How long? About 15 hours and counting ……..


It’s done.  Thank the sweet Lord Jesus, we don’t have to listen to that trophy drought nonsense any more.  But just how difficult did our boys have to make it?

We all knew that the main battle wouldn’t be on the pitch, it would be in our players’ heads.  As Raddy pointed out yesterday, if we’d been looking at a league game against Hull, we’d be perfectly confident.  But with all the weight of being favourites in a final, multiplied ten-fold by the nine-years-without-a-pot schtick, laced with sore memories of the failure against Birmingham, this was more than a match against Hull.

The scene was set: by my guess, two-thirds of the fans in the stadium were ours.  We finished the league season strongly.  The balmy May evening air was full of positivity.  Surely ……

We had a strong line-up: Fabianski was given the nod to finish his Arsenal career ahead of his compatriot; no Ox, Wilshere on the bench, and of course no Theo.  But otherwise, pretty much what we’d want.  Hull couldn’t field their two January signings, the cup-tied Long and Jelavic, but they had a few useful players, like Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady and Tom Huddlestone.  However, there was nothing that should have scared us.  We’d arrived having knocked out Spurs, Coventry, Liverpool, Everton and Wigan, whereas Hull had had an easier ride, having met Middlesborough, Southend, Brighton, Sunderland and Sheffield United.

And then the game kicked off.  The game hadn’t settled down to a pattern when Hull earned a corner in the third minute.  Stephen Quinn sent a hard, flat-ish cross to Huddlestone, who’d stationed himself just outside the box, enjoying space vacated by the runners into the box.  The ex-Spur fluffed his shot, sending it very wide.  But James Chester found the ball suddenly coming towards him, and he speculatively tried redirecting it towards goal.  There wasn’t much pace on the shot but it crept beyond Fabianski’s reach and into the corner of the net.  Disaster.  You have to wonder if Cazorla was slow in seeing the space that Huddlestone created for himself, Santi should really have been tighter.  And had we had both posts guarded at the corner, Chester’s shot would have been cleared without fuss.

Still, the one good thing about conceding early is that you have plenty of time to come back.  And the goal was pretty lucky in nature.  I don’t know about others but I was no more than annoyed by the Chester goal.  However, five minutes later, things went seriously wrong.  Hull got a free-kick on our left flank.  It was cleared but in the second phase was picked up by Quinn, whose cross was met by Alex Bruce’s header into the turf.  Fabianski flung himself at the ball, which might have been creeping into the corner.  In fact, it hit the outside of the post, but Davies followed up excellently, and sent a crisp, angled shot across the now prone Fabianski and into the net.  Oh my God, how could be going this wrong, this quickly?  The three Hull centre-backs were killing us, they were dominating play at both ends of the pitch, and we were paying a huge price for it.

We desperately needed to find a toehold, to get into the game.  None of our players had impressed, and we lacked energy and ideas.  Hull even had another header cleared off the line by Gibbs.  However, Santi earned a freekick in a dangerous position in the 15th minute.  We don’t score too many freekick goals but the beauty that Cazorla put in was a classic – the ball’s trajectory arced into the top corner on the keeper’s left-hand side.  The kidology as to whether Cazorla or Podolski would take the freekick paid off, prompting the keeper to take a small move to his right just as the shot was taken, and that was enough to deny the keeper the chance to reach Cazorla’s sublime shot.  We were back in the game, we had something to build on.

Without a doubt, Arsenal were better after the first goal but it was tough going, to break down a very well organised Hull defence.  At the end of the game, Aaron Ramsey was announced as the official man of the match – that was a travesty, I thought Curtis Davies (a player Wenger was apparently interested in a few years back) would have been the right recipient.  The scoreline settled down at 2-1 to Hull, with both sets of players working hard but lacking quality.  Ozil didn’t really turn up (and missed a reasonable chance that flashed across him).  Ramsey was poor for much of the game.  Poldi had a couple of shots, but didn’t ever impose himself.  Until Sanogo came on, Giroud was played out of the game by Davies and really struggled to do much. We were very laboured in our play.  Hull’s defensive unit were sharper, though they were also finding plenty of excuses to waste little parcels of time.  It was all so transparent.

In the 56th minute, there was a demonstration of fan solidarity, with a minute of applause to honour the 56 spectators killed in the Valley Parade disaster in Bradford in 1985.  Shortly after that, we should have been awarded a penalty, when Huddlestone clearly pulled Giroud back by his neck.  The referee, Lee Probert, looked well placed but failed give the penalty.

I have to admit, I was surprised when Wenger chose to swap Poldi for Yaya Sanogo.  There’s always that possibility with Podolski, even not playing brilliantly, that his wonderful shooting will suddenly provide a goal.  But with 45 minutes having passed since Cazorla’s goal, something needed to be changed, and Wenger decided to switch formations by bringing on the young, non-scoring Frenchman.  We now had two up front, a rare thing for us.  And this I think was a crucial moment in the game.  That change of shape mattered.  We were more incisive after Sanogo came on, and more was happening in the attacking penalty box.  In fact, there were two further good penalty shouts soon after Sanogo came on, one when Huddlestone made contact with Yaya’s leg, one when Livermore handled.  Both should have been given, but were hard to spot.

The same cannot be said for the obvious foul of Davies on Cazorla a little later, when Ramsey had fed the ball into the mini-Spaniard.  Davies over-committed and chopped down Santi after he checked back.  It was plainly a penalty, no replays were needed (though they did confirm that it was a foul). How Probert missed it is beyond me.  But the pressure was building nicely, we were pegging Hull back and starting to open them up finally.

It finally paid off in the 70th minute, when a corner was headed by Sagna and, via a deflection, the ball fell to Koscielny, who turned and scuffed a little shot through the legs of the oncoming Hull keeper and into the net.  Kos was taken out by the keeper, so had to celebrate the goal while in pain and on the deck.  But finally, finally, we were back on level terms, and the energy and momentum by that stage were with us.  From that point on, we were in control of the match.

Gibbs had a great chance to win the game in the 90 when played in by Sanogo – from no more than eight yards out and having given himself time, Gibbs skied his shot.  It really had to go on target, even from a defender.  Probert missed yet another clear penalty, when Myler knocked over Cazorla.  What is wrong with this bloke, he’s not even a northerner who might have a grudge about Arsenal’s cosmopolitan character?  The pressure on Hull continued, with Giroud catching a clearance from a corner very nicely though his shot from the edge of the box was well saved.  The last decent chance before extra time fell to Sanogo, whose shot went a fraction wide of the post.

And so to extra time.

The first period passed with more Arsenal pressure but the only moment of penetration was when Giroud hit the bar with a header from a Ramsey cross. We really needed something to change, the greatest threat we now faced being the lottery that is a penalty-shootout.  Wenger played his last two cards, bringing on Wilshere and Rosicky for Ozil and Cazorla.  The effect was evident: against the tired legs of Hull, Little Mozart and Little Jack added some real zip to our passing.

In the 18th minute of the second period of extra time, our moment of salvation.  A series of rapid passes saw Sanogo and Giroud link up in the penalty box, with Olly then backheeling the ball back towards the oncoming Ramsey, who stabbed an early shot into the bottom corner of the net.  The key was the rapidity of the passing, leaving McGregor too little time to react.


Sanogo had a chance to do an Anelka in 1998.  But his shot across goal was well saved by the keeper.  And there was a heart in mouth moment at the end, when Mertesacker stumbled, allowing Aluko to launch an unexpected attack.  Fabianski chose to rush out to the flank to try to intercept the ball but lost the race with Aluko but fortunately for us he couldn’t quite find the empty net from distance.  A little later, Sanogo span on the ball with a sharp shot well saved by the keeper, and then Aluko had a decent long range shot saved by Fabianski.

And finally the whistle went, and we were done!  Our oppo may not have been the most glamorous, and the technical level may not have been the highest yesterday, but coming back from 2-0 down represents a significant achievement.  We were deserved winners in the end, but Hull were heroes, much respect to them.

It was fantastic to see our boys get to go up the steps and lift the cup, and I loved the players’ focus on Wenger in the celebrations – they knew he’d done a lot for them.  That is the last time we’ll see Fabianski play for us, and possibly the last for Sagna, which adds a note of disappointment.


Watching Vermaelen lifting the trophy was also a bit strange, we’ll have to see what the future has in store for him.  But that’s tomorrow’s problem.  I never agreed with those who said we’d spent the last nine years failing but it was tremendous to be able to indulge in the simple pleasure of seeing our own players lift a trophy.  From an Arsenal Arsenal perspective, I’m sure we’d all like to dedicate this trophy win to our recently departed Dandan – he’d have loved this moment every bit as any one of us.

A trip to Upper Street anyone????


Fabianski: 7

Sagna: 7

Mertesacker: 5

Koscielny: 7

Gibbs: 6

Arteta: 6

Ramsey: 6

Cazorla: 7

Ozil: 5

Podolski: 5

Giroud: 6

Sanogo: 7

Wilshere: 7

Rosicky: 7

Written by 26may



170 Responses to How long? About 15 hours and counting ……..

  1. Gööner In Exile says:

    Perfect. Well played 26…..very jealous if all fans at Wembley and all having the party in Islington today.

    Although the screening yesterday walking inside old Highbury with Peaches, Arnie and his missus was great and a bit naughty. Walking back through happy Gooners to Finsbury Park brilliant too.

    All in all a pretty perfect day.

    Oh and finally I hope DD’s family cheered heartily, must have been a very testing day, but ultimately DD was right, just such a pity he didn’t get to come here and enjoy it with us today.

  2. RA says:

    A truly superb Post, and dare I say it — the best I have ever read on any blog, Thank you 26 – you are a star! :-)🏆

    You have managed to blend the key events and a balanced view of the game, giving due credit to our opponents, Hull, and yet still had time to notice the players relationship with M. Wenger and their great respect for him.

  3. Magneto says:

    This FA Cup win represented, for me, two things.

    First of all tangible, visible success, which we more than deserved, and well done to Arsene, the team and all those behind the scenes at Arsenal who helped make it happen.

    Secondly, it represented failure.

    I’m referring to the failure of the long running campaign – originally started by some scum Fleet Street hacks, then unwittingly continued by BBC Sports, Sky Sports, ITV Sports,Talksport, BT Sport, and certain Arsenal bloggers – to get Arsene the sack, so that his head could be paraded on a plate for their amusement.

    I hold the lot of them in contempt, and will continue paying attention to see what their next moves/narratives are in their war against the mighty Arsenal.

  4. rhyle says:

    Great write up, 26…almost spot on with your scores, too – think you’ve been a bit harsh on the Mert, he wasn’t as bad as Pod or Ozil, and Cazorla for me was MOTM, maybe an 8. The only one who truly showed up in the first half.

    Should be outside Islington Town Hall…but here I am, off to the garden centre to fulfill a promise 😦

  5. RA says:

    One aspect of your Post which particularly chimed perfectly with my own view after the game, was the award of the man of the match to Aaron and not to Davies (although, MoTM to a losing team player just never happens.)

    However, I went back and re-watched the game and it is a fact that Rambo was guilty of many misplaced passes, and poor shooting while he seemed to be struggling with his fitness.

    Then I realised that in practically every TV shot of our attacks and also in defence, there, when he was not the main focus, in the background could be seen Rambo covering nearly every blade of grass it seemed.

    On mature reflection (with the aid of a TV replay) I now think that Aaron was indeed the MoTM, not least for his winning goal, but that he just kept going, as the heat sapped the energy of every other player, and never once did he resort to fouling (cheating) which Curtis Davies did consistently.

    Love your Posts, 26. 🙂

  6. MickyDidIt89 says:


    “We all knew that the main battle wouldn’t be on the pitch”

    Damn right, it was the 100 poor Gooners (myself included) smack in the middle of the Hull fans. Still, that’s another story, with the moral being Do Not Wear Red To Wembley if you’re going to sit at the wrong end 🙂

    Not going to read this properly until I’ve watched a replay of the game, and that won’t happen until this evening. There’s a days’ surf in the sun to be dealt with first.

    Enjoy The Parade all who are going. Sometimes drinking in the sun is perfectly acceptable. You have flu tomorrow, remember 🙂

  7. kelsey says:

    A very detailed write up 26th,totally different to the way I would have reviewed the game 🙂

    The monkey is now off our back but concerns still remain .

    Today is a day to savour but for me we had three outstanding players at different times and for different reasons. Cazorla,Gibbs and Ramsey.

    The joy or was it relief on Wenger’s face was something to live long in the memory.

    Now we have a Charity Shield against City and let’s see in the interim period who leaves and where we strengthen.

