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Come on, admit it, you’ve been watching e-sports. Right? It’s ok. It kind of looks like real football if your sight isn’t quite 20/20. No? You’re partaking in e-sports! Well I never. So modern.

I’ve been diving into computer games. I have a DLC pack for Zelda, I’m playing some crazy game called Animal Crossing, and I have the SNES emulator on the Switch. Things went from never touching a game in 20 years to I LOVE IT WHY DID NO ONE SHOW ME THESE WIZARDRY SYSTEMS OF JOY. I’m basically a gamer, right? Amateur. If I were a football fan, I’d have a Real Madrid shirt on at The Emirates and I’d buy a half and half scarf, but at least I’m doing something with my life right now.

Share your game reccos in the blog comments.

Talking of doing elite things to kill the time, Hector Bellerin has a NEW haircut.

Look at that shave. He looks so damn cool. Like he’s about to tell you something really prophetic about recycling. I’d listen, no doubt. I might even make up something just so I could have a positive role in the conversation.

‘Hector, I’m actually taking a course in Environmental Design. You know one of the biggest challenges in recycling is mixed material products that ‘claim’ to be recyclable are actually not because the sorting plants can’t easily separate the materials. So yeah, I think I’m doing my part. Anyone care for a flapjack I just picked up from Colombia Road Flower Market?’

That sort of haircut makes you want to, you know, go and cut your own hair.

Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it.

How hard can it it be?

Well, seems Ainsley had the same thought.

Having his own Britney Spears 2007 meltdown.


Quite the scene. He’s taking lockdown worse than that lady who dropped her kecks on a 20 person Zoom meeting last week.

Sagna has been talking about his hurt feelings in the media after Cesc failed to include him in his list of players that were top quality.

“I was surprised to read this,”

“From him I was surprised because he was supposed to be one of the leaders of the team, he was one of the great prospects and as a leader and a true player, you don’t speak like that about your club.

“So I was surprised because he is a nice guy, he’s still a nice guy, this doesn’t change anything. But I was kind of surprised.

“Arsenal made him so saying that some players were not at his level was a bit harsh because I’m not sure out of all the seasons he was playing at the club, he was always an exemplary player.

“At that time the press was talking about him not running enough or tracking back. So other players could have said ‘you should be running more or doing more’.

“If you look at Liverpool today, all of them are running. This is a team. And maybe, because we didn’t have the right spirit at that time we didn’t make this little extra push, or make that little extra run to track players, maybe this is the reason we didn’t win.”

Ooohhhhh, Zinger Tower meal for FAB4.

I strongly believe that if we’d had a Klopp or a Pep at the club during those years, we’d have maxed out the talent of those players to a greater degree. Wenger still had players creating art, while managers like Klopp were taking artists, making them work hard, and giving them tactical structure that was of the age.

We’ll never know… but one thing I can say for sure is I thoroughly enjoyed many of those teams. Particularly the 2008 group.

This coming Monday, I can confirm that I’ll be recording with Nigel Phillips of the AST. We’re going to explore the economic impact of covid-19 on the game. It’s a beast of a subject, but his rigour when it comes to Arsenal and business is Thierry setting himself up against United with that lob over Barthez.

On that note, I’m off to catch a butterfly on my new computer game. See you in the comments if I find a spare moment. x


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  1. R.S.P.C.Arsenal


    Yes n no

    Got bored

    Honest question

    Do you think Boris has it or he just got fucked off doing that every day..

    Before you answer
    Remember he is a Tory.

  2. Marc


    Exactly he if was a lefty lazy scum bad I’d be worried but as a Tory he has a work ethic. That’s why rich people are rich they work hard for a living.

  3. R.S.P.C.Arsenal


    He is ducking it…

    He ha# the concentration span of an ant… he’s got bored , the man is always lookin* to inject levity …

    This ain’t the time…

  4. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Oh Marc…

    Announcing your politics is a No no in my eyes, saying that I was a member of 5he Labour Party till recently…

    Donyell malen.

    Why we let go.

    Massive error.

  5. Marc


    Are you saying my believing that we should round up all the lefty scum and pass them into slavery isn’t acceptable?

    Think of the positives – it would revitalise our manufacturing industries, would reduce climate change and help control the crazy rate of human population growth.

    It’s win win for decent right wing people and who gives a fuck what vile scumbag lefties think anyway?

  6. andy1886

    Boris isn’t rich because he works hard, he’s rich because he comes from a rich privileged family. He’s been fired from just about every job he ever had.

