The Credit Crisis Is Over For Arsenal

I think today is the day when we can safely say that Kroenke took control of Arsenal. Lady Nina may still be able to swing the balance with her 15 per cent but my guess is that she won’t do anything to purposely harm the club and by that I mean sell to Usmanov. So, with Stan Kroenke having bought 5 per cent of Danny Fizman’s shares this week increasing his holding to 20.5 per cent, which may not be as much as Usamnov’s 25 per cent but with the support of the remaining share holders it makes Kroenke the undisputed king of the good guys and today was the first day we saw the new king flex his muscles.

It is no coincidence that Ivan Gazidis has been out and about PR wise; he is Kroenke’s man on the ground, brought in by King Kronk to do his bidding.

Today’s statement, “Cesc is happy at Arsenal” may have come out of the mouth of Gazidis but I see it as a powerful swipe at Barcelona from Kroenke with all the weight that a 3.5 billion dollar personal fortune carries. The message is clear: Things have changed; you no longer have the financial upper hand, so stay away from our players.

Is this a good thing? If you buy into this idea that Kroenke is a sports man; someone who understands Arsenal’s history and the values of what the club stands for, then yes.

Hill-Wood is getting on and it would not surprise me if he retired at the end of this season and Fizman has, no matter what he says publicly, decided to take a less active roll. He become aware that he was vulnerable to the likes of Usmanov so before he was pushed he jumped, chosing to sell 5 per cent of his shares, making Kroenke the larger shareholder of the two and by doing so symbolically handed over the reigns of power.

Gazidis’s other equally encouraging statement was that it is the aim of the club to be perennial title challengers which is music to my ears as I am sure it is to yours. If Gazidis is talking on behalf of Kroenke, as I suspect, and Kroenke’s intends to put his money where their mouth then we are in for some very exciting times ahead.

234 Responses to The Credit Crisis Is Over For Arsenal

  1. London says:

    Boo, made you jump.

  2. avenell says:

    That was a sneaky one London.. 😉

    Times certanly are a changing.. exciting times hopefully for the better..

  3. rico01 says:

    London, thats is top draw and full of positive stuff. I honestly dont think Nina will mess with usamnoffski, and i really dont think it was Stan & Ollie (Gazidis) who hoofed her out. Arsene didnt seem too pleased she went, so Arsene Stan and Ollie who are the future will treat her well and get her shares. That then paves the way for Stan & Ollie to own/run the club –

    Alternatively, they may just be happy to hole enough to stop the fat lump buying the club outright.

    If we ‘have’ to be taken over, then I would rather Stan – and maybe we will see a couple of bloody good players come in over the summer….

  4. rico01 says:

    hole = hold!!

  5. rico01 says:

    ave – i did reply to you on the last post, but London snuck is a new one…

  6. rico01 says:

    😉 😉 😉

  7. avenell says:

    Cheers rico .. I was there

    Nina has been in talks with King Kronk today as well, as I thought the other day this is a deal to block the russian..

  8. rico01 says:

    Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has admitted he likes the look of Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko as interest in the 23-year-old heats up across Europe. Last month Arsenal’s first team coach, Boro Primorac admitted that he and Arsene Wenger were keeping close tabs on the development of the Wolfsburg hitman as the North London side look ahead to the opening of the transfer window in May.

    Dzeko has scored 13 goals in 20 matches in the Bundesliga this season as Wolfsburg challenge Germany’s big guns for the title. The 6ft 3” attacker also featured midweek for his homeland on international as Bosnia overcame Belgium 4-2. Dzeko scored a terrific goal and put in an all-round eye-catching goal scoring performance which impressed Sbragia.

    “Belgium-Bosnia looked the best game in Europe on Saturday so I went to have a look,” stated the Sunderland boss.

    “Dzeko’s a good player and got himself a good goal, but we’re looking at a lot of players at the moment and at this stage we can’t do anything in terms of recruitment until the season’s finished and we know we’re in the Premier League.”

    Does the transfer window open in May this year then?? I know it always seems like it with Manure ?? Hope so, we get get our players in early then offload the excess baggage like Nik ;)(only joking……..!)

  9. rico01 says:

    Sure he is not Kinky Kronke 😛

  10. rico01 says:

    Ave – that has to be good then, personally I would hate for us to be another ‘Russian Camp’and I still dont believe that Roman’s money is clean…

  11. rico01 says:

    Call me paranoid, but I am sure i am talking to myself……. 😳

  12. rico01 says:

    Right, I am off to clean my gnashers and go to the dentist – no ave, thay have not been soaking and i cant post them to be checked over!!


  13. avenell says:

    Damn bitch.. 😉

  14. London says:


    That is an interesting thought: it doesn’t make sense that Kroenke and Gazidis got rid of Lady Nina, which leaves Fizman or Hill Wood?

  15. kelsey says:

    That is an excellent post/summary Lord London of London.

    I see the Gazidis/Kroenke partnership doing two things initially.One blocking the fat russian and Two, freeing up Wenger to do what he does best,concentrating on the players not the finance.

    Next step will be an injection of money in the summer by Kroenke, a sort of gesture of 40/50 million before he eventually takes over.

