Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

Last Friday:

The Boxing Day win over The Hammers combined with City’s defeat of Liverpool saw us move back to our rightful position at the top of the league. Theo’s tasty twosome got us not just back into the game but put us in the lead, a lead that was consolidated by a gem from the much missed, of late, Lukas Podolski. Theo later claimed that his second strike was the first headed goal that he had scored in the Premiership.

The loss of Ramsey, on his twenty-third birthday, with a thigh sprain was a blow but I’m sure Aaron will be back quite quickly and will be raring to go.

When asked about Podolski’s impact Wenger replied

“Yes we had two real wingers from that moment on and it made a huge difference because we had good width in our game and that created many problems for West Ham”.

One headline I never expected to see appeared in The Telegraph; “Outstanding Mannone takes credit” Yep our former ’keeper Vito played a blinder for Sunderland and kept a clean sheet to ensure a rare win for them at Everton. It’s always nice to read about Arsenal old boys doing well, but only when they are playing against our rivals, of course.

Saturday:

Depending on the outcome of a scan, Ramsey could be out for a minimum of four weeks, if the injury proves to be only a strain, or eight weeks if it’s a tear. Let’s all hope it proves to be the former, we need our Welsh Wizard back as soon as possible.

City scraped a one nil home win over lowly Crystal Palace to leap frog us into first place, a position we can regain with three points away to the Barcodes on Sunday lunchtime.

Sunday:

Arsene made four changes as Ozil had a slight shoulder problem and Vermaelen was sick, so Koscielny returned at centre back and Rosicky came into mid-field, while Wilshere and Flamini replaced Arteta and Ramsey.

Despite the interest Arsenal displayed last summer, Wenger confirmed that he had not made a bid for Toon’s French mid-fielder Cabaye, although no mention was made of the player with regard to the up-coming transfer window.

The faintest of headers by Giroud from a lovely Walcott free-kick and it was one nil to the Arsenal…. Enough to take us back up where we belong.

Speaking to

http://www.arsenal.com after the match Arsene was happy with the win;

“I am very happy. It was a very intense game against a good Newcastle team. We got a big physical challenge today. Overall I felt that we were in control of the game until we scored the 1-0. We missed a second chance that would have certainly sealed the game. In the last 15 minutes we have shown another aspect of our team – resilience, fight. We threw our bodies in the box. You have seen today a technical aspect of our team that was quite good but as well a mental aspect that was needed in a game of that stature”.

Monday:

Olivier Giroud speaking to French TV has said Wenger need not buy a new striker in January;

“If the coach wants me to rest, he can do it without buying a new striker,’ Lukas Podolski is having a good come-back. Theo Walcott can play as a striker. We have the quality and the quantity. I would rather not see a new striker come in”.

Is it significant that he made no mention of Bendtner?

In my mind Olly has done a brilliant job for us but both Poldolski and Walcott offer very different talents to our French striker and to use either of them in his place would bring about a significant change in our playing style. I agree with him to an extent, I don’t want us to sign any old striker just for the sake of it, but I wouldn’t be averse to us signing a top, top goal scorer.

Tuesday:

The manager’s press conference must have been a gloomy affair, the list of injuries, which had been steadily shrinking recently, suddenly reached crisis proportions.

Ramsey; out for three weeks.

Ozil; out for the Cardiff game and awaiting assessment.

Monreal and Vermaelen are doubts following sickness.

Walcott shoulder problem, Rosicky calf problem, both will be assessed later in the day.

Giroud ankle problem and Gibbs calf strain are both likely to miss the Cardiff game.

Wilshere no specific injury but will be subject to a medical check.

The one glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel is represented by Oxlade-Chamberlain who is one week away from normal training. Let’s all hope and pray that the light in the tunnel is not the injury express roaring towards the remnants of our squad.

Even without a crystal ball it’s easy to predict a much weakened starting eleven for the next two games at least.

Vermaelen, if fit, can fill in at left-back, otherwise Sagna can cross over with Jenkinson on the right. The midfield and attack would probably be a mix of Arteta, Flamini, Cazorla, Gnabry, Podolski and Bendtner.

I suspect that one or two of the injured players may be available, at least I hope that’s the case.

Thirty-three year old Tomas Rosicky’s contract is due to expire in the Summer. The MLS could be a destination for our little Mozart. Arsenal’s policy of offering only one year contracts to players over thirty could be a problem. Tomas is quoted as saying

“I would like to carry on at Arsenal but there are a few question marks. If I should leave, then I would be tempted to play in the USA.”

Rosicky has been a revelation over the past twelve months, can we afford to lose him? I don’t think so!

Wednesday:

Naturally with the opening of the transfer window all the “news” is about players, we will sign, players we might sign and players who want to sign. So nothing of any importance there.

A piece of news relevant to Arsenal was the disclosure that Chelsea had made a £49.4 million loss for the 2012/2013 season, a significant step back from the £1.4 profit the previous year. However, when calculated over the two seasons allowed by UEFA, and taking into account other write offs, it is expected that the Chavs will have made a loss of £33 million, just inside the limit of £37.5 which would have put them in breach of the Financial Fair Play rules. They will have to make drastic cuts in their expenditure next season or they will almost certainly break the rules.

The era of buying expensive players and paying exorbitant wages could be over at he Bridge and the playing field may just have been levelled out a little.

Thursday:

Gunners back on top!

Following the late Bendtner winner and the even later Walcott strike it was a return to the top of the Premiership after City had briefly usurped our position with their close victory over Swansea City.

The goal came at a price, Nik injuring an ankle in the process of scoring it, so will be out of action for around three weeks.

Another result saw Tottenham overtake United in the race for a Europa League place with a 1 – 2 win at Old Toilet. Manager Moyes almost suffering apoplexy due to the refusal of ref. Howard Webb to award the obligatory penalties to the home side, he later rubbed salt in the wound by booking Januzaj for diving.

In transfer speculation the Sun seems to think Arsenal are chasing Berbatov, it wont be much of a chase as the former Man U striker seldom moves faster than an arthritic aardvark with a hangover.

With both Giroud and Bendtner injured will Arsene step up the search for a new striker? Will it be Henandez, will it be Berbatov, will it be Diego Costa or maybe Alvaro Morata? Which one would fit in best? Which one would you like?

Only one more game to go, The FA Cup third round tie with Spurs, before our nine day winter break, so it should be a revitalised side that goes to Villa Park to exact revenge for the opening day defeat.

That’s it for another week.

Norfolk Gooner.

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95 Responses to Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

  1. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh yes, Norfolk, works superbly well for me. Thank you.

    “an arthritic aardvark with a hangover” 🙂

    Think you may have lit a fuse with the striker question, and I have an enormous amount of “unvaluable” input for that debate, but it’ll have to wait until I’ve done some work stuff.

  2. Jamie says:

    Thanks for another Friday, NG,

    Do we need a new striker? well, that depends on how we plan to play.
    Perhaps a 442 with Poldi playing off a big man or we keep Poldi as second choice striker and modify our style of play to suit Poldi. If we do change our style of playing, then no, we dont need a new striker. Reason being Poldi is a world class striker(he scored 18 goals in 27 games for a rubbish team) and Diego Costa or berbatov couldn’t possibly offer much more.

    Funny point about Januzaj diving. Seems manyoo should be applauded for turning a player with such potential into a diving machine. Not a problem for me though, always good to have another manyoo player with a bad reputation.

  3. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal

    Mathieu Flamini has recorded the highest pass completion rate of any PL regular this season with 92.4%.

    Three other Arsenal players, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Mikel Arteta are in the top five.

    Laurent Koscielny makes more interceptions per game (2.9) than any PL centre-half.

    Arsenal are nine points better off than the same stage last season but have scored one fewer goal.

    They have the best defense in the PL, having conceded just 18 goals.

  4. Räsp says:

    Hi GN5, are we 11 points better off?

  5. Räsp says:

    Thanks Norfolk, no week is complete now without a NG Friday offering.

    My favourite line…. ” Tottenham overtake United in the race for a Europa League place” 😛

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp,

    Yep it’s definitely 11 points, the stats I copied and pasted must have been prior to the Cardiff game, so the other stats will also be outdated.

    Just goes to show you that one should at least give a sanity check prior to pasting data, thanks for pointing out my oversight.

  7. SharkeySuresGhost says:

    Thanks Norfolk. Love this weekly summary

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp, I’ve sent you an email at Arsenal nuts, let me know your thoughts. Off now for my morning cycle.

  9. chas says:

    What a great week it’s been, NG and your post reflects that admirably. Nine points, happy new effin year.

  10. evonne says:

    SS!!! Happy NY stranger!

  11. RockyLives says:

    Wonderful read as always NG

    With AW apparently having ruled out a bid for Berbatov and with Ollie almost recovered I don’t think we’ll be seeing any January arrivals.

  12. Gööner In Exile says:

    Cracking round up NG, that really deserves more comments, as Chas says 9 points since Boxing Day is a very healthy return for the Christmas period especially with two tough away games.

    Kelsey made a point about mid season breaks this morning, I guess our pitches are at there worse January and February so somewhere in there would be good. I like the Christmas fixtures though so would like them to stay. The only issue is how so you fit the break in given the current schedule, perhaps promoting PL clubs forward one round in the League Cup could be a way, not sure how that would work but it would mean one less game for clubs in Europe and three less games for the rest of the PL clubs, but it would mean putting in a couple more League fixtures in their place of the League doesn’t reduce in size.

  13. RA says:

    Rocky @ 2:27 is a tea leaf reader. 🙂

    Let’s see.

    Giro has been, by some accounts, suffering, for a period of time, from burnout and latterly from injury, and now Bendy our saviour is out injured, possibly for several weeks, allegedly, as is Yaya Sanogo, and neither Poldark or Theo are suited to the CF role.

    Yup, that is certainly grounds for ruling out the acquisition of a sparkly new CF. 🙂

    All hail the Rock – soothsayer to the footie blogs!

  14. RA says:

    Good Post, NG. 🙂

  15. chas says:

    Arsenal’s new striker is………
    Gilberto Silva.

  16. RA says:

    GIE,

    There are at least two solutions to the winter break conundrum, the first of which would meet with universal approval and that would be to cut back on the farcical international games that are loathed by all except by Bladder and his acolytes.

    The second would be the reduction of the PL to perhaps 16 or 17 teams. This would upset all those with vested interests but if sufficient compensation were to be paid to the ‘losers’ it might work and would probably benefit the PL in other ways too.

    My own ruther? I think I would ruther the Yule tide games and Easter games should be left as they are, thank you. 🙂

  17. dandan says:

    One for you to savour Mickey. Brian Glanville The Times

    Fear and loathing in North London: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur 65 years ago
    Brian Glanville
    Updated 59 minutes ago
    Recalling the first FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Tottenham and the roots of a fierce North London rivalry
    It was in January 1949 that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur first faced each other in the country’s premier domestic Cup competition. Then, as now, it was in the third round with Arsenal playing host at Highbury, their former home ground.
    In 1949, expectation and excitement were high in North London, not so much in terms of the teams’ respective merits – Arsenal had won the Championship in the 1947-48 season while Spurs were still in the second division – but in terms of the clubs’ somewhat turbulent history.
    Added to which was the piquant fact that Tottenham’s manager was none other than Joe Hulme, a notable Middlesex cricketer and, more pertinently, a fast and famous former Arsenal outside right in their dominant inter-war years.
    Relations between the clubs were tense ever since, in 1913, Arsenal had crossed the Thames from Plumstead as Woolwich Arsenal to set up home at Highbury, so close to Tottenham’s ground at White Hart Lane.
    Had Arsenal’s chairman and autocratic benefactor, Sir Henry Norris, had his way, his club would have amalgamated with Fulham, but the Football Association would not allow it.
    Adding insult to injury, when football officially resumed after the First World War in 1919, Norris connived with John McKenna, president of the Football League and Liverpool chairman, to promote Arsenal to the first division, even though they had finished only fifth in the previous second division table.
    His reasoning was that they had been a league member longer than Tottenham, who were duly relegated.
    A crowd of almost 48,000 attended Highbury – surprisingly smaller than the expected capacity of 60,000.
    There was another surprise in the team line-ups when Hulme inexplicably dropped the motor of his attack, the quicksilver Eddie Baily, replacing him with a little-known reserve called Henry Gilberg. He was pretty anonymous as a factor in the game.
    Worse still, Ronnie Burgess, Tottenham’s Wales left half and captain, indulged himself with frequent forays into attack and left huge gaps to be exploited by Jimmy Logie, the 5ft 4in inspiration in Arsenal’s attack.
    Logie ran the vulnerable defence ragged and Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners, the goals scored by Ian McPherson, Don Roper and Doug Lishman, a powerful inside left who had been rescued from third division obscurity at Walsall.
    Later that year, Arthur Rowe took over the managerial reins at Tottenham and introduced the revolutionary push and run tactics that saw Baily and the newly-arrived Alf Ramsey excel.

  18. RA says:

    Talking about news, how is this for pure cheek?

    Manchester United are on the trail of Arsenal starlet Chris Willock.
    The 15-year-old is one of three footballing brothers, Joe, 13, who is at Arsenal too and Matty, 17, who was released by Arsenal but is now due to sign a professional contract with United.

    Chris, a left sided midfielder who can play on the wing or behind the striker, is one of the brightest talents in English football and has figured for Arsenal’s U18s, making his debut against Manchester City in February, but he has yet to sign professional terms and turns 16 on January 31.

    He was player of the tournament at the MTU Indoor Cup in 2012, competing against United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona before catching the eye again in the Lion City Cup in Singapore last summer and the Nike Cup.

    Capped by England at U16 level, City and Chelsea are also keen on the slightly built Willock but United hope to have the upper hand to any ensuing transfer with elder brother Matty in their ranks.

  19. Big Raddy says:

    NG. Another in your series of excellent round ups. Rasp highlighted my favourite line.

    Doug Lishman. I bet GN5 could give us a tale or two about him.

    During my teens I ate Arsenal history and played subbuteo with an AFC legends team, this included many of the players in GN5’s superb summer posts. Lishman was a reserve.

    Thinking of the word “legend”, how is Silva an AFC legend (chas 3.20)? It puts him up there with Alex James,Bastin, Drake, Brady, Henry, Dennis etc.

    IMO Silva was a fine player and a member of a brilliant team but AFC legend? Definitely not.

  20. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Thank you one and all for the kind words, it really is a pleasure to write for such a discerning group of people.

    I’ve just realised that I’m going to be unable to watch tomorrow’s game live, my Spurs supporting wife and I are taking our grandchildren to the last night of the Christmas pantomime at The Little Theatre in Sheringham. Oh well we’ll just have to watch a recording along with a couple of beers and a take away Ruby.

    One way or another it will be a frosty night in the NG household.

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    BR,

    He was the very first “invisible legend”

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    NG,

    Whenever that situation arose in my household, the decision was simple if I went with the Mrs. I would make us both miserable but If I stayed at home and watched the Arsenal then one of us would be happy – made a lot of sense to me!

  23. GunnerN5 says:

    BR,

    More on Lishman another time, but you had to feel sorry for him at home games as he was always barracked with gay jibes based on his style of running. I remember on time he feel down from a tackle and when he got up and trotted off a wag yelled at him that he’d left his handbag behind.

  24. Norfolk Gooner says:

    GN5, we’ve had in excess of fifty years of fierce rivalry, even though my wife celebrated just as much as I did at White Hart Lane on a certain Monday night in 1971 the temperature will still be a few degrees below zero when Arsenal win tomorrow. 😀

  25. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5 sadly football hasn’t moved on…….

  26. RockyLives says:

    Nice discussion about the Spuds rivalry.

    Off topic, but what do any of you make of the Southampton/Clattenberg story?

    Southampton claimed ref Clattenberg had personally insulted their player, Adam Lallana and demanded an apology.

    The PGMOL (refs organisation) investigated and said there was no case to answer against Clatty. Now Saints have gone apeshit and demanded that he not ref any more of their games.

    What was Clattenberg’s “personal insult”? Apparently this: after Lallana was moaning about decisions not going Saints’ way, Clatty said something like “You’re very different now since you played for England. You never used to be like this.”

    Personally I think Southampton are making themselves look like idiots.

    For a start, it’s hardly a deep personal insult.

    And secondly, it seems to me like Clattenberg was “having a dialogue” with the player in exactly the way we would all hope that referees can.

    Effectively he was saying to him: “Just because you’ve been called up to the national squad doesn’t mean you need to turn into Billy Big Bollocks overnight.”

    I would like to think Clattenberg might have thought about adding: “… you don’t want to end up a total piece of gutter scum like Rooney, Cole, Gerrard or Terry, do you?”

  27. chas says:

    Jack the Peanut

  28. chas says:

    Gordon’s words, not mine, BR.

  29. chas says:

    Wanna see some goals?

  30. Big Raddy says:

    We score some wonderful goals.

    Who is Gordon?

  31. evonne says:

    Nice one NG, thank you very much!

    Interesting point about Rosicky’s contract; you know my theory – most players start playing better than ever when the time to negotiate a new deal is round the corner.

    I also agree with you about Berbatov – a terrific finisher sometimes and a lazy twant often. No thank you, might as well stick with Bendy.

    And finally – what will FA do if Chavs break the £37m limit? Tell them off?

  32. chas says:

    The chap who called Gilberto a ‘legend’ in his text I posted in my 3.20.

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas

    Your 6:29 Goals was a brilliant way to kill the blog for 25 mins 🙂

    Let’s face it, absolutely no-one is going to click on it and after 10 seconds think “nah, rubbish this link” 🙂

    Watch that, and no way do we need any players 🙂

  34. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Guess what, I’ve been thinking.

    This Berbatov chit chat. Only reason I can think is if Nic decides he wants out to go somewhere else to win things, and right now, he’ll be thinking if he works hard and stays put, he may well add a winners medal or two to his CV, and he can put it next to “Princess” with little ticks in the “done them” box.

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooops, grubs up.

  36. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rocky it’s an interesting case, if there was any case of thinking they are better than what they are it’s Clattenberg, for me he thinks he is “one of the lads” the hairstyle changed a few years back seems bothered by his personal appearance and how he comes across on the cameras.

    Should he be saying something like that to Lalana? I don’t think so…it makes it appear that he has made a personal judgement on the player and that is surely not what refs are there to do?

    Whilst it’s not a cutting personal insult it could seem that he was exercising a bias…”just because you play for England I better make sure I don’t look like I’m giving you an easy ride”….let me think is there an Arsenal player that suffers a similar fate…..perhaps Jack would comment if it wasn’t going to land him in more unnecessary hot water.

  37. chas says:

  38. chas says:

    For those not on twitter, you have to click on ‘view photo’ before you see the picture (hence the spud hashtags)……….

  39. evonne says:

    who is NOT injured???

  40. RockyLives says:

    Park is healthy 🙂

  41. chas says:

    I hope I haven’t confused anyone.
    Those tweets are deliberate misdirections to get spuds to look at photos of Sol being successful. 🙂

  42. evonne says:

    oh Chas!! you know I am easily confused 🙂

    Who is Park, Rocky?

  43. evonne says:

    never heard of him 🙂
    invented by Gazidis to sell shirts in Asia

  44. Jamie says:

    No evonne I think Park really existed until Bendtner got threatened by his goalscoring record and got rid of him.

  45. LB says:

    Could Mourinho really have been told that he has to sell before he can buy, this might possibly explain his bizarre behaviour towards Mata.

  46. LB says:

    I can remember exactly where I was when I heard on the radio that we had signed Campbell and the howl of laughter I let out.

    Ahhhhh, sigh, happy days.

  47. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cheers Norfolk. I have this image of you looking like Gorden Honeycombe. He also had such a soothing and reassuring voice. i will always remember how he read out a really horrible story about some Geezer getting murdered. The police found the body of the murdered man in his bed wearing Paddington Bear pyjamas. The way he described it was lovely.

    The main news of course is that were top. Can we stay there?

    I have forensicly examined the fixture list and the fixtures generaly fall into two camps. Games at home against the bottom eight and a bunch of nasty away games against teams in the top eight, but the two Manc games are at home.

    City have to play a lot of tough away games and Chelsea aint all that.

    After thinking about it for about a milisecond, I can only come to the logical and correct descion that we will win the league.

    As for tommorow, well, when we play them my heart races and the teeth clench. I find it hard to rationalise the rivalary, so now dont even both and just accept my hatred.

  48. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    LB, good call about Mata. Chelseas recent loss of £50 million puts them under FFP pressure. They will have to break even, so if they buy then its goodbye Mata

  49. Gööner In Exile says:

    I assume Chavs loss is not all FFP related, for example Academy costs are not included and they have been spending a lot of money on that side.

    But it is likely they won’t be able to push so many numbers out of FFP calculations forever so sell to buy seems realistic….perhaps there biggest problem is wasting assets, Terry, Lampard, Essien, Ivanovic, Cole and even Torres, Ba and Eto will not have massive sell on values, so all they have are players like Mata, Luiz, Cahill, Hazard.

    They probably also need to trim their massive wage bill.

    When they have filed accounts at Co House I will probably have a bit more of a look, sad sack that I am….City’s and Liverpool’s will make equally amusing reading.

  50. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Think i will join you GIE.

    When they released the figures they made the point that they are FFP compliant.

    Only speculating at the moment, but would be very surprised if they do not balance there books next time.

    Citys will make interesting reading. Pobably a hugh loss but mitigated by incresed turnover, wages pre FFP, and a decreasing loss “trend”

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh noooooo
    I’m going to miss the last 20 minutes 😦

    Without any numbers, are Arsenal all above board with FFP, and if so, do the rules force us to spend vulgar amounts to comply?

  52. chas says:

    One of the funny things about the Cardiff game was that those leaving 5 mins early, missed that spine-tingling finish.
    It’s as if Dennis was saying ‘here is your life lesson, leave early and you might miss what you came for in the first place’.

    I expect the exodus to begin with ten minutes to go today as the rumours are that many of the away support are partially lobotomised trogolodytes.

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas 🙂

    You are however making the ludicrous assumption that the Spurs are only two down with ten to play. I expect the exodus earlier.

  54. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ps loved the Sol pics 🙂

    Where there any more tweets from Beijing Red after the home loss to Spuds?

  55. chas says:

    5-0, 2-0, 0-0.
    Seems to make no earthly difference.

    Also, It astonishes me that with all the moaning about ticket prices, there are still thousands who’ll miss five minutes of the game either side of half time to pay £5 for a hot dog or £4.50 for a pint of pish.

  56. chas says:

  57. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yeah, that pre-half time exodus always amazes me, I mean, how hungry can you possibly be at 3:45 in the afternoon?

    Surely better to watch the game than stand in a line for some fat.

  58. chas says:

    Working for a rise, better my station
    Take my baby to sophistication
    She’s seen the ads, she thinks it’s nice
    Better work hard – I seen the price
    Never mind that it’s time for the bus
    We got to work – an’ you’re one of us
    Clocks go slow in a place of work
    Minutes drag and the hours jerk

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  63. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Brilliant ROLF

    I believe it’s always ok to laugh at others misfortune when it comes to a game, and Utd missing out on top four would be bloody marvellous.

  64. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Patient in trophyless 2011/12 Top ROLF

    Beijing captures the spirit of the good time charlies so well.

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Are there any good spoof websites?
    Just after the Glazier takeover, there was a brilliant Utd one, set out as though it where a new Utd fan from USA, talking about his favourite new franchise.

  66. chas says:

    Well the point of football is to hunt glory, after all.

  67. chas says:

    I don’t know of any, Micky.

    I think it’s difficult to keep a joke going for any length of time for a whole website.

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    True. I think the Utd one lasted best part of a season.

    So, let’s cut to the chase. What goes in the Ant ‘n Duck sandwiches on match day.

    I’ll go cheese and pickle, with a side order of salt ‘n vinegar.

  69. evonne says:

    not difficult if the jokers wear skinny chicken on their shirts 🙂 you can get the whole country laughing

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Evonne,

    Why do they have a “skinny chicken” on their blouses?

  71. evonne says:

    coz they think it makes them look slimmer ??

  72. chas says:

    Today it’s ham, double Gloucester with onion and chives, sliced tomato and mustard (except for Ant who doesn’t like mustard).
    A crusty bake pork pie and caramelised onion chutney sausage roll on the side.
    Oat and raisin cookie and two Rocky chocolate bars (for obvious reasons) for afters.

    Must go, laters.

  73. evonne says:

    ffs Chas, are you going camping after??

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bloody knew Ant would be fussy 🙂

    Have a great day. Very jealous. Well actually, I’m just a shit supporter 🙂

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    So what about you then Evonne

    Full English before leaving the nest, down to Yildiz for a Kebab, or straight to join Gorgeous in the boozer and into the pickled eggs?

  76. evonne says:

    oh no Micky, busy day today. Taking the she devil to Heathrow now and then a mulled wine party at the allotment – they like a few youngsters to attend 🙂
    Henry Rose the Spurs supporter will be there and a few other die hard spuds. I am going to laugh at their support and ostentatiously rush of to the game 🙂 quite looking forward to that

    I am going to sit next to Ant today or like before he will eat all Gorgeous’ sandwiches

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Love the whole idea of allotments, and a mulled wine get together sounds great.

  78. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ok, away for him.

  79. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Lovely chat this morning.

    I wrote the PM whilst in my cups last night and had better review it. I think I was too kind to the swamp dwelling bottom feeders.

  80. LB says:

    Onion and chives……………hmmmm, bit a clash there.

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I can see you on an allotment with your barbour, wellies and capstans, whereas Evonne in her skimpy clothes, stilettos and knickers with the polish flag …..

  82. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all….I don’t care about the FACup but I do care about NLD bragging rights….we can’t have some kind of Crooknapp revival under Sherwood so lets them in their place today.

  83. LB says:

    Maybe iceberg lettuce.

  84. Big Raddy says:

    or some parsley

  85. Gööner In Exile says:

    Are you talking about Chas’s sandwiches or a new motif for the knickers?

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Others,

    LB
    What’s the point of Iceberg Lettuce? It tastes of crispy water.

  87. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Exile

    Yesterday I didn’t care about the FAC, but as always, when Cup day comes, I do 🙂

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