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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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.

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.

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.

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!

The draw for the Quarter Finals of the Carling Cup takes place at lunchtime today, around the 12.15pm mark.

Arsenal can land Manure, Villa, Ipswich, West Ham, Brum, West Brom or Wigan.

What are the odds of landing West Ham at lunchtime in the Carling Cup and then swallowing them up before tea time later in the day?

Roy Keane back at Old Trafford with Ipswich?

Exciting times ahead!

West Ham, in the EPL, this afternoon will take a thorough beating by us… again, as I suggested the other day prior to the Newcastle match, we are hot right now, and poor teams will take a hiding.

Yes, I do remember the West Brom debacle, but… the good news is I’m confident a mighty big complacency lesson was learnt that afternoon.

I can’t see lightning striking twice in such a short space of time.

If we bang the first inside 20 minutes, we may pulverize the sorry Hammers 6 or 7 nil.

This team are flying high on confidence right now, very high, like we did in the days of Henry, Pires et al.

30/1 6-0?

500/1 10-0?

Cesc was fit for the Brum game, yet not even on the bench.

Theo was definitely fit, but rested for Tuesday night’s massive Champions League match against the very, very decent Shaktar Donestk.

I don’t think Chavski are untouchable, but there is a growing problem in the Premiership right now, United have faced it, and we faced it for a few seasons…. smaller teams terrified of giving 100% against the seemingly unbeatable champions.

Chavski don’t face the battles we face week in week out.

It’s going to be almost impossible to win the league this season.. I said almost, nothing is ever assured, Chavski aside, I can really only see us and maybe City challenge.

United are 100% finished for a few years.

Trust me, it’s all over up there.

The near 20 year Golden Era for the mancs has died. RIP.

Tuesday may see Cesc, Theo, Jack, AA23 and Nasri all take the field… our Moroccan hitman should bag another goal or two, how good his he?

I love his attitude, dives aside, the fella is impressing on a grand scale, as you can never knock a man who runs his heart out for the team, and you especially cannot knock a man who scores, creates and wins penalties as often as he does.

Key man for against Shaktar, as Nik B is clearly miles away from match fitness, at least 2 weeks, and RvP… well, you know!

So he is the only striker we have.

He is more than that, when he plays and leads our line.. we suddenly have 5 strikers on the pitch as he opens up the path for the onslaught from our attacking minded midfielders to have a go at goal.

I would like to see Diaby play the holding role with Jack and Cesc in front of him, Chamakh lead the line flanked by Rosciky and Nasri with the option of Theo or Arshavin off the bench for penetration if required.

Love big games against top quality opposition, and this lot are class.

2-1 is my prediction with Cesc and Chamakh on the scoresheet.

Dissect the West Brom game as much as you want, but it won’t make any difference to the result.

I sat through the whole game in the Clock End Upper (love saying that as opposed to the South Stand), right smack behind the goal, so had a wonderful vantage point over the course of the miserable afternoon.

It was just a one-off, the whole team bar Nasri, just had a bizarre off day… relax, and start worrying if this festers on for the next month.

The game away to Partizan Belgrade on Tuesday evening now becomes massive, simply huge, ahead of the encounter with the chavs next weekend.

We simply must win out there, and that is no easy task for any team in world football.

Belgrade is hell on earth for away travelling football fans, they are not called “Partizan” for no reason I hasten to add!

To get back on the rails, to really, truly belive this team have turned the corner from previous seasons, the Belgrade game will answer us.

Over the past few seasons, one bad result has turned into a succession of 4 or 5 bad results before we sort the mental problem out, I want to know what this team has by the way of mental strength.

Can the likes of Squillaci, Koscienly and Chamakh bring about a change in attitude following a defeat?

This is the key question over the next 48-72 hours gooners… a key period in our season.

A defeat away would be devastating to take, and leave us with a gaping wide wound ready to be stretched and further explored by the ruthless chavski.

I am not going to bother attacking and singular players from yesterday, as the majority were shockingly poor, second to every tackle, WBA won the fight… very easily.

If it was a boxing match, they smashed us over the first 10 rounds, then tired and held on to win a unanimous decision following a late onslaught over the last 2 rounds by us.

There were no excuses, they clearly were the better side, we got taught a harsh lesson.

In Belgrade, this coming Tuesday evening, we shall get a clearer picture of just how much this Arsenal team has developed.

Massive, massive game.

Apparently Koscienly was not going to be any good, who was this 3rd rate defender, plucked from relative obscurity to ply his trade in the Premiership?

That bloody Wenger, buying duds all the time, hey..huhh!

Chamakh can’t score goals… came the cry from the moaning morons… a few goals and a month down the line and not a peep, as per the norm.

You see, I could go on and on with this line of thought, all the way back to the days of Alex Song as a 17 year-old at Fulham etc, but I think those moaning, negative gooners, and there were plenty of them in the summer, and even more when all we bought was a striker on a free, a defender who played 2nd division french football 12 months ago and some geriatric french centre back, need the urine extracted out of them.

So that is what I am doing today.

Extract the urine from the fair-weather  “goon fans”, as opposed to the staunch “supporters” of the The Arsenal.

Unfortunately the gooner world has been split, and will remain split, as some fans are just not smart enough to the get the bigger picture, the bigger picture is not….i repeat NOT “we have not won any trophies for 5 years”

The annual accounts were released this morning, and as expected, they clearly show we are growing into the biggest football club on the planet.

When the new financial fair-play rules kick in… we will most certainly be the biggest football club on earth, the natural choice for any world-class football to come and play the game he loves, at a club who know how to play.

The legacy Wenger will leave will never be matched by another, at any club, anywhere, in our lifetimes.

It’s a shame that the small-minded goons have to tongue lash him and his signings all summer… and then have the 2 faced cheek to call him a genius after a month.

Laughable, and I do laugh in the faces of those types,  the blog world has plenty of these type of ignorant fair weather fans.

One minute we are getting relegated and we have the worst manager and the worst players… next minute we have the best of the best.

Problem for these goons is fatal, you see ignorance can be cured through education… the bad news?  Stupid is forever!

So all is well in Goonerdom, still unbeaten, gave the pikeys a good smashing the other night, whilst displaying more of Wenger’s good work in “those 5 years” with the emergence of the world-class wilshere and gibbs.

Aneke and Afobe next year.

Everybody is the greatest gooner alive today, but where were you when we were “apparently” useless?

I heard an important point raised on the Arsenal Fan Forum show last Friday night.

Gael Clichy has not got the technical ability to do anything worthwhile with the ball in the final third of the pitch, he is wonderful at getting into the correct areas when we are on the front foot, but due to his inability to reach his own man with the ball… we lose possession many more time than not.

This then causes the opposition to hit us on the counter with both full backs caught in the wrong third of the pitch, does Clichy think he is better than he actually is?

Has he actually progressed well enough since he burst onto the scene in 2004/5?

That is almost 7 season ago, he is more than experienced enough, has plenty of miles on the clock.. so is this the best version of Gael Clichy? Is this his limit?

If it is, get Gibbs in, now!

I believe Gibbs to be a far better player in the final third, therefore we will concede possession less, and maybe help create more goalscoring chances with a better pass/cross in that area of the pitch.

Defensively?  Gael has always been, and will always be prone to lapses in concentration, he is not inexperienced or a teenager anymore, this is him, this is his ability level.

I see so much more potential and scope with Gibbs, personally… I think if he got a dozen games, Clichy would easily be left back number 2.

Crying shame KG got injured last season, whilst Clichy was out for so long, as he would have made the number 3 shirt his own.

Arsenal and England!