Suburban Gooners

  • Style change in Arsenal attack probably means a Giroud exit
    It’s the Friday calm before the ‘storm’ ahead of another pre season tour game tomorrow against that horrible lot from West London tomorrow. Like we didn’t see enough of them last season. Now we have to deal with them in the summer too. And their fans will be extra buoyed ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    15 hours ago
  • Iwobi resurgence might soften Alexis blow
    Wellety, wellety, wellety. Arsenal won a football match against Bayern Munich. Never thought we’d see the day, eh?  Of course we’ll ignore the fact that Bayern looked at times like they couldn’t be arsed. Plus we’ll discount that the victory came from penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Alexis plan B for PSG, Arsène becoming reactive
    Another day, another comment on Alexis, from both media and Arsène and now it’s starting to get really tedious isn’t it? First up we had news that PSG were interested in the Chilean. It comes to something that as an option I felt glad when reading those stories coming out ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Low selling fees is Arsenal’s modus opperandi
    There are outgoing vibrations in the transfer waters a-happening, fellow Gooners, as the wheels of human footballer trafficking begin in earnest it seems. Yesterday we heard about Debuchy’s on-off deal with Nice, eventually off because Lyon are letting their right back leave for the French club, followed by noises of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • You can always replace – more Alexis thoughts
    No sooner had the boots been polished following the Australia tour, than the team are off to China and training in the blistering summer heat of Shanghai, as the team take part in some sort of trophy involving all of the types of teams that none of us want to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • No games with Alexis, get him out & replaced
    The Chilean hath spoken and yesterday afternoon we were given insight from Alexis as to what he wants. He wants Champions League football and it’s always been his dream to win it. But as he’s also admitted, it’s up to Arsenal when it comes to what happens next, so it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • An Alexis compromise reached, as rotation takes effect in Sydney
    It’s Saturday morning, about thirty minutes before kick off in Australia for the second pre season game of the season, and I’m blogging. Have you ever done something that you know will be redundant the second you’ve finished it? That’s me right about now. It’s like vacuuming your house and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 days ago
  • Cameras on Laca, but we’re watching Nelson
    Aaaand we’re off for pre season with some actual football to speak of! Yessir, yesterday Arsenal played against Sydney FC and its was a decent line up in both halves, with just a smattering of young players who ended up being some of the more interesting talking points it seems. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Power plays from Özil and Giroud
    At 11am this morning UK time I believe Arsenal will be kicking off their pre season campaign with a game against Syndney FC and ahead of that match the club launched the new third kit, which will hardly be seen by anyone throughout the season, but more importantly it was ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Laca glimpse means little right now, as Ox and Alexis news rumbles on
    They’re in Australia, they’re posing for pictures and soon they’ll be running out on to the turf for the first game of the summer, which means that yep, pre season is well and truly underway. Which means the new season is officially on countdown. Lacazette has been pictured training and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal plane lands, Arsène attempts to give hope
    The Arsenal squad are in Australia and it didn’t take long for the plane to touch down on Ozzie soil before the manager was asked about Alexis. In his first public speaking engagement, he was wheeled out in front of the usual assembled pack, to talk about the upcoming tour ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Absentees from Arsenal tour put ‘for sale’ signs above heads
    If ever there was an unspoken admission that certain players are leaving Arsenal this season, the squad announcement yesterday for the upcoming Australia tour was it, that’s for sure. There were plenty of notable absentees when the news went on the Arsenal website about who was travelling, but where as ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Formation change depending on summer acquisitions
    Last night I think I ate too much food. It’s 10am and in have absolutely no desire for consumption of anything whatsoever. I don’t like it, because I love my food you know. But clearly my gorging has caused my belly to be full and not require any additional sustenance. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The changes are coming at Arsenal, but can they be decisive with Alexis?
