Tomas Rosicky – The Little Mozart

I usually write posts with a historical feel, stories or matches and players gone by. Wide eyed tales from the vaults of the trophy cabinets and a time of greater innocence when players could drink all night and run all day, when wistful managers had Midas touches and a loose brick in the fireplace bunged full of used twenties.

However, on this occasion, the match against Spurs made me think about the current. More specifically our Number 7.

When Tomas Rosicky arrived at Arsenal amongst much fanfare in 2006  we were entitled to expect a lot.

He was captain of the Czech Republic at the forthcoming World Cup. He had been able to shine against us in the Champions League, he was, we were told by Arsène Wenger a replacement for a modern day Arsenal legend Robert Pires. He has since that day occupied Pires’ hallowed jersey and often for reasons obvious to most of us struggled to fill those 1:50pm boots.

Back then Tomas was a world class player in the making. Several injuries later, here we are, he is a squad man in a side that has often struggled for creative input.

The mention of Rosicky on the team sheet raises an eyebrow.

The mention of his fitness  or any reliance on him in the pub pre-match is met with a wary grin.  As if you were a Liberal Democrat suggesting a  Tory increase in unemployment benefits.

Your friend may with some justification reply that you should know better. He wouldn’t have to be a sage.

If you spell-check his name on outlook it tries to call him colicky. It says it all doesn’t it?

If you put together all the time Arsène has spent giving us a Friday update on our little number 7’s injury progress then it would probably outlast a Pink Floyd album.

An album that Tomas may well enjoy given that he is a keen guitar player, one could argue that he has had plenty of time to practice in recent seasons.

He typifies Arsenal’s recent history, one of nearly moments.

All punch lines aside, I like Rosicky a lot and today of all days, is a day for fresh starts.

He is technically perfect, a one touch, two touch, pass master and a superb exponent of the outside of the boot.

His Arsenal goals have been collector’s items for the quality as much as the rarity. He has a rocket shot though we don’t see it enough.

The injuries and resulting lack of form have seen Rosicky retreat to his shell and that is a shame.

He was excellent against Blackburn and again against Spurs.

Rosicky stamps quality on the things he does. He never seems to lack effort.

Is he starting to get back his confidence? I hope so.

Against Spurs, Benayoun and Rosicky ganged up with Song and Arteta to stop the Spurs midfield. It was almost a narrow four like the 2007-2008 season. Flamini, Fabregas, Hleb and at the start a pre-injury Rosicky.

Theo still played somewhere between an right sided forward and a centre forward as if a formation didn’t apply to him but frankly they looked like free men and that is a good thing.

Rosicky’s touch and grace give him time even in a hectic match but he no longer has any pace to play out wide, as was evident in Milan.

He is like the great Pires, a player who does the right things at the right times.

The thing is that we have missed Wilshere, Fabregas and Nasri.

We have missed speed of thought, a little imagination, a little subtlety and in the short term. He really could help with that.

He could certainly help us out.

It’s just that when he turns on the ball and produces a moment of quality, you sometimes find yourself wondering what might have been.

If you are reading this Tomas, and it isn’t out of the realms of possibility that you might pick up on an Arsenal Fan site with an article about you, I would say two things;

1.       I hope your back is ok.

2.       Remember those two wonder strikes at Anfield in the FA Cup and see if you can roll back the clock at the weekend.

I still remember that goal in Hamburg.

Come in number 7, your time has come.

Written by Jamie


172 Responses to Tomas Rosicky – The Little Mozart

  1. dandan says:

    Very enjoyable Article, Thanks a lot, If he could play like he did on Sunday more often what a bonus that would be, do that alongside Song and Jack and it would be like old times.

    A though to ponder on…….. A pound coin was thrown onto the pitch at Ibrox. Police are trying to determine whether it was a missile or a takeover bid. 🙂

  2. Ismaila says:

    A great player indeed

  3. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey following up your last comment this morning I’d have to agree I think someone says that Myachi earns more a year than a top neuro surgeon.

    It’s not like our wages are more than United (total) and they spend big on superstar wages (Rooney). One of the main bones of contention is that RvP is only on half his market value wage wise, but let’s be honest if Robin was on £150k a week but sitting on the fitness table right now fans opinion may be slightly different. If Wilshere waltzed off signing a massive contract elsewhere we’d be complaining we didn’t put him on a better deal.

    Finally if reports are to be believed Wellbeck at United is currently on £15k per week and looking to treble it to £50k a week to sign a new contract. Well at the start of this season (or when he signed that contract at 18) he was not a first team regular, and still isn’t now at 21.

    Unfortunately market forces dictate.

  4. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rasp can you take The Truths comment down or at least edit his last paragraph, given our critique of other blogs for allowing that kind of horrible bile.

  5. Rasp says:

    Hi The Truth,

    I think you are confusing us with another blog. We don’t describe Arsenal players in the sort of terminology you use. Any subsequent comment from you will have to show more respect or you will not feature on this site.

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Please remove this idiot asap.

  7. dandan says:

    Sorry about that rasp But i was removing a bad post, have a look in trash.

  8. Rasp says:

    Hi GiE, sorry I was writing my response before I read your comment. I thought I’d leave his rant up as an example to others of what we will not accept – but I’ll remove it if anyone else takes offence.

  9. Double98 says:

    We can’t handle the truth – can someone shut him the F%^k down.

  10. Rasp says:

    OK, he’s gone – no problem.

