Suburban Gooners

  • 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
    2 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 days 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 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal crippled with fear
    It’s a bit misty this morning in London as I make my way in to the office via the Metropolitan Line train. As misty and clouded as the vision that the apologists have following yet more points dropped at home against a supposed rival. They tell me that we should ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • City will want to exposure our full backs today
    Victory today is the only option. A draw will only seem as though the team has further regressed from the target of Champions League football and personally, I suspect it will also mean we will have too much to do to take one of the four spots for next season. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal and ‘representative samples’
    Well, the AST seem to have caused somewhat of a debate in the Arsenal universe with their poll, haven’t they? Of the poll they did of their members, which they have 1,000 and 424 responded, 80% of fans said they wanted Wenger gone. Which then led to the inevitable sensationalist ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsène dusts off his PR templates for presser
    There were some rumours earlier in the week that Arsène or Arsenal might make some sort of announcement on his future, most likely that he will be staying, but as seems to be par for the course these days, Arsène went in to PR template more when asked any kind ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Alexis’ underlying threats should force Arsenal’s hand
    What with the lack of domestic football, players going across the world and us as fans left to stew on the recent poor form, what we really needed was a star player giving an interview in his homeland laced with cryptic messages. Alexis was interviewed in Chile after their 3-1 ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • No Wembley apathy, but Arsenal apathy?
    I’ve woken up this morning in some sort of parallel universe where it is acceptable for Alexis to join Chelski in the summer. There’s a few members of the gutter press who are running with this back page trash and to think that Arsenal would even entertain the idea of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Thierry won’t happen. Yet.
    On Sunday I saw the reports about Thierry Henry and the rumoured interest in him to be the next Arsenal manager, with bookies slashing the odds, seemingly overnight. I thought about writing about it yesterday as some sort of footnote, but didn’t bother because I thought it would be just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Revisiting Arsenal’s greatest Champions League victories
    Still reeling from the recent ignominious Champions League exit against Bayern Munich? Don’t worry: you’re not alone. As the internal postmortem no doubt continues, we’ve tried to take our minds off Arsenal’s lopsided 2-10 aggregate defeat against the reigning Bundesliga champions by delving deep into the archives in the search ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Non-existent Arsenal succession planning
    I’ve got to be honest with you, I thought we might get some sort of snippet coming out of the French press from Wenger with regards to this new deal that we all know is coming, given that he’ll have been commentating on the French national team this weekend. The ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • A week off from Arsenal just the ticket
    Happy Saturday folks. It’s a Saturday in which London is bathed in a bit of sun today, so I intend on making the most of it, probably by staying in and watching TV or by going swimming in the indoor pool in Uxbridge. Yep, that’s the British way, dontcha know. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Xhaka can be a fulcrum in this team
    Happy Friday friends. Hope you are well? Let’s talk about Xhaka, shall we? After all, he’s been talking to the press in Germany, which has handily been transcribed by the good people over at Arseblog News. The article makes for quite interesting reading actually. I really like Xhaka. He comes ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Contract balderdash from Arsène and Arsenal players
    Before I go all Arsenal on today’s proceedings, I’m sparing a thought for the families of those people who lost their lives or were badly injured on Westminster Bridge yesterday, not least because if that would have happened six months ago, I might have been in the thick of what ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal engage ‘PR transfer war chest’ mode
    Arsène has apparently jetted off to France to ‘consider his future’, if you believe the noises by the gutter press, from yesterday. Apparently he wants to see if fans will tolerate another two years, so is assessing the gauge of sentiment, I read somewhere. I do love a bit of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Agenda’s, propaganda and Arsenal
    We’re only two days in to this particular Interlull and whilst I still haven’t decided if not having Arsenal play this weekend is a good thing or not – given the way we have been playing – I’m already feeling a bit drained with the Arsenal universe that you and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsène’s self-awareness
    After the weekend’s debacle and manager’s subsequent inevitable denial that his players don’t lack effort at the moment, last night we had rumour and counter rumour with regards to Arsène’s future. Usually at this time of the year it’s the build up to the transfer of contractual sagas of the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal make me numb
    After the game yesterday I felt angry for about four minutes. I was angry and upset about that performance and I was feeling a little ranty. But by five minutes after the game, I was back to myself and I got on with the rest of my day. I didn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • No sluggish start, Arsenal, we need three points
    A lunchtime kick off today means there’s no hanging around before we get in to the football action this weekend. I kind of like that. It feels like we’ve had to wait for Arsenal to play of late, so to get a game in nice and early on a Saturday ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsène puts up the gloves
    Arsène had his presser yesterday ahead of West Brom and you can tell that he’s started to put the shields on full power right now. Even off the back of a 5-0 (yes, I know it was ‘only’ Lincoln, but it was a comprehensive win) victory he knew the general ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • 77 for Arsenal. That’s what’s needed.
