Suburban Gooners

  • 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
    13 hours 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks 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
    3 weeks ago
  • Lay down a marker against Swansea
    I always get nervy when there are games like today. Hey, I’m an Arsenal fan, so I get nervy about pretty much every game these days, but I feel like games like today leave a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach and I don’t really like it. its ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Out of touch board klaxon; Arsène team update for Swansea
    If the Kroenke spin machine was in full force on Wednesday night, then the Chips Express that trundled into town on Thursday was a complete derailment.  The AGM took place yesterday and as usual it was an affair of relatively pointless corporate nothingness, but unlike usual it was presided over ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Kroenke spin machine in overdrive
    It’s the AGM today and with the yanks in attendance and the AST set to go through with their symbolic gesture of no confidence by voting against Sir Chips and the Kroenke’s, it’s just to be a slightly more cagey atmosphere, even if that’s the best that fan groups can do ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Nketiah’s night
    The great thing about a Carrier Bag Cup game is that it throws all kinds of little Arsenal sub plots up and thankfully, in the end by the time the whistle had blown to see Arsenal through on to the quarter finals, this game against Norwich was no different. Step ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Loving rotation as Norwich come to town
    Norwich at home this evening provides yet another game with which Arsène can rotate his squad and I have to say, with no sense of irony or sarcasm, that I’m enjoying the level of rotation we’re seeing this season from Arsenal. Perhaps it’s because I am a child of the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Finally, free-flowing football from Arsenal
    It’s a little difficult to say without having watched yesterday’s game in its entirety due to family commitments, but having watched a couple of highlights on yesterday’s 5-2 victory at Everton, I feel relatively confident in saying that it was the best performance of the season by the players up ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Congested midfield means Arsenal must exploit width against Everton
    Today feels like a practically impossible game to predict. I mean in terms of form for both teams it’s pretty patchy, if you’re being kind regarding Everton in general, but also if you’re talking about us away from home. If you’re a gambler and you’re looking at this game you’re ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The return of big guns welcome this weekend
    A Saturday without The Arsenal always feels a little empty but, today, I’m kind of ok with it. I’m up north visiting The Management’s family ahead of an annual family meal tomorrow and although I am a traditionalist who would want for nothing more than every team playing at 3pm ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Jack sparkles, Ollie finishes, game bores – Red Star
    Let’s start with the most obvious and pleasing of statements this morning: A win is a win is a win. And we won. So ultimately it’s a good Friday to you and it’s a happier one than had we drawn or lost.  There’s also the positive of seeing Jacky Wilshere ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Jack back to crack the Red Star
    Morning Gooners. Y’all alreet?  It’s the Europa League for us tonight and it’s another away trip, this time to Red Star Belgrade, who feel like the sort of side you’d always have to play in computer games of the 80s and 90s in European competition. A former very decorated club, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Big Per, Arsène, they don’t get ‘marginal gains’
    In an effort to full integrate with the Arsène Wenger regime, Big Per has spoken in the wake of yet another avoidable defeat, saying that the team mustn’t listen to what others say and only look at themselves after a performance like Saturday’s. Hmm. Now where have I heard that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal goalkeeping woes – the empire continues crumbling
    Perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps I’m just seeing things that aren’t there. But after yet another familiar defeat for The Arsenal, things seem to fall under the microscope a little more, as every Arsenal fan becomes more introspective over where the team is failing. Today it feels like the goalkeeping ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal: the creaking vessel
    It’s interesting how defeat to a team that you really shouldn’t be losing too usually brings such introspection and analysis amongst fellow fans, as we try to work out where we are, as well as how the remainder of the season unfolds.  Rarely after a composed victory does one take ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Boring Arsenal fold at Watford
    As soon as the last gasp winner was thrashed home by Tom Cleverly to give Watford their first win at home against us in donkeys years, I switched off the TV, went in to the kitchen and finished making food. I then had a thoroughly enjoyable evening where football wasn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Xhaka with space could be the difference against Watford
    I don’t really know what to make of tonight’s game. There’s part of me that looks at the form we were in before the international break and think that yes, we’re on a good run and we should beat Watford, but even though that is the case there are a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Injuries kicking in -Full Arsenal style
    Morning folks. Lots of juicy Arsenal stuff to talk about today, so let’s get right down to it, starting from where I left off yesterday which was that Arsène confirmed what Özil’s agent said which was that talks were going well. of course we’d hardly expect the manager to say “it’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The reality behind Chambers & Özil contract situation
    Morning all and welcome to a brand new Thursday. It’s a Thursday in which contracts are the hot topic and top of the agenda and that’s not least because of the tale of two contract undertones that sit behind the two big stories emanating from yesterday: Calum Chambers has ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Alexis out this summer (Pep’ll be happy)
    Apparently it’s not just Arsenal who are hit with the injury curse of the international break. Yesterday Sadio Mane was hit with the confirmation that he’ll be out for six weeks for Liverpool. Devastating news for Liverpool. Although six weeks leaves him handily placed to return in mid December and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Defensive rotation at Arsenal – but are they ready?
