Arsenal’s Hairy Upper Lip

As many will know, we are in the middle of Movember. Yup, in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland, chaps are being encouraged to let the above-the-lip stuff grow unchecked for a month.

And this has exactly what to do with the greatest football club in the world (that’s us, in case there’s any misunderstanding)? Well, it made me wonder about who the best moustachioed Arsenal players have been in my years in harness. My criteria are entirely arbitrary, frankly I don’t really understand them myself, but both the quality of the moustache and the quality of the player are somehow taken into account.  Full-on beardies are excluded.  Here’s my countdown:

10. Chris Whyte: An Islington-born centre-back in the sides of the early to mid 80s.  His patchy hair was more noted than his upper lip furniture, but he nonetheless was a proud exponent of the mou.  Whyte was an adequate defender but who also enjoyably filled in as striker for a while (easy to enjoy because we were hopelessly rubbish at the time, so playing a centre-back up front was good for a laugh).  But he left the club disconsolate when not offered a new contract, and spent two years playing US indoor footy before enjoying a renaissance with West Brom and then Leeds, culminating in being an ever present and playing alongside Cantona, McAllister and Strachan in the title-winning 1992 side.

9. Alan Sunderland: A man who sported the finest example of the white man’s afro, complemented by an unrepentant moustache. Sunderland deserves a higher profile in our history books, he was a potent striker, most famous for scoring the winning goal in 1979′s “five-minute final” against Man U – we were coasting at 2-0 before Gordon McQueen and Sammy McIlroy pulled it back to 2-2 in the closing minutes. Liam Brady then burst forward, released Graham Rix on the left, who floated over a high looping cross that Gary Bailey in the United goal flapped at, only to see Sunderland sweep it home at the back post. A mammoth moment. And it secured the only trophy we picked up between 1971 and 1987.

8. Viv Anderson: Many refuse to acknowledge Anderson on account of his enthusiastic departure for United (he was Ferguson’s first signing), but he was a great recruit from recent European Champs, Nottingham Forest.  With Sansom on the left flank, for a while we provided the England team with both their full-backs (Anderson having been the first black player to play for England).  I also remember being on the North Bank when a goal from big Viv contributed to a glorious 3-1 win over the mighty Liverpool.  Classic Phil Lynott-styke tache

7. Robert Pires: I still love Pires, he was such a fantastically creative player to watch.  The insanely good goal against Southampton stands out, but there were so many.  And with Henry, Bergkamp and Ljungberg, he was part of possibly the best attacking line Arsenal have ever had.  And the ludicrously Gallic Three Musketeers moustache that sometimes adorned his upper lip was the perfect accoutrement to the man.

6. Kevin Richardson: A man with no known nickname, a solid, dependable, no-nonsense, ego-free, moustachioed Geordie.  A real pro, George Graham loved him, and Richardson was a member of the side that won at Anfield THAT night in 1989.  His tache?  Well, it was a tache, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing extravagant, just your regular Joe moustache.  He looked like he would’ve been at ease in Edwardian England.

5. Kevin Campbell: Superkev – we loved him, but let’s be honest, for all his bustle and bulk, he wasn’t very good.  He was sometimes pretty effective, and I remember fondly the two goals he scored in the stunning six we racked up against Sheffield Wednesday in the last 18 minutes of a 1992 match, the score finishing 7-1 to the good guys.  A pretty straight forward tache, looked a bit dodgy in his early years but he grew into it.

4. Ian Allinson: “Ian who?” I hear younger fans ask.  Well, Allinson might have had all the charisma of a beige carpet, but he had a glory moment in the epic three-part League Cup semi-final against Spurs in 1987, when in he came on as a sub and scored the equaliser, before Rocky got the winner and we went to Wembley and won the Cup against then-mighty Liverpool.  That win proved to be the launch pad for our renaissance and led to our title wins in 1989 and 1991.  His terrible tache was in keeping with his Austin Allegro persona.

3. Kenny Sansom: Solid mou from the ever dependable left-back. Was he worth the bizarre swap for Clive Allen, sold twice in one summer?  You bet your Gillette Shaving Gel he was.  (Oops, apols for the betting reference, not really suitable when talking about Mr S.)  Time hasn’t been kind to Sansom (though his porky deterioration is as nothing compared to what’s happened to Dean Holdsworth – has anyone seen the state of him these days? Not good).  We’ve been lucky with left-backs down the years, but Sansom ranks right up there.

