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05
Mar
08

We did it at San Siro! Milan 0 – 2 Arsenal!

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Words fail me now… We did it against Meelan at San Siro and albeit a very tense 15 minutes in the first half, i believe most would agree with me that we did a good job. 0-2… i’m still rather pumped up, so forgive me if i’m not so coherent in the next few sentences.

So here i am, waiting for better photos from yahoo sports and editing them as fresh as they come.
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One of our crucial players tonight was the man above, Mathieu Flamini. I think that he was tasked to keep Gattuso in his pocket, so that the Italian won’t be able to do much and influence the play. And Matty definitely kept Gattuso quiet.
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Our defenders did put in a solid display as well, although i might argue that we were lucky on a few occasions when the ball did fall kindly to us. On that note, we made tackles higher up the pitch, in Meelan’s own half so we won’t give away too many dangerous freekicks. Spot on tactic, Arsene.
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Cesc…our midfield maestro was in his element today, making great first half tackles and repeatedly got into good positions to dictate play. 2nd half you can see that he was more involved up front than back and of course that fucking paid off *huge grin*. Nonetheless, he helped alot in keeping a lid on Kaka, Meelan’s most dangerous player.
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Look at those pictures…i’m getting goosebumps now, fucking hell. We waited for 84 minutes before the first goal came and what a goal it was!! It was totally unexpected because Ade was just ahead of him, Fab took a shot through the crowd and i think we woke the neighbours! (Was watching with 2 of my Gooner mates) Loved the celebration and love our lad, Francesc Fabregas, to bits! Siren wanted to have his baby after that goal…not surprising.
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Cesc went straight to the bench and hugged Le Boss. Where naturally, everyone else came in and mobbed him. Love it! This is really goosebump material. I told you i’m incoherent now. *nods* We followed that up with a marvelous run by Theo Walcott on the right, where he got to a very very speculative pass and skipped pass one defender (possibly Ambrosini) and laid it off across the goalmouth for Adebayor, who didn’t miss this for the world and we made it 0-2 to the Arsenal with 2 minutes remaining in +4 injury time. This goal reminded me so much of the 5th goal when we were at the same ground playing Inter, Aliadere doing the deed.
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Look at Phil, so happy! Our lads must be over the moon now. Christ i’m gonna have to leave you with that pic and i need to head to bed 🙂 Have a good day, Gooners. We love the Arsenal.

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04
Mar
08

Meelan. Thoughts and Preview.

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Guten Tag. It seems real life is inching over my attempts at writing and maintaining this blog. Pssh. If only blogging for Arsenal makes me some decent dough. If only. Anyway, moaning and griping aside there are a few things on my mind right now that i’d like to talk about during my lunch break.

After the weekend draw(a very close shave, i might add), signs are that our lads are priming themselves up for tonight’s match with Meelan. I believed that our lads were suffering from the heart-wrenching episode that was Birmingspam and that affected our performance greatly against Villa. Adebayor looked jaded, the overall movement of the team were great spurts of pace that lasted for 7 minutes at the start of each half. Diaby looked very very rusty (quite rightly so) and should have been substituted earlier. Walcott did not carry on where he left off from Birmingspam but there should be credit for the lad because we had to come back from an own goal which lead to Villa parking the bus for a good 60 minutes.

Tonight we attempt to shake all of that off with a visit to the San Siro. Coming off a very good performance at home in the first leg, albeit a scoreless draw, hopefully we have a European form that hiding in the corner like Dark Wing Duck.

Guess what, i was writing the last words of the previous line at 1423hrs and i was summoned to go out to the printers to deal with some shit. And now its 2113hrs. I’m not kidding when i say that my damn life is full of work now. Anyway, amazingly we have RVP back, running and we might have him on the bench tonight as well.

So…i’ve basically lost what i wanted to say this afternoon, and i’m so tired i want to just go home and nap before the damn game.

Sing for the Arsenal!

26
Feb
08

We will win Silva-ware for Eduardo.

