Veni, Vidi, Vici…… Just.

Did you think it was going to be easy, did you really think that it was going to be easy? When has supporting Arsenal ever been easy?

This supporting a football team malarkey is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, an outlet that helps relive the stresses and strains of the weekly grind. I don’t know about you but I need a holiday because I am shattered after watching that.

Through to the last eight after a nail biting, heart attack inducing, penalty shoot out.

It all started brightly, Van Persie was radiating confidence, Bendtner was operating well down the left; our passing was crisp and we were in control. This lasted a whole nine minutes before a horrendous mix up between Gallas and Toure gifted Roma a goal and plan A of, keep it tight and hit them on the break had gone well and truly out of the window.

This time Roma had done their home work; they were aware that teams that had beaten us in the earlier part of the season did so by chasing us down relentlessly. A tactic that the Italians adopted from the outset and it didn’t take long before it began to have the desired effect.

We started giving the ball away cheaply and our confidence started to drop. As a result, nerves started creeping in and it was starting to look like the occasion was going to be too big for some of our young players.

Roma, like a dog smelling fear came onto us and we were creaking. I feared that this was going to be the end of our Champions league experience for another year. Half time came and we were fortunate to go into the break only one goal behind after Roma had a massive penalty shout turned down two minutes before the interval.

The Italians started the second half where they left off; they were the better team at this point. It was tough viewing, like watching a loved one getting beaten up from a distance and being helpless to do any thing about it.

After 60 minutes the game suddenly opened up and Roma stopped having everything their own way. Diaby started taking more control in the midfield, then after 75 minutes Walcott came on and a glimmer of hope appeared. On 80 minutes Baptista missed an absolute sitter and I thought for the first time, eye, eye, this could be our night. The longer the game went on the stronger we became. Roma were starting to tire. We were now the better side but more down to our levels of fitness rather than our level of skill. Enter Eduardo and things were really starting to look up. With one minute to go Toure missed our chance of the match.

Extra time came. Roma had picked up so many knocks they resembled the walking wounded as they hobbled around the pitch; we were in the ascendancy but the all important away goal continued to allude us. My nerves were frayed and then just to make things worse, Penalties! Tension,tension,tension,tension,tension…yeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss.

It was always going to be difficult but that was the one we needed to win. Compared to the first leg at the Emirates, last night was a poor performance and one I do not expect us to repeat in a hurry. Eduardo and Walcott were clearly not 100% fit but they will be by the next round, add Adebayor, Fabregas and even Rosicky and we are a different team.

To those on the outside, we will be viewed as the weakest English link in the draw for next round but to all us on the inside, we are well aware that you underestimate The Arsenal at your peril.

Every day is a good day to be an Arsenal supporter but some days are more special than others and today is a very, very special day indeed.


262 Responses to Veni, Vidi, Vici…… Just.

  1. London says:

    Nice lay out Ave.

  2. rico01 says:

    Am i first again 😛

  3. rico01 says:

    Bollox, the post rang twice and i missed out – I will be back in a short while

    Morning Ave – Nice lay in 😉

  4. rico01 says:

    post man !!

  5. avenell says:

    Morning London.. It’s how it pasted in mate..
    easy day today.. nice piece as well.
    don’t forget your royalty cheque to rasp..

    Morning rico.. I have been up for hours getting the post just right 😉 might have had a few too many grolsch’s then onto the red.. 😦

  6. avenell says:

    Not a very good night out for the fans.. flares thrown onto a coach and an Arsenal fan stabbed.
    Everyone should write to the whoever the MP is at arsenal and Rome should have the final taken away from them.

  7. chaf says:

    Transfer the CL Final to Barnet

  8. rico01 says:

    Nice piece London 😛

  9. rico01 says:

    ave – i think there was talk of that before the match, cant remember where i heard it, but it was rumoured that any trouble, the final could be moved..

  10. Big Raddy says:

    No way Chaf. I have heard that it can get a bit tasty in Barnet Lane before the game, and Totteridge Lane has witnessed too much Ultras carnage for the CL to go to Underhill 😉

    Delighted by last night. Couldn’t really care that it was a poor performance. I was reminded of a GG type win,- more perspiration than inspiration.

  11. Big Raddy says:

    Good post London …. again

  12. rico01 says:

    Man City are talking to Valencia about buying David Villa 😦

  13. rico01 says:

    Hi Raddy, a win is a win, dispite us being outplayed, we are in the draw Friday, not Roma – and thats all that matters right now 😛

  14. rico01 says:

    sky really cheese me off, last year when Terry missed his peanlty to lose the CL final, Sky showed it all day every day – last night we won and all they keep showing is poor old Dudu – why do i bother to subscribe, sometimes i wonder….

  15. chaf says:

    Nice post London.

    Spot on, we only looked better when they were tired. That must’ve been very strange for them to run around like mad. They did it well for hour, and then got knackered. Thats when our inferiority started to look good.

    Raddy – you obviously know Underhill well, and you’re right, it is a big tasty, except the burgers, of course

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Are you really surprised by Sky anymore Rico?

    They have an anti-Arsenal bias.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Had a Bee’s season ticket for many years Chaf. They used to play alternate weeks to the Arse.

    Still keep an interest, being Norf Larndan boy

  18. Big Raddy says:

    “Thats when our inferiority started to look good” …. fine stuff, chaf !

