Post International Hysteria

Hello fellow sufferers,

This has been a difficult start to the season. Not only that we lost the opening game at home, but that we are subjected to one interruption of the season, after another. Phew, you’d say, thank Dennis those blasted internationals are over, only to realise (or be told in Micky’s case) that there are no games between 10th and 23rd November!! Whole 2 weeks with no footy. It might be good if we beat Man United away, but it could be tricky waiting for the team to recover. But let’s not even go that route, bad luck.

So, we have 4 games in the next 10days, across 3 different competitions, but more importantly we have Chavs, Pool, Borussia and United between end of October an 10th November. Whatever you do, don’t book your holidays then, or you may miss the time of your Gunner’s life.

I am optimistic,

Well fairly, but that’s just before the Norwich game. After that I will probably go to DHS looking for a large sofa to hide behind.

Anyway, let’s have a go at predicting the results of the next 10 fixtures, which will take us nicely to the end of November.

I will collect the answers and announce the winner and the loser at the beginning of December. The winner can simply gloat, but the loser will have to write 3 posts on a chosen Arsenal subject. Simples

The fixtures are as follows:

Norwich EPL H

Borussia Dortmund CL H

Crystal Palace EPL A

Chelsea Capital One H

Liverpool EPL H

Borussia Dortmund CL A

ManUnited EPL A

Southampton EPL H

Marseille CL H

Cardiff EPL A

Have fun!

Written by evonne


109 Responses to Post International Hysteria

  1. Thanks for the post Evonne, if we think it was tricky enough filling up this interlull with a new post each day, we only have about 3 more weeks before we have to suffer the whole thing again. 😦

    If we manage to get a draw or a win at Old toilet we will go into the interlull in higher spirits, assuming the previous results go fairly well, the home matches against the ‘dippers and Dortmund being the trickiest 2.

    I’ll be going to the Chavski game so you can have the pleasure of sitting next to an “angry Chary” then Evonne ha ha.

    Having said that I’m not too bothered if we don’t get through to the next round of the Milk Cup as long as we put up a good show and we avoid a Maureen-yo knee slide in front of the West Stand.

  2. LB says:

    No brainer

    Arsenal win all of those.

  3. Thanks Evonne, as you rightly point out, a true test of our new-found mettle over the next month, but we have nothing to fear, so I’ll stick my neck out and go with the following:
    Norwich PL (h) Win
    Dortmund CL (h) Win
    Crystal Palace PL (a) Win
    Chelsea C1C (h) Lose (only because we don’t take it seriously)
    Liverpool PL (h) Win)
    Dortmund CL (a) Lose
    Man Utd PL (a) Draw
    Southampton PL (h) Draw
    Marseille CL (h) Win
    Cardiff PL (a) Win

  4. ärnie says:

    Fantastic, Evonne, well done!

    Yes, we should really win all the matches. Yes, it will be a tough test, and we will come out of it with flying colours. But just because there is the law of averages, we might manufacture a loss in one of the 10 games. Dortmund away seems as good a guess as any other.

    Cannot wait for the real side of the business to commence again!!!!

  5. ärnie says:

    well done to the ladies. Go on The Arsenal!!!!

  6. chas says:

    Nice, Evonne.

    Do you think this’d be big enough?

  7. Win all and draw away to Dortmund

  8. 26may1989 says:

    Cheers evonne, good stuff.

    Looking further forward, the unwelcome interlull in mid November is the last one of the season. England (presumably like other national teams) have a friendly scheduled on 5 March (ours is vs Denmark). That is midweek and without impacting proper, club football.

    However, as others have observed before, Feb to early April contains a heavy concentration of demanding fixtures for us: big games in the PL, plus potentially big games in the other comps, including possible long distance travel. Squeezing international friendlies into all of that is going to be interesting.

  9. 26may1989 says:

    My prediction for the coming ten:

    Norwich PL (h) Win
    Dortmund CL (h) Win
    Crystal Palace PL (a) Win
    Chelsea LgeC (h) Win on pens
    Liverpool PL (h) Draw
    Dortmund CL (a) Draw
    Man Utd PL (a) Win
    Southampton PL (h) Draw
    Marseille CL (h) Win
    Cardiff PL (a) Win

  10. RA says:

    Hi Evonne,

    Nice one. Although the title might have read ‘Lethargy’ rather than ‘Hysteria’ as most sites seem to sparsely populated.

    My forecast? All wins.

    Hey, 26, chuckled at your 11:08 last night. Forthright? Much! Lol

  11. Something I had to say about the Woy “space monkey” Hodgson row – who is the snitch in the dressing room who ran to the press about this non-story ?