    The good news kept on coming yesterday with Arsenal, with the official confirmation from the club that Big Per, that man who in five years has already elevated himself in to some kind of legendary status, will be staying on beyond next season as Academy Manager at the club. I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Fixtures force Arsenal’s squad depth
    The fixture lists may have been distributed out to the public over a month ago, but as one mate put it on a WhatsApp group I’m on, they weren’t the ‘real’ fixtures, because the TV companies hadn’t got their grubby mits on them. Well now they have. And it’s a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Laca captured, Özil next?
    In the words of the late Freddie Mercury, “its finally happened, its finally happened…” Yep, Alexandre Lacazette is finally a Gooner, with the first major signing of the season complete and I don’t know about you but I am happy and relieved that we’ve moved so quickly to do this. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Perfect Arsenal summer on the cards?
    Alright? Wednesday. Middle of the week territory. Far away from either the good memories of last weekend or the hopeful ones of the weekend ahead. The only punctuation of real excitement there is can be had through football and in today’s world we live in that means finding out the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The time of the cartoon ITK is upon us
    Hello friends, I hope this day finds you well, certainly in the South East of England it should given the lovely sunshine I’ve woken up to.  But we all know that we’re not here for my weather-related chit-chat, as delightful and rivoting as it is, so instead let’s talk Arsenal. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Amateur accountant Arsenal fans run rule over Laca and Mahrez
    So we’ve got Lacazette rolling in to town this week for personal terms and a medical, there’s a bit of a surge in Mahrez-related noise across the media waves, as well as a happy Mustafi/sad Alexis. Given how the summer might end up panning out with the Chilean, by the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • The Ox: the most confusing contract situation ever
    Friday’s Lacazette excitement has been replaced with Sunday’s Ox disappointment, as there are reports coming out today that the midfielder has snubbed his latest contract offer because he wants more game time centrally, something Liverpool can supposedly offer. This is one of the most ‘will he/won’t he’ situations I have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Alexis the playing version of Mourinho; Laca news is good
    Well, we’ve Certainly had our fair bit of Arsenal news filtering through yesterday, didn’t we? One good, one probably not so good, so let’s start with the not so good first: Alexis. He’s said to assembled members of the press that he’s made up his mind what he wants to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • An Arsenal Ornbomb lands early
    Just as the well begins to dry up, with little Arsenal speculation that hasn’t been said before, along comes a well known and respected traveller with a hose to replenish the cracked walls of the metaphorical transfer water containment facility. Yesterday evening we had a couple of Ornbomb’s thrown into ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Who gets binned off from Arsenal’s first team?
    Yesterday I was chatting to a few peeps online about Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and how I’d seen a video and he looked ace. I also said I wouldn’t mind him at Arsenal by the looks of him. He looks like he has that drive in midfield. The ability ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • ‘Catalyst for change’ or ‘Apathy for the same’?
    I wouldn’t worry too much about finding any more info here. I got nothing if I’m honest with you. I’m running out of steam with Arsenal and I’d almost forgotten what it felt like to have to stare at so much of the footballing abyss.  It’s amazing really. About three ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Lyon Chairman’s openness is useful for fans but not for Arsenal
    Still quiet. Still not a lot happening in the Arsenalverse. Still waiting. Well, I say it’s ‘still quiet’, but that is to say it’s quiet for everyone else except the Lyon president Aulas. That man likes a soundbite doesn’t he? Over the weekend he was declaring that Arsenal would have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Don’t always believe ‘Sky sources’ – even with Lacazette
    Another off season Saturday rolls into town and another rumour takes centre stage with Arsenal and after a week in which people have started to get excited about Mbappe, somebody has decided that this weekend is Lacazette speculation weekend, with multiple sources including the famous ‘Sky sources’ having their say ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Mbappe deal makes me think of Bergkamp and Sol
    Another day and another Kylian Mbappe story, as each journalist desperately tries to re-hash the same transfer, but with a new spin on it. We’ve had the initial interest, the ‘Wenger in France’, the Real Madrid intrigue, the ‘family member talks’ and now we’re at what is usually the final ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Kylian treats us like the ugly cousin
    Hey folks, how’s it going? Y’all in a good mood? Y’all super psyched at the launch of the new home kit? Well I guess there’s nothing else really happening, so I suppose it’s all we could ponder over yesterday, wasn’t it? Personally it’s not really something I’ll bother with because ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • It’s hot and quiet but at least Giroud stays
    It’s a hot one today. Some say the hottest in the south east since 1976 which, if you weren’t alive to experience it, is all older people like your parents talk about whenever you talk about whether or not we’ll have a decent summer in this country. Ahh well, you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Ox news worries as the clock ticks
    Can I tell you what I don’t like? I don’t like it when players who seemed to have turned a corner at the club are suddenly linked strongly with moves away. I am, of course, talking about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has now been linked with three of the top four ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Chambers is a gem we should keep
    Don’t want to be accused of being classically British and Goldilocks with the UK weather, but blow me, it ain’t half hot today folks. My penchant for wearing three piece suits to work is not helping the matter either it has to be said. And yet I will still have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Japanese Gooners – what’s happened to Ryo and Takuma?
