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  • 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
    19 hours 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    2 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
    2 months ago
  • Opposing views about Arsene Wenger erupt in violence
    I’ve been watching in dismay videos of fights between various factions of Arsenal supporters both during and after the Manchester City game. I guess it was only a matter of time before the different groups clashed but as a long time supporter I found it to be very sad. It’s ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-04By chas
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal. Player Ratings.
    In the absence of both our post game analysts, I will try to fill in. I have ambivalence – happy with a point given our current malaise but disappointed that having equalised we didn’t push on and attack a fragile defence. How many clear cut chances did we created? Hopw ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-03By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Sanchez or Aguero?
    It is difficult to emphasise how important this afternoon is, for the club and the fans. For the players, it is just another game and should they lose this and all the games to season’s end, they will still be millionaires and be in demand throughout the world. There is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-04-02By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal News or Lack of.
    I write posts, a lot of them. Well over 500 in the AA years since 2010 (?). Yet here I sit, staring at my keyboard completely bereft of ideas for a post. Why? Because of the Interlull. It is crap. International games have become meaningless as most of our players ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-31By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • How rare is it to win a League Championship?
    The first Football League Championship played was in 1888/89 when Preston North End was crowned as champions. They were also winners of the FA Cup beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in the final therefore becoming the very first winners of the League and Cup double. Final 1888/89 League Table: ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-27By chas
    2 months ago
  • The Case for the Defence
    In the last 6 games our defence has conceded 18 goals (excluding the FAC where we played non-league clubs). Why?     Individually our defence looks very good. Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos and Monreal are all quality defenders. Ospina, Gabriel, Holding, Gibbs are sine replacements. In front of them ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-24By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • A successful season? You decide ………………
    What would success look like for you by the end of the season given the current situation? We are in trouble, we haven’t lost 4 out of 5 consecutive Premiership games in the Wenger era until now. Is there anything that you feel can happen in the next few weeks ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-20By peachesgÖÖner
    2 months ago
  • WBA Preview.
    At last a PL game, no more of that fancy pants Cup football with silly score lines, just good old fashioned League action, and to cap it all we are going to the Midlands, the epicentre of dull. Think Stoke, B’ham. Villa, Wolves , Walsall and WBA.  Think Pulis. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-18By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • No to a celebrity Manager at Arsenal
      Let me have a stab in the dark here. There will be cries, or more probably crying, for a Manager who still has a team in the Champions League, after all, you can only be a winner in the here and now. It’s the nature of short termism, but ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-17By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Footballs First Super Star
    The Right Honourable Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (16 February 1847 – 30 January 1923)   Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird was educated at Eton and Trinity College he graduated in 1869 and went to work in the family bank which after a later merger became Barclay’s Bank and he remained a director ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-16By chas
    2 months ago
  • A Nice Semi?
    In anticipation of the FA Cup Semi-Final draw there were mixed feelings. Man City probably play the most open football, so perhaps drawing them would give us the best chance of progressing. It seemed an opportune moment to play the spuds at Wembley as they have had a torrid time ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-14By chas
    2 months ago
  • To Protest or Not
    The reactions on twitter to the current protests when we play at home seem to be either one extreme or another…….. Entitled morons who make us all look a bit thick if they think that a few hundred of them will make any difference whatsoever…….. Or Good on them; if ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-13By chas
    2 months ago
  • She wore, She wore ….
    Today we celebrate both a home FA Cup fixture and the birthday of one of our most esteemed bloggers. Happy Birthday. What was your reaction to drawing Lincoln?  Joy? A quantum of fear?  Both understandable as this is a no-win situation for the team and a possible disastrous, history-making banana ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-11By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Respect
    Once upon a time on AA we had Rant Friday, well today is Rant Thursday. Last night’s game at Camp Nou may have been exciting and the denouement exceptional but what about the rest of it? And what of our game the night before? My focus here is on Respect. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-09By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • R.E.S.P.E.C.T
    We were humiliated in Munich. Did OK in the first half and got smashed in the second. Will AW give it full gas against BM at home? He tried it at Liverpool and despite a second half revival we got sucker-punched. Or should AW batten down the hatches and hope ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-07By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • To Ozil or not to Ozil? That is the Question.
