Just another rant; or just another day in the diary of a loser?

Losing is a fact of life. Most of us have lost throughout our lives. Most of us will continue to lose throughout the remainder of whatever is left of our lives. For many of us that is why we support The Arsenal, because we hope against hope that somehow their winning will make the reality of our losing that much more palatable; that much more digestible; that much more bearable.

I have always spoken up for the team I have loved and supported for almost five decades. I have always defended the indefensible; always refused to listen to the doubters, always shouted down the detractors, always preached positivity rather than negativity, always stood for calm and reason over hysteria and fury.

When Arsene Wenger delivered nothing for five years I was the idiot standing there saying… forget it; it’s not that important; after all, they entertain us; after all, they’re just kids; they’ll come good; we have to be patient; we have to allow them to mature; we have to wait.

God; I feel such a fool.

I’m not going to talk about the specifics of the game; what is there to say? On Saturday the team was arrogant, and lazy, and undeserving of the support and adulation they enjoy from so many caring and long-suffering supporters around the world. On Saturday they were a disgrace and they should hang their heads in shame, but will they…? Somehow I doubt it.

What is it about today’s superstar and pampered footballers that they can treat so many loyal and steadfast supporters with such contempt?

Because that is what we witnessed at the Emirates at the weekend; utter contempt! Contempt for the badges; that so many of them kiss without a moment’s thought or emotion; contempt for the people who work all the hours God sent, just to spend their hard-earned money and few free moments sitting and watching the team they love, strut and pose for their own self-aggrandisement; contempt for the trust and faith that so many ordinary decent people have placed in them for so very, very, long.

Earlier in the week we were all privileged to read the financial reports, and see the tangible rewards of so much patience and loyalty and trust from Arsenal’s long-suffering fans.

Yes that’s right; it came from the fans, because, whatever words of adulation we might utter in reverence for Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger and Cesc Fabregas and little Jack Wilshere, that’s where the money actually came from… Not from Russian oligarchs, or American tycoons, or stiff-upper-lipped English aristocrats, or hoity-toity, spoilt-brat, silver-spoon-in-the-mouth pretentious English ladies.

It came from you, and from me, and from all those millions of ordinary unsung nobodies who pay at the gate,or buy the Sky Sports packages, or the Arsenal TV online. It came from all those millions of people who will never bask in the adulation of the crowd, never stand before a TV camera, never offer an opinion to the masses, and never have another human being hang on their every word.

It came from all those ordinary hard-working people, who buy the shirts, and the coffee mugs, and socks, and the DVDs, and who sing the songs and stand-up for the team, and pray for the victories, and defend their beloved Arsenal against all those second-rate detractors who sit like carrion crows at a road-kill; all those ghouls who, unlike artless idiots like us, know it’s just a question of time, and who sit waiting for days just such as Saturday to prove their vindictive points.

We care of course… Each and every one of us poor fools who slavishly follow our beloved Arsenal cares, but do the players and the management and the board care in anything like the same way?

Of course they don’t.

They care if the club loses money. They care if they don’t get their win bonuses, or share of the spoils. They care if the stadium isn’t full. They care if the financial institutions mark their potential for investment down a point or two. They care if the television revenues drop, or the shirt sales take a dive, or if they don’t make the lucrative stages of the Champion’s League.

But they don’t really care about the team, and they don’t really care about us. They don’t really care about the anguish and the heartache we feel when the team we love and support turns in a performance so gutless and insipid as to shame every loyal Gooner and supporter of the club?

Of course they don’t, because this is what Arsenal, and every other football club in the land, has become.

The club we have followed, and loved, and cherished, and lived, and breathed, for so many years, somewhere and somehow lost its way. Somewhere and somehow it became a financial institution; a money-making scheme for wealthy investors who care nothing for the hearts and souls of literally millions of supporters around the world.

