Suburban Gooners

  • Professional performance and plenty of rotation, please, Arsenal
    It’s the super-awesome-mega-important-one-you-definitely-want-to-win cup tonight! You know the one I mean. They named it after a Thai goat or something. The one where the draw is done in the middle of the Himalayas so that the Asian fans don’t have to get up so early, because that’s a really important ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 day ago
  • Welbz got the Arsenal curse?
    Poor old Welbz.  If what is to be believed from the The Telegraph yesterday, it could mean a month on the sidelines for a player who it’s fair to say, has had the most unlucky time with injuries since signing. It’s almost as if joining Arsenal condemned a fit player ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Discipline, organisation and positives: Arsenal vs Chelski
    Well how about that for a turn up for the books?  Away from home. To Chelski. Game management.  A modern day Arsène Wenger team performance. Sure, it wasn’t the victory we craved but hey, there was enough in that 0-0 at Stamford Bridge to suggest that actually when their heads ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Press all over the pitch against Chelski, Arsenal
    Welcome to the worst day of the season: the Annual Defeat to Chelski-a-thon, in which we all think that surely probability will eventually work in our favour and we might actually get a win, but then we realise that the same fate will befall us that has befallen us many ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • No Mesut this weekend?
    Morning folks, hope y’all are alreet? This Thursday football, delayed kick off malarky is havoc on the ability to write content you know. Yesterday I was cream-crackered and today as I chow down on my honey and peanut crunch cereal, I have no press conference words from Wenger to have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • A disjointed Arsenal victory against Cologne
    Before one delves in to the why’s and wherefore’s of yesterday’s victory against Cologne, I suppose the most important thing to note is that Arsenal did indeed get the victory we needed, in the end. But by golly, wasn’t it hard going for us, eh?  The night started off pretty ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • A development squad and something different in Europe for Arsenal
    Arsène’s press conference today will be interesting, not least because despite strongly hinting at rotation for this European competition we find ourselves in this season, we still don’t categorically know just how much rotation the manager intends on tomorrow evening against Cologne.  Is he going to go the whole hog ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Chubby Sanchez, defensive Özil and prolific Welbeck
    I decided to take yesterday off from blogging, on account of a half marathon on Sunday, finished off by a booze evening thereafter. Shall we say that I was a little ‘groggy’ the next morning so I fancied a lie in. Of course from an Arsenal perspective little happened, unless ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • More fun at The Emirates – because of the high press
    I don’t know about you folks, but I thorough;y enjoyed watching yesterday’s game against Bournemouth, pretty much from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous and much like the crowd and its hushed tones up until the second goal went in I was feeling like we could ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Are this Arsenal team fighting for the manager? Bournemouth preview
    It feels like a lot has happened since the last matchday. Maybe it’s just me but it feels like Arsenal have gone through a lot and here we are at the other side and today, it is time the players delivered, because anything else but a win would feel like ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Adams has 2 years minimum to wait; transfer window success
    So much to get through today, that I’m not even sure the trip from Uxbridge to Moorgate will be enough time to see me include everything, such is the case after an interlull.  Unlike a tactically drip-fed Arsène Wenger beIN interview, we don’t get dribs and drabs, just the whole ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s planning has caused inflation issues
    I’m not sure if Arsène Wenger’s interview with BeIn Sports is one that was taken a while ago and now being released in snippets, but he’s had some more things to say about the summer, transfer windows and such like. I think I personally am running out of steam to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Mike Dean goes extreme on Arsenal; no surprises on UEFA squad
    Last night I dreamt that Mike Dean gave Granit Xhaka a second yellow card this weekend. That in itself isn’t so surprising, but when you consider that it was for a foul throw and that in his infinite wisdom Mike had decided that he’d had enough of foul throws, it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • The Arsenal contract mess
    I was kind of liking the Arsenal quiet zone that had existed whilst all of the players were away on international duty. It was like an oasis of calm amidst the gnashing of teeth on all sides at the moment. The silence wasn’t deafening, it was bliss, and I took ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal victims and cause of over-inflation 
    Hey folks. Having a happy Monday?  Never really got in to that band. Was a bit too young for me I think. Still the irony has never been lost on me and with the weather in Blighty reflecting the mood of most Gooners at the moment, what more can one ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Mesut’s PR team earning their crust
    Sunday’s during an interlude eh, the sweet sound of nothingness, which is just what you need when you’re an Arsenal fan right now. except there isn’t quite nothingness, there’s the old chestnut of ‘footballer saying things on international duty’ and this time it’s the turn of Mesut Ozil, who has ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal funnies: City, Lemar, Alexis and Koscielny
    Howdy Gooners, hope you’re holding up ok? Actually, it being an international break n’all, I kinda feel ok about it, because after last weekend and the subsequent failings in the transfer market, a bit of time away from the Arsenal is no bad thing. Of course when you write a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal cry wolf for the final time
    Well, that’s it then, we’ve ended the summer known as the ‘Catalyst for Change’ summer, with that usual of Arsenal things: an underwhelming feeling that comes when you know your club hasn’t done all it can to be competitive. Here’s the thing: I will go to many home games, I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • I support Arsenal: I have been lied to
    Hello. How are you doing? Hopefully you are holding up ok? Given the circumstances?  After all, three months ago you were told that Arsenal had a ‘war chest’ of around £200million to spend. You were fed lines by those who are used as PR mouthpieces for the club who you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal: football’s new joke
    There’s little over 36 hours from the time of me writing this until the slamming shut of the summer transfer window and yesterday felt like there was more happening on a single day since the ‘The Great Arsenal Trolley Dash’ of 2011. That was sparked by a failure of epic ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal fires breaking out everywhere
    Where does one even start? Do you start at the breaking news that Arsenal seem to have relented on their stance of keeping the Ox by supposedly accepting a bid from Chelski for his services? Do you start by talking about how, if true, the decision to play him on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal and Arsène are insulting us all
    I can’t hold back this morning. What happened yesterday at Anfield was nothing short of a disgrace. It was symptomatic of Arsenal football club under this tired and dated manager who mollycoddles and placates a collective of underperforming premadonnas who do not deserve to put on the Arsenal shirt. Yesterday ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Anfield isn’t fun for Arsenal, today won’t be either, I suspect
    Today’s game against Liverpool isn’t exactly one in which we go in to on good form, nor is it a place that we historically – 89 aside – enjoy going to, particularly in recent history. So personally I’m not too confident that we’ll be coming away from Anfield with three ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal: the tail wagging the rabies inflicted dog
    Happy Saturday Gooners. It’s a saturday in which we know our fate with regards to the Europa League, so it’s trips to Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov, as well as Cologne. The final of those teams is one that I myself and particularly excited about, as I have family ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal: Hope of victory but there is no harmony
    I thought about blogging yesterday but given Arsène was doing his presser at 8.45am, I thought I’d hold off until today before I compiled some thoughts, so here I am trying to make sense of what he had to say when sitting in front of the assembled media. Firstly, having ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsène’s joking. Or bluffing. Or lost it.
    Arsène Wenger must be a man with a sense of humour. It’s the only real reason I can think of as to why he thinks this summer has been a good one so far, following an interview in some random Swedish media outlet. He’s been quoted as saying that he ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Wilshere red, Jenkinson blue, Deadwood II
    A new season, a new issue for Jack Wilshere, this time getting himself sent off in an under-23s game against City yesterday. But whilst I’m sure it will fit the media narrative to lambast Wilshere for his ill discipline, probably unsurprisingly I have to leap to the guys defence based ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal and I get snookered too easily
    Morning folks. Hope you’re all feeling decent enough after a pretty sloppy defeat on Saturday. That’s the best adjective I can think of this morning because it just all feels like it was a bit sloppy.  Sloppy by Xhaka in another poor pass, sloppy by both midfielders to give so ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Baffling selection decisions =Arsenal Groundhog Day at Stoke
    So we’re two games in to the new season and already the hope and sporations of a new season appear to be in the sh*thouse, after a performance that seemed vintage Arsenal 2011 – 2016. Once again it was Stoke, once again we fell apart defensively, once again there are ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Can Arsenal do it on a balmy August evening in Stoke on a Saturday?
