Arsenal Arsenal

  • 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
    1 day 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
    2 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks ago
  • My 
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-28By Rasp
    4 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 months ago
  • What would a successful season be?
    The transfer saga has ended and our squad will remain as such (barring injuries) until the end of the year. Given our current squad, our management, the current spirit around the club as well as given our competition at national and European levels, what would success look like at the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-04By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Beginnings v Endings. Liverpool v Arsenal
    So, and this is a fact, The Ox chose Liverpool over Chelsea and Arsenal Smoke signals from some fires suggested both Lemar and Virgil fancy Pool. I’m not basing anything here on what we all witnessed at Anfield last week, because I’m talking about the bigger picture. There does ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-02By chas
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal – arrivals and exits, final hours.
    Here is where we are in a nutshell ……… Ox is off to Liverpool Gibbs has gone to West Brom Mustafi is still here ……. Milan have given up wanting him Today will be about whether Dick Law’s team actually know what they’re doing and can earn their wages. Rumour ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-31By peachesgÖÖner
    3 months ago
  • THE LATE DASH FOR THE ARSENAL EXIT DOOR
    A little over 36 hours to the close of the window, and wow, it’s all happening at Arsenal. Incredible really. Last season closed with ripples of optimism. The fabulous Cup win and the sexy new system. Add the three players down spine we needed, keep our best players, sell the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-30By peachesgÖÖner
    3 months ago
  • Obviously the best is still to come from Arsenal………
    it has to be – as it cannot possibly get any worse than it was today. I want to put this in perspective; now I’ve watched as a spectator or a viewer more games than anybody I know – over 2,500 and our performance (or lack of) against Liverpool ranks ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-28By chas
    3 months ago
  • Liverpool Preview
    Yet again we go to Anfield as the underdogs , a strange circumstance as for so many years they were also rans. FairPlay to the LFC BoD for investing hundreds of millions into the playing staff and then signing such an in demand manager. It has to be said ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-27By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Next up we travel to Anfield to play Liverpool
    I always get a thrill when I hear the traditional names of the stadiums, well that’s not entirely true as I get a totally different feeling when I here White Hart Lane or Old Trafford but generally the names strike a very pleasing chord with me. As commercialism has taken ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-24By chas
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal window Time Bomb
    No idea how many days in August, so let’s pretend the window remains open for ten’ish days. That is not long at all, although I suspect a great deal more business will be done across Europe. I imagine Barca will be very active, and this will have the inevitable knock-on ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-21By peachesgÖÖner
    3 months ago
  • Stoke, no longer The Orcs?
    I admit it – they don’t play hoofball any more, they have players who can pass a ball and others who are highly skilled, but they are still Stoke and the stands at The Britannia are still packed with Neanderthals and Orcs. Even the obnoxious Sparky Hughes has mellowed, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-19By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Now we play Stoke City in the Potteries
    This is my least favourite away game of the season; we play the ever repugnant Stoke City. My thoughts are always dominated by the FA Cup semi final games in 1971 and 1972, both semis went to replays and we won them both. The circumstances involved in those losses caused ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-17By chas
    3 months ago
  • Is the FA Biased?
    Now I’m not one who endorses conspiracy theories but when I look at the opening seven games in the Premier League it gives me leave to at least wonder. In my belief it is important to have a high degree of balance and fairness in the schedule in order to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-15By chas
    3 months ago
  • Tally Ho. Leicester Preview.
    Kicking off the PL on a Friday night, Thursday night football and a season full of Sunday p.m. games – could this be the recipe for a successful campaign? Let’s hope so. I wrote yesterday that I believe we have the squad, the experience and the talent to win ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-11By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Champions 2017/18?
    How do you think we will fare this season? Will the strengthening of the squad be enough to propel us to the Title? Will it be enough to regain our Top 4 status? Here’s what BR thinks (subject to change depending upon results ) Let’s look at the opposition, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-10By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Friday Night Football at the Emirates
    For the first time in the Premier League history the season will kick off on Friday August 11th when Arsenal will host Leicester City at the Emirates with the game starting at 19:45. We played our first game against Leicester 125 years ago on January 7th 1895 – back then ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-09By chas
    4 months ago
  • Chelsea Preview
    Tempus Fugit. Seems like yesterday  … actually it doesn’t, much talk and some action has taken place since season’s end, some good, some not so good, some still to happen. Has anyone left from the 1st team squad? Will they? Loans must be the order of the day as we try ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-06By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal Decisively Indecisive?
