Stan to make Arsenal great again and a day out at the seaside for the kiddies???

The latest news hitting the headlines this weekend is that our American friend has upped his stake to a measly 28.3% making him the biggest shareholder at the club…I welcome this with open arms for two reasons…

Firstly and more simply…I don’t want the Uzbek that looks like the bad guy from dangermouse to take control….Baron Von Usmanov looks like someone I wouldn’t buy a used car from so I definitely don’t wont him in charge of our club…

Secondly and more importantly for our future…I feel a freshen up is needed at the club and has been for a while…whilst I am proud of our traditionalist values I also am of the opinion that the situation behind the scenes has become stale. The current board have become complacent in recent years and have allowed Wenger to run the club as he likes…..The Kroenke /Gazidis combo brings a fresh of breath air to the club…. Americans are as competitive as anyone and they like to win….I fully believe that they will try to corner the American market with the Arsenal brand….but that also means winning trophies to help to sell the brand….and to win trophies you need to spend money….Kroenke and Gazidis are sports businessmen….businessmen speculate to accumulate so I’m hopeful of a fruitful transfer window….fingers crossed eh??

Onto the footie….

With Wednesdays shenanigans well and truly out of the system(?) we get to support our great team once again in the competition that is our bread and butter….We go to Pompey still in the battle for the great English prize that is 3rd place and I’m really excited that Wenger has declared he will field a full strength squad to achieve this reward, even though we have a CL semi final second leg to play with a goal deficit to make up???

Ok, Ok, sarcastic remarks out of the way….i’m sorry but i’m still smarting with the team selections from the Chelsea and ManUtd games….

I personally enjoy it when we play Pompey…they have done well to get where they are and their fans are amongst the best in the PL… Remember when we thrashed them at their patch in the days of Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira et al (huge sigh)???? Pompey “can we play you every week'” fans remember where they came from, proud to be where they are and are appreciative of good pure football teams, even when they lose…so I have a huge amount of respect for them so they deserve to see us field our strongest team ….

Although I feel the fight for third is meaningless, we still have a 20 game unbeaten run to maintain so I suspect Wenger will stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation..seeing as though it works against mediocre teams, and I suspect Wenger will practically field a full strength squad…

I feel he’ll go with:


Eboue Kolo JD Gibbs

Song Denilson

Theo Cesc AA


RVP, Dudu and Silvestre have injuries so it is very unlikely they will play…and Sagna, Nasri, Ade and Diaby will be rested seeing as though they are vital to the cause on tuesday(especially Ade and Diaby)….

I don’t feel there is any importance to todays game… so I’d rest the ‘big’ players….I’d put them all in a room for the day with a big mirror on the wall… and make them watch the repeats of the Chelsea, Liverpool and Manure games….and I’d play the kids and give the armband to Arshavin…

I’d stick with the same back 5…but i’d like to see Ramsey and Coquelin as the deep midfielders, with  AA, Merida and Vela as the attacking three, with Nikki up top….

Whatever team we field, I expect us to win because we are The Arsenal and we are the greatest team the world has ever seen..FACT…. and its a fact because we all say so every week…and we’ll cruise it 2-0… with AA scoring both goals….

Today the club we love will bring a huge smile to our faces until Tuesday when its squeaky bum time…..lets beat Pompey..take the momentum into the 2nd leg and lets have Manure…. Rio is 50/50 and they are defensively crap without Rio…remember Gooners…we beat them 2-1 at THOF earlier in the season….we almost had them 2-0 if it wasn’t for that late goal… WE CAN DO IT…. WE MUST DO IT…but first things first and lets show Pompey why their fans want to play us every week…..

Enjoy the match guys…don’t forget to give all your predictions….a holiday a Ricos playing with the Chucks is up for grabs (now)….


121 Responses to Stan to make Arsenal great again and a day out at the seaside for the kiddies???

  1. rico01 says:

    Am I 1st ???

  2. rico01 says:

    Morning again all, top one JJ, well until my poor old chickens were mentioned 😉

    Spooky JJ, when you were head down busy typing your post, I commented that I thought the club were stagnant and needed a change – Now is this ‘great minds think alike’ or ‘Dull minds seldom differ’ 😛

    I also like the idea of Ade, Diaby and Nik having to sit all alone watching the games where they have been dreadful a few others could join them too..

    I reckon we will be in for a surprise selection for today – actually maybe a freshing change, well some of them


    Eboue Silvestre JD Gibbs

    Nasri Song Merida Arshavin

    Theo Vela

    😉 – I know what you are all thinking, what does she know …..