    Happy Sunday and happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. May you be gifted with pieces of paper with writing scrawled on it. And beer. Or wine.  I’m in the sunny West of France with the in-laws, having spent the weekend relaxing, and with the total lack of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Where’s Arsenal’s catalyst?
    It’s Friday, it’s approaching the weekend, and it’s awfully quiet out there in Arsenal land.  Too quiet. The kind of quiet that starts it all off. The worry. The fear. “What happens if we go the whole summer having only picked up a left back on a free transfer?” Kind ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Fixture lists bring hope
    It doesn’t feel like a week seems to go by without something devastating going on in the UK at the moment, so once again we are all left saddened by the loss of life from the tower Block fire near Westfield shopping centre in West London. To hear stories of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The perfect Arsenal fixture list
    Morning all. We’re in something resembling a summer at the moment and I must say, if I didn’t have to wear a suit and spend the best part of the day in an office where I can’t see the sky, I’d probably be delighted about it.  But I can’t. So ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • What does Wenger have to do?
    As I made my usual walk towards Uxbridge tube station this morning I started to think about Arsène and how much he has fallen from the pedestal that I put him on in my mind. I started to think about how a man who I once hoped could manage us ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Only at Arsenal
    It seems just about everyone in the world wants to slap their proverbial balls on the table and declare an interest in Mbappe right now. PSG and Liverpool have ‘declared an interest’ if you listen to the gutter press and whilst we don’t know whether anyone’s interest is genuine other ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Ox makes England 7% more interesting
    “Well? How many Arsenal players are the England team?” The Management said to me yesterday.  “None at the moment. Full of dirty Spurs players. That’s why I’m only half watching this sh*tshow” I said at half time. Of course much like the second half and the late flurry of goals, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Ollie G needs big name competition for his place
    How about Ollie G and that goal last night, eh? I don’t usually bother with international football, but given that one match was distilled in to two brilliant moments for Arsenal fans – a great strike from our centre forward and a total howler from the Spurs keeper, I was happy to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Costa, Ibrahimovich and Alexis – how much is good news?
    Well there’s no other place to start this morning’s blog, given some of the news which came out yesterday, than this: Should Arsenal just go and sign Ibrahimovich and Costa? Screw general elections, Arsenal need a striker and clearly there are some people so worried about ‘the madness’ of Mbappe, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • General election vs transfer window: it’s all a load of…
    Howdy Thursday, where have you been? I’ve been expecting you earlier than this, but no matter now, you’re here and that’s all that we need worry about. Of course no offence, but you’re not Friday or Saturday, which are better days it has to be said. In the U.K. It’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Shiny new player – Clive Owen, with Ivan’s people carrier filling up more
    Another day in to the summer off season and it’s yet more transfer related news from Arsenal, but this time it’s a juicy bit of ‘acquisition’ we can talk of and yes, I did the ‘YouTube’ thing on Kolasinac yesterday. I have no shame. He looks good though, doesn’t he? ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Sadness over Tiote; Arsène’s French road trip
    It’s difficult to start anywhere except the non-Arsenal footballer Cheick Tiote, who died at age 30 yesterday on a Chinese training pitch. Your heart goes out to the family at this time and hearing somebody being taken so young really is a tragic state of affairs. I’m 34 and to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Boycott the Sun; too many deals to be done?
