Thank goodness Robin had his oats…….

On a weekend of International football, I am glad that around nine months ago Robin had his oats and will be at home with his wife while she hopefully gives birth to another little Gooner. At least we know one player shouldn’t be injured for the up and coming game against Birmingham.

Only seven more days to get through now!

Good news in the camp is that Nasri could very well be back after this international break too, so we can look forward to his gradual introduction back into a side that had started firing on all cylinders, I only hope they all come back for training injury free and continue playing at those same dizzy heights.

The thought right now of losing Gallas or the new Belgium captain Vermaelen to injury frightens me big time, we are still leaking silly goals with them, and goodness knows what would happen if one or even worse the both of them got injured! I just hope Arsene plays Song in the defence and not Silvestre or Senderos.

If Nasri is soon to return, then I know many fans would like to see him alongside Cesc, so just maybe that will happen. Hopefully though, Nasri’s return will mean Diaby sits on the bench!!

The Under 21’s played last night, and Theo went off at half time injured, yep injured again, but this time it’s a dead leg – well if that is to believed, good! A dead leg won’t keep him out long enough to miss the game next weekend, unless it’s the Spanish version 🙂 But Jack and Gibbs both starred – Gibbs scored twice, sadly only one was for his country 🙂

Armenia v Spain, – Cesc
Austria v Lithuania
Belarus v Kazakhstan
Belgium v Turkey – Vermaelen
Cyprus v Bulgaria
Czech Republic v Poland – Rosicky
Denmark v Sweden – Bendtner
Estonia v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Finland v Wales – Ramsey
France v Faroe Islands – Gallas, Sagna, Clichy
Greece v Latvia
Israel v Moldova
Liechtenstein v Azerbaijan
Luxembourg v Switzerland
Montenegro v Georgia
Portugal v Hungary
Rep of Ireland v Italy
Russia v Germany – Arshavin
Serbia v Romania
Slovakia v Slovenia
Ukraine v England

International Friendlies
Australia v Netherlands, 09:30
Japan v Scotland, 11:20
Norway v South Africa, 15:00

So my count is nine players are or could be involved in matches for their country today, Wednesday or even both!
Arshavin is on a dodgy pitch against Germany, which will be a tough one for him, Cesc’s Spain looks an easy fixture – maybe so easy he will be rested or subbed!!
Thomas Rosicky is up against Poland, that could be a tricky and physical one – same goes for Nik against Sweden. The French game is a must win for them, I wonder who you all want to win that one?
Ramsey could and should be up against Finland and funny enough we haven’t got to worry about the England game.
I think that’s everyone – I can’t find fixtures for Song and Eboue today, so if that’s right then at least they too will be fit for the weekend 😉

So which game are you going to watch?

I shall be watching a Gooner dance his little heart out, yep its Strictly Night 🙂 Come on Tuffers…..

Not much I know, just a post to give you something to read.

The sun is shining, have a great day all, and whichever country you support tonight, I hope they win.


307 Responses to Thank goodness Robin had his oats…….

  1. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters

  2. rico says:

    Comment from kelsey on last post


    In case I don’t get to blog with you before you go away to Australia, it has been a pleasure to have blogged with you, someone so comparitively young but articulate and one of the best posters around, who really knows their football well.

    Good Luck

  3. rico says:

    Nine players off jet setting playing for their country, just imagine if all nine got injured!! Stop it rico, don’t be so doom and gloomy 😉

  4. Damn_Gallas says:

    …. if either gallas or vermaelen is injured, and you play song in the CB position, then who is going to play as the DM. Denilson is capable, but we excel with 2 DM. Song and Denilson are a good pair. If you move song that means giving diaby more chances to play, which isnt a very good thing to start with.

    I would prefer to stick song back in the DM, and then move senderos as cover for vermaelen and gallas. Senderos is quality, he was once labelled as the next tony adams. He may have his blushes when faced against drogba, but on many occasions he was fantastic as well. He aerial attack of the ball is second to none, and might just be even better than vermaelen. He is a quality defender if he trusts in himself more.

    He did gave us 10 consecutive clean sheets in the champions league against the likes of villarea, real madrid and juventus. This is not an easy feat. Even with Gallas and Vermaelen, we can hardly keep a clean sheet for 5 consecutive games in the EPl, let alone in the champions league.

    I also believe, senderos would have learnt a great deal of defensive lessons from maldini, nesta, kaladze, pirlo, gattuso etc during his milan loan stay. He would have picked up a few pointers that would enable him to improve his game and toughness.

    Senderos himself is also eager to show to wenger and the rest of the arsenal teams and fans alike that he is still a quality player. He wants to make it here at arsenal, he wants to show us what he is capable of. Now having DJ out for the rest of the season, sendy knows this is his chance. He must grab it with both hands and perform.

    I dont understand why wenger is not willing to give sendy his chances even though he did cost us in a few games. However, wenger keeps sticking to diaby even though diaby can be anonymous for most of a match, gives inconsistent performance, score own goals, mis passes and is always injured. Dont tell me is because he is a french. I simply hope wenger gives senderos more opportunities to perform because he still have what it takes to make it at arsenal.

  5. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters.

    Nice post rico..

    Damn Gallas. We respect your opinion and everyone agrees most of it, but there is no need to call fellow Arsenal supporters idiots, but I will edit your comment and allow it on.
    Check out the comments on

  6. rico says:

    Morning ave – thanks, not too much to write about really 😦

    Your comment threw me, but now I understand 😉

    Morning Damn Gallas

  7. rico says:

    Damn Gallas

    If you check out, Song is considered by the boss to be a defender – at present he is doing a fine job in the midfiled, but it is not considered to be his ‘true’ position by the club. I would much rather see a new CH bought to cover for Gallas/TV but if one was to be injured right now, my own opinion is that Song would do a better job than Senderos

  8. avenell says:

    Morning rico..

    I very rarely watch England play these days, but now that it’s only supposed to be on a pay per view stream I ma going to have to find a free one as a challenge lol..

  9. rico says:

    Me neither ave, you should watch Tuffers, its bloomin funny and worth more than 4.99 🙂

  10. rico says:

    I wonder why some bloggers pop onto a site, leave a strong comment then run, Damn Gallas has a view and it would have been good to discuss it with him/her

  11. avenell says:

    That’s why I put it on rico.. he/she must have spent a bit of time writing it out, then doesn’t come back to check if there has been a responce.
    Moderation does take a bit of getting used to at first though.

  12. rico says:

    Did you see that our link has gone on after the other night 😛

  13. rico says:

    Maybe DG will come back once he/she realises they are out of moderation, I have been checking that all morning, and as soon as I go off to collect breakfast a newby arrives 😦

  14. avenell says:

    Gone on where rico?

  15. rico says:

    Our link is now on the site whose link you added to this one…. simples 😉

  16. rico says:

    AA, pop over and say hello when you have the chance 😉

  17. avenell says:

    I clicked on a link that someone used to find us from there yesterday, but it was from July. I didn’t understand ..

  18. avenell says:

    Mind you, that doesn’t make a lot of sense

  19. rico says:

    Going back to Senderos, I don’t think he wants to stay with us and I can see him moving abroad in January – does his contact not run out next summer? If so, I am sure AW wont let him for on a free, in fact I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he is used in the Matuidi/Chamakh deals if AW goes for either/both in January..

  20. Irishgunner says:

    Morning all,

    Cheers Kelsey 😉 I hope to pop on every now and again, there is a small laptop been brought so hopefully we’ll get some sort of internet connection over. Only a week to go now.

    Vermaelen has been made Belgian Captain – good for him 🙂

    Ireland 2 – Italy 1 C’MON YOU BOYS IN GREEN :mrgreen:

  21. rico says:

    How strange ….