2. John Jensen: The cult hero’s cult hero, bad tache, bad curly hair, bad player. Yes, I say to you, yes.  This is a man who would have been judged to look uncool in 1970s East Germany.  He was not burdened with style.  When we signed a player who scored in the European Championships Final, we might have thought we could count on the new guy for a few each season.  It didn’t work out that way, and the fans (when they had a sense of humour) adopted “We’ll be there when Jensen scores!” as a song.  And once he did score, at Loftus Road.  We still lost.

1. David Seaman: Surely the only possible winner, top tache, culminating in the fantastic bad-taste combo with Spunky’s ponytail. Oh and the best keeper we’ve ever had.  OK, he might have suffered a bit with the aerial stuff (Nayim from the halfway line, Ronaldhino etc), but the £1m we spent on bringing him from QPR was a superb investment.  Had to leave his native Yorkshire because he can smile.

So there you have it – my Gooner Tache list.  Feel free to dispute it, suggest others I’ve missed etc.

But also think about contributing to the Movember cause: if you know someone doing the business, sponsor them, and if not, you can always donate on The charitable causes relate to research and awareness raising in respect of prostate and testicular cancer.  Many of us will have experienced cancer affecting family members, and these are indisputably worthy causes.

Written by 26may1989

152 Responses to Arsenal’s Hairy Upper Lip

  1. oz gunner says:

    haha great post, love it. Alan Sunderland looks bloody hilarious, but you are right Seaman wins hands down. The long slick pony-tail coupled with the mo makes it look like he’s walked straight off the set of a porno.

    It is a shame the football players don’t get in on it because it’s a great cause. The Australian cricketers get involved and i don’t see why the arsenal players couldn’t, it’d be good for a laugh and boost togetherness. Although i couldn’t imagine young jack, ramsey, or even RVP and arteta growing one.

    I could see it now…RVP… “got milk?”

  2. Rasp says:

    Hi oz, Merv Hughes puts them all to shame don’t you think? 😉

  3. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    “Had to leave his native Yorkshire because he can smile” 😆

  4. JJ17 says:

    Jensen scored at Highbury v QPR. i was there and literally have the tshirt

  5. oz gunner says:

    @ Rasp

    definently, that should be in the dictionary under mo.

  6. Rasp says:

    Thanks for a brilliantly quirky post 26m. Rocky has a rival for the award of most humorous writer, there are some really funny lines in there.

  7. Rasp says:

    Even the owner’s joining in ……..
    Arsenal Arsenal

  8. Morning all, good little chortle with your post today, (8/2 * 6 + 2).

    I’m guessing the tendency to have a ‘stache is a 70s thing and more apporpriate for fans of the Village people ?

    A bit of trivia: an ex work colleague of mine used to have kick abouts with Chris Whyte and Jimmy Carter in the streets around Blackstock Road and Clissold Park.

    If Peachy is here he is the chav friend of mine we met at the Barnet game a few years back.
    I can confirm my friend said he(Whyte) was gutted not to be offered a new contract when he left.

  9. Brigham says:

    Very enjoyable and fun post and Pires for me had the best tash, pure Galic charm. Although Seaman’s would not have looked out of place in Debbie Does Dallas!

  10. Gooner In Exile says:

    😀 26 very amusing piece on the moustachioed ones. I started Movember full of intention but my self consciousness coupled with a meeting with a clients bank manager led me to remove it for fear of appearance 4 days in.

    The QPR players have got involved this year as have Lineker and Lawrenson although both have left hair on the chin for balance which is against the rules.

    My top three are Richardson, Samson and Seaman.

  11. 26may1989 says:

    Morning all. Glad the tache theme worked for you! I don’t know why, but Ian Allinson is my fave. And sorry about the typos.

    JJ17, apols for the error re Jensen’s goal – I was living abroad then, and didn’t fact-check where the goal was scored.

    Exile, you and me both – I feel guilty for not having done the business. And it has to be a tache, no chin stuff – just another reason for me to dislike Lawrenson! But the charidee stuff is serious, Movember is a great excuse to raise money for charities working on cancer research and treatment, and if (like me) anyone hasn’t been growing, time to open the wallets.

