The Final Hurrah

So we come to the end of a momentous season. Superb at home, dreadful away, nearly-men in the Europa, and about to be manager-less.

But let’s not look back just yet, let’s focus on this afternoon, just as Mr Wenger will. Can we finish with a win?

I cannot remember the last time all 3 promoted teams stayed up, can you? (without the help of Google!). A tiny club like Huddersfield avoiding the drop is a remarkable achievement. Huddersfield is a rugby town, home to Harold Wilson, There has been a settlement there for over 4,000 years and yet not since the ’30’s have they had any footballing success. HTFC have not been in the top tier since the early ’70’s. Promotion was huge, staying up is even bigger.

Given they needed points from their last 3 games which were MU, Chavs and AFC the Terriers seemed doomed but they did better at OT and the Bridge than we did – much better. Can they three-peat?

Herbert Chapman. Before AW without question HTFC & AFC’s most influential and successful manager. You know the rest … blah, blah blah Arsene Wenger.

My Team:


Chambers    Mustafi    Monreal

M-N   Xhaka    Wilshire   Kolasinac


PEA     Laca

Ozil injured (???) and the Big Bubble banned.  This could be the final game in the shirt for a few of our players  – Wilshire, Ospina and a couple more may be on their way out.

It is the time for change which is very exciting.

The focus will inevitably be upon Mr Wenger. I have written hundreds of posts and PM’s  – all of which have featured Arsene. I have enormous respect for him and wish him well. The reception he was given at Leicester was spine-tingling, we can expect the same this afternoon.

A win would be great for a number of reasons; a final hurrah for Arsene, a better end of season party for the players, removing the inevitable media focus upon not winning an away match in 2018, and sending BR into the summer break with a smile on his face.

Thank you to those who have read my pre-matches throughout the season, they are usually fun to write.




78 Responses to The Final Hurrah

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Sorry … no pics …. no time 😦

  2. mickydidit89 says:


    Thank you very much for all your PM’s this season. All have been much appreciated and, along with Chas’ input, the backbone of the blog.

    Thanks again.

  3. fred1266 says:

    Yaw yaw

    Can’t believe the season over already

  4. Shard says:

    Season almost over. End of an era. Time for a bit of nostalgia. So I thought I’d have a peek into my old stomping ground.

    Glad to see BR still going strong with his Pre match blogs. And micky’s still around.

  5. fred1266 says:

    Thanks again BR for another great pre match

  6. mickydidit89 says:


    Pretty much all the old crew are still around, hence the rather musty smell 🙂

  7. Shard says:

    Glad to hear it micky.

  8. LB says:

    Hello Shard

    Your insights are missed.

  9. Rasp says:

    Terrific read Raddy, and many thanks for all your excellent PMs throughout the season.

    The only problem is, you usually say it all and there is little for me to ad 🙂 My feelings are the same as yours, we raised our game against Burnley, let’s do it again today and show Arsene that the great things he brought to our football will stay with us.

  10. chas says:

    BR, thanks for all of your Raheem work over this and many other seasons. 🙂

    As for today, which team will want it more, Arsenal players trying to thank AW for supporting them even when they’ve been shite or the Terriers at home in front of a hugely grateful bunch of loony Yorkies?

    I’m hoping for a 4-5 goal fest.

  11. VP of Oz says:

    Thank you BR for the great posts all season long.

    Hope we have a goal fest and PEA scores more…

    PEA 9 goals & 4 assists from 12
    Lacazette 14 goals & 4 assists from 31
    Ramsey 7 goals & 7 assists from 23

  12. RA says:

    Another fine Post, BR, as have all those you have written over the years.

    I believe I first made the acquaintance of the denizens of AA back in 2010/11 and remember what a fine bunch you all were, altho sadly many fine posters of that era have moved on into new phases of their lives, but there is still the nucleus of those times surviving to ensure the blog continues, in yourself, Chas ( a shy and retiring galoot in those early days), tricky Micky-Did-It, Rasper the Fish, and many others who have over the years graced the “Authors List”.

    Well done to you all! 😀

    We will soon be into a new era, and hopefully it will be a happier time, and we can stop regurgitating the same arguments about Mr Wenger, and argue about someone else instead. (Might bring Rocky, 26May1989, CharyB and other worthies back to entertain us!1) 😀

    Pity our last Wenger era game is not on TV.

  13. mickydidit89 says:


    I’d say the real cream of the blog have easily found better things to do, leaving us lot. A motley collection of idiots, simpletons and outright don’t give a shitters 🙂

    I might be holding an end-of-term awards ceremony. Obvious nominees like Erik, Chas and GN5 will be easy to find categories for, unlike the Eddies and Transplants who straddle many “specialist” areas 🙂

    I’ll create a Best American gong, or tiara, if you like that sort of thing

  14. Rasp says:

    🙂 Micky … you should include yourself in the list of AA stalwarts, thanks also to chas, you and GN5.

    I expect the blog to be a busier place for the first few months of the new tenure … for the new manager’s honeymoon period at least …. we may even be able to reinstate the acronym AKB?

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Watching a bit of F1 before the footie.

    My word. the Spanish national anthem is a dirge.

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Wilshire not even on the bench. Knackered from baby duty or frozen out?

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    The game is shown live here but I have things to do this am so it will recorded for later viewing.

    Raddy, your PM’s have brightened our match day experience for the best part of a decade and they are most appreciated, thank you.

    I was very happy with the crowds response to AW at Leicester and I believe we will see the same today, starting with a guard of honour by the Huddersfield players and staff – which is a real touch of class.

    Oh boy, we are going to watch the great man manage his final PL game, which happens to be our 1,000th.

