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  • The majesty of Özil putting Palace to the sword
    If you’re going to describe the perfect start to a football match then you’d pretty much just re-run the opening 30 minutes of yesterday’s win against Crystal Palace. It was goals, goals, goals. And I loved it. The nerves were there for all to see pre match and as I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 hours ago
  • Palace preview: High tempo, slick passing and one final Alexis game?
    Happy match day goners. But will it be come 5pm? Will we have something to smile about or will it be more exasperation caused by yet another display in which the selected XI in red shirts toil over their goalscoring attempts as Crystal Palace aim to be tough to break ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 day ago
  • The Arsenal good news came yesterday – but transfers got in the way
    Here we are at the end of a week in which we’ve lost our longest servant, are in the verge of losing arguably our best player (although that’s debatable this season), still have to see any large-value replacement come in but could be on the verge of at least two ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • The age of Theo is gone, will Aubameyang be next?
    Here endeth ‘The Age of Theo’ and with it, one of the last surviving players to go into the social media proclaimed ‘Banter Era’ and come out the other side into ‘The Declining Era’, where we now find ourselves. His move to Everton was ratified and made official yesterday with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • The agent ‘noise’ phase; Arsenal gambling on Wilshere’s loyalty
    We’ve all been watching this game enough by now. We’ve all seen this before a few times and therefore we all know at what stage we’re at in the process. The manager’s have done their little bit of talking. The club’s have done their bit of talking. No fees have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • Arsène’s last roll of the dice – transfers
    The tedium of the Alexis saga appears to be moving into its final phases and having been entwined emotionally to it for the best part of 12 months, Arsenal fans will soon get the relief of it finally being over and by god, I’ll be glad when it does happen. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • Bournemouth review: Pull the trigger somebody. Anybody.
    What more can I say this morning that I haven’t already said about this Arsenal team? How many times can I talk about the same frailties, the same mistakes, the same lack of ideas, the same lack of drive? There is literally no other way to try to spin a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • Bournemouth preview: this will be a grind
    Morning folks – everyone feeling good? Everyone excited for another match day? Or, are you like me, which is that every time a match day comes around you get that dragging sensation in your stomach? It’s the one where you can’t quite work out whether you feel a bit sick, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Alexis’ departure could be good for Lacazette
    So where else do we start this morning than yesterday’s press conference in which Arsène seemed to all but admit that Alexis is off this January, but only if a replacement can be found and I must admit, at least it’s all out there and we know what is going ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Draxler or Mkhitaryan for Arsenal?
    I don’t know about you but my first full working week back in the office absolutely flew by, which is grand because a) I do love a weekend, and b) it’s the return of Premier League Football to (hopefully) wash that bitter taste in my mouth brought about by the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Riding luck at times, but we’ll all take that, against Chelski
    Ive got to be honest and say that when the teams were announced yesterday, I did indeed fear the worst, given the week that we’ve had. Iwobi punished for his breaking of club rules last week by getting a start against Chelski in a semi final, no Özil, Alexis on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Play our best front line against Chelsea, Arsène
    Match day again and it’s Chelski away in the League Cup and having seen Bristol go one up against City last night it made me realise that anything is possible, including Arsenal actually beating them on their own turf this evening, although I also acknowledge that City did ultimately win ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal: the mess that is
    Where does one even start? At the stories (unsubstantiated of course, after all, it is The Sun) that Alex Iwobi decided to see if he could improve his form by partying until the early hours of the morning before the FA Cup game against Forest this weekend? At the noises ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsène and his players disrespect Forest, the FA Cup and the fans
