Will The Arsenal be successful this season

Morning Gooner’s

The 2015-16 season is about to start, will The Arsenal be better equipped this season, to mount a realistic challenge on not only the domestic trophies but the European ones as well?

Arsene Wenger has said, he feels we are where he would like us to be, and that if we make a better start this season than we did last, he see’s no reason that we could be a factor. Arsene it has to be said, says a lot of things that I feel  are just paper talk. Many times he seems to say things that confuses the interviewer and fans alike. Arsene is a very intelligent man, degree’s in this and that, he has had a very good education, but the degree I feel he shines in is Bullshit.

Arsene Knows we have a club now that can win things, he doesn’t want to come over as cocky, but seems to hesitate when asked certain questions, just how far the club can go. Pre season has been very successful, holders of the FA cup for the second season in a row, was a nice way to start off the pre season.

Firstly our tour in the Asian cup went very well, and we lifted  the cup against Everton in the final. We then hosted our annual Emirates cup, which we also won.  We then moved on to the Community Shield at Wembley against current League holder’s Chelsea. The usual Banter from the Chelsea Manager prior to the game, focussed all the attention on the special one, but sadly for him and Chelsea it was The Arsenal that lifted that trophy as well.

Most of the attention before that game, was about how poorly our manager’s record was against Chelsea’s present Manager, and how many times it has been since Arsene Wenger, has  beaten his rival. All over and done now as we are now the holders for the second season in a row, can I see a patten emerging here?

At the moment, we sit with the Asian cup, the Community shield, and the FA cup nestling in the cabinet, at the home of football. Two of those trophies are for the second season in a row, the talk has stopped of The Arsenal’s Barren years, but will swiftly start again as we kick off the new season, with cries of how long its been since winning the Premier league, and if we will ever win Champions League.  This of course will have to unfold as the new season get’s under way, but I have to say, The Arsenal have a bit of a swagger about them at the moment.

The Arsenal start their season on Sunday against West Ham, so will be playing catch up. I wonder just how many times that will happen this season, but the games will be played and as long as we start off well, we should be able to keep our points tally even, after all fixtures of the weeks games are played. Points will gradually add up, and I envisage it won’t be long before the leaders make headway, hopefully we can be up there leading.

Arsene Wenger has had a tough few years, the lack of funds and the change of stadium, the owners  seem to have left most of the football side with Arsene to handle, and it has to be said he has certainly done his part to get The Arsenal solvent and building. The owners have also done their bit with funding and running the club as all football clubs should be run, funding itself.

As far as the supporters are concerned, we will always be a couple of top players short, but every supporter says that about their club, but i have no doubts that Arsene will buy when he feels the need, monies are available, we have a very big squad made up of home-grown and imported players, we have a good talent coming through the ranks, and Arsene has been buying young talent for the future, we are in fact in a position to make our mark on world football, healthy club, good squad, a fantastic stadium  and a top  class manager, we are on our way. COYRRG’s.

Written by a proud Gooner Steve Palmer

 

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291 Responses to Will The Arsenal be successful this season

  1. Lovely stuff Steve P

    I think also that we are nearly there and this season (injuries permitting) we could get the glory we deserve. We are all proud Gooners this morning 🙂

    Does anyone know the date for the draw of the CL group stage?

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Well played Steve, thanks.

    Keeping players fit and injury free is the key, and things have been looking really positive on the front for a while now.

    So, that brings us back to the striker debate 🙂

  3. VCC says:

    Nice read Steve Palmer.

    It’s very refreshing to read an article full of Arsenal successes. Long may it remain.

    With the addition of Cech, we have a squad capable of challenging for top honours, that’s for sure. As you say, we have a swagger about us, which is nice to see.

    I particularly enjoyed the Coquelin war cry after Chamberlain scored. We need some fighters in our team, one’s who stand up and be counted, one’s with “A pair”.

    As you also mention, most supporters think their side are two players short of challenging.

    I would like a game changer centre forward ??????? but so do all premier teams.

    COYG

  4. JM says:

    @NB1969

    CL group stage draw on 27 Aug., in Monaco. We are in Pot 2 (alongside Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, FC Porto, Manchester City and 3 other teams yet to be confirmed).

    The 3 other teams in the same Pot would be chosen among the likes of: Sevilla, Lyon and Dynamo Kyiv – which have already qualified; and Manchester United, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen – which are in the final play-off round.

    *Pot 1 is allocated to the reigning champions of the top 8 European leagues. (Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit Saint Petersburg and PSV Eindhoven)

  5. ‘morning all, well done Steve something to talk about for a monday.

    I’ve still got a warm, fuzzy glow left over from yesterday, made even warmer by the reaction to Arsene’s blanking of the charming Mourinho.

    I don’t think it was deliberate, he was coming down from the Royal Box, in his smart suit and tie, when he spotted a scruffy git in a Chelsea shirt trying to ingratiate himself with the Arsenal players, probably trying to get a selfie. I expect Arsene thought he was the Chav’s kitman or something.

    The way Mourinho dressed for the occasion does show a certain lack of class as well as a lack of respect for a much revered competition.

  6. stevepalmer1 says:

    Thank you guy’s, Northbank proud indeed, 🙂
    Morning Micky, who do you want, and who is available. seems to me that is one position we could improve on, but i feel it may cause a bit of a fuss, We have Danny Theo and Oly, but in all fairness we seem to have scorers from all over.

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Steve

    No idea. There aren’t many Thierry Henrys available. Sorry can’t be more helpful.

  8. JM

    Thanks for that detailed response. I fancy a trip to Lyon in the group stage. 🙂

    ha ha everyones got a ‘warm fuzzy glow’ this morning. Let’s hope it continues.

  9. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Steve. I think we will run it close this year if not win it but still need that one extra thing to be more sure. Could be the difference between 4-5 points. VCC all epl teams want that game changing cf…..apart from those that already have one.

  10. RA says:

    Good Post Steve,

    It has been spoiled somewhat by Norflok’s bragging that he has “a warm, fuzzy glow” — made worse by Mickey’s endorsement that everyone’s got one.

    Well – I haven’t you pervs, but I enjoyed the game yesterday! 🙂

  11. RA says:

    Hi VCC, 🙂

    Good comment – and I agree with you! How’s the zimmer going? 🙂

  12. chas says:

    Cheers, Steve. Lovely stuff.
    It’s so nice to start the season winning this ever so important friendly. 🙂

    I absolutely love the way Wenger grabbed back the initiative from Maureen’s attempt to hog the limelight by blanking the arsehole.
    I think it was 100% deliberate.

    The commentators were saying how magnanimous it was of Mourinho to do it, without commenting on the fact that he was polluting Arsenal’s victory line with that hideous blue top of his. The man is a highly obnoxious knobhead and Arsene giving him the proverbial finger was, for me, the second best highlight of the proceedings after The Ox’s superb goal.

  13. Manthan says:

    Hello All,

    I hope few of the bloggers remember me 🙂 Very good Read..

    I think if we can keep our main players fit we can challenge for the title.. This is one of best squad we had in last 6-7 years..

  14. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Nice one Steve

    What do you mean Arsene shines in bullshit. Arsenes never talked crap in his life mate.

    Arsene is not like you and I Steve. Me with my uncontrollable desire to sift through the phone book in order to torment anybody with a Totnumb sounding name through late might heavy breathing. Or you, with a penchant to satisfy your fantasies through the unseemly use of a fishing rod.

    Arsene wouldnt do none of that. To busy watching.

    We look in good shape but just need to keep a strong axis. Chelsea and to some extent City have a formidable back line and holding midfielder.

    Chelsea won the league with great defensive stability, the use of illegal anabolic steroids, fouling, and diving. If you look closely. Matics teeth seem to have grown and Cahil has uncontrollable facial growth on his forehead.

    The FA should take actions. Ask Matic what the time is and if he responds with “I vish to kill Roger Moore”, then we know for sure. They could also ask Ashley Cole to take a butchers at Cahils Boloxs for shrinkage.

    Morinio cant handle stress. Did anyone else notice his mad eyed stalky eyes? The geezers obviously cracking up. Hes a toga and one grape away from fiddling himself.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring.

  15. Manthan says:

    Best Moment of match was Wenger Skipping Moaninho Hand shake with roar of the crowd.

