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.


Forget that he played in the World Cup, he was rushed back to lead the line for the Dutch but never actually looked quite right.

Moreover, the lone striker role is just not playing to the strengths of the spikey former Feyenoord man.

I am hugely excited about the new deep lying forward and or roaming number 10, tip of midfield trio, free role thingey he has going on for him now.

With the massively unselfish Chamakh ahead of him to lay off smart ball to the on rushing Nasri, Arshavin, Theo, Rosicky, RVP et al.. I can now see how this team can both accommodate and flourish with both Robin and Marouanne in the starting line-up.

I think many of us did maybe question the validity of such an injury prone player at the club, whilst he has been off injured since November 2009!

The genius of his little flicks and tricks and deft control of a football have been there, in glimpses mind, for all to see in the past fortnight since he returned.

I love him, he is 100% pure World-Class, and there are not many players in the Premiership, let alone Arsenal who you can say that about without need to worry about retraction at a later date.  Van Persie certainly has the skills to pay the bills, and then some.

I want to see him get at least another 70 mins under his belt tonight, like he did last week against Wigan in the Carling Cup.  I also wish to see the partnership with MC29 develop more, hone it ahead of the crucial trip to Old Trafford Monday week.

Not happy to hear Cesc may be in contention for Monday.

Let him rest this darned hamstring injury properly this time… we are doing just fine in his absence and it’s also important to show the squad, should he leave next summer, that we are just fine without him in the side.

Will be looking for a confidence boosting performance tonight.

Practice game tonight.

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 !!

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!

“For a while we were not investing maybe because we had built the stadium but I think our financial situation is now becoming much stronger and we will be capable to buy the players we need to buy”

So we were right all along, the cost of the Emirates did hold back Wenger’s spending… did he complain?

No, he cracked on and did the best he could, and let so called gooners castigate him for not spending.

Some gutter goon blogs (GGBs), you know the types, run by numpties who think they are proper fans because they spend X amount on season tickets, even tried their best to convince you the accounts suggested we had tens of millions to spend.

When they clearly showed a big debt to be repaid by Spring 2010.

How remarkable, we pay off the big debt (approx 130M) and we now have both Chairman and Manager of the Arsenal telling us how we now have more money than we have had for a long time and we are now capable of buying the players we need.

What does that tell you goons?

What it should tell you morons is that you were utterly wrong, and the manager should be lauded for keeping us in the hunt for 2 titles in the last 3 seasons… whilst his hands were firmly tied on spending.

Who else could have done such a fabulous job?

Liverpool have spent over 200M over the last 6 seasons… and achieved what exactly?

The Spuds have spent similar amounts and have now got to within 10 points of us in the league… and that’s progress?

Was the plan not clear enough when the stadium was built?

We were told it would ultimately help us spend more on player acquisitions, in the long-term… but not until the debt was fully under control.

We certainly won’t be paying silly money for average players, but if a Rooney type comes along, we can now whack out 30 large on him.

The beauty of what we shall spend being the funds are organic and not loaned or gifted to us by a bent oligarch.

Living within our means 3 or 4 seasons ago, meant we may have only had 10M in our transfer kitty, and we spent 10M or less.

Living within our means now and for the forseeable future will mean the manager has a great deal more to utilise.

He is not a miser, as many suggest, just go back to see his spending before the stadium for proof of that, but he is not a fool like Benitez to go and spend 20M on a shit player like Aquiliani simply because fans are moaning for signings.

Get backtracking and changing those stories GGBs.

You were wrong, and you know it!

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

Ask any old skool Gooner what his favourite ever Arsenal goal is, go on, I would lay good money on knowing the answer.

If he or she has supported The Arsenal for over 30 years, one of the first goals they will begin to eulogize over is the phenomenal curler into the top right corner of the goal at Shite Hart Lane.

Courtesy of the wonderous left boot of one Liam Chippy Brady.

That magical goal was scored on the 23rd December, 1978.

Manyoo have won the last 10 Premiership games against Bolton, so there is every chance by the law of averages they lose points tomorrow.

Young gun Jack Wilshere will hopefully turn on the style for Arsenal by proxy.

Bolton welcome back their key defender Gary Cahill, who is also there top goalscorer this season with 7 goals!!

He will be very dangerous on set-pieces, as will the ever present aerial prowess of Kevin Davies.

They will be looking to extend a home winning record to 3 on the trot!

Owen Coyle is a certainty to become a top-level manager, whatever it is, he has it.

His teams play with style, confidence, aggression and don’t get turned over regularly.

To turn the useless Trotters around from a long ball, hit and hope motley crew, to an attractive passing team in such a short space of time, is a glowing testimony to his abilities.

Believe in coincidences?

I do… the last time Bolton beat Manyoo convincingly at home in the league?

23rd December 1978.

Rocky Remembered

March 25, 2010

The Emirates will stage an emotional start to the Barcelona game next Wednesday evening.

On the 31st March 2001, football lost a true star, Arsenal lost a true legend.

The game will mark the 9th Anniversary since the untimely passing of one of the greatest players to have ever worn the Arsenal red and white.

Of all the memories, of all the goals he scored… my favourite memory of David Rocastle came at Old Trafford in October 1990.

The now infamous 21-man brawl which led to Manyoo being only docked 1 point whilst we had 2 points taken.

We won that game 1-0, Anders Limpar grabbing the winner, and we also won the league that season.

When all hell broke loose, bodies charging in left, right, centre… pushing, shoving, kicking, punching… one man came storming  in to the scene of the crime like a warrior, that man wore the yellow away colours of Arsenal.

The men in red, the home team that day ( I have deliberated long and hard as to how I should articulate this correctly ) completely shit themselves.

The Arsenal number 7 had grown men running away from him like schoolgirls, the self-styled Guv’nor being the worst culprit of the lot.

Have a watch of the proceedings yourself.

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 😉