    The world recession, makes now not an ideal time to pump hundreds of millions into the club, but it will come sooner than later.

  16. kelsey says:

    have you been on the laughing gas, or is your dentist appointment later.

  17. London says:

    Hello Kelsey

    40 or 50 mil would be nice but probably unnecessary, I would just like to see us being able to be a bit more decisive in the market ie if Wenger wants a player we can get him rather than having to wait and see if no one else is in and if not we can have a go.

    But I am quite surprised myself at the thoughts that jumped into my head today, firstly we are now a septic club and secondly the credit crisis is over for the club: kroenke is our safety net.

  18. kelsey says:

    Hi London,
    what i meant by having 40/million in reserve,is that we could buy a half decent player in todays over inflated market for about 15/20 million and still have the safety net to buy another if needed quickly,without having to sell first,and no need for a long drawn out deal like in the case of AA.

  19. kelsey says:

    what was that monty python sketch with spam and…..spam and …… spam and……:)

  20. London says:


    The bricks are wrong??? 🙂

    Above, you have manc red bricks instead of London yellow stocks.

  21. avenell says:

    I thought mine were okay.. I have never studied brick..

    Avenell Road

  22. London says:

    Ahh I have finally worked out how those smiley faces work 😀

  23. London says:

    Ohh I like them 😎

  24. avenell says:

    😎 I am going to raise the smiley stakes and put extra ones on and you can even personalise them..

  25. London says:

    Ahh you see Ave that picture of the house in Avenell Road is built with yellow stocks 😉

  26. kelsey says:

    got another one for you.You are allowed 3 guesses.One of my first cousins was in all the Carry On Films 🙂

  27. London says:


    In some cultures they regarded that as a form of torture 😉

  28. avenell says:

    I wanted it to look like the Stanley Road album London sort of.

    Sid James..

  29. avenell says:

    Jack Douglas wah aah.. 😮

  30. kelsey says:

    I know you like these games, but it a true fact about my family.Anyway there is sod all to talk about football,until we count the number of injuries after tonight,and we can’t talk bowls.i played my first game at Paddington Sports Club,partially hidden in Castelneau (spelling ) Road, where they used to film a lot of the outside car scenes in The Sweeney,as all the roads round there look the same with Mansion Blocks.

  31. kelsey says:

    give me a bit more credit, sid james my arse. Jack Douglas,was he even in the Carry on Films.
    A clue,he was a shakespearen actor and tall.

  32. London says:

    Stanley Road good record but a bit too far west, you need something more norff london.

    When Mrs London is a bit better I will take her to Avenell road for a photo shoot 😐

  33. London says:


    I live less than 5 minutes from Castelnaeu Road, christ knows how you spell that word 😮

  34. avenell says:

    Charles Hawtry?

    Cheers london.. I will look forwards to changing the url’s on all the blogs we feed.. lol..

    Notice there was no smut.. 😎 rico.. 😉

  35. London says:

    Ahh, so I take it that it is not just a case of press edit then update?

  36. avenell says:

    An hour or so’s work London.. not the end of the world..
    If you look the sign is not exact I just designed it in corel draw.. it isn’t a proper picture..

  37. kelsey says:

    Charles Hawtrey, shakesperean actor and TALL, and it’s not Barbara Windsor either.

  38. London says:

    Ave this might sound like a daft question but did you really get QPR supporters writing in yesterday?

  39. London says:

    Kennith Williams

  40. avenell says:

    None wrote, but about 30 viewed the site over 2 days..
    go behind the scenes you can see who has viewed and who has viewed what links…
    Click the “view all” under that graph thing.. shows everything..

  41. avenell says:

    he wasn’t tall..

  42. avenell says:

    Or was that Kennith Conner?

  43. Wrighty7 says:

    Yo people,

    Ave, your post is on The North London Divide matey.

  44. rico01 says:

    Hello all, Hattie Jacques here ….. 😉

  45. rico01 says:

    Heloooooooooooooooooooo WRIGHTY 😛

  46. Wrighty7 says:

    Hello Rico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  47. avenell says:

    Wrighty classic Thanks mate!!!

    Rico I have defected, I have my own site with Mabbs and Wrighty now.. lol

  48. rico01 says:

    Get you Ave – see you around sometime then!!


  49. Wrighty7 says:

    Its no probs Ave.

    If anybody wants to express an opinion about the Spuds then let me know!

    I’ll put it on the blog!

  50. avenell says:

    What’s with all the horse racing stuff on Wrighty7

  51. kelsey says:

    he was originally in the Army Game 🙂

  52. Wrighty7 says:

    It just tips for Gooners mate. Mabbs is right into his horse racing and roped me into it! Ha ha

  53. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. Has He got a son? An ex of mine was seeing him for a while..

  54. avenell says:

    What ever you have done wrighty you are no1 in the top blogs site…

  55. kelsey says:

    yes he has 3 sons but anyway london was meant to answer that 🙂

    Wrighty I cant blog on your site as kelsey, what do i do please ?

  56. avenell says:

    That’s why I haven’t said the answer.. 😎

  57. Big Raddy says:


    Good question Kelsey.

