Sweet Dreams Are made of This.

The idea that United pulled out of the Tevez deal for any reason other than money is absolute nonsense. Tevez has stated on numerous occasions that he simply wants a five year contract and is well aware that at his age this is the last chance he has to secure one. The purpose, quite honourable in my opinion, is to achieve financial security for himself and his family for the rest of their lives. With this in mind I see no reason why a man from Buenos Aires should have any more loyalty to United rather than City so common sense dictates that he will want to sell his labour to the highest bidder, now here is where it gets interesting.

My observation is that United have had to pull out early from the deal to save face — the worm has turned, they can no longer compete financially with City; so, rather than get into a bidding war, which City would love because they know they would win, and by doing so would be gifted the golden opportunity to show the world that United are City’s financial inferiors — something United are going to try and conceal for as long as they can.

How does this affect Arsenal? ……………….Benzema!

In normal circumstances if Arsenal and United showed an interest in the same player we would have to make an early exit to avoid a bidding war and with it the embarrassment of losing in the same way that United just did over Tevez.

But Benzema is different — he is French and that gives us the advantage. Arsenal, rather than Manchester, is far more his natural home and he is far more likely to be drawn to want play with his French speaking mates rather than the neanderthal grunts of Rooney. United can play the, look how we developed Ronaldo card all they want and we trump it every time with the mention of a certain Thierry Henry.

And so we come to the important bit — money; we should not forget that our club has recently changed ownership. This is the first transfer window when Kroenke and Gazidis have been in charge and my guess is that they are going to want to show off a bit sooner rather than later.

Benzema is a 30 million pound player and at 21 that is a bargain when you think what he could be worth in five years time — a thought I doubt will be lost on our new ownership team. So, with the sale of Adebayor and a nod from Benzema indicating that he would be interested in playing for the good guys, France’s most exciting attacking talent could be ours.

Today I am definitely looking through the wishful thinking window.


383 Responses to Sweet Dreams Are made of This.

  1. London says:

    Morning roadsters

    Just a little snack of a post, something to tie us over.

  2. rico01 says:

    Hi 5 London – i am off to read now,

    Annie Lennox – what a singer 😉

  3. rico01 says:

    Nice one London, love the Rooney reference 😉

    Benzema has said he would rather come to us than Manure or Madrid – Stan and Ollie could really get this man IF they really want him.

    I am looking through the same window as you London, and right now all I see is bright orange sunshine 🙂

  4. chaf says:

    Good morning London

    Just passing thru.. At the risk of probably repeating what you have all been saying…I notice its not just Arsenal supporters talking about Benzema, Ribery and the like. That’s what is exciting me this morning. We appear to hold a few trumps up our sleeve, for a change. We have to get in there and challenge now, because Man City will be in there seriously this year, the big five?…

  5. chaf says:

    Good morning Rico as well!!

  6. avenell says:

    Morning London/Rico..

    Good effort london I like the theory. Do you think Fergie will hang about without the open chequebook and see it has a challenge or kop out and when man u head south he will still be a hero?

  7. avenell says:

    Morning chaf too .. I was still typing when you came in..

  8. chaf says:

    Hi Ave – a jolly good morning to you.

  9. JonJon says:

    ohhh london i love it… yes…

    in fact im going to do a london and im off to read it again 😉

  10. JonJon says:

    morning everyone…

    london….thats got me giddy…imagine the buzz around the club if we signed our first 30mil quid player???

    i also think with manures interest repayments from the last two years hanging over their heads…fergie wont actually see the whole 80mil….

    more like 16mil for valencia…leaving us clear to sign benny… 🙂

  11. peachesgooner says:

    Who am I to disagree…….

    Gonna read it now ….. 🙂

  12. London says:

    Morning Ave

    I don’t think SAF can stop; he encountered the same problems when Abramovich arrived and just carried right on. But I agree with Jonjon, with the loss of Ronaldo and Tevez, United will be weaker this season, furthermore, we shouldn’t forget that Barcelona haven’t even started to flex their financial muscles yet, and they have expressed an interest in Vidic; if he goes United could be the ones making way for City in the top four. This is probably going a bit too far but my guess is that next season it will be City who will be trying to take our title crown from us.

  13. peachesgooner says:

    Love it London – and Irish will love you if your logic proves to be correct and we get Benzema 😉

  14. rico01 says:

    Morning chaf and ave….

    In the words of the Pointer Sister’s

    ‘I’m so excited’ 😆 😛

  15. rico01 says:

    Nice line peaches…. 😉

  16. peachesgooner says:

    Hi chaf and ave sweetie 🙂

    ……must be the weather……..

  17. peachesgooner says:

    Thanks rico 🙂

  18. rico01 says:

    peaches, have tou travelled the world and the seven seas ?? 😉

    Where is Rasp today, not still carrying his bat I hope 😉

  19. avenell says:

    Hi Peaches.. Have you finished your job yet?

    London… Fergie stayed when abramovich came on the scene, but after 2 years he threw his toys out and got a big lump sum that allowed them to compete with Chelsea..
    now he has Man C, Chelsea (although no decent player wants to go there) and also we are just starting to flex some of our financial muscles..

    The title could go any of the 4 ways, depends on who has the most settled squad and how any new signings settle in.. Then with Man C not far behind I think this year there will be a divide between the quality they seem to be signing and some of the old lower paid inferior players..

    the next year will be City in the top 2 or 3 ..

  20. JonJon says:

    i was never worried about citeh as i didnt think the big names would take them seriously….

    but if etoo and tevez join i would reconsider my evaluation of them

    i still cant see them joining though…citeh arent even in europe

  21. peachesgooner says:

    Hi ave – I’m inside doing an estimate 😦

  22. Rasputin says:

    Excellent post London,

    The thing that worries me is not that we won’t necessarily compete with manure in the bidding, but that we can’t compete on the wages.

    United have just offloaded 2 very large wage earners, we will be less Ade’s £80k a week (or thereabouts). If United offer him £120K a week, will he come to us for £80K a week?

    I should think that RVP would be very interested to learn what wages we are prepared to offer benzema – could the club possibly pay Benzema significantly more than Boy Wonder?

  23. peachesgooner says:

    Good point rasp – but do Manu pay significantly more than us in wages…… just a question…..

  24. rico01 says:

    Hi Rasp, I thought you were still trudging somewhere, bat in hand 😉

    The ladies have got the Aussies 94-8 in a 50 over, and they still have 20 overs left – tee hee 😛

  25. Rasputin says:

    Yes -just an answer 🙂 , I think Ronaldo was on about £120K a week. I’m sure they wouldn’t miind reducing some of their debt, but as I said the combined wages of Ron and Tevez will give them plenty to offer Benzema. I guess every man has his price!

  26. JonJon says:

    hi rasp…

    benny doesnt want to play for neanderthals…he wants to play le sexi football. 😉

  27. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico,

    Ave has dubbed me ‘Rasno’, and true to form, I carried my bat again on saturday – I may never get ana average unless I get out. I think I’ll just walk over the stumps on my last innings of the season 😆

    Good ol’ ladies showing the guys the way.

    Looks like your gonna get your wish and see Theo play up front tonight as we don’t have any strikers available. Shame to lose the keeper, I hope that isn’t the telling omission – we’ve seen what inexperienceed keepers can do when under pressure 😦

  28. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon,

    I’d love it, really love it…….if Benzema came to THOF …. are you actually saying you think there is better than a 50/50 chance we’ll get him?

  29. rico01 says:

    Who will be in goal tonight ??

    Theo needs a big game., so many out there (AVE) are beginning to doubt him, he needs to star tonight and go into this coming season with confidence

    I think we have every chance of getting Benzema

  30. rico01 says:

    ave is so cruel to you Rasp, at least you will have bigger muscles than him with all that wood carrying each weekend 😉

  31. JonJon says:

    i didnt want to build my hopes up rasno 😉

    but the way london puts it leaves me thinking its about 60-40 in wengers favor

    come one arsene work your magic

  32. peachesgooner says:

    I hope Theo is really psyched up for this role tonight too – its what he wants….if he doesn’t deliver it’ll be a disaster for his confidence… 😦

    Why am I even doubting him – hes going to be amazing and score at least 2 goals…. 😀

  33. peachesgooner says:

    Sweet dreams are made of this…….

  34. peachesgooner says:

    If Darren Bent moves I’ve got a nice house for Benzema – close to the M25……20 minutes from the training ground…….fabulous garden……

  35. Rasputin says:

    Sisters are doing it for themselves … 😎

  36. rico01 says:

    Now there was a time
    When they used to say
    That behind every great man
    There had to be a great woman

    Ain’t they spot on peaches 😉

  37. Rasputin says:

    I think London is right – this kind of deal is not the ‘old Arsenal’ way …. if we put in a £30m bid for Benzema, then that heralds a new era and the likes of Gazidis/Kroenke/Usamov will be the driving force.

  38. peachesgooner says:

    Appreciation at last ….. 😆

  39. London says:

    Afternoon Rasp

    Fair point about the wages being more of a stumbling block that the fee.

    In which case I suppose the only way this would work is if Benzema believed that he would improve as a player by coming to Arsenal before going on to earn double per week somewhere else. I realise that many people will view the idea that a player might want to leave and play for another club as heresy but when it is so obvious that so many players think that way it seems to me that we might as well take it on board from the outset.

  40. Rasputin says:

    Hi London…..

    Nice to read a post through the ‘rose-tinted’ window 🙂 and great to keep the musical thread running through for the summer until we get serious again…….

    I’ve said before that I only want players that want to play for us, and if Benzema comes into that category and would sacrifice a few thou a week to develop his career under the best coach in the world, then we’re all going to be exceedingly happy!

  41. JonJon says:

    bennys going to be an arsenal player next season 😉

  42. London says:

    Who else is likely to be in for Benzema?

    Benzema is 21 and far from the finished article which means that many clubs would not risk their title winning hopes on such a long shot. So, that rules out Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and City and on this premise; in many ways, he is not that suitable for United. They have just lost two experienced goal scorers so they have a far greater need of a proven goal scorer rather than a 21 year old in which there is no guarantee that he will hit the floor running.

    We are the only club that can afford such luxury because as so many people on this site have suggested we might not even need another striker if Adebayor leaves. This means we could ease him in slowly….I have just talked myself into improving the odds of signing him to 75/25

    The world is always a better place when you are wearing your red and white tinted glasses.

  43. JonJon says:

    he wouldnt get in the 1st team in any of those sides london…he would in ours…and what french wonderkid doesnt want to play for lord arsene??

    make that 80-20 now mate 😉

  44. Rasputin says:

    Haha… red + white=rose tinted… 😆

    21 is the perfect age to pick an unripened peach of a player – Anelka and Henry were both around that mark when we ‘plucked them’from France and improved beyond measure in their first season thanks to AW’s tutilage…

  45. kelsey says:

    i can’t disagree with your thought process London,but to me there are two key factors.
    Firstly no one knows for sure the speculation about Adebayor,if in fact Wenger is trying to sell him or not,or if Adebayor or his agent,or both are trying for a better deal,most probably in Italy.if he were to go Benzema as you logically put it,would be an ideal replacement,but then one also has to consider the fitness of Eduardo.If he is fully recovered,Wenger may not wish to strengthen his attacking force as he has already stated that he is still looking for one player to bolster the defence.
    it makes for good debate, but there are too many ifs at the moment.

  46. JonJon says:

    i dont reckon too much of the ribery rumor though…thats smells of horesypoop…

  47. rico01 says:

    JJ 🙂

    Not chicken poopeywoopey 😉

  48. kelsey says:

    Big night for theo tonight, a lone striker role against the germans.more pressure on the lad,hope he makes a good account of himself,as all eyes will be on him.

  49. JonJon says:


    ades off and bennys coming…. 90-10 😉

  50. rico01 says:

    Here here JJ, 91-9 that deal is going to happen 😉

    Hi kelsey – how are the choppers ?

  51. rico01 says:

    Eto – the man from Barca, he say ‘No’ to Citeh 😉

  52. London says:

    Hello Kelsey

    The whole thing is of course speculation, a bit of fun on a Monday. I never took the Adebayor going to Milan seriously last season, they used him to get a better wage deal with Ronaldinho. This year seems a bit different. Milan have confirmed that they have spoken to him and we all know that he will be happy to go. So 60/40 that he is off.

  53. kelsey says:

    Well you know my feelings London, so I will not be crying.

    I might be crying tomorrow,as I go back to the dental specialist to see how things are.

    91-9 rico, strange odds. 😉

  54. rico01 says:

    London, add to that Ade is keeping quiet so far, that makes me a tad suspicious of him. Milan have confirmed they have spoken to Arsene so its all being handled in the right and proper way – makes a change 😉

    Just wish they would hurry up and sort it out, we want Benzy Boy 😉

  55. rico01 says:

    Kelsey – it’s just ‘out of 100’ rather than odds 😉

    Oh, not so good about your Gnashers 😦

  56. kelsey says:

    I see the site rating is up to 110. Must be the headline posts recently that does it 😉

  57. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. I think it got featured on SHL one day as we got 150 views in a day.. Unfortuanatly that will come off this week and the average views will go down.. we have had 60 on there today though..

    probably drop back to 125 ish….

  58. rico01 says:

    ave – I have not had any reply yet from that link you gave me 😦

  59. avenell says:

    rico.. they won’t.. if it’s on in a month.. 🙂 if not they don’t tell you .. you have to try again and again etc..

  60. JonJon says:

    99-1 hes off and bennys coming… come on guys keep the rose tinted red and white googles on…

  61. rico01 says:

    Ok ok, I will keep trying 😉

    Now I like those odds JJ, thats it then, done deal – next player 😉

  62. JonJon says:

    veloso in 50-50

  63. JonJon says:

    diaby and senderos to lyon plus 15mil for benny

    sell ade to milan for 15mil plus flamini


  64. Rasputin says:

    Is this Benzimmer bloke an old chum of rico’s? 😳

  65. Rasputin says:

    Who wants to play the take-back game?

    You can only choose one from:
    Flam, Hleb, Gilbert or Henry

  66. rico01 says:

    Now Rasp, are you sure you want to talk age with me ‘old chap’ ???? 😉 😉

    And I thought he was Benzstrimmer 😉

  67. rico01 says:

    Henry Rasp 😛

  68. Rasputin says:

    rico 🙂 🙂 🙂 – just trying to flush you out! 😆

  69. Rasputin says:

    That’s a different game Jonjon – they have to be playing currently – but I know what you mean 😦

  70. rico01 says:

    Rasp – we thrashed the Aussie’s by 9 wickets and with 23 overs to spare 😛

  71. JonJon says:

    so have we heard any good news yet???

    has ade gone????

    has benny arrived???

  72. Rasputin says:

    Is Bbbbbbennnyyy on the jet yet?

    Is it Ade’os?

    Cana be true

  73. rico01 says:

    History could be about to be made……

    It’s raining at Wimbledon and the roof may be closing real soon 😉

    Rasp, thats funny 😆

  74. rico01 says:

    Press reports in Germany suggest Arsenal are in deep negotiations with Stuttgart in order to sign their star defender Serdar Tasci. The 22-year-old has also been tracked by Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus after a superb season which has seen him break into the German international side on a regular basis.

  75. JonJon says:

    hahaha rasp.. 😉

    whos this tiscali bloke then???

  76. Rasputin says:

    22 year old , 6ft 1in German centre back/right back …. could be possible………mmmmmm

  77. rico01 says:

    and he is crocked right now – makes it even more likely 😉

  78. Rasputin says:

    If he buys this guy, I would imagine that he and Vermaelen will be the intended first choice CBN pairing by the end of the season – where would that leave Kolo, Gallas and JD?

  79. Irishgunner says:

    London – That is perhaps the best speculation post I have EVER read :mrgreen:

    Team for next season:
    ——————— Almunia ————————

    Sagna ——— Gallas ——- Vermaelen —— Clichy

    ————— Somebody like Yaya Toure ————-

    ———Fabregas———————– Van Persie —

    ————————— Arshavin —————-

    ———————- Benzema ———————

    Reserves: Fabianski, Gibbs, Toure, Nasri, Eduardo, Rosicky, Bendtner, Ramsey, Song, Denilson, Vela

  80. Irishgunner says:

    Forgot Walcott 😳

  81. Rasputin says:

    Blimey Irish – do you expect us to be that good we can beat the opposition with 10 men?

  82. rico01 says:

    Citey are coming for Kolo Rasp 😦

    Hi Irish – how could you 😉

  83. Rasputin says:

    Actually, joking apart, if you look at the quality of the subs – we would pretty much have two very good teams 🙂

  84. Irishgunner says:

    Yes, Rasp 😳

    I got up in a kerfuffle cos I didn’t know whether to put in Rosicky but went with Van Persie cos of his new contract.

    Throw in Denilson there as defensive cover beside “Somebody like Yaya Toure” 😀

  85. Irishgunner says:

    Hi Rico – I’m good, I’d be great if we signed Benzema, actually I’d be aboard cloud nine.

    He is a player I greatly admire although his attitude is a bit of a worry but the boss would sort him, he has had practice with Le Sulk.

  86. rico01 says:

    Ogogo has Agonegone…..

  87. Irishgunner says:

    Ogogo and Rodgers have been released.

  88. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Rico, your breaking of the news was much better

  89. rico01 says:

    Thanks Irish 😉

    And to D&R and N’hampton I think, bet they are gutted :

  90. Irishgunner says:

    Least they get to play some first team football I suppose and they are still only 19/20.

  91. rico01 says:

    Good point Irish, they could still improve and make a fab living – not so bad really 😉

  92. Irishgunner says:

    I reckon things will start heating up now transfer wise with players coming back from holiday and the confederations cup over.

    I hope we buy our two new awesome players soon. Arsene promised 😉

  93. rico01 says:

    Irish – I reckon you will be right, old smart arse ave said the other day that he thought things would start happening on the 1st july, after holibobs etc…. Men, eh !!

  94. rico01 says:

    Irish – are you watching the tennis – Mauresmo game, it’s real good – she is one who could just upset one of the Williams sisters

  95. Irishgunner says:

    Yeah, men…. 😆

  96. Irishgunner says:

    What channel is it on Rico?

  97. kelsey says:


    do you realize the boys report back for training a week today.i hope Cesc gets a little longer off.

  98. rico01 says:

    BBC1 Irish

  99. Irishgunner says:

    I thought it was still 2 weeks away Kelsey – so we will have our two new signings in a week 😉

  100. rico01 says:

    Just as I have told you that, she is playing dreadful !!! and now its BBC2 !!!

    kelsey – i hope he doesn’t, look what it did to him after the Euro’s 😉 Only kidding – and I did know it was very early July and Arsene has said he want new players ready for then so a busy couple of weeks for us i hope 😛

  101. Irishgunner says:

    I have BBC1 – I can watch it 😀

  102. Irishgunner says:

    I wouldn’t get into a fight with her 😯

  103. rico01 says:

    Me neither Irish, she is a fantastic player though, and doesn’t squeal, screech or cheat 😉

  104. Irishgunner says:

    Good game, Safina shouldn’t have called that a minute ago

  105. rico01 says:

    Well I be jiggered, 3-0 up, final set and she has lost, I am dissapointed, I hoped she would go on and win the C’ships…. Back to the Williams v Willams then !! 😦

  106. rico01 says:

    Well I be jiggered, 3-0 up, final set and she has lost, I am dissapointed, I hoped she would go on and win the C’ships…. Back to the Williams v Williams then !! 😦

  107. Irishgunner says:

    You jinxed her 😯

  108. rico01 says:

    I did Irish – she should have won…. 😦

  109. Irishgunner says:

    Williams versus Williams then?

    Is Safina world number one?

  110. JonJon says:

    bonjour mein amigos

    i really have hi hopes of signing benzema

    real look to be are only rival and i thought they were after villa…

    with them having raul kaka ronaldo maybe villa…bezema will know 1st team footy will be difficult

    the rose tinted red and white goggles are now topping the scale 100 😉

    ribery is plus 100 though on the bullshitometer 😉

  111. JonJon says:

    im looking forward to seeing theo tonight play front man…its the position i think best suits him…but not necessarliy in a three pronged attack…better in a two man attack with a target man but none the less lets see how he does…

  112. Irishgunner says:

    I think I’d cry if Benzema ended up with the Mancs 😦

  113. JonJon says:

    the mancs will have to see what they have left of their 80mil after theyve paid their interest repayments off… 😉

    the signing of valsncia sounds about right… 😉

    benny boy is ours….

  114. Irishgunner says:

    Jon Jon I hope you are right.

    I’d love if Citeh surpassed United next season, if they finished second to us in the EPL 😀

  115. JonJon says:

    i just think the situation is there to be taken advantage of irish..

    its a perfect wenger scenario

    theres no doubt in my mind that the french players want to play for wenger…if wenger got 2mins alone time with him he would get him….we just need the financial power to do it which is where the ivan/stan combo come in…

    we could even give them diaby and senderos maybe even sunu plus cash….

    the options are there…i have full faith that arsene will deliver…

    on this topic in wenger i trust… 😉

  116. kelsey says:


    three languages in one phrase,very impressive 🙂

  117. peachesgooner says:

    Oh goody – we’re still signing Benzema 🙂

    I’ve had to move my lap-top while I cook 👿

    Hoping to cook, watch the under 21’s and blog – get me multi-tasking, oh its OK I’m a girl 😆

  118. rico01 says:

    Rasp – that link is awesome, me and mine have just watched it several times through big smiles, thank you so much 😆

  119. rico01 says:

    Irish – I dont know who is no1, sorry, i will get on to it 😉

  120. peachesgooner says:

    Love the parrot 🙂

  121. Irishgunner says:

    Its Safina Rico, I got over my bout of laziness and googled it 😉

  122. Rasputin says:

    Better viewing than the footie at the moment eh rico? 😦

  123. rico01 says:

    I am recording the footie – are we losing 😦

    Thanks Irish 🙂

  124. rico01 says:

    Ah, Theo is poop again then 😦

  125. Rasputin says:

    Theo’s not exactly poop – it just isn’t happening for him. Milner’s our best player at the moment. They all look a bit tired. 😦

  126. JonJon says:

    cheers kelsey

    im flicking between the tennis and the footy…rasps right..it aint happening for theo….he looks lonely…needs a partener that aint 30yards away from him…

  127. rico01 says:

    2-0 then, I have to go now…

    Stay safe all, nighty night 😉

  128. London says:

    Morning all

    So, I hear we lost the final. I haven’t seen the game. How was Theo?

  129. chaf says:

    Morning London

    He wasn’t in it at all. None of them were. There’s a difference to getting a bunch of kids playing football together, and playing with tactics. At least Stuart Pearce knows his place, unlike McClaren.

  130. rico01 says:

    Morning chaf, London and all those still asleep 😉

    The Sun newspaper have been in the archives, grabbed a piece of supposed news from last summer and re-printed it this morning about AA wanting to play for Barca – how silly do they all think we are ??

    Anyone watch the match last night – no not the footie, the Murray Mint 😉 Awesome, just awesome …

  131. JonJon says:

    morning amigos

    i felt really sorry for the kids last night…they were never in it and they lost the plot after the 1st and 2nd goals…their head dropped….but i guess thats what happens with kids…

    we should know….

    as for the AA story…..great big load of horseyshit… 0/100 😉

  132. rico01 says:

    Morning JJ – dont think I will bother watching the recording then 😦

  133. JonJon says:

    they were pants rico….

    theo was useless….he aint a winger…and he aint a lone striker either…yet he gets played as both and look shite….

    i’ll be honest here..theo better find his best position soon becuase next year when rosicky and dudu are back theos gonna be getting spinters….

    then whats the point in having a 60k a week kid on the bench who isnt as good as the others who play his positions???

    we might as well just sell him…

  134. rico01 says:

    I am beginning to feel the same JJ but don’t tell ave 😉

    I have always been a fan, but maybe a lot of that is he comes from just down the road from me and went to the same school etc etc – I hope he sorts himself out really soon, and has a good pre-season, otherwise splinters it will be 😦

  135. chaf says:

    Morning JJ

    I was thinking exactly the same about Theo. He hasn’t got any better, it’s just the opposition has got tougher for him and he’s not up to it.

