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  • Should Gooners support English Teams in the CL?
    If an English team in the Champions League is facing oppostion from across the water, do you want them to do well and progress or see a defeat of momentous proportions? Last night one of our illustrious commenters said this… Anyone gutted Chelsea drew today, I was so rooting for ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-21By chas
    18 hours ago
  • Oil Money FC losing to Wigan – Good, Bad or Irrelevant to The Arsenal?
    So, the quadruple is off. What effect might that have on Sunday’s game at Wembley? Good Seeds of doubt sown. Shows that anything is possible in a one-off game – even when you have only 13% possesion. Aguero might be banned for throwing a punch at a supporter. (Photo by ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-20By chas
    2 days ago
  • Giving Up Football for Lent – Flat as a Pancake
    How dull are FA Cup weekends when you get knocked out in the 3rd Round? February has been let down so far. It started so well with plenty of goals in the demolition of Everton, accompanied by the really positive introduction of the new boys. The NLD at Wembley was ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-19By chas
    3 days ago
  • A Wingerless Wilderness
    Martial, Sterling, Hazard, Mane’, all exciting players, all wingers Pires, Overmars, Arshavin, Reyes, Walcott, Limpar. All exciting plates, all wingers. How many in the current squad? None. What changed in Wenger’s playing philosophy that meant he gave up on having a proper winger? Was it the lack of progress ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-18By Big Raddy
    4 days ago
  • The Skater’s Waltz in Östersund – Player ratings
    First Half Instead of coming out all reindeer blazing as many home teams do, Östersunds went immediately into contain mode. This tactic backfired as Arsenal quickly gained confidence, possession and shots on goal. The artificial pitch, so different from those monstrosities at Luton and QPR, proved to be a fine ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-16By chas
    6 days ago
  • I’m going outside, I may be Sometime.
    Those who read my regular ramblings know that I am a fan of Malmo FF, the Swedish champions. Why do I bring this up? Because I am one of the very few Gooners who have actually seen Ostersund play. I had the misfortune of seeing Graham Potter’s side win 3-0 ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-15By Big Raddy
    7 days ago
  • Life is a Cabaret – Östersunds FK
    One thing that caught my eye when reading up on our opponents for the upcoming Europa League round of 32 tie, was that the club liked to employ unusual methods to get the best out of its players. So, let’s take a look at the club’s management and its leftfield ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-14By chas
    1 week ago
  • What Does it Take to Win the League?
    If you are averse to statistics and spread sheets then you should stop reading. We are now 27 games into the 26th Premier League Season and to date it has only been won by 6 different teams – Manchester United 13 – last win 2012/13 Chelsea 5 – last win ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-13By chas
    1 week ago
  • In A League of Our Own
    We had a game this weekend, it was won by the home team. It wasn’t a surprise. Have you looked at the PL table? It is possibly the most unusual in a few decades. To see one team so dominant that they are 16 points ahead of 2nd and likely ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-12By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • Wembley – First Half Ok – Second Woeful – Player Ratings
    First Half Arsenal defended pretty well restricting the spuds to minor chances. Early on it didn’t seem very likely to be our day when the lino flagged Auba offside when put through brilliantly by Jack. ( I was so looking forward to him bamboozling Lloris). Note how the linesman is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-11By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Anthony Taylor be the deciding factor in the NLD?
    Given Pocchetino’s honest but appalling admission that Spurs players dive, how would previous  managers have responded? Bill Nick would have tut-tutted then stubbed out his ciggy and ordered another pint (check out his nose),  Pleat would have cruised home in despair, Harry would have congratulated Poch upon a fine coaching job. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-10By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Wembley. Is it a Home or Away Fixture?
    Stoke, Watford, Swansea, Bournemouth, Forest, WBA, West Ham, Southampton. All teams we should beat. We didn’t. What unites all of these? You’ve got it – they were all away fixtures. Chelsea 4 times, Man City twice, Reading, Hull, Wigan, Our winning streak at Wembey. Conclusion: We are rubbish on the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-09By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • How much do you know about Spurs?
    Question 1 : Who scored the winning goal when Spurs last won the FA Cup in 1991? Question 2 : How many managers have they had since 1996? Question 3 : When did Spurs last win a trophy? Question 4 : Who was the manager at that time? Question ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-09By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Farewell to the Lane – Thanks for the Memories
    It seems decidely odd that the upcoming North London Derby will take place in north west London. Perhaps it’s time to reminisce once more about the former home of our irksome neighbours. White Hart Lane could be compared to lovers’ lanes all over the country; a place full of seedy ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-08By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Top Six PL Teams Final Countdown
    With only twelve games remaining Arsenal find themselves in sixth place, five points out of a Champions League position. Manchester City are run away leaders and are odds on favourites to win the championship with second place Manchester United a distant thirteen points behind. The only question that remains to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-07By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal – England’s Longest Top Flight Team
    By 1919 the Football League was gearing up for the return of the national game after the trials and tribulations of the First World War. It was proposed that the First Division be extended to include 22 teams rather than the 20 which had competed 4 years previously. On previous ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-06By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Can VAR stop Spurs Cheating?
    An exciting game at Anfield left Mr. Klopp fuming and a few million viewers shaking their heads at another example of the lack of moral fibre in the Spurs Miscreants. Which , to be candid, comes as no real surprise.What is surprising is that following at least a dozen slo-mo ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-05By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Toffees Trampled in North London – Player Ratings
    How one feels about some event tends to say more about the individual doing the feeling than it does about the event itself. Of course I am talking about one isolated game of football, and for me, the fluctuations in my range of feelings begin with anticipation, the team sheet, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-04By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Will the Gamble Pay Off?
    In the past 2 years we have seen 34 players leave AFC with just 5 coming in (according to Arseblog). Who could have imagined such a scenario? Today we welcome both an incoming and outgoing player to The Emirates. Black Jedward is apparently ill but Mkhiki is due to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-03By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Aubameyang – Destined to Play for Arsenal
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, also known as PEA or ‘Auba’ has already mentioned that he would like to emulate Thierry Henry as an Arsenal great. They were both wingers at the start of their careers who developed a killer instinct in front of goal. While Thierry developed his art at Highbury under ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-02By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Wenger Loosens the French Connection.
    Another Obituary. Strange Days. Today we wish Giroud a fond farewell, and give a gentle wave to Debuchy. Two more lockers to be emptied. Matthieu Debuchy. Signed from Newcastle for, what was then, big money. Started his AFC career in fine form and seemed another good buy, but sadly he ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-02-01By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Disgrace at the Liberty – Player ratings
    A few comments from AA bloggers to summarise that rock-bottom performance. Big Raddy says at 7:54 Looks as though there has been a touch of rain in Swansea (Ed…This is always bad news when we play – we perform badly in the rain – the only time it’s an advantage is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-31By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Mkhitaryan free to play at Liberty Stadium?
    This season the only consistent aspect of the team is it’s inconsistency. Our away record is awful – we have yet to win away in 2018 and have won just 3 games on the road (out of 12). Had we won the same as Rubbish Spurs, we would be in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-30By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Get it done please, Ivan
    Who would have thought the January transfer window was going to be so busy and exciting? Coq out, Theo out, Sanchez out – Henrikh in as part of the latter deal. If we manage to get Pierre-Emerick over the line, then it would be seen as a successful window, surely? If ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-29By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenals Top Seasons 1947-48 – Our 7th Best
    One night during WWII I was lying in bed when the room was suddenly lit up with a nearby searchlight coming on. Thinking it was a raid coming, I jumped out of bed and I started to get dressed. Looking out of the window, I saw dozens of searchlights sweeping ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-28By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Goodbye Mr. Sanchez
    Having written a fond farewell to Le Coq and Theo, it is only right that to contribute a few thoughts about Sanchez. Let’s be honest, every time he got the ball there was excitement, he is a fantastic player. Sanchez has the ability to get you out of your seat, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-26By Big Raddy
    4 weeks ago
  • Wembley Beckons – player ratings for Carabao Semi part two
    First half The chavs came flying out of the blocks, high press, overloading the centre backs with Hazard, Pedro and Willian confusing the whatnots out of Koscielny and Mustafi. Thank Dennis their early goal was cancelled out by Nacho’s crazy double kiss header, else the game could have run away ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-25By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Chelsea Pre-Match. Ozil’s Night?