    Yesterday morning I may not have been able to predict which Arsenal players would start yesterday afternoon’s FA Cup third round game away to Nottingham Forest, but given our away form this season in pretty much all competitions, there could be a fairly decent degree of performance that I would ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The unknown nature of Arsenal’s line up today against Forest
    Happy FA Cup Sunday boys and girls. Hope you are having a good one and preparing yourself mentally for the test that is Nottingham Forest this afternoon at 4pm. For those of us in England not going to the game we have the added stress of having to deal with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal show their clear fragilities – and it’s pathetic
    Hello there you gooner, you. You alright? How you holding up after last night? I’ll level with you – in writing this on the Friday night sitting on the tube making my way back to Uxbridge; I have an early morning drive up to Northumberland and do the chance of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal have lessons to learn to beat Liverpool
    This is going to be hard tonight. Make no mistake about it. People can talk about Liverpool’s frailties, about how Klopp doesn’t seem to know how to set up a decent Liverpool defence, but this will test our Arsenal team significantly tonight. Defensively. Liverpool have a glut of players in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • A United chuckle, Liverpool panic and Rosicky appreciation blog
    United lost yesterday and we all got to engage in a bit of schadenfreude at their expense, until it became clear that City have a nice and easy tie against Bristol City to pick up probably at least one of the minimum two trophies they should win this season, at ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Welbeckian finish sees us get a semi
    When at halftime you’re handed a Carlsberg (this is becoming a habit Andrew) and you look up at the statistics, which tell you that you’re opponent hasn’t even mustered an effort, corner, as well as making just three fouls, you kind of get the feeling that the game isn’t quite ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Hopefully a happy distraction against the hammers tonight
    Howdy Gooners. It’s that time of the week again – the match day without any pressure in the midweek! Love it. I love the feeling of going to a game where you don’t want to chew all of your nails off. I love not spending the day being nervous. I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Do Arsenal have a development problem?
    A nice provocative question to start off your week. But one of those that whilst it felt to me as provocative when I wrote the headline first thing this morning, the more and more I re-read and think about it, the more it feels obvious. Arsenal most certainly do have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Three points, but Arsenal are still struggling for cohesion
    Happy Sunday folks, hope you’re all gravy, especially after a Saturday in which three points for the Arsenal were had? It felt like a bit of a slog though, didn’t it? A win is a win is a win, but we made it feel a little bit harder than it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Newcastle preview: Second half wearing down could be key
    After two disappointing away performances, today nothing else than victory at home over Newcastle must be accepted by the players, because this collective need to up their game over the festive period and that starts now. We all know the troubles on the road. We know how teams have been ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsène spin machine dial turned to max today?
    Friday is press conference day today and we’ll get an Arsène Wenger masterclass in deflection today I suspect. After all, his team have been pretty blunted way from home all season and as a result we’ve never really broken into any form of any real meaning. But tomorrow provides an ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal have no identity – West Ham away thoughts
    As I stood in the stands up in the gods, with my feet numb through the ice of a cold midweek away bore draw to a very average West Ham, I couldn’t help but think to myself: What are Arsenal these days? What is our identity. That’s the overriding emotion ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Formation tinkering to give more bodies in midfield against West Ham?
    An Arsenal team that is stuttering for form away from home, travelling to a West Ham team buoyed by victory against the current champions; what could possibly go wrong, eh? Well, the first fifteen minutes, for starters. Which is why we need to start tonight’s match well come hell or ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Injuries to force Arsène’s formation hand tomorrow?
