Hooray for Henry?

Written by Double98

Is everyone delighted with the return of the King?…

I am not so sure. Maybe it is the Gooner DNA in me that requires that I suffer even in triumph, I must temper joy with regret but I just can’t forget how we parted…

Do you remember?

I was sitting in a pub having drinks when at about 8 in the evening, Sky Sports News started breaking the news despite the loud music and merriment all around me, I had to read the yellow marquee banner announcement – He had joined Barcelona for £16.8 Million.


The last to know and of course I had to find out from somebody else.

Except, that’s not quite right, I mean it’s not like it wasn’t obvious. It’s not like every football journalist, commentator and blogger hadn’t announced it as a done deal. It’s not like I didn’t see it coming either, in all the little ways, I mean he ponced around for his last 6 months and wouldn’t perform for me because of some vague, possibly feigned injuries, he pouted and gesticulated at every pass that made him run. He looked at the grass instead of in my eye. He specifically wouldn’t come out and say directly that he was staying.

I found text messages on his phone.

Or maybe it was in the national press.

They were from Xavi and Iniesta. They were pornographic and talked about how they’d make him come. To Barca.

Barca people were flying in every day to try and get Arsène to open his door. Arsène was inside, hiding behind the couch. His fingers plugged his ears and his Arsenal Centurions dvd was playing on full volume.

But then he saw it was actually his protégé that stood outside. The “quite-decent” winger he had plucked from an old Italian lady who didn’t know what to do with him. He had taken him from a bit part role with Juventus and had groomed and crafted him into the most audacious and brilliant goal scoring machine that had ever cast a shadow over English football. That’s who was now knocking on his door.

His message was brutal, the delivery was kind.

“I am bigger than Arsenal” he said, “I need a club that matches my ambition.”

He had manufactured a move to Barseholeona. It was bargain basement. The money he left us with would have barely bought a Darren Bent and a new set of footballs.

When I read that scrolling banner on sky sports news, I felt like Coleen Rooney at an old folk’s home, cast aside and unable to compete for man I love.

Oh sure, he said all the right things, the things you want to believe but never want to hear. He said how he was an Arsenal Fan, A Gooner, and he always would be. There was always a place for us in his heart. One day he would come back and we would be together forever.

It wasn’t me it was him.

I moved on, after a while and in a fashion. First there was the Spanish boy. He talked about love and loyalty. He whispered ambition in my ear and for a short period everything clicked. He showed me moves that would make a matador blush. He even had his own television special, you know. But he was too young and didn’t know the power of the words he used. Then his phone would get the occasional text message that he wouldn’t comment on and before you knew it Xavi and Iniesta where taking dirty things in his ear.

So he left, but he was no king.

Suddenly I found myself drawn to a sickly limping chap that had been sent to us from Holland for long term rehabilitation. To be blunt, he looked great but kept having breakdowns. He spent a lot of time convalescing and getting better from his glass shins and chocolate leg syndrome.

I nursed him back to health. Tweet by tweet, song by song, prayer by prayer and he repaid me with solidity and consistency.

And goals.

He hasn’t heard from Xavi or Iniesta yet. His DNA is pure chocolate so maybe we are safe.

And now. . . . . . . . . . . . .

And now he’s back from outer space, he just walked right in with that strange beard upon his face.

Talking some New York Bull.

I don’t know what he expects; I mean I should ignore him. After all I am happy with Robin, he treats me well and I am not sure how it will be to have them both under the same roof for 2 months.

Maybe I should be strong and let him know in no uncertain terms that he can’t just walk in the door as if nothing happened.

But then again the heart does sing a little at the prospect.

Thierry Henry. Home.

257 Responses to Hooray for Henry?

  1. Just being able to look at more photos of Thierry is one of the best parts of his return. I have to confess to being more than a little excited about the thought of seeing him tomorrow night 😳

  2. …….. come on guys, how many of you are excited too 🙂

    Mr LB – if you’re reading, this ones for you too 😉

  3. Richard Goh says:

    Excited but not to expect too much from him. Lets hope AW get a new striker for RVP during this transfer window.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    D98. IMO That is one of the best written posts on AA. Funny, clever and apposite. Thank you.

    More please.

  5. In my heart I’m delighted to welcome TH back but my head is less sure. Almost everything that can be said, has been said regarding pace, Premiership intensity, expectation and anticipation.

    There must be doubts about match fitness, the only way to overcome that is by playing matches. We have him for a maximum of two months so he must play at every opportunity, if he returns to MLS in a totally knackered state so be it.

    In my opinion Henry should start against Leeds and play for as long as possible, there is then a seven day break, until the Swansea game, then another seven day break until the home match against Man.U. Ample time to achieve full match fitness, if he plays enough of the previous two games.

    C’mon Thierry! show us what you can do!

  6. Big Raddy says:

    As to the TH question. I can’t wait to see him and am gutted I will not be there tomorrow night to roar my approval.

    Sure, age will have withered him and he may have lost 25% of his pace and energy but 75% of TH is way better than 100% of almost every striker in the PL.

  7. D98,
    Very well written..really enjoyed reading it..like yourself,robin has swept a few people off their feet..but seeing titi back home was always sure to get those butterflies in the stomache again..haha

  8. fatgingergooner says:

    Paul Scholes back at United!

    Alex is showing signs of desperation me thinks. I know we have resigned Henry buy he isnt retired!!!!

  9. Big Raddy says:

    I am surprised SAF hasn’t re-signed Cantona or Bryan Robson

  10. I know my mum is going to be reading this and she’s really worried that Thierry has made a terrible mistake by agreeing to play for us again so I’m hoping we can convince her that it’ll be ok.

    Mum – you can leave a comment if you want, just don’t embarrass me 😛

  11. fatgingergooner says:

    If a club the size of Man U can’t afford to go out and buy a decent midfielder then things are looking bad!

    What Fergie said the other day about buying a player who can’t get in the side once injured players return is rubbish. They are desperate for a midfielder and only have Cleverley injured! It stinks of a club having no money.

  12. Rasp says:

    TH coming back is a major plus.