    Another semi-final. In the last one we smashed Man City.  Can we do the same to the Southern Oilers? Team selection will be interesting as it will show how much of a priority Mr Wenger gives to the Carabao – very little is my guess. Though in a season which ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-24By Big Raddy
    4 weeks ago
  • For Dennis, Bobby and Thierry read Mesut, Micki and Auba
    Who knows? Worse things happen at sea. So, Henrikh has signed and much of Goonerdom is happy to have shifted the misplaced pass, dog botherering money-grabber. We will miss the goals of the Chilean but if PEA signs and Micki can recover his Dortmund form, things could turn out rather ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-23By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Ten Things We Learnt from the Weekend
    1   The mancs need Sanchez to improve their final third passing accuracy – LMAO 2   A hatful of early goals make Saturday afternoons stress-free – like in the good old days at Highbury 3   We’ve missed Nacho Monreal more than some might like to admit 4   ‘Sanchez is the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-22By chas
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal v Palace. 3pm KO. It matters.
    First up, a word on the opposition, Crystal Palace. Here is another club I don’t think should even exist. So someone knocks up a glass shed in Hyde Park to show off some knick-knacks from around the world, then moves it South London when everyone’s seen enough, and somehow, this ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-20By chas
    1 month ago
  • Mr. Walcott. A Fond Farewell.
    So long, Theo. Let’s be honest, you played 400 games and yet never really established yourself, did you? Never showed consistently that you could achieve all you promised. We know some of the reasons why but perhaps part of the problem lay with you.   I was very excited when ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-18By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • If Maitland-Niles is the answer….what the hell is the question?
    Ok that headline is pure click bait, and I predict we will see a number of comments from people who haven’t read the post telling me that I should leave our homegrown talent alone and that he is a wonder kid in the making. Let me be clear I won’t ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-16By Gööner In Exile
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal Top Seasons – 1934/35 our 8th Best
    The previous season had seen the Gunners win the league for the second successive time despite the untimely death of the great Herbert Chapman in January 1934. The Club appointed the club’s press officer, George Allison, as Chapman’s successor. In some ways, Allison moved from publicity expert to Club figurehead ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-16By chas
    1 month ago
  • Time for Change?
    There has been mis-management at our club for the last few years and it is not all down to Wenger. However I feel he has hugely contributed to where we currently are in spite of who might be responsible for things right now. Personally I think the real issue started ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-15By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Many questions, Few answers
    Be honest, how excited are you about this game? Less than thrilled? Give a monkey’s? Stomach churning anticipation? Mildly interested? How did you feel pre-game at season’s start? What’s changed? Is it the surfeit of football since Xmas? Or that Buornemouth are likely to PTB? Or that Arsenal are ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-14By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • A Fond Farewell.
    So, Mr Coquelin leaves the squad. A player who resurrected a failing career in a manner which will inspire other players. He is proof that endeavour pays and his reward is a fat contract with a top Spanish club. Well done, Francis. I cannot say that I have been a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-13By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Where’s the transfer fizz and froth?
    Sources say, linked to, Gazidis on flight to, sister-in-law confirms…… yip, transfer season, but hey it’s January 12 and I hear so little noise. What’s up? Well, I like to think it’s crazy busy out there, and that my recent internetless period has merely kept me out of the loop, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-12By chas
    1 month ago
  • Solid at the Bridge – Player Ratings
    Serial Diver Went down only when he’d lost his balance Ratings Ospina – Lazarus got in the way when it mattered ….8 Chambers – WWE slam on Azpilicueta my personal highlight ….8 Mustafi – No unnecessary lunging tonight, except to block shots ….9 Holding – Looked more comfortable ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-11By chas
    1 month ago
  • Wembley on the Horizon
    Chelsea away. Injuries all over the shop. Porous defence. Lack of confidence. Fans less than enthusiastic. Doesn’t bode well. Last game was a cracker; full of excitement and top quality attacking allied to dreadful defending from The Arsenal, diving and awful finishing from Chelsea. I expect much of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-10By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Should we sign a Forward?
    FA Cup. It has been good to us in recent years having only lost once in 4 seasons, can this run continue? Away at Forest is a potential banana skin, especially as Mr Wenger  is expected to rotate his squad. Xhaka, Ramsey, Giroud, Kolasinac, Koscielny and Monreal are all injured, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-07By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Lacazette to Score?
