City Preview …. cheers PV, jeers Ade

Strange to be playing a team one place below us and feel so ambivalent – it must be a response to the past couple of weeks. However, there is reason to look forward to today if only to vent some aggression and built up frustrations. Because today the comedy villain is coming to town.

Man City were always my second team. My allegiance came about through the wonders of Subbuteo. My set had red & white, and sky-blue & white players. Of course my team was The Arsenal, but I had many Gooner mates and needless to say (being an even handed sort of chap), I alternated colours with them. This was in City’s golden era, the days of Summerbee, Lee, Book, Bell and Doyle  – a team of power, imagination and skill. I can highly recommend “Manchester United ruined my Life” by Coiln Shindler to get a taste of that team, a book that could have been written by a Spurs fan about Arsenal over the past 30 years. I wonder if Subbuteo is still sold? So many winter hours of my youth were spent on it, but I guess it has been overtaken by computer games today

This afternoon brings the best City team since those far off days to THOF. The frisson of MC having three ex-Gunners will guarantee a lively encounter:

PV4: An Arsenal great and one of the finest MF’s to grace the Premiership. PV has yet to be effectively replaced in our team which shows the magnitude of his influence. A much loved  man who will receive a fine reception from the fans. It is said that he went to City to further his chances of going to the WC which highlights his ambition,  though I suspect it was to top up his pension fund. Nonetheless, PV remains a potent player and will enjoy his day in the sun.

Kolo Toure: Could have been an Arsenal great. His early career was so promising but when Sol left his form went into a tailspin. A top bloke, despite his bitching about AW earlier in the year, and a man who always gave 100% for The Arsenal. A member of the Invincibles. However, Toure never seemed to gel with Gallas and rumour has it that their relationship was non-existent in the dressing-room, as such it was no surprise when Toure was sold. I hope he gets a decent reception.

Which is more than I can say for the  other ex-Gunner lining up for MC. I will not be at THOF to welcome Adebayor home, but I wish I was. His reception could be less than polite! There is nothing like pouring scorn on a player from the safety of the stand, and we have been missing a villain since Shearer, Schmeichel and Sheringham retired. Not even a Spud or any MU player can provoke the antipathy that will be laid at Ade’s size 15 feet. And deservedly so, a more unpleasant player one is unlikely to see – from his cowardly stamp on RvP’s face to the insane celebration in front of the Arsenal fans, this man screams narcissus. What kind of egoist takes the decision not to play for his country following the tragic attack on the Togo bus – this by their Captain and the man most revered in a poverty stricken, football mad nation. Have any of the other members of the Togo side followed suit? I disliked Adebayor intensely when he wore the red and white, I hated his laissez-faire attitude, his patent lies about his love for the club, his dismissiveness of all the players around him, the preening and worst of all, the kissing of a badge that means so much to millions of fans and so little to him. €25m received for a man who I would have paid to leave was a superb piece of business from AW. Yes, he can score goals, the 30 in a season is a record that will not be broken for some time, but Ade was offside more times in one game than we have been all this season (very slight exaggeration). Perhaps we would have won the PL had he stayed, but I doubt it – this is not a man to lead the line, not someone to rely upon to inspire a team.

From the above you may correctly assume that my feelings towards TTT (The Togo T**t) are slighlty negative ……. To Pluto with him!

There are other players in the MC team! The odious but effective Bellamy, the quickly developing Adam Johnson who will give Theo much competition for an England shirt in years to come. I particularly like De Jong, who would have made a fine addition to our team when the Alonso purchase collapsed (I think the timing was wrong). Stephen Ireland is back from injury – a man with exemplary taste in cars – a fine player and one I would love to see us buy. And thinking of Alonso  ….  Gareth Barry,  the man who effectively stopped his arrival at THOF, which is reason enough on its own to dislike the rat faced Midlander. And of course there is Tevez., what a wonderful player this little chap is. If Adebayor had 50% of his passion and energy, he would be a world beater …….  but he hasn’t!  City, unlike us, have a goalkeeper, a man all Gooners would have liked to see us acquire 2 seasons ago. It wasn’t to be and a chance went begging to sign one of the World’s best GK’s, let’s hope he has a stinker today.

Injuries once again will determine who plays for Arsenal. Will Song be fit? His absence has been extremely costly. Sol and Silvestre are likely to continue as CB’s, though MC are a very fast team and I would play Sagna at CB with Eboue at RB. The rest almost pick themselves apart from upfront where we will hopefully see Van Persie start. Will we see Vela in the absence of Arshavin? It would be an interesting ploy but I expect AW to play safe and pack the midfield with Song/Eastmond, Nasri, Diaby and Rosicky.

