Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Why can't Arsenal bring out a DECENT new kit??!!

Over the last few days I've seen numerous Arsenal sites and blogs with pictures of Arsenal's new away kit for next season. Nobody is 100% certain if any of the kits are genuine, but I'm 100% certain that I probably won't like the new strip when we are eventually exposed to it.

Nike, one of the top sports companies in the history of the galaxy, design our kits and I sometimes wonder whether they can actually be bothered to do the job. Perhaps Arsenal are last on the designers list or something and the fella/mushmalt is too knackered or pissed to do the job properly. Maybe he/she is a Spud?

I think it's time Arsenal brought out a retro style strip, one from the seventies or something like that. My missus bought me an 1975 yellow Arsenal shirt from some site called Toffs and I love it. Not only is it retro, it has a bloody collar too!

Arsenal had that shirt that marked the last season at Highbury, redcurrant wasn't it? That is what I'm talking about. The only thing I didn't like was the colour! But that is the sort of design I'm feeling. Old Skool baby!

I feel even worse now I've seen the new England kit. That is a little blinder and I'm definitely going to purchase that. I wanna feel that way about an Arsenal kit! I don't want to buy it just because I feel I have to, I want to look in the mirror and feel suave, I wanna feel good and look good, I wanna wear it to a wedding.

I dunno, maybe I'm being a little harsh on the tosser who designs Arsenal's kits. Maybe I'm just a little fussy. What do YOU think?

I think old skool is the new cool and Arse-a-nal should do too!

Keep it Goonerish....................

Monday, 30 March 2009

Eduardo reminds me of Robbie Fowler, back him to be Premiership top scorer NEXT season

If you are like me and are partial to the odd flutter down the bookies then you might want to take my advice. Or you may not. It's up to you. I'm not forcing you.

I'm going to the bookies and I'm going to ask Tracy in William Hill what the odds are for Eduardo being the Premiership's top-scorer NEXT season. I think he is fully capable of producing the goods

Since the Premiership began there have been plenty of goal-scorers to admire. Arsenal have our very own Ian Wright, a legend and my hero until recently (Sorry Joppa) and Thierry Henry, a man who doubted his own ability to score goals but who now sits proudly as our greatest scorer in the history of the club.

A player who didn't grace the red and white of Arsenal but who seemed to love scoring against us was Robbie Fowler. I'd argue that he was the most natural finisher to play in the Premier League since it began. He could have gone on to greater things had he not suffered from injuries.

Eduardo reminds me of Robbie Fowler. He is colder than cool in front of goal and I'm surprised if he misses a chance when given the opportunity.

He has proved what character he has by coming back from a career threatening injury so soon. Had Eduardo not suffered that injury I wouldn't mind shouting from the roof-tops that he would be amongst the top-scorers in the Premiership this season.

This may sound premature but I believe he will come back a better player than before. He will benefit from playing the rest of this season and after a pre-season under his belt will be very strong for next season.

I fully expect Eduardo to be become a fixture in the first-team over the coming years. In my opinion he fully deserves it.

People will say that I'm putting a lot of pressure on the man but I don't think Eduardo knows the meaning of the word.

A fully fit Eduardo, given chances by Fabregas, Walcott, Rosicky, Arshavin, RVP, Nasri, Vela. I think the rest of the Premiership better look out! So had the bookies!

Keep it Goonerish..............

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Arsenal DO need more English players; but not for the right reasons (I'd take Steve Gerrard!)

The subject bores me, I've had millions of arguments about it, but I'm finally coming round to the idea that Arsenal DO need more English players in the squad.

I haven't gone soft in my beliefs. I still stick by my principles. In my opinion there aren't many English players who could actually improve Arsenal a great deal more on the pitch. Maybe Stevie G. In fact, definitely Stevie G!

People say you need an English spine to the team. I don't agree. A homo sapien is a homo sapien all the same.

Arsenal need English players for all the wrong reasons. We need them because it will help on the pitch with referees. A English ref will interact more with an English player. It's that little Englander attitude that is embedded into our brains from birth. We can't help it, its in our DNA. Its why we blame everyone but ourselves for England being shit.

We need English players because then maybe, just maybe, the biased media might leave us alone for ten minutes. Look at Manchester United, in shit-loads of debt, a Portuguese plonker and old red nose with a drinking problem in charge. Do they get it in the media? No, they don't.

