Why Always Arsenal?

These are some random barmy ramblings constructed in a hurry. I know that you journos, the ignorant, useless and even sinister lot, deserve a firmer and more careful bo**ocking, but that has to wait for another day. Beware!! We have taken this too long, we Arsenal fans are very hurt and feel deeply betrayed.
It has come to our notice that recently Daily Mail has snared a supposed Arsenal fan Pete from Le Grove with substantial benefits, in cash or kind. In turn, Pete has allegedly pocketed the tosh and spewed some bile against our beloved club on to the back pages of the said shite roll.But such bile spewing useless pieces of uninspired journoulism, on newspapers, television and radio, is nothing new. We Arsenal fans have got so used to it that it does not even tickle our senses any more. Let alone any sense of hurt that has been cast aside at least a decade back. But the question we want to ask is, why? Why would journos and useluss pundits be so keen to damn Arsenal? Is this a new development, or was this always the case? If there is anything new, what is it? Partial explantions were suggested on the sidelines of GN5’s fantastic post on the 1936 FA Cup triumph yesterday.
Boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, and honourable members of alternate sexuality, I want to bring this to your notice.The scene is 1936. Arsenal has won the FA Cup final against Sheffield United. The opening excerpt from the Daily Telegraph match report, quoted in GunnerN5’s post, reads:”Arsenal are Cup holders again for the second time in six years. As expected, they beat Sheffield United in Wembley’s fourteenth Final Tie, but not as comfortably as 2-to-1-on favourites are supposed to win .

“The honours of a match which rarely produced a high standard of play should go to Sheffield United, whose defence held out for an hour and a quarter and who twice narrowly missed taking the lead before Drake scored.”

How typical? Where have we heard such disdainful disregard earlier, for a team that has fought its way to a trophy? Or even to fighting hard for a trophy? Plenty of times, yes, and always against Arsenal. That is not the surprise, at least to me. It is that such rubbish was also spewed way back in the mid 1930s.

What about the also rans, Manchester United, Liverpool, and now the oiled up knobbly joints Manchester City and Chelsea? Never. But why?

TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT provids a partial answer (April 18, 2014 at 10:55 am): “One thing that strikes me about your [GunnerN5’s] articles is how rarely you see a southern based club in the mix. Is that why Arsenal are the greatest club in the world? because we were the only team south of the M25 worth bothering about?”

Now that is some food for thought. Maybe the journo bias is largely a reflection of a north-south divide. The blog then generated the following discussion.

Arnie suggests (April 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm): “what also struck me as interesting was the whinging journos. This combined with Terry’s observation of Arsenal being the only club south of the M25 with both history and style. Maybe, this is still one reason why we are hated by journos such a lot. 😦 ”

GunnerN5 (April 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm): “Being one of the few Southern teams and then having the audacity to be successful was certainly our downfall among the predominately Northern journalists.”

arnie (April 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm): “The mystery is, why are the northern journos not so bile spewing towards the Chavs? Or, are they?”

Big Raddy (April 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm): “Because no-one cares about Chelsea. They do not excite or entertain and apart from the manager and the criminal behaviour of the Club Captain nothing about them is interesting.”

GunnerN5 (April 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm): “Maybe Roman Abramovich has them scared off?”

Arnie (April 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm): “Raddy: boring boring Chavs? πŸ™‚ Yes, they play a boring brand of football, but have been reasonably successful in buying success. GunnerN5: scared by Abramovitch, or perhaps bought off?”

I believe money certainly plays a role, but there is another issue as well.

Chelsea, or if you prefer Abramovitch, was the first to experiment with just buying expensive players and finding out whether one can build a team out of these disparate players.

When Chelsea started doing this, this was not the dominant religion, or the leading mainstream idea. Real Madrid and Barca at least tried to build teams rather than put together big players and somehow organise them into a squad. Likewise Manchester United and Liverpool in England, Bayern in Germany and the leading clubs in Italy. Quickly this became the dominant religion of a society that firmly believes in the dictum that success and brilliance can be bought.

This belief appears to have been reinforced by the relative success of Chelsea and Manchester City, and by the millions that have passed the doors of many other clubs, most notably PSG. These days, most journos, indeed most football fans and clubs are followers of this religion. Alas!

Arsenal dares to be different and is therefore hated even more. It is the convenient punching bag, and target of cliches like β€œspend money Arsenal and Arsene”, β€œyou cannot win anything with kids” and most foolishly “sack Arsene”.

Well, this new found momentum in the spend money rather than build team idea, together with the northern bias, has led us to a situation that anything Arsenal related that you can find on the backpages, Beebs Shite of the Day or TalkShite is plain and unadulterated bile. 😦

Do we care a flying fig? No we dont. But it is still important to know where this bile come from, and to defend ourselves from its smelly and slimy influence.

However, the above is only one opinion. Maybe even a loony barmy view. The jury is still out. Chums, what do you think?

written by arnie

83 Responses to Why Always Arsenal?

  1. arnie says:

    well done with the editing, Raddy. πŸ˜›

  2. stevepalmer1 says:

    Posted this on the last post in answer to a comment My timing is rubbish and sorry Arnie I haven’t read your post yet so hope you dont mind. :)That was quite a mouthful RA, and well said might i say.

    Bloggers of course can only really comment on what they see, These people may not be experts but for some who played themselves and for many that have watched many games they have a fairly good knowledge of the game.

    I class myself as an obsessive football fan, I a do of course follow The Arsenal as my main team but i do watch many other teams as well. Mostly Premier or Champions League which is where my main focus is on.

    I am far away from being an expert but i can normally see a foul and a dive and the intent that certain players show. What a player does off the field does not bother me too much but having said that they are paid huge amounts to do the best for their clubs, if you leave a dirty mark somewhere then it reflects on the club and of course the club then have to deal with it.

    When talking about players skills and abilities i think its also important to add their fitness as well. A great player with bundles of skill is of little use if he sits in a sick bay for half a season.

    As for our young stars, i would say that they have shown that they have bundles of talent, but the whole lot of them would struggle to do a 40 hour week.

    The amount of sickness time they have out would never be tolerated in any other job, so that should be sorted out.

    Ramsey Walcott Wilshere Gibbs Gnabry Chamberlain for me haven’t shown staying power, plenty of talent skill and excitement but just not enough games played.

    As for our Marquee signing, masses of talent but short on confidence and seems injury prone Jury still out on him.

    Diaby Nuff said.

  3. arnie says:

    some paragraph breaks, Raddy? Please. πŸ˜›

  4. stevepalmer1 says:

    Arnie, I think you have let them get to you. πŸ™‚

    Blinding post Arnie, and everything you wrote i can see the sense. But if we believe in the way the club do their business why should we give a damm what anybody else writes.

    We have to ask ourselves are we happy with the Manager, and i emphasise the word we.

    Commentators pundits Radio Media are fantastic because we are able to turn the sound off. rather like the sound on as i feel it makes me stick up for my team even more, and when we win i love the way they have to explain it.

  5. kelsey says:

    Well done arnie.

    I did actually send a post in but it got swallowed up.

    What about referees. You will find they are nearly all north of Watford. Is there a PL referee from London ?

  6. kelsey says:

    I like Paul merson even though he is a bit of a plonker. He reckons AW will leave and go to manage Barcelona.

    It was interesting listening to the pundits on Sky today as they were undecided if we have had a good season or not even if we win the FA Cup and finish forth,but the main point they all agreed was that if AW stays will he change his tactical approach to get better results against the other contenders, or is he set in his ways. (that was partly my own thinking in the post that got lost)
    GIE thinks he might go, I really don’t know.

  7. arnie says:

    thanks, Steve. πŸ™‚

    good point about refs, Kelsey. πŸ™‚ IMO, Arsene will not leave like this, leaving the club in limbo. When the moment comes, a succession plan will be put in place. when the moment comes. Arsenal will do this in style. We will be different and defiant. πŸ™‚

  8. stevepalmer1 says:

    I often Wonder if Wenger does some of the things he does to deflect talk off of the players.

    Why would he want to leave us to go to Barcelona. I could of course be wrong but if he was to retire and put his feet up with no pressure i could understand that thinking. But to leave and take up a new challenge at 64 makes no sense to me.

    Reading between the lines which is all a normal supporter can do, He seems to have everything under control, Many thought that we should have brought maybe 3 or 4 players last summer and he brought one.

    Now of course we all thought that one player was not enough, but come Christmas and we find ourselves leading the league, had us all thinking that the league was winnable.

    Many said 2 or 3 signings in the winter would give us a great chance to win the league and we buy none. Blimey we all thought, that gives us no chance for anything.

    Today we reflect back and many still think that had we spent we would have a lot more going for us, but really Wenger has spent on one player and lost our deadwood secured some of our youngsters to long contracts and also guided us to a cup final.

    Of course nothing is secured and we could still end up with nothing, but you have to agree that its been a roller coaster ride this season and we have clung on like our lives depended on it.

    Personally speaking this Manager should never leave, he should be given just a bit more money and i am sure he could give us many more years of roller coaster rides i’m holding on.

  9. RA says:

    Well done, arnie.

    Can I just respond to Steve Palmer first.

    Steve, it is sometimes difficult to make a comment about the abusive know-it-all without appearing to casting the net wide and appear to snare the knowledgeable, and committed fan too.

    I tried to couch my comment to exclude bloggers with all their differing shades of opinion.
    I also wanted to exclude those caring fans who are justifiably concerned and I accept their observations and understand why they want to make constructive criticisms, even if I disagree with them.

    The sort of things I have in mind are valid concerns about team selection, team tactics, transfer policy and so on. It is possible to query these and do so with the best interests of the team at heart.

    What I object to is the comments that are insulting, abusive, unhelpful and just plain wrong.

    There is no place for that sort of thing in any walk of life, and I make no apologies for finding that unacceptable in football.

    I hope that clarifies things.


    Coincidentally, your Post and my earlier ‘holding’ comment are basically looking at the same subject matter from different perspectives.

  10. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Arnie’s post is all about how we Arsenal fans shouldn’t care what the
    pundits say about our club, how it’s all anti-Arsenal drivel anyway thought up by Northern Neanderthals. Yet Kelsey admits to β€œfinding it interesting listening to the pundits on Sky”. Does Kelsey have masochistic tendencies or was it because they weren’t actually slagging Arsenal off? No Offence intended, Kelsey πŸ˜€

    Has Arsenal made a rod for it’s own back? Have we a holier than thou attitude, preaching about living within our means while building a wonderful new stadium, developing young talent and eschewing the signing of β€œmarquee” names? Insisting on playing the game β€œour way”, fast, intricate inter-passing and trying to score the perfect goal. Yet not quite coming up to scratch. Too many injuries? Too many decisions going against us? Too many of our best players being poached, Cole, Clichy, Fabregas, van Persie, Nasri, Adebayor. Have we become the Premiership’s premier whingers?

    Arsenal are perceived as a β€œbig” club, big stadium, big crowds, big income, big history….big headed?

    The only way to shut the carping pundits up is for Arsenal to start to live up to it’s own image, and that must take place on the pitch starting tomorrow, against Hull ,with a win.

  11. stevepalmer1 says:

    RA, Point taken mate, I was out of order.
    I have to say that i enjoy the atmosphere on this site, and the guys who comment with long memories and a wealth of experience.

    I have been known to lose patience with time wasters but i will curb my behaviour,

  12. RA says:


    That was a very well explained comment @ 3:22.

    It would be hypocritical of me to claim that I never had concerns with regards to Arsenal.

    Like you, I was expecting some exciting new ‘top top’ quality players last summer, and was dismayed when we failed to complete the deal for Higuain, and frankly pretty cross when I read recently that he was snapped up by Napoli because we screwed up the deal. That was from a ‘source’ within the club, who said there were still a lot of regrets at the club over it.

    That is a long way from me wanting to insult or abuse Wenger as he may have had nothing to do with it. None of us has that information, but read the blogs and many no-hopers do blame and abuse him when they cannot possibly know any more than I do.

    As regards Arsene, it is clear from his wanting only a two year contract extension that he is looking to retire at the end of it, and I would only wish him well if that is true.

    If he decided to go this summer because he thought he had taken the club as far as he could, and everyone comes to that decision eventually, then I would want to wish him well.

    The only person who knows what is right for him is Arsene, and good luck to him.

    GN5 will not be happy with me saying the above, but wanting AW to choose his own destiny is the greatest compliment I can pay him.

    I am not afraid of change, because their is always some new Turk coming along and wanting to make his mark – that is evolution. πŸ™‚

    (Who said it was quiet on here today?) πŸ™‚

  13. RA says:

    Interesting comment, Norfolk, you incomer! πŸ™‚

    As a boy, I went to watch Arsenal when I could – just to see them play. I always wanted them to win, of course, but when they did not — they did not. The world as I knew it still kept on spinning. πŸ™‚

    When I was back in the US I always made every effort to find the Arsenal result, and drove my dad mad by yapping about it all the time. Disappointed? Yes. Calling for the manager’s head? What was that all about?

    This dissatisfaction and expectation from some fans to win everything, or else, is a new phenomenon, and I understand that we cannot stick the genie back in the bottle, but it is not an improvement in my opinion. 😦

  14. arnie says:

    Redders and Steve: it is not quiet, it is contemplative. I am listening. πŸ™‚

    Norfolk: Thank you. Who gives a flying fig what the journos have to say? Even further, why should we expect them to work towards the best interests of our club. Our fight is on, and the next step is tomorrow, against Hull. Feck the journos, down with the doubters. πŸ™‚

  15. Norfolk Gooner says:

    RA, I tend to agree with you as far as Wenger’s situation goes. Was it only that numpty Merson who said he would take over at Barca? What does he know? Did he back his statement up in any way?

    If it all goes to s**t in the remaining league games and we lose in the Final, then I suppose a season or two at a really top club would suit Wenger, but my feeling is Arsenal will be his last club side, Manager of France threafter? Possibly.

  16. RA says:

    I had better go.

    Before I go — Kelsey OUT, OUT, IN πŸ™‚

  17. Big Raddy says:

    arnie. Thank you for the post.

    Is there an anti-Arsenal media bias? Yes and there always has been.

    Is there an anti-Wenger bias? Yes, and it has been growing.

    I believe the reason why is that journo’s brief has changed. It changed after the World Cup *90 and Gazza’s tears because suddenly football was front page news and not just the back 4 pages.

    As such the type of journalist changed from one steeped in football knowledge to one who was only interested in the “story”, especially if it stank of moral rectitude.

    Arsenal, and especially Wenger do not give these people a story so they want him out and the club ridiculed. Therefore they use their bile to drip drip drip down to the saddo’s who read and believe their negative conjecture.

    To find balance one has to read the older generation of journalists e.g. Patrick Collins, Martin Samuel etc

  18. kelsey says:


    2 of the punits were ex Arsenal players,Nicholas and Merson as I and you said is a plonker and just pulled that comment out of the air,which I thought at the time rather funny.

    They weren’t disrespectful to Arsenal or Wenger and Le Tissier pointed out all the injuries we have had, Thompson was diplomatic, but they all agreed that if AW stays he has to change his ways if they were to be real challenge next season. and they are not sure if he would.

    like all fans there is a divide,if we win the cup and forth that could really inspire the team, if not there will be growing unrest by more fans.

  19. stevepalmer1 says:

    Old Arsenal Pundits, do not get paid by Arsenal, and once their football days come to an end they have to fund the lifestyle that they have become accustom to.

    Statues outside the stadium is wonderful but it doesn’t pay the bills.
    Do we think the criticism from the media is justified, As far as results are concerned maybe some of them are.

    What we have to realise is that its not only our expectation of what our club are capable of, Its other peoples thoughts of what Arsenal should achieve.

    Arsenal have done things in the past that nobody has ever seen before. The Invincible’s did. They went a whole season undefeated in the league never seen before by anybody living.

    Arsenal always being in top 4 position only adds to expectation, had we dropped down the league or even been relegated not many would even mention us.

    But we know we have opened every bodies eyes with our positions.
    Our moving stadiums also made the whole world look 30 thousand to 60 thousand and able to fill it and pay for it themselves is signs of success.

    So look at it from the Journo.s point of view. French Manager American Owner New stadium reported Profits and loads of supporters.

    Whats the point of slating a team off with only 10 thousand supporters how many of them will buy papers when you can slag off 60 thousand which is basically who they are digging at knowing they probably will.

    Strange, when i was in Scotland a few years ago, I brought the same paper as i buy at home and not a mention of Arsenal in there only Scottish teams, So i thought they write for their Audience.

  20. arnie says:

    Steve: Fair points. The journos are paid money to represent a mainstream view, and this mainstream view is always about generating more returns for the status quo. Not Arsenal. We cannot blame ex-Gunners for playing along with this game. In fact, even further, some of us think of our current players not a Gunners but only as professionals who are paid to do a job. Personally, I do not subscribe to this view. Maybe, its only me. πŸ™‚

    We can live with this. However, what I think is outrageous is when Daily Mail pays money to an alleged Arsenal fan to spew bile, and this person take this bait and do the same. This is a disgrace! πŸ™‚

  21. arnie says:

    Raddy: thank you. I should have taken your permission (and GN5’s and Terry’s) before including your statements in the post. Whilch in the interests of time I did not. I hope I did not misrepresent any of your views in any way. πŸ˜›

  22. White Bear says:

    this is weird, I am sure I posted a comment, but it ain’t there. where is it?

  23. chas says:

    arnie, thanks for conjuring up a post from somewhere.

    Some of the journos on twatter say that all supporters think there is a media bias against their team. Only reading the Arsenal bits doesn’t really qualify to give a judgement. However seeing Mirror headlines about ‘brave’ Manc U going out to Bayern compared to the ones they gave us, ’42m pound flop’ or something does make you wonder.

    We shouldn’t be surprised that LG would prostitute themselves to the gutter press. They always said that there would never be advertising on their site and yet when the offers came in, they soon caved.
    Nowadays, any publicity for their site in an anti-current-Arsenal-regime sense, now brings in a few extra filthy shekels with increased hits and comments.

  24. chas says:

    I find with wordpress that sometimes after you think you’ve posted a comment, it returns you to the top of the blog not the bottom. At that stage the comment hasn’t been posted and if you leave the site the comment never appears. If you notice and then add a 2nd comment, even just a full stop, then both comments appear.

    However, knowing you, your comment is in moderation because of the foul and profane language, more befitting a Polish seaman with haemmorhoids. πŸ™‚

  25. chas says:


  26. chas says:

    Just did it again.

  27. stevepalmer1 says:

    I understand how you feel Arnie, But i’m sure the guy who wrote his story probably believes it.
    Supporters support in their own way, who’s to say who is right and who’s wrong. Many will do it for money and others for publicity.

    I have looked on that site and found that i didn’t like what i saw but many do by the comments they get.

    I have similar views to you, and at times i find that kind of talk goes against the grain, I have to say that i did read some of what the guy had wrote and trying to look at it from an outsiders view, i could understand some of what he said could be fair comment.

    Now i am never going to agree with most of the bile but if he earns a few quid out of it and he gets the publicity for his blog, and thats what he believes who am i to say he’s wrong.

    Usually i take my own advice and that is , if i don’t like what i read then i don’t go on his blog.

  28. Ah chas !. I always wondered what that was after you made a comment !. At first I just thought you had posted a picture of yourself being a long way off in the distance !.

  29. chas says:


    Is !. (exclamation mark +full stop) you and Terry stood side by side, with Terry’s hairpiece sticking up? πŸ™‚

  30. arnie says:

    Chas: “conjuring up a post from somewhere”! ha ha ha. πŸ™‚

  31. Hahaha Yes .

    And % is looking down on Rasp and Raddy having a chat over the garden fence !.

  32. This ? is Abu Hamza doing shadow puppets !

  33. chas says:

    Haha, love the chat over a garden fence one.

  34. arnie says:

    Steve: “if he earns a few quid out of it and he gets the publicity for his blog, and thats what he believes who am i to say he’s wrong”. Agreed. Who am I to claim that the mainstream view is wrong?

    However, going back to your post, I feel there are three ethical issues. (a) that this person cannot therefore claim himself to be a fan; (b) that the mainstream press is not a place to release one’s frustrations, that would be blogsites like AA or even LG; and (c) that one has to bear some responsibility for one’s voluntary actions, particularly when the team needs all fans’ support in getting through the end of the season.

    Just my opinion. πŸ˜›

  35. chas says:

    # is what Micky’s been smoking.

  36. White Bear says:

    oi gorgeous – feck off you perv!! and a very happy Easter to you all

  37. arnie says:

    good show, good man Mannone. keep it up. πŸ™‚

  38. chas says:

    Told you about the industrial language.

  39. arnie says:

    happy Easter, Evonne and everyone. πŸ™‚

  40. arnie says:

    % πŸ™‚

  41. ~~~~~~~~ πŸ˜₯ ~~~~~~~~~~

    (If it works) Didit in the waves looking for his lobster pot !.

  42. arnie says:

    ha ha ha, Cockie. πŸ™‚

  43. arnie says:

    Micky’s lobster pot! πŸ™‚

  44. White Bear says:

    ok, the comment is gone for good so I will repeat myself, just for you arnie.

    Thank you for such an interesting post, I enjoyed reading it.

    However, it wouldn’t be me if I agreed with it all. So my take on things is – we are responsible for the media witch hunt. GiE explained the way his brain works in 3 steps – 1 he loves Arsenal, 2 anybody has a go at Arsenal 3 Gie defends it.

    And that is how most of us Gunners operate. The media worked it out and are milking it! Poke a Gunner and the reporters have a show/response/comment or whatever it is they want. No point poking a glory hunting boring Chav, or a brain dead N17 dweller, or an illiterate northern bastard. No, no fun in that. But you step on the toes of a proud Arsenal supporter or their elloquent manager and you are in!

    So, let’s ignore them, let them have a pop at us every now and then. What do we care? We are better than than, we are The Arsenal.

  45. arnie says:

    nice one, White Bear! πŸ™‚ where was the disagreement? Some numpties, in LG, AST and elsewhere, start believing in what the press spews out. But they are just brain dead numpties, they are not fans. πŸ˜›

  46. stevepalmer1 says:

    Fair comment Arnie,
    I see things slightly different, Some people would gamble on two fly’s climbing a wall, and others with change.

    Where i believe that Arsenal are progressing after some big changes already, Some of our players i feel have what it takes to become Champions of the near future.

    Where others believe that the change should be now and they would gamble with a new manager who’s name they don’t know, New players replacing who we have and spending millions like Spuds with a hope of getting to the top.

    In life some are natural gamblers, and some actually make good bets.

    What do we do, take that gamble or do we continue with slow progress.

    Many would say what have we to lose, while others progress is still progress. I believe that decision is not ours its the guy who owns the club. Its his decision which will he make .

    He made a gamble with his ownership is he that much of a gambler.

  47. White Bear says:

    oh for crying out loud arnie, can’t you just disagree for once? you are no fun!!

  48. arnie says:

    Steve: hmmm. happy to discuss, but after the season. not is not the time, at least by me. πŸ™‚

  49. arnie says:

    I DISAGREE with everything you say, White Bear, just trying to be polite. πŸ˜›

    Up for an argument anytime, Evonne. πŸ™‚ BTW, there were expletives in my post today which Raddy in his editorial judgment decided to leave out.

  50. arnie says:

    ha ha ha. Sunderland penalty

  51. arnie says:

    Sunderland ahead. πŸ™‚

  52. White Bear says:

    shhhhh arnie, you will jinx it!!!

  53. arnie says:

    yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  54. White Bear says:

    now you can arnie, and altogether
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha haha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. arnie says:

    yo ho ho, ha ha ha ha ha ha, Evonne! πŸ™‚

  56. neamman says:

    thank you Sunderland!!


    Thanks arnie baby.

    Its all jealousy init. Arsenal invented football.

    Where would they be without us? Before Arsenals 30s teams a game consisted of an assortment of moustachioed fat men chasing a ferret round the pitch. The only injuries you had before Arsenal was the odd player in need of help to remove a jaw clamped weasal from there testicles.

    We introduced tactics, floodlights, a round ball, and banned the stubbing out of ones fag on an opponent.

    Arsenal are class, and this brings envy.

    I watched the Chelsea game and was struck by there “class”. There coach behaving like a steroid taking bouncer who has just been told that his shirt does not match his jacket, and there manager having a hissy fit of such high proportions that a blaring out of YMCA and he doing a striptease would not have been out of place.

    Having watched Chelsea this season, there main tactic at home is to cheat and dive there way to victory. Horrible Club, owner, and manager.

  58. arnie says:

    Cheers, Terry. πŸ™‚ Agreed. And we developed the art of playing a fantastic game by developing young talent, rather than buying success in the oil market. And long may this continue.

    We will be different, we will be defiant, we will be successful as well. πŸ™‚

  59. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Evening all, Arnie a fine rant at the media, if we need any evidence of anti Arsenal bias in the media look at Linekers mocking of Arsene after the Stoke defeat last season, did we ever see him do an impression of Fergie losing his temper or Allardyce chewing gum until he bites it in two, or any other manager maybe ‘Arry leaning out of his window. Simple answer no.

    As for Chavs result today….here’s a view from the Times podcast….not winning the League suits Maureen’s aims…this isn’t his squad, he said they weren’t good enough, the journos said when he walked into the press conference after the Palace game he had a look that said “see I told you we weren’t good enough”. How strange is that?

  60. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

  61. arnie says:

    GiE: Lovely photo of George. πŸ™‚

    Good old fashioned rant, indeed. πŸ˜› However, it is a bit more than that. You see, I am a selfish bugger. I write posts usually when I have something to say, and it is as much for my peace of my as anything else.

    I thought what I said about the media had to be said and what I said about the credentials of LG and its leaders to represent Arsenal fans needed to be said even more forcefully. These views needed to be put in the public domain, for whatever it is worth. I am happy to have contributed to this discussion. πŸ™‚ Even even one fan would be made to think twice, that is a step in the right direction.

  62. arnie says:

    Thanks everyone. Fine day’s blogging. Really enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ Thanks also to the two persons who have given a LIKE. I have not seen you around on AA, but glad that you enjoy what we do in this space. πŸ™‚

  63. White Bear says:

    Exile!! Behave, the V sign psssshhh. Just look at the kid – butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth πŸ™‚

    Happy Easter to all our Christian AAers!!

    what will I do about pagans like Georgeous?? Summer solstice will do.

  64. White Bear says:

    I just checked yesterday’s results again. Yep, Chavs did lose at home. I am smiling again

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    well, good motning all, and thank you arnie for saving the day.

    I don’t think there’s a bias against arsenal, but then I don’t read the sports pages of any newspaper, and don’t watch motd etc, so hardly in a position to comment. I know of three blogs. started on arseblog, then to the grove and finally, and thankfully, to here.

    sure, legrove is about hits and money, so what do you expect. if I ran a site, I’d struggle to justify myself a good advert for the club if I allowed the venomous rubbish allowed on that site. not that anti-arsene stuff because I like different opinions, but the vile abuse and allowing those wanting arsenal to lose is simply hit whoring.

    anyway, I see chavs lost to sunderland. football is a wonderful game isn’t it πŸ™‚

  66. RA says:

    Good morning yourself, Micky. πŸ™‚

    Not too much noise please — the lads are having a sleep in this morning — well not sure about Giro.

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:


    (Ooo Caps πŸ™‚ )

    I’ll get the gong, you get the bugle

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    One of these bad boys should get the lazy bastards up

  69. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Didit. How was the beach – did you eat burnt sausages and too hot baked potatoes in silver foil?

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Best two days of my life Raddy.
    But then, I say that sort of thing quite often πŸ™‚

    Superb. Set off Friday lunch with son. Surfed perfect wave all afternoon evening. 8pm Mate arrived with his two and my daughter.
    Hippy shit camping night. Surfed all yesterday, ditto conditions. Back late last night.

    Sun burnt head, gash on head, but hey

  71. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Actually, those gongs do make a wonderful sound.

    As soon as our children got mobile, I bought a bell to announce grubs up as got fed up with shouting or listening to my wife bellowing.

    we’re moving house in five weeks, and reckon one of those fellas would be perfect πŸ™‚

  72. RA says:

    Sounds idyllic, Micky.

    Where are you moving to? Waikiki? πŸ™‚

  73. RA says:

    When I said, “Sounds idyllic” I was referring to your family surfing weekend — not the gong vid, as I had the sound to loud and now I am in the dog house!! πŸ™‚

  74. MickyDidIt89 says:

    He he
    Not Waikiki, although I get the appeal. About seven miles away, so nothing drastic.

    How about this twat. Look at the fat bastard. Probably went to India to “find himself”. Knob. Love to tie him up behind his big gong and then hit the f…ker with a sledge hammer. Might wake the lazy oaf up.

  75. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ox and Ramsey today?

    Please Arsene πŸ™‚

  76. RA says:

    Micky — πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  77. kelsey says:

    Morning all

    Well I hope that result at the Brdge finihes off Chelsea’s not so special title challenge.

    That Ramirez is the new Joey Barton .How he didn’t get red carded is unbelievable.Sunderland rode their luck but I was thinking of the anti Arsenal bias when Demba ba missed an open goal and Alan Smith tried to make excuses for him but if that had been Giroud he would have got slated.A poor penalty but Sunderland scored.
    Has there ever been a PL season like this when so many nailed on results have in fact been wrong.
    how can Sunderland take 4 points out of 6 in 4 days both Away to City and Chelsea (should have been 6))and we get blasted out of the water in the same two fixtures.

    I think we talktoo much about LG as thre are other sites just as bad. Ask GN5 about Teamtalk Arsenal.

    Anyway looking forward to today and I have a feeling our recent momentum will continue. Don’t know the exact score but we will score 3.

  78. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just popped back in for the Big Raddy.

    One more coffee, I guess.

    Reckon Chas got lucky πŸ™‚

  79. Morning all

    Match day πŸ™‚ ……… We have a New Post ………………….

  80. MickyDidIt89 says:


    I’m guessing this seasons’ results are playing havoc with your balls πŸ™‚

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