Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards – Day 7

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.

19. Thierry Henry: 1999-2012.

Thierry appeared in 377 games over a 13 year period and scored 228 goals.

Thierry was born and raised in Les Ulis suburb of Paris which, despite sometimes being seen as a tough neighbourhood, provided good football facilities. As a seven-year-old, he showed great potential, and was recruited by the local club CO Les Ulis. He joined US Palaiseau in 1989, but after a year his father fell out with the club, so Henry moved to ES Viry-Châtillon and played there for two years.

In 1990, Monaco sent scout Arnold Catalano to watch Thierry, when he was just 13 years old, he scored all six goals in a 6–0 win. Catalano asked him to join Monaco without even having a trial first, later he joined Arsène Wenger’s Monaco as a youth player. Subsequently, he signed professional forms and made his professional debut in August 1994. Although Wenger suspected that Thierry should be deployed as a striker, he put him on the left wing because he believed that his pace, natural ball control and skill would be more effective against full-backs than centre-backs. He was named the French Young Footballer of the Year in 1996, and in the 1996–97 season when Monaco won the Ligue 1 title. By his third season, he had received his first cap for the national team, and was part of the winning team in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He continued to impress during his tenure with Monaco, and in his five seasons he scored 20 league goals in 105 appearances.henry arsenal

Thierry left Monaco in January 1999 and moved to Italian Serie A club Juventus for £10.5 million. He played on the wing, but found it difficult playing in an unfamiliar position against the Serie A defensive discipline, and scored just three goals in 16 appearances. Unsettled in Italy, he transferred from Juventus in August 1999 to Arsenal for an estimated fee of £11 million, reuniting with his former manager Arsène Wenger.  It was at Arsenal that he made his name as a world-class footballer. Brought in as a replacement for fellow French forward Nicolas Anelka, Thierry was immediately moulded into a striker by Wenger, a move that would pay rich dividends in years to come. However, doubts were raised about his ability to adapt to the quick and physical English game when he failed to score in his first eight games. After several difficult months in England he conceded that he had to “be re-taught everything about the art of striking”. These doubts were dispelled when he ended his first season at Arsenal with an impressive goal tally of 26. Arsenal finished second in the league behind Manchester United, and lost in the UEFA Cup Final against Turkish side Galatasaray. Despite recording fewer goals and assists than his first season, his second season with Arsenal proved to be a breakthrough, as he became the club’s top goal scorer. Armed with one of the league’s best attacks, Arsenal closed in quickly on perennial rivals Manchester United for the league title.

Success finally arrived during the 2001–02 season. Arsenal finished seven points above Liverpool to win the league title, and defeated Chelsea 2–0 in the FA Cup Final. Thierry became the league’s top goal-scorer and netted 32 goals in all competitions as he led Arsenal to a double and his first silverware with the club. 2002–03 proved to be another productive season for him, as he scored 32 goals in all competitions while contributing 23 assists, remarkable returns for a striker. In doing so, he led Arsenal to another FA Cup triumph, where he was man-of-the-match in the Final.  Even though Arsenal failed to retain their Premier League crown, he was named both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. His rising status as one of the world’s best footballers was affirmed when he emerged runner-up for the 2003 FIFA World Player of the Year award

In the 2003–04 season Thierry was again instrumental in Arsenal’s exceptionally successful campaign; together with team mates the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pirès, he ensured that the Gunners became the first team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten, claiming the league title in the process. He was named as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, for the second year running. With 39 goals scored in all competitions, he led the league in goals scored and won the European Golden Boot.

In the 2004–05 season he maintained his reputation as one of Europe’s most feared strikers as he led the league in scoring, and with 31 goals in all competitions, he was the co-recipient (with Diego Forlán) of the European Golden Boot. In mid-2005 Thierry became the Arsenal Captain. The 2005–06 season proved to be one of remarkable personal achievements for Thierry on 17 October 2005, he became the club’s top goal-scorer of all time; two goals against Sparta Prague in the Champions League meant he broke Ian Wright’s record of 185 goals. On 1 February 2006, he scored a goal against West Ham United, bringing his league goal tally up to 151, breaking Arsenal legend Cliff Bastin’s league goals record. He scored his 100th league goal at Highbury, a feat unparalleled in the history of the club, and a unique achievement in the Premier League. He completed the season as the league’s top goal-scorer, and for the third time in his career, he was voted the FWA Footballer of the Year.