  3. rico01 says:

    Please someone tell me they have been watching Soccer AM and the pre-match chat with Smudger ????

  4. avenell says:

    Morning Rico..

    Jonjon isn’t about i posted that for him..

    I mentioned the other day on the blower that the squad need to look at old matches and go over the previous weeks matches in training.
    If Theo had of been trying to learn off Thierry there is no way that he wouldn’t have known he wore 14, that to me proves they are not interested in bettering themselves and learning from great players.

  5. avenell says:

    Oh and no I have not been watching soccer AM.. 🙂

  6. kelsey says:

    Morning again,

    one thing I disagree upon is you say there is no importance to today’s game. I feel

    we must win today,or at least draw,then 4th is 90% secured.If we were to lose and villa have an easy run in,we have to play Chelsea and united before our last game against Stoke, and the momentum for tuesdays massive game could be lost.

  7. avenell says:

    Morning Kelsey.

    Todays game is important to us as we need 3rd spot if possible, 4th place is now a lottery that could see us have a very difficult qualification game to get into the Champions League.
    If we beat Chelsea we have a chance.
    It would also be nice to play Man U on the back of a win..

  8. rico01 says:

    Morning ave – ok smartie, i do remember you suggesting that 😉

    Hi kelsey, agrre, today we need goals goals goals and get the confidence sky high, we could also do with ‘Boro getting something from the Manure game…

    Was that a pig flying by my window 😉

  9. rico01 says:

    Kelsey, can you help please, how do the Spanish pronounce


  10. kelsey says:

    ben al madena.

  11. kelsey says:

    best bowls green on the cost rico.

    Tomorrow I play our club singles final against a lady from the shetland islands,who has been capped for scotland,but now lives here.i am the underdog but i will give it a go. 😉

  12. kelsey says:

    best bowls green on the coast rico.

    Tomorrow I play our club singles final against a lady from the shetland islands,who has been capped for scotland,but now lives here.i am the underdog but i will give it a go. 😉

  13. rico01 says:

    Thanks kelsey, so for idiots like me

    Ben al madeeeeeena 😉

    Good luck for tomorrow, if you can do it, so can the Gooners on Tuesday, we are all counting on you 😛

    No pressure 😉

  14. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    According to Private Eye Danny Fizman has retained a charge over the 5,000 shares he sold last month to Kroenke. Why would that be?

    They suggest that the shares might not have been paid for yet and question who would have the voting rights. Also what good is he to us if he can’t pay for the shares.

    Kelsey – have you got any more info on this?

    This story is in this weeks Private Eye printed before yesterdays purchase of Carrs shares so could be just scaremongering……..

  15. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico, kelsey

  16. rico01 says:

    Hi peaches

  17. peachesgooner says:

    Whats up ave?

    Morning ave sweetie 🙂 I didn’t know you were there

  18. peachesgooner says:

    As you are there – can you put me in for 0-3 today please?

  19. rico01 says:

    Anyone watching the footie ? see the Manure keeper come out of the box with the ball ?? we would have seen a red card for that 😦

  20. peachesgooner says:

    I’ve been trying to find the Private Eye article to put it up in its entirety – but no luck.

  21. peachesgooner says:

    Rico – I watched it again last night and I thought he came out of the box too 😦

  22. avenell says:

    Afternoon Peaches.. 🙂

  23. JonJon says:

    afternoon guys…. i had to run a few errands this morning so sorry i havent been about… cheers ave…

  24. rico01 says:

    peaches – i am watching the manure game against boro, on at the moment 😉 the ref is usless, and has no bottle, the keeper could be off, Vidic should have had at least a yellow, and that young one who keeps scoring in the 99th minute should be booked too –

    I want Vidic to get injured 😦 I know thats naughty

  25. rico01 says:

    Hi JJ, nice post 😛

  26. peachesgooner says:

    Hi ave, JonJon

    My very expensive stream isn’t showing the game this afternoon 😦

  27. JonJon says:

    hi rico…thank you…

    i like your lineup by the way….ive read somewhere today that merida will play….

  28. peachesgooner says:


    I thought you meant from the other night

  29. rico01 says:

    JJ – thanks and I hope he does, I really like Merida and think he will end up better than Cesc 🙄

  30. JonJon says:

    hello peaches..i guess your stuck in the same boat as us today … with an iranian stream thats 30mins behind and crashes whenever theres a goal and cuts off at half time.. 😦

  31. JonJon says:

    i wouldnt mind seeing ramsey play either…..

    why spend 5mil on a midfielder which could of been the 5mil extra to get alonso and then not play him all season??? except for a handful of games…

  32. rico01 says:

    peaches – no worries, i didnt really see the game, and couldnt bring myself to watch us lose even though i recorded it 😦

    Boro should have had a penalty and Andy Gray is still a prize pratt and a bias one too!!

  33. rico01 says:

    JJ – good point, have him on the right and nasri on the bench?

  34. JonJon says:

    maybe rico…or put merida on the left with ramsy next to song and push AA up top with vela or theo….

  35. rico01 says:

    Blimey JJ, that should get us a few goals 😛

  36. rico01 says:

    So seeing as Pompey havent beaten us since 1958, does everyone think we will win today 😉

  37. JonJon says:

    of course it will rico…

    just having AA in the team will get us a few goals.. 😉

  38. rico01 says:

    I have tried to find a link, but to no avail 😦

  39. rico01 says:

    I have tried to find a link, but to no avail 😦

  40. JonJon says:

    YES… 😉

  41. rico01 says:

    Yes, I looked twice 😆

  42. rico01 says:

    Yes, I looked twice 😆

  43. rico01 says:

    oops 😳

  44. JonJon says:

    is there an echo????

  45. JonJon says:

    i wait until 5 mins before the game to find a link rico and i use this…

  46. London says:

    I don’t think one person has mentioned what a good read that post is, so I am going to say it: excellent read Jonjon.

    I am now of to the Twelve Pins in Finsbury Park where they have confirmed to me that they are showing the game live.

  47. JonJon says:

    cheers london…..

    i suggest you have a few beers to go with the game…. 😉

  48. rico01 says:

    Hi London, how are you doing – ah you are wrong my friend, I did 😉

  49. rico01 says:

    JJ – do you need sopcast, my pc wont let me download it 😦

  50. JonJon says:

    theres a variety of choices rico….from sopcast to media player….

    i dont have sopcast either… i can only choose the media player but there tends to be more choice right before kickoff so thats why i wait…

  51. rico01 says:

    Thanks 😛

    Manure are 2-0 up and no injuries yet 😦

  52. rico01 says:

    Where is that ave man ??

  53. JonJon says:

    evra just got a kick rico…. i was hoping he may hav chipped a bone or something.. 😉

    with rio and evra out for tuesday we would have a great chance… but it looks as though evras ok… 😦

  54. rico01 says:

    jsut saw that JJ, i had my fingers crossed 😉

  55. rico01 says:

    Rio is going to be fit for Tuesday – that is a huge 😦

  56. rico01 says:

    Thats a good article, I will pack for you Nik.. 😛

    Evra has been subbed, hope its worse than we thought 😉

  57. rico01 says:

    Manuel Almunia, Kolo Toure, Mikael Silvestre, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor all miss out today ……

  58. JonJon says:

    ive just read that rico… hahahahaha… they can have him now…. 😉

    is rio definatley available… i thought it was 50-50…. any injury to your ribs though is a bad injury and it will take the slightest jab in the area to get him off… lets hope ade has been practicing his body shots…. 😉

  59. JonJon says:

    so whos in…. do u have the lineups rico???

  60. rico01 says:

    Cant wait to see our team, knowing who is left out….

    Lets hope Ade watches and learns from Ricky tonight 😛

  61. rico01 says:

    Only those out so far from the pompey site jj, i am off to have a look around

  62. kelsey says:

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Song Billong, Djourou, Eboue, Walcott, Denilson, Ramsey, Arshavin, Bendtner, Vela. Subs: Mannone, Bischoff, Coquelin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Merida, Randall, Frimpong.

    peaches hello,what was your question ?

  63. rico01 says:

    Here is the team – the the League Cup squad 😛

  64. rico01 says:

    ArsenalLukasz Fabianski
    Bacary Sagna
    Alex Song
    Johan Djourou
    Emmanuel Eboue
    Theo Walcott
    Aaron Ramsey
    Andrey Arshavin
    Nicklas Bendtner
    Carlos Vela
    Substitutes Vito Mannone
    Amaury Bischoff
    Francis Coquelin
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
    Fran Merida
    Mark Randall
    Emmanuel Frimpong

  65. rico01 says:

    Easier to read now


    Lukasz Fabianski
    Bacary Sagna
    Alex Song
    Johan Djourou
    Emmanuel Eboue
    Theo Walcott
    Aaron Ramsey
    Andrey Arshavin
    Nicklas Bendtner
    Carlos Vela


    Vito Mannone
    Amaury Bischoff
    Francis Coquelin
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
    Fran Merida
    Mark Randall
    Emmanuel Frimpong

  66. rico01 says:

    sorry kelsey, didnt see you had already posted the team news, that will teach me to F5!! 😉

  67. kelsey says:

    i am sure i just saw Ade on the beach in Puerto banus this morning 🙂

  68. JonJon says:

    so we are resting players then

    thats still a good squad though…

    EE at LB???