    Hearing him speak at the unveiling of his statue and the way he has conducted himself whilst back at the club tell me his head is in the right place.

    I would imagine he feels slightly embarrassed at his prima donna-like behaviour at times in his last season at Arsenal and this is his chance to make up for it and see us through the pivotal part of this season.

  13. Rasp says:

    Hi fgg,

    I said some time ago that manu do not have the money to spend on players everyone asumes. The money for Ronaldo was never reinvested in the squad. It may be a conscious policy (similar to ours) that due to the wealth of city and chelski, they are not going to try to compete.

  14. I think manu have been undone by Na$ri going to citeh, they must’ve thought he was going to sign for them and when the deal was done so late they didn’t have anyone else lined up.

  15. Red Arse says:


    What a delightfully, funny, clever and gripping read. I loved it – well done, sir, and thank you for enlivening my Sunday. 🙂

    Can I also take a moment and greet NGN (Neil)?

    NGN, we have serried ranks of top class Post writers on AA, including your friend TA, and watching out for the fresh, newly minted Post each morning is de rigeur for someone of an Arsenal persuasion.

    Having settled down with your absorbing article, accompanied by a steaming hot cup of reviving java, I feel it incumbent on me to say that reading your debut Post, scribed from the perspective of a non-Arsenal fan, and relating the experience of visiting the Emirates and observing the somnolent Gooner denizens that inhabit it, was enlightening, interesting and very well written indeed. Excellent!! 🙂 🙂 You are welcome to return, anytime!

    Between you and my friend D98 you have quenched whatever fitful embers of creative writing might have stirred in my own psyche.
    Which is a good thing!
    My writing, as I have demonstrated, is the antonym of ‘interesting’, as Kelsey will be only too happy to confirm!! 🙂

    Well done, guys! 😉

  16. maman de Peaches says:

    Thierry Henry just gives a flutter to the heart of each Arsenal supporter, hopefully he will still be able to do the business………….he still looks great.

  17. PG,
    every mum should be proud for her prodical sons return..unlike many players in our squad i believe that TH12 can handle any great expectations put on him by the fans eagerness to secure every vital point.. TH12 has been round for way too long to know that over exerting himself for unreachable balls or playing low percentage passes will only be a negative for the team he loves..this is Thierry without the ego, the arrogance or cockiness that made him genius, but more a bit part provider, or soldier who will once again be in the right spot at the right time, and that is good enough!!..Like BR stated ‘a TH12 at 75% is still way better than most of the top strikers in the PL and the over-inflated market!’.. TH12 has always listened to wenger and his approach to games, and i trust in wengers masterplan to get the best out of his star student..once again “WENGER CALLS FOR FAITH AND UNITY”.
    Good Luck Thierry. i must admit we all had our doubts but as your encore draws nearer OUR HEARTS BEAT SO MUCH FASTER!!

  18. Red Arse says:

    Maman de Peaches,

    Can I, as a heterosexual male, and a lifelong Gooner, make a disclaimer and say that whatever emotion the return of Titti brings forth — a flutter of my heart is not one I would publicly ascribe to. 😳

    Incidentally, as you are here on this august site, can I suggest you keep an eye on Princess Peaches?
    Yesterday she was revelling in telling us that “mine are all my own” (whatever could she have been referring too?) and today she is extolling the virtues of TH14 and brazenly admitting she is excited at the thought of seeing him!!

    What is the world of blogging coming to?

  19. RA – no telling tales please 😉

    Actually you should have been around when Sol Campbell made his return ……….. that was as exciting for me 😳

  20. Rasp says:

    Like mother, like daughter 😉

  21. unbelievable! now we’l see sum ruthless tackles.. all the hair in the world couldnt make shrek pretty..born ugly bad luck..
    @FGG, not looking good

  22. fatgingergooner says:

    Now I know why United can’t afford midfielders, cos they are giving all the money to referees!


  23. fatgingergooner says:

    3 game ban for Kompany.

    Jones down injured.

    Good start!

    If only Theo could cross like Valencia

  24. Rasp says:

    Blimey, manu have got another ref in their pocket

  25. Rasp says:

    Bad news, city will be without Kompany and both Toures when they play the tiny totts 😦

  26. …….. but look how he powered his way to head that ball ……..

    fgg – good point about the cross 😦

  27. Oh Rasp, that is bad news 😦

  28. fatgingergooner says:

    City still dangerous.

    The attacking full backs are making it look 11v11

  29. i guess the last 6-1 scoreline shows us the real difference in class..and that we’r not actually to far away, maybe jus a lack of depth

  30. 2-0 I knew I should have put money on them 😦

  31. come on DE JONG.. NOW its time to show us the colour of ur studs..What was that Samir, sorry, trophies u say? …Tough Tits

  32. Rasp says:

    Its about time the ref balanced it up and gave a manu player a red.

  33. goonermichael says:

    How can anyone seriously believe that English football is not riddled with corruption?

  34. VCC says:

    This ref must have either shares in Manchester United or he supported them as a kid.

  35. goonermichael says:

    Rooney is so fucking ugly.

  36. dandan says:

    Oh dear Fergie is a lucky bugger and Samir is in sulking mood again 🙂

  37. goonermichael says:

    colleen must have been desperate. mind you she’s a pig

  38. 3-0 football eh, funny old game …………….

  39. mancini’s gonna complain to the sheik.. time to reshuffle the team..can i have 200 million.. “please sir, i want some more”

  40. goonermichael says:

    Think I’ll switch this off. The best I can hope for is a broken leg for shrek

  41. VCC says:

    Rooney should have shot at birth, he’s so F—ing ugly.

  42. goonermichael says:

    That phil jones is a c**t as well

  43. Oooh we really don’t like them do we 😆

  44. goonermichael says:

    You really can’t imagine Peaches

  45. dandan says:

    Kompany will miss 4 games second red of season,

  46. Rasp says:

    Remember peaches’ mum is reading guys 😳

  47. VCC says:

    goonermichael. I’ve always hated them more than Tottenham Hotspurs.

