Off back up to the City – to play The Citeh

It’s getting near that time when even I would travel up to the chilly north of our fine country, but maybe that’s because ‘those lights’ are soon to be turned on in Blackpool!!

On that note, this coming Saturday I think it will be the Mighty Arsenal who will shine as bright as those Blackpool Illuminations, and come away with three points at least.


Ok, so Citeh have bought a 100kg lump of lard who has suddenly decided that he best score a few goals to get the fans on his side, the club owner on his side and get the Manager to believe that 25M was money well spent and he won’t be for the chop…. Just yet 🙂

So yes, he has scored a few, but how many has he missed? How many times is he fluffing his final line? How many times is he still getting caught offside? I don’t know the answer, but I am sure some of you will.

The pressure will be well and truly on Lardy to perform on Saturday, if for no other reason, but to try and tell us Arsenal fans that we were wrong to doubt him – but we know just how ‘good’ he is when the going gets tough, don’t we?

On to the other player who left us for ‘a new challenge’ – sorry, I meant a bigger wage packet – well he now reminds me of two loves in my life, one from my youth and one from the present day.

I used to love watching Oliver – and in this day and age, I love my chickens…

Toure reminds me of our chickens when the gate opens and they coming running out, but they never really know which way to run 🙂
And on to Oliver, this is one defender who will get his pocket picked this Saturday, and we will steal a few goals – he hasn’t faced a front three like ours yet, and boy, he won’t know what has hit him. Ok, he has Jolene alongside him, but he is probably still away with the fairies, working out how much he is earning an hour.

Then there is – Barry, Bellamy and SWP to be scared of – but we have Cesc, Arshavin and Thomas.
Which three would you rather have?

And after them we have LJ, Merida and Theo -if fit to bring on – and we have that guy who has settled in quite nicely in midfield, you know the one, he has a lot of hair and lets very little by him – Billabong Song 

Up front we have Eduardo, Robin, Nik – and they are all just waiting to get goals and Saturday will be their day – at last.

What about our defence, it is not far off being the best in the EPL – Vermaelan, Gallas, Clichy and Sagna, – be afraid Ade, be very afraid, you haven’t bumped into our new defender….. YET!!

So, I can’t see a reason to be too worried about this weekend’s game, a little maybe, but that for me is more about not wanting Ade to smile that sickly grin on MOTD, and come out with those words, ‘I do the best for my team, I love to score, the fans love me, I love this club and want just to win’

All in all, this time I really believe we will come back from a trip to Manchester with all three points – and me, I am going with an away win – 2-1

My team would be


Sagna Vermaelan Gallas Clichy

Cesc Song Rosicky

Eduardo Van Persie/Bendtner Arshavin


346 Responses to Off back up to the City – to play The Citeh

  1. rico says:


    This was from Irish, last comment on last post 😉

    Glad the head is better Irish, and yor boys will beat the Italians 😛

  2. rico says:

    That clip is very very funny 😛

  3. Irishgunner says:

    I agree here – I think we can beat them by more.

    They’ll be like us last season – not up for the tackling and I reckon Toure and Lescott will have howlers.

    4-1 the Arsenal

    And yes Ireland will beat Italy – we will bore them to death then score, Il Trap’s master plan 🙂

  4. Irishgunner says:

    Is it Arshavin or Arshavin?

    “i do not know, I do not know” 😆

  5. rico says:

    That was funny about Audrey 😉 or is it Andrei or Andrey 😉

    Where is everyone, cant be that bad during International week… Can it 😦

    A cunning ‘plan’ use a ‘Trap’ 😉

  6. rico says:

    Late lunch now – laters 😛

  7. raif says:

    oi oi people how we all doing

  8. avenell says:

    Hey up raif..
    Thanks for the post rico.. Let’s hope we get through the internationals injury free..

    What’s going on with Freddie Flintoff?

  9. raif says:

    hi Ave.. having a good weekend?

  10. rico says:

    Hi ave, I did it all myself and no cheating either 😉

    Yo raif 😉

  11. rico says:

    I have a very funny feeling that Lardy will come back injured and won’t play against us – Tevez and Runnerbeanho to start…

  12. rico says:

    Nowt new on the Freddie front, I was hoping to see the CK adverts back 😉 😉

  13. rico says:

    This one is interesting – maybe a loan deal or a Jan move for this lad

  14. avenell says:

    Nah rico …Not that Freddie…Freddie Flintoff has deep vein thrombosis (spelling).

    Raif .. apart from being dragged around some poxy shops..

  15. rico says:

    Oh no, not Freddie, I am off to check the news, that would explain why he has been so poorly 😦 😦

  16. rico says:

    Ah, I have checked, a mild dose that should be fine for Freddie, phew, you have me worried there ave..

  17. rico says:

    I have to go check on the neighbours house and garden, the tinkers are away yet again, then its cocoa and bed for me as them old Roosters will get me up early – you all enjoy your evening, nighty night

  18. raif says:

    ohhh nice Ave.. I bet you loved it really..

    all them clothes haha

    hi Rico…

    im actully jetting off to turkey tomorrow.
    and i still need to pack some things..

  19. avenell says:

    I only saw a headline on SSN.. they didn’t say much..

    Night night..

  20. avenell says:

    A few clothes raif.. but mainly lampshades and rugs.. 😦

    How long for raif?

  21. rico says:

    Have a good holibobs raif 🙂

    ave – call you in the week … nighty night

  22. raif says:

    haha oh my i do feel sorry for you Ave..

    and ill be away for 2 weeks.

    ill drop by with any chance i get 🙂

  23. avenell says:

    You have a good time buddy and get some sunshine..

    Okay rico.. 🙂

  24. rico says:

    Morning all,

    Thank goodness we are now into a week with a proper game of football at the end of it.

  25. rico says:

    12th Sat Barclays Premier A Manchester City

    16th Wed UEFA Champions League A Standard Liege 19:45

    19th Sat Barclays Premier League H Wigan Athletic 15:00

    22nd Tue Carling Cup H W.B.A.

    26th Sat Barclays Premier League A Fulham 17:30

    29th Tue UEFA Champions League H Olympiacos

    Thats a very busy September, and for us, it’s footie every 3/4 days, lovely chubbly 🙂

  26. London says:

    Morning Rico

    I like your team above.

  27. rico says:

    Morning London

    I think that team would bring home all three points 🙂

  28. rico says:

    All very quiet, so I am off, catch up soon

  29. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..
    not much news about i’m afraid.. 😦 JD’s knee.. that’s it.

    Rico you are right .. bring back proper football..

  30. Irishgunner says:

    Robinho is a fitness doubt for Saturday

  31. Irishgunner says:

    Gordon Strachan is funny 😆

  32. rico says:

    Morning all – isn’t it boring without club footie 😦

  33. rico says:

    How refreshing it is to read David Beckham’s comments this morning – possibly one of the first true and honest view on what happened against Celtic.

  34. rico says:

    Now how surprised are we about Theo – day before the international he starts training – sadly for him its not early enough to play for his country, but he could be ready for Saturday – a good sub for the last 15-20 minutes I say, just when Rosicky needs a rest…

    I still think this injury was bogus, it was a ‘you are not playing for England until you are rested after your antics in the summer’ and now the international matches are over, he is fit!

    But I don’t blame the club for that, they pay his wages and we now have a very busy 4-5 weeks and need everyone fit.

    Nasri can’t be far off a return? So that will leave onlt JD out long term, as long as no-one gets injured tomorrow.

    For once, we may just have a pretty strong squad, about time too I say..

  35. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    I hope Man City are happy with Ade… looks like they are stuck with him for 2 years

  36. rico says:

    Hi ave – you are about early 😉

    He and Robinho are a doubt for Saturday, and Tevez is exprected to be tired 😉 Not sure if that’s a good thing or not …

  37. rico says:

    Meanwhile, behind the scenes at the Emirates it looks like Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek oil magnate who has been stalking the club since 2007 when he bought former club vice-chairman David Dein’s 14.58 per cent stake in the club for £75m, is set to become the biggest shareholder.

    Usmanov, who turns 56 tomorrow, is in pole position to buy Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith’s 15.9 per cent share in the club, a transaction that would take Usmanov well in excess of 30 per cent and would precipitate a formal takeover bid for the club, in agreement with the City’s financial rules.

    Russia’s 18th richest man, Usmanov has a chequered business history – he spent six years in a Soviet jail in the 1980s and has been accused of fraud over his holdings in diamond mines – which is likely to mean that any such a bid could expect to attract a lot of attention from City regulators.

    In recent year’s the club’s hierarchy has preferred to deal with the American sports mogul Stan Kroenke, who possesses 28.58 per cent of the club’s shares, so the board is likely to see if the American can come to their rescue. Fans too are suspicious of the billionaire Usmanov’s motives, and staged a demonstration against his involvement in the club in 2007.

  38. avenell says:

    Hi rico..

    I just want to see Ade play.. and lose.

    I was refering to the Man City tapping up case where they have been naughtier than the Chavs..

    No transfers haha..

  39. avenell says:

    I hope I look as good as Usmanov at 56 .. 🙂

  40. rico says:

    Merida – Why I rejected possible loan deal

    Fran Merida turned down a loan move during the summer in favour of staking his claim for a regular first-team berth at Arsenal.

    Spanish Second Division side Levante were reportedly interested in the temporary services of the talented playmaker. But, after lengthy discussions with Arsène Wenger, Merida decided that Emirates Stadium is his preferred location for 2009/10.