    Morning. You alright? Recovered from the fact that the only English team left in this competition is Leicester? A Leicester with whom everyone seems to have dismissed their domestic discrepancies and focused on their ‘plucky’ assault on the Champions League. Honestly. I can’t work out whether it’s patronising more to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • PR spin at Arsenal? Or succession planning?
    It seems the Arsenal PR machine is now in full swing, with some of the ‘behind the scenes’ noises surrounding the management team at the club, suggesting that there could be changes from the summer onwards. Firstly, we had the news that the club was looking at a Sporting Director ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Cup memories over fourth place trophy
    So yesterday the quartet of semi finalists were confirmed and as much as I’d love to see Chelski brought down a peg after the season they’ve had, it’s still delightful to see Jose and United fans outraged at some kind of perceived injustice against them, like they haven’t had cart ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Confidence restoration; Ox injury saves a selection decision
    Had a bit of a heavy Saturday this weekend after the Lincoln game, which effectively wrote off my Sunday and even the ability to stare down a computer screen to compile some thoughts, so I thought I’d leave it and put something together on Monday. And here we are. We ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Let’s get to Wembley
    Today is about winning. Nothing else would be remotely successful, but equally, at this stage I could not care less how it’s done. I just want us to get to Wembley. If it’s a functional ‘one nil to the Arsenal’ then fine. Let’s just do it and be done with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Welcome respite? Will the board listen? Will Arsène?
    Hey friends, how are you doing this Friday, eh? Looking forward to the FA Cup this weekend. Can I tell you something? I am. I really am. You know how commentators often mention that ‘this could be a welcome distraction from the league’ when talking about teams fighting relegation but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Change across more than management a good thing at Arsenal?
    Morning. Hope your Wednesday was better than it started and today is better than yesterday. Football certainly hasn’t helped of late, so I’ve been engaging in other activities, like watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and pretending I was seven again. I’ll ignore the fact the movie was terrible. It brought ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • The ageing Arsenal boxer – it’s sad
    I don’t really know what to say. I don’t think there’s anything that I can say that would either soothe my own soul when it comes to Arsenal, or offer any words of consolation or positivity to you, because I have none for myself. Arsenal Football Club looks like it’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • The copy/paste blog from the last few seasons?
    I don’t really know where to begin today. This is the first time where I’ve had a pre-match blog and can’t really think of anything remotely useful to say. Half of me thought about finding my pre match blog from the season before last, or the one before that, and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Alexis saga is another PR disaster
    As if Arsenal didn’t seem like it was in enough disarray on the football pitch this weekend, we now find out just how much disarray away from the cameras there is, with the news filtering out that the real reason Alexis wasn’t playing was because of a training ground bust ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A weary Arsenal fans blog
    What can be said this morning that hasn’t already been said repeatedly of late? I almost don’t want to bother writing today’s blog. The analysis will sound alarmingly familiar and my tone will be as weary as an Arsenal fan could feel this morning. I’m tired of this. I’m tired ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal must counter Liverpool’s high press
    This will be a really tough game today. Mark my words. Don’t believe anything you read that suggests that Liverpool’s woeful 2017 form will give us hope, because I certainly am not and I fully expect them to be more up for it, than ever before. I watched the Liverpool/Tottenham ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • We need an answer from Wenger and the team
    So we finally got a bit of news to chew on yesterday, with Arsène assuming the usual position in front of the furry mics and talking ahead of the game on Saturday. And unsurprisingly, most of the chitter-chatter centred around his contract, to which he also (unsurprisingly) batted away and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal content zombies
    Man, it’s early. I’ve got a busy day at work today, which means I have to get the zombie train at 6.15 this morning, filled with all manner of the walking/sleeping dead. To be fair I’m squarely in that camp, although I am using the medium of this blog to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Sell Alexis?
