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  • ExKoemanicated
    You’ll forgive the somewhat different approach to reporting on the match at Everton. The first weekend of half-term is time to be spent with others and the Arsenal takes something of a back seat. I did get back from golf with the grand’holics in time to see the second-half and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-23By 'holic
    13 hours ago
  • The ‘holic Pound
    A black Labrador puppy is looking at me with eyes that cannot be ignored. There is no way in the world I will have time for a full preview of the trip to Everton. However I know you want to know what my punt of the match is so you ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-21By 'holic
    3 days ago
  • Gunners ‘Cup Team’ Still One Hundred Percent
    The Arsenal lined up at the Marakana pretty much as predicted in the preview with Mohamed Elneny dropped into the back three, and fit-again Francis Coquelin slotted into midfield. Would the so-called cup-tie team come up trumps again? The Gunners started on the front foot but Elneny’s through ball evaded Theo Walcott’s ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-19By 'holic
    4 days ago
  • Been There, Done That, Good Luck Gunners
    The Europa League provides a second visit for Arsenal to Belgrade to play Crvena Zvezda at the Marakana. Well that’s how the locals knew the team and stadium when I travelled there in December 1978. It was bitterly cold but the home fans kindly lit a number of fires on the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-18By 'holic
    5 days ago
  • Driven To Distraction
    I don’t get to too many away games, and so tend to look forward to them when I do get lucky with a ticket. This was my second of the season, and following the draw at Chelsea I was definitely anticipating the match at Watford despite having to drive ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-15By 'holic
    1 week ago
  • Eight Unbeaten? Or Another Bad Day Post International Break?
    I haven’t been to Vicarage Road since the eighties, so when a good friend offered me a ticket for this weekend’s match I answered in the affirmative. I’m looking forward to see the transformed version of what was always a quirky stadium. Those were the days of Elton John and Graham ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-13By 'holic
    1 week ago
  • New Deals Shock For Long-Suffering Gooners
    Today Arsenal were involved in a remarkable U-turn from recent policy and have been reported to have been negotiating new deals with the players who are just about still at the club. Dick Law has been reportedly whizzing round Shenley like Lovejoy at a jumble sale looking to secure the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-11By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • The Home Nations Punching Above Their Weight?
    A late afternoon was spent watching England and Scotland, so forgive the international flavour of the blog. I understand well that many are now disenchanted with internationals for the way they interrupt the League season. I was, maybe still am, but I have taken some pleasure in the performance of ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-08By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Gunners Safe For Now – But For How Much Longer?
    Since Arseblog News broke the story about Stan Kroenke’s bid for Alisher Usmanov’s shares we have been waiting for a response from the Arsenal’s second largest shareholder. Today that response came and after a quick scan social media responded positively to the apparent rejection of Kroenke’s bid. “In recent days ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-04By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • We Do What We Have To On A Strange Day
    A very unusual day, from the absurdly early departure to catch a coach because in the 21st century we cannot get a train from Swindon to London before lunchtime, to the equally tortuous journey home down the M4. What happened in between, footballistically and socially, was extremely enjoyable. The only downer ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-10-01By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Can The Gunners Rock Brighton?