  19. chaf says:

    Cheers Raddy

    As they say,

    ‘Roma wasn’t beat in a day’

    It took two days and a penalty miss…

  20. rico01 says:

    Not really Raddy

    We have Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Religionsim, Homophobiaism, (yes spelling is very wrong but you get my drift )

    I think I will report Sky for Arsenalism 😉

  21. kelsey says:

    Very well written post London.It’s not easy being an Arsenal fan these days.Had a rerun of the game,and really our inept defending made Roma look good,apart from Baptista.I am no lover of Almunia,some said he had a good game,but i disagree.Sure he is a good shot stopper,but that is the minimum requirement for a team of Arsenal’s standing,however time after time he is not sure when to come for a cross or not,that therefore gives an uncertainty to the defence,in other words no communication.
    Nasri,like wine,doesn’t travel well,and his best games are at home.RVP is also beginning to disapoint me,maybe it’s his position,but the forwards don’t seem to gell together.As I said earlier,why can’t we string a couple of decent performances together.Why aren’t the team organised and motivated / many questions yet few answers.Hopefully Fab and Ade will be back for the quarter final and i see we have a league game with Liverpool sandwiched between the 2 ties. Deja Vu. Have to go now,Ben is seeing a specialist today to put him on the right track,as we are getting conflicting advise from the NH doctors. Laters.

  22. rico01 says:

    Hope all goes well with Ben Kelsey ..

    News is breaking that a fan of manure or inter was punched last night by Jose Mourinho – Woops 🙂

  23. rico01 says:

    the cl draw is next friday lunchtime

  24. Big Raddy says:

    I want us to get Barca in the next round. I firmly believe we can beat them.

    We should have our ‘A’ team back (whatever that is), and Barca are going to get progressively more tired as the season goes on. Most of their team are ‘senior’ gentleman, and will struggle against our young Lions.

    There …. I have written it …. now I just have to believe it !

  25. avenell says:

    Hi radders.. It would be interesting just to see the welcomes that Henry and Hleb get..

    It will be like the game when West Ham came to highbury in the eighties and Brady got a rousing reception.. Then Stuart Robson came out thinking he would get the same roar from the crowd.. lol wrong!!

  26. London says:

    Thanks for the encouragement peeps.

    I agree with BR it was more a case of perspiration than inspiration. I could have found fault with individuals but it seemed petty on such an epic night so I steered clear of it all together. We are through our season is still alive and hum, on we go.

  27. Big Raddy says:

    We are playing without any consistency – who knows what will happen on Saturday – but I bet Kelsey’s pension that we don’t get beat

  28. London says:

    We were nervious yesterday for, in many ways, obvious reasons but there will be no reason to be nervous of Blackburn what so ever. The only problem I can see is tiredness but the squad is starting to swell so hopefully everything will be all right.

  29. avenell says:

    I’m not sure if I am the only one, but I thought Roma were well fired up for the game last night and we coped quite well.
    What we need to do more though is finish these ties off in the first leg when we have the chances.

  30. rico01 says:

    I thought we were marvelous ave – we came away winners, but for an outragous error of judgement by Kolo and Willy, we would have got a draw 😉

    But like my old school reports used to say more often than not…

    ‘Can do a lot better’

    ‘Must do better’


  31. rico01 says:

    I thought we were marvelous ave – we came away winners, but for an outragous error of judgement by Kolo and Willy, we would have got a draw 😉

    But like my old school reports used to say more often than not…

    ‘Can do a lot better’

    ‘Must do better’


  32. rico01 says:

    woops 😦

  33. avenell says:

    Thanks rico helps the stats.. lol

    Do you get down to the museum much to read your old reports.. 😉

    okay I’m older than you.. 🙂

  34. rico01 says:

    Take a cyber slap on the choppers cheeky 😉

    Just how old are you really ave ??

  35. avenell says:

    6 months older than you “young un” raifs the baby on here then jonjon..

    I must email raif tonight i haven’t seen him for a bit and he was a bit thomas last week..

  36. rico01 says:

    Ah, not so old then 😉

    Pass raif my best wishes please ave, he is missed 😥

  37. avenell says:

    I’ll get him to come on but I will do that.. I think he’s just a bit busy that’s all.

    i’m outter here fo a bit, but i’ll pop in and out..

  38. rico01 says:

    Ok, have a good afternoon and evening – catch you later 😛

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Very quiet here this evening.

    Is it PMT ? Post Match Tension.

  40. avenell says:

    Hey I’m back.. tomorrow it turns back into pre match tension.. 😉

  41. London says:

    Tomorrow it is PMT but today is still about basking in the glory.

  42. avenell says:

    Are we posting tomorrow London?.. or shall we go back to every other day?

  43. kelsey says:

    I just heard that Eduardo got a groin strain in extra time(and is out for saturday) but yet he was the first to take a penalty last night.

  44. avenell says:

    That’s a shame Kelsey..

    How you doing mate..and how is Ben?

  45. kelsey says:

    Ben needs a lot of TLC and it will be a slow process,so my wife will stay over for a while yet.Thanks for asking.

  46. JonJon says:

    hello everyone,

    i was really dissapointed last night, the way we played, the way we went about things, it all stank.

    wenger claimed that we showed mental strength in the shootout but shootouts are down to luck, the majority of the penalties were poor. from both teams.

    we showed our mental strength during the game when we went 1 nil down and we fell to bits. we are weak under pressure, denilson diaby bendtner all were poor and wanted their mums and rvp was left alone upfront not getting involved. the defence was constantly under pressure with no protection whatsoever.

    roma had half a side missing, the players that they fielded were ill and were practically walking after an hour and we still couldnt open them up.

    we had vela and dudu both brimming with confidence after their great goals at the weekend and vela never got on and dudu was given all of seven mins to win us the tie.

    i know some ppl may disagree with me but last night just showed how tactically inept arsene can be sometimes. it was a game to forget, especially the 1st half.

    the only positive that we can take from the game is the confidence a shootout win can give a team. other than that it was a shambles and wenger needs to hold his hand up and admitt he almost got us knocked out last night, we were damn lucky.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    As you say JJ. Some disagree, and I am one. Having watched a re-run, I think we played just about OK. No more, but Roma were much better than the home leg. They worked so hard, that we couldn’t get any fluency into our game.

    Nik and RvP were the obvious strike force, and it wasn’t their fault that they got no clear chances – it was due to an excellent defence.

    I really do not believe that Dudu or Vela would have made any difference.

  48. JonJon says:

    sorry raddy dont agree,

    it wasnt rvp’s fault i agree with that, but nikki gave no chances for him to take. nikki as a playmaker for robin out on the left???

    nikki isnt an obvious choice, roma and the eternal city are not west brom and the hawthornes, dudu should of started, why on earth do you leave your best finisher on the bench when an away goal would have won the tie and eased the nerves???

    even if dudu wasnt fully fit, play him from the start and take him off when the games won.

    we were poor last night raddy, we could of conceeded at least 3 in the 1st half and wenger still didnt make any subs, and when we did conceed we fell to pieces quite pathetically, it was obviuous we were getting beaten up by an average roma side with more injuries than us and he left the same team to go out for the 2nd half.

    if that would of been any other of europes big clubs, which we are supposed to be, that roma side would have been hammered. they couldnt even walk after an hour and they still took us to pens.

    we were crap. but i like your rationalism of the game.

    i feel wenger got it wrong, underestimated roma and they did their homework and we were lucky,

    if we play like that in the next round we go out.

  49. avenell says:

    Roma were wound up like a top at the start of the game and got there reward with a silly mistake.

    I think it was one of those games where they had the right attitude and we done well not to collapse.

    If we had of gone at them in the first leg like they came at us we would have won 4 or 5-0. like we did to man u..
    This is where the invincibles were better they could stroll a win or step up a gear if needed to win..
    Perhaps we may see that in the not too distant future.

  50. JonJon says:

    how much did gunther cost spuds???

    cos hes gone out on loan to forrest, no matter how much my team upset me, the spuds cheer me up every time 😉

  51. JonJon says:

    the issue for me ave was that even in the first game, we created 16 chances and could still only score from a penalty.

    wenger decided to field the same in the 2nd leg where the away goal would of killed them. why?? why not learn from the 1st game and change the attacking options????

    start with ur finisher in the side and take the game to them i say, last night we had no finisher and he only came on in the dying minutes. why????

  52. avenell says:

    As much as I love dudu I don’t think that was the game for him last night.

    I would have used walcott though as it was a game where he had loads of space to run into.. It would help if we had a forward who could keep up with him ..

  53. JonJon says:

    dudu needs one chance, two at the most, he would have scored, theo should of been played sooner, id of put him on after 20mins, the romans were pushing forward with ease everytime without a care, theos presence would of made them weary of surging forward and it would of relieved our defence and midfield.

    the forward line should of been


    goals written all over it

    last night showed bendtner diaby and eboue for what they really are, im not getting my teeth into denilson cos its his first season and he didnt play well but the ‘seniors’ around him gave him no support.

    also this is clichys worst season for us.

    i love clichy, but like i love kolo if they are causing the team problems then they have to be replaced. kolo seems to be returning to form, clichy needs dropping.

  54. avenell says:

    When do you want a post by the way?..

    tomorrow or saturday.. If we don’t do one tomorrow morning we need one for late tomorrow night (pre matcher)..

    You don’t have to.. your choice. but the deadline is tomorrow night.

  55. JonJon says:

    i think if i do a post now i’ll wind a few ppl up 😉

    ive got one im working on at the minute but it aint match related, i could do on for tomorrow, then you or london can do the pre match for blackburn????

  56. avenell says:

    The thing is jonjon if a post isn’t on by 9.30 in the morning we miss the client base (and rico)

    So if you are not ready for fist thing leave the saved one..

    Why not do the pre match and say what you feel it’s just an opinion to start debate.. your not rude to anyone, there just your views.

  57. London says:

    OOhhh I do like these debates. Jonjon, Look again at Eduardo’s movement when he came on; he is still nowhere near being fully match fit, he is sluggish, not ready to play 90 mins. I heard he is injured, Bollocks, he is about as injured as you I: he is not ready for the PL and certainly not ready for an Aladice team. He will return for Hull. With Eduadro not ready to start, I thought tactically Wenger got it spot on by starting with the same players that did so well in the first leg.

  58. JonJon says:

    i know mate, ok, i’ll do the pre match for blackburn, what sort of time slot are we aiming for??? first thing sat morning???

    i’ll do my unrelated match one for monday or something???

  59. avenell says:

    Last thing tomorrow night so I can post it ready for the roadsters to get there head around sat morning..

    London e mailed the post in two parts yesterday but it came to me in word in 2 different styles.. when I posted it it was like charlie chan wrote it and I had an hour of stress putting it right, by that time everyone had gone.. 😦

    do you want a phone no or something so you can text me if there is an earthquake in bately or a volcano goes off in wakefield like last week lol..

  60. Wrighty7 says:

    Evening all!

    Check out my blog with a twist!


    Thats what I was going to e-mail you about pal!

    Ha ha

  61. avenell says:

    That’s going to be a war zone wrighty.. lol.

    What’s that all about? I assume it’s you and a mate mabbs sharing a blog It’s an interesting idea but hard to control..

  62. London says:

    Evening Wrighty

    That is a very unusual, is it an Arsenal blog or a spud blog?

  63. JonJon says:

    ive read that mabbs sight a few times wrighty on your orders, 😉

    i wondered what the connection was, i thought you were at war with eachother but it seems not.

    its a dangerous game that but it should be interesting 😉

    im going to enjoy it.

  64. London says:

    Ave we have to sort out this problem. I am going to send you two emails lets see if one works and one doesn’t?

  65. avenell says:

    London.. The best way to sort it is to set up a dummy post in the drafts..
    all you have to do is paste your post in and title it and I will have a look..

  66. avenell says:

    London .. They were both the same! The problem yesterday was they came in 2 different styles..