    I’m such a stupid so and so, I once said to my Daughter you can bring any boy home as long as he aint a Manc. How sad am I?

  48. Rasp says:

    Hi dandan, I think there is a good chance he may get it downgraded to a yellow – I expect them to appeal it.

  49. goonermichael says:

    I really despise them VCC. I wish we had a proper investigation into English football like the Italians did. I’ve seen the mancs get so many obvious wrong decisions in thier favour it’s ridiculous.

  50. dandan says:

    I will be suprised Rasp his studs WERE showing. lucky old Liverpool play half a team in two semis now

  51. goonermichael says:

    There is no way they will downgrade that.

  52. Rasp says:

    Yes dandan, I was very surprised to see pool field an almost full first team side in the FA cup. I think they are hoping to win a trophy this season to make up for not qualifying for the CL.

  53. goonermichael says:

    The ref wasn’t going to give a card until shrek told him to

  54. VCC says:

    Rasp. Thats a no brainer, he has got to get that rescinded.

  55. fatgingergooner says:

    Think I will bet on City more often if this is what happens!

  56. Rasp says:

    All I know is that I want city to take points off the spuds and anyone else in the top 8 places, so I don’t see Kompany’s sending off as good for Arsenal.

  57. goonermichael says:

    I’d love something really bad to happen to shrek. Sad really. I can’t help it.

  58. goonermichael says:

    If we can’t win the league I want shitty to win it.

  59. fatgingergooner says:

    I can’t see it being downgraded.

    The panel tends to stick by the ref and the studs were showing. Anyone who has played football knows that to tackle face on you have to show your studs to some degree, maybe just not 2 footed.

    I don’t think he was gunna give it until Rooney got in his face. It’s enough to scare anyone into an awful decision!

  60. VCC says:

    Would be interesting to find out how many of Premiership referee’s are from up Narf ??????

  61. VCC says:

    goonermichael 2:00. I would sooner an Osama Bin Laden eleven win than ManUre.
    My hatred for them seems to be equaled by yours.

  62. goonermichael says:

    GoonerFanzine The Gooner
    After a disappointing performance at Newcastle, Ferguson wields his axe and brings in Foy in place of Webb.
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  63. the more i watch nasri play the less i think of his talents.. yeah he trap a ball, play a percentage pass but he barely ever moves into space..not to mention he really loves the cameras…drama queen..and to think many people were ready to suggest a comparison to zizou…hahaha..leave the gunners at your own peril.. very few survive!!

  64. evonne says:

    Raddy @12:04 – proverbial Amen again. Fantastic post, funny, but very true and very moving.

    Double – where have you been???? Glad to have you back, you and Thierry in one week, I am a lucky girl 🙂

    For me it is all forgiven – welcome home Thierry! I missed you lots!

  65. Carlito11 says:

    I for one am ecstatic to see mr va va voom in the famous red and white and lookforward to welcoming him back tomorrow night. I have no major expectations- he’ll play 7-8 games and a return of a goal and two assists will do fine!

  66. evonne says:

    GM @2:04 – I thought that too, Webb let Fergie down badly. I want United to win though, Shitty need to be tought a lesson or two, before they become too big headed

  67. Carlito11 says:

    The toon army’s seranade to Rooney on Wednesday night:-
    “colleen’s a slapper,
    She wears a wonderbra,
    And when she’s snagging Rooney,
    She thinks of Demba Ba!”

  68. goonermichael says:

    I’d piss myself if they turned this around

  69. dandan says:

    What price 1 6 would be ironic 🙂

  70. Carlito11 says:


  71. goonermichael says:

    danielpond1995 Dan Pond
    Liverpool statement: “Stewart Downing would never hit a woman. His mum is a woman.”
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  72. goonermichael says:

    If they can get a manu player sent off they’d win this

  73. goonermichael says:

    Gingers4Limpar Gingers for Limpar
    Great stuff by Nasri there. Standing still with his hands on his hips totally threw the Man Utd wall & defence. 1-3.

  74. goonermichael says:

    god nasri is shit today

  75. goonermichael says:

    Scholes to be sent off anyone?

  76. fatgingergooner says:

    Just need Scholes to make a reckless challenge and get sent off and I will be happy!

  77. goonermichael says:

    TheSquidBoyLike Squid Boy
    What I wanna know is how Man Utd sneakily registered Scholes in time for this match without anyone knowing until today.

  78. goonermichael says:

    Henry had to be registered by noon Frday apparently. Scholes would have been on Thursday then.

  79. goonermichael says:


  80. fatgingergooner says:

    Butter my arse…..it’s 3-2!

  81. goonermichael says:

    11 v 11 they’d piss on them

  82. goonermichael says:

    andy townsend just said about keeping the back doors shut. too much cottaging I think

  83. Bt62 Gooner says:

    Red Army,Red Army!!!! What a Ref a,yellow at best,if that was a Utd player Red Nose would have been pulling Rooney’s hair out!!!LOL!! Arsenal,Arsenal Is Andy Townsend a Wanker or what if he sat on the fence any longer he’d have a wooden arse to go with his wooden head!!!

  84. fatgingergooner says:

    That’s how you win an header! Jesus!

  85. Red Arse says:

    Shock – Horror …………… Foy did not give a certain penalty for YooNited!

    Valencia definitely fouled in the pen area by Kolarov!! 🙂

    Well pluck me. Fergie will have to bring in Deans for the next match to show Foy and Webb how to do it!! 👿

  86. VCC says:

    goonermichael 2:08.
    You’de better nip down to Asda and get some nappies, just in case. It could happen.

  87. fatgingergooner says:

    That De Jong tackle had more intent than the Kompany one n not even a free kick!

  88. fatgingergooner says:

    I wish Micah Richards would just hurry up and sign for Arsenal. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but my god, he’s a monster! He certainly can lift the crowd aswell.

  89. Red Arse says:

    You lot can hate your Shrek or Fergie — the guy I have an antipathy for, even, you might say, a passionate, loathing aversion for is Giggs!