You know why? Because they have England's knight in shining armour up-front. That 'orrible foul mouthed granny shagger, Wayne Rooney.

That great 'English steel' I keep on hearing about hasn't won England many trophies over the years has it? But apparently it's what Arsenal lack. It fucking ain't. Arsenal lack a player to protect the back line and a monster defender. And you know something? I couldn't care less where they came from. England or the North Pole. Do the business for Arsenal and that's good enough for me.

How many times have you watched an Arsenal game and some twat, who supports another team, shouts something about Arsenal being the foreign legion? Its all politics and it isn't right. Arsenal suffer from a xenophobic attitude and it will only stop when Arsenal sign some English players; for all the wrong reasons.

Keep it Goonerish...........

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Phil Brown, Sam Allardyce and David Bentley are all the same breed

Phil Brown has already made himself look a fool over 'spit-gate' and I'd advise him to just leave it be.

It's gone far enough. He is now saying the truth will come out. Is that the same 'truth' as when he said Arsene Wenger never shakes his hand or the same truth as when he said the incident occured down the tunnel or was it on the pitch?

Pinocchio has nothing on Phil Brown. Brown even lies in bed.

I believe some people have an agenda with Arsenal and Phil Brown is one of them. If he thought deep down then he would realise that Arsenal have never harmed him in the past. He is just following the herd. And what a herd it is.

His mentor Sam Allardyce is one those people that wouldn't mind his team being relegated as long his side did the double over Arsenal. I really believe that. Brown is trying to impress 'Fat Sam' and the anti-Arsenal brigade.

David Bentley is another. For some reason he really, really has it in for Arsenal. He only joined Tottenham to try to get back at Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for releasing him. His career is over now. He is happy because he scored a wonder goal against Arsenal, in a Spud shirt, at the Emirates. He wouldn't care if he never played another game of football again. Sad bastard.

I suggest that they all form a new football club with 'Fat Sam' as the gaffer, the Bronze Pinocchio as his boyfriend, I mean assistant and Rat Boy as the captain. They could call the club FOAFC, Fuck Off Arsenal Football Club or something along those lines.

What they don't realise is while their chat and front may impress a biased media or a mug down the street, what they are really doing is just embarrassing themselves and their obsession with all things Arsenal.

Perhaps if they take a step back they would realise that Arsenal have never meant to purposely hurt them if they have and that their hatred for the red and white is uncalled for. Twats.

Keep it Goonerish...............

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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Its OK, Steve Taylor was just practising for WWE partnership with Hulk Hogan

I've heard reports from the USA that Hulk Hogan is very impressed with Steve Taylor and his signature move; 'The Forearm Smash'

Hogan watched Steve Taylor perform the move on our very own Andrey Arshavin at St James Park. It was executed to perfection with the Geordie even taking only two glimpses at the Russian before nailing him straight in the kisser.

Hulk Hogan was amazed at the fact that Taylor is only 23 and showed maturity beyond his years to elude any criticism or coverage over the incident.

Fuck me!

How is it possible that Steve Taylor has got away with this? It was an attack! If I did this in the street I'd be locked up for GBH and would spend the next three years of my life locked up. And I would deserve it.

The intent of Taylor's actions were more obvious than the fact that Harry Redknapp has a twitch. At least Redknapp tries to keep it under control. Just like Redknapp, Taylor took one look, then another before finally deciding the time was right.

I liked Steve Taylor before this assault. I rated him as a very good defender but this was total bollocks.

This may sound drastic but one day a player will be maimed, disabled or even killed as a result of such thuggery. Taylor should be punished as a warning so it doesn't happen again.

Unfortunately it may take something like a death from such a challenge before something is done.

I'm just glad Arshavin is fine.

Keep it Goonerish..............

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Monday, 23 March 2009

Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Wayne Rooney treated differently; I expect no less

Could you imagine the uproar if Cesc Fabregas threw the ball at a ref, refused to leave the pitch and finally when deciding to do so, punches the corner flag. It would be like World War 3.

We make excuses for Wayne Rooney. By 'we' I mean English people. Rooney can do it because he is young, English and has an explosive temperament.

Fabregas walked onto the pitch after Arsenal beat Hull City in the FA Cup, dressed like something out of a fashion catalogue and is taken apart. I despair.

