Is there still any Magic in the Cup? Does the prospect of a day out at Wembley still set you in thrall? It does for me but I am traditionalist (in other words … old).
I still love the Cup and although there are less upsets than in previous years it remains one of the centre-pieces of the season with today’s tie up at Blackpool way more interesting than a Europa League game.
And, of course, we all know which club has won it the most, and which manager. The FA Cup has been good to us.
Will it be this afternoon?
It is distressing to read (and hear on the Arseblog podcast) of the current state of affairs at Blackpool. The Oyston saga is a warning to all and an indication of how impotent the PL and EFL are when facing a corrupt owner.
One must assume the B’pool fans want to lose today so no more TV money goes into the club. Non-attendance is costing the owner as is the lack of money from the sales of shirts, burgers etc. A draw today and the resulting income of a game at the Emirates would be a huge boon to the Oystons.
What would happen at Arsenal if Kroenke starts to strip the club of its assets and refuse to buy players? He can. He owns the place. Would lifelong fans and the thousands of tourists who go to games refuse to attend? Even if they did, would it affect change when the owner is a billionaire and the club runs on TV money? Do you think, in this highly unlikely scenario, that the PL would do anything but issue platitude whilst jetting off to another meeting in a 5 star hotel in Dubai?
The action of the Blackpool supporters is a credit to all football fans. Oyston Out.
This is Mr. Emery’s first FA Cup game, how will he react? Will he send out a team of children with Grandad Cech at the back of them? Or will he persuade Mesut and Aaron that they need match sharpness? We cannot risk PEA and Lacazette. Terrier, Wardrobe, Xhaka and Kos need a rest. I predict a start for AMN, Willock, Corporal Jenks, Elneny, Saka, Nketiah and Medley.
Blackpool’s most famous player is Sir Stanley Matthews, the Wizard of the Wing. The man was Ronaldo famous in his time, a worldwide icon. I actually saw him play at Highbury but for Stoke not the Tangerines. Arsenal could use a winger of his genius now, could Saka be the man?
We should win this game.
Let it Be So
written by Big Raddy
Great footballing post, BR.
I’m getting quite excited about the game having read that.
I hope the protests don’t disrupt the game too much but the fact that the cameras are there must help with publicity for the Blackpool fans plight.
Looking forward to seeing Saka, if he gets a start especially.
Put the youngsters out and have some firepower on the bench if things get tricky. Unai seems quite good at balancing the team for these sort of games. Up the Arse.
Just look at the state of him. You can tell he’s a wrong un, straight off.
Wow, he must be a close cousin of the dildo brothers 🙂
Match day Mornin’
I haven’t read anything on the state of Blackpool, but sounds grim indeed. Agree with you about being old ie the vale of the FAC
I’m with Chas that Unai is good at blending experience with youngsters and also agree I’d like to see Saka as well as Eddie
5:30 KO means I’m in with a sniff of watching
ps I really don’t think Mesut should be made to turn up.
Why the hell not?
We haven’t got a game until lunchtime next Saturday. Let him earn some of his money and give the away fans a treat.
Because he’s beyond this kind of thing. Bit like Auba and Laca
Mmmm, would I be right in thinking from Erik’s post that B’pool fans may boycott to stop putting any more cash into Grim’s pockets?
If so, should the Arsenal lot do the same thing?
We got stuffed last season in the 3rd Round by Forest just down the road from me with precisely that attitude.
Some Blackpool fans have been refusing to attend games for ages.
Others that do go won’t buy food or drink in the ground.
On Twitter Arsenal fans have been encouraged to do the same i.e, not spend money in the ground if possible.
Sorry, still don’t think it’s a Mesut type of game
Hopefully the away fans can stay strong and avoid the hot-dogs 🙂
Oooo look 🙂
I hear they do a nice vegan sausage roll at Greggs.
Ok, got a plan on the back of your Forest thing, so Mesut can start if another good player starts. So how about one half for Laca and one for Auba
must go now. hope to join for game
Oyston definitely looks a wrong ‘un
Fantastic proper football post Raddy 10/10
My heart goes out to the Blackpool fans … in fact my heart goes out of football every time there is an illustration of the inconsequential part us supporters are and will aalways be hereafter … I’m seriously thinking of going along to support a non league side … at least I’ll get to see some honest toil.
Everyone’s going on about totnum’s magnificent 7 today … so what … we beat the *^%$ers 4:2 🙂
The word is that we’re on the verge of signing this guy (Ramsey replacement?) … he’s the right age …
As a Blackpool fan it’s always interesting to read the thoughts and view of others on the state of our clubs. As much as everyone in the town would love to watch a team of the magnitude that is Arsenal, unfortunately our club is dead. We sit back and only hope the Oystons can be starved out of town. Thank you to supporters all over the country who have shown support for our plight. We wish all the Gunners fans a fantastic trip and I am sure the team that steps out at Bloomfield Road will do you proud. We all hope it’s an entertaining game for both sides. Those of us sitting at home on match day will appreciate your vocal support so please give us a massive “Oyston Out” shout throughout the game. Good luck and have a safe trip.
Agree with all Greg says. Your support of the Blackpool fans ongoing campaign is appreciated. Have a good journey.
O Y S T O N O U T!
Who are the two players who played for both Clubs?( courtesy “The Thunderer”)
Alan Skirton and Alan Ball played for both clubs
Good Post, BR,
He does seem to be a strange owner, does Oyston, apparently it is alleged that he owes about £25m to a former owner/director/investor (?), has sued his grandson for making off with money, (?) and has nothing to do with his son over disputes re running the club. (?)
I have no idea if any of that is true, but to call a man with all that ‘work in hand’ a wrong un at the age of 85 y.o. when he is only getting going is a bit harsh!! 😜
Barca have announced a deal for Rabiot on a free (who I would’ve preferred), but it does probably work in our favour as I imagine Suarez will definitely be leaving Barca now. Not sure how good he is to be honest but he’s young, Spanish, and plays CM. What’s not to like?
RA – no alleged about it, ordered in court to pay over £30m to Latvian Valeri Belokon. That was in November 2017 yet he still owes £25m.
As for him being called a wrong ‘un, he is a convicted rapist.When he was in his 50’s he was sent to prison for the rape of a 16 year old.
Other delights from the family have included taking legal action against fans who criticized them, some fans for instance having to pay up to £20,000.
Karl, Sam and George Oyston openly mocking Blackpool fans.
There is a lot more, far too much to post here.
Brilliant post, Raddy. 🙂
We do not want a replay. Let it be so. COYG.
good to find some Blackpool fan visitors on AA. Welcome all, and good luck with your campaigns. You are a credit to all footie fans. 🙂
lack of lol results makes me feel a bit nervous
Well done. I remember see Alan Skirton in my early days at Highbury. Didn’t know he had played foe Blackpool. I had a different one from the Times – Kevin Richardson.
A different type of post-that’s for sure.
1st world problems for Arsenal fans compared to that garbage of an owner. Think that Blackpool fans will have to get super creative to get that waste of a human out of their team, only can hope he dies suddenly, soon. Yes, I said it.
Emery better put out a reasonable team or the Arsenal will be coming home with their tails between their legs.
Big chance for Eddie.
You were right about Mesut and Auba, Micky.
And you were right about AMN, Willock, Elneny and Nketiah, BR.
With the Corporal, Saka and Medley on the bench.
Be interesting to see M-N promoted to midfield and as Chas says, big chance for Eddie
What do we think of Willock? ie his strengths and weaknesses
dont usually comment anymore,but still an eager follower !! Oystons Out !! Have a splendid season Folks !!
Great to see you Tom. Hope all is well with uou
Haha, hiya Tom.
I was trying to remember the phrase you used to use to describe where you were from……..
Was it something like ‘ land of the Arctic bear’? Nah, something to do with bears though. 🙂
Oh dear. Kos bolloxed in the warm up 😦
There’s something rather warm and familiar about a muddy pitch
Back to the age thing I guess
Eddie is hardly a clinical finisher.
ha ha ha ha. good lad Willock 🙂
bizarre home stands
Nice start. Willock is lethal.
Kos never looked back to full fitness. Sad
ha ha ha ha. hatrick on. 🙂
I told you he was lethal.
good show first half.
aha. nostalgic Micky! 🙂
I’m away in Cornwall for the night, and we grabbed a pasty for late lunch in a wee village shop adjacent to the local football pitch as they were kicking off. Enjoyed the first 20 mins. The pitch made Blackpool’s look like a croquet lawn
Faaantastic, and they were all plastered in mud within the first ten minutes
Ok, have to go now. Enjoy rest of game
So Kos complained of back problem in warm up. Charlie Watts of London football thinks not risked on dodgy pitch.
Like to see an Eddie goal and Willock hat-trick.
Micky. enjoy. 🙂
Evening all …. not the most scintillating game …. but a good run out for Eddie and Willock.
Nicely done. Should have been out of sight after 15 minutes but one cannot complain with a 3 goal victory away from home.
Pleased for Willock who played well.
LBG. hope your right.
glad we managed to keep a clean sheet, and that the young guns had a good run
Great to see Iwobi looking like a Nigerian Messi again.