Rivals: Can Arsenal win the League?

Given the evidence of the first 3 games, where do you think we will finish in the league this season?

Today’s post is a look at our rivals, starting with the current Champions.

Manchester City

Man City have strengthened in areas which Mancini identified as weak – Garcia, Rodwell, Sinclair and Maicon arriving with the very average Savic, Johnson, De Jong and a few others leaving. Maicon, despite being 31, is a top quality player and will definitely be an asset, but did they need to sign anyone? MC’s first team  improved steadily over last season and with the return of Tevez to the fold they continue to look formidable. My guess is all the new arrivals will be spending most of the season sitting down.

Their first two games showed some weaknesses, particularly at Anfield where they were a defensive mistake away from defeat. they trailed at home to Southampton before getting a squeaky win and walloped QPR.  City travel to Stoke for their next game afar which we can compare our game to theirs.

In my opinion the title will be City’s to lose; they have a powerful and high quality squad which is well prepared for inevitable losses of form and injuries. Plus they have a manager who knows how to win titles

Manchester United

Essentially the question is “Can RvP deliver the title to MU”? The lack of investment into an ageing and non-creative midfield would be a cause for concern in any other team,but Ol’ Bacon Face has won the PL so many times with what to outsiders were average teams we cannot dismiss them. So far RvP has saved them humiliation at Southampton and scored the first in a fortunate win v Fulham and they have lost at Everton – hardly the stuff of champions. Yet despite having a thin squad, particularly at the back where Carrick has played CB, they must be considered a threat – MU always are. Kagawa looks quality, a player in the Giggs mould and SAF has looked to the future with the signings of the highly rated Powell and Buttner.

But have they got enough?. Are 3 world class players (RvP, Rooney, Vidic) enough to compete with the other challengers? Can they continue to rely upon the ancient legs of Scholes to give them impetus? Not in my opinion. There is a fragility in defence which teams will expose, though it has to be said, the Old Red Nose knows a hell of a lot more about football than I do!


A very impressive start to the season for the history lacking Southern Oilers. The new signings look superb – the combination of Mata, Hazard and Oscar is frightening (though this must be tempered by the very average Obi One Mikel). Hazard will light up the season as Silva did when he arrived at MC, he has deceptive strength, vision and pace – what a pity AW couldn’t persuade him to sign a few years back.But as good as they are in midfield where Fatboy Lampard will struggle to get a game, there are problems at The Bridge. An over-reliance upon the questionable gifts of the PL’s most expensive player will prove costly, and there is not much else. How do you replace a player like Drogba? Sturridge isn’t the answer, Victor Moses despite being quality will not score the missing goals. So if teams can stifle the midfield threat, then Chelsea will struggle.

In defence there are also problems. JT is a  …., we all know it, he is thankfully at the end of a career which has disgraced English football but in Cahill they have a decent replacement. Add in the “mercurial” (read unreliable/nuts) talents of Luiz, the ageing legs of Cashley  to the quirkiness of Ivanovic and we can see cracks.

Then there is the manager. An incredibly lucky CL win (has there ever been a more fortunate win in the history of football?) led to his appointment. One can only assume RdM is a stop-gap appointment prior to Guardiola. But what happens if it all goes TU? Will Abra give him time?  We all know the answer.


Yes, laughable as it may seem the knuckle draggers are rivals. Can they win the title? Of course not – they haven’t won it since Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and he was born in 1894!!! (love that fact) but they finished 4th last season and must have chances of a repeat performance. One can only assume that Monkey Boy has no ambition as he remains at  Sh*te Hart Lane; whilst Ratboy and FanderFart have had enough of the lack of light in the caves. As usual the Totts have made some decent signings – Dempsey was an AFC target as were Vertoghen and Loris; Dembele should have been. Ade will continue to score goals and infuriate with equal measure, and Defoe will sit on the bench.

Their problems lie in defence where Gallas’s pace is constricted by his Zimmer frame. Dawson was out the door until someone realised Kaboul was too fragile and King has retired. They do have some very good youngsters coming through and I guess they will blood them this season should Vertoghen struggle.

