Suburban Gooners

  • Odds stacked against us, but hope remains on Cup final day
    So here we are. We’ve arrived at what is now the single most important day of the season and it’s a day that will quite literally be season defining: the FA Cup Final. A win will have seen this shambles of a season end with some semblance of positivity about ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    10 hours ago
  • Psychology of an Arsenal formation change 
    With the Cup final being the only remaining top flight game of the season, it’s no surprise that all eyes are turning towards it, and the club themselves are no different from anyone else in that regard, yesterday releasing a lovely looking infographic which outlines some interesting facts about Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 day ago
  • 2002 Arsenal/Chelsea karma scares me
    I’m an Arsenal fan in my mid thirties and can I admit something to you: winning trophies – any trophies- means a hell of a lot more to me than it did ten years ago. Ten years ago I thought to myself that setting us up to be financially sound, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 days ago
  • Coming around to the Europa League debate
    I’ve been thinking, right… Dangerous, I know, but hear me out with this. Maybe the Europa League for next season isn’t that bad after all? I know, I know, there are plenty of reasons to be pretty perturbed by it. For one thing until we get to the quarter finals ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 days ago
  • Lucas is a tourist and Arsenal are a conker
    Morning fellow Gooners. How are you feeling? Are you still reeling from the failure of the league campaign? Or are you like me, in this weird limbo in which you’re not quite sure right now, given the circumstances?  Yes the league campaign was pretty shoddy and yes, the manager and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 days ago
  • The stupidity of Kos 
    I didn’t go to the game yesterday, on account of other prior arrangements and if I’m honest, there was part of me that was quite glad about that fact. Glad because whenever I go along to The Arsenal I do get a lot more emotionally invested than when I stay ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    5 days ago
  • Can Arsenal still finish in the top four and win the FA Cup?
    In short, I don’t believe so, not both anyway. Given the way this season has gone it would be highly unlikely and yet, the fact that it is still even conceivable that it could happen is really quite amazing if you think about it. At times this season Arsenal have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    6 days ago
  • Usmanov’s power play will expose Kroenke as the blight he is on Arsenal
    Howdy friends, how are you doing on this footballess Saturday? Hopefully you’re occupying yourselves with something moderately interesting? We all know Alister Usmanov is doing just that, having thrown his balls on the table with a $1.3billion bid for Arsenal yesterday to buy a controlling stake in the club, with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Rotation or not for this weekend? Big Tone has his say (long ago) and Lucas for Cheese
    It’s Friday, it’s the last press conference of the Premier League season and I for one couldn’t be happier, because it means the end to this league campaign of disappointment. It also means we’re at the final press conference of the season in which we’ll have to hear about Arsène’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Club action on Europa, as players prep for it
    It sounds to me like everyone at The Arsenal are already preparing for life without the Champions League. Word in the pubs over recent weeks is that the club know they will have to do something if we fail this Sunday to get some sort of miracle set of results ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal chalking up more confidence against Sunderland
    It was my last game of the season last night, because I have a prior engagement on Sunday and so won’t be able to make the glory of achieving a top four finish at the expense of Liverpool, who will have lost a two goal lead to succumb to a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Maintain the momentum, Arsenal
    Tonight’s game against Sunderland is probably the closest you’ll ever get to a ‘dead rubber’ game without it being an actual dead rubber or a game I think. Sunderland are down and have nothing but ‘pride’ to play for, which I’ve always found a ludicrous comment to make, because if ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Prepare the development squad
    It was probably always going to be too much to ask for West Ham to put on the same display as they did against the Totts and dispatch Liverpool yesterday. West Ham hate that lot almost as much as us so of course they were going to give it a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Resurgence at Stoke – in time for the final?
