Suburban Gooners

  • Arsenal confuse and delight in equal measure – Vorskla
    Well now, that was fun and once again, as The Management often says, The Arsenal did The Goals. Now I don’t know about you, but I like that, regardless of the opposition. When I was a wee nipper or a grumpy teenager I used to get frustrated when Arsenal didn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    11 hours ago
  • Big night for rotated players to shine for Arsenal
    Hooray for match day I say! After the last few days of it being about Ivan and his departure, after back-to-back away games in between an international break, we finally get back to The Arsenal at home and tonight is the first time I’m back to The Emirates since the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 day ago
  • Ivan gone, Arsenal can move on
    Welly welly welly. Wellington wellington wellington. Welbz Welbz Welbz. After much speculation and after the initial scoop by Arseblog on Monday evening, we had confirmation from the club that Ivan Gazidis will depart Arsenal for AC Milan from the end of October and despite the statement from Sir Chips that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Gazidis: the Samir Nasri CEO
    Back in Blighty and back to normality for me after Portugal and New York at the weekend and whilst I was hoping to talk about the Newcastle game, impact of Torreira, Xhaka, etc, etc, it’s Gazidis who seems to be dominating the topic of conversation after Arseblog News broke the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Nacho’s deal is pragmatic, Özil’s rest is welcome, but Gazidis isn’t
    Morning you wonderful sexy bitches, you. Well, it is for me as I write this now, having flown out to New York for the weekend with my company for a bit of a jolly. So the next couple of days will probably be somewhat disjointed blogs, although I will be ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Pictures of Arsenal players not dead warm the heart
    It helps to settle the nerves on a Thursday morn to check out the official site and see certain players back in training. For too long we’ve had situations where the international break has been followed by a collective holding of hands, silent prayers said, a hope of no missing ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Koscielny return a boost, but it’s Torreira we want to see this weekend
    Mother Nature has seen fit to reward my ten days of sunshine in Portugal with typically drab weather this morning. But as I sit here on the Met Line waiting patiently for my People’s Chariot to disappear into the grey smog of London, I am at least thankful that my ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • What Will Emery Change to Ensure Arsenal Make the Top 4?
    Unai Emery knows he doesn’t have a squad capable of beating the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, United and Liverpool to the crown this season, but he’s not in it for the short term. A successful campaign for the gunners this season will be a top 4 finish, just so ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • How to solve a problem like Xhaka
    Morning all from a cloudy Algarve, in which i’m typing today’s blog whilst overlooking the sea and wondering why the sky isn’t blue, which is most irritating. And as I sit here and tap away I am thinking about Granit Xhaka and the way in which he polarises opinions amongst ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Lacazette the star, but defensively we’re a nervous wreck
    Winning football matches away from home you say? Well yes please. Although perhaps we could work on making it a little bit easier for ourselves by actually doing it without brain farting our way in to conceding goals and having to rely on our forwards to do the business each ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Will Cardiff cliché Arsenal into defeat today?
    I think this is going to be tough against Cardiff today. It’ll be gritty, they’ll leave tackles in on us, try to be overly physical and despite the fact Stoke are thankfully nowhere near playing us again in the league, I reckon we’ll have a similar experience against the Welsh ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Nelson’s move to Hoffenheim is good all round; Europa League thoughts
    Morning one and all and welcome to another weekend. One in which we have to wait until Sunday – once again – before we get to see The Arsenal in action. Still, at least we have some interesting titbits of information to digest, starting with the Europa League draw. Never ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-09-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Mesut, Torreira & cups: questions for Emery to answer
    Morning folks. It’s super-early O’Clock for me today, on account of an early finish and trip to Portugal for a bit of R’n’R today and as I sit here blurry-eyed thinking about Sunday’s game and Emery’s press conference that will happen at some time today, there are a few things ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Torreira will help unleash our full backs
    Morning fellow Gooners. It’s been a bank holiday week in the UK which means the week is one day less. So why the frig does it feel like I’ve already done a day longer than normal? Might have something to do with the fact I’m offski to Portugal tomorrow evening ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Nelson and Lacazette out the door?