  69. rico01 says:

    i didnt see that JJ, mme !!

  70. JonJon says:

    hahah kelsey…

    ades going to be one of those players that moves onto another ‘big club’ after us…then after a year or two they will see how rubbish he is and he will spend the rest of his career playing for teams like bolton….

  71. John says:

    I actually really like the look of this team, 1-3 Arsenal.

  72. rico01 says:

    cant get a stream, and now got to go out in any case, knew I should have not answered the phone 😦

    catch up later all, I can see us getting a few, vela, theo, arshavin – two each 😉

  73. avenell says:

    Has anyone got a link???

    Hi john.

  74. avenell says:

    Cannot get it to work JJ.. 😦

  75. JonJon says:

    that wasnt a pen… and AA even wagged his finger to say it wasnt… i thought lee mason was anti arsenal…cheers lee. 😉

  76. JonJon says:

    songs doing well again… this time at CB…. hes becoming a very good squad player and his improvement is rapid….

  77. JonJon says:

    someone please tell me why adebayor is held in such high regard??

  78. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon – sorry, I’ve been missing and not had a chance to pay tribute to your excellent post… you think anyone new to the site will get the irony re: Ade and Diaby? 🙂

  79. JonJon says:

    hahaha rasp….

    and thanks mate… did you catch the game today??? my stream crashed in the second half…but from what i saw ade and diaby are surplus to requirements and i dont even know why they are considered 1st teamers…

    we play so much better without them… we always do…

  80. kelsey says:

    Hello guys,
    I watched what i could as my stream went on and off with some foreign commentary.Arshavin is pure class.James made a right blunder for nic’s goal but Nic with vela upfront combined well together.The penalty was 50-50 but nic put it away well.Didn’t see vela,

    s goal,but understand it was good. now guaranteed and peaches got the correct score,well done.

  81. peachesgooner says:


    I listened to the game on the radio whilst potting-up in my greenhouse – quite retro for me – and I can’t wait to watch it later on sky. The first half sounded fabulous although I think Pompey decided to play a bit more at the start of the second half.

    The first goal was a gift and the pen wasn’t a pen c’est la vie :). Stan Collymore couldn’t find enough superlatives for our play and especially Velas goal.

    Of course we’re gonna finish in the top four – what was everyone worried about 😆

  82. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – were you watching me while I wrote my comment 😆

    oh and peaches predicted the score 🙂

  83. JonJon says:

    i said we’d play the kids and AA would be captain???? is that as good as a correct score???? 😉

    AA is pure quality….3 more assists today…what a player….
    i dont think it was a pen kelsey…davis got a touch on the ball but we got the decision….its about time we got a few our way…

  84. avenell says:

    Afternoon flash arse.. 😉

  85. peachesgooner says:

    Moi xxxxx

  86. avenell says:

    Peaches that is.. lol

  87. JonJon says:


  88. peachesgooner says:

    They said on the radio that Vela should have got a pen in the first half and maybe the ref was making it up to us…………very unusual 😉

  89. peachesgooner says:

    Its a shame we can’t disguise Arshavin as another player 😆

  90. peachesgooner says:

    How are you ave – I havn’t spoken to you for ages. Is your cold better now?

  91. avenell says:

    Loads better but still there, thanks..

    Unlike everyone else I only saw the last 25 mins..
    Why Bischoff???

  92. JonJon says:

    velas pen shout was a pen… well… ive seen them given it was more of a pen than AA’s….

  93. JonJon says:

    did bischoff come on ave????

  94. peachesgooner says:

    Bischoff was a gamble wasn’t he – nice of us to pay his wages for a season and get him fit so that he can depart for pastures new ……

  95. avenell says:

    He came on for Theo last 10 mins.. He is out of contract.. when will wenger learn.. Cole all over again.

  96. peachesgooner says:

    Bischoff, Merida and Mark Randall came on JJ

  97. peachesgooner says:

    ave – the article in Private eye about the shares isn’t available online, I’ve been trying to scan it so that I can email it to you but I can’t do it 😦

    Have you got a fax?

  98. kelsey says:

    Eboue what can I say 😉 Our most versatile player ever.

  99. kelsey says:

    peaches are you talking about the shares kroenke bought a couple of months ago,because if you are,I think i read the same that he hasn’t actually paid for them as yet.

  100. kelsey says:


    Robin hood is on in about 20 minutes and i have a great story with a few changes of name which would make a nice post for us,peaches knows what i mean

  101. avenell says:

    Peaches we do have a fax, although it is a programe on the computer that we turn on if we need it..

    Same no.. just let me know…

    If you want to do a post Kelsey.. can you book a day please new idea.. In the widgets..>>>>^^^

  102. avenell says:

    I have put it in the post Peaches at the top.. Cannot read it though… Have a look!!

  103. peachesgooner says:

    Sorry ave, I got caught up downstairs. The scanning prog asked me if i wanted to re-size it and I said yes but its too small to read. If you want me to fax it to you say when………..

  104. peachesgooner says:

    Actually, thinking about it logically – if its not available online there may be a copywrite issue so you’d better not include it 🙂

  105. peachesgooner says:

    Text me if you come back on cos my wireless isn’t working on my lap-top………

  106. avenell says:

    Peaches I know it’s a stress for your green fingers but could you type it into comments?.. Just wondered gulp..

  107. Rasputin says:

    Hi kelsey,

    Sorry I’ve been offline for a bit!…I know you love Robin Hood…. to me it’s just a really convenient pub for lunch 🙂

  108. kelsey says:

    Wenger has admitted Adebayor’s threats affected his young squad. The French gaffer said: “I did make a mistake in, perhaps, under-estimating the harmful effects of last season.

    “The Adebayor business: ‘I’m going, I’m staying, I’m going, I’m staying’ was an important factor.”

    The whole messy affair even led to Adebayor being booed by angry fans in Arsenal’s opening game of the season against West Brom.

    Good morning,
    if this is an official quote from AW what does it tell you.

  109. rico01 says:

    Morning All…

    So Stan the Man has said there is 40M kitty for transfers this summer, and that is before any selling takes place, Arsene has turned down a five year deal offer from RM and is ready to sign a new contract at Arsenal,

    He already has his eye on two new players Charlton teenger Jonjo Shelvey and 17-year-old Lille midfielder, Eden Hazard. That will get you all excited..

    And Ade could be sold to ac milan 😛

    The biggest surprise of the day is MOTD have three Arsenal goals in the Goal of the Month Competition, well I be Jiggered 😉

    Oh, great result yesterday, just watched the game, hope we defend a bit stronger against the Manure – I know we didnt conced but Pompey had a few chances 😦

    And finally – isn’t Vela sweet 😛

  110. rico01 says:

    Rasp – we have one of those nearby, a Robin Hood I mean and they sell Coors Lite on draught, lovely on a warm sunny day 😛

  111. rico01 says:

    Oh and one more thing, if Reading dont get promoted, what say we go and get Kevin Doyle???

  112. JonJon says:

    good morning kelsey

    read this…


    i hope stan and ivan make wenger spend it….i dont want him to be here for another 5 years if we are going to persist in trying to develop every player we have at the club… doesnt work.. we need to spend…

    and vela ran more yesterday than ade has all season…

  113. kelsey says:

    4-4-2 has to be the way on Tuesday.i will be the first to Admit that Vela for a small man offers more to the attack and is not easily dispossessed,than i thought he would.

    regardless of formation our defensive still looks mighty vunerable,and attack will be our best form of attack against United.

    did you notice how many times we were caught offside ?(are you watching Ade.)

    The other positive is that 4th,spot in now guaranteed and it takes the pressure off the team from now on in.

    I thought Theo had a poor game for the second time this week,and we may well see him as a sub on tuesday.

    Busy day ahead,catch up later 🙂

  114. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    If only the yummy one had had more time on the pitch he would be a shoo-in for the game on Tuesday!!!!

    Arsene has left it too late to use him…..unless he’s to be the secret weapon…….

    yummy one – Carlos Vela

  115. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – good luck for your match today, bring home the silver-ware 🙂

  116. peachesgooner says:

    It has to be said that Pompey were woeful in front of goal and had they been more clinical we may have needed to score a lot more goals to win that game….

  117. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.. NEW POST.. press home!!

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