    I must say ‘welcome back’ to the Arsenal. Where have you been? We’ve been hanging around your dodgy cousin that smells a little bit and looks a lot like you, but has a limp, gammy leg, croaky voice, German measles and quite frankly, it’s been an unpleasant experience. I thought ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Victory or bust for Arsenal away to Stoke
    Here we are folks. We’ve arrived at one of the least palatable games of the season for Arsenal fans. Not because the opponents are better than us. Not because we are in the worst form in the world (although a few weeks ago that could have been the case), but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Fitness question marks ahead of Mordor
    Oddly, it doesn’t look as though there’s a press conference happening today and I think I read somewhere that the press conference was the one that took place immediately after the Wednesday game at Southampton. It’ll be slightly odd to do it that way but given that the team will ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal testing the jab against Southampton
    Had you almost forgotten that feeling? You know the one I’m talking about. You know! The one where an Arsenal team has started to deliver consistent results on the pitch and looked like a side that is in the top quarter of the league. Yeah, that feeling, one which we had ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • No margin for error for Arsenal tonight 
    Morning friends and welcome to Wednesday, the second match day in a three match week and yet another game in which there is absolutely no wiggle room. Arsenal’s horrific couple of months recently has effectively left us clutching at the fourth place straw although unlike most previous seasons, even perfect ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rotation, hope and redemption for a returner at Arsenal
    It seems only yesterday that we were revelling in our home comforts of beating United, yet here we are with another press conference, ahead of another ‘cannot lose’ match. Oh wait a second, it was yesterday that I was revelling, because we seemed to have consortina’d our end of season ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • A confidence boost from United gratefully received 
    Yesterday’s win against United felt good, didn’t it? It had a performance that had us remembering that this collective of players are in fact capable of pulling off performances that can add a touch of sparkle to the weekend’s proceedings. Forget about the fact Mourinho had talked up his own ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Players need to react – not for today, but ahead of the cup final
    Morning folks. It’s game day and it’s a home match against Man United but if I’m honest with you, I can’t remember a game against United that was so underwhelming, or had so little riding on it from two teams who really have failed to impress this season. Arsenal currently ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • In the darkest hours, a ray of light from the Totts
    Morning. I have a stinking cold which has kept me up half the night and really has been quite vexing. But despite that, logging in to my social media profiles and looking back over the failure of a Totts team to beat a West Ham side who were on the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Little bit lies
    You and I may already be aware that Arsenal’s Premier League campaign is already run and that Champions League football is unlikely to reach the Emirates next season, but Arsène had to put a brace face on it and talk up how the team will keep fighting, etc, etc, but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s run in – the numbers don’t look good
    Morning. How are you doing? Still licking your wounds from Sunday?  Yeah I know. Me too.  It’s probably a good thing that there’s a bit of quiet coming out of the club this week. They’re all probably wrapped up in their bubbles somewhere. As for you and I, we have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal: The institutionalised fanbase
    I don’t really feel much like blogging today if I’m honest with you. I mean I will, after all it’s my thing that I do when I get up in the morning and sit on a train hurtling towards London for a day of grind, but certainly the desire has ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal players don’t fight for our club
    All last week I spoke to Gooners about yesterday’s north London Derby and despite our fragile confidence and dodgy form, I was told by many that we had a chance because it is a derby match and form goes out of the window in derbies. My retort to people was ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-05-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • A cagey affair awaits on Sunday, despite what Arsène says
    Lots of things to get through from yesterday’s press conference, so there’s some ‘cracking on’ to be had, I feel. First and foremost, the team news, which sees Koscielny as rated as 60% to play on Sunday. I’ll be honest and say I like those odds, because we need Laurent ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • The most difficult NLD ever?
    Went to bed early last night and as a result, didn’t catch the final whistle of the United game, but as I’m sure you’ll tell me that’s no real loss because by the sounds of it, it was a drab affair. Imagine that? A Mourinho team going away from home ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 weeks ago
  • Gritty Arsenal find a way against Leicester. Just.