    Hopefully we will be playing against 11 and not 12 tonight. Another points-robbing refereeing decision could see me give up watching. For a decade Chelsea have been a team studded with A-holes. Lampard, Terry, Costa, etc there were loads of them. Today only Luiz really approaches the awfulness of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-03By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Signings on the Horizon?
    Windows open. We could use some new blood. Will we get any? Can Arsenal afford to let Sanchez go and if they decide they can, is there a viable transfer target to replace him? Debuchy could go but we have no-one to back up as a RWB/FB. Our central ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-02By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • 2017. How was it for You?
    It’s been an odd 2017, hasn’t it? Will he stay/should he go being one of the main talking points (AW/AS/MO/JW/HB etc). Team played some great football, some lamentable football, some boring football and some football which got you out of your seat marvelling at the sheer ingenuity of the interplay. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-31By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Merry Christmas, Sanity is Over – Arsenal v Liverpool player ratings
    Woo, that turned out better than I expected a good way into proceedings. Slightly disappointed that we didn’t come away with all three points just to be able to rub their noses in it but hey ho, we could be feeling a whole lot worse over Christmas. Cech must ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-23By chas
    2 months ago
  • About time we turned over the Mickey Mousers
    The first team will be back on show at the Emirates this evening after Tuesday’s exhilarating performance from the second stringers. This game could set the tone for a very happy festive period. The players owe us a special win after their dismal away performance at Anfield. Maybe Sanchez will ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-22By chas
    2 months ago
  • Welbz with a Christmas Cracker
    The midfield was a little flat with two similar players in the centre. The centre backs handled a strong forward line with ease and composure. Welbz ran his heart out and was duly rewarded, Big Ollie tried a few flicks, Theo missed a sitter.                                       courtesy of @11tegen11 Aside ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-20By chas
    2 months ago
  • Is there a game on?
    Apparently there’s a Carabao carnival of soccer ball in North London this evening. The “happy” Hammers come to the Emirates hoping for another glorious bore draw and penalties. Either that or the shackles will be off with the fear of losing Premier League revenue removed and we could be in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-19By chas
    2 months ago
  • Newcastle: “looking good at Subbuteo is not enough”
    September 2nd 1893, The Woolwich Arsenal play their first competitive match against Newcastle Utd. Then there was Supermac. However, those are not the greatest ties between ourselves and today’s opposition. Newcastle were my favourite opponents on my Subbuteo baize. Always liked the red and white of Arsenal against the Magpie ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-16By chas
    2 months ago
  • Academy of Football. Moyes?
    The Hammers. Blowing bubbles. The Academy. Bobby, Geoff and Martin. Trevor’s header at Wembley. All a long time ago. Nothing remains of that West Ham. Now they are just another industrious, unimaginative team. Allardyce and Moyes. Pragmatism. Andy Carroll. This doesn’t mean they cannot beat us, as they showed ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-13By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Have Arsenal blown their big chance?
    In the recent seasons, teams like Chelsea, Totnum, Pool, and of course Leicester, have profited enormously by not being in the Champions League and being able to field injury free, fresh XI’s on the weekends following Continental outings for League competitors. This season was our chance to capitalise on fielding ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-11By peachesgÖÖner
    2 months ago
  • A Lunchtime Appointment.
    I used to like Southampton, mainly because of their kit but also because of Alan Ball, Le Tiss and Mick Channon. The kit has stayed almost the same, the club hasn’t; in recent years they have become a feeder club – think Bale, Walcott, Ox and Shaw ++. Today ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-10By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Theo off the Naughty Step?
