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The Bradyesque7 Weekly Round-up

 

Hello and welcome this week’s round-up.

The Arsenal community got their glad rags on to attend the Arsenal Foundation Ball this week. The ‘British Core’ were enjoying their weekly vogue and looking like sharp, even Alec Oxlade-Chamberlain who clearly misread the dress code and went as an ‘80s radio DJ. The players weren’t shy about flashing their respective fortunes and raised a lot of cash for some worthy charities. Jack Wilshere spent £5,000 on a signed invicibles shirt while Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey are said to be looking for two more people to pay £250 each for a round of golf in Gleneagles. Arsene Wenger donated £25,000 of “his own money” but nobody likes a show off. Who else’s money was he going to donate? The Black-tie/Jimmy-Savile-suit event also marked an important night for Liam Brady, Martin Keown, Robert Pires and Bob Wilson who were announced as ambassadors of The Arsenal Foundation.

A huge step was taken on Tuesday in the race for Champions’ League football. A convincing win against Wigan has taken us above our neighbours and left us with a hope of stealing third for automatic qualification. It was obvious how this game would play out, in hindsight. We were too good for them but they were fighting for their lives. We went one up in the first half, as we do, and then the fight-back came. Their equaliser was soon followed by the save that reminded everyone of the script and the Arsenal boys went to work. Wigan were never going to last having emptied their tanks in their cup triumph while we’d spent the best part of the week in bed. The levy broke and it finished 4-1. A somewhat paradoxical situation now has arisen for the optimistic Arsenal fan. While having full faith in David Moyes’ inevitable failure at his new job, we know that Moyes is the man to get one last performance from his team and get a result on Sunday.

Newcastle away will be the last game in what has been a roller-coaster season. Mikel Arteta is a doubt for the game having limped out of the last match with a calf problem. There has been some debate about who or what has been the catalyst to our current form and we’re all hoping that we’re not about to find out. On the plus side, Newcastle have won one game in their last six and that was against an already relegated and hilariously dismal QPR. They have won twice in their last ten. They won’t have notorious hardnut Joey Barton to bully our strikers this season, which will settle a lot of nerves among the players. With their minds already on crushing grapes in their bare feet, wearing and/or eating garlic, frogs legs, and sailing a boat down any river in France to suit this horribly offencive generalisation, our superior ability and sheer determination should be enough. It will be enough. No alarms and no surprises please.

The Europa League final was played last night and although the better team didn’t prosper in the end, it was a decent enough game and a good advertisement for matches of this kind. It certainly opened my eyes and I will now watch at the Championship Play-off final with a more open mind.

Jack Wilshere will have a pin removed from his ankle in surgery which will keep him out of his country’s international frendlies against Brazil and Ireland. Wilshere will be disappointed to miss the opportunity to test his skills against the likes of Neymar and Glen Whelan but this most miniature of procedures must go ahead. “Small, small, small” was how the manager allayed any fears of another setback. Jack is hoped to be back for pre-season and the Emirates Cup in August when he can begin his effort to battle his way back into the starting eleven.

And finally, this is a big week in the Arsenal calendar with the anniversary of the birth of the one true deity and of course the ninth anniversary of The Invincibles lifting the Premier League title in their unrivalled feat of magnificence. Celebrations may be cut short, however, as allegations emerging from one well known supporters’ club claim that Silent Stan Kroenke arranged for Bergkamp’s birthday to coincide with fans’ membership renewals. We’ll bring you more on this as it unfolds.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Up the Arsenal!

41 comments on “The Bradyesque7 Weekly Round-up

  1. Good stuff Ronan.

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  2. good stuff no7. just about round up the week.
    there is vote for player of the season on dot com. i just voted for my man rambo. even though i know he may not win as cazorla is favourite. i followed my heart. i want no regrets. walcott is my next favourite for playing against all odds of negative support from fans along with rambo to become one of the first name on the team sheet.

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  3. if there is anything like toothless attack, then benfica has it. my God! if the game should be played for five hours yesterday they will never score.
    i just hope the chavs play the same way against everton, then we will surely finish 3rd. no question.