    Three on the bounce feels lovely this morning doesn’t it? It certainly felt good when I knew the game was over and on the surface, this new formation looks decent, with three victories and an Arsenal team that look like they’re building their confidence to play it more and more ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Wing backs are key against Leicester tonight 
    Midweek match day. An opportunity to break up the monotony of the working week with a spot of Arsenal and if the footballing gods are with us, hopefully a victory to add the gloss to the weekend semi final win. It’s a resurrected Leicester City who come to town and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-26By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • 3-5-2 has different paths for Hector and Giroud
    There’s no time to savour the result from the weekend as Arsenal already have one of the remaining league games left tomorrow evening against a reinvigorated Craig Shakespeare. So it’s an Arsène Wenger pre match presser today and that means we’ll get an update as to whether he’ll stick or ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Battle and bottle back for The Arsenal
    This season the players have – rightly in my opinion – been chastised for some of their performance and at times the perceived lack of effort they deliver for Arsenal football club. We’ve seen too many under par performances and that has led to widespread condemnation. So it only seems ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Season defining game at Wembley
    I’m sure I’m not alone in breathing a collective sigh of relief at what happened yesterday at Wembley. The fact that everyone has been speculating in the media on a possible Tottenham match towards a double has left a horrible taste in the mouth and a churning of the stomach. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The horrible permutations of today’s game; the expectation of tomorrow’s
    Happy Saturday Gooners. It’s FA Cup weekend but as seems to be par for the course these days, we don’t play until Sunday. I suppose we’d better get used to it because next season unless something drastic happens in the Premier League, we’ll be seeing a lot less Saturday football ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Keeping City guessing the best option for Arsenal
    Arsène’s pre FA Cup semi final chitter-chatter yesterday was as to be expected. There was the inevitable question asked about his contract and the inevitable response from the manager that he had no update. He also neither confirmed nor denied the Kolasinac rumours, whilst saying the same old same old ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Club envy, Arsène’s hints and Jack’s long goodbye
    I wonder if Arsène is looking forward to today’s press conference at all, not least because it is a detachment from the Premier League which let’s face it, has hardly been easy for us in 2017. An opportunity to talk up his decent cup record is probably something of a ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Poor Jacky; will a formation change alter summer plans?
    Poor old Jacky Wilshere, eh? If reports are to be believed he’s gone and smashed his legs to pieces again, which leaves him absent for the final run in, returning to Arsenal early and probably even more up in the air about his future. Timing wise it’s an absolute stinker. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • The boost every Arsenal fan needed
    A football match was won last night. By Arsenal. Away from home. I’d almost forgotten about what that felt like. Middlesbrough were the side dispatched and now in the cold light of day you can say with some comfort that they are probably almost definitely going down. Arsenal were hardly ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Repair the damage for next week’s semi final 
    The second Monday night football of the season provides us with a chance to at least get back to some kind of winning ways ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi final and I must say that if we can’t turn over a Middlesbrough side who are in freefall from ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Floating debris season, so transfer guff is becoming interesting
    I want to say ‘no real favours done for us again’ on yesterday’s results, but the reality is that we didn’t really have an team around us to be too concerned with right now. City are disappearing off in to the difference, the scummy lot round the corner have already ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal + Alexis = cash, Arsenal + Arsène = rented season tickets
    Happy Easter Saturday. I spent my Good Friday playing Monopoly with no beer, rum or wine, so I am certainly ready for a little tipple later. And on Sunday. And most definitely on Monday, the day in which Arsenal are at Middlesbrough, who everyone is saying won’t give us any ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Creative Arsène contract questions
