Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards – Day 6

Continuing our Summer series of articles in search of Arsenal’s greatest ever team, this week we will end our quest for the greatest forwards to include in our team.  Don’t forget to take the opportunity to choose your personal favourite striker, this weeks posts will bring us bang up to date and there will be a vote on Saturday.

17. Ian Wright: 1991-1998.

Ian appeared in 288 games over a 7 year period and scored 185 goals.

Ian was born in Woolwich, London. He came to professional football relatively late in life and despite having had trials at Southend United and Brighton during his teens, he was unable to attract sufficient interest to win a professional contract offer. Reverting to playing for amateur and non-league teams, he was left disillusioned about his chances of a career as a professional footballer.

A Crystal Palace talent scout, Peter Prentice, happened to see Wright playing for Dulwich Hamlet and invited him to have a trial at Selhurst Park. Having impressed then-manager Steve Coppell, he signed professional terms for Crystal Palace in August 1985, just three months short of his 22nd birthday. He quickly made his mark in his first season, scoring nine goals to finish as Palace’s second-highest scorer. When Mark Bright arrived on the Palace scene the following year the duo soon established a successful striking partnership and it was largely their goals which took the club to top flight via the playoffs in 1989. Ian was particularly instrumental that season, scoring 24 goals in the Second Division and a grand total of 33 in all competitions.

WrightA twice-cracked shin bone reduced his initial impact in the First Division. However, after recovering from the injury he made a dramatic appearance as a ‘super-sub’, in the 1990 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. He equalised for Palace a few minutes after coming onto the field forcing extra time, then putting them ahead in extra time. The eventual score was 3–3, but Palace lost the replay 1–0. The next season he gained full international honours, and reached a hundred goals for Crystal Palace.  Ian became renowned for his deadly striking ability, as shown when he scored a hat-trick in just eighteen minutes in Palace’s penultimate game of the 1990–91 season away to Wimbledon. He scored 117 goals in 253 starts and 24 substitute appearances over six seasons for The Eagles in all competitions.

Ian signed for Arsenal in September 1991 for £2.50m, which was at the time a club record fee. He scored on his debut against Leicester City in a League Cup tie, and then scored a hat-trick on his League debut against Southampton. He won the Golden Boot in his first season by scoring 29 league goals, five of which were for Palace, and 31 in all competitions. He scored a hat-trick in the final game of the season against Southampton; his third goal being the last ever scored in the old First Division. He went on to be Arsenal’s top scorer for six seasons in a row. He played a major part in the club’s success during the 1990s, winning an FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993; he scored in both the FA Cup Final and the replay against Sheffield Wednesday. Ian also helped Arsenal reach the 1994 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final, although he was suspended for the final in which Arsenal beat Parma 1–0.

The period that followed proved to be a difficult time for both Ian and Arsenal, manager George Graham was dismissed over illegal payments, and under caretaker Stewart Houston they could only manage a 12th place finish in the league. The arrival of Bruce Rioch heralded a bleaker time; the two did not get on and eventually Wright handed in a transfer request, which he later retracted. The arrival of Dennis Bergkamp heralded a brief but fruitful striking partnership, and in their first season playing together they helped Arsenal finish fifth in the league and qualify for the UEFA Cup. They also reached the Coca-Cola Cup semi-finals, where they went out on away goals to eventual winners Aston Villa.

By the time Arsène Wenger had arrived at Arsenal in September 1996, Ian was nearly 33. Despite his age, he continued to score regularly (being the second highest Premier League scorer in 1996–97 with 23 goals), and on 13 September 1997 he broke Cliff Bastin’s Arsenal goal scoring record with a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers. A couple of months later he suffered a bad hamstring injury which ruled him out of the club’s run-in to a League and Cup Double; he was named as a substitute in the cup final against Newcastle United but did not play. His final goal at Highbury came on 4 October 1997 against Barnsley and was his 300th career goal for both Crystal Palace and Arsenal. He scored his final goal for Arsenal on 6 January 1998 in a League Cup quarter-final victory against West Ham United.

On 15 July 2008, he finished 4th in 50 Greatest Gunners listed on the Arsenal website.

In July 1998, he moved to West Ham United for £500,000. He spent fifteen months as a West Ham player, scoring the winner on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday. During his spell there he made the headlines for all the wrong reasons when he vandalised the referee’s dressing room at Upton Park after being sent off during a match against Leeds United. He had subsequent short spells at Nottingham Forest, Celtic, and Burnley before retiring in 2000. He finished his club career with 313 goals in all competitions.

He made his for England under manager Graham Taylor in February 1991. He started in the 2–0 victory against Cameroon at Wembley and helped England reach the finals of Euro 1992 in Sweden. Despite the fact that his international career spanned eight years, 87 matches and three different full-time managers, he only started 17 times and was a used substitute in 16 matches.

While he was still a professional footballer at Arsenal, he published his autobiography, Mr Wright. In 1993, he wrote and released a single called “Do The Right Thing”. The song was co-written and produced by Chris Lowe (of Pet Shop Boys) and reached #43 the UK Singles Chart.

Shortly after his retirement from playing in 2000, Ian was awarded the MBE for his services to football.

18. Denis Bergkamp: 1995-2006.

Denis appeared in 423 games over an 11 year period and scored 120 goals.

Born in Amsterdam, Denis was the fourth of four sons. He was brought up in a working-class suburb; his father who was an electrician played amateur footballer in the lower leagues. He was named in honour of Scottish striker Denis Law but in order to comply with Dutch given name customs, an extra “n” was inserted into his first name, by his father, after it was not accepted by the registrar.

DB10He was spotted by Ajax and was brought up through their famous youth system, joining the club at age 11 and making his professional debut on 14 December 1986. He scored his first senior goal for the club against HFC Haarlem on 22 February 1987 in a match Ajax won 6–0. He went on to make 23 appearances in the 1986–87 season, including a European debut against Malmö FF in the 1986–87 European Cup Winners’ Cup, Ajax won the competition, beating Lokomotive Leipzig 1–0. In later seasons he established himself as a first-team player for Ajax. This culminated in a period of success for the club, which won the Eredivisie title in the 1989–90 season for the first time in five years. Denis scored 29 goals in 36 games the following season and became the joint top goal scorer in the league. Ajax won the 1992 UEFA Cup Final, beating Torino through the away goals ruling. He was the top scorer in the Eredivisie from 1991 to 1993, and was voted Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1992 and 1993. In total, he scored 122 goals in 239 games for his hometown club.

Denis attracted the attention of several European clubs as a result of his performances for Ajax. He was insistent on playing in Italy. as he considered Serie A “the biggest league at the time” and preferred a move to either Juventus or Internazionale, on 16 February 1993, he agreed a £7.1 million move to Internazionale and made his debut against Reggiana on 29 August 1993.  In his first two seasons at Internazionale, the club changed managers twice and Denis had a difficult time, troubled with stress injuries and fatigue from the 1994 World Cup, he only scored five goals in 26 appearances. Off the field, his relationship with the Italian press and fans became uncomfortable. His shy persona and his propensity to go home after matches was interpreted as apathy. Because of his poor performance on the pitch, one Italian publication renamed their award given to the worst performance of the week, L’asino della settimana (Donkey of the Week) to Bergkamp della settimana.

Denis left Internazionale and signed with Arsenal in June 1995 for a transfer fee estimated at £7.5 million. He became manager Bruce Rioch’s first signing at Arsenal and broke the club’s transfer fee record of £2.5 million. On the opening day of the 1995–96 league season, he made his full debut against Middlesbrough. He struggled to adapt to the English game and failed to score in the club’s next six league matches, prompting ridicule by the national press, he ended his first season with 33 appearances and a goal tally of 11.

The appointment of Arsène Wenger as Arsenal manager in September 1996 marked a turning point in his career. Wenger, who had moderate success coaching in France and Japan, recognised his talent and wanted to use him as a fulcrum of the team’s forward play. Both were advocates of a continental style of attacking football, and Denis was happy with Arsene’s decision to impose a strict fitness and health regime. Despite making fewer appearances in the 1996–97 season, he was more influential in the first team, creating 13 assists. The following season he was instrumental in helping Arsenal complete a domestic league and cup double. He became the club’s top scorer with 22 goals and recorded a strike rate of 0.57.  In 1997/8 he was the recipient of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, becoming only the second foreign player to be recognised by his fellow professionals as the outstanding performer in English football.

After 3 seasons of finishing second more success finally came in the 2001–02 season. Arsenal regained the league, beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the season to complete the club’s second double under Wenger; Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2–0 to win the FA Cup four days prior. Denis played in 33 league matches, setting up 15 goals. After a 3 game red card suspension he made his return against Newcastle United on 3 March 2002. Early in the match, Arsenal midfielder Robert Pirès played a low pass from the left flank to Denis in the edge of the opponent area with his back to goal. Under pressure from his marker Nikos Dabizas, he controlled the ball with one flick and went around the other side before placing the ball precisely into the bottom right-hand corner to score. Arsene described the goal as “unbelievable”, adding “It was not only a magnificent goal but a very important one – I enjoyed it a lot”

Denis reached a personal landmark during the 2002–03 season, scoring his 100th goal for Arsenal against Oxford United in a FA Cup third-round tie. On 20 July 2003, he signed a one-year extension at the club. The 2003–04 season ended on a high point as Arsenal reclaimed the league title, becoming the first English team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten Champions League over two legs. He committed himself to Arsenal at the end of the season, signing a further extension to his contract.

The team finished fourth in the league in his final season at Arsenal. After much campaigning from Arsenal supporters, the club designated one of its Highbury match day themes, organised to commemorate the stadium’s final season as home of Arsenal, to Dennis Bergkamp. “Bergkamp Day” took place on 15 April 2006 It celebrated his contribution to Arsenal; fans were given commemorative orange ‘DB10′ T-shirts – the colour of his national team, his initials and his squad number. Denis came on as a second-half substitute and set up the winning Pirès goal moments after Nigel Quashie had levelled the score. Fittingly, his 89th-minute goal proved to be his last for Arsenal in competitive football.

He was the focus of the first match at Arsenal’s new ground, the Emirates Stadium. On 22 July 2006, a testimonial was played in his honour at the new stadium as Arsenal played his old club Ajax.

Denis made his international debut for the Netherlands national team against Italy on 26 September 1990. He was selected for Euro 1992, where his national team were the defending champions. Although he impressed, scoring three goals in the tournament, the team lost on penalties to eventual champions Denmark. In the qualification for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, hep scored five goals and was selected for the finals, staged in the United States. He featured in every game for the national team, getting goals against Morocco in the group stages and the Republic of Ireland in the round of 16.

Against Wales in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification on 9 November 1996, he scored his first hat-trick for the national team. The Netherlands finished first in their group and qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, held in France. Denis scored three times in the competition, including a memorable winning goal in the final minute of the quarterfinal against Argentina. He took one touch to control a long 60-yard aerial pass from Frank de Boer, brought the ball down through Argentine defender Roberto Ayala’s legs, and finally finished by firing a volley with the outside of his right foot, past the keeper at a tight angle from the right, he described the goal as his personal favourite in his career.  His international career ended with 37 goals in 77 appearances.

In April of 2007, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame by viewers of BBC’s Football Focus. A year later, he was voted second by Arsenal fans behind Thierry Henry in a list of the 50 Gunners Greatest Players.

This is a summary of his achievements in chronological order:

Dutch Football Talent of the Year (1): 1990

Dutch Footballer of the Year (2): 1991, 1992

Eredivisie Top Scorer (3): 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93

UEFA European Football Championship Top Scorer (1): 1992

UEFA European Football Championship Team of the Tournament (1): 1992

World’s Top Goal Scorer of the Year (1): 1992

UEFA Cup Top Scorer (1): 1994

Premier League Player of the Month (4): August 1997, September 1997, March 2002, February 2004

PFA Team of the Year (1): 1997–98

FWA Footballer of the Year (1): 1997–98

PFA Players’ Player of the Year (1): 1997–98

Premier League Goal of the Season (2): 1997–98, 2001–02

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1): 1998

FIFA 100

English Football Hall of Fame

His statue now stands outside Emirates Stadium honouring him as one of Arsenal’s legends. 

GunnerN5

101 Responses to Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards – Day 6

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    So GN5, with three votes each, the only decision is who gets the second 🙂

    Superb Bio’s of two of my all time favourite three Arsenal Players (Adams being the other).

    Brilliant, thank you. The Tragedy being that we are approaching the end of this magnificent series of yours. An E-Book?

  2. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you all.

    That’s a great picture of St. Denis, pity we can’t see one of him walking on water. 😀

  3. evonne says:

    Norfolk – tsa tsa tsa, as Rocky wisely said ‘saints sit on the right hand of Dennis’ 🙂

    GN5- only 2 today? only joking, you could easily have an article or two on each. Thank you once again

  4. Like Micky these two are right up there in my heroes book.

    Wrighty is top, i know he is not maybe the best technically but seeing him score goals and the celebrations that followed was undiluted joy. He will always be my favourite Arsenal striker, i know Thierry and Dennis were both better players, but no one summed up the fan more than Wrighty when he played and when he spoke.

    He was simply a goalscorer, only Shearer kept him out of the England side, mainly because under Shearer was the better hold up man, Wrighty was a shoulder player, but thats not to say all his goals were from inside the area, some of his greatest strikes were from distance, a lob at Swindon away sticks in the memory as does a volley against Schmeichel in the Charity Shield? The best is still the keepie uppie over Everton defenders and then the lob of Southall.

