The Tie Might Not Have Been Put To Bed But It Certainly Has Got Its Pyjamas On.

Arsenal got a deserved victory against what was quite simply an inferior team. Celtic played the best they possibly could and only mustered one shot in ninety minutes, whereas we played well below the level that we all know we are capable of and scored twice.

Wenger opted for the same team that annihilated Everton on Saturday almost certainly in the hope that they would start with the same swagger as they left off at the weekend. But this was not to be, Arsenal started nervously; Celtic, as expected, chased everything down and made it difficult for us to get into our stride but it didn’t take too long before the gulf in class began to show.

The player I was most worried about at the start of the game was Vermaelen; I wanted him to do so well that I was biting my nails every time the ball went near him for fear that he might make a mistake. I know he had played extremely well on Saturday but I needed more proof. I worried that an error would send his confidence plummeting exposing a weakness for opponents to exploit. Well, I think we can safely dispel any of those kinds of concerns from our minds, by the end of the game I was as comfortable, when the ball was in his vicinity, as I was when Tony Adams was at his peak. This guy is the nuts as Jonjon would say.

Although, in fairness, every member of the defensive unit put in a very reassuring performance and that certainly includes Alexandre Song; he, along with Vermaelen, was my man of the match. I have long since stopped biting my nails when Song has the ball; I worked out ages ago what this player was about and always knew that it was far too early to write him off and so it has proved: his passing was excellent, his positioning superb and his tackling crisp and effective; he is well on course, even at this early stage, to be the player of the season.

As happy as I was with how well the defensive unit operated I was as equally as worried that offensive unit has still not gelled. There was not much Wengerball on display, perhaps I am being greedy, it’s not as though they played badly it’s just that we know that they are capable of so much more. Only once in the first half did the attack go through the gears and look like a real threat, all too often passes were being over hit.

The big plus about the attack was the defensive role that it was playing: closing down high up the pitch, never letting Celtic settle but with so many passes not finding their man I thought that we would go into the break on even terms. The dead lock was broken by a set play that Wenger had insisted that the team practice on the training ground all week.

Two minutes before half time we were awarded a free kick about thirty yards out. The angle made it impossible for Van Persie to blast, so he rolled the ball to Fabregas who drove it purposely against Gallas’ back , like a skilfully played snooker shot, making it cannon off into the corner of the goal. Luck, pah, people just don’t realise the accuracy of our captain.

With our tails up we started the second half with renewed hope, creating three really good chances that if they had arrived on Saturday we would have scored each one of them and this game would have been well and truly over but alas they went astray. This wastefulness lifted Celtic as they realised that they were still in the game and ran at us with renewed belief. The defence held firm, the only real scare coming from a fiercely hit, low cross that Gallas had to clear to the side of the post, the fear was that it could have easily have been an own goal.

With the game still not secure and the attack playing like strangers in the dark, Wenger took off the unusually less than perfect Arshavin and replaced him with Diaby. Within two minutes Diaby had performed a piece of quick footed skill and sent Clichy charging down the left wing before cutting in. Anticipating the soon to be out stretched leg of Caldwell, Clichy drilled the ball across the box hitting the Celtic captain and forcing the ball into the net for our second goal. Clichy doesn’t score many goals but he can be proud of this one.

A couple of observations: as much as it is rumoured that we will only reinforce the squad if we qualify for the CL, the same must be true of Fiorentina who I guess will renew their interest in Eboue if they also qualify, this I assume was the reason for his absence last night.

I thought Eboue was missed on the right hand side. As much as Bendtner has improved his defensive duties Eboue is better and what’s more Eboue can accelerate away which we were lacking last night. This theory works until he gets in front of goal but then we all know who we would prefer.

The other thing that I am still confused about was why we felt the need to wear Scotland’s national kit, was it a sign of some kind of bizarre respect?

“Come On You Blues” Naah, sorry, I am never going to get used to that.

……..

Player Ratings

Almunia: 7, he was his usual comfortable self, gathered well when called upon and cleared well when needed, with only one shot to save all game he had a very cushy night.

Sagna: 7, usual commanding performance down the right hand side

Gallas: 8, looking more and more solid, clearly very comfortable playing alongside his Belgian partner

Vermaelen: 9, joint MOM, if Vidic raises his game the mancs might just find themselves with their own Vermanator. TV was class; he looked like he had been playing in our back line for years.

Clichy: 8, one of his usual high octane games down the left hand side and a goal to boot

Denilson: 6, not bad but not good; although, he was not alone in not performing to his highest level.

Fabregas: 7, looked a bit leggy, possibly had other things on his mind.

Song: 9, the other MOM, this man was our colossus tonight; he stopped every thing coming through the middle and his range of passing is going from strength to strength

Arshavin: 6, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is on the bench on Saturday, Wenger will try and instil a bit more want and desire in him. I only say this because his talent is so high he mustn’t be allowed to rest on his laurels.

RVP: 6, it just wasn’t clicking tonight, it’s not that he had a bad game it’s just that we know he is capable of so much more.

Bendtner: 6, yet again not a bad performance but he set the bar very high for himself after Saturday. The big plus tonight was his defensive work,

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367 Responses to The Tie Might Not Have Been Put To Bed But It Certainly Has Got Its Pyjamas On.

  1. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    A little something to be getting on with.

  2. JonJon says:

    hahaha

    nice one london….i agree..song and tv were ecxellent once again…

    im just popping in but i’ll be back tonight to chat more 😉

  3. avenell says:

    Afternoon Roadsters..

    London.. nice post mate.. Who sang the title song? 😉

    and why didn’t gallas get a mark, was he that bad?

  4. rico says:

    Afternoon everyone,

    Great heading London and nice post

    Vidic has said he dreams of playing for Barca…mme

  5. avenell says:

    Hi rico.. have I been naughty?

    Vidic’s ‘er indoors has been giving him an ear bashing too..lol.

    That also means we will be battling it out for a centre half at the same time as man U when Gallas goes next summer.. 😦

  6. rico says:

    Hi ave

    We will get ours in January 😉

    Yes, naughty last night on here!! 😉

    Tennis back on then today…

  7. avenell says:

    I called you a lady though.. 😉

    Have you given up on getting Hangeland next week?

  8. rico says:

    I think we could get the other one, is it Subotic or something similar, I do think we need one more CH.

    I also think Senderos will go, and maybe Eboue

    Three players I reckon ave, one of whom could well be Moses or Chamakh 🙂

  9. rico says:

    Blimey, this is out the blue 😛

    PSV Eindhoven winger Balazs Dzsudzsak believes Arsenal have made a formal offer for his services. The 22-year-old Hungarian international was reportedly watched by Gunners scouts during his side’s 4-3 Eredivisie win over Ajax at the weekend and put in a performance widely praised in the Dutch press. It is now understood that the Premier League club have made a formal approach for the Philips Stadion regular and could try and seal a deal before the transfer window closes on September 1st.

    Speaking to Hungarian website sporthirado.hu, Dzsudzsak revealed:

    “I have just received the news that Arsenal has formally made an approach for me!”

    “Now, what can I make of this?!”

    He added: “Of course, I do not want to get ahead of myself.”

    “But if such a club is interested in you, there is nothing wrong with being proud of such a thing.”

  10. avenell says:

    I am sure we just ask about loads of players, then in the end we pick up a bargain.. if you don’t ask you don’t get..

  11. rico says:

    Fair comment grumpy 😉

  12. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all.

    I think the rating is a tad harsh on Fabregas – I think he was up there with Vermaelen and Song last night. He was always looking for the ball, got stuck and got kicked around the place for good measure.

    Freire (spelling) asked last night does the hatred still last between Rangers and Celtic. Just FYI you cannot buy anything Rangers related in Rep.Ireland, not even a pencil with the logo on it – major no-no wearing any of their stuff here. Celtic is a major yes-yes so to answer your question the hostility abounds yet.

  13. avenell says:

    Good afternoon Irish..

    They also reckon that there are more England football shirts sold around Hampden park per m2 than anywhere else in the world.. or something like that..

  14. rico says:

    Afternoon Irish – I struggled sometimes knowing whether the ball was the round thing or Cesc’s legs the amount of times he got kicked.. 😦

  15. avenell says:

    There wasn’t a lot of space yesterday for the Cesc as we know it.. I thought he had a bit of a Flamini type game and put in a good shift..

  16. Irishgunner says:

    Evening Avenell and Rico.

    The kicking won’t do Cesc any harm, toughen him up 🙂

    Avenell – The Celtic tradition in Ireland is crazy. When they got to the UEFA Cup Final a few seasons back it was like Ireland in the World Cup.

  17. rico says:

    I think you’re right Irish, cant wait for round two – ding ding 😉

    Got to pop out for a while, wont be long

  18. avenell says:

    It has calmed down at the ground a bit though Irish I think what with the crossover of some of the players like Rangers having Catholics and vice versa also the foreign players playing for both teams seems to have diluted it a bit..

    You are in a better position to comment than me though..

  19. London says:

    Afternoon Irish

    I think the reason that I gave Song and Vermaelen a 9 was because they played at the top of their game whereas Fabregas unfortunately did not; by his own very high standard his passing was poor and I didn’t think that was because he was being kicked around the park more than the ball.

    Summer has arrived here, what’s it like over there?

  20. avenell says:

    It’s quite dull down here London..

    but then you ain’t talking to me.. 😉

  21. London says:

    Well I am glad everyone liked my title, I am very proud of that, it made me chuckle when I thought of it.

    Ave, if you want I will do the Portsmouth match report but I don’t want to do the Celtic home leg people will get bored and as I am away I don’t think I will be able to do the United game. I don’t know how to use the widget so let me know if that is ok.

  22. Irishgunner says:

    It has a bit between the two clubs but its still there at the back of it all Avenell, no point beating around the bush.

    Rangers jerseys are not welcomed in the Republic, nor are Union Jacks. England is okay, no problem at all but “Britain” is another story and to the Irish, Rangers are representative of Britain.

    I really don’t want to get political or anything like that but “it” still hasn’t gone anyway. I’ve been called names in England because of my accent but the same thing has happened here with English people.

    Time doesn’t heal much.

  23. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya London,

    Its raining….but very warm, a clammy day.

    Fair enough on Cesc. His passing was off at time but I feel he compensated for it with other aspects of his game. Vermaelen looks like a bit of class.

  24. Irishgunner says:

    They are giving away free scarves on Saturday for anyone going.

  25. Irishgunner says:

    P.S. If the 4.45 post is too much, take it down I won’t get offended ha ha Its just if I get asked a question I will answer it honestly. Spade a Spade and all that.

  26. London says:

    The fact that people have stopped bombing each other is a big step in the right direction. Rangers shirts being welcomed in Donegall might take a bit longer. One step at a time.

  27. London says:

    Irish

    I can’t see that you said anything that should offend anyone and certainly nothing to warrant a comment being deleted. I’m on a crusade now.

  28. Irishgunner says:

    Its certainly come on leaps and bounds since the troubles. I think the Omagh bombing brought everything to a head and both sides realized that the madness had to end.

  29. Irishgunner says:

    Thanks London, I’m just been careful, its a touchy subject.

    Anyways, back to the footy 🙂 They are showing Madrid vs Panathinikos tonight on tele for lack of anything else to show, might be a good game?

  30. avenell says:

    No problem Irish, you obviously know more about it from your angle.. I don’t think we even notice it or really talk about it.. I only really hear about it from Talk sport as Alan Brazil is a Celtic fan and brings it up a bit on the radio.

    I was only going from the old firm games angle as years ago I know the problem resulted in a few people losing there lives.

  31. avenell says:

    One too many angles in their lol..

  32. London says:

    I watched the film on the Omagh bombing the other night, wow, that was one sad film, I was with my two sons, it took all my strength to stop myself from bursting out crying, very, very sad.

    I’m doing it now, yes the Madrid game might be interesting.

  33. Irishgunner says:

    I think the “not buying Catholic/Protestant players” for either side has gone but what both clubs stand for is very much alive.

    There was a bit of upset recently because other Scottish clubs wanted the Irish flag removed from over Parkhead and Celtic were having none of it.

    Also, they commented last night that a lot of the Celtic fans were delighted to see McGeady play for Ireland over Scotland but not sure how true that is.

    There was a Celtic fan killed up North the last day of last season by a gang wearing Rangers gear and they reckon they just set upon him because of the jersey he was wearing. The same happens Rangers fans too.

    Its not as often as an occurrence nowadays I’d reckon though.

  34. avenell says:

    The best headline I heard this morning was
    “Although U2 were playing in Glasgow last night, Arsenal had the Edge”

  35. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha ha, good one.

    Before the game the announcer said to give a big Glasgow welcome to the hugely popular Irish band ………. the Undertones.

  36. avenell says:

    London .. I have put you down in the widget for sunday..

    Feel free to write as many as you want, some blogs only have one writer, nobody gets bored..

  37. avenell says:

    I’m just the bricklayer.. You were the hoddie though.. 😉

  38. Irishgunner says:

    Another hour and 3/4 till footy 😕

    Least the Simpsons are on now 😀

  39. avenell says:

    It’s quite good all these teams getting a game in hand or two on us.. takes a bit of pressure off not being at the top.. then we can steam past them later on.. 🙂

  40. London says:

    Ave

    Where did you read that headline, do you have the link? Someone has got a good sense of humour.

    The hoddie, that’s funny

  41. Irishgunner says:

    I’m all for Stoke tonight to do a Rory Delap special on Liverpool 😀

  42. JonJon says:

    evening all…

    i like the post london…i think songs going to have a great season and i knew when i was watching TV against everton he was a proper defender…

    i dont think he was a knee jerk buy either….i think wenger has had him watched many times over many months…

    i enjoyed last night…i think the signs are positive in the fact weve played two games and got two results, not by playing wengerball but by showing grit and determination…

    those are the games where we slipped up last year and either lost or got last gasp draws….

    i find it reasuring that we are winning these kind of games now….we are achieving that balance of playing beautiful footy and going to war when we need to…

    great stuff…im a big song fan now hes been excellent..

  43. JonJon says:

    i know its only been a couple of games but in my opinion the fitness of TV, gallas and song is going to be important in our challenge for success…

    if they stay fit we will stay solid at the back…we willbe harder than ever to beat..

  44. avenell says:

    London it was on the radio..

    Evening jonjon..

    your comment looks like you was watching television and still talking about Song..lol..

  45. JonJon says:

    ive been talking about song all day ave…

    theres a guy at work who i talk football with…hes a leeds fan but he appreciates all football and likes arsenal…he even said that songs been a class act so far and would get into any team on current form…i have to agree..

  46. rico says:

    Evening JonJon – honestly, I honestly think, and based on the last two games, everyone of those starting eleven players would get into any team right now.

    Arsene says:

    Wenger – I am surprised by Vermaelen form

    Arsène Wenger admits he is surprised by how quickly Thomas Vermaelen has settled at Arsenal.

