What am I so damn cross about? Well pretty much everything.
Who the hell do some of you think you are? Reckon you have rights or something? Seriously, Stan owns the place that he bought with his money, not yours, and he can do whatever he bloody well likes. Do you honestly think anyone up there yesterday was actually going to answer your stupid questions and reveal anything not already in the public domain? Jeepers.
We are not ‘effing interested in the ‘effing finances. Don’t care how bloody marvellous you have been throughout a difficult time, but most of all, don’t ever tell us that qualifying for the Champions League is good for the purposes of repaying debt. We don’t give a shit. We’re interested in the football and what happens on the pitch.
It’s marvellous news that for 18 months we can compete, and that Alexis, Mesut and Cech prove this. Equally fabulous, that the manager has the backing of the board to compete in the market.
So don’t bloody well give the impression we have to prioritise any one competition. Of course we should never enter the bloody League Cup or whatever it’s called these days, or The Europa should we ever sink that low.
I mean, do you really think that ever once, at any point in Utd’s history under Ferguson they’d be allowed to walk onto the pitch with either their fans, or the opposition players, getting even the slightest whiff Utd weren’t that bothered?
Come on, prove me wrong. Sanchez, Theo, Mesut and Coquelin against Bayern and let’s show ‘em.
Top notch seething micky 🙂 …. you forgot Cech at the end there 😕
Couldn’t care less about defending 🙂
Damned right, Milky. 🙂
Coquelin is slightly defenderish I know, but he matters, as he allows the good players to do their thing
Don’t you get any pleasure from clean sheets Micky? 😆
perfect rant, thank you micky!
I hate being normal=average=common, but when it comes to football I am your average fan. I like watching games, don’t know much about tactical bollix or accounting balance sheets, but I know the joys of winning and the pains of losing games.
So as far as I am concerned, the board, the manager and the players – do whatever it takes to succeed! Then you will have another satisfied customer who will be only too happy to part with her money going to games, buying merchandise, paying for memberships and TV subscriptions
I am thinking of Santi’s signed photo for xmas (to replace Cesc)
Wow Micky….. that was a good rant 🙂 nice to get it off your chest.
Football returns tomorrow fank fook. That’s what it’s all about, as Eddie so eloquently said. The fans are never going to get straight honest answers from the board…. and never a murmer from Stan, so nothing’s changed. However, the comment about the CL qualification being just to pay debt was extremely thoughtless. Just shows that the board are only interested in the money and not what happens on the pitch. Bastards.
Can we get back to talking about violins…. I’m having some fond memories of Miss Grigsby 🙂
‘morning all, brilliant post Micky, you’re our Ranter-in-Chief.
GiE made the point the other day that the club were excellent at ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ publicity and poor at promoting the good things they are doing – the discount for away fans.
Our PR has been poor for years. I still don’t think Gazidis understands the mindset of fans. His silky communication skills are wasted when not backed up by actions.
As NB says, the club have made it look like success in the CL is merely a financial consideration whereas I feel that we can never consider ourselves a great European club until we have won the CL.
Oh come on Soixante-Neuf, if the board don’t show an interest in money who else will? The club can’t be run on fresh air.
They are intersted in making money….. I’m not sure if their interest is altruistic. Chips Keswick is a fecking rich banker and a conservative supporting… capitalist fucker.
Ok, this could get good 🙂
Shit stirrer 😆😆
Yes Eddie 🙂
And Silent fucking Stan as well. No interest in the running of the club, says feck all and is waiting till he can sell and make even more money…. greedy bastard is already worth billions. Republican capitalist cunnut of the highest degree….
I’m warming to this 🙂
You are barking up the wrong tree nb. Who cares who us the owner or hoe much he’s worth?! Not me. Just look at Glazers – they are no different to kroenke
A good dose of political claptrap is always a surefire bet on a Rant Friday, NB. 🙂
It is probably a statement of the bleeding obvious – but, football is by and large a working man’s game ruled and owned by rich, ruthless and sometimes fraudulent men, if FIFA are anything to go by.
Man the barricades! Do you hear the people sing? À la volonté du peuple . Bring it ON. 😀
Pse let Mr Dangote fom Nigeria come and takeover
That’s the issue Redders….. it’s the working man who is the backbone of the game but now the average working man can’t afford to go to a game because the greedy and selfish capitalist bankers and free-market entrepreneurs have taken over and won’t give anything back by way of cheaper tickets.
Soixante-Neuf, you’re talking through your rectum. Football runs on money and money runs football.
The players aren’t in it for altruistic ideals, they’re in for money.
If Kroenke, Keswick et al weren’t rich they wouldn’t be in a position to own or run a football club of the stature of Arsenal.
