Arsenal Arsenal’s Friday News Roundup

Last Friday:

Actual news, as opposed to all the speculation of the last month, we finally sign a player. The confirmation of the six month loan deal for

Kim Kallstrom took us all by surprise but that surely is, and always has been, the Wenger way.

Other transfer news; Frimpong’s sojourn at Arsenal is over, he’s been sold to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, he immediately took to twitter to complain “how am I going to pull girls now?” Well as we say in Norfolk “hold yew hard bor, there’s some gret old mawthers up North, yew jus might find it’s yew agetin pulled”.

Saturday:

Hard on the underwhelming news of the signing of Kim Kallstrom, comes the report that our newest recruit injured his back in his first training session and will be out for weeks rather than days. Fanbloodytastic!!! Is there any point in keeping him? Should the loan be cancelled? Answers on a postcard please.

Sunday:

Kallstrom latest; According to the Sun on Sunday Arsenal are trying to cancel the loan arrangement and return our deadline day signing to Spartak Moscow.

Van Persie to rejoin The Gunners in the summer? That’s a move that could be on the cards as the little Dutch Boy is unhappy that Old Rednose and coach Muelensteen have left and his missus doesn’t like living in Cheshire. All together now! Aaaah bless! Would you want him back? Would the fans?

Monday:

Arsene revealed the truth behind the Kallstrom deal, the player was injured before joining Arsenal, not as the Red Tops would have it in his first training session, the extent of the injury was not determined until 5pm on deadline day after two scans revealed a “micro fracture” in his back. The prognosis is he will be out for between four and six weeks, during this time his wages will be paid by Spartak Moscow and no loan fee has been paid. According to Wenger it was too late to find an alternative, so It was a case of this deal or no deal.

Tony Pulis talking after the game…. “We seemed pretty comfortable and we had a great chance ourselves and that would have changed the game”. Not sure I like Mr. Pulis’s idea of comfort, more like a bed of nails I would have thought.

Mikel Arteta got a kick during the game and will be receiving treatment, hopefully he’ll be fit to play the Bin-Dippers.

Tuesday:

According to one London paper Jack Wilshere will be fit to start against the Bin-Dippers on Saturday in the Premiership game at Anfield, while Arteta and the Ox are expected to have fully recovered from “knocks” received during the Palace game. Vermaelen may make it onto the bench.

According to another London paper, with the Russian transfer window still open, Zenit St Petersburg are preparing to offer Arsenal as much as £18 million for Thomas Vermaelen, the player has previously said he may be interested in a transfer if it guaranteed him first team action and boosted his chances of playing for Belgium in the World Cup Finals. I’d hate to see this fine player leave the club, especially has it would be impossible to sign a replacement this season.

Another piece in the same paper suggests that our new kit supplier Puma are willing to help fund the purchase of Mario Balotelli, at the end of the season. He is sponsored by Puma and they would like to unite two of their biggest brands. Balotelli is on fire at the moment, scoring 25 goals in 38 matches for AC Milan and is rated to be worth £40 million but Puma could pay as much as £15 million of that to secure the player’s signature for Arsenal. If I was presenting one of my pub quizes at the moment, I would ask “is that true or false?”. I’ll leave that answer to all you AAers.

Wednesday:

It seems The Gunners are unpopular again! Ticket allocations are the latest bone of contention. Arsenal have reduced the allocation to Liverpool, for the FA Cup tie, from the “recommended” 15% of the total (9.050) to 5,186, the same as given to Spurs for the earlier round, Coventry got 8,686. Arsenal say the decision was made on the advice of their Safety Advisory Group “due to fears over safety issues from supporters standing in the upper tiers of the stadium”. The group consist of representatives from the club, Metropolitan Police, local authority and transport. Liverpool supporter organisation Spirit of Shankly are also upset about the kick-off being switched to 4pm Sunday. Apparently this will prevent many fans from attending as they will be otherwise engaged at Sunday School.

Sagna contract talks back on. It is believed an extension is on offer but not an increase in the £70,000 per week wages. But he may get a pay rise in order to ward off interest from Manchester City. A club that is fast becoming a pre-retirement home for elderly Arsenal Players.

Schalke’s chairman Clemens Tonnies has said that Arsenal may have to wait years before signing Julian Draxler. ‘It would do Draxler good to spend another year or two with us,’ said Tonnies at the SpoBiS conference. ‘But we know we’re not going to be able to keep a super-talented player like Julian at Schalke forever.

Why can't I play for Arsenal?

Why can’t I play for Arsenal?

Metropolitan Police have issued photographs of three Spurs fans wanted in connection with the hurling of missiles at Theo Walcott, para-medics, ambulance men and stewards as the injured player was being stretchered off during the recent Cup Tie.

Thursday:

I couldn’t find any actual “news”, so I’ve gone with a bit of speculation…Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, 27, and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, 27, are three players very much on Arsene’s radar and one or more is the target for the summer signing season. Oh! And add to the list Porto Striker Jackson Martinez, 39 goals in 47 matcheshe grew up in Mexico and supported guess who? Yep! Arsenal and would “love” to join The Gunners in the summer.

Swansea city are looking for a new manager and one stand out name on the short list is someone who would be less a coach and more a messiah, Dennis Bergkamp. Now I wouldn’t be averse to Dennis taking the job, getting a couple of years managerial experience in the Premiership, before taking over at Arsenal when Le Boss finally retires.

Now I’m in no way criticising Tomas Rosicky or our medical staff but our Mozart was out of action for a while with a broken nose, contrast that to Jonny May who suffered a broken nose playing on the wing for England in the Six Nations match against France last Saturday. He resumed full contact training on Tuesday and is expected to start in the match against Scotland on Saturday, he will not be wearing a protective mask. Are rugby players harder than footballers? Are footballers hard enough?

And Finally; Stan Kroenke is reportedly set to use his ownership of Arsenal to create a new American sister team – called the LA Gunners. The plans are in their infancy, but reports suggest that the new team would be modelled on Arsenal.

That’s it for another week

Norfolk Gooner

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  1. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Good morning Aaers, as a post script to the script of my post; Jonny May, he of the broken nose, has copped some stick, from former England scrum-half Austin Healey, “if he (May) gets a whack on the nose, he needs to brave it out and stay on the field. Last week he came off with a broken hooter after just five minutes. Unheard of in my day. I have lost count how many fellow players broke their nose in the early stages of a big game, but stayed on until the end”. So maybe Rugby players aren’t that hard after all. :D

  2. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Crikey Norfolk,

    You certainly pack in the news, and always gems we’ve somehow missed. Thank you.

    Mmmm, Balotelli or Brave. Well, it’s Brave for me, but, he has to make a “full and robust” public statement along the lines of: “Moving down from Arsenal to United was, without doubt, the worst decision of my life. The place stinks and me Missis loathed every minute of it. Why I ever thought leaving the greatest club side in the land for pit like Old Trafford was a good idea I’ll never know, and it’ll be something I’ll regret for the rest of my life”.

  3. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Micky, even if he wore a sackcloth sarong, coverered himself in cold wet ashes and walked from Manchester to London constantly reciting aloud the words of your statement, I would find it hard to welcome him back. :D

  4. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cheers Norfolk, great stuff

    Dont know what Frimpongs complaining about? All hes got to do up Barnsley is buy them a bag of chips, invest in a Ferret, and he will have his pick.

    That Kallstrom signing is very strange. Every time I complain of a bad back the Mrs threatens a massage with extras. After hearing that I recover so quickly that this year I will be entering the Bounds Green Limbo championships.

    I am worried about Jacks ankles. According to myself and LB these ankle problems could scupper his plan to become the best attacking midfield player in Europe. Does anyone have any medical knowledge about these things? My GP refused to answer questions on the subject.

    Dont know about Rosicky Norfolk, But I suspect the fact that he has a cute little button nose makes breathing difficult. I have no such issue. My hooters so big it weighs down my head. The good news is that NASA have been in touch about sending me to Mars. They reckon I could survive for months up there without the need for Oxygen.

  5. Gööner In Exile says:

    Well done Norfolk, these news round ups give me the meat on the bones of things I see on Twitter and don’t know why…..one case being several references to Mario.

    Like you Norfolk I would find it hard to welcome back BSR, but then I would have also found it difficult to welcome Suarez and apparently so many others are unfussed by the character of any players.

    And Terry as for Jacks ankles the signs are not encouraging. Although he has access to much better doctors and surgeons than your average man in the street. My brother still can’t run without discomfort despite having a pin installed in his ankle a few years back when the hospital realised they missed a break from previous x rays. I personally wake up with ankles that take time to move in cold weather due to years of abuse on the football field (and that didn’t even involve much running).

    So Jack has had a year out and still they seem problematic, he is probably playing with them strapped hard too, but there is nothing you can do to build muscle around them, you are reliant on ligaments to keep everything in place.

  6. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    That dont sound good GIE. It will be a real shame if he dosnt fulfil his potential

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning everyone,

    Great round up Norfolk.

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    MickyDidIt89 says:

    February 7, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I was also wondering, out of the current PL sides we play, which is the oldest running fixture.

    ……………………………………………………………………….

    Micky the answer to this question is Newcastle, we played them in our very 1st ever league game, it was in the old Division 2, the game was played on Sept. 2nd 1893 and we drew 2-2.
    We played them for a second time on Sept 30, the next current PL team that we faced was Liverpool on Oct 28 1893.

  9. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh do concentrate GN5. Honestly :-)

    MickyDidIt89 says:
    February 7, 2014 at 6:29 am
    The very first game of their League career came on Saturday, September 2, 1893 against another newly-elected club, Newcastle United. It took place at the Manor Ground and ended 2-2 with Shaw and Elliott on target for the Gunners.

    Ok 2nd Div, but still our longest running Leage fixture. Should have an enormous, and I mean enormous Trophy for that fixture alone. Kind of like Calcutta Cup in rugby between England and Scotland, or the Ashes v Aussies.

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Evonne,

    Thank you for your compliment, earlier this morning. However if I was to rely only on my memory I would not be able to fill in many of the blanks.

    My posts work this way.
    1. I recall specific events, players, games or seasons.
    2. I decide what I want to write about.
    3. I sketch on outline.
    4. I then seek out reference data.
    5. For reference I use my own statistical data, which is extensive. and look up various books and internet sites.
    6. I look at all of the the information in front of me and from it I create a post.
    7. I send my post to GIE and he works his bit of magic and sends the to post to AA.

    So, frankly it’s a lot of work, but nonetheless It’s work I find very enjoyable.

    If my memory is working this morning that is how it works – I think.

  11. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky,

    Oops, I was still half asleep.

    The trophy should be a lump of coal!!

  12. Gooner in Exile says:

    My bit of magic is usage of the keys CTRL + C, and CTRL +V, oh and a couple of google searches, and a bit more CTRL +C and CTRL +V :D

  13. GunnerN5 says:

    Now Micky can you tell me

    1. Who was the ist team we played in the FA Cup, date and score.

    2. What was our league record in our 1st season.

    You get 2 minutes starting from …………………………………..NOW!

  14. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh, and also going back to this mornings comments:

    kelsey says:
    February 7, 2014 at 7:27 am
    “….. It really was a working mans game”.

    Not entirely true. The FA Cup final of 1881 was contested between Old Etonians v Old Carthusians. Two public school old boy’s teams.

    Check out the teams. Don’t sound very like working men to me, more like straight out of The Arsenal Gentleman’s line up.

    Old Carthusians

    GK Leonard Gillett
    DF Walter Norris
    DF Sir Elliott Colvin
    MF James F. M. Prinsep
    MF Sir Joseph Vintcent
    MF Walter Hansell
    FW Lewis Richards
    FW Willam Page
    FW Edward Wynyard Goal
    FW Edward Hagarty Parry Goal
    FW Alexander Todd Goal

    Old Etonians

    GK John Rawlinson
    DF Charles Foley
    DF Thomas French
    MF Hon Arthur Kinnaird
    MF R Bryan Farrer
    MF Reginald Macaulay
    FW Harry Goodhart
    FW Herbert Whitfeld
    FW Philip Novelli
    FW William Anderson
    FW John Chevallier

    Two Sir’s and one Hon

    Don’t you just love Wikipedia :-)

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not playing GN5, because I reckon it’s a devious trick, and while I’m sweating inside Google, you’ll stick the answers up 30 seconds later for a laugh :-)

    Must get back to work for a bit, and knock the week on the head

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky another interesting fact from 1881 was that Henery Cursham of Notts County scored his 1st goals in the FA Cup, he went on to score 48 goals in the tournament – which is still a record. He scored seven hat tricks, he also claims that he scored 9 goals in an 11-1 win over Wednesday Strollers but was only credited with six. One of my reference books has a copy of a note bearing his signature which reads… 11 goals to 1 and I got 9 of them.

  17. kelsey says:

    Micklemouse

    That was 1881 not 1930 ;)

    What about cricket.Not that long ago one had to be of a certain class to play for England now..well it’s changed…even got bloody foreigners in the side :)

    Norfolk as usual a lovely round up.

    I bet you if RVP came back and scored vital goals that either would win us a trophy or even gave us a win against one of our rivals he would be cheered to the rafters.

    He still has a house in London, so never say never.

    Balotelli is a head case but there are reasons for that growing up as a black child with adopted/fostered parents,but AW would never buy him.

  18. IanRealGunner says:

    Welcome BSR back?? You make your bed……………………..

  19. chas says:

    Cheers for the comprehensive round up, NG.

    As a perfidious whore of a manc, BSR gets 0% of my admiration and truly makes my skin crawl every time I see him.
    If he was re-signed and pulled on a red and white shirt again, he would have 100% of my support.
    Being a supporter is so easy. :)

    Balotelli sign for The Arsenal. Hahahahahahaahahaha.

    Arnie,
    I did see that you had found two tickets for the manc game, good stuff.
    I usually read all of the comments. I should have acknowledged your news, soz.

  20. Gooner in Exile says:

    I’m surprised not more has been made in the press regarding Vidic’s decision not to renew his contract at OT.

    Sure he is probably on a healthy wage, but I struggle to believe Moyes wouldn’t like to keep him.

    Evra’s contract also expires in the summer, along with Rio Ferdinand’s. Okay they are all over 30 but have they really got good enough in their place? And not only that all replacements will cost big money.

  21. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Gie, can see the conversation going something like this; Moyse, So Nemanji, or whatever your name is, do you fancy another year at Old Trafford? Vidic; will you still be manager? Moyse, Yes! Vidic: No thanks!

    For Vidic read Ferdinand, Evra, Rooney, BSR and uncle Tom Cobley and all.

  22. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Kelsey, The Gentlemen vs Players, first class cricket fixture, was played between teams of amateurs (gentlemen) and professionals (players) until 1962, when all players whether gtentlemen or not, were deemed to be professional. However, not all players have been gentlemen. :D

  23. chas says:

    I put a comment on at 1.30 which appeared but is no longer there.
    Anyone deleted it by mistake?

    In brief.
    NG, ta.
    Arnie, yes I did. Good stuff.

  24. Jacqui R says:

    Hey, Terry Mancini, Frimps’ll be fine up ere int’ frozen north, we’re not a bad bunch, pretty friendly and some of us even support posh teams like the Arsenal. Once he gets t’ grips wi’ t’ lingo eel be all reight, the young lasses’ll love ‘im. :)

  25. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Kelsey, Puma’s record sponsorship deal must give them a measure of leverage, would Arsenal resist signing Balotteli if pressed to do so by a major contributor to the club’s income? If so it could surely only be with Wenger’s agreement.

  26. evonnee says:

    Hi Norfolk – I didn’t leave you till the bed time tonight and I am very pleased about it, because otherwise it would have been a boring afternoon for me! Great round up; I can honestly say that without your research I wouldn’t know what’s going on at the club, ‘ve been so busy lately

    Broken noses – rugby players are not human, just look at them!
    Draxler delay – we will get him this summer, to be sure
    odious Dutchman back at THOF – over my dead body!!
    Balottelli to Arsenal – nay, Wenger doesn’t do troublemakers
    Dennis to Swansea – yes please, you right about him getting some managerial experience, but Le Boss is not retiring in 2 years, no way

  27. evonnee says:

    GiE – I was surprised that Manu are letting Vidic go, but only until I realised he is 33! I thought he was our DidIt’s age or even younger. I disliked him almost as much as Evra, but he was a brill defender, no doubt about it.

    Hey!! We have overtaken ManU in Asia!! They are selling more Arsenal then mancunian shirts over there! Park turned out to be a great invention after all

  28. evonnee says:

    GN5 – blimey, that’s a scientific approach to blog writing! Are you always so well organised and pedantic? I am a scatter brain, so people like you truly impress me. No wonder your posts are so good

  29. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Jacqui, I can’t quite see Frimps accompanied by his whippet , supping pints of Tetley’s ale wi t’locals and listening to t’colliery brass band. :D

  30. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Evonne, bedtime won’t be the same without you. :D

  31. arnie says:

    Lovely stuff, Norfolk, as ever. Thank you. :D :D :D

    Let me stick, for the moment, to the Brave Sir Rascal bit. Welcome back? Erm, there are the former who got somewhat carried away with the pleasures of life in London, accumulate too much debt, and have to swoon off to the financially doped ghettos to pay these off. Examples: Henry, Flamster, and so on. They have never disrespected the club and its fans, and would be welcome once they have paid off their debts. We are a financially responsible club and to not support high-maintenance spoilt brats.

    And then, there are the deserters, like BSR, who pretended to be part of the “project” for their own personal gains, and swooned off to the dumps out there in nowhere land. They have never reciprocated the respect and love that average Gooners offered them. Good luck to them, and good bye. No, not welcome back, at least not for me.

    More generally, though, I am a firm believer in the history and culture of English clubs, and likewise clubs in other countries. We (I mean GN5, GiE, Chas, Rasp and some others) take enormous pains to document our history and take great pride in doing so. In general, I think it is difficult therefore for a player of another major EPL team to come to be loved by Arsenal fans. Yes, there are counter examples, Arteta etc., but there is a limit to this.

    In general, we dont need them, and I certainly am not particularly keen to welcome them. There is plenty of talent elsewhere in England and abroad!!!!! We like OUR players, which is not teh same as saying we love players who have played well for other teams, and by the way, also for US. Call me elitist if you will, but this is my view!!!!! :D :D :D

  32. arnie says:

    Evonne: Bedtime already? You mean, siesta time? Did not know you lived in Spain at some point! :D :D :D

    I am seriously disappointed you did not comment on the photo I linked to midnight yesterday! :sad:

    http://arsenalarsenal.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/blast-from-the-past-part-3-the-arsenal-win-the-league/#comment-292017

  33. BREAKING NEWS !

    This is true !…..Franck Ribery is to have Bum Surgery and may miss the CL game !.

    He has a burst blood vessel in his buttock !.

    Doctors have said they will use his face for the skin graft to cover up any surgical defect !.

  34. RA says:

    Well done, NorfolkG, another timely review of the week! :-)

    You do realize that kelsey could have done the week ending Thursday the 6th February, by last Friday the 31st January and we would have known what was to come. :-)

    You need to shape up NG and get your crystal balls working, or you will be swallowed up by Kelsey’s empire. :-)

  35. Gooner in Exile says:

    Chas I’m off to hunt down your comment

  36. RA says:

    Cockie, you know that is untrue!

    The surgeons intend to use Terry’s syrup to ameliorate any surgical defects on Rubbery’s bum — after all, that’s where it came from in the first place!! :-)

  37. Gooner in Exile says:

    Chas found in deepest darkest corner of Spamdom…..not sure why.

    It was in amongst suggestions of how we could all be in need of blue pills, enlargement, or just more morning crew links.

  38. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    hahahaha, i dont know about Riberys bum, but my arse could substitute for a beer mat.

  39. RA says:

    That will be the other ones Chas sent then, GIE. :-)

  40. Gooner in Exile says:

    :D RA

    Just checked Arsenal.com, training pictures are up

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/51154/arsenal-train-ahead-of-liverpool-match

    Arteta and Wilshere in conversation with Arsene at end, guessing thats the midfield 2 then, with Ox, Santi and Ozil in front of them?

  41. kelsey says:

    Mr.Norfolk

    I have read about this puma/balotelli proposal even to the extent that Puma would part fund a deal,but do you honestly think AW wants another player who could rock the boat,especially when there appears to be more harmony and unity amongst the players this season than for the last few seasons.

    The same could be said about RVP and I was not suggesting AW would have him back. What I said was in a scenario and he did play for us again a lot may be written about him,but if he scored vital goals he would be applauded as before.
    What people write and what they actually say are not always the same.
    arnie, how often does AW buy established players in their prime from within the EPL during his tenure. That answers your question to a degree :)

  42. arnie says:

    Love the bewildered look on Ozil’s face! Good man, Giroud! :D :D :D

    http://www.arsenal.com/assets/_files/scaled/696×392/feb_14/gun__1391778843_giroud_train.jpg

  43. kelsey says:

    Oh mr Norfolk I also just gave British Gas a mouthful :)

  44. Redders, don’t know whether you get BBC 2 in the USA ( you can go on BBC iPlayer ) but there is (imo) a great show called House of Fools !….the last one featured Terry`s Syrup and is well worth a look !. hahaha

  45. RA says:

    Kelsey/arnie,

    Are you boys members of a secret fraternity, with you own code? :-)

    arnie @ 3:45 says:

    “We (I mean GN5, GiE, Chas, Rasp and some others)”

    so, ‘we’ means ‘they’ then?

    kelsey @ 4:20 says:

    “(arnie) how often does AW buy established players in their prime from within the EPL during his tenure. That answers your question to a degree.”

    erm,– so in response to arnie’s question, kelsey posits a question and says that that ‘answers your question’. Que?

    What’s the name of your gang then guys? :-)

  46. arnie says:

    Redders: you should know, you are a co-opted member as well!!! Remember the initiation rituals! Had to do with …. oh well, moderators lurking!!!! :D :D :D

  47. RA says:

    Exile @ 12:35 says:

    “My bit of magic is usage of the keys CTRL + C, and CTRL +V, oh and a couple of google searches, and a bit more CTRL +C and CTRL +V”

    Admit it — you are just showing off that you have a Mac – right?

    Or are you another member of Kelsey’s secret gang? :-)

  48. RA says:

    I will check it out, GLIC, although I am a bit scared of Terry’s fig!! :-)

  49. dhakka09 says:

    Hey folks, well written NG though for broken nose case, we all know Arsene loves the notion of perfection. Rosicky breaking his nose, peering through his mask at 80-90% visibility for next mask? No way, it’s not how Arsene rolls. Apart from that, you are my NewsNow :)

    evonne: I seriously envy these structured disciplined writers who have everything stacked up with a to-do list, like a library. Me? I mash them up just like you. It’s all a mess up there between my ears :)

    arnie: Agree with you on Sir Brave. As wise men would say, You make your pig-sty, you squeal in it ;)

  50. dhakka09 says:

    P.s: call me a coward but the more I look up this weekend’s game, the more I think I’d take a draw. Will I be stoned here? :( (Who’s my savior Jesus?)

  51. evonnee says:

    of course you are dhakka, you are a software engineer, what else do you expect? Space cadets, you and I :)

  52. arnie says:

    We need 4 points out of the next 6. I would take a draw as well, but then we will need to defeat ManUre on Weds. And we will be there to see them do it!!!!! :D :D

  53. Help help help ……….. has anyone offered to write the pre-match or shall I tell chary the job’s his?

  54. arnie says:

    Peaches: I will do one of the later ones, not tonight!!!!! :razz:

  55. arnie says:

    Pre Post Report Review Post? :D :D :D

  56. kelsey says:

    Let chary do it, as I did mine a week ago :)

  57. kelsey says:

    I always think of the 4-4 game. What ever happened to the little Russian. Watch his last goal. He sprinted,yes sprinted from the half way line to receive the cross from his right and bang wham thank you mam .
    What a shame he never grew (no pun intended) to the stature we expected and hoped for.

  58. arnie says:

    Kelsey: Yes, the Russian, a January signing as well. A pity indeed! :sad:

  59. chary has accepted the task :)

    Manure up after that, I hope I won’t have to resort to strong arm tactics ;)

    ……. then Liverpool again, Bayern Munich and then Sunderland

  60. Vinay says:

    I will take a draw provided we win against those retards on wed, wait i think we have it in us to beat pool this saturday more than beating those scums on wed, its in the mind against united and be it fergie or moyes, we just dont seem to be able to get over them. 4 points minimum needed in these 2 games, heck we will get 6.You ready Mesut??????

  61. arnie says:

    Vinay: :D :D

  62. Gööner In Exile says:

    RA if I was showing off about using a Mac I would be saying CMD+C :D

    Chary doing a Prematch for a Dippers game. Mods on full alert….at least it’s an early kick off :)

  63. Gööner In Exile says:

    “He sprinted,yes sprinted” ROLF

  64. Vinay says:

    No one mentioned it so far, so i get the privilege- the God’s statue to be unveiled outside the emirates on feb 22nd, the man, the legend, the icon, the greatest ever to play for us, yes yes yes, Dennis immortalized. tears, thank you thank you thank you Dennis, you dont know how grateful we are

  65. dandan says:

    Unfortunately there is unlikely to be a game next Wednesday against Utd as the Underground will be on strike and it unthinkable that Arsenal will try to get 60,000 people through the chaos that this will cause among the frustrated rush hour travellers trying to get home.

  66. arnie says:

    Fingers crossed, Dandan.

  67. evonnee says:

    Vinay – no!!! Never!!! statue of God!!! What time?

  68. evonne – the unveiling of the statue is at 11.30 and then Dennis will be on the pitch at half time Saturday 22nd Arsenal v Sunderland.

  69. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all, DD hopefully LU will sort it out before Wednesday.

    Just noticed this on fixture info:

    As part of the Club’s continuous work to improve the flexibility season ticket holders have around how they use their seat at Emirates Stadium we are pleased to announce that Gold and Platinum Members can now sell their ticket directly to a Silver or Red Member of their choice for this fixture. For more information click here
    The Ticket Transfer service is now available to Platinum and Gold members for this fixture. Ticket Transfer is the Club’s new service which gives season ticket holders the ability to forward their ticket to a family member or friend at no cost to the recipient once the fixture has sold out. For more information click here.

    Now I have two comments:

    One makes it a lot easier for us AAers to swap tickets without having to be at the game….good thing. Also make selling tickets via ArsenalTickets on twitter a bit easier I suppose Ebay or direct money transfer can be used to settle monies. But do worry touts will be back in on scene.

  70. evonnee says:

    shall we go Peaches?

  71. chas says:

    Superb that Dennis is being rightly honoured with a statue.

    I find it peculiar that I only really like the Herbert Chapman one of the four.

  72. arnie says:

    Chas: lovely pics. :D :D :D

  73. Gööner In Exile says:

    Herbert, Tone, Thierry and Dennis.

    Now am I the only one thinking there should be a few more immortalised round the ground:

    Actually using GN5′s summer poll could be a starting point.

    But as part of the keepers union Wilson should have a statue, as should Kelsey….I’m not sure about Seaman, as much as I loved him.

    Surely one of Charlie George lying down at Wembley too, plus I would like to see Alex James and Cliff Bastin remembered and John Radford, and Rocky, and Wrighty. Erm we may have a problem getting in the ground we have been so lucky to have so many greats.

  74. Gööner In Exile says:

    When I went to Goodison my brother wanted a pic in front of Dixie Dean, it was nice that they tied a blue and white scarf round him, I guess for match days but gives him a bit of life rather than just a cold statue.

  75. PM in drafts Peachy. :)

  76. fatgingergooner says:

    Massive game tomorrow. The type of game that can start a very good, or very bad run, depending on the result.

    I hate it when we play Liverpool. I was brought up watching things like Robbie Fowler scoring the fastest ever hat-trick, Michael Owen with 2 late goals in the FA Cup final, and Neil Mellor doing the only memorable thing he ever did in his short career when smashing in a last minute 30 yarder!

    Looking at recent stats I should be confident, but I can’t help but remember when Liverpool were our bogey team.

    Hopefully we will continue our fine recent form against them and bag 3 very important points. 1-0 to the Arsenal would be a welcome result.

  77. chas says:

    Where are these?

  78. Gööner In Exile says:

    Old Trafford (Best, ???, Charlton)

    Sunderland (Bob Stokoe)

    3rd no idea… Can’t work out the badge

  79. Gööner In Exile says:

    If Frank Ribery played for an English club how many variations on a Hole in my Bucket would we hear this weekend?

  80. arnie says:

    Photo 1: Best, Law, Charlton (Old Toilet)

    No. 2 – GiE has already said

    Photo 3: Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool)?

  81. Charybdis1966 says:

    Ps peachy/Raspers you can change the title if you want.

  82. kelsey says:

    Morning

    I am no fan of these lunch time Saturday kick offs as they can either make or break the rest of the day or get one thinking …if only.

    Rodgers won’t use the same formation as he did aat The Emirates and it will be a big test for Mert and Kos but they are solid as a rock when played together as stats prove.

    Arteta is one of the key figures for me today.Is he fully fit ?
    I read that Podolski has only ever started and played 90 minutes twice since joining us, so I presume he will be on the bench.
    I don’t think we will see any changes from last week except Gibbs starting at LB

    Liverpool’s defence is suspect and Mignolet is prone to the odd clanger so hopefully we will test him.

    Whatever the result I wouldn’t say it decides anything but the pressure is on Liverpool even moreso than us.

    A draw wouldn’t be the end of the world but of course a win would be a huge statement. Enjoy.

  83. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Today is simple for me. Win and we’re Champions. :-)

  84. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not happy with the lunchtime KO. Snaps the day in two.

    Off early to the coast. 20ft+ waves off North Cornwall today, then hurtle back for game.

  85. chas says:

    I’ve seen that the swell down Devon is going to be up around 30 feet this afternoon.
    I’d say it’s over that already.

    Nice pre-match, kelsey, though could do with a photo of someone with as much hair on their face as you’ve got on your head.

  86. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Look at the spray from these waves

  87. chas says:

    Fever Pitch was on last night (gloriously advert-free) and that run in where we thrashed Norwich, sneaked a win at Ironopolis, then proceeded to lose at home to Derby and draw with Wimbledon tells you everything you need to know about a title chase.

  88. chas says:

    Feck, that’s amazing.
    Are you going to be watching from the ‘storm’ pub?

  89. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Just checked and it’s a Neap Tide today. The most spectacular/damaging being on a Spring Tide ie every two weeks (New Moon and Full Moon) when it rises an extra 3m and gets closer to shore/sea defences.

  90. MickyDidIt89 says:

    You are referring to The Wreckers Inn at Hartland Quai. No. Have to get home for a small football match :-)

    Damn yes. Was at both the Derby and Wimbledon games, and the mood was very doomy.

  91. fatgingergooner says:

    No place for travel problems today! We need 90+ minutes of full concentration, high work rate, and clinical finishing.

    I’d like to think we can cause problems for a back 5 that will probably include Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure and Cissokho.

    I just hope we get some favourable decisions and pick up 3 vital points.

  92. chas says:

    GIE,
    Funny you didn’t get Denis Law who Dennis Bergkamp was named after (apparently they added an ‘n’ either because Denis is too much like Denise, the registrar wouldn’t accept Denis or they just didn’t know how to spell it :) )

    Arnie, correct.

  93. fatgingergooner says:

    If you are watching on BT Sport don’t forget the mute button!

    With the likes of Michael Owen, David James and Steve McManaman it will no doubt be a Liverpool sausage fest!

  94. chas says:

    Have a quick look at this from 1.20. :)

  95. chas says:

    FGG, mute button is a must.

    Liverpool sausage fest. :lol:

  96. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas

    Just thinking ahead to all the Pre and Post Match reports needing doing. There are only a limited amount of authors, and it’s always a problem with post matchers.

    People like LB and Arnie spend hours and hours doing one. How about copy and pasting full match stats from somewhere.

    As Kelsey correctly points out (and I have on numerous occasions) by Sunday the game has been watched and discussed to death anyway, so maybe match stats might be an easy way out.

    I’d be happy to be doing the ctrl c and v’ing :-)

  97. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Could anyone explain The Swingometer? ROLF

  98. chas says:

    Micky,
    A match report for Sunday after an early kick off is even more ridiculous as the game seems like days ago. The problem with posting full match stats is copyright more than anything.

    Squawka is where I get the heat maps from. You can look at overall stats or individual player stats.
    http://www.squawka.com/match-results

    I think the best solution is really controversial player ratings.

  99. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all.

    Micky in short a loss today makes us down on last season so bad for swing. I assume no ones surfing in these conditions today or is everyone absolute nutters down there?

    Chas once Arnie said it was obvious :) I knew Dennis was named after Law but I thought his parents spelt it wrong not the registrars.

  100. chas says:

    The 2-0 against them at Anfield last season came in the 3rd game of the season after two tedious 0-0 draws to Sunderland and Stoke.
    Mannone, Jenks, Vermaelen and Diaby were playing.
    Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla’s Arsenal careers were 2 games old.

    I think that explains the Swingometer nicely. :)

    Must dash.

  101. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Yeah, you’re right.

    “Controversial player ratings” gets people talking more than anything else on MR. If I ever spent three hours doing one, and someone responded with a one liner of “Excellent, just as I saw it. Now let’s talk about the weather and that 6.5 you gave to Arteta”. I’d think “well what was the ‘king point then” and want to smash his face in :-)

    Ok, then. Petition to Peaches.
    We the undersigned (that’ll be Chas and Didit) suggest player ratings only from now on. Of course if some lunatic wants to write words, then cool.

  102. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Exile

    No, no surfing, but on the last Spring surge a week ago, some dudes surfed the tidal wave through Bideford Town Centre :-)

    Mate of my wife sent clip to her Facebook. I asked her to send it to me so I could stick it up here, but technical breakdown.

  103. fatgingergooner says:

    I’m working today so going to watch on my phone. The 30 second delay does my head in as I sometimes get goal alerts before they’ve even gone in!

    I’m going for a 1-0 to the Arsenal today with a dodgy penalty getting us the points.

  104. Gööner In Exile says:

    Diaby played beautifully that day.

  105. Morning all

    I agree with all your comments about match reporting but sometimes some words are needed and several of our authors love to find the right words to describe an event.

    Player ratings are definitely a way to reduce the angst of writing a report.

    Also a lunchtime ko does make a report a bit useless.

    So, who wants to volunteer to send some player ratings for the post tomorrow?

  106. fatgingergooner says:

    Are we not including key stats too? Ie shots on/off, possession etc

    Here’s an idea, why not just find Wengers post match thoughts on the game and put those as a write up? Job done!

  107. I still have to sort it whatever the form.

  108. It was the umpteenth coming of Diaby, what a great player he should have been, such a shame.

  109. fatgingergooner says:

    GiE ,

    He was unplayable. Reminded me of Yaya the way he bossed the midfield.

    Such a shame he’s never been fit.

    Anyway, that conversations been had a thousand times. Hopefully Wilshere can do the same today and boss the midfield.

  110. Fgg – but Arsene often doesn’t see things like we do :lol:

  111. fatgingergooner says:

    Peaches,

    I can do the write up if you want? I’m recording the game so will watch it again when I get in from work.

    God, I hope we win otherwise that’s 90 minutes I will never get back! :)

  112. fatgingergooner says:

    Exactly Peaches,

    What better way to start a Sunday than to disagree with the clubs manager!

    Oh dear, there will be trolls everywhere…

  113. MickyDidIt89 says:

  114. fatgingergooner says:

    Hahaha!

    Just seen the headline ‘Torres Injury Boost’ on the SSN app, then it goes on to say that Torres has NOT recovered from his knee injury!

    I hope that’s a hint of sarcasm by the writer rather than a mistake :)

  115. MickyDidIt89 says:

  116. Thanks fgg, I accept your offer. You can include stuff from Arsenes presser if you like.

  117. evonnee says:

    Emirates grounds are huge, lots of scope for many more legends to be immortalised.

    Very quiet in the shower, is the chanteur nervous?

  118. chas says:

    Perhaps he’s cracking one out thinking of Jamie in his tight trousers.

  119. kelsey says:

    Arsene’s post match interviews are always the same words just mixed up a little.

    Belief…qualitee…focus…a litel slow to start with….we ave the right mental altitude….i didn’t see that :) e as a positive aaltitude.

    Oh yes I ope to ave a new zip next winter.

  120. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh God Chas, just had a vision of the scouse Full Kit Wanker you stuck up.

  121. kelsey says:

    Would you like the ratings now. All an 8 bar two, who get one point less and one point more respectively.

  122. evonnee says:

    It was an awesome opening ceremony in Sochi, simply amazing. What a shame about millions living in Russia in extreme poverty, crazy world.

    Kels – most men would like to speak with Arsene’s out-of-this- world accent. The rest would like to have his money and sartorial problems

  123. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Rubbish Kelsey. He was a 5, tops.

  124. evonnee says:

    We have very good record against Pool last few years. I have a bad feeling for today. I hope has deep pockets to fit both Suarez and Sturridge in there

  125. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonnee

    Missed the opening ceremony, although noted that hypocritical tosspot Obama didn’t go as a protest.

    Can’t wait for looging, skeleton, hockey, and skiing.

  126. evonnee says:

    I hope that PER has deep pockets!!!

    Pity we have no button to edit posted comments

  127. kelsey says:

    Well Micky

    I watched it on Arabic TV so I might have got the two of them mixed up.

    So are we getting An Alternative Report with Ratings tomorrow.

    We could do a report made up purely of Beatles hits, I would love that

    something like.

    It’s Been a Hard Days night or The long and Winding Road or HELP :)

  128. evonnee says:

    ski jumps and ice hockey for me Micky.
    Obama is all right, bit confused all right; his loss, the ceremony was the best I have seen so far

  129. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Kelsey

    I am counting, and so far this morning you’ve done three reports already.

  130. evonnee says:

    Kelsey :)

    what about ‘Hey Jude’ for Ollie?

  131. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Evonnee,
    Obama is interested in Obama. That’s it. He’s a slimy self serving creep.
    Not mad about the jumps. The snowboarding trick stuff is pretty amazing. Makes me wonder why surfing isn’t an olympic sport. Everything else is.

  132. fatgingergooner says:

    Who are The Beatles?
    :)

  133. evonnee says:

    it is unbelievable that Rooney has no tattooes!!!

    I don’t know enough about Obama to judge him, but America is a horrible country full stop, so I guess it is difficult to run it being a nice guy.

    Try watching ski jumps Micky and support Polish guys, you may get hooked and you would appreciate balance, pose, every muscle working… beautiful

  134. chas says:

    Weather looks like it might be diabolical. Could be a bit of a lottery.

  135. evonnee says:

    ginga – they were the only positive thing I heard about England when I was growing up in the communist Poland

  136. evonnee says:

    my fav song written about me, love playing it on match days

  137. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Along the ground firmly, Chas. All will be well :-)

    Ok, Evonne, I’ll give the jumping a proper go.

  138. kelsey says:

    I hope the ref hasn’t got a Rubber Soul .

  139. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Off out. Will be ready for KO.

  140. Rasp says:

    Morning all …..

    ….. New post ……..

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