    And his two Premier League appearances last season, alongside a duo of eye-catching displays in the Emirates Cup this summer, suggest that the Spaniard is ready for the final step in his development.

    Speaking to after an imperious display against Birmingham Reserves last week, the 19-year-old said: “I am 100 per cent staying.

    “It is true that I had an option to go out on loan but me, the boss, my agent and my family decided that the best thing for me is to stay here.

    “The boss told me he believes in me and the only thing I can do now is prove it on the pitch and repay that faith.

    “My target is to help as much as possible to get trophies. I truly believe we have a fantastic chance. We have started well, we must keep that going because we haven’t done anything yet.”

    Despite his summer elevaton to the first team, the midfielder could find himself in the familiar surroundings of Neil Banfield’s second-string set-up during the season.

    With the inevitable fight for a place in Wenger’s starting XI, Merida believes that these Reserve outings will provide him with welcome match time.

    “Everytime you get the chance to play in the Reserves it is good because you keep your match fitness,” he continued.

    “I know Neil has confidence in me and if he tells me to play for the Reserves I am more than happy.

    “Personally it’s just about training hard, taking any chances I am given and doing my best for the team. Hopefully the season can be great for Arsenal.”

    [Tuesday, September 08, 2009]

  41. rico says:

    Trust me ave, I want to see him suffer to a big defeat against us.

    Do you think Everton will complain about the Lescott saga, I hope so 🙂

    At 56 ave, what about now 😉 😉

  42. rico says:

    Tevez is definately out – according to Man C website

  43. rico says:


    Bac TV Gallas Clichy

    Cesc Song Rosicky

    AA Eduardo Robin

    Subs – Nik, Theo, Senderos, Merida, GK, Diaby, Denilson

    That would do me, but I know it will be Diaby or Denilson in there with Rosicky on the bench

  44. avenell says:

    I don’t know if Everton can do anything now they have accepted a transfer fee can they?

    Re: Usmanov.. I’ll have to get down the gym..

  45. rico says:

    Ha ha ave 😛

    I think so, didn’t the Ashley Cole case get dealt with after we sold him? It was the very public mission that Hughes went on to get Lescott that finally sorted the deal which has to be wrong. Had Citeh gone to the Everton board, asked if they could buy him but got told he is not for sale at any price, that should be case closed… But they hunted him down using Sky Sports and eventually Lescott put in a transfer request.. Anyway, I hope Lescott tweaks something tomorrow night 😛

  46. rico says:

    Got to go clean the chicken coup 😦 😦 Catch you in a while ave

  47. avenell says:

    We never sold Cashley straight away we gave him an extra year extension on his contract.. Then he got injured..
    He came back for the Champions League final, then we sold him.
    the tapping up case was in the first year I think..

  48. rico says:

    Ah, I am not sure how we can find out then ave, but it would be interesting to know if they can still complain – fingers crossed eh 😉

  49. avenell says:

    If they have tapped up this french kid, they will get banned for at least as long as Chelsea anyway..

    And FIFA have confirmed they have recieved a complaint in the spring. I hope the case gets looked at before Jan..

  50. rico says:

    I thought I must have missed something, I didnt know about them and a French kid – I saw Manure could be in doo doo but not Citeh

  51. rico says:

    Can you believe that Toure, once fondly known as Kolo, is the Citeh captain….

  52. rico says:

    Not had the television on really ave, the weather has been glorious so we have been out walking and gardening – I will take a peak now while cooking the chickens some mash 😉

    What have you been up to, have you finished the decorating yet 😉 Or are you still a Jonny (that sounds awful) 😳

  53. rico says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha – woop woop, that is good news, and now i see why you wrote that they are stuck with Lardy, Do you believe in Karma 😉 😉

  54. avenell says:

    Decorating in bedroom all done. Should keep er indoors quiet for a bit..

    I hope we have been good boys and girls at Arsenal.. before I whoop whoop too much.. 😉

  55. rico says:

    I thought that too, especially when you think about some of our youth, but I think Arsene is too clever and wouldn’t be as niave – and to be fair, we haven’t heard any complaints other than Barca about Cesc years ago 🙂 But even if we have been naughty, it wont affect our transfer policy 😉

  56. avenell says:

    We had to pay compensation for Merida I believe, but your right we have enough players in “stock” for a while..

  57. rico says:

    Bet you are pleased its all done, does the young one like your handy work ?? 😉

  58. Irishgunner says:

    Evening all,

    Everything was above aboard with the Lescott deal, the only problem there was Everton holding out for big money.

    The problem Chelsea has was they literally stole the player – they paid no compensation.

    Arsenal I think are safe enough – we have always paid compensation for players as far as I know and gone through the club.

    As far as I know too, when we signed Coquelin we could have taken him for nothing but still gave Laval £100,000 as a good will gesture and so they could build a new pitch or something.

  59. avenell says:

    Helloo Irish..

    Rico.. I’m not not sure she apreciates my attention to detail. but she likes her pink walls.. and her new bed etc..

  60. Irishgunner says:

    Evening Avenell,

    I do hope City get in trouble too and the Mancs 🙂

    I wonder are United trying to call Le Harve’s bluff?

  61. rico says:

    Hi Irish – The ‘public’ hunt is wrong though, maybe not illegal but morally its wrong – clubs should not be allowed to use the paps/media to get their man – I honestly don’t think I can recall us ever behaving in such a way 🙂

  62. rico says:

    ave – Mrs Ave or Young one 😉

    Attention to detail… are you truthing ?? 😉

  63. Irishgunner says:

    Agreed Rico – Moyes undid himself though by saying City would have got their man earlier if they have coughed up the cash they wanted.

    So its not like they weren’t willing to part with Lescott, they just want more money which they eventually got.

  64. avenell says:

    Haha.. It was little miss avenell’s room..

    No I am a bit fussy when I do work, bit of a tradesman.. a dying breed.. 😦

  65. avenell says:

    Everton have just had to pay a club extra compensation, it was just on SSN.. They are all as bad as each other.. depends who is highest in the food chain.

  66. Irishgunner says:

    Hopefully we could out of it smelling like roses 😉

  67. Irishgunner says:

    Liverpool have been reported too

    Nothing about Arsenal – might be to our benefit that Wenger is often too honest for his own good.

  68. rico says:

    I was pulling your leg ave, I am sure your work is to the highest standard 😛

    Thats what narks me Irish – all pre transfer the Everton board and Moyes said, no way is he for sale, then he comes out with that almost just to justify the sale of Lescott – like ave said a while ago, its a shame Everton didn’t win the battle, it would have set a very good example to both other clubs and players themselves..

    Anelka was a perfect example, I know we made something like 22M from his sale, but we all know as does he, that he should have stayed with us, he would have been one of the best players in the world, but he sulked and got his move, but I guess he also got enough money for all of us to live on 😦

  69. Irishgunner says:

    I don’t know if many agree but Anelka could have become a great, great player if he stayed at Arsenal.

    He clearly had the skill but didn’t have the temperament. His brother turned his head with dollar signs and material things and although he has won a lot, never fulfilled his career – I think he realizes that too but all too late.

  70. Irishgunner says:

    The funny thing is Rico – City bought the wrong defender – Jagelika is the better in my opinion, just he got injured.

    Maybe Moyes wasn’t that plussed about it.

    Remember how City fans thought they had done a big on on us by signing Toure till they realised that he’s not all that athletic anymore. Lescott/Toure could be an awful combinatation – where is the leader there?

    Given may think he is back at Newcastle for a finish.

  71. rico says:

    I rate Jagielka too – I wouldn’t mind him in our back line when Gallas goes 😉

    Toure is now their captain aswell irish, talk about hit the destruct button..

    Given 😛 very funny

  72. rico says:

    I bet Manure get Jagielka when Vidic leaves in January for Barca/Madrid – he would be a great buy, can play CM, CH and even GK, now that would save a sub 😉

  73. Irishgunner says:

    Pain in the arse for Toure then that his first game as Captain will be a horrible defeat.

    Tevez out, Robinho probably out, Adebayor maybe out, they are all running scared of the mighty Arsenal.

  74. avenell says:

    If Toure has a pain in his arse.. that’s like a centipede with sore feet.. or a giraffe with a sore throat. 😉

  75. Irishgunner says:

    He does have a big arse Avenell ha ha

  76. rico says:

    You two being naughty 😉 Thats one heck of a packet of lockets 😉

  77. rico says:

    Off to cook on the BBQ 😛 😛 Catch you shortly

  78. David says:

    Im going have to go with






    You can already tell this line up means business. 😀

  79. David says:

    Irishgunner Says:
    September 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Lescott/Toure could be an awful combinatation – where is the leader there?

    Hey Irish. Cant believe you left me 😆

    Anyways Shitty have actually made Kolo their captain. And we all know Kolo is past it. The only true quality on that team has been Shay Given and Im hoping we can stick 2 past him.

  80. Irishgunner says:

    I left who, when David?

    I’m going for a 4-1 victory for the good guys myself 😉

  81. David says:

    avenell Says:
    September 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I just want to see Ade play.. and lose.

    No transfers haha..


    Hey Ave

    We all want to see Ade lose….but seems to me that he would be extra up for it. I watched Chamakh vs Ade….i.e Togo vs Morocco and it seemed to me that Ade got a knock??? He was holding his hammy and im not sure if he would be fit??? I been checkin the shitty websity but no news….Im not too sure i want to face a motivated Ade he might play shite the whole game and then come up with a stinker of a goal.