    I will never forget the ‘Giggs Run’ when he scored after Denis had missed that pen in the FA Cup of yore!! Hateful. 👿

  90. goonermichael says:

    I hope we get this shower of shit at home next round. They are toilet

  91. fatgingergooner says:

    One good challenge can get you a yellow card out here today. Best thing Andy Townsend has ever said!

  92. goonermichael says:

    DickinsonTimes Matt Dickinson
    Back to 2-3. Blimey. Even more remarkable given City playing with nine men #nasri?

  93. dandan says:

    Actually a replay wouldnt do us any harm Rasp

  94. fatgingergooner says:

    I’ve gotta say that Aguero is pure quality! He’s played on his own for 80 minutes and has been outstanding.

    I hate Man City, but this game has made me realise I hate United more!

    Come on City!

  95. goonermichael says:

    KeenosAFC Keenos
    Rio Ferdinand is an angry man today. Acting like a man who has just been robbed of his last bag of weed!

  96. Rasp says:

    You’re right dandan, a draw is possibly the best result for Arsenal.

    From this point forwards we just need to try to win every game and not worry what the other sides do, but you can’t help doing the maths all the time.

  97. oz gunner says:

    agree dandan a draw would be great, come on city!

  98. goonermichael says:

    If it stays like this I think the momentum will still be with City

  99. oz gunner says:

    how many extra minutes?if it was united it’d be 7, if it was liverpool it’d be 11

  100. goonermichael says:

    I hope we get them. They really are shit

  101. goonermichael says:

    McLaughlin1967 ChickMcLaughlin
    @ Arbroath fans singing to @kylebartley22 …. Your just an arsenal REJECT !! Hahaha shows how bad u are monkey boy ! #mindthegap #CelticFc
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    disgusting fucking scum

  102. fatgingergooner says:

    What a game!

    Ref did us a favour really, would’ve been a one sided game of it was 11v11!!!

  103. goonermichael says:

    this is from the bbc

    1455: City will have another chance, though, from a corner. It is delivered into the midle where Wayne Rooney gets a head to it, diverting it back towards his own goal but the clearance comes. And that is it! United had to do it the hard way, but they have completed a massive win against 10-man Manchester City.

    The hard way? WTF are they on about? They played against 10 men for most of the game.

  104. oz gunner says:

    bloody giant pantilimon. He was amazing against us yet he couldn’t do us a favour and head in the winner!

  105. losing kompany and kolo at the back is really gona cost manC. i mean really bad..with the inexperience of savic and the ageing legs of zabaleta, their 1 tackle away from disaster..kuyt on lescott and we might see that crazy balotelli playin centre half!

  106. goonermichael says:

    rooney motm what a joke

  107. rooney..wig of the match

  108. goonermichael says:

    teddy_red Julia
    Well I think Paul Scholes’ testimonial was unusually competitive.
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  109. dandan says:

    Goonermichael you appear to have had a good afternoon LOL

    Now my local team play Sunderland, AS for the Arse getting Utd, there is a small matter of beating Leeds first. 🙂

  110. goonermichael says:

    you sister is your mother
    your uncle is your brother
    your father is your cousin
    the rooney family

  111. fatgingergooner says:

    I dreamt we got West Brom away, but more importantly, our name was on its own which means we beat Leeds tomoz!

  112. goonermichael says:

    I was thinking that (about leeds) dandan but was too lazy to type it. i wasn’t being presumptious.

  113. goonermichael says:

    Twitter is really funny. It’s also tragic at times but funny though.

  114. VCC says:

    goonermichael 2:57.
    And don’t forget ManUre with the obligatory extra man THE REF.

  115. goonermichael says:

    Arsenes_Eyes Arsene’s Eyes
    Continuing the theme set by #MUFC of giving once great players a run-out, #CFC are starting with Mr Torres up front. #AFC #FACup

  116. Gooner In Exile says:

    VCC this should answer your North/South question:
    https://arsenalarsenal.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/time-to-break-up-the-northern-mafia/ I posted it last year.

    Great post Double98 I have mixed emotions about the return of Thierry Henry too mainly because I don’t like the fact he is only here for two months and if he is here to provide backup for RvP it’s only gives RvP two months where he gets injured.

  117. fatgingergooner says:

    Valencia MoTM for me.

    An assist, should have had 2 pens, his crossing was outstanding throughout.

    For City, Aguero was amazing. They looked threatening all game because of him

  118. goonermichael says:

    I think Aguero ginger although I can’t say anything positive about the mancsum. But certainly not shrek. remember he got motm in the fac final when we beat them when it was so obviously mad Jens

  119. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    There is a very simple solution to making us compete on level terms with Manchester United . We need , as quickly as possible, to set up our own Refereeing Academy, Manu`s one , is World renowned !.

  120. goonermichael says:

    LOL glic

  121. fgg,
    how much were manUre paying for the win away?

  122. goonermichael says:

    teddyrangsi Edward Rangsi
    MOTM: Chris Foy. He dictates the pace and his influence is huge. His decision-making in the final third needs some work though.

    MikelArteta08 Arteta Olsson Fans
    RT @Gooner4Life7: Got 3 good months out of Nasri and then sold it for a profit. Genius, Wenger is a genius.

    KeenosAFC Keenos
    Things you can’t buy with £500mil: A Double & an Unbeaten Season

    GoonerTom13 Gooner Tom
    Jones, Ferdinand- both very shaky at the back. I’d much rather face Utd than City in the next stages, so a great result.

  123. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Great post D98,
    I also agree with GiE, and It will be over, “In the blink of an eye”.

  124. VCC says:

    Aguero MOTM for me. Oh how I would love him to wear an Arsenal shirt.

  125. chas says:

    Great post, D98.
    I didn’t care for Thierry once he fecked off for Barca.
    Even less when earning money for old rope in the U.S.
    I think it was a shame his name was sung away at Fulham when he hadn’t even signed.

    Now he’s back in an Arsenal shirt he gets my support 100%.

  126. chas says:

    Most of the Citeh team (apart from Fatty, of course) were better than Rooney.