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Thanks to Siren for half of today’s title. Gonna be a short one today because i’m still suffering from a lot of anguish. And lots of work-related crap.

The other half of today’s title was semi-quoted from Matty Flam’s reaction to the E.D.S injury. “We wanted to win the title before but now we want to win it also for him,” said the Frenchman afterwards(the birmingspam game). “He is not going to be with us for a long time, so of course we want to win it for him.

I’m highlighting Matt’s words because i hope the rest of you Gooners saw his reaction when Eduardo was still on the floor. He walked around the pitch shaking the shoulders of his teammates who were looking distressed and quite rightly so. One time, when he walked over to Philippe Senderos, I could make out roughly these words, “Hey, HEY! Get over it! We have a match to play, come on!”.

Is there a better reason to why the likes of Arseblogger, Gunnerblog and Sggooner (myself included of course) all want Flamster to sign on his new contract?

I think his attitude is spot on, i’d like to try and focus the energy that saw a fallen comrade in battle to win the war. If you were on the battlefield, dodging bullets and all that manly stuff, and you see your best friend getting shot in the leg…do you, as a proper soldier;
1. sit down, hold your head in your hands and cry for mama
2. give a battle cry so loud and fearsome that the enemy would dread the vengeful onslaught?

I’d think i’d choose option 2 anyday and I believe Matty wanted it so badly i could see the fire burning in his eyes. Imagine if all of our players had his fire in their bellies, after recovering from the initial shock, would all give a great big battle cry ala Patrick Vieira…do you think the Birmingspam players would be scared shitless? Of course. We would be showing intent to destroy them with supreme skill and drop fucking 20 goals on their asses.

But no, we looked distraught and clearly the signal to Birmingspam is for them to continue testing our nerves with hard tackles. And that they did.

I hope you’re reading this, Fabregas, Senderos, Gallas, Adebayor, Sagna, Clichy, Bendtner, Rosicky, Hleb, Toure, Almunia and Lehmann. Follow Matty’s fire and we’ll do this for sure. For Eduardo and for the beauty of football’s sake.

Updated: Go here to see the article on people all around the world sending well-wishes to Dudu. I’ve already sent in my email and i think you should too. A certain Mark Tan has represented Singapore proudly and if you are reading this, Mark Tan, send me an email and i’ll buy you a drink. You can click on this link to mail directly.

25
Feb
08

We’re Praying for you, Eduardo.

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Its been a tough week as i’ve had shitty clients to deal with and also my call-up to the army reserves. Thus the lack of blog-age. Compounded with a fine display against an aging Meelan defence but only ended the game with a draw, I was looking forward to the Birmingham match because i know the lads would be full of vigor to shake off the mid-week crap.

Little did i know…

I won’t bother with the usual match review, because its still painful to remember the looks on our players’ faces. Its even more painful when i look through the pictures available on the internet to show us how horrible the tackle is. Arseblog has a picture that shows Martin-Taylor-“i am a nasty fucker with no values and i have leprosy on my testicles, plus i was molested as a child” sliding in for a tackle with studs up ABOVE the ankle of Eduardo.

The more i look at that photo, the more i’m convinced that No-Values-Raped-in-the-ass-Nasty-Fucker-Leprosy-on-Testicles-Martin-Taylor had other intentions than to get the ball cleanly. If you look at picture no.4 from this link (originally from ANR), the fucker was smiling. Smiling! There are no words to describe the kind of things i want to do to 2 people right now.

1. Martin-I-went-to-school-with-rapist-janitors-and-they-called-me-Baby-Taylor: I’ve only had the heart to read 2 Arsenal blogs so far after saturday and both suggested rightly that the fucker mentioned above would need to be punished far more than 3 fucking matches. Ban him for a year? I want to ban him from ever playing football again. Or better yet. I want to play footy against him and have all my mates, including the rapist janitors give him sliding tackles above the ankle, with the fucker’s boot firmly wedged into the ground and after one fracture, i’d like to tape it back crudely and do the same again, for over 45 minutes, i want him to not be able to stand up again. Yes, that is the degree of violence i’m willing to inflict on him.

2. Mike-I-am-a-half-ass-fuck-face-and-i-used-to-lick-goat-balls-Dean: Fuck you. You are full of shit and you are not even fit to referee a playground game. If i were in Italy, i’d pay top dollar to take a contract out on you. Clichy tackled the ball cleanly and you fucked it all up. Fuck you and i’ll gladly pay anyone to shove a year’s worth of garbage up his ass. I should not go on anymore because i’ll just keep going.

All the Singapore Gooners’ thoughts and prayers are with Eduardo Da Silva. He does not deserve such an injury and may God bless him. A career that was on the verge of taking off with Arsenal and i pray my darndest every day and night that he’ll return and continue his journey with us. I hope you would join me in prayer for him as well.

At the same time, my wish is for this incident to fire up the lads to go on and finish the season strongly. Like Arseblogger says, fuck all the rest and let’s just go do this. For Eduardo, and for Arsenal. We’ve gotten this far without any foreign investments and if those billionaire owners want to sabotage our efforts by paying off hatchet men and referees, they’ve got it coming. Let’s do it lads, if this is not a sign that we need to stuff their words back into their asses, i don’t know what is.

16
Feb
08

Domestic Cup or European Glory or Both? – Part II & FA Cup Match Preview

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Ahhh, Mes Ami, sorry for the delay of Part II from Thursday. I was out for “personal reasons”, heh.

So FA Cup or UCL Trophy? Le Boss helped me out a whole lot by showing signs about which competition he’s valuing more. Lasagne Chef from The Cannon has his thoughts and theories which are interesting. Before i get to that, i have looked through some stuff for 2 days and here i try to weigh the possibilities of either competition.

FA Cup – The world’s oldest football competition with a whole chunk of history. No, really, the history of the cup is so great it would be stupid of me to bring it up. We drew Yanited for the next round about 3 weeks ago and some have already said “its the 2008 Cup Final drawn too early”. A few things come up for me when i look at this competition –

1. Arsenal 10 – Yanited 11: As the top 2 teams who have won the Cup in its history, we’ve won the cup just one less time, we can even it up this time round. Normally it would be safe to assume that if you beat your strongest rival, you should go on to win the whole shebang.
2. Psychological effects: It would be great to get one over them in the domestic cup, but there’s always 2 sides of the tale, whoever loses might also be hungry for revenge when we meet up again in the League.
3. Supporter mentality: Will we bay louder for Italian Blood if we lose tonight? If we win tonight, are we going to scream our heads off for the League match? Importance of crowd support has been quite important. Look how happy Ade is (no, seriously, think about it) when we gave him 2 songs. The second one being chanted over and over again, urging you on to score and when you do, the confidence and power it gives you is bloody fucking magical. Imagine it.

Relevancy: 2/3. History and Supporter pride are the main 2 factors that i want this win. However, as explained further in the match Preview later, it seems like Le Boss has come up with a solution to counter my Supporter value. Overall Relevancy: 1/3

UCL Trophy – Formerly the European Cup, we, the famous Arsenal, have not laid hands on the trophy once. The closest we got was when a certain TH14 led us all the way to the Final against Barcelona. A few of that squad still remain and those few are the main pumps in our current engine, Toure-Cesc-Flamini. Wenger would like to win this competition at least once in his illustrious career with Arsenal. All the Gooners would love to see our greatest manager ever to win it. I bet he’d cry when we do. We are drawn against AC Milan, the current holders and a positive result of our match against them this coming Wednesday could bring us a lot of confidence to go further in the competition.

