Tomorrow just another game. I don’t think so

Not had a great deal of time to blog this week, as i have been decorating my Daughters living room, not finished yet, but finished for the weekend. At my age now, i am feeling it and ache all over, but a week ends rest, and i will be back Monday with a vengeance. Arsenal players are very similar, although not the same age, but they have been busy throughout the week also. They of course just had the 90 minutes, where i had 8 hours a day, but that’s being pinikitty.
Our game this weekend is on Sunday, its done like that to give the players an extra day to get their strength back, after all, the flight out to Germany and ninety minutes play coupled with a flight home must have been tiring. Our game of course is against Tottenham a NLD that many of us have seen many times before, A must win game, Yes of course, the rivalry between players Managers and more importantly the supporters.
There has been great rivalry between the two clubs ever since our inclusion into the top league, we all know the story of being picked to enter the top flight over our North London rivals, who in actual fact should have been picked instead of us, but that also is by the board.  An Arsenal Tottenham game apart from the rivalry, is a chance for two North London Rivals to pit their strengths against one another, You could say for the top spot. win or lose the supporters will not be happy if the rival wins.
This game also has a significance in the league. We at present are second in the league, sharing the same points as City but behind on goal difference, Playing Sunday allows other clubs to get a clear gap between us, so a win is vital to us to keep the pressure on. These North London Derbies are Known to attract Londoners and supporters from all over, Tickets are sought after, if you have one, you know what i mean. There will be tickets changing hands for exorbitant fee’s but if your in. you will be one of the lucky ones.
NLD bring club supporters together, even in the Blogging world, where we all support the same club, we have our differences, but on game day the supporter bands together.  I predict a very good match, the players know what this game means to the fans and they will be under pressure to try and get the win, The Manager should he have injuries, will try and field the best side possible, Many players will still be carrying Knocks from previous games but will not want to miss this one that’s for sure.
They will walk out tomorrow, Proud to be wearing their club colours, chests  heaving and praying for a good performance, the Hatred of the past encounters, will be in many supporters minds, but for 90 minutes only this game will matter, the songs and the chants will be loud, both sets will try and drown out the other, supporter’s fuelled with a few bevies, and probably a meat pie, they will be expectant, they will be demanding they will want the win, the bragging rights they will just want to win.
This will be a day, where the three points on offer,  will probably not hit home until after the match, supporters will be seen on TV’s around the country and around the world, the reds and the whites will be clearly on display, A must win game. It surely is Come on you Gunners.
Steve Palmer

106 Responses to Tomorrow just another game. I don’t think so

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks Steve. I am sorry but I could not format the post 😦

    Not A MWG for me but certainly a MNL game

  2. G’day all,

    Nice one Steve, MWG? Of course it is! At least for the supporters of both teams it is, I’m not so sure about the players these days.

    They all used to live in fairly close proximity to the grounds, drank in the same clubs and pubs and gambled in the same backroom.

    There was real rivalry then, do Mesut and Alexis, Alderweireld and Dembele, have the same rivalry as Tommy Docherty and Dave Mackay?

    Now they all live in elegant mansions in leafy suburbs and wouldn’t be seen dead in a local boozer or betting shop. Let’s face it probably the only player on either side today who grew up within whistling distance of either ground is Harry Kane.

    So, no I don’t think the NLD resonates with either the players or indeed with the managers as much as it did in days of yore.

    Having said that it bloody well matters to me, and to Mrs. NG, a lifelong Spurs supporter.

  3. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon NG, Fun ally enough NG my kids are all Spud fans, not really supporters but will give me stick if they get the result, My old man was from Tottenham and he was a Spud as well, i must have been a throw back, as i never followed the flock.

    Many supporters today seem to follow parents probably because their parents took them or made a big thing about it, My old man never said a lot, didn’t follow them as far as i know but if he was asked always replied Spurs.

    I got a clump off the old man when i drew Arsenal on one of my shirts and paraded it around in the streets, surprisingly it caused a lot of sniggers and comments even in those days, The old man clumped me for ruining a perfectly good shirt, well i think it was for that 🙂

  4. Red Arnie says:

    Nice one, Steve, MWG a priori, ex post anything goes. We are fans, we will take any shit, rationalise this and move on. 🙂

    Frankly, the Chavs games are probably more important for either team. And, for us, West Ham is becoming almost as important for League position as the NLDs. But nothing beats NLD for bragging rights.

    However, our winning the EPL will not be settled tomorrow. Further, we have won the league many times, and will win it many times more. For me, CL always takes precedence, because we have not won it. Yet. This year, FAC also takes precedence because no team has won it thrice in a row.

    Hence, looking from a distance, it is just another game really. 🙂

  5. Big Raddy says:

    All our rivals at the top of the table have easy games this weekend. I doubt if any will drop points so perhaps it is a MWG

  6. stevepalmer1 says:

    Its a MWG for me as i will get stick, And when we win i wont say a word. 🙂 Thanks Arnie, in my mind every game is a must win game, i know there will be disappointments to come, but we’ll deal with them when they come along, just not too many thats all. 🙂 Thanks BR.

  7. Red Arnie says:

    Steve. 🙂

  8. Sorry Arnie I can’t agree, games against the Chavs, Hammers etc are only three pointers. To anyone brought up as a Gooner and aware of the history the NLD is much, more important.

  9. stevepalmer1 says:

    Well said NG, it means a lot to me as well, Tomorrow i will be on the edge of my seat, a workmate got a couple of tickets for him and his son paid a hundred pounds each for them, he said i thought blimey but i still had to go. I will be thinking of him lucky bugger.

  10. kelsey says:

    Of course the NLD is more important at least to us the fans,not sure about the players anymore as half of them wouldn’t know how to get to Tottenham or Arsenal without Sat Nav.

    The one disadvantage we have tomorrow is that AW can hardly make numerous changes so apart from maybe one or two the team picks itself. I would drop Mertesacker and put in Gabriel to partner Kos.

  11. Blimey Steve, £100 a ticket? That was twenty-five weeks wages when I first started work.

  12. stevepalmer1 says:

    Me to Norfolk, i wouldn’t pay it i must admit, but perhaps i am not the same kind of supporter as my mate, 🙂

  13. Just watching the Orcs/Chav game, one of the Orcs has got a smack in the face and it’s taken forever to get him off the pitch, he’s perfectly able to walk and the game has been stopped for an age, ridiculous.

  14. stevepalmer1 says:

    I am signing off,, not that too many are tuned in but thanks to the ones that did, Off to see the new Bond Movie catch you later.

  15. kelsey says:


    I think they thought he had broken his nose.

    I really like Buckland in goal,, will play for England regularly soon.

    Sorry Steve, I forgot to thank you for stepping in, yet again.

  16. Le Coq Monster says:

    With an uninjured squad this would be 3 points in the bag, but with an injury list longer than a Spud wait for a title and against ( apparently ) a Spud team with the youngest squad who do the most running and pressing in the league….it`s not so much a MWG, more a DFLG….Don’t Fcuking Lose Game !….as who wants to be pissed off for at least two weeks before we have another game ?.
    I hate these bastards and if anyone hates them more than me then you must be a Schizophrenic Psychotic Serial Mass Murderer .
    Nice couple of days in the Duchy !….fcuking wet !…more moist than a Bus Anoraks pants at tonight`s Stoke/Chav game !……..more humid than Mourinho`s steamy bathroom at the nearest Travel Lodge where he has one eye on the game and one eye on the cock of his Spanish rent boy lover…….His Special Juan !.
    No good, the stress is killing me, I shall hide behind the Sofa now !.

  17. Kelsey, surely if they thought he had a broken nose the sensible thing to do is to get him off the pitch and into the treatment room as quickly as possible, not keep him sitting on the pitch delaying the restart of the game.

  18. Eddie says:

    Shawcross on Costa is very entertaining indeedy 🙂

    Potters winning

  19. chas says:

    Cheers, Steve.
    North London derbies are my least favourite game before the match and my most favourite by a mile when we win.