    Alright? Happy Good Friday to you, which is probably not quite in keeping with the purpose of Good Friday, but there you go. Last night I sank a bottle and a half of Spanish red, as well as going for a long run this morning, so I’m taking Good Friday ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    1 month ago
  • Desire to win – take it before it goes
    This might be a short one today. Mainly on account that quite simply, I can’t really be arsed with Arsenal at the moment, pretty much reflective of the attitude of the players.  The official website is, quite sensibly, keeping schtum and the lead stories are related to the gloats, great, ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Palace – Arsenal players’ silent revolt 
    As I listened to the chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” from our fans at the Palace ground in the away end, I asked the question to Ben – who has become somewhat of an Arsenal therapist in the last couple of seasons – is it me ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal need to be wary of Palace’s counter
    Just as I expected when I wrote my blog on Saturday morning, pretty much everybody above and below us in the Premier League won over the weekend, which means only victory tonight against Palace will see us tread water. It’s a difficult situation to be in that’s for sure. The ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Mesut saying all the right things
    I think I said this in a recent blog, or certainly in one of my Twitter ‘moments’, but it feels like we’ve been playing catch up on football games an awful lot since Christmas. We’ve had these games in hand due to the FA Cup, so that has meant we’re ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsene can end the speculation in a second
    Core blimey, me ‘n the Management had one of those “well that escalated quickly” evening, with the help of rum, gin, tonic, vodka and cranberry and Pinot Grigio Blush, last night. Not all together at the same time obviously, but by the taste in my mouth it kind of felt ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Rocky framework Arsenal can build on
    I think we’ll be seeing a press conference today, despite the fact that we don’t play until Monday, so itll be interesting what Arsène makes of the weekend’s action. I don’t know about you but it does feel like in 2017 we seem to be playing more ‘catch up’ on ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • We won an ‘effin football match!
    Well wouldn’t you know it, our team won a Premier League football match. How about them apples, eh? How’d you like ’em? So it turns out that actually, those players do know how to see through a football match, in the end. Still, despite the final score line, it wasn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal crippled with fear
    It’s a bit misty this morning in London as I make my way in to the office via the Metropolitan Line train. As misty and clouded as the vision that the apologists have following yet more points dropped at home against a supposed rival. They tell me that we should ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • City will want to exposure our full backs today
    Victory today is the only option. A draw will only seem as though the team has further regressed from the target of Champions League football and personally, I suspect it will also mean we will have too much to do to take one of the four spots for next season. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal and ‘representative samples’
    Well, the AST seem to have caused somewhat of a debate in the Arsenal universe with their poll, haven’t they? Of the poll they did of their members, which they have 1,000 and 424 responded, 80% of fans said they wanted Wenger gone. Which then led to the inevitable sensationalist ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-04-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsène dusts off his PR templates for presser
    There were some rumours earlier in the week that Arsène or Arsenal might make some sort of announcement on his future, most likely that he will be staying, but as seems to be par for the course these days, Arsène went in to PR template more when asked any kind ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-31By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Alexis’ underlying threats should force Arsenal’s hand
    What with the lack of domestic football, players going across the world and us as fans left to stew on the recent poor form, what we really needed was a star player giving an interview in his homeland laced with cryptic messages. Alexis was interviewed in Chile after their 3-1 ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-30By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • No Wembley apathy, but Arsenal apathy?
    I’ve woken up this morning in some sort of parallel universe where it is acceptable for Alexis to join Chelski in the summer. There’s a few members of the gutter press who are running with this back page trash and to think that Arsenal would even entertain the idea of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-29By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Thierry won’t happen. Yet.
