What does January hold in store for The Gunners?

Three home games in the Prem plus a little trip down to the Olympic Stadium in East London. There is also the small matter of an FA Cup trip to Blackpool (which is nearly in Scotland).

So, New Years Day and Fulham at home. Writing this before the game, it is absolutely imperative that the manager plus his team (however patched up it may be), get the supporters back on side after the disgrace of that Anfield performance. (4-1, not to be sniffed at)

The first weekend in January we have a trip to the Lancashire Riviera in the FA Cup and a tea time kick off.  Blackpool are a club in turmoil at the moment with fans boycotting matches to protest against the current owner’s lack of financial investment and regard for the club in general. Read more here.


Maybe the visit of the mighty Arsenal will stir the locals. If not, there could well be more Gooners than home fans in Bloomfield Road.

West Ham away the weekend after is a lunchtime kick off. We’ve done pretty well at the London Stadium so far with one thumping victory which Ant and me saw sat in with the home fans. We were virtually the only ones left in our row by the time the ref blew the final whistle. Last season saw a tedious 0-0.

The chavs at home on the 19th Jan is back to a tea time kick off. (Arsenal are always good box office – shame it’s not always for the right reasons these days). Chelsea have been on the slide in recent weeks but now seem to be turning things around.

The last weekend in Jan is for FA Cup 4th Round fixtures. Our participation will depend on how well we do up the Tower this weekend.

Our fixtures for January 2019 are capped off with a home game against Cardiff on Tuesday 29th and will be our third chance of doing the double over a Prem team after Fulham and West Ham.



44 Responses to What does January hold in store for The Gunners?

  1. chas says:

    Perhaps it would be too much to hope for that the light blue oilers manage to pull a performance out of the bag and sneak a win against the Champs elect this evening?

  2. LBG says:

    Thanks Chas
    A joyful new year has begun. Arse are at Base camp 1, have set up tents and selected their first set of sherpas. Acclimatisation is now the order of the day with the Ice field and it’s crevasses ahead as a first challenge.
    Meanwhile, two parties have made their push for the top. Who will be lost on the way?

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Chas. Al always thank you. We usually do better in Jan than December. Here’s hoping.

    Is there anyone apart from L’pool supporters who want them to win tonight? Looking forward to an entertaining game, a few red cards and a City victory.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    LBG. I love a climbing analogy 😀

    Shame we will be sherpas and not lead climber

  5. LB says:

    Sniff 🙂

    Sounds bad Tony, hope things improve for you.

  6. Tony W says:

    Cheers Sniff

  7. Big Raddy says:

    Tony. That is terrible, and we worry about Kroenke!

    Is there anything I can do to support the Blackpool fans?

  8. Rasp says:

    Thanks once again chas. The realistsic me hopes (can hope be realistic?) for a minimum of 7 points in the league and still in touch with top four.

    Sad to hear about the strife at Blackpool … my favourite team ending in ‘pool … I hope our visit brings some joy to their supporters and progression for the arse.

    My other wish would be NOT to buy any aged stop-gaps in January to shore up the defence, either buy 1st team quality sub 30 yeras old if available, otherwise give some of the youngsters a try.

    If we can secure the services of a Ramsey replacement in January .. great .. but I’m not expecting it.

  9. RA says:

    Nice one, Chas, thank you.

  10. RA says:

    Utterly spot on, Rasper!! [Can spot on be ‘utterly’?] 😁

  11. RA says:

    I have read, here and there, that “What we need is some experienced players at the back to shore up the defence”.

    Nonsense. We have more than our share of ‘experienced’ oldies and what we need (as has been said on AA many times) are players capable of running FAST.

    It is humiliating to see our CBs and both the Terrier and, especially, Xhaka being outpaced if their tackles do not work.

    Speaking of which, perhaps I should add “and capable of tackling” because the lack of tough tackling midfielders [Terrier excepted], or CBs or right back is a poor combination.

    They do not all need to be fast, or hard tacklers but 3 out of 7 is not good enough.

    Unless defence is addressed, I can see a lot more long faces in the 2nd part of the season. [the police horses get a pass].