    I didn’t blog yesterday because it seemed somewhat of a pointless activity given the horrific news of Saturday evening at London Bridge. Football can seem so trivial and far removed from the atrocities that some people can inflict on their fellow man sometimes. The world can be such a dark ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • The shambles of losing Woj; Alexis, Ozil, whilst gaining Mahrez
    Just before I went to bed last night my phone pinged. It was Giles from the Gooner Ramble and he’d dropped a WhatsApp group i’m on a message about the rumours: Szczesny is off to Juve it seems if reports are to be believed. Now we all know that Buffon isn’t going ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Insulting the intelligence of Arsenal fans
    Well here we go then folks. We’re now in to the transfer ‘silly season’ and no sooner is the ink beginning to dry on the contract of Arsène’s new deal, than we’re getting snippets of information to get fans all worked up and excitable that we’re ‘going big’ this year. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Spin merchants Arsenal dig out 2012 rhetoric
    In 2014 when Arsène signed his last deal, there was a genuine feeling around some of the fanbase and people that I speak to, that it was probably worth giving it to him. We’d got the trophy monkey off our backs, we’d come out of a period of self imposed ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-06-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal are drinking through the hangover
    Morning friends, how are you doing? Been any news for us to speak of lately? anything that could constitute groundbreaking at The Arsenal? Of course im talking about the news filtering out through the usual back channels yesterday that Arsène and Stan had agreed a new deal for the manager ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s formation evolution
    All Arsenal-related eyes today will be firmly fixed on that board meeting in which the manager’s future will be discussed and the decision as to whether he stays or goes will finally be absolute. Lord knows we’ve all been waiting long enough to find out, but whilst speculation, hearsay and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Keep on basking, Gooners
    The great thing about having the FA Cup final after the season has finished, is that we all get to prolong the basking a little bit longer and we get to have some positive memories to take away with us, for which I am rather glad you know. I’m still ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal surprise us all with matersful display
    How the flibberdee gibbet did that happen? Where on earth did that performance from Arsenal come come? What. The. Actual. Fugg. I turned up early at JJ Moons because I thought I needed to drown my sorrows before the game had even started. I spent four and a half hours ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Odds stacked against us, but hope remains on Cup final day
    So here we are. We’ve arrived at what is now the single most important day of the season and it’s a day that will quite literally be season defining: the FA Cup Final. A win will have seen this shambles of a season end with some semblance of positivity about ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Psychology of an Arsenal formation change 
    With the Cup final being the only remaining top flight game of the season, it’s no surprise that all eyes are turning towards it, and the club themselves are no different from anyone else in that regard, yesterday releasing a lovely looking infographic which outlines some interesting facts about Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • 2002 Arsenal/Chelsea karma scares me
    I’m an Arsenal fan in my mid thirties and can I admit something to you: winning trophies – any trophies- means a hell of a lot more to me than it did ten years ago. Ten years ago I thought to myself that setting us up to be financially sound, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Coming around to the Europa League debate
    I’ve been thinking, right… Dangerous, I know, but hear me out with this. Maybe the Europa League for next season isn’t that bad after all? I know, I know, there are plenty of reasons to be pretty perturbed by it. For one thing until we get to the quarter finals ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Lucas is a tourist and Arsenal are a conker
    Morning fellow Gooners. How are you feeling? Are you still reeling from the failure of the league campaign? Or are you like me, in this weird limbo in which you’re not quite sure right now, given the circumstances?  Yes the league campaign was pretty shoddy and yes, the manager and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • The stupidity of Kos 
    I didn’t go to the game yesterday, on account of other prior arrangements and if I’m honest, there was part of me that was quite glad about that fact. Glad because whenever I go along to The Arsenal I do get a lot more emotionally invested than when I stay ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Can Arsenal still finish in the top four and win the FA Cup?