Then there is their new manager. I like AVB and expected him to be a huge success at Chelsea. Will the fans (gimps) and the board give him breathing space? I hope not because he will improve them given time.


Two thoughts come to mind: You’re having a Turkish and Calm Down.


Did well last season and definitely punched above their weight. Again the defence has to be their weak point. They have managed to retain their best players despite the attempts of AW to sign Cabaye. Newcastle have beaten the Totts (easily) lost to the Chavs (easily) and fortunately drawn with AV. A difficult start but 4 points is OK and about on par. My expectation is they will have a good home record but struggle away.


Everton have a decent first team and started better than normal, AV are dull in the extreme, but Top 4 ? No chance.


There can only be one outcome …… Arsenal will be crowned Champions in late April.

1. Arsenal

2. Chelsea

3. Man City

4. Man Utd

5. Newcastle

6. Stoke

7. Wigan

8. The Noisy Neighbours

What do you think?

Written by Big Raddy

95 Responses to Rivals: Can Arsenal win the League?

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Rasp. Love your work 😀

  2. HR says:

    YESSS! Finally someone who agrees with my optimism.
    Arsenal FTW! Braap Braap!!

  3. Dick Swiveller says:

    Pretty much agree with everything you said whilst assessing the teams but not the conclusion.

    If I assume we’re going to win it, as I should but am only held back by the evidence of how easy it is for us to fall apart, then I see Citeh as beating Chelsea into 3rd. Hazard’s ego could easily get him into trouble if the refs protection is revoked, fingers crossed.

  4. big dawg says:

    Absolute class. Love it! InshaALLAH

  5. oz gunner says:

    Thanks for the break down Big Daddy. I would LOVE to see Manure finish 4th. The look on BSR’s face would be recorded and replayed on a miserable day, only his tears would be a greater elixir. If…sory WHEN Giroud fires I think we will win it for sure.
    Injuries to Ade, BSR, Kompany, Torres, and Suarez would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Godwin Habila says:

    Think is good,you ve hit d nail.but what about d refereeing factor in EPL.they re a factor.infact,they play 90% role to me.

  7. Dick Swiveller says:

    We just need to make sure they’re not a factor, Godwin. It hurts that we have to be that 10% better than anyone else to beat them in the league but that’s the way it is so let’s just do it.

  8. Dare michael says:

    I lov ur analysis only dat u didnt put my club- AFC.

  9. tom says:

    Arsenal are competing in four competitions with a squad that is not deep enough, even with Diaby and Wilshire back to fitness it’s going to be extremely difficult to overtake Man City. Cazorla is a great signing but he’s gonna have to face more challenges in the Premier League than he was used to in Spain . More games, no Winter break and much more physical game . Mata and David Silva both started strongly last season but their form weakened towards end of the season. Diaby’s durability is alwaysquestionable not to mantion Wilshire’s. Arteta missed a chunk of last season with injuries as well, Rosicky did too. Alex Song was the work horse of Arsenal midfield but he’s no longer with the club , decision which is going to come back to bite Wemger in the

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  11. Dick Swiveller says:

    So, we’re just ignoring Coq/Ox/Frimpong/Rambo, then? Midfield is the one place where we do have depth, up front is where the nightmare scenario strikes, no Giroud or Podolski and we’re relying on Chamakh.

  12. Adeshina wale says:

    Guy, i love arsenal but let be realistic if d boys can continue like dis, show strenght ,ability to win in all match, i hope ur prediction will come to pass. Arsenal 4 life

  13. keys says:

    Be realistic. Some coaches know how to win but our coach is certainly not one of them. He is ok with 3rd or 4th.

  14. LordPal says:

    Dude, I love Ur analysis and I’ve been of the same mindset. Good finally sm1 saying Sth. What people seems not to notice is the Arsenal mid field the return of Rosisky and Jack will make the mid field deadly and had to contend with. Also owing to the fact that the MF players are helping the full back with the return of Bac’ Sagna. Our defence will be stronger(more clean slate) then with more ambition up front Ur conclusion is SURE.

