Highs and Lows…

April 21, 2009

I have titled the post Highs and Lows for 2 reasons today. The first being I haven’t felt so low as i did Saturday night after an Arsenal game since the Champions League final in 2006, at that game I felt Arsene made the wrong choice short term for the game and long term for Arsenal in replacing Robert Pires for Almunia, Bobby was the man who would always keep possession.
At that game Arsene had to make a choice, there and then not have days to deliberate . I still cannot see why he picked that team on Saturday, but let’s dust ourselves down and do our best to get up for it tonight, I am sure we have sold our ticket allocation so our away supporters  will be.
Liverpool have been the team that has given me my most memorable highs and lows in football.
The Hillsborough disaster, Heysel, that cup final in Cardiff when “little” Michael Owen scored that late goal when he out paced Lee Dixon that caused Arsene to start rebuilding Georgie Grahams defence.
The highs have been Anfield 89′ and that FA cup final in the sun at Wembley in 71′ when the stadium had the best pitch in the country.
That day one man who played was affiliated to both Arsenal and Liverpool,  Ray Kennedy, tonight he will have a special ceremony before the game. It really is a great shame that a once super fit athlete can be struck down with such a terrible disease Parkinsons. He has had to sell all his medals to survive and he lives alone in his native North East.
Tonight is to raise awareness for his Ray of Hope appeal. The details are here.      http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/ray-kennedy

I don’t normally give to charity, but that goal Ray scored for us to win the League in 71′  is worth a tenner of my hard earned and more..

Onto tonight’s game, No Ade, no Gallas, no Djourou, no Clichy, no RvP, no Rosicky, no Almunia and we may see a bit of the semi fit Dudu. Not many teams could go to Anfield with an injury list that long and come away with a result. We can if we show some of the “spirit of 89” and I am going with tradition tonight and going for 2-0 to us. We need to get the momentum back up and the ball on the deck and play Wengerball. it has created a 20 match plus unbeaten League run… So why did you change it Saturday.. Oh that may have been said lol.

Team for tonight.


Sagna/Eboue… Toure.. Silvestre.. Gibbs.

Walcott.. Fabregas…… Song……. Nasri

………………. Arshavin.

………………………Bendtner.. (and stay in the box).


Who Broke My Heart? You Did (Arsene).

April 19, 2009

I had been looking forward to our first appearance at Wembley since it was rebuilt. We ruled Cardiff, we left a groove in the M4 the amount of times us Gooners drove down there.

We were just about favourites in the eyes of the pundits yesterday, until about 4.30 in the afternoon when the teams line up’s were announced…..I lost my appetite for the game at this point.

Diaby, Denilson, RvP in midfield, taking on Essien, Ballack and Lampard. Mr Wenger can you work out why we lost????

We are Arsenal we play to our strengths not try to counter others.

Since January when we had all those nil nil draws we have been slowly building up a head of steam, Arshavin signing and when he started playing and got himself fit showed the difference in waiting 5 years for a player to come good and top quality.

Wengerball was back, even without our Cesc, Nasri has started to show why we paid so much money for him. Song came on leaps and bounds and even started to show his fiercest critics he is better than alright.
Theo came back and has shown what he can do on the right wing, Nasri moving into the centre and ruling games, Arshavin cutting in from the left.
Then we reach a big game and Arsene tries to be too clever, too much choice instead of playing our strongest team he stretches the paper thin squad over 3 games and as usual it doesn’t work.

I hate Mourinho but when it came to team selection and substitutions he was the best. Why not have a look at his record and his team selections. I am starting to fear that perhaps Arsene needs a little help and not yes men who can settle for excuses.

On another blog yesterday someone wrote they enjoyed the game but not the result!!! Has anybody ever enjoyed a game where we lost??? Then they go on to say they are better supporters. Unbelievable!

As for the game, we played okay to start with they cut off Cesc, We then stopped passing and just hoofed it up Wimbledon style to Lazybayor. You all saw it why I don’t need to go over it today as we are all pissed off!

Fabianski. 3… Like a cat on a hot tin roof, the game was too big for him.