A win or draw is important. We do not need to put further pressure on the team going into the last two games and as such have to secure 3rd. I believe we will get a result. The awful loss last week could be apported to lack of desire and discipline; those who played at the DW will want to show the faithful that the final 10 minutes was a blip.

51 Responses to City Preview …. cheers PV, jeers Ade

  1. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Well constructed post BR. The only empathy I have for these sky blue clowns is that Dennis Bergkamp was named after Dennis law who’s strike in the mid 70’s sent Manchester United DOWN 😆 😈 😆

  2. kelsey says:


    Funnily enough city were also my second team in the olden days.Seeing Bert Trautmann, break his neck in the Cup Final and still carry on playing was immense.Ex P.O.W. who settled in England after the war.
    Then players like Bell and Lee and even law were all great players and at least they are a manchester Club.

    One point is not enough we have to get three and today I would risk RVP and Song and I believe Eduardo and Vela(remember him) are both in the squad.

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Kelsey. I we get a point it means MC will drop two. And you know the Spuds will roll over this afternoon – they always do at OT.

    So, with a win against Fulham, who will be exhausted after the Euro League SF, and we have 3rd place

  4. Big Raddy says:

    There is a new book about Bert Trautmann who was one of my childhood heroes.

    It transpires that contrary to his public image, he remained a committed Nazi and anti-semite throughout his life. Once an SS officer, always an SS officer.

    Puts a different complexion upon my feelings towards him.

  5. Rocky Lives says:

    Hi BR – I think most of us probably share your view of the game ahead. I notice that you didn’t mention Silvinho in your list of returning ex-Gunners. Is that because he’s not in the squad, or just an oversight?
    I always liked Silvinho and I’m sure he would have stayed longer if it hadn’t been for his dodgy passport.

  6. kelsey says:

    Didn’t know that BR, does change things then.

  7. Morning chaps

    Great post Raddy – I’m already welling up at the thought of singing to Vieira – in fact a tear has just rolled down my cheek 😦

    And to pour scorn on that Lazy shit of a man that kissed our badge will undoubtedly release a lot of tension in the crowd. Maybe he had Lasagne for supper and won’t make it then he can go in the cowards book like Cashly 🙂

  8. Hello kelsey – long time no see, how are you?

  9. Big Raddy says:

    Yes, Rocky, it was an oversight! I liked Silvinho as well. The man has had a fantastic career.

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Of course he will play Peaches. His ego will not allow him not to ….

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Double negatives …. don’t you hate them

  12. kelsey says:

    Hi peaches,

    I am playing all week so not had much time.

    Have to laugh at Wenger’s comments about Adebayor. What should the fans do, give him a standing ovation.

  13. I think the crowd should go for a bit of drama today

    Silence when the team come out to show a bit of disgust at the last 2 results

    An eruption of sound as we kick-off followed by serious booing as soon as the Lazy one touches the ball

    Have a sing of the Vieira song – until he comes on of course

    Its gonna be tough for supporters this afternoon, we’ve got a lot of jobs to perform. I’m not sure the largely male attendance will be able to cope with the multi-tasking 🙄

  14. kelsey says:



    • Arsenal are looking for their fifth consecutive home win over Manchester City although City have won both times they have met this season.

    • Manchester City have not won away at Arsenal since beating them 3-2 at Highbury in October 1975.

    • Emanuel Adebayor has scored five goals in the last four Premier League meetings between these sides – four for Arsenal and one for City.

    • City have put seven goals past Arsenal so far this season, winning 4-2 in the league and 3-0 in the Carling Cup. Shaun Wright-Phillips has scored twice against the Gunners this season.


    • Arsenal have won their last five home league games at the Emirates.

    • It’s just over three years since Arsenal last lost three consecutive Premier League games.

    • Arsenal fell apart in the last 10 minutes at Wigan last weekend but have scored more goals in that period of the game (19) this season than any other Premier League club.

    Manchester City

    • Manchester City have not lost two consecutive Premier League games all season.

    • City are unbeaten in their last five away games and have won the last two, thrashing Burnley 6-1 at Turf Moor in their most recent away match.

    • City manager Roberto Mancini scored against Arsenal for Sampdoria in their 3-2 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final second leg home win 15 years ago this month – they lost 3-2 on penalties against the Gunners after a 5-5 draw (aet).

    Having read all that the best we can get is a draw, though I would be delighted to be wrong.
    Will be interesting to see with a makeshift back four how often Ade is offside. danger man for me is bellamy.