  127. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I bet Howard Webb is still sitting on the Academy “naughty step” , cursing Chris Foy ” Bloody Teacher`s pet “. 🙂

  128. VCC says:

    GLiC 3:18
    Soooooo much truth in that post.
    All we ask is a level playing field.
    How much did that guy ruin a smashing game today.
    Have to say it was very entertaining but, refs please start playing the game.

  129. goonermichael says:

    nchurch44 on Twitter: “City down to 10men for 80mins and lose 2-3, united down to 10men for 45mins and lose 6-1, that puts the result into perspective.”

  130. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Have to add gm, City were down to 10 men playing against 12 men, and manu were down to 11 men when they lost 6-1 !

    bloody hell , It`s the cup draw at 5:40 and we haven`t even played !

  131. dream draw nxt rd would be manUre vs spuds..thats worthy of a europa league quarter final

  132. latest transfer news: #cfc to swap torres for portsmouths entire backline plus 5mil..

  133. fatgingergooner says:

    Gotta say D98, I’ve only just taken the time to read Today’s post, and I’m do glad I did. A post as special as Henry was/is a player. So good that Chris Foy would’ve sent it off!

  134. fatgingergooner says:

    Valencia shouldn’t be at United, he’s just not the diving, dirty, cheating scum that they normally attract. He looks a Gooner if ever I saw one.

  135. Rasp says:

    Message to ‘superarsenaltv’,

    This site is not a billboard for others to promote their personal interests – its a non profitmaking Arsenal discussion blog. I shall continue to delete the links you post to your site until you have the manners to come on and introduce yourself and at least make an effort to say something relevant to our topic of discussion and join in the spirit of AA.

  136. goonermichael says:
  137. fatgingergooner says:

    The way that the press have just hounded Mancini for a comment worthy of a ban is disgusting. Man U have come out of this game badly, both with the ref and their performance, and the way that the press have just tried to set Mancini up makes it worse. I know they have to sell papers, but it smells badly of interference from a third party.

  138. the way luiz plays for chelsea in defence hed be better off in torres’ position

  139. goonermichael says:

    are peterborough still managed by rednose’s wife beating brat?

  140. Michael says:

    Am hapi dat my king is back TH wlcm back

  141. Gooner In Exile says:

    If you mean Darren GM I think so (well he returned after his unsuccessful period at Preston)

  142. Gooner In Exile says:

    I know United and City would put strongish sides out but it was interesting how many EPL teams played near League strength sides (even those playing against lesser sides).

  143. goonermichael says:

    me 2 m

  144. goonermichael says:

    he’s a wife beater

  145. Rasp says:

    Evening all,
    Who’s intending to meet at The Tavern tomorrow? Carlitto, chas, harry, 26m, Gie?

  146. goonermichael says:

    mancs away to bindippers haha

  147. evonne says:

    GM – who is a wife beater?

    Liverpool seem to be very happy with the draw

  148. VCC says:

    Big incentive to beat Leeds tomorrow.
    If so home draw against Aston Villa.

  149. TotalArsenal says:

    D98, thank you for another fine post. It is a big ‘welcome back Thierry’ from me, but I understand your reluctance to some degree.

    Kompany’s red card was hard and not in the spirit of the game, but technically correct. Rooney’s behaviour was dreadful though and the referee should never lead a senior game again. He clearly was not going to do anything about Kompany’s foul, but let Rooney totally change his mind in a few seconds. Absolutely shocking!

    Nasri was once again the Master of Nothingness. I say, lucky escape there for us.

  150. evonne says:

    Chas @ 3:24 – you are a True Supporter with capital letters. I’m like that too, anybody wearing the shirt has place in my heart

  151. Big Raddy says:

    Enjoyed the MU game but MC have clearly got to learn how to bung a ref.

    Perhaps the Ref Association has an exclusive deal with MU. Whatever it is, MC need to get some officials to sign up before they achieve world dominance.

    Good to see another masterful performance from FatBoy.

  152. goonermichael says:

    darren ferguson evonne, rednose’s son

  153. TotalArsenal says:

    Liv – MU fourth round!!! You could not make it up.

  154. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    If we beat Leeds tomorrow, I shall book a days holiday to come up for the Villa Tie, via the ” pie & mash shop ” and hopefully meet a few of you legends. 🙂

  155. goonermichael says:

    Why am I watching granada local news? Shouldn’t it be a London one? Oh it’s my dodgy satbox

  156. VCC says:

    Hope you get your wish GLiC

  157. Gooner In Exile says:

    I’m not there Rasp 😦

    In fact looking at the fixture list I don’t think I’ll be at a game until Feb (unless someone finds me a spare for Manure).

  158. evonne says:

    TA – Kompany to miss 4 games, 2nd red this season 🙂

  159. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    VCC, Hope I dont put the mockers on It, by wishing too hard !

  160. goonermichael says:

    I just read the fantastic post. I am really excited about Henry coming back. I can’t see any negatives really. I seem to remember when he went to c**talonia that he was injured quite a bit.

    Does anyone know about the registration rules? I read that Henry had to be registered by noon on Friday. Does that not apply to scholes because he was retired?

  161. evonne says:

    Raddy – I have just copied 2,500 books from the PirateBay to my Kindle, some very good titles.

  162. goonermichael says:

    warnock fired

  163. TotalArsenal says:

    Evonne, that is good news indeed and there is now a good chance for us to close the gap with Citeh in the next four games. And with Manure coming to us in two weeks, we can close that gap a bit as well…. I am just waiting for TMHT to come on and give us the sweetest scenarios possible! 🙂

  164. Gooner In Exile says:

    Maybe GM or maybe ManUre handled it all better (and kept it hush hush). He was coaching at the clubso his presence at the training ground would have had no press pens twitching.

  165. evonne says:

    GM – are you sure? not even on BBC site

  166. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    e va va vone, I just bought Mrs glic a kindle, this Piratebay, is it a special sort of site ?

  167. evonne says:

    TA – you is pissed, but I love your optimism 🙂

  168. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Terry is in deep discussion with the cuckoo`s about it ! 🙂

  169. goonermichael says:

    If you register someone it probably becomes public domain.

