Is Arsène a closet Trophy Hunter?

The most successful man I know is called Adam. He is very far from the wealthiest man I know. He has what I call a Cottage Industry and this business provides him with exactly the income he wants. He is one of the world’s leading experts in his field. He happens to makes a particular type of classical music instrument. He designed and made himself the machines that do the boring repetitive stuff, which operate on compressed air, thus enabling himself and his three employees to listen to the music they love whilst at work.

He happens to be one of the most amusing and intelligent people I know, but, and it’s a big but, he thinks the world is run by reptilian aliens. This brings me on nicely to people who are bonkers.

Some think Arsène lacks ambition, and that finishing fourth is the sum total of his aspirations.

For a moment, and for the sake of this article, I am going to make one assumption. Arsène is staying for two more years, and that’s it (I don’t happen to believe any such thing is set in stone, but hey, what do I know).

So, call me a nutter, but I believe Arsène would love to go out on a high, and that he’d like nothing more than another Premier League Title, with a Champions League Crown to top things off.

Therefore, my question is this. According to my two year assumption, he effectively has just two more summer transfer windows remaining, so will this alter the way he views his transfer strategy?

The “Arsenal Way” is in essence to run a football club for the long term. To ensure that we don’t sacrifice the long term for short term gain. This is not Party Politics, this is ensuring The Arsenal will be at the top of the game for future generations of Gunners. It’s always been a case of Club before Ego, and that present Owners, Staff and Managers are merely temporary “keepers” of an institution and way of life.

Right, back to Arsène.  Might he be thinking along these lines?

“I have managed responsibility. I have put The Club and future generations first, while sacrificing personal glory, but I’ve got two years left. You know what, I’m going to Chav Up, and buy some bling. I deserve it, and I’m not sure my bosses will even realize it. I’m going to buy a couple of over age big wigs with no resale value whatsoever. I’m going to make a whopping great loss on these boys, but they will power me to glory. Whoa ha ha ha”.

“Go Arsène”, I say. We have solid foundations, and the future’s bright and stable. It’s your turn now. Enjoy.

Written by MickyDidIt

174 Responses to Is Arsène a closet Trophy Hunter?

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Micky The first two para’s were brilliant – the punchline had me laughing so much I had to stop reading.

    So …. no idea about the rest of the post which I am sure is equally interesting and I will return to it later today.

    Thanks for a fine start to the day

  2. RA says:

    A fine upstanding Post owing nothing to viagra, and replete with closets, nutters, reptilian aliens, that Raddy won’t laugh so much when we take over the world Wenger and his ambitions, the lot, all based on and assumption about the manager’s future that the author, Micky, does not believe.

    Can it get any better than this? No, of course not. Thank you, Micky. 🙂

  3. Rasp says:

    Lovely Micky rib tickler 🙂

    Of course AW would want to leave on a high with the EPL and CL tucked under his arm. But I reckon his homage to financial stability and keeping the sponsors happy is a big influence. I’m sure our sponsors were delighted we signed Ozil, so another big signing wouldn’t surprise me. I think if AW had his way and everyone else was happy, he’d just work with what he’s got.

    BTW, troll alert!!!!

  4. Rasp says:

    ……addendum, but we will sign a new RB, not for £20m but under £10m is my guess

  5. GOONERKAM says:

    Good morning all.
    Is the anticipation doing its darndest on your digestive tract too?? I can’t wait for the big game.
    Everyone please have a read of VINAYs post from yesterday. Its the last one. I thought it was brilliant. COYG

  6. GOONERKAM says:

    Nice post MICKEYDID IT89.. maybe it has crossed AWs mind.
    I believe he will feel great satisfactions from ARSENAL winning competitions even after retirement in o say four to five years and from his boardroom chair. That’s where I see him, as an ARSENAL board member and he will feel he has had a great hand in anything the cup win consistently from now on. His labors are beginning to bear fruits and he will be harvesting (GARNERING) for years to come. imho

  7. Vinay says:

    He is a proud man is Arsene Wenger and i am sure he wont want this so called 9 year drought to be a part of his legacy. He would rather have a premier league title again before he leaves. This was the best chance he had to win it and unfortunately we did not.

    Next season needs a revamp, we need match winners for us to win the title and Wenger needs to get his magic touch back and get us players who can win us titles than just play good football.

    Go one boss, you have done it before, do it again, prove the world wrong.

  8. kelsey says:

    Can a leopard change his spots,Micky 🙂

    I have a theory but will wait until after Saturday.I want to hopefully enjoy Saturday

    Vinay that is a very valid comment and there are a number of scenarios that will come to ligh,in fact some have already started.

  9. MD89,

    Nice article, full of strange beings that made you go a little crazier the more you wrote.

    One thing we know for sure is that Arsene will stay the course by always acting responsibly and bear in mind what is best for the club. Even thinking about him leaving in two years time gives me the willies. The thing is though we know that unlike Fergie at Man U AW will leave the club with not only a great future but also a great squad – he would have it no other way. But his eventual departure will still be a huge wrench.

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    On another point, the easiest thing to do is to be critical of peoples warts, we all have them, they are obvious and really don’t need to be described in clinical detail – again and again and again.

