Arsenal Cruise to Victory

If today’s game were a barbeque then the Arsenal players would have been laying on sun beds holding colourful cocktails with little umbrellas in their hands while Middlesbrough, the sacrificial lamb, were slowly being roasted over hot coals?

This was a day by the pool, a stroll in the park, a cruise: Arsenal were in complete control from the first minute until the last; we were treated to flashes of vintage Wengerball: fast, accurate, fluid inter play, of a standard that we haven’t witnessed for what seems like an eternity.

Middlesbrough seemed to be almost resigned to their fate of championship football next season, putting up a feeble challenge and therefore making ideal opponents in preparation for our big game on Wednesday not as ideal as if we had beaten the spuds by three clear goals —but certainly a very good second best.

Wenger’s team selection seemed to make more sense, it’s funny how it always does when we win; Middlesbrough are not a particularly tall or physical team and so our more skilful, low centre of gravity, players were chosen: Fabregas, Arshavin and Nasri’s silky skills were all on display in the midday sun at the Emirates stadium today.

I haven’t seen Fabregas look that happy in a while, I always felt he looked a bit sad after the departure of Hleb to the Barcelona bench. Fabregas is our equivalent of the gifted child at school surrounded by children of inferior talent. Rosicky should have supplied the mental stimulus, the footballing challenges to drive Fabregas on, to push him to want to keep improving; unfortunately we all know that sad story.

Enter Arshavin, the new boy, someone with the same intellect, some might even say that he is brighter, smarter, a quicker football brain and more deft of foot, Suddenly Fabregas has got someone to play with, a mental equal, he is back to playing with a smile on his face and loving it.

After putting the seal on two beautifully worked team goals Fabregas was taken off in an attempt to keep him fresh for Wednesday. The standing ovation he was given was delivered with more gusto than anyone has ever received since the new stadium opened.

Almunia: calm, collected, showed just how much we missed him. 7.5

Eboue: good game, not much to do, noticeable how he doesn’t get as tight as Sagna…Maluda! Played a superb pass for Cesc’s second. 7

Toure: King Kolo, he probably became the most important player on the pitch for us in the sense that he was the player we could least afford to get injured. 7.5

Silvestre: what he did he did well, what I thought was interesting was that when Djuorou came on he showed the kind of inexperience that led to mistakes the kind Silvestre doesn’t make, so I suppose you have a choice: Silvestre, experience and lack of pace or Djourou: pace and errors. 6.5

Gibbs: I am almost there with this player; he did better than I expected against Chelsea if he can contain Ronaldo on Wednesday he will have made one huge fan in me. 7.5

Walcott: getting better and better still can’t control the ball as well as he should. 7

Denilson: learning his trade. 6.5

Nasri: played a deeper role for the first time; I suspect that Wenger is trying to find a way of shoe horning all these talented players into the team. 7

Fabregas: two goals, happy boy. 8

Arshavin: his control is so superior to any other player in the team, when the ball is played to him he controls it instantly, this I accept should not be such a great feat, after all, that is what footballers are supposed to do, so to give this the right perspective I will have to say this; he controls it as well as Bergkamp. 8

Bendtner: he tries but unless you can control the ball Nicky when it comes to you then we the fans are going to continue to call out for an attacker who can. This game was made for Eduardo, tragic. 6

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227 Responses to Arsenal Cruise to Victory

  1. London says:

    Remind me to write something about the game next time 😉

  2. avenell says:

    Nice one london.. Happy bunny then lol..

    Middlesborough were easy targets today.. They never came to kick the s**t out of us.. no bookings.

  3. London says:

    No Ave that was the great shame that Eduardo wasn’t playing. It’s very unusual to have you at the top of a post. lol. I have to go to bed, long day tomorrow.

  4. avenell says:

    Okay mate .. good luck..

  5. benwell says:

    We are so spoilt, before the game I spoke to a couple of Boro fans who got on my train, they are a hometown club, they travel all that way and their team can’t be bothered and we moan about selection and tactics as big as we are we still we have heart!!

  6. avenell says:

    Motivation is a big part of the game .. like Man U keeping Scholes and Giggs motivated..

    And London, Nita thought that was funny, top of post ha bloody ha.. lol

  7. rico01 says:

    Morning all – nice London, Nik’s mark is very generous, he nearly prevented the first goal from being given….

    Anyway, it was a stroll, but just wish they had scored a few more to get the confidence sky high for the Manure game..

    Some fans are so hard to please eh 😉

  8. John says:

    @rico – but then I wouldn’t have got the score right!

    pssst chalk me up ave 😉

  9. rico01 says:

    Morning JJ, you must be storming away as the winner by now 😉

  10. rico01 says:

    Sorry John, my eyes must still be closed, I thought that was JonJon up early – 😦

    Morning John 😉

  11. kelsey says:

    Morning all,
    Don’t take this the wrong way but that post is just a bland summary with a few ratings,London.
    I spent 2 hours writing a proper post last night about the consequences of the result with regards to our league position and and the build up to our massive game against United.Anyway no hard feelings old chap,Have a nice day.

  12. John says:

    Morning rico!

    aww poor kelsey 😦
    I have an arsenal blog which I consistently fail to update – I could put up your post if you want 😉

  13. Rasputin says:

    Morning all,

    A very happy and uplifting post London 🙂

    I was so knackered after work yesterday that I slept through match of the day and so I’ll take everyone’s word as to the quality of the football…..but iit is nice to see a bit of Wengerball returning.

    The only thing that worries me is that in some ways it was an experimental formation with Nasri playing deeper (and from what I hear it worked!). I don’t think for one minute that AW will continue the experiment on wednesday – I just hope he doesn’t lose his bottle and try to play too defensively. He must have been resting Song for this game. We need to let the attacking interplay between Cesc, Theo and Nasri flow and IMO it would be most unwise to play Diaby as they have the quality to punish us when he loses the ball in dangerous areas. SAF was at the Emirates and he will tell his midfield to close Diaby down whenever he receives the ball. I’m sure he’ll play Ade in a 4:5:1 so we have to make the most of the few goalscoring opportunities we are likely to get.

  14. JonJon says:

    morning guys….totally off the topic…but Giggs for player of the year… Giggs????? 12 game Giggs???

    How silly of me….he plays for Manutd doesnt he….??

    im surprised it wasnt Webb….

    Its a joke

  15. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Nice chilled post London – thats exactly how it felt yesterday at the Emirates – ‘no worries’ 🙂

    Only there is something that really bothered me. A couple of times we had possession just outside the penalty area and everything stopped!!!!! No movement from either side (poor from boro) – no running off the ball – just Diaby (I think) standing still with the ball at his feet thinking about what to do next!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Whats that all about?????????????????

  16. JonJon says:

    its the chill out zone… 🙂

    agree with the ratings london…except for Brikki…he really needs to sort himself out if he wants to make it with us

    Diabys a striker peaches….he just likes to run and shoot…. he doesnt like anything else and it shows because he cant do anything else….

    hes a striker or a luxury midfielder…

  17. JonJon says:

    a luxury we cant afford…

  18. Rasputin says:

    Morning Peaches, JonJon…….

    Two days for the tension to mount 😦 …. I can’t call the Barca/chavs tie… I think because of their differing styles and Hiddinks canny tactics it could go either way.

    If we come away from OT with a score draw or even only a 1 goal deficit, it will be game on at the Emirates. The tie will only be over after weenesday if one of us has a clear 3 goal advantage. I think CONCENTRATION after scoring a goal is something we have to work on. Not only against the spuds but also pool we just couldn’t shut up shop with a few minutes to go. All we need to do is keep the ball!!!!!!!! – fishface – that doesn’t mean hoof it up the pitch to nodoby…….

  19. JonJon says:

    Hi rasp…

    i think the chavs will take barca out….

    i also think we’ll get something from OT….maybe a 2-1…its at home im worried

  20. Rasputin says:

    I have a hunch we could meet the chavs in the final too JonJon. I would prefer that because I wouldn’t want to play a CL final against TH14.

  21. kelsey says:

    London Says:
    April 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Remind me to write something about the game next time 😉

    HaHaHa f******Ha

  22. JonJon says:

    rasp..

    or messi…iniesta..etoo..xavi… 😆

  23. rico01 says:

    Morning Everyone, horrible morning, raining here and dark and cold 😦

    I still wish we had scored many more goals, or at least created many more chances. Manure are not ‘Boro, and we need to create more and score more.

    Me thinks Barca will thrash Chelsea, and I hope they do. I want us to not have to face an English team in the final, and revenge against Barca will taste sweet 😉

    Who is this Henry man you are talking about, if its that Barca boy, he will get injured against the chavs and be out for the final 😉

  24. Rasputin says:

    I was really meaning emotionally as regards TH, obviously the quality of their strike force is awesome – 90 goals between their 3 strikers this season so far….but you know what they say about cup finals…its all about the performance on the day. we always play better when underdogs

  25. peachesgooner says:

    Morning rico – do you practice voodoo – if so I have a couple of other people you could work your magic on 😆

  26. rico01 says:

    Hi peaches, it seems ages since we have been on here at the same time, sadly not good on voodoo, not bad at getting myself in the doodoo though 😉
    Now i wonder who they could be ?? 😛

  27. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – I agree, playing against Thierry would just be too hard – I still love watching him sooooo much…….I’d hate seeing him power his way past Song and skip past Denilson and put a shot beyond Almunia – wheres the joy in that……boo hoo hoo

  28. peachesgooner says:

    How are you rico – you’re right I don’t think we were on at all together last week. The weathers grot today and I have a new garden to design so I’m not too unhappy to be tied to the computer.

  29. JonJon says:

    barca are a magnificent attaking force….but chelsea are a well drilled defensive machine and over too legs i think they will do barca for tactics…

  30. Rasputin says:

    We can definitely beat the chavs in the final – they’re really not that good and it’ll probably be decided by 1 goal

  31. rico01 says:

    peaches – just got soaking wet outside, but otherwise not so bad thanks, like you i have a day in front of the computer 😦
    What about you? Hope you had a good day yesterday dispite Nikki’s poor display 😉

  32. rico01 says:

    One thing that will be interesting about Wednesday, especially after the Wembley pitch – What will the surface be like at OT, if i remember rightly, when we played them last year in the FA Cup, the surface was ‘made poor’ to stop us playing – Having kicked up such a stink, will SAF dare try and do the same ??

  33. rico01 says:

    Rasp, I honestly believe that if we beat Manure we will beat whoever we face in the final – this is our CL Year

  34. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.

    John I will stick you in as a correct score.

    Kelsey
    It’s no stress just email your post to me and we can stick it on this afternoon.
    London asked if I had anything and I never so we just used his.. the more the merrier..

  35. avenell says:

    Morning Rico.. OT looked okay against the Spuds on Saturday..

  36. rico01 says:

    One thing I also hope is that we don’t hear another squeak out of our boss, the board or any other player until this first leg is over – Arsene needs to NOT get involved in any mind games with SAF when they begin later today, keep the players away from the cameras and get focused on the game.

  37. JonJon says:

    dont forget me ave…i remember saying 2-nil… 😉

    or do i not count because i got the scorer wrong and the goal times wrong… 😉

  38. rico01 says:

    Morning Ave – how are you feeling ?

    I hope the pitch stays that way, we all know Manure will do anything to stop us having an equal chance

  39. rico01 says:

    Score against Manure – please could you put me down for 2-2 Ave

  40. avenell says:

    Getting there Rico thanks.

    and the sun has just come out.. bit wet overnight though.

  41. Rasputin says:

    I’ll vouch for you JonJon – that 2 nil response was to me the other night when everyone else had gone into fantasy world 😛

  42. peachesgooner says:

    The whole day was taken up with drinking and watching football – unbelievable really. Good thing my mums in Spain or she’d have said ‘It’s a lovely day, what d’you want to go to foorball for’ in her most disapproving way 😉

    When is Nikki going to score????? I will him on every time he gets the ball………..he plays such a massive part in this team though – I can’t fault his work-rate unlike the lazybayor who was useless and lazy again yesterday

  43. Rasputin says:

    Ade’s gotta go IMHO…. what worries me is who is going to want to sign him and match / improve on his exhorbitant wages. If he refuses to go, we have no choice in the matter…..

  44. avenell says:

    Jon jon, I know I missed one or two because they came in early. Let me know where it was ish..
    Oh and no editing.. 😉

  45. Rasputin says:

    Ave’s ignoring me 😦 – you wouldn’t make it up. JonJon not only predicted 2 nil, but he also specified goalscorers and times (both of which were incorrect)

  46. rico01 says:

    I thought it was me who said 2-0 😳 Not JonJon 😉

    Ade and Nik out, Villa in 😛

  47. Rasputin says:

    I can’t attest to your claim rico …… I think its all a fix any way 😆

  48. rico01 says:

    Me too Rasp, its a fix indeed 😉

  49. avenell says:

    Your making me feel like Arthur Fowler 😦

  50. peachesgooner says:

    Its a good thing our young guns think they can beat anyone cos I’m getting more nervous everytime I picture them on the pitch – and its only Monday 🙂

    I’m out in the rain for a bit 😦

  51. Rasputin says:

    Or Bamber Gascoigne 😉

  52. avenell says:

    Jonjon… 25th April 11.23 pm (Mozart) I didn’t know that was your official win a holiday 22 miles from Reading prediction..

    A jury will be opened..

  53. avenell says:

    Rico.. second post down on Sweet FA.. 5-1..

  54. rico01 says:

    Ave – I knew that, I was just trying my luck, the only holiday I am likely to get is 22 miles from Reading 😉

    Fancy saying Sweet FA to a lady 😦

  55. avenell says:

    I’ve just seen the PFA team of the season..
    6 Man scum, 2 Dippers, 1 Chav.. No gooners.. says it all about the FA and this country..
    Arsene should pin that up in the OT dressing room on Wednesday.

  56. rico01 says:

    ave – but who would you put in that team from our fine club ??

  57. Rasputin says:

    I’m off 😦

  58. rico01 says:

    Catch you later Rasp, dodge the rain spots 😉

  59. avenell says:

    I would put in Alonso, best Liverpool player plus best stats in the League. for a start.

    It’s not like Man U are 20 points clear of everyone.

  60. rico01 says:

    got the wrong end of the stick ave, sorry, i thought you meant we should have a player in the side – havent seen the whole team, but cant believe Alonso is not in there, I suppose the two dippers are Stevie Gee and Stevie Me Me Me Me… ;)( i know its torres the tosser) 😉

  61. avenell says:

    Yep.. plus Anelka, Johnson, Young..

  62. rico01 says:

    ave – have you seen some of the comments left on the sky website, mostly in relation to Jiggsy getting player of the year, they are quite funny 😉

  63. avenell says:

    No.. have you got a link?

  64. rico01 says:

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_5244787,00.html

    This might be it, if not please could you delete it, thanks

  65. avenell says:

    That’s the one rico.. not everyones choice then..

  66. rico01 says:

    No ave, and certainly not mine either, Gerrard (hate his as i do) has had a fantastic year and has been the reason for the dippers doing so well – and as you say, Alonso has been very good too. But the FA should also look at some of the performances from the players outside the ‘top four’ – typical FA, they are so bias towards Manure….

  67. Evo in Oz says:

    will eduardo make the bench on thursday morning?

    gday all

  68. rico01 says:

    Mornong Evo – I hope he starts, and just praying this is the game Arsene has been keeping him back for

  69. avenell says:

    How you doing evo?..
    i’m getting the feeling Eduardo is not going to play this season now.

    Rico I think it is the PFA.. voted for by the players.
    How anyone can vote for Rooney, who would break there legs in one of his two footed tackles and dives is beyond me.

  70. rico01 says:

    Thats even worse then ave, conspiracy 😉

    Do you think the next 48 hours are going to drag somewhat, I cant believe I have a hospital appointment Wednesday evening at 6.40, 22 miles from my home, just hope they dont run late as I will miss the match 😦

  71. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Evening all

    Everyone ready for the date with destiny.

  72. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    ……let the games begin 🙂

  73. avenell says:

    Rico.. can you swerve that..

