Arsenal Two — Hull One……Simples


Actually, it was far from simple, it was nerve racking and frustrating for 75 minutes and could have so easily gone horribly wrong but as all right-minded stories should end – the good guys won.

Arsenal started this tie as if they wished they were somewhere else, a bit like an unpleasant chore that had to be suffered before being awarded a treat. In this case the treat was the far more glamorous tie with Chelsea at Wembley on April 18th.

The team selection made complete sense. There should have been enough speed and talent in the choice of Walcott, RVP, Vela and Arshavin up front to have won this tie comfortably. But as is so often the case; things that look good on paper do not always function well in practice. Our new shiny attack was running slow and spluttering, like a Ferrari stuck in second gear. There was no interplay between them and no link up play from the midfield. My frustration focused on Diaby who had one of those games in which he infuriatingly doesn’t get rid of the ball quick enough and loses possession.

Hull couldn’t believe their luck at all the presents that Diaby kept giving them; as a result, they went from a team that started time wasting from the very first minute; which, if you think about it is quite disgusting, to a team that thought they could get something out of the tie and then to compound everyone’s frustration they scored from a lucky deflection.

The goal certainly perked us up but didn’t change anything. One half of the midfield had gone missing. Song’s role as DM was to break up play and pass to Diaby who was supposed to drive things forward. Song was doing his job but Diaby annoyingly failed to do his. Van Persie frustrated by the situation was coming back deep to pick up the ball in an attempt to make things happen, the result being that there was no one left in the attack to play it to.

The second half started in the same frustrating way as the first half ended. The bright spot was Arshavin; he was the only one capable of igniting the game but even he needed help which finally arrived in the form of Bendtner and Nasri, their impact was immediate. RVP was instantly put at ease by Bendtner playing the lead striker and Nasri having told Diaby to go and play with his toys in the corner got on with the task of grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck and dominating the midfield.

The breakthrough came after 75 minutes when it was our turn to have some luck: the ball bounced kindly for Bendtner who then controlled it well, passed to Arshavin who coolly squared it to RVP to finish from 5 yards out.
The stadium erupted with relief and the onslaught in search for the winner began. The Hull goal for the next ten minutes resembled Dresden on a bad night: wave after wave of bombardment until Nasri flighted a free kick into the box which the goal keeper couldn’t punch clear, it spun off his glove up into the air for Billy Boy, who was miles on side, to head the winner. Job done but we managed to make a mountain out of a mole hill, again.

Fabianski: in control, commanding, not to blame for the first goal. 7

Sagna: usual good defending. 6.5

Gallas: missed playing with someone more experienced next to him. 6.5

Djourou: really should play with learner plates on. L plates on a player congers quite a funny image to me. 6

Gibbs: sorry, I have gone back to thinking he is not going to make it at Arsenal. More composed, yes, but it is only a question of time before someone with pace embarrasses him. 6

Diaby: the reason I am upset about him is because I was one of those hoping that he was going to metamorphosise into Patrick Vieira but on last night’s performance he is a long way from that. 5

Song: did his job well, made some very incisive passes, one most notably that carved their defence open but Theo was unable to control. 7

Walcott: like a flower needs light, Theo needs space and there wasn’t much of it yesterday. 6

RVP: doesn’t like playing the lone striker role, instantly more comfortable when Bendtner came on. 6

Vela: completely forgettable performance. 5

Arshavin: the speed this man is adapting at is staggering, give him two more weeks and he will be the captain. 7.5

Nasri: changed the game. 8
Bendtner: growing in confidence. 7

Other notable appearances.
Fabregas: Horton is a nasty piece of work. 10

214 Responses to Arsenal Two — Hull One……Simples

  1. Rasputin says:

    London – you’re a thought reader 🙂

  2. peachesgooner says:

    London – thank goodness we were at the same game 😆

    Love the bit about Theo being a flower 🙂

  3. rico01 says:

    Morning All, again 😉 Good read

    Setanta have just been discussing the spit the dog issue, they think it just utter rubbish, even old Macca..

    I thought Song did pretty well last night, couple of misplaced passes – but he is getting better 😉

  4. peachesgooner says:

    Sometimes when I watch the team playing patiently, waiting for their chance to pounce I wonder about their commitment but you only have to see Robins goal celebration and his roaring arm-waving to the crowd to see how much this means to him.

    Much better than silly dancing – are you listening Eboue?

  5. Rasputin says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if he continues in this vein, Song could become the ideal midfield partner for Cesc. He didn’t deserve to be substituted (or to be excluded from the scoring in London’s post 😉 ), but it was done for tactical reasons. I’d rather have seen Diaby taken off.