    The far tougher thing to do is to accept that we all have warts, so instead of them being the focus of attention why not concentrate on peoples strengths. Hopefully repeating them over and over again will lead to an understanding of just how insignificant the warts really are and just how critically important the strengths can be.

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    Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Bacary Sagna, Tomas Rosicky and Olivier Giroud will all debut Tricks in Arsenal’s FA Cup Final vs Hull at Wembley.

    Promotion video from PUMA SE (featuring Cesc Fabregas, Marco Reus, Sergio Aguero & Mario Balotelli):

  12. RA says:

    HI GN5,

    I am not religious, but a phrase used in the New Testament (?) says;

    “Why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, and not see the plank in your own”

    That seems pretty apt, but those to whom it refers are unable to understand what it means — or choose not to.

  13. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi Vinay

    I think it was only our best chance of winning the league in hindsight. Although I was always start every campaign thinking we’ll do the quad, I never really believed we had the squad to overhaul City, or for that matter that we’d strengthened enough to overhaul Utd’s massive last season’s points advantage over us.

    So what did I know. 🙂

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Thing about the Leopard, is that after 18 years of Arsene at the helm, I still have absolutely no idea how internal transfer workings operate.

    I find it unbelievable that in this world off “kiss and tell” (or “wad me up and tell”) there has never been a Mole at Arsenal 🙂

  15. GunnerN5 says:


    What speck?

  16. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Can’t watch the Evopower and Evospeed boot ad, but do they do a plimsoll version?


  17. GunnerN5 says:

    I was going through my draft articles and came across this piece.
    I never did finish if off and never submitted it to AA but it appears that I started it over 4 years ago. It seems that all that has happened since is that the knives have multiplied, grown in length and got a lot sharper.

    I disliked it then and I abhor it today.


    Just the name of Arsene Wenger creates a maelstrom of diverse opinions from both the media and fan’s that are disgruntled over the lack of trophies for the past five seasons.

    The media just love Arsene as he is a wonderful source for stories and headlines, both of which get laced with a very healthy dose of biased journalism. They love to play, and then replay in slow motion, almost every incident involving an Arsenal player,
    They salivate in their joy of anything that is anti Arsenal. It never fails to amaze me just how much more than Arsene Wenger the journalists know about football.
    Anti Arsenal TV commentaries are legendary.

    How many times have we heard that –

    • Arsene is tactically inept?
    • his team have more red cards then any other?
    • he makes poor substitutions?
    • he sells the wrong players?
    • he buy’s the wrong players?
    • he refuses to buy world class players?
    • he is against English players?
    • he favours French Players?
    • he plays players out of position?
    • he is running a kiddy project?
    • he won’t spend money?
    • he lies to the fans?
    • he won’t stand up to the board?
    • he under estimates the opposition?
    • he can’t win the big games?
    • he lacks ambition?
    • we try to walk the ball into the net?
    • we over pass?
    • we have sub standard goalkeeping?
    • we have a leaky defense?
    • we are a team in transition?
    • we have a team full of light weight midgets?

    I could have gone on, and on, and on (which I did) but I trust that you found that to be both repetitive and boring enough – because it was exactly that! – boring, repetitive and negative anti Arsenal diatribe!

  18. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You’re problem GN5 is that you clearly spend too much time and effort on your posts.

    4 years! Strewth Pal. If you too knocked one out in ten minutes flat, then just like me, you could also amass 15 votes by one o’clock 🙂

    Credit to the site is what I is 🙂

  19. chas says:

    Are you trying to tell me the world isn’t run by reptilian aliens?

  20. chas says:

    Thanks for a real gem of a post, Micky.
    Adam sounds very, very sane to me. 🙂

    The idea that Arsene would shaft Arsenal Maureenho-stylee is too preposterous for words.
    The thing is, there seem to be so many who think he should be employing exactly those short-termist tactics you describe. That, to me, is the definition of bonkers.

  21. chas says:

    I just came across this and thought you might like it even though it isn’t first thing in the morning……..


    Cheers Micky

    Adam sound like a nice bloke, but hes obviously nuts. Only the David Ikes if this world believe that Reptilian theory.

    Everybody knows the world is run by a small group of Beelzebubists who, along with those who have sold out to them, control the worlds resources and musical theatre.

    There aims are to emasculate men and over emotionalise women by forcing Mama Mia the Musical on them

    After a few renditions of “Fernando” women become to sensitive to make love to there blokes and the men are so traumatized by “knowing you, knowing me”, they no longer care.

    This leaves the field open for the Beelzebubists to make money and shag who ever they want.

    I have it on good authority that the British sect includes Cameron, Milliband, and the ex Liverpool footballer Michael Owen. Evil bastards, but ime on to them.

    I cant see Arsene thinking of himself first. His primary concern since he joined The Arsenal, has always been the Club. Thats one of his many great traits.

    The club is in safe hands and in the future who ever succeeds Arsene will inherit a great legacy.

  23. RA says:

    Hi, again, GN5,

    I agreed with your warts comment, and was trying to show that it had a religious connotation to support it.

    Probably bollix – because if it needs explaining it is not doing its job, so just ignore it. 🙂

  24. RA says:

    Reptilian theory, Terry?

    We are nice caring beings who just rally behind nutty Micky, and want to take over the world by next September.

    What’s wrong with that?


    Wont happen Redders

    Once we get to act 3 and hear the dreaded “slipping through my fingers” the women will all be in tears and we will be left feeling for a departed groin.