    Whilst Wrighty played like a fan would given the chance, Bergkamp did things that none of us could do, that in football is special. You can see a player hit a 40yd pass to feet and think “i could do that, maybe 1 in 20 but if i trained every day i could do that” Bergkamp did things and saw pictures that the average footballer doesn’t even imagine. He had the rare ability to make me gasp. As i say 90% of footballers get in to the top of the game through a lot of hard work and a bit of luck along the way, there are 100 Scott Parkers through the leagues and non league football scene, players like Dennis get there because he can do things that others can’t.

  5. evonne says:

    oh shut up GiE, you made me cry

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah ha, we agree for the second time today GiE.

    Fight’s off 🙂

    If it came down to just the one all time, I wouldn’t pause for a second. Wright every time, for all the reasons you mention.

  7. GoonerB says:

    Great write up GN5.
    2 of my favourite players. I am loving reading all your articles on our greatest players. With all your hard work on these articles I feel that out of respect I should be reading and digesting before making my decision when it comes to voting.

    Unfortunately when it came to the strikers I already knew which 3 it would be for me in advance. It would likely take a combination of Derren Brown and a man hating, female nazi lesbian professional interrogator, holding some rusty bolt cutters, while standing over a naked GoonerB tied to a chair to even make me remotely change my mind.

  8. mickydidit89 says:

    GiE

    This is what matters most. Your line: “Wrighty played like a fan would given the chance”.

  9. evonne says:

    GoonerB – me too 🙂 I said the other day that all the great work from GN5 and GiE is wasted on me, coz I know whom I’ll vote for already. Still, enjoy every verse of it

  10. evonne says:

    No Micky, if I was given a chance, I would play, but never in IW’s style. I have my own technique 🙂

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    And I would expect nothing less from you, Evonne.

    God help the oppo defences 🙂

  12. evonne says:

    ha ha ha 🙂

    Just for the record – am I completely bonkers or do others get up in the morning, switch on the laptop and start checking if we bought anyone yet? I am worried about me

  13. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Evonne,

    I would be worried about you too, only it’s the first thing I do too.

    I just can’t help it.

  14. evonne says:

    NG – complete madness, addiction or true love? who cares, as long I am not on my own
    I read all sorts on NewsNow, cherry pick what I don’t like and dismiss it as utter rubbish and concentrate on exciting possibilities like all Suarez, Rooney, Torrez and Higuain joining us any moment now and think it completely plausible

  15. GoonerB says:

    Not just you Evonne. I am the same. I know some like Redders can switch off and just let AW do his business and wait for it to unfold. I can’t seem to do that and follow the transfers with a nervous intensity while playing fantasy football manager in my head.

    For what it’s worth as ludicrous as this sounds for Arsenal (historically with transfers) I think that £40m to secure Suarez is worth going for and would make us title challengers. I believe he would fit like a glove in our forward department and could easily play with any front 3 combination of Giroud, Podolski and Walcott and that he would bring us a different quality to what we already have.

    I watched the whole game against Vietnam and was impressed with Ollie who I think will step up more this season. The one thing I noticed with Ollie though is that he is best running onto a ball or receiving the ball where he can take a shot without having to escape the clutches of a tight marking defender. I watched one instance when he received the ball attacking left about 40yds out and a defender in front of him. Without support at the time Ollie didn’t have it in his locker to run at that defender alone and shimmy past him. I pictured Suarez in that situation and saw him running at the defender and finding the room to get a shot on goal.

    That small difference in having a player with that ability could become crucial against the best teams in the EPL and Europe. How often are we nearly as good as say Utd or Bayern only to find that they have that very slight edge in game winners that sees them win a tight game against us. I know Micky is happy with what we have got but I think that one signing completes our attack and will not relegate Ollie to an also ran and I still expect him to have a big say in our coming season even if Suarez arrived. £40m is a big outlay but also if you look at the ages of our main forwards we could then have potentially the strongest forward department in Europe for the next 4-5 seasons without having to spend any further on it.

  16. evonne says:

    GB – never mind Micky, he will get used to Suarez and co

  17. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Evonne,

    First there was Jovetic, it looks like he’s going to the Oilers.
    Next Higuain, Napoli? Maybe.
    Next Torres, a non-starter, in my opinion.
    Then comes Rooney, never in a million years.
    That leaves Suarez, I’d take him and send a pantechnicon for all his baggage, but Real will get him unless they go for Aguero.

    All that going on and the word from Arsenal is…..Zilch!