    Maybe we should stretch the pitch by another 100 yards, that might help him, he’d be first to the ball and be able to control it.

  136. chaf says:

    Sorry morning Rico!!!

  137. JonJon says:

    i love theo rico….but i think its because we got him as a baby and hes english….

    we all want him to succeed so badly that we havent really cared how shite he plays but its gettin to the point where he is actually shite….hes fast and he can finish a little but he has nothing else….and his weak areas arent improving…..

    we have much better options in the squad….theos a micheal owen type player….but wenger doesnt seem to like that type of role so i dont think theos future is with us…

  138. rico01 says:

    And everything was so bright yesterday, I feel as if I have a cloud cover over me now 😉

    Look on the bright side with Theo, he has a long contract so no chance of him walking on a free 😉

    Mme – didn’t ave say that aswell 🙄

  139. JonJon says:

    morning chaf…

    spot on mate…and the only way theos gonna be able to control the ball is if fifa decide footballs and boot laces are going to be made from velcro

  140. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Theo doesn’t know how to bring himself into the game and it seemed his team-mates didn’t know how to either – but thats because they’re all kids too. Have I just said the same as everyone else 😉

    The tennis was fantastic – I thought Murray was going to walk away with it in third and then it all went a bit nuts in the forth with Wawrinka suddenly remembering that he could play tennis and wow he had some fighting spirit!!!!! Well done to both players they showed that playing tennis rather than serving at 130mph is full of angst and anger………

    Saying that I don’t think Murrays serve is good enough against a guy who’s gonna do just that……although I remember the commentator saying that Murray is the best ‘returner of serve’……we’ll see ……

  141. JonJon says:

    yeah rico thats aves theory

    and i think hes right….wenger knows theo doesnt fit the system..but he also knows that he has a young englishman who is rated by the national coach and once hit a hatrick…

    hes now tied down to a long term deal and i think if in 2 years he doesnt get any better we’ll offlaod him for 25-30mil

    win win

  142. JonJon says:

    morning peaches

  143. rico01 says:

    Hi peaches – i commented the other day that i see him going out against the winner of Roddick and Hewitt, they will gobble up his short returns, he needs to learn to volley and mix his game up – either of those mentioned or any other good base line player will always out rally him imho – but a cracking match 🙂

    win win indeed JJ 🙂

    But I really hope it all comes together for him with us, he will be ‘fed’ better by our players as a striker. The international players seem to have an issue with him – jealousy I think, and don’t involve him in the games – that’s why I always like to see Becks in the same team as he really rates Theo and will pass to him – the Chavs and Dipper players never do…

  144. London says:


    We all respect your desire for Theo to do well and I suspect we would all be pleased if you turned out to be right and the rest of us turned out to be wrong but I’m worried for him….love the velcro laces idea. Lol.

  145. Rasputin says:

    Morning Doorstops 🙂

    Todays rumour is behind the boarded up window 😦

    We’ve started a summer musical theme revolution on the blogosphere……..

    Theo’s not going to have gained any confidence from the U21’s experience

    Cesc ditto from the Confedup Cup

    Andrey could say he admired the moon and the papers would report he wanted to be an astronaut 🙄

    Murray has had a personality bypass :?):

    The Ashes start next week 😛

  146. JonJon says:

    what would everyone say if we sold theo and ade and got 20/25mil a piece and then went and bought benzema??? we’d still have enough left for a bag of chips and the bus fare home… 😉

  147. JonJon says:

    nice round up raspno

    we should start a column and got it rasps roundup

  148. London says:

    Some of us would say that we are going to win the league.

  149. rico01 says:

    Morning Rasp – I thought the same as you, copy cats eh ;)But it shows we are being read 🙂

    London – I hope Theo proves his doubters wrong and Nikki proves me wrong this season, now wouldn’t that be good ?? 😆

  150. JonJon says:

    morning london

  151. JonJon says:


    im with you i think the league is ours next season


    as you know i hated nikki…but id rather see him start than theo and ade put together….

    hes starting to show signs of being an excellent frontman…if he can improve his finishing and keep his head up he’ll be a top player for us

  152. rico01 says:

    JJ – mme, I wish I had your confidence, but time will tell with them both – now Ade, different kettle of fish all together…

    Oh, and I think we will win the league in any case, I always do 😉

    Got to go for a while guys and gals – stay safe and catch you later

    Afternoon ave, when you appear 😉

  153. London says:

    Morning Rasp, don’t agree with you on this one mate.

    When Theo came of the bench against Spain and tore down the left wing before cutting the ball back for Milner to score the confidence surge in Theo was tangible. Walcott might not have gained confidence from last night’s game but he would have gained valuable experience. I still believe that he made the right decision to make himself available for the under 21s.

  154. Rasputin says:

    I didn’t say he hadn’t gained experience I said “Theo won’t have gained any confidence” – the frustration on his face was tangible. He has a very specific range of abilities – he is not an ‘Arshavin’, and he has not developed the ability to beat a defender with anything other than pace and movement. He ran into ‘dead ends’ last night and seemed short of ideas and looked jaded I thought.

  155. Rasputin says:

    Sorry London – I meant to say ‘good morning’ before replying to your comment 😉

  156. kelsey says:

    Morning everyone,

    “It’s Like a Melting pot” over here 😉

    Only 6 days and the boys report for training.No news about anyone leaving,so that is a plus.

    London, I disagree with you for a change 🙂 about Walcott, but if I may will come back to you later as I have an important dental appointment quite soon.

    Andy murray doesn’t endear himself to the general public,mainly through comments he has made throughout his career saying he is first and foremost Scottish(which technically he is) and on numerous occasions slammed the LTA, especially when he won the equvalent of Junior Wimbledon but in The States.

    If he wins it is good for British tennis,if he loses he is Scottish.

    See you all later.

  157. peachesgooner says:

    Murray did remember to thank the 15,000 supporters last night……..eventually…..

  158. peachesgooner says:

    Right, I’m off, I have a posse of young boys waiting in the garden for me to apply sun cream to their gorgeous bronzed backs……catch up later 😉

  159. London says:


    Just for clarification is your view that Theo didn’t gain confidence from last night’s experience or from the whole competition?

  160. peachesgooner says:

    Can I say that its a given that Theo and all of those players would have gained enormous confidence from having had a good game last night and from England going on to lift the trophy – thats not to say that his confidence would have been damaged from the experience.

    I think at the moment Theo is a team player – hes not going to change a game by himself. He relies on others bringing him into a game. He can change a game just by being on the pitch as the other players pick up their own tempo IMO.

  161. Rasputin says:

    Hi London,

    I think last night in particular the whole team’s confidence would have been damaged – they were comprehensively outplayed by a better organised more technical side. Pearce is a legend but not an international quality manager, and of course the suspensions didn’t help. Hart wouldn’t have conceded 4 goals.

    Across all the games in the tournament, Theo’s performances were patchy. The highlight was the run on the left and cross for Milner’s goal, I can’t imagine his confidence would have been boosted, but as you say he will have gained experience.

  162. JonJon says:

    thats the key word that defines theos career for me rasp…just highlights…

    theres no consistency….he doesnt have good games…just 5 minutes here and there….

    i dont think hes an arsenal player and i dont think he has it in him to become a good one

  163. London says:


    I didn’t see the game last night but what you say makes a great deal of sense.

    The angle I am coming from is that Theo is surely more likely to become the player we would like him to be — and quicker — by playing in a wide range of games and the under 21 competition went some way in achieving that.

  164. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon – very reluctantly, I am slowly moving towards the same opinion of Theo. I can see the improvement and still untapped potential in Bendtner, but I haven’t seen anything new, any development, in Theo’s game over the last year. There was the scintillating run that led to the equaliser against pool in the CL semi, the England Hattrick and a few other highlights, but he needs to develop some more ‘ball skills’ if he wants to play at the highest level. I really hope he proves me wrong……..

  165. Irishgunner says:

    Morning all,

    Nikki Bendtner will be one of Arsenal’s key players next season. That boy is going to be tops, he just needs to find those finishing boots on a consistent basis.

    As for Theo – he has skill and pace but where to play him. Maybe if he was part of a two player strike force as opposed to been abandoned up front?

    Now Benzema could do a loan striker job, and play as part of a two player attack or a three player attack a la Barcelona 😀

  166. chaf says:

    Morning again.

    Theo needs to take a bit of responsibility. Even in the Under 21’s where he is one of the more experienced, he is always looking a bit lost. I fear he is a player that will always be told to do this or that and just do it.
    Can you imagine him trying to choose lunch in the canteen, errr chicken or pasta, errr… bread, rice, oh dear..

    He needs to loose his temper a bit, thump someone and grow up! I really hope he comes through, but he is turning out to be an expensive trialist.

    Perhaps go out for a drink with Nikki..

  167. Irishgunner says:

    Ayling, Evina, Shea and Eastmond have all got pro contracts.

  168. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.. My ears are a bit warm.. 😉

  169. Rasputin says:

    Hi Irish,

    I agree about Nikki – If Ade goes and Benny doesn’t jet in, it will be his chance to ‘seize the opportunity’ – something that Theo hasn’t really done.

  170. Irishgunner says:

    Chaf – Walcott needs a bit more confidence in himself basically

  171. Irishgunner says:

    Bischoff has been released

  172. Rasputin says:

    Morning ave, 😉

    Who’s been talking about you?

  173. Irishgunner says:

    Rasputin – I think Bendtner and Eduardo could be quite the strike force. Didn’t they have a few games before Eddie’s injury where they linked up quite well and Nikki has learnt a hell of a lot last season.

  174. avenell says:

    Nobody .. 😦

    morning Irish, Raspo, Chaf..

  175. Irishgunner says:

    Morning Avenell 🙂

  176. JonJon says:

    i just think other than theos pace he offers the team nothing else but trouble…he gives the ball away far too aften…its as bad as ades offsides for chances wasted….

  177. Rasputin says:

    Yes you’re right Irish … it was so long ago I’d almost forgootten, but they did seem to have an almost instant chemistry and if you add AA and RVP to the mix it looks like a very potent strike force

  178. avenell says:

    Theo cannot do what a wengerball player needs to do .. One touch control, pass and move .. or defend.. as we defend as a unit.. Sagna has had a poor season because of Theo, he played better behind Eboue..

  179. Irishgunner says:

    Nasri and Rosicky too. Maybe we’ll see more of Vela too.

  180. Rasputin says:

    I thought you put those two on the bench yesterday 😆

  181. Irishgunner says:

    Yes Rasputin but they are other attacking options 🙂 Options!Options!Options!

    Picture it:

    Arsenal rip the now rubbish Manc defence to pieces as Arshavin, Fabregas, van Persie, Bendtner and Eduardo just run through them.

    United are 3-0 down at Old Trafford and their old legs are getting tired, the crowd booing, Ferguson’s nose gets redder. Its a humiliation.

    Arsene Wenger bays for blood.

    Seeing van Persie tiring he brings on Rosicky on the left wing, Nasri the new Zidane comes on for Fabregas and the up and coming Vela gives returned hero Eduardo a rest.

    Arsenal win 6-0!


  182. Rasputin says:

    Stop it Irish … you’re getting me all excited!!! 😆

  183. Irishgunner says:

    What awful cheating 😯

  184. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha Rasp – I tend to get carried away 😆

  185. JonJon says:

    straight out of the school of eboue irish

  186. kelsey says:

    I am back, no news to report,have to go back in a week to see if the healing is sufficent or need further dentristry work.

    I am annoyed 😉 frustrated 😉 irate 😉 that i am not an author.

    I would like to do a post on Theo Walcott in a couple of days.Completely unbiased and should hopefully raise a good debate.

    let me know,Friday or Saturday or whenever.

  187. London says:

    I look forward to your completely unbiased post Kelsey 😉

  188. Irishgunner says:

    Balotelli didn’t even touch him and then the ref hid the red card from him, that was mean.

  189. kelsey says:

    Rather than answer you now london, it will be better as a post.We may not agree about Theo,but I will let you all decide my thoughts which maybe aren’t unbiased come to think of it,otherwise there would be no point in doing a post.point taken. 15-love to london.

  190. Rasputin says:

    Kelsey – we all want to hear what you have to say … why don’t you email ave to discuss the matter?

  191. Rasputin says:

    Irish, I’ve noticed that before. I think it must be part of ref’s training that they are told to hide the red card right up to the point it is delivered …… maybe that’s because it reduces the chance of the ‘glasgow kiss’ being delivered back in response?

  192. Irishgunner says:

    That’s a good point Rasp. The ref certainly hid it well on this occasion.

  193. JonJon says:

    any news on benny boy???

  194. Rasputin says:

    Melo’s signed a new contract with Fiorentina – I assume that means our interest is over…. but who knows……

    Re Benny: I shouldn’t think that the club/Arsene are at all pleased about the exposure of our interest if it is true, because that would only act as a bargaining point for Milan over Ade, if they thought we were in a hurry to buy Benny as a replacement.

    Any way its all gone quiet which tempts you to hope that things are progressing nicely behind the scenes.

  195. avenell says:

    Benny is on holiday until July 2nd.. he will then have a meeting with the club.. I think if he is guaranteed first team footie he may come, has he wants to get in the France squad for the world cup..

  196. Rasputin says:

    Very definitive information ave – how do you come by it? – or do you not want to reveal your grass? ……

  197. Rasputin says:

    Ah – by ‘a meeting with the club’, I thought you meant Arsenal!! My strimmer is still U.S. 😦

  198. rico01 says:

    Afternoon all – we have released 8 players from the youth/reserves – we are definately gathering up all the pennies for Bennie and his Jet 😉

  199. avenell says:

    Sorry raspno.. I can never remember what French club he plays for I was being lazy.. 😦

    When I watched him last year in a game he never looked that good to be honest.. but he has a good goal scoring record, may have been a bad game..

  200. avenell says:

    Hi rico.. shame about Paul Rogers.. I thought he was okay.. then cruciate.. 😦

  201. Rasputin says:

    🙂 Lyon

    Listen if Irish rates him, then he’s got to be special!! They say Barca, Real and manure are all sniffing round – you’d expect us to come bottom of that list unless the FF is playing a part 🙂

  202. avenell says:

    What that story says to me is this year we are his ideal club if he was to move. he may not get many games for Man U, Man C, Barca, etc
    if we unload Ade, Benny would be first choice striker..

    Especially if we play in a 4-5-1 like in Europe..

  203. rico01 says:

    I thought Paul rogers was ok too, and Ru Fonte – also feel a bit sorry for James Dunne, he has been with us for ages i think 😦

    But like Irish said yesterday, at least they are all still young and have every good chance of a footie career, just not with us..

  204. rico01 says:

    ave – i have been mainly studying this week, RM.Com 😉 😛

  205. Rasputin says:

    Excellent article Irish …. I’m being thick, how have we already signed Vermaelen if the transfer window doesn’t open until tomorrow?

  206. rico01 says:

    That always makes me laugh too, transfer window opens tomorrow but players already have been bought – I guess the paperwork gets completed tomorrow

  207. avenell says:

    A player cannot be registered with the FA to play for a club until July 1st..

    They can sign an agreement with the club though..

  208. JonJon says:

    Do you think we will sign a player like Benny, Ave….

    or does the words your dreaming come into mind…

  209. rico01 says:

    You have such a wealth of information ave 😉

  210. avenell says:

    jonjon you told me yesterday we would.. 😉 depends on his long term plans.. Stay put for a year.. move to a club like RM where he may sit on the bench.. Or come to us at 21 learn a bit off mr Wenger OBE then move on at 25.. There is a chance.

    Good article irish.. they always are 🙂 What’s this Sean McDermott like? he seems a lot of dosh..

  211. kelsey says:

    Paul Rogers,wasn’t he in Free 😉

    Changed my mind about Walcott post, many sites are discussing him at the moment to the death.might leave it for a while.

  212. rico01 says:

    Just been watching some clips of Cana – he would never survive in the EPL 😦

  213. kelsey says:

    Poor Old Bischoff, I wonder what he cost us for a year in wages.

  214. Irishgunner says:

    Rasp – I think what Avenell said is right. The two clubs are all agreed and everything is sorted but the FA will only pass it tomorrow.

    Avenell – Haven’t seen anything of McDermott but he is meant to be a massive prospect. Tug of war between Norway and Ireland for his services but we won 🙂 Although apparently he played for Ireland lately and had a stinker and got subbed but we’ll call it a one off.

    Kelsey – I hope the teeth aren’t causing you trouble

  215. JonJon says:

    I still think we will…and we’ll win trophies and he wont need to leave at 25 😉

  216. rico01 says:

    Irish – who will be sorted tomorrow please TV or Benzy boy 😉

  217. rico01 says:

    You must mean Benzy as TV has been confirmed – Am I right to begin getting excited 😉

  218. Irishgunner says:

    TV only I think 😦

    Benzema will be sorted by Friday 😀

  219. Irishgunner says:

    Here is a little something someone sent me that is indisputable mathematical logic.

    This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint…it goes like this:

    What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

    Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    is represented as:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

    8+1+18+4 +23+15+18+11 = 98%


    11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

    But ,

    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


    2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

    AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

    1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

    So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, its the Bullsh1t and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.

  220. rico01 says:

    Irish 😆

  221. kelsey says:


    I had to leave some of there for another week 😉 No joke.

    melo not coming,so what,not many Brazilians make it in the PL compared to Europeans. I can’t name many who really made it, van you.

    Gilberto,jazinho(sp)and a few more.

  222. avenell says:

    And B-E-N-Z-E-M-A is 66%.. 🙂

    Unless I spelt it wrong..lol

  223. Irishgunner says:

    Kelsey – Denilson will be the next Gilberto so he’ll make it.

    I think Lucio would have been good in the EPL, for us as well. Pity he went to Bayern at a time they went on a slippery slope.

  224. avenell says:

    Melo done an Ade.. put himself about a bit for a better contract..

    Melo = loyal… Ade = not..

  225. avenell says:

    Juniniho…. Edu..

    Er Adebayor.. he’s just below a brazilian.. 🙂

  226. rico01 says:

    ave – did you see my earlier about my studying 😉

    Oh – and Kevin Doyle has snapped up by Wolves 😦

  227. avenell says:

    Rico…Yeah.. but I popped out and forgot to mention it when I came back.. 😳

    I have to go again now..

  228. Irishgunner says:


    11+1+18+9+13+2+5+15+26+5+13+1=119% :mrgreen:

  229. rico01 says:

    Juniniho was a super little player, never know though why he stayed at ‘Boro…

  230. Irishgunner says:

    Maldini has rejected Chelsea 😀

  231. London says:

    I know we are not supposed to think that a player might want to leave us at 25 but the reality is that they often do. To me it is completely understandable that a footballer in his short career should want as wide and varied footballing life that he can.

    The other thing we forget is the wives. Can you imagine Hleb’s wife’s reaction when he told her there might be a chance of going to work in Barcelona? That is if she wasn’t already moaning about how crap life is in Totteridge. We are English (and Irish) so living in Totteridge is fine but if you are from Belarus; the choice between Totteridge and Barcelona is a no brainer. Oh, and guys, by the way, if you haven’t seen a picture of Hleb’s wife, trust me she is a 10 and made for Mediterranean life.

    Edu fell into exactly the same category.

  232. Irishgunner says:

    What if England had better weather?

  233. London says:

    And Henry

    And Van Bronkhoarst

    And Silvinho

    And Petit

    And Overmars

    Yawn, yawn, yawn

  234. London says:

    And London was by the sea, yeah you have a point

  235. London says:

    My main point as to why Benzema won’t go to the mancs is quite simple. It is easy to understand that they will want to win the league this coming season but with the loss of two proven goal scorers I don’t believe that they will gamble their chance of winning the league, which is what they will be doing, on buying a still unproven 21 year old.

    In our case, if Adebayor goes our starting strike force will be RVP and Eduardo, so our title hopes will not be on Benzema therefore the pressure will be off and he can be slowly eased in. 80/20

  236. Irishgunner says:

    Benzema is only unproven EPL wise.

    He has the strength to hold off the tough defenders in the EPL, links up well and can head the ball.

    However, should he move from Lyon to anyone other than Arsenal I shall then revert to labeling him as overhyped.

  237. JonJon says:

    i love you london 😉

  238. London says:

    Being unproven in the EPL is the point. I just don’t think the mancs will gamble their title hopes on him 82/18

  239. Irishgunner says:

    Benzema would tear the EPL apart.

    At the moment they are resting their hopes on Berbatov – now that’s gambling 😉

  240. London says:

    Benzema would tear the EPL apart for us not for the mancs…come on Irish, get with the programme 😉

    The player I am suprised whose name is not being banded around as much as I expected is Fabiano. I don’t understand that one

  241. kelsey says:

    I will never understand why united paid 32million for berbatov a year ago.Totally agree irish.

  242. London says:

    Far be it for me to defend someone like Berbatov but he was a proven goal scorer in the EPL.

  243. avenell says:

    Why would any player move to Scouseland and have there house broken into on away games?

    London isn’t so bad.. it’s not like they have to live in Northumberland park is it?

  244. JonJon says:

    but berbatov is a wonderful player…. 😉

    i wish we’d of spent 32 mil on him…

  245. avenell says:

    it’s not like they get drunks banging on there blog late at night.. 😉

  246. avenell says:

    Er I mean door..

  247. rico01 says:

    Catch you all later…

  248. London says:

    Afternoon Ave

    When you talk of Liverpool I assume you are talking about Torres…is he married? No, he is more than likely to marry an aspirational Spanish football wife. Darling don’t you think Toxteth is beautiful…AAAAAAHhhhhhhhhhhhh, I want to go back to Spain (in female Spanish accent).

    London isn’t so bad? Depends if you are from Belarus.

    You were the one that said that if Benzema joined us now that he would likely leave when he was 25. I was just agreeing with you 😉

  249. Irishgunner says:

    Kelsey – thing is I think Red nose has to stick with Berbatov now

    London – Agreed on Luis Fabiano, I think Ac Milan have been linked slightly.

  250. Irishgunner says:

    Torres got married about two weeks ago to his childhood sweetheart and she is due a baby shortly I think.

  251. avenell says:

    Hi London..

    Not sure about Hleb.. he had humble beginnings his dad cleared up in the Chernobyl disaster.. so london or St Albans is a good step up.. I know what you are saying though.
    I hope jonjon’s idea that we will be winning trophies and they won’t want to leave comes true.. They are footballers who want to win things and a few cups may help cure the homesickness.

  252. London says:

    She has probably already started to whisper in his ear: “When are we going back to Spain darling?”

  253. London says:

    And if that doesn’t work: Do you really want our child to have a Scouse accent?

  254. Irishgunner says:

    Probably ha ha

  255. avenell says:

    Or a shell suit.. and a moustache…

  256. Irishgunner says:

    Just on that subject, someone said to me a while back the Wenger’s missus wants to move back to France soon, so its not just the young ones.

  257. London says:

    I just think that these decisions are far more female driven than is realised.

  258. Irishgunner says:

    Well London, a man should do what his wife tells him 😉

  259. JonJon says:

    trophies will keep them ave

    i have no doubts..

    eg…would henry vieira pires have stayed so long if we werent winning…especially henry and vieira…

    we kept them for long because we were winning and only sold them when they hit 30….

    im sure benny would stay for 9 years too if we were going on bus rides every season… 😉

  260. JonJon says:

    depends what the wife tells you to do irish….

    if she tells you to go to the pub then you should do as your told

    if she tells you to drop your pants you should obey

    stuff like that 😆

  261. avenell says:

    London a sink is a sink no matter what country it’s in.. 😉

  262. London says:

    All sinks are made equal but some sinks are made more equal than others 😉

  263. London says:

    I obviously hope you are right Jonjon but as a betting man, if Benny came and took a bus ride at the end of every season until he was 26, which would make him one of the top three proven strikers in the world. Where would you put your money, on him staying or on him going?

  264. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Jon Jon

  265. avenell says:

    They like the scousers because of the candy washing machine sponsorship on the shirts….

    Fulhams another good place. Life’s Good..

  266. kelsey says:

    Yellow card JonJon.

    “depends what the wife tells you to do irish….

    if she tells you to go to the pub then you should do as your told

    if she tells you to drop your pants you should obey

    stuff like that :lol:”

    Irish hasn’t got a wife 🙂

  267. JonJon says:

    id look at it two ways london…..

    if we were winning the PL and CL double every year and was the best team in the world season after season…why would you leave???

    then again if youve won everything their is to win and your a ronaldo like personality who likes to be pampered and have his toenails painted and arsecheeks waxed then maybe you’d move abroad….

    depends on the player….

    ave…. 😆 i read that and spilt my tea down my tony adams testimonial t shirt…

  268. kelsey says:

    don’t mind me,i am spouting rubbish to distract me from the pain in my mouth.

  269. JonJon says:

    hahaha kelsey

    maybe thats why i dont either… 😆

  270. London says:


    The penny has just dropped….into the sink. I won’t explain or you will get all kinds of grief. hahahahah

  271. JonJon says:

    i got it london….thats when i spilt my tea

  272. Rasputin says:

    Isn’t that whhy women have got small feet?

    Once we’ve paid off the debt for the ground etc, is it reasonable to believe that we could be in the same league as the other big spenders?

  273. avenell says:

    Did anyone notice the adebayor is just below a brazillian one?..

    I thought that was better.. 🙂

  274. JonJon says:

    yes rasp it is…

    small feet i mean….

    do you mean highbury or emirates raspno…

  275. Rasputin says:

    I dunno JonJon – all this debt stuff that keeps getting quoted ….. has anyone worked out how profitable we’d be if we had no debt?

  276. kelsey says:

    sandy shaw had small feet and were always dirty 😉

  277. avenell says:

    Raspno.. It’s funny someone said Man U supporters don’t care if they are in debt.. but the £60 million a year it costs to servis(washing Machine) the debt could buy a lot of players.. so they care really, they just don’t know that they do.

    Long term with no debts is the way to go..

  278. JonJon says:

    if we have no debt at all????

    lets see…a quick financial breakdown from JonJon&co

    we’d get about 20mil a year TV revenue…

    30mil a year CL

    10 million for finishing top 4

    3 million everyhome game….say 50mil

    so roughly 80mil not including shirtsales and other merchandise….

    probably 90mil a year after

  279. kelsey says:

    I think Real Madrid should buy the whole package,all our players,coaches and manager.Then convert the flats into a sort of inner city Glastonbury with weekly concerts instead of fixtures. Sorted.

  280. avenell says:

    Jonjon that’s turnover not profit..

  281. Rasputin says:

    That’s a pretty healthy GP – so when are we going to get to that position?

  282. JonJon says:

    yeah but if we had no debts it would be profit would it not????

  283. JonJon says:

    in 27years rasp.. 😉

  284. avenell says:

    Jon jon you have to pay the players and turn the floodlights on and there’s Rosicky’s stretcher,, etc..

  285. avenell says:

    And the petrol for the strimmers at shenley..

  286. kelsey says:

    Turnover is vanity

    profitability is sanity.

  287. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. thanks.. I have been trying to remember the sayings about turnover, is there another one?

  288. rico01 says:

    I’m back – I got the Brazilian comment ave, just couldn’t think of a worthy reply 😉

    And we have just had a new sink put in 😉

  289. Irishgunner says:


    There was a girl just on Irish TV who MUST have been at least 13/14 and she was pleading with the people of Ireland to clean up their rubbish because lost dogs eat the rubbish, their stomachs get big and then they have puppies.

    Ireland needs some sex ed in schools 😕

  290. kelsey says:

    Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity but cash is king

  291. avenell says:

    Rico.. I knew if anyone did it would be you!!

    Has your new sink got a stand for your laptop?

  292. JonJon says:

    dont forget jackys nappys ave…i suppose they cost a pretty penny…

    then theirs ice packs for ades lazybone 😉

    and then theres the end of term day trips to alton towers if all the players can get their parents to sign the permission slip…

  293. London says:


    At the risk of being pedantic…Shenley is where the insane asylum is and London Colney is where Arsenal train.

  294. JonJon says:

    irish…didnt think they had schools in ireland… 😳

    shes a perfect wenger buy….sweet and sensitive and about the right age 😉

  295. JonJon says:


    keown must have been training at the wrong place then…

  296. Irishgunner says:

    Yes Jon Jon we have schools and last week we got in electricity 😉

  297. avenell says:

    London.. I say Shenley mainly because it winds you up.. you changed it in one of my posts.. lol

  298. rico01 says:

    no ave, just the usual stuff, let me know if you need that detailing, i know you are not very familiar with the kitchen sink, poor mrs ave 😉

  299. JonJon says:

    rico…quite the contrary…ive heard that mr avenell looks quite fetching in a pair of marigolds…

    aint that right ave??? 😉

  300. London says:

    I was only trying to be helpful

    I used to live in Shenley, well, next door in Borehamwood, and I used to go to a club every week in London Colney.

  301. avenell says:

    Jonjon.. yes.. 😳

    London.. I was going to write London Colney, but I changed it because I thought of you 😉
    I know the old training ground was at London Colney but the new training ground is built on the same site at Shenley.. 🙂 see clear as mud..

  302. London says:

    I can only imagine the club have done a bit of gerrymandering after one or two of our foreign imports turned up for the first day of training and asked why is called London Colney it is so far out it is practically South Birmingham.

  303. avenell says:

    Got that slightly wrong Watford train at the old training ground.. Arsenal is next door..

  304. avenell says:

    Can you see the training centre from the M25?
    I have just got my autoroute fired up.. Bell Lane..

  305. avenell says:

    There isn’t really any strimmers there come back!!!!

  306. JonJon says:

    im confused…. 😉

  307. JonJon says:

    the mancs have picked up their latest superstar…antonia valencia for an undisclosed 20mil fee 😉

    are they stupid or what??? berbatov for 32…valencia for 15-20…

    roll on next season…roll on…

  308. rico01 says:


    Not so good, lets hope its a red herring …….

  309. JonJon says:

    its a red herring rico….

    london said they wont get him…i believe london and i have full faith in mr sir lord arsene to deliver the signing of the century.. 😉


    wenger will work his magic and get him for less than 25…

  310. peachesgooner says:

    Just come inside and read through the afternoons comments :-

    rasp – why do women have small feet, you’d better explain that one to me in person……

    Paul Rogers – I forgot we had a player of that name and went straight to the musical references…..

    Drunks knocking on the blog – I saw that too 😉

    rasp – sorry, you had the Bbbbbbbennnnny and the jets first……..

    London – when we gonna sign Benzema

    Everyone – I am soooooooo brown ….. comes with the territory ……… 😀

  311. avenell says:

    Who’s been messing with the widgets.. the authors have been taken off and an advent calender has replaced us?