    How about checking out Turan ave for Turkey, he is soon on his way to us too…. 😉

    If all rumours were true eh 😉 We would have a squad of fifty 😉

  22. avenell says:

    Hi Irish.. how are you feeling about your trip?

  23. Irishgunner says:

    What about Theo’s dead leg he picked up last night? (can you pick up a dead leg lol?)

    Is it serious?

  24. rico says:

    Morning Irish, its next weekend you leave Ireland isnt it, off to the Brum game then on to warmer climates ?

    How about leaving AR with one of your finest posts Thursday/Friday 😳 Yes very cheeky of me 😉

  25. avenell says:

    Didn’t Gallas get a “dead leg” a couple of years back and missed a couple of games?

  26. rico says:

    Irish, no its not serious, most people just run them off, but he has the Spanish version and off on a stretcher 😉 😉

    He is back for the Wednesday game for the under 21’s

  27. Irishgunner says:

    Hiya Avenell – looking forward to it now. More looking forward to the Arsenal match than anything ha ha

  28. rico says:

    ave – that was a dead head 😉

  29. avenell says:

    We nearly met at that game Irish.. I had a similar invite. 🙂

  30. rico says:

    Phew, lucky escape Irish 😉

  31. rico says:

    Anyone reckon Team France will not be in South Africa next year ?

  32. avenell says:

    I thought it was unsafe to drive up the A4.. rough area I am told.. 😉

  33. rico says:

    A34 is even worse 😉

  34. Irishgunner says:

    I could do a Birmingham City match preview Rico???

    Good news on Theo.

    France will be at South Africa cos Platini and Blatter are fixing the qualifiers – wankers!!!!

  35. rico says:

    That would be fab Irish, we can leave it up until your safe return ;)I look forward to it very much…

    Ah yes, forgot about Splatter and Panini 😉

  36. Irishgunner says:

    I’ll do it Wednesday/Thursday cos Friday will be a day for packing.

    UEFA/FIFA decided to change the qualifiers at the last minute to seed them because its likely Germany, France, maybe Portugal will be in there.

    I hope Ireland draw France cos then I win either way 🙂 We win and I shall stick my two fingers up at Platini and his cheating, we lose and half the Arsenal team will be there – simples 🙂

  37. Irishgunner says:

    Ferguson did, however, express regret at going public with his views and apologised to Wiley and the Football Association for doing so.
    “I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment my remarks may have caused,” he said.
    “In retrospect, I accept that this could be deemed as expressing those views in an inappropriate forum.
    “It was never my intention to bring the focus of intense media attention on Mr Wiley.”
    “The fitness levels of referees must match the ever increasing demands of the modern game, which I hope will now be properly addressed through the appropriate formal channels.”
    Says the lardass himself, he doesn’t run he waddles…

    Refs in all fairness are put under severe fitness tests. Maybe if there wasn’t so much added time at Old Trafford….

  38. avenell says:

    According to the the opta stats.. Wiley ran further than 6 Man U players during that match.. lol

    If Berbatov ever makes a ref he would never go outside the centre circle.

  39. Irishgunner says:

    Berbatov only looks at the ground so he wouldn’t see much lol

    Ye all watching England versus Ukraine for £7 on the internet tonight?? 😆

  40. avenell says:

    I never watch England when it was on ITV Irish.
    I cannot support a team that consists of the diving cheating tossers who play against the Mighty Arsenal every week.

  41. Irishgunner says:

    ” I cannot support a team that consists of the diving cheating tossers who play against the Mighty Arsenal every week.” – I’ve no choice but to support Robbie Keane tonight 😉 😆

  42. avenell says:

    You could hope he gets injured then Ireland can put a decent striker on.. 😉

  43. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha like ???? am…. Leon Best is doing well for Coventry – not too many options

  44. rico says:

    ‘Says the lardass himself, he doesn’t run he waddles…’

    😛 😛

    Keane is rumoured to be leaving the spuds…. again 😉

  45. avenell says:

    What do you reckon to the Rangers and Celtic joining the Premiership thing Irish?

  46. rico says:

    I hope it doesn’t happen ave, they may prevent the spuds and citeh getting relegated 😉

  47. rico says:

    Just checked the link thing you were talking about earlier today ave, it links direct to todays post now

  48. Irishgunner says:

    Would be a bad idea – they are Scottish so should stay in Scotland.

    They should be looking in increase the competition from other clubs instead of running away.

  49. avenell says:

    Haha we never argue Irish.. I agree again.. they cocked up scottish football let them live with it..
    What I hate most are the likes of Alan Brazil who came down here and made his living in england then slags england and english clubs off every chance they get.
    Look at all the Scottish pundits that turned on Eduardo..

  50. rico says:

    I hope they stay where they are too, I can see no benefit – in fact I think it would be detrimental to the Scottish Football in general – its like saying to all the other teams ‘you are so poo Celtic and Rangers need to cross the border to get a decent game’

    I know that is probably true, but I dont think its good for the game, I agree with Irish, get the other clubs up to a better standard, and try looking a little harder at grass roots level for footballers in Scotland..

  51. rico says:

    Add to him, Hansen, Dalglish and that idiot who commentates on Sky Football!!

  52. avenell says:

    Except Charlie Nicolas of course. 😉

  53. rico says:

    🙂 ave, I did leave him out and I cant think why 😉

  54. avenell says:

    Souness doesn’t seem too bad lately either.

  55. Irishgunner says:

    Scottish Football isn’t beyond repair – they have two excellent clubs (within reason) so they just need to start building up the likes of Aberdeen, Motherwell etc that have good foundations.

  56. peachesgooner says:

    Sunshine checking in, phew its hot here 😉

    Ave, that invitation is still open…..go on come 😆

  57. Irishgunner says:

    ” and try looking a little harder at grass roots level for footballers in Scotland..” – Two very good players have emerged from Scottish grassroots in the last five years – Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy… sadly for them both declared for Ireland 😀

  58. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Irish – 7 days to go 🙂

  59. Irishgunner says:

    Hi Peaches – yup, will be there this time 7 days 😀

  60. peachesgooner says:

    The England game is on pay-per-view in the states

  61. London says:

    Hello Roadsters

    Excellent post Rico, may I humbly say that I think it is your best to date.

    I really enjoy reading comments like Damn-Gallas’ what a shame he seems to have disappeared.

    Anyway, Damn-Gallas, if you are reading, the reason that Wenger lost confidence in Senderos, even though, as you rightly say, he was being groomed for the role of Captain, was because of his loss of pace. This is the very reason why Djourou was given a long term contract rather than him; although, that is where I stop disagreeing with you and start to agree.

    If the sole reason for Senderos being out of favour is his loss of pace then why are people so keen to elect Alex Song as a replacement, if one of the best defensive pairing in the country gets injured?

    Everyone agrees that if it wasn’t for Senderos’ loss of pace then he would still be highly respected; so surely this raises the question: if Song is just as slow, which he certainly is, why would anyone choose him rather than Swiss Phil?

  62. London says:

    Hi Peaches

    Save your money and buy a hot dog or something with it.

  63. rico says:

    Irish – you last comment is just so funny, so so funny 🙂

    Hi peaches and London, I wouldn’t waste money to watch it either.