  18. Rasp says:

    Team for today:

    Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang

    Neither Jack or Nacho on the bench?

  19. RA says:

    Jack is probably not on the bench, Rasper, as you show him in the team. Doh??? 😀

  20. chas says:

    Who scores the first Arse goal after 20 seconds? 🙂

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, let’s put on a performance

    Come on you Gunnnnners

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha, on LOF we have an arabic speaking commentator

    So much better than some english oik 🙂

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    “Merci Arsene…we’ll miss you too”
    aeroplane banner. Nice

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Nice weather for the game

  25. Big Raddy says:

    End to end but all a bit scrappy.

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes, and definately goal time

  27. Rasp says:

    Who’s doing the cone report at half time?

  28. Big Raddy says:

    PEA is lethal from 2 yards 👏👏

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes, very nice. Fast and incisive.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik, he’s fast enough and smart enough to be there 🙂

  31. chas says:

    Attacking the driven cross. Nice.

  32. Rasp says:

    Put a clip up as soon as available chaps …. I’m having to rely on BBC text whilst at work 😦

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    don’t you mean teletext?

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Very impressed with Iwobi. He’s really matured from always trying to do the complicated make-an-impression stuff, to doing the simple things well

    Guess that comes from the confidence gained from being given game time

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Looking at it again that is a brilliant goal. The passing is tip top

  36. chas says:

  37. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky/chas

  38. chas says:

    How shit must you be? We’re winning away

  39. mickydidit89 says:


  40. Rasp says:

    The chavs are losing 3:0 🙂 🙂

  41. chas says:

    Majestic. Never in Doubt.

  42. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, well, that is an end of an era, or even a generation

  43. chas says:

  44. Big Raddy says:

    Two one on ones gifted to our strikers and neither scores.

    Still we won away

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  49. Aaron says:

    Many thanks to many of the writers on here, in easily the hardest season to write for in 22 years!
    Glad for the 2 wins to end the season. What could have been in Europa if Auba could have played, but oh well.

    Arsene gave us his life, front and center, for 22 years, and did not always have the financial support of the super doped up $ teams and still made the club move upwards.

    And to think the only time I was able to watch the Arsenal live in person was Arsene’s last year.

    Best of luck Arsene!

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    Nice words Aaron

  51. Big Raddy says:

    Love the stats about PEA

  52. chas says:

    Regrets, I’ve sold a few…..


    Cheers Raddy

    I’m very emotional today. It’s very difficult as an Accountant to have feelings. Why care when there’s no fee or the joy of a solar powered calculator.

    However, Arsene Wenger is a class act. The way he has behaved since his departure was announced has been fantastic. His love for the Club is so strong that I genuinely hope he doesn’t get a Tax investigation.

    There has been no resentment or ill feeling from the man, just a healthy embrace of all the deserved plaudits showered his way. This is not to be taken lightly. Some one once said “harbouring resentment is liking taking poison and expecting the other person to get sick”. This is why I pray a lot of people I know get the dreaded teetotal Scottish Tax Inspector and the reason I live in an ambulance.

    Arsene Wenger – a monumental part of our history.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring.

  54. LB says:

    I wonder what Kelsey thinks of things nowadays?

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    Well, well it’s over and he’s gone. Now we face an unknown/uncertain future without some peoples target and others legend.

    One of these fine days, when I’m less emotional, I will write a series of posts about AW who I regard as our best ever manager and my personal choice as an Arsenal legend. The club need to do him justice and erect a statue of him for the football world and future generations of Arsenal fans to see.

    Please accept my apologies for being tardy and not writing the final post in our best seasons series, but the fact is a lot has been happening in GN5’s life (nothing sinister) that didn’t make it conducive for me to do justice to the post. All is going along fine now and I will get my head around it in the next little while.

  56. mickydidit89 says:

    Now wot do we do?


    GN5, I really look forward to your Arsene series my friend.


    We make money Micky and search for sex

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    FFS, next league game august the bloody eleventh. I’m bored already

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    make money to pay for sex more like

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    T-89 days!

  62. mickydidit89 says:


    Could we have a post on the ambulance furnishings?


    Of course Micky

    Like GN5 I too plan a series of posts for the summer, based on a lack of social activity and nothingness

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Funnily enough, I plan a series of posts for the summer, based on the relevance of goal keepers, the art of defending and the value of huge slow centre forwards

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and if the new manager even once mentions solid defending, I’ll be organising a march to get Arsene reinstated and I’ll ask all fellow rebels to sport black scarves

  66. mickydidit89 says:

    I want a Blog refresh this summer.

    Whole shebang. Scaffolding up. Power wash, paint, garden sorted, bushes trimmed and so on

    The place looks as tired, old, cranky and cobwebby as it’s inhabitants. Let’s at least look like we haven’t given up on life.

  67. chas says:

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    great start to the next 88 days

  69. chas says:

    You’ve got the joy of the shitfest in Russia to come, don’t forget.

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    I am looking forward to that, but not the England bit. Still a bit miserable Italy won’t be there.

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    Just remembered, we have the world cup wall charts to do 🙂

    Hate to remind you all, but last time my pre-wc chart had Germany beating Argentina in the final, so don’t bother doing your own, ask me

  72. chas says:

    Even a blind squirrel………

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    No no no, I’m not having that. Far too precise and accurate to apply the blind squirrel ‘ting 🙂

  74. chas says:

    Cmon, the number of teams that are properly capable of reaching the final are pretty small, Say 4.

    Number of alternative Finals is factorial 3 i.e. 6.
    Some of these are not possible due to teams facing each other earlier on.

    I’d say it’s a 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 chance of guessing correctly. 🙂

  75. chas says:


    Not much but it’s all I’ve got.

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