    In short, I don’t believe so, not both anyway. Given the way this season has gone it would be highly unlikely and yet, the fact that it is still even conceivable that it could happen is really quite amazing if you think about it. At times this season Arsenal have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Usmanov’s power play will expose Kroenke as the blight he is on Arsenal
    Howdy friends, how are you doing on this footballess Saturday? Hopefully you’re occupying yourselves with something moderately interesting? We all know Alister Usmanov is doing just that, having thrown his balls on the table with a $1.3billion bid for Arsenal yesterday to buy a controlling stake in the club, with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Rotation or not for this weekend? Big Tone has his say (long ago) and Lucas for Cheese
    It’s Friday, it’s the last press conference of the Premier League season and I for one couldn’t be happier, because it means the end to this league campaign of disappointment. It also means we’re at the final press conference of the season in which we’ll have to hear about Arsène’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Club action on Europa, as players prep for it
    It sounds to me like everyone at The Arsenal are already preparing for life without the Champions League. Word in the pubs over recent weeks is that the club know they will have to do something if we fail this Sunday to get some sort of miracle set of results ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal chalking up more confidence against Sunderland
    It was my last game of the season last night, because I have a prior engagement on Sunday and so won’t be able to make the glory of achieving a top four finish at the expense of Liverpool, who will have lost a two goal lead to succumb to a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Maintain the momentum, Arsenal
    Tonight’s game against Sunderland is probably the closest you’ll ever get to a ‘dead rubber’ game without it being an actual dead rubber or a game I think. Sunderland are down and have nothing but ‘pride’ to play for, which I’ve always found a ludicrous comment to make, because if ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Prepare the development squad
    It was probably always going to be too much to ask for West Ham to put on the same display as they did against the Totts and dispatch Liverpool yesterday. West Ham hate that lot almost as much as us so of course they were going to give it a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Resurgence at Stoke – in time for the final?
    I must say ‘welcome back’ to the Arsenal. Where have you been? We’ve been hanging around your dodgy cousin that smells a little bit and looks a lot like you, but has a limp, gammy leg, croaky voice, German measles and quite frankly, it’s been an unpleasant experience. I thought ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Victory or bust for Arsenal away to Stoke
    Here we are folks. We’ve arrived at one of the least palatable games of the season for Arsenal fans. Not because the opponents are better than us. Not because we are in the worst form in the world (although a few weeks ago that could have been the case), but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Fitness question marks ahead of Mordor
    Oddly, it doesn’t look as though there’s a press conference happening today and I think I read somewhere that the press conference was the one that took place immediately after the Wednesday game at Southampton. It’ll be slightly odd to do it that way but given that the team will ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal testing the jab against Southampton
    Had you almost forgotten that feeling? You know the one I’m talking about. You know! The one where an Arsenal team has started to deliver consistent results on the pitch and looked like a side that is in the top quarter of the league. Yeah, that feeling, one which we had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • No margin for error for Arsenal tonight 
    Morning friends and welcome to Wednesday, the second match day in a three match week and yet another game in which there is absolutely no wiggle room. Arsenal’s horrific couple of months recently has effectively left us clutching at the fourth place straw although unlike most previous seasons, even perfect ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Rotation, hope and redemption for a returner at Arsenal
    It seems only yesterday that we were revelling in our home comforts of beating United, yet here we are with another press conference, ahead of another ‘cannot lose’ match. Oh wait a second, it was yesterday that I was revelling, because we seemed to have consortina’d our end of season ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A confidence boost from United gratefully received 
    Yesterday’s win against United felt good, didn’t it? It had a performance that had us remembering that this collective of players are in fact capable of pulling off performances that can add a touch of sparkle to the weekend’s proceedings. Forget about the fact Mourinho had talked up his own ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Players need to react – not for today, but ahead of the cup final
    Morning folks. It’s game day and it’s a home match against Man United but if I’m honest with you, I can’t remember a game against United that was so underwhelming, or had so little riding on it from two teams who really have failed to impress this season. Arsenal currently ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • In the darkest hours, a ray of light from the Totts