    Merv Hughes, David Boon and Allan Border, the Aussie cricket team of the 80s/early 90s had some serious figures from the world of the moustache.

  12. 26may1989 says:

    And Rasp and Peaches, love the number you’ve done on Le Prof!

  13. LB says:

    This spud winning thing is starting to get annoying.

    Good fun post 26

  14. LB says:

    What is this, let’s talk bollacks week?

    Spurs can win the league — Rednapp

    My job is safe — Villas Boas.

  15. dandan says:

    Good Idea for a fun post, as i wear a full set which have gone white and am also not a Stan Laurel type I often get refered to as father Christmas And you can shut up Kelsey 🙂

    Some jokes sent me from America as typically English

    The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.

    Paddy says “Mick, I’m thinking of buying a Labrador.” “Really,” says Mick “have you seen how many of their owners go blind”?

    Man calls 999 and says “I think my wife is dead”. The operator says how do you know? He says “The sex is the same but the ironing is building up!

    I saw a poor old lady fall over today on the ice!! At least I presume she was poor – she only had £1.20 in her purse.

    My girlfriend thinks that I’m a stalker. Well, she’s not exactly my girlfriend yet.

    I woke up last night to find the ghost of Gloria Gaynor standing at the foot of my bed. At first I was afraid…….then I was petrified. (Hint: I Will Survive)

    The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst. So I have been to the charity shop to get all her clothes back.

    A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time….

    I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin, 3 hours later and they’re still walking about with it. I thought to myself, they’ve lost the plot!!

    My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were £70!!! blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.

    Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.

    Went around to a friend’s house today. His wife was there with their new-born baby. She asked if I’d like to wind it. I thought that was a bit harsh so I gave it a dead leg instead.

    I was at a cash point yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over.

    I was driving this morning when I saw an RAC van parked up. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself ‘that guy’s heading for a breakdown.’

    I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it was a good Korea move.

    On holiday recently in Spain I saw a sign that said ‘English speaking Doctor’ – I thought, ‘What a good idea, why don’t we have them in our country?’

    Every time I go on holiday my wife gets pregnant, this year I’ve decided to take her with me.

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    LB 🙂 You forgot Mankini’s ‘Man City are as good as Barca or Real Madrid’ muhahahahahaha. Come on Napoli!

  17. chas says:

    Brilliant post, 26.
    Alan Sunderland is my favourite



    Alan Sunderland hat-trick 1978. One of the best days of my life.

  18. Rasp says:

    😆 dandan

    Morning chas, I thought you’d weigh in with some pics!

  19. chas says:

    Rasp, I hope my predictability doesn’t disappoint.

  20. Rasp says:

    Not at all chas – you are the king of the clips!

  21. Irishgunner says:

    It was always meant to be

  22. chas says:

    Is that Robin? Cracking pic, Irish.

  23. chas says:

    Is that a Feyenoord bedspread?

  24. evonne says:

    ha ha ha, you lot are so funny
    The Movember theme is hillarious, thanks 26!! My man is Robert, of course, just plain gorgeous

    LB – they are talking bollox, no doubt about it. Both are unlikely to remain in their posts. One will go to Portugal, one to jail.

    Dandan – jokes are great
    Irish – is it Robin??

  25. Irishgunner says:

    That is Robin, Chas.

    The picture is doing the rounds on facebook, I have that shirt myself.

  26. Irishgunner says:

    Evonne – Yup, the boy wonder when he was just a boy wonder 🙂

  27. Brigham says:

    Dandan, love some of those jokes, in fact here is a couple you may have missed…

    My missus said “Get some of those tablets that give you an erection”. You should have seen her face when I tossed her some slimming pills!

    Just had a very scary experience with a yoghurt drink. Serves me right for dabbling in the Yakult!

  28. Rasp says:

    Defo Robin, but has it been photoshopped?

  29. Rasp says:

    Hi Brigham, great to meet you at the Ems.

    Are you down from Scotland? We shall all be meeting at the Tavern prematch on Wednesday and Saturday if you’re around.

  30. Irishgunner says:

    It doesn’t look to be photoshopped – Bergkamp is his hero so its very possible he had a soft spot for the Gooners.

  31. Gooner In Exile says:

    I’ll tweet him to find out Rasp.