I can’t conceive what possible relevance Keswick’s political leanings have to do with being a member of the Arsenal board. Perhaps you would like the club to be run by a Soviet Style Polit-Bureau. Now that really would be a recipe for disaster.
£2.80 for a weak cup of rosy lee and £4.00 + for a soggy pie. And how much is the cheapest ticket? If they were anyway interested in the game then they would encourage the true supporters to attend games with cheaper tickets but no, they prefer the corporations and the prawn sandwich brigade to attend and like Stan… stay silent during a match.
I’m having my Friday rant too. Just leave me to enjoy meself.
It may be from my rectum but it’s liberal rectum. The board are clearly a chums only fraternity. I wonder if the ‘services’ which cost £3m were tendered out for quotes or if it was just given to Kroenkes company without any competition.
I am not naive enough to think that a football club like the Arsenal can be run without ‘money-men’ behind it, but what I think I see in the Arsenal board is a traditional capitalist transfer of wealth to the already wealthy. My main arguement though is that these greedy men have no interest in the grass roots of football and the actual success of the club. The players may be in it for the money but I would also hope they are in it for success as well. As I would hoe Wenger is too.
Well I’ve had my rant…. thanks Micky for a post that got me going…. there are not many things that do that these days.
I’m off to the bar…. a traditional working mans activity. 🙂
I may be wrong but Arsenal are under no obligation to put anything out to tender. They are perfectly entitled, as members of the KSE Group, to use in-house facilities if they consider them to be the best option.
The test match must be reaching fever pitch out in Abu Dhabi, England 418 for 3, Cook 214 not out. Yet the cameras seem more interested in showing pictures of camel’s, sand dunes and even a lorry going slowly along an empty highway in the desert.
But wait a minute, Cook gets two more with a reverse sweep, first runs for about fifteen minutes.
As far as I can see a share in AFC costs over 15 thousand pounds. By my standards that makes every single person attending the AGM wealthy and also means that the share price has risen 500% in 20 years.
Don’t talk to me of capitalist greed
Superb ranting, Micky, ta.
Nobody gets livid quite like you do. 🙂
Cheaper tickets? Why does anyone think that this will help increase the numbers of “working class” families attending football? Only if you have to bring your payslip with you to prove that you are entitled to the cheaper seat?
There is again another not greatly publicised by the club initiative to let Young Guns have their own section and for certain games they can get in for £10 from memory, this was for 16-18 year olds (possibly even 21 year olds).
GIR. Thanks for the camera info. Very helpful.
Chas as a man going week in week out, does anyone jump that high anymore?
Thinking about the heavy leather boots, metal studs etc that GG and CG are wearing above they seem to be a long way off the ground, or is that just an optical illusion caused by Highburys camber and the pit that cameramen used to sit in?
No worries Raddy, although also damn you because I think I might want to upgrade now having looked at a few recent models.
I’m not sure, GIE, as am never at ground level.
It is an odd thing – or perhaps I am an odd thing – and admitting the possibility of that makes me a hostage to fortune, as Norflock, and GoonerB-Around-Sometime could have a field day – but for reasons that are not always evident to me, even to me, I sometimes equate the life of AA in terms of thermodynamics. Yes, I do, really. 🙂
As the aficionados of this noble blog would know, there are three laws that we need to look at – the first law of thermodynamics is a statement of the conservation of energy – the Second Law is a statement about the direction of that conservation – and the Third Law is a statement about reaching Absolute Zero, and I believe those laws can be applied to AA.
Cutting to the chase, the first law proved to be bollix, and so the 2nd law was envisioned as an updating to what had been hoped was a theory of a beneficial perpetual relationship between heat and work.
So, on AA the heat of the rants on a Friday, should be conducive to the energy released that should ensure continuous commentary and more rant discussions, which in turn would create more heat and make for more energetic discussions, and so on ad infinitum.
But as usual, the blog comes to a standstill every Friday afternoon so disproving this theory, and that is because in reality a certain amount of heat escapes and reduces the amount of energy released for discussions, and so eventually all the rant chats stop.
Are you with me so far? Of course you are. 😉
To explain this, an eminent physicist – clearly not me, came up with a summary that in itself could form the basis of a future rant;
A) You cannot win (that is, you cannot get something for nothing, because chatter and energy are conserved and not wasted.)
B) You cannot break even (you cannot return to the same energy state as at the beginning of the rant, [Milky’s in this instance] because there is always an increase in disorder; [known as entropy — which always increases).
C) You cannot get out of the game (because referring back to the conservation of the heat of the rant and the energy released for generating new rants it has been established that these are not wasted — therefore absolute zero is unattainable).
Well that is pretty conclusive, I suspect you will all agree.