    Hard to predict this one; we could win handsomely or get tanked. Neither team is playing well and yet both are capable of pulling out enough moments of quality to win the game. Should be interesting. We lost at home on the opening day of the season in a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-04By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Is Kroenke killing Arsenal?
    We did well under the stewardship of the Hill-Woods. Even better under the ownership of  Dein and Fizman but Silent Stan? Has he been a hindrance or a help? I was one who rallied against Usamov, I felt he would take us in the Chelsea route – no history, no ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-03-02By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Big Decisions
    This morning post is lifted from yesterdays comments …. The point about contracts is an interesting one as there are quite a few players other than Özil and Sanchez who are in the same position as those 2 (contracts due to run out soon). Szscesny Cech Jenkinson Debuchy Gibbs Ox ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-28By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Santi Cazorla – Out For The Season
    Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Cazorla has been out since limping out of the Champions League group stage game against Ludogorets at the Emirates Stadium in October. He underwent surgery in December and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hoped the 32-year-old ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-24By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal. Europe. Why bother, and if so, how?
    Let’s be clear, The UK tumbling out of Europe is one thing, The Arsenal tumbling out is an altogether more serious matter, however, it’s not just us. Why? My first thought was that having just been reminded about the wretched League Cup, it would be down to our larger league ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-21By chas
    3 months ago
  • Sutton: Team and thoughts.
    Exciting times ahead, or will this be  ….  I can’t even bring myself to write it Beating Sutton brings no glory only the opportunity to go further in the FAC. If I had the choice I would prefer to play a PL team at home but such is Lady Luck. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-20By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Where Do We Go From Here?
    fgg says Alonso -£8m Vidal – £25m Thiago – £20m Not exactly crazy money. Massive transfers still get the headlines in football, but there are thousands of transfers that happen every season that are value for money. Leicester were a prime example of this last season. Ox Ramsey Wilshere Xhaka ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-17By chas
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal to Park The Bus?
    I should be excited as we go to play one of the very best teams in one of the best stadiums  in the world, I’m not. Is this CL fatigue, Arsenal fatigue, sam old same old or something deeper – perhaps a winter depression? Who knows, all I know is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-15By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal. Mesut. The No10 role.
    Messi is quite good, bit like Mesut, and he plays to the right of Neymar and Suarez. Much chit chat these days about Mesut, and as always, much talk about formations. I believe he plays wide for Germany, and I’m also beginning to think The No10 role is a thing ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-14By chas
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal back to winning ways and player ratings
    We all know the drill by now, lose against weaker opposition (Watford), drop out of the title race and then when the pressure is off we put in a barn storming run to the end of the season. Yep, no real pressure today and the barn stormer seems to have ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-12By LB
    3 months ago
  • Hull.A New Dawn?
    Should be a fine day’s sport. Arsenal, a respite and then England/Wales in Cardiff. The damage of the last two losses is in the past, the players have to show why they earn squillions and give us a reason to believe (sounds like a song). We are at home against ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-11By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Chelsea. With Hindsight.
    Was it really that bad? Enough to launch a Wenger Out campaign? Enough to insist upon radical changes in our squad? Let me start with a statement which IMO is clearly true. Had we played our best 11 at SB we would have taken the points. We couldn’t and didn’t ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-10By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal: expectation and enjoyment
    Someone close to me has just been diagnosed with severe depression. We talk at length on a regular basis and it’s always been clear to me that he sets himself up to fail. For him, being anything other than the best at anything he does, renders it all completely pointless, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-06By peachesgÖÖner
    4 months ago
  • Don’t make me laugh …………….. Match preview
    So it’s been a difficult week for some Gooners, the team has gone from ooh aah heroes last Saturday to utter befuddlement  at the performance on Tuesday night against Watford. Less said about that the better. On to today…………. We picked up a couple more injuries the other night, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-04By peachesgÖÖner
    4 months ago
  • Forgive Fabregas? Is Giroud injured?
    Fabregas is in the news in the run up to Saturday’s game at the Bridge, professing his gratitude to Arsenal for believing in him in an interview published on youtube this week. He’s also put up some Snapchat photos of him with Hector and Bobby P at a Puma event ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-03By chas
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal Have Been Found Out – Watford Player Ratings
    Yes, that’s right, you know it and I know it, we’ve been found out, Bournemouth were the first to work it out and every other lesser team has followed suit with Watford jumping on the bandwagon and speeding away with all three points. I say speeding because they, like Bournemouth, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-01By LB
    4 months ago
  • Watford, Minnows & Days of Yore.
    An away draw at Sutton Utd . A win takes us into the 6th round a loss is unthinkable Back in the Days of Yore, I went with AFC to Yeovil for an away Cup game. In order to get tickets one had to check in the program, find out ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-31By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Minnows & Days of Yore.
    An away draw at Sutton Utd . A win takes us into the 6th round a loss is unthinkable Back in the Days of Yore, I went with AFC to Yeovil for an away Cup game. In order to get tickets one had to check in the program, find out ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-31By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Dannyyyyyyyy………………..and player ratings.
    Well that was exciting, I was excited thinking about the game all week and was even more excited when I saw the team selection by the end I was ecstatic. An outstanding performance and a great result. Days like this are our reward for being Arsenal supporters. Player ratings Ospina: ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-29By LB
    4 months ago
  • An Afternoon for Attack?
    Are you confident of a win today? Really? We always used to win at Southampton but in recent years our win ratio has plummeted. Given the lack of Elneny, Xhaka and Cazorla we are reduced to just two effective MF’s -Ramsey and Coquelin, a partnership which has yet to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-28By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • China or Arsenal?
    Imagine the situation …. you are sitting at your desk doing whatever it is you do (or in some  cases out on the streets) when you get a call from a friend who says” There is the possibility of quadrupling your wages but you have to move to the suburbs ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-26By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Who will win the 2016/17 Premier League?
    We are close to 60% of the way through the season having played 22 out of the 38 games. It is the closest we have seen the league in many years with the top 6 teams separated by 14 points but the 2nd to 6th places by only 6 points. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-24By chas
    4 months ago
  • Can Arsenal win the league?…..a fan’s view and player ratings.
    So we managed not to slip on the banana skin or should that be the Burnley skin. Slippery enough as a fixture before the weekend which only got slipperier after the Liverpool result and was downright black ice slippery after Manu, man city and spuds all dropped points; we wobbled ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-23By LB
    4 months ago
  • Did Arsenal bid for Barton?
    Seems ages since we last played. Imagine how it is for teams that don’t have European football like Chelsea and Liverpool. But … does this really give them an advantage.? Well, it is said, justifiably, that the table does not lie. We have two home games ahead of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-22By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal have the Best Fans?
    Only 13k at S’ton last night. What has happened to the Magic of the Cup? If we draw at S’ton how many would go to the replay at the Emirates? My guess is another full house. Our average gate through 2016 in the PL was 59,444 which is 99.4%  capacity.  Slightly ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-19By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • 3-5-2. What’s that all about, then?
    Quite apart from the fact that it’s all the rage, we go to Chelsea in a few weeks, and we know this is how they will set up. What is considered the best formation to counter the 3-5-2? Do managers build a team around a formation, or a formation ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-18By peachesgÖÖner
    4 months ago
  • What is your best midfield?
    The choices are Elneny, Cazorla, Ramsey, Xhaka, Coquelin. Let’s make it more difficult and add in the attacking MF. So now we have to include Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil. If we have 3 attackers and 5 defenders (inc Gk) it leaves 3 or 4 places. Ozil is a guaranteed starter ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-17By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Swansea 0 Arsenal 4……..A fan’s view and player ratings.
    There is never anything wrong with winning four nil and that, as you know, is exactly what we got and it sure made a pleasant change from going behind and having to claw our way back all the while with stress levels climbing to unhealthy heights before Giroud scores his ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-15By LB
    4 months ago
  • Clement to improve ailing Swansea?
    Swansea. What a shame. Lovely small club, promoted to PL. Get big name manager. Do exceedingly well considering budget. Sell best players. Don’t re-invest. Manager wants better players, owners want profits, manager resigns. Then it is all downhill. Managers come and go, results don’t improve. Relegation highly likely. So ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-14By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Who Let The Dogs Out?
    Apparently this is a new Red Action banner to be displayed at The Emirates Stadium. The Gooniverse has generally responded in two ways: those who think it’s a rather touching idea intended to make Alexis feel at home; and those who think it’s shameful and trivialises a professional football ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-12By chas
    4 months ago
  • Better Days?
      The Old Days. We always think they were better … Would you exchange the better standard of football we see every season at The Emirates for the mud and passion of Highbury? Why do I long for a TA/Steve Bould  tackle which would “let the player know you ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-11By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Why are we going backwards?
    Jan 10th 2016. Arsenal are top of the table with 43 points. Leicester the same point total. MC 3rd with 40 Spurs 4th with 36 MU 6th with 34 Liverpool 9th  31 pts Chelsea   14th  24 pts.   Jan 10th 2017 Chelsea  49 points Liverpool 44 Spurs   ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-10By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal: a transfer epiphany.
    You all know the Didit footballing code. Score goals and then score some more. A simple, elegant and entertaining formula. As always, with the transfer window upon us, my thoughts turn to acquiring expensive goal scorers. At least, my thoughts turned that way until yesterday. I fell off my surfboard, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-09By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Giroud Saves the Day — Again. Match Report, plus Player Ratings.
    Arsene Wenger’s record of never losing a 3rd round FA Cup tie remains intact; I think the victory over Preston makes it a consistent 21 years which is pretty impressive but boy were we made to suffer for it – again. Surely we are due a game in which we ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-08By LB
    5 months ago
  • Who will play at Deepdale?
    Preston? Never been there. Deepdale?  Never been there.  North End?  Same.  Did I ever see Tom Finney play? No. Have I ever heard of any of PNE’s players? No. Their manager, Simon Grayson …. well, I did see him play for Blackburn.  Preston’s Finest In other words I have no ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-07By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Will Sanchez leave during this transfer window?
    Maybe it’s just me but I’m worried that Sanchez is seriously considering leaving, in the last few games he has shown signs of disinterest and stands around with his hands on his hips and looks disgusted with his team mate’s decision making. I first noticed this during our loss ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-05By peachesgÖÖner
    5 months ago
  • Mustafi Refuses To Give Up his Unbeaten Record
    What a crazy game of football! No wonder we are always on telly when we can be so easily  turned over and then forge such an amazing comeback, all in the space of a couple of hours. How can Michael Oliver see Xhaka’s shove as different to the one ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-04By chas
    5 months ago
  • Happy Holidays?
    Bournemouth is known as the English Riviera (or it is in my family!!).  We used to holiday there in the days before I was allowed to travel on my own. When I passed my driving test Bournemouth became a weekend destination because there were language schools full of Scandigirls who ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-03By Big Raddy
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  • Palace: Player Ratings
    A bread and butter win against a poor Palace, with Özil out, presumably to flu, it gave us a chance to see what life would be like with a proper Mesut injury and to my surprise it didn’t look as bad as I feared. His absence seemed to embolden some; ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-02By Big Raddy
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  • How to beat Palace. Turn Japanese
    Bloody Fat Sam again. Pardew was bad but The Walrus? Didn’t the Palace directors ask WHU about him and his style of football? I am sure Cabaye will be thrilled. What can we expect from today’s game? You already know. FS will start his tenure at CP by  “shoring” ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-01By Big Raddy
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  • Hello Arsenal, Shanghai Shenhua calling”
    32 year old Carlos Tevez transferred from Boca to Shanghai for £70M. Oh, and if you think that’s funny, then let me tell you his wages: £615,000. Per week. We’re talking New World Order stuff here, and I reckon David Beckham could be lacing up again any minute. I would. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-30By Big Raddy
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  • Are refs biased? Discuss
    Mike Deans last 7 Spurs games. 6 Wins1 draw0 losses 5 penalties awarded for Spurs3 red cards given to opposition Bald pic.twitter.com/3wAHECMSUu — ️️️Aaron (@ReidTheGame) December 28, 2016 ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-29By peachesgÖÖner
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  • NO to boring games: The Plan
    The excuse: we’re poor minnows and can’t out football you, so we’ll out bore you for a point. My response: bugger off and don’t darken our doorstep again. The object: reward adventure. Stamp on dullards. We want goals. My plan: 1 point per goal and a further 2 to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-28By chas
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  • Arsenal vs WBA: Player Ratings
    This is what I think. Cech: if you keep a clean sheet you must have done something right. Commanding, confident and his usual array of hoofing the ball upfield. 7 Bellerin: the curious thing about Hector is none of us know how good he is going to end up being; ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-27By Big Raddy
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