  312. JonJon says:

    not me ave….. i liked my big avatar…. 😦

  313. avenell says:

    I had a big clock.. 😦

  314. avenell says:

    Two hands Raspno.. 🙂

  315. JonJon says:

    hahahaha ave…

    how work been today mate…you been busy again…

  316. avenell says:

    I should have done more.. too hot and humid, not as bad as in London though..

  317. peachesgooner says:

    It wasn’t me ave – I thought you must have had a few hours spare and done some DIY 🙂

  318. rico01 says:

    I believe London too JJ 🙂

    I haven’t been messing around either ave, wouldn’t know how to 😦

    I am done guys and gals, catch you all later

    Stay safe

    peaches, that sun is not good for the skin 😉

  319. avenell says:

    G/nite Rico.. My main suspect is innocent..

  320. rico01 says:

    Yes I am innocent ! ! 😉

  321. JonJon says:

    is kelsey doing the post tomorow ave??

  322. avenell says:

    Any excuse for a tune..

  323. rico01 says:

    This is better 😛

  324. peachesgooner says:

    Any excuse for a tune mark 2 ……I was there pregnant with my first

  325. rico01 says:

    And she is a Gooner 😛

    I am gone now 🙂

  326. avenell says:

    No Jonjon.. change of plan..

  327. JonJon says:

    oh shit…. 😆

  328. peachesgooner says:

    ‘Beat it’ Jonjon – I got there first…. 😉

  329. peachesgooner says:

    😆 😆 😆

  330. JonJon says:

    ok…whos…ricos paste just confuses me.. 🙂

  331. avenell says:

    Henley or Joel JJ? Henley for me Boys of summer.. only just though..

  332. peachesgooner says:

    Altogether now – IT WASN’T US…….

  333. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey said there was so much talk everywhere today about Theo that he wants to keep the post for another time – I’m sure he won’t mind me revealing that.

    Not a Joel fan then ave?

  334. avenell says:

    Jonjon there is no new post.. Peaches take one step back.. All yours JJ.. 🙂

  335. avenell says:

    Peaches I wrote I prefer Henley just!! I am not really into american soft rock or whatever, but I like the odd song ( did I say Song 😦 ) or two..

  336. peachesgooner says:

    Its OK for a mate I’ll take 2 steps back 🙂

    That concert was amazing in the summer of 1984, I was pregnant and 3 weeks later we went to see Stevie Wonder – BIlly Joel was so much better, I was standing on my seat – not allowed now 😦

  337. peachesgooner says:

    Just jumping in the shower – back in a bit 😛

  338. JonJon says:

    thats a tough call ave….

    i like em both but henley gets my nod….like you only just…

    hahaha peaches i guess its just ‘human nature’

    so tommorrows post is up for grabs??? any takers or shall i just ‘keep it in the closet’

  339. avenell says:

    Yeah it’s up for grabs now.. good old Brian Moore..

  340. Rasputin says:

    Evening all,

    JonJon, can you explain to peaches about the ‘small feet’ thing, I don’t want to get into any more trouble 😦

  341. peachesgooner says:

    Coward …. 😉

  342. JonJon says:

    my pleasure rasp….

    peaches-sweet dearest…women have small feet so they can get nearer to the kitchen sink…..

    women are biologically made to do the washing up… 😉

    good ave…i’ll take it…i wanna be starting something and ive got a thriller so if you leave me alone i’ll take a look at the man in the mirror and remember the time when we keep the faith and heal the world with our PYT’s… 😉

  343. avenell says:

    It’s as easy as ABC once you get started JJ.. 🙂

    I hated the Jackson Five and that programe they had in the 70’s .. like a musical Sesame Street.. The banana splits were far better.. la-la-lar

  344. Rasputin says:

    Whatever you thought of the Jackson 5, surely nobody preferred the Osmonds – crazy horses….

  345. peachesgooner says:

    Oh I see…….I’m only a size 5……seems like i should be chained up then ……….

    JonJon – Do you remember the time, when the smooth criminal came to rock with you and the Liberian girl made history being bad with her smile……

  346. JonJon says:

    ave nooooooo…my ears are burning my eyes are stinging…what have you written??? 😉

    the osmands were a set of ******* who sang ****** and looked like a bunch of *******

  347. avenell says:

    They were environmentally ahead though raspno.. like a catalitic converter in audio..

  348. Rasputin says:

    If you want to talk cheesy american songwriters – What are you crazy? how in the hell can you say what you just said?. I was talking to myself

  349. avenell says:

    Jonjon.. c’mon mate..

    If anything happens to Bingo or Droopy I’m going to be gutted..

  350. Rasputin says:

    The Osmonds remind me of that classic Kenny Everett sketch taking off the Bee Gees – singing Massofchewsets

  351. JonJon says:

    peaches i remember the liberian girl..she drives me wild

  352. JonJon says:

    i prefer this one ave.. oh happy days

  353. avenell says:

    bloody kids of today..

  354. JonJon says:

    spoilt arent we??? 😉

  355. Evo in Oz says:

    Neanderthal grunts of rooney – gold London, absolute gold!

  356. Evo in Oz says:

    what about the new white kit with the pin stripes, anyone like or dislike?

    its a bit hard to tell exactly how it looks close up until the launch date, but i must admit the previous 3rd kit from the other year is one of my favs – i have Cesc on that one!

  357. rico01 says:

    Morning Campers 🙂

  358. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Its Juuuuuuullllllyyyyy – any news 🙂

  359. kelsey says:

    Breaking News:

    Life long Arsenal supporter peachesgooner established a New World Record in the blogmosphere when in the space of only 11 minutes she managed to post,have a shower and returned to the keyboard.Baring in mind,that we are talking about a lady,that is some achievement in itself.
    The previous record had stood for 4 years and 178 days.

    We at Avenell Road congratulate you Lady peaches.

  360. rico01 says:

    Main gossip this morning is about us being linked to Cana – The Spuds want him too so this could be interesting –

    I watched a bit of Cana last night and yes, he is a fierce midfielder but what concerns me is the amount of wreckless tackles he makes –

    Is it too late in his career to change his ways?

    Do we want to get slated time after time when SS show his leg breaking tackles again and again..

    I am not so sure, I would rather a Yaya type player, strong but fair..

  361. peachesgooner says:

    Morning kelsey 🙂 🙂 🙂

  362. peachesgooner says:

    Better get this one in before Irish gets up – Manu u about to bid £38m for – whisper his name Benzema.. 😦

  363. rico01 says:

    kelsey – women only take as long as they do showering etc, because normally they have to spend half the time cleaning it before they get in, or clearing the clothes and towel that the men leave on the floor, having just had their’s !! 😉

  364. kelsey says:

    A more formal welcome Ladies.

    Last night Gooners World reported that we were in for Bassong at a cut price 2 million,with Wilshere and Vela going to newcastle on loan.

    The report has been withdrawn this morning,and i didn’t think there was much credence to the story.

    However,not for the first vela is being lnked with a loan move,which Wenger himself reported back in january could be feasable.carlos has only started one PL game for us last season, and many including myself feel he may be given his chance more this coming season,as he deserves it.Wenger I believe thinks differently,the outcome will be fascinating.

  365. kelsey says:


    how did you know i have just had mine, anyway off for a shower now, back in a couple of hours 😉

  366. rico01 says:

    I cant see either going on loan personally kelsey – they will be the CC force this year, and a few cameo’s for the first team 🙂

    I would try for Taylor from Newcastle, I know he is a bit of a twit, but………

  367. rico01 says:

    Catch you all a little later

  368. rico01 says:

    Talking of loans, and just before I go for a while – When we bought Theo, he should have been loaned to Reading – his cousin Jacob is there and a season of regular footie would have done him the world of good – imho 😉

  369. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Concerned that my credibilty was in tatters. I went on to the main manc blog to see what they were saying….nothing about Benzema but if you scroll down there is a funny article about Vidic in view of what we were saying yesterday….I hear Vidic’s wife takes a size ten 😉


  370. JonJon says:

    Morning all

    hi london…she sounds like a real eastern european beauty 😉

    oh by the way.. NEW POST 😉

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