    Please Arsene sign somebody….anybody, we need cheering up. Have you seen the score from Lords? Three wickets down before lunch.

    I’m relying on Chris Froome to take the stage at the top of Alpe d’Huez.

    I’ve been up that climb five times and it’s not that difficult. In a coach. 😀

  18. chas says:

    What can I say, GN5? Superb biogs matching two superb players.

    Wrighty played like a fan, the only problem I have with him is that he turned into a doomer when he reverted to just being a fan.
    Nonetheless, he was a complete and utter joy to watch as a player, those slightly outturned kipper feet twinkling across the grass. He can’t have weighed more than 10 stone but was never pushed of the ball. Left foot, right foot, shooting early and for the corners. Wow.

    I think this is the last goal scored in the old First Division which GN5 mentions. It also gave Wrighty the Golden Boot over Elephant Ears Lineker. Hahahahaha.

  19. chas says:

    No sound on this, but still worth a look.

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Folks,

    Only two today – but it’s because I could not stop researching and writing about them – they were both such extraordinary players.

    The next player to be profiled also deserves a book to be written about him and not a few words in a bio/profile, so we choose to publish just two a day for the final two days.

    Both Denis and Ian were incredibly naturally gifted players with Denis simply being a “one off” that we may never see the likes of again. Denis is my personal choice for out all time greatest player, I still remain in awe of the way he could curl a 30 yard pass around the opposition right to the foot of a fellow striker, his vision was simply uncanny.

  21. chas says:

    Great goals, great song

  22. chas says:

    I’m so pleased Dennis had that extra ‘n’ inserted into his name evn if Denis Law had it spelt the Blondie way.

    My favourite piece of god-like skill.

  23. chas says:

    Top 10 Arsenal goals for the Dutchman

  24. chas says:

    DENNIS BERGKAMP
    DENNIS BERGKAMP
    DENNIS BERGKAMP
    Ohhhhohohohooohhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    “The Blondie Way” ROLF

    Leave me alone, I’m working and need to stop asap. There’s beach with my name on it.

  26. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Thanks GN5.

    Two absolute legends and i feel privleged to have watched them play.

    And what different carachters. I always judge peoples persona as to what they would be like if you had a fight with them in Tescos

    I think if you queue jump, Denis, probably wearing sun glasses, would accidently lose control of his trolley and accidently elbow you in the face. He would apologise to you of course.

    Out in the car park If you tried to take things further he would ignore you but whilst driving off, accidently drive over your foot. He wouldnt bother looking back.

    Now, if you got into a dispute with Wrighty over the last chicken Jalfrezi you might as well give it to him. He would probably tell you how he promised his kid a Jalfrezi and then go on to spell out the benefits of chicken tika as a substitute

    If you persist he will no doubt tell all other patrons that your a cock, are denying his kid dinner, and insuate your a Totnumb fan. Wrighty would then follow you to the car park, reciting the story of how he done Schmichael and your probably related to him

    If your then lucky enough to escape Wrightys left hook, be prepared for a high speed M25 car chase and pray your mini metro can outrun his Porshe. hahaha

  27. GoonerB says:

    Hahaha, You’ve started early Terry

  28. evonne says:

    GN5 – i wonder who do you have for tomorrow?

    Don’t know about you guys, but I watch the clips of Wrighty’s and God’s goals and laugh aloud as if they scored in the next season

    Peaches’ daughter reckons it is my midlife crisis and if I was a man I would buy a fast car, or a mountain bike or a surf board. So what’s your excuse boys?

  29. RockyLives says:

    What a pair of players!

    Wonderful, detailed bios Gn5.

    I would go so far as saying that Wrighty was the best finisher we’ve ever had in my years of watching Arsenal. TH14 may have been an all-round better player, but Wrighty was all about goals, goals, goals. In my jour no days I had the pleasure of interviewing him for the Evening Standard. He was a delight to talk to – it was just like talking to another fan.

    As for Dennis… I’m with you Gn5: best player I’ve ever seen in an Arsenal shirt.

    We’ve just got a puppy – a cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle confusion) – and the family voted to name him Dennis Bergkamp. Seriously.

  30. RockyLives says:

    Chas
    Thanks for the clips. Brilliant memories.
    That ‘Top 10 Dennis goals for Arsenal’ compilation is great, although they’ve got numbers 1 and 2 the wrong way round.

  31. RockyLives says:

    Terry
    “I always judge peoples persona as to what they would be like if you had a fight with them in Tescos.” 😀 😀 😀

    You really ought to consider a career in comedy writing or stand-up Terry. Sheer genius.