  16. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    True Manthan

    What would have been better if Arsene had circled him forcing him to spin to, but just enough to keep Morinios sight of Arsene at the periphery.

    This would have disoriented the twat and instilled a fear of macular degeneration.

  17. chas says:

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    “Ask Matic what the time is and if he responds with “I vish to kill Roger Moore”, then we know for sure”

    Oh Dear Lord. Today just got bearable 🙂

  19. Manthan says:

    This squad has more experience and are more fearless than theirs predecessors. We are playing Finals with more confidence now and last season we even played big boys well except Chelsea.. I hope we continue this moment and challenge for the league

  20. stevepalmer1 says:

    I fear that many of you are missing, why Mourinho is such a plank, deep down i feel he is jealous of our man, He fails to understand how Arsenal have kept Wenger through thick and thin, He only understands that unless you win a trophy a season then you will be looking for a new post.

    Premier league football management, is a topsy turvy round about, you are hired by know nothing oil sheiks or money launderers, on the understanding that trophies are what keeps you employed. Many’s the time a manager will still get the sack if he wins the wrong trophy.

    Mourinho has been dealing with this kind of owner for quite sometime. It has to be said that he builds very little as he always seems to join football clubs that have been built by somebody else, and has never in my knowledge ever acknowledged them.

    Arsene Wenger is old school Manager, show a bit of trust in him and he will help as much as he can, Wenger is far from just Manager material, he is also a finance broker as well, Mourinho secretly craves the trust that Wenger has throughout our club, he has never felt that, All he knows is spend big, give nothing away and keep telling people how wonderful he is, and how long he will be great for.

    Managers like Wenger come along very seldom, owners like Kroenke and Usmanov increase their wealth without doing anything, Wenger is not a greedy man, he probably could never spend the amount he earns, but unlike Mourinho, he is not in it for the money. Wenger is a history man, Arsenals history he wants to end his career by leaving records that others will never be in a job long enough to break.

    Wenger will be Arsenal boss for as long as he wants the job, where mourinho could be gone before the end of the season.

  21. Manthan says:

    stevepalmer “Mourinho secretly craves the trust that Wenger has throughout our club, he has never felt that” Loved this line 😀

  22. GoonerB says:

    Steve your 1.24 is a great comment and I think hits the nail on the head.

    I actually get more irritated by the idiot pundits / media / journo’s that buy into Mourinho’s crap and don’t see it for the self proclaiming, egotistical, me me me antics that it is. They are the ones that I pity as he has strung them all along.

    If I have to hear someone like Shearer say one more time that “he is great theatre” it will time to let the dogs of war loose on them (that’s Terry and Cockie).

    he has become a tired caricature of himself. His antics are well past there sell by date. It is just a shame some still think they are great and original.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely positive post to return to – 5 weeks hols went by in a flash.

    I am completely behind on AFC news and will take this week to catch up on AA posts and comments.

    In the meantime, we start the season with a Treble. Brilliant.

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all.

    I read that NB is feeling a warm glow this morning – any guesses on the cause? He put’s it down to our win yesterday……………….

    RA, reading back you seem to be getting your North’s confused…

  25. stevepalmer1 says:

    We all like to feel that our club does things the right way, I understand that the bigger a club gets the more chance that they will get special treatment, Our club has gone up in value, has reduced its debts, and have increased our gate to 60,000 odd, Revenue is now flooding in, almost doubling gate receipts, The thing i worry about is, we stay as a family type club and not lord it over smaller clubs.

    We do at times seem to be saying do it The Arsenal way, that is the way it should be done, but in all honesty anyway that delivers trophies is deemed a success..

    I feel we are doing what we need to do for this moment in time, we are not like a Manchester united got to be, and expected success every season.

    At present our squad seems strong, Wenger is not forced to buy, although many of us would like to see a few newbies, This season should be closer than previous seasons, we are improving with clever buying and selling, but of course so are the others.

    We are getting to a stage where all the top teams have strong squads, television monies have helped many clubs, to the degree that the league title is now a bit of a lottery, I feel that Arsenals infrastructure is what will make the difference, .

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Welcome back BR, you have been missed.

    It has been a miserably slow summer with blogging down to only a few loyalists. It should only take you a short while to catch up on the blogging.

    But now we can get back to our normal abnormal…..

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    “We do at times seem to be saying do it The Arsenal way, that is the way it should be done, but in all honesty anyway that delivers trophies is deemed a success”..

    Nice article Steve but I have to disagree

  28. Redders, your reference to my warm, fuzzy glow got me thinking. It can’t have been caused just by watching Arsenal beat some team of low-lifes from SW6.

    I suspect it may have more to do with a small green plant with spiky leaves that I discovered in an overgrown corner of my garden while setting a mole trap.

    Thinking it may have been an unusual variety of mint, I chewed a few leaves. Still unsure I chewed a few more. Gradually the sky seemed to get bluer, the grass greener and the colours of the flowers brighter and more intense, and then….and then….mmmmm.

  29. stevepalmer1 says:

    That’s what blogging is all about GN5, hope your well mate.

  30. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops I hit the send button to early.

    To continue,,,Nice article Steve but I have to disagree with the above comment(refer to previous post) I don’t think that anyway that delivers a trophy is a success.

    I believe that the optimum word that is missing is Class and Arsenal oozes class – most of it has been polished and honed by Arsene Wenger.

    However I completely agree with your final words.

    “I feel that Arsenals infrastructure is what will make the difference.”

  31. RA says:

    Now you are talking, NG.

    Those moles, eh? Keep all the good stuff to themselves. Bastards! 😀

  32. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Yes, thats our advantage, infrastructure

    We have the best manager, relative harmony, and a long standing philosophy.

    All things been equal, this should tilt things our way and we will be Champions

  33. RA says:

    Hi GN5,

    Not sure I understand your reference to my mix up over the North.

    Can you explain?

    N.B. Incidentally, if it is to do with my correspondence with the Norfolk Incomer, and the deliberate mis-spelling of of Norflok you can safely ignore it, as it delights me to try and wind up Enn Gee and the Wormer. 😀

  34. RA says:

    Back to your late P11Ds, Terry my boy — your 3 p.m. is far too serious! 🙂

  35. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I always knew those Farmer types were smoking Babylon Redders.

    Norfolks probably the main man. Before him all the farmers were high on manure and turned on by some bint in green wellies. Now there down with the rasclat and fantasising about women who havent got a ruddy complexion or pitchfork.

  36. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I hope Norfolk dont sell them any dodgy gear Redders. Imagine a bunch of spliffed up angry farmers gaining access to Norfolks tractor? He wont be walking for a month

  37. RA says:

    Quite right, Terry, altho’ in Norfolkian’s case he has a bit of a thing going for moles. Just like your pigeon fetish which makes Cockie Do Dah so jealous. 🙂

  38. RA says:

    Terry,

    😀

  39. RA says:

    Incidentally, Terry, I am proud of you as an accountant that you kept schtum over a comment made by NG a while back, when he said that he swam 10 miles a day in an indoor swimming pool by doing 20 lengths.

    Now I know there are a lot of Yankee Doodles in Norfolk and prone to a bit of exaggeration – but they must have got to him — a swimming pool that is half a mile long?? 😀

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    RA – It’s easy to explain why you are confused – I thought you had responded to the wrong North when In fact it was me, myself and I that was mixed up ———–duh!!!

  41. RA says:

    And finally — I noted the warm reception given to the prodigal son, Giant Raddish, on his return to civilisation, but I have to disassociate myself from such sentiments, because to be nice to that particular sot, when throughout his peregrinations from Dane Land to the Viking motherland he could not even be assed to connect to the internet for a few moments and say ‘Howdy folks’ to the loyal few on AA is seriously lacking — even if he does play the geetar and sing nicely!!

  42. RA says:

    And there I was, GN5, thinking you were making a subtle reference to the Civil War and the territory of Kansas being divided over its loyalties to either the South or the North.

    Then again – that probably reflects on me!! 😀

  43. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Spot on Redders

    Raddy seems to have an idealist life style, plenty of holidays and a healthy delusion that he is a good guitar player,

    Ime not sure I like this. When a man move moves away from the stress of an unfair VAT investigation and a nagging ex wife, he loses his true self of a desolate no hoper and starts believing Lee Chapman was good centre forward..

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    NG – Swimming 10 miles a day indoor’s wow! you must be an iron man.

    Average pool length = 25′
    10 miles – 52,800′
    52,800’/25′ = 2,112 lengths

    Even if the pool is twice the average length it still over a 1,000 lengths – I’d need a few weeks to achieve that.

    Amazing endurance, it must come from all those good pub lunches.

  45. GunnerN5 says:

    How are you doing RA – long time no talk……..

  46. RA says:

    Terry, you are a scream!! 😀

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    Love that picture Chas – all the Chelsea players must be hiding behind Mighty Mouth….or is it Measly Mouth?

  48. RA says:

    GN5,

    You cannot take too much notice of that nice NG, because, no matter how much I like him, his dallying with moles and smoking dodgy weed makes him a little on the casual side when it comes to mathematical matters. 🙂

    Not been too good recently – but others are worse off. Reading the comments of the comedians on AA help — and then there is Eddie! 🙂

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    RA, sorry to hear that you have been a bit down, many times our mental health is dictated by our physical well being and it’s marvelous to be able to rely on Terry and Cockie to bring us a smile.

  50. RA says:

    GN5,

    In fact I was referring to an ongoing physical problem that I have had for some years and which has given me a little problem recently.

    Anyway — far too much info for a footie blog. 🙂

  51. RA says:

    Good chatting — speak again soon. Sayonara folks.

  52. Gööner In Exile says:

    Afternoon all, well done Steve.

    Very enjoyable game yesterday.

    To re enter the striker debate it really isn’t a case of writing Theo off over a few games it is asking whether he has the physical attributes that can help us in games like yesterday, as soon as Ollie came on we got forward far easier, this is because physically he can outmuscle defenders, there will be games where Theo can make hay while sunshines, but against a competitive midfield as Chelsea had yesterday it becomes a lot harder and higher risk to push and run the ball past them to get the ball into areas where we can set Theo away.

    Whereas in games where the oppo midfield are not at our level Theo becomes a lot easier to play with at striker because our midfield doesn’t need the same outlet if they can breeze past the oppo midfield.

    And whilst every club is looking for a striker we have more providers, without Hazard and Cesc firing or if you are able to stop Hazard and Cesc the teams struggle.

    But we have how many providers? And how many goal scorers? And that’s why potentially we don’t need the game chamging centre forward.

  53. Welcome back Big man… nice time in Italia? plenty of vino and pizza? Got a tan have’ya?

    Just thinking about our next game on Sunday. West Ham are gonna be truly knackered. They play on Thursday night in Rumania, will have to work hard to get a win after a 2-2 at home. Plus the travelling…. K-nackered they’ll be.

    Does anyone think the Duracell will be ready for Sunday? He has only just started training but knowing the little dynamo he will do everything within his power to be ready for Sunday.
    What does you’s fink?

  54. Shubham says:

    Maureen is such a fake. Shaking hands with our players when he doesn’t even bother to stay on the pitch while the game is on. Remember, Roy Keane giving him the look when he left the Villa game early. Classless fellow. For him it is always his achievements and successes. Hope he gets sacked before the end of this season after loosing to Tony Pulis’s and Pardew’s teams home and away 🙂

  55. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon GIE, and well said mate, All you have said is on the same lines as my thinking, i would suggest that Wenger feels the same, but i feel he really wants to give Theo a good try out.

    Theo in the right games,is exciting to watch, and i was hoping he was getting more physical, but as you say it will probably against easier opposition, Wenger has renewed Theo’s contract so must have plans for the future.

    The centre forward position is still to be improved on, and i wouldn’t be at all surprised that he has some one in mind. I feel that he will also try out Danny a bit more but i honestly do not think he is the solution.

  56. stevepalmer1 says:

    Hiya Shubham, don’t you worry about the special one, he’s not worth it, I remember the last time he managed Chelsea gave it the big un and felt he was the Bee’s knee’s, a sacking by his Russian boss took the wind out of his sails, Now he has returned he is under his bosses order’s.

    Down the line we will hear how us buying Petr Cech was against his wishes, but he wont say too much while he still has a job

  57. Hi Steve, you say that Wenger is a master of bulls**t, you’re absolutely right. Of course most of what he says in public is designed to mislead and confuse his competitors. As far his transfer dealings go, he keeps his cards very close to his chest.

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Norfolk,

    What pub do you plan on having lunch in next, I enjoy looking them up and viewing both the area and the menu – while having deep pangs of envy…….

  59. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening NG, he often keeps them so close to his chest he forgets about buying them, 🙂

  60. FallicSimple says:

    I am not too worried about us purchasing an expensive new forward. When the team seemed to be built around Van Pansy, if ever he was injured, it effected the balance of our game. Far better that we expect gaols to come from all of our attacking players, which makes it far more difficult for the opposition.

  61. LB says:

    I’m worried, we saw how things improved when Giroud came on but he had opportunities that should have been taken. Benzema might not be a big upgrade but he is an upgrade and we need all the upgrade we can get.

  62. LB says:

    Welbeck is an interesting one; he has better close control than both Walcott or Giroud but he does not seem to be quite there yet. I am not quite sure why, although, nevertheless, I maintain that in the not too distant future he will become the best CF in the league.

    Celebrating when scoring at old toilet — big plus.

  63. GunnerN5 says:

    I agree LB, he changed the game when he came on – but the question on my mind is – would another type of player

    a) been in the positions that Giroud managed to create for himself?
    b) and then turn those chances into goals?

    Personally I would persevere with Giroud as he only has to improve in one area – finishing – whereas with another striker we would have to start from scratch.

  64. LB says:

    GN5

    That is funny, I always look up the pubs that Norfolk tells us about, I particularly like it when he tells us something about the menu.

  65. LB says:

    Not sure about that GN5, I am not sure that that kind of skill can be taught at Giroud’s age, you either have the close control of Messi, lets say, or you don’t.

    That said, if we don’t get Benzema, we will be left with Giroud, Walcott and Welbeck which is not too bad as they all want to be at the club and all seem to be prepared to fight for their places which is no bad thing.

  66. GunnerN5 says:

    LB,

    The menu’s remind me of day’s gone by when I used to love discovering old village pubs with great food. Unfortunately all we get in Canada are very poor facsimiles. Shame.

  67. The Cockie Monster says:

    Afternoon Le Coq Lovers …….and Gentlemen !

    Just read a newsnow headline that says over 800 porn websites have been banned in India !………expect to read more Shard and Red Arnie stuff on here now !. hahaha

    Nice one Steve !
    Personally I expect us to be more competitive this season as long as the injuries disappear, but it`s this thorn in the side….. Achilles heal or what ever you want to call it which makes me want to throttle Wenger by leaving it to chance……especially with £200M in the bank !.
    He has done miracles in the past 10 years with his hands tied behind his back, but now he is free to play fantasy football manager for real !.
    On the Giroud/Theo debate, it`s always been “horses for courses” as far as I`m concerned.

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    When Giroud clicks he’s incredible, which only happens in spurts and not consistently. While both Walcott and Welbeck are works in progress with that high “potential” word.

    But not a bad threesome given their passion for both the game and the club – and all model citizens providing Giroud stops dropping his pants on “away” games.

  69. The Cockie Monster says:

    Pandora Inn at Restronguet is a nice pub !.

  70. Terry Mancini Hair Transplant says:

    We need a striker who can go behind and do back to goal. A combination of giroud and theo. Wellbeck can do both but not as good as the other two.
    This creates a conundrum, which in my mind means our transfer activity is not over. Arsene is on the hunt for a striker

  71. Terry Mancini Hair Transplant says:

    Nice Cornwall. Any fit birds there? I dont go nowhere unless some sort is admiring the wig and knows the words to Saturday Night Fever

  72. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening Cockie, I think its also important to remember Akpon he is on the brink of stardom as well.

    I have to say that i have not been to impressed from my limited viewing of him, but if we agree that Theo and Danny are works in progress and Oly has his on days , i feel that we have ammunition in the magazine, and should we buy we also need to sell.

  73. The Cockie Monster says:

    Up your street Stretch !……….the birds crash….sorry,,,,park up to the pontoon and stagger into the pub ready to press gang any fit “Syrupper” into a life of scurvy sex on the high seas !……..well, just up the creek to Mylor harbour actually !. hahaha

  74. Just read a newsnow headline that says over 800 porn websites have been banned in India !……

    ha ha ha.. That;s why I’ve been getting more clicks from India on GunnersoreArse… it’s not the photos, it’s the Smut 🙂

  75. The Cockie Monster says:

    Hi Steve !……We have sold Podolski and I reckon Campbell will be next !….so room for a top notch striker…………who`s available though ?.

  76. The Cockie Monster says:

    Glad I could be of help with the hit`s, `69er !. 😀

  77. *its not the football* it’s the Smut

    Don’t mind me… I’m drunk

  78. Terry Mancini Hair Transplant says:

    Hahaha it’s a way to bypass the porn laws 69
    If only we could get the message out to North Korea. You would have 20 million hits by now

  79. GunnerN5 says:

    Cockie,

    I looked up the Inn on another web site – it had 170 images of the Inn it’s menu’s and food – I will have to stop asking as it drove me crazy and made me extremely hungry – we cannot come close to that sort of excellence here in Canada.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! And there was me thinking that all you do is make me smile……….

  80. The Cockie Monster says:

    hahaha actually it`s surprising Kim Jong-un hasn`t been on `69ers site !…..what with the word Arsenal and some proper WMD`s on them fit birds !.

  81. The Cockie Monster says:

    Your welcome GN5 !. I deliver to a lot of the “off the beaten track” places in Cornwall ……..which are less touristy !.
    There`s a place called Mylor Harbour which I will be at tomorrow, it`s just around the corner from The Pandora !.

  82. Terry Mancini Hair Transplant says:

    Hahaha, definitely Cornwall. Fat Kim is probably blackmailing 69 that unless he keeps the quality up, an accident involving some Ricin awaits
    69 is probably scouring the Internet as we speak, looking for a big boob oriental women in an Arsenal shirt. Hahaha

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Strikers? We have them and I agree with LB that Welbz has huge potential; balance, pace, intelligence and a TH14 physique.

    The only question mark is with his fitness – can he put together a full season of games? If he can, then we have all the strikers we need.

  84. LB says:

    Wow, Cockie, those places look amazing.

  85. LB says:

    Hello BR

    I hope you had a good break in Italy, I presume.

  86. Big Raddy says:

    NB. Yes …. vino, mare, music, pasta, grappa etc And as you know it has been a very warm few weeks.

    We had a wonderful time.

    RA. I assumed the blog needed a few Raddy free weeks

  87. GoonerB says:

    I actually agree with LB that we would not be too bad moving forwards with what we have. If a top proven striker is available we should get them but if not (and I have a feeling there isn’t) then we shouldn’t settle for just anybody and go with what we have and see what happens.

    Cockie, do you actually go to all these places or do you just get them off the internet and post them up while just sitting in your garden shed sobbing uncontrollably having really being evicted by the missus?

  88. GoonerB says:

    Oh yes welcome back Raddy and sorry to hear you have been a bit poorly RA. Anything a wormer can help with? I’ll get my extra long tongs.

  89. Shard says:

    Sorry didn’t have the time to gather my thoughts to comment here today. It’s been hectic. Physio, packing, planning trips, buying insurance etc.

    Flying to London in just over 12 hours.

  90. Gööner In Exile says:

    LB Welbeck goes well with the theory pushed by someone (sorry can’t remember who) yesterday about Ozil playing a more DB10 role, however then we didn’t need a powerful target man as we had Gilberto and PV4 to power through the midfield to get it up to DB10.

    We don’t have that power now so we need someone who is comfortable with back to goal to pop the ball back to Ozil, that’s why between Theo and Ollie for me Ollie gets the nod, but in Welbeck we have someone who has shown willing to do the first thing, but in contrast to Ollie has the pace to get back into goal scoring positions and not be stretching something that befalls Ollie because of his lack of natural pace. That’s not to say he doesn’t bust a gut to get there, it’s just when he arrives he is sometimes a bit knackered to finish well.

    I know I bleat on about silent assists but there were two in the build up to the goal, one Rambo’s run which dragged defenders away from the route to Ox. Second was Bellerins run past Ox which gave him that bit of extra time and space in the 18 yard box to find the net.

  91. LB says:

    Nice spot on the silent assists GIE, I didn’t see them.

    Welbeck does seem the perfect cross between Walcott and Giroud it must only be a question of time before he shines as bright as we expect him to.

    I like Ollie and there are certain games when he is far better suited than Walcott and visa versa. I can live with the collection of forwards that we have already but I would also welcome any upgrade that we can lay our hands on.

  92. GunnerN5 says:

    It still seems a tad unreal that Cech is OUR goalkeeper it has given me an enormous sense of relief and satisfaction that we finally have a keeper who can backstop our team to victory.

  93. RockyLives says:

    Nice one Steve.

    The big pluses for me are the three Cs:

    Consistency

    Confidence and

    Cmomentum

    We have all three in spades. There’s no guarantee we’ll win a bean this year, but we have all the ingredients to give it a damn good shot.

  94. RockyLives says:

    By the way, how is everyone? 😀

    Apologies for my long absence – it’s been a busy few months.

    I hope to resume the sort of regularity enjoyed by someone who eats three bowls of bran a day.

  95. GunnerN5 says:

    I still feel that Giroud’s off the ball play does not get the credit it deserves. He drags defenders all over the place creating holes for his team mates – who then get the credit for scoring – while he gets overlooked.

    Just one viewers observations.

  96. GunnerN5 says:

    It will be good to have you back Rocky – are you planning on making Monday’s your own again?

  97. RockyLives says:

    Hello GN5

    I doubt if I’ll commit to a regular post again – I’m not sure I’d always have the time and I don’t want to be in the position of letting people down.

    But I will definitely have some posts to contribute in the weeks ahead.

  98. RockyLives says:

    I hope all the other regulars are well.

  99. Gööner In Exile says:

    LB in truth it’s rare you notice them on TV but the viewing angle is nice and high at Wembley so gives the chance to spot them, normally those things are for when you’re at the game due to seeing things on the periphery of the play. The other thing being in the stands invariably gives you is a better idea of what players are trying when they play passes seemingly to no one, on TV the angle doesn’t always allow you to see a player starting and then stopping a run or the space that opened up for the briefest of seconds. Take Ozils pass to Alexis in the semi final, in ground we all saw Alexis make the run from wide in and we’re hoping for the pass, if it hadn’t reached him we would hopefully have applauded the intent whereas at home people would have been uttering unmentionables.

    Nice to have you back Rockster.

    GN5 I don’t think you’re alone with your observations on Giroud, but much like Koscielny at the back their attributes seem to be vastly overlooked by the wider media. Owen was critical of BFG for a moment letting Falcao go but BFG knows he has the machine of Kozzer next to him.

    For me Koscielny is up in the top 5 centre backs in the league, but I doubt many non Arsenal fans would agree.

  100. GunnerN5 says:

    Your posts are always popular and typically create the most hits.

    Talk soon, I have to run out on some errands, enjoy the Civic holiday.

  101. The Cockie Monster says:

    Hahaha Dodgy Cottee lookalike !………..It`s leaving those places and having to go back to the missus that leaves me sobbing uncontrollably !………I`m sure there`s just as many places in the worldwide Goonerdom where on a sunny day you would not want to be anywhere else !.

    Terms and conditions apply. Totnumb is not included in the above as the owners …..Devil and son …..have never seen the light of day !.

  102. RockyLives says:

    Cheers GiE

    Hope all is good with the family.

  103. GN5 & LB, the pub we are to visit on a Friday is such a closely guarded secret that even I don’t now it’s name until we get there.

    The choice of pub is a bit restricted during the holiday season as many of them seem to change in character with the influx of summer visitors.

    Some of our favourite beach walks are dog free during the summer so we either miss them out or we have to leave one of our companions at home. Nala my neighbour’s German Shepherd.

  104. chas says:

    Oooooo, a special welcome back from me for the Big Guns. 🙂

  105. It will be good to have you back Rocky, Monday’s have been a bit quiet lately.

  106. Red Arnie says:

    lovely one, Steve. 🙂 “the degree I feel he shines in is Bullshit”. ha ha ha. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    glad to have you back, and Raddy and Rocky. The beginning of the season proper is warming up nicely. 🙂

    temperatures are still in the low 10s, but no serious complaints. 🙂 COYRRG.

