With Bungle injured, we'd be better off with Zippy than Flappy!! CL Squad announced.

If the headline baffles, go and google Rainbow, it’s a kids television programme from many years ago….

So Almunia is injured and Flappyanski is lined up to take his place for tomorrow nights game. Me, I don’t believe it, Almunia has been dropped after his woeful displace which is right. But, replacing him with a keeper who is equally as bad, beggars belief!!

Trust this lot to restore some pride?


In goal I hope we see:-



But Not This!!!!!! 

Have a good evening all……

89 thoughts on “With Bungle injured, we'd be better off with Zippy than Flappy!! CL Squad announced.

  1. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:12pm

    No Mannone in the squad…??????????? Is this a sign that at long last Wengers glasses are beginning to let in some light..?

  2. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:13pm

    Oh and I’d much rather have Zippy or Bungle over Flappy any day of the week month or year…!

  3. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:14pm

    I thought Mannone would travel WATH….

    Or George 😆

  4. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:17pm

    Bungle over Flappy, but Zippy over both for me 😆

    Still think Bungle has been dropped…. just like last season..

  5. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 3:17pm


    Is this the same chesney who couln not hold onto the vaulting horse and broke both his arms?

    Sounds like just the GK we have been looking for.

    Not chocolate arms, but RVP glass arms. :-)

  6. Arse&Nose©

    September 27, 2010 at 3:20pm

    I thought Wenger said :

    ” he [Manone] has had a [set back] small issue [with] the [penis] “

  7. david ayres

    September 27, 2010 at 3:21pm

    where is diaby? he was training with the squad today

  8. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:25pm

    he’s not in the squad david, don’t know why yet

  9. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:25pm

    RA, he dropped wieghts on his arms or something like that…. Def wasnt a vaulting horse. . . . . Hmmm ok I’m going to shut up now…!

  10. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:26pm

    Cos he’s crap Rico……………. lol

  11. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:26pm

    RA, but he’s made a good recovery, would rather see Flapianski?

  12. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:26pm

    WATH, Diaby? He’s not that good 😉

  13. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:30pm

    So here we are then……………… Wonder if Mikes still busy shining up his new waiter or busy with his Shato moldyfeet

  14. agirlagunner

    September 27, 2010 at 3:33pm

    Boo! Off to read the earlier post! 😉

  15. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:35pm

    Boo to you agag, see you in a while 😉

  16. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:44pm

    Whats all this “boo-ing” about then………? We getting ready 4 Flappy in goal 2noro night already… boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 😉

  17. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:45pm

    Don’t WATH, I am dreading seeing him, I know we should get behind whoever wears the shirt and come kick off i will, but…..

  18. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 3:49pm

    Well I do draw the line at boo-ing anyone in a red shirt, never have done and never will do and boy have I seen some drivel over the years but won’t ever stoop to that. I’ll give them what 4 but never boo. after the 90mins r up I’ll have my say but what exactly does booing a player achieve, very little in my opinion however I do understand that some see it as a right to vent their feelings when paying so much to watch the team these days and how else do you show your displeasure with a perfomance..? its a difficult one actually…!

  19. charybdis1966

    September 27, 2010 at 3:53pm

    Rico, you normally talk sense, but this time you’re wrong.
    Flappy is not “equally bad” he’s a hell of a lot worse than Almunia!
    We’d be better off with an open goal rather than that plonker in goal.

    We’d be better off with one of the Clangers in goal.

  20. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 3:55pm


    I am back. WATH has been running me ragged between the two Posts. So we are staying here now are we?

    WATH, we can go back and be as rude as we like on the old Post, because no one will know! :-)

  21. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:55pm

    WATh, I’m not for booing either, haven’t been to too many games but may shout a bit, but booing, never…

  22. agirlagunner

    September 27, 2010 at 3:56pm

    No booing anyone. Not even with who we have on goal. (sigh) Just closing the window of some crappy streaming with some foreign language commentary. I still feel bad about the match. (sigh) Maybe I shouldn’t have watched it again… I didn’t think it possible but It was worse the second time. (sigh) :(

  23. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 3:56pm

    Hi chary, good to see you, fair point, he is a lot worse, but neither are really ever going to good enough….

    Soup Dragon would be ok :)

  24. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:00pm

    RA :P:

  25. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:01pm

    Hi agag, why did you put yourself through all that again….