    Incidentally a friend of mine had a cousin who’s husband died from Coronavirus a couple of days back – he was 47 years old, fit with no health conditions. We don’t need sensational headlines but we do need to understand the real risk and not just the narrative that only the old or unwell are taken.

  7. Pedro

    Marc, a lot of rich people work hard.

    Boris has done a fairly decent job of the response so far. He basically enacted Corbyn policies. Unreal that a hard-right gov is now socialist… but it shows great leadership to pivot like that.

  8. Marc


    All of the most successful and wealthiest people I’ve met / dealt with work hard – I wasn’t being sarcastic.

    This concept that people who are wealthy because they run their own business etc and it’s easy are fuckwits who need to stop blaming others for their shitty little lives, get off of they fat lazy arses and stop expecting someone else to pick up the tab.

  9. R.S.P.C.Arsenal


    I understand your humour… however expect flak fella…

    Boris is faking it…

    Corbin would have been a good leader of people…

    Unfortunately it’s a capitalist world where the dollar rules….
    Until the Chinese an Russia devalue it… if truth be told is what this is all about,,..
    Kill the dollar as the currency on which money is judged.

  10. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    There was good chat on talkshite regarding the league,

    Love or loathe Simon Jordan talks sense,

    Season is done.

    No point in fucking up next years league…it’s all as you were.

  11. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    A good mate of mine works at number 10

    Says Boris is a very good fellow. Just wants to be loved.

    As Pedro says, he is controlling this well as to be expected,

    This is more than a virus, something sinister is at play .

    Sorry to hear about the loss..

  12. Spanishdave

    It makes sense to abandon the season.
    Liverpool will probably win the next season anyway. We can’t screw up next season feeling sorry for them it’s just one off bad luck.
    The sooner we make this decision the better .
    But the FA want them to win it so it will end up a mess.

  13. Marc


    On a serious note what we need to learn from all of this is that the Football Gods have decreed that they do not want the Scouse vermin to win the league – they have sent down pestilence and disease upon the world as a warning.

    If we ignore this warning imagine what they’ll do next.

  14. R.S.P.C.Arsenal


    That can5 run the risk of affecting next season because of sky money..

    Jordan was saying 5hat sky ar3 going to suspend payment an seek refund from prem…

    Now this is where true characters come out to play because of money..

    No one giv3s a sho5 who wins or dies… it’s all about money and who will pay for it.

  15. R.S.P.C.Arsenal



    Heard it…

    Have you heard the one about the royal family supporting hitler in 1938…
    Doing nazi salutes.

    Oh wait it’s true.

    Just like than they have fled out of the town where they stole the land.

    Complete pack of cunts,

  16. Pedro

    Marc, sure, lots of people work hard that are rich. There are also lots of people that benefit from ample amounts of privilege. Stellios landed a loan from his shipping magnate dad to start an airline, the rich kids get access to the best education and easy money after, trust fund kids like Trump get to fail over and over with other people’s money.

    Also, I very much doubt you get the true story on how those folk land on their wealth. Most people eager to hide the true story. Even Bill Gates had a mum that paid for him to have access to one of 8 computers in the world (in education), or something mad like that. Not taking anything from Bill, but that’s the sort of access that no amount of ‘get on with it’ is landing you.

    Don’t think it’s a case of simply getting off your arse.

  17. Marc


    Well the first thing they have to do is get up off of their arses – then they have to do it every single day and they do it at a rate that most of us would not want to do.

    Do some people have “good connections” or a “head start” yes but that doesn’t mean success is a given which is the socialist view = born rich and it’s easy.

    Working hard doesn’t guarantee success but I’ve never met someone successful in business who doesn’t work hard.

  18. Marc


    There’s a stat from 20 or so years ago – I don’t know what the current numbers are but they won’t be that different – 95% of income tax collected is paid by 5% of earners.

    The rich do not pay their fair share of income tax – they pay a staggering amount more. I don’t think slagging them off for doing it is polite!

  19. Pedro

    Un, Elon Musk spends a time on Twitter shit posting about scuba divers, he sends rockets to space and back. Donald Trump spent 10 years calling Rosie Odonnell ugly now he’s president.

    Posting on Le Grove is ambition. It means you’ve got your shit so in order, you can afford to indulge in leisure time on the internet. It’s lockdown golf.

  20. Pedro

    Donald Trump works 11 to 6 (with exec time breaks to watch cable news) and he’s managed 249 golf trips during his Presidency.

    Hitler was also incredibly lazy, would regularly start the day at 2, was terrible at running a Government and his staff couldn’t stand him.

