    But you might as well say you’ll have Aguerro, Suarez, Cavani and Falcao.

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonnee

    Let’s get one thing straight shall we. My post and comments about Ollie always come out backing him, and the reason is that he’s an Arsenal player, and I back Arsenal players.

    I have also said that he is a Forward and not a Striker. If you ask me what I think of him as a Striker, then strictly between you and me, I think he’s the worst in the Prem by a considerable margin :-)

  87. evonne says:

    what about the pigs? Are they bothered by the weather outside?

  88. chas says:

    There’s no such thing as God or if there is, he wears a no.10 shirt.

  89. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, then.

    “We’ll have Aguerro, Suarez, Cavani and Falcao”

  90. chas says:

    We should all back him.
    It’s completely feckin pointless doing anything else.

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Pigs bothered? Fucking furious :-(

  92. chas says:

    Do they roll across the yard as if they’re on a cruise ship in heavy seas?

  93. evonne says:

    Micky – thank Dennis for that!!! Phew, the truth at long last. I was beginning to doubt my sanity or what’s left of it, watching him missing chance after chance. And it is nothing to do with the fact that I don’t like pretty boys, but with his limited accuracy to place the ball where it should be.

  94. evonne says:

    who is fecking furious? Pigs or you?

  95. chas says:

    ….and neither one particularly appeals to me…..

    Must go.

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Pigs, Dear. Me is always calm.

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Blimey, I had no idea Balotelli was only 23. Could have serious potential. Mmmm

    Could go either way, I know, but…

  98. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas reckons “There’s no such thing as God” does he.

    Must be one of those Darwinian Lunatics who think 30 day matured rump steak came about by chance. Yeah right :-)

  99. evonne says:

    Darwinian Loon, yeah that’s our Chas :) Spent first half trying to convince him, but no chance, wasted my time. Should have watched the game

    Why are pigs furious :)

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonne

    I thought you spent your time gassing to Ant, while Chas put Crisps on peoples’ seats :-)

  101. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Peaches,
    I’ve just written a post based on this morning’s chat. Sent.

  102. evonne says:

    what, post about weather and pigs? Fantastic :)

    No, I never get to sit next to Ant. ‘My’ seat is where Chas scribbled in blood AFC on the wall behind the chair.

    Going to games with them makes me feel like a teenager again, no wonder JC trots alone when he can. Chas had pocketfulls of sweets, we were scoffing them, and pork pies, and sang a little, shouted a little, best medicine for my bipolar :)

  103. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh God, does he crinkle his sweet and crisp wrappers throughout the game.

    When I said earlier that I was always calm, the cinema and “his sort” changes all that big time.

  104. evonne says:

    we all did, ie crinkle sweets and flicked wrappers at people :) Mind you, they had a few bevvies, I have no excuse

    do we want northern or southern oilers to win today? What does a draw mean? Replay or extra time, I can never remember

  105. Rasp says:

    Morning all.

    GN5, sorry I wasn’t around last night, very sad – my sincere wishes go out to you and your family.

    Hi Micky, we have scheduled a chas post for today – is yours time sensitive?

    The storm has caused a lot of damage outside at my place. Currently 4 fence panels and 1 gate smashed although there could be more as the wind is stlll raging :(

  106. Rasp says:

    Morning all, we have a fantastic …..

    …. New post ….. enjoy :P

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