    Morning folks. Gee-golly it’s a cold one in London this morning, sure to be as frosty as Arsène’s response when he’s asked why he can’t put together a team that can win consistently away from home. Wins against Watford, Stoke and Southampton this last weekend just gone would probably see ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Dire defensive displays will derail Arsenal’s season
    We’ve got to all be honest with ourselves here: this team is probably going to fall away from even challenging from the top four if we continue to put in performances away from home like yesterday. Giroud’s late flick in on 88 minutes may have taken some of the stink ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Mustafi’s absence could be an issue for Xhaka – Southampton v Arsenal preview
    I’ve awoken this morning to snow. It really is quite magical this time of year and London is white with it. In a way I’m glad we don’t have a home game because getting to the Emirates on the Met Line today could be an absolute nightmare. But it’s an ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • My Arsenal limbo
    Yesterday evening I picked up The Management from her work Christmas gathering and I did the gentlemanly thing and dropped off a couple of her colleagues at the nearby station in Surbiton. On the way I was asked by one of the lads – a United fan – the usual ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Chosen few witness Arsenal hammering
    I can be one of the few that said they actually bothered turning up last night for the dead rubber against BATE last night but, unlike my picture above suggests, that’s where the only disappointment of the night exists. The stadium was probably even less than half full and whilst ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Loving that tonight’s Arsenal game is meaningless
    Morning fellow Gooners. Ain’t nothing like a match day, eh? And there ain’t nothing like a match day in which there are absolutely no consequences whatsoever despite win, lose or draw, having qualified for the next round of the Europa League in the last set of fixtures. I get quite ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal fixtures to counter N’Zonzi/transfer Arsenal guff
    I’m so glad that this December is chocked full of football matches, specifically Arsenal matches, of course. All thanks to the Europa League and continuing League Cup status of the club. The reason I’m pretty chuffed is that it somewhat (sadly not completely) drowns out some of the unsavoury noises ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Forest away points, rotation balance for BATE and Sven’s bedding in
    I’ve never been to Nottingham. It’s not like I’ve had a reason to, if I’m honest though, but all that has changed now that Arsenal have drawn Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. An away trip in January beckons and given that it’s one of the few ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • That United game hurts my brain still
    Yesterday I had family over, which was a very fortunate excuse for not blogging, or having anything to do with the existence of Football, if I’m honest with you. I just didn’t want the rage of knowing that Arsenal had a massive missed opportunity. And given the fact that the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal to open up the festive cheer against United?
    Yesterday we hit December, which means I can officially go FULL CHRISTMAS CHEER, starting yesterday with the decorations going up in the house and Home Alone on in the background. I love this time of year. Everyone seems to be much happier. So what I – and by extension you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A welcome tonking of Huddersfield
    Well now, I thoroughly enjoyed that by the end of the evening, even if it was at the expense of some very cold toes and fingers that are only just recovering now. I think it’s fair to say that yesterday evening’s events at The Emirates were just what the club ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Concentration, control and rotation: Arsenal v Huddersfield preview
    It’s match day at The Arsenal and it’s a home game against Huddersfield tonight for me and thee, as we hope to put a wee bit of daylight between some of the chasing pack and most notably the Totts, with whom I am hoping that we have given all of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Questions asked of Arsenal: consistency and momentum
    With such a quick turnaround time in between Premier League games this week, it feels like this is the period of the season in which Arsène’s squad is tested to its limits for the first time, as the manager needs to make some decisions on how he rotated his squad ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Last gasp deliciousness for Arsenal at Burnley
    Is there anything quite like a last-gasp winner in a football match? Is there anything as delicious as knowing your team has scored with so little time for the opposition to respond, that even though your club specialises in brain farts from time-to-time, you know there will be no way ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal need the all-important first goal against Burnley
    Moaning y’all and welcome to Sunday match day, a day in which we once again travel away to a tough ground to try to pick up three points against an in form team, in the shape of Burnley. This’ll be a tough one today. Burnley are an established Premier League ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Reversal of fortune for Arsenal tomorrow?
    Happy Saturday y’all. Hope you’re coping without The Arsenal? Me – I’m going to go and watch Justice League with The Management and then follow it up by having myself a Chiquitoes, the most exciting part of which is definitely the Admiral Old J they have in stock in my ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Happy despite an Arsenal defeat – feels weird
    I don’t know about you but last night’s game against FC Köln felt weird. It was weird because we lost, yet ultimately there was relief, because we still topped the group to ensure that the game against BATE in a couple of weeks is as meaningless as it would have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Options for Arsenal on ‘Match Day B’ vs Koln
    Match day today, although given it’s featuring an Arsenal B team, perhaps games like the one this evening against F.C. Koln should be renamed ‘Match Day B’? It’s a curious one, is today’s game, because we’re up against a German side who are on their own turf. It’s also a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Listen to Nacho, for he is wise
    I love the optimism of some players. Well, when it comes to certain players, I might add and specifically, those who have gone from “is he good enough?” to “first name on the team sheet”. Step forward Nacho Monreal. Not only has he turned out to be a pretty fine ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • New scout – beginning of the Arsenal legacy shift?