    On Sunday I saw the reports about Thierry Henry and the rumoured interest in him to be the next Arsenal manager, with bookies slashing the odds, seemingly overnight. I thought about writing about it yesterday as some sort of footnote, but didn’t bother because I thought it would be just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Revisiting Arsenal’s greatest Champions League victories
    Still reeling from the recent ignominious Champions League exit against Bayern Munich? Don’t worry: you’re not alone. As the internal postmortem no doubt continues, we’ve tried to take our minds off Arsenal’s lopsided 2-10 aggregate defeat against the reigning Bundesliga champions by delving deep into the archives in the search ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Non-existent Arsenal succession planning
    I’ve got to be honest with you, I thought we might get some sort of snippet coming out of the French press from Wenger with regards to this new deal that we all know is coming, given that he’ll have been commentating on the French national team this weekend. The ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • A week off from Arsenal just the ticket
    Happy Saturday folks. It’s a Saturday in which London is bathed in a bit of sun today, so I intend on making the most of it, probably by staying in and watching TV or by going swimming in the indoor pool in Uxbridge. Yep, that’s the British way, dontcha know. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Xhaka can be a fulcrum in this team
    Happy Friday friends. Hope you are well? Let’s talk about Xhaka, shall we? After all, he’s been talking to the press in Germany, which has handily been transcribed by the good people over at Arseblog News. The article makes for quite interesting reading actually. I really like Xhaka. He comes ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Contract balderdash from Arsène and Arsenal players
    Before I go all Arsenal on today’s proceedings, I’m sparing a thought for the families of those people who lost their lives or were badly injured on Westminster Bridge yesterday, not least because if that would have happened six months ago, I might have been in the thick of what ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal engage ‘PR transfer war chest’ mode
    Arsène has apparently jetted off to France to ‘consider his future’, if you believe the noises by the gutter press, from yesterday. Apparently he wants to see if fans will tolerate another two years, so is assessing the gauge of sentiment, I read somewhere. I do love a bit of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Agenda’s, propaganda and Arsenal
    We’re only two days in to this particular Interlull and whilst I still haven’t decided if not having Arsenal play this weekend is a good thing or not – given the way we have been playing – I’m already feeling a bit drained with the Arsenal universe that you and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsène’s self-awareness
    After the weekend’s debacle and manager’s subsequent inevitable denial that his players don’t lack effort at the moment, last night we had rumour and counter rumour with regards to Arsène’s future. Usually at this time of the year it’s the build up to the transfer of contractual sagas of the ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal make me numb
    After the game yesterday I felt angry for about four minutes. I was angry and upset about that performance and I was feeling a little ranty. But by five minutes after the game, I was back to myself and I got on with the rest of my day. I didn’t ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-19By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • No sluggish start, Arsenal, we need three points
    A lunchtime kick off today means there’s no hanging around before we get in to the football action this weekend. I kind of like that. It feels like we’ve had to wait for Arsenal to play of late, so to get a game in nice and early on a Saturday ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Arsène puts up the gloves
    Arsène had his presser yesterday ahead of West Brom and you can tell that he’s started to put the shields on full power right now. Even off the back of a 5-0 (yes, I know it was ‘only’ Lincoln, but it was a comprehensive win) victory he knew the general ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • 77 for Arsenal. That’s what’s needed.
    Morning. You alright? Recovered from the fact that the only English team left in this competition is Leicester? A Leicester with whom everyone seems to have dismissed their domestic discrepancies and focused on their ‘plucky’ assault on the Champions League. Honestly. I can’t work out whether it’s patronising more to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • PR spin at Arsenal? Or succession planning?
    It seems the Arsenal PR machine is now in full swing, with some of the ‘behind the scenes’ noises surrounding the management team at the club, suggesting that there could be changes from the summer onwards. Firstly, we had the news that the club was looking at a Sporting Director ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Cup memories over fourth place trophy
    So yesterday the quartet of semi finalists were confirmed and as much as I’d love to see Chelski brought down a peg after the season they’ve had, it’s still delightful to see Jose and United fans outraged at some kind of perceived injustice against them, like they haven’t had cart ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    2 months ago
  • Confidence restoration; Ox injury saves a selection decision
    Had a bit of a heavy Saturday this weekend after the Lincoln game, which effectively wrote off my Sunday and even the ability to stare down a computer screen to compile some thoughts, so I thought I’d leave it and put something together on Monday. And here we are. We ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Let’s get to Wembley
    Today is about winning. Nothing else would be remotely successful, but equally, at this stage I could not care less how it’s done. I just want us to get to Wembley. If it’s a functional ‘one nil to the Arsenal’ then fine. Let’s just do it and be done with ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Welcome respite? Will the board listen? Will Arsène?
    Hey friends, how are you doing this Friday, eh? Looking forward to the FA Cup this weekend. Can I tell you something? I am. I really am. You know how commentators often mention that ‘this could be a welcome distraction from the league’ when talking about teams fighting relegation but ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Change across more than management a good thing at Arsenal?