  170. goonermichael says:

    Maybe he was still registered if he was coaching.

  171. goonermichael says:

    lindergard looks a bit shit too

  172. dandan says:

    Warnock out Sparky Hughes Fav for job

  173. goonermichael says:
  174. GM,
    anyone with a badge like that on their chest looks shit.. sorry, IS SHIT!!

  175. goonermichael says:

    Sorry wasn’t that allowed? Won’t do it again.

  176. fatgingergooner says:

    I think Neil Warnick is s complete dick, but that decision is dreadful!

    Why do chairmen think swapping bosses every few months is the way to go? Do they not look at SAF or AW and think, hmmm, maybe continuity is the way forward!? I’m very very shocked by the decision and think that football is in a poor state if someone like Warnock is sacked after 20 games. Piss poor.

  177. dandan says:

    Sky saying Arsenal have asked Chelsea about Kalou. Di Matteo responds: ‘We know he’s at African Nations Cup.’ Kalou an old Wenger favourite

    Dont understand this but has come through on twitter

  178. i predict #LFC and suarez will part ways before next seasons campaign kicks off.. no player is worth dragging a whole cobs history and image through the mud.. he will become a nobody just like ariel ortega wen he headbutted van der SARS..

  179. fgg,
    maybe it was his comment a few days ago of wanting to bring in 4-5 players this window..PR teams from any club can spin us shit, we may never know what trully goes on in the boardroom..

  180. goonermichael says:


  181. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I dont normally go into a player I want frenzy, apart from Goetze, Hazzard and Eriksen but there is a player I`ve just watched on youtube via newsnow, who gave me a warm feeling, Ganso of Santos, 22, great skill`s and you wouldn`t have to shout, shoot !

  182. if wenger is ever to consider breaking our record transfer fee set wen he bought arse-shavin, but isnt willing to break the bank for a goetze or hazard, id really like tiago alcantara..
    hed be in the 20mil range and even though his DNA is a negative, if we could steal this boy away (rumuor is that barca are listening to offers) we could set a 100mil buy out clause..that seems to be the fashion these days

  183. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    He is a top talent and I wanted Arsene to make him part of the Cesc deal !.

  184. GLiC,
    if any of these rumours are true, maybe it was part of the deal and it was undisclosed..we all know that should cesc ever leave barca we hav first option to buy, but maybe there is more to it.. I, like you, sure hope so..30mil (giv or take a few) for cesc whilst milner nd bent in the mid 20’s.. UMMM< DONT THINK SO!

  185. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    And Modric might go for £40/50M in the summer, good but couldn`t hold a candle to Cesc !

  186. Carlito11 says:

    I’ll be there tomorrow Rasp- what time are you getting there?
    Can’t believe Warnock’s been sacked a second time after getting a team into the Prem without getting a full season. He is a bit of an old so and so but he deserved the chance of a full season- can’t think that Mark Hughes can do better- thank god we don’t have people at the club making knee-jerk decisions like that!

  187. Carlito11 says:

    If Jack comes back soon and Henry performs then I will forgive Wenger not getting into the transfer market until June- I hate the sales- it’s madness out there!

  188. ooh, thats a soft spot for me..definately not as precise, but i hold cesc,silva n modric in very high regard..i hav a feeling while i write this il cop alot of flak but modric is world world class..you can take bale and v.d.v out of spurs and theyll manage but modric is key for them..forget the price tag, but he is so under rated..


    Good evening every one.

    Great post D98, i for one cant wait to see TH12 in the shirt again.

    Anyways, i have just returned from the temple of haircules were i have been in audience with the oracle of cuckoo. The cuckoo allowed me access to the spirits of the 30’s who have advised to watch out for Hydras teeth. The teeth of the hydra are 12, just like Citys 12 point lead over us. The chapman/allison team relative success 1927 to 1938 was 12 years, Thiery Henrys new number is 12, the tasks of Haircules were 12. The oracle is cunning and can mislead, success is certain but all roads lead to Europe. Arsenal will win the Champions League this season. The ghosts of the 30,s are stiring.

  190. TMatO,
    i believe it… the ghosts of the 30’s definately are stirring!! had a dream the other nit that he was banging in goals for fun (nothing new) but he was dressed in the 1930’s kit.. after every goal he scored he kept saying “im robbing you pursey. im robbing your pursey” WEIRD!!

  191. fatgingergooner says:

    It’s an utter disgrace that QPR have sacked Warnock, what exactly do they expect from a team who has just been promoted?

    If they stay in the league then it’s a good season, end of. They only have 1 striker in Helguson (makes you realise how good Wenger is!).

    I would take Faurlin at Arsenal. Looks like he could play at a much higher level


    Robbin, hahahaha, the cuckoo likes that.

  193. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Glad to have you back from the Legendary Journey `s of Haircule`s, not forgetting, the clock of the cuckoo, has 12 hours on it !, It is a sign ! (thats as near as we get to a signing ! )

  194. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Haircules, looks like we have a new member of the “Cuckoo Club ” 🙂


    All the merrier Cornwall. Did you see GiE’s comment about your garment cutting? hahaha.

  196. goonermichael says:

    Is bill roache (ken barlow) a manc? He’s really slating liverpool on twitter


    Hes got great hair GM.

  198. goonermichael says:

    KeithTheGooner Keith
    In 24 hours time, the greatest man ever to play the game will be at the greatest football stadium wearing the greatest shirt #WelcomeHome

    Bill roache does have a good head of hair. 🙂


    I might kidnap him and perform hair surgery from him to me, ime sure he wont mind.

  200. fatgingergooner says:

    Great header by Fabregas.

    9 in 11 starts.

    Don’t care what anyone says, I would have him back tomorrow. Super quality.

  201. goonermichael says:

    I can’t understand why the bindippers are getting such a hiding on twitter and nothing for the chavs.

  202. goonermichael says:

    I wouldn’t touch cesc with a bargepole. Just like my 3 ex wives. Hope barca fail.


