A Gunner’s Euro Kit Bag

The Euros. Summer football. European time zone. Superb. Let’s get ready. There is much essential planning to be done, stocking up and dates in diary to cancel, so I hope my little kit bag guide will help you enjoy a memorable tournament.


The very most vital piece of kit this. No armchairer worth his salt can watch even the opening ceremony without a completed chart. I have never entered a single tournament unprepared on this front. Chas linked us to the one in The Mail on Sunday, and genuinely top notch it is too. Down to the re-cycling depot in the village I went yesterday, and successfully unearthed two of the very same.

I have to confess that I do not enter predicted scores, only winners/losers through to group stages and beyond, but perhaps you are more thorough.

Also essential is to have more than one chart should there be other footballistas in the same house. “Told you so’s” are an essential part of the chart experience, and evidence is crucial.

My Son and I have a simple points system for the group stages, with 4, 3, 2 and 1 points allocated to the final group standings. In other words, we have something meaningful attached to each and every game.


On this subject, I am less than my usual tolerant self. Get real and do the healthy eating early in the day, because with first group games at 2pm, there’s no room to manoeuvre from then on. It’s junk food, so let’s just deal with that like adults. Pizzas will form the foundation of the tournament, and my personal recommendation is to get down to the supermarket and stock up on Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Pepperoni. Cheap, thin bottoms and the connoisseur’s choice. I say so. My Son says so. We know what we’re talking about here. They come in at a modest 750 calories. In other words, some morning fruit, with as many as two of these boys later in the day, and we’re still within acceptable boundaries of a controlled diet (oh big smiley face).


Now this is a very complex topic, so strap on and listen carefully. Get this wrong, and you have four very messy weeks ahead. My advice here is for the alcohol abuser only, so all tea totallers can boogey on to the next section.

Let’s be realistic here, we’re talking eight hour sessions, so careful thought is required, otherwise things could get very out of focus before the final whistle of the last game of the day.

Rule number one, is never mix the grain and the grape. You’ll need to be in good condition to crack on the following day. I think the real pro could alternate grains and grapes from one day to the next, but you must be the judge of your own abilities on this one.

Pacing yourself can be greatly aided by keeping an eye on alcohol content. Peaking early can be fatal. As our own Ant knows, there are some very delicious feminine, light, fizzy and rather cheeky white’s out there to ease yourself into a session. Sturdy reds to wash down the tobasco drenched pizza, sherry to savour the evening fixture, and port to complete the day.

Grains. Simple formula here, and you all know the drill. Light first, Special brew last.

A final recommendation for the dedicated follower. Drink your way around the map of Europe, selecting only beverages brewed in the country of the side you will be following in any particular match. Belgian ales brewed by monks, German lagers, Russian vodkas and so on.


There will still be lawns to be mown and dogs to be walked, perhaps you hoover things in your house, I don’t know, but do deploy evasion tactics. Personally, my calf muscle is going to break rather badly tonight after surfing, and when during the tournament I bravely go out in the car with surfboards on the roof, it will be to considerately lend them to a mate in need for a few hours. I’m like that. You too may have hobbies that require attention, so all I’m saying is the key to a successful tournament is in the planning.


Always a tricky subject, but one I enjoy. There will be nations you harmlessly enough enjoy to “disrespect”, and of course beware, there will be Spurs players on display. If there are any “sensitives” in your household, a cautionary pre-tournament warning could be displayed. A friendly Mr Marmite DJ style A4 banner forewarning loved ones, perhaps.


So, in conclusion, you have two days remaining. Please remember that tournaments begin with a sprint. Three matches a day winds down to a more relaxed pace as things progress to the later stages, so don’t knock yourself out in the early rounds.