    Howz it hanging with you these days?

  82. rico says:

    David – you been copying my team but just in a different format 😉 😉

  83. David says:

    Lol…why you left me ofcoarse Irish…what happnd was my lyrics not good enough for you aye? 😀

    Im jealous you lot just left and i didnt get the memo…nice to know you’re good and well.

  84. David says:

    Lol Rico

    What can i say Great minds aye? 😀

  85. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve been better than ever David.

    Happy with the teams work rate this season – a curtailment of injuries and we might win something.

    Would have liked to see another defender but Vermaelen is extra good so I’ll leave Wenger away with it – till he gets injured and we have inadequate cover.

  86. David says:

    This season is make or break for alot of us. I was very upset with Wenger for not strengthening the squad since we have had problems with injuries and squad depth for the last 4-5 years and he did it yet again…but after the Old Trafford debacle…and the way he was treated. He has my unquestioned support now…and so does the team…except for one or two people. 😀

  87. Irishgunner says:

    No-one else has really strengthen either.

    Mancs part I are mainly made up of work-rate now, Chelsea can’t buy anyone in January so ACN will affect them 😆 , Liverpool have raving rafa as manager, Spuds are the Spuds and Mancs part II are too “just above average.”

  88. David says:

    Are any of you guys on twitter by any chance?

  89. Irishgunner says:

    Nah – never got the whole twitter thing

  90. David says:

    ROFL Irish,

    This was the best time we have had in a while…I agree the opposition is weaker but we are so close now i can feel it…just 1 or maybe 2 players and a keeper since fabianski is out injured? Keepers arent expensive i think?

  91. David says:

    Also what were your thoughts about the Manure game?

  92. Irishgunner says:

    We missed out on Given big time David.

    I only saw the first half and highlights of the second (I was sick 😦 ) half.

    We should have beat them, they didn’t beat us, we let them win. Manchester United aren’t up to anything this season I think – I know they start bad but they have no-one to create in midfield.

    Anyways, we played our game well, didn’t seem scared but then Almunia didn’t pull his hands out of the way to let Shrek get caught for diving and who to blame for the second one – Diaby/Almunia.

    We can still take heart from it though but have to stop dropping our heads if we let a goal in like that.

    Finally, Wenger at the end = :mrgreen:

  93. David says:

    Positives were despite our string B midfield and the likes of Eboue in attack we looked dominant however bar Arshavin i wasnt so sure where the second goal was going to come from? Arshavin worked to get VP a shot on goal and foster saved it? Cant really think of anything else we did but we’ve had a history of shooting ourselves in the foot. It has to change this season.

    Finally Wenger at the end….dont think ive seen anything like it. From Ref idiocy to the whole world laughing at Arsenal it hurt juss a tiny bit.

  94. David says:

    Irish Shitty paid 10m for Given…..would you pay 10m for him?

    Even Van der Sar cost 3m.

  95. Irishgunner says:

    The generally feeling I got was that Wenger did the right thing.

    The ref sent him to the stand for kicking a bleeding water bottle. Its not Aw’s fault that the layout of Old Trafford is so crap he had nowhere to go.

    Did you see Gordon Strachan’s take on it?

  96. JonJon says:

    evening all…

    i got the night off for once… 😉

    i think we missed the boat with given..hes a class keeper…

  97. Irishgunner says:

    Definitely to us David – I rate him as one of the top keepers in the world.

    He has saved Ireland as often he did Newcastle.

    Is Buffon worth £10mil? I think they are on par.

  98. rico says:

    Blow me old socks – here’s JonJon 🙂

    Long time my friend, all good in your camp ?

  99. Irishgunner says:

    Evening Jon Jon 🙂

  100. David says:


    Irish I know given is a class act but Buffon? Come on now 😀

  101. JonJon says:

    hi rico/irish/david

    yeah rico..alls good…been doing lots of overtime but the jobs are done now so its back to normal hours…and its my bday thursday so i got some holiday time to recover… 😉

    are you ok..?

  102. Irishgunner says:

    I’d put both into the Top 5 David – they are very few goalkeepers in the world who you can really rely on but Given is one so he’d be worth the money Buffon is.

    In no real order I would say: Buffon, Given, Casillas, Akinfeev and ……. can’t think of another

  103. rico says:

    Bloody fab thanks JJ, been chicken coup cleaning today with four little helpers – love it 😉

    Bet you are nowhere near as old as ave on Thursday – got anything nice planned or just a lazy night in with the better one, a few tinnys and a takeaway, oh and a Players No6 or two 😉 😉

  104. JonJon says:

    on the buffon thing…i think hes one of those keepers like cech who plays behind a brilliant defence most of his career so he looks better than what he is…

    given has never played in a great team yet saved them time and time again with save after save…

    givens a worldclass keeper and if he played for a top top top club like buffon has all his career he would probably be put in the same bracket as him…

  105. David says:

    Happy Birthday JonJon 😀

    Yea Irish alot of people have been clamoring for Akinfeev….I just think it takes Wenger too long to address some certain issues….Lehman was a full season past it imo…and then dropped a couple clangers before ALmunia took over…and Almunia was decent last season but has dropped a couple of embarrasing clangers dating back to pre-season…Im hoping he will improve for the time being we cant get fabianski back any quicker.

  106. rico says:

    Is it Sorenson (spelling) he is pretty bloomin good, but 10M for Given ? Only Citeh would make that kind of an offer, sadly.. More annoying, just prior to Citeh being taken over by Mr Money Bags, he was available a lot cheaper but didnt know whether to leave Newcastle or not – he just moved for money and at his age, can you blame him

  107. rico says:

    David – do you still rate Nikki B 😉 😉

  108. Irishgunner says:

    I do agree with you David that Wenger takes far to long to sort out some issues – particularly if they are defence related, its really not his forte.

    But good keepers are a rarity, especially ones you can rely on 99% of the time.

    Cech was one of the best in the world – last season he was a laughing stock at times.

    I think Reina is decent but he dropped an absolute clanger against Chelski in the CL.

    I think Almunia is okay but we can certainly do better and could have done it with Given.

    We’ll never get Casillas or Buffon, Given is gone and Akinfeev is probably too dear for Wenger to consider buying.

    For all the goalkeepers England can chose from in the EPL they have none that aren’t prone to dropping a clanger – they don’t have a Given 😀

  109. rico says:

    If I had to pick a keeper from the EPL for us to get it would be Kirkland…

  110. David says:

    Rico :mrgreen: I rate him very highly..

  111. David says:

    from the buttom. 😀

  112. JonJon says:

    im off to blackpool with the lads for a few days on the razz…then heading over to manchester for the shitty game on sat then out around manchester on the night…

    should be messy.. 😉

  113. Irishgunner says:

    Rico – Brady could have got Given at Arsenal I reckon.

    Anyway, McDermott is at Arsenal now and he is Irish so bound to be good – we do one thing well and that is goalkeepers 😉

  114. rico says:

    😛 Irish – Given is a Goner – but never will be a Gooner 😦

  115. Irishgunner says:

    Good alliteration there Rico 😉

  116. David says:

    Yes Irish,

    Sadly we are going to stick to Almunia till the fabulous one…Fabianski makes his mark. Polish keepers are usually legend though…but its like Rico said 10m on Shay Given?

    Wenger couldnt bit 8m for Chamakh much less a keeper.

  117. rico says:

    You have a fab time JJ, and happy birthday for Thursday 😛

    How old is McDermott Irish – I haven’t seen much about him, but it is funny, we have many keepers, but we still bought him – that tells me one thing, the club our not really happy with what we have.

    Ah David, some things never change then 😉

  118. JonJon says:

    wenger will never pay big for a keeper…he never has and he never will…then again..wengers keepers are alot like his CB’s…hes never developed a worldclass one…

    so its always going to be a problem position…

  119. rico says:

    David – If I had a spare 10M, I would have ‘given’ it to the club for Given, I think he is an outstanding keeper, but no keeper is worth that amount in the ‘real world’

    Talking of keepers, I used to think that Hislop was going to be a great keeper – shame he went to Newcastle, it all went down hill from there 😉

  120. Irishgunner says:

    McDermott is 16/17 and reckons he can be first choice by 21.

    Wenger paying £10million for Vermaelen shocked the hell out of me but we all know why now 😀

  121. rico says:

    JJ, we have Vermaleen, we don’t need a great keeper 😉

  122. David says:

    COmpletely Agreed JonJon…absolutely. Not sure why Keown was put under the bus in the defense department…would love to see him back…Also there is much talk about this Sakho bloke and the Matuidi character during the summer that never came to fruition more so because of Wenger’s tightfisted nature than their availabily or unavailability as it were….but I am hoping for everything Arsenal’s sake he gets it right.

    Rico…well when the player changes maybe i will change my opinion on him. I was having a proper argument with some people the other day as to why Theo is better on the right than Bendy.

    It got ugly. 😎

  123. David says:

    In my opinion we need another Verminator kid taller and with pace and we are set.

  124. JonJon says:

    haha rico…the manutd game showed exactley why we need a great keeper…

    manutd didnt even have one shot in anger which shows how good gallas and TV are but yet the still found themselves 2-1 up which shows how unreliable and self destructive our GK is…

    the issue with me is that we have finally found abit of grit and battle and we can shut teams out in our outfield play,yet we still have a keeper who gets beat from 40yards,gets beat at his near post and cant catch a cross…and it happens regular

    it sort of defeats the object of being defensively solid…

  125. Irishgunner says:

    Bendtner will get his 20 plus goals this season – FACT!!!

