CL brings comedy to Milan / Beckham’s had it / Tonight the laugh will be on Porto.

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So I started to watch the mancs play the easiest knockout game in the ECL, but had to laugh when I saw the snippet that said this, it was talking about granny shagger Rooney and the snippet said this makes 50th CL APP tonight, which read as ‘CLAPP’ which I thought was apt, given his antics, if only manc loving Sky realised their gaff, I sure as hell did, well done Sky Sports, hilarious!

I hope Fabio was watching because the Italian press said Beckham was like a waxwork dummy, and last night proved if we take him to South Africa, we must be nuts.

Onto us and the big game tonight, Fabianski is in goal, which isn’t great, but it’s better than having to endure another gaff strewn evening from Almunia, Fab, prove you are worthy and put in a great performance, I think Gallas is out too so that means powerhouse Campbell steps in, no problems there, I also think Song is out so the boss has to decide on Eastmond, Denilson or maybe a 4 man midfield instead, here’s what I would do.


Eboue Campbell Vermaelen Clichy

Rosicky Cesc Diaby Nasri

Walcott Bendtner

I think that team would score goals and protect our goal at the same time, 4-4-2 would be a good move considering the problems, and we wouldn’t have to put in youngster Eastmond or rubbish Brazilian Denilson.

We can attack at will, with pace and height and defend from the middle, so we won’t be exposing ourselves as we do with a 4-3-3, I wouldn’t be unhappy to use Ramsey either but not Denilson, anyone other than him. I would even suffer Eboue in the midfield rather than Denilson, at least he has pace and can defend.

We need to get in their faces and shut the crowd up early, this is our last real chance of any silverware, and a good result would give us the confidence to go all the way, and don’t forget, we have Robin to come back in April.

Kyle Bartley is getting rave reviews in Sheffield, is he the one to step up next season? I don’t know, trying to buy Smalling doesn’t suggest he will, but we also have Djourou and Nordveit or whatever his name is.

Porto are about as good as Villa, dangerous in spells but not that good, we shouldn’t underestimate them in the same way we wouldn’t underestimate Villa, but we are by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. I know we are, because we all sang that against Liverpool and won, so it must be true.

Don’t forget Arsenal, Porto were a team managed by a chav scumbag, we owe them, and two wins in a week against a chav connected side would be absolutely brilliant.

So go and get a famous win tonight boys, a draw will do, but a win would all but seal it, they call their centre forward the Hulk, why? Is it because he let someone die in a car accident? Is it because he got exposed to radiation whilst conducting experiments? NO, it’s because he’s crap at football and bats for the other side, just like that one trick pony the Hulk, from DC fame.

Screw them Arsenal, show us why we love you so much, prove to your manager you are all worth what we pay you, and why the club won’t buy players, this is no dress rehearsal, this is it, tonight you play in the most important game of you careers, I know you can do it, the manager knows you can do it, tonight is up to you.

I don’t do predictions, but Carling do and they told me 2 nil to the team that plays in red…honest!

Finally Pedro sent me a list of Europe’s top earners, we have only Arshavin in the top 50, so I can see why all the Cesc rumours are being bandied about, maybe if we stopped paying so much for the ordinary fringe players, we would have the money to give him more. We have players like Jay Simpson who seem to be on permanent loan whilst we keep players like Denilson in the squad, we have players like Randall, Hoyte and Gilbert that seem to hang around for ever but never play so why? I think we should have a long hard look at our massive squad of averageness and whittle it down to a group of top players, I bet we’d even get change if we did that.

Hey and all this talk of we couldn’t afford David Villa’s wages, he earns the same as what Cashley and the 50 year old Vieira does. Hmmm!

Have a great night Grovers, win or lose, have a booze, tonight I feel it in my bones, we’ll be doing both. Winning and boozing!

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  1. Micky Did It 89

    I like the look of your team, but the boss is going to be seriously tested in his desire to accommodate Denilson, so its 4-5-1 for me. Sadly.

  2. Duke

    Geoff great post as always mate, but Eastmond didn’t travel, so no chance of him playing. I hate to say it but it will be Denilson. Love switching to 4-4-2, but also won’t happen. Just wishful thinking.

    Oh and how rude of me…morning all.