In the words of Keith Richards “I’ve done world tours I didn’t even know I was on”. Stay focussed, plan well, and you’ll remember the thing. Enjoy.

written by MickDidit



171 Responses to A Gunner’s Euro Kit Bag

  1. GunnerN5 says:

    Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Pepperoni. – It’s a small world Micky they are my Grandchildren’s favourite pizza and we have 3 in the freezer right now.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Quick, scrap this rubbish post and replace with Arsene eyes £70M………

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s the ambition of all dedicated home bakers to better the Dr’s work 😀

  4. LB says:

    A master piece.

    What a great read.

  5. LB says:

    “They come in at a modest 750 calories. In other words, some morning fruit, with as many as two of these boys later in the day, and we’re still within acceptable boundaries of a controlled diet (oh big smiley face).”

    I thought to myself, surely Micky is missing something and then I realised that alcohol, of course, doesn’t count towards the calorie count. Silly me 😉

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    I neglected to say now much I enjoyed reading your post Micky.

    I’ve cobbled together a spread sheet for Euro 2106 – it’s of no use really as we can get the same data on line – but it keeps my mind active and my brain working.

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky the Dr. Oetker pizza that we buy is made right here in London Ontario, they only cost $3.50 each which is around .55 pounds.

  8. Shard says:

    If prediction is the name of the game, why not have an AA group on here. I told you so’s are always fun.


    Brilliant read. I know next to nothing about wines, so will accept that your advice is sound.

    Matches start at a later time here, so more time to get in healthy foods (But also get in more food 😦 ) And now you’ve made me feel like eating pizza, and try that pepperoni, if it’s available here.

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    I shall now put my money where my mouth is. In just one hour, I will head to the beach below

    It looks small and harmless at the moment as the tide is at its lowest point. Hopefully an extra foot or two will be added as it pushes in towards high water at 10.00

    Before that, and out of picture, are some nasty rocks to the left. This is where my calf muscle is to suffer immobilisation (duration: 4 weeks)


  10. LB says:

    Surf cam, I love it.

  11. Brilliant Micky

    I will be doing what I do every football tournament, watching and using my kids life savings to place bets during the matches.

    See Micky, this is were parents go wrong, educating there children. The benefits of neglecting your kids education are great I have convinced them that because of negative interest rates, saving means you actually lose money. Also, bank staff are allowed tips from your savings so they can go to the pub.

    Now and again they try to argue, citing little Molly across the road who’s dad saves money for her at Barclays and the bank balance goes up? I just respond by saying Molly’s dad is a tax evader who will soon be sent to Pentoville. Once there, Big Ernie, showing high interest rate, will be saving all his love for him.

    I usually bet on nice things, like in what minute Kanes chin will morph into his abdomen or that during the half time break a freedom fighter for “The preservation for Human intelligence society” will break into the studio and batter Glen Hoddle.

    I am looking forward to it.

  12. chas says:

    Super post.
    I didn’t think I could do it justice on my mobile telephone device at work, so I’ve been looking forward to it all day.
    It didn’t disappoint. 🙂

    I went to Booze Busters yesterday as they have a ‘three boxes of beer offer’ on at the mo. Buy three and instead of £9 each, they are only an ailing eight-legged cephalopod.
    Long and the short of it is, I have 12 ciders, 12 stella and 12 San miguel for the weekend. Maybe under-estimated a tadge. 🙂

    I honestly thought Dr Oetker only made stuff to decorate cakes. Little did I know.

    Thanks for the informative and entertaining read.

    p.s. Love the wallchart reclamation idea. I don’t suppose The Daily Fascist readers even know there’s a tournament due to start. Far too much worrying to be done for such trivialities.

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  15. chas says:

    Mmmmm, Dr Oetker……

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    BTW yesterday’s guess the player was Tony Woodcock 😀 😀

    Fine cartoon chas. Powerful.

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh….. I thought the cartoon was todays who is it?

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyway, we’ve made it, football starts today, so Morning All

    God, I ache this morning. Overdid the surfing (and I’m not referring to the torn calf) 🙂

  19. LBG says:

    Didit’s doneit again. Tres enjoyable!

  20. Big Raddy says:

    I couldn’t see any waves to surf. All that paddling about must hurt the calf muscles

  21. mickydidit89 says:


    We moved to a different beach, and it was epic
    Not large 2-3ft, but clean as a whistle and long, long rides

    Oscar claims to have been on one wave for 45 seconds. I saw it, and while it may have been closer to 30, that is really really long

    It was this beach, left to right, and he rode the entire length
    A wave started maybe 300 yds off shore, broke left, and just kept going (you can’t see the whole beach on this surfcam)


  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Am with LBG, tres enjoieable! Vous etes an expert d’entertainment! Hup Holland! 🙃

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    Got to live of scraps of the past. A sweet header by Dennis to finish the Germans off. 😄

  24. Eddie says:

    yes! we’ve made it!

    I am going to support Poland until they get kicked out of the competition and then probably Spain. I cannot support Spud studded England. Are there any Gunners in the team?

  25. Eddie says:

    No, cannot support Spain with Pepe on the pitch.
    Maybe France.

  26. Eddie says:

    silly me, of course I have to support France with Koscielny, Giroud, Sagna and Lloris AND they are favourites, great! I like winning

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning Eddie
    Now you’ve got me thinking about a second team
    Will Mozart start for Czechs?

  28. Eddie says:

    yes he will, Rosicky and Cech make them a likable outfit. But no, Czechs don’t like Poles. France it is.

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Really got to talk you out of this France thing, you are making a ghastly mistake 🙂


  30. Eddie says:

    No, I don’t sympathise with the underdogs or be happy for Leicester.

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    If you don’t mind my being so forward, Eddie, I think you’re playing very hard to get this morning 🙂

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    She is doing a Vardy on you, Micky! 😄

  33. eddie,

    Pepe is from Portugal!

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Total ha ha 🙂

    Tell yu what, the Vardy stories kept us going for a few days. Urgently need a fresh new rumour

    Still, T-4 hrs till football

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and an Opening Ceremony. By the French…..which will be pathetic compared to what we did with the Olympics.

    They will have cirque du soleil level bollocks, a firework and a pompous speech 🙄

  36. chas says:

    I fancy Giroud to do something like this when he scores tonight.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    Here I am getting excited about tonight and now Mrs R has informed me we are going out for dinner 😦

    Why didn’t she check my wall chart?

  38. chas says:

    Why am I getting ads like the one on the right?

  39. chas says:

    Haha, where is the wall chart located?

  40. mickydidit89 says:


    I remember watching an England v Scotland game with Joe Strummer in a boozer. He was giving me the imperialist bullshit lines about England. So supporting Jocks.

    He then, rather famously, said how English hooligans rampaging across Europe gave him an odd sense of pride 🙂

  41. mickydidit89 says:

    Do you want to borrow my injury?

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Too late. She has even packed the guitar 😦

    chas. Strange. I don’t get those ads. Do you Micky?

  43. Eddie says:

    fattie – Pepe is from Portugal? ha ha ha ha, great, I can support Spain.

    Sorry micky, had to go salon, blue rinse and that. I never play hard to get, I am hard to get, end of. I have just received divorce papers. I sent them back saying the name is spelled wrongly and the bizarre content is defo not intended for me 🙂 sorry Peaches, I couldn’t resist it 🙂

    I cannot wait for the first game!!! Supporting Romania tonight, one of the best people I have ever met is Romanian; if I am still alive this time next year it will only be thank to him and his wife.

  44. Eddie says:

    David de Gea story is so unreal that even my pug refuses to believe it

  45. mickydidit89 says:


    Yes, I do get those ads, and upsettingly, I got the same one from Janetta. Cheap and used is how I feel

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip, Romania for me too, despite never being saved by one

  47. Eddie says:

    micky 🙂 if you ever need saving, Johnny is your man, top bloke

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Are you watching the opening ceremony
    Going to be tough for them as there’s nothing to celebrate 🙂
    They’ll try the old chestnut of harmony and arts stuff I guess

  49. chas says:

    What did the French ever give to us in return?

  50. chas says:

    When was that Eng v Sco game?
    Joe was probably too young to know any better. 🙂

    I must admit I’ve never been proud of English hooligans abroad.

  51. chas says:

    The opening ceremony is really fantastique – if anyone’s unfortunate to be missing it, at this very moment.

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    Wow, what a ceremony. Eight years in the planning. Time well spent I think we can all agree 🙂

  53. chas says:

    Where’s RA?
    Packed in his blogging boots for the summer, I suppose?

    All about content, innit.

  54. Eddie says:

    you cannot beat the French anthem, I LOVE IT

  55. chas says:

    Harmony and arts – pffft – Gallic BS.
    What did Camus and Sartre ever give us to advance the cause of poncey navel-gazing?

  56. chas says:

    It’s that bit about ‘slitting their throats’, I reckon, that appeals? 🙂

  57. Hello football mates, are we all sitting comfortably 😃

    Football, thank goodness for that!!!!!!!!!

    Agree with the comments about the opening ceremony, mind you they’ve managed to clear the pitch quickly. Here we go……….

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    Can’t remember. Late 70’s

  59. Rasp says:

    I’ve seen better shows put on by infants schools – who choreographed that?

  60. Eddie says:

    slitting their throats is particularly appealing, oh yes 🙂

  61. Rasp says:

    Well that was a boring half of football – but Pogba is a class apart and Griesman’s work rate impressive

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    That covers it Rasp 🙂

  63. Rasp says:

    Hi Micky, apparently France have never lost a game in the WC or EC when hosting.

  64. Eddie says:

    no it doesn’t. OG had a couple great chances, but failed to deliver. Evra was, is and always will be a prick. Great atmo.

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Don’t dash my hopes Rasp 🙂

  66. Rasp says:

    I take it you’d be happy with a Romanian victory Micky?

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    I think that’s a fair comment 🙂

  68. Girooouuuud that’s our man 😃

  69. fatgingergooner says:

    If swap Theo and Ox for Payet! He is quality.

  70. LB says:

    Before that goal at the end it had all the frustration of watching an Arsenal game. Good goal.

  71. chas says:

  72. chas says:

    How dare you outdo me!

  73. chas says:

  74. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    So, the opening ceremony was magnificent and the football of equal quality?

  75. chas says:

    I only watched the last 10 minutes and saw Payet’s wonderful strike.
    Sounded like the rest of the game was fairly average.

  76. chas says:

  77. LBG says:

    The best thing about the Messi clip is the commentary, Chas.
    Now for a good England team! Oval balls to all arsenalarsenal colleagues!

  78. LBG says:

    But perhaps not that good!

  79. chas says:

  80. LBG says:

    And now for the round ball game. Come on you England!

  81. GunnerN5 says:

    Listing of Arsenal players under contract and released for the 2016/17 season.

    Contract Players

    Akpom, Chuba
    Alves da Silva, Wellington
    Armando De Abreu, Gabriel
    Bellerin, Hector
    Bennacer, Ismael
    Bielik, Krystian
    Bola, Marc Joel
    Bola, Tolaji
    Campbell, Joel
    Cazorla, Santiago
    Cech, Petr
    Chambers, Calum
    Coquelin, Francis
    Crowley, Daniel
    Da Graca, Kristopher Santos
    Dasilva, Pelenda Joshua Tunga
    Debuchy, Mathieu
    Dragomir, Vlad-Mihai
    Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
    Eyoma, Aaron Jordan
    Fortune, Yassin Enzo
    Gibbs, Kieran James Ricardo
    Giroud, Olivier
    Gnabry, Serge David
    Hayden, Isaac Scot
    Hinds, Kaylen Miles
    Huddart, Ryan David
    Iliev, Deyan
    Iwobi, Alex
    Jenkinson, Carl Daniel
    Johnson, Chiori
    Kamara, Glen
    Keto, Hugo Oliver
    Koscielny, Laurent
    Macey, Matthew Ryan
    Maitland-Niles, Ainsley
    Malen, Donyell
    Martinez, Damian Emiliano
    Mavididi, Stephy Alvaro
    McGuane, Marcus
    Mertesacker, Per
    Monreal, Ignacio
    Moore, Tafari Lalibela
    Mourgos, Savvas
    O’Connor, Stefan Ramone Sewell
    Osei-Tutu, Jordi
    Ospina, David
    Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander Mark David
    Ozil, Mesut
    Pleguezuelo, Julio Jose
    Ramsey, Aaron James
    Reine-Adelaide, Jeff
    Robinson, Tyrell
    Sanchez, Alexis
    Sanogo, Yaya
    Sheaf, Ben
    Szczesny, Wojciech Tomasz
    Toral, Jon-Miquel
    Walcott, Theo James
    Welbeck, Daniel
    Willock, Christopher
    Wilshere, Jack Andrew
    Xhaka Granit (new signing)
    Zelalem, Gedion


    Gilmour, Charlie Ian
    Nketiah, Edward
    Pileas, Kostas
    Tella, Nathan
    Willock, Joseph George


    Arteta Amatriain, Mikel
    Flamini, Mathieu
    Rosicky, Tomas

  82. GunnerN5 says:

    Wow – no wonder we have such a high wage bill that’s 64 contracted players and 5 scholars.

  83. LB says:

    See Djourou hasn’t changed much.

  84. Big Raddy says:

    Granit looks solid.

  85. JM says:


    Petr Čech (GK) (Czech Republic)

    Skill: Overwhelming Leadership
    Team Style: For The Team

  86. kelsey says:

    Neither of these teams will win anything but I have to admit that 10 man Albania could and should have at least got a draw. Terrible finishing by both sides and the odd good save by the Swiss keeper.Can’t believe Djourou is still in the national squad.

    Granit has a presence about him, a bit Viera like, though extremely one footed.Playing Albania is not the same as the hustle and bustle of the PL

  87. JM says:

    Petr Čech (GK) (Czech Republic)

    Skill: Overwhelming Leadership
    Team Style: For The Team

  88. JM says:

    Petr Čech (GK) (Czech Republic)

    Pitch heat map (Areas of influence)
    DF:100, MF:0, FW:0

  89. JM says:

    Laurent Koscielny (DF) (France/Les Bleus)

    Skill: Dogged Marking
    Team Style: Individual Defence Emphasis

  90. JM says:

    Laurent Koscielny (DF) (France/Les Bleus)

    Pitch heat map (Areas of influence)
    DF:62, MF:38, FW:0

  91. JM says:

    Jack Wilshere (MF) (England/The Three Lions)

    Skill: Miraculous Link-up Passes
    Team Style: Mixed Pass Work

  92. JM says:

    Jack Wilshere (MF) (England/The Three Lions)

    Pitch heat map (Areas of influence)
    DF:6, MF:58, FW:36

  93. JM says:

    Mesut Özil (MF) (Germany/Die Nationalmannschaft)

    Skill: Inspirational Vision
    Team Style: Through Pass Emphasis

  94. JM says:

    Mesut Özil (MF) (Germany/Die Nationalmannschaft)

    Pitch heat map (Areas of influence)
    DF:3, MF:38, FW:59

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh dear
    I caught the last twenty minutes of the Swiss game and Granit was pathetic

    He scored no goals at all, not even one.

    What a terrible waste of money 😀

    The outlook for next season looks bleak. Come on Aaron, bring us hope

  96. Big Raddy says:

    Xhaka plays much like a left side Elneny. Coquelin is destined for a long winter on the bench

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Did the guitar come out and were there any bongos or other Leftie hippy shit instruments?

  98. Hello all

    Loving the passion around the Wales squad and game, their supporters are fantastic.

    Some of the tweets coming out of Marseilles are pretty scary. The England fans not only getting wound up by French fans but there’s a Russian contingent looking for trouble. Sadly we’re the ones with the reputation so it’ll be all our fault.

