Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

Last Friday:

Stan Kroenke has increased his Arsenal holding to 66.85% by buying another thirteen shares.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, Arsene put the ball firmly in City’s net: “Of course [a win] strengthens your beliefs but I am convinced we believe in ourselves anyway, no matter what happens,” he said.

“Let’s not forget as well that if you are in City’s position and they lose, they are nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we do.

“We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let’s look at it like that. It is a positive pressure. It is always a pressure as you want to do well and be the best but it is positive. We have a cushion, we are not under massive pressure. We have an opportunity to show our strength and that is what we want to take.

So, no pressure then. 😀

When asked about tiredness:

“There is no fatigue, not on the medical analysis we have. It is quite sophisticated now and we don’t see any signs. The signs we see on the players, I can rest them”.

“We do mostly recovery because when you play Wednesday night and Saturday morning, on the physical front and tactical front you cannot do a lot. The base is that it is all targeted on recovery.”

Sagna will have a late fitness test, Podolski could be on the bench.

Betting odds: Home win 5/4 on, Draw 13/5 against, Away win 10/3 against.


No prizes for guessing the gist of most football topics today! The Big Game, Top versus Fourth, the bookie’s title favourites versus the team written off after defeat in the first match of the season. Endless speculation about starting elevens, will Joe Hart be in goal or on the bench? Do some players need a rest after mid-week Champions League games? Should a player want a rest or to play in arguably the biggest game of the season so far? I know what I’d choose, if only I had the choice. 😀

Speaking to Jeremy Wilson in The Telegraph, Ivan Gazidis revealed that his father, Costas, was an anti-apartheid campaigner and was in gaol at the time Ivan was born. Read the full interview here:-

Black Sunday:

Well black Saturday lunchtime really I suppose. My prediction of a 1 – 2 away win got multiplied by three and turned one hundred and eighty degrees into our worst result for some little time.

The officials had a poor game, but so did we, we gifted goals to City with poor passing and poorer defending. Arsene Wenger said before the game that he would not look for excuses of tiredness, but there’s no doubt that fatigue played it’s part.

Of greater concern is the apparent falling out between the BFG and the Wizard of Ozil, Merts wasn’t too pleased about the “assist” by Mesut for one of City’s goals and also gave him an earful for not acknowledging the travelling Arsenal fans at the end of the game. Ozil did tweet an apology later and put his lapse down to disappointment at the result.

Wilshere could be in trouble for allegedly making an obscene gesture towards the City faithful, a petulant act that could see him fined or even suspended.

Laurent Koscielny was having a bad afternoon which got worse when it was cut short by a cut knee while failing to prevent yet another City goal. Luckily Thomas Vermaelen looks to be in reasonable form and fitness so should be able to adequately fill the gap alongside Merts.

The milk has been spilt so no point in crying about it and we are still top of the league.


A quote or two to bring down the curtain on that result.

“I’m very disappointed because we didn’t do our defensive job as we are used to,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“We didn’t defend well from up front and did not show enough solidarity defensively. That’s too easy going.”

“We had the best defence until now in the league and to give six goals like we did today is just difficult to accept because we lost our discipline and in the big games and you pay for that.”

From Jack Wilshere;

“The away fans are brilliant. We have to apologise to them, they spent their money to come up [to Manchester] and we didn’t perform to the level they expect.

“We’ll go again and we’ll see them on Monday.”

Well young Jack you may just be suspended for the next game if the FA take action over your gesture to the City fans.

The news we were all waiting for came through, no not the sacking of the hapless AVB, but the name of our opponents in the next round of the Champions League, Bayern Munich, after “The group of Death” comes the sequel “Showdown at the O.K. Corral” Sorry, Allianz Arena. Beat them at home and then a repeat of last season’s result will see us through. Simples.


No relevant Arsenal news today, other than Wilshere being charged by the FA . So here’s a little tester for you. Starting eleven for Arsenal versus Wolves 8th April ????





The result was 2 – 1 to the good guys, but what was the year?


Once again there was no relevant Arsenal news, other than tabloid speculation on who we are going to sign in January. So I’ll ignore that.

It’s always good to read the thoughts of such football luminaries, when they are pontificating about Arsenal, as Michael (I was almost a World class player) Owen, so I’ve included his thoughts on Mersut Ozil.

Mesut Ozil has been an inconsistent and disappointing signing for Arsenal who are not yet title contenders, according to former England star Michael Owen.

The 34-year-old ex-Manchester United and Liverpool forward believes the Gunners’ £42.4m record signing has struggled to perform in consecutive matches this season.

“[Arsenal] don’t have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders,”

Owen wrote on his blog for Sportlobster.

“Despite people constantly telling me Mesut Ozil is world class, his inconsistency means that we only see occasional glimpses of real quality. His odd good performance is usually followed by half a dozen poor ones.”

It sounds to me like the loveable little Scouser has been spending too much time with Alan Hansen, they make an interesting pair peering myopically at the world through their Liverpool tinted spectacles.


Once again I’m struggling to find any Arsenal news, but one nugget turned up: Bacary Sagna spoke about his situation. “I’ve still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations.”

“It’s an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal.” “I’ve been playing there for seven years and I hope we will end up on something good. First of all I want to finish as champion because we have got a good opportunity to do it this year, and after we will see.”

I’m not quite sure what our French right back is actually saying, he could leave in January? He could stay until the end of the season? If we win the League he will sign a new contract? With both Manchester clubs in the market for a right back could Sagna follow a string of players up the M6 to the money pit?

It seems as though we may be looking for a quality right back as well as a striker when the transfer window opens.

Friday: added by peaches

News came through last night that Jack had lost his appeal against a two match ban for showing a gesture to supporters during the Man City game last weekend. He will miss the games against Chelsea and West Ham. Hopefully he can return to the squad fully fit and bursting with confidence.

Maybe the FA should be thinking about how it uses it’s disciplinary measures -one for the future.

That’s all folks, All quiet on the Arsenal front, as Erich might have said.

Have a good weekend

Norfolk Gooner


69 Responses to Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

  1. kelsey says:

    Great post NG

    The year was 1972 .Peter Marinello the milk advert kid.

  2. Danny says:

    Yeah ’72 and I was there. That season was such a let down after the amazing previous one. Even with adding Alan Ball it was still a huge anti-climax.

  3. Arsenal need to sign defender and stricker in january, if dey to win title this season.

  4. Gööner In Exile says:

    The players had a fancy dress party….good to see most of the faces in this pic.

    As you say Norfolk quiet on the Arsenal front this week, I guess we have to thank West Brom, Spuds and Vincent Tan for that.

  5. Norfolk Gooner says:

    ‘morning AAers, Thank you Peaches for finishing off the post, I got home quite late last night, went to a preview of The secret life of Walter Mitty, followed by a nice ruby, so didn’t feel like updating the post. Thanks again.

    Spot on Kelsey and Danny, I was there, and I bet Kelsey was too.

  6. evonne says:

    GiE – great pic! Let’s name as many as we can 🙂 Who is on Flamini’s left? Arteta? Szczesny is a bit obvious

    Norfolk – bedtime again xx

  7. evonne says:

    smiling Kelsey!!! hoooray! that made me smile too 🙂

  8. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Morning Evonne, that’s Ju Young Park, our “new signing” 😀

  9. evonne says:

    ha, just looking at the programme 1972/73 Arsenal v Liverpool. Centre page Ray Kennedy in a hippy shirt

  10. Norfolk Gooner says:

    GiE, It’s a relief not to be making headlines for the wrong reason, we just have to be grateful that our owner has more sense than to try to run the club.

  11. evonne says:

    Squad: Barnett, Rice, McNab, Storey, McLintock,, Simpson, Marinello, Ball, Radford, Kennedy and Graham

  12. evonne says:

    GiE – do you know who’s the banana??? Fleeping Cashley Hole!! The xmas party at the bridge was cancelled this year, so he went to ours!!

  13. The bananas are Theo and Kieran !

  14. Big Raddy says:

    NG, Another good read. I recall when we signed Marinello – it was at the height of my Arsenal madness when I attended every game home and away. …. so I guess I was there!

    What a disappointment Marinello was and so was White Boots Ball (to a lesser degree). With that line up we should have won the league again.

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Can anyone explain why JW got a two match ban for the same offence that Suarez received a one match ban?

    I understand why there is inconsistency in refereeing decisions but not this.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Oh dear, last night I got into an argument with the Mrs. so she packed my bags and told me to get out.

    I was on the way to the front door when she yelled after me ” and I hope you die a long and painful death”

    I replied ” I see, so now you want me to stay”

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    This is why the argument started and may be the reason she packed my bags?

    You see, I went out last night and got really wasted. I woke up in the middle of the night next to some chick who was snoring and farting so I knew I made it home Okay!

  18. Big Raddy, it might be because Jack did it during the game and should have been sent off and then out for the following game as Suarez did it at the end of the game, walking off the pitch.

  19. arnie says:

    Lovely stuff, Norfolk and Peaches. No news, relatively speaking, is good news. It seems we are holding a steady ship whereas the ignorable others around us are creating all the negative stories. All of them owned by nosey buffoons it has to be said.

    Which brings up the topic that Evonne and TT were discussing this morning. Yes, Arsene is lucky that we have a board and an owner that does not interfere, on footballing matters at least. At the same time, the club made its own fate. Like in the acquisition of players there was a lot of maturity shown in choosing SK as the owner. It was not an easy process, but it has to be said the erstwhile Board got it mostly right. Look at the owners of Chavs, TotNumbs or Cardiff for example.

    The bufoonry also reminds me of Micky’s tweet this morning. Lovely stuff, Micky. The attempt at feigning incompetence was almost at the same level as George Bush pretending to be a dumb Texan farmer – he was certainly not one of them.

    Great party pic, Chas.

    Have to rush now. Apparently weather is a bit iffy. We are driving down from Michigan to Sarasota FL. Yes, I know, sounds crazy. But you may say a very good way to see the country.

    Back laters, from some hotel along the way. 😀 😀

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    Well maybe this had something to do with it?

    She’s back on the warpath again. She was up for making a sex movie last night, and all I did was suggest we should hold auditions for her part.

  21. arnie says:

    Raddy and Benjamin: Yes, officially that is the reason for a two game ban, but this still sounds unfair. No fine, if I am not wrong. Fine the rich Uruguayian and spare the poor Englishman!!!! 😀 😀

  22. GunnerN5 says:


    That’s about a 1,200 mile drive and in good weather it’s a two day drive. However the weather forecasts call for snow and freezing rain which could mean a very slow and dangerous drive – good luck and drive carefully.

  23. arnie says:

    Thanks GN5, will try to push to Atlanta tonight, onwards tomorrow. Will try and be careful. 😀 😀 😀

  24. Big Raddy says:

    arnie. Seems a good way to see a lot of snow and sleet!

    LB I have been thinking about your monster cycle ride. 170kms in 7 hrs is an average of almost 25kph without stops, That is seriously rapid!

  25. LB says:

    I still ache.

  26. I heard on talkSPORT today that the Orc Legend and seller of more named towels in the Stoke City shop than players names on shirts, has retired !….Rory Delap !. Apparently, he is going to be in Orclands version of TOWIE ( The Only Way Is Essex )….aptly named……… TOWEL ( The Orc Was Evonnes Lover ). hahaha

  27. chas says:

    Cheers, NG.
    Another bang-on round up.

    This was recommended on twitter.

  28. RockyLives says:

    Suarez got treated more leniently because of his previous exemplary record 🙂

  29. RockyLives says:

    These round-ups are getting so good that I might not bother reading the blog from Saturday to Thursday. Everything I need to know will be in the Friday fix 🙂

  30. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Raddy, it was a decision by the T.S.S.O.A.R.M.I.S.W.H.T.C.I.U. Panel. Apparently if the ref had seen the action he would have sent Jack off, a non-violent offence, two match ban.

    Before you ask, The Silly Sod Of A Referee Missed It So We Have To Clear It Up.

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve accidentally swallowed some Scrabble tiles.

    My next to the WC could spell disaster.

  32. TT says:

    GN5, you’re full of jokes today.

    Suarez signed new 4.5 yr deal with Liverpool. Now, we’ll never know how Wenger might have used him. Perhaps all for the best, although it was another strange transfer saga.

  33. TT says:

    Norfork, love your Last Friday item, both the news and the comments on them.

  34. dandan says:

    I was at that game. Didn’t miss a game that year.

  35. evonne says:

    Sam Allardyce is 13th best paid football manager in the world.
    Some Arsenal fans complain that AW is getting an awful lot of money for nothing.

  36. chas says:

    I keep seeing this quote all over (as in the latest digital membership newsletter) and wish someone would stop using it.

    “And on hearing the boss recently eulogise, “Wojciech has the potential to be a historical goalkeeper for Arsenal Football Club,” our first choice custodian was humbled by the compliment.”

    ‘Historical’ means from history so even Almunia is an historical goalkeeper ( before you say it, not hysterical 🙂 )

    ‘Historic’ means of great importance in history; as in an historic occasion, battle or treaty.

    Therefore Wojciech has the potential to be an historic goalkeeper for AFC, not feckin hysterical. 🙂

  37. GunnerN5 says:

    Why all the histrionics?

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s quite hysterical…………….

  39. Gööner In Exile says:

    Chas are you saying Arsene has a keeper lined up for January?

  40. evonne says:

    on a scale of 1 to 9, how bothered are you about that, chas?

  41. Gööner In Exile says:

    Smart Man


    “When your name is linked with another club, I assume it is because someone thinks you are doing well,” he said.

    “Tottenham is a big club… but I would never leave a club in the middle of the season.”

    Not so Smart Man

    Carlos Querioz

    Asked whether he was interested in the Spurs job, he said: “Absolutely. Tottenham is a club I really appreciate a lot and I have great admiration.”

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    I spent a couple of hours defrosting the fridge last night, or “foreplay” as she likes to call it.

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    After both suffering from depression for a while, me and the wife decided to commit suicide yesterday.
    But strangely enough, once she killed herself, I started to feel a lot better.

    So I thought, “Screw it, soldier on!”

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    Bought the missus a hamster skin coat last week. Took her to the fair last night, and it took me 3 hours to get her off the Ferris wheel.

  45. arnie says:

    Thanks a lot, AA ers. Tough driving, reached Atlanta safely, myself and my better half, a close friend and colleague from MSU and his family (wife and 6-year old kid) and a student of ours. So far so good. Good fun. Off to read the comments now. 😀 😀

  46. arnie says:

    Norfolk, just wanted to reiterate what others have said, that the Fridays keep getting better and better. Thank you very much. 😀 😀

    GunnerN5: great form today, great fun!!! loved the jokes!!!!

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I said don’t reply to my Christmas card, and I see from email inbox you have 🙂

    I would stay on twitter if I could link to you, the Arsenal Gentleman and the Beijing Bloke you post.

    Are there any other genuinely witty Arsenal related posters out there, and if I link to them, can I “unlink” everybody else?

  48. chas says:

    You can ‘follow’ as many or as few as you like. You need to relax about it.
    If you follow the tweets of one person, you dont automatically see the posts of everyone else they follow.
    Your timeline (what you see) can be as busy or empty as you want.
    See if you can find some Devon surfers as a start, maybe?

  49. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I don’t want to talk to people just because there’s a mutual interest. Would do it if I could restrict it.

    Limit it to Humourists. Arse Gent, Beijing and Transplant 🙂

  50. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just been through comments, and you are the only one to note my Christmas Card to everyone. Bastards the rest of the site.

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Starting Monday, we have four League games in 10 days.

    Other sides will be knackered as well, so I’m expecting Theo and Pod to give leaden footed defenders a torrid Christmas and New Year.

  52. chas says:

  53. chas says:

    Is this you on a surfboard?

  54. chas says:

  55. chas says:

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bless Joe and his spindly little legs 🙂

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Are you, like me, getting a bit concerned at how much time our boys appear in costumes?

  58. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bye for now.

  59. chas says:

    When was the last time you wore fancy dress?

  60. Gööner In Exile says:

    Peaches/Rasp ….. Post in drafts…..more of a general football post expanding on my comment the other day.

  61. evonne says:

    suarez and tan news releases are so damaging for us 😦

    Chas – you’d be pissed off if you had to wear such stupid hat, poor dog

  62. evonne says:

    Norfolk – thank you for yesterday’s post. You are very good to write it, when there was little but the lost game to write about. You did well, congrats!

    Who is the ‘ loveable little Scouser; Michael Owen? Cannot stand the odious so-and-so.

  63. Morning all

    We have a New Post ………. and banner 🙂

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