Going loco… scoring goals with Sanogo (it can work)

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Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood morning.

So get this. We drink at the local pub round the corner from work. I won’t lie to you, I can easily nail 9 pints and be fine the next day. Nine pints of Becks.

Last night, I went to this other pub with strong craft beer. I had about 4 pints and this morning, I can barely breath. Seriously, Becks Vier is like, the biggest fraud ever. I am now a fraud. And I hate myself.

Right, I’ve dished out a lot hard talk this week. It’s been emotional, but today, I’m going to calm it all down and focus on other things.

Firstly, let’s refer back to yesterdays post. Some people came at my list of managers stating there weren’t any hardened winners in that list. Well, there aren’t many managers that are full on winners. Maybe 3-4 on the planet? Why? Because there are only 3-4 clubs on the planet that are consistent winners. So what do you do? You go to the next best thing. Find an intelligent manager who wants to grow. Someone who wants to make their mark on a club… a bit like Arsenal did when they went with Wenger all those years ago.

I missed some names off my list. Frank De Boer is smashing it up in Holland with Ajax. Diego Simeone is doing wonderful things with Atletico. Then there’s Tony Pulis tearing up the scene at Palace this season. What a great appointment he’d be. I can see it now… Arsenal fans all wearing that cap to games. Hommage to our new leader. Power play football. Shawcross lining up. Hey, a man can dream?

Onto one more thing, Arsene Wenger has a been talking about that one time, at band camp, when he did a tactic. He was talking about how he lined up defensively against United in the 2005 cup final. What a f*cking horror show that day was. I’ve never sat with my heart in my mouth for so long. We were totally battered! Amazing that Wenger has to go back almost a decade to remember when he last changed his game plan. I remember when he had no plan for Lionel Messi. 4 goals later…

Hopefully Wenger’s plan tomorrow isn’t to set up defensively against Wigan tomorrow. Trouble is, he doesn’t have many players, because they are all broken. No Rosicky, Chambo, Ozil, Theo… that’s quite a crowd to have missing. So it looks like a full 90 for Aaron, which is a worry considering how fresh back from injury he is. Still, it is what it is, he won’t have a world cup to worry about if he does relapse.

It’ll be interesting to see how the manager approaches the game. For me, when we brought on Chambo, Aaron and Sanogo… we at least looked capable of something. I really don’t think Giroud should start. He’s been shockingly average of late. If we can’t play Sanogo against a mid tier championship side… what’s the point of him? He did a decent job against Bayern, he had a goal disallowed against Everton. Give the lad a chance… because if we don’t… there’s zero pace in our side again!

I’m actually really nervous about tomorrow. It feels historic in a way. If he loses that game, it’s over for him. The fans who go are pretty much done, but this really would finish him off. Sad part about it, is that now, there really is a possibility we could go out. There’s obviously unrest in the dressing room because things are leaking out of the club and when people are unhappy, especially sports people, they can switch off.

What will Wenger do differently tomorrow? How is he going to motivate his team to fight? How can the players respond?

It’s a massive game. A massive moment for the club. So let’s see where it takes us!

Right, it’s Friday, think of the least offensive person in the office and send them this e-mail.

Dear Hannah,

I don’t want to get into the details, but needles to say, I’ve heard it and I find it really inappropriate.

Regards.

Then leave it. Go for a beer and don’t respond to any of her pleas for more detail.

P.S. I saw this on Reddit… I am not Stewart Robson. Just to be clear. I am a whiny arsehole though. Thanks internet. x

