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Monday and the late review.

Good Monday to you. Well, hopefully it has been good for you so far. Woke up this morning still feeling a little tired and i could have done with more shut-eye but of course there’s always work. Ah…work. Bloody sweltering heat didn’t help either, the good Lord must be having a Barbeque somewhere. Couldn’t He have ice cream today instead?

Right. Watching the game against Reading was quite blissful. The lads did very well in terms of movement on and off the ball, which was a joy to watch because there were nice through balls and wing play and direct attempts and loads of shots, which were on target as well. I thought if the shots did go in like they were supposed to (what the fuck am i talking about) then we would have won 5-0. At the least.

First thing i noticed was that Theo Walcott started. Thank fuck i didn’t have to go through the usual pre-match groan of seeing Eboue in the starting line-up. Say what you want to me but i thought we play better without that twat and on Saturday i was proven right. Robin and Theo rotated (to me anyway) up front and i loved it. One very good move saw Hleb thread a pass through a crowded midfield from just above the middle of the park to a running Fab4 who was just outside the box. Fab didn’t score but that move was reminiscent of the days of yore when a magnificent Dennis Bergkamp pass from the halfway line would find a sprinting Freddie running into the box from the wing. *sighs and flutters his eyelids* Sweet Bliss.

Another move that i remembered was Theo Walcott taking on 3 defenders on the right wing, gets past them and cuts back a fine pass into the 6 yard box and Fab slides in to connect but missing just by an inch.

I don’t know what were the changes that shook us up but this was by far the most scintillating performance i’ve seen this season. Maybe i’ve been so disappointed by the past ten thousand draws we’ve erm…drawn that i don’t remember other matches but you know what they say, the best fuck is the last one you had (provided you rocked her world, you lousy bastard).

Cunt of the match – Bikey what-kind-of-name-is-that-whatever
Bastard Bikey kept on nipping and kicking RVP the whole of the 2nd half and all credit to Robin for staying on his feet and let his football do the talking. Ref gave Bikey a yellow and i don’t think he deserved any less. Wish Sagna or Flam was around to give Bikey a sliding tackle lesson, yes i know that you know what i’m talking about.

Gooner of the match – Gilberto
Yes its the same old tired “he lost his captaincy, he’s such a professional yada yada yada” but i think you’d have to agree that it warmed your heart to see him put in such a performance and got a goal for it too.

Overall i have to say its been a while since i’ve not been frustrated watching an Arsenal match. I won’t name names but i hope he doesn’t play at all next week. If he proves me wrong, i don’t mind because humble pie is just that, a pie thats humble, thats waiting for me to eat it. But i’ll bet he won’t.

Last thing. Wenger thinks Theo is not a boy, not yet a monster. Which means Theo skips manhood completely – from a teenage English boy to a snarling, Nevillebrothers-eating, running with the pace of 100 horses, Monster. I’d like that. Theo the Monster. Especially the idea that he’ll eat Gary or Phil Neville for lunch. Mmm…twat sandwiches.

Alright. Hope you enjoyed the read today. See ya tomorrow eh?


Carling Cup – Trip to Spurms Preview


Guten Morgen. Hope you like the match preview banner above, it took me all of 7 minutes to come up with it and the dodgy spurm part actually cost me 5 minutes of my life. Ah well, this shows how much i love my readers or quite obviously what i think of Tottnumb. Before i start on the match preview, I have an idea of how to get the post timings to be a little more regular. I think i might try blogging in the early hours of the day before i head off to work, makes more sense actually. But on the other hand, posting would be deterred by the snooze button of my alarm clock.

We visit White Shite Lame tonight in a Carling Cup Tie. ‘holic calls the competition which Le Boss uses our reserves or youngster to blood in talent “The Beer Cup”, I wonder why… But i digress. Le Boss has given a hint on who are the likely invaders of W.S.L here and that brings up the usual….*Bam Bam Baaaaaaaam* (the Gunnersing gong is still missing)….

