Brooklyn Beckham promotion soured, badly

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Happy Friday to ya’ll. Some heated debate on yesterday’s post, but largely civil and interesting. One apology I have to make is for missing the victim in all this. Obviously a shocking incident for any person to have to deal with. Yob fans are scary, when they’re targeting you, even scarier. That was a brave man right there. I’d have most certainly have tried another carriage. His principled multiple attempts to board the carriage were, well, brilliant.

It seems the cowards involved are being picked off. Chelsea have banned three members already. One of the guys picked out yesterday has been suspended by his work. I mean, he’s going to get a come uppance deserved or not. My point does still stand from yesterday. I don’t believe the internet should be judge and jury in cases like this. This financier has been found guilty by association. He’s and easy target, rich, good looking with an Instagram picture of himself with Nigel Farage. All of those elements lead to his guilt despite little evidence he was doing anything.

If he’s guilty, fine. Let the French justice system take care of him and punish accordingly. I find it interesting that that the overweight white skinhead seen shoving the man twice hasn’t been splashed across the front newspaper. Why? Well, it doesn’t make an interesting story, does it?

… and there’s your problem. The press guess at the salacious because it shifts papers… Sad, when people’s lives are at stake. I remember the papers ran a front page story on a someone they thought was a child killer, basically, because he looked like a Paedophile. Horrendous. Even worse, we lap it up as consumers.

Also, a few people mentioned that I was part of the problem for not confronting the racists behind me. I also heard people complaining about the bystanders on the train not stepping in. In an ideal world, a man wearing rolled up jeans and pink socks would take on a group of old school thugs in a ground, but that’s not reality. You can speak up so many times before you start running the risk of a violent confrontation. In front of kids. At a football game. With people you have to sit near every game (for years). That’s pretty grim.

Same goes for the train. If you’re the type of guy who wants to have a pop at a group of thug football fans pissed up on a train… power to you, but that’s not an odds game many will play. The risk, getting your teeth kicked in. The reward is what? Racist enlightenment? Come on… be real with me.

So imagine this, you’re Brooklyn Beckham, you’re smashing it at youth level, the call comes… you’re moving up to the under 18s. Brilliant. So exciting. You’re being fast tracked. But wait, what’s that? A new coach is joining the under 18s? Wait… it’s Thierry flipping Henry!

Yep. That’s what happened. Way to sour a promotion…

So Thierry is going to learn his coaching trade at the Arsenal. It’s all very exciting. Having a name like that behind the scenes is unbelievable. Imagine learning from a guy with a work ethic like that. Be interesting to see where he wants to take things. Does he want to be a pundit or does he want to impact the game? Can he manage? Is he enough of a team player from a personality perspective? We’ll see. Great signing by Arsenal.

On the Beckhams, apparently Romeo has also joined Arsenal because he is good as well. Could have a De Boer type situation on our hands in a few years time. That’d be so good form a marketing perspective. However, calm yourself, he’s like 12.

In more good news, Arsenal have done a good one ain’t they?

Sorted the fans out with a train didn’t they? Yeah they did. They’re also subsidising more coaches, which is really nice. That’s class. It’d be nice if the club could help out away fans more like that. I don’t know what the cost of coaches is, but it’d be nice if they used some of the TV money to support the die hards.

… but let’s not take away from the gesture. It’s very good of them.

In ladies good news, Kelly Smith has signed a new deal for the club at 36. Heard Wenger stepped in to make sure it’s just a one year deal. Congrats to her on a brilliant achievement.

Tomorrow we play Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew. They have players capable of physically battering us, so it’s going to be a tough game. We need to play with confidence and discipline.We need to take the game seriously and we need to deliver another 3 points. United are in a mess, we need to be ready to pounce when they inevitably collapse.

Big game tomorrow. Fingers crossed it’s a positive day.

Finally, finally…

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  1. Alfie

    Dan T –

    Yeah, some iron works company. They kinda bit there nose to spite there face and lost out on a whole bunch o cash.

    Small man always loses.

  2. Carts

    Alfie & Dan T – Haven’t they got 21 days to lodge ANOTHER appeal? how exactly have they forgone the cash? is it cos they simply appealed instead of leaving quietly?

  3. Alfie

    Carts –

    They have been rejected an appeal but can go straight to the High Courts. Yeah, I think they would have got like 7x the value now that’s halved apparently.

  4. Spellbound

    Hoping for a good professional win tomorrow to get us ready for the CL game.

    Predicting a 2 – 0 to the arsenal.

    Expected line up:

    bellerin mert Kos nacho
    welbz santi ozil alexis

  5. Jim Lahey

    Does anyone know how the spuds are financing their new stadium?

    It will be very interesting to see if they can remain competitive in the market while the development is going on… If they do, Arsene will have a lot of questions that will need answering..

  6. Romford Ozil Pele

    Ox looks fine in the training pics even though Wenger said he’ll be short tomorrow. Expecting the team I posted earlier. Chambers may come in if Bellerin doesn’t make it. Game will be hard. Palace are big team, strong from set-pieces and Palace probably have the best support out of all the London teams. Like always for me, it’s about mindset. Approach the game with the right mindset, pass quickly when in possession as they’re likely to sit deep and make it hard and we should be able to get the 3 points.

  7. MidwestGun

    As I’m white, male and heterosexual, not Jewish or Muslim etc, no-one gave a damn.

    What happened to me was 10 times worse than what happened to that guy in Paris in terms of physical abuse.
    Really? That’s what you are going with? What happened to you happened in a private setting. A Bar. A place where people sit around and get intoxicated. Fights at a bar and nobody cared you say? Shocker.

    You weren’t humiliated in a public setting on Public transportation and then chanted at by an angry mob. For a person who tries to be intellectual you really struggle at times because of your strange agenda.

  8. Carts

    Alfie – “They have been rejected an appeal but can go straight to the High Courts. Yeah, I think they would have got like 7x the value now that’s halved apparently.”

    Fuuuuuuuuuuu…should’ve taken the money as common sense tells you there’s only one winner in this instance. But principal will tell you to stay and fight.

    Reminds me of my Mum’s old church who were based smack bang in the middle of where the Acquatic centre has been built in Stratford. When the Compulsory purchase order was given, they put up and fight, but weren’t silly enough to go all they way to the top. They received a tidy sum and relocated to essex/kent.

    Having no idea the size of matey’s business, and, say, guessing he was offered a few million to relocate, I doubt it would’ve been majorly difficult for him to find somewhere in London – Industrial estates, Arches etc. Shame really.

  9. Alfie

    Carts –

    I agree, the easiest thing and probably most financially savvy would be just to accept the offer buttttttttt you know what these old “we’ve been here 100 years” companies are like and maybe it was them making a stand. Don’t blame them. They’ve been bombed/death threats. If they didn’t need the money that badly than why bend over?

    Just checked on Due Diligence, last reported they have £36k in the bank and worth £800k with £1m liabilities.

    Should have just taken the money.

  10. Wallace


    i remember last week on the official site Wenger saying Sanchez was still out, but there was a picture of him in training that day above the article. sometimes the left hand doesn’t know…

  11. Dan T

    Alfie & Carts

    I’m not sure about the appeal, think they may be able to appeal still, can’t see them having any success though.

    I’m not sure whether they have lost out on much money by not leaving straight off, but they did have their factory burnt down in ‘suspicious circumstances’ after it came out they were challenging the ruling.

  12. MidwestGun

    I’m guessing something like this.
    Chambers, Mert, Kos, Monreal
    Alexis, JW, Santi, Ozil

    I think AW will want to see how JW plays before we might need him in CL matches.

  13. Dan T

    Jim – I guess they will go down the same route we did. There is a helluva lot more money in the premier league these days than when we made the move, so i would assume that the cost of the stadium will be a much lower percentage of turnover than ours was.

  14. Romford Ozil Pele

    Wallace – yeah Wenger always plays his cards close to his chest so it’s hard to second guess him. The team played well last week so I think he’d be loathe to change things too much going forward. I’d expect Monreal, Per, Ospina, Coq and Bellerin (fitness permitting) to come back in. Don’t wanna destablise things too much. We need to begin to establish a settled 11 now that we have the bulk of our players fit. Obviously we’ll need to rotate well with the games coming thick and fast over the next few months too.

    Mid – No doubt JW will be introduced at some point but considering he’s been out for 3 months, I doubt he’ll be chucked straight in, and rightly so with the options we have.

  15. Leedsgunner

    “Does anyone know how the spuds are financing their new stadium?”


    My sources tell me they will be paying for it with Swiss dog biscuits. The ones that Old ‘Arry’s dog Rosie likes. 😉

  16. MidwestGun

    Romford –
    Hmmm You could be right. I’d prefer we didn’t play JW unless he was subbing for Santi or Ozil but AW rarely does what I want. Lol.
    Gibbs may get a start also. Very hard to predict anymore. Actually, probably a good thing as it makes us more unpredictable to prepare for. And even tho I’m not JW’s biggest fan we will need him on the run in of we want to have a chance to win a trophy of some kind this season.

  17. Romford Ozil Pele

    “Actually, probably a good thing as it makes us more unpredictable to prepare for. And even tho I’m not JW’s biggest fan we will need him on the run in of we want to have a chance to win a trophy of some kind this season.”

    I agree. I obviously want us to have an established 11. But the fact we have a myriad of options makes it harder for the opposition to prepare against us, who do they watch? It’s very hard to mark one specific player because all that does is open space for another. That’s the way it should be, obviously. And hopefully we can continue to take advantage of that. I don’t normally predict s cores but i’m going/hoping for 0-2 tomorrow. Alexis and Ozil the scorers. Alexis has gone 4 games without a goal so could probably do with getting on the scoresheet again. But like we’ve just said, the fact we have such a diversity of threats can never be a bad thing.

  18. MidwestGun

    Carts –
    Sup? Jealous, y’all are about to start your weekend whilst I got to figure out how to unfreeze my sidewalk so its safe to walk. Like the damn North Pole here.

  19. Leedsgunner


    I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs held a couple of “firesales” of their fringe players to give their stadium financing a leg up. If Kane keeps his momentum up I can easily see Real Madrid stumping up £40m+ in the summer — and you know how Real Madrid like buying Tottenham’s best players… Tottenham – Real Madrid’s feeder club. If they do, I can see Tottenham going hard for Danny Ings as Kane’s replacement — especially if they would be getting him on a free!

    If they miss out on Uefa Champion’s League I can see them selling Lloris too for £25m + and the tragic thing is I can see Tottenham and Man United doing a deal as they have previous history. It will be like what we were going through 4-5 years ago but to Tottenham 😉

    Shame Spurs won’t countenance a sale to us — I actually would love to see Lloris in an Arsenal shirt. A Very classy keeper.

    Funny that Tottenham have this relationship with REal Madrid and we have one like it with Barça. Although if you compare the two relationships — we have definitely done better in getting rid of our dross to Barça.

  20. Romford Ozil Pele

    Yeah Kane has had six months of good form. Let him prove it for another season before we start claiming this or that. Very impressed with what i’ve seen thus far mind you. He’s English though so if he does leave, it will be for a big fee as Brits are always overhyped and overpriced. Kane actually does remind me a lot of Diego Costa without the thuggery.

    Ugh, the amount of Spurs players i’ve been praising recently, I feel so dirty.

  21. Spellbound

    I hope I don’t sound like a hater or maybe i’m just in denial but I’m really not sold on Kane. He has a great engine and he does get himself in great goal scoring positions but I can’t think of one thing he really excels at. Like Romford said, Lets see him doing for another season and then I’ll be convinced.

  22. MidwestGun

    Sancho –
    Most likely you typed a banned word or a word that contains that word. so the Le Grove filter eats it. I just typed a long joke for joke Friday and it got eaten. Too lazy to figure out which word it was. Lol.

  23. Blsany

    Le Prof
    I dont wanna do this with you.You are child mate ignore my comments.I have my opinions you have yours.Thats fine.Stop calling me names we are not at the playground anymore.

  24. MidwestGun

    Carts –
    Ya… freakin ice won’t melt even with that salt stuff. Too cold, it’s the cold that’s end of days, worthy. I probably shouldn’t bitch, they have it worse elsewhere. They had like 4 feet of snow up in the Northeast.

    But the older I get the more I wonder why I’m not on some beach somewhere?

  25. Cesc Appeal

    Think I would go with:

    Chambers, Mert, Kozz, Monreal
    Coquelin, Cazorla
    Welbeck, Ozil, Sanchez

    Not sure if Bellerin is fit or not…I mean he has boyish good looks but… 😉 …Would stick him in there if he’s fit. Hopefully Chambers continues the Middlesbrough form, though we weren’t really tested defensively for more than 10 minutes in total in that game.

    Welbeck and Sanchez is a must wide for the work rate, tenacity and tracking back alone.

  26. Cesc Appeal


    Great minds and all that 😉

    Should be enough to see off Palace I think, though I would guess they will try to target Cazorla, bully him deep in midfield so it will all be about the Spaniard’s quick feet, quick distribution and quicker mind.

    Really hoping Ozil plays like he did against Middlesbrough, mainly in terms of the amount of running he did, quick passing and willingness to hold onto the ball and take responsibility, even going shoulder to shoulder with fullbacks trying to get around the back…was nice to see.

  27. MidwestGun

    I was kind of diggin the Alexis on the right wing, Welbeck on the left with help from Ozil thing we started with vs ‘Boro. If L’oreal can keep finishing his chances then we might be onto something in the right direction. However, I would still like to see it work vs top teams before I get too optimistic.

  28. Bay area gooner

    Seems like the heated debate has cooled.

    However, Pedro, confronting does not mean you fight physically with “said” group of racist thugs.

    Being an up-stander means sticking up for someone being bullied or harassed. Doing nothing is the basically the same as condoning the behavior.

    Its a personal choice at the end of the day.

    If it were me, I would have stuck for him or anyone else for that matter. I dont think I would be able to live with myself if I did not do anything. The guilt would have gotten to me.

    Anyhow, that is me. Hopefully I would also be wearing an Arsenal shirt doing it. I am happy to know that in comparison to other teams, we tend to have classier fans and values than most others

  29. Spellbound

    Welbeck is one player I hope wenger has a lot of patience with. Physically he’s everything you want in a striker, big, strong, athletic, pacey. I think there is a lot more to come from him.

  30. Sancho Monzorla


    Thanks I’ll try to watch my language.

    Chambers, Per, Kos, Monreal
    Ox, JW, Santi, Alexis

    Ozil should get a rest before Monaco, and I think JW gets a game here. Walcott for Ox if short on fitness, although I don’t like it when Walcott and Chambers play together. Palace has a couple speedy wingers that can take advantage of that side.

  31. Dream10


    AW is patient and not trigger happy, so that works in Welbeck’s benefit. Hope he can improve his finishing. As you say, he has all the physical gifts. Would love for him to start putting his foot thru the ball on a consistent basis.

  32. carts

    Midwest – I’m not to familiar with your situation but would you consider relocating to a state that doesn’t suffer from an Ice age?

  33. MidwestGun

    Carts –
    Yep… I’m considering a move to the gulf Coast in Texas. I have relatives in that area, and the beaches are great. You can just back your truck (everyone in Texas has a truck) up to the water with your tail gate down and your good to go. Last time I was there they even let an old guy play a little beach football.
    It’s just the process of moving that distance and selling all my stuff. A real pain to relocate across state borders too. But I’ll probably do it, especially if a see anymore wooly mammoths in my front yard. 😀

  34. Evan

    An advertisement on the club’s vacancies page shows they are now recruiting for a first-team Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Soft Tissue Therapist.

    About fecking time

  35. MidwestGun

    Wouldn’t a club the size of Arsenal be able to find a guy/lady who knows a guy or recruit a guy for that position in some word of mouth way? Or is it some sort of legal requirement they have to advertise? Seems kind of strange.
    Kind of like Nasa advertising for rocket scientists.
    But I am glad they are obviously realizing there is a problem.

  36. carts

    Midwest – Texas isn’t a bad shout tbf. Weather and women go hand in hand.

    Ate taxation laws different too?

    Also get to do a bit of Open Carry. US Constitution and all that

  37. hitman

    Chelsea fans racist. Shock.
    Where is the news story here?
    The only thing that astonished me was that they were behaving like this in foreign land. Preventing Parisiens from using their own metro system.
    No shame those Chelsea louts.

