Suburban Gooners

  • Arsenal – it’s time for a run
    Well who’da think that Everton would be capable of giving Man City a pasting like they did yesterday, eh? And just think, fourth months ago City were going to walk the league, Pep would be crowned the messiah reincarnate, English football would never be the same again and we’d all ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    19 hours ago
  • We realised we were Arsenal after 30 minutes at Swansea
    Yesterday’s blog called for Arsenal to be controlling in midfield and retain possession of the ball. We aren’t a team who can soak up pressure without it and defensively we just aren’t disciplined enough to give our opponents the ball for too much of the time.  So after the first ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Controlling the midfield – key for Arsenal today
    A tricky away one for us today I think. Swansea have been absolutely gash for most of the season, but they always love playing against us and with ‘New Manager Syndrome’ sure to be percolating through their squad today, we have to be mindful that the players will probably be ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Good ol’ Arsenal, they’re proud to sign those deals
    Hello there fellow Arsenal supporting friend. Happy Friday to you!  It’s The Management’s Bon Anniversaire today, so I’ll be partaking in an evening and a weekend of festivities, before buggering off to St Lucia for 10 days on Tuesday. Lovely jubbly. But to add to that jubbly, we got some ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • Lucas Perez: play him, Arsène.
    Do you know what I think I’ll do today? I think I’ll talk a little bit about Lucas Perez. I was going to do something about Big Per and his contract extension and who gets shunted out the door out of all of our centre halves this summer, but I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • (Un)Helpful PR on Bramall? 
    Wednesday is upon us and I’ll be darned if it isn’t nearly January reaching its halfway point already. By Sunday we’ll have done the first month of the year. In six weeks time, we’ll have had our title dreams crushed and half of our squad will be struck down with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • The low-key contracts blog
    Yesterday we found out our fate in the next round of the FA Cup and as the The Totts got their second bye in a row at home to Wymcombe, and Chelski got their usual opportunity to rest players by playing Brentford at home, we have an away trip to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 days ago
  • Özil’s manager smokescreen?
    Might be a shorter one than usual from me today, because my journey is somewhat staggered into about four stages, thanks to the wonderful people at RMT and other public transport network unions. I think they’re all after velvet cushions for which to place their drivers derrières. That or more ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Ghosts of Bournemouth expunged with second half Arsenal dominance
    Football is so awash with clichés. In the most part it’s the media that perpetuates them. Like how there’s always a condescending comment about a non-league team and their ‘builders, dustmen and dentists’ who are going to make history. So from my part, I try to avoid even saying them, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • An unknown quantity for Arsenal – both who will start for us and Preston themselves
    Howdy howdy folks, hope you’re all gravy on a Saturday, looking forward to the good ol’ FA Cup fixture tonight? I’m rather excited, I have to say, because Preston is a new ground for me and it’s also the first away FA Cup tie i think I’ve been too. I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • First gooner to the bus makes the squad for Preston
    At lunchtime yesterday I decided to go for a walk and as is the culture these days, I thought I’d take along my smartphone and spend most of the time walking blind whilst staring into the rectangular blue light that is my handheld device. What I was looking for, I’m ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • That numbing feeling of a missed opportunity for Arsenal
    Having seen the score of the Totts against the Chavs game last night, I find myself this morning in a similar position to that of yesterday morning, after we were all licking our wounds post the Bournemouth game. On the one hand this is good for us; it means the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Angry, relieved, frustrated, elated and resigned at Bournemouth
    Where does one even start after a performance like last night? It was maddeningly bizarre and ultimately a classic example of how infuriating Arsenal make us all as fans. Let’s start with the actual outcome though, shall we? A 3-3 draw when you are supposedly hunting down a team who ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Xhaka and direct runners are key against Bournemouth
    Blimey it’s cold in London this morning. The sort of cold that makes you want to have a Scrooge McDuck amount of cash in your vault, so you don’t have to go to work and can roll over and ignore that the rest of the world is getting on with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • New year, new stunner from Giroud
    Well. There’s only one place to start today, isn’t there? What. A. Goal. Take a bow Olivier Giroud, because you ain’t scoring another one of those in your lifetime son, not in a competitive match environment anyway. It was majestic and although I couldn’t be at the game to see ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Welbeck’s timely return, when title aspirations hang on a knife-edge
    If results go the way that I’d expect today, by the time we’re all singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight, we could have a distance of 12 points to make up on Chelski to win the league before we play Palace tomorrow at 4pm. Sadly, I’m not full enough of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Mixed bag of injury news, as Arsenal start psychological recovery
    It’s still two days before the team play and quite frankly, the football couldn’t come quickly enough, because it hasn’t at all felt like a packed schedule so far. We’ve played one game in about two weeks. So I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on against Palace. Arsène ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s irrational fixture lists and rotational pondering
    Yesterday evening The Management and I went out for an evening stroll in the crisp London air and after discussions about returning to work, I was given one of the greatest gifts one could get as a working man: an extra days leave. Well, I am seeing it as that, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • An ever-increasing appreciation for Giroud
    I like Ollie G. I think I’m even appreciating him more now that we have an option in Alexis that has been so good at times this season. He’s finally found a place in the team which, whilst probably not as much fun for him, works well for us as ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago