Suburban Gooners

  • Appreciating many games and hoping for fresh faces tomorrow
    Are we wearing red shorts, aren’t we wearing red shorts? Does it really matter? This is the kind of news that you get as an Arsenal fan when everything else dries up because we haven’t played for over a week and it occurs to me this morning that perhaps we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    21 hours ago
  • More cash for Stan to use as leverage? Or for player acquisition?
    Well the ‘historic quadruple’ is now over for Man City and after the ‘Invincible’ tag was taken away thanks to Liverpool in the Premier League, the world is waking up to the realisation that City are in fact, quite human after all. Let’s not get too excited for Sunday yet ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • We have our level – Europa League
    Morning folks. It’s Monday, we’ve had to sit through a weekend of not only Arsenal-free football, but divey Tottenham Football and although I won’t dwell on Alli and his wobbly legs, what I will say is that when you fail to appropriately chastise people, to punish people who cheat, they ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • English footballers abroad
    Slow Gooner news day, huh? I woke up this Sunday morn and did my usual flick through some of the news to see if anything was happening in the Arsenal world. There isn’t. It’s quiet. Too quiet. Too quiet because whilst I said yesterday that I was looking forward to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • Will an Arsenal free weekend rekindle the excitement for next weekend?
    Howdy Gooners, y’all alreet? How arte you feeling on a footballess Saturday? Bored? Finding out that there are other things in life? Enjoying the freedom that the complete failure against Forest in the third round of the FA Cup brings? Obviously I want Arsenal to win every competition and i’d ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • Job done in Sweden for Arsenal
    Well I guess that went as well as can be expected. I mean you can’t really grumble at a three-nil away victory rendering the next leg a would-be dead rubber, although with a the Arsenal I guess it’s always got a caveat… But still, the job was done and on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • Arsenal cannot underestimate the value of getting the job done tonight
    Morning gooners and welcome to another match day, one in which we don’t see much of for the next week, so I for one am doing my upmost to ensure that my excitement levels are heightened during my working day today. They may be a small provincial Swedish club that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    7 days ago
  • Lacazette’s absence means ‘Dat Guy’ gets his wish
    I’m looking real hard for when the good news will start coming at Arsenal, I’ve got to be honest with you, because yesterday’s Lacazette news just feels like yet another sh*t sandwich being served up to us and told to chow down. Domestically – League Cup aside – this season ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • ‘Be careful what you wish for’ Arsenal
    Been thinking about change today. Change at Arsenal and when the inevitable change of manager comes. Many of us are hoping for the end of the season, some of us are suspecting that Arsène will cling on until the end of his current contract, but I’m sure few are thinking ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Why are Arsenal so unprepared for games?
    Morning all. I have to say this question has been ringing around in my head all weekend and as I wake up this morning to start a working week it still lingers. Why is it that, despite the fact we have so much preparation and rest time, our team can ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Meek Arsenal surrender on derby day
    I wasn’t confident of getting anything from the game yesterday before the match itself, but what I did have hope for was that stereotype that ‘form goes out the window’ and that any Derby for any team is a great leveller. Not Arsenal though. Not this Arsenal team. I’m still ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • NLD preview – nailed on penalty for that lot at some stage
    I’m sure I’ve said this before on this type of game day, but I hate North London Derby’s, I really do. The worry, the build up nerves, the pessimism that only seems to exist in my life when it comes to The Arsenal; all of it just builds to a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Form, team news and Wembley streak (which is tosh)
    An early presser yesterday from the manager meant that we got some juicy updates on Arsenal a little earlier than the standard time but, let’s be honest we’re all so content starved following a great win last weekend and relative radio silence, that the Arsenal internet community was desperate to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • My best Arsenal XI – any surprises?
    Morning all, hope you are grand and dandy and you have woken up to a Thursday in which great things can happen? Alternatively it could just be a regular run-of-the-mill Thursday in which you get to the end of your day and wonder what you have actually achieved. Life, eh? ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Ticket allocations and Ramsey-based decisions
    Happy ‘Middle-o-week’ day to thee, my wonderful Arsenal supporting colleague, I hope yours is a good one? If you’re a UK-based Arsenal fab and a season ticket holder then I guess the answer to that is dependent on whether or not you got lucky in the ballot yesterday for the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • New signing adrenaline shot for Arsenal
    It’s nice when sometimes your team isn’t the only one imploding in front of your very eyes. So when I read that Chelski had fallen to a 4-1 defeat at Watford, I let out a little smile, because it appears they’re in as much turmoil as we’ve been in this ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • A happy training ground at Arsenal?
    Since our comprehensive victory over Everton on Saturday evening I’ve been feeling overwhelmingly positive. A win will do that for you. A big win will definitely do that for you. But also the hope that something has changed at the club will 100% make you feel good. I saw that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s rampant new attacking era? Everton match review
    I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s match from the first minute to the last. I generally hate evening kick offs on a Saturday because they pretty much ruin any chance of going out in the evening for me given travel home, etc, but if we played like that every week then i’d ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Has Granit Xhaka Done Enough to Earn His Place in the Side?
    Every team has a scapegoat, a player that takes the brunt of the abuse from the stands despite the entire 11 underperforming. Arsenal have a number of them in their current squad and Granit Xhaka is just one of those who have largely failed to win over the fans since ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-03By Nic Howard
    3 weeks ago
  • Things killing the enjoyment of football; Everton match preview
    I thought Arsene’s presser was more interesting than a lot of his pressers that he’s done in the recent past. He brought quite a few interesting topics of conversation that it’s really hard to disagree with so before I go into today’s match preview I think I want to delve ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Reconciling Arsenal results with transfers
    Happy Friday to you and unto your kin. I hope you are well. I am still wrestling with my emotions from an Arsenal front if I’m honest. That’s because I’m trying to reconcile the rapidly deteriorating football quality with the injection-in-arm adrenaline boost of signing one of the world’s strikers, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • The Great Arsenal Cull of 2018
    The last Arsenal ‘shake up’ occurred after the abomination of a defeat to United back in 2011, when Arsène finally admitted in August that the team needed a heck of an overhaul to even get close to competing for top four that he brought in Big Per, Arteta, Benayoun and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-02-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Swansea away: we used to be beautifully flawed, now we’re just flawed
    I was going to start today by saying something like “where do I even start?” but this morning after yet another pathetic Arsenal display – the type of away display performance we’ve seen all season from this ailing team – I think I’ll just throw up some of the utterly ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Swansea preview: desperate for an early goal
    The build up to tonight’s league encounter with Swansea may be dominated by a certain player coming in from Dortmund and a certain handsome Arsenal player being an option for that most horrid of clubs Chelski, but I’m preferring to focus on the reason we are here today, which is ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • The waiting game: Aubameyang
    Sometimes football can be as predictable as TV soap operas can’t it? Particularly football’s equivalent of the gutter trash storylines, which are usually the most sleazy in January and the summer months. So in what is this winters latest plot we saw the development late last night that most of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Clever Dortmund put it all on Arsenal and Ivan
    I suspected there might be a little bit of noise one way or the other yesterday – with regards to the Aubameyang situation – especially as Dortmund we’re playing Freiburg. The first bit of noise came from the team selection and with Auba in from the start it caused some ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Lacazette to relish Mkhi and Ozil behind him?
    Howdy all and welcome to a mid season Saturday with absolutely no prospect of Arsenal on the horizon and actually, having said yesterday that I’m kind of ok with it given we’re going to Wembley, I’d still rather it was us away to Hull and not Forest. That kind of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Wembley date, softens the FA cup exit; Auba be done before Swansea?