  107. RockyLives says:

    My favourite bit of the Community Shield was the bit where a bunch of our players played one-touch pingpong around Cesc.

    You could just imagine Cesc thinking “why wouldn’t Arsene have me back, instead of forcing me to play in this team of boring pragmatists, many of whom are objectionable human beings.”

  108. RockyLives says:

    Cheers NG. How are the lovely flatlands of Naaaarfolk?

    Here in Canada they have prairies, which are not as pretty as the fens but they do go on for a gazillion miles.

  109. Red Arnie says:

    and welcome back, Manthan.

    Have a good flight, Shard. 🙂

  110. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh give me strength. He’s back. 🙂

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Blimey, and Rocky as well 🙂

  112. mickydidit89 says:

    Best comment of the day

    LB says:

    August 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Nice spot on the silent assists GIE, I didn’t see them

    Had me ROLFING 🙂

    Must dash, then back to disagree with someone and dish out some facts

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Shit
    Just seen Exile’s silent assist comment, so LB’s comment maybe serious. Ooops

    Laters

  114. RA says:

    Good grief — or should that be — good happiness!!?? 😀

    Unless we have a talented imposter there has been the spoor of the Rocky One after I had been told to get back into bed by Nursey!! 🙂

    Worried! Worried is wot I ‘ave bin imaginin’ all sorts of fings ‘ad befallen Rock-a-Billy — and all the time ‘ee ‘ad bin busy making’ a livin’!

    Delighted you are well and even threatening to resume your active bloggering, Oh Master Rock.

    [What is up with your email? Keeps telling me to Eff off?] 😀

  115. RA says:

    Mickey,

    GIE has it right — and I think 26M has been silently commenting since we thought he had done a runner!

    Look, I’ll show you —

  116. chas says:

  117. chas says:

  118. Eddie says:

    Per and Petr 🙂
    and poor little Cesc 😦

    See, seeee GiE – it was a MWG! Look how many ghosts from the past have returned, it is Halloween 🙂

  119. chas says:

    Are you saying they wouldn’t have returned if we’d had a poor result in the friendly?

  120. Eddie says:

    yeah, that is what I am saying.
    Fickle fans if there ever were any

  121. chas says:

    Nah, BR was always returning after 5 weeks of navel-gazing,
    Rocky has been ripping up trees and building empires.

  122. RC78 says:

    We will be successful if:
    – we recruit 2 more players (1 CB + 1 DM);
    – we keep Cech – Kos – Ramsey, Cazorla – Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez fit for the whole season

  123. Red Arnie says:

    Motning all.

    No disagreement, then. what a pity! I will have to take up the fight with GoonerB on Ollie versus Theo then. 😛

  124. Red Arnie says:

    RC78. Cech, Kos, Giro and Alexis have superb fitness. Rambo, Santi and especially Theo. hmmmm. 🙂

  125. Red Arnie says:

    Chas @7:50. Why is Courtois trying to scare the kid?

  126. RC78 says:

    Kos and Giroud have missed many games due to fitness…esp. Kos…

  127. JM says:

    New offside rule (fr. IFAB) starting in the new PL season:
    “A player in an offside position shall be penalised if he:
    1. clearly attempts to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent
    OR
    2. makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball”.

    http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2015-16/jul/290715-international-fa-board-offside-guidance.html

  128. JM says:

    Squad is good to go vs West Ham this weekend.
    Alexis & Welbeck are returning to training; only Wilshere(ankle) & Rosicky(knee) are injured.

    West Ham have E.Valencia, J.O’Brien & A.Carroll out for long term; while W.Reid & P.Obiang face late fitness tests.

    =====

    AW “might look” only add if we could find someone of similar quality to Cech/Ozil/Alexis available at competitive package. Otherwise, our squad roster for this season (at least until the next emergency window in Jan.) should be complete.

  129. GoonerB says:

    Red Arnie, I will never pick a fight with any man who is an expert at Bollywood dancing on trains and the Kama Sutra. You get a weird but very effective hybrid Indian martial arts. Top practitioners of this (like you Arnie) are lethal and should be considered the equivalent of Asian sub-continent Jason Bourne’s.

  130. Big Raddy says:

    JW out again?

    The man should change his name to Abou

  131. Gööner In Exile says:

    A new offside rule? Or basically reverting back to a system that worked better, the old terminology was “seeking to gain an advantage”.

  132. RockyLives says:

    Morning all (well, it is here anyway).

    Eddie has me bang to rights – I’m a fickle fan. As soon as we drop points I’ll be off.

  133. Eddie says:

    still love you though 🙂

  134. GunnerN5 says:

    I just read that Alexis is stuck in Paris waiting for his new visa to be issued.

    Still no word from the club on the severity of Jack’s ankle injury.

  135. Eddie says:

    GN5 – shit, I hope Sanchez won’t try to brake through those barbed wires, he could get injured

  136. Eddie says:

    Arsenal target Karim Benzema set to miss start of the season through tigh injury
    ..

  137. LB says:

    Abou Wilshere lol

  138. chas says:

  139. RA says:

    Having given a lot of thought to the question in the Post title, ‘Will The Arsenal be successful this season?’, I find the question falls into the same category as ‘Do bears crap in lifts?’ or ‘Do two legged swans swim in circles?’ or ‘Does Rocky ever answer RA’s anguished questions as to his well being and his non-functioning email, instead of busying himself founding a dynasty?’.

    The answer to all is ‘No’ — with the important proviso, in the case of Arsenal, that they are always successful, within their means, every season and therefore the selective use of ‘this season’ or more accurately ‘next season’ is redundant. 😀

    As to Rocky? Who knows? The maestro is a law unto himself! 😀

  140. RockyLives says:

    Hello Redders 😀

    Will attempt to email you…

  141. GoonerB says:

    RA, how are you? I read you had been a bit under the weather recently and sent you my best. I also offered my services in case the source of your ailment was worm related.

  142. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5 Arsene said in the post match interview with Wrighty, Hoddle and Ferdinand that it was just a knock injury rather than a strain or twist etc.

    The good thing is, with our squad there is no major concern about missing him, and currently everyone will have time to properly recover.

    I know that the only injuries we get this year we will be genuine, no one will cry off a minute of football with a small twinge as there’s every chance whoever takes their place will keep his place.

  143. Gööner In Exile says:

    Akron in Hull with Hayden, really hope they both get games this year.

    Our CalitalOneCup team is going to be quite strong!!

  144. RA says:

    That was kind of you GoonerB-a-Good-Boy. 🙂

    It’s nothing – a long standing prob that’s taken a turn for the verse.

    ‘If I could make a wish I think I’d pass
    Can’t think of anything I need
    No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
    Nothing to eat, no books to read

    Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
    And to love you
    All I need is the air that I breathe and yes to love you.”

    ‘Love’ in this instance is very manly, and reserved for a friend who would give up his last worm for me!! 😀

  145. RA says:

    Ooops – apologies, Rockish — just noticed your 5:18.

    Hope that contact will be resumed!! 😀

  146. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE,

    I was concerned that there has been no update on Jack since AW’s original upbeat comment. I appreciate that given our squad depth injuries may not be as much of an issue this season but I would like to find out just how good he could become if he were fit enough to play on a regular basis.

    Lets hope AW does not have to give us an update.

  147. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. In my opinion, it is unlikely JW will start more than 20 games this season …. he is not in my first choice eleven (though he could well be in AW’s)

    Ramsey is an automatic starter, as are Le Coq and Santi, add in the return to fitness of Arteta and JW will be struggling to establish himself as a starter.

    Could the injury be smoke and mirrors?

  148. Gööner In Exile says:

    This is cracking:

  149. Eddie says:

    🙂 🙂 I want a surprise like that 🙂 🙂 brill

  150. GoonerB says:

    Wow, I’ve been all gooey and shy for the last 2 hours after being serenaded by Redders.

  151. chas says:

  152. chas says:

  153. mickydidit89 says:

    Soldiers don’t save or mould lives, they end them. So shut it Abi yer bloody leftie

    Morning Chas 🙂

  154. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    If Arsene doesn’t sign a striker, are you going to wear a black scarf and kick off and shit?

  155. mickydidit89 says:

    6:39 🙂

  156. Gööner In Exile says:

    You could always look at it another way, in 1 week Theo pays enough tax to pay for two teachers, so he makes it possible to employ 104 teachers a year, that’s very nearly a school!

  157. chas says:

    Jeez, no wonder you accountant fudgers get paid so much.

  158. chas says:

    Yep, I am organising a protest for the West Ham game as we speak. #Wengergetyercashout

  159. chas says:

    Perhaps we should re-sign Adebayor?

    Love the praying at the start of this clip and Beglin suggesting a Willie Young was in order. 🙂

  160. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, as I wrote that about you kicking off, I thought how you and Ant were simply too nice for that sort of thing.

    Extra loud crinkling of your crisp packets during the quiet moments would be as nasty as you could get

    Exile
    Nice accounting 🙂

  161. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Nearly back to my daily routine …. lazing about and telling outright lies to gullible foreigners.

    Love GIE accounting skills.

  162. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. I have emailed you

  163. Eddie says:

    104 teachers? Well done Theo!! The country should be grateful to you

    Raddy – do not expect a reply. DidIt has lost his mind and is bringing up children by example, ie not allowed to surf the net for more than 1/2 hour at weekends.

  164. Eddie says:

    another stupid thing that people say is that nobody is worth/deserves the kind of money footballers receive. I tried explaining that they have a unique skill set and even if you paid me double I still couldn’t do what they do. Deaf ears

  165. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. I have made a similar argument,

    The people who are massively overpaid are stockbrokers … thieves to a man and first up against the wall after the revolution

  166. Eddie says:

    oooooouughhh this is exciting

    ‘Gunners cleared to sign Gonzalo Higuain’

    Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Arsenal FC in 2015. Striker rejects Napoli’s new contract offer fuelling speculation of a move

  167. Eddie says:

    Raddy – insurance underwriters and their sidekicks. They are mostly lower upper class who failed to be barristers or consultants. they receive obscene amounts of money and love when there are big disasters – they have another excuse to bump up the premiums.

    Or Lord Sewel – was he really worth £85k a year? without the entertainment value he provided, of course

  168. Gööner In Exile says:

    “They are mostly lower upper class who failed to be barristers or consultants.”

    😀 I judge vets on whether they really wanted to be doctors, you can tell those that love animals and those that weren’t quite up to the task of working on the human body (normally the ones who have to get a nurse in for any routine procedure to stop the animal wriggling)

  169. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. The list is long and mainly inhabited by the invisible parasites who earn millions without giving anything back to the benefit of society.

  170. The Cockie Monster says:

    I`d like to thank Theo for paying for my free dental charges on Monday !.

  171. The Cockie Monster says:

    And without him the wife`s Horses would probably starve in the winter months !.

  172. Eddie says:

    Vets! now you have started me 🙂 There is a vet, Mr Staton in Wood Green who is the best vet I ever came across. He is very old now and is a bit out of touch with the modern medicine, but still the best.

    He growls at people and says hello nicely to the pets 🙂 I sent him xmas cards licking his arse. Next time I went there I expected some preferential treatment. Sadly I got his customary ‘what do you want’ 🙂

  173. The Cockie Monster says:

    I read on newsnow that a top academic has claimed that having sex with robots will be “the norm” in 50 years time !…………….that`s got to be an upgrade on my current situation of putting my knob in the “fridge” !

  174. Eddie says:

    cockie – why don’t you try sticking your upper body in a freezer, you need to cool down mate

  175. mickydidit89 says:

    Cockie ha ha ha 🙂

  176. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    Stop it. I’m trying to work here 🙂

  177. The Cockie Monster says:

    The “Thermostat” is enough, Eddie !……anyway, I`m currently banned from Iceland !.

    It was Arsenal related as I found it on Arsenal newsnow . hahaha

  178. The Cockie Monster says:

    Anyway, I`m off to my own gym……….probably have to thank Theo for helping with the purchase of that as well !. State benefits is a hard life ! 😀

  179. Eddie says:

    oh dear, sooner the season starts the better
    We are all acting peculiar 🙂

  180. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    I think the real problem lies in the fact that deep down we all know how close we could be to challenging for the biggies, and that three weeks of transfer window remain to complete the jigsaw

  181. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, back to my 30 min ban 🙄

  182. Big Raddy says:

    The Freezer 😀

  183. Red Arnie says:

    motning all. Nice batner. Nicely warming up towards season proper! 🙂

  184. GoonerB says:

    Good banter chaps and good morning, especially Cockie 🙂

    I am not so sure why Eddie thinks things are turning weird. It all seems like business as usual to me. I have always considered you all to be mentalists in different guises anyway…in the nicest possible way.

    Maybe Cockie should have a word with Raddy to see if he can use his Scandi connections to lift his ban on iceland. Then he can get back to lying face down in the snow drilling for oil while looking at Geysers…..sorry meant Geezers…….otherwise I worry for his missus horses……. Be afraid equine beasties of Cornwall…….very afraid.

  185. GoonerB says:

    Note to GoonerB…Get up earlier and stop arriving on the blog just as everyone else buggers off.

  186. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Correct GIE. The only issue of course is that Theo like many other well paid footballers have companies of shore that administer his affairs.
    The net result is that he is paid a large swathe of income via a loan scheme so only pays tax on the interest.
    In addition his contract will no doubt facillitate room for sponsership income to be classed as self employment.

    I calculate that Theos taxes pay for a Grimsby road sweeper called Reg.

  187. RC78 says:

    Idea for a post:

    What to do with Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky?

    These three players bring in experience and both Arteta and Flamini can bring in grit and hunger as well but with the emergence of Coquelin and the steady performances of Cazorla as a deep-mying playmaker, where and how will these “oldies” fit into our squad? We still need to make room for Zelalem this year…

  188. GoonerB says:

    Looking forward to your post RC 🙂

    I noticed that Chezzer put in a good performance for Roma. I still feel he is potential world class status and could be our number 1 in the future.

  189. GunnerN5 says:

    For what it’s worth here are some pundits predictions for 2015/16

    Predictor 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
    Alan Shearer Chelsea Arsenal Man City Man Utd
    Ruud Gullit Chelsea Arsenal Man City Man Utd
    Jason Roberts Chelsea Arsenal Man City Man Utd
    Jacqui Oatley Chelsea Arsenal Man City Man Utd
    Steve Bower Chelsea Arsenal Man City Man Utd
    Jermaine Jenas Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd Man City
    Kevin Kilbane Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd Man City
    Jonathan Pearce Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd Man City
    Ian Dennis Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd Man City
    Alistair Bruce-Ball Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd Man City
    Gary Lineker Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
    Mark Lawrenson Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
    John Hartson Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
    Chris Sutton Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
    Graeme Le Saux Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
    Conor McNamara Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd
    Pat Nevin Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Man City
    Guy Mowbray Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Man City
    Dan Walker Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Man City
    Danny Mills Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Man City
    John Murray Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Man City
    Ian Wright Arsenal Chelsea Man Utd Man City
    Gabby Logan Arsenal Chelsea Man Utd Man City
    Didi Hamann Arsenal Chelsea Man Utd Man City
    Trevor Sinclair Arsenal Chelsea Man City Man Utd
    Dion Dublin Man Utd Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
    Steve Wilson Man Utd Chelsea Arsenal Man City
    Chris Waddle Man City Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd
    Alistair Mann Man City Man Utd Chelsea Arsenal

  190. GunnerN5 says:

    This is a summary of the “experts” predictions –

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th
    Chelsea 21 7 1 0
    Arsenal 4 10 14 1
    Man U 2 6 8 13
    Man C 2 6 6 14
    Liverpool 0 0 0 1
    Total 29 29 29 29

  191. The Cockie Monster says:

    Hey GN5 !…………can you do a similar experts list on who`s going to get a Europa League spot !. 😆

  192. GunnerN5 says:

    Cockie, I would think that the race to the Europa League will be led by Spurs and Liverpool with Southampton being close contenders,,,,,,,,,,,,

  193. Eddie says:

    chas @ 13:40 – yuk..

    Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli appears to have some good news for Arsenal fans after claiming that Karim Benzema has agreed a four-year contract with the Gunners.

    Arsene Wenger has been a long term admirer of Benzema, 27, who has scored 133 goals in 281 games for Real Madrid since signing from Lyon in 2009.

    Arsenal are desperate to sign a world class striker and have apparently launched two bids for the Frenchman this summer.

  194. GunnerN5 says:

    My top 7 for 2015/16

    Arsenal
    Chelsea
    Man U
    Man C
    Liverpool
    Tottenham
    Southampton

    Come to think of it our top 7 prediction would make a interesting topic – as I think it’s going to be the most highly contested title in a donkey’s age.

  195. GunnerN5 says:

    By Martin Samuel – Sport for the Daily Mail

    Published: 21:30 GMT, 4 August 2015 | Updated: 08:50 GMT, 5 August 2015

    Boring, boring Arsenal. Well, according to Jose Mourinho anyway. Seriously, we’re going to do this? We are going to take the manager who, more than any other, has refused to compromise his high-minded principles for close to two decades and pretend he’s the dull one?

    Arsene Wenger? Dreary? Come on, even mind games need some root in reality. According to Mourinho, Arsenal won the Community Shield on Sunday by shutting up shop. ‘The best team lost and the defensive team won,’ he sneered.

    He accused Arsenal of leaving their philosophy in the dressing room and putting 10 players behind the ball. He said Chelsea played with initiative and Arsenal on the counter-attack. He sounded a little worried, actually; protesting too much.

    Arsenal did nothing of the sort, of course — but what if they did? What if Wenger decided that this season, yes, he was going to take a more pragmatic approach in order to land Arsenal’s first title since 2004? You know something? He’s entitled.

    Arsene, old son, have this one on us if you want. Bore on. We’ll turn a blind eye. It is 19 seasons now of trying to win football matches beautifully.

    That’s the hardest way. Just about every other manager has compromised when necessary and those who didn’t were invariably working with bigger budgets than Wenger.

    Indeed, the occasions when Arsenal’s aim was to win by any means necessary are so rare that they can be remembered and counted.

    Beating Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 FA Cup final; a run of 10 consecutive games without conceding on the way to the 2006 Champions League final; winning away at Manchester City last season.

    The 2005 final aside, even those games were hardly spoiling exercises. Arsenal only had 35 per cent of possession at the Etihad Stadium on January 18, but still had nine shots at goal (to City’s 12) and three on target (to City’s four).

    The change that day came from Francis Coquelin playing as a genuine defensive midfielder rather than Wenger using an attacking player, detailed with putting tackles in as his ancillary role.

    For years, the criticism of Arsenal has been that the team lack steel. Now, if Wenger applies it, he is derided as negative. He can’t win.

    Wenger is a smart man. He will have known that Arsenal needed variation in their game all along. In 2007-08, when Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed his best season for Arsenal, scoring 30 goals in 48 matches, Wenger admitted the striker gave him something different: a target man.

    If Arsenal were under pressure, they could always bang it up to the big fella. Olivier Giroud can be that type of player, too, holding up the ball with his back to goal.

    And Wenger has never been averse to having a giant goalkeeper, a big effing German at the back or Patrick Vieira. When Arsenal were at their invincible best, there was plenty of muscle in the team.

    It is almost as if, of late, Wenger has spent too long trying to win an ideological war. The more Arsenal have been derided as soft, the more determined Wenger has been to show he can succeed without compromise.

    Yet he can’t. Not over the season. Arsenal are the first team to retain the FA Cup since Chelsea in 2010, but the title requires greater resilience.

    Wenger’s best Arsenal teams still had a sprinkling of George Graham’s cussedness, just as Carlo Ancelotti’s Double-winning 2009-10 campaign at Chelsea was never entirely free of the influence of Mourinho.

    The idea that Mourinho can call out Wenger for being negative is hilarious anyway. Mourinho is not the one-dimensional, dour strategist of popular imagination, but he is certainly one who knows when to stop taking unnecessary risks, and is not afraid to do that whether for 10 minutes, an entire game or for four months, if the circumstances demand.

    Perhaps the real reason he accused Wenger of rejecting his principles is the hope that he can bait his rival into abandoning pragmatism for more useless beauty.

    We must hope not. No Wenger team will ever be dull, but a little more realism may give the man his fourth Premier League title.

    And if any manager has earned the right to try to win that whatever damn way he pleases, it is him.

  196. RC78 says:

    If we bolster our squad with a CB and a DM and we keep our spine fit, we should be at the minimum a “Top 2″….

    Chelsea is going to be solid as always and Man City is going to come back with a vengeance. As for Man Utd, it is hard to say because they are going to splurge some more on players…but at this stage, I would say that we are Top 2 for sure…

    Cech
    – Bellerin, Per, Kos, Monreal –
    Ramsey, Coquelin, Cazorla –
    Ozil –
    Walcott, Sanchez
    ———————————————
    Wellbeck, Giroud, Ox
    Wilshere, Flamini, Arteta
    Gibbs, Gabs, Calum, Debuchy
    Ospina

    I think it is clear to see that our weak points are:
    – Our full backs although very good, it is not great
    – Our CB position where we need 1 more world class player
    – Our DM position where we need a solid player in case Coquelin gets injured…Thiago Motta from PSG is ready for another challenge and trust me, he is outstanding with both his clearance and his passing abilities…Available for 10 Mln…

    Now, if we get Bender/Motta/Carvalho and Garay, we are definitely favorites for the title…

    Up front and in the middle of the park, we are really well covered.

  197. LB says:

    Wow, Martin Samuel, I doff my cap.

  198. Eddie says:

    Is Martin Samuel a Gooner 🙂

  199. Eddie says:

    first Benzema and not Higuain, do we need both of them?

    The Argentine striker was offered a new contract at the San Paolo but has turned it down, fuelling speculation that he may finally complete a move to Arsenal.

  200. Eddie says:

    Usmanov, Arsenal’s second largest shareholder, believes it was the club’s move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 that hampered Wenger’s ability to challenge for more trophies.

    “Arsene had a very, very difficult position when club shareholders didn’t want to put their money into constructing the new stadium,” added Uzbek-born billionaire Usmanov, who is not on the club’s board.

    “Because of this Wenger lost five years, maybe the best of his career, without a trophy. In reality, 10 years.

    “If I had the right, I would keep Arsene until he wants because until he cannot perform his activity as a manager, it is a gift for any club to have a coach like Arsene Wenger.”

  201. “Usmanov, Arsenal’s second largest shareholder, believes it was the club’s move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 that hampered Wenger’s ability to challenge for more trophies.”

    No shit Sherlock! Why didn’t Usmanov put his own money where his mouth is? He could have built the stadium with the dosh down the back of his sofa. Then he could have called it The Alisher Arena and achieved immortality.

    Would we be better off with Usmanov on the board?

    Would it be better to have him inside the tent pissing out, rather than outside pissing in?

  202. On re-reading my last comment, I realise that it sounds as though I’m having a go at the lovely Eddie. This is not the case, I wouldn’t dare. 😀

  203. LB says:

    Eddie

    I don’t think Martin Samuel is an Arsenal supporter which makes the article all the better for me.

  204. Eddie says:

    LB – and me 🙂

    NG – you can have a go at me all you want, see if I care. I think Usmanov did offer some money, which was refused. I seem to remember him feeling rejected

    Bloody Arsenal. You know I don’t tell fibs like Cockie and Transplant, right?
    Well, I was walking my dogs in the woods and this really nice guy joined us. We walked in the rain and we talked, and laughed and it was reaaaaaly nice. I thought I pulled 🙂 That was until we got to the car park and dogs ran to my car 😦 First he noticed the tax disc holder and then the registration. End of the romance.

  205. RA says:

    Norfolk person @ 4:57

    Tell the truth – you have just found out that her nearly ex-husband is 6′ 4″ tall and if you got cheeky with Yvonne [Eddie to you!] 🙂 then she would get him to have a quiet word with you.

    Very sensible and if you ask him nicely, I am sure that GB would give you one of his worms to have with a nice pint of Norfolk’s best!! 🙂

  206. Eddie says:

    RA – behave! I can take care of myself, thank you

  207. The Cockie Monster says:

    Ralph Coates and Alan Gilzean modelling Totnumbs new kit in the `70`s !.

  208. The Cockie Monster says:

    I gave these out to the trick or treaters a few years ago and haven`t been pestered since !

  209. My top 7 for 2015/16

    Arsenal
    Man U
    Chelsea
    Man city
    Liverpool
    Southhampton
    Spuds

  210. The Cockie Monster says:

    “Listen Mr Pussycat !……we heard the humans say the money was in the kitty, so hand it over or else ! ”

  211. ha ha Cockie

    Along with the Purple headed yoghurt dispenser 🙂

  212. The Cockie Monster says:

    My most important positions for 2015/16.

    Arsenal
    Spuds

  213. RockyLives says:

    Thanks for the predictions Gn5.

    I find it quite heartening that only one of the “experts” has us finishing outside the top three.

  214. RockyLives says:

    Peaches
    I’ve slipped a little something in your alcove…

  215. That’s awfully sweet of you Rocky, thank you 🙂

  216. Good night to all the sensible people on here, and good night to dear old Redders to. 😀

  217. mickydidit89 says:

    Marvellous, simply marvellous

    Instead of missing just Palace and Pool games due to summer holiday, I can now add W’ham game as well due to Surf Boardmasters this weekend in Cornwall

    Check out all the bands we’ll se on Sunday, and I haven’t heard of one of them

    http://www.boardmasters.co.uk/

  218. chas says:

    Osca should be good. 🙂

    We’re off to the Rebellion Punk Festival tomorrow.
    Here’s the line up for Friday.

  219. chas says:

    Gareth Bale gets the striking slot instead of Benzema.

  220. chas says:

  221. Gööner In Exile says:

    Micky in the words of a teenager I am wel jel.

    But only really because of Faithless, and a chance to see the legends that are Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz, we very nearly booked the festival because they were playing. Maxi Jazz now pushing 60, when they last toured (and we saw them) he was 50 odd but you simply wouldn’t know it.

  222. mickydidit89 says:

    Where is your Punk Fest?

  223. mickydidit89 says:

    Wel Jel 🙂

    Unbelievably, it’s my children’s 15th birthday on sunday. Where the heck did those years go?

  224. chas says:

    Blackpool

  225. chas says:

    Enjoy yourself
    It’s later than you think
    Enjoy yourself
    While you’re still in the pink
    The years go by as quickly as a wink
    Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think

  226. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh No, what have I done

    Just youtubed Faithless Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss

    I’m strictly a guitar and bass man. A turntable, strobes and pills is not my thing at all.

    Can we come home as soon as the surfing is finished?

  227. RA says:

    Morning. Chas/Mickey,

    You do realise – or not – that you totally bamboozle me with your music references – if that is what they are? 🙂

  228. mickydidit89 says:

    RA
    Not entirely comfortable with using the term music in connection to anything mentioned this morning so far 🙂

  229. chas says:

    Johnny in his Arsenal top!
    (beware bad language………..again)

  230. LB says:

    Worrying reports circulating about Wilshere, he is a bit like Theo to me: not an automatic starter but very useful to have available.

    Get well soon Jack.

  231. mickydidit89 says:

    Already looking forward to going on holiday with a good book, some headphones and a few Bach cello suites on my telephone device

  232. chas says:

    Haha, the only person in the world who would put the word ‘device’ after telephone.

  233. chas says:

    Actually, the only person under 80 who would use the word ‘telephone’

  234. mickydidit89 says:

    Seriously Chas, it is soooo much more than just a telephone

  235. Morning all

    For anyone who missed the clue late last night we have a Rocky post in the ‘alcove’. Almost as rare as JW’s ankles working ……. I’ll try to publish at the normal time.

    Agree with you LB about Jack and Theo – useful to have available.

  236. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    It’s simply a boy girl thing
    Girls use all the “apps” and facebook and stuff and I mean all the bloody time
    Boys just telephone each other and arrange to meet
    We have to force Oscar to take one of our old telephones when he goes away so that we can contact him as he doesn’t have, or want, one of his own. His two mates are the same, whereas Jess’ 100 mates all live on their apple I phones

  237. mickydidit89 says:

    By the way, I do have an apple I phone and love it

  238. chas says:

    Peaches
    Sounds like he has a hairline fracture, so a bit harsh to have a go at his ankles. Impact injuries can occur anytime. 🙂

    Could you tell me what these are please?

  239. mickydidit89 says:

    LB Peaches
    Both Jack and Theo are unessential luxuries, but I’m glad their ours

  240. mickydidit89 says:

    peas

  241. RA says:

    Peaches,

    That awful Rocky was being wicked methinks — great to have him around again! 🙂

  242. RA says:

    They are flowers in a container Chas.

  243. mickydidit89 says:

    True RA. It certainly wasn’t any old alcove. He’s way too tasteful for that

  244. chas says:

    Micky
    Your guessing was shit last time, too. 🙂

  245. mickydidit89 says:

    pea family weeds then 🙂

  246. chas says:

    Oh, for heaven’s sake – I was asking an expert so I wouldn’t get uneducated nonsense.

  247. Cosmos gone wrong 😉

    I don’t recognise them I’m afraid, did you grow them from seed? I’ll check my book.

  248. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh alright Mr Expert Botanist, what are they then? 🙂

  249. RA says:

    The boy thing regarding male superiority over those addicted to iPhones will change.

    My friend looked down his schnozzle when I was showing him all the wondrous delights of my cell some time ago – not interested – now he has one and doesn’t talk to me anymore – he texts, iMessages and occasionally suggests we go see such and such a movie – from 10 feet away.

    Beware, Mickey, when the techno bug hits your son – your world will change!! 😀

  250. mickydidit89 says:

    Peaches
    Please, please tell him they are pea weeds 🙂

  251. Are the flowers scented? How tall are they?

  252. Eddie says:

    The idiot with Messi is an ex Newcastle defender, how bloody dare he??

  253. RA says:

    Sweet Peas, is my uneducated guess – no smell? 🙂

  254. RA says:

    Eddie, a bit of male bonding?

    They should get a room!

  255. mickydidit89 says:

    RA
    Oh he’s a techno chap alright. Its a game station, just not the social media chatty gossipy thing

  256. RA says:

    Well that’s the other thing, Mickey.

    When I want to play a game with my girlfriend – on Xbox – we cannot, as he is busy downloading over the net a humongously big file for his latest game.

    I am trying to throw him out – trouble is he owns the bloody place! 🙂

  257. chas says:

    They’re like tiny orchid-shape flowers grown from seed about 14 inches tall. The bees love them pea weeds. No smell.

  258. Wrong leaf shape for peas I’m afraid …… us botanists are sticklers for the rules.

  259. Eddie says:

    RA 🙂 fancy headbutting the best footballer that ever lived!!

  260. mickydidit89 says:

    Boooo to Peaches

    My Dear, the rules of engagement in the morning are fairly straight forward. First up, is that one winds Chas up if at all possible (at least until Big wakes up)

    So, tell him they are peas 🙂

  261. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh god, here we go, a picture of “them” 🙄

    Final question Chas

    Are your pea weeds plastic?

  262. chas says:

    BR in the town square Copenhagen

  263. Eddie says:

    chas – why do you want to know their name? Are you going to write a poem about them 🙂 They are roses

    micky – an indiscreet question – did you like late Cilla Black?

  264. Well they’re lovely whatever they are, make sure you keep some seed. They’re obviously a very rare wild flower, I’ve found a similar picture on an american wildflower site but it doesn’t say what it is. I’ll keep looking.

  265. chas says:

    Thanks for looking, P.
    For some reason I thought you knew every flower in the world. 🙂

    Right, off for a swim.

  266. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Chas, thanks for finding the photo 8.19 – it was taken a few years ago in Amsterdam. Just threw on a wig and did my normal pre-busking floating meditation.

    Never imagined I would end up on the net – invasion of privacy if you ask me

  267. Big Raddy says:

    Who is the gorgeous lady in 6.52?

    And the thought of Micky going to see Faithless is hilarious – I can just imagine him leaping around to God is a DJ 🙂

  268. mickydidit89 says:

    Few things annoy me more than street performers

    I mean look at that tosser floating

    Floater is what he is

  269. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning Big 🙂

  270. Hey Big R…. you’ll be pleased to know that GunnersoreArse is up again… so you can get yur daily smut.

    Lovely banter this morning…. the ladies are beating the girls by 6 – 3

  271. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas

    Ok, it’s not a pea weed. Its a Columbine. Genus: Aquilegia
    Species: vulgaris

    Just asked a mate who’s an expert

  272. Wrong foliage!!!!!!

  273. New Post everyone ………………..

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