    When I posted it it was like ihf772345jv8821&arial bold&bvbh.
    before the post you wrote, todays was fine.

    have a go at writing one in drafts.. go on be brave.. 😉

  67. London says:


    Ok I will try that but let me know if there is a diffence in the emails, just in case.

  68. avenell says:

    jonjon… can you just tell me if you are going to have something for tomorrow evening??

  69. JonJon says:

    im reading that valencia have admitted serious financial touble and they are ready to sell their main assets in summer.

    right thats it, we sell adebayor nikki eboue senderos and we buy villa silva and abiol. 😉

  70. JonJon says:

    yes ave tomorrow evening.

  71. Wrighty7 says:

    Yeah it will be hard to control but its an idea we have had for a while.

    Its a joint Arsenal/Spud blog.

    Basically I write about Spuds and he writes about Arsenal!

    Its a bit of banter!

  72. JonJon says:

    its a good idea, should be fun, are you thinking about policing it or are you letting it go to war???

  73. JonJon says:

    imagine the blog on derby day. oh my gosh!!!!

  74. avenell says:

    London.. this is what I do.. set up a draft.. open it it’s in a little poxy box.. above the little box there is a icon of a screen it makes it full page.. you can work on it and spell check it whatever..

    Then click the screen again it goes back to a poxy little box.. save changes..

    Then there is a preview button on the right.. this opens a page as if you posted it.. you can see what changes you need.. go back to the poxy little box do the same again etc.etc.

  75. avenell says:

    jonjon I will email my mobilette .. have you got a dog?

  76. JonJon says:

    yep ave, i got a blower!!! 😉

    e mail away

  77. London says:

    I think I have got it. Have a look, I have put a draft in there. If I were to press publish would it go ahead. I won’t of course becasue that bloody goal last night ruined my piece. Lol

  78. avenell says:

    Best not press publish lol..

    I’ll have a look..

  79. Wrighty7 says:


    It’ll be a bit of both mate.

    We’ll let it go to war and police it too.

    We also want guest writers on there so it fun for everyone!

  80. London says:

    I feel like I have been given the keys.

  81. avenell says:

    jonjon.. are you here now? lol..

  82. JonJon says:

    im back ave mate, lol.

    im going to get off i got to get my head down but i’ll be in touch tomorrow.

    night mate, night all.

  83. avenell says:

    Cheers “t” jonjon

  84. London says:

    Morning all

    I find it odd how some people seem to chose not to enjoy the fact that it is the name of Arsenal that will come out of a little plastic ball in today’s Champions League draw rather that Roma’s; it appears that they would rather focus on the idea that we were lucky and that, in their view, is a negative and therefore no reason to celebrate the fact that we are in the next round.
    It seems a very strange, uncomfortable, almost sad way to support Arsenal. Give me the joy and elation of feeling part of a memorable victory any day.

  85. rico01 says:

    Morning All

    Win is a win London, but I would hate to be sat thinking how wonderful we played, how skilful the players are, how well we challenged for evey ball etc etc, knowing that we were beaten and not in the next round…

    Its a bit like the ‘lucky’ goal on 90 minutes, who cares when its scored, the game doesn’t stop until that whistle goes 😉

  86. London says:

    Music to my ears Rico. I hope this sunny (just) morning finds you well.

  87. rico01 says:

    It does indeed London thank you, how about you fine man ?

    Hope all is ok with Kelsey and Ben, he is usually on by now..

  88. London says:

    I’m ok Rico. Do you know what time the draw is? I think it is today, I hope I’ve got the right day.

  89. rico01 says:

    London – its next Friday lunchtime – 1pm ish

  90. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters 🙂

    London nothing has been changed this end and there is no time lapse. It could be you wasn’t signed in to your wordpress account or you came in contact with krytonite.. 😉

  91. rico01 says:

    Morning Avenell, you must have set your alar clock early 😉

  92. avenell says:

    Morning rico..

    I use my potato clock.

  93. avenell says:

    It wakes me up at potato clock.. 😉

  94. rico01 says:

    ha ha 😉

  95. London says:

    I have found my cape. I can resume leaping over tall building.

  96. avenell says:

    Rico.. I gave my number to jj last night so he could text me about the blog etc.. but he phoned..
    and a blogger talks, it’s bloody weird at first. it’s like you sort of know someone but they are total strangers..
    Still we put arsenal to rights after 2 hours lol..

  97. rico01 says:

    ave – i think thats great, two hours is amazing, i bet you wouldnt be able to talk for the long with your best buddy – that why this blogging malarkey is so good – watching the season review of 03/04 on espn, they are showing our game against the dippers and the titi hattrick 😛

  98. avenell says:

    He is my best buddy.. 😳

  99. avenell says:

    Only because he is writing the pre match post.. 🙂

  100. London says:

    There must have been some interesting revelations that came out of a two hour phone conversation. Are you going to share them. Lol

  101. avenell says:

    tbh.. I couldn’t understand a word he said London, he comes from “oop norf” 😉

    I know he said bendtner a few times.. 🙂

    I also e mailed the MP for highbury to see what the goverment are doing about the stabbing of the arsenal fan and the way EU citizens were treated in Rome to see if I get a reply..

  102. rico01 says:

    Ha ha ave, poor old JJ, I think he sides with me on the Nik saga ?? if i am right no doubt it was f-in nik 😉

  103. avenell says:

    f-in “t” nik.. lol..

    he loves the arsenal though! does our northern correspondent..

  104. avenell says:

    No sign of raif though rico..

  105. London says:


    It will be interesting to see if you get a reply. I listened, on 5 live yesterday, to a first hand account of what happened from one of the Arsenal supporters who was on the bus. He said the bus got lost but not in some distant troubled area, it was outside the ground. He said, they were attacked by 4 to 500 Roma supporters. He went on, there were mature men, women and children on the bus and the attack was completely unprovoked. The Roma fans smashed the windows of the bus and threw flairs on. There was absolute panic, the man who got stabbed got stabbed in the leg but it wasn’t ever life threatening, apparently he was more scared of missing the game. This lightens the tone but the reality is that they were terrified.

  106. avenell says:

    I heard the police sent the bus where it went, apart from that the same story..
    There is also a bridge that mustn’t be crossed in the city..

    Why do you think arsenal stay quiet about it? Is it because they tell everyone to go through the arsenal travel club and because they didn’t it’s a we told you so?..

  107. rico01 says:

    Did you email raif ave, i hope he is ok 😦

  108. avenell says:

    I did. I cannot go a week without my raif fix.. 😉

  109. rico01 says:

    Will just have to keep our fingers crossed he and his family are all well, and he is back soon 😥

  110. JonJon says:

    bentdners crap. 😉

  111. avenell says:

    Haha alright jonjon.. cheers for last night mate I enjoyed it.. a bit spooky at first.. 🙂
    A lot of ears were burning.. 😉

  112. London says:


  113. avenell says:

    How you getting on backstage London.. sorted?

  114. JonJon says:

    and if roma are allowed to still host the final its a bloody conspiracy

    italian football is full of bribery corruption and violence

    fans are allowed to carry and use and naff all gets done to stop it.

    if it would of happened in england we would of been banned from europe, just like we was in the 80’s.

    i know its a diferent scenario, but when will it stop?? does it take some one to lose a life before anything gets done???

    platini said he wanted to clean up the game and make it better, now he has the chance to put his money were his mouth is, or does it only apply to the PL???


  115. JonJon says:

    i know ave mate, it was good to put a voice to the words on the blog.

  116. avenell says:

    When raif posts it feels like I have sort of met him because of his you tube stuff..and the jacket. 😉

  117. Big Raddy says:

    Still disagree with you JJ. And Dudu’s injury may be just that – an injury. AW knew he couldn’t do two games in 4 days. And Nik won the ball from Almunia’s kicks, more often tan not. The fact that RvP was constantly marked by two defenders was not is fault.

    But then, as you know, I am a big Nik fan …. and on AV, I am in the minority 😉

    Only a few mins. til the draw. Please, pretty please, let us get a foreign team. Not because I think we will lose, but because the tension is too much for an old fella like me

  118. Big Raddy says:

    oh dear too many typos, ….

  119. avenell says:

    raddy the draw is a week away.. the 20th.. 🙂

  120. JonJon says:

    weve got barca

  121. Big Raddy says:

    Ooops I appear to have gone a week into the future. The draw is next Friday.

    The only time I have ever left an Arsenal game early was the home leg of the CL against the Chavs at Highbury. That Wayne Bridge goal was a dagger to the heart. I can still feel the pain. The nasty little swine scored it from right in front of me (to the left of the Clock End). And then to have that very nasty man Frank Lampard come no more than 10 yards from my face screaming his delight…. it was too much to bear.

    The the Dippers at Anfield. ….. Theo’s wonder goal, followed by another cheating Ref decision.

    And I fear, we will get the same should we draw English opposition. But on the other hand, there is the opportunity to gain some revenge, bragging rights and glory. Plus we should have Fab4 back, and he makes a huge difference. I can’t wait to see him and AA play together. We will be awesome next season, once they have had time to develop an understanding.

  122. Big Raddy says:

    Are you Mystic Meg, JJ ?

  123. avenell says:

    Do you drive a delorean jonjon?

  124. Big Raddy says:

    Just got that Ave ! Nice….

  125. London says:

    Big Raddy

    That’s the one, that’s the one to get very excited about. The idea of Fabregas and Arshavin is mouth watering. I am convinced that our Russian dynamo will bring the best out of Fabregas in a similar way that Hleb did, maybe even better because we should get more end product from Arshavin, then add Rosicky and it is all systems go. Dum, da, da, dum..Thunderbirds tune.

  126. Big Raddy says:

    F.A.B. London 🙂

  127. avenell says:

    michael jj fox.. haha it’s the way I tell em.. 😦

  128. JonJon says:


    i was trying to trick raddy, i knew he’d be looking for the draw, and obviously wouldnt find it, i thought id have a bit of fun. 😉

  129. peachesgooner says:

    Awfully quiet here. I’m just passing through and saying hi. Hope everyone’s well. Did kelsey check in this morning? Raddy loved your comment at 12.59 – were you sat in front of the tv waiting for the draw to begin?

    I read this morning that 2 months isn’t enough time to change the venue for the Champs Lge final. Why? Shall I volunteer to sort it out – it clearly needs a bossy female to crack the whip. Its a recipe for disaster having it in Rome – they’re just hoping that none of the English teams get to the final. Heads in sand i’d say.

    Be back later

  130. London says:

    It’s quiet every where. I think people are still getting over Wednesday night.

  131. JonJon says:

    i just about over it london, i’ll be back in a bit, got some work to do

  132. peachesgooner says:


    Anyone about?

    I’ve just come in from the garden – and the clocks havn’t even changed yet. Looking out the window it must have been quite dark cos its really dark now 🙂

  133. London says:

    Good Evening Peaches

    I have been mulling over what tomorrow’s team might be.

  134. avenell says:

    It’s not dark here yet we get an extra 20 mins..

    Where are the roadsters?

  135. peachesgooner says:

    Rasp has gone to his class so he won’t be around for hours, havn’t seen rico all day, spoke to kelsey and he was basking in the sun!!!!!!!

    The back four pick themselves unless Gallas and Toure have had another lovers tiff. Nasri ran his socks off the other night so he might be rested. I reckon a mid-field of Arsh – Denilson – Song – Eboue with Theo to come on. Van P and Nikki pink boots up front

  136. rico01 says:

    Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 😛

  137. rico01 says:

    Hey peaches – how you doing? Glad to hear kelsey is in the sunshine and feeling ok, little worried earlier as he hadn’t been on, he is having a tough old time, just hope all went well with Ben today..

  138. rico01 says:

    3-0 win tomorrow, and a sneaky hatrick 😉

  139. rico01 says:

    Shall i go for the 4th 😛

  140. rico01 says:

    5th – Hoorah, a AR record 😉

  141. rico01 says:

    6th – and then i am off to have my supper 😛

  142. rico01 says:

    Huff huff, you have all gone 😦

  143. rico01 says:

    I am in that wherethefuckareyouall tribe 🙂

  144. rico01 says:

    Sorry for that naughty word ave, but it just had to be used as part of the cheekiness 😉

  145. rico01 says:

    Off to eat and watch the Red Nose Night 😛

  146. rico01 says:

    Dinner not quite cooked yet,we are having a three bean casserole with dumplings…. and a home bake bread roll to scoop up the excess gravy – how naughty is that, surely its ok in your own home ?? ;(

  147. JonJon says:

    sounds nice rico

    nowt wrong with a bit o stew n dumplins!!! 😉

  148. rico01 says:

    Right that is it, I feel very alone, dejected and ignored so I am really off….. I may never ever return after tonight !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    😉 😉 😉 😉 🙄 😛

  149. avenell says:

    jonjon eleven plus 😉

    What’s happening on rico’s blog then?
    rico someone searched for rico and avenells blog to find us today.. we are an

  150. rico01 says:

    Woo Woo hello you two fine men – thats cosy ave, spill the beans, who was searching ??

    JJ, my fellow Nik lover 😉

  151. JonJon says:

    do i have an ally in my crusade to remove the brick footed one?? at last!!!! 😉

  152. rico01 says:

    JJ – trust me, I have been with that thought about him for ages, ask kelsey, sell him i say 😉

    I am just so glad you see what i see, and bare in mind i have chicken, i recognise poo when i see it… 😉

  153. rico01 says:

    Guys, got to go for a while, its been brief, but top bananna 😛

    I will return………. Sorry 😦

  154. avenell says:

    It doesn’t say no more than that .
    fame at last being linked to the rico..

  155. rico01 says:

    no ave, fame for me to be linked with you 😛

  156. JonJon says:

    ive never really liked him rico, its just got to the point where im sick of seeing him play.

    hes usless in front of goal and his cockiness means he wont settle for 4th choice striker.

    i feel we are persisting with him like we persisted with senderos and we all know how that worked out

    if we sold ade nikki eboue and senderos in the summer we would have enough to play with to rienforce the team with some actual quality. I.E centre midfield!!!!!

  157. JonJon says:

    Ave, when i spoke to you earlier about the non match related post, i meant its a bit of a fun post. I think its a bit different but it will provide plenty of discussion.

    and not about gardening music cars food or animals!!!!! 😉 🙂 😆

  158. JonJon says:


    another spud quality signing has gone out on loan.

    santos has joined ipswich.

    so thats gunther and giovani now out on loan. How much has that cost 10mil?????? LMAO

  159. avenell says:

    I’m editing it now changing all the players names to vauxhall, qualcast. pork pie and squirrel so we know what you are talking about.. 😉

  160. JonJon says:


  161. JonJon says:

    where has everyone gone??? have you spoke to London, Ave.

    London, are you there, i would like a chat with you me old mucker!!!

  162. avenell says:

    Only what you see on here.. I’m sure he will pop in later..

    I am going to have a look at that stream thing that Peaches has..
    How do you watch the games jonjon?

  163. JonJon says:

    streams ave,

    i tend to use Myp2p streaming service. they offer loads of different ones, i get good links the majority of the time, i think ive had one bad one all season.

  164. kelsey says:

    It’s me,
    did you miss me yeh. 🙂

  165. avenell says:

    The problem I have this computer is about 6 years old and I’m not sure if it’s the quality of the stream or this old chugger.

  166. kelsey says:

    sell him,quite agree rico, sell who by the way ?

  167. London says:

    I’m here. Back from dinner. I eat quite early, two sons and all.

    Peaches made the team selection malarkey sound too easy; I am going to pad it out in a suffering for my art kind of way.

  168. JonJon says:

    now then fella, hows everything at your end mate, hope things a looking up.

  169. JonJon says:

    hey londons back too hey up mate.

  170. kelsey says:

    I have an idea guys,
    why don’t you reverse the proceedings and do a post AFTER the game,as opposed to before.

  171. London says:

    I’m very happy Jonjon

    Damm that Peaches is good. I can’t find fault in her team selection.

  172. avenell says:

    Kelsey we were wondering where you have been all day?

    Sun bathing according to peaches.. but how do you sunbathe in the rain? 😉

  173. JonJon says:

    we are selling nikki, kelsey.

    preferablely to spuds for 20mil

    its the lets get rid of the brick footed one campaign.

    rico and me are the chairpeople.

  174. JonJon says:

    london, id like you to cast your mind back and i want you to tell me if you can remember the 1st time we blogged together and what it was about???? 😉

  175. avenell says:

    There is a Vela shortage in the team selection..
    he deserves another start..

  176. kelsey says:

    ben is finally out of hospital having beeen back and forth all week,and thankfully is keeping his food down.Complete rest for 6/8 weeks,though the specialist advised he shouldn’t fly over here for a while,as his imune system is down, and there are more bugs in aircraft than anywhere’s been a hell of a week for me,and hopefully this self catering lark will stop soon when the wife comes back in about a week.

  177. London says:

    Hmmm Kelsey…write the post After the game? Novel concept.Lol

    I think tomorrow’s game is probably one of the easiest games of the season to predict. They will play 4.5.1 yawn and we will have trouble breaking them down. 2-1

  178. JonJon says:

    i was undecided over vela, but i feel the team i picked had a better attacking flair to it, a bit more creativity as well as pure speed.

    id bring vela on after an hour when we are already 3-0 up 😉

  179. avenell says:

    Kelsey….We do write a post after the game.. the problem is you and rico get up to early and miss it.. 🙂

    Good news about Ben..

  180. kelsey says:

    what i meant is that there is more to discuss after the game as opposed to assuming a lot of things,like who will play,what formation,saying we will win 5-0 every game which statiscally might come true once in a blue moon, etc.

  181. JonJon says:

    i think we will do a job tomorrow london and put blackburn to the sword, thats if i see my dream team play from the start

  182. avenell says:

    Jonjon … kelsey has your post sussed mate!! lol.

  183. peachesgooner says:

    Helloooooooooooooo I’m back…………..

    Ave – you need to download the software to watch the games. Go to and follow the instructions to download the software. Once you have the software you can buy a game £1.50. Easy peasy. I havn’t had any trouble with the package

  184. JonJon says:

    thats good to hear kelsey mate.

  185. JonJon says:

    great minds ave great minds

  186. avenell says:

    Thanks Peaches I’ll have a look in a bit..

    jonjon wanted to know what gardening you have been doing today.. 😉

  187. London says:

    I can remember I was acting like a w….r but I can’t remember what it was about. I had just got back from a game and it hadn’t gone to plan so I had the hump. I do remember apologising and you forgiving me. I also remember you taking the trouble to tell me how you became an Arsenal supporter; I still find it a very moving story your grandfather and all. I think we moved on from there and he we are, me with both elbows out barging my way onto your site.

  188. rico01 says:

    Hello, I am full up and back 😉

    kelsey – glad to hear things are getting better my friend..

    JJ, I am ready to sit on that board for selling ood lump wood anytime 😉

  189. kelsey says:

    I presume you got the all clear and you aren’t pregnant 🙂

  190. avenell says:

    London was I there jonjon says I was but I cannot remember it?

  191. London says:

    Peaches what is the quality like? Is it noticeably better than the free sopcast et al?

  192. kelsey says:

    By the way who is that “shovel” character on Arsenal TV. Comes over as a complete plonker I know from the kebab shop.

  193. London says:

    Ave you were around. Jonjon was very gracious. That place brought the worst out in me.

  194. avenell says:

    He was in “M People” I think Kelsey..

  195. rico01 says:



  196. rico01 says:

    Shovel is a real Gooner though I think ??

  197. avenell says:

    I think you have the widest post record..

    never mind the quality feel the width.. wooo me little hand has fell off me watch.. 😉

  198. peachesgooner says:

    London – shall I take a bow for my team selection?

    Tmoro is easy isn’t it? We have a cup game on tuesday so I assume that Vela will be used for that. Arsh should be getting fitter by the game so we may see him for both.

  199. JonJon says:

    haha london

    thats almost correct, i think i upset you more and i apologised to you too.

    you had got back from the game and everyone was giving song a bashing and i remember you posted something in defence of him at around the same time as i posted something bashing him.

    it wasnt directed at you at all but it seemed that way and you got the hump with me. lol

    but ive always liked and respected what you had to say so i apologised immediately. there was honstly no harm intended. i value and have always valued you as much respected blogger and your up there as one of those who respect the most. 🙂

    avenell used to be but hes gone down in my estimation, the man talks total tripe, LMAO

    im still the best though, im the daddy!!!! lol

  200. kelsey says:

    it rained so hard today I got sunburnt,I had to go inside,absolutely the pits 🙂

  201. avenell says:

    Only because you cannot understand my deep cornish accent jonjon.. 🙂

  202. JonJon says:

    kelsey the results were inclonclusive or something, only half my results came back the other half are sat on a desk somewhere apparently, so im waiting for an update on tuesday.

    but dont get me started on the NHS!!!!

  203. London says:


    I knew what you meant, I was trying to carry on your joke but failing miserably, I don’t have Ave’s finesse. I seem to put my foot in my mouth but I’m not trying to be rude in any way. I’m glad your son seems to be on the mend.

  204. JonJon says:

    ave your a carrot cruncher LMAO

  205. peachesgooner says:

    On the gardening front – I have a lot of Phormiums in my garden that although I shook the snow off them they still had a lot of damaged foliage. I spent hours taking out dead and damaged leaves and now they are definitely not as fabulous as they were this morning. But they’ll fill out quite quickly – I use them for their architectural qualities and now they look a bit sparse 😦

  206. JonJon says:


  207. avenell says:

    Peaches our Phormium and palms have had some of there leaves killed by the frost and snow too ..

  208. peachesgooner says:

    rico – you still there, the guys are having a love-in all to themselves although London did say nice things about my team selection.

    Ave the quality is very good – sometimes its greek or dutch or german tv but with english commentary

  209. JonJon says:

    whats a phormium????

  210. rico01 says:

    Just for a short time peaches, watching the red nose stuff, some of the coverage has reduced me to tears 😥

  211. JonJon says:

    a phormium is…………….. 😉

  212. avenell says:

    You killed the blog with that jj.. 😉 I was going to explain but as I was writing I could feel myself digging a hole.. lol
    Peaches knows best!!

    What fred perry did thomas have on tonight? anyone notice..

  213. JonJon says:

    ive googled it ave, something about new zealand, full sun and partial shade, well drained light moist sandy soil and 150cm.


  214. avenell says:

    Looks a bit like a river reed but on dry land.. and big..

  215. JonJon says:

    didnt watch it tonight mate. im sure it was a classy little number though.

  216. JonJon says:

    redish and purpley????? i think we’ve got one in our garden. i’m off to check.

  217. JonJon says:

    yep that looks like one. but its brownish on the tips and looks like its been chewed.

  218. kelsey says:

    phor mi um is a great honour to play for the ivory coast and my passing skill is well respected at my home club of arsenal.

  219. JonJon says:

    PMSL hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  220. JonJon says:

    i see that salamon kalou is being linked to us again and eboue wants him to come.

    for what?? eboues off anyway. 😉

  221. peachesgooner says:

    Phormium tenax – its a New Zealand flax – tall architectural grassy thing. Grows to about 8ft and has 10ft tall flowers – very fabulous. Comes in smaller varieties too with different coloured leaves.

  222. rico01 says:

    Ok all, offski, see you tomorrow 😉

    Be safe

  223. rico01 says:

    That was me offski, not you guys and gals 😦

  224. peachesgooner says:

    ….and I didn’t google it!!!!!!

  225. peachesgooner says:

    rico – where you gonna hang out tmoro, shall I chase you around as usual 🙂

  226. JonJon says:

    very impressive peaches.

    my knowledge of flowers is quite basic, i know what grass is, and dandelions and nettles, daffodils, and thats about it. oh no i know daiseys and buttercups and clovers 😉

  227. rico01 says:

    I am off for to see lambs born tomorrow peaches, but will be here later in the day. Have a good time at the game tomorrow, hope the weather stays fine…

    You make sure you keep these boys in check 😉

    Nighty night All – hip hip horrah for AR 😛

  228. rico01 says:

    Ah peaches, one other thing, how is best to get rid of ground elder… PLEASE tell me 🙂

  229. avenell says:

    Thanks loads rico nite nite..

    “old un” 😉

  230. peachesgooner says:

    Night night rico – have a lovely day, catch you later on tmoro 🙂

    JonJon – I’m more of a foliage kinda girl – Planting Design is about shapes of foliage and the form of the plant – bit arty farty 🙂

  231. JonJon says:

    night night fellow brikki lover. 😉

  232. JonJon says:

    i know what a rockery is!!! is that plant design.

  233. avenell says:

    I’m more of a strimmer man at the moment..
    I need to attack the garden like arsene does his squad.. and spend some money on it ..

  234. avenell says:

    In a carpentry sort of way..

  235. avenell says:

    Have a propergander at it.. 🙂

  236. peachesgooner says:

    ooooh avenell – you clever man 😆

    Where is the word designer, has he been around this week?

    Rockery aaarrrrrggggggghhhhhh – no thats not what I mean 😆

  237. avenell says:

    I’m as thick as s*8t at gardening peaches.. and I must confess I do struggle to get into it.. but I know it must be rewarding ..long term.

    How did you become a designer?

  238. Big Raddy says:

    We have a couple of window boxes.

    My gardens always became our dog’s toilets. Dogpee has a negative effect upon most plants !!

    Shitpatrol every couple of weeks is the level of my gardening skills. I blame my parents.

  239. avenell says:

    I have never seen you blogging this late radders.. you okay bud?

    Do you live in the middle of copenhagen not to have a garden?

  240. Big Raddy says:

    Yes I do Ave. On the 5th floor. But we do have a lovely terrace being on the top floor. You are welcome to crash here if ever you come to CPH. Though it is a small (some would say cosy) apartment.

    Blogging late because the girlfriend is watching a very dodgy Michael Douglas move 😉

  241. Big Raddy says:

    movie …. 😀

  242. Big Raddy says:

    And listening to Bob Harris Country on Radio 2. The man plays the best music in creation.

  243. peachesgooner says:

    Just lost the longest post about how I became a Garden Designer 😦

  244. avenell says:

    What I would love to do in say 10 years time is get a motorhome and tour europe and meet all the people I have spoken to on here..
    I cannot believe the nice people you can meet through a blog..
    I’m going to put a stop to red nose day now, as fans forum is coming back on..

  245. avenell says:

    try again peaches..

  246. Big Raddy says:

    Ave. I was lucky enough to have taken a year long world trip 4 years ago. I was just brilliant, and I recommend it to everyone. And cheaper than a year in England !!

    And for many summers I have put a tent in the boot and gone round Europe. Don’t do it much anymore because I have a summer house. But every now and then, I get severe wanderlust. In fact, I have yet to tell my girlfriend that I want to take off for a few months next year. Something tells me it will not be a popular decision !

    I have met the key LG’ers at the S&B, good blokes to a man, and so is Peaches… Blogging has been a great bonus in my life, as you say – almost everyone is nice. I have made some surprising friends , and as an added bonus, they are all Gooners.

  247. Big Raddy says:

    not ‘I was brilliant’ I meant IT….. 😉

  248. avenell says:

    If you ever come down my way we have enough room for your tent anytime radders..

  249. JonJon says:

    are you still about ave mate???

  250. avenell says:

    yea just popped in between fans forum..

  251. JonJon says:

    check out my newest draft, see what you think 😉

  252. avenell says:

    I like the concept of it.. needs a tweek.. I don’t agree with it all but good debate..

  253. JonJon says:

    exactley mate exactley 😉

  254. avenell says:

    it would be good if we could get the dead cell man on to do the feelings.. and we could make it a 2 part blog..

  255. JonJon says:

    it would get ppl talking though, we know it would never happen, but like i said its just for fun, champ manager syndrome. 😉

    raifs input would be good. i hope he comes back on the scene soon.

  256. JonJon says:

    right i getting my head down mate, speak tomorrow pal

  257. avenell says:

    post when you want jj I have been through it..
    nite mate!!

  258. kelsey says:

    NEW POST 🙂

  259. rico01 says:

    Morning All – just popped my head in to say hi, busy day ahead – kelsey, hope all is looking a little better with you and your family

  260. rico01 says:

    Interesting story about Dos Santos – he has joined Ipswich on loan for the rest of the season, I feel for him a little, he seems a player with much talent who has been destroyed by the Spuds bad management of him – he should have come to us !

  261. rico01 says:

    Catch you all later, have a good day, 2-0 win today 😉

  262. JonJon says:

    New post!!!!!

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