    Following my blog yesterday about how Arsenal haven’t really adopted the counter attack properly in years, I thought I’d offer a somewhat controversial opinion as a solution, which I’ve been thinking about following the stories emerging about Alexis wanting to head back to Spain. Firstly, why he’d want to go ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal haven’t counter-punched for years
    On a WhatsApp Arsenal group I’m part of there was a discussion yesterday about whether Liverpool getting a tonking by Leicester – who hadn’t scored in 2017 before yesterday – would be a good thing for Arsenal or not. Good question, and not one we’ll know until we rock up ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • We’ve got one hand left to play at Arsenal
    Well as expected, Chelski scanned their way to another win, Stoke bent over and presented themselves for crayon-munching Kane to provide them with a metaphorical meat pounding and to complete the faecal matter infused flavour of the weekend, United completely skanked a Southampton team that were the better team throughout. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Don’t expect this weekend, but hope for a utopian end of season for Arsenal
    Not a lot going on for us today, eh folks? I mean sure, i’ll be you’re filling your day with all manner of interesting things, but i’d be surprised if they are Arsenal-related thing, what with us not playing until Saturday evening against Liverpool. Me? I’m going to see if ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Ditch your hierarchies, Arsène
    Do you know what’s strange? In life, my family and particularly The Management, often comment about how easy going I am sometimes. I’m quite happy to let a lot of things – not everything, but a lot – just pass me by without too much stress. I’m quite positive about ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • King Santi might be dead, long live the next king?
    Woke up this morning like: “Yep, still in the Arsenal interlull” Man, for a team that regularly winds me up and has me vowing to put less emotional investment in them, they sure do manage to rope me back in with alarming regularity. I suppose that’s a good thing: it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • What Wembley means; Lucas takes on Arsène’s hierarchy
    This is a weird old time at the moment. Weird because we have a week and a half without the Arsenal, but because it isn’t an interlull, every other fan of a team is counting down the days until the weekend and seeing their team play, so we just have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Just enough Arsenal
    Apologies if I can’t draw myself up to be too irate about the overall performance yesterday, but if I’m honest with you, all we needed was the win and that’s what we got in the end. So now isn’t the time to go all football purist and be outraged that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Don’t Wrexham our chances up, Arsenal
    Did some family stuff this weekend, so whilst I managed to catch a little bit of football and did a little bit of reading, it was fairly minimal, knowing that our game was this evening. I didn’t even realise that the draw had already taken place as I drove home ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Jovial Arsène sounding out an exit strategy
    Well now, that was an interesting press conference yesterday, wasn’t it? I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t think there’d be much of note to come out of the presser yesterday and I wondered if Arsène would be tetchy and downbeat, but he seemed rather jovial given the performance of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Take Eek over Apathy with new Arsenal manager
    Morning. I’ve woken up to a feeling that I thought I wouldn’t get for at least another couple of days. I’m over the Bayern defeat already.  Perhaps it’s because I always knew we weren’t good enough. Perhaps it’s because I vented my spleen on my blog yesterday. Perhaps I’m just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Abject Arsenal players are a disgrace to the shirt
    I am appalled. I am appalled at the travesty of a performance that we witnessed yesterday. In Championship Manager they used to have a saying which involved describing you team as ‘running out of superlatives to describe’. What is the exact opposite of that? What is the antithesis of running ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Get the variables right against Bayern; and use pace to win on the counter
    So here we are. Bayern Munich away. Like last season. And the season before. Etc, etc, repeat to fade.  I’d be more excited if we were playing a team with which we had a terrible record with, but haven’t played for a while, if I’m honest with you. I’m just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Get the variables right against Bayern; and use pace to win counter
    So here we are. Bayern Munich away. Like last season. And the season before. Etc, etc, repeat to fade.  I’d be more excited if we were playing a team with which we had a terrible record with, but haven’t played for a while, if I’m honest with you. I’m just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Mes, Mo and Arsenal not sh*tting the bed
    With just over 24 hours to go until our annual trip to Bayern, there are a few bits and bobs filtering out from both sides, and a press conference sure to take place in Bavaria at some stage today.  It’d be great if the press asked the manager the question: ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Ox/Xhaka – the missing puzzle pieces?
