Burnley face a wave of Emotion

Has there ever been such an irrelevant game with such relevance? Today is about Mr Wenger, Burnley and the 90+ minutes between the first and final whistle are a sideshow.


Should this PM be a peon to the mighty Arsene or your bog-standard run through of the runners and riders? Let me ponder a little ….

OK. I have decided. It is to be a normal PM because this game is not season’s end and the final minutes of an era, it is an opportunity for the paying Gooners at The Emirates to say goodbye to a man who is one of my heroes. There will be time for the obituaries in a couple of weeks.

But …. I wish I could be there. I really, really wish I could be there. I want a Merci Arsene t-shirt.


So, Burnley.

Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job and must be manager of the season. Guardiola has created a monster of a team but Dyche’s achievement is outstanding. How many Burnley players can you name? Try. How many did you name? I got two – Aaron Lemon and Jack Cork.  Do you know that Ben (Bertie) Mee is their Captain?

Yet if Burnley win today they have a fair chance of finishing above us!! Remarkable, almost as amazing as Ranieri taking Leicester to the title.

My Team:


Chambers    Mustafi     Monreal

Ramsey    Xhaka    JW

Mhki    Ozil

PEA    Laca

An attacking line up. Perhaps AW will give one or two of the youngsters a run – M-N in place of Ramsey, or our new Bubble at CB? Or could Mr. W play the same sort of team which did so well at Old Trafford?

Whomever plays and whatever the result today is all about The Great Man.

I have a favour to ask. If you are  lucky enough to be going to the game and someone around you bad-mouths Mr W. please don’t just sit seething , please tell the ingrate to Go Forth and Multiply.  This is one of the rare occasions when having a contrary opinion is totally unwarranted.

A final home win would be marvellous. Let it Be So.



119 Responses to Burnley face a wave of Emotion

  1. VP of Oz says:

    thank you BR and yes COYRRG!!!!

  2. chas says:

    Nice one, BR.

    I love the idea of cramming as many attackers on the pitch as possible. Let’s go out in a blaze of glory. :0

  3. Big Raddy says:

    10.40 Wish I could use a computer like this

  4. GoonerB says:

    Marvelous Raddy. You had me at “Has there ever been such an irrelevant game with such relevance?”. Such a poetic opening Raddy that I thought Keats had become an AA blog writer.

    I like your team Raddy and let me assure you that if I notice anyone bad mouthing Mr AW today I will not say anything to them, I will just go all Mike Tyson on their ar-e from the off. Such would be the magnitude of their crime that no warnings about their behaviour would be warranted.

  5. Ants says:

    Great post BR. I kinda feel humbled to be going to Arsene’s last home game. He has brought such joy and made watching The Arsenal so enjoyable over the last 22 years. I am proud to still have my last game at Highbury t shirt, Bergkamp testimonial one and now for the great man himself. Cheers.

  6. chas says:

    Think I preferred “In”

  7. GoonerB says:

    Boo hoo

  8. Ants says:

    Fred, time to end the debate. Are you real and let’s see a picture of you?

  9. Ants says:

    Gooner B, hope you’re not bringing any more cheerful friends to the FFB

  10. Ants says:

    Fred- tell us more about you?

  11. chas says:

    Of course he’s not real.
    He uses a proxy so that his IP address says he’s from Trinidad.

    What time is it where you are Fredster?

  12. LB says:

    A heart felt post. Thanks BR.

    I booked myself out of the country before AW announced his departure so I infuriatingly miss being at the Emirates today.

  13. VP of Oz says:

    I found Fred

  14. Ants says:

    We were just talking about you VP and you came on the blog..spooky

  15. VP of Oz says:

    Nice, and I was just watching Ant-man and the Wasp trailer.
    Wish I could be on the train to the stadium as well, very envious of you

  16. Ants says:

    I’m on draught Guinness now VP, do you like a drop of the black stuff?

  17. chas says:

    Freddie’s in the upper tier, upper tier, upper tier
    Freddie’s in the upper tier, poor old Chelsea.

  18. chas says:

    I’m hoping for a 13 goal thriller today.
    Do you think the ginger pit bull will want it to be a goal fest?

  19. chas says:

    Everyone knows they’ll get in the Europa and then have a shite premiership season because their squad isn’t big enough anyway.

  20. Ants says:

    Are you a batsman,bowler or all rounder Fredster?

  21. Ants says:

    Dyche hates goals..Micky would despise him.

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you Raddy, I feel very emotional this morning.

    The end results have not been up to some supporters expectations but, for this man, the joy of watching his teams play real football exceeded my expectations. I experienced more exhilaration in the past 22 seasons than in my first 48 seasons.

    In my waning years my main hope is that we don’t return to being the Arsenal of old.

  23. Ants says:

    Hear here

  24. Ants says:

    GN5- we will have a beer for you to honour the great man

  25. Ants says:

    Come on Fred , get replying

  26. Ants says:

  27. Ants says:

    Hear, hear. Hear, hear is an expression used as a short, repeated form of hear him. It represents a listener’s agreement with the point being made by a speaker. … was used in Parliament from late in the 17th century, and was reduced to hear! or hear, hear! by the late 18th century.

  28. Rasp says:

    Thanks Raddy … where do you start in eulogising about Arsene?

    …. I think you’re right, there will be lots of that in the coming weeks. Let’s hope for an entertaining game of Arsene-style beautiful football, and many choruses of the great man’s name.

  29. Ants says:

    No cricket today Rasp, Fred is opening

  30. Ants says:

    Fred must be a troll

  31. Rasp says:

    🙂 Ant, I played cricket yesterday …… Fred was at silly mid off

    I’m bunking off work this afternoon and meeting you fine fellows at the FFB 🙂

  32. Rasp says:

    What’s Lee Dixon standing on in that beach photo?

  33. Fred1266 says:

    No Iwobi today please?

  34. fred1266 says:

    Iwobi played shit today 3 out of 10

  35. chas says:

    You’re disgusting, Fred

  36. fred1266 says:

    You’re banned

  37. JM says:

    Starting: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette

    Bench: Ospina, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Welbeck

    Rested: Özil, Holding

  38. Eddie says:

    is the game online anywhere?

  39. fred1266 says:

    Of course am real ants

  40. fred1266 says:

    Maybe tomorrow ants today is all about Arsene

  41. fred1266 says:

    It 11:30, UK is 5 hours ahead

  42. fred1266 says:

    Anyone think dyche would be a good manager

  43. fred1266 says:

    Apologies ants WordPress never alerts me to messages

  44. fred1266 says:

    I hate cricket didn’t help since the west Indies are crap

  45. Big Raddy says:

    In the chair. COYRRG.

    Arsene looked emotional at the guard of honour

  46. fred1266 says:

    Thought we said no Iwobi today

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. No, Dyche would not make a good Arsenal manager. He is too ugly

  48. fred1266 says:

    Kit man also retiring

  49. fred1266 says:

    Worse day ever, would have liked to see per play today

  50. fred1266 says:

    Am in lower tier today chas wanted to be close to the boss

  51. Big Raddy says:

    That is why we bought PEA and exactly what was missing in Madrid.

    Top quality

  52. fred1266 says:

    What formation we playing today?

  53. fred1266 says:

    Chas ants anyone please keep a shirt for me

  54. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. We are playing a winning formation!

    Wilshere having a decent game against not very good opposition.

    Tghis is a classic AW performance. Intricate midfield pasing, strong front runners and a quirky defence

    The PEA/Laca/Mhki combo could be very good next season.

  55. fatgingergooner says:

    Fantastic! Really pleased that the boys are doing the job for Arsene today. Would’ve been a nightmare end if we’d lost today.

  56. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. Iwobi scored that one for you 😀

  57. fred1266 says:

    Wouldn’t mind use playing something like a 4312 next season

  58. Big Raddy says:

    It doesn’t get better than that.

    Thank you Arsene, Per and Vic

  59. fred1266 says:

    Lol shocked he didn’t hit one of those powder puff shots he is famous for

  60. fred1266 says:

    They should have done this Thursday

  61. fred1266 says:

    Alex Scott owe my

  62. fred1266 says:

    Hope am not the only one tearing yp

  63. Big Raddy says:

    I doubt it. The reception at the Ems was very moving

  64. fred1266 says:

    Am in bits

  65. fred1266 says:

    My tissue is sodden

  66. fred1266 says:

    Luv Iwobi now

  67. fred1266 says:

    Am damp down below

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Didit missed a cracker but I guess he is suffering 3rd degree burns from spending a few days on the beach

  69. Big Raddy says:

    We have 3 Fred’s 😀

  70. fred1266 says:

    Chaka is good

  71. fred1266 says:

    3 Fred’s is not enough

  72. fred1266 says:

    Am a terrible Tease

  73. fred1266 says:

    Nice to hear Gooner B at the pub today

  74. fred1266 says:

    Maybe 3412 not 4312 I believe

  75. chas says:

    DidIt is weak.
    First sign of a new manager and he’s off.

  76. chas says:


  77. fred1266 says:

    That kit man is carrying some timber

  78. fred1266 says:

    That dick John cross in the press conference what a hypocrite

  79. fred1266 says:

    Never live Iwobi

  80. fred1266 says:

    I’m gonna do the match report, chas.
    No problem.

    Well once I dry my pants out anyway.

  81. fred1266 says:

    He is a smashing tenant

  82. chas says:

    John Cross = massive rissole

  83. fatgingergooner says:

    Wow. What a send off. Fantastic that they gave him the Invincibles trophy.

    So sad to lose a man of such integrity from the club, but the time is right.

    Merci, Arsene. Absolute legend.

  84. Ants says:

  85. Ants says:

    Blimey – we come away for a few hours and Fred lights up the blog

  86. fred1266 says:

    A**hole I think u mean Freddie baby

  87. fred1266 says:

    FG the invincible trophy is that a trophy the club had made when we became the invincibles

  88. fred1266 says:

    They should have given him a FA cup trophy too

  89. fred1266 says:

    Hope you kept a shirt for me ants

  90. Ants says:

    Who is Fred?

  91. chas says:

    Who isn’t Fred.

  92. fred1266 says:

    I’m Fred..and so’s my wife

  93. fred1266 says:

  94. Ants says:

    Did Arsene mention Fred in his farewell speech?

  95. Ants says:

  96. Ants says:

    That’s me and Fred

  97. Ants says:

    So sad

  98. fatgingergooner says:

    Something didn’t quite sit right with the Mertersacker presentation for me. Yeah he’s been a decent player for us, and captained the side too, but I’d say he fell short of being exceptional. I just find it odd that real club legends who have won league titles with Arsenal were not given the same honour in the past.

    I guess it’s different when a player leaves the club rather than retiring at the club, but I still found it a bit much.

  99. fred1266 says:

    No he forgot me

  100. fred1266 says:

    Give an example FG

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    Just got back and have been through all Arsenalist clips

    What a great day. Great send off.

  102. fred1266 says:

    Under all seriousness who has kept a jersey for me

  103. GunnerN5 says:

    Fred it was left on your seat.

  104. Gööner In Exile says:

    So Arsene had me at “I’m an Arsenal fan”, he very nearly reduced me to to more than moistened eyes with “i’ll miss you”.

    22 years of incredible dedicated service to our club. When the likes of Bob Wilson hold the man in such high regard it tells you what you need to know about him, any doubts you may have should vanish.

    On that other great Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, isn’t it about time he was knighted?

  105. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Agree about Bob Wilson.

    Football International, double winner, erudite TV host, creator of a highly successful charity. All round good egg.

    I doubt he will get a gong as he doesn’t contribute to a political party

  106. Rasp says:

    Morning all, fantastic day at The Ems. Everyone played their part. The fans were good (they booed Kroenke and SCK 🙂 ), the football was amazing. The singing was good and covered players from throughout AW’s era, and Arsene felt the love.

    It was classy without being too sloppy, although there weren’t many dry eyes during Arsene’s goodbye.

  107. chas says:


    Best I could do.

  108. Eddie says:

    Allegri back to being a favourite!

    I didn’t watch the game, so it is difficult to comment. I am glad Wenger got a good sent off, he earned it.

    It is going to be so strange and so exciting witnessing a new approach, or that is what /i am hoping for – new approach, most of the team replaced, a roller coaster of results for a while…and then – bang, we are in the winning seat again, game after game, season after season we are top of the table 🙂

  109. fred1266 says:

    What on earth you had to do partner don’t you know u have to set aside time yesterday for Arsene fair well

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