    With all of the hoo-ha of the start of the Premier League I think most of us had forgotten the fact English clubs can’t become embroiled in an end of August transfer scrap on Friday. It’s been refreshing to know that there won’t be any destabilising of players as the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Laca will get his chance as Emery tinkers
    It’s funny how in football harmony can do quickly turn into discord. Just look at the situation at Old Trafford right now. A pretty stinging defeat to the horrible lot from the other part of north London and what do you know? Jose is at odds with everyone again. Having ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Tactical opens from Emery is refreshing; Ozil situation is tiresome
    Morning gooner. It’s one of those rarest of things in the UK today – bank holiday – which means a bit of s lie in and a morning spent in me PJs watching the Unai Emery press conference again, as well as some more fall out from the victory against ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Job done for Arsenal but a few concerns
    Ultimately what we wanted yesterday was an Arsenal win and so when Danny Welbeck calmly swivelled and rifled home the third goal in injury time, the overriding emotion was obviously relief from most of the stadium and also for me. I think if I was to choose a word to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • West Ham at home: we need players with passing range
    Happy Saturday one and all, hope you’re having a good one, especially since the season can now officially start today after a couple of engine stalls. Of course the engine could still fall apart on us today and anybody expecting West Ham to be a nice easy ride should probably ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Love that Emery shows his tactical workings
    Emery did his presser yesterday which of course is delicious for somebody who needs something to write about on a Friday morning commute, so I got one am hoping that he replicates this format for the rest of his Arsenal tenure, cos it dun’half ‘elp with my #content. I like ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Will tactical subs continue for Emery?
    Having talked quite a bit yesterday on our Wednesday night A Little Bit Arsenal’ show about how Emery isn’t afraid to hook players regardless of their status in the squad, this morning I find myself waking up thinking about the substitutions he’s making at the moment, wondering whether it will ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Emery is bruising some egos for the better
    As I was on my early morning run I was listening to an Arsenal podcast and contemplating our new life under Emery and the egos in the dressing room. Talk turned to Aaron Ramsey being benched, to whether Mesut Özil will keep his place, to Xhaka, then also the impact ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Ramsey contract/bench links are tosh
    Howdy folks, hope you’ve started your day in a positive fashion, reading through messages of Dennis Bergkamp who yesterday in 1995 signed for The Arsenal and went on to become a legend at the club. Thierry will always be my king, but Dennis is god. That’s how it is with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Season reboot after difficult start – an opportunity for Emery
    Two days after the defensive shambles that was Stamford Bridge and still the result is stinging a bit, but after a day of boozing for the parents Ruby wedding anniversary, plus reading the views of the players and other Arsenal fans, in pleased that we all seem a little more ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • A weird result at Stamford Bridge – positives and frustrations
    I feel weird writing about Arsenal this morning. Weird because I don’t know exactly how I feel. Often I will feel happiness, elation, anger, sadness, frustration, but today I feel a little bit of everything. And that’s weird. Ultimately I guess the emotion that overrides all is sadness because we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • High pres versus high press: Chelsea v Arsenal preview
    Saturday is football and football is Saturday. I love it when The Arsenal play on a Saturday (even if the actual kick off time is rubbish). It feels right and proper. And what with this being the first Saturday of the season it feels extra exciting. I have that nervous ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Emery’s positive vibe presser
    Unai Emery delivered his second press conference of the new season yesterday and I think it’s fair to say it was a mixed bag for us. The positives are that he’s getting to grips with the language more every week and it feels like he should be able to deliver ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal Deadwood sequel to pave way for Ramsey signing?
    Happy Thursday y’all! It’s technically still summer in the UK but given the drizzle that has engulfed my particular corner of the world, you’d never have guessed it, because it’s looking pretty grim. As grim as Carl Jenkinson’s hopes of getting out of Football limbo, where he currently resides, too ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Ivan’s at ChampMan again; Elneny offski?
    I wonder if Ivan, Raoul and Sven have been playing Football Manager over the summer, because that’s the only fathomable explanation why they’ve decided to issue a ‘not-quite-official’ declaration that Unai Emery’s job is safe. There were a few reputable places online reporting it yesterday and when I read it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Players need time to adjust, Arsenal fans do too
    Morning all. Happy Tuesday unto thee. Hopefully you’re feeling grand and the usual bitter taste after a weekend defeat doesn’t feel as lingering in your mouth as it usually does for me. I’m all for the idea of the season taking a reboot after next weekend, you see, because with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • An expected City defeat, but some attacking worry remains
    I expected us to lose against City because they’re two years into the development of their team under Pep. His training, his identity of his team, the way they press, the acquisition of the types of players he wants; all of it was quite clearly evident yesterday as City we’re ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Nerves, unpredictability, possibility: The Arsenal are back
    Morning all! Excited? I know I am. Of course I’m also absolutely bricking myself as to what lies ahead because quite frankly, the Premier League random fixture generator couldn’t have made it more difficult for us if it tried. Man City were so many streaks ahead of everyone else last ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Unai nails another presser and the positivity and press at Arsenal is exciting
    So, we have a press conference ahead of a proper game to digest, eh? Uni took to the press conference and spoke to the assembled hacks to talk about the game this weekend and once again, he sounded like his English is improving at each time and once again I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • No deadline day excitement, because it’s saved for our attacking line up
    That was that then. The transfer window closed an unsurprisingly, given that so many people talked up ‘madness’ and went on about a defender and Dembele from Barca, there were only outgoings yesterday from Arsenal. Lucas Perez ended an unhappy two years at the club by signing for West Ham ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Ramsey new deal defines success of our midfield season
    It’s transfer deadline day today – a lot earlier than it’s ever been – and despite some of the murmurings of a Dembele here, or centre half there, I think Arsenal’s revolving door at Colney will be more busy by the ‘exit’ part than the ‘entry’. We’ve got too many ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Deadline day looms as defensive questions are asked
    Well it’s all been pretty much confirmed and after yesterday’s Kroenke news I’ve obviously had my say in yesterday’s blog. This morning I wake up resigned to the fact we are powerless to do anything. There are talks of protests, or not turning up to the first game, leaving the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Chambers, Ramsey, Holding and fearing City – wobbly with a week to go
    We’re less than a week before the big kick off to the Premier League so perhaps inevitably, what with the transfer window shutting on Friday too, Arsenal are suddenly looking less than perfect when it comes to preparation with the new season. I’m talking of the Ramsey situation of course, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Emery’s tinkering of Arsenal formation keeps us guessing
    That’s it then. Final match preparations have been completed, a 2-0 victory against Lazio was secured, an Arsenal performance in which some of the returning players got valuable minutes and as is par for the course for The Arsenal, a positional crisis as we now seem to have both of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s final dress rehearsal, poor Sead and Iwobi’s pivotal season
    I’m at a wedding today. Which is going to be really awks when I put my headphones in at 7pm to watch the Arsenal v Lazio game on Arsenal Player. Oh well, people will organise life-changing events when the last pre season friendly is on… Tonight will be fascinating I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Plug defensive holes and rotate the attack – how Emery makes Arsenal successful
    This time next week fellow Gooners, it’ll be countdown to Premier League match weekend one and we’ll be but a few days away from finding out just how ready Unai Emery’s charges are for the slog ahead. The summer has been kind to us so far. We’ve done business early, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Familiar frailties, but this Arsenal evolution will take time
    A victory on penalties is still a victory, albeit a friendly victory and one in which I certainly think we can learn a bit from, get a bit excited about, but also be a little apprehensive. Let’s get the painful stuff out of the way first though. Like ripping off ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Team takes shape tonight – with or without Rambo