    Great player Cesc, also excellent hair, not as good as Roach though.

  204. goonermichael says:

    Someoen on twitter says it was offside. barca are the mancs of spain. Cheats big time

  205. fatgingergooner says:

    37 goals in 8 games for Barca!

    I know a lot of you don’t agree with their off and on pitch shenanigans, but they are different class when they play football. Winning teams are hated, fact!

    Only special teams are liked by opposition fans and that list includes the invincibles and this Barca team.


    Your right FGG, best team ive ever seen. Would love to turn them over in europe.

  207. D says:

    Unbelieveable – i missed all the chat today – its not a thing but the same thing happened the last post i did 😦
    Oh well thanks for all your kind words –
    Terry Mancini – they should take the shirt off of walcott and tell him he can have it back when he grows up.

    Just think tomorrow when we all wake up = Thierry Henry will be preparing for his second debut…

    doesn’t that get the juices flowing.. and we thought christmas was over….

  208. Double98 says:

    Chas 3.24 – Henry never badmouthed us when he left, he never compared us or commented in anyway other than good., he had an awful lot of class. hes our all timeleading scorer and second only to Bergkamp in the pantheon of Arsenal greats…

  209. Double98 says:

    D above is me – i lead a double life where i am a typo

  210. goonermichael says:

    I don’t like barca and I’m special 🙂 Don’t like cesc either would hate to have him back. good player shit captain. I agree with walcott that we are stronger without him.


    Great post D98. They cant do that, the oracle says 12, and Theo will get upset and go crying to mummy.

  212. fatgingergooner says:


    Many don’t like Barca for their Cesc antics, but I think they would beat our invincible side.

    The likes of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta should be appreciated for being world class footballers. Madrid have shown that money cannot buy the quality that Barca currently have in there squad. They are on another planet.

  213. goonermichael says:

    I agree d. Cesc isn’t fit to wipe his arse

  214. goonermichael says:
  215. fatgingergooner says:


    That’s like Barca saying they are better off without Messi!

    It’s easy to slate players who have left the club, but if you are being truly honest within yourself then you would be foolish to say that you would not have Cesc back in the team. I understand that people don’t like the way he left the club, but to say you would not have him back is daft IMO.


    Fantastic team FGG, went to both games at the grove against them, different class. I reckon if we meet them this year we will beat them though.

  217. goonermichael says:

    I’m daft then. I wouldn’t have ferguson managing Arsenal and most people say he’s better than Wenger. I wouldn’t have rooney. I don’t want jabba to take over. I don’t want to see cesc in an Arsenal shirt again. I’d like him to stop talking about Arsenal. I wouldn’t have cole back either.

  218. fatgingergooner says:

    Henry said “i love London, don’t get me wrong. But I love Barcelona. The weather here is amazing,” Henry said.

    “It has been a fantastic experience. I am enjoying it. When you play with Barca away from home, it is chaos. When you travel with Barca, it’s like The Beatles are in town.”i don’t have any regrets,” he said. “Not at all. I’m only been on the bench three times (at Barca) and one of those was for a rest.

    “I have seven goals in the league, three in the Champions League and three in the cup. And I have eight assists. For a winger, that is not bad.”

    Fabregas said

    “If I have to leave Barcelona, I will go back to Arsenal – I would like to,” Fabregas told Sky Sports News. “I am not embarrassed to say that the day I left I could only say ‘Thank you very much’, I couldn’t say more.
    “I’m not embarrassed to say that I nearly cried. Arsene Wenger, I have never met someone that loyal. He is one of the best, I really believe that.”


    At the end of the day we all have different perspectives, and thats healthy. Ive got nothing against anyone, except Ken Barlow, but i want us to beat everybody.

  220. goonermichael says:

    So basically he came to us when he was young, Learned his trade and became the player he is today, pissed off before the team (that Wenger was building around him) came of age and says he’ll come back if barca don’t want him anymore. Wenger was devestated when he left.

  221. Gooner In Exile says:

    GM have the Chavs done something today? I only ask because of your 8:52 comment.

    Twitter is very much of the moment, when JT goes in front of the beak I am sure we will see a flurry of twitrage!

  222. 26may1989 says:

    D98, nice one, like it. The Coleen vs OAPs line was great, and loved the whole thing.

    Like Exile (why do I always say that?) I have mixed views about TH’s return. Love him, of course (that’s TH, not Exile, just so we’re clear), and it’s going to be great to see him back in the right shirt, but I’m worried about what the purpose of bringing him back is for our ambitions this season.

    Does it mean we postpone getting a serious new striker in? Cos that would not be good, at all. Will an 8-week TH (who’s only been playing MLS for the last whatever months) rank ahead of Park and (when he’s back from the ACN) Chamakh if RvP gets injured? If so, what does that say about those players? And if Park and Chamakh gets the nod, will the fans call for TH?

    In Amy Lawrence’s words: “To sustain the recovery Arsenal made from their abject start to the season, Henry needs to be the beginning of the January transfer story, not the end of it.”

    And what is this whole thing about AFC becoming a place players go back to? I love the sentiment, the ongoing links between great players, club, manager and fans. But the way Campbell, Lehmann, Henry and perhaps Cesc all feel it’s ok to leave, then come back makes us look like a bit of a basket-case, a club where sentiment forgives all.

    But tomorrow night, none of that matters, I’ll be loving seeing one of my favourite ever players again, and will be hoping to see some of the old magic.

    And I’ll be loving seeing Peaches getting hot and bothered beforehand, the thought of her Darcy having returned!

  223. goonermichael says:

    After the terry incident the chavs dedicated a win to him. I’m suprised they are not getting any stick. What will happen if he’s aquitted?