    I don’t want to go and write on Wrighty’s site as Raddy. But I would like to bait a few Spuds

  58. kelsey says:

    racing tips.

    How many men do you know called Ruby.

    wasn’t john Wayne’s real name Shirley or was it the wrestler Big daddy Shirley crabtree. i will check it out.

  59. kelsey says:

    John Wayne = Marion
    big daddy = Shirley crabtree

    Ruby Walsh is his real name,leading NH jockey.

  60. avenell says:

    John Wayne is Big Leggy..

  61. kelsey says:

    how can you tell they were QPR viewers did their IP addresses have hoops,no seriously can’t work that out.

  62. Big Raddy says:

    Nik has come off the bench to play for Denmark. He looks really sharp.

  63. avenell says:

    Dudu has scored!!!!!!

  64. London says:

    Ave where are you watching Croatia?

  65. London says:

    Nik off the bench? So that’s one fictitious injury then!

  66. avenell says:

    I’m not I’m watching that animal rooney on one side then flicking SSN on ..

    Did you see I have deserted you London? lol..

  67. London says:


    When did you desert me?

  68. avenell says:

    I wrote a post for my mate wrighty..

  69. London says:

    Ahh yes I read that and what did you call Jonjon for doing a similar thing? Lol

  70. avenell says:

    Don’t do as I do.. lol..

    Okay I’m a slut.. 😉

  71. JonJon says:

    how shit was ashley cole tonight?????

    hi guys.. 😉

  72. avenell says:

    jonjon.. round of applause…

    Where have you been buddy? 😦

  73. London says:

    Hi Jonjon

    I only watched bits online but he looked pretty slack

  74. London says:

    I’m trying to find the Eduardo goal.

  75. JonJon says:

    worked late and popped into the pub to catch the gamem mate…

    cole was diabolical……piss poor….

    thank god thats over with…back to proper football at the weekend 😉

  76. JonJon says:

    Dudu scored??????

    why does that statement make me sound as if im surprised that dud scored????

  77. avenell says:

    Cole had it good with Sir Bobby in front of him..and TH14..

  78. JonJon says:

    we definately got the best player out of the deal…..

    cashley was an arsenal player…. a wenger player who fit the system….id rather have leighton baines now than him…

  79. Big Raddy says:

    AS you say JJ. Ash was awful. Worst player on the pitch. He is so arrogant…

    Nik played 60 mins. Looked good but missed an easy header from a corner (well the keeper saved it, but it was straight at him)

    Poulsen is a fine player – could be a great signing for us but Juve paid £10m for him in the summer, and he is 29.

  80. JonJon says:

    Nikki missed??????

    why does that statement make it sound as if i was surprised…..

    so i guess he’s fit then…

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Me too JJ. I rate Baines.

    But I would rather have Gael, with Gibbs to come through in a couple of years, when we swap Gael for Messi 🙂

  82. avenell says:

    Hvordan har din snak gå dag raddy?

  83. JonJon says:

    ive heard poulsens name mentioned a few times by different people but im never seen him play…and like you say radders i dont think we’ll get him on the cheap…

  84. Big Raddy says:

    I guess with Nik and Dudu playing tonight that AW will start with RvP and Ade on Sat.

    Great to have the options

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Det gik fint, tak Ave.

    Du taler rigtig godt Dansk !

  86. avenell says:

    haha FF for google.. 🙂

  87. Big Raddy says:

    The Dane we missed out on was Daniel Agger. When I first came her, I went to watch Brondby, and was so impressed that I wrote to AW ! That summer he signed for the Dippers, for just £6m.

    In the right team (us), he would be brilliant

  88. avenell says:

    Your a dedicated blogger today raddy first in, last out..

  89. kelsey says:

    Morning all,
    What a poor display by England yet again,and Terry should have been sent off when he smashed his elbow into the guys face.Cole had a nightmare and for all his skill,Rooney is just a talented yob.

    Don’t know about all our players but Nic and Eddie seem to have got through OK.Any other news.

    Saturday and next Tuesday are really vital games.Forget about Villa,we have to concentrate on beating City and getting at least a draw at Villa Real.

    Ben is back here on Friday night,so Mum can look after him.

    Oh for those interested the answer to the Carry on guy was Bernard Bresslaw

  90. kelsey says:

    Just realised that Honduros play Mexico today,and Vela is expected to play.

  91. rico01 says:

    Morning Everyone, good news re Ben kelsey, bet you and your wife can’t wait 🙂

  92. Big Raddy says:

    That is good news Kelsey.

    Morning Rico.

    With a fully fit squad, who are the guaranteed starters in midfield? IMO only Cesc and AA, which allows for huge rotation in the other positions. Will Nasri, who has potential to be an Arsenal legend, be satisfied with no certainty of a start?

    To have players of the standard of Nasri, Theo, Rosicky, Denilson, Song, Diaby, Ramsey, Randall, Merida, and Wilshire fighting for two positions is all well and good, but keeping them happy will be a tough ask. After all, 5 of them are starters for the National teams, and Denilson is Cpt of Brazil U-21 !

    Thankfully, it is not my problem.

  93. rico01 says:

    Morning Raddy –

    What a problem the boss has, and like you, glad its not mine – For City I would be tempted with Song alongside Cesc (if he starts) Nasri on the right and Arshavin on the left.

    Then use Theo and Thomas as subs 😉

  94. rico01 says:

    I think Randall may go in the summer, he has said he wants first team football – wouldnt surprise me if he joins Justin Hoyte at Boro, as long as they stay up.

    Merida is one who will boom on to the scene next season – some say he will be better than Cesc, I hope so

  95. rico01 says:

    Raddy – and we have forgotten Barazite & Traore for next seasons midfield…. Anyone think we need to sell a few 😉

  96. rico01 says:

    And Eboooooooooooooeeeeeeeee !!

  97. London says:

    Morning Early risers

    Here is the link to the Eduardo goal if anyone has not already found it.

    I think that Randall would be perfect if Boro went down. He is no where near remiership standard. But championship in a football playing side: ideal.

  98. London says:

    Morning BR

    Are you certain that Denilson played as captain for Brazil under 21s? If so do you know if it was in Brazil?

  99. rico01 says:

    London – I just mean that he seems to think he is good enough for the EPL, but I agree, he is far from that standard. I think he is of the same mould as Bentley – a bit up his own…. 😉 I would sell him.

    Raddy though has highlighted a massive problem we have in the midfield, lots of players but who really of those that we have do we think are good enough to play for us – I would sell maybe four and bring in two really good experienced players.

    Diaby ?
    Barazite ?
    Denilson ?

    I would also use Theo as a striker next season.

  100. rico01 says:

    How rude of me, Morning London 😛

  101. kelsey says:

    Morning again,
    thanks for the Link London.

    What i liked about Eduardo’s goal was that he didn’t hesitate to stick his foot right in against the advancing keeper,which could have caused him an injury.

    Players out in the summer,Randall,Gallas(not my choice,age thing) Senderos and Vela out on loan.
    No chance of him selling Eboue,or denilson as AW believes in them.

  102. rico01 says:

    kelsey – just watched the goal, how much have we missed that killer instinct finishing that Eduardo has this season – how many would we have scored had he been playing….

  103. kelsey says:

    If Eduardo remains injury free either Ade or bedntner will be off in the summer.I don’t particularly rate either,but Bedntner’s all round game offers more,yet his main task is to score goals,a department that he lacks the clinical final touch.Can he learn that,or is it something that is not as natural to him as it is to Eduardo.

    i have said it before that to follow TH14 and Wrighty is an extremely difficult job,and we make comparisons from what we remember.

    RVP, providing his petulence keeps in check,is an intelligent player,but not the fastest.

    I have a sneaking feeling that all the tabloid rumours about Clichy may not be so unrealistic.gibbs is learning fast,traore is coming back and Arsenal might accept a 20 million + bid for him,even if he doesn’t want to go,as the club,as usual will look at it as a good bit of business.

    I feel Gallas is still immense,compared to what we have got,but he and ade are trouble makers and the bonding of the team is one player is bigger than the club,that’s why I wouldn’t be too bothered if they both left, providing we get quality in for Gallas.

    Nasri is coming into his own,Arshavin is already proving to be a great asset, and theo once he gets his final touch right will be far more effective in a more central role, maybe he needs another season.

    I don’t rate djorou as good enough for us,and apart from Wilshere and possibly Ramsey I don’t see anybody else breaking through to the first team next season.

    I rate diaby,but is he yet another injury prone player.We as a club have to be ruthless and can’t continue to keep players who are injured more than they play, and finally silvestre might do a job in an emergency,but he doesn’t excite me.

  104. London says:

    I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that Wenger does the same with Eboue as he did with Senderos. AC Milan would take Eboue on loan without hesitation. This has the joint effect of keeping our options on him open, Sagna could break his leg in 5 places, secondly, he might improve and it is possible that his value could go up. Oh, and the other good thing about players going to AC on loan is that they have this miss-guided idea that they are going to a big club which keeps them happy and doesn’t effect the production line. Meaning none of the up and coming players or potential signees can say: It was terrible the way they dealt with Eboue or Senderos, in fact, quite the opposite is true: fail at Arsenal go to Milan.

  105. London says:


    That was a good read. Did you mean Theo’s final or first touch? If you meant first I can change it for you.

  106. London says:

    You know Kelsey, I have just read your comment again and with the most basic of edits that is good enough to be this morning’s post. We are trying to get a post out every day without 100% success so if you have something that you are proud of why not give it a try, by email.
    I work on the basis that I send my work in and if they like it they can use it if not it just gets posted on here like this.
    I can get quality of journalism from the Telegraph but I visit blogs for quality of ideas and personally I think your ideas this morning were first class.

  107. London says:

    Did you notice how it has gone from Ave and Jonjon’s blog to THE blog and now our blog? Some people, give them an inch, I don’t know 😀

  108. avenell says:

    Morning all..
    I have just read through all the posts.. super stuff..

    I would like to say I thought Mexico played last night and lost 3-1 or something..

  109. London says:

    Morning Ave

    How are you?

  110. avenell says:

    Nice of the new blog owner to ask.. 😉
    I’m good thanks London. I was just looking for the Mexico result and I cannot find it.. I was sure I heard something on Talk shite.
    Argentina got a 6-1 thumping though.. to a team mexico beat 5-1 last month.. lol

  111. London says:

    Yeah that Argentina result was the shock of the night, I have got to try and find that on telly today.

  112. avenell says:

    There are England supporters on talk sport defending that Rooney tackle from last night. The follow through could have snapped the geezers leg.
    They won’t learn until he gets sent of in the 1/4 finals and England get knocked out because of it.
    Pleat said it was the blokes fault as he was the same one who faked injury agaist us in the Champions League..
    That’s alright than snap his leg Pleaty..

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    Good stuff on here today.

    I really do not have the first idea of what AW’s plans are for the midfield. We appear to have so many similar players. Creative, dynamic but lightweight.

    I would out Diaby, Randall, Ebway, Song,and Ade to pay for a vershtarker DM. YaYa/Diarra style of player. Song is closest insomuch as he can doulbe as a CB.

    One major positive is that in the unpleasant event of our Captain leaving, we will be fine.

  114. Big Raddy says:

    Thank goodness I don’t have to listen to that crap Avenell.

  115. avenell says:

    It’s either that or 5 live Raddy.. It’s the better of the 2 evils.. :mrgreen:

    Morning by the way.. How is the weather now at yours.. It’s a great day here I am sorry to tell you..

  116. kelsey says:

    I think it is a combination of Theo’s first touch and final touch, as he is too quick for himself and sometimes forgets the ball, so on balance it’s his first touch.I am convinced he will ultimately be more central.Whch could mean a dual strike force of him and eduardo and when we play with 3 upfront either RVP or Bedntner tucked in behind the two.

    I would be honoured if you tweak it and make it today’s post,something to show Ben 🙂

  117. kelsey says:

    Mexico did lose 3-1 and Vela played.


  118. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. I work around London with the posts, I will leave this to him.. I know he has one for tomorrow..

    If you have any idea’s for saturday let me know or e mail them to me and I will add or whatever.. then London can look behind the scenes and adjust..
    That would be great..

  119. kelsey says:

    Ave it’s your idea with JJ to have this hassle free site,for i for one applaud you.Now it is is Avenell road with branches in London,Reading,Marbella and Copenhagen. So why not call it Avenell Road International.

  120. kelsey says:

    Thanks Ave,
    but its a bit like a tabloid,today’s news is tomorrows fish and chip paper.When is the deadline for saturday.i could combine a post about the importance of the the next 4 days being saturday to tuesday,if you get my gist. it would be nice if the chap from Swansea could get on here if you know who i mean 😉

  121. rico01 says:

    Hello again all, nice to see a few more out of bed…. talking of which, how are you Ave 😉

  122. avenell says:

    I was thinking of doing a widget with somthing along the lines of that Kelsey..
    Also I am thinking about a score predictions box where we can all predict the match score and have a league table of the best predictor.. Perhaps with there town next to it..

  123. rico01 says:

    Hey kelsey, if my location is going on here, I want it know I am nearer to Newbury than Reading – If you knew the area you would know why 😉 😉 😉

  124. Big Raddy says:

    Fine idea Ave.

  125. London says:

    Good Call Ave

    Kelsey, Saturday would be useful or if not, write in advance for next week or such. When I write, I leave it over night and always find something in the morning that I would like to change and improve.

  126. Big Raddy says:

    Rico… you Snob. I didn’t have you down as County 🙂

  127. avenell says:

    Morning trouble.. 😉

    I know what you mean about old news kelsey.. I have littered the drafts with out of date stuff..

    London is posting friday and hopefully sunday..
    If you get something for me late tomorrow that would be great.. It’s the pre match post so it’s relatively easy just talk about the arsenal team news and man city.. then add your views..
    You and Swansea’s finest could do one next week if you want to, do 1 or 2, I don’t mind your choice..

  128. rico01 says:

    In relation to Theo’s first touch, the way i see it is, its not so much his poor first touch, its the poor pass to him in the first place – he has not been having the ball laid off for him to run into and that is because the midfield’s distribution of the ball has been dreadful – up until now..

    Cesc hasnt played, Nasri has been in and out, Diaby, Denilson and Song’s passing has been woeful at times, and even some of Nik and Robin’s have been as bad.
    Prior to his injury Theo had Ade laying the ball off sometimes, and his passing was shocking.

    Now, hopefully with Cesc back and Song is getting so much better the pass will be of better quality, and that should resolve that problem.

    Theo final ball has got better, but once his vision improves (specsavers lenses) he will be top bannana

  129. rico01 says:

    Raddy, me a snob…. but of course i am 😛

    What’s a county 😉

  130. avenell says:

    That offer goes out for you too Raddy.. That’s why I posted on The north London Divide to give you all an idea..
    I am hoping Wrighty returns the favour one day..

  131. London says:

    I haven’t mastered the morning post thing in which some people obviously go onto News Now collect all the snippets of information and turn it into a post. This is not meant as a critisicm it’s just that I haven’t learnt that skill yet.

  132. rico01 says:

    London – that is a good thing, Newsnow is full of gossip, but usually is utter rubbish and without substance – i think the posts are just fine as they are. A little nostalgia and humour adds to the interest, but hey thats just my view 😛

  133. avenell says:

    That is probably for the best London.. Most sites just bring news.. you bring opinions and different idea’s..
    Do we want a clinical news site?

  134. rico01 says:


    brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr PING 😉

  135. kelsey says:

    I don’t know Swansea’s finest personally,but you know who i mean,you have to be a bit patient,but he would fit on here nicely.

    I will do a draught friday night and then you can do what you like with it.

    rico, i do know Reading very well and Newbury,remember i told you about the god parents in Cranbourne.I used to go to Newbury races a lot,but that’s another story.

  136. Big Raddy says:

    London. Perhaps that is why your posts are so interesting. I can get all the info from NewsNow, but what I want is a personal slant on things Arsenal.

    Your method works

  137. rico01 says:

    One of our little piggies is at the vet, she is having a hormone reduction operation 😦

  138. avenell says:

    Athough you have seen more nostalgia than most rico.. 😉

  139. rico01 says:

    I do remeber kelsey, but i thought they were just vists rather than digging deep into the parts of Reading where no other person can reach 😉

    Newbury races, they are so annoying it takes me ages to get in and out of town on meeting days…

    ave – dont start on me this morning – go and make some coffee 😉

  140. rico01 says:

    did you read my 11.49 about theo ave, or did you just want to abuse me 😉

  141. London says:

    Good call Rico

    It does seem to the case: when a pass is played in such a way for Theo to run onto he takes it in his stride and powers on. The problem is that when it is played to his feet his control is poor — but not always— and that is why Arsenal supporters are often divided over him, sometimes his first touch is good but other times it is school boy. I still believe that he will improve enough to be a top doggy though.

  142. avenell says:

    I did read it rico.. I’m not sure Theo always seems to come deep to collect a pass then turn his marker and runs.
    He never seems to run into a space where a good ball can find him.. We will see when Fab gets back and Arshavin can feed him too.
    Is the Piggie insured or are you saving for the vet bill?

  143. Big Raddy says:

    Exactly Ave, Theo needs the pass to accelerate onto. When he gets the occasional ball behind the defender he almost always gets it and tears into the box. Once Fab is back, he will show his true worth.

    As I have often said,, I believe Theo is the future of English football.

  144. London says:

    I think I know who Swansea’s finest is and I am sure he would welcome this with open arms. Bless his cotton socks he is probably still hopeful that we can get David Villa. Mind you the last time I threw a bucket of water on it he replied by saying: “A man has got to have a dream” — which put me in my place.

  145. rico01 says:

    London, agree, he will be a top doggy, and I have to say that, he is a nebury boy 😉

    Ave, sadly you cant get insurance, one of ours had to see a specialist a few years ago, it cost just under £1000 – and he near on killed her off, it took twelve days of hand feeding and tlc to get her better. Sadly though she died a couple of years later. You will never be able to guess the name of that very much loved little animal…..

  146. rico01 says:

    oops – newbury boy

  147. avenell says:

    There is now a widget for the correct score predictions for tomorrow in the widget bar at the top..>>>>>>>^^

    Tell me your prediction and I will add you in..

  148. rico01 says:

    3-1 ave

  149. avenell says:

    Yea I know..rico what about you?

  150. avenell says:

    Sorry rico.. I predicted that too but didn’t click the changes.. 😳

  151. rico01 says:

    so can i not have 3-1 ave ??

  152. rico01 says:

    oops, i am already on 😳

  153. kelsey says:

    there was a clue in my post at 11.56.Have to go now,another game awaits,see you for the happy hour.Where is peaches by the way.i hope that Greek isn’t screwing her(I don’t mean literally)

  154. avenell says:

    Match prediction Kelsey?

  155. rico01 says:

    London – just had a roofer round for a quote for some tiles, and guess what…

    He is a QPR fan 😉 And that is honest

  156. Rasputin says:

    Hi Roadsters,

    I can’t see any widget on the bar at the top of the page – anyway, the score will be 2:1

  157. rico01 says:

    Hi Rasp, its at the top on the side bar

  158. avenell says:

    Rasp.. that offer of writing we talked about above is for you too.. Let me know!

  159. avenell says:

    Rico.. you meant under that fine specimen of a man, in the sidebar.. 😉

  160. rico01 says:

    Cant see that ave 😉

  161. Rasputin says:

    I haven’t got a sidebar??? 😦

  162. Rasputin says:

    OK – just found it – its not at the top of the page, its at the bottom of my page under the comment box….thanks all…..

  163. avenell says:

    That’s a weird set up rasp.. On yahoo and firefox mine is at the top to the right.. Is your page enlarged or something?

  164. Big Raddy says:

    2-0 for me

  165. Rasputin says:

    I dunno ave, I don’t have mozilla at work so I get here through google.

    England were lucky yesterday. Barry and Terry could both have given away a penalties and Rooney should have been sent off. Capello seems to be a lucky manager. I just love the fact that he manages to suppress all emotion when goals are scored and only allows himself a small celebration when the final whistle blows. Schteve McClown was/is a complete half wit. I can’t understand how he hasn’t been found out before now?

  166. avenell says:

    Your in raddy..

  167. avenell says:

    Ras.. can you put this in the title bar?

    What have you done with Peaches? She seems to have got lost in Bluewater or Lakeside..

  168. rico01 says:

    It so so quiet here …….. 😛

  169. rico01 says:

    I am off guys, got a little furry friend to collect in a while and pamper all evening – may catch you later, if not have a good eveing, BBQ’s all round no doubt, be good

  170. kelsey says:

    1-0 to us,sorry bit late.

    Ave gave the wrong clue about our friend in Swansea, he is a kids favorite postman and a gooner 🙂

  171. Big Raddy says:

    There is a man currently blogging under that name on another site, though this particular gentleman has no Gooner surname. And he is a complete Muppet.

    How was your game today, Kelsey. Did you manage to get the correct bias?

  172. kelsey says:

    Good win Raddy,thanks.33-8

    The one I am talkingabout has the same beginning to his name but a longer name.Can you put 20 consecutive posts on here without a break 🙂

  173. rico01 says:

    Hello all, what a beautiful evening – bit breezy but lovely in the sunshine…

    Did you win today kelsey ?

  174. rico01 says:

    That is a big win, well done you

  175. kelsey says:

    it’s a team game, but thanks.

    I hear that Senna (a player i much admire,even at his age) could well miss our game against Villa Real.

  176. rico01 says:

    Yes kelsey, but you must have had a big part in that win 😛

  177. rico01 says:

    Guys and gals – Hi peaches if you come on later…

    i am off for the day as all is quiet

    catch you tomorrow

  178. rico01 says:

    Guys and gals – Hi peaches if you come on later…

    i am off for the day as all is quiet

    catch you tomorrow

  179. avenell says:

    Okay rico.. I come in as you go.. 2 more days to go!!!

  180. kelsey says:

    I think I will write a post on “how not to damage your groin” eduardo picked up a groin strain in the 80th minute,and he,RVP and Diaby are out for sturday.

  181. kelsey says:

    Cesc,Ade, an theo and nic all in the squad. Nasri has got flu.

  182. avenell says:

    If Nasri is out, I would think the chances of Fabregas starting are higher..

  183. peachesgooner says:

    Hi all

    You’ve all had a mighty interesting day – I’m sorry to have missed out.

    rico – hope your piggie has returned safe and sound.

    I’m off for a belated birthday dinner, catch u later 😆

  184. peachesgooner says:

    How do you predict the score – ave can you do it for me please 3-0 xx

  185. avenell says:

    Done Peaches.. have a nice evening..

  186. kelsey says:

    I was only joking in my e mail ave,
    it’s my dry sense of humour.

  187. kelsey says:

    for the ladies,

    Despite three cup defeats by Arsenal this season, including a 3-1 FA Cup exit just last week, Everton blew away the Gunners’ 100% league record with a stunning 3-0 away win and also ended their incredible unbeaten record, that had lasted for 108 league games.

  188. London says:

    Bernard Bresslaw….hhmmm…I wouldn’t have got that.

  189. avenell says:

    Keep up london lol.. jonjon should be about in a while..
    We seem to have a few out for saturday.. Dudu, Rvp Nasri.. every poxy time..
    Rico’s Walcott theory seems to be correct though..

  190. JonJon says:

    hi guys….

    what an exciting morning..good stuff….

    is dudu injured again ave??

  191. avenell says:

    Hi jonjon.. yea the old groin strain..

  192. JonJon says:

    also….can anyone believe the argies got trashed by bolivia????? wow…

  193. JonJon says:

    and nasris got flu?????

    at least theos back so we’ll see him and arsh on the wings and with cesc back in the middle it wont look too bad….

  194. avenell says:

    And mexico beat bolivia 5-1 at the start of the month.. altitude apparently was some of the problem.

  195. avenell says:

    And Ade and Bendtner in the middle.. 😦

  196. JonJon says:

    yeah ave especially for maradona and messi….

    they would get air sick on a thick carpet… 😉

  197. JonJon says:

    ade and bendtner???? great so we’ll create about 20 chances and score not one of them…. 😦

    put me down for a nil nil ave….

  198. JonJon says:

    i joke… hahahahahahaha

    citeh defence is shite… but they have given in goal so i reckon we’ll cruise it, but we’ll be kept down to 2 by given….


  199. avenell says:

    This has got to be like eminem

    Your in… do you like that idea? We need a prize.. I’ll get a book or something from ebay..

  200. London says:

    Our squad has depth now, we can handle the losses. So far it seems I was wrong about RVP’s injury and Diaby’s but Eduardo is being protected from the premiership.

  201. JonJon says:

    i can agree with that london….wenger is definately holding dudu back……

    but if it enables him to play in the cup games then im all for it….

    i think weve done enough in the league and we have the players to see us through…

    a 1 shot 1 goal finisher will win you cup ties and im hoping thats the plan…….

  202. London says:

    I doubt if Bendner is intimidated by Adebayor any more and Adebayor will be able to feel Bendner breathing down his neck, plus you are forgetting the Arshavin factor; he is going to be making it so much easier for those two, that’s with out mentioning Cesc, Nope Saturday is when Adebayor and Bendner rise to the occasion.

  203. London says:

    Eduardo will be on the bench for the semi and for the Villa Real at home.

  204. JonJon says:

    bendtner has proved in recent games he has more to offer than what adebayor has offered this season…im hoping ade has been sitting on the bench itching to play and has got that hunger back…..maybe that was the plan….as some people say…ade was never injured for all that time…he’d been dropped and im with that theory…

  205. JonJon says:

    he still should be sold though if we get a big offer for him…. 🙂

  206. kelsey says:

    Do you remember the famous Two Ronnies Sketch a take on Mastermind,when one answered the previous question all along the 2 minutes.

    It’s a bit like this on here 🙂

    Evening JJ welcome to ARI

  207. JonJon says:

    has anyone done any detective work on the other teams websites???? are their any injuries to key players to report????

  208. avenell says:

    Are you getting your worms in a fuddle too Kelsey?..

    ARIaL (Avenell Road International and Leeds) lol..

  209. avenell says:

    Pissmenouciation. 😉

  210. JonJon says:

    hahaha kelsey yes ive seen that….hilarious….

    ive done some scouting and villa have heskey out and manure have anderson and rio (maybe) injured….

    chelsea and liverpool nothing…

    yet we get robin dudu nikki and diaby all getting knocks…..

    you could of put a bet on it couldnt you?????

  211. London says:

    Well it looks like Bellamy is out and probably Robinho

  212. JonJon says:

    Leeds is a wonderous part of the world…. very beautiful…compared to shit holes like hull 😉

  213. kelsey says:

    I thought that was a washing powder,ave !!!!!

  214. JonJon says:

    i dont rate bellamy…only as a cheesey bellend….

    and robinho is crap away from home….gallas will destroy him on our patch so i aint too bothered whether those two play or not….

    we have andrey so the citeh forwards arent going to see the ball anyway.. 😉

  215. avenell says:

    It’s only until we get someone from Leicester.. jonjon..

  216. London says:

    Actually the players we lost are probably the ones that we could most afford to lose, I mean it could have been a lot worse, it could have been Gallas.

  217. kelsey says:

    heskey out is a bad thing,because carew will start.
    It says robinho is in the squad but bellamy out.

    As i said earlier all these groin strains might be a bit of moody.rvp had a bang on the head,is that near the groin.
    cesc is a difficult one to judege.I can only see him starting if at all, not coming on as a sub.i agree about Eduardo being protected,and theo will most probably come on for the last 25 minutes against tired legs.Trouble is the only option upfront might be bedtner with rvp or arshavin just behind.

  218. kelsey says:

    I will say goodnight folks,lot to do before the boy gets home.

  219. London says:


    Did you purposely ignore Adebayor as someone not worthy of consideration. Lol

  220. JonJon says:

    i would of gone fo arsh uptop too kelsey…

    before i found out nasri is out….

    we cant go into the citeh game with eboue and denilson on the wings and expect to rip them apart….

    and london your right…..i would rather lose diaby again then lose gallas or arshavin…..

  221. JonJon says:

    night kelsey….

  222. JonJon says:

    im of out for something to eat guys…i’ll catch up with you all later….

  223. kelsey says:

    you know what i forgot about ade months ago,you are right he will start maybe with arshavin in the hole. Goodnight again.

  224. London says:

    The team, I try and put this off as long as I can but I love doing it so much that I can’t stop myself.


    Man City are not cloggers we can afford to be very attacking.

  225. London says:

    Talk tomorrow

  226. peachesgooner says:

    Fabregas……..oooh Fabregas, how wonderful to have Fabregas back in the team – I’m so looking forward to footie on Saturday……and Tuesday…….and next Saturday……….and Wednesday……..and the next Saturday after that…..

    Come on Arsenal!

    Nite nite all xx

  227. rico01 says:

    Morning all, no doubt you are all in the land of nod – luck old you folk 😉

  228. rico01 says:

    Few little snippets around – if this one is true then personally I think its really good news, Arsene had confirmed to the board that he will stay at least until 2011, and probably beyond. I really think he is the best man for our club, and why would he bring so much youth only to walk away when they are ready to shine?

    Nasri is a doubt with Flu, but Robin, Eduardo and Diaby are all definately out.

    The only one that really saddens me is Eduardo, and of course Nasri if the flu is for real..

    Vela returns today, and will be in the squad if needed.

    Sven has been sacked by Mexico, what a surprise!

    So against Man City – I hope we see


    Bac Gallas Kolo Clichy

    Nasri Cesc Song Arshavin

    Theo Nik

    Subs – Merida, Denilson, Jack, Ade, Djourou, Fabianski Ramsey ( Vela if Nasri out, and start with Ade and Nik, Theo on the right)

  229. kelsey says:

    I see the Night Editor has been on with today’s early edition 🙂

  230. rico01 says:

    Morning kelsey – i bet you cant wait for the arrival of Ben, what time should he be with you 😛

  231. rico01 says:

    Cuckoo Cuckoo Cuckoo Cuckoo….

    Thats your alarm clocks boys and girls, its time to rise and shine 😉

  232. London says:

    New post

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