In a surprise move Arsenal sold Thierry to Barcelona on 25 June 2007, for €24 million.

Henry left Arsenal as the club’s leading all-time league goal-scorer with 174 goals and leading all-time goal-scorer in Europe with 42 goals; in July 2008, Arsenal fans voted him as Arsenal’s greatest player ever in’s Gunners’ Greatest 50 Players poll.

Following his time with Barcelona, he signed a four-year deal for a reported €6.8 (£4.6) million per season, with the Red Bulls of the MLS.

After training with Arsenal during the MLS off-season, Thierry re-signed for the club on a two-month loan deal on 6 January 2012. This was to provide cover for players participating in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He made his second Arsenal debut as a substitute against Leeds United in the FA Cup third round and scored the only goal. In his last league game on loan, he scored the winning goal in stoppage time in a 2–1 win against Sunderland. 

Awards and honours:


Ligue 1 (1): 1996–97

Trophée des champions (1): 1997


Premier League titles: 2001–02, 2003–04

FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005

FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004


La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10

Copa del Rey: 2008–09

Supercopa de España: 2009

UEFA Champions League: 2008–09

UEFA Super Cup: 2009

FIFA Club World Cup: 2009

New York Red Bulls:

MLS Eastern Conference: 2010


1998 FIFA World Cup

UEFA Euro 2000

FIFA Confederations Cup2003


UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year (1): 1996–97

PFA Players’ Player of the Year (2): 2002–03, 2003–04

PFA Team of the Year (6): 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06

FWA Footballer of the Year (3): 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06

Premier League Golden Boot (4): 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06.

Golden Boot Landmark Award 10 (1): 2004–05

Golden Boot Landmark Award 20 (1): 2004–05

Premier League Player of the Month (4): April 2000, September 2002, January 2004, April 2004

Goal of the Season (1): 2002–03

UEFA Team of the Year (5): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006

MLS Best XI (2): 2011, 2012

MLS Player of the Month (1): March 2012

Onze d’Or (2): 2003, 2006

European Golden Boot (2): 2003–04, 2004–05

French Player of the Year (5): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

IFFHS World’s Top Goal Scorer of the Year (1): 2003

FIFA FIF Pro World XI (1): 2006

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1): Germany 2006

FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball (1): France 2003

FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe (1): France 2003

UEFA European Football Championship Team of the Tournament (1): 2000

FIFA 100: 2004

English Football Hall of Fame: 2008

A statue of Thierry statue stands outside the Emirates Stadium honouring him as one of Arsenal’s all time greatest legends.

20. Robin van-Persie: 2004-2012 

Robin played in 278 games over an 8 year period and scored 132 goals.

Robin was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The son of two artists, he was encouraged to follow in his parents’ footsteps, but he preferred football.

He joined Dutch side SBV Excelsior’s youth squad at the age of 14 years, but left at the age of 15 and signed for Feyenoord. He was quickly promoted into the first team due to injury problems among the squad, and made his debut for the club at 17, which was the first of 15 total starts. He received the KNVB Best Young Talent award at the end of the 2001–02 season and then signed a professional three-and-a-half-year contract the following season. Clashes with his manager Bert van Marwijk saw him demoted to the reserve squad, he finished his tumultuous debut season on the first team, making a total of 28 appearances and scoring eight goals, in addition to finishing runner-up in the KNVB Cup. Feyenoord unsuccessfully attempted to extend his contract during the off-season. His deteriorating relationship with van Marwijk led to his spending most of the 2003–04 season on the bench. He again played 28 matches, but finished with two fewer goals than the previous season.

