Saturday, 28 August 2010

Job done and travelling home

Reds Homeward bound
That's it now get on the coach and come home to London. Arsenal nullified the long ball football of Blackburn and did enough to come away with the three points. By utilising that bit of quality against this pedestrian yet problematic team meant Arsenal ensured a three point haul from up North. Not something that we have taken for granted since the days of the Invincibles so worth enjoying. There will be tougher tests to come but, you know the old cliche 'one game at a time'

AA celebrates winner at Ewood
Nothing spectacular about the game but the result was all important. It was lovely to see Theo's emphatic finish and he actually ended the game with the ball in the net three times (with just the one counting). Early doors as they say, but Top of the table (for a while at least) with a long break for internationals ahead and hopefully a new keeper by deadline time; it's a pretty good days work.

Friday, 27 August 2010

It's Grim up North part 2- 2010/2011


Here we go again with a visit to Allrdyce's gladiatorial arena. We need strong minds and ample stretchers but these are the fixtures that you just have to get on with; travel up north, dig in, get a result, get back home, job done! It's a simple as that. No bleating about bully boy tactics, bad referees or bad football, just do the job. This season we have to view teams like Blackburn for what they are; average. If we can't overcome Blackburn and the other teams that comprise the Premiership's meat and drink then we don't deserve anything.
Time to stop being counted out and time to stand up and be counted. 

Sam Allardyce and Neill McDonald to a break from training

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Arsenal advert break

arshavin & chamakh rules-nike 2010

For many a year it seems that Arsenal players have been part of some of the hippest advertising campaigns; more so than any other club. From Ian Wright up to Andre Arshavin, the most creative adds in the footballmarket favour Arsenal. Is this a reflection of London or of the style of play of the club, or the global make up of the squad? The fact remains that while many other club's players appear in adverts it seems that when a brand wants to use a bit of edge or va va voom in a campaign they got to the Arsenal.
kung fu gunners
ian wright kick it
TH14 at home
Fabregas total control
Bergkamp cheese
Pires v wiltord

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Observations on early doors

So the season has begun in earnest after what seems a slight pause rather than a mid season break. Liverpool off to a poor start with the indignity of a Europa league campaign ahead. Man City becoming a freak show. Sp*rs on the brink with Young Boys. Gallas is still insane-"New Tottenham signing William Gallas believes Spurs have a chance of winning the Premier League this season"-BBC Sport. The usual average teams performing averagelly and the new boys sharing the usual mixed fortunes. Joey Barton is still an imbecile-"Joey Barton has been forced to fend off unexpected controversy over his celebration of Newcastle's opening goal against Aston Villa, with some observers suggesting he made a 'Nazi salute'"-Metro. Chelsea canonised for putting 6 goals past lesser opposition, and Arsenal? well Arsenal have gone to Anfield and salvaged a point as opposed to early last season when we went to Old Trafford and threww two points away. A six goal win at home as opposed to a six goal win away last season. Some new players; Chamakh looks ok, Kascielny looks good and the latest addition Squillaci? who knows?.
The goalkeeping situation is the major issue for me; to continue the season with the current goalkeeper/s will prove catastrophic. Based on some interesting stats presented on 'it's up for grabs' Blog, poor goalkeepers cost Arsenal a minimum of (provable) 12 points last season. Bearing in mind we finished 11 points behind Chelsea this has to be a fact that Wenger dare not neglect. Perhaps there is more going on behind the scenes connected to the arrival of a new keeper than we are aware of.
Hansen continues to opine in the same vein as Chris-Diamond lights/penalty miss-Waddle, in criticism of Walcott. Of course MOTD just presents opinions but is taken as read by a number of football supporters up and down the country. MOTD also continues with it's northern bias and distorted highlights so should be taken with a pinch of salt. All i would say is that Theo seems like a decent young man, he is only 21 (how polished was Hansen at this age) and with some more work on aspects of his game he can and will make a positive contribution at Arsenal.
The Clock returns at the Emirates and a trip up north beckons this Saturday. So far so good (ish). What the season holds for Arsenal is hard to predict. I've given up trying to predict how well we will do. With this set of players and Arsene's well documented philosophies it's anybodies guess. I suppose that makes the season interesting.
Last season, I felt, was a case of Chelsea winning a poor league and other teams not taking the opportunity to take advantage and impose a bit of quality over a consistent stretch of matches. This season with four trophies up for grabs, it's inevitable that Wenger will again focus on two; that's just what he does and unfortunately this won't change.
If finishing in a Champions League place is the stated aim at the Club then we should achieve this, but I wonder how much longer this lack of ambition will be tolerated. I suppose as long as the announcer at the Emirates tells us that "today's attendance, 60,000" every home game it's enough for the board.

In closing I expect that Arsenal will continue to thrill and frustrate in equal measure, little will change with certain players (primarily those whose names begin with the Letters D & A) Arsene will continue doggedly with his 'philosophy' and there will be the usual frustrations. I do feel though, that there are one or two players with points to prove and if fitness does not hamper us like last year, who knows?

I guess that's why I keep renewing my season ticket, keep hoping and keep going because: who knows?


Many a film and TV show has had a pub in it, but here’s a list from good stuff. So name that Pub; Thanks to all those who entered this competition both from this site and wellyousaythat

"In a thin glass"

Here are the answers;

Mother black cap - Withnail and I
Vick and comet-Get carter
Lion and unicorn-The Long Good Friday
Nailgun Arms- Nathan Barley
Kebab and calculator - the young ones
Duke of new York- Clockwork Orange
Kavanaghs- the Wire
The Pavilion - Up the Junction
Nell of Old Drury – Frenzy -ARSENAL TEAM PHOTO PROUDLY DISPLAYED IN THE BAR(yeah a bit tenous)
The Winchester (2004)-Shaun of The Dead
The Winchester (1979 )-Minder
The Hand and Racquet - Hancock's Half hour
The Duke Of Burgundy - Passport To Pimlico
The Wakeley Arms – Straw Dogs
The Railway Arms-Life on Mars
The Slaughtered Lamb- An American Werewolf in London
The Queen's Haemorrhoids – Jabberwocky
The Four Feathers - Brighton Rock
The Salisbury Hotel-The Long Good friday
The Crow and Crown- Withnail and I

And the Lucky Winner is

Announced on tomorrows post

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