  8. Podge says:

    Man I’ve missed winning trophies, yesterday felt great. 11 FA cups joint most with ManU and we look far more likely to hit 12 before they do. Did anyone watch the final on BT? Neil Warnock is the most bitter commentator I have ever heard on an Arsenal game, incredible that they wouldn’t hire someone who could be impartial. I guess they needed some entertainment in the commentary box with the plank that is Michael Owen.

    Giroud had a very good game against 3 centre backs on his own for an hour and Sanogo made a difference when he came on. The substitutions were perfect.

    We don’t make it easy for ourselves but cup finals like that help restore the FA cup to its former glory.

  9. fatgingergooner says:

    I loved the fact Ramsey was motm, as it truly signals a complete turnaround in his career in the last few years. He deserves huge credit, not just for winning us the game with a sublime finish, but for his character and the way he handles himself. If we had 10 players with his energy levels we would never lose a game. You only need to look at Gervinho’s Arsenal career to see what fan abuse can do to a player.

    A couple of our players will be leaving with that as their last performance, and having re-watched the game, whilst I am thankful for their efforts, I will not be shedding any tears. It was almost a perfect reflection of Fabianski’s career as he made an excellent save from Aluko, and then also made a complete howler as he nearly cost us the cup. It was a timely reminder to us that whilst he’s a half decent shot stopper, ultimately he cannot be trusted and a better understudy can be found for Szscesny. Good luck Fab2.

    The other player in question is obviously Sagna. I find it strange the amount of times he passes to Mertersacker. I watch Gibbs on the other side and he doesn’t seem to pass to Koscielny half as much. I think some of this might be down to our lop-sided team, what with Walcott out, and Cazorla, Podolski and Özil favouring our left side, but I also seem to remember it being quite common even with Theo in the side. Sagna has been an excellent RB for us, but at 31 years of age, and with a full backs job becoming more and more attack minded, I think an FA cup win is a good way to part ways. Good luck Sagna.

    Anyway, back to the feeling of unbridled joy as we celebrate our first trophy for 9 years. A short time compared to most clubs, but hey, why let that small stat ruin the presses hounding of our esteemed manager! T***ers!

    Have a great day celebrating everyone. I know this smile isn’t going to be removed for at least a month (probably when England bow out in the group stages!!!) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. fatgingergooner says:

    Arsenal win the FA Cup, so Goals on Sundays guest are obviously going to be…….that’s right, Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand! Haha!

  11. Rasp says:

    Thanks 26m, that’s a wonderful account of the game. I couldn’t get to see it live although I’ve watched the highlights.

    I’m feeling a mixture of relief and pride but above all extreme happiness for the players and Arsene. A 4 nil drubbing of Hull would not have reflected the turbulence that has affected our team in recent years but you get the feeling that we can now progress to the next stage after learning how to win again.

  12. Rasp says:

    Hi FGG, Tim Sherwood showed his true Arsenal colours when commenting very positively about Arsenal yesterday – the spud fans must have been thinking he was our Trojan horse 😆

  13. fatgingergooner says:

    Hi Rasp,

    Roy Keane must’ve been furious with having 2 Gooners sat with him!!!

  14. Rasp says:

    Hi FGG,

    To be fair, I think Roy Keane was also reasonably complimentary. Did you see the bit when he was asked if the united players were ever tempted to toss SAF up in the air as had happened to Arsene … he replied “yes, we’d have liked to have thrown him in the air, we just wouldn’t have caught him” 😛

  15. fatgingergooner says:


    Yes I did. Gave me a chuckle actually! He really hates Fergie!

    My favourite moments were probably the emotion in the Wenger interview, Ramseys goal obviously, and when Arsene was walking down the stairs looking a bit worried as fans nearly ripped his shirt off!

    Such amazing scenes at the end.

  16. fatgingergooner says:

    It was great to see the players all lifting the trophy at the end yesterday. It was almost as if you could see the relief melting away and the belief rising.

    Cannot wait for next season.

    Would love to see the parade photos today if people can put them up.

  17. wally says:

    Not the best game technically but lots of drama. Great perseverance and that’s as important as talent isn’t it. So well done!
    Scallywags was packed yesterday(they were also showing the Baca/Atleti game). Arsenal supporters were coming out of the woodwork. I haven’t seen so many people in the place since the days of our United matches and half them were manure fans.
    It was interesting to note the real affection the players have for wenger. Remarkable wasn’t it.
    enjoy the moment and let’s get busy bolstering the squad!

  18. Big Raddy says:

    26. Wonderful match report, the best I have read anywhere.

    As you say Davies was the games stand out player. My Arsenal MotM was Arteta who was nigh on perfect in his passing, taclkling and above all his Captaincy. He kept the team calm and positive after an awful start.

    Would I feel as good had we won 5-0? Definitely 🏆

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    Funny that building a new stadium and making a small club into a superclub is judged as a smaller achievement than winning a silver cup!

    It’s a funny old game!

    Well done Arsenal. Proud as can be today.

  20. Amazing scenes at the Ems, the team leading the supporters in Arsenal songs

  21. It’s live on arsenal player

  22. 250,000 gooners turn out to celebrate

  23. Jenks was called up to the under 21 squad and missed the parade, apparently he said ‘England’s England, there’ll be more Arsenal parades’ …………. bless 🙂

  24. rhyle says:

    It’s great to see how much BFG and Podolski “get it” about the Arsenal…nice touch with the chants for Sagna, too.

  25. neamman says:

    Great day, a great match.
    Watched it with GN5 and his son and perhaps 30-40 gooners in a local pub. I can honestly say that even at 2-0 both of us were confident we would win.
    I think GN5 is royalty or something.. people kept on coming to our table and shaking his hand!!!
    Anyway for those who haven’t met him or his son, two class guys.

    Back to the game, was this one of the 10 ten FA Cup games ever?

  26. Gööner In Exile says:

    I think Jack just became unsellable with that little bit of Gooner’ism. 😀

  27. Gööner In Exile says:

    Goddamn love the BFG.

    He gets it

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Shame there is no sound on the vines – or at least not on my system!

    Wish I were there

  29. VCC says:

    excellent match report 26… on Sir.

  30. Happy Bear says:

    tra la la la
    no words to describe how I feel

  31. Happy Bear says:

    Raddy – strange beast indeed x

  32. rhyle says:

    There’s a mute button in the top left, Raddy – just hover over the clip and it’ll show up…

  33. RockyLives says:

    Brilliant report 26

    Your second paragraph, summing up the pre-game context, us better than anything I have seen written by a professional journalist.