  32. Eonne says:

    Rocky – you called a cockapoo Dennis Bergkamp? I am seriously not impressed.
    That’s worse than a vicious yorkshire terrier called Fergie, my staffie called Bambi or friends’ bull mastiff Cazorla.

    I am still giggling at the stupid Italians voting DB ‘Donkey of the Week’, priceless

  33. RockyLives says:

    Evonne
    I think Dennis is a fine name for any dog 🙂
    Besides, he’s already showing good ball skills.

  34. Eonne says:

    oh well, I would never burden a mutt with such heritage, but then again I would never buy a cockapoo……honestly Rocky 🙂

  35. RockyLives says:

    Evonne (where’s your ‘v’ gone?)
    If it was down to me I would have a wolf… but sadly that’s not too practical in a city.

  36. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Rocky, which was confused the Cocker Spaniel or the Poodle? On second thoughts I guess they both were.

    An acquaintance of mine once had a croos between a Great Dane and a Jack Russell, he called it bloody unlikely!

  37. RockyLives says:

    NG 🙂

    It raises the question of what a shihtzu/poodle cross would be called…

  38. Norfolk Gooner says:

    A totnumb supporter?

  39. RockyLives says:

    😀

  40. Evonne says:

    yes, wolves are nice and not very practical. Checked cockapoos on the web, they are eadible, I give you that

    oops, you are right, I’ve lost my v somewhere (ages ago)

  41. RockyLives says:

    evonne 🙂

    Cockapoos are eadible? Is that a Polish speciality?

  42. Evonne says:

    have I misspelled it? good enough to eat. And no, dogs are a korean speciallity

  43. RockyLives says:

    I took it as a cross between ‘edible’ and ‘eatable’, both of which mean the same thing.

    It is a pretty little thing. Prettier than a pug, that’s for sure 🙂

  44. Evonne says:

    Specsavers Rocky, specsavers

    Pugs are mini rottwailers, best dogs ever. My vet of many years, a grumpy old man has only said 1 full sentence to me and that was ‘Pugs are a superior breed’. He knows what he is talking about. You just stick to footy darling 🙂

  45. RockyLives says:

    Was he Chinese? He might be biased, as Pugs are Chinese dogs.

    A cockapoo, on the other hand, is part English, part German, rather like The Arsenal 🙂

  46. Evonne says:

    yeah, but can you imagine gen Foch walking a cockapoo? I think not.

  47. Evonne says:

    and – pug is a breed. Cockapoo is a mutt.

  48. GunnerN5 says:

    A cock a poo sounds as though it belongs in a washroom (toilet)
    I hope I didn’t put my foot in it? ugh…………..

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    We’ve only had two dogs an Old English Sheepdog named Cromwell and an English Springer Spaniel named Molly Malone.

    Now the wife just pats me on the head, and strokes my ego?

  50. Evonne says:

    GN5 – does she call you a naughty boy and smacks your bottom when you are misbehaving? do you like wearing leather collar?

    ok, i had one too many soft drinks tonight. nighty night x

    I hope I wake up tomorrow and read on NewsNow that S or H or R or T are due a medical at the Ems.

  51. More players being signed but none by us
    Sheep

  52. RockyLives says:

    Patience Sheepy, patience.

  53. Gooner In Exile says:

    Sheepy to be fair the sea change this summer for us is that we are not being robbed of our better players and we do not currently have to go through a getting to know you process in the first few weeks of the season. So if we don’t lose Cazorla, Jack, Kozzer, TV5, BFG, Ox, Theo this summer it’s a major plus over last few summers even though we might not sign anyone.

  54. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evonne from what I know of Pugs I think the vet said “Pugs think they are the superior breed” 😀

    As does the Lhasa Apso (which Alfie is although we keep him in puppy clip). Watchdogs to the Tibetan Monks. Feisty little buggers. Admit it’s a bit of a misnomer because the Lhasa Apso was there to alert the monks that the intruders had got past the Tibetan Mastiffs outside and expect the Monks to then deal with the issue. 😀

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Terry Transplant:

    “I always judge peoples persona as to what they would be like if you had a fight with them in Tescos”

    I’ll be back after a shower. Some cleaning required after reading that line Top ROLF LAMOW 🙂

  56. Merseforever says:

    Back after a long absence!

    Two of my favourite players to ever play for the Arsenal. I’ll always remember the DB10 goal against totnumb in the pouring rain at Highbury. He’d run the show that match. Wright made a mug of the spurs left back put in the cross and Dennis made that exquisite first touch and then slammed it in. You could see how much it meant to him, and I remember sitting in the north bank and seeing Wrighty and Merse hugging on the opposite touch line.