  21. Pedro

    UK tax scene quotes here, from The Guardian.

    HM Revenue & Customs this week published an analysis of the income tax paid in the UK by salary band, region and gender. In total we paid £174bn income tax in 2016-17, the latest year for which figures are available. But of that, £52.5bn – nearly a third of all tax raised – was paid by the 381,000 taxpayers who earn more than £150,000 a year. The tax paid by those 381,000 individuals (overwhelmingly male) was more than all the income tax paid by the first 20 million taxpayers.

    In London, the picture is even more stark. The city has 4.2 million income tax payers, but just 87,000 individuals earning over £200,000 a year paid nearly half the £43.8bn income tax raised in the capital. It’s uncomfortable to say it, but if we lose all those absurdly paid investment bankers to Brexit, the hit to the public purse will be painful, as they are clearly paying vast amounts to the Treasury.

  22. Pedro

    Think most of the annoyance is with the large corporations paying fuck all tax but borrowing heavily from the infrastructure they didn’t pay for… and folk like Branson who is a tax exile and wants a bailout. As Bernie says, socialism is fine for the rich when they want bailouts for bad businesses.

  23. Bojangles

    Pedro, why do you allow this political shit on Le Grove? Even with no football on politics should still be a no no. Marc if you want to rant over leftys, go to Breitbart or Fox to do it.

  24. Tom

    “The world watching and hating you for telling it straight.”

    Un, still drinking that kool-aid , I see.
    Over 16k lies told by Trump in 3 years.

  25. Pedro

    “The world watching and hating you for telling it straight.”

    That was quite the line.

    Jamie, I didn’t know that.

    However, think you are definitely a terrible person if you are a top earner and you begrudge paying tax that supports those less well off (Breitbart Marc, we’re looking at you). I think where Corbyn and his pals go wrong is they forget that those who don’t earn enough don’t want handouts, they aspire to climb the ladder.

  26. Pedro

    Karim Benzema (on Giroud comparison) :

    “I’ll be quick, we don’t confuse Formula 1 with Karting. And I’m nice. Now next.”

  27. Dark Hei

    Pedro and Marc are both right.

    Pedro’s assumption is that all rich people don’t work hard.

    Marc’s assumption is that rich people work hard for their wealth.

    I think in-between you have actual human beings, not archetypes.

  28. Emiratesstroller

    Please don’t judge the current political scene based on left/right politics.

    We are currently in a Pandemic and the Conservative Government are adopting wartime politics and policies.

    The current Conservative Party under Boris is however in normal circumstances economically a right of centre party, but with an agenda to upgrade the country’s health service and transport infrastructure.

    Boris Johnson has not as far as I am aware “inherited his wealth”. His parents
    are still alive. He made a living before becoming Prime Minister from being
    a journalist and writer.

    There are plenty of Labour Supporters who are much richer and have inherited their wealth and hence the expression “Champagne Socialists”.

  29. Dark Hei

    When Benzema looks back as his career he will see lots of hardware and highlight reels of Christano Ronaldo.

    When Giroud looks back as his career he will see less hardware and highlight reels of his scorpion kick and the flick pass for Wilshire’s goal.

  30. andy1886

    Back to football then. Based on the latest government briefing ‘normal life’ (whatever that is) will not resume for at least 3-6 months. That has to mean that this season is well and truly dead, there is no way that you can tell people to isolate and maintain social distancing and at the same time allow two football teams and officials to run around on a football pitch for 90 minutes let alone run training or any other sporting activity.

    There is a simple solution though. This season has to be voided, no doubt about that. No champions, no promotion or relegation. To reward performance you carry over points earned into next season as a points adjustment after equalising the number of games played (for example in the PL all teams have played a minimum of 28 games, those that have played 29 do not count the result of their last game towards their total).

    In that scenario ‘Pool would still start next season twenty two point ahead of anyone else and almost certainly win the league. Other clubs would have more games to potentially earn a CL place, avoid relegation or in the case of the football league challenge for promotion. The only real losers would be the TV companies and if they really wanted to push for compensation against the background of a major health crisis they should get all the abuse they deserve.

  31. Spanishdave

    If we don’t get back to work soon there won’t be a normal.
    These medical idiots can fatally spook the financial markets who will destroy your pensions.
    The league season should be stopped now so clubs can prepare for a fresh start.
    It’s tough for Liverpool but it’s a one off, we can’t plan around them.
    They should win the new season.
    Problem is their supporters will probably riot as that is the norm in Liverpool.

