European Nights to Remember

As one who for many reasons no longer goes to live matches, it is the European nights I miss the most.

Special nights these, wonderful nights. Even the approach to the floodlit ground is different, the excitement is palpable. “Champions league”, the name says it all. Only the best get here. Groups of visiting fans converge on the stadium, conversing in foreign languages, chanting and singing unintelligible songs with familiar tunes.

They push unashamedly at burger bars and in that holy of holies, the Highbury fish bar, not having been raised in the British habit of orderly queuing. Street traders rip off our guests wholesale, as they grapple with an unfamiliar currency, whilst collecting the promised souvenir for kids back home. Extra police, many mounted, ignore the touts moving through the crush asking for spare tickets to resell.

Into the ground, up to your seat, looking down on that magnificent pitch, the centrepiece, a beautiful lush green stage, waiting for the players and the drama that will surely unfold. The glare of the lights emphasising and enhancing the myriad colours that assault the senses.

Gooners of all shapes and sizes stand restless, unable to sit or relax, thumbing through programmes, glossy pictorial reminders of triumphs past on nights like this and featuring the cast list for the upcoming performance.

A special buzz circulates the ground fuelled by excitement and apprehension. The tension can be felt, the familiar somehow becomes unfamiliar. Yes the same seat and view, but still it’s different, an unknown quantity. These are not regular visitors, a familiar adversary, but foes from across the water, foreigner’s playing the game we invented and now here to try and show us how it’s done.

The teams enter the arena, the roar grows to a crescendo; strong men go weak at the knees, older men weak in the bowels. Anthems play, sound reverberates from side to side, round and round the home of football.

Triumph or disaster it’s now in the lap of the football gods. Foreign referees, dressed in yellow with arms like windmills as befits their need to be noticed and love of a show, book the tacklers, but welcome the wrestlers as part of the game.

Italian and Argentinean hard men compete alongside Spanish maestros and Latino divers, who throw themselves to the ground at the least suggestion of a touch, convulse acrobatically in simulated death throes, prior to a heroic recovery on the stretcher. Each act carefully choreographed, orchestrated and designed simply to break up the flow of the game and waste playing time. Presenting unfamiliar challenges and frustrations to home based fans and players alike, reared on a diet of frantic, high-speed premiership football.

The next hour and three quarters will not only decide which team progresses, but also make or ruin thousands of supporter’s, night, week, or year depending on the result and degree of obsession.

Oh yes, I miss those nights. If you’re fortunate enough to be going, shout for me too. Win or lose, hang on to the moment, for they are extra special nights, an experience to be treasured and stored safe in the memory for when the years have passed and age catches up with you.

My favourite European memory? Easy. Jon Sammels, a class act, oft derided like Bendy and Theo, scoring against Anderlecht, to bring not only the first ever-European trophy to Highbury, but also the first trophy of any kind for 17 years and start the rise of the Modern Arsenal.

By our Guest Writer dandan

180 Responses to European Nights to Remember

  1. Morning all

    Thankyou dandan for a post to get us in the mood for Champions League football.

    Tomorrow night is going to be very special, whatever happens.

  2. nice post dandan takes you right back

  3. Livers says:

    Morning Dandan, good post 🙂

    Morning everyone else….. I’m a bit younger than you dandan so my first real memories were of the 91 campaign and Smudger scoring 4 against Austria Vienna and my fave was being in Copenhagen and somehow (due to the magnificent back 5) beating Parma

  4. charybdis1966 says:

    Morning all, thanks for sharing your memories of European evenings Dandan – is it gepography that prohibits your attendance at live games now?

  5. it’s those damn seats i get more scraps and bruise’s than i ever did on the terrace’s.

  6. London says:

    I’ll shout for you DanDan….another superb read Sir. My favourite memory was at the Bernabeu, they really think they are god’s gift to football and yet the Spanish upstarts were humbled by the mighty Arsenal.

  7. ASNLthruNthru says:

    And what a cracker of a goal it was from Sammels!Walk a million miles for one of your goals, Saaamellls!!
    What a night,indeed!!!

  8. fav euro night was moscow spartak…
    we only lost 3-2 there
    and they thumped us 5-2 at home
    played us off the park…!
    I remember their pre match warm up a little 5 a side in the penalty area and they kicked shit out of each other whilst our lot were running about and stretching this lot were nearly killing each other… They were brilliant that night.

