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If You Love Football, You Love Rosicky.

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Rosicky’s shirt in the Borussia Dortmund Museum

A record attendance yesterday evening at the new Brighton and Hove Albion Stadium to see them play The Arsenal play for the second time in the cup in the last few years. I guess the Brighton fans enjoyed the football last time out. Not forgetting the Arsenal support:

“You’ve only come to see The Arsenal”

Like Steww I had a feeling last season was a special year. Nothing to do with the Cup games, more so the controlled Ozil inspired surge to the top of the table. Coincidentally or perhaps magically it was during the home league game against Hull when Nicholas Bendtner scored after sixty-odd seconds following Jenkinson’s early run and cross. If Bendy scores after the first minute upon what might have been his first start in the league after trying to leave the club I concluded for myself that it would be a good season for The Arsenal.
Bendtner didn’t quite follow through; circumstances meant he was relegated behind Sanogo when the new player regained or gained fitness. In my ignorant and speculative opinion the squad model since 07/08 has always been to have two Big Lumps up top to juggle with the speedsters.  Amidst some confusion Bendtner’s season ended early late one night with him humping a hubcap during a break back home. Fortunately The Arsenal kept their focus and came through in the end.

Brighton. A big difference for me going to an away game outside of London. Usually, what with AFC being a “local club for local people” according to the not so great and good I trundle along the hard yards to Home games.

First starts for Özil and Walcott, a second start for Ramsey upon their returns. As expected the BFG was given a well earned rest, and neither Ozil or Walcott had he legs to last ninety minutes as the Seagulls found some late hope and energy.

I have a good feeling about this season too. Why? Well Arsenal football club signed my favourite non-Arsenal footballer, Alexis Sanchez.
Following on from the Ozil and Cazorla signings. The rehabilitation of Master Rosicky. The recovery from major injuries of Ramsey and Wilshere (just about regaining his best fitness and form, that acceleration, before he was hacked off the park, again. Not even a foul called…). Chambers coming in to complete his apprenticeship under the Big German (Wilshere is for me Rozza’s apprentice), some new signing to help alleviate Koscielny’s workload. It’s a fair guess that having managed Rosicky’s fitness for the final run of fixtures in recent seasons no staff knows more about tricksy tendons in football then those at the Arsenal? I might be over optimistic but I couldn’t groan about those who signed Koscielny in the first place wanting to make sure they found the correct player to cover. We could again see against Brighton the logic in wanting to give Monreal more minutes during the season, to help him to develop and also because like many footballers he appears to play better when not coming in to the team cold.

The returning Walcott scored at the start of the match following a great run and cross from the rested Chambers (whisper it – rotation!) a fantastic finish from a player who like Rosicky has received his share of abuse from the self declared Experts. We’ve become used to seeing such efficiency from him, but he’ll need a little bit of time. Perhaps the players could’ve exploited that right side further in the first half?
Doesn’t really matter, Ozil scored too.
Perhaps the Brighton players were confused about which of Ozil or Rozza was meant to be on the left, they both popped up in the middle. Ozil and Walcott scoring upon their returning starts, Captain Rosicky with another performance and finish for the scrap book.
Does it get better then that?
Akpom played. Which was great, even though he’d have been happier attacking and not having to help close out the game, but I was impressed. He’s quick!
Chamberlain? Rested or a knock I’m not sure but he could easily have done with a rest with Walcott coming in.
Welbeck to return.
Many of you will know how big a fan I’ve been of Rosicky over the long years. Some wanted to tear up his contract whilst Dortmund fans were dreaming of adding his Arsenal shirt to their museum.
I’m not really sure that I can add much more to the script for this game! Including Brighton’s desire to try and get back in the contest. Fortunately when defending a single goal lead in the cup the Arsenal manager had the nous to not put on a player who had when last in the PL evolved into a tennish type player (for obvious reasons?), he (insert Coquelin reference of choice) instead.
Same score as the last visit? The Brighton fans were gracious and still singing after the game. And the half time pies were pretty good too. Real food no less, no cardboard in sight (except for some Eco-friendly packaging). I guess that with a cheaper smaller provincial build they didn’t need to sign a long deal with scammers like Delaware when it came to catering etc. for their new stadium.
Brighton and Hove Albion is a nice football club. I wish them well.
Except for when they play against The Arsenal.
This was a guest post from Finsbury. I have not edited it [much – Ed], as due to his (let’s say) unique writing style (which we here are so familiar with) I wouldn’t know where to start, and then it wouldn’t be so wonderfully Finsburyesque

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  1. Apparently he did the look away trick at the club canteen to steal the last pizza slice and received a two footer from shawcross.

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  2. 🙂

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  3. Arsenal U19’s team to face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the youth champions league, kick off at 6
    AFCU19 to play Atletico Madrid: Huddart, Johnson, Dobson, O’Connor, Robinson, Maitland-Niles, Zelalem, Iwobi, Crowley, Hinds, Mavididi
    subs: Keto, Bola, Sheaf, Smith, Donovan, Eyoma, Willock

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  4. Arsenal FC @Arsenal · 11s 12 seconds ago
    Goal for Atleti. Amath scores with a low shot from just inside the area. (1) 0-1

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  5. Arsenal FC @Arsenal · 10s 10 seconds ago
    Half-time. Atletico Madrid U-19s 1, Arsenal U-19s 0. The Spaniards’ first-minute strike has given them the advantage #AFCU19

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  6. poor bojan. i’ll rather stoke lose hughes for the rest of the season than the only player in their squad who knows how to play football.

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  7. why is akpom not in the squad? is he not eligible?

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  8. I’ve slowly been coming to the conclusion today that I actually dislike Liverpool more than Chelsea, which has surprised me.

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  9. Chuba to old by a couple of months.

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  10. foreverheady, you need to give yourself a shake and then stare at a picture of maureen, jt and cashley hole and then you cant help but hate them

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  11. So, I’m told we have been up and running for 2 years now.

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  12. Arsenal FC @Arsenal · 40s 40 seconds ago
    Full-time: Atletico Madrid U-19s 1, Arsenal U-19s 0. Arsenal are out of the Uefa Youth League

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  13. we need an a anniversary post

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  14. seeing you have reached your target of having a successful blog for all those with a realistic positive outlook you could call it a goalpost

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  15. very clear that Costa has immunity as far as all refs are concerned, he can do what every cuntery he wants and he won’t be sent off, and the FA will not look at it and ban him later either. The whole thing is corrupt

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  16. Guardian MbM’er has just written:
    “Are we all agreed that penalties would be a great way of ending this match?”
    Er, no Barry – a drone strike maybe?

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  17. I didn’t mean I like Chelsea: they are unspeakable. Its just I think I dislike Liverpool even more.

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  18. it seems Arsenal will not announce the signing of Gabriel till all details of his move are complete, the player passed his medical and signed his contract yesterday, but flew to France today to complete the work permit process, Ospina had to do the same in the summer. Arsenal hope it will all be done in time for him to be included in the squad for the Aston Villa game on Sunday.

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  19. 2 years? Here’s to many more…well done to George for keeping this place up & running,I bet he had his white Kirk Stevens suit on tonight.

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  20. if the fa do not punish costa retrospectively after the glaring video evidence, then there is no point setting up that kangaroo panel except its meant for arsenal players alone. the guy is the worst of its breed. two stamps on the ankle of two fellow professionals in one game? he has to face the music.

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  21. Interesting morning for Michael Oliver and the lads at the FA in respect of Costa. Jose’s hysterical defence of his player last night suggests he expects a ban to be on the table.

    Not really settled in English football has Diego – the starey hardman pose doesn’t impress anyone, and the attempted sly digs, stamps and dives are picked up by 23 cameras week in, week out.

    My save Jose a bit of grief if he just explained that to the chump.

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  22. just cant see any action taken about any event last night. I dont think the f.a.like to work midweek and romans money seems to cloud their view…I see no ships!

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  23. F.A. cup game v middlesborough has been moved to sunday the 15th at 1600 so all ARSENAL ladies (fans,wifes,girlfriends and assciotiates) can still go out to dinner on the 14th

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  24. The FA’s opening ball to English football’s favourite manager this morning;

    http://www.thefa.com/news/governance/2015/jan/jose-mourinho-fined-for-media-comments

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  25. I’d always thought that the specialist in signing players from the special agent had signed the Mendes player because he was a specialist in the Bargie bit of Argie-Bargie S.American football*? Certainly there’s an understanding that the Sweet FA would be reluctant to charge a client of one of their favoured buisness partners.

    *Alexis learnt to hurdle two footed lunges long before he travelled to the town that makes toilets.

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  26. Good to see Mikel has signed a one year extension, firstly cos I like him and secondly cos the I know it will drive the doomers to distraction.

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  27. so the BBC have bottled the handling of Phil Neville’s disgraceful comments about two footing Rosicky, they should have sacked his stone age arse

    – BBC STATEMENT

    This comment was not meant to offend in any way, but on reflection, Phil acknowledges that the language he used was unfortunate.

    That said, Mark Chapman did immediately challenge him and the tone of the discussion was light-hearted enough to suggest that the panel were not condoning any kind of violence or setting an example to a younger audience.

    BBC Sport will, however, remind the team to take extra care during discussions during our live programmes.

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  28. maureen earns £12m a year and got a fine of £25k to deter him from commiting a crime? okay, okay, that makes sence.

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  29. Fair enough Layks – what do you reckon the right £ punishment is then for Jose opening his gob ?

    A couple of £ million maybe – Would that be OK ?

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  30. MS19 @mikesanz19 · 1h 1 hour ago
    In the 7 games that Özil & Walcott have started together:
    Özil – 4 assists & 1 goal.
    Walcott – 6 goals.

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  31. Congrats and many thanks to George for providing us with a comfy home.

    I hope Costa gets suspended and Chelski lose against City.

    Cesc is shit in the middle. Santi is much, much better. Wenger knows.

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  32. we must remember phil neville has spent his proffessional carreer being told by managers to deliberatly foul the opposition. having, from a sports point of view, followed
    his brother in football when his talent was actually in cricket. he went from a talent in one sport to a clogger in another always in his brothers shadow. attacking legs being his priority mean he would not say anything else

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  33. four match ban and/or four weeks wages. thats how to be fair to all. if a manager earns in millions while another is in thousands, you fine the one on millions 25k while the one on thousands 10k. how is that fair?

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  34. Very excited about our new Brazilian Gabriel. He should bed in rather nicely with our attacking style. The Yellow Submarine are no mugs when it comes to playing football. I remember Greedybayor’s volley against them like it was yesterday. Poor Adebayor what a waste of a career. He could of been one of the greats but the spectre of the filthy lucre poisoned him as it has done to many throughout time.

    While we are on the topic of filthy lucre…What a pathetic display from Costa and Mourinho. Chelsea are a stain on the game and need to be punished for their juvenile antics

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  35. George, if you didnt get a chance to see @nsoulthefilm @BAFTA at an independent cinema its now out on dvd

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