Our Bench Is Rubbish! Sunderland Report & Player Ratings

There was a point yesterday – just before Sunderland scored their freak goal – when I was thinking: we need to change this game from the bench, but who can we bring on? We have no quality on the bench!

Silly me.

All it took was one Ramsey pot shot, one sublime cross from Arshavin and one trademark Henry finish to prove that Arsène Wenger still knows what he’s doing.

All three had come on as substitutes and they undoubtedly secured the three points for us.

This was a very important win against an obdurate and well organised Sunderland who were the form team in the Premier League going into this fixture.

The performance was even better when you take into account the state of the pitch. It looked as if the Riders of Rohan had just charged over it (perhaps on their way to Stoke to find some Orcs).

We started with arguably our strongest available 11 (I say arguably because it’s a toss-up between Rosicky and Ramsey for the third midfield role) and right from the off we set a pattern that changed little throughout the game: we controlled the ball, Sunderland largely conceded the middle of the park and drew back to just outside their penalty area, we passed and probed but struggled to find a way through, Sunderland relied on occasional breaks and set pieces.

No doubt some will damn the team for our inability to conjure a way through the massed Black Cat ranks. Perhaps we missed a bit of Fabregas magic – expelliamus parkbussimus – but I prefer to credit the Sunderland defending.

They gave no space at all to Prince Robin, nor to our two wide men, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Every time any of those three got the ball there were at least two men on them.

Chances were few and far between, although Theo did manage to get away from his markers on one occasion and fire a low shot across goal, but it went past the far post.

Despite the lack of goal scoring opportunities our defence was looking solid (even from set pieces), while Song and Arteta were doing a great job of providing an extra shield in midfield and Tomas Rosicky was as busy as he was against Blackburn last weekend.

The one big scare was when Mertesacker slipped in the box while dealing with a speculative through ball.

For most players the ball would have bounced over their head and out for a goal kick, but for the BFG it arrived at chest height, so naturally he chested it down. But, as he did so, he caught his foot in one of the horse divots and stumbled.

The ball bounced up and onto his arm. It was certainly not deliberate and certainly not ‘hand to ball’ but you do see them given – particularly when the penalty would favour the home team. Full credit to the referee, Neil Swarbrick, for not being swayed by the Mackem hysteria.

By half time it was pretty obvious that this was going to be a tight affair and that one goal might nick it.

The second half started much the same as the first. Sunderland had a couple of decent low shots from around the edge of our area. Szczensy did well to save both (one down to his left, then a more difficult one down to his right that hit a mole hill just in front of him).

It was a credit to the lad that he was sharp and focused when called into action, having had little to do up to that point.

Up front we were still probing with all the effectiveness of a blind gynaecologist. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were becoming even more peripheral than they had been in the first half, and, on 66 minutes, Arsene decided to make a change, bringing off Oxo for Thierry Henry.

Within four minutes we were behind. A rare Sunderland attack was tidied up down our right flank with Sagna shepherding the ball back to Mertesacker, who was running towards his own goal and had the simple task of rolling the ball back to Szczesny or across the park to the unmarked Koscielny.

Unfortunately the BFG injured his ankle as he turned and went down as if shot.

McClean, for Sunderland, showed brightness to keep on running past the fallen German before shooting low across Szczensy into the far corner of the net. I have seen comments questioning whether Chezzer might have done better, but the shot was hit very hard and from close range. Not his fault.

However, it was a freak goal and I was cursing our terrible luck. From a completely innocuous situation, suddenly, we’re a goal down. I really do think it’s time Arsene started going to church.

Given how tight the Sunderland defence was, I was doubtful as to whether we could rescue a point, let alone all three.

Ramsey came on for Mertesacker (let’s wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery), with Song dropping back into the centre of defence. And it didn’t take long for young Aaron to make a mark. Just three minutes after the re-start Arteta had a shot from outside the area blocked, the ball cannoned to Ramsey and his low first time shot went in off both posts. Ramsey has his critics, but he never hides and never stops taking shots at goal. It was always only a matter of time before his luck turned for the better.

So, one-all with 15 minutes to go. Would we sit back or push on for all three?

This is Arsenal – of course we would push on for all three. Arshavin came on for Walcott on 86 and immediately looked more dangerous than had either Theo or Oxo (perhaps because the Mackems were tiring after there exertions all afternoon and following their extra time FA cup win on Wednesday night).

As the clock passed the 90 minute mark, our pocket Russian found himself on our left wing with two Sunderland defenders in front of him. He jinked one way then the other, then dinked in a beautiful cross with his right boot. Jinky-dinky loveliness.

And who was there to meet it in the six yard box? Cometh the hour, cometh the legend.

Thierry Henry, who up til that point had had very little influence in the game, ghosted between the Sunderland centre backs to volley the ball past Mignolet in the Black Cats goal.

You can take away the speed, you can take away the stamina, you can take away some of the strength, but you can’t take away the class. A striker’s goal from a born winner. The celebrations among the Arsenal players were a joy to watch. Henry clearly means a lot to these lads, and they to him.

We never looked in trouble after that and at the end it was three points well earned and well deserved.

Player Ratings

Szczesny: Not too much to do but made two very good saves in the second half. 7.5

Sagna: Great to have him back. Unflappable and unbeatable at the back, and contributed a lot going forward. 8.5

Koscielny: He got caught in possession a couple of times but was generally the strong, reliable defender we have come to know and love. 7.5

Mertesacker: Was having a superb game until his unfortunate injury. We need him back quickly because, in my opinion at least, our strongest pairing at the back will be the BFG with one of Koscielny and Vermaelen. 8.5

Vermaelen: Didn’t put a foot wrong but is not able to support the attack as well as an orthodox left back would. 8

Arteta: Another fine game, controlling the ball from deep, covering our defence and instigating forward moves. He is our metronome. 8

Song: A real warrior’s performance from Alex. He misplaced a few through balls when looking for defence-splitters, but after his success against Blackburn last week you can’t blame him for trying. And his all round work breaking up Sunderland moves and powering us forward was exemplary. Can’t be blamed at all for Sunderland’s goal (sorry Peaches). 8.5

Rosicky: Finding some form at last. Was very combative, if a little wasteful with his passing at times. 7

Oxlade-Chamberlain: It’s not going to be a fairy tale every week at this stage of his career.  Had a couple of decent runs but was effectively marked out of the game. 6

Walcott: He saw more of the ball than Oxo but did little with it. Games like this, with banked lines of defenders sitting deep, are not the forum for him to shine. 6

Robin van Persie: Didn’t get much of a look-in. One second half header could have been dangerous but looped straight into Mignolet’s arms. Nevertheless, the fact that he had two or three players marking him at all times undoubtedly helped other players to find space at times. 7


Henry: Did nothing for 25 minutes then scored the winning goal. I’m making him man of the match partly for sentimental reasons and partly because he made the most valuable single contribution on the day. 9 MoTM

Ramsey: A brilliant cameo from Aaron. He was everywhere in his 22 minutes and scored the goal that brought us back into the game. The many critics will, in time, have enough egg on their face to make an omelet the size of Wales. 8

Arshavin: Little Andrei looked energetic and direct when he came on and provided a beautiful cross for Thierry’s winner. Perhaps he has reached rock bottom (in the Man Utd game) and is coming out the other side. I really hope so. 8


255 Responses to Our Bench Is Rubbish! Sunderland Report & Player Ratings

  1. goonermichael says:

    I’m worried abot the BFG it looked serious and I heard a quote about ligamant damage. great write up. Didn’t see the natch but watched the highlights. They were very fortunate for thier goal. I made the comment that our bench wasn’t that good 🙂 . AA put in another good cross before the killer one.

  2. goonermichael says:

    Per Mertesacker is out of Arsenal’s midweek Champions League against AC Milan.

    The German defender went down with nobody around him during this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Sunderland, and Arsene Wenger says the centre-half left the Stadium of Light on crutches.

    “It was unfortunate. Mertesacker told me that he got a shot in his ankle and couldn’t move at all anymore. We are a bit worried about his ankle I must say because he goes home on crutches. He has done some ligament damage, but how big that is we will have to check tomorrow.

  3. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I`ll give you a Canine out of Ten for that Rockstar, Koz I`m Feline good !.
    Saves me buying a Sunday paper, thats how good AA reports are !

  4. Rasp says:

    Fantastic report Rocky for a game with a fairytale ending that for some reason was overshadowed in the press by the less worthy events at OT.

    An ‘omelette the size of Wales’ on the face of the Ramsey detractors 😛 and maybe a humble pie the size of Russia in the mouth of all those who think small moments of genius from AA are not worth the wait.

  5. harry says:

    Cracking write up Rocky, always enjoy your match reports. Great result considering the way the match panned out.

    All I am sorry havent been around much, just my personal life is in turmoil and for once, although I jokingly say that arsenal comes first, at the moment, its the family and my wife.

    I still read AA most days but havent had the strength to write until today…….

    Henrys goal was a beacon of light that broke my dark clouds, so even though Arsenal are not in the front of my thoughts, the boys still affect my mood, that I cannot stop.

  6. LB says:

    “Up front we were still probing with all the effectiveness of a blind gynaecologist.”

    Hahahahahahaha, I’m off to read the rest.

  7. Rasp says:

    Morning Harry,

    Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. Your presence on here is always appreciated and remember you are amongst friends.

  8. goonermichael says:

    I’d still rather have someone more reliable than Arshavin Rasp. It’s really annoying when he shows what he’s capable of.

  9. Rasp says:

    Morning gm,

    There are players like Messi who can consistently produce genius, but in many it is there but only surfaces spasmodically. I’m more than happy with AA being a 70 minute sub, but yesterday shows that he can do things the speed merchants can’t when the defence is tight.

  10. Walcott ithinks he is better than Thierry Henry. Can I throw up now? says:

    Song lost the ball for the Sunderland goal. Song is not on Song. Walcott has to go. He actually said that TH14 or TH12 can learn something from him. I hope he is sold to Bolton then we shall see how good he is without Fab, Jack, and VP. Arsenal contolled and when Walcott gets the ball he loses it. Can he really do anything wilth the ball, like head it, dribble it, cross it, pass it? First touch is a lottery with him. More chances of losing than winning. Please do not give me the rubbish about Champions League heroics. The only reason Arsenal play well in Europe is because we play a European game and other teams are good enough to play us and therefore the games have open spaces rather than bank ten men on the edge of the penalty box. Not the forum for him to shine? Exaclty. What is most sickening about Walcott is that he actually believes he is a superstar.

  11. goonermichael says:

    I’m sorry to hear that too Harry. I hope it gets better.

  12. Raygee says:

    “I really do think it’s time Arsene
    started going to church.”

    LMAO ! ! !

  13. LB says:

    “You can take away the speed, you can take away the stamina, you can take away some of the strength, but you can’t take away the class”

    What a classy match report, a real joy.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    RL. Very entertaining read and certainly of a much higher standard than the paid hacks.

    I loved “expelliamus parkbussimus”!

    Harry. Hope all goes well and I can only repeat Rasp 10.20

  15. John says:

    Have to agree about that point about Arshavin goonermichael. Plus with Ramsey, we do need to rest him because he has been looking shattered recently. Rosicky has come in and done a good job in recent games. I just hope Jacky boy will back soon, so we can rotate that midfield a bit more.

  16. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all.

    Top report Rocky, pleased to see the scores are high for most.

    Feels good to be sitting in 4th this morning.

    Harry sorry to hear you’re going through a tough time, hopefully Arsenal recent wins have given you something to smile about.

    As for our 10:24am this morning…..some people are never happy are they?

  17. goonermichael says:

    Real can go 10 points clear. have that cesc you little traitor

  18. pat says:

    was a good win – especially since coming from behind and guys like Ramsey getting a goal and Arshavin putting in a good cross. Will be great for the confidence for those two guys and the whole team. AND WE ARE NOW 4TH

    Pitch was awful.

    Walcott was kind of frustrating, but then there didnt seem much options available to him in terms of another team mate showing for a pass, didnt seem to be much movement off the ball up front? Its the kind of game where there wasnt much speed of passing – the pitch and the way that Sunderland came out to pretty much go for a draw didnt help much.

    A nice report Rocky…

    Rosicky is starting to also put some decent performances in as well has some good go forward…but yeah will be sad to see Henry go back its been a great return for him hasnt it – oh well the dream isnt quite over yet maybe!

  19. pat says:

    dont say that goonermichael – nows the time to start up the “Cesc has arsenal DNA” stories 😉

  20. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Harry, all the best to you.

  21. goonermichael says:

    I don’t want cesc back. Arteta is my new Spanish friend 🙂

  22. pat says:

    and re arshavin – I guess it looks like we are stuck with him until the end of the season? I just hope he can build from here i.e maybe like in the report maybe he has reached the bottom and is on the way back up…

  23. goonermichael says:

    I think I’ll watch gervinho later. He’ll be back to mash them spuds. I’m sick of all the gushing about twitchy.

  24. Big Raddy says:

    GM. I thought you had a little yearning for Almunia.

    You hairdressers are so fickle 🙂

  25. pat says:

    Yup Arteta has become a great addition – who would have picked that at the close of the tf window?

  26. Rasp says:

    Teams don’t win titles, squads do.

    Arshavin is a fantastic little player to have in your armoury.

    It is true that Ramsey was looking tired and we saw yesterday how he had benefitted from the rest but also from being unburdoned by expectation. Some of the stuff aimed at Ramsey on twitter and elsewhere was just disgusting – and by so-called Arsenal fans.

  27. goonermichael says:

    Twitter and the blogosphere is full of cretins. Ramsey has given everything.

  28. evonne says:

    Rocky – great match report, thanks.
    ‘We never looked in trouble after that’ – hmmmmm, there was just 1 minute left 🙂

    Rosicky had a funny game in my opinion. In the first half he tried very hard, but he lost the ball several times; second half much better.

    I am just glad that Wenger doesn’t listen to me 🙂 I would never put AA on the pitch yesterday

  29. goonermichael says:

    What dear? Me dear? Fickle dear? no dear. Come on Leonard we’re leaving

  30. Red Arse says:

    Darn you are good Rocky Elvis!! 🙂

    Loved the report and can find absolutely nothing to disagree with. Now there’s a surprise!!

    I am waiting for the verdict from our own GK-ing coach, GIE, as he will have personal experience of what is involved in those circumstances, but I said yesterday that Chezzer was not at fault for their goal and I have no reason to change my mind today.

    Two reasons really. First, I wrote a small note recently about the speed a football can travel when hit by a professional footballer (up to 100 mph), and the closeness of the kick to the keeper means that even with a reaction time of 0.120 seconds [eye, brain, nerve, muscles] he had no real hope of saving the goal.

    Secondly, he was undoubtedly distracted by the obviously serious injury to the Jolly Green Giant who was lying prone and clearly in his sight line. Not guilty, m’lud!! 🙂

    Enjoyable, Rock of Ages!

  31. goonermichael says:

    John Cross @johncrossmirror
    Reply RetweetedRetweet
    FavoritedFavorite · Close Open Details So Wenger beats Saint Martin. Arise Pope Arsene. Expecting one hell of a Wenger love in. (The rules of Twitter dictate that, surely…?)

    john cross gets on my nerves almost as much as piers “name dropper” morgan

  32. dandan says:

    Sorry to hear of your troubles Harry, you will find however as I have, that given a chance, the good folks on AA are here to support you. Please don’t be afraid to visit when you can.

    Super match report Rocky, I have to admit that I let my head drop and bemoaned our luck whilst cursing the gods as the BFG went down and opened the door for a goal from nothing. I even asked myself if Arsene was cursed, surely we were not going to do another Swindon on a ploughed field, when will our luck change. All very non me, but I am ashamed to say true.
    Then the gods of football teased us further, deliberating as Aarons shot hit one post rolling the ball along the line to hit the far post, before allowing it to cross the line. I believe our season turned at that moment the gods have decided we have served our punishment, for what I know not. But in extra time their chosen one TH12 made his second coming complete as he gifted us the three points.
    Truly the prince of Highbury is now the King of The Emirates a god in the making if ever there was one, hurry back TH your destiny awaits you.
    In the meantime fourth place will be ours.

  33. joe says:

    we played far too narrow against the closed red and white ranks. walcott especially almost never exploited the width. i can understand him and the ox squeezing in to create room for wing backs but they were just not there. when the ox and walcott came off, arshavin had/created loads of room just by using the space available. this is a tactical matter that has to be put right and quickly so that we can get behind and get crosses in. we again looked lame in attack and the amount of possession looked increasingly pointless. credit to AA, he looked the most dangerous player on the pitch as soon as he came on and attacked bardsley at great angles where he could go either way.

  34. evonne says:

    Harry – time cures EVERYTHING. I have been to hell and back many a time, but keep coming back to fight. I am with you mate xx

  35. Steve of Chiang Mai says:

    @Joe – I would have to look at the video again but I would imagine, given the success of our wingers last week the fringes were worse than the middle and for these guys that are used to training and playing on billiard tables, that pitch was bordering on dangerous. Especially in the first half I notice large clods of turf being torn up every time OX tried to sprint.

    One thing that does surprise me is that when Arsenal wins a yellow against a defender they stop running at him. When the Sunderland left back Richardson was carded Theo should have run at him every time – in, shimmy, tap ahead and bolt, and hope he sticks out a leg to fall over! Nothing breaks a “bus” down better than having one of the rear wheels sent off!

  36. Gooner In Exile says:

    Good point Steve, that kind of thinking comes under the Dark Arts Manual, and we all know that coaching aide has been missing from London Colney for a while. We are afterall the good guys 🙂

  37. slimgingergooner says:

    Only just seen the goals, and WOW!

    Seeing the little Ruski crossing an inch perfect ball between 2 defenders straight onto Henry’s right boot has warmed my heart. I have criticised Arshavin recently as have many others, but there is still a little ember in my heart that flickers in the hope that he could once again become great. Fantastic cross, great finish, and a fantastic day that puts just goes to show that anything can happen in this league. After the Bolton game certain people had given up on fourth. Well only 2 or 3 games later and we ARE 4th.

    Let’s keep this snowball rolling!

  38. goonermichael says:

    On the highlights BFG looked to be struggling earlier in the game

  39. goonermichael says:

    slim I’ve given up on 4th so many times I’m up and down like a whore’s nightgown (as my dear old dad would say)

  40. Gooner In Exile says:

    The thing that AA23 gives us that I’m not sure many others do is the ability to produce that when crowded. He had two men on him, and made himself the room to put the ball between the two of them.

    Also Thierry was already gambling as he could see there was only one place that ball could go with a right foot cross. If you look carefully you will see RvP is in the only place it can go if AA23 uses his left foot.

  41. VCC says:

    Harry .. All the best. Listen to the CD mate.

  42. VCC says:

    Great post Rocky.

    Loved it, as many have said before me, one of the best on the www.

    “expelliamous parkbussimus” Qualiteeeeeeeeeeeeee

    4th on goal difference, who would have thought these heady heights after our disastrous start to the season.

    Looks like Merry Terry’s crystal ball may have some truth in it. Happy days.

    Only difference for me would be Rosicky = 8 Walcott = 5. Splitting hairs I know but thats how I saw it.

    Big week ahead Gooners, must keep everything crossed and have the prayer mats out on Wednesday.

  43. chas says:

    Brilliant report, Rocky. Very amusing.

    I was at Lingfield races for my nephew’s mini stag do yesterday. Getting info about the equaliser and then the winner made the afternoon even more special. Here’s a couple of pics. Lovely costume!



    hope things improve soon. Really good that the boys were able to lift your spirits yesterday.

  44. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chas, Guessing it’s an all weather track at Lingfield?

    Wish I’d seen the horse before I followed that tip in the 3:40 🙂

  45. chas says:

    yes mate, it was -9 degrees in the morning, but the course only freezes when it gets to -14 degrees!

  46. RockyLives says:

    Greetings AA-lings
    Thanks for the comments.

    Harry – sorry to hear you’re having a tough time. I can only echo Evonne’s wise words and say that all things pass. I sincerely wish you the very best.

    Has anyone heard any more about BFG’s injury? He doesn’t seem like the sort of guy who would go down like that without good reason so I’m not hopeful for a fast return. In a way, he’s another casualty of our FB crisis. If we had had some FBs he would have been able to get some breaks. That quagmire of a pitch certainly didn’t help him. During one of our attacks I’m sure I spotted Blackadder and Baldrick in a trench.

    GM @11.01 – I’m still chuckling now. You are officially the pithiest man on AA. And that’s not taking the pith 🙂

    I thought of marking Theo lower, but I decided that this was exactly the sort of game least suited to his skills, so it wasn’t entirely his fault. You might be right about TR7.

  47. RockyLives says:

    Your recent comments on the speed of a shot football versus the fastest possible human reaction time were fresh in my mind when I was writing this report. Thank you.

  48. RockyLives says:

    @1.26 – that’s very true of Arshavin (the ability to be effective in a tight space). Is that about the quickness of his feet? Or the experience/intelligence of the positions he takes?

    Either way, I really hope we can see some more of it between now and the end of the season.

  49. RockyLives says:

    Did you really speculate as to whether we are cursed when that Sunderland goal went in? I’m ashamed to say I certainly did.

    I have always secretly suspected that the Claret Conked Gorbalian sold his soul in a Faustian pact many years ago. It’s the only explanation I can find for the ridiculous good fortune his teams have had over the years.

  50. RockyLives says:

    Expelliamus Blogfartus

  51. dandan says:

    Rocky I am ashamed to say I did.

  52. goonermichael says:

    Did you think we were cursed or did you fart dandan?

  53. RockyLives says:

    How’s Mrs D?

  54. goonermichael says:

    I wonder if people will give Suarez any credit for his apology?

  55. RockyLives says:

    “we never looked in trouble after that”
    There may have been only one minute to go, but how costly has that final minute been for us in the last couple of seasons?

  56. dandan says:

    She slept 12 hrs last night but looks and feels so much better today, her lung still hurts, but she is a million miles from where she was Rocky. Hopefully we are nearly there. Thank you for asking.

  57. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rocky, many great one-liners, all utterly quotable, in a fantastic, full-on report. ‘Jinky-dinky loveliness’!

    I think you were right in giving Rosicky a 7. He worked hard and defended well when needed, and he put his foot/body in whenever required. He has the right attitude. I watched him carefully over the last few games and it is fair to say that the job he is meant to do he is not mastering at the moment. The good thing is he tries to be quick and direct with defence-splitting defences, but a large percentage of these do not come off. In every game there are large periods in which he is little, or not at all involved, and he often positions himself in difficult angles from the Arsenal player with the ball, who is looking for a pass. We scored 9 goals in 2 games and Rosicky did not have a single assist. You would expect more from our CM.

    Having said that, he is a good squad player to have and he worked his socks off, and so he deserved your ‘7’, but not more.

  58. RockyLives says:

    Probably too little too late GM.

    Everyone seemed to approve of Bridge not shaking Terry’s hand (because it would be hypocritical of him to do so).

    But Suarez is expected to shake the hand of the odious Evra and it’s a huge scandal when he doesn’t.

    All a bit confusing.

    Suarez should have shook his hand then clobbered him on the pitch.

    I can’t stand Evra.

  59. RockyLives says:

    Glad to hear that Dandan.

  60. evonne says:

    Rocky – I’m not wise, just experienced

    Chas you monster – I was feeling sorry for you after the first goal! Poor Chas, went to the game, freezing cold and we are losing

    GM – Dandan farter? I think not, he is a gent 🙂

    I am VERY worried about the Spurs situation. They are going to be in top 4 no even if Arry goes. A caretaker manager will see them through till the next season. And then Maureen will take over. He desperately wants to return to EPL and will reject the Chavs to teach Abramovitch a lesson. Spurs will win the league next year

  61. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Harry, sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time on a personal level. You are right to prioritise family above football and I hope things will soon improve for you again.

  62. goonermichael says:

    I’m glad things are looking up dandan.

    WBA just scored. I’d love to see wolves relegated.

  63. RockyLives says:

    having read your last paragraph (@2.48) I now believe you: you are not wise 🙂

    Harry will leave for the England job.

    Under a caretaker manager Spuds will start dropping points left right and centre.

    ManUtd will win the league, so City’s Arabs will ditch Mankini and get Moaniho.

    Bale will go to RM and Modric to Chelsea.

    Spuds will get Phil Brown.

    Within two years they’ll be in the Championship.

  64. evonne says:

    Rocky – lay off that Bourbon!

  65. goonermichael says:

    Suarez clearly believes he wasn’t being racist. evra is a horrible little canut whatever colour he is. Whatch terry get off. If Suarez was English it would have been a different story. the double standards are amazing.

  66. dandan says:


    Remember Liverpool is American owned and the Racial card in sport is an even more serious subject over there. Without doubt the owners will have been on Kenny’s case. I suspect his job could well have been on the line. The negative publicity will not have been well received across the pond. I am not the least surprised that Saurez has made so strong a statement today.

  67. goonermichael says:

    Robin will probably go with bale unfortunately Rocky. I hope shitty win the league.

  68. evonne says:

    GM – I hate Evra, but he offered his hand yesterday. Liverpool decided before the game that there was going to be no handshake. They must have forgotten to let ManU know their decision.

    Suarez could have ended the whole thing yesterday, Shake Evra’s, who was the victim, hand and behave like a grown up professional. Instead he ridiculed himself, his club and upset the black community further. He is canut and should leave England

  69. TotalArsenal says:

    Evonne, Rocky is right.

    A spud is happiest where it belongs: in the dark, brown soil – well away from the dizzying, lofty, airy heights of the PL top-4. I hope he is wrong about Mourinho managing the Oiler next year though. If and when this happens Citeh will win the PL for at least a few years in a row, I’d fear.

  70. RockyLives says:

    I think Robin will stay. This team has lots of potential and I expect us to have a stirring last part of the season.

    A good CL run would do wonders for everyone.

    Imagine how we’ll feel in two weeks if we’ve beaten Milan, qualified for the FA Cup QFs and beaten the Spuds at our place.

    It’s all very possible.

  71. evonne says:

    Rocky – Bourbon talk 🙂

  72. Jamie says:

    Nice match report Rocky.

    Though the lads did well yesterday and were seriously unlucky to go behind against the run of play.

    Mertesacker did play well until the slip, he does always have one of those in his locker though. I think our three centre backs are pretty good. I think it’s TV5 plus one other depending on the opponent. Let’s hop the big german just had a shock on his ankle.

    I’m 6th 1 and a bit on the heavy side and when I used to play football had reall trouble with my ankles, used to turn them over twice a season. It looked like that to me. It used to swell up for three days afterward and you really feel in shock when its happens. Ankle like a cricket ball but I used to be ok in about three weeks.

    I actually went on the first date with my mrs carrying that injury and a limp, I told her it was an old football injury, which it was, only that time I aggravated it by falling over some 70s night flares falling out of the kebab shop.

    Pride was damaged when my mate told the storey on our second date.

    Nice to see Rosicky having a little Indian summer.

  73. evonne says:

    Raddy – I need your help! I downloaded 2,500 books to my Kindle, but they are mostly unreadable. Can you recommend any good ebooks? Anything witty and preferably bloody will do

  74. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky, superb match report. I shall keep fighting Arsh’s corner – he’s given me 3 great memories in his time at Arsenal.

    Evonne, we want city to keep dropping points so Mancini gets his marching orders and maureen will have the choice between the spuds and city. The only reason he’d pick the spuds would be because he wants to live in London. If the spuds want to build a new ground there is no way maureen would go there and be left with no mkoney to spend.

  75. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    e va va vonne,
    Your last paragraph @ 2:48 proves why you are the Queen of the Cuckoo Club, Terry`s mad ,but even he wouldn`t say that ! 😯
    Now I`m confused, your last paragraph @ 3:00 was very sensible ! 😯

  76. evonne says:

    Hi Rasp – I thought about their new stadium and Arry’s departure. He would not last 5 minutes without money. If Modric and Bale leave and there is little money to spend, his brilliance would be seriously diminished. Life is great for Rosie, no doubt about it.

    Mancini is a good manager, I actually like him and hope he will stay. He showed much more character and dignity than Maureen splashing greasy dough right left and centre

  77. TotalArsenal says:

    Evra is an absolute dickhead, but he was racially abused by Suarez and the latter was rightly punished for that. I also believe that Suarez is pretty stupid, as in dum.

    The real issue is now with Liverpool footbal club. They clearly have no proper understanding of the issues at stake here and have been mis-managing the whole process appallingly. Having worked a couple of years in Liverpool, this comes as no surprise to me. Lovely, friendly people, but with less than 3% of its people being of a BME background, they tend to have a limited understanding of equality and inclusion issues. Liverpool football club believes that it is the victim here and as long as this remains the case, they will keep cocking this up badly.

    Suarez not shaking Evra’s hand could have had very dire consequences.

  78. evonne says:

    GLiC – behave!! Where is Terry these days? Or 26??

  79. RockyLives says:

    Jamie 🙂
    I had run-in or two with 70s flares myself. Lethal things.

    Three great memories? OK, I’ll bite…
    1) The 4 goals away at Anfield.
    2) The winning goal against Barca last year.
    3) ??? Maybe that goal up at OT? (But we lost that match courtesy of a stunning attacking header by Diaby, into his own net.

  80. evonne says:

    TA – yep, couldn’t agree more. Fergie was right in saying that LFC ought to get rid off Suarez, good player, but too much of a liability

    What’s BME?

  81. goonermichael says:

    I had a shower and WBA have scored 3 more

  82. RockyLives says:

    Are you claiming credit for West Brom’s goals? Do you have a magic shower? Can you get in it when we’re playing?

  83. TotalArsenal says:

    Evonne, it stands for Black Minority Ethnic.

  84. goonermichael says:

    he has one in his locker? You mean when your achilles snaps and you fall over?

  85. goonermichael says:

    I’d have Suarez if he’s going cheap

  86. Rasp says:

    Hi Rocky, no the 3rd was his part in that memorable goal by TH yesterday, no Arsh and no fairytale ending.

    The point about players like AA and TH is that they are not phased when an opportunity to do something special presents itself. If only Bendtner had that quality when he should have scored to put Barca out of the CL last year.

  87. Rasp says:

    I wouldn’t have Suarez, he’s trouble. Torres or Balotelli yes (I’m dreaming), Suarez no.

  88. RockyLives says:

    I suppose that’s a definition of ‘class’.

  89. TotalArsenal says:

    I am sure you could teach him a few tricks GM, but make sure he doesn’t bite your customers’ shoulders (although some might like it actually)! 😆

  90. RockyLives says:

    Balotelli? No thanks. He’s trouble too.

    But Torres could redeem himself at Arsenal.

    Sadly, he’ll probably leave England instead.

  91. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I`ll try e va va vone, but I`ve always been mischievous, cant help It ! 👿

  92. Jamie says:

    GM – I meant he always has a rickett in he locker. Which he does. Not the first time he has had an untimely slip. This was unfortunate more than a mistake. Good player though.

  93. Red Arse says:

    Evra is indeed odious, and a professional trouble maker, but he was racially abused and that is not acceptable — ever.

    Suarez reputedly seems to be a product of the society he grew up in (not that I have any first hand knowledge about it) and probably does not “get it” that he has behaved shamefully, even if provoked by the above!

    The real culprit here, the man who should have taken Suarez aside and told him to cool it, and made him understand the deep offence he has caused, not just to black people but all decent people, and that is Dalgleish, who I think, by his behaviour and thoughtless jingoism, is every bit as culpable as Suarez.
    His public conduct and inept comments have probably resulted in making Suarez feel that he is the victim and not the aggressor, which has in turn resulted in him behaving in the way he did yesterday. Disgusting.

    That’s all I have to say.

  94. evonne says:

    TA – forgot to tell you – the poem about clouds you sent me last month was written by Wislawa Szymborska, who died last week

  95. goonermichael says:

    Suarez is trouble but not Balotelli? I love Balotelli but he’s trouble.

  96. Hi all

    Just popping in to say that we don’t have a post for tomorrow so if anyone has any ideas to write one that would be splendid 😛

    Jamie – didn’t you have an idea for one a couple of weeks ago?

  97. goonermichael says:

    Jamie. Everone has a mistake in them 🙂 I made one once

  98. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    I so much wanted Suarez before the Dippers got him . Now the EPL seems to be going backwards, they could end up with a Casist Runts team of the year the way it`s going ! 😦

  99. evonne says:

    GM – speak for yourself, I’m perfect 🙂

  100. goonermichael says:

    I’ve been falsely accused of being racist. If it had got to an industrial tribunal I could easily have lost. Would I shake thier hand? I’d spit in thier faces.

  101. goonermichael says:

    Suarez and Dalgliesh have both apologised now. Have you ever heard that drunken scotch/manc wanker apologise for anything? he’s the biggest piece of shit in football.

  102. Red Arse says:


    I almost made the mistake of admitting that I once made a mistake! 🙂

    I often fall back on an old prayer when I feel the need for help, you know the plea for serenity, courage and wisdom, it goes something like this;

    Lord grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change;
    The courage to change things I can,
    And the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill,
    Because they pissed me off!

    Works a treat!! 🙂

  103. evonne says:

    GM – I was in court in December with my neighbours. They defended themselves saying that I want money from them not because they have destroyed my property and refused to honour a written agreement that we had, but because I was a racist. The judge could see right through them and I won the case hands down. I’d spit in their face

  104. LB says:

    Did Suarez make a racist comment?

    Here is a sort of an attempt to understand where Suarez and Liverpool are coming from and why they think the Uruguayan has done nothing wrong and certainly did not say anything racist. But, before I start, I want to make clear that I do not agree with it all.

    What would your reaction be if I referred to a group of people as Los Gatos Negros? When we read the first syllable of the third word we hear it as “Ne” for knee, my guess is that this sets alarm bells off because it is mighty close to a very offensive word. But in Spanish it is pronounced “Ne” for net and for all those people who do not speak Spanish those three words mean The Black Cats and I am sure you will agree that whenever we beat Sunderland nothing is more inoffensive than the term “The Black Cats”.

    So there you have innocent problem number one. The second confusion can be explained by referring to one of Spain’s greatest ever artists. Have you heard of the painter El Greco? Many have but what most do not realise is that that was not his name, EL Greco just means The Greek, I don’t have the faintest idea what his real name was. David Becham actively encouraged the title of El Ingles “The English” when he was at Real Madrid. Benzema is known as “El Frances” the point to this is that having the definite article put before your name is a sign of respect — The Arsenal, get the point.

    Do you remember the furore there was when the then manager of the Spanish national team Aragones was talking to Reyes and referred to Thierry Henry as El Negro? Are you starting to see the confusion?

    My guess is that Suarez called to Evra: Hey Negro. There is no doubt in my mind that this is not a racist term in Uruguay. As to whether it should be viewed as such is another question entirely.

  105. RockyLives says:

    Redders 🙂

    Right, I’m off to see a basketball game (Toronto Raptors v LA Lakers).

    Of all the North American sports, I have acquired a liking for basketball since I’ve been out here. It seems understandable to someone who has grown up with footy.

    I know you like baseball and gridiron – do you have any time for NBA?

  106. evonne says:

    LB – Aragones called Thierry Henry a ‘black shit’. There was no confusion as to what he meant

  107. LB says:

    Arogones was not seaking in English so how do you say “black shit’ in Spanish, Evonne?

  108. Red Arse says:


    After an independent, lengthy and professionally conducted ‘trial’ with legal representation, Suarez was found guilty and given an eight match ban.

    That says it all surely? There can be no excuses, in my opinion.

  109. goonermichael says:

    Arsenal Gentleman @ArsenalGent
    · Close Open Details Liverpool: Also, please apologise immediately for Andriy Voronin, and promise never to do it again.

  110. goonermichael says:

    redknapp and gerrard got not guilty RA

  111. LB says:


    I do not disagree with the outcome of the trial or the underlying point you are clearly making. The point of my comment was to try and give an insight into why and how Suarez and Liverpool could maintain innocence for so long.

  112. Red Arse says:

    I quite like NBA when I watch it, especially in the Olympics, but I do not have a team as such.

    I hope you have noticed what a good boy I have been recently — as a big Wigan Warriors rugby league fan, I have not once mentioned the fate of Slim’s Leeds Rhinos team this weekend? 🙂

  113. RockyLives says:

    I agree with TA
    It was Liverpool who were mostly at fault.
    In a lot of south american countries people are referred to by their colour in the way they used to be in Britain back in the 70s.
    I have known Sunday league teams where a black player was known as “Blackie”.
    Appalling as it now seems, at the time those people thought nothing of it – it was like calling a short person “Titch” or a tall one “Lofty”. In fact I have played in teams with players referred to as, variously “Lardy (fat bloke), Gutbucket (ditto), Ginge (redhead), Donkey Dick (use your imagination) and Zorba (he had Greek parents).”
    I played in some really sh*t teams.
    Anyone, this is not to justify it, because the experience of racial discrimination means that nicknames based on skin colour are not acceptable, even when people try to justify them as “affectionate”.

    However, in terms of awareness of racial sensitivity, I suspect that Uruguay now is where the UK was in the 1970s. The same applies to some of the Eastern European countries where racial abuse of players by crowds is still commonplace.

    So Suarez almost certainly did not fully understand the nature of his offence when he committed it.

    So Liverpool should have protected him by making him apologise immediately and explain he did not mean it as a racial insult.

    Instead the club has adopted a victim mentality which, let’s face it, is not uncommon in Liverpool as a whole.

  114. LB says:

    And still do.

  115. goonermichael says:

    Arsenal Gentleman @ArsenalGent
    Reply RetweetedRetweet
    FavoritedFavorite · Close Open Details Liverpool: Please also apologise for thinking you were going to win a second double on 26th May 1989. #Splendid

  116. great match report Rocky, spot on..

    i think the hand shake issue is a farce..

    Why was it ok for the QPR v Chelski match to abandon the handshake??

    and fuck i hate Fergie!!

    Did he say anything when Scholes and Neville refused to shake hands with our own Patrick Viera?

  117. LB says:

    Very good comment Rocky

    I think you are on the money there.

  118. Red Arse says:

    Fair enough LB.

    I suspect that Dalgleish does not speak Spanish as you do, and therefore he would not understand any of the nuances of interpretation that you are able to make.
    He has just been making a fool of himself.

    (I don’t speak Spanish either, admittedly) 🙂


    Great post Rocky, its all gearing up for a realy nice finish to the season, pipping the N17 wretches to 3rd spot, and winning the Champions league.

    I know that its a serious issue with the racist element, but i must admit to pissing myself with merryment over the handshake farce.Both Evra and Suarez have the chewing a wasplook going on, like to dive, cheat, and when they smile its the grin of “i have just picked your pocket” Fock them both i say.

    As for Dalgleish, if Adolf Hitler was a good player ime sure he would be playing right wing, and King Kenny would claim hes a decent geezer, just misunderstood, with a very fetching tache…Oh, and Mussolini would be centre back and an idol of the Kop.

  120. goonermichael says:

    Especially if hitler was overpriced and british terry

  121. Red Arse says:


    I know two guys (Brits) – one of whom is called ‘Chalky’ because his surname is White, and the other is called ‘Nobby’ because his surname is Clarke (?) – (Don’t ask, I do not have a clue)! 🙂

    Neither are offended and just accept it as humour. However, if they were offended then that would presumably be different.

    It is how the person concerned sees the name calling and racist names are of a different level of seriousness anyway.

  122. Red Arse says:

    MerryTerry, 🙂


    £30 million for Hitler GM, a real bargain considering his dominance of the right wing, and of course any slackness from his team mates would result in a firing squad.

  124. LB says:

    This works better

  125. goonermichael says:

    I’ve got a friend called ugly dave. he just calls me C***

  126. Well done LB, I was trying to work out how to get the pic up, thanks 😀

  127. LB says:

    Hahahahaahh GM

  128. Is the manc v villa game very boring or is it just Gary Nevilles voice?

  129. goonermichael says:

    it’s boring and so is neville’s voice


    Its Nevilles voice Peaches, very monotone. The only time ive heard a change of tone is when he mentions David Beckham, it goes suspiciously effeminet.

  131. goonermichael says:

    That’s when his bum hurts


    hehehe, so true GM

  133. goonermichael says:

    A gay clothes stylist who did a shoot with the neville brothers told me “that one’s well dodgy” I think he meant Gary.

  134. TotalArsenal says:

    HI Evonne, sorry to hear about your fellow countryman’s death last week. I read a few of Szymborska’s poems and I really like them. I love this one ‘We knew the World Backwards and Forwards’. It is kind of appropriate for the Suarez-Evra saga.

    Świat umieliśmy kiedyś na wyrywki:
    – był tak mały, że się mieścił w uścisku dwu rąk,
    tak łatwy, że się dawał opisać uśmiechem,
    tak zwykły, jak w modlitwie echo starych prawd

    Nie witała historia zwycięską fanfarą:
    – sypnęła w oczy brudny piach.
    Przed nami były drogi dalekie i ślepe,
    zatrute studnie, gorzki chleb.

    Nasz łup wojenny to wiedza o świecie:
    – jest tak wielki, że się mieści w uścisku dwu rąk,
    tak trudny, że się daje opisać uśmiechem,
    tak dziwny, jak w modlitwie echo starych prawd.

    We knew the world backwards and forwards
    So small it fit in a handshake
    So easy it could be described in a smile
    As plain as the echoes of old truths and a prayer

    History did not greet us with triumphant fanfare
    It flung dirty sand in our eyes
    Ahead of us were distant roads leading nowhere
    Poisoned wells, bitter bread

    The spoils of war is our knowledge of the world
    So large it fits in a handshake
    So hard it could be described in a smile
    As strange as the echoes of old truths and a prayer.

  135. goonermichael says:

    I’d forgotten shitty have nasri

  136. evonne says:

    Shitty are going to bring Tevez back
    They are preparing fittness programme for him

  137. goonermichael says:

    This game really is boring. Glad they’ve scored as I write this though

  138. goonermichael says:

    neville just said “lescott pulls off james collins” She’s dodgy that one

  139. goonermichael says:

    sorry my bad he “pulled off carlos cueller”

  140. goonermichael says:

    I bet the other mancs wish they had tevez coming back

  141. RockyLives says:

    At the game now. Kicks off (sorry, tips off) in half an hour.

    Is Na$ri playing? Or on bench as usual?

  142. goonermichael says:

    He’s on the bench Rocky

  143. RockyLives says:

    What a twunt.

    If he gets a champs medal do you think he’ll feel he deserves it?

  144. evonne says:

    Fatso coming off the bench, last 10 minutes and no real threat from Villa, which means his appearence is just to rest johnson a bit

  145. goonermichael says:

    What a fantastic save

  146. goonermichael says:

    I don’t think he’ll give a shit Rocky. he’ll be glad he didn’t go to barca though 🙂

  147. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Great read Rocky, with some brilliant lines in it. Thanks.
    Also, some very funny stuff on here today. Tops for me are GM’s “I have a mate called ugly dave…” and LB’s brilliant TH/MC pic. Both very 🙂

  148. MickyDidIt89 says:

    What time is Gerv not getting injured and scoring goals tonight, and is it on normal TV?

  149. goonermichael says:

    7:30 Micky not sure where it’s on. Hope he comes back a winner. Great goal in the semis

  150. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Cheers GM,
    Just found out its on ITV4

  151. evonne says:

    6:30 kick off. I want Zambia to win

  152. goonermichael says:

    Eurosport too Mickey

  153. goonermichael says:

    It’s 7:30 evonne are you still in Poland?

  154. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Don’t have Eurosport, I don’t think but ITV4 is good.
    Still chuckling over you Ugly Dave comment. So funny and so true.

  155. evonne says:

    GM – no, I am back. OK, you are right, the build up starts at 6:30

    Micky – I don’t like ugly Dave. He told GM that ugly girls are better in bed

  156. goonermichael says:

    You are very observant evonne. I’m posting a picture of him on facebook very soon and you can make your own mind up.

  157. evonne says:

    GM – will do. Mind you, a friend told me recently that there is no such thing as an ugly person, that it is wrong to call another human being ugly. I think he was right, everybody has some beauty in them, well, everybody except the mancs, the scum and the chavs

  158. Anyone writing a post for tomorrow?????

  159. goonermichael says:

    and gary neville evonne

  160. goonermichael says:

    Sorry I’m washing my hair peaches

  161. goonermichael says:

    hand ime ileterit

  162. goonermichael says:

    Here comes the Gerv

  163. dandan says:

    Rocky back in the 60/70’s , I played cricket for years with a wonderful West Indian fast bowler, before his first game he walked into our dressing room and introduced himself as follows “Hi my name is White, I am as Black as the Ace of Spades and I am Chalky to you lot” and Chalky he was on cricket fields, at work and in club houses, bars and pubs all round Hert’s, Essex and London, until he was promoted by his company and returned to Jamaica in a management position.
    A bright generous loose limbed man with a fierce bouncer he was loved by the team. His farewell do is the stuff of legends, Goat curry and sticky rice, Jamaican Rum punch and magnificent hangovers are recalled with affection when any of that team meets up again.

  164. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ugly Dave would think Ugly Women are better in bed, wouldn’t he?
    I want a happy Gerv coming home, so for that reason alone, its Ivory Coast for me

  165. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Where is this final being played?

  166. RockyLives says:

    Someone should do a report of the ACN final, with special focus on Gerv’s perf.
    (not me though – sorry 😦 )

  167. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Sorry. Thanks commentator.

  168. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I remember about 20 years ago, our mutual chum went to the ACN and said what a brilliant atmosphere there was outside the grounds before and after the games. Food, music and dancing.

  169. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shouldn’t you be concentarting on the netball?

  170. harry says:

    Evening all, thank you all so very much for the kind words of support from my arsenal family, it means alot and is really appreciated.

    Time is a healer, in time I will be strong again, just for now, I need to regain my focus and do right by my boys.

    I will dip in and out of AA and keep in touch if I make it to any matches………

    Thank you again, my arsenal friends………

  171. goonermichael says:

    My dad had a workmate called “black Johnny” he was a black (obviously) Turkish Cypriot. Johnny drove my dad to see my grandad in hospital and my grandad said “hello young man what part of the colonies do you come from”?. growing up near Brixton Curry goat, rice and peas, akee and saltfish were all quite normal for me. I went to quite a few West Indian christenings. We had a white Jamaican living next door to us on one side and a couple from British Guyana on the other side. we all used to get on well funnily enough.

  172. goonermichael says:

    Ivory Coast are under a bit of pressure. Gervinho has had a few good touches

  173. evonne says:

    Micky – by the same token other EPL teams would have happy players returning from Africa. Half the Ivorian team plays in this country. No, Zambia for me.

  174. jnyc says:

    I was thinking to myself that merts has been looking much stronger and confident in last few matches, playing his game of positioning very well, even noticed that he may have beefed up a little with the training staff, i was hoping he would do that from the start with us, to get a lil force to go with his height. Tall is great, skinny not great in premiere league. But just our luck, just as hes been playing his best. U see whats inevitable. Good news is if gibbs can start we can move vermaelen home, but when he or kozzer need rest, we depend on djourou or i wont even say the name of u know who. I still want vertonghen in the summer. I wanted mata and merts and i was right!

  175. evonne says:

    looks like a civil war in Greece, that’s all we foocking need

  176. goonermichael says:

    No that’s all they fooking need evonne

  177. evonne says:

    Rocky – he played last 10mins or so, made little impact

  178. evonne says:

    GM – yeah? You know that THIS country will intervene to help, how much is that going to cost??

  179. tomstoned says:

    great win and three very very important points..

    a rather strange a fun story about Ramsey being a deadly goalscorer,one of the biggest newspapers in Norway come up with this story…Red Arse im linking it specially for You ..who are well such a brilliant linguistic wizard ;
    For the rest of us,Dagbladet(the newspaper) links Ramsey’s goalscoring in a daedly manner..

    Ramsey scores against manure 1st of may2011..the day after the world learned that osama bin laden had been killed on..may 1st..
    then Ramsey go at it again and scores against oct.2nd and who drops dead ..Yes three days later still..Steve Jobs..doesnt stop there Ramsey again hits the net on oct 19 same month against Marseill..the day after Libyas Gadhaffi dies..
    and yesterday..Ramsey scores..Whitney Houston packs it in..

    Not sure but maybe its a good thing Ramsey isnt a top top goalscorer..;)

  180. goonermichael says:

    Drogba you twat.

  181. RockyLives says:

    That’s hilarious.

    Netball’s over now. Great game – went down to last second.

  182. goonermichael says:

    If he scores on Wednesday it might be ferguson on thursday. just saying.

  183. RockyLives says:

    Remind me to tell you the story of OMF and the Mexico World Cup.

  184. goonermichael says:

    tom it’s not like anyone nice died

  185. tomstoned says:

    agreed GM..well Whitney Houston was a great singer imo..wonder what Ramsey may think though ;
    maybe we all could write down a wish list ;..darn !

  186. VCC says:

    My wish list of three would be =
    Alex ferguson
    Patrice evrA
    Teddy sherringham.

  187. goonermichael says:

    Let’s pray for a hattrick then 🙂


    Tom, just imagine if Ramsey scores a hattrick, it would be mayhem.

  189. goonermichael says:

    sepp blatter
    bob crowe


    haha GM and VCC, a hattrick it is then

  191. VCC says:

    Gm + Terry 🙂
    One can only hope


    Bob Crowe hahahaha

  193. VCC says:

    What’s your three Terry?



    Abu Quatada
    Alan Suger
    Bob Crowe


  195. VCC says:

    Terry, it’s good job your hair transplant is not made of bum hair……It would keep blowing off.

  196. goonermichael says:

    forgot him terry and anjem chaudery

  197. VCC says:

    Nice one Terry, I think I will change my sherringham one with Quatada.

  198. tomstoned says:

    i only have one…but it includes alot of shit..barca for me..;)c’mon Ramsey ;

  199. goonermichael says:

    Ramsey better start scoring more often

  200. RockyLives says:

    Would going for Bale, Modric and VdV be a bit sick?

  201. VCC says:

    GM ditto


    VCC, blowing off is my specialality. hahahaha

    GM, what about that geezer with the hook and one eye, is he still alive?, or does Ramsey have to score on Wednesday night.

  203. tomstoned says:

    nope Rocky..only fair in my book ;

  204. VCC says:

    Rocky. Come on there,s morerotters in the world than those three. Lol.


    Not at all Rocky, i congratulate you on your choice. hahahaha

  206. goonermichael says:

    The last time I watched an ACN final was in a hotel in Manchester it ended scoreless and went to penalties. I think Cameroon won it. they were definitely in it

  207. tomstoned says:

    it does however give us a clear insight in just how important Ramsey could turn out to be…not only a great player.but a man on a mission ;

  208. tomstoned says:

    ronaldo have turned i aroud real 2-1 up..

  209. goonermichael says:

    The bloke with the hook is in prison then going for a long holiday in guantanamo.


    Guantanamo for a hoilday, the lucky bastard. hahahahahahaha

  211. tomstoned says:

    ronaldo again..3-1 and well that was a stunner

  212. RockyLives says:

    Nah. The world’s worst rotters all reside in N17

  213. goonermichael says:

    10 points behind for cesc than lol

  214. VCC says:

    Rocky… My vote would go to Manchester.

  215. goonermichael says:

    oh kolo

  216. goonermichael says:

    Gerv now

  217. Gooner In Exile says:

    Gervinho could win it here?

  218. Gooner In Exile says:

    Not good that Gerv is the 9th player! And that’s why!

  219. goonermichael says:

    hopefully he won’t be taking any for us

  220. no confidence, didnt wanna take it at all

  221. goonermichael says:

    i wonder what that will do for his confidence? drogshit should have scored his one in normal time anyway

  222. goonermichael says:

    I love African singing

  223. hope your happy Evonne

  224. Zambia just beat a premier league side with a former golden boot winner in the side…wonder what the wages of the ivory coast team would be collectively compared to zambias’ (outside of national team duty)? lol

  225. LB says:

    That cat’s face looking on is priceless.

  226. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Don’t start me Chas!
    Filthy ‘king ‘og

  227. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Madrid 10 points ahead of the best side I have ever seen. Cripes.
    No way will Maureen go to Spuds. He needs at least 100m and they have the small matter of a new shed to build.

  228. chas says:

    Perhaps the Spanish teams have found out how to counter the tippy-tappy style?

  229. chas says:

    You have to feel sorry for Cesc, though.
    There he was, thinking he was guaranteed a winners medal for a change.

  230. Big Raddy says:

    Let’s hope the Italians haven’t!

  231. chas says:

    Haha, BR.
    They use a new defensive system called ‘dogenaccio’.

  232. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Maybe Barca were a better team without Cesc ?

  233. chas says:

    “The Spanish World Cup winners Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Cesc Fábregas started on the bench….”

    Maybe Pep was thinking too much about the CL game on Tuesday.

  234. Gooner In Exile says:

    Morning all,

    Peaches crap post in drafts courtesy of me.

  235. gooner lost in cornwall says:

    Barca are definately going down hill If thats all they have on their bench !

  236. Gooner In Exile says:

    Dalgleish and Suarez made to apologise by the LFC Management as predicted by DanDan.

    There is already talk that Suarez will be gone by season end.

  237. Hi GiE – thanks for the post. Mr Total Arsenal has already sent one but I’ll have a look at yours 🙂

  238. Gooner In Exile says:

    Use TAs!!!

  239. Blimey chas what was that pic of? Its forbidden on my pc 😉

  240. SharkeySure says:

    Cracking report CorkyLives.


  241. chas says:

    Just a silly cartoon, peaches.
    Did your security object?

  242. chas says:

    Oooops, fallen foul of the management again.

  243. MickyDidIt89 says:

    i was just knocking up a far crappier one than yours.

  244. chas – no problem, I just wondered what it was as it wouldn’t open for me 😆

  245. No worries Micky and GiE just keep sending them in, I can always return them for re-writes if necessary 😉

  246. New Post ………………

  247. Bayonne Jean says:

    Sorry for the late reply, RockyLives, but a third moment from AA23, supplanting the ManU strike, was the game winner at Anfield later that season — an absolute laser.

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