• Swans Eventually Routed But Maybe At A Cost?
    We took to the pitch at the Liberty with our first choice back five in situ again. Olivier Giroud was retained up front with Alexis and Alex Iwobi notionally occupying the flanks. To say the match started slowly is a huge understatement. It didn’t really get going until the 28th ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-14By 'holic
    2 days ago
  • We Are First To Face Clement In Inclement Weather
    Introspection complete, we have a Saturday 3pm kick-off to look forward to, and an opportunity to reclaim a place or two, or maybe even three, at the top of the table. Such is the nature of the pile-up behind Chelsea at the head of affairs that the fixture computer has ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-13By 'holic
    3 days ago
  • Clearing The Bar
    The evening after the day before has arrived and the thundersnow has not made it anywhere remotely close to ‘holic Towers. The predictive text really wanted ‘colic to appear there which is particularly apt today given that so many babies on social media are suffering with it. If you will ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-12By 'holic
    4 days ago
  • Gunners Back From The Brink At Spirited Preston
    The Thursday preview nailed ten of the starting eleven at Preston but missed the replacement of Hector Bellerin by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (conservative! © @yellowbootson). Olivier Giroud was a surprising choice to captain the side. At kick-off fog was swirling around Deepdale but the visibility was perfectly ok. On our last FA ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-07By 'holic
    1 week ago
  • Preston Preview – Part Two
    So last night I suggested we may go to Preston for Saturday evening’s FA Cup third round tie with a starting line-up not too far from what follows. Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Lucas or Reine-Adelaide; Giroud. If they all turn up they should provide a ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-06By 'holic
    1 week ago
  • Proud Preston Preview – Part One
    Arsene Wenger’s press conference this morning (do watch it on was interesting to the extent at the strength of the team he hinted might play before going on to list a veritable who’s who of top players that will not be playing on the day. It meandered a little ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-05By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Gunners Have Us In Two Minds
    The Arsenal recalled Skhodran Mustafi, Francis Coquelin, and Aaron Ramsey to the starting eleven at Bournemouth. Gabriel, Lucas, and the absent Mohamed Elneny made way. In the opening minutes Alex Iwobi was on the right flank enabling Ramsey to operate behind Olivier Giroud. They would rotate as the match developed. ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-04By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Time To Pick Off The Cherries
    We played yesterday, and we play tomorrow. Chelsea and Tottenham are not being similarly tested, but hey, television is allowed to dictate such things. All we can do is knuckle down, rotate a little maybe, and dig out a result at Bournemouth. The potential effects of playing twice in 48 ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-02By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Giroud Scorpion Stings Palace
    The pre-match fears about the flu were well founded. Mesut Ozil was ruled out and Francis Coquelin was relegated to the bench. Nacho Monreal came in for Kieran Gibbs as expected while Mohamed Elneny and Lucas also came into the starting line-up. As early as the sixth minute we should ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2017-01-01By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • A New Year = New Hope
    A decent pub lunch with friends, now a refreshing bottle or two of lager (I’ve changed!), and a brief preview of tomorrow before retiring into the now traditional musical New Year’s Eve. What follows tomorrow is a testing day on many levels. For the Arsenal there is the small matter ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2016-12-31By 'holic
    2 weeks ago
  • Fabulous Foundation Fundraising
    A couple days back at base and I am catching up with my email. Among it all the update on the figure raised for the Arsenal Foundation on this season’s charity matchday against Stoke City earlier this month. £258,214, a new record sum donated by the players, staff, and ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2016-12-29By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • The Long Slow Bond
    Home just in time for kick-off after taking a lively pup for a swim and a run, it was time take up position around the television seated next to the eldest grand’holic. It took a while to sort out an English commentary, and we succeeded eventually, but not before learning the ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2016-12-27By 'holic
    3 weeks ago
  • Time For Arsene’s Fighters To Turn Up
    Yo ho ho, and trust me I am full of it as I grab a few minutes to preview the Boxing Day match in between little bouts of helping out and lots of sampling different drinks and pieces of food. By Tuesday I will be, as Bez once screamed in ... read more
    Source: GoonerholicPublished on 2016-12-24By 'holic
    3 weeks ago