    Thanks for your comments London

  64. rico says:

    Mind you, I wouldn’t waste mine on a hot dog either
    😦 😦 Poor Dog…

    Saying that, what is funny is that I am having Hot Dogs tonight of the vegetarian kind with loads of onions and chilli sauce 😛

  65. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Your last comment reminds me of Jessica Simpson Rico (no offence 😉 ) when she said she wouldn’t eat buffalo wings cos they were made from buffalo 😆

  66. rico says:

    Ah but I am half the size of Jessica Irish 😉 🙂

    I meant to add a 😉 😉 after the dog bit, but I see where you are coming from for sure 😆

  67. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha 😀

  68. rico says:

    Not so good for the Bouldy Boys 😦

  69. Irishgunner says:

    Haven’t heard of Yennaris and Hajrovic before….

  70. Irishgunner says:

    Didn’t realise Merida’s contract was up the end of this season. Atletico Madrid are in for him according to Sky.

  71. rico says:

    Irish, bloody heck, I didnt either, I thought he had been tied down – if we let him go to AM, I think I will cry 😦

    I havent heard of those two either, its amazing how many youngsters we have hidden in the cupboard

  72. rico says:

    I am not sure they are right about his contract Irish

  73. Irishgunner says:

    I don’t remember Merida been in under the list of new signees though Rico – Van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Gibbs, Wilshere, Ramsey, Bendtner – and of course Cesc is tied down till he’s 90 🙂

    Surely someone of his talent won’t be allowed out on a freebie

  74. rico says:

    😆 re Cesc…

    I am wrong Irish, he has said he has rejected an contact extension offer from us, I think he has had a good time playing in the WC and wants more playing time with us. I think he and ramsey are not far off either, I really hope he keeps his head and just looks at Cesc for the perfect example..

    I think also that its another story that has got a little bit twisted – he has to stay, he is one of the best players in the second string we have, I would honestly rather see him than Diaby – is he back in the UK now?

  75. Irishgunner says:

    Yep – Spain got knocked out by Italy.

    Merida should bide his time, with the CC and CL coming back into full swing again and of course the FA Cup starting Wenger will need to rotate.

  76. rico says:

    I remember my days of playing sport, and we used to have big competitions with bigger and better clubs participating – as I have always said, I played my sport at a very low level, so low, some other clubs used to want me to go play for them 😉

    That used to really boost my ego and make me want to play better, almost to show the other clubs just what they really were missing out on – but also it makes the club you are at realise that you could go, but you don’t want to, so look after me well..

    Are these players, in this case Merida really any different when they say its good to hear other clubs would like to buy them…

    But Athletico Madrid Fran, they are not a better club than us, just hang fire, your time in our first team is not so very far away

  77. rico says:

    Spot-on Irish ;)We have so many games to play, he will feature in many at some stage – I think he will be the perfect player to use when resting Cesc…

    You watching the Wales game ?? 1-1 with Italy Finland

  78. Irishgunner says:

    Wales are playing Finland I thought? Or are you talking underage?

    When I was playing under-age GAA (Irish games) the opposition used to claim I was overage even though i was one of the youngest on the pitch, it was a bitch for them I was so much better – once the ref told me I had the pass the ball once I got it, not to dribble to give the other team a chance 🙂

  79. rico says:

    😳 For a laugh I tried to delete Italy, look how my last comment ended up 🙂 😆

  80. Irishgunner says:

    😆 cheater 😀

  81. rico says:

    Ha ha Irish – what a ref, what a twurp he was 😉

  82. rico says:

    I realised I was wrong, honest Irish 😉 But only because a voice over my shoulder suggested I put my specs on 😉 I wanted to just have a line through the word Italy, needless to say it went wrong 😆

  83. avenell says:

    How to save £11.99 or whatever it is on the day..

  84. Irishgunner says:

    I remember that game I scored 10 goals and 2 points, for a finish they stuck me into goals.

    Another time they took myself and another girl off at half-time because we were giving some crowd a hiding to nothing.

    All changed once I got to U18s and up, then they just beat you around the pitch – great craic though, I miss playing hurling 😦

  85. rico says:

    To tell the truth – it was a comment like

    wtf you watching Finland v’s Wales for, no wonder you have a headache 😆

  86. Irishgunner says:


    It was a pleasure as always chatting but I must be off to get coffee, ice-cream, crisps, chocolate and whatever else is needed to get me through the borefest that will be Ireland versus Italy.

    Having said that: C’MON YOU BOYS IN GREEN, COME ON YOU BOYS IN GREEN :mrgreen:

    Laters folks 😉

  87. JonJon says:

    is anyone about??

  88. rico says:

    Come on the Irish 😛 Stuff the Italians…

    JonJon, good to see you 🙂

  89. JonJon says:

    hey rico..

    good glad your on…wanted to say nice post..your getting good at this…

    i think if gallas or vermy get injured wenger will be screwed…

    he knows he can move song back there..but songs making a name for himself in the middle…hes gonna do a flamini this year i fully believe in that…i dont think wenger will want to move song back…i think hes a permanent piece in the midfield jigsaw…

    when nasri returns it will be curtians for denilson and diaby…songs got that position filled..

    i think wenger wanted JD to play backup CB with song as emergency backup…senderos obviously doesnt fit in to his plans and i think silvestre is only being played in the CC to bring experience to the youngsters(which i think is a good idea)

    but JDS out for the season…i think wenger might get a CB in jan…

    he might put senderos back there to earn a new contract but he’ll have to prove himself first…he aint gettin no games yet in any comp so i dont think wenger is seeing enough in training to warrent him a place…in which case we dont want him in the team….

    senderos is a good defender and could make it but if he doesnt want to stay at the club then why play him??

  90. rico says:

    Well, JJ came and went and I am sad 😦

    I have to follow in the footsteps of Irish and get my nacks and stuff ready for a night of Strictly 😉 Hope all is well in JJ world 🙂

    Also, Rasp has not been around for a couple of days, hope you are ok wherever you are Rasp…

    Catch you later peeps 🙂

    Come on Tuffers – you Gooner you 🙂

  91. rico says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 JJ is back, blow the pre Strictly preps, I am staying 🙂

  92. rico says:

    ‘senderos is a good defender and could make it but if he doesnt want to stay at the club then why play him??’

    Spot on JJ, when he was in Italy, he spouted off about how happy he was, purely in hope of Milan keeping him – well they didn’t and we know why, he just isnt as good as he thinks he is. Like London said earlier, he is very slow, and he is a couple of seconds behind in his recovery time..

    I dont want Song to be a defender, I want him to stay exactly where he is, he is growing week by week and Cesc seems happy alongside him. Mind you I think the return of Rosicky has given him a boost too, its the old Cesc back..

    Silvestre shone in the CC – very shrewd move by AW – but don’t let that fool you Arsene, put him in the big games and he will expose his weaknesses, none of us want to see that, or him to experience that …

    Thanks re the post JJ, I went into the garden this morning thinking about a new post, having done the chickens porridge, I came up with the headline… the rest just followed. My posts lack substance I know, but I enjoy doing them…

  93. JonJon says:

    and damn gallas hello mate

    i disagree with your comment about us excelling with two DM’s…i think when we play with two DM’s we hinder ourselves…like last year when we played song denilson and diaby all at the same time…we couldnt create or score goals and we got a reputation for playing the crab football…

    the reason why we are smashing teams now is cos denilson is injured so we only have song holding, so it gives us an extra attacker and with cesc rosicky and AK creating we are on fire…

    we dont need two DMs….song does well enough on his own…we play better and more direct and fluent..

  94. JonJon says:

    your doing just fine rico..your posts are very you, which in itelf adds substance to it…

  95. rico says:

    Thank ….. I have thought that JJ, but didnt dare write it, Song though does remind me of Gilberto, he was slow 😉 😉 BUT he did cut out so many oppositions attacks, and that is because he could read the game. Song is perhaps similar in the way he reads what is going on and makes just the odd one or two critical interceptions that for the team could have been a disaster – we cant ever know, but I like to think so.

    Gilberto also used to stray with his pass, Song does that too, but even that is getting less frequent. Song also plays a sidewards pass, but the difference between his and Denislon’s is that Song passes sideways only after his he looked ahead and seen no advantagous option – and can we complain??

  96. JonJon says:

    ive got a feeling wenger will sign a few players in jan…we could see a CB a CM and a CF…

    vieira and chamkakaka on the cheap and a big name CB..another tommy adams

  97. rico says:

    JJ – you are making me blush 😉 😉

  98. JonJon says:

    its true rico..

    everyone brings something different to the table with their blog personality….everyone has a certain style that shows in the way they write….they add their personality to the post…which gives it an essence..

    your post was very good and it had a tint of rico to top it off.. 😉

  99. rico says:

    I think the Matudi deal will happen JJ, his manager is in the paps saying he will go but not on the cheap – he’s worried. Maybe it was all done and dusted in the summer but a behind the scenes agreement to wait until Jan.

    Chamakh – This man has to join us, and I still think we need him. Ok, Nik got one last weekend, Dudu has got one I think, Robin has just realised where the goal is, but our goals are mainly coming from TV and the midfield – which is just what we need, but if we had a ruthless striker, and I think Chamakh is just that, we would destroy other teams, not just beat them.

    Lokk at the two games in Manchester – do you think we would have lost those if we had a goal scorer back then ??

  100. JonJon says:

    i think denilson offers alot as a DM..he does make alot of interceptions…but you need need a presence about you…songs more physical and gets about a bit..hes hard to beat and wins alot of strong tackles…

    denilson doesnt have that presence…players arent afraid of playing against denilson..whereas songs getting a little name for himself..

    songs got that spot…denilson will be keeping the bench warn when he gets back..

  101. JonJon says:

    the games in manchester…

    against mancity yes…if we would of had a goalscorer we would have one..but we did score two against a 250mil quid team on their was at the back we messed that one up..

    utd, yes and no…we could have won that one nil…that had one nil wrote all over it and then mistakes at the back again cost us..utd only had one shot at goal all game and that was in the 99th minute cos we were gungho… maure scored two goals without having a shot… it was a freak result..

  102. rico says:


    I always saw Denilson as a Cesc understudy, I learned quickly he is not…

    Do you think Song is defensive JJ, I don’t – I think he thinks he is a old mans version of Paddy ( by that i mean slower) He loves to tackle, bring the ball out and start an attacking move. But he is so clumbsy sometimes, but looks so innocent in what he does – I love him 🙂

    The one thing I am proud of is sticking up for him 2/3 years ago on the site we all met (thank you p&g)not many say that 😉 :halo:

  103. JonJon says:


    yeah i was one of those who bashed him..but hes proved me glad though cos it means you like him more…fans will always love a player whos proved them wrong..

    i think he is more defensive rico…he can play ball, but his defensive skills are stronger than his attacking….he likes to go forward and so he should cos he’s a midfielder but i think his main focus is to defend…alot like bertie used to…

  104. avenell says:

    Hi JJ.. I never refreshed the page from a few hours ago.. and here you are.

  105. rico says:

    JJ, thats just how I feel about Nikki B too, I so want him to prove me wrong 😉

    Is kelsey around ?? Where, I cant see you

    ave, take a reprimand 😉

  106. rico says:

    Woops, sorry ave, I missed your – how to save money comment earlier, how rude was I 😉

  107. JonJon says:

    hey ave.. shit without footy aint it?

  108. JonJon says:

    im watching the russia germany game.. wanna see AK. 🙂

  109. rico says:

    What about Toure then, knobber!! The once loved player fondly known as Kolo says that £££££££ Lardy begged him to join up in MoneyChester!!!

  110. avenell says:

    It is jonjon and I have no ESPN to watch ak47..

    Rico it’s on.. 🙂

  111. avenell says:

    Robert Green sent off hahahaha.. 🙂

  112. JonJon says:

    i said he could go get stuffed when he left us…i never regarded him as a legend once he signed for citeh..

  113. avenell says:

    Tosser Lennon taken off for James.. 🙂

  114. avenell says:

    But that tosser Shevshanko missed the penalty.. 😦

  115. rico says:

    Serious ave, Green sent off already :):)

    Im not watching ave, I have no interest, just tuned into AA’s game and they are losing 😦

  116. rico says:

    I have to be honest, I only want Ireland to win for Irish – all the rest who have our very own in i want them to be knocked out so they have a good rest next summer – how selfish 😉

  117. JonJon says:

    are we playing?

  118. peachesgooner says:

    Hey hey, I’m back, been in the jungle and found Iguanans……..whats happening…………..

  119. rico says:

    JJ, thats my man, who is Lardy and Toure anyway 🙂

    Hope Mrs JJ is enjoying a calm two weeks without footie 😉

  120. rico says:

    No JJ, Arsenal play next saturday 😉 😉

    England are on though 🙂

  121. rico says:

    Hi peaches, I thought you were in USA not in Im a Celebrity get me out of here 😉 😉

  122. peachesgooner says:

    Hi JonJon – how are you…long time no speak

  123. avenell says:

    England are losing.. 🙂

  124. JonJon says:

    ahh yes the international game which i have no interest in and i wasnt paying anyone to watch them play cheeky sods…i fall asleep watching them the best of times i aint going to pay to do it..

    and mrs jonjon is moody..but im staying out of her way..

    hi fine how are you..

  125. peachesgooner says:

    Been to see some native florida planting around an amazing lake….the Iguanas kept walking in and out of the water……big ones and babies… sweet. Some were green but one was a kind of sandy colour with orange markings and had a beautiful neck arrangement….if the photo is any good i’ll send it through…..

    Ukraine have scored from a powerful shot

  126. rico says:

    JJ – she just needs TLC – oh and maybe a bit of help with the ironing, cooking, promises to make sunday lunch wouldn’t go amiss ;)Maybe draw a bath for her with candles and scented oils, or Radox/bubble bath if that is to hand 😉 Mrs JJ is not moody JJ, she is under loved 😉 😉 😉

  127. JonJon says:

    russia just denied two blatent was on AK by ballack…there was afters and AK decked him..quality..

    wow peaches you really in the USA..what time is it over there?? 2.00AM??

  128. avenell says:

    JJ.. don’t listen to rico.. treat her mean keep her keen.. 😉

  129. rico says:

    peaches – you sure that wasn’t Rasp, he hasn’t been on for a few days 😉 😉

    RASP are you green and sandy 🙂

  130. rico says:

    Stay out of it Ave, go run a bath for Mrs Ave 🙂

  131. JonJon says:

    pregnant women are scary rico…i cant do right for doing wrong…

    im watching the super league final now.. lol

    id rather watch rugby than england..

  132. peachesgooner says:

    Hi JonJon, yes I’m really in the States and definitely don’t listen to ave, you lavish every ounce of love you can muster on your good lady…….ave – you bad man 😦

    Sending you the iguanans – i think 😀

    Its 1pm and scorching 😛 poor me 😳

  133. rico says:

    They are not JJ, its you!! Ask Mrs JJ what she would like, then you get it right 😉 😉 😉 Maybe 😆

    I would rather watch paint dry than England, but I do want them to do well.. Its the country of my birth

  134. JonJon says:


    mrs JJ has a massive bump as proof of how much ive loved her… 😆

  135. peachesgooner says:

    JJ – that was the easy part 😉

  136. JonJon says:

    i know rico…im going to ring her as soon as the rugbys over and tell her i want to listen to her needs…. so if she puts the dinner on and runs me a bath i’ll be home in an hour and we’ll talk 😉

  137. rico says:

    JJ 😛 😛

  138. rico says:

    Hi peaches….