    I think this’ll be an interesting game this evening against Chelski. Yes it’s a pre season friendly. Yes it means little in the grand scheme of things. And yes the players are still adapting to life under Emery. But this will be a good opportunity for us to see what ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-08-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • New manager = players saying new things
    Because we haven’t had a new manager in so many years prior to this summer, we haven’t seen the usual “this manager is working us soooo much more harder than the last one” type comments from footballers at Arsenal, so yesterday’s comments from Bellerin are welcome but I personally take ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • This week must see player movement
    Morning folks. It’s a muggy old day in England, having been a muggy and rainy day yesterday and so here I sit on the tube, having a look outside on the Metropolitan Line at clouds and circular patches of water on the floor, wondering why the summer has ended so ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Smith-Rowe and Guendouzi impress in first outing
    Happy Friday Gooners. We have a match to digest! Whoop! Been a long time coming, eh? Too long it feels. The World Cup was good, but it was kind of like having a Quorn chilli-con-carne. It’s nice, you can spice it up to remove the fact it’s not mince but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Ramsey: sign or be sold within a week
    It’s hotter than hell in the UK today. But you’ll nee find me complaining that’s for sure. I don’t care that I have to squeeze myself into a suit for work because this type of summer feels like it comes along once in a lifetime and so I’m just embracing ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Ivan stays or goes – both work for The Arsenal
    Happy ‘middle-o-week’ day to you and your kin. I hope it shall be a fruitful one and you take advantage of the day. Arsenal still reside in Singapore and we’re getting plenty of emoji-based icons to denote how hard they’re working, how they’re doing double sessions, all the while being ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Mesut Love is right and proper
    So the Arsenal squad are now in Singapore and the charm offensive of Asia is now well and truly underway. Over the next few days we’ll see plenty of happy and smiling faces and it will all be designed to exude a level of harmony that was not there before. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Özil goes in hard on Football/politics debate
    It’s a bit hot for three-piece suits in London, I can tell you that much, but when one has a personal ‘brand’ to maintain, the air temperature can’t get in the way It’s also getting hot over at the German FA by the looks of it, because yesterday Mesut ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Sommer this summer for Arsenal? Nope
    Morning all and welcome to another day and another load of transfer balderdash, with the news that we’re supposedly interested in Yann Sommer from Borussia Monchengladbach, which would be one of the oddest moves I could imagine. I mean I get that Cech is being linked away from the club. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Gomes buffer for Ramsey, plus Jeff nears the end?
    Morning folks and I hope you are waking up to a good one. It’s another sunny day for us Brits in a summer in which we have a lot to be thankful for, not least the fact that we’ve also got a squad heading out to Singapore that look happy, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Leno needs to be more Seaman
    The rumours coming out on social platforms yesterday was that Arsenal had another friendly yesterday against Brentford, supposedly losing 2-1 with Auba scoring for us and Leno dropping a corner, which of course has caused widespread panic amongst some Arsenal fans that we’ve signed a dud. One of the things ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Irrational Arsenal fan jealously, Coman and the youth team cash cow
    I’ll level with you: I’m a little bit jealous of Liverpool and how in the last couple of seasons they’ve actually got their sh*t together. When Klopp arrived there was a period of adjustment and when he didn’t conquer all in his first full season at the club I was ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Gazidis gets a shoulder shrug and for Arsène it’s too soon for me
    Morning party people. How’s it hanging? I don’t know whether today will be a relatively short blog because if I’m completely honest, I’m struggling to get too bent out of shape over rumours that Ivan Gazidis could potentially be on his way to AC Milan. I have no real issue ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • “Is Watford coming out for a kickabout?” And Emery’s pressing needs
    With this weird period of time in the middle of pre season that we find ourselves in, it feels very strange to not be looking at a friendly or something going on at The Arsenal this weekend. It’s a bit of a ‘lull within a lull’ for us. There aren’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Will Atletico game show Emery’s formation hand?