    As some of said, Wright played like a fan. I’ve never seen a player celebrate with as much passion as him. He understood what an honour it was t play for the Arsenal. Nothing better than standing on the old north bank and singing ‘Ian Wright Wright Wright!’ Worth remembering how hard he grafted through his career as well. I would recommend all wright lovers watch this

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_MaGEFH8g

    Talks about his attempts to get into football. He also talks about chatting to rocky and how he told him about what it meant to play for us. Well worth watching

  57. dandan says:

    Just taken my border collie for a five mile run and hare chasing session, she runs in front of my 4×4!!!. When we get home I let her out in the garden she goes and gets a ball and expects me to throw it. Bright as a Mensa member and as tough and fit as an SAS trainer. Bloody mutt will be the death of me 🙂

  58. Gooner In Exile says:

    DanDan when we went on dog training course they explained something to the owner of a border collie, this was an adult dog training course and the collie owner said that she was very demanding and energetic this is the conversation:

    Trainer : So what do you do to wear her out
    Owner : take her over fields she runs for about 5 miles I’m on my bike.
    Trainer : well that’s mistake number 1, if you take a collie and give it plenty of exercise all you end up with is a very fit collie who wants more exercise the next day. She needs mental stimulation, 5 minutes of brain work is as tiring to a dog as 1 mile walk, take this treat ball

    The following week the owner said the collie had been much less demanding and the walks had shortened as a result. May want to give it a go, need to save fuel at the current prices 😀

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Sound logic GiE.

    We don’t give our cats any exercise whatsoever.

    They sit about reading and smoking and are no bother at all.

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Evonne

    “5 minutes of brain work is as tiring to a dog as 1 mile walk ”

    You know what I think about that particular stat don’t you.

    “Durrrr” 🙂

  61. Evonne says:

    and what about the pet pigs Micky? What happened to them, the obvious?

    Suarez it is then! And those of you that thought that 8 match ban was too short!!!! 6 remaining

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas

    Am I right in thinking you’ve re-scheduled gym time?

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Not my pigs, the children’s, and if they’re out there snoring away as we type.

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry, no “if”.

    And you read about Suarez where?

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, the pigs are being a real pain at the moment, as during these warm nights, they’re not going home to bed, rather sleeping right below our bedroom window, and boy do they snore.

    Absolutely no chance of moving them once they decide to stay put.

  66. Evonne says:

    ha ha ha, that is hillarious Micky 🙂
    you know I watched a programme about fake mini pigs that grew to be huge beasts. By then the owners grew to love them as part of the family and could not give them away and subsequently become bacone. So they moved to bigger homes, built extensions, ruined their lives looking after porkies 🙂

    Suarez goss on NewsNow and Daily Star

  67. Evonne says:

    GiE – wrong son, pugs don’t think they are the best, they know it 🙂
    I lost count how many dogs I had in the past 40+ years. And I can honestly say that pugs are bestest, by a long distance. Staffies are good dogs too, but fail be comparison next to a pug

  68. chas says:

    Micky,
    On Tuesday I finished working after 40 days straight. This amount of time in the desert was some achievement for me, I can tell you. Consequently, I’ve been celebrating in traditional Ant and Duck style for the past 48 hours.
    I have still been going to the gym but not squeezing it in before work. My sleep patterns have been all over the shop without the work routine. Last night I was wide awake between 1.30 am and 4.30am, but then went back for a doze just as the crack of dawn appeared. 🙂

  69. chas says:

    Evonne,
    ‘Suarez it is then’.
    Don’t you mean John Cross has a few more Mirrors to sell?

  70. chas says:

    Micky,
    Your ‘pigs below the bedroom window’ story reminded me of Lads and Dads’ camping weekends. Another one coming up next weekend.
    How about moving something into the spot where the trottaz crash out?

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    You have a Lady friend called Dawn who appears at 4:30am!!!

    Crikey, that’s keen 🙂

  72. Evonne says:

    Chas – no.

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    There used to be about 20 large flower pots/urns, but they’ve smashed the lot. They remove the contents and use the root ball as a pillow. Seriously.

  74. chas says:

    Did you two get back from breakfast at precisely the same time?
    I smell something snailly.

  75. chas says:

    Haha, surely they wouldn’t sleep on a bed of smashed terracotta?

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    It gets worse, about a week ago we had about 14 people for lunch. Outside table set, with understandably, 14 glasses. While everyone was elsewhere before people arrived the sound of crashing was a pig under the table itching its back on the underside.

