Job Advertisement – Arsenal Football Club are looking for a new: MANAGER

Written by Total Arsenal

Due to a recent spell of bad results in the Premier League and the relentless complaining of our fans, we are now looking for a new Manager.

During the reign of Arsène Wenger, Arsenal won three League Championships, Four FA Cups, achieved the cult-status of the Invincibles for a 49-games spell of not getting beat, reached the CL final, played in the CL for 14 consecutive seasons, played a brand of football envied all over the world, and moved successfully to a brand new stadium, whilst keeping the club in a healthy financial position.

Arsenal have just sold their best player, captain and playmaker Cesc Fabregas, and shipped out another 9 players, but we also bought 11 players during the Transfer Window. The new squad is full of youthful talent, experienced players, with a number of national captains, and a top quality spine to the team.

However recent results have been disappointing and we feel our incumbent manager has been far too slow with the integration of the new players – after all he had 21 days since the last day of the TW (including an international break). Arsenal football club had to endure two woeful away games against Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers in the new season, and we have come to the conclusion that the most successful manager in our history is no longer capable of bringing our beloved Arsenal the successes that it is simply entitled to.

We are now looking for a manager who does not complain when his best players are sold, is able to integrate 11 new players into the team in just a few days time, and can bring us instant success (minimum requirement of PL or CL title this season).


Successful Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • A track-record of success (titles, cups, accolades) that equals, or ideally betters that of the incumbent manager.
  • A track-record of prudent financial management/ ability to adhere to the principle of ‘Sustainability’ (in-depth knowledge of Financial Fair Play – FFP – is highly desirable).
  • A vision as well as a track-record of playing attractive, attacking football that is acknowledged all over the world i.e. have you developed a ‘world football brand’ during your spell(s) as a manager?
  • A track-record of integrating two new defenders, a number of midfielders and a new striker in less than 21 days.
  • An ability/track-record of spotting super-talented youth players and develop them into world class players (so we can sell them just before they reach their absolute peaked for loads of money).
  • An ability to recruit undetected quality players in their early twenties at cut prices, and develop them into world class players as well (we like to sell those players too… ).
  • A track-record of protecting the Board that employed/employs you in front of everyone and at whatever personal cost.
  • The ability to stay professional and positive even when your best players let you down, the press is in your face all the time (hoping you will crack at any minute), and your BoD are hiding behind their office chairs when the proverbial hits the fan.
  • Availability at short notice is a MUST.

If you believe, you have what it takes to be successful in this role then please get in touch with the major shareholder Stan Kroenke, by emailing him at:

If this position is not for you, but you know of somebody who has got what it takes, please let us know the name of him/her and their contact details, including a summary of why you believe they would be excellent candidates.


242 Responses to Job Advertisement – Arsenal Football Club are looking for a new: MANAGER

  1. gooner says:

    haha brilliant post

  2. Big Sam Allardyce says:

    Big Sam Allardyce is tha man you’s looking for.

    No-one can say Big Sam Allardyce hasn’t created a “world football brand”.

  3. Barry Bethell says:

    Brilliant, a blog with a bit of perspective…..I really feel that the above demands are both reasonable and realistic…..get Bruce Rioch back…he was awsome 🙂

  4. I cent says:

    Right on point,i bet all them overnight success hungry fags sorry fans n all others who love us so much as to want us to sack the most successful manager in our history will fit the bill ot atleast know someone who does,am sure we will get a “better” manager soon.

  5. sammy m says:

    wooooooooooowwwwwwww!potentials will run for their heels away as far as possible.nice post!

  6. Gooner in Exile says:

    TA, that is up there with the best posts I have read on AA

  7. Fatgingergooner says:

    I have won the Champions League 3 times in a row with Shrewsbury on Football Manager…..I’m your man!

  8. i nearly didnt get this and was going to write one of my missifs to Arsenal blog land. I was going to get all defensive. Thanks at trying to bring humour into Arsenal.

    Up the Gunners

  9. Fatgingergooner says:

    I thought Guus Hiddink was the man but apart from an FA Cup in 2009 and a Uefa Cup in 1998, he hasnt actually won anything of note. Guess that rules him out…..back to the drawing board!

  10. Well done TA, a light hearted look at subject that should be exercising the minds of all those who regularly call for the sacking of Wenger.

    Whenever I come across someone calling for the manager’s head I invariably ask them to name a credible replacement, they invariably fail to do so.

    It’s worth remembering that almost every out of work, and therefore available, manager was sacked for their perceived failure.

  11. John says:

    Bullshit post, he has lost it! Time to face facts

  12. we all joke! but the bottom line is “its just not happening” is it?
    and im not just talking about this season (so far).. but is it really wengers fault? im not so sure! there is however as written above no doubt about what this man has done for our club and football in general but somethings up and as a loyal ARSENAL supporter id like to know what? and why? normaly the rvp situation would not bother me but as we have seen in recent months we should be very concerned. that aside lets make gyros of the greeks and put the “dirty word” back in there place on sunday.. cut me i bleed red and white.

  13. Barry Bethell says:

    So come on John… Lifelong Gooner said who to replace him with????? Also by the 10 to 1 in agreement with the article I would say you are in the minority…bigtime.

  14. Gooner in Exile says:

    Ok John you didn’t like the historic bits of the post, how about coming up with a manager who could work under the restrictions mentioned.

  15. This is my Cee Vee for manager, and stuff.

    I know eff all about football. I like to cuss and swear at the meedja and the players and uver managers, and I can chew gum with my mouth open all day like the best of em.

    I suck up to Sir Fergie and have even licked his arse, when told to, and my team would never try hard when playing him. I am proud to say I am on of his clique or is that click?

    I’m short sighted and can def tell the refs they are canutes for getting things wrong from 90 yards away, and altho’ I know nuffink about the rules I can explain everything about offside, can rule on leg breakers (ours aren’t – theirs are, innit) and I know more than those little c*nts wiv their flags who keep giving offside against us.

    I don’t give a toss about the clubs prophets and all I want is loads of money, just like Maureen, Manxini and AVBC the Chelsea geezer so I can spend, spend, spend on players and bung out a few drinks for their agents, who is mostly my mates anyway.

    All in all, I is yer number one candidate. Let’s be hearing frum you!

  16. Thanks BB, you beat me to it.

  17. Fatgingergooner says:

    What facts are we facing John? You haven’t actually provided any facts to back up your claim that Arsene has ‘lost it’. Please tell us what you know that we obviously don’t.

  18. John says:

    I’ll tell you who could do the job…Eddie McGoldrick

  19. Gooner in Exile says:

    Oh by the way before anyone spouts lack of defensive coaching:

    “We had a little bit more time [during the week] because of the Carling Cup match,”

    “Some players had a little more rest and we trained a little harder, especially on the way we want to defend. It worked and on Saturday you saw we had a better defence. We were closer together.

    “After the four goals against Blackburn we lost a little bit of confidence but we were very proud of our performance on Saturday. We want to go on with this way of defending.”

    Interview with the BFG on Arsenal Player.

  20. chas says:

    BFG 🙂

  21. Fatgingergooner says:

    Im afraid Eddie McGoldrick can’t be considered due to the 4 week notice period he has to give at McDonalds…..we need someone NOW!

  22. Red Arse says:

    Nice one TA, I liked it. 🙂

    If I did not know your job before, I could have deduced it!

  23. hal says:

    Depressing apologist, head in the sand, fear of change rubbish.

    Fact – Wenger WAS a great manager
    FAct – Wenger IS an anxiety ridden shambles who has lost control of everything at the club.

    Who could replicate what he did in his first 10 years at the club? Only the very best. Mourhino, Hiddink, Guardiola, Spaletti etc etc etc – all of whom must be on Arsenals list of potential successors (unless, fear of fears, the AKBs are wrong and, instead of doing a great job, Wenger has managed to turn a giant club into a small one).

