Friday, 31 December 2010

PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2010

Tough one. Consistency has not been our strong point, so for end of last season CF and for start of this SN have to share. Honourable mentions to Thomas Vermaelen & Marouane Chamakh.

High points being Cesc's stroll through Sp*rs defence
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlq0fIoOMaQ

 and THAT Samir goal in the Champions League.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tx-R5jxpr4

In terms of the 'least' player that's a hard one but Rosicky (based on ability)has been a let down, Arshavin (again, looking at his ability) has yet to prove consisitent. But Our Goalkeepers Almunia and Fabianski must share this wooden spoon. Unfortunately there are not enough spoons to go around our host of under achievers.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Homer win followed by Odyssey to Wigan exposes Achilles Heel while Wenger's Nero fiddles away

Me last night, having watched the highlights after avoiding the score all evening;
"Any game where, Diaby & Denilson are anchoring midfield the ineffectual Rosicky and the erratic Arshavin are supporting them and where you have a central pairing of whom 1 gives away a penalty and the other scores an OG in front of a problematic keeper, is going to be a struggle. Add to that a 3 man offensive unit who have never played together,whilst leaving in-form Nasri, a buzzing Walcott and a confident Djourou on the bench and you have a recipe for disaster. Fact is that the 89th minute ‘non penalty’ should have been irrelevant against a 10 man Wigan had the momentum from the Chelsea game been maintained by a rational team selection. Oh did I say rational. Tonight was 1 point gained but 2 points dropped. It seems that this team shoots itself in the foot time after time; and we all know who’s loading the gun!"

After a bit of reflection and a cup of coffee I feel that the result in itself is not bad,however, within the context of the Chelsea game and the current state of the top of the league it's extremely frustrating. More so as I firmly believe that the league is won and lost on 2-1 leads that are maintained for 3 point or lost for 1.
Wenger's team selection, poor performances from talented players,average players unable to raise their game and refereeing decisions are all imponderables. However there is one incontrovertible fault at the heart of Arsenal's erratic form. One factor that, if Wenger gleans anything from training sessions is something that he should address; either in terms of personnel or repetition of training regimes.

So far this season Arsenal have scored as many goals as current leaders Manchester United and more than Chelsea, Man City, Sp*rs and other top four candidates. Arsenal have also (jointly with Man City) won the most games so far this season.Therefore clearly we have a defensive problem;specifically that an unbelievable 50 % of goals conceded have come from set pieces. This is clearly, even to the most stubborn of manager, a major problem.A better first choice goalkeeper, utilising Chamakh and Bendtner more effectivelly on set plays where the ball is lofted into our area, more effective training focusing on this area, purchase of central defender/s that are better equipped to cope with this? none of these things seem to be happening.



To mix classical references, if set piece's are our Achilles heel why is Wenger fiddling while Rome burns?
Arsenal New Year DVD trailer

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

RETURN OF THE GUNNERS AFC 3 CFC 1

Gunners the real thing as Chelsea feel the force
"The more you tighten your grip, Ancelotti, the more points will slip through your fingers"-Princess Leia

Monday, 27 December 2010

Revenge of the Gunners


"By 2014 we want to be internationally recognised as the number one club "-Peter Kenyon
"Stamford Bridge, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villiany."-Obi Wan Kenobi

As long time readers of Arsenalism will know, my view is that Chelsea equates to the evil Empire and Arsenal, are the Force's yin to their yang. Drogba and the rest of the obnoxious Stormtroopers, marshaled by Abramovitch's Evil Emperor and Kenyon's Darth Vader need to feel the power of the Force personified by Arsenal's purity of philosophy. They said that Jedi's were above the concept of revenge; I beg to differ. I want to see good conquer evil at the Emirates, not just to have the moral high ground but I want revenge!

"The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side."-Yoda

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Three Hos and a lady

Merry Christmas from Greta Gynt Star of The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

Some facts that may be cause for optimism

Manchester United have twice surrendered a Yuletide lead - to Arsenal, in both 1997-98 and 2003-04.

Since its formation in 1992 each Premier League winner has come out of those that are in the top five on Christmas Day

Santa Claus has a big white beard and can travel the world in 24 hours.

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer had a very shinny nose. apparently if you ever saw it you could even say it glows.
..and even Scrooge turned into a big spender!
You see? anythings possible.

Monday, 20 December 2010

ARSENAL V chelsea. Time for a change


P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Arsenal
174
69
51
54
249
224
+25
Chelsea
174
54
51
69
224
249
-25


Its about time we redressed the balance against a ‘big’ side. Chelsea are well over due a beating at the Emirates. Its been three years almost to the week since our number 10 got a winner and Cesc made a point to Cole (always a pleasure to see).
1-0
We have gone from the team that always beats Chelsea to the team that always seems to get punished by them.
1-0 will do and it would be a tonic that Arsenal’s current team sorely need. I can't abide Chelsea; they're like the rich man's spoilt brat. A deeply unpleasant set of individuals from top to bottom. They have been better than us recently and that's undeniable.
It would be great to see a little of that smugness gone, come final whistle on the 27th. As we did when we put a spoke in their title wheel in 2008, but this time let's have all three points.

a song for Cole

Friday, 17 December 2010

ARSENAL v BARCELONA

Arsenal v Barcelona; Foregone conclusion? Not at all. Let’s not forget that last time round Arsenal scored 3 goals against them over the two legs.
Currently Barca are a club buoyed by success, playing good football with a high degree of confidence. They are managed by a man who is in the middle of a great spell at the club.  Arsenal have a set of players with huge question marks hanging over them and a Manager who, at best, is overly pragmatic and has lost his eye for a player.

Arsenal can beat Barcelona over two legs but it depends on a lot (a hell of a lot) of ifs.  
On the basis that there are not going to be two or three world class signings in January; why would Wenger change the habits of a life time? To conquer the Catalans the following ‘ifs’ need to happen.

If Vermaelan, Fabregas and Van Persie are back and fit.Giving us a spine
If Arshavin can produce over 180 minutes what we know he’s capable of
If Nasri retains his current form
If Song sticks to sitting in front of the defence
If Gibbs is back with a run of games at left back.
If Walcott and Wilshire’s mercurial nature can impact in the games.
If Chamakh and Bendtner are utilised appropriately.
If our goalkeeper (whoever that may be) has a decent game
If Rosicky suddenly discovers what he's actually on the pitch to do
And most importantly, if the team can view the last game at the Camp Nou in the right way and see this as a chance to gain vengeance rather than an opportunity to stand back and be dazzled and intimidated.

Let’s not get things out of proportion Barcelona are not gods sent down from Asgard and Olympus. I think, however, that with this set of players the mental barrier is going to be the biggest one to conquer. Particularly if we face them with the likes of Diaby, Denilson and Eboue (although to be fair to Eboue i have no problem when he's deployed at right back) who have had their chance to shine and are never going to be of the requisite quality.

Inter Milan and Mourinho didn’t have that mental barrier last time and they prevailed. That’s the Champions League for you

Arsenal v Fight Club

Looking ahead to Saturdays game against Stoke...

Pullis' new signing

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Man Utd v Arsenal-predictablly inevitable and inevitably predictable

After the result at Old Trafford it just goes to show that this season's race for the Premiership title is like Wacky Races: a bunch of clapped out jalopies stumbling towards the finish line, with the least incompetent turning their moment out front into a finishing line triumph despite dubious ability.
Next stops for Wenger's Professor Pat Pending are Stoke City in the Boulder Mobile and the Anthill Mob alias Chelsea.
the league

Monday, 13 December 2010

MEMORIES OF MATCHES PAST

Wiltord scores a significant goal at Old Trafford. No not that one, this one in the FA Cup

MEMORIES OF MATCHES PAST


“Ruud van Nistelrooy is a cheat and a coward who is sneaky in the way he goes about fouling other players. Everyone thinks he’s a nice guy but, in fact, he’s a son of a bitch. He has a history of incidents that all too often have gone unnoticed,”
“He has punched Freddie Ljungberg and elbowed Lauren. At Arsenal we hated him and had real reason to do so. I can’t stand the sight of Van Nistelrooy. He’s a great player — but everything about him annoys me.”-PATRICK VIEIRA


I hope we won't be discussing cheating tonight, although,  based on past evidence

Saturday, 11 December 2010

manchester united v ARSENAL -date with destiny?


Manchester United V Arsenal. Always a big game and in the not too distant past an immensely important game. Defining moments have occurred for both teams in these games and in the Cups it remains a biggie.

However in League terms the positive results at Old Trafford have been significant.

The time was that this fixture (and the corresponding one at Highbury/Emirates) was the top game in the top flight. Regardless of a variety of teams challenging for the title, this fixture since Alex Ferguson arrived, has been the best. Against Graham to an extent but against Wenger definitely.

Forget the Newcastle v Liverpool games, don’t mention the Chelsea v Liverpool encounters, dismiss the Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United moments; Arsenal v Man U/Man U v Arsenal games were the battles of Britain

Let’s see if 13/12/10 goes into the annals as a defining moment.

Clash

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Last sixteen-the luck of the draw



Okay we didn't top our ECL Group; Doom and gloom abound, but...

Top of The Premier League. Semi Final of The Carling Cup against  Championship opponents. Home draw in the FA Cup against Championship opponents. Qualified for last 16 in The Champions League. Not bad, not bad at all. But what do the football fates have in store?

The draw for the last 16 takes place 12.00CET Friday 17th December. And Arsenal have the least choice in teams they can be drawn against, with the four choices being

Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
FC Schalke 04
Barcelona

Other Teams have combinations of 6, 7 or 8 different clubs they can play. Arsenal just the four, three of the teams ex European Champions at that. hmm I wonder....

play your cards right?

You could look at things and say 'exciting times ahead', what with Monday's trip to Old Trafford as well. Glass half full or half empty?
I have to say (surprisingly) half full.

"Faites vos jeux"

Champions Leagues- Cliche special

All the English clubs have finished top of their EUFA Champions League groups which narrows down the teams that Arsenal would draw should we finish second in our group; If we finish second. Or we could not qualify and go into the Europa cup. Or we could finish top of the group. The reason I posit these scenarios is that there are a number of ways of thinking about things.

1. Oh no what a disaster finishing second! we might get Barcelona.
2. Great, finishing second means we get to play one of the 'big boys'
3. Triffic we've managed to finish top and we will get a softer draw
4. Shit were in the Europa which means Thursday afternoons channel 5
5. Lovely, were in the Europa which I reckon we can win
6. Que Serra Serra

See? none of it is worth worrying about. It's a bit of a 'run before you can walk' situation.
You pays you re money and you takes your chance, its a competition where inevitably you will meet a good team so let's just get to the position where we are in the draw. My concern is always to avoid English teams in the latter stages if possible, but should we get that far and draw one maybe it's our turn after being knocked out by Chelsea Man Utd and Liverpool.

What this season has taught me is ; Expect nothing and you may be nicely surprised.

Let's win tonight Gunners and let the chips fall where they may.
Partizan Belgrade fan merch

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Best of a bad bunch Top Table

"We're so good that even when we're shit we win"-Stuart 'The Brand' Bagge: The Apprentice

Here we sit, again, atop the Premier League table; this time for at least a week. How we got here is a question that is hard to answer. Certainly Nasri's continued quality made the difference during a lack lustre game at an Emirates with notable empty seats. The half hearted boos of the Talkspite listeners among the Fulham fans that greeted Arshavin's touches did little to inspire any sort of retorts. The game itself followed the pattern we have come to expect at The Emirates and therefore no one was really surprised that Fulham fashioned an equaliser to Nasri's wonder goal. To take the lead again was a matter of that little bit of quality that some of our players have. Results elsewhere and the Blackpool weather meant that, at the final whistle we knew that Arsenal were top of the tree.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75_43bPXs2Q
1-0 & 2-1
You can't argue with facts and with games against Chelsea and Man Utd to come, the improbable could happen; Arsenal going into the new year clear at the top.

What is frustrating though is the three games lost at home. Had we even managed to draw those games (which should have been the minimum from the positions we were in) then we would have that bit of breathing space at the top.

Never the less, in as much as the sun has decided to come out and lighten the winter gloom, the fact that Arsenal are on top of the league is cause for a wry smile and a contemplative "you never know"

Table Topping Arsenal

Saturday, 4 December 2010

ARSENAL v FULHAM irrational dislike

I don’t mind Fulham; little club a ground full of character. Last year they did okay under Hodgson and we’ve given them Inamoto, Boa Morte and Volz over the years.
Don’t mind them at all. However, they now have that great filthy lumbering oaf managing them.
Probably the dirtiest player of his generation and a managerial failure.He even played for that lot with the awful Stadium by Brompton cemetery.
MH getting lairy
Therefore I want to beat them as i want to beat every team, but this desire is also based on seeing Mark Hughes lose. Sorry Fulham but 'Sparky' is a permed thug.
Here he is in THE worst kit of all time

Friday, 3 December 2010

TALKHATE RADIO

Anti Arsenal Talksport and in particular anti Arsenal Adrian Durham have plumbed the depths of xenophobic hate and stupidity. After England failing to get the World cup, or should that be, Russia getting the World Cup. Durham had this to say about Andre Arshavin, who took part in the Russian bid:
"He shouldn't be welcomed back into England after what he did to us" He added that Arshavin "should be booed when he returns to club duty for Arsenal"

I don't listen to Talksport anymore but plenty of people do and this smacks of the Eduardo witch hunt. Anyone who saw the BCFC fans behaviour the other night knows that planting a seed of hate could have terrible repercussions. If you feel that Durham should be bought to task, rather than just ignored for the fool he is, contact any of these addresses.

onairquery@talksport.co.uk

alice.furse@talksport.co.uk
press
Atif.Shabir@talksport.co.uk
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It's hate mongering xenophobia pure and simple.

COMMENT FROM JOHN T
methinks international football breeds xenophobia, hatred and indeed racism.    We should not let it interrupt our club football season.  International football should be carried out during the Summer break, and any injuries on returning to their clubs should be at the expense of the National sides, who would be expected to have insurance to cover them.   Players can then decide on Nationalism or family holidays.   Not sure of the nationalism in football / sport and similar illnesses is a particularly English disease or if it spread evenly across the globe.

But Goonerish it is, always

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