    In the summer – early in the summer as well – Ivan talked about a ‘catalyst for change’ at the club and come 1st September the lack of transfer activity in core areas of the pitch – notably midfield – led many of us to feel as though we’d once ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsène & players should milk the applause
    I know I’m a little late to the party today, having cried off blogging yesterday like a Daily Mail journo cries off a little bit of banter on social media, but I was on a little post match bender and ended up sleeping in until nearly midday yesterday. So that’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • The nerves of the NLD – how can any fan enjoy this?
    I’m sat here at my Macbook staring blankly at white space. It’s North London Derby day and I’ve got that very familiar feeling that comes at least twice a season minimum. We play them. That lot down the road. The noisy neighbours. The chirpiest of chirpy fans. The ones that we’ve ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Go big names tomorrow Arsène
    Yesterday Arsène spoke to the assembled media to give a bit of an update on the team news and I suppose the good stuff is that nobody has been maimed enough to be sitting out that we didn’t already know about. Mustafi and Welbeck look to be back, Giroud is ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Rebuild, reboot, sweep clean – get the contract rebels out of Arsenal
    At this point in time can anybody say with any level of certainty what on Earth is going to happen to our two ‘big name’ stars come January? Can anybody enlighten me?  Because Arsène certainly can’t and I’m not sure he has any idea any more. His latest interview from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Rebuild, reboot, sweep clean – get the contract rebels out of Arsenal
    At this point in time can anybody say with any level of certainty what on Earth is going to happen to our two ‘big name’ stars come January? Can anybody enlighten me?  Because Arsène certainly can’t and I’m not sure he has any idea any more. His latest interview from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • NLD – the nerves begin
    Happy post Interlull day to you. At least I think it is because most of the European fixtures – playoffs and friendlies – were played yesterday and so I suspect players will be returning back to their clubs from today to get back in to training for tomorrow.  As you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Giroud – best of the Arsenal rest?
    Morning folks. Welcome to Tuesday and welcome to a day in which that most emotional of people – the Italians – will be even more emotional given the fact that they’re players failed to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in a gazillion years.  I mention this ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Interlull nothingness or NLD fear?
    Ahh man, this feels like it’s a real dragger of an Interlull, and not just because there’s little going around by the way of Arsenal news. I tune out the transfer tittle-tattle when there’s still six months to go until the January window opens, and when it’s a window that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Let’s go crazy 4-4-2 vintage with Ollie G up top – they’ll never see it coming
    Alright? Having a good Saturday? well, as good as you can have it without The Arsenal, although these days with all the flipping Thursday night football we endure it’s not normally a game day anyway, so I wonder if i’ll get the usual withdrawal symptoms that I get when there ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Jack’s an easy target for Southgate
    Happy Friday folks. Looking forward to the weekend? No? Why not? Is it because there is practically zero football on that is worth thinking about or watching? Internationals, eh? They’re like a six month check up to the dentist; thoroughly unwanted. Incidentally I’ve decided to compound my own misery by ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Memories of 89: one glorious story retold a million ways
    People get very worked up in the now these days. Especially when it comes to football. The stress of the present and the immediate future  – are we going to win the next game, is this player, or that player going to sign, etc, etc – that it’s very easy ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Polishing memories to shine brighter: Anfield 89
    This evening I have the pleasure of going to watch 89 in Holloway, which is the release of a new documentary by some of the ex-Arsenal players who were part of that legendary team and in bringing back thoughts to a very different time, almost inevitably you start to see how ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Are Arsenal the new Everton?