    Who could replicate what he has done in the past few years? Ossie Ardiles, Steve McClaren, Basil Fawlty, Seve Kean, Roy Keane, Popeye, Spongebob Squarepants etc etc etc

    There is nothing controversial or ground breaking in this view. He has gradually lost it. It happens to most managers – better ones than Wenger (Brian Clough). The tragedy is that his decline has been, and is still being, allowed to continue before our eye.

    And make no mistake, the only reason this is allowed to happen is because Wenger is a useful pawn in a money making exercise for an Americal owner who is only interested in the value of his invenstment.

  24. John says:

    My mum’s neighbour said she just saw Chris Kiwomya at the Emirates with Ivan Gazidis.

  25. i really don’t think that there is any one that can handle what wenger is doing in the club.
    i think he’s the real man for the job.
    and again he has won the heart of the fans so far and the players as well, so i don’t think we should sack him let him concentrate on this job he’s doing. if he gods to say he want to quit for arsenal, then we will now be thinking of what to do on his absent.
    i really love this man so much, to extend that there is no any other coach has won our heart except this man , and i can say another coach that can take over wenger duties if he decide to quit arsenal is GARDIOLA of BARCELONA.
    he’s a very..very good coach indeed so if leave GARDIOLA is the best man for the job

  26. dfgdfgdfg says:

    You could equally do an article taking the piss out of everything that’s gone wrong in the last 6-7 years. People won’t be happy until Wenger has completely destroyed everything he created – and I mean COMPLETELY. Next May Arsenal will finish mid-table and have no choice but to sell Arshavin, Van Persie, Walcott and go knows who else. The club is preparing itself for another lost decade.

    Get Wenger out now and a manager in who can buy REAL players, organise the defence to start grinding out results and restore our reputation and we might keep the squad together and drag ourselves out of the predictable mess Wenger has put us in. Otherwise I fear, the board and dopey fans like you will sink us like the Titanic.

  27. John says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Stefan Schwarz confirmed as new Arsenal manager!

  28. J says:

    He did this at Monaco, but they had the balls to sack him

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks for great feedback and suggetions. Good to see the tongue in cheek nature has come through.

    We really want to hear more from Red Arse The Manager – you certainly speak the right language 😛

    FGG – Hiddink would be ok if Wenger were to leave on his own account, but only as an interim manager. He is good at stabilising clubs, but has indeed not won many major things and also has teams play a brand of football that is more Mourinho-like: hard to beat, but not exciting football.

    Chas – totally forgotten about Sammy Allardyci: he ticks all the boxes – we’ll send a delegation to the Hammers right now

    Hall – you my friend are not answering the exam question! All well and good to look to the past, however misguided you are about it, but what is your candidate and why?

  30. London says:

    I doff my hat to such a brilliant post.

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    DFGx3, you are also not responding to the advert. All good and well to say Wenger is destroying us but who do you suggest would take us that step further towards titles again?

  32. joe says:

    pls look for a good coach dat can do d work, wenger his out of d line.

  33. Wonderman says:

    Total ….one of the best posts I have read in ages

  34. Herb'sArmy says:

    Hi TA,
    brilliant fire-starter this one!
    Just read an interesting article on “NewsNow” from ‘SportingIntelligence’ – a Brazillian perspective.
    My own view is that although the way Man City and Chelsea operate is anti-competitive/anti-football, in the West, we are brought up on Capitalist values, and the principle that greed is good. They are following the rules of Capitalism, we’re not, and are suffering as a result.

  35. harry says:

    Total, A very impressive post, up there with some of the best on here, humour and depth of info mixed into a perfect TOTAL blend!!

    For me there is only one person who could come in now and survive under those conditions and we aint going to get him, nor do I actually want him………You can all guess who…..Only ONE in whole world……

    For now wenger has my support, lets get to December and then see what postion we are in……..

    Our supporter base must be the most split in the world…….

  36. hal says:


    There’s nothing misguided in going through the world with open eyes and common sense. I see whats happening in front of my eyes and am not afraid to call it as it is. However painful it is, and believe me, it is painful.

    But Wenger is not Arsenal. We are much bigger than him. We are all happy to say that no player like Adebayor is bigger than the club. Well, same applies to Wenger. Time to stop fretting – he will go. Its a matter of time. Get bloody used to it.

    The best candidate is Mourhino, obviously. I don’t think anybody would argue with that. And anyone who thinks that ‘he wouldnt come to Arsenal’ is declaring that the current manager has ruined our club. Arsenal were a bigger club than Chelsea pre Wenger (and still are to my mind), and he joined them, remember? Mourhino would come if the money was right. And by God Arsenal is rotting with money.

    The most realistic manager is Hiddink. Given that he does not seem to be too happy with this current job, I dont think it would take much.

    But any manager who comes has to have the courage to take on the board, something, whether you support his tenure or not, you cannot deny that Wenger has failed to. The fortunes of the shareholders MUST be released to the manager, at least until we are back in the champions league and in a position to negotiate our new deals in 2014.

    Bottom line is – we MUST be a CL club come 2014. We will not maximise out spornsorhip potential otherwise. And the graph of hte current managers collapse dictates that he is most certainly NOT the man for the job.

  37. Herb'sArmy says:

    To use an analogy, we are like ‘Tom and Barbara Good’ from the twee 1970’s tv sit-com ‘The Good Life’, whilst Man City, Chelsea etc. are all ‘Margo and Jerry Leadbitters’. There’s a lot of smug satisfaction in being self-sustaining, but don’t expect caviar and champagne any time soon (unless you’re on the BoD and you’re charging the most expensive tickets world-wide to buy into an ideology that works to line their pockets, but not as a footballing philosophy)..

  38. Islington gooner says:

    Anyone who i hear say Arsene will get us relegated or make us finish mid-table are table are talking out of there rear end.

    There is one site out there trying to cause unrest amongst the support and using silly slogans to get fans to split and start calling each other petty names.

    Arsene may have he’s flaw’s,but some of the thing’s these so called supporters are calling him are a disgrace.Wenger has done alot for us and deserves our respect during these hard times.At least give the guy a chance to bed in these players before you start saying were s*** and the players he has bought are s***.It’s like we have these fan’s that want us to lose just to prove to there ego’s and the mug’s that follow them,but come on i would never ever want the Arsenal to lose.

    I saw on one site a guy arguing the case for wenger and the other come back and should watch when we get raped by the scum and put LOL after it??? WTF

    Park has also been called s***,because arsene subbed him off in the carling cup.Some people are just brainless and think that they know how to run a massive football club like ours.If they were so knowledgeable and have so many followers,why don’t they own there own football club.

    Support has changed over the years and i feel lost nowadays.

  39. Geoff Strong says:

    I keep hearing people say that the current BoD are lining their pockets, can someone explain this to me and how much money they are actually taking out of the club ?

  40. kelsey says:

    Tongue in cheek good post TA.

    One of my concerns is that Wenger if anything has become to loyal to the club as I believe he is covering or bottling a lot of things up .
    He has admitted he has lied on occasions to cover for his players who i honestly think he regards as part of his family.

    Certain players have abused his love and gratitude for giving them perhaps a longer run in the team than other managers would, and one or two have spouted their love for all things arsenal in recent seasons only to be lured away by the big bucks.
    it’s a bloody hard job at the moment and one either believes he thinks it’s his own money and has a scrooge approach to buying players or he is under instructions to spend strictly to limits approved by the board.
    he is a very proud man, sometimes a bit too stubborn for his own good but for now regardless of how we do this season he is our manager but i feel he may just walk away at the end of the season.if that happens i haven’t a clue who might replace him, but it is not impossible that he would chose his own successor.

  41. pat says:

    Great post – I was thinking yeah I have done all that, I could be the manager – but then you meant the real thing not Championship Manager after putting in the cheat codes and getting all the cash – oh that’s Man City isn’t it?

  42. Herb'sArmy says:

    It’s called Capitalism Pat, a political ideology that we’ve stuck rigidly to for over 400 years.


    Great post TA.

    Islington….agree with you 100%. Fear not, i am here with you.