    The Belgian centre back moved from Ajax to Emirates Stadium in June and, like all foreign imports, was expected to take time before he came to terms with the hustle and bustle of English football. But Vermaelen put in a towering performance on his Premier League debut at Everton at the weekend and picked up where he left off when Arsenal faced Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

    Vermaelen did not get on the scoresheet this time but the Belgian defender dealt comfortably with everything Celtic threw at him and his magnificent last-ditch challenge denied Scott Brown a golden opportunity to break the deadlock in the first half.

    After the game, Wenger paid tribute to his big summer acquisition.

    “I am surprised by him,” he admitted. “Thomas had a very long preparation and we saw he had the physical strength and the mentality to cope with it. When it’s needed he comes in.

    “I believe he has a good mixture of physical and technical [ability] and it’s interesting to have a left-footed player because it gives you angles for the pass that are very important to the midfielders.”

    Vermaelen’s partnership with William Gallas has been one of the major plusses of Arsenal’s early-season form. Wenger had plenty of praise for the French defender and the man who has shielded the back four at Everton and Celtic – midfielder Alex Song.

    “William was fantastic,” said the manager. “I believe again he played very well. He is certainly in the best form of the last two years for me.

    “In the last two games Song has played extremely well too. He can win the fight, not only with physical strength but he has that sense to nick the ball from his opponent without giving away the foul. That’s a very interesting quality.”

  47. Irishgunner says:

    This is something last season I couldn’t imagine saying but if he keeps up the way he is playing we will really miss Song in January.

  48. JonJon says:

    hi rico…

    we all know that wenger doesnt do CB’s…sol was a free and gallas was part of the cole deal…apart from that wenger has never bought or developed a ‘rock’

    kolo was the closest but he wasnt no rock…

    TV has turned out to be a bargain…

    im thinking by wengers comments that he was informed to get him by someone with a little more know how about defenders…wasnt tony watching him for a while for wenger???

  49. JonJon says:

    i know irish…

    i’llbe honest ive been harsh on song in the past…especially in the 4 all with the spuds..he looked overweight and lazy…but hes looking good at the minute…

    im glad hes proved me wrong…it makes you admire a player more when he makes you eat humble pie…

  50. Irishgunner says:

    Dennis Bergkamp is at Ajax, Vermaelen was at Ajax. Maybe the iceman couldn’t get past him in training exercises 😉

    On that, Keown said something interesting last night. He said that up to now all Wenger’s training involved work with the football and he reckons that this pre-season it has changed to involve more physical, non- football exercises.

  51. Irishgunner says:

    Exactly Jon Jon.

    He needs a lot more work yet but is certainly getting there and has matured an awful lot.

    Something else I noticed last night – Bendtner looked so ecstatic when we scored, he was doing jumping jacks. Last season he looked sulky when it wasn’t him that scored.

  52. JonJon says:

    maybe so irish 😉

    i think that keown is correct in what hes saying…it certainly looks that way…

    i dont mind us playing hard when we need to…

    i know what we can do with the ball….and the reason why we were never in the title race last year is because we couldnt match other teams desire or commitment without it…looks like thats changed..

  53. JonJon says:

    ade was the reason why bendtner wasnt happy irish…i believe that anyway…i think ade was a joker and a bully….

    he and kolo were the centre of so much unrest in the dressing room last year…

    now they are gone we will see the team play as one…

    its already showing…

  54. Irishgunner says:

    We’re still short players though.

    It has now turned to “What do we do if Song gets injured?”

    Either bring in a Matuidi who fights it out with Song for the slot or else bring in a Senna for a year or two for Song to learn from.

  55. Irishgunner says:

    Keown said Adebayor was “very much disliked at Arsenal” and he would probably know more than the rest of us. Adebayor and Toure probably had their own little clique going on.

    They can have it at City now.

    The whole team looks happier and Gallas looks like a £90k a week defender again.

  56. JonJon says:

    im with that thinking irish…

    i feel we need one more player at least…a midfielder like song…

    then we are ready…

    i wouldnt mind a CB either becuase senderos,silvestre and gallas contracts are up next year…so lets sell one of them now… (the one thats young and worth more money) and replace him…

    hangelaand and matuidi and we are set to go…

  57. avenell says:

    We was thinking that for a season, we are actually stronger when Mr Wenger doesn’t have a choice and cannot pick Ade..

    We was also saying that Ade would have been picked because Arsene thought he was good enough to be on £80k a week..

  58. Irishgunner says:

    And if AW had a few bob left over, an out and out striker wouldn’t go amiss although that is clutching at straws.

    AW strengthens up the defence a bit more and I’ll be a happy camper. Even happier than now 🙂

  59. raif says:

    Woop Woop.. 😉

    arsenal TWO HAGGIS eaters ZERO just as i expected

  60. avenell says:

    And our increased work rate is because we got rid of lazy ade, also I think Mr Wenger has been watching Barca play..

  61. avenell says:

    Hi Raif.. you are home a bit earlier tonight mate.. 🙂

  62. Irishgunner says:

    Wenger couldn’t really put an £80k a week striker on the bench and then play the poor mouth. Adebayor was a good option when he tried but then he stopped so it was just a case of finding a team thick enough to buy him for an inflated price.

  63. raif says:

    day off. actully 🙂

  64. JonJon says:

    i agree ave…

    barca showed against manure that pure football is the winner every time as long as you press when you havent got it…

    ade didnt do that….he was quite useless to the style we wanted to achieve…although we worked that out about a year before arsene did 😉

  65. Irishgunner says:

    Arsene’s getting old Jon Jon, maybe its just taking him longer for his brain to kick into action.

  66. JonJon says:

    has anyone heard the rumors about benitez????

    sky sports has said theres been talk on liverpool sites that something is wrong behind the scenes and benitez is off…

    anyone confirm…ive been having a look but i hope its true…

  67. Irishgunner says:

    He was having talks with whoever took over from Rick Parry over the £1.5mil he has left to spend.

    Is he said to be gone already?

    Talking of managers, our one is a massive romantic 😆

    “A night without a game of football on television leaves me a little bit disillusioned. England is a good country because it gets dark early in winter, you go home and you’re in an environment where you want to watch television….my wife understands my passion and is ready to pay the price.”
    Arsene Wenger

  68. JonJon says:

    hahahaha

    weres thommo???

    liverpool are getting a right bashing by the panel…

    go on merse and charlie…give em some hahaha…

  69. Irishgunner says:

    It seems the bookmakers have stopped taking bets but they did that last season too….

  70. JonJon says:

    hes the man isnt he irish…

    am i right in thinking hes in your top 5 of men 😳

    no hes there for stoke but the bookies have suspended betting on benitez being sacked as next manager….

    hes become hot favorite over the last few hours…

    i want to know whats going on so imtrawling the dipper sites..

  71. JonJon says:

    raif are you going to the pompey game..

    is the jacket going too??? 😉

  72. Irishgunner says:

    In all fairness his missus probably has it easy. Its better for him to be in a room watching tv than moaning and whining about how tough his job is like all men 😉

    I’m having a look through as well and it all seems to stem from the bookies again. Paddy Power have stopped taking bets at 4/1 after he been 22/1 this morning. It’ll be great to see what happens if they lose 😀

  73. avenell says:

    Torres will be next. lol

  74. JonJon says:

    i hope they get beat tonight 😉

  75. Irishgunner says:

    And they say we haven’t got a squad 😯

    “The Reds XI in full versus Stoke: Reina, Insua, Johnson, Ayala, Carragher, Mascherano, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Voronin, Riera, Ngog, Babel, Kelly.”