  15. GUNNERPH says:

    You’re wrong, Wenger knows how to win, remember 2003-04? He did it better than anyone else, even better than Mourinho with Chelsea.

  16. Armada says:

    Rose tinted glasses. A couple of our trademark injuries and we’re practically out of the running. This is coming from an Arsenal fan.

    City or Chelsea will win it as they have a much stronger depth in their squad.

    While the defensive improvement shown in the first 3 Gunner games has been encouraging, we have only faced at best a mediocre Liverpool side.

    We need to see if the rest of the squad can play as good a collective unit as the starting XI, only then can we start talking about title hopes.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    keys. Only one manager has won more PL titles than AW. Get your facts right before writing such nonsense

    Dick S. You make a valid point but as we discussed yesterday, how do we attract a top quality striker to sit on the bench. Nik B wouldn’t, so why would Llorente etc?

    In the highly unlikely event of OG and Pold both being injured at the same time we can still put out a forward line of Gerv, Cham, O-C and Theo. All International starters. Perhaps in such circumstances they will rise to the challenge.

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Armada. Welcome to AA. What is wrong with rose coloured glasses? Better to live in hope isn’t it?

  19. dandan says:

    Well done Raddy, funny how a positive article always brings out the hobby horse riders, no doubt the hate and foul lanquage will appear from those that love to troll the blogs and allow their lack of class to prove they are not worthy of our great club.

    On the other hand there is much here for the real fans to consider and debate, league champions? Depends on city I reckon, 2nd looks more realistick to me. But then much will also depend on whose shoulder lady luck is riding. Stay Injury free and who knows what we can achieve.

    Does any one else like me find the surprise among the media on the quality of Diaby’s return mystifying . Surely any football reporter/pundit of note, should be only too aware of the skill the man displayed prior to that terrible injury. Do they I wonder expect Jack to be any less skilful next month when he returns to THOF.
    And completes the Arsene jigsaw.

    Onwards and upwards you mighty gunners 🙂

  20. Very optimistic, I like it though.

    City is the team to beat, looks the only top team with enough depth to go all the way.

    Chelsea can suprise everybody, no enough depth I think.

    United do not seem enough equiped to win the title since the departure of Ronaldo and still suprice me every season. I do not know any team in the world and in the history who can win so much games while playing very avarage. I do not learn from my mistakes and still expecting a third or fourth place for United.

    Arsenal can suprise everybody just like Chelsea. Wenger is a better manager than Mancini and is busy with a new project.

    Other teams does not have a chance to be honest.

    City (hope Arsenal)

  21. henrychan - indonesia says:

    I agree.. Our big rival this season will be Chelsea..
    They are strong cause they bougth stars..
    but still a little weak in defend.. we still can beat them.. by the end of this month.. let’s watch..

    Hope FPP will soon enforced.. And clubs like Chelsea and City will have some punishment for disobey the rules..
    If not they still chasing for Falcao.. Grazy and greedy clubs indeed..

    And great news.. Diaby score for France..
    Hope he will injury-free this season.. And do the excelent jobs as a great midfielders..

    Go Gunners..

  22. Big Raddy says:

    The Diaby love-in is very interesting, particularly from the Arsenal fans.

    To most bloggers Diaby was written off last season, yet the very people who wrote him off are telling all and sundry that Diaby is the answer!

    Is he? How can we judge on the strength of one excellent game against poor opposition?

    He has been at AFC for some time now and despite injuries has hardly set the world alight. Too many games have I seen him make the wrong choices, holding the ball too long trying to beat the next man, not being in the right place defensively etc etc

    He may be the player we all hoped we would become but for me the jury is well and truly out.

  23. Gooner In Exile says:

    It’s like 5 or 6 Raddy prematches in one…..love it.

    For me a few injuries to any of the big men at our main rivals and they will struggle, we are already coping with 3 injuries to key players and 1 sub/rotating starter, so question is can we cope with anymore before they get back and how much stronger will they make us when they return?

    Sz, Bac, BFG, TV, Gibbs
    Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla
    Ox, Giroud, Pod

    Looks strong, then add
    Wilshere, Fab, Koz, Ramsey, Gervinho, Walcott, Rosicky, Arshavin, Santos, Jenkinson, Coquelin and it’s looking deep too…..(I’ve probably missed a couple there too).