    At some point I have probably been critical of people drawing conclusions about who will play in an upcoming fixture based on the training snaps on the club’s official website. However today guess what I found myself doing while Manchester City’s trip to Chelsea was unfolding on my laptop. Now ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-30By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Jack The Lad Rolls Back The Years
    An hour after the match has finished I am trying to retrieve the details of a contest I would normally have written up in real time. I have the disadvantage of a full tank of Guinness, courtesy of a very special manager’s leaving drinks, but the advantage of a sobering ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-28By 'holic
    4 weeks ago
  • To Belarus With Love
    You’ve been waiting for this, I can tell. Come on then, what do we need to know about Bate Borisov? I can hear those chuckles. Well, I can read their website with Google translate, so I can tell you some stuff. Their home ground is even newer than the Grove ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-27By 'holic
    4 weeks ago
  • Laca Is The Slayer Of The Baggies
    The expected back three and wing-backs were named in the starting eleven, but the midfield was re-arranged with Mohamed Elneny stepping alongside Granit Xhaka, This enabled Aaron Ramsey to be played in support of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Lacazette. Interestingly Jack Wilshere was next to Mesut Ozil on the bench and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-25By 'holic
    4 weeks ago
  • West Brom Result Depends On Getting Two Decisions Right
    What a strange weekend this is turning into. Football was meant to be played on Saturday afternoons, maybe Sunday as a last resort. Instead he who pays the piper calls the tune and if Sky say we have to play on Monday evening three days before going away to Barysaw ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-23By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Frustrating Gunners Squeeze Past Doncaster
    Arsenal rang the changes from Sunday’s starting eleven. All eleven in fact. As expected David Ospina lined up behind Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, and Rob Holding, with exciting prospects Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the wing-back berths. Jack Wilshere returned alongside Mohamed Elneny in midfield behind a potent looking ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-20By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • They Gave Us A Scare Last Time At Doncaster
    Although the memories of Chelsea are still fresh in the mind it is time to look forward again to the visit of Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup. Suffice it to say I knew precious little about the current Doncaster Rovers set-up so I’m grateful for the online presence of ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-19By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Gunners Make A Point At Chelsea
    In all honesty when you set out for the bus stop in Fulham these days it is with an awareness that this hasn’t been the happiest of trips for a few years. This was no different. A grey morning spent on a train meandering through the home counties didn’t lift ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-18By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Back To The Bridge Of Sighs
    After five consecutive Premier League defeats at the bus stop in Fulham we make the journey again this Sunday. What has changed to give us some hope? Well, consecutive victories over the same opposition in the FA Cup Final and Community Shield, and two new players to improve the squad. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-16By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Gunners Repel Cologne Invasion
    Chaotic scenes in and around the stadium prior to tonight’s Europa League tie forced a one hour delay to kick-off. Reportedly 20k Cologne supporters arrived at the stadium gates despite their allocation being 2900 tickets, the usual number for visiting teams in the Premier League and European competition. Questions about ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-14By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • A Completely New Blend For Cologne?
    Hello all. After a long few days it is time to put something together about the impending Europa League bow against Cologne on Thursday evening. I’ve been out of the loop since the weekend so it will be based on what I can speed read tonight and downright invention! Of ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-13By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Dat Guy And Laca Lift The Spirits
    Arriving in the bonus sunshine in North London on Saturday lunchtime heralded the start of one of the good days. A really lovely lunch, a quick whizz around the Armoury, and two Junior Gooners were kitted out for an afternoon on the Clock End on a day when the Arsenal returned ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-10By 'holic
    1 month ago
  • Cherries Ripe for Picking?
    Thankfully another miserable international break is coming to a close, and I will get my first glimpse of the Gunners in the flesh this season. Bournemouth arrive at the Grove on Saturday to face a team that needs a good result even this early in the campaign. It will be ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-08By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • The Two Sides Of Ivan There For All To See
    The two defeats leading into the international break has made this fortnight a pretty miserable time. Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis, indeed anybody connected to the football club appears to be a target right now. Not that some of it isn’t warranted. Ivan in particular needs to pay more attention ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-05By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Time For Reinforcements On And Off The Pitch, Gunners
    The week from hell is drawing to a close. Chicken curry and noodles have been consumed, a couple of pints have been sunk, and England will shortly kick-off in Malta. Quite when I will finish this is anyones guess. A review of the window is probably in order. I doubt ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-09-01By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Scousers Bully Infirm Visitors In Broad Daylight
    Arsene Wenger’s team selection for the trip to Liverpool, a week after the defeat at Stoke, beggared belief. I have fought his corner for many a year, but there was no defending this line-up. Danny Welbeck was retained while Alexandre Lacazette, a £52m signing, and Olivier Giroud, France’s number one ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-27By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • There’s Only Two
    I could leave you to finish that headline. Instead I will confess that like most of us right now I am hearing voices. Or rather, a voice. That little devil on my shoulder trying to steer me from my preferred course. The preview of our trip to Anfield is currently ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-26By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Book Review – Queen of Clubs by James Durose-Rayner
    You may recall the first two books by the same author, I Am Sam and ITV7, which were reviewed here on release. Researching for the final part of the trilogy unearthed so much material about the Arsenal, particularly in the era in which I was supporting the Gunners home and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-23By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Defenceless Gunners Pay The Penalty
    Somewhat surprisingly Skhodran Mustafi was the only central defender recalled to the back three for the trip to Stoke, and he replaced the only central defender who played against Leicester. Left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were retained. The only other change was in midfield where Aaron Ramsey was preferred ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-19By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Short But Sweet – Laca Double Up Please
    It’s been a busy week speculation wise with regard to potential departures as well as arrivals. It’s fair to say that the second actual Premier League football match of the season, despite it’s location, will provide (hopefully) a welcome distraction. Hopefully the string of poor performances at the Britannia/Bet365 Stadium ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-18By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Nelson Has One Eye On A First Team Opportunity
    It’s Wednesday evening and I am watching my second Champions League match of the day. It’s a very strange feeling to say the least. Casually, I wonder if Ivan and Arsene are watching and have the same feeling? After nineteen consecutive campaigns we are the little boy with his face pressed ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-15By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • Cunning Gunners Edge Out Sly Foxes In A Drama
    Mesut Ozil’s recovery saw the only change to the line-up suggested in the preview as he replaced Alex Iwobi in the advanced midfield role. That team started in impressive fashion and Alexandre Lacazette’s Premier League debut was only two minutes old when he he grabbed his first competitive goal for the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-11By 'holic
    2 months ago
  • The Arsenal Have To Make Progress – Starting Friday
    The preparation is over, and the real work starts now for Arsenal who need to hit the ground running on Friday. Disappointingly, given the number of fitness and conditioning staff we now employ, we go into the new season with serious level of fitness issues. According to physioroom.com we head the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-09By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal Put Chelsea On The Spot To Win Again At Wembley
    The Gunners went into the Community Shield without Laurent Koscielny, Skhodran Mustafi, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Alexis. Let’s hope we are able to field a stronger line-up next Friday. Petr Cech started against his former club behind a back three of Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, and Nacho Monreal. That ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-06By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal v Chelsea At Wembley – Again!
    A few days gathering rust completed, it’s good to be back to preview the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley. Some would try to elevate the status of what is essentially a last chance to work on some things before the season kicks off properly. Victory next Friday is ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-05By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • A Boy’s First Match – TTG
    Again I owe at very least a debt of gratitude to our very own TTG for helping out with an excellent piece as I chill big time in the West Country. I think you will enjoy it at least as much as a very mellow me. Let’s go back to ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-08-02By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • We Lost, Yet Still Won
    It is wonderful being on holiday in the west country. Unless Arsenal are on television and you want to follow the match on Cornish wifi, or tortoisenet as it is also known. I caught something like twenty minutes of oft-buffered action which the Arsenal won by a first Laca goal ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-31By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • A High Five For Happy Gunners
    As expected the Gunners started a squad eleven against Benfica on day one of the Emirates Cup. On a damp North London afternoon we started the brighter, but a shock or two lay in store. As early as the fourth minute Reiss Nelson and Theo Walcott combined to provide a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-29By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • It’s Coming Home!
    Back from the tour of Australia and China, the Arsenal prepare to walk out at home on Saturday in the Emirates Cup against Benfica and Sevilla, with RB Leipzig also facing those two teams. Arsenal Wenger was interviewed by Arsenal Player today and commented on the nature of that journey. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-27By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Football Is Hemorrhaging Too Much Of The Wealth It Is Creating
    It’s been a crazy few days which promise to get even crazier in the final month of the transfer window. Neymar to Qatar Saint Germaine at around 230m euros? Maybe with an over-priced Verratti making the reverse journey. Real Madrid reported, falsely as it turned out according to Monaco, agreeing ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-25By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • A Day At School For The Young Guns
    The Gunners lined up against a very strong looking Chelsea starting eleven in Beijing. Again our squad was utilised fully, with David Ospina between the posts, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing on the right-hand side of Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal in the back three. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cohen Bramall were selected ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-22By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Emirates Cup VIP Tickets Up For Grabs And Beijing, We Are In You
    The Arsenal are hosting their pre-season tournament, the Emirates Cup, on Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th. We’ve already teamed up with the Gunners to offer one lucky reader a pair of VIP tickets to the first day of the tournament, in Club Level at Emirates Stadium. Now ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-21By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal Spot On To Beat Bayern And Emirates Cup Tickets
    Shanghai provided a day of mixed blessings for the touring Gunners. A number of players were laid low by a spot of food poisoning which forced the late withdrawal of Per Mertesacker from the fixture against Bayern Munich. The Arsenal went into the match with Petr Cech starting behind a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-19By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Wizards Enjoy Aus
    Once again I am indebted to our very own Sydney Red who saw his team for the second time in 48 hours and now after the feast faces famine until the Gunners make the journey down under again. I’m sure after this hugely successful leg of the pre-season tour it ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-16By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Sydney Red’s Pitch Side View As Laca Opens Account
    A huge thanks to one of our own, Sydney Red, for his take on our opening tour match in the city he now calls home. Where do I start? As we parked close to the stadium, and walked a short distance it was very clear that Arsenal were in ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-14By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • Here We Go Again – A Pre-Season Of Ups And Downs?
