Major injury doubts | Season ticket price increase on the way? | United clanger!

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So there was something more impressive than me writing a post from my blackberry this weekend. Yep, Liverpool announced themselves back on the scene with a terrific 3-1 win over Manchester United. Who’d have thunk it? Dirk Kuyt with a storming hattrick. Luis Suarez showing what happens when you buy top talent right now. King Kenny becoming a King again!

We’ve come out of the weekend having gained a point on United which is a huge relief. This season doesn’t stop giving does it?

1 Man Utd 29 33 60
2 Arsenal 28 30 57
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 27 25 48
5 Tottenham 28 7 48

The table is looking tighter than a pair of Jamie Redknapp trousers. Win our game in hand and we are joint top. You know what that means don’t you? Yes, it’s ours to lose.

If we win the rest of our games, we’ll win the league. That’s the best position we’ve been in for an absolute age. You know what’s better? If you’re English, our next 9 games are all on the telebox, so you’ll either get to watch the greatest run in of this decade or you’ll be able to watch the nastiest car crash since Peaches Geldof was given her own TV show.

Tomorrow night is the night we’ve all been fearing the most. It now holds special relevance to our season because it seems we’re incapable of bouncing back from set backs. We take our slightly depleted squad over to one of the scariest stadiums in the world to face the most scary attacking force in world football.

Barcelona rested most of their key players at the weekend against Zaragoza. They won 1-0 after a late winner from Ketia. Busquests, Villa and Abidal will all play and there might be an appearance from Puyol. He’ll be an important player for them as Pique is suspended.

The odds are horribly stacked against us especially considering we don’t have a fully fit Alex Song. The thought of Denilson getting yet another game against Barcelona fills me full of dread. I don’t understand why Arsene doesn’t adapt the team around our best players instead of constantly throwing in a player who NEVER performs. He’s far too slow to take on Barcelona and he’s far too negative.

I’d go with this team…

Chezzer

Sagna Kozzer JD Clichy

Cesc Jack Diaby

Nasri Chamakh Arshavin

I really see no advantage to playing Denilson. He’s a poor player and Barcelona will absolutely exploit his inclusion. Having Cesc there will be worth its weight in gold. Judging from Wenger’s comments, Nik B is facing the axe in favour of Chamakh with his improved fitness and hopefully work rate. The pitch is monstrous, we’ll have to be at our very best for the whole game if we’re going to pull anything off.

Like I mentioned earlier in the post, this isn’t just about proceeding to the next round, this is about getting some confidence back into the side. If we win this, I’ll be extremely confident we can win the league. Lose this and I’m not sure how it’ll go. It’ll be the 3rd disappointment in a row and an away game at Old Trafford in the cup next will look absolutely terrifying.

This could be a very bad week or extremely good one. I’m not making predictions…

In other news…

Club level season ticket renewals are set to fly out the Arsenal mailing room within the next two weeks. We’ve seen the effect of recession and high inflation on the crowds so far this year. It’s simply not an option for many people to travel to every game. I know there are many internet super fans who claim that they’d give their right arm for a ticket, however, I can confirm that the reality is, those people are never interested when I have season tickets to loan for the year. It’s all talk, if you read someone saying something like that online, tell them to speak to me and I’ll put them in touch with plenty of people who want to loan out tickets.

New flash. They won’t get in touch.

Football in its current state is a massive investment. If you’re club level, you’re looking at a minimum £2,500 outlay. That’s not where it ends though. Throw in that you’re probably averagly spending another £50 a game on travel, food and drink and suddenly, you’re looking at a further £1500 on top of that.

Arsenal have gone incredibly quiet on this front. They’re complaining that the wage bill has risen a further £10million this year and that’s before Nasri has signed up. There is also the additional 2.5% tax that has gone on a ticket. So basically, the club are refusing to rule out an increase in ticket price. Like I said a few weeks ago, the most obvious way of recouping extra revenue is to stick it to the home fans.

I for one would be disgusted if that happened. We’ve sat around bragging about how much debt we’ve paid off over the past few years whilst charging extortionate prices for everything Arsenal. The club never pays out a dividend to share holders but rest assured, everyone on that board is handsomely rewarded as are all the people who work at the club. I find it quite disgusting that players like Diaby are paid well above their grade, not delivering and the cost of these wages are going onto the fans…

I can’t predict what the increase is going to be or if there is going to be one at all. All I’m saying is that if there is one, it’ll be a f*cking liberty. Perhaps the club should take a chunk of the unspent transfer revenues of the past two windows and donate that to keeping the cost of our tickets down?

Anyway, keep your eyes peeled, whatever the club level increase is (if there is one), you can bet your bottom dollar standard tickets won’t be too far behind…

The AST have already urged the club not to do the obvious, you should too, let your thoughts be known through the Arsenal Website and tell them that you think ideas like this are detrimental to the already empty bank accounts of the battered Arsenal fans.

What do you think about the price increase? Inevitable? Not going to happen?

Let us know in the comments…

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  1. Rohan

    With commments like that, we’ll never see a decision given in our favor this season. The refs will hate us even more.

  2. gambon

    Yorker,

    Exactly which of “our values” do you want us to keep?…

    – charging more for tickets than anyone else in world football.
    – charging to put your name on a seat
    – spending less than Fulham, sunderland, west brom, blackburn while making 5x as much
    – paying kids huge money to desert their academies and move to london

    Yep, we are pretty unique.

  3. Lurch LeRouge

    lol, that would defo hit the mark Zorro.

    Nah he’s sporting a dayglo tangerine tie, silver single breasted suit and a black wool overcoat – looks like a russian spiv doorman in mayfair, all thats missing is the permatan and earpiece.

  4. Goonerman

    Pedro – stop it.

    Yorker – you need to accept that this website is what it is and take ALL with a pinch of salt.

  5. Zorr0

    Rohan, he has a point though! These bunch of mugs are killing the game. We must be the only multi billion pound game that relies on 3 ‘amateurs’ to ruin the dreams of millions of hard spending fans!

  6. Yorker

    @zeus – tip much appreciated by this newb 🙂
    @Rohan – brave I don’t know, passionate and romantic, yes!
    @Pedro – honestly missed the one about Arsenal.com. Yes I know we have had a couple of other good stretches, but stat-for-stat the Wenger era stands ahead, doesn’t it? Willing to be corrected on that one. And even by your own assertion, it definitely counts amongst the three best stretches. So why not celebrate it rather than dish it?
    @Zorr0 – “there’s a crack in everything god created. Or man.” It is only about not letting the negatives totally consume the positives.

  7. zeus

    Zorro

    Why would you exclude the PL level ex players from the pool? Either way its not workable. Unless your going to only include people from the previous generation. And I mean previous.

    Punditry in England is proliferated with draconian ex players who haven’t moved on from the 70s and 80s. Their archaic view of the game is such that incidents such as Eduardo would occur with ever increasing frequency.

    Refereeing is an art. And experience plays a role. You ideally want him/her to be no younger than 40 or so, which essentially puts you back in the 80s period which as stated, I wouldn’t want those kinds of people in charge.

  8. Rohan

    True, zorro. But if I were a millionaire football player who has retired, why would I want to waste my time running around on the pitch for measly pay?

    For me, the answer is to open the playing field for foreign refs. Whatever happened to the EU labour mobility laws?

  9. Rohan

    Purely to annoy Pedro:

    Snow Patrol have revealed that they are planning to return to the studio and hope to release their sixth studio album in 2011.

    Is is just me or is this biggest news since the turn of the year? 😀 😀 😀

  10. SUGA3

    Rohan,

    refs are bent everywhere, so it does not really make any difference, why do you think all the tests are ‘proving’ how shit the video technology is?

  11. Rohan

    Foreign refs would be more unlikely to be biased towards United and scared of Fergie. FACT!

    And what do you mean “all the tests are ‘proving’ how shit the video technology is” ?

  12. Lurch LeRouge

    all we need the fourth official to take a look at a replayed feed on the touchline in the event of a glaring mistake and advise the ref to view it if nec. Shava’s goal would have stood under those circumstances, no doubt.

  13. Rohan

    I’d say just do a tennis/cricket appeal sort of thing where every team can appeal offside/penalty/red/yellowcard sort of decisions. It can’t add more than 3 minutes to any given game. It’s really not that hard to implement.

  14. Rohan

    Players probably waste the same amount of time arguing with refs.

    I’d like FIFA to pilot the system in the championship or something. Or the FA even.

  15. Rohan

    98% is much better than what we already have. Or fuck goal line technology. Just let the players appeal and pass it on to the 4th official. It’s not that difficult.

  16. zeus

    Rohan

    Lets say that someone fires in from close range the keeper punches clear but the ball crosses the line first (like Van der Sar did Gallas in 2008) and then that team immediately counters a score quick fore at the other end.

    Replays and such come into effect when. Cuz if my team countered and scored then I would be PISSED OFF.

  17. Zorr0

    Excluded the PL and Championship ex players to avoid bias and affiliation.

    They would not be millionaire ex players, but journeymen pros who never made it to the big top, or those whose careers were curtailed by injury. They would then get the chance to carry on earning a good living and we would get some decent refs.

  18. Zorr0

    Red, I think it needs a concerted campaign to get them involved and a few seasons training to really get them up to the top level.

    I reckon the present system just puts them off.

    Players would have more respect for an ex pro, as opposed to a twat like Twattenburg!

  19. incesc

    btw

    Yorker

    you are a atupid fucker

    “Yes buying the Suarezes of this world will possibly bring us more victories, but what glory in victories built on the ashes of all that you cherish?”

    seriously? are you retarded?

  20. gambon

    I don’t see why we would want video technology, big clubs like us get a lot of dubious decisions, particularly at home. We wouldn’t want to miss out on that.

  21. Rohan

    I’m going for a 2-1 loss in normal time, and then either a Bendtner winner in extra-time or a win on penalties with little Jack scoring the winner.

    If it does go to penalties, I honestly don’t think I could watch. I’d just hide under my bed.

  22. Hitman

    Teams should get two challenges per games – like in cricket or tennis where they get more per set.

    The only problem is sometimes it wont be clear cut.
    Eg the Bramble incident – defo penalty & red card if you are Arsenal fans.
    However Bruce argued back that Bramble stumbled. Bullshit, but arguable.
    Football does not have the same restraints like Rubgy, Cricket or Tennis. People wont accept it lieing down. In some games, reversing decsions would result all hell breaking lose. Eg Old firm games, Latin American leagues.

  23. Lurch LeRouge

    Alan Smith wrote a good piece on our high line in the telegraph at the weekend, not sure if its online but ill try and find it.

  24. Zorr0

    Alternatively, I’ll stick with 8-0!

    Anyone know a decent pub around the SW London area, good screens, not likely to be full of scum, chavs or mancs, just in case things go awry! Staines, Richmond or anywhere local to that! Can’t be arse getting wound up by some cunt as the mood I am in I might give someone a slap!

  25. Zorr0

    I was gonna join my mates up at The Boston in Tufnell Park, but bit of a trek! Love to see a scummer come in and give it large if we were losing though!

  26. Rohan

    A’s going to Barca isn’t he?

    Apparently he hasn’t seen us lose a game in all the times he has seen us play.

  27. incesc

    i think we will lose tomorrow but i really want to win the league so im concentrating my main worrying and stress on that.

  28. Zorr0

    Gooby, never in a million years could it be 0-0. With the boring chav cunts playing the 2nd best team in the world yes, but not with the best team in the world playing them!!!!!

  29. incesc

    cheeky fucker

    “Guardiola was asked about the quality of Wilshere and the Barcelona coach said: “Wilshere is a top player. He is an excellent player, not just Arsenal, but also for the national team. [But] he is lucky because we have many players in the second team like him but he plays because there is no pressure at his club to win titles.”

  30. Gooby

    guardiola actually said that? in his second team lol i had respect for the man but this is hilarious!

    He’s got nothing more interesting to say about a 19 years old lad who bossed the midfield and teared xavi and iniesta a new one in the first leg, wanker

  31. luke

    I dont know why but I really think we are going to go through tomorrow. Weve had two huge disappointments and this is exactly the game that can turn us around. Koscielny and Djourou know what they are up against, and honestly song was not great in london – he is too slow. Pique and Puyol are both out, and Guardiola has health issues: I feel some good luck coming. Cant explain. Im going for a 2-2 draw, RVP and Wilshere goals.

  32. Rohan

    Did he really say that?

    Fuck him then. He was the only person I had any semblance of respect for. Now he’s out, I’m going on a hate campaign against Barcelona.

    Stupid wanker. Wilshere schooled Xavi and Iniesta in the first leg….And he’ll do the same tomorrow. I expect that to fire up Jack.

    COYRRG

  33. OPG

    Don’t see that anywhere else apart from Goal.com go figure, he seems full of praise so they got the angry reaction they wanted..

  34. Lurch LeRouge

    sounds like Guardiola’s been sparing with mourinho a little too often if you ask me.

    We really got under his skin a couple of weeks back and the cracks are appearing. excellent.

  35. luke

    Schezney
    Sagna Djourou Koscielny Clichy
    Wilshere-Denilson/Diaby
    Cesc
    Nasri-Chamakh-Arshavin

    Subs- Alpoopia, Ebway Squilaci, Rosicky, Denilson/Diaby, Robin Van Persie!, Bendtner

    Chamakh can run his heart out chasing the ball, and maybe denilson wouldnt be the worst option in the middle, but I think Diaby will start with Wilshere. When Chamakh/Diaby tire, Denilson and Robin will come in

  36. Lurch LeRouge

    the amount of trophies in their cabinet recently gives him a fair amount of license to talk it up to be fair. I’m sure the guardian loaded that piece to antagonize us.

  37. choy

    I don’t know rohan,

    I read his interview somewhere else and it didn’t have that comment, surprisingly wenger seems to have said something too on that link above..

  38. incesc

    maciek

    it has to be one of diaby or denilson with no song.

    i’d go

    nasri wishere diaby cesc arshavin

    rvp

  39. incesc

    we will definately score so barce will need at least 2

    if we score 2 which is plausable barce need 4 which is also highly plausable…

  40. Rohan

    On second thoughts, I have a feeling we might see a defensive performance tomorrow inspired by Adams, Bould and co. What a result a 0-0 would be.

  41. TOMTOM

    Chelsea are only 9 points behind United now with a game in hand. They have a good chance of winning the league. Pity Song and Theo are injured for the Barca game,cant see us getting a result while not being at full strength

  42. Rohan

    Chelsea still have to play City Tottenham Everton and United. Not easy by any means.

    I can’t see them putting up a fight. Even if they will all their games, they’ll end up with 81. I doubt that’ll be a winning total.

  43. TOMTOM

    Some funny results this season so dont be suprised if they come close,looking bad for a top four finish for the spuds. We should attack Barca,they could be weak at the back.

  44. Rohan

    If he’s good enough to be on the bench, he’s good enough to start imo. His match fitness should be at the top level. He played less than 10 days ago.

    The question is whether his knee is fine…

  45. Rohan

    It would be a disaster for what supposedly is one of the greatest teams ever to miss out on the Champions League final for the second year in a row.

    hhahahahaahh

  46. OPG

    Guardiola has a slipped disc which is rather painful.
    I can understand what he means though their club is constantly under pressure from the Spanish Media, the board and the fans to succeed, especially with the rivalry between them and Real.

    Not like we aren’t under any pressure to win trophies but the players are given freedom to express themselves if they are good enough as Wenger says, although you’d like to see less chances given to certain players.

  47. GoonerGaza

    I’m already feeling the nerves for the match!

    Hoping Nasri plays in the middle with jack and cesc, I agree with earlier comments, it’s quick feet we need, not necessarily Song’s power.

    I also wish AW would play Gibbs in front of Clichy, with Arshavin on the right, the same team as what DeiseGooner said. Can’t see that happening though. Gibbs can put in a good ball for Chamakh and Arshavin would destroy maxwell.

    We can’t do any worse than last years team:
    Almunia, Sagna, Vermaelen, MIKAEL SILVESTRE!!!, Clichy, Denilson, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky, Bendtner.

    Painful.

  48. Lurch LeRouge

    qu’ell fromage…

    “It wasn’t one of his best performances but I feel that Deni doesn’t get the credit he deserves and he always works hard for the team,” said the manager.

    “It was difficult for the midfielders on Saturday because they marked us very tight and we only found space in the last 20 minutes. He had given a lot.”

  49. Rohan

    Yeah it’s diaby for me as well. Diaby, on the off chance, could have the game of his life. We know what we’ll get from Denilson.

  50. Lurch LeRouge

    as JW’s captain, Cesc needs to make Pep eat humble pie tomorrow night after those defamatory observations.

    time for Cesc to show the Nou Camp who the greatest catalonian #4 will be.

  51. zeus

    Guardiola didn’t actually say those things. Goal.xom run by cunts.

    Paraphrasing, he said jack is great. He has a few players like him in his 2 nd string. It’s good for the game when many of these type of players are coming through.

    Very much out of character to all of a sudden on the eve of an important game to be disparaging. Not like the cunt from Madrid.

  52. zeus

    Guardiola didn’t actually say those things. Goal.xom run by cunts.

    Paraphrasing, he said jack is great. He has a few players like him in his 2 nd string. It’s good for the game when many of these type of players are coming through.

    Very much out of character to all of a sudden on the eve of an important game to be disparaging. Not like the cunt from Madrid.

  53. Rohan

    Lest any of you munglers forget, all 5 goals we’ve scored against Barcelona have come with Nicklas Bendtner on the pitch and he has been directly involved in 4 of them including 2 assists and a goal.

    😀

  54. SUGA3

    <blockquote?

    So step forward Nicklas Bendtner, who, as Robin van Persie’s likely deputy, will have to play well, perhaps as well as he has ever played. Promisingly, the confident Dane has been in good form and does have 'previous’, having scored the opening goal on this ground last year.

    On the negative side, he must keep an eye on his general movement because too often he drifts out wide into harmless areas and then does not make enough of an effort to get back in the box.

    That is criminal for a striker, especially for someone so good in the air. Bendtner must therefore control his movement to give the team a focal point, not to mention a target when the ball goes out wide.

    Smith is bang on the money with this one!

  55. LAzer

    So minus Song and Walcott, plus Sagna.

    Meaning Arshavin starts in place of Walcott surely. Eboue gets the bench. Who slots in for Song?Diaby will get the call, that one should be easy.

    Will Cesc and Rvp start? If not then Bendtner in place of Rvp, Nasri in the middle and Rosicky out wide.

  56. SUGA3

    I only wish we could somehow merge Dumb and Dumber into one player for this one game – good interceptions and ability to stay on the ball once got it…

  57. Hussain

    I am not expecting anything, just looking forward to enjoying the 90 minutes of football, supporting my team and not slating anyone if they put up a fight!
    COYG!!

  58. Hussain

    Oh and I have a few Liverpool friends who thought Gerrard and Dalglish would love to do the same that Nani did for them! 🙂
    Top6, getting the team together for next season and Manu not winning the league this season seem to be their priorities!

  59. SUGA3

    same here…

    this weekend it was the lack of the said fight that infuriated me more than anything…

    and if we happen to go trophyless this season, lack of fight will be the reason, not injuries, refs or sugardaddies…

    WBA, Magpies x 2, Spuds = 11 points lost on our own accord, Brum in the CC final where we shat ourselves, hope there is no more to come 😉

    anyways, I am off to work…

  60. LAzer

    Talk about a dig that hits home eh! Pep’s been reading le grove.

    “Wilshere is a top player, he has been a big surprise,” said Guardiola.

    “I didn’t know him at the beginning of the season but I have seen him in many, many games now.

    “He is lucky because we have many players like him in the second team with us but it is simple to play with Arsenal because they have time and have no pressure to win titles as quick as possible.”

  61. 1886-2006

    Love to know the possession stats, Have we strung together more than 2 passes. 1 goal and a clean sheet in the 2nd half and we are through.

  62. goonergerry

    Sending RVP off for that is scandalous-Absolutely scandalous.
    Barcelona have paid off this referee-who was hideously biased the rest of the time anyway.
    This is getting to be a joke-They should give Barcelona the Champions League trophy now- might save some referee fees.
    Scumbags.