    Morning. Hope your Wednesday was better than it started and today is better than yesterday. Football certainly hasn’t helped of late, so I’ve been engaging in other activities, like watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and pretending I was seven again. I’ll ignore the fact the movie was terrible. It brought ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-09By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The ageing Arsenal boxer – it’s sad
    I don’t really know what to say. I don’t think there’s anything that I can say that would either soothe my own soul when it comes to Arsenal, or offer any words of consolation or positivity to you, because I have none for myself. Arsenal Football Club looks like it’s ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-08By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • The copy/paste blog from the last few seasons?
    I don’t really know where to begin today. This is the first time where I’ve had a pre-match blog and can’t really think of anything remotely useful to say. Half of me thought about finding my pre match blog from the season before last, or the one before that, and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-07By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Alexis saga is another PR disaster
    As if Arsenal didn’t seem like it was in enough disarray on the football pitch this weekend, we now find out just how much disarray away from the cameras there is, with the news filtering out that the real reason Alexis wasn’t playing was because of a training ground bust ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-06By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • A weary Arsenal fans blog
    What can be said this morning that hasn’t already been said repeatedly of late? I almost don’t want to bother writing today’s blog. The analysis will sound alarmingly familiar and my tone will be as weary as an Arsenal fan could feel this morning. I’m tired of this. I’m tired ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-05By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal must counter Liverpool’s high press
    This will be a really tough game today. Mark my words. Don’t believe anything you read that suggests that Liverpool’s woeful 2017 form will give us hope, because I certainly am not and I fully expect them to be more up for it, than ever before. I watched the Liverpool/Tottenham ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-04By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • We need an answer from Wenger and the team
    So we finally got a bit of news to chew on yesterday, with Arsène assuming the usual position in front of the furry mics and talking ahead of the game on Saturday. And unsurprisingly, most of the chitter-chatter centred around his contract, to which he also (unsurprisingly) batted away and ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-03By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal content zombies
    Man, it’s early. I’ve got a busy day at work today, which means I have to get the zombie train at 6.15 this morning, filled with all manner of the walking/sleeping dead. To be fair I’m squarely in that camp, although I am using the medium of this blog to ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-02By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Sell Alexis?
    Following my blog yesterday about how Arsenal haven’t really adopted the counter attack properly in years, I thought I’d offer a somewhat controversial opinion as a solution, which I’ve been thinking about following the stories emerging about Alexis wanting to head back to Spain. Firstly, why he’d want to go ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-03-01By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal haven’t counter-punched for years
    On a WhatsApp Arsenal group I’m part of there was a discussion yesterday about whether Liverpool getting a tonking by Leicester – who hadn’t scored in 2017 before yesterday – would be a good thing for Arsenal or not. Good question, and not one we’ll know until we rock up ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-28By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • We’ve got one hand left to play at Arsenal
    Well as expected, Chelski scanned their way to another win, Stoke bent over and presented themselves for crayon-munching Kane to provide them with a metaphorical meat pounding and to complete the faecal matter infused flavour of the weekend, United completely skanked a Southampton team that were the better team throughout. ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-27By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Don’t expect this weekend, but hope for a utopian end of season for Arsenal
    Not a lot going on for us today, eh folks? I mean sure, i’ll be you’re filling your day with all manner of interesting things, but i’d be surprised if they are Arsenal-related thing, what with us not playing until Saturday evening against Liverpool. Me? I’m going to see if ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-25By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Ditch your hierarchies, Arsène
    Do you know what’s strange? In life, my family and particularly The Management, often comment about how easy going I am sometimes. I’m quite happy to let a lot of things – not everything, but a lot – just pass me by without too much stress. I’m quite positive about ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-24By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • King Santi might be dead, long live the next king?