On 17 May 2004, Robin signed a four-year deal with Arsenal for £2.75 million, just over half of Feyenoord’s original asking price of £5 million. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, who planned to convert him from a left winger to a centre forward, said of his new acquisition, “He can play on the left side of midfield, as a creative player behind the main strikers or as a target man. Robin spent most of his time on the bench during earlier parts of the 2004–05 season, and made his competitive debut on 27 October by scoring Arsenal’s opening goal in a 2–1 League Cup win over Manchester City. He was sent off for the first time, in an Arsenal shirt, on 26 February against Southampton, following a lunge at left back Graeme Le Saux, for which Wenger was seen yelling an obscenity at him from the sidelines. He then later lambasted him in the press stating “I do not support Van Persie today” Telegraph sportswriter Clive White described Van Persie in his match report as “21 going on nine.” He was consequently benched for a number of games, starting with Arsenal’s FA Cup replay against Sheffield United, and he was reintroduced into the squad only after Henry was out with a calf injury, his return to the first team saw him score twice in a FA Cup semi-final win over Blackburn Rovers. The rest of his season was cut short by injury, and he finished with ten goals in 41 appearances in all competitions. Robin’s good form at the start of the 2005–06 season earned him the Player of the Month award for November 2005 after eight goals in eight starts, and he was rewarded with a five-year contract extension until 2011. Two days after signing the contract, however, he was once again hit by injury when an opponent stepped on his foot and broke his toe during an FA Cup match.

The beginning of the 2006–07 season included an airborne volley against Charlton Athletic that Arsene called “the goal of a lifetime” and he was later named BBC Sport’s Goal of the Month for September, and he capped off the calendar year by being named the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the Year. His season, however, ended early for the second time in his career on 21 January, when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. After the departure of Thierry Henry he assumed the role as Arsenal’s main striker. Following a streak of seven goals in ten regular-season games, he was sidelined for two months with a knee injury suffered on international duty. He made his comeback in Arsenal’s Champions League group stage on 12 December and made his Premier League return in the win against Chelsea over the weekend. However, he picked up a recurrent injury that kept him sidelined until January when he played 45 minutes in a League Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur. He was withdrawn at half-time following another injury scare and featured sporadically throughout the rest of the campaign. The following season (2008–09) he was named as the Player of the Season. With only one year remaining of his contract, it was announced in July that he had signed a new long-term contract with his club, stating, “My heart is with Arsenal and I just can’t picture myself in a different shirt.”

On 14 November 2009, he injured his ankle in an international friendly and was initially expected to be out for six weeks, but further tests showed that he would be out for five months. Before the start of the 2010–11 season, his squad number was changed to number 10. He made his 200th appearance in August but an ankle injury suffered in the game placed him on the sidelines once again. He returned as a substitute for Arsenal’s

0–1 defeat to Newcastle United on 7 November.

BSROn 1 January 2011, he scored his first goal of the season in a 3–0 away win over Birmingham City. On 15 January, he added two more goals to his tally in a comfortable 3–0 win over West Ham. This made him only the fourth Dutchman to reach 50 goals in England’s top division. Robin scored his first career hat-trick in a 3–0 win over Wigan Athletic on 22 January and two goals against Newcastle United in a 4–4 draw on 5 February. Continuing his fine form, he hit a brace the following week against Wolverhampton Wanderers scoring both Arsenal goals in a 2–0 win including a volley from inside the box. The ten goals he scored between 1 January and 12 February set a new Premier League record for most goals scored in the first two months of a calendar year.

He set the Emirates alight with a goal from an almost impossible angle in Arsenal’s fight back against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 which ended 2–1 in favour of the Gunners. On 27 February 2011, Van Persie captained Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in the League Cup final, scoring the first half equalizer for the Gunners. It was his first goal at Wembley and his first in a cup final for Arsenal. However, he was later taken off in the second half with a knee injury he picked up while scoring the goal. He was voted as the second best player of the 2010–11 season on Arsenal’s official website and also received the team’s Goal of the Season award for his audacious strike in the 2–1 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

Having been appointed vice-captain for the 2010–11 season, he was promoted to club captain at the start of the 2011–12 season. He finished the season as the top goal-scorer in the Premier League with 30 goals, and became Arsenal’s 8th all-time top scorer with 132 goals.

On 4 July 2012, he announced that he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal.

Finally after a series of rumours he was transferred to Manchester United for a reported £22.5 million. Supporters of Manchester United voted Van Persie as the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season.

Written by GunnerN5 and complied by Gooner in Exile

96 Responses to Arsenal’s Greatest Forwards – Day 7

  1. chas says:

    What did you comply with, GIE?

  2. chas says:

    Excellent as always, GN5.

    Arsenal’s greatest ever goalscorer. Perhaps never to be beaten?

  3. Gooner In Exile says:

    Putting the traitorous Dutchman in the poll.

  4. chas says:


  5. chas says:

    Ahh, I see. 🙂

  6. GiE – you little devil 😆

    GN5 – you have a mean sense of humour, there was I thinking the whole post was to be dedicated to Thierry and when I had a sneaky look this morning there was the dutchman ……. yuk 😉

  7. chas – did you have to spoil it 😆

  8. chas says:

    Sorry, peaches.

    How about this?

  9. chas says:

    I didn’t want to be accused of not putting up a bsr video. 🙂

  10. OMG how lucky were we ………… he was fantastic and he was all ours for so many years. I know he left for pastures new but he still gave us his best years.

    I just screamed all over again when he scored against Real Madrid 😉

    The other one doesn’t deserve to be on the same page 😦

  11. chas says:

    OK, two then.

  12. Now you’re pushing it …………… 😉

  13. chas says:

    Charity shop t shirt plus bleach.
    Waddya think, peaches?

  14. GoonerB says:

    GN5 and GIE, well done again chaps. TH14 totally deserves that level of in depth analysis. The other one, well…….He could have become an Arsenal great but becoming an Arsenal great is not just based on pure footballing ability alone.

    On another note (and I know it is just a N.N rumour) a Brazilian reporter has said that Bernard to us is all but done. I really like the look of this lad and I can’t help getting all excited even if this is still just a rumour at this stage. My fantasy football manager side spent our £70m budget on Suarez (or possibly Rooney), Bernard, Matthius Ginter, and Julio Cesar. That lot my good friends with what we already have can win us the EPL this year.

  15. chas says:

    Who’s Matthius Ginter?

  16. Morning all – Chas, he’s the guy who makes the pies is he not ?

    Lovely bios on our forward line this week N5/GiE – ending with a bile inducing player.

    My thoughts about that cutch dunt would definitelty fail the Peaches mum test.

    My 3 votes: Wright, DB10 and the boy Bastin.

  17. chas says:

    Haha, nice pasty, chary.

  18. adi mgbede says:

    van is an excellent player who would have been a legend at arsenal but unfortunately he got popular when the club was not strong to challenge for trophies. he is as good as thierry

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning everyone.

    It was obvious that RVP would be a controversial inclusion in our greatest ever squad. My feelings about him are about the same as everybody’s but I felt it necessary to put my personal feeling aside and let the predetermined criteria decide who would be profiled.

    Believe me I did not enjoy spending time researching his history and my fingers felt like lead as I typed in the details – I simply did not want him included. However It would have been completely unfair of me to let my personal feelings override the players actual achievements.

    End of confession………………..

  20. GoonerB says:

    Chas, Ginter is a young German product who plays for Freiburg. Although young he is young he was a central part to Freiburg’s season where they came 5th in the Bundesliga. A very good season for a smaller club.

    He is about 6’2″ and is reported as being quick across the ground. He has played both as a CD and a DM but increasingly as a DM because he has all the technical ball playing skills you expect from the current crop of young German products. I am making the cardinal sin of basing my view on him as a transfer upon feedback in the media and various blogs and have only seen a bit of footage on him.

    My view was that we would need to spend a large chunk of our budget on the attacking players because the best of those players come at a high premium (Suarez, Bernard). Many also see a beast of a DM as a priority and would love Feillaini but at £23m is that the best use of our budget?

    I would argue that Arteta, Ramsey and Jack provide us with excellent defensive ability in midfield and are rarely out-muscled even when up against bigger players, so I don’t believe our success this season will crumble if we don’t get a Feillaini. I would say that if AW sees a cheaper younger option that is not a complete Rookie but maybe is still 2 years away from full potential then he should go for that.

    Ginter seems to fit that bill. He will come at probably less than £10m, is already experienced enough to be dropped into 1st team action at regular times, but will become even better over the next 2 seasons, ironically at about the time that Arteta needs a more permanent replacement in the heart of the midfield. He is definitely earmarked as one that has the potential to be truly world class and many think our recent loan of Coquelin to Freiburg is as a potential sweetener to secure Ginter.

  21. GunnerN5 says:


    I’ve no wish to offend and I know it’s somewhat funny (and I have a great sense of humour) but I would have preferred an actual picture of RVP.

  22. Evonne says:

    adi – exactly. The captain jumped the sinking ship, just like the Costa Concordia’s captain Francesco Schettino, who is now prosecuted in Italy. R$P should stand trial too and be promptly decapitated.

    only one contender today, I don’t need to read the article.
    off to read the article, laters

  23. GoonerB says:

    Chas, can you find any footage of Ginter? I can’t remember where I saw it. Have we got any AA’ers that have watched the Bundesliga more and can give us more insight? Off for a bit will catch up on other comments later.

  24. GunnerN5 says:


    When it comes to the difficult choices a manager has to make about changing his team to include a new player I always remember the George Graham quote –

    “I still think John Lukic is one of the best keepers in the country; I just think that David Seaman is the best”

  25. We may laugh at the Orcs but their club are paying for free coach travel to all their away league games this season due to them deciding that because of the extra TV income they would recieve it would help their supporters in these tough economic times if they redistributed some of this income.

    Perish the thought that AFC would ever think of their own supporters like that. 😦

  26. Gooner In Exile says:

    GN5 sorry I couldn’t bring myself to add an actual pic of the cretin…..almost akin to asking me to link to a picture of a Spud unless they were celebrating a phantom equaliser.

  27. njstone9 says:

    What? No Christopher Wreh??!

  28. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chary in light of removing Pulis and replacing him with Hughes the Stoke fans will need some convincing to travel!

    Add to that economies of supply and demand, away games are constantly oversubscribed the only ones that aren’t are long trips to the North with big away allocations and an unfriendly Sunday kick off time, just like the home crowds there will always be someone willing to pay so why offer something for free?

  29. As a goodwill gesture to long suffering fans, who are the heartbeat of the club, GiE ?

  30. Evonne says:

    GiE 1:21 – my boy!!

  31. Ha ha, the skippys 91 for 6, 70 runs still to go for the follow on and only 4 wickets left. 🙂

  32. RockyLives says:

    When Thierry went he was already past his peak and – like others – I was getting a bit fed up with him.

    We also appeared to have a decent replacement in Adebarndoor 😳

  33. Evonne says:

    past his peak at 30.
    getting fed up with Thierry.
    Rocky – I am falling out of love with you fast
    Only DidIt left to flirt with 😦

  34. RockyLives says:

    Don’t you remember his last season evonne?
    He seemed to have lost a yard and appeared only semi interested in proceedings.

    I still think he’s one of the best we have ever had though.

    I did not even spare a comment for the other one 🙂

  35. RockyLives says:

    Anyway, you should flirt with Micky. He has been kept up all night by snoring porkers and needs something to cheer him up.

  36. and now the convicts are 7 down with 65 still needed to avoid the follow on.
    …….I’ll carry on whittering to myself. 🙂

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You certainly wouldn’t be flirting with me if I told you what I really think of Henry the man.
    So I wont. Instead I’ll go and shower and put on masses of Brut 33

  38. Gooner In Exile says:

    Chary they were 4 down, I left the room came back in 5 minutes at it was 6 down much ROLFing…..their bowling is good their batting is woeful.

    As regards long suffering one would say they are gluttons for punishment, how many supporters actually travel by the coaches, when I’ve looked it has seemed too much hassle.

  39. People who bought tickets for Sunday might be applying for refunds GiE.

    Agreed, much ROLFing to be had, my older sister emigrated to Oz last week so her Pommy voice, and her 2 sons, might be cause for some verbal jousting with the locals at the moment.

    I think Gooners are a bit masochistic that way; as Evonne once said ages ago, going to an Arsenal game is like “sitting amongst alcoholics and sexual perverts”, or something like that.

  40. Evonne says:

    sadly I snore too 😦

    I remember Thierry’s last season all right and it did hurt that he pocketed 10mil for that. But it was easy to forgive him. I went to Barca to see him play.

    BTW Barca are in Poland playing minos

  41. RockyLives says:

    “as Evonne once said ages ago, going to an Arsenal game is like “sitting amongst alcoholics and sexual perverts”, or something like that.”

    I think she was referring to going to games with the AA crowd 😀

  42. TT says:

    GN5, well said on your 11:15, and well done with the post. Even though I knew BSR had to be included, I cringed seeing it anyway. The wound is still fresh.

  43. You could be right Mr Rock, Evonne did say that quite a while ago and the memory is not what it was… why am, I thinking of the hairy legs tights pic Chas put up the other day ??

  44. RockyLives says:

    Not sure they would suit you Chary 🙂

  45. Ha, Mr Rock, my legs look like that anyway !

  46. Rob Lucci says:

    Did you guys heard about this ‘Mata’ thing to Arsenal? I hope its true though i’m perfectly aware its just bollix.


    Fine post GN5, thank you.

    Kudos for including RVP. He was and is a great player and the season before last was instrumental in us acheiving champions league football

    Personaly i have nothing against Persie leaving us. Players are not fans, simple as that.

    TH14, the greatest modern Arsenal player? Hard to argue against that realy.

    From a personality point of view i never thought there was much difference between Henry and Van Persie. Both could be petulant, arogant etc.

    But this is not a persoanlity contest, its a football one. Henry walks into any Arsenal team of any generation. King of Highbury and king of the Premeir League. Van Persie, very good player, but not a patch on Henry.


    Rocky, i have had the pleasure of meeting chary, and can confirm he is very hairy indeed.

    He looks like a Heavy Metalist gasping for a beer. hahaha

  49. That’s just what I am Mr Syrup !

  50. GunnerN5 says:

    TT & Terry,

    Thank you both for your understanding of the essence of the profiles, much appreciated.

  51. Evonne says:

    Rocky and Chary – I never said such thing! If that was the case I’d go to every game.

    There were reports in Poland that Pappiss Cisse refused to put on a shirt sponsoring a money lender because it is against Islam. We should really get Rooney, he has never heard of religions.

  52. Evonne says:

    GN5 – I think you were terribly kind to both players today. You didn’t dwell on TH’s last seasons face pulling, head shacking and playing in 2nd gear max. Or on the traitors 7 seasons spent on the physios table. Fair play to you, very professional and mature stance.

  53. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you Evonne.

    All along I only wanted the best of the best to be included and I decided that it would be their record on the field that was the determining factor. So I gave a lot of thought as to how I would select the criteria for that determination, once the criteria was set I stuck to it like glue and made every attempt not to let my personal bias show through.

    I was very upset when many of my favourites did not make the grade, but I wanted only the very best to be included. As I said earlier RVP’s was the most difficult profile to both research and write – but it had to be done.

    I understand it when folks take offence at some of the players being included, but if a players personality, or off field conduct, or attitudes, or reasons for leaving Arsenal had been included in the choice criteria then a lot of our greatest players would have been excluded.

  54. Evonne says:

    Look GN5 – you cannot please all of the people all of the time, but it is dead easy to piss everyone off at once. So you are not doing badly my friend 🙂

  55. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good afternoon to you all.