    Late entry and the tickets on offer up top have gone….any spares for tomorrow night? My client in Lincolnshire has cancelled tomorrow so now I have the chance of going (wifes permission allowing)

  32. Rasp says:


    Peaches will call you about tickets for tomorrow ………

  33. Irishgunner says:

    Roiscky out Diaby in

  34. Irishgunner says:

    Wenger: “Jack made a contest [his bet regarding Tottenham]. I hope the charity will get a lot of money because Tottenham have a lot of fans”

    AW will have to get on Twitter 😆

  35. Brigham says:

    Rasp, I am in Scotland all this week and would you believe its a bright sunny day here?

    I will be there on Saturday and I have to meet up with Peaches to get my ticket back, as Irishgunner has it for tomorrow nights game.

    I can arrange a meeting time with Peaches and the rest of you for Saturday afternoon. I will call her on the day.

  36. Rasp says:

    Great stuff Brigham.

    Irish, looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

    It is going to be a tough game and a chance for Goetz to show us how good he is. Dortmund have to win to have a chance of qualification. A draw for us means we will get into the next round but even a win won’t guarantee we top the group if Marseille win their game.

  37. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rasp, a draw is only enough if Marseille win or draw against Olympiacos.

  38. Irishgunner says:

    Rasp – Likewise.

    I’m staying at the Tavern so will be there all evening ha ha. I fly in at about 2 to Heathrow and will get to the Tavern about 4ish. Going to the Armoury to do a bit of shopping for the niece and nephew before it gets busy and will be at the Tavern then whenever ye get there.

  39. Rasp says:

    TA, a draw guarantees us qualification (top 2) doesn’t it? that was the point I was making and that even if we win, we are not guaranteed top spot unless Marseilles lose?

    As it stands:
    Arsenal 8
    Marseilles 7
    Dortmund 4
    Olympiakos 3

  40. Rasp says:

    Actually if we lose the next 2 games and Olympiakos win both of theirs. they would finish above us … but its not gonna happen 👿

  41. chas says:

    If we draw and lose, Olympiakos win both of theirs, winning better than 2-1 against us, we’d not qualify. But only if Marseilles beat Dortmund in their last game. 🙂

  42. Rasp says:

    Its complicated chas, but I believe a draw or a win guarantee we will be either 1st or 2nd in the group and then it is down to us.

    I do soooooooo hope AW doesn’t send a week team to Olympiakos and in so doing surrender top spot as we all klnow what that has led to in the past 2 years.

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rasp, if we draw tonight and Olympiacos win against Marseille, then a win over us by Olympiacos that leads to a better head-to-head result between us and them, and a win by Marseille over Dortmund would mean that we go out.

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    Snap with Chas 🙂

  45. Rasp says:

    This is giving me a headache 😦

    Surely the following is true:

    If we win or draw tomorrow we are guaranteed to get through to the next stage

    If we win, we are not guaranteed to top the group if Marseilles win too

    If we lose tomorrow but beat Olympiakos, we are guaranteed to go through but probably in 2nd.

    If we lose tomorrow, all 3 scenarios are possible – we could still top the group, come 2nd or fail to qualify.

  46. Rasp says:

    …. and if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle 🙄

  47. chas says:

    Get with the programme, Rasp!

  48. Rasp says:

    ….and if I drink enough Peronis before the game tomorrow, it will be because you lot have all bought me one 😛

  49. oz gunner says:

    great jokes Dandan, loved them

    @ GiE

    you wussed out, disappointing. But i suppose when you have a proper job it’d be harder.

    God it’ll be weird seeing Diaby on the pitch, feels like an eternity since i last saw him play


    Hilarious stuff 26.

    Without wishing to offend, any man with a full head of hair should not indulge a moustache. In western culture everybody knows that bald men have the first right to a tache in order to compensate for the lack of hair on top. e.g Willie Thorn, me during 2004/05 season etc (pre transplant). Those who do not follow the rule should be taken to the court of human rights and answer for there crimes.

  51. Brigham says:

    A slightly un PC joke, but I will tell it anyway…

    Why do Argentine men grow moustaches?

    So they can look like their mothers!

  52. Irishgunner says:

    Guys – how do you get “stats” up on the dashboard.

    I have another wordpress blog – well we only use wordpress to write updates for the site, its a proper website – and I would like to see the stats if possible.

    Thanks 🙂

    (Its non-football related so its not a rival blog or anything 😛 )

  53. oz gunner says:

    Arsenal have really gained alot of MOmentum during november!