    Then to break open in case of emergency there is Mannone, Djourou, Squid, Chamakh, Yennaris, Eastmond an the rest of the under 21’s

    I’d say that’s the makings of a squad that can go deep into the season, much deeper than in recent seasons.

  24. Stoke and Wigan top 10 really?

  25. dandan says:

    BR my friend check back on some old posts and you will find I have been a big Diaby fan since his reserves days, It has always seemed obvious to me he was a player. He reminded me of Viera. Proof I suppose that one man’s meat is another man’s poison

  26. @ Big Raddy

    Nice (albeit somewhat) tongue-in-cheek post, Big Raddy. Like your top-eight placings.

    Seriously, We have 3 MAJOR competitors ‘only’, plus one ‘outsider’ (Spurs).
    So, we should be top four, therefore, note, not guaranteed a Champions League place.
    Respectfully, from our point of view, forget the rest.

    Man City… agree.

    Man Utd… agree 50-50… you overlooked the serious(?) goalkeeper issue. You mentioned not one winger – Nani, Young, Valencia. And whilst mentioning RVP, didn’t mention two other ‘decent’ strikers: Hernandez, Welbeck.

    Chelsea… How do you replace Drogba? When Drogba played, Torres usually didn’t. Now Drogba’s gone, Torres will play – therefore his ‘replacement’ ? You haven’t even named this player who may well be the top Premiership scorer this time around.
    Cahill ‘decent’ replacement? He fitted in there as Arteta fitted in here. I think he would be considered more than ‘decent’ at the Emirates. Wish we’d signed him.

    Spurs… was Dempsey a target, or a target according to media/website speculation only? The latter for sure, imo.
    “…ageing legs of Cashley ? – at 31, still preferable to the slightly younger, but considerably slower legs of Santos.

    Sorry if I’m seemingly a tad too serious, Big Raddy… I haven’t missed the fact you have an obvious sense of humour.

    Like your name, liked the player!

  27. barumgooner says:

    Nice post. I think we have a great chance this year. The squad is stronger, fitter and looks more organised. Mancity are definately the favourites but they have issues defending and I actually believe the manager is the weak link. Utd look to have the worst squad ever in the premiership years but as always they will find a way to be there come the end and until Chelsea bought Hazard in I was writing them off but they do look good with him. Afc, MC, MU, CH for me.

    As for Diaby, I have always said he is not good enough for the Arsenal but will happily eat my words if he does indeed turn out to be the player Wenger thinks he can be. Personally I think he is very skilfull and talented but is a bit dim-witted and dwells far too long on the ball to play at the highest level but hey what do I know ?…. I do wonder though if he does do well this year and fulfills his potential will he be the next to jump ship or would he be the exception who actually repays AWs faith ?

  28. Slimgingergooner says:

    I’m not a huge believer of the media vs Arsenal thing, but I’ve just caught the end Of Football Focus and they had 10 goals from Rooney to finish the show and 4 of them were against us! What’s that all about!?

    As for the notion of us winning the league, I said a while ago that Wengers transfer policy was this:- in 2011 he sorted the defence (Kozzer, Merts, Santos, Jenks coming in with Bouldy lined up as assistant), in 2012 he will sort the attack (Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud) and in 2013 we will win trophies. I think we will fall just short this year for the league but may pinch a cup, but next season I expect at least 2 pieces of silverware.

  29. Greg says:

    Gunners all the way! Steve bould have done a fantastic job with the defense this season hats off to him an arsenal legend himself! Im not afraid of our rivals this and hoping to put one over on manure their defense are in a mess!

  30. Total says:

    Top stuff Raddy. Really enjoyable, fun post and I agree with it all. 😛

    Never underestimate Old Bacon Face – it is the same as non-Gooners writing off Arsenal whilst Wenger is still in charge. A good manager is half the job done.

    The Atheletico Madrid humiliation of Chelsea will have hurt their confidence a lot and it only takes a PL team to do the same and they will struggle again this season. A date springs to mind to make that happen: 29 September! 🙂

    Citeh have the best strength in depth but the team is carried by Kompany and Toure and that makes them vulnerable. Another big test for them and us when we play them this month! If we get a result there we will be favourites instantly! 🙂

    Not worried about the rest, although I expect Liverpool to come good during the season.

  31. gunnern5. says:


    Your optimism is to be applauded but my “long tooth” feels a little different.

    in my belief our squad depth will be undoing.

    We have 5 center backs, 4 defenders, 3 goalkeepers and 10 mid fielders to choose from and we should have ample coverage.

    My concern rests solely with our strike force where we have 6 players available, Arshavin, Chamakh, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski and Walcott.

    When we look at this group we tried unsuccessfully to off load Arshavin and Chamakh, Walcott is in a state of flux and that leaves us with Gervinho, Giroud and Podolski.

    Arshavin has been off the boil and will at best be a sub.
    Chamakh is a sub in case we are desperate.
    Walcott needs to get his head on straight and recognize that he is still an Arsenal player.
    Gervinho has great speed and is very tricky but his end product has been lacking, he still runs into too many blind alleys.
    Grioud and Podolski both look the part and are off to good starts albeit Giroud needs a bit more composure around the net.

    So in the group we have 2 unwanted strikers 1 fast tricky, goal shy striker 1 unhappy striker 1 still to strike and 1 off to a great start.

    All in all not a great strike force and when I look at our under 21’s there does not appear to be anyone ready to step up to the 1st team.

  32. gunnern5. says:

    I should have included AOC as a striker as well and that does improve the situation but still only leave us with 4 viable strikers in,
    Walcott, Oxide, Giroud and Podolski.

    Leaves me a tad nervous as it would be wrong to over play Oxide.

  33. Oluwasanjo says:

    If Giroud starts finding d bck of d nets as early as possible,long term Jack Wilshere + Rosicky,Sagna…the season would surely be 4 d Gooners

  34. murgi says:

    haha i like it more than anyone else in the world…..but i can belief we can win it…. may God be with us….to keep our injuried player fit and the other players fit through out…. and let us continue our soliditry defence through out the season so that we may win it…

  35. Red Arse says:

    Nicely written Post on a topic important to us all, Raddy. 🙂

    If ever proof was needed to show that the world is made up of optimists and pessimists with just a sprinkling of realists/pragmatists in the middle, the comments today show just that! 🙂

    It is fun to forecast final league positions etc, and why not, but this sort of prediction is not too different from betting on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in a horse race, and about as likely to be right! 🙂

    Colour me a boring old pragmatist – and I don’t bet on the gee gees either! 🙂

  36. Great post Braddy,
    Ppl think im mental when i say we’ll win the league, but hey i say it every season.
    I think it will be us or city providing Giroud clicks with the PL.
    I don’t think Chelsea will be a threat under RDM, Chelseas win of the CL was similar to when Greece won the euros. Hazard or not, Caz is the man #COYG

  37. glic says:

    “Shakira, J-Lo, stop rubbing and put it away, thats it, nice and gentle, now pull the zip up, dont let me catch you two with my pencil and rubber set again , drawing all over my join the dots book, now back to bed whilst I answer Big Raddy`s question “.
    Afternoon all, being an International Handsome Bastard Playboy isn`t all fun and games, I have to be strict with them sometimes !.
    Anyway, enjoyable read BR.
    Last year I hated Citeh and Chav`s more than Manu, for some reason which I cant remember, normal service has resumed. I cant see beyond one of those three winning the Tltle, It could have been so differant had we kept Rotten Van Johnnybag. If there is a Dennis, then we will win the Title and Manu will be out of the top four.

  38. evonne says:

    Now he tells me!! For the first time in years I didn’t back AFC to win the league and Raddy tells me now we are going to do it! Oh well, I’d better go to the bookies

    Great post Raddy. I agree that the opposition looks wonky to say the least. ManU have another big injury worry – Phil Jones is out for 8 weeks, Shitty have Na$ri who must be tired of playing day-in day-out. Chavs were humiliated by Atletico Madrid, Scum are one step from relegation. What competition? We should sail to victory

  39. Big Raddy says:

    DD. My jibe wasn’t aimed at you 🙂

    Of course the post is tongue in cheek but wouldn’t I laugh if Wigan and Stoke did finish ahead of the Spurs.