  6. peachesgooner says:

    Diaby should have come off after 20 minutes 🙂

  7. kelsey says:

    you are getting quite good at this,but i disagree about gibbs(if I may)i think he is excellant and crosses well.Djourou as you say is not ready,vela is too lightwieight,and RVP needs to be played where suits,anyway you have covered all the points,no need to add anymore,i wouldn’t give that Brown the time of day(and that includes the PM).
    Back to dog poo duties.
    The boy went out a bit today,and hopefully by next monday i will be re-united with my loved one(no violins please)
    Is nita short for Anita,avenell.

  8. avenell says:

    London.. good assesment.. Diaby was lucky to get a 5.. you couldn’t bring yourself to give Song a mark.. 😉

    I didn’t understand taking song off and leaving diaby on he was having a shocker and song was doing some real nice passing..

    The ref was crap..

  9. peachesgooner says:

    Eboues goal celebrations are entirely selfish – Robin showed how a goal should be celebrated, with passion

  10. London says:

    Oops I forgot Song , I gave him an over the top mark as a way of saying sorry. Lol

  11. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. 😉

    Glad Bens on the mend now, he seems well over the worst..

    On the gibbs thing.. I think he just gets caught out of position too much and relies on his pace to get him out of the smelly..
    Then when he comes up agaist fast opposition he has given them a head start..

  12. Rasputin says:

    You’re right Peaches – the picture of Eboue’s celebration on the front of the programme made him look like he was siting on an invisible loo and suffering from constipation!

  13. London says:

    Morning Kelsey

    Unlike other channels you are more than welcome to disagree with what I write.

    If I am honest I think I probably wrote that about Gibbs to provoke debate more than anything.

    He is undoubtedly improving but I dont think we will never really know until he faces someone like Walcott!

  14. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – good news about Ben and I hope your lovely wife will be back soon.

    Dog poo is not suitable for enriching gardens as they are meat eaters and gardens like vegetarians poo – cows and horses.

  15. peachesgooner says:

    rasp will probably find me a word for that 😆

  16. avenell says:

    and don’t mention mole hills london.. 😦

  17. Rasputin says:

    Vegiturd better than meatyturd 😉

  18. rico01 says:

    You miserable bunch of Roadsters – I have said hello twice now !!

    I am off to sulk 😥

  19. avenell says:

    Morning rico.. there was a bit of behind the scenes stuff going on and I missed ya..

    I think it’s going to be a bit quieter today..

    I forgot to say Raif hasn’t been too great but I think he is on the mend now..

    And jonjon is fixing his Bendtner hate line this morning so you have someone to agree with.. 😉

  20. kelsey says:

    not my dogs they all have special protein biscuits sometimes with a mild curry sauce 😉



  21. London says:

    Just how much do you want Hull to be relegated now?

  22. rico01 says:


    Oh, good, you are all taking to me now then 😉 😉

    Kelsey – good news that Ben is on the up, hopefully he and your wife will be back with you before you know it

  23. rico01 says:

    London – you know what, so so so so much, and in the place of WBA I hope

    That Brown man makes me so cross, Arsene walked towards the tunnel, he looked for Brown but he was nowhere, I dont balme him for going off on his way, the time wasting cheatin gits… ffppff

  24. kelsey says:

    I think on reflection the last 3 games have shown all sides of our squad.The positives are that we are in one semi and one quarter final.Arshavin a huge asset,the best to come.Of the established players(which isn’t exactly the right word) Song has had two pretty decent games and Walcott’s pace is there for all to see,but his final pass or finishing will get better,when he plays more centrally.
    Otherwise we have a glut of players who ate either still work in motion or won’t be good enough,and therefore as we spent around 15/17 million on AA, 2 other quality signings wouldn’t have gone amiss last summer,as clearly there is money available,when push comes to shove.

  25. peachesgooner says:

    hi rico – sorry while i was driving to buy hoover filters i realised i hadn’t said hello.

    Hoover filters – what a waste of money, I’m sure years ago we used to empty the bags and re-use them.

    I digress……………

    Veginure – sounds like a cream for a nasty ailment?

  26. avenell says:

    I saw you as more of a dyson type peaches..

    Grollie… that’s a good word!

  27. peachesgooner says:

    Sorry, I forgot this is a football blog 😳

    rico – anything nice to say about nik? I’m cowering as i write that 🙂

  28. avenell says:

    It’s one of those dangling gobs that school kids with colds used to hang on the tennis court nets.. 🙂

  29. peachesgooner says:

    ave – i love the design of the dyson but everyone tells me they’re rubbish so I’ve steered clear of them.