I have no doubt that had Fabregas done the same thing as Rooney did it would have been included in the ref's match report. Little innocent 'Wazza' won't be condoned.

If Arsenal do such things, we are 'spoilt little brats' and Arsene Wenger can't control the players. Remember William Gallas last year against Birmingham? Of course you do, he (and Arsenal) were destroyed.

The media will never say Fergie, The King, has lost control over his players because he will simply ban the press and press conferences. Just the same as we won't hear or read endless debates at Rooney's petulance like we did when Fabregas or Gallas were involved in something the press could sink their teeth into.

Stop making excuses. Rooney is not a kid anymore. He is a 23 year old married man for fucks sake! Fabregas doesn't go out shagging 67 year old prostitutes, like Rooney did, yet he is hung, drawn and quartered. Gallas was petulant at Birmingham but didn't we get to know about it!

Its double standards of the highest order!

Keep it Goonerish................

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Sunday, 22 March 2009

I'd love to see Xabi Alonso in an Arsenal shirt

Steve Gerrard will get all the praise for scoring a hat-trick in the 5-0 hammering of Aston Villa but I had my eye on another player and was thinking of what might have been.

Watching Xabi Alonso spray pass after pass around the Anfield turf was a joy to see. He is true quality and I believe that he is one of the best midfielders in the world.

How good has he been for Liverpool this season? I'd argue that he has been their best player and after the way Rafa Benitez treated him last summer it shows how strong his character is.

I never understood why Benitez tried to sell Alonso and buy Gareth Barry as a replacement. Don't get me wrong, Barry is a good player but I don't think he is a patch on Alonso.

Alonso is highly revered by the Kop and I know there was a lot of sympathy towards him from them over the way he was treated. I've no doubt that they are over the moon that he stayed.

After getting thumped today Aston Villa appear to be slipping away for a Champions League place. Barry is desperate to play in Europe's elite competition and I wonder whether Rafa Benitez will renew his interest.

In my opinion he doesn't need to when he has Alonso in his squad but from a Gooners point of view I hope he does because there is still that glimmer of hope that we may see Alonso in an Arsenal shirt one day.

Despite Arsenal's revival in recent weeks I would still like to think that Arsene Wenger will look at the midfield and be keen to improve it. A midfield of Fabregas and Alonso would whet the appetite.

Some people say they are similar players and would not compliment each other. My answer is simply watch them together for Spain. They suit each other down to the ground.

I hope Liverpool make a move for Gareth Barry in the summer and I hope that it may open a door for Alonso to join Arsenal.

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

No more Shay Given to save the Toon!

I've always felt that Geordies are blinding people. Their accent is second on my all-time top ten favourite accent list, only behind Cockney slang.

Geordies are passionate about their club, just like Gooners, and they probably deserve a bit more than their current plight.

To be honest, the only despair I have about Geordies is that one of their own married a little toss-pot called Ashley Cole. She could do a lot better.

Despite the fact I love Geordies there is a matter of a football game being played today in Newcastle, involving my proper love, Arsenal. So for 90 minutes the love-in ends. Fuck Newcastle United.

In previous years many a goalkeeper has saved their best performances for when they play Arsenal. Shay Given was one of those. Although he does play well every week! Just better against Arsenal.

Luckily for Arsenal, Shay Given doesn't play for Newcastle United anymore. He sold his soul for money. Given has saved Newcastle's bacon more times in the past than I care to remember. Every week he was Newcastle's man of the match. I've always regretted not seeing him in an Arsenal shirt.

There is no more Shay Given to save the Toon. Despite this it will a tough game but one I believe Arsenal will win.

Keep it Goonerish..............


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Please delete this e-mail address and ignore any future e-mails from it.

I have a new contact e-mail that I have put in this post.


I'm sorry if the prick has annoyed you in any way!

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Friday, 20 March 2009

It's gonna be Arsenal V Liverpool in Rome!

Steve Gerrard said that everyone would want to avoid Liverpool in the Champions League draw and I agreed with that but I also felt that nobody would want Arsenal either.

Liverpool and European football go together like fish and chips (gravy and chips if you are Northern) and Liverpool enjoy a good record in the competition. Arsenal do too. We've qualified for the Champions League every season under Arsene Wenger and I believe we are a huge threat to anyone.