    With no game this weekend due to the acrimonious exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Nottingham Forest, this weekend represents a moment in time whereby Arsenal fans are forced to look on in bittnerness as the other top clubs in England waltz through to the fifth round, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Tactical shift sees Arsenal through to Wembley
    In the cold light of the new day, I can say with a degree of comfort that in the end, that was an enjoyable football match. It didn’t start that well though, did it? I mean I don’t really know what Arsène was thinking about when he decided to opt ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • The new League Cup approach – will it work tonight?
    I find tonights League Cup encounter with Chelski an intriguing one. A competition that Arsène has historically been such an advocate of blooding young players in, even to the extent of getting to a final and prioritising development over giving the club the best possibility of a trophy, has this ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Mkhi/Alexis: lose a maverick, gain a team player
    Yesterday the protracted saga of Alexis Sanchez leaving the Arsenal – which let’s not forget has gone on for essentially a year since it became clear he wasn’t interested in signing a new deal – was concluded and I for one am glad that the ‘saga’ in itself is over. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Sven and Ivan share an iPod, whilst Alexis’ exit means the team must flourish
    It’s the start of a new working week for me, but by the looks of things Ivan and Sven Mislintat got theirs going a day early, having been snapped by Bild in Germany picking up some luggage from a car from what was supposed to be Aubameyang’s silver ride; I’m ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The majesty of Özil putting Palace to the sword
    If you’re going to describe the perfect start to a football match then you’d pretty much just re-run the opening 30 minutes of yesterday’s win against Crystal Palace. It was goals, goals, goals. And I loved it. The nerves were there for all to see pre match and as I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Palace preview: High tempo, slick passing and one final Alexis game?
    Happy match day goners. But will it be come 5pm? Will we have something to smile about or will it be more exasperation caused by yet another display in which the selected XI in red shirts toil over their goalscoring attempts as Crystal Palace aim to be tough to break ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The Arsenal good news came yesterday – but transfers got in the way
    Here we are at the end of a week in which we’ve lost our longest servant, are in the verge of losing arguably our best player (although that’s debatable this season), still have to see any large-value replacement come in but could be on the verge of at least two ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The age of Theo is gone, will Aubameyang be next?
    Here endeth ‘The Age of Theo’ and with it, one of the last surviving players to go into the social media proclaimed ‘Banter Era’ and come out the other side into ‘The Declining Era’, where we now find ourselves. His move to Everton was ratified and made official yesterday with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The agent ‘noise’ phase; Arsenal gambling on Wilshere’s loyalty
    We’ve all been watching this game enough by now. We’ve all seen this before a few times and therefore we all know at what stage we’re at in the process. The manager’s have done their little bit of talking. The club’s have done their bit of talking. No fees have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsène’s last roll of the dice – transfers
    The tedium of the Alexis saga appears to be moving into its final phases and having been entwined emotionally to it for the best part of 12 months, Arsenal fans will soon get the relief of it finally being over and by god, I’ll be glad when it does happen. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Bournemouth review: Pull the trigger somebody. Anybody.
    What more can I say this morning that I haven’t already said about this Arsenal team? How many times can I talk about the same frailties, the same mistakes, the same lack of ideas, the same lack of drive? There is literally no other way to try to spin a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Bournemouth preview: this will be a grind
    Morning folks – everyone feeling good? Everyone excited for another match day? Or, are you like me, which is that every time a match day comes around you get that dragging sensation in your stomach? It’s the one where you can’t quite work out whether you feel a bit sick, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Alexis’ departure could be good for Lacazette
    So where else do we start this morning than yesterday’s press conference in which Arsène seemed to all but admit that Alexis is off this January, but only if a replacement can be found and I must admit, at least it’s all out there and we know what is going ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Draxler or Mkhitaryan for Arsenal?
