Eduardo: Coolness Personified

Things were different yesterday as I made my way in the glorious sunshine towards the ground; normally, I feel quite benevolent towards the supporters of teams from the lower divisions, in the early rounds in the FA cup, on their big day out at the Emirates. I remember the third round when thousands of Plymouth supporters, covered in the green and white of their club, some wearing those ridiculous court jester hats with bells on each end, making their way down the Holloway road. There was a calm innocence about them; the image of lambs to the slaughter came to mind. But yesterday was different; Burnley fans in their claret and blue had a touch too much arrogance about them; provocatively reminding us at the top of their voices that they had knocked us out of the Carling Cup earlier in the season. This lot needed to be brought down a peg or two.

Wenger made it clear in his midweek press conference that he intended to field a strong side; although, when the team was read out it became apparent that it had not only been chosen with one eye on the game against Roma, both eyes were firmly locked onto it. That’s not to suggest that safe passage through to the next round of the FA Cup wasn’t important to him; I am sure Wenger is well aware, that by being through, it ensures that our season will still be alive if it all goes Alex Song in Rome.

The first half was slow, disjointed, it seemed like a team of strangers, playing for the first time, had taken to the field. The only good thing was the audacious chip (Peaches) by Vela; how could anyone produce a cooler left foot finish?

Enter Eduardo, the only person capable of answering that question with the words “Very easily”. Ohh, I love that goal, already it is “that goal” I don’t even have to say Eduardo’s goal. How cool was that? The coolest goal of the season without a doubt.

With thirty minutes to go Van Persie swaggered on to join our Crozilian and we got a tantalising glimpse, for the first time this season, of our most potent strike force. Then it was Theo’s turn to take the applause; once the ball is under control and he presses the turbo button, there ain’t no one goin to catch him.

And just when you thought you had seen everything, Song sent a beautifully weighted back heal to the on coming Eboue who rifled it along the ground into the corner to make it 3-0.

Burnley had been put firmly back in their place and the natural order of things had been restored.

Fabianski: commanding, not a word I have used to describe our future number one goal keeper before but the more I see him, the more I feel justified it using it. 7

Sagna: this man has teams like Burnley for breakfast, so solid defensively. 7

Gallas: I like to think that he was saving himself for the Roma game: not the best day at the office but a clean sheet is a clean sheet. 6

Djourou: I have no doubt that this man is going to be one of the great defenders of his time. We are lucky to have someone who is prepared to patiently wait for first team football. 6

Gibbs: one of the things I enjoy the most is to realise that I was wrong about a player and Gibbs is one of those. I had written him, along with Randal, off after Burnley away. I still feel the same way about Randal but Gibbs is climbing in my estimation with ever game; his confidence of is not just growing, it’s exploding; he never made a single mistake today, not one pass went astray. 7

Alexander Song: You can never be sure which Alex Song is going to turn up: would it be the cartoon character that played at West Brom or would it be the hero who held our depleted midfield together for seventy minutes against Tottenham? Fortunately, today, the later brought his boots and put in a first class performance, not to forget his two assists. 7

Diaby: it’s a shame he wasn’t injured today but available for Roma, you know how he always plays a blinder the first game back from injury. His positional play in the first half was school boy, when the defence had the ball he was standing next to Eduardo in the attack. I suspect that he was told at half time that his job was to be in midfield and link the defence with the attack. 5

Arshavin: There is a touch of the Bergkamp about Arshavin; I realise that it is far too early to compare the two, what I mean is that Arshavin has a similar kind of magic about him: you never know what he is going to do with the ball. 6

Vela: I liken this man to a finely tuned engine if you don’t use it regularly it doesn’t work as well. Wenger took him for a spin today and the engine purred. There are some of us who believe that he should have kept running after his success in the Carling Cup: 6

Eduardo: If Messi had scored that goal today it would be on every channel throughout the sporting world. This man hasn’t lost any of his goal scoring prowess, still a tad sluggish, perhaps that’s a bit harsh. 8

Eboue: still gave the ball away too many times for my liking. On a positive note, he took his goal well, which should do wonders for his confidence. 5

Written by London…

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245 Responses to Eduardo: Coolness Personified

  1. London says:

    Chaf

    Is Budgie still good second time around or does it feel cringey dated?

  2. avenell says:

    Nice Post London..

    Was Adam Faith a singer turned actor or the other way around?

  3. London says:

    Thanks Ave

    I think he was singer turned actor. He was a very big English star when he made Budgie.

  4. chaf says:

    Adam Faith was a singer first, actor, in early ‘beat’ films and then in Budgie, and films like “Stardust’ with David Essex and McVicar, he also managed Leo Sayer, and wrote a ‘money diary’ for a daily. Thats off the top of my memory.
    Nice post – Arshavin,I think he’s a cross between Freddie and Dennis, and also he gets stuck in like they used to. Have you noticed that EE plays like he’s in a hurry to finish the game and get off to church.

  5. avenell says:

    I thought we played well after the first ten minutes, Burnley had a little go then we started moving the ball about well..
    I was watching it horizontal with terrible headache though.. (not a hangover)..

  6. London says:

    Chaf

    Wit and humour my favorite combination.

  7. kelsey says:

    Adam Faith had a number 1 was “What do you Want” and the next week Emile Ford and the Checkmates had a number one with “What do you want,to make those eyes at me for”.

    I think we need a nostalgic section to this site,ave.

  8. London says:

    OK I have some chores to do, see you later.

  9. kelsey says:

    Chaf,
    you must be nearly as old as the Danish king and me 🙂

  10. chaf says:

    London

    I agree with you about the supporters, I love the cheery, optimistic, down-troden, lower division supporters. As long as we win.I always think, it’ll be nice for you lot if you get a goal, but not until we have 10. But above all its great to have Eduardo back, I keep thinking of him as a Croatian, but he’s not is he…

  11. chaf says:

    Kelsey

    How old is the Danish king, did he invent the pastries.

  12. avenell says:

    The whole site is a nostalgic section Kelsey.. lol

    We don’t have much space in the titles, but I would like a section where we can talk old music and stuff. let’s see if we get more suggestions..

  13. chaf says:

    You can call it “Nostalgia – not like it used to be”

  14. chaf says:

    Sorry old joke.

  15. kelsey says:

    That idiot blatter actually said something sensible for once over the weekend.he said the PL will now start with the possibility of 3 or 4 teams aiming to win the title,ad the other 16 start the season with one thing in mind,and that is to avoid relegation.

    Must give my local club Malaga a plug.Watched them on sky last night and they are up to 5th,first season back in la liga,and in line for a european spot.

  16. avenell says:

    Chaf.. I think he moved to croatia when he was 16ish, and slept in an office in the stadium at the club he moved to (cannot remember the name or I cannot spell it 🙂 ). There was stories that it was freezing cold etc.

  17. kelsey says:

    chaf,
    the danish king is Raddy

    I am the the honest one living in the costa del crime 😉

    Ave i have 1000 vynil LP’s from mid sixties to early eighties and a few Presley 78’s on HMV.

  18. avenell says:

    Did Blatter exclude the spuds who always aim for the magic fourth.. They don’t want to win the premiership, they just want fourth.. lol.

    Apart from everton and a few others he is right though.

  19. chaf says:

    Ave
    I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams why someone should go to Croatia from Brazil. But whatever he did has had a positive effect for us.

    Kelsey,
    Thanks for that, its like gatecrashing a party, but I’ll bring me party 7.

  20. London says:

    Chaf

    The Danish king is Big Raddy; he lives in Copenhagen now.

  21. chaf says:

    Nice place, full of Turks the last time I was there!

  22. avenell says:

    Has anyone seen the ladies around, rico must have been kidnapped?.. 😦

  23. kelsey says:

    In fact there are no ladies around on either channel.I thought hairdressers closed on Mondays.

  24. kelsey says:

    Can we have a poll,ave/JJ/London

    Who will turn out to be the best option in goal for us.

    almunia
    fabianski
    a.n.other

  25. avenell says:

    Would you like it worded like that or “who would you like to see in goal for us next season?

    As I think Fabinaski will turn out our best option in the long run but I don’t know when and we could risk losing almunia if he is demoted..

  26. kelsey says:

    i just think one could have a good debate,because we certainly don’t have the answer at the moment,one too young,one no where near perfect,and i think a lot of defensive mistakes are because of a lack of understanding between either keeper and the defence.a new keeper may not solve that problem,but may just be a bit more authoritive.

  27. avenell says:

    I think it’s best I write a post on it sometime during the week. I’ll add it to my pre match tomorrow night with a poll.

  28. avenell says:

    I know the games wednesday by the way but I do the pre match post a day early to give it “air time”

  29. London says:

    Very professional.

  30. avenell says:

    I was going to do the poll today, but it gives me an excuse not to have to think of an idea for tommorows post..haha..

  31. London says:

    That is an interesting topic Kelsey.

    I think Ave’s point that, Almunia would leave if he were dropped, is significant.

  32. London says:

    Get them ideas from where you can is what I say. Lol

  33. avenell says:

    Let’s do a couple of joint posts London .. you do some of tomorrows I’ll do thursdays match report with you.. make a change if you are up for it..

  34. Rasputin says:

    Blimey ave – your site is full of OAP’s……Old Arsenal Protagonists 😉

  35. avenell says:

    Some are nearly old enough to remember the Spuds winning something Ras.. 🙂

  36. London says:

    Ave can you edit your post I want to make sure I understand what you are suggesting. Lol

  37. London says:

    Ahh I think I understand. I haven’t got the faintest idea for tomorrow. Any suggestions?

  38. avenell says:

    I will start a post.. Then we can both add our ideas to it.. direct or via e mail..

    It is an idea for the future so we can have back ups in reserve that we can both use..

  39. London says:

    Sounds good Ave

    How do you want to start?

  40. avenell says:

    I have chucked a rough one in drafts (the top one)have a look and add or whatever..

  41. Rasputin says:

    Piers Morgan will write you an article fellas 🙂

  42. kelsey says:

    Rasputin,

    I am going off you 😉

  43. London says:

    Rasp

    I asked Piers but he was busy, some mumbo jumbo about a tv programme or something but when I said it was for Avenell road he did hesitate before apologising.

  44. avenell says:

    It’s also dangerous writing articles for avenell road.
    Sometimes you can write a post then you just dissapear off the face of the earth.. ask jonjon.. jonjon? er jonjon?

  45. JonJon says:

    good post mate, very good, inciteful and for those of us who havent seen the game yet tells a very telling story, cheers for that,

    :mrgreen:

  46. avenell says:

    Doesn’t the bermuda triangle have setanta?

    How you doing mate the goals are here!!

    http://www.soccergoalx.com/2009/03/08/goal-video-arsenal-3-0-burnley/

  47. JonJon says:

    im well ave, im well.

    cheers pal, back in a tick.