  44. gunnern5 says:

    Some time back I decided not to read any articles that were about Arsene Wenger. My reason was simple – all that can be said has already been said – and for the most part it’s been negative and anti Arsenal.

    So I have not read the read the lead post – but I have read the responses, and as could be expected it’s stirred up more anti Arsene and anti Arsenal sentiment.

    My question is,why does this site have to indulge in eye catching headlines that are bound to stir up even more anti Arsene and anti Arsenal comments.

    If we are to get through this season with a modicum of success then we need to be 100 % behind the team and not publish articles with self fulfilling headlines.

    I thought AA was better than this.

    I fully expect my viewpoint to be slated.


    G5…Slated, not at all, i understand your sentiments completely, but i liked TA’s post.

    Once we go on a winning run, and we will very soon, a lot of the negativity will be silenced.

  46. chas says:


    I think you should read it: just this once.

  47. 26may1989 says:

    Quick comment, am on the run….

    Lovely post there TA, much respect. I don’t have much to add to this tortured debate, I’ve been verbose in expressing my views in the past in any event.

    But to comment briefly on Herb’s point about greed being the reality of capitalism, well yes and no: of course self-interest is a key component, but capitalism is essentially about private ownership of the means of production and the operation of those means of production for profit. Does anyone seriously think that Man City (net expenditure on transfer fees alone in the last four years: £440m) or Chelsea are operated for profit? Of course not. They have nothing to do with capitalism, everything to do with ego.

    Anyway, catch up later one and all.

  48. Rasp says:


    TotalArsenal, is a regular and an author on AA. He wanted to make these points (which are supportive of the manager) and we were delighted to give him the opportunity.

    We rely totally on you guys to provide material to go out every day and the response is always excellent. I push the publish button sometimes on a piece I don’t necessarily agree with, but accept that by offering an open forum we will inevitably reflect the whole spectrum of opinion.

  49. I think you should read the post gunnern5 and compliment the author on a very entertaining article 🙂

  50. Rasp says:

    …. one last point is that there was no behind the scenes editing – the article, heading and pics were all TA’s work.


    I can never understand the negativity. Supporting Arsenal is like an honour or a gift. Win lose or draw i am always happy when i think about The Arsenal.

  52. Rasp says:

    Hi TMHT,

    Sounds like the opening lines of an article to me 🙂


    Hi Rasp,

    I was just thinking the same. Will work on it when i have time on the weekend and get back to you.

  54. Mephi Nampa says:

    Ricard, the former bacelona coach could do wounders at arsenal

  55. tomstoned says:

    Total Arsenal..

    what ?..reading your poat made me think,oh my there still are Gooners who wont accept any sort of criticism og Wenger,

    who is to blame for leaving The Arsenal in such shambles after this summers transfers,why didnt wenger sort out the transfers far earlier than he did,this was a very very big mistake..and cannot be forgiven…its actually not the players fault that we have had a misery of a start..its wenger..and the man i really dont like at all nazidis…
    looking at fergie(i really hate to mention this)but ha coped with selling ronaldo it didnt take forever when he decided it was time to let him go,look at how he handled this summer transfer activities,left the manure team time to gel..BEFORE the season had started..
    the ingrate cesc’s saga(where is cescs hamstring problems now?)the the lack of action early in the transfer market,clearly is some of wengers mistakes..
    at The Arsenal there is nobody who can just make a decision and then go for it…
    and then the Wilshere situation,why the f**k havent the medical team sorted that out leaving him in a special booth for a very long time???why couldnt anyone see that the heel needed and operation..shameful..
    and look at the situation with RvP,Wermy;Theo,who’s going to sort that out eh ? not nazidis for sure ,we all know what happens then,the players will leave..
    Wenger is a good manager no doubt ,but he cant keeping dross like Rice and Nazidis around,Our Legend Manager needs help,get Dein back…get kroenke the he’l out of Our club,if not we are fast becoming a streamlined money making american corporation.

    and why doesnt our medical team get sacked ???

  56. gunnern5 says:

    We all have our own differing opinions.

    Mine is crystal clear.

    I was not critical of the author – but I will not read the article.

    Any article, positive or negative about Arsene can only have one end result. They create yet another open ended opportunity for the naysayers to be critical of our manager and our club,

    It`s an old, boring,and redundant dialogue.

    Why when,for once, we are getting some positive press would you give bloggers the opportunity to come down on our manager.

    The content the article is not relevant – what is relevant is the self serving headline which can only attract controversy.

    TA – don`t take this personally as I think you write some wonderful articles – but I think it`s overdue that we leave AW alone and try not to encourage even more dissent.

  57. tomstoned says:

    some questions Total Arsenal

    1 why did wenger accept to sell cesc for a ridicilous amount of money,when the player had a long time left on his contract.
    2.why wasnt this summers transfers sorted out,so that The Arsenal could have a realistic chance of a fair start to the season.
    3how can you accept wengers statement *the seasons starts now*when we already have played several games,
    3.why cant you accept the fact that wenger has far to much on his hands and therefore keeps making stupid mistakes..
    4do you trust nazidis to sort out the contract talks with RvP,Wermy;Theo..
    5.or do you like me think that theese players will be allowed to leave:we are a selling club you know..look no further than the last 5-6 seasons(ever since kroenke got in the picture.
    7.arent you concerned at you really think all is well at The Arsenal?…dont you ever doubt what is being done to The Arsenal,

    Best Regars Tom..

  58. chas says:


    The idea that AA encourages more dissent about Wenger or our club is strange to say the least.

    Read the post and you’ll know why.

    As Wenger is the current manager of our club, you could say that ANY post “create(s) yet another open ended opportunity for the naysayers to be critical of our manager and our club”.

    Maybe that’s the way forward, nothing negative, nothing positive, just nothing.

  59. chas says:

    Who’s nazidis?

  60. gunnern5 says:


    You simply don`t get it!

    The idea is far from strange as it`s the headline that attracts response. There`s already a torrent of anti AW feeling so why give that multitude yet another opportunity to criticize.

    I did not, and will not, suggest that this was intended by AA but the end result proves that it can and will happen.

  61. Rasp says:

    It’s a not very funny play on the name Gazidis I’m afraid chas.

  62. chas says:

    I did realise that, Rasp. 🙂

    I was trying to highlight the fact that once you’ve degenerated into name-calling, any other points you make tend to fall by the wayside.

  63. Danny says:

    Koscielny’s now injured. Song to partner Mertesacker tomorrow night?

  64. Rasp says:


    I think what you maybe don’t appreciate is that if we censor ourselves (= don’t dare to publish an article simply because it will attract a response we don’t want to hear), we will appear scared of the counter argument which in turn, would imply we do not have the conviction of our own words.

    As others have pointed out, a blogger can voice his dissatisfaction with AW on any post and it happens frequently. Our policy of inviting discussion rather than insults and blogsniping means that those who are prepared to listen to our response will be allowed to debate and those who just want a billboard or to be offensive will not last very long.

  65. Rasp says:

    Sorry chas, I’ve done it with you again haven’t I? 😳 I must remember to look for the irony when I read your comments in the future.

  66. Danny says:

    Oh and now Gervinho’s injured……

  67. Rasp says:

    Can’t you bring us some good news Danny 😛

    Apparently they’re (Theo, Ger and kozzer) all expected to be fit for the spuds

  68. Gunnertastic says:

    Hal sounds like Adrian Durham from talkshite.Sorry Hal AA is for intelligent gooners and not Media Studies degree holders.Now off to your runner job at Talk shite.

  69. harry says:

    I actually can relate to what you have said Gn5, I didnt comment all last week, as I felt all blogosphere was doing was rehashing the same stuff from various angles and getting no where except heaping more dung on the pile of negativity………that surrounds our club. I did however read every article and I have enjoyed TA’s ironic slant today…….Fair play to you, stand firm in the face of an onslaught, um perhaps that could start a defence manual…

  70. gunnern5 says:


    As you are already aware I`m totally against censorship.

    I appreciate the point you are making – but here is my last word on the subject.

    It`s the honey that attracts the bees – the same as it`s the headline that attracts the bloggers.

    My opinion is that more consideration could the paid to the unforeseen (hidden) consequences of the headline.

    You may, or may not, notice that I’ve made a valiant attempt to get my point across without being supercritical or insulting.

    Again, i do understand your point but it does not change my feelings.

  71. Danny says:

    I reckon that they’re all not seriously injured it’s just that for the club at the moment the match against the Scum is so huge that its better to rest them. Anyway I now think Miquel will partner Mertesacker not Song.

  72. gunnern5 says:

    Cheers Harry.

  73. Rasp says:


    I’ve been very impressed with Miguel and personally would prefer him to Djourou (who’s injured at the moment any way). The more time Miguel gets on the pitch the faster he will progress. Cesc marked him as one to achieve great things in the future.

  74. Rasp says:

    Fair do’s GN5, I appreciate you have stated your point perfectly reasonably.

  75. London says:


    If you were the author of the site what would you write about tomorrow, remember you have to find a new topic every day, I am curious what you would do or suggest but bear when you answer that not every day can be a nostalgic piece, so what would you post be?

  76. harry says:

    Rasp, Miquel missed the reserve match yesterday through injury, I would play him if fit with the BFG………over JD and Toto.

    With Theo and Gman out, surely we must release the Ox?

    Who is meeting for a pre-match beverage in the fine tavern along blackstock boulevard?

  77. Rasp says:

    Hi Harry,

    Not Miguel too 😦

    I don’t have a ticket for tomorrow sadly, but peaches will be there I’m sure – I’ll sort out a new pub widget later.

  78. Rasp says:

    …. and a front 3 of AA, RvP and the Ox should rip them to shreds 😛

  79. gunnern5 says:


    Although it may seem to you that I`m trapped in the “old days“
    in reality nothing is further from the truth.

    There are only seven articles required each week.
    For many weeks; due to mid-week games only three articles are required as there would be two two pre-match and two match reports.

    In football there is rarely a week goes by without a newsworthy subject to write about but when there are voids here are some suggestions.

    – Individual Arsenal player profiles.
    – Individual player stats.
    – Season over season comparisons.
    – Arsenal youth team.
    – Forecasts of upcoming games.
    – Forecasts of the reaming season

    I will list more but right now I have to leave and I won`t be back until
    about 8:30pm GMT.

  80. chas says:

    Forecasts of the reaming season sound particularly interesting!

  81. tomstoned says:


    i can understand the fact that some sceptics are just making the same old point over and over again,,,,and me for one can understand that ,since the problems never seem to get sorted out.
    we seem to be stuck in the same problems over and over..

    an example…last season pretty much the same thing happened to Wermy as Jack this year is that Wengers fault..not at all,can the medical staff be hold my opinion absolutely,then i keep thinking who is in charge of the medical team and why isnt anything done about it ?

    buying 5 half decent players to replace cesc,nasri,clichy…well thats a longshot..and not very good management imo,

    even worse buying them after the season started that is nothing less than shocking…

    so mate it isnt just rehashing the same old problems ,it is the fact that the mistakes are made over and over,and do not get solved.

    and Gooners that are worried and sceptical,arent less Gooners and doesnt love The Arsenal any less than you,
    i for one always stands firm behind The Team i never ever criticize the players….

    i think that there is something going on at The Arsenal behind closed doors that We the Gooners just doesnt understand,and please why is Kroenke at Our Beloved Arsenal,besides form being paid quite handsomely… should look at what that man have done in the US…all his clubs are being run at low cost and half decent players,not to bothered about winning…is this what we have become?? a money maker for the Americans…

    we will soon feel what the Villa fans have felt a long time now..selling their best players,never going to compete…its dangerous..
    This season for the first time in a very long time(Thanks to Wenger)we are not really title contenders,we’re not really competing for the CC,and we will have a struggle to get fourth imo,is this what we want??????do we have to accept us being slowly build down,should we just accept everything and accept it…arent we allowed to put up a fight ::
    my solution :
    get Usmanov in at least he watches The Arsenal and have a heart for Our club,not like that hollywood looker kroenke,get Dein back asap,the give Wenger another couple of years with them to back him up,
    Then mate only Then could we Gooners start to look at the future ..

  82. chas says:

    Sir Harold of Gillingham,
    I believe I shall be quaffing a pre-match flagon of the finest mead that that splendid establishment along blackstock boulevard can purvey.

  83. TotalArsenal says:

    Wow, some good responses there! 🙂 🙂 Have been out for a while, but will try to respond:

    HA – I think I know what you are trying to say re capitalism, but as 26 also pointed out, it is Arsenal and MU who are closest to principles of capitalism – as in trying to make a profit – and it is Chelsea and MC who are totally disregarding the principles of running a financially sustainable business: the only outputs are potential ego-enhancements. The self-sustainability model will indeed almost certainly lose out to the sugar-daddy model: the latter is the real evil though, and we should not go there, even if it means winning nothing for a while.

    HAL – thanks for responding in detail. I totally agree that Wenger is not bigger than the club, and also that mistakes were made. If we could realistically improve on Wenger right now, I would be open for it. My point is: Wenger is the best for Arsenal, given the circumstances we are in.You suggest Mourinho, but you know as much as I know that he is not available. He is employed at the most successful club in history, with an almost unlimited budget and a group of players that we can only dream off at this moment in time. You see, this is not some sort of game here. You and many others want Wenger out, and you are entitled to say so, but when you are asked to think through the practicalities, you come up with somebody who is not available and then also request of the BoD to free up lots of money for him to spend. That is not the world Arsenal are living in.

    IG @12.02: great comment. We all feel lost at times but at AA you will find many like-minded people 😛

    Kelsey: yes, Wenger might well be too nice at times and also too stubborn. I can only say, he is not perfect and with any personality come plusses and minuses. I could write a post on all the good things resulting from a too nice / too stubborn personality as well. But, you are right to point this out.

    G5: you are entitled to your views: no problems with that. One day I will go and hide in the Highlands – or somewhere else remote from fellow human beings – and not bother anymore with trying to convince other people about the things I believe in passionately. AA is a free blog and I did not insult anybody and I am as free to chose the title of a post as you are to criticise it.

    Tomstoned: I could respond to all your criticisms – not all unfair – of the club/Wenger but that is not the point of today’s post. I am interested how you would like to replace Wenger realistically. You say that Wenger is a good manager but that the people around him need to be replaced (Gazidis, Pat Rice), and maybe you are right, but I do not have enough insight to judge on that. And yes, I am concerned, but not about Wenger so much: no, I am mostly concerned about the impact of the raw wage-rises in football on Arsenal and the rest of football, and about the division of fans within our club. And yes, I am also concerned about our potential inability to keep hold of our best players in the (near) future, and the constant uncertainty that this inevitably brings.

  84. harry says:

    Lord Charlie, I shall meet thee there, ol’ fella………

  85. RockyLives says:

    Humour with a point – brilliant TA.

    Gn5 – I hear what you’re saying. Like Harry, if I feel the debate is just a re-tread of old issues I am quite happy to drop out of it for a while or engage in a bit of nonsense banter about other things.
    Personally I think headlines that might attract new people to the site are a good thing, because although a lot of idiots will turn up, occasionally you get a good blogger who finds that this could be a home for them.

  86. harry says:


    I would love to see that front three and why not………..

    Tomstoned, we all have our opinions and I accept yours, last week though I had it up to my neck with negativity, so baled out for a week. Gn5 has his way as well of dealing with certain issues and I understood his PoV………

    Some of your comments do stack up and need answering, but i do find that some peoples options for changes absolutely bonkers…….I think TA’s post today highlights many of the challenges for someone to take up……..

    For now, it has to be wenger, maybe not for ever………..