    I don’t know about you but my first full working week back in the office absolutely flew by, which is grand because a) I do love a weekend, and b) it’s the return of Premier League Football to (hopefully) wash that bitter taste in my mouth brought about by the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Riding luck at times, but we’ll all take that, against Chelski
    Ive got to be honest and say that when the teams were announced yesterday, I did indeed fear the worst, given the week that we’ve had. Iwobi punished for his breaking of club rules last week by getting a start against Chelski in a semi final, no Özil, Alexis on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Play our best front line against Chelsea, Arsène
    Match day again and it’s Chelski away in the League Cup and having seen Bristol go one up against City last night it made me realise that anything is possible, including Arsenal actually beating them on their own turf this evening, although I also acknowledge that City did ultimately win ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal: the mess that is
    Where does one even start? At the stories (unsubstantiated of course, after all, it is The Sun) that Alex Iwobi decided to see if he could improve his form by partying until the early hours of the morning before the FA Cup game against Forest this weekend? At the noises ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsène and his players disrespect Forest, the FA Cup and the fans
    Yesterday morning I may not have been able to predict which Arsenal players would start yesterday afternoon’s FA Cup third round game away to Nottingham Forest, but given our away form this season in pretty much all competitions, there could be a fairly decent degree of performance that I would ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The unknown nature of Arsenal’s line up today against Forest
    Happy FA Cup Sunday boys and girls. Hope you are having a good one and preparing yourself mentally for the test that is Nottingham Forest this afternoon at 4pm. For those of us in England not going to the game we have the added stress of having to deal with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2018-01-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal show their clear fragilities – and it’s pathetic
    Hello there you gooner, you. You alright? How you holding up after last night? I’ll level with you – in writing this on the Friday night sitting on the tube making my way back to Uxbridge; I have an early morning drive up to Northumberland and do the chance of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal have lessons to learn to beat Liverpool
    This is going to be hard tonight. Make no mistake about it. People can talk about Liverpool’s frailties, about how Klopp doesn’t seem to know how to set up a decent Liverpool defence, but this will test our Arsenal team significantly tonight. Defensively. Liverpool have a glut of players in ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A United chuckle, Liverpool panic and Rosicky appreciation blog
    United lost yesterday and we all got to engage in a bit of schadenfreude at their expense, until it became clear that City have a nice and easy tie against Bristol City to pick up probably at least one of the minimum two trophies they should win this season, at ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Welbeckian finish sees us get a semi
    When at halftime you’re handed a Carlsberg (this is becoming a habit Andrew) and you look up at the statistics, which tell you that you’re opponent hasn’t even mustered an effort, corner, as well as making just three fouls, you kind of get the feeling that the game isn’t quite ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Hopefully a happy distraction against the hammers tonight
    Howdy Gooners. It’s that time of the week again – the match day without any pressure in the midweek! Love it. I love the feeling of going to a game where you don’t want to chew all of your nails off. I love not spending the day being nervous. I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Do Arsenal have a development problem?
    A nice provocative question to start off your week. But one of those that whilst it felt to me as provocative when I wrote the headline first thing this morning, the more and more I re-read and think about it, the more it feels obvious. Arsenal most certainly do have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Three points, but Arsenal are still struggling for cohesion
    Happy Sunday folks, hope you’re all gravy, especially after a Saturday in which three points for the Arsenal were had? It felt like a bit of a slog though, didn’t it? A win is a win is a win, but we made it feel a little bit harder than it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Newcastle preview: Second half wearing down could be key
    After two disappointing away performances, today nothing else than victory at home over Newcastle must be accepted by the players, because this collective need to up their game over the festive period and that starts now. We all know the troubles on the road. We know how teams have been ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsène spin machine dial turned to max today?
    Friday is press conference day today and we’ll get an Arsène Wenger masterclass in deflection today I suspect. After all, his team have been pretty blunted way from home all season and as a result we’ve never really broken into any form of any real meaning. But tomorrow provides an ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal have no identity – West Ham away thoughts
    As I stood in the stands up in the gods, with my feet numb through the ice of a cold midweek away bore draw to a very average West Ham, I couldn’t help but think to myself: What are Arsenal these days? What is our identity. That’s the overriding emotion ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Formation tinkering to give more bodies in midfield against West Ham?