  26. CM.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:03pm

    I was sitting behind Almunia in the first half and he was holding his arm n grimmacing after the pen and then throughout the game. you could tell he was struggling with it. So i do beleive it is a genuine injury. That said, even with one arm he’s still better than Flappyhandski. Would like to see ‘Don Vito’ or ‘Chesney’ given their chance. Flappy doesnt have a great deal of experience either, so why not try the kids. Worst case scenario: we still suck at goalie. So no difference!

  27. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 4:04pm

    A pair of weeds between the grass would be good as well………… :-)

  28. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 4:04pm

    I bet Rico still has big brother watching the old post RA we’d get away with nothing mate…………

  29. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 4:06pm

    Spot on CM whats the worse thing that can happen… Hmmmmm yep Chez can only be as bad as flappy end of…!

  30. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:09pm

    hi cm, good to see you here, thats an old trick when youve just mucked up, didnt he geyt injured last season after a dreadful game?

    Chesney for me…

  31. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:11pm

    BB is definately in the House :)

  32. charybdis1966

    September 27, 2010 at 4:14pm

    I’d go for Vito – he’s played for us in league and European games already and looked solid.

  33. agirlagunner

    September 27, 2010 at 4:16pm

    I don’t know either, rico 😉 Masochistic tendencies, I think.

    We can’t be worse off with the alternatives than we already are with Almunia and Fabianski. And if that Diaby knows what’s good for him, he’ll turn in a performance which he seems to deliver only when kitted out in France’s colors.

  34. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:16pm

    To be fair chary, i wouldn’t care which one of the two younger keepers he played, both show more courage and grit than the current two…

    its not easy to be called ‘great’ in the lower divisions, but Chesney had a great write up from Brentford…

    Mannone, I recall him best in the fulham game, oustanding and kept us in the game….

  35. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:18pm

    Asmo, thanks for your comment, but with that kind of attitude, please close the door as you leave…!

  36. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:20pm

    Diaby is not in the squad agag… maybe he has a niggle or something ….

  37. W.A.T.H

    September 27, 2010 at 4:21pm

    Mannone had a good game at Fulham but also got very lucky that his saves didnt fall to the feet of teh fulham strikers, the Blackburn goal at home was his fault way 2 far off his line and also he was shaky at spammers…….. 4 me he also aint good enough, Time for Chezy to put his class where his mouth is and show us he good as he says he is….!

  38. agirlagunner

    September 27, 2010 at 4:22pm

    Good. I hope he’s rested for a month at least since I do not want to see him play for some time. 😡

  39. CM.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:23pm

    I’d make Szczesny sign a new deal before playing him personally (though I’m sure he wants to play before signing one) so I would go with Vito. As much experience as Flappy, and less howlers. And as Arsene said, “Vito deserves a chance aswell”… although he also said “Flappy is world class”, so pinch of salt there! haha.

    PS. I grew up with Rainbow, absolutely loved it! Jane… phwoar! even as a littl’un I fancied her, haha.

  40. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:23pm

    Chesney certainly has a lot to say for himself, but i like that, he has attitude, a player needs that but he has set himself up for a fall IF it goes wrong….

    I just don’t think it will go wrong, i just don’t…

  41. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:38pm

    me neither agag 😉

  42. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:39pm

    CM – i only remember george, Bungle and Zippy, and of course Geoffrey :)

  43. CM.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:44pm

    Rod, Jane & Freddy where the ones who came on and did all the songs in the shows.

  44. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:46pm

    Blimey CM, your memory is good, i remember the songs being sung, normally after an ‘incident’ :) but can’t recall all the names – you are showing your age 😉

  45. CM.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:46pm

    and in terms of playing young keepers, Real Madrid have played Casillas as a regular since he was 18, so if Arsene beleives is Chesney enough, he should play him. But I think Arsene doesnt want to lose him on a free if he does take the gamble on him, as he’s been burnt a few times like that in the past.

  46. CM.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:48pm

    haha, I only just turned 24 two weeks ago! if anything makes me feel old, it’s supporting a team full of world class stars who are all younger than me! haha.

  47. oliver

    September 27, 2010 at 4:50pm

    hi all…just got back from dentist appointment. i am hearing diaby has been dropped – good.

    let’s see who starts in goal. fabianski probably. but at least szczesny is in the squad. perhaps this is arsene’s way (injury) of moving szczesny up in the “pecking order”. he is certainly sticking with his established pattern and using the injury card as an explanation to drop almunia.

  48. oliver

    September 27, 2010 at 4:52pm

    red arse, if you are here, i did not think my weekend could get worse after saturday’s result, but sunday’s performance/result did just that!

