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.
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.
July 30, 2010
You absolute fucking wankstain of a cunt.
How fucking dare you, who the fuck do you think you are?
I 100% hope you get seriously injured, injured so you cannot kick a ball again!
Why am I angry?
Puyol the fuckwit has today said…
“He is having to stay at a club where he no longer wants to be for another year.
“I wonder how intelligent it is keeping a player who doesn’t want to be there.
“After seven years of great service, I thought Arsenal could have granted him his dream move.”“He is professional enough still to have a great season and also because he has a lot of respect for the Arsenal fans.
“But anybody who tries to convince themselves he wanted to stay at Arsenal is wrong.”
“We all thought a deal would be done this summer.
“But Arsenal have refused to talk and we are going to have to wait another year to get Cesc home.
“He is far too classy a guy to say it but the truth is he doesn’t want to be at Arsenal this season.
His heart is already in Barcelona, even though we must wait another year for his body to be here.
“We know he is arriving next season. Barcelona have a whole year to sort the deal out.
Go fuck yourself, Mophead.
Excuse the french, but those quotes totally take the biscuit… that was the straw that broke the camels back in my book!
Karma is a wonderful, wonderful thing… unlucky moppy!
Gooners far and wide, wish this total cunt the worst of fates, nobody deserves it more… he will rue the day he fucked with The Arsenal
July 26, 2010
The good news for Gooners is a deal has been ratified by all parties concerned, as predicted by yours truly earlier this Summer, for Cesc to join his beloved Barcelona in June 2011.
Fabregras will complete his last season as a player and captain of Arsenal Football Club this forthcoming term.
As predicted, this deal is a carbon copy of the deal that was struck between Manchester United and Real Madrid in the Summer of 2008.
Lets hope Cesc has a trophy laden last season as captain.
More to follow…
NOTE: For all those who ask of my source, wait a day or two before the press report as much.
June 10, 2010
The man behind the media drive (couldn’t resist) to get our Captain shipped over to Catalonia, has finally retreated this afternoon.
He has actually had a mini breakdown RE:Twitter and the abuse he has taken off Gooners since his Cesc to Barca quotes last month.
“Courtesy of Twitter, I`ve been getting more abuse from the Twitter twats and toddlers because I`ve been reporting on Barcelona’s strategy for recruiting Cesc Fabregas.
Apparently, because I`m Spanish, I`m doing my bit for the Catalan club of which I must surely be a fan: because I`m from Barcelona. You couldn`t be more wrong. Is every Londoner and Arsenal fan?”
His rant did not finish there…..
But when I report that candidates for the Barcelona presidency have a strategy for signing Cesc Fabregas, apparently I`m single handedly masterminding the downfall of Arsene Wenger.
I shall Tweet no more, other than to link to an article in full. The internet has become a mine of mis-information and unless you read it here, or in an article with my name on the by-line, then the next time you read in a forum or a blog that ‘Balague says….’ – you can take it with a pinch of salt.
All the best, Guillem… bet we don’t see you at the Emirates next season.
May 19, 2010
Take a deep breath, especially the doom and gloom merchants amongst you, but Barcelona don’t have the deep, rigged, pockets of Real Madrid.
We hear this afternoon they have agreed a fee in the region of £35M, for the purchase of Valencia and Spain forward, David Villa, so where now do they propose to find another £40M .. at least?
Do they intend to use Yaya and Ibrahimovich as make weights in any proposed deal?
This smells a lot like the the supposed transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the Summer of 2008… you know the one, that actually ended up taking place in the Summer of 2009.
We all need to calm this down a notch and understand that Guillieme Blagger and the other baldie off La Liga Revista are not totally in the know and are tabloid hacks at heart.
Hunter for example was telling us last summer how Villa was close to becoming a Real Madrid player, and then close to being a Barca player, in the end, he remained a Valencia player.
Relax, let’s just wait and see how this develops, but going overboard based on nothing but hackism is playing right into the hands of the anti-arsenal movement who love to see our grand club in turmoil.
If you are a gooner… why would you help such a movement?
The overall standing of the club is of far greater importance than any player or manager, so knocking the club won’t help our cause.
The actual quotes coming out of Barcelona today, linked here, offer a different, calmer view on the situation.
Cesc has never said anything other than he would love to go back home and play for his beloved Barca again, but he is still under contract for another 4 years. We do not need to sell, and we certainly do not need to accept any derisory offers.
So bearing that in mind, lets go back to the original question… where do Barca now find the funds to buy Cesc?
April 29, 2010
You know who you are.
You are the one’s who moan and groan when a talentless side like Blackburn or Stoke come to the Emirates and park the bus, even City done it last weekend.
Check what you were posting on various blogs Saturday night!!
Yet, just a few days later, when a team full of both Attacking and Defensive superstars park the bus at Camp Nou… you all want to fall over yourselves in congratulating them and their repulsive manager.
Way before they had a man sent off they had decided to employ all their players in outright defensive positions, with only Diego Milito as an outlet to chance what he could do by himself on the break.
Possibly Eto’o was going to muster up some drive to help the Argentine, but the rest were happy with the bus driver at the other end.
Yes you can counter with “at least they won”… well the next time a pony side come and nick a bore draw against us after parking the bus for 90 minutes, you must applaud them for “not losing”
The portugeezer is the worst hypocrite of the lot… remember this little pearler from September 2004?
“As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. There was only one team looking to win, they only came not to concede – it’s not fair for the football we played.”
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his or her deception … and continues to lie with sincerity!
April 28, 2010
I can’t wait for the game tonight, nothing beats two top teams playing a game of high stakes football to the death.
Playing for a place in the Champions League final is about as high a level of competitive club football as you could get, final aside of course.
Inter will take a 3-1 first leg lead to the home of the Catalans… beautifully poised.
Mourinho has confirmed to the press Ductchman Wesley Sneijder will overcome injury fears “and definitely play” he went on to state “we will see after 90 minutes if he was fit enough to play”
Bollocks, I think he is telling porkies, again, and trying to alter the tactics Guardiola deploys this evening, Sneijder will be a sub at best.
The position Sneijder takes up in the Inter formation causes opposition teams much danger, he has to be catered for…
Is Guardiola clever enough to not fall for Jose’s bullshit?
Inter will defend for there lives, if they brought a 2-1 lead, they would still need another goal, the elusive away goal, but with a 2 goal advantage, and the defensive monsters they possess, they will play 3 defensive midfielders and squeeze the life out of Barca’s game.
They are planning to allow one goal against them at best over 90 minutes, which will seem them scrape over the line.
Naturally, with the pace of Eto’o and Milito on the break, they will have the chance to bury the game with an away goal, but you will not see a cavalry charge from Inter when they do attack.
You play any kind of open game with Barcelona at the Camp Nou, and you get busted, good and proper.
I can only think of one team with the gonads to do that… maybe our balls were bigger than our brains?
Inter will get a chance for the away goal, Barca will charge at them relentlessly, and a 3-1 reverse which leads to extra time is not out of the question.
Impossible to pick a winner, just sit back and enjoy the fun with a cold beverage or three!
March 31, 2010
The big day has arrived.
We will finally gain some fascinating pointers vis-a-vis how good the football Arsenal play really is.
Who were the last team to come to the Emirates and have a straight out, toe-to-toe rumble with us?
Guardiola has already stated he did not want to play us due to similar styles… he understands there is a real possibility that as a team we play better football.
They certainly have the best player on the planet in Messi, but he is only less than 10% of the starting eleven.
Former Arsenal and Barca player, Alex Hleb, described what he thought might happen when two tribes go to war…
“I’m not going to say who will win, that’s difficult. But the way I see it, Arsenal have a real chance against Barcelona.
“Arsenal’s style is quicker than Barcelona’s build-up and passing is less direct. Arsenal move the ball faster. That can make life difficult for Barcelona.
“Against Barcelona you need to try and hold onto the ball, be ready to break, and keep yourselves compact and it’s important not to go out there scared when you play against Barcelona.
“I don’t think Arsenal will do that. I believe they can take on Barcelona and do well, and win.”
The Belarussian sums the conundrum up nicely by stating Arsenal play quicker, less direct, passing football.
Barcelona have slowed down their game this season, the introduction of Zlatan I to the forward line has also meant a more direct approach on occasion.
Tonight we learn how well we can really play against a superb team who will not come to stifle our play, there can be no excuses concerning rough play, parking the bus, poor pitch etc
The stage is truly set for a crowning moment in the lifetime of Wengerball.
For there is no other team in Europe who could come to the home of football and believe they can outplay the hosts… every other team that travels to the Emirates thinks about stopping us play.
No excuses. No Fear. Time to deliver.
So, for the thousands in attendance ( a lucky me included ), and the millions watching on TV around the world…
LET’S GET R-R-READY TO RUMBL-L-L-E
March 24, 2010
Roman Abramovich’s faltering side have been given a leg up thanks to his old pal, Avram Grant.
The Chavs have been reeling in recent weeks, the Terry/Bridge affair has certainly gone against them.
Pompey deserve to be relegated to League One, let alone the Championship.
They have put in no effort tonight and let the Chavs build back up some confidence… and more importantly gain the upper hand in the goal difference department.
I am disgusted. Complete fix.
No doubt big, fat, fucking fireman Sam will let his old pal get away with the same scam in a few weeks time.
It’s a total joke and so bleeding obvious that even Stevie Wonder is blogging tonight vis-a-vis the lack of effort from the peasants on the South coast.
This kind of immoral behaviour is totally unacceptable and skews the league badly.
The only way they can beat us, is to fix it.