  38. Lee

    What happened to me was 10 times worse than what happened to that guy in Paris in terms of physical abuse.
    Really? That’s what you are going with? What happened to you happened in a private setting. A Bar. A place where people sit around and get intoxicated. Fights at a bar and nobody cared you say? Shocker.

    That is the weakest argument Midwest
    So weak.
    It’s ok to beat people up if they are in a bar. Nobody cares if you’ve had a beer. You deserve it.


  39. MidwestGun

    Carts –
    Yep… every state sets their own taxation laws and licensing laws as far as driving and property and job recruitments. So you have to reapply for everything. As well as health care insurance, property insurance is different as far as costs and requirements. Here I need earthquake, tornado insurance. There I need hurricane insurance. Nature is trying to wipe me out one way or another. Lol.

  40. MidwestGun

    Lee –
    I didn’t say it was ok. I said it’s no surprise there wasn’t any publicity. Because it happens all the time and on private property. The bar could hire a. Bouncer no? Love your strawman reading comprehension arguements, tho.

  41. Lee

    No but you did say that being humiliated in a public setting is worse than being beaten up a bar.

    1. Being beaten up in a bar IS BEING HUMILIATED IN A PUBLIC SETTING.

    2. Being beaten up at all is worse than not being allowed onto a train.
    Ask anyone
    Would you prefer to be beaten up or not allowed onto a train for any reason, what do you think the answer will be???

    As i said.

  42. MidwestGun

    Rhys was trying to say a white guy getting beat up in a bar wasn’t reported because he’s white even tho the physical abuse was worse. Ummmm no its because it’s not news worthy. And it’s not abusive in a public setting with chants and mob action.

  43. Radio Raheem

    Seriously, how stupid are you? The issue here is about racism, bullying and all that entails.

    If the bar incident didn’t traverse racial lines of what relevance is that to the issue at hand?

    Quit with your willful stupidity will ya it ain’t funny.

  44. MidwestGun

    A bar isn’t a public space, it’s privately owned and you don’t have to go there. You don’t have to drink alcohol. You do however have to travel on the tube if you don’t own a car.

  45. Lee

    What happened to Rhys was worse. No matter why.
    Being discriminated againstt weather it’s over your team, your city or your nation. It really doesn’t matter.
    If when gets beaten up and one doesn’t. Then who suffered more? Rhys or the Parisian?
    That is what I think he was trying to say.
    And that worse crimes occur every day and don’t get reported.
    This did though ONLY because he was black.
    If he was white it wouldn’t have made news. But if the Chelsea fans pushed a white Parisian man off the train for being French is that any better? No!!! It is exactly the same. If we all want to be treated equally then let’s keep things equal.
    You can’t say it’s worse for one race or another to be treated differently. Just because of the colour of theirs skin. That’s not equality

  46. Lee


    Don’t Repurt a guy being beaten in a bar for supporting a team from outside your city because it’s a bar????
    Jesus Christ
    No wonder this country is going to the dogs.

  47. Radio Raheem

    If found guilty whoever assaulted Rhys – from some the bollocks he comes up with might have deserved it – may serve (long) custodial sentence.

    Those Chelsea fans may get life time bans from Stamford bridge.

    Completely different matters.

    So you expect a fight in a bar to get more attention than an attack by a bunch of fans singing they’re racists?

    Quit with the daft comments.

  48. MidwestGun

    Lee –
    You have a serious ability to miss the point. Rhys said he was in a suit and tie.
    Not a team shirt. So he was just randamly beat up for being white in a bar?

    Ya… right. I liked your made up black guy punching a pregnant white girl story better.

  49. Spellbound


    I think you are forgetting a very important part of that incident.

    “we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.

    That right there is more than enough evidence that these were just a bunch of drunk assholes getting into the usual bar fight. They made it clear what their motivation was.

  50. Lee

    I have nothing to prove to you. I saw it. Who cares weather some faceless brummie nobody believes it.

    He was beaten up for cheering for arsenal. For not being from the city of Manchester
    Another case of tribalism.
    Either way it doesn’t matter.
    Whatever the reason
    Who would rather take a pasting over where your from over not being allowed into a train, because of where you’re from??
    Being beaten up creates more pain and suffering than not being allowed into a train.

