Sweet F.A.

Why, oh why, do we keep helping the Football Association as much as we do when we are constantly treated by them as second rate citizens?

Years ago, I was proud that out of all the physios in the country Fred Street was chosen for the England’s physio job as well; we didn’t need him when there was an England game, so it seemed okay to let help out the national team. This carried on when an ex goalkeeper of ours decided to pick up the first aid kit: Gary Lewin Arsenal and England physio for 13 years,  but not content with the sharing arrangement England decided to steal him. Isn’t that what Chelsea and Cashley got fined for?  Speaking of which, who pocketed the million pound fine from that little deal????

When England play their home matches, where do they train?  Oh yea London Colney, our training ground, paid for from the sale of one of those bloody foreign players that nobody likes us to use as it stifles English talent.

When Beckham the greedy money grabber who chose the USA over a European team, needed somewhere to train and keep fit for England, where did he train? London Colney. Come and train with our players and keep yourself fit, then you can break your contract with LA Galaxy and make yourself some more money. England can also sell a few shirts with Beckham on the back and they do alright out of it too.

As for Hull City…. we lent them London Colney to train at before the play off finals at Wembley last year.

Unbelievable, I am sick of it, ever since that 1990 incident with Man United when they started kicking the crap out of Nigel Winterburn which ended in a mass brawl, we obviously got docked more points from the FA than Man U. And thinking about it, was Paul Davis given a fair hearing when he broke Glenn Cotterells jaw? A nine match ban plus a fine knowing how placid Paul Davis was throughout his career something must have been said to provoke such venom from him.

So the next time there is an England home game and there is a phone call from the ponces asking to use our training ground they should be told to “PISS OFF!” get your own facilities, until you can treat us equally.

I don’t want preferential treatment; I just want what is fair. Stop being Mr Nice Guy!!!

On to today’s game, Middlesbrough….yawn: has there ever been a football club quite as dull….boring team, boring area, boring manager, boring kit… just plain boring….like the Spitting Image character of John Major: grey and boring.

Actually, Middlesbrough are victims of the FA walking in roughshod and stealing staff; they stole the great Steve McLaren who was doing an okay job there until the FA pinched him, paying only a couple of bob compensation.

Today, I reckon Mr Wenger OBE will rotate the forward line; it will be good to see Dudu given a game. Although, even if he scores a first half hat-trick I still cannot see him starting the game on Wednesday. I would take him off early; keep him fresh, and ready to come on if needed.  If we don’t score early a deflated performance is on the cards I will go for a 3-1 just.

Written by Avenell


102 Responses to Sweet F.A.

  1. London says:

    Morning everyone

    Good rant Ave, can you put me down for 3-1.

  2. rico01 says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Firstly, great read ave, all bar the Beckham bit – I really like the man, he has been ‘the perfect footballer’ for his country, ‘that’ red card aside. 😛

    I am going for a 5-1 victory today, ‘Boro have to win as they are desperate for points and I can see a Downing free kick fly by Fabianski.. The game will be very open for us to attack them time after time, and today i just have a feeling the emirates will have a treat of many goals..


    Sagna Kolo JD Gibbs

    Theo Cesc Song Nasri

    Dudu Arshavin

  3. Evo in Oz says:

    come on! 4-0 tonight!

  4. Evo in Oz says:

    how is everyone, are you all fit and well and keen for the early kick off?

  5. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    First up. What a lovely day for a 6-0 🙂

    We havn’t had one of those for a while and as Andrei can’t play on Wednesday I’m expecting big things from him – no point in doing it at Anfield and not at the Emirates.

    I’m certain that this unbeaten run is very important to Arsene – he’ll want to keep it going for as long as possible, so he won’t be putting out a silly weakened team today.

    This is my team – London we havn’t played this game for a while…………


    Sagna Toure Djourou Gibbs

    Theo Cesc Song Arshavin

    Nikki Yummy Carlos

    Anyone up now?

  6. peachesgooner says:

    OMG – how clever am I? I copied and pasted that 😆

  7. Evo in Oz says:

    very clever peachy, nice one! i want a cracking performance tonight for the spirit and the run home!

  8. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters 🙂

    Excellent post ave – they should be called ‘Sweet FA’ really don’t you think?

    Put me down for 4 nil today (to us ave 😛 )

  9. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Any team news?

  10. London says:

    Morning Peaches

    You are right we haven’t played this game for a while.
    I think Wenger is going to continue with his mysterious team selection.


  11. Evo in Oz says:

    no exact team news yet i dont think…

    Manuel Almunia and Johan Djourou returned to full training on Thursday and could feature for Arsenal.
    Robin van Persie misses out with a groin injury but Emmanuel Adebayor may start after a minor hamstring problem.
    Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O’Neil returns from suspension and Didier Digard could feature following two months on the sidelines.
    But Chris Riggott (ankle) is a doubt and Emanuel Pogatetz (knee) remains on the casualty list.

  12. rico01 says:

    Hi Evo – looking forward to a feast of goals today everyone – chores all done, and breakfast looms followed by some footie viewing –

    Big score, unless Ade is up fron with Nikki 😉

  13. kelsey says:

    Good morning,

    As for the game itself,let’s cement at least forth,no idea of the line up as our manager does come up with some unusual formations,but nevertheless,i expect a resounding victory.I will be looking out to see if Eduardo finally gets back on the pitch.

    As for Middlesborough itself,it’s one of the biggest shite holes i have ever been to,never enjoy our away games against them,regardless of the result.I wish them all the best in the Championship.Having said that i remember being 3-1 down to them at home and winning 5-3,i believe in the invinsible run.

    To much emphasis for me on this unbeaten domestic run, because the fact is we have dropped too many points through lack of concentration in the final minutes.

    Unfortunately,unable to see the game live,but put me down for 3-0 to us.

    Reading through the posts last night,as I awoke this morning,I couldn’t make head or tails of half that was written,but then i am a tea totaller.

  14. Evo in Oz says:

    hey rico, yep breakfast, lunch and dinner has been had here, next stop is a snack and then the game!

  15. kelsey says:

    Sorry Ave,
    forgot to read the post.Did you copy and paste it from ACLF (only joking). 😉

  16. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico, Evo…

    We’re gonna win today, but apparently AW has never beaten Gareth Southgate…

  17. peachesgooner says:

    Thats funny kelsey – I think Rasputin had the same problem, didn’t you rasp?

    Anyhow I can’t hang around chatting today, I have people to meet and a game to watch – early KO’s are such a pain, just managed to get my mascara on 😉

    London – I’ll be at the usual place if you want to say hello.

    Enjoy the game everyone, catch up later 😆

  18. Evo in Oz says:

    gday rasp, i think we should win this one no worries…

  19. Rasputin says:

    Peaches – I read every word of the post – why have you accused me of doing otherwise? 😦

  20. peachesgooner says:

    Touchy rasp!!!!!!

    Last nights shenanigans, kelsey said he didn’t understand what was going on – I’m off before I get into any more trouble xx

  21. Rasputin says:

    Oh I see – apologies……

    Yes I agre with you kelsey, I can talk rubbish but last night was just riddles 🙂

  22. avenell says:

    Your right, what is britains got talent and piss off cook?
    All riddles to me..

  23. rico01 says:

    Talking of talking rubbish, i am back 😉

    Have a fab time peaches, mind you dont get sunburnt

  24. Rasputin says:

    Morning ave,

    Are you watching the game on stream? I’m working so will have to make do with F5’ing BBC football or relying on textes from friends at the game.

    I always want to win, but I can’t really get excited over this one when we have such a big game midweek. Bloody spuds couldn’t even injure any of the mancs for us..

  25. Rasputin says:

    textes = texts sent from the pocket around the nether regions 😉

  26. avenell says:

    It’s on Sky Rasp..
    You need to take a long lunch hour and get down the pub mate..

  27. Evo in Oz says:

    1.5 hours till kick off, hurry up!

  28. Rasputin says:

    Don’t get a lunch hour on sundays ave…. 20 mins if I’m lucky 😦 All the pubs in Enfield are sun by scummers any way….

  29. Rasputin says:

    sun = run, I’ll have to learn to slow down when I’m typing…

  30. rico01 says:

    Csecy boy has started the mind games I see, he has said he is a fan of Ronaldo and Shrek, very good Cesc, be nice and then boss them on Wednesday,

    Sir Bobby Pires has also opened his little French choppers and says that he thinks we will beat Manure in the CL – Oh how I love that man 🙂

    Ave – how are you feeling today – hope that swine flu hasnt reached Cornwall, also, have you been affected by the dreadful weather, that car incident is so awful..

    Rasp, you stay away from those pubs then, you might catch something 😉

  31. Evo in Oz says:

    i reckon eduardo might get a run today along with vela….