    What a great day it is today 🙂

    Dandan will be loving it at the great North Bank in the sky.

  34. RockyLives says:

    I think it’s a toss up between Ramsey and Arteta for our MOTM (with Santi and Kozzer just behind).

    I was looking at some Arsenal sites late yesterday and on a couple they were saying Arteta had been awful. I think some people just really don’t understand football.

  35. RockyLives says:

    Thanks to everyone for the pics, vines etc.

    I would love to be back in North London today.

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Rhyle Thanks.

    RL. Or it could be us who just don’t understand football 😀

  37. jnyc says:

    Beautiful report 26. Amazing for me to watch these guys that I love get to celebrate with such joy. And on Ramsey, sometimes we enjoy his goals and assists so much, we forget how much he does all over the pitch, so im sure he deserves motm. Also a shout to Yaya Sanogo. I thought he was extremely dangerous, and brought alot of life to our game.

  38. ……… and talkshite wondered why the police had to give advance warning for road closures ………..

  39. Someone sent us this ………. it’s from inside the tunnel at Wembley

    maybe someone can expand it for us.

  40. It did it itself ……. as if by magic 😉

  41. Gööner In Exile says:


  42. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rasp can we have a widget on the side of years since Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle, United etc last won a trophy….please pretty please.

  43. Rasp says:

    Hi GiE, I’ll see what I can do, it needs some research – any volunteers? 🙂

  44. LBG says:

    Home from a weekend of good quality company, good quality drinking and laughs, with a win and that inevitable,weary ELATION. We have shut up the doubting media, hopefully shut up the doubting so-called supporters and started a new chapter. Long live the new chapter!! Happy summer AAers.

  45. RA says:


    DurhamShite is a nasty, vindictive, sorry excuse for a reptile human being.

    What is particularly sad is that he thinks he is witty, interesting and clever when he is the exact opposite in every way.

  46. RA says:


    Well said, but unfortunately a quick trip around some other blogsites and you will find many so called supporters still moaning about how ‘poor’ we were, and some media saying how unlucky Hull were.

    Happy Summer to you too. 🙂

  47. Arsenal parade video ………….feel good fun …………..

  48. Shard says:

    A wonderful feeling. Such joy. Such a special atmosphere around the Emirates with the parade today. Wish I could have been there.

    During the show between Dan Roebuck and Adrian Clarke, they mentioned Santi was told by Wenger to shoot to McGregor’s left if he got a free kick since he perceived a weakness there. Such a thing might seem hard to believe since we know Wenger doesn’t do tactics or look at the opposition… We know this because we’re always told this. It must be true.

    I also loved Wenger’s comment when asked yesterday about the trophy drought. ‘so much has been said, it’s been so long, it’s lovely to put that to bed’ he was asked. His response, ‘It’s lovely to force people to be more creative now, but I trust they will be’

    Absolutely brilliant.

    About Probert. Here’s the thing, I didn’t think he was necessarily out to screw us. But this is where the media coverage makes a difference. He knows he’ll get a much easier ride in the media (and hence with his bosses) if it’s Arsenal he screws over rather than Hull. Hence his reluctance to give a penalty even when they were quite obvious. Because just in case it shouldn’t have been a penalty, he would be slaughtered. As it is the media are focusing on a wrongly awarded corner to Arsenal from which we scored and the penalties are forgotten. Can you imagine the uproar if any similar penalty incidents went against Hull? It doesn’t excuse his abysmal performance, but perhaps it explains it.

  49. Shard says:

    My comment has disappeared, and when I posted it again wordpress is refusing to post it since it’s a duplicate comment..

  50. Shard says:

    and here it is


  51. GunnerN5 says:

    HI everybody,

    Great report 26M, well worth reading.

    Somewhere between leaving home to watch the game and getting back I lost my voice and its still missing?

    It was great to meet another AAer, neamman, he’s the first AAer that I have met in person although I have spoken to Kelsey and have had email correspondence with Peaches, Rasp and GIE.

    We had a wonderful afternoon and we never lost faith in our team, although there were a few doubters to be heard after the first nine minutes.

    Its one of the best feelings I’ve ever had as an Arsenal supporter and long may it last.

  52. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp, Peaches I’ve sent you a message please respond as quick as you can.

  53. Shard says:

    In other news.. London has been named the selfie capital of the world…

    I think we all know Lukas Podolski is almost entirely responsible for that,

  54. Shard says:


    It’s amazing how many people are saying they truly believed even at 2-0 down. I’m one of them too.

    I wonder why that is. We’ve seen this team self destruct a few times this season, we’ve seen Arsenal fail to get over the line in season’s past, but something about yesterday seems to have just felt different to so many people. Why?

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    An Israeli doctor says: “In Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man’s testicles, put them on another man, and in 6 weeks, he is looking for work.”

    The German doctor says: “That’s nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man, and in 4 weeks he is looking for work.”

    The Russian doctor says: “Gentlemen, we take half a heart from a one man, put it in another man’s chest, and in 2 weeks he is looking for work.”

    The Canadian doctor laughs: “You all are behind us. Five years ago, we took a man with no brains, no heart, and no balls and made him Prime Minister.”

    “Now, the whole country is looking for work.”

  56. GunnerN5 says:


    Personally my belief came from listening to Arsene and the manner in which he conducts his dialogue with his team and when talking to the media about his team – it can only serve to instill confidence.

    Plus being an “away” game our supporters were simply amazing and they sang their encouragement to the team even after Hull’s second goal.

  57. RockyLives says:


    From Neamann’s description It sounds like you’re a bit of a local celebrity at the Mad Hatter 🙂

    Was anybody there rooting for Hull?

  58. Shard says:


    I’m not sure where mine came from. It just felt like this was our time. It didn’t feel like that to me in the CL final in 2006, and I knew we’d lose to Birmingham a day before. The only moment of doubt I had yesterday was just after the Curtis Davies goal. Only for a moment, and then it was a look at the clock, and that’s it, we’ll do this. And so it proved.

    The players all looked so tired during their post match interviews yesterday. All of them put in such effort, both mental and physical, into winning that trophy. It feels so special.

  59. Hello everyone off to read the post

  60. Gööner In Exile says:

    I have to admit even before Hull’s goals I got a bit doomy.

    You see the commentator said Hull haven’t won since the semi final that brought on some awful déjà vu which ended in us losing, to then go two goals down I got really worried.

    In the build up to the game Hull had talked about how they had watched how Wigan had stopped us, which I guess should have meant we knew they would go three at the back. Thankfully adding an extra body up top in place of Pod worked again.

    Now riddle me this…..would it not have been easier to tuck Pod in to centre forward earlier if that was the answer, or simply because only Giroud would be target Hull would not have to change what they were doing? Sanogo does offer an alternative target which meant the Hull back 3 had to focus on two players.

  61. GunnerN5 says:

    Rocky the answer is no as THE Hull supporter did not turn up!

    Yes I am well known at The Mad Hatter, I was a regular at the Pub and helped the first owners set up the football viewing back in 1992 and it has been considered as one of the top places to go for football in Mississauga ever since.

    My son saved the day at the pub back when Arsenal played Liverpool in the 2000/2001 Cup Final, the management could not get the signal and 10 minutes before the game the Pool supporters were was getting a tad ugly. GN5JNR offered his services and took over from the management and obtained the signal just as the game started, he got a huge round of applause and the owner paid for our day at the pub.

    He is a television expert and has his own home theater installation business so in different ways we are both thought of as local heroes. My numerous friends at the pub call me the “Chairman of the Board”

  62. Big Raddy says:

    GM. Fab pic. You are an Arsenal missionary spreading the Word

  63. Gööner In Exile says:

    Brilliant GM!

  64. chas says:

    Lovely report, 26 and thanks for the pre-match, BR.

    I must admit I didn’t notice Davies during the game, but then again, I didn’t notice that much about the game as a whole. 🙂

    Amazing being at the parade today. We saw the start at the South bridge. Gunnersaurus sticking out of a sun-roof was such a sight.
    We couldn’t get near to Islington town hall but managed to get a spot in the shade in Armoury square.

  65. Big Raddy says:

    chas. I am so envious of your two days and would like a post of what you remember!

  66. neamman says:

    Someone asked why did we not lose faith? I think because arguable both goals were flukes. The first deflection could have gone anywhere and Fabianski made a great save for the second which sadly went straight to Davis. Unlike Chelsea or Liverpool there was no feeling we had been outplayed.

  67. Big Raddy says:

    BTW Lee Probert is still a**** and gave one of the worst refereeing performances ever in a Cup Final.

    Even if we forget the 4 penalty decisions he didn’t give to us, the Kos slip when Fryatt was one on one with TPIG 2 was never a foul

  68. 26may1989 says:

    Evening chums. And what a lovely day it’s been in North London!

    Thanks for all the nice comments, much appreciated. On reflection, I was hard on Arteta in the ratings bit, he did play pretty well.

    Interesting to see Gazidis saying that the win is great but we’re a work in progress and need further development. We have some work to do around some of the older players and in getting more attacking dynamism into our game, but the psychological effect for our young players of winning a trophy is not to be underestimated. The FA Cup is still not as important as the PL and the CL (to me, anyway), but it’s a great one to have won all the same.

    And we also get to add a new date to that list of trophy years at the Ems. At bloody last, that has felt like an albatross for a while now.

  69. 26may1989 says:

    Agreed re Probert, Raddy, very, very poor. In fact, I reckon we had five good penalty shouts (two fouls on Cazorla, one on Giroud, one on Sanogo and a handball). No-one would expect to get them all, but to get none, especially the three that were pretty obvious, that is ludicrous. And yes, in Hull’s favour, Fryatt should have been allowed to go ahead with his one-on-one, he did nothing wrong.

  70. chas says:

    “The monkey is off the back”!

  71. 26may1989 says:

    By the way, if anyone’s interested in counting, yesterday’s was our 56th competitive match of the season.

  72. 26may1989 says:

    Love Ramsey, love Podolski, what gems they are, both as players and as characters! Thanks chas.

  73. Fantastic write up. dandan would have loved it. That bit made me sad.

    RA commented earlier that a losing player is never man of the match. Rooney was last time we won a trophy.

    I still believed we would win and kept telling my host that we would.

    My evening was very strange. I arrived at the bar an hour before kick of and got a beer. They were showing fashion TV before the game. 10 minutes before kick off it turned out that their satellite feed wasn’t working. 3 minutes before kick off we decided to look for another bar. We found a place that was like a 70s disco with lights in the floor. The waitresses all had tight shorts and tight white vests on except for one who had the shortest dress I’ve seen for a while (it was red though). There were screens everywhere but about half of them had the la liga match on. It turned out we had to watch a sopcast stream that was about 2 minutes behind. They got it setup just in time to see the first goal then it went off. My friend told me we were 2 nil down as he’d had a text. We whole bar cheered before both of our goals as they knew they were coming. Thew hole bar (including myself) cheered when the barca match finished. When full time came I wanted to watch the trophy celebration but the feed switched to espn so we left. I got on the back of a moped and we turned the corner just in time to see the players lifting the cup. We went in a fleet of mopeds to a street food place at around 2:30 and had a few beers. It was a fantastic night. Most of the gooners I was with are quite young and haven’t really had this experience before. They are very passionate about Arsenal. While we were having street food i notice the place next door was gay. A gay Vietnamese street food shop!

    I never went to school so I don’t do paragraphs 🙂

  74. chas says:

    Great story. 🙂

    I’ll have a go at a write-up in the next few days.

    I’ve just had a tot up and it turns out I attended 35 of the 56 games. Must do better next season. 🙂

  75. RockyLives says:

    Lovely stuff GM 🙂

    I would love to have been at Wembley yesterday and in North London today…

    …but I also think I would have quite fancied being with you last night!

  76. chas says:

  77. RockyLives says:

    BR and 26 (and Peaches/Rasp)
    I’ve written a Post about Probert’s performance.

    Actually, it would probably be good to hold it until Tuesday as tomorrow’s Post should really be about the parade etc…

  78. 26may1989 says:

    Atletico Madrid winning La Liga is a truly impressive achievement, huge respect to them. And they might still win the CL.

  79. 26may1989 says:

    35 out of 56? Very cool, chas.

  80. fatgingergooner says:

    My colleague (also a Gooner) was calling for Wenger to be sacked after 8 minutes of the cup final. He said it was typical Arsenal and that the tactics were all wrong. I tried to explain to him that the goals had very little to do with tactics and were simply high crosses into our box resulting in lucky bounces for Hull. I can’t say I wasn’t worried, but with 80 minutes remaining I did have a feeling the game was far from over. Thankfully Cazorla struck shortly after their second (a key time to score) and the rest is Arsenal history.

    At the final whistle I did get the feeling that I enjoyed the victory much more than my colleague. My support for Wenger has wavered a few times recently, but ultimately I’ve always wanted him to succeed and I like to think I’ve shown him the respect he deserves. The thought of certain sections of our fans slating him and calling for his head annoys me, but I had to smile yesterday knowing that no matter what enjoyment they got from yesterday’s victory, it would not match the level of joy felt by the fans who truly stuck by Wenger through thick and thin. A large number of those fans comment on this blog site daily, and I take my hat of to you for sticking with your principles and not wavering from your support in the manager and his team.

  81. chas says:

    Apologies to Cockie for yet more narcissism, but here’s a photo of Jon’s banner strung up at the Green Man.

  82. chas says:

    Ant suggested I put this one up to explain to Micky why he didn’t get a whole lot of sense out of me on the phone. 🙂
    (Apols again to Cockie)

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    What an amazing, amazing weekend.

    I have so much to catch up on. Just about to watch the ITV highlights from last night.

    I don’t want today’s post and comments to end.

    Fabulous stories of joy.

    26, That is a wonderful MR. Thank you very much. Cannot wait to see some of the detail for myself.

    The pics and vids are stunning. Thanks all.

    I’ll try and get some of my pics from inside Wembley up.

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Have a pic of your banner from the wrong end of the stadium.

    Mind you, you cant get those things from sitting at the right end 🙂

  85. Big Raddy says:

    I am sure i saw chas’s banner on the TV broadcast. Were you at the lower level?

  86. chas says:

    Lovely video of Ramsey’s MOTM performance. 🙂


    Thanks for the great post 26

    Out of all the finals I have been to, yesterdays was the most emotional. After the celebrations, I admit to shedding a little tear. Big sissy I know, but i couldnt help myself.

    It was a watershed moment. Nearly two decades of admiring Arsene Wengers work, the highs and lows, the adulation and several years of criticsism, and then at the final whistle to witness the love and trust the players have for the great man, was just to much.

    I dont think it matters were you witnessed yesterdays events. You could have been on the International space station, though I would have been concerned about the hairs glue adhesive, the venue did not matter.

    What did matter was how you felt. If you were not moved by that then ime sorry, but I know you all were.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring

  88. I love this

  89. chas says:

    Jon had his banner with him and hung it from the front of the upper tier.
    Ant and me were in the lower tier almost directly beneath it.

  90. I thought it hadn’t worked first time

  91. chas says:

    Feckin superb, GM

  92. chas says:

    You’re bang on, Terry.
    After the dog’s abuse Wenger gets it almost felt like yesterday was for his just reward.

  93. chas says:

  94. chas says:


    Fantastic chas

  96. Big Raddy says:

    Been wearing the shirt for two days now (no, not the same one) – still chuffed to bits

    The Ghosts of the Thirties have Stirred.


    GM my friend. As much as I enjoy watching Cambodian Gooners liberating Hanoi, is there any chance of a picture of those tight top Vietnemese waitreses?

  98. Big Raddy says:

    Terry. You never let us down 😀

  99. fatgingergooner says:

    Great pictures. I’m welling up!

  100. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hoping this is my pic from inside the stadium of the chas banner. Yellow top tier

  101. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Well, sort of worked.
    Managed to get it onto twitter, how do I get pics to appear properly like what you lot do from twitter?

  102. MickyDidIt89 says:

  103. Gööner In Exile says:

  104. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ooops, sorry. I’ll stop experimenting until I find the instruction manual

  105. chas says:

    The Ant 'n Duck Banner— DidIt (@MickyDidIt) May 18, 2014

  106. rhyle says:

    Any reason I’ve gone into moderation? 😦

  107. chas says:

    right click on expand or whatever it says in the bottom left hand corner of the photo and the left click on copy link address, then paste on here.

  108. chas says:

  109. rhyle says:

    Guess it’s just a couple of rogue comments gone missing… 😀

    Anyhoo…have been watched the highlights from yesterday again…

    I wanted to point out something I’d missed first couple of times around which was Ramsey’s run for Cazorla’s free-kick. He runs across the keeper, blocking his view and taking him with him, putting him right off balance – it’s a perfect run and a perfect strike from Cazorla. WHAT A GOAL.

    Arsenal’s best in a cup final?

    Be interested – can only think of George’s coming near it…

  110. Gööner In Exile says:

    Rhyle when did you post? I’ve looked in pending, spam and trash and you’re not there?

  111. Gööner In Exile says:

    Ray Parlour vs Chavs?

    And actually I think Rambo’s strike yesterday was one of the best finishes, the way he takes it early but most important the timing of his run into the box, he gives the ball to Arteta and hasn’t moved that far when the ball was played by Jack to Yaya, then he starts to come alive.

  112. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Agree about tomorrow for being about the parade. There’s too much to dwell on.

    I haven’t had a moment to talk about the game yet. So pleased for Arsene and all the players.

    Just savouring every moment. Love all the pics so much. GM’s are great. GN5 meeting with Neamann. It just goes on and on.

    Going to watch the game again now. Nite.

  113. LB says:

    Just read the post and every comment — superb.

    If when, you watch the game again notice the passes Ozil makes and watch what the recipient does with them. To me Ozil’s contribution is obvious but I am coming to the conclusion that it might be a bit too subtle for many.

    Arteta was superb, does anyone know if that was his first ever trophy?

  114. RockyLives says:

    I’m with you on Ozil LB.

  115. RockyLives says:

    And didn’t Mikel win a bunch of stuff at Rangers?

  116. chas says:

    If you have a minute or two spare, could you vote for Great British Weather in this poll, please?
    The band is the son of a friend’s and any votes would be much appreciated.
    Click against their name, add your name and a valid email address. Untick the two newsletter boxes and click send. Then click the vote validation link when you receive an email.
    Any votes will be much appreciated by the band.

  117. rhyle says:

    It was around 7 GIE…nothing to worry about…

    It has been a great day. I’ll never forget my first trophy in 87 (I don’t quite remember 79)…and I hope my kids will remember yesterday for as long as they live. Was amazing watching them going loopy when we raised the Cup.

    Chas…sure you’ve got them a few votes 🙂

    Anyway, enjoy getting back to work tomorrow, peeps – remember to remind all of those gobsh*tes who were giving you grief after Villa just who won what this season!

  118. fatgingergooner says:

    I’m with you LB.

    Some of Özil’s passes do go under the radar or are not fully utilised by team mates, but when it all clicks, it’s beautiful to watch. Ramseys league goal against Hull away is a perfect example. Özil’s pass into Cazorla was a gem.

    If Wenger can get pace down the flanks ie Walcott, Gibbs, a RB, a LW, and runners from midfield ie Rambo, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ox then I expect Özil will come into his own.

    I’d also like to see Wilshere and Ox have good World Cups and then have a breakthrough season like Ramsey has this year. They are both capable of repeating his success and pushing on. Imagine our side if Wilshere and Ox up their games towards what Ramseys done this year! Wow!

  119. Evening all, and what a weekend it’s been, perfectly summed up by my learned friend Mr 26.

    I slept very little last night as the trauma of the game was still with me, especially the opening 10 minutes where we endured a calamitous start and all the old failings seemed to reappear.

    Santi’s perfectly executed free kick gave me some hope as we had plenty of time to get back into the game even after that yet we had to wait till late in the second half for the scruffy Kozzer equaliser.

    The euphoria of the winner is something we all wish we could bottle and take a swig of in our darker Gooner moments, of which have all had plenty in the last nine years of hurt.

    The fact is was Rambo who scored our winner, and that is was a typical Arsenal goal, was so fitting – he was the whipping boy of a few seasons ago, the one I defended in a headline post in one of my first efforts for this blog – and extra poignant.

    Watching the game yesterday took it out of all of us so waking up and leaving home at 10.30 to see the parade was an effort, but one that was totally worth it.

    It didn’t matter that the higher than expected numbers who thronged the streets of N5 to Upper Street, circa a 1/4 of a million of us, meant I didn’t see much of the parade due to early street closures but to soak up the atmosphere of the Gooner nation out in triumphant celebration of the end of a over-emphasized trophy drought was something I’ll never forget and take gratefully to my funeral pyre.

    Yes, we know the media and the fans of certain other bitter/envious clubs will change the narrative from “haven’t won a trophy in X years” to “haven’t won a major trophy in X years” – but as one of the many celebratory songs heard up and down Holloway road and along Aubert Place said:

    “You can stick your nine years up your effing arse”

    We can go into our places of work tomorrow and nod benignly at the “By god, you made hard work of disposing of little Hull” comments with a look of infinite patience and smile inwardly.

    We are the Arsenal and we are back.

  120. rhyle says:

    Great post Chary…the record books won’t show it was won, just that it was won.

    Noticed that Steve Bruce had put on a bit of timber when I saw him on that there telly yesterday…didn’t know it gotten this bad though…

  121. Gööner In Exile says:

    The thing is with Ozil, both Rambo and Santi were better than him yesterday…..that’s fine because there will be games where the opposite is true.

    I thought Santi was one of the few on the pitch at his game in the first half, others were very quiet.

    The thing is you cannot blame the recipients of Özil’s passes, not when others get on just fine with the same recipients. He played his part yesterday but did nothing to excite as we know he can.

    He has had a tough season adjusting to the PL, he himself said he was surprised that when you have the opponent 2-0 down they don’t give up….something he became used to in Spain except probably when playing Barca or other teams at the top. We will see better of him next year without doubt.

    I am more surprised that some do not think Rambo deserving of MotM, as RAsaid earlier he covered every blade of grass, his shooting was a bit off, but we wouldn’t want him not to would we? Remember Johnny Wilkinson in the Rugby WC Final, everyone remembers the late late winner….but forget he had several chances before that which he fluffed.

    From memory Rambo made one sloppy pass sideways yesterday but the only giveaways after that were when he tried to go forward or shot off target. That’s the Arsene way.

  122. Rasp says:

    Rhyle – I apologise for some of your comments disappearing, the over zealous spam filter is swallowing comments willy nilly, I have no idea why, for two days it was swallowing my comments!!!!!!

    Keep trying and ill keep checking

  123. Rasp says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh and now I’m Rasp!!!!!!!!!! I give up 😦

  124. Thanks Rhyle, I’m still knackered now but that’s probably more down to being an unfit middle aged git than anything else ha ha.

  125. I’ll stick to commenting from my phone, I’m definitely me on my phone 🙂

  126. 26may1989 says:

    Am with you LB in general re Ozil. He was massively missed when he was injured a little while back, because the whole logic of our side is now built around him. But yesterday he didn’t sparkle.

    Re Ramsey, it was perfect for him to score the goal that won us the cup, his story is the story of our season. But he was as unable as any of our players in the first half yesterday to impose himself. He always runs his socks off, full credit to him, but I thought it was a way short of being his best game. All’s well that ends well though.

  127. RockyLives says:

    Not sure if any of you who were at the parade today have volunteered, but a few words about the atmosphere etc would make a great Post tomorrow for those of us too far away to have been there…

  128. RockyLives says:

    I voted for your band Chas

    Checked them out on YouTube first though to make sure I didn’t hate them 🙂

    Quite an Eighties sound (to my old ears, anyway).

    They could still do with a few more votes, looking at the numbers…

  129. kelsey says:


    On the subject of Ozil,Ramsey and Cazorla,I slightly disagree.

    There is no doubt that we were all at sea in the first 20 odd minutes,maybe even shell shocked but Santi more than any of our midfielders was driving everything on and it was befitting he scored that vital goal.
    At this stage and just after half time several were saying that Ramsey should be subbed and I thought Ozil came much more into the game and as LB says maybe his came is to subtle or intelligent for the likes of Giroud and Sanogo and even Podolski.
    As it happens AW made the right subs and Ramsey though wayward for much of the game has it in him to score in what turned out to be the winner.
    A word on Fabianski who after his mad moment really pulled off a great save with Hull’s last chance of the game. If you watch it again,he seems to be too far over to his left yet managed to change direction at the last moment.At the time I thought it was going to be a last minute equaliser.

    The scenes yesterday were terrific and 9 months of anquish disappeared from Wenger’s face.
    Now please sort out all our ins and outs ASAP not after the WC.e have to build on that.

  130. chas says:

    I’m going to have a go at a parade post.

  131. LBG says:

    Morning all
    Think my resolution from today -the new chapter- is to (try) to stop listening to Shitesport and people like Warnock. Following much faint praise for Arsenal’s victory after sooooooo many years, and Kelly being so praise worthy of a manager who “hasn’t played football at top level, like even you,Neil” and yet is successful,Warnock then proves that whatever level he played at he is a DICKHEAD.”Arsene were lucky though Des! Isaid during commentary (with a Yorkshire accent) he got those penalty shouts right – WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!!!??????? – and then he gets the corner decision wrong…………DICKHEAD
    At least I will definitely be able to laugh at Adrian’no brains’ Durham this aft. Oh no I’m not listening to Shitesport, shame!
    I voted, Chas. Happy Summer

  132. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    chas. Looking forward to the post and I voted. Hope they win.

    Strange we have not heard anything from the Troll’s house, may have something to do with 6 straight victories and an FA Cup.

  133. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Motning Winners,

    Still not back up to speed.

    I think my problem is that having to sit amongst Hull fans at Wembley, I couldn’t let off steam. Then the five hours to get home. Knackered sunday morning. Full days’ surfing. Knackered again.

    So still trying to find some victory outlet relief time 🙂

  134. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Am I allowed to post the troll a little message right here right now? 🙂

  135. LB says:


    This simply isn’t true.

    “The thing is you cannot blame the recipients of Özil’s passes, not when others get on just fine with the same recipients.”

    If Fabregas had made some of his trade mark, slide rule passes that opened up defences but the recipients were not able to control the sublime getures would you blame Fabregas?

    Actually you probably would.

    Ramsey and Cazorla appeared better because they ran around in a more determined way. It is so English to think that this is better because they look busy, very Protestant Work Ethic which I happen to subscribe to but I can only repeat that you are missing Ozil’s subtlety.

    Ramsey MOTM is a no brainer. Cazorla never gave up, Arteta wanted that trophy more than anyone and yes I agree that Ozil did not sparkle but look at the clubbed footed ouf he had to work with.

  136. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Last night I watched the ITV Highlights shown Saturday night at 11pm.

    They showed the engravers hard at work on the cup with Arsenal 2014 Winners before the Hull last gasp break and shot across goal.

    Must have been a bottom squeak at that point 🙂

  137. MickyDidIt89 says:

    LB Morning
    “Ozil did not sparkle but looked at the clubbed footed ouf he had to work with” Ha ha

    I have a plan to ensure you and Peaches get some away credits next term, and every term, to ensure you always get a ticket.

    Going to set up an AA Masonic-type Group, to ensure favours and privileges

  138. RA says:

    Morning Guys,

    Unlike you, Micky, I have had a euphoric week-end, with no Hull fans to restrict me! 🙂

    There has been a slight dampener to my start of the week when I heard that we were ‘leading the race’ for Milner and Barry.

    Just rumours, I know, but I have never seen the point of Milner and Barry is too old (we already have Mikel).

    Please don’t Arsene!

  139. Happy Bear says:

    LBG – get in touch with GiE. When we didn’t get a penalty on Saturday and one of the commentators said that the offender touched the ball GiE shouted soooooo loudly, that I am 100% positive the ref heard it ‘How many times am I to tell you it doesn’t matter if he touched the ball!! ‘ And on top of his voice he explained why with a few bollix and fecks in between . Some 2 old boring women next to us kept giving him strange glances and I had to defend him ‘Don’t worry, he is ok, during the week he is a normal, boring accountant’

  140. LBG says:

    “AA Masonic-type Group”- Great idea, I can provide t-towels, and we can have funny handshakes, if we ever meet, and the OZIL eye looking down on all of us.

  141. andy bishop says:

    Ozil’s class is that he makes others play. I doubt you will see him completely run a game, crash in two or three goals and become a media darling. Anyone who knows football appreciates him for what he does. Ask the other Arsenal players and that is all that matters. A slow start in big games is a concern and an obvious area for improvement. If we can tighten that up I think football the Wenger way gradually wears opponents down and next year we can avoid the “disasters”. Its hard to assess Probert in the final. Its as though he had pre determined Arsenal would be looking for a penalty as they got more and more on top and failed to judge each one impartially. At least two shouts were penalties all day long.

  142. RA says:

    Ozil is simply class.

  143. LBG says:

    Morning Happy Bear
    I have full respect for GiE. The ball doesn’t even have to be in the penalty area!!! If, during the course of play you were goal hanging in your opposition penalty area (like we use to do when we were young and didn’t care about the offside rule), and the one slow fat kid who decided not to attack with his mates and instead mark you decided to kick you up in the air because he was bigger than you, that’s a penalty!!!!!!!(Unless of course, you had yesterday’s idiot in charge, when he would say “play on, play on.

  144. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Why buy an old fella when we already have MA and Flamini?

    I fear another summer of journo bollix

  145. andy bishop says:

    @LB bang on…….Giroud is a tireless worker and a team man but an average Premier League player busting a gut for the cause. Ramsey can play the way he does because Ozil and Cazorla hold the ball and give and go. Giroud is a yard slow in thought and movement to be a top class striker but a trier. Does he not need a top class striker alongside or rotating to share the burden?

  146. Big Raddy says:

    BTW Love that pic of Steve Bruce – it is an uncanny likeness

  147. LBG says:

    Happy Bear
    I have been known to scream and be abusive myself, usually at Walcott when he is shovelling shit back to Bacary and not making runs/angles. Sorry!

  148. Morning all

    LB – I’ll not have you call Giroud a clubfooted oaf unless you’re blaming AW for buying him in the first place 😉 The guy has his limitations but he’s scored goals for us and he works tirelessly for the team……….. and he’s sooooo handsome 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I bet he would have love to be able to get onto even one of those beautifully weighted passes that Ozil puts onto an area he should bust a gut to get onto. Sadly he doesn’t have the pace 😦

  149. oooops was typing my comment while andy bishop’s had already arrived

  150. chas says:

    “Post” sent to nuts.

  151. chas says:

    Thanks for the GBW votes.

  152. chas says:

    Adelaide Gooners


    chas, I voted. Liked them very much. Reminded me of Manilow at his best.

    Ime still waiting GM

  154. chas says:

    Good news for fans of the Crispy Duck. He’s back. 🙂

  155. chas says:

    Thanks, Terry.
    They’ll love the Manilow comparison. 🙂

  156. chas says:

  157. chas says:

  158. We have a New Post …………………..

  159. Jack says:

    You’re clearly a proper pleb

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