    Straw man arguement…..
    Trying to insult the credibility of what i saw doesn’t deflect the fact your point is null and void


    I agree.
    Disgusting. Itnreally was a nasty little incident. All I’m saying is that I agree with Rhys and Pedro
    It has been blown up way out of proportion. What happened to Rhys is worse.
    I stand by it.
    If rather be pushed back into a tube olatform than beaten. No latter why

  51. MidwestGun

    Tunny –
    I agree. But be careful calling for a Schneiderlin signing. Seems to be some sort of backlash against him now. Personally I still think we need a Flamini replacement and a reliable box to box for when Ramsey is injured. A Diaby replacement if you will. Not that Diaby ever played long enough to be replaced but you get my meaning. Flamini/Arteta/Diaby out and a new cdm and btb in this summer.

  52. MidwestGun

    Lee –
    Obviously you care since you responded first. The point isn’t which is worse getting pushed or beaten up tho is it?
    Don’t know why I wouldn’t believe your stories, mr fake identity talking to myself to pretend like you had support on Sunday. Remember that?
    Also, trying to discredit Ozy by saying he said all Europe was racist when he didn’t. .
    Not to mention your model girlfriend, ceo stories.
    Your credibility isn’t exactly great, let’s be honest.

  53. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    Ya… lol forget which day it was people were arguing Schneiderlin was no better then JW, etc.. I guess it could still be, to be determined, depending on how JW finishes out the season.

  54. Cesc Appeal


    Oh goodness yeah, silly really because Wilshere in gear, on form doesn’t keep Schniederlin out of the side.

    Anyone arguing against Schniederlin must surely try to raise Coquelin as some sort of reason not to go there…though not sure of the strength of that one.

    Schniederlin and Matuidi would be my dream…well Pogba but that really is reaching.

    Big few months for Wilshere though I think, glad to hear Wenger talk about the balance of the team coming first, was nice. Really has to start putting a marker down now does our No.10, he has the talent, no question, but he needs to find a way to fit into this side, not vice versa.

    He can do it, but I want to start seeing some positives from him, consistent positive displays, not spectacular, not game winning, just solid to start feeling a little better about him.

    He and Coquelin were youth academy friends or something? U21’s? So hopefully Coquelin can maybe bring the best out of Wilshere, be such a shame if he never gets close to his billing.

  55. Marc

    Wasn’t David Dein’s son attacked a few year go in a bar? I seem to remember he was glassed.

    Fact is the world has a lot of arseholes in it.

  56. Spellbound

    Going on stats alone since the beginning of the calendar year, Coq has been the best DM in the league. That being said I would still love to sign Schniederlin just for the fact that this is arsenal and its only a matter of time before we lose Coq to injury. Love matuidi but i think ramsey does his job for us.

    One point i don’t get is Bamford relentlessly going at Coq and saying he will never play for the French national team. Can’t figure out on what he bases his prediction on.

  57. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    Ya.., I like Matuidi as well but I don’t know how creative he would be in that situation paired with Schneiderlin, I think that’s part of PSG’s problem not enough midfield creativity. But it would definitely be a solid base. And we have Sanchez and Ozil/Santi for creative spark.

  58. Cesc Appeal


    Yeah for sure.

    Certainly you would like a Kroos, Koke, Pjanic type in CM beside a Schniederlin. This is where having a Wanyama type as well who brings a specific skill set to the line up for specific opposition…like tough away games.

    If Coquelin keeps it up maybe he could be that guy? Have to see how he does in the UCL and the run in. If he keeps this level up no problem with him occupying that role in the squad.

  59. Lee

    There is a difference between winding up silly bloggers about football and a serious social incident.
    Anyway I’m sick hearing or reading about paris

  60. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    I don’t suppose Pogba is available? ….. hahaha. ya nevermind. I’m consigned to giving JW the benefit of the doubt for the rest of this season because there isn’t much choice. Also, he genuinely loves Arsenal and we have time invested. So the time is now, in my mind. Stay healthy and play a defined role other then dribble forward.

  61. Marc


    It’s not the location its fucking idiots who can’t handle their drink. Only time I’ve been involved in any trouble at Arsenal was on the tube after a match between Finsbury Park and Tottenham Hale – guy tried to pick a fight with a stranger, then a mate of mine. Guy was another Arsenal fan and we’d had a really good result.

  62. Marc


    I’m still of the opinion that Jack tries too hard, wants to impress because he loves Arsenal.

    I really don’t think it’s about his ego just a genuine desire to do well for the club, the constant injuries probably just exacerbate the problem.

  63. MidwestGun

    Marc –
    Yep, that’s what I was trying to get at. Alcohol is an enhancer. It’s the same reason I don’t go drinking on New Years and St. Pat’s day here, too many unprofessional drinkers. But as far as racist skinhead types we don’t have as much problem with that at sporting events over here that I can remember, witnessing.

  64. Cesc Appeal


    Yeah, I’d like to see him do what he’s being doing recently with England, more of a passing game, balls from deep (I thank you) instead of running into players.

  65. GuNZ

    I don’t normally post on here first thing in my morning but some chap included Giroud in his catalogue of Arsenal’s World Class players alongside Santi, Alexis, Kos, and Özil. ‘World Class’ is not the first term-expansion that springs to mind when I see the letters ‘WC’ and the name Giroud together although he is scoring goals when it matters and, for that reason if for none other, he is showing me up for a churl (or cunt or whatever) at present so I am happy to be Giroud’s cunt as long he keeps it up. But World Class on the pitch he certainly ain’t. World class male groomer, maybe. World class gallic shrugger and face puller when missing an open goal, fuck yes, up there with the all time greats! But world class footie player? You’re having a fucking laugh.

    When I was visiting the UK wooing the missus I saw Santi Cazorla as he passed me on Hampstead Heath. I smiled at him and waved and he gave me a lovely smile back. I didn’t wash my mouth or my waving hand for weeks, it was that moving a moment for me. I hope he stays.

    I’ve got to go into Hamilton now so I think I’ll place a bet while I’m there. I feel a win coming on but only by one or two goals so I’m thinking 1-2 or 1-3 to the Arsenal.

  66. MidwestGun

    GuNZ –
    Ha…. too funny. World class is the new average. Apparently.

    Maybe the term should be more defined, top 3 in their position in the World, perhaps.   But I do think it’s funny people comparing L’Oréal’s statistics to Drogba.
    Some serious wishful thinking.

  67. alex cutter

    I’m not saying another word on the matter”

    Except, you did say another word. You fucking cock chuggler.

  68. GuNZ

    Just back from Hamilton where I went with the intention of getting a load of veggies from this really good Asian supermarket I know as my step-daughter who’s arriving from Aussie this evening is a bit of a save-the-whales tree-hugger type. I came back with a jumbo jar of crushed garlic and a new fishing rod for myself (nice 13 foot surf-caster complete with Revenger reel and line). The missus is not best pleased, even when I told her what a great deal it was so I am now in the dog house. Whereas my other step-daughter who lives in London is a Gooner (and knows her way around a Mrs. Mac’s mince and cheese pie and a massive lump of steak and, when she visits, takes me down the pub for a piss-up), this one, who lives in Aussie, is a West Ham Supporter and into all that body is a temple and all life is sacred blah blah blah which means I am in for a shit boring ten days which is why I bought myself a new fishing rod. Surely there’s nothing wrong in that, is there?

  69. GuNZ

    Thanks Mid. Coming from an affishionado like yourself I’ll take that as vote for my not having done anything wrong or selfish which how the missus is trying to paint the situation.

  70. GuNZ

    Missed an indefinite article and a form of the verb ‘to be’ in that last post. Oh, wait, I had Pigeon English set to my default language. All good now.

  71. GuNZ

    Is it too much to ask that Penelope Cruz Sanchez’s car breaks down outside my house at 4 am tomorrow morning just as the game’s about to start and my missus says ‘Wow, Penelope Cruz Sanchez! Even though it’s not a general proclivity of mine to lick that side of the stamp on any regular basis, I’ve always harboured a fantasy about you and me exploring new and exciting ways of making my husband’s willy really, really happy while he watches the Arsenal. This totally makes up for his buying himself a new fishing rod. Perhaps we can use it in an inventive manner.’ Well, is it too much to ask? Or am I just having a really, really, really selfish day.

