Straight duel between Almunia and Fabianski for the goalie starting position in our opening Premiership game at Liverpool this afternoon.

I would be flabbergasted if the Polish youngster does not get the nod, actually, scrap that, there is no point debating it… he clearly starts today.

Almunia has been sent to Coventry!

What may be of even more interest is who the backup keeper is on the bench, maybe the two Poles get the nod.

I envision the following starting eleven…

Fabianski, Sagna, Kos, Verminator, Clichy, Denilson, Fabregras, Nasri, Theo, Chamakh, AA23.

The trio in midfield are the three that takes some guessing to be frank, there is not really any clear indication of who is fit, who is maybe fit, etc.

First game of the season, away at Anfield, Wenger may take the safe route of Denilson… if he really wants to put trust in his young guns, and go on pre-season form, that trio should clearly be Frimpong, Wilshere and Nasri, and that is exactly the trio I would love to see line-up today.

What a statement that would be.

Far too early in the season for predictions, who knows what kind of form the 22 players are in, fitness levels are not peak levels as of yet for many.

Could be a scrappy tight game, battled out in the centre of the park, which is why I would love to see the spikey Frimpong and Wilshere do battle for the Arsenal.

Can’t wait, whoever lines up for us, simply can’t wait!

Come on you Mighty ARSENAL!

Arsenal fans enter Utopia

August 13, 2010

Wenger has never been right.. has he? (note to the simpletons: tongue is firmly in my cheek here)

When he helped guide our beloved club to doubles, season’s unbeaten, cups galore… the issue was “too many foreigners” or “Wenger is killing England”… etc (you know the guff, some of you so-called goons even participated in such guff talk)

We now see every successful team in Europe, full to the brim with overseas players, Inter Milan won the treble last year with maybe a pair of Italians in the starting eleven at most, the large majority of the time, they played eleven “foreigners”

Was Mourinho labelled a killer?

The Chavski and Manure sides are full of foreigners now, they are even buying kids from overseas at an exponential rate… was Wenger not the pioneer in this field?  Was he not labelled a wrong un for pinching other clubs academy kids?

So why are Fergie and Co not getting the same treatment?  At least they caught up with the ways of the genius…. they usually do!

This week saw a turning point in the fortunes of Arsenal.. and England, mark these words, they will ring true within the next couple of years.

Domestic success for the young England players with Arsenal, and possibly the first success for the International team for almost half a century.. owing to a nucleus of Gunners.

Gunners produced by the Arsenal, not bought in by the Arsenal.

You see, Wenger knew the likes of Bentley, Pennant, et al, simply did not have the minerals, there aint no flies on the guv’nor you know.

So over the past decade or so, we have seen what the likes of Manure, Pool, Chavski.. and all those other great institutions of football, have produced on the England talent front, and we have seen just how successful and positive the work of the respecitve managers of the aforementioned sides has been for the National side….errr… sorry?  Who killed England???

Maybe the talk in the coming years will centre on Who made England after 50 years of shit!

So Season 2010/2011 is upon us, and this Gooner is feeling very smug and excited.

Excited by the wonderful mix of youth, peak age, and experienced players we have in the composition of this squad.

Oh.. and not to mention those Arsenal built English players… JET, Frimpong, Lansbury, Gibbs, Wilshere, Eastmond.

With Aneke, Afobe, Yennaris et al coming through over the next 18 months.

Then Ansah the starlet at the level down.

Hmmm… seems Arsenal have a conveyor belt of technically gifted young English players coming through… who is to blame I ask?

Surely Wenger has made another cock-up somewhere? (note to the simpletons: tongue firmly in cheek…again!)

Liverpool up first on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday morning sauna and steam down at David Lloyd’s, read of the sunday papers,  nice Roast for Lunch, settle down with a sumptuous Chilean Merlot, SKY HD on the go….

the greatest football team in the world back in my life for another 9 months.

Life is sweet, life is GOONERTASTIC.

The weekend starts again tonight, ATVO is back… Lofty, Shovell and the gang are on from 7pm, and yours truly may even be on !!

A quick post this morning, yours truly will be off within the hour, heading to the Emirates, to watch his beloved Arsenal take on the Italians from Milan.

The A.C variety of Milan is on the menu today, and the most fascinating weekend of pre-season football EVER to be seen at The Home of Football.

With our World Cup players still not back in training, Arsenal’s “Golden Generation” of young guns get to really stake a claim for first-team squad berths.

The likes of JET, Wilshere, Frimpong, Gibbs, Lansbury, Nordtveit, and Sczenzsy will all get a proper chance to shine against top notch opposition, and judging by previous Emirates Cup weekends, commitment and quality are always on show… with the new season just around the corner, and the real hard graft of Austria out of the way, the players should be finely tuned and almost at peak levels.

Van Persie’s glorious goal againt Inter a few pre-seasons back, and Wilshere’s crunching tackle on Salgado being perfect cases in point!

The so-called Golden Generation are now really at ages when they should be pushing intensively to be at least on the bench for first-team games, as opposed to playing reserve football.

The young polish keepers should each get good pitch time this weekend, many of the faithful at the Emms are yet to really see the quality of Sczenzsy, having seen him play at Griffin Park for Brentford last season, I can assure them they are in for a treat.

As I have mentioned previously, it’s Frimpong who will interest me most, along with Wilshere, as I can see both these being in the squad to travel up to Anfield in a fortnight’s time, with one of them starting.

Enjoy Gooners.

The bookies make the Portugeezer a pretty safe bet to manage the Spanish giants next season.

City are 4/1 to be managed by him, Liverpool 7/2.

Real Madrid, consisting of the all the current Galacticos, and more to be signed this Summer, must surely be a very attractive proposition for Mourinho.

However, I see him back in the Premiership next season.

His overriding reason to leave Italy is owing to the national hatred felt for him… I thought the Spanish hated him aswell?

The man courts attention and love, and he gets both from the Media and many football fans in England.

Would I want him to manage Arsenal (best priced 12/1), not in a million years.

Mourinho is great T.V, great for Media, but a trouble maker of the highest level possible.

He was handed a great team assembled by Claudio Ranieri, the man who is trumping him to the Serie A title this season with A S Roma, and moved to manage Inter following 3 titles they won under Roberto Mancini.

Tinker and the Pikey

I am not doubting he is an exceptional manager, but I would dearly love to see him take over at say Liverpool, and show us if he has the capabilities to build a team, as opposed to taking over a great team and slightly tweaking them.

If City can sneak the last Champions League spot, I shall be wagering my pounds on him taking over at Eastlands from Season 2010/2011.

There is nothing to be gained from managing Real Madrid, the rough and tumble of the Premiership is perfectly suited to the style of football his teams operate under.

If Liverpool somehow quickly sort out a new Billionaire in the coming weeks, that would be the option he would prefer… and then we would get to see how good he really is at building a winning side from scratch.

At City he would have a nucleus to work with, CL football, and plenty of money…  but no prestige.

At Liverpool he would have plenty of prestige to restore, certainly no CL for a season, and maybe plenty of cash to spend.

I look forward to his return with interest.

Ninety-minutes on that disgusting pitch should have sapped plenty of energy out of the Chavs from West London.

The Russian gangster’s club side face Jack Wilshere’s Wanderers of Bolton on Tuesday evening at the Bridge, I don’t really expect much from Bolton, although they did beat West Ham on their last trip to the Capital.

Bolton have a poor away record on the whole,  if Chavski are feeling leggy after the Cup Semi, we may see a chance of dropped points.

Very slim chance, but the hope is most certainly there.

Tottering Trotspurs take on Pompey this afternoon in the 2nd Semi, pray for a draw, extra time, injuries, and plenty of broken hearts.