  87. tomstoned says:

    Total Arsenal

    Thx for the reply mate,imo things have declined since the agrement with kroenke in-07,and looking at what have happened since,i feel that we have slowly but surely seen Our Beloved Arsenal not only changing Our course, but beeing build down…Dein was forced out(Wenger was not at all happy with that,and that is for me proof that Wenger wasnt all happy with the situation,but being the Legend that he is,he just couldnt leave and that have rescued Us from a total decline)
    A certain Lady did kind of warn Us,not only about the board …
    why isnt Usmanov being invited to the board ?well imo its quite clear,kroenke doesnt want the Gooners to know what he is doing…
    i have a fair bit of respect for Pat…but i think he is past it,Bergkamp would be a dream what a boost that would be 🙂

    what will be the excuses if RvP,Wermy,Theo and oe could add Song if they leave…and isnt replaced ?
    have this Arsenal situation become a never ending story..i hope not…..
    nazidis blamed the economic situation for the situation at The Emirates,yet have had the nerve to hike up the ticket prices,how is that defendable..its just plain stupid..

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    Tom – it might well become a never-ending story, but I will give the BoD some time to sort the new contracts out, before I pass judgement. I don’t think we should underestimate the impact of Chelsea’s and Man City’s ability to double or triple any wages that we could offer and what this means for Gazidis etc with regards to negotiating new contracts.

    Regarding Bergkamp: I don’t think anybody would disagree with you on that one!! 😛 I saw him the other day on the Ajax bench, next to their manager De Boer. He looked super-smart in a suit and seemed to be really enjoying his new management job. What a hero! The sooner he joins us the better.

  89. kelsey says:

    This is all about what might happen should Wenger leave/resign/or be sacked the third being extremely unlikely.
    but in that scenario even if we have a bad season or two we are a top world wide known club and any future manager would initially want to know how much money is available if the squad needs strengthening.
    That is the 64000 dollar question and for all we know there may be a distinct shift in the board before that day happens.

  90. Herb'sArmy says:

    There was a time when we broke the British transfer record, and didn’t think twice about it. Alan Ball and Malcolm Macdonald are testimony to that.
    But that was a long time ago, and our investment in the squad in recent years has all been about saving money. Only real investment will see us compete at the top, if we can’t or wont move with the times, we are finished in terms of being a competitive force.
    The recent game at OT highlighted this.

  91. 26may1989 says:

    Ah, the Malcolm Macdonald signing: a transfer fee of £333,333. A piece of art in itself.

    Interesting point Herb makes. And also interesting to remember that neither Ball nor Macdonald exactly set the world on fire, despite the expenditure. I don’t dispute we need to spend money to give us a reasonable crack at CL qualification and even catching the Chavs, but as our Alsatian boss is often fond of reminding us, spending lots of money guarantees nothing.

  92. gunnern5 says:


    It’s easy to see that I intending the word to be ” remaining” but if you want to act like a child then I’ll supply you with your lollypops.

  93. 26may1989 says:

    I know we’ve had a crappy start to the season, but I really am getting sick and tired of the unrelenting stream of rubbish from the media. Arsenal and Arsene kicking certainly is flavour of the month right now. Christ, I even had my neighbour, a QPR fan, presuming to patronise me the other day. I know we just have to grin and bear it, but it’s taking a lot of the enjoyment out of being a Gooner right now.

  94. Herb'sArmy says:

    26 – I never took to Alan Ball, he was the start of the 1970-71 ‘Double’ team being dismantled.
    As for Malcolm Macdonald, we only got two seasons out of him before his career was ended by injury. He had two FA Cup finals (Newcastle-Liverpool, ’74, Arsenal-Ipswich, ’78, and was annonymous in both!).
    I don’t put all the blame on AW for our current woes. Sometimes I think he is too tactically inflexible, and shows too much patience with players who consistently under-perform, but I also think that if we had the neccessary resources, he would certainly have bought in better quality.

  95. chas says:


    I just thought it was a funny typo, that’s all. I didn’t mean any offence. My sense of humour is very childish. Apologies.

  96. gunnern5 says:


    Arsenal have become the current flavour for the media.

    It’s really not that new though, they have always considered us as pretenders and seem only to happy to put the boot in when we are down.

    That’s why I get upset when we add fuel to a fire that is already burning bright.

  97. gunnern5 says:


    Thanks, because i really want to keep my lollypops

  98. 26may1989 says:

    Herb: I’ll make a confession about Macdonald: when I was about nine, and in the first throes of my football obsession, I did my school project (Coleridge Juniors on Crouch End Hill) on Supermac. My teacher (Mr Nicholas, one of those who always wanted to be a mate of the kids) sent it to the club. I got a letter from the marble halls but never saw that precious project again. Why did I devote a project to Supermac? Because he was the glamour striker and I didn’t understand the finer points of the game, so didn’t realise then that Brady, Jennings, Stapleton (boo hiss) and O’Leary were the real stars of that very Irish side.

    GN5: All agreed, and we’re all used to it happening once in a while, but I really just wish they’d give it a rest now. Enough already!

  99. Red Arse says:


    Your light hearted but topically appropriate Post (even if held overlong in a safe place, by Rasp, away from the light of day) has, regrettably, reignited the same old, same old, tired and unrealistic responses, instead of giving us all the opportunity to examine AW’s record of achievements in an increasingly difficult era.

    I too can understand GN5’s response to the inevitable diatribes of unreasonable criticisms given a focal point by TA’s clever Post.
    He is effectively refusing to become embroiled in this ludicrous and pointless navel gazing, altho’ not reading an excellent Post is a little extreme for me.
    It is demeaning to have to forever defend a great manager and a great man, even when based on his proven record rather than the unwarranted criticisms of his supposed failures from those with limited knowledge of the real issues he has faced.

    Alternatively it is fair that disaffected fans should be allowed to vent their discontent, disappointment and concerns for the future of Arsenal, my only regret is that they are, yet again, venting it over the rest of us.

    Chas, it is with deep and abiding regret that I must advise you I will be unable to imbibe a modicum of alcohol in a respectable hostelry with such a sterling fellow as your goodself.
    Heaven forfend you will think it remiss of me, and I remain, yours etc ….. 🙂

  100. Herb'sArmy says:

    At the time we bought ‘Supermac’, Villa paid £100,000 for Andy Gray from Dundee Utd! I always rated Gray the better of the two.
    I remember him scoring a hat-trick at Villa Park when they thrashed Paisley’s all-conquering Liverpool 5-1.
    As much as I was pissed that Stapleton went to OT, I was just as annoyed at Brady for going to Italy, then coming back to West Ham!
    Very strange mix Terry Neill had, 26, three Northern Ireland and three from the Republic. I bet no other club managed that!

  101. Red Arse says:

    Hi Herb, 🙂

    I bumped into Malcolm McDonald, and his family, on a flight to LA many years ago.

    He was a very nice, unassuming man who seemed very private and altho’ he still had an interest in Arsenal, his real interest was in Newcastle (that was my reading — he did not actually say that in so many words).

  102. Herb'sArmy says:

    Hi RA,
    Yeah, although he was a southener (I think he started his footballing career as a full-back at Luton Town), it was at Newcastle that he really made his name. The highlight of his career was at Wembley, when he scored all five goals when England beat Cyprus 5-0 in 1975 (under Don Revie).


    Supermac was a great player. Every thing placed behind a defence he would latch on to, by use of those powerful and stumpy legs of his. Might be wrong, but didnt he have serious alcohol problems after he quit the game?


    Herb, all five goals were headers as well.

  105. 26may1989 says:

    Herb: The three from NI were Catholic though weren’t they? Pat Rice, Pat Jennings and Sammy Nelson. Not quite so peace-and-harmony!

    But then Willie Young must have been a full on Proddy!

  106. Big Raddy says:

    TA. Very amusing post. Enjoyed it very much. More please.

  107. Herb'sArmy says:

    Hi TMHT,
    I bow to your knowledge on that one, I probably watched it, but it was so long ago.
    Something you maybe able to help me on: was Terry Mancini a straight swap for Frank McLintock?


    He came a year later Herb. Funny enough, he and Frank played together for a year at QPR.

  109. Herb'sArmy says:

    26 – I wasn’t aware of their religious ethnicity, but in the interests of squad harmony, you’re probably right. I know the Protestant-Catholic divide brought about the end of George Best’s career at Man Utd. He point-blank refused to play for Tommy Docherty.

  110. Herb'sArmy says:

    Thanks for that TMHT, my memory must be going!

  111. Herb'sArmy says:

    Hi BR, hope all’s well with you, sir

  112. Red Arse says:


    You know It is only with extreme reluctance and temerity that I would query your logic but perhaps you might care to explain your comment – “The three from NI were Catholic though weren’t they? Pat Rice, Pat Jennings and Sammy Nelson. Not quite so peace-and-harmony!”

    Presumably, the three from Eire were also catholic (I do not know) in which case it would indeed have been ‘peace and harmony’, if such a thing can be judged by a commonality of religion. 🙂

    You were described recently as being ‘besuited, suave and dapper’, can this be true? It seems that I am the only one who deserves to be described as ‘unkempt, tousled and dishevelled’. Bugger!! 🙂

  113. Red Arse says:


    I had not heard that about Georgie boy and Tommy Doc.

    I used to watch George B on Sky Sports, most Saturday afternoons, and he and Frank McLintock (who I am sure was a catholic) seemed to get along famously on their ‘panel’.

  114. 26may1989 says:

    Herb: I didn’t know that re Best and Docherty. Could it possibly have also had something to do with the fact that TD was a bit of a nob and GB was an artist? (I still think it’s a shame that Best wasn’t better known outside these shores, he was a talent to rank along side any other the game has ever seen.)

    RA: You know what I meant! Bleedin’ Pepsi advert stuff, all the different peeps from the Emerald Isle loving each other in the 1970s while playing in the glorious red and white.

    The suave and dapper thing was a joke, must have been. Though being the size of a yeti, you wouldn’t be able to tell what I look like down here….

  115. Herb'sArmy says:

    RA, 26,
    I’m not 100% on the Bestie-Docherty episode, the information was passed onto me from a Rangers (Glasgow) die-hard, who as you know are staunchly Protestant.

  116. Gooner in Exile says:

    I’ve missed loads this afternoon 😦

    Just wanted to add I’ll be at Tavern but may not get there Tom about 7 so may need a Peroni to walk with.

  117. Red Arse says:


    I have only just had an opportunity to read last evenings comments.

    Your suggested solutions to solve the problems you had posited, all arrived at while sitting split arsed on your favourite bike (that wasn’t a colloquialism, was it? 🙂 ) are of the highest order! Accepted!!

    Kelsey, come out, come out, wherever you are. I read your little contretemps last night, which was a bit unfortunate.

    Anyway, cheer up – I have always liked your stuff and love the teasing speculation and different slant you can bring to things. Keep on keeping on, my friend!! 🙂

  118. Red Arse says:

    I notice that GLIC is not around.

    Silly sod.

    I warned him about that flipping time machine of his. He is probably stuck in Tudor times with a red hot poker up the jaxi yelling he really is a time traveller! 🙂

  119. Help me, help me. Get this red hot poker removed and I will buy you all a pepperoni or a peroni or whatever the sod it is!!

    Heeeeelp. I promise, I won’t ever go time lording it again!

  120. gooner lost in devon for most of the day says:

    Quick Rouge Anulkannalus, no time to explain, we must go back to the future, gunner5 is manager!

  121. Dandan says:

    Yippee in at last, peaches that is amazing got straight in, did nothing different but it agreed to co-operate this time, will look forward to your call.

    Herb’s, I heard that Bestie walked out as he felt his reputation as a lady’s man was damaged when The Doc. stole his thunder and ran off with Mrs Brown the physio’s wife. As from that moment on, the clock at old Trafford has always kept time by saying Dick Doc, Dick Doc,

    Not altogether sure this is: unlike Fergie’s watch, 100% accurate 🙂

  122. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Back in sunny Lezant,
    RA, I need to go back in time to read all today`s stuff, `cos by the time i read it all, It will be tomorrow, the future!.
    Total, Pleasurable read.

  123. Herb'sArmy says:

    Nice one DD, on top fop form as usual.
    Can anyone tell me how to get a Gravatar please?

  124. TotalArsenal says:

    RA@4.55, thanks 🙂 I know what you mean, and yes it is annoying, but I thought it worked out quite well today. As expected, there was a lot criticism of our manager, but very few were able to offer an alternative when faced with the recruitment requirements for the job. Call me an idealist, but I hope some of those wenger-bashers have seen a different angle today, but might, ever so slightly, change their minds 😆

  125. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    The Kniphofia uvaria wasn`t as bad as it sounds. 🙂
    I sit on the fence concerning Wenger, what he has achieved for US since arriving, beyond dreams.
    Last few years, a bit nightmaerish, but one thing he deserves , is a bit of respect and time(and I know about time) 🙂
    Childish abusive insults! obviously by children!.

  126. Red Arse says:

    Hope so TA. 🙂

    For you and all the guys working for a company or a boss of some sort, this might be of interest, especially for the long suffering CharyB. 🙂

    — A new study called “Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement,” by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore, was presented last week in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, an association of management scholars.

    This test involved three groups of people who were tasked to highlight as many letter “e”s as they could in some text. After 20 minutes, the first group was assigned to another simple task. The second got to do anything they wanted except browse the Web, and the third could only browse the web.

    The findings are very interesting. It turns out that of the three groups, the web-surfers were significantly more effective at their assigned tasks than the other groups, and they also reported lower levels of mental exhaustion and boredom.

    “Browsing the Internet serves as an important restorative function,” the authors said. A second study, which surveyed 191 adults, found similar results.

    Apparently web surfing offers a pleasurable break that has rejuvenating qualities. Perhaps the next time your company’s management proposes more restrictions on web access, they could be pointed towards this study!

    As an HR man, TA, you could lead the way on this. Any old excuse will do!! 🙂

  127. TotalArsenal says:

    second ‘but’ in last sentence should be ‘and’

  128. Red Arse says:


    That pretty much sums up my views too. Not the red hot poker …. obviously. You kinky so and so! 🙂

  129. harry says:

    GIE, is your hot missus coming?

  130. Red Arse says:

    Keep your but to yourself TA. 🙂

    Sadly I have to take my leave of you all and let the night owls come out to play.

    Nitey nite! 🙂

  131. SharkeySure says:

    That’s a truly amazing post TA, truly amazing.

    I’m sat here shaking my head at the sheer quality and invention of it.

    The ‘laws of physics’ say that you should not be able to create a masterpiece like that using a language that is not your mother tongue.

    It’s just not right.

  132. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Being a Bethnal Green East End boy, TA`s English grammer does not surprise me. Most of the known World speaks better English than us Cockney`s! Just off down the”Apple” for a “Richard” 🙂

  133. TotalArsenal says:

    Sharkey, thanks! you are always very complimentative, it is making me 😳

  134. Herb – you need to get a wordpress account, I’ll email you 🙂

  135. TotalArsenal says:

    RA@7.05 – fully agree with the outcomes of the survey. Management by objectives is most effective for most office professions: ‘I don’t care how you do it, when and where you do it – as long as you achieve the following objectives….., I will be happy’.

    By the way, I am no longer in that profession. My new profession is Househusbandry, althoug I am still in my probation period so could be sacked any minute 😛

  136. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all,

    This appears to be the general consensus among Gooners on Twitter as to goings on in Munich so far this evening:

  137. Big Raddy says:

    Half time. MC looking out of their depth at Bayern. One point from 2 games is not a good CL start.

    MU in control but they are playing a team that would struggle at Underhill.

  138. WiganGooner says:

    Belated, but no less heartfelt, Great article again TA.

    Loved it.

    Quite fancy applying myself, I’ve got cock-all management experience, but I play a lot of football manager and I’ve had some success signing players who cost millions and underperformed every single game. I have only won the domestic league like Arsene but I did it with opposition managers praising me, so at least I’m not a hated “frenchie”.

    What do you guys think?


  139. kelsey says:

    Bayern are showing how valuable it is to have at least two or three men in the box as both goals were poacher goals despite good work from hart.

  140. Irishgunner says:

    Get in FC Basle woohoo 2-2

  141. Irishgunner says:

    Tevez refusing to warm up for Citeh 😆

    Clichy crap at the back and Nasri not contributing 😆

  142. Big Raddy says:

    Fairplay to Bayern. They are playing very well. Sad to see Arsenal Light getting taken to the cleaners 😉

  143. gunnern5 says:

    Man U 2 Basle 3 @ 76 mins

  144. Irishgunner says:

    2-3 to Basle 😆

  145. Big Raddy says:

    Tevez may be a fine player but he really is a penis of a man. I would like him at Arsenal (loan) for the run-in

  146. Irishgunner says:

    “Penis of a man” 😆

  147. Big Raddy says:

    Irish. You like a bit of “language” don’t you? 🙂

  148. gunnern5 says:

    3-3 Darn

  149. Irishgunner says:

    Love it BR 😆

    Back to 3-3 now, still a bad result for the Mancs.

  150. chas says:

    Clichy, Toure, Na$ri, your boys took one hell of a beating. 🙂

  151. Big Raddy says:

    Amazing stat – in 37 years of management, no SAF team has lost after being 2-0 up !

  152. Big Raddy says:

    Ribery would look good in the red and white, don’t you think?

  153. Looks like the football gods took a train to Manchester – couldn’t happen to nicer teams 🙂

  154. …………….must be very careful how much crowing I do ……………

  155. Raddy – its great shame for North London that Ribery didn’t want a move away from Bayern, I’m sure Arsene wanted him and yes he would look great in red and white 🙂

  156. Irishgunner says:

    Ribery wouldn’t look good in any colour :/

  157. Irishgunner says:

    “ladyarse ladyarse
    22 hours of gloating before we show them all how to truly balls a match up ;p ”


  158. chas says:


    Enjoy it while you can. It won’t make a blind bit of difference to any other result.

  159. Irishgunner says:

    ” Jakemills1 Jake Mills
    by evadztif
    Stop having a go at Tevez. Maybe the bench is closer to his kids? ”


  160. 26may1989 says:

    My favourite post of the day: “Tevez refusing to warm up for Citeh. Clichy crap at the back and Nasri not contributing.”

    Schdenfreude, I think it’s called. Perhaps there’s still hope for football.

    Sack Ferguson, sack Mancini.

    And good a player as Ribery is, he couldn’t look good, even in our lovely colours. The man (if that is what he is) is living proof that ugliness exists in France.

  161. Irishgunner says:

    “nickhemmings72 Nick Hemmings
    by mick_wilkinson
    Finally! The City fans are doing the Poznan… Hang on. My mistake, they’re just leaving. #muhahahaha”

    I ❤ Twitter 😆

  162. chas – so true but we haven’t had much to smile about so I’m going to indulge myself 😆

  163. Irishgunner says:

    “Extraordinary RT @MirrorDarren: Mancini confirms to Sky Tevez refused to play tonight.”

    MUTINY at Citeh 😀

  164. Hi Irish – I suspect they can do without Tevez anyway but it’s not very professional is it – sitting on the bench and refusing to warm up 🙂

  165. 26may1989 says:

    Does anyone know why Tevez would piss all over the Good Ship Citeh this eve?

    Not that I object, I’m just curious…..

  166. Irishgunner says:

    OliverKayTimes Oliver Kay
    by philmcnulty
    Mancini says in post-match press conf that Tevez will never – never – play for Man City again

  167. Irishgunner says:

    Peaches – he gets £250k a week to kick a ball about and refuses to do so for a few minutes, what a disgrace of a human.

  168. 26may1989 says:

    Bayern’s season record is now W 11, D 0, L 1, F 31, A 1. They haven’t conceded a goal since 7 August. Stunning.

  169. SharkeySure says:

    GLIC – I make you right there re the language.

    My wife and I made a concerted effort to talk a bit betta like when our nipper was abaht 2 years old and we knew the littl’ blighter would be copying everfink we said in the same way wot we said it.

    It was bloody hard work I tell ya…

  170. SharkeySure says:

    Irish ‘Poznan’ – brilliant !

  171. 26may1989 says:

    Irish, perhaps Tevez was overcome by his conscience, he realised his employers are the epitome of evil, sucking on oil wells and destroying a sport along the way.

    No, you don’t think so?

  172. 26may1989 says:

    Sharkey, I knew I had to rein it in when watching matches in telly when I heard my then 2 year old daughter’s high pitched voice squeak out “Oh fecking hell”. Oops, in the doghouse for that one.

  173. SharkeySure says:

    2*13 – yep thats the word…its been a fave of mine for many many years now.

    Oxymoron’s my other fave.

    A few days ago I was trying to recall a cracking word (Carlito’s..??) from a few months back. It basically meant hoping against hope I think. Or hoping in spite of how high the odds were stacked against you.

    Help !!

  174. Irishgunner says:

    SS – All robbed from Twitter ha ha 😆

    26May – Yeah, definitely his conscious got the better of him 😆 or else he was busy counting all his money and didn’t hear Mancini calling him to come on….

  175. RockyLives says:

    After 32 years of coaching, no AW team has lost after being 5-0 up 🙂

  176. SharkeySure says:

    Well thats the thing 2*12+2, at that age they will mimic everything. Now with mine being a bit older (youngest was 4 today) they know which words they should never repeat.

    Still have to be careful though

  177. Irishgunner says:

    RL – 😆

  178. 26may1989 says:

    Sorry Sharkey, I’m struggling with that one. We’ll have to wait for that work-smith, Carlito, to reappear. He’s a busy boy these days, we may need to wait a while.

    Manchester: four CL games played so far between the two clubs, and no wins. Loving it!

    OK, some wind may be taken out of our sails tomorrow if we don’t do the business, but sod it, it’s just so much fun!

  179. Dandan says:

    PaulHayward_gnmPaul Hayward

    by MattLawExpress

    You have to like the idea of Sheikh Mansour telling Tevez: “You’re fired. Sue me

  180. SharkeySure says:

    Well thanks for passing them on IG. ‘Closer to his kids’ …lol

  181. Irishgunner says:

    “DTguardian daniel taylor
    by philmcnulty
    Carlos Tevez isn’t going quietly – he has emerged in the mixed zone and wants to talks #MCFC”

    I love it when its other clubs fucking up wildly 😆 Not good for football though :-/

  182. Irishgunner says:

    Anytime SS 🙂

  183. TotalArsenal says:

    How poor were MC tonight? Despite all the money they spent, they still have no drive when the going gets tough 🙂 Tevez’ behaviour is a total disgrace, but it still serves them right 😛

  184. 26may1989 says:

    Personally, I think it is good for football: all shows what a disgusting, narcissistic, hollow mess all these money ego vehicle clubs are. I hope a few City fans will reflect on what an utter joke their club has been made to be by Mansour.

    Of course, once the PR geezers get a hold of it tomorrow, it’ll be smoothed over and explained away, and I don’t doubt that City’s march on the domestic title will continue, and that they’ll find some poise in the CL, but this is an emperor’s new clothes moment.

  185. Irishgunner says:

    You couldn’t make it up.

    Mark Hughes defended Tevez on Sky Sports, anyone know what they have in common?

    Yup, agent Kia Joorabchian!

  186. 26may1989 says:

    How the hell can anyone defend a player refusing to play???! What a crock of shit!!

  187. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi NB52x0.5, MC will have it all to do in the CL. They have the ‘double’ against Villareal now and they are no pushovers either. Bayern have six points and Napoli have four and Citeh still have to go to them 😛 UEFA-League here they come… 🙂

  188. RockyLives says:

    Would you take Tevez in January?

  189. SharkeySure says:

    The City training ground will be an interesting place iver the next few days as the players pick the bones out of being completely outclassed tonight.

    On the hand some players will think that Mancini was out of order wan to sub in Tevez after first bringing on De Jong for Dzeko.

    Others will say that Mancini lost the plot in even trying to play with two strikers away from home in the CL. Most teams don’t even play with two at home.

    In my opinion Mancini compounded his initial error by trying to shut up shop (?) at 0-2.

    I feel its the start of the end at City, as players will be taking sides in this argument, and wil surely split the camp.

    There seems to be a core of maybe 5-6 players inc GK, who play every single game for City, the rest are constantly in and out. Big salaries and even bigger egos.

    Hooray !!!

    NIght all

  190. SharkeySure says:

    “Sharkey, thanks! you are always very complimentative,”

    Has Total revealed himself as human not machine after all..??


    Apologies TA, I have to throw this out there.

    I’ll run off and hide now….

    Night all

  191. TotalArsenal says:

    RL, no never for me. What he did today is unforgiveable.

  192. chas says:

    Perhaps it’s Na$ri causing all the trouble!

  193. RockyLives says:

    It’s Clichy, always mouthing off and throwing his weight around like he used to do at Arsenal 🙂

  194. 26may1989 says:

    WIsh it did pan out that way, Sharkey – I ain’t optimistic though!

    Total: Villarreal have started poorly this season, and City might look at them for six points. If Bayern keep up the standard they’re playing at, City will have to budget for a point in the home game. Which would leave them with eight points – the away game at Napoli is looking mighty important for them. Ho ho ho, forza Napoli!!!

    United must be delighted that all the headlines will be about City, Tevez and Dzeko rather than their rank result.

  195. RockyLives says:

    I know TA… but just imagine RvP and Tevez as a front two…

  196. Irishgunner says:

    SS – Personally, it doesn’t matter if Mancini brought on the sub keeper as a forward before he brought on Tevez. Play when and where you are asked.

  197. 26may1989 says:

    Re taking Tevez, it’s not going to happen, obviously, but I’d almost be tempted to say yes to a loan for the second half of the season (any longer is bound to end in tears). I know, I know, what he did tonight is inexcusable. But he is bloody good!!

  198. TotalArsenal says:

    HAHAHA Sharkey – it is a special Duenglish word for you 🙂

  199. TotalArsenal says:

    26, I watched Napoli now a couple of times and I am very impressed by them. Agreed about Villareal, but they are a Spanish team with CL experience and now have to win in order to have any chance. I don’t think MC will get more than 4 points out of that double, possibly only 3. One can but hope hey?

  200. 26may1989 says:

    Oh one can definitely hope Total!

  201. Gooner in Exile says:

    BBC Report:

    “United’s defending was shambolic throughout”

    Maybe they need a defensive coach 😀

    Glad to see we are all having fun tonight, had written both games off and as i’m stuck away in a hotel i had no tv to watch, now looking for highlights.

    Happy thoughts for bedtime.

    See those who are there tomorrow and Harry no the missus is not coming

  202. TotalArsenal says:

    RL, it is very tempting isn’t it?

  203. Irishgunner says:

    Night guys, see ye tomorrow game time.Enjoy those that go 🙂

  204. 26may1989 says:

    Cheers Irish, we will!

  205. chas says:

    From talking about the Bayern second goal….

    “He got down and got a good hand to it, a great reaction save and then nearly saved the rebound on that one while Toure was scratching his arse.”

    Sound familiar?

  206. TotalArsenal says:

    GiE, I like your defensive coach jokes 😛

  207. TotalArsenal says:

    ‘Rio Ferdinand and Phil Jones suffered a torrid time in central defence as Basel striker Marco Streller terrorised the labouring England veteran and his young partner, who was given a rude awakening after winning plaudits for his performances in the Premier League.’ (BBC)

    This sounds so good 🙂

  208. harry says:

    Lol, see u tomorrow GIE.

    I would take tevez in a heartbeat, he would love it at ours, the fans are more positive and have real Passion.

  209. 26may1989 says:

    I hate Real Madrid as much as the next person but their first goal tonight is a beaut: Ozil, Kaka, Benzema and Ronaldo combo. Future Arsenal players ( 🙂 ) Kaka and Benzema look pretty good on the highlights.

  210. fallriver Gooner says:

    Most excellent & relevant blog! My consistent response to most spewers of the “Wenger” must go has been: ok who’s your REALISTIC replacement, who? Have you ever noticed the regurgitators hardly EVER offer an alternative?

  211. arsenaloudin says:

    “If we went on a winning run all the negativity will be gone.” Really! For the past six trophyless years we have been good ? Alright then. Arsene has achieved his objectives already I guess. To be among the top four in the premiere league. So lets not talk about trophies. No complaints. Fans happy. Arsene can then finish the remainder of his life at Arsenal. We can then built a mauseleum for him. He will attain tge sratus of god for Arsenal. Nobody can ever achieve anything better than wenger in the histiry if Arsenal which is to be the top four for 30 years and play in the CL for equal number of years. Done!

  212. kelsey says:

    Morning all,

    well at least for today the focus will be aimed at the two manchester clubs, and it will be interesting to see how the media react compared to finding every available opportunity to put our club down.

    When we got thumped at OT I pointed out that despite the team we put out we could easily have scored 4 and that at least in defence United looked vunerable.
    Now they have played 9 competitive games in the PL and CL and conceded 9 otherwise a goal a game and have only kept 3 clean sheets, so are they unstopable ?

    With regards to tevez i am not entirely surprised and legally it will be interesting to see as though he is under contract if he could be instantly dismissed or as in all UK businesses i believe he has to be given three official warnings.The lawyers on AA will know the answer.

    If you buy mercenaries that’s exactly what you get.Dzecko also had a row with mancini and of course balotti is another bad egg.

    Although i remain fairly downbeat about our chances this season i would never want us to finish up with a set of players like City. if they do win anything it will go down in history for all the wrong reasons.

  213. Morning kelsey – happy apple and honey for tomorrow, as usual the gods of new clothes have chosen tomorrow for a heatwave – all those new autumn outfits wasted 🙂

  214. kelsey says:

    Morning peaches and the same to happens to be my wife’s birthday tomorrow as well. 🙂

  215. Hope you all have a lovely day then. Is your daughter feeling better after the op?

  216. kelsey says:

    She is finally returning to normal, heaven help us all and is going back to see the specialist on friday. unfortunately my eldest has viral menengitis and is quite ill, and me, well i am just falling apart 🙂

  217. Don’t fall apart please 😦

  218. TotalArsenal says:

    Peaches, I think Kelsey is missing Evonne at the moment. It is not the same without her for the morning bloggers, me thinks?

  219. kelsey says:


    i have a different clock to most on here.Firstly i usually get up at 5.a.m. which is 4.a.m. in the UK and am definitely a morning person,always have been.

  220. Rasp says:


    ……. New post

  221. Red Arse says:

    Is anyone else having difficulty getting into the New Post, or is Rasper wreaking revenge on me? 🙂

  222. Rasp says:

    Morning RA,

    I have no idea what is going on. I published the post as per usual but it appears Raddy has ‘unpublished’ and is making adjustments – maybe because of Djourou?

  223. TotalArsenal says:

    Yeah, lets blame it all on Djourou 😛

  224. Gooner in Exile says:

    Kelsey two interesting points. Tevez has taken the heat off Uniteds defending.

    Re Tevez maybe he is aiming for a “terminated by mutual consent” which will mean he can walk between windows, maybe he has had a tap?

    But I think I would be miffed, last season would you have taken Tevez over Nasri to be in our side when we were trying to win CC, or in some of the miserable 0-0’s at home….the answer is surely yes assuming he would be prepared to play midfield.

  225. kelsey says:


    I agree with you about tevez as opposed to to practice for the finals on saturday.

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