    Morning all and welcome to another pre season weekday, with the main story on everyone’s lips being the French victory against Croatia yesterday in which Olivier Giroud got his hands on the World Cup, and as a collective it seems most Arsenal fans couldn’t be happier for him. He’s had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Early positive Arsenal signs at Borehamwood
    Morning all! A bright one in London, which is becoming an awesome habit that Mother Nature is getting in to. I could certainly get used to a life like this if it happened every year. I could handle the rain, the grey, the cold and sleet, if it meant we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Emery’s timely reminder of our real love: The Arsenal
    I loved the fact we got an Arsenal press conference yesterday. The day after the England game, English/Arsenal fans licking their wounds, then BAM! We get his with the reminder that for 99% of our lives we don’t even watch international football. It was the timely reminder of where the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • England out, but Arsenal keep on signing
    So for England the dream of a World Cup final dies and much like most of my life it happens wondering why the national team have always fallen short. Perhaps it’s in the collective national psyche, because for a nation with the money, the domestic league, plus the talent in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Unai Emery undertaking Emirates revolution
    With Unai Emery installed as Arsenal manager, there was always the expectation that change was to be upon us at the Emirates Stadium. Any time a new manager is installed at a club, a raft of transfer activity is soon to follow and this has certainly been the case in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-11By Suburbangooner Girl
    2 months ago
  • Deals done early show an Arsenal with a plan
    Another day, another new signing in the bag for Arsenal and it’s one that whilst we’ve waited a while to get over the line, it’s been done and confirmed and I cannot be happier. This is the type of profile of player that we needed at the club. Lucas Torreira ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s squad turnover: The New Batch
    I’ve gotta be honest with you; felt a little bit weird seeing Jack Wilshere in a West Ham shirt yesterday. I don’t know why because there have clearly been pictures of him as a little boy in a West Ham shirt, due to his family supporting the club, but it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal wrapping up transfer business before tours is nectar
    Morning folks! How y’all doing? It’s good times for me, on account of this unusually warm weather we’ve got in the UK, which is what us Brits have always said we’d find absolutely acceptable in the summer given we have to go through drizzle, grey and grim sh*t for most ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal getting it right in all aspects this summer
    I know people are quick to read into things, especially online and I am certainly not immune to this, but we keep getting these videos of the team training, working on fitness, showing the backroom staff doing their thing on and it’s hard not to see the stark contrast ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-07-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • With Sokratis the defensive questions still remain
    Flipping heck it’s muggy today. So muggy I want to sack off work, get into my swim shorts and convince the wife to fan me as I watch re-runs of the Invincibles season. British people aren’t used to this kind of weather. Three piece suits aren’t designed for this. As ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Rambo and Huss have a date; Sven and Ousmane too?
    Well it seems Rambo is getting the positive vibes following the appointment of our new man Emery. He’s been talking after a pointless game for Wales in the US against Mexico and said he ‘can’t wait’ to get back to Arsenal to see how this exciting new era starts. We ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Sokratis hardly inspires, but we hope for a plan
    Morning folks. It was a bank holiday yesterday in the UK and as a result I simply couldn’t be arsed to drag my sorry carcass out of bed to write a blog. But also there was a dearth of news that is available on Arsenal and so I just figured ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Bit of Schadenfreude on a Sunday morn, plus the excitement of a high press
    This will probably be a short one today because there’s little going on in the Arsenal world. Hopefully this is because Unai is already in a darkened room trying frantically to work out how the heck he’s going to turn Shokdran into a world class defender and how he’s going ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Lichsteiner and Meyer on a free, then invest that £70m in two positions & get excited
    On Wednesday we got ourselves a new manager confirmed and it’s no surprise given what we now know about him that he’s been at the training ground and going hardcore on swotting up on everything about the club. Meeting all the backroom staff, having a quick chat with Kos, starting ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Emery dusts off Arsenal Rolodex
    Happy Friday to all, the first in the reign of Head Coach Emery, first of his name. We’ve seen he’s now at the training ground taking it all in, wandering around and obviously introducing himself to all of the trees that only this time last week we had Arsène Wenger ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • An impressive debut for Emery
    So, it’s all official now, we have our new Head Coach. A man who will slot into the revamped Arsenal structure and that man – Unai Emery – was presented to the media yesterday in a press conference alongside Ivan Gazidis. And I must say I was impressed. Firstly by ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Emery will get less ‘lives’ than Arteta
    Morning all. It’s the day after the day after ‘the news’ that we’re getting a new man was all but confirmed and I think everyone is still coming to terms with the left of field appointment of Emery. I must say I’m surprised by some sections of our fan base ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Emery Emirates bound as every Arsenal fan is stunned
    Well now. What should we talk about today then? Is there any particular Arsenal-related topics of conversation that we should focus on? You’re right, how silly of me, Petr Cech being given the number one jersey, Xhaka bizarrely choosing to up his short number to 34, whilst Hector and Mo ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Emery of the Emirates?
    On today’s Episode of ‘Managerial Merry-go-round’ Unai finds out that he may be ‘Emery of the Emirates’…stay tuned for more… Yep, here we are again folks and having just started to accept that the club are leaving its immediate footballing evolution to a man who has managed as many Premier ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Goodbye Santi, hello Seri?
    I feel quite a bit sad that Santi is leaving The Arsenal. You only have to close your eyes and think of that tiny little Spaniard smiling to make yourself smile. Go ahead, take a second and do it, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Yesterday former Villarreal star Marco ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Maybe Arteta isn’t as ‘high risk’ – here’s why…
    It all seems to be drawing towards the inevitable conclusion that Mr Perfect Hair himself is going to be our next boss and what I’m listening to and reading about seems to be about how he’s not as ‘Mr Nice’ as everyone keeps portraying. It does seem funny that all ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Ivan Gazidis is betting his cajones on this appointment
    Happy Friday, the first of the post-Wenger reign, and yesterday some footage emerged from Le Olde Boss from his usual media mouthpiece BeIn sports about who might succeed him and he had his say on Arteta as the likely candidate. I’ve watched this interview a couple of times now and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Concerns over Sven Mislintat’s player strategy
    Can I tell you a worry I have? The worry is that our new scouting guy is essentially ‘bringing the band together’ by focusing on Dortmund players in his role at Arsenal and whilst that in itself isn’t the biggest problem in the world because they have some good players, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Manager options dwindle, but at least the priorities are simple
    The Arteta rumours appear to be hotting up. More and more media sources are reporting it and I think more and more of us are accepting that it’s likely to happen. By and large I think most of us will accept it, get behind Micky and pray he gets off ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Be cool on manager search, Gooners
    So we’re into day two of the post-Wenger era and unsurprisingly it looks like some people are losing their sh*t. It’s unsurprising because today’s modern footballing community of fans want everything instantly. New signings, new managers, trophies, new kits, news in general. Everything has to be right this second and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • A monkey off a back and a thanks to a great man
    So it all ends. Arsène’s time as Arsenal manager has now finished and thankfully it did so with an away win. A monkey that had firmly attached itself to this team’s back has been prized from its metaphorical shoulders with Arsène’s final win and the man who we have all ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Say ‘eff you’ to this season with a win, Arsenal
    So here we are folks. A historic day. The Arsenal and Arsène Wenger united and together for the very last time. It still hasn’t properly sunk in that he won’t be around after today but I suspect once we see all the tributes pour in, the media fawning and the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • The Arsenal purge begins
    Flipping heck, I’m sure we were all expecting a bit of change at Arsenal when Arsene Wenger had moved on, but did any of us expect the type of noises that came out yesterday re: some of the coaching staff, to be so swift and decisive? It was like Arsenal’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Lots of ‘lasts’ for Wenger
    Happy Friday y’all. A Friday in which we’ve now had time to digest the nuggets from Arsène’s press conference and see him pull out yet more of those gems of quotes that he’s done over the years. Of course the journos lapped it up. Talk of saying goodbye to trees, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • A meaningless loss still hurts
    I don’t really know what more can be said about Arsenal away this season that hasn’t already been spoken about time and time again this season and quite frankly, from a footballing perspective, next Monday and the end of this horrific campaign can well and truly get in the bin. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Wenger Getting More Job Offers Than Expected?
    When Arsene Wenger announced his decision to leave Arsenal back in April, many wondered whether the 68-year-old Frenchman would have it in him to start over as a manager somewhere else. He has enjoyed an immensely successful 22-year stint in North London, but some believed he might step into a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-10By Suburbangooner Girl
    4 months ago
  • Performance of individuals above result tonight
    This feels like a strange ol’ match day, doesn’t it? It’s barely registering on my internal fear-o-meter if I’m honest with you. That’s largely because of the fact that unlike The Grand Old Duke of York and his 10,000 men, we can’t go up or down the hill. We’re just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Will there be a psychological issue of not winning away carried into next season?
    With the final home game now past, the nice farewells and the thumping of Burnley behind us, there’s little left in the season but to fulfil obligations by way of the remaining two fixtures, before Arsène and Arsenal go their separate ways. It’ll feel a bit weird doing a match ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • The send off we – and Arsène – needed
    Well, if you’re going to bow out with a relatively meaningless game, you might as well do it in style and having watched Arsenal dismantle Burnley yesterday you can’t say the Arsenal players didn’t do that in the Bank Holiday sunshine. Arsène was given a guard of honour and the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Let’s experiment with youth and attacking options against Burnley
    The final home game of Arsène Wenger’s reign is today and I’m sure it will be an emotional one. It’ll certainly be for the manager and I’m sure he’ll shed a tear or two. For me, I’m just sad that a once great manager is having his Arsenal career peter ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Koscielny’s injury brings to light the massive summer rebuild task of Arsenal’s defence
    What absolutely tragic news for poor old Laurent Koscielny. Yesterday Didier Deschamps confirmed that our number one centre half would miss the World Cup and when you consider his age profile, as well as the problems he’s had with his achilles in recent years, this is a crushing blow for one ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • And so it ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper
    In many ways the way in which we went out of the tie against Atletico was emblematic of the final years of Arsène’s reign as manager. Defensively not at the races, offensively not quite potent enough, with players that at times look like they were trying but ultimately the team ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Do the improbable, Arsenal
    So here we are. By an absolute country mile and a half our biggest game of the season. The success of Arsène’s last year in charge of the club we love could well boil down to 90 – or in an extreme case 120 – minutes of football against one ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • No assistants please, Arsenal, this is a massive decision
    With little actual team news coming out at the moment (although I expect there to be something today that we’ll see from the manager) there’s little to start speculating about tomorrow night’s game. Suffice to say that it’s the biggest one of the season and there is naturally anticipation, but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Memories gifted to Gooners that many will never have
    Morning folks. Y’alreet? Feeling excited? Nervous? Can’t wait until Thursday? I am all of the above. I would also add ‘petrified’ because in the main I worry that by this weekend the season – and Arsène’s reign – will slowly chug to a very undramatic ending with games at home ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-05-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal kids show the potential is there
    Football can be a weird old sport to be obsessed in. I mean, when you find yourself feeling encouraged despite a sucker-punched injury time goal against United away at Old Trafford, compared to a 1-1 draw at home just three days earlier that left you stewing, it just feels odd. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-04-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • United away, defeat probably waiting, but y’know – “meh”
    I think it was about this time last year that Man United visited The Emirates and Mourinho was a few days away from an important Europa League tie, which meant rotation for his team and a beating by the Arsenal players, Arsene’s first victory over the Portuguese and Mourinho snidely ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-04-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal’s soft underbelly may have cost us a final
    Sigh. I sigh because despite our opponents on the night Atletico Madrid being down to ten men, despite having lots of the possession, despite creating plenty of chances, despite an amazing atmosphere in the ground (I’ll ignore the horrific flags we were given – think post marathon foil they give ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-04-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Move the ball quicker, find Özil, hope for a season-defining performance against Atleti
    And so here we are my friends. Potentially the last of two ‘big games’ that Arsène Wenger May face as Arsenal manager. The league is done. It’s a procession towards the final stages of his tenure because we have nothing left to play for domestically. It all boils down to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-04-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago
  • Xhaka to be new manager casualty?
    Eugh, so now we have to deal with the very real probability that Liverpool will be playing either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League, after they smashed Roma at Anfield. And this is my problem with those people who were delighted to see Barca ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-04-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 months ago