  26. GunnerN5 says:


    It was extremely clear – only a plank would not see that!. (insert a smiley)

    Maybe I should learn to do the smiley’s.

  27. GunnerN5 says:


    The number of comments has dwindled over the past 6/8 weeks and it seems that in order to get lots of hits you need a controversial headline like –

    “Arsenal supporters love their North London neighbours!”

    I know how I would continue with that line……………….

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Or if you want a lot of comments you could do as I’m doing right now – talk to yourself…………..

  29. kelsey says:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Saturday’s FA Cup final against Hull City will have no impact on his future.

    Wenger, 64, is out of contract this summer but has delayed signing a new deal despite last week hinting he will extend his 17-year stay .

    Asked what bearing the Wembley final will have on his future, Wenger replied “none”, insisting there had been “no change” to his contract situation.

    The lack of silverware has led to criticism of Wenger and raised doubts over his future, though the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in January that a contract extension would be announced “at the right time”.;)

    After a fourth-placed Premier League finish – and Champions League qualification for a 17th consecutive year – Wenger said he would be manager next season.

    Wenger remained guarded on his team selection for the final but insisted he would have no problem in picking Bacary Sagna or Lukas Fabianski, two players who could leave Arsenal as their contracts expire in the summer.

  30. jnyc says:

    Micky I like your theory. Basically Arsene thinking, ” I’ve built the foundation slowly, carefully, nurtured it, – now its time to put it over the top with a couple of superstar signings.”
    I think thats really where we are. I hope you and I are right about Arsenes intent. It seems to be what Gazidis seems to have been planning for, and its obviously the path to titles.
    I will never forget that we are in position to do this because of Wengers great work and stewardship when there was no real money.
    I will also be very pissed if he is stubborn and tries to win without spending top money on established talent.

  31. sean potter says:

    Gn5, i find your 2:45 is realy funny!,talk to yourself?!,well,it hapened to me when i first came on here.finaly i had to stop commenting bt i read the posts and comments everyday anyway.

  32. chas says:

    What would you like to talk about, sean?

    Whereabouts are you based?

    Do you get to any/many games?

    Where are you watching the Final?

    How long have you supported The Arsenal?

  33. RA says:

    GN5 @ 12:56

    Your list is extensive, but as you say there are more that could be added.

    Mind you, the last one about midgets is spot on! 😀

  34. Big Raddy says:

    We seem to have lost some bloggers and some regulars are writing less. They will all come back as this is one of the only sane sites on the blogosphere.

    Reptilians: Now I know this is not true because my lilac socks rule the cosmos. How do I know? Well because when they are clean and I wear them on match day, we win. When they are in the wash we lose. When they are clean but waiting pairing up and airing, we draw.

    I have concluded that they must have an effect upon the space time continuum. Luck has nothing to do with it.

  35. RA says:

    Not to worry, Sean.

    We have all been there, and just when you feel up to a good chat there is no bugger to take it up. 🙂

    The thing is a lot of the good folk here are at work during the day, leaving a much smaller group of bloggers.

    Others, who are at work, try to pop on the site from time to time, but have to watch out for the boss. 🙂

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Sean P:

    Who is your favourite player?

    Which is your favourite game?

    Would you play Fabianski or Szscesny on Saturday?

    Do you think we should offer Bendtner a new contract?

    Apologies for not responding in the past!

  37. RA says:


    You have sneakily missed out the other likelihood, and that is when your socks have started to grow white beards, stick to the soles of your feet, and smell like the rest of us reptilian aliens, we know you are one of us and determined to take over the world with us!

    Come on — sing the invasion song with me – hissss shplut graaaah spsssss the World — you know you want to.

  38. RA says:

    Well that is typical.

    We all want to chat to sean and he just buggers off! 😦

  39. Shard says:

    I saw the headline and I knew it would be a post by Micky 🙂

    Loved the story about Adam and how it transitioned to being about people being bonkers if they think Wenger doesn’t want to win. I also agree with the conjecture that Wenger sees the length of his current contract as having paid his dues, and that from now will be the time for the payoff. Both for him and the club.

    I think some of the things he has said recently hint at that, as does the club’s own PR department. Not to mention keeping all our players with higher wages than before, and signing Mesut Ozil. No Chelsea type squad overhauls, but Arsenal will sign the players we need to go on and win trophies. Hopefully including the CL before Wenger leaves us. He deserves it as much as anyone.

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    Sean – where are you???

  41. kelsey says:

    Are you interested in wet suits,bowls or gardening,Sean

  42. kelsey says:


    I know you blog regularly on Untold but how the hell can they keep the theme that basically referees are corrupt and everything always goes against Arsenal.
    One never hears of the times when our players get away with a handball.
    It is ultra in extreme,otherwise a good blog.Just needs a bit more balance IMO

  43. Shard says:


    I actually stopped blogging on Untold for a long time because it became a circular debate (or a shouting match) with just those things, and also because I wanted a fresh perspective. I think that might be when I first discovered this blog (also with a Micky post)

    I blogged on Untold in the first place because they were prepared to talk about something which I felt existed, ie unfair refereeing, but which no one else was talking about, instead using cliches to explain it, or ignoring it entirely.

    They go overboard at times and maybe without it they wouldn’t be able to get much coverage, but they still have the basics right and they do somethings which are, or were unique. Their statistical models for referees even got coverage on the BBC and although those were discontinued, I still believe on the whole they do a good job keeping the focus on refereeing alive. I think that is important, especially since I still see very little of it elsewhere.

  44. kelsey says:

    Arsenal are on the verge of re-signing Carlos Vela after allegedly activating the Real Sociedad striker’s buyback clause.

    According to the London Metro, the Mexico international could return to north London for as little as £3million this summer, after impressing in Spain in 2013/14 where he scored 20 goals and contributed 13 assists.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have been suitably impressed by Vela’s development in La Liga and is ready to bring him back to the Emirates Stadium to provide back-up for Olivier Giroud in attack.

    The 25-year-old joined Real Sociedad permanently in 2012 off the back of a successful loan spell at the Anoeta Stadium, but Arsenal were prudent enough to insert a stipulation that meant they could re-sign Vela in any transfer window for a bargain fee.

    Vela has made no secret of his desire to test himself in the Premier League, with the Daily Mail carrying quotes from the player earlier this month that intimated he now feels ready to play for Arsenal.

    Wenger is planning to take a closer look at the former Gunner when his players return for pre-season, but the bargain buy will prove to be a clever piece of business either way, considering rival suitors are prepared to meet Vela’s existing £25 million release clause at Real Sociedad.

    Atletico Madrid and Valencia are both keeping tabs on his situation in San Sebastian, but might be forced to negotiate with Arsenal if they do press ahead with plans to bring Vela back to England.


    I know this is paper talk and it’s been doing the rounds for a few weeks so does anyone think it’s feasable. (well that’s another comment for today)

  45. kelsey says:

    Fair enogh Shard

    But the overall impression is that they are blinkered in many aspects of our club.

    Other posts such as the recent one about Liverpool and FFP are very well researched.

  46. sean potter says:

    chas,big raddy and gn5,am kenyan and i dnt get to any games bt i watch almost all them.i hav surpoted arsenal since 2003/04 season.

  47. chas says:

    That was a fine season to start, sean. 🙂
    I’m not surprised you don’t get to any games if you’re based in Kenya.
    Where do Arsenal rank among Kenyan football supporters?

  48. Shard says:


    I think I see their propaganda as a response to the propaganda the club faces including from blogs like Le Grove (Pedro is very good at twisting words and facts just right to make it seem that Arsenal are in the wrong about everything) and I guess that is why I find it easy to overlook. I can understand why everyone won’t.

    As for Carlos Vela. Honestly, I hadn’t even considered the possibility and my gut reaction was to be against this move. But then, I went and looked at the youtube videos (I know) of the last two seasons he’s had at Sociedad, and I couldn’t help but be impressed. His movement and finishing kind of reminded me of Aguero. I’m not saying he’s as good as Aguero obviously, but I half expected the impressive stats he had to be a ‘lie’. He seems to have become a very good player though. Of course, youtube doesn’t tell us whether he puts in a shift defensively, how many chances he misses etc, but like I said, I was impressed and think he might actually add something to Arsenal’s attack if he were to rejoin. He can play anywhere across the front three.

    I would be happy if this were true I think. Especially if the money we save there can be put to buy in other positions. Still as you say, it is only paper talk.

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Sean,

    Keep blogging buddy we are happy to have you blog along with us.
    That sounds like a dance “The Blog Along”

  50. sean potter says:

    i’d play fab on saturday,he deserves it after all the good he is done on the way here.i knw he is leaving on a free and all that bt i’d still play him.did you use bendtner and new(arsenal)contract in the same sentence?!,no thanks…big raddy thats to reply your 3:41.jst asking are you guys always this hard to new comers?this is scary!

  51. Shard says:

    Yes sean.. If you’re not careful they’ll rope you into writing a post for them soon. These AAers can be very cunning 🙂

    I agree with you about playing Fabianski. It wasn’t just the penalty shoot out in the semi final. He was brilliant against Liverpool too. I think he deserves it and won’t let us down.

  52. chas says:

    hahaha, sean, that’s what you get for saying you were ignored before. 🙂


    Alright potter, lets get down to the serious stuff

    You are obviously a young guy. (Arsenal since 03/04) so probably have loads of lovely girlfriends. Ime a bit of a struggler these days, so my only enjoyment comes from watching others. Send me some photos of all your birds and you will have a friend for life. hahaha

  54. sean potter says:

    in kenya arsenal has a good following bt we get riddiculed alot by the manchester fans.they keep reminding us of our nind year trophy drought.thanks guys for the hard welcome you gave me.

  55. GunnerN5 says:


    Tread carefully that Terry is a villain, before you know it he will be luring your girlfriends away – there’s no way to trust a Terry in heat.

  56. sean potter says:

    TERRY MAN, you must be kidding aren’t you?am sure you dnt want to be watching lots of skinny girls.yes,skinny girls,like the one you see racing all over the world. where is steve palmer1 by the way,i have seen him on another blog and he seems to like wenger related debates.

  57. kelsey says:

    Terry will give you a hard welcome alright,Sean 🙂

    Seriously it would nice to get a perspective of how you guys follow the club, where you watch our games, how the media act towards Arsenal and anything else you can think ofand put it in a short post addressed to arsenal nuts (see top of page)

  58. kelsey says:

    Terry would be grateful for anything on offer, that’s right isn’t it Terry. 🙂

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    He will accept two skinny ones, as long as they have no hair. But be careful it might be you that he’s after!

  60. GunnerN5 says:

    Meeting up with neamman for the Final – it will be good to finally meet a fellow AAer

  61. sean potter says:

    kelsey,thanks for the offer but i have never attempted a post.i wont know where to start…off to dinner i’l be back later guys.

  62. RA says:


    I recently saw a programme about the East India Company and it was a real eye opener.

    Some years ago I had an Indian friend (named Yogi, would you believe) and while we were studying for exams, he told me about the Indian perspective of the British Raj, perhaps because I am American, and to be honest, I was a bit sceptical about the interpretation of the facts he mentioned.

    The programme made it clear that everything he told me was correct, including the legacy of the excellent Indian educational system introduced by Macauley.

    Fascinating! 🙂 As are you, and Professor arnie. 🙂

  63. chas says:

    What are you having for dinner, sean?

  64. chas says:

    Here’s some wiff waff for you………..

  65. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all , Have just logged on and read a very fine post well done Micky, but i still haven’t read the comments so i may be going over things others have commented on.

    I like your way of thinking Micky but i think you have it wrong, Everybody seems to think that because Wenger has more or less said that he is here for another couple of years, they feel that then is the time he will leave.

    I feel that pressure has been building up on Wenger and the club, and many supporters have been moaning, I feel that some of the chants that have been heard over the last couple of seasons, and even signs put up by disgruntled supporters, has made Wenger think very carefully how he should proceed.

    I imagine that he has left it very late and still he has not signed but i feel he has been testing the water, and by agreeing in principle he can see fans reaction.

    Personally, i can see Wenger here till he keels over or gets the sack, and i can not see that happening, but where he has always said one match at a time i also feel that he will manage like that until the water warms up.

    Wenger, should all go well this weekend will quieten a lot of whinnying fans, Very hard to knock somebody who has just won a cup. He knows should all not go well then , he will come under enormous pressure and it could be a tough old two years.

    I personally believe he wants to keep the Arsenal ticking over but he also wants the fans backing the players and of course the management staff. I also believe he likes the fact that he is the longest serving Manager and it wouldn’t surprise me at all, that he wants to pass Sir Alex’s Years.

    Then again i could be wrong 🙂

  66. Shard says:


    You have just managed to confuse me 🙂

  67. RA says:


    Confusion and obfuscation seems to come to me so easily. 🙂

    The patient and effervescent arnie has great difficulty in understanding me too. 😀


    Sean, Ignore GN5 and Kelsey. Been of a certain generation they have no understanding of man love.

    Skinny women Sean? You dont know how lucky you are. All the women in my life have been heavier than me, and Ime the bloke who was thrown out of Diet Watchers for breaking in before the meeting to scoff the buffet.

  69. RA says:


    I have read elsewhere how Wenger will stay this summer, and in two years time, not for the reason(s) you have mentioned, but because he is so “arrogant”!!

    The heart sinks at the sheer stupidity, but it is simply not worth trying to respond to such nonsense.

    Did you know that chickens lay eggs because they think they are rabbits? No? Well it has as much logic as some of the bollix expounded by these cretins — sorry, I mean good Ol Supporters! 😦

  70. kelsey says:

    I have always wanted to ask you RA what drew you in the first place to support Arsenal ?

  71. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening RA, You have a way with words mate 🙂

    Hopefully all supporters will be united this weekend, and they wont be sober enough to know who lays and who burrows. 🙂

  72. RA says:

    Oh, stop it, Terry.

    You know full well you would shag anyone and anything, fat, thin, hairy, tall, short — and we will not mention Glic’s goats.

    Where is that horrible Monster, by the way? I am beginning to think you are one and the same person. You’re not are you? 🙂

  73. RA says:

    Steve, 🙂

  74. kelsey says:

    A way with words is an understatement 🙂

    Next we will hear the Indian Rubber Co invented condoms 🙂

  75. RA says:

    Kelsey, darling,

    It was my dad, who visited the UK frequently and although he often went to Stamford Bridge (closer to where he worked) he was sold on the class and history of Arsenal.

    What was good for my pa, was good for me too! 🙂

  76. RA says:


    Everyone knows that the Indian Rubber Co produced people who were very flexible, and also the little thing on the end of pencils. Simples.

    What I was referring to, earlier, was the East India Company who were a trading company, incorporated by the English Parliament, in the 17th Century and the fore runner of the Raj … but then you know that! 😀

  77. chas says:

    Mick McManus wasn’t fat.

  78. sean potter says:

    TERRY,thatz very funny…you are welcome to come visit our beutiful country,i’l see to it u get lots of those you!

  79. RockyLives says:

    An informed, informative and amusing piece of scrivening, Micky. Mucho thanko.

    As your final line implies, the best thing is for Arsene to really go for it… and to still leave the club in fine fettle for future times.

    Like the modern woman, Arsene can have it all!

  80. RockyLives says:

    Welcome to the lunatic asylum 🙂

  81. GunnerN5 says:

    Be very careful Sean it looks like Terry has already started to groom you, one of our previous blogers by the name of Sheep Hagger disappeared after Terry found out that he tended Sheep.

    Any talk about Goats or Sheep really turns him on!

  82. RockyLives says:

    Stop trying to pull the wool over his eyes Gn5.

    Sean – Terry is a lovely man. And those charges were never proven.

  83. sean potter says:

    what was that rocky?…gn5,i’l be careful.

  84. sean potter says:

    thanks for welcoming me rocky,though some people here gave me a scary welcome,i see what you are talking about…gn5,you are reading too much into that.

  85. chas says:

    I’ve just found out it’s the Europa League Final tonight.
    Are the spuds playing?

  86. chas says:

    Reyes playing for Sevilla, so Arsenal do have some representation!

  87. RockyLives says:

    Where will you be watching the Cup Final?
    Hopefully you can give a bit back to the Manure supporters after saturday.

  88. RA says:

    Rocky @ 7:24

    — “Like the modern woman, Arsene can have it all!”

    Arsene is a woman? When did that happen? Don’t tell my man, Terry! 😉

  89. sean potter says:

    i watch the games at a local pub paying a small fee ofcause.i’l give alot to the mancs for sure.they are having it rough here after to quealify for cl and finishing 7th despite being defending champs…off for the day,itz almost ten here.goodnight gooners.

  90. sean potter says:

    i watch the games at a local pub paying a small fee ofcause.i’l give alot to the mancs for sure.they already are having it rough here after failing to quealify for cl and finishing 7th despite being defending champs…off for the day,itz almost ten here.goodnight gooners.

  91. Hello everyone. It’s hard to try to sync with you all. Great post. Thank you for clarifying ffp last night GiE. I just went back over the comments. It seems they are quite serious. I also go along with the big clubs wanting to preserve the status quo. Off to bed now 2:30 here

  92. arnie says:

    well done, Micky. and what a nice day’s blogging. 🙂 late to the show, apols.

    If Wenger wanted to oil up for a couple of years, I do not think many would mind. but he would not. man of principles, if somewhat obstinate. 😛 otherwise, he would have tried harder this January anyway. 🙂

  93. arnie says:

    Sean, welcome to Bedlam. and regarding writing a post for AA. there is always a first time. give it a try, I say! 🙂

    Nice complements, Redders, thank you. 😛

  94. white bear says:

    GM – ha ha ha, did you get GiE to clarify the FFP again? He has a job for life doing it 🙂

  95. arnie says:

    Reyes off!!!! 🙂

  96. fatgingergooner says:

    Vela makes perfect sense. Has been doing really well playing in any of the front 3 positions that Sociedad use, but mainly from the RW. Has pace and skill and gives us something different to what we already. At £3m it’s a no-brainer, and if it doesn’t work out he’s worth at least £10m so it’s a nice easy profit.

    It’s a win, win, win situation!

  97. 26may1989 says:

    Got to love a micky post, the best writer on AA.

    Two more years of Arsene? Yup, that feels about right. And yes, the finances available will be bigger and better. In fact, the revenues from the massive new TV deals, which started to come on stream this season (£62m for last place in the PL? Yes please), will push the PL teams back to the top of the European pile. That won’t help us compete with the other PL teams though, and that (if not Wenger’s desire to go out on a high) will be the push for us to spend more and more.

  98. 26may1989 says:

    Vela never lacked for talent but the sense I got was that he wasn’t the strongest character – he disappeared too often and then scored a brilliant goal that was often the 4th in an easy win. A game changer he wasn’t.

    If he’s found himself at Sociedad, and if he really wanted to give it another crack with us, re-signing him wouldn’t be the worst thing. But I would still want us to get a top-of-the-market forward as well, Vela would not be enough.

  99. 26may1989 says:

    Some superb vids from Chas. Some of those Spurs fans really seem to believe the crap they spout. Sweet.

    The table tennis player is amazing.

    And RA, I saw that documentary about the East India Company too – very good stuff. If you’re interested in all of that, you could do worse than read some of William Dalrymple’s books.

  100. arnie says:

    meeting William Dalrymple and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam tomorrow. great previlege. very happy. 🙂

  101. arnie says:

    0-0, now penalties

  102. arnie says:

    Peaches will probably be disgraced. No time to maintain farden. Nevertheless Britain in bloom is beautiful, even when unkempt. So, for whatever it is worth ….

  103. arnie says:

  104. arnie says:

  105. arnie says:

    But Arnie’s place of work is landscaped well …

  106. arnie says:

    and even the view from his office is priceless. 😛

  107. Shard says:


    I just finished reading ‘City of Djinns’ by William Dalrymple and I’ve learned so much more about Delhi despite being a history student and living in Delhi all my life. One of my favourite writers. Give him a shout out on my behalf 🙂

  108. Shard says:

    and wow to the vistas!

  109. arnie says:

    Shard: 🙂

  110. Shard says:

    Just finished watching the Europa League final, and I think I’m starting to believe the Benfica curse is a real thing. They really outplayed Sevilla and was incredible that they couldn’t score.

  111. fatgingergooner says:

    I’d like to see Rakitic take himself out of the small pond and see if he can hack it at a big club. He looks quality at times.

  112. Shard says:


    I would venture that Rakitic would make a great replacement for Arteta. I know everyone seems to want a beast of a midfielder instead, and I’m not against that really. Still, can’t help but think Rakitic, in the final year of his contract as well, would be a good purchase for somebody.

  113. arnie says:

    Shard: I am sad about Benfica. I visit Benfica in Lisboa quite often, and have some fondness for the club.

  114. Shard says:

    arnie you lucky devil. You get to meet William Dalrymple and Abdul Kalam, you get fantastic ‘fardens’ around you, and get to visit Lisbon quite often. You aren’t allowed to be sad about a football match that doesn’t involve Arsenal 😛

  115. fatgingergooner says:

    For some reason I could see him at Liverpool, but I certainly wouldn’t complain if we got him. As an Arteta replacement I’m in the big strong athletic camp tbh. In other words, Diaby! But how many times have we said that?

  116. arnie says:

    ‘fardens’ indeed! control over my fingers is bloody disgraceful!!!!! 🙂

  117. arnie says:

    FGG: what’s wrong with our own Diaby! 😛

  118. Shard says:

    well fgg. I just saw a report that says we’ve bid for Maxime Gonalons. He fits the big strong guy mould, rather than the big (sadly) weak guy that is Diaby. I love Diaby but I think we should just consider it a bonus if he stays fit. Now, Gonalons.. Any idea whether he’s any good?

  119. Shard says:

    arnie.. Tottenham will make anyone look world class 😛

  120. arnie says:

    ha ha ha, Shard, brilliant. 🙂 🙂

  121. fatgingergooner says:

    Not seen much of him but heard mixed reviews. I’d much prefer Luis Gustavo or Javi Martinez, but not sure how realistic they are.

  122. Shard says:

    3.3 tackles, 2.3 interceptions, 88% passing rate. Can play at Cb too. 187cms tall. Seems decent.. Anyway, fun as transfer talk is, I’m positive we’ve not made a bid for anyone. We have an FA Cup final on Saturday. Our season isn’t over yet.

  123. Shard says:

    And it’s (a very late) goodnight from me folks.

  124. arnie says:

    good motning, Shard! 😛

  125. fatgingergooner says:

    The WC will be interesting to see how some of these players do. Bender, Martinez, Gustavo all playing. Still find it funny how Spurs have totally managed to f*** up a talent like Paulinho!

    I’m working Saturday. Absolutely gutted. Fortunately we have tv’s at work but it’s not the same with no volume!

    Pretty nervous tbh because this really could be the start of something for this group of players but we need to get this trophy in the bag. It will be interesting to see how we compare to Liverpool next season if we do win it. Them dealing with the disappointment of missing out on the PL, and us moving on with a positive ending to the season.

  126. arnie says:

    FGG: agreed. fingers crossed, but hopeful. 🙂

  127. 26may1989 says:

    Arnie, you’re meeting Dalrymple???! That is brilliant. Love his books and the fact he has such a deep love and knowledge of India and the broader South Asian region. His book on Afghanistan was great, as was the one on the 1857 rebellion.

    I really am jealous!

  128. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Well, I’ve read through all the comments, so can I have the honour of presenting Arsene with our almost unanimous verdict:

    “Arsene, you gorgeous Frenchie, the completely unanimous verdict of AA Voters was…..
    Tear up the Wenger Code, and spend irresponsibly”

  129. chas says:

    Cycling porn for LB…..

    From the comments below the video….
    This is how John Degenkolb gets beaten by #Cav in a sprint at the Tour of California!
    …….Maybe the weight of the camera slowed him down a bit?
    ………….Betcha if this catches on, they will take the weight out of ………….the bikes and make the camera part of the base weight.
    ………….That way no one can argue grams.
    ………………..Maybe it was disturbed aerodynamics (front camera ………………..on the bar) what slowed him down a bit in the sprint ………………..:D

  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Blimey Arnie

    Seeing your “place of work”, I wouldn’t go home. I say, flog the house and move into the office 🙂

  131. chas says:

    You know we’ll be shopping at Lidl and Aldi this summer unless pressure from the fans forces us into a few panic buys come August 31st.

  132. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Just seen your surf and wiff waff vids. Superb as well.

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh shurrup Chas, you doomer 🙂

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shard saw reports that “we’ve bid for Maxime Gonalons”

    Is the transfer window even open?

  135. chas says:

    No, it isn’t.

    This was a Pedro tweet from yesterday.
    The French article link references a bleacher report article which links to a article that says a bid of that much might be on the table for Aurier if Sagna leaves.
    Not like Pedro to try to score points off the club, is it?

  136. chas says:

    Are you getting a programme, Micky.
    They’re only £10.

    Do you think in 70 years time fans will look at this programme with the same sort of awe that we might look at one from 1930 or 1950?

  137. white bear says:

    Micky – I left 6 comments for you last night, none appeared. It was the usual – great, unmissable, funny, blah blah – thank you

  138. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    LG goes from bad to worse.

    I wrote to Pedro recently about our troll (who started over there and has been banned) wondering if he had found a way to keep the troll off-site. As usual Pedro was helpful and charming but like us has found no way of keeping the idiot away.

    Weird how Pedro has become the voice of anti-wengerism masquerading as the voice of true Gunners. No surprise the Metro employ him because there y are hit-mongers.

  139. chas says:

    A Carlito tweet!

    This might explain the supposed returned tickets for the final from Hull.

  140. white bear says:

    Micky – what I said last night was along the lines that reptilian aliens exist and run the show. If you don’t believe me ask chas about Python

  141. chas says:

    Far too many draws!

  142. chas says:

    You missed out a “his”. 🙂

  143. chas says:

    So, so far we are in for Aurier, Gonalons, Vela and Benzema.
    Would that satisfy everyone if they were all sown up before the Cup Final and before the window even opens?

  144. white bear says:


  145. Gööner In Exile says:

    Fine postage DidIt.

    Of course Arsene wants to win trophies, it’s just a question of how, I reckon a couple of signings to bolster this squad. By the way I hope people aren’t reading too much into the “need to keep squad together” lines that Arsene has been saying…..would you prefer he said publicly that he was interested in strengthening in certain areas before the most important game of the season? How would a players confidence be affected before the final if his position was an area Arsene was looking at?

    In other news I found myself listening to TalkShite Drivel, and that pillock Durham. Who said “I doubt Arsene Wenger even knows who x is, and I bet he has never seen Burnley play”.

    He was talking about a Butnley striker who he felt could have done us a favour in the PL this season.

    Now this made me think two things…why Arsene again? Maureen needed strikers just as badly. But also has any other top 4 club dipped into the lower English leagues as much as Arsenal to find new talent? Theo, Ox, Rambo, Jenkinson all signed from lower league clubs at the time in recent seasons.

    And then that thought led to thinking about our boss’s track record on spotting young talent, it has been said in recent seasons that Arsene has lost his touch in that area, those four names, add Szczesny, Koscielny (not as young), prove that Arsene still has the ability to spot and develop talent. The difference is not only do we have the money to keep our best players, which we struggled to do with the last group of protégés, but we also have the finances to add to and bolster.

  146. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No. Never buy a programme.

    Thanks Evonne.

    Motters Grand Raddy 🙂

  147. arnie says:

    Motning all.

    26: I am excited. No wonder! 🙂

    Micky: I am not complaining about my “place of work”. Understandably on a bright sunny day, there is hardly any work. However, such days are limited! 😦 On a dull muggy day, well that is different! 😛

  148. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah Exile

    SurveillanceCam has gone quiet.

    Come on, fess up, they’ve taken your generous deposit and got flu, haven’t they?

  149. Big Raddy says:

    GIE Well said.

  150. Big Raddy says:

    Can’t believe it is 10 years ago today. I was there in my seat behind the Clock End goal.

    Arseblog has written a book about the Invincibles season which is launched today. A must read.

  151. arnie says:

    ha ha ha, GiE. I was listening to the same shiite on the way back home yesterday evening. Interesting was Tony Adams getting worried about the delay in the Wenger extension announcement.

    He said ideally he would like Wenger to continue another 4 years, with 4th place trophy each year or better. That leaves him enough time to develop as a manager and come and take the Gunners to greater heights. Tongue in cheek! 😛

  152. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Exile on the blower earlier this morning

  153. chas says:

    You are not going to like this one bit……….

    From yesterday.

  154. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Exile back from work last night. Flower beds in wrong place

  155. Big Raddy says:

    chas. What a disappointment. Goes to show that one should never trust a man with a beard 🙂

  156. Big Raddy says:

    “get here by one o’clock or I will insert a garden gnome in you” 😀 😀

  157. Gööner In Exile says:

  158. Gööner In Exile says:

    So far Spikeys appears to be coming un way under budget, unless i am having lawn laid that has been tended by angels.

    Builders on the other hand….had a guy come over to quote garage conversion……£7k, ok fair enough, asked him back as wanted to go through a few bits, he says i’ll get price to you…arrived yesterday £7.9k + vat plus sparky plus plumber… extra work been quoted for. What a banned word

  159. white bear says:

    GiE – I will have your team doing my garden 🙂 Sorry Peaches, you are too slow

    I have a length of yellow ribbon for tomorrow, cannot wait

  160. chas says:

    What’s happening tomorrow?

  161. Big Raddy says:

    Evonne is wearing a yellow ribbon – she just told you

  162. LB says:

    Loved the bike porn.

    I get to do my middle aged man version of that tomorrow morning round Regents Park with about twenty other like minded souls.

    I have never seen footage like that but the thing that surprised me the most is your knowledge of it all

    Base weight………………

    That is no accident.

  163. MickyDidIt89 says:

    HA HA HA

    Evonne: I have a length of yellow ribbon for tomorrow
    Chas: What’s happening tomorrow?
    Raddy: Evonne is wearing a yellow ribbon

    Simple, but so effective 🙂 🙂

  164. evonne says:

    ha ha ha Micky
    My comments are still disappearing
    Told Peaches but she is having a physio now with a strong young australian, so my problem is not her priority, obviously

  165. MickyDidIt89 says:

    When Chas talks of his cycling “base weight”, he refers to his fair weather cycling costume of thong and flipflops only, so as to show off to the Ladeeez

  166. arnie says:

    “one should never trust a man with a beard”. eh, Raddy? 😛

  167. Morning all

    We have a New Post ……………

    ………. with lots of polls …………

  168. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Are we being held up because

    a. there’s no post, or
    b. Peaches is spending longer than planned being rubbed by an Australian?

  169. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah ha
    It was b. 🙂

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