Eboue. 4 .. In fairness if Arsene had left him as a right back he probably would have played better.

Toure.. 5… Not at is best but, he was trying to make up for the players either side of him, why he doesn’t manmark Drogba I don’t know it is always the other centre half who lets him in.

Silvestre. 4… A few bad passes and lack of pace let him down .

Gibbs. 7.5… Ah a player who had a very tidy game, caused all sorts of problems down the wing and defended well.

Denilson. 3… Out of his depth, too lightweight.

Fabregas. 6… Never really stood a chance, once he was closed down the rest of the midfield offered no outlet.

Diaby. 4… Just back from injury again, how he walks back into the team is shocking, cannot pass, defend or keep the ball. One driving run a match is all we can hope for.

Walcott. 7… Theo played well, needs to look up before he crosses apart from that he is getting involved more.

Rvp. 5… Arsenal’s striker, Holland’s right winger, played at left wing. What a waste!

Adebayor. 4…. Lazy, poor touch .It’s no wonder Terry and Ferdinand said they hate playing against him, that has helped fool Wenger and Arsenal in giving him vast amounts of money that he barely deserves.

The subs were too late, the game was already lost.

Bring on the Rent Boys!!

April 18, 2009

Whoop, Whoop “Que sera sera”  “Wemberleee” “Wemberleee” and all that…. it’s FA Cup semi final day……The mighty Red and White army against the obscene Chequebook scum.

Chelsea….a club that rents its name…..and its ground…..class act that….

In the seventies Chelsea were a club with a bit of style, a bit of panache….They had a swagger about them: the Kings Road, Peter Osgood, “Blue is the colour”.

Then it all came tumbling down with a mighty crash; they financially overstretched themselves to the point where they nearly went broke: they built a massive stand with heating under the seats that never ever worked because they ran out of money before it was finished.

In those days Stamford Bridge attracted a particularly nasty brand of football hooligan who congregated in “The Shed” a cold, stark construction, separated from Away Supporters with rolls of barbed wire; it would have looked more at home in a Colditz film.

“Combat 18”, and all these so called firms and their leaders have all since sold out to film companies, so anyone who was at one game at Stamford Bridge back then can pretend he was a right hand man, a lieutenant, wearing his Burberry cap and Diadora Borg’s.

What many people don’t realise is that they caused the fences to go up….they caused the Hillsborough disaster…..there was never a fence at Highbury.

In 1979, thank god the chav scum got relegated. I was there on Easter Monday when we beat them 5-1. I nearly got a good kicking as they chased us up St Thomas’s Road….Now I am told…we should “la de dar” support all English clubs in Europe; how do you support a club whose fans wanted to kick the crap out of me?

They reared their ugly head a few times in the eighties but nothing worth remembering. In the mid nineties, they started to borrow money to buy players, mainly has-beens from around Europe like Gullet and Vialli whose only reason for being there was to get one more big pay-packet.

There was one of their players who I had some time for though: Gianfranco Zola; he always played the game the right way, with a smile. He is doing a pretty good job in management as well; but unfortunately, I can see him heading back to Fulham one day.

The loans Chelsea took out to buy players almost financially ruined them a second time….until, that is, the dirty Russian bailed them out. Since then they have acquired all the morals of a cuckoo in the way they run that club: from Peter Kenyon to the badge kissing mercenary Fat Lamps.

They reached an amoral “high” in 2005 when they met our Ashley in a hotel just around the corner from the Football Association HQ at Lancaster Gate.

Any class they had has long since gone; when I watched the Champions League quarter final the other day; I thought I must have missed the bit where they said  the Queen would be going past in the Coronation Coach: all the silly 99p flags waving in the crowd….dear oh dear!

How can anyone want our club to follow their example and sell out to a Russian gangster is beyond me. We have had a few hiccups in the past but on the whole we are one of the best run and proudest clubs in the world.

More importantly, onto today’s game; have we got any defenders left?  Hindsight is a marvellous thing and if Mr Wenger had known we would find ourselves in this situation I’m sure he would have kept Armand Traoure, Kerrea Gilbert or even The Sendersaurus. Thank god for Silvestre and that Toure never went to Middle Eastlands in the winter transfer window.