    I’m intrigued. I’m intrigued to know what Wenger is going to do in the middle of our midfield for Bayern away this week. The reason I am intrigued is because I think he has what he perceives as a ‘safe’ option which will deliver what he knows, or the ‘gamble’ ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Ox runs the show against Hull
    On a cold, snowy/slushy Saturday lunchtime, Arsenal laboured to a 2-0 victory that will have hardly inspired any of us to think that some kind of minor miracle will take place between now and May.  But do you know what? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because all that we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Hull at home – in theory…
    This morning The Management asked if I thought Arsenal would win today. Usually I can give her a decent enough response based on what my gut is telling me, but today I simply couldn’t, because quite frankly I have no idea. Two words keep reverberating around in my head: In ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Cech, clickbaiting and Arsène
    To get my football fix every day, I usually have a quick peruse of a number of sites, including Sky Sports. But over the years the number of sites that i ‘trust’ to deliver information that isn’t clickbaity has diminished. So can you imagine my disappointment when a non-Arsenal fan ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Tetchy Arsène and tired media narrative
    So what news from the front line, aka the official site, ahead of this weekend’s round of football? We’ll certainly find out today at some stage as Arsène – clearly wanting the pain of a press conference out of the way as quickly as possible by doing it today – ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Out of the Arsenal woodwork
    I know for the last few days I’ve been talking about wanting change and the predictability of Arsenal’s latest season petering out, but I feel like I’ve noticed something that’s a little different from the press, which is the increased volume of ‘who replaces Wenger?’ articles that appear to be ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Acceptance of Arsenal and they’re failings
    Ok, I’m out of phase one: anger, and having successfully navigated phase two: depression. Today, in terms of Arsenal, I’ve hit ‘acceptance’. I am accepting of where we are as a club and what we have. It’s a much nicer place to be in terms of my blood pressure, that’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • False hope and football evolution
    You still reeling? Or are you a stage  ahead of me in our title challenge and are now in the ‘acceptance’ phase that probably, in reality, the title was never on. Damn Leicester, eh? Damn them not because they lost to United yesterday, but because they sewed a seed of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Boring boring Arsenal
    I don’t even know where to begin this morning. In fact, I almost don’t want to begin, because after what I witnessed yesterday the malaise I have over the football club I love and support has almost completely enveloped me. I’m even at the stage where I’ve thought to myself ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • This is it for Arsenal – black or white, win or bust
    The life of an Arsenal fan is a life which is lived on an emotional rollercoaster. It’s like being in the Grand old Duke of York’s army; when we’re up we’re up, then when we’re down we’re really down.  On Wednesday morning, having been ‘up’ since Sunday, we were promptly ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • When all the chips are stacked agin ye, maybe, Arsenal…
    I don’t know whether it’s because it’s Friday, or because it’s my annual company conference today in which I’ve been involved in a lot of prep and so therefore am quite excited about the fact that the stresses of it are almost over, but I don’t feel as much of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsène doesn’t help himself
    I’m still struggling to properly rectify the decision-making of the manager this morning, after the debacle that was Tuesday night, but not really because of his team selection.  As I said yesterday, I could kind of understand why Giroud might start, but in hindsight he should have stuck with a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Title dreams dead with a trademark Arsenal whimper
    That was pathetic last night. Abject in the extreme. There were so many reasons why Arsène and the players should be embarrassed this morning. Team selection Wrong wrong wrong from the start. Gabriel at right back? If Bellerin is not fit enough to play, then don’t even have him on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Selection quandaries for Arsenal against Watford
    Well how about that for an FA Cup draw, eh? Sutton from the conference up against Arsenal from the Premier League, with a little bit more spice added to the tie with the news that the Nando’s lover himself, Craig Eastmond, plays for Sutton and will probably be starting in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Will Ox central work with Özil back in the team?
    Morning all. It’s back to Blighty, back to the office, which means back to my daily commute and blogging as a result and having had nearly two weeks to relax in the Caribbean sun, I feel somewhat rejuvenated when it comes to The Arsenal too. I managed to watch the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Relief after disbelief against Burnley
    It’s hard to properly analyse a game like yesterday. Quite often I tend to jot down some post-match thoughts that tend to focus on Arsenal being a) rather quite good, or b) rather quite pants. So often it’s the result that has such an important impact on my (and I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Centre half stockpiling at Arsenal; no slip ups this weekend
    Oh, hello, how the devil are you? Feeling fine and dandy on this Saturday morning? It’s been a while since I blogged – Monday I think – but I thought I’d return to action given that there’s football this weekend. I’ve been in St Lucia you see and whilst there’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-01-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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 months 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
    3 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months ago