  54. Gooner In Exile says:

    Ok according to phone call to Arsenal Box Office there are four tickets available back row of the Clock End. Not a good seat. Have pestered Carlito and am exploring other options suggested by the RHWP.

    Hopefully something will come through before this evening (makes a £15 train fare difference if I book train today).

  55. Rasp says:

    Irish, if you look at the top of the screen (when signed in to WordPress) there is a little bar graph image, you click on that.

  56. chas says:

    My brother’s second ticket is already spoken for. He just got back to me in the last 10 minutes. I didn’t think it was worth getting your hopes up by letting you know I was chasing.
    I think it’d be worth buying the Clock end back row seat anyway. There’ll be loads of odd ones dotted about around the ground and you’ll have enough spies on the ground to suss them out.

  57. Gooner In Exile says:

    Probably right Chas, I’ll give it until 5 then I’ll buy from club on way home.

  58. Irishgunner says:

    It doesn’t appear Rasp, and its not in the dashboard either.

    It must be an older version of wordpress or something … I don’t want to upgrade in case it fecks up the site and its not my site to feck up. Its not all that important anyway.

    Thanks 🙂

  59. Rasp says:

    OK Irish, on another note, do you find Mrs Brown’s Boys funny or is it considered not PC in Ireland? I’m ashamed to admit to finding some of it hilarious.

  60. chas says:

    I’d find it hard to believe anyone didn’t find this funny.

  61. Irishgunner says:

    Its huge in Ireland Rasp, massive. I don’t find it funny myself, toilet humour is not my cup of tea but each to their own.

  62. chas says:

    Ooops, sorry Irish.
    I always assume toilet humour appeals to everyone being without any culture myself.

  63. chas says:


    Bearing in mind, I advised Irish that the Dortmund tickets would be on general sale and it’d be easy to get one…..

  64. Irishgunner says:

    D’Unbelievables >>>>>>>> Brendan O’Carroll

  65. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha Chas – just not my thing, personal taste that’s all. I do like Agnes Brown the film that Brendan O’Carroll directed, but Mrs Brown Boys isn’t my thing.

  66. evonne says:

    Irish – and you think that sweet shop gag was funny??? Do you now??? You fecking wouldn’t if you lived with one of those eejets for 25 years!!

  67. Irishgunner says:

    I know the guy in it, he’s a neighbour (the “shopkeeper”) and his daughter used to be like that. She’d come into the shop I worked in, check how much money she had, ask the price of ten different things, buy something, then count her money again and the cycle would restart ….

  68. Big Raddy says:

    26. Great stuff. Had me laughing so many times. Love “Austin Allegro persona.”….

  69. evonne says:

    Irish – this is honest to God truth – my almost ex went to a post office to buy the road tax disc without a valid MOT. He drove the woman there so mad, that in the end she sold him the tax!! It was before the computerised systems, but I am sure he is capable of driving a computer to submission 🙂

  70. chas says:

    Is that the one that looks like Rory Delap?

  71. Irishgunner says:


  72. evonne says:

    Chas – hardly 🙂 Quite the opposite in fact. Fat and ginger, but not a Gunner 🙂

    He is lovely really, a very decent man and the eejet act is a clever put on to get his way.

    Do we want the Mancs to win tonight? I think so, let them get tired, pick up a few injuries…get knocked out in Feb

  73. chas says:

    Have you seen the Tott v Ars 1978 video I posted at 11:33?
    Brady in his Arsenal pomp.

  74. chas says:

    Sorry Evonne, getting the ex and the almost ex mixed up. 🙂

  75. chas says:

    Evonne, there was an article this morning saying they’re dreading finishing third and having to play on Thursday nights, so that’s what I want.

  76. chas says:

    Off out. Byeeee.

  77. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    My eldest daughter asked me the other day, “what was that game you took me to dad”?. Well I picked a good one for a 12 year old`s first game. The season ending,trophy parading, 6-1 beating of Coventry,1991.
    So we had a look on Youtube for the memories. It reminded me of what a fabulous player Limpar was, quick,great pair of feet, technical, I`m sure Arsene would have loved him. I cant remember what happened to him, why he left ?.
    How do you put something from Youtube on here ?

  78. Irishgunner says:

    Chas – I think I’ve watched that Brady goal about 3million times on youtube, can watch it again and again and again. Pure class.