    Big Al. No, you are right I didn’t name Torres (but I did mention him) and Chelsea’s over-reliance on him! As to Dempsey – we have it from extremely reliable sources that AW spent 2 TW’s negotiating for him and he turned us down.

    Just a fun post and a chance to put down our opposition in a gentle BR fashion 🙂

  40. jnyc says:

    RADDY, perfext aubject for thia slow week. I think we are so deep with quality in midfield, so we can ease jack back slowly. And we should be careful not to overwork diaby. People do forget we will have rosicky, ox, coquelin, and i hope we use them alot in the lesser competitions. Also i like the depth at the back, because i think miquel, djourou, and yennaris are going to be good, so i want us to rotate and save our top guys for the epl and cl. Dick is right though, no excuse for the thin front line. Big risk there. —
    —- having said all that, i think ita between city and us for the title. Reason- our midfield is a class above anyones, and our defenders and team are taking pride in going for clean sheets now, there is a belief by them, so they will continue to play as well as they have started. —- i do hope that chelsea talent doesnt come together well, but will be worried when pep joins them next year.

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  42. Big Raddy says:

    Jnyc. Exactly …. they might as well give us the trophy now.

  43. LB says:

    Love the post BR

  44. LB says:

    It is a case of the head and the heart, my head says GN5 my heart says BR.

    You are of course right GN5 the obvious weakness is the depth or lack of it in our attack.

  45. @ Big Raddy
    My error, yes, you DID in fact mention Torres.
    And, yes, fun post it was too.

  46. gunnern5. says:


    A long term injury to any one of Oxide, Giroud or Podolski would leave us in a really bad place.

    Arshavin has the opportunity to be our ace in the hole, I’m just not sure where his head is at right now. Being dropped from the Russian team, where he was their Captain, must have been really upsetting.

  47. Tony McComick says:

    CORRECTION : “noisy neighbours” thats manshitty but the totts can be ”nosy or snortty neighbours” plus your conclusion has no relation to the assesment above. How can manshitty be the team to beat and end up third? I know. In Utopia Land.


    Thank you Big Raddy. I realy enjoyed reading that, especialy your conclusion.

    The point for me is not wether we will win it or not but rather that we are in it to win it and that we have a good chance to win it. If we take our minds back 12 months how many would have envisgied we would be were we are today. At that time we were aparently a club in decline that were to be overtaken by Liverpool and Spurs, could never compete with the other 3, and were all doomed to a horrible demise. Total utter nonsense.

    The truth is that we are a club on the rise. We are ahead of our rivals off the pitch as we enter footballs brave new world. All our rivals, with the exception of Utd have had to adjust there strategies and this will effect performance on the pitch.

    Arsenal for the title? why not?. Arsenal to be around for a long time and be competing for the title? You can bet your house on it.

  49. Well done Raddy, of course we’re going to win the title, we’re going to win it every season until it’s mathematically impossible not to do so. I believe 🙂

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  51. gunnern5. says:

    This makes good reading.


    France coach Didier Deschamps hailed Abou Diaby as the “complete midfielder” after the Arsenal man marked his international return following a long-term injury with the winning goal
    against Finland.

    Diaby played just five times for Arsenal last season due to a string of injuries, including a calf problem and a broken ankle, but has started the Gunners’ first three games in the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

    That was enough to persuade Deschamps to pitch him straight into World Cup qualifying action and the 26-year-old repaid his faith by converting Karim Benzema’s pass as Les Bleus opened their Group I campaign with a 1-0 win in Helsinki last night.

    And the coach, for whom it was a first competitive game in charge after succeeding Laurent Blanc, said: “He is a boy with a lot of qualities, but I knew that. He is a complete midfielder.”

    Diaby himself added in L’Equipe: “It was a good return, I was pleased. I hope this will be the real return.”