  49. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:56pm

    CM – reports are that Chesney could play against the Chavs on saturday, not sure i think they hold much sustance as surely he would play tonight before then…

    wenger needs to work his magic on chesney as he will go if he isn’t taken seriously…

    Cripes CM, 24, I watched it the first time round :)

  50. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 4:57pm

    Hi oliver, no probs with the Gnashers i hope 😉

  51. oliver

    September 27, 2010 at 5:07pm

    hi rico. nope, all is good. need a routine cleaning but no cavs or other probs.

    two days on, i am still of the opinion that the entire squad let us down, not just al. being who he is, he will get the brunt of criticism, but he pile on al at the expense of giving others a pass. at least al looked upset when the goals went in – did not notice too many others get angry or riled.

    i cannot say for certain if diaby has been dropped – but i hope he has, this is finally a step in the right direction. there needs to be accountability throughout the squad. diaby has all the physical and technical assets to be a wonderful player, but his languid style, lack of intensity, and indifferent-looking demeanor make him a passenger more often than a driver. i am starting to wonder whether he will ever fulfill his potential – holding him accountable for lazy, i-don’t-give-a-**** performances is a good place to start.

    lost in all the wailing and teeth-gnashing is that we need a result tomorrow night…

  52. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:08pm

    oliver – i think the same as you re almunia, wenger won’t say he’s to blame but deals with it in house but declaring him injured…

  53. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:09pm

    rooney is out for the mancs in their CL game….

  54. oliver

    September 27, 2010 at 5:18pm

    unfortunately, this is how arsene has always operated – handle things in-house, provide a “convenient” reason when someone is dropped. the problem is that it fuels the no accountability perception and frustrates supporters to no end. arsene can drop someone without throwing them under the bus: “almunia will not be traveling to belgrade with the squad. he took saturday’s result and overall team performance very hard, and we feels it is in everybody’s interests to afford him some time to work on some things away from the spotlight. i fully expect him to return stronger than ever.”

    the above clearly says that al has been dropped – it doesn’t blame him for the team performance and result, and does not put the spotlight on his individual performance. but still makes it clear that he will not be our first choice for at least the next match. is that so difficult to do, arsene?

  55. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 5:19pm


    Let’s agree not to discuss the Jints! 10:29 at home! I was disappointed the game was not shown over here, but in the end I was glad.

    Still the Yankees stopped their 4 game losing run and are nearly thru to the play offs. But in the 10th Innings! Wow! toronto tonight! At least the Mets won for you! :-)

  56. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:21pm

    oliver, you are again right, it was more than just Almunia, but he has been in the spotlight for so long because of his mistakes, it’s natural that he would have to bare the brunt – especially as the mistakes he made he should not have..

    Diaby, who knows, it was his first game back so he could just be rested for what probably appears an easy game on paper – it won’t be though….

    If we had to have one shocking performance all season i wouldn’t mind it being against WBA, what i cannot stomach is that it was at our home, The Emirates…

  57. oliver

    September 27, 2010 at 5:22pm

    funny you mention rooney, rico. i have not watched united much this season, but all account seem to indicate that rooney is a shell of the player he was last few seasons. do you think red nose would publicly say he is dropping rooney? or blame it on an “ankle knock”? arsene is not the only one that feeds supporters crap by over-covering for his players.

    credit to jerome thomas for hitting an open net on saturday. now he is an authority on the current arsenal side. i respect the baggies for beating us rather easily at our own game – but i am disappointed to hear one of their players suddenly having an “informed opinion” on arsenal. a goal into an empty net will not change the fact that thomas is at wba because he was not, and never will be, good enough for arsenal.

  58. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:25pm

    I don’t think anyone really wants wenger to come out and rant, roar and totally slate Al, no person deserves that.

    But to cover up poor performances with injury just makes everyone look silly…. i like the way you put it oliver..

  59. oliver

    September 27, 2010 at 5:26pm

    red arse, i have to run to a meeting in a few minutes, but tom coughlin’s status is now a legitimate question – the team is no longer responding to him, they are making stupid mistakes, and seem to have lost the stomach to fight back. it is only three games in, but the giants cannot afford any more performances as these past two. another factor is the jets: they are starting to look like the team everyone expected them to be – big win in miami last night – ny has always been a giants town, and they cannot afford to become an afterthought to the jets in the first season in the new stadium.

    coughlin’s seat is as hot as it can be now. kevin gilbride should also be very, very concerned.

  60. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 5:26pm


    I think you are talking good sense. Saturday was not all down to Big Al, but his departure is now a self fulfilling prophecy.