    Welcome to Bate Borisov. We beat you at your noisy home ground and tonight you will admire our magnificent, state of the art stadium which is likely to be half-full. I expect you to lose again. We have already topped the group, can’t do any better than that, so I ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-07By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal Top Seasons – 1932-33 our 9th Best
    1932-33 turned out to be the final full season that our inspirational and creative manger Herbert Chapman would manage Arsenal; he passed away from pneumonia in January 1934. He had been instrumental in many innovations at Arsenal including getting the local underground station, Gillespie Road renamed to Arsenal, and he ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-05By chas
    3 months ago
  • The Glamour Game
    Throughout my Goonerdom there have been two fixtures which thrill – Spurs and United. There was a time when the arrival of Liverpool or City created a frisson but they are just not the same. United has always been the glamour tie of the season. Why? George Best, Duncan ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-02By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Mesut’s Master Class
    A stroll in Drayton Park, Mind the Gap, there are so many possible headlines but homage to Özil seemed the most appropriate. The maestro conducted the orchestra from start to finish; his silky skills being just that bit more in focus when so easily being able to compare his recent ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-30By peachesgÖÖner
    3 months ago
  • Goodfellas. Player Ratings
    Arsenal passed their first test against serious opposition in recent weeks with flying colours. A game of two halves with Burnley having the better of the first; Sean Dyche has got his team playing well with committed, crisp interplay play that took all of Arsenal’s concentration to go into the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-27By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Up North Again.
    Our away form is a worry and a trip to Burnley, which a couple of seasons ago would have been one filled with optimism, is now a concern. Chapeau off to Burnley who have done remarkably; a team with little money, small crowds and limited resources, are not only keeping ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-26By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Elneny in a Back 3 again?
    A win in Kōln sees us top the group which will bring us an easier route through the tournament. Given they are bottom of the Bundesliga without a win it should be a formality but we know otherwise. Mr Wenger says he will pick a team full of PL ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-23By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Top Seasons 1997-98 – Our 10th Best
    This was Arsenal’s 100th season in competitive football and also Arsene Wenger’s first full season as our manager. In the transfer window, Arsenal purchased several players, including midfielders Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit and goalkeeper Alex Manninger. Below are the comparisons of the 1997-98 season results for both Arsenal and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-21By chas
    3 months ago
  • 5 things we learned from Saturday
    I will start with this because IMO it is the most important. We had a proper 12th man. The fans were wonderfully raucous from before kick off until well after games end. It makes a massive difference to the players. Just imagine you were on the pitch (a dream, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-20By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Spud Bashing – Player Ratings
    Team up for it, crowd up for it, great day in the Red and White side of North London. Grown men singing Sweet Caroline at the tops of their voices as they left the ground – Good times never felt this good and Neil Diamond was not wrong. Cech: his ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-18By chas
    3 months ago
  • Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent
    The last two posts have given begrudging admiration towards  the positive developments happening down the Seven Sisters Rd, but let’s be honest … you can’t polish a Richard Always in our shadow. Flash in the pan, One swallow – summer, a pig’s ear doth not a purse make ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-18By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Spurs. An Obsession?
    Over the years of AA we (or should I say “I”) are often accused of being “obsessed” by Spurs. Is it true? Judge for yourself. Firstly, I was born in North London, equidistant from AFC and THFC. Most of my friends were Spurs, my father was Spurs, thankfully my Uncles ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-17By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Spurs. A worrying trend.
    Remember when they were a laughing stock? Doesn’t seem that long ago. This is the  bunch who employed Harry Redknapp thinking he would bring back the Glory Days   Times have changed and it started a few years back. I loved it when the muppets had to sell their best ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-16By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenals Top Seasons 1988-1989 Our (last gasp) 11th Best
    Eighteen years we waited for this to happen – eighteen very, very long and difficult years and we fans were wondering if it would ever happen again. Our last First Division Championship win had been in 1970-71 when, under Bertie Mee, we won the First Division and FA Cup double. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-10By chas
    3 months ago
  • Ten League games in 6 weeks
    Hey kids, I’ve just updated the widgets. I’ve finally gotten round to spacing out the games per month in the Rasp’s excellent “Points Comparison” widget. I was gobsmacked to find that in addition to the 3 League games left in November which start after the international break, we also have ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-07By chas
    4 months ago
  • A Serious Test of Mental Strength.
    If, as so many pundits and even Gooners expect, we get creamed, will I be able to enjoy the excellence of Man City? This is what I woke up to think about, then I had a cup of Builder’s and reconsidered. What if we beat them? Unlikely but not beyond ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-05By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Santi’s Ankle
    We are all horrified by the extent of Santi’s injuries. LB makes a good point that potential transfer targets will be impressed about how the club stand by their players following serious injury. One only has to look at Diaby to see how the club focus on their well-being. Wilshire ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-04By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Our…
    Turn The B team. Any team which represents Arsenal has a duty to give 100% and perform with pride. So far our reserves have done just that. We welcome Red Star and their passionate fans, who will hopefully bring the kind of atmosphere created by Koln (but not the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-02By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Yours
    Continuing on from Rasp’s excellent but somewhat truncated post … Is Arsenal yours or theirs? Does it belong to Kroenke and Usamov or the millions of fans? What do you think (if anything)? written by Big Raddy   ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-01By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • My 
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-28By Rasp
    4 months ago
  • Home Run to Continue?