    Last night as Wales’ World Cup Qualifying campaign drew to a close I spared a thought for poor ol’ Aaron Ramsey. A good player who should probably be somebody who gets to showcase his skills at a World Cup finals, was denied victory by the reprobate that is James McClean, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Confidence growing in Arsenal players
    Another Monday swings around for us post Interlull and what a surprise we have that most ‘lully’ of things: an injury to worry about. Shkodran Mustafi looks to have been the latest in a long line of Arsenal players to be packed up, shipped out on international duty and then ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Sorting contracts through enforced extensions; Draxler and Moura for Alexis seems obvious
    I love it when i worryingly look at the international fixtures to see who’s played from Arsenal, who’s been broken and who’s coming back with a severed torso, only to find that our players just haven’t played. It’s delicious. So when I see that Nacho was an unused sub, that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • An advert for the Premier League
    There’s nothing like a series of international football to do the dirty work of the Premier League. The fact I saw people tweeting last night about when the Premier League returns shows you just how tedious the game was. Quite an advert for it, I’d even go as far to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Lesser of two Arsenal evils?
    Hello hello hello, hope you’re well? Anything to talk about today that’s Arsenal related? No? Oh well, bye then! Of course I’m kidding! You think NewsNow wouldn’t have my a** on a plate if they let me get away with blogs that short? I remember after one of the many ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Stan Kroenke could rot Arsenal like Lerner, Gillett and Hicks
    I’d heard – like I’m sure many of you did over social media – that the Kroenke bid for Usmanov’s shares had happened, but the mainstream media are now going for it and so it seems like it’s becoming more relevant and in the public eye, after Amy Lawrence from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Barca situation the first sign of a super league?
    It feels like every month in today’s world there is some new atrocity which makes the headline news and yet again we have some lone wolf gunman ending people’s lives because of his own selfish actions. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you, how bad your life is, how ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Nothing wrong with a routine Arsenal display
    I thought yesterday was the archetypal ‘routine’ win for Arsenal yesterday which, given how tired I was feeling after a heavy night of booze and karaoke followed by an early get up for The Arsenal, is no bad thing. One set piece free kick against the woodwork in the first ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • My eyes hurt. Please just win, Arsenal.
