Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up.
First up this week is the long-overdue apology from Arsene Wenger in a meeting with the press last week. In addressing Roy Hodgson’s comments on the lack of English talent in the English top-flight, Wenger, although feigning sympathy for the England manager’s woes, went on to boastfully list the wealth of English stars at Arsenal. The Gunners’ boss, in typical galling fashion, then moved to distance himself from any responsibility for the nationality of Aaron Ramsey. “It is not my fault if Ramsey is Welsh”, said the smug manager. While an admission of guilt and an apology would appease the average supporter, the more passionate and loyal fans, knows as Gooners, will undoubtedly call for the manager’s resignation for this kind of negligence.
Staying with Ramsey, he has done an interview with Arsenal Player. The unfortunately Welsh midfielder attributes his rich vein of form to playing consistently in his most natural position. Having ironed out the inevitable creases following the reinstallation of his leg, Ramsey can continue to leave the most astute observers with egg on their faces.
Jack Wilshere has been nominated for the Young Gareth Bale of the Year Award. Jack is up against Danny Welbeck, Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Bale. With Gareth Bale also being nominated for the Gareth Bale of the Year Award, there are signs the Gareth Bale could scoop both the young Gareth Bale of the Year Award and the Gareth Bale of the Year Award at this year’s ceremony. This is written in the understanding that repeatedly mentioning Gareth Bale gets you a job in media. Gareth Bale.
It was that time of year again as many Arsenal fans sailed west to the murky shores of Fulham. After twelve minutes of chasing the ball, Steve Sidwelled Arteta and got himself sent off. Arsenal controlled the majority of the game but failed to really upset Fulham’s defence. Theo Walcott’s best contributions came in the form of free-kick deliveries and it was one of these which found Koscielny at the back post who, I’m saying intentionally, nodded the ball across to Mertesacker, who in turn headed home. 1-0 to The Arsenal! Following some amount of relatively uneventful time, Olivier Giroud received a red card for going over the top of the ball in an attempt to trap it. It wasn’t malicious, and it was nothing like that prick Sidwell’s, but he caught the guy and it was a red card. Replays show that he slipped but the FA say that nobody gives a shit and he will serve a three match ban.
With our next opponents having secured the title in previous game, there has been a lot of talk about giving them a guard of obligation. If one were inclined to remove half of Arsene Wenger’s quotes on the issue of respecting their number 20, an exciting level of ambiguity can be achieved. “As a champion or not as a champion, it’s [his reception] the same.” In other words, make him wish he was back in the sanctuary his old treatment room. This is Arsenal vs. Manchester United and it is the game I have been waiting for all season.
And finally! Love has blossomed at Arsenal and communication is key. This is, of course, Laurent Koscielny’s interview with Arsenal player where he gets a bit mushy about his new centre-back partnership. Per, which rhymes with bear, is the more experienced of the two but this is a huge positive for the international player. “His experience is vital and that helps us work together. We try and talk to each other a lot and it is important at the back to have a good understanding.” I’m probably not alone in thinking that they can do what they like as long as there are clean sheets at the end of each week.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.
Up the Arsenal!
Totally agree. La liga me arse! Waiting for special one to squirm after this.
RM were just about average and won against the mancs, BM (who beat us on away goals only) handed Barca their ass on a plate, with some appalling officiating as well.
A piss poor €ity beat the manna, in fact the last ‘big’ game manue won was Liverpool in mid January.( Liverpool big – I know lol).
My point is AFC are better than is let on and those red mancs are a lot lot worse than is let on. I don’t see any problems with us really doing them over on Sunday. Greedy fergi wants 96 points for an all time record – fuck him, ARSENAL have a record he will never have and they only stopped us by cheating. Remember that this Sunday.
I hate them in a special Mike Reilly kind of hate.
“My point is AFC are better than is let on and those red mancs are a lot lot worse than is let on”
My respect for Bayern has fallen greatly after the low blows they dealt to Dortmund. Dortmund will definitely fight back. They have a young coach who is the closest there is to Arsene.
Remember how Arsenal waited for the new season to start before announcing Chamakh’s arrival although the press made it seem a done deal long before the previous season ended. ARSENAL MEANS CLASS.
However Bayern aren’t as cheap as Man Utd. Man Utd run on huge debts, have the press backing them unfairly, referees who are shit scared to give anything against them and the whole EPL bending over backwards to satisfy their every whim.
Next season(or whenever) when Arsenal wins the EPL it will be a lot more deserved than whatever number of titles they have.
holy shit lewadowski…. pepe on his knees…great week for the classicos intergallacticos redicolos
Any team that gives Mourinho’s expensively assembled group of reationary counter-attackers a whipping have my support. Good on you Dortmund. Proves that if you can assemble a good young squad with an excellent coach supported by magnificent fans you can go a long way. Are you reading Arsenal fans?
Just hoping we have some stability this summer (it seems likely but we should expect the vultures to be circling) with one or two new additions, a good pre-season and we should be flying next year.
madrid hasnt got cover for arbeloa. even arbeloa as first choice is mediocre. whose fault is that jose? can you imagine the backlash wenger playing in a semi in europe without cover for his right backs? having to play ramos as rb and a kid in defence? with the slow and heavy khedira and alonso to chase goetze and rus and gudigan? and modric with ozil how terrible indeed. higuain? ..beyond terrible. .champions last year ..potless this year…what was the budget again? …the wage bill? how about tat city?..hahaaa
shottagunna Are you reading Arsenal fans?
(trnslation form marca).. jan henrik grussen, one of the chiefs in dortmund;s hardcore support stands is asked about if they have a surprise for tonights game like the choreo with malaga:
” we have something prepared but it wont be as impressive. That one with malaga took us two months to prepare, while the madrid game was only in ten days notice. Moreso we are running out of money. that choreo cost 8,ooo euros and it came out our pockets. a gift from us to the team”
Spot on double canister
As far as I’m concerned AW is batting a very high percentage with his purchases. I have been happy except for the pink manc Silvestre and the chav gallas.
Only hope is to keep the players we want to keep and for our great academy prospects to show patience to get their chance and not move ala Upson and a few others.
Great Stuff as usual B7.
george… in response to asking where I’ve been yesterday; I’ve been here and reading just not a prolific poster. I remain a contented reader tho’.
As far as Sunday goes and ‘honouring’ the ‘champions’… that is for people made of different stuff than I. I’m with Frank on this and as far as I’m concerned they can sod right off.
Unusually for me I will be having a few beers before the fun on Sunday and am thoroughly looking forward to the game. I tend to drink post game nowadays as I don’t like to be the one who has to do the ‘excuse me gents, need a wee’ during play. I get miffed by others who leave early, nip out 5 mins before the break etc and therefore will be fighting not only my nerves as I watch the game but my bladder as it screams at me “you’re too bloody old too drink that much before a game nowadays and I’m going to force you to leave your seat before the half!”
Well … Fuck you bladder and fuck you Manure, I’ll be singing loudly and tunelessly for The Arsenal in my tipsy happy way, and you can both like it or lump it, I’m there for the duration and my respect is not for either of you!
Very late to the party, but never too late to say well done, B7.
My god, I’m sick of the transfer bullshit already. “Buy ALL the players, Wenger, or that’s it, I’m done with you!” Oh, just shut the fuck up. I may virtually kill some people before summer is done. I do hope you guys will be around during the summer, as I suspect this will be the only haven of sanity amongst the madness.
We should get that Turkish kid in Dortmund’s midfield. Holy cock that kid can play.
Manure payed over the odds for the Japanese kid. Kagawa ain’t shit next to Gundogan.
Mourinho looked like he was going to cry. Tonight was a victory for the sensible, well budgeted, forward looking clubs vs the wasteful, neo-liberal football we’ve had to become accustomed to for the last few years. Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo together couldn’t have beaten this Dortmund side. Top heavy football is dead.
“Dortmund spent less on Piszczek, Gotze, Gundogan, Bender, Lewandowski, Subotic and Kuba than English teams have spent on Charlie Adam. Shocking.”
– The Guardian commentor bogey 7
“Across the country football hipsters are now switching their TVs over to Ligue 1 as German football has now become mainstream.”
Guardian commenter, Igchoc
It’s crazy how Dortmund keep losing their best players and still somehow come away stronger. They lost Sahin, didn’t bother them one bit, they lost Kagawa and now they are hopefully going to win the CL. Next is Götze and I somehow think that even that loss won’t hurt them as much as people expect.
Evil: If they lose Lewandowski, that will hurt.