Arsenal’s disappointing Champions League draw.

Group D: Arsenal Dortmund Galatasaray Anderlecht.


Chips and Mayo

Hardly Michelin Starred food but the beer is pretty good. Don’t know about the ground or the travel arrangements, maybe someone could expand?

german sausages

German food, really? What’s good to drink with it?


Probably the best food and the best city, shame about the fans.


We will just have to top the group to get one of the culinary big boys.


The blame for this goes to LB


81 Responses to Arsenal’s disappointing Champions League draw.

  1. LB says:

    Well, let it not be said that we don’t have a new post every day.

  2. aizedlittlemozart says:

    where’s the punch line? 🙂
    BvB again should be lively, I personally never get tired of watching the team play against high calibre opposition, brings out the best in them mostly. top of the group should be between us two. Let’s do like last year & take 3 points (at home preferably)

    Gala, old hostilities, I expect a minimum of 4 points.

    Anderlecht, could be this year’s marseille. 6 points!

  3. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & erm……top post *cough* *cough* LB

  4. Shard says:

    I’m hungry.

  5. arnie says:

    Well done, LB, in not allowing it to “be said that we don’t have a new post every day”. 😛 And in not allowing anyone to come FIRST, not even aized. 😛

    The food does not matter so much, IMO. What matters more is the lubrication that goes with it, particularly the intestinal type. 😛

    And as aized said, whats the point of CL if there is no competition. I would like us to top the group this time, but only just, Arsenal winning away at Istambul, and BvB fall off at home to Anderlecht.

    It is not going to be as easy as that, is it! 😛

  6. arnie says:

    Shard. I hope it was the bottom pic that made you feel hungry, and not one of the two above. 😛

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Sticking those pics up just before lunch has added a thousand calories to mine
    Cheers B-)

  8. LB says:


    You’re right, it needed a punch line.

  9. Shard says:


    And why not?

    I like some sausage from time to time …though now I feel I have to qualify that by saying #nohomo 🙂

    Anyway..Off to get some sausage and some…… lubrication 😀

  10. Shard says:

    I thought the punch line was the one about you LB.

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    In short, very dull draw, but very winnable.

    Might be an excellent time to put in a massive bid for Dortmund’s best player.

    Do they have anyone worth £40M? 🙂

  12. kelsey says:

    Well done LB by saving the day.

    Bratwurst and sauerkraut for me.

    Anyone agree with me (I doubt it) that the group stages should be dropped and that though it is now called The Champions League, that it should be a straight knockout competiton based on two legged fixtures and the loser does not go into the Europa Cup.

    I feel we play far too much football and that also not having a winter break doesn’t help.

    I appreciate it’s all about money these days so I guess I am in the minority.

  13. chas says:

    It made me laugh, LB, even without a punchline. 🙂

    I never thought the photos of food would elicit a comment about intestinal lubrication but this is AA.

    The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels looks quite tight with the stands close to the pitch and judging from some of these clips has a standing section, too. (not allowed on CL nights, I believe.

  14. Thanks for the lunch time orientated post LB,

    for me it’s Hobson’s choice as a veggie, mayo and chips.

    I see the hapless Swampies of Middlesex have got Beshitkas, in the Pisspost Thursday league, I hope Bilic’s lot rough ’em up a bit ha ha.

  15. arnie says:

    Bratwurst and sauerkraut does me fine as well. But only occasionally. The kebabs look nice, though. 😛

    Chas. Dortmund away is not going to work. 😦 Keeping the options open for the other two. The usual suspects have first refusal, of course. Would not have ventured to Istanbul on my own, but since we have 26may for company, starts sounding better. 🙂

  16. jnyc says:

    Mussels !

  17. aizedlittlemozart says:

    Chas, only on AA really. :p

    the sausage pun just had to come out hahahaaahaha!!!!

    Arnie, when the post poster posts the first post reply I posit that he has gained undue advantage in the first reply race & is therefore disqualified. I am first? Ai-zed’s the new Celtic 🙂 & nobody’s knocking me out hehe…

  18. Big Raddy says:

    Top post!

    Kebabs for me. Turkish food is outstanding especially in Istanbul. Shame about their attitude towards English football fans.

    chary must enjoy the guitar work (fairly simple) on the 1.20 vid.

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Mozart. I agree. You are hereby named today’s first poster

  20. I can’t turn the sound on at the mo Mr Daddy but they look like they’d have the guitar technique of Sweep (of Sooty & Sweep fame) the puppet.

