Arsenal’s new manager

Times change, as do football supporters, what was gloom and depression for many fans a month ago, is bright and confident today.

What’s caused this change, have we shipped in all those superstars that were deemed necessary to our survival? Has that awful know nothing, worn out manager left the club, and the vital new assistant manager, you know the defensive coach we couldn’t possibly survive without, has he somehow slotted in seamlessly without me noticing it?

How come the best Tot’s team in years and their shoe in England manager, haven’t built on that ten point lead after having our shower of bargain basement panic signings for breakfast? It had to happen, just had to, didn’t the mega mouthed all-knowing football soothsayer Piers Morgan decree it. Likewise where have the ‘In Arsène we rust’ brigade disappeared to?

Nothing of course has physically changed, it’s just this team of potential has come of age. Uplifted by key players returning from Injury and showing a previously hidden capacity for resilience, they staged a remarkable turnaround  against the self-same Spuds, who when 2 goals ahead on our own pitch in our famously un-atmospheric new stadium, thought it’s all over, it was. 0 – 2 down  became a 5 -2 victory, as the team roared on by supporters who also came of age and finally transferred their pent-up passion to our new home and showed the watching TV world and cynical pundits that Arsène was right all along.

That resilience has stayed as has the belief of those doubting fans, now a mood of optimism pervades the Arsenal world, of course nothing has been won yet, except self-respect. But the pendulum has swung enormously to our advantage. True Man city and Chelsea  both feature in our run in, meaning spurs  probably on paper has the easier ride. But this new Arsenal with a fan base and team that has collectively found itself, are  a match for anyone, third place is in our own hands and I shall be surprised if we don’t take it.

Automatic qualification for the CL will allow Arsène to settle his transfer business in and out, without the distraction of an early start to next year’s European adventure.

Financial fair play awaits, our youth and reserve teams are awash with talent,  the odds are stacked in our favour.IMHO a new golden era is imminent and hopefully that goby Piers Morgan, will choke on his own bile after being banned sin die from the home of football.

Written by dandan

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168 Responses to Arsenal’s new manager

  1. Gooner In Exile says:

    A DanDan masterpiece to start the day….well said sir.

    There will unfortunately still be those waiting to resume their vendetta once a result doesn’t go our way.

    As for the run in you could argue that Spuds have the easier one. But 2 points from the Shitty and Chav games should be enough to secure third.

  2. 26may1989 says:

    Dandan, first off, all the best to your wife, I hope she makes a rapid recovery.

    Second, great post, not a word I disagree with.

    Third, work meant yesterday I didn’t get round to answering Rasp’s “What does ARSENAL stand for?”, and I want to grab the chance, even if I am late in the day.

    A artistry: It may not have been part of the club’s DNA before Wenger but artistry and creativity is most definitely a defining feature now.

    R radicalism: From the earliest stages of the club’s development, it’s been known as a pioneer, most obviously in the philosophies of Herbert Chapman and Arsène Wenger but also in the vision of the admittedly corrupt Henry Norris and in the construction of not one but two era-defining stadia.

    S sustainability: The management of finances may not get too many cheers in the stands but what had been managed in the past 7 or 8 years is incredible and gives us the promise of a club that can compete with the best for many years to come, based on the club’s own resources.

    E evolution: We love tradition, from the captain choosing long or short sleeves for the whole team to the restoration of our precious clock. But the club has also shown a capacity to change and be ahead of the curve. Floodlights, heated pitches, dietary regimes, scientific approaches to coaching, all have been adopted early and promoted at Arsenal FC. Where we go, others follow.

    N nil: Harking back to the George Graham days, we’re still very fond of a clean sheet!

    A achievement: No trophies in seven years, and that hurts, however true it is that investment in a new stadium and financial prudence are the main reasons. But we’re proud of having one of the best trophy lists around, having the longest unbroken run in the top division in England and having the longest unbeaten run, amongst various other records. But bring on the silverware next season, we’re ready!

    L London’s best: We may have to doff our caps to the two Lancashire giants (and I don’t mean that outfit that keeps nicking our players) but we are indisputably London’s premier side. Chelsea were little more than an amusement for an unholy alliance of skinheads, King’s Roadites and Surrey’s unwashed. Access to a Siberian’s hoard of stolen cash is all they can boast of. West Ham are the academy of football but offer little more than bubbles. Spurs are the only club that comes close to us in terms of size and history but sustained underachievement puts them far below us.

  3. Panic says:

    Gooner in exile, if we are all so optimistic of our new found form why settle for 2 points against City and Chavs?

    Chelsea’s ageing superstars are going to be in the middle of a Champions League double header against the best team in the world and it comes a week after their F.A Cup semi final.

    As for City, they are struggling away from home now. I’d be disappointed not to take at least 4 points. My bigger concerns are Stoke away and West Brom away.

  4. Gooner In Exile says:

    Panic you may be right, West Brom I think we can take points, Stoke is always tricky. Was thinking about going up but it issuch a s*hole and i dont have fond memories.