    Being decisive is usually recognised as recognising a problem, or identifying a need to improve a situation, and arriving at a decision to quickly and effectively act to resolve it. And in some ways, that has happened, in that defensively we seemed to be all at sea last season, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-03By chas
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal: Tight Fisted Scrooges or Profligate Wastrels?
    The Emirates Cup was a strange mixture of youthful carefree enjoyment in a deeply satisfying and fun filled first game against Benfica, and an inhibited and surprisingly chaotic lurch into the tippy tappy football of the older more experienced players who did not appear to gell in the second game. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-31By chas
    4 months ago
  • The Ups and Downs of Arsenal
    This is the time of the year when Arsenal, and every other club, seem to be caught in the footballing equivalent of the doldrums, once the bane of every sailing ship known to man, where a relatively calm period occurs out of nowhere, and during which time no wind has ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-28By chas
    4 months ago
  • All Aboard the Transfer Merry-Go-Round
    What is going on with these transfer bids — and rebids? A juicy rumour appears out of nowhere linking Arsenal to a player we can all see is exactly what the team need – you know you have seen those tidbits many times – right? Then the next snippet comes ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-24By chas
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal v Western Sydney Wanderers
    Lacazette has a new Arsenal striker competitor up front…. …from Per Mertesacker. Thats right, after a fantastic, stand out performance in the FA Cup final, it took Per only 4 minutes to get on the scorers sheet. courtesy of the Arsenal Gentleman Welcome to the land Down Under Arsenal. And ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-15By chas
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal in Australia from 1977 to 2017
    Let’s start with extracts from Wiki and Original 1977 Programme The tournament was the idea of English entrepreneur Reg Lambourne, Strata Travel owner Tom Lawrence and Red Star Belgrade FC Secretary General Dr Miroljub Stojkovic and consisted of two competitions. The first (also known as Metro 20th Anniversary Tournament) was a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-11By Rasp
    4 months ago
  • Life without Sanchez
    So before talking about options for life without Sanchez lets just talk about what happens if he stays. Personally I think this is rather easy. He lines up as the left sided of our double number 10’s (with Ozil as 1st choice to the right of centre) behind our new boy ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-06By peachesgÖÖner
    5 months ago
  • Arsene’s fantastic Vision of Beautiful Football
    So, here we are, a year on and openly or sneakily looking at the myriad of transfer rumours flowing around us, not just about Arsenal, but around all our rivals too – who is buying whom, who is asking for the humongously ridiculous salary and so on. The season finished ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-02By chas
    5 months ago
  • Season Assessment: Centre Backs
    We have a lot of them don’t we? Do we need so many? Are they all good enough to do the job? Do we need to improve on their quality? The season was definitely split into two as regards the defence, with the move to a Back 3 making giving ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-24By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Mbappe to Arsenal for….how much?
    Mmmm, sounds like the answer is about 100M. Just been reading an article about Roberto Sanches. Remember him. Portuguese star of the Euros. Last May, at the age of 18, he moved from being the star man at Benfica to Bayern for a fee that will eventually ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-21By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Season Assessment: Full Backs
    If you have been reading AA over the past few years you will know that BR knows sweet FA about tactics. This makes it difficult to judge the effectiveness of our full backs whose jobs change depending upon the formation. It was much easier to critique a performance in the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-15By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Prêt à acheter, Arsène
    Come on, you get my drift. Pret à Manger, Pret à Porter, Footballers to Buy. Anyway, France v England tonight (and on proper telly) in a friendly, and oh garçon, do they have some good footballers. Looking through their squad there are quite a few who I reckon would look ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-13By peachesgÖÖner
    5 months ago
  • Season Assessment: Goalkeeper
    Dust has settled, we have silverware, no CL, the manager contract is signed. It is time to look back … Let us start this series at the back and the men between the sticks. Prior to the Back 3 experiment our keepers were under pressure as we conceded goal after ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-11By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Stand up if you Love Arsene Wenger
    Well I’m already standing and I have more hope for the future of our club than I have had in many a long year. You may ask why? The answer is that I want the Arsenal Football Club to be a club that all future generations of supporters can be ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-07By chas
    6 months ago
  • Champions League Final on the AA sofa.
    August 2016, and I was sitting next to an Italian chum in a restaurant in Northern Italy. Chum, born Italian and Juventus, has for the past fifteen years lived in North London and become Arsenal as well. The company was good and the conversation flowed merrily. I ask him about ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-03By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • On the Dotted Line
    It’s an important day at The Emirates. A new contract for Mr Wenger; yet to be confirmed but the media are convinced he will continue for another two years. No details of wages, sporting directors, new coaches or any real change but perhaps that will happen during the summer. I ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-31By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • In The Merry Month of May. Player Ratings.
    Just great to be a Gooner this morning. You all watched the game so this will not be a minute by minute match report, more a flow of consciousness which considering I went to bed full of G&T’s, white Sauvignon Blanc and a nightcap of finest single malt, could be ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-28By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • Yes. We Can. (Win the FA Cup Final)
    Is it just a British thing to support the underdog? Doesn’t seem to happen in the States (except in Rocky1). It is rare that we Gooners support the underdog but we do today. Quite a nice feeling if I am honest. The last two FA Cup victories were against teams ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-27By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • 26th May 1989 – It’s up for grabs now!!!
    This is Big Raddy’s story of arguably the Greatest Day in Arsenal’s history. May 26 1989, a day never to be forgotten in Gooner history, but also a preface to the modern Arsenal. Here is my story of the evening and why I think it changed the face of our ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-26By peachesgÖÖner
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Glorious FA Cup History
    Well here we go it’s the 136th edition of the oldest football competition in the world and our record 20th FA Cup Final. It’s our 2nd against Chelsea; in the 2002 final we ended up victorious, winning 2-0 with goals by Ray Parlour in the 70th minute and Freddie Ljungberg ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-24By chas
    6 months ago
  • Everton: Player Ratings
    A sunny day, the end of the PL season, JC last game (?), a fine win yet one mingled with regret and disappointment Given that we played 80 minutes with 10 men against a strong Everton team and a bent referee it was a fine victory. Had we not been ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-22By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • Everton. A Chance to say Goodbye?
    Will this be the final time Alexis and Mesut grace Islington’s most sacred turf? Hope not , but if it is let’s win this afternoon with the style and brio they have both brought to the Arsenal. Everton are a good team and Koeman has done well to keep ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-21By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • JC’s Farewell Game?
    Many of you AA bloggers past and present have met our old man’s best mate, JC, when meeting up for a beer before an Emirates match. Since giving up his season ticket a couple of years back, his attendance has been more sporadic for a number of reasons. He hasn’t ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-18By chas
    6 months ago
  • Another Victory.
    Are we going to talk football? Why not? Strange game last night. First half a meandering dull affair enlivened only by speculation as to why the Emirates was a quarter empty. Ozil playing beautifully but Giroud the opposite. Sanchez scoring two but losing the ball way too often. Gibbs having ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-17By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • Down to the Wire.
    The Hammers cowardly capitulation at the hands of Liverpool has put a slight dampener on tonight’s challenge, but as Micky rightly points out, the Fat Lady has yet to sing. I have never experienced the depression of relegation with Arsenal, neither have you. We have no idea what it must ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-16By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • ARSENAL STOKE AWAY TODAY
    I’ll be brief. It is a “Must Try Today Game”. Two reasons. The CL is a better tournament than The Europa, and also, we must remain focused and battle hardened going into The Cup Final. courtesy of Futurecaster I cannot tell you anything about Stoke you don’t already know. They ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-13By chas
    6 months ago
  • Southampton. Player Ratings
    Cech. Terrific, even his distribution was good. Saved a couple of one on ones and made a spectacular flying save from Redmond.   9 Holding. Early to make this huge statement but this man has a touch of the Tony Adams – he could be that good. Calm, clever, determined ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-11By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Southampton: MWG?
    Just in case anyone is getting ahead of themselves and thinking this will be an easy win, may I point out that we have not won at St Mary’s in our last 5 visits plus we have lost 5 of our last 6 away matches. We need a win because ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-10By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • George Best? Merinho wouldn’t have picked him
    For so many years this was my favourite fixture of the year; Best and Charlton coming to Highbury, hating Sheringham, Cantona getting sent off , Van Nistleroy and Keown, TH14’s wonder goal at the Clock End, PV4’s penalty in Cardiff, Pizzagate and much much more. Post- Merinho –it has lost ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-07By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Who goes? Who stays?
    Which players shall be sent away and why? Cech – Ospina – Martinez – Szecesny Bellerin – Chambers – Jenkinson – Debuchy Monreal – Gibbs Kos – Mustafi – BFG – Holding – Gabriel Xhaka – Coqueiln – El Neny Ramsey – Wilshere – Cazorla Ox – Walcott – Iwobi ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-05-03By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • One Cockerel does not a summer make
    So here we go folks, the final North London Derby at WHL. This occasion really should have called for the daddy of pre-matches, but unfortunately there are some trees that need a hug…..so you are stuck with me. I need to say in advance that I have a superstition about ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-30By peachesgÖÖner
    7 months ago
  • Poetic Justice does exist – Leicester Player Ratings
    My old man used to bang on about justice to me when I was a kid. By the time I’d reached my teens, I had categorically realised that it is an abstract notion which does not, in reality, exist in any tangible form. How beautiful it is when rare moments ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-27By chas
    7 months ago
  • Winning Run to Continue?
    A chance to play and beat the Champions. We managed a draw away at a time the Leicester boys were shafting Ranieri, can we do better tonight? Since Tinkerman left LFC have done very well and seem a rejuvenated team (shameful), we have won two on the bounce. It ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-26By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • A Sunny Day.
    I guess we are still basking in the glory of a Wembley win, but it could have been so different. Time for a reality check. We often complain about how a referee steals the game from us, that bad decisions have resulted in lost points, but Sunday we were blessed. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-25By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Our Rorke’s Drift
    I was hesitant about writing a FAC SF post with the prospect of Spurs awaiting us in the Final. Amusingly, that is no longer the case as the Hotspurs take yet another sad drag home along the North Circular So, it is with a lighter heart that I write ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-23By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • The Magic of the FA Cup returns on Sunday
    On July 20th, 1871 at a Football Association meeting a discussion was held about “breathing life” into its Challenge Cup. After the formal business was concluded, W. Alcock proposed: “That it is desirable that a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association, for which all clubs ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-21By chas
    7 months ago
  • Bellerin. Mid-Term Report
    Hector Bellerin. Now there is a problem arising for whomever is to be our manager. Has a last decent season and thinks he is Jack the Peanut. Believes he is already the finished article and all he needs to do is turn up then bide his time until Barca/Real come ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-20By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Riverside Revolution? – Player Ratings
    Match Thoughts So three at the back is less than four at the back but as we generally play with the full backs over the halfway line, three is more than two. That’s the tactical bolleaux over with. I’ll leave more in-depth analysis to the specialists. The first half was ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-18By chas
    7 months ago
  • Arsenal v Boro. Thoughts
    Boro are one of the rare teams that conjure no emotion whatsoever in me, it’s like they do not exist, and yet I’ve just looked them up only to discover that unbelievably they’ve been around since 1889. I imagine many Arsenal fans will glance at this fixture and offer ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-17By Rasp
    7 months ago
  • Where the real power lies at Arsenal
    I stated on here a few weeks ago that I felt Arsene’s future would be determined by the players. Last season Chelsea finished outside the European places. The players ousted Maureen. They now lead the League with something to spare. Last season’s Champions, Leicester, lost five on the trot, ousted ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-13By chas
    7 months ago
  • The Arsenal Dilemma …. summed up in 4 lines …..
    Whatever is going on behind the scenes, it cannot be in the best interests of the cub or the team to maintain this radio silence. Apart from those at the top in the know, everyone else needs clarification. With 12 players entering the last 18 months of their contracts, and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-11By Rasp
    8 months ago
  • Giroud deserves a Start.
    We have a difficult run-in and two  tough games in the FAC. Should be exciting. Tonight is one of our best possibilities for 3 points. However, Palace have won 4 out of their last 5 games including a win at Chelsea and will expect to get points tonight, but ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-10By Big Raddy
    8 months ago
  • Why an Arsenal surge to 4th matters. Or does it?
    In the red corner, and missing out on European places altogether, we have the advantage of fewer games next season, and consequently, a better chance of going for the League. See Leicester and Chelsea for evidence. In the other corner, we have the surge and a CL place. For me, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-07By Rasp
    8 months ago
  • Bubbles, Bilic and Betrayal
    In recent fixtures West Ham Bob has written the pre-match for this London derby, giving us a view on things Hammery, sadly he is otherwise engaged so you will have to …. My early recollections of WHU are not good and perhaps influenced my attitude towards our East London neighbours. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-05By Big Raddy
    8 months ago