  21. aizedlittlemozart says:

    & BR’s word is law! I’ll receive prizes in form of sausages………& lubrication #nohomo

  22. mickydidit89 says:


    I guess Istanbul is on the Hippy Trail heading East for some gong shit and finding yourself bollocks 🙂

    Mind you, I can talk. As JNYC rightly says Belgium is Moules Frites country, and apparently some mates and I were making a detour on our way back from Amsterdam to get some plates of the stuff as we were really really hungry, but by the time our food arrived, none of us could actually see the little fishy fellows 🙂

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I did the moules frites and belgian beer in Antwerp a few years ago. Fine food and super-strong lager (Duvel). But it’s not attractive enough to spend a few hundred euro to repeat the experience.

    And any visit to the Blue Mosque is a spiritual adventure ….

  24. GoonerB says:

    Thanks LB. I actually thought all the dishes looked appetising but maybe that says more about the cultural level I operate on. In truth I would probably eat sheeps brain and a Kangaroo’s gonad if someone offered me a ticket and flight to a couple of those games.

  25. chas says:

    Wouldn’t it be a bummer if you went on a “find yourself” bollocks trip and then you decided you didn’t like what you found?

  26. chas says:

    You just can’t beat a lunchtime sausage.
    This is one of my favourite posts.

    How about local food for the pre-match theme?

  27. RA says:

    Interesting association of foods with our footie opponents, LB.

    Whenever I eat a Chinese meal in Germany an hour later I am hungry for power.

  28. Big Raddy says:

    GB. Good to see you back after the summer break.

    chas. Food. Not a bad idea at all …..

    RA 😀

  29. A food blog… yummy 🙂

    I’ve never been to Belgium, well, I once drove through it on my way from France to Amsterdam, didn’t even stop. But I used to go to a specialist Belgium restaurant in the south of France who did the bestest Moules/frites ever.

  30. arnie says:

    Yes, the food theme sounds brilliant!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  31. arnie
    You can get pork scratchings and spicy chorizo over at my place 🙂

  32. Eddie says:

    Belgian chocolates and Turkish kebabs are best.
    Those german sausages look disgusting. Same goes for the team

    Thanks LB, great idea 🙂

  33. chas says:

  34. GunnerN5 says:

    Team news: Latest updates for Leicester

    Arsène Wenger has given the latest team news ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City. This is what he had to say

    on Arteta, Gibbs and Ramsey…
    Arteta will certainly be short for Sunday. Kieran Gibbs as well. I don’t think we have any injuries from Wednesday night against Besiktas. Ramsey is available again because he was suspended against Besiktas. He will come back into the squad.

    on Ospina and Gnabry…
    David Ospina is now back to full training [and] is available again. Maybe he’s a bit short for Sunday but he’s back. Serge Gnabry is on a good way but is nowhere near to being back in the group.

  35. mickydidit89 says:


    I maybe a simple fellow with simple needs, but that vid is hysterical 🙂

  36. Big Raddy says:

    That vid has had me laughing for half an hour

  37. mickydidit89 says:


    I don’t even have sound on it, but had tears of laughter

  38. Micky
    Top left corner… the speaker sign is turned off… but the sound doesn’t add much to the vid. It’s funny without it. 🙂

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    UEFA is close to changing the seeding system for the group stages of the Champions League, Sky Sports News’ Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson can reveal.

    UEFA has confirmed that, under new proposals, the top eight seeds would comprise of the defending Champions League winners, along with the seven domestic league winners of the top-ranked UEFA nations.

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Cheers NB69

    You’re right, it doesn’t add much.

  41. mickydidit89 says:


    That’d be great. We would get to play someone actually worth beating in the group stage, and would be now making travel plans 🙂

  42. GunnerN5 says:


    It would make it far fairer than it is now and would eliminate the possibility of two of the top ranked league champions playing each other in the same group.

  43. Well we will have to win the frigging league this season to get into the top pot. 🙂

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    That’s the downside NB and will mean that we will be in a group with one of the league champions.

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    True GN5

    Did any of the teams in our group win their leagues?

  46. GunnerN5 says:

    MD89 – both Galatasaray and Anderlecht won their domestic leagues.

  47. But in the new system, if we aren’t in the top pot, we could have Real, Barca or Bayern in the group stage. If they had won their domestic league that is. But we could still end up with Galatasaray or Andelecht?

  48. So could still end up with Chips and mayo, kebab and German sausage…….. the only upside is the Tapas and chorizo 🙂

  49. aizedlittlemozart says:

    I had absolutely no idea that eto’o had joined everton !

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow GN5

    So we’re in a Group of Death then, yikes!

  51. mickydidit89 says:


    I really like the idea of your post.

    Pictures of the national dishes. No names of teams. Discuss.