Gunnersing’s Probable Squad

Wookash Fabianski
Vito Mannone
Armand Traore
Justin Hoyte
William Gallas
Bacary Sagna
Kieran Gibbs
Tomas Rosicky
Gilberto Silva
Abou Diaby
Henri Lansbury
Nicklas Bendtner
Theo Walcott
Nacer Barazite
Emmanuel Adebayor

Mark Randall and Kerrea Gilbert played for the reserves last night so i doubt their involvement. Which lead me to include the unlikely seniors Sagna and Rosicky. I doubt we’ll play Lansbury from the start so the first eleven tonight should look something like this on the left, and on the right is what i’d play because i feel Sagna should be better on the bench for this one. Also, Ade’s enthusiasm against Spurms would prove effective. Diaby’s position shifts to the centre so maybe he’ll be more dangerous and that might ease the workload on Traore, who might have a tough time covering for Diaby if our current No.2 plays on the left.

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Okay its lunchtime and here’s hoping we’ll get one over the Spurms tonight. It won’t be the end of it all if we lose, but the sour taste would be horribly lingering in my mouth till the weekend. I don’t like that. So…UP THE GUNNERS.

Reminder: Please sing your hearts out for our lads wherever you are. Guten Tag.


The bottom right corner: Fulham 0 – 3 Arsenal


Guten Tag, i’m typing this out during my lunch break. My apologies for not getting this match review out yesterday, was out the whole day and came back with what i suspect to be alcohol poisoning (which meant the previous crap wasn’t food poisoning), basically my body is protesting against the heavy boozing since 25th of Dec 2007. Nice.

So, you know the deal, we got all 3 points against our London neighbours Fulham and we sit 2nd of the table, 6 goals difference. Us keeping a clean sheet helped loads and will restore confidence to keeper and in particular Senderos. I felt we did pretty well in the first half, had about 10 mins to shake off the ghosts of Birmingham and on the 19th min, Rosicky fed Gael a pass down the wing and our most lovable leftback to date sent in a cross which Adebayor headed sweetly into the bottom right corner of Niemi’s net. After more dominance later, Flamini won a tackle and passed it to an on-rushing Hleb all at the same time (reminiscence of PV4 to DB10 in years past) which our Belarussian dispatched a perfect cross into the box and Adebayor, this time with less markers on him, planted another header into the same spot as the first goal.

2nd half, we didn’t make the same mistake of putting our foot off the gas and continued to have the lion’s share of possession. We could have easily scored 2 more goals with the chances created but i have no complaints there because we were playing 4-5-1 after the break. Dudu’s hard work down the left paid dividends as his cut back in the box fed an exuberant Rosicky who slid-slammed the ball into the same spot as the first 2 goals, yes, the bottom right corner.

Steve-o’s Mentionables

Philippe Senderos – Very assured performance and it was agreed among some of us at the pub that Big Phil needs games to gain confidence and momentum, definitely not a Cygan type. Well done and showed how manly he is, playing with a (presumably) broken nose.

Eduardo (F.O.S.C) – Didn’t score his usual time stopping goals but i felt he did his left wing role a lot of justice at this attempt. He is really adapting quite quickly and i really really hope this goes on for a long long time.

Cesc – Improving from game to game, didn’t open up defences with his usual magic but i think he made a note to step up other areas of his game. I hope you noticed that he got in quite a fair bit of defensive tackling and was quite successful as well. We’ll see him scoring again soon, i promise.

Rosicky – Should have been my man of the match because i thought he was impressive, he really put himself about and didn’t falter when he was switched to the right flank in the 2nd half. Fully deserved his goal.

Hleb – Did his thang, we missed him when he wasn’t around and i think he is picking up form again, coinciding with Cesc’s momentum, i think we’ll be quite set, form-wise, going into February. Where AC awaits.

Adebayor – I really really think he read my article on him. He wanted to prove my formula wrong and i didn’t see him put a foot wrong in the first half at all. Good on him. And very happy that our rambunctious away fans came up with a new song for him. See? Its good to sing for your Gunners.


In case you didn’t catch the words to the new Ade song, here’s some help from Goodplaya, who was there at Craven Cottage. “Adebayoooor, Adebayoooooorr-ooorrrr, give him the ball….and he will score” Have a look at the video on that post and you’ll have the tune and the atmosphere is really really lovely.

3 goals, 3 points and a new song. What a sweet way to start a new week. Read you laters, gooners. Pray my liver will withstand the onslaught of the liquid i chose for the week…WATER.

Good ‘morrow.

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