    An Arsenal team that is stuttering for form away from home, travelling to a West Ham team buoyed by victory against the current champions; what could possibly go wrong, eh? Well, the first fifteen minutes, for starters. Which is why we need to start tonight’s match well come hell or ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Injuries to force Arsène’s formation hand tomorrow?
    Morning folks. Gee-golly it’s a cold one in London this morning, sure to be as frosty as Arsène’s response when he’s asked why he can’t put together a team that can win consistently away from home. Wins against Watford, Stoke and Southampton this last weekend just gone would probably see ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Dire defensive displays will derail Arsenal’s season
    We’ve got to all be honest with ourselves here: this team is probably going to fall away from even challenging from the top four if we continue to put in performances away from home like yesterday. Giroud’s late flick in on 88 minutes may have taken some of the stink ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Mustafi’s absence could be an issue for Xhaka – Southampton v Arsenal preview
    I’ve awoken this morning to snow. It really is quite magical this time of year and London is white with it. In a way I’m glad we don’t have a home game because getting to the Emirates on the Met Line today could be an absolute nightmare. But it’s an ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • My Arsenal limbo
    Yesterday evening I picked up The Management from her work Christmas gathering and I did the gentlemanly thing and dropped off a couple of her colleagues at the nearby station in Surbiton. On the way I was asked by one of the lads – a United fan – the usual ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Chosen few witness Arsenal hammering
    I can be one of the few that said they actually bothered turning up last night for the dead rubber against BATE last night but, unlike my picture above suggests, that’s where the only disappointment of the night exists. The stadium was probably even less than half full and whilst ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Loving that tonight’s Arsenal game is meaningless
    Morning fellow Gooners. Ain’t nothing like a match day, eh? And there ain’t nothing like a match day in which there are absolutely no consequences whatsoever despite win, lose or draw, having qualified for the next round of the Europa League in the last set of fixtures. I get quite ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal fixtures to counter N’Zonzi/transfer Arsenal guff
    I’m so glad that this December is chocked full of football matches, specifically Arsenal matches, of course. All thanks to the Europa League and continuing League Cup status of the club. The reason I’m pretty chuffed is that it somewhat (sadly not completely) drowns out some of the unsavoury noises ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Forest away points, rotation balance for BATE and Sven’s bedding in
    I’ve never been to Nottingham. It’s not like I’ve had a reason to, if I’m honest though, but all that has changed now that Arsenal have drawn Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. An away trip in January beckons and given that it’s one of the few ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • That United game hurts my brain still
    Yesterday I had family over, which was a very fortunate excuse for not blogging, or having anything to do with the existence of Football, if I’m honest with you. I just didn’t want the rage of knowing that Arsenal had a massive missed opportunity. And given the fact that the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal to open up the festive cheer against United?
    Yesterday we hit December, which means I can officially go FULL CHRISTMAS CHEER, starting yesterday with the decorations going up in the house and Home Alone on in the background. I love this time of year. Everyone seems to be much happier. So what I – and by extension you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-12-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • A welcome tonking of Huddersfield
    Well now, I thoroughly enjoyed that by the end of the evening, even if it was at the expense of some very cold toes and fingers that are only just recovering now. I think it’s fair to say that yesterday evening’s events at The Emirates were just what the club ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Concentration, control and rotation: Arsenal v Huddersfield preview
    It’s match day at The Arsenal and it’s a home game against Huddersfield tonight for me and thee, as we hope to put a wee bit of daylight between some of the chasing pack and most notably the Totts, with whom I am hoping that we have given all of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Questions asked of Arsenal: consistency and momentum
    With such a quick turnaround time in between Premier League games this week, it feels like this is the period of the season in which Arsène’s squad is tested to its limits for the first time, as the manager needs to make some decisions on how he rotated his squad ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Last gasp deliciousness for Arsenal at Burnley
    Is there anything quite like a last-gasp winner in a football match? Is there anything as delicious as knowing your team has scored with so little time for the opposition to respond, that even though your club specialises in brain farts from time-to-time, you know there will be no way ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal need the all-important first goal against Burnley
    Moaning y’all and welcome to Sunday match day, a day in which we once again travel away to a tough ground to try to pick up three points against an in form team, in the shape of Burnley. This’ll be a tough one today. Burnley are an established Premier League ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Reversal of fortune for Arsenal tomorrow?
    Happy Saturday y’all. Hope you’re coping without The Arsenal? Me – I’m going to go and watch Justice League with The Management and then follow it up by having myself a Chiquitoes, the most exciting part of which is definitely the Admiral Old J they have in stock in my ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Happy despite an Arsenal defeat – feels weird
    I don’t know about you but last night’s game against FC Köln felt weird. It was weird because we lost, yet ultimately there was relief, because we still topped the group to ensure that the game against BATE in a couple of weeks is as meaningless as it would have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Options for Arsenal on ‘Match Day B’ vs Koln
    Match day today, although given it’s featuring an Arsenal B team, perhaps games like the one this evening against F.C. Koln should be renamed ‘Match Day B’? It’s a curious one, is today’s game, because we’re up against a German side who are on their own turf. It’s also a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Listen to Nacho, for he is wise
    I love the optimism of some players. Well, when it comes to certain players, I might add and specifically, those who have gone from “is he good enough?” to “first name on the team sheet”. Step forward Nacho Monreal. Not only has he turned out to be a pretty fine ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • New scout – beginning of the Arsenal legacy shift?
    In the summer – early in the summer as well – Ivan talked about a ‘catalyst for change’ at the club and come 1st September the lack of transfer activity in core areas of the pitch – notably midfield – led many of us to feel as though we’d once ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsène & players should milk the applause
    I know I’m a little late to the party today, having cried off blogging yesterday like a Daily Mail journo cries off a little bit of banter on social media, but I was on a little post match bender and ended up sleeping in until nearly midday yesterday. So that’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The nerves of the NLD – how can any fan enjoy this?
    I’m sat here at my Macbook staring blankly at white space. It’s North London Derby day and I’ve got that very familiar feeling that comes at least twice a season minimum. We play them. That lot down the road. The noisy neighbours. The chirpiest of chirpy fans. The ones that we’ve ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Go big names tomorrow Arsène
    Yesterday Arsène spoke to the assembled media to give a bit of an update on the team news and I suppose the good stuff is that nobody has been maimed enough to be sitting out that we didn’t already know about. Mustafi and Welbeck look to be back, Giroud is ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Rebuild, reboot, sweep clean – get the contract rebels out of Arsenal
    At this point in time can anybody say with any level of certainty what on Earth is going to happen to our two ‘big name’ stars come January? Can anybody enlighten me?  Because Arsène certainly can’t and I’m not sure he has any idea any more. His latest interview from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Rebuild, reboot, sweep clean – get the contract rebels out of Arsenal
    At this point in time can anybody say with any level of certainty what on Earth is going to happen to our two ‘big name’ stars come January? Can anybody enlighten me?  Because Arsène certainly can’t and I’m not sure he has any idea any more. His latest interview from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • NLD – the nerves begin
    Happy post Interlull day to you. At least I think it is because most of the European fixtures – playoffs and friendlies – were played yesterday and so I suspect players will be returning back to their clubs from today to get back in to training for tomorrow.  As you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Giroud – best of the Arsenal rest?
    Morning folks. Welcome to Tuesday and welcome to a day in which that most emotional of people – the Italians – will be even more emotional given the fact that they’re players failed to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in a gazillion years.  I mention this ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Interlull nothingness or NLD fear?