  99. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. There was bongos, ukuleles, acoustic guitars and smokeables.


  100. Oh wow…….A huge flukey goal for Wales!!!!!!!

  101. Rambo gets the assist

  102. mickydidit89 says:

    You paint an ugly scene Erik 😃

    Loving this game

  103. Finally Skirtl gets a yellow, he’s vile

  104. Brilliant game, great team

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    Ready for more? I am

  106. Rasp says:

    We could have done with a draw in the Wales game. The pressure is on, we’re likely to need 2 wins out of 3 games

  107. No Jack!!!!!!! How am I supposed to support an England team with all those spuds and no Jack 😦

  108. Big Raddy says:

    Really enjoyed the Wales game.

    Hate this England selection. All those awful Spurs miscreants. As you say Peaches, they are very hard to support

  109. Love this stadium though, fabulous architecture

  110. Rasp says:

    This is like watching Arsenal – every shot straight at the keeper 🙂

  111. So nothing to say then………spuds disappointing of course whatever Lee Dixon says 😉

  112. Big Raddy says:

    What has happened to Sterling. Pre-MC he was fantastic now he plays like Theo

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Football can be a cruel game

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    Look Erik, you’re right, but if you employ too many Spuds, a last minute bottle job will always be on the cards. Not worth the risk 🙂

  115. Exactly micky 😃😃😃

  116. LB says:

    Interesting first thoughts on Granit.

    To me he looks like a straight swap for Arteta: plays deep, accurate passing, will link the defense with the attack as well as Arteta at his best, expected a tad more defensively and for that I can see slightly more of a time share with Coquelin.

    Can’t see a Vieira link yet.

    Early days though, obviously need more minutes viewing.

  117. fatgingergooner says:

    Xhaka had more passes completed (101 compared to 70 for next best), more long passes than anyone else before the break (6) and joint most chances created (3). He’s definitely more than just a break-up player.

    I find it hard to support this England side but they played well before doing the usual shit and conceding a terrible goal. I still think we will go through (there are 4 third place qualifiers going into the last 16 after-all) but i would be surprised to see us in the last 4. Dominating like that and drawing 1-1 is not a good sign.

  118. fatgingergooner says:

    We’ve been linked with a cheap deal for Kokorin in the past and I liked the look of him against England. Looked comfortable on the ball and technically very good. Will be interested to see him against Wales and Slovakia.

  119. kelsey says:

    Too many spuds in the team and one is bound to get mashed.

    Can’t wait for the next World Cup in Russia.

    The violence doesn’t surprise me at all and it will get worse.Europe is heading more and more far right but deep down it’s a social problem not a football one.

  120. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Micky was right. A last minute bottle job was inevitable.

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    Just planning my day, and looked up German squad. Podolski listed as one of their three strikers. That surprised me.

    Might revise my Kit Bag and bin the Dr’s Pizzas. Very salty. Not good. Might have to bulk prep. some homemade dough balls.

  122. Big Raddy says:

    I am restricted to dried apple slices with water and a few cherries for variety. Times are hard in the slimmer Raddy household.

    Thankfully come evening kick off the wine has made an appearance

  123. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha

    Hey Erik, check out what I’m playing at the moment
    Sure, I don’t have the sensitive hair, but by Christ I’m working on the eyebrow “I care” look

  124. mickydidit89 says:

    Must buy a romantic shirt. Guess you have many 🙂

  125. LB says:

    I’m really disappointed that the pizzas haven’t lived up to expectation. I was honestly about to fill the freezer up with those bad boys.

    I might still give them a try, I do like salt

  126. Big Raddy says:

    I have but the big collar look is a little old fashioned now

  127. mickydidit89 says:


    My remark this morning about the good Dr’s Pizzas was bang out of order, so please take no notice. With hindsight, I remember I drowned the savoury dish in tabasco, while the whole thing followed a large bowl of firey dorritos

    I’ll support Poland if you get here before KO

  128. Eddie says:

    thank you Micky 🙂 I supported England the other day. Well, first half anyway, then I had fallen asleep

  129. Big Raddy says:

    Wojciech might as well leave the pitch and have a snooze

  130. Eddie says:

    no, not yet

  131. Eddie says:

    it was a good game, old fashioned footy, not much of tippy tappy, both teams giving it all. yep, I enjoyed it

    Now stupid Szcz injured our top player

  132. Big Raddy says:

    Now for Mesut….

  133. fatgingergooner says:

    If I could tell Wilshere to model his game on someone it would be Luka Modric. I know he’s an ex-Spud but he is different class. You don’t have to be in the final third to dictate a match. Players like Modric, Kroos and Pirlo have shown how you can dominate from deeper positions. We have Özil anyway who dictates our attacking play, Wilshere could easily be the player that does it in midfield.

  134. chas says:


  135. mickydidit89 says:

    Terry Butcher?

  136. chas says:

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  138. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody knew it, and I’ll tell you why. Mr Mazehose Hutflu does not exist, and therefore that left Butcher.


  139. Big Raddy says:

    That’s the type of logic which built the Empire.

    Well played Sir

    Morning All

  140. mickydidit89 says:

    Tasty stuff today

    Spain Czech
    Sweden Ireland
    Belgium Italy

    Here are the words of Ibra: “The Legend can still deliver”. You can see what Erik sees in him 🙂

  141. mickydidit89 says:

    Screw Empires Erik. I’m now a Leftie. Hard core. At least until I’ve voted us out of the EU Empire. Right wing elitist bastards.

  142. TotalArsenal says:

    ‘If a Clad bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse’

  143. Big Raddy says:

    TA. Well said (I think 🙂 )

    Us leftie chaps are for inclusion, harmony and working for the common good.

  144. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha BR 😀

    It feels like an exit is going to happen unfortunately. The idea of the UK thriving in splendid isolation is attractive too many, however senseless it is from a political, economical, social and environmental point of view. Europe needs the UK and vice versa.

  145. TotalArsenal says:

    Didn’t watch all the games but enjoyed Wales the most. Red is the new orange. 😜

    The Welsh have a thin squad but if they can keep their main players fit, they can do well this tournament, with a strong midfield and Bale capable of providing that bit of magic to decide a game.

    Xhaka, Ozil, Rambo and Jack: we have some very fine midfielders: Wenger is a great collector hahaha 😀

  146. Eddie says:

    anyone I have spoken to is for Brexit. Madness!! How is UK going to benefit from that? Small businesses are going to be hardest hit, it has already began.

    Back to dark ages of plastic tubes in the bath instead of mixer tabs, single glazing, white sliced bread and fog. Perhaps it is time for me to go back to Poland.

  147. Big Raddy says:

    TA I don’t do politics on AA. All I will say on the subject is …. if the Daily Mail, Sun, Mirror are supporting the Leave campaign then I am certainly voting to Remain.

  148. mickydidit89 says:


    I don’t do politics on here either, so here goes 🙂
    Anyone who think the EU is for the little guy has been conned. Its big business stateism. End of.

  149. mickydidit89 says:

    Really looking forward to Belgium Italy. Just hope the Italians don’t settle for a point in their toughest group game, so maybe an early Belgian goal would ensure a cracker

  150. Big Raddy says:

    I am looking forward to watching Tomasz who is likely to play more games for CR than AFC this season 😦

  151. Big Raddy says:

    I have written a dull post which I will publish …. soon

  152. Big Raddy says:

    Still can’t get 6.57.

  153. TotalArsenal says:

    Mesut Ozil, Chas?

  154. TotalArsenal says:

    Evonne 😀

    And shite coffee and cheese or gravy on chips. The little guy is going to have a feast after Brexit. 😍

  155. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

  156. Rasp says:

    Is the puzzle Mesut Oezil?

  157. Rasp says:

    = Maze hut hose ill?

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