  9. Livers says:

    RSD, so your fave night was Arsenal getting spanked?

    I’m getting worried about you……I actually just about remember that. I remember QPR playing on our ground against somebody and winning 6-2 then losing the return 4-0 !

  10. Rasputin says:

    Morning all,

    Wonderful evocative post dandan.

    Welcome ASNLthruNthru … great name

  11. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Nice read that dandan.

  12. Freddy says:

    Can’t wait to for the game tomorrow,I’m going to get to the ground early for once, and hopefully we can get the place rocking. come on you gooners!

  13. Rasputin says:

    That’s the spirit Freddy. I can’t remember another game (maybe the 2006 final) when the excitement started mounting so early. Inside, I never expected to win in 2006, but I have a feeling we’re going all the way this year.

  14. Livers says:

    Don’t say that Rasp !

  15. Rasputin says:

    Why not? … am I going to have to rename you lily Livers 😆

  16. Yule says:

    I cant wait 4 da game 2, please support da boys from 1st whistle to the last. Pity I all the way in Botswana but will b putting on my Fabregas shirt 4 the game…come on u GOONERS

  17. charybdis1966 says:

    I’m going to go for the cliche regarding my thoughts on how we’ll do Raspers: “I’ll take it one game at a time”

  18. but thats just it livers it not about winning or losing it about memories. wasn’t very old at the time but sticks in my head like it was yesterday

  19. Rasputin says:

    Welcome Yule, we’re honoured to have your company all the way from Botswana

  20. RSD – I think Livers has a point ……. why would you want to remember a game when we got spanked?

  21. Freddy says:

    The atmosphere before kick off (and their first goal)last season in the semis against manure was electric. If we can replicate that tomorrow, it should be a night to remember! The scousers were famous for their atmosphere during european nights, we should strive to do the same.

  22. Livers says:

    RSD, yes it’s about memories but you put a spanking down as “Fav memory”

    That’s like me saying Benfica at home in 91 😉

  23. I agree Freddy – European nights have such an exciting air about them. I hope the ground in full at ko – theres a certain amount of drifting in late for evening games.

  24. maybe you had to be there then
    me uncle keith
    saying dont worry al we’ll get to the front and squezzing through.
    just to see one of the greatest teams of the era.
    nb me uncle saying we aint worthy. lol

  25. Yule says:

    Thanks Rasp, Arsenal is the most popular team in Africa, dont believe all what they always say in the Uk media. Man Utd is closely 2nd or equally supported here.Arsenal 4 life

  26. I’ve just read that theres a chance that Gallas might be fit for tomorrow or is that just pap speculation.

  27. Livers says:

    Surely even if true too risky to start Peaches… think it’s paper Pap anyhoots

  28. Evo in Oz says:

    greetings all, cant wait for the game!

  29. Evo in Oz says:

    5.45am kick off now that you guys have gone onto BST

  30. Morning/Evening Evo

    Irish tells me the game isn’t on tv in oz – you’d have thought she’d have arranged that better. How will you watch it?

  31. Evo in Oz says:

    gday peaches, definitely on, i just checked the TV guide!

    its on ESPN here just in case Irish needs to know?!

  32. Alfa says:

    Evo, hi there. 5.45am is almost civilised!

    It’s a great time to be a gooner 🙂

    Peaches, Rasp, London, if you check your email you can take a look at the special project I’ve been working on.

  33. Evo in Oz says:

    gday Alfa,

    have you enjoyed your OZ visit?

  34. Alfa says:

    Evo I had a great time in Oz. Managed to see the F1 practice and experience the pontoon bridge, also went to Bells Beach which was pretty spectacular and good fun for the surfer travelling with us.

    For anyone who hasn’t been to Melbourne, imagine the Emirates, Wimbledon, Lords and Twickenham all within 15 minutes walk of the city centre, Brands Hatch a 10 minute drive away, wide streets, cafes by the river and 6 months of sunshine in the summer.

    No wonder all the Aussies are into sport.

  35. Evo in Oz says:

    Well said Alfa, couldn’t have described Melbourne any better mate, that was spot on and well done!

  36. blaze gooner says:

    i hope tomorrow will be the european nights for us to remember.
    up the gunners!

  37. Evo in Oz says:

    im off to bed to dream about our upcoming Emirates triumph! Catch you all soon!

  38. Rasputin says:

    Hi blaze .. Night Evo,

    I’m going to have a relaxing evening watching manure/bayern. I don’t particularly care what the outcome is although a 4-5 week injury to Rooney would be good. Whoever wins is likely to get to the final … so perhaps I’ll wear my Bayern scarf tonight.

  39. dandan says:

    Good morning all, thanks for the kind post’s.
    Interesting to see your memories too.
    100 miles each way and the old chest isn’t what it was for stairs and queueing Mate.

    Rasp. Have you had a dose of the positives today, your getting excited.

    Alfa I was amazed at the prices for MCG was there for the South Africa Boxing day test in 05. Lords should be ashamed of themselves.

    Mind you bit biased them Aussie’s

    Peaches this arrived in my in box this morning, what do you reckon.

    Women are angels.
    And when someone breaks our wings…….
    We simply continue to fly…..on a broomstick.
    We’re flexible like that.

  40. I always keep my broomstick handy…..d’you know me? 😆

  41. Its the fairy dust I have a problem with – sometimes people hide it but I’m hoping I’ll have a pocketful tomorrow night 😉

  42. Rasputin says:

    Hi dandan,

    Thanks once again for such a brilliant post. I can’t get a ticket for the match this time either so we’re in the same boat.

    Blogging has always been a place for me to vent my frustrations, obviously I’m Arsenal through and through, but I don’t subscribe to the theory that everything is perfect all the time …. I’m a bit like AA … sometimes I can’t stop myself telling it like it is 😛

  43. Alfa says:

    Cesc’s Dad says he will be playing, so it must be true.

    I think he would have to have had his leg removed not to play. Not that Birmingham didn’t try that…

    Song vs. Messi. TV vs Ibrahimovich. What a prospect.

    Hopefully Bendtner/AA/Samir/Cesc v. Valdes as well 🙂

    I can see Bayern doing a job on Man U. tonight.

  44. nicely put together piece, dandan.

  45. Rasp – but does AA tell it how it is? or does he just act up like a spoilt brat?

    very fine line!

    if he was playing at the level he displayed at anfield last season, on a consistent basis, he would have a right to moan

    he needs to take a look at himself before he has a pop at the rest of the team

    in essence, his ramblings have not been good for morale.. saying we need 4 or 5 top players, is akin to saying 4 or 5 players in the team i play in are shit.

    not on.

  46. dandan says:

    No neither do I, but it seems so many fans expect it all to go our way, if it did, how boring would that be. Surely it is the highs and lows that make our wonderful game worthwhile,

    And a little secret memory(at the risk of getting lynched)….. My first ever European game was with my Dad… spuds verses Gornick, Spurs got eight on a quagmire orchestrated by Johnny White and he came off with his all white strip almost spotless…they couldn’t get near enough to kick him…. He would have enjoyed playing in today’s Arsenal.

  47. charybdis1966 says:

    I’m 40 miles each way Dandan and it’s a bit of a struggle when London Transport close so many tube lines on match days. Sympathise with the chest problems – I missed out on a Judas Priest concert (Angel of Retribution Tour) as it was only 3 weeks after my bypass – then the buggers decided not to do a UK tour since!

  48. Rasputin says:

    Hi SfH,

    I’m never sure with AA? Does he actually write the stuff on his blog? Are his words taken out of context? Is something addded in the translation? Is it just his ‘russian-ness’?

  49. rasp – he is a known trouble maker, he loves to stir it up, look at how he held his ex club to ransom over a transfer

    he has defintely come out and said we needs 4 or 5 new players over and over again

    i could easily put up with his trouble if only he delivered more on the pitch

    the stoke fa cup game was when i really lost it with him, he did not want to come on and indicated as much by keeping that stupid bobble hat on his head, wenger had to take it off his head… and then he made no impace whatsoever when he did take to the pitch.

    he is such an amazing talent, potentially the best player in the league, but he needs to put a shift in every time he wears out shirt

    and he doesn’t… could be niggling injuries, who knows.

  50. Rasputin says:

    ….. generally I get the impression that AA is popular with the other players. There’s the ongoing ‘meerkat’ joke they have with him etc. Adebarndoor on the other hand I am quite sure did damage team morale.

  51. its early days rasp, lets see, how would you feel if you played in a team with a moaner who thinks half the team are shit? and need replacing? even though you are challenging for the title…

  52. Rasputin says:

    I am as certain as I can be that he was carrying a significant injury in the game against wham. I noted right from the start that he was limping and was only able to run in short bursts. He was walking back very slowly from offside positions and generally looked out of sorts. He is a big game player and has the ability to win games for us.

  53. of that there is no doubt, rasp

    but we need him to put a shift in away to wigan, as much as we need him to bust a gut at home to barca.

  54. Rasputin says:

    I have noted that you have a problem with AA SfH, which is quite out of character if you don’t mind me saying so as you are usually so positive about things.

    I think AA is ‘the big name’ going in the summer. If we make a profit (and buy a new keeper!!!) I won’t mind.

  55. wenger has just told the press conference CESC is NOT fit to play right now.. will have very late test tomm!!

  56. i’m positive about the team, the club, the long term etc

    but my pet hate by a MILE is a player who puts it in when he wants to and then moans to the press about the other players.

    that is appalling behaviour, and if he was a african/french player or youth team graduate

    he would be berated by the fans, but because we spent dosh on him, its ok.

    i dont buy it.

  57. Rasputin says:

    It does appear that Arsène is prepared to buy ‘known trouble makers’ .. Lazybayor had a lot of previous but we still took the risk and lived to regret it. In general, I would steer clear of players who are likely to be disruptive.

  58. gallas in the squad!!!!!

  59. Livers says:

    Ooh take it all back Peaches about Gallas……still with no match practice would be a gamble IMO

  60. dandan says:

    Anelka was a wild card, wenger got him for peanuts sold him for 23 million, paid for the training ground, Surely management is about making the right decisions at the right time. Wengers only real weakness seems to be goal keepers, but nobody’s perfect.

  61. as a 17rd old, it would have been hard to judge what his personality was… so in that sense, every single 16/17yrd old signing is a wild card.

    arshavin was 27, and had a real history of this kind of thing.

  62. Accepted Livers – maybe Sol wil start and Gallas will relieve him at half-time – don’t be silly peaches AW would never do anything as sensible as that……

  63. changing CB’s at half time would hardly be a sensible thing to do

    chopping and changing key partnerships ( CB’s the key partnership ) halfway through a match would be idiotic.

  64. I think Arsene reckons he can stamp his authority on a player who’s a bit wayward – if they don’t comply he moves them on.

  65. if sol is fit to start, he is fit to play 90 mins.

  66. blaze gooner says:

    AA loves to speak his mind out without much considerations.
    he just talks as he wishes.
    well but i still like this guy… can the AA of last season come back to us please?

  67. blaze gooner says:

    Sol can be a weak point in the defence… he is slow now…
    anyway i think Song and Diaby hold a more important role tomorrow — we have to win the midfield, well at least we should be competitive against the barca midfield.

  68. Livers says:

    What’s the history on Arshavin ? As far as I’m aware he wanted to play for a big Euro side and that’s all he’s guilty of, same as Chamakh.

    i personally don’t think they are problem players. Barndoor only became a problem because he became greedy

  69. Rasputin says:

    I think AA has earned the club a lot of money in shirt sales/merchandising etc and he has scored some reallly important goals. Of course Arsène isn’t perfect … no-one is.

    His average return per player bought must be the highest in the prem. But you’re right, he’s bought some poor keepers. Someone did a list of the goalies he’s bought and there were names I’d forgotten had even played for us that disappeared and never made it anywhere near the 1st eleven.

  70. livers he told the club he would go on strike if they did not sell him.

    chamakh done the decent thing and said sell me, but if you dont i will give my all for you until my contract dies down.

  71. Livers says:

    Arshavin wanted to move and the club didn’t want to sell. He’d given his life to Zenit so was hardly unloyal.. Do you honestly believe he’s have gone on strike……

  72. charybdis1966 says:

    SfH – given your view of Arshavin, do you subscribe to the view that the purchase of AA23 was a decision imposed on Wenger and that Wenger didn’t really want to sign him?

  73. lol, why even suggest it then?

  74. Rasputin says:

    Don’t forget the game in which AA had stitches in his foot at half time and then played through the 2nd half with considerable discomfort. Arsène later said he was one of the bravest footballers he’d known and had been playing injured for weeks through the pain barrier.

