The day before the big day….

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 Here’s your New Post  🙂

Welcome to England Barcelona but you will fall!!!

We don’t play until tomorrow but already my stomach is in knots just thinking about Arsenal v’s Barcelona,
The Champions League quarter final, Round 1!!

Will Arshavin be fit? Will Diaby be fit? Will the little man who captains our side be fit??

I think it’s important all three are, but then we all think that don’t we…

We need to have a strong eleven available, Vermaelen is back, Song should slot back into the middle alongside Cesc which should mean….. a proper midfield, not a Denilson in sight!

Arsene has been talking about Cesc, about how he came to steal him away from his boyhood club…

Back in 2003, the Arsenal manager travelled to Finland for the Under-17s World Cup in order to run the rule over, among others, a blossoming young midfielder in the Spanish team.

Fabregas had Barcelona in his blood and was rising rapidly through the ranks at the Nou Camp alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.

Spain did not lift the trophy that year but Fabregas came home with the individual honours. He won the Golden Boot as top scorer and was voted Player of the Tournament for his overall contribution.

Twelve days after losing to Brazil in the Final, the 16-year-old signed for Arsenal.

Ahead of Barcelona’s visit to Emirates Stadium for the Champions League Quarter-Final first leg, Wenger recalled that first impression.

“I couldn’t go to watch a youth team game at Barcelona because they would not have welcomed me,” he said before the weekend trip to Birmingham. “So I could only watch him in the Under-17 national team.

“You could see straight away that his vision of the game was exceptional. He was physically a little bit weak at the time but he could score goals.

“I do not know if there were other teams in for him. We were just first and players want to join us because they feel they have a chance to play. Many young players want to join us because of that.”

Yep, that whole chit chat from our boss was solen from the afc website 🙂

Great news we have all heard is about though is Cesc Fabregas, this week he has said he is not going anywhere in the summer. This same man will be all  for showing Barcelona just why they should never let him go. Its also about letting them know just how happy he is at Arsenal…. Maybe then Barcelona will finally get the message!!

Tomorrow’s a big day, a very big day – and in more ways than one…..

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128 Responses to The day before the big day….

  1. rico says:

    Morning All…

    I’m getting nervous, i had a dream last night, we don’t win the league, but the Champions League is a whole different thing…..

  2. JonJon says:

    new post pmsl 😆

  3. rico says:

    Morning JJ – couldn’t resist 🙂

  4. Nemesis says:

    Love the intrigue….

    Doesnt even feel like there will be any games today

    Everybody is waiting for the big one

    The Nemesis’ Football Opera Fans Lineup prediction poll is open

    http://socceropera.blogspot.com/

    Cheers

  5. morning all
    cant really think about nothing else rico
    work is a side issue

  6. Jimi says:

    Leave denilson alone, he’s no song n certainly no fabregas but he’d slot into most premier league midfields with ease x

  7. http://bit.ly/93XtxW cesc as boy at barca dream of being pepe shame it all in spic

  8. rico says:

    morning rsd – i wish it was tonight, don’t you??

  9. rico says:

    Morning Jimi, good to see you here, agree he would slot into most, but imho he isn’t quite good enough to slot into ours… 😉

  10. teamouse says:

    arsenal will tie

  11. no rico
    another day to give cesc bruise’s time to go down.

  12. rico says:

    i was thinking tonight but with them all fit… i can’t wait…

  13. harryo says:

    morning. come on arsenal. dont like the way henry is doing a beckham and trying to make this match all about him. cesc and messi are the stars of this show

  14. rico says:

    morning harryo, he is putting more pressure on himself, maybe he is trying to do us a favour 😉

  15. harryo says:

    i dont think henry will play anyway. looks to be on his way out

  16. rico says:

    on the bench i expect, he has suggested he doesn’t want to play – he’ll be gone in the summer and we will get him on a free 🙂

  17. rico says:

    harryo, your link doesn’t work, i think you have some bits missing off of the end..

  18. please no we dont wont to pay his wifes alominy

  19. rico says:

    you just know it’s going to happen rsd, he will come back, ‘a new signing’ play a bit part and then get involved in the club – as long as we don’t over pay him i wouldn’t mind – he could teach our players how to score 😉

  20. Erick says:

    Morning all how be you good friends am its a big big one tomorrow especially if the Mancs got beat Come on Arsenal

  21. rico says:

    Morning Erick, i’m good thanks, you??