    For the sake of some filthy lucre from the gutter press he has disrupted the dressing room unecessarily, I sense it;s a player on the fringes of the first XI who has nothing to gain with dressing room harmony.

    Possible candidate for who is the snitch? Step forward one Thomas William Cleverly.

    Just what you’d expect from a sulky, ManUre scummer.

  12. chas says:

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  14. chas says:

    Haha, Cleverley accused, tried and convicted in two sentences. 🙂

  15. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Well done Evonne, It’s going to take me some time to make my predictions, no wait a minute, what am I talking about? The next ten games? We’ll win the lot!

    Sincere apologies to all AAers, I just couldn’t find enough Arsenal related news to make a weekly roundup.

    I’ll try harder next week.

  16. You know me Chas, always fair when it comes Gollum’s team.

  17. LB says:

    That’s two people who have predicted a draw with Southampton at home, why? I don’t get it?

  18. chas says:

    Haven’t you seen the swingometer?
    The Saints are predicted to not drop another point for the rest of the season, so saying we’ll get a draw is being optimistic. 🙂

  19. RockyLives says:

    Wow, a Post from evonne – a rare treat 😀

    OK evonne, the thing is this: you have to look at the merits of each game on a case by case basis; there’s the strength of the opponents; you must take into account a certain proportion of injury absence from key players; maybe throw in a suspension for Flamster or Kozzer. Then there’s the relative form of our opponents and what sort of schedule they have immediately before and after playing us; also whether they are badly affected by injuries. What their home and away form is like. Obviously the referee dimension needs to be considered as well (we all know that our likelihood of a win is much lower with certain refs officiating).

    So… having done all that, I have come up with the following prediction:


    I thank you.

  20. chas says:


  21. chas says:

  22. Evönne says:

    Great stuff guys, you are real sports! I was worried that nobody will even bother replying, but I should have known better.
    I am collecting the results and will announce the winner and the loser in December.

    Now Rocky, I have a little story to tell you. You know that me and fairies don’t always see eye to eye? Well as soon as I wrote the above conversation starter, where I mentioned that if things go tricky I will need a sofa to hide behind, I received an SMS from DFS with offer of great discounts on new sofas!!!!! Spooky or what? I forwarded the SMS to Chas and Peaches as proof that I am not telling porkies; didn’t have LD’s phone number which is a shame as he likes to hide behind couches 🙂

  23. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Hey FHWP….stick me down for ten wins please. Thanks


  24. Evönne says:

    No, no NO SS, that’s not fair!!! Proper predictions please

  25. RockyLives says:

    Embrace the numinous evonne…


  26. Evönne says:

    no, not even you can convince me 🙂

  27. LB says:

    Ok, lets start playing guess the team.

    Absolutely no need to be over defensive tomorrow so no need for both Flamini and Arteta.


    Sagna, BFG, Koscielny, Gibbs

    —Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky

    —-Ozil, Giroud, Cazorla

    This is the team I would put out but I expect Wenger to do this.


    Sagna, BFG, Koscielny, Gibbs

    —Flamini, Arteta, Wilshere

    —-Ramsey, Giroud, Ozil

  28. LB says:

    I am assuming that Walcott is still injured.

  29. Räsp says:

    Hi Evonne, thanks for a great Friday teaser.

    Head/heart heart/head …….. hmm, I think win every game bar 2 draws in the league (no losses) and go out of the CC against the chavs …. who cares about that one. We’ll still be top of the league and in the 3 most important comps 🙂

  30. Strus says:

    Norwich PL (h) Win
    Dortmund CL (h) Win
    Crystal Palace PL (a) Big win
    Chelsea C1C (h) Lose with 3rd choice squad
    Liverpool PL (h) Win
    Dortmund CL (a) Lose
    Man Utd PL (a) Win
    Southampton PL (h)Win
    Marseille CL (h) Win
    Cardiff PL (a) Draw

  31. LB says:

    That all made sense until you came to Cardiff.

  32. LB says:

    And by the way, our squad is looking a lot stronger and all those players who are not playing every game will expect to start against the chavs, so the idea that we will field a third string team is not as automatic as some people seem to be assuming.


    Jenkinson, Mertasacker, Vermaelen, Monreal.

    ——–Eisfeld, Flamini, Wilshere.

    ——-Gnabry, Bendtner, Rosicky

    It could even be stronger that this.

    The bench of course will be awesome.

  33. Hello
    Just watched a good interview with Denis berkamp on sky sports news
    The man is a legend

  34. Norwich EPL H Arsenal win

    Borussia Dortmund CL H. Arsenal win

    Crystal Palace EPL A. Arsenal win

    Chelsea Capital One H. Arsenal win

    Liverpool EPL Draw

    Borussia Dortmund CL A draw

    ManUnited EPL A. Lose

    Southampton EPL H. Arsenal win

    Marseille CL H. Arsenal win

    Cardiff EPL A. Arsenal win

  35. Evönne says:

    29 million batchelors in China!!! Watching it on channel 4 to see if any of them are Gunners that like cooking 🙂

  36. chas says:

    Worth a look.

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I’m on my knees with knackeredness, and wouldn’t bother commenting if it wasn’t your post.

    Well done, and I’m joining the “win ’em all camp”, so you are going to be a very busy girl dishing out all the real first prizes 🙂

    As for the Chinaman thing, for god’s sake noooo.

  38. chas says:

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    That is such a cool vid. Superb.

  40. chas says:

    So surf was good but very tiring?

  41. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ha ha

  42. Evönne says:

    cheers Micky 🙂
    Chas – what are your preditions? 10 x W ?

  43. Evönne says:

    Arnie and Chary – can you tell me exactly, it is very important that I get it right 🙂
    I won’t be sitting next to you Chary, because you are going with my ticket 🙂

  44. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Enormous, and tomorrow even bigger. Thing is, we also have off-shore winds, so the waves are clean as a whistle. Not often you get these perfect conditions.
    So good, I’m going to miss the game live tomorrow. It’s unmissable.

    Oscar is motionless on the floor right now. An usual state for him 🙂

  45. MickyDidIt89 says:

    When you say cheers, Evonne, was that the advice to stay away from Chinamen?

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right lads, I’m getting some sleep.

    Mind you, that means I’ll be awake by about 4am 😦

  47. chas says:

    Oscar is motionless because he’s blissed out or worn out?

    Evonne, I always find it hard to go more than one game ahead.
    If we had to lose one, I hope it’s in the C1Cup.

  48. Evönne says:

    Micky – i think I would do well in China. Very white, tall women with pointed chins are very much in demand. Oh yeah, and preferably under 25 yr virgins.

  49. Eva-va-vonne – it’s alright you can sit on my lap in your seat 🙂

    predictions wise I say we win all except ManUre away(draw), Marsielle home(draw)and Chavs(Lose) in Coca cola cup.

    But don’t worry about my pessimistic predictions guys, I never win competitions so I’ll deffo be wrong on those.

  50. Gööner In Exile says:

    I have forgone using my swingometer to predict so these may be way off the mark 😀

    Norwich EPL H 2-0

    Borussia Dortmund CL H 3-1

    Crystal Palace EPL A 10-0

    Chelsea Capital One H 3-1

    Liverpool EPL H 2-2

    Borussia Dortmund CL A 1-1

    ManUnited EPL A 3-1

    Southampton EPL H 3-1

    Marseille CL H 2-0

    Cardiff EPL A 2-1

    Arsenal scores first obviously so 8 wins 2 draws, top of the league, qualified for knockouts and in the COCup Semi Final (or quarter final…..whatever round comes after Chavs)

  51. 26may1989 says:

    Very late to be putting this out there, but I’ve just found out I can’t go to the game tomorrow. If anyone thinks they may want a seat (West Lower, halfway line), let me know. Then we can talk logistics.

  52. arnie says:

    Evonne @ 8:49PM. Ha ha, I will be in Dundee/ Edinburgh tomorrow.

  53. Evönne says:

    Silly Arnie! your predictions not your whereabouts

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Eyes wide open

    Funny thing about Evonne competition is that I put win ’em all, because I always think we will win a game.

    So I just had a really good look, and tried to come up with at least some variation and I’m really struggling.

    If we beat Dortmund home and away we’ll have 12 points and Marseille becomes pointless, but then again it would be for them also.

    I do get why some people are opting for a draws against Soouthampton and Cardiff, as it would be quite Arsenal like, and it adds variation to Evonne’s game without losing or drawing to Utd, Pool and so on.

    So Evonne, if it’s not too late

    All wins except draws at Dortmund away, and Cardiff.

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooops wrong one

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Check out the look in his eyes at the end of 2nd vid. Utterly insane.

    That wave is unbelievably close to the rocks, and if he fell before getting out of the side of the wave, he’d be jam.

  58. chas says:

    Teeny little white water, ha.

    How big are the waves at yours at the moment, Micky?
    10 feet, 15 feet? I’d love to see some photos.

  59. chas says:

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  61. chas says:

    The match should be good today.
    Norwich don’t really know how to play park the bus.
    Santi and Mesut in the same team.
    0-0 is 18 to 1 against at Coral. 🙂

  62. chas says:

    Something for you and Oscar to try today.

  63. chas says:

    I still like the way he says devil lopping.
    You’re very sub tull at Sky.

  64. chas says:

    What about Gloucester Road?

    Jack Wilshere at Arsenal tube station

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Love the pizza clip
    Photo of surf from yesterday coming up

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Their live cams are broken
    Go down to “this morning”
    Those are yesterday. Says 4ft, it was actually around 5ft. Remember, that is measured at the back of the wave, so the face is around 10ft. The important bit is wind as offshore holds the face up

  67. chas says:

    4ft Clean
    Rating Pumping.

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Go to bottom of this site. That’s what they looked like yesterday. Same this afternoon, hence missing the Norwich game.

    My money says you will click on top left. North Devon Surfer Sophie Hellyer 🙂

  69. chas says:

    When body surfing in Goa, the little Indian lads seemed to be able to tell which waves were dumpers. I could never quite work it out.

    A 10 foot face sounds scary

  70. chas says:

    She is stoked. 🙂
    Waves look superb.

    Kelsey just grinned at me on twitter.!

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You watched her, didn’t you?

  72. chas says:

    Better go shower and get my matchday clobber on. 🙂

  73. chas says:

    It’s that flex in the knees that gets me every time.

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Full Kit is it today? ROLF

    Actually, you and Ant are the only two grown up men I forgive for wearing replica shirts.

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right then, morning session over methinks. Have a great day all, especially if you’re going.

    I’ll enjoy the BR PM from the car. Happy Days.

  76. Evönne says:

    struggling to see us not losing in 10 games, with BD, Pool, Chavs, United on the trot? I don’t know…. No Micky, at 5am is not too late for anything

    If I had a list ‘Things to do before I die’ then surfing 60f waves would be one of them. Just as well I don’t 🙂 Out of this world stuff. See Chas, THAT I understand why someone would want to do

  77. chas says:

    Two grown up men. ROLF

  78. chas says:

    Things to do a couple of seconds before I die, surely?

  79. Evönne says:

    does Dennis play golf? I am sure he was on TS radio at 4am this morning.

    2 grown up men is a joke indeed 🙂

  80. chas says:

    Dennis is on Football Focus apparently.

  81. oz gunner says:

    morning all.

    Chalk me up for 10 wins also Evonne.

    All 6-nil to the Arse. 7-nil against Manure (extra is own goal from R-V-Judas)

  82. chas says:

    Weirdest “goal” ever.
    If you look closely you can see which part of the net is broken.

  83. Evönne says:

    hello there Oz 🙂 try to make it more exciting, surely you can pick a game that we are not going to win?

    same goes for you Chas

  84. LB says:

    Love the surf chat this morning.

    To do that stuff with your son has got to be up there with one of the best ways to live a life.

    That clip at 5.51 is something special.

  85. oz gunner says:

    Nothing more exciting than an Arsenal win Evonne 🙂

    Arsenal lose? Blasphemy!!! We’ve got Ozil!

  86. Evönne says:

    oh dear, I clearly talking to the wrong mob
    morning LB

  87. oz gunner says:

    jesus riding that wave would be one almighty adrenaline rush. I’d hate to fall off though, you’d be spinning for days

  88. oz gunner says:

    we’ve never been the right mob

  89. Gööner In Exile says:

    Membership pack arrived…..a properly long scarf, longer than any sold in club shop….. And something to cheer the club historians:

  90. Gööner In Exile says:

    They are 6 lapel badges….know which one GM will be wearing

  91. Gööner In Exile says:

    That goal reminds me when I was beaten at the near post 😳 in a game I played.

    The ref awarded a goal kick and suggested it had gone under the side netting, it definitely hadn’t so I ……… took the goal kick like anyone else would. Respect the ref

  92. Gööner In Exile says:

  93. Morning all

    Has anyone seen Raddy, there’s no pre-match in the cupboard 😦

  94. Chas says:

    I’ve got that badge on today. 🙂

  95. Chas says:

    I think he sent it on Thursday to nuts

  96. Big Raddy says:

    Peaches. I sent it to arsenal nuts……

  97. Big Raddy says:

    If it’s gone missing, we have a problem as I am off out.


  98. Thanks chas I’ll have a look xx

  99. Ok found it, be back in bit. It’s not in his name doh

  100. The pre-match has arrived …………

    …………..New Post ………………….

  101. Räsp says:

    Hi Evonne, thanks for a great Friday teaser.

    Head/heart heart/head …….. hmm, I think win everyu game bar 2 draws bin the league (no losses) and go out of the CC against the chavs …. who cares about that one. We’ll still be toip of the league and in the 3 most important comps 🙂

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