    Reina – Very Good.
    Insua – Good Prospect.
    Johnson – Good but paid too much.
    Ayala – Made a joke of by the Arsenal Youths last season.
    Carragher – wanker
    Mascherano – Very Good
    Lucas – Ha ha ha aha ha
    Benayoun – Very Good
    Kuyt – Good worker
    Gerrard – Class
    Torres – Class
    Subs:
    Cavalieri – Dodgy Keeper!
    Dossena – Ha ha ah ah haha hahaha ha
    Voronin – See Dossena and Lucas
    Riera – Okay
    Ngog – Alright at best
    Babel – Okay
    Kelly – Who?

  76. Irishgunner says:

    Gilberto is CB for Panathinaikos….

  77. JonJon says:

    exactley irish..

    the dippers were lucky last season…theyve got a crap team and they were on a roll and they confidence was high thats all…

    alonso was their best player…their creative player…

    gerrards just a power player who runs at pace and shoots from 40 yards and torres is the assassin…

    but without a player like alonso they are nothing…

  78. Irishgunner says:

    I do hope Stoke beat them, it would make be ha-ha-happy :mrgreen:

  79. avenell says:

    I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window

    I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind
    She was my woman
    As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind
    My, my, my, Delilah
    Why, why, why, Delilah..

    c’mon The City.. 😉

  80. raif says:

    hey there lads sorry i had to run off for some Dinner..

    if that Rafa the gaffa roumor is true then thats great.. i would love that,,

    and JonJ.. yeah im going to the first game at the Emirates i want to get the Jacket on but it might be mega hot and wont be worth me wearing it in that heat lol

  81. Irishgunner says:

    Raif – you will be getting a free scarf on Saturday 🙂

  82. raif says:

    really?? are they giving them out?? or are you just winding me up haha

  83. Irishgunner says:

    Seriously, it was in the AISA mailing. 57,000 free scarves are been given out. Hopefully they’ll be used more than the flags of last season 😕

  84. raif says:

    ohhhh thats excellent.. i like free stuff..

    even the free things they give out at the train stations in london hahaha

    im such a cheap skate..

  85. Irishgunner says:

    😆

    Everyone loves freebies, even when the freebies are of no use you just have to have one anyway.

  86. Irishgunner says:

    Spuds are ahead – the orange one is probably angry

  87. JonJon says:

    hull are going down this season..

    they are still in freefall from last season…it was only that early good form that saved them…no such luck for the tossers now.. 😉

  88. Irishgunner says:

    0-2 spuds

  89. raif says:

    Hull are shit.. i cant stand them and that phill brown shit

  90. JonJon says:

    1-0 burnley 😉

  91. avenell says:

    Just for you jonjon..

  92. Irishgunner says:

    The Emirates will be fun this season against Hull.

    AW should overexagerate shaking the Oompa Loompa’s hand, just to be sure he doesn’t forget and Cesc should wear a hoddie while playing.

  93. Irishgunner says:

    Feck sake Stoke are crap

  94. avenell says:

    Like shake hands man..lol

  95. Irishgunner says:

    😆 AW should go to shake his hand, pull it away and go “nananananana” ha ha that’d be the best thing ever EVER

  96. JonJon says:

    that was fucking awesmome…get in…

    he made a few though like that….

    its like having tony back.. 😉

  97. Irishgunner says:

    Hull get one back….

    That is very Japanese Avenell ha ha

  98. JonJon says:

    hahaha irish…

    carrick misses penalty 😉

    torres bust his head open 😉

  99. avenell says:

    Man U are losing hahaha.

  100. Irishgunner says:

    I just looked at the United team and its a bit meh isn’t it?

    Evans, O’Shea, Park, Carrick, Fletcher …..

  101. Irishgunner says:

    Aw flip Liverpool score again but Johnson is in my fantasy football 🙂

  102. JonJon says:

    liverpool 2 nil up 😦

  103. avenell says:

    They need squad depth like the mighty Arsenal..

    Our squad sort of got stronger without all those pundit tossers noticing it..

  104. avenell says:

    Man U arn’t the same without Cristiano Coustou..lol

    Count Berba coming on..

  105. JonJon says:

    i hope burnley hang on…

    i think moyes has accepted defeat with lescott…

    hes said lescotts attitude has been poor and hes let everyone down…

    its a shame cos i liked lescott but they are better off without him…take the money moyesey….and buy 3 players who want to play for you..

  106. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve given up on Stoke, c’mon Burnley

  107. Irishgunner says:

    Everton will get Dunne plus cash for Lescott I reckon

  108. Irishgunner says:

    Forlan scores again – good strike

  109. JonJon says:

    does anyone agree with london and think eboue not playing last night was because he may still be off…

  110. avenell says:

    Jonjon..no one ever agrees with London.. 😉

  111. Irishgunner says:

    I thought that a bit because at one stage Sagna went down when we were 2-0 up and I thought he’d bring on Eboue, which he usually does anyway but he remained rooted to the bench.

  112. Irishgunner says:

    Aguero 😯

    That’s Maradona’s son-in-law = class

  113. JonJon says:

    hahahaha ave

    it would make sense though..if fiorentina still want him…if they qualify they will be able to meet the asking price with the extra cash they’ll get wont they..

    so there is the possibilty of a gentlemans agreement….depending on results…so eboue doesnt play CL so wenger can still command the price..

  114. Irishgunner says:

    As it stands Spuds are top of the table – they’ll be beside themselves 😆

  115. avenell says:

    4 mins injury time.. let’s give Man u the title again..

  116. Irishgunner says:

    3-0 Liverpool

  117. Irishgunner says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Stuff that in your pipe red nose 😀

  118. avenell says:

    As long as one of our rivals loses every week..

  119. Irishgunner says:

    How long till the Oompa Loompa is back in the Chocolate Factory?

    1-5 at home….

  120. London says:

    I told you, I told you, and I told you, I even wrote a head line post saying that we are about to witness the footballing equivalent of the Fall of Rome.

    Man U will not finish in the top four.

  121. Irishgunner says:

    That’s an awful thing to say London tehehehehehe

  122. raif says:

    haha unted lost.. Lovely

  123. London says:

    Irish

    You are on good form tonight.

  124. Irishgunner says:

    We’re still ahead of Liverpool on goal difference

  125. London says:

    Michael Owen, hahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, oh, I wish we had finished our business early. lol

  126. Irishgunner says:

    London,

    There are many things that put me in good spirits but the Mancs getting beat is right up there for me, very high up there for me 😀

  127. Irishgunner says:

    I got this message from a Manchester United supporting mate of mine on my facebook earlier today:

    ” Well what can I say… they hammer Everton, fluke a win against Celtc! :O Ah they’ll come unstuck against Burnley! :)”

    As you can imagine, I’m having the last laugh now :mrgreen:

  128. London says:

    Enjoy Irish

  129. London says:

    It’s all over for Red Nose

  130. Irishgunner says:

    Pity there is still time in the window for them to add players….

  131. Irishgunner says:

    Watch Bodnar’s goal for Debrecen if ye can – piledriver and a half.

  132. PDT says:

    Trying one more time to post….maybe I am out of moderation…

  133. PDT says:

    Excellent match summary, London! Agree that Song and Vermaelen put in superlative displays.

    The biggest takeaway for me was that luck seems to smiling on us, for a change. We have been desperately unlucky for the last four seasons and maybe, this is the season when all the pieces fall in place.

  134. Freire says:

    Hello all, just passing here to send a huge!
    See you all tomorrow!

  135. Freire says:

    Send a hug, I mean… LOL… poor english 😐

    (posted on August 19th 10.15pm in brazil 😛 )

  136. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    We must have signed someone today and everyone is out celebrating..

  137. Irishgunner says:

    Morning all,

    Yep Avenell that was the goal – as they would say “pick that one out”

  138. avenell says:

    Hi Irish..

    Just been looking around for some news..

    The transfer window has been extended to 5pm Sept 1st because of the August bank holiday..
    Ever since I can remember we have had a August bank holiday on the last monday of August.. Hardly a bloody shock lol..

  139. Irishgunner says:

    😆

    Does this give us more time to pull another “Arshavin” out of the hat?

  140. avenell says:

    Most of the rumours have gone dead now, I think we have only being linked to a winger something we are not short of.. 😦

  141. Irishgunner says:

    Its been an odd transfer window to be honest.

    It seems there are a couple of signings over two days and then nothing for a week.

  142. Cartman says:

    I HATE UNIVERSITY!!!

  143. Cartman says:

    btw hello all!

  144. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya Cartman

  145. Cartman says:

    wassup irish?

  146. Irishgunner says:

    Not much Cartman – all a bit quite.

    Taking a positive from a negative Glen Johnson got me 36 points in Fantasy Football last night = sweet 😀

  147. Cartman says:

    manu lost to burnley??? hahaha, hats off to them! i like their football!

  148. Irishgunner says:

    I didn’t see the game but apparently United were akin to Bolton – hand’t a clue how to break Burnley down.

    I like Burnley but in all fairness they aren’t the best defensively, its not like trying to break down Stoke or Everton of last year.

  149. Cartman says:

    i had flu for 1 week, then i arrived in france 2 weeks ago for university and errr i’ll have to wait till the end of september to get the satellite, and that means that i’ll have to watch footie on streaming! 😦

  150. Cartman says:

    imo, all teams that play beautiful football are quite weak defensively!

  151. Irishgunner says:

    Welcome aboard the horrible life of streaming 🙂

    Play, play, play, Arsenal attack – it freezes, usually how it works for me…..

  152. Cartman says:

    its the same for me too!

  153. Irishgunner says:

    True – when you play the beautiful game the best way to defend is from the front by pressurizing the opposition, like Barca last season.

    Thankfully this season Wenger seems to have liked that idea.

  154. Cartman says:

    yep i agree!
    btw, denilson seems to be a better player when given more freedom though his passes must improve!

  155. Irishgunner says:

    Agreed – And funnily enough Song looks a better player when he is given a job to do – sit in front of the back four and if Vermaelen/Gallas go forward slot in for them.

    Denilson should keep taking the shots when they arise for him. He scored a great goal against Everton and was close again against Celtic. He needs to have a bit more presence in the game – although I used to say that a bit about Gilberto too.

  156. Cartman says:

    got to go irish! i have class in 10 mins! 😉

  157. avenell says:

    Hi Cartman .. bye Cartman..

    Irish.. have you heard anymore on the Benitez story?

  158. Irishgunner says:

    Bye Cartman.

    Hi Avenell,

    Not much really. But none of the murmurs of discontent have been denied. Things are far from happy at Liverpool – it seems someone wants Rafa out.

  159. avenell says:

    Good.. I didn’t realize until I looked on rafa’s wikki page he is only 49..

  160. avenell says:

    An Arsenal and Ebay promotion..

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/show-your-colours-during-saturday-s-clash-

    Anything to help out the plastic supporters..

  161. PDT says:

    Hi Ave, very quiet today. Not an animal stirring in the forest…

  162. PDT says:

    Hmm..Cartman hates university….hope he realizes these are the last days of his freedom….

  163. PDT says:

    Don’t understand why people go on and on about Denilson’s passing. A DM’s job is to win the ball and the boy does great at interceptions. He also passes well to the playmaker, so why does everyone keep blasting him?

  164. avenell says:

    Hi PDT.. sorry for the mix up the other day mate, I did send you an email to the address that you use to blog with.. I don’t know if you received it..

  165. PDT says:

    Hope Spurs lose their next game….

  166. PDT says:

    My apologies, Ave! I did not check my email over the last couple of days…just sent you a reply.

  167. avenell says:

    Denilson doesn’t track back fast enough as I said before he let a 35 year old Ryan Giggs run past him to out number our defence last year.

    When he plays he seems to need both Song and Fabregas next to him for us to work effectively, 3 players doing 2 players jobs..

    But he seems a bit better this season so far..

    What winds me up is the hero worshiping of him like he is the greatest player ever.. We call him Statman.. lol..

  168. avenell says:

    Thanks PDT.. they sometimes take a while to come through..

  169. PDT says:

    Denilson has a difficult job. No one remembers the interceptions he makes, but people remember the mistakes he makes.

    I wish he was a little flashier in his tackling….I think people would see his worth then. Maybe if he picked up a couple of red cards a season, people would appreciate him more.

  170. PDT says:

    I wonder what will happen when Theo is fit. Will the boss play him in the middle or on the right. If Theo is on the right, will he play Wilshere behind him and flip Cesc to the centre?

    AW definitely has a lot of options right now.

  171. PDT says:

    I’m off for the day…see y’all tomorrow!

  172. avenell says:

    I want Nasri to be the first choice right midfielder and Rosicky left.. Then AA can move into the centre but I think we will see AA and Tomas sharing left and Theo and Samir sharing right.. I love the options though.. 🙂

  173. avenell says:

    Bye bye.. PDT..

  174. Irishgunner says:

    Rafa Benitez is only 49 😯 – he looks mid 50s at least

  175. Freire says:

    Hey everyone! Good morning ( here it’s 11.17 am )

  176. avenell says:

    I hope he doesn’t live to regret that, we all make silly decisions when we are young..

    I’m sure half of Stan Collymores bitterness is because he gave up football too early and regrets it.. I know it is slightly different.

  177. avenell says:

    Good Afternoon Freire.. 🙂

  178. Irishgunner says:

    Thing is Supple is young enough to reverse his decision if he stays fit.

    He always looked like having the makings of a good goalkeeper.

    Stan Collymore ………… sheesh

    Hiya Freire

  179. Freire says:

    Does anyone here got an autograph from any Arsenal player?

  180. avenell says:

    Not me Freire..

    I have been privlaged to talk to anders Limpar when he came onto the terraces after a game dressed in a suit once.
    Pat Jennings when he was coming into the ground before a game..

    Flamini.. (sort of) when he was lost coming into the Emirates the wrong way via Drayton Park.

    and David Platt after the 98′ celebrations at Highbury..

    I am sure others have had far more connections….

  181. Freire says:

    Wow, you talked to them!
    I have just an autograph from Eduardo da Silva, dedicated to me. When he was recovering from his broken leg, he came to Brazil and some friends of mine went to a shopping to talk to him. They took their Arsenal shirts for him to sign them. I didn’t go there, it was in Rio de Janeiro, and it’s far from São Paulo.

  182. Irishgunner says:

    Nope from me.

    Go to the game then rush back to the airport for a flight home 🙂

  183. Irishgunner says:

    I have a signed Paolo Maldini shirt although I didn’t actually meet Maldini 😦

    Just as well for him, I would have kidnapped him 🙂

  184. Freire says:

    Haha, nice, Irish!
    where do you live? ( suppose it’s in Ireland 😛 )

  185. Irishgunner says:

    Yep I live in Ireland … well for another few weeks, then I’m of to OZ 🙂

  186. Freire says:

    OZ?
    Are you moving from Ireland? I’m so in love with Ireland *.* More than i am with England *.* I live in Brazil :\

  187. Irishgunner says:

    Yep moving from Ireland. Got to see some of the world.

    Have you been to Ireland?

  188. Irishgunner says:

    Sorry – Oz = Australia

  189. avenell says:

    How did you get the shirt Irish?

  190. avenell says:

    That is cool about Eduardo.. he is a credit to your country Freire..

  191. Freire says:

    No, I’ve never been to any country. I’d like to know Innisfree, have you been there? And of course, i’d like to know the Guinness industry 😛

    But don’t go away from Ireland, that’s the beautiful place in the world i think! You won’t find places more beautiful than Ireland.

  192. Irishgunner says:

    I was in Milan Avenell – bought it from the official Milan shop – one of many there. It came with a cert and I checked it off other Maldini signatures.

    It was only like €5 more than a regular shirt anyway so if it was fake it is no biggie but seen as it was an official shop I can’t see why they’d bother.

  193. avenell says:

    Freire .. half of the beauty of ireland will be lost when Irish goes to Oz.. 😳

    lol..

  194. Irishgunner says:

    Are you a W.B. Yeats fan Freire? Seen as you want to arise and go now and go to Inisfree 😉

    Never been to Inisfree actually.

    There never has been a truer word said there is no place in the world more beautiful than Ireland but I’m only going for a year hopefully and I’ll be back.

    I don’t actually like Guinness 😕

  195. avenell says:

    I want to decorate my office in the house with all old B/W photo’s of highbury and our old players.. so I will be searching the net soon..

  196. Irishgunner says:

    Oh Avenell you are such a charmer 😉

  197. avenell says:

    It’s easy behind this keyboard.. 🙂

  198. Freire says:

    LOL, Irish must be really pretty!

    Congratulations for your country, irish; that’s the better country in the world!

  199. avenell says:

    Oy Freire I do the creeping around here .. 🙂

  200. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve all my collectibles in boxes cos I’m at home in a poky room I have to share with my sister at the moment.

    As soon as I get my own place it’ll have a football room with Maldini, Arsenal and Ireland stuff and one massive television for watching games. If my future husband doesn’t like it then tough… or he could have his own room – I can compromise like that ha ha

  201. Irishgunner says:

    Thanks Freire – as they say here in Ireland “It’d be a lovely little country if only we could put a roof on it” but I suppose if it didn’t rain we’d have no green fields.

  202. Freire says:

    Yes, I’m a fan of Yeats. Is there really that famous ‘small caban’ built there?

    Good luck for you in your new house and life in Australia.
    My father went there when I was not born yet, and he had an accident, he has broken his leg into 4 parts, but now he’s ok. He stayed 9 months in the Hospital in Sydney…that was not a good experience for him 😛

  203. Irishgunner says:

    I’m not sure to be honest Freire – there probably is one built there for tourist reasons although I don’t think Yeats made it ha ha

    That doesn’t sound nice at all, your poor father. I’ve spent 1 night in a hospital in my entire life and that’s enough for me so can’t imagine 9 months.

  204. Freire says:

    Oooh, the irish green fields! There’s nothing more beautiful than them to my brazilian eyes!

    Now I’m going to have lunch, here it’s 12.33pm 😛
    See you all later!

  205. avenell says:

    Have you anyone lined up in the husband stakes Irish?

  206. Irishgunner says:

    😆

    I’m off too – talk soon 🙂

  207. Irishgunner says:

    Nope Avenell, I’ll look at that kind of malarkey when I come back from my travels.

    23 and fancy free suits me at the moment 😉

  208. avenell says:

    See you later.. 🙂

    and a good position to be in.. 😉

  209. avenell says:

    Go and find some Arsenal news Freire it’s a bit quiet mate..

    Where is Rico, London and Jonjon today?..

  210. JonJon says:

    are my ears burning?? 😉

    back from work…whats happening all…

    hey guys any news today…?

  211. Freire says:

    Well, Wenger is preparing something for us. Some great signing 😛 LOL

  212. London says:

    I’m here, I’ve been toying with the idea that the Walcott injury is a bit fishy……we are interested in a right sided player from PSV and Theo was purposely left out of the Celtic game to ensure that he is not CL cup tied!

  213. Freire says:

    “Walcott scored more than 100 goals in his one and only season for Newbury, before leaving there for Swindon Town and later for Southampton. Nike agreed to a sponsorship deal with Walcott when he was fourteen years old.”

    I didn’t know that. There are some who doesn’t like Theo yet 😛

  214. Freire says:

    Question –
    How many goals did Clichy score in his entire career?

  215. JonJon says:

    thats a good theory london..you know i like my conspiracy theories.. 😉

    i actually like walcott..i want him to do well but he doesnt fit our style and hes abit of a loose cannon…

    he cant play wengerball and hes not a real finisher…

    if you look at the difference between theo and owen, fowler, anelka at the same age the gap is huge….

    if we sold him we wouldnt miss him…the last two games prove that…

    if he would of played against celtic sagna would have struggled like he did all last season playing behind theo…

  216. Freire says:

    Question #2-
    How many years have gone since Tottenham didn’t win the League?

  217. avenell says:

    1961 Freire They was the first team to do the double this century.. Newbury is near where Rico lives btw.. I think she said that her niece or someone was going out with Theo..

    Evening London/Jonjon..

  218. Freire says:

    Question#3
    Which Arsenal Manager brought in the System of Red Shirts with White Sleeves?

  219. rico says:

    Hi Guys and Gals, sorry not been around, busy busy day… Tennis anyone 😉

  220. JonJon says:

    3. herbert

    rico..you cannot be seriuos.. 😆

  221. JonJon says:

    hi ave,london,rico,jimmy. 😉

  222. rico says:

    Once apon a time she did ave, she came to her senses 😉

  223. Freire says:

    Question#4: What name was originally given to the Emirates Stadium?

  224. raif says:

    oi oi lads and ladies..

    looking forward to going back on top of the leauge on Sat?

  225. JonJon says:

    4 ashburton grove

  226. Freire says:

    Ashburton Grove is better than Emirates, i think

  227. JonJon says:

    raify…

    yeah mate…5 nil to the good guys as london would say

  228. avenell says:

    Oi oi Raif.. yes plaease if you could fix it for me..

    Freire I don;t know if it had a name, but is was built on a industrial site where 2 railway lines join and there was industry on it like a recyling yard etc.. that was Ashburton Grove..

  229. avenell says:

    £50 million quid says the Emirates is a nice name.. we can be bought lol..

  230. London says:

    Jonjon

    I understand your reservations about Walcott and I am not trying to change your mind because to a large extent I share them. The difference seems to be that I am going to reserve judgement until I see him play in this new system. I get the feeling that Wenger may be trying to build this system around him, or at least the attacking part. So I am quite excited to see him play.

    Evening Rico

  231. avenell says:

    Sorted the link Rico.. thanks 🙂

  232. JonJon says:

    definately..especially after the chavs had fly emirates as their shirt sponsers…

  233. Freire says:

    Question 5: Where did Wenger manage prior to Arsenal?

  234. Freire says:

    hahaha, you are right about the Emirates name, Ave!

  235. raif says:

    hey guys im expecting a win aswell 🙂

    i think we really droped a clanger with that Naming rights deal.. 100 mill for the shirt sponsors and the stadium name for 15 years..

    i think the board just took the first offer on the table,

  236. avenell says:

    Raif I think the problem was Edelman sorted out the stadium, but he wasn’t a football marketing man so he under estimated our value..

    I don’t know of many sponsers who we could sell the stadium rights too, The ICI stadium or something..

    Nike would have been good but I don’t know if they get involved in that sort of thing..

  237. raif says:

    i think Nike would have. as DD wanted to call it the Nike Stadium.

    but at the very least i think the Shirt and Naming rights should have been done Separately,

  238. JonJon says:

    london..

    i agree…

    ive said for a while now that unless theo plays as a striker we will never see a rapid improvement in his development…i think we both agree his progress over all has been rather snail like…

    i think the 433 suits him more but there is still a huge question mark over his work ethic.

    this season is huge for him, lets hope he makes it..

  239. avenell says:

    We could buy ouselves out of the contract like Chelsea did perhaps Raif, but there may be a clause in it..
    Also not really the Arsenal way breaking contracts.. old skool..

  240. Freire says:

    Answer to the first Question: Clichy scored once in his entire career.

  241. avenell says:

    I have always rated Walcott.. 😉

  242. JonJon says:

    yeah raif…

    we got our pants pulled down with the sponsers…edelman took the first offer…i think it was more down to the fact that we really needed the cash there and then but i still think we could have managed it a little better…

  243. avenell says:

    Freire .. did you know that Clichy cut off his finger and had to have it sewn back on.. I always try to look when he is taking a throw in..

  244. Freire says:

    Question 6: Which Spanish team did Arsenal sign Manuel Almunia from?

  245. Freire says:

    I didn’t know that, Ave. Why this?

  246. JonJon says:

    i was going to ask you what the clichy answer was…

    i didnt know the spuds one either but i couldnt give toss about them…ave only knows cos hes old enough to remember… 😉

  247. JonJon says:

    clichy was also electricuted when he was a lad climbing into a power station thingy…

    he died but they revived him…

    probably why he runs so fast..

  248. raif says:

    guys at least the shirt deal was for 8 years.. so we have 3 more years left and then we can renegotiate for some more Moneys…

  249. avenell says:

    Here is some of the story Freire..

    Gael Clichy nearly died when his heart stopped beating for 15 seconds during an operation to sew back a finger ripped off in an accident.

    But that will not stop Arsenal’s dynamic left-back from pulling his finger out, if you will pardon the expression, and defying scaremongers who claim the Gunners could lose their Champions League place to Spurs.

    Doctors were amazed Clichy – the youngest player to win a Barclays Premiership medal in 2004 – survived the cardiac arrest when he was a 15-year-old apprentice at Cannes.

  250. raif says:

    if by any chance we didnt have Fly Emirates as Sponsors. who would you like to have on our lovly red kit

  251. avenell says:

    6 was it Celta Vigo (spelling) I know he cut his honeymoon short and came straight over and signed for us..

  252. JonJon says:

    raif

    JVC.. 😉

  253. avenell says:

    Raif .. I would go back to JVC..

  254. Freire says:

    :O Wow, Clichy is Jesus!

  255. raif says:

    oh yeah Big Al.. he came right after he got married.

    he got the call from his agent and dashd over to london..

    ahh bless him

  256. Freire says:

    Why would you like to go to JVC again?

  257. JonJon says:

    i think hes died about 3 times freire overall….

    he died when he was born and he died during an operation…

  258. avenell says:

    JVC and Arsenal were “The Perfect Match”..

  259. raif says:

    Yeah JVC all the way aswell if i had to pick..

    tho i cant think of anyone else if for some reason we didnt get JVC

  260. JonJon says:

    oh hahahahah….

    sorry ave been ignoring you 😉

  261. JonJon says:

    JVC all day long Freire…its just right for arsenal…

    like fish and chips… 😉

  262. avenell says:

    I mean your sponsor comment.. coincidence or what?

  263. JonJon says:

    yeah i know…

    i think the majority of gooners would say JVC i reckon…

  264. avenell says:

    I remember when JVC used to advertise in the programes..

    The camcorders were like the ones on Only Fools and Horses.. “Trotter watch” Watch out theres a Trotter about..

  265. Freire says:

    Question 7: Which three teams did Arsène Wenger play for in his career?
    :O

  266. avenell says:

    It’s tradition Freire.. like pointing the cannon back the proper way..

  267. JonJon says:

    cos its the old shirt sponsor freire from the 80’s and 90’s…

    we all loved it…

  268. JonJon says:

    and like having the clock in the ground…

  269. avenell says:

    7.. I’d have to wiki that one.. er Stratsburg?
    I know he was a defender..

  270. raif says:

    i remember when it was announce JVC wasn’t going to renew the shirt sponsorship deal. it was a very sad occasion

  271. Freire says:

    Correct Answer: ASPV Strasbourg, FC Mulhouse and RC Strasbourg .

    I knew it was our 80 and 90’s sponsor. That 89′ shirt was beautiful. I’ve never seen one here in Brazil, it is the most rare thing down here. What do you think of you send one to me? LOL

  272. JonJon says:

    http://hem.passagen.se/arsenalshirts/80-talet/80.htm

    here freire…

    scroll down….notice the cannon what avenell was on about and the JVC shirt 😉

  273. JonJon says:

    there was talk a bit back that gazidis was going to try and reinstate JVC somewhere into the club…

    probably into this stadium design thingy hes been banging on about…

    id love it back on the shirts though..

  274. Freire says:

    thank you for the link, Jon!

  275. Freire says:

    I’d like to have a 1971’s shirt. I think that was the most beautiful one.

    I’ve got only one official Arsenal shirt :\ It’s very expensive here in brazil … got one scarf too.

    I reckon you all have millions of shirts and billions of Arsenal stuff 😛

  276. avenell says:

    Freire .. I will look out for one on ebay for you.. what size are you??..

    You are not having mine lol.. I got mine because I swapped it for a white cover/album of cripes.. I cannot remember now someone like Chris Reah..

  277. Freire says:

    Well, if you talking seriously, my size is the medium. i don’t know what the medium size is called in England 😛

    if you’re being serious, I’ll love you for the rest of my life!

  278. raif says:

    Freire scroll up and check my comment with the 2 link..

    check it out

  279. avenell says:

    Freire I will sort something out for you.. 🙂

  280. avenell says:

    Sorry about that Raif.. wordpress didn’t like 2 links..

  281. Freire says:

    raif,
    Veeeery nice links, mate, thank you a lot!
    It’s very nice to see in a few seconds how we changed during the century 😛

  282. raif says:

    you can change that Ave. on the settings

  283. avenell says:

    I just changed it to 4 Raif cheers..

  284. raif says:

    no worries Ave 😉

  285. rico says:

    I have missed out on a great night of blogging by the looks of it – normal service tommorow I promise

    Stay safe all

    Nighty night 😦

  286. raif says:

    im uploading a Video i made to a download link to send to you guys if you wanna watch it..

    its just the goals from the everton game but with a nice song 🙂

    i tried uploading to youtube but it got flaged for copy right violation

  287. Freire says:

    Question 8: Who was Arsenal playing against during the Hillsborough accident?

  288. JonJon says:

    freires like the magnus magnuson of avenell rd… 😉

    nite rico

  289. Freire says:

    What d’you mean, Jon?

  290. avenell says:

    8.. Newcastle?

  291. avenell says:

    Go for it Raif..

  292. Freire says:

    Correct, ave.

  293. JonJon says:

    magnus magnuson was the host and question master on a programme called mastermind here in england…

    you are avenell rd’s question master.. 😉

  294. Freire says:

    LOL! I was trying to do a big Arsenal quiz, I answered 132 corret and 83 wrong. Poor Arsenal fan =\

  295. avenell says:

    Jonjon.. How about this idea for a page or widget.. we do a for sale or swap of arsenal memorabillia… shirts books etc?

  296. JonJon says:

    yeah ave..that sounds cool..i dont know how we’d go about that though..so id have to leave that to you…

    freire..have you got a link to that quiz???

  297. raif says:

    Ave.. let me know what you think of the video once it finishes downloading..

    same goes for everyone else 🙂

  298. Freire says:

    Yes, i have Jon.. Let me search it again.
    But it’s necessary to be logged in Facebook. Do you (all) have Facebook?

  299. Freire says:

    Raif, I didn’t get the video because it’s tooooo big, my internet would stop compeltely. Sorry mate.

  300. raif says:

    i do Freire..

    im also on YouTube aswell and when i can be boverd i some times Post a Blog also

  301. avenell says:

    Facebook is too technical for me..

    Raif I am sort of working and blogging at the same time I may have to do that in a bit.. I will look though.. 🙂

  302. raif says:

    Freire no worries man.. you can watch it on my facebook if you add me as i uploaded it on that

  303. Freire says:

    Raif, pass me your profile link, pls.

  304. raif says:

    Ave. im in Moderation

  305. Freire says:

    Raif, I’ve added you on Facebook.

    Everyone, i’m going out for a little. Think I’ll talk to you tomorrow. I’m going do a test now =\

    See you all,
    Arsenal FC!

  306. avenell says:

    Good luck freire..

  307. raif says:

    freire i have added you mate.. 🙂

    chat to you soon dude

  308. avenell says:

    Raif .. when is the next deadcell post.. anything in the pipeline?

  309. raif says:

    ive had a few ideas ave but nothing as of yet… i was waiting till i have fully moved into my new flat with the missus till i start planing my next post. 🙂

  310. avenell says:

    When are you moving? Are you going far?

  311. raif says:

    no Ave just moving to a new place 10 mins from were im living now. so its not very far at all 🙂

  312. Freire says:

    Good morning for you all when you get up from the bed.

    We have 4 hours of difference between us. When you’re getting up, I’m going to sleep.

    Just have a good day, Road; I like you all 🙂

  313. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    Are there any interesting tidbits of information about?

  314. rico says:

    Good Morning Roadsters 😛

    I have looked around for any gossip London, it all seems very quiet 😦 Still, a few transfer days left yet

  315. rico says:

    Rio is out for 3-4 weeks, hoorah he will be out for our match against them 😛 🙂

  316. rico says:

    Maybe old red nose would like Silvestre back 😛

  317. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    I really, really hope we do Man U.. if we can get an early 6-10 point gap on them our confidence will be flying..

  318. rico says:

    Hi ave, thanks for sorting the link, here here on that manure, got to pop out for a while – catch you in a short while…

  319. raif says:

    morning people…

  320. avenell says:

    Morning Raif.. good luck in your new gaff mate..

  321. raif says:

    thanks Ave 🙂

    i cant wait we should be fully moved in by September.
    as were moving things over bit by bit as were not in any hurry. so at least that way we can do things right without to much fussing

  322. avenell says:

    I suppose most of the time is spent upping security and getting the vault set up for the jacket..

  323. raif says:

    hahahahaha… THATS VERY TRUE..

    ive beefed up the security with retinal scanning devices

  324. avenell says:

    Is it being transported down in one of those Securitas vans with armed guards.. I suppose you cannot say too much for obvious resons..lol..

    Have you another day off?

  325. raif says:

    yep i had the last 3 days off. as i did work a favour and they gave me a extra day off.. 🙂

  326. avenell says:

    Do you always get saturdays off okay if your working retail, that must be a pain?..

  327. raif says:

    Bcos we are in the city of london. nothing is open on the saturdays. so neither are we witch is great as i always get my weekend 🙂

  328. raif says:

    not unless theres somthing like stock take or a Sale.. and thats not so often

  329. gnarleygeorge9 says:

    Wow what a headline London 😆

    Where is my avatars old strike partner Big Raddy gone.

  330. London says:

    Thank you GG

  331. avenell says:

    Afternoon London..
    Did you say you wasn’t around next week.. not another holiday?

    Things are so quiet Arsenel wise, I may have to go and do some work..

  332. PDT says:

    I can see Avenell is being modest in his expectations. 6-10 point gap and we will have a game in hand for some significant period of time, unless we get thrown out of the Carling Cup, so it’s really 9-10 points!

    Cool!

  333. PDT says:

    I’ll be happy if we drop no more than 5-6 points from now till November 30. December-Feb is the period we traditionally struggle, but the run in is relatively clean this year.

    We just have to make it through the winter….

  334. rico says:

    Afternoon all

    ave – what are the benifits of a 2-Tronic engine please, other that the obvious 😉 Do you know please if/when switching over it causes problems long term ?

    What’s this about AW is happy to go into September without new additions 😦

    Chamakh is getting a little nearer to West Ham 😦

  335. PDT says:

    Chamakh will not go to WH if Arsene puts in a bid, even if it is below West Ham’s…

    Playing in the Champs League is a huge deal…

  336. rico says:

    Hi PDT, but will he put in a bid, that’s the question 😉

  337. avenell says:

    Hi PDT..

    i’m aiming high while we are on a roll.

    Rico.. I thought 2 tronic was Peugeots gearbox.. Loads of electrics to go wrong no doubt.. I don’t know anything about them.. sorry.. 😦

  338. avenell says:

    I’m nipping up the PO (not the pension joke rico 😉 )
    then debt collecting, back in a bit..

  339. rico says:

    No worries ave, it is the Peugeots engine, you are spot on 😛

    7-0 for me tomorrow please 😛

  340. rico says:

    Ha ha ave 😉

  341. rico says:

    Off out again 😦 laters

  342. Freire says:

    Hello all, I’m in school right now! Hehehe…
    What are the news?

  343. London says:

    Afternoon Roadsters

    Ave, I will be in the country for the Bank Holiday. The whole weekend has now been organised around the manc game.

  344. Freire says:

    Oh, hell. Think Wenger will not sign anyone ;S
    we’re fucked up

  345. Big Raddy says:

    3-0 for me tomorrow.

    Come on England !!

  346. Freire says:

    Weel. going to lunch here .. see you later, roadsters;
    AFC!

  347. rico says:

    Hi Raddy & Freire

    Just the 3 goals Raddy, I reckon it may just be a record home win 😛

    George was looking for you earlier, are you watching the cricket ?

  348. London says:

    Ave

    Unless someone else has already written something, I have got a Portsmouth preview. I dont know how that widget thing works. Let me know.

  349. rico says:

    Hi London, why not put it up now, this could do with a refresh, and I can’t see anything in the drafts

  350. JonJon says:

    evening guys…

    that sounds fine to me london…good idea rico..

    freire…i think wenger will bring in one more player at least before the deadline…if he doesnt he will see how we are by xmas and then bring someone in….

    one of the reasons we lost the league the year before was because wenger didnt reinforce the squad in january and we suffered key injuries and threw the league away…

    then last year we managed to turn our season around by signing AA…

    if wenger can go the whole season without spending a penny i think he will but unless we are 20 points clear at xmas i think the january window has become important in alot of managers strategies…including wengers…

  351. avenell says:

    I’m back…

    I picked up a third of my wedge..

    C’mon London.. where is it? 😉

    Jonjon.. No Hangeland according to Mr Wenger.. Vera is too good..

  352. London says:

    New post

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