    Ahh man I feel roughered this morning. That’s rough and knackered combined, kids. I had many a drink last night and at 2am remembered that the broadcasting companies have ruined football with their ridiculous kick offs. And now I’m not appreciating the karaoke I did in my kitchen with my ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-10-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Mesut, Jack and the cancer that is Stan Kroenke
    Howdy folks. It’s another Arsenaless Saturday in the Premier League which means more of the usual having to watch other teams play football before we get our chance. Sure, it means you can do other things with your Saturday, but it just doesn’t feel right not seeing that much Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal bring back the fun in Borisov
    Well I must say I thoroughly enjoyed parts of yesterday’s game. I say ‘parts’ because the ridiculous nature of the games being played at 6pm in away ties means that I was just finishing work as the match kicks off. I can also assure you that attempting to watch the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Predicting Arsenal’s line up against Borisov – your guess as good as mine
    It’s a trip to Belarus this evening for Arsène Wenger and his charges, as Arsenal line up against BATE Borisov and I think it’s fair to say that with all the will in the world, this isn’t a game in which we should be seeing too many players who will ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Team structure over expendable star men like Alexis
    I wanted to broach a topic today that I sort of touched upon yesterday, relating to both Özil and Alexis and of course, there inevitable departures in either January or more likely May next year.  I think the first of the contract rebels of the modern era was Flamini. I’m ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Laca looks ‘Wrighty’, Alexis looks too individual against Baggies
    A win to set the week off is always a good thing. A win with a clean sheet is also very delightful. A win I. Which your star striker bags a brace is also something to savour. So on a relatively balmy night in North London yesterday evening, I’m pleased ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Possession with a purpose: what’s needed for Arsenal tonight 
    After a weekend in which every other Premier League team got their chance to showcase what they’ve got in their side, its us and West Brom tonight who face off against each other, in a fixture in which few will surely want in terms of timings.  Let’s face it – ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Playing catch up for Arsenal; Iwobi’s curve
    Howdy folks. Whatcha been up to this weekend? You certainly haven’t been filling it with Arsenal delight because we’re the Monday night crew which, whilst cool because it starts your working week off with some football, is also a little ducky because it means you have to sit through every ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • No Mai Tai’s for Theo; Jack needs his body to hold together
    Not content with a lie in after Thursday night’s squad rotation game against Doncaster, Arsène was back in to London Colney yesterday to give his pre-match presser to those bleary-eyed hacks who had travelled in following their deadlines for copy the night before. First and foremost came the team news ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Job done for Arsenal, little more
    I wouldn’t have described yesterday’s victory against Doncaster Rovers as ‘thrilling’. Nor would I put it down as ‘comprehensive’. It was certainly a win and safe passage to the fourth round against Norwich at The Emirates, but it was hardly a humdinger of a cup tie, was it? As expected ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Professional performance and plenty of rotation, please, Arsenal
    It’s the super-awesome-mega-important-one-you-definitely-want-to-win cup tonight! You know the one I mean. They named it after a Thai goat or something. The one where the draw is done in the middle of the Himalayas so that the Asian fans don’t have to get up so early, because that’s a really important ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Welbz got the Arsenal curse?
    Poor old Welbz.  If what is to be believed from the The Telegraph yesterday, it could mean a month on the sidelines for a player who it’s fair to say, has had the most unlucky time with injuries since signing. It’s almost as if joining Arsenal condemned a fit player ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Discipline, organisation and positives: Arsenal vs Chelski
    Well how about that for a turn up for the books?  Away from home. To Chelski. Game management.  A modern day Arsène Wenger team performance. Sure, it wasn’t the victory we craved but hey, there was enough in that 0-0 at Stamford Bridge to suggest that actually when their heads ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Press all over the pitch against Chelski, Arsenal
    Welcome to the worst day of the season: the Annual Defeat to Chelski-a-thon, in which we all think that surely probability will eventually work in our favour and we might actually get a win, but then we realise that the same fate will befall us that has befallen us many ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • No Mesut this weekend?
    Morning folks, hope y’all are alreet? This Thursday football, delayed kick off malarky is havoc on the ability to write content you know. Yesterday I was cream-crackered and today as I chow down on my honey and peanut crunch cereal, I have no press conference words from Wenger to have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A disjointed Arsenal victory against Cologne
    Before one delves in to the why’s and wherefore’s of yesterday’s victory against Cologne, I suppose the most important thing to note is that Arsenal did indeed get the victory we needed, in the end. But by golly, wasn’t it hard going for us, eh?  The night started off pretty ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A development squad and something different in Europe for Arsenal
    Arsène’s press conference today will be interesting, not least because despite strongly hinting at rotation for this European competition we find ourselves in this season, we still don’t categorically know just how much rotation the manager intends on tomorrow evening against Cologne.  Is he going to go the whole hog ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Chubby Sanchez, defensive Özil and prolific Welbeck