452 Responses to “Going loco… scoring goals with Sanogo (it can work)”

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  1. SurferX

    Hi le-grove, long time listener, first time caller here.I’ve been reading your blog for the past couple of years and have never felt the need to comment, until now. I am 33 years old and have supported Arsenal since I was 6. Never In this whole time have I felt as jaded by the club as I do now.
    Everything you say about Wenger is correct. I feel like I’m watching the fall of some mad dictator and with all dictators, it will end in tears, as it always does.I went to Goodison on Sunday with an Everton supporting friend and watched the game from the Gwladys St. Stand. The most depressing thing about that situation, was not sitting amongst the celebrating Everton fans as they tore us a new one, but was listening to the Everton fans talk about how sure they were they would beat us. Everyone around me had unwavering belief in their team, manager etc. I really believe that energy from the fansfilters through the stadium and is taken on by the players. How can it not? This is something that the majority of Arsenal fans have been lacking for sometime now. That belief has been sucked out of us and I truely believe it has been sucked out the players as well. This is no ones fault but Wengers who has cut this team with a knife of mediocrity and let all passion bleed away. We are but shadows of what we used to be. This man needs to go NOW before we wither away and die.My last thought is on our new manager. I was asked this question by my Everton fan friend on Sunday and I mentioned someone who I have watched for the past few years with envious eyes; Thomas Tuchel. I’m happy that you are onto this now as well, as every time I’ve spoken about him before, no one had a clue who I was talking about. Look like that’s changing now though and I’m sure his name will be cropping up more and more in these discussions.Keep up the good work, let’s all pray that soon this nightmare will be over, and then we will get our club back. I support Arsenal not Arsene.

  2. Adam Bucci

    i say start bendtner tomorrow. sanogos just not good enough and if wigan come in with some hard tackles i can see him fading into the background, afraid to attack the defenders.

  3. SurferX

    @N5
    I feel that it needs to become a house rule to post it as close to 14:40:19 every day. Lets call it a good luck thing. Maybe that’s what been wrong for the past 5 years- we just never had a timelord on our side. If we win on Saturday, its clearly Oswalds victory,

    #OswaldKnows

    Certainly more credible than rogain anyhow.

  4. salparadisenyc

    N5April 11, 2014 15:27:37

    N5
    I drink whatever I can get my hands on, at home its:
    Kronenberg, Pacifico, Stella, Peroni, Warsteiner, Moretti the lighter fare or Guinness.
    No middle ground other than the German stuff.

    Problem with bars in the city is this craft beer craze is pulsating through the market and thats all thats on offer in many spots. Hoppy IPA’s, wretched stuff and the afters is not a pleasant.

  5. Dobermann 13

    Talk of great new managers and top top top quality signings are fools gold, it ain’t going to happen as long as kroenke controls arsenal .wenger will still be manager for 2 or 3 years yet, then become chairman.i dream of mr Usmanov making stan an offer he can’t refuse, but that hope is fading.as long as arsenal increases in value each year that’s all that matters to the yank. Those of you who say you will be finished with arsenal , I wish you luck with that, I’ve been trying for years , but the sheer madness of it all keeps pulling me back.

  6. gambon

    Weekend bitches!

    Cocaine, San Miguel, Sunshine, FA Cup semi and Wenger looking more nervous than Jill Dando putting her key in the door!

    Have a good one!

  7. N5

    @SurferX I’m all up for that tradition and long may Oswald remain in our hearts.

    @Sal I’ve drunk a few of the American lagers recently which were quite nice, I can’t remember it’s name but it was from the bronx brewery with a green label! it was really really nice! But Peroni is always my preference.

  8. Jeff

    I still can’t believe we played Sanogo against Bayern because Wenger had the hump with Giroud. Then they made up and Giroud was back in. Sanogo might actually score tomorrow if he plays – you never know but his efforts often look laboured to me. Not that Giroud is any better. So that leaves Bendtner. It’s a choice between three very average or inexperienced players who are to put it mildly third backups and would probably play in the reserve team should they find themselves on the payroll of an elite club.

  9. N5

    “Wenger looking more nervous than Jill Dando putting her key in the door!”

    Looooooooooooooooool, dusting off the relics 😀

  10. Dan Ahern

    “@Sal I’ve drunk a few of the American lagers recently which were quite nice, I can’t remember it’s name but it was from the bronx brewery with a green label! it was really really nice! But Peroni is always my preference.”

    You’re looking for Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery.

    Good stuff.

  11. Romford Pele

    I had a Brooklyn Lager the other day – strong after taste!

    Think ima hit up the Peroni for the first few hours tonight before switching over to the spirits – I love me some rum!

  12. Dan Ahern

    Found a light Italian lager even better than Peroni over here (NYC): Menabrea.