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks Rasp 🙂

  12. Gooner In Exile says:

    Jamie a top post there, it is such a shame that for so long he has been playing the bit part squad role. Perhaps like Robin we are now seeing him as a finally fully fit no niggles player capable of rediscovering performances he gave when the spice boys (Cesc, Hleb, Flam and TR7 self given name) were in full effect. Now if only the medical team could do the same for Diaby 🙂

  13. Gooner In Exile says:

    Thanks Rasp I don’t like aggressive moderation but anyone posting something like that the night after the memorial to Speed needs to take a long hard look at himself. But then they probably have no self awareness to make a difference.

  14. Morning all, or as they say in ‘allo ‘allo “Gawd moaning”.

    A fine appreciation of Tomas there Jamie and there’s no doubting Rosicky’s skill when available and without the injury blight he suffered (one of which was incurred with a quartet of call girls I recall, allegedly) we could have seen a genuine replacement for Bobby.

    But we all know the injury gods never smile on us and we only ever see tantalising glimses of what could have been when it comes to some of our players.
    On a personal level Rosicky is a fellow rocker, like me and Big Randy, as I recall seeing “Mastrer of Purppets” as one of his desert Island disc-type choices on a profile article a while back.

    However I’m sure he’s a miles better guitar player than I am, lol.

  15. Makumyczxs says:

    Ro sickly is good but he’s got a problem. He’s made of glass and cracks on slight touches. He doesnt have to eat Liver by the Pool *wicked grin* but he should help arsenal AsCent the Milan *sheepish snort*. If he does nothing else but take us through the next uefa round, I’d lead a “Mozart for president” campaign. Come oooonnn Tomasooo!

  16. Rasp says:

    Hi GiE, yes, I should have taken it off immediately but dandan got there before me – thanks dandan 🙂

    I can’t think of anything, trophies included, that I would put above integrity as a criterion for the way our club is run.

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Nice one Jamie 🙂

    Like you, I really enjoyed last weekend’s performance by Tomas and I am hoping he will still come good. However, 2 goals and 6 assists in the last two seasons (60 games) is not good enough for Arsenal, and although I will be careful to be as arrogant as to say that’s ‘The Truth’, it is hard to ignore those stats for a player in an attacking position.

    But Rosicky could have a good remainder of the season if he is able to stay fit, and you could not wish it to a nicer guy than Tomas.

  18. WiganGooner says:

    Great article Jamie.

    I love Tomas, I think he is an excellent footballer. His ability to turn defence into attack is something we will rely on if we can keep him fit. His movement on the run is exceptional and his vision will be critical to us this weekend.

    I hope we line up the same as we did against Spurs and really get at the Dippers, they’re not a great side and we can take them apart if we play like we did on Sunday.


  19. Hashim says:

    I have always thought that Rosicky was one of the best playmakers in the Arsenal side after Fabregas. Its a shame that he got injured and we could not really see him in his prime years when he could have done wonders for the side, playing with Fabregas and Nasri. Still, I believe that he has a lot to offer to the youngsters in Ramsey, Wilshere, Eisfeld and Ozyakup. Another thing is that he should start trusting his shooting ability a bit more and take strikes from 25 yards. He has the ability and can make the difference for Arsenal

  20. Haven’t read comments yet so apologies in advance for repetition.
    Good morning all and thank you Jaime it is a fine post.
    I for one am enjoying the resurgence of TR, he is taking his chance well as we all new he could if it was not for injury. I cannot see Rambo getting his place back at the moment.
    His workrate on Sunday was fantastic and how he was overlooked as MOM on sunday was borderline criminal.
    Those flowing locks make him unmistakable even on the most blurry of streams so if he works hard he stands out.
    I can’t rememeber him ever scoring an important or decisive goal so the third on sunday was unexpected and it was a brilliant finish.
    What made him so affective on Sunday? I am no tactical wiz or scholar of the beautiful game so someone please let me know, was it that we were in a different formation some suggest we slid in to 442? Or was it his gelling with Yossi? who knows but i am looking forward to his next game and hopefully more goals.

  21. Gooner In Exile says:

    Tommy I think it was generally a more fluid front three and a disciplined defensive two in midfield.

  22. dandan says:

    And you think we have problems. This is a Man Utd Review from this mornings Times.

    Last updated February 27 2012 12:00AM

    Did the Manchester United away support suppress a shiver at an eerily familiar colour scheme at Carrow Road yesterday? Did the plethora of Norwich City scarves around the ground evoke a phrase from the past? Green and gold until the club is sold?

    It is a pertinent question in a week that United published their second-quarter accounts. At Old Trafford on Thursday night, when the English champions played a Europa League tie against Ajax, it was hard to spot any sign of an anti-Glazer presence in the stadium, despite the comedown to a tournament that United fans have sniggered at in the recent past. Black, white and red, the protest is dead.

    Two years ago, the colours of Newton Heath’s original kit were everywhere. The scarves were the spring’s must-wear accessory. Even David Beckham draped one around his neck after AC Milan’s 4-0 defeat in the Champions League, although Goldenballs disingenuously distanced himself from the protest. Here is the allegory for the campaign: fashionable but superficial.

    Last week’s figures held a few unpalatable truths within them for those opposed to the Glazer family’s ownership of United. Commercial income is growing beyond most people’s expectations — 17.7 per cent over six months. Revenue is up 12 per cent over the same period.

    The club even managed to pay off a hefty chunk of what they owe, bringing the debt down from more than half a billion to £439 million over the course of 2011.

    Yet there is a disturbing undercurrent to the figures. For all the booming profits, costs are spiralling and it is clear that the priorities at Old Trafford are servicing the debts that the Glazer family loaded on to the club. Repayment is coming at the expense of team-building.

    Being knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage will have an adverse effect on the next set of figures, but the most worrying sign is that United’s squad were unable to get out of what looked like a straightforward group. The unthinkable happened but those who see it as a blip could well be deluded.

    Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, Park Ji Sung, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are in their thirties. The Da Silva brothers, Ashley Young and Anderson are among a crop of youngsters who have not lived up to their billing.

    This is a dressing room that needs freshening up to the tune of about £100 million to be truly competitive at the highest level. That kind of spending is not going to happen.

    No man has done more to kill the protests than Sir Alex Ferguson. If anyone doubted his status as a managerial great, the past three years have dispelled any of those thoughts. The quality of the squad has declined markedly since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, yet Ferguson has continued to win titles and reach Champions League finals. But how long can the Scot’s force of will drive the side on as the pool of talent available shrinks?

    Ferguson, whose image is that of a Govan firebrand, has been the ultimate company man. There have been no complaints about the Glazers’ lack of investment in players. It is hard for supporters to protest against a regime that is so successful, but the merest hint of unhappiness from Ferguson might have galvanised a full-scale green-and-gold rebellion.

    Even that is unlikely to have shifted the position of the owners. It would take an awful lot to move the Glazers. The only thing that would work is money. A lot of it. When approached by Qatari suitors in December 2010, they outlined exactly how much it would cost to replace them at Old Trafford: £1.8 billion.

    Now, if they are intent on reducing the debt and building up profits in a run-up to a partial launch on the Singapore stock exchange — one had to be postponed last year because of the global economic downturn — little cash will be available to the manager.

    And here is the frightening thought for United fans. You do not need trophies to make money. One former club owner articulated this ugly theory in simple terms: it is best to finish second in every competition. Qualification to the Champions League is assured and there are long, fruitful cup runs. Oh, and less expensive bonuses to pay.

    In business terms, it’s a winning formula. For the fans paying ever-rising prices to watch matches, it is heresy.

    A float of shares could clear the debt and change the landscape completely, but the Glazers have manoeuvred themselves into a position where they can continue to operate without diluting their ownership of the club without too much discomfort. Will Ferguson stand by and allow stagnation to happen? Or will he head off into retirement before the full extent of the Glazers’ priorities shows on the pitch?

    The biggest challenge of the manager’s 26 years in charge at Old Trafford could well be looming. The green and gold may have been discarded, but the need to protest is more urgent than

  23. shockandawe says:

    Went straight on Outlook and you’re right

  24. Gotta be liking the BFG for his comments about the NLD and the club in general:

    “As you can imagine, the Champions League game was torture. And on Sunday it didn’t look good for half an hour or so. But then I thought: wow, that’s some cool club – they are turning it around!

    “I almost felt like in the old days, when I followed Arsenal from a distance and felt like a fan: “This is a great club!” I am really proud of being part of a team that is capable of putting in a performance like that.”

    Amen to that, Per !

  25. 26may1989 says:

    Great post that one, Jamie, the Little Mozart deserves positive write-ups just like that. Having got over his mysteriously persistent injury problems, he’s knuckled down and done a real job for us in difficult times. His artistry and quick thinking is a big part of that, but he’s also shown real grit in his game over the past 12 months – he’s not afraid to put in a tackle or two and help Song with defensive screening work.

    I can’t put him in the same bracket as Robert Pires, but then I have a real soft spot for Bobby. However, if we’re going to do anything memorable in the next few years, it does look like Rosicky has a valuable role to play.

    Am curious about what garbage The Truth posted but if the likes of Exile, TA and Rasp thought it beyond the pale, I’ll believe it was worthy of some Big Brother action.

  26. slimgingergooner says:

    Great article,

    Great news about United,

    And a great big happy birthday to me!!!! Lol

    Couldn’t resist, sorry!

  27. dandan says:

    26 That is only the second time I have ever binned anything, it was well beyond the pale.

  28. dandan says:

    Happy birthday slim

  29. i to hope he is back, and hopefully it would motivate Ramsey to perform even better since it’s Rasmsey spot he took, shame he had to get injured when having such a brilliant performance

  30. Rasp says:

    Many Happy Returns SGG

  31. Makumyczxs says:

    When is rosicky’s birthday?

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    Happy birthday to Carlos Vela and Slim-Shady 🙂 🙂

  33. Rasp says:


    Tomas Rosicky (Back)
    Last Updated: 28 February

    Tomas suffered a back problem in Sunday’s victory over Tottenham. Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger said: “Unfortunately we had some bad news for Rosicky today – he has a back problem. I don’t think they [Rosicky and Vermaelen] will be available for Wednesday, whether they are available for Saturday is a big doubt.”

    Last Game: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur – February 26, 2012

    Thomas Vermaelen (Ankle)
    Last Updated: 28 February

    Thomas suffered an ankle problem in Sunday’s victory over Tottenham. Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger said: “Vermaelen has an ankle problem. I don’t think they [Rosicky and Vermaelen] will be available for Wednesday, whether they are available for Saturday is a big doubt.”

    Last Game: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur – February 26, 2012

    Coquelin is not down as injured so may be available for pool. Squillaci is injured and I believe Djourou is out so if TV doesn’t make it, we have a choice between Song and Miquel for CB.

  34. Rasp says:

    Makumyczxs, Tomas was born on 4 October 1980 (age 31)

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    Rosicky’s birthday is 4 October (1980).

  36. dandan says:

    A lunchtime silly……What do you call a man with twelve rabbits up his bum?………Warren….. Was tempted to say Red Arse but thought it might get me into trouble 🙂

  37. TotalArsenal says:

    DanDan 🙂 You have been in fine form over the last few days! I hope your wife has fully recovered and you are both enjoying the good life again.

  38. goonermichael says:

  39. goonermichael says:

  40. goonermichael says:

    1st one is an absolute screamer.

  41. chas says:

    Excellent, Jamie.

  42. Red Arse says:

    I liked DD’s definition of the name Warren, so I thought I would offer a definition of my own. 🙂

    In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls.

    It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon.

    There was only one problem….how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others.

    The solution was a metal plate called a ‘Monkey’ with 16 round indentations screwed to the deck. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it.

    The solution to the rusting problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’ Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would roll right off the monkey;

    Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’ (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.) 🙂

    Not sure about 24 rabbits tho! 🙂

  43. Red Arse says:

    Enjoyed your Post, Jamie. 🙂

    Rosicky is one of my favourite players and I am pleased he has started to put his injury nightmare behind him.

    Fingers crossed he will stay injury free in the last part of the season.

  44. khenedhy says:

    sure,rosicky time has come,he was a good play with sharp turning,i will like to see him finish liverpool during the weekend game,up gunners.

  45. Ade David, a Nigerian Gooner says:

    Jamie, thank you on your write up on our Rosicky. I can still recollect watching 2006 World Cup on tv with a fellow gooner. It was a match between Chek Republic and another national team. I cant remember which national team now. Rosicky score a very beautiful goal from a long distance and that my fellow gooner jumped up and shouted. I was wondering why the excitement. He looked at my face and said thats our new signing. For the rest of the match, I paid more attention t o him. That was Rosicky then.
    Rosicky is a good player, technically sound with good killer passes. One of his weaknesses in my own opinion is that, he is not physical. Playing in EPL requires physical. He can easily be shoved off from the ball. His injury in Arsenal did not help matter. Now, we are beginning to see the stuff is made of. In our matches against Blackburn and Spurs, I picked him as my own MotM. Rosicky, we need more of that from you. Up Rosicky, up Arsenaaal

  46. dandan says:

    Hi TA yes the wife is much better, She is due more xrays soon but we are hopeful she will be found clear.

    For all those who did not like the Matt Dickinson article I reproduced on here Monday, This is his reply to a question and Answer session on line today.

    Hi Matt, hope you’re well. I liked your article in the Game about Arsenal/Walcott. The Emirates is a fantastic stadium but the atmosphere of collective groans and sighs is horrible. Everyone there seems to be frustrated and doesn’t enjoy it unless Arsenal are 6-0 up. Would some of the pressure be relieved if Wenger had a decisive clearout ?

    Thursday March 1, 2012 12:00

    HI Gran, I took a bit of stick from some Arsenal fans who say the gang around the press box are not typical – but they seemed a pretty big gang to me on Sunday. I understand frustration but the scorn that was pouring down on Walcott – and previously on Wenger – sounded ugly and nasty, not to mention self-defeating. The onus remains on the manager to prove that Arsenal are heading the right way but not to that background noise

  47. RockyLives says:

    Excellent Post, beautifully written.
    There are shades of the RvP story to TR7. Long term injuries, never getting a proper run in the team before breaking down again etc.
    The performance against Spuds was an example of what we can expect to see from Tomas if he gets a regular run of games.
    We’re all waiting for the return of Jack, but maybe TR7 is the creative spark we’ve been missing for so long…

    Love the brass monkey definition. So many common phrases have such unexpected origins. (And Dandan – great joke. Reminds me of “what do you call a man with a seagull on his head?” Answer: “Cliff”.

    Welcome back.
    I would be interested to know more about our Nigerian supporters. How do we rank in Nigeria compared with other EPL teams and with other European giants like Barca and Real Madrid?
    I’m sure if you felt like writing something about it the nice people who run this site would be happy to edit it and put it up as a Headline Post. if you could send any pictures, so much the better.

  48. Hi all, just popping in to say we have no post for tomorrow if anyone is inclined to write one …………………

  49. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m so glad someone tackled the Ros story. Thank you.
    I have to say that until this season I’v been in the flog him camp. Not just his injuries, but also he always apeared lost to me. Now, in the absence of Cesc, he has really discovered his rightful position. I am not sure how many times I’ve stated here this season, that our system only works with Mozart in the AM role.
    Rocky has rightly lead the charge with the lack of full backs as a major hinderence to our attacking play, and he is right.
    The Spuds game proved many things, least of all how Theo could find space and be more mobile with the combination of Sagna behind and the intelligent play of Rosicky.
    I’m now typing blind behind the long name boxes, so I’ll stop.
    Cn’t stay. Back later..

  50. dandan says:

    Rocky Working as I did with the Japanese for 25 years, An in house joke there was, “what do you call a girl with a food mixer on her head?” “Blender”

    I went to the pub with my wife last night and I said “I love you”. She said “Is that you or the beer talking?”. I said “It’s me talking to the beer”.

  51. RockyLives says:

    Blender joke reminds of this (it works better spoken than written):

    What did the Japanese pirate say?

    “I’m gonna fry that prane”

  52. RockyLives says:

    Well done everyone for pouncing on that horrible comment from the idiot calling himself ‘Truth’.

    Aside from the infantile abusiveness, it deserved to be binned on the grounds that it demonstrated that the author does not have the faintest idea about football.

    Still, it shows that our constant calling out of the haters is getting to some of them 🙂

  53. RockyLives says:

    Bloggus Fartus
    Sorry 😦

  54. kelsey says:

    “The last two seasons haven’t been easy for me because of injuries but I feel it speaks volumes about the club’s belief in me for this to be signed, and I truly believe I have a lot left to offer the club, my team-mates and all the supporters.” Rosicky on his new contract, January 2010

    How times flyies. it will be 6 years in may since he joined us and had the best part of 2 years out with what i believe was a wrong diagnosed injury.

    Age isn’t on his side, but maybe this and one or possibly two more season will help our cause.

    Thanks for the post Jamie. If ever i wanted a player to show his class and make up for lost time it would be “schnitzel”

    By the way did anyone see Arshavin’s goal last night.Struck centrally from at least ten yards outside the box. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.

  55. RockyLives says:

    “Schnitzel” 🙂

  56. kelsey says:

    That is actually his nickname, RL

  57. RockyLives says:

    Really? That’s funny – I thought you’d just made it up!

  58. El tel says:

    Tomas Rosicky is a silky smooth player who looks good on the eye, He doesn’t get noticed for the amount of running He actually puts in.

    My only issues with TR7 is that He doesn’t take enough shots and He doesn’t commit himself like He did when scoring the vital goal last weekend, this could be Management instructions which restrict Him.

    TR7 usually makes clean passes whether sideways or forward and His biggest asset is that He can run and dribble with the ball and turn himself away from tight spaces. This is something Bobby Pires was the best at.

    I thinkTR7 would be better playing the second half of any match when legs get heavy in midfield and He can glide past a tired opposition, a bit similar to AA23 really as this is how I think Wenger tried using him albeit in the legendary 67 minute.

    I also like TR7 for having the same initials as me and wearing the number seven shirt as this was my number when playing in the younger days and the number I chose on my replica shirts until DB10 came along.

  59. Kelsey, re the last para of your 3.23, have you seen the theory as to why AA23 asked to leave ?

    It’s that since the assist for the winner against Sunderland he’d rediscovered his form(which he continued with 2 goals at the game GiE and TotalA went to, the Norwich reserves match) and he expected to play in the Milan game, but was ignored.

    So after leaving he then gets a goal and an asisst for Russia. Hmmmm…..

  60. VCC says:

    Red Arse + Rocky.

    Many sayings have nautical backgrounds.

    There is a book about said expressions. I think it’s called “Salty Dog”

    The distance between “The devil and the deep blue sea”

    The devil = The seam which margins the waterways on a ships hull. Hence that position and the top os the water (deep blue sea)

  61. VCC says:

    Charybdis (Whirlpool)

  62. chas says:

    To be fair, Arshavin only got a goal and an assist because Denmark are absolute garbage.

  63. chas says:

    Thanks for the CD, VCC.
    It’ll come in handy on football trips in the car. 🙂

  64. Ade David, a Nigerian Gooner says:

    Rocky. Noted

  65. kelsey says:


    are you implying he was playing out of position at Arsenal ?

  66. VCC says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. I thought it had the ideal opening racks, considering the opposition that day, “Tottenham Hatter” and “Laughing Gooner”

    What a day Sunday was Chas. Will live long in the memory.

    Nice meeting gm and yourself. My list of AA’ers met is growing. It’s always nice to put a face to the name.

    I still can’t command the download from you tube. If you get time could you explain it again.

  67. RockyLives says:

    Great stuff. I had no idea where ‘devil and the deep clue sea’ came from.

    Is it my imagination (or the angle of the camera) but it looked as if the Danish goalie threw himself out of the way of Arshavin’s shot…

  68. kelsey says:

    it was Raddy in goal 😉

  69. RockyLives says:

    Kelsey 🙂
    All that Randiness has gone to his head… or somewhere…

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:

    The Seagull joke is brilliant 🙂
    Anyone hear the Arsene Spud post match interview when he was asked about Mozart: “I love Rosicky”. End of conversation.

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bugger, work.

  72. VCC says:


    What do you call a girl with, Egg bacon and beans on her head?

    Cafe (Kath)

  73. No Kelsey I don’t think the Arshavin conundrum is just down to that, I was just wondering what you all thought of that line of thought.

    Anyway probably best if I don’t re-ignite that question again. 🙂

  74. VCC says:

    What do you call a guy with a bunch of dried leaves on his head?


  75. chas says:

    I think Sorensen had a bet on Arshavin as last goalscorer. 🙂

    When you watch a video in youtube the top address bar looks like my comment @1:21.
    All I do is highlight this address by clicking on it, copy it and then paste it into the Arsenal Arsenal comments box.
    (btw, I think the video at 1:21 didn’t appear because the owner can set an option which doesn’t allow it to be embedded.)

  76. VCC says:

    Cheers Chas. I’ll try it.

  77. RockyLives says:

    What do you call a man with a spade in his head?


    What do you call a man without a spade in his head?


    Just don’t get me started on Ben Doon and Phil McCavity…

  78. VCC says:

    Apologies if you’ve seen this before guys, but I’m trying Chas’ idea to download pics.

  79. chas says:

    I’ve had a look at your comments box problem and have managed to reproduce it on my laptop using Internet Explorer.
    It didn’t happen on Internet Explorer on my desktop which confused me.
    Anyway, good news is that it doesn’t happen on Google Chrome on my laptop. Chrome is a better browser anyway and is dead easy to install.

    It gets round the problem anyway. 🙂

  80. Rasp says:

    What do you call a woman holding a snooker cue balancing 3 pints on her head?

    …… Beatrix Potter

  81. chas says:

    If it had looked like this (without the space between the c and o of com) it would have worked. om/watch?v=2yWr1UojF6g

    Where did you copy the address from?

  82. Rasp says:

    Rocky – not to mention Pat M’Groin, Mary Hinge and Ivor Biggun

  83. chas says:

    This is where you copy the address from…..

  84. VCC says:

    I,m trying that but it’s not working????

  85. dandan says:

    I’ve just heard the window cleaner shouting and swearing outside my house. I think he’s lost his rag.

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

    I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin. 3 hours later they were still walking about with it. I thought to myself, those idiots have lost the plot.

  86. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rock, 🙂

    This definition came from America but was widely used in all English speaking countries at one time, I think. 🙂

    In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras.

    Important politicians and grandees had their images either sculpted or painted.

    Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.

    Prices charged by painters/sculptors were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.

    From that is derived the expression, ‘Okay, but it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg.’
    (All artists know that hands, arms and legs are more difficult to paint)

  87. Red Arse says:

    I have enjoyed all the funnies you guys have given, but sadly I have run out of laughy things today! 😦

    Here’s a definition that rings true, tho the Chinese/Japanese might argue one of the origins! 🙂
    I have a weird memory that picks up useless info from all my eclectic reading……………….stop it, I wasn’t asking you to all agree!! 🙂

    Personal hygiene left much room for improvement in the 17th/18th century.
    As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood.
    The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’ (became corrupted to bee’s-ness) Geddit?

    Should the woman smile, after the wax was applied, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’.

    Finally, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt ——- therefore coining the expression ‘losing face.’ or ‘to lose face’.

    OK, no more – I promise. Mary Hinge (Rasp) what is that??

  88. RockyLives says:

    Is that really true about ‘an arm and a leg’?
    That’s brilliant!

    I also like “hoist on your own petard”
    I spent years thinking it was something to do with being stabbed with a sword, but it actually means being blown up by your own gunpowder.

  89. RockyLives says:

    Mary Hinge
    Redders – think Spoonerism…

  90. Red Arse says:

    Ah, Harry Minge — still don’t get it. Is it peculiarly Britsh? Who Harry?

    Hoist by his own petard is a good one! 🙂

    I used to be puzzled by “three sheets to the wind”. I knew it meant to be ‘drunk’, but as VCC said, it was only when I knew it to be nautical did the penny drop. — Penny drop? Fairground game?


    Nice stuff Jamie, about time little Mozart got some praise, he runs his heart out.


    ive emailed you a post. Its serious not crazy. hahahaha

  92. Red Arse says:


    If it is serious, and it’s about how to get the best use out of your telescope; or explain the 5 easy steps on how to emasculate your daughter’s boyfriend, using a telescope, I will not be able to contain myself. 🙂



    Thats for next time, though i dont think it would get past the vetting stage. hahahahha

  94. Red Arse says:


    Yes I believe it is true. Drawing or painting arms, in particular, are notoriously difficult, it seems, because the proportions and perspective are so difficult to calculate.

    You will see that many famous paintings of nobilty or senior military personnel are ‘head and shoulders’ or where they have posed standing slightly askew (left side to the fore, or vice versa).

    Of course Nelson got a discount!! 🙂

  95. Big Randy says:

    Jamie. Top post about a super player. A couple of seasons ago kelsey and I were convinced he was finished and it is marvelous he is proving us wrong. Loved the Pink Floyd quip.

    RA. The “arm and a leg” is superb and I can’t wait to use it.

  96. Big Randy says:

    Did you see that Bahrain had to beat Indonesia 9-0 to go to the WC? Strangely. they won 10-0.

    Fortunately, Qatar got the point they needed to knock Bahrain out.

    Corruption in football? Impossible.

  97. Red Arse says:


    Can you explain the song allegedly being chanted at the Emirates (source: the award winning Glic) which is based on the Shirley Temple song, “The Big Rock Randy Mountain”. (possibly a mix up of a “C” and an “R” but not sure which “R”).

    Is there something you two are not telling us? Debut album out soon? 🙂

  98. Big Randy says:

    RA. You would be surprised how many AA’ers have musical backgrounds!

    Right. It is kitchen time. I think a little oven baked pasta with bacon and a mornay/tomato sauce. Easy and tasty.

  99. LB says:

    Don’t like the Big Brother action.

  100. VCC says:


    “Keep your eye on the ball”.

    Years ago at Greenwich, ships sailing out of the Thames used to wait until the ball would drop ( the devise of a ball on a pole can be seen whilst sailing outward bound). This denoted high tide, so ship’s that had a deep draught could navigate out of the Thames in time to get to the estuary and deeper waters.

    Hence the expression keep your eye on the ball.

  101. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all,

    Don’t know if I have ever mentioned it here before, but Tomas Rosicky is my favourite Arsenal player. I remember crying tears of joy when he joined us.

    The guy is sheer class, he has a tremendous work rate, can pick a pass and has an amazing shot. I’m very much a fan of the “midfield general” in the way Rosicky is one, and its why I’d give my left leg for us to sign Bastain Schweinsteiger.

    At .30secs I love the work rate he and Eddie show.

  102. kelsey says:

    Evening Irish.
    if you give your left leg Red Arse could arrange a portrait painting for you 🙂

  103. Jamie says:

    Thanks for the kind words on the post.

    I find my posts about the team are often far more optimistic then my comments about the team. I can be a doomer on here from time to time.

    I just had alphabet spaggeti for tea. Unfortunately I dropped it on the new carpet, it slept disaster.

  104. Red Arse says:

    VCC, 🙂

    Kelsey, 🙂

    Jamie, 🙂

    And as for you, Irish, it’s sex, sex, sex!! 🙂
    Don’t deny it, Mozart for your highbrow mood, and then Pigsticker—- sorry Schweinsteiger for a bit of rough!! 🙂

  105. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Kelsey

  106. goonermichael says:

    As we’re on names

    What do you call an Indian lesbian?


    Boom Boom

  107. goonermichael says:

    An Indian between two buildings?


  108. goonermichael says:

    A Russian prostitute

    Onya bakyubic

  109. goonermichael says:


    Nika Zofalot

  110. VCC says:

    gm. 🙂

  111. Irishgunner says:

    RA – 😆 My “highbrow mood”

    Here, Germans would be good for the bit of rough. I went to see Rammstein on Monday and Till Lindemann – I so would *swoons*

    The body on that

  112. VCC says:

    Irish 7:18,

    Thats a spitting image of GM.

  113. Red Arse says:

    Irish, 🙂 🙂

  114. Irishgunner says:

    VCC – I don’t doubt that GM has abs like that from all his haircuts 😉

    RA – Not sure if it was the fireworks or Till that got me all hot and bothered the other night. Their keyboard player did 90% of the gig while walking on a treadmill, he must be fitter than Diaby at this stage.

  115. goonermichael says:

    I don’t think so VCC

  116. goonermichael says:

    Does anyone think we can knock Milan out on Tuesday?

  117. Jamie says:

    Is for the posh and bit of rough debate, there is a line in an old song. ” I dont want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard”

    Sums it up for me.

  118. Irishgunner says:

    Milan have a habit of collapsing – against Depor and Liverpool. Might as well have some belief, no harm in it.

  119. Red Arse says:


    That keyboard guy must be the female definition of ‘fit’!!! 🙂
    “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” personified!
    Altho’ his being fitter than Diaby does allow a lot of leeway!

    I don’t know why, but you have made me feel hungry? Might copy Randy, the chef, and pop down to the Italian for a nice pasta.

    [Bit odd, that chatting to a lovely lady makes me feel hungry — very worrying!!] 🙄

    I shall ponder over a pasta!!

  120. goonermichael says:

    I think we’ll shock them on a proper pitch

  121. Big Randy says:

    GM. No. 😦

  122. Irishgunner says:

    😆 RA – hope your hunger gets satisfied

    I don’t think AC Milan are all that good, Napoli look a better side with better players, don’t understand why they are so far off the pace in Italy.

  123. goonermichael says:

    The twat on ssn talking to gerry francis has just said sundays win bought Wenger some time as if he’s on the verge of being sacked

  124. kelsey says:

    as long as we don’t win 5-1 😉

  125. Jamie says:

    Very hungry! I’m having a snooze then cooking some gnocchi and playing some FIFA, Im still not convinced I have grown up yet(32 next week).

    Spent the last hour at work today speaking to our head of office devising an email to stop people going for number 1s AND 2s on the floor of the work toilets.

    I’m still not sure how it became my problem, I’m a finance bloke. Bang out of order.

    Trying to bring order to a bizarre day.

  126. goonermichael says:

    We scored 5 on Sunday and we didn’t even start til the 40th minute 🙂

  127. VCC says:

    gm 7:28.

    Only if we had Ali and Sonny Liston in their prime.

  128. goonermichael says:

    Numbers 2 on the floor? Where do you work? In Liverpool?

  129. Jamie says:

    Office in central london

  130. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Jamie – and I thought my workplace was weird

  131. goonermichael says:

    That’s awful Jamie.

    I think we’ve lulled milan into a false sense of security

  132. VCC says:

    Sorry if this is a repeat.

    Do NOT lose your Grandkids in the Shopping Mall !!!

    A small boy was lost at a large shopping mall. He approached a uniformed policeman and said, “I’ve lost my grandpa!”

    The cop asked, “What’s he like?”

    The little boy hesitated for a moment and then replied, “Johnny Walker whisky and women with big tits.”

  133. Jamie says:

    Milan aren’t that good. We were that awful in the first game. We will win but not by enough.

    Liverpool is a bigger game for me. Must not lose!

    The whole toilet thing is out of order unfortunately I’m on a committee that sort out office issue and believe it or not this IS under my remit.

  134. Big Randy says:

    Jamie. Nasty. But in my experience most financial people are adept at giving shit advice 🙂

    VCC. lol

  135. VCC says:


    The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, “Hello.”
    “Mrs. Osward, please..”
    “Mrs. Osward, this is Doctor Jones at the Medical
    Testing Laboratory. When your doctor sent your husband’s biopsy to the lab yesterday, a biopsy from another Mr. Osward arrived as well, and we are now uncertain which one is your
    husband’s. Frankly, the results are either bad or terrible.”
    “What do you mean?” Mrs. Osward asks nervously.
    “Well, one of the specimens tested positive for
    Alzheimer’s and the other one tested positive for AIDS. We! can’t tell which is your husband’s.”
    “That’s dreadful! Can’t you do the test again?”
    Questioned Mrs. Osward.
    “Normally we can, but Medicare will only pay for these
    expensive tests one time.”
    “Well, what am I supposed to do now?”
    “The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your
    husband off somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don’t sleep with him.”

  136. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sucks to be a Portsmouth fan right now:

    This and Rangers makes you realise that maybe just maybe living within our means is the way forward.

    There is every chance that neither club will see the end of the season, that is tragic for the fans of both

  137. oz gunner says:

    great post Jamie.

    i’ve always had a soft spot for rosicky. I never agreed with those who said he was deadwood, as i feel he’s a good squad player,and his experience is needed.He has been linked with a move to wolfsburg a few times recently but i think it would be a mistake to get rid of him. He is after all the master of the slide pass, and the outside of the boot pass. His games this year have proved that Rosicky still has a few tricks up his sleeve (scum, udinese, blackburn, just to name a few).

    Nothing wrong with playing Fifa Jamie, i’ll be playing it well into my 70’s i reckon

  138. 26may1989 says:

    Bloody love that Hitler’s Bunker vid, cheers Chas.

  139. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thinking about Schnitzel, Liverpool and ahead to Milan, makes me realise how it varies in my mind as to whom I think are the most “valuable” players. The “must have’s” for the Pool game, and the “must cotton woolers” against Milan.
    A year ago I would never have had Shcnitzel in this bracket, now for me, he is right up there with RvP.

  140. chas says:

    Robbed from elsewhere….

    Wouldn’t it be funny if David Villa played for Villa, Antonia Valencia played for Valencia, and Danny Shittu played for Spurs. 🙂

  141. Rasp says:

    Further proof of the insidious corruption at national level in world football.

    After the farce of Qatar being awarded the WC we now have this:

    Bahrain needed to overturn a 9 goal deficit in a WC qualifier. Coincidentally they beat a weakened Indonesia team 10 nil and are now being investigated by FIFA. Ironically it was all a waste of time as Qatar (them again) equalised very late on in their game and Bahrain failed to get through.

    World football (sport) is endemically corrupt. People’s values vary culturally across the world and it seems that the concept of fair play is not held high in some areas. The oil rich countries who have gained wealth through the luck of geology rather than centuries of industrial development are amongst the worst culprits.

  142. chas says:

    Morning Micky,
    Did you see my 4:49pm yesterday?

  143. Rasp says:

    How can FIFA carry out a proper investigation when it is plainly obvious they are a corrupt organisation as they succumbed to ‘persuasion’ to award Qatar the WC?

  144. Rasp says:

    I know I’m ranting on my own here, but it is deeply depressing that football is being degraded by actions ranging from players diving (cheating) right up to national governments using their wealth to effect outcomes – what hope is there for the game? Will football end up like old fashioned wrestling where we know what the outcome will be in advance?

  145. Morning Rasp – nice rant 😉

  146. Rasp says:

    ….. still one piece of upliifting news is that we have finally recognised the Eurovision Song Contest for the farce it is with countries voting politically by adopting 75 year old Englebert Humperdink as the UK representative.

    Bloody hilarious, go Bert go! I look forward to hearing the ‘nil points for the United Kingdom’ and wonder whether the irony will be wasted on the other European countries.

  147. Rasp says:

    Morning peaches, I didn’t want to put those comments on today’s post, but it is important that football supporters worldwide show their disgust at the way the game is going.

  148. oz gunner says:

    morning all

    well said rasp. You can’t trust it when the higher ups even have a price. As they say “Everybody has a price” and when these oil rich people come in they are happy to throw it around willy nilly

  149. Rasp says:

    Morning oz, I guess it is more human nature than anything. Coming into vast amounts of money tends to corrupt the morals of human beings everywhere. It just so happens that the Arab states are the fortunate ones. I still cling on to the old fashioned idea of fair play, but when you examine how Britain built its empire, that concept does appear a tad flawed.

  150. kelsey says:

    Well the breaking news today :

    Engelbert Humperdinck, the 75-year-old crooner, is to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest

    70% of the adult population in the UK have the numeracy of an 11 year old

  151. Big Randy says:

    Rasp. I made the same observation (6.04).

    I find it hugely depressing

  152. Big Randy says:

    kelsey. It is astonishing to me that illiteracy is increasing in the UK and Europe as a whole.

    We should start the Grumpy Old Men Morning Society !

  153. Gooner In Exile says:

    Kelsey I think its unfair of news outlets to use a percentage calculation when declaring that news 😀

    As for Englebert i reckon his cheese factor will see us win it, which if happens will be as much of a joke as that Bahrain result.

  154. chas says:

    Don’t get depressed, boys……..

  155. kelsey says:

    one thing i have noticed on AA is that the elder statesmen on here tend to get up earlier than the not so old.

    Are you really surprised in the multi cultural countries we live in when say for example in the August riots, 11 year olds were roaming the streets late at night,. it all stems from the parents or in many case single parent not teaching the basics of right and wrong. (Bring back the sixties and seventies)

  156. Rasp says:

    Morning Raddy, sorry I missed your comment @ 6:04. The restructuring of FiFA and the removal of everyone at the top has to be the first step if we want to get the game back to the people.

  157. Rasp says:

    Great vid chas 😛

  158. Red Arse says:

    Morning Kelsey, 🙂

    I liked your comment;

    —“it all stems from the parents or in many case single parent not teaching the basics of right and wrong. (Bring back the sixties and seventies)”

    I thought you were all on here, early!! 🙂

  159. chas says:

    Nothing fishy at all…….
    Goal number 8 at 3:00, you can almost see the sub goalie pull his hand back so he doesn’t save it.

  160. Big Randy says:

    kelsey.. If there is to be blame for a lowering of standards of behavior let’s put it where it deserves to be and that is with OUR generation.

    We escaped the restrictive codes of our parents and determined not to pass those old fashioned moral codes onto our children. This resulted in what are called in Denmark “The Curling Kids Generation”. If you think of the sport of Curling, there are two people with brooms sweeping the ice smooth for the stones (get the picture).

    Why should these kids have a sense of social responsibility? Their parents don’t and that is a direct result of our parenting skills.

    IMO the 60’s and 70’s are directly responsible. Just look at the architecture!!

  161. Big Randy says:

    There ware some nice finishes there.

    Thanks chas.

  162. kelsey says:


    I can’t agree with that. I would if you skip forward one generation up from us, but that’s just my opinion.

  163. chas says:

    Flippin heck, it’s like the Daily Mail on here today.
    We’ve gone from Bahrain winning 10-0 to the riots, to single parent families and a lack of discipline to ‘it was better in my day’. 🙂

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  165. Bethel says:

    To tomas rosicky is d best player i have ever seen in my life.Take a look at when he started playin football at young age he won czech republic young player of d year is dat not great i still believe in him bcos he still have sumthing 2 offer 2 arsenal

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