  32. Rasputin says:

    You’re an optimist Evo! – I’d like that too, but I bet Nik starts (hopefully with Dudu)

  33. Evo in Oz says:

    yeah probably right on the bendtner call, he will probably start, hopefully in a top 2 with eduardo or vela and arsewaxin on the wing or even in a top 3…

  34. rico01 says:

    Thats a good shout evo, especially if Arsene has one eye on the Manure game – thinking about it, bet Eboue plays RW with Theo on the bench again – 😦

  35. Rasputin says:

    I love Theo rico, but I wouldn’t object if he is rested – I think he is the one player that will give Manure real problems. If we start pumping high balls to Ade, we may as well give them a by through to the final

  36. Evo in Oz says:

    i reckon give eboue another run at RB to ensure Sagna knows the pressure to perform is on!

  37. rico01 says:

    Blimey – what a line up!


    Eboue Kolo Silly Gibbs
    Theo Denilson Cesc Nasri
    Nik and Arshavin

  38. rico01 says:

    Spot On Evo, he is at RB

  39. rico01 says:

    Rasp – you are right, i didnt think of that, it would be dreadful if theo gets injured, his pace will be the one thing that will keep Evra back in defence..

  40. Rasputin says:

    That’s a fantastic line-up in the circumstances……if only he’d played that side against the chavs 😦

    Do you know if JD is on the bench rico? I’m not sure it would be wise to throw himk in against manure without a warm up for some time on the pitch today.

  41. Evo in Oz says:

    Manuel Almunia
    Emmanuel Eboue
    Kolo Toure
    Mikael Silvestre
    Kieran Gibbs
    Theo Walcott
    Cesc Fabregas
    Samir Nasri
    Andrey Arshavin
    Nicklas Bendtner

    Abou Diaby
    Bacary Sagna
    Carlos Vela
    Alex Song
    Johan Djourou
    Lukasz Fabianski
    Emmanuel Adebayor

  42. Evo in Oz says:

    happy with eboue at RB. he gives us extra drive from the back, just needs to keep his defense up and all is good!

  43. Rasputin says:

    Thanks for the info evo 🙂

    I wonder if Song has a minor injury…. he’s been our best defensive midfielder IMO. For me, he’s a must against manure….

  44. rico01 says:

    Rasp – better late than never – he is on the bench 😉

  45. Evo in Oz says:

    5 mins till kick off, come on you gooners!

  46. John says:

    Howdy gooners… 2-0 today? 😀

  47. avenell says:

    Hi John.. How you doing buddy?

  48. John says:

    Hi Ave,

    i’m really good mate…I was just at this thing in our village where there were like 40 crazy local french hippie brass musicians and people playing saucepans. 7.5% local beer. eeeeeeeee.

  49. John says:

    i want a pet gunnersaurus 😀

  50. Evo in Oz says:

    my dog would love one of those too

  51. raif says:

    hello people 🙂

    how have we been playing.. im just loading up a link now to watch the game

  52. raif says:

    yessss goalll

  53. Evo in Oz says:

    really good passing so far raif

  54. raif says:

    yeah were looking good so far

  55. avenell says:

    Hi Raif..

    Strange set up today, Nasri playing deep next to Denilson..

  56. raif says:

    nasri playing deep/….thats a odd one indeed ave,,,

    why on earth play him there

  57. avenell says:

    Fabregas and Arshavin are playing just behind Bendtner.. It looks good with the Arshavin and Fabregas link up play..

  58. JonJon says:

    hi all….

    andy gray is a wanker…

    so is jamie redknapp….

    my tellies on mute until the 2nd half starts…

  59. raif says:

    JD is on for silvest..

    was it cos of injury or maybe wenger wants him fot for the Mancs

  60. JonJon says:

    hopefully fisheads out for the season.. 😉

  61. raif says:

    “He Took Logic and Tortured it until it Screamed”

    Thats me on Wengers Team selections this year!!

  62. rico01 says:

    Nikki B is poor, one fab touch en route for the goal and that is it…. Vela needs to replace him, or even Ade

  63. rico01 says:

    Oh, and Denilson is nothing more than a super stats side passer !!

  64. JonJon says:

    thats brilliant raif… hahaha…

    bendtners been poor all season rico…2 good games in about 25….. pooh

  65. JonJon says:

    denilson hasnt been much better…. 5 good games in about 50….

    not goo enough…

  66. raif says:

    lol.. thanks JonJ 😉

  67. JonJon says:

    how are ya raif…dont see u much about these days…u ok dude..

  68. JonJon says:

    cheers FA…..see what youve done…youve made cesc mad…. 😉

  69. raif says:

    yeah not bad jonj, just been busy with work and the little one.

    most of my free time ive been relaxing with the missus as its very tiring being parents lol

  70. rico01 says:

    JJ – 😛

  71. rico01 says:


    I have missed you 😦

    Glad you are here again 😛 🙂 🙂 😛

  72. rico01 says:

    Poor old Arshavin, he is having a poo game, but i dont mind that, he will have a better game in the next league game… i will forgive him 😉

  73. rico01 says:

    Poor old Arshavin, he is having a poo game, but i dont mind that, he will have a better game in the next league game… i will forgive him 😉

  74. raif says:

    thanks rico..

    ive missed you to 🙂

    i hope u have been well

  75. rico01 says:

    My man of the match is …… Dun De lee de da dum, drum roll………………….


  76. rico01 says:

    raif – all is good thanks, as i hope it has with you – great to see you 😛

  77. Evo in Oz says:

    good win. night all.

  78. raif says:

    good result then..

    lets hope we can put Utd to the sword, and come away with a few away goals.

  79. raif says:

    right im off aswell lads and ladetts..

    ill check back back soon people


  80. rico01 says:

    Good result, and that’s it !

    Ratings would be hard as we were never really tested, so what is the point –

    Nik, Denilson were just on the pitch, Nik played a great ball in he build up for the goal, but little else, Ade was really poor when he came on, Arshavin was also pretty poor, but his four goals against the dippers excuses him. Theo showed some class, his final ball still shows his weakness..

    However, all that said, I thought the stand out player was Eboue, he even tried a bit of the old ‘jink jink Song’ and it came off – good on you Eboue, he looked assured and comfortable at RB, his one and only place in our team!

    Cesc – good game, nothing special, but two good goals..

    Three points, all but secured at least third spot and that is what mattered today….

    Bring on the Manure 😛

  81. rico01 says:

    Theo – play the man up front, then we will all see the player he threatens to be – he is a striker, not a winger!!

    Off now guys and gals 😦

  82. rico01 says:

    Theo – play the man up front, then we will all see the player he threatens to be – he is a striker, not a winger!!

    Off now guys and gals 😦

  83. kelsey says:

    I missed the game unfortunately.Two questions.

    Why wasn’t eduardo on the bench ? and did Silvestre get injured for Djorou coming on.

  84. avenell says:

    Hi Kelsey.

    Silvestre was changed at half time because of a back injury as a precaution.
    I was going to ask about Dudu too. perhaps we have given up on him this season..

  85. kelsey says:

    Thanks ave,

    but all accounts Eboue had a good game and after the second goal we were in cruise control.is that about right.

  86. kelsey says:

    by all accounts

  87. avenell says:

    About right Kelsey.. We never created many chances though and Arshavin hit the corner flag with a shot..lol..

    Everyone played okay, Denilson was a bit lightweight and lost the ball a few times.

  88. Rasputin says:

    Evening Roadsters,

    After reading the comments on the BBC site during the game, I am slightly surprised at the negativity being posted on blog sites. The beeb reported ‘Classy Arsenal dominated throughout’ – not the impression I am getting elsewhere………….

  89. benwell says:

    They all played well enough, although Boro were really poor and lacking heart. We couldn’t believe how non plussed they were considering their plight.

    Needed a bigger test before Manure… Still bring em on!!!

  90. Rasputin says:

    Hi benwell – were you at the game? They said on the radio that Bendtner was offside (impeded the keeper) for the first goal and handballed in our box and was lucky not to give a penalty away….

  91. Rasputin says:

    Thanks for letting me through moderation ave – I can’t even spell my own email address 😉

  92. Rasputin says:

    Actually my previous comments haven’t come through….. don’t worry – they weren’t that interesting

  93. avenell says:

    haha your on now Rasp..

    Hi Benwell..
    Did you go to the game or watch in the Eaglet?

  94. London says:

    Ave I have a post if no one else has done one?

  95. London says:

    Rasputin I need a title and “Classy Arsenal dominated throughout” sums it up perfectly for me.

  96. London says:

    Arsenal Cruise to Victory

    Evening Benwell, do you have any suggestions?

  97. peachesgooner says:

    Hiya all

    Anyone about?

  98. peachesgooner says:

    How long will MOTD give us tonight – must be more than 5 minutes 🙂

  99. peachesgooner says:

    …….ooh and 2 gooners on the couch 😆

  100. avenell says:

    Tut tut your asbo’s didn’t work..

    Go for it London..

  101. London says:

    New Post Good night

  102. benwell says:

    Was in there before and after and managed the game as well, missus on my case now!

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