  224. goonermichael says:

    cesc fucking who? have that you bastards

  225. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Yes I did see GiE`s comment last night and I take it as a compliment ! 😆
    That Bill Roache, that is some hair, he must have “by far the greatest Barnet the world has ever seen ” and can understand why you would want to scalp him !. I can see you now, up on Mount Olympus, “bring me the head of bill Roache” 🙂

  226. goonermichael says:

    5 points behind. LOL

  227. goonermichael says:

    WillMScanlon Will McGowan-Scanlon
    Rooney kisses the Man Utd badge on his shirt to show loyalty to his club. A bit like when he kisses his wife, before visiting a prostitute.
    2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  228. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    You have to feel sorry for Pique, he will have to go and drown his sorrow`s in the furry cup of Shakira. It`s a tough life ! 🙂

  229. wedroppedalittlein2ndhalf says:

    Ha ha ha ha Well done Espanol.

  230. goonermichael says:

    Shakira isn’t my cup of tea. Pique is a funny looking bloke. His head looks too long

  231. dandan says:

    I wondered how long this would take to appear. it seems we are now after Jordan Rhodes some blogs will write anything for a click, pathetic,

  232. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I reckon Deirdre say`s, ” I want your CockRoache” !

  233. TotalArsenal says:

    Rasp, Peaches, well done for passing the 1.5m hits mark. This blog is going from strength to strength!


    hahahahahahahaha Deirdre loves it.

  235. goonermichael says:

    I must have done a fair amount of those talking to myself TA

  236. goonermichael says:

    I stopped watch corrie when Eddie yeats left

  237. TotalArsenal says:

    First sign of madness GM 😀

  238. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Hey Terry, did you google “westward bound ” It`s a shop in Plymouth, there are some nice all in one suit`s.! It will tell you the history, started as a B&B with Dungeon, just down the road from me !, have a look, nothing dodgy. 🙂


    I have already, my only dilema is how to get Mrs Terry to wear it, hahaha.

  240. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Just leave it wrapped up somewhere, women cannot contain their curiousity ! 🙂


    She will probably bludgen me with it, She dont even like me spending time on hear never mind dressing up.

  242. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I`m not the only one on here then, who get`s an ear bashing, thank f**k for that !. Talk of the Devil, I`m being summoned, catch you later terry. ………… Yes my dearest, what can I do for you ……………..

  243. goonermichael says:


    Raddy if you see this link this is funny again.

    I never get an ear bashing 🙂

  244. goonermichael says:

    ArsenalGent Arsenal Gentleman
    Neil ‘Mavis’ Warnock to be replaced by Mark ‘Vera’ Hughes? Surely QPR will run out of managers-who-look-like-old-ladies at some point?

  245. goonermichael says:

    night all

  246. Rob Lucci says:

    “A top-level player wants to play at the top. He wants to win medals, yes, but there is a difference between playing in the Champions League and playing at a lower level,” he said.

    Arsene Wenger ‘shadow’ message to fatfrenchtroublemaker..

  247. evonne says:

    Morning all
    What a day! cannot wait till 19:45, I think I wear the special dark red shirt, maybe socks and shorts to match too…what do you recon Micky?

    Rocky – welcome back

    Warnock sacking – disgrace, other managers should snub the job offer in solidarity with Warnock

    GM – what do you mean about Pool getting slagged off on twotter, but not Chavs? nobody bad mouths Chavs? Maybe i will start tweitting

  248. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning Evonne there is obviously a lot of flak flying in Dippers direction at the moment with all that surrounds their club and therefore is centre of twitters attention. Chavs (and Terry) will get it bad when court case proceeds I would imagine.

    Altho overall Chavs have kept most of it behind closed doors (or kept comments short and sweet … Innocent until proven etc) and took swift action with the moronic fan element after the European away singing towards Anton Ferdinand.

  249. dandan says:

    Morning all interesting article if it happens. Our accountants will enjoy, telling us, what difference the new image rights legislation will do to players tax in this country.

    From Todays Daily Mail

    Fans of Barclays Premier League clubs could receive a huge boost from an unlikely source as it has been revealed the Spanish government plans to introduce a whopping 56 per cent tax band for top earners.

    The new rate of income tax would hit foreign football stars hard, leading them to look elsewhere for their next megabucks deal, directing them to the richest league in the world.

    La Liga had been living a charmed life under the old ‘Beckham Law’, introduced just before the former Manchester United midfielder joined Real Madrid in 2003.

    Taking the Cris: Ronaldo will be hit hard in the pocket by the new move
    Under that system foreign players only paid 24 per cent tax – which was lifted in 2010 – and this has now been replaced with the new system, clearing the way for English clubs to compete on an even footing with their Spanish counterparts.

    Jose Maria Gay, economics professor at the University of Catalunya, told The Sun: ‘Now foreign players will be more expensive.

    ‘Before, thanks to the cushy Beckham Law, we were among those who paid the least in that area and now we are among those who pay the most.

    ‘It is 54 per cent — 56 per cent in Catalunya. The repeal of the Beckham Law along with the rise in income tax is a bad joke.’

    Tempted? Now English clubs could offer Messi a better return on his wages
    The rise in the top income tax band to 54 per cent – or 56 per cent in Catalunya – could pave the way for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the English top flight.

    While fans across the country will be licking their lips in anticipation of the arrival of some of Spain’s top talent in this country.

  250. Gooner In Exile says:

    That all sounds well and good DanDan but I remember listening to a radio interview with a couple of managers who said that foreign players and agents always discussed deals with the words “netto” strongly featured (ie they couldn’t give a stuff about the tax just what they took home). When the UK govt introduced the 50p top rate band it cost clubs not players due to contract wording. And it didn’t cost just 10p in the £ over whatever the limit it also cost an increased Employers National Insurance.

    The Image Rights rulings here will be an absolute bugger tho!

  251. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Only the fans of shitty and chavs will be licking their lips, all were end up with, is another Squilacci, Nooooooooooooooo

  252. Rasp says:

    Morning all,

    …….. A Raddy new post ……………..

  253. dandan says:

    All of which is why I posted that article GIE, but actually given the Govt of Spain’s underhand dealing with football finance: Real Madrid Etc: I would expect special dispensation of some other sort to appear elsewhere,
    Spain doesn’t have many feel good factors at the moment apart from their football dominance. Can’t see the govt risking that for what would be a small return in the scheme of things.

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