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But no one to go out and play with. Sad story eh? It’ll be me, in a bar, on my own. Might treat myself to a cocktail with an umbrella. Then use that umbrella to shield my cocktail from the tears of SADNESS rolling down my eyes.

But hey, at least I get to watch the Mets tonight. They are a baseball team and baseball is exciting.

So what have we today?

Petr Cech is crawling up the back passage of Arsene Wenger.

“The public only see the game, they don’t see all the things that are happening behind the scenes. So, sometimes, judging people only on the fraction of the time you see them working can lead to different opinions.

“He introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after. I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition.”

Yeah Petr, the public only see the games, the league table, the progress in Europe, the lack of fight on the pitch, the results, Arteta rolling onto the pitch on a zimmerframe and the bi-annual balls up in the transfer market.

I’m absolutely sure that what you’re seeing is incredible… and actually worthy of a secret manager of the year trophy.

I wouldn’t expect Petr to come out and say anything else. I hear the press room has one way mirrored glass and Wenger taps menacingly if you move from the script. Point is, you don’t bite the hand that gives you a mega contract at 33 years old. You also don’t come out and say…

‘You know what, first day in training and Wenger was cupping farts into the faces of the young players. It was really weird’

I just find those comments a bit nauseating.

Good news for Sanchez, his side whooped Brazil 2-1 in a qualifying game, he scored the second after a cheeky one-two with Arturo Vidal. The bad news is that he has to come back and play at the weekend, no doubt slightly jetlagged. It’s amazing how much flying takes it out of you. That’s a 17 hour flight for poor people. The time difference isn’t so bad. But it still must be pretty rough cramping up on a plane, even if it is a private jet.

Klopp has started over at Liverpool. Every Arsenal fan slightly jealous. Come on, you know you want to say something bitchy.

‘I never liked that mug anyway’

He’s set himself the tight deadline of delivering a title to Liverpool in the next 4 seasons.

The Liverpool board must be thrilled with those timescales after spending £100m in the summer after spending £100m the summer before. Where does the money come from?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens there. I thought Klopp would upgrade to a club that wasn’t a selling entity. He’ll just run into the same issues he did at Dortmund. He’ll also not be able to buy out of the elite pool of players. No Champions League, 3 worst team in the North as well as being based in Liverpool. Which ain’t cool or appealing to many.

Still, nice to have another top coach in the league. I liked this comment as well.

“If anyone wants to help Liverpool, they have to change from doubter to believer. Stop thinking about money. Only football.”

Klopp is a believer. That’s for sure. Can he deliver in such rich competition? We’ll see.

In other more delicious news, Sepp Blatter AND Michel Platini have been suspended for 90 days pending a review of their ‘mismanagement’ of funds and stuff. This is so beautiful. That old scumbag Blatter was always going to go, but the news that Platini too £1.9m and he’s paying the price for it is just perfect.

It’s easy to see how Sepp maintained control… no one could grass him up because literally everyone was on the take. Quite incredible these already rich men were so unbelievably stupid. FIFA doesn’t need a President from within (an internal solution as Arsene would say), it needs a total overhaul.

Big issue for me is the FA. What a shamefully weak association we have. They back Michel. Not only weak, also incapable of delivering what we need as a nation. Who is going to turn those lot out? Because they need to be. I think they’re an embarrassment to the country. I hope as a result of Sepp going, he hands over all his dirty secrets so we can clean football up for good.

The writing is on the wall. Imagine the panic? The normal person equivalent is when your girlfriend starts making you pose with other people’s babies on Facebook. You know what’s coming. You can’t stop it.

Interesting to read that Liam Brady is coming back to the club in an ambassadorial role for the club.

‘Brady will oversee players being loaned out, the country’s best youngsters being recruited and also ensuring they stay at Arsenal.’

I mean, it feels like a bit of a regressive step. I’m not sure what this means for Joncker. Some people I speak to absolutely detest him, they think he’s like a worse version of LVG with eyes firmly on taking over from Arsene Wenger when all is said and done in 15 years. Others think he’s great, a breath of fresh air, someone who knows what he wants and someone who is trying to drive change.

Me? I have no idea. I know his comments about how f*cking great he was when he started weren’t very cool. But there we go. I’m not sure I’d be too happy to see old faces return if I was Joncker!

Finally, I’m back over Christmas and someone needs to get me some of dem home tickets to Bournemouth and Manchester City!

Right, have a bloody great day… and please, don’t cry for my loneliness. It’s temporary. I’ll always have the internet and a 72 year old barmaid called Shaniqwa.


P.S. As a potential solution to many problems I have with this site, I’ve been looking into moving over to medium.


  • You can access it through their mobile app which has push notifications
  • The comments sections is pretty sweet
  • It’ll be on a custom URL so you can still get here the same way
  • The mailing list stays the same
  • The reading experience will be much more modern and fresh
  • It costs me zero



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  1. Highbury4ever

    Here’s some hilarious Klopp’s “punchlines”.

    “We are facing one of the biggest challenges that we can compete in football : playing against an Italian team that needs only a draw.”
    “I’m the coach now. So we stop running, we walk.”
    “I am a little proud of my first red card as a coach. I approached the fourth official, I said, “How many errors you have the right to commit If it’s fifteen, then you got only one left”.”
    “At the moment, Bayern did as the Chinese in the business world. They look at what is done elsewhere, copy it, but putting more money.”

    And of course my favorite : “Wenger likes to have the ball, play football, make assists. It’s like an orchestra. But who plays a silent symphony. I like heavy metal.” lolololol

  2. paulb

    Sanchez is a cyborg sent back from the future by Arsenal fans, who simply can not believe Wenger is still at Arsenal, and Arteta was sent back from Wenger

  3. Bobby 7

    Regarding Baseball, its not super exciting but I have to say that it grows on you. Been watching a bit since I moved to Toronto. Definitely more exciting than cricket. Just a shame they have to overdo it with all the statistics.

  4. Jibran Naseer

    Pedro about the move to Medium.
    It looks good, nice clean format, good readability. A question though. I tried commenting on the post and it asked me to sign up to Medium. Now I don’t mind that, but I don’t know how others will feel about it. Still, that’s not my question. My question is, how much are they paying you for all the new users you bring along? 😀

  5. noheartjoo

    Pedro about the move to Medium.
    It looks good, nice clean format, good readability. A question though. I tried commenting on the post and it asked me to sign up to Medium. Now I don’t mind that, but I don’t know how others will feel about it. Still, that’s not my question. My question is, how much are they paying you for all the new users you bring along?

  6. WengerEagle

    No mention of us beating the World Champions Pedro eh?

    Some strike from Long it was, assist from the subbed on Keeper too!

    No idea what Hummels was playing at for the goal mind you, he’s always been overrated IMO, not saying that’s he not a very good CB which he is but he’s not one of the best in Europe. Boateng and Subotic over the years made him look better than he really is IMO.

    Seems like Barcelona and now also Argentina are struggling without Messi, lost 2-0 at home to Ecuador. Aguero subbed off with a hammy was sad to see but it’s actually great news for us as bad as that sounds.

    Didn’t see the goal but Sanchez carrying his goalscoring form into internationals is superb for us.

    Quick mention on Lewandowski, that’s now 14 goals in his last 5 apps for club and country, absolutely disgusting numbers.

    He also dumped out the Scot’s and guaranteed us at least a play-off spot, top lad!

  7. Bamford10

    Could we beat out an Aguero-less City for the title? Possibly, but only if the following things occur:

    1. We continue with the high-energy, everyone-pressing-and-tackling approach we adopted last weekend (instead of reverting to type).

    2. Walcott continues to improve as a CF.

    3. We get better at breaking down teams who sit deep in their own third.

    4. Coquelin remains free from injury.

    If those four things occur, I actually think we could have a chance.

    Problem is I don’t see #1 occurring, even if 2-4 do.

  8. Bamford10

    Think we should make a surprise January swoop for two Belgian players: Alex Witsel and Dennis Praet.

    Witsel would shore up our midfield, as he can play either Cazorla’s role or Coquelin’s role, depending our need.

    Praet is a fantastic attacking midfield talent — see video below — who could be Ozil’s understudy, who could play wide right and who could add creativity and goals.

    Even without a CF addition — which now seems highly, highly unlikely — I’d like us for the title if we had these two.

    Come on, Arsene. Open the checkbook.

  9. N5

    “Quick mention on Lewandowski, that’s now 14 goals in his last 5 apps for club and country, absolutely disgusting numbers.”

    Ruth, will still have some reason as to why he isn’t world class.

  10. WengerEagle


    I watched the whole match, Kroos and Muller were both very poor as well.

    Only Reus out of all the attacking players was decent and even he was quiet.

    Strange that you’re digging out Ozil and you didn’t even watch the match.

  11. Leedsgunner

    Brady is a step back. He’s had a go… and his record in developing young players wasn’t great. We allowed the vast majority of the Brady boys go remember? That’s why we let Brady himself out in the first place. Great player, but in his latter years not a coach, or just one with tired ideas.

    It just stinks of laziness and fear of a fresh approach.

    Joncker should be given a chance to show what he can do with the whole raft of new players he’s brought in.

    If we are going to bring anyone back it should be people like PV4, Dennis or even Overmars… who I believe is doing a similar role at Ajax.

  12. Bamford10


    I’m not “digging” him out, Bild is. I’m just relaying the news.

    As you know, though, I’m an Ozil critic, so yes, the Bild story is part of my ongoing argument re Ozil.

    So what? That’s what we do here.

  13. WengerEagle

    Lol N5, he’ll call him a flat track bully and ask us where he was vs Barcelona last season.

    Would love to see Bergy take over the academy after he’s finished at Ajax.

    He’ll struggle to ever be a top manager with his fear of flying, away European matches would be a virtual no-go.

  14. WengerEagle

    ‘So what? That’s what we do here.’

    Yes but come on, you didn’t even watch him so how can you criticise him? If you’re going to criticse him why also not include Muller, Kroos, Hummels, etc?

    I’ve also been critical of Ozil and still remain unconvinced that he’s consistent enough against the best sides but the whole German team was poor last night hence a very average Irish side beating it.

  15. Louis Almeida

    I have to be honest I have never understood the Hummels hype, especially for the price BVB will ask. He’s a good footballer, but like David Luiz can get exposed if isolated.

  16. Bamford10


    But I myself am not criticizing his performance last night. I am relaying the criticism of him that is being made in Bild and elsewhere.

    Yes, I am implicitly criticizing his inconsistency in general, but that is perfectly reasonable. He IS a highly inconsistent player, both for Arsenal and for the GNT.

  17. WengerEagle


    They have done for the last decade.

    Even Pauleta while very good wasn’t ever top quality.

    Portugal just can’t seem to produce top class centre forwards for whatever reason.

    Spain struggle too but at least for them you could name Raul, Fernando Torres and David Villa in the last decade.

  18. Highbury4ever

    “Think we should make a surprise January swoop…”

    Any move from wenger in january would be a f*cking huge surprise.

  19. Leedsgunner

    “Quick mention on Lewandowski, that’s now 14 goals in his last 5 apps for club and country, absolutely disgusting numbers.”

    I know hindsight is 20/20 but to think if we had more of an ambitious manager we could have had him for a free when he left BvB…

    Wenger definitely missed a step there… he doesn’t spend when they are cheap, he doesn’t spend when they are expensive as the summer of 2015 demonstrated, when he decides to be stubborn he just doesn’t spend.

    More about him being right than addressing what needs to be addressed. When things go wrong, just ba;lame old old bad luck.

    “If only, if players were fit, I tried to sign, and bad luck cost us…” – AFC unofficial motto 2006 to present day).

  20. Louis Almeida

    Yes Wenger Eagle, you are correct. We struggle to produce good strikers. In general we are going through a bad period at the moment in terms of producing top talent. I think we’ll struggle. And if Ronaldo doesn’t score it’s like playing with 10 men! We won’t do much at the Euros next summer. If only Talisca was Portugese 🙁

  21. WengerEagle


    It just strikes me as a cheap shot, Bild write their fair share of bollocks like any newspaper so going by their criticism of him as proof that he played alone shit is unfair.

  22. Leedsgunner

    “Scoring lots of goals doesn’t mean you are world class…”

    Yes it does…. if you are paid as a pro footballer and you score goals against other opposition week in and week out for club and country.

    Who in your opinion is WC then Redtruth? Just out of curiosity? I know Messi and Neymar doesn’t make your grade… Andy Carroll perhaps? Not mocking you, just banter… 🙂

    Wishing you the very best…

  23. WengerEagle


    Ronaldo has been invisible of late unless he’s scoring goals, take away his goals vs Granada, Malmo and Shakhtar this season (all poor sides) and he’s goalless for club and country in 8 or 9 matches.

    A player I really like the look of is Bernardo Silva of Monaco. Looks a bit special, what do you think about him?

  24. Bamford10


    I don’t like the look of Medium’s comments section as much as I like Le Grove’s — LG’s font, color coding, spacing are superior, IMO — but if it makes your life easier and improves the experience for others, it’s worth considering.

    Perhaps some of your more IT-literate readers can offer various additional suggestions.

    And btw, as long as you’re living in the states, you might as well get a feel for American football and baseball. To do this, I recommend:

    (i) college football over NFL football

    (ii) driving four hours north on a Friday/Saturday to see a Syracuse home game (vs. Clemson or Boston College)

    (iii) attending a Mets game (with a knowledgeable friend if possible)


  25. Rhys Jaggar

    Look mate, for £100k a week plus, you can fly with a bed, so you’re laid out, sleeping. It’d cost you £20k return, tops. i’m sure a good accountant would charge it as tax-deductible ‘professional expenses’….stop saying Sanchez has excuses and ask him whether he has enough respect for his profession to shell out on proper first class with beds. They exist, trust me. It’s the poor sods on £10k a week who will be cramped in economy or business…..

    Go and listen to Klopp talking to the press at LFC. Now there’s a good first Press Conference:

    ‘I am the NORMAL ONE!’ ‘ A humorous dig at Mourinho. It went down very well.

    ‘Prove to me that all the things people told me about the British Press are lies!’ A challenge to the Press: ‘I’ve been told you’re two-faced utter tossers and wankers, but I’d much prefer to have a glass of wine with you as professional colleagues….but I won’t if you ARE tossers, wankers or both…….’

    ‘It’s not about the money, it’s just about the football…’ Absolutely right, Herr Klopp. So many years I worked for less money and less day rates than utter shysters who thought a brand name conferred value on its own. You can pay footballers £250k a week, but if they don’t score goals on the pitch and defend well the other end, what’s the point? He was removing excuses from the fans, the players, the employees, the media village that is LFC community……..and telling them that ‘I’ve won on less money than Bayern at Dortmund – trust that I can win on less money than Man Utd at Liverpool….’ It was also a slightly less jovial dig at Arsene Wenger…….

