Suburban Gooners

  • 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
    6 hours 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 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 months ago
  • Welbeck’s timely return, when title aspirations hang on a knife-edge
    If results go the way that I’d expect today, by the time we’re all singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight, we could have a distance of 12 points to make up on Chelski to win the league before we play Palace tomorrow at 4pm. Sadly, I’m not full enough of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Mixed bag of injury news, as Arsenal start psychological recovery
    It’s still two days before the team play and quite frankly, the football couldn’t come quickly enough, because it hasn’t at all felt like a packed schedule so far. We’ve played one game in about two weeks. So I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on against Palace. Arsène ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s irrational fixture lists and rotational pondering
    Yesterday evening The Management and I went out for an evening stroll in the crisp London air and after discussions about returning to work, I was given one of the greatest gifts one could get as a working man: an extra days leave. Well, I am seeing it as that, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • An ever-increasing appreciation for Giroud
    I like Ollie G. I think I’m even appreciating him more now that we have an option in Alexis that has been so good at times this season. He’s finally found a place in the team which, whilst probably not as much fun for him, works well for us as ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2016-12-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago