Arsenal 125 today! – Thierry Henry tear jerker – Where Tony Adams was + Everton Preview

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARSENAL!

125 today (well, for celebrations purposes at least). You old fart. Jeez, I remember when you were 110. Seems like an age ago. My how you’ve grown up. Remember that tiny little stadium you had for your first home? My how you’ve grown up. There have been some good times. Yep, the Invincibles year was pretty amazing. That game against Liverpool, you remember, with Michael Thomas. The Cup Winners Cup… Your first Premiership title. It hasn’t all been plain sailing. It never is. We’ve had to watch some of the people you’re not too keen on do well. We’ve had a few nasty holidays, that one in Paris was a bit of a gut wrencher and the day trip to Wembley wasn’t the best… but we still love you the same.

Here’s to the next 125 years!

Yesterday saw the worst kept secret in football unveiled. 3 statues of Arsenal legends were unveiled. Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry have been immortalised in bronze for the rest of time. Tony Adams is striking the pose from that game against Everton. Truly one of my favourite moments as an Arsenal fan ever. It was pretty much the first title win I’d ever been absolutely engrossed in from start to finish. To win it like that was perfect. The celebration was legendary. Now it’s captured forever. He sadly wasn’t in attendance yesterday, but Alan Smith took time out to speak to the great man on the train to Romania here.

The Thierry Henry statue was maybe a slightly more contentious choice. No doubt the guy is the greatest goal scorer in our history, but it seems a bit strange to immortalise a 34 year who is still playing in the game. He’s a legend, I love him dearly, but like a few others, I can’t help but think Dennis Bergkamp is the guy who kick started this next-gen Arsenal thing. Everything turned on its head when he joined. He was the superstar signing we’d all craved. He was a technical genius on the ball and after he joined, we never put a season ticket on general sale again.

Anyway, Thierry is still one of my heroes. He was a genius on and off the ball. He took expectations so high that a half chance was deemed a great chance if he was involved. He made the impossible possible and he electrified the fans. A once in a generation player. A genius. It was very sweet to see how emotional he still gets about the club. Shedding tears of for girls though Thierry. Girls and John Terrys.

Herbert Chapman was also revealed. A manager of a generation and a true visionary. From floodlights to hooped socks to naming the station after the club… to personal branding. The guy had it all. Not to mention titles to boot. I think it’s always hard, particularly for the younger generation to tap into the history of the club. It’s well worth doing so to truly appreciate the intelligence and forward thinking of that man.

I think today will be a very emotional day for a lot of fans. It’s a massive land mark and to look at where we are now as a club compared to even ten years ago is quite amazing. We’re now established as an elite football team forever. We have amazing infrastructure, superb training facilities and a world class stadium. Teams like Spurs now have to risk their future to catch up with us. Things might not be perfect on the pitch, but we’re in amazing shape for the future regardless.

Team news…

‘The present is very important for us, we are in the middle of a season where every point is important now.’

Absolutely bang on the money there. Today needs to be about focus on the task ahead. Everton are a very good team with some very good players. We know they have a terrific work rate and that David Moyes is one of the best managers in the business. We can’t afford to go into the game in relaxed party mode. We need to continue our league form and we need to make sure we don’t lose ground on the teams ahead of us. I have a feeling there will be a wobble from City and United this month. If we can capitalise on that, we could be in a superb position come January.

We have major problems in defence still. Andre Santos looks set to be sidelined for longer than the initial 3 weeks put forward. That’s a bit of a gutter as he’d started to find his feet and he has often been key to starting attacking moves for us. The boss seems to think the back line will consist of 4 centre backs today. So that mans he’ll be putting Vermaelen in at left back and moving Koscielny and Mertesacker into the middle with JD at right back. Probably a better move than slipping Miquel or Yennaris into the side.

Our French centre back has to be super aware today. JD has a habit of forgetting which sport he’s playing, so the chances are he’ll be letting players slip in behind him all day, Baines in particular needs to be watched. Mertesacker doesn’t have the recovery pace to deal with those type of mistakes, so super vigilance and robust performance has to be on the cards for the in form Koscielny.

In midfield, it’ll be the rested trio of Alex Song, Ramsey and Arteta. It’ll be an emotional day for our Spaniard. He spent many a year in the Everton midfield where he built a fantastic reputation.

“Mikel has adjusted very well and he has the mental level to be at this Club. We watched him many times before he got his cruciate injury [a few years ago]. It took him a while to get back to his normal level. Now, he is back to normal.”

It took Mikel a few months to adjust to the Arsenal midfield as well. I don’t think any of us were sure what position he’d take up, but he seems to play a few yards in front of Alex Song and he dominates possession from there. I love his attitude, if he didn’t have the stereotypical Spanish looks, you’d mistake him for a British player out on the pitch. He has a fantastic range of passing (90% success rate) and he mucks in both ends.

Up top, I’d imagine it’s going to be G.R.W combination. We’ll be looking for Robin to contribute at least one goal to the game and hopefully the other two can continue their impressive form with at least a goal and an assist each. I think having two proper wide players this year has really benefitted us. Theo looks the most comfortable he has in his whole career on the wing and Gervinho, despite a few flaws with his control is a very exciting player. It’s such a shame he’ll be off to the ACN.

If you’re interested to know how Everton are going to play, may I recommend this excellent Everton blog for all the insight you’ll need.

Remember to head down early if you want to see what Arsenal are doing for the day. Sounds like legends and marching bands are the serving suggestion for the afternoon.

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Right, I’m off to book Arsenal a pink limousine and stripper for later on this evening, have a ripping day everyone and enjoy the 125th celebrations!

 

650 Responses to “Arsenal 125 today! – Thierry Henry tear jerker – Where Tony Adams was + Everton Preview”

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  1. Lurch

    done the left already, so its the right this time.

    no big loss i’m sure theres a little lurch out there somewhere wondering who his daddy is.

  2. Goon from BD

    Hope El Clasico is lives up to all the hype. Reading articles about how Jose has prepared Real blablabla. Last season, read a lot of those type about how Srallex prepared MANUTD for Barcelona throughout the year and couldn’t stop laughing after seeing Giggs and Carrick line up against Xavi,Busquets and Iniesta.

    Anyway,

    -I think Real will dominate most of the game but Ronaldo will do fuck all like the Supercopa games. Obviously then he will score 6 or seven against a shitty team and claim he deserves the Balon D’or.

    -Di Maria to score first from a Fabregas backheel.

    -Sergio Ramos to get sent off after brushing Busquets with his hair.

    -Messi to score 3 and Barcelona win 3-1.

    -Mourinho to claim Guardiola is the new head of Al Qaeda and Barcelona have weapons of mass destruction.

  3. Mayank

    Worst day I’ve had in a long time. Missed everything today, was following Arsenal till 60th min before my battery died. Got to know later that we won. I’ll probably download the match. Would really appreciate a LG description of the match which doesn’t give too much away.

  4. Mayank

    Really?
    C’mon Lurch, be a sport don’t wanna read through all the comments. Were we good? How’d the back four do, can we get by without Santos?

  5. jon

    mayank

    arsenal werent on form. Arteta gave the ball a lot, the front 3 fucked up a lot of chances, gervinho was infuriating in front of goal.

    but rvp scored a wonder goal.

    everton parked the bus time wasted and took saha off for distin a cb early in the 2nd half. but still had chances and really hustled us.

    shit

  6. DialSquare

    Just back from the game, disapointed with the pre match celebration all a bit messy, no DB10? Goal was worth the entrance fee alone

  7. Lurch

    Mayank,

    we should’ve gone into the dressing room 3 nil, thats a conservative estimate.

    solid defensively but Everton weren’t really in the game till we let them in at around 65min then on 70 Songhino lifted a move from the Cesc manual that RVP latched onto and scored perhaps the goal of his career thus far.

  8. Mayank

    Ah, good to hear. I’ll wait till tomorrow then, for the full match to be available.

    Thanks Incesc, Ivroy and Lurch.

    Hopefully the winter window can sort out whatever problems we had today.

  9. jon

    yeah we missed santos big time, djourou doesnt cut the mustard as a full back.

    I saw carl jenkinson walking around out side the ground before the game, he wasnt limping…

  10. jon

    i think ramsey needs a rest, he has put in a big shift this season after that injury.

    maybe benny could get some games over christmas

  11. Mayank

    *Ivory

    Jenkinson, there’s a player who, along with AOC, I think will do really well. Hate to say it but reminds me of Gary Neville.

  12. Mayank

    nah Ivory I think I’ll abstain. If I can get my hands on the full match tomorrow I’ll try to see that. I’ve already heard more than I intended to about the goal.

  13. Big Dave

    Having no full backs is a concern no one overlaps not having sagna is a big miss, and we all knew that Gibbs is injury prone and to lose santos is stupid when he should not had played the other night

  14. Ja_Gunner

    We really missed out on an excellent striker in Demba Ba..Should have got him from West Ham instead of Park…

    We should go after Ba in the summer and get rid of Chamakh…..

    So we would have RVP, Ba, Park(until he goes to the military)

    Then Joel Campbell, Afobe and others coming up…

  15. Waldo

    Need so help…. Who to root firing the Chelsea v Man City match? Hate Man City and wish for their demise but if Chelsea wins they will bump us to 5th. Butif Chelsea wins then City is only 9 points away.

    So… 5th and 9 points out or 4th and 12 points out?

  16. frenchie

    as wonderful as it would be to stroll down the memory lane with th14, i would prefer a solid center forward who would remain for longer than 2 months.

  17. frenchie

    lurch-

    a description of the implant:

    Silicone, respectively gel implants are used. These are practically identical to the more commonly known breasts implants. Most of the producers create products with a real shape and feel. They are offered in about five sizes indicated in cm or cm3. The implants are usually equipped with a fixation loop to prevent a shift towards the inguinal canal (groin). Some producers make two types of surfaces – smooth and rough. The package is sterile, with the sterility indicated, and no preparations are needed. The products are naturally certified with an identification label for the implant carrier.

    nothing like having a pair of tits close to your cock. i say make the sacrifice.

  18. IvoryGoonz

    DS: I s’pose in that context the closest is “4. A sum total of 37.5 hours of your life that you will never get back. “

  19. jon

    for all you el classico kids, you just missed micheal buble being a cunt on x factor and leona lewis covering nine inch nails/johnny cash.

    depressing stuff

  20. Lurch

    end of!??

    im totally sick of ticci tacca shit boring football and teams (the world) bending over for Barca, end of.

    who gives a shit who plays for’em, we care for arsenal.

    end of.

  21. Gooby

    i just hate barca. arrogant pricks pretending to be humble, cheats and vile cunts especially the spanish boys and alvez

  22. reggie57

    DialSquare says:
    December 10, 2011 at 22:17

    Fucking missed it, had to let the dog out for a shit,who scored?
    ———————————————————
    Just done the same thing 😆

  23. Lurch

    😯

    QueenofSuburbia QueenofSuburbia
    @
    @Persie_Official we’ve been trying to fight this thing, but after that goal, it’s no good…take me, I’m yours.

  24. Lurch

    he certainly needs to be at the heart of things, worth a crack I agree. He’s the right age and value and doesn’t need technical development.