Arsenal are like David Blaine; We bring the unknown. Whether that's a good thing or not I'm not sure because even us Gooners don't know what we are about to bring to the table! Ask Roma. We smashed them to bits at the Emirates and the second leg we couldn't have been more different.

I'd argue that on their day Arsenal, in full flow, would beat ANYONE and I mean ANYONE! Barca, Manchester United, Chelsea and yes I include Liverpool in that list. You could say the same about Liverpool as Madrid and Manchester United have found out lately.

In the past the Champions League hasn't always gifted Arsenal a great deal of luck. Maybe this is our 'lucky' year? Villareal are a tough side to beat, as are any Spanish side, but the pressure is on Arsenal as we will be favourites for the tie. However, despite it being tough we have avoided the 'massive' sides at this stage and will be confident of progression.

Last season Liverpool knocked us out at this stage and I think luck played it's fate in that game. Nothing could really separate the two teams but Liverpool got that little bit of luck that made the difference.

I really wished they would win it after that because I feel there is an affinity between the two clubs. Ray Kennedy is a bond we have and the fund set up for him is a great gesture.

I'm glad we have been kept separate and could meet in the final. I'm also glad that the little leprechaun Robbie Keane will miss out on these great European nights because lets be (Villa) Real for a moment, when will Spurs ever get to see Champions League football?

There is a long way to go but I have felt all season that Arsenal would win the Champions League this season and I still do. I also believe that we will meet Liverpool in the final. It's destiny.

Keep it Goonerish.........

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Mission complete on Gallas; Fabregas firmly in sights

The poxy media. What is their problem with Arsenal? Why are Arsenal hated so much?

During his tenure as Arsenal captain William Gallas was vilified at every opportunity and I fear that the media now have a brand new shiny target; Cesc Fabregas.

The controversy over 'spit-gate' will leave a black mark on Fabregas' character in the future even if he is proven not to have gobbed all over Brian Horton's shiny Tesco Value slip-ons. It's like an innocent person accused of rape, despite being innocent that person has been tarred with that brush and I fear Cesc has been tarred. (Not of rape!)

If a person accuses someone of rape and is found to have been lying then, quite rightly, they are punished. I hope that this is the case for Phil Brown. But I doubt he will be though. The muppet.

Cesc Fabregas is one of the good guys in football. A role model. Yes he is a little over-zealous at times but he is young and will learn to curb his temperament with experience. What he doesn't need is the media on his back already.

I think Fabregas has made a mistake trying to explain his side of the story. Obviously he wants to get his version of events out in the open but the media are fickle and those left out of his 'exclusive' will be out to get him.

Perhaps silence would been the best option here because Phil Brown seems to be hell-bent on contradicting himself more and more. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth. Perhaps his ear-phone isn't working properly and the message's he's receiving are muffled.

Anyway, keep your eye on the reports on Cesc Fabregas in the future. I bet the media will now be out to discredit him like they did to Gallas week-in week-out.

Keep it Goonerish.............

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

My message to Phil Brown; PROVE IT!

So Phil Brown reckons that Cesc Fabregas spat at his assistant does he? He witnessed it did he?

My advice to Phil Brown is; PROVE IT THEN!

Where is the proof? It sounds like Phil Brown has learned a lot from his mentor and master, Fat Sam.

I've no doubt that Phil Brown has said this to get some kind of twisted revenge. He hates Arsene Wenger (because his boyfriend does) he hates Arsenal (because his boyfriend does) and he is bitter (because his boyfriend is).

The muppet can stick his bluetooth headset where the sun don't shine then maybe I'll hear him better because he talks out of his arse a lot and more.

Fabregas of course, and rightly so, denies spitting of any kind, even lyrics. Who do you believe? Cesc our captain? Or some jumped up little sun-bed addicted freak? All I'll say is Cesc says he didn't, that's good enough for me.

I can understand the frustration of losing to an off-side goal. Only the most one-eyed Gooner could claim that the winner was on-side, but for Phil Brown to go on a rant like that has only embarrassed himself and his club.

Defeat to such a goal has a bitter taste but it's football. It's hard to take but you win some and you lose some. Fuck me, Arsenal have had plenty to grumble about in the past!

Some of his claims were ludicrous. Apparently Arsene Wenger got Myhill, the Hull keeper, booked for time-wasting. Silly me! I thought that maybe Myhill himself had something to do with that! Was Wenger forcing him to hold the ball so he would be booked? Maybe Arsene was, ask Phil Brown.

He has proof.

So a night of controversy concludes with Arsenal going to Wembley for the first time. I said that Hull stood in the way of destiny and I stand by that. Arsenal will win the cup.

I also said that I hoped Hull stayed up and that is still the case. Not for Phil Brown, he can go fuck himself, but for their supporters and for the Hull fairytale. They may not end up with cup glory but staying in the Premiership is what it's all about.

For Arsenal, a season that looked like being a really really bad one may still end up being a really really good one!

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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Hull City stand in the way of destiny

Hull City surprised a lot of people at the Emirates earlier in the season but not me. I wrote that if Arsenal underestimated Hull then it would bite us on the arse.

Many Gooners still have scars on their bum cheeks.

This time its different. Hull were flying as high as Pete Doherty back then and Arsenal were as cocky as Wayne Rooney before the Liverpool game. I don't want to sound cocky; but I'm fully confident that Arsenal will win this game.

The FA Cup has Arsenal's name on it. The draw (until Chelsea in the semi's) has been as kind as Snow White and Arsenal have taken advantage so far.

I think Hull have bigger fish to fry. Like staying up. I hope they do stay up because at the Emirates that day they played some great football and that is always good to see.

Hull have been great for the Premiership and achieving Premiership status again for next season will be their top priority.

Arsenal are hitting some real form and I expect that to continue tonight.

Keep it Goonerish.........

Monday, 16 March 2009

The invincible season came with a price

The achievement's of Arsenal in the 2003-04 season will never be matched again by any club.

To go unbeaten for a whole campaign was freakish. The Arsenal side who gained the tag 'Invincible' were freakish. Freakishly great.

Gooners are so proud of what Arsenal did that season and the memory will live on forever. Maybe that is the problem.

Ever since every Arsenal side under Arsene Wenger have been compared to the 'Invincibles'.

Its time we stopped living in the past............

Those days are over. The 'Invincible's' have been torn to shreds and are nothing but a great memory now.

We cannot continue to compare Arsenal teams with the side of 2003-04. It's time to move on.

The heights we reached in that season will never be reached again by ourselves or anyone else. Let's treasure the memory but lets not live in the past, lets look to the future.

Its difficult to see the decline we have been on since those dizzy days but the future is looking brighter in my opinion and Arsenal will compete again.

Keep it Goonerish............

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Aston Villa are like Samson but Arsenal can only get stronger

If you are aware of mythology then you may well be familiar with the story of Samson, an exceptionally strong hero of the Israelites who had tremendous physical strength.

The source of his strength came from his long, thick hair. While Samson was asleep one night, his girlfriend Delilah cut off his hair. She had tricked him into revealing where his strength came from.

Samson grew weak and the Philistines seized him. They put out his eyes and chained him to pillars in the temple of their god Dagon.

After a time Samson's hair grew back, and his strength returned. During a celebration in the temple, Samson pulled down the pillars to which he was chained. The temple collapsed, killing Samson and all the Philistines inside.

Aston Villa remind me of Samson. They appeared to have power, pace and thrived in a 4-5-1 formation. Since Emile Heskey arrived in January they have changed from a formation that served them well into a 4-4-2 and appear to have lost their powers.

I've always been confident that Arsenal would overtake Aston Villa at some stage but I wonder why Martin O'Neill would change a formation that was working so well for his side?

Arsenal are going from strength to strength and with players like Fabregas, Rosicky and Adebayor to come back will only get stronger.

The defeat against Tottenham today may leave the Aston Villa players crushed mentally while Arsenal appear to be getting into their stride, and in perfect time too.

Arsenal have an edge over Villa now. And like Samson, Aston Villa may find it's too late to regain the early season strength that they had.

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Andrey the Giant!

Andrey Arshavin maybe a man short in size and stature but he will become a giant of a player for Arsenal.

His goal today was immense and straight out of his You-Tube drawer. Type Arshavin in You-Tube and you will see goal after goal of similar style.

His arrival at Arsenal seems to have had a knock-on effect to the rest of the side and it has given everyone associated with Arsenal a huge lift. With the business end of the season in sight the lift couldn't have arrived at a better time.

I have one question though about Arshavin. Why does he wear gloves? I'd have thought it would be hot over here in England compared to Russia!

The 4-0 hiding of Blackburn wasn't all down to Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner tried his best to keep the score line as low as possible.

Gooners are split on Bendtner but I think he should be given a break. The booing was wrong and to be honest there was really no need. Yes, he missed chance after chance but it was petty to get on his back like that.

I happen to think he will become a very good player and if he did leave the club as a result of him being booed then it could come back to bite us on the arse.

Eboue is the other player used to being booed by Gooners but fingers crossed he has turned the corner. He hasn't endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful in the past with his antics but if he works hard on the pitch then we can build bridges with him.

The result was flattering for Blackburn and could have been a lot more than the four goals we did score. What makes it even more sweeter is the fact Fat Sam is in charge of Blackburn. I can't stand that man and to see his face looking like thunder at the end warmed my cockles.

It's over to the Spuds now to do us a favour against Villa but in my opinion finishing in the top four is down to us. We have the quality and players coming back from injury and that should be enough.

Keep it Goonerish............

Thursday, 12 March 2009


Hi Gooners,

I've joined forces with the enemy - Mabbs from the White Hart Pain Tottenham blog

.We came up with an idea for a joint Arsenal and Spurs blog and it's now live at http://northlondondivide.com/ - North London Divide.

The aim of the new site is for a place where Tottenham and Arsenal fans can go and have some serious banter without getting too out of hand.

We realise this will be a difficult task but I'm sure it's possible!

We will be having guest writers from both sides. If you'd like to contribute, just drop us a message using the contact form.

Wrighty7 will still continue as normal. So please, pop along to the North London Divide and share your thoughts and opinion.


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A Gooner being stabbed? Not surprising, why is the final actually in Rome again?

The news that a Gooner was stabbed in Rome has killed off the enthusiasm of last nights victory for me.

You pay all that money to go and watch your team in Europe and you have to look over your shoulder in case some fucking lunatic has a pop at you. It's football not war for fuck's sake.

The worst thing is some sort of tragedy was expected. How bad is that?

Football is full of violence in Italy and not enough is done to stop it. How many times will this be allowed to happen in Italy without anything being done to stop it?

Could you imagine if this happened in England. I should imagine that every English club would be thrown out of European competition and banned for a long time.

How the final can be allowed to be staged in Rome stumps me. Yes the Olympic Stadium is lovely but that night will not go without incident outside it.

The Champions League final should be staged elsewhere to show these idiots that they will not win.

Somehow I think FIFA or UEFA haven't got the bollocks to do anything about it.

I hope the Gooner makes a recovery.

Keep it Goonerish.........

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

We will be back in 77 days!

There are 77 days to go until the Champions League final on May 27th. The venue is the exact arena we play Roma tonight, the Olympic Stadium.

It's a bold shout but I'm firmly in the belief that we will be back there on that very night.

Nobody expects us to do it but I believe that makes us stronger. Arsenal flourish with underdog status.

The tie with Roma should have been killed off already but when did Arsenal ever do things the easy way?

An early goal will destroy Roma and silence the ultras.

Its the business end of the campaign and Arsenal have a lot to play for. We have players coming back from injury and there seems to be a renewed belief flowing through the veins of the club.

Lets get through tonight and begin the journey to Rome on May 27th!

Keep it Goonerish...........

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Manchester United will get a reality check, just like Arsenal did

It appears that most people believe that Manchester United are set to sweep up every trophy in sight and dominate world football, crushing anyone who gets in their way.

I have to admit, it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy and start believing but the truth is reality is far different from fantasy and Manchester United could find that out.

Remember the season 2003/04? Of course you do. That was the season Arsenal went through the entire Premiership campaign without a single defeat.

Back then people were saying the same things about Arsenal as they saying about Manchester United now.

Arsenal were going to win everything in sight and nobody could stop them. Fate didn't follow suit. Within a few days we suffered a double blow when losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup and Chelsea in the Champions League.

Football is unpredictable and that's why I won't get caught up in all the talk that Manchester United will win the lot. I'm sure the Manchester United players and Ferguson won't either.

If you listen to the media then the season may as well end now and lets just hand the trophies to Manchester United. I don't listen to the media and happen to believe that Arsenal will ruin the party and win the Champions League and the FA Cup.