    Howdy folks and welcome to Tuesday. I’m at a conference all day today so it means an earlier than usual start so I can rattle through a few work emails before I head off.  It’s one of those annoying things where you know you’re out of the office and you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The predictability of an Arsenal defeat away from home – Man City
    Yesterday we chalked up another defeat this season and once again, for god knows how many times in the last ten years, we were defeated away from home to a top six team. Quite frankly it was all a little too predictable and having not watched the game I’m not ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Solid, compact, counter – Arsenal’s gameplan against Man City
    Morning all, hope you’re all feeling rather fantastic this morning? Or are you like me and not really looking forward to the prospect of playing the supposed ‘champions elect’ on their own turf this afternoon? Well actually, I’m more concerned with getting some pig inside of me, because i had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Appreciating Santi when he’s gone; no gung-ho tomorrow Arsene
    Poor old Santi, eh? Not only does he have eight operations in a year to save his ability to walk, play football, etc, but the doctors have to take a part of his tattoo on another bit of his body as a skin graft, to sew him back up again ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal…erm…well…played?
    Well now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t really take much enjoyment from last nights Arsenal football club match against Red Star Belgrade. I don’t think it was the company. I had a lovely old time with Steve and Steve et al and to be quite honest, up until the first ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The fun of midweek Arsenal – Red Star preview
    It’s another European exertion for the fringe players tonight, as ‘Arsenal Midweek Select XI’ take on Red Star Belgrade at The Emirates and as I’ve said before, I’m coming around to this midweek football, mainly because it doesn’t seem to have the same tenseness that I get around the Premier ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Mat’s back and Alexis/Sead have a love in – temporary solutions
    As far as I can tell there should be a press conference this morning or today at some stage, ahead of the game tomorrow night against REd Star Belgrade, so it’ll be interesting to see who Arsène brings along with him to sit in on the presser and which squad ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • An Arsenal superstition to be adhered/ignored?
    Morning. I’m not going to wish you a ‘happy’ anything for a specific day of the year because without wanting to sound like a grumpy old man, I don’t really recognise this festival as anything other than what it is: an opportunity for retailers to ca-ching their coffers in between ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Character in big games please
    Eugh, it’s started in London, the cold I mean.  We’d sort of managed to avoid it for a while, like hitting ‘snooze’ on you alarm to get some extra minutes of peaceful and warm bed, but like all things it is inevitable and so today I find myself wrapped up ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • I’m loving Sead: Arsenal vs Swansea review
    I hate trotting out footballing cliches but, as I made my way home with the old man yesterday from The Emirates, it was hard to describe yesterday’s win against Swansea as anything other than the proverbial ‘game of two halves’. The first was one of laboured, predictable passing that had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Lay down a marker against Swansea
    I always get nervy when there are games like today. Hey, I’m an Arsenal fan, so I get nervy about pretty much every game these days, but I feel like games like today leave a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach and I don’t really like it. its ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Out of touch board klaxon; Arsène team update for Swansea
    If the Kroenke spin machine was in full force on Wednesday night, then the Chips Express that trundled into town on Thursday was a complete derailment.  The AGM took place yesterday and as usual it was an affair of relatively pointless corporate nothingness, but unlike usual it was presided over ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Kroenke spin machine in overdrive
    It’s the AGM today and with the yanks in attendance and the AST set to go through with their symbolic gesture of no confidence by voting against Sir Chips and the Kroenke’s, it’s just to be a slightly more cagey atmosphere, even if that’s the best that fan groups can do ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Nketiah’s night
    The great thing about a Carrier Bag Cup game is that it throws all kinds of little Arsenal sub plots up and thankfully, in the end by the time the whistle had blown to see Arsenal through on to the quarter finals, this game against Norwich was no different. Step ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Loving rotation as Norwich come to town
