South Coast Shenanigans …… Ant ‘n Duck on the road to Brighton

We set off from Nottingham at 8am to make sure we’d get down to Brighton for midday, though early on a Sunday is usually a good time to travel anyway. A punk soundtrack and only three hours direct to the multi-storey car park meant that the journey flew by and we’d have plenty of time for a few sherbets.

Hotel check-in couldn’t take place before 3pm which meant that’d have to wait until after the game, so straight to Wetherspoons and first pint of the day. The pub proved to be a good choice as it seemed to be a meeting point for stacks of Gooners. Plenty of hugging back slapping and ‘how’s it going?’ followed which launched us into the away trip feel very nicely, thank you.

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After a couple we moved on for a more traditional taste of Brighton, an Irish pub! The Fiddler’s Elbow had been recommended and happened to be less than 100 yards away. We just caught them opening at 12, so were their first customers and had a choice of any seat in the house. The next two and a half hours flew by and is now a little like a time lapse video in my memory, twelve o’clock pub empty, half past two rammed to the rafters. Shed loads of Gooners again, chatting to Brighton and Arsenal alike, just as it should be. The first sorties into the packed lunch helped to absorb some of the Guinness.

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As usual we’d worked out the best way of getting to the ground, the 25 bus from just round the corner in Churchill Square. This was before the main central area where the train station sits, so we had more chance of getting on. The Amex is several miles outside Brighton and transport is problematic (more of this later). We went past Brighton Pavilion which meant we could get the required amount of sightseeing under our belts.

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After a couple of stops the bus was full with the driver operating a one off one on policy, so we’d guessed right about where to get on. The 20 minute bus ride took about 45 but after a half dozen beers, proved to be a diverting experience. Arriving at the stadium with a half hour to go to kick off, allowed plenty of time to watch the warm up and for one of the mascots to have his photo taken with a muppet.

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The game was very enjoyable after Walcott’s early strike settled nerves. Mine and Ant’s eyesight were severely tested with Arsenal’s second as we both thought that Giroud had scored. Big lad in the area scores with his left foot, what were we to assume? Perhaps this was evidence that Mesut has bulked up somewhat while out with injury, or maybe proof that you always see more of the game if you watch on TV (or that we both need new or replacement glasses). Ant had some knobheads to his right who were abusing Szczesny throughout the game in one form or another. Even after the fans sang ‘ He smokes when he wants’, they seemed to fail to grasp the fact that it was intended to support a player in an Arsenal shirt.

The second half was a little more scary after Brighton’s early reply but Tommy’s crisp volley proved decisive in the end. Sanchez coming on as sub provoked numerous renditions of his (fairly) new song, ‘Alexis Sanchez, baby, Alexis Sanchez, wohhhoooh’ to the tune of ‘Don’t You Want me Baby’. Not sure about that one but it seems popular.

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Cue celebrations at the final whistle and Little Mozart throwing his shirt into the Arsenal section.

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My previous attempts at coronation chicken have always involved Sunday’s leftovers, so I’m back on familiar ground with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recipe for cold cooked chicken. The dressing is simplicity itself: 2 tbsp “good spicy fruit chutney” (I use mango, in keeping with the Anglo-Indian theme), mixed with 1 tbsp “good Madras curry powder” and equal parts Greek yoghurt and mayonnaise and tossed through the meat, which is then left to marinate for a couple of hours and finally garnished with toasted almonds and chopped coriander. The sandy colour looks the part to our modern eyes, and the assertively fruity, spicy flavour wins fans too – everyone loves it, although my mum points out quite rightly that the raw curry powder adds a harsh note to the dressing. The yoghurt stops the mayonnaise from taking over the dish, without imparting the slightly buttery flavour of creme fraiche. A solid, crowd-pleasing recipe for anyone in a hurry – and I love the crunch of the nuts.

Getting away from the ground was tricky to say the least with the majority of Brighton’s record attendance heading back towards the town centre. There were a few incidents where frustrated supporters from both teams became a little fractious both with the transport arrangements and with each other. We stayed in the ground for a pint after the game but still had to queue for a fair time to get a train back to the city centre.

Having finally arrived back in Brighton, we checked into our salubrious accommodation at the Travelodge on Brighton Seafront and set off back to the ‘Spoons for a cheap meal and a couple more celebratory beers. Then, back to the room for 10.30 to see MOTD2 and hear some dubious words of wisdom from Phil Snivel.

All in all a great trip.

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Up The Arse.

Written by chas

 

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151 Responses to South Coast Shenanigans …… Ant ‘n Duck on the road to Brighton

  1. chas says:

    Couple of vids I found to do with the game.