    Forty seven days. That’s not even seven weeks for goodness sake. The ‘never-ending’ close season is, erm, ending. It’s gone by in a flash and we can celebrate a new coach, high performance guru (how many is that now?) and two shiny new players who look as though they will be ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-12By 'holic
    3 months ago
  • It’s Coming Home, If You’re An Aussie!
    The end of another glorious weekend, weatherise, and whisper it softly, but the last weekend without Arsenal football until next May! Seven pre-season matches kick off with a tour of Australia and China in the next fortnight. On Thursday morning at 11.00 (it’s 8pm local time) we play Sydney FC. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-09By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • WIN A PAIR OF VIP TICKETS TO SEE ARSENAL AT EMIRATES CUP 2017
    The Arsenal are hosting their pre-season tournament, the Emirates Cup, on Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th. We’ve teamed up with the Gunners to offer one lucky reader a pair of VIP tickets to the first day of the tournament, in Club Level at Emirates Stadium. Taking part ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-06By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Nearly
    It’s been a nearly day for supporters of the Arsenal. We have nearly, if usually reliable journalists are on the money, clinched the signature of Alexandre Lacazette. The French international is said to have undergone a medical at Shenley today, but that may have run into a second day as ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-07-04By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Apologies
    This was supposed to be a post on last night’s Q&A with Ivan Gazidis and an excellent follow-up session with the one and only Romford Pele. Apologies. Instead it is only a selfish, and brief, tirade against an organisation that rode roughshod through ten years worth of work on this ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-30By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Same Old Story
    We’ve seen this film before. England versus Germany goes to penalties. This time it is the U21s denied in the cruellest fashion in the European Championship semi-final. Forgive me overseas ‘holics, but our success in the U20 World Cup had set up (once more, unrealistic) hopes of another tournament triumph. Calum Chambers ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-27By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Alexis The Key To Our Summer Business?
    It’s summer, and for me in recent years the lack of the Arsenal has allowed me to spend time experimenting with new tastes. This evening it was a balti naan, two products I have enjoyed before but not in a kind of Asian calzone. Very tasty, and followed up with a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-24By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • Move Along, Nothing To See Here
    “You need to do a new post, you do.” Do I? What about? “About the Arsenal, of course!” But they’re not doing anything newsworthy at the moment. “What about all those new signings they are being linked with?” What new signings? Kolasinac, good player, great deal. Nobody else has signed. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-19By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • He Loves Us, He Loves Us Not
    Forgive me if I am a little confused this evening at something of a non-story. The Arsenal have announced that we will receive an allocation of 28,300 tickets for the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday August 6th. That makes it almost the equivalent of the number ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-15By 'holic
    4 months ago
  • A Mixed Day For England Against Their Oldest Foes
    So, I’ve taken a breather, enforced by a combination of wonderful cricket and the election here. I’ve been riling a lot of people about the latter so it is off limits on the blog. It’s a football blog after all. I don’t want to lose half of my readership! It’s been ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-10By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • A City United, Real’s Night, And Mr Arsenal
    The awful events of last night in and around London Bridge were a reminder that in the happiest of times we need to remain vigilant and aware of the acts of others. The response has been predictably both understanding and yet defiant at the same time. London will not be ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-06-04By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Supporting The Arsenal Next Season? Of Course
    David Ornstein’s piece on the BBC website about Arsene Wenger signing on for a further two years has not surprisingly poked the hornets nest that is Twitter. If and when the confirmation is released by Arsenal the warm glow of a magnificent performance on Saturday will leave some, that seems ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-30By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • The Thin Red Line Proves Substantial
    The day didn’t start well. A massive thunderstorm shook me from my slumber at 5am. With a taxi booked for just after eight there was no point in trying to get back to the land of nod. Coach to Reading, train to Paddington, and two underground journeys later I ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-28By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Will Arsenal or Chelsea Pay The Penalty?