    Five glasses survived. I live in a bloody asylum I tell you.

  77. chas says:

    Titi, bsr and Theo today?

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    Not me. I believe the focus of Evonnes’ attentions are currently Rocky and GiE. As you may remember, it began with 26, but she ate him, hence he is no more.

  79. Evonne says:

    poor DidIts. Fecking pigs have 44 teeth and can live to be 20!! Eat them.

  80. chas says:

    Haha, the picture you paint is very different from the harmonious work/homelife balance that RA had deduced.

    btw, RA, thank you for the compliments in that little comment. All totally undeserved but appreciated nonetheless.

  81. mickydidit89 says:

    You reckon Theo will make the cut? Mmmm, my money is on just the two (who both preferred to play for someone else) so no votes from me 🙂

  82. Evonne says:

    Micky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can you please remove that comment. I am only joking and am equally fond of all of you! Well, maybe not you now

  83. chas says:

    I cheated, Micky, I just looked up wiki Arsenal player appearances and Theo has an amazing 263!!!

  84. chas says:

    Only 15 short of bsr.

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah, I didn’t know that there was an appearance quota to get selection for GN5’s all timers.

    Good, I’ll vote Theo today.

  86. Evonne says:

    P.I.G.
    did you not see GN5’s comment announcing 2 per day??
    It has to be TH14 and Theo, R$P should not feature here.

  87. chas says:

    I find it hard to bracket Henry and bsr together.

    When Thierry left he was getting on my t*ts big style with his lacklustre performances in that last season. In a way I was pleased to see the back of him ( I realise his family life situation was complicated at that time). Besides he’d given us 5 or 6 outstanding seasons by then So in a way I can forgive him for flashing his a*se in a Catalan direction.

    bsr, on the other hand, played 1 and a half good seasons and then prostituted himself to his boyhood dream club (yeah right) right at the peak of his form for us.

    Not comparable in my book.
    Amazing how I can apply double standards if the need arises. 🙂

  88. Red Arse says:

    Good morning fellow piggy enthusiasts. 🙂

    There is something decidedly intriguing and, dare I say it, loveable about our porcine friends.

    In China they eat pugs — not because they taste nice — just that they don’t like the blighters!! 🙂

  89. chas says:

    I didn’t see a two a day comment from GN5.
    Maybe Theo doesn’t qualify as he is a current player.
    Was Clichy in the defenders section? He racked up 264.

  90. Red Arse says:

    GN5,

    I read the bios of two of my favourites players yesterday, and then forgot to thank you for your work, my apologies — but I am sure you already know my views on the efforts you have made to keep AAers occupied throughout this summer. 🙂

    Anyway, I cannot choose between Dennis and Wrighty — two very different players, and each brilliant in their own specialist area.
    How fortunate/spoilt we have been with players of this quality.

  91. Gooner In Exile says:

    No expert on GN5s selection but appearances required depends on categories, I think defender number was a lot higher due to longevity, Sol didnt make it.

    No Theo today…..

  92. Evonne says:

    RA – pugs are the oldest breed of dogs and were bread for the Emperor of China ,and hence are treated like royalty in China.

    They are a lot like Jack Wilshere, who has 3 of them now

    From wiki: /The breed is often described as multum in parvo, or “much in little”, alluding to the pug’s remarkable personality, despite its small size.Pugs are strong willed but rarely aggressive, and are suitable for families with children. The majority of the breed is very fond of children and sturdy enough to properly play with them. Depending on their owner’s mood, they can be quiet and docile but also vivacious and teasing’

  93. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry Chas, but I see no difference between what Persie did to what Henry did. Henry worse for me because, as you rightly said, he took the piss for the last season, then has the balls to whine on about how much he loves The Arsenal.

    Not as much as me sunshine.

    Heyho as they say 🙂

    Off to see someone dull 😦

  94. Morning all

    Very interesting chat about who is in todays post. I have to say that I thought that today was wholly devoted to Thierry until I checked the post a little while ago ………… that GN5 is a bit of a devil isn’t he 😉

  95. evonne – one of my great grandfathers who came from Russia used to breed Pugs and Pomeranians in the fifties.

  96. ……………and GiE is a bit of a devil too 😛 😀 😆

  97. New Post ……………………

  98. chas says:

    So I suppose David Herd got in because although he only had 180 appearances he scored over 100 goals in that time.

    Hang on Alex Forbes got in the defender category with only 240 appearances. Clichy had 264, Big Sol only 211 unfortunately.

  99. chas says:

    Whoops

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