  139. JonJon says:

    peaches..the oceans roared,the mountains crumbled, fireworks exploded into the sky, even the neighbours needed a cig afterwards….

    it was by no means easy.. 😉

  140. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico – the internet kept crashing in this third world country yesterday and I wrote you a nice comment that didn’t get through.

    I was near you on Tuesday at Thrive in Beech Hill. Do you know anything about Thrive? I realised while I ws driving there that it must be a complete nightmare for you to get to the Emirates

  141. avenell says:

    JJ.. A whole teaspoon full.. 😉

  142. peachesgooner says:

    You fibber JJ, I don’t believe a word of it 😉

  143. peachesgooner says:

    OMG I’ve just been offered a Spinach Bagel!!!!!

    These yanks really know how to eat 🙂

  144. peachesgooner says:

    ave – did you get my pics?

  145. avenell says:

    I did .. and I have replied.. They don’t look at all like Raspno..

  146. JonJon says:

    yeah ave..

    the teaspoon would have was a majestic performance.. 😆

  147. avenell says:

    I’m so glad that england play in spud colours.. makes it so easy to want them to lose.. 🙂

  148. JonJon says:

    whats the score??

  149. rico says:

    😦 peaches, bloomin 3rd world 😉

    It is a nightmare, and I am about 22 miles further away from The Emirates than Beech Hill, honestly I wish so very much that we could go to the footie, but its just so difficult 😦

  150. avenell says:

    Senderos scored 2 goals for the swiss.. 🙂

    and Fab gets a corking chip for Spain.. oh no the rumours will be in full flow next week.. 😦

  151. rico says:

    peaches – try the bagel, I bet its lovely 🙂

    I am off guys and gals, dinner to cook, eat and get ready for………

    Da da da da da da da, da da da da da da……

    Strictly 😛

    Have a fab evening, which ever country you are in 😉

  152. avenell says:

    England are 1-0 down with 10 men .. pay attention..

  153. avenell says:

    Is Sting coming around rico?

  154. kelsey says:

    I am here, thanks ave. Secret way of blogging called the invisible ink.

    Hi everyone else.

    JJ quite right about Russia, 2 stone wall penalties denied within a minute.

    Cesc has scored the opener and I will say his slowly just for peaches, Send dare ros has scored TWICE.

  155. JonJon says:

    so both sendy and cesc are off to real then???

  156. kelsey says:

    oh those naughty pics again, peaches 😉

  157. kelsey says:

    i must say cesc still looks glum.

    instead of the togonator we have the toblerone striker.

  158. peachesgooner says:

    Hi kelsey – how are you honey 😉

    Well done Phillipe – how exciting 2 goals 😀

    Ave must have published the pics on the net already – said he couldn’t put them on the blog…..yeah right 😛

  159. peachesgooner says:

    The spinach bagel was delicous – only its green…. theres a way I’m not sure it would have a wide appeal 😉

  160. Rasputin says:

    Who’s been talking about me? what pics? I didn’t do it … I wasn’t there … I’ll sue …..

  161. kelsey says:

    i see you have an american accent already, peaches,tomato or tomato.

  162. avenell says:

    You certainly live up to your name.. 😉

  163. avenell says:

    This is more like friends

  164. kelsey says:

    i suppose you are in thailand rasp 😉

  165. JonJon says:


  166. Rasputin says:

    I am now officially a ladyboy 😉

  167. kelsey says:

    we knew that already 🙂

  168. kelsey says:

    I have the eldest son arriving with his wife in about half an hour, and do they like eating, i mean masses.

  169. peachesgooner says:

    Hey rasp – I’ve been in the jungle and found me some Iguanas 😉

  170. JonJon says:

    are you really in thailand rasp??

    watch out for One-Ung Low.. shes not a real woman.. 😉

  171. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – are you in Thailand?

  172. peachesgooner says:

    You’re all going to disappear now and watch X factor – all except ave cos I know he doesn’t watch it…..

  173. avenell says:

    But Kylie and Danni are on (well they were last week). Have I ever told you about one of my ambitions? 😉

  174. avenell says:

    You can tell that Mrs Ave is out.. 🙂

    But she reads this when I am in the bath.. 😦

  175. peachesgooner says:

    Its a good job you have an edit button then 🙂

    I think you’ll only be getting an eyefull of Danni though tonite 🙂

    Can you find me Phillipes goals? And there I was gonna have to change my avatar – what a legend 😛 😛 😛

  176. peachesgooner says:

    Thanks ave – sweet header, what a star 🙂

  177. avenell says:

    Your avatar changes slower than Senderos runs though..

    Wait for the lack.. 😉

  178. peachesgooner says:

    Do you mind if I go and have a swim ave? I’ll check in later incase anyone wants to have a late night chat 😉

  179. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches ….. Igianas are not native to florida but exotic pets that have escaped and become naturalised – I believe they are becoming a bit of a nuisance!

  180. peachesgooner says:

    How clever are you….. 🙂

  181. peachesgooner says:

    How about Geckos – they’re everywhere. There were turtles swimming with the koi and the Iguana just sat on the side watching 😉

  182. rico says:

    I was only joking about Rasp being all funny coloured 😦

  183. peachesgooner says:

    Its ok rico hes a bit of a chameleon 🙂

    What time is X factor on?

  184. avenell says:

    Everyone have a look in girlie bits peaches lizards are in there .. not the first 4 pics though (cock up)

  185. avenell says:

    Flash arse Mrs Ave came home.. 😦 ..

  186. rico says:

    🙂 peaches, i think its on now, but i dont watch it..

    I am off for the night now though, Rasp, good to see you, I have been having a worry 😦

    Nighty night all

  187. peachesgooner says:

    Bye rico

    In that case I’m gonna catch a ray – I’ll pop in later but I can be reached by text 😆

  188. Rasputin says:

    X Factor hasn’t started yet. Nite nie rico – sleep tight 🙂

    I wanted to be Gerald Durrel when I was a kid…. but collecting for zoos is not PC any more 😦

    peaches, have you come across any kids playing battling banjos?

  189. peachesgooner says:

    ????????? what rasp ?????????????

  190. Rasputin says:

    Didn’t you see Deliverance peaches?

  191. avenell says:

    Yeah I quite liked yazoo..

  192. peachesgooner says:

    So, I went to the pool and you all went away 🙂

    Rasp – I don’t get the ‘Deliverance’ reference – did Burt Reynolds meet some Iguanas on the road? 😉

  193. peachesgooner says:

    …….yazoo – you got me there ave 😀

  194. peachesgooner says:

    But……oh boy I just got introduced to a Saki martini – thats a sweet drink and I had 2…… with any luck I’ll get to have another before I go home 🙂

    Its no fun talking to myself 😦 I’ll catch you tmoro. nite nite

  195. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters.. off for the gossip

  196. rico says:

    Cesc has ruled him out Spains game on Wednesday, hoorah 🙂 The down side he has cited family reasons for his absence – hope there is nothing wrong 😦 Hopefully he just wants bowl of Mammas home cooked Paella 😉

  197. rico says:

    Arsene Wenger looks like changing the habit of a lifetime by abandoning Arsenal’s tranquil pre-season training camps in Austria and joining the inter-continental globetrotters of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea on a lucrative tour in Asia or the USA.

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gatzidis is determined to maximise the commercial revenue at the club and is expected to make a compelling case to Wenger, who, as an economics graduate, will fully appreciate the importance of adding another £10m to the bottom line of the club’s profits…

  198. rico says:

    Hleb is on his way to England – only for his country though 😉 He again saying he should never have left us, we all knew that, lets hope other players who think the grass might be greener where the sun shines are listening to him!!

    ie – Clichy, RM are talking up offering 16M for him in the summer…

  199. rico says:

    France managed to scrape a 5-0 victory with wee Willy on the score sheet 🙂

  200. rico says:

    Good news is that I can’t find any reports of injuries, hoorah, now just the silly wednesday games to get through…

  201. rico says:

    Blimey Stephen Gately has died while on holiday in Majorca – 33 years old…

    Thats shocking – RIP Stephen..

  202. rico says:

    Sunday Express – October 11,2009

    HE may be one of the most revered managers in the Premier League, but Arsene Wenger has been warned that second best is no longer acceptable for Arsenal.

    The blunt message for the Gunners’ longest-serving boss to end the club’s four-year trophy drought this season comes directly from the Emirates hierarchy. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis turned up the pressure on Frenchman Wenger when he said:

    “It’s absolutely our ambition to win a trophy this year.

    “Second, third or fourth isn’t good enough. We want to win something this season and we believe we have the squad to do that.”

    Since lifting the FA Cup in 2005, Wenger’s men have lost a Champions League and a Carling Cup final while never fi nishing higher than third in the league. Gazidis said: “We have created a team playing fantastic football.

    “Now it’s very important for us to focus strongly on winning something for the fans.

    “This club exists for the fans and they don’t care about fi nancial reports, they care about what happens on the pitch.”

    Meanwhile, Gazidis has played down suggestions that a hostile takeover scrap involving American Stan Kroenke and Russian Alisher Usmanov is about to kick off.

    He said: “There are different shareholders but I’ve not sensed any fundamental differences in

  203. JonJon says:

    hi rico,

    haha ive jut read my e-mail, thank you..x

    gazidis needed to do something like thati feel…for a few years now teams like manure and chelsea have been strides ahead of us on the commercial side of the game..we have a beautiful stadium and play beautiful football, but we have never advertised ourselves..

    ive said this from the start but going globel would be the next step for us…and i think gazidis had that aura about him when he arrived, that he wants to take us to that next nevel…

    imagine playing our football abroad in preseason in somewhere like the US..we’d spellbound them with our flair…they’d love us and if we conquer the US i think it would be fair to say we have made it global…then the money roles in with it…

    have preseason in america and still have the emirates cup and weve made 15-20mil before the season has begun…then qualification for europe-and thats 50mil…before september…

    it invovles alot of travelling but for that sort of cash, would you turn it down.. our put in the extra shift???

  204. JonJon says:

    as for that comment by gazidis on trophys..i agree with him…but ive always heard wenger say the same…they go into every game to win…

    i dont really think its a pop at wenger, i think its in agreement with him….

    an i think we will win something this year, i think wenger knows he made a mistake in the FA cup last year and he’ll go after every trophy, and get one just to shut us all up..maybe 2..or 3.. 🙂

    sod it lets win the lot.. 😉

  205. rico says:

    Morning JJ, popped off to poop the chickens out!!

    You just read my email from 2008 😉

    I think its a good move, but only if its not just before the start of the season, hopefully they will tour before the Emirates Cup and be over any tiredness, after all they have such a hard life 😉

    But yes more money to be made, and we get our name branded around a bit more – no doubt Stan is behind this..

    I like Gazidis comments about the fans not caring about the finances, he is dead right too. Maybe he will spend some money and make actions speak louder than his words… Finally 🙂

  206. rico says:

    I think we will win something, unless he changes his view on the CC, I cant honestly see us winning that as we will be a prem club who will play their first eleven. But any of the others, maybe all of the others 😉

  207. JonJon says:

    it would be a good experience for the reserves as well..we would need as many players as possible in that sort of preseason…but it would be an extra incentive for kids to join us..

    at arsenal they would get the chance to travel the world..

    yeah 2008 rico.. 😆 sorry, im really bad with them,ave will tell you,it used to drive him nuts..e-mails arent my thing, i only created one so i could get on the blogs. i dont use it for anything else..

  208. rico says:

    Dont worry JJ, I knew you were anti email stuff, I think its really funny 🙂 Thought it was only me in this world who didn’t really do computers 🙂

  209. JonJon says:

    you are not alone rico, 😉

    ive just read that fergies comments were seen as’weaseling’ his way out of what he said about refs…but they want to sue him and have him banned from the touchline..hahahahaha…fergies in for a shock…i can see a three game ban and a slice out of his bank account…

    vela scored a little paochers goal last night..just seen it…hes gotta be in wengers plans for the future,i really like him..

  210. rico says:

    Bloody computers on a slow day 😦 Keeps freezing, and on such a mild morning… 😉

    I hope they throw the book at him JJ, its not the first time after all

  211. JonJon says:

    your right rico…fergie hits out at the ref all the time…hes gone too far…

  212. rico says:

    There are many other ways the refs will get their own back too JJ, hope its when we play them next 😛

  213. JonJon says:

    yeah rico..hes pissed them all off…he gets 7minutes injury time and phantom penalties all the time….and he slaggs them all off… muppet..haha

  214. rico says:

    I look forward to seeing the outcome of Fergie v’s The FA and The Refs old man’s club 😉

    Got to pop out for a while, shopping to do, hopefully it will be quiet..

    Catch up with you later JJ, you must be due to make breakfast and take it to Mrs JJ with a nice rose 😉 😉

  215. raif says:

    hey roadsters,, how are you all doing.?

    i hope you guys are well. sorry i havent been on for a while ive been so busy since i got back from holiday with the move and a few other problems that has been rather stressful to say the least.

    as for arsenal im looking forward to get these inter bore football out the way get back to some real football.

  216. London says:

    The Emirates Cup in the USA… there’s a holiday that I could look forward to.

  217. peachesgooner says:

    I was thinking the same thing……I’ve been trying to convince my sister-in-law that watching guys kick a ball around without protective clothing is a worth-while persuit 😉

    Gonna need a few more days though…..hard life……

  218. rico says:

    Hi raif – sorry to have missed you, hope things settle down for you soon and you get back with us blogging about our fine team – take care, hope you and your family are well 🙂

    Hi peaches & London

  219. peachesgooner says:

    London – I see you commented on the ‘Why hasn’t Kroenke paid for his shares discussion’……

    I think its makes the board look like amateurs that they should allow someone to takeover shares and not pay for them……..why would a successful business do that?

    Who is really in control here?

    My money is still on David Dein……..

  220. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico – its so weird being so many hours behind you….I’ve just had breakfast…….

  221. London says:


    Thanks for responding, I thought it had gone over everyone’s head.

    I agree they did look amateurish especially when you consider the comments made by Hill-Wood about Kroenke and the subsequent u-turn.

    As to why would a successful business do that? In view of a potential hostile takeover by Usmanov it seems to me that were prepared to swallow a lot of pride in order to keep control — which, we shouldn’t forget, they still have.

    I always say the same thing about David Dein: he is like a sub on the bench waiting to come on if needed.

  222. rico says:

    It must be real strange peaches, how was ‘the bagel’ 😉

    I didnt see the comment about shares, was it somewhere other than here 😉

  223. rico says:

    You all gone again, so Im off to cook supper, catch you later

  224. London says:

    Has anyone seen the Catherine Tate show when the husband and wife are sitting on a sofa talking about food they have encountered on their travels…….Spinach bagel! Spinach… a bagel?…the dirty bastards.

  225. avenell says:

    Hi Roadsters.

    London.. Peaches internet connection has gone down.. then she will carry on the conversation when she is up and running again.. 🙂

  226. peachesgooner says:

    Thanks ave sweetie 🙂

    Being a smoked salmon and cream cheese kinda gal its interesting that the states has given us bagels in almost ’57’ varieties. I can recommend the spinach variety butin its favour it did taste like a real bagel which unfortunately is hard to find in the UK.

    London – what I wrote earlier that disappeared was that having run the Arsenal board scenario by my brother who is a ‘player’ in the states he reckons that someone must be running this behind the scenes.

    My concern is how David Dein gets back in as it would seem that the best way would be through buying Lady Ninas shares but as she blew the whistle on him – as far as we know – that looks unlikely.

    I love a conspiracy theory so I’m still thinking that DD is involved – how could he walk away from Arsenal after so many years…….

  227. peachesgooner says:

    In fact I’m sure I wrote a post about it sometime ago 🙂

    Anyone about – ave you must want to have a rant about David Dein 😉

  228. London says:

    Someone running it behind the scenes!

    In fear of a hostile take over the board championed Kroenke, realising he wasn’t the majority share holder Fizman sold him some of his. It was a simple plan devised and executed by the board to keep control — which they have.

    I do agree with you on one thing: David Dein did not walk away — he was sacked (from the board). That doesn’t mean he had to sell his shares in Arsenal, he chose to sell them — to Usmanov. David Dein is as much involved in the running of Arsenal as Perry Groves is involved in picking the team.

  229. kelsey says:

    Good Morning,

    I have read the article in The Sunday Times very carefully with regards to the payment of shares by Kroenke. I discussed this a few weeks back as it bemused me.

    The key to the article is the phrase “said a source close to the board.No one in business would sell millions of pounds worth of stock, without a clear idea as to when payment would be made, so my guess is that Kroenke has agreed a date when payment would be made, which is not unusual in business practice or the board has suggested to Kroenke that as he is near to the 30%,if Usmanov makes his move,the board sells Kroenke one more share.Kroenke may this that he doesn’t have the ready cash at he moment,but it is agreed he can prolong the payment until the payment is called in.This safeguards the fact that if Usmanov bounces, Kroenke puts in his offer,and a deal is reached where kroenke sells back the shares to the board.

    A source close to the board is a malicious statement meaning it comes from Usmanov or Bracewell-Smith,and it’s been repeated before meaning someone is trying to destabilise the club.

  230. London says:

    Morning Kelsey

    This makes a great deal of sense.

    “No one in business would sell millions of pounds worth of stock, without a clear idea as to when payment would be made, so my guess is that Kroenke has agreed a date when payment would be made”

  231. rico says:

    Morning all

    I am staying out ot the shares debate as I don’t know enough about it 😦

    Anyone know what Cescs family trouble are ?

  232. rico says:

    I love this 🙂

    ENGLAND supporters have a new song for Rio Ferdinand – and it is not one he will like.
    To the tune of Duran Duran’s hit Rio they chant: “His name is Rio and he should be in the stands.”

  233. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and roosters …

    rico, re fabregas’ problems:

    “Fabregas will miss Spain’s clash with Bosnia on Wednesday, and it is still unclear whether he will be fit for club duty against Birmingham on Saturday.

    A family member commented that Fabregas’ grandfather was in a serious condition in hospital, and thanked everyone for their support and well wishes.”

  234. rico says:

    Morning Rasp

    Thanks for the Cesc bit, I didnt know – thats sad for him and his family … 😦

  235. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico,

    I’m sick of the double standards and ‘positive discrimination’ in world football. The disgraceful tapping up of Cesc from Barca continues unpunished and if the ‘flares on the pitch’ incident in the Ukraine had been in this country, we’d get the book thrown at us ……

  236. rico says:

    Couldnt agree more Rasp, its about time Gazidis took Barca and Madrid to task – now Athletico are doing it Merida as you said the other day..

  237. London says:


    I don’t mean to be pedantic but is it the Catalan club or the Catalan Media that is causing the trouble?


    If you were Fran’s agent and your job was to get the best deal possible for him at Arsenal how would you go about doing it?

  238. avenell says:

    Morning Roadsters..

    Arn’t we doing the same thing to Chamakh?

  239. rico says:

    Hi London, Ave

    London, I would sit down and talk to the club where I wanted to play my football – but I am critising AM for shouting about who they want to buy, but as you say, is it the clubs or the media?

    In Barca’s case, I blame Barca, same with RM, they use Marca to air their views. AM, I am not sure about..

    Ave – I dont think so, AW has said he wont be going back for him

  240. Rasputin says:

    Hi you pair of ‘devil’s advocate’s’ 😉

    Aren’t you supposed to look at everything through Arsenal tinted specs? 😛

    Well the point about the flares is well made….. it appears that incendiary devices are OK as long as you are from Eastern europe, racism is fine if you’re Spanish or Italian, and crowd violence is fine if you’re Polish…..

  241. London says:

    OOOpppps, you’re right, I forgot myself there for a moment. Where was I….hmmmm….ah yes…Wrighty’s post says it all.

    “Will you just F**K OFF? Seriously, isn’t it time Barcelona were done for tapping up?”


    We’ve got Cesc Fabregas, We’ve got Cesc Fabregas……

  242. London says:

    Oh, and Athletico can fuck off as well

    Now that feels better.

  243. London says:

    Note to self: must stop this liberal minded nonsense 😉

  244. rico says:

    London – that is much more like it 😉

  245. PDT says:

    Good afternoon!

    Sounds like London is becoming American!

  246. PDT says:

    Re the discussion earlier abou why the board has “sold” its shares to Kroenke on credit….

    Methinks this is a defensive move against the Uzbek – if the Uzbek does mount a bid, then Kroenke will have to buy a much smaller number of shares to cross the 30% mark and mount a counterbid.

  247. PDT says:

    Just realized that Kelsey has made the same point, somewhat more elegantly.

  248. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    I can’t see that there is any difference between Barca and Marca with regard to the ‘tapping-up’of Cesc – is one more guilty than the other?

  249. London says:


    This is probably going to come across as being rude but hay ho, you know me!

    Marca are Real Madrid’s mouth piece and there is more chance of Irish wearing a Glasgow Rangers shirt than there is of Marca helping Barça, so I think it would be fair to say that there is a difference.

  250. peachesgooner says:

    Back to the shares……

    Its widely accepted that Kroenke is taking ownership of shares to ward off an attempt by the Uzbek to takeover the club……….thats a given……..

    I still buy into the theory that a battle for Arsenal by Kroenke and Usmanov is the only way for Fizzman to come out smelling of roses and to get rid of Hill-Wood and that David Dein has accepted the role of the baddy but end up the Chairman….. 🙂

    David Dein was sacked for trying to bring in foreign investment in the form of Kroenke who the board now accept and who is poised to take over the club……very fishy if you ask me 😀

  251. peachesgooner says:

    Doh – sorry London, no offence taken……I was still wiping the sleep from my eyes.

    What I meant was surely the Catalan press are as much at fault as the Catalan club 🙂

  252. peachesgooner says:

    …..over Cesc that is…..did I get it right that time 😛

  253. peachesgooner says:

    Actually i think David Dein was sacked for trying to get Lady Nina to sell some of her shares to Kroenke in order for him to have a tiny toe in the door…..

  254. London says:

    That seems completely logical and possible to me, apart from Fizman wanting to get rid of Hill-Wood; who, as a minor share holder is in effect employed by Fizman, so it follows that Fizman could get rid of him anytime he choses. Hill-Wood is the ex-Etonian spokesman of the club and useful when the club needs to speak to banks and such like. I don’t understand what you think is fishy about it?

  255. peachesgooner says:

    London – Don’t you think its fishy that having said that Kroenke ‘isn’t our type’ Kroenke becomes the saviour of our club – its two-faced at the very least or maybe I see it like that because I’m a girl.

    How did something that was so wrong and unacceptable become right and acceptable?