    A plate of scampi and several pints into Cup Final eve I suppose I have to arrive at a ‘holic pound. It’s been a pretty nerve-jangling week, and as if we haven’t lost enough experience at the back now this evening I see the rumours that David Ospina may ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-26By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Where There Is Hope…
    Less than 48 hours to go, and the nerves, I will confess, are starting to build. As preparation weeks go this has not been the best. Every day it seems someone else is a doubt for the match, but still that last drop of hope refuses to evaporate. If ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-25By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • They Think It’s All Over
    What a strange but largely enjoyable day. That it ended with no Champions League place for the first time in nineteen years seemed to have been accepted long before we took to the pitch. My view of the day may differ from others because I had the advantage of an ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-22By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • The End Is Nigh – A Tense Day Beckons
    It seems like the League started yesterday, when an under-prepared team were edged out in a seven goal exchange with Liverpool. How pivotal it looks as though that result was now. Despite the nineteen match unbeaten run that followed it we find ourselves going into the last game of the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-19By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Pickford’s Brilliant Evening Almost Creates An Upset
    Alexis was declared fit to start against Sunderland, possibly by himself! The Gunners showed two changes from the eleven that started at Stoke. Kieran Gibbs, as expected, came in for Laurent Koscielny with Nacho Montreal switching to the back three. Aaron Ramsey returned in place of Francis Coquelin. With Manchester ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-16By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Will We Mackem Suffer?
    Can we do it on a balmy Tuesday night in North London? More in hope than in expectation we have to put already-relegated Sunderland to the sword to take the slim possibility of fourth place to Sunday. Arsene Wenger summed up our predicament when asked in the pre-match press conference about ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-15By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Stoke Handed A Proper Beating By Rampant Gunners
    There were four changes for the trip to Stoke. Laurent Koscielny returned to the back three so Nacho Monreal replaced Kieran Gibbs at left wing-back, and Hector Bellerin replaced the rested Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as expected. Francis Coquelin got the nod over Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud came in for Danny Welbeck ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-13By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Gunners Need Discipline And Focus – It’s That Away Game Again
    “We have to show character again. We know we have to play to win the games, so let’s keep the focus on the way we want to play and on our team spirit.” Arsene Wenger knows that the trip to Stoke represents, in theory, the toughest of our remaining three ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-12By 'holic
    5 months ago
  • Fifth Placed Gunners Taking It To The Wire?
    Arsene Wenger made the one expected change for the visit to St Mary’s Stadium, bringing in fit-again Skhodran Mustafi for the injured Laurent Koscielny. The captain’s armband was taken by Petr Cech in Koscielny’s absence. In the opening minute we survived a scare when Bertrand’s fierce cross from the left ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-10By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Saints Next On The Pitch But Continuing Chaos Off It
    It has been an interesting day as people have been digesting and assessing Arsene Wenger’s press conference ahead of the visit to Southampton on Wednesday evening. It is yet another ‘must win’ fixture for the Gunners as the pressure builds both on and off the pitch, it would appear. The ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-09By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • The Arsenal Stadium Mystery – Where Did That Come From?
    Where did that come from? What a difference a week makes. Humiliated by the neighbours a week ago, an entirely different Arsenal turned up to end Arsene Wenger’s ‘never beaten Mourinho in the Premier League’ record. This was a performance to savour too. A rare beast of ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-08By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Time To Break The Mourinho Bogey
    With all that is going on around him at the moment I doubt Arsene Wenger is overly thrilled to come up against a manager he has yet to beat in a Premier League fixture. The loathsome Mourinho brings what he says will be a squad team to the Grove on ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-05-05By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Fragile Arsenal Second Best On Last Trip To The Lane
    Arsene Wenger made changes from a close victory against Leicester City for the North London derby. Out went Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin, and Theo Walcott. Back came Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud. The latter was a controversial pick but was surely in with an eye on Tottenham’s aerial ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-30By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • NLD 193, Arsene Wenger’s 50th, Can Arsenal Extend Winning Run to Four?
    Between 1897 and 1903 we made seven visits to the Middlesex marshlands in various minor leagues. The first Football League visit of Arsenal to the neighbours-to-be took place at White Hart Lane on 16th April 1910, some three years before we really wound them up by moving within four miles of ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-28By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Last Gasp Gunners Keep Top Four Chase Alive
    Arsene Wenger rested tired legs for the visit of Leicester City. In came Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin, and Theo Walcott for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rob Holding,  Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud. Nacho Monreal switched to one of the back three. It was the visitors who got the first chance ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-26By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Can The Gunners Feelgood Factor Do For Leicester?
    Still basking in the afterglow of Sunday? I know I am, but the players have no time to reflect on just what they achieved on Sunday as they prepare for the visit of the champions, Leicester City, on Wednesday. When the Foxes came calling last season the match had even ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-25By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • The Gunners Book A Return Visit To Wembley
    Good morning. You can spot the Arsenal supporters this morning. We are the ones with a smile wide enough to insert a banana sideways. Of all the good days I have been following the club that was right up there with the best. It helped that my company from lunchtime ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-24By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • I Like Our FA Cup Final Record Against Chelsea
    Well, as evening’s go that wasn’t so bad after all. The bus stop in Fulham somehow managed to beat a far superior Middlesex team which must have absolutely infuriated our friends in the north. One can only hope that shattering defeat has ramifications for next Sunday. Let’s worry about that ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-22By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Mixed Feelings About Wembley
    “My memories are the old Wembley because it’s the first time I played in 98 I think against Newcastle in the Final. When I was a kid I watched the games at Wembley on television so that (98 Final) was the first time for me to reach Wembley. Now we ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-20By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • As It Happened – The Gunners Win Away At Last
    Arsene Wenger swung the axe for the trip to the Riverside. Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny returned from injury, and there were recalls for Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud. Out went Emiliano Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Skhodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Theo Walcott, and Danny Welbeck. There was ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-17By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Down To Seventh, The Gunners Need A Performance
    Four in a row. It was a game I loved when I was a pup. Now it means the number of away league defeats we have suffered in our current run I am less enamoured with it. We need a gloom lifting performance in Middlesbrough on Monday evening, especially after ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-15By 'holic
    6 months ago
  • Lessons For The Greatest
    I remember with some sadness the decision of Muhammad Ali to come out of retirement and fight Larry Holmes to try and claim the world heavyweight title for a record fourth time. In order to get the ok to box again Ali underwent a physical examination in the Mayo Clinic. He ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-11By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Embarrassing And Shameful
    Arsene Wenger went with an unchanged team for the trip to Selhurst Park following last week’s defeat of West Ham United. The Gunners started the match seven points and two places behind fourth-placed Manchester City with two games in hand. Another three points were sorely needed. The experienced Cabaye, once ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-10By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • The Second Of Twelve? Gunners Off To The Palace
    As Saturdays go that wasn’t a great one if you are still praying for the annual neighbours meltdown. At Arsene’s press conference on Friday the point was made that we are actually two points better off after 29 matches than we were last season. Two points isn’t that much progress ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-08By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Alexis And Ozil Combine To Inspire Gunners Against Woeful Hammers
    As forecast on Tuesday Arsene Wenger was forced to pick Emiliano Martinez in goal with Gabriel drafted in for the injured skipper, Laurent Koscielny. Mohamed Elneny came in for Francis Coquelin but otherwise the team was the one that drew with Manchester City on Sunday. Matt Macey, the fourth choice ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-05By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Time To Press The Irons
    A full midweek programme of Premier League fixtures throws together two under-pressure managers as the Gunners host West Ham United. Arsene Wenger would not have wanted a deepening injury crisis but that is exactly what he appears to be facing. With Petr Cech ruled out already the news that David ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-04By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • I Chose To Have An Enjoyable Day With Friends Old And New
    With apologies for the delay here are a few thoughts on the draw against Manchester City. My day was certainly more enjoyable than a lot of others according to what I saw on social media on the homeward journey. A stroll around the spiritual home that is Highbury always ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-04-03By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • A Vital Big Match Test For Wenger’s Arsenal
    The return of real football is imminent, and what a task faces the recently misfiring Gunners at home to Manchester City. With all that is going on around the club at the moment you could be forgiven for thinking that the team will be up against more than just City and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-31By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Talk About Conflicting Emotions – No, Don’t!
    I’m not sure if I am progressing joylessly into my latter years turning prematurely Meldrew, or if things really are utterly depressing at the moment. I’ll not dwell on Brexit on this platform other than to say I firmly believe we would have been better off trying to change Europe’s ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-29By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • When Charlie Was Our Darling At City
    We are a week away from the first of two crucial fixtures against Manchester City in the month of April. Whilst next week we will be looking for three valuable points in our fading bid for a top four finish the second meeting will provide the opportunity to progress to ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-26By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Poldi Still Packs Der Hammer
    So, extremely tired, I thought I would watch Germany playing England last night. I have taken to not watching them all the time now because frankly watching England in 2017 reflects watching Arsenal in 2017. They rarely play attractive football and psychologically they are way below the level they need ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-23By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Perhaps Alfie Can Help Me Out Here?
    Has this two week international break come at a good time for Arsenal? For the football club, possibly, but not where the supporters are concerned. It’s a fortnight before the players, rightly condemned for their no-show at the Hawthorns on Saturday, can show they have the ability to bounce back ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-20By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Gutless Gunners Fourth Defeat In Five
    News broke early that Mesut Ozil would miss the trip to the Hawthorns. Arsenal Wenger explained that he had picked up a minor hamstring niggle in training yesterday. The manager also opted for a very flexible potential front three of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, and Alexis. I doubt the players would ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-18By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Time To Turn The League Form Around
    “We now want to focus on the championship again and forget about the cup a little bit. We have a good month to come back in a strong position in the Premier League.” Arsene Wenger, talking to arsenal.com, sums up where the focus lies going into a run of five ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-17By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • Is Manchester City The Best FA Cup Semi-Final For The Arsenal?
    I am starting writing this, whatever this becomes, at half-time in Monaco. Yes, I am a bit of a masochist watching this week’s Champions League ties after our mauling by Bayern Munich. I’m glad I did though. There is no doubt both matches involving the English clubs have produced absolute ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-15By 'holic
    7 months ago
  • The Yellow Ribbons Are Wembley-Bound Again
    Stepping out onto Holloway Road three hours before kick-off it was evident just what this game meant to the good folk of Lincoln. Families bedecked in red and white stripes were everywhere. In the pub more familiar faces gathered to witness the first-half of the rugby before decamping to the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-12By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Ox The Key To Safe Passage For The Gunners
    “We’re professional people, we’re winners, we expect to win, we’re used to winning, we like winning, we enjoy winning, our lives are better when we’re winning.” One of the managers is sounding particularly bullish ahead of Saturday evening’s FA Cup quarter-final. “We go to Arsenal with a game plan, and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-10By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Bravado But Then We Kiss Good Bayern To The Champions League Again
    UEFA, I have a plea. You’re flagship competition is sponsored by the world’s leading brewers, and those of us who have no option but to watch a team that has devised ever more ways to tumble out of the competition in the round of sixteen need something stronger than the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-08By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Any Win Would Lift The Spirits Around The Arsenal
    I can remember Sunday 15th May 2016 as if it were yesterday. We needed to take a point at home to already-relegated Aston Villa to clinch third place and the neighbours needed a point at already-relegated Newcastle to become Premier League runners-up. I went through every single emotion that day. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-06By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Another Painful Defeat For Dejected Gunners
    Arsene Wenger had clearly decided to shake things up for a very important fixture. The back five were as expected but ahead of them there were no starting places for Mesut Ozil (ill?), Alexis, or Theo Walcott. Ahead of Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka were Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi, Danny ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-04By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Out of Form and Under Fire – Liverpool And Arsenal
    Twelve days after ending Sutton United’s FA Cup dreams we are finally back in action again in the north-west on a Saturday live on television. What could possibly go wrong? Well if that sounds nervous it isn’t meant to. Would you believe it if I told you on our last ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-03-03By 'holic
    8 months ago
  • Irresponsible Sky Shaft Travelling Gooners Again
    As if we needed reminding that the television companies give not a damn for travelling supporters, the latest batch of fixture changes will have come as affirmation of that fact. Arsenal v Manchester City being switched to a Sunday at 4pm is understandable, I suppose. It is one of the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-02-28By 'holic
    8 months ago