Our best policy is to keep possession, if we have the ball they cannot score. Questions, questions, questions, will we play with a lone striker and Arshavin or Diaby sitting just behind? We can then play with Alex “Jinky Jink” Song protecting our fragile defence.

I used to love the Invincibles: the team would just pick itself, now there are only two men in the world who can predict our team today Arsene and Yahoodi Jonjon the Avenell Road clairvoyant.. lol..

I am going to go with…


Eboue… Toure…. Silvestre… Gibbs.

Walcott.. Fabregas.. Song..  Nasri..

…….. Arshavin..


That’s what I think of the Chelscum.. !!    3-1 To the Rip Roarers!!!!

This Crop of Players Has Belief. (by Peachesgooner)

April 16, 2009

So there we were, 10 minutes to kick-off, excited and nervous at the prospect of either holding-on by the skin of our teeth or showing off big-time and proving that the Arsenal are back! Would our smooth silky skills and fast attacking football be enough to dump Villareal out of the Champions League and set up a meeting with either the Mancs or Porto?

A trip to Porto in the spring is infinitely more enticing than Old Trafford – we have to go there anyway in May and this is the Champions League after all, where games should be against foreign opposition.

In the week since Ade scored that wonder goal to give us the edge going into this tie, team selection has been causing us some consternation. Having lost Almunia, Gallas and Clichy from that game and then Djourou on Saturday, our solid back four has been shredded. Having said that, we haven’t conceded a goal at THOF since Plymouth on the 3rd January!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will Cesc play deep or high up the pitch and who will be his partner if we are playing 4-4-2? Theo and Nasri must be a shoe-in and so the final pieces are up front Ade and van Persie.

As usual there was a surprise in store and this time its not Arsene messing around with the team selection – Sagna was out with a bug and fingers are crossed, Eboue would play at right-back…………..and what a treat that turned into! Theo and Eboue were passmasters supreme. They picked each other out at pace whilst totally controlling the right wing.

Song was preferred to Denilson alongside Cesc in the middle and as the teams lined-up it was hard to take your eyes off Robert Pires gracing the Emirates turf – how he would have loved to have played another couple of seasons for us and how we would have loved him too.

I expected us to come out of the traps really fast and Villareal obliged by giving us lots of space to play. We were quite relaxed. Adebayor had his trademark collection of off-side decisions in the opening minutes. Theo and Eboue easily beat their markers and it wasn’t long before a couple of good chances had come and gone. Were we going to rue the lack of finishing? Not for long. Theo floated a stunning ball over the top of the fast approaching goalkeeper that hung in the air for an eternity and nestled in the side of the goal. Fantastic we’d scored in the TENTH minute – dream come true.

Adebayor was his usual very annoying self – lazy and off-side far too often, but it was written in the stars that he would score and he received a great ball from Van Persie with a deft first touch (unusual) and with his second touch he scored (made it look so easy). We were 2-0 up on the hour and his name was sung with gusto around the ground. Love him or hate him – if he keeps scoring, I can’t complain.

I was worried that Song was running up blind alleys and giving the ball away cheaply but he grew in stature throughout the second half. Some of his ball play was stunning. He has skills tucked away that we can only hope that we’ll get to see more often. He dragged the ball back and twisted round, losing his marker in true Henry style. He may be the man to partner Cesc – I’d still rather an experienced DM but I’m prepared to let Song stake his claim on that position after tonight’s performance.

Cesc tried a lot of passes that didn’t come off in this game but on another night he would have been hailed as genius. He could learn from watching how Pires worked the ball making neat intelligent passes rather than going for amazing every time. Not everything was working for Cesc but was he bovvered – I think he wasn’t.

When Theo was brought down in the box and the linesman flagged for a foul Van Persie stepped up to put away a powerful penalty with clinical efficiency. 3-0 and twenty minutes still to go, with Villareal down to 10 men, unheard of for us to be cruising in this manner this season. We could just sit back and watch the football.