    For the fans to know that the manager recognises the problem and is addressing it, albeit in a diplomatic way, would release the stress valves (?)

    The way things are going seems to be fire fighting or being reactive rather than proactive. Not a place to be! :-(

  61. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:28pm

    oliver, i hardly watch any other side to be honest, its only on here at home if there’s nothing better to be noise in the background 😉

    Rooney isn’t injured though we all know that, Fergie doesn’t have to tell everyone why he’s not playing as we all know the reason.

    I would have thought he would have gone to play in their CL match, as he loves ‘playing away from home’

  62. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:31pm


    Its a tough call though, having playing sport all my life, i would rather a manager tell me i was dreadful when i was – it wouldn’t shock me as i would have known it myself…

    For Almunia it must be horrid, he knows he had a dreadful time, he’s not selected for the next game and suddenly he is injured..

    Does that really help Almunia?

    Hope he doesn’t get pictured carrying the heavy shopping bags if its a wrist injury 😉 😉

  63. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:34pm

    Where did agag go??

  64. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:46pm

    In fact, where did you all go??

  65. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 5:51pm

    Rico am around.

  66. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 5:51pm


    I am here. My Firefox updated and threw me into a tizzy. Unnecessarily! :-)

  67. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 5:58pm

    Hey you two, i was just about to go…. but you saved me 😉

  68. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 6:03pm

    Rico i will send you another post before the chavs as they are sort of European opposition.i will include pressing,defensive structure and how song,den and diaby vary our play.i’ll also include big jack as he has become a first team member.

  69. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 6:06pm


    You seem to be sending so many drafts to Rico that I think you must have a little factory of elves churning them out! :-)

  70. Stef

    September 27, 2010 at 6:09pm

    Hello HH
    Two post today and I thought it was Tuesday already :)

    hang over is a bit over good to see Diaby dropped he was the worst player on the pitch although there weren’t any notable team mates either.

    Nice posts over all.

  71. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 6:10pm


    As there is just us three on the site, and three million reading it, I will let you into a little secret!

    I am a v. good cook. I have just taken a batch of loaves out of the oven. The smell is driving me crackers and is making me even more hungry, and I have to go and tear into one. :-)

  72. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:10pm

    the more the merrier KTR7, i love reading them and learning… youve even got me watching an odd la liga game….:)

  73. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 6:11pm

    Hi Stef, you arrive just as I am going! :-)

  74. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:12pm

    hey stef, two today for the travelling squad news….

  75. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:13pm

    RA, were they part baked? 😉 😉

  76. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:15pm

    you have a hangover too Stef, kt the other day, you today, is HH driving you all to drink :) :)

  77. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 6:20pm

    Rico i think Almunia and diaby have been dropped.i have also seen the rumours that szczesny may start at the Bridge but they are just that.

  78. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:23pm

    mentioned the chesney at the bridge earlier KTR7, but i don’t think anyone saw it….

    its kind of interesting really, why on earth would you throw a young keeper in at the bridge and not play him tonight… you wouldn’t so i think its rubbish. no doubt the metro are thinking that flappy will muck up tomorrow and wenger is left with littel choice….

  79. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 6:27pm


    No I make them to my own recipe, (which is the same as everyone else’s probably :-) )

    It’s lovely, so I am off to do the rest of it justice.

    See you tomorrow! :-)

  80. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 6:27pm

    Aw is in a corner.he says he trusts the youth but he hasn’t given szczesny a chance.if he gets it am sure he’ll make the most of it.

  81. Red Arse

    September 27, 2010 at 6:28pm

    BTW, Rico,

    I saw your earlier comment re Chesney at the Bridge! :-)

    Nite Nite.

  82. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:29pm

    I love bread making too RA, the kneeding gets a tad boring, but i love the grainy loaves… yum yum,

    enjoy, see you tomorrow RA – don’t forget the big lump of cheese to with the bread 😉

  83. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 6:35pm

    If i need bread…buy one!

  84. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:45pm

    Best way KT, but it doesn’t taste as good 😉

  85. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 6:52pm

    So long as am satisfied rico i don’t care.i hope to learn to cook along the way similar to how you’re learning Euro footy.

  86. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:55pm

    :) KT, you will, and as you say, just as I am learning….

  87. rico

    September 27, 2010 at 6:57pm

    KT, I have to go for the day, see you tommorow on a day when we restore pride at Arsenal I hope….

    Enjoy the rest of your day

    Nighty night all, stay safe

  88. K-TR7

    September 27, 2010 at 7:06pm

    Night all.

  89. rico

    September 28, 2010 at 8:12am

    New post up

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