    I decided to take yesterday off from blogging, on account of a half marathon on Sunday, finished off by a booze evening thereafter. Shall we say that I was a little ‘groggy’ the next morning so I fancied a lie in. Of course from an Arsenal perspective little happened, unless ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • More fun at The Emirates – because of the high press
    I don’t know about you folks, but I thorough;y enjoyed watching yesterday’s game against Bournemouth, pretty much from start to finish. Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous and much like the crowd and its hushed tones up until the second goal went in I was feeling like we could ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Are this Arsenal team fighting for the manager? Bournemouth preview
    It feels like a lot has happened since the last matchday. Maybe it’s just me but it feels like Arsenal have gone through a lot and here we are at the other side and today, it is time the players delivered, because anything else but a win would feel like ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Adams has 2 years minimum to wait; transfer window success
    So much to get through today, that I’m not even sure the trip from Uxbridge to Moorgate will be enough time to see me include everything, such is the case after an interlull.  Unlike a tactically drip-fed Arsène Wenger beIN interview, we don’t get dribs and drabs, just the whole ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal’s planning has caused inflation issues
    I’m not sure if Arsène Wenger’s interview with BeIn Sports is one that was taken a while ago and now being released in snippets, but he’s had some more things to say about the summer, transfer windows and such like. I think I personally am running out of steam to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Mike Dean goes extreme on Arsenal; no surprises on UEFA squad
    Last night I dreamt that Mike Dean gave Granit Xhaka a second yellow card this weekend. That in itself isn’t so surprising, but when you consider that it was for a foul throw and that in his infinite wisdom Mike had decided that he’d had enough of foul throws, it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The Arsenal contract mess
    I was kind of liking the Arsenal quiet zone that had existed whilst all of the players were away on international duty. It was like an oasis of calm amidst the gnashing of teeth on all sides at the moment. The silence wasn’t deafening, it was bliss, and I took ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal victims and cause of over-inflation 
    Hey folks. Having a happy Monday?  Never really got in to that band. Was a bit too young for me I think. Still the irony has never been lost on me and with the weather in Blighty reflecting the mood of most Gooners at the moment, what more can one ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Mesut’s PR team earning their crust
    Sunday’s during an interlude eh, the sweet sound of nothingness, which is just what you need when you’re an Arsenal fan right now. except there isn’t quite nothingness, there’s the old chestnut of ‘footballer saying things on international duty’ and this time it’s the turn of Mesut Ozil, who has ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal funnies: City, Lemar, Alexis and Koscielny
    Howdy Gooners, hope you’re holding up ok? Actually, it being an international break n’all, I kinda feel ok about it, because after last weekend and the subsequent failings in the transfer market, a bit of time away from the Arsenal is no bad thing. Of course when you write a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal cry wolf for the final time
    Well, that’s it then, we’ve ended the summer known as the ‘Catalyst for Change’ summer, with that usual of Arsenal things: an underwhelming feeling that comes when you know your club hasn’t done all it can to be competitive. Here’s the thing: I will go to many home games, I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-09-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • I support Arsenal: I have been lied to
    Hello. How are you doing? Hopefully you are holding up ok? Given the circumstances?  After all, three months ago you were told that Arsenal had a ‘war chest’ of around £200million to spend. You were fed lines by those who are used as PR mouthpieces for the club who you ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal: football’s new joke
    There’s little over 36 hours from the time of me writing this until the slamming shut of the summer transfer window and yesterday felt like there was more happening on a single day since the ‘The Great Arsenal Trolley Dash’ of 2011. That was sparked by a failure of epic ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal fires breaking out everywhere
    Where does one even start? Do you start at the breaking news that Arsenal seem to have relented on their stance of keeping the Ox by supposedly accepting a bid from Chelski for his services? Do you start by talking about how, if true, the decision to play him on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal and Arsène are insulting us all
    I can’t hold back this morning. What happened yesterday at Anfield was nothing short of a disgrace. It was symptomatic of Arsenal football club under this tired and dated manager who mollycoddles and placates a collective of underperforming premadonnas who do not deserve to put on the Arsenal shirt. Yesterday ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Anfield isn’t fun for Arsenal, today won’t be either, I suspect
    Today’s game against Liverpool isn’t exactly one in which we go in to on good form, nor is it a place that we historically – 89 aside – enjoy going to, particularly in recent history. So personally I’m not too confident that we’ll be coming away from Anfield with three ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal: the tail wagging the rabies inflicted dog
    Happy Saturday Gooners. It’s a saturday in which we know our fate with regards to the Europa League, so it’s trips to Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov, as well as Cologne. The final of those teams is one that I myself and particularly excited about, as I have family ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal: Hope of victory but there is no harmony
    I thought about blogging yesterday but given Arsène was doing his presser at 8.45am, I thought I’d hold off until today before I compiled some thoughts, so here I am trying to make sense of what he had to say when sitting in front of the assembled media. Firstly, having ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsène’s joking. Or bluffing. Or lost it.
