Since you’ve been Gone…………

I am going on from Kelsey’s post – It’s Now or Never, and forgive me for the repeating of the goals for and against

I have been thinking a lot about our season just gone. The boss has said we have scored as many as the clubs around us, but the defence, and the fact that we have conceded more goals is our real problem.

It has been clear for us all to see that we have let in the odd goal or ten after woeful defending, but equally we have missed so very many ‘simple’ chances to score.

2008/2009 Season

Goals scored
We scored 68 goals
Manure scored 68 goals
Dippers 77 goals
The Russians 68 goals

So yes Arsene you are right, we did in fact score as many as the other teams in the top four, apart from the Stevie Me Me Me clan!

Goals conceded
We conceded 37
Manure 24
Dippers 27
Russians 24

Again Arsene, you are right, we did concede more than those around us, but I say let’s look a bit further into this, and compare Arsenal against Arsenal, and not against the other sides, as they don’t really interest me any more than they interest you! I have looked at the seasons we won the Premier League under Arsene Wenger.

1997/98 – pre Henry

Scored 68 goals
Conceded 33 goals


Scored 79 goals
Conceded 36 goals


Scored 73 goals
Conceded 26 goals

1997/1998 season we scored the same amount of goals as last season and conceded only four fewer.

2001/2002 season we scored 12 more goals that the season we have just finished, but we conceded pretty much the same.

2003/2004 season we scored only five more that last season, but we did concede eleven less.

Henry scored 30 goals
Freddie – 4
Reyes – 2
Gilberto – 4
Dennis – 4
Kanu – 1

(from wiki)

And Sir Bobby scored 14 goals which has blow my figures all over the place. See stats are just no good sometimes 🙂

I know I have picked the one season we all loved, The Invincible season, but this is for a valid reason.

I think it shows we lack a quality centre forward, and a 15-20 goal contribution from midfield – Freddie and Bobby spring to mind.
We don’t have a player who can score the quantity of goals that Henry. If we could get that kind quality striker it won’t matter if we concede a few more goals than other clubs because then we will score more than them. We also know that if we are attacking and scoring, the opposition won’t be, so the goals conceded will naturally decrease.

Last season all the other teams around found it hard to score, and if you look back over the years Manure float around 75-80 GPS – and that is how many we should be scoring too.

I still don’t have faith in any of our forwards – l I hope is that Arshavin plays in his proper position to bolster the front line, and just maybe Ade will go and the boss gets someone who can get us 25-30 goals a season. For me the most threatening strikers are Arshavin and Eduardo, but they are both 2’6” tall so if Ade goes we need another 6’ plus striker. I know most of you have a lot of faith in Nik, well time will tell – but I personally don’t think he offers much more than Ade does and if the latter could stay onside, and stay in the middle every now and again, you just never know how many goals he could get this coming season.

The defence – we have added a quality player in that department and hopefully things will be more organized, but if anyone goes like Kolo, Silvestre or Senderos, then we should be buying one more player in that area.

So Thierry Henry, it seems that we don’t score so many goals anymore – and it’s only ‘Since you’ve been gone’


342 Responses to Since you’ve been Gone…………

  1. rico01 says:

    Hello 🙂

  2. avenell says:

    Rico.. just reading it quickly.. you have missed out Sir Bobby who scored 14 goals in 03-04..

    But very good i’m going back in now!!

  3. rico01 says:

    Bugger, the site I looked at didnt have him on there, and I double checked are goals scored and the numbers of those who did score 😦

  4. Rasputin says:

    Well done rico …….. I hope it was the Rainbow version and not Kelly Clarkson you were quoting 🙂

    TH14 was imperious … an impossible fact to follow….brilliant footballer…. highly intelligent ….. not bad looking.

    What was Ade thinking of when he compared himself to him? …. what was he thinking of in the EC last season when he kissed the badge after an easy penalty?….. he can never compare with TH14 … no-one could, but he could get his head down and aspire … one day … to be mentioned in the same breath…

  5. avenell says:

    Delete our comments when you have sorted it rico problem..

  6. rico01 says:

    Just checked that site again ave, and definately no Sir Bobby 😦

  7. rico01 says:

    Rasp, definately Rainbow, and without Zippy 🙂

  8. avenell says:

    Nice article Rico well laid out.. thanks

    What I want to know is.. If our strikers arn’t scoring the goals.. and the midfield ain’t scoring the goals. The defenders arn’t scoring either.. so who IS?

    Is it instead of having one main striker a few strikers are sharing Thierry’s goal tally?

    Don’t remember Rainbow doing the song.. perhaps it was Zippy or George doing a solo?

  9. avenell says:

    Rico …Wiki say

    Bobby at Arsenal..
    App then goals league only..

    2000–01 .. 33 4

    2001–02 .. 28 9

    2002–03 .. 26 14

    2003–04 .. 36 14

    2004–05 .. 33 14

    2005–06 .. 33 7

  10. rico01 says:

    I just read that ave, so the stats page i viewed on the EPL is a load of tosh – just goes to prove that stats are pants sometimes… 😉

    I cannot find the right infomation to correct the post so I shall leave it for now – the crux of the post is that our strikers cant score as often or as many as Henry did, and if they could the defence wouldnt be so busy and we wouldnt leak goals 🙂

  11. Rasputin says:

    By the looks of that, we hadn’t replaced Bobby until AA arrived – but then come to think of it we haven’t replaced PV, DB or TH etc etc … maybe we shouldn’t think of it in those terms…. too depressing …. 😦

  12. rico01 says:

    Dont be pedantic ave, you know exactly what I am saying, when TH was here he would get 25 plus each season, we would still have other players scoring 10-15 goals, like Freddie and Bobby and an odd few from many others.

    Last season Robin was top score in the prem for us with 11 goals, Ade then 10 – and so on.
    If we had a striker who could score 25 goals a season and then add to that the contributions from all over the team we would be up in the top two each season…

  13. rico01 says:

    Didnt Thomas replace Bobby Rasp 🙂

    Well on paper 😉

  14. avenell says:

    I wasn’t being pedantic .. I was just asking the question.. Who the hell is scoring the goals?

  15. Evo in Oz says:

    Morning all

  16. rico01 says:

    I know, I was teasing 😉

  17. rico01 says:

    Thats my point though ave, many have dipped in with a couple, Gallas, Silvestre, Song, Cesc, Arshavin etc, but what we need is all of those goals AND a 25+ goal scorer and right now we haven’t got one… 😦

  18. Evo in Oz says:

    RVP will be our 25plus for this season! im locking him in!

  19. rico01 says:

    I hope you are right Evo, interesting that he played the most games last season that he has done for a while, and yet still only managed 11 league goals… 😦

  20. rico01 says:

    The problem is, are there really any 25+ goals a season strikers available right now that would suit us.. or rather fit in with our way of playing ?

  21. rico01 says:

    off for a while, catch you all shortly

  22. London says:

    Yeah, Eduardo Silva

  23. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon all,

    Nice read Rico. I think with everyone fit and linking well next season we’ll get goals from all over.

    Defence = Gallas always chips in with important goals
    Vermaelen is meant to head the ball well, could be good at corners

    Midfield = Will be looking for Cesc to contribute more
    Arshavin is definitely going to get us some
    Nasri will chip in
    Rosicky will be back firing his rocket shots 😀
    This is Walcott’s season to step up

    Forwards = Eddie, Nikki B and RvP will get plenty I reckon as long as the midfield feed them

  24. LRV says:

    Watch out for Eduardo and Rosicky this season. Plenty of surprise to come from those two I suspect.

  25. Irishgunner says:

    Evening LRV,

    Those two will be like two new signings 😉

  26. LRV says:

    Indeed they will be, Irish.

    Watch out, If you see a guy do an Eboue dance as soon as those appear for Arsenal, that will be me. anybody fancy a duet?

  27. Irishgunner says:

    😆 LRV that’d be a sight to behold

    Is Rosicky lining out against Barnet?

  28. rico01 says:

    Hi guys and gals – but I am hard to please, I still want that one goal scorer, and all the rest chipping in..

    Just maybe Ade will be the one 😉

  29. Irishgunner says:

    I don’t really think we have one Rico, maybe Eduardo he’d be the nearest to a leading goalscorer.

  30. rico01 says:

    But thats what I mean Irish, we should go and get one IF we sell Ade, otherwise that man has to step up a gear 🙂

    I think Eduardo and Arshavin were born to score, but with the height of Ade and Nik we should be getting another 10-15 goals a season at least.

  31. Irishgunner says:

    If we sell Adebayor, Nikki B will get more game time and score more 🙂

  32. avenell says:

    Evening all..

    I cannot see Eduardo getting enough games to be a leading goalscorer especially in the League..

    Mr Wenger OBE will always play either Ade or Bendtner every game and Eduardo will have to play second fiddle to RvP. (more so now he has got a rise)
    In europe I think he will play 4-5-1 with Arshavin behind the striker. So Eduardo’s games I would have thought would be limited.. unless he scores a hat trick every game and makes himself undroppable.. 🙂

  33. Irishgunner says:

    If Eduardo is fit I find it very hard to see him being a plan B – he is coolness personified in front of goal and doesn’t waste his chances as say … Adebayor would!

  34. rico01 says:

    Evening ave, i think you are not far off re Dudu, have to also take into account his ‘coming back’ again 😦

    Irish, I say sell them both then 😉

  35. JonJon says:

    evening all….

    busy busy busy again today…

    Dudu is the closest thing we have to a goal machine in the squad…

    but there are doubts over his fitness and there are doubts over his lack of hieght and muscle and there are doubts that he will be a regular with robin, ade and theo all paid higher than he is….

    personally…i wanna see him as one of the 1st names down on the team sheet every week….

    dudu has the mobility, intelligence and movement that not only brings himself goals, but will bring others into the goals also….he has all the attributes that fits that makes him a wenger ball striker…

    we dont need a target man….we are not a long ball team so we dont need anyone to hold the ball up…wengerball requires a finisher….someone that STAYS IN AND AROUND THE BOX AND FINISHES….

    henry was from another galaxy and could play where he wanted and still finish but we dont and wont find another henry for a zillion years….so he was against the grain…..

    ade just plays for himself….if he doesnt score he aint interested and the way ade plays means theres gonna be a lack of goals from the others….

    but i betta stop cos the NOTW might be reading my comment and the whole of arsenal world will fall to pieces when they pick on him for being shit and he leaves and it will be all my fault…

  36. Irishgunner says:

    Sell Nikki B 😯 NEVER!! Blasphemy…

  37. avenell says:

    Without Bendtner or Ade up front we have no muscle or real presence..

    Eduardo can just dissapear in games as can RvP to an lesser extent..

    Did you read Londons post Eduardo “coolness personified” ?

  38. Irishgunner says:

    When was that post Avenell?

  39. JonJon says:

    and we can put ave under the category that dudu has no height and no muscle then… 😉

  40. JonJon says:

    ades presence is nuetralised by the fact he spends most of the games getting caught offside…drifting out towards the wing…or taking to many touches and ending up being the deep laying midfield playmaker!!!!!

    bendtner is slightly better…but the fact he cant hit a cows arse with a banjo also makes him pretty useless as a frontman….

    a partnership of dudu and bendtner would be good…..goals, movement, workrate, positioning and no offsides but then what do we do with AK47??? keep him out on the wing????

  41. rico01 says:

    Hi JonJon, now I like that last comment of yours 🙂

  42. JonJon says:

    and also what do we do with two strikers who earn 80k a week… put them on the bench????

  43. rico01 says:

    oh, and apart from the nik bit 😉

  44. Irishgunner says:

    Jon Jon people are always complaining we don’t have enough talent on the bench 😉

  45. avenell says:

    Irish.. Here you go.. It was just what you said reminded me of his post.. sometimes you can read or get “PHONE CALLS” and things can sub consciously stick in your mind if you know what I mean

    London was on a bit of a roll in those days.. 😉

  46. JonJon says:

    its fair to say we have strikers in abundance that any team in the PL would be enviuos of….

    the fact that the two highest paid ones…therefore wengers highest regarded ones….are not our best options… leaves us pretty up shit creek in the forward department next season….

    unless one of them goes… wheres Milan when you need them….

  47. avenell says:

    Arshavins agent needs a new client… I wonder if he could take the ‘Sell Ade for more than a pound challenge on’..

  48. Irishgunner says:

    Ah yes “that” goal Avenell, I was there albeit at the other end of the ground so only saw how audacious it was on reply.

  49. rico01 says:

    But JonJon – if others would be so envious, why are no other clubs making waves to buy them ? 😉

  50. Irishgunner says:

    Rico – The only players others don’t want to buy are Song and Denilson so hence they must be crap.

    No-one has ever put in an offer for Rooney at United, he must be crap too.

  51. rico01 says:

    off for supper, be back in a short while

  52. JonJon says:

    my personal favorite lineups and formations for next season are (with what we have)

    bacattack—big willy–Verminator–Gael Force
    —————el capitan–song
    —yorkie boy——-AK47——-Mozart


    bacattack—big willy—Verminator–gael force
    nasri——-el capitan–song——-mozart

    no walcott and no ade….in either….oh the negativity is seeping out of me….what will we do without these players….its a good job i aint manager i would have doomed us with my lineups…

    let me fix it and put some of wengers choices in from last season


    there…much better…PL watch out with that one….its my favorite….

    the future is bright….

    arsenal are blessed….

  53. avenell says:

    The second line up is my favourite JJ,, AK47 just behind Dudu.. I just cannot see it happening..

    I would like to see Song gone out of my first choice..

  54. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve retired from making team and formation predictions, I inevitably start with 10 men!

  55. avenell says:

    So do we when Arsene picks Denilson and Song in the same team.. 😉

  56. Irishgunner says:

    ha ha BOOM BOOM 😉

  57. JonJon says:

    ave….are you undermining wenger????are you speculating????

    ok i’ll stop now before i get into trouble…

    yeah ave the song/denilson position is the one id like to see strengthened…..

    not that i dont like either denilson or song….its just im sick off the two of them having to play it at the same time in order to do a job….

    lets just go out and fucking buy someone and stop pissing about…..

    its like you said ave….that extra cash we wouldnt of give flamini is gonna come back to bite us in the arse because we are gonna have to part with 15 mil to replace him…

    unless we sell denilson for the 30mil he’s worth and buy two flaminis 🙂

  58. JonJon says:

    make that 9 if ades in there too ave… 😉

  59. avenell says:

    C’mon Jonjon Denilson is the captain of the Brazil under 12’s..

  60. Irishgunner says:

    Get £20mil for Adebayor, give it to Lyon for Toulalan = problem solved.

    This manager malarkey is easy.

  61. JonJon says:


    or….give milan ade for flamini….i wouldnt even want any cash involved…a straight swap…and i’ll be happy…

    you know what gets me with denilson guys…denilson has the same passing stats as a CB

    a CB will normally have more passes in a game than anyone else and the majority of them…about 80-90% are successful because they either go back to the keeper or from CB to CB or out to the FB or to a midfielder to start an attack….and its made easy for them to keep the ball because with many teams no only playing with one frontman it makes it 4 v 1… 5 v 1 if you include the keeper…but nobody goes on about a CB passing stats cos nobody could give a toss…

    unless your fishhead who likes to see if he can score from outside his own box….

    to me thats all denilson does….he gets the ball…passes it to the CBs or the FB’s side to side backwards and and its made to look easy cos he aint got nobody on him….

    then people reckon hes the best fucking midfielder on the planet becuase he captined brazils under 3’s and he spent all season making perfect passes to gallas…

    do they even watch football?????

  62. Irishgunner says:

    If Denilson’s priority on the pitch was to win the ball back and give it to a creative player around him – ie Cesc, Nasri, Arshavin, Walcott, RvP etc then I’ve not got a HUGE problem with that.

    Thing is, when you want to break fast and Denilson has the ball but passes 5 yards back to Gallas instead of 10 yards forwards to Cesc one has a problem.

  63. JonJon says:

    by the way….anyone remember what i said about fabian delph last year????

    i said he’ll be at a PL club very soon and two teams have made a bid for him…ones villa…obviously…whos betting against the other one being us??? although its probably everton…

  64. avenell says:

    I used to quite like Denilson.. but the hero worshipping of average is what gets on my tits the most..

    When these so called supporters just get behind any tosser that wears a red shirt.. They drive a wedge through the fans and they are the ones that are causing the negativity within the clubs supporters ..

  65. JonJon says:

    thats exactley it though irish…he doesnt give the ball to the right player…

    denilson gets the ball….our attacking players all ouze forward on the break…and denilson gives it to eboue or gallas or kolo???????

    we end up with 5 players in the final third with the ball in our own third and the move breaks down and we have to pass it about from side to side at the back until they all come back into position…

    denilon lets team park the bus….unless he sorts his passing out and starts being abit more ambitious….he aint ever gonna get any better….

  66. Irishgunner says:

    Denilson is okay, I don’t think he’s as bad as some make out but he isn’t ready to be a first choice CM, not by a long shot.

  67. Irishgunner says:

    That’s it Jon Jon – I can’t really remember a quick counter attack goal from Arsenal last season.

    Remember us at our best, down the field in 5 secs and in the back of the net.

  68. avenell says:

    I always describe him as a poor mans Cesc.. He cannot tackle and doesn’t have the energy of Flamini..

    So there is only room for 1 Cesc type player in the team and that is Cesc..
    But not Arsene he would rather put Cesc in goal to accomadate all his players, rather than play his best players in there best positions

  69. JonJon says:

    ave..i agree with your 8;09

    irish..i agree with your 8;14

  70. Irishgunner says:

    That’s moi for the evening – take care all.

  71. JonJon says:

    ave thats what annoyed me last season about wenger….

    playing cesc in the hole so he could play with two DM’s becuase he didnt trust one….

    WTF…thats right arsene the midfields already fucked…you fuck it up even more…

  72. JonJon says:

    see ya irish…

  73. avenell says:

    Cheers Irish..

  74. rico01 says:

    I just agree, full stop! Lets get back to the swift attack, defenders – who would need them 😉

  75. rico01 says:

    night Irish

  76. JonJon says:

    the problem with the current defence is that neither of our CB’s are proper defenders….

    see…when we went invincible….we didnt have the greatest of defences….but we had sol…who could defend and organise…i.e. if toure wanted to go walkies sol would collar him as if to say where the fuck are you going you stay here with me….hold the line…im sure henry bergkamp freddie and pires can cope without you…

    the problem with gallas and kolo is that they BOTH like to go walkies at the same time…..they both like to score and go on long rampaging runs….

    we need a defender who will defend first and attack last…i.e corners and set pieces…thats when you want your CBS up there…other than that they should stay in the box…

    unless your tony adams and your 3 nil up… 😉

  77. JonJon says:

    *stay in our half i should of said…

  78. avenell says:

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with our central defenders.. But wengerball needs the full backs to overlap.. that leaves the CB’s exposed.. which is where we need the box to box midfielder to cover.. Denilson?

  79. rico01 says:

    I really would love to be awake enough to stay up and chat with you – but the sad thing is I am cream crackered…

    JJ – I am with you on the defence, and I just pray that TV will bring that stability, he has a pretty good history and reports are that he is well organised.

    The big question is who will be his defence buddy ?

    Oh, and will Citeh get Kolo..

    But now I have to get my beauty sleep, many say I need it – take care all and stay safe

    Night night

  80. avenell says:

    Are we sending you to sleep Rico?

    Goodnight.. x

  81. JonJon says:

    the box to box midfielder is outdated ave..your living in the past… 😉

    thats exactly why we need the CBs to hold their positions and thats exactly why we miss flamini….wengerball requires a box to box midfielder….

    we didnt have one last year…and look what happend…i dont think i seen us play wengerball once…

    but flamini was shit…we dont miss him…hleb and rosicky and cesc made him look good…but they didnt make ade look good…ade is class and can win games all by himself so we have to keep him or we are doomed scoob…

  82. JonJon says:

    night rico…

  83. avenell says:

    Tony Adams was never any good anyway..

  84. JonJon says:

    nah he was incredibly stupid wasnt he???

    in a day in age where football has moved on so much that we have world class strikers like ade….a defender like tony adams who was a master of the offside rule wouldnt stand a chance nowadays….

    a striker like ade would make adams look like bramble in todays game…

    what a thicky he was…

  85. JonJon says:

    adams was shit anyway up until he was thirty…wenger made him the player he was and he reached his peak at 57 after wenger stopped him from eating chocolate….

    fuck knows why he was made captian when he was so young…he was really shit then…

  86. JonJon says:

    but that adebayor…what a player….best player in togo… need i say more???

    he should be made captian….his professionalism and loyalty is a joy to behold…

    the new Mr Arsenal is here

    arsenal are blessed….

  87. JonJon says:

    where is everyone tonight???

    i dont like it when i cant get on through the day…i miss all the fun…

  88. avenell says:

    10,000 supporters turned up to see a reserve game .. Tony’s first since he got released from prison..
    Puh.. shit supporters they are.. I bought a fake shirt of a market stall in Tunisia.. I am a far better supporter than them..

  89. JonJon says:

    yeah ave..they were shit supporters…arsenal have always had shit supporters….

    those supporters that have kept arsenal alive for the last 100 years were and are all shit…they should be ashamed of themselves….

    how dare they pay all that money for season tickets…how dare they fork out all that money going to the games and then have an opinion thats different to mine…

    they shouldnt have an opinion at all…..

    the fans dont pay the wages….the fans dont contribute a thing….the stadium was donated and the players all play for free because they all love us so much and none of them will ever leave us so i will love them from all the way over here in the burmuda triangle….

    only my opinion counts…

    whos herbert chapman???? was he lee’s dad??

    whos high bury?? was he our first foriegn player….

  90. avenell says:

    Herbert Chapman was a VW beetle in the disney films.. That’s why it had a number on the side.. he was the first beetle to have no’s on the side of a V Dub.. He wa also the first beetle to have a train named after him.. The 13.03..

    The stadium was paid for with tax payers money and Arsnal players pay the most tax so they bought there own stadium.. It’s really nice of them to let the season ticket holders come and watch the odd game..

    Anyway blog sites like this one donate vast sums of money to Arsenal so they don’t need mickey mouse fans who want to watch a game in real life..

  91. avenell says:

    It’s a true fact that this blog donated so much money to Arsenal they even named the road outside the main stand after us..

  92. JonJon says:

    they should name a road after adebayor…after all hes done for us…

    St Adebayor Rd…

    whats wrong with the locals why havent they done it already….its the least he deserves…

    adjacent to St. Denilson St…

  93. avenell says:

    St Denilson St .. is a one way street, unfortunately you have to drive down it sideways..

    And St Adebayor Road is a pedestrian walkway and a toll road..

  94. JonJon says:

    i sound really anti denilson dont i??

    it aint that..hes ok…for the CC… or for 15 games a season….

    but to get told he was our player of the season and he’s better than alonso and hes worth 30mil and i should use his shit for toothpaste and i just shake my head….i really think what do people see what i dont???

  95. JonJon says:


    thats funny ave..

  96. avenell says:

    If you don’t play me in front of Freddie or even Sir Bobby.. I will show you Arsene OBE..

  97. JonJon says:

    really made something of himself then…

    zaragoza are going places…at least he’ll get 1st team footy now…

    he’d of got in the 1st team quicker doing his told with us….

  98. rico01 says:

    Morning all, just popped on to say hi, but got to go out early, be back later – enjoy the sunshine 🙂

  99. JonJon says:

    morning rico…seeya rico… 😉

    the rumours about cesc worry me…they normally go away after a day but these have carried on all week…

    and riberys odds of joining lverpool have been slashed from 66-1 to 13-8 ON…

    obviously lots of people are betting huge amounts of money on it happening so somebody somewhere knows something….

    odds dont slash like that on ‘lucky punts’….

    a month ago liverpool was in the shit,couldnt afford a new stadium and couldnt re finance a loan deal and were losing money every year….

    so how can they afford johnson??? and then ribery???

    it makes me sick…

  100. London says:

    Morning all

    My guess as to why the Fabregas stories won’t go away is because, in general, there is just so little news about and absolutely nothing of worth about Arsenal. These stories of Ribery to the dippers worry me; he is too ugly to go to Real Madrid (won’t sell any shirts) hopefully he will go and sign for Juve or Milan then Gerrard picks up an injury and their season is over.

    I am off to Egypt with son number 2 for a week, see ya

  101. JonJon says:

    bring me back a camel, london….or a pyramid….

    have a good time mate…

  102. rico01 says:

    Have a great time London

    Morning JonJon – they worry me too, but we can only hang on to Cesc’s words and that he doesn’t want to go – YET ..

    But then I look at the Ronaldo sale, what if Barca or Madrid offer us 50M for Cesc, do we sell and buy three good players, or say no ??

    Has Cesc had a really good game since Spain won the Euro’s ??

    Is Cesc the player we all love to think he is or could Ramsey, Merida or LJ do as good a job, or maybe even better ??

    I really don’t know the answer, just a thought 😉

  103. rico01 says:

    JJ – we have a camel, his name is Ade, he always has the ‘ump 😉

  104. JonJon says:


    ive had those thoughts myself….i can assure you…i think we have enough to cope without him if he did leave…

    but its the principle of it all if he did leave…

    see…we are supposed to be building a great side…and we aint a selling club….

    yet how can we build a great side if we keep letting players like hleb flamini and then cesc go season after season….

    we are just back at square one….

    and then theres the fact that all our important players who fit wengerball are allowed to go without a fight….and the ones who are camels are kept at all costs….

    it makes me even more sick…

  105. rico01 says:

    Off again, later all

    Rasp, Kelsey and peaches – hope all is ok with you all

  106. rico01 says:

    I know what you mean JJ, we have done it for so long, Pires, Paddy, Overmars, Silvinho, Gilberto – just to name a few…. 😦

    Catch up in a little while

  107. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    I’ve just spoken to one of my footie friends and we’re very excited cos we’re going to football next saturday – thats just 7 days away 🙂

  108. JonJon says:

    morning peaches….

    7 more sleeps 🙂

  109. rico01 says:

    Back for a while – Morning peaches, that game will be on us before we know it, and the season begins 🙂

  110. rico01 says:

    Stan has bought some more shares, he now owns 28.58%

  111. JonJon says:

    it seems as though shares are the only thing being bought at arsenal these days…

    a new player would be nice

  112. rico01 says:

    Reading around – Merse thinks we should have tried for Owen – he says we have trouble finishing sides off dispite having all the possession – he thinks we lack a quality finisher !! ;

  113. rico01 says:

    Tip Top JJ, shares won’t win us games and if he has that much money, bloody get on and spend it 🙂

  114. rico01 says:

    M’bia is having a medical st Stoke so Sky suggest !!

    Thought we were once after him ?

  115. rico01 says:

    Fraizer Campbell is on the verge of going to Sunderland !!

    The only verge we will be on is the grass verge ! 😦

  116. rico01 says:

    And Veloso is up for grabs at 10M euros….

  117. JonJon says:

    merse isnt wrong rico….

    i agree with him…we don need a proper finisher

    veloso at 10mils a steal….

  118. rico01 says:

    And tha is what this post is all about JJ, you are right, we need an out and out striker, a Wrighty, Henry etc

    Parlour has backed a takeover by Stan, he says we need big players, he is right too!

  119. rico01 says:


    Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin says there is no truth in reports he could join Barcelona this summer.

    There have been rumours that Arshavin is unhappy with the taxation laws in England, and agent Dennis Lachter invited the European champions to make a formal bid for the 28-year-old Russia international this week.

    However, there is still confusion over whether Lachter still represents Arshavin and it appears suggestions that he could move to Camp Nou are without foundation.

    “That is nothing more than a rumour,” he told Sport Express.

    “I’m an Arsenal player and the only thing I am thinking about is preparing for the new season.”

  120. JonJon says:

    NO RICO….

    they are bad bad naughty men…they are wrong

    support the team!!!!!

  121. rico01 says:

    You do brighten my day and make me chuckle JonJon 🙂

  122. JonJon says:

    well i do try rico.. 😉

  123. rico01 says:

    Tee hee JJ, I have to go out again, but will be back to hear about the new signing that will be announced later this afternoon..

    No doubt it will be that 5’7″ tall midfielder or is he 5’9″

    Just wishful thinking really about a signing, only as its Friday 😉

    Be good all

  124. rico01 says:

    Its very quiet on here today, where is everyone 😦

  125. Evo in Oz says:

    gday all

  126. Irishgunner says:

    Afternoon Rico 🙂

  127. Evo in Oz says:

    is it this time next week we find out which CL team we get for the qualifier?

  128. rico01 says:

    Hey Irish and Evo, how you doing..

    Not sure when the draw is Evo, but when it arrives its a sure sign the season is not far away…

  129. Irishgunner says:

    Presume so Evo, all the first round of matches in the Europa Cup are underway anyway, not sure about the CL though.

  130. Evo in Oz says:

    i just check on and its next friday for the draw. wonder who we will get?

    hey rico and irish

  131. rico01 says:

    Anyone know who else is in the draw ?

  132. peachesgooner says:

    Hello – I’m back – everyone OK? – poor you rico, you’ve spent a lot of the day talking to yourself…. 😳

  133. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Evo, Irish, JonJon 🙂

  134. rico01 says:

    Hey peaches, where you been, i nearly reported you missing 😉

  135. Irishgunner says:

    Evening Rico, Evo and Peaches.

    I think we could get Celtic, Stuttgart, Fioretina etc

  136. rico01 says:

    Afternoon Irish, it’s nice to say hi twice 🙂

  137. peachesgooner says:

    Sorry, I’ve had a million things to do that have taken me out of the house – sending stuff by Blackbird takes so long – to scroll through all the comments and then to type a comment aaarrrrgggghhhh

  138. Irishgunner says:

    Tis to be sure Rico 😉

    By the by Rico – the cat I called after a certain Togo player got knocked down and killed a few days ago, Is it a sign? 😕

  139. rico01 says:

    Its not going to be an easy draw me thinks – I hope we draw etc Irish, never heard of them 😉 😉

  140. Irishgunner says:

    Don’t let the lack of knowledge about “etc” fool you Rico, they are a decent side you know 😉

  141. Evo in Oz says:

    check it out at for all the teams. it would suck to get celtic.

  142. rico01 says:

    Blimey Riley Irish, thats so sad, poor little mogs 😦

  143. peachesgooner says:

    From what i remember there are some seeded teams of which we are one and we can’t face any of those – then theres another group that have play-offs before they get matched against the seeded teams – how am I doing??????

  144. JonJon says:

    Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Celtic, Anderlecht, Sparta Prague, Dinamo Bucharest, FC Twente, Dinamo Moscow, Sivasspor.

  145. peachesgooner says:

    ave will laugh cos he gave me chapter and verse about this and expects me to remember it all – are you laughing ave 😉

  146. rico01 says:

    peaches, the blacbirds around here fly pretty quick, must be all the sultanas I feed them 😉

    Great reply Irish 😉 etc does go on a bit though 😉

    Evo – I would hate us to get Celtic, rather draw them in the group stage

  147. Irishgunner says:

    Yeah Rico, I never saw him. He got killed outside our neighbours house, so they described him to us, we said that was him so they took him and buried him.

    He wasn’t one I had for a long time, only about 4 months, he strayed in and wouldn’t feck off so we fed him and kept him.

  148. rico01 says:

    Get you JJ, finger on the pulse 😉

    Sivasspor for me then – they are also spelt etc 🙂

  149. peachesgooner says:

    I remember we are top of the seeded group by virtue of the fact that we’ve spent the longest time playing in the champs lge………….

    ……..many many years in fact……. 😦

  150. rico01 says:

    You have good neighbours Irish, how are those chickens doing ? 🙂

  151. Irishgunner says:

    Speaking of birds, a small one flew into one of our windows last night and knocked itself out. Myself and my dad just saved it from been cat food. He was grand after an hour and we left it off but it gave the window some smack!!

  152. peachesgooner says:

    There are some in that group JJ that we can’t be drawn against – the others will play the first round against some unknowns and then we and the other seeded teams play the winners – I think 😕 😕

  153. rico01 says:

    peaches, sad old state eh, and never bloomin won it !

    You must stop cleaning the windows Irish 😉

  154. Irishgunner says:

    Chickens are good Rico, hungry little things.

  155. Evo in Oz says:

    good stuff in the cricket! i spilt a coffee on my keyboard today, hard to do a comma, V and G

  156. peachesgooner says:

    I know rico – I couldn’t bear to write those words 😥

  157. rico01 says:

    Hands up who wouldn’t mind us snapping up this man’s signature ????

  158. rico01 says:

    Irish – i am so glad you have said that, our 4 eat more than me – cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, lettuce…. and thats in addition to the pellets and corn, al they want is food food food 🙂

  159. JonJon says:

    those are the teams we can get peaches…theres other teams such as lyon who we cant get because we are sort of seeded…

  160. rico01 says:

    Evo, its good, its all taking the same course as 2005….

    Who am I trying to kid, the weather is going to be dreadful tomorrow, rain rain rain – Sunday should be interesting 😉

  161. JonJon says:

    i dont care who we get…..

    all those teams are shit….

  162. peachesgooner says:

    I wrote that for 😆

  163. Irishgunner says:

    Yep Rico – they go crazy for the left overs after dinner like potatoes and veg etc.

    They have a terrible habit of dirtying their water dish though, they are always kicking dirt into it and I’m tired of having to clean it out two-three times a day.

  164. rico01 says:

    Ditto, I have put a couple of trays in with them, they stay clean a little longer 😉

    Great fun though aren’t they…

    i have to go for a while again 😦

    see you shortly

  165. Irishgunner says:

    I hope we get FC Twente again so we can get interviews with Schteve 😆

  166. JonJon says:

    is anyone about??

  167. rico01 says:


    Just, cooking at the mo 😉

  168. JonJon says:

    what ya cooking???

  169. rico01 says:

    Chinese kinda dish JJ, Beansprouts, water chestnuts, pepper, onion in a soy and ginger sauce, served on noodle doodles 🙂

    Oh and with spring rolls – vegttable ones of course 😉

  170. JonJon says:

    mmmmmm…i just had sausage, bacon, egg n chips… 😉

  171. rico01 says:

    Doh !! and with home made curry sauce 😉

    From a paste 😉

  172. rico01 says:

    Get you JJ, a hearty one, bet it was just what the Dr ordered 🙂

  173. JonJon says:

    seeing as though theres only me and you about rico…im going to tell you a lil secret…i told avenell earlier over the dog…as i didnt want to get everyone worked up over what might not be nothing…but might be something….

    i spoke to my cuz in london last night and he told me that hes well informed that blaise matiudi is already an arsenal player…we signed him at the beginning of the week…..

    ave reckons if its true the reason we havent unvieled him yet is becuase we like to announce good news after bad news…so someone could be on their way out first….

  174. Irishgunner says:

    Don’t say Silvestre is leaving us Jon Jon, don’t do it to me 😥

    Rico I had a chinese earlier – albeit bought from Aldi 😀

  175. JonJon says:

    hahaha irish we need and support the team you bad person.. 😉

    i dont think silvestres going anywhere irish…i think he’ll see out his two year contract…

    wenger will lose 3 defenders for the ACN….i cant see any of our defenders leaving….not even senderbramble….

    gallas contract will run down too….

    so i think the defenders we have are here to stay….

    i was more hoping it would of been a striker that i wont name..just incase the NOTW are reading!!!!!

  176. JonJon says:

    all i want is a new CM..a box to box man…and i think the teams ready….

  177. rico01 says:

    Bet it taste lovely though Irish 🙂

    I am not surprised about that Matiudi tale JJ, we said in the seek he was a typical Arsene purchase, CHEAP – but I wonder who is leaving…

    My guess is Cesc…..

  178. Irishgunner says:

    I hope no-one important leaves.

    To be honest Jon Jon, if what you heard is true and Matuidi is signed I’d be quite happy for the season to start.

    I forgot that Eboue, Toure and Song will all be ACNing in January – hopefully the Ivory Coast and Cameroon won’t get very far 😉

  179. rico01 says:

    And the reason I think that is, Real Madrid have today said they don’t want him – that must be because they know he has been sold to Barca, all bar the fine tuning….

  180. Irishgunner says:

    I reckon its Adebayor and they are softening the blow – there really is no need, we’ll hardly cry over him leaving.

    I’m annoyed with Adebayor to be honest, he could have been great for Arsenal but instead got a big head!!

  181. Irishgunner says:

    Cesc won’t go to Barca to sit on the bench on a World Cup season, that position is still Xavi’s.

  182. rico01 says:

    I am not so sure Irish, sad as I feel about that….

    Off to chomp and mull things over, be back shortly

  183. Irishgunner says:

    Too much of a risk IMO, he is on the fringes of the Spanish first XI cos of Xavi and Iniesta.

  184. JonJon says:


    i never rated adebayor…ever…even after he had that season i still didnt rate him….i knew exactly the reason why he scored those goals and i knew if you took those reasons away he would never do it again….ever….

    and barca are looking to sell eto’o irish….

    it looks like they are reverting back to a 442….which means cesc will play alongside xavi iniesta and yaya….

    xavi played out ont the left for spain in the euros…he aint a deep laying playmaker like cesc….hes mobile….hes like a rosicky….

    if cesc went to barca it woulndnt be to get splinters…hes the golden boy and the signing of the decade in spain…bigger than ronaldo and kaka…simply because hes spanish…they’ll play him…

  185. JonJon says:

    he’ll cost more than 40mil…40mil players dont sit on the bench..they’ll accomodate him….and it wont be behind the striker either like arsene tries to do…

  186. rico01 says:

    Before I eat, ever wondered why Cesc has been played so much from an early age ??

  187. Irishgunner says:

    I just think Adebayor had the height and could have done well in the EPL. Not saying he’s Thierry Henry but he had his uses.

    By “great”, I meant he could have kept scoring goals not in that he is a great like TH14.

    I hope Cesc stays, I really do but I’m sure his role would go to Nasri if he left?

  188. JonJon says:

    so wenger could increase the price as much as he could before selling him on for a massive profit….the fact hes now captian adds another 10mil on his price…

    fucking hell i hope its not true rico….but all the signs are there arent they…. jacky and rambo have both been tied down to new deals too…

  189. JonJon says:

    irish..or rosicky??? or even jacky???

  190. avenell says:

    Evening Roadsters..

    Just managed to get these handcuffs off.. can’t seem to work the key when I’m bound up in Nivea and clingfilm..

    Anyway.. Ade’s height is what has F***ed up our Wengerball.. we have turned into Stoke relying on crappy crosses.. Bring back walking the ball in the net..

  191. Irishgunner says:

    I think losing Cesc this summer could fuck us up a bit.

    I’m sick of losing a top player every summer, sick of it.

    Tell Barca to shove their money for another few summers.

    Rosicky is too injury prone and Wilshere is waaaaaaaay too young.

  192. JonJon says:

    cesc wont be leaving….wenger never sells his best players until they are 30….

    if cesc goes wenger will be forced to buy big because i cant see the fans accepting the fact theyve just lost their 21 year old captian for mega bucks and replaced him with a 17year old from the youth team or a 5 mil bargain basement buy from the french jumble sale….

  193. avenell says:

    Yeah but we have “Waltzing Matiuldi”..
    I have even invented a song for him 😉

  194. Irishgunner says:

    Apologies for the use of the “F” word but sometimes no other word is appropriate.

    I sincerely doubt Cesc will go but I’d be so annoyed if he did.

  195. JonJon says:

    hes supposed to be abit of a demon though ave…

    hi by the way…

    left footed and very very powerful….if its true i’ll trust wengers judgement but if its to replace cesc i’ll lose my rag…

  196. JonJon says: you mean FUCK….

    fuck fuck fuckity fuck…

    there do you feel better???? 😉

  197. Irishgunner says:

    Feck is a better word Jon Jon imo 😉

  198. JonJon says:

    feck feck feckity feck 😉

  199. JonJon says:

    im watching the 79 final on ATV…

    rixs perm is wicked…

  200. peachesgooner says:

    OMG – I can’t believe however quietly you’re doing it that you’re talking about ***c leaving…… no no no no no no no its not gonna happen for at least 3 years ………

    peaches has spoken 😦

  201. Irishgunner says:

    What was 1979 like? 😉

  202. JonJon says:

    ahahahaha peaches…

  203. peachesgooner says:

    ….but I did chuckle at the ‘good news to follow bad news’ comment – we know them so well don’t we… 🙂

  204. avenell says:

    Irish.. It was the bollocks.. we had Brady and silverware!!

  205. peachesgooner says:

    Hi ave sweetie 🙂 – must get round to telling you my cunning plan 🙂

  206. JonJon says:

    abit like ireland is now irish…

    no gas, electric or running water….everyone was homeschooled and the streets were cobbled….

    😉 😉 😉 😉

  207. JonJon says:

    and we had rixs perm…

  208. peachesgooner says:

    It was terrible – I was married to a Spud who would wake up with Glen Hoddle on his lips….. yuuuuuuuuk

  209. Irishgunner says:

    Seems like that from the videos, I’d love to have seen the Arsenal play back then!

    Anyways I can tell my grandkids about the Invincibles – not too shabby and also had FABREGAS stayed for his entire career 😀

  210. avenell says:

    What bit of Glenn Hoddle on his lips?


  211. JonJon says:

    urrrgggghhhh peaches… married to a spud!!!!

  212. avenell says:

    We have been spoilt irish.. Brady was like Bergkamp and Henry leaving in the same season.. I think I cried.. 😦

  213. Irishgunner says:

    Jon Jon – we have running water actually, the gas and electricity are coming soon we are told. My poor sister is trying from cycling her bike to generate power for my laptop to work….

    Peaches – That was an unfortunate choice, tsk tsk, surely the first thing you find out is what team he supports?!

  214. peachesgooner says:

    If it looks like Cesc is going I will publish Wengers address on every arsenal blog – its not going to happen until we’ve won the Champs Lge and back to back premierships….. don’t cross me ……

  215. JonJon says:

    ave….have you been busy today???

    what colour were the marrigolds today???

  216. JonJon says:

    Yeeessssss getin

    brady just skinned two defenders and dinked a ball right into stapletons head….

    2-0 the arsenal….

  217. peachesgooner says:

    It didn’t last long – we had a major fall-out when he insisted that buying his season ticket was more important than anything i wanted…….good riddance I said……. easy come easy go 🙂 🙂 🙂

  218. avenell says:

    Right footed I believe jonjon..

    Funnily enough, I did do the washing up

  219. JonJon says:

    peaches…i’ll shit down his chimney if he sells cesc…

    irish…does your sister do it for free??? my sister charges me….

    then she uses the money to go out on a friday so i have to get my ma and my grandma to take turns…

  220. peachesgooner says:

    Its OK Irish I only speak to men who are gooners now – thus my sad existence of being in blogging on a friday night 😦 😦 😦

  221. JonJon says:

    avenell you are such a shit fan….how can you remember our history like that…brady like us for juve the tosser….

  222. peachesgooner says:

    JonJon – I’m sure you’ve promised you’d do that before 🙂

    ave – soft hands need marigolds 😆

  223. JonJon says:

    peaches.. i have threatened that before yes….this time its a promise…

    ave…do you find having not the smallest of feet makes the washing up a little bit harder?? 😉

  224. peachesgooner says:

    Yawn – we back to small feet again 😉

  225. rico01 says:

    Ah, you finally woke up then ave 😉

    JJ – Honestly I think it is Cesc, and agree that is the reason Ramsey has been tied down ebven though he already had signed until 2070 !!

    Of course I really hope I am wrong, as Irish says and we all hope, maybe its Ade, but then if it is, who else is going to get us 25 goals…


  226. JonJon says:

    i love watching brady play….what a player…

  227. peachesgooner says:

    ave – what size feet do you have?

  228. Irishgunner says:

    JJ – She doesn’t charge, she knows better, if she wants to borrow the horse and cart to get into town she’ll do what she’s told 😉

    Peaches – I stuck in blogging of a Friday night too, we could form a club ha ha although I must add I’m saving my liver for tomorrow night

  229. peachesgooner says:

    rico – do you really believe that – I’m whispering in the smallest of voices…….

  230. avenell says:

    You know what they say about men with big hands and feet..

    Big gloves and boots.. 🙂

    7.5 😦

  231. peachesgooner says:

    Irish – I’m also hoping something a little more intimate might be produced for tmoro night, thus my liver is getting a bashing tnite – eeeeeeek 😦

  232. avenell says:

    If it helps I am still working in between blogging..

    I am painting a 307 tailgate.. 😦

  233. peachesgooner says:

    ave – thats tiny 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  234. Irishgunner says:

    Our poor livers god bless ’em they put down a lot of work. I’m going to a Ceili tomorrow night in a pub – Ceol agus Craic – how flippin Irish am I?

  235. JonJon says:

    Eduardo da silva arsenals no 9

    he came to us when henry went eddie, eddie

    and scored more goals than darren bent eddie, eddie

    he broke his leg but he’ll be back

    and darren bent will still be cack

    eduardo da silva arsenals no 9

    na na na na na na na na na naaaa na naa

    thats who gonna get us the goals rico…

  236. rico01 says:

    peaches – yes i do sadly, i think it could very well be Cesc, but I also have a belief that Ade (dislike him as I do) will be the only one of our crop of strikers to get us 25 goals….

    Poo isn’t it 😦

  237. Irishgunner says:


  238. avenell says:

    I don’t think Cesc is leaving.. i think he is a man of his word.. and he has said he is staying..

    If he did go, I would have to blame Arsenal..

    Things are all wrong when the biggest Arsenal news of today is Kronkie buying shares .. that cost a couple of Mill at most.. and Cesc is worth 1/10 of the entire clubs wealth..

  239. Irishgunner says:

    Darn moderation 👿

  240. peachesgooner says:

    The manc son is in front of the tv so I can’t even watch Arse tv and I missed Ugly Betty in the week…. I must organise my children better to give me access to the tv……..

  241. avenell says:

    Irish your in.. 🙂

  242. Irishgunner says:

    Hurrah 😀

    Peaches – You have a son that supports Man Utd 😯

  243. JonJon says:

    if cesc leaves i’ll want answers and i’ll seriously question what is atually happening at our club…

  244. peachesgooner says:

    Why did you go into moderation Irish?

    rico – I’ll put my house on Cesc not going, I don’t think bhe’ll go this season – I think we have to put up with Barca wanting him for a while and him not going……thats my opinion

  245. Irishgunner says:

    I think my post was too long and repetitive 😀

    Its message was important though.

  246. rico01 says:

    Guys and Ladies, I dont want him to go, its just a feeling I have, and I hate it….

    And yes, if it is him then our club is getting everything so very wrong….

    All I truly hope is that I am wrong too, maybe its Eboue 😉

    I have to go all, nighty night and stay safe …

    I am off to have nightmares 😦 😉

  247. JonJon says:

    nite rico…

  248. peachesgooner says:

    I know, I’ve kept it very quiet, he was at an impressionable age in 1999……. 😦

  249. JonJon says:

    guy and ladies hahahaha.. you hear that ave… 😉

  250. rico01 says:

    JJ, say what 😉 😉 😉

  251. Irishgunner says:

    Oh dear …. 😦

    I am difficulty with my nephew. I bought him loads of Arsenal gear and his uncles on his mothers side have bought him a Liverpool kit 😈 but he’s a bright 5 mth old, he will follow the Arsenal.

  252. rico01 says:

    peaches – you should have spanked the Manc 😉

  253. Irishgunner says:

    *I am having difficulty

    Jebus, I can barely type the last few days, I’m leaving out words 😕

  254. JonJon says: have an uphill struggle but i have faith in you to spread the arsenal love….

  255. Irishgunner says:

    That I do Jon Jon, considering there is one Arsenal fan (my good self) against three Liverpool fans…

    Then there is the Limerick vs Clare thing…

    He does support Munster Rugby so that’s sorted, that’s all okay 🙂

  256. rico01 says:

    I am off, but did you all see my comment about Diaaaaarrrrah of Madrid…. He is up for sale 😉

    Nighty night

  257. JonJon says:

    haha irish well thats ok then.. 😉

  258. JonJon says:

    i dont know about him rico…i know london likes him to though so you are definately not alone…

  259. Irishgunner says:

    Diarra of Madrid will be off to the ACN come january 😦

    Night Rico.

  260. kelsey says:

    evening all 🙂

    So married to a spud, the son is a manc and you madam are an imposter.I will bet your house on it 😉

    1979, i was there,the most anxious 10 minutes i have ever witnessed.

    My avatar is GG wearing the shirt at that game.

  261. JonJon says:

    thats why i dont want him..

  262. Irishgunner says:

    There is four people fighting for bandwidth and I’m losing – my internet is going so s-l-o-w so I’ll bid you all goodnight.

    Sweet dreams of Fab4 staying for at least three more summers 🙂

  263. JonJon says:

    hello kelsey…

    i still get anxious now.. 😉

  264. Irishgunner says:

    And then my internet speeds back up 😕

  265. Irishgunner says:

    Evening Kelsey

  266. Irishgunner says:

    Okay I’m off this time, night y’all 🙂

  267. kelsey says:

    just popped in, out for dinner now, late for me but we are invited.i am taking my own straw. till tomorrow.

  268. JonJon says:

    night kelsey…

    wheres rasp these days??

    rasp are you out there?? hope your ok buddy…

  269. peachesgooner says:

    I’m back – have nice dinner kelsey 😉

  270. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – my credentials are pure and true, I lived spitting distance from Highbury for 6 years and then my new best friend at my new primary school was Dennis Evans’ son………I soon got shot of the Spud although I did allow the Chav to stick around a bit longer but he wasn’t really a supporter, never been to the bridge so I wasn’t too bothered……

  271. avenell says:

    So I have finished work and had a valet.. and now you have all gone.. 😦

  272. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    So rain looks like being England & Wale’s saviour again 😆

  273. rico01 says:

    Morning all, just up for a while to let the chickens out 😦

    george – your boys have certainly been giving us a lesson in how to bat, its a shame about the weather it would do England good to realise just how poop they have been in this first test – mayber it will miss Cardiff..

    Catch you all at a more sensible hour

  274. rico01 says:

    JJ – maybe not Flamini, but…….. 🙂

    French outfit St. Etienne have readied themselves for the departure of midfielder Blaise Matuidi after purchasing a ready-made replacement in the form of former Manchester City player Gelson Fernandes. Matuidi’s departure is now imminent with Arsenal touted as the Frenchman’s most likely destination.

    22-year-old Matuidi is a graduate from the prestigious Clairefontaine Academy, and has been at St. Etienne for two years having joined from Troyes AC in 2007. Since his transfer from relegated Troyes, Matiuidi has become a key figure in the the Les Verts midfield, earning a reputation as a tough-tackling midfield dynamo in a similar mould to compatriot and former Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini.

  275. JonJon says:

    rico if TV are our only signings i will be happy….

    TV was captian of ajax, and waltzing matuidi is captian of st essien…

    they arent normal signings…they are both leaders and both organisers…

    something we lacked last season…

    we are ready….

  276. rico01 says:

    JJ – couldn’t agree more, they are proven players and will bolster both the midfield and defence big time –

    its so much better than a 17yr old with potential 😉

    but if Ade goes, another striker please 😉

  277. JonJon says:

    the only thing that would stop me from signing another striker is that not only do we have a shit load already…is that another striker who would be better than anything we already have would cost a bomb…..

    id rather sell ade and not replace him…just use the money in other areas….like another wide creative wideman…

    we only have rosicky, AK and nasri….id rather see AK play as a striker and rosicky is a doubt…

    id like another….sell ade…buy a wideman…we have enough strikers….dudu will be our assassin….

  278. Anonymous says:


    so in other words peaches you are a groupie 🙂 🙂

    Don’t hit me mummy.

  279. JonJon says:

    citeh have pulled out of signing eto’o….and are looking for a new striker….


  280. kelsey says:

    morning all afain,
    what happened to my last comment ?

  281. peachesgooner says:

    For some reason you were anonymous kelsey 🙂

    Morning all

  282. JonJon says:

    morning anon… 😉

    morning peaches…

  283. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadies 🙂

    Sorry I’ve been absent for a day, but so has any interesting Arse news …. oh – and the cricket’s crap 😦

  284. JonJon says:


    there you are…missed having ya about buddy…

    yeah the crickets crap….we need a miracle now…

    nothing new arsenal mate….only like i said yesterday my cuz down south reckons matuidi is an arsenal player already….

    kroenkes buying up more shares and barcas still stalking cecs….

  285. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon…. mutual 😆

    The only thing that concerns me about Cesc is not that I’m worried he wants to leave, but I’m worried the club will sell him whatever he feels if a big enough offer comes in for him. The PV saga went on for a couple of seasons, but in the end, I heard that the club sold him against his wishes. Cesc wouldn’t turn down a move to Barca/Real if the club wanted to sell him. We do have reasonable back-up in his positon but none as brilliant as Cesc at his best.

    Here’s a proposition…..

    If Cesc had no previous history and we had bought him at the start of last season – based on his performances, we would consider him in the same light as Song and Denilson – OK, but not quite good enough yet?????

    Don’t shoot me, I want him to stay and regain his inspirational form…

  286. JonJon says:

    thats a good point rasp..and we did go on the majority of that unbeaten run without him…

    and your right about PV….Real madrid toiled with him for years and in the end he decided he wanted to end his career with us and then wenger sold him….he was in tears when he left the training ground….

    and if that big offer came in rasp…and we did sell…id seriously question the way this club is run and where exactly they are taking us…

  287. Rasputin says:

    True JJ,

    Obviously things are afoot on the Board at the moment. They turn down Usamov’s Rights suggestion and then Stan buys more shares when he hasn’t even paid for the last batch he acquired. He’s only a couple of % off having to make an offer for the club now – do you think that is what the Board want?

  288. JonJon says:

    im starting to query stans intentions now…the only money he is spending on the club is buying up shares….hes put nothing else into the club…

  289. Rasputin says:

    Me too – and some of Gazidis’ statements lately have just been pure spin and no real content – almost contradictory in nature….

  290. Rasputin says:

    I’m talking crap JonJon – we’re just getting paranoid due to lack of footie….. It’s the Barnet game next week and hopefully a chance to see Germolene “The Enforcer” play in an Arsenal shirt for the first time. I remember seeing Cesc play there as an unknown at right back…

  291. rico01 says:

    Morning again everyone 🙂

    Are you hoping for the rain today Rasp, we are be given a lesson in batting by the Aussies..

  292. rico01 says:

    Rasp, re Cesc, I said something similar last night about him – is he really as good as we all like to think he is? Since winning the Euros he seems a different player

  293. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico,

    Sorrry I missed your comment re Cesc – it seems we agree 🙂

    I’m hoping it will rain in Cardiff and be fine in Herts as I’m hoping to extend my ‘not out’ record!!

  294. rico01 says:

    Wish I was playing still Rasp, times like this I really miss it 😦

    At least 30 runs not out then Rasp 😉

    Instead I have a party to go to, the sprog is 1yrs old – oh deep joy!!!

    Guess plenty of Stella and wine will help me through 😉

  295. rico01 says:

    No worries re the comment, I missed yours the other day 😉

    Would you sell him for 50M ?? Thats a hard one! as Dawn French once said 😳

  296. rico01 says:

    Sorry guys and gals, but…

    Hoo Bloody Rah 🙂

  297. rico01 says:

    JonJon – spooky 🙂

  298. JonJon says:

    as long as the 50 mill went back into the team on a huge huge name…

    it wouldnt be acceptable for a top top european club to sell their 22 year old captian contracted to 2014 for such a huge amount of money…and replace him with a 17year old or a 5mil bargian from an unknown part of the world….

  299. rico01 says:

    Rasp – take a look at Youtube, Phil Tufnells Ashes song – its great 😉

  300. rico01 says:

    The Ashes Song by Tuffers and the Wooden Urns …you’ll either love it or hate it!

  301. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Sorry I don’t agree about Cesc at all.. Cesc game is about awareness and passing and he lost all the midfield that had the movement to compliment his game.. He is the centre of Wengerball..That is why he plays so well for Spain.

    Losing Hleb, Flamini, Rosicky and even Eboue.. all these players can both attack and defend..

    Song cannot attack, Denilson cannot attack, Walcott cannot defend, Nasri isn’t up to speed yet..

    So what can Cesc do?

    It was noticable that as soon has a player on his level joined the club in Arshavin, the Wengerball started to come back..

  302. JonJon says:

    i dont wanna sell cesc…

  303. rico01 says:

    Morning ave, I dont want to sell him either, but just a thought provoking comment 😉

  304. avenell says:

    Morning Jonjon.. Do you remember when we won the Premiership and it was presented at Highbury.. Pires had done his cruciate in and was there on crutches..

    The whole team worshipped him and went on there knee’s for him.. because he was the man who ran the team of individuals, he kept it together .. not Vieira or Gilberto.
    Pires never stood out for me until that day then I watched what he done for the team.. the awareness and the fact he never lost the ball, that is what Cesc brings only from the centre..

  305. avenell says:

    Morning Rico..

  306. rico01 says:

    Catch you later – off to the shops 🙂

  307. JonJon says:

    thats true ave…pires was the link up man in it all….it was unfortunate we let him go…he still could of dine a job for us in the centre like giggs does for manure now…

  308. JonJon says:

    im not a big cricket fan..but i’ll watch the ashes becuase its the ashes…

    this england squad is shite….

  309. avenell says:

    It would be him or Cesc though jonjon.. They both would need a Flamini to play alongside..

    Pires could have played the Bergkamp role that would have been interesting..

  310. JonJon says:

    he would of made it look easy…he could finish too..what a player….

    im hoping this matuidi is going stright into the team…if weve got him….

    im hoping wenger saw enough last season to know that wengerball aint going to flow with the midfielders he has…

  311. avenell says:

    I don’t think he will go straight in the team.. Arsene has a way of easing the players in slowly.. Then when they show they are better than what we have in that position, they become no1 choice..

    So it shouldn’t be too long before he gets to be the starter..

  312. JonJon says:


    my guess is then that wenger will go into the new season with


    which is shite…

  313. avenell says:

    Yep.. I think that’s right..

    Then 20 mins from the end he will swap Ade or RvP for Bendtner.. and Walcott for Nasri..

    5 mins from the end he will bring on Vera and Waltzing..

    You can read him like a book..

  314. avenell says:

    I wonder how long it will take to realise..


    Sagna… Willy.. Vera.. Clichy.

    Nasri.. Cesc.. Waltzing.. Rosicky.


    …………Bendtner (gulp)

    is the best formation..

  315. JonJon says:

    after the everton game….which im off to by the way…so iv got the match report covered.. 😉

  316. avenell says:

    It’s all crap Jonjon isn’t it?

    I had to laugh this morning, Chelski have the hump that Citeh may have tapped up JT.. haha

  317. JonJon says:

    looks like we aint the only ones…

    i think laportas a prick who is jealous of madrid spending and is covering his back with the barca fans incase madrid take back control next season

    then he can turn round and say ‘well we bid for villa, cesc and ribery and we couldnt get them so what else am i supposed to do??’

  318. JonJon says:

    what makes me laugh is that after the leaked wage offer that citeh gave terry, is that the newspapers were then saying JT was after a pay rise….without JT saying a word….

    then certain sections of the arsenal know the ones…the ones that love adebayor and support the club from outer mongolia….

    go mad and say whats the difference between the JT thing and the Ade thing….

    the difference is JT hasnt said a word…so its very likely the papers are talking tripe….whereas Ade came on skysports and said to the millions of people watching he had a three year contract and football isnt about the money and he was happy….but on the other hand as we all know he has some big clubs after him and he needs to sit down and discuss his options….

    if he had three years left and he was happy and football isnt about the money then what exactly is there to discuss????

    then theres the audio interview he did in africa where he said football is all about the money and when your from togo you go where the money is….

    and then there was the BBC interveiw where he practically blamed the fans for his form becuase he doesnt understand why they think he doesnt have loyalty to our club…..even wenger dropped him from the next match after that interview….

    yet some fans still think the media made it all up and the fans who dont like ade are easily lead by the hacks…..

    hilarious…you couldnt make it up could you…

  319. avenell says:

    Ahh but…. If we say ade is a lazy crap player.. Milan won’t buy him..

    If Milan are going to make an investment of £60 million plus..they are going to search through the Arsenal blog sites and get the opinion of the Arsenal fans to make that decision..

    What a load of tosh.. could you imagine Wenger doing that? lol

    So don’t say nothing bad about the little Cherub or he will cry and not play well..
    I mean £80,000 a week and that should come with unconditional love from all supporters even if he wants to slag himself all around Europe..

  320. JonJon says:


    i know…80k a week profesional footballer that cant play that day becuase the fans dont like him….didums…

    i bet he aint complaining about the fans when they are paying his wage that he picks up every week….

    i bet he goes home and pisses himself….

  321. avenell says:

    How many fake shirts would true supporters have to buy from a Trinidad market to pay his wages?

  322. JonJon says:

    but ave…shirt sales and match day fees contribute nothing towards arsenal….

    how could you be so naive???

    the only contribution that the club needs is for us real fans to love them all equally over the internet so the NOTW cant write nasty things about us….those fans at the ground are not the 12th man..we are…on here…the players read this and their families read this and they will know we love them…

    then we will be harmonious and win everything….

    we’ll show them…when we win the F1 constructors championship the grand national and the ashes everyone will say what a beautiful football team…

    you are wrong and ignorant ave…i see you on a bridge with some goats…

  323. avenell says:

    Yeah I should wash my mouth out… I have only been going to Highbury since 71′.. I did say that Maradona was better than Perry Groves once.. I am expecting someone to fly in from overseas, find me and punch me on the nose for such blasphemy..


  324. peachesgooner says:

    Look at you 2 having such a lovely time together 🙂

    Sorry I can’t join in – been out planting this morning and now I have to go and be a groupie mummy at the South Bank and watch Peggysue…….

    I’ll be back later – see you then, luv ya xxxxx

  325. JonJon says:

    shit i fell asleep cut the fun off early… 😦

    have fun peaches…

  326. rico01 says:

    Blimey Citeh are going to make us an offer for Alex Song – I say NO, offer them Diaby 😉

  327. JonJon says:

    it depends how much they offer rico….

    he can play two positions…hes a cameroon international and hes still got the best years ahead of him and he impressed in the latter stages of the season…

    if citeh want him then we should test those purse strings and say ok 15mil….

    then we take it…

  328. JonJon says:

    but i cant see wenger selling song anyway….

  329. JonJon says:

    anyway rico…support the team..diaby is loved wordlwide you are in the minority rico….

    join avenell on that bridge…


  330. rico01 says:

    no no no no no JonJon I love ‘chink chink’ Song

    thankfully you little tinker, i know you are just making me smile, as always 😉

    i have to go all, tomorrow i will be up with the larks and blogging all day

    stay safe, and be good

    nighty night 🙂

  331. JonJon says:

    night rico..

  332. Evo in Oz says:

    gday all, anyone around>?

  333. JonJon says:

    gday evo..

    have you come to chat cricket?? 😉

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