    When the man who used to live in my house moved out all the electrical appliances died – one after the other – toaster followed by kettle followed by vacuum cleaner, even the dishwasher threatened to revolt but I gave it a good kicking and it perked up. I should have let him take them all as it turns out – he bought all new ones for himself and now I have new ones too 🙂

  30. avenell says:

    If I gave my dishwasher a good kicking she wouldn’t cook my dinner and I’d starve.. 🙂

  31. peachesgooner says:

    ave – I googled grollie, cos I just don’t trust you and the first result is a Pelargonium ‘Grollies Cream’ grown by Hopleys nursery – Much Hadham 🙂

  32. rico01 says:

    I am a Dyson girl, and can you believe that is the surname of my GP..

    Re Nik peaches – i have promised to say nothing negative 😉 he was just wonderful 😉

  33. rico01 says:

    ave – you were told yesterday by peaches you are a rascal, best you dont let Nita read what you have just written 😉

  34. rico01 says:

    😉 😉 😉


  35. avenell says:

    I used to live between ras’s mountain and Much

  36. rico01 says:

    Out of our last fixtures i reckon we will get 17 points, Villa I reckon about five 😉

  37. chaf says:

    Maybe Brown and Wenger go back a bit from the Bolton Bully days. And lucky for Horton there was no Pizza about. Hull have no class, they’re a small club getting their 15 minutes of fame. For Brown to say “This is the sort of club we’re dealing with” is like the major of the Isle of Wight complaining about the toilets at Buckingham Palace.

  38. chaf says:

    Oh and good morning

  39. avenell says:

    Peaches.. a bit of a long one but.. I have a friend who fits those integral hoovers in big houses so you just lift a flap up in any room and plug in..

    He had to fit one in Brian Adams house in the kings road..
    The woman who owned the company fancied him so she wanted to go too. so she went with her partner and took all the stuff in her car.
    Her partner a car salesman had his best suit on so he got this scruffy bloke who was hanging around to carry the stuff in..
    When she went in she asked my mate like “where’s brian, where’s brian?”
    He said behind you carrying all the stuff..

  40. avenell says:

    Morning chaf.. did you go last night mate?

  41. rico01 says:

    ave – thats a cracker 😛

    hi chaf

  42. chaf says:

    Hello, no my son went, I am doing a ‘PTLLS” course at college on tuesdays. I was getting texted and managed to get back for the two goals. And watched the replay on Arse TV later, but I hate Setanta and Burley, they are so anti Arsenal. He suffers from Trevor Francisism. He calls it wrong and them confirms it wrong in the replay. Definitely offside my arse, it came off the keepers fist.

  43. avenell says:

    I cannot see how they were so definate that it didn’t touch the keepers fist..
    I watched loads of times and I couldn’t tell.
    How that tosser riley was supposed to get it at normal speed I haven’t a clue.
    and I thought the advantage went to the attacking team if there was any doubt.

  44. chaf says:

    Call me biased, but I was convinced it hit Djourou’s head first and then the fist…Maybe it was ‘The fist of God’

  45. avenell says:

    Thanks for the tesco arshavin link the other day you inspired yesterdays post for me..

  46. rico01 says:

    I have watched it again this morning, it came off of our player, onto the keepers hand as he tried to punch it, and through to Gallas – dubious, yes, but a goal, yes and I really dont care, how many have we conceded that were offside, how many have we scored that were wrongly flagged….

    wgah – we are going to Wembley to beat Chelsea and then back to beat Everton in the final 😛

  47. peachesgooner says:

    ave – did you write that Urban Dictionary?

  48. avenell says:

    I must of gone to a rough school.. lol..

  49. JonJon says:

    hello guys

    did you all see how bendtner changed the game???? it was down to his sheer crapness….. 😉

    diaby was pathetic…..

    so was JD, walcott, vela, sagna, everybody apart from arshavin gallas gibbs song and nasri when he game on had a poor game….

    song is going to be cescs partner next season, hes overtaking both denilson and diaby in the pecking order i feel.

  50. Rasputin says:

    There are double standards at work here. If AW had complained about Hull’s tactics we’d be accused of being southern softies. The fact is that Hull lost and they didn’t like it so they are looking for any means to show they were hard done by. Could anyone deny that based on the degree of attacking play / chances , we deserved to win the game?

  51. avenell says:

    When looked at from a carpentry pont of view, I would have to agree.

  52. London says:

    Hello Chaf

    Love the comparison with the mayor of the Isle of White and Buckingham Palace. Lol

  53. Rasputin says:

    JonJon – I said the same thing on the tail end of yesterday’s post re: Song. Diaby would be one of the players I’d be quite happy to see go in the summer. He may do well at another club, but we don’t need him.

  54. Rasputin says:

    Rico – I see you, like me, belive that the Toffees are gonna beat the mancs. We’ll beat Everton in the final 😉

  55. Rasputin says:

    belive = believe

  56. kelsey says:

    Hello JJ and Chaf,
    and where did mike Riley get 2 minutes extra time in the first half and 5 in the second half.OK it was a cup Tie,but there was no real fouling going on,in fact if you look at the majority of yellow cards they were given for time wasting by the control freak.

    By the way who is the Major of the Isle of White is it Sandy Shaw 🙂

  57. JonJon says:

    totally agree with you rasp.

    diaby is very skillfull, but he lacks intelligence and isnt aware of anything around him, he plays well when the others around him play well but as a midfielder you need to stand up and be counted everygame.

    there were times yesterday where arsh was wide open arms out crying for the ball and diaby either held on to it and lost it or hoofed it long to vela or robin, hes a stupid footballer.

    the thing with hull is that when they were winning and time wasting and the ref was giving imaginery fouls against robin (handball) and gallas(fair tackle) brown was loving the occasion. laughing his head off in the stands

    as soon as the goals went in brown was carrying on and like you say rasp it was double standards

    how there was only 0ne minute of added on time in the 1st and 6minutes in the 2nd half i’ll never know and that tosser burley said the officials did us a favor, wanker.

    the way i see it is that the hull goalie was fouled by his own man and also the last touch came off his fist so gallas cannot be offside.

    i had this discussion with ave last night but it was a fair goal in my opinion

    we outplayed hull and we deserved the win and their goal was a lucky deflection.

    we were worthy winners and its all sour grapes, but what do you expect from them bloody northerners 😉

  58. JonJon says:

    kelsey 😉

  59. rico01 says:

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    Rasp, I do think Everton will beat Manure, and I have a feeling we will beat Chelsea – we will have a full sqaud then and hopefully Thomas will be fit – just a sneaky feeling the FA Cup is ours this year 😉

  60. rico01 says:

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    Rasp, I do think Everton will beat Manure, and I have a feeling we will beat Chelsea – we will have a full sqaud then and hopefully Thomas will be fit – just a sneaky feeling the FA Cup is ours this year 😉

  61. kelsey says:

    is Leeds on the south coast near Brighton 😉

  62. kelsey says:

    have you got a parrot aswell now 🙂

  63. Rasputin says:

    You were doing well Rico up until the bit about Sickrocky being fit – the latest setback is only another two weeks on top of the 18 months. I’m not sure he even exists any more 🙂

  64. JonJon says:

    manure will start to tire towards the end, theyve had a long season, we’ll beat the chavs, and even if everton dont beat the mancs, we will.

    simples. 😉

  65. kelsey says:

    Headline in today’s Evening Standard.

    Hull need a good spit and polish.

  66. JonJon says:

    kelsey its nearer to penzance…. 😉

    and i last seen rosicky working on a building site with elvis.. 😉

  67. avenell says:

    I have a confession too london.. I didn’t know what todays post headline meant.. nita told me 1-1 lol..
    I wondered what the mercat was doing on there.. 😳

    I need to give this blogging up and watch more TV.. 😉

  68. Rasputin says:

    The “Incredible Hull Sulk” ……….

  69. Rasputin says:

    JonJon – you must report ‘sicky if he’s working and signing on at the same time….Seriously, Cesc comes to games, why isn’t Tomas showing his support by attending games?

  70. avenell says:

    Ras.. he normally sits next to cesc at the games..

  71. kelsey says:

    I have to finally accept what I thought all along that there has been a huge smokescreen over the Rosicky Affair.He is kaput,and i doubt we will ever see him play again,which is a shame,but i believe inevitable.

  72. avenell says:

    ras.. I used to know sombody from hertford who signed on in the morning then cleaned the job centre windows in the afternoon 🙂

  73. kelsey says:

    or The Thomas Crown(rosicky) Affair.

  74. Rasputin says:

    Is that right ave?….face / egg 😳

  75. avenell says:

    He may have hod carriers shoulder now.. 😉

  76. kelsey says:

    there are about 5 million like him over there 🙂

  77. avenell says:

    Rosicky not the window cleaner.. lol..

  78. avenell says:

    I feel we are having 3 conversations at the same time here.. 🙂

  79. Rasputin says:

    Rico – just addressing your Nikophobia……what would you rather, Nik on the pitch doing his thing or ‘sicky back next week…next week…next week…nnnnnn

  80. kelsey says:

    who are you talking to 🙂

  81. JonJon says:

    it made me laugh how bendtners awful shooting got us the goal, if it wasnt for the fact he scuffed his shot, we probably never would of scored, in fairness to him though, he did chase it down and pass it, if that would of been ade he’d of fluffed the chance and stood there looking at the grass as if it was the grass’ fault.

  82. rico01 says:

    Rasp – can i get back to you on that one 😉

  83. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. myself probably.. am I right?… yes you are ave mate..

  84. London says:


    Have a look at this add. It is a source of great humour in my house, me and my youngest son recite it about three times a day. Notice the word, simples at the end.