The scoreline made it an easy decision to make substitutions. Denilson and Diaby came on for Theo and Van Persie with 15 minutes to go and then Nikki for Adebayor with 7 minutes to go.

What I feel is really important is that this was not an awesome Arsenal performance – we won’t be reminiscing of the day Villareal came to the Emirates and we took them apart to book a place in a semi-final against the Mancs – this was an assured performance by a team that have the belief that they are really very good and that their exuberance, skill and intelligent play makes them frightening opposition.

There are a possible 11 games left for us this season. I hope our young, patched-up neo-invincibles go for glory and bring us back a cup or two……. they can be awesome.

One thing that made last night special was the chance to thank Robert Pires for his years of fantastic service. We had two of the invincibles on the pitch last night and it was significant that Bobbie made a special fuss of Kolo. Most of the crowd stayed behind and applauded Pires off the pitch and you could see he reciprocated the emotion.

Player ratings.

Fabianski 9 Does a solid job as a sweeper too

Eboue 9 This is his position, please Arsene don’t play him anywhere else. His interplay with Theo in the first half was awesome.

Toure 9 Dependable as always, intelligently didn’t go on any runs!!!!!

Sylvestre 8 Did go on a couple of runs!!!!! Played well with Toure and his experience was important in the make-shift defence.

Gibbs 8 Love him, he makes potent runs and has a good shot, left the back-door gaping a couple of times but hey, he’s young and part of the Peachesball revolution – We’re gonna score lots more than you!!!

Theo 10 They’re my ratings and I’ll give him 10 if I want to. He brings so much to this team and last night he scored a peach of a goal.

Cesc 9 A bit quiet, nothing exciting came off for him but he’s our captain and he loves playing for Arsenal.

Song 9 Wow, this guy has come on in leaps and bounds he was everywhere and clearly has seriously silky skills.

Nasri 8 Must have been frustrating for him as all the play was going up the other wing so he had to seek out the ball.

Van Persie 9 I wonder if he was really fit, a bit lethargic in the first half but worked hard for the team. Took his penalty beautifully and deserved a goal.

Adebayor 8 Lazy, off-side aaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh and then scores a great goal, watch it again – his first touch was perfect.

Subs Denilson, Diaby – could have scored and Nikki all had a run-out but the game was over by then.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable night of football and the Chavs to look forward to on Saturday.

At This Point The Youth Policy Fails!!

April 15, 2009

Our season always seems to have one defining week, a week when we play in a quarter final, a semi final and a very important Premiership game within 8 days or less.

This is that week, the week that supporting a big club is all about. Spuds supporters don’t even know what this feels like, they can only take the piss when it all goes Alex Song..

And boy does it go wrong, why???   Is it luck??  Is it strength in depth?? Is it poor refereeing decisions??


Well Mr Wenger OBE I would like to blame in on the injuries, I would like to blame it on squad depth, but it’s getting a bit of a coincidence now isn’t it. Ever since 2004 when Wayne Bridge’s late goal sent us packing out of the Champions League we have struggled in the crucial games,…I love it when we get this far but scared.

It’s your youth system, the players that you use every week through the season freeze at the big games, then when we lose the first match the season collapses like a set of domino’s on one of Norris McWhirter’s world record attempts.

They can play in the ‘mundane’ Premier League week in week out because they are relaxed, but these games take them out of that comfort zone and they are pumped up..

This is where we miss the individuals who can step up their game and roll up their sleeves.

Some Arsenal supporters will not tolerate it again this year and there will be a big shout to buy experience in the summer and to be fair we have the nice shiny stadium now so they have a point..


When we reached the Champs League final in 2006 we done it with an injury crisis in a similar position when we had our two first choice left backs out at the same time,and we used a midfield player to fill that position at the later stages up until the final, this year it is the left centre back that is the problem position and the left back area too, we are now reliant on youth and the man who a lot of people criticised Arsene for buying.


We will win tonight, but we also need to win convincingly The main men now have to step up Fabregas, Sagna, Toure will lets hope RvP and Ade will too they want the big boys wages let’s see some big boy performances..


Diaby is fit for tonight, and Dudu.


…………….line up.




…Saga. Toure Silvestre Gibbs.


..Walcott Fabregas Denilson Nasri






The semi final place isn’t a done deal yet and we are not capable of playing  defensively so I’m going for 3-2…

It takes a big man to admit his mistakes…..

April 13, 2009

Sir Arsene Wenger  OBE  CBE  has had a topsy turvey relationship with the fans this year…with insults being thrown at him branding him with  names ranging from four letter immature tirades such as c**t, which I disagree with, to less insulting,  the more truthful mature analysis of stubborn, which I do agree with…..

Le Prof has made mistakes this season, from sticking with Gallas as captain to playing Song at  right back and Eboue at Left Midfield…..Not replacing Flamini in the summer was seen as one of the biggest mistakes of this season….Yet Lord Wenger has left us all baffled with post match interviews and reluctance to back down over team selections and tactical substitutions…especially at the start of the season…..

The majority of the fans knew the summer was a destabilising one….we lost a major part of our team, almost the entire midfield and the Adebayor saga definitely had a negative effect….Well now in a frank interview Wenger has revealed the mistakes he’s made….

For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure to read it, here’s the link


This takes a lot of guts….it takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong and for this reason I salute Wenger…the revelations are long overdue..but its honesty nonetheless and its all Ive wanted Wenger to do all season….we all make mistakes, we are all human and none of us are perfect….

There’s something about this interview that excites me though….if you stick with me I’d like to explain…..

Its like having an addiction….you don’t see anything wrong with what you are doing and when people around you try to help you reject the advice  because you know best and you cant see the problems….admitting you have a problem is the first step to putting it right….. Is Wengers admittance to this seasons problems the 1st step to putting it right this summer???? I hope so because if we have another summer like last one I don’t think I could cope….

There’s certain parts of the interview that I would like to focus on…..

Firstly i’d like to talk about where Wenger reveals what  I thought about Adebayor in the summer… Wenger comments on the  Adebayor business, stating : ‘I’m going, I’m staying, I’m going, I’m staying’ was also an important factor. One thing followed another. Earlier this season, our game wasn’t there. Even the people who love Arsenal were saying: “This is a disaster.”

Are you listening Ade????  Wenger has finally told Arsenal fans worldwide what you did in the summer helped destabilise his young team and uses it as a key reason to why  our form at the start of the season was dodgy… I hope your proud of yourself and its up to you to put it right…..If we see another one of your pantomimes again I hope you are told to pack your bags you greedy selfish “little” man….I’ve been critical of Adebayor all season and I’ve been given some stick from several quarters for it…..not only do I think Adebayor is an average player….but I also think he’s and utter tosser….How can supporter fully support a player that even in Wengers eyes destabilised the season???? Anyone who fully supports him and players like him are watching Arsenal through rose tinted specs….and I find it patronising when I am told to give him my full support or when I’m told im not a ‘Real’ fan or a’ Johnny Come Lately’ fan for giving my opinions on this usesless selfish self centred lump…..

Secondly….I don’t fully agree that Wenger never expected Flamini to go….I disagree with Wenger here….I am one of those fans who show no hard feelings towards what Flamini did….Flamini was an excellent player for us long before last season….after all he showed his talents by playing at LEFT BACK for the majority of the 2006 CL campaign, which was an impressive one, and he never kicked up a fuss about a new contract…he was totally professional about it  all and how did we reward him?????  We dropped him for the final for an unfit Cashley and then we let his contract run down and try to flog him to Birmingham?????  He was a good squad player for all his years with us and we should of tied him down long term in 2006   cough.. Mr David “Arsenal” Dein ….He didn’t push for a new deal…he didn’t sell himself  like Ade did….he played his arse off and EARNED that move to Milan…

Thirdly….if Wenger thinks that signing superstars will kill his young players then why did he try to sign Alonso in the Summer????  and why did he buy Arshavin in January????  I don’t understand this statement…maybe he’s backtracking too far with that one…..

The interview may be seen as some as bad timing, coming in the middle of a two pronged assault on Champions League and FA Cup glory…but I see it as a mind game masterstroke….to me it says to our players that we’ve been up against it all season, yet the mighty Gunners still charge on…’Wengers Warriors’ have against all odds got themselves into a position to still achieve great heights this season….so lets prove everyone wrong and give both Chelsea and Villarreal a slice of Wengerball pie……..you’ve got us this far…why not go all the way???

A Late Swan Song..

April 12, 2009

The Mute Swan, lives it’s entire life without ever muttering a word, then just as it is about to die sings the most beautiful Song.  . That is an ancient myth they actually produce snorts, shrill noises, grunts, and hisses.. Like the Arsenal supporters when Song plays..

Now I am not saying that Alex Song Billong is about to do the above and I hope that is not his final contribution for us this season.

Yesterday though he actually showed he is not a one trick pony, a slow motion Robbie Savage, he can indeed offer much more in the direction that Denilson seems to struggle in, going forwards, straight ahead.

We started the game yesterday like we always do against the lesser teams, slooowwwwly, when will we ever learn that we are one of Wigan’s biggest scalps and teams like them, we are their cup final,  4 years ago we would have killed this lot off in the first 30 minutes, then strolled and pruned ourselves smugly..

Their goal came from a corner, I blame Denilson in the first instance, he lost his marker again and that allowed the ball to be headed into the danger zone, a quick scramble and a  shot from Mido saw the ball bounce awkwardly and under Fabianski..

Things couldn’t get much worse, it did when a cross came in and Djourou just collapsed on the floor in a heap and after three or four minutes of treatment Mr Lewin called in the St Johns. enter the “Manc Reject”  £750,000 pounds worth..  ;).

Just before half time a innocent ball was played down the middle and “young fellow me lad” Gibbs headed the ball back to the keeper, he never had enough purchase on it and Valencia  took full advantage until he was pulled down.. It looked like a red one to us and looking at Gibbs face I feel he was waiting for a card of that colour..He got a yellow but so should two or three Wigan players for waving the imaginary card around.  The free kick hit the inside of the post with Fabinaski all over the place… then HT phew..

Second half.. 🙂 ..

Things was little better to start with Silvestre was nervous and making mistakes. Then after Nikki won a header somehow between Arshavin and Theo a chance was created.. Bosch Mr Walcott..

After a change of personnel  a little link up play from our two finest, it created a chance for Silvestre to be the fox in the box.

The third goal came from a break that was was out of the Anelka, Overmars era.. We charged forwards with great gusto only for Ade to under hit his final pass, but a cock up by the Wigan defender saw the ball break to Andrei “AK 47” Arshavin.. You just know..

Well the fourth goal.. haha  after some good interlinking play the ball came to Alex “Jinky Jink” Song who rounded two players in a shoulder dropping dribble and banged it home..

Fabianski 7…  Alright. glad he regained his composure, wasn’t sure about the goal or his positioning for the free kick..

Sagna  7….  Steady as always, no problem..

Toure 7.. Played well seems to have settled, not in such a panic now..

Djourou 6.. I haven’t heard how the injury is. he was okay..

Gibbs.. 5.5.. I would have loved him to have done better, I think he would be dropped if Silvestre wasn’t needed at CB.

Denilson . 4.5.. At fault with the goal and a bit surplus to requirements against poor attacking teams..

Song 8.. A bit poor in the first half but his confidence must be rising after his performance in the second..

Fabregas 7.5.. Not at his very best but.. the telling balls are still their, magic man..

Walcott 7.5 (for sale) .. Not consistent enough in my opinion loses the ball too much still and I wish he would roam a bit more, but very lively and a good goal.

Arshavin.. 7.5.. The little man is class, if only they came in pairs..

Bendtner 6.. Not great but as usual good effort..


Silvestre 7.5.. A few miss placed passes but good goal Gallas gets a medal when he does that..

Ade.. 6.5..

Rvp… 6..

Marks .. 6/10 Can do better and we need too.

All the papers are saying we was lucky.. Man U do this every week..