    Woke up this morning like: “Yep, still in the Arsenal interlull” Man, for a team that regularly winds me up and has me vowing to put less emotional investment in them, they sure do manage to rope me back in with alarming regularity. I suppose that’s a good thing: it ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-23By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • What Wembley means; Lucas takes on Arsène’s hierarchy
    This is a weird old time at the moment. Weird because we have a week and a half without the Arsenal, but because it isn’t an interlull, every other fan of a team is counting down the days until the weekend and seeing their team play, so we just have ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-22By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Just enough Arsenal
    Apologies if I can’t draw myself up to be too irate about the overall performance yesterday, but if I’m honest with you, all we needed was the win and that’s what we got in the end. So now isn’t the time to go all football purist and be outraged that ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-21By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Don’t Wrexham our chances up, Arsenal
    Did some family stuff this weekend, so whilst I managed to catch a little bit of football and did a little bit of reading, it was fairly minimal, knowing that our game was this evening. I didn’t even realise that the draw had already taken place as I drove home ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-20By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Jovial Arsène sounding out an exit strategy
    Well now, that was an interesting press conference yesterday, wasn’t it? I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t think there’d be much of note to come out of the presser yesterday and I wondered if Arsène would be tetchy and downbeat, but he seemed rather jovial given the performance of ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-18By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Take Eek over Apathy with new Arsenal manager
    Morning. I’ve woken up to a feeling that I thought I wouldn’t get for at least another couple of days. I’m over the Bayern defeat already.  Perhaps it’s because I always knew we weren’t good enough. Perhaps it’s because I vented my spleen on my blog yesterday. Perhaps I’m just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-17By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Abject Arsenal players are a disgrace to the shirt
    I am appalled. I am appalled at the travesty of a performance that we witnessed yesterday. In Championship Manager they used to have a saying which involved describing you team as ‘running out of superlatives to describe’. What is the exact opposite of that? What is the antithesis of running ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-16By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Get the variables right against Bayern; and use pace to win on the counter
    So here we are. Bayern Munich away. Like last season. And the season before. Etc, etc, repeat to fade.  I’d be more excited if we were playing a team with which we had a terrible record with, but haven’t played for a while, if I’m honest with you. I’m just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Get the variables right against Bayern; and use pace to win counter
    So here we are. Bayern Munich away. Like last season. And the season before. Etc, etc, repeat to fade.  I’d be more excited if we were playing a team with which we had a terrible record with, but haven’t played for a while, if I’m honest with you. I’m just ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-15By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Mes, Mo and Arsenal not sh*tting the bed
    With just over 24 hours to go until our annual trip to Bayern, there are a few bits and bobs filtering out from both sides, and a press conference sure to take place in Bavaria at some stage today.  It’d be great if the press asked the manager the question: ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-14By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Ox/Xhaka – the missing puzzle pieces?
    I’m intrigued. I’m intrigued to know what Wenger is going to do in the middle of our midfield for Bayern away this week. The reason I am intrigued is because I think he has what he perceives as a ‘safe’ option which will deliver what he knows, or the ‘gamble’ ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-13By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Ox runs the show against Hull
    On a cold, snowy/slushy Saturday lunchtime, Arsenal laboured to a 2-0 victory that will have hardly inspired any of us to think that some kind of minor miracle will take place between now and May.  But do you know what? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because all that we ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-12By Bendtnersbettercousin
    3 months ago
  • Hull at home – in theory…
    This morning The Management asked if I thought Arsenal would win today. Usually I can give her a decent enough response based on what my gut is telling me, but today I simply couldn’t, because quite frankly I have no idea. Two words keep reverberating around in my head: In ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-11By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago
  • Cech, clickbaiting and Arsène
    To get my football fix every day, I usually have a quick peruse of a number of sites, including Sky Sports. But over the years the number of sites that i ‘trust’ to deliver information that isn’t clickbaity has diminished. So can you imagine my disappointment when a non-Arsenal fan ... read more
    Source: Suburban GoonerPublished on 2017-02-10By Bendtnersbettercousin
    4 months ago