  126. rico says:

    Good lad then Irish – no point in thinking he is there to make the numbers up 🙂

  127. Irishgunner says:

    Rico – you cynicism towards Nicklas Bendtner will wane as the season unfolds, mark my words 🙂

  128. JonJon says:

    nasri,jacky,or tomas are better on the right than theo and bendy..

    i think with gallas TV and song we have good enough CB’s and the 433 helps our back four alot…

    i think weve found the perfect formation for us defensively and when we have our attacking players back we will be awsome but we need almunia to get some form back because every goal weve conceeded so far has been his fault..

    the GK department is the one to watch this season..and we could do with another solid CM in january for when song dissapears..

  129. rico says:

    David – I recall being on the end of your ‘ugly’ 😦 and I dont even rate the guy 😉

    This is the first season since Nik Nack and co left that we have shown real grit and aggression – the first time we look ‘up for the battle’ – I still feel though that we are 1/2 players short, but this is really our best cahnce to win silverware in a long while.

    We need Fabianski back to put the pressure back on Almunia – life is too comfy for him right now..

    Are you sure he will Irish 😉

  130. rico says:

    The numbers up was about McDermott Irish 😦

  131. David says:

    Id do a swap. Bendtner for Balotelli 😎

  132. Irishgunner says:

    Aw yes sorry Rico – McDermott is meant to be good although I think he had a howler for Ireland a while back and had to be replaced.

  133. David says:

    My apologies Rico…I dont even recall it…ive had many a battle about the kid and ive come to the conclusion he’s not worth the trouble? Im not so sure what people see or get excited about him for? Its a bit of enigma…they see talent…i see shite…and i really try to see good in people honest i do…but for the past few seasons im not too convinced.

    So many people make noise about Ade. You just wait. IF/When Bendy scores 30 goals in a season (highly doubt it) he’d be off quicker than you can say pink boots 😆

    Anyways Denilson worries me more than Bendy.

  134. JonJon says:

    bendy will be a great asset if he plays in the Centre…but he’ll never get that spot whilest RVP is in the team…but in my opinion he should play there instead of robin…

    thats the one problem the 433 poses….rvp….

    he aint a winger yet he aint a CF so he doesnt have a position but wenger wants him in the centre….

    we should play him as holland do, cutting in from the right, or leave him on the bench…the latter would be better for the team but his wages command a 1st team spot and in a 433 bendy will never get a central role…

  135. rico says:

    Re Nikki B – This is the season I will judge him for real, now that Lardy has gone, the spat is over and he should be able to reach a better standard, after all he keeps telling us how good he is 😉

    Come the end of the season if he hasn’t lived up to the expectation of either himself or many many fans – I say sell him..

    David, I would rather we just added Balotelli to the squad, along with Chamakh.. Chamakh I think is a done deal – He is not available for CL until the new year, Bordeaux wanted to keep him until then too – so, Jan 2010, he will be with us 😉 😉

  136. rico says:

    Nikki has sold his pink boots on eBay 😛

    Ave bought them 😉

  137. David says:

    Agreed about Van P on the right in a 4-3-3 as he does in holland and his ability to use that left foot cutting in…the problem though is that Bendy cant play up top in the lone striker role….we saw this last season at West Ham away and Liverpool away when Ade was benched for laziness. Wenger gave him his first team chance and he cocked it up time and time again…why do you think he started playing out wide? He played centrally against the Mancs and looked up for a fight…but as the season went on……

  138. rico says:

    JJ – I wouldnt play either from the start if it was down to me….

    I would play Eduardo and Arshavin up front, or even play Theo through the middle – use his pace and Dudu’s deadly finishing….. Dream 😉

    Anyway, I will sit back and pray that come the end of the season I get fed up with eating humble pie, I want Nik to do well, he is ours 🙂

  139. rico says:

    Irish – at 16/17, he is allowed howlers, he will learn… hopefully, just don’t let him near a Foster, James, Green or Robinson DVD 😉 😉

  140. Irishgunner says:

    4-3-3 offers Bendtner more support than that 4-5-1 carry on of last season.

    We look more a unit this time round. Bendtner/Eduardo should have any two of Nasri, Arshavin, Vela, Van Persie, Walcott, Rosicky playing off which ever one of them is furtherest forward.

  141. Irishgunner says:

    We’ll only give him Given dvds 😉

  142. David says:

    Great minds Rico…Great Minds…

    I was thinking the exact same thing but the reverse…Id play Edaurdo and Theo up top in the 75m when the opposition is undoubtedly tired and a fresh Walcott through the middle is with Edaurdo finishing is easy goals. 😮

  143. JonJon says:

    my perfect front three would be

    nasri/rosicky dudu and AA


    AA bendy dudu

    rvp and theo wouldnt even get into my team…

    bendys got a good workrate and his positioning is quite good and his height makes him a good plan B…just let him do his thing and pull the defenders everywhere and the goals will come from the other two…

  144. rico says:

    I actually thought that the current system has favoured Nik, he seemed quite happy, but he has come out and said he doesn’t want to play there so what next ??

  145. David says:

    Yea Irish Bendy and Vela work sublimely together…its frustrating when a player does well Wenger takes him off and starts the whole Square peg in round hole thing…Bendy and Vela can be one for the future…


    Chamakh id be happy to see…Balotelli with the likes of Wilshere and Ramsey and dear lord…I already Jizzd in my pants. 😮

  146. London says:


    Me old mucka, are you still in North or is it South Carolina? Either way it is great to read your comments again. On the subject of the States I am off to New York in a couple of week’s time and was pleasantly surprised to find that there is an Arsenal community alive and kicking in that part of the world. They all meet up at Nathan’s Bar which shows all the Arsenal games….. how civilised.

  147. Irishgunner says:

    Wenger has him out on the right wing Rico – but the boy in the middle and see what he can do.

  148. rico says:

    David 😛

    JJ – I am undecided about Theo, I reckon he may have had a bit of a rollocking and told to sort himself out, I don’t think he has been injured.

    Like Nik, I think he is on a do or go season, but I have a sneaky feeling he may just surprise a few – can’t tell you why I think that, you will just have to wait and see 🙂

  149. David says:

    London…Im going to be in NY this weekend. I need details please. 😯

  150. London says:

    I’ve got this sneaky feeling that this is Theo’s season and he is primed to set it alight in the very near future.

  151. Irishgunner says:

    Walcott needs confidence – I’ve said it all a long.

    Confidence and a good run.

    He has scored some pretty good goals for Arsenal and England.

  152. David says:


    I have faith in Walcott….he is a very humble honest good looking chap…Bendy has alot to prove but Walcott has more to prove imo…the likes of Wright Phillips and Iron Lemmon…taking his spot on the National team wouldnt sit well with him so i believe he will work his nuts off this season to take his place back from Nikk…errgooo Nikk would work his nutts off to take his Central position….errgoo….Wenger would have a massive Headache when Chamakh comes in January. 😎

  153. rico says:

    Hi London

    Irish – this is the season he becomes a very confident man 😉

    I have to go now guys and gals, you all have a fab evening, catch you tomorrow some time …

    Night all

  154. London says:


    That was lucky, the bar is called Nevada Smiths and they are showing the Arsenal-City game live.

  155. David says:

    London. I am very much in your dept. I’ll be there this saturday. Thank you. 🙂

  156. rico says:

    If it means he stays fit for us David, and plays his heart out for us, i dont care who takes his place in the england team 😉 😉 😉

    Gone now 😉

  157. Irishgunner says:

    Ergo David we will be so great we actually win a trophy?

  158. David says:

    Nite Rico.

    Sweet Dreams.

  159. London says:

    It is so obvious that the system we employ is geared completely around Walcott. Think of what Eboue was supposed to do against the Mancs and failed. It was all about speed and inter change with RVP and Arshavin.

  160. London says:

    I’m off, see y’all tomorrow

  161. JonJon says:

    theo cant play wengerball…

    so its gonna be all about his goals…if there are none…then hes a waste of space..

    hi london.. 😉

    seeya rico…

  162. David says:

    fantastic bar…love the setup

    Yea London…If its geared around Walcott as you say what happns to Rosicky then?

    My front 3 wouldve been



  163. Irishgunner says:

    Rosicky is a bonus really isn’t he?

    By that I mean, he honestly isn’t going to be playing 90mins of football too often.

  164. David says:


    This is true. This is true. Is that the same for Eduardo?


    Abit harsh on Walcott there….what you mean to say is that he cant play crab-like football? This 4-3-3 would soon him immensely imo…he juss needs confidence as the lady said and once he starts beating his man…learning from the likes of Arshavin in training it’d be like a switch turned on permanently for him. Well i hope 😎

  165. Irishgunner says:

    Eddie seems fit enough now.

    We have some crazy attacking options – just no proper clinical finisher.

  166. David says:


    Were you the one that wished for Marcos Senna to be crocked in the CL last year? 😆

    Did you do that again for Tevez, and Robinho by any chance? 😉

  167. Irishgunner says:

    😆 That was me David and it worked 😉

    I’m delighted Tevez is out, he’s such a pest. Robinho is a wimp so no shock he is out.