    Made Pedro drink it. Doubt he’ll admit it’s better than Peroni but he’ll attest it’s quality.

    Breweries I’m into recently are Six Points and 21st Amendment. Everything they make is good.

  13. Romford Pele

    Yeah Gambon, Grey Goose is lovely, goes down very well. I want a heavy one tonight though as I don’t plan on getting up until about 1pm. Kick off isn’t until 5 tomorrow so I’m going to have some Ray and Newphew tonight.

    I have been moaning a lot about Arsenal this week but as I head down to Wembley tomorrow, i’ll definitely be in the mood!

    COYG!

  14. Romford Pele

    Alright lads, have a good one, hopefully we’ll be a step closer to a trophy tomorrow night. Up the Arsenal!

  15. salparadisenyc

    BK lager is not for me.

    Pints then:

    2 oz. chilled Titos vodka
    3/4 oz. lime juice
    1/4 simple syrup
    Garnish with a lime

  16. gambon

    Wray & Nephew!

    Once drank 2 doubles of their overproof 63% rum and literally couldnt speak for 3 minutes. I was paralysed.

  17. N5

    Lol Oswalds bigger than gambon.

    Do you like Cider Dan? it’s lovely on a sunny day but it may not be your thing?

    If lager is your thing have you drunk Oranjeboom, a lot of bars sell it and it’s a nice alternative if you fancied something a little different.

  18. PieAFC

    goonerafc, it’s all good mate,haha.

    So much to miss, so much to envy. but london is still home and tbh so many capitols I’ve been to, still is the best!

    Multicultural, eclectic, massive mixture of music. Arrgh!

    Love being way having an easy life, but trust me football, your pals, family always try bring you back!!

    I think game kicks off here at 2am-4am. Gets ridiculous after a while!

  19. N5

    “You’re looking for Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery.”

    That was what I had, not Bronx, Brooklyn. It was very very nice.

  20. Cesc Appeal

    Wray & Nephew was a punishment shot when I was in college – sinful stuff that. You could clean out an engine or strip paint with that stuff, even the smell was like ammonia, makes my eyes water just thinking about it.

    My massive one is tomorrow, leave for Wembley, boozey all day, in the Wigan end (glorious chance to lose some teeth) and then down to Brighton for a mates birthday and motor through to the first train home at 6 30 am Sunday.

    Stuff that separates the men from the Spurs fan.

  21. Dan Ahern

    N5 — Haha, nah not a big cider person, Sal was just being a bastard. I’m not against it but I’ll take a lager 9 times out of 10. I’ll keep an eye out for Oranjeboom.

    Don’t mind an IPA either, regular ales not usually my thing though. Not too big into Guinness either. I prefer drinking to eating.

  22. N5

    Lol, I was going to say that Dan, someone on here the other night was saying how they could drink 9 Guinesses’ in an evening. I’d struggle to drink without bloating. In fact I would probably resemble a human puffer fish after 3.

  23. N5

    I know this one is going to make me sound a bit nancy, but on a hot day I love a Brothers cider!! it’s a toffee apple flavor mixed with Cream Soda. This problem is it taste like your drinking pop so you don’t quite realise how much of it your putting away until you legs give up!!

  24. gambon

    Dan

    Lot of places in London do Asahi on draught and Erdinger. The latter is my beer of choice.

    Or of course 8 Stella’s an Oban and a fight!

  25. salparadisenyc

    Magner’s good stuff, was just telling Dan i’ve booked aer lingus to drink it in flight, nothing better than an 8am airport Guinness on the Shannon stopover.

    Ermmm “Sal” these pictures look well soft?

    Guinness is not heavy its a myth.. must be on a good line though.
    Canned is awful.

  26. N5

    Ohhhh if we’re talking spirits I love a bit of Courvoisier or Remy Martin. I also like rum, it puts hair on your chest! my wife has been necking pints of it by the look of things!!!

  27. gambon

    As for Oranjeboom

    Lovely beer but if you have a heavy one and forget to brush your teeth….fuck me….it’s like drinking orange flavour air freshner.

  28. N5

    “9 pints of Guinness. ….Fuck me hate to see their shit in the morning.”

    Loool, like one long black piece of stinky liquorice.