    This from an espnfc article………..
    ” It was almost certain that the place would go to a side from the capital – after all, an unnamed northern official told the Daily Mirror, “our boys like a visit to London once or twice a year … they get a show at the theatres and see something of the great city. The directors also enjoy a visit to the big smoke” – but momentum swung decisively in Arsenal’s favour when League chairman and Liverpool owner John McKenna, a close friend of Norris, urged clubs to vote in favour of the Gunners as they had joined the League some 15 years before Tottenham.

    When the votes were counted, Arsenal had won the support of 18 clubs, Tottenham 8, Barnsley 5, Wolves 5, Forest 3, Birmingham 2 and Hull 1.”

    Tottenham had finished bottom in 1914/5, they deserved to go down. If they’d been reprieved just because the first division was being expanded, it would have been a travesty. 🙂

    Everyone wanted a London team to be in the top tier and the prospect of a night out in Islington or Tottenham – I ask you, the choice was simple.

    There was absolutely nothing corrupt as in the case of FIFA’s staging of the World Cup in Russia or Qatar. We got elected because of our unstinting loyalty to the League and not because Sir Henry was handy with the bribes. That’s the version I’m going with, anyway! 🙂

  20. chas says:

  21. In a way it’s a pity Mourinho has been banned from the stadium, the chance to see him go head-to-head with Sparkie would be a treat, in fact I’d pay to see two falls, two submissions or one knockout to decide the winner. 😀

  22. Eddie says:

    1 point above relegation zone 🙂 sweet!!

  23. Eddie says:

    steve – fair play to you for decorating all week! it would kill me. There are 2 houses to be painted in March – fancy a job?

    There is no longer a rivalry between managers – Mauricio is such a lovely man, hard to dislike.

    we are going to lose tomorrow, I know it. No chance with so many players injured. I was hoping that Kels was right about the game being postpone, but it is not happening, is it

  24. chas says:

  25. Red Arnie says:

    good. that was good provocation. I am with you guys. NLD is special for me as well. 🙂

    However, let us not pretend it matters that much for the EPL. It matters a flying fig. What matters much more is what we do against the Chavs, ManUre, Shitty, and Pool. Spurs are not that important. IMO. 🙂

  26. Gööner In Exile says:

    For the fest time in what seems like an eternity I actually feel like a visit from the Spuds is a mere pimple on the course of the season, their cup final and for us another 3 points, that’s how it had come to feel for me in the early AW era, far more important to them than us.

    Over the last 6-7 years it has been one of the season highlights if we have won.

    I probably shouldn’t feel that way this year as Spuds have a serious chance of joining us in the CL given Chavs and Dippers poor starts, ManUre are not much to look at, actually Spudshave a very real chance of finishing 3rd behind us an City, so actually tomorrow should feel even bigger.

    I’m quietly confident of the players settle early and make the most of early chances we will be fine, if it drags on it could get tense.

  27. Gööner In Exile says:

    If you’d said to Toon fans before the season kicked off they’d be one point behind Chavs after 11 games they’d have bitten your arm off 🙂

  28. kelsey says:

    yet we still unjustly lost to them

  29. Eddie says:

    GiE 🙂 last year that would make Toons 2nd

  30. Big Raddy says:

    Strange that when Spurs fans talk about history that they never remember Arsenal’s dominance of the 30’s when we were the best side in the world. They prefer to bleat about Norris.


  31. Eddie says:

    come on Raddy, if Norris was batting for Spurs we would never forgive him. He was a despicable character 🙂

  32. LB says:

    Costa is ‘reported for assault’
    Chelsea striker Diego Costa is accused of assault by a Stoke City steward, according to a Potters club official.

    The club that just keeps on giving.

  33. Eddie says:

    yeah, but the assult was on Shawcross, does it count?

  34. LB says:

    Two for the price of one.

  35. fred1266 says:

    hi everyone if it not to much trouble i need some assistance, besides the Sunderland game on the 5th i would also like to attend the CL game against Olypicacos on 9th December before i buy a ticket i would like to book my flight does anyone know if i can book online or i can only be able to book the flight when am actually in London

    thanks again

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Thanks Steve
    Chelsea ROLF

    Clearly you come from a far off civilization.
    My biggest concern about you attending any game, is you finding us. Our planet that is.
    Once you have entered our solar system, you’ll find us on the seventh big round thing on your right. Let us know when you’re on your final approach, and we’ll light a fire to guide you in.
    “Good luck”, or as I believe you might say ”kjbrfkbf dwi” 🙂

  37. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Shhh Norkolk, secret squirrel and all that. Its late and I think I may get away with that last comment. Shtum

  38. fred1266 says:

    Yeah am from the Caribbean Trinidad to be exact and also the first time am leaving my country

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think I’d better go and lie down
    Till the next sun rises 🙂

  40. Too late Micky. You’ve been rumbled.

  41. BR

    Has it ever happened in the history of the English 1st Division/Premier League that a club has gone from winning the Title, then been relegated the next season 🙂 ?

  42. Le Coq Monster says:

    Fcuk flying !….never catch me on a plane !…………..I wouldn`t fly on anything unless it had wings and was made out of the same stuff they make the black boxes with !……So cant help you there, Fred, but I should imagine you can do anything on line nowadays !.

    We have a bitch manager at work, who is pissing off everyone and one girl left last week because of her and I was touched when she said goodbye by saying she will miss my crude humour !….any way, I have pulled this bitch`s name out of the hat for the Secret Santa and I`m going to buy a five foot inflatable penis off the internet and cant wait to see her face when she opens it at the Xmas Do on the 18th Dec`!…..On line it looks like a pink plane without the wings !.
    I`m spoilt for choice as to how crude and what I write on the card, but if anyone has any ideas I`m open to suggestions . 😀

  43. gnarleygeorge9 says:


    “till the next sun rises”? You may as well hibernate if you are in England 😎

  44. Gööner In Exile says:

    Of all the things i have seen written about Chelsea this season this excerpt from the BBC report on the Stoke game has probably made me laugh the most:

    “With their manager banned from being in attendance, Chelsea played with real attacking verve in the first half……..”

  45. fatgingergooner says:

    Le Coq,

    How about ‘I thought this massive penis would be the perfect present for a massive c*nt like you, all my love……’

  46. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Blip Blip
    Blip Blip
    Ground control to Fred, come in over
    Hey Fred. Big Raddy is the one you need to ask for help on here. He’s a Leftie, and as such, is like a carer and good at empathy and shit.
    Also, if you are an attractive lady with enormous hooters, he’d get out his white collarless shirt and bring his acoustic guitar to greet you at Heathrow. Play your cards right, and you could be on the end of some Norwegian wood before you blink
    Blip Blip. Over

  47. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Excellent. Game day.
    Can’t wait to put on my very biggest gloaty hat at about 6pm

  48. stevepalmer1 says:

    Le Coq

    You can blow it, you can suck it, but if you want the real thing, remember it

  49. chas says:

    I wouldn’t advise going to the Olympiacos game. It can be difficult to get a ticket, you would need to give full passport tickets when you book and it can be very intimidating when you’re in Greece (apparently).
    I think they insist on paasport details when booking match tickets so that they can make sure everyone that goes out there comes back!

  50. chas says:

    Please ignore, Micky, he was abused as a child and made to run from dogs.

  51. chas says:

    Ground control to Major Tom…….

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    ha ha Chas
    Maybe you can be a carer for Fred. He’d like that 🙂

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    DO NOT do sitar anything when you know damn well Arnie is back in circulation

  54. chas says:

    Are you excited about the game – remember it’s 1.30 kick off.

  55. MickyDidIt89 says:

    F off, I did have to look it up though.
    Out to lunch today, and an hour away, so going to have to be sick by 2:30 latest

  56. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I think we’ll win. We bounce back well from the disaster that is Europe 🙂

  57. chas says:

    I think Arnie knows full well, deep down, that nobody clicks on his music videos, just as I know that only a fellow advocate of punky stuff would click on mine.

  58. chas says:

    You’re not bulimic, are you?

  59. Gööner In Exile says:

    Start the day with an Arsenal goal

    Well an Arsenal players goal…..Santis replacement when the time comes?

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I am at 2:30 today

  61. Gööner In Exile says:

    Peaches started following Arsenal at 4 didn’t she? 30 more years to go til she gets a photo in the paper (and has therefore supported club for more than 52 years)

  62. chas says:

  63. fred1266 says:

    thanks for the advice Chas, really wanted to see a CL game though guess some other time

  64. chas says:

    I presume you arrive after the 24th November?
    There will be shedloads of tickets available for the Zagreb home game.

  65. stevepalmer1 says:

    Saw James Bonds Spectre last night in Imax, does anybody know what Imax means. Boy was loud, i am a bit mutton Jeff but boy i never missed a word. Back in the car the silence was bliss. Not been to see a movie for bloody ages, what a difference, i felt i was in the middle of a war.

  66. fred1266 says:

    yea I arrive on 4th December, just my luck the Olympiacos game has to be away

  67. fred1266 says:

    IMAX – a technique of widescreen cinematography which produces an image approximately ten times larger than that from standard 35 mm film

  68. fred1266 says:

    Toral seams to be dong very well on his loan spell so to is Zelalem

    worried about Akpom think he only has 2 goals and 1 assist

    Wellington seems to be doing much better with one 1 goal but have created a lot o chances

  69. kelsey says:

    If I get ignore once more I shall continue to post.

    where is the Yei.

    Oh 2-0 to the good boys or 3-1 not quite sure.I feel a penalty for us today,we haven’t had one this season, have we ?

  70. kelsey says:

    Yeti not Yei

  71. Eddie says:

    Fred- don’t mntion luck on this blog!! You will get abused again!!

    I hope you have great time in UK and get to see a home gate at the Ems! Enjoy

  72. Eddie says:

    Well spotted chas – game not gate and mention not mntion

  73. stevepalmer1 says:

    Cheers Fred, 🙂

  74. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    In my very early Highbury days (pre-teens) I used to stand by Flo down at the front of the NB to the left of the goal. We all called her Gran and she would pass around boiled sweets at half-time. Proper Gooner.

  75. Eddie says:

    couldn’t happen to 2 nicer guys 🙂

  76. Big Raddy says:

    Really like the photo 7.57 of the lad walking uphill.

    Must be in Wales.

  77. fred1266 says:

    Thanks Eddie, must say am very excited

  78. Eddie says:

    fred – good! Just remember to bring some very warm and water proof clothing. December is not the best month to visit UK.

    Mind you, summers are shit too 🙂 But footy the best in the world

  79. Eddie says:

    Raddy – yeah, look at the photo and the surrounding poverty! Now that all that mines and factories have disappeared, the Welsh have much better lives – clean warm homes, cars to ferry kids around and cleaner air. Not sure what they keep on complaining about. They don’t even have to work

  80. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie 🙂

    My second wife came from the valleys. The only jobs were teaching and mining – she left school early and couldn’t become a teacher.

  81. Eddie says:

    was she a miner?

  82. Big Raddy says:

    oooops. There is a PM to write!

  83. Big Raddy says:

    No – she was 24 when we married. What do you take me for?

  84. stevepalmer1 says:

    Kelsey ignored, Never in a month of Sundays, May not always answer but never miss the meaning, spot on son. You keep on keeping on mate, they don’t miss a thing on here. 🙂

  85. Eddie says:

    Raddy – so your wives were: Welsh, English and Danish. Yes, it is going to look good on your CV having an Eastern European wife to complete the collection.

    How is the PM?

  86. Eddie says:

    raddy – a cradle snatcher 🙂

  87. Gööner In Exile says:

    was she a miner?

    No she was 24 when we married.

    😀 puntastic

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. It was a spelling gag —- minor/miner ….

    What do you mean complete? I have every intention of marrying at least 3 more times before I pass. I want to get ahead of Gonnermichael!

  89. Big Raddy says:

    I thank you GIE

  90. Eddie says:

    oh, no! wedding is off. I am a Catholic, no divorces.

  91. chas says:

    Great story about Flo.
    One of the things I realy like about her photo is the look on the lad’s face in the background. Could have been you. 🙂

  92. Big Raddy says:

    chas. I am better looking 🙂

    There is a

    New Post

  93. fred1266 says:

    Hi Eddie advice about the cloths need besides jacket do i need anything else

  94. stevepalmer1 says:

    Shouldn’t worry Fred, anything you dont have, the government will supply

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