  2. chas says:

    Goals at 6.30m, 20.40m and 42.00m.
    We thought the Brighton fans were pretty quiet from where we were apart just after they scored both times. This makes it seem completely different.

  3. chas says:

    Haha, love the Coronation Chicken bit in the middle. 🙂

  4. chas says:

    In actual fact it’s my favourite part!

  5. chas says:

    Right, gym and swim.

  6. Rasp says:

    Great travelog, thanks chas.

    I think we should find a sponsor for your away jaunts – Guinness perhaps … or Masterchef?

    The game was worthy of the FA Cup. The underdogs certainly had their moments and gave the big boys a scare. Credit to B & HA.

  7. LB says:

    No other type of post makes me smile all the way through the way these do. I really, really appreciate them.

    The recipe is so AA, hilarious.

    I was trying to add up how many pints you drank during the day. I got lost at 6.

    Great stuff, thanks

  8. LB says:

    Wenger has a very interesting team selection for Sunday especially at right back: does he play Bellerin, Chambers or Gabriel? All are fit and all available to play; I suspect his choice will tell us a lot about how he sees the future of this position.

    It looks as though Sanchez will be short which is no bad thing in my opinion, I would prefer him to be fit as a fiddle and raring to go, ready to face the Knuckle Draggers the following week.

    Wenger still has plenty to choose from: Giroud, Ozil, Walcott, Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Chuba, any three of these five should be able to get the job done against Villa.

    Wenger also has a tricky decision to make in the attacking midfield: Cazorla, Rosicky and Ramsey are all on form and all deserve to start but only two of those can. Cazorla is a must and then my guess is that Wenger will start with Ramsey and then bring Rosicky on later.

    As for the single defensive midfield berth: there is not a lot between Flamini and Coquelin in my opinion, the latter is probably more deserving though.

    Goal keeper has to be Os–pi–naaaaaaaa.

    Mertasacker and Koscielny are straight forward and I don’t really think there is a lot between Monreal and Gibbs.

    Before someone says it: Gabriel is not a left back, yes he can play there, so can Koscielny or even Mertasacker for that matter, see my point?

    No idea if Gabriel can play DM, I am fascinated by that possibility.

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Absolutely brilliant, and the timing of the recipe for no reason whatsoever is epic in its brilliance 🙂

    Thanks Chas

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Did you manage to explore The Lanes?

  11. RA says:

    Loved the Post, Chas, it is real fan blogdom. 🙂

    The pics were good too, but I especially liked the one of you wearing the blue and white striped shirt — who was the bloke standing next to you wearing the Arsenal scarf?

  12. LOvely stuff Chas… really enjoyed that.

    But you didn’t venture far from your hotel. I would have liked to know what you thought of some of the pubs in the Lanes and the North Lanes. Wetherspoons to the Fiddlers Elbow was but a stones throw. Love the photo of the Muppet 🙂

  13. See Eddie, I can blog and keep a lady happy… multi-tasking man style 🙂

  14. chas says:

    Micky
    You’re right, the random recipe is my favourite bit.
    Largely because that bit wasn’t in the post when I sent it to Nuts!

    Peaches or Rasp must have accidentally pasted it in;either that or they thought the post needed spicing up a little.

    Please leave it in though as it makes the post, ta.

  15. chas says:

    Unfortunately we were never going to visit any of proper Brighton on this trip, so sorry to disappoint. Beer and football were all that was on our minds.

  16. chas says:

    Interesting selection choices for us on Sunday.
    I think the Ox is out, LB.

  17. GoonerB says:

    Brilliant Chas. I loved the last bit……… “Phil Snivel”. I have just added “Must do an away game with Chas and Ant” to my bucket list.

    LB you are right that AW has a lot of decisions to make before Sunday. I feel we have been better more recently when he has had fewer options (due to injuries) and we have played more or less a consistent team and, perhaps more importantly, players playing in their best positions.

    I felt earlier in the season, when he had more available players, it caused him more of a headache in how to accommodate everyone and we ended up with players playing out of position and not getting the right blend in the team. I always thought performances and results suffered on the back of that.

    Under normal circumstances returning players and a stronger and deeper squad should be a massive plus, but could it actually prove to work the other way with us that AW doesn’t find the right balance due to the amount of options?

    As you say LB he has a decision on the RFB position but I feel that if he plays 1 of Le Coq or Flam then it is the other 5 midfield and striker combination that could see us dominate or unnecessarily struggle.

    I wouldn’t risk Sanchez with next weekends game in mind and Wilshere and Welbeck are injured. After that then he has a choice from Giroud, Akpom, Walcott, AOC, Santi, Ramsey, Rosicky and Ozil (feel free to correct me if any are injured).