In a day or so I will undoubtedly feel differently, but right at this moment I don’t care if Arsenal is owned by Arab sheiks, or American tycoons. I don’t care if the club is owned by a cooperative of supporters, or a quirky old-English luvvy who just wants to do the right thing. I don’t care if we made money, or lost money, or sold another block of flats, or paid off another gazillion of debt.

All I care about is that we have just rolled belly-up once again, and yet another winter is approaching where the only thing I and every other loyal Gooner has to look forward to is getting pissed at Christmas and New Year, and waiting for the next set of unfounded rumours about who we won’t buy during the next transfer window.

I wonder if any of them know exactly how I, and so many other Gooners feel at this moment?

What am I saying…? Of course they don’t. After all, they just turned in the best financial results in Arsenal’s history… why should they?

Rant over… now what about tomorrow night? Are we gonna stuff those bastards or what?

Written by mikeB

126 thoughts on “Just another rant; or just another day in the diary of a loser?

  1. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 9:39am

    Morning all…

    Great read mike, thank you – as for tomorrow night, if Flappy is in goal, I doubt if we will thrash them…

  2. Matthew

    September 27, 2010 at 9:39am

    Good post mate.

  3. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 9:41am

    Hi Matthew, think it just about sums up how most of us must be feeling…

    What is the point of having bucket load os cash when we still have two dreaful keepers taking the number 1&2 spot….

  4. T-buzz

    September 27, 2010 at 9:41am

    I truely hope we stuff them MikeB, I soo share your sentiments.
    Disappointed with saturday’s game? Yes. Surprised? Hell no! Everyone on earth (even Stevie Wonder)can see that Almoose as keep = disaster, except Wenger. Arrogant decision on his part will cost again and his feeble attempts at trying to ‘sign’ a goal still sickens me!!

  5. T-buzz

    September 27, 2010 at 9:42am


    Morning everyone

  6. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 9:43am

    Morning all,

    I wrote this piece on Saturday evening, when I was still in something of a state of shock, and still very, very angry.

    On Sunday evening I seriously thought of asking Rico to bin it, and replace it with something more sensible and balanced.

    I didn’t, because it graphically illustrates how the heat of the moment can so severely influence our rationality and objectivity… and Rico is far too well-mannered to withdraw an article without the writer’s blessing.

    Last week, Rico wrote a scathing article about Arsenal; criticising the team, or some members of the team, and congratulating Sunderland… I was furious, because I felt it was a betrayal of the team, and said so in no uncertain terms.

    Then Saturday came along, and I did the very same thing I had criticised Rico for…

    It was sheer hypocrisy.

    That was why I didn’t ask for the item to be binned, because it is a graphic reminder of why we should always count to ten… or in my case ten thousand.

    So is it a fair reflection of how I and many others felt on Saturday evening…? Definitely.

    Is it a sensible, rational, and constructive piece of writing…?

    Absolutely not.

  7. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 9:44am

    Hi T-Buzz, spot on and we are a club well beyond bidding 2M for a 38 year old too…

    Rumours are rife about Reina, if the dippers get knocked out of euro and at christmas are around mid-table, i can see that happening…

    In between times though he should try mannone or chesney, we got nowt to lose in my opinion…

  8. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 9:47am

    Morning mike,

    I disagree abou whether you piece is rational, i would say yes, you hurt at the time just as i did last weekend

    of course as time passes the pain lessens but it still doesn’t take the fact that most of what you have written is spot on…

  9. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 9:50am

    But….. we can all agree or disagree, the truth is we fans are being let down… What we have now is what we have and the club chance change it until January.

    All we can ask is that Wenger gives a chance to one or two who could possibly do a whole lot better than some he is selecting….

  10. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 9:54am

    Hi Rico, Mathew, T-buzz,

    many thanks for your kind words, and I entirely agree about the keeper. I like Almunia, because he has always been loyal to the club, but there comes a time when we have to be cruel to be kind.

    He can’t enjoy these constant criticisms, and Flappy is clearly not capable of being the understudy.

    I think the time has come to take a gamble and put Chesney between the posts. Chuck him in at the deep-end and see if he swims.

    If he does… we’re in clover.

    If he doesn’t we’re no worse off and he can go on loan come January.

  11. anto

    September 27, 2010 at 9:57am

    nyc article dude…u hit the nail on the head…i come from kenya were more than half the population live on less than a dollar a day…i spend so much money just to follow my beloved arsenal.i pay for T.v subscription,buy replica jerseys..i hav been a faithful fan for over ten years!!!!that is lyk eternity down here…i feel the players and management jst dont care about the fans…as long as the balance sheet is okay,they dnt give a hoot about our feelings….but il never stop supporting Arsenal…

  12. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 9:57am

    No sentiment in sport mike, not if you wat to ‘rule the world’ – Eboue seems like a nice chap too, but I wouldn’t want him playing RW every Saturday 😉

    I think Chesney will swim, I also have more faith in Mannone than Flappy….

  13. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 10:00am

    Welcome anto, good to see you here…

    you would think that pressure is on the club to pay out 50M or something, its not, just one great keeper purchased in the summer and we wouldn’t even be talking about this loss i’m sure…

    Mind you, then we’d be talking about how poor many of the others were, and they were, but sadly the man between the sticks, sticks out….

  14. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 10:01am

    Hi anto,

    good to hear from you, and thanks for your kind comments.

    As long as Arsenal has the sort of loyalty and committment that you personify the future has to be good.

    Keep the faith.

  15. anto

    September 27, 2010 at 10:10am

    sometimes its sad to read articles about guyz down thea attacking wenger and the boys…people shud know better…i think whatever wenger does,he has the best interests of the club at heart..may be he shud have bought us a keeper but he didnt…so let us just get behind almunia since he is all we have for now…

  16. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 10:13am

    Mike that is one hell of a post.you have hit the nail on its head.im still not over Saturday which means inspiration to write anything positive is very hard right now.we have to suffer when the team gets bashed by the media because i doubt they even care about it so long as they get paid.they don’t know how hard it is to be an Arsenal fan sometimes.Truth be told at this moment i don’t care how we perform on Tuesday or at the Bridge since i can see it all ending in an all familiar end…

  17. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 10:17am

    Wow MikeB!

    Beautifully written. :-)

    It had all the gut passion of a disenchanted Gooner and did indeed come across as sensible, rational and constructive and suited the mood of the post match moment.

    Even in the cold light of a Monday morning it will still chime with many disillusioned Arsenal fans.

  18. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 10:18am

    Hi K-TR7,

    Yeah, that’s pretty much my take on things at the moment.

    If we lose on Saturday I won’t be too upset, but to lose to a newly-promoted club, at home, with such a gutless performance really hurts.

    As for the rest of the season… I hope it was a blip, but coming so soon after Sunderland I fear the worst.

  19. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 10:19am

    Hi RA,

    Long time no chat… you been globe-trotting?

    Thanks for your comments; as always inspiring and inspired 😆

  20. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 10:20am

    I have tried to be positive but i don’t see us winning again since it seems the team never learns.if we somehow win,then great but am not expecting anything.

  21. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 10:22am


    I believe that Wenger is the best all-round manager in the world, but like each and every one of us he is fallible; he’s human, and he makes mistakes.

    Persisting with players who are clearly lacking confidence is one example, but I’ll never have anyone seriously bad-mouth Wenger, while I’ve still got a keyboard.

  22. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 10:26am

    It is also well known that we always lose two games on the trot before winning again:last season chavs and mancs,mancs and city,all our final fixtures…as much as we enjoyed the chavs losing at City do you think we’ll perform any better there?…i don’t think so.

  23. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 10:26am

    Rico what would it take for fans to call for Wenger’s head? He was a great manager but somewhere his priorities changed & he put money above everything else much 2 the fans detriment. There’s nothing wrong with being financially prudent but his prudence is extreme now & it’s showing through his players and results. I lost hope that the Wenger we knew before 2006 will ever come back. We now have 2 deal with this impostor who sticks with crap players for the sake of money, spins the obvious in2 incohrent babble. I want this impostor out of arsenal football club.

  24. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 10:26am

    Morning KTR7 and RA …

  25. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 10:28am

    I’m glad afrix asked you that question and not me 😆

  26. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 10:29am

    Guys listen,

    We will win tomorrow and there is every possibility we will win or at least draw on Saturday. :-)

    We humans are all too fallible, but we are also capable of scaling the heights when we are up against it.

    We are up against it now, and I am positive we will respond like wounded tigers. As MikeB said earlier, keep the faith! :-)

  27. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 10:33am

    Morning Rico,

    Afrix, I understand your disappointment but we must not forget that Mr Wenger has produced teams playing the best football ever seen in the Premier League.

    All that is lacking at the moment is a top class goal keeper and we will be champions. Arsene does have a blind spot in this area, but he is one of the most intelligent men in football. He will correct this, in time! :-)

  28. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 10:38am

    RA I wish i could share your optimism but sadly i can’t.

  29. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 10:40am

    afrix, good morning and welcome to HH

    I’m not for calling for his head, the reason being I nor anyone else knows if it is truly him or the club who have put the restraints on the spending. My suspicion is its a bit of both..

    faffing around offering 2M in the summer for the old spice boy was embarrasing but with almunia and flappy so poor, i think most of us wanted that deal to happen…

    I want the old Arsene Wenger back….

  30. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 10:48am

    Red the question is why was arsene so ruthless with Lehman’s howlers but not with howlumnia? I believe it’s partly bcoz Almunia seems more like a yes man than Lehman and wenger seems more comfortable with such types of players. Of course any boss will b comfortable with yes men but when they consistently disappoint they must b disposed. For sure Gallas was divisive & is history now but he had a point abt the attitude of some of our players especially their ability 2 fight when the chips are down.

    Red I really believe Wenger is intelligent but his weak spots are making that intelligence limp if I may put it like that & surely as fans we must be ready 2 ask the tough questions if he doesn’t fix the obvious problems.

  31. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 10:58am

    Redknapp is now saying our style of footy is their future.

  32. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 10:59am

    Rico I would be more understanding if Wenger spells out his financial constraints but he has gone public numerous times that he is the one choosing not to spend. So if that’s his choice then he must live with the consequences of that decision.

    I would b happier if Wenger finally takes seriously the fa cup & league cup, & the win against the scum indicated that. Hopefully it’s not a once off.

    It’s also not that am a glory hunter, I’ve supported arsenal for over 20yrs, I just want the club 2 give joy to its fans and seriously go for those trophies it can win 1st. I believe that builds a winning mentality which is crucial in winning the biggest competitions!

  33. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 10:59am

    I understand your frustration, but apart from any conflict I might voice against your opinions; I’ll answer your question with one of my own.

    Who would we replace him with?

    The available managers are available for a very good reason, and of those who will shortly become available, e.g. Mourinho, who would want to replace pig-headedness with arrogance and contempt?

    I’ll stick with Wenger… he will get us there… eventually 😆

  34. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:02am

    Almunia is out for tomorrow, confirmed on sky….

  35. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:05am

    Probably damaged his hand, patting all those West Brom players on the back 😆

  36. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:09am

    mike :P:

  37. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 11:10am

    Song has gone backwards.he has regressed from last season.he is supposed to shield the defense.and it looks like fabianski will play tomorrow.Partizan have a very hostile ground and as we all know fabianski will commit a howler tomorrow.

  38. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 11:12am

    mike we are a big club & we should b able 2 attract the best coaches out there especially given our financial security.

    Also getting a new manager will always be a risk, there are no guarantees that even mourinho would deliver for us. So we must be willing 2 take a risk because it seems Wenger has put most fans in this comfort zone that they simply can’t see life beyond him.

    Also it’s not as if we would only go for available coaches, we can strong arm some contracted coaches if we have to.

    Coaches we can look at include Louw,Van Gaal,Pellegrini among others.

    At the end of the day Arsenal football club is bigger than Arsene Wenger & that is 1 thing he must know!

  39. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:18am

    I think Song had a mare at Sunderland and is lacking confidence. I think so many fail to realise just how psychological this game is at the very top level. Loook at Shrek, and Chelski after the CC match. We’re no different; we just need to understand how to handle our triumphs and defeats more capably… Kipling and all that 😆

  40. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:20am


    what I would like to see is some sort of succession planning. I love Pat Rice, but he never could take this club forward; he has trouble with the defence.

    I’d like to see a young and dynamic manager brought in under Wenger’s wing for a few seasons… but who? That’s another question.

  41. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:21am

    sorry, phone rang :(

  42. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:24am


    the club will never sack wenger, he is keeping us in the money, no doubt exactly as as he has been told to. I can’t see any other manager in the world being able to keep us in the top four without spending mega bucks….

  43. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:25am

    No probs Rico,
    we were just killing time til you got back 😆

  44. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:25am

    mikeb – steve bould!

    But my own thought is that one day TH and DB will back….

  45. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 11:25am

    mhhh mike enough abt Wenger’s long term future, 2morrow is more interesting, I dread the idea of flopianski in goal, I hope wenger suprises us & plays 1 of the younger keepers, also hope gibbs is fit to replace calamity Clichy!

  46. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:30am

    afrix, i think he will, he knows flappy was to blame for the tiny totts goal, i ythink its just which keeper gets his chance. i’d love to see Chesney and Mannone in the squad later …

  47. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 11:30am

    the longer wenger goes without a trophy something will give. almost happened in the summer with cesc debacle. Also,some fans will show their displeasure by not goin 2 matches. Against Blackpool we didn’t get a full house at the emirates!

  48. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:31am

    I don’t want someone who is a clone of Wenger. I’d like someone who brings an added dimension to the role, as well as learning from the maestro.

    DB would be ideal, and the fans would love to see him back; he has so much individuality and invention; it could transfer to the players… and he loves Arsenal

    I’d love to see Chesney, with Mannone on the bench, but I have a horrid feeling it’s gonna be flappy.
    I don’t know if Gibbs is fit yet, but if Wenger wants to make a point he could do worse than TV.

  49. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 11:34am

    I’d like 2 see Chesney, he talked a lot last week he must prove himself now. But judging that mannone was on the bench against the scum the likelihood is mannone if Wenger drops flappy!

  50. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:35am

    afrix – you, I and many others feel the same, but the board won’t move on it – they worship the ground wenger walks…

    maybe if we are ever bought out by someone other than Stan, then we will could see a change…

    just tell wenger to spend some money on a keeper and all would be fine i’m sure…

  51. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 11:36am

    Hi Mike, great article said with passion and heat of the moment and yet was it well balanced and thought out… Hell yes because as spur of the moment as it was its as true this morning as it was sat night…!. sack Wenger nope thats not the answer BUT doesnt make him a pig headed fool and stubborn beyond belief where this keeper situation is concerned and as good as he is when he’s wrong he never ever admits to it and thats his biggest mistake is not having the grace to hold his hands up and say yes I am wrong we need a better goalkeeper.

  52. afriX

    September 27, 2010 at 11:38am

    Would DB b a good idea with his fear of flying? Surely that will count against us in the ECL. We could pluck Rijkaard out of turkey as well.

  53. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 11:38am

    My apologies how rude of me, Morning all….!

  54. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:46am

    Morning WATH,

    and thanks for the kind words. I agree about Wenger. He doesn’t like to apologise, but the I guess we’re all a little like that, and I’d hate to go back to those ‘one-nil to the Arsenal days’ even if they do bring trophies.

  55. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:46am

    Morning WATH – spot on, sacking wenger is not the answer, giving him a kick in the pants and a few harsh words is….

    But, who at the top is going to do that??

  56. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:48am

    afrix, i would love DB to be our coach, i’m not sure the fear of flying would be so bad if he had a perfect right hand man – like Bouldy….

  57. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:49am

    mike, i think i could suffer a few 1-0’s if we got trophies again….

  58. Adeel

    September 27, 2010 at 11:51am

    Morning Everybody from a fellow gooner. Its the first time i’m commenting on a blog here. Both you (Mike) and Rico last weekend were absolutely spot on with regards to the teams performance. Especially this weekend i was going absolutely mad at the fact that we just didn’t turn up mentally. I was hoping for a similar performance to the mid-week. I dont know about others but i feel arshavin should be dropped for a couple of matches, he at times just doesnt seem to want to be there.

  59. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 11:51am

    Mike, not about going back to one nils its about him having the balls to admit he should of bought a keeper and he def don’t need to spend the 56million on one but 10/15million won’t hurt the bank balance much and as you say who’s bloody money is it anyway… I demand a keeper mr Wenger pls go buy us a very very good one…!.

  60. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:52am

    AFC.com say Flappy will play tomorrow…. :(

    Hope he trips over in training this morning and hurst one of his jelly wrists….

  61. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 11:56am

    Hi Adeel, good to see you here on HH

    that’s what makes the Sunderland and WBA hard to stomach, in the middle of them was a great team performance, the right selection of players and the right subs from our manager….

    then all his good work gets undone on saturday…..

  62. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 11:59am

    Morning Adeel… just,

    Good to see you here.

    The only problem is that AA hangs around like a bad smell for eighty-five minutes, but can turn the game in the five minutes he actually pays attention.

    But mad about Saturday…? You bet!

  63. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 12:01pm

    point taken… I will pass your instructions on to AW when we meet for lunch 😆

  64. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 12:05pm

    Thanx Mike….!

  65. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:06pm

    Order him Lasagne mike 😉

  66. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 12:09pm

    Can’t afford it; he gets pizza and a glass of ice-cold claret… and if he complains I’ll buy him another one 😆

  67. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:09pm

    Gibbs may travel today……

  68. Adeel

    September 27, 2010 at 12:09pm

    Absolutely spot on with regards to Flappianski. I dont understand why wenger is not ready to give Szczesny a chance. He was brilliant last season on loan, and i think its about time we give both almunia and flappy something to worry about.

  69. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:11pm

    😉 mike, ‘ice cold claret’ – corker!

  70. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:13pm

    Adeel, or even Mannone, either would be better than Flappy…

  71. Adeel

    September 27, 2010 at 12:18pm

    Rico, and Mannone has played two champions league matches last season against standard liege and olympiakos i believe. And he was outstanding against fulham when we first met last season at craven cottage.

  72. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:21pm

    Adeel – they are both young and wenger fears that, but he bought them, he should now play them…

    didn’t mannone have a bit of a mare against west ham though?

  73. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 12:23pm

    Put vinegar in it mike !!!!

    Just when you get a nice warm feeling of satisfaction that the waiter is injured reality kicks in with a stick in dynamite up ya jacksie knowing full well that the waiter gets replaced with coco the flappy……… Can someone pls get him a job on the Olympic stadium…? he’ll fit in well with his compatriots…! bet he won’t he a hod carrier..!

  74. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:28pm

    You wait and see, Flappy will play well now and then wenger won’t buy, chesney will leave and we are doomed 😉

  75. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:29pm

    WATH 😆

  76. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:33pm

    Pulis has joined in the ‘nasri dived for his penalty’ band wagon, i can’t wait to batter his stoke side off the pitch!!

  77. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 12:36pm

    love it… woe, woe, and thrice woe! We’re all doomed! It’s like all my favourite sitcoms rolled into one. 😆

    Doomed if he plays well and doomed if he doesn’t 😆

  78. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 12:38pm

    As for Pulis, and his raging inferiority complex?

    I say keep flapping your gums Mr. Pulis; it’s the one thing guaranteed to shake Arsenal out of their complacency.

  79. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:38pm

    Das Army one of them mike 😉

  80. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 12:39pm


    I like the way you marshall your arguments. I don’t necessarily agree with everything but they are certainly good points to debate and are food for thought.

    Do you know that you can write a more lengthy article on an Arsenal topic you feel strongly about, email it to Rico and she will publish it on her site if it’s O.K.

    Give it a go! :-)

  81. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 12:41pm


    I think you should stick to battering your Mars bars. He is a nasty piece of work, our Mr Pubis.

  82. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 12:42pm

    Sorry Folks,
    gotta go for a while.

    Wenger just got his hands on the wine list and I need to get there before he orders the Chateau Lafite 😆

  83. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:45pm

    Catch you later mike, thanks again for todays post :)

  84. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:46pm

    RA, I can’t stand the man, the only way to shut him up is to batter Stoke….

  85. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 12:47pm


    Stop ringing my door bell! I can’t come out to play just now, my mum says MikeB is a bad influence. :-)

  86. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:47pm

    Belgrades keeper looks as bad as Almunia…

    Shooooooooooooooot :)

  87. Adeel

    September 27, 2010 at 12:47pm

    Mannone did have a nightmare against west ham but he was mainly at fault for the first goal from a free kick, apart from that i thought our defence just didn’t do well to protect him, which well was a problem throughout last season with all our goalies. Neways, i hope flappy doesnt play, and i hope wenger somehow realizes in the january transfer window that we need a reliable goalie. why he dint raise his offer for schwarzer is beyond me. shwarzer had an amazing game at the weekend….

  88. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:48pm

    He’s gone RA 😉

  89. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 12:48pm

    Sorry, did I write Pubis earlier? I hope no one noticed. :-)

  90. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:50pm

    Adeel, Flappy is playing according to afc.com, i’m just hoping its for the reserves in england and he doesn’t board the plane later…

    up until saturday though, shwarzer has been dreadful….

    we need better than him too…..

  91. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 12:51pm

    I did RA, it could have been worse though 😉

  92. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 12:52pm


    I do not understand Arsene’s thinking about Schwarzer in the summer. If the deal did not go thru because they wanted just another £1m that is potty. All it did was undermine Almunia and Flappy.

    I didn’t want Schwarzer mind you. I wanted a younger world class Keeper.

  93. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 12:56pm

    Rico, that is latin for the word you are thinking of. Normally used in conjunction with mons pubis; but we won’t go into that.

    Could have phrased that last bit better, I suppose, thank goodness MikeB is out to lunch! :-)

  94. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 1:00pm

    I hope Mike buys Wenger “Shato lafeet”. . . . . . . . Pubis can av some of that 2……….!

  95. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 1:05pm


    That’s a bit upmarket. What about Shatto Hairyfeet?

  96. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 1:08pm

    Was thinking more like “Shato Moldyfeet” actually RA it’s more than he deserves, Hope Mike sticks to the Pepsi….!

  97. Adeel

    September 27, 2010 at 1:16pm

    RA, i absolutely agree that we should have gone for a younger world class keeper, but keeping in mind the fact that wenger views chesny as our future keeper, i would have preferred to have one of schwarzer/frey/given in goal for the time being as compared to our current options. The second goal against WBA was another blunder by almunia and was a major turning point in the game … if that hadnt gone in i believe we could have come back ….

  98. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 1:19pm

    But we can’t go for a too young a keeper otherwise it will signal the end of Chesney – if wenger doesn’t thinks chesney has what it takes then fine, sell him…

    Jussi would have done :)

  99. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 1:21pm

    Adeel, two of the goals were his fault, one he went chasing the ball and defender into no mans land and the other, how the heck he couldn’t stop it i’ll never know – i could have stopped that and i’m a 2’6″ girl!! 😉

  100. Adeel

    September 27, 2010 at 1:24pm

    rico, ;), well thats the thing with our keepers. they can come up with a brilliant save and then make a huge blunder…

  101. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 1:26pm

    Great ones make less blunders though, Almunia makes more blunders than ‘great’ saves…. In fact he hardly makes any great saves….

  102. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 1:46pm


    Chelsea have confirmed Frank Lampard is still two weeks away from a return to first-team action.

    The midfielder needs more time to recover from hernia surgery and will miss the Champions League match with Marseille on Tuesday as well as the crunch Premier League clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

    He is also out of England’s European Championship tie with Montenegro on October 12.

    As well as Lampard, Chelsea will have to make do without Didier Drogba against Marseille as he sits out the last of his two-match ban and injured duo Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun.

  103. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 1:48pm

    Rico my post has been sent.

  104. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 2:00pm


    I never realised you were a 6′ 2″ girl?

    Wow. :-)

  105. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 2:02pm

    KTR7, the chavs could very well struggle then :) I have just got your post, thank you – hows the head today…. ?

  106. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 2:03pm

    Re Lumps, England play better without him…..

    RA, you are so cheeky 😉

  107. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 2:15pm

    Rico am better.i’ll deliver another post about my thoughts on defensive play this week before we visit the chavs.

  108. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 2:20pm

    Glad to hear that KTR7, best stay off the naughty stuff for a few days :)

    Fab re the post and thanks KT

  109. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 2:39pm

    KT. . . . . . Can you play in goal at the weekend….?

  110. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 2:43pm

    I can…. :)

  111. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 2:44pm

    We’ll see Wath…maybe i’ll play goalie on my FIFA 11 on my couch.

  112. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 2:46pm

    Rico i hope the rest of the bloggers will like it.

  113. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 2:49pm

    Of course they will KTR7 :)

  114. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 2:50pm

    Rico as we saw at the weekend without lamps the chavs rely on malouda for creativity.he was shackled all game hence they created very few chances.ramieres-essien-mikel midfield is more of a workman like midfield.one thing is for sure our AM will have his work cut out for this one.

  115. mikeB

    September 27, 2010 at 2:51pm

    Great news folks, you can all relax.

    That Wenger… he’s a genius.

    Over lunch he did a deal with the restaurant manager to swap our waiter for one of his, and some luncheon vouchers…

    Is that boy good, or is that boy good?

    Not only do we now have a new keeper, but he’s silver-service trained as well.

    Suddenly life’s worth living again 😆

  116. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 2:54pm

    KTR7, we have a real chance on against them, Song and Cesc will play out of their skins… I think Song plays much better with our little captain next to him…

  117. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:01pm

    Not the kind of reply I was wishing for Mike I think maybe that Shato moldfeet got to you first. . . . .

    KT you on the couch in goal is a darn sight better than what we gotta look forward to tomorrow night

  118. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:09pm

    😆 mike….

    There’s a new post up, press the Home button at the top :)

  119. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 3:22pm


    For those of us easily confused, like me, where are we supposed to be blogging?

    Here or on the new Post?

    Talk about multi-tasking. :-)

  120. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:23pm

    Ur such an idiot RA………………

    So pleased you asked cos that was my next question but I was clever enough to wait for some other silly arse to ask first lol 😀

  121. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 3:26pm


    Always best to ask the women folk. You know they expect us to be mind readers! :-)

    And as to me being an idiot, I can’t really disagree with you there. I often am.

  122. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:27pm

    Go on the new one RA, its only up for the squad tomorrow…

  123. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 3:33pm


    WATH and some idiot have already seen the new one. Does that mean we stay there or do we have permission to stay here.

    Answers in single syllables please! :-)

  124. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:42pm





    and don’t be stupid stay on the new one………


  125. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 3:50pm

    Is this the new one WATH?

    If not, why are you here? :-)

  126. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:51pm

    New one RA – but if you want to stay here, thats fine to…

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