And unless you don’t start chatting again, I will go further and explain what will happen to any non-conformists out there. 😀
So, get the lead (pb) out!
It has come to my attention that I have, on a number of occasions, spelt/spelled Micky’s name incorrectly.
Let me say straight away that this was entirely intentional, in so far as I was addressing the aforesaid Ranter-In-Chief, but it was the proximity on the keyboard of the characters ‘c’ and ‘l’ that induced this rather ignominious situation to occur.
Anyway, my apologies, Milky, and steps will be taken to prevent Chas from mimicking this unfortunate nom de plume. 😀
Oops, I meant Micky. 😳
Nothing odd about you Redders, you’re way beyond odd! 😀
Science is a wonderful thing, I once found a book on the theory of relativity and thought it might help me in some research I was doing but no such luck. It was all about physics or something, nothing to do with tracing your family tree.
BR. Off travelling. Poland this time to try and understand Eddie a little better (after all we are betrothed!)
I think they have the internet in Poland, if so I will see you in the ether …..
Up the Gunners
Raddy to Poland?? Cheap beer or girls?
I thi k he’ll be hoping for both Eddie 🙂
He’s gone to the right place then ☺
There won’t be any pre match tomorrow
Top ranting Micky
Woo, the venom jumps off the page.
Cheap beer and cheaper women, no offence intended Eddie. 😀
Love a bit of gossip…..this one makes me hysterical.
As we all know Spurs were hoping to get some kind of agreement with Wembley to use it whilst they fitted out SHL for a season apparently Chavs have now offered £60m to have it for four seasons and whilst the annual rent offered is the same Wembley may well prefer the financial security of Chavs offer.
Personally I don’t think either should be allowed it as 19 games there sour the getting to Wembley experience.
But Spuds shlepping to MK Dons for a season seems like an enjoyable thing.
Blinding Rant Micky boy, wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of you when your angry, 🙂
Good point about the Money his club his money his decisions, I feel that he could spend a bit more, but i have to say i haven’t spent fortunes at Arsenal in the last few years, so what can i say.
I would have answered that question with a ( My money, enough said)
Went fishing today, looking for specimens, Had one out Pike 2 lb and lost two at the net, at about nine or ten lb bloody good specimen hunter i am, But i did get the right species 🙂 all this on a Micky post, no wonder you had the hump, did you write it with your dodgy arm writing looks iffy 🙂
NG – no. Cheap booze and beautiful women. For cheap women you don’t have to go abroad 🙂
My rages for Rant Friday are unsustainable
Off the chest, onto the screen, and immediately a wave of calm serenity wafts over me
Back to my happy carefree self
ps Thanks Chas.
It was your link to the twitter coverage of said board meeting that set the wheels turning
My favourite bit was Sir Chips’ response to a question about living wages…”oh no, not that again”
Just don’t care 🙂
Oh dear god. Our anti capitalist leader has cleared off on holiday just for a change. Did the old dog leave a pm in the trail of smoke?
Come on lads, if you think that`s a rant you must be lucky and be single !. My wife threatening to open the locked cupboard containing the varying degrees of domestic weapons is like Armageddon Afternoon !……..she doesn`t even have to say anything, just rattle her key ring and I`m cowering in the corner !.
“For cheap women you don’t have to go abroad”
LB – that was in response to NGs comment 🙂
I know, I still thought it was funny.
yeah, I thought so too 🙂
one dead blog. time to go to bed. good night. game tomo 🙂
Two French hens..
Three pints of Guinness
Bloody Ant its 3 FrenchHens, 2 turtle doves, and now I’m doing 12 days of Arsenal.
So on the first day of Arsenal my true love gave to me—–
A win at vicarage road
Two Theo goals
Three Cech saves
Four Ozil no looks
Five More goals
Six Nacho crosses
Seven Kozzer Tackles
Eight Sanchez nutmegs
Nine Wilshere matches
Ten Arsene Pushes
Ok I’m scraping the barrel now
And Mourinho done up like a Christmas turkey…..
And Alan Partridge in a pear tree
I liked this…………………
Q: Ivan said that FIFA need to become more representative, does the Arsenal board not need to do the same?
SCK: Board members have to believe that they are being representative at all times.
He then went onto make a garbled point to the lady that asked the question, suggesting “I understand that you want to be on the board,” which, obviously, drew further frisson from the audience, at this point Chips apologised if he had misunderstood the question. (I’d suggest that if you literally don’t know what diversity means, it’s hard to say you’re being consciously representative there Mr. Chips).
IG: (Sensing that the chairman was in danger of making an almighty hash of his answer) Club understands it needs to be more representative at board level. We are proud to have earned the equality standard award from Kick It Out and it’s an issue we take seriously.
As Sir Chips tried to draw the meeting to a close, a member of the audience shouted out, “Can we have a few words from Mr. Kroenke, please?” to which Mr. Keswick answered, “No.”
Arsene Wenger chimed in at this point to answer the gentleman that had ranted about Arsenal’s Champions League performances earlier on, pointing out that Arsenal are in the top 5 in Europe for Champions League win percentage and that, whilst Monaco, Anderlecht and Olympiacos were bad performances, they were not representative of the whole picture. His payoff line, “Look at the games we played in the Champions League before I arrived and then come back to me.” OOSH!
A relieved Sir Chips closed the meeting with, “thank you for your passion, it is appreciated,” a variation on an old classic.
I think I like Sir Chips 🙂 what a character
Morning Chas und Eddie
Yip. Hoorah for Chips
Down with Oiks 🙂
I mean, just employing someone called Sir Chips could be seen as PR howler
Cats opening doors. All day long
I cannot see any surprises in today’s results. Pool will probably draw, other favourites should win with some goals galore, especially the late fixtures
Merchant banker for a football club 🙂 only insurance underwriters are more arrogant than bankers
In short Eddie, Insurance people are thick
It was that or being an Estate Agent
Shitballs of a Kick Off time. Going to miss last 15 mins, so hopefully we’ll “do the utd thing” and wrap it up in 20
I wrote software for Lloyds syndicates for 20 years.
Oh Dear God, just to rub it in, his full name is Sir John Chippendale “Chips” Lindley Keswick
Do the United thing 🙂
Micky, are you making the most of your misfortune? After all its one in a lifetime opportunity to be spoilt and pampered
‘morning all, About Diaby has suffered a setback in his attempt to return to competitive football at Marseille. Plus ca change and all that.
Abou not about, bloody tablets!
Bloody hell, Eddie. Impressive
Hating it. My wife does not do sympathy, not that that matters. I’m just bored. I suppose its fortunate that for a change I’m busy with work, but do not operate well on that level without frequent outdoor breaks. Still, I’m making a fairly miraculous recovery, and will at least be driving in three weeks
Really sad for Abou. Mind you, what the hell Arsene was doing keeping Mozart, who knows
You. Programmer. Clever
Oooooh micky, being tough is not going to get you well deserved comforts. Still off fags?
Tough? She thinks I’m a wimp
Not really. Running your own business us clever and brave
A program that says “no” to every claim received can’t be that hard surely 😉
Divorce her 🙂
Woods calling, later
Remember when Lloyds syndicates tried to sue all auditors (virtually) because one year they had to pay in a bit of money to pay out on a mass of claims. They never complained that in every other year they were taking it in.
Exile 8:29 🙂
Exile 8:21 very very true
Look how many got caught out in ’08
Guess what? Those crazy easy money returns were always going to come unstuck eventually. Free lunch?
Did Coquelin play Internationals ie Flamini today?
Ok, back for ko
Good Morning, AA’ers. 🙂
Had a quick look at the backlog of comments and everyone was being nice – no rants.
I have a residual rant that always surfaces when the AGM gets discussed.
When, as a kid, I followed my father’s lead and started supporting Arsenal I went – watched – returned home in tears, or beaming.
Never knew who ‘owned’ the club — did not want to — and did not care.
Since the money has poured into football, in the Premier League era, it is impossible not to know about Sir ‘Effing’ Chips, Mr ‘Silent’ Stan & Co., the Black Bags gang, the Yellow Scarfs revolutionaries and all the rest — and I still know nothing worth knowing about any of them. And I don’t want to – and I don’t care.
As an adult I have not really changed from my attitude as a child – I watch the games – and end up in a good or bad place, dependent on the results — and that is it – on to the next game.
Which is this evening – and that is what matters to me – beating Watford – screw the rest.
The trouble is Redders, there are seldom more than two games a week. If it wasn’t for the owners, the money, the managers, the money, the crooks who run FiFa, the money, the crooks who run UEFA, the money, what would we be able to chat about?
motning all, I’ve turned into a long term absentee. 😦
Which interestingly, in French is Chat!
The only time I get really interested in the bastard Money men, merchant bankers, investors etc is when there is a banking crash and they start jumping out of the 40th floor window or putting a gun barrel in their mouth and pulling the fucking trigger. Mr Chips is part of that crowd and isn’t he part of the Bank of England?
Just look at how that was conceived and the the Fed bank…. all fucking thieves. Greed is their religion and the majority on the Arsenal board are no different. hee hee…. Rant continues.
Our love will out, Norflok. We can whisper sweet nothings to each other — hope I don’t get terry or Norther, or Cockie, or …..
No, you are right – let’s talk about money and all that tomfoolery instead. 🙂
Steady on Redders……. Transplant will have a field day with that comment! 🙂
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