    Match day two for The Arsenal and it’s that usually most feared of trips to Stoke that we have to intend with later on this evening. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is one of those games that you just don’t look forward to. I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Drax Link’s back, whilst Lucas still knocks around
    It’s difficult to start with football this morning, given that more people have now lost their lives in a supposed religious related attack that quite frankly, should have no place in modern society. I don’t think anybodies god will welcome them with open arms after they have murdered innocents. It ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Gabriel out? Chambers out? Three at the back out?
    Morning y’all.  Well with Arsène’s presser yesterday we were treated to an update on player availability and thankfully, we appear to be having some centre halves returning, which is nice given we play three at the back and last weekend we decided to go with two left backs in the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Lacazette wants to go to Alton Towers
    Arsène’s doing his press conference in just over an hour from when I start writing today’s Wednesday blog. It’s the first time I can remember him having a Wednesday press conference ahead of a Premier League game on the Saturday and I can only conclude one of the following: ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal losing Ox shows pathetic contract management
    Selling Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelski for £35million if he won’t sign a new contract with one year to go makes sense. Selling Oxlade-Chamberlain full stop, does not make sense and if it happens, I personally won’t be a happy bunny. He’s certainly a player who divides opinion. I don’t think I’ve ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The humanistic side to some of Arsenal’s outgoings
    I had a friends BBQ to go to yesterday afternoon, so only caught the bit up until Shelvey saw red yesterday for a mindless stamp on Alli, but by the sounds of the game in the end it was a good decision. The last thing I want to see is ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • A lovely weekend for Gooners, despite Alexis situation
    This is shaping up to be quite the weekend, football results wise, eh?  I decided to go for a long run yesterday afternoon and when I started my run I switched the radio on via my phone and started to jog just as Liverpool went 3-2 up. I thought “screw ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Giroud’s worth proven In bonkers game
    Well that was just flipping bizarre. How do you analyse that game last night? How can you make any kind of assessment that makes any kind of sense of what transpired yesterday evening, then use it to work out whether we’re basically in the sh*t this season, or whether we’ll ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Do we have enough at Arsenal? For tonight? The season?
    It’s match day. I’ll be there tonight to see Arsenal as the Friday night curtain raiser against Leicester City and when the whistle goes I’ll be roaring on my – and our – team against the Champions of two years ago. Is the squad ready for the whole season? Not ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Sell Alexis. Now.
    I know Arsène remains steadfast in his public comments about Alexis Sanchez, and that the latest ‘injury’ to the player has come at a very coincidental time, but am I the only one thinking: Tempt PSG into a large bid. ??? He’s not signing a new deal, I’d rather lose ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Friday games to break opening day hoodoo?
    These Friday games, eh? It’s like some sort of footballing jet lag with press conferences on a Wednesday, the match on a Friday after a long gruelling week of work and the decisions on whether to drink in the City or closer to The Emirates, all conspiring to make this ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Neither hope nor despair for Arsenal’s new season
    Morning folks. Hope you’re feeling good today, with just four days remaining until the start of the season, in which I’ve got to be honest it has absolutely flown by.  I’ve rather enjoyed my time off. I’m not quite chomping at the bit yet though; probably because I’m unsure what ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Morale booster ahead of the real stuff for Arsenal
    Victory in the ‘Jose Treble’ cup assured yesterday, our second trophy of pre season and a cast iron GUARANTEE that we will win the league, league cup, FA Cup and Europa League, all without dropping any points or conceding any goals. Or not. Before the game we were all clear ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Xhaka/Ramsey connection most important for Community Shield
    It’s Community Shield day today and although I’ll be out and unlikely to be able to watch it, I’ll be keeping a close eye on the game, because it is the final dress rehearsal before the real stuff next week.  It’ll be a tough game today. Chelsea will be ready ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Resolution from Arsenal on Alexis is admirable but foolhardy
    Hey folks, hope you’re all alreet? I had a charity casino night last night, so a few Sol’s and some Chateuneuf du Pape are conspiring to make me feel very old and very tired ahead of a day in the Big Smoke.  Arsenal-wise, however, there is the freshness of a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Catalan sympathy falls on death ears, as Emi goes mainland
    Shh…do you hear that? Listen, very quietly…. …. Do you know what that is? That is the sound of sympathy for FC Barcelona’s current plight on losing one of their star players at the peak of his powers.  That is the sound of, as Timberland on a Justin Timberlake song ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Sky’s Alexis news shows they’re Scaramucci’d
    Alright?  Yesterday evening I got home from work and flicked on Sky Sports News as I was doing some cooking. Thai red curry with jasmine rice, since you asked. No sooner had the TV fired up when the announcer proclaimed some ‘big news’ for Arsenal fans.  Ohh, I wonder what’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Lucas Perez abroad; Kroenke in a cannon
    Tuesday comes and it’s a Tuesday that isn’t seeing too much happening on the ‘ins’ our ‘outs’ front, it seems, and it’s fair to say we’re getting close to crunch time for Arsenal.  Lucas Perez is being rumoured with a move to Newcastle and whilst I think that would be ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Laca learns from Theo, Wenger dials up the spin on contracts
    Well that’s one shiny and oh so important trophy safely tucked away in the cabinet for another season, as Arsenal conspired to lose to Sevilla but still win the Emirates Cup due to the bizarre system of points scoring based on goals that is in place.  The 2-1 defeat to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Some good, some less so, performances at the Emirates Cup
    I don’t know about you, but it’s always enjoyable to see Arsenal ‘do the goals’ and so when you watch a tanking like we did yesterday in day one of the Emirates Cup, it’s all a bit of good fun, even if it is a little meaningless. It as a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Catalyst for change not kicked in yet at Arsenal
    Morning Gooners, happy match day to you, even if it is only a ‘fitness developing’ exercise today when we play Benfica on home soil. I think I will watch the games this afternoon, because I suspect we’ll get a better indication on how much work is needed for this team ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Alexis+ball=turning up to training, obviously
    Happy Friday bestowed unto thee. I hope yours is joyful and flavoursome ahead of the weekend. Mine will mostly be spent at home trying to make sense of the incremental weather conditions and watching our Emirates Cup games on Quest, that most random of “if there’s nothing else on normal ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal Deadwood II
    During the era of Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh and Gervinho, also known as The First Deadwood era, I held no real affinity for any of the players who weren’t in the first XI. They were young players who’d shown promise and, thanks to the likes of Nasri and Cesc, the club ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Keita can be Wenger’s Gilberto
    Howdy peeps, hope Wednesday is treating you well thus far, and you haven’t exploded in anticipation for the showpiece trophy of the year this weekend? Yep, it’s the Emirates Cup that awaits us on Saturday and Sunday and Arsène is certainly one that falls in to the ‘excited anticipation’ camp, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • The curious (and sad) case of Lucas Perez
    It’s the curious case of Lucas Perez that I want to talk about today, because it’s an unusual one from an Arsenal perspective, particularly when it comes to Wenger. What’s jogged me into focusing on our wantaway Spaniard is the supposed comments he’s made to the club about being unhappy ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsène stands firm; Thierry relived
    It should be a relatively quiet one today, because I’m imagining that the team will be enroute back to the UK to prepare for domestic friendlies before the season opener in the glorified friendly against the chavs.  I can’t see this blog last too long today either, because quite frankly ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Poor fitness session for Arsenal, as more Alexis rumours are dismissed
    Friendlies, eh? If you win em, you get “it means nothing, just a fitness session”, but lose and it’s “we’ve got no chance next season” until the next time the team play. So after a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelski, it’s the latter that some people are saying ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • PSG? Sure! Shut up and take my Alexis.
    It’s funny how rumour and speculation can send some football fans mad with anger. Every summer there is a transfer rumour either in or out that clearly isn’t on the cards, yet people go bonkers over it for a period of time, then a week later have forgotten all about ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-07-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • 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
    2 months 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 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months ago