  12. Red Arnie says:

    nice work, Chas. 🙂

    and great mountaineering analogy, LBG. 🙂 No matter how much money the leisure-time adventurers from afar put in, the sherpas remain the undisputed rulers of the mountains. So be it, then. 🙂 Money and resources cannot make you sherpas. Fortunately.

    While past and present leaders enact their duel at the top, no 3 is just about holding steady at the moment, while no 4 is slipping and sliding occassionally. All to watch and play for at base camp. Onwards and upwards …

  13. LBG says:

    Tony W
    Sorry for all your trials. Hope 2019 can be new start for your Club. Keep the faith. Pray for a new owner, a new PM, and for those at the top to realise, we at the bottom are the heart, body and soul.

  14. Red Arnie says:

    very sad, Tony W. Good luck with your campaigns.

  15. Red Arnie says:

    Personally, I am OK with Pool winning the league this year and inb the process winning today. A free fall for Shitty is good news for us.

    Moreover, while Pool has converted some black money into white in the past couple years, it has not actually given up on its traditions. The last time it won the league was 1990, so this is a good time.

    Anything that damages the largest scum: Shitty, Chavs and Manure is good by me. 🙂

  16. chas says:

    We need them to lose a game at some point though, Arnie, regardless of the title.

  17. Red Arnie says:

    oh yes, Chas. I forgot the glorious Invincibles. I blame it on dementia! 🙂

  18. Rasp says:

    Totally agree with Chas …. city to win tonight …. not only because of the Invincibles but to knock the tots off second place. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a draw though 😳

  19. Tony W says:

    Thanks for the good wishes guys, if you are coming to the game please don’t buy anything inside the ground to help support our “not a penny more” campaign.
    The local chippies and pubs deserve your custom not the Oystons!
    And if you want to really support us you can buy an Oyston Out scarf for £5, on sale outside the west stand.

  20. RA says:

    There is a lot to admire about ‘Pools phoenix like rise from 29 years of ashes — but I agree with Chas, too, and hope Citeh win.

    I have a dislike of the ‘Pool media circus, where almost every Pool TV game is accompanied by a bevy of ex-Pool players giving their disgustingly biased opinions — like “Yeah, Firminho nearly broke Lacazette’s leg, but that was never a penalty – he did not need to go down!” as opposed to “there was a light touch on Mané’s sock, and he had every right to go down — clear pen – even if it might have been outside the penalty area.” — Source: Owen, Mcmanaman, et al.

    Come on Citeh [tonite’s the nite!] 😜

  21. RA says:


    Who is this guy De Mentia? Italian international, I suppose?

    Incidentally, we have been linked with N’Koulou the Torino CB — so that won’t happen then!

  22. chas says:

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyone watching tonight?

    Thanks Chas for today, and the highly entertaining Vines Bros Production yesterday 🙂

  24. Big Raddy says:

    I will have a decko

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    still deckoing?
    need a goal
    well, make that many goals

  26. Big Raddy says:

    36 mins. MC no shots on target or even shots off target.

    Pool no shots on target one off target.


  27. Big Raddy says:

    Now we have a game

  28. Rasp says:

    Come on City … beauty by Aguero ….

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    That goal has just saved me from switching off.

    Not great is it. Expectations too high I guess and a bit of the old cancelling out going on

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    hey erik, got more of those violet and rose chocolates you like

    everyone here thinks they taste of soap

    i go get

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Oh you tease Micky. I dream of those chocs you sent me

  32. Big Raddy says:

    I’m off to dream of violet creams

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    if you want more you have to win (or draw) a bet

    trouble is, i don’t want another ancient floppy smoked fish

  34. Rasp says:

    Bollox 😡

  35. mickydidit89 says:


  36. Rasp says:

    Pool scored Micky …. but game over now …. the Invincibles record remains

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    i had a list of positives lined up for whoever won.

    but forgot about the invincibles record, so even better 🙂

    night then rasp

  38. Happy Invibcibles Day

  39. Red Arnie says:

    Ha ha ha ha. Happy 😃

  40. Red Arnie says:

    Readers. I don’t understand your question. I’m demented

  41. Red Arnie says:


  42. chas says:


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