  15. kelsey says:

    The news of the world are apparently publishing The gerrard story tomorrow.The media love it, the timing just before the world cup, kick as many English players in the teeth beforehand. of course Terry,Gerrard,Cole and Gerrard again are all scum,but the tabloids are more interested in off the field antics than the team itself.

    Have a nice day.last time I missed a game on a saturday we won 5-4 at Spurs, hope that is a lucky omen.

  16. Big Raddy says:

    15 years since those Pens!! Some of the most nerve jangling 15 minutes of my life.

    It just goes so fast…..

  17. morning gang, nice one BR.

    Off to Griffin park later to get a first hand viewing of our supposed future goalie great, chesney.

    Will report back later tonight… or tommorow, fully dependant upon post game festivities… the sun is well and truly shining in London Town 🙂

  18. London says:

    Just passing through.

    Great read BR

  19. Rasputin says:

    Hi AA’all,

    Great read Raddy, like everyone else I’m out in the garden before making my way to the Emirates and meeting up with some AA bloggers for a small libation before the game 😉

  20. Rocky Lives says:

    I was feeling pessimistic last night, but with the game getting closer my mood’s improving. Maybe it’s the sunny day, maybe it’s the anticipation of giving Adebarndoor hell, maybe it’s the happy discourse on this site (resident grammarian BR discussing double negatives – I thought he was referring to Ade and Bellamy). Whatever, I’m feeling up for it now. I just hope the team is too.

  21. dandan says:

    Afternoon all, super stuff BR. I lived near city in the Book, Allison, Mercer days. They were always in the local pubs so saw a lot of them.
    Spuds are 0-0 at half time, come on you Manc’s
    Sun shinning here, garden looks a picture, sitting out with the cheese board, biscuits and a coffee. Its a tough life.

  22. Rosicky says:

    discussion about what lineup should wenger go with next season?

  23. Rasputin says:

    Testing internet on my phone, come on u gooners

  24. kelsey says:

    coward = adebayor

  25. kelsey says:

    bednter dropped rvp starts ummm.

  26. kelsey says:

    Well no one around and I got back early.

    First half : the gold plated bus is well and truly parked.Diaby has lost all his confidence, and without threatening us, City look comfortable in defence.Sorry BR but Rosicky is not the same player, and Theo I believe is trying his best but to no avail.

    Bedtner must come on now and RVP who looks sharp should play in the hole just behind him.

    Sol is again magnificant,but all in all a scrappy game so far.

    the one decent shot we had from Nasri, Given spilled but there wasn’t one solitary Arsenal player in the box.
    Hopedfully things can only get better.

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Poor first half. The only entertainment being the Song/Vieira battle.

    Kelsey. I agree about TR. Why won’t he or anyone try a shot?

  28. kelsey says:

    it’s not in plan A BR

  29. kelsey says:

    Well I must say I am surprised in Cit’ys tactics,especially our recent form and injuries.nevertheless apart from diaby’s shot did we really ever look like scoring.
    Shame for Given, but we just don’t have a different game plan . Theo did not impress.
    maybe the occasion was too much for both teams, al in all not entirely surprised, yet we still need a win to secure third.not much more to say.

  30. kelsey says:

    Finally with given seriously injured one can expect Hart back at city for next season.

  31. GhostFace says:

    So how much money do you think we ought to make before we teach these fuckers how to shoot a damn ball?

    How much dept do we have to pay back before anyone can cross a ball to an Arsenal player?

    Jeez id really like to know how this Emirates Stadium has so adversely affected our style of football not a single red shirt in the box for half the game.

    rant over.

  32. London says:

    Just got back from the game City went for a draw and that is exactly what they got. They didn’t have one shot on goal in the first half and I am struggling to think of one in the second. Still, I enjoyed the game, great to have the Boy Wonder back.

  33. Big Raddy says:

    What a lack of ambition shown by City.

    I expected an open game, but that performance was poor.

    De Jong and Kompany played really well.

    For us ….. well I hate to write this but Silvestre was excellent.

  34. GhostFace says:


    If you enjoyed that game..

    Actually that says quite alot really.

    Youre very easily impressed.

  35. Just back from the game, not really what I’d expected although the pantomime when Ade was warming up was quite funny if a little disconcerting for the 22 trying to play football.

    But the noise when Ade came on was unbelievable – and then we had to cheer Vieira and then start on Ade all over again 😆

    GF – I’ve sent you an email

  36. Rasputin says:

    Evening all,

    Theo and Sagna were poor. Song, Clichy, Campbell and Silvestre were all good. Citeh were very disappointing, our midfield kept Tevez very quiet. Diaby was better but still had ocassional lapses in concentration.