    I hope Citeh are fully fit for the following week, I do hate them spending all this money and been so up themselves but good god do i bloody hate the Mancs and old red nose…………………

  168. JonJon says:

    he isnt technically gifted david…

    we bought him for his speed in the hope that we could develop him into another henry…but he has no technique…

    hes now 20 so in 4 years hes learned…nothing…

    he has no first touch,he runs into dead ends, he cant cross, he cant beat his man, he cant find a pass and he’s not what you can call lethal in front of goal…

    his pace is all he has and although it offers the team alot in terms of an outlet it means nothing if he cant do anything in the final third…after 4 years you’d have expected to see more of a development but he practically the same player…

    the U21’s highlighted this…he should have been the best player there but his performances were embarrasing…

    hes alot like eboue in a sence but at least eboue can play wengerball a little…

  169. Irishgunner says:

    Time for me to be off David – chat to you soon.

  170. Irishgunner says:

    See you too Jon Jon – enjoy your birthday if I don’t chat between now and then and behave 😉

  171. David says:

    Have a great one Irish.

    Yes JonJon…Im not all convinced bout Theo not being able to beat his man..he only beat 20 people in the CL against liverpool for the Ade goal…also he just turned 20 and has been very unlucky with Injuries….technical football is something you can learn with opportunities and practice…something are naturally gifted i understand that but with Theo i am willing to be patient with him and see what he comes about himself this season. The U21 thing was prob a case of being burnt out? If you look at the FA cup semi final with Chelsea ud see that Theo was the Arsenal player on the score sheet and we played a 4-3-3.

  172. JonJon says:

    seeya irish… lol…

  173. JonJon says:

    thats where i beleive that people get confused about theo,david

    that run against liverpool and that hatrick against croatia is just about all hes done so far…

    lil jack beats more men in one game than what theo does in a season…

    and i dont beleive in developing slowly…

    i remember anelka being only 19 and tearing the PL to bits…in comparison to theo whos a year older and there is no comparison…

    you either have it or you dont and i dont believe theo has it…theres nothing ive seen in the last four years of watching him to suggest otherwise…in even say hes regressed…

  174. David says:

    So what would you say about Micky Owen?

  175. JonJon says:

    he had positioning and natural instict to go with electric pace…theo just has pace…

    its like london says..and probably yourself…that this could be theos year but i just dont see it myself…it was supposed to be theos year last year…and the year before…

    alot like diaby…i just dont see it…we have better players…those two wouldnt even get on my bench…

  176. David says:

    Diaby is an outrageously gifted player and was heading for MOTM before his unexplainable fack up….but if ure looking for a player with Technical ability that would be Diaby..he has it in bundles…but his problem is simpler he juss needs to know when to release the ball and play one touch footy….for Diaby little is more imo….

    Owen is a Ballon’dor winner. And he didnt have a bag full of tricks or ability he juss knew when to time his run…something Theo will be learning at this position in a 4-3-3…also as i said the injuries and the dip in form goes hand in hand u cant expect a player to come back immediately from injury and have a stormer…except you are Eduardo ofcoarse 😎

  177. David says:

    I hear what you’re saying about Diaby tho…this season its put up or shut up

  178. JonJon says:

    yeah diabys the other end of the spectrum…hes got ability in bundles but he has no footballing brain…

    you put him outside the opponents box with 5 players and he’ll try and dribble…you put him outside our own box with five players and he’ll still try dribble…he rarely makes the right choice of pass..then again he rarely makes the right choice…

    as an attacking player in a support striker role he can become quite an asset but we have plenty of those kind of players with a better all round game…

    as a CM hes just a liability…a CM main asset is his awareness and reading of the game…whether defensive or attacking you have to be able to read the game when your a midfielder…diaby doesnt and it ruins him as a player…

  179. JonJon says:

    thats what makes cesc such a class player…he reads everything in a bergkamp sort of way…he can see the next move 5 passes before its happened…the same can be said with AA and rosicky….its what makes them worldclass…

    diabys a type of player who works on instinct…if he has to think about it he fecks it up…for that reason he’ll never be world class…just an average player who has the occasional outstanding game but most of the time just average…

  180. rico says:

    Morning all

    Off for a wizz around all the gossip 😉

  181. rico says:

    That didn’t take long, nothing much going on. Can’t wait for the game to be over tonight and then look forward to the game on Saturday. I may watch England tonight, but only because of Eduardo 😉

  182. rico says:

    This is interesting from AFC.COM

    ‘The lads are grasping the new formation’

    When Arsenal’s Carling Cup kids step out at Emirates Stadium this month, don’t be surprised if they slot seamlessly into Arsène Wenger’s new formation.

    The manager has adopted a 4-3-3 system this season and the switch has already paid dividends with emphatic wins over Everton, Celtic and Portsmouth in the bag. The new formation has given Arsenal a solid base in midfield and allows their attack-minded players more freedom to create scoring opportunities.

    Of course where Wenger leads, the rest of the Club follows. That’s why the Frenchman is not the only one instilling new ideas into his players on the training pitches at London Colney. Neil Banfield’s Reserve team have also embraced 4-3-3 and Steve Bould has adopted the same formation at Academy level.

    Banfield’s boys have started impressively, recording two emphatic wins in the Reserve League South. And the second-string boss has explained why the young Gunners must come to terms with Wenger’s new policy before the Carling Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion on September 22.

    “We always take our lead off the manager and how he wants to play tactically,” Banfield told

    “The manager at the moment has decided to play 4-3-3. He may change, but he feels that through the Club he wants the Reserves and the Under-18s to play that way under me and Steve [Bould] so we have continuity.

    “That means when he picks someone we know they’ve got half an idea of what’s expected of them. So they are not going in blind, they are aware of their responsibilities, offensively and defensively.

    “It takes time, patience and work on the training ground, and walking it through with them. We’ve gone from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 and people start to think ‘well, that’s not a big change’, but sometimes it is for some of these lads.

    “They need to know what their responsibilities are on the pitch, what they have to do in certain situations, and it takes a little bit of time. But I think they are grasping it at the moment.”

    [Wednesday, September 09, 2009]

  183. Freire says:

    hello all,
    long time I don’t chat with you, lol.
    Good to be back 😛

  184. rico says:

    Hi Freire – how’s tricks, where you been hiding 😉

  185. rico says:

    Great Article 😛

    Why Arsenal fans have every right to boo Adebayor
    By John Cross

    Two former players are likely to get very different receptions from Arsenal fans at Eastlands on Saturday.

    Kolo Toure, this week confirmed as Manchester City’s new club captain, should be able to count on a standing ovation from the visiting supporters.

    Emmanuel Adebayor, meanwhile, will be public enemy number one. It is hard to think of any recent former player who has aroused such dislike among Arsenal fans.

    Even the latte sipping classes in Islington have been known to choke on their smoked salmon bagels when his very name crops up.

    I was listening to BBC Five Live when City beat Portsmouth the other Sunday – having been ordered to stop watching Sky and go shopping – and their summariser Steve Claridge reckoned Ade got a raw deal at Arsenal.

    It’s funny how former players view things so very differently from supporters. I like Claridge and his insight into the game.

    But I’ve got to strongly disagree with him on this one. Raw deal? You earn respect from supporters and Adebayor only ever got it fleetingly from Arsenal fans.

    When Adebayor arrived at Arsenal in January 2006 for £3m – yes, £3m quid according to my very good source – he was raw, gangly and was a work in progress.

    In fact, it took 18 months for Arsene Wenger to turn Adebayor into a prolific striker who scored 30 goals in the 2007/08 season. He was on fire in the campaign which was the first season after Thierry Henry left.

    In all the 13 years Wenger has been at Arsenal, I cannot think of a player – and there’s been a few examples – who he has improved more than Adebayor.

    If Adebayor was a sprinter you would say he was on drugs. The difference and improvement was that great. But Wenger is a supreme coach and Adebayor owes his career to the Arsenal manager.

    However, Adebayor allowed his goals and improvement to go to his head. He was saying one thing to Arsenal about wanting to stay and another thing to the media about wanting to leave.

    On one memorable occasion, Adebayor met Wenger at the Euros and told him he was committed to Arsenal.

    Hours later, he did a press conference for his boot company and said on TV he was staying. Then he did interviews with the written media – and with cameras off – he said he wanted to leave.

    Adebayor was making noises about deserving to be paid as much as Henry used to get at Arsenal and how the club was trying to sell him behind his back.

    The deal never quite happened with AC Milan or Barcelona despite Adebayor making it pretty clear he wanted out so he was forced to stay at Arsenal and then signed a new five-year contract.

    At this point, footballers normally trot out the old line that they never wanted to leave, they were misquoted and the nasty rotten press made it all up. Adebayor was no different.

    However, on this occasion, Adebayor’s actions and public statements had been so outlandish that the fans saw through his denials and booed him at the start of last season.

    Adebayor pretty much sulked his way through last season and then took the big bucks and joined City in a £22m deal.

    It’s all been plain sailing since then. Mark Hughes has praised Adebayor, Adebayor has been scoring and playing brilliantly as well as praising the City fans.

    But this is not just about a player leaving one club for another and his old club’s fans being upset. If that were the case, then why do Arsenal fans still have so much affection for Kolo Toure?

    Toure was part of the Invincibles team of 2003/04, he gave his heart and soul in every performance and most Arsenal fans believe £14m for a player who has been in decline for the past two years is great business.