    ” Chuks Aneke has joined Stevenage on loan – teaming up with Luke Freeman at the League One”

  79. Irishgunner says:

    Lost in cornwall – right click on the video and click “copy video URL” and then just paste it here

  80. Hey all

    Great post 26, stubble is my favourite – the ex-husband had a tache in the beginning, used it to hide his smile 😉 – surely it’s worth growing a bit of stubble GiE even if it’s over the weekend 😀

    Looking forward to catching up with you all tomorrow, Rasp and I will be at The Tavern at 6.

    Irish – have a safe journey, hope Rosexy is going to be sitting watching anyway 😉 Not sure why your wordpress isn’t working, they update things all the time so maybe if you’re using it on a different machine they just need to catch up.

  81. Irishgunner says:

    Hi Peaches – I just update the site via wordpress with events, its a charity site, and someone else does the layout etc, so I don’t want to mess with it and possibly feck it up 😆

    Give me a text tomorrow when you are about, I’ll be at the Tavern anyway, all things going well 🙂

  82. Gooner in Exile says:

    Ticket secured direct from the club. Have to pick it up from Box Office after 5pm. So using that as an excuse for “being there early to avoid queues” I am arriving at Liverpool Street at 4:15pm then to the Ems to get ticket then to the Tavern for more than a few pre match settlers 😀

    Peaches there’s always a bit of stubble for the weekends 😀

  83. I know I shouldn’t, but I just couldn’t help it ………..

    cesc4official Cesc Fàbregas Soler
    Just came out of the San Siro stadium. I played 1 of the best games of my carrer here, hopefully i have the chance to do the same tomorrow.

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great post 26, love it. Thanks.
    Just read your ticket hunting debacle. I have two Red Member thingies. Borrow them whenever I’m not coming. Anyone else here for that matter.

  85. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m away for two days tomorrow with no chance of seeing the game. Mighty cheesed off. Should be a cracker.

  86. Irishgunner says:

    GIE – I’ll be there early as well, I should get to Arsenal at about 3:30-4pm, then have to go to the Armoury, people at work want “Arsenal sweets” 🙄 and I’ll be at the Tavern then.

    I am .. have purple and blonde hair, although a lot of the purple is gone 😦

  87. I think Carlito will be there early too, we’ll try to get there as early as we can. I’ll give him a heads up about your hair Irish 🙂

  88. Irishgunner says:

    Cheers Peaches, my hair isn’t as dramatic now, depending on how I brush it the purple is very light in it 😦

    Anywho, I’ll either have me grey Arsenal coat on me or my away Wilshere shirt (depending on temperature) 🙂

  89. goonermichael says:

    Shitty losing. hope the other mancscum lose

  90. Gooner In Exile says:

    There is a very real prospect of both Shitty and Manure going out at group stage of results stay like this.

  91. Irishgunner says:

    Don’t jinx it GIE … 🙂

  92. ladyarse ladyarse
    Nasri is wearing multicoloured heart boxers….as you do

  93. Irishgunner says:

    😆 @ Na$ri’s boxers

  94. Blimey, that was quick 😀

  95. Irishgunner says:

    Twitter Peaches Twitter 🙂

  96. chas says:

    He hasn’t got much to put in them.
    Well he showed a distinct lack of b*llocks in the second half of last season anyway.

  97. chas says:

    When I’ve been at the Tavern before 6 on CL nights the back bar is usually shut off with only residents using it. The doors between the two bars usually get opened at 6pm. Thought I’d mention it in case it’s of any use.

  98. Irishgunner says:

    I’ll come into the main bar … I’ll be loitering 😆

  99. That’ll be Irish holding court then, she’ll be a resident 🙂

  100. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Peaches – will I hold up a sign? 😆

  101. I think the purple and blond hair will be a good guide 🙂

  102. Irishgunner says:

    😆 at all that money and Citeh’s CL faith out of their hands

  103. Very happy for Na$ri and Clichy

  104. Big Raddy says:

    Not sure about MC’s woes. The more games they play the better,

    MU, love to see them dumped out but Basel away is not the most difficult game.

    RM are looking very strong and I fancy them to join us in the Final

  105. LB says:

    Napoli were better than I expected.

    It’s quite useful that: a reminder to City that they are not invincible.