  72. GuNZ

    I have it on excellent authority that Highbury Daze is, in fact, the Dalai Lama. He had his tablet taken away when the Buddhist Supreme Council discovered that he was using his ‘private’ meditation sessions for blogging instead of praying for the healing of the World Soul and has been told to ‘get his existential shit together, or else.’ It is rumoured that he, the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Fish-Doge of Iceland, a Native American chief channelled by a medium in Cleveland, Ohio, Elvis (who has been hanging out on Huntington Beach, LA for the last 12 months), the Volcano god of some undiscovered Pacific island, and the Emperor of Japan, have been sharing the task of keeping the ‘Highbury Daze’ avatar alive through the time-zones but that the Dalai Lama was the one through whom all posts had to pass just in case they would cause offence.

  73. Wallace

    GuNZ going effortlessly through the gears…


    “But I do think it’s funny people comparing L’Oréal’s statistics to Drogba.”

    according to the Telegraph the goals to games ratio is pretty similar at this stage of their PL careers.

  74. Wallace

    up top Palace are pretty small and pacy. would think about continuing with the Gabriel/Koscielny partnership if it wasn’t for Hangeland lumbering forward for the set pieces.

    but great to have so many different options for so many positions at this time of the season.

  75. Wallace

    “It is difficult coming into a club like this and being yourself from the word go. You’re coming into a different environment, a different home and it takes time to settle in. And that’s coming from someone who knew some of the lads from playing for England. You get asked about people not settling in, you give those reasons and people say it’s just an excuse. But until you are in that position or coming from another country to a big club like this, you just won’t understand.”

    – Adam Lallana on moving from a mid-sized club to a big club.

  76. GuNZ

    OK. Time for a couple of hours shut-eye and then up for the match. Go you mighty Gooners. Giroud, make me your cunt again, please. 1-3 to the Arsenal.
    Night chaps. See you at the game.

  77. Leedsgunner

    I hope these links to Jackson Martinez is just agent talk. Made sense perhaps 3 seasons ago but at 28? How many seasons could we get out of him at the top? 4 at most?

    Lewandowski however is supposedly unsettled at Bayern… I reckon he could be great for us.

  78. Wallace


    yeah, happy with Giroud, Welbeck & Akpom, but if there was a chance of getting Lewandowski…Pep just doesn’t do strikers.

  79. Gooner Dan

    What is this I hear ? More Chelsea fan singing racist songs……… This time at Kings Cross. Oh dear I said the other day when reading on here the comments Chelsea are not a racist club that by the end of the week that comment would need a major review. The club has no shame from the owner who is still to condem the actions, the manger and thecaptain aka Mr Chelsea.

  80. Bamford10

    I like Midwest’s definition of “world class”: top three in a given position. I’d add “or equal to any of the three” as there may be more than three equally-WC players at a given position.

    Giroud is barely even top twenty, much less top ten or top three.

    Sanchez at his best, yes. Ozil at his best, yes. No one else.

    Lewandowski would be a dream, but Wenger, sadly, will stick with Giroud, with whom we’ll win nothing of note.

    GuNZ continues to shine in his posts. Our resident Shakespearian fool.

    Like a sunlit fish drawn from the shimmering sea, he dazzles. 😉

  81. roaaary

    Morning go ones – you diverse bunch you!

    Most my mates are palace fans and nervous about today. Pardew likes to attack which plays into our hands really. He also has a notoriously bad record against us! $aying that palace are a solid outfit.

    Our team should consist of ozil behind giroud today with Sanchez and Walcott on the wings. I can’t see them handling that pace and technical skill. James macarthur is a good player for them but not a destroyer a la matic

  82. roaaary

    And before the game even starts give giroud some respect – he has been effective this year and acts as a forward pivot for others to score.

    Watch how many long balls we play to him before saying he doesn’t work hard – he challenges for every header

  83. Gooner Dan

    Thomas stop defending Chelsea have black and Irish friends who grew up in Battersea and it is disgusting the abuse they got you twat