    Norwich at home this evening provides yet another game with which Arsène can rotate his squad and I have to say, with no sense of irony or sarcasm, that I’m enjoying the level of rotation we’re seeing this season from Arsenal. Perhaps it’s because I am a child of the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Finally, free-flowing football from Arsenal
    It’s a little difficult to say without having watched yesterday’s game in its entirety due to family commitments, but having watched a couple of highlights on yesterday’s 5-2 victory at Everton, I feel relatively confident in saying that it was the best performance of the season by the players up ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Congested midfield means Arsenal must exploit width against Everton
    Today feels like a practically impossible game to predict. I mean in terms of form for both teams it’s pretty patchy, if you’re being kind regarding Everton in general, but also if you’re talking about us away from home. If you’re a gambler and you’re looking at this game you’re ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The return of big guns welcome this weekend
    A Saturday without The Arsenal always feels a little empty but, today, I’m kind of ok with it. I’m up north visiting The Management’s family ahead of an annual family meal tomorrow and although I am a traditionalist who would want for nothing more than every team playing at 3pm ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Jack sparkles, Ollie finishes, game bores – Red Star
    Let’s start with the most obvious and pleasing of statements this morning: A win is a win is a win. And we won. So ultimately it’s a good Friday to you and it’s a happier one than had we drawn or lost.  There’s also the positive of seeing Jacky Wilshere ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Jack back to crack the Red Star
    Morning Gooners. Y’all alreet?  It’s the Europa League for us tonight and it’s another away trip, this time to Red Star Belgrade, who feel like the sort of side you’d always have to play in computer games of the 80s and 90s in European competition. A former very decorated club, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Big Per, Arsène, they don’t get ‘marginal gains’
    In an effort to full integrate with the Arsène Wenger regime, Big Per has spoken in the wake of yet another avoidable defeat, saying that the team mustn’t listen to what others say and only look at themselves after a performance like Saturday’s. Hmm. Now where have I heard that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal goalkeeping woes – the empire continues crumbling
    Perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps I’m just seeing things that aren’t there. But after yet another familiar defeat for The Arsenal, things seem to fall under the microscope a little more, as every Arsenal fan becomes more introspective over where the team is failing. Today it feels like the goalkeeping ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal: the creaking vessel
    It’s interesting how defeat to a team that you really shouldn’t be losing too usually brings such introspection and analysis amongst fellow fans, as we try to work out where we are, as well as how the remainder of the season unfolds.  Rarely after a composed victory does one take ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Boring Arsenal fold at Watford
    As soon as the last gasp winner was thrashed home by Tom Cleverly to give Watford their first win at home against us in donkeys years, I switched off the TV, went in to the kitchen and finished making food. I then had a thoroughly enjoyable evening where football wasn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Xhaka with space could be the difference against Watford
    I don’t really know what to make of tonight’s game. There’s part of me that looks at the form we were in before the international break and think that yes, we’re on a good run and we should beat Watford, but even though that is the case there are a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Injuries kicking in -Full Arsenal style
    Morning folks. Lots of juicy Arsenal stuff to talk about today, so let’s get right down to it, starting from where I left off yesterday which was that Arsène confirmed what Özil’s agent said which was that talks were going well. of course we’d hardly expect the manager to say “it’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The reality behind Chambers & Özil contract situation
    Morning all and welcome to a brand new Thursday. It’s a Thursday in which contracts are the hot topic and top of the agenda and that’s not least because of the tale of two contract undertones that sit behind the two big stories emanating from yesterday: Calum Chambers has ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Alexis out this summer (Pep’ll be happy)
    Apparently it’s not just Arsenal who are hit with the injury curse of the international break. Yesterday Sadio Mane was hit with the confirmation that he’ll be out for six weeks for Liverpool. Devastating news for Liverpool. Although six weeks leaves him handily placed to return in mid December and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Defensive rotation at Arsenal – but are they ready?
    Last night as Wales’ World Cup Qualifying campaign drew to a close I spared a thought for poor ol’ Aaron Ramsey. A good player who should probably be somebody who gets to showcase his skills at a World Cup finals, was denied victory by the reprobate that is James McClean, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Confidence growing in Arsenal players
    Another Monday swings around for us post Interlull and what a surprise we have that most ‘lully’ of things: an injury to worry about. Shkodran Mustafi looks to have been the latest in a long line of Arsenal players to be packed up, shipped out on international duty and then ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Sorting contracts through enforced extensions; Draxler and Moura for Alexis seems obvious
    I love it when i worryingly look at the international fixtures to see who’s played from Arsenal, who’s been broken and who’s coming back with a severed torso, only to find that our players just haven’t played. It’s delicious. So when I see that Nacho was an unused sub, that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • An advert for the Premier League
    There’s nothing like a series of international football to do the dirty work of the Premier League. The fact I saw people tweeting last night about when the Premier League returns shows you just how tedious the game was. Quite an advert for it, I’d even go as far to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Lesser of two Arsenal evils?
    Hello hello hello, hope you’re well? Anything to talk about today that’s Arsenal related? No? Oh well, bye then! Of course I’m kidding! You think NewsNow wouldn’t have my a** on a plate if they let me get away with blogs that short? I remember after one of the many ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Stan Kroenke could rot Arsenal like Lerner, Gillett and Hicks
    I’d heard – like I’m sure many of you did over social media – that the Kroenke bid for Usmanov’s shares had happened, but the mainstream media are now going for it and so it seems like it’s becoming more relevant and in the public eye, after Amy Lawrence from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Barca situation the first sign of a super league?
    It feels like every month in today’s world there is some new atrocity which makes the headline news and yet again we have some lone wolf gunman ending people’s lives because of his own selfish actions. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you, how bad your life is, how ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Nothing wrong with a routine Arsenal display
    I thought yesterday was the archetypal ‘routine’ win for Arsenal yesterday which, given how tired I was feeling after a heavy night of booze and karaoke followed by an early get up for The Arsenal, is no bad thing. One set piece free kick against the woodwork in the first ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • My eyes hurt. Please just win, Arsenal.
    Ahh man I feel roughered this morning. That’s rough and knackered combined, kids. I had many a drink last night and at 2am remembered that the broadcasting companies have ruined football with their ridiculous kick offs. And now I’m not appreciating the karaoke I did in my kitchen with my ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Mesut, Jack and the cancer that is Stan Kroenke
    Howdy folks. It’s another Arsenaless Saturday in the Premier League which means more of the usual having to watch other teams play football before we get our chance. Sure, it means you can do other things with your Saturday, but it just doesn’t feel right not seeing that much Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal bring back the fun in Borisov
    Well I must say I thoroughly enjoyed parts of yesterday’s game. I say ‘parts’ because the ridiculous nature of the games being played at 6pm in away ties means that I was just finishing work as the match kicks off. I can also assure you that attempting to watch the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Predicting Arsenal’s line up against Borisov – your guess as good as mine
    It’s a trip to Belarus this evening for Arsène Wenger and his charges, as Arsenal line up against BATE Borisov and I think it’s fair to say that with all the will in the world, this isn’t a game in which we should be seeing too many players who will ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Team structure over expendable star men like Alexis
    I wanted to broach a topic today that I sort of touched upon yesterday, relating to both Özil and Alexis and of course, there inevitable departures in either January or more likely May next year.  I think the first of the contract rebels of the modern era was Flamini. I’m ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Laca looks ‘Wrighty’, Alexis looks too individual against Baggies
    A win to set the week off is always a good thing. A win with a clean sheet is also very delightful. A win I. Which your star striker bags a brace is also something to savour. So on a relatively balmy night in North London yesterday evening, I’m pleased ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago