World Arsenal Exclusive …. this is the real thing …


We are all being subjected to the usual summer torture inflicted upon us by the click harvesters who will go to any depths to get you to take the bait. We know we’re being conned, but we still can’t resist clicking on that ‘exclusive’ story to see if we really are going to sign that world class player.

The title of this post is just such an example … oops! … but rest assured, no one on AA profits from a click … we just want to get you involved in a healthy debate whilst we while away the days/hours/minutes/seconds before the new season starts and we experience a different type of torture all over again.

This is one of Nick Hornby’s many brilliant quotes from Fever PitchΒ  …

It is a strange paradox that while the grief of football fans (and it is real grief) is private – we each have an individual relationship with our clubs, and I think that we are secretly convinced that none of the other fans understands quite why we have been harder hit than anyone else – we are forced to mourn in public, surrounded by people whose hurt is expressed in forms different from our own.

Now I know that you (like me) won’t be able to do it, but if you really want to reduce the self flagellation, here are some of the phrases in headlines just this morning that you definitely should avoid clicking on ….

“Arsenal star” … who ever says that?

“Arsenal fans react to” … yeah right, lazy journalism and some tweets from muppets!

In fact anything that uses the word ‘fans’ … fans are for geishas … we’re supporters

Any headline containing the phrases containing “hint, rumoured, set to happen”

“Transfer boost”

“Set to leave”

“The player Arsenal should …”

I could go on and on … but as this is a return to an old AA format of Rant Friday, I’d better stop … no one reads on a Friday any way … so I’m wasting my time …. andΒ  that’s another rant off my chest πŸ™‚

If you’ve got a rant … share it with us and we can all get upset over nothing together.

Alternatively, have a relaxed weekend fellow gooners, bask in the sun and give yourself a rest from the media’s bovine scatology …



46 Responses to World Arsenal Exclusive …. this is the real thing …

  1. Sue says:

    Don’t really feel like ranting at the moment, Rasp (although give it an hour or so & it may change πŸ˜‚)
    It’s Friday, the sun is shining, Fred treated us to that Adidas advert, another day closer to preseason….πŸ₯°

  2. Rasp says:

    Good on you Sue … that was kinda the message of the post. We could do with more ‘glass half full” folks like you … I hope you appreciate the irony πŸ™‚

  3. yongo joseph says:

    You are right besides, i think in future less than two seasons, it’s better to go and support matches in wrestling

  4. Els says:

    Great post and a point well made.

    Untold Arsenal keep a lot of all rumours. I wonder how many of the rumours are completely fabricated. We all know it, we do nothing. It’s like we are powerless when offered the chance to hear bad news. Same for world news and politics too.

    To tell you the truth though this summer I’m taking everything with a pinch of salt. The fact that we are going more academy based means I can concentrate on the likes of Nelson, Sako, Bielik, Willock and the possible line ups they could play in. It all seems a little less fantastical than boring big money signings, that financially f*** the club.

  5. RA says:

    Hi Rasper, 😁

    You have touched upon a matter that causes me to vibrate with some agitation.

    “Call yourself an Arsenal fan?” I have been asked — “yes, yes I am, and with all the mod cons. I rotate at various speeds, and the cool air that comes off me can be a delight, I am told. I am available to any Gooner in an appropriate Arsenal motif, or when you have been embarrassed or humiliated with the way the team have played, I can dress in a discrete plain get up so no one need to know.’

    “Or if money is a problem, I am the sort of fan that can blow cooling air on you for a pittance, but you have to aware that garlic comes as standard’

    “Eff off, you lanky bastard” is the usual comeback, which goes top show how hard it is for today’s fan.

  6. Rasp says:

    Hi Redders …. typically lateral answer from the premier wordsmith … I don’t understand a word of it πŸ™‚ but as long as you do πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve no issues with rumours & gossip and if somebody can make a few bob putting players names out there then best of luck to them. TBH I find it all a bit of a laugh and if that other blog which takes exception at least twice a week goes into melt down over it then all the better.

  8. Rasp says:

    Hi SR, we all need to employ our own filter dependent on whether we find rumours entertaining or aggravating. Personally, I know when I read the headline it’s bollix, but I then I usually still read it to see just how crass it is. The post was meant to be light hearted … maybe I should have included more smiley faces.

    It appears that Gooners are not as gullible as I supposed because the headline hasn’t attracted that many hits …

  9. …and I’d really love to believe the one linking Mustafi to Fenerbahce

  10. GoonerB says:

    Morning all

    Thanks Rasp. I love all the rumours. False hope is what keeps me going. It consoles me that with all the players we should have bought over the last 10 years that we would have won the quadruple 10 times in a row. What’s not to love about that?

    Redders, I love your self description at 10.09. It makes you sound like a Wichitarian sex robot. “Available in the Arsenal store this summer”. Lets just hope the Martin Keown version doesn’t outsell you.

  11. Rasp says:

    πŸ™‚ that’s the spirit SR, you made me chuckle and will have upset other bloggers in one short sentence … πŸ™‚

  12. Sue says:

    A sex robot 😝 that’s a first!!!

  13. RC78 says:

    1. Can’t stand that Tottenham finished above us again 😦
    2. Can’t stand that we lost the EL Final to Chelsea
    3. Can’t stand that Mustafi and Xhaka are in our first team
    4. Can’t stand the lack of investment from our Owner
    5. Can’t stand the lack of ability to produce star players from our academy (where are our Foden, Hudsoi, Robertson…)?

    Feels better πŸ™‚

  14. RC78 says:

    Rumour of the day – we re selling Bielik to fund other transfers…

  15. RC78 says:

    Sent a post about Mikhy as promised.

    As for the rumours, it seems they all start up

    – with “Arsenal set to lose out on……due to budget restrictions” – recent examples include: Tierney, Carrasco.

    It is rather pathetic – last summer, we didn’t bid for Ndombele or Pepe and those two players’ value has now soared even more.

    I think that Klopp was also right when he says that you have to splash the cash to be successful in football these days.

  16. Sue says:

    Ooh I’m excited.. just bought tickets for the Emirates cup! I can’t wait to be back at the Emirates again (withdrawals!) on what should hopefully be a lush, sunny day with plenty on display (Kolasinac’s πŸ’ͺπŸ¦΅πŸ˜‹)

  17. RC78 says:

    Alban Lafont who is a fantastic GK prospect leaves Fiorentina on a 2 year loan for…Nantes…Where are we? He d have been a very good addition, already valued at nearly 16 Mln pounds

  18. allezkev says:

    Red, I wasn’t really sure about the agitate and vibrate bit, in fact I wasn’t sure about any of it, but it was entertaining all the same – I think? πŸ™‚

    Yeah Rasp, News Now, a cornucopia of bull droppings with my favourite being Football.London, the biggest load of codswallop on the football super highway, closely followed by The Metro, a glance at their headlines and I quickly move on without clicking.

    Things seemed a lot less stressful when all we had was Ceefax.

  19. RC78 says:

    Sue – lucky you πŸ™‚ Enjoy for us

  20. LBG says:

    Dont feel like ranting about football at the moment as too busy enjoying the turquoise blue sea of a Corsican heaven.
    Roll on next season, though!!

  21. RA says:


    I was playing with the meaning of ‘fan’. πŸ€ͺ

    ‘Fan’ as in sports supporter is an abbreviated form of ‘fanatic’, so when other fans have heard my accent and light-heartedly asked whether or not I am a fan — I deliberately ‘misunderstand’ and describe myself as if I am a mechanical cooling fan – which baffles those involved, especially when delivered in an innocent but deadpan way.

    Usually results in grins or laughter as the penny drops. 😳

    Maybe the joke was on me, as I never imagined it could make me sound like a sex-robot. — true though that is!! 🀴

  22. GoonerB says:

    Oh stop it RA, you are making the girls and the camel wormers blush.

  23. RA says:



  24. RA says:

    RC, @ 11 : 26a.m.

    Excellent! πŸ‘

  25. Sue says:

    I know this isn’t Arsenal related, but… never in my life did I ever think I’d see Gazza have a beef with Snoop Dog!!!! WTH!!!!

  26. Sue says:

    RC78.. πŸ‘πŸ™‚

  27. Sue says:

    Seeing a lot of articles about Zaha “begging Palace” to let him join us & that he was a gooner as a child. I soooooo want this to happen… will be gutted if it doesn’t!

    62.8m for Lukaku?? 😳😱

  28. RC78 says:

    Zagadou has apparently asked to leave Dortmund as Hummels returns to the Yellow Wall team. Former Psg youth player that has done well for Dortmund, imposing defender but a bit slow. Wouldn’t be my first choice and Saliba is actually more well rounded.

  29. RC78 says:

    Zaha would be OK as a signing but we don’t necessarily have the funds for him. I d take a more hard working profile like Perisic even if holder and not as fast. The ideal would be Douglas costa from Juve or Rafa Silva.

  30. RC78 says:

    Sue – your dream may come true.

    If less than 30 MLN EUR, good purchase. If more… πŸ˜”

  31. RC78 says:

    Tuttosporr says that Auba will not be opposed to a transfer to Man Utd. I doubt that we will sell it

  32. Els says:

    If Zaha is available then I say get him no matter what. Do we really need defenders? They rarely score anyway.

  33. Sue says:

    There’s a little glimmer of hope then RC78!! πŸ™πŸ™ although knowing Arsenal, it won’t last very long 🀣

  34. Rasp says:

    RC78 … a question for you … as our resident transfer guru … which of all the names currently being bandied about is the player we are most likely to sign?

  35. RC78 says:

    Well we made bids for Tierney, Saliba and Carrasco so… I think it will be one of them and most likely Tierney.

    Rakitic is now available for 40 mln…

  36. Rasp says:

    Thanks RC78 …. Tierney it is

  37. Aaron says:

    US women’s back four better than the Arsenal, play as a unit. The passing and understanding is quite sharp also, especially considering they do not play together as much as club futbol.

  38. Els says:

    I think martelini is done personally. It’ll probably be announced when the window opens.

  39. Aaron says:

    vaR is $h*te, I knew it would come to this, how can a camera 40 meters away tell if your toe, arm, hair is 1mm offside? Answer-it can’t!

  40. Sue says:

    Argentina won (no thanks to Messi πŸ˜‚) so now face Brazil in the semi – tasty!!!

  41. VP of Oz says:

    Ok, I’ve been busy with EOFY so its taken a few days to catch up on all the comments.
    I’ve enjoyed the many comments, lots of fun to read.
    In regards to all the comments about Ozil, I am surprised no-one has mentioned the new kit I keep seeing in the media that Ozil is wearing and the advert is excellent, love it.

  42. RC78 says:

    For the french speakers, sn article on the Ozil conundrum.

    France should have gotten a penalty last night and deserved to go through extra time…US team got lucky

  43. Sue says:

    So Chile beat Colombia on penalties (meh 🀣)
    If Uruguay win later – the semi finals really will be mouthwatering!!!

  44. Rasp says:

    Morning all ….

    …. New post ….

  45. fred1266 says:

    so pissed dog man scored the winning pen, like ooooospina didn’t know he was going right

  46. Sue says:

    I was p****d too, Fred.. it had to be him!!!

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