    Arsène Wenger must be a man with a sense of humour. It’s the only real reason I can think of as to why he thinks this summer has been a good one so far, following an interview in some random Swedish media outlet. He’s been quoted as saying that he ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Wilshere red, Jenkinson blue, Deadwood II
    A new season, a new issue for Jack Wilshere, this time getting himself sent off in an under-23s game against City yesterday. But whilst I’m sure it will fit the media narrative to lambast Wilshere for his ill discipline, probably unsurprisingly I have to leap to the guys defence based ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal and I get snookered too easily
    Morning folks. Hope you’re all feeling decent enough after a pretty sloppy defeat on Saturday. That’s the best adjective I can think of this morning because it just all feels like it was a bit sloppy.  Sloppy by Xhaka in another poor pass, sloppy by both midfielders to give so ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Baffling selection decisions =Arsenal Groundhog Day at Stoke
    So we’re two games in to the new season and already the hope and sporations of a new season appear to be in the sh*thouse, after a performance that seemed vintage Arsenal 2011 – 2016. Once again it was Stoke, once again we fell apart defensively, once again there are ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Can Arsenal do it on a balmy August evening in Stoke on a Saturday?
    Match day two for The Arsenal and it’s that usually most feared of trips to Stoke that we have to intend with later on this evening. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is one of those games that you just don’t look forward to. I ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Drax Link’s back, whilst Lucas still knocks around
    It’s difficult to start with football this morning, given that more people have now lost their lives in a supposed religious related attack that quite frankly, should have no place in modern society. I don’t think anybodies god will welcome them with open arms after they have murdered innocents. It ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Gabriel out? Chambers out? Three at the back out?
    Morning y’all.  Well with Arsène’s presser yesterday we were treated to an update on player availability and thankfully, we appear to be having some centre halves returning, which is nice given we play three at the back and last weekend we decided to go with two left backs in the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Lacazette wants to go to Alton Towers
    Arsène’s doing his press conference in just over an hour from when I start writing today’s Wednesday blog. It’s the first time I can remember him having a Wednesday press conference ahead of a Premier League game on the Saturday and I can only conclude one of the following: ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal losing Ox shows pathetic contract management
    Selling Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelski for £35million if he won’t sign a new contract with one year to go makes sense. Selling Oxlade-Chamberlain full stop, does not make sense and if it happens, I personally won’t be a happy bunny. He’s certainly a player who divides opinion. I don’t think I’ve ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The humanistic side to some of Arsenal’s outgoings
    I had a friends BBQ to go to yesterday afternoon, so only caught the bit up until Shelvey saw red yesterday for a mindless stamp on Alli, but by the sounds of the game in the end it was a good decision. The last thing I want to see is ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • A lovely weekend for Gooners, despite Alexis situation
    This is shaping up to be quite the weekend, football results wise, eh?  I decided to go for a long run yesterday afternoon and when I started my run I switched the radio on via my phone and started to jog just as Liverpool went 3-2 up. I thought “screw ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Giroud’s worth proven In bonkers game
    Well that was just flipping bizarre. How do you analyse that game last night? How can you make any kind of assessment that makes any kind of sense of what transpired yesterday evening, then use it to work out whether we’re basically in the sh*t this season, or whether we’ll ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Do we have enough at Arsenal? For tonight? The season?
    It’s match day. I’ll be there tonight to see Arsenal as the Friday night curtain raiser against Leicester City and when the whistle goes I’ll be roaring on my – and our – team against the Champions of two years ago. Is the squad ready for the whole season? Not ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Sell Alexis. Now.
    I know Arsène remains steadfast in his public comments about Alexis Sanchez, and that the latest ‘injury’ to the player has come at a very coincidental time, but am I the only one thinking: Tempt PSG into a large bid. ??? He’s not signing a new deal, I’d rather lose ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Friday games to break opening day hoodoo?
    These Friday games, eh? It’s like some sort of footballing jet lag with press conferences on a Wednesday, the match on a Friday after a long gruelling week of work and the decisions on whether to drink in the City or closer to The Emirates, all conspiring to make this ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-08-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago