Saturday, 29 December 2012



Beating the eventual League Champions. Being in the last 16 of the Champions League at the End of the year. The spirited 2nd leg against Milan. Carzola. The 5-2 x 2 against that lot up the road. Thierry's goal against Leeds. The end of Almunia.The Reading comeback. Buying Jenkinson. Diaby v Liverpool. The return of Jack.

Losing our fifth captain in seven years. The increase in season ticket prices. The first leg against Milan. 'The wonder of you'. Boxing Day cancelled. Decline of Arshavin, Chamakh and Gervinho. Diaby injured again. Contract wrangles. Deadwood. Defence. Kroenke. Playing 'what's my position?'. In-fighting.

The purple and black monstrosity. Bradford. The curious case of Park Chu Young.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012


Arsenal Football Club Band
Blaze Away! (A Holzmann)
Semper Fidelis (JP Sousa)

Arsenal Football Club Band
With Sword and Lance (H Starke)
The Thunderer (JP Sousa)

Arsenal Football Club Band
Triumphant (JD White)
Orion (J Lafont)

image 2 courtesy

Saturday, 22 December 2012


Loath as I am to write anything that might be construed as a match report here on arsenalism© (others do that sort of thing far better than I) but watching today’s victory against Wigan athletic I was transported back over the decades and fully expected to hear the dulcet tones of Brian Moore as the game felt exactly like an old episode of The Big Match.

A grey wet day, that feels like a Sunday, with the Arsenal playing a Northern team in a slightly empty stadium in a match that was mostly perspiration over style, bringing back a 0-1 result. British players on display and a Christmas gesture from the club to the travelling support.

Still a win is a win and a momentary slaking of thirst. A pity we now have to wait until the 29th for hostilities to resume. A home game against Newcastle will no doubt be a good opportunity to get out of the house and shake the cobwebs of Festive over indulgence off. I dare say I will see some of you readers before/after the game at the HC: “I look forward to it Brian”

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Average Red &White Band

The Madjeski stadium is an intimate old-fashioned friendly stadium and one in which I saw the Arsenal notch up a well deserved 2-5 victory. Regardless of the fact that Reading gave Carzola, Wilshere and Arteta lashings of time on the ball the performance and indeed the team selection was effective and invigorating.

En route I saw the number plate CG11 AFC and was pleased as punch to see Charlie George behind the wheel on his way to the ebulient away section. I was also pleasantly surprised when stumbling upon the ‘Jazz Café’ that is part of the Mad Stad. It looked like a fine example of old school club aesthetics with its proud display of previous acts including Alexander O’Neill, Shakatak, Average White Band and The Stylistics. If only the Emirates had an eighties style Jazz Funk nightclub attached to the Clock End, happy days would ensue of that I am sure.

This was the first away game that I had travelled to in a while and I was nestled among the home support with my cousins who are life long Reading supporters. Where I sat enjoying the five-goal haul was adjacent to the tremendous Arsenal away support. The banter between the opposing supporters was both good-natured and at times extremely funny.

Such was the inevitability of victory at 0-4 that gallows humour came into play. Each Arsenal chant was met with a witty rejoinder from the Royals faithful.

Some examples being

“F*cked on the telly, you’re getting f*cked on the telly”- Arsenal
“F*cked on the telly, we’re getting f*cked on the telly”-Reading

“4-0 and you f*cked I up, 4-0 and you f*cked it up”-Arsenal
“Bradford and you f*cked it up”-Reading

And the best exchange

“Chamakh scored 2, Chamakh scored 2, how shit must you be? Chamakh scored 2”-Arsenal
“Brian, Brian, sign him up, Brian, Sign him up”-Reading

To watch an Arsenal team that looked balanced and reflected the best players available was pleasing and I hope that this performance makes it tough to tinker with the starting eleven. The result was much needed and in a Premier League where you have to face the good the bad and the ugly, three points are three points.

My only regret from a thoroughly enjoyable away day was that I wasn't able to visit the Jazz Cafe: now that would have rounded things off perfectly.

Saturday, 15 December 2012


Planet of the apes is not only a great and seminal Sci-Fi movie but, when watched again, one can draw strong analogies with Arsenal Football Club in 2012. Here's the 'talking doll' evidence.

Stranger in a strange land-Critics
Taylor is a critic of the apes Utopian idealism and Dr. Zaius literally wants to silence any criticism.

Changing landscapes-Changing face of the game
Dr. Zaius is dogmatic about his view on ape culture and is dismissive of evidence that suggests his views are flawed. Doggedly continuing down a path that prevents sub divisions within the apes from developing and challenging the status quo.

Reverse evolution-Decline in achievement
Although the apes are the new order they are, technologically less advanced than the culture they replaced 

Science over religion-Statistics over Belief
The apes belief system is kept intact by having dissenters ridiculed and marginalised.

The Tribunal-The Board
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, is the mantra as the autocratic Tribunal hold themselves to be above reason or accountability.

The Forbidden Zone-Highbury
taylor is taken to the Forbidden Zone where he is exposed to the past and a more aspirational culture. Here he faces the cold hard reality of what has been lost.

Ape shall not kill ape-We are all in this together
Despite different sections of ape culture having different roles and social standings there is an underlying ethos that 'ape shall not kill ape' or 'Victoria Concordia Crescit'

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