    Saturday. 3.00 p.m. kick-off. Home game. It feels wrong. I have read and heard that Swansea are our bogey team but , didn’t we beat them last season with just 10 men? Yes, I know we lost a couple at home and got beaten in Swansea in 2016, but we ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-28By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Number 6 – Mr. Arsenal
    Whenever I look back on my 70 years of supporting Arsenal and the hundreds of players that I’ve watched one name always stands out in my memory – Number 6, Tony Adams who is rightfully known as Mr. Arsenal. He was born in Romford on October 10th 1966 and grew ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-26By chas
    4 months ago
  • Things We Learned from the last 6 days
    There is a vast gap in quality between the first team and the reserves JW may not be the solution to Xhaka’s inconsistencies The team which beat Everton is capable of great things. Neither Sanchez nor Ozil should be sold in January We have defensive frailties (nothing new). We ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-25By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • What is a Carabao?
    Does anyone know? Norwich. A home game – seems ages – and another chance to see the second string. Are Norwich better than Red Star? We shall see. The Canaries are on a fine run of form, unbeaten in 9, and hopeful of a return to the PL. Can’t quite ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-24By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Everton desperate both for points and confidence. Koeman deep in the mire wearing open -toed sandals. Fans disgruntled by the awful football played, New owners disappointed by the poor return on the  €150m+ spent in summer. Not the best time to visit Goodison. Especially as we are hardly in the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-22By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Red Star Pre – Match
    There are some names in football which have a ring to them, something romantic that takes us back to times past, Red Star Belgrade is one of those. Before mass- televised football, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of Yugoslavia, before drug testing etc Red Star ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-19By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Time for a Change
    Just a quickie… Last weekend’s 15 minute collapse was horribly painful and worse, a return to the type of loss of control we have seen over the past few seasons. But Everything changed in one moment and it was a moment out of control of anyone in an Arsenal shirt. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-18By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Into the Hornet’s Nest
    The Good: We are on a fine run of results having lost just one of our last 5 games. Watford have yet to win a game at home this season. The Not So Good: Watford are on a fine run of results having lost just one of their last 5 games. We ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-14By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Top Seasons – 1952-53, our 12th best
    The 1952-53 season started well for Arsenal as we won the opening two fixtures but then only managed to win two of the next eight matches. A 5-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on November 15 helped to inspire the team and the goals continued to flow throughout that winter. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-09By chas
    5 months ago
  • The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us
    mickydidit89 says: October 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm Lads lads lads Had an idea for a mini series of posts The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us The worst Arsenal player to HAVE won a major trophy with us The best player for us ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-04By chas
    5 months ago
  • Premier League Top 6 Teams – Next 6 Games
    (Before we start I realize that Burnley is currently in sixth position on goal difference but this post is about the most likely top six at the end of the next six games). Here is each team’s schedule of the next six games plus their current standings. Man C has ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-03By chas
    5 months ago
  • The Seagulls fly into The Emirates
    Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were founded in 1901 and started playing in the Southern League where they won the 1910 FA Charity Shield, which at that time was contested by the champions of the Southern League, and the Football League Champions. The 1910 FA Charity Shield was the third ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-01By chas
    5 months ago
  • Journey into the Unkown
    I have to admit to knowing very little about Bate Borisov – I didn’t even know they were based in Belarus, in fact I don’t even know where Belarus is! But, if they are in the Europa then they have to be decent opposition! I have read that Hleb started ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-28By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Top Seasons – 1937-38, our 13th best
    (As a preface to this post, I want to make it clear that I have created a list of all of our Division 1 and PL seasons and sorted them first by league position and then by the points won %. Therefore this series may exclude trophy winning seasons where ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-27By chas
    5 months ago
  • Now we welcome the Baggies to the Emirates
    West Bromwich Albion Football Club was formed in 1878 and they have played at their current ground since 1900. They are known as The Baggies, The Throstles or WBA. They are based in the West Midlands with their main rivals being Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 1930/31 they ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-25By chas
    5 months ago
  • Bonny Donny Gonny – Player Assessments
    Revelations and facts Ospina’s mother’s maiden name was Ramirez Chambers is closer to leaving than I realised. Mertasacker will always be an Arsenal legend. Holding purposely had his confidence massaged in this game. Reiss-Nelson is not as advanced as I had hoped. Elneny should be playing in the first team ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-21By chas
    5 months ago
  • “Donny” come to The Emirates
    The Rovers were formed in 1879, 138 years ago and turned professional in 1885, they have spent most of their years bouncing about in the lower leagues of English football and currently play in League 1 after gaining promotion from League 2 in 2016/17. Their ground is the Keepmoat Stadium ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-20By chas
    5 months ago
  • It’s not the players … it’s the tune
    Following on from yesterday’s post, there was a degree of agreement that balance is a crucial factor in the way a team performs. An extension to that theory would be that the best team may not necessarily comprise the best 11 players. Jeff Beck playing in Black Lace (showing my age ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-19By Rasp
    5 months ago
  • Superb performance, balanced side …. and without Ozil?
    What you are about to read may be considered sacrilege by many. I don’t want to cast ay negatives after such a good result yesterday ….. but I’m just going to put something out there. I only saw highlights of the game, but from that and the comments of respected ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-18By Rasp
    5 months ago
  • Now we travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea
     Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 and since that day their only ground has been Stamford Bridge.  Since then they have had no less than 39 different managers go through their turnstiles. The following does not make pleasant reading but the facts are that Stamford Bridge has not been ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-17By chas
    5 months ago
  • 1-0 Down, 3-1 Up.  MOTM: Arsene Wenger.
    Here are some brief “feelings” on the back of last night’s game, pulled together from my own thoughts as well as picking through the excellent comments on here from genuine experts. Back three/four. I think it’s wrong to judge a system by the personnel. Throw Koscielny and Mustafi into ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-15By Rasp
    5 months ago
  • We welcome the Billy Goats for our 1st Europa League game
    This season we play Thursday night football in the Europa League and our first game is home to Fußball-Club Köln also known as FC Köln or FC Cologne in English. They play in the Bundesliga, the highest league of German football and were Champions in 1962/3, 1963/4 and 1977/8. The ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-14By chas
    5 months ago
  • The Mesut/Alexis Conundrum
    Question of the day from GoonerB What do people feel we should do with Sanchez and Ozil? Options could include: Play them as 1st 11 choices all season and let them leave on a free in May. Show them the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-13By Rasp
    5 months ago
  • What we learned from the Weekend.
    Lacazette is worth the money. We can win without Sanchez. Mr Wenger’s experiment of playing Bellerin on the left is over. Kolasinac needs PL experience but looks a fine addition. Welbeck can finish! Mustafi central with pacy CB’s outside him works against teams who have no attack Our midfield ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-11By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Is a Clean Sheet possible ?
    Seems an age since we got hammered up at Anfield. Why? Not just the International break but also thanks to the poisonous atmosphere around the club. Let’s be honest, it has never really disappeared despite a decent end to last season and an encouraging win on the opening day. Sadly, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-09By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal 2017/18 Squad
    Now that the summer transfer window has closed here is our First Team Squad as shown on Arsenal.com. Now here is the Academy squad. I’m not and expert on either squad formation or tactics, all I can intelligently discuss is my opinion of the players skills, attitude and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-07By chas
    6 months ago
  • Now we host the Cherries at the Emirates
    Bournemouth FC was founded in 1899, 118 years ago, as Boscombe FC. They have had 28 different managers in their history including Harry Redknapp; who famously took them to memorable victory over Manchester United in the 1984 FA Cup, Tony Pulis and an ex-Arsenal manager Leslie Knighton. Their current ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-06By chas
    6 months ago
  • Media maelstrom inspires Arsenal fans
    We have just witnessed the biggest “much ado about nothing” period in the history of the Arsenal Football Club. It was ably driven by the usual culprits, the Arsenal hating Media, the fans (those that believe the nonsense they read) and, of course, the “expert pundits” who fuel the fires ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-05By chas
    6 months ago