  32. Emiratesstroller

    Interesting article in today’s Daily Telegraph

    The Public Investment Fund [Sovereign Wealth Fund] of Saudi Arabia is about to take control of Newcastle United. The £340 Million deal will include also two minority partners with 10% equity each who are Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Fund and significantly the Reuben Brothers who are one Britain’s wealthiest families with property portfolio assets estimated at £18 billion.

    The Saudi Sovereign Fund is the largest in World and with the backing of Reuben Brothers will “outgun” the ownership of any other club in World Football if the deal is successfully concluded.

    Such a deal will predictably demote further Arsenal in the pecking order of
    financial clout in the EPL and European Football.

    My guess is that the investment partnership will be also very active rather like
    Abu Dhabi investors in the regeneration of Newcastle and the North-East. Reuben Family have already got considerable interests in the Region including ownership of Newcastle Racecourse.

  33. Dark Hei


    Football clubs are like toilet paper to Saudi Arabia. In times of doubt, just horde.

    I am actually stunned by this given that we just broke under US$20 a barrel for oil.

  34. Emiratesstroller

    Dark Hei

    The Saudi Sovereign Fund is designed to invest in non oil businesses.

    So I don’t think that it will be impacted by the drop in oil prices. As I said it is the largest sovereign fund globally. Spending £200-300 million is a drop in the ocean for them.

    Messrs Staveley and Jamie Reuben [currently a director in QPR] have the football expertise.

  35. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Fthe self made Rueben bros are looking to buy Newcastle… they own the tower round the corner to me milbank tower.

  36. Marc

    “However, think you are definitely a terrible person if you are a top earner and you begrudge paying tax that supports those less well off”

    I have never condoned tax evasion, as I mentioned in an earlier post however the wealthy contribute a huge percentage of the tax take – slagging them off for doing so is just plain stupid.

    Pedro – you should take a look at history. When Maggie came to power the top tax rate was 98% she reduced it over a few years down to circa 40%. The government collected more revenue at this lower rate than when it was at the crazy high rate. Over taxation destroys wealth creation which destroys tax revenue.

  37. Redtruth

    Trickle down economics is a myth
    Even bozo the clown realises this when he scrapped plans to cut corporation tax from 19% to 17% thus saving £6bn.

  38. Jamie

    Important not to confuse income tax with wealth tax.

    The top 1% of earners contribute about a third of all UK income tax receipts, and income tax receipts make up about a quarter of the UK’s total tax revenue. Ergo, everyone else earning below £150k a year pays the remaining 66% of the total income tax collected (not forgetting that 43% !! of adults earn below the taxable threshold and therefore contribute 0 income tax).

    Capital gains (arguably a tax on the rich), however, only accounts for 1% of total tax revenue. Inheritance tax is even less. Corporation tax makes up 6%.

    The notion that the super rich contribute more in taxes than the middle/working class is a fallacy. It’s not even close. The Inland Revenue takes more in tobacco duties than in capital gains.

    * Tax Receipts for 2016. Source:

  39. Micheal

    To quote Albert Einstein: “Two things are infinite – the unievrse and human stupidity”

    He was also obviously far-sighted enough to see the emergence of some Le Grove posters

  40. Valentin

    I don’t think that buying Newcastle FC is done as an investment, more as a cheap way to gain influence on British politics.
    They have also spent money on regeneration projects in different areas of the UK. Most of those projects will not generate any profit until a few years (if any at all).
    A few years ago Qatar did the same thing in France when they were trying to woo French politicians.
    I suspect that like in France, British politicians will have a very short memory and they will stop taking their call when it is inconvenient to be seen cosying with them.
    Their post Khashoggi charm offensive will temporary succeed before ultimately fail.

  41. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Will we follow the Italians and scrap this years league saying pool won it…

    No other results count.

  42. Moray

    I doubt there will be much appetite from the fans for anyone spunking a fortune into Football after all this. Most fans will emerge from the current situation considerably poorer and with fewer resources than before.

    Football is not a curative and there should really not be so much money sloshing around for something that is kicking or heading a ball.

  43. Dissenter

    Hope you saw Jamie’s erudite response to your point about the wealth tax….don’t confuse the two.

    The burden of taxation is always on the middle class, especially the upper middle tax. the entrepreneurial and professional people. The US is spending $2 trillion, yet not one cent is coming to people like me. The pay-outs to families is capped at 95k p.a.
    The super-rich will make out like bandits under the package even though they have a 100 ways of avoiding taxes legally. They can afford the best tax attorneys and accountants.
    When you cut taxes, revenue always goes down and debt goes up because you have to borrow to make the shortfall.
    It seems that are regurgitating already talking points.

  44. Dissenter

    Juventus’ players and manager Maurizio Sarri have agreed to their pay being stopped for four months to save the club an estimated 90m euros (£80.7m) during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Where’s the leadership Arsenal and in the premier league regarding this issue?
    You can’t be paying out money you don’t have for services that are not currently render-able.
    Many clubs are going to be in red from this crises. I expect that many sponsors may even renege on their deals.

  45. NW9 gooner

    Dissenter I think you are wrong – the players have agreed to take a pay cut for four months and not forego it for 4 months – a big difference

  46. Valentin


    The premiership is still trying to complete this season in order to avoid having to pay back Sky.

    Their latest plan is to have the remaining part of season in July and August (the new season would start in October). All the games would be behind closed door and to drum up interest they would all be broadcast with no more than 2 games per day during weekday and up to 5 on weekend. Also games would be be played at either training ground or at a limited set of ground. That would more than compensate all broadcasters (foreign and domestic) for failing their initial contractual obligations.

    If the plan is accepted, then no deferred salary would be needed, just a two month extension of all contracts. As most of other leagues would still be closed, I can’t see any player refusing to play.

    One big issue is the fact they would need to have a close by small hospital/clinic reserved in case of injuries or outbreak of Corona virus.

  47. NW9 gooner

    Also Arsenal and a few others have already announced that the non playing staff including part time match day staff will be protected

  48. Akkimaniac

    New version

    Wife was checking her husbands phone and saw a contact named COVID19 & she called the number and her own phone rang.

    Husband is now in isolation

  49. CG


    “””Where’s the leadership Arsenal and in the premier league regarding this issue?”””

    Leadership at Arsenal???

    The Dein /Wenger days are over.

    We have The Silent Dopes in charge now.
    (They would not even know the meaning of the word)

    Dope No 1: Vinny
    Dope No.2 Raul
    Dope No. 3 Edu.

    This lot – didn’t even have the gumption to join MA at his opening press conference- so petrified they were in being asked a question.

    Expecting them to miraculously put their heads above the parapet now- forget it.

    As for the premier league,

    They only know about money. Supporters or players considerations are not even an afterthought for them.

    I for one- will be popping champagne corks when the whole greed- ridden circus collapses.

  50. CG


    “””Where’s the leadership Arsenal and in the premier league regarding this issue?”””

    Leadership at Arsenal???

    The Dein /Wenger days are over.We have The Silent Dopes in charge now.
    (They would not even know the meaning of the word.)

    Dope No 1: Vinny
    Dope No.2 Raul
    Dope No. 3 Edu.

    This lot – didn’t even have the gumption to join MA at his opening press conference- so petrified they were in being asked a question.

    Expecting them to miraculously put their heads above the parapet now- forget it.

    As for the premier league,
    They only know about money.

    Supporters or players considerations are not even an afterthought for them.

    I for one- will be popping champagne corks when the whole greed- ridden circus collapses.

  51. Dissenter

    Lionel Messi announces players will take 70% pay cut

    Initially the players balked, probably changed their minds when they club showed them the numbers.
    In any other industry, this would have happened a long time ago.
    No business keeps paying wages so big when revenue sources have dried up.

  52. That Dreamcast Kid

    absolute howling inducing post lad

    welcome back you normie you

    I too always shave my own head just need to be careful with the back

    save time money everything especially during this limited movement stuff

    TDK >> Bellerin in fashion sense as always hahaha

  53. That Dreamcast Kid

    absolute howling inducing post lad

    welcome back you normie you

    I too always shave my own head just need to be careful with the back

    save time money everything especially during this limited movement stuff

    TDK >> Bellerin in fashion sense as always hahaha

  54. Valentin


    There is a massive difference between what a player wants to happen and what clubs, the premiership, TV broadcasters want to happen.
    There is also a big difference between what a big star like Harry Kane can say publicly and do and what the average premiership player can.

    A clubs could says to its players you either play in July-August so we can finish the league or you are in breach of contract, in which case we don’t owe you anything but you potentially owe us compensation.
    The vast majority of players would fall in line, knowing that they would run the risk to be unofficially blacklisted. In view of the world wide situation, being sacked or being on a Bosman this summer does not look like a smart move.
    Also if the premiership plan goes ahead, there is a strong possibility that the EPL may be the only European professional active league. No active league means no work and No work equals no-pay. Even professional footballers need to get paid.