    Job done 🙂

  52. mickydidit89 says:


    Last season I went to both German games away (one with The Hippy) and I’d never been to Germany before. The sausages in both Dortmund and Munich were rubbish compared to an English Banger

  53. Big Raddy says:

    I think a fairer seeding system works fine but…. Malmo won the Swedish league, seeding them over the Chavs would be ridiculous

    I don’t know why that vid is so funny but it is. Perhaps it is the supercilious arrogance of the fool. I will have to keep coming back to it when stressed (not that I ever get stressed but if I did ….)

  54. Micky
    Well there are some on here (won’t mention any names) who swear by a big german sausage 🙂

    You want to live in France mate, the sausages ain’t brilliant here, the best is a Toulouse sausage, but none of them can beat a good old English banger. 🙂 the other French sausage I do like is a Montbeliard, but thats a hard one which you cook with potatoes. The taste is excellent. AA is now officially a food blog 🙂

  55. Big Raddy says:

    The sausages here are total rubbish. Processed pig and bright red. And yet, the danish hot dog is a culinary delight. Can’t understand why but they just work.

    There are little hot dog vans all over town and they are very popular

  56. LB has started something… I now expect a photo of the local culinary delight associated with every town our opponents are from when a post is made on here 🙂 If we play Crawley in the FA cup though I think you may be stuck 🙂

  57. LB says:

    They do a very good Steak and Kidney pie in Crawley I will have you know 🙂

  58. LB says:


    I have been wanting to do this for a while now, I have another idea for tomorrow which I am going to post early as the sight of that food first thing in the morning will not be best welcomed lol.

    Anyway, it surely goes without saying that Rocky’s master pieces should always take precedent but I want to try and see if there are other ways of doing things as well.

  59. kelsey says:

    as they do in The Priory 🙂

  60. RA says:

    So as I understand it, the new UEFA system is aimed at ousting the likes of Arsenal, who have qualified for 17 consecutive years, and replace them with tuppeny hapenny one time ‘winners’ like Maribor or whoever in the top pot.


  61. Look forward to it LB

    I’m off….. the bar calls 🙂

  62. mickydidit89 says:


    If you did away with the words altogether, I’d say this post was miles better than anything Rocky has ever written 🙂

    Two Words

    Full English

  63. arnie says:

    And since I am rural and parochial,

    Full Scottish. 🙂

  64. arnie says:

    That reminds me, Haggis tonight. Off now. 🙂 🙂

  65. arnie says:

    Neeps and Tatties of course, and a delightful whisky sauce. Plus intestinal lubrication!!!!! 😛

  66. chas says:

    Haha, pleased that the water jet pack man made some others laugh.
    I pissed myself and couldn’t resist sharing.

  67. chas says:

    Crowley’s free-kick from last night.
    (sorry no Akbomb)

  68. Bayonne Jean says:

    If indeed a) UEFA goes through with this seeding reconfiguration and b) if the Europa League champion is automatically included in next season’s CL group stage, then wouldn’t it be better to come in third in this season’s group stages and take your chances against weaker opposition in Europa?

    Could UEFA try to seed this season’s Europa League champion in next season’s CL draw?

  69. fatgingergooner says:

    Remy to Chelsea apparently.

  70. arnie says:

    “Today we are in a position sometimes, if you always buy, you can never give a chance to a player. We take now the example of Calum Chambers. Calum Chambers played centre-back because I gave him the chance to play centre-back. If I had four centre-backs already because I had bought four, I would never have played him. And he would sit on the bench and play in the youth team.

    “That balance has to be right inside the club between buying what is right to make the squad stronger but as well keep the chance to give opportunities to people who deserve it. And it’s not easy today because every time you have an injured player, nobody asks do you give a chance to Chuba Akpom, for example. No, it’s buy a player. Nobody wants to give an opportunity to everybody.”

    “If we buy somebody, somebody will go because we have too many players. We have too many strikers.”

  71. arnie says:

    “People are very harsh with Ozil because he’s a player who’s always very easy on his play but when you watch the game again after, the next day, you see what a player he is.

    “Everything he does is intelligent. The timing of everything he does is absolutely perfect. You never catch him giving the ball too late.

    “The number of players you catch giving the ball too late is unbelievable. You never get that with Ozil. The timing, he’s like a guy who plays the music, the timing of what he does is perfect, you don’t get many players like that.”


  72. arnie says:

  73. mickydidit89 says:


    No game today and a Beatle

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    Can’t decide who I think were better, Beetles or Take That

  75. LB says:

    New post

    Sorry chaps for breaking that up.

  76. chas says:

    Have you seen LB’s new post?

  77. chas says:

    Micky will be pleased he doesn’t have to look at “Macca” anymore. 🙂

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Beatles. One word……… s!

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