    Ahh man, this feels like it’s a real dragger of an Interlull, and not just because there’s little going around by the way of Arsenal news. I tune out the transfer tittle-tattle when there’s still six months to go until the January window opens, and when it’s a window that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Let’s go crazy 4-4-2 vintage with Ollie G up top – they’ll never see it coming
    Alright? Having a good Saturday? well, as good as you can have it without The Arsenal, although these days with all the flipping Thursday night football we endure it’s not normally a game day anyway, so I wonder if i’ll get the usual withdrawal symptoms that I get when there ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Jack’s an easy target for Southgate
    Happy Friday folks. Looking forward to the weekend? No? Why not? Is it because there is practically zero football on that is worth thinking about or watching? Internationals, eh? They’re like a six month check up to the dentist; thoroughly unwanted. Incidentally I’ve decided to compound my own misery by ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Memories of 89: one glorious story retold a million ways
    People get very worked up in the now these days. Especially when it comes to football. The stress of the present and the immediate future  – are we going to win the next game, is this player, or that player going to sign, etc, etc – that it’s very easy ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Polishing memories to shine brighter: Anfield 89
    This evening I have the pleasure of going to watch 89 in Holloway, which is the release of a new documentary by some of the ex-Arsenal players who were part of that legendary team and in bringing back thoughts to a very different time, almost inevitably you start to see how ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Are Arsenal the new Everton?
    Howdy folks and welcome to Tuesday. I’m at a conference all day today so it means an earlier than usual start so I can rattle through a few work emails before I head off.  It’s one of those annoying things where you know you’re out of the office and you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • The predictability of an Arsenal defeat away from home – Man City
    Yesterday we chalked up another defeat this season and once again, for god knows how many times in the last ten years, we were defeated away from home to a top six team. Quite frankly it was all a little too predictable and having not watched the game I’m not ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Solid, compact, counter – Arsenal’s gameplan against Man City
    Morning all, hope you’re all feeling rather fantastic this morning? Or are you like me and not really looking forward to the prospect of playing the supposed ‘champions elect’ on their own turf this afternoon? Well actually, I’m more concerned with getting some pig inside of me, because i had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Appreciating Santi when he’s gone; no gung-ho tomorrow Arsene
    Poor old Santi, eh? Not only does he have eight operations in a year to save his ability to walk, play football, etc, but the doctors have to take a part of his tattoo on another bit of his body as a skin graft, to sew him back up again ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal…erm…well…played?
    Well now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t really take much enjoyment from last nights Arsenal football club match against Red Star Belgrade. I don’t think it was the company. I had a lovely old time with Steve and Steve et al and to be quite honest, up until the first ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • The fun of midweek Arsenal – Red Star preview
    It’s another European exertion for the fringe players tonight, as ‘Arsenal Midweek Select XI’ take on Red Star Belgrade at The Emirates and as I’ve said before, I’m coming around to this midweek football, mainly because it doesn’t seem to have the same tenseness that I get around the Premier ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Mat’s back and Alexis/Sead have a love in – temporary solutions
    As far as I can tell there should be a press conference this morning or today at some stage, ahead of the game tomorrow night against REd Star Belgrade, so it’ll be interesting to see who Arsène brings along with him to sit in on the presser and which squad ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-11-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • An Arsenal superstition to be adhered/ignored?
    Morning. I’m not going to wish you a ‘happy’ anything for a specific day of the year because without wanting to sound like a grumpy old man, I don’t really recognise this festival as anything other than what it is: an opportunity for retailers to ca-ching their coffers in between ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Character in big games please
    Eugh, it’s started in London, the cold I mean.  We’d sort of managed to avoid it for a while, like hitting ‘snooze’ on you alarm to get some extra minutes of peaceful and warm bed, but like all things it is inevitable and so today I find myself wrapped up ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • I’m loving Sead: Arsenal vs Swansea review
    I hate trotting out footballing cliches but, as I made my way home with the old man yesterday from The Emirates, it was hard to describe yesterday’s win against Swansea as anything other than the proverbial ‘game of two halves’. The first was one of laboured, predictable passing that had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago