Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

What an amazing week Gooners, a win on Saturday saw us remain at the top of the premiership and going two points clear after the totts and chavs managed to draw with each other. Ozil’s first goal for the Gunners in our Champions League tie with Napoli saw the Emirates stadium rocking and rolling to the old songs. Read on for more of this week’s news stories …………


Despite Swansea’s late consolation goal a debut goal from Serge Gnabry followed by Aaron Ramsey’s eighth in nine matches saw the three points safely in the bag and Arsenal sitting proudly two points clear at the top of the table. A draw between the Chavs and the Spuds coupled with defeats for both Manchester outfits helped to make it a very satisfactory weekend which was marred, only in part, by the Bin-Dippers gaining a regulation win over bottom club Sunderland.


No news was the good news, no new injury worries as a result of the confidence boosting victory at Swansea.


One of Rocky’s best ever posts, on Per Mertesacker, brought memorable one-liners such as :- “like a slum-dweller from N17 on a looting trip at the Pound Store during the annual riot season” and “From the bargain shelf there was the mystifying inclusion of a job lot of Pot Noodles”.

Gunner’s legend Bobby Pires who was named as an ambassador for The Arsenal Foundation last season has been training at London Colney in recent weeks. Arsene Wenger said “It’s a great opportunity [for the young players]. He practices with the young players with the under-21 team, and I feel always there is no better education than playing players at that age with top-level players.”

Asked if there was any likelihood of him rejoining the club

“No Robert Pires will not join us, he was born in 1973. He is still very fit and a great player and we are always happy to have him in training but he just occasionally comes in to practice,” said Wenger.


Arsene Wenger celebrates seventeen years as Arsenal manager. Yes it was on 1st. October 1996 that Arsene joined The Glorious Gunners and the rest, as they say, is history.

Just in case anyone is in doubt here are few statistics.

Games played (under Wenger) 965, 559 of which were wins, scoring 1788 goals in those games Le Professeur has used 187 players from 46 different countries, he has promoted 62 Academy graduates into the first team.

The morning news that Thomas Rosicky was available after injury was welcome indeed ahead of the home Champions League tie with Napoli.


The front page of The Telegraph Sport section says it all

Masterclass Brilliant Ozil puts Napoli to the Sword

Will anyone who saw that first twenty minutes ever forget it? I won’t.


Jack Jebb could be fighting for his Gunners career before it has properly begun after racially abusing a young Norwich City player.

The 18-year-old creative midfielder — who left school one year early to join the club’s Academy — was charged after an incident that took place in March during an Under 18 clash against Norwich.

It is believed it was not a Norwich player or member of the management team that reported the abuse, but that the charge was brought forward by the match officials.

In July the FA charged him on breach of rule E3 — ‘using abusive and/or insulting words — but the allegation also ‘included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.’

He has now been banned for four games and fined £1,800 by the FA.

Jebb does not face the FA’s new minimum five-match ban for discriminatory abuse because the incident took place last season.

Definitely not the sort of thing that will advance the young lads career, let’s hope that somebody at the club can have a word in his shell-like.


Arsenal Ladies head into tonight’s Continental Cup final against Lincoln aiming to make amends for being beaten to the Women’s Super League title.

The Gunners lost the top-flight crown they had held for nine years, and also missed out on the top-two place needed for Champions League qualification.

“We’re the Continental Cup holders and we want to win it again to go with the FA Cup,” said manager Shelley Kerr.

For anyone thinking of attending the match kicks off at 19.30 and is at The Hive in Barnet.

No real Arsenal related news so far this morning, other than a couple of “Arsenal in race to sign” type items. Arsene’s news conference later this morning may produce some interest and team news for Sunday’s West Brom game.

Written by Norfolk Gooner

77 Responses to Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

  1. dhakka09 says:

    Pleasurable read, Norfolk.

    First, there was ‘Dutch Magician’. Then came along the ‘King’. Now, we have a ‘Sultan’ on our hands 🙂

  2. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’m loving this news round up section, good work NG and a nice summary of a very satisfactory week.

    I remember after our opening day defeat and subsequent couple of wins some pundits were saying “typical Arsenal, lose one in crisis, win three, lose one crisis again” but the second crisis hasn’t come, this winning streak is quite remarkable, in fact as Arnie pointed out yesterday only Bayern come close in terms of form over the first months of this season and the last few months of last season. Was it AVBs “negative spiral” that motivated the players, was it the defending in the away NLD and subsequent meeting organised by BFG, or was it just we were building this anyway.

    Either way it’s hard not to enjoy being a Gooner right now.

  3. Sav from Australia says:

    Its round two of the weekly roundup. I like it. Cheers Norfolk!

  4. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Breaking News!!

    From the managers press conference…Sagna ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

  5. Morning all, thanks for the round up Norfolk and I saw that about Saggers being out for 3 weeks, presumably that means he’ll be back for the Palace game a week after the nationalism break ?

  6. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chary, Tractor Boys? When are we playing Ipswich Town? Don’t confuse The Canaries with that lot 45 miles down the A140. 😀

  7. Norfolk Gooner says:

    That was a swift bit of editing.

  8. Ha ha, blink and you miss it Norfolk.
    Hopefully he’ll be back for Dortmund at home, his big game experience will be vital then because as much as I like Jenko on the form Saggers has been lately the Bac is the much better bet.

    Lunch @ 10.16 ??

  9. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Five miles of Norfolk countryside and a pub lunch is calling.

    Back Later.

  10. Räsp says:

    Great stuff NG, the Friday Roundup gives us a second chance to gloat …. actually scrap that, we haven’t stopped gloating 😆

    It will give me great plaesure to present my crtisp £10 note to 26may at the end of October when we are still sitting Top’o’the League.

    I take full responsibility for Sagna’s injury having bigged him up for his performanmce against Napoli 😦

  11. Räsp says:

    evonne – see if you can spot my subtle bit of editing?

  12. Gööner In Exile says:

    Enjoy NG.

    Hmmm Sagna injured, Theo tummy tuck op, Ramsey surely due a tweak on Sunday around 75th minute and Jack can crack a toenail. Seems we have a new approach to international call ups.

  13. LB says:

    I thought last week’s round up was good but this week it has been refined making it even better. As Rasp says it also gives us another chance to gloat.

    And when it comes to Arsenal, I like gloating.

  14. Gööner In Exile says:

    Dhakka, I think the interesting quote by Arsene is “‘You don’t do what damages your health as a footballer. You damage your reputation when you do that in public

    There were some Christmas party pics a few seasons back, Eboue and Koz were in the back of a London cab, Koscielny clutching a pack of Marlboro Red. I don’t imagine they are the only two. But as Wenger says being caught damages your reputation, and he has to be seen to condemn it.

    Going back down the years we remember pictures of the likes of Greaves having a cup of tea and a ciggy at half time, whilst football has changed there will still be a relatively high percentage of smokers, it’s a high stress job and probably one of the few vices they can enjoy. From what I have read Jack is tee total, the body can learn to cope with smoking, especially considering the fitness regime the lads are on, in fact in some instances smokers have been proven to be better at working at low oxygen levels (especially those doing mountain climbs at altitude) as their bodies are used to it. But an alcoholic would not be able to train every day.

  15. dhakka09 says:

    Gooner In Exile: Interesting stuff there on compassion between smoking and alcohol consumption. Arsene being the health/fitness buff he is, I’d imagine him to be equally concerned about the health effects too though. However, It’s not like Jack is a chain-smoker now, so a little talking to will do I guess.

  16. dhakka09 says:


  17. LB says:

    Sounds like the tobacco industry carried out those tests.

  18. arnie says:

    NG: Your roundup just lighted up the bleak Friday morning. It is making Friday a day to look forward to.

    Had to run to work. Escape from the pissing rain meant there was no opportunity for a quick ciggie.

    Cheers. Back later.

  19. Norfolk, I think you should call your Friday post: “Norfolk’s John Craven’s Newsround”

  20. Hi all

    Thanks Norfolk for putting together today’s post, well done.

    We do need a post for tomorrow 😉

  21. Bïg Räddy says:

    NG. I like it. A chance to think back over the week is welcome – there is so much football that the Swansea game seems ages ago. Your posts give some perspective and a breather before the weekend footie.

    LB 11.08. I thought the same. No offence to any smokers (or other substance abusers) 😀

  22. chas says:

    Nice one, NG.
    A fine summary of a wonderful week.

    I quite liked the stat that Arsenal’s goal difference under Wenger is +857. 🙂

    In other news, Mesut has been caught abusing pizza.

  23. evonne says:

    Rasp 🙂 I did notice 🙂

  24. Jamie says:

    I thought it was gum 🙂

  25. Bayonne Jean says:

    Sagna out for three weeks is not as much of an issue as it might have been earlier, with the Corporal in place. Also underscores the immense value of resigning Flamini, who can cover at either half, with Arteta handling the deep midfield on his own. Looks like there’s now a bit of depth in areas where it was lacking…..

  26. LB says:

    Well, it is Friday.

    53,000 Scousers meet in Anfield for a ‘Scousers Are Not Stupid’ convention.
    Steven Gerrard addresses the crowd.. ‘We are all here today to prove to the world that Scousers are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer please?’
    Wayne Rooney gingerly works his way through the crowd and steps up to the stage.
    Gerrard asks him ‘Wayne what is 15 plus 15?’
    After 15 or 20 seconds Rooney says, ‘ Forty!’
    Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then the Scousers start chanting ‘Give him another chance! Give him another chance!’
    Gerrard says, ‘Well since we have a capacity crowd, world-wide press and global broadcast media here, I think we can give him another chance.’
    So he asks, ‘What is 5 plus 5?’
    After nearly 30 seconds he eventually says, ‘ Twelve?’
    Gerrard looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh.
    Everyone is disheartened and Rooney starts crying.
    But then the 53,000 Scousers begin to yell and wave their hands shouting, ‘Give him another chance! Give him another chance!’
    Gerrard, unsure whether he is now doing more harm than good eventually says, ‘OK then, what is 2 plus 2?’
    Silence hangs over the stadium.
    Rooney closes his eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, ‘Four?’
    Pandemonium breaks out throughout the stadium as the Scouse crowd stand to a man, wave their arms, stomp their feet and scream,
    ‘Give him another chance! Give him another chance!’

  27. Bïg Räddy says:

    Bayonne. Good point, but my concern is that yet again we have a hamstring strain.

    This must be a warm-up/down problem.

  28. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Really nice way to wrap up a great week. Thank you.

    Wish the same could be said for my work week, hence the quiet from this end. What I really like is that I think I know what’s gone on, and read your round-up to learn great new stuff, like “Bobby Pires who was named as an ambassador for The Arsenal Foundation”.

    Thanks again. Must push off.

  29. GoonerB says:

    Cheers Norfolk for the round up. I especially liked AW’s stats that you put up in the Tuesday bit.

    LB I loved that one. Don’t stop now, you are on a roll. More please sir.

  30. evonne says:

    Thank you Norfolk, I didn’t know about Jebb’s incident. Was it the same FA that have decided not to penalise Torres for violent conduct?

    Amazing stats about Arsene’s achievements. It would be nice to see it in a GiE pie chart

    LB 🙂 The regional division in this country is something I have never seen back home. Poland is a bigger country than UK, but there are fewer accents and IQ differences in population. And don’t you dare Micky saying that we are simply ALL stupid!!

  31. Bïg Räddy says:

    evonne. No need for Micky to say it – you just have.

  32. evonne says:

    Ha ha, now you killed the blog!!

    I am allowed to say it, Raddy is not.

  33. arnie says:

    NG: Great summary, and great stats on Arsena

    GiE: Public demand is a pie chart, or some other plot of your choice.

    Evonne: what happened to your good karma, or feng shui, or whatver? First, Jebb, then, Sagna, please do something. Some good news needed to cheer us up for tomorrow, please!!!!!

  34. arnie says:

    Personally, I think Jenks will do fine for the West Brom game. In defence I mean. We need to get some mechanism to get the movement up the right side, which has really been our saviour. Left side is still a bit dodgy. If the ball can be moved up, I think we have players to hold ip up, and get behind the back of the defenders. Or if Gnabry is in, run straight into them. Not our usual style, but as we have seen, it seems to work.

  35. Gööner In Exile says:

    LB and Raddy I meant by no means clinical tests, or major surveys mainly anecdotal.

    Take the Sport Relief Kilamankaro team….Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole, Dermot O’Leary, and many other fit individuals, and Chris Moyles, who on the low oxygen tests before the walk to assess everyone’s fitness went the furthest without showing signs of stress that the others had.

    Even during the walk itself he was normally one of the first to complete the days walk and could be seen greeting the others while puffing away.

    Long term effects are there for all to see, I’m not denying them, but there is a case to say while young the adverse effects on a physically fit footballer would be hardly noticeable, after all they must partake in the same training regime as the non smokers and pass the same required fitness level.

  36. evonne says:

    Saturday, The Daily Telegraph
    Michael Owen says “Arsenal do not look a top-four side”

    I haven’t read the whole article yet, but he is basically saying that our goalkeeper, defence and depth are missing. Poor Michael Owen.

  37. evonne says:

    arnie, all that good karma, fen shui, fairies and the rest are from Rocky; he believes in anything

    Kilamankaro 🙂 Apparently Jacko did that for a prank.

  38. arnie says:

    Poor Michael Owen indeed. I wonder whether these guys are paid money to have egg on their faces. Against all their good (I hope) judgment, they continue to proclaim doom on Arsenal only to be proved wrong, repeatedly. ha ha ha

  39. dandan says:

    Well done Norfolk, good way to end the week.

    Micky saw there were some big waves down your way did you catch any. As for smoking Peter Simpson probably the best Arsenal player never to play for England, smoked like a trouper, rumour had it even in the tunnel before they came out.

  40. arnie says:

    On Sky, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are singing praises for Arsenal’s back 4 or 5. Neville suggests that 2 injuries will expose the side in defence.

  41. Bïg Räddy says:

    arnie. That is clearly not true.

    We can have an two injuries anywhere along the back line and be covered. With TV, Jenks, Flamini and Monreal we are fine. A 4th CB would be handy but name a decent CB who is willing to be that man. I guess this is the point of sending Miquel out on loan so that he gets some first team experience (not that he get a game!)

  42. arnie says:

    Raddy: Yes, certainly not true, only journo speak. But we will not have two injuries concurrently as well. Just wanted to make the point that this is the worst the journos can come up with at the moment. 😀

  43. jnyc says:

    NG, nice idea for a weekly roundup. Arnie, as to what Neville says about us in danger if defensive injuries– i say not more than any other club. In fact, probably less, because of how we now defend as a group. Also, our backups are better than people think.

  44. arnie says:

    jync: fully agree, and Neville says as much as well. Friday evening, just trying to wake people up.

  45. Bïg Räddy says:

    arnie. Not an easy task!

  46. dhakka09 says:

    LB: your Scousers joke had me almost shooting my coffee through nostrils. marvelous, keep it coming 🙂

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Yes, big waves, especially earlier in the week. Just got back. Last night there were several photographers around, and I guess you saw the brilliant pic on the front of today’s Times.

    That was a very very funny Scouse joke. Grinning from ear to rear at this end 🙂 ROLF

  48. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, shower to de-salt and sand.

    We are watching a dvd series called Homeland. Brilliant if you haven’t seen it.


  49. Gööner In Exile says:

    The problem with Michael Owen is he shares the common fault with other pundits that he is looking at the current bench and deciding it’s too thin, they seem to have forgotten the players who are set to return. This is no bad thing as it means they will be surprised when we continue this run despite injuries mentioned.

  50. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Michael Owen is a symptom of a much larger problem, criticising Arsenal has become the norm for most media outlets. The thing that these pundits can’t stand is that we are a well run club that does not create news stories by sacking the manager every six months. We are not in a debt crisis, nor are we plagued by hooliganism.

    At present the teams form in all three competitions is exceptional, we are playing fast, entertaining and technically brilliant football and we have silenced the Wenger won’t spend brigade. so there is little with which to belabour the club.

    The present winning run will inevitably come to an end sometime, then we can expect the “I told you so” brand of journalism to surface.

    Until then the best thing to do is enjoy the feeling of topping two tables, along with the brilliant football and laugh at the desperate attempts to denigrate our club by the ever more ridiculous pundits.

    Good night all.

  51. arnie says:

    Raddy and jync: apologies, first of all. I was intending to engage in a discussion about our backup defensive options, as were you. But had to rush off on an errand intending to return, but it became impossible. For whatever it is worth, let me complete my story now.

    I think our defensive options are good. OK, Sagna is injured, but I think Jenks will be OK for the West Brom game, and other upcoming games if need be. Monreal has been good as well. Plus, Verms is about to come back. Plus, if push comes to shove, Flamster can slot in. All in all, it looks quite good. Particularly, as jync points out, in comparison with other clubs.

    One player that Neville was very complementary about is Flamster, saying what a fantastic signing it was. He said most people discuss players upfront in terms of signings, but he thought Arsenal did well getting Flamster as an utility player both in midfield and if required, defence. Nothing to disagree about there.

  52. arnie says:

    NG: Cannot agree more. Fantastic job today on the round up. I would have liked to spend more time discussing, but it did not happen in the end.

  53. arnie says:

    Late goals from Ellen White and Kim Little gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Lincoln and a richly deserved third successive Continental Cup triumph. Hey ho!!! Well done.

  54. RockyLives says:

    Excellent review of the week NG.

    You do realize you have a job for life now 😀

    And thanks for the very nice mention. You made me blush 😳

    As for Michael Owen – I love it when these pundits write us off. I hope he’s had a bet on us finishing outside the top four – as the man who ran up £5m in gambling debts while at Liverpool he’s clearly shite at betting.

  55. RockyLives says:

    Ignore the fairies at your peril.

    Your domovoy has told me some very interesting things about how your household works…

  56. evonne says:

    ha ha Rocky 🙂 go on then, tell me, how does it work or rather doesn’t.

    Raddy – about LB’s joke – of course I, Evonne do not think people from up North are dense. It is the perception and jokes about them, backed up by researches producing results like ‘children from up North underachieving’, ‘life expectancy in the North lower’, ‘prisons full’, children killed (latest in Birmingham) and nobody protecting them, etc etc etc. That is what I cannot understand.
    I can see LB’s jokes becoming illegal in the future 🙂

    where is everyone ?

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    4:38 am

    I mean really, where could everyone be? 🙂

    Morgen All.

    Just sent a post if needed. Must zoom off.

  58. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning. Where’s the fun to be had today?

    Everton to cause an upset at Shitty…I think I’d prefer a draw.

    Sunderland to beat ManUre in the late kick off that would be fun but not helpful for the MoyesIn campaign.

    Palace to get something from Liverpool away to keep us top.

  59. The Coickie Monster says:

    I for one worry about the giant plasma screens going missing at the Emirates when the Scousers visit in November, I`d better calm down !.

  60. Bïg Räddy says:

    Morning All,

    MU won’t sack Moyes even if they finish outside Top 4 – they have too much invested in him

  61. LB says:

    I think I would prefer an Everton win; I reckon they are more likely than City to drop points as the season goes on.

  62. arnie says:

    A very very late morning all. Ah the weekend again. Poor games in the offing today, but the results are important. I prefer Everton-Shitty draw and ManUre lose (or at least drop points). The best game today will probably be Cardiff-Newcastle. Beginning to like Cardiff a little bit.

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Right, back on a train to the Metropolis.

    A City Everton draw? Bit doomist as it implies Everton are as much of a threat to our title ambitions as City. Nein?

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Are you a doomer as well? 🙂

  65. arnie says:

    Everton are not quite a threat to Arsenal, but they have made one good strategic decision beginning of the season that has improved their chances and dented that of ManUre’s. In Moist we trust!

  66. Morning all

    I spied a DidIt post 🙂 Off to retrieve it …………………

  67. …….. need my glasses …………..

  68. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning to you all.

    What a day in prospect for the armchair sports fan (me), as both a Sky Sports subscriber and a BT Broadband user I have access to live coverage of:- Man City v Everton, Sunderland v Man U, Birmingham v Bolton, Bayer Leverkusan v B. Munich, Levante v Real Madrid, Barca v Real Valladolid, Inter Milan v Roma. Plus what promises to be an epic match between Leicester and Northampton (Rugby Union), Warrington v Wigan (Rugby League Grand Final) and to top it off a mouthwatering clash between South Africa and The All Blacks.

  69. arnie says:

    ha ha ha, Micky, I anticipated that, and was trying to find my defence. In my case, top 7/8 split points. Except when it comes to ManUre or N17…..

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Good NG
    That lot should shut you up
    No more stories of pleasant walks and pub lunches to make us jealous 🙂

  71. Big Raddy says:

    NG. I have the mouthwatering prospect of a dire game of Danish SuperLiga attended by 2000 people , 3 pigs and a couple of sheep. Re-runs of Friends and Miss Marple and totally crap stuff like Celebrity Bowls, Celebrity Bread Bake, Supermarket shopping with a Celebrity and How to potty train your teenagers.

    Or of course another dodgy stream 😀

  72. arnie says:

    What a fantastic idea, Micky. Lovely day here, a walk along the Fife coastline may be just what the doctor ordered. On second thoughts, maybe not, better to follow the footie…..

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha brilliant Raddy
    Remember, there’s always drinking heavily

  74. ………….sorted …………

    We have a New Post …………. enjoy 😉

  75. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Right Micky you’ve asked for it, I’m going to do a post combining best walks with best lunches in best pubs, featuring such highlights as a quater-mile long track knee deep in glutinous mud, a tramp over a wet ploughed field newly spread with cow s**t. and a half mile stagger along a shingle bank beside the Nort Sea in the teeth of a blizzard. 😀

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