  256. London says:

    No, I don’t see it as fishy at all, the board saw it as the only way to survive.

    As I said yesterday:

    Based on the fear of a possible Usmanov takeover the board decided that the only way they could keep their power and influence was to throw their lot in with Kroenke, hence the U turn.

    Having made this decision they faced the embarrassment of Usmanov owning more shares than Kroenke, something that had to be rectified if the board wanted to retain the outward appearance of the rightful decision makers of the club.

    The only way they could change this was for Fizman to offer Kroenke yet another tranche of his share holdings.

  257. peachesgooner says:

    ……..unless the ‘so wrong and unacceptable’ was a temporary front……to set the scene……for David Dein to take on the role of the baddy…..when all along he was the ‘mover and shaker’ at the club.

    Gasps of horror as David Dein is sacked for trying to bring a foreigner into the club and then remarkably the said foreigner is accepted – they should have got me to write the script I’m much better at subterfuge 🙂

  258. peachesgooner says:

    You’re no fun London – I’m writing a great story here 😆

  259. rico says:

    I reckon a very very rich Arab will soon come along ane buy us outright 🙂

  260. rico says:

    Tee Hee, only just seen this

  261. rico says:

    Rumour is we are going to steal this kid from under the blue noses of the chavs, they cant buy anyone so we will

    Romelu Lukaka – bet he is dubbed the new Kaka 😉

    Ok, that may be an old joke 😉

  262. peachesgooner says:

    rico – when I open it asks me if I want the usa version – obviously cos I’m in the states but why would you want both?

  263. Irishgunner says:

    Evening/Morning Peaches 😆

    So close to beating the world champions on Saturday night 😦

  264. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Irish – how did your game go? Was it good?

  265. Irishgunner says:


    Ireland went 1-0 up, Italy leveled, the on 86 mins Ireland went ahead and Italy equalised in injury time so its the play-off for us.

    Italy were far better, Ireland were nearly always defending but still when the team are so close to winning.

    The general consensus is that Ireland fancy our chances against any team but Russia – the Arshavin, Hiddink, long journey.

    Portugal – waining force who rely heavily on Ronaldo who is injured.

    France – managed by a madman.

    Greece – as boring as ourselves.

    I think we could face either Ukraine or Croatia as well – think they are both ahead of us in the standings

  266. Irishgunner says:

    Bleedin ‘ell 😯 Cesc and his sister and very freakishly alike

  267. Irishgunner says:

    *are (not and)

  268. rico says:

    peaches – you wouldn’t want both, if that costs the club money, what a waste 😦

    Irish – the likeness is really spooky ..

  269. Irishgunner says:

    It actually just looks like Cesc lol

  270. rico says:

    Wonder if she plays footie as well as him 😉

  271. peachesgooner says:

    I hope you get the one you want……

  272. Irishgunner says:

    No point in buying her – Barcelona would just set up a ladies team and try to buy her back….

  273. rico says:

    peaches – I dont understand 😦 I hope you get the one you want…… am i just being dim 😉

    😆 😆 Irish

  274. rico says:

    Talking of likeness, that link looks just like Young Guns…

  275. peachesgooner says:

    So it seems that one of the Iguanas I photoed up real close on saturday is in fact a Komodo Dragon – my sis-in-law is pretty upset that it should be allowed to roam free where we were and is uncomfotable about visiting the site again.

    If you look at the picks its the sandy coloured one and I was real close – Intrepid reporter thats me 🙂

  276. peachesgooner says:

    rico – Irish was telling me about the teams that could be drawn against them in the play-offs 😆

  277. rico says:

    😳 silly me peaches, I can be such a numpty at time 😉

  278. Irishgunner says:

    I don’t mind who we get (as long as its not Russia) No fear, nor fear – except of Arshavin and Hiddink 😆

    I’d like to get France, Monsieur Platini and all his changing of the rules would not like to see them knocked out by little old Ireland – he can stick his money and advertising up his backside

  279. rico says:

    peaches, that Iguana looks just like a chicken 😉 😉

    Great photo’s, they wont hurt you….. will they? 😉

  280. peachesgooner says:

    So, I’ve looked at pictures of Komodo Dragons and thats not what I saw on saturday – bloomin’ yanks 😦

    What I saw was like something out of Jurassic Park tho I have to say – wheres that rasputin when you need him?

    rasp – can you ident my lizard before my sis-in-law gets the area shut down 😉

  281. rico says:

    Did you know the green keeps the baddies from munching them ?

  282. peachesgooner says:

    The green ones are harmless but the other one……I don’t know…..rasp will probably say its native to china and took a wrong turn 😳

  283. rico says:

    peaches – in the USA, and the caribbean they are often kept as pets, they are harmless – they are just lizards, the same as you see climbling the walls of your terrace when in Greece, Spain and even here! we have a couple of them living nearby, they are sometimes around at night on the patio… 🙂

  284. rico says:

    I think they are vegetarians peaches, I am sure you are safe 🙂

  285. peachesgooner says:

    By all accounts Sharon Stones husband got bitten by a Komodo Dragon and thats why shes worried but the one I photographed on saturday had beautiful markings and a puffy neck thing – I do plants not natural history

    Heres the story as theres not much else to talk about 😉

  286. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches … its definitely not a komodo dragon … its an iguana, I can’t be sure, but it looks most like a marine iguana, tyhe common green iguana doesn’t tend to have such a fine row of spines along its back unless you were lucky enough to find a handsome male 😉

  287. Irishgunner says:

    ” such a fine row of spines along its back unless you were lucky enough to find a handsome male” – The male was trying to catch Peaches eye by sticking out his spines?! 😯

  288. Rasputin says:

    Don’t they do that in Ireland Irish? 🙄

  289. Irishgunner says:

    Nope, they’d be carted off to confession on a Sunday.

  290. rico says:

    They don’t in Manchester or Liverpool, they are all spineless 😉

  291. Irishgunner says:

    😆 Rico

  292. rico says:

    Irish – I couldnt help myself 😉

    The Hunter is going up for auction in January, can you believe it 😉

  293. Irishgunner says:

    Yep – Doing well in Holland is nearly a death bell now for one’s career although he hasn’t really got a fair chance with either Madrid or Milan.

    I don’t think he’d fit in with Arsenal’s play, he’s a bit slow at times. Bendtner has good potential and is worth sticking with imo.

  294. rico says:

    Irish – just typed a bloomin long reply to your last and its gone 😦

    Basically – he should have stayed the club where he shone 😉

    Off to get supper now, catch you later

  295. peachesgooner says:

    Thanks rasp, sorry I missed your reply…..I went to meet my nephew from school 🙂

    Wow, a male who wants to show me his spines…..unusual eh 😆

  296. Big Raddy says:

    I am off on holiday as well. Italy for 10 days.

    Birmingham. 4-0 to the rip-roaring Gunners. RvP 2. AA and Theo

    Peaches. If you have found a male with more than one spine ….. Happy Days !

  297. Irishgunner says:

    Oh I love Italy … well Milan.

    Enjoy it BR – hope you get some fine weather.

  298. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Raddy – have a great trip, I reckon I’m a lucky girl right – he might be a bit slimey but hey ho…. 🙂

  299. Irishgunner says:

    Slimey with spines – nice 😆

  300. peachesgooner says:

    Do you think he likes football too 😛

  301. Irishgunner says:

    Slimey with spines and likes football??? Is it Jose Mourinho??

    😆 I must go do some packing or it’ll be saturday before I know it 😉

  302. peachesgooner says:

    I’m going to the pool, have a nice evening all, catch up tmoro ….. 🙂

  303. rico says:

    Morning Roadsters


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