    Hi GG.. working up to it mate. so near.. 🙂

  74. Evo in Oz says:

    doing well thanx avenell.

    this is my team for man scum

    ———Almunia——–
    Eboue-Toure-Silvestre-Gibbs
    Walcott-Song-Diaby-Nasri
    ——Cesc————–
    ————Kanu Jnr—-

  75. avenell says:

    I would stick Diaby up behind Ade instead of Cesc.. It worked when we played them at the Emirates.

    Was Eboue a choice, or is Sagna out?

  76. rico01 says:

    Hi George, Evo 😛

    No ave, it had to be cancelled the first time as the scanner had gone bang, and i really need this appointment 😦

  77. Evo in Oz says:

    eboue was choice. he and walcott have formed a good partnership on the right in the last few games, particularly the villarreal one. I think Sagna is great, but he doesnt seem to have the same penetration going forward like last season when he was on fire, so for that i choose Eboue.

    i think the hardest 2 positions to pick are center midfield, namely will it be Song, Denilson or Diaby that get picked into 2 spots?

  78. Evo in Oz says:

    actually, ave i take your point on diaby, i would put Cesc back to the middle as he is more reliable to hold onto the ball, whereas Diaby can still create even being up field a bit more!

  79. avenell says:

    Not so good then Rico.. 😦

    Eboue definatly adds something to the attack when he plays RB.. he was poor against Chelsea though, I guess he will be up against Rodney if he plays..

  80. avenell says:

    When Arsenal play with any 2 of Diaby, Song and Denilson in a holding role we seem to have 2 players doing 1 mans job..

    Mr Wenger is playing with something in his head dropping Nasri to DM and pushing Cesc up.. Although Cesc scored Sunday I would have preferred it the other way around.
    Arsene must want Cesc to be the Spanish Steve G..

  81. Evo in Oz says:

    i enjoy nasri dropping back, he is reliable on the ball and can dribble and create just as well as the best.

    at the end of the day whoever plays in midfield whether it be 4 or 5 players, they will all rotate around in those slots to create the triangles to pass the ball, thats why we havent purchased a CDM all this time.

  82. avenell says:

    I don’t like the DM midfield idea anyway, we should defend as a team, from the front.
    Nasri and Cesc swapping positions is a great idea. I cannot wait for Arshavin and with luck Rosicky in the same team..

  83. avenell says:

    During a game I mean .. in regards to Cesc and Nasri..

  84. rico01 says:

    You still around Ave??

  85. rico01 says:

    Just watching the game again, the commentator said

    ‘Bendtner is playing like a right winger at the moment’

    I am sure he meant to say ‘ Bendtner is playing like a right W****R at the moment ‘ 😉

  86. Evo in Oz says:

    hahaha…i remember him saying that, he will be better next season!

  87. avenell says:

    Yes just about..
    Ade looked lazy when he came on yesterday, he’s caught Berbatovitis..

  88. rico01 says:

    He couldnt be much worse Evo 😉

    Ave, you have had a passing shot – They both need a kick up the doo da’s

  89. avenell says:

    Too late Rico sorted…

  90. Evo in Oz says:

    maybe eduardo will feature against pompey on the weekend in time to make next weeks bench. wenger will want at least 1 away goal this week to put in the bag, so maybe that will be a kanu jnr header?

  91. avenell says:

    As Eduardo wasn’t on the bench Sunday, I think this one step forwards and two steps backwards approach at bringing Dudu back hasn’t really worked.
    They have chucked him back in cotton wool with rosicky and are going to bring him up to fitness slower.
    Just a guess.

  92. rico01 says:

    What team would you play Wednesday Evo – I have a sneaky he will go with Ade up front on his own..

    Almunia

    Sagna Toure Djourou Gibbs/Silvestre

    Theo Song Cesc Nasri

    Diaby

    Ade (sadly)

    I guess with that line up Diaby can make a five man midfield if it gets tough, and he could also drop back to allow Cesc and Nasri to press forward. Song is crucial, if he is on form, he is key to stopping the Manure going though the middle – Also, I think Ronnie the winker will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of trying to get by Gibbs, and thats why I think he may put Silvestre in there. I would stick with Gibbs personally as his pace is a match for the winker..I also think Gibbs will rise to occassion, as he did against V’rreal

  93. rico01 says:

    Why do we always seem to bring the players back a game or two to early ? Cesc still doesnt look really fit, his pace has dropped a bit 😦

  94. rico01 says:

    Hi Rasp – thats a lovely photo, and they are all the same height, well not the little one of course 😉

    Call be a cynic, but it has to be about the money 😛

  95. Evo in Oz says:

    your team is pretty close rico, i think it will be close to that for sure

  96. rico01 says:

    I really feel for Jagielka (spelling rasp) he has been really good for Everton this season, and now he will miss the FA Cup final

  97. rico01 says:

    Rasp – but what about if you had to choose only one ???????? 😉

  98. rico01 says:

    Evo – what score are you going for?

    Actually, what scores are we all going for Roadsters, only mine is up right now 😉

  99. rico01 says:

    I have just read that article about the Arshavin’s – what a lovely write up, especially from Mrs Arshavin – all the press comments about her had been so negative, but it seems thay have settled now and all is so very different –

  100. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico – the baby’s the spitting image of dad don’t you think…..maybe we should sign him up for the post-natal squad now 🙂

    If I had to choose one…. now that’s a challenge …… I can’t choose, she’s got a lovely face but his right foot (and left foot) is gorgeous 😛

  101. rico01 says:

    Rasp – left foot for me any day of the week 😉 The babe could slot straight into the CC Squad for next season 😛

  102. rico01 says:

    babe = baby :oops:, not babe as in the way you boys talk about Mrs Arshavin 😉

  103. rico01 says:

    I have to pop out for a while, be good 😛

  104. kelsey says:

    Sorry i appeared flippant this morning,but i wasn’t expecting a new post to go up least night.Secondly,I am still waiting a reply to my post which ave decided to send as an a email to you london some three or four weeks ago.Thirdly i will gladly do another post,but quite frankly i find it belittling that someone else has to tweak it,who isn’t one of the authors on the site.I am sure you can understand,but I thought it best to put my views down in a post.

  105. kelsey says:

    sorry….to go up last night

  106. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – We’d all love to read your post, I’m sure ave said this morning that you should send it through to him and he’d put it up 🙂

  107. London says:

    Kelsey….I have just got in from…….Work…..a rare event but something that does unfortunately happen from time to time….if you look at my 10:56 last night I explained.

  108. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – at 10.35 ave said he’d put it up this afternoon.

    You must have won your bowls if you’ve been out all day 🙂

  109. rico01 says:

    Hi Guys and Gals

    Kelsey, I would love to read your post, and a two hour piece is surely worth the wait for us all, the tweaking, well thats probably in case a useless writer like me has threatened to do one 😛

  110. London says:

    kelsey

    As I said I have just got back from work and was scrolling through when I noticed your 7:45 am post, it’s the funniest thing that has happened to me all day….a bland post with a few ratings….I totally agree, I bet you didn’t expect that response. I was trying to help out, that is why I offered it as a post on the basis that no one else had written one. I obviously didn’t know that you were writing something or I would have gladly given way.
    As for your email, my answer is simple; the things you ask about have nothing to do with you and as I have said before, I have no intention of entering into an email dialogue.
    Here’s an idea why don’t you write the Man U match report, I promise I won’t write a word. Come on Kelsey chin up, lets not fall out over this.

  111. JonJon says:

    good evening all….

    hands up all those who wants pompey to win….

    ave…if your there…i predicted a 2 nil honest….rasp was there….i was drunk but i remember that… 😉

    the team of the year is a joke….

    torres??? he hasnt played 5 mins all season… Giggs has had less games than torres…

    and wheres Alonso….???? what a farce…

  112. avenell says:

    Jonjon read my 11.07..

    I done the Alonso one..

  113. JonJon says:

    wheres lescott?? bah…

  114. kelsey says:

    London,

    for the sake of avenell and jonJon I am not going to give you the answer your 7.00p.m. reply deserves.I respect your privacy but then do the same to others.goodnight.

  115. Rasputin says:

    Yeah JonJon….. and where’s David Bentley? 😳

  116. Rasputin says:

    Roadsters…Roadsters…Roadsters.. we’re gonna go mad in the build-up to the manure game 😦

    Here’s my idea for a diversion…fill in your candidates for the following categories, prem teams only and excluding Arsenal

    Most hated player……David Bentley
    Most hated manager…..Phil Brown
    Dirtiest player……… El Hadj Diouf
    Most entertaining player…..Heurelho Gomes
    Most overrated player……Robbie Keane
    Worst player…… Titus Bramble
    Player you’d most like to have a beer with…….Jimmy Bullard
    Player you’d least like to have a beer with……Didier Drogba
    Player you’d most like to see at the Arsenal…..Fernando Torres

  117. London says:

    kelsey

    The main point of your email is that you seem to think that I ask personal questions and the example you gave was that I asked Rasputin what he teaches; I would remind you that Rasputin offered the information that he was a teacher on this site so I saw no reason not to ask what exactly it was that he taught. Rasputin is more than capable of telling me that he would prefer to keep that information private if that indeed is what he wanted to do. It is not for you to lecture me as to what I should and should not ask on this site. As for your wife, you have enjoyed playing little games with us all about who she is and who she is not for months, you even went as far as giving us a teasing little clue that she is not in film or music, you were playing a game. I’m sure she is a wonderful woman but frankly, I don’t care one jot as to her identity. I visit these sites to talk about Arsenal nothing more and nothing less.

  118. JonJon says:

    Player you’d most like to knock seven bells out of….alan smith…

    Player you’d most like to sing a lullaby…jack wilshire

  119. Rasputin says:

    JonJon 🙂

  120. JonJon says:

    Come on guys….this isnt necessary….cant we just let it go and have a cyber handshake…. its bad enough when we fall out over the arsenal…

  121. Rasputin says:

    Hey….keep me out of this guys…..I’m trying to keep my nose clean so that maybe ave will talk to me again one day 😉

  122. avenell says:

    Your involved in Jonjons correct result bungs Rasp..

    No chance..

  123. JonJon says:

    i can hear violins playing rasp… 😉

    why isnt he talking to you????

  124. JonJon says:

    hahahahahahaha…i thought it was that ave…. lmao

  125. avenell says:

    Your both corrupt.. And Rico’s liitle hens are at stake..

  126. JonJon says:

    Manutd player of the year…. Howard Webb….

  127. JonJon says:

    Your the FA of blogging Ave… how am i supposed to storm the table with such bias..????

  128. JonJon says:

    Kinkyest footwear award….Nikki

    Worst hairstlye…..nikki

    worst first touch…nikki

    most crapness..nikki

    biggest tosser…ade..

  129. JonJon says:

    yey a hatrick…

  130. JonJon says:

    🙂 a bris… 😆

  131. Rasputin says:

    Most inane grin….ade
    Biggest pension fund…ade
    Least energy expended….ade
    Most skilfull shins….ade
    Worst badge kisser….ade

  132. JonJon says:

    Lmao… most skillful shins… haha

  133. rico01 says:

    Blimey, what a night and I haven’t even been here, and you buggers need to realise whoever wins, my little chickens will not be harmed in any way 😛

    Kelsey and London – come on, have a cyber snog 😉

  134. London says:

    Man U player of the year: Howard Web….LMFAO

  135. Rasputin says:

    Biggest arse….Kolo
    Worst dancer….Arsene
    Best advert for SAGA…..Pat Rice
    Tallest dwarf……AA
    Last person you’d buy a used car from….’Arry Redknappa

  136. Rasputin says:

    Greatest peacemaker….rico….don’t you just love her 🙂

  137. Rasputin says:

    Billiard ball of the year…Stephen Ireland

  138. JonJon says:

    Tallest dwarf…. hahahahahaha

  139. JonJon says:

    worst injury of the season…ade..broken lazybone… 😉

  140. peachesgooner says:

    One for the girls, sorry rasp, these have to include Arsenal players

    Sweetest face – Carlos Vela
    Yummiest bum – Theo Walcott
    Heart-stopping thighs – Robin van Persie
    Nattiest hair – Manuel Alminia
    Born leader – our fabulous Cesc

  141. rico01 says:

    We have bad weather and my router keeps playing up, all the lights flash and then no internet, i am giving up for the night guys but i will be back i hope in the morning to check all you grown men are spreading the love nicely –

    pff, and we women get a bad name 😉 😉 😉

    Nighty night 😛

  142. JonJon says:

    awwww peaches… 😉

  143. Rasputin says:

    Allegedly the biggest package…… Dion Dublin (according to SAF – why was he looking?)

  144. JonJon says:

    night rico… xx

  145. rico01 says:

    Sol has better thighs than Robin peaches – sorry, just had to mention that before i dash 😉

    Rasp – thank you for your kind words 😛

  146. Rasputin says:

    Smallest Cojones…Hleb / Reyes

  147. Rasputin says:

    Biggest tits…..Fwank Lumpard

  148. peachesgooner says:

    night rico x

  149. rico01 says:

    Night JJ, London, Rasp, Ave, peaches, Chaf, John, Benwell, Raddy, Evo, George, Kelsey and anyone else who knows me 😉

    Sweet dreams all 😛

  150. Rasputin says:

    Night night rico ….. sweet dreams (Sol’s thighs ??)

  151. peachesgooner says:

    Yes but Sol has everything…….except the girl 😦

  152. JonJon says:

    nastiest hair…drogba….

    biggest winker … ronaldo….

  153. peachesgooner says:

    no cojones – Phil Neville

  154. peachesgooner says:

    paddy stole them 🙂

  155. peachesgooner says:

    see, thats the wine, it was Gary you foolish girl 😳

    start again………

    no cojones – Gary Neville

    paddy stole them

  156. Wrighty7 says:

    I’m confused. What has been going on in here for the last 20 mins? Ha ha

  157. peachesgooner says:

    Bless Adrian Edmondson – hes just said being a top chef is ‘piss easy’ 😆

  158. peachesgooner says:

    Hey Wrighty – go back to Rasputins 8.39 to see the start and join in.

    How are you?

  159. avenell says:

    Wrighty oi oi.. Two words lol..

  160. peachesgooner says:

    Best fibber – Jermain Pennant – closely followed by his alter ego Ashley Cole

  161. JonJon says:

    FUCKING LEGENDS…..

    adebayors a legend…. a middle leg-end…. 😳

    sorry peaches… xx

  162. Wrighty7 says:

    I’m cool thanks Peaches. How are you? Thanks for filling me in!

    Two words Ave. Fuck off. Ha ha!

    You said it would be top of news now as well matey! LOL

  163. peachesgooner says:

    Hi ave – how are you today?

  164. Rasputin says:

    Yo Wrighty….when are you gonna stop talking bollox on Talksport 🙂

  165. JonJon says:

    Best Stats….denilson…

  166. Wrighty7 says:

    Alonso should have been player of the year

  167. Wrighty7 says:

    Sorry Ras!

    Its my alter-ego! LOL

  168. avenell says:

    Didn’t make Howard Webbs best XI Wrighty..lol

  169. JonJon says:

    Thats the general opinion wrighty… giggs got it on novelty that hes never won it before and now they want to make him sir ryan giggs…..

  170. peachesgooner says:

    Best stats ……. denilson ……priceless xx

  171. avenell says:

    Not too bad Peaches. 😦

    Yourself?

  172. Wrighty7 says:

    Giggs winning it is a sick joke aint it Jonjon?!

  173. JonJon says:

    he plays for manure… what do you expect…he’s only started 12 games all season…. WTF…

    alonso wasnt even in the team of the year…. Torres was and torres hasnt been on the pitch much this year either….

    its a sham mate…

  174. Rasputin says:

    By those criteria, Rosicky should be player of the year 😛

  175. JonJon says:

    and dudu…

  176. peachesgooner says:

    I’m good thanks ave – how d’you feel about wednesday?

  177. Rasputin says:

    Best vital stats…Cheryl Cole

  178. JonJon says:

    hahaha

  179. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rasp 🙂

  180. Rasputin says:

    Evening Peaches – welcome to the asylum 🙂

  181. rico01 says:

    Morning Roadsters, weather has now settled, my router has decided to play nicely again, and i am back – can you believe we had a frost last night and the car windscreen was iced over 😦

    Barca, Barca, Barca 😛

  182. kelsey says:

    London,i half expected for you to respond to me in your patronizing.condescending and insulting post at 8.50 p.m.

    Let’s stick to facts, if we may.You came on to AR as you were banned by one of the authors on another site(proved) and used AR as a vehicle to take issue with that person.

    If you look at your post history,you have on more than occasion been insulting to another poster on here,and you have also had some of your posts deleted by Avenell.

    With regards to my e mail to you,you carefully pick out some of the points I raised yet conveniently omit others.I did not play a game with you for months about the identity of my wife,maybe a week or so,and if you don’t care a jot about her identity,why did you e mail Avenell,asking who she was.?

    You have stated that Rasputin is more than capable of telling you if he wished to relate what he taught,which is absolutely correct,but your memory must be failing you,as you asked him the same question before and he didn’t wish to respond,but you persisted.

    Now you say you visit these sites to talk about Arsenal nothing more and nothing less,which I am afraid is not strictly true,just look at some of your post history again.

    This is Avenell’s site and if he wants you to vet or tweak posts that’s his prerogative, though for the life of me i don’t know why this should be so.I just find that rather strange.

    You are fully aware that all the rest of us talk about lots of other things including,music,landscape gardening and areas of where we all used to live,and I think i can speak for the majority,,that a) we enjoy it and b) Avenell has no bjection to it,in fact he enjoys it.

    Avenell,I am sorry my friend,but i have to defend myself and to a certain extent the woman who has looked after me for many,many years.I promise you I will not per sue this with London anymore,even if he responds back,you have my word,but I feel strongly that i had to defend myself.Kindly make sure this is posted for all and sundry to see.Thank you.

    I am not lecturing you,i am stating facts,and i assure you I will not be bullied by you.It’s your decision,think about it please.

  183. rico01 says:

    Morning kelsey – will you be cheering on the mighty Barca tonight ??

  184. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico…cock-a-doodle-Hi-de-Hi… 🙂

  185. rico01 says:

    Morning Rasp, Doooooooooo – Ho-de-Ho 😛

  186. kelsey says:

    Morning rico and Rasputin,

    I will certainly be cheering on Barca tonight.

  187. rico01 says:

    This is a positive write up on Luke Ayling, even though it has been done by Steve Claridge 😉

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/342954335?-19387

  188. rico01 says:

    You putting your post up today kelsey ?

  189. Rasputin says:

    Morning kelsey,

    Like I’ve said before, I’d like to play Barca in the final only if TH isn’t playing. This is not because of his ability but for sentimental reasons mainly. I’m sure we can beat the chavs in the final and somehow I think their direct muscular approach may undo Barca.

  190. kelsey says:

    There has been a slight change of plan with regards to my post which i have explained to Ave,maybe another time.

    I would rather first concentrate on our biggest game of the season tomorrow,before contemplating the final.

  191. rico01 says:

    Rasp, if we get through this semi, i honestly believe its our final – we are due a bit of good fortune and its about time we won this little old cup – and the affect it would have on the players would be awesome, maybe we could even afford to buy David Villa then 😛

    kelsey – thats a shame, i thought ave was going to put it up yesterday afternoon, but if you changed your mind, no probs..

  192. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    I want Barca to thrash the Chavs.

    Barca have been by far the best team in Europe this season, and I would love to see their attacking approach rewarded. They are a joy to watch, and it would be a travesty if a muscle-team beats them.

    Contrary to Rasputin, I would prefer to play Barca in the Final (revenge) – tho’ I agree with him about TH.

  193. Rasputin says:

    Morning Raddy – I said I’d like to play Barca in the final (just hope TH picks up a mild injury the game before 😦 ).

    If we play our football and they play theirs, it will be a magnificent spectacle…… I just wish we’d had the foresight / nous to buy Arshavin in the summer.

  194. Rasputin says:

    It’s weird how the latent but growing tension over the 2 manure games is making us all pretend that its a foregone conclusion and just focus on who we are going to beat in the final 😆

    These are the biggest games in recent history. Whatever our view of AW’s management this season, I believe his team selection and tactical decisions are absolutely key to our success.

    Is he a gambler? Is he too cautious? Does he lose belief in his own system when it comes to the crunch……….. we are about to find out!

    One Arsene Wenger, there’s only one Arsene Wenger……..

  195. rico01 says:

    Morning Raddy

    Rasp – I feel for the guy, if we dont win many will say he put out the wrong team, and that would be even if it was the team we all wanted before the start !

    Not only is it about which team he plays, those players need to be at their best mentally and rise to this very grand occasion – when I saw Diaby in the team to play the Chavs, I thought weh hey, he is going for the attack, but in truth Diaby let himself down that day as he did his team mates – and that was just one of the many players who didnt ‘turn up’ – tomorrow though I hope, and believe whoever plays will have a totally different attitude, this is the game they have all been waiting for – oh, and so have we 😉

  196. Big Raddy says:

    Rasputin.

    If I am honest with myself (a rarity) I have little hope for us tomorrow ( 2-1 loss would be great). We have already exceeded my expectations for the CL.

    To be in the semi’s is a testament to our good fortune (Roma) and our fine play (Valencia). AW’s team selection has been baffling on occasion, and I pray he doesn’t tinker (e.g. play Diaby/Denilson and not Song). We will debate this at length over the next 36 hours.

    But …. IF we play at the top of our game and MU fail to do so, we will beat them. Hope springs eternal.

  197. Big Raddy says:

    Morning Rico

    Weird weather last night. Frost for you, a tropical thunderstorm followed by a tempest here.

    Strange Days Indeed

  198. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Being a romantic soul I do have to pinch myself that we are playing in the semis of the Champs Lge tomorrow night – only what the mighty Arsenal deserve I hear you say – but for a long while this season the doom-mongers were out in force calling for Arsenes head and predicting a lucky mid-table finish.

    I just amused myself by looking back at the January posts. What a roller-coaster we’ve been on – no wonder sundays game felt like a stroll in the park.

    How did our young team feel hearing the boo-ing? I’m so ashamed now that that happened – it made me cry just writing that. Eboue deserves our thanks for not crumbling in the face of such hatred – what magic words did Arsene have to make sure that young man was able to put our shirt on and continue to be one of the hearts in our team. I hope he gets to play some part in either of these games.

    I can’t wait for tomorrow evening, I’m so excited that this team that were written off have had the belief in their strengths to compete at this level.

    We’re by far the greatest team the world has ever seen……….

  199. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Evening BR

    I think u mean Villareal don’t u 😉

  200. kelsey says:

    The key for me is team selection,as it appears our defensive options are limited.IMO,Gallas is a huge loss for the rest of the season.The three players who could change a game in a second are missing or unavailable,being RVP,Eduardo and Arshavin.Correct me if I am wrong,but how often do we score more than one goal at OT. The away goal is a must and i agree that 1-1 would be a good result,2-1 against could be far more difficult.
    4-5-1 might be the kiss of death,let’s get this right Mr.Wenger.

  201. rico01 says:

    Raddy, the world is rumbling away in anticipation for a game and a half tomorrow night, be afraid SAF, be afraid :-

    A draw tomorrow would be very good, especially a 4-4 like against the dippers, sadly though ‘that man’ wont be playing – maybe the night will be Ade’s..

    Morning George – I saw that Dennis said yesterday that Ade’s agent has been told to find him another club ?

  202. Big Raddy says:

    Of course I do GG ….. ALzheimer’s again 😀

    The wings are key areas Kelsey. Theo/Raphael and Gibbs Ronaldo. We have to play Song to assist Gibbs.

  203. rico01 says:

    Hey Guys, dont ever let it be said that i dont bring you good news, this looks like our first summer signing 😉

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/343025747?-19387

  204. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Howdy rico01

    You have some very talented chickens 🙂

  205. rico01 says:

    Hey george, you seen the pics then… 😛

  206. rico01 says:

    Morning peaches, didnt see you sneak on 😉

  207. rico01 says:

    peaches – top comment, absolutely spot-on 🙂

  208. rico01 says:

    Vidic is going to be shown a red card tomorrow, professional fould on Diaby as he races by him in the penalty area only to be hacked down just before shooting towards an open goal…. dreams are made of this 😉

  209. Rasputin says:

    Morning Peaches, a lovely cuddly post from you…. but be honest, even you had your doubts in those dark days 😆 Mind you, compared to the rest of us you were still a ray of sunshine.

    Raddy – I don’t think we will lose tomorrow, and just to show my conviction – ave… put me down for 1:2 – that’s 2 away goals for us 😛

  210. rico01 says:

    Cough Cough…… Dont think I ever called for the boss’s head, or slated the team – that’s favouritism Rasputin !! 😉 😉

  211. Big Raddy says:

    BTW Tomorrows Ref is Danish – should he bend to OT/SAF pressure, please don’t tar the whole Danish nation !!

  212. Rasputin says:

    OK, sorry rico, you are so consistantly positive that I took you for granted 😳 please forgive me….both of our resident girlies shine like brilliant beacons of light piercing the relentless fog of male pessimism 🙂

  213. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico – my comment got lost and then reappeared in the middle of everything 🙂

    kelsey asks a good question earlier – when was the last time we scored more than one goal at OT?

  214. peachesgooner says:

    raddy – you are funny, I hope the Danish appreciate you 🙂

    Danish ref – Nikki or no Nikki then?

  215. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – you should have been in the diplomatic corps 😆

  216. rico01 says:

    Rasp – great reply 😛

    Niki peaches, he may bring out the soft side of the ref 😉

    I dont recall when we last scored more than one at OT, maybe ask us all again on Thursday morning kelsey, then it will be easy to answer 😛

  217. Big Raddy says:

    Ladies. Does that blatant pandering really work for you?

    If so, it is obviously where I have been going wrong all these years !

  218. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    I predicted that The Arsenal would go to Rome 5 months ago, amongst a chorus of moaning & groaning from a good number on another blog. Even after the Roma game I was positive. Arsenal haven’t played well yet apart from maybe the 1st Porthole fixture. That total performance is coming I hope.

  219. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    When saying Rome, I mean for the final ofcourse 😆

  220. rico01 says:

    Raddy – for sure it does, we are a very easy to please 😉

    George – Have the squad booked a holiday ?? Only kidding, the CL Trophy has alreday been engraved with our fine club’s name 😛

  221. Rasputin says:

    Raddy – you’ve either got it, or you haven’t 😛

  222. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    rico

    this is where you go for a holiday http://www.delsjourney.com/images/news/news_02-03-25/Port_Douglas.jpg

    not that smog ridden, italian infested, traffic jammed museum called Rome.

  223. rico01 says:

    Wow, that looks pretty splendid George, beautiful blue sea and sky – dont tell me you live there 😉

  224. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    No rico, its in north Queensland. Nice isn’t it :8

  225. rico01 says:

    It sure is george 😦

  226. JonJon says:

    morning ish….

    guess what… New Post… 😉

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