  3. Mark C

    Geoff – good points.

    Last night Man U showed us how to take our chances, and also how not to defend.

    We should have watched that game and learnt a lot.

    Has anyone got a link to the top earning players?

    Eastmond has not travelled – lets hope Walcott has a good night and gets an EARLY goal.

    1 – 2 to the Arse would do me.

  4. slimshady

    So the Arse Shaver is our highest paid player?? I’d rather give that money to Vermy going on this seasons performances, and certainly to Fab04.

  5. Moray

    ha ha something personal between you and the Incredible Hulk, Geoff? I always thought he was well intentioned, despite his bad attitude.

    I hope we will have some winnowing of the squad in the summer. As you say, there is really no point in signing players up to long contracts if we have no intention of playing them. By 19/20 at the latest you know if a player has potential or not (Walcott excluded ha!).

    Looking forward to the game, though another 6am finish might just kill me, especially if we don’t win.

  6. incesc

    4 4 2

    what in gods name is that?

    we all know arsene will go 4-5-1 tonight, its his europe away tactics…

    sagna campbell vermi Clichy
    eboue nasri cesc Diaby rosicky

    would be nice but i expect denilson will be in there

  7. SongtheGreat

    mornin Grovers…

    the only finger almunia deserves well…ill leave it..wenger is trying to tell us that porto is a great team..what a sucker…why cant that lying son of a b… just be a man about things…
    that said i hope we’ll smash porto to kingdom come tonite…

    i love injuries and isnt it about time we shipped eduardo out to some desert island…and give him permanent sick leave …he seems to be more like a porcelain doll than human….much like walcott and come to think of it…most of our underage troops 😉

  8. Henry14

    I’ll tell you what was even funnier about that top 50 list – was that Kolo Toure is the 19th Highest earning footballer in the world!

    HAHAHA! WTF???!??!

  9. SongtheGreat

    funny Arse&Nose…we seem to argue that point every feckin time manu plays……it isnt that easy…they believe in themselves and have a great manager….who understands the tactics of the game..not like that sissy manager we have….and now im going to vomit…was i actually being positive about that shit team manu…god forbid

  10. gazzap

    It will almost certainly be a 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 kind of formation. I would expect either rosicky and Theo as the wide players or Rosicky and Nasri. Denilson will play even though not a single gooner would even have him on the plane to portugal.
    I would use Theo as a sub. he has started to look like himself recently and I think coming on as a sub and making an impact has improved his confidence. Lets use that, and bring him on as sub again to make the difference in the last 30.

  11. Mark C

    OK the powers of google I have the list.

    Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure earn more than Arshavin !!!

    Salários dos jogadores de futebol 2009/2010
    # Jogador Clube Mensal Anual
    1 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid CF 1.083.000 € 13.000.000 €
    2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic FC Barcelona 1.000.000 € 12.000.000 €
    3 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona 875.000 € 10.500.000 €
    4 Samuel Eto´o Internazionale 875.000 € 10.500.000 €
    5 Ricardo Kaká Real Madrid CF 833.000 € 10.000.000 €
    6 Emmanuel Adebayor Manchester City 708.000 € 8.500.000 €
    7 Karim Benzema Real Madrid CF 708.000 € 8.500.000 €
    8 Carlos Tevez Manchester City 666.000 € 8.000.000 €
    9 John Terry Chelsea FC 625.000 € 7.500.000 €
    10 Frank Lampard Chelsea FC 625.000 € 7.500.000 €
    11 Thierry Henry FC Barcelona 625.000 € 7.500.000 €
    12 Xavi FC Barcelona 625.000 € 7.500.000 €
    13 Ronaldinho Gaúcho AC Milan 625.000 € 7.500.000 €
    14 Steven Gerrard Liverpool FC 625.000 € 7.500.000 €
    15 Daniel Alves FC Barcelona 583.000 € 7.000.000 €
    16 Michael Ballack Chelsea FC 541.000 € 6.500.000 €
    17 Raúl Gonzalez Real Madrid CF 541.000 € 6.500.000 €
    18 Rio Ferdinand Manchester United 541.000 € 6.500.000 €
    19 Kolo Touré Manchester City 541.000 € 6.500.000 €
    20 Wayne Rooney Manchester United 500.000 € 6.000.000 €
    21 Robinho Manchester City 500.000 € 6.000.000 €
    22 Iker Casillas Real Madrid CF 500.000 € 6.000.000 €
    23 Victor Valdéz FC Barcelona 500.000 € 6.000.000 €
    24 Frederic Kanouté Sevilha FC 500.000 € 6.000.000 €
    25 Deco Chelsea FC 500.000 € 6.000.000 €
    26 Didier Drogba Chelsea FC 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    27 Gianluigi Buffon Juventus 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    28 Francesco Totti AS Roma 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    29 Luca Toni AS Roma (emp) 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    30 David Villa Valência 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    31 Arjen Robben Bayern Munique 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    32 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munique 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    33 Ashley Cole Chelsea FC 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    34 Fernando Torres Liverpool FC 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    35 Gareth Barry Manchester City 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    36 Patrick Vieira Internazionale 458.000 € 5.500.000 €
    37 Charles Puyol FC Barcelona 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    38 Andres Iniesta FC Barcelona 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    39 Sergio Aguero Atletico Madrid 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    40 Andreas Pirlo AC Milan 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    41 Willy Sagnol Bayern Munique 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    42 Frank Ribery Bayern Munique 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    43 David Bechkam AC Milan 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    44 Wayne Bridge Manchester City 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    45 Lassana Diarra Real Madrid CF 416.000 € 5.000.000 €
    46 Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 400.000 € 4.800.000 €
    47 Andrei Arshavin Arsenal FC 400.000 € 4.800.000 €
    48 Nicolas Anelka Chelsea FC 400.000 € 4.800.000 €
    49 Ryan Giggs Manchester United 400.000 € 4.800.000 €
    50 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 400.000 € 4.800.000 €

  12. Micky Did It 89

    Before I go, just read that list. Mr Rooney’s agent is not going to like it one bit. Utd will struggle to hold on to him this summer.

  13. gambon

    I wouldnt believe that list, its not like they have a clue what people are earning.

    I would expect both RVP & Cesc to be in that list if it was genuine.

  14. charybdis1966

    I know it’s not Friday but what the hell, I need cheering up after Shrek boys antics last night:
    Barak Obama and Gordon Brown are shown a time machine which can see 100 years into the future.
    They both decide to test it by asking a question each.
    Barak goes first.
    “What will the USA be like in 100 years time”
    The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action and gives him a printout, he reads it out “The country is in good hands under the new president, crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. There are no worries”

    Gordon thinks “Its not bad this time machine,
    I’ll have a bit of that” so he asks “What will Great Britain be like in 100 years time?”
    The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout.
    But he’s just staring at it.
    “Come on Gordon” says Barak, “What does it say”
    Gordon replies, “Fkd if I know ! It’s all in Arabic!”

  15. Duke

    gambon, I am sure Geoff is a fan of good defensive midfielders like Essien, Toulalan, De Rossi. But if your DM’s are Song and Denilson you can’t be a big fan now can you?

  16. charybdis1966

    Yo Rico – we are so desperate I’ll bet even you are hoping Bendy has a good game tonight.
    The fact we’re relying on him tonight is testament to the madness of selling Adebarndoor, having a semi-permanently injured Eddy and Robin being absent for more than half the season – and then doing nothing to address those 3 reasons to buy.
    Oh well , it’s been said a gazillion times already and we have to soldier on with the meagre resources we have.

  17. rob green

    it says something when our own players admit the problem

    Nasri –

    “This season we’ve had bad results in big games. We lack experience at the highest level. Teams like United and Chelsea have more experience and can deal with these games.”

  18. Geoff

    Gambon and Duke, you’re both right.

    I don’t see what’s wrong with the old days, when you just have midfielders, defending and attacking. The need to take out a talent and put in a slow thug makes no sense to me.

    The thing with the hulk bit, in my boxing days, they gave me that nickname, I just resent someone as weedy and insignificant gets to use it, he’s as much Hulk as I am ballerina.

    Ignore the gay jibe in the post, I was just angry! I know the real Hulk was all man.

  19. rico

    Hi chary, I certainly am, its a shame AA isn’t up there with him for the little n large show, but maybe he can get his head on a few good crosses from Rosicky.

    I shall be shouting Nik’s name from the roof tops 🙂

  20. SongtheGreat

    de rossi Duke ?…he isnt very good…is he ..whats worrying me theese days,,are the fact that Arsenal isnt a very popular club amongst players anymore…not only because the low wages…players have caught on to the fact that wenger and Arsenal isnt in it for the winning anymore..and what talented players would like to join a club that doesnt want to win anything…we are on a slide…this has to stop..sack wenger NOW….

  21. nishanth

    Game depends a lot on team selection.Will that idiot denilson offer enough protection to the back 4?I predict a 1-1 or 2-1 to us.

  22. Pascal Cygan


    LOL – give credit where it’s due- he does know when to sell..even Red Nose acknowledged that. Tho’ he definitely doesn’t know when to buy

  23. Duke

    Geoff, agreed, why can’t we have 2 central mids who both attack and defend.

    STG, I think De Rossi is very good. But apart from that agree fully with your comment, no player wants to play for a team which wins nothing if they are any good.

    gambon, I think you missed full stop after “Arsene” there 😉

  24. CHIPPY

    Hope im wrong but cannot see us winning tonight unless we score early which would allow us to hit them on the break, Otherwise i can see a back to the walls match and just hope we come out the other side with a draw or small defeat and an away goal !

  25. Mr B

    Oh yeah Pascal then what about letting Diarra, Flamini and Gilberto go at the same time not to mention all the free transfers.

  26. Mr B

    Your not like the people who come on here talk bollocks and when u catch them they try to shift the scope of the argument.

  27. charybdis1966

    Talking of Flamini did anyone notice he didn’t even get on as a sub last night? But playing (albeit rarely) for you “team you supported as a child” makes up for spending your career being a bench warmer.

  28. Arsenal Tom

    chary, that a truck load of cash!!

    anyone think almunia has been dropped from wengers ‘i didnt want to sick him’ comments?
    hopefully fab is getting a proper chance to out him

  29. Pascal Cygan

    Mr B – it shows !

    chary – Flamster and Hleb should serve as abject examples of what happens if you get the “i deserve better than Arsenal ” syndrome. The problem is , no one wants to leave now and there are some we would dearly want to leave.

  30. Geoff

    Wenger said this.

    ‘Don’t forget that one of the greatest goalkeepers ever in England, David Seaman, made mistakes at 22 or 23 if you watched him’

    Yes he did, but he was playing at Leeds or QPR then, not us, we only signed him when he stopped making mistakes, that’s the problem with your stupid youth policy Wenger and by saying that, you’re admitting it.

    Same deal with the Campbell bit, saying he’ll do well because he has experience.

  31. charybdis1966

    A Tom – well as long as Flamini admits it’s all about cash and not about the game then we can’t really complain. Otherwise he’ll be no better than Gareth “I want to leave Vila for CL football” Barry.
    To my mind Fab2 looked no more reassuring than Fawlty Manuel against Stoke – when he completely screwed up that catch from Delap’s first throw in I almost chucked my remote at the TV. What an idiot, hardly inspiring confidence for a clean sheet tonight.

  32. Arsenal Tom

    Rico… thats why i think he’s been dropped… a ‘twisted finger’ not even broken! surely if he’s that important he could play through the pain for a CL knock out away game.

    chary, i agree fabs not the perfect replacement but although he’s made a few cock-ups he’s shown he does have talent, his double save against wigan (i think) in the carling cup last year was as good as any save you’ll see top top class keepers make.

    i think wengers right its just an experience problem with him

  33. insidealbania

    Morning Grovers,
    If we are to win tonight we have to frustrate Porto, we must not let them pass it around in our half, and we have to have a cool head, if we can finish the first half 0-0 then I can see us coming away with a win and a clean sheet. This is the CL and our boys seem to up their game for these matches. Lets hope there are no silly mistakes because on paper we should win this.