    Are you going to watch the mancs get beat tonight??

  22. Erick says:

    Wouldn’t miss it Rico especialy now that the time zone has changed and we are 2hours ahead so the games comes early 🙂 🙂 am getting in all the way

  23. will be interesting tonight robben and ribery look on fire.
    but you can bet saf will try and bore them off the pitch.
    morning safari

  24. Erick says:

    Henry will play even if its a cameo believe that 😦

  25. Erick says:

    Morning RSD Arsenal fan kills a Manc fan here after an argument

  26. rico says:

    I am going to try to, but i don’t think i will get my own way 😉

    Robben is a doubt rsd, but i think the mancs will lose but no doubt shrek will get a fluky away goal for them…

    I’m glad we are at home 1st leg..

  27. rico says:

    its lyon v bordeaux too, oh how to choose 😉

  28. its a double edged sword if we can keep it tight at the back at home.
    knowing we can goals count double in second leg can be an advantage but we have to keep it tight at home.

    hows that post going safari?

    are you putting up the rocky one tomorrow rico?

  29. Erick says:

    RSD trying trying school kind of an headache but i gave you my word and i always deliver 😉 believe that. Rico you cant miss the Mancs one it will be explosive, starting to have doubt abt the Chamaka guy we need a proven goal scorer

  30. rico says:

    It will be up tomorrow for sure rsd 🙂

  31. rico says:

    Erick, i will try, trust me…

    The chamakh rumours have died off, i am not sure its a done deal, Cartlon Cole’s name is about again, i would rather him than chamakh – he’s already used to the PL and would settle in easily..

    rsd, thats why i like to play away second, it could be all square right up to the 90th minute and we score, done and dusted and we go through… 🙂

  32. W.A.T.H says:

    Mornin all…

    The day b4 the big day… yep….. your so right Rico….! Raise a glass and think happy thoughts to the one and only Mr David Rocastle…..! Gone but never forgotten…!.

    Barca… who the fuck are barca…..??????

  33. rico says:

    Morning wath, you just stole my heading for tomorrow 🙂

  34. W.A.T.H says:

    I didnt steal a thing Rico….. you use what ever you want….! I won’t tell if you don’t….! 😉

  35. rico says:

    😆 – which game you watching tonight, mancs or the french?

  36. Erick says:

    Morning WATH been asking the same ? Barca who?

  37. rico says:

    i honestly believe we will win tomorrow, and theoppo won’t score either…

    sol is fit, tv is back ….

  38. right have to get the food in
    catch you guys later
    a trip to lidl joy

  39. rico says:

    its a strange day today, very quiet

  40. rico says:

    rsd, get some of their living salads, then plant them out in your garden, you can end up with about 40 plants and loads of summer salad 🙂

  41. W.A.T.H says:

    There u go RSD expert advice from the farm girl 🙂

  42. Erick says:

    True Rico very silent guess people don’t want to say anything they might regret How is the K-TR7 preview coming through?

  43. W.A.T.H says:

    Erick…………. why regret saying what you think…??? You may prove to be wrong but don’t regret making a comment or a statement if you believe it to be true…. I think we will smash them to bits 2moro night… they just the kind of team that play’s our kind of footie that will suit us…! They not as good as everyone makes em out 2b and as I have said since the draw if our players turn it on we actually have more flair all over the pitch than they do…! Bring em on don’t be scared get into them… they won’t like it….!

  44. rico says:

    Erick, i just think people are getting all sorts of mixed emotions, nervous, excited etc, i’m thinking what i can get done around the home, shopping, painting etc just to try and take my mind off of the game….

    but we will win 🙂

    I don’t know whether KTR7 is writing a peice, he has mentioned it but have heard nothing further… 😦

  45. Erick says:

    True WATH this is the first time we can bully only if we are chase every ball and close down their supplies to Messi who is the only danger. Arsenal come on

  46. rico says:

    Erick, I am with wath on that, its football you are free to tell things as you believe them to be – blow what happens after the event…

  47. K-TR7 says:

    Morning.AA is top assist in the cl with 5 assists.we really don’t know the man,maybe the castrol ratings are true.i hope he pins back alves since almost all movements start with him.if he pins him,messi will have to drop back which will be to our advantage.we also are joint top scorers with 18 goals and highest goal average of 2.25.we also have the highest number of shots with 67 while barca have 59.amazing really!

  48. Erick says:

    Rico he will come through his anaylsis is spot on like the way he brings it out what a great piece it could be my fingers are crossed

  49. Erick says:

    Rico he will come through his anaylsis is spot on like the way he brings it out what a great piece it could be my fingers are crossed. Rico its heard not to think about the game wish the semester was over

  50. W.A.T.H says:

    Erick………….. fuck messi and his supply let them worry about AA and Nasri and Cesc and Diaby and closing us down and stopping us………..!! I bet they crapping themselves…! they know they can’t defend well…!

  51. Erick says:

    K-TR7 we were talking about you how are you mate. No Iniesta what should we expect?? Cant disagree with you we dnt know AA

  52. Erick says:

    lol Wath you a sailor 🙂 🙂 🙂 we need the above you have mentioned to give us the game of their lives what a joy its going to be Come on Arsenal

  53. rico says:

    Hi KTR7, so are you up for a Barca post????

  54. W.A.T.H says:

    Not sure if I should be worried or not……… Erick thinks I’m a sailor………. RSD thinks I’m doing the full monty at half time 2moro…….

    I think I should go have a vodka n orange….!

  55. rico says:

    i think we are yet to see the true AA, im not confident we will see it tomorrow either, in fact neck on the line, i dont think he will start….

  56. rico says:

    thought sailors drank rum 😉

  57. W.A.T.H says:

    I’ll give you yo ho ho and a bottle of rum…….!! 😛

  58. rico says:

    ahoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  59. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-i’m on it right now.expect it sometime in the afternoon.erick my post will analyse everything you want to know and what to expect.

  60. Evo in Oz says:

    big game, massive game!

    cant wait!

  61. W.A.T.H says:

    I’m saying nuffin b4 I get into trouble 😉

  62. rico says:

    Star man KTR7, I am really looking forward to it

  63. W.A.T.H says:

    JJ I am going to hunt you down…………!!

    And I thought u woz my mate………. hmmmmmmmm…!

  64. rico says:

    pmsl JJ 😆

    Did you getyou email yesterday JJ 😳

  65. W.A.T.H says:

    I never really realised how good I looked in that cowboy gear………..!

  66. rico says:

    JJ, are you in the leathers ???

  67. rico says:

    I love that record and the video, it takes me back to my youth 🙂

  68. W.A.T.H says:

    Is that a pistol tucked down the inside of my trouser leg………..? JJ u bitch u never told me that was you in the leathers I only ever knew u as “cupcake…!”

  69. Evo in Oz says:

    Cant wait for Bayern to do the biz in the morning!

  70. JonJon says:

    sorry wath i couldnt resist

    rico cant u tell the difference its PVC

    il check my emails soon

  71. JonJon says:

    a pistol WATH??
    or u just pleased to see me????

  72. rico says:

    Hi Evo, I lost you there amid all the naughtiness, how are you??

    Long time and all that..

  73. Evo in Oz says:

    yes good thanks Rico, and yourself?

  74. rico says:

    JJ, there is one that you wont want to look at while eating your luch, especially if your eating a sausage sandwich… 😳

  75. rico says:

    Good thanks Evo, getting a bit nervous, just can’t wait for kick off – what time is ko for you?

  76. rico says:

    😆 JJ, its seems i cant 😉

  77. Evo in Oz says:

    5.45am kick off, would have been 6.45am but i believe you guys have just gone onto BST now? we go back this Sat night, so time diff will be back down to only 9 hours for the remaining league games which is good!

  78. Erick says:

    K-TR7 cant wait will be on in tomorrow very early, Wath you curse like one 🙂 who knows wat the vodka might do to you 😉 JJ how are you mate Rico told you he will come through 😉

  79. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-i have so much to write but i’ll try to ensure its enjoyable and objective.

  80. W.A.T.H says:

    U were always open JJ…………. just didnt realise how much….! u tart………… sausage sandwiches an all………….!

  81. W.A.T.H says:

    Erick, sailors don’t curse…… they drink sing be merry and hmmmmmm enuff of that JJ will get excited again…!.

  82. Evo in Oz says:

    im off to bed to dream about our upcoming Emirates triumph! Catch you all soon!

  83. JonJon says:

    😆

  84. rico says:

    Early start for you then Evo 😦

    i’m looking forward to it, we will have two posts tomorrow, a morning one which will be up early and then KTR7’s post after lunch ready to wet the whistle…

  85. rico says:

    Night Evo, sweet dreams 🙂

  86. Erick says:

    Night Evo Rico tomorrow skool takes a back seat this is really a big big one and thank goodness the time zone has changed am catching all the action

  87. rico says:

    Good news Erick, then you will here all day to get us going 🙂 I know I will – other than the animals tomorrow Rocky and CL hold my centre stage 🙂

  88. rico says:

    Mind you I will be back in the dog house again then no doubt …

  89. rico says:

    Guys, gotta pop out for a bit, back in an hour

  90. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-i will write about the tactical analysis after watching almost all barca games this season;their strengths and weaknesses.rico if my post is up at lunch time does that mean you’ve added me more time to write it or what?

  91. rico says:

    Nah KTR7, cheeky 🙂 I like to have them sorted the day before to make the morning’s chores easier 🙂

    Dont make it too long KTR7, kick off is 7.45 and I want to read it all before then 🙂 🙂

  92. W.A.T.H says:

    What chores ur at at sparrows fart……….. ur finished chores b4 normal ppl wake up…! 😛

  93. rico says:

    trust you you old git 😉

  94. rico says:

    did you get your living salads rsd

  95. i live in 2nd floor flat rico
    maybe now the ground has defrosted i can look into getting allotment.

  96. W.A.T.H says:

    I see JJ ran off to try his pvc outfit on to see if it still fits…. Not a chance 🙂

  97. rico says:

    but aren’t you moving soon?? what about a balcony garden 🙂

  98. rico says:

    😆 wath, you could be in trouble now 😉

  99. hold on have to catch up with tv and aw

  100. my god dont tv go on

  101. rico says:

    our television goes on all day and night rsd 😉

  102. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-ive sent my post

  103. Erick says:

    K-TR7 we on tomorrow big game get in 🙂

  104. rico says:

    I have got it safely, just going to sort it into wordpress – thank you KTR7, very very much…

    will email you in the next day or so to sort the other stuff 🙂

  105. rico says:

    Im off for a bit folks, stuff to do … 😦

  106. Erick says:

    Cheers Rico make us Proud salute you K-TR7 cant wait Come on

  107. K-TR7 says:

    Erick-your enthusiasm is admirable hope the fans and the players are up for it too.cheers

  108. Erick says:

    Thanks Mate 90 minutes will tell the story we have nothing left than Hope 🙂
    How do you see the Mancs doing today seen them today???

  109. K-TR7 says:

    Gallas is back for barca,AW has said sol needs a rest.fab is 40% to make it.erick i still think the mancs will be too much for bayern irrespective of whether robbery plays.hope for a surprise though.

  110. Erick says:

    Gallas will definitely be playing. Cesc too mind games begin but its all good

  111. rico says:

    KTR7, i have emailed you – please take a peep and tell me if all ok so i can sleep well knowing the posts are complete – thanks 🙂

  112. rico says:

    Is Gallas back for tomorrow????

    Rumours are he has been chatting with PSG 😦

  113. rico says:

    Im off to do some cooking and eating, later all

  114. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-i’ve received it and its good to go.the editing had to be done by the editor anyway.barca are contemplating playing puyol at lb, hmmm i smell FEAR…

  115. rico says:

    Good stuff KTR7, then it will up tomorrow 🙂

    Fear, let them feel it 🙂

  116. what is it with wazza why does he have to keep scoring. oh chamakakakakakkaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  117. rico says:

    Hi rsd, i take it chamakh has scored??

  118. rico says:

    Thats me done for the day, big day tomorrow – a very big day…

    see you all then, bring em on 🙂

    Night night, stay safe

  119. JonJon says:

    evening all.

    just a quicky…

    one man utd get beat and rooney does his metatarsel i think..it looked like it anyway..how exciting.. 😉

    catch u tomorrow..

  120. JonJon says:

    richard keys is such a prat..

    its a twisted ankle ffs..

    just cos it rooney he said this is not for faint hearted as they showed replay of injury…prick..it was fuck all

    try watching rambos injury again..

  121. JonJon says:

    i hope hes done his ligaments.. like rvp..

    and if we lose AA in summer we should get ribery…

    defo off now

  122. rico says:

    Morning All,

    New Post

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