  52. Rasp says:

    Great news about Diaby. If he can string 10 games together without injury, he will improve even more and give AW a headache when he tries to slot Jack back into our midfield.

  53. Great post Raddy. manu are an rvp injury away from being total shite

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And why was it not announced there WAS to be a Big Raddy today?!! Naturally, I would have made alternative arrangements 🙂
    I really do think we could be in with a shout. I have exceedingly high hopes for Ollie.
    I muttered something before the season about the impact of the new managers, and I included RdiM in that. AVB will, I’m sure, be first top name out of a job, leaving that shower down the road in a shambles. Chelsea: surely they won’t get away with Torres as well as their wonky defence. Utd: Persie will get injured, Fatso is Fat, which leaves us and City.
    Delighted you were not given the day off 🙂

  55. rdm is a budgie faced little twat. he is a shit manager and was extremely lucky in the CL.His strategy didn’t work as they gave barca and BM so many chances that weren’t taken. Stoke and Sunderland do that sort of thing so much better. they really only beat Reading becuse of an offside goal.

  56. I disagree that rooney is world class. Could you imagine barca a or RM ever wanting him? He’s hyped up because he’s English. England are shit with no chance of winning a competition. Marginally better than the spuds

  57. Gooner In Exile says:

    Here’s a thought, Chelsea want Walcott, Drogba looks like he made get paid off by Schezuan Sauce and be on a free, and Torres needs to play for a different kind of team……..


    hahaha, it is true that in the past my affliction to gambling has stripped me bare and left only my pants for company. I have also on occasion had to go into hiding and don a 1970’s style wig to dodge the attentions of a rather unscrupilous North London Bookie.

    Saying all that, Arsenal for the title in the next few years is not a gamble, its an investment. Just dont place the bet with “Derick Kneecapping Lovedosh”. Other wise you will be begging me for my Bay City Roller wig

  59. MickyDidIt89 says:

    rdm is a budgie faced little twat ROLFING
    You sure about the Chelsea and Walcott thing?


    “budgie faced little twat” hahaha. Perfect description.

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Gambling on Arsenal is an investment….ha ha, that’s brilliant

  62. Well he does look like a budgie

    terry you can take the wig off now

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I mean, how hard can they possibly make it to go to Montpellier. Jeepers 😦

  64. flights are quite expensive

  65. chas says:

    Great post, BR.

    It’ll be so funny if we finish above the mancs and robin van iscariot.
    Rdm will not suck seed this season.
    Mankini must experience a dressing room revolt at some point.
    So the title is ours.

  66. Gooner In Exile says:

    GM 8:34 I agree about Rooney, I think international tournaments show him up, but they also mean he is playing with midfielders who simply do not suit his style of play. I go back to Jack playing with Rooney in Jacks first international, Rooney came alive at the prospect of playing with someone who could pass the ball to feet.

  67. I think he was a talent at 16 and 17 but he never realised his potential. (or never really had it)

  68. mcconville365 says:

    Stoke 6th? Stoke to be relagated for me. Get worse every season, no longer a ‘force’ at their home ground. And for people on here to say Wenger doesn’t know how to win – exactly how long have you supported Arsenal? He, and every other team/manager for that matter, set out to win every game. Whoever wins the most games wins the league. We always finish top 4 because we tried to win every game.

  69. Gooner In Exile says:

    I’m embarrassed to say I did something very similar to this after saving a penalty, only defence I was around 8 or 9 when I did it


  70. Gooner In Exile says:

    Well said Mcconville haven’t seen you post before but with a comment like that I welcome you and your sanity.

  71. glic says:

    The other day we were talking about one armed footballers, I seem to remember recently reading about a one armed goalie saving 3 out of 5 penalties, thats impressive, but I can imagine you being more impressive, as in theory , you play with none by having a Pint in one hand and a Kebab in the other !. 🙂

  72. RockyLives says:

    Well played BR – great read and, having run your conclusions through my predictometer, I confirm scientifically that they are 100% correct 🙂

    We have a good enough squad to have genuine success this year provided (a) we don’t get an unnatural amount of injuries to top players and (b) Olivier G finds form quickly. With him and Pod I think we can compensate for the loss of BSR’s goals.