    As for Adebayor, the City striker has won nothing in his career, is at his fourth club and is still only 25 and gained a reputation among Arsenal fans for being a foreign mercenary.

    So please spare me the “don’t give him a hard time“ line, he did well for Arsenal and other such nonsense before Saturday’s game.

    Adebayor deserves everything he gets. Arsenal fans dislike him but good, honest ticket-buying supporters from every other club – bar City just yet – can see right through him.

  186. London says:

    Afternoon Rico

    I agree: a good article. Where did it come from?

  187. rico says:

    Hi London,

    It is from the Daily Mirror – I think he has hit the nail on the head

  188. rico says:

    Ok, offski for me – catch you some day 😉

    Night night

  189. rico says:

    Morning Roadies

    Good night had by all it seems, no reports of any new injuries for us 🙂

  190. rico says:

    What I really love about last night – Argentina are very likely to not qualify for the WC – Poor little old Madonna 😉

  191. rico says:

    Busy day for me, so off for a while

  192. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    I was just watching Nikki “b”s pink boots on ebay.. £1700 at the moment lol..

    and they are a pair rico.. 😉

  193. London says:

    Hello Irish

    Don’t you just love the smile on his face.

  194. rico says:

    Hi Guys and gals, just popped in to see the news about Arshavin – just pray its a spoof, but somehow I don’t think so – no wonder Arsene is furious…

    Great goal by DB, he may have lost a bit more hair, but he hasn’t lost his touch 😉

  195. rico says:

    ave – are you sure, when Nikki wore them I thought they were both left footed 😉 😉

  196. rico says:

    Many Happy Returns to JonJon, where ever you are, have a fab day 😛

  197. London says:

    Happy Birthday Jonjon

    I hope you are having a good day.

  198. peachesgooner says:

    Afternoon all

    Happy Birthday JonJon – hope you have a lovely day 😀

  199. rico says:

    Hope you are all watching the Ladies in the Euro final…. !

  200. rico says:

    Hi peaches, I bet you are watching the ladies?

  201. rico says:

    Woops, Afternoon London

  202. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico – I sat down to watch and find we’re 2 goals behind and we score 🙂

    Have to go out soon though 😦

  203. rico says:

    No peaches, your watching got them a goal, don’t stop watching them 😦

  204. rico says:

    😦 😦 😦 😦

  205. rico says:

    I am off guys and gals as all still quiet,

    Unlucky England – you did yourselves proud

    Night all

  206. Irishgunner says:

    The FA replied to my e-mail 😯

    Thank you for writing to The Football Association.

    The FA is in full agreement with you; offensive chanting has no place in football. The FA’s policy is to encourage all clubs to work towards ridding the game of the small minority of supporters who try to ruin the experience of watching a game for the vast majority.

    We strongly condemn any form of offensive chanting and works closely with the police, clubs and football partners such as Kick It Out in tackling this problem.

    We remain committed to making the game family friendly and call upon clubs and match day police to monitor and deal with these incidents accordingly.

    The FA are also aware that Manchester United released their own statement on Friday 4th September, while Sir Alex Ferguson has gone on record in the past to condemn offensive chanting across the game.
    We do appreciate all of the feedback we receive from supporters. This feedback is collated and used to build a picture of public opinion and is subsequently fed back internally within the organisation. Please rest assured your comments will form part of this feedback process.
    I would like to thank you for taking the time and trouble to contact us.
    Kind regards,

    Jenny Dainton

  207. rico says:


    How privileged do you feel 😉

    So the FA will be doing nothing then…. other than gathering emails 😦

  208. rico says:

    All quiet so catch you later – footie tomorrow – hoorah 😛

  209. peachesgooner says:

    I’m very disappointed – I find myself questioning whether we treated Ade badly……he was lazy, offside far too many times for a premiership footballer and missed many many chances. He kissed the badge after scoring a penalty at the Emirates cup in 2008 following a summer of unrest, he got a huge pay-rise and then promptly went into a decline…….

    Anyone would think that Man City have bought the next Thierry Henry…….

    I hope we stuff them tomorrow – shame for Toure but hey ho we need the three points………

  210. peachesgooner says:

    London – if you check in, do you think its showing at your beloved pub in Finsbury Park?

  211. London says:

    Morning Peaches

    Frustratingly the pub have not updated their online live televised fixture list; so, I phoned on Wednesday to ask if they were showing it and they told me that they were but I got the feeling they would have told me that Arsène Wenger was popping in later to discuss the game as a way of getting people to come along. I am going to phone again today 0208 809 0192. If there is one pub in England that is showing this game then it will be there. They charge £7 to get in but you get two free drinks with that.

  212. London says:


    I have just read further up…..I would imagine that in view of the pedestrian level of striker that has been served up to Citeh fans over the past 25 years, that, in many ways, it is understandable that in Adebayor they believe that they have bought the next Thierry Henry.

  213. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters – London & peaches,

    I’d like to know how come the citeh training staff have managed to correct Ade’s offside affliction immediately when our 43 coaching staff couldn’t do it in 3 years?

  214. London says:

    My guess at today’s team


    And I will wuss out with a 1-1 draw.

  215. Rasputin says:

    Denilson, Diaby and Eboue in the same team – very depressing!………

  216. Rasputin says:

    …… but we are going to win 😉 …3:1 (= 1:3)

  217. London says:

    Morning Rasputin

    I think I wrote a head line post on this very question. The thrust of it was that we would see very quickly who was to blame for Adebayor being constantly off side. I suggested that if this was sorted out early by Hughs then the blame would rightly go back to Wenger.

  218. Rasputin says:

    Morning London, sorry I didn’t see that, I haven’t been around much…. I’ll look back and have a read …

  219. London says:

    No one agreed with me, they all thought that Adebayor, himself, was to blame.

  220. Rasputin says:

    I agree with you ……. Ade’s not that bright – he has to be trained or the set up of the side has to be engineered to negate his failings. His ego and greed is always going to be his problem. The honeymoon period with them will end when he misses his first few sitters and lopes away grinning.

  221. London says:


    The 12 Pins are definitely showing the game

  222. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.

    Back to some sort of normality.. I need to get back into this Arsenal stuff, the break has been nice though.

  223. PDT says:

    Good morning/afternoon/evening! How’s everyone today?

    Anyone worried that Ade will do an Anelka on us?

    I am glad Tevez is out. I hate having to face him. I hope Hughes leaves Ireland on the bench…I’d far rather face Barry alone than in tandem with Ireland.

    I also wonder how much faith Hughes really has in his team. Will he dare play to win? I don’t think so. I think he will play Ade as the lone forward in a 4-5-1 and hope to hit us through long balls. A great opportunity for Ade to showcase his offside skills to the sky blue faithful at home.

  224. PDT says:

    Here’s my team…


  225. PDT says:

    Though I suspect He will play NikB instead of Theo.
    I am going for 2-0 to the Arsenal with Rosicky to get on the scorecard.

  226. PDT says:

    Tough audience here… one wants to leave a comment…

  227. PDT says:

    OK…will drop in later to see if anyone’s around….

  228. Irishgunner says:

    Hello, Hello????

    I’m sticking with my 4-1.

  229. Irishgunner says:

    Rosicky is on the bench

  230. Freire says:

    hello everybody
    nice to see ya

  231. avenell says:

    Hi PDT, Irish, Freire..

    I’m going for a 3-2 to us.. 🙂

  232. chaf says:

    Hello everyone 2-2

  233. Irishgunner says:

    Flip sake

  234. Rasputin says:

    Almunia’s crap … this year’s ‘other player’ that AW doesn’t accept isn’t good enough ……

  235. Irishgunner says:

    At least he dived the right way ………… eventually 🙄

  236. Freire says:

    Wenger is a joke. Can’t understand how he could put Bendtner on the pitch instead Eduardo. He’s old.

  237. Irishgunner says:

    ha ha Stoke 1-0 versus chavs

  238. Rasputin says:

    Its the same pattern as last year … he’ll leave it till too late to make subs ………

  239. Freire says:

    Stoke 1-1 Chelshit

  240. Irishgunner says:

    This is getting stupid.

    We were doing fine until our esteemed goalkeeper forget that his primary job is to stop the ball from going into the net, not help it, then its like we either a) forgot how to play football or b) gave up, perhaps a combination of both.

    Bendtner is wasted on the wing, Diaby is useless, RvP shouldn’t be playing up the middle and what will Wenger do after 70 minutes – bring on Eboue!!!!!!!!!!

  241. PDT says:

    60th minute….Denilson off, TR7 on, NikB off, Eboue on.

    75th minute….RvP off, Eduardo on.

    Final score City 1-2 Arsenal.

    Keep the faith, City’s wheels are about to come off.

    Oh and btw, Ade has been offside thrice in the first half.

  242. Irishgunner says:

    City’s wheels will come off PDT if it doesn’t take Wenger 20 minutes to make the first sub.

    Its not working as it is.

  243. Freire says:

    Irish, i think it’s a combination of both, as you said. Don’t bring on Eboue, he’s useless too.

  244. Irishgunner says:

    Least Eboue can cross the ball – although that’s pointless too because our target man is playing out on the wing.

    Sometimes one has to wonder…

  245. Freire says:


  246. Rasputin says:

    We miss Arshavin – there’s no-one with the trickery to get into a scoring position and have a shot. RVP is a luxury player and should never play up front on his own

  247. Irishgunner says:

    C’mon Super Tom – a screamer would be nice

  248. Rasputin says:

    Rosicky and Dudu required – take off RVP and Denilson

  249. Irishgunner says:


  250. Freire says:

    TAKE OFF RVP??????

    1-1 \O/

  251. Irishgunner says:

    feck sake useless

  252. Irishgunner says:

    Fuck off you wanker…………

    all this is Wenger’s fault and his crap selection

  253. Freire says:

    Adebayor, omg…
    Never liked him…

  254. Irishgunner says:

    This is so bloody embarrassing – City aren’t even any good.

    Wenger is a proper plank – he can sod off with his crap excuses.

  255. Freire says:

    Arsenal -> SHAME SHAME SHAME.

  256. peachesgooner says:

    I can’t wait to hear what Arsene is going to say about this – why not start with Rosicky it was so good to have a really creative player alongside Cesc.

    He waited until the 75th to bring on Dudu WTF……

  257. Irishgunner says:

    Hence my anger with our manager Peaches.

    That game was there for the winning. Wenger needs to cop on or move on. I’m sick of losing silly games.

  258. Freire says:

    Does anyone now understand why I quit my relatioship with Wenger last match?

    He has a loser soul. Can’t believe this is happening to us.

  259. avenell says:

    According to jonjon, ade had camera’s, phones, shoes, bottles and everything chucked at him.. lol.

  260. Irishgunner says:

    Pity someone didn’t chuck a fist at him avenell.

    He should get a nice long ban for inciting the crowd and stamping on Van Persie.

  261. Irishgunner says:

    Will Gareth Crooks ever fu€k off, spud twat.

  262. avenell says:

    Garth Crooks is really ssssuper..

  263. Irishgunner says:

    He was defending the Togo twat

  264. avenell says:

    He’s a social worker.. he would.

  265. Irishgunner says:

    I hate been angry and I’m angry now.

    To top it all off the Spuds are playing the Mancs and both of them can’t lose – what a crap evening.

  266. Irishgunner says:

    Spuds 1-0 = should I be happy/sad???

  267. Rasputin says:

    Wenger is far too conservative (cowardly!) – he played an unbalanced team in the first half with Bendtner out wide and RVP all alone up front – he’s not strong enough to fulfill that role. The video review of Ade’s stamp on RVP should result in suspensions let alone his celebration in front of our fans. Do any of the erstwhile Ade supporters want to come on and defend him now?

    We should have bought Huntelaar, and we should have signed a midfielder when Nasri’s leg got broken by that clumsy f**ck Diaby.

    Almunia must be dropped/rested for a few games … let Fabianski have a go, he can’t do any worse….

  268. Irishgunner says:

    Surely Wenger will do all he can to get the Togo Twat banned?

    If he doesn’t he’d want to reassess his loyalties. RvP should be in there first thing complaining.

  269. Rasputin says:

    Maybe he will, maybe he won’t – but it will smack of deflecting the attention from the problems we have in the squad and the questions over his own decision making…..

  270. Freire says:

    I agrre, Rasputin.

  271. Irishgunner says:

    We had to players to win today – just the main one was left on the bench.

    I don’t blame him for leaving Rosicky on the bench but why was Eddie there for so long?

    Diaby was pointless today, absolutely pointless.

  272. Rasputin says:

    Diaby flatters to deceive – he’l never be good enough for the first team and he will cost us goals and games. I’d rather see Ramsey or Merida play than him.

  273. Irishgunner says:

    So would I but we can’t take the chance of “killing” him 🙄

  274. kelsey says:

    evening all,

    just heard that it is odds on that Adebayor will get a ban, despite his quick apology.

    Antics apart,he played as if his life depended.he was everywhere,even clearing the ball off his own goal line, and winning countless headers in the defence.If he keeps it up is another matter, but the question has to be asked why didn’t we see a performance like that from him after January.

    City had 5 chances and scored 4, we had 10 and scored 2.

    Almunia, yet again let’s us down, and if you look carefully,he appears to be a tad nonchalant.

    Overall i thought we played well,but without being clinical.

    Almunia,eboue,song,denilson and diaby are squad players.bedntner is still an apprentice,but will learn nothing playing on the wing.That’s more than half a team.

    We can’t raise our expectations too high,yet we are so near to being a really good team,if everyone is fit, but that rarely happens.

    A huge disapointment which i am sure we would have won,without that first own goal.

  275. Irishgunner says:

    I don’t care how good Adebayor was “antics apart”

    He’s a prick. I never thought I’d hate an ex-Arsenal player more than Cashley Cole but hey ho what do you know.

    I don’t wish bad on anyone but if he breaks his leg I shall not shed a tear.

  276. peachesgooner says:

    Anyone see what Arsene said – I was too disgusted to watch.

    Where was the bloody invention in the first half – don’t wait until you’re 3 down to start trying to score

  277. Freire says:

    The spuds losing 1-2. unfortunately it’s against manutd.

  278. Irishgunner says:

    I didn’t see it Peaches but lets guess at:

    “There was a lot of positives, we have mental strength, showed great courage” blah blah

  279. Irishgunner says:

    It seems Spuds vs Mancs is heading for a yellow card record…

  280. peachesgooner says:

    Agree with you Irish – Ade should be thoroughly ashamed of himself – how could the players bear to shake his hand after the game…..

    ……he trod on Fab in the first half too …….

  281. Irishgunner says:

    He trod on Cesc, tore his studs down RvP’s face, nearly gave himself a heart attack to taunt the away fans who lets me honest generally get behind the players at away games no matter who they are.

    He’s a classless plank who could do with been thought a lesson.

    Anelka didn’t leave the club in the best manner but he virtually apologises for scoring against Arsenal.

  282. Irishgunner says:

    Scholes sent off

  283. Freire says:

    Anelka didn’t apologise when he scored against us a couple of years ago, when he played for Bolton and thrown us out of FA Cup (not so sure).

    But Adebayor was never a good person. He became so stupid last year when he asked for raising his money and he wanted to go out to Milan. Milan didn’t want him, and he became very very idiot.

  284. Irishgunner says:

    I should have said last season Freire – Anelka has grown up. He was always immature but seems to have copped on a bit.

    Then the fool tries to “apologize” his way out of it. Need I tell you where he can stick his “apology”

  285. Freire says:

    LOL, I imagine where you want him to put his “apology”.

    But i didn’t see any apologize from him, where is it?

  286. Irishgunner says:

    “To be honest, I’m very sorry for all this. Sometimes, the emotion takes over. That’s what happened. I was very happy to score the goal. Before the game, people have been saying and writing things and the emotions took over. People who love me and know me know how I behave.”

  287. Freire says:

    Don’t believe a word he says.
    do you?

  288. Irishgunner says:

    Do I sound like a person who believes a word he says??

  289. Rasputin says:

    Excelent summation by kelsey……

    “Almunia,eboue,song,denilson and diaby are squad players.bedntner is still an apprentice,but will learn nothing playing on the wing.That’s more than half a team.”

    I said before the start of the season that with the thin squad we have we’d have to be very lucky with injuries …. that’s gone tits up…. Add to that AW’s wish to encourage youth by not buying but then going against the doctrine by choosing not to play them (Merida, Ramsey, Coquelin, JET etc) and it makes our current league position look about right…..

  290. London says:

    This is not meant to be argumentative, however, erstwhile supporters of Adebayor were well aware of his greedy nature but argued that it was an irrelevant side show; the big picture was that we would miss a 30 goal a season player.

  291. Irishgunner says:

    The Spuds should start tumbling down the table now … hopefully.

  292. Freire says:

    I hope so, Irish.

  293. Irishgunner says:

    London – The problem wasn’t selling Adebayor, it was with not reinvesting the money.

    Personally, I’d rather not have scum player like him associated with the club.

  294. London says:

    Hello Kelsey

    I no longer think it is fair to put Song in the same category as the others you denigrate as being squad players; furthermore, Eboue as a right back also does not belong there. That said, I see your point and share your frustration.

  295. London says:


    I agree with you but that was not the point I was addressing.

  296. Rasputin says:

    Hi London, I didn’t notice Song in kelsey’s list – you are absolutely right there…. however I totally disagree about Ade, he didn’t score 30 goals for us last season and he wouldn’t have scored 30 goals for us this season.

    Because he is basically a nasty piece of egotistical thickwit, he’s putting in the effort he is capable of with a new employer. He took our money and then ripped us off by not putting in the effort. Excuse my language but he’s a sack of shit!

  297. Irishgunner says:

    I just wanted to say it again though London.

    HATE HIM………….

  298. London says:

    Well, I wouldn’t really want to try and disagree with you there Irish.

  299. London says:


    I can’t, neither would I want to try and defend Adebayor now.

  300. London says:

    Here’s a cheeky bit of controversy: did you all notice that the defensive part of our midfield went to pot and they started scoring goals for fun when Denilson went off?

  301. Irishgunner says:

    Their first goal was offside and all….

  302. Irishgunner says:

    Or when Song went off?

  303. London says:


    Whose was?

  304. Irishgunner says:

    Although it was probably Song’s fault for Bellamy’s goal.

    Our side was unbalanced from the start London.

    Diaby Left Wing – Does Wenger ever learn?

  305. Irishgunner says:

    Citeh’s first – Richards was ahead of Vermaelen. Just showed it again on RTE.

    Houghton said it was offside and that’ll do it for me.

    He also virtually said Adebayor is a plank – I too agree with that.

  306. London says:

    The upside, if there is one, is that Rosicky got an assist for the first goal and scored a goal.

  307. Irishgunner says:

    He was our best player – considering he didn’t even play a full half it doesn’t say much for the rest.

  308. peachesgooner says:

    Did the spuds lose?

  309. Irishgunner says:

    Come off it Mark Hughes:

    “We just have to understand that he is an emotional guy and he wanted to share the moment with the fans in the corner with whom he has a special affinity. It is the same area that the Arsenal fans were in so there is the potential for people to see it as the wrong thing to do. We recognise that and so does Ade.”

  310. peachesgooner says:


    Does he think we’re all so stupid?

  311. Irishgunner says:

    3-1 Peaches to 10 men

  312. peachesgooner says:

    Oh well, at least us north londoners won’t have to put up with them crowing on the back of this defeat……

  313. Irishgunner says:

    I think so Peaches.

    So, in what, his second home game he has an affinity with one section of the crowd that just happened to be beside the Arsenal fans and he clearly slide in front of the Arsenal fans….

  314. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve been reading around and everyone is having a pop at Bendtner.

    Here’s a thought – play him in the center where he scores regularly for Denmark.

    Diaby on the left wing, Diaby anywhere 😕

  315. Rasputin says:

    Mark Hughes is a transparent disillusioned prat if he believes his statement has any credibility….. if the FA are stupid enough to believe his and Ade’s lies, then there’s no hope….

  316. chaf says:

    Looks like another year playing for 3/4th place, with our main rivals being Liverpool, Spuds and Citeh.
    I haven’t seen the game yet, just about to, so I will reserve my comments on a defence that has let in four goals again, until I’ve seen it.

    Needless to say I am disappointed.

    On a brighter point, I got a text from an old man who made the effort to get up the pub to watch the game, my next door neighbours Dad, Ronnie Biggs, in his new Arsenal shirt with ‘Biggs 80″ on the back. He called me a wimp for not getting up there!

  317. Irishgunner says:

    This is from a Citeh blog:

    The celebration by Adebayor following the third goal was unwarranted though. Yes he was fired up and to be booed at every touch (deserved or not) would surely rankle, yet a distance of 95 yards is surely enough to override any spur of the moment action or thought. Should censure arive from the FA, this could be even more ill-timed given his importance next Sunday.

  318. Irishgunner says:

    Robin van Persie has issued the following statement following an incident with Emmanuel Adebayor at Saturday’s game:

    “I am sad and disappointed by my former team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor’s mindless and malicious stamp on me during today’s match.

    “We are both professional footballers and I know that the game is physical, I too have made hard and sometimes mis-timed challenges but never with the intention of hurting an opponent. He set out to hurt me today.

    “I knew he was aiming for a collision because he changed the angle of his body to allow contact to be made. He moved backwards when his natural momentum would have taken him forward. I find that deeply disrespectful. He has shown a real lack of class today, to me and the fans.

    “I do feel lucky that I have not suffered a greater injury. The contact was only centimetres from my eye. I have not received an apology from him, there were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It’s bad for the game we all love.

    “I want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with the result of today’s match. We do not hide from that disappointment but I need to speak out about his behaviour.”

  319. Rasputin says:

    Well said RVP – unfortunately as was obvious from Ade’s post match ‘apology’ he doesn’t have the depth, intelligence or humanity to understand Robin’s sentiments…..

  320. Irishgunner says:

    Its very likely RvP will look for video replays to be used by the FA

  321. Rasputin says:

    Let’s hope so Irish – what would you think would be an appropriate punishment?

  322. peachesgooner says:

    How sad is it that Robin even has to make that statement, poor him……

    If anyone on MOTD defends that planks actions I may have to throw something at the tv…….

    Rasp – Ade is a liar, hes a fool to himself if he thinks anyone really believes what hes saying…..

  323. Irishgunner says:

    2 match ban for incitement, 4 match ban for stamping.

    That’s leaving him off on the Cesc one.

  324. Irishgunner says:

    Peaches – You should have heard the Spud Gareth Crooks. Martin Keown wanted to head butt him I think.

  325. peachesgooner says:

    Bloody hell we’re the game of the day on Sky – never happens when we win 😦

  326. peachesgooner says:

    Glutton for punishment……watching it again

    Was Ramsey on the bench anyone?

  327. Irishgunner says:

    I’m must go off and do something calming.

    Have seen the stamping incident a few times and he could have taken RvP’s eye out – disgusting.

  328. peachesgooner says:


  329. Irishgunner says:

    ha ha that never appears relaxing to me.

    I think Nintendo Ds 🙂

  330. Irishgunner says:

    This I don’t understand:

    On Adebayor’s alleged stamp on Van Persie…
    “I haven’t spoken to him yet [Van Persie] and I heard about it on the radio, but I haven’t seen the incident because the ball was moving away. I will have to see it again to assess that.” – Wenger

    He heard it on the radio first 😕

  331. peachesgooner says:

    What????????????????????? On the radio – yeah right 😆

  332. Irishgunner says:

    Write it out a hundred times Wenger “I must work on my lies, I must work on my lies”

    On what radio ha ha?? they asked him in the post match interview and he said he heard about it but would have to see on television.


  333. Irishgunner says:

    Okay really off this time – that twat isn’t taking up any more of my time tonight

  334. peachesgooner says:

    Nite Irish 🙂

  335. PDT says:

    Good morning! I thought after a night of sleep, however disturbed, I’d be feeling better….not!

    It’s obvious last night was worse than I thought.

    I don’t know what to start with – the disgusting behaviour of Adebayor, Wenger’s degeneration into complete moronicness (?) or the positives from the game.

    I am glad we sold Adebayor. Anyone who, in the depths of his soul, has the viciousness we saw yesterday should never put on an Arsenal shirt. He behaved like a rabid animal that must be put down for the safety of society. Any ban he gets cannot be long enough…he deserves to be banned for life. There cannot be any redemption for one such as he.

    Let’s talk about Le Idiot. He leaves Arshavin on the bench in the FA Cup and thinks, hey, that worked out well, let’s leave Rosicky on the bench this time, since Arshavin is injured! Let me play Denilson, who will do an excellent job of taking a pass from my boys and pass it straight to the opposition. Let me play Diaby, who will look very involved, but will bring nothing to the game. And best of all, let me play young St. Nick on the wing because he has height and speed and intricacy of foot – what else can one want on the wing? Oh yeah, I also know the opposing striker is a vicious rabid mongrel, so let me remind Gallas and TV not to upset him and scratch his back every time he goes to ground like a sack of potatoes….let’s treat him like he was still wearing red and white!

    I am looking forward to the day when Le Idiot leaves Fabregas on the bench because (shudder) we will be playing Standard Liege in midweek.

    Having said that, I do have some hope for this season. Rosicky is in very good nick and once we have Nasri and Theo back, we will start having some good days as Arsenal supporters. I said I will not judge this team till we are at the end of October and I intend to do just that. This is a long campaign and the emotion of last night should not cloud the fact that we have some of the world’s greatest players donning our colours.

    If, that is, Le Idiot allows them to get on the pitch.

  336. JonJon says:


    im writing this when im rather drunk…just got in from a 3 day sesh which involved a trip to the eastlands…

    we were a joke…nobody stood up to be counted…

    most guilty culprits were…


    denilson,diaby, bendtner, rvp, and almunia were a god damn joke…

    as for ades goal celebration…we all knew what he was doing when he set of running…some bloke ripped off a chair and launched it at him when he went sliding towrds us…coins bottles, shoes, phones, everything got thrown…

    a big fight erupted the fans were fighting with the stewards the police and the citeh fans…a camera man was injured and the fight went on for the rest of the match and about an hour after the match…the mans a joke….

    we need to bounce back from this cos as far as im concerned that game just ended our season….

    citeh didnt just beat us…they batterd us and to top it off ade fucking scored…

    denilson and diaby are fucking crap and the sooner rosicky and nasri are back the better

    and almunia needs funcking dropping cos hes utter garbage….

    oh and without AK47 we are shit…hes a one man team..

  337. rico says:

    Morning All

    Its a funny old game really, I really believe the side that started should have won that game yesterday, but like JJ suggests, certain players went missing again.

    It would be easy for me to slate AW, but what is the point, it’s the players that need to take a long hard look at the work the failed to put into yesterdays game, and they are to blame in my eyes.

    But….. I do blame AW for not buying the two players we all knew we needed, now he can make that three, no longer can I support Almunia as our No1 keeper and the sooner Fabianski is fit again, he needs to be given a chance – Almunia needs to sort himself out, I know he wants to play for England but that doesn’t mean he needs to play like David James!!

    I wonder how that game would have gone had the referee been a lot stronger. Lardy’s tackle on Cesc set the tone, the gutless ref should have given him a yellow card for that tackle, another day that alone could have received a red!

    Barry’s obvious and clear handball – a penalty and we were right back in the game….

    But the worst is that Robin could have been in hospital this morning having lost an eye, thankfully he is not and has not!

    I am glad that game is over and I hope the FA throw the book at Lardy.

    What our club now need to do is wake up and start putting in a performance during the games!

    And Thomas Rosicky – welcome back, you were the only shining light on a very dull day.

  338. rico says:

    For me now, its on to Wednesday, a CL game to look forward to, and a win would be very welcome indeed…

  339. rico says:

    No-one about so I am off – laters all

  340. London says:

    New post

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