The lame talk of United rocking up as newly crowned Champions and strolling this match are left to the dim witted guessers who are new to this sport. Clearly they may rest one or two, but they have the like of Chico to step in and give us the run around. The long held rivalry between the clubs – the classic North South hatred – will ensure no game between these two sides will ever feature one side not bothering to show up.

Since Wengerball MK II (as opposed to MK I Paddy types with power) the United games home and away have had a very clear and distinct pattern. They bulldoze the midfield and disrupt our play whilst waiting to pounce on the counter via Ronaldo, Rooney, Park et al

Those games have usually meant something and United have needed to take points, so Fergie plays percentages, he is smarter than to come to a toe to toe war with Arsenal if he needs to get something. This dynamic is different for Sunday’s match. As new champs they need to come and give it a go without having to resort to roughing us up and sitting back soaking it up. This should mean an epic ebb and flow to the match.

Following the Spuds draw today, the necessity from our part to go for all 3 points is paramount and this new game dynamic should be ideal for the gooner and the neutral. It’s rare to get such a opening to take on United in a duel to the death… a duel for the ages.

I’m the first to hold my hands up and say YES to the shout of Wenger not being enthused by impressing tactics on opposition, but if it comes to an all out gunfight of pure end to end attacking open play… there is no better manager to have in your dressing room / touchline.

Giroud missing and the reality of Podolski getting his chance to shine as a centre forward in the colours of Arsenal is catalyst that could step us up. Whilst the Frenchman has done a splendid job in his inaugural season, he is not a born finisher, the German certainly is.

This could finish any stupid scoreline, if we don’t take our chances and fail at the back a spanking is on the cards, but on the same token if it clicks for us there is no reason we cannot give the champions a right taking down. I’ll have 5 goals or more in the match at 6/1.

Don’t miss this one.

 

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The man is washed up as a footballer of any significance and an appeal submitted before our Saturday lunchtime war would mean he gets to play.

He needs to play, as there is not a hope in hell he will cope with the pace and movement of our midfield and strike-force.

Theo and Geo would have a field day up against the half-wit.

Bring him on.

 

 

Chelsea are in huge danger

September 27, 2012

So with the lowly Coventry dispatched with consummate ease earlier this evening, focus now turns to a Saturday lunchtime humdinger of a match against the mob from West of Moscow.

Both sides are firing in the goals at the minute, but there is a difference, one side is solid and leaking the odd goal whilst the other is rather living on the edge and having to outscore opponents. 

Chelski had the perfect team to play us over the past 7 years, solid defence, solid midfield and Drogba.  Now they have a leaky hosed up defence, only fancy dan tricksters in midfield, and Torres.

Robby Di Matteo might impress many, since he won the cup and the UCL last season, but that was not his side, JT, Drogba and Lumpy jointly player managed it, and with the Drog gone for a number 59 it leaves the legless lamps and the nazi to run affairs whilst Robby takes the Match of the Day interviews.  Joke outfit, who get by via the magic of 3 players, namely Mata, Hazard and Oscar.

A lot has been talked about re: Steve Bould making a difference, which he clearly has – but it’s still the genius of the main man making things tick.  The genius of the same very man who has already shown his minerals by taking this club to league titles etc.  He now has the financial power again to balance a side with youth and experience on a proper footing, he had to blag it for the past 5 seasons… not anymore.

A real team needs balance.

Arsenal have balance.

Chelski have a problem.

Arsenal v Coventry Preview

September 25, 2012

The young guns along with the first teamers  who are not getting the requisite playing time take to the pitch in the newly named Capital One Cup tonight, and it should give us a huge insight into the next generation along with the strength in depth the first team have.  The game is not going to be broadcast anywhere live, so no streams will be available, which is fine by me as I’m through to the latter stages of an online poker tournament kicking off at the same time. 

If you are interested in a players rewards card click here  From the photos on the Arsenal site it appears Emi Martinez will keep goal with Yennaris and Santos full backs and Miquel and JD in the middle of defence.  The front 6 will be Coquelin, Ox, Arshavin, Gnabry, Giroud and Theo.  This is a shot in the dark really, but I would imagine that side is at least 75% correct.  Has a cracking balance to it.

Gnabry is the raved up young gun this season, so will be interested to see more of him, but I’m told by a friend who is a real avid and seasoned pro at watching our reserves/youths that the man who is the real next star coming through will be our Argentine between the sticks, Emi Martinez.  Apparently Argentina are ready to fast track him already into the national side.

Coventry will not provide much resistance, they are hopeless, and in dire form having been relegated from the Championship last season they have carried on where they left off last season.

In reality, Giroud will absolutely never get a better chance to score at least one goal… he should really look for a brace at the minimum as the defence he plays against will be pathetic.

All in all, a lowly cup when compared to the UCL, but a far more fascinating set of games than the opening group stages of the latter named European competition.

Well they probably won’t win the title this season, as City will romp it by at least 5 points this time around… but backing 14s on Betfair will definitely give you the chance to lay off at much lower prices for a freebie or a all green book.

Paddy Power offer 33/1 for Cazorla to be PFA Player of the Season.

Today I am mostly on the 2 goals or more scored in every EPL game at odds of 7.2 on Betfair… astonishing price as opening days of the season are always full of open play and plenty of goals.

First trip of the season to the Home of Football for me today (obviously being the first game duhh) and more excited than a 5 year old on Xmas Eve…  whether you are also going, watching on a stream somewhere on planet earth or a dodgy pub with some kind of Turkish Satellite system…
ENJOY!!!

Call yourself a Gooner?

August 15, 2011

I call you a plankton who only sings when we are winning, and cries like a 3 year old girl when things go against us.

One thing has always set apart proper genuine football fans, from all teams around the world, that I have personally come across in all the many years I have been a fan of the game is a spirit, a belief… a sense of togetherness to fight for a shared cause.

On Saturday, as is now the norm, Arsenal were mugged off by another incompetent referee (Peter Walton you are a disgrace and should be demoted to League 2), as has now been admitted by the lead protagonist from the Newcastle side, namely Barton, Gervinho was actually fouled in the box, which should have resulted in a penalty kick which no doubt would have resulted in RvP busting the net and giving us all 3 points.

However, our man got a red, Barton’s behaviour (100% similar to the red Diaby got at St James last season) resulted in a yellow…. oh and of course no penalty.

You can moan and groan all you want about lack of signings….. but do you honestly think the manager and his people at the club have not been trying to sign the right players all Summer?  Do you?  Honestly… seriously?  Cos if you do…. go take a real long lie down.

There has been no uproar at our mugging…. why not?

Oh I see, if Wenger spent 60M this summer and the same events transpired on Saturday evening it would have been OK only then to have a go at the ref and Barton?

Seriously WTF is wrong with you people…. please… please…. find another team to follow !!

At The Arsenal… only supporters who support need apply… not childish morons who spend all day, every day whining about signings.

Get a grip you simpletons.

Yes after an extended break, the Hawke is back in the blogosphere.

Where to start?  Well firstly, there has never been and there never will be a footballer at Arsenal who is even 0.1% of the size of the club itself.

Anybody who has believed for even one second that Cesc was not going to leave this Summer needs shooting, the club told Cesc this time last year to give us one more season and then if Barca stump up we won’t stand in the way.  FFS how more bleeding obvious did you want it?

Cesc is gone, trust me, just trust me.. one way or another he will be joining Barcelona this Summer… and he should go with our total blessing.

As for Nasri – the little runt…  we sang our hearts out all season with the na na na na song and this is how he repays us?… well.. as they say in showbiz “break a leg” (again…Abou??)

Moving on swiftly, don’t worry about it, let the players who want to go, go… and let the likes of Gervinho and co who are desperate to come and play for us, come.  Players will always come and go, get used to it newbies and stop bleating about it.  This is football.  Players in this day and age are the biggest mercenaries.  You just have to get that right in your own head and stop stressing about it.

The real reason why you should never stress about it?  Look at who manages our team!

In Arsene I still firmly trust.

I am loving reading about glory hunting fans giving in their season tickets, and the same doom mongering, boring, moaning, bitching blogs having a pop at him… I love it.

So quickly do supporters forget what has been achieved in the past, so quickly do they forget what real genius leads our club.

I don’t… and I won’t.

Last season was a blip in the end to some extent, yet we did beat the European Champions in a epic match at the Emirates that will live long, long in the memory.  You see, newbies, that is what true football support is all about.  It’s not about crying like a baby because we have not spent 50M on Dipstickinho or some other fancy dan, it’s not even about moaning that we have not won any silverware for however many seasons…. it’s about taking the high points of a season and cherishing them.

You may have an ugly child, who is a total failure at school/college etc, but you are still going to truly love that child just as much as anybody else loves their children good, bad or indifferent.

Now for me, if you truly love a football club, and I mean truly love the club and have not just jumped on the EPL bandwagon and decided to follow a major club… then you will understand exactly what I mean.  If you don’t… well you know what you are.

Enjoyed time away from blogging, although those of you who want to hear me rant and rave on a more consistent basis can come and follow me on Twitter @onearsenewenger

Look up not down… look forward not back…. and above all else Up the Arsenal.

This is my deep felt hope of the scenario that is played out on Sunday if we beat Birmingham.

Cesc left his world for a brave new world as a mere puppy.. this took guts, determination, a will to win… he succeeded in his quest to play first team football for Arsenal, and took over from a right old plonker as captain of our club in November 2008.

El Capitano was born.

I love the guy for what he has given us, and never underestimate what he has given Arsenal… it all looks easy now, but think back to when you were barely 16 years old and how tough it would have been to move to another country, a new language, culture… etc

To miss out on leading us out at Wembley this weekend is gutting for all concerned… which is why he should be given the honour of being the man who raises the trophy…. although I feel it will be a joint affair similar to Paddy and TA6 in 2002.

My seat is booked for Wembley… I shall be in block 111 row 41… prudent to keep the seat number withheld!

My team would shape up as thus:

Chezney – Quite simply, The Polekeeper.

Bac, JD, Kos6, Clichy – They pick themselves and TV5 will have to be right back at his game to force his way in this season.

Song, Jack, Diaby – Diaby is not every gooner’s cup of tea… but he is mine.. he has the engine to play the Cesc role or swap “cesc” duties with Jack the lad.

Nasri, RvP, Arshavin – With Theo out, this lot again pick themselves in my book, and maybe even if Theo was fit… on current form its hard to leave the Russian out.  A Wembley final is made for him.

Like many of you reading this… I feel like a little boy again off to Wembley for the first time… well in theory this is my first time at Wembley.. the New Wembley that is… the old one.. I have a 100% Arsenal win record, so I’m hoping my presence will give the good omens needed etc

Win, or Lose.. I’m going to have a hell of a day…. you should too!

ENJOY

Now that would scupper the entire tactical structure of the cavemen who visit the Home of Football tonight.

On a serious note, tonight is bloody huge, massive… a monsterous game of football… FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CUP FINAL.

For me, and many Gooners, the ultimate prize is to be the Champions of your country, to the rule the roost in your homeland… to laud it over the likes of Manure, Chavski and the Tiny Tots.  To be proudly called the Champions for the next year, at every game you play in is a wonderous and joyous feeling.

I miss being called “The Champions” – 7 years is far too long for a club of our class.

In season 2010/2011 we are presented with the most viable opportunity we have had since being classed both Champions and Invincibles.

The magic charge starts tonight… win and we go to within a point of United, who tonight commence a 4 game away run in the South of France, followed by 3 EPL away days at Wigan, Chavski and Liverpool… all within a 7 day period.  For a team as woeful on the road as they have been this entire season, this represents the chance we have all been waiting for.. the chance to finally overtake and extend away down the home straight.

All that will seem redundant if we cannot wrap up the 3 points tonight.

I have read elsewhere that a draw would not be all that bad… wrong, it would be a nightmare!  Not terminal, but the pressure would be eased off United, and the pressure is what we need to apply ahead of Stamford Bridge and Anfield.

Robin the Boy Wonder is going to be a hell of a miss tonight, but we have to believe, we have to have ultimate faith in Nik B and Chamakh to step up and do what we have seen both do in the past.

Form is temporary… etc

Yesterday, if you had asked me who I favoured in the central role, I would have selected Nik… but having thought about it more, I think Chamakh suits our game more, when he is on form that is.

His link play at the start of the season was immense, his work rate on a par with the very best we have seen at the Emirates.

Squillaci will slot in alongside JD in the absence of Koscienly.  This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as his height will help to guard against the long ball merchants.

Would love to say this is going to be an easy win, but unless we nick a very early goal (as ever) we could struggle to break em down, and I just hope the lads have total focus on this game instead of one eye on the Wembley appearance at the weekend.

Winning tonight will surely give the lads an extra boost for the final.

I’m excited, really up for this one… the charge to the title gets closer tonight… !!

Be lucky Arsenal.

Enjoy.

Beautiful Arsenal

February 17, 2011

Does a match of such magnitude end any better?

I will admit at around the 75 minute mark, I had given up on any chance of a win… a draw was a maybe… however it seemed we had blown our early chances, including a cracking chance for Robin in the opening minutes, after a delightful chipped through pass from Cesc.

Barcelona then began to turn it on – they failed, as they only scored the once in this period.

They nonchalantly strolled out for the 2nd half and played keep ball with silly 5 yard square and back passes.  Pep took off dangerman Villa and shored up the midfield with Seydou Keita.

At the same time Wenger took off DM Song and introduced Arshavin… the man who was to score the most euphoric goal in the embryonic history of the Emirates.

I really am lost for words, there is not much more that can added to the thousands of words/superlatives already out there by the way of papers/blogs etc

What I will say is that win will be replayed and talked about when our grandchildren are alive and kicking… it was that important for the future of Arsenal.

If this team can now not go on to lift the big one.. the Premiership, after this boost of pure confidence… then they never will.

Fergie must have ruined his incontinence pants after the ref blew the final whistle.. he knew.. he knew exactly what kind of lift a result like that can give a team.

2011 is shaping up to be a classic.