    I think he will start with Ollie up front so it is 4 from 7 out of the others. With Ollie as a striker I am a believer that he needs pace either side of him to work off him and get past him and our real speed merchants are Theo, AOC and Akpom. Personally I would play AOC in Alexis role attacking left and Theo to the right. Akpom is a good option from the bench either attacking left or up front. That leaves the real tricky decision of choosing 2 from 4 out of Rambo, Santi, Rosicky and Ozil.

    What I would hate to see is AW shunting any of these players into one of the wide areas just to accommodate getting them out there come whatever. With Rambo and Ozil just back from injury I think I would prefer Santi and Rosicky with Le Coq. Their experience and ability would see us completely control the midfield IMO and from there they can look to supply and support Giroud up front and the speedsters to the side.

  18. chas says:

    How can Chelsea get enough from the sale of Schurrle to pay for Cuadrado?
    Something fishy going on, schurrley?

  19. RC78 says:

    Schurlle going out for 35 Mln and Cuadrado coming in for 33 Mln…I suppose they are in line…

  20. RC78 says:

    I think we ll play:

    Ospina – Bellerin, BFG, Kos, Gibbs – Ramsey, Coquelin – Rosicky – Ox, Giroud, Santi

    and Santi and Rosicky will swap spots during the game

  21. GoonerB says:

    You are on form today Chas…Phil Snivel and now Schurrley… 🙂

  22. LB says:

    I bet you a mosquito net that Cazorla starts.

  23. Gööner In Exile says:

    Cracking at the match report Chas, looks like a great day out.

    Eddie you are lucky I am balls deep in tax returns. But can I just say Mannone not a number 1 at Subderland anymore dropped after also having a bit of a howler at St Mary’s, Fab1 made a couple of dodgies in a recent game too.

    But here is the real rub…..Mignolet…..oh Liverpool out did is there and got a top goalkeeper, hmmmmm not so great now he is at the top is he? Vorm…..too keeper at Swansea but look at the goal he conceded against Leicester. The point you have far less shots to deal with playing at a big club, the rest of your game is tested, and you don’t have the catalogue of saves to make fans forget about the one or two dodgy moments, De Gea is probably in that boat too, he is nowhere near as good as pundits are making him out to be, let us see when he only has one or two shots to save but 5/6 tricky crosses to deal with whether fans think he is the finished article.

    Without doubt Szczesny has had some moments enough to think he isn’t good enough? No not at all, he has all the best attributes of top keepers and has made some fine saves at 0-0 in games or at 1-0 to keep us ahead. These are quickly forgotten because he does not have to make ten twenty saves a game.

    Look at Ben Foster, found his level at WBA, couldn’t cut it at ManUre….the list is endless. You cannot compare keepers who play for teams lower down the league with keepers playing in the top 4.

    It’s not about the mistakes it’s about how you respond to them in the next game, this is where Szczesny for me has always excelled, but I agree with him spending a bit of time getting splinters to reconsider his decision making.

  24. chas says:

    Bielik looks tall, Jack one of the 7 dwarves.

  25. chas says:

    Ah, that’s better.

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    GoonerB

    It’s Friday, so if I may continue my dooming from earlier. You say:

    “That leaves the real tricky decision of choosing 2 from 4 out of Rambo, Santi, Rosicky and Ozil.
    What I would hate to see is AW shunting any of these players into one of the wide areas”

    100% guarantee one of those gets shunted left 😦

  27. Thanks for the away day reminiscences Chas.

    I’m a Knot ear but was wondering if anyone bothers meeting up for a drink pre match ?

    I’m going to the Villa game and am thinking I’ll probably end up drinking alone again like last time.

  28. Bayonne Jean says:

    From AW presser: no Ox this week, and not likely for SFL next week, either. I’d plan ahead and start Rosicky next week and hold him in reserve for this Sunday.

  29. RC78 says:

    mdd – yep, Santi will start at left and Rosicky in the middle but they may swap as the game goes along and I can see Wenger bringing in Walcott for Rosicky at some point in the game so we would have Ox – Giroud – Walcott up front with Santi in support…

    To be honest, AV’s defense is not great and I think it is a game for Ox to score on a pass from OG…I also think that Gibbs could get on the score sheet. However, their midfield and striking options are fast, industrious and potent so we have to keep tight in the middle and in defense…

    My starting XI would be:
    Ospina – Bellerin (:-(), BFG, Kos, Gibbs – Flamini, Coquelin – Ox, Ramsey, Santi – Giroud

    I would start cautiously and I would play Ramsey as a playmaker with Santi and Ox on the side…But AW will not play Flamini, he will Ramsey alongside Coquelin and Rosicki as a playmaker with Santi being drifted on the left wing.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Rant No 17

    Nowhere on the field is understanding between two players more essential than between CB’s.