  34. gooner-pak

    didn’t henry had a bad season. and i think its on pitch performance that counts to player’s value. unless u are saying tht henry should have been sold a year earlier

  35. finestcuts

    A win tonight would almost seal our place in the quarter finals. I totally agree with the above lineup, we should play 4-4-2, the team above should win, Theo as a second striker is an appealing proposition, I’m confident of centre control with Diaby and Cesc in the middle. 2-0 to the Arsenal. It’s time for Bendtner to start walking the talk, but in terms of goals and attitude he should take a leaf out of RVP’s book.

  36. Geoff

    He didn’t have a great one but we did pay him £10mil in that final year, and we should have got more for him that Bent.

    He’s been top scorer in Spain three years running and he had what 2 years or 3 left on his contract?

  37. finestcuts

    On the Fabianski issue, I agree with Wenger, he is a higly intelligent GK and I believe he will have learned from his mistakes. I still have high hopes for him and expect not to be let down.

  38. Micky Did It 89

    DavidDein: AW’s salary is one thing, but remember you need to add on his AFC profit sharing deal. Therein lies the problem with his transfer dealings.

  39. charybdis1966

    Rico – clearly Flamini is doing his world cup chances a whole heap of good by picking up splinters on the subs bench, ha ha!
    A Tom – I was fairly disappointed by Fab2’s performance that game especially when I saw him play quite well in a Champions League game earlier this season. He seemed to have improved til Stoke but he was back to his flappy worst for that game.
    Geoff’s right – why on earth are we allowing our goalie;s to make mistakes in crucuial games rather than in the reserves or against lower quality opposition when we should outscore them?

  40. Arsenal Tom

    chary, the stoke thing for me is a bit like the we cant handle drogba debate cos admittedly he always does us over but he does most teams over

    everyone struggles with stokes throws so its no surprise fab did especially given our general level of defending is that of a mid-table team

  41. charybdis1966

    I don’t know A Tom – I couldn’t understand why he didn’t just claim it with a high catch rather than a waist-high catch like he attempted even though a few Stoke players were in line with the flight of the ball so anticipating a “nod-on” should have occurred to him. I’ll probably get shot down for his but I reckon Vito has looked the best for me – Eyeties are born defensive and they love defending, something that Wenger doesn’t even like to think about.
    I’ll bet his training sessions are all just 5 a side matches in the middle of the pitch with points awarded for most sideways passes completed and points deducted for shooting from more than 5 yards out.

  42. SUGA3

    morning 😉

    good read, Mr G., thanks – I concur: we should go 4-4-2, given the personnel available…

    people are creaming themselves over the double save against Wigwam, but it was just lucky: good reaction, I have to give him that, but that was a poorly placed shot…

  43. Mark C

    Back to the wage thing. I translated the notes.

    efectuadas the presented values are resulted of research in more than 30 specialized world-wide publications in soccer. Between which, the biggest periodicals and magazines online of the biggest world-wide leagues

    So basically – these are not facts merely what players are reported to be earning – not actually earning.

  44. GBENGA

    For the second time in a week, Shay Given struggled with Delap’s throw-in, i think that says a lot about why Fab had problems and that shows that Arsenal keepers are not the only ones having problems with that dudes asset.

    Meanwhile, if i am right, Gallas, Cesc, Arshavin are all earning same wages in Arsenal (£90,000 /Week), so i seem not to believe that list.

    Talking of why De Rossi will not play for Arsenal, i seriously dont believe that its based on lack of trophies. Roma has not won much in the last few years and if i remember, the guy turned down Inter, Man Utd, Chelsea etc. He is a loyal Rome boy QED

  45. Wrighty7

    Good morning all.

    Can I just change the subject slightly please.

    I was talking about Cesc Fabregas with my Dad, also a Gooner, and he is really worried about Cesc leaving this summer.

    I’m confident he will stay another season at least.

    What I want to say is I hope that IF the day eventually does happen and Cesc leaves I hope we get top pound notes for him.

    I would want at least £50-60 million. No less.

    If Ronaldo is worth £80m surely Cesc is worth my amount.

    I have this horrible feeling that if he did go it’ll be for some ridiculus amount. Like £20m or something!

  46. Wrighty7

    Also if Almunia has been dropped then Wenger has the worst timing.

    He didn’t do a lot wrong against Liverpool. The time to drop him would have been after the game against Man United.

  47. Arsenal Tom

    chary, your probably not far off about the 5-a-side!!

    not sure about mannone, the fulham game was a master class for any keeper but i dunno if he’s ready to be chucked in especially after being in and then replaced again. plus i dont think his english (or french ;)) is the greatest so it wont be easy to communicate with the defense.

    the stoke thing your right though thinking back, if he’d have moved 3 yards he could have taken it out the air and set a president

  48. B.B.K.

    fabianski’s a clown aswell so it doesn’t really matter who’s in goal it’s like for like,cesc would probably go for a small amount barca bully arsenal all the time,i even think if thy offered 10 mill they would take it.

  49. SUGA3

    A Tom,

    that what I have been saying all along – Fuller must have thought it was Christmas when he saw Fabs glued to the spot waiting for the ball to land in his arms…

  50. Arsenal Tom

    wrighty, cesc will be here next year, this team is competing (just) the world cup will take up allot of the summer so there will be less time for bullshit stories from spain.

    end of next season at the earliest for me

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    Published Date: 12 February 2010
    By Ian Appleyard
    TEENAGER Kyle Bartley has been tipped for a big future after joining Sheffield United on loan from Arsenal.

    Bartley, who made his debut for the Blades at Preston North End in midweek, is the latest in a long list of highly-rated young players dispatched to the Championship on a short-term basis by Arsene Wenger.

    The Arsenal manager subscribes to the view that a taste of life in the Football League can make a significant difference to a player’s development and, in the process, benefit his temporary employers.

    Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba, Alexandre Song and Sebastian Larsson have all grown into Premier League stars after leaving the Emirates Stadium for spells in the Championship while other youngsters who are currently on loan from the Gunners include Jay Simpson (at QPR), Henri Lansbury (Watford) and Kerrea Gilbert (Peterborough United).

    Bartley, 18, will make his home debut for the Blades in tomorrow’s Championship game with Bristol City and assistant-manager Sam Ellis has already discovered that the centre-back has no shortage of confidence.

    “One of our lads, Glen Little, asked him if he had played in the league before?” said Ellis, reflecting on events before the Preston game.

    “He said ‘no’ so Glen asked if he had played in any game before?

    “This time he said ‘yes’ and was asked ‘what, a League Cup game?’ His reply was ‘No, a Champions League game’. That certainly shut Glen up,” laughed Ellis.

    LMAO!!!!!! :mrgreen:

  52. B.B.K.

    did anyone see w.s the other day he came rushing out of the goal like a nutter and got clattered i don’t think he’s the answer to our g.k situation just yet…needs more time.

  53. SUGA3


    I think we will hold out for a big fee – not even the most ardent ‘AKB’ (sorry for using this term) would agree that it would be a good piece of business and the unrest would become unbearable…

  54. Arsenal Tom

    cesc will go for about 30-40m.

    we’re pussy’s when it comes to selling a player.

    plus we’ll never know cos it’ll be ‘undisclosed’ like every deal we do

  55. charybdis1966

    A Tom – that’s the problem isn’t it, Wenger has fallen into the age old trap of only doing things he’s interested in and not the things that NEED addressing, like defence, crosses and decent goalkeeping.
    I’ve said before but I was behind his goal for one match and he was organising and shouting at his defence all the way through. With Fawlty Manuel there’s barely a word exchanged, although I hear that may have changed during the ‘dippers game.
    And the early clanger Fab2 dropped meant we were chasing the game and always vulnerable to the counter attacks even though Wobble-head equalised before we were eventually caought out by 2 sucker-punches later.

  56. Arsenal Tom

    suga… yeah and it wasn’t even that clever a run by fuller just basic go across your marker and flick it at the near post… school boy stuff.

    its to be expected by now though!

  57. B.B.K.

    suga-barca will offer arsenal 10 million,give gazidis a pat on the head and say be on your way now son,and gazidis will say ok thanks barca sorry for you troubles and start skipping off into the spanish sunset.

  58. Arsenal Tom


    “even though Wobble-head equalised”

    wobble-head has to be one the greatest nick names around!

    i did notice almunia and gallas ‘spud’ each other after one save which is weird considering it was reported somewhere (maybe ANR) that they don’t even make eye contact… hopefully they had a good sit down and thrashed it all out.

  59. Pedro

    Morning all, good post Geoff. I’m not sure about the line up, that would leave us a touch exposed, though having Denilson in there hardly shores up the defence!

  60. Arsenal Tom

    i think we all know denilson will start tonight

    sag,sol,verm, clichy
    fab, den, diaby
    theo, nik, nas

    thats what i expect

    maybe rosicky for nasri

  61. Arsenal Tom

    pedro… ill be honest haven’t got a scooby who he is mate!

    me and vince share the same surname and i had a program with him as the poster when i was a kid… he was my “uncle vince” for about 5 years!!

  62. charybdis1966

    That’s a nailed –on certainty R Green, Wenger will think that Denilson’s weak/slow/non-existent tackling won’t be noticed as much as in Premier League games. If Denilson does go through the game without any major foul ups I fear we’ll see him again on Saturday.

    I’ll have to stifle my groan, as I’m going there on Saturday, if I hear the announcer say those dread words “Number 15, Denil…..”

  63. gnarleygeorge9

    4-5-1 will be the formation Le Gaffer will start with. Its boring but it makes sense. Stuff all this pretty footy, I want a good old fashioned Arsenal ground out result. 0-1 to The Arsenal. Send a message that to beat us, the opo will have to do a Gerrard dive in the box to score.

  64. Arsenal Tom

    lol pedro, dont do him any favors does it!

    wrighty… id sticky theo in his pace will keep them worried, nasri and rosicky are too similar for me

  65. gnarleygeorge9

    The whole world knows The Arsenal can play the beautiful stuff, & concede, but a rock solid effort will force opo brains trust to reconsider their options when playing The Gooners. Yes I reckon we will get the result today/tonight. A draw @ the very least.

  66. gnarleygeorge9

    And as for manure & the chavs. If we draw them in the next round, etc. both are due to have a stumble against us. The pressure will be on them 😈

  67. gnarleygeorge9


    Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda management have so far failed to produce an agreement.

    The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% next January from 72 to only 60.

    The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

    The suicide bombers’ union, the British Organisation of Occupational Martyrs (or B.O.O.M.) responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action. General secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, “Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of jihad. We don’t ask for much in return but to be treated like this by management is a kick in the teeth.”

    Mr Amir accepted the limited availability of virgins but pointed out that the cutbacks were expected to be borne entirely by the workforce and not by management. “Last Christmas Abu Hamza alone was awarded an annual bonus of 250,000 virgins,” complains Amir. “And you can be sure they’ll all be pretty ones too. How can Al Qaeda afford that for members of the management but not 72 for the people who do the real work?”

    Speaking from the shed in the West Midlands where he currently resides, Al Qaeda chief executive Osama bin Laden explained, “We sympathise with our workers’ concerns but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands. They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day jihad, in a competitive marketplace. Thanks to Western depravity, there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It’s a straight choice between reducing expenditure and laying people off. I don’t like cutting wages but I’d hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won’t be able to blow themselves up.”

    He defended management bonuses by claiming these were necessary to attract good fanatical clerics. “How am I supposed to attract the best people if I can’t compete with the private sector?” asked Mr. Bin-Laden.

    Talks broke down this morning after management’s last-ditch proposal of a virgin-sharing scheme was rejected outright after a failure to agree on orifice allocation quotas. One virgin, who refused to be named, was quoted as saying “I’ll be buggered if I’m agreeing to anything like that.

  68. Gunners The Stunners

    I can’t believe how ManU got away with that win last night. 3 chances and 3 goals. What a piece of luck ManU have been riding this season. Milan could have, I mean should have finished the game in the first 30 mins with those four glorious chances to go 4-0 up.

    Also, for Andy Gray & other Sky Sports pundits, ManU didn’t make history last night by beating Milan at San Siro, we already made history 2 years ago by becoming the first English side ever to beat Milan at San Siro…

  69. charybdis1966

    GtS – you can rely on SkySports to cream themselves off over Manu and acclaim anything they do as a historic first in denial of the facts, even though ,as you say, we were the first English side to beat AC at the San Siro2 years ago.
    Facking cnuts, the lot of them.

    Anyway Shrek boy should have been sent off after a number of yellow card fouls following his early yellow.