    Does anyone know who the MoM was?

  37. London says:

    Ghost Face

    I will bet you a large amount of money that you didn’t go to the game…….did you go…….I bet not because the difference between me and you is that I support Arsenal. I said I enjoyed the game…..that’s to say I prefered to be there than Tesco’s, in that context perhaps you now understand……you are trying my patience.

  38. London says:

    MOM the Boy Wonder…actually no, it was Sol, give that man an extention…….damn it, give him a three year extention.
    He is actually getting better every game; he is probably more reliable now than he was the last time he was with us. Lol……love him.

  39. London says:

    I have five brothers who all support Arsenal. From time to time we go to see my Dad who, yes, also supports Arsenal as did our Grand Father and of course our children. The point of this is that although I am a middle aged man my youngest brother is just thirty and whenever we watch a game that we lose…..he sounds like Ghost Face with a sore arse……sack Wenger, this lot are a shower of shit etc…….my Dad just raises his eyes to heaven as do I………..I’m in a good mood tonight Ghost Face.

  40. Rocky Lives says:

    Ahem, whisper it gently, but could the MoTM actually have been a certain Mikael Silvestre?

  41. Shhhhhhhh Rocky – I’m whispering too that he did have a good game didn’t he, even Rasputin said he didn’t put a foot wrong. But Sol still had a better game than him 😉

  42. Rocky Lives says:

    Yeah, I think you’re right Peaches. Sol’s marauding forward runs give him the edge overall, but both our CBs had very good games (notwithstanding Citeh’s lack of attacking ambition).
    Definitely a game where the MoTM for both teams will be a defender.

  43. Rocky Lives says:

    Night Peachy.

  44. looong day gooners

    chesney is the real, real deal for sure.

    he made an amazing save at the death today to get his side a point, they actually deserved more but could nto finish for toffee.

    his presence in the box puts the opposition forwards well off, he is so huge and brave and totally commands his area.

    he did not really have much to do all game, but when he did he was foot perfect.

    a real world class keeper in the making, no doubt at all.

    luke ayling played for yeovil aswell, he looked tidy, but he is not premierhsip class, just my view.

  45. glorious stuff from boateng today

    openly blaming the sun tan kid for causing hull’s relegation..

  46. GhostFace says:

    If youre in a good mood there’s no need to rant off.

    Im dont know anyone who “enjoyed” that boring game.

    You’re absolutely right though I didnt go to the game and fair play to you if that means in your mind that I dont support the Arsenal because i didnt go to the game then that your prerogative. It doesnt make sense…but then implying that Older people who support Wenger are more level headed and support the Arsenal more than the younger one’s who dont neccesarily agree with Wenger’s idea’s.

    By the way.

    Just out of curiousity.

    When did you hear me say I wanted Wenger off?

  47. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Champions League footy for 2010/11 now signed sealed & delivered. Now to sure up 3rd, & I’ll be able to enjoy the World Cup, knowing that its all up from here 🙂

    What spuds aren’t there yet? Oh, as if I give a XXXX about those duds 😆

    And its Arsenal, Arsenal F C, We’re by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. CHamoneeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

  48. London says:


    I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone with your view of Silvestre, I wrote this when he arrived and I stand by it.

    Why were united prepared to sell Silvestre for so little?

    In the close season Silvestre and his agent request a meeting with the powers that be at United to discuss Mikael’s future. United inform them that with the squad being as it is there will be very limited playing opportunities for Mikael and in view of that it might be wise for him to seek employment elsewhere.

    The agent says that in order for Mikael to secure a contract that gives him the same wage and in view of the loyalty that Mikael it is only fair that he be allowed to leave on a free; they agree on £750,000.

    The agent thinks Sunderland maybe Man City which Mikael thinks ok, at least
    I stand a chance of playing — then — out of the blue, all his Christmas’s arrive at once; Arsenal contact him, he tells his wife, she thinks, house in Hampstead, eating in decent restaurants, shopping in London with all the other French WAGS.

    Mikael gets best blow job he has had in months.
    Unfortunately we don’t, but we do get experienced cover for Clichy and we don’t have to worry so much about Senderos — next best thing.

    As for “Why were manu prepared to sell a player to us after 34 years?

    Silvestre is small beer to them, whereas, he is a very welcome addition to us.

  49. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    What no post 😯 Ok then, I’m off back to the footy. The Tiges are on @ 8.40pm, playing over in the West.

  50. Morning all

    Theres a NEW POST

  51. Sorry gnarley – missed you by a couple of minutes. Come and chat on the new one when you come back.

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