    In his press do da, Arsene says we’ve bought a CB who does not speak a word of English.

    Or German

    Or French

    Bloody cosmic 🙄

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    You’re a bunch of miserable gits not ranting 🙂

  32. Eddie says:

    GiE !!! I was soooooo disappointed you didn’t comment yesterday. I was all prepared for a dressing down 🙂 I know you are right and I was deliberately harsh on Szczesny to provoke a debate. Thanks for the feedback today!

  33. chas says:

    Some communication doesn’t require words – ask NB69.
    Besides, he said they’d taught him “offside” and how to stick his arm in the air.

    Weren’t you ranting about Sanchez being out this morning? He speaks no English.

  34. Eddie says:

    chas – you’ve grown your hair!!! nice 🙂 off to read the post

    pee off DidIt name calling

  35. chas says:

    I doubt there’s much verbal communication between Mertesacker and Koscielny to be honest.

    Per: Stick one on him, Frenchie
    Kos: Zut alors

  36. GoonerB says:

    Sorry Micky I have got nothing to rant about today. I am saving it all for Sunday when we line up with central midfielders with limited pace on the wings.

  37. GoonerB says:

    Just looked back to yesterday briefly and noticed Aarons comment just after the new post was announced. I think A.A should hire Aaron as a seek and destroy assasin for Trolls and anyone who strays on here from L.G.

    Actually I am wondering if Mancini has hired him personally already to tackle any dissenters or those whose faith is wavering.

  38. chas says:

  39. GoonerB says:

    Where is Mancini anyway. Is the Anthony Quinn of the accounting world actually pretending that he is too busy to come on here with tax returns?

    We all know that he is really sitting in his office watching “Hirsuite Greek Female Mountain Honeys and their goat herds……part3”.

  40. Eddie says:

    yuk, she’s got a moustache!!

  41. Rasp says:

    This is Aaron’s comment in response to yesterday’s post about Szczesny…..

    …..He is top class period!
    When he has a defense in front of him, he is very difficult to pass. Ospina has not proved squat. Maybe 2 shots total from 3 games. Big deal! All this talk is from amateurs, about this that and everything under the sun. Are defense has been in shambles since Bac left!!!! We have had at least 5 combo’s back there, with a couple of 19 year olds thrown in.. How would that go for any keeper against Aguero, Silva, Costa, etc….that right not so well. Those 19 years olds are supremely talented but not played together as a unit for a season. It takes time for a defense to jell, and we have not had it this season, and when Arsenal are not winning so many fair weather fans want to make a scapegoat out of anyone and throw them under the bus. It is sickening as a true fan, win lose draw will support my team- yes with a few choice words, but still support the team nonetheless. And that tool that followed Arsene on the train and baited him, would have knocked that pos out!!

  42. GoonerB says:

    Hahaha Chas. Rumour has it that Mancinis favourite is Maria. She is built like Johnny Vegas and has a trick where she can spontaneously and at will secrete large sweat droplets from her matted chest.

  43. GoonerB says:

    Yep looks assassin material to me Rasp.

  44. Eddie says:

    read the post, great 🙂 The sightseeing alone must have exhausted you, not to mention the ‘more traditional taste of Brighton’! But I’d say it was well worth it, a good game with a good atmosphere aint bad

  45. Eddie says:

    Rasp – Aaron read my post??????

  46. Rasp says:

    Apparently Eddie. Your post got 5,500 hits yesterday and a further 500 today 🙂

  47. Bayonne Jean says:

    For those fretting over Alexis’ absence from the side against Villa on Sunday, remember that he did not feature at all against them in the fixture at Villa Park.

  48. GoonerB says:

    Based on those statistics I think Eddie should do all A.A posts for the next while until she (sorry he 🙂 ) hits the red zone.

  49. Eddie says:

    Aaron read my post 🙂 Oooooh, I am so happy 🙂 Never mind that he hated it and called me ‘all these amateurs’ 🙂

    GB – I was a good title, that’s all

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Love this post. Love chas’ work and love the Coronation chicken recipe which I will try over the weekend. Thank you

  51. The Cockie Monster says:

    My favourite posts are ………..The Ordeals and Journey`s of Chas !.

    I`m convinced he has this lot tattooed on his back just in case he gets lost !. hahaha

    Not in any particular order but all the pubs within a mile of the Ground,
    53 I believe ! .

    The Bank of Friendship – Location: Highbury
    Address: 224 Blackstock Rd, London, N5 1EN
    The Gunners – Location: Highbury
    Address: 204, Blackstock Rd, London, N5 1EN
    The Woodbine – Location: Highbury
    Address: 215 Blackstock Road, London, N5 2LL
    The T-Bird – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 132, Blackstock Rd, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DX
    The Drayton Arms – Location: Highbury
    Address: Drayton Park, London, N5 1N
    The Arsenal Tavern – Location: Highbury
    Address: 175 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2JS
    The Lord Palmerston – Location: Holloway
    Address: 10 Annette Road, Holloway, London, N7 6ET
    The Blackstock – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: Blackstock Rd/Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2DL
    The Gaslight – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 5 Station Place, London, N4 2DH
    The Twelve Pins – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 263, Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2D
    The Study – Location: Holloway
    Address: 274, Holloway Rd, London, N7 6NE
    The Coronet (JD Wetherspoon) – Location: Holloway
    Address: 338-346, Holloway Rd, London, N7 6PA
    The Railway – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: Wells Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JU
    The Highbury Barn – Location: Highbury
    Address: 26, Highbury Park, London, N5 2AB
    The Enkel Arms – Location: Holloway
    Address: 34 Seven Sisters Road, Holloway, London, N7 6AA
    Cafe Metro – Location: Holloway
    Address: 295 Holloway Road, London, N7 8HS
    The Holloway – Location: Holloway
    Address: 341-343 Holloway Road, London, N7
    Tommy Flynns – Location: Islington
    Address: 203, Holloway Rd, London, N7 8DL
    Moray Arms – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 94 Durham Rd, Highbury, London, N7 7DT
    The Lord Nelson – Location: Holloway Road
    Address: 100, Holloway Rd, London, N7 8JE
    The Swimmer at The Grafton Arms – Location: Holloway
    Address: 12, Eburne Rd, London, N7 6AR
    Big Red – Location: Holloway
    Address: 385 Holloway Road, London, N7 0RY
    The White House – Location: Highbury
    Address: 313 Highbury New Park, Islington, London, N5 2LB
    The Hercules Tavern – Location: Holloway
    Address: 504, Holloway Rd, London, N7 6JA
    The Worlds End – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 21-23, Stroud Green Rd, London, N4 3EF
    The George – Location: Holloway
    Address: 9, Eden Grove, London, N7 8EE
    Robinson Crusoe – Location: Stoke Newington
    Address: 177 Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London, N16 9DB
    The Brownswood Park Tavern – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 271, Green Lanes, London, N4 2E
    Bar Cosa – Location: Highbury
    Address: 54, Holloway Rd, London, N7 8JL
    The Plough – Location: Upper Holloway
    Address: 354, Hornsey Rd, London, N19 4HT
    The Faltering Fullback – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 19 Perth Road, London, N4 3HB
    The Bailey – Location: Highbury
    Address: 81 Holloway Road, London, N7 8LT
    The Wig and Gown – Location: Highbury
    Address: 97-99, Holloway Rd, London, N7 8LT
    The Prince Edward – Location: Holloway
    Address: 38 Parkhurst Road, London, N7 0SF
    The Alexandra Bar and Dining Room – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 376 Seven Sisters Road, London, N4 2
    White Lion Of Mortimer (JD Wetherspoon) – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 125-127 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3PX
    The Enterprise – Location: Holloway
    Address: 194-196, Sussex Way, Holloway, London, N19
    Nambucca – Location: Upper Holloway
    Address: 596 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LB
    The Quays – Location: Holloway
    Address: 471, Holloway Rd, London, N7 6LE
    The Landseer – Location: Holloway
    Address: 37, Landseer Rd, London, N19 4JU
    The Crown – Location: Upper Holloway
    Address: 622 Holloway Road, London, N19 3PA
    The Junction – Location: Islington
    Address: 2a Corsica Street, London, N5 1JJ
    Chapter One – Location: Finsbury Park
    Address: 143, Stroud Green Rd, London, N4 3PZ
    The Duchess of Kent – Location: Barnsbury
    Address: 441 Liverpool Road, London, N7 8PR
    The Hen and Chickens – Location: Islington
    Address: 109 St Paul’s Road, London, N1 2NA
    The White Swan (JD Wetherspoon) – Location: Islington
    Address: 251-256 Upper St, London, N1 1RY
    The Black Horse – Location: Upper Holloway
    Address: 37, Wedmore St, London, N19 4RU
    The Prince Alfred – Location: Upper Holloway
    Address: 139, Marlborough Rd, London, N19 4NU
    The Snooty Fox – Location: Canonbury
    Address: 75 Grosvenor Avenue, Islington, London, N5 2NN
    The Famous Cock Tavern – Location: Islington
    Address: 259 Upper St Islington, London, N1 1R
    Lush Bar – Location: Islington
    Address: 235, Upper St, London, N1 1RU
    The Alwyne Castle – Location: Islington
    Address: 83 St.Pauls Rd, London, N1 2LY
    The Railway Hotel – Location: Holloway

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    Bayonne

    Against Villa. Three goals. One own goal. The other two?

    Danny assist to Ozil
    Ozil assist to Danny

    I am far happier without Sanchez if Danny was starting. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll thrash Villa, but we are far far stronger with Sanchez, and failing that just the one “far” stronger with Danny (Central, obviously).

  53. The Cockie Monster says:

    Just as an emergency back up, I think Ant has all the off-licences within a mile of the ground tattooed on his back !……so they mustn`t be separated !. 😆

  54. Strewth! I thought Norwich was well off for pubs, one for every day of the year and a church for every week. But Highbury! I guess there’s not much room for churches. 😀

  55. The Cockie Monster says:

    Being a big fcuker, GIE has both tattooed on his back plus all the Kebab and Pie Shops !. 😆

  56. Eddie says:

    cockie – some of those places are not really catering for football fans. Unless you are wearing plimsoles and jeggings, you’d look out of place

  57. jnyc says:

    Chas,
    Thanks for the post, makes me feel like im there. ALSO, i love your social media posts, how can i find you on twitter?

    For villa, cazorla is the most rested, i think. So he should be in. Ozil only has one start since back, maybe not a start, depending on Ox health. Wenger will want a shooter to replace Alexis.. that will be theo im sure. And id go with bellerin, he’s played very well every chance so far..

  58. Eddie says:

    is ‘porn-driven loser’ another expression for an onanist?
    Boris Johnson called jihadists porn driven losers 🙂

  59. Bayonne Jean says:

    Micky: Of course having Alexis available against Villa would be comforting, as would Welbeck’s presence. But Arsenal were also missing both Theo and OG at Villa Park, and they should be able to offset the absence of the others.

  60. arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha, Chas, absolutely brilliant. 🙂 what a trip, what a game, what a brilliant travelogue. 🙂

    sorry, knot ear. wont go into details, but work issues. Monaco trip is off, though I am not sure NB would get tickets anyway. 😦

    but my highlight today was the coronation chicken! 🙂 enjoying a Vines packed supper at the ground is still topmost on my wish list. 🙂

    Snivel is brilliant! and so are the Micky and Aaron rants. 😛

    now looking forward to some koofing ROLFs for Saturday. 😛

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh we’ll win Bayonne
    Thrash was the word I used.

    Morning Chas, NB, Raddy and Eddie. In that order

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Very stormy

    Kinda want to pack up family and head to a cliff top pub in Cornwall for the night.

    Then again, Chavs City could be quite feisty

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh bollocks. 1:30 KO tomorrow. That buggers the day up.

  64. chas says:

    I quite like the early Sunday kick off at home. Back in the warm for 6pm.

  65. chas says:

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    great pic

    Yes, good time for live watching, lousy for the armchairistas

  67. chas says:

    Bayern got stuffed 4-1 by Wolfsburg.
    First defeat of the season after 18 games and first after a month winter break.
    Sometimes I’m surprised how a team looks so different in August compared to how they were at the end of May (new signings notwithstanding).

  68. chas says:

    This is definitely the highest I’ve seen The Sack off the floor.
    Maybe he’s responding to the competition from Gabriel already. 🙂

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Achtung. Air Raid

  70. Shard says:

    What a fun report. Like others on here, I would love to travel to an away game with the Ant n Duck show. The beer filled day and the random coronation chicken appeals too.

  71. 😳 very embarrassed peaches here, just read the post and noticed the addition of the recipe 😳

    It was Thursday’s lunch 😳

    Sorry chas, I hope it didn’t spoil the day for you.

  72. Shard says:

    peaches

    I think it added a bit of meat to the post 🙂

  73. Eddie says:

    What do you mean??? I thought chas gave us the recipe for his packed lunch!

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    Not good news on the transfer hunt for a striker, I’m afraid.

    Nothing at all no matter how low I stoop 😦

  75. Shard says:

    Micky

    I see rumours linking us with Mandzukic and Higuain. Either you don’t stoop low enough, or your love for Cavani blinds you to all other strikers. 🙂

  76. Eddie says:

    no strikers, one kid and one monster makes it a very poor TW

  77. Eddie says:

    shard – micky has never heard of Mandzukic, this will not cheer him up 🙂

  78. Good morning les salopes 🙂

    Just a quicky this morning….. and there was I thinking Chas had been very creative with a recipe for Coronation Chicken midway through his post, but Peaches has given the game away.

    I want to know how Peaches recipe got onto Chas’ plate? Or more precisely, into his lunchbox?