Hopefully the pitch has cut up a lot more since the first Semi, the size and nature of the pitch certainly leaves a mark on any players who have played a full game in the past.

One hundred and twenty minutes will finish off any players for a good week.

Recovery for our game on Wednesday evening would be pushing it, and make no mistake about it, the spuds game is our only proper remaining game of the season.

We win in midweek… we win the title.

United are done, and only a point in front of us, they won’t beat City at Eastlands, not a chance.

Chavs could easily win all 3 remaining homes games, but the two away days at Spuds and Liverpool should give us much hope.

Only five wins out of five will land us the title, a draw will just not cut it on Wednesday night.

The spuds have a pretty good home record this season, a full week of rest for our lads, coupled with a taxing game on Wembley marshes for them, and we get the edge we need to ram raid 3 hugely valuable points.

This will be the most important North London derby for quite a while, history is on our side.

Back in May 1971, Arsenal went to the Lane knowing a score draw would not be good enough for our title chances, Ray Kennedy and co made sure 3 points were the order of the day.

Arsenal, as we all know, went on to lift the league and cup double.

In April 2010, Nicklas Bendtner and co need to make sure the same outcome is forthcoming.

The secret squirrels on the Wembley marshes should get the momentum moving in our favour today.

Man IOU take on the Rovers of some norvern pisshole this coming Sunday.

Red Nose and Fat Sam were seen together yesterday on live TV celebrating Fergie’s horse winning a race in Liverpool, at the Grand National meeting held at Aintree.

Interviewed live on the BBC, the fat one discussed being invited out by the alchie to be part of his owners circle entourage.

Now I wonder why?

Start the campaign NOW gooners far and wide, we know a deal has been done for Devils in red to paste their norvern cousins, this is match fixing at it’s very finest.

Rovers have sod all to play for, they have no chance to be relegated and are almost 10 points off Europe, so a stroll in the park will almost certainly ensue.

Do we  honestly believe the fat one will let us have a nice afternoon up there without any bone crunching?

Both these crooks have been caught red handed by undercover television investigators in the past… links below

Any coincidence it was this pair who got nabbed by Auntie Beeb?

Since porkie took over at Blackburn in December 2008, they have played Manure 3 times in the league… do you even need to ask what happened each time?

2-0, 2-0, 2-1, nine very easy points collected.

Ironically enough, guess the name of fergie’s winning horse?

What a Friend.

Read the story

Fixed draw?

March 18, 2010

The odds of predicting the four Champions League quarter-finals correctly are close to 200/1.

Is it not funny how the knockout draws always pair up nice stories, such as Beckham and Manure in this years 2nd Round…

Mourinho back at the Bridge, Benzema’s Madrid playing his former club Lyon.

If we look at the 8 teams in the bowl tomorrow, stories can be conjured up.

Barcelona and Inter… Eto’o swapped for Ibrahimovic last summer, Mourinho is still the most detested man at Camp Nou.

Lyon have had some almighty clashes with Bayern over the last few season’s, they always seem to be paired at the group stages, can they finally make it to play one another in a 2 legged knockout?

Arsenal and Utd have two stories to make.

Revenge against Manure for last season’s Semi-final loss, and domestic rivalry of course… add the conspiracy of 2 English clubs being paired every season, and you would not bet against it.

I pray for it.

The second story for Arsenal centres around Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh who is very likely to sign on a free for Arsenal this summer.

His current side, Bordeaux, are managed by former Manure centre back Laurent Blanc.

Within that little triangle of Arsenal, Utd and Bordeaux, we will get a pairing.

I think the odds and the alignment of the stars are in my favour.

Not to mention the warm balls 😉

Came the cry from the ex-Chelski gaffer, José Mourinho, following a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona, a game which saw Mourinho accuse Lionel Messi of play acting to get his full-back Del Horno sent off.

The man causes commotion and controversy wherever he goes, he is a most divisive individual.

Win or Lose tonight, I want more of the same… chaos, commotion, emotion, scandal, immoral behaviour… I wish to see cages well and truly rattled, complete and utter unrest in West London.

Just look at the press attention he has openly courted since he landed back in London yesterday, police escorts, the works.

More tonight please

A full day before a ball has even been kicked in anger, his vitriol against his “beloved” Chelski commenced.

“I keep winning important things. They keep winning something , I think they won the FA Cup,” he said.

“I feel at home, I go to the second floor where there are people I know. I go to the third floor where there are people I know.”

“To be back at an old team, to be back at an ex-club and feel how I feel is a beautiful thing.”

“If we reach the quarter-finals tomorrow it will be a special moment for Inter.”

“I have nothing to prove to Chelsea, to Chelsea players, to Chelsea fans, to the Chelsea board”

The self-styled Special One, is public enemy number one in Italy, even 50% of his own Inter fans want him sacked according to a recent online poll.

His days in the Lombardy region of Italy are definitely numbered… he harbours a  return to the Premierhsip, his final interview for the City job, to replace the man he replaced at Inter, could herald a tonic to our title hopes.

The perfect evening would be capped by a late controversial winner for Inter, or maybe a hate filled game that sees a plethora of cards and the odd pulled muscle.

Personally, I cannot see Chelski qualifying.

Drogba is not the half the player he is week in week out in the Premiership, when up against the likes of the formidable Lucio or the human brick-wall Walter Samuel, he struggles to gain any physical advantage.

The Champions League is clearly the prize the club’s owner wants, this is the last season for them to win it.

Aside from Essien, they have no other player sub 30 who would get in to a world XI… when did the Russian gangster last spend some big money on a player?

Has he had enough?  A final chance to take the big prize… snatched away by a team managed by the Special One… sounds magnificent to me.

Perfect symmetry… and a perfect kick in the nuts for the philandering boys in blue.

I don’t buy the crap about going out of the Champions League at this stage helping the chase for the Premiership… fine you get extra rest days, but the demoralising effect of losing such a big game would negate the rest. Tenfold.

The benefits such a crushing defeat could have on Arsenal’s chase for their first league title since the Invincibles season of 2003/2004, would be phenomenal.

You beauty

I hate Chelski with a passion.

I won’t even name them, but you all know the players I also hate with unwavering passion.

I took huge pleasure in watching Iniesta score that wonderful late goal to knock them out of last year’s Champions League.

I want and fully expect more of the same pleasure this fine sunny evening in London SW6.

“To feel envy is human, to savour Schadenfreude is devilish”

Maybe I am the devil incarnate!!

Crunch time in the battle for the Premiership has arrived in earnest.

Arsenal, Manure and Chelski will head towards the key final lap of the race, head to head in battle.

It would be folly to simply concentrate on the games Arsenal have to play, much has already been stated regarding our “easy” run-in.

It would also be folly to argue that point, the run-in, for this Arsenal team, is very nice.

Spuds at the Lane present our only real challenge,  the game is pencilled in for Saturday 10th of April, this is subject to change when they knock Fulham out of the cup and take on Pompey in the Semi-Final on the Sunday of the same weekend.

Liverpool have had a shocking season, they will struggle to gain the coveted 4th spot in order they qualify for the Champions League.

A long-term injury to the best striker in the world, Fernando Torres, has not helped their cause.

Truly World-Class

The good news for Scousers, and Gooners alike… he is now back, and almost at full fitness and sharpness.

The Spaniard has a wonderful goal-scoring record against both Manure and Chelski, he raises his game against the top sides, of that there is no doubt.

Old Trafford hosts El Nino and his Liverpool compañero de equipos this coming Sunday… the penultimate weekend of the season will then see Anfield host the Russian mafia… all dressed up in Blue.

“Finishing fourth in the Premier League would mean a lot to Fernando,”

“People talk about money with Fernando but I can tell you his main motivation is winning trophies. That is what drives him.

That is always the main topic in any discussion between us. Fernando’s only thought is to be challenging for honours, it’s all that concerns him. He wants to be playing in the Champions League.”

Rafa Benitez spoke very tellingly to the media, I would suggest the quotes above were aimed more at Torres’s Merseyside colleagues.

With Gerrard and Torres back in tandem, getting sharper by the game, with the huge target of 4th spot, they will give any team a real test over 90 minutes.

They will certainly give Manure and Chelski a test.

It’s now all about where our title challengers will drop points, not where we pick them up.

The massive Easter Saturday match between them will certainly help our cause, whatever the result… we will make up points on both, or one of them.

Very clichéd, however, a striker, not matter how talented, needs to boost his confidence by sticking em into the onion bag on a regular basis… this almost sets about a self-fulfilling prophecy for them.

Liverpool play Portsmouth tonight, they are dead and buried in the league, but they do have the showpiece Semi-Final at Wembley to look forward to next month.

A perfect game for Fernando to kickstart his goalscoring prowess, a tune-up to the main event next weekend.

As Gooners, we want and need to see an emphatic Liverpool display tonight, a trip to Old Trafford minus team confidence, won’t do out title aspirations any good.

This Gooner becomes a Part-time Scouser for the best part of the following week!

AKB Red Alert: Level 10

March 14, 2010

The anti-Arsène brigade were in full flow last night… up until just before half past seven.

Piers Morgan depicts the morons nicely…

“Two months ago, I’d have told you like many disgruntled Gooners that Emmanuel Eboue was utterly useless, Nicklas Bendtner couldn’t hit the proverbial barn door and Abou Diaby and Alex Song were a pathetically weak imitation of Vieira and Petit.

Now Eboue’s playing out of his skin, Bendtner is scoring more than John Terry and Diaby and Song have developed into a top-class midfield powerhouse.

Add to the mix Sol Campbell, who I thought would be a disaster but who has turned out to be an inspired signing, and I realise it’s just as well Wenger manages Arsenal and not over-hysterical, knee-jerk supporters like me.”

At least he has the testicles to come right out and admit his failings as a supporter of the Club, and more importantly of the Great man himself.

A very quick glean of some of the comments passed on Goon Blogs last night, before the winning goal, highlights these simpletons perfectly.

Of course, this morning, Wenger is the toast of the Goon blogosphere.

The beauty of blogging, and a fundamental reasoning behind my blogging, is to time stamp true feelings… a search of archived postings and comments can reveal much!

I think the, now legendary, dipstick who called Alan Green on 606 last night, typifies these halfwits.

Le Hatred, Le Motto, Le Mugs

For me, this season has already been a huge success… no matter how the rest of the fixture calendar pans out.

To still be in contention of winning the premiership, with a team decimated for large parts of the season through key injuries, is a magnificent achievement in itself.

We are here by default, I hear the dunderheads shout, Manure and Chelski have let us back in they scream…

Well if that’s the case, why and how are we the only other team challenging them?

Where are the mighty Liverpool? the up and coming Villa? money bags City?

How comes we are the lucky ones to be granted such a grandiose gesture of goodwill from all the other teams in the league, elevating us to joint leaders of the race?

The relevance of intelligence, has never been so high in the world of supporting The Arsenal.

Winning the title or the Champions League over the coming weeks would be a bloody marvellous moment in our lives, but it is certainly not the be all and end all.

A belly full of it!

The true joy of supporting such a historically great club is lost on many Gooners, the beauty in the wonderfully pleasing football we play is irrelevant to many.

Yes the game is all about winning… but in the end there really only can be one winner, nobody has any exclusivity on winning anything.

Get that right!

It is immaterial if we pay the highest prices to attend our home games, if this grates with you, don’t go, simple.

Win or lose, supporting a club is for life… not just for Christmas.