    Wondeful day here in Norfolk, took a walk from Wells along the beach to Holkham and back through the pine forest, fish and chips on the quay at Wells followed by a pint in The Globe. Then home to watch the Aussies bowled out and Chris Froome maintain his lead in Le Tour. As Queen would say “It’s abeautiful day”

    A fantastic profile of a great Arsenal player by GN5, and some words about some Dutch bloke.

  56. Red Arse says:

    I once had the improbable pleasure of meeting Terrible Terry, but never a word did I get from him.

    Not so his accoutrement, the syrup. “Howdy, Tex?” quoth wiggy, in a very amiable way. “what are you like in a fight at Tesco?”

    Not wanting to spoil what had the makings of a very pleasant friendship with the personal appendage, I reached for Terry’s testicles and gave them a gentle squeeze. “Hey, that’s great,” said Hercules, the name by which I came to know the topknot. “You will do nicely!”

    Throughout this exchange Terry’s eyes were bulging, with tears making his brown eyes blue, and despite his inability to speak without the help of Hercules, he was emitting little moans of either ecstasy or pain with little bubbles forming on his lips.

    I could tell you more but Hercules swore me to confidentiality as he revealed what Terry had got up to with his telescope when watching some porcine naughties in devon! Oh my! 🙂

  57. Gooner In Exile says:

    Rob I can quite believe that Mata is not a Mourinho type player, and I could easily see him in red and white. Can I see them selling to us? Only if theres something big in it for them ….. Rooney who fits the Mourinho type of player much more.

  58. Evonne says:

    Barca’s coach Vilanova is very ill, cancer is back 😦

  59. Rob Lucci says:


    But Ozil is not a Mourinho type player either. That’s why maybe I think this is bollix

  60. RockyLives says:

    I can’t see Mourinho letting Mata go. He has been one of the best players in the EPL since he arrived and Maureen is nothing if not success-driven.

  61. Gooner In Exile says:

    Evonne, sad news indeed, Barca say they will announce new coach next week, seems quick, so either someone out of work or someone promoted from within.

    City have signed another forward, they certainly have cornered the market in front men, at least they can’t play them all every week..

  62. neamman says:

    Jovanic going to MC and Benteke not leaving. We are running out of options? I actually am not that worried about a striker as I believe OG will do better this year now he’s adjusted. I really want a dominating midfield destroyer.

  63. neamman says:

    Just vrereading 71 guns, the story of the double team. I find I still relate to them more than I do our last team, maybe because I grew up with them, saw them mature from debutants to skilled players. I can remember us groaning when we saw Simpsons name on the team sheet. He was initially a utility player and no one realised what a fine defended he would become.That’s why I am all for giving our youngsters 15 minutes whenever we can. To me if we are 2 goals up I would always bring on a youngster for the last quarter.

  64. Gooner In Exile says:

    Neamann that’s a very sensible option, problem is last few seasons being a couple of goals up and safe has been few and far between.

  65. Evonne says:

    chas at 6:11 – I didn’t have a clue what Zelalem looked like, but guessed instantly. Terrific!

  66. chas says:

    Morning, Evonne.

    Where’s the pig fancier?

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning both,

    I only saw the Iplayer highlights but agree with you both, Zelalem has an unbelievably mature football brain for a 16 yr old.

    Very Cesc like.

  68. mickydidit89 says:


    She doesn’t like me so much anymore because I hate Henry.

    Might get a disguise.

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Damn, sad start to the day.

    I used to really like Hudson during his time at the club.

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Interesting he says Wilshere is the most talented English Footballer since Gazza, as I was agreeing with a Chum exactly the same thing about a week ago.

  71. chas says:

    Hudson and Steve Williams were two of my favourites. Having both skill and an ‘edge’.

  72. Evonne says:

    No, no, no Mr DidIt, you are not going to get away so lightly. I love you now more than ever!

  73. Evonne says:

    Barca match in Poland has been called off. Just as well my brother and I didn’t make the trip to Gdansk (6 hours drive). Such a shame about Vilanova, only 44 ffs

  74. chas says:

    Luckily Jack hasn’t got a mate called Five Bellies. (I hope)

  75. chas says:

    That BFG video reminded me of TA6.

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    Good news Evonne. It’s back on then 🙂

    Chas, Steve Williams…exactly. Can we put Paul Davis (who I voted for) into the same bracket? I believe we can.

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    10 mins ago local. No surf today, but 9am we’re off to put lobster pots down, then have a snorkel as the water is so clear.

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Back to links not appearing. Try again

  79. chas says:

    Can you imagine what Glenn Cockerill actually said to Paul Davis to make him lose his rag? Here’s part of Cockerill’s version. The Charlie George bit made me laugh.

    “Paul Davis v Glenn Cockerill
    One of the more infamous incidents involving an Arsenal player. In March 1988, Arsenal locked horns with Southampton at the notoriously hostile Dell for a gritty league encounter. The game ended in an uneventful 1-1 draw, which was forgettable enough but for one off the ball incident. Arsenal`s silky, cultured midfielder Paul Davis had been subjected to some, ahem, “treatment” by the Saints moustachioed, be-mulleted midfield hard man Glenn Cockerill, which led to some verbal sparring between the two. Glen Cockerill takes the story up, “We`d been exchanging words throughout the game, that`s probably how the media would put it. But it was nothing too unusual, until the punch and the next thing I knew I was on the ground.” Davis obviously took umbrage to Cockerill`s potty mouth and swung a powerful haymaker in the direction of the Saints midfielder, breaking his jaw in two places. The referee and the linesmen all missed the incident completely, so Davis became the first player in history to be punished retrospectively on video evidence, earning himself a 9 match ban and a then record £3,000 fine. In truth, Davis was fortunate that the F.A. were the only authority that chose to get involved. Off the ball fisticuffs were no rare occurrence in the days before football grounds were awash with television cameras- members of my family tell me of a time when Charlie George once lifted a Newcastle defender off the ground by his throat- but the severity of the injury incurred forced the F.A`s collective hand. But what was really most peculiar about the event was that one could scarcely think of a more affable, placid character to play for Arsenal in the 1980s than Paul Davis. It would be the modern day equivalent of Gilberto Silva ripping off his shirt pub car park stylee before aiming a Romford kiss square on the nose of Lee Bowyer.”

    Off out laters

  80. chas says:

    Micky, sometimes when I can’t get a link to appear I use this site below to shorten the link and then it sometimes lets it through.

  81. Morning all

    The spam fairy is in the house 😉

  82. Micky – you’re on, come back …………………..

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    Off out now. Sea flat calm for days, visibility excellent. So, lobster pots in at 9, then some snorkelling.

    Back to vote later 🙂

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry, morning and bye Peaches.
    Say today which days you need posts for next week and we can get busy.

  85. Excellent plan ……….. thanks for reminding me.

  86. Gooner In Exile says:

    Peaches do you want me to edit the voting post, I need to add some admin bits.

  87. Gooner In Exile says:

    Just a point on those believing City’s spending is evidence that FFP is a figment of imagination of the Arsenal board:

    Out: Carlos Tévez (Juventus, £10m rising to £12m), Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday, Undisclosed), Wayne Bridge (Reading, Free), Ryan McGivern (Hibs, Free), Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga, Free), Kolo Touré (Liverpool, Free), Maicon (Roma, Undisclosed).

    Quick totting up of big earners £450k a week saved (conservative estimate). Add Balotelli from January £550k a week saved

    In: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m), Jésus Navas (Sevilla, £17m rising to £22.9m), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla, £16,4m rising to £20.6m).

    Now that City are seen as CL regulars wages required to get people in nowhere near as much. So lets assume £150k a week each.

    City still £100k a week better off.

  88. New Post ……………..

  89. Sorry GiE I got distracted ………….. sorted it now.

  90. Tony Flynn says:

    N5 is one one of my pub mates. I’m privileged to know him personally. Certainly the most knowledgeable Gooner I have ever known.
    Imagine – he was born on Avenal Road, opposite main entrance
    to marble halls at Highbury.(hence N5).

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