“You Haven’t Got A Prayer Arsenal”.

That’s what the Daily Mirror had as its headline back in 1989, but they forgot we had Michael Thomas, he and the rest of the Arsenal players shoved that headline right back up them……..

You all know what i’m referring to, the final game at Anfield and we needed a victory by two clear goals to win the league…

Just imagine if that was how the league was looking this weekend, having lost two games we should never have lost, would you feel confident with two games left we could still win the league? I wouldn’t!

But back in 1989 we had a very different side, full of a very different kind of player. A good job to as going to Anfield needing a victory was always a mountain, let alone to win by that kind of scoreline.

Liverpool were confident they would be safe, they had just won the FA Cup and confidence was sky-high – they were actually quite a good side back then, so some say…

No doubt every Arsenal fan felt a little bit like we do right now about any impending transfers – we all think/hope Wenger will buy the players we want/need, but deep down we don’t believe it will happen.

Well, back then it did happen, we won the game 2-0 and were rightfully crowned Champions of England….

One man stole the show, one man had no fear, even when it involved his manager, George Graham..

Alan ‘Smudger’ Smith told a story about the hero of that day, and one of the all time favourites, Sir Michael Thomas. Ok, he isn’t a Sir, but every Gooner who supported our club back the and to this today will think he should be!

Back to the story – and don’t forget I’m telling it as Smudgers story, not mine….

Smudger has a special memory –

“One day while training at London Colney, George Graham decided it was a time for press-ups, down we went, up and down to the count. He often joined in but this day he walked around the group to make sure everyone was pulling their weight. Always a stickler for the right technique, George didn’t think Mickey was doing it right, he wasn’t going down all the way, so he stood over the player to turn up the heat. Still the manager was not satisfied so he started pushing on Mickey’s shoulders to encourage him further.

When that didn’t work, he climbed right on top, virtually sitting on Thommo’s back in an effort to force down to the ground. But when he wanted to be, Mickey could be incredibly stubborn. Not only that, he was as strong as an ox.
The episode turned into a battle of wills with George trying desperately to
get his own way and Mickey refusing to budge, showing incredible strength to keep his arms out straight in the press-up position.

What a sight, it was hard not to laugh.

Finally, the boss had to admit defeat, which, I can tell you, didn’t happen very often!!

For me, it wasn’t just his goal against Liverpool, it was his extraordinary energy. Our central midfielder was everywhere, perpetual motion, closing down opponents, getting up and down the pitch with a feverish level of dedication and desire.

Before or after, he never enjoyed a better 90 minutes…..Who could argue that Michael Thomas is firmly entrenched as a principle part of Highbury folklore?”

I for sure wish our next two games meant we were still in with a chance of the Premier League title and that we had players like Michael Thomas in our side.

But I guess it was oh so different all those years ago, can’t imagine that scenario taking place at Arsenal now, can you?

1989 was special, very very special – not many Liverpool fans have forgiven us for that day, not even twenty-one years later…… Oh those days……. I wonder what The Daily Mirrors headline was the day after 😉

Finally, The Emirates Cup, July 31st – August 1st, will see us host Celtic, Lyon and AC Milan, that should be our first trophy of the 2010/11 season in the bag 🙂

Have a good day…

104 Responses to “You Haven’t Got A Prayer Arsenal”.

  1. Andrew says:


  2. rico says:

    ROBERTO MANCINI is ready to dump £50million worth of talent out of Manchester City in the summer.
    He will also demand full power over all transfers in and out of Eastlands.

    Boss Mancini wants to sell Emmanuel Adebayor, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge and Stephen Ireland.

    😆 😆

  3. interesting to see lyon in the line up, will it be a sweetener for a lloris deal?

  4. rico says:

    Morning rsd, long time no see and all that, hope all’s well…

    i think any deals we are planning will be done by then, not that we are probably planning any…

  5. K-TR7 says:

    Morning.I just love mourinho,went to his press conference with two suited bodyguards,says barca are obsessed with winning the cl deflecting all attention from his team.

  6. rico says:

    he had just been mobbed by barca fans – morning ktr7

  7. K-TR7 says:

    Even legrove are disappointed in AA…

  8. K-TR7 says:

    Barca will want this so bad just like we did vs the mancs in cl semis and i feel if inter score they will be deflated.i can see mou playing with three forwards catching barca cold.barca’s obsession will be their downfall…

  9. rico says:

    Not surprised KTR7, but as said there, are the comments recent, or are they from pre-arsenal days, if they are being said now then bye bye AA…. Also, as pointed out on LG, Latcher is no longer his agent so it could all just be gutter press…

  10. K-TR7 says:

    AA MUST GO!its quite unfair for him to blame our failings on his teammates while he doesn’t pull his own weight.AW took a chance on him despite what those world class coaches thought it was too big of a gamble.he is the white ade and should go!

  11. Avashnee says:

    Hi Rico,So AW is going to buy (accordng toarsenal.com) Does anyone know or heard who might be coming?

  12. rico says:

    Hi Avashnee, it does all sound a little bit like AW is making a few phone calls, I doubt though it’s any players we would like to see him buy 😦

  13. JonJon says:

    clever post rico..well done

    duracell bunny, duracell bunny, duracell bunny..

  14. rico says:

    Hi JJ, thanks, just what we need 🙂

    Hope all’s well?

  15. JonJon says:

    “I have definite transfer targets and I have been talking to people but I will not tell you to who,” Wenger told the Arsenal Matchday Programme.

    in wengerspin translation…..

    “season tickets are up for renewel and they arent shifting as quick as we expected..weve had a year were some players prooved they are shit and another trophyless year so my heads on the block…so i’ll tell them all im talking to players…they believe me every season…so i’ll try it again…see if it works..sell the tickets and keep everyone off my back…”

  16. JonJon says:

    i’ll send you an email later rico..

  17. rico says:

    Ok JJ

    I think AW is setting himself up for his biggest fall yet if his comments are spin and it will surely mean the end of his reign.

    Its a bold comment, surely he wouldn’t be so stupid, I don’t think his comments before have been quite so definate…

    Especially the bit about the world cup..

  18. W.A.T.H says:

    Evening all……………. 🙂 If only we had a MT in midfield now….! and a Rocky and a Paul Davis and Steve Bould n Tony Adams………. hmmmmmmmm

  19. rico says:

    Hi WATH, just imagine, that kind of five players being purchased in the summer – season tickets would sell then…

  20. JonJon says:

    ola senorita!!!!

  21. rico says:

    You see the Ade story?? Talk about laugh 🙂

  22. JonJon says:

    no i aint seen it

  23. W.A.T.H says:

    I seen it…………… where’s he off to next I wonder… bognor regis me thinks…?

    I take it you was saying hello to one of ur male admirer’s JJ 🙂

  24. JonJon says:

    one of many WATH..

    is ade off again then lol

  25. Erick says:

    Hallo all whats happening Lardy is off to the championship 🙂 🙂

  26. rico says:

    JJ, he is on the list of outs at Citeh, together with SWP, Ireland and Bridge 🙂

    Hi Erick 🙂

  27. rico says:

    I wouldn’t mind Ireland, instead of Diaby 🙂

  28. W.A.T.H says:

    barndoor off to pompey…………… Oh JJ ur such a smoothie 🙂

  29. JonJon says:

    id take ireland..and SWP

  30. JonJon says:

    id sell AA too..barca can have him for 15 mil plus bojan

  31. rico says:

    I’ll go with that jj, not sure on SWP… however, i do think happiness breads great performance, if SWP moved to us and was happy, then he would get back to his best, and that is better than AA, Rosicky, Diaby, Eboue (as a winger)….

  32. rico says:

    breads = breeds 😦

  33. Matthew Wade says:

    Man I loved Micky T..one of those good enough to have played in a wenger side…such a shame his career went downhill so quickly…

  34. rico says:

    Anyone been watching the Gordon Brown gaffe at lunchtime 🙂 🙂

  35. rico says:

    Was it that bad a career MW?? After us he played for the dippers for seven years, thats the only thing he did wrong 😉 😉

    I hate the dippers…..

  36. W.A.T.H says:

    I reckon his career went downhill after he left us ico… MT was never the same player 4 the dippers like he was for us 🙂

  37. W.A.T.H says:

    ico = Rico lol………..

  38. rico says:

    And that move was only because he fell out with George Graham – if only he had done his press-ups properly 😉 😉

  39. W.A.T.H says:

    It was prob down to wages as well Rico……… 😉

  40. JonJon says:

    who’d take cahill from bolton

  41. JonJon says:

    or jagielka from everton

  42. JonJon says:

    we need some english players in there..too many fancy dan foreigners in the squad who dont give a shit

    harts a good option for GK
    get a good english CB in there to help him
    then get flamini back in that midfield
    robben on the wing
    torres up front..

    mixture of steel, passion,energy, pace and talent and bottom line is they dont mess about..

  43. rico says:

    Spot on, but for us he was and always will be a hero WATH, dispite putting on a pound or two 😉

  44. JonJon says:

    sky are saying richards is on his way out of citeh..

    id take him…ive watched him play a few times a friend of mine has season tickets to mancity and ive been to last three away games at citeh

    including a few pre season citeh games when milan came to town and the boys a machine…

    hes like a young sol campbell…just needs better training..so we should buy him and let him learn from sol for a year..

  45. rico says:

    In a shot JJ, Cahill is the bees knees

    Not Flamini, no way, not never, not ever 😦 😦

  46. W.A.T.H says:

    JJ ur such a flamini slut………………..

    A world class goalie is a must we all know that, I want that big serb at centre half maybe with someone like Cahill and I want a big commanding central midfielder not another dwarf……..

    I may you right with Robben and Torres though 🙂

    MT put on a few pounds has he Rico….. he’s prob a lazy bastard who sits around and does nothing these days…!

  47. JonJon says:

    hes what we need rico..i know you hate him but trust me we put flamini back in that midfield and we stop conceeding those counter attack goals

  48. W.A.T.H says:

    Richards is a gooner as well JJ but he does like to party way 2 much…..!

  49. rico says:

    Richards too, and the biggest thing with him, he is a Gooner 🙂

  50. rico says:

    AW will put a stop to that wath, it will be in his contract 😉

  51. JonJon says:

    of corse he likes to party..hes young…but hes fiesty he just needs fine tuning…

  52. JonJon says:

    i wouldnt like to go into a 50 50 with richards put it that way..

  53. rico says:

    there are better players out there jj, there has to be, he left us for money, it didn’t work out, tough i say…..

    if he was that good, he wouldn’t be sat on the milan bench….

  54. rico says:

    JJ, I would 😉

  55. JonJon says:

    he didnt leave for money..thats a myth

    he left cos we treated him like shit for 4 years and milan are his boyhood club..

    the free transfer enabled milan to offer him a higher contract..like what we did with sol…the money was just a bonus

    if we’d of offered him a new deal in 2006 and not try to flog him to birmingham the year before he wouldnt have gone would he???

  56. rico says:

    wath, how can you say that about the great man MT 😉 😉

    Subotic has been on the rumour list for a while hasn’t he, it’s strange how the same old names crop up on Newsnow 😉

  57. JonJon says:

    naughty rico… 😉

  58. W.A.T.H says:

    He was that shit the year b4 we were all pleading that he’d piss off to Brum….! Have u just be contracted as his new agent JJ…. He’s a whore fuck him….! when u leave tehn shut the dorr and don’t come back not under those circumstances…!. Plenty out there better than him he can’t even get a game 4 Milan and they are toilet…!…! No thanx….!

  59. rico says:

    But he is French jj, how can milan be his boyhood club – thats as bad as all those outside Manchester supporting red nose lot and all inside mancheser supporting Citeh 😉 😉

    I don’t know the real truth jj, all i know is that AW said he thought/assumed he would stay, next thing was he was gone for a huge salary…

  60. W.A.T.H says:

    Great man MT………. I bet he’s a typical lazy ex footballer Rico…. sits around watches tv lays golf drinks and does the odd bit of TV….!

    Rico and BIG men…………. enuff said…..!

  61. rico says:

    and, the only reason i believe AW over that is that he sold the dolphin, had flamini been honest, we would still have the dolphin in our midfield instead of bloody denilson….

  62. JonJon says:

    subotic would need time to settle…its different for tv as he came in and played next to gallas

    but tv only been here a year so we need someone with experience in PL

    prefer cahill, or richards or jagielka

  63. rico says:

    wath, sounds like me and i didn’t play football that seriously 🙂 🙂 and 😳

    JJ, I’m always naughty, well, on the computer 😉

  64. JonJon says:

    what about the year he played at LB??? all year..and we didnt conceed a goal in CL???

    was he shit then???

  65. rico says:

    i wouldn’t risk jags this summer – only because he has just come back from a serious injury, knowing our luck and all that…..

    I would try and steal Alex from the chavs….

  66. W.A.T.H says:

    Yeh he was shit………… Shit lucky….!!! lol… Are you trying to sell him as a left back or a dwarf midfielder…????????

  67. JonJon says:

    AW should never assume ppl should stay…hes got cesc tied down til 2099….

    if you want players to stay give them the money

    the problem in losing flamini is that we lost a player worth 15-20 mil for the sake of a few grand…

    just like we did with cole…

    they both get stick but at the end of the day the club fucked them both over…

    and its the reason why i think wenger offers his young players 10 year contracts now…

    ust look at gallas..if we want him to stay why leave it this long???

  68. rico says:

    Fifteen All 🙂 🙂

  69. JonJon says:

    its his energy wath..his energy made him what he was…

    hes less technical than denilson and diaby but those two are lazy fuckers and flamini is better than the pair of them from that one attribute alone..

  70. rico says:

    JJ, how many times does AW say he has spoken to the player and they said they want to stay…

    I think there are issues on both sides, players don’t tell the truth, nor does the manager…

    take Merida, after he scored a goal (can’t remeber the game now, but he got the second, dippers CC i think) he came out and said he wanted to stay he wasn’t go to leave blah blah blah… Now, he’s off…

    None of them are saints, they are all out for filling their own pockets…

  71. Reuben says:

    Michael Thomas – In Tony Adams’ autobiography he said (if I remember right) that Thomas was one of the strongest and hardest players in the game at the time. In an anecdote about losing it through drink, Adams wrote something along the lines of ‘I must’ve been out of it because I had a go at Mickey Thomas and you don’t have a go at Mickey Thomas – he was hard’.
    If only we still had players like Thomas, Adams, Keown, Rocky, Winterburn etc.

  72. JonJon says:

    if gallas leaves then it will cost us 10mil just to replace him..

    all because we left it last minute assuming he would stay…

    shouldnt do that..theres no loyalty in football…trophies talk and money talks more…if we cant offer either they will walk..

  73. rico says:

    i disagree jj, flamini had more technique that both those lazy gits put together 😉

  74. W.A.T.H says:

    I agree about his energy but ebooie has energy……… We could always do with a road runner BUT still say plenty more out there far better than him and with energy AND who didnt fuck off just cos he could…!

  75. rico says:

    I dont think AC would have paid that for Flamini, and if was for sale he wouldn’t have been able to get a whacking big wage… Then, he would have stayed with us…

    He knew just what he was doing jj, just like they all do, just like Chamakh is doing right now – at least he told them he wanted to go before a transfer season opened…..

  76. JonJon says:

    yeah rico meridas a perfect example

    hes a good little prospect so why is he in the last year of his contract???

    wenger just assumes they will stay but they wont if the club dont show them the same loyalty they expect to get back…

    if merida leaves everyone will say it was for first team football and more money but the real reason is cos his contract was allowed to run down..

    footballs a job as much as a sport..if your boss cant offer you any work and wont give you a payrise but another company can..who you gonna choose???

  77. rico says:

    What gripes me jj, why don’t these players get to play 5, 10 minutes each game when possible…

    Forget the last few matces as they have been awful, but why when we are winning 3,4,5 – 0 doesn’t he bring on the likes of Merida,Eastmond etc, just to keep them ‘in the mix’…. then they would get the bug and sort their contracts out earlier…

    You are right though, we are losing a lot of money on players who walk for free, unbelievable really when you think how the club is so tight…

    That though is exactly why i think players/agents just lie!!

  78. JonJon says:

    its what gets me too rico

    weve got players like jack and merida sat waiting in the wings and wenger sticks with the same out of form players week in week out…

    if they arent doing it..drop them and give someone else a chance to shine..if they cant do it then sign someone

    vela is a perfect example

    last year vela was banging in goal after goal in CC..but wenger still wouldnt pick him for first team…instead keeping nikki in who couldnt hit a cows arse with a banjo…now everyones saying wheres vela??

  79. JonJon says:

    velas a good little player but wont make it at arsenal cos wenger likes players who pass pass pass and pass somemore instead of banging the ball in the net

    vela will go onto be a top scorer at another club but it wont be arsenal cos he wont get the chance…

  80. W.A.T.H says:

    Make you right with Vela JJ…………..still have my doubts about Merida and I just think he quite fancies going back to Spain regardless of the games played for Arsenal. I also think he still far to similar to what we have as good as he could be…!. We need Frimpong to make the grade big hard lump who puts himself about and who can play…! Coq is another flamini for me so lets see how he matures as well….!

  81. rico says:

    Frimpong…… Now I think he is going to be awesome, but why isn’t he getting a chance now, he should be in the squad rather than a player who wants to leave imho… He has shown ball sto by closin the door on England and wanting to play for ‘his country’..

    As for Vela, if I was he, I’d be well peed off that Diaby, denilson and even Walcott get game after game…. I think he has peed AW off by playing too much for Mexixo when not 100% fit.. Just like Theo when he chose to play under 21’s and the grown up side…

  82. rico says:

    Lansbury is another one, he is desperate to get his chance… Randall wants his chance to, but he needs to leave, another Bentley imho…

  83. rico says:

    Hi Reuben, good comment, sorry for the delay in letting you on, come back and real soon 🙂

  84. W.A.T.H says:

    MT threw TA round the training ground like a rag doll one day so the story goes….. TA upset him somehow….. No idea how true that is of course…..

  85. rico says:

    bloody heck, if that’s true wath, would have loved to have been a fly on the wall 🙂

  86. K-TR7 says:

    Whats new…

  87. rico says:

    Read back KTR7, its all there 🙂

  88. K-TR7 says:

    AA is the white ade,our fans should let him know we aint gonna take shit from him anymore.his attitude will deprive him of a balon`dor his talent deserves.barca won’t come close to him,he is a virus.i hope he leaves…

  89. rico says:

    The ‘white Ade’, now where did you see that KTR7 😉 😉

    It made me smile when I read it to….

  90. K-TR7 says:

    Ribery to miss cl final after UEFA impose 3 game ban…the dark AA and white ade are all equal in my eyes:AA is sitting with his pretty wife while eyeballing another bird not interested in him…

  91. rico says:

    serves him right, i saw the tackle and he gets what he deserves in my book!!

    KTR7, as said before, i am going to wait and see if what he has supposed to have said is recent.. i dont trust the paps…. or the agents..

  92. K-TR7 says:

    Mrs villa,c’mon!in those quotes there are references of the game we played vs barca so i think they are recent…@rico;who would you rather have villa or AA?

  93. rico says:

    Villa of course, but why not both?

    ktr7, come on, its a mix and match, i dont believe anything about barca other than they are the best team right now…. until milan beat them later that is… 😉

  94. rico says:

    ktr7, don’t get me wrong, AA has been sub standard from what we expect, but until I KNOW he has said such things, I won’t judge him about the comments, if proved then he can pee right off and play elsewhere, and trust me, that won’t ever be for Barca… he isnt good enough…

  95. JonJon says:

    email alert rico

  96. rico says:

    JJ – email alert… huge thanks for the post 🙂 🙂

  97. K-TR7 says:

    We and bayern are very similar clubs:strong financial bases,have good academies and we don’t buy overpriced players.why are they in cl final?they bought robben and other EXPERIENCED internationals to supplement their current players and are on course for a treble.well aw loosen those purse strings…if AA leaves we will need a new ‘x’ factor player but who…

  98. rico says:

    the reason is ktr7, we drew barca, had we got lyon or bordeaux, we would have beaten bayern i am sure, as said today elsewhere, the CL is nothing more than a lottery… and we didn’t get the winning ticket…

  99. K-TR7 says:

    @Rico we have to stop making excuses and walk the talk.its sad since AA is an experienced player and should think before talking and work hard on the pitch.off to watch barca vs inter…

  100. rico says:

    ktr7, you are on an AA witch hunt 😉 😉

    arggg, wait to see if its true 🙂 🙂

    I’m off to,

    Night all and stay safe..

    JJ, if you pop your post in the giraffes i’m happy to put it up in the morning..

    nighty night

  101. Mustang says:

    So, here is a lesson on how to beat Barcelona…..

  102. W.A.T.H says:

    Defend properly to start off with………..

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