  85. JonJon says:

    so are the FA going to investigate the spitting incident??? on what proof??? no TV cameras saw it, nobody else saw it apart from a few hull fellas, so why are we going to be under investigation?????

    and i seen a phil brown quote saying why was cesc even on the pitch????

    cos he’s the arsenal captain phil, the game had finished, it was at the emirates and we’d just beat you lot to qualify for the semis at wembley.

    what the fucks it got to do with you wether hes on the pitch or not????

  86. London says:

    Jonjon I don’t even think anyone from Hull has admitted seeing it.

  87. JonJon says:

    the compare the site is actuaally real for anyone who hasnt tried it yet.

    just thought id mention it. 😉

  88. avenell says:

    I have sort of heard the mercat ad on talk shite.. but I didn’t add the simple bit to it..

    cesc just spat a bit of chewing gum out before he had a row is what I can make of it..
    I notice they keep saying spat and forgetting to mention at his feet.. poxy media..

  89. kelsey says:

    The whole incident will blow up in Phil Brown’s face. he even complained about the way cesc was dressed and by all reports,he was in front of cesc and horton in the tunnel,when cesc spat out his gum to the floor near horton’s feet.
    Brown is a cocky arrogant shite,who thinks he’s arrived in the big time.It was laughable when he lectured his team on the pitch at half time against City,and he is always having a pop at other managers.He’s just a nobody with a nobody club.

  90. avenell says:

    I can understand that though Kelsey.. Those leather jackets with the stripes down the front are so last year.. 😉

  91. JonJon says:

    its just been on sky that brownie is taking it further. LMAO.

    i can just see the evidence to the panel now, cesc was on the pitch after the game and he later went on to spit his chewing gum out……on the floor….. and horton stood on it and ruined his loafters…..unsportmanlike…..abit like my teams tactics but…..

    i want to see him banned forever.

    you know something though, cesc will probably get a three game ban, knowing our luck.

    can i add that when theo was tackled in the box and burley said it was a great challenge,no penalty. if you look at the incident again the hull player went in with both feet, studs up… ok he got the ball before theo but i thought that had been outlawed now and was a straight red????

  92. avenell says:

    If you need cutting edge fashion .. check out Tom Watts on arse tv.. 🙂

  93. JonJon says:

    i hope hull get relegated now, ive never liked hull anyway being a leeds lad but i hate them even more now.

    shit city, shit rugby team shit football team.

  94. avenell says:

    I bet you like fat boy slim though. 😉

  95. JonJon says:

    nah, hes a pudding too… 😉

    i just read an article in the mail saying that cesc was dressed like a thug??????


    the next few days of this is going to make me cry with laughter.

    if thats their idea of a thug god help their jounalists if the ever go undercover and do a report on the streets of hull… 🙂

  96. JonJon says:

    right im off out for a while, i’ll be back on later to discuss these digusting habits of spitting and being a hull fan.

  97. rico01 says:

    Anyone or everyone watching the kids tonight?

  98. rico01 says:

    Everyone seems busy, so I will pop back later. Glad this day is over, so much ‘stuff’ to get through

    Have a good evening everyone 😛

  99. London says:


    What is on tonight, time, channel, etc

  100. kelsey says:

    I am sending this only to my smart friends. I could not figure it out and had to look at the answer. See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

    1 Banana
    2 Dresser
    3 Grammar
    4 Potato
    5 Revive
    6 Uneven
    7 Assess

    answer will be provided later

  101. avenell says:

    6.30 arse tv london.. the youth game ..

  102. avenell says:

    Against man city KO 7.00..

  103. Big Raddy says:

    I hear that Nik can finish a beer in double quick time.

    Like Faxe Jensen, he likes his lager ….. Faxe being Danish beer. In fact, Brondby have a stand named after Jonny J. called the Faxe Stand !!

    I think the silence from Arsenal is worrying. I would have expected them to issue a firm rebuttal to back up Cesc’s statement. He is after all our Club Captain.

  104. Big Raddy says:

    Man City looks a tough call tonight. Unbeaten in 21 games.

  105. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Raddy – have you got nice sunny weather too?

    I can’t find the FA Youth cup on tv only live commentary on arse tv online.

  106. peachesgooner says:

    Ho hum – no-one around – off to have yummy duck salad at the now very famous Orange Tree in Totteridge 😆

    Catch up later xxx

  107. avenell says:

    sky 435 the peaches..

  108. avenell says:

    Your right it’s not on.. I just had a look.. there will be a stream..

  109. Big Raddy says:

    Lovely day Peaches, but a fearsome wind which plays havoc with my cycling.

    I can’t find the game either

  110. Big Raddy says:

    No stream, so it will have to be AAB v Citeh.

    Come on you Danes

  111. London says:


    I thought you lived in Winchmore Hill. What are you doing going all the way to Totteridge for. Is the Duck salad that good?

  112. London says:

    Rats, missed the youth game. Did anyone see it and fancy doing a match report?

  113. avenell says:

    Not me london.. I looked through the channels. it’s still going on..

  114. London says:

    I have just realised that it is still going on. I just flipped through the bloggs and the general consensus is that it is not available.

  115. Rasputin says:

    kelsey 5:30

    They are palindromes when you take away the first letter

  116. Rasputin says:

    Please don’t give me brainteasers anyone because I won’t rest until I have solved them…..

    A man built his house with all the walls facing south, a bear walked past….what colour was it?

  117. London says:

    The bear was wearing a red and white scarf, obviously.

  118. avenell says:

    What do you make of this london.. Ungrateful b’stard or we should have got him signed up earlier?,19528,11670_5068702,00.html

  119. Rasputin says:

    I’ll answer….he’s an ungrateful ‘kin b’stard and AW should learn a lesson from this – most footballers are mercenaries!

  120. Have we all heard this yet?

    the greatest piece of “i am dick on live air” interviewing EVER

    just cannot believe he done this. 😆

  121. still insists wenger did not shake his hand at the emirates

    plenty of images and a youtube vid flying around 100% prove they shook hands at the END of both league games.

    this odious git forgotten that Arsenal Football Club lent Hull city our london colney training ground prior to their play off at wembley last year.

    i hope with a passion they go down.

  122. chaf says:

    I’ve been listening to the biggest Arse bash for years on Stan Artois’ Talk shite show. Phil Brown and Horton, 70years in football and never a ripple, whats Fab doing on the pitch and not wearing a blazer. Talk about trying to stir up nonsense. Stewart Robson came on and talked some sense and got ignored. Its almost amusing. It does bond all the AFCers though. Lets hope EE’s listening

  123. yes chaf, was thinking the same.

    siege mentality will do us the world of good.

    i like it 😀

  124. Rasputin says:

    Brown’s digging himself deeper every time he opens his bitter mouth. He has to be one of the worst ‘losers’ ever to manage a football club. I hope we just maintain a dignified silence and let the idiot hang himself.

  125. chaf says:

    He don’t need rope, he’s got a big enough tongue

  126. I’m rather disappointed in tommorows press. They are running the Cesc liar stories with youtube clips of his supposed spit at ballack.

    Why no Brown pant Liar stories? Clear evidence he lied about shaking hands with wenger.

    Silly me, Brown is English, Cesc aint.

  127. chaf says:

    And Cesc is a big star, and Brown ain’t

  128. peachesgooner says:

    London – if you’re still about, the duck salad is truly scrumptous :). You can get it nearer to you though as The Olde Bull and Bush in hampstead is part of the same group. Have you been there?

  129. chaf says:

    Hello Peaches

    Do you live near The Orange tree? I’m about a mile away, in Duck’s Island!

  130. peachesgooner says:

    Oh dear, I’m so disappointed in The Times, I’m always banging on about how good their sports coverage is but I think they’ve lost me now 😦

  131. peachesgooner says:

    Hello chaf – where do you live? I’m in Winchmore Hill

  132. chaf says:

    I live in Barnet… Winchmore Hill? Thats a long way to go for a salad.

  133. peachesgooner says:

    London came from Barnet and Raddy was born at Barnet General – its very incestuous this blog 🙂

    The Orange Tree in totteridge lane has a duck salad on its menu that is worth the trip. The food in general is very good there, it was done up about three years ago. It was a pulling pub in my youth, Raddy used to hang out there and London worked behind the bar at one point.

    Arsene lives to the right and David Dein to the left

  134. chaf says:

    Yeah I did go there in the seventies. It was a bit of a poser car pub. I parked around the corner, I always had an old car, still have! As for the duck, I’ve been a vegetarian since 1979 so I’ll pass on that! But thinking back, I do remember it in the hot year of 1976, all drinking outside and then bunking into Ravenscroft School swimming pool down the road for a midnight dip..

  135. chaf says:

    I saw a lot of our players there, especially Kenny Samson

  136. peachesgooner says:

    Its still a poser car pub – in the summer its outrageous there 🙂

    Where did you meet Arshavin the other night?

  137. chaf says:

    By the way

    If you read this Ave;

    My sighting of AA in the local Tesco’s and him indicating not playing, either he doesn’t understand English, or I don’t understand Russian…

  138. peachesgooner says:

    Its more likely that he doesn’t understand english isn’t it 😆

  139. chaf says:

    Tesco Borehamwood.

    Sagna lives at the top of Quinta Drive in Barnet, and I think they’ve put AA near him. Which is 300 yards from me. So if I put any inside information on the site, don’t believe it

  140. peachesgooner says:

    Come on chaf, we’re awash with local tescos, can you be a bit more specific? Code the road if you want – this is going to be a good game 🙂

  141. peachesgooner says:

    I guessed Tesco B’Wood, it was either there or Enfield Town. Does he live in one of the new houses at the top of Quinta drive – Barnet Rd end?

  142. chaf says:

    The Tesco right next to the big brother studio. Which used to be a film studios where Moby Dick was filmed, theres still a wet patch there.

  143. chaf says:

    Yeah exactly. Sagna has two Range/Land Rovers, one black, one white, and there’s two new houses on one plot, maybe he’s in the other one? I’ll check for the Lada

  144. avenell says:

    I’m here chaf.. just enjoying the fact that you guys are chatting on the site.. makes it worthwhile..

    The fact arsh played doesn’t matter, you just gave me something to talk about..
    you keep spilling the beans buddy.. 😉

  145. peachesgooner says:

    A couple of other players used to live just along from Quinta Drive in Barnet Lane – Overmars I think and maybe even Vieira for a while

  146. chaf says:

    If big Raddy and London are local they will probably know Gary Lansbury, who went to Ravenscroft with my generation. Obviously his son Henri…

  147. avenell says:

    Have you seen any nappies on the washing line? ..It was sagna who was supposed to have had a kid that prompted the baby rocking goal celebration the other week..

  148. peachesgooner says:

    Thats a shame, I wanted him to live in Hadley Wood – its sadly lacking in Arsenal players now that the spuds have moved in 🙂

  149. chaf says:

    Yeah saw Vieira in Barnet a lot, never saw Overmars, but another mate of mine does swimming pool maintenence, and looked after Bergkamp and Kanu’s pools, some good stories, but he’s a Spud so I never believed him. Quite a lot of players live around here for obvious reasons. Never seen RVP, but heard his car roar past!

  150. peachesgooner says:

    Is his name Darren?

  151. chaf says:

    The swimming pool bloke? No, his nickname is Sturdy, for some reason…

    On a final note, Stephen Hawkin had a date last night, but came back scuffed and disheveled. Apparantely she stood him up.

  152. Rasputin says:

    How long before you work out that you know chaf peaches – and someone else’s cover is blown 😉

  153. peachesgooner says:

    Hes much younger than you so i couldn’t possible know him 😆

  154. peachesgooner says:

    ……..couldn’t possibly know him 😆 😆

  155. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – looks like I’m gonna have to stop reading The Times – they’re leading the witch-hunt against cesc. I can’t believe it – Martin Samuels isn’t there any more and they’ve turned against us 😦

  156. chaf says:

    There should be a party with masks,

    Goodnight fellow supporters.

  157. avenell says:

    Nite chaf.. what is the old car by the way?

  158. Rasputin says:

    I told you Henry Winter in the Telegraph was better peaches……nobody’s answered my bear colour conundrum….

  159. peachesgooner says:

    Goodnight chaf, nice to chat you.

  160. peachesgooner says:

    Is it white?

  161. avenell says:

    I thought you meant the colour of the house..

  162. Rasputin says:

    Smart girl – do you know why?

  163. Rasputin says:

    ave 😉

  164. peachesgooner says:

    yes, the house in at the north pole?

  165. Rasputin says:

    Not from A to G, or from P to Z…….what is the answer???

  166. peachesgooner says:

    Did you know the younguns beat citeh in the first leg of the Youth cup? The 2nd legs gonna be at the ems I think.

  167. Rasputin says:

    Yes – apparently coquelin was really good…..Bischoff isn’t fit to lace his boots!

  168. peachesgooner says:

    Hold on you can’t start a new one – you havn’t finished the old one clever clogs 😉

    Well done for getting kelseys, had you seen it before

  169. avenell says:

    I’m only good at smut.. 😦

  170. peachesgooner says:


  171. Rasputin says:

    No….you’ve sussed the old one, therefore you should get the new one

  172. Perversely, the one person who may end up facing an FA charge is Brown. The FA were last night studying his wide ranging post-match rant which included an attack on referee Riley, who he claimed had been influenced by the home crowd and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

    Brown is due to appear before an FA disciplinary committee today to answer a charge of improper conduct arising from an FA Cup third-round replay at St James’ Park in January, when he and Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear were both sent to the stands after a bust-up.

    Offside? Gallas scores his late winner for Arsenal as Andy Dawson looks on ruefully

    The Hull City boss has developed a reputation as an abrasive character and his No 2 Horton is also renowned for standing his ground on the touchline.

    City will be fined £25,000 for accumulating six yellow cards during the Arsenal game but yesterday Brown was still fuming about what he considers to be the disrespect shown to his club by Fabregas.

    The Spaniard is thought to have repeatedly told Hull City’s players and their coaching staff to ‘f*** off back up north you w*****s’.

    Sportsmail can reveal that Hull City’s players then had to be restrained from attacking the Arsenal midfielder and his teammate Emmanuel Adebayor in the tunnel.

  173. Rasputin says:

    Ave….did you hear about the architect who had his house made backwards so he could watch telly at the same time???

  174. peachesgooner says:

    Er hello I got the new one 🙂

  175. The Spaniard is thought to have repeatedly told Hull City’s players and their coaching staff to ‘f*** off back up north you w*****s’. 😆

  176. Rasputin says:

    The answers water actually 😆

  177. peachesgooner says:

    Thats what I said 😆

  178. peachesgooner says:

    ……at the same time as what rasp?

  179. avenell says:

    Hall and oakes..

  180. avenell says:

    Does anyone know why cesc was so wound?

  181. Rasputin says:

    house made / housemaid

  182. Rasputin says:

    ave – she’s gone?

  183. avenell says:

    Don’t talk about her like that.. 😉

  184. Rasputin says:

    I think Cesc may have been wound up by Horton and Brown’s antics throughout the match. There is no doubt in my mind that Brown was trying to wind up the fans particularly after we went ahead and his pantomime was right in front of our bench. I am surprised that no fans have lodged a complaint about Brown’s behaviour, he was inciting the crowd.

  185. peachesgooner says:

    was wondering around thinking of a Hall and Oates track that might be needed here

  186. peachesgooner says:

    Rasp – he wouldn’t have been in front of our bench, they’re further along – he was inciting the crowd though

  187. Rasputin says:

    The musical Starsky and Hutch!

  188. Rasputin says:

    OK not directly in front of our bench (picky) but only a matter of yards away…..

  189. peachesgooner says:

    I did discover that the kiss was on the list – not the lips 😳

  190. horton was a total arse from the start.

    he wad gesticulating in the general direction of wenger for most of the half from what i saw on setanta.

    but the moment of the might came when big phil came on live tv to give his interview munching the largest bag of sour grapes you have ever seen 😀

  191. peachesgooner says:

    Starsky and Hutch if only 🙂

  192. Rasputin says:

    Say it isn’t so……..

  193. peachesgooner says:

    I can’t go for that ……………..

  194. avenell says:

    man eater.. .. back to the smut.. 😉

  195. Rasputin says:

    Its laughable that the media brigade who advocate the ‘football is a contact sport policy’ and think its OK to kick lumps out of skilfull players (particularly the radio pundits), are those that have automatically assumed that Horton and Brown must be right because they are the old fashioned grass roots footballers – what a pile of crap. If Wenger had said those things he would have been branded as a winger and a bad loser! In his interview, Brown intimated that he was the only witness to Cesc spitting at Horton and then challenged the interviewer to call him a liar…..he’s just a nasty piece of work….

  196. Rasputin says:

    OK Roadsters…its been lateral 😉 ….I’m off to mi bed. Nite all, more lack of footie ramblings to come tomorrow I’d guess 🙂

  197. avenell says:

    nice one ras.. nite..

  198. avenell says:

    I’m out of here too.. goodnight peaches ..stringfellow..

  199. peachesgooner says:

    I’m off to bed too, nite ave, rasp et al xxx

  200. rico01 says:

    Morning All 😛

    Great piece in tht Times today about old Browm

  201. rico01 says:

    Blimey Mike Riley – Where is everyone 😉

  202. London says:

    Morning Rico

    How are you today?


    have a look at your emails.

  203. rico01 says:

    Morning London, I am good thanks – you?

    Ave wont be awake yet 😉

  204. London says:


    I’m ok, I like to write something before I get on with the day’s chores. If I am honest, it’s probably a way of postponing starting them . Anyway, I wrote something this morning that could be today’s post and I am just waiting approval from the big boss in Cornwall. When he wakes!

  205. rico01 says:

    Popping out for a few hours, catch you all a little later, enjoy the sunshine 😛

  206. rico01 says:

    I am a bit like that London, I like to say my Good Mornings, and then get on with ‘stuff’ – The big boss is a lazy old tinker who needs a lot of beauty sleep 😉

    Look forward to your post, this afternoon 😉

  207. Big Raddy says:


    Vieira and Overmars lived in Arkley Drive, off Barnet Lane.

    But then Paddy moved to Hampstead (modern block by the bank in the High St – it’s got security gates).

    TH lived in a fantastic modern house by the Ladie’s pond. Must have cost a fortune ! Bobby and Wiltord lived in Hampstead as well, we used to see them in the local bars.

    Rocky used to come into my shop in Edgeware – top bloke.

  208. JonJon says:

    anybody there??????

  209. London says:

    New post Jonjon

  210. twescethinc says:

    Great site this and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor 🙂

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