  75. no not at all chary, he is such a typical wenger type player

    watching him at the euros, it was so obvious he would fit right into wengerball.

    he has been a great signing, not suggesting otherwise, but he needs to keep it shut and play the game.

  76. Livers says:

    Zenit lost out to bids from Barca and Spurs because they were holding out for more money. So they were willing to let him go but messing him around..

  77. Livers says:

    Don’t believe all the quotes you read in the press SH

  78. Rasputin says:

    Come on SfH … love him like the rest of us …. he wears the red and white after all 😆

  79. livers, i dont, i follow his words on his website, unless that is being hacked into ?

  80. charybdis1966 says:

    Oh OK, SfH – I wasn’t sure about this conspiracy theory as initially Wenger was very much loathe to “big up” AA23 in the early days as he usually did with “his” signings.
    I for one can only fault our Meerkat for his recent dodgy haircut. I’ve always liked my footballing heroes as mercurial and enigmatic.

  81. rasp – i love the player… quite sure i have not stated i don’t?

    i hate with a passion his constant bitching about the team that is challenging for the title, and the team that has helped him play barca in the champions league quarters.

    get your head down, play like we know you can play week in week out, then you earn the right to have a minor pop at the club.

  82. Livers says:

    I’m not sure where all this is coming from then as his last “quotes” were taken from November when RVP and Bendtner were injured…… Regurgitated last week.

    As for quotes on his site, you really think he made the site, updates it, adds photo’s and answers all those odd questions

  83. so do i chary, henry was also mecurial and enigmatic, as was my fave champagne charlie

    but they never constantly bitched about the team, he does.

  84. charybdis1966 says:

    I agree with Raspers, come on now SfH, you know you want to..… altogether now: ”He’s five foot four, he’s five foot four….”

  85. livers, i have a feeling you have not seen his site? 😆

    he answers DIRECT questions from fans on HIS website.

    don’t believe all the stuff you read on blogs 😉

  86. beat you to it chary 😉

  87. kelsey says:

    Afternoon everyone.

    I hate your posts dandan, as they remind me so so much of the olden golden days, if you know what I mean 🙂

  88. Livers says:

    SH, of course I’ve seen the site. I bet he hasn’t though. . .

  89. oh come now, livers, if you had seen the site, you would certainly not be suggesting he hasn’t

    he updates the site reguarly, he has a team who do all the artwork etc… i’m sure he is not up late at night downloading images, formatting etc 😆

    btw – he has made reference to HIS site many times, like when he signed for the Arsenal 😉

    google is your friend.

  90. Livers says:

    Ok SH, if you think he sits at home and updates his site then that’s for you.

    What I’m saying is the recent quotes where he was stating we needed more players isn’t new news as Wenger stated in Thursday’s press conference.

  91. believe it or not, the site is not updated hourly

    maybe once a week, would take him 5 minutes to phone his web guys, answer some questions, job done.

    what amount of time do you think goes into it?

  92. yes, livers, i’m aware those quote the cropt up last week were replicated.

    or.. could they have been made up by his phantom webmasters in the first place?

  93. Livers says:

    Exactly my point……

    Someone calls him and he answers… or says “can you answer for me I’m just jumping in the shower”

    Hence not updating it himself.

    The point though is, what misdemeaners from his site have led you to believe he’s mischief ?

  94. Livers says:

    Er ?

    You said he has a history of bad behaviour and moaning and you can’t bring a quote as to why he has a history of bad behaviour ?

    I’ll leave it as you’re clearly moire interested in his website than answering the question

    How many press-ups can you do….. oh dear

  95. livers, i did try to tell you earlier, google is your friend

    now, the question is, is this me posting.. or am i really in the shower.. and the phantom SH is posting


  96. Livers Says:
    March 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Exactly my point……

    Someone calls him and he answers… or says “can you answer for me I’m just jumping in the shower”

    post of the blog history 😆

  97. Livers says:

    Still not bringing anything to the table SH..

    Here’s a novel idea, why not try and answer the questions rather than do your utmost to avoid the issue?

  98. i’m in the shower, btw 😆

  99. Mayank says:

    I have to run, I’ll probably catch up with you guys before the Man U match. But before I go I have to say, great post Dandan!

  100. that blokes a nutter lol

  101. Livers says:

    There’s nothing worse than unfunny people trying to be funny.

    The thread has become a little ruined.

    For that reason….I’m out

  102. Rasputin says:

    Hi guys,

    I’ve just come back after a while away and thought I was on the wrong site….

    Livers, hope you don’t forsake us forever, I really enjoy your input.

    Let’s put this down to pre-Barça angst. We can agree to differ like gentlemen (and ladies 😳 )

    Jut re-focus … we’re playing Barcelona .. yes BARCELONA…… in 28 hours, we all love/live for the Arsenal …. COME ON YOU REDS

  103. MON 88 net spend a season since his arrival…
    Spuds 75m,
    Liverpool 43m,
    Arsenal 26m,
    Chelsea 52m,
    City 250m,
    Man Utd 46m.

    What has o neil spent all that on?

  104. Rasputin says:

    Search me SfH,

    I find it hard to believe. Does that take into account the money he received for Barry?

  105. certainly does, astonishing figures, read very badly for MON.

  106. dandan says:

    Hi Rasp. Will you watch the game at home or down the pub

  107. Rasputin says:

    Hi dandan, two of my kids are going to the game, so I’ll be staying at home with the youngest and watching on the telly – actually more likely hiding behind the sofa for most of the game if it’s not going well …. what about you?

  108. Rasputin says:

    Thanks Livers 😉

  109. dandan says:

    I am taking Fish and Chips down to my youngest sons house, the Lpool addict, as it was our tradition at evening matches to hit the fish bar on the way into the stadium. some people never grow up.

  110. London says:

    So Gallas is back in full training today which implies that he has been training before today just not full training…….he will be playing tomorrow.

  111. London says:

    Hi Livers

    I would like to second how much your input is valued.

  112. Rasputin says:

    What a relief eh London? With the exception of RVP, we’ll have a full strength side. As many have said, if we keep a clean sheet we’ll be favourites and with Willy back that seems a more likely prospect.

  113. dandan says:

    London, did I know you better I suspect, I might think you were a bit of a Cynic Mate.

  114. dandan says:

    Got to go, dinner to finish and serve. catch you later

  115. Alfa says:

    So, score predictions for tonight? 2-2 is my prediction, then Bayern to win 0-1 at OT.

  116. kelsey says:

    gallas back in full training. i hope he plays. if sol plays i get this horrible feeling he may give away a pen. he is very near the mark with his tackling lately, but that may be down to having lost pace.
    the news on cesc is not so good, only 40% chance of playing according to the boss, but it might just be meant for the media.

  117. Rasputin says:

    I fancy Bayern tonight …… 2:1 to the home side

  118. Alfa says:

    Rasp, could well be, I just have a vision of a late Rooney goal and all the platitudes coming out from the commentators about never writing off Man U.

  119. Rasputin says:

    I prefer the vision of Rooney being stretchered off and Neville giving away a penalty and getting a straight red.

  120. Alfa says:

    Fergie sent to the stands for complaining to the fourth official…

    Ferdinand failing a drugs test after the match…

    2nd leg being played behind closed doors because of a pitch invasion by Manc fans protesting against the Glaziers…

    Football’s great, isn’t it? 😆

  121. Alfa says:

    Or even better, Fergie and his crew arriving at the away team dug out before the kickoff to find that their seats all have towels on them and they’ve got nowhere to sit.

  122. do you guys honestly think gallas will start?

    i can’t see it, he is massively important for out title push, think tommorow is too early.

    would much prefer to see him on the bench, used if needed, but ready for wolves and the return leg in spain.

  123. Alfa says:

    SFH, what I do know is that only Arsene and the inner circle know, it’s impossible for us to tell if it’s too early or not. Same with Cesc, I’m very confident he will play, 40% chance or not, but AW might have already decided he’ll be out.

    I’d bet that Gallas won’t play, it will be TV and Sol.

  124. London says:


    Did you see the size of Wenger’s smile when announced that Gallas was back to full training.

  125. London says:

    I bet Fabregas and Gallas play

  126. London says:

    Rooney on a stretcher….happy days

  127. Alfa says:

    London, joking apart, I don’t want any player on a stretcher.

    Tears of shame as they go out as he misses an open goal, OK 😉

  128. i am 100% sure cesc will make it, by hook or by crook, but gallas on the bench is my guess.

    great to have him back in the squad though.

  129. btw – that gallindo fella must be something special..

    even after all the fake DOB chaos, we signed him.. and today.. he was training with the first team squad.

  130. kelsey says:

    Maybe we could do a swap with almunia for messi.

  131. Hello anyone around?

  132. Alfa says:

    Hi peaches. Just about to go and watch the Man U game. Been quite lively here today if you read back. Also check your arsenalnuts email.

    Maybe talk later.

  133. Hiya – yes I had a read back – AA would be excited to think he was the subject of such debate I’m sure 😉

    I’ll check my emails too – enjoy the game. Are you sure you don’t want Rooney to be stretchered off?

  134. great might as well watch chamkakakaka

  135. what is it with wazza why does he have to keep scoring. oh chamakakakakakkaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  136. 😆 you lot heard the mourinho interview on sky yet?

  137. Alfa says:

    What did the Special One have to say?



    rooney carried off, metartarsal?

    i mentioned manyoos luck would change… it just did!!

  139. London says:

    Well it wasn’t the stretcher we hoped for but it was a bloody good limp.

  140. Alfa says:

    I’ll settle for a limp.

    Fully deserved by Bayern.

  141. we dont like you either jose
    it only the hacks who do cos make copy
    yessss get in 2-1 and wazza limps off

  142. Rasputin says:

    erhheerrrmmm … my prediction 2:1 to Bayern and Rooney stretchered off 😛

  143. London says:

    I don’t know how you guys watched the manu game….I watched our new striker……and he will be a welcome addition.

  144. London says:


    How certain are we that it is a metatarsal?

  145. watched both he can head a ball cant he whats that his 14 this season 11 with his head he wont last long with aw will he. lol

  146. Alfa says:

    Looked more like his ankle to me to be honest, it wasn’t the foot that was trodden on, I think that was a coincidence.

  147. no its not a break, its a ligament issue

    he turned it badly on the slo mo’s on sky

  148. so it min of 10 days then if it’s grade 1

  149. there cannot be a chance in hell he plays chelski or the return munich game.

    watch the replays, its a bad bad ankle injury

    i am going to guess he has ripped ankle ligaments.

  150. Alfa says:

    How was Scholes not sent off? That Jackie Chan manouevre in the first half should have been a yellow at least.

  151. Alfa says:

    Also great to see that Neville’s stupid handball gave away the freekick for the Bayern’s equaliser, which was deflected in by… Wayne Rooney! 🙂

    And the second goal was a defensive cock up by Ferdinand, Evra and Vidic all at the same time.

  152. London says:

    The wheels are starting to come off.

  153. apparently there staying the night there
    must be snow on the runway. 😉

  154. gnarleygeorge9 says:


    When I saw Rooney hobbling off @ the end, I thought of you mate. Chamoneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😆

  155. how good was lloris?
    he is a cat

  156. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Rooney can’t stop scoring. A brace tonight 🙂

  157. gnarleygeorge9 says:


    All this talk about Chamakh, but all his service seems to be from out wide. & The Arsenal don’t have a fullback with a decent cross.

  158. i dont know he’ll be a addition to the squad but not an amazing one.

  159. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Do you have an update on Rooney’s injury, anyone have an update?

  160. London says:


    The words “To the squad” are the important ones, I reckon.

  161. apparently ankle injury not foot so placenta time and all that lets hope its as bad as RvP’s

  162. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I hope its worse 😈

  163. he’s a squad player not world class but you never know he could be.

  164. from at the neck?

  165. keown got some interesting insight into stoping barca drop clichy

  166. right rsd out
    you guys got a preview tom
    or you doing a rocky tribute
    or is that telling?

  167. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I thought I’d tune into “Talkshite” as you all refer to it, to get an insight to how manu’s loss is felt. Well obviously badly, they are talking about dropping litter & how bad it is. Blimey, united lose so, is the subject a no go 😉

  168. kelsey says:

    Morning All.

    Is Wenger playing mind games with the team selection or is he telling the truth.
    Fabregas looks like he might not play, which would be devastating. Gallas might play, which 24 hours ago seemed unlikely. Will Diaby and Rosicky both start ?. Even Walcott is being mentioned to start instead of Lionel Eboue.

  169. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Evening/morning kelsey

    I hope it is mind games.

  170. Rasputin says:

    Morning kelsey, gg,

    “Lionel Eboue” 😆

    I think Cesc is a genuine doubt – no mind games here, what’s the point, we both want to play football, leave the mind games to Mourinho

  171. Rasputin says:

    New post ……

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