  79. Paul Easters Arsenal. com photo

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh I stoop low Shard

    I simply ignore any rumour linking us to a Giroo/John Hartson type, and that leaves very thin pickings 🙂

  81. I’ve been up since 7am, getting the fire going, warming the house from 7c to 16c and now my friend Amelie, who I nickname Apoca-lips…. wants to stay in bed. I’m just nor appreciated ha ha 🙂

  82. mickydidit89 says:

    Apoca-lips 🙂

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Nice slow morning for BR. Yesterday I took a busload of Indian politicians around town for an 9 hour tour, ended up at the Carlsberg factory. Those boys sure can put away a bevvy. Very impressed and all at the country’s expense 😀

    I am expecting to see Cavani at The Emirates tomorrow for his unveiling before the game.

  84. I’m dressed and ready to go out for a walk in the hills, but french friend is still in bed! What to do, decisions decisions? Sample the Apoca-lips or a walk in the snow………….

  85. Eddie says:

    today Lampard AKA Fat Frank goes back to Stamford Bridge (Frankie goes to Stamford Bridge 🙂 ). I wonder if the classy Chavs will give him good reception? How did we treat PV when he came to the Ems wearing blue?

    I want the Manc to win by some 4-5 goals

  86. Anyone want to offer a recipe, I mean post for today 😉

  87. If you have to think about it nb she’s not the one.

  88. LB says:

    Veira didn’t play at the Ems but I remember his return at Highbury for Inter and I am afraid it wasn’t that good. Still, the memory of Pires (of all people) making a slide tackle to get the ball from him which led to one of our goals remains one of my favourites.

    Pires the Enforcer………….lol

  89. Actually Peaches, didn’t take long to make a decision and in a few minutes I will be writing a recipe /menu: Starter Moules farci in cream sauce, followed by Toulouse sausage stew and finished with Creme Brulee. Perhaps not suitable for AA 🙂

  90. Eddie says:

    LB – yes, I remember now! We went to play in Italy and there was a chant about PV and Juve winning eff all, no, not very nice 🙂

    I can provide as many recipes as you want peaches 🙂

  91. LB says:

    The French use so much cream………….

  92. mickydidit89 says:

    NB
    Disgusting but 🙂

  93. LB

    My speciality is Creme Anglaise 🙂

  94. mickydidit89 says:

    By the way NB, I would have gone for the walk.

    Mountains and snow? Not every day is it.

    She’s gone when you get back? So what.

  95. LB says:

    There are so many funny things about the Coronation Chicken recipe appearing but I have only just realised that Chas never denied that it was his which makes it all the more funny when Peaches apologised for it.

    I need to get out more don’t I…………

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Right, off to play tennis with my daughter

  97. Eddie says:

    not so fast micky! you should not encourage bad behaviour in nb

    nb – don’t listen to Didit! He is the man who planted 1,000 little blue bells for his darling only last weekend! And then he is playing the hard man, pssssshhhhhh

  98. Eddie says:

    oh, and you have a daughter?? I thought Oscar was the only twin

  99. Eddie
    He is also the man who promised you a night of delight in a travelodge on the M25…. but failed to deliver.

  100. Big Raddy says:

    Edie. That is a very funny comment 😀

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    No courts 😦

    Eddie
    Not playing hard. Soft is what I am. The bluebells were for me 🙂

  102. Eddie says:

    nb – exactly!! hence my bitter comments to him.

  103. mickydidit89 says:

    Which bit was funny Raddy?

  104. Micky

    Your reputation is in tatters……… blue balls my arse!

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    Whoa Lads
    The Travelodge offer was before the pics of the dm’s 🙂

  106. mickydidit89 says:

    NB
    I am very in touch with my feminine side. All flowers and soft furnishings is what I like

  107. Micky

    Next you’ll be saying you eat muesli for breakfast and drink green tea whilst listening to music to express yourself emotionally and spirtually.

  108. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone got time to write a few words?

  109. mickydidit89 says:

    Marmite soldiers and eggs
    Does that make me eight years old 🙂

  110. mickydidit89 says:

    Raddy
    Still not sure what was funny
    Either that I have a daughter, or that I plant bulbs
    Which one?

  111. Time for a new post………. I’m sure Eddie has a few good recipes to share! Polish sausage is renowned throughout the world isn’t it? Must be some way it could be incorporated into a post 🙂

    Micky, I’ve just been playing toasted soldiers and soft boiled eggs, 🙂

  112. mickydidit89 says:

    There won’t be anyone around from now on anyway

  113. This is true micky, the walk in the hills has been cancelled. Nearly time for lunch….

  114. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. “I thought Oscar was the only twin”. Think about it

  115. RA says:

    Mickish, are you saying there are only two in a twin?

    You know Terry Baby will never believe you!! 🙂

  116. RA says:

    NB @ 10:13.

    That is me to a tea!! 😀

  117. mickydidit89 says:

    Nope Raddy. Still not getting it

    All I said was I was off to play tennis

    Could just be being a bit thick this morning. Help me out

  118. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I find that living a life of confusion and misunderstanding makes for a more interesting experience. I thought we shared that philosophy

  119. RA says:

    Micky,

    Look at Eddie’s comment @ 9:55.

  120. chas says:

    Ahem, LB.

    chas says:
    January 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm
    Micky
    You’re right, the random recipe is my favourite bit.
    Largely because that bit wasn’t in the post when I sent it to Nuts!

    Peaches or Rasp must have accidentally pasted it in;either that or they thought the post needed spicing up a little.

    Please leave it in though as it makes the post, ta.

  121. Eddie says:

    micky – you only ever talk about your son! the daughter is the one that wants a dog, but fat chance of getting it.

  122. mickydidit89 says:

    O dear god

    All regular game goers on here have met Oscar

    None of you lot know my wife or daughter

  123. Eddie says:

    do they really exist 🙂

  124. Eddie says:

    A suggestion for today:

    Name the worst Arsenal signing in the living memory (make it 20 years). To start you off I propose Reyes, Santos, Park.

  125. Eddie says:

    micky – we have never seen nb’s penis, but that does not stop him talking about it.

  126. chas says:

    Micky has mentioned his daughter lots of times.
    She even goes surfing with her friend when it’s very warm.

  127. So micky is another follically challenged geezer… I can assume he isn’t the bloke on the tight in the baggy bemudas?

    Eddie, just the last twenty years… that would then preclude Ian Ure, on par in the looks stakes with Paulista:

  128. Eddie

    You seemd more obsessed with ma verge than I am 🙂

  129. chas says:

    Headline post from 31st October last year…….

    The One that your Arsenal missed
    Chas posted a video the other morning that featured Eric Cantona, and it got me thinking.

    My Wife does not watch football, but I do remember one occasion when she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time as a Utd v Arsenal game was beamed into the Didit Moving Image Receiver.

    The camera zoomed in to Cantona leading the United side out of the tunnel, and she “ooo’d”. What she observed was a supremely confident man, heaving with pride and a steely look of determination in his eyes. His body language screamed “proud”, “I’m The Daddy here” and “we do it my way”.

    I agreed with her, and bear in mind she had no idea that this man was also blessed with incredible talent, and equally importantly for me, the unpredictable.

  130. Some lovely stuff batner this morning…. Arnie will be gutted to have missed it 🙂

    Just booked resto for lunch… so off out into the snow for a short drive to sample some Fondue Savoyarde.

  131. G’day all, or the few that are still around.

    No post today, so I’ve a question.

    What’s the purpose of the Fourth Official?

    In the recent Chavs/Dippers match, Diego Costa stamped on a Liverpool player. The referee “didn’t see it”, it happened right in front of Phil Dowd, the Fourth Official.

    Now, it seems most unlikely that Dowd also missed it, so why didn’t he signal to the ref that a foul had been committed?

    The Ref, after having watched the video stated that had he seen the offence he would have dismissed Costa, Chelsea would have been down to ten men. Liverpool would have been handed an advantage and justice would have not only been done, but seen to be done, instantly!

    Instead, after a fast-track hearing and an appeal Costa has been banned for three matches.

    Thus an advantage has been awarded to Man City, Aston Villa and Everton, the three teams that Costa would reasonably have been expected to play against. Liverpool are left with only a sense of grievance.

    So, back to my original question. What’s the purpose of the Fourth Official?

    If he is not there to assist the on-field officials, why does a top grade referee have the job of checking the subs for necklaces, dodgy studs etc, keeping the opposing managers apart and holding up the board to indicate which players are being subbed and how many minutes of added time are to be played.

    It seems the fourth official has no “official” duty in regard to the actual on-field activity.

    So, why not?

  132. Big Raddy says:

    No snow here at the moment – just bastard cold.

    NB. Didit has a full head of hair, not as finely coffered as Kelsey’s but none the less more than we have!

    My worst signing of recent times? Has to be Nasri – what a little shitehawk, though we turned a tidy profit.

  133. Big Raddy says:

    NG. May I make that comment today’s post?

  134. Big Raddy says:

    Oh … I forgot Mr. Silvestre. What a disappointing signing he was.

  135. Eddie says:

    Nasri? Hm, shitehawk all right, but he gave us half a season plus good profit, no, not the worst.

    Silvestre – yes, terrible signing. It was for undisclosed fee, but his wages alone were high

  136. LB says:

    Yes, people moaned when we didn’t have an experienced back up CB and they moaned again when we did.

  137. Big Raddy says:

    We have a new Post

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