  106. Raddy 🙂

    MC will be in the Europa league if they bomb out, playing on Spursdays

  107. Napoli looked like a nice place to go I thought – for a spring break 😉

  108. Rob Lucci says:

    City must now beat Bayern Munich in their final Group A game and hope that Napoli do not win against pointless Villarreal to ensure progression.


  109. chas says:

    peaches, six dippers last season and six Bayern fans this season were stabbed on recent footballing visits to Naples.

  110. dandan says:

    Gervinho out of tomorrow game then for personal reasons

  111. chas says:

    Sorry, peaches, didn’t mean to bring the mood down. I’m sure Naples is lovely in the spring. 🙂

  112. Irishgunner says:

    I’m off to bed – see ye tomorrow

  113. chas – party pooper 😦 OK, Basel is nice in the spring too 😉

  114. Nite Irish, see you tomorrow 🙂

  115. chas says:

    Basel would be wonderful. 🙂

    The sadness in the studio is making me laugh.

    Here’s the other one.

  116. Gooner In Exile says:

    DanDan that’s a bit of a bugger, guess Arshavins in?

    As for Shitty I’m pleased it’s not in their hands and Villareal have got zero points from 5 games, fancy a Napoli win.

    As for ManUre away at Basle, well Basle have 8 points (1 of which came from scoring 3 against ManUre second half didn’t it?) think theyll be quite a few permutations after that one.

    How precious does Ramseys goal in Marseille look now?

  117. chas says:

    Where’s the Gerv news from?

  118. chas says:

    From twitter
    GarethDParker Gareth Parker
    Aaron Ramsey currently tops PL chart for successful passes per game with average of over 70. Stoke City FC completed 118 passes on Saturday.

  119. chas says:

    I can’t find that Gervinho news anywhere.

  120. oz gunner says:

    cheers for the vids chas, they look like top shows

    heres a paradoy of an Australian Criminal, it’s hilarious and fitting given the post.

    great news about city, shame about gerv though

  121. oz gunner says:

    can’t find anything on gerv being out either. Wegner hasn’t mentioned anything and alot of sites are mentioning him as the danger man alot with RVP

  122. TotalArsenal says:

    Oz 🙂 he would make a fine HR Manager, excellent at hiring and firing!

  123. TotalArsenal says:

    Well, Citeh’s self-comparison with Barca and Real is looking rediculous already. Well done Napoli and thank you for showing the rest of us how to beat them. Money cannot buy you love, and gratefully, it cannot buy you guaranteed success either. Justice.

  124. gunnern5 says:

    Wenger fears City spending

    November 23, 2011

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes UEFA may lack the power to implement new financial fair play regulations as clubs such as Manchester City post record-breaking figures.

    Wenger expressed his fear after City announced a £194.9 million loss earlier this month, with wage costs soaring to £174 million. The likes of Manchester City and Paris St Germain, though, have risen to the top of their respective domestic leagues on the back of their vast wealth, and Wenger says such clubs will ultimately have too much influence for European football’s governing body to resist.

    “Will they [UEFA] have the legal power to force it through? I question it,” he said. “In other countries, you have as well Paris St Germain, Malaga. Once they represent a force together, it will be difficult to fight against.

    “When I see the numbers announced by Manchester City, do you really think [UEFA’s financial fair play regulations] will work in 2013? I cannot see it when the wage bill is bigger than the turnover. Frankly, that cannot happen in one year.”

    Elsewhere, the Court of Arbitration for Sport are set to hear a dispute between UEFA and Swiss club FC Sion, who responded to their exclusion from the Europa League by mounting a civil action. Wenger believes such litigation and the collective power of the top clubs could eventually soften the stance of UEFA towards how they implement the new financial restrictions.

    “Secondly, with what happened with Sion challenging UEFA, they have lost a lot of power. There is also the statement of [European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge against UEFA, representing the hundred clubs who are in there.

    “We live in a world where any decision made is challenged. Europe has a little bit created that and we see how far Europe has gone. The authority of the legal affairs is challengeable everywhere.”

    Meanwhile, Wenger’s Arsenal side will look to secure safe passage through to the knockout stages of the Champions League with victory over Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. The Gunners head into the tie having recorded a fifth straight Premier League win when they beat Norwich 2-1 at the weekend.