1. Squad: I believe our current squad is most balanced squad so far. Wenger’s Mk I was a solid back 4 and a creative striker/playmaker in DB10 (bless him). Mk II was a spine held by a robust midfield general(PV4), an experienced skipper(Tony Adams), creative striker/playmaker DB10 and ultra fast winger Overmars. Mk III was the Invincible team who had the Left flank assasins, Cunt-Pires-Henry-PV4 (Paddy plays on the left of central midfield) and the stealth duo of DB10 and Freddie. We are now witnessing Mk IV and we are pretty strong all over the pitch.
2. Hunger: Our youthful team has the most hunger and exuberance to sustain this run. Even the oldest in our outfield lineup, our Captain Big Willie, can be considered the most hungry. Desire is always important when you are chasing something. When you consider that we really want this Cup we have to assess if the personnel wants it as much. I must say we really do.
3. Future: UCL success has always been dominant in the future of big teams. The money is one thing, but the other factor would be the ability to attract big players. With our new stadium generating more moolah for us, we can safely say we will be able to compete for expensive stars (if we really want to) with our pedigree in Europe. Staying in the competition every season is one thing, winning it before is another.

Relevancy: 4/3. Why the ridiculous figure? All 3 points mentioned above, in my opinion, are relevant to our future endeavors. And you know very well that we are building for the future with such a youthful squad. I’ve been thinking about certain things Le Boss has been doing this year and they sort of reflect one big desire, to win the bigger catches. No, i’m not belittling the Fa Cup. But be honest, when you haven’t won something before, you’d choose that over something you’ve had for a few times already.

Wenger has taken drastic steps this season to change the mentality and shape of our team. Known to be loyal to his players, it was a huge shock that he dropped Gilberto from the captaincy and also from the starting 11. True that Flamini’s performances merited that change but the armband snub confounded me for a while. Looking at our team structure though, it makes a whole lot more sense. As mentioned by Arseblogger, Gunnerblog and a few other experienced bloggers, we have lacked something for the past few years where we’ve won nothing. A blood and guts leader. TH14 was a great leader who lead by example on and off the pitch. But he hardly screamed for a victory, when he did, he screamed at his teammates to make a better pass for him. Gilberto is a very quiet leader, who shows his hunger for victory by doing it himself, trying to score the important goals last season and was successful with that.
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However, we know that the best leaders are the ones who can inspire the whole team, who can emote desire and translate them through his own actions and also infecting the team immensely. Gallas scores the important goals because he refuses to go without a fight. He screams at his teammates to spur them on, “Don’t lose focus! Come on! Lets go!” is very different from “Pass the ball to me! I was right there!”. He improves the spirit by bringing back ideas from the past, team huddles. It has influenced the team greatly, i remember Ade getting into it and insisting that other teammates to join in quickly. If i were in that team, i’d be fucking hunting for blood every match because i know the man beside me wants it just as much. I got chills just looking at the pic above.

Looking at our squad, i find it drastically amazing that i’ve not come to the realization till now. Almost everyone is complimentary to the person next to them. I wrote about that but i’ve taken it out because i think its another post for another time. So the gist is, we have potentially the most balanced team we’ve ever had under Wenger (or even in our history). When else would be a better time to challenge for the trophy that has eluded us thus far? I say it would be now.

For me, i want to aim for a Treble but Wenger has already taken a step to lessen the burn if we don’t beat Yanited today. So realistically we are focusing on 2 fronts and i’d choose these 2 fronts after the experiences of seasons past, where we did not prioritize properly and suffered for it.

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i just ran out of time. I predict 0-1 to the Arsenal. Cheers.

14
Feb
08

Domestic Cup or European Glory or Both? – Part 1

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Happy Valentines all of you. I have a couple of things to do and people to see (switch do and see as deemed fit) so this is an extremely early blog. As said yesterday, I was trawling the web for AC Milan stuff and the question begs…which scene do you want to see above? Our players ecstatic to beat their biggest rivals in the league for the past 10 years to progress to the next stage of the FA Cup or our players in a gleeful team huddle after beating AC Milan, the current holders of the European Cup (Champions League) and progress to the Quarter-Finals?

We meet Yanited this saturday and so far i’ve seen 3 Arsenal bloggers having similar sentiments like “if we lose this Saturday, its not the end of the world, I’d rather us focus on the League Title or the Champions League”. I’m a little caught in between, i hate losing to Yanited. I really really hate that. But i want to see us do well in the CL as well. Its like you’re already engaged to Adrianna Lima and the wedding’s in May. But Stacy Keibler shows up at your favourite cafe one of those days and chats you up, batting her eyelids, twirling her gorgeous blonde hair, saying “you don’t have to tell Adrianna, you know…” Then that very evening Kurara Chibana happens to be at your favourite bar and buys you a drink and flirts the fuck out of you, saying “I know Stacy wants you, i don’t mind…i’ll even keep it secret from Adrianna as well.”
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So what do you do? Be contented with the most gorgeous girl that you have spent a good amount of effort dating, buying gifts for the past few months, who is already your fiancee or risk it all by flirting with chance, who are 2 of the most sexy and desirable women of your fantasies? Being greedy can be a good or bad thing. You could possibly end up with the best situation, a menage quatre with the 3 HAWT ladies or you fuck it all up, break Adrianna’s heart and have her 6′ 3″ tall brothers come beat you up and laugh at your pathetic ass, then go steal Stacy and Kurara from you.

Decisions like the above are not for mortal minds but i’m going to attempt to access the options available to us in Part II of this topic. If i don’t finish tomorrow, there’s still room for Part III on Friday. This is good. I can spread out a big topic over 3 days. I should do this more often when there’s no freaking football going on in midweek. Or during international weeks.

Alright, see you for Part II tomorrow.

13
Feb
08

Henry as God…7 days till the visit from A.C Milan.

Guten Morgen to you. After reading up on some news on Arsenal…there’s nothing much to talk about, to be honest. Let’s see…
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Former player and ultimate Legend Thierry Henry takes time off from playing for Barca and becomes spiritual guide to Adebayor. All very religious sounding except that Henry ‘speaks’ to Ade through a more modern way of communication called text messaging…rather than the traditional methods like sending prophetic dreams or a firm booming voice when Ade kneels besides his bed before he lays his corn-rowed head on his pillow. And rather than preaching about doing good for the benefit of mankind, TH14 sends teachings of scoring goals for the benefit of Arsenalkind. Which is cool because i can imagine TH14 in a white robe going, “Ade…you have sinned before, taking too many touches and letting the ball richochet off you. But i’m proud of you now my son, you are learning My Ways well. Sacrifice more StarWars figurines and posters of Carrie Fisher in that golden bikini tonight and you will be rewarded.”

Can you tell i’m bored outta my mind? I didn’t think so. Not much else is going on, Mark Hughes blabbers on and on about something which i won’t bother to link to because i feel it will waste 5 minutes of your life. Big Phil, scorer of the very important first goal against Blackburn just 2 nights ago, doesn’t mind winning ugly. No shit, Phil. Ivorian dance duo, Koboue&Elo, are back to jiggy their funky asses against Yanited this weekend.

Which brings me to ponder my next point…there’s bit of a selection headache for the FA Cup tie. Good headaches like the form of Philippe Senderos over the tiredness of Kolo Toure. Bad headaches like having an eye on the Champions League match against AC Milan next Wednesday. I know the Boss says “We only focus on winning the next game we play”, but surely even Wenger would be pondering about that a bit. Which is why he’s good at what he does then. Which is also why i’m not the manager of Arsenal.

Looking at different information about AC Milan and trying to find our head to head stats is quite heavy for a Wednesday morning…so i’m taking the time tonight to go research a little…if i find good info, there’ll be a long post tomorrow. if i find shit, there’ll be hardly anything then. Maybe i’ll post up naughty pictures of celebrities tomorrow…mmm.

Till tomorrow then. *updated* Just had a quick browse through the Arsenal News and now I leave you with a hilarious take by Arseblogger on the machinegun that is Adebayor. Bloody man talks faster than he thinks. One part of the video, he’s panting, his brain catching up with his mouth hahaha. Got to love this guy. enjoy the video! P.S Hleb was deservedly man of the match. Bless him.




Good ‘morrow.

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