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  4. @ bradyesque
    “The Europa League final was played last night and although the better team didn’t prosper in the end, it was a decent enough game and a good advertisement for matches of this kind. It certainly opened my eyes and I will now watch at the Championship Play-off final with a more open mind.”
    Ooh, bitchy! ha ha

    “Celebrations may be cut short, however, as allegations emerging from one well known supporters’ club claim that Silent Stan Kroenke arranged for Bergkamp’s birthday to coincide with fans’ membership renewals. We’ll bring you more on this as it unfolds.”
    ha ha ha
    Love your sense of humour.

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  5. @ layksite May 16, 2013 at 10:09 am
    Agree!

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  6. Theo and Rambo are tight gits lol. 1 grand between 4 lol

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  7. An upbeat and generous piece for an upbeat generous week B7 – you have caught the mood perfectly.

    Our CL qualification is firmly in our own hands and we have 90 minutes to place the cherry in its customary place, again snatching the tasty morsel from the lips of our squealing neighbours. Failure would be unfortunate.

    I am not sure what to expect from the three sides on the other side of the CL games this Sunday, Toon, Sunlun and Everton.

    While all are safe in Sunlun’s case the late arrival of Di Canio, who is evidently functioning just the right side of psychosis, means a few of those boys will be playing for their futures at the club. I see he has fined seven of them since Saturday for misbehaving.

    Par de Dieu ? Perhaps another man who will be looking hard at the players he has and who needs to be moved on – and no doubt smiling Mike Ashley will be pondering whether a new face on the touchline might be called for before August.

    And Everton ? Well I see them as genuinely having nothing to play for, but the players in that side do seem to have a pride about them, and while I have not checked the stats I suspect rather good record against CFC.

    A great Sunday in prospect.

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  8. … and that sums it all up 🙂 good read Ronan. Always something to look forward to

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  9. Well done number 7!

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  10. Thank you folks.

    Layksite, I did a bit about POTY last week so I stayed away from it this time. It’s very difficult to know who to vote for. I’d vote for them all but they’d cancel each other out. May as well vote for nobody.

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  11. eboue is coming to town.
    one thing i like about ex arsenal players is that even after they left th club they still feel very much like part of us.
    except for some few c**ts anyway.

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  12. no7, that is the more reason i was sentimental about my vote. they all deserve it. at least for making us forget that we are suppose to be a one man team.

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  13. So the dot com is open for votes of Player of the Season. We all have our favorites but my boy is Mikel Arteta, who destroyed all the mindless myths and sometimes racist stereo-typing of what makes a Defensive Midfielder. He has been consistently excellent and has emerged as the leader of our post January renaissance.

    But to my mind, the most important award at this time of the year is Supporter of the Year which, in my admittedly biased eyes, belongs to none other than our own Blackburn George, the spirit behind Positively Arsenal. We all know that this site is a result of teamwork with Adi and the excellent writing of several people (George is the anti-thesis of HTML coding) but it is because his relentless desire to dispel, what Arsenal Andrew described earlier as “the constant anti-Wenger, anti-club, anti-player diatribes that became so fashionable, in certain parts” that PA has taken root in tandem with the club’s renaissance.

    George (and Adi) started PA when the club was mired in its most difficult spell. In December a full-strength team had lost to Bradford in the League Cup and was mired at 7th in the League having lost to the likes of Swansea and struggle to eke out a 0:1 win over Wigan. Then was a time when lies and half truths about the club were at their nadir and voices urging patience and support while Wenger lead a difficult transition were being drowned out by egotists and fools who think this was the time to throw one of our greatest ever managers under the bus. Five months later we have a better goal-scoring and a better goals conceded than last year and on the cusp of not only snatching 4th from the Spuds but even 3rd from the jaws of the already gleeful Chavs.

    Win at Newcastle away will simply confirm what most of us already preach; stick by your team through thick and thin, win-lose-or-draw. Come on Arsenal, Come On!

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  14. Nicely done No7, as has been said you capture the end of term mood perfectly. Shotta – I too have favourite players but it would be extraordinarily short-sighted of those voting if Mikel Arteta doesn’t walk it with an overwhelming majority. He is the one player I don’t want us to be without. I love many others to varying degrees but he has been the quiet inspiration behind all we do well.

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  15. Shotta but I can’t agree with your fawning creepage. George is an armchair fan at best and as such has no right to even be considered. Don’t you know it’s only people who go home and away to every game and who are thinking of giving up their season ticket if we don’t spend and spend big that have a right to an opinion? People like George who can’t even do a London accent have no right to any ideas at all about Arsenal.

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  16. Steww @ 12:09pm – I think you are unto something there No 10. Because of my Jamaican accent and US location I ruled myself out. Ha, Ha, Ha!

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  17. The anti- Arsenal, anti-Wenger, spiteful, joyless pricks that pretend to support our club? If 8 more years without trophys meant they’d bugger off, I’d take it. Nearly as bad are the ones who piggyback our great club to build media careers.

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  18. Nice one B7.

    Anicoll@ 10:38. Re Everton just having Pride to play for… It is also, of course, David Moyes’ last ever game in charge and that alone is a driver for them to produce I would think…

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  19. Thanks No.7.
    This is my .gif of the week:

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  20. Have to agree with you shottagunna 11.49am re MA. Good leader, ultra consistent, a real team player, perfect hair…Big respect.

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  21. Good piece B7, bang on form, as ever.

    What is rather nice about this year’s player of the season dilemma is the way it makes one realise just how much of a team effort the whole turnaround has been. Sure, Arteta and Cazorla have been undeniably central to the squad but there have been many who have contributed. I think most seasons there are standout candidates who steal the glory from their team mates (not deliberately) but who effectively draw attention from the nature of the Arsenal team game. The van Persies, the Henrys, the Cescs – all, I’m sure have been worthy winners at some point. And all have overshadowed the rest of the squad which I always find a tad regrettable.

    Not doing anyone down but for me, and in very different ways, Ramsey and Giroud are also worthy winners when you put their respective seasons into perspective.

    I have a feeling Everton will play really well v the Chavs – they’ll want to send Moyes off in style as well as put themselves in the shop window one last time. This, combined with our superb away form overall is good enough reason to approach the weekend brimming with confidence.

    Great post by Shotta at 11.49; PG definitely most improved Blogger.

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  22. Be interesting to see if the Chavs continue with their abuse of Benitez on Sunday same as they have since his appointment, banners, placards, “You don’t know what you’re doing” etc. – They win a trophy, they might get third but they are still wankers

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  23. Must be acutely embarrassing being a chav supporter.

    I mean, even more so than most seasons?

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  24. There would be many worthy winners of POTS – that’s the great joy of this squad.

    For me, it’s Giroud. To go from where he started to where he is now in less than one season is quite special. He had big boots to fill and though he is not on the level of …, he has gone a long way towards making us forget about the traitor. 100% commitment and desire in every game, taking on the centre back beasts of the PL and coming out on top almost every time, he does what no-one else in the squad can do – play like an old-fashioned centre forward, Arsenal style. His mastery in the air and his link-up play has opened up a whole range of tactical options for us. In civvies, he comes over as a stylish metrosexual – a French Beckham – but there is something endearingly simple and old-fashioned about his on-field personality – a straight up, honest team player who wears his heart on his sleeve. And you can see that there is much more to come from him.
    But you could come up with a dozen different candidates and I wouldn’t disagree.

    Enough of this talk, though. I’m worried that we will forget we have to get One More Win.

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  25. And come on Everton at the weekend as well. And come on Sunderland (washing my mouth out as I speak).

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  26. Supporter of the Season ?

    Giroud should give up his Number 12 shirt to the Meerkat – 12th Man of the squad through rain, shine and seasonal shitstorm – Ever Ready

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  27. Excellent, B7!

    and again, the comment section has followed up with superb stuff.

    I fully agree with Shotta regarding George along with Adi. Big respect due.

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  28. Nice one B7.. very entertaining.

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  29. I was going to mention Giroud as well, Fun. After the Dutch boy with a fondness for United left, no one at the club had more to prove than he did. That he worked hard to make a name for himself at the Arsenal is the reason he’s my player of the season.

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  30. Big up to George and Adi. Without this blog I wouldn’t enjoy game day even half as much. I love it that you guys managed to get the old crew together again.

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  31. Oh, and thanks to Steww for making me laugh so much.

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  32. If you have not read the comments at the end of yesterdays post, do so. Andrew totally captured how I felt and feel about the throwing under the bus of our manager and players, namely our manager.

    I totally agree with DC that we can hold our heads high. While many will be full stuffed with humble pie, we can be filled with the satisfaction of knowing that we did not waver and spout bulls when the team needed us most. I don’t know but it fills me with pride that we stuck in there…an honour to stay the course with each of youse.

    ZP closed it out with a late but brilliant post.

    I will take the liberty…

    ZimPaul
    May 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    Strangely for me, this hymn was my favorite at school, for the tune and the words; but we sung “to be a hobgoblin” as the last line at the very top of our voices (pilgrims were “Rhodesians” and it was then fascist colonial Rhodesia) and me and my friends wanted to be guerrillas, rebels of our country you see, (I got my wish) and somehow the made-up word “hobgoblin” conjured up the idea of “rebel” in our young hearts.

    And so Arsenal, yes, rebels, of another sort, one and all, a rebel team by nature that refused to conform to establishment football (buy its way into trophies) or admit defeat, personally (Aaron, Theo, Tomas for example) or admit failure as a team terminally labeled “in crisis” by every half-hearted supporter, stupid pundit and an insidious media, and its this line-up that has stamped a rebel character, led by a fearless rebel leader.

    And don’t they all look the part too.

    Well done lads!! It’s the team effort that did it. Now, one more battle to go. The is not yet over and we must summon all our courage and nerve one more time for one final push. Yes, Shotta, as Steww said, we are on the final straight, yards from the finish, legs and lungs exhausted, this final push is now 90% psychological, for ourselves. Go Arsenal.

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  33. sorry can’t help myself, last nights final was utter boll*x from two artificially inflated sides, either side of the TPO trend. Very odd game to watch. I think Chelsea have paid Benfica and their investors close to £50 million for players in recent seasons, and could only beat them by a single goal.

    Saying that, I’m surprised at Arsenals decision to invite Porto over for jack’s rehab.

    Nice read as always, so thankyou.

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  34. SHOTTA @ 1149
    POST OF THE DAY FOR ME.
    I second that…..

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  35. Let not dish the humble pie up just yet

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  36. George, getting into the top 4 is not all for me, it is that the team is coming good.

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  37. and they sure were not waiting to stick the boot in all season. Forget that, they have been made to look like clowns. They should have stuck by the team and had a proper perspective instead of wanting the manager out and all that.

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  38. TRUE that PAUL. they showed hardly any faith and support. Now they are gloating again. Half way friends. Can’t count on them through bad times. Fickle. Fickle.

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  39. “Alec Oxlade-Chamberlain who clearly misread the dress code and went as an ‘80s radio DJ.” That’s too funny, B7. Saw Alex talking about it in the video on Arsenal Player. He gave himself props for being different, but also said “Gibbo’s not having it”.

    “SHOTTA @ 1149
    POST OF THE DAY FOR ME.”
    Me too.

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  40. Paul N – 7.55 pm: Exactly that.

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  41. shottagunna
    May 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Great comment shotta – PA has been a beacon. I also have to give a shout out to stew for his consistent quality writing and his calm and considered words when the nerves are kicking in.

    FG and G69 – I would vote for Giroud too for all the reasons you’ve stated. I think he has had a good first season and we missed him during these last games. I’m confident he will shut up a lot of the naysayers who still cannot see what he brings to our game.

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