    The 2 points are in my opinion the minimum needed to secure third above Spuds from those two games.. Obviously I’d love a win in both :D

  5. SharkeySure says:

    Phantom comment

  6. Fecozzi from nigeria says:

    Nice article…. I see us takin all 6 points from d chavz nd man sitty… Wiv dis our present form nd also in d emirates..we can beat any team in da world! Just prayin dat our back 4 remains fit till d end of d season!! In wenger i trust!!

  7. Gooner In Exile says:

    Fecozzi I like your optimism. Would be great to put a nail in the coffin of City’s title hopes.

  8. Gooner In Exile says:

    If City fail to win the PL who would have had the more successful season us or them?

  9. Gooner In Exile says:

    Too much Seaman….off til later

  10. WiganGooner says:

    Cracking post DanDan, totally agree with you.

    The transformation of Arsenal is happening on so many levels, it’s amazing what a bit of belief can do.

    WG

  11. WiganGooner says:

    @Panic

    I’m optimistic of a 4 pointer also. I think Chelsea are massively under-achieving and their elder statesmen are dragging them down. We will struggle if Di Matteo is brave and drops Lampard, Terry and Drogba.

    Citeh are an interesting side because they are so different from one game to the next, hilariously inconsistent and a bad side (but individuals are able to massively effect games when they are Yaya Toure, Kun Aquero and David Silva).

    WG

  12. goonermichael says:

    Great post dandan. I hope it’s getting better for your wife.

  13. Jose Antonio Reyes says:

    the spuds are always favourites on PAPER….. they were favourites on paper when they were 13 points clear and thwy fucked that up!!!! MIND THE GAP

  14. RockyLives says:

    Very good post Dandan and a very clever point.

    We are putting in the sort of performances that the haters have been demanding.

    The only thing is, they told us we could never be competitive again under Wenger.

    I like our “new manager”. I think he might turn out to be as good as the old one :)

    As for Chavs and Shitty: Six points please :)

  15. Big Raddy says:

    DD. Fine post – don’t know how you found the time.

    Positivity and Lady Luck. Add the two together and we have a winning formula. Winning games in the 90+ min is evidence of both.

    Of course, many say a team makes it’s own luck which is almost certainly true until one looks at MU.

  16. Big Raddy says:

    The CHav game will be huge ….. for them.

    Spurs have an easy run-in, we are in form, so if Chelsea don’t take 3 points from the Em’s they are Europa League bound.

    First we must put the Oiler’s title hopes to the sword.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    The real transformation in Arsenal has reaped the most benefit in the last eight EPL games. Going unbeaten during that period was really unexpected, and some what of a surprise, made even more pleasant by the equally unexpected drop in form of our, CL place, rivals.

    Here are the stats for the top 7 in the last eight games.

    Ars – GF22, GA6, GD16, Pts22
    Mnu – GF20, GA6, GD14, Pts22
    Mnc – GF12, GA4, GD9. Pts16
    New – GF13, GA12, GD1, Pts14
    Tot – GF12, GA11, GD 1, Pts9
    Che – GF10, GA10, GD0, Pts9
    Liv – GF11, GA10, GD1, Pts 7

    So while we can hold our heads up high we must also recognize that the very sub standard performances of our rivals played an even larger role in our climb up the table.
    Who would have predicted that Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool would get less then 50% of their points played for during this period.

    It’s really good to finally realise that the Emirates stadium is not the reason for sub standard acoustics – as in the last little while the fans have proved that they, and they alone, can make a very noisy difference.
    Will it last or will the “acoustics” problem return along with out next poor performance?

  18. Gooner 361 says:

    Have a look at all the stuff on ‘untold Arsenal’ blog and also ‘football is fixed’

    If all the things on there about corruptin turn out to be true then it won’t matter if we had the invincibles team back, we simply cannot win.

    Really is some alarming reading

  19. Rob Lucci says:

    thanks Gooner361.

    If the stats on ‘football is fixed’ is true, I don’t know how the hell Arsene keeps us in Champion League’s spot year after year. Even magician is not the right superlative for him..

  20. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Excellent post dandan, i could not agree with you more. the great thing is this is only the beggining of what promises to be a fantastic period for the club. “The Ghosts of the 30′s are stiring”

    In the last week or so i have seen many posts in reference to ‘Untold Arsenal’. i in no way wish to demean the authors work but football in this country is not fixed. There have been many fixing scandals in Europe over the years, usualy involving the exchange of cash (or lovely ladies, thats why i could never be involved in football, i would be an easy target hahaha) to buy out players, refs, football officials etc. The only such occurence i am familiar with in England was the Wimbledon scandal a few years back. In this country we tend to have what i would class as undue pressure asserted by powerful interest groups which can make a difference, but i wouldnt class it as fixing. Examples of this include certain clubs pressurising refs and weak football associations, TV Companies which are loath to highlight certain misdemeanours of certain clubs whilst having a dig at others etc. These actions are unethical and unsporting, but for me, fixing is to strong a word.

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Rob. It is a huge IF.

    There is nothing proven and there is only one source which is a Sun journalist. Would you really trust such a flimsy case as fact?

    More interesting is the ref. decisions though once again the bottom line is that 3 biased viewers are making a call as to whether a refereeing decision is correct.

    We have had good and bad calls this season, it is always so.
    We got two extra points at Everton thanks to a poor offside call.

    But Conspiracy Theory is far more entertaining :-)

  22. ParkRoyal Gooner says:

    Good write up DanDan.I would like to wish your wife a quick recovery.26May has summed up everything neatly and cannot dispute any of the points he raised.No one expected us to reach 3rd this season we were washed up ready to be dried.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    TMHT. We agree again :-)

  24. Gooner 361 says:

    @Terry and Raddy,

    Of course we’re all entitled to our opinions, but to just dismiss Untold Arsenal and Football is fixed (non Arsenal affiliation) blogs findings is a little naieve (sp) in my opinion.

    Match fixing could potentially be a real thing, so should be properly investigated.

  25. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Gooner 361,

    Quite right Sir, we are all entitled to our views, but i would rather take the word of a certain Arsene Wenger, who has stated many times over that one of the reasons he loves working in this country is that the game in England is not fixed.

  26. Gooner 361 says:

    Terry,

    Of course, take his word for it by all means. He might know something we don’t, he might not know about it himself or he may be protecting the game (he’d never come out and say ‘Match fixing is rife’ would he).
    I mean, just don’t completely close your mind to the concept that it goes on.

    Sky Sports News did one of their Monday special reports on worldwide match fixing back in Novemeber 2011 (Pretty sure it was November, but was certainly around that time) and among many things one of the things they found was a known match fixer, who had done time for it in Hong Kong living 300 yards away from the FA headquarters. That’s pretty fishy in itself.

    I just think its bad for the sport if everyone just closes their eyes, puts their fingers in their ears and goes ‘lalalalalalalala’. Everyone should be open to the concept that it is possible.
    Nobody thought it happened in Italy until it was all blown wide open, same with France.

    Sorry if this comes across as a rant at you, I honestly don’t mean it in that way.

  27. Just when u think u can spread ur arms and fly in immense joy, arsenal punches u in the face.

    We will talk at the end of the season.

  28. goonermichael says:

    There is corruption in the police force, the government, the newspapers, Fifa, Italian football and many other associations around the world But not in English football. I find that hard to believe. Howard webb awarding 17% of all his penalties to the mancs is weird don’t you think? Off the top of my head I could give you 20 instances of the mancs getting favourable treatment. I said the mancs would win the league and the refs would help them weeks ago and lo and behold Fulham don’t get a penalty just like West brom not getting one a couple of matches before. The manc players have to assualt the opposition before they are booked.

    Terry you forgot grobbelar

    The Italian scandal centred around Milan and Juve choosing referees that were kind to them. Why didn’t Atkinson ref the mancs for a year after not sending Luiz off at the bridge.

    Even the mans having a 5 day break over Christmas when most teams (including shitty) had to play 2 games in 48 hours.

    The mancs poor showing in Europe exposes how bad they are. Without the refs they are shit basically.

  29. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Thats ok 361, you make good points. As ive already said, there are activities that go on that are in my opinion certainly unsporting. I dont close my eyes to the possibility of fixing, the integrity of football is beyond the game itself and these things must be closely monitored. I just happen to be of the opinion that our game is relativly clean. I am wrong on many subjects, but if ime wrong on this one i wont bother with football anymore. As ive said, the integrity of the game is paramount.

  30. goonermichael says:

    Any of you on twitter follow changefifa you’ll be suprised how bad corruption at all levels really is. Can’t happen here though becuase we’re british and don’t do that sort of thing.

    The Sandro Rossel Texiera story is on untold Arsenal. Are they making that up.

  31. goonermichael says:

    Howard Webb is either corrupt or he just favours manu. Either way it’s wrong and unfair.

  32. goonermichael says:

    There wasn’t a penalty given against the mancs at old toilet for 6 straight seasons but that was just a coincidence.

  33. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    GM, as ive said, certain clubs, and i think you know which one i mean hahahahaha, do seem to exert to much influnce over football associations, refs, and TV Companies, mainly through there pulling power. this is unethical and unsporting but dosnt come close to my definition of match fixing.

    What is required is a stronger governing body that can stand up to the bullies, not an FBI investigation. By the way GM, Grobeler was involved in the same scandal as the wimbledon boys.

  34. goonermichael says:

    Thanks Terry I thought that could be the case about grobelar after I posted that. I don’t think that money changes hands. i think it is biased towards one club because that club is the most famous and sells the premier league around the world. At one stage Sky owned part of the mancs and would of got total control if the mopolies board hadn’t blocked it.

  35. goonermichael says:

    It will be interesting to see what happens if sky lose the right to premier league games. i hope Al Jazeera get it. If it’s apple they’ll screw everyone like they do with everything else.

  36. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I will leave you with a little story. Some years ago my team in Crete, OFI, were involved in a vital game with one of the mainland teams from Greece. The ref, a known Turd, gave the mainlanders 2 ridiculous penalties which resulted in OFI losing the game. Unfortunitly for the Turd, a well known Madam of the island let it be known that the night before, he was wined, dined and seen to, if you know what i mean courtesy of the other team. Now, the Turd, been of a nervous disposition, had aranged a flight out of the island straight after the game. By the time he had boarded the plane he done so under armed guard and had been beaten up several times in the process. Now thats what i call a fix. hahahaha.

  37. TotalArsenal says:

    A very good post dandan, with a simple but oh so clever title :)

    I hope you can enjoy dandan’s ‘new’ wife very soon too!

    Great picture as well (Rasp?) :)

  38. 26may1989 says:

    @GN5: “So while we can hold our heads up high we must also recognize that the very sub standard performances of our rivals played an even larger role in our climb up the table.” Absolutely right. Our sustained run deserves recognition but we must be realistic about how we even come to be considering the possibility of finishing third now – even a moderately good performance from Spurs, Chelsea or possibly Liverpool over the past 6 weeks would mean taht we would still only be thinking of getting fourth place.

    But I disagree with Raddy’s suggestion that Chelsea will be looking at the Europa League if they don’t beat us: with Newcastle there and looking good, it could mean Chelsea don’t even qualify for that!

    I don’t believe there’s match-fixing in top level English football right now, but there’s nothing special about England or the English, it could just as easily happen here as anywhere else.

    The real problem, as GM says, is bias. The worst examples are referees who seem over-impressed with Manchester United, Alex Ferguson and his players. Ask any United fan, they know they get it easy from the referees. It’s compounded by the weak way in which the FA and PL deal with MUFC (eg, why was Ferguson never punished for breaching PL Rules by refusing to speak to the BBC for years? And why wasn’t he punished for withdrawing MUFC loanees from Preston North End when PNE sacked his son as manager?). And then there are the sycophantic journalists in the press and pundits on the BBC and Sky, so craven are they not to upset Ferguson that they let everything slide and continue to heap unjustified praise on the manager and the club.

    It’s not that we don’t recognise and respect their achievements (well, some of us anyway), but it’s beyond me why, on a personal level, we all need to treat a cantancorous, self-serving, tinpot bully like Ferguson with anything more than contempt.

    Rant over….

  39. goonermichael says:

    26 well said1 and he’s a ……………………………………………

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Terry :) you are a good story-teller :)

    26, you are in fine form today. Like your rant as well as your early morning, slightly more poetic, contribution of what ARSENAL stands for. Top stuff :)

  41. 26may1989 says:

    And by the way, Old Trafford is a mess, any architect who’s earned fees from working on it should be sued for professional negligence.

  42. goonermichael says:

    The toilets in the away end stink.

  43. Red Arse says:

    Jusr love 26m’s paean of love for Sir Rubicund Ferguson!! :-)

  44. RockyLives says:

    G361, GM, Terry
    Interesting discussion about corruption, bias etc.
    I wrote a post some time ago about why I thought refs treated us unfairly.
    I referred to a mostly subconscious bias.
    However, when you think of the money involved I certainly wouldn’t rule out corruption.
    Untold Arsenal also has evidence from two other surveys of refereeing decisions – neither done by Arsenal fans – that also show that we get very badly treated.

  45. TotalArsenal says:

    paean, sounds to me like Martin oNeill saying the word pain… :)

  46. kelsey says:

    Good Afternoon all.
    Thanks for another great post dandan.

    Match fixing in the PL….Not a chance.

    I have touched on this subject before as match fixing is rife in certain countries in Europe, mainly, Italy and Germany and always are low profile games where players, refs and FIFA officials have been involved.
    All the big gaming companies monitor unusual betting patterns 24/7 and nearly all the money comes from the far East.
    Platini has regular meetings with the various big bookmakers solely about this. how do I know ? because as mentioned previously a very very good friend of mine is a director of BWIN who sponsor Real Madrid and others and is the elected person to speak on behalf of all the bookmakers.
    Untold has an extreme bias favouring Arsenal to such an extent it is boardering on an obsession.Every single time we lose a game,, concede a penaly,, have a card issued to any of our players,etc they analise every single detail in Arsenal’s favour, which of course they are entitled to but they slant to their way of thinking .

  47. RockyLives says:

    TA :)
    That’s because O’Neill comes from Narn Arn

  48. RockyLives says:

    Kelsey
    But as I mentioned above, there are other surveys – not done by Arsenal fans – showing that Arsenal does not get the “rub of the green” with decisions.

    And a couple of seasons ago AW referred to stats showing that we had the highest card-to-foul ratio in the EPL, even though we were one of the least dirty teams.

    Whether it’s corruption (unlikely in my view) or the sort of subliminal pressure on officials that GM refers to, it has definitely gone on too long to be pure coincidence.

  49. goonermichael says:

    Kelsey
    They also analyse matches between stoke and west brom. there was a definite bias toward barca. Thier ex vice president just admitted it in an interview.

  50. Panic says:

    On a seperate note, it was great to see all those Spurs fans go to last night’s game in fancy dress attire. I saw at least 6 thousand people go dressed as a shiny blue seat.

    Why on earth do they feel the need for a bigger gound?????

  51. goonermichael says:

    It doesn’t matter which way you look at it webb favours manu. His nickname isn’t fergie’s bitch for nothing. Whether he’s secretly a manu fan or corrupt doesn’t make any difference. He’s our top ref and it’s a joke. he was so out of his depth in the world cup final it was embarrassing just like Poll in the one before.

  52. goonermichael says:

    Panic
    because they are deluded

  53. 26may1989 says:

    In previous seasons, even that vain idiot, Graham Poll, has shown with a week on week, post-match analysis of big refereeing decisions, that Arsenal are one of the few clubs that have not enjoyed an “it evens itself out over a season” benefit on bad decisions. I don’t know if he still produces it but he used to produce a league table showing what things would look like if the incorrect big decisions had been right, the purpose of which was to show that clubs aren’t adversely affected across a season. One of the two or three clubs that consistently did suffer was Arsenal (I think Everton was one another).

  54. 26may1989 says:

    “I saw at least 6 thousand people go dressed as a shiny blue seat.” :)

    Webb was embarrassing in the World Cup Final, he seemed frightened to take hold of the match and (apologies TA) send off a Nederlander in the first half (van Bommel being the obvious candidate). He just allowed the whole thing to get out of hand.

    As for Poll, three cards – is anything more needed?

    We have crap referees in this country.

  55. goonermichael says:

    The idea that it evens itself out is quite frankly simplistic at best, where is the science behind that?

  56. RockyLives says:

    Panic
    “I saw at least 6 thousand people go dressed as a shiny blue seat.” Brilliant :)

  57. kelsey says:

    RL/GM

    I was really refering to the fact that matches are not fixed in the PL.

    The reason they analyse other matches is that one of the co authors Walter, is a ref himself in Belgium, and gives his opinion.

    I am sure we don’t get the rub of the green many times .

    Also when we get a red card in a televised game one of the commentators will say this is the (number) since Wenger arrived 15 seasons ago. I say give it a rest. Do they say that about other teams.
    There is an anti Arsenal biass in the media, that’s for sure.

    By the way Malaga are now third :)

  58. Panic says:

    26may, I used to read that. Our actual points tally was always lower than our ‘projected points’ tally had all correct decisions been attributed.

    Just a shame he didn’t practice what he preached when he was actually in a position to do so.

    I blame the fat Walrus. Allardyce spent more time talking about Arsenal then about teams he managed.

  59. goonermichael says:

    26
    We have crap refs because we let them get away with substandard performances. Is they got punished for making mistakes they pull thier socks up. Why don’t they get punished?

  60. kelsey says:

    A first for me last night was the ref in the benfica v chelsea game. he is a hairdresser, so GM if ever you are looking for a part time job….

    I can just imagine you booking Rooney and being polite to him ;)

  61. goonermichael says:

    kelsey
    I don’t think the matches are fixed either although it could happen There is a bias towrds manu though. There was a dodgy game involving Charlton or Orient fairly recently that involved strange betting patterns and someone turned the floodlights off. FIFA is corrupt to it’s very core though.

  62. goonermichael says:

    Was he really Kelsey? How funny. He should have booked morelles for his barnet.

  63. goonermichael says:

    How do you feel about Malaga Kelsey? aren’y they like City or do I have them mixed up with another Spanish team?

  64. Panic says:

    Chelsea have nicknamed their centre forward Cli-Torres….not only is he very sensitive, he is also a bit of a c**t.

  65. GOONER89 says:

    Next season I have a feeling, we will win something.If we strenghten our team with Podolski and a creative MF, this team will be great in years to come! And surely Van Persie stays!!!!

  66. 26may1989 says:

    Dunno GM, perhaps it’s because the referees’ bosses are even less competent than the refs.

    Kelsey, re the totting up of red cards, I wrote a piece a few years ago for the Online Gooner in which I broke down the figures and showed that Arsenal’s record under Wenger, while by no means great, in fact is only a bit worse than the average on both red and yellow cards, and various other clubs are a lot worse. Of those that are constant features in the PL, Moyes’ Everton were the worst; I can’t remember who else was in the worst six or seven clubs but it wasn’t us.

    And I refuse to enjoy Malaga’s success – it’s all just billionaire cash isn’t it??!

  67. kelsey says:

    GM, yes he was and italian.

    Malaga are a yo yo club in la liga but it is the same family that are involved with city.
    They have 12000 ex pat followers so they are pleased. Baptiste is there now,but hardly ever plays.

    I think the arabs are just trying to get a bigger footing in football in Spain. The late King of Saudi built a hospital and gave this region a lot of money

  68. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Ok, its me again. i feel a burning desire to defend our refs. They referee in the fastest league in the world, the most scrutinised league in the world, and a country were the tabloid press can behave like a bunch of victimising arseholes.

    Alright, Utd get the rub of the green with desicions, but is it the refs fault or the spinleless FA and Premeir League that fail to defend them and cow under the heinous shadow of Ferguson? I know who i blame.

    Lastly, remember this. For all the faults of the press in this country, last time i looked it was still a free press. We have seen in Cricket and snooker, easier games to fix than football, what can happen when a tabloid gets a sniff of corruption.

  69. SharkeySure says:

    Well said DanDan

    Funnily enough our new manager looks a lot like that old shitbag one that had run out of ideas and many wanted to run out of town or string up.

    Best wishes re your other stuff.

  70. RockyLives says:

    Gooner89
    Do you really think we need another creative MF? We will have Wilshere, Rosicky, Diaby, Ramsey, Arteta, Song…

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Panic. “I saw at least 6 thousand people go dressed as a shiny blue seat.”. That is top work :-D

    I maintain that until there is proof of corruption then one cannot say the game is corrupt. You can say that in your opinion it is, but upon what do you base you opinion? An Arsenal website? A lone Sun Journalist who hasn’t put his story into print?

    However, the bias towards MU is provable and everyone outside Old Toilet accepts it exists.

  72. Big Raddy says:

    RL. Think we will try to buy Goetze or Hazard?

  73. Red Arse says:

    I do not buy into the generalization of the ‘corrupt refs’ theory.

    Many of our referees so appear to be incompetent, yes, but everything we, as individuals, see is subjective i.e. biased towards our own preconceptions, and that would include all refs worldwide — and not to mention the myriads of ‘innocent’ fans.
    Biased? What – we fans? Never!! :-)

    That is not to say that there is no corruption and wrongdoing in football, be it from a small number of bent referees, play acting or odiously malicious footballers, deranged or malevolent managers and so on — we are talking about imperfect human beings here.

    But a concerted campaign against any particular football club?
    I remain to be convinced that any ‘evidence’ of projected points as compared with actual points won, for example, is anything other than spurious or circumstantial.

    Of course I may have been paid to write this – you never know with acrimonious bloggers such as yours truly! :-)

  74. Big Raddy says:

    RA. More mendacity….

  75. Red Arse says:

    Apologies, Dandan, for not complimenting you before now on your excellent Post. :-)

    In a variation of the old saying, — a footballing defeat has many angry authors, but when victory calls – it leaves defeatist talk a lonely orphan.

    [I could explain that -- but it would cost you!!] :-)

  76. goonermichael says:

    RA
    It’s not subjective when Webb doesn’t send off vidic when he gives a penalty and he’s the last man. It’s not really subjective either when a ref sends off diaby for grabbing barton around the throat but not the geordie captain when he puts his arm around chesney’s neck and throws him to the floor in the same match.. The mancs got 2 extra points from a bad call against Fulham. Even ferguson said it should have been a penalty.

  77. Red Arse says:

    Hi Randy, :-)

    Are you calling me mendacious? If so, sssshh — let it be our little secret!! :-)

  78. goonermichael says:

    I don’t buy into the refs are out to get us but it is blatently obvious that webb is pro manu.

  79. Big Raddy says:

    GM. No argument from the Danish Jury

  80. GOONER89 says:

    Great Post dandan! I think you’re spot on when predicting that the next golden era is around the corner. This summer business will surely be made at ARSENAL. Lets ship out the deadwood, bring in Podolski and 2 more quality signings + give the Boy Wonder what he deserves. And THEN we will be in for every single trophy. Proud to Be a Gooner, not only these days, ALWAYS!

  81. Red Arse says:

    GM,

    Could be what it is. Poor judgement by the referee — incompetence, or not having slow motion TV to repeatedly replay an incident from multi angles.

    Ask Manure fans whether, or not, he thought the incidents you mentioned were fouls, or whether their player should have been sent off, or tell them it did not matter because the referee was corrupt.
    Their reply is likely to be biased – don’t you think, because they will certainly not agree with you.

    Tell them also that, in your opinion, they were serious fouls, or that the ref was bent in their favour and they are likely to say — you are biased against them. (At least that would be the cleaned up version). :-)

    I am not saying I disagree with you — quite the contrary, I am an Arsenal fan, after all, but that is the point — we are all subjective (biased), me included, but that is a long way from proving any particular referee is corrupt which is the point I was making.

  82. goonermichael says:

    RA
    I’ve seen comments on republik of mankunia like “don’t worry howard will sort us out”

    I’m not talking about 50 50 decisions

  83. RockyLives says:

    BR
    In answer to your question: no, I don’t think we’ll sign either Goetze or Hazard.

  84. goonermichael says:

    Goetze has just signed an extension. Do we really need him or hazard anway?

    I’ve just seen on the BBC website that Paddy has accused the refs of favouring manu. He’ll have get an fa charge I’m sure and City will have to put up some evidence.

  85. Rasp says:

    Evening all, fine dandanesque post – it could only have been written by you (or maybe TMHT ;) )

    We need a post for tomorrow so if anyone is sitting on a stonking missive – email it to the nuts and we’ll do the rest.

  86. Rasp says:

    Its a shame because the current in-depth debate about refereeing/bias would have been the perfect topic for tomorrow……….

  87. RockyLives says:

    Saha reckons the Spuds will pip us to third place because of their experience.

    Experience of what? Half a century of failure?

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rasp, check your email (arsenalnuts). I emailed you earlier today.

  89. dandan says:

    Evening all, Thanks for all the kind comments, Rasp if you need it, there is another one in posts. I am able to sit and bang away on the Ipad at the hospital while my wife is sleeping.

  90. Rasp says:

    Hi Total, thanks that’s great :P , just transferring it into WordPress now.

  91. Rasp says:

    Hi dandan, that’s excellent thankyou. We have a maiden post from goonermichael for Friday (I didn’t realise he wasn’t in the list of authors) but we’ll need lots more for next week.

    Hope you’re wife is getting better and you can bring her home for some TLC.

  92. RockyLives says:

    Wow!
    Posts from TA, dandan and a GM debut all in the offing. What a lucky lot we are :)

  93. chas says:

    Will read post later.
    Beglin is a moron.
    Such a ridiculous dive and they fall for it because there was ‘contact’, regardless of the fact that it was initiated by the Catalan diving team barsteward.

  94. Big Raddy says:

    Good to see PV4 reads AA, which resulted in his outburst.

    Maybe he is Panic or Gooner 361

  95. Big Raddy says:

    AC have discovered how to play Messi – kick two colours out of him.

  96. chas says:

    Is Cesc injured or just can’t get in the team?

  97. chas says:

    I don’t understand why they don’t man mark Messi.

  98. RockyLives says:

    BR :)
    I can’t imagine Paddy ever panicking…

  99. RockyLives says:

    chas
    do you remember when we used to set Martin Keown to man mark particularly dangerous opponents? I bet he’d have had Messi in his pocket.

  100. chas says:

    BR
    answering your morning question. No we don’t have tickets to CL final yet. Result of ballot is on the 1st April. We do have flights and accommodation though. Decided we’d watch on a big screen if not lucky in the ballot. I’ve never been to Germany. Should be good.

  101. chas says:

    Rocky,
    Keown would have put more than two colours on him. :)

  102. chas says:

    All perfectly fairly, of course.

  103. RockyLives says:

    Chas
    Munich is very nice. Well worth a visit even if you don’t have tickets.

  104. Big Raddy says:

    Chas. Deeply envious. We used to book hotels for FAC Final in Cardiff every season and most times used them …….. Happy days!

    If keee own didn’t do him, Paddy would have

  105. Big Raddy says:

    Do you get lots of poker ads on Television? We get them all the time but they never show the losers.

  106. chas says:

    We used to stay at the Innkeeper’s in Cardiff. Happy days.

  107. chas says:

    Any recommendations for Munich gratefully accepted. We might just end up in bierkellers, though. :)

  108. RockyLives says:

    Chas and BR
    I never stayed over in Cardiff, but I do have great memories of all those finals down there (even the one we lost). By the time of our last final in Cardiff (ManUre) I was living in the US, but still flew back for the game.
    The trains back to London were all up the creek for that one, so I was over the Cardiff thing by the time I staggered home.
    Wembley next year then :)

    2001, 2002, 2003, 2005… all at Cardiff.
    I liked the Chelsea one the best.

  109. chas says:

    2002 best by a mile for me.
    Also went to CC final in 2007. Effin Dogbra. :(

  110. goonermichael says:

    The reason they didn’t get the penalty is that he made it look like a dive

  111. chas says:

    It was a dive, GM . Nobody falling over looks like a starfish unless they’re cheating.

  112. Big Raddy says:

    Thinking back to our hated teams…. I quite liked Chelsea and used to go to SB during the Gullit/Vialli days. Back then they were a football club, but since the Russian arrived they have been shit.

    Shit club, No history.

  113. Big Raddy says:

    It was a dive but it was also a penalty.

    Could have gone either way.

    Good game though, both teams tryibg to win.

  114. chas says:

    The ref just booked someone on Xavi’s advice. What a disgrace.

  115. goonermichael says:

    Chas
    What if it’s the chavs in the final?

    I want them to win the CL

  116. goonermichael says:

    Probably a spain v catalonia final.

    Who will you support Chas?

  117. goonermichael says:

    ITV is definitely the worst commentary

  118. Big Raddy says:

    We did well to put 3 past AC.

  119. goonermichael says:

    look at the shirt pulling.

  120. chas says:

    GM,
    I’m dreading the chavs getting there. Just imagine being mistaken for Chavski scum. Eurgh.

    I don’t intend to support anyone, GM, even if it’s Bayern. They’ll have enough support already. .

  121. RockyLives says:

    Chas
    I was at the CC Final in 2007 too. :(

  122. Big Raddy says:

    I went travelling and missed both th CL & the CC finals.

    We would have won both if BR had been there. Mea Culpa

  123. RockyLives says:

    I missed the CL final. I was living in LA at the time and couldn’t get away. I watched it in a bar that was heaving and was 50/50 Arsenal and Barca. Almost got in a fight with a Barca fan who was being a prat. Then he took a look at my American friend Mark – 6ft 6″ Grizzly Adams lookalike – and backed off :)

  124. goonermichael says:

    If the chavs win it abromovitch may cut his losses and turn them into accrington stanley

  125. goonermichael says:

    I missed all the finals because I was a plastic armchair fan :)

  126. Big Raddy says:

    I was in a 5 star hotel in Goa. Only place they could guarantee screening the game.

  127. Big Raddy says:

    GM. You are a proper gooner, armchair not withstanding

  128. Big Raddy says:

    Barca would have won had they played Fabregas.

    Crap manager :-)

  129. chas says:

    Great post, dandan.
    The king is dead, long live the king.

  130. chas says:

    Is it a CL quarters thing where the home team play in their away kit and the away team in their home?

  131. goonermichael says:

    I don’t rate him funny enough raddy.

  132. chas says:

    GM, I bet you can get tickets to all future finals, what with your contacts. :)

  133. goonermichael says:

    I think Milan will knock them out.

  134. Big Raddy says:

    It was because white is AC ‘s lucky kit in which they beat Barca 4-1 in that fantastic CL Final.

  135. goonermichael says:

    I doubt it chas. maybe mama mia or we will rock you :)

  136. Irishgunner says:

    Not sure if this has been posted but this is hilarious. Their side went 5 games without scoring so the fans got creative:

  137. goonermichael says:

    Ray wilkins reminds me of someone. Uncle fester or nesferatu

  138. goonermichael says:

    I saw that yesterday Irish. Brilliant!

  139. goonermichael says:

    I wonder if they scored eventually

  140. VCC says:

    Rocky 8:49….If we make the FA Cup final in 2013 and you can get a ticket, your accommadation is sorted.

    Its 45 mins from Fenchurch Street……….Free of charge…..

    My house.

  141. goonermichael says:

    Oh they did

  142. Irishgunner says:

    GM – they did score, its near the end of the video, they still ended up losing 2-1 though :lol:

  143. goonermichael says:

    Empty stadiums are sad

  144. Irishgunner says:

    They are well down the leagues in Germany, so that they even have a stadium like that is a credit. I googled them and they won the UEFA cup in the 60s or something :???:

  145. goonermichael says:

    I’ve heard of them before Irish. Iwatched the video and thought they’d won :(

  146. Irishgunner says:

    I know, you’d feel a bit sad for them wouldn’t you :(

  147. RockyLives says:

    Cheers VCC :)

  148. goonermichael says:

    This knob on you’re on sky sports just said “as Arsenal discovered to their cost” when taliking about barca being unbeatable. Wanker. what happened at the emirates.

  149. VCC says:

    Rocky No worries.

    Any time you are coming home to blighty to watch a game you are welcome at my small abode.

  150. VCC says:

    Nite Nite all.

  151. goonermichael says:

    I actually just sent him a text. Dickhead

  152. goonermichael says:

    Night VCC. This knob on sky who is he?

  153. Irishgunner says:

    So glad I get to watch Liam Brady and not Sky ha ha – sorry can’t help GM but they’re all idiots so best not to worry.

    Time for some tele and then bed, night all :)

  154. chas says:

    Just saw this somewhere else. Seems appropriate for today’s post. :)
    Click the words at the bottom.
    http://fuldans.se/?v=tpoljgeecn

    G’night

  155. RockyLives says:

    Haha
    Where on earth do you find ‘em Chas?

  156. goonermichael says:

    night Irish and chas

  157. Gooner In Exile says:

    If you didn’t know how good RvP was already:

  158. 26may1989 says:

    I’m surprised Stoke have had as many as 56 shots inside the box (as opposed to headers after the ball pinballs around the box).

    Bloody love the links Irish and Chas put up.

  159. MickyDidIt89 says:

    dandan,
    I noticed that not one person could find argument with your post.
    This did not surprise me at all. Spot on, well said and well written. Fantastic post.

  160. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Panic,
    That was an epic line about fancy dress and blue shiny seats. Genius :-)

  161. Big Raddy says:

    Morning Didit

    That line is still making me laugh.

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    Morning all….

    ….New post ……

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