People will call me an optimist and not a realist but why? I'm realistic enough to know that Arsenal, on their day, like Manchester United and Chelsea have found out, can match and beat the best.

At present the season couldn't be going better for Manchester United on all fronts. On the other hand, Arsenal have had a bad Premiership season even if we do make fourth place but we are genuine contenders in the cup competitions.

Manchester United deserve a lot of praise but I think winning everything is beyond them or anybody. They will win the Premiership, they have the Carling Cup but I think Arsenal will share the spoils and give everybody a reality check.

Keep it Goonerish...............

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Aston Villa have made the big four a big five, Everton could make it a big six! No sign of Spurs!

In recent years the Premiership table has had the same four clubs challenging for the top four places. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are the familiar faces at the top of the tree whilst the rest of the Premiership have squabbled amongst themselves for the remaining places.

A few years ago Everton broke the mould, at Liverpool's expense, and it was a breath of fresh air to see. Aston Villa are trying to do the same this season, seemingly at Arsenal's expense, and Everton cannot be ruled out of the running for Champions League qualification either.

It seems as though Manchester United have wrapped up the title this season so the excitement for the Premiership maybe in the hunt for Champions League places instead. Of course people will insist that Arsenal are the most vulnerable of the so-called top four and Aston Villa or Everton will take their place but the truth is Chelsea and Liverpool are vulnerable too.

Obviously Arsenal's position in the league table for us Gooners is painful to see but you have to praise Aston Villa really. They have taken advantage of us having a poor season and they have had a great one. At present they deserve to be in the top four but the question is can they remain there?

I think this campaign is too early for them and Arsenal will finish in the top four as usual but this will be good for Aston Villa in the future. This will make it harder for Arsenal of course but it will be great for the Premiership to have another side challenging at the top.

Everton can also make the step up in my view. I see no reason why they cannot challenge for the Champions League places on a more regular basis. They are hard to beat and if they spend wisely then they have every chance.

I have to admit that Manchester United have raised the bar this season. I think it is safe to say they have the title wrapped up. It's up to the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton to match the level they have set. Obviously that won't happen this campaign but it can in the future.

Since 2004, the title race has been very difficult for us Gooners to swallow. What is certain for Arsenal is it will be far more difficult to win the league whilst the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton strengthen their squads.

I believe Arsenal will finish in the top four this season because I feel Aston Villa will stumble and Everton will miss Arteta too much. What I hope though is that this season is a wake up call for Arsene Wenger regardless.

The sides around us will strengthen their squads and we need to do the same or we will fall behind. The margins are closer than ever and while it is exciting for the Premiership it is heart attack material for Gooners.

The Premiership could turn from a big four into a big six and I don't include Spurs in that either!

Keep it Goonerish..........

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Is Denilson REALLY that bad?

In my opinion Denilson has been on the receiving end of some unfair criticism during the course of the season.

Of course he has his flaws, everybody does. But it's not his fault that his predecessors in the midfield of Arsenal were world-class and he is at the beginning of his career.

We cannot forget the fact that this is Denilson's first season as a regular in the Arsenal side and whilst I cannot agree with Arsene Wenger that he is an unsung hero, I think he has done a good job for Arsenal in a difficult season.

In truth Arsene Wenger has thrown Denilson in at the deep-end and Denilson has kept his head above water, improving as the season goes on.

In recent games I've been impressed with him. He has produced tenacious performances, and against Roma he was immense.

His job in the Arsenal side is to break down the play and give the ball to a creative player. Unfortunately for him, his most recent 'creative' partner has been Alex Song so I think he has done rather well!

I believe if Denilson had the players around him that Fabregas did when he became a first team regular then Denilson would have progressed even more. I'm not comparing Denilson and Fabregas' abilities but Denilson has no role model around to influence and help him grow as a player. Cesc did, Vieira.

There are statistics to say how well Denilson has done this campaign. I prefer to see with my own eyes and I see a player who has plenty of potential who with the right players around him could become a very important Arsenal player.

Everybody loves a good hard working and honest player, attributes I'd definitely give to Denilson. If he works at his game then he can become a very good player in years to come and one I hope to see remain at Arsenal.

Keep it Goonerish...............

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Arsenal have signed the new Dennis Bergkamp

In the three games Andrey Arshavin has played for Arsenal he has been blowing out of his arse after about ten minutes of play!

That is hardly surprising though. The Premiership is a tough league to play in and he hadn't played for a long time until finally making his Arsenal debut against Sunderland.

Despite his lack of fitness I've been very impressed by him. You can tell when a player has class and Arshavin has class in abundance.

He sees the play before it evolves and seems to know what is going to happen next. This intelligence reminds me of an Arsenal legend; Dennis Bergkamp.

I think Arsenal have missed Dennis Bergkamp more than any of the dismantled invincible side. Everyone looked up to him and he was adored by Gooners.

Many have compared Robin van Persie to Dennis Bergkamp, I can see why. Both Dutch and world-class forwards who play(ed) for Arsenal but I think they are different types of player.

Bergkamp was more of a link-man than van Persie is and that is the comparison I see with Andrey Arshavin. In my view Arsenal will benefit more with him linking midfield and attack.

I believe that is where Arshavin will play for Arsenal long-term, in the hole behind the attack.

At the moment it is about Arshavin adapting to his new surroundings and to the Premier League. We will see the best of him next season.

I can't wait to see him next season with us. He will have been with us for six months, adapted fully and will have a pre-season under his belt.

Arshavin will be a special player for Arsenal; next season.

Keep it Goonerish...........

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

If we don't win against West Brom then we don't deserve top four place

Tonight's game against bottom-placed West Brom is the biggest league game for Arsenal so far this campaign.

Nothing other than a victory can be comprehended; it's do or die time.

I've heard a lot of talk coming from Arsenal, now is the time to back it up.

We were given a reprieve by Aston Villa drawing on Sunday. We still find ourselves six points behind them but it could have been eight. We are very lucky.

In many respects West Brom are like Arsenal; very pleasing on the eye but light-weight. I hope they stay up because they do play good football.

However, football is a results driven business and the pretty football will mean nothing if Arsenal end trophy less, out of the top four and West Brom are relegated.

We have been given an opportunity to put some real pressure on Aston Villa who sit above us. If we don't beat West Brom then we don't deserve a top four place.

I don't mean any disrespect to West Brom for saying that, I mean Arsenal have been given a chance to put recent results right.

Tonight could make or break Arsenal's top four ambitions and I'm backing them to make it.

Keep it Goonerish.............

If we don't win against West Brom then we don't deserve top four place

Tonight's game against bottom-placed West Brom is the biggest league game for Arsenal so far this campaign.

Nothing other than a victory can be comprehended; it's do or die time.

I've heard a lot of talk coming from Arsenal, now is the time to back it up.

We were given a reprieve by Aston Villa drawing on Sunday. We still find ourselves six points behind them but it could have been eight. We are very lucky.

In many respects West Brom are like Arsenal; very pleasing on the eye but light-weight. I hope they stay up because they do play good football.

However, football is a results driven business and the pretty football will mean nothing if Arsenal end trophy less, out of the top four and West Brom are relegated.

We have been given an opportunity to put some real pressure on Aston Villa who sit above us. If we don't beat West Brom then we don't deserve a top four place.

I don't mean any disrespect to West Brom for saying that, I mean Arsenal have been given a chance to put recent results right.

Tonight could make or break Arsenal's top four ambitions and I'm backing them to make it.

Keep it Goonerish.............

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Aston Villa draw puts Arsenal in last chance saloon

I'm still in the belief that Aston Villa are beginning to hit a rough patch but it doesn't mean a thing unless Arsenal take advantage of the situation.

In my opinion Aston Villa are feeling the pressure of being in fourth place. Its a situation they are not used to being in. Arsenal, on the other hand, have experience of competing for the Champions League places.

You could argue that Arsenal are cracking up too. Whilst we have been on a long unbeaten run recent draws with Sunderland and Fulham have not been good enough.

We were handed a reprieve today. Aston Villa dropping points means that we are very lucky indeed. I'd say that now we are in last chance saloon.

We are running out of games and desperately need to start turning these draws into wins. If we don't then it could be Europa Cup football for us next season.

In the past I've suggested that Aston Villa have been very lucky this season. I still believe that is the case but maybe I haven't given them the credit they deserve.

Their position in the league table doesn't lie and it can't all be down to just luck. They deserve their lofty place in the league.

Its going to be a very tight race for the Champions League place and it will go the wire. I still believe we will pip Aston villa to fourth spot. Just.

Keep it Goonerish...........