    Bearing in mind how many points we were off the top two at the end of last season there’s a lot of ground to make up – but last year we had our worst start in living memory and all the upheaval of the late departures of Cesc and the FFB; and, later, we also suffered the freak long term loss of all our full backs at the same time.

  73. Gooner In Exile says:

    You forgot the ciggy hanging out of my mouth Andy Capp style which makes seeing anything a lottery 🙂

  74. RockyLives says:

    forgot to add…

    The ghosts of Terry’s underpants are stirring…

  75. OH DEAR OZ, i’d start packing if i were you, and pack warm..It gets cold in Alaska!! 😉

  76. Morning all, Nice post Raddy. I think any one of Manure, Shitty, Chelsea, or Us could take the title..the key being injuries, and hitting form in unison with other players and at the right time. Too many variables come into play..

    As is, i think our squad overall is too thin to fight on all four fronts (quality wise), but then again we might get a shit load of luck to see us through to glory.. Even so, i still think its too early to call but my wishful thinking is in agreeance(?) with your list.. Lady luck with Arsenes genius take up 80% of a winning formula for 2012-13..

  77. Chas, there is no way Poldi suits representing a bank.. He could pass as a ‘heavy’- debt collector 🙂

  78. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh yawn. Bad night’s kip. Oh well, Morning Chas and PPP.

  79. Morning Micky, How did England play? Any different to how the scoreline reads? I see fat fwank is still playing, i would have thought his transitional exit would have happened by now? Is no one ready, or is he keeping it warm for Jack? 😉

  80. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I wouldn’t have bothered watching at all, however, my son did which meant I sat with him for maybe twenty mins. Ox looked very good and set up a goal for Defoe. Although he was playing wide left, his assist came from charging down the middle, which again makes me wonder where his best position is. Interestingly, he was subbed with Theo coming on. Even more interestingly, the commentator suggested Ox was the player that needed saving as he was too valuable to risk injury. England’s most valuable player?

  81. Not just yet. But will be one for the future.

    Its my understanding we have one more international to bit our nails through and then its back to business, am i right?

  82. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just reading back through comments about Rooney.
    However rude about him I am, and I am, I do agree with GiE’s comment on how well he operates with a player like Jack.
    Also, rather annoyingly, I happen to think Chelsea have now bought the players to get the best out of Torres.

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yip, one more, than back to business next weekend.
    Talking of which, I had a look at the exchange last night and not a single ticket available anywhere in the stadium for Southampton.
    So sod it, I thought in a spontaneous way, I’ll go to Montpellier. Nope, apparently I don’t have enough “priviledges” on my membership to qualify for a ticket, then discovered there are no flights from either Exeter or Bristol.
    No live football for DidIt 😦

  84. “no live football”… welcome to my world

  85. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Emmigrate 🙂
    I do sometimes think about moving back to London, then I have a day like yesterday in the Atlantic, and there’s not a cat in hell’s chance. You, too, have advantages!

  86. BBQ time- me thinks so 🙂

    1 more week to go, cant wait..Im so glad we went into our break with an away win. all these little things count if we are going to challenge.

    by the way, Micky, i agree on the Torres situation..these new players are a different kettle of fish..Right now they are more dangerous to me than any of the manCs

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Agree. A loss at Pool would have been very bad news indeed. It would have meant two points from nine, and two weeks to dwell on it.
    Enjoy your BBQ. We have 18 people for lunch!!

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. 18 sounds great – wish I was there for a good Devonish piss-up

  89. Rasp says:

    Morning all…….

    ….. New post ……..

  90. Nwabueze says:

    The journey is yet far with many unpredictables. Let’s be focused, one match at a time, then get home before counting the contents of our basket. Most important is the faith we all seem to have in the potentials of the present squad.

  91. Jim says:

    I think the comments you made about Liverpool apply equally to Arsenal.

    Only three Arsenal players maximum get into City’s first team – Cazorla, Wilshire, and Vermalen.

    At the moment 10 pojnts off 1st, probably around 30 by the end of the season.

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