    ‘I’m a normal guy from the Black Forest with a proud mum….’ This was his way of saying to the Press that he expects privacy at home with his wife and he has zero time for never ending insinuations that he might be gay, a swinger, a user of hookers, a cocaine snorter, a secret alcoholic or anything else. Because he isn’t any of those and doesn’t want to be turned into any of those by a vile media campaign. He is a football manager who loves football and answers to the Press about football. His private life he answers to his wife and his employers. No-one else.

    He knew exactly how to say: ‘the past is the past, I start today and I am responsible for everything going forward. What I am not responsible for is the past……’

    Time will tell how he fares, but he showed how to handle the British Press with just that right balance of joviality and an underlying rod of iron…….

    Liverpool will be a stronger opponent from now on, I venture to suggest……

  26. Bamford10


    I think you’re being a little over-sensitive. Ozil IS inconsistent, and he does disappear. Bild has slated him for a reason, I assume. I’ll watch the game a bit later, though, and let you know if I think they’ve been unfair to him.

  27. WengerEagle


    Wenger deserves his fair share of criticism for our transfers in the last handful of years but I wouldn’t really dig him our for Lewandowski.

    As soon as Bayern and Pep showed interest it was a wrap, he was joining the Bundesliga champions for 2 consecutive seasons and the UCL winners of a year previous not to mention arguably the best manager in Europe.

    Having a choice between going to London and playing for a team that will challenge for the top 4 and if we’re lucky the title every season only to get smashed in the UCL Last 16 or QF.

    Or to stay in Germany where he speaks the language and has family and friends, to play for the best side by a mile with the very real possibility of creating Bundesliga history and dominating the league for the forseeable future and going very deep in the UCL every season with a fantastic chance of winning it. Also playing for Pep Guardiola?

    Wasn’t a hard choice to make I’m guessing.

  28. Louis Almeida

    Wenger Eagle
    Yes it’s true. Unless Ronaldo is scoring he really isn’t impacting the game that much. he has lost a lot of the dynamic dribbling he used to have when he was younger. But he’s on the wrong side of 30 now so maybe age is catching up with him. He will always play though as we have nobody better!

    I do not know much about Bernardo Silva. He only played one game for Benfica before moving to Monaco so he’s still a bit of an unknown outside of Portugal. He looked good against us last season but I was more impressed by Martial, Abdennour and Kondogbia. I will try and watch out for him more.

  29. Louis Almeida

    It is true Ozil is can be inconsistent and sometimes look a bit timid which is weird when he is so talented. I think he will always be a divisive player because he doesn’t run loads like Alexis. I still love him though (my favourite player) and he’s very talented. You just need to play him at #10 with a good striker and he’ll be better more often than not. Last week he was destructive. And he’s shooting more now again which is good.

  30. Highbury4ever

    “‘It’s not about the money, it’s just about the football…’”

    Absolutely hilarious to read this, when you know how much money he will earn with his contract.

  31. YoungMurphy

    @Leedsgunner I agree. Out of all brady’s boys which ones have really integrated into the team? Wilshere?

    I also wonder why we don’t bring back Overmars or DB10. I love seeing Grimandi, Theirry and Pires still hanging around with the team but it always irks me that others like Vieira aren’t part of the set up. Not saying we should constantly relive the wonder years but it’s always good to see recent Arsenal history with the current set up.

    I like Klopp and I think he’ll do a good job with ‘Pool. Still beggars belief why they didn’t just sack Brendan in the summer. Klopp is going to do the best with what he says but otherwise might as well write off the season.

    I also think Medium looks good. Let’s take this badboy to the 21st century.
    Also I am all about that baseball life. #GoAstros

  32. Leedsgunner

    Wenger Eagle

    I’m not digging Wenger out… it’s just wishful thinking. Considering the Lewandowski was willing to fly out to play for Blackburn when he was younger, I’m sure he would have entertained an offer from AFC if the terms were good enough. Money talks! 🙂 Well done to your boys in Green, by the way. 🙂

  33. Leedsgunner

    @Leedsgunner I agree. Out of all brady’s boys which ones have really integrated into the team? Wilshere?

    Yep, he’s very well acquainted with the physios.

    Sadly. I would have loved to see Wilshere get back to his best but for me, I say we cut our losses on him. All the potential in world is useless if one cannot be fit enough to make it reality on the field.

  34. Leedsgunner

    “‘It’s not about the money, it’s just about the football…’”Absolutely hilarious to read this, when you know how much money he will earn with his contract.

    … and even more tragic when you think Wenger is earning more without any of the expectations and scrutiny that Klopp will be under.

  35. WengerEagle


    Big Sam to this day is still bitter over that Volcanic Ash cloud from Iceland. 😉

    He’ll be that angry elderly man in the pub in 20 years time long after he’s retired shouting ‘I could have signed that Lewandowski if I wanted to’ and ‘I would have done a better job than Ancelotti at Real Madrid’ at the nearest bloke sitting at the bar who doesn’t even watch football before bursting into tears.

    Would have loved Lewandowski myself, him, Aguero, Suarez and Benzema IMO are a class above any other set of strikers in Europe.

    Cheers, hopefully we go on the qualify now and us, you boys, tunny’s lads and Northern Ireland will all be watching the Euro’s supporting our country while the Scots’ are sobbing into their Haggis and Irn Bru meals.

    Because that’s all they eat, right?

  36. Leedsgunner

    Cheers, hopefully we go on the qualify now and us, you boys, tunny’s lads and Northern Ireland will all be watching the Euro’s supporting our country while the Scots’ are sobbing into their Haggis and Irn Bru meals.Because that’s all they eat, right?

    For pudding they do have deep fried Mars bars… you know, just because ordinary Mars Bars are just not heavy enough.

  37. Leedsgunner

    Surely Lewandowski must be an early contender for a Ballon d’Or this year? If he wins it, I reckon he must be THE best free transfer in the history of World Football! 🙂

  38. Louis Almeida

    Leeds Ballon D’Or is based on the last 12 months and takes into account team achievements too. Based on that, it’s hard to look past Messi, especially what he did against Bayern in the semi-finals. Think the top 3 will be Messi, CR7 and Neymar.

  39. tom

    Gratuitous pop at Cech this morning, Pedro.

    I think he said far more than he had too.
    I also, don’t take him for a ‘yes’ man.
    Its good to hear he approves of club’s plans , as was the suggestion that Wenger’s recent menouvers are in line with them.

    Happy as can be that Brady is back.
    He is Arsenal DNA and the perfect man to help young prospects adapt and understand what AFC are about.
    I’m not sure if his return is any reflection on Jonker , as I think they have different functions.

    Somebody mentioned Bielik was playing CB in youths.
    This doesn’t mean he is not going to be a DM. It is standard practice for Arsenal to experiment by playing youngsters in different positions , partly to test aptitude (in case a switch is viable) but also just so the kids can learn.
    Bielik is quoted as saying he is playing CB in order to understand the DM role from the CB’s POV.
    I very much approve this holistic approach to teaching.

  40. tunnygriffboy


    Lewandowski all but signed forBayernone year before he left Dortmund. Dortmund held him to his contract and let him leave on a free. No other club was getting him


    Re Ozil. He is probably the most criticised footballer in Europe. Over here it’s because he’s Arsenal’s record signing. People don’t like Arsenal

    In Germany many people don’t like him because of what he represents

    I get bored of the constant Ozil bashing

  41. tunnygriffboy


    Going tobe a mental day tomorrow down here. Pubs in town already gearing up for a really busy evening. Wales v Australia in egg chasing at 4.45 then the football at 7.45pm. It could be an historic day

    Wales never qualified for a major tournament. They replaced Israel in the 1958 WC when they withdrew but have never qualified by right

    Wales already through to quarter finals of rugby WC and could win the group if they beat Australia. 1 point v Bosnia or Andorra and we go through automatically, also Israel have to win both their games to keep us out

    Notbad for a nation of 3 million people. We’re on a high atm 🙂 🙂

  42. S Asoa

    Arsene Wenger Le Imbecile has come up with an “irrational ” sound byte regarding replacement of Rodgers with Klop . Apparently this foxe’s comfort zone has been disturbed including the cozy arrangement with Kroenke for 4th and 60 million from Champion’s league.
    The Senile One is so obvious !

  43. Bamford10


    No, that is not why Ozil comes under criticism — be it in England, or in Germany, from Arsenal supporters, from Germans or from the media.


    And I couldn’t care less what “bores” you. If you can defend his inconsistency and poor performances, please do so. If you can’t, then you’ll just have to accept the criticism. Indeed, perhaps you should embrace it, given that it’s fair and accurate.

  44. MidwestGun

    Pedro –
    Top goat…… I checked out that Medium thing. I guess I agree with Bamford. Wasn’t crazy about the way the comment section looked. And I hate loves or likes or follow this or follow that. I enjoy talking to peeps on here but I don’t love them. Nor do I care about having followers. But maybe that’s not a big part of it….I don’t know. The comment section here seems to be pretty free flowing. If the comment is too long does medium make you click on something to expand it?
    If so… I would absolutely hate that.
    Anyhow, do what you need to do but if you are limiting your accessibility to a worldwide audience or fresh people coming on, wouldn’t be crazy about that either. As part of the appeal is talking to people from literally everywhere.
    As far as the look of the blog part it seems pretty ok.
    Anyhow, my 2 cents.
    Baseball? It is better live they bring beer to your seat and playoffs but if you go to a Chicago Cubs game don’t take a goat. …its a long story…. Google it.

  45. Leedsgunner


    “Not bad for a nation of 3 million people. We’re on a high atm 🙂 :)”

    Yes indeed!

    Go Wales go… they are my 2nd team for the Rugby World Cup 🙂 Although I suspect if the situation was reversed most people in Wales would root against England… just saying. 🙂

    Honestly though, pleased as punch for the Welsh… your boys are delivering on the field and they deserve all the plaudits!

    Like I said Baa Wales Baa! 🙂

  46. MidwestGun

    Leeds –
    What? You don’t enjoy my drunken American speech? Hahaha. I’m good.

    If Cech was told the plan was I’m not going to buy anyone else for the first team this summer and oh by the way I’m playing Ospina in the CL then he is talking crap about loving the vision.

    Basically it’s just a cliched answer a professional athlete gives. (I love where my new Club is headed) but of course it will be blown out of proportion by the usual Wenger is a genius crowd. I’m sure Cech doesn’t want to wait 10 years to win the League or never win the CL either.

  47. MidwestGun

    I would have been more impressed if Cech said what the actual plan was? Would love to know why things are the way they are especially regarding our bank balance and injury problems.

  48. Highbury4ever

    “…if Cech said what the actual plan was? ”

    Trust me, Cech have absolutely no idea of what plan it is lol

  49. Bamford10

    Have just about finished watching the first half of Germany-Ireland, and while I think a “5” is a bit harsh for Ozil’s performance thus far — I’d give him a “6” — it’s obvious why many were unimpressed, namely:

    1. he was the first and only German to give the ball away carelessly

    2. he flopped/was knocked off the ball in very soft fashion in the middle of the pitch about 20-25 minutes in

    3. he completely flailed on a full volley at the top of the box in the 37th minute — in part, it seemed, out of fear of the approaching Irish defender

    4. he was timid and largely ineffectual throughout

    I imagine the second half will be more of the same.

  50. MidwestGun

    Also, why is Wenger so upset and sad Brenda got the sack? Probably because he has to deal with Klopp now. ..heavy metal and all that.

    His qoute about Brenda finishing second 2 seasons ago is telling. Nobody remembers who finished second ten years from now, well except Stevie G.

  51. ADKB

    Medium looks clean but I’m a bit worried as the company behind it are just restructuring themselves as a social network. I’ll keep a close eye on how they fare in the next 6-9 months.
    My 2p 🙂

  52. TheBayingMob

    I’m sure the plan is

    “we will pay 100k plus a week for a cushy job, you get to stay in London with your kids”

    Petr was like, “I fucking love that long term vision Arsene, you cunt genius you!!”

  53. vicky

    “Also, why is Wenger so upset and sad Brenda got the sack? Probably because he has to deal with Klopp now. ..heavy metal and all that.”

    He expresses his grief whenever any manager in the league is sacked. A standard response.

  54. Bamford10


    Because I am honest about and critical of Arsenal players when they deserve criticism? Sure. So what? That’s part of what makes Le Grove Le Grove and not some other dull, cheerleading site.

    Watch the Germany-Ireland match for yourself and tell me that I have misrepresented Ozil’s play. Cheers.

  55. Joe

    No one is allowed to question Wenger last week about his team selection, but today he can question Liverpool firing BR

    What an arrogant self righteous prick.

    Klopp at Liverpool has just changed the top 4 landscape. He will rejuvenate the squad and supporters

    Quite jealous of them to be honest.

  56. vicky

    Watched Klopp’s press conference. His English isn’t bad, quite good in fact. Really like his honesty, enthusiasm and full of life personality. Don’t rate him as highly as some of the other guys here but still with him in charge, it won’t be as pleasant watching Liverpool stutter as it was earlier. I hope he does well. Nice bloke.

  57. tom

    I wonder how long it will take Grove to wake up to the fact we have a very good team this season.
    We are sitting pretty near the top our fixture list , over next month or so is favorable.
    We just absolutely tonked one of our main rivals.
    We are starting to finish the plethora of chances we create.
    Other top four sides have not been thoroughly convincing.
    Is there no way any of you can feel some hope?

  58. Bamford10


    “I wonder how long it will take Grove to wake up to the fact we have a very good team this season.”

    Not losing to the likes of West Ham, Zagreb and Olympiakos at home would help.

  59. vicky

    Klopp a few weeks ago had said that his next job would not be at a big club. I think something was going on behind the scene for long. It’s only when Klopp said yes to the Liverpool offer did they decide to get rid of Brenda. Even if Brenda won 4 matches on the trot he would have got the sack once Klopp said yes.

  60. jwl

    Viewing baseball on tv is deathly dull, like watching paint dry. Fun to play baseball as child but I don’t think it should even be considered a sport. Players barely move, way over weight, there was way too much focus on statistics and what happened sixty three years ago. There is barely any sustained running, throwing or jumping, so baseball is sport for math nerds and athletes with weight issues.

  61. MidwestGun

    Bamford –
    No because you have a Bulldog type mentality when it comes certain players.
    Are you gonna breakdown how Mata and Silva play in every international too? Lol
    Honestly, I’m sure your analysis was accurate. Seems to me the whole German side underperformed in a mostly dead rubber, tho not sure that’s deserving of in depth criticism. . But it comes across as wanting to prove your right. That’s all.
    Anyhow, you do you, man. I think sometimes people gang up on you unfairly but I can see why… that all I’m saying.

  62. TheBayingMob

    I hope Arsene lives for ever, and even when he dies his rotting corpse should carry on managing Arsenal. I want to come 4th and go out of the CL at either Group Stage or last 16 every single year because I love my sporting teams to be risk free and utterly fucking boring. I love it.

  63. vegas gooner

    “But hey, at least I get to watch the Mets tonight. They are a baseball team and baseball is exciting.”

    the best thing about baseball on tv is you get to change the channel to something more lively, like the weather channel.

  64. Bamford10

    Fantastic play from Reus in 53rd minute. Neuer feeds him 60-yard punt on a rope, Reus throws Ronaldo cut to wrong-foot defender, then plays perfect 20-yard lofted pass to Schurrle, who misses.

    Any chance a Dortmund player or two joins Klopp at Liverpool at some point? Something to think about at least.

  65. Nasri's Mouth

    Whenever a manager gets the sack, there are always 2 or 3 managers that get interviewed about it, and they always express a mixture of surprise, sadness and admiration for what that manager had done. It’s a little like when politicians die.

    Personally, I hope they keep asking Wenger every time a manager gets the sack, and he keeps being (overly) nice about them until Mourinho gets the sack, and when the reporter asks Wenger what he thinks about him losing his job, he just starts laughing and laughing and laughing until he’s crying and can’t stop

  66. vicky

    “Any chance a Dortmund player or two joins Klopp at Liverpool at some point? Something to think about at least.”

    Reus is too big a player to play for them . Liverpool needs a few good defenders and a DM. So Gundogan and Hummels probably.

  67. Wallace

    loved Klopp’s press conference. he’s going to be a fascinating addition. just a pity i fuckin’ loathe LFC.

  68. Nasri's Mouth

    Vicky: I think something was going on behind the scene for long.

    It look Liverpool from Sunday to Thursday to find, interview and then tie up an employee on £5m a year. I’d imagine a lot was sorted out previously.

    No doubt there are people who think Rodgers should have been ditched in the summer, and Klopp given the job then, but he looked pretty shell-shocked after leaving Dortmund, the break looks like it’s done him good

  69. MidwestGun

    Haha well somehow I doubt Wenger will say he is sad about Mourinho getting the sack because he just won the Title last year and it’s unfair.
    That’s all I’m saying. .. didn’t seem genuine about Brenda.

  70. Nasri's Mouth

    Vicky: Liverpool needs a few good defenders and a DM. So Gundogan and Hummels probably.

    If Gundogan is back to him best, (which is very good indeed) then unless he has an awful lot of lurve for Klopp, he’s not going to want to join Liverpool. Likewise Hummels. He stuck with Dortmund when they were falling apart and had better offers than Liverpool.

  71. Relieable Sauce

    Heard a scally mention Subotic as a possible signing for Pool, that would be a big improvement straight away. Add Gunduggan & Butland, keep Sturridge fit, get Benteke firing and they look a whole lot better.

  72. Nasri's Mouth

    MidwestGun: That’s all I’m saying. .. didn’t seem genuine about Brenda.

    It probably wasn’t genuine. It’s just something that seems to happen. Managers will always praise other managers after they get sacked.

  73. Bamford10

    Another thing to worry about is Klopp’s ability to sign prospects from Germany better than others, given his contacts there. Probably the best youth system in the world at the moment.

    Though I’m sure most German players would prefer to stay in Germany. Money in England could be good, though.

  74. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: Another thing to worry about is Klopp’s ability to sign prospects from Germany better than others, given his contacts there.

    His ability to spot (find) a bargain seemed to drop off in the last 2-3 seasons.

  75. Nasri's Mouth

    I can’t imagine that Brady has been brought back because our youth set up isn’t working.

    He was in charge of it when it declined in the first place, and youth development at a club is always a long term plan, and there are already positive things happening there.
    I’d imagine that he wants something to do to keep him busy and a bit of scouting and ambassador-ing would work for both sides.

  76. tom

    Brady is perfect for getting new kids bedded in to our set up.
    Having had the experience of arriving from abroad as a boy, he understands what it takes to get them situated happily.
    His roots are so deep and he will be a great mentor.

  77. tom

    I think Brady has said he found running youths ultimately draining and it was hard for him to cope with the difficult job of letting kids go, who couldn’t cut it.
    He’s the type who takes things personally.
    He probably missed the club and happily returns in a different role.

  78. tunnygriffboy


    It does bore me. There are other reasons for jumping on the Ozil is lazy, not very good waste of money bandwagon. It is not all about ability or performance. Perhaps if you cannot see that you are not as objective as you are forever telling us. Of course he has average games but so do many many other top players. I’m just saying that the massive amount of negative press and analysis he gets outweighs any coverage other similarly priced players get and this is not just due to his footballing ability. If you can’t see that then perhaps you’re not as objective as you think you are.

    Your critique of all things Arsenal is far more critical than when you critique other teams and their players. That is obvious to anyone who regularly reads theblog.

    God forbid anyone disagree with your opinions or assertions. They are a ‘dipshit ‘ or you tend to denigrate their opinions or views. Other people have played and followed football for years and perhaps, just perhaps, some of theiropinions may carry some weight.

    Being objective doesn’t just mean slating your own team and players incessantlywithout analysing their strengths as well.

    You come across sometimes as condescending and patronising in that anyone else’s opinion is inferior to yours.

  79. Joe

    It’s just weird Liverpool would fire him 6 games into the season, only 6 points off of second.

    Thier performances have been terrible but after letting him spend 100m you’d think they would give him until Xmas. November at least.

    But on the other hand can’t blame them
    For jumping on Klopp when they had a chance. Great exciting addition.

  80. tunnygriffboy


    Cheers guys, thanks for the support. Appreciated. I certainly think the footballers will get the point they need over the next two games. However with the injuries we’ve had in the rugby beating Australia will be a big ask. Nice to have a positive conversation without being patronised.

  81. MidwestGun

    Tom –
    No offense but you seem to misrepresent the overall Le Grove opinion quite often. Don’t remember Pedro calling Wenger overall inept. Has been consistent in saying he has strengths and weaknesses but the weaknesses tend to win out.

    Also, Mourinho and Pellegrini have won the Title recently yet they could be called inept at certain things no?

  82. Joe


    We do have a good team. Need a better manager. A smart manager who didn’t completely screw up the summer transfer window and we would of walked the league

  83. Nasri's Mouth


    They’re 6 points off, but they got lucky the ref / lino didn’t understand the new offside rules this season in their game against Bournemouth, and again that a lino called Ramsey offside in our game against them. They could very easily be 4 points worse off with the very same performances.

    Having said that, from reading pieces from the stats people, Liverpool were creating decent numbers of good chances, which means sooner or later it would have come good.

    Meh, it always amazes me why clubs seem to sack possibly the most important person from a sport and financial angle at weird times with weird reasons

  84. tunnygriffboy


    Klopp had the likes of Hummels, Gundogan, Bender, Reus, Gotze and Lewandowski in his side when he was competing with Bayern. The bundesliga didn’t have man u, Arsenal, Everton, Swansea, Palace away to deal with. They didn’t have teams near the bottom who fight for every ball even if you are 3 nil up ( Ozil quote ). We also have an extra cup competition and no winter break for three weeks ( this was vital for his players to re charge their batteries )

    Will be genuinely interesting how his style of football fits in to a fast and furious PL. I like him as a manager, would be a good option for us. Have to see how we go.

  85. Joe

    Our manager can bumblefuck through 11 seasons and not be pressured at all.

    I don’t recall BR losing 8-2, 6-0, 6-3 etc etc etc

    But I guess he does the most important thing right. Makes our owner money

  86. MidwestGun

    Ya man… big support. Unfortunately, I don’t think, I get that match. I get Spain and England. And South American WC qualifiers.

    Sanchez and Vidal, scintillating together. . Think we really missed out there.

  87. BacaryisGod

    As for as migrating to the new software, I checked it out and it’s not great but not terrible either. It’s just,what’s the word I’m looking for?

  88. Nasri's Mouth

    Joe: But I guess he does the most important thing right. Makes our owner money

    Yeah, and he does that by consistently matching his targets.

    He has had too many really bad individual games, (though I don’t think he’s lost 6-1 to Stoke yet 😉 ) but overall he gets where he should be.

    I don’t think Brendan is too far off that to be fair. One thing that could be levelled against him is that one way or another he’s got rid of Liverpools crown jewels without really replacing them

  89. Nasri's Mouth

    tunnygriffboy: Klopp had the likes of Hummels, Gundogan, Bender, Reus, Gotze and Lewandowski in his side when he was competing with Bayern.

    Yeah the list of players he had available around 2011-14 was very impressive indeed.

  90. BacaryisGod

    Love the ‘normal one’ comment from Klopp. as I predicted yesterday, he and Mourinho are going to get into a least one verbal scrap (or preferably physical as Klopp would nut him) this season.

    Mourinho can’t land too many blows against Klopp as he has a pretty good track record in recent years. The one knock on Klopp is that he burnt his players out at Dortmund but then so did Mourinho.

  91. Herkules

    It still hasn’t sunk in that the great PEDRO now lives in my fair city. You’ve made a marvelous choice. Great Arsenal town. Great Mets town. You’ll soon be busier than you’ve ever been!

  92. blazon

    Ozil at Hampden…

    c’mon…he was played out of position, stuck far out on the right…if anyone knows the effect of this it’s Arsenal fans…

    stupid Germans.

  93. Nasri's Mouth

    Joe: We haven’t replaced RVP, viera, or pires yet and had years to do so

    We’ve got a better squad now than we have done for years

  94. MidwestGun

    Damn, almost forgot it was Friday:

    There was a man who entered a local paper’s pun contest.. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win.

    Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

    ………I’ll get my coat.

  95. Joe


    Yet we are still missing an RVP and a Pires and a viera to be honest. We don’t have a top striker (though Walcott is doing well). And we have Ramsey playing out wide. Coq has been amazing but still missing a viera