    It is some turnaround in fortunes following a trying start to the season which saw the Gunners slump to 17th at one point. With Chelsea now struggling for consistency, Tottenham have found themselves London’s leading challengers to the Manchester duo.

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, currently out injured, has vowed to donate £3,000 to charity should the Gunners finish behind their north-London rivals in May. Wenger, however, wants his squad to focus on themselves rather than any bragging rights.

    “At the moment Spurs are fighting for the top four like we do. At the end we can both be in the top four, and we will try everything possible to be in front of them, but that is not enough for me. With or without Tottenham what we want is to be in the top four, that is our target.

    “It is a long way to go. I don’t believe we have to focus on Spurs, we have to focus on us improving. It is important that we don’t get confused about what we want to achieve. What we want to do is improve and play better.

    “We have come from far. You could see from the game at Chelsea has helped the team to improve. Our consistency has helped the team improve, and qualifying from the Champions League group will give us a lift again,” said Wenger.

  125. Gooner In Exile says:

    Wise man Wenger, realises that being above Spuds does not guarantee Top 4 🙂

  126. chas says:

    I suppose it’s Miquel by a process of elimination. Nice hair.

  127. Gooner In Exile says:

    Not Sead Harjovic? Who according to Reserves write ups is equally adept at right back or centre back?

    It doesn’t seem a very Spanish haircut unless he is trying to emulate Torres (who’d want to do that).

  128. chas says:

    Too much chas on here recently. Hopefully see you at the Tavern later on.
    Up the Arse.

  129. evonne says:

    Chas – is it Thierry Henry?

  130. evonne says:

    TA – that’s what I was thinking last night. Shitty lost a lot of respect last night. Napoli had proven that Barca they ain’t. Watch out for the next team to give them hard time, it can be done!

  131. Gooner In Exile says:

    Arteta on Wenger

    “I was surprised at how straightforward his message is. Players aren’t weighed down with 40 different instructions”

    “Wenger gives a player six or seven clear ideas and that’s it, in 20 minutes you know what you’re doing”

  132. evonne says:

    GiE – perhaps he should have longer talks with some players?

  133. oz gunner says:

    i can think of a short message for denilson. he can’t even get a game in the brazilian league.

    Napoli exposed them well

  134. Gooner In Exile says:

    It’s been fun watching a couple of United fans on my Twitter timeline come to realise that their defence is shite. And that the keeper is a bit dodgy no matter what the PR machine says about most saves made in PL.

    One City fan is asking for Mancini to be sacked……hahahaha.

  135. oz gunner says:

    @ GiE

    i can never forget that save he made against us last season though to save the draw. They really are average defensively. Lescott is average at best, kompany is quality, richards is very overrated (a couple of good games and everyone thinks hes the best RB in the world), and the error prone clichy.

    I don’t wish ill thoughts on any player (ok thats a lie there are some), but if silva went down they’d stuggle creating.

  136. SharkeySure says:

    In joint first place but for very different reasons – Bob Pires (good)and David Seaman (bad)

    Cracking fun 2*13

  137. Rasp says:

    Morning sharkey, are you coming to the game tonight and joining the throng at the Tavern?

  138. SharkeySure says:

    Man City in the Europa League…that would be pretty funny to see !

  139. dandan says:

    For those that couldnt find the Gerv. reference:this from Todays times

    Wenger’s immediate concern is ensuring Arsenal reach the Champions League knockout stages with victory tonight over Borussia Dortmund, who realistically also need to win to stand a chance of progressing. Arsenal have made life complicated for themselves by only drawing at home to Marseilles in the previous match. Gervinho has what was described as “a personal problem” and will miss the game.

  140. TotalArsenal says:

    Mancini brought on (far too late btw) three substitues who between them earn the best part of £500,000 per week. The impact was not enough and they just wimpered out of the CL – well almost.

    ‘What a waste of money’ rather than ‘Spend some f*cking money’.

    Anyway, today it is all about Arsenal and our challenge ahead. I am jealous of all you guys going to the game tonight. It promises to be a cracker!

  141. Rasp says:

    Morning all, I have amended the teamsheet to reflect the news about Gervinho in today’s….

    …. New post ……..

  142. Brigham says:

    Hope you all enjoy the game tonight, I shall be watching on the television, cheering the lads on with a large glass of Malbec!

    Irish, enjoy my seat and please say hello to John and his other half, Carol to your left.


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