  29. N5

    “.fuck me….it’s like drinking orange flavour air freshner.”

    Loool, take note Dan if you drink it, brush your teeth! 😀

  30. N5

    “If your bringing the missus over with you I’d go for Stella…..wives love it.”

    Looool, they sure do also so do make-up artists who specialise in concealer.

  31. SurferX

    Perfect day..

    Noon-13:00- 2 pints Aspall dry
    13:00-17:00 6 pints Hoegaarden
    17:00-19:00 Arsenal win 5-0
    19:00-20-00 2 bottles Ashari super dry
    20:00-22:00 2 bottles Chanenuef du pape with food
    22:00-fall-over Talisker’s

  32. N5

    “I look like a human puffa fish before three !! ! ”

    Looooooooooool, you took my own joke and made it funny! thank you tunny!!

  33. Dan Ahern

    N5 — Same here, don’t understand how people can down multiple Guinesses. I do respect ciders. I’m partial to Spanish sidra though. Don’t take this wrong but Brits do cider a bit strange for me. It’s like a tall glass of apple juice. No zest, no sparkle! Haha what a terrible conversation this is turning into.

  34. Bacaryisgod

    Damn, it’s a huge game tomorrow…..

    I don’t think there’s been an Arsenal game of this much significance since the Champions League final in 2006 because it could really signal the end of the Wenger era.

    The team just feels mightily vulnerable. The only upside is that Podolski , Giroud and Cazorla are first-class flat track bullies so let’s hope their recent form can be dramatically reversed. Monreal and Verm on the left is cause for concern as always.

    At least Fabianski might bring some confidence to the back four. Chezzer’s form has dropped to the point I would put Fabianski in for the rest of the season at first-choice if he plays well this weekend. Arsene won’t do that, because that would be too bold a decision right now, even if it’s the correct one.

    Plus of course there’s no Gervinho for the Wigan game. So there must be some hope…

  35. N5

    Hi le-grove, long time listener, first time caller here.I’ve been reading your blog for the past couple of years and have never felt the need to comment, until now.

    I am 33 years old and have supported Arsenal since I was 6. Never In this whole time have I felt as jaded by the club as I do now.

    Everything you say about Wenger is correct. I feel like I’m watching the fall of some mad dictator and with all dictators, it will end in tears, as it always does.I went to Goodison on Sunday with an Everton supporting friend and watched the game from the Gwladys St. Stand. The most depressing thing about that situation, was not sitting amongst the celebrating Everton fans as they tore us a new one, but was listening to the Everton fans talk about how sure they were they would beat us. Everyone around me had unwavering belief in their team, manager etc. I really believe that energy from the fansfilters through the stadium and is taken on by the players. How can it not? This is something that the majority of Arsenal fans have been lacking for sometime now. That belief has been sucked out of us and I truely believe it has been sucked out the players as well. This is no ones fault but Wengers who has cut this team with a knife of mediocrity and let all passion bleed away. We are but shadows of what we used to be. This man needs to go NOW before we wither away and die.My last thought is on our new manager.

    I was asked this question by my Everton fan friend on Sunday and I mentioned someone who I have watched for the past few years with envious eyes; Thomas Tuchel. I’m happy that you are onto this now as well, as every time I’ve spoken about him before, no one had a clue who I was talking about. Look like that’s changing now though and I’m sure his name will be cropping up more and more in these discussions.Keep up the good work, let’s all pray that soon this nightmare will be over, and then we will get our club back. I support Arsenal not Arsene.

  36. salparadisenyc

    N5
    It sill should not be this funny but it is!!

    Surfer X

    Lets have an affair, except sub in 6 pints of Warsteiner my end.

  37. SurferX

    @N5
    Thats a two-day hangover job mate. On the brightside, the morning of the day after Im usually still pissed. Thats always the worst hangover though isn’t it- when you wake up and feel great you know its gonna hurt really bad eventually.

  38. N5

    “Same here, don’t understand how people can down multiple Guinesses. I do respect ciders. I’m partial to Spanish sidra though. Don’t take this wrong but Brits do cider a bit strange for me. It’s like a tall glass of apple juice. No zest, no sparkle! Haha what a terrible conversation this is turning into.”

    Loool, I’m brand new to cider, I never liked the smell. It always reminded me of puke but now i’ve got over that. I must admit I’d not noticed but to be safe I’m going to ask for my next one to have an umbrella and sparkler in it! I’ll look very tough I imagine! 😀

  39. Dan Ahern

    Thank you and goodnight — Stella is always a great safety beer if you hate everything on the menu. Goes down like water, super light and refreshing.

  40. N5

    “Thats always the worst hangover though isn’t it- when you wake up and feel great you know its gonna hurt really bad eventually.”

    I’m not sure SurferX, I’ve only ever been drunk once, the problem is, it’s been going on for nearly 11 years now.

  41. JJ

    I am approaching tomorrow as a win-win game. If we win, we are closer to a trophy. If we lose, we are closer to Wenger leaving.

    The stein is half full!

  42. tunnygriffboy

    Ice cold Strongbow. Full stop. Remember drinking it out of 2 pint glass flagons straight out of the freezer after saturday afternoon rugby. Cost £1. Home in bed by 8.30. Sigh those were the days

  43. PieAFC

    You’re all talking of being so drunk.

    You want to be, because of scary truth by tomorrow, we could be out the FA cup.

    Play on.

  44. gambon

    If the weather is like it was today then it has to be cider.

    Rekorderlig draft.

    Not easy to find. The Pitcher & Piano next to Abacus does it.

    Then to the Palm for the 400g ribeye and a Malbec.

    Then things get serious!

  45. Adam Bucci

    tomorrow for the game i’ll be having some blackthorn, chimay red label, and a glass – or two – of st george absinthe.
    with that will be a meal consisting of two eggs sunny side up, a couple of sausages, hash browns and a couple slices of sourdough bread.

    bear in mind it will be 9am when the game starts here, and i have to be at a photo shoot at the state fair at 5.30pm.

    should be some interesting shots of baby pigs and people eating candy floss.

  46. slade

    “I’m a whisky man, none of that lager stuff for me. And by whisky I mean a nice single malt not that bloody American jack Daniels rubbish:)”
    ..Jack Daniel is a sour mash..not a whiskey, bonehead.

    Whiskey? Johnny Walker Blue the only choice

  47. salparadisenyc

    The Palm is serious business, been to the one in Belgravia.
    Used to live next to the Palm in tribeca, gluttony whenever your fit for service.

  48. Thank you and goodnight

    @Slade
    Yeah I know that, but do you know how many times I’ve been to a party or a shitty bar and ask for whisky and they offer me Jack Daniels.
    Also agree with you about Johnny walker blue……very very nice. You ever tried Johnny walker gold label? I haven’t but saw a bottle in this whisky shop in Uckfield advertised for 90 pound. Wonder what it’s like.

  49. gambon

    Sal

    Yeah there’s only one in London.

    Didn’t want to like it cos I love Hawksmoor and Goodman. It is however outstanding.

  50. Chris

    Pedro

    Saw your Vier lager story but… At last you have discovered real ale. Beer brewed all around UK, with its own distinct tastes. Begone – freezing lager, filled with co2 dead bubbles and tasteless.

    Heard Wenger bleating about injured players. The buck stops with him and his staff. I have said before on this blog, Arsenal’s injury record is not acceptable. There is something seriously wrong with his training methods. We should not be losing players for weeks due to soft tissue issues. This Arsenal problem was highlighted by a Dutch coach earlier this week on BBC radio.

    Fixed AW just cannot accept that perhaps his methods are outdated.

  51. tunnygriffboy

    Chris

    Yeh, he most definitely has to look at the training methods, medical staff and data analysis. I would also suggest he buys some bloody better players to add more quality depth to squad so that he’s not shit scared of rotating.

  52. salparadisenyc

    Dan AhernApril 11, 2014 17:37:03
    Sal — Hey, when you taking me to Keen’s? I thought you said we’d have a nice night out together. “Just the two of us, baby,” you said.

    Darling the day Wenger either walks or gets the sack.
    My treat.

  53. Leedsgunner

    Whatever happens tomorrow this season could have bben so much more. We started so well and we actually played like champions… but in the end, this season exposed some home truths about AFC.

    Wenger is not interested in winners or winning. If he was interested in winning he would have bought a clinical striker ready to fire us to the title. Granted he DID try with Suarez (and LFC behaved dishonestly and dishonourably) but other strikers were available. Wenger was unwilling, unprepared or both.

    Remember when Giroud was hyping himself up back in September, telling anyone who would listen that he was going to win the Golden Boot this year? (Ha ha ha… pathetically hilarious now!!)

    What a fraud he turned out to be. Just like Wenger.

    The final nail in the coffin for me was the January transfer window. He had every opportunity to add to our squad to push for the title but he dithered and sat on his hands even when two key players went out with long term injuries.

    To add insult to injury he loaned a crock to replace an injured player. In doing so, he invited derision to our club. To this day, the Kallstrom transfer confounds reason.

    We could have finished with so much more. That’s the sad thing for me. I would have been willing to believe in this manager again he he had bought smart bold and wisely. If we had given it an hinest go, fair enough but in the end all he did was to sell us short again.

    Wenger’s finished, no matter what happens tomorrow. We are too good of a club for him.

  54. Chris

    Tunny

    Agree wholeheartedly. AW knows a class B player better than anyone.
    He is totally a corporate manager now. This fits in with the Kronk’s (American)idea of successful soccerrr.

  55. jwl

    I want to try some of these beers. I wish I would have thought to do this for my career. I, too, like to drink beer and hang out but I wasn’t clever enough to know to make it into a job.

    ——————————-

    Mikkel Borg Bjergso, a 38-year-old former high-school science teacher who runs the Danish brewery Mikkeller, stuck his face into a bag of hops and inhaled deeply.

    Unlike most brewers, Mikkel doesn’t own a brewery. A typical Mikkeller beer originates in his brain as a far-fetched question: What quality of fattiness would a beer obtain if you sprinkled popcorn into the mash? What would happen if you dumped in a load of mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns during the brewing? How much fresh seaweed would lend a beer the right umami jolt?

    “I don’t enjoy making beer,” he says. “I like making recipes and hanging out.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/magazine/a-fight-is-brewing.html?_r=0

  56. Doublegooner

    2 more years of Wenger .

    Well thats what I posted earlier today. Deal done but wont be announced til season end.

    Source: An Anti Wenger Goon football Agent

  57. tunnygriffboy

    Leeds

    Our season once again ended with our glut of injuries. Hypothetically :

    Had Walcott, Podolski, Ox, Santi and Arteta been injured in the first 2 months of the season, would Wilshere, Ramsey and Ozil been overplayed

  58. BacaryisGod

    Looks like there’s a better chance than thought that Rosicky, Ox and Gibbs will play. If that’s the case, our chances look a whole lot better.

    XI: Fab, Sagna, Gibbs, Mert, Verm, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Ox, Giroud

    subs. Chezzer, Jenks, Monreal, Bellerin, Kallstrom, Podolski, Sanogo,

  59. tunnygriffboy

    Leeds

    Hypothetical II:

    If Walcott Ramsey, Ozil and Ox remained fit, where would we have finished up ?

    Personally I think we would have been much closer to the top but still not good enough to win it. You add two top players and two very good players to the squad and it becomes competitive. Whether Wenger is the man to do it is the question. He would have to change his approach to traing techniques and rotatemore carefully

  60. Carts

    “There is a correlation between success in the glory years and the density of players Wenger inherited. As they dwindled, our success rate dropped and then even the players Wenger himself brought in began to leave. Eventually and gradually, we replaced grade A players with grade C and below. And for nine years, we have been thrashing about in the wilderness blaming everything from uneven pitches to unfair loan system.”

    Where’s Dan C to give his god-awful supermarket/ player transfer analogy?

    What was it- we can’t afford waitrose or M&S (players) so we’ve had to get Tesco goods (players). When in fact we were buy dog shit from the reduced section of Spar & Budgens.

  61. SpanishDave

    Nasty feeling will will anounce a new CF at the end of the season to please the fans and then Wenger will sign for two more years. Then they will say its his last
    contract and he will choose his sucessor and move up stairs, Nightmare senario.

  62. kwik fit

    Every cup run needs a song , here’s ours;

    Oh, I could hide ‘neath the wings
    Of the Rambo as he sings.
    The sanog o’clock alarm would never ring.
    But ozil rings and I rise,
    Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
    Podolski and Giroud were cold but now they sting.

    Cheer up, Sleepy Arsene.
    Oh, what can it mean.
    To a daydream believer
    And a cup winning team.

  63. Dan Ahern

    Oh I could hide ‘neath the things
    That I swear that my squad needs
    The exceptional qualidee I never seem to briiiing

    But Ivan rings and I rise
    And ensure him of our demise
    Because no matter what I’ll never buuuuuuuyyyyy

    da da da da da da da

    Cheer up Wemberly
    Oh what can it mean
    To a mental strength believer
    And our young second team

  64. tunnygriffboy

    Been doing a bit of research on Frank de Boer. He’s been ripping it up in Hollandwith Ajax. He’s young, progressive and will play good football having been developed in Ajax. Would imagine he’d have good knowledge of the Dutch, Belgian and German markets. He has CL experience and is apparently excellent with young players. What with Jonkers at the academy does anyone think it would be a good appointment ?

    Oh yeah, he could bring DB 10 with him !

  65. MidwestGun

    Why do I think Oswald’s next comment will be, your all fuckin mental! Lol

    Steak kabobs on the grill tonight, celebrating my possible last day of sanity.

    Come on Aresene we can’t lose to Wigan…………….. can we? Hopefully Vermalean doesn’t go on walkabout, again. 🙁

  66. MidwestGun

    TY&GN-
    Haha ya either way, Im drinking, tomorrow. Tonight, just a few local craft beers and dinner. We have to win so Kwik can go to the final, he said he was gonna hold up a Le Grove banner. Lol.

  67. slade

    Thank you and Goodnight:
    Johnnie Gold is excellent too..good choice if no Blue available..
    Jack is the poor man’s mash; Jack and Ginger (ale) good mix.

  68. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    Yeah, a lot of journos say they were hours away from a deal, but just like Knonoplyanka it fell apart at zero hour, Rubin apparently strong-armed Yann a bit.

    But I can see both of those coming off in the summer! If Rodger’s can get that attitude in check M’Vila would be a great buy sitting next to Gerrard in the middle with Henderson as well.

  69. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    Ya that’s kinda what I thought. That’s what so mind numbing with all these peeps saying give Arsene 2 more years. The other teams aren’t gonna sit still while Arsene sits on his hands and does nothing in transfer windows. We already know you can count January windows out.
    I don’t get where the confidence is coming from that AW will get 5 or 6 players that can start other than delusion. Keep hearing that next year will finally be it. Sounds familar.

  70. MidwestGun

    The world is a dynamic place, other teams aren’t gonna wait for us to get our shit together. We have to have a leader who is energetic and dynamic enough to make things happen not wait for everything to somehow magically fall into place. Frustrating.

  71. Cesc Appeal

    Midwest

    Exactly.

    Liverpool will spend. As will City and Chelsea.

    So that;s people above us moving forward.

    United will spend MASSIVE…so that’s a team behind us getting radically better.

    Spurs are always threatening to do something.

    It’s crucial we hire a manager who will be proactive, get rid of the rot and bring in some pace and power…and some world class.

  72. Dannyboy

    Not feeling it today… This could really become farcical beyond all recognition if we don’t win today and the manager still remains.

  73. El Tel 1

    Well I am feeling for it.

    We are the favourites being made out to be the underdogs.

    I can see Podolski,Merteseker and Cazorla beingnthenbig players for us today. They will be used to playing in these situations.

    Come on you Gunners.

    The season is still very much alive and kicking.

  74. N5

    I’ve just read the seven minute delay is to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. I thought it was just a typo…..everywhere. Am I the only person who didn’t realise this is why the late kick off?

  75. MuddyGooner

    The Fearless Holders v The Frightened Favourites

    FFS ….. He messes this up and there’ll be a rebellious revolution to dethrone the French leader. Pity we don’t have a guillotine at the Emirates !