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.

I had a woeful day at Wembley yesterday, got drenched right through walking up to the stadium from where we parked up… and then the rest you already know.

Ok, herein begins my blast at some of you clowns and the wider media…

We lost the match to a freak incident in the last minute of a game in which the opposition keeper was named man of the match… now does that indicate we were as useless throughout as many are now suggesting we were?

Check the stats… number of shots, saves etc

Next… less than two weeks ago the media had made Laurent Koscienly the new Tony Adams… and what…. so now due to a milliseconds mistake, he is useless again?  For crying out loud… wake up and stop being conned by the media who wish to derive revenue from silly phone ins and tacky red top gutter trash.

Nothing has changed with our new keeper, and the defence were fine yesterday… there is not much you can do to stop an 8ft freak show getting to the ball before a normal human being… and the winning goal was pot luck.

They did not batter us four nil, we did not chase shadows all afternoon… and if you think we did, go take a long lie down in a darkened room, maybe take some Valium with you… and for gawds sakes don’t take a radio tuned into talkPONY.

What we did learn yesterday was how important Cesc, Robin and Theo are to this team.

Nobody can live up to the sheer brilliance Cesc has when it comes to vision and making the decisive, incisive killer pass in the final third.

Theo can lead the charge of the light brigade from our box to their box inside 4 seconds, speed kills.

Robin again highlighted  his prowess as on the best centre forwards on the planet, the dutchman is blinking lethal in the box… did he make it 44 goals in the last 10 games or something? Ok I exaggerate but I think his stats in recent weeks are breathtaking.

Forget the doomers trying to mug you off with fears about losing to Leyton Orient this week, we won’t.

Forget the doomers suggesting United will muller us at Old Gafford next weekend, they won’t.

Losing a cup final in that manner, can only happen to us, and don’t give me that baloney about lack of leaders costing us again…when we lost the cup final to pool in 2001 in the last few minutes, we had Adams, Keown and Seaman all in our back five… were they lacking in leadership or experience?

Excrement happens!  We move on, like the human race has always moved on from catastrophes…..

hopefully towards a bigger, better, braver new world.

The title is still well within reach, take United out in the cup or force the replay.. and that is another trip back to Wembley in April for a semi-final.

Bottom line here gooners… don’t keep getting conned by the people who do not know our club like we do, open your eyes and make your own minds up.

Btw – There was a fella in front of me in Block 111, Row 41….  who ripped his trousers celebrating the RvP goal… they were so badly ripped that he had to watch the rest of the match in just his boxers… now forget how you feel.. imagine what that poor fella went through on his way home!!

Arcelona the Sequel

February 16, 2011

Tonight’s game has never been too far away in every gooner’s minds eye since the draw was made last December in Nyon, Switzerland.

There is no point in making far reaching rally calls….. my take is to sit back and hopefully enjoy a festival of Total Football, played out by the two purest footballing sides on earth.

Thankfully each side have their best players fit and raring to go – minus a top-notch centre-half from both sides, namely Carlos Puyol and Thomas Vermalen.

We got butchered, as we all know, in the opening 25 minutes of last year’s tie, and the hope is we turn the tables and give the Catalans a taste of their own medicine… lets impose our game on them is shout from Le Gaffer.  Quite right too.  On our day, we could feasibly rip Barcelona a new one…. they don’t have a decent back line, and rely on the rest of the team to defend from the front and keep the pressure off the defenders.

Good luck with that one Spaniards.

I like the way we enter this game, as last year we came into the match following a disastrous 1-1 at Birmingham which more or less killed our title hopes… having led 1 nil thanks to a late strike from Nasri… Almunia made a gaff and allowed Kevin Phillips to equalise deep in injury time.  Rollocks to that… as this time we come storming into the match after “slapping” Wolves in the words of their own manager.

Nasri may even return to the starting line-up, although I would prefer a start on the bench, the cup final is only a dozen or so days away and his presence there will be essential in order we finally lift silverware again.  The return to form of Arshavin should be enough to sway Wenger into doing just that.

All in all, a fabulous day of anticipation is in order, days like today are what being a gooner is all about… I love it, the whole build up.. waiting to get the team news around an hour before kick-off… the day spent wasted on Twitter chatting endless rubbish, just to kill the time… just love it.

I’m loathed to make a prediction, but if I was pushed I would favour a repeat of last year or even a step further with 3-3.

ENJOY!

Roman Abramovich may have done the biggest favour to all connected with Arsenal Football Club this January transfer window.

By spending £50M on Fernando Torres, a player who was woeful at the World Cup and unwanted by Barca or Real, the Russian oligarch has priced Cesc out of the reach of Barcelona for at least a couple of seasons.

Current Barca Captain, Xavi Hernandez admits as much….

“the thing with Cesc is that there is a problem — he is now worth a lot of money!”

Aged 3 years younger than his chavski Spanish compatriot, Cesc must now surely be worth in the region of £60-70M in the open market.  Barca are skint enough as it is, skint enough to take former supremo Laporte to court over bent accounting allegations.

What a ramshackle of a club.

There is no secret that Cesc desires to one day return home to his beloved Catalonia, but it will cost them… unless this Qatari money which has been promised turns up at the Camp Nou this summer, our boy aint going nowhere.

I’m certain that Arsenal done a deal last summer to convince Cesc to stay until this coming summer, and promise his release IF Barca can conjure up the correct money for him.  The peasants tried to bid less than what Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll!

The future for El Capitan at the Emirates is looking stronger by the day…. bloody good show say me.

Ahead of the crunch Champions League game against the aforementioned Spanish pikeys next Wednesday night, which I will sadly be watching from the comfort of my living room having been cruelly denied a seat in a City Brokerage’s corporate box… we have the small matter of Wolves at home in the league.

A game that should see us close the 4 point gap on the Mancs… both of them… if City really go for it they can win, but they won’t and therefore I envisage a 1-1 draw.

Wolves are a flipping hardcore team on set pieces, thankfully Johan should be back, unless he is rested for Barca… we should not take this game lightly.. it’s going to be a long afternoon… just hope that by hook or by crook we scrape through and start to look forward to the Barca games.

Don’t expect an easy ride against the wanderers people… it may become our hardest game of the season to date…. but all that will matter is the 3 points.

For crying out loud.. surely we are due a dodgy penalty in our direction?

Enjoy.



A pearler missed from Wenger’s presser yesterday afternoon.

“Arshavin will come back after a breather for a few games and be sharper”

Having played both cup games in the last 7 days, and played very much below-par, our little Russian wide man appears to be getting the bench for a week or so.

Excellent news.

Not because I don’t rate him, but it’s clear he needs time off the pitch to sort his head out….  why not give Vela a run in his position?  It’s high time the mexican superstar was shown some backing and allowed more than 15 minutes off the bench to do his stuff.

I doubt it, the team today is very straightforward with Fabianski out injured and Sagna completing his 3 game ban.

Chezney

Eboue JD Kos6 Clichy

Song Jack

Theo Cesc Nasri

RvP

Sagna aside, that is quite possibly the best first eleven we could play right now, and against the worst side in the league, according to the league table, we should be hitting the Hammers hard.

As usual, if we struggle to score the first goal, we will struggle on for the rest of the game.

Score first and early, and we could walk with a 4-1…. or struggle it out for a 1-1 hard-fought slog.

Enjoy.