  48. JonJon says:

    hahahaha

    whhooo hoooo.

    thats the shit ive been saying, you stick finishers in this team and we will finish, you stick ade or bendtner in and we will need 20 shots before we score.

    vela needs to play, hes 19 and has scored goals like that for fun, i know its burnley but no keeper in the world would stop that, or any of the other goals hes banged in, hes a predator and thats what we need upfront, not namby pampy aof strikers who slow the play down and run away from the goal.

    dudus goal is probably the best finish ive ever seen in an arsenal shirt by anyone, yes i said it anyone,

    but we all know weve been missing dudu, we all know he knows where the net is.

    eboues goal made me laugh, bless him, he didnt know what to do after the ball, he was sort of in shock, lol, eyes closed and smash, lol

    adebayor can sod off, dudu and vela are our marksmen,

    wenger needs to start playing vela more now, and not leave him on the bench again for bendtner, dudu vela and rvp should be the strike rotation until the end of the season and the goals will fly in.

    no more knocking it up to the front men only for gallas and kolo to get the ball back, lets knock it up to the front men and go for the damn goal.

    sheer class, im so happy.

  49. avenell says:

    Just watched the reserves lose 1-0 to West Ham.. Wilshere missed a sitter he has gone right off the boil..

  50. JonJon says:

    i watched that too mate, wilshires lost alot of his game, but thats down to confidence,

    he should of never of been promoted to the 1st team if he was never going to be played.

    the lads been built up just to be knocked back and now its up to him to prove himself again, im sure wenger does it on purpose to test players mentality.

  51. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Did anyone hear that muppet Adrian Dirham (with Wrighty) on Talksport – he reckons Eduardo’s goal was a fluke….what a tosser! They said the same thing about the Bergkamp ‘spin it round one side and run round the other’ goal. What these idiots don’t appreciate is that players like Edu and DB have something you can’t coach, an instinctive football brain to see something others can’t and the superb technique to pull it off.

    I’m with JonJon, I’d like to see Eduardo as our number one strike choice on the team sheet.

  52. Big Raddy says:

    JJ.

    There is another way to look at it. JW thought that because he was promoted to the first team he didn’t have to work. AW came out in the press, stating that JW is the future of English football (or something like it) and the lads head turned.

    I would have thought that it was an honour to be able to travel with the first team and be on the bench. I don’t see Fabianski’s form dip alarmingly.

    JW needs time in the stiffs to recover purpose. That said, he was by far the best player on the pitch last night.

  53. rico01 says:

    Morning Roadsters

    JJ – I couldnt agree more with your theory on our strike force. RvP, Dudu, Vela but I would add to that list Theo – with those four as our strikers, and Simpson next season, I would take the money for Ade and Nik – so many people say Nik shows promise, well I happen to disagree, I think he is shocking, he misses so many ‘easy’ chances to score goals, scoring opportunites that any other striker out of that list above would take – I know he is only ‘young’ but that didnt stop the likes of Anelka did it ??

    LJ – I think the glory has all come to soon for the boy, in the game against Spurs I thought he was arrogant, and a bit of a git, especially in the first half. He oftens reminds me of Joe Cole but with more potential – he certainly reminds me of the young arrogant Joe Cole at West Ham. Maybe AW has seen this side of him too, and thats why he has been put back in the reserves ?

    If we sold ade and Nik in the summer, we should get 35-40M – I say take that money, and strengthen the squad, Cisse is unhappy, give him service and he will score, Robinho isnt happy at City, David Villa – well he needs to change clubs for his own career’s sake, so there are players out there, and players who can score goals. Had we have had any one of those in our squad instead of Ade and Nik, right now we would be on the heels of Manure, not chasing a 4th spot !

    Rant over

  54. rico01 says:

    Morning Raddy and Rasp –

  55. Rasputin says:

    I think we’re all agreed that for a player (particularly a young player) to perform at their peak, they need an extended run in the team. If they don’t start every game, they need to come off the bench to maintain their enthusiasm and sharpness. Forgetting the effect injuries has on this strategy, it means that you can only have a core of 16 – 18 players who get enough playing time. I think Villa have played the fewest players this season and we have probably played the most. So the likes of Gibbs and Ramsey should either be played/benched or released to play in the reserves. Gibbs may be the exception as he seems to slot straight in and always gives a good performance. We apparently hjave too many strikers so I agree with ‘ranting Rico’, we need to clear some out to allow the best to play regularly….Ade’s top of my nlist to go…Togo to go… Togotogotogotogotwat…

  56. Big Raddy says:

    Morning Rico.

    You know we disagree on this. I believe Nik is a fine player. We have lacked a Plan B for a few years, and now we have one. The nippy strikers – Vela, Walcott, Dudu and RvP (plus AA), and the target men in Nik/Ade. We can afford to keep them all, so why not?

    If a striker is to go, it has to be Adebayor. His attitude stinks, and he has hardly put a foot right this season. More to the point … I don’t like him.

    If we were to sign your fave David Villa, where would he play? Would you drop Dudu? Or RvP?

    For me, Theo is the most exciting of all our players. He has so much potential, and he is English to boot.

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Morning Rasputin,

    ManU have shown the value of a deep squad, and we have shown what happens when a team loses players without adequate back-up. That is the essential difference between the teams.

    Villa have been incredibly lucky with injuries, yet since the loss of Laursen, they have struggled. Which proves the point !

  58. Rasputin says:

    Morning BigR,

    The difference is in the quality of the 16 -18 players. Ours currently includes the likes of EE, manure’s are all of a similar high level. With Theo and Cesc coming back, we will have a core squad of players that can beat anyone. I’d be quite happy to see 4 or 5 players go in the summer to be replaced by only two. This would improve the quality of the squad whilst promoting the talented young players higher up the pecking order.

  59. rico01 says:

    Raddy – I forgot AA, and now having seen Dudu come back without any ‘issues’ Villa would not be top of my list anymore – i did fear that Dudu would struggle, but the man is incredible.

    Ade – well, I dont really know anyone who wants us to keep him, his attitude is rotten, and his last comments about the top clubs wanting to buy him, well that makes me laugh. His play right now is no better than a conference side, but at least the players there play with some passion!

    I appreciate your views on Nik Raddy, so I am not going to slate him. I just wish he could score more goals, but the same can be said of RvP too

    I have to agree about Theo, I am a huge fan, he has everything in his ‘locker’ and when its polished, he will be the best thing in football that the fine school i went to has ever produced – ok, he is the only one… 😉

  60. Rasputin says:

    Morning Rico,

    Did you see that new programme with ‘Monty something’ on sunday night, he is living up on a croft in Applecross (NW highlands) He had chickens and pigs and breathtaking scenery….I get the idea that’s the sort of existence you’d enjoy?

  61. rico01 says:

    I bet we could count on one hand how many Man U players wouldnt get into our squad, sadly though we would need two hands to count those in our squad who wouldnt get in theirs 😦

  62. rico01 says:

    Rasp – I didnt see it, but I will go and set the recorded in a moment, thank you for letting me know – he is a poorly man, not long ago he had a stroke and he thought he was going to die. He has now given up Gardners World, also he suffers really badly with SAD, so its good to see is doing well.

    That sort of existence Rasp would be my idea of Heaven – 😛

  63. Rasputin says:

    Usually, by this stage of the season, most teams would know who their best eleven players are = who the cup final side would comprise. I dont think we or AW can be certain of our best eleven players at the moment.

  64. Rasputin says:

    Thanks Rico, it’s not Monty Don, this guy’s a marine biologist and journalist who has travelled the world making documentaries. He is very self effacing and entertaining to watch and not doing the cliche’d ‘good life’ thing, but just having fun in a fabulous environment. I’d swap places with him, that’s for sure.

  65. rico01 says:

    Rasp, i may have got your comment wrong, did you mean Monty Don, or Monty Hall ? is it 9pm on BBC2 please ?

  66. rico01 says:

    Rasp – wooooo spooky 😉 i will watch it anyway, just up my street, thanks.

  67. Rasputin says:

    Rico, I’ve just looked it up, its Monty Hall’s Great Escape’ – we worth a watch for half an hour of escapism 😉

  68. kelsey says:

    Morning all,

    I wrote this 2 days ago,so stop copying me rico 😉 😉

    March 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Mark my words,Eduardo will be our number one striker soon and either bedntner or ade will go,because they both will not want to be second in line.Theo will eventually become a more central fiqure and the need for a tall centre forward will disappear.nasri and AA and Vela can all interchange from the wing to a more central role,things look good at least for next season.i do admire eduardo as a person,he is humble,well liked,obviously mentally focused,in fact the very opposite of Adebayor.

  69. Rasputin says:

    This site’s rubbish….everyone agrees 🙂

  70. rico01 says:

    Thanks Rasp, ‘Ranting Rico’ 😛

    Morning Kelsey, wondered where you were lurking 😉

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Is Kelsey a Lurker? Surely not.

    I wonder what AW thinks is our strongest team. We really don’t have an established first 11. Would Adebayor be in it?

    Could it be?

    Almunia
    Sagna Kolo WG Clichy

    Nasri Cesc Denilson AA

    Ade RvP

    Or will he automatically play Eduardo in place of Ade? And Song for Denilson?

    High class problems

  72. kelsey says:

    Raddy,

    i am a euroker, broker.

    impossible to answer about our strongest team, it hasn’t happened in 3 seasons because of injuries.

  73. Rasputin says:

    Plagiarism BigR – my comment @ 9:27 😆

  74. rico01 says:

    Was being cheeky Raddy 😉

    That is a very good point Raddy, and will Theo now start for the rest of our games? i think in Rome he will use him as a sub, his pace against tiring legs will be good..

    Who would you pick to start tomorrow Raddy ?

  75. rico01 says:

    Who would we all pick to start tommorow guys ?

    and subs ?

  76. rico01 says:

    Almunia

    Bac Kolo/JD Gallas Clichy

    Nasri Song Diaby Vela

    RvP Dudu ( Arsene will play Nik )

    Subs – Merida, Nik/Dudu, Theo, Fabianski, Eboue, Denilson, Gibbs

  77. avenell says:

    Morning all roadsters.. have I missed you? 😉

  78. Big Raddy says:

    Rico I would play Denilson in place of Diaby, and as you say – Nik in place of Dudu. We will have a very attacking bench.

    But I would like to see us attack from the off. If we score then Roma have to get 3.

    Sorry Rasputin, but I have never had an original thought in my life !!

    And Kelsey – we are both Eurokers, and I am Iceurobroke !

  79. London says:

    oooooohhhh guess the team, my favourite. Morning everyone. it’s so friendly on this channel.

  80. avenell says:

    Good news for you ex pats on the news this morning!!
    They reckon the euro is going to tumble big time and for a long time..
    Can I borrow some money Kelsey? 😉

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks for that Avenell. It would make some old men very happy !!

    London, I like friendly. I like challenging as well, but only if there is reasoned argument, and not abuse. This site offers much to an old hippy like me !

  82. avenell says:

    Well that’s all bollocks for a start Radders.. lol 😉

  83. rico01 says:

    Early goal Raddy and the game is wide open, as you say Roma will then need three and press hard – we will then be able to tear them apart on the break 😉

    I can see Theo coming on a ripping them to pieces 😛

    Morning Ave & London

  84. rico01 says:

    Never knew you were a hippy raddy 😉

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Kelsey. An interesting read on Valencia. And we thought we had problems with the Highbury development !

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/mar/09/la-liga-valencia-unai-emery-david-villa

    Ave. My speciality is talking bollocks. I have made a living from it for decades !

  86. avenell says:

    Don’t talk to me rico.. I am docking you 2 days pay as you never e mailed in sick.. 😉

    How are you, okay?

  87. rico01 says:

    ave – thats funny, but surely that is harsh, i did pre warn you, so you you have realised I was totally exhausted following my lunch with the in-laws, i haven’t been able to hear properly for the last two days 😉

    I am good thanks – hows life in the middle of nowhere, have you had loads of rain and wind 😦

  88. London says:

    The team will be the obvious choice.

    ——-Almunia
    Sagna,Toure,Gallas,Clichy
    Eboue,Denilson,Diaby,Nasri
    —–RVP,Bendner

    Walcott,Eduardo,Vela and Song on the bench.

    If we need to score and they are defending for their lives, bring on Eduardo: best option in tight spaces.

    If we are drawing and they are still coming on to us bring on Walcott: best option with lots of space.

    Morning Ave

    I have something for you for tomorrow if you need it. I will email it.

  89. avenell says:

    Do you want me to do the draft one today/now then buddy?.. 😉

    rico.. it’s been a bit rough at night but today spring is in the air.

  90. avenell says:

    All cool London..

  91. rico01 says:

    Guys, got to go out for a couple of hours, ketchup later 😉

  92. kelsey says:

    Raddy,
    Valencia is the worst kept secret in football over here.Maybe the local authorities will rseize various homes and land and deem them illegal,as they have been doing for the last few years,and well documented on the BBc toget some revenue.You have to remember is a Third world Country when it wants to be,totally corrupt i am afraid.

  93. kelsey says:

    London, good morning to you.

    not sure about the “obvious choice”.No one predicted the line up against burnley,and maybe AW is learning.obviously this is a completely different scenario,but I expect Song and Eboue to keep their place,Almunia and clichy and toure and denilson to be recalled and RVp to start with eduardo.Not sure if Nasri,vela or bedntner and diaby will start.

  94. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Probably missed you all now. Had to be a Garden Designer for a while!!

    I’m drawing so will pop in now and then.

    Hope everyone is good.

    I’m already excited about tmoro night eeeek. I hope we all don’t come crashing down.

  95. London says:

    Mor…Afternoon Kelsey

    Have a go at guessing the team. I love playing these games, a bit like guess the score, all done in a friendly way of course.

    That was an excellent article about Valencia in the Guardian.

    Afternoon Peaches

    That work malarky does get in the way sometimes.

  96. kelsey says:

    Raddy asked earlier about our best line up if everyone was available.I would rather say who would automatically get into the team,if we are looking to win trophies now

    Neither keeper(could do better)
    Sagna,toure Gallas Clichy
    fabregas—–x——x
    Rvp,arshavin,Eduardo,Nasri.

    If we were united,Song and Eboue wouldn’t even feature,Djorou and bedntner are borderline to get in the squad
    Walcott,vela and denilson and diaby and gibbs and ramsey,would be understudies
    and Ade gwould be sold in a perfect situation.only my opinion.
    Wilshere is not ready,and how many of the youth will actually make it.

  97. London says:

    Kelsey

    I agree, picking the dream team is fun but have a punt at Wenger’s team for tomorrow. I am starting to have a bit of a doubt about what I thought was the obvious, as Wenger so often plays 4.5.1 in the Euro away games, he could go for belt and braces.

    ————-Almunia
    Sagna,Toure,Gallas,Clichy
    —–Denilson,Song,
    —-Eboue,Diaby,Nasri
    —–——–RVP

  98. avenell says:

    My team for this season if everyone is fit..

    Almunia.

    Sagna..Toure…Gallas..Clichy

    Fabbie. Help!Denilson?/Song?

    Arshavin. Rosicky.
    Nasri

    Eduardo/RvP

    Alonso in in the summer as the deep playmaker.

  99. avenell says:

    For tomorrow I would say you are about right London, I think you can swap Bendtner for Diaby though..

  100. London says:

    Alonso

    I cannot see Alonso coming any more. It seems to me that Wenger believes that Denilson has progressed to such a point that it makes signing Alonso unnecessary.

  101. avenell says:

    sack him then.. 😉

  102. London says:

    That made me chuckle.

    The Russian market has gone up a wopping 6% today if the U.S. S&P follows this afternoon it could be show time for me tomorrow.

  103. avenell says:

    The avenell road share index … AKA (The ARSI) .. 😉

  104. rico01 says:

    Afternoon Roadsters 😛

  105. rico01 says:

    I reckon he may just go one up front, RvP, with a five man midfield, Kolo is fit now so the back five pick themselves

    Eboue Denilson Song Nasri
    Diaby

    RvP or Nik up front

    I wouldnt though, I would go for them by the throat from the offski 😉

  106. kelsey says:

    if his name was arselonso we would be in for him.

  107. rico01 says:

    suppose you have glorious sunshine kelsey ? 😦

  108. kelsey says:

    hi rico,

    she we do.unfortunately my boy has gone down with acute glandular fever and my wife flew to england today to look after him and make sure he gets the proper food etc.

  109. rico01 says:

    Thats not nice kelsey, hope he gets through it quickly, and your wife gets back soon. Hope someone is keeping an eye on you so you dont get up to no good 😉

    Give your son my best wishes for a speedy recovery please

  110. avenell says:

    Ooh that’s nasty Kelsey.. I had a dose of that when I was younger.. takes ages to get out the system..

  111. rico01 says:

    ave – kelsey’s son has glandular fever 😉

  112. rico01 says:

    So Roma have no injuries really then, now what a surprise 😆

  113. avenell says:

    That’s what I meant.. It must of sounded wrong..
    I was so bored when I had it I learned to knit and made myself a couple of arsenal scarves..lol

  114. rico01 says:

    ave – i was being naughty because you said about ‘having a dose of’ – you obviously have your head low, as that went straight over it 🙄

  115. avenell says:

    Are you being heightist rico?..lol

  116. rico01 says:

    me, ave, for sure i am not 😉

  117. kelsey says:

    She has just arrived and told me it is raining,and as some know on here it is difficult for me on my own,but at least he is in good hands.the doctors think it is a mixture of 12 hour days at work,not eating properly and working out.rest is the only cure,reckon 6 to 8 weeks.

  118. avenell says:

    How long is Mrs Kelsey going to be away for?
    You just keep blogging so we know your okay..

  119. rico01 says:

    kelsey – you take it steady old chap, stay close to here, and if it gets tough just shout. Where is your son kelsey, London ? My memory is dreadful, honestly.

  120. rico01 says:

    Or is it Cardiff – i am useless !! 😥

  121. avenell says:

    Do you know any more different place names in the UK?
    😉

  122. rico01 says:

    ave – Loo !! 😉

  123. kelsey says:

    in london rico.my daughter is at cardiff but this year in madrid.

    I don’t know ave,at least 7 to 10 days,and I appreciate that very much.

  124. avenell says:

    Did you mean Looe in Cornwall… or Loo upstairs second on the left. 🙂

  125. rico01 says:

    Looe you cheeky tinker, but spelt as I meant to, didnt have the heart to put ‘off’ afterwards for your cheek 😉

  126. avenell says:

    I have to get my own back.. I’ve been keeping my eye on the girlie bits..
    “Spill the beans nita” I know I shouldn’t have started that.. lol

  127. rico01 says:

    Haha ave, whats that old saying about building a rod……..

    😛

  128. kelsey says:

    can i order a takeaway 🙂

  129. rico01 says:

    Hey kelsey, thats funny, but sad in a cute way, if i lived nearby, you could join us for dinner 🙂

  130. avenell says:

    I think Kelsey has been looking in your mouth watering girlie bits.. 😉

  131. rico01 says:

    Beg your pardon ave, kelsey would not do such a thing 😉

  132. avenell says:

    I always do, I’m waiting for some chocolate action.. 😳

  133. kelsey says:

    Exactly rico.

    I think i will order a chicken tikka,vegetable vindaloo curry and a garlic nan bread, though on the other hand there is some bread in the fridge,should just about be able to toast it with a bit of strawberry jam.

  134. kelsey says:

    Bendicks bitter Mints with the silver foil with cocoa and chocolate,only trouble is that they work out about a quid each.Always keep in the fridge.

  135. kelsey says:

    Do you remember Hot Chocolate,ave. erroll brown,I believe the first miulti race band.His wife was from mauritius and she had a sister and ah………

  136. avenell says:

    Errol Brown used to live in Manuden.. near stansted airport Kelsey.
    There was a famous murder near where he lived (nothing to do with him) in the early eighties someone got killed and fed to the pigs.

  137. kelsey says:

    Well I went to his house in Esher in Sureey about 1976,and we played snooker.His folks came from jamaica and scrimped and saved so he could go to uni.A very modest quiet man,(but a bit of a raver on the quiet)

  138. avenell says:

    I hope you beat him lol..

  139. JonJon says:

    hello all, looking forward to the chavs and the dippers going out tonight!!!!;)

  140. rico01 says:

    Errol Brown – what a man, what a voice, only black singer with a more naughty voice was the great Barry White – and I havent met either of them 😉

    JJ – Hows it hanging 😉

  141. avenell says:

    heloo jonjjjjon I am millie avnol pupey dog

  142. avenell says:

    That was my little girls first go at blogging on her own..lol..

  143. JonJon says:

    slighty to the left rico, 😉

    except on special occasions and when the wind blows;)

    avenells on the sauce!!!!!!!

  144. JonJon says:

    oh oops 😉

    awww bless she did better than me the first time i tried 😉

  145. avenell says:

    Iv’e got to nip out and pick mummy up now lol.. see you in half hour!!

  146. kelsey says:

    Hey JJ,
    tomorrow is it you get the results ?

    Rico, Barry white,now you are talking,with the love unlimited Orchestra.Went to see him at the Palladium twice and when he wiped his brow with his silk handkerchief,he took a deep sniff and said “I haven’t felt soooo good for a long time”I love all pop music that has violin or string accompanyment,like the Love’s Theme from The barry white orchestra or whatever they were called. Ah.memories. terry Predndergast another one from harold Melvin and the Bluenotes.

  147. London says:

    I can’t make up my mind which game to watch tonight. Who is more likely to get knocked out the chavs or the dippers?

  148. kelsey says:

    Prendergast, i meant

  149. London says:

    Kelsey

    Teddy. Lol

  150. kelsey says:

    I shall watch the dippers,have to support my local team,just for the night 🙂

  151. kelsey says:

    London,
    I am alone,highly stressed and don’t know what i am writing,apologies,but you got the drift i hope.

  152. London says:

    Kelsey

    Yeah, I think your right. I reckon both of them will win but it will be less painful watching the dippers win than the chavs.

  153. London says:

    Absolutely Kelsey mate

    I got your drift straight away. This is what happens when you have an older audience. There is always some smart arse who remembers the details. I’m sure you saw the funny side of it.

  154. London says:

    Teddy Pendergrass,

    Great singer, heart throb to millions of women.

    Absolute tragedy. Car accident paralized from the waist down.

  155. kelsey says:

    I didn’t know that,London(change your name mate,it’s not personal enough for this friendly site 🙂

  156. JonJon says:

    yes kelsey tomorrow is d day,

    i want both chelski and luckypool to get beat tonight, it will make it easier for us i feel.

    english team pose the biggest threat, we can beat any euro team over two legs. they dont know how to stop us or what it means to park the bus.

  157. kelsey says:

    Another great concert was the Eagles at Wembley,with their t shirts and scruffy jeans and suddenly the curtains went up and The london philharmonic orchestra came on for one number and then the curtains closed.Classis.it may have been desperado but i am not sure.

  158. JonJon says:

    i love the eagles, glenn frey is an amazing musician,

  159. rico01 says:

    kelsey – Teddy Pendergast – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Turn out the lights, lets have a party………..

    I am off for a while – got to eat chaps 😉

    See you all shortly

    Come on real Madrid and Juve 🙂

  160. kelsey says:

    JJ,
    wishful hoping but I feel one of them will come unstuck.

  161. JonJon says:

    kelsey, if both madrid and juve score early then its game(s) on.

  162. kelsey says:

    Trouble with the dippers is that they have a habit of getting late,late goals,but i really think RM can’t be as bad as last week and will surprise them.Chelsea i feel maybe to strong for Juve,but i hope i am wrong.

  163. JonJon says:

    id love it if all the english teams apart from us obviously got knocked out. it would really make my week.

    the good thing is that all the games are sooo close still and fergies record against jose is bad.

  164. London says:

    Kelsey

    I agree, the name is a bit of a problem. How does using my own name “Lee” sound?

  165. London says:

    It’s reasuring to know there are others out there who think as wickedly as I do. Evening Jonjon

  166. avenell says:

    I like London Borough of Islington. makes you sound titled.. lol

  167. avenell says:

    and jonjoN5 we all have our name in the title..

  168. London says:

    Ave

    People are trying to shorten my name. “London Borough of Islington” might be a bit of a mouthful. Lol

  169. London says:

    OK football time

  170. avenell says:

    And it’s beer oClock!! tonight I will mostly be drinking Grolsch.. 🙂

  171. avenell says:

    That linesman who gave the penalty for the dippers is john terry’s twin brother lol..

  172. Rasputin says:

    I bloody hate Liverpool.

    They are so lucky. I’ve never forgiven them for the blatant foul on Hleb in last season’s CL which the ref somehow didn’t give a penalty for and now theyve fouled a player and got away with it for the first goal and been awarded a penalty that shouldn’t have been to go 2 nil up. Its no wonder they think they are invincible in cup competitions, they always have the ref on their side aaaaaarrrrrrrrrghhhhhh!!!!!

    Still the chavs are losing 1 nil, it’d be great to see cashley and his mates go out tonight 😉

  173. avenell says:

    And the russian is there for the camera to zoom in when they get KO’d lol..

    How you doing Ras?.. and what you done with Peaches she as gone into “work mode”?

  174. JonJon says:

    luckypool at it again in europe, ffs

    juve look livley against chavski, lets hope they can keep it up, hey london 🙂

  175. Rasputin says:

    Its about time Peaches did some work ave! – she normally spends all her time schmoozing with gooners 😉

    I expect an acid response within the next 5 mins…….

    JonJon….I know, they make me sick, I hope we get them in the next round and Dudu sends them into oblivion

  176. kelsey says:

    Lee, sounds cool.

    I really thought the chavs would get battered,but that ball was way over the line and now both games are effectively over.

  177. avenell says:

    At least that scrounging piss head brazil is at the races, so we don’t have to listen to the talk shite liverpool/chelski appreciation society in the morning..

    In fact I might write to fords now and see why they sponsor a well known convicted drink driver for the Ford transit hour..

  178. peachesgooner says:

    You b’stard rasp, what are you talking about?

  179. avenell says:

    You can read “em” like a book ras.. lol..

  180. kelsey says:

    schmoozing 😉

  181. peachesgooner says:

    Its lucky for ras that I spend so much time schmoozing with gooners or he’d be behind the times 😆

  182. peachesgooner says:

    So our hopes of those two being eliminated now look shot to pieces – we’ll just have to go back to worrying about our own 😦 😦 😦

  183. Rasputin says:

    You never disappoint Peaches 🙂

  184. avenell says:

    Yea but we know we can beat the dippers and chelski this year..

  185. peachesgooner says:

    Its no good you schmoozing me now – the damage is done 😆

  186. avenell says:

    Peaches can I have your stream when you go to the home games?.. lol

  187. Rasputin says:

    8 overs left to get 3 wickets in the cricket to level the series. The Windies are like Pakistan, they can cheat and time waste and no-one says a word. In the last test their batsman kept coming down the wicket during overs to slow play down until the umpires ooffered them the light and so the game was drawn.

    What makes you think I have a sporting persecution complex….bloody lucky pool b’stards….

  188. Rasputin says:

    Don’t be so filthy avenell 😉

  189. peachesgooner says:

    Yea but……..

    Hi ave – have you missed me? I did come on very briefly this afternoon just after Millie blogged to say hello and then had to rush off again.

    I was invited to a garden with a view to design this morning, its filled with bl**dy lleylandii, not just lots of them but lots of them are 60-80ft tall!!!!!!! Whats the matter with people – these are the ugliest of plants used for screening and people are so stupid to let them romp away!!!!!! Aaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhhh

  190. Rasputin says:

    For anyone who’s bored with the football and blogging, Heston’s creating another of his amazing recipes again on channel 4

  191. avenell says:

    Of course I missed you.. I did see you pop in and my heart fluttered.. 🙂 rasp.. 😉

    I’ve inherited some of those bloody trees someone planted some within 10 feet of the house.. I had to eminem the things in half.. 😦

  192. Rasputin says:

    You’ll have to explain ’eminem’ ave, peaches won’t get it 😆

  193. avenell says:

    C’mon Juve….

  194. Rasputin says:

    2 wickets required, 3 overs to go…. c’mon Monty!

  195. avenell says:

    That’s the spirit ras f**k the football!! I hate Chelscum!

  196. Rasputin says:

    For all those who’d like to see Chiellini play for us…..he’d fit right in! just got sent off for a second yellow 😉

  197. Rasputin says:

    What a crap evening of sport. The Windies have won the series despite getting away with preparing unsuitable pitches; Pool have been gifted goals and the chavs have ground out a victory. We have to win tomorrow to maintain our momentum!

  198. avenell says:

    Get down the boot ras and kick some ass.. 🙂

  199. rico01 says:

    sorry guys, had some visitors for the evening, now its time to hit the old duvet – be safe and catch you all tomorrow 🙂

    Nighty night

  200. avenell says:

    Nighty night Rico!!!!! speak tomorrow..

  201. kelsey says:

    goodnight all,
    i think pool should play in la liga then they might win a title.what a poor bunch real madrid are.

  202. London says:

    Good night Kelsey

    I agree, Real were pants.

  203. Rasputin says:

    All the roadsters are retiring to their garages 😦 night night all

  204. avenell says:

    Night night Kelsey.. we speak in the morning well morningish lol..

    Once a Spud always a failure.. ramos lol..

  205. avenell says:

    I like that Ras!

  206. avenell says:

    What happened to the great saviour of arsenal?? Diarra hahahaha.

  207. London says:

    Ave did you get/like the pic?

  208. London says:

    There was nothing in that Real side to scare the dippers.

  209. peachesgooner says:

    Shall I reverse or drive straight in?

  210. avenell says:

    All transfered just waiting for nita to do the tech with the pic now mate..
    do you want to add some news?

  211. avenell says:

    You sound like Grace Jones Peaches.. lol
    or was that paul davis.. I always get those two mixed up..

  212. London says:

    Ave

    I can’t think of any news. There probably will be first thing but I can’t imagine any great revelations.

    Who is nita?

  213. peachesgooner says:

    ……wasn’t that something to do with bumpers ave?

  214. London says:

    I heard Paul Davis was a good singer and Grace Jones took a mean free kick or something like that.

  215. JonJon says:

    what a shite night, really shite, i thought that chiellini was supposed to be the muts nuts, give me gallas any day of the week

  216. avenell says:

    Paul davis had a jaw breaker on him..

    nita is “er indoors” London..

  217. peachesgooner says:

    ‘Pull up to my bumper baby’ – wasn’t that it?

  218. avenell says:

    I cannot remember.. give me the next line.. 😉

  219. peachesgooner says:

    Oh dear have I lowered the tone 😳

    Ave – ’eminem’ the conifers??????? Rasp said I wouldn’t get it 😦

    I’d best go to bed then, nite nite, try to chat tmoro

  220. peachesgooner says:

    I’ve just checked the lyrics ave and its only about parking a long black limosine in the garage – you know how men have trouble parking 😉

  221. peachesgooner says:

    …..something about being able to find a space……

  222. peachesgooner says:

    Yey, a hat-triiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick 😆 😆 😆

    If you’re not there I really have to and dream of what I’m going to do to these 80ft conifers

  223. avenell says:

    Anyway it was about chainsaws peaches.. you have lost me on the paul davis stuff.. 😳

  224. peachesgooner says:

    Eminem and chainsaws and white boiler-suits,
    i think 😉

    Did Paul Davis have a strange hair-cut too ave?

  225. peachesgooner says:

    I have to hit the hay ave, the conifers are waiting for me………. nite nite

  226. London says:

    Ave can you confirm that you have the pic. Then it is good night.

  227. London says:

    Ave are you still there?

  228. avenell says:

    Yea mate I think i have it now..

    I will post and we can add news tomorrow.. nite

  229. kelsey says:

    Good Morning all.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day,and neither is this Arsenal squad.
    Last night’s results only emphasises the fact that the top PL tems in Europe are beginning to make the CL their own competition.

    I feel we have every chance tonight and an early goal will make Roma need 3.Things don’t always go to plan with our lot,and I would gladly settle for a low scoring draw now.No predictions from me,let’s hope the right team turns up.Have a good day all.

  230. London says:

    Ohh Kelsey, I am trying to write something and the brilliance of your first line has just crushed me. Lol

  231. Rasputin says:

    Don’t worry London – all avenell roads lead to Rome 😉

    Let’s hope emperor Arsenicus Wengerinicus’ red army can conquer the heathen hordes!

  232. London says:

    Rasp

    You have started something.

  233. JonJon says:

    hey guys,

    check my post 26 feb in the archives, kelsey must of read it 😉

  234. rico01 says:

    Morning all, kelsey, your Rome wasnt built in a day line was on my mind the other day, I was thinking

    Rome wasnt built in a day
    But it will be destroyed in 90 minutes 😉

  235. Rasputin says:

    Et tu Rico

  236. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

  237. rico01 says:

    Hey Rasp, sorry i went off to de-poop the chickens nesting bed 😦 poooooo

    All good with you i hope 😉

  238. avenell says:

    New Post I think ..lol Press the home page!!

  239. Rasputin says:

    Hail avenell – your legions await your commands 😉

  240. Big Raddy says:

    Carpe Deum.

    Come on you rip roaring Gunners….

  241. avenell says:

    Raddy.. Rasp.. NEW POST!!! press home at the top ^^

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