    Morning. I have a stinking cold which has kept me up half the night and really has been quite vexing. But despite that, logging in to my social media profiles and looking back over the failure of a Totts team to beat a West Ham side who were on the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Little bit lies
    You and I may already be aware that Arsenal’s Premier League campaign is already run and that Champions League football is unlikely to reach the Emirates next season, but Arsène had to put a brace face on it and talk up how the team will keep fighting, etc, etc, but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal’s run in – the numbers don’t look good
    Morning. How are you doing? Still licking your wounds from Sunday?  Yeah I know. Me too.  It’s probably a good thing that there’s a bit of quiet coming out of the club this week. They’re all probably wrapped up in their bubbles somewhere. As for you and I, we have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal: The institutionalised fanbase
    I don’t really feel much like blogging today if I’m honest with you. I mean I will, after all it’s my thing that I do when I get up in the morning and sit on a train hurtling towards London for a day of grind, but certainly the desire has ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal players don’t fight for our club
    All last week I spoke to Gooners about yesterday’s north London Derby and despite our fragile confidence and dodgy form, I was told by many that we had a chance because it is a derby match and form goes out of the window in derbies. My retort to people was ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • A cagey affair awaits on Sunday, despite what Arsène says
    Lots of things to get through from yesterday’s press conference, so there’s some ‘cracking on’ to be had, I feel. First and foremost, the team news, which sees Koscielny as rated as 60% to play on Sunday. I’ll be honest and say I like those odds, because we need Laurent ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The most difficult NLD ever?
    Went to bed early last night and as a result, didn’t catch the final whistle of the United game, but as I’m sure you’ll tell me that’s no real loss because by the sounds of it, it was a drab affair. Imagine that? A Mourinho team going away from home ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Gritty Arsenal find a way against Leicester. Just.
    Three on the bounce feels lovely this morning doesn’t it? It certainly felt good when I knew the game was over and on the surface, this new formation looks decent, with three victories and an Arsenal team that look like they’re building their confidence to play it more and more ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Wing backs are key against Leicester tonight 
    Midweek match day. An opportunity to break up the monotony of the working week with a spot of Arsenal and if the footballing gods are with us, hopefully a victory to add the gloss to the weekend semi final win. It’s a resurrected Leicester City who come to town and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • 3-5-2 has different paths for Hector and Giroud
    There’s no time to savour the result from the weekend as Arsenal already have one of the remaining league games left tomorrow evening against a reinvigorated Craig Shakespeare. So it’s an Arsène Wenger pre match presser today and that means we’ll get an update as to whether he’ll stick or ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Battle and bottle back for The Arsenal
    This season the players have – rightly in my opinion – been chastised for some of their performance and at times the perceived lack of effort they deliver for Arsenal football club. We’ve seen too many under par performances and that has led to widespread condemnation. So it only seems ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Season defining game at Wembley
    I’m sure I’m not alone in breathing a collective sigh of relief at what happened yesterday at Wembley. The fact that everyone has been speculating in the media on a possible Tottenham match towards a double has left a horrible taste in the mouth and a churning of the stomach. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The horrible permutations of today’s game; the expectation of tomorrow’s
    Happy Saturday Gooners. It’s FA Cup weekend but as seems to be par for the course these days, we don’t play until Sunday. I suppose we’d better get used to it because next season unless something drastic happens in the Premier League, we’ll be seeing a lot less Saturday football ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Keeping City guessing the best option for Arsenal
    Arsène’s pre FA Cup semi final chitter-chatter yesterday was as to be expected. There was the inevitable question asked about his contract and the inevitable response from the manager that he had no update. He also neither confirmed nor denied the Kolasinac rumours, whilst saying the same old same old ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Club envy, Arsène’s hints and Jack’s long goodbye
    I wonder if Arsène is looking forward to today’s press conference at all, not least because it is a detachment from the Premier League which let’s face it, has hardly been easy for us in 2017. An opportunity to talk up his decent cup record is probably something of a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Poor Jacky; will a formation change alter summer plans?
    Poor old Jacky Wilshere, eh? If reports are to be believed he’s gone and smashed his legs to pieces again, which leaves him absent for the final run in, returning to Arsenal early and probably even more up in the air about his future. Timing wise it’s an absolute stinker. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The boost every Arsenal fan needed
    A football match was won last night. By Arsenal. Away from home. I’d almost forgotten about what that felt like. Middlesbrough were the side dispatched and now in the cold light of day you can say with some comfort that they are probably almost definitely going down. Arsenal were hardly ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Repair the damage for next week’s semi final 
    The second Monday night football of the season provides us with a chance to at least get back to some kind of winning ways ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi final and I must say that if we can’t turn over a Middlesbrough side who are in freefall from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Floating debris season, so transfer guff is becoming interesting
    I want to say ‘no real favours done for us again’ on yesterday’s results, but the reality is that we didn’t really have an team around us to be too concerned with right now. City are disappearing off in to the difference, the scummy lot round the corner have already ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal + Alexis = cash, Arsenal + Arsène = rented season tickets
    Happy Easter Saturday. I spent my Good Friday playing Monopoly with no beer, rum or wine, so I am certainly ready for a little tipple later. And on Sunday. And most definitely on Monday, the day in which Arsenal are at Middlesbrough, who everyone is saying won’t give us any ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Creative Arsène contract questions
    Alright? Happy Good Friday to you, which is probably not quite in keeping with the purpose of Good Friday, but there you go. Last night I sank a bottle and a half of Spanish red, as well as going for a long run this morning, so I’m taking Good Friday ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Desire to win – take it before it goes
    This might be a short one today. Mainly on account that quite simply, I can’t really be arsed with Arsenal at the moment, pretty much reflective of the attitude of the players.  The official website is, quite sensibly, keeping schtum and the lead stories are related to the gloats, great, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Palace – Arsenal players’ silent revolt 
    As I listened to the chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” from our fans at the Palace ground in the away end, I asked the question to Ben – who has become somewhat of an Arsenal therapist in the last couple of seasons – is it me ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal need to be wary of Palace’s counter
    Just as I expected when I wrote my blog on Saturday morning, pretty much everybody above and below us in the Premier League won over the weekend, which means only victory tonight against Palace will see us tread water. It’s a difficult situation to be in that’s for sure. The ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Mesut saying all the right things
    I think I said this in a recent blog, or certainly in one of my Twitter ‘moments’, but it feels like we’ve been playing catch up on football games an awful lot since Christmas. We’ve had these games in hand due to the FA Cup, so that has meant we’re ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsene can end the speculation in a second
    Core blimey, me ‘n the Management had one of those “well that escalated quickly” evening, with the help of rum, gin, tonic, vodka and cranberry and Pinot Grigio Blush, last night. Not all together at the same time obviously, but by the taste in my mouth it kind of felt ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Rocky framework Arsenal can build on
    I think we’ll be seeing a press conference today, despite the fact that we don’t play until Monday, so itll be interesting what Arsène makes of the weekend’s action. I don’t know about you but it does feel like in 2017 we seem to be playing more ‘catch up’ on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • We won an ‘effin football match!
    Well wouldn’t you know it, our team won